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  ARGENTINA   



Ironi Nahariya signs Nate Miller, ex Sionista - by Eurobasket News

Ironi Nahariya (National League) signed 26-year old American guard Nate Miller (193-102kg-87, college: Bowling Green, agency: KMG Sports Management). He already started the season at Sionista in Argentinian LigaA. In 11 games this season he had 8.0ppg and 3.6rpg. Miller also played at Panteras in Mexican LNBP earlier that season. In 9 games this year he recorded very impressive stats: 19.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 3.7apg and 2.4spg. The last season he played at Beer Yaakov. In 34 National League games last year he recorded also great stats: 22.4ppg, 8.9rpg, 3.6apg and 3.0spg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Player of the Year, Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.
The previous (10-11) season Miller was tested by Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Defensive Player of the Year. The other team he played that season for was Hapoel Yokneam/Megido. In 30 Artzit games that year he recorded also great stats: 22.0ppg, 7.5rpg, 3.4apg and 3.1spg. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Defensive Player of the Year. Another team Miller played that season for was ADT Tarragona in Spanish 1 Div.. In 30 games he recorded also great stats: 22.0ppg, 7.5rpg and 3.4apg.
He has played also professionally in Spain (Leyma Basquet).
Miller attended Bowling Green State University until 2009 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BRAZIL   


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

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

Hilario Nene
Hilario Nene
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Hilario Nene (207-82, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a Washington Wizards' victory against the Orlando Magic (12-19) 105-97 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Nene had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 4 assists in 29 minutes on the court. The Washington Wizards have rather weak 4-24 record this season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Nene's first year with the team. Nene has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 13.2ppg, 6.4rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 52.3% and FT: 74.8% in the 16 games he played so far. Nene is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Marcelinho Huertas
Marcelinho Huertas
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Spanish team Regal FC Barcelona to a victory over the sixth-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (0-1) crushing them 100-78 in the Euroleague last Friday. Huertas was MVP of the game. He recorded 14 points and added 6 assists. Regal FC Barcelona (1-0) is placed first in group F. Huertas' overall stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.0apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 57.5%(23-40), 3FGP: 41.2% and FT: 95.0%(19-20). He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Italian. Huertas is in the roster of the Brazilian senior national team.

Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Tiago Splitter (211-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to an easy victory against the Dallas Mavericks (12-19) crushing them 111-86 in the NBA on Sunday night. Splitter scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have quite an impressive 25-8 record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Splitter has relatively good stats this year: 9.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 59.6%(118-198) and FT: 71.2% in the 33 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish. Splitter is also a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Joao Paulo Batista
Joao Paulo Batista
   #4. Power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in France) was the main contributor in a 2-point Le Mans' victory against the 14th-ranked Poitiers (5-9) 71-69 in the French ProA in Friday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Batista scored 14 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (9-5) is placed fifth in the ProA. Batista is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Le Mans' roster. This season he has relatively solid stats: 10.9ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.7apg. Batista used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2010.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #5. Former international center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to a Real Madrid's victory against the sixth-ranked ALBA Berlin (0-1) 77-63 in the Euroleague last Thursday. He recorded 8 points in only 11 minutes. Real Madrid (1-0) is placed fourth in group E. This year Hettsheimer averages only 3.5ppg in the four games. He has both Brazilian and Spanish nationalities. Hettsheimer used to play for the Brazilian national team two years ago.

Scott Machado
Scott Machado
   #6. Point guard Scott Machado (185-90, college: Iona, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Houston Rockets (17-14) to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder (24-6). He did not beat the league record on Saturday evening. Machado scored only 2 points. The Houston Rockets were crushed 124-94 on the road by the Thunder. Machado's overall stats this season are: 1.2ppg and 1.2apg. He is a naturalized American. Machado is a former university international player as he played for the Brazilian team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in Brazil.

Leandro Barbosa
Leandro Barbosa
   #7. International point guard Leandro Barbosa (190-82, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Boston Celtics (14-16) in their game against the Sacramento Kings (11-19) in the NBA. Barbosa cannot count it as his best performance. He scored only 2 points in 4 minutes on the court. The Boston Celtics were crushed 118-96 in Sacramento by the Kings. It was Celtics' third consecutive loss in a row. It's Barbosa's first season with the team. This year Barbosa's overall stats are: 4.6ppg and 1.4apg in the 22 games. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Andre Almeida
Andre Almeida
   #8. Center Andre Almeida (211-88, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Nebraska win their game against the Nicholls State University 68-59 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. The University of Nebraska has conference record this season. This year Almeida's total stats are: 4.6ppg and 1.4apg in the 22 games. He used to play for the Brazilian university national team back in 2009.

Rafael Maia
Rafael Maia
   #9. Former U17 international center Rafael Maia (206-91, currently studies in the States) helped Brown edge the Providence College 69-68 in a derby game in the NCAA in Friday night's game. Maia scored 8 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. The Brown University has conference record this season. Maia has averaged so far 4.6ppg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Brazilian U17 national team six years ago.

Raul Neto
Raul Neto
   #10. Point guard Raul Neto (186-92, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Lagun Aro GBC (2-13) in their game against Blusens Monbus (8-7) in the Spanish ACB. Neto cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and added 3 assists in 28 minutes. The bottom-ranked Lagun Aro GBC lost 60-71 in Santoago de Comp to the much higher-ranked (#8) Blusens Monbus. Neto has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.5apg and 1.5spg in the 15 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

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

   #1. Renan Lenz (206-C-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an Utah's surprising victory against the College of Idaho (11-19) crushing them 72-38 in the NCAA last Friday. Lenz scored 6 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The University of Utah has conference record this season. Lenz's total stats this year are: 4.6ppg and 1.4apg.

   #2. Luiz Bidart (183-G-90, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Seattle (0-1) to beat the University of Idaho (1-0). Bidart recorded only 4 points and added 4 assists. The Seattle was defeated 71-64 at home by the University of Idaho. Bidart has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.5apg and 1.5spg.

   #3. Rinaldo Mafra (201-F-86, is currently at the American university) managed to help Jacksonville State University in a victory against the Tennessee Tech University (1-0) crushing them 83-62 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 16 minutes. The Jacksonville State University has 1-1 conference record this season. Mafra has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.5apg and 1.5spg in the 15 games he played so far.

   #4. Arthur Bernardi (206-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Houston Baptist in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance the Houston Baptist was defeated 95-86 on their home court in Houston, TX by the U.S.Military Academy. Bernardi scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Bernardi has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.5apg and 1.5spg.



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Ivan Lilov signed with Gaz Metan for the season - by Maria Mitzova

Bulgarian NT member Ivan Lilov (196-SG-88) signed with CS Gaz Metan Medias in Romania, for the rest of the season.
Lilov started 2012/13 in Balkan Botevgrad but had a release clause in his contract, and was free to find a team abroad, which happened now.
Lilov joins Gaz Metan immediately.
Balkan will look for his replacement as soon as possible, and might sign another shooting guard/small forward in the upcoming week or so.



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

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

Ibrahim Jaaber
Ibrahim Jaaber
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Ibrahim Jaaber (187-84, college: Pennsylvania, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Lithuania. Jaaber could not help Zalgiris (0-1) to beat Panathinaikos (1-0). He recorded 8 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. The fifth-placed Zalgiris was edged 67-66 on the road by the leading Panathinaikos in the group E of Euroleague. Jaaber belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #2. This season he averages: 6.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.4apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 36.0% and FT: 66.7%. Jaaber is a naturalized American. He played for the Bulgarian senior national team four years ago. Strangely Jaaber has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Latvia). He contributed to a VEF Riga's victory against the seventh-ranked Barons kvartals (7-7) 84-72 in a derby game in the Latvian LBL on Saturday night. Rowland recorded 10 points and added 9 assists in 29 minutes. VEF Riga (9-1) is placed third in the LBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Rowland has relatively good stats this year: 13.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 7.1apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 48.4%, 3FGP: 47.4%(9-19) and FT: 74.1% in the eight games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Rowland played for the Bulgarian national team in 2011. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana, currently plays in Euroleague). Calloway helped his Spanish team Unicaja Malaga win their game against the seventh-ranked Brose Baskets Bamberg (0-1) 85-82 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. He recorded 6 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Unicaja Malaga (1-0) is placed third in group E. This season Calloway has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 55.9%(19-34), 3FGP: 54.1%(20-37) and FT: 72.2%. He is a naturalized American. Calloway played for the Bulgarian national team three years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Kaloyan Ivanov
Kaloyan Ivanov
   #4. Forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA was not able to help Air Avellino (3-10) in their last game. Despite Ivanov's good performance Air Avellino was edged in an overtime 86-84 in Caserta by the higher-ranked (#10) Juvecaserta. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. Ivanov also added 3 assists and 5 steals in 39 minutes. It was Air Avellino's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Ivanov has reliable stats this year: 11.5ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.5apg and 3.0spg in the two games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2011.

Jared Homan
Jared Homan
   #5. Former international center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Germany) led Bayern Muenchen to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven crushing them 104-71 in the German BBL last Wednesday. Homan scored 11 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. FC Bayern Muenchen (10-6) is placed sixth in the BBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Homan belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #5. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.7ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3bpg. Homan is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago. However Homan has never played in Bulgaria.

Roderick Blakney
Roderick Blakney
   #6. An experienced guard Roderick Blakney (184-76, college: S.Carolina St., currently plays in Spain) helped Cajasol win their game against the closely-ranked Blancos de Rueda (6-9) crushing them 94-57 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He scored 8 points and added 6 assists in 15 minutes. Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (4-11) is placed 16th in the ACB. This year Blakney's overall stats are: 5.5ppg and 2.3apg in the four games. He is a naturalized American. Blakney is a former international player as he played for the Bulgarian senior team six years ago.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #7. International power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Enel Brindisi (7-6) in their game against Lottomatica Roma (8-5) in the Italian SerieA. Simmons cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. Enel Brindisi was defeated 86-82 at home by the higher-ranked Lottomatica Roma (#5). They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Simmons belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #3. His total stats this season are: 6.4ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.5bpg. Simmons is a naturalized American. He is also Bulgarian national team player.

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

   #1. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Greece could not help Olympiacos (0-1) in their last game. Despite his good performance the eighth-placed Olympiacos lost 74-82 on the road to the second-ranked Caja Laboral in the group F of Euroleague. Antic was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 4 rebounds and 4 assists in a mere 19 minutes. This year Antic averages: 5.9ppg and 3.3rpg in the 11 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.

   #2. Experienced Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in Ukraine) was not able to help Khimik (12-9) in their game against Kryvbasbasket (10-14) in the Ukrainian Superleague, despite his very good performance last Friday. Deane was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added made 4 passes and 3 steals in 27 minutes. But Khimik was badly defeated 89-73 in Krivoy Rog by the lower-ranked (#10) Kryvbasbasket. It was Khimik's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Deane has reliable stats this year: 10.9ppg, 3.1rpg and 6.0apg in the 19 games. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #3. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Chalon/Saor (9-5) in their game against Strasbourg IG (9-5) in the French ProA. He scored 6 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists. The league leader Chalon/Saor was defeated 73-66 in Strasbourg by the second-ranked Strasbourg IG. Evtimov has reliable stats this season: 12.1ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.9apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and French.

   #4. Dinko Marshavelski (211-F/C-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Northeastern in their game against the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the NCAA. He recorded only 4 points in 8 minutes on the court. The Northeastern was badly defeated 83-63 in Birmingham, AL by the University of Alabama at Birmingham. It's Marshavelski's fourth season with the team. This year Marshavelski's total stats are: 6.4ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.5bpg in the 13 games.



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

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

Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Luc Mbah a Moute (200-86, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a Milwaukee Bucks' victory against the Miami Heat (21-8) 104-85 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Mbah a Moute scored 19 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 33 minutes on the court. The Milwaukee Bucks have 16-13 record this season. It's Mbah a Moute's fifth year with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 9.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 47.5%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 62.1% in the 15 games he played so far. Mbah a Moute played for the Cameroonian senior national team two years ago.

Victor Samnick
Victor Samnick
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown, currently plays in France). He led Chorale de Roanne to a victory over the league outsider Boulazac Basket (4-10) crushing them 77-51 in the French ProA last Wednesday. Samnick was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. Samnick also added 2 blocks. Chorale de Roanne Basket (6-8) is placed 11th in the ProA. This season Samnick averages: 7.5ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.2apg, 3FGP: 16.7% and FT: 69.0%. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Samnick played for the Cameroonian national team in 2011.

Kenny Kadji
Kenny Kadji
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Kenny Kadji (211-88, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA. He could not help the Miami, FL in their last game. Despite Kadji's good performance the Miami, FL was edged in an overtime 57-55 at home by the Indiana State University. He recorded 13 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 39 minutes. This year Kadji's overall stats are: 7.5ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.2apg, 3FGP: 16.7% and FT: 69.0% in the 13 games. He played for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Aldo Curti
Aldo Curti
   #4. Point guard Aldo Curti (180-87, currently plays in France) managed to help BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral to win against the 13th-ranked JSF Nanterre (6-8) 87-77 in the French ProA in Friday night's game. Curti scored only 2 points. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (9-5) is placed sixth in the ProA. It's Curti's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 5.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.9apg. Curti is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and French. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2011.

Harding NaNa
Harding NaNa
   #5. Former international forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help New Yorker Phantoms (6-10) in their game against Artland Dragons (10-6) in the German BBL. He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. New Yorker Phantoms was defeated 85-75 on the road by the much higher-ranked Artland Dragons (#5). This season NaNa has relatively solid stats: 10.9ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Junior MBida (206-C-90, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProB (second division) could not help Lille Metropole (6-11) to beat SO Maritime Boulogne (11-6). MBida recorded 6 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 28 minutes. Lille Metropole lost 83-92 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#6) SO Maritime Boulogne. It was Lille Metropole's third consecutive loss in a row. This year MBida's total stats are: 1.8ppg and 2.9rpg in the 15 games he played so far.

   #2. Gedeon Pitard (188-G-89, currently plays in France) was not able to help STB Le Havre (5-9) in their game against Paris-Levallois (9-5) in the French ProA. Pitard scored only 4 points in 17 minutes. STB Le Havre was crushed 94-73 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked (#3) Paris-Levallois. Pitard has been at the team for six years. This season his total stats are: 4.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.3apg in the 14 games. Pitard has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French.

   #3. Steve Moundou-Missi (201-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Harvard in their game against the Saint Mary's College of California (9-5) in the NCAA. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Harvard was edged 70-69 in Moraga, CA by the Saint Mary's College of California. Moundou-Missi's total stats this season are: 4.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.3apg.

   #4. Saidou Njoya (186-PG-89, currently plays in France) managed to help JL Bourg Basket in a victory against the 15th-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (6-11) 82-75 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. He scored only 2 points in 14 minutes. JL Bourg Basket (9-8) is placed tenth in the ProB. This year Njoya averages just 1.7ppg in the three games.

   #5. Dominique Behohn-Tolly (198-F-89, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the N.Carolina A&T (0-1) in their game against the Texas Tech University in the NCAA. He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Behohn-Tolly scored only 2 points. The N.Carolina A&T was defeated 85-74 in Lubbock, TX by the Texas Tech University. This season Behohn-Tolly averages just 1.7ppg.



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

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

Steve Nash
Steve Nash
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international point guard Steve Nash (190-74, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in NBA). He led Los Angeles Lakers to a victory against the New York Knicks (21-9) 100-94 in the NBA last Tuesday. Nash recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and making 11 passes. He also added 6 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers have 15-15 record this season. Nash has relatively good stats this year: 9.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 7.7apg, 2FGP: 57.1%(20-35), 3FGP: 41.7%. He played for the Canadian senior national team ten years ago.

Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson
   #2. Second place goes to former U19 international forward Tristan Thompson (203-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Thompson could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (7-25) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers were edged 103-100 on the road by the Brooklyn Nets. Thompson had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 36 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Thompson's second season in pro basketball. This year Thompson has relatively solid stats: 9.2ppg, 8.5rpg, 2FGP: 47.2% and FT: 61.5% in the 32 games he played so far. He played for the Canadian U19 national team in 2009.

Devoe Joseph
Devoe Joseph
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U19 international guard Devoe Joseph (193-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague. He was not able to help Khimik (12-9) in their last game. Despite Joseph's very good performance Khimik was badly defeated 89-73 in Krivoy Rog by the lower-ranked (#10) Kryvbasbasket. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Joseph also added 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 28 minutes. It was Khimik's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Joseph has reliable stats this year: 11.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.9apg, 2FGP: 44.2% and FT: 81.6% in the 21 games. He played for the Canadian U19 national team six years ago.

Joel Anthony
Joel Anthony
   #4. Center Joel Anthony (206-82, college: UNLV, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an overtime Miami Heat's victory against the Orlando Magic (12-19) 112-110 in the NBA on Monday night. Anthony recorded 8 points. The Miami Heat has a solid 21-8 record this season. It's Anthony's fifth year with the team. His overall stats this year are: 1.7ppg and 1.8rpg. Anthony used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2011.

Levon Kendall
Levon Kendall
   #5. Former international forward Levon Kendall (209-84, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Blusens Monbus' victory against the league outsider Lagun Aro GBC (2-13) 71-60 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. He scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes. Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (8-7) is placed eighth in the ACB. Kendall averaged so far 13.4ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg in the 15 games. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Irish. Kendall used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Carl English
Carl English
   #6. Guard Carl English (192-81, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Spain) helped Asefa Estudiantes win their game against the 12th-ranked UCAM Murcia (6-9) crushing them 91-68 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He scored 12 points. Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (8-7) is placed seventh in the ACB. English is currently first on the list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. English averages: 19.2ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.9apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Canadian senior team two years ago.

Murphy Burnatowski
Murphy Burnatowski
   #7. Former international forward Murphy Burnatowski (201-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Colgate edge the University of New Hampshire 65-63 in the NCAA on Sunday night. Burnatowski scored 31 points (!!!), grabbed 6 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 2 shots (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). The Colgate University has conference record this season. This year Burnatowski has very high stats. He averages: 19.2ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.9apg. Burnatowski used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Kevin Pangos
Kevin Pangos
   #8. Guard Kevin Pangos (188-93, currently studies in the States) helped Gonzaga win their game against the Baylor University 94-87 in the NCAA last Friday. Pangos scored 31 points (!!!) and added 3 passes. The Gonzaga University has conference record this season. This year Pangos has very high stats. He averages: 19.2ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.9apg. Pangos used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2009.

Scott Morrison
Scott Morrison
   #9. Former international center Scott Morrison (212-86, college: Portland St., currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL was not able to secure a victory for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in their last game. Despite his very good performance Eisbaeren Bremerhaven was crushed 104-71 in Muenchen by the lower-ranked (#6) Bayern. Morrison was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 22 minutes. Morrison averaged so far 10.7ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.1bpg in the 17 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team four years ago.

Nik Stauskas
Nik Stauskas
   #10. Guard Nik Stauskas (198-93, is currently at the American university) helped Michigan win their game against the Central Michigan University 88-73 in the NCAA last Saturday. He recorded 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 34 minutes. The University of Michigan has conference record this season. Stauskas averaged so far 10.7ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.1bpg in the 17 games. He is a former U19 international player as two years ago he still played for the Canadian national team.

   #11. Former U17 international forward Anthony Bennett (203-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the UNLV in their last game. Despite his very good performance the UNLV lost 73-79 in Chapel Hill, NC to the University of North Carolina. Bennett had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 13 rebounds in 34 minutes. Bennett averaged so far 10.7ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.1bpg in the 17 games. He used to play for the Canadian U17 national team three years ago.

   #12. Former international forward Kelly Olynyk (213-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kevin Pangos. But that was another game of his team in NCAA which we would like to mention. Olynyk helped Gonzaga edge the Oklahoma State University 69-68. He scored 21 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Olynyk's stats this season are: 10.7ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.1bpg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2011.

   #13. Former U19 international point guard Olivier Hanlan (193-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Boston Coll. win their game against the Dartmouth College crushing them 79-58 in the NCAA on Monday night. Hanlan scored 15 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 35 minutes. Hanlan averaged so far 10.7ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.1bpg in the 17 games. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team two years ago.

   #14. Former U19 international guard Laurent Rivard (196-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Harvard win their game against the University of California 67-62 in the NCAA last Saturday. He recorded 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 37 minutes. Rivard averaged so far 10.7ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.1bpg in the 17 games. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team back in 2009.

   #15. Former international forward Kris Joseph (200-88, college: Syracuse, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Boston Celtics in their game against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA. Joseph cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. His team were badly defeated by 18 points 101-83 in the NBA. This season Joseph averages just 1.2ppg. He used to play for the Canadian national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Andrew Nicholson (205-PF-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Orlando Magic (12-19) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Orlando Magic was crushed 123-88 on the road by the Toronto Raptors. Nicholson was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 26 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Nicholson's third season in pro basketball. It was Magic's sixth consecutive loss in a row. Nicholson has relatively good stats this year: 7.5ppg and 3.1rpg in the 30 games he played so far.

   #2. Experienced Matt Bonner (206-F-80, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Brooklyn Nets (16-15) crushing them 104-73 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Bonner recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 25-8 record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. It's Bonner's seventh year with the team. This season he averages: 4.2ppg and 2.1rpg. Bonner is a naturalized American.

   #3. Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in Finland) led KTP-Basket to a victory over the closely-ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (13-7) 118-108 in the Finnish Korisliiga in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Barrett scored 22 points, had 6 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 34 minutes. KTP Basket Kotka (14-5) is placed fourth in the Korisliiga. Barrett is ranked first on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.8bpg. He also averaged so far 15.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.6spg in the 19 games.

   #4. Corey Muirhead (197-F-83, college: W.Carolina, currently plays in Czech Republic) contributed to a BK Pardubice's victory against the 11th-ranked Basketbal Svitavy (6-12) 95-86 in the Czech Republic NBL last Saturday. Muirhead recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 2 blocks. BK JIP Pardubice (11-6) is placed third in the NBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Muirhead belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #4. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.9ppg, 8.3rpg, 3.4apg and 1.4spg. Muirhead has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #5. Brandon Bos (185-PG-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped S.Dakota win their game against the University of Nebraska at Omaha (1-3) crushing them 95-72 in the NCAA last Saturday. Bos had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 10 rebounds in 33 minutes. The University of South Dakota has 2-1 conference record this season. Bos has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.2ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.9apg in the 15 games.

   #6. Dejan Kravic (211-F-90, currently studies in the States) helped Texas Tech win their game against the North Carolina A&T State University 85-74 in the NCAA in Friday night's game. He scored 22 points, had 6 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots in 27 minutes. Kravic has very impressive stats this year: 19.2ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.9apg in the 15 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Canadian.

   #7. Justin Edwards (190-PG-92, is currently at the American university) helped Maine win their game against the Quinnipiac College 76-71 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Edwards recorded 26 points (!!!), 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Edwards' stats this season are: 10.7ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.1bpg.

   #8. Daniel Mullings (188-G, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the N.Mexico St. (0-2) in their last game on Monday. Despite Mullings' very good performance the N.Mexico St. was defeated 81-72 in Ruston, LA by the Louisiana Tech University. He scored 21 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Mullings' stats this season are: 10.7ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.1bpg.

   #9. Jason Calliste (188-PG, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Detroit Mercy win their game against the Canisius College 83-78 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game. Calliste scored 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Calliste averaged so far 10.7ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.1bpg.

   #10. Adam Folker (206-C, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Cal-Irvine win their game against the University of California - Davis 69-58 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Folker had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 37 minutes. This year Folker averages only 1.2ppg in the six games.



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Beijing Ducks and Guangdong ST share the top with 12-3 records - by Eurobasket News

Beijing Ducks and Guangdong ST share the top with 12-3 records after the latest victories.
Beijing Ducks beat Foshan LL 108:92 for the 12th win. Marbury Stephon (188-G-77, college: Georgia Tech) stepped up with 27 points and Morris Randolph (211-F/C-86, college: Kentucky) brought 23. Zhu YanXi scored 21 and Gun Li added 10. Randolph Shavlik (208-F-83, college: Duke) replied with 25 points and 12 rebounds in defeat and McCants Rashad (193-G/F-84, college: N.Carolina) notched 18.
Guandong ST survived a battle over Shandong FB with 92:91 win. Wang ShiPeng (198-SG-83) top-scored for the winners with 24 points, while Yi Jianlian (212-PF-87) and Williams Terrence added 22 each. Jeter Pooh scored 19 points in defeat and Li JingYu had 16.
Shanxi Zh. Is third with 11-4 record. The team beat Jiangsu D 123:103 for the 11th victory. Gaines Charles (201-F-81, college: S.Mississippi) top-scored for the winners with 34 points and 13 rebounds, while Duan JiangPeng (197-F-90) followed him with 22. Siler Garret posted 24 points in defeat and Yi Li added 23.



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

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

Luka Zoric
Luka Zoric
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Luka Zoric (211-84, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Unicaja Malaga (8-7) in their last game. Despite Zoric's very good performance Unicaja Malaga was badly defeated 82-64 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#3) Valencia Basket. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Zoric also added 5 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 30 minutes on the court. Zoric is ranked fourth on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.1bpg. He also averaged so far 9.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 2FGP: 54.8% and FT: 74.2% in the 15 games he played so far. Zoric is currently a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Ante Tomic (217-87, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Spanish team Regal FC Barcelona to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (0-1) crushing them 100-78 in the Euroleague last Friday. Tomic recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 5 assists and 3 blocks. Regal FC Barcelona (1-0) is placed first in group F. Tomic belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #2. This season he averages: 8.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.8apg, 1.7bpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 59.2%(42-71). Tomic played for the Croatian national team in 2011.

Darko Planinic
Darko Planinic
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Darko Planinic (211-90, currently plays in Israel). He led Maccabi T-A to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Bnei Hasharon (4-7) crushing them 113-85 in the Israeli Winner League on Sunday night. Planinic scored 17 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) in a mere 17 minutes. It was his first game for Maccabi T-A this season. His team is placed first in the Winner League. It was Maccabi's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Planinic is also a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Damjan Rudez
Damjan Rudez
   #4. Forward Damjan Rudez (208-86, currently plays in Spain) led CAI Zaragoza to a victory over the closely-ranked Gescrap BB (10-5) 81-74 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Rudez scored 24 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. CAI Zaragoza (9-6) is placed sixth in the ACB. Rudez has relatively good stats this season: 11.4ppg and 1.9rpg. He is also Croatian national team player.

Mario Delas
Mario Delas
   #5. Former international power forward Mario Delas (207-90, currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Sakalai (3-8) 85-67 in the Lithuanian LKL last Sunday. Delas recorded 6 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in 25 minutes. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (6-0) is placed third in the LKL. So far his team won all six games in the Regular Season. It's Delas' first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 8.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg in the six games. Delas used to play for the Croatian national team four years ago.

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #6. Guard Marko Popovic (185-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mario Delas. But that was another game of his team in Euroleague which we would like to mention. Popovic was not able to help Zalgiris (0-1) in their game against Panathinaikos (1-0). He recorded 6 points. The fifth-placed Zalgiris was edged 67-66 in Athens by the leading Panathinaikos in the group E of Euroleague. This season Popovic has relatively solid stats: 13.4ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.8apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Croatian senior team two years ago.

Kresimir Loncar
Kresimir Loncar
   #7. Former international forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, also represented by Alti Sport, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to Khimky's victory against the seventh-ranked Besiktas (0-1) 80-75 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Loncar recorded 8 points in 21 minutes. BC Khimky Moscow Region (1-0) is placed fourth in group F. This year Loncar's total stats are: 8.4ppg and 4.5rpg in the 11 games. He used to play for the Croatian national team three years ago.

Sime Spralja
Sime Spralja
   #8. Power forward Sime Spralja (206-83, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked AZS Koszalin (8-6) crushing them 80-57 in the Polish TBL last Saturday. Spralja scored 11 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Trefl Sopot (10-4) is placed second in the TBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Spralja has reliable stats this season: 10.1ppg and 2.4rpg. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2004.

Roko-Leni Ukic
Roko-Leni Ukic
   #9. International point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, currently plays in Euroleague) faced previously mentioned Marko Popovic in the Euroleague last game. Ukic managed to help Panathinaikos Athens in a 1-point victoryagainst the fifth-ranked Zalgiris (0-1) 67-66. He recorded only 2 points and added 8 assists in 21 minutes. Ukic has averaged so far 9.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.2apg in the 10 games. He is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.

Drago Pasalic
Drago Pasalic
   #10. Power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84, currently plays in Turkey) was the major contributor in a Turk Telekom's victory against the league outsider Hacettepe (2-11) 80-75 in a derby game in the Turkish TBL in Sunday night's game. Pasalic recorded 13 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Turk Telekom Ankara (4-9) is placed 13th in the TBL. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. Pasalic's stats this season are: 11.5ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.5apg. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Croatian senior national team.

   #11. Former international forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA was not able to secure a victory for Vanoli Cremona (4-9) in their last game. Despite Peric's very good performance Vanoli Cremona lost 84-94 in Varese to the leading Cimberio. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Peric also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 35 minutes. Peric's stats this year are: 10.4ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.5apg in the eight games. He used to play for the Croatian national team six years ago.

   #12. Former international point guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Real Madrid in their game against Regal FC Barcelona in the Spanish ACB. Draper cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points and added 3 assists. His team was defeated 96-89. Draper has averaged so far 3.9ppg and 1.8apg. He is a naturalized American. Draper used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2011. He played also for Cedevita Zagreb in Croatian league.

   #13. An experienced former international center Jurica Zuza (207-78, another player represented by Alti Sport, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TB2L (second division) couldn't help Trabzonspor (9-6) in their last game. Despite Zuza's very good performance Trabzonspor lost 62-73 at home to the second-ranked Usak. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds in 31 minutes. Zuza averaged so far 14.9ppg and 5.1rpg in the 15 games. He used to play for the Croatian national team nine years ago.

   #14. Former international center Dalibor Bagaric (217-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Antranik crushing them 103-82 in the Lebanese Division A last Thursday. Bagaric recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 16 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks. Bagaric has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 14.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7bpg. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2005.

   #15. International swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Luka Zoric and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game. Simon couldn't help Unicaja Malaga in their game against Valencia Basket. He scored only 4 points in 9 minutes on the court. His team was badly defeated by 18 points 82-64. Simon averaged so far 10.1ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.9apg in the 15 games. He is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.

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

   #1. Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-81, currently plays in Austria) led UBSC Graz to a victory over one of league's weakest teams St.Polten (2-12) 90-82 in the Austrian A Bundesliga last Sunday. Stegnjaic was the best player in that game. He scored 31 points (!!!) and grabbed 7 rebounds in 33 minutes. UBSC Raiffeisen Graz (6-8) is placed eighth in the A Bundesliga. Stegnjaic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.4ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.1spg in the 14 games he played so far.

   #2. Anthony Drmic (198-G/F-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Corban College (2-12) crushing them 105-49 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game. Drmic scored 11 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 6 assists in a mere 18 minutes. The Boise State University has conference record this season. Drmic has very impressive stats this year: 16.4ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.1spg in the 14 games. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Australian.

   #3. Kristijan Krajina (206-F-90, currently studies in the States) contributed to Mt.St.Mary's' surprising victory against the University of Maryland -Baltimore County 58-55 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Krajina recorded 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 25 minutes. The Mt.Saint Mary's University, MD has conference record this season. Krajina is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Mt.St.Mary's' roster. He has very impressive stats this season: 16.4ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.1spg in the 14 games.

   #4. Sasa Jankovic (204-F-84, currently plays in Slovakia) was the major contributor in a SKP Banska Bystrica's victory against the league outsider Svit (4-15) 85-67 in the Slovakian Extraliga in Wednesday night's game. Jankovic recorded 20 points. SKP Banska Bystrica (7-11) is placed seventh in the Extraliga. Jankovic averaged so far 11.5ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.4apg.

   #5. Ante Bilobrk (203-SF-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Slovakia), who plays in the Slovakian Extraliga could not help Nitra (12-7) to beat Handlova (5-11). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Bilobrk scored only 2 points and added 3 passes. Nitra was edged 103-101 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams Handlova (#8). It was Nitra's first loss after three consecutive victories. Bilobrk has averaged so far 4.8ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.3apg.

   #6. Luka Gvozden (184-PG-93, currently plays in Austria) was not able to help St.Polten in their game against Gussing Knights in the Austrian A Bundesliga. He scored 5 points. His team was defeated 72-67. Gvozden has averaged so far 3.1ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.1apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Austrian.

   #7. Ivica Cvitanovic (207-C-82, currently plays in Slovakia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sasa Jankovic and both played together in the last Slovakian Extraliga game. Cvitanovic managed to help SKP Banska Bystrica in a victory against the league outsider Svit 85-67. He recorded only 2 points in 12 minutes. Cvitanovic has averaged so far 2.9ppg and 3.6rpg in the 10 games.

   #8. Toni Blazan (195-F-92, currently plays in Austria) is a teammate of previously mentioned Luka Gvozden. He played also in the last Austrian A Bundesliga game facing Milan Stegnjaic (above) in the other team. Blazan was not able to secure a victory for St.Polten in their game against UBSC Graz. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Blazan scored only 2 points. His team was defeated 90-82. Blazan has averaged so far 1.5ppg and 1.3rpg. He has both Croatian and Austrian nationalities.



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SLUNETA Usti nad Labem Bring in Robby Ptacek - by Surujh Roopnarine

Last place SLUNETA Usti nad Labem (3-15) have signed American rookie guard Robby Ptacek (190-G, college: Cent.Conn.St.) for the remainder of the season. Ptacek, 22, has Czech roots and made his debut on Thursday night during 69-82 loss against USK Praha. He logged 10.9 minutes off the bench, going scoreless on 0-3 shooting with three rebounds and two turnovers. Robby Ptacek, 6-3, spent the past four seasons playing at NCAA DI Central Connecticut State University in the Northeast Conference (NEC). Ptacek, a native of Long Island, New York finished his career with 1,531 points scored and had the top free-throw percentage in all of college basketball last season, connecting on 126-137 (92.0%).
Ptacek joins the Panda's after the team parted ways with Philip Gavin (191-G/F-86, college: Jarvis Christian). Gavin, 26, appeared in 12 games and averaged just 3.1 points and 1.2 rebounds while connecting on 14-39 from the field overall in under nine minutes per contest. Gavin joined Usti nad Labem in October after spending the 2011-12 season with TS Goeppingen in Germany's Regionalliga.



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

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

Pavel Pumprla
Pavel Pumprla
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Pavel Pumprla (198-86, currently plays in Spain). He led Blusens Monbus to a victory over the league outsider Lagun Aro GBC (2-13) 71-60 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. Pumprla was MVP of the game. He scored 15 points and blocked 2 blocks (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 28 minutes on the court. Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (8-7) is placed eighth in the ACB. This year Pumprla averages: 6.4ppg, 2.5rpg, 2FGP: 56.4%(31-55) and FT: 81.5% in the 15 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, currently plays in Spain). Satoransky contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Blancos de Rueda (6-9) crushing them 94-57 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He scored 11 points and added 3 assists. Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (4-11) is placed 16th in the ACB. Satoransky is currently fifth on the list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.9apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 48.7%, 3FGP: 31.4% and FT: 73.6%. Satoransky is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Jan Vesely (211-90, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Washington Wizards (4-25) to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers (7-25). It was not Vesely's best game last Wednesday. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. The Washington Wizards were edged 87-84 on the road by the Cavaliers. This year Vesely's overall stats are: 2.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 2FGP: 42.3% and FT: 23.8% in the 21 games. He played for the Czech Republic national team three years ago.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #4. Shooting guard David Jelinek (194-90, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to help Olin Edirne (3-10) in their game against Karsiyaka (10-3) in the Turkish TBL. He recorded 7 points and added 3 assists in 22 minutes. Olin Edirne lost 70-82 on the opponent's court to the much higher-ranked (#4) Karsiyaka. It was Olin Edirne's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Jelinek has relatively good stats this year: 12.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.8apg in the 13 games. He is also Czech Republic national team player.

Jiri Hubalek
Jiri Hubalek
   #5. Former international center Jiri Hubalek (208-82, agency: Two Points, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy) managed to help Umana Reyer Venezia to win against the third-ranked Montepaschi Siena (10-3) 65-63 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Hubalek recorded only 2 points. Umana Reyer Venezia (6-7) is placed eighth in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Hubalek averages just 1.0ppg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Jan Kratochvil (200-F-82, currently plays in Slovakia) led Komarno to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Nova Ves (11-7) 90-73 in the Slovakian Extraliga in Saturday night's game. Kratochvil scored 12 points and blocked 2 shots. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. MBK Rieker Komarno (14-3) is placed first in the Extraliga. Kratochvil's total stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.3apg.

   #2. Tomas Bruha (213-C-88, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Tulane University in a 3-point victoryagainst the The University of Alabama 53-50 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game. Bruha scored only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. The Tulane University has conference record this season. This year Bruha averages just 1.0ppg in the two games he played so far.

Other top Czech Republic players, who play abroad:

Jakub Kudlacek (193-PG-90) plays for Cantu in Italian SerieA
Ondrej Balvin (216-C-92) plays for Cajasol in Spanish ACB
Robert Skibniewski (183-PG-83) plays for AZS Koszalin in Polish TBL
Adam Pechacek (207-F/C-95) plays for SAIE3 BO in Italian SerieA
Ivo Hoger (225-C-82) plays for Olimpi in Georgian Superleague
Tomas Hampl (215-C-88) plays for River Andorra in Spanish LEB Gold
Pavel Englicky (210-F/C-83) plays for Etha in Cypriot Division A
Michal Kremen (200-G/F-81) plays for Apoel in Cypriot Division A
Ales Chan (216-C-80) plays for Apoel in Cypriot Division A

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



Opava farewell to Olympic Hopes 2012 - by Eurobasket News

Opava farewell to Olympic Hopes 2012. Poland U16 wins the tournament with 4 participating teams.
In Day 1 Czech Republic U16 overcame Hungary U16 88:52. Smerda top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Theodor Dlugos (97) added 12. Tkac followed them with 10 points in a win.
In Day 2 Poland U16 overcame Czech Republic U16 53:48. The teams exchanged 20-9 wins in the first half, while Poland posted two victories in the second half. They won the third period 12-8 and finished the game with 12-11 in the last stanza. Bender top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Kapa had 13. Marcel Ponitka (187-PG-97) followed them with 11 points in a win. Krystof Chaloupka (196-PF-97) replied with 12 points and Smerda posted 6.
In Day 3 Czech Republic U16 outscored Slovakia U16 91:64. Smerda paced all the winners with 21 points and Theodor Dlugos scored 12. Journot delivered 11, whilst Roub and Vitkovic had 10 each.



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 23

Jan. 1: Santa Cruz W. - Sioux Falls S. 109-93
Jan. 3: Austin T. - Idaho S.
Jan. 3: Ft.Wayne MA - Santa Cruz W.
Jan. 3: Springfield A. - Canton C.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Chris DOUGLAS-ROBERTS
  Texas L.
  (201-G-87)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Douglas-R., Texas22.5 
 2. Johnson-Odom, Los21.1 
 3. Howard, Ft.Wayne.21.0 
 4. Goudelock, Sioux F.20.3 
 5. Mays, Springfield19.7 
 6. Dentmon, Austin T.19.7 
 7. Mack, Maine RC19.7 
 8. Kennedy, Erie B.19.0 
 9. Fortson, Los A.18.8 
 10. Landry, Reno B.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 James MAYS
  Springfield A.
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Mays, Springfield12.2 
 2. Onuaku, Canton C.11.5 
 3. Harris, Iowa E.10.3 
 4. Varnado, Sioux F.10.0 
 5. Butch, Bakersfi.9.6 
 6. Evans, Idaho S.9.5 
 7. Wilkerson, Austin9.1 
 8. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.8.9 
 9. Jackson, Austin T.8.8 
 10. Wright, Maine RC8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Chris WRIGHT
  Iowa E.
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Wright, Iowa E.7.7 
 2. Marshall, Bakers.7.6 
 3. Mack, Maine RC7.5 
 4. Machado, Rio G.7.1 
 5. Singletary, Texas6.3 
 6. Fortson, Los A.6.2 
 7. Russell, Ft.Wayne.6.0 
 8. Temple, Reno B.5.8 
 9. Uzoh, Springfield5.5 
 10. Kennedy, Erie B.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jamario MOON
  Los A.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Moon, Los A.2.8 
 2. Wright, Maine RC2.4 
 3. Downs, Maine RC2.3 
 4. Scott, Springfield2.3 
 5. Sutton, Tulsa 66e.2.2 
 6. Gutierrez, Canton2.1 
 7. McNeal, Bakersfi.2.0 
 8. Murry, Rio G.1.9 
 9. Tyndale, Sioux F.1.9 
 10. Douglas-R., Texas1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Sioux F.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Varnado, Sioux F.3.9 
 2. Melo, Maine RC3.8 
 3. Flowers, Los A.2.6 
 4. Moon, Los A.2.6 
 5. Eyenga, Texas L.2.5 
 6. Reed, Springfield2.4 
 7. Gladness, Santa C.2.2 
 8. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 9. Benson, Erie Bay H.1.8 
 10. Holiday, Idaho S.1.8 


D-League round 22 best performance: Damion James - by Eurobasket News

Forward Damion James (201-F-87, agency: Priority Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Bakersfield J., receiving a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds, while his team edged out Rio Grande VV (#5, 6-7) in overtime 106-104. Bakersfield J. is placed at 2nd position in D-League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bakersfield J. will need more victories to improve their 9-6 record. James turned to be Bakersfield J.'s top player in his first season with the team. Damion James averages this season 14.8ppg and 7.1rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Vernon Macklin (208-F/C-86) of Rio Grande VV. Macklin had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Rio Grande VV was edged in overtime by the higher-ranked Bakersfield J. (#2, 9-6) 106-104. Rio Grande VV managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-7 record. Macklin is a newcomer at Rio Grande VV, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward DaJuan Summers (203-F-88) of league's top team Maine RC. Summers scored 23 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Maine RC, leading his team to a 105-84 easy win against the lower-ranked Springfield A. (#8, 4-8). Maine RC confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 5 lost games. Summers has a very solid season. In 11 games in D-L he scored 15.9ppg. He also has 8.3rpg and and 3PT: 44.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Micah Downs (203-G/F-86) of Maine RC - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Terrence Jones (205-F-92) of Rio Grande VV - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Tre Kelley (183-PG-85) of Austin T. - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Carleton Scott (203-F-88) of Springfield A. - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Chamberlain Oguchi (198-SG-86) of Maine RC - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Darius Rice (208-F-82) of Texas L. - 19 points and 8 rebounds
10. Jamarr Sanders (193-G-88) of Austin T. - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Happy New Years Everyone - by Greg Logins

Hello basketball world... I just wanted to say happy New Years to every coach, player, fans, and whom ever else, I wish you a blessed and successful 2013.. This is a new year, and new opportunities for whom ever is willing to take the new challenges. Last week, we loss two games, but we will step on the court tomorrow and prepare to fight for victories this weekend. That's all I have for now. Stay tuned until next time..

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Tony Parker keys San Antonio Spurs' rout of Brooklyn Nets - by Eurobasket News

SAN ANTONIO, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Tony Parker (188-PG-82) went 9-of-13 from the field en route to 20 points Monday and the San Antonio Spurs used a huge third quarter to pound Brooklyn 104-73.

Tim Duncan (15 points), Nando de Colo (11), Kawhi Leonard, Tiago Splitter and Matt Bonner (10 apiece) led a balanced scoring attack that enabled the Spurs to decimate the Nets 30-5 in the third quarter and roll to a victory.

Brooklyn managed to hit only 2-of-20 shots from the field in the frame while dropping their first game in three contests under interim head Coach P.J. Carlesimo, who replaced the fired Avery Johnson last week.

MarShon Brooks put in 16 points and Joe Johnson added 12 for the Nets, who turned the ball over 18 times in the loss.
Courtesy of: www.upi.com



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Urspring Wins Arby Classic Writing History In The United States - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


In the last years it has become more difficult for Americans to say 100% that they rule basketball as European countries have made more strides in international competition and last night the United States were rippled a bit more in their basketball ego as Urspring was the first foreign team to win the well known Arby classic in Tennessee in the 30 year history of the tournament. Urspring that was making its eighth appearance at Arby beat the defending champion Mentor high school 63-51. Urspring also became only the second team to go 5-0 in winning the title, joining 1994 winner Augusta (Ga.) Westside, which also went undefeated in the tournament.

Urspring took an old adage to heart in that defense wins championships and that is exactly what got them the Arby classic title. Mentor had averaged 79 points in its first three games, but had no solution how to put up points against Urspring as they produced only 51 points. The German side found their rhythm fast as German Kenneth Ogbe hit his first three three pointers getting Urspring rolling and they never looked back controlling the game until the final buzzer. Mentor had to play catch up all game long and their poor shooting percentage didnt help their cause either. Urspring was led by Kenneth Ogbe who netted home 24 points and hauled down eight rebounds. German Malik Mueller (188-G-94) who had dominated the tournament finished with nine points, but also snatched the MVP award as he clearly was the best player of the tournament. "The reason why we won this tournament was because we had such a strong and deep team that we could go with more intensity into the games than other teams. We did a great job on defense, dominated the boards and played with a lot of discipline on offense and didn't let anyone take us out of our sets. We also have had a great team chemistry this season and that helped our game. Winning the MVP means a lot to me and I gave everything in leading my team to the title. But I am more happy for the team success that we finally won the title after three years", stressed malik Mueller.


2012 Arby's Classic All-Tournament Team
MVP - Malik Muller, Urspring
Will Adams, Science Hill
Jaylen Allen, Science Hill
A.J. Anderson, Dobyns-Bennett
Dillon Brooks, Father Henry Carr
David Casaday, Sullivan East
Kalidou Diouf, Urspring
Jon Elmore, Christ School
Jeff Foreman, Mentor
C.J. Good, Science Hill
Kenneth Goodwin, Memphis Melrose
Shannon Hale, Christ School
Rian Hall, Oak Ridge
Jamerrio Jones, Memphis Melrose
Conner Krizancic, Mentor
Isaac Merian, Oak Ridge
Kenneth Ogbe, Urspring
Caleb Potter, Mentor




Robin Benzing (FC Bayern Munich) Comes Home Haunting The Fraport Skyliners 73-59 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It only seems like yesterday that a boyish, tall, inexperienced lanky 17 year old RRobin Benzing (209-SF-89) played his first season with second Bundesliga club TV Langen. The year was 2006 as he was already displaying his talent with American teammate Ty Shaw who now coaches that team or Igor Starcevic who know coaches PRO B team Licher Basket Baeren. Benzing developed nicely in Langen the first two seasons and then really exploded in his third year 2008-2009 where put up 18,7ppg, 4,4rpg, 1,1apg, 1,0spg and 1,1bpg and was also playing with the big boys with the Deutsche Bank Skyliners 15 kilometers north in Frankfurt and was dreaming of the Beko BBL. He had a game that looked like that of German national player Jan Jagla, but in appearance looked totally different with his short cut army type haircut and looked like the friendly kid next door. He had the height of a power forward, but could play like a small forward that would create numerous mismatches during games. He could already hurt you with his shot at a young age and penetrate like a mal nourished bear as he demonstrated during the 2009 European championships in Poland putting up sweet stats without ever having played a game in the Beko BBL. Many Frankfurt fans had hoped that he might make the jump to the Deutsche Bank Skyliners, but instead went south to ratiopharm Ulm where D league head coach Mike Taylor of the Maine Red Claws gave him freedom and sufficient playing time and was able to develop further. Benzing was top German scorer in the 2010-2011 season with 15,1ppg. After that potent season, it was only obvious that he would make the next step and did moving to famous German name team FC Bayern Munich. In his first season, his production slipped dramatically, but he was packed into a stronger and deeper roster. However he seemed to have received some fortune with the move bringing legendary head coach Svetislav Pesic to the Isar as he has improved and been in the starting lineup and there is no more talk about his development stalling, but he now seems headed into becoming a leading player in a club staked with top American players. His potential is unending and talk of getting to the NBA is present again. Benzing returned back to Frankfurt with Bayern Munich after losing last season there with FC Bayern Munich for a fourth time and led the most famous German team in Germany to a 73-59 victory. That Benzing is a much liked player there is no surprise. I coached Robin in the Hessen team when he was 15 and in the A-2 German national team. I said many years ago that he has much potential and was a bit surprised that he wasnt drafted. What I like about his game that he is never afraid and has that killer instinct. I see him making the NBA. In Treviso where top players play for a chance for the NBA, he was over motivated. In Treviso, it can be tough for a player to get noticed since the play is so crazy as it is difficult to observe the strength of a player. He didnt shoot so well in Treviso which hurt his rating. Robin shoots so well for his height at the position three. He really has the right head on his shoulder. His summer program helped him a lot get more self confidence and I think that he has made a big step in the last months. The arrival of Pesic has helped him as he has more confidence and gets the green light. Pesic is perfect coach for him as he will improve and gain more experience, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss. Benzing finished the game with a team high 21 points and eight rebounds on six for nine shooting in 30 minutes. After the win Benzing was humble and taking his performance in stride like a real professional. I really looked forward to this game since I am from here and my family was here, but I was concentrated on my work and the win was most important. My teammates found me and I hit my shots. But this was a team win, stressed RRobin Benzing. Fraport Skyliner Ted Scott was impressed with the German national player. I liked the game of Benzing. He played a heck of a game made his shots and could also put it to the floor. I am sure if he could find the right system that he could bring it in the NBA, stressed Ted Scott. It is no secret that Benzing is a new player under head coach Svetislav Pesic. I am playing a lot better under Pesic. I think my game suits his system. But I think as a whole, the whole team is playing better under Pesic not only me, added RRobin Benzing,

FC Bayern Munich came into the game riding on a four game winning streak and had impressively averaged 109 points in those four wins. With only having scored 36 points at halftime, it was rather apparent that the team wouldnt be able to reach that whopping average, but in the end trends are to be broken and a win is a win no matter if you score 123 points or only 73 points. We arent Bamberg that can come in here and all are afraid and they depart with a 20 point win. After the win FC Bayern Munich sport director Marko Pesic didnt smile, but had a serious demeanour and one could sense that he was relieved that they won. We didnt go into the game with the right intensity. Frankfurt never gave up and didnt make it easy for us. We played good defense and that is why we won. In the past we would have lost games like this, so this was a very important win for us, warned FC Bayern sport director Marko Pesic. Lasts eason, FC Bayern Munich stunk up the Fraport arena losing and fleeing from the arena wanting to forget the embarrassment as quickly as possible. For the players that remained from last season, there was a huge revenge factor on their minds. That was a tough loss last season. We didnt want to lose here again like that. It was important to remember that loss, but not too much, added Marko Pesic. This season is different than last season. I didnt have that revenge factor on my mind. A win is a win and it is important to keep the confidence on the road, stressed Iowa native Jared Homan. After averaging giving up 86 points in the last five games, but averaging scoring 109 points in the last four games, FC Bayern Munich did a role reversal with their offense and defense and made an important experience that will help them for the future. This was a good win. It was good not too win by 30 points or make more than a 100 points. We werent hitting our shots so we had to rely on defense. We learned today that if we defend well and play average offense that we can still win, warned Iowa native Jared Homan.

The Fraport Skyliners entered the game with a lot of momentum after their big win 72 hours earlier against BBC Bayreuth. With the Fraport Skyliners resting in 16th place and every win as necessary as it is for the LTi Giessen 46ers for the fight to stay in the league, the team had a tough opponent with FC Bayern Munich and played well, but just couldnt keep the level of the opponent for 40 minutes or match their talent level. We had a good first half sticking with them, but they came out with even more intensity in the second half and just wore us down using their size and we couldnt keep up. It wasnt like they had one big man like BBC Bayreuth did, but they had four big men. They just knew how to use their size and it took a toll on us. It gets tring going against a Homan or Troutman who goes so hard on every play. We also didnt have some plays go in our favor" stressed Fraport Skyliner guard Dawan Robinson. Even if the Fraport Skyliners seemed to get tired in the second half, they continued to give their all one trait that has never eluded the team this season. We fought fought and fought, but in the end were unable to make the little plays. They capitalized on it on offense and defense. They defended very well and took us out of our rhythm, added Fraport Skyliner guard Devin Gibson.

It isnt only in soccer that wherever FC Bayern Munich is that there is a full house, but also in the Beko BBL. 5,002 people wanted to see the game and didnt see a quick run by FC Bayern Munich, but a very exciting and pretty even game in the first half. Ted Scott got the Fraport Sklyiners on the board first with his patent quick release from his holster and burying a three pointer. FC Bayern Munich center Jared Homan responded with a dunk after freeing himself from Zach Peacock and getting a nifty pass from Tyrese Rice. Peacock then got going hitting a mid distance shot and getting down the floor like a 100 meter sprinter and catching the opponent napping getting an easy lay up as FC Bayern Munich trailed 7-4. The Fraport Skyliners continued to be in a special basketball offense trance as they were hitting on a consistent rate. Quantez Robertson split the defense making a reverse lay up and Devin Gibson then found Ted Scott running the floor and f ed him for the dunk as the Fraport Skyliners led 11-6. The Fraport Skyliners were playing very intelligent knowing when to make the game fast and playing hard nosed defense as Munich was still looking for their rhythm. RRobin Benzing kept FC Bayern Munich in the game with an open jumper, but Ted Scott connected with a three pointer over Benzing as the Fraport Skyliners led 14-9. RRobin Benzing continued to have the soft touch as he drilled another three pointer this time over Dion Dowell as FC Bayern Munich trailed 14-13. Dowell then connected for a three pointer, but it was Benzing again hitting his third three pointer of the game as FC Bayern Munich led 18-17 after one quarter. Frankfurt was playing good defense, rebounding well and eliminating second chances. Frankfurt also did a good job getting out on the fast break. They also tried to get Zach Peacock going early which worked, stressed ex Bradley forward Taylor Brown. FC Bayern Munich was shooting 33% from the field and 50% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 37% from the field and 30% from outside. FC Bayern Munich led the rebound duel 12-9, but had three turnovers while Frankfurt had one turnover.

In the second quarter, the game continued to be dominated by defense as scoring presented a problem especially for FC Bayern Munich who had been scoring so at ease in the last four games averaging 109 points per game. After only coughing up the ball one time in the first quarter, The Fraport Skyliners registered eight turnovers in the second quarter as FC Bayern Munich upped their defense. Chevon Troutman who reached three NCAA Sweet 16 games with Pittsburgh open the scoring with a lay in as FC Bayern Munich led 20-17. Quantez Robertson then tested his 29% three point shooting percentage dropping a big three pointer dead locking the game at 20-20. Troutman then scored again inside and Peacock made a beautiful spin move on the base line around Benzing as the Fraport Skyliners got the lead back 23-22. FC Bayern Munich then went on a mini 4-0 run continuing to power the ball inside as Troutman got his third lay in and Homan battled for the offensive rebound and registered a put back as FC Bayern Munich led 26-23. Peacock continued to be in the zone scoring inside getting fed perfectly from Robinson as the game was tied again at 26-26. Scott then beat Yotam Halperin one on one giving Frankfurt the 29-28 advantage. It didnt take the veteran of 140 Euroleague games make good of his mistake on Scott as he connected on a three pointer as FC Bayern led 31-29. Peacock then hit two free throws as the game was knotted 31-31. With a minute to go, FC Bayern capitalized on a Dowell miss and Gibson turnover as 2008 ULEB cup winner Jan Jagla nailed a three pointer and Benzing made a tip in as FC Bayern Munich led 36-31. Munich started to hit three pointers and got more second chances. We missed more shots and didnt get as many shots up. We needed to get out quicker on the shooters and know where they were, but Frankfurt wasnt doing that, stressed Taylor Brown. FC Bayern Munich was shooting 35% from the field and 42% from the three point line while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 44% from the field and 36% from the three point line. Frankfurt still trailed on the boards 22-14 and had nine turnovers while FC Bayern Munich had six turnovers.

In the third quarter FC Bayern Munich came out with more intensity than the Fraport Skyliners and were rewarded with a 7-2 run as they led 43-33. The positive thing about FC Bayern Munich is that even if a RRobin Benzing is hot and their inside players Homan and Troutman are scalding, then there are still other guys that will produce as did Brandon Thomas who played at Umass with ex Bonn forward Tony Gaffney. Thomas was very active on offense scoring inside and hitting a three pointer. Jared Homan also scored as he battled for position got the ball and threw the ball hard into the basket like an angry farmer throwing a spoiled corn on the cob into a barrel after a down pour. Scott interrupted the run with a pretty runner of the glass. Despite the Munich run and momentary momentum, it didnt hinder Frankfurt from sneaking on a 5-0 run to cut the Munich lead to 43-38. Frankfurt played aggressive defense in this run forcing FC Bayern Munich to three consecutive turnovers and Robertson and captain Marius Nolte scoring. However, FC Bayern Munich was able to halt this run and close out the third quarter with a 13-5 run to lead comfortably 56-43 after three quarters. In the run, FC Bayern Munich got good production from many players as Brandon Thomas dunked furiously over Dowell, Benzing and Halperin nailed three pointers and Steffan Hamann made free throws FC Bayern Munich led 56-43. We didnt have the same intensity on defense as in the first half. We had break downs in our execution on offense. We let them get too many transition buckets and second chances, stressed Ted Scott. FC Bayern Munich was shooting 48% from the two point area and 25% from the parking lot while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting34% from the two point area and 50% from the parking lot. Munich still had the rebound edge 31-23 and 12 turnovers while Frankfurt had 13 turnovers.

The Fraport Skyliners didnt throw in the towel yet as they struck back with a huge 8-2 run to cut the FC Bayern Munich lead to 58-51 as there still seemed to be hope in the Fraport arena for the 2004 Beko BBL champion. Devin Gibson hit a pull up jumper, Dowell from downtown and Robertson from the parking lot. However instead of keeping the run going and getting consistent stops on defense, they allowed FC Bayern Munich to go on a 6-0 run to up their lead to 64-51. Benzing who had hurt Frankfurt all night long with his outside shooting open up his trick basket and pull out his other strength the penetration as he scored with his quick first step with his left hand. Rice also showed how quick he can find the open space in the lane scoring. If Benzing and Homan had hit their free throws better than they would have led by more. After Robertson scored inside to cut the FC Bayern Munich lead to 64-53 it was Rice again drawing a foul and hitting free thorws for the 66-53 lead. Dawan Robinson gave the Fraport Skyliners one last gasp of hope nailing consecutive three pointers as Frankfurt trailed 67-59, but time was running out and Tyrese Rice closed out the game with a own 6-0 run making two shots and free throws as FC Bayern Munich won their fifth in a row 73-59. We did too little too late in the fourth quarter. Despite our run, they controlled the pace. We played with desperation, added Dawan Robinson.

FC Bayern Munich was led by RRobin Benzing with 21 points. Tyrese Rice added 14 points and five assists. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Zach Peacock with 15 points. Quantez Robertson added 14 points and Ted Scott 12 points. The Fraport Skyliners shot only 39% from the field and 31% from outside while FC Bayern Munich was solid at 40% from the field and 42% from outside. FC Bayern Munich dominated the boards 43-28. It wasnt a finesse game, but a physical game. We got tired and just didnt bring the intensity that we should have on the rebound, added Ted Scott. There was one positive aspect to the loss for the Fraport Skyliners. We fought and never gave up. We really showed a lot of desire to win, stressed Dawan Robinson. For FC Bayern Munich it was the fifth win in a row and it is clear that head coach Svetislav Pesic has been a big reason for the stellar play of the club. The atmosphere is a lot different with Pesic. He knows when to be serious and when to laugh. We know what to do on the court so we just do it and it has worked, warned Jared Homan. My dad has found the roles for all the players. The players have understood that and transformed it into the plays on the court, stressed Marko Pesic.





Creppy and Rossmann left Magdeburg - Piechucki stays - by Moritz Korff

Michael Creppy (190-G-86, college: Cal-Riverside) and Kay Rossmann (190-G-88) have left 1. Regionalliga team BBC Magdeburg. According to the Eagles' website Creppy asked to opt out of his contract to accept an offer of another team. The American, who also holds a British passport, played eight games for the Magdeburg team this season, averaging 9.9 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.5 steals a contest.
Rossmann parted ways with the Eagles to focus on his studies. He scored a total of eleven points in twelve games played.
The Eagles are still looking for new players, according to the team's website. The team also announced that Kamil Piechucki (186-G-83, agency: ProSportsCareers) who transfered from Aschersleben to Magdeburg in December has decided to stay with the Eagles.



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Landstede Zwolle wins Basketball Days 2012 - by Fred Roggen

In the Final game Landstede Basketbal overcame TartuUlikool/Rock 85-66. Josh Magette (185-G-90, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Al.-Huntsville) top-scored for the winners with 31 points and Zack Novak (193-G-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan) added 21. Darryl Webb (198-F-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Indiana, PA) delivered 15, while Tanner Smith (195-G-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Clemson) scored 8. Justin Ingram (188-PG-85, agency: Two Points, college: Toledo) replied with 22 points in the losing effort and Joosep Toome (208-C-85) posted 11. Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) delivered 7 and Silver Leppik (189-G-83) as well as Timo Eichfuss (200-F-88) added 6 each.

NYC Warriors beat United Arabic Emirates 105-99 in the game for the 3rd place. The American side managed to grab the last victory at the tournament. Alexander Machowski (205-C-91) erupted with 30 points and 20 rebounds, while Morakinqo Williams had 23. Jonathan Dunn (193-G) nailed 19 and Robert Giles (194-G-87, agency: TSS Management, college: Ball St.) brought 14. Salah Sultan and Mohamed Latif replied with 21 points each in the losing case. Rashid Alzaabi netted 15, while Ali Abbas (185-G-86) brought 10.

The young Dutch NT won over Jiangsu Lions 109-77 and clinched the fifth place. Kasper Averink (183-PG-93) top-scored for the winners with 28 points and Worthy de Jong (194-SG-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) had 15. Quincy Treffers (202-F-91) scored 14, while Yannick Franke (185-G-96) had 13. Justin Boot delivered 21 points in defeat, while Tray Britt (191-G-88, college: N.Mexico St.), An Xing and Zhang Tui added 13 apiece.

In the game for the 6th-7th places, WNTA Falcons smashed Jiangsu Lions for the sixth spot with 125-65.

MVP: Josh Magette (185-G-90, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Al.-Huntsville) (Landstede)



Siauliai triumphs at Groninger Basketball Week - by Fred Roggen

Siauliai triumphs at Groninger Basketball Week. The Lithuanian team overcame Egypt 73-70 in the Final game and clinched the title.
Siauliai started with 21-18 and led three points at the halftime. The African team played better coming back from the lockers and won the third period 18-14. It gave them 1-point advantage at the end of 30 minutes, but the Lithuanian squad managed to seal the victory. They posted a 22-18 rally in the last stanza and grabbed the win.
Laurynas Samenas (192-G-88) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) added 11.

Al Riyadi clinched third place at Groninger Basketball Week in Holland. The team from Lebanon overcame Groningen Gasterra Flames 89-77 in the game for the 3rd place.
Al Riyadi opened the game with massive 30-15 lead but slowed down a bit later in the game. The hosts won the second frame 22-16 and then posted a 23-22 in the third quarter. Al Riyadi needed a 21-17 in the last stanza for the final result.
Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut) top-scored for the winners with 29 points, while Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) had 24. Ismail Ahmad Abdelmonaim delivered 21, while Omar Elturk had 8. Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) posted 14 points in the losing effort and Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83, college: Nebraska) added 13.

KK Bosna finished the tournament with the win over Santa Barbara Breakers. The Bosnian team ended up the Groninger Basketball Week with 102-96 victory and clinched the 5th place.
Sarajevo KK Bosna won the first period 28-26 and dominated the second frame. The European team added a 26-17 rally for 11-point advantage at the halftime. Santa Barbara Breakers managed to win the third period 22-18 and reduced to 7 points with 10 minutes to go. They also posted a 31-30 rally in the last stanza however could not win the game.
Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87) and Alin Demic (202-G/F-91) paced all the winners with 22 points each, while Dino Hodzic (190-PG-90) and Sindis Demic (192-G/F-83) had 18 each. Edin Alispahic (208-F/C-88) followed them with 13 points in a win. Marquis Henderson Wright ended up with 25 points in defeat and Timothy Taylor notched 22. Michael Shawn Malat, Perrin Rudolphus Johnson and Joshua Warren Crawford delivered 11 points apiece.

Most Valuable Player: Lewis Jackson (178-PG-89, college: Purdue) (BC Siauliai)



Zalgiris Kaunas U20 wins Rinus de Jong Invitational - by Fred Roggen

Zalgiris Kaunas U20 wins Rinus de Jong Invitational. In the Final game Zalgiris Kaunas overcame BMS Basket 85-70. Vaidus Kariniauskas erupted with 34 points, while Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) added 18. Tomas Dimsa (195-G/F-94) delivered 11 points in a win. BMS Basketball got 18 points from Alexander Birketoft (202-C-93) and Yaw Gyamfi (184-G-92) added 13. Nebosja Mitrovic produced 10

BA Riga finished third place at the Rinus de Jong Invitational. The Latvian side managed to beat BF Belgrade 96-87 in the last game.

In the game for the 5th-6th places EiffelTowers beat CBA 75-68. Mike Schilder (185-PG-94, agency: Court Side) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 7 rebounds, while Roel Aarts (201-PF-93) brought 15. Canarias Basketball Academy got 19 points from Michael Carey Jr., while Rafael Casanova de Alba scored 11. Luis Bercera Dominguez notched 8, whilst Jordy Kuipers had 7 points and 11 rebounds.

MVP: Zarko Jukic (200-F-93) (BMS Basket)



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Hungary U16 comes back from Opava - by Eurobasket News

Hungary U16 comes back from Opava of the Olympic Hopes 2012. The team posted the initial victory and finished with 1-2 record.
In Day 1 Czech Republic U16 overcame Hungary U16 88:52. Smerda top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Theodor Dlugos (97) added 12. Tkac followed them with 10 points in a win.
In Day 2 Hungary beat Slovakia 80:74.
In Day 3 Poland U16 rolled over Hungary U16 54:44. The Polish side started with 12-9 lead and added 20-15 surge in the second frame. Hungary replied with 15-12 in the third quarter, while Poland finished the game with 10-5 for the final success. Rerak led the way with 17 points and Marcel Ponitka (187-PG-97) scored 16 points. Bender added 13, while Piotr Scibisz (157-PG-97) notched 4.



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 14

Dec. 28: Holland Dream - Lansing C. 144-142
Dec. 30: Battle Creek K. - Lansing C. 134-123
Dec. 27: Gary Splash - Battle Creek K. 125-116
Dec. 29: Kenosha B. - St.Louis T. 118-114
Dec. 30: Kenosha B. - Gary Splash 109-119

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 5: Kankakee S. - Kenosha B.
Jan. 5: Rockford RD - St.Louis T.
Jan. 6: Holland Dream - Gary Splash


IBA Winter Season last game results - by Gianni Pascucci

12/28
Holland Dream 144 - Lansing Capitals 142
12/29
Kenosha Ballers 118 - St. Louis Trotters 114
12/30
Gary Splash 119 - Kenosha Ballers 109 (Juan Warren 28 pts, 12 rebs, Stane's Bufford (6'5''-F/G-84, college: W.Michigan) 26 pts, 11rebs)
Battle Creek Knights 134 - Lansing Capitals 123 (Tihon Johnson (6'5''-G-82, college: Mountain St.) 36 t, 16 rebs; Joseph Young (6'2''-G-87, college: Central Mo.) 25 pts)



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Euro news - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Results from last games 2012 where Icelandic players are playing around Europe.
Spain
Assignia Manresa 78 CB Canarias 81. Haukur Palsson played 16 minutes 2 points, 1 rebound
CAI Zaragoza 81. Bilbao basket 74. Jon Stefansson 0 points, 2 rebounds $ 1 assist for CAI
Germany
MBC 59. TB Trier 78. Hordur Vilhjalmsson 9 pts, 3 rebounds 1 assist.
MBC 93. LTI 46ERS 88. Hordur Vilhjalmsson 10 pts, 3 rebs, 3 assist for MBC.
Sweden
Jamtland 75. Sundsvall 90. 13 games won in a row. Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F-82) 16 pts, 15 rebs & 2 assist. Jakob Sigurdarson 11 points, 3 rebounds 5 assist.
Sodertalje 76 Sundsvall 70. Jakob Sigurdarson 17 pts, 3 rebs & 1 assist. Hlynur Baeringsson 12 pts, 11 boards $ 3 assist



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Standings - Superleague

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

Regular Season: Round 11

Dec. 31: Mahram - Gorgan 98-68
Dec. 31: Azad - Esteghlal 85-65
Dec. 31: Foolad Mahan - Petrochimi 82-80
Dec. 31: Sanaye Petrochimi - Zanjan 61-60
Dec. 31: Naft Sepahan - Al Badr 100-88

Regular Season: Round 12

Jan. 7: Gorgan - Azad
Jan. 7: Al Badr - Zanjan
Jan. 7: Mahram - Foolad Mahan
Jan. 7: Esteghlal - Naft Sepahan
Jan. 7: Petrochimi - Sanaye Petrochimi


Foolad Mahan hand Petrochimi their first loss - by Eurobasket News

Foolad Mahan hand Petrochimi their first loss in the League. Foolad grabbed an 82:80 win for 9-2 record, while Petrochimi dropped at 10-1 record. Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) netted 17. Veisi Saman added 12, while Davari Javad notched 9. Sani Becirovic (196-G-81) erupted with 27 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds, while Afagh Hamed brought 16.
Mahram improved to 9-2 record after the win over Gorgan 98:68. Mahdi Kamrani (186-PG-82) stepped up with 29 points and Hooman Rezaei (208-C-81) as well as Mashayekhi Sajjad had 15 each. Bani Aghil Mojtaba replied with 17 points, while Vartan Bidroosian (195-F-83) had 11.
In another games Azad beat Esteghlal 85:65 and Sanaye Petrochimi overcame Zanjan 61:60. Naft Sepahan did not leave any chance for Al Badr in a 100-88 victory.



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Standings - BSL

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

Regular Season: Round 11

Dec. 31: Hapoel J-M - Hapoel Eilat 85-79
Dec. 31: Elizur Ashkelon - Galil Gilboa 82-69
Dec. 30: Maccabi Rishon - Maccabi Haifa 73-79
Dec. 30: Netanya - Hapoel Holon 72-70
Dec. 30: Maccabi Ashdod - Hapoel T-A 72-67
Dec. 30: Maccabi T-A - Bnei Hasharon 113-85

Regular Season: Round 12

Jan. 6: Elizur Ashkelon - Hapoel Eilat
Jan. 6: Hapoel Holon - Maccabi Haifa
Jan. 6: Maccabi Ashdod - Netanya
Jan. 6: Maccabi Rishon - Galil Gilboa
Jan. 6: Bnei Hasharon - Hapoel T-A
Jan. 6: Hapoel J-M - Maccabi T-A


Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Romel BECK
  Bnei Hasharon
  (201-G/F-82)
  Avg: 19
 1. Beck, Bnei Hashar.19.0 
 2. Hopson, Hapoel Eil.18.5 
 3. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.18.0 
 4. Simpson, Maccabi17.7 
 5. Killingswort., Net.17.5 
 6. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.16.6 
 7. Wright, Maccabi16.4 
 8. Moore, Elizur A.16.3 
 9. Warren, Maccabi16.0 
 10. Smith, Maccabi Ha.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.12.1 
 2. Holman, Hapoel Eil.11.2 
 3. Jones, Bnei H.10.2 
 4. Wright, Maccabi9.8 
 5. Calathes, Maccabi9.7 
 6. Uter, Maccabi9.5 
 7. Washington, Netan.9.4 
 8. Thomas, Maccabi8.5 
 9. Simpson, Maccabi8.2 
 10. Dove, Elizur Ashk.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Maccabi Haifa
  (201-SF-83)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Smith, Maccabi Hai.6.4 
 2. Ohayon, Maccabi5.7 
 3. Perry, Elizur A.4.7 
 4. Pullen, Hapoel J-M4.5 
 5. Bradley, Netanya4.3 
 6. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.4.2 
 7. Israeli, Maccabi4.1 
 8. Timor, Hapoel T-A4.0 
 9. Smith, Galil Gilboa4.0 
 10. Berkowitz, Bnei H.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Matan NAOR
  Hapoel T-A
  (195-SF-80)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.8 
 2. Ohayon, Maccabi2.4 
 3. Washington, Netan.2.3 
 4. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.2.3 
 5. Jones, Bnei H.2.0 
 6. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.1.9 
 7. Porat, Elizur A.1.8 
 8. Wright, Maccabi1.8 
 9. Moore, Elizur A.1.8 
 10. Mills, Elizur A.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. James, Maccabi T-A2.4 
 2. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.1.9 
 3. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.7 
 4. Uter, Maccabi1.6 
 5. Holman, Hapoel Eil.1.5 
 6. Thomas, Maccabi1.4 
 7. Wright, Maccabi1.4 
 8. Kelly, Hapoel T-A1.2 
 9. Dove, Elizur Ashke.1.1 
 10. Washington, Neta.1.0 


Standings - National League

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

Regular Season: Round 11

Jan. 1: Elitzur Yavne - Macc.B.Yaakov 94-66
Jan. 1: Ironi Nes-Ziona - Hod Hasharon 89-68
Jan. 1: Hapoel Kazrin - Ironi Ramat Gan 86-102
Jan. 1: Maccabi K/B - Hapoel K/S 83-90
Jan. 1: Elitzur Ramla - Maccabi K/G 80-52
Jan. 1: Ironi K-A - Ironi Nahariya 72-79
Jan. 1: Kiryat Tivon - Hapoel Afula 102-97

Regular Season: Round 12

Jan. 8: Maccabi K/B - Kiryat Tivon
Jan. 8: Hapoel K/S - Hod Hasharon
Jan. 8: Ironi Nahariya - Ironi Nes-Ziona
Jan. 8: Maccabi K/G - Ironi K-A
Jan. 8: Ironi Ramat Gan - Elitzur Ramla
Jan. 8: Macc.B.Yaakov - Hapoel Kazrin
Jan. 8: Hapoel Afula - Elitzur Yavne


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Hapoel A.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Durham, Hapoel A.23.1 
 2. Wright, Maccabi21.8 
 3. Laing, Macc.B.Y.21.1 
 4. Odiakosa, Hod H.20.3 
 5. Murray, Kiryat T.19.9 
 6. McCoy, Ironi N.19.9 
 7. Westbrook, Hapoel19.8 
 8. Benn, Ironi N.19.1 
 9. Clemente, Ironi N.19.1 
 10. Govens, Ironi K-A19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chukwudinma ODIAKOSA
  Hod H.
  (203-F/C-85)
  Avg: 15.4
 1. Odiakosa, Hod H.15.4 
 2. Durham, Hapoel A.14.2 
 3. Jefferson, Elitzu.13.2 
 4. Ramsey, Ironi R.10.9 
 5. Joyner, Maccabi10.3 
 6. Benn, Ironi N.9.9 
 7. Constantine, Hapoe.9.7 
 8. McGhee, Elitzur9.5 
 9. Clemente, Ironi N.9.2 
 10. Darby, Kiryat Tiv.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon BROOKS
  Hapoel K/S
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Brooks, Hapoel K/S6.8 
 2. Fisher, Hapoel Afu.6.5 
 3. Nanikashvili, Iron.6.5 
 4. Golan, Ironi Nahar.6.0 
 5. Gordon, Hapoel K.5.1 
 6. Grinboim, Ironi R.4.9 
 7. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.4.7 
 8. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.4.7 
 9. Govens, Ironi K-A4.5 
 10. Benn, Ironi N.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Tomer BER-AVEN
  Kiryat T.
  (196-F/G-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.2.8 
 2. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.2.4 
 3. Benn, Ironi N.2.4 
 4. Hofman, Elitzur2.3 
 5. Gordon, Hapoel K.2.3 
 6. Ramsey, Ironi R.2.3 
 7. Wright, Maccabi2.3 
 8. Iram, Macc.B.Y.2.1 
 9. Paelay, Elitzur Ya.2.1 
 10. Assaf, Ironi R.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-F-88)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.3.3 
 2. Clark, Ironi K-A1.9 
 3. Constantine, Hapoe.1.7 
 4. Blair, Ironi N.1.4 
 5. Odiakosa, Hod H.1.3 
 6. Ramsey, Ironi R.1.3 
 7. Durham, Hapoel A.1.1 
 8. Blayzer, Hapoel Af.0.9 
 9. Dunne, Ironi N.0.9 
 10. Gonshor, Maccabi0.8 


Winner League Round 11: Maccabi T-A enjoys 10-1 record on top - by Eurobasket News

Winner League is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 11 rounds left. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game between third ranked Hapoel Eilat (7-4) and fifth ranked Hapoel J-M (6-5) was the most important one in the last round on Monday night. Hapoel Eilat was defeated by Hapoel J-M in a tough game in Jerusalem 79-85. Hapoel Eilat trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 13 after three quarters before a 28-21 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 79-85 at the end of the game. Hapoel J-M forced 23 Hapoel Eilat turnovers. It was a great evening for American-Georgian point guard Jacob Pullen (185-89, college: Kansas St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 6 assists. The former international Raviv Limonad (191-84) helped adding 19 points. American guard Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) responded with 23 points and 5 rebounds. Hapoel J-M maintains fifth place with 6-5 record. Newly promoted Hapoel Eilat keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with Netanya. Hapoel J-M are looking forward to face league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Eilat will play on the road against Ironi Ashkelon and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Maccabi Ashdod managed to get a third victory. This time they won against fifth-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv 72-67. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for forward Diamon Simpson (201-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Jamie Skeen accounted for 16 points and 9 rebounds. Curtis Kelly (205-88, college: Kansas St.) came up with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks for Hapoel Tel-Aviv in the defeat. Maccabi Ashdod (3-8) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Galil Gilboa and Hapoel Holon. Hapoel Tel-Aviv lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with Maccabi Rishon and Elizur Ashkelon. Maccabi Ashdod will play against higher ranked GreenTops Netanya (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play against Bnei Hasharon in Hod Hasharon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Winner League top team - Maccabi T-A (10-1) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Bnei Hasharon (4-7) in Tel-Aviv 113-85. The best player for the winners was Devin Smith who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Romel Beck produced 32 points (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) 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. Maccabi T-A have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-1 record. Bnei Hasharon at the other side keeps the ninth position with seven games lost. Maccabi T-A will meet Hapoel J-M (#5) in the next round. Bnei Hasharon will play against Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#6) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Rishon Le-Zion was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Maccabi Haifa (8-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Maccabi Rishon (5-6). Maccabi Haifa managed to secure a 6-point victory 79-73. Donta Smith orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Maccabi Haifa moved-up to second place. Maccabi Rishon at the other side keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Maccabi Haifa's next round opponent will be Hapoel Holon (#11) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi Rishon will play against Galil Gilboa (#10) in Rosh Pina.
Tenth-ranked Hapoel Holon (3-8) gave a tough game to fourth ranked GreenTops Netanya (7-4) on Sunday. GreenTops Netanya managed to secure only two-point victory 72-70. However their fans expected much easier game. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a great evening for Marco Killingsworth who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds. GreenTops Netanya moved-up to third place, which they share with Hapoel Eilat. Hapoel Holon lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the tenth position with eight games lost. GreenTops Netanya will face bottom-ranked Maccabi Ashdod (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Holon will play against the league's second-placed Maccabi Haifa.

In the last game of round 11 Galil Gilboa lost to Elizur Ashkelon on the opponent's court 69-82.


Hapoel J-M - Hapoel Eilat 85-79

The game between third ranked Hapoel Eilat (7-4) and fifth ranked Hapoel J-M (6-5) was the most important one in the last round on Monday night. Hapoel Eilat was defeated by Hapoel J-M in a tough game in Jerusalem 79-85. Hapoel Eilat trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 13 after three quarters before a 28-21 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 79-85 at the end of the game. Hapoel J-M forced 23 Hapoel Eilat turnovers. It was a great evening for American-Georgian point guard Jacob Pullen (185-89, college: Kansas St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 6 assists. The former international Raviv Limonad (191-84) helped adding 19 points. American guard Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) responded with 23 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import power forward Eli Holman (208-89, college: Detroit Mercy) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Hapoel J-M maintains fifth place with 6-5 record. Newly promoted Hapoel Eilat keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with Netanya. Hapoel J-M are looking forward to face league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Eilat will play on the road against Ironi Ashkelon and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: J.Pullen 20+2reb+6ast, R.Limonad 19+2reb+3ast, C.Fells 14+7reb+1ast, J.Duncan 9+5reb+1ast, C.Smith 8+3reb+2ast, E.Kadir 8+5reb
Hapoel Eilat: S.Hopson 23+5reb+2ast, J.Tillman 15+9reb, E.Holman 15+10reb+1ast, E.Skverer 8+4reb+4ast, A.Nissim 8+2reb, A.Freeman 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 192977


Elizur Ashkelon - Galil Gilboa 82-69

Rather expected game when 10th ranked Galil Gilboa (3-8) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked Ironi Ashkelon (5-6) 82-69 on Monday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-69. Ironi Ashkelon made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a great evening for forward Marcus Dove (206-85, college: Oklahoma St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Marcus Moore (198-80, college: Washington St., agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) helped adding 22 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: KMG Sports Management) responded with 13 points and 6 assists and forward Brandon Hunter (201-80, college: Ohio) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Five Galil Gilboa players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ironi Ashkelon moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Hapoel T-A and Maccabi Rishon. Loser Galil Gilboa keeps the tenth position with eight games lost. Ironi Ashkelon will face higher ranked Hapoel Eilat (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Galil Gilboa will play against Maccabi Rishon (#8) in Rishon Le-Zion and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Elizur Ashkelon: M.Dove 25+12reb+1ast, M.Moore 22+6reb+1ast, M.Perry 14+2reb+6ast, G.Porat 8+6reb+1ast, J.Mills 6+4reb+4ast, O.Shaashoua 3+4reb+2ast
Galil Gilboa: J.Smith 13+4reb+6ast, A.Simhon 12+4reb, Y.Green 10+5reb+2ast, M.Watt 10+3reb+1ast, B.Hunter 10+6reb+1ast, K.Hayes 6+1reb+4ast
gschID: 192973


Maccabi Rishon - Maccabi Haifa 73-79

The game in Rishon Le-Zion was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Maccabi Haifa (8-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Maccabi Rishon (5-6). Maccabi Haifa managed to secure a 6-point victory 79-73. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Maccabi Rishon won third quarter 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi Haifa had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. American-Greek swingman Pat Calathes (208-85, college: St.Joseph's) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Julian Wright (203-87, college: Kansas) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (200-84, college: Hofstra, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) added 17 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Maccabi Rishon. Maccabi Haifa moved-up to second place. Maccabi Rishon at the other side keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Maccabi Haifa's next round opponent will be Hapoel Holon (#11) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi Rishon will play against Galil Gilboa (#10) in Rosh Pina.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Haifa: G.Mekel 17+3reb+5ast, D.Smith 15+6reb+7ast, C.Carr 12+1reb, P.Calathes 12+11reb+4ast, I.Kozikaro 9+8reb, P.Stoll 8+3reb+5ast
Maccabi Rishon: J.Wright 21+11reb+1ast, W.Warren 20+2reb+2ast, A.Uter 17+11reb+1ast, L.Jones 9+3ast, N.Hanochi 6+4reb+1ast, D.Aidan 0
gschID: 192976


Maccabi T-A - Bnei Hasharon 113-85

Winner League top team - Maccabi T-A (10-1) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Bnei Hasharon (4-7) in Tel-Aviv 113-85. The game without a history. Maccabi T-A led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They were well out of reach of Bnei Hasharon shooting 70.5 percent from the field and made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Maccabi T-A had a 26-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Maccabi T-A especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 62.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. The best player for the winners was American swingman Devin Smith (196-83, college: Virginia) who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). International Lior Eliyahu (206-85) chipped in 19 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Four Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. American-Mexican swingman Romel Beck (201-82, college: UNLV, agency: Interperformances) produced 32 points (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) and American forward Jumaine Jones (203-79, college: Georgia) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively 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. Maccabi T-A have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-1 record. Bnei Hasharon at the other side keeps the ninth position with seven games lost. Maccabi T-A will meet Hapoel J-M (#5) in the next round. Bnei Hasharon will play against Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: D.Smith 20+6reb+2ast, L.Eliyahu 19+4reb+3ast, D.Planinic 17+2reb+1ast, M.Roth 17+3ast, D.Logan 12+2reb+1ast, M.Thomas 8+8reb+3ast
Bnei Hasharon: R.Beck 32+1reb+2ast, D.Caracter 15+4reb+1ast, J.Jones 11+7reb+3ast, N.Berkowitz 7+4ast, J.Reynolds 7+2reb+2ast, B.Rice 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 192978


Maccabi Ashdod - Hapoel T-A 72-67

Bottom-ranked Maccabi Ashdod managed to get a third victory. This time they won against fifth-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv 72-67. Hapoel Tel-Aviv was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 18-12 charge of Maccabi Ashdod, which allowed them to win the game. They made 23-of-27 charity shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Maccabi Ashdod forced 19 Hapoel Tel-Aviv turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for forward Diamon Simpson (201-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Jamie Skeen (205-88, college: VCU) accounted for 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Curtis Kelly (205-88, college: Kansas St.) came up with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks and point guard Demontez Stitt (186-89, college: Clemson) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Hapoel Tel-Aviv in the defeat. Maccabi Ashdod (3-8) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Galil Gilboa and Hapoel Holon. Hapoel Tel-Aviv lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with Maccabi Rishon and Elizur Ashkelon. Maccabi Ashdod will play against higher ranked GreenTops Netanya (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play against Bnei Hasharon in Hod Hasharon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: D.Simpson 22+10reb+1ast, J.Skeen 16+9reb, M.Collins 11+4reb+3ast, D.Hagag 9+1reb+3ast, G.Israeli 8+1reb+4ast, M.Mizrahi 4
Hapoel T-A: C.Kelly 19+5reb+1ast, D.Stitt 16+8reb+1ast, B.Timor 7+3reb+2ast, J.Skjoldebrand 6+2reb+1ast, Y.Shiran 6+3reb+2ast, M.Naor 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 192975


Netanya - Hapoel Holon 72-70

Tenth-ranked Hapoel Holon (3-8) gave a tough game to fourth ranked GreenTops Netanya (7-4) on Sunday. GreenTops Netanya managed to secure only two-point victory 72-70. However their fans expected much easier game. Hapoel Holon was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. GreenTops Netanya had a 33-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a great evening for power forward Marco Killingsworth (203-82, college: Indiana, agency: Avi Zilberman) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds. Swingman Deron Washington (201-85, college: Virginia Tech) helped adding 13 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Frank Hassell (203-88, college: ODU) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks and forward Tyler Smith (201-86, college: Tennessee) scored 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Four GreenTops Netanya and five Hapoel Holon players scored in double figures. GreenTops Netanya moved-up to third place, which they share with Hapoel Eilat. Hapoel Holon lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the tenth position with eight games lost. GreenTops Netanya will face bottom-ranked Maccabi Ashdod (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Holon will play against the league's second-placed Maccabi Haifa.
Top scorers:
Netanya: M.Killingsworth 18+14reb+2ast, R.Bradley 17+3reb+2ast, D.Washington 13+9reb+3ast, R.Morgan 11+7reb+3ast, E.Shulman 4+4reb+5ast, Y.Orland 4+3reb
Hapoel Holon: F.Hassell 15+13reb, J.Dyson 13+4ast, T.Smith 12+8reb+4ast, Z.Rosen 11+3ast, L.Hill 10+11reb+1ast, S.Daniel 8+2reb
gschID: 192974



Ironi Nahariya signs Nate Miller, ex Sionista - by Eurobasket News

Ironi Nahariya (National League) signed 26-year old American guard Nate Miller (193-102kg-87, college: Bowling Green, agency: KMG Sports Management). He already started the season at Sionista in Argentinian LigaA. In 11 games this season he had 8.0ppg and 3.6rpg. Miller also played at Panteras in Mexican LNBP earlier that season. In 9 games this year he recorded very impressive stats: 19.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 3.7apg and 2.4spg. The last season he played at Beer Yaakov. In 34 National League games last year he recorded also great stats: 22.4ppg, 8.9rpg, 3.6apg and 3.0spg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Player of the Year, Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.
The previous (10-11) season Miller was tested by Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Defensive Player of the Year. The other team he played that season for was Hapoel Yokneam/Megido. In 30 Artzit games that year he recorded also great stats: 22.0ppg, 7.5rpg, 3.4apg and 3.1spg. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Defensive Player of the Year. Another team Miller played that season for was ADT Tarragona in Spanish 1 Div.. In 30 games he recorded also great stats: 22.0ppg, 7.5rpg and 3.4apg.
He has played also professionally in Spain (Leyma Basquet).
Miller attended Bowling Green State University until 2009 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



National League Round 11: Hapoel Afula is defeated by Kiryat Tivon - by Eurobasket News

The game between second ranked Hapoel Afula (8-3) and thirteenth ranked Kiryat Tivon (2-9) was the most important one in the last round on Tuesday night. Hapoel Afula was defeated by Kiryat Tivon in a tough game in Kiryat Tivon 97-102. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Hapoel Afula. Kiryat Tivon forced 21 Hapoel Afula turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. It was a great evening for swingman Tomer Ber-Aven (196-92) who led his team to a victory with a triple-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. American forward Taylor Darby (203, college: Pepperdine) helped adding 25 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) responded with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 11 rebounds. Kiryat Tivon maintains thirteenth place with 2-9 record. Hapoel Afula at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Kiryat Tivon are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (#14) on the road in the next round. Hapoel Afula will play against the league's second-placed Elitzur Yavne (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Nes Ziyona. First ranked host Ironi Nes-Ziona (10-1) smashed 3rd placed Hod Hasharon (8-3) 89-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hod Hasharon. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) who led the winners and scored 23 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Tal Michael Dunne accounted for 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for Hod Hasharon in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ironi Nes-Ziona have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-1 record. Hod Hasharon at the other side dropped to the second position with three games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play against Ironi Nahariya (#5) on the road in the next round. Hod Hasharon will play against Hapoel Kfar Saba and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Kiryat Ata was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Ironi Nahariya (8-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (6-5). Ironi Nahariya managed to secure a 7-point victory 79-72 on Tuesday. The best player for the winners was Aviram Zelkovits who scored 27 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Chris Watson produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts. The victory was the third consecutive win for Ironi Nahariya. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Ironi Kiryat Ata lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Ironi Nahariya will meet at home league's leader Ironi Nes-Ziona in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ironi Kiryat Ata will play against Maccabi K/G (#12) in Kiryat Gat and hope to secure a win.
Fourth ranked Elitzur Yavne (8-3) crushed at home 10th ranked Beer Yaakov (4-7) by 28 points 94-66, which is the biggest margin this round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Beer Yaakov. Monta McGhee orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Elitzur Yavne's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Elitzur Yavne moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Beer Yaakov at the other side dropped to the ninth position with seven games lost. Elitzur Yavne's next round opponent will be Hapoel Afula (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Beer Yaakov will play against Hapoel Kazrin (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 11: Ironi Ramat Gan won against Hapoel Kazrin on the opponent's court 102-86. Elitzur Ramla outscored Maccabi K/G in a home game 80-52. Hapoel K/S managed to beat Maccabi K/B on the road 90-83.


Ironi K-A - Ironi Nahariya 72-79

The game in Kiryat Ata was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Ironi Nahariya (8-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (6-5). Ironi Nahariya managed to secure a 7-point victory 79-72 on Tuesday. Ironi Kiryat Ata was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was guard Aviram Zelkovits (193-89) who scored 27 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. The former international power forward Chris Watson (200-75, college: Niagara) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. The victory was the third consecutive win for Ironi Nahariya. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Ironi Kiryat Ata lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Ironi Nahariya will meet at home league's leader Ironi Nes-Ziona in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ironi Kiryat Ata will play against Maccabi K/G (#12) in Kiryat Gat and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ironi K-A: C.Watson 22+12reb+1ast, D.Govens 15+7reb+5ast, I.Clark 9+4reb+5ast, N.Laish 9+1reb, G.Halamish 5+4reb+3ast, I.Nanikashvili 5+3reb+5ast
Ironi Nahariya: A.Zelkovits 27+8reb+1ast, R.Clemente 15+12reb+2ast, N.Golan 13+8reb+3ast, J.Baze 7+1reb+2ast, E.Saudai 6+1reb, R.Pitshon 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 197810


Elitzur Yavne - Macc.B.Yaakov 94-66

Fourth ranked Elitzur Yavne (8-3) crushed at home 10th ranked Beer Yaakov (4-7) by 28 points 94-66, which is the biggest margin this round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Beer Yaakov. The game was mostly controlled by Elitzur Yavne. Beer Yaakov was better in fourth quarter 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Beer Yaakov 47-36 including a 41-29 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Monta McGhee (198-79, college: Lewis, agency: I.D.S. Law) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Ofir Farchi (163-87) contributed with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Five Elitzur Yavne players scored in double figures. Elitzur Yavne's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Brian Laing (195-85, college: Seton Hall, agency: I.D.S. Law) answered with 30 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) added 16 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Beer Yaakov. Elitzur Yavne moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Beer Yaakov at the other side dropped to the ninth position with seven games lost. Elitzur Yavne's next round opponent will be Hapoel Afula (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Beer Yaakov will play against Hapoel Kazrin (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Macc.B.Yaakov: B.Laing 30+8reb+2ast, J.Hall 16+9reb+2ast, I.Simin 5+5reb, O.Ida 5+2reb, A.Eliyahu 3+3reb+7ast, Z.Volfer 2+6reb+3ast
Elitzur Yavne: E.Hofman 18+4reb+1ast, O.Farchi 16+5reb+6ast, M.McGhee 16+10reb+4ast, N.Matalon 15+4reb+1ast, Y.Lioutrine 13+6reb, I.Nesterenko 10+8reb
gschID: 197807


Ironi Nes-Ziona - Hod Hasharon 89-68

The game between Top Four teams took place in Nes Ziyona. First ranked host Ironi Nes-Ziona (10-1) smashed 3rd placed Hod Hasharon (8-3) 89-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hod Hasharon. Ironi Nes-Ziona forced 20 Hod Hasharon turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) who led the winners and scored 23 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) accounted for 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. Benn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and American guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: VCU, agency: Pro One Sports) added 24 points respectively for Hod Hasharon in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ironi Nes-Ziona have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-1 record. Hod Hasharon at the other side dropped to the second position with three games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play against Ironi Nahariya (#5) on the road in the next round. Hod Hasharon will play against Hapoel Kfar Saba and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hod Hasharon: B.Walker 24+3reb, C.Odiakosa 22+15reb+1ast, G.Dotan 8+3reb+3ast, O.Hover 7+4reb, E.Asante Asare 5+6reb+3ast, A.Skverer 2+5reb
Ironi Nes-Ziona: B.Benn 23+6reb+5ast, T.Michael Dunne 21+6reb+6ast, T.Karpels 18+3reb+2ast, R.Zehavian 9+4reb+2ast, E.Engel 6, G.Blair 6+5reb
gschID: 197811


Hapoel Kazrin - Ironi Ramat Gan 86-102

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Hapoel Kazrin (4-7) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (7-4) 102-86. They made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Ironi Ramat Gan shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Guard Itay Grinboim (193-85, agency: Avi Zilberman) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 7 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). The former international power forward Amit Tamir (208-79, college: California) contributed with 24 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Ironi Ramat Gan players scored in double figures. Naturalized Russian power forward Anton Kazarnovski (205-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Lawrence Westbrook (183-88, college: Minnesota) added 21 points in the effort for Hapoel Kazrin. Ironi Ramat Gan moved-up to sixth place. Newly promoted Hapoel Kazrin keeps the ninth position with seven games lost. Ironi Ramat Gan's next round opponent will be Elitzur Ramla (#11) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. Hapoel Kazrin will play against Beer Yaakov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Kazrin: L.Westbrook 21+4reb+3ast, G.Johnson 20+4reb+1ast, A.Kazarnovski 19+12reb, R.Sabag 7+2reb+3ast, A.Gordon 6+3reb+10ast, S.Salz 5+4ast
Ironi Ramat Gan: I.Grinboim 28+1reb+7ast, A.Tamir 24+8reb+1ast, D.Assaf 19+4reb+9ast, T.Kent 13+7reb, K.Ramsey 10+6reb+3ast, V.Yeremishin 4+1reb
gschID: 197808


Elitzur Ramla - Maccabi K/G 80-52

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when twelfth ranked Elitzur Ramla (3-8) smashed at home 11th ranked Maccabi K/G (3-8) 80-52. They outrebounded Maccabi K/G 41-28 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Elitzur Ramla players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary, agency: FCM) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Forward Johndre Jefferson (207-88, college: S.Carolina) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Elitzur Ramla players scored in double figures. Forward Lenny Daniel (203-87, college: CS Northridge) answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and swingman Akeem Wright (200-84, college: Kansas St.) added 20 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Maccabi K/G. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Elitzur Ramla moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with defeated Maccabi K/G. Elitzur Ramla's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (#6) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Maccabi K/G: A.Wright 20+6reb+1ast, L.Daniel 18+8reb+1ast, O.Ron 6+1reb+3ast, D.Katzaf 3+1reb, D.Peterson 2+2reb, E.Knafo 1+1reb
Elitzur Ramla: V.Teel 21+11reb+6ast, J.Jefferson 18+13reb+1ast, O.Zinderman 17+6reb+6ast, O.Cohen 12+3reb+4ast, I.Rejwan 8+1reb+1ast, A.Guterman 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 197809


Kiryat Tivon - Hapoel Afula 102-97

The game between second ranked Hapoel Afula (8-3) and thirteenth ranked Kiryat Tivon (2-9) was the most important one in the last round on Tuesday night. Hapoel Afula was defeated by Kiryat Tivon in a tough game in Kiryat Tivon 97-102. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Hapoel Afula. Kiryat Tivon forced 21 Hapoel Afula turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. It was a great evening for swingman Tomer Ber-Aven (196-92) who led his team to a victory with a triple-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. American forward Taylor Darby (203, college: Pepperdine) helped adding 25 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) responded with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Anthony Fisher (191-86, agency: Pro One Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Kiryat Tivon maintains thirteenth place with 2-9 record. Hapoel Afula at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Kiryat Tivon are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (#14) on the road in the next round. Hapoel Afula will play against the league's second-placed Elitzur Yavne (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Afula: A.Durham 32+11reb+3ast, A.Fisher 24+8reb+10ast, E.Eliyah 15+8reb+3ast, O.Blayzer 13+9reb+3ast, L.Ariely 11+4reb+2ast, R.Barzilai 2+1reb+2ast
Kiryat Tivon: T.Darby 25+10reb+1ast, S.Farine 23+4reb+8ast, I.Buchman 22+6reb+4ast, T.Ber-Aven 16+10reb+10ast, G.Murray 14+6reb+1ast, N.Levy 2+1reb+3ast
gschID: 197812


Maccabi K/B - Hapoel K/S 83-90

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (1-10) was defeated at home by eighth ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (5-6) 90-83. The guests were ahead by 12 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 29-20 run, which allowed them to win the game. Hapoel Kfar Saba outrebounded Maccabi Kiryat Bialik 43-31 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Adam Constantine (206-88, college: Elon) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Adam McCoy (195-86, college: N.Texas) contributed with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Hapoel Kfar Saba players scored in double figures. American forward Dallis Joyner (201-90, college: Stony Brook) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized American Sean Labanowski (205-92) added 20 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Maccabi Kiryat Bialik. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hapoel Kfar Saba maintains eighth place with 5-6 record. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik lost their fourth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Hapoel Kfar Saba's next round opponent will be higher ranked Hod Hasharon (#4) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik will play against Kiryat Tivon (#13) in Kiryat Tivon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi K/B: D.Joyner 22+8reb+3ast, Z.Tavor 21+1reb+1ast, S.Labanowski 20+7reb+2ast, M.Alexander 8+5reb+2ast, M.Shamis 7+4reb+3ast, E.Gtoe 3+4reb
Hapoel K/S: A.Constantine 20+8reb+3ast, A.Harush 18+4reb+1ast, R.Elbaz 17+3reb+2ast, A.McCoy 17+9reb+2ast, H.Karni 9+13reb+1ast, E.Rotemberg 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 197806



Adam McCoy joins Hapoel Kfar Saba - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Kfar Saba/Kohav Yair (National League) agreed terms with 27-year old American guard Adam McCoy (195-86, college: N.Texas). He just played at Ironi Nahariya (National League). In 7 games this season he had very impressive stats: 19.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7spg. The last season McCoy played at Quimper UJAP in French ProB. In 19 games last year he recorded 13.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg. He also played at Marousi BC in Greek A2 earlier that season. In 19 games he recorded 13.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.2apg. The other team McCoy played shortly was Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol in Cypriot Division A.
He ended 2010-11 season at Vahostav-Zilina in Slovakian Extraliga. In 14 games that year he recorded also great stats: 18.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. But the most of that year McCoy spent at BK Iskra Svit in Extraliga. In 28 games he was the best scorer with impressive 26.6ppg and averaged 4.5rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
In 2009 McCoy was drafted by Tulsa 66ers (D-League) in seventh round (112th overall).
He attended University of North Texas and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
McCoys team made it to the Cyprus final in 2012.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Experienced heads put Cinq Reves in playoff contention - by Eurobasket News

The Tokyo Cinq Reves have taken their fair share of bumps and bruises during their inaugural season, but coach Motofumi Aoki is guiding the team in the right direction.
With an 8-12 record to date, the Cinq Reves (French for "five dreams") are within striking distance of a playoff spot. Never an easy task for an expansion team.

Tokyo's size (216-cm center and University of Kentucky alum Jared Carter (216-C-86, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Kentucky), 211-cm post player Jonathan Jones, 201-cm forward Dennis Carr (201-F-81, college: Embry Riddle) and 201-cm forward Akihito Inoue) and experience (guard Cohey Aoki (167-G-80) has been in the league since its inception in 2005) have paved the way for success.

"We're a veteran team," Carr said on Sunday after a home loss to the Iwate Big Bulls. "We have guys that know how to play the game, so right now we are just putting things together.

"We have all the pieces to the puzzle, and right now we are just putting it together piece by piece, and by January 2013 we are definitely hoping to be the team that everybody is afraid to play against."

Jones is the league's leading scorer (22.2 points per game) and Aoki is first among all Japanese players (14.6). Carr is the third-leading rebounder (12.4 per game) and Aoki is second in free-throw shooting accuracy (94.5 percent), while Carter is tied for fifth in blocks (1.8 per game).

Carr recognizes that his relentless rebounding is a big part of Tokyo's overall game plan and he embraces this role.

"Me being the top rebounder, if it's helping the team, that's what I'm going to continue to do," he said.

To be a successful rebounder, hard work is a key trait.

"Several teams I've been on, I've been the only foreigner on the team," Carr said, "so my work ethic has always had to be above average."

Carr, 31, has also played in Austria and Israel in the past decade. Now he wants to help lead the Cinq Reves to the playoffs as a first-year franchise.

"My personal goal is to get this team to the playoffs and hopefully a championship," the Embry Riddle alum said. "Throughout my entire career as a professional athlete, I've always been the go-to (leader), and coming to Tokyo I've accepted that role to do whatever it takes to help this team win and I'm definitely proud to be (near the top) as a rebounder. . ."

Remarkable numbers: Sendai guard Takehiko Shimura has 111 assists this season with only 12 turnovers.

89ers coach Bob Pierce marveled at those staggering numbers, writing in an email, "By the way, Take now leads the WORLD in assist-to-turnover ratio. . ."

"Take has always been pretty good taking care of the ball," Pierce noted. "His assist-to-turnover ratio has been somewhere around 4/1 most of his time in the bj-league.

Here's his totals: 2008-09 (167/43), 2009-10 (144/36), 2010-11 (76/22, "The season Mac Hopson dominated the ball at PG, and of course the earthquake," Pierce said, referring to the end of Sendai's season due to the March 11 disaster) and 2011-12 (269-77).

"Last year we were one of the worst teams in terms of number of turnovers, so reducing them was a priority as we prepared for this year," the coach added. "Take was never the problem last year, but he has really cut down on the number of risky passes, and works even harder to get to spots where he has good passing angles. So while his numbers were very good last year, they are unbelievable so far this season. It also helps that he has great control of the ball, and uses his size, speed, and strength to avoid having the ball taken from him. His most recent game, 12 assists with zero turnovers, is just the latest example of how good he's been."

Change on the horizon: Osaka (2-16) is poised to make a coaching change in January, according to a league insider. The Evessa are on the road for their next two series, including Jan. 5-6 at Toyama before playing host to Shiga the next weekend.

Zoran Kreckovic lasted four games (all losses) as the bench boss before he was replaced by Takao Furuya in October. A foreign coach will replace Furuya, the source said.

League accolade: An abbreviated slate of games is on tap for the final week of 2012: Takamatsu vs. Osaka, Yokohama vs. Tokyo, Iwate vs. Saitama and Niigata vs. Shinshu. Defending champion Ryukyu plays host to Kyoto on Jan. 2 and 3.

Roster move: Akita signed 19-year-old Yuki Togashi, it was announced on Boxing Day.

The 167-cm point guard is the same height as seven-time All-Star Cohey Aoki of the Tokyo Cinq Reves. Togashi participated in the NBA's Basketball Without Borders Asia program this year.

In 2009, the Niigata Prefecture native was a student at Montrose Christian School in Maryland, where K.J. Matsui and Taishi Ito (JBL Toyota Motors teammates) and Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant attended.

Building for the future: At 14-6 overall and 9-3 on the road, Iwate has been a success story during the season's first three months.

Forward Lawrence Blackledge, however, said the team is slowly building itself into the type of team it wants to be.

"I think we've still got a lot of work to do," Blackledge said on Sunday after the Big Bulls had completed a series sweep over Tokyo. "I think we've still got to build chemistry. There's a lot of new guys on this team ... so we're still just learning, so we're still just getting a feel for each other. That's any professional team overseas it' a learning process. It takes time."

Sure, any team consider winning 70 percent of its games to be a good thing, but Blackledge refuses to believe his team is a finished product right now.

"It's a 52-game season, so I think hopefully around May we should be playing our best ball," he said, "and that's when all the good teams want to be playing their best ball because that's playoff time."

Problems in Saitama: Former Broncos forward Antwan Scott, who has known Saitama coach Tracy Williams for many years both are from North Carolina said the Eastern Conference's worst team (2-16) does not have the unity needed to succeed.

In a recent phone conversation, Scott said Williams never made him feel comfortable on the squad.

"From day one, he didn't want me there," Scott said by phone from North Carolina. "I think it's something personal with him."

While coping with a hamstring injury a few weeks ago, Scott said the unspoken message he received from the coach was this: "I don't believe you're hurt. I don't want you here."

As far as staying with the Broncos or collecting his paycheck and leaving a team in the midst of a rocky season (2-16 entering this weekend's series), Scott said Williams told him "If I were you, I'd take the money and leave."

Scott told The Japan Times that he booked a flight home for Thanksgiving and informed the team about it well in advance, and that there was no problem. But then two days before he had planned to leave on Nov. 19, a Monday, the team had informed him a practice would be held on Nov. 21, and he was expected to be there.

Repeated attempts to reach the team were unsuccessful. And Scott never got a reply, he said.

"I'm not going (home) for 1 1/2 days," he said, thinking back to his final days as a Bronco.

He said he wanted to remain on the team, but in the end opted to accept his release. He said the team's fans are loyal and supportive but Williams is not running the team effectively, including at practice.

For instance, Scott said the team would run warmup drills for 15 minutes, then Williams would speak for around 45 minutes. Getting warmed up again was problematic for Scott, he admitted, as his muscles tightened up at a time when he was undergoing extra treatments for his injury.

Scott said he would like to return to Japan and even play for the Broncos again. He averaged 10.6 points in 10 games.

Memorable numbers: Sendai's back-to-back wins on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day over Shinshu improved the team's record to 7-12 after a five-game losing streak.
The Christmas triumph also featured a pair of numbers that caught Pierce's attention: 24 and 25.

He explained it this way: By the way, there was a secret Christmas message in the stats today. Yesterday was Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, and today was Dec. 25, Christmas Day. Today, Yasu (Yasuaki Arai) scored 24, and T.J. (Cummings) scored 25, which was our coded way of saying Merry Christmas to all the boosters and fans out there."
Courtesy of:http://www.japantimes.co.jp



Japanese BJ League round 24 best performance: Lawrence Blackledge - by Eurobasket News

American forward Lawrence Blackledge (206-F-86, agency: Top Notch Sports) had a great game in the last round for Iwate Big Bulls, receiving a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds, while his team outclassed Saitama Bron. (#11, 2-18) with 44-point margin 97-53. Iwate Big Bulls maintains the 3rd position in Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Iwate Big Bulls will need more victories to improve their 16-6 record. In the team's last game Blackledge had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Iwate Big Bulls' top player in his first season with the team. Former Marquette University star has very solid stats this year. Blackledge is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 9.8rpg) and averages impressive 2.9bpg and 54.7% FGP. Worth to mention Blackledge played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Rodney Webb (200-F-83) of league's leader Niigata Albirex. Webb had a very good evening with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Niigata Albirex to another comfortable win 95-76 over the lower-ranked Shinshu BW (#6, 13-11) being unquestionably team leader. Of course Niigata Albirex still keep the league's top spot. His team has currently 17-6 record. Webb is a newcomer at Niigata Albirex, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of league's second-best Yokohama BC. Kennedy scored 27 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Yokohama BC, leading his team to a 76-52 easy win against the lower-ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (#8, 8-14). Yokohama BC needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 6 lost games. Kennedy has a great season in Japan. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.0ppg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lawrence Blackledge (206-F-86) of Iwate Big Bulls - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Dexter Lyons (198-F/G-81) of Takamatsu FA - 14 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Draelon Burns (194-G-85) of Yokohama BC - 30 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. D'Mario Curry (201-G/F-85) of Shinshu BW - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Nile Murry (193-G-83) of Niigata Albirex - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Carlos Dixon (201-F-81) of Iwate Big Bulls - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Michael Bell (206-F-82) of Osaka Evessa - 16 points and 13 rebounds

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



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Eurobasket.com Honors Siggiewi's Marko Matijevic with Player of the Week - by Steve Dolan



Marko Matijevic (200-F-78) 6'7" Serbian Forward has been Named Eurobasket.com Player of the week for his performance December 23, 2012 against Floriana. Matijevic led his team to a win over Floriana 84-83; Matijevic had 21pts 19rebs, and 1ast in the victory over Floriana which led to him being named player of the week. Matijevic is a key reason why Siggiewi is favored with Athleta to meet for the league championship at the end of the season. Matijevic is currently avg 19.2ppg (5), 13.2rpg (4), 1.2spg, 1.4apg, .5bpg (6).

Other Notable Performances

2. Christopher Meier (195-PF-85, college: Saddleback JC) (Sig) 24pts, 13rebs, 2ast,3stls

3. Phillip Thomas (203-F-89, college: Portland St.) (Flo) 28pts, 14rebs, 2ast, 1stl

4. Stephen Shackleford (198-F-89, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: UTSA) (Lux) 32pts, 11rebs, 3ast, 1stl

5. Marko Todorovic (204-F/C-85) (Ath) 25pts, 12rebs, 2ast

6. Peter Shoults (168-G-85) (Sig) 24pts, 8rebs, 5ast, 2stls



Eurobasket.com Malta Men's Mid Season End of the Season Awards Predictions - by Steve Dolan

Malta Men's Awards

Champion: Athleta A-Z Electronics

C0-Player of the Year: Shawn Morgan (198-GF-86, college: Arkansas St.) 29.3ppg (1), 10.5rpg (7), 5.1apg (2), 3.6spg (1)
C0-Player of the Year: Stephen Shackleford (198-F-89, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: UTSA) 27.4ppg (2), 16.6rpg (1), 3.6apg (3), 3.2spg (2)

Position Players of the Year:

PG: Christopher Sammut (169-G-85) 14.8ppg (9), 6.0apg (1), 3.3rpg, 1.5spg

SG: Stephen Shackleford 27.4ppg (2), 16.6rpg (1), 3.6apg (3), 3.2spg (2)

SF: Shawn Morgan 29.3ppg (1), 10.5rpg (7), 5.1apg (2), 3.6spg (1)

PF: Phillip Thomas (203-F-89, college: Portland St.) 26.1ppg (3), 13.9rpg (3), 1.1spg, 1.1apg. .6bpg (5)

C: Marko Todorovic (204-F/C-85) 22.7ppg (4), 10.1rpg (9), 1.7apg, .7bpg (3)

1st Team

PG: Christopher Sammut 14.8ppg (9), 6.0apg (1), 3.3rpg, 1.5spg

SG: Stephen Shackleford 27.4ppg (2), 16.6rpg (1), 3.6apg (3), 3.2spg (2)

SF: Shawn Morgan 29.3ppg (1), 10.5rpg (7), 5.1apg (2), 3.6spg (1)

PF: Phillip Thomas 26.1ppg (3), 13.9rpg (3), 1.1spg, 1.1apg. .6bpg (5)

C: Marko Todorovic 22.7ppg (4), 10.1rpg (9), 1.7apg, .7bpg (3)


2nd Team


PG: Peter Shoults (168-G-85) (Sig) 14.4ppg (10), 5.3rpg, 3.3apg (6), 3.0spg (3)

SG: Omar Said (177-PG-80) (Ath) 16.1ppg (6), 7.4rpg, 2.1apg, 1.9spg (10)

SF: Dirk Schembri (193-F-85) (Flo) 14.0ppg, 11.0rpg (6), 2.2apg, 1.0spg

F:Christopher Meier (195-PF-85, college: Saddleback JC) (Sig) 14.8ppg (8), 10.3ppg (8), 1.4apg, 1.9spg (9), 1.6bpg (1)

F: Marko Matijevic (200-F-78) (Sig) 19.2ppg (5), 13.2rpg (4), 1.4apg, 1.2spg, .5bpg (6)

All Import Team

G: Stephen Shackleford 27.4ppg (2), 16.6rpg (1), 3.6apg (3), 3.2spg (2)

G: Shawn Morgan 29.3ppg (1), 10.5rpg (7), 5.1apg (2), 3.6spg (1)

F: Phillip Thomas 26.1ppg (3), 13.9rpg (3), 1.1spg, 1.1apg. .6bpg (5)

F: Marko Matijevic (Sig) 19.2ppg (5), 13.2rpg (4), 1.4apg, 1.2spg, .5bpg (6)

C: Marko Todorovic 22.7ppg (4), 10.1rpg (9), 1.7apg, .7bpg (3)

All Domestic Team

G: Christopher Sammut 14.8ppg (9), 6.0apg (1), 3.3rpg, 1.5spg

G: Peter Shoults (Sig) 14.4ppg (10), 5.3rpg, 3.3apg (6), 3.0spg (3)

G: Omar Said (Ath) 16.1ppg (6), 7.4rpg, 2.1apg, 1.9spg (10)

F: Dirk Schembri (Flo) 14.0ppg, 11.0rpg (6), 2.2apg, 1.0spg

F: Christopher Meier (Sig) 14.8ppg (8), 10.3ppg (8), 1.4apg, 1.9spg (9), 1.6bpg (1)


Defensive Team


G: Roderick Vella (180-PG-85) 9.9ppg, 8.8rpg (10), 3.4apg (5), 2.8spg (4)

G: Peter Shoults (Sig) 14.4ppg (10), 5.3rpg, 3.3apg (6), 3.0spg (3)

F: Anton Axiaq (188-C-91) (Loy) 10.6ppg, 8.5rpg, .8bpg (2)

F: Christopher Meier (Sig) 14.8ppg (8), 10.3ppg (8), 1.4apg, 1.9spg (9), 1.6bpg (1)

C: Marko Todorovic 22.7ppg (4), 10.1rpg (9), 1.7apg, .7bpg (3)



Peter Shoults Named You Shop We Ship Player of the Month December - by Steve Dolan


You Shop We Ship has named Peter Shoults (168-G-85) Siggiewi Derby Player of the Month for Decemeber. Shoults is the starting Point Guard for Siggiewi Derby whom is tied with Athleta for first place and one favorites to reach the league finals. Many would say Shoults is the engine that makes Siggiewi Derby run like a fine oiled machine. Shoults led Siggiewi Derby to a 4-1 record in December including cup games; during the 5 games in December Shoults avg 17.2ppg, 6.6rpg, 3.8apg, 4.0spg FG:43.9% FT: 73.7%. Shoults is currently avg 14.4ppg (10), 5.3rpg, 3.3apg (6), 3.0spg (3), Shoults is considered one of the top PG's in Malta and will be pushing for Point Guard of the Year at the end of the season but many will tell you that numbers does not do this young man justice that his floor leadership is more important than his stats.



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The Orlando Magic received a record-setting performance from Nik Vucevic - by Eurobasket News

"I really thought we were going to win that game," Magic shooting guard J.J. Redick said. "So when that happens and ends the way it does, it's disappointing."

Playing without injured starters Glen Davis and Jameer Nelson, the Magic led the defending champs by four points with almost a minute left in regulation, but Chris Bosh tied the score with a pair of baskets.

The Orlando Magic received a record-setting performance from Nikola Vucevic (210-C-90, college: USC). Arron Afflalo almost eclipsed his season-high point total. The team's rookies played physical basketball.

But LeBron James trumped them all. And he forced them to settle for the worst kind of victory, a moral victory.

James scored 10 of his game-high 36 points in overtime and led the Miami Heat to a 112-110 comeback win over the shorthanded Magic at Amway Center on New Year's Eve.

Orlando nearly upset Miami because Vucevic scored a career-high 20 points and broke Shaquille O'Neal's 19-year-old franchise record for rebounds in a game with 29 boards.

"Yeah, I knew how many rebounds I had," Vucevic said. "Teammates kept telling me to get 30, and I was close. But I only wish we would've won the game."

Afflalo scored 28 points while Redick added 23.

The Magic lost their sixth consecutive game, their longest losing streak since they lost six straight from Feb. 26 to March 6, 2006.

It didn't have to end that way.

Trailing 108-106 with 17.7 seconds left, Magic coach Jacque Vaughn drew up a double-option play for Redick and Hedo Turkoglu.

Miami's Ray Allen fell to the parquet floor, leaving Turkoglu wide-open, and Redick threw a crosscourt pass in Turkoglu's direction. But Dwyane Wade sprinted in, intercepted the pass, drove down the court and dunked to all but put the game away for Miami.

It was Orlando's 17th turnover of the game and resulted in Miami's 26th and 27th points off turnovers.

James added eight rebounds and 11 assists, and he put the Heat up 108-106 on a driving layup against Vucevic with 1:07 remaining in overtime.

Miami (21-8) avoided its third loss in a row.

"This is a winning league," James said. "You win or lose. It is not about how close you came to losing or how close you came to winning. We won. I am not discrediting what they did. They played a great game. They have some really good players and some pretty good pieces. We just made one more play than they did."

But Vucevic nearly willed Orlando (12-19) to the win.

"He wanted to get those rebounds, and he went after them," Vaughn said.

"That's how simple it was: He wanted the rebounds, and he went to go get them."

The Magic franchise record for rebounds in a game had been 28, set by O'Neal against the New Jersey Nets on Nov. 20, 1993.
Courtesy of: http://www.orlandosentinel.com



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January tips off with six games - by Eurobasket News

LA Lakers - Philadelph.76 99-103
Jrue Holiday (6'3''-PG-90, college: UCLA) had 26 points and 10 assists, Evan Turner (6'7''-G/F-88, college: Ohio St.) added 22 points and 13 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 103-99 on Tuesday night. The Lakers (15-16) have matched their worst start after 31 games since the 2002-03 season, when they began defense of their third straight NBA title with a 12-19 record. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78), who shifted from shooting guard to small forward five games ago in coach Mike D'Antonio's redesigned rotation, led the Lakers with 36 points. Steve Nash added 12 points and 10 assists. Down by nine with just under 3 minutes to play, the Lakers closed to 99-97 on Bryant's 3-pointer with 1:28 left. But Spencer Hawes responded with a 21-footer 16 seconds later and Holiday helped close it out on a driving dunk with 22.4 seconds on the clock. Courtesy of: miamiherald.com

Denver N. - LA Clippers 92-78
During an undefeated five-week run by the Los Angeles Clippers, the Denver Nuggets were just another team they beat along the way. The second time around, the Nuggets were the team that ground the Clippers' streak to a halt. Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-SF-88, agency: Players Group) led six Nuggets players in double figures with 17 points and Denver stopped the Clippers' franchise- record winning streak at 17 games with a 92-78 victory Tuesday night. The Clippers' streak was the longest in the NBA since the Boston Celtics won 19 in a row from Nov. 15-Dec. 23, 2008. "We were all a step slower today," said Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma), who had 12 points for the Clippers. "We've got to be better than that. We're not going to sit and cry on the plane and get beat down. We're not going to cause ourselves to lose our confidence, despite what people want us to do. That's the best thing about the NBA - you've got another game." Griffin went 4 of 11 from the field - the first time he's shot below 50 percent in 18 games. Andre Iguodala said the victory against the NBA's hottest team could help Denver build "our confidence, our swagger. "The Clippers have been playing with that the last 18 games. That builds into them winning. They have the mentality every night they're going to go out there and win. We've got to build the same thing and try to string along the same type of win streak." The loss was the first for the Clippers since a 105-98 setback against New Orleans on Nov. 26. It also marked the end of a franchise-record seven-game winning streak on the road. Kenneth Faried (6'8''-F-89, college: Morehead St.) added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Nuggets, who won their eighth in a row at home. The Clippers, whose point total was two above their season-low, were hurt by poor shooting from 3-point range (5 of 29, 17.2 percent) and the free throw line (13 of 29, 44.8 percent). Eric Bledsoe also had 12 points, DeAndre Jordan had 11 and Chris Paul 10 for the Clippers. "Maybe two or three of the 3's that we missed, they had a hand in our face," Paul said. "But we got all the shots that we wanted. There are going to be nights like that. It just hasn't happened for a while." Andre Miller, starting in place of point guard Ty Lawson, had 12 points and 12 assists for the Nuggets. Lawson, the team said, has been bothered by tightness in his left Achilles' tendon for the past week, forcing him to miss a game for the first time this season. "We don't win this game without Andre," Nuggets coach George Karl said. "He just got us easy baskets, got a lot of guys involved, gave our team a lot of confidence." Miller said, "It was a good win against a good team. We beat them every quarter. It was a weird game, kind of slow. Both teams want to get up and down the court. It was one of those nights were we fell into some easy baskets. We controlled our turnovers and had the energy on our side." Iguodala also helped out at point guard and chipped in with 12 points and eight assists for Denver, which lost to the Clippers in Los Angeles, 112-100 on Christmas Day. After Bledsoe hit a 3-pointer to pull the Clippers to 65-58 with 1:54 left in the third quarter, the Nuggets scored eight of the next nine points, including JaVale McGee's first career 3-pointer at the buzzer to take a 75-59 lead into the fourth quarter. McGee, who had a dunk off an alley-oop pass from Andre Miller on Denver's previous possession, hadn't even tried a 3-pointer in a game all season until then. He blew on his shooting hand after making the trey as if he had to cool it off. The Clippers cut it to 87-73 with 4:02 remaining when Griffin made one of two free throws but the Nuggets, as they did throughout the game, had an answer with Iguodala getting loose in the paint for a slam. The Clippers didn't threaten the rest of the way. The Nuggets took a 12-point lead with 3:01 left in the second quarter when Faried buried a short hook shot before settling for a 48-43 halftime advantage. Los Angeles closed the period with a 9-2 run, starting with Paul converting a three-point play followed by a dunk from DeAndre Jordon off a lob pass from Paul. Courtesy of: startribune.com

N.Orleans H. - Atlanta H. 86-95
Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) scored 10 of his 23 points in the third quarter to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 95-86 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday night. Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) added 20 points, Kyle Korver 14 and Zaza Pachulia 12 for the Hawks, who spoiled the homecoming of Hornets guard Eric Gordon. Gordon, playing in his first home game this season, scored 11 points on 5 of 17 shooting. He made his season debut in a victory over Charlotte on Saturday after spending most of the season recovering from a knee injury. Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F-88, college: California) scored 23 points and Greivis Vasquez (6'6''-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Maryland) added 17 for the Hornets. Ryan Anderson scored 23 points, Greivis Vasquez 17 and Robin Lopez 10 for the Hornets, who had won two of their past three. Vasquez, who was selected the NBA Player of the Week on Monday, record his eighth double-double of the season with 10 assists. His nine rebounds left him one short of what would have been his second triple-double of the season. The Hornets' Anthony Davis struggled from the floor, making four of nine shots for nine points but had 12 rebounds and four blocked shots. New Orleans also struggled from the free throw line, making 4 of 12, the .333 percentage setting a franchise low. The Hornets had defeated the Hawks in six of the past 10 meetings and appeared to be in control early, leading 21-10 late in the first quarter and taking a 50-44 lead at intermission. But once again the third quarter was the Hornets' undoing. With Smith taking command, Atlanta, playing its fourth game in five days outscored New Orleans 28-14 to carve out a 72-6 lead. Smith was 5 of 9 in the quarter for Atlanta, which closed on a 6-0 run. New Orleans was 6 of 16 in the period and committed four turnovers. New Orleans twice cut the lead to two points in the final quarter, the last coming on Vasquez's free throw with 4:14 remaining. But Korver answered with a 3-pointer off of a Horford assist to put the Hawks up 87-82 with 3:57 left. Horford scored four points in the final two minutes to secure the win for Atlanta, which has two days off before traveling to Detroit, the final leg of a three-game road trip. Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com

Detroit P. - Sacramento K. 103-97
Greg Monroe (6'11''-C-90, college: Georgetown) had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons held off the Sacramento Kings 103-97 on Tuesday night for their first three-game winning streak of the season. Sacramento cut a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit to one, and Detroit led 100-97 when Austin Daye (6'11''-F-88, college: Gonzaga) made a 3-pointer with the shot clock running down with 11.5 seconds left. Detroit has won five of six, in large part because of terrific play from its reserves. The group scored 44 points Tuesday despite losing Charlie Villanueva to a second-quarter ejection. DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-C/F-90, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) had 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Kings. The Pistons led 89-73 before Sacramento's late rally. The Kings had a chance to take the lead with Detroit in front 96-95, but the Pistons forced a shot clock violation when Tayshaun Prince blocked a shot. Monroe made one of two free throws with 1:26 remaining, and Aaron Brooks turned the ball over at the other end. After Brandon Knight made a free throw, Jimmer Fredette's driving attempt was short. Detroit's Will Bynum made it a five-point game with two free throws. The Kings would have had one more chance to tie, but just when it looked as if they were going to get a crucial defensive stop, Daye took a pass on the right wing and connected for his second 3-pointer of the game. Fredette scored 13 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter for Sacramento. Knight finished with 20 points despite briefly hurting his right ankle in the second half. Bynum and Daye, two backups, had 15 and 13 points. Villanueva scored nine points before being thrown out for a flagrant foul late in the second quarter. Sacramento's Isaiah Thomas drove the lane and was knocked hard to the floor by Villanueva. Thomas then got up appeared to swing his right arm quickly at Villanueva. Officials reviewed the play on video and ejected Villanueva. Thomas was not penalized. Detroit led by as many as 15 in the second, and it was 58-48 at halftime. Courtesy of: azstarnet.com

New York K. - Portland TB 100-105
Nicolas Batum (6'8''-SF-88) scored 26 points and rookie Damian Lillard (6'2''-PG-90, college: Weber St.) continued to turn heads as the Portland Trail Blazers ruined the season debut of New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) on Tuesday night. Four players hit double figures for Portland, which topped the Knicks 105-100 in a New Year's Day game at Madison Square Garden. Lillard starred in his Garden debut, scoring seven of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, including a key three late. LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 points and 14 rebounds, and J.J. Hickson scored 18 for Portland. Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) scored 45 points for the Knicks, and J.R. Smith added 28 points and 11 rebounds, but Stoudemire looked rusty in his first game back after knee surgery. The Knicks also watched Jason Kidd and 3-point specialist Steve Novak get held scoreless. Stoudemire scored six points and grabbed one rebound in 17 minutes, missing his first five shots from the field. The Blazers' 18-4 run to start the fourth quarter gave them a 96-81 lead with 4:34 left. Lillard and Aldridge each scored four points during that stretch. New York countered with a 13-2 spurt to pull within 98-94 with 1:26 left on a leaping putback by Smith. The Knicks cut the lead to three on Anthony's 3-pointer with 57.1 seconds left, but Lillard answered with a 3-pointer to put Portland up 103-97 with 35.2 seconds remaining. Anthony, as he often has in the fourth quarter this year, persisted, hitting a layup and foul shot to make it 103-100 with 29.3 seconds left. Anthony missed an off-balance 3-point shot that would have tied the game on the Knicks' next possession, and Portland guard Wesley Matthews hit two free throws to seal the game. Portland took a 78-71 lead into the fourth quarter after Batum nearly singlehandedly held off the charging Knicks in the third by scoring 13 points. New York used a 9-3 run to close within 65-62 on Smith's 3-pointer with 4:40 left in the third, but Batum hit back-to-back 3s to push the lead back to seven. When New York cut it back to four, Batum scored four of his team's next six points to push the lead back to seven. In between, Stoudemire finally got on the board for New York, sparking a loud ovation with a one-handed dunk off an assist from Smith, who had tiptoed along the line to stay in bounds before racing up court. However, former Knick Jared Jeffries immediately countered with a layup for a 76-69 Portland lead. Stoudemire entered the game with 3:31 left in the first quarter, prompting a long, loud standing ovation, when he subbed for center Tyson Chandler. He paired with Anthony for less than a minute before the Knicks' MVP candidate exited. Stoudemire said before the game he would need to get his legs back under him and find his touch, and he struggled to do both early. He missed some close-range shots while playing on and off in 9 1/2 minutes in the first half. The Blazers stole the Knicks' spotlight in the first half, leading by as many as 19 points thanks largely to Hickson's 18 points in the first half, along with 12 from Lillard and 11 from Batum. The Knicks cut the deficit to 58-47 at halftime as they finished the second quarter on an 11-4 run. Anthony, who scored New York's first 10 points, scored seven right before the break, including an eyebrow-raising 3-pointer with one-tenth of a second left as he frantically grabbed a loose ball and heaved in his shot from well behind the 3-point arc. Courtesy of: courant.com

Washington W. - Dallas M. 94-103
Vince Carter (6'6''-G/F-77, college: N.Carolina) scored 23 points, O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) and Darren Collison (6'0''-PG-87, college: UCLA) each added 15 to help the Dallas Mavericks break their six-game losing streak with a 103-94 win over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night. When the Wizards, who are now 4-25, took a 14-point lead early in the second quarter, Dallas, which had arrived in Washington in the midst of its longest skid in nearly 14 years, rallied. They trailed by four at the half, and then outscored the Wizards 35-19 in the third quarter to take an 83-71 lead. The Mavericks were ahead 99-84 with 3:28 to play, but Washington scored eight straight to cut the lead to seven, but Carter, making just the second start of the season threw down an emphatic dunk with 1:11 to play to make it 101-93. Six players scored in double figures for Dallas. Chris Kaman scored 12 points and Shawn Marion had 11 points with a season-high 14 rebounds. Dirk Nowitzki played in just his fifth game since returning from right knee surgery and added 11. Bradley Beal (6'3''-SG-93, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) equaled a career high with 22 points for the Wizards. Emeka Okafor (6'9''-F/C-82, college: Connecticut) had 14 and 11 rebounds. Martel Webster also had 14. Dallas arrived in Washington in the midst of its longest skid in nearly 14 years. The Mavericks hadn't been losing close games. Just one of the six losses was by fewer than 10 points, and were by an average of 19 points, and were by an average of 19 points. NBA champs just two seasons ago, Dallas hasn't missed the playoffs since 2000 and looked to be a team in turmoil. Coach Rick Carlisle was so upset after Sunday's 25-point loss to San Antonio, he threatened suspensions to underperformers, a threat he dismissed before the game. He did institute a dress code for team charters, banning sweat suits and insisting on at least business-casual attire. The Wizards outrebounded the Mavericks 20-8 in the first quarter as they took a 29-23 lead and ended a 10-0 run with a 37-23 advantage with just over two minutes gone in the second quarter. Dallas clawed back in the game by scoring seven straight to end the first half down 52-48. Just before Washington left the court, coach Randy Wittman took reserve center Kevin Seraphin aside to hector him for allowing Kaman three easy baskets late in the half. Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com



Monta Ellis, Greivis Vasquez named NBA Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News

Milwaukee Bucks guard Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) and New Orleans Hornets guard Greivis Vasquez (6'6''-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Maryland) today were named Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Dec. 24, through Sunday, Dec. 30.
Ellis led the Bucks to a 2-1 week, including wins over the Brooklyn Nets on Dec. 26 and Miami Heat on Dec. 29, with averages of 21.3 points (tied for seventh in the Conference), 8.3 assists (fourth in the Conference) and 4.0 steals (first in the Conference). Ellis had a 30-point game against the Detroit Pistons on Dec. 30 and tallied five-or-more steals against both the Nets and Heat.
Vasquez, who averaged a double-double with 21.0 points and a league leading 10.0 assists, led the Hornets to a 2-1 week which included wins over the Orlando Magic on Dec. 26 and the Charlotte Bobcats on Dec. 29. He also led the Western Conference in minutes per game, playing 41.7 per contest. In New Orleans lone loss, 104-97 to the Toronto Raptors on Dec. 28, Vasquez fell one rebound shy of a triple-double, finishing the game with 20 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds.
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Atlantas Al Horford and Jeff Teague, Brooklyns Brook Lopez, Denvers Danilo Gallinari, Detroits Will Bynum, Los Angeles Clippers Chris Paul, Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant, Oklahoma Citys Kevin Durant, Portlands LaMarcus Aldridge and San Antonios Tony Parker.


Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Rubio out... Back spasms - by Alex Yam

Rubio to miss two-game road trip with back spasms

Posted Jan 1, 2013 5:10 PM
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio will not travel with the team for a two-game road trip to Utah and Denver this week because of back spasms

Rubio missed the game against Phoenix on Saturday after being unable to get his back loosened up. Coach Rick Adelman says the team is just being cautious with Rubio, who is coming back from a torn ACL in his left knee. Rubio has played in five games this season after making his debut in the middle of last month.
Adelman thinks some of Rubio's back issues could be caused by him overcompensating for a knee that has not yet gotten back to full strength.
Rubio hopes to be ready to play at home on Saturday against Portland. Courtesy of NBA.com



ANNUAL NBA D League Showcase - by Alex Yam

The annual NBA D League showcase descends onto Reno, Nevada on January 7th-10th. The top talents of the entire league will showcase themselves in front of NBA scouts, personnel, and overseas evaluators. The event will also incude some "for the fan" activities such as the 3 pt shootout and slam dunk competition. The Maine Red Claws and the Texas Legends are leading their respective conferences, but the races are tight.

The showcase will have such talent as former Lakers guard Andrew Goudelocke, and former Cavs swingman Christian Eyenga, as well as former Notre Dame big man, Luke Harangody who will suit up for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Tune in for stats at NBA.com



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NBLC Standings

NBL Canada Standings
 1. London L. 15-2 
 2. Oshawa P. 11-7 
 3. Summerside S. 11-9 
 4. St.John M.R. 10-9 
 5. Halifax R. 10-10 
 6. Moncton M. 10-11 
 7. Windsor Exp. 8-11 
 8. Montreal J. 0-16 

Regular Season: Round 17

Dec. 29: Moncton M. - St.John M.R. 98-92
Jan. 1: Halifax R. - St.John M.R. 97-70
Dec. 29: Windsor Exp. - London L. 66-86
Dec. 30: Halifax R. - Montreal J. 122-77
Dec. 31: Summerside S. - Montreal J. 114-101
Dec. 30: London L. - Windsor Exp. 102-108

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 3: Montreal J. - Windsor Exp.
Jan. 3: Oshawa P. - London L.
Jan. 3: St.John M.R. - Moncton M.
Jan. 4: St.John M.R. - Summerside S.
Jan. 4: Moncton M. - Halifax R.


Montreal Jazz inks Eric Frederick - by Eurobasket News

Montreal Jazz (NBL Canada) signed 25-year old American forward Eric Frederick (203-104kg-88, college: Texas Wesleyan). He just played at Halifax Rainmen (NBL Canada). In four games this season he had 13.5ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.8apg. The last season Frederick played at Texas Wesleyan University in Red River Athletic Conference in the NAIA. In two games last year he recorded very impressive stats: 22.0ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.0apg. He was named to All-NAIA D1 1st Team in 2012.
He attended Texas Wesleyan University until 2012 and it will be his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Action continues with 6 games in Round 17 - by Eurobasket News

Halifax R. - St.John M.R. 97-70
The Halifax Rainmen started 2013 off on the right foot, as they were able to defeat the Mill rats 97-70 before a Metro Centre crowd of 1810. The Rainmen raced off to a 10-4, led by Quinnel Brown (6'6''-F-83, college: Auburn)'s 8 points in the first 4 minutes. After the first quarter, the Rainmen led 23-16, powered by Brown with 12, and Hillary Haley with 4 off the bench. Sheray Thomas (6'8''-F-84, college: Kentucky) led the Mill Rats with 6. The Mill Rats won the second quarter 24-19, but still trailed the Rainmen 42-40 heading into half-time. The Rainmen were led by Brown with 14 and Brant Bailey with 8 in the first half, while Canadian Sheray Thomas led the Mill Rats with 13 & 7 rebounds. The Rainmen took control of the game early in the second half, as they started the third quarter on a 19-8 run, and went on to outscore the Mill Rats 55-30 in the Second Half. The final score was 97-70, as the Rainmen improved to 10-10 on the season and are now 3-1 in their last four games. The Rainmen were once again paced by a balanced effort, as they ha 6 players score in double figures- Antoine Tisby (6'8''-F/C-83, college: S.Carolina) scored 12 of his game high 18 points in the second half and added 8 rebounds and 4 blocks, Joey Haywood had 16 points and 5 assists, Tyrone Levett (6'5''-F-80, college: Alabama St.) had 15 and 8 rebounds, Quinnel Brown had 14 points and 8 rebounds, and Hillary Haley and Brant Bailey chipped in off the bench with 12 and 11 points respectively. Point guard Melvin Goins had a season high 9 assists and scored all 7 of his points in the second half. The Mill Rats were led by Canadian forward Sheray Thomas who had a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, college: Massachusetts) had 12 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists but was held to 2-14 shooting from the field. The Rainmen played excellent defence on the Mill Rats, as Saint John shot only 26% from the field and 23% from 3 in the game, while the Rainmen shot 45% from the field and an impressive 26-28 (93%) from the free-throw line. The Rainmen also had a season high 10 blocks, with Tisby and Okolie combining for 7. The Rainmen travel to Moncton to take on the 10-11 Moncton Miracles this Friday, before returning to Halifax to host the 16-2 London Lightning in a rematch of last seasons NBL Canada Finals. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Windsor Exp. - London L. 66-86
One didn't have to get any closer than 20 feet from the London Lightning dressing room to know that coach Micheal Ray Richardson did not appreciate the entertainment value of the basketball game his club had just played. The walls might well have been scorching from the coach's sustained commentary on how his club played. Entertainment value aside, the reviews were viciously negative. It didn't matter that the Lightning managed to come back from a 26-point deficit late in the third quarter to almost win a game they had no business winning. All that mattered to Richardson was his Lightning lost their second game of the season a 108-102 defeat to the Windsor Express in National Basketball League of Canada play at the Gardens Sunday. The Lightning had beaten the Express 86-66 in Windsor Saturday. 'We came out going through the motions,' Richardson said. 'The guys, they didn't take it serious. We go down there, we beat them easy and we thought it was going to be easy. The games ain't easy here. When you are 16-1, everyone wants to come out and beat you. You just can't come in and have lapses like this.' The Lightning were awful over the first 20 minutes of the game. They lacked intensity, defence and over the length of the game allowed the Express 17 offensive rebounds, several on missed foul shots that the Express turned into points. The Express were full value for their 26-point lead and the Lightning full value for their 26-point deficit. The Express simply worked harder. But somewhere around the six-minute mark of the third quarter, the Lightning woke up and clawed back. From that point on, the 3,017 in the crowd were on their feet trying to carry the Lightning to an improbable comeback. The Lightning were down by only two with two minutes left in the game and had the ball. But Adrian Moss tried to find Jeremy Williams (6'7''-SF-87, college: UTEP) with a long pass that didn't connect and from then on, the Express managed to stick their finger in the dike. 'That play didn't lose us the game,' said Williams, who also said there was a lot of 'intensity' in the dressing room as Richardson tore his club a new opening in their anatomy. 'That's what happens when you start out lackadaisical and you come out and try to (comeback) in the final minutes but it doesn't always turn out your way,' Richardson said. 'We gave it 110 for the second half but we didn't give it 110 for the game. It was a plethora of things . . . All in all I say we learned a big lesson and that's to never get complacent.' The idea that the Lightning almost made it back from 26 down to win, made Richardson even angrier. 'It's a lack of effort,' Richardson said. 'It's a lack of effort, Bra'. That's what it is. It's a lack of effort. It's a lack of effort.' There was no lack of effort from the Express. Richardson is right when he says every team has targeted the Lightning. The Express' Darren Duncan (5'11''-PG-88, college: Merrimack) had 25 points and while it pleased him that they had dumped the Lightning, it was more important for him to get the win. 'It's like every other win,' Duncan said. 'We got to win. We're down and not in the playoffs right now and we've got to win every game. We have to take every game like it's our last game. This is a big win versus one of the top teams but it's just a win.' Chris Commons (6'9''-F-84, college: USC Aiken) added 26 for the Express while Mike Helms had 19. Elvin Mims (6'5''-F-79, college: S.Mississippi) and Williams had 22 points each for the Lightning with Rodney Buford adding 20 and Adrian Moss 10. Tim Ellis had 12 rebounds. But it was rebounding and defence around the basket that hurt the Lightning. The 17 offensive rebounds is a horrendous amount to give up. 'I got to go find one (rebounder) and I will,' Richardson said. 'That's our weakness. If we have any weakness that's it, it's our rebounding.' With that he went back into the dressing mumbling 'lack of effort, man. It was a lack of effort.' Courtesy of: lfpress.com

Moncton M. - St.John M.R. 98-92
The Moncton Miracles, presented by Rogers, beat the Saint John Mill Rats with a final score of 98-92. The Miracles now sit with a 10-11 record. Miracles Darrell Wonge started the game off right with a 3, which would soon be answered back by Mil Rats Anthony Anderson. At the 7 minute mark the game was staying close and Moncton had a 12-11 lead. Saint John's Anthony Anderson would hit a 3 to give them a 14-16 advantage at the 6-minute mark. With just under 4 minutes on the clock Miracles Micah Brand would lay it in for 2 giving Moncton the lead back, 19-18. The first quarter ended with the Miracles leading 23-21. Saint John would soon catch up and have the game tied up at 25-25 before Miracles Kamar Burke hit a 3 to give them a 28-25 edge. The Miracles would lead by as many as 7 points late in the quarter but would not be able to sustain it for long. The game was once again tied up at 41-41 with 1:08 on the clock. At the end of the first half the Miracles had lost their lead and were behind 43-44. Moncton would come out stronger in the third quarter and would lead by as many as 10 points but were unable to maintain it for the whole 12 minutes with Saint John trying to shorten the spread. The Miracles worked well under new head coach Dennis Truax and held the lead all the way to the end breaking the Mill Rats 6 game win streak. Devin Sweetney (6'6''-G/F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: St.Francis, PA) led the way for the Miracles with 29 points and 13 rebounds. Micah Brand followed with 20 points and 10 rebounds and Sylvania Watkins with 13 points and 18 rebounds. Anthony Anderson was the top scorer for the Mill Rats with 28 points. Jerice Crouch was right behind him with 19 points and Sheray Thomas with 17. Mill Rats Cavell Johnson was fouled out of the game late in the fourth quarter as well as Miracles Sylvania Watkins. Courtesy of: oyetimes.com

Halifax R. - Montreal J. 122-77
The Halifax Rainmen did what you're supposed to do to bad teams on Sunday. They squashed them like a bug. The Rainmen added to a season of sorrows for the first-year Montreal Jazz, sending their overmatched and outgunned guests to a 122-77 NBL defeat at the Halifax Metro Centre. Montreal scored off the opening tip, but that's as good as it got on their way to 0-16. It was 32-14 for the Raimnen at the end of the first quarter, 58-28 at the half and 86-59 after three quarters. The Jazz were bad with the basketball, committing 18 turnovers in the first half and 31 for the game. They lacked much energy on defence either, allowing the Rainmen a boatload of uncontested mid-range and long shots. Quinnel Brown had 21 points and seven rebounds for the Rainmen, Joey Haywood and Tyrone Levett added 19 points each and Antoine Tisby 15 points and eight rebounds. Halifax is 9-10 in the tight Atlantic Division. The Rainmen knew that the Jazz are having their troubles and didn't want to allow them any level of comfort. 'We came out aggressive,' said Haywood. 'No matter if a team is bad or good, you've got to come out aggressive. 'They work hard and you've got to give them credit for that, but we came out strong.' It was a chance for Halifax to get everybody some minutes and spread the ball around. It also wiped away memories of Thursday's road loss in Saint John, part of a stretch of five losses in six outings. 'We've got to work on our weaknesses,' said Haywood. 'We've got to continue to move the ball and play as a team to win the championship.' It had a blowout feel early when Melvin Goins hit a three for an 11-4 lead. Quincy Okolie's dunk off a feed from Tyler Richards and a trey from Hillary Haley had the hosts up 30-12 in the last seconds of the opening quarter. Levett and Brown made treys a minute apart late in the second quarter for a 50-26 lead and Brown jammed one home at the buzzer for a 30-point lead at the half. Haywood's three in the third quarter had the Rainmen up 82-44, but the Jazz turned in some decent minutes, closing the period on a 15-4 burst. The good times didn't last with Richards making back-to-back triples and Haywood adding another three, his team's 10th, for a 116-77 spread in the final minutes. 'We're finally starting to click as a team,' said Okolie. 'Coach (Rob Spon) talked a lot in practice this week about running our plays right and rebounding and everybody playing their role. We've got a lot of vets now ... and everything is starting to come together now.' Former Rainmen point guard Chris Hagan, part of last year's team that went to the final, made his return to Metro Centre with the lowly Jazz. 'It wasn't much fun, man,' said Hagan. 'We've just got to try to bounce back and play better next game, but it's tough for us right now. We're always going to play hard, but we're just trying to get it together. 'It was good to see my people in Halifax,' he added. 'I miss this place.' J.R. Harrison (6'6''-F-84, agency: Alti Sport, college: Rice) had 20, Louis-Patrick Levros 12 and Terance Licorish 11 for Montreal, who were coached by assistant Pascal Jobin. Head coach Alejandro Hasbani had another commitment. Halifax hosts Saint John on Tuesday at 2 p.m. Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca

London L. - Windsor Exp. 102-108
There are a lot of positives the Windsor Express can take from Sunday's win. Bouncing back from the worst offensive showing in a game by the first-year club, the Express knocked off the defending National Basketball League of Canada champion London Lightning 108-102 at Budweiser Gardens. It came less than 24 hours after the Express fell 86-66 to the Lightning at the WFCU Centre. "That was great that we could just bounce back," Express centre Lester Prosper said. "It shows what type of team we are. "We just came out and played very hard and that's all it really is." Sunday's loss was just the second in 18 games this season for Lightning, who are running away with the Central Division. "This was a big win," Express head coach Bill Jones said. "Saturday, they came out and bullied us and beat us bad. "I told those guys (Saturday), we didn't shoot well or play well. I told them to take a shower, wash the loss off and come out fresh (Sunday) and that's what we did." The Express were far more aggressive and willing to dictate the pace Sunday rather than allow the Lightning to set the tone. "There was just more energy and more defensive stops," said the six-foot-10 Prosper, who had 11 points and a team-high 13 rebounds. "We came out with fire. Everyone was sick and tired of playing like (Saturday)." Windsor built an 11-point lead at the half and stretched it to 18 points heading into the final quarter when the Lightning made a run to make things interesting. "They're a championship team and going to make runs, but we held it together," said Prosper, whose team improved to 8-11 on the season. Chris Commons led the Express with 26 points and was one of six Windsor players to finish in double figures. Darren Duncan had 25 points and eight assists, Mike Helms 19 points, Kevin Loiselle 13 points and 12 rebounds and Anthony Johnson 10 points. "I just like the way they competed," Jones said. "They were aggressive. We had a meeting right before Christmas and wanted a burning desire to win. That's our motto now." Saturday at home, the Express shot just 22.9 per cent from the field and missed all 23 attempts from three-point range. "It was very frustrating (Saturday)," Prospeer said. London jumped to a 10-point lead after the first quarter and was never threatened. Duncan and Commons each had 16 points in Saturday's loss for the Express. Windsor now hits the road for three games in three nights against the Montreal Jazz, who are 0-16 on the season. Courtesy of: canada.com

Summerside S. - Montreal J. 114-101
2,517, the largest STORM crowd of the season, saw the Summerside STORM move back into first place in the Atlantic Division of the NBL of Canada with a 114-101 win over the Montreal Jazz New Years Eve in Summerside. Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.) led the way for the STORM with 22 points while Gregory Plummer (6'3''-G-83, college: Eckerd) scored 17. J.R. Harrison was the top point getter for the Jazz with 20 points. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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Bulldogs Come Back To Beat Cowboys, Sweep Big 12 Schedule - by Eurobasket News

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - The way Gary Bell (6'1''-PG) Jr. looked after coming out of Gonzaga's game with a right knee injury, coach Mark Few wasn't sure whether he'd made the right call by putting him back in.

It turned out that he was in the right place at exactly the right time.

Bell hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with 35.7 seconds left to put the 10th-ranked Bulldogs ahead, Kevin Pangos made two clinching free throws down the stretch and Gonzaga beat No. 22 Oklahoma State 69-68 Monday night night to spoil one of the Cowboys' most anticipated nonconference games at Gallagher-Iba Arena in decades.

''Just adrenaline helped me a lot,'' said Bell, who came out of the game in the first 3 minutes of the second half and was flexing his knee on the bench to try and get ready to return.

''Especially in those tight games, with the adrenaline pouring, you can play through a lot.''

Pangos finished with 23 points and Kelly Olynyk scored all 21 of his points in the second half for the Bulldogs (13-1), who completed a perfect five-game sweep of Big 12 competition - having already blown out West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kansas State before beating Baylor on Friday night.

Gonzaga's 13-1 start is the best in its NCAA Division I history, the 1966-67 team starting 12-1

Marcus Smart (6'4''-G-94) led Oklahoma State (10-2) with 23 points but missed two free throws with 8.7 seconds left with the Cowboys trailing by two. Elias Harris grabbed the rebound on Smart's second miss, and Pangos was fouled in the backcourt before stepping to the line to drill both free throws.

Phil Forte then connected on a 3-pointer at the buzzer for Oklahoma State. Markel Brown contributed 16 points and Forte scored 15 for the Cowboys.

''We can play with those high-caliber teams,'' Smart said. ''Gonzaga's a great team. They've beat a couple great teams. For us to come out there and keep it that close, I felt like that just proved a lot to ourselves and to a lot of people that Oklahoma State has a chance.

''Yeah, it's not the outcome that we wanted but we're going to take this as a learning lesson and improve on it.''

It stacked up as one of the most anticipated home, nonconference games in Oklahoma State's history. Only four other top 10 teams had played at Gallagher-Iba Arena outside of conference play, and Gonzaga was the first ranked team outside of the Big Eight or Big 12 to visit Stillwater since Memphis in 1989. Louisville was the last top 10 team to play in the building outside of conference play, in 1980.

Booster T. Boone Pickens ensured it would be a capacity crowd by buying up nearly 4,000 tickets that remained unsold and providing for them to be handed out for free. The Zags still found a way to send the 13,611 fans home unhappy.

Olynyk, the Bulldogs' second-leading scorer, fought foul trouble in the first half but was able to play through it in the second half. The 7-footer had a pair of buckets off of offensive rebounds to put the Zags back on top, before Smart answered with a putback of his own for a 65-64 OSU advantage.

After an Oklahoma State timeout, Mike Hart set a screen to free up Bell's a 3-pointer from the left wing that gave Gonzaga a 67-65 lead with 35.7 seconds left.

''I was wide open. When I had my feet set, it was automatic,'' Hart said.

Olynyk fouled out while keeping Smart from getting an easy layup for the tie - and it proved to be well worth it as the Bulldogs moved to 5-0 against Oklahoma State in the past eight seasons. Olynyk's game was reminisicent of his effort at Washington State University earlier this year when he was held scoreless in the first half only to come back and go 10-for-12 from the field on his way to 22 second-half points. Gonzaga won that game on a Pangos driving lay-in in the waning seconds.

Even after missing the first free throw, Smart said he was trying to make the second to keep it a one-possession game after a foul.

''That did not cost us the game, by no stretch of the imagination,'' coach Travis Ford said. ''He made a lot of plays just to get us to that point. That's one play out of a game.

''When you're a player of that caliber, when you're an All-American, you're going to find yourself in that position. Sometimes it's going to go your way, sometimes it's not.''

Pangos had a transition layup and a 3-pointer in an early 10-0 burst by Gonzaga, and the Bulldogs pushed their lead out to 19-8 before Olynyk came out with two fouls before the midway point of the half. Oklahoma State charged back to take a 31-29 lead before Pangos hit three free throws to send the Zags into halftime up by one.

Few put Olynyk back in after he'd picked up a third foul and switched to a zone to protect him on defense. Olynyk provided a spark, scoring seven points during a 14-5 surge. His putback of a miss by Harris gave Gonzaga a 54-48 lead midway through the second half.

''We're feeling pretty good,'' Olynyk said. ''We're playing well as a team. We're confident in ourselves, we're confident in our teammates, we're confident in our abilities and I think what we're most confident about is we still have a lot of room to grow.

''We're definitely not at our peak right now.''

Gonzaga left for Los Angeles following Monday's game where they will open West Coast Conference play Thursday at Pepperdine University, followed by a Saturday game at Santa Clara University as the Bulldogs play three games in seven days on this road trip.

Courtesy of: Associated Press



No. 14 Bearcats Swoop Past No. 24 Panthers, 70-61 - by Eurobasket News

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Cashmere Wright (6'0''-PG-90) scored 18 points, Sean Kilpatrick added 16 and No. 14 Cincinnati surged past No. 24 Pittsburgh 70-61 on Monday.

The Bearcats (13-1, 1-0 Big East) bounced back from a loss to New Mexico last Thursday by dominating the Panthers over the final 20 minutes. Cincinnati trailed by as much as eight early but used a 14-2 run midway through the second half to take control.

Talib Zanna led Pitt (12-2, 0-1) with 16 points and Lamar Patterson (6'5''-G/F-91) had 13 points, four rebounds and four assists but the Panthers missed all 10 of their 3-point attempts as their eight-game winning streak ended with a thud.

Pitt had a chance to get within a point with 1:27 to play, but Tray Woodall missed the front end of a one-and-one and Cincinnati made its free throws the rest of the way.

Cincinnati outrebounded the Panthers 37-32, including a pair of huge offensive boards with around 3 minutes left that allowed the Bearcats to hold onto the ball for more than a minute. Cincinnati turned the reprieves into a David Nyarsuk (7'1''-C-91) dunk that pushed their advantage to 62-55.

Pitt, however, wasn't quite done. Zanna hit a layup and was fouled. He missed the ensuing free throw but Patterson slipped into the lane for the stickback to get Pitt within three. The Bearcats turned it over on the inbounds and Woodall went to the line after getting tackled by Cincinnati's Cheikh Mbodj.

Woodall, who had issues with foul trouble in the first half and the physical play by the Bearcats in the second, clanged his free throw and Kilpatrick grabbed the board. Cincinnati went 8 of 10 at the line over the final 70 seconds to put it away.

It wasn't quite the start to their final Big East season the Panthers envisioned. Pitt was hoping to restore some of its luster after a disappointing 2011-12 that saw them miss the NCAA tournament.

It didn't happen against the Bearcats, who are sticking around the new-look Big East and performed like a team that expects to be in the thick of things well into March.

The Panthers, facing their first real test since a loss to Michigan in New York the day before Thanksgiving, didn't need much time to get up to speed. Pitt never trailed during a sometimes ugly first half that will likely serve as a preview of the two-month grind that awaits in conference play.

Cincinnati, however, hung around despite missing 10 of its first 11 shots thanks to a defense that kept getting in passing lanes and getting under the Panthers' skin. Pitt turned it over seven times in the first half, or just two less than the disciplined Panthers had been averaging over the course of an entire game.

Pitt used a late 8-0 burst to take a 34-26 lead into the break, but the momentum evaporated early in the second as the Bearcats clamped down and finally found a rhythm behind Parker and Wright.

Cincinnati took its first lead, 45-43, on a traditional three-point play by Titus Rubles with 10:14 to go. Kilpatrick followed with a couple of free throws and Wright added a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Nyarsuk followed with a putback and then capped the run with an awkward - if effective - bank shot that put the Bearcats up 54-45.
Courtesy of: http://www.gobearcats.com



Boeheim Goes for Historic Win Wednesday - by Eurobasket News

SYRACUSE, N.Y. No. 7/7 Syracuse (12-1) will open BIG EAST play when it hosts Rutgers (9-2) on what could be a historic night in the Carrier Dome on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. Orange head coach Jim Boeheim is going for his 903rd career victory, which would move him into sole possession of second place on the all-time Division I wins list.

Tickets for Wednesday's game are available online, by phone (1-888-DOMETIX) or in person at the Carrier Dome Box Office (Gate B). The game will be broadcast on the BIG EAST Network, Time Warner Sports Cable and MSG. Fans not in attendance can listen to the action on the Syracuse IMG Radio Network and its flagship TK99 (99.5 FM). Live video and audio will be available on Orange All Access on SUathletics.com. Subscriptions to Orange All Access are available at daily, monthly and yearly rates.

902 AND COUNTING
Head coach Jim Boeheim earned his 902nd career victory when Syracuse defeated Central Connecticut on Monday, Dec. 31. He is now tied with Bob Knight for second place on the all-time record list for most victories by a Division I men's basketball coach. Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, Knight and Boeheim are the only three Division I coaches to accumulate 900 triumphs. Boeheim is the only one of the three to reach the milestone at one school.

A CLOSER LOOK AT THE ORANGE
Five players reached double figures in scoring to lead Syracuse to a 96-62 victory against Central Connecticut on Monday, Dec. 31 in the Carrier Dome.

The first 12 minutes featured back-and-fourth action as neither could pull away. With the Blue Devils leading by three, junior C.J. Fair hit a jumper that sparked the Orange on a 29-5 scoring run over the final 8:43 of the half to give SU a 47-26 halftime lead.

The second half featured more Syracuse offense as it led by as many as 40 points. The Orange shot 52.6 percent (20-for-38) after intermission, while its defense limited Central Connecticut to just 29.7 percent (11-for-37) from the field, including 15.8 percent (3-for-19) from three-point range.

Sophomore Michael Carter-Williams (6'6''-G-91) led Syracuse with 18 points and 13 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season. Fair also posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Brandon Triche (6'4''-G-91) and freshman DaJuan Coleman finished with 13 points apiece, while senior James Southerland added 11 points off the bench. Sophomore Rakeem Christmas pulled down a season-high 10 rebounds to help SU to a 57-32 advantage on the boards.

SCOUTING THE SCARLET KNIGHTS
Rutgers enters Wednesday's game on a five-game winning streak, which has improved its record to 9-2. The Scarlet Knights were picked to finish 11th in the BIG EAST in the preseason coaches' poll.

Eli Carter (6'2''-G-91) and Myles Mack (5'9''-PG-93) lead the Rutgers offense. Carter is averaging 16.9 points per game, while Mack is adding 14.5 points per contest. Wally Judge is Rutgers' leading rebounder (6.9 rpg.) and shot blocker (16), while Carter, Mack and Dane Miller have dished out 30 assists each.

Mike Rice is in his third season at the helm of the Rutgers program. He has guided the Scarlet Knights to a 29-35 record. Rice previously served as the head coach at Robert Morris for three seasons, leading his squad to one NIT and two NCAA Tournament appearances.
THE SERIES
Syracuse leads the all-time series against Rutgers, 28-9. The Orange has won the last 12 meetings, including last year's contest at the Carrier Dome, 74-64. The Scarlet Knights' last victory against SU was a 68-65 win at the Rutgers Athletic Center on January 29, 2003.

UP NEXT
Syracuse goes on the road to face USF on Sunday, Jan. 6 at noon.
Courtesy of: http://www.suathletics.com



No. 5 Hoosiers Capture Conference-Opener, 69-65 - by Eurobasket News

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - No. 5 Indiana escaped from Iowa City with a narrow win over an unranked opponent - and the Hoosiers were thrilled about it.

Life on the road figures to be this tough all season for Indiana and everyone else in the stacked Big Ten.

Cody Zeller (7'0''-F-92) had 15 of his 19 points in the second half and Indiana opened league play by holding off Iowa 69-65 on Monday night.

Victor Oladipo scored 14 points for the Hoosiers (13-1, 1-0), who snapped a four-game losing streak in Iowa City and have now won four straight since losing to Butler two weeks ago.

"We know this is a huge win for us, coming in here," Indiana coach Tom Crean said. "We kept saying that if we get a win in (Iowa) it's going to be a big deal, because not a lot of teams are coming in here and winning."

The versatile Oladipo was huge again for the Hoosiers in the final moments. He beat the shot clock with a putback with 1:04 left to put the Hoosiers up 65-60. He also made two key free throws with 26 seconds to go to make it a two-possession game.

The Hoosiers went just 3-6 on the road in the league last year, so this one was big for them.

"We struggled a lot on the road last year, but we won games on the road last year. We know what it takes in order to win games. Cody did a phenomenal job," Oladipo said.

Aaron White had 15 points to lead Iowa (11-3, 0-1), which might have pulled off the upset had it shot better than 3 of 17 from 3-point range.

"To our credit we were much more effective in the second half in terms of our execution," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. "We had great looks at it. Just have to shoot it better."

The Hawkeyes had all kinds of trouble knocking down shots from everywhere in the first half. But they made nine of their first 10 after the break to inch within 48-46, keeping the high-powered Hoosiers offense from building an insurmountable cushion.

But even though Indiana later went without a field goal for nearly five minutes, the Hawkeyes couldn't muster enough offense to retake the lead.

Devyn Marble, Iowa's leading scorer, had an awful afternoon from the field. He shot just 1 of 14 and bricked a 3 after Oladipo's key putback.

"I thought defensively he was tremendous. He didn't turn it over. I love him. He fights for me every night out, and you know, he didn't want to shoot 1 for 14," McCaffery said of Marble.

Iowa's Zach McCabe missed a 3 that would have tied it at 65-all with under a minute left, and Oladipo sealed the win at the line.

Will Sheehey scored 13 points, Christian Watford had 11 and Zeller and Oladipo each grabbed 10 rebounds for the Hoosiers.

Indiana's recent four-game losing streak at Iowa was indicative of its recent struggles, especially since the Hawkeyes hadn't been all that great during that stretch, either.

"They've been kind of punking us the last couple of years, especially here. They've been outrebounding us and basically just outplaying us. I think this year," Oladipo said. "We were going in here and we would take the first punch and were going to play harder. And I think we did a phenomenal job of that."

It's been quite a while since Indiana brought a team this deep and this talented to Iowa City.

Still, it took nearly 12 minutes for Zeller, the leading scorer for the nation's best offense, to find the basket. He did so on a dunk - then went through 7-foot-1 Iowa freshman Adam Woodbury to put Indiana up 19-16 on the next possession. That came during a 10-0 Hoosiers run.

A pair of tough baskets off drives by freshman Yogi Ferrell - who had nine points, seven rebounds and four assists - helped the Hoosiers to a 33-25 halftime lead.

"I missed a couple of easy layups, missed a dunk in the first half. Nothing really changed. I just wanted to be aggressive," Zeller said.

Indiana freshman forward Jeremy Hollowell returned Monday after athletic director Fred Glass issued a statement Sunday saying the NCAA has cleared Hollowell of any potential infractions.

Hollowell, who averaged 5.7 points and three rebounds in his first 10 games, played five minutes and was held scoreless.

Iowa had three freshman starters make their Big Ten debuts: guards Mike Gesell and Anthony Clemmons and Woodbury. All three appear to have bright futures in the league, but their first afternoon in the Big Ten resulted in a loss.

"This was truly one of those 15-round fight games that the Big Ten is full of. You know, you can't really land the knockout punch, and you don't want it to land on you," Crean said.
Courtesy of: http://www.iuhoosiers.com



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Midwestern pounds Hounds to go to 4-0 in LSC play - by Eurobasket News


PORTALES, N.M. -- Midwestern State rode a quick start in each half to dust Eastern New Mexico 82-53 Monday night in Lone Star Conference play at Greyhound Arena.

"We definitely knew (getting off to a quick start) was a focus for this game and our guys responded very well," MSU coach Nelson Haggerty said. "We were much more focused coming out early in the game."

The Mustangs have made a habit of digging deep holes in the early going having trailed in their seven previous games and faced double-figure disadvantages in five of those games.

MSU got to work early on its New Year's resolution by jumping on the Greyhounds with a 9-0 run, lost the advantage then built it back up with an 8-0 run to lead 23-14 on Corbin Thomas' jumper with 8:56 to go the opening half.

Eastern New Mexico scrapped back to tie the game at 26-all in the see-saw first half, but MSU which never trailed in the game answered with another 8-0 run to lead 36-31 at the break.

The hot-shooting Mustangs took over by blistering the nets at a 65.2-percent clip in the second half and used a 13-0 run culminated by a Derrell Gibbs' trey to take a commanding 64-42 lead with 7:50 to play.

"We really responded in the second half to playing with passion and intensity defensively," Haggerty said. "That's something we've definitely been looking for in the last few games. We definitely got that tonight."

The coach praised Gibbs, who came off of the bench to knock down three 3-pointers to finish with 11 points and a pair of steals in 24 minutes. That was just one of many key bench contributions made by the Mustangs.

"Derrell's energy and enthusiasm took us to a new level tonight," Haggerty said. Derek Kaster (6'6''-F) gave us some big time minutes. He rebounded well and guarded very well tonight. Chris Buttermore's minutes were big. It was just a total team effort."

Senior forward Corbin Thomas led the way going 9-for-11 from the field to finish with a game-high 20 points while pulling down eight rebounds while versatile senior guard/forward Kevin Grayer pitched in 17 points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals.

The Mustangs limited the 3-point crazed Greyhounds to 34-percent shooting from the floor as ENMU went 0-for-7 from the arc in the second half.

"This was a great scout by (assistant) coach (Tres) Segler," Haggerty said. "We didn't want these guys to get open looks and play freely. We got up in guys and really challenged them."

Kyle Lantz (6'2''-G) was the lone Greyhound in double figures finishing with 11 points in 24 minutes off of the bench. Eastern New Mexico dipped to 5-7 on the season and 2-2 in league play.

Midwestern State improved to 8-3 on the season while moving to a perfect 4-0 in Lone Star Conference play.

The Mustangs play two more games on the road this week as MSU takes on Abilene Christian on Thursday and Angelo State on Saturday.
Courtesy of: http://msumustangs.com



Superior Size Helps Mighty Oaks Defeat Warriors of Akron-Wayne - by Eurobasket News

Oakland City University's men's basketball team closed out the 2012 year by defeating the University of Akron-Wayne Warriors on Monday, December 31, in the Johnson Center. The Mighty Oaks combined for 16 blocked shots, and stretched a 39-33 halftime lead into 88-78 win.

Mitch Stahl led the Oaks in scoring, shooting 7-14 from the floor, and making 6-8 from the foul line, notching 20 points. Kendall Wittmer (6'3''-F) came off the bench to add 16 points, followed by 14 points from Jordan Simmons, who made his first collegiate start in the game. Trevor Smith tallied a double-double by scoring 10 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, matching the total posted by Brandon Morton (6'7''-F), to lead the team. Morton scored eight points, but handed out five assists, picked up four steals and blocked a career high eight blocked shots. Cam LeFear scored nine points and added five assists.

The Warriors were led in scoring by DeVaughn Boddie, who shot 8-13 from the field, including 2-2 from the three point line, and 6-9 from the foul line, to score 24 points. De'Shon Hudson added 18 points to go with 13 rebounds, while Jackie Adams scored six points and grabbed a game high 15 points. Rick Brewer was the only other Akron-Wayne player to reach double figures in scoring, tallying 11 points.

The Mighty Oaks shot 30-70 (42.9%) from the field, including 9-24 (37.5%) from the three point line, and made 19-26 (73.1%) from the foul line. Akron-Wayne made 27-72 (37.5%) from the floor, including 10-27 (37.0%) from beyond the arc, and shot 14-23 (60.9%) from the charity stripe.

OCU handed out 26 assists in the game, while turning the ball over just nine times, while Akron-Wayne had 13 assists and 12 turnovers. Both teams had 47 rebounds in the contest, while the Warriors held a 21-17 advantage on the offensive glass. OCU blocked 16 shots, while stealing the ball nine time, compared with three blocks and four steals for the visitors.

Next up for the Mighty Oaks is a matchup against the Bulldogs of Boyce College. Game time is slated for a 7:00 pm tipoff, on Thursday, January 3, in the Johnson Center.
Courtesy of: http://www.oak.edu



Hawaii Pacific Ends 2012 with a Bang - by Eurobasket News

Honolulu, HI (December 31, 2012) The Hawaii Pacific men's basketball team (3-5) manhandled visiting Champion Baptist College (3-16) to the tune of a 109-51 victory to close the non-conference schedule. Five Sea Warriors registered double figures, paced by Marko Cukic (6'9''-F-89) and Leif Rodney (6'8''-F) who each had 18 points.

HPU controlled this game from the opening tip; the Sea Warriors led 6-0. By the 16:01 mark of the first half, HPU took a ten-point lead at 12-2 on a Malte Ziegenhagen three-pointer, HPU would not look back. The Green and Blue were again deadly from deep, hitting 8-10 (80%) three-pointers in the first half, including a three from Michael Pierce (6'1''-G) to put HPU up 55-23 at the half.

The Sea Warriors continued to add to the lead in the second half and end up with a 58 point win. It was a total team effort with all healthy Sea Warriors seeing a minimum of 13 minutes of playing time.

HPU came into the game ranked fifth in the country in three-point field goal percentage at 44%, HPU upped that figure by shooting 66.7% (8-12). The starting backcourt of Ziegenhagen and Jelany White (5'11''-PG) connected on 5-6. Remarkably, HPU shot better from beyond the arc then it did from two-point range (65.2%, 43-66) and from the foul line (55%, 11-20). The defense held the Tigers to 38.8% (19-49) from the floor and 33.3% (6-13) from three-point range.

Jason Jordan had his best game as a Sea Warrior with 17 points on 8-10 shooting to go with a team-high eight rebounds. Jelany White had another good all around game with 13 points, five rebounds and a team season-high nine assists. Ziegenhagen scored 11 points. However, the highlight of the night was a Blake Griffinesque one handed power jam from a step and a half inside the foul line, by Jeffery Neal, that sent the HPU bench and the crowd into a frenzy.

HPU will now play exclusively PacWest games, beginning with Academy of Art on January 5th at 5 PM at the Neal Blaisdell Center.
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Eagles Drop Final Game of 2012 to Tournament Host St. John Fisher, 65-54 - by Eurobasket News

ROCHESTER, N.Y. In its first meeting with host St. John Fisher, Juniata men's basketball dropped its final game of 2012, 65-54, at the Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Invitational Sunday afternoon. Juniata dropped to 8-4 with the loss while the Cardinal improved to 7-4.

Junior Jeremy Hays (McMechen, W. Va./John Marshall) led the Eagles with 13 points. He also had a game-high three steals. Senior Alex Raymond (Hollidaysburg, Pa./Altoona) also hit double-digits, finishing with 12 points. Both Raymond and Hays each finished with a game-high three assists.

Juniata turns its attention to the New Year where they open 2013 at home against Scranton in a double-header with the women's team Saturday, Jan. 5. The women play at 2 p.m. with the men following at 4 p.m. The Eagles have been facing Scranton since the 1959-60 season. Despite being behind in the all-time series with the Royals, Juniata outscored Scranton 208-196 last year in their three meetings.

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Emory Men's Basketball Battles To Overtime Win Over Virginia Wesleyan - by Eurobasket News

In a clash of South region basketball heavyweights, senior Michael Friedberg and junior McPherson Moore accounted for 13 of Emory's 17 points in overtime to spark the Eagles men's to an intense 91-82 victory over Virginia Wesleyan on Sunday afternoon.The Eagles posted their fourth straight triumph and raised their overall record to 8-2 following a 91-82 triumph over the Marlins who slipped to 7-3.

Emory ended the contest shooting 50.8 percent (33-of-65) from the floor compared to VWC's mark of 41.7 percent (30-of-72). Though Virginia Wesleyan knocked down 10 three-point field goals to the Eagles' six treys and finished with a 40-37 edge in rebounding, Emory countered with excellent free throw shooting, converting 82.6 percent from the stripe (19-of-23) as well as coming up with numerous key plays throughout the contest.

Friedberg ended the game with 18 points (13 coming in the second half and overtime), sinking six-of-13 field goal tries and six-of-seven from the charity stripe, en route to his eighth double-figure scoring effort of the campaign. Friedberg also came through with his second double-double of the year after pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds and was a formidable defensive presence with five blocked shots. Moore also turned in an 18-point effort, successful on five-of-seven from the floor along with a seven-for-seven performance at the foul line, running his streak to 21 consecutive makes from the stripe. Junior Jake Davis (6'5''-F-91) topped the Emory scoring attack with 20 points, knocking down eight of his 13 field goal attempts and chipping in three free throws. It was the fourth time during the year that Davis had registered 20 or more points. Rounding out the team's double-figure scorers were senior Alex Greven and sophomore Michael Florin (6'0''-G) with 15 and 12 points, respectively.

Behind 13 points from Davis, the Eagles built a 36-31 lead at halftime and stretched that advantage to eight points on a pair of occasions early in the second stanza, the latest being a 44-36 edge with 15:48 remaining. However, the top-ranked (in the latest D3hoops.com Poll released Dec. 16) Virginia Wesleyan squad responded with a 12-2 charge, capped by a three pointer by DJ Woodmore to claim a two-point advantage with 13:18 left. Another trey by Woodmore gave VWC a 51-49 lead, but the Eagles responded with six straight points, four by Davis, to put them ahead by a 55-51 count. Still holding a slim one-point lead, Emory scored 13 of the game's next 19 points, capped by Moore producing back-to-back baskets, to stake itself to a 68-60 cushion with 5:28 on the clock. After the teams exchange free throws, the Marlins came through with an 11-2 sprint, capped by a basket by Woodmore, to take a 72-70 lead with 1:13 remaining. After Friedberg knotted the score with 39 ticks left, Woodmore, who tallied a game-high 24 points, put the visitors ahead by a pair with a jumper. Heading into the waning moments of the game, McPherson drove the lane and hit a layup with four seconds that tied the game at 74-74. A final shot attempt by the Marlins with one second left missed its mark forcing five more minutes of basketball.

Emory never trailed in the extra period and saw Friedberg score the team's first six points in helping the Eagles to an 80-76 lead with 2:59 remaining. After a bucket by the Marlins' Chris Teasley, Emory scored seven consecutive points, the last two on a bucket by Moore, extending its margin to 87-78 with 48 seconds left on the clock. VWC came back with a three-point play with 40 seconds remaining but four straight conversions by Moore at the foul line sealed the game for Emory.

Emory returns to action on Jan. 5 when it opens the University Athletic Association portion of its schedule at the University of Rochester.
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DePauw Captures Fourth Straight Tampa Bay Shootout Title - by Eurobasket News

The DePauw men's basketball squad (7-4) took home its fourth consecutive Tampa Bay Shootout title Sunday afternoon with a decisive 83-63 victory over LaGrange College (7-2) on Fenlon Court at the Tampa Preparatory School.

Sophomore Connor Rich copped tournament MVP honors after a team-leading 16 points on 4-7 shooting from behind the arc and 6-9 overall. Joining Rich on the all-tournament team was DePauw co-captain Barry Flynn who followed up an 11-point, five-rebound performance in the opening-round win over Connecticut College with his third double-double of the season (13 points, 12 rebounds) in the title game. LaGrange's Denzel Robinson, Connecticut College's Matt Vadas and Westminster's Paul Carswell rounded out the all-tournament squad.

Pat Haggin added 12 points in the win and Michael Wilkison chipped in 10 for the Tigers. LaGrange's Robinson led all scorers with 17 followed by Nick Mitchell with 13 points and Dustin Baxter with 11.

For the game the Tigers shot 50.8 percent from the field marking the first time since Jan. 27, 2008 that they've shot over 50 percent from the floor in three consecutive outings.

The Tigers held LaGrange to 37.5% shooting in the game, their second-lowest shooting percentage of the season. Furthermore, this marks the first time DePauw has held four consecutive opponents to under 40% shooting in consecutive games since the 2006-07 season.

For the second day in a row the Tigers jumped out to an early lead and cruised to victory at the end. Never trailing during the game, the Tigers led the Panthers, 17-6, after a Flynn layup, forcing LaGrange head coach Kendal Wallace to call a timeout. After the stoppage, DePauw continued its dominance on both ends, stretching its first half lead to as many as 13.

The play of DePauw's bench was the difference in the first half, outscoring LaGrange, 18-0 in the first stanza. With the help of their reserves, the Tigers led the Panthers 45-32 going to the locker room.

As the second half commenced, DePauw went on a 5-0 run to stretch the lead to 18 with the help of three points from forward Tommy Fernitz and a layup from freshman guard Adam Botts forcing Wallace to call another LaGrange timeout.

After play resumed, the Panthers responded, going on a 12-3 run, closing the gap to 53-44 with just over 12 minutes left. However, that momentum changed when LaGrange's bench was whistled for a technical foul.

Kevin Sullivan hit one of the two technical tosses which started the Tigers on an 18-4 stretch and the Panthers got no closer than 19 the rest of the way.

This was the second tournament victory of the season for DePauw after winning the Mike Rokicki Community vs. Cancer Challenge earlier in the campaign.

DePauw outrebounded LaGrange 42-37 and has outrebounded nine of its 11 opponents this season. This was also just the second time all season that the Panthers had been outrebounded.

In the third-place game, Connecticut College defeated Westminster 79-69. After being held to just eight points by DePauw the previous night, Vadas, Connecticut College's sharpshooter, hit nine three-pointers en route to dropping 43 points and hauling in nine rebounds. His scoring output sets the Shootout record for points scored in a game.

DePauw returns to the floor on Friday, Jan. 4, at 8 p.m. as it welcomes Allegheny to Neal Fieldhouse in a North Coast Athletic Conference battle.
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The Top International Basketball Stories of 2012 - by Enzo Flojo

2012 was a great year for international ball. We had the Olympics, the FIBA World Championships for Boys, the Jones Cup, and several other noteworthy tourneys. In this post, well look at the events that distracted us from our usual dose of NBA and local hoops, and well look at the teams, the players, and the headlines that made us scream at the top of our lungs (cheering or jeering) out of patriotic pride.

Indonesia Warriors win the 2012 ASEAN Basketball League crown
For the third straight year, a Filipino team made it to the ABL Finals, but, for the second straight year, that Filipino team fell short of copping the championship trophy.

Led by, ironically, Filipino-American spitfire Stanley Pringle, the Indonesia Warriors scalped the San Miguel Beermen in three games to bring the ABL crown home to Jakarta. Pringle led the way in Game 3 with 28 points, while American imports Evan Brock and Steve Thomas combined for 25 markers. Two other Pinoy imports, Jerick Caada and Allan Salangsang, proved vital for Indonesias cause. Native Indons on the Warriors roster combined for just 11 points in the deciding game (Mario Wuysang, Arki Wisnu, and Amin Prihantono).

In their first ABL season, the Beermen did really well by advancing to the Finals, where they were the slight favorites to take the crown back to Manila a Pinoy team, the Air Asia Philippine Patriots, won the ABL Championship in its maiden season in 2010. Import Duke Crews led the way in Game 3 for SMB with 29 points while Pringles fellow Fil-Am rival, Chris Banchero, poured in 16 markers.

Indonesias Todd Purves was named Coach of the Year, Steve Thomas was named Defensive Player of the Year, while Evan Brock was feted as the Finals MVP. SMBs Leo Avenido was adjudged Season MVP.

Team USA cops Olympic Gold & the FIBA Boys Tourney Championship
Team USA continued to assert its dominance over the whole friggin world by winning two major FIBA tournaments this year the FIBA U17 World Championships and the London Olympics Basketball Games.

Led by top collegiate prospects Jahlil Okafor, Conner Frankamp, and Jabari Parker, the American boys ran roughshod over the Aussies in the Final of the 2012 FIBA U17 tourney held in Lithuania. Okafor, a 611 behemoth from Arkansas, produced 17 points and 8 rebounds for Team USA in the title game, while high-scoring point guard Frankamp tossed in 22 markers on 7-of-9 FG shooting. Parker, one of the biggest names on the roster, scored 12 points in just 14 minutes of play. The 68 17-year old combo-forward from Chicago, Illinois just announced his signing with perennial NCAA powerhouse Duke University. He will be an eligible freshman for the 2013-2014 NCAA season. His achievements have already been compared to that of another Chicago native Derrick Rose.

For his part, Dante Exum, a 64 shooting guard out of Melbourne, led the Aussies with 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists on 8-of-17 FG shooting. This early, hes being eyed as a potential lottery draft pick in the NBA once he becomes eligible in 2014. NCAA heavyweights Georgetown and Indiana have reportedly tendered offers for him to play in their respective programs.

In the London Olympics, Team USA remained the undisputed king by romping through the competition and punching through undefeated, 8-0. They didnt have the easiest of times in a couple of games (they beat Lithuania by just 5 in the elims and beat Spain by just 7 in the gold medal game), but it was clear they were the heavy favorites to retain the title and they did just that.

Kevin Durant was awesome in the final game, finishing with 30 points and 9 rebounds, while Spains Pau Gasol netted 24 markers, 8 boards, and 7 dimes. LeBron James and Kobe Bryant added 19 and 17 points respectively for the Americans, while Juan Carlos Navarro and Marc Gasol scored 21 and 17 points respectively for the Spaniards.

Energen Pilipinas places sixth in FIBA Asia Boys Tourney
Team Energen Pilipinas failed to improve or even duplicate the fifth place finish of the 2010 U18 national team after they lost to Taiwan in the battle for fifth place in the 2012 FIBA Asia U18 Tournament in Mongolia.

The Pinoys went 2-1 in the group stage, beating Saudi Arabia, 95-52, and Kazakhstan, 83-69, before bowing to a bigger Iranian squad, 72-93. They went undefeated in the crossover second round, beating Indonesia, 88-62, Taiwan, 88-83, and Bahrain, 99-72. Despite this, they wound up third in Group F after Iran was upset by the Taiwanese, 78-77. This made Iran the top seed, while Taiwan gained the second spot.

The Pinoys faced old nemesis Korea in the quarterfinals and lost, 90-77, after the Koreans pulled away in the third period. NBA prospect Lee Jong-Hyun led Korea with 26 points and 18 rebounds, while FEU-FERNs Jerie Pingoy led Energens cause with 19 markers.

Team Pilipinas rebounded against Lebanon, 80-69, to set-up the rematch with Taiwan for fifth place. LSGH shooter Mario Bonleon led Energen with 19 points, while Ateneo Blue Eagle G-Boy Babilonia grabbed 8 rebounds in their win over the Lebanese.

The Pinoys failed to repeat over the Taiwanese in the next game as their EABA rivals swelled the gap, again, in the third canto. The duo of Fang Shih-En (68) and Lin Kuan-Chun (62) ate up our frontline with a combined 38 points, 21 rebounds, and 8 steals on 13-of-19 FG shooting. NUs Jay-J Alejandro led Energen with 22 points, while Pingoy and Bonleon each contributed 15 markers. Top Pinoy center Jay Javelosa was not able to play in this game due to injury.

Gilas wins the Jones Cup
Though the 2012 Jones Cup in Taiwan was meant to be a tune-up tournament from which the Gilas boys were supposed to learn lessons, it became, instead, a beacon of hope as coach Chot Reyes successfully steered the Philippine NT to the title.

In doing so, coach Chot duplicated what coach Tim Cone was able to do with the 1998 Philippine Centennial Team a team that finished third in the 1998 Asian Games. Current Bgy. Ginebra starting point guard LA Tenorio came up big in the final game against the United States, scoring 20 points, including the go ahead pull-up jumper that sealed the historic win. Tenorio also grabbed 6 rebounds and handed out 3 assists. Jeff Chan backed him up with 18 points on the strength of 5 treys, while Marcus Douthit registered 17 markers, 12 boards, and 2 rejections.

Gilas won 7 of its 8 games in the tournament, losing only to Lebanon. Douthit was the teams best player, averaging about 16 points and 11 rebounds per outing. Chan was the only other player who normed double-digit scoring with 11.6ppg. Despite a slow start in the tournament, and playing behind Sol Mercado in the rotation early on, Tenorio was named tournament MVP due to his delivery in the clutch.

This win brought renewed faith in the Gilas program, and bolstered their chances for placing well in the big tourney for which they were really preparing the FIBA Asia Cup in Tokyo.

Iran wins the FIBA Asia Cup
Despite Gilass strong showing in the Jones Cup, they werent able to pull off another stunner and win the FIBA Asia Cup in Japan. The championship, instead, went to WABA powerhouse Iran, which was undefeated throughout the competition, 7-0.

Iran faced a gritty Japanese home squad in the Finals. They had beaten the Japanese earlier in the tournament in a tight contest, 71-65, and the Japanese gave them hell in the championship match, too. Despite the usually potent pairing of Kosuke Takeuchi and naturalized center JR Sakuragi having a tough time on offense, the Nippon five kept in-step with Iran thanks to the sniping of young wingman Kosuke Kanamaru. Kanamaru, who plays for the Panasonic Trians in the Japanese Basketball League (the JBL, which is different from the BJ League, has company-sponsored teams like the PBA; it will be re-structured into Japans National Basketball League starting mid-2013), connected on 4 triples to lead Japans charge with 16 points.

Iran, however, played a bit more solid basketball in the endgame thanks to the scoring of Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (who else?) and the imposing presence of Asghar Kardoust. In the end, Iran narrowly beat Japan, 53-51, and took home its first ever FIBA Asia Cup, which was formerly known as the FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup.

Gilas faltered in the battle for third, losing to perennial tormentor Qatar, 79-63. Naturalized former LA Laker Trey Johnson led the Qataris with 16 points along with Mohammed Yousef and Erfan Ali Saeed, both of whom combined for 27 points and 20 rebounds. Not surprisingly, Marcus Douthit led the Philippines with 17 points and 10 boards, while Gary David and Jared Dillinger contributed 15 and 12 markers respectively. Gilas got badly beaten on the boards, 31-47, and Qatar shot well from beyond the arc (33%).

The top four teams in this tourney Iran, Japan, Qatar, and the Philippines each earned an additional berth for their respective FIBA Asia Subzones in the 2013 FIBA Asia Mens Championship. This means that the distribution of slots will look like the following:

- West Asia: Iran (FIBA Asia Cup Champ) + Lebanon (Host) + 2 regular slots + 1 bonus slot
- Gulf: 2 regular slots + 1 bonus slot
- Central Asia (the Stans): 1 regular slot
- South Asia: 1 regular slot
- East Asia: 2 regular slots + 1 bonus slot
- Southeast Asia: 2 regular slots + 1 bonus slot

I believe, however, that, eventually, one of the slots in West Asia will be given to East Asia because apart from Iran and Lebanon, historically speaking, only Jordan, Syria, and maybe Iraq are the only other teams capable of competing at such a high level. I doubt if Syria will be able to send a team (I hope Im wrong, though) because of the current peace and order instability there. This means that one slot will probably be given to East Asia, since, historically speaking, it has the most concentrated roster of traditional Asian powerhouses China, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan.

Champions Cup ain't done yet
Due to the not-so-ideal security situation in Beirut and its surrounding areas (read: Syria), the 2012 FIBA Asia Champions Cup Final between Lebanese club Al-Riyadi and Irans Mahram squad was postponed indefinitely.

This was NOT the only unusual thing about this past years Champions Cup, of course. For one, a record-low 5 teams joined, presumably because, again, of the not-so-ideal security situation in the area. Not all the FIBA Asia subzones were represented, as the Gulf region, South Asia, and Southeast Asia did not send representatives. Al Rayyan of Qatar, AL Shabab of Kuwait, the Indonesia Warriors, and the San Miguel Beermen were all supposed to join, but miscommunication and security concerns caused those teams to withdraw participation.

Considering how this event was supposed to gauge the readiness of Beirut to host 2013s FIBA Asia Mens Tournament, I wonder how the FIBA Asia bigwigs are feeling right now.

Beirut hosts the 2013 FIBA Asia Tournament
Despite the twin heartbreaks of Energen Pilipinas and Smart-Gilas on the court, perhaps the deepest wound Pinoy basketball fans received in 2012 was when FIBA Asia awarded the hosting rights to the 2013 FIBA Asia Mens Championships to Beirut and NOT to Manila.

This despite the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) being the ONLY national association to go as far as to give FIBA Asia Secretary General Hagop Khajirian a personal tour of the facilities in Manila, and this despite the SBP delivering the most polished presentation to FIBA Asias primary decision-makers.

Heres the thing, though if FIBA Asia decides to hold the final game of the 2012 Champions Cup somewhere else (probably a more stable area like Dubai, UAE, or Doha, Qatar), then what does this say about the readiness of Beirut to hold the Mens Championships? More importantly, what does this say about the FAITH of the other FIBA Asia member countries in Lebanons ability to be a host? And what does it say about the decision-making of FIBA Asia? Its all wrapped in intrigue and uncertainty, so lets all see how it develops.

Heres my fearful prediction, however by the end of the first quarter of 2013, FIBA Asia will realize that they cannot possibly stick to their guns and let Beirut host. They will run back to the SBP to see if Manila is ready to be the back-up host. SBP, of course, will decline out of wounded pride. This will leave FIBA Asia with no other choice but to turn to (who else?) the Chinese, who are ALWAYS ready to host such events this is actually very similar to what happened to the 2011 edition, which was supposed to be in Lebanon, too.

The long and short of it is dont be surprised if the 27th FIBA Asia Mens Championship will, indeed, be held somewhere in China.

Shaking your head? Yeah. Get used to it.

FIBA changes its system
For a summary of FIBAs changes, read these bullets from FIBA.com:

The key principles agreed for the new competition format and calendar for men from 2017 are the following:

After the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain, the next edition will be moved to 2019 (instead of 2018) and will be played every four years from then on. A total of 32 teams (increased from 24) will participate in FIBAs flagship event.

The qualification period for the FIBA Basketball World Cup will be held over the course of two years and consist of six windows which will be in November (2017), February, June, September, November (2018) and February (2019). The exact period and length of these windows will be defined in the coming months in collaboration with all stakeholders. The national teams will be divided into two divisions Division A and Division B with groups of three or four teams in an open system with promotion and relegation. Games in the qualification period will be played in a home-and-away format.

Asia and Oceania will play in a combined Asia-Pacific region to qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup, but universality will remain in place for the qualifying process to the Olympic Games.

As of 2017, the continental championships will take place every four years (2017, 2021, 2025) with a similar system of qualification as for the FIBA Basketball World Cup and which will come into action after FIBAs flagship event in 2019. The windows will follow the same principle as the qualifying process to the FIBA Basketball World Cup but will be adapted in the Olympic years (2020, 2024).

The qualification for the 2020 Olympics will be through the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup and four Olympic Qualifying Tournaments to be held in four zones.

Confused? Then read my own take on it here. This means FIBA, in an effort to try and avoid direct competition for markets between basketball and football, adopted changes patterned, ironically, after the system of FIFA the group from which they were trying to distance themselves. In short, the qualification for future FIBA World Championships (now renamed FIBA World Cup; qualification starts in 2017) will be very similar, if not identical, to the qualification process for the FIFA World Cup. This will also apply to FIBAs continental championships. Implication? The process will be longer, domestic leagues will be interrupted to a more significant degree, and teams will lose the chance to get exposed to high-level competition because of the promotion and relegation system.

Shaking your heads even more? I told you to get used to it, didnt I?

Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com



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Poland U16 wins Olympic Hopes 2012 - by Eurobasket News

Poland U16 wins Olympic Hopes 2012 with 4 participating teams.
In Day 1 Poland U16 beat Slovakia U16 76:50. The winners started with 29-7 in the first period and added 15-9 in the second frame. Moreover Poland posted a 17-12 rally in the third quarter and did not mind 15-22 in the last stanza. Marcel Ponitka (187-PG-97) stepped up with 22 points and Usendiah had 9. Kierlewicz poured in 8, while Karol Majchrzak (198-SF-97) notched 7.
In Day 2 Poland U16 overcame Czech Republic 53:48. The teams exchanged 20-9 wins in the first half, while Poland posted two victories in the second half. They won the third period 12-8 and finished the game with 12-11 in the last stanza. Maciej Bender (202-F-97) top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Michal Kapa (178-F-97) had 13. Marcel Ponitka followed them with 11 points in a win. Chaloupka replied with 12 points and Smerda posted 6.
In Day 3 Poland U16 rolled over Hungary U16 54:44. The Polish side started with 12-9 lead and added 20-15 surge in the second frame. Hungary replied with 15-12 in the third quarter, while Poland finished the game with 10-5 for the final success. Rerak led the way with 17 points and Marcel Ponitka scored 16 points. Maciej Bender added 13, while Scibisz notched 4.



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D1 Standings

Premier League Standings
 1. Al Ansar 8-1 
 2. Al Ittihad 8-1 
 3. Al Wehda 7-2 
 4. Al Fath 6-3 
 5. Uhud 6-3 
 6. Al Ahli 5-4 
 7. Al Nahdha 4-4 
 8. Al Hilal 4-5 
 9. Al Qadisiya 3-6 
 10. Al Khaleej 2-7 
 11. Al Jubail 0-8 
 12. Al Nasr 0-9 

Regular Season: Round 10

Jan. 3: Uhud - Al Ahli
Jan. 3: Al Hilal - Al Khaleej
Jan. 3: Al Nahdha - Al Fath
Jan. 3: Al Ansar - Al Ittihad
Jan. 3: Al Nasr - Al Jubail
Jan. 3: Al Qadisiya - Al Wehda


Premier League Round 9: Al Hilal hands first loss to undefeated Al Ittihad - by Eurobasket News

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Al Ittihad (8-1) in Jeddah on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by eighth ranked Al Hilal (4-5) 54-44. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Al Ittihad. Al Hilal maintains eighth place with 4-5 record. Defending champion Al Ittihad still keeps top position with one game lost. They share it with Al Ansar. Al Hilal are looking forward to face Al Khaleej (#10) in the next round. Al Ittihad will play against the league's leader Al Ansar (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Another interesting game for Al Ansar (8-1) which played in Mecca against Al Wehda (7-2). Second ranked Al Ansar had an easy win 75-59. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Al Wehda. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Al Ansar have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Al Ittihad. Al Wehda at the other side keeps the third place with two games lost. Al Ansar will play against league's second-placed Al Ittihad in Jeddah in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Al Wehda will play on the road against Al Qadisiya in Al Khubar and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Al Nasr is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their ninth consecutive match to seventh ranked Al Ahli (5-4) 74-44 on Thursday evening. Al Ahli moved-up to sixth place. Al Nasr lost their ninth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with nine games lost. Al Ahli will meet higher ranked Uhud (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Al Nasr will play against Al Jubail (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Al Hasa was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Uhud (6-3) played at the court of fifth ranked Al Fath (6-3). Al Fath managed to secure a 4-point victory 92-88. Al Fath moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Uhud. Uhud lost their third game in a row. Al Fath's next round opponent will be Al Nahdha (#7) in Al Khobar. Uhud will play at home against Al Ahli in Jeddah and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 9 Al Qadisiya was beaten by Al Khaleej on the road 83-71.


Al Ahli - Al Nasr 74-44

Bottom-ranked Al Nasr is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their ninth consecutive match to seventh ranked Al Ahli (5-4) 74-44 on Thursday evening. Al Ahli moved-up to sixth place. Al Nasr lost their ninth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with nine games lost. Al Ahli will meet higher ranked Uhud (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Al Nasr will play against Al Jubail (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
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Al Ittihad - Al Hilal 44-54

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Al Ittihad (8-1) in Jeddah on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by eighth ranked Al Hilal (4-5) 54-44. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Al Ittihad. Al Hilal maintains eighth place with 4-5 record. Defending champion Al Ittihad still keeps top position with one game lost. They share it with Al Ansar. Al Hilal are looking forward to face Al Khaleej (#10) in the next round. Al Ittihad will play against the league's leader Al Ansar (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
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Al Khaleej - Al Qadisiya 83-71

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when tenth ranked Al Khaleej (2-7) beat at home 9th ranked Al Qadisiya (3-6) 83-71. Newly promoted Al Khaleej maintains tenth place with 2-7 record. Al Qadisiya at the other side keeps the ninth position with six games lost. Al Khaleej's next round opponent will be higher ranked Al Hilal (#8) in Riyadh and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
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Al Wehda - Al Ansar 59-75

Another interesting game for Al Ansar (8-1) which played in Mecca against Al Wehda (7-2). Second ranked Al Ansar had an easy win 75-59. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Al Wehda. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Al Ansar have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Al Ittihad. Al Wehda at the other side keeps the third place with two games lost. Al Ansar will play against league's second-placed Al Ittihad in Jeddah in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Al Wehda will play on the road against Al Qadisiya in Al Khubar and hopes to get back on the winning track.
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Al Fath - Uhud 92-88

The game in Al Hasa was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Uhud (6-3) played at the court of fifth ranked Al Fath (6-3). Al Fath managed to secure a 4-point victory 92-88. Al Fath moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Uhud. Uhud lost their third game in a row. Al Fath's next round opponent will be Al Nahdha (#7) in Al Khobar. Uhud will play at home against Al Ahli in Jeddah and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Slovakia U16 lost all the games at the International Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Slovakia U16 lost all the games at the International Tournament of the Olympic Hopes 2012.
In Day 1 Poland U16 beat Slovakia U16 76:50. The winners started with 29-7 in the first period and added 15-9 in the second frame. Moreover Poland posted a 17-12 rally in the third quarter and did not mind 15-22 in the last stanza. Ponitka stepped up with 22 points and Usendiah had 9. Michal Kierlewicz (175-PG-97) poured in 8, while Karol Majchrzak (198-SF-97) notched 7.
In Day 2 Hungary beat Slovakia 80:74.
In Day 3 Czech Republic U16 outscored Slovakia U16 91:64. Smerda paced all the winners with 21 points and Dlugos scored 12. Journot delivered 11, whilst Roub and Vitkovic had 10 each.



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  SLOVENIA   


Sani Becirovic is on the roll in Iranian League - by Matej Bergant

Slovenian star Sani Becirovic (196-G-81) continues to play great in Iranian League for his Petrochimi. In his last game against third placed Esfahan, Becirovic lead his team in with index of 42. He scored amazing 27 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and also had 9 assists. Petrochimi continues with great team performances, as they are still on the top of the league. Besides Sani, Slovenians Marko Milic (201-F-77) and coach Mehmed Becirovic are also working in Iran.


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KBL Round 20: ET Land Elephants defeat Anyang KGC in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

Fourth-ranked Anyang KGC (13-13) gave a tough game to third ranked ET Land Elephants (18-8) in Inchon on Tuesday. ET Land Elephants managed to secure only two-point victory 73-71. However their fans expected easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Carlos Powell (199-83, college: S.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and the former international forward Tae-Jong Moon (199-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) who added 17 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Forward Jung-Hyun Lee (191-87) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds. ET Land Elephants maintains third position with 18-8 record having just three points less than leader SK Knights. Anyang KGC lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with LG Sakers. ET Land Elephants are looking forward to face league's leader SK Knights in Seoul in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Anyang KGC will play at home against Sonic Boom KT in Busan and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Changwon. 4th ranked host LG Sakers (13-13) were smashed by third ranked Mobis Phoebus (19-8) 84-49. The winners were led by American forward Ricardo Ratliffe (203-89, college: Missouri) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and Ji-Hoon Ham supported him with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Even 7 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists by American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) did not help to save the game for LG Sakers. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Mobis Phoebus have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place. LG Sakers at the other side keep the fourth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Anyang KGC. Mobis Phoebus will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. LG Sakers will play at home against KCC Egis (#10) in Jeonju and hope to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked KCC Egis managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the seven-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time they edged seventh-ranked Goyang Orions in Daegu 62-59. The best player for the winners was John Thomas who scored 23 points. Leon Williams produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts. KCC Egis maintains tenth position with 4-22 record. Loser Goyang Orions dropped to the sixth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Samsung Th.. KCC Egis will meet higher ranked LG Sakers (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Goyang Orions will play against Dongbu Promy in Wonju and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Wonju where 6th ranked Samsung Thunders (12-15) were upseton the court of ninth ranked Dongbu Promy (9-18) 71-63. Julian Sensley orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points and 9 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dongbu Promy have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain ninth position with 9-18 record. Samsung Thunders lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 15 games lost. Dongbu Promy's next round opponent will be higher ranked Goyang Orions (#6) in Daegu and it may be quite challenging game.

In the last two games of round 20 Mobis Phoebus won against Dongbu Promy on the opponent's court 74-70. Samsung Th. unfortunately lost to Goyang Orions in a home game 65-80.


Dongbu Promy - Mobis Phoebus 70-74

Very expected game in Wonju where 9th ranked Dongbu Promy (9-18) was defeated by third ranked Mobis Phoebus (19-8) 74-70. Dongbu Promy was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 17-10 charge of Mobis Phoebus, which allowed them to win the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American forward Ricardo Ratliffe (203-89, college: Missouri) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 16 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Naturalized American forward Gregory Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Ji-Hyon Park (183-79) replied with 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international power forward Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Dongbu Promy. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Dongbu Promy's coach Dong Hae Kang tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Mobis Phoebus have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Dongbu Promy at the other side keeps the ninth position with 18 games lost. Mobis Phoebus' next round opponent will be LG Sakers (#4) in Changwon. Dongbu Promy will play on the road against Goyang Orions (#6) in Daegu.
Top scorers:
Mobis Phoebus: R.Ratliffe 27+16reb+2ast, G.Stevenson 17+6reb, J.Ham 13+3reb+4ast, D.Yang 10+2reb+5ast, S.Rae Kim 3+2reb+9ast, D.Chun 2+1ast
Dongbu Promy: J.Park 19+1reb+2ast, J.Kim 12+6reb+3ast, E.Sandrin 11+8reb, J.Sensley 10+1reb+3ast, K.Lee 5+1reb+3ast, R.Roby 4+2ast
gschID: 194296


ET Land - Anyang KGC 73-71

Fourth-ranked Anyang KGC (13-13) gave a tough game to third ranked ET Land Elephants (18-8) in Inchon on Tuesday. ET Land Elephants managed to secure only two-point victory 73-71. However their fans expected easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Carlos Powell (199-83, college: S.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and the former international forward Tae-Jong Moon (199-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) who added 17 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Forward Jung-Hyun Lee (191-87) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Juan Pattillo (197-88, college: W.Kentucky) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. ET Land Elephants maintains third position with 18-8 record having just three points less than leader SK Knights. Anyang KGC lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with LG Sakers. ET Land Elephants are looking forward to face league's leader SK Knights in Seoul in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Anyang KGC will play at home against Sonic Boom KT in Busan and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
ET Land: B.Chung 21+1reb, C.Powell 21+10reb+2ast, T.Moon 17+9reb+3ast, H.Lee 5+2reb+4ast, H.Kang 5+2reb+3ast, H.Lee 2+1reb+2ast
Anyang KGC: J.Pattillo 16+5reb+3ast, H.Choi 15+5reb, J.Lee 15+8reb+3ast, T.Kim 9+3reb+5ast, H.Jung 6+3reb, H.Yang 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 194297


Samsung Th. - Goyang Orions 65-80

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Seoul where seventh ranked Goyang Orions (12-15) defeated 6th ranked Samsung Thunders (12-15) 80-65. The game was mostly controlled by Goyang Orions. Samsung Thunders was better in fourth quarter 27-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Goyang Orions made 23-of-26 charity shots (88.5 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Samsung Thunders helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Belizean-American power forward Leon Williams (203-86, college: Ohio) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Naturalized American guard Tony Akins (180-80, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Court Side) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Guard Koahn-Huhi Ngi (190-88) replied with 22 points and 4 assists and American power forward Darian Townes (208-84) added 14 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Samsung Thunders. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Goyang Orions moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Samsung Th. Samsung Thunders lost third consecutive game. Goyang Orions' next round opponent will be Dongbu Promy (#9) in Wonju.
Top scorers:
Goyang Orions: T.Akins 18+1reb+3ast, L.Williams 17+17reb+3ast, J.Choi 12+4reb+2ast, J.Chun 8+5reb, S.Merritt 8+4reb, J.Kim 7+1reb+1ast
Samsung Th.: K.Ngi 22+3reb+4ast, D.Townes 14+11reb, D.Sandrin 10+8reb+1ast, O.Blankson 6+3reb, K.Lee 5+3reb+2ast, W.Lee 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 194298


LG Sakers - Mobis Phoebus 49-84

The game between Top Four teams took place in Changwon. 4th ranked host LG Sakers (13-13) were smashed by third ranked Mobis Phoebus (19-8) 84-49. The game was mostly controlled by Mobis Phoebus. LG Sakers was better in fourth quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mobis Phoebus dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to LG Sakers' 26. They outrebounded LG Sakers 39-26 including a 26-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. Mobis Phoebus players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The winners were led by American forward Ricardo Ratliffe (203-89, college: Missouri) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and the former international power forward Ji-Hoon Ham (198-84) supported him with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Even 7 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists by American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) did not help to save the game for LG Sakers. His fellow American import power forward Ira Clark (203-75, college: Texas) added 5 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. Mobis Phoebus have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place. LG Sakers at the other side keep the fourth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Anyang KGC. Mobis Phoebus will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. LG Sakers will play at home against KCC Egis (#10) in Jeonju and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Mobis Phoebus: R.Ratliffe 23+12reb+3ast, J.Ham 17+6reb+3ast, S.Rae Kim 12+2reb+4ast, G.Stevenson 8+4reb+2ast, C.Withers 7+4reb+5ast, K.No 5+1reb
LG Sakers: K.Young Hwan 8+1ast, W.Yaung 7+1ast, R.Benson 7+10reb+5ast, I.Clark 5+5reb+1ast, S.Yoo 5+3reb+1ast, B.Yoo 5+1ast
gschID: 194294


Goyang Orions - KCC Egis 59-62

Bottom-ranked KCC Egis managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the seven-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time they edged seventh-ranked Goyang Orions in Daegu 62-59. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 21-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. KCC Egis outrebounded Goyang Orions 39-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American power forward John Thomas (206-75, college: Minnesota) who scored 23 points. The other American import center Courtney Sims (211-83, college: Michigan, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. Belizean-American power forward Leon Williams (203-86, college: Ohio) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and guard Jong-bum Kim (191-90) added 9 points respectively for the hosts. KCC Egis maintains tenth position with 4-22 record. Loser Goyang Orions dropped to the sixth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Samsung Th.. KCC Egis will meet higher ranked LG Sakers (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Goyang Orions will play against Dongbu Promy in Wonju and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
KCC Egis: J.Thomas 23+2reb+1ast, Y.Bakg 14+5reb+2ast, C.Sims 10+13reb+1ast, T.Kim 6+4reb, A.Brown 4+7reb, M.Sin 3+2reb
Goyang Orions: L.Williams 17+12reb, H.Cho 10+1reb+3ast, J.Kim 9+3reb+3ast, S.Merritt 6+2reb+1ast, T.Akins 6+1reb, J.Choi 5+1reb
gschID: 194295


Dongbu Promy - Samsung Th. 71-63

An interesting game took place in Wonju where 6th ranked Samsung Thunders (12-15) were upseton the court of ninth ranked Dongbu Promy (9-18) 71-63. The game without a history. Dongbu Promy led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. German-American forward Julian Sensley (206-82, college: Hawaii) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points and 9 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). Guard Ji-Hyon Park (183-79) contributed with 14 points and 4 assists for the winners. The former international forward Daniel Sandrin (200-80, college: Seattle Pacific) replied with 14 points and 7 rebounds and American-Ghanian forward Odartey Blankson (199-82, college: UNLV, agency: Interperformances) added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Samsung Thunders. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dongbu Promy have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain ninth position with 9-18 record. Samsung Thunders lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 15 games lost. Dongbu Promy's next round opponent will be higher ranked Goyang Orions (#6) in Daegu and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Dongbu Promy: J.Sensley 30+9reb+2ast, J.Park 14+2reb+4ast, J.Kim 8+6reb+4ast, E.Sandrin 7+7reb+1ast, R.Roby 6, K.Lee 5+1reb+2ast
Samsung Th.: D.Sandrin 14+7reb+2ast, B.Park 11+3reb+4ast, O.Blankson 8+8reb+2ast, K.Lee 7+3reb, D.Townes 6+6reb+1ast, W.Lee 6+1reb
gschID: 194293



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Pi Koleji lands Reggie Chamberlain - by Eurobasket Center

Pi Koleji Ankara (TB2L) tabbed 24-year old American guard Reggie Chamberlain (182-89, college: UMKC). Reggie is a product of Univ.of Missouri - Kansas City (NCAA). In 31 games last season he averaged impressive 17.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.5apg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to All-Summit League Honorable Mention.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - BBL

BBL Standings
 1. Newcastle E. 14-2 
 2. Leicester R. 12-2 
 3. Surrey Heat 12-3 
 4. Plymouth R. 10-5 
 5. Worcester W. 9-7 
 6. Glasgow Rocks 9-7 
 7. London Lions 7-11 
 8. Cheshire P. 6-10 
 9. Sheffield S. 6-10 
 10. Manchester G. 6-11 
 11. Durham W. 4-11 
 12. Mersey Tigers 0-16 

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 1: Surrey Heat - London Lions 96-73
Dec. 30: Glasgow Rocks - Cheshire P. 95-78
Dec. 30: Sheffield S. - Manchester G. 87-68
Dec. 28: Mersey Tigers - Manchester G. 65-96

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 5: Surrey Heat - Durham W.
Jan. 5: Leicester R. - Worcester W.
Jan. 6: Durham W. - Cheshire P.
Jan. 6: Glasgow Rocks - Plymouth R.


BBL Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Chez MARKS
  Cheshire P.
  (191-G-80)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Marks, Cheshire P.22.2 
 2. Ojo, Plymouth R.21.1 
 3. Bell, Plymouth R.19.4 
 4. Jackman, London L.17.6 
 5. Smith, Newcastl.17.5 
 6. Daye, Sheffield S.17.4 
 7. Holmes, Surrey H.17.3 
 8. Ogedengbe, London17.1 
 9. Williams, Sheffiel.16.3 
 10. Baldarelli, Durha.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt SCHNECK
  Plymouth.
  (203-C-88)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Schneck, Plymouth.10.9 
 2. Maddox, Newcastl.9.9 
 3. Myers, Cheshire P.9.5 
 4. Ocitti, Worceste.9.4 
 5. Keister, Durham W.9.0 
 6. Bland, Cheshire P.8.9 
 7. Holmes, Surrey H.8.8 
 8. Defoe, Newcastl.8.7 
 9. Tuck, Sheffield S.8.7 
 10. Eaves, Manchest.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Chavis HOLMES
  Surrey H.
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Holmes, Surrey H.5.8 
 2. Chapman, Newcastl.5.2 
 3. Bucci, Durham W.4.9 
 4. Sullivan, Leiceste.4.7 
 5. Owumi, Worceste.4.5 
 6. Haskins, Cheshire.4.3 
 7. Jones, Manchest.4.0 
 8. Huffman, Newcastl.3.9 
 9. McGinn, Mersey T.3.8 
 10. Bailey, Manchest.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Chavis HOLMES
  Surrey H.
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Holmes, Surrey H.3.3 
 2. Ojo, Plymouth R.2.3 
 3. Daye, Sheffield S.2.0 
 4. Huffman, Newcastl.1.9 
 5. Bucci, Durham W.1.9 
 6. Myers, Cheshire P.1.7 
 7. Baldarelli, Durham1.6 
 8. Taylor, Leiceste.1.6 
 9. Marks, Cheshire P.1.5 
 10. Lawson, London L.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Alif BLAND
  Cheshire P.
  (203-C-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Bland, Cheshire P.2.5 
 2. Maddox, Newcastl.1.7 
 3. Sturt, London Lio.1.3 
 4. Eaves, Manchest.1.2 
 5. Calvo, Mersey T.1.0 
 6. Masiulis, Worceste.0.9 
 7. Watts, Manchest.0.9 
 8. Simek, Surrey Heat0.8 
 9. Ocitti, Worceste.0.7 
 10. Sullivan, Leicest.0.7 




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Women News


WABA Game: Powered by Palacios,Lady Steam narrowly defeat Columbus 73-68 - by WABA basket

In his coaching debut for Chicago Lady Steam, Antonio d'Albero had to sweat it out to the very end with his team slipping by Columbus 73-68.

It was a close contest throughout the entire 40 minutes of the game.
In the first half, the Lady Steam was led on offense by the stellar plays of Shante Clark while Keshia Richardson made it extremely difficult for Columbus to generate any type of offensive tempo.
The Lady Steam went into the locker rooms at half-time tied with Columbus 30-30.

However, Lady Steam's newest addition of the team, Florencia Palacios (6'0''-G/F-85), came alive to create problems for Columbus's defense throughout the entire second half of the game.
Palacios led the team in scoring with 20 points. It was appeared she was making every shot as she would finish the game making 8 of her 11 shots.

Nikkilettte Wright and Elexis Jackson were productive on both sides of the ball. They were the main contributors of orchestrating the development of the plays on offense and they aided in clamping down their teams defense in the closing minutes of the game to keep Columbus at bay.
The team of the Windy City played an entire game of intensity and passion to give them the final edge over Columbus.

Coach d'Albero's preparation and hard-work in practice during the week reflected through his players throughout the game with his team playing hard-nosed defense while being electric when playing on offense.
D'Albero lauding his players execution and performance in his game as Lady Steam's head-coach. "It was a hard game, but I saw very good things from my team. We are a work in progress and I am sure we will improve day by day,"



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   

Standings

Baltic League Standings
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk 7-0 
 2. Tim-Scuf 3-2 
 3. Berezina 2-3 
 4. Eclex Tallinn 2-4 
 5. Victoria 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 6

Jan. 16: Victoria - Berezina
Jan. 22: Eclex Tallinn - Victoria
Jan. 25: Victoria - Tim-Scuf
Jan. 25: Eclex Tallinn - Berezina


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Miriam URO-NILIE
  Tim-S.
  (190-C-94)
  Avg: 17.6
 1. Uro-Nilie, Tim-S.17.6 
 2. Rebane, Eclex Tall.15.3 
 3. Kochubei, Tim-Scuf13.3 
 4. Nikolai, Eclex T.13.0 
 5. Matsko, Tim-Scuf12.2 
 6. Pankova, Berezina11.5 
 7. Voishal, Victoria11.3 
 8. Hasper, Tsmoki-M.11.2 
 9. Rashchenia, Victor.10.3 
 10. Rausberg, Tsmoki-.10.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miriam URO-NILIE
  Tim-S.
  (190-C-94)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Uro-Nilie, Tim-S.9.8 
 2. Rebane, Eclex Tall.9.0 
 3. Iordan, Tsmoki-M.7.5 
 4. Istseliatsov., Tsm.7.0 
 5. Kochubei, Tim-Scuf7.0 
 6. Matsko, Tim-Scuf6.8 
 7. Voishal, Victoria6.5 
 8. Berezinets, Tim-S.6.2 
 9. Hasper, Tsmoki-M.6.2 
 10. Pantsiukh, Tsmoki.5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Inna KOCHUBEI
  Tim-Scuf
  (174-G-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Kochubei, Tim-Scuf6.5 
 2. Istseliatsov., Tsm.3.0 
 3. Yakovits, Tsmoki-M.2.7 
 4. Tsiruleva, Tsmoki-.2.1 
 5. Pantsiukh, Tsmoki-.2.0 
 6. Rebane, Eclex Tall.2.0 
 7. Haponava, Berezina1.8 
 8. Ptitsona, Eclex T.1.7 
 9. Nikolai, Eclex T.1.7 
 10. Rausberg, Tsmoki-.1.6 
Steals Per Game
 Inna KOCHUBEI
  Tim-Scuf
  (174-G-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Kochubei, Tim-Scuf3.0 
 2. Matsko, Tim-Scuf2.2 
 3. Rebane, Eclex Tall.2.2 
 4. Koster, Eclex Tall.2.2 
 5. Tsiruleva, Tsmoki-.2.0 
 6. Kalvinkoskay., Ber.2.0 
 7. Uro-Nilie, Tim-S.2.0 
 8. Rosenfeldt, Eclex1.8 
 9. Voishal, Victoria1.8 
 10. Turomsha, Berezina1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Maryia RASHCHENIA
  Victoria
  (185-PF-92)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Rashchenia, Victor.1.5 
 2. Hasper, Tsmoki-M.1.2 
 3. Uro-Nilie, Tim-S.1.0 
 4. Mesila-K., Eclex T.0.8 
 5. Istseliatsov., Tsm.0.8 
 6. Rebane, Eclex Tall.0.7 
 7. Berezinets, Tim-S.0.6 
 8. Pankova, Berezina0.5 
 9. Horodetskaya, Tsmo.0.4 
 10. Styapanava, Bere.0.3 


Pantsiukh's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old forward Viktoryia Pantsiukh (185-F-87) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's best team Tsmoki-Minsk and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
She had a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds, while her team beat Eclex Tallinn (#4, 2-4) 72-65. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Tsmoki-Minsk to consolidate first place in the Baltic League . They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and Tsmoki-Minsk keeps perfect 7 -0 record. In the team's last game Pantsiukh had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. She has many years of experience at Tsmoki-Minsk, through which he has constantly improved. Pantsiukh has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in points (5th best: 11.6ppg), rebounds (7th best: 5.6rpg) and assists (3rd best: 2.2apg).

Second best performed player last round was Inna Kochubei (174-G-82) of league's second-best Tim-Scuf. She is a guard in her first season at Tim-Scuf. In the last game Kochubei recorded impressive double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Tim-Scuf cruised to a 64-56 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Eclex Tallinn (#4, 2-4). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Tim-Scuf consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. Her team's 3-2 record is not bad at all. Kochubei is a newcomer at Tim-Scuf and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Tsmoki-Minsk's star - center Alina Iordan (190-C-88). Iordan scored 14 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). She was another key player of Tsmoki-Minsk, helping her team with a 67-43 easy win against #3 ranked Berezina. Tsmoki-Minsk have amazing season winning all 7 games without a single defeat. Iordan turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Iordan has a great season in Baltic League. After only 5 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 6.6ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 6.8rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Viktoriya Hasper (193-C-88) of Tsmoki-Minsk - 20 points and 9 rebounds
5. Yuliya Berezinets (182-G-90) of Tim-Scuf - 18 points and 8 rebounds
6. Katsiaryna Urbanovich (185-F-93) of Tsmoki-Minsk - 13 points and 9 rebounds
7. Viyaleta Kiuliak (181-F-96) of Victoria - 11 points and 10 rebounds
8. Viive Kai Rebane (182-F-89) of Eclex Tallinn - 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Alesia Lalovich (188-F-79) of Tsmoki-Minsk - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Volha Istseliatsova (189-F/C-88) of Tsmoki-Minsk - 11 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Standings - WCBA

WCBA Standings
 1. Zhejiang 15-5 
 2. Shanxi 15-5 
 3. Liaoning 13-7 
 4. Jiangsu 12-8 
 5. Shenyang 12-8 
 6. Beijing 11-9 
 7. Shanghai 11-9 
 8. Guangdong 8-12 
 9. Yunnan 8-12 
 10. Bayi 6-14 
 11. Henan 6-14 
 12. Heilongjiang 3-17 

Regular Season: Round 20

Jan. 1: Henan - Heilongjiang 95-77
Jan. 1: Jiangsu - Shanxi 80-78
Jan. 1: Beijing - Shanghai 78-72
Jan. 1: Liaoning - Bayi 73-70
Jan. 1: Yunnan - Guangdong 67-74
Jan. 1: Shenyang - Zhejiang 101-115

Regular Season: Round 21

Jan. 5: Beijing - Yunnan
Jan. 5: Shenyang - Bayi
Jan. 5: Heilongjiang - Zhejiang
Jan. 5: Jiangsu - Henan
Jan. 5: Shanghai - Shanxi
Jan. 5: Guangdong - Liaoning


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maya MOORE
  Shanxi
  (183-SG-89)
  Avg: 40.4
 1. Moore, Shanxi40.4 
 2. Cambage, Zhejiang35.1 
 3. Appel, Henan27.6 
 4. Ji, Heilongjiang25.2 
 5. Little, Shanghai24.5 
 6. Miao, Shenyang24.3 
 7. Catchings, Guang.23.7 
 8. Taylor, Yunnan23.6 
 9. Shi, Shanghai19.8 
 10. Young, Beijing18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jayne APPEL
  Henan
  (193-F/C-88)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Appel, Henan15.5 
 2. Thomas, Jiangsu15.1 
 3. Moore, Shanxi12.3 
 4. Taylor, Yunnan12.3 
 5. Leuchanka, Liaoni.10.3 
 6. Cambage, Zhejiang10.0 
 7. Goodlett, Heilongj.9.9 
 8. Young, Beijing9.8 
 9. Little, Shanghai9.4 
 10. Catchings, Guang.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 LiJie MIAO
  Shenyang
  (178-F-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Miao, Shenyang7.0 
 2. Ma, Heilongjiang6.8 
 3. Bian, Zhejiang5.4 
 4. Chen, Jiangsu4.8 
 5. Ji, Heilongjiang4.5 
 6. Wu, Shanxi4.4 
 7. Moore, Shanxi4.2 
 8. Liu, Yunnan4.1 
 9. Song, Bayi3.5 
 10. Qiu, Guangdong3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Maya MOORE
  Shanxi
  (183-SG-89)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Moore, Shanxi3.8 
 2. Catchings, Guang.3.3 
 3. Young, Beijing2.4 
 4. Little, Shanghai2.4 
 5. Bian, Zhejiang2.2 
 6. Song, Bayi2.1 
 7. Huang, Shanghai1.9 
 8. Appel, Henan1.9 
 9. Liu, Yunnan1.8 
 10. Kim, Beijing1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Elizabeth CAMBAGE
  Zhejiang
  (203-C-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Cambage, Zhejiang2.7 
 2. Appel, Henan2.1 
 3. Taylor, Yunnan1.9 
 4. Moore, Shanxi1.4 
 5. Wei, Guangdong1.2 
 6. Nuo, Jiangsu1.1 
 7. Catchings, Guang.1.0 
 8. Goodlett, Heilongj.0.9 
 9. Thomas, Jiangsu0.9 
 10. Zhang, Beijing0.8 


WCBA Round 20: Shanxi loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in WCBA. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Round 20 in WCBA means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Yixing where host Jiangsu Phoenix (12-8) edged league's leader Shanxi (15-5) 80-78 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shanxi. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 28-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American center Krystal Thomas (195-89, college: Duke) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. The former international center Xu Nuo (197-87) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. American Maya Moore (183-89, college: Connecticut) produced a double-double by scoring 45 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds for the guests. Jiangsu Phoenix moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Shenyang. Newly promoted Shanxi still keeps top position with five games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Zhejiang who have the same record. Just two games before the end of Regular Season and it may be the most important game of the season next round when Shanxi faces Shanghai Octopus trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Jiangsu Phoenix will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked Henan Elephants in Jiyuan.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Dandong. Second ranked Zhejiang Far East faced 3rd ranked Shenyang Golden Lions. Guests from Hangzhou (15-5) defeated host Shenyang Golden Lions (12-8) 115-101. Australian center Elizabeth Cambage (203-91) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 59 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds (on 22-of-24 shooting from the field). Lan Bian contributed with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. International forward LiJie Miao (178-81) replied with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 16 assists for Shenyang Golden Lions. Zhejiang Far East keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Shanxi. Shenyang Golden Lions at the other side dropped to the fourth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Jiangsu. Zhejiang Far East will play against bottom-ranked Heilongjiang Chenneng (#12) in Harbin in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Shenyang Golden Lions will play at home against Bayi Kylin (#10) in Yinzhou and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Beijing was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Shanghai Octopus (11-9) played at the court of seventh ranked Beijing Great Wall (11-9). Beijing Great Wall managed to secure a 6-point victory 78-72 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Shanghai Octopus. Worth to mention a great performance of Sophia Young who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. Xiufeng Shi responded with 26 points. Beijing Great Wall moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Shanghai. Beijing Great Wall will meet at home Qujing Yunnan (#9) in the next round. Shanghai Octopus will play against the league's second-placed Shanxi in Taiyuan and hope to secure a win.
Tenth-ranked Bayi Kylin (6-14) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Liaoning Hengye (13-7) in Anshan. Liaoning Hengye managed to secure only three-point victory 73-70. However their fans expected much easier game. The winners were led by Wei Zhang who scored that evening 23 points. Liaoning Hengye have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Bayi Kylin lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 14 games lost. Liaoning Hengye's next round opponent will be Guangdong Dolphins (#8) in Guangzhou where they are favorite. Bayi Kylin will play on the road against Shenyang Golden Lions in Dandong.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Jiyuan. Local Henan Elephants (6-14) beat 12th ranked Heilongjiang Chenneng (3-17) 95-77 on Tuesday night. The best player for the winners was Jayne Appel who had a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!), 21 rebounds and 6 assists (on 18-of-22 shooting from the field). Henan Elephants moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Bayi. Heilongjiang Chenneng lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Henan Elephants will face higher ranked Jiangsu Phoenix (#4) in Yixing in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Heilongjiang Chenneng will play at home against the league's leader Zhejiang Far East (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.

In the last game of round 20 Guangdong defeated Yunnan in Guangzhou 74-67.


Beijing - Shanghai 78-72

The game in Beijing was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Shanghai Octopus (11-9) played at the court of seventh ranked Beijing Great Wall (11-9). Beijing Great Wall managed to secure a 6-point victory 78-72 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Shanghai Octopus. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 6 points. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Sophia Young (186-83, college: Baylor) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds and the former international center Lin Zhang (193-83) who added 19 points during the contest. Four Beijing Great Wall players scored in double figures. point guard Xiufeng Shi (178-87) responded with 26 points and American swingman Camille Little (188-85, college: N.Carolina) scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. Beijing Great Wall moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Shanghai. Beijing Great Wall will meet at home Qujing Yunnan (#9) in the next round. Shanghai Octopus will play against the league's second-placed Shanxi in Taiyuan and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Beijing: Z.Lin 19+4reb+2ast, Y.Sophia 15+15reb+2ast, Z.Fan 12+4reb, K.Yeong-Ok 10+2reb+3ast, Q.Site 10+1reb, Z.Hui 8+4reb
Shanghai: S.Xiufeng 26+4reb+1ast, L.Camille 20+8reb, H.Jing 9+6reb+3ast, Z.Ni 7, W.Xing 6+11reb, J.Lan 4+4reb
gschID: 227937


Jiangsu - Shanxi 80-78

Round 20 in WCBA means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Yixing where host Jiangsu Phoenix (12-8) edged league's leader Shanxi (15-5) 80-78 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shanxi. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 28-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American center Krystal Thomas (195-89, college: Duke) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. The former international center Xu Nuo (197-87) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. Four Jiangsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. American Maya Moore (183-89, college: Connecticut) produced a double-double by scoring 45 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds and point guard Jinzhu Wu (175-88) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Jiangsu Phoenix moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Shenyang. Newly promoted Shanxi still keeps top position with five games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Zhejiang who have the same record. Just two games before the end of Regular Season and it may be the most important game of the season next round when Shanxi faces Shanghai Octopus trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Jiangsu Phoenix will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked Henan Elephants in Jiyuan.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu: T.Krystal 19+12reb+3ast, N.Xu 18+8reb+2ast, L.ShanShan 13+4reb+4ast, H.Huan 12+1reb+1ast, J.Na 9+2reb+2ast, X.Hou 5+3reb+4ast
Shanxi: M.Maya 45+10reb+3ast, W.Jinzhu 11+5reb+2ast, Z.Xianmin 8+3reb+5ast, Z.Yu 8+1reb+2ast, M.Liang 2+3reb, Y.Dong 2+2reb
gschID: 227942


Yunnan - Guangdong 67-74

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 8th ranked Qujing Yunnan (8-12) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Guangdong Dolphins (8-12) 74-67 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-67. Guangdong Dolphins made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American Tamika Catchings (186-79, college: Tennessee) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). point guard Siyue Qiu (177-91) chipped in 7 points and 6 rebounds. American center Lindsay Taylor (203-81, college: UCSB) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds and forward Huan Zhai (178-89) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Guangdong Dolphins moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Yunnan. Guangdong Dolphins will face higher ranked Liaoning Hengye (#3) in Anshan in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Guangdong: C.Tamika 22+15reb+3ast, H.Hongpin 12+3reb, Z.Lin 9+1reb, W.Wei 8+3reb, Z.Dongxia 8+5reb+1ast, Q.Siyue 7+6reb+3ast
Yunnan: T.Lindsay 25+12reb+3ast, C.Betty 11+2reb, Z.Huan 10+7reb+2ast, L.XiaoLei 8+2reb+2ast, L.Xiao 7+4reb, Y.Jun 6+1reb
gschID: 227941


Liaoning - Bayi 73-70

Tenth-ranked Bayi Kylin (6-14) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Liaoning Hengye (13-7) in Anshan. Liaoning Hengye managed to secure only three-point victory 73-70. However their fans expected much easier game. Bayi Kylin was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 23-17 third quarter run of Liaoning Hengye. The winners were led by the former international swingman Wei Zhang (184-86) who scored that evening 23 points and international forward Zengyu Ma (183-84) supported her with 21 points. Even 18 points and 9 rebounds by international center Nan Chen (197-83) did not help to save the game for Bayi Kylin. The former international point guard XiaoYun Song (175-83) added 14 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Liaoning Hengye have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Bayi Kylin lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 14 games lost. Liaoning Hengye's next round opponent will be Guangdong Dolphins (#8) in Guangzhou where they are favorite. Bayi Kylin will play on the road against Shenyang Golden Lions in Dandong.
Top scorers:
Liaoning: Z.Wei 23+1reb+3ast, M.Zengyu 21+4reb+1ast, C.Xiaoli 15+6reb+3ast, Z.Meiling 6+5reb, Z.Yidan 4+4reb+2ast, C.Xiaoxue 2+1reb
Bayi: C.Nan 18+9reb+2ast, S.XiaoYun 14+7reb+1ast, S.Mengran 11+5reb+1ast, S.MengXin 9+4reb+1ast, L.Yang 7+3reb+1ast, Z.Liting 6+1reb
gschID: 227940


Henan - Heilongjiang 95-77

The game with biggest result difference took place in Jiyuan. Local Henan Elephants (6-14) beat 12th ranked Heilongjiang Chenneng (3-17) 95-77 on Tuesday night. The game without a history. Henan Elephants led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Henan Elephants outrebounded Heilongjiang Chenneng 39-27 including 25 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American power forward Jayne Appel (193-88, college: Stanford) who had a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!), 21 rebounds and 6 assists (on 18-of-22 shooting from the field). Swingman Jie Sun (183-91) chipped in 24 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international guard YanYan Ji (182-85) produced 30 points and center Yongfu Zhu (182-84) added 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Henan Elephants moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Bayi. Heilongjiang Chenneng lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Henan Elephants will face higher ranked Jiangsu Phoenix (#4) in Yixing in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Heilongjiang Chenneng will play at home against the league's leader Zhejiang Far East (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Henan: A.Jayne 40+21reb+6ast, S.Jie 24+9reb+7ast, W.Di 12+4reb+1ast, X.Xin 7+2reb+1ast, W.Yang 4+1reb+2ast, J.Hua 3
Heilongjiang: J.YanYan 30+4reb, Z.Yongfu 18+5reb+2ast, Y.Jie 8+5reb+1ast, C.Liqing 8+7reb, M.Yihong 4+2reb+7ast, H.Fang-yu 3+1reb
gschID: 227939


Shenyang - Zhejiang 101-115

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Dandong. Second ranked Zhejiang Far East faced 3rd ranked Shenyang Golden Lions. Guests from Hangzhou (15-5) defeated host Shenyang Golden Lions (12-8) 115-101. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Zhejiang Far East's pressure prevailed and they won that period 30-21 extending their advantage to 14 points. They shot 62.9 percent from the field and made 33-of-39 charity shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Shenyang Golden Lions were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Australian center Elizabeth Cambage (203-91) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 59 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds (on 22-of-24 shooting from the field). The former international swingman Lan Bian (185-86) contributed with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. International forward LiJie Miao (178-81) replied with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 16 assists and forward Meng Li (185-95) added 30 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Shenyang Golden Lions. Zhejiang Far East keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Shanxi. Shenyang Golden Lions at the other side dropped to the fourth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Jiangsu. Zhejiang Far East will play against bottom-ranked Heilongjiang Chenneng (#12) in Harbin in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Shenyang Golden Lions will play at home against Bayi Kylin (#10) in Yinzhou and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang: C.Elizabeth 59+10reb, B.Lan 18+5reb+5ast, J.Xiao 13+5reb, S.Binbin 9+2reb+1ast, D.XueMei 7+5reb, S.Yi 5
Shenyang: M.LiJie 35+2reb+16ast, L.Meng 30+5reb, L.Dan 12+5reb, W.Xiao Zhu 6+2reb, S.Liwei 6+4reb, H.Nan 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 227938



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Czech Republic U16 wins Olympic hopes 2012 - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U16 wins Olympic hopes 2012 tournament. The team won all three games at the Sports Hall Zelene in Zlin.
Czech Republic U16 won the opener against Hungary 101:67. They erupted with 39-21 in the first period and led 61:39 at the halftime. Moreover the board showed an 84:51 lead after three quarters, while the hosts managed to score three digit number at the end of the game. Tereza Sipova (184-F/C-97) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Reisingerova added 16. Kristina Matuskova (172-PG-96) posted 11, while Lenka Soukalova (180-PF-97) had 10.
In Day 2 Czech Republic U16 won over Poland U16 104:66. The favorites opened the game with 28-9 and never looked behind after. They led 53:31 at the halftime and had enjoyed 79:49 after three quarters. Tereza Sipova poured in 28 points to lead all the winners, while Rokosova and Krejzova added 14 each. Reisingerova, Holesinska and Kristina Matuskova followed them with 8 apiece.
Czech Republic U16 won the tournament after a 75:70 win over Slovakia. The hosts won the first period 19-17, but the guests tied the game at 36:36 at the halftime. Slovakia grabbed 55:51 after three quarters, but could not seal the victory. Tereza Sipova paced all the winners with 16 points, while Gaislerova and Holesinska brought 13 each. Krejzova and Kristina Matuskova ended up with 10 points each in a win.



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Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)

Points Per Game
 Frida ELDEBRINK
  SWE
  (174-G-88)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Eldebrink, SWE20.9 
 2. Tuukkanen, FIN19.8 
 3. Marginean, ROM19.6 
 4. Petronyte, LTU18.3 
 5. Doron, ISR16.5 
 6. Twehues, SUI16.4 
 7. Perovanovic, MNT15.6 
 8. Quigley, HUN15.5 
 9. Dubljevic, MNT15.0 
 10. Dabovic, SRB14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Taru TUUKKANEN
  FIN
  (190-C-77)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Tuukkanen, FIN12.4 
 2. Petronyte, LTU11.5 
 3. Teilane-T., LAT11.3 
 4. Veremeenko, BLR9.9 
 5. Lima, ESP9.6 
 6. Giroud, SUI8.9 
 7. Perovanovic, MNT8.1 
 8. Perostiyska, BUL7.9 
 9. Meesseman, BEL7.9 
 10. Nicholls, ESP7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jelena SKEROVIC
  MNT
  (176-G-80)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Skerovic, MNT6.1 
 2. Dubljevic, MNT4.3 
 3. Baric, SLO4.3 
 4. Eldebrink, SWE4.3 
 5. Radocaj, SRB4.1 
 6. Parau, ROM4.1 
 7. Eldebrink, SWE4.0 
 8. Stoenescu, ROM3.9 
 9. Schmit, LUX3.9 
 10. Karklina, LAT3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Milica DABOVIC
  (175-PG-82)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Dabovic, SRB3.4 
 2. Skobel, POL3.3 
 3. Bar, GER3.1 
 4. Linkeviciene, LTU2.7 
 5. Doron, ISR2.6 
 6. Schmit, LUX2.6 
 7. Kupcikova, SVK2.5 
 8. Halman, NED2.4 
 9. Ouvina, ESP2.3 
 10. Kubatova, SVK2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  BLR
  (194-C-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Veremeenko, BLR2.4 
 2. Majewska, POL2.3 
 3. Teilane-T., LAT2.1 
 4. Meesseman, BEL1.6 
 5. Petronyte, LTU1.4 
 6. Nicholls, ESP1.3 
 7. Pavel, ROM1.3 
 8. Popovic, MNT1.2 
 9. Tuukkanen, FIN1.0 
 10. Paugaite, LTU1.0 



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Hungary U16 finished the International Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Hungary U16 finished the International Tournament of the Olympic hopes 2012 tournament.
Czech Republic U16 won the opener against Hungary U16 101:67. They erupted with 39-21 in the first period and led 61:39 at the halftime. Moreover the board showed an 84:51 lead after three quarters, while the hosts managed to score three digit number at the end of the game. Tereza Sipova (184-F/C-97) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Reisingerova added 16. Matuskova posted 11, while Lenka Soukalova (180-PF-97) had 10.
In Day 2 Slovakia U16 edged Hungary U16 61:57.
Hungary U16 won over Poland U16 86:56. The team dominated the game and finished the campaign with 1-2 record on the third place. Hungary controlled the entire game and clinched the initial success.



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Standings (W)

D1 Standings
 1. Maccabi Ashdod 9-0 
 2. Elitzur Ramla 6-3 
 3. Ramat Hasharon 6-3 
 4. Maccabi R.Hen 4-4 
 5. Galil Elion 4-5 
 6. Hap.Petah Tikva 3-6 
 7. Elitzur Netanya 3-6 
 8. Elitzur Holon 3-6 
 9. H.R. Le-Zion 2-7 

Regular Season: Round 10

Dec. 31: Maccabi Ashdod - H.R. Le-Zion 82-69
Dec. 31: Elitzur Netanya - Elitzur Ramla 76-75
Dec. 31: Galil Elion - Elitzur Holon 74-77
Dec. 31: Hap.Petah Tikva - Ramat Hasharon 64-71

Regular Season: Round 11

Jan. 3: Elitzur Ramla - Galil Elion
Jan. 3: Elitzur Holon - Hap.Petah Tikva
Jan. 3: Ramat Hasharon - Maccabi Ashdod
Jan. 3: Galil Elion - Maccabi R.Hen


D1 Round 10: Elitzur Netanya beats Elitzur Ramla by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 10 in the D1 took place in Netanya. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of much higher ranked Elitzur Ramla (6-3) to eighth ranked Elitzur Netanya (3-6) 76-75 on Monday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Elitzur Ramla. The hosts trailed by 16 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 1 point. Elitzur Netanya forced 23 Elitzur Ramla turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Courtney Hurt (185-90, college: VCU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. Swingman Katelan Redmon (185-88, college: Gonzaga, agency: Veracity Sports, LLC) contributed with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Center Kaayla Chones (191-81, college: N.Carolina St.) replied with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Elitzur Ramla. Elitzur Netanya moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Elitzur Holon and Hap.Petah Tikva. Elitzur Ramla at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with Ramat Hasharon. Elitzur Netanya will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Elitzur Ramla will play at home against Galil Elion in Kfar Blum and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Kfar Blum. Seventh ranked Elitzur Holon (3-6) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging one of their biggest challengers Galil Elion (4-5) 77-74 on Monday evening. American players dominated also this game. Guard Alexis Hornbuckle (180-85, college: Tennessee) scored 23 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and Kerri Gardin chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side point guard Sydney Carter (167-90, college: Texas A&M, agency: Ronsport) responded with 27 points and 6 assists. Elitzur Holon moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Hap.Petah Tikva and Elitzur Netanya. Galil Elion lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. Elitzur Holon will play against Hap.Petah Tikva (#6) at home in the next round. Galil Elion will play against the league's second-placed Elitzur Ramla and hopes to get back on the winning track.
D1 top team - Maccabi Ashdod (9-0) managed to deliver another win on Monday. This time they beat ninth ranked Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (2-7) 82-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion. Americans were the main players on the court. Charde Houston notched 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort. Maccabi Ashdod's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists by Tiffany Hayes did not help to save the game for Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion. Undefeated Maccabi Ashdod have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 9-0 record. Loser Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion stay at the bottom place with seven games lost. Maccabi Ashdod will meet Ramat Hasharon (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion will have a break next round.
The game in Petah Tikva was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Ramat Hasharon (6-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Hap.Petah Tikva (3-6). Ramat Hasharon managed to secure a 7-point victory 71-64. Alysha Clark fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds (made all of her eight free throws) for the winners. Ramat Hasharon have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Elitzur Ramla. Hap.Petah Tikva lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with six games lost. Ramat Hasharon's next round opponent will be league's leader Maccabi Ashdod at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hap.Petah Tikva will play against Elitzur Holon (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The most impressive performance of 10th round was 23 points and 5 rebounds by Ashley Shields of Maccabi Ashdod.


Elitzur Netanya - Elitzur Ramla 76-75

The most exciting game of round 10 in the D1 took place in Netanya. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of much higher ranked Elitzur Ramla (6-3) to eighth ranked Elitzur Netanya (3-6) 76-75 on Monday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Elitzur Ramla. The hosts trailed by 16 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 1 point. Elitzur Netanya forced 23 Elitzur Ramla turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Courtney Hurt (185-90, college: VCU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. Swingman Katelan Redmon (185-88, college: Gonzaga, agency: Veracity Sports, LLC) contributed with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Center Kaayla Chones (191-81, college: N.Carolina St.) replied with 18 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Tamara James (178-84, college: Miami, FL) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Elitzur Ramla. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Elitzur Netanya moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Elitzur Holon and Hap.Petah Tikva. Elitzur Ramla at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with Ramat Hasharon. Elitzur Netanya will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Elitzur Ramla will play at home against Galil Elion in Kfar Blum and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Ramla: K.Chones 18+8reb, T.James 17+8reb+1ast, O.Oren 14+6reb+6ast, A.Hightower 11+3reb+7ast, K.Nechama 6+1reb, M.Epstein 5+1reb+1ast
Elitzur Netanya: C.Hurt 22+11reb, K.Redmon 16+5reb+7ast, C.Reed 14+3reb+2ast, N.Williams 13+3reb+8ast, L.Kenig 4, M.Reid 4+7reb+4ast
gschID: 202578


Galil Elion - Elitzur Holon 74-77

Important game to mention about took place in Kfar Blum. Seventh ranked Elitzur Holon (3-6) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging one of their biggest challengers Galil Elion (4-5) 77-74 on Monday evening. It looked good early as Galil Elion took an 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Elitzur Holon had a 25-14 second period charge getting the lead and Galil Elion was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-77. Elitzur Holon forced 21 Galil Elion turnovers and outrebounded them 41-29 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Elitzur Holon especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. American players dominated also this game. Guard Alexis Hornbuckle (180-85, college: Tennessee) scored 23 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and forward Kerri Gardin (186-84, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Regeneracom Sports) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side point guard Sydney Carter (167-90, college: Texas A&M, agency: Ronsport) responded with 27 points and 6 assists and forward Christine Flores (190-90, college: Missouri, agency: Ronsport) scored 8 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Elitzur Holon moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Hap.Petah Tikva and Elitzur Netanya. Galil Elion lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. Elitzur Holon will play against Hap.Petah Tikva (#6) at home in the next round. Galil Elion will play against the league's second-placed Elitzur Ramla and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Galil Elion: S.Carter 27+2reb+6ast, I.Lev Ron 11+3ast, Y.Gutt 11+3reb+1ast, A.Elonu 9+11reb+1ast, C.Flores 8+10reb+5ast, B.Carter 6+2reb+2ast
Elitzur Holon: A.Hornbuckle 23+8reb+4ast, K.Gardin 12+5reb+3ast, B.Gilinski 9+4reb, W.Boddie 9+8reb+3ast, A.Warley 8+7reb+1ast, B.Lazmi 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 202577


Hap.Petah Tikva - Ramat Hasharon 64-71

The game in Petah Tikva was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Ramat Hasharon (6-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Hap.Petah Tikva (3-6). Ramat Hasharon managed to secure a 7-point victory 71-64. It looked good early as Hap.Petah Tikva took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Ramat Hasharon had a 19-8 second period charge getting the lead and Hap.Petah Tikva was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 64-71. Ramat Hasharon made 22-of-26 charity shots (84.6 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Hap.Petah Tikva helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized American forward Alysha Clark (178-87, college: Middle Tenn.St.) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds (made all of her eight free throws) for the winners. American forward Lasondra Barrett (187-90, college: LSU) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Ramat Hasharon players scored in double figures. Jamaican power forward Vanessa Gidden (193-85, college: Hofstra, agency: Ronsport) produced 20 points and 9 rebounds and guard Orian Amsalem (178-92) added 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Ramat Hasharon have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Elitzur Ramla. Hap.Petah Tikva lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with six games lost. Ramat Hasharon's next round opponent will be league's leader Maccabi Ashdod at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hap.Petah Tikva will play against Elitzur Holon (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hap.Petah Tikva: V.Gidden 20+9reb+3ast, O.Amsalem 11+8reb+4ast, R.Gardner 9+1reb, P.Poole 9+2reb+2ast, A.Hinton 7+3reb+1ast, T.Washington 6+5reb
Ramat Hasharon: A.Clark 15+11reb+3ast, K.McLaren 14+4reb, L.Barrett 13+7reb, A.Gray-Lawson 12+3reb+3ast, N.Shalom 6+2reb+1ast, B.January 6+4reb+6ast
gschID: 202576


Maccabi Ashdod - H.R. Le-Zion 82-69

D1 top team - Maccabi Ashdod (9-0) managed to deliver another win on Monday. This time they beat ninth ranked Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (2-7) 82-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion. Maccabi Ashdod made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion turnovers and outrebounded them 38-20 including 25 on the defensive glass. Maccabi Ashdod looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Charde Houston (185-86, college: Connecticut, agency: LBM Management) notched 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and Ashley Shields (180-85, college: SW Tenn.St.CC) supported her with 23 points and 5 rebounds (made all of her seven free throws). Four Maccabi Ashdod players scored in double figures. Maccabi Ashdod's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists by guard Tiffany Hayes (177-89, college: Connecticut) did not help to save the game for Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion. Center Jessica Lawson (191-86, college: S.Florida) added 16 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Maccabi Ashdod have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 9-0 record. Loser Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion stay at the bottom place with seven games lost. Maccabi Ashdod will meet Ramat Hasharon (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
H.R. Le-Zion: T.Hayes 24+5reb+5ast, J.Lawson 16+5reb+1ast, S.Peddy 13+3reb+3ast, J.Childs 8+4reb+1ast, T.Ben-Ishay 4+1reb+1ast, S.Levi 4+1reb+2ast
Maccabi Ashdod: A.Shields 23+5reb+2ast, C.Houston 21+9reb+5ast, N.Ganor 11+3reb+1ast, D.Adams 10+10reb+3ast, N.Kolodny 5+4reb+4ast, M.Dori 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 202575



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Eurobasket.com Honors Loyola's Brietta Thomas Player of the Week - by Steve Dolan



1. Brietta Thomas (180-G-90, college: Louisiana Tech) 5'11" G (La Tech) Loyola has been Honored by Eurobasket.com Player of the Week in Malta for her performance on 12/23/2012. Thomas led her team to 76-64 win over Athleta before the holiday break. Thomas did it all in the win, Thomas finished with 40pts, 18rebs, 5stls in the win. The 40pts and 18rebs are both career highs for Thomas. Thomas has put herself in the Player of the Year Race in Malta as she is doing it all. Thomas currently is avg 29.3ppg (2), 11.9rpg (4), 1.4apg, 3.7spg (1), Loyola will only go as far as Thomas will carry them this season and she may single handily carry Loyola into the playoffs which she has them in good position to do that.

Other Notable Performances

2. Brittaney Thomas (175-G-88) (Pho) 37pts, 6stls, 4rebs, 1ast

3. Stephanie De Martino (184-F-93) (Dep) 33pts, 9rebs, 5ast

4. Mollie Williams (187-F, college: Washington) (Lux) 21pts, 14rebs, 4ast, 4stls, 1blk

5. Latisha Belcher (187-F/C-88, college: E.Tenn.St.) (Dep) 18pts, 12rebs, 5ast, 4stls, 1blk

6. A Ratomanska (Ath) 27pts, 9rebs, 3ast

7. Leanne Sciberras (189-SG-90) (Ath) 18pts, 3rebs, 6stls, 5ast



Brietta Thomas Named You Shop We Ship Player of The Month in December - by Steve Dolan


Brietta Thomas (180-G-90, college: Louisiana Tech) Loyola has been named You Shop We Ship Player of the Month for her performance during the month of December 2012. Brietta was on fire during the month and has proven the first half of the season she is a premier player. Thomas came into the seasons with no expectations from anyone in Malta but has proven she is the front runner for Player of the Year honors with her performance so far in the first half of the season. During the month of December Brietta Thomas stats was 4 Games 33.3ppg, 13.3rpg, 4.3spg, 1.0apg FG: 42.9% 3PT: 45% FT: 71.4% in the month of December. Brietta is currently avg on the season 29.3ppg (2), 11.9rpg (4), 1.1apg, 3.7spg (1) while she has her club in the 4th spot and in contention for the playoffs; Loyola will only go as far as Brietta will carry them in the 2nd half of the season. The most amazing part of this is that Brietta is putting these numbers up against teams that are focusing on stopping her with a box and 1.



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No. 5 Irish Dominate Saint Francis (Pa.), 128-55 - by Eurobasket News

NOTRE DAME, Ind. (AP) - The Notre Dame women saved their biggest performance for the end of the year.

The fifth-ranked Irish closed out 2012 and their pre-Big East season with a 128-55 rout of Saint Francis, tying their largest point total in school history, set last season in another pre-conference game against Mercer.

Whatever the Irish tried, worked, and it was that way from the opening tip. Natalie Achonwa (6'3''-F-92) and Kayla McBride (5'11''-G-92) sunk easy put-ins from the low post, many off give-and-go's from point guard Skylar Diggins after they tossed her the ball from the high post and then rolled to the hoop.

Diggins set a career mark for assists with 14, beating her previous high of 12. The team had 38 assists with 10 turnovers.

"She's a great player and there were some frustrating times for us," said Saint Francis coach Joe Haigh. "We came in and tried to focus a lot defensively on her, and we didn't do a good enough job with it. The focal point was to try and make somebody else handle the ball. But their whole roster is loaded with great players . top to bottom they're just so talented."

Haigh, a Notre Dame alumn whose wife, Sherry (Orlosky), played for coach Muffet McGraw at Notre Dame, said it remains to be seen how the lopsided loss will affect his team as it heads into Northeast Conference play, but he felt they remained competitive through the end of the game.

McGraw said she liked how her team performed heading into its Big East opener Saturday at top-ranked Connecticut.

"I was really pleased with our offensive execution," McGraw said. "We shot the ball extremely well, and to look at the number of assists we had to the number of field goals, that's a phenomenal team accomplishment. We played unselfishly."

McGraw had her reserves into the game with 13 minutes to play in the first half. Markisha Wright, who played the most minutes of any Irish player, came off the bench to lead all scorers with 20 points, followed by Kayla McBride with 19, reserve Michaela Mabrey with 18 and Achonwa with 17.

Notre Dame (10-1) dominated on both ends of the floor, forcing 33 turnovers and turning them into 49 points. They shot 62 percent from the field, compared to just 36 percent by Saint Francis, outscored them 70-20 in the paint, and outrebounded them 46-25.

The Irish led 63-25 at the break, and little changed after halftime, with Notre Dame jumping out to a 18-2 run over the first five minutes of the second half.

Notre Dame tied their record-high in scoring, set against Mercer in a game last season, and the 73-point margin was the season's largest. Notre Dame reached 100 points for the third time this season.

Alexa Hayward (5'8''-G) led the Red Flash (5-6) with 13 points.

It was the fifth straight sell-out for the Notre Dame women, who were coming off an emphatic 74-47 win over No. 11 Purdue on Saturday.

-- ND --

POST GAME NOTES:

Notre Dame is off to an 11-1 start for the fifth time in six years and seventh time in school history (a run that started with the 2000-01 national championship season) ... Notre Dame tied the school record for points in a game, first set on Dec. 30, 2011, at Mercer (128-42 victory) and posted the most points by any NCAA Division I team in a game this season (previous high was 118 by Troy at home against Furman on Nov. 18) ... the Fighting Irish set a Purcell Pavilion record for points in a game, topping the old mark of 120 set on Jan. 17, 2012, against Pittsburgh (120-44 win) ... Notre Dame registered its third 100-point game of the season (all in the past six contests), marking the first time in school history the Fighting Irish have topped triple digits three times in one season (it had been twice in a season on multiple occasions, including last year) ... Notre Dame tied the school and arena records for assists in a game, first set on Dec. 21, 1990, against Marquette ... the 75-point margin of victory is the fifth-largest in school history, and third-largest at home (in both cases, the largest since last year's win over Pittsburgh) ... the margin of victory also is the second-largest by an NCAA Division I team this season, exceeded only by Murray State's 110-28 home win over NAIA member Mid-Continent University on Dec. 6 ... the 38-point halftime lead was the largest of the season for Notre Dame, and five points off the school record (58-15 vs. Indiana State on Nov. 13, 2011, at Purcell Pavilion) ... Notre Dame's 47 field goals were one shy of the school record set last season in the Pittsburgh victory ... senior guard Skylar Diggins dished out a career-high 14 assists, the most by a Fighting Irish player since Feb. 28, 1987, when Mary Gavin had a school-record 17 assists at Marquette ... Diggins' 14 assists are one off Gavin's arena record, set against Northern Illinois on Dec. 15, 1985 (Gavin was the last to have 14 in a Purcell Pavilion game, doing so against Marquette on Jan. 31, 1987) ... Diggins moved into fourth place on Notre Dame's career assists chart with 592, passing Karen Robinson (579 from 1987-91) ... Diggins also now has exactly 1,900 career points, the fourth Fighting Irish player ever to reach that scoring level ... Notre Dame shot a season-best .618 from the field, its highest mark since last year's Pittsburgh game (.649) ... the Fighting Irish made a season-high 30 free throws on 34 tries, with the 30 foul shots tying for 10th on the school's single-game list, and most since a school-record 43 free throws made in last year's win at Mercer ... Notre Dame tied its season high with 21 steals, having first set the mark on Nov. 18 against Massachusetts at Purcell Pavilion (UMass' 34 overall turnovers are the opponent season high, two more than Saint Francis' total on Monday) ... the Fighting Irish had a season-high six players score in double figures, and are 61-4 (.938) in the past four seasons when they have at least four double-digit scorers (9-0 this year) ... sophomore forward Markisha Wright scored a season-high 20 points, her second career 20-point game, and first since she was the most recent Fighting Irish player to come off the bench and have 20 points in a game (24 at Mercer on Dec. 30, 2011) ... junior guard Kayla McBride tied her season high with 19 points, set two games ago against No. 22 Texas A&M (Dec. 21 in Las Vegas) ... freshman guard Michaela Mabrey scored a season- (and career-) high 18 points and added a personal-best seven assists ... freshman guard Jewell Loyd connected on all six of her shots from the field (including a three-pointer), coming one field goal attempt shy of qualifying for the Notre Dame record books (Diggins is the last Fighting Irish player to go perfect from the field on a minimum of seven attempts, going 8-for-8 in last year's win at Mercer) ... sophomore guard Madison Cable collected her second double-figure scoring game of the season, while adding six rebounds and a career-high five steals for her first-ever "5-5-5" game ... Notre Dame improves to 2-0 all-time against Saint Francis ... the Fighting Irish are 7-2 all-time when playing on New Year's Eve ... Notre Dame is 52-26 (.667) all-time against Pennsylvania schools, including a 27-5 (.844) record at home, where they have won their last 10 games against the Keystone State ... the Fighting Irish are 258-19 (.931) since 2000-01 when leading at halftime, including wins in 186 of their last 199 games (.935), and a 95-2 (.979) record in the past four seasons (2009-10 to present) ... since joining the BIG EAST Conference in 1995-96, Notre Dame is 265-15 (.946) when it holds opponents to fewer than 60 points ... conversely, the Fighting Irish are 175-6 (.967) in that same 18-year span when they score at least 80 points ... Notre Dame has won 226 of its last 255 home games (.886), including a 53-5 (.914) mark since Purcell Pavilion was renovated prior to the 2009-10 season ... the Fighting Irish are 108-8 (.931) in non-conference home games dating back to the 1994-95 season ... Notre Dame welcomed its second sellout in three days, fourth in six home games this season, 23rd in the past four seasons (2009-10 to present) and 29th in school history ... for the fifth time in seven home games (counting the exhibition season), the Fighting Irish earned Big Macs for their home crowd by topping 88 points, with Cable putting Notre Dame over the mark for the first time in her career on a pair of free throws with 14:30 remaining (Cable is the eighth current Fighting Irish player to convert the Big Mac Basket at least once in her career).
Courtesy of: http://www.und.com



No. 16 UCLA Ends 2012 with a 73-65 Win Over Saint Joseph's - by Eurobasket News

LOS ANGELES (AP) - UCLA used its depth to repel a late rally by a tired Saint Joseph's team, sending the 16th-ranked Bruins into Pac-12 play with two straight victories.

Thea Lemberger tied her career high with four 3-pointers in scoring 20 points in a 73-65 victory over the Hawks on Monday. Atonye Nyingifa (5'11''-F-90) added season highs of 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Bruins (9-2). They've won seven of their last eight and open conference play on Friday at Oregon.

"It's always good to end preseason with wins, but we're focused on a new season and just getting better," Lemberger said.

Erin Shields (5'6''-G-91) scored career-highs of 24 points and six 3-pointers, for the Hawks (8-5), who had their three-game winning snapped in their first visit to Pauley Pavilion. They beat the Bruins last year in the teams' first-ever meeting in Philadelphia. They fell to 3-1 on the road.

"It was hard," Shields said about the wave of fresh bodies UCLA kept sending. "You constantly had to communicate. You have one or two breakdowns that end up in scores."

Lemberger was a combined 0 for 6 from long-range in her last two games. But she hit thee 3's in the first half, then opened the second half with another. That sparked a 10-4 run and produced the Bruins' largest lead of the game, 48-36.

"I was taking the same shots I'd been given the last two games," she said. "I was encouraged by the coaches to keep shooting."

UCLA coach Cori Close pointed out that two of Lemberger's 3s came on offensive rebounds by Nyingifa.

"These are the kinds of effort that doesn't show up in the stat sheet," she said.

The Hawks twice rallied to get within one point in the final 5:57. Natasha Cloud stole the ball and scored on a fastbreak layup the first time. After Nyingifa made one of two free throws, Sarah Fairbanks made one of two from the foul line to leave the Hawks trailing 61-60.

The Bruins forced an offensive foul, sending Kacy Swain to the line, where she made both free throws to key their final spurt.

"We practice these kind of situations, get a stop and a score," Nyingifa said. "We just executed."

UCLA closed the game on a 12-5 run, making 10 of 12 free throws. The Bruins controlled the boards, 42-33, including a 25-16 edge on the defensive glass.

"Our coaches have been telling us just crash the boards," Nyingifa said. "It gives our team a second chance."

The Hawks traveled cross-country for the game after wrapping up two wins in their own tournament, which ended Saturday.

"We had one day to prepare for a team like this," coach Cindy Griffin said. "I think we wore down at the end."

The Hawks missed four shots in the final 1:07, including two 3-pointers by Shields.

"We showed a lot of fight, got some turnovers in transition," Griffin said. "We had it within one. We just missed a couple shots there and we started to foul a bit too early."
Courtesy of: http://www.uclabruins.com



No. 1 Huskies Cruise Past Oregon, 95-51 - by Eurobasket News

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - First came the No. 1 ranking, then came the rout. All told, it was a pretty good day for Connecticut.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (6'0''-F-93) scored 19 points and the Huskies celebrated their return to the top of the poll with a 95-51 victory against Oregon on Monday.

UConn took over the No. 1 spot in the Top 25 for the first time since the end of the 2010-11 season on Monday afternoon, and then followed with their 12th victory of the season to remain undefeated.

"It's nice to be No. 1 but we're just trying to play basketball," Mosqueda-Lewis said. "Day in day out we're practicing really hard and trying get better."

Five other players reached double figures scoring for the Huskies, including Stefanie Dolson (6'5''-C-92) with 16 and senior guard Caroline Doty had her best game of the season with 14 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.

Doty had been averaging 3.9 points and 1.7 rebounds. UConn coach Geno Auriemma called Doty's performance Monday "doubly rewarding."

"I don't know what makes me happier, the fact that Caroline is playing great and contributing a lot, or that it shuts up all the idiots that wonder why she's starting, why's she's playing so many minutes and how much someone else would be better than her," Auriemma said.

Kelly Faris also had 13 points and seven assists, while Morgan Tuck and Moriah Jefferson scored 10 each for UConn, which made 15 3-pointers.

Jillian Alleyne had 18 points to lead the Ducks (2-10), who have lost three players to season-ending injuries and had two players make their season debut on Monday.

Still, Oregon did itself no favors by going scoreless in the first five minutes and last five minutes of the first half to trail 54-24 at halftime.

"If there is a better team in America, somebody is going to have to prove it," Oregon coach Paul Westhead said.

There was no let down for UConn coming off its stunning 61-35 win against then-No. 1 Stanford at Maples Pavilion on Saturday.

The Huskies got out to a 12-0 lead in a game-opening run that included 3-pointers by Doty and Mosqueda-Lewis, while Oregon missed its first nine shots with five turnovers during that stretch.

Oregon heated up midway through the half, scoring 13 points on seven straight possessions - including its first field goal of the game on a banked 3-pointer by Amanda Delgado at the 14:09 mark - to cut its deficit to 19-13 with 11:45 to play.

That run by the Ducks ignited the season-high crowd of 4,052 at Matthew Knight Arena, but it also seemed to have a similar effect on the Huskies.

UConn quickly shutdown Oregon's momentum with 17-4 run over the next five minutes, starting with seven straight points off three forced turnovers, to go up 36-17.

"I didn't think the pace that the game was going was the pace that I wanted to play at," Auriemma said. "We're at our best when we're moving up the floor quickly, the ball's moving quickly and we're putting the other team on the defensive. After the 10-minute mark I felt we did that."

Leading by 15 with just under 5 minutes to play before halftime, the Huskies ended the first half on a 15-0 run to extend its advantage to 54-24 at the break.

Mosqueda-Lewis and Faris finished off the half with back-to-back 3-pointers in the final minute.

The Ducks went 0-for-7 from the field in the final 5:10 of the half with four turnovers.
Courtesy of: http://www.uconnhuskies.com



No. 11 Louisville Stuns Tennessee State, 88-25 - by Eurobasket News

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Monique Reid (6'1''-F-90) scored 20 points and Sara Hammond and Sheronne Vails each had double-doubles as No. 11 Louisville earned a third consecutive blowout victory by beating Tennessee State 88-25 Monday night.

The 25 points allowed tied the Louisville (12-2) record for fewest, set against Centre College on Nov. 29, 1977. The 63-point margin of victory was the sixth largest in Cardinals' history - they notched the second largest with a 74-point win over Wagner in their last game on Dec. 21.
"It's hard to imagine that we could hold somebody to 25 points," said head Coach Jeff Walz. "I think it's a good thing and a bad thing. I thought, tonight, we jumped out to a big lead and then we went a few minutes and didn't convert and score, but we continued to guard - and that's what we have to do if we're going to compete in our league. We're not going to drop 88 and 90 points on teams in the Big East, but we got to make sure that we're prepared to defend."
The Cardinals have beaten their past three opponents by an average of 59.3 points. The team also has victories of 56, 47, 38 and 34 points this year.

Hammond had 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Vails had 10 points and 10 boards.

The Tigers (4-8) were just 9-of-54 shooting (16.7 percent) and were outrebounded 51-23.

Louisville scored 33 points off 22 Tennessee State turnovers.
Courtesy of: http://www.gocards.com



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#19 Wayne State women roll past Chadron State 85-47 - by Eurobasket News

Sophomore forward Jordan Spencer recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 23 points and 11 rebounds to power #19 Wayne State College in an 85-47 non-conference women's basketball win Monday afternoon over Chadron State College at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. The host Wildcats improve to 7-2 with the win while dropping the visiting Eagles to a 1-9 mark. It was also the 52nd straight win at Rice Auditorium for the Wildcats.
WSC led from start to finish in the Wildcats' first game in 16 days. The 'Cats jumped out early to a 6-0 advantage with the Eagles trimming the lead to one point at 8-7. But WSC started to pull away from Chadron State and took a 21-11 lead on a pair of Morgan VanDerSloot free throws at the 10:18 mark. With WSC still leading 31-20 with 5:26 to play in the half, the 'Cats scored the next 10 points and took a commanding 41-20 lead with 2:17 to go in the half and finished with a 41-22 lead at halftime.
The Wildcats made sure of no Eagle comeback to start the second half as WSC opened with a 13-3 run in the first 3:30 and took a 54-25 lead and never looked back as Wildcat reserves played out the final 10 minutes of the game with Wayne State going on to the 85-47 win.
Spencer paced WSC with her game-high 23 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Junior forward Ellen Hansen chipped in a career-high 19 points while sophomore backup forward Anna Gerdes (5'11''-F) poured in a career-high 11. The Wildcats shot 44.6 percent from the field making 29 of 65 shots. WSC was 5 of 18 behind the three point line and 22 of 28 at the free throw line.
Chadron State's top scorer was Kattie Ranta with 10 points and she also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds for the Eagles. CSC was 16 for 58 shooting (27.6%), making 3 of 14 behind the three point line and 12 for 17 at the free throw stripe.
Wayne State won the rebounding battle over Chadron State 46-41 thanks to 11 caroms by Spencer and nine from Kara Powell while Chadron's Kattie Ranta led all rebounders with 12. WSC forced the Eagles into 25 turnovers, 12 fewer than the Wildcats.
Freshman guard Addy Roller handed out six assists for WSC while Spencer finished with three blocks.
The Wildcats resume Northern Sun Conference play this weekend, hosting Concordia-St. Paul Friday evening at 6 p.m. and Minnesota State Saturday afternoon in a 4 p.m. contest at Rice Auditorium in Wayne.
Courtesy of: http://www.wscwildcats.com



Women's Hoops Wins WSU Holiday Classic - by Eurobasket News

DETROIT -- The Wayne State University women's basketball squad (6-3 overall) won its fourth consecutive game and claimed the inaugural WSU Holiday Classic sponsored by Waste Management with a 71-50 victory over Urbana University (4-10) Saturday afternoon.

The Warriors never trailed in the contest, marking the fourth straight game in which WSU led wire-to-wire.

The Blue Knights knotted the game at both six and eight as WSU's first eight points came off of four field goals each by a Warrior senior - Paige Sickmiller (Romeo, Mich.), Deanna Crumpton (Kentwood, Mich. / East Kentwood), Talisha Bridges (5'10''-G/F) (Kalamazoo, Mich./Loy Norrix) and Juanita Cochran (Saginaw, Mich./Arthur Hill).

After a jumper by UU's Andrea Vogel at the 17:03 mark tied the game at eight, Wayne State responded with a 15-0 run as the Blue Knights went without a made field goal for over nine minutes. Crumpton had six points, while Bridges contributed four points and an assist during the streak.

During Urbana's field goal drought, the Warriors increased their lead to to 15 (24-9). The Blue Knights had a 14-6 run from that point to pull within seven (30-23) with just under three minutes remaining in the first half but WSU went into intermission on a 7-2 spurt.

Despite shooting 0-for-11 from beyond the arc in the opening 20 minutes, Wayne State led 37-25 as it had a 12-2 advantage in points off turnovers along with a 13-6 margin in second-chance points.

The Warriors started the second half on a 14-1 run in the first four minutes. Crumpton contributed four points, while Sickmiller added eight on two triples and a fast-break lay-up.

WSU's lead remained at least 20 points for the rest of the contest.

Wayne State had a decisive 64-37 edge in rebounding which led to a 21-9 advantage in second-chance points. The Warriors had 29 offensive rebounds to 28 defensive rebounds for Urbana.

Four seniors scored in double figures for WSU led by 16 each from Talisha Bridges and Sickmiller. Crumpton added 14 while Phaebre Colbert (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Forest Hills Northern) contributed 13 off the bench. Colbert also grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds for her third double-double of the campaign.

DeVonyea Johnson led the Blue Knights with 17 points, seven rebounds and two assists.

The 2012 WSU/Waste Management Holiday Classic All-Tournament team consisted of Northwood freshman center Jordyn Nurenberg (33 points, 18 rebounds), UMSL sophomore guard Kelly McGovern (18 points, 7 assists, 5 steals), Urbana junior guard DeVonyea Johnson (26 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists and 8 steals), WSU senior guard Paige Sickmiller (27 points, including six triples), and WSU senior forward Deanna Crumpton (27 points, 11 rebounds, 3 steals). The MVP was WSU senior forward Talisha Bridges (32 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists).

Wayne State continues its homestand on Thursday with an 8 p.m. contest against Hillsdale. The Charger game is the beginning of four consecutive home GLIAC games.
Courtesy of: http://wsuathletics.com



Twelve Bobcats Score En Route to 65-51 Victory over Golden Tigers - by Eurobasket News

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. The Georgia College women's basketball team (5-3) kicked off day one of the Stair South Inc. Holiday Classic with a 65-51 win over the Tuskegee University Golden Tigers (3-5). All 12 Bobcats to enter the game Sunday evening would score.

Sophomore Shanteona Keys (Roswell, Ga.) led the team effort with a game-high 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field, and a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. Keys added three assists, three steals, and two rebounds to her final line.

Junior Krysta Lewis (6'0''-F) (Woodstock, Ga.) was the only other Bobcat in double digits, with 11 points off the bench. Lewis was 4-of-10 from the field and added five rebounds. Sophomore Belinda Schaafsma (Momence, Ill.) led the Bobcats with eight rebounds off the bench.

As a team the Bobcats were 23-of-59 from the field and 15-of-21 from the free throw line, while the Golden Tigers shot 18-of-54 from the field and 12-of-17 from the charity stripe. The Bobcats pulled down 38 rebounds compared to the Golden Tigers 40.

The UNC Pembroke Braves (5-5) took on the Coker College Cobras (7-2) in game one Sunday afternoon. Coker would eventually come away with a 65-59 victory over the Braves. The Cobras were led offensively by Amber and Autum Lau; the twins scored 14 and 16 points, respectively.

Pembroke had three double-digit scorers, led by Jazmine Kemp with 14 points. Kemp narrowly missed a double-double, finishing the game with nine rebounds. Wayne Mack had 11 points and Taylor Gallentine added 10.

The Stair South Inc. Holiday Classic continues Monday, Dec. 31 at 1 p.m. when UNCP takes on the Golden Tigers in game one. Georgia College will take the court for game two at 3 p.m. battling Coker. Both games will feature free admission.

The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 11 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at www.twitter.com/BobcatSports and www.facebook.com/gcbobcats for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit www.GCBobcats.com for more information, and to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GC Athletics Hall of Fame.
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No. 22 Montclair State Blows Past Widener to Win MSU Holiday Tournament, 77-34 - by Eurobasket News

Montclair, NJ Sophomore forward Melissa Tobie (Elizabeth, NJ / Roselle Catholic) scored 17 points and added nine rebounds and six steals as Montclair State routed Widener University, 77-34 in the championship game of the MSU Holiday Tournament at the Panzer Athletic Center on Sunday afternoon.

Freshman Shalette Brown (Somerset, NJ / Franklin) had 12 points for the Red Hawks as they remained unbeaten at 13-0. Montclair, ranked 22nd by D3Hoops.com, is now off to the best start in program history while its 13 consecutive victories in the longest since the 1977-78 season when it won 19 in a row in reaching the AIAW Final Four in Los Angeles.

Junior guard Jennifer Egee (Ridley Park, PA / Ridley) had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Pride, who fell to 9-3 as their five-game winning streak came to an end.

A close contest through the first five minutes, the Pride led 8-7 on a three-pointer by Joanna Persiano (Absecon, NJ / Holy Spirit). But that would be the last lead Widener would hold as Nicosia Henry (Bolingbrook, IL / Bolingbrook), who was named the Most Valuable Player, scored four straight points to put Montclair State back in front.

Egee tied the game at 11-11 with 11:56 to go on a free throw however Tobie answered with a three-point play for a 14-11 MSU lead with 11:25 remaining. Egee added a layup to trim the lead back to 14-13 but those were the last points Widener would get for the next seven minutes as Montclair State went on a 15-0 scoring spree.

Janitza Aquino (Kearny, NJ / Kearny) began the run with a layup and Brown scored the next six for a 22-13 lead with 8:40 left. Henry added three as the Red Hawk advantage grew to 29-13 before a three-pointer by Persiano made the score 29-16 with 4:26 to go.

Montclair then ran off 17 straight points to close out the half, including six by Brown as Widener was held scoreless over that span. A layup by Sandra Gee (Allentown, PA / Emmaus) at the buzzer gave MSU a 46-16 lead at the break.

In the second half the Red Hawks continued the run with the first 12 points making it 29 unanswered as Widener struggled mightily from the field. The Pride, who shot 19 percent for the game (12-of-63), were held scoreless for the first 5:14 of the period and did not connect on a field goal until 14:46 remaining as Persiano ended a drought that totaled 8:40 on the clock. Montclair got four points apiece from Aquino and Tobie in the run with Gee adding three as the lead was pushed to 58-18.

Henry finished with nine points and four rebounds for Montclair State, which got 11 points off the bench by freshman guard Jen Kuczynski (Springfield, NJ / Jonathan Dayton). Junior guard Sara Kluth (Lynbrook, NY / St. Mary's) had five steals while Gee and Taylor Jeffers (Franklin Township, NJ / Franklin) had six points and six rebounds apiece. The Red Hawks forced Widener into 29 turnovers converting that into 26 points while also recording 20 steals and outrebounding the Pride, 55-39 with 20 coming on the offensive glass.

Persiano had eight points for Widener as the Pride were held to a season-low for points.

Henry, Tobie and Brown were named to the All-Tournament Team from MSU along with Widener's Kate Dellinger (Wrightsville, PA / Eastern York). Vassar's Cydni Matsuoka (Sacramento, CA / John F. Kennedy) and Washington College's Latisha Peldger (Chesapeake, VA / Indian River) rounded out the All-Tournament Team.

In the Third-Place contest, Vassar College (7-1) knocked off Washington College (6-5), 66-53.

Matsuoka led Vassar with 19 points, five rebounds and six assists as the Brewers also got 16 points from Nyah Berg (Sudbury, MA / Lincoln-Sudbury).

Pledger led the Shorewomen with a double-double performance of 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Yellowjackets Sting Buffalo State, 71-58 - by Eurobasket News

BUFFALO, NY Ashley Wallace (Lockport/Starpoint) netted a career-high 22 points and added eight rebounds, but Buffalo State (4-6) fell short against visiting University of Rochester (8-2), 71-58, in a non-conference game today at the Sports Arena.

Shay Jackson (Syracuse/Henninger) added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Bengals, and Kala Crawford (Middle Falls/Saratoga Springs) had nine points and six boards, each coming off the bench.

The Yellowjackets jumped out to a 16-6 lead. Buffalo State put together a 12-1 late in the opening half and briefly led, before Rochester nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to take a 30-28 advantage into the intermission. The Bengals last lead came at 43-42 with just over 12 minutes remaining, but Rochester pushed the lead back to double-digits and claimed the win.

The Yellowjackets outscored Buffalo State 18-3 from 3-point range and 25-5 at the free throw line. Rochester was 25 of 38 at the charity stripe, while the Bengals were just 5 of 8. Rochester also held a 49-37 rebounding advantage.

Buffalo State will play another home non-conference game on Wednesday against Pitt-Bradford at 6 p.m.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



No. 21 Cardinals move into championship with 76-58 win over Bobcats - by Eurobasket News

WASHINGTON Freshman Josephine Migash netted a career-high 19 points, while Kelli Josephsen notched a double-double with 14 points and 14 boards to help lead No. 21 CUA to a 76-58 win over Pitt-Greensburg on Sunday in the semifinals of the CUA Courtyard US Capital Holiday Tournament. The Cards outrebounded the Bobcats 48-24 and forced 23 turnovers to improve to 10-0 following the win.

CUA jumped out to an early 9-2 lead in this one, and extended to a 15-4 lead on Josephsen's jumper with 13:54 left to play in the opening half.

Back-to-back baskets by Pitt-Greensburg pulled the Bobcats to within eight with 10:22 on the clock, but CUA scored three straight to open up an 11-point advantage.

A 3-pointer by Jill Woerner with 5:15 remaining pushed the lead up to 14, and an Emily Grabiak jumper one minute later made it a 15-point spread.

Rachel Ferri got into the act with a three at the 1:52 mark to give the Cardinals a 40-22 lead, but Pitt-Greensburg scored the final five points of the half to make it a 40-27 game at halftime.

The Bobcats got to within nine with 17:25 to play on Chianti Sivek's basket, but Josephsen answered with a basket down the other end to put the Cards back on top by double digits.

The back-and-forth continued when Courtney DiBridge sank a 3-pointer with 14:11 to play to cut CUA's lead to 47-40, but three straight points by CUA upped the lead to 10.

Josephsen's basket with 10:27 on the clock made it a 13-point game, and CUA was able to maintain a double-digit lead from there.

Two free throws by Migash with 3:17 to play upped the lead to 16, and Josephsen's layup a little over a minute later made it an 18-point game and all but sealed the win.

Along with Migash and Josephsen, Woerner also scored in double digits, hitting for 18 points. Grabiak dished out five assists, while Jenny McGann recorded four of the Cardinals' 11 steals.

Silvek scored 22 points for the Bobcats, which came on 7 of 9 shooting, while Morgan Biddle added 15 points.

CUA now moves on to face William Paterson on Monday afternoon at 4 p.m. in the championship game. The Pioneers breezed past Oswego State 70-41 in the second semifinal, behind 22 points from Dana Jeter.
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Poland U16 lost all the games in Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

Poland U16 lost all the games at the Olympic hopes 2012 tournament.
In Day 1 Poland U16 lost to Slovakia 69:81.
In Day 2 Czech Republic U16 won over Poland U16 104:66. The favorites opened the game with 28-9 and never looked behind after. They led 53:31 at the halftime and had enjoyed 79:49 after three quarters. Tereza Sipova (184-F/C-97) poured in 28 points to lead all the winners, while Rokosova and Krejzova added 14 each. Reisingerova, Holesinska and Kristina Matuskova (172-PG-96) followed them with 8 apiece.
Hungary U16 won over Poland U16 86:56. The team dominated the game and finished the campaign with 1-2 record on the third place. Hungary controlled the entire game and clinched the initial success.



BI SSA Gdynia cut Agnieszka Sniezek - by Eurobasket News

Basketball Investments SSA Gdynia (PLKK) cut 22-year old guard Agnieszka Sniezek (176-91). In 11 PLKK games she played this season she averaged just 2.3ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.1apg.
The most of last season Sniezek spent at Wisla Can-Pak. But in 48 PLKK games last year she had only 1.4ppg. She helped them to win the league title and the cup. Sniezek also played at Wisla that season. She represented Poland at the European Championships U20 in Serbia two years ago. Sniezeks team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 9 games: 5.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 47.6%.
Sniezek has played previously for another Polish team Lomianki.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Slovakia comes back from Zlin - by Eurobasket News

Slovakia comes back from Zlin as they participated at the Olympic hopes 2012 tournament. The team won two games and lost one to the home side.
In Day 1 Slovakia overcame Poland 81:69. In Day 2 Slovakia grabbed a 61:57 win over Poland.
Czech Republic U16 won the tournament after a 75:70 win over Slovakia. The hosts won the first period 19-17, but the guests tied the game at 36:36 at the halftime. Slovakia grabbed 55:51 after three quarters, but could not seal the victory. Tereza Sipova (184-F/C-97) paced all the winners with 16 points, while Gaislerova and Holesinska brought 13 each. Krejzova and Kristina Matuskova (172-PG-96) ended up with 10 points each in a win. Veronika Remenarova (185-F-97) answered with 19 points in the losing effort and Striesova notched 13.



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SPORTOTO Turkish Cup Eight Finals 2013 - by Baha Kurtulus

SPORTOTO Turkish Cup Eight-Finals will be held in Kepez Sport Hall- Antalya on 2nd-6th January 2013

Eight-Finals pairings,

2nd January 2013
Game 1 : 17:15 Canik Belediyesi - Mersin BSH Bld
Game 2 : 19:30 Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul - Homend Antakya Belediyesi

3rd January 2013
Game 3 : 17:15 Ceyhan Belediyespor - Kayseri KASKI
Game 4 : 20:15 Fenerbahce - Istanbul Universitesi BGD

4th January 2013
18:00 Winner Game 1 - Winner Game 2
20:15 Winner Game 3 - Winner Game 4

6th January 2013
15:00 Final



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High School Talent; Ranai Evans - by David Edole

Charlotte Amalie Lady Hawks got the opportunity of a life time when they played the tenth ranked St. Johns College High School. SJC featured, Lindsey Allen, who played with Team USA and recently committed to Norte Dame. SJC won the game, 59-23. The Hawks did put up a valiant effort and were only down by six, 18-12 after one. Then the size and defensive prowess of SJC took over. Ranai Evans led the Lady Hawks with 12 points and eight boards. Kayla Robbins had a double double of 12 points and 14 rebounds and Tori Oliver added 11 points.
Clips of Ranai Evans, a junior, in the game below..
http://youtu.be/tThJnYxll0Q



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Nikitta Gartrell ready to take over the WUBA: Projected top pick of the draft - by David Walls

David Walls Reports:
Atlanta, GA
October 22, 2012

Tempted to downplay the importance of Saturday's WNBA Draft Lottery, or write it off as overly hyped? Don't be. Seriously, don't be. Especially this year.

The path to title contention begins with ping pong balls and this year makes that point as clear as any. The Southern Conference's top two teams -- the Southern Generals and the Georgia Disciples -- are each led by a No. 1 overall pick: Patechia Hartman (5'7''-G-83, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Georgia St.) (2011) and Armelie Lumanu (5'10''-G/F-88, college: Mississippi St.). Both were named WUBA league MVP in 2012.

From the 2011 draft alone, the list of accolades is endless. Hartman was named league MVP and Rookie of the Year. Shortly after the season she was signed with KR of Iceland. Armelie Lumanu was also named MVP and leagues Defensive Player of the Year. Following the 2012 season she will join the Indiana Fever who originally drafted her. Christina Dewitt (6'3''-F-88, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: N.Carolina) was named WUBA Forward of the Year. She recently signed a contract in Portugal.

The 2012 lottery might as well be called the Nikitta Gartrell (5'9''-G-88, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: N.Carolina St.) Sweepstakes. The North Carolina State University guard has been projected as a lock at No. 1 in this year's Draft. She has transformed from a super talents high school prospect into the USA U18 National Team, NCAA Sweet 16 and All-ACC Honors. At NC State, Gartrell averaged 11.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. She later signed to play in Greece for Asteras in the fall of 2012. In Greece she averaged a team best 15.3ppg and 8.4 rebounds.

What makes Gartrell so special?

Her story begins with a huge high school high school career. She was named 2-time Georgia High School Player of the Year. A McDonalds All-American nominee along with her selection to the USA National team, Nikitta was one of the top players to ever come from Georgia. As a senior she averaged 25ppg along with being high schools top scorer with over 2,800 career points.

Light on her feet and quick off the ground, Gartrell can cover ground like few players. She can defend either guard spot or even step over and cover a swing.

Her offensive game is more than just the three ball. She isn't afraid to put the ball on the floor, pivot and spin, or shoot the midrange jumper. But as we all know, Nikitta is a scorer and we expect nothing else