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Standings

ABA Standings
Atlantic South
 1. Jacksonville G. 17-1 
 2. Albany S. 9-1 
 3. Atlanta A. 6-2 
 4. Gulf Coast F. 6-3 
 5. Gainesville H. 5-3 
 6. Atlanta W. 4-3 
 7. Birmingham B. 3-5 
 8. Georgia G. 2-4 
 9. E.Point Jaguars 1-2 
 10. SW Fellowship 1-9 
 11. Georgia B. 0-0 
 12. Savannah G. 0-3 
California Northwest
 1. S.Francisco R. 5-1 
 2. Bay Area M. 5-2 
 3. Sacramento H. 2-4 
 4. Central Valley T. 1-7 
 5. Port City P. 0-2 
Mid Atlantic
 1. S.Carolina W. 18-1 
 2. Richmond E. 7-1 
 3. Greenville G. 5-2 
 4. Lynchburg L. 5-6 
 5. Seven Cities K. 3-4 
 6. Palmetto SR 3-5 
 7. Fayetteville F. 3-7 
 8. Tennessee Halos 1-1 
 9. Hampton Stallions 0-5 
Mid Central
 1. Lima Explosion 10-5 
 2. Chicago Steam 9-0 
 3. Detroit Hoops 7-2 
 4. Indiana SW 6-2 
 5. Pontiac F. 5-7 
 6. Michiana M. 1-3 
 7. Peoria P. 0-3 
 8. Oakland CC 0-6 
Northeast
 1. Jersey Expr. 5-1 
 2. Staten Island V. 1-2 
 3. Connecticut T. 0-1 
Pacific Northwest
 1. Calgary C. 10-0 
 2. Seattle M. 9-1 
 3. Alaska Q. 8-1 
 4. Salem Sabres 2-1 
 5. Alaska 49ers 2-2 
 6. Olympia Rise 2-5 
 7. Kitsap Adm. 2-10 
 8. Washington R. 0-2 
 9. Lakewood P. 0-7 
Rocky Mountain
 1. Colorado K. 10-1 
 2. Colorado C. 0-2 
South Central
 1. Conway C. 7-1 
 2. Jackson S. 5-1 
 3. Missouri R. 4-3 
 4. Bluff City R. 0-4 
Southeast
 1. Phenix City B. 3-3 
 2. Bahama PS 0-4 
Southern California
 1. Arizona S. 11-1 
 2. San Diego Surf 7-2 
 3. LA Slam 5-2 
 4. Fresno F. 4-3 
 5. Orange County N. 2-8 
 6. Las Vegas Def. 1-4 
 7. Z*Hollywood M. 0-0 
Southwest Central
 1. N.Dallas V. 9-2 
 2. West Texas W. 9-2 
 3. Dallas Impact 3-2 
 4. Texas Fuel 2-2 
 5. Aberdeen Attack 0-0 
 6. Houston X. 0-0 
 7. Louisiana G. 0-1 
 8. Oklahoma S. 0-4 
Touring Team
 1. Electric C.Lions 5-2 
 2. Cleveland Am-Pro 2-6 
 3. Ill City Beast 1-0 
 4. St.Louis S. 1-1 
 5. Shizuoka G. 1-6 
 6. Chicago F. 0-1 
 7. NYC Thunder 0-1 
 8. Little Rock L. 0-2 


Crush jump to 10-0 - by Gianni Pascucci

(from www.calgarycrushblog.com) With another double digit victory at home the Calgary Crush stay undefeated and took down the Lakewood Panthers 119-92. The Crush opened up their 10th game of the season with a quick start and put together a strong 1st quarter. Leading the way for the Crush was sharp shooting John Riad (6'2''-G-81) who put up a quick 15 points in the 1st. Riad finished with 19 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds.
The Crush big men had another feast on some very tender Panther cuisine. With Joseph Atangana (6'4''-C-84) on the sidelines for a second straight game, the Crush front line stepped up with an energetic showing on the glass. The Crush out rebounded the Panthers 59-32 with Chris Wright (6'8''-F/C-83) leading the way with 9 boards to go along with 17 points. Sean Peter (6'3''-G-84) had another 20 point performance and added 8 rebounds in the win.
The Panthers fell victim to that nice Calgary home cooking as the Crush served up another powerful performance. With an 8-0 home record this season the Crush are dismantling any team that crosses the boarder looking for a plate. With a 37 point average margin of victory at home the Crush have found a hearty recipe including 14 pungent ingredients that have been fully prepared for your enjoyment.



Top three hold their positions in ABA Power Rankings - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association today released its Power Rankings for the week ending Sunday, January 20th and the top three teams - the Jacksonville Giants, South Carolina Warriors and the Arizona Scorpions held their positions as one, two and three. The Chicago Steam, Calgary Crush and West Texas Whirlwinds showed the most movement with important victories.

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

For more information, visit www.abalive.com



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Union Olimpija inks Jasmin Perkovic - by Eurobasket News

Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Telemach League) signed 33-year old Croatian forward Jasmin Perkovic (205-117kg-80). He just played at LTi 46ers in German BBL league. In 10 games this season he had 8.7ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.3apg. The last season Perkovic played at Vanoli Cremona (SerieA) in Italian SerieA. In 32 games last year he recorded 6.7ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team won German Bundesliga Regular Season in 2010. Perkovic was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 2nd Team back in 2005 and 2006.
He was a member of Croatian U21 National Team in 2001.
Perkovic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (AEK Athens), Bosnia (Bosna ASA BHT), Croatia (KK Zadar), Slovenia (Polzela).
Perkovic could be described: Jasmin is physically one of the most dominant European power forwards. Real warrior, plays 100 percent all the time. Moves extremely quick.His strenth, athletic build, 123 kg of pure muscles are impressive. Unstoppable with his back to the basket tehnique. Variety of offensive moves. Good technique combined with intelligent use of his strength makes him a deadly offender. Good shot selection. Team player. Dominant rebounder on both ends of the floor. Good shot from mid-range.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)



Emir Sulejmanovic MVP of the Euroleague NIJT in L'Hospitalet! - by Sead Buljina


Following Euroleague Nike International Junior Tournament (NIJT) in Rome won by Spars (Sarajevo), second group competed in Ciutat de L'Hospitalet. The MVP of the tournament was one of the best Bosnian young players Emir Sulejmanovic (205-PF-95) who averaged 20 points and 13.5 rebounds. He was joined on the all-tournament team by Jose Nogues of Joventut Badalona, Kristaps Porzingis of Cajasol, Mario Hezonja of FC Barcelona Regal and Valter Lindstron of Real Madrid. There are two more NIJT tournaments that will determine the best U18 teams for the Euroleague Final Four, which will take place in London. After tournaments in Belgrade and Siauliai all four teams that will play for the U18 Euroleague trophy will be known.
Emir Sulejmanovic is expected to play for Bosnian U18 National team at European championship in July. He has already debuted in the Euroleague against Real Madrid and continues to play significant minutes for Olimpija at the Adriatic league.



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

30-year old point guard Aleksandar Capin (186-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Radnicki KG and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
He got a double-double of 22 points and 10 assists, while his team beat Szolnok (#14, 4-14) 78-66. Radnicki KG is placed at 6th position in Adriatic League . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Radnicki KG will need more victories to improve their 10-8 record. In the team's last game Capin had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Radnicki KG's top player in his first season with the team. Capin has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 16.1ppg and is league's best passer with 5.3apg. Capin is in league's top in and averages solid 50.6% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Dino Muric (200-F-90) of Un.Olimpija. He is a forward in his 3rd season at Un.Olimpija. In the last game Muric recorded impressive double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Un.Olimpija lost that game 67-73 to the higher-ranked Cedevita (#4, 10-8). Un.Olimpija managed to keep the same 8th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Muric is one of the most experienced players at Un.Olimpija and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Jakov Vladovic (187-PG-83) of Krka (#9). Vladovic showcased his all-around game by recording 13 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was a key player of Krka, leading his team to a 74-71 win against the lower-ranked Siroki WWin (#13, 6-12). The chances of Krka ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Vladovic could help Krka to bring them higher in the standings. Vladovic has a great season in Adriatic League. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.5apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jaka Klobucar (198-G-87) of Krka - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Terrico White (196-G-90) of Radnicki KG - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Srdan Subotic (190-G-80) of KK Split - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Vedran Vukusic (206-F-82) of KK Split - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85) of Crvena Zvezda - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Boris Savovic (210-F-87) of Crvena Zvezda - 16 points and 11 rebounds
10. Todor Gecevski (209-C-77) of MZT Skopje - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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TNA last changes before the deadline - by Facundo Iatzky

Martin Melo (197-F-82), cut this season by 9 de Julio was signed by Ciclista juninense
Monte Hermoso added Javier Caceres (201-F-85) and Lucas Diaz (198-F-92) to their roster for the rest of the season. they played early this season in la union formosa and Libertad, respectively
San Lorenzo chivilcoy released Otis Polk and agreed terms with Duke Crews (203-F-88, college: Bowie St.)
Estudiantes concordia signed Joaquin Giordana (182-G-90), released lately by Libertad sunchales
Banda Norte signed Daniel Tabbia (193-G-93) who comes from Atenas cordoba.
Alanza Viedma changed head coach. They fired Bogliaccno and hired Dario Buzzo
Nicolas Lauria (202-F-88) agreed terms with Tomas de rocamora. He replaces John Thomas




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

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

Andres Nocioni
Andres Nocioni
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international small forward Andres Nocioni (199-79, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Spanish team Caja Laboral to a victory over the seventh-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (0-4) crushing them 97-75 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Nocioni was MVP of the game. He recorded 19 points in 20 minutes on the court. Caja Laboral Vitoria (4-0) is placed first in group F. So far his team won all four games in the Top 16. It's Nocioni's first season with the team. Nocioni has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 2FGP: 53.6%, 3FGP: 28.2% and FT: 80.4% in the 14 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Italian and Argentinian. Ex-Penarol Mar del Plata player is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Carlos Delfino
Carlos Delfino
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Carlos Delfino (200-82, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Delfino could not help the Houston Rockets (21-21) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the Houston Rockets were defeated 105-95 on the road by the Indiana Pacers. Delfino recorded 17 points and added 5 assists. This season Delfino has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 46.2%, 3FGP: 38.7% and FT: 79.2%. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Delfino is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Luis Scola
Luis Scola
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Luis Scola (206-80, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He was not able to help the Phoenix Suns (13-28) in their last game. Despite Scola's very good performance the Phoenix Suns lost 94-98 at home to the Milwaukee Bucks. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Scola also added 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 32 minutes. Scola has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 13.1ppg, 6.4rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 47.8% and FT: 76.9% in the 41 games. Scola has both Argentinian and Spanish nationalities. He is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Emanuel Ginobili
Emanuel Ginobili
   #4. Shooting guard Emanuel Ginobili (198-77, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves (17-20) 106-88 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. Ginobili scored 12 points and added 5 passes. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 32-11 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Ginobili is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his 11th year in Spurs' roster. This season he has very high stats. Ginobili averages: 12.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.6apg and 1.4spg. He also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Ginobili is also Argentinian national team player.

Pablo Prigioni
Pablo Prigioni
   #5. International point guard Pablo Prigioni (190-77, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a New York Knicks' victory against the New Orleans Hornets (13-27) 100-87 in the NBA last Sunday. He scored 8 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 29 minutes. The New York Knicks have a solid 25-13 record this season. This year Prigioni's overall stats are: 3.5ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.1apg in the 37 games. He holds both Italian and Argentinian passports. Prigioni plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez
   #6. Guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in a C.de Latte BRE's victory against the tenth-ranked Pall.Trento (6-9) 81-69 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. He scored 16 points, had 5 boards, passed 8 assists and added 4 steals; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Fernandez's third season in pro basketball. Centrale del Latte Brescia (9-6) is placed fifth in the Lega2. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Fernandez is currently third on the list of best passers. His total stats this season are: 8.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.5apg and 2.2spg. Fernandez is an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.

Juan Pablo Figueroa
Juan Pablo Figueroa
   #7. International point guard Juan Pablo Figueroa (184-86, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Brazil) helped Vivo/Franca win their game against the 15th-ranked Mogi (5-10) crushing them 95-59 in the Brazilian NBB last Saturday. Figueroa recorded 8 points and added 5 passes. Vivo/Franca Basquete Sao Paulo (9-8) is placed third in the NBB. Figueroa is ranked fifth on the list of the best blockers in the league. His total stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.4apg and 2.1bpg. Figueroa is also Argentinian national team player.

Nicolas Richotti
Nicolas Richotti
   #8. Point guard Nicolas Richotti (181-86, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for CB Canarias (6-11) in their game against Gescrap BB (12-6) in the Spanish ACB. Richotti scored 8 points in 26 minutes. CB Canarias lost 70-78 in Bilbao to the much higher-ranked (#4) Gescrap BB. This year Richotti's total stats are: 8.1ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.1apg in the 17 games. He plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Antonio Porta
Antonio Porta
   #9. Former international point guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) couldn't help Givova Scafati (9-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Porta's good performance Givova Scafati was defeated 91-86 in Barcellona by the leading Sigma. He scored 10 points. Porta has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.2apg and 1.8spg. He used to play for the Argentinian national team five years ago.

Patricio Garino
Patricio Garino
   #10. Swingman Patricio Garino (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped G.Washington win their game against the University of Massachusetts (2-2) 79-76 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for G.Washington this season. His team has 2-2 conference record this season. Garino is a former U19 international player as two years ago he still played for the Argentinian national team.

   #11. International forward Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85, currently plays in Spain) helped Baloncesto Fuenlabrada win their game against the third-ranked Valencia Basket 72-69 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. Mainoldi scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Mainoldi is ranked seventh on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.5ppg and 6.3rpg. Mainoldi plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

   #12. Former international forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help SAV Vacallo in their game against Neuchatel in the Swiss LNA. Vay cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 71-60. Vay has averaged so far 1.5ppg and 2.0rpg. He used to play for the Argentinian national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former U17 international center Matias Bortolin (205-93, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) couldn't help Arkadia Lions in their game against Redwell Gunners Oberwart in the Austrian A Bundesliga. Bortolin recorded only 4 points. His team were crushed by 52 points 107-55. Bortolin is currently first on the list of best blockers. He has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2bpg. Bortolin used to play for the Argentinian U17 national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Andres Forray (187-PG-86, currently plays in Italy) led Pall.Trento to an easy victory against the league leader Sigma Barcellona (11-5) 89-70 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. He recorded 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 32 minutes. Pallacanestro Trento 2009 (6-9) is placed tenth in the Lega2. It was his team's first victory after six consecutive loses. This year Forray's total stats are: 7.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.6apg and 2.1spg in the 15 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #2. Pablo Bertone (193-G-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Florida Atlantic to an easy victory against the Troy University (2-6) crushing them 80-59 in the NCAA on Thursday night. He scored 14 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 27 minutes. The Florida Atlantic University has 5-4 conference record this season. This year Bertone's total stats are: 7.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.4apg and 2.1bpg in the 15 games.

   #3. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in an AcegasAps TR's victory against one of league's weakest teams Fileni BPA Jesi (5-10) 79-72 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Acegas Aps Trieste (8-7) is placed eighth in the Lega2. Filloy has reliable stats this season: 10.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.7apg and 1.4spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Despite Filloy's Argentinian nationality, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Argentinian team.

   #4. Mario Jose Ghersetti (201-F-81, currently plays in Italy) led Tezenis VE to an easy victory against the closely-ranked LeGamberi Foods Forlž (8-7) crushing them 89-60 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. Ghersetti scored 11 points. Tezenis Verona (8-7) is placed seventh in the Lega2. Ghersetti has averaged so far 8.9ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.5spg. He has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #5. Albano Chiarastella (196-F-85, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) could not help Agrigento (11-7) to beat Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria (8-10). Chiarastella scored 8 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in 33 minutes. Agrigento was edged 66-65 at home by the much lower-ranked (#12) Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria. Chiarastella has averaged so far 8.9ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.9spg in the nine games. Similarly like Ghersetti and Filloy above he also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #6. Experienced Manuel Carrizo (198-F/G-80, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) was not able to help Latina Basket (5-14) in their last game. Despite Carrizo's very good performance Latina Basket was crushed 98-67 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#6) Treviglio. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Carrizo also added 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. It was his first game for Latina Basket this season. Similarly like three previous players above, Carrizo has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #7. Bernardo Musso (193-G-86, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a LeGamberi Foods Forlž's victory against the closely-ranked Prima Veroli 84-73 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. He recorded 8 points and added 3 passes in 27 minutes. Musso has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.7spg in the 13 games. He holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.

   #8. Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-G-86, also represented by Players Group, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Matera in their game against Omegna in the Italian Nazionale A (third division). He scored 8 points and had 3 steals in 27 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 61-44. Vico belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #3 with 3.3spg. He also averaged so far 13.2ppg, 4.2rpg and 2.3apg in the 18 games. Similarly like five previous players above, Vico has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #9. Augustin Fabi (199-G/F-91, currently plays in Italy) faced previously mentioned Albano Chiarastella in the Italian Nazionale A last game. Fabi helped Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria edge the fourth-ranked Agrigento 66-65. He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Fabi has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.5spg. He holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.

   #10. Juan Ignacio Jasen (196-F-85, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help UCAM Murcia in their game against Cajasol in the Spanish ACB. Jasen cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 6 minutes on the court. His team lost 73-81. Jasen has averaged so far 3.8ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.1apg in the 13 games. Similarly like seven previous players above, he has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.



Atenas cut Roman Gonzalez - by Eurobasket News

Atenas Cordoba (LigaA) cut 35-year old former Argentinian international center Roman Gonzalez (209-78, agency: Interperformances). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Italian passport. In 26 LigaA games he played this season he averaged 6.2ppg and 2.2rpg.
The last season Gonzalez played at Quilmes (TNA). In three games last year he had 9.0ppg and 5.7rpg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Quimsa. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Gonzalez had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 40 LigaA games that season he had 11.3ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.1spg. He also played 7 games in Liga Sudamericana where he had 12.6ppg and 6.6rpg. Gonzalez also played 6 games in Liga Americas where he had 5.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.5apg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Liga Sudamericana Semifinals in 2011. Gonzalez was selected to Argentinian LigaA All-Star Game in 2010 and 2011. He also represented Argentina at the World Championships in Turkey three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 2.0ppg, 2.8rpg.
Gonzalez is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Dominican Rep., Saudi Arabia (Al Ittihad), Spain (Baloncesto Leon), Venezuela (Trotamundos), Italy (Naturhouse Ferrara), Argentina (Penarol and Regatas Corrientes) and Dominican Republic (San Carlos).
Gonzalezs game is described as: A lefty center, very good rebounder, with good offensive moves and great hustle.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Crosswhite wins Round 14 POTW - by Hugh McAuliffe

Sydney Kings centre Ian Crosswhite (210-C-82, college: Oregon) produced one of the most proficient performances of the season to take out the National Basketball League Player of the Week for Round 14 of the iiNet NBL Championship.

It was a master class of efficient scoring and rebounding presence from the 210cm centre, contributing 27 points and 13 rebounds in the nail-biting 77-74 loss to the Melbourne Tigers at the Kingdome on Friday night.

Crosswhite matched his career-high of 27 points on the remarkable shooting of 11-of-12 from the field in what was the 30-year-old's best display of the season.

Tigers' star import Jonny Flynn had his best scoring night of the season, notching up 27 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the road win over Sydney.

Adris 2Hard2Guard' Deleon had a big weekend for the injury-hit Hawks on their two-game road trip, including 34 points, six assists and four rebounds in the one-point loss in New Zealand on Thursday night.

Wildcats' Shawn Redhage (26 points on 9-of-14 shooting and seven rebounds) and Townsville guard Gary Ervin (26 points on 8-of-14 shooting and four assists) were among the other leading NBL Player of the Week contenders.



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

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

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

Brad Newley
Brad Newley
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Brad Newley (199-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Newley could not help one of league's weakest teams G.Canaria 2014 (12-6) in their last game. Despite his very good performance G.Canaria 2014 lost 70-81 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Gescrap BB. Newley was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 32 minutes. It's Newley's first season with the team. Newley has relatively good stats this year: 12.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 61.0%(75-123), 3FGP: 29.3% and FT: 58.7% in the 18 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Australian senior national team.

Nathan Jawai
Nathan Jawai
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Nathan Jawai (208-86, college: Midland CC, currently plays in Spain). Jawai contributed to a Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the 14th-ranked Blancos de Rueda (7-11) 88-82 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Regal FC Barcelona (10-8) is placed sixth in the ACB. Jawai's overall stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 2FGP: 71.2%(47-66) and FT: 56.4%. He played for the Australian national team four years ago.

Patrick Mills
Patrick Mills
   #4. Point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA) managed to help San Antonio Spurs in a victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves (17-20) 106-88 in the NBA last Sunday. Mills scored 5 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 19 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 32-11 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Mills averages only 4.8ppg in the 36 games. He used to play for the Australian national team back in 2009.

Aleks Maric
Aleks Maric
   #5. International center Aleks Maric (211-84, college: Nebraska, currently plays in VTB United League) helped his Russian team Lokomotiv win their game against the eighth-ranked CEZ Nymburk (4-8) crushing them 75-54 in the VTB United League on Sunday night. Maric scored 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Lokomotiv Kuban (7-4) is placed fourth in group B. Maric is currently first on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.5ppg, 10.2rpg and 1.3spg. Maric plays currently for the Australian national team.

Matt Nielsen
Matt Nielsen
   #6. Forward Matt Nielsen (208-78, currently plays in VTB United League) helped his Russian team Khimky win their game against the tenth-ranked PGE Turow (2-9) 91-72 in the VTB United League in Monday night's game. He scored 5 points and added 3 assists in 18 minutes. BC Khimky Moscow Region (8-3) is placed third in group A. This year Nielsen's overall stats are: 3.2ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.8apg in the five games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

Matthew Dellavedova
Matthew Dellavedova
   #7. International guard Matthew Dellavedova (193-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped St.Mary's, CA edge the Brigham Young University (5-1) 70-69 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Dellavedova recorded 18 points and added 8 assists. The Saint Mary's College of California has 4-1 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Dellavedova has been at the team for four years. His total stats this season are: 3.2ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.8apg. Dellavedova is also Australian national team player.

Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles
   #8. Small forward Joe Ingles (203-87, agency: Priority Sports, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nathan Jawai. But that was another game of his team in Euroleague which we would like to mention. Ingles helped his Spanish team Regal FC Barcelona win their game against the eighth-ranked Besiktas (0-4) 73-59. He recorded 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (3-1) is placed fourth in group F. This year Ingles' total stats are: 6.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.5apg in the 13 games. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

Ryan Broekhoff
Ryan Broekhoff
   #9. International forward Ryan Broekhoff (201-90, currently studies in the States) helped Valparaiso edge the University of Detroit Mercy (4-2) 89-88 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Broekhoff scored 18 points, grabbed 9 boards, handed out 5 passes and blocked 2 shots (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). The Valparaiso University has a very good 5-1 conference record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Broekhoff plays fourth season for the team. He has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.5apg. Broekhoff is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

Corey Maynard
Corey Maynard
   #10. Guard Corey Maynard (190-91, is currently at the American university) helped Bryant edge in an overtime the Mt.Saint Mary's University, MD (2-4) 79-78 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Maynard scored 13 points, grabbed 9 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls. The Bryant University has a very good 6-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all six games in the conference. Maynard has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.5apg. He is a former university international player as two years ago he still played for the Australian national team.

   #11. Former U19 international forward Mitchell Young (206-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Matthew Dellavedova and both played together in the last NCAA game. Young helped St.Mary's, CA edge the Brigham Young University 70-69. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Young has averaged so far 3.6ppg and 4.3rpg. He used to play for the Australian U19 national team four years ago.

   #12. Former international swingman Anthony Drmic (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Boise St. (1-2) in their last game. Despite Drmic's very good performance the Boise St. lost 80-91 in Colorado Springs, CO to the U.S. Air Force Academy. He recorded 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 31 minutes. Drmic has averaged so far 3.6ppg and 4.3rpg in the 20 games. He used to play for the Australian national team back in 2011.

   #13. Former U18 international forward Samuel Rowley (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Albany win their game against the University of Hartford 56-46 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Rowley recorded 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Rowley has averaged so far 3.6ppg and 4.3rpg. He used to play for the Australian U18 national team four years ago.

   #14. Former international forward Cody Ellis (203-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the St.Louis (1-2) in their last game. Despite Ellis' very good performance the St.Louis was edged in an overtime 82-80 at home by the Rhode Island University. He recorded 21 points in 26 minutes. Ellis has averaged so far 3.6ppg and 4.3rpg in the 20 games. He used to play for the Australian national team back in 2009.

   #15. International point guard Hugh Greenwood (190-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped N.Mexico win their n overtime game against the Boise State University 79-74 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. Greenwood recorded 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Greenwood has averaged so far 3.6ppg and 4.3rpg. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

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

   #1. Kyrie Irving (191-G-92, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA) led Cleveland Cavaliers to a victory over the Portland Trail Blazers (20-20) 93-88 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Irving scored 31 points (!!!), made 5 passes and 4 steals in 39 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. The Cleveland Cavaliers have not so impressive 10-32 record this season. Irving is currently sixth on the league's list of top scorers with 23.1ppg. He also averaged so far 3.6rpg, 5.7apg and 1.7spg in the 31 games he played so far. Irving is a naturalized American. Despite his Australian passport, Irving previously played for the USA U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Australian team. Strangely he has never played in Australia.

   #2. Damon Heuir (188-PG, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the S.Utah (3-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the S.Utah lost 67-73 on the road to the University of Montana. Heuir scored 19 points and added 6 passes in 36 minutes. It was S.Utah's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Heuir plays for the team since 2009. He has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.5apg in the 13 games.

   #3. Peter Hooley (193-G-92, currently studies in the States) contributed to Albany's victory against the University of Hartford 56-46 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Hooley had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 39 minutes. The University at Albany has a very solid 5-1 conference record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Hooley has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.5apg in the 13 games.

   #4. Majok Majok (203-F-92, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Ball St. (1-3) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the Ball St. (#5) was defeated 71-64 in Akron, OH by the The University of Akron. Majok recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 13 rebounds. Majok has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.5apg. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Sudanese.

   #5. Experienced Michael Kingma (208-C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, currently plays in Holland) contributed to Groningen's victory against the closely-ranked M.Magixx (12-9) 81-68 in the Dutch Eredivisie on Saturday night. Kingma had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 12 rebounds in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. GasTerra Flames Groningen (14-7) is placed third in the Eredivisie. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Kingma has averaged so far 3.6ppg and 4.3rpg in the 20 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and Dutch.

   #6. Chris Patton (208-F-91, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Cal-Riverside (2-4) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Patton's very good performance the Cal-Riverside was defeated in an overtime 91-82 at home by the Long Beach State University. He scored 21 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Patton has averaged so far 3.6ppg and 4.3rpg.

   #7. Joel Naburgs (193-G-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Stetson's victory against the Northern Kentucky University 71-59 in the NCAA last Thursday. He scored 17 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 8 assists in 32 minutes. Naburgs has averaged so far 3.6ppg and 4.3rpg in the 20 games.

   #8. Venky Jois (201-F-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the E.Washington (2-6) in their last game. Despite Jois' very good performance the E.Washington was badly defeated 72-56 in Greeley, CO by the University of Northern Colorado. He recorded 15 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and made 7 blocks in 35 minutes. Jois has averaged so far 3.6ppg and 4.3rpg in the 20 games.

   #9. Mathiang Muo (196-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a Charleston So.'s victory against the University of North Carolina - Asheville 74-68 in the NCAA last Wednesday. He recorded 11 points. Muo has averaged so far 3.6ppg and 4.3rpg. He has both Australian and Sudanese nationalities.

   #10. Triantafillos Tzakopoulos (187-G-85, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in a Duesseldorf Baskets' victory against the league outsider USC Leipzig 84-75 in the German ProA (second division) in Sunday night's game. Tzakopoulos scored 15 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 30 minutes. Tzakopoulos has averaged so far 7.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.3apg in the 18 games. He also holds two passports: Greek and Australian.



Payne joins USC Upstate as assistant coach - by Eurobasket News

Luke Payne had a great life.

The former Spartanburg High School and USC Upstate basketball standout was playing professional basketball in Australia. The blonde bombshell spent some of his off time on the western-shore beaches of a continent that averages 70 degrees year-round. His biggest worry, it seemed, was a kangaroo jumping out in front of his vehicle.

I couldnt do that forever, Payne said.

Sad, but true.

And he was good, too.

Payne, playing for the Lakeside Lightning, led the Western Australia State Basketball League in 2009 with more than 25 points per game and was still one of the best players on one of the best teams when the 2012 season, his fourth, ended just short of a championship.
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



Highland Park grad plays pro basketball in Australia - by Eurobasket News

Although he was a member of Highland Park High Schools state championship basketball team in 2004, Theron Wilson never thought he would be playing professional basketball, but that is exactly what he has done for the past three years first in Ukraine, then in Finland and now in Australia.

I dont think too many people in todays world know whats really to come, Wilson said. We have some ideas, thoughts and some preparation, but we never really know. We just hope that we love it no matter what it is.

For Wilson that preparation included two years at Seward County Community College in Liberal and another two years at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., where he graduated in 2009 with a major in mass communications and advertising and a minor in marketing.

In addition to his studies, Wilson was also part of the schools basketball team, averaging 18 points and eight rebounds per game.

I liked being away from home, Wilson said, yet Bradley wasnt so far away so that my family could get to some games in Nebraska, Wichita State, Springfield and Iowa if they wanted.

It was while he was at Bradley that he began to have hopes of someday playing in the NBA, but when an agent contacted him about playing basketball overseas, he decided to give it a try.

Playing overseas meant Wilson needed to become familiar with Federal International Basketball Association rules.

The rules are the same for the most part, but the three-point line distance is different, Wilson said.

FIBA rules also call for 10-minute quarters instead of the NBAs 12. In addition, the number of time-outs and fouls are different for the two associations, as is the amount of possession time before the ball must be shot.

While he enjoyed playing basketball in Ukraine and Finland, he said one drawback was having to depend more on others because of the language barrier.

A shared language was one of the things that attracted him to Australia.

Now preparing for his second season as a member of the Geelong Supercats, Wilson said the most difficult things for him to get used to were the 17- to 20-hour flight there and sitting on the right side while driving.

You have to look at everything a different way, he said.

Wilson also had to adapt to paying higher prices for most things.

Prices there are more expensive, he said. While most people get paid more theres a higher minimum wage the cost of goods and services is more. A $3 ice cream bar is not uncommon.

However, he said, the country offers free health care, and the higher prices are the result of more imports.

While most people dont associate Australia with basketball, Wilson said the sports popularity is growing rapidly in the Land Down Under.

Its one of the biggest sports over there, he said, adding only cricket and footy an Australian form of football that incorporates elements of basketball, soccer and football are more popular.

With games in Australia only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Wilson spends his noncourt time working out, practicing and giving clinics and camps as part of his team duties.

Because he works only eight months February through October in Australia, Wilson spends his time at home in Topeka practicing with some of the Highland Park players and spending time at Ross Elementary School, which he once attended.

Ill always have Highland Park in me, Wilson said. I try to instill in them (the players) how it is in college. I try to make it to the games Im still connected to Highland Park. Topekas my home its where Im from, and I can never forget that.

While he still hopes to someday play professional basketball in the United States, he said it is OK if he doesn't because he enjoys what he is doing now.

"I feel very blessed to go and see different lifestyles and other parts of the world and meet new people," he said. "Signing a contract to play another year is one of my memorable moments because I understand how hard it is to land a job professionally in basketball.

God has blessed me to continue my professional career, and Im thankful for the opportunity of having the chance to play beyond high school and college."
Courtesy of: http://cjonline.com



Hobart lures Polk to return - by Eurobasket News

LURING Robbie Inches out of retirement has not only solved Chargers coach Anthony Stewart's backcourt problems.

It has allowed him to re-sign his star power forward.

Two-time SEABL All-Star Brandon Polk will return for a third season in Hobart just a month after the club made the gut-wrenching decision to cut the American.

Before convincing Inches to return to the fold for the first time in five years, the Chargers had used one of their two import slots on point guard Larry Williams Jr and, with Jordan Gregg already locked away, Stewart made the tough call to let Polk go.

However, with Inches set to replace Tiri Masunda, Stewart no longer needed a top-line import at the guard spot and released Williams in order to again chase his go-to man.

In two seasons with Hobart, Polk has averaged 20.1 points at 57.3 per cent from the floor and 9.4 rebounds in 59 games.

He finished seventh in MVP voting last year.

Stewart admitted he feared he might have missed the boat in getting Polk back, but he commended his loyalty to Tasmania even after originally being overlooked.

"He had done nothing wrong, he is one of the best imports to ever play in the league," Stewart said yesterday.

"He is very, very excited to be coming back. I suppose the disappointing thing for us is because of the late notice he wasn't able to get another job and it looked like he was going to have to head back to Europe.

"But he has certainly showed his commitment and he loves Tasmania. He has turned down all other offers to come back.

"He was devastated not to be originally returning and, to be honest, Robbie Inches has resurrected his career in Australia.

"I think he is going to use this as a bit of a platform for going elsewhere. He has said he has never been fitter or stronger. He is doing all the right things not just to come over here and compete at a high level but to actually go to a new level with his own game.

The Chargers are set to announce one more key signing in the next week, believed to be a big man from NBL outfit the Sydney Kings.
Courtesy of: http://www.themercury.com.au



Australian NBL round 15 best performance: Ian Crosswhite - by Eurobasket News

Center Ian Crosswhite (210-C-82) had a very impressive game in the last round for Kings, receiving a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 13 rebounds, while his team Kings maintains the 3rd position in Australian NBL. Kings is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 9th lost game this season out of 19 games. In the team's last game Crosswhite had a remarkable 90.9% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Former University of Oregon star has very solid stats this year. Crosswhite is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 7.5rpg) and averages impressive 60.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old Dominican Rep. Adris Deleon (180-G-84) of Hawks. Deleon had a very good evening with 34 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Hawks was edged by the higher-ranked Breakers (#1, 15-3) 72-71. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Hawks still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-9 record. Deleon is a newcomer at Hawks, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Gary Ervin (183-PG-83) of Crocodiles (#6). Ervin showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Crocodiles, leading his team to a 82-74 win against slightly higher-ranked Hawks (#4, 8-9). The chances of Crocodiles not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ervin could try to bring Crocodiles' a little bit higher in the standings. Ervin has individually a great season in Australia. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.6ppg (best scorer) and assists with 4.5apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jonny Flynn (183-G-89) of Tigers - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Shawn Redhage (203-F-81) of Wildcats - 26 points and 7 rebounds
6. Alexander Loughton (205-F/C-83) of Taipans - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Mika Vukona (198-F-82) of Breakers - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Chris Goulding (192-G-88) of Tigers - 18 points and 5 rebounds
9. Matthew Knight (203-F/C-85) of Wildcats - 15 points and 7 rebounds
10. Anthony Petrie (203-F/C-83) of 36ers - 19 points and 6 rebounds

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



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Markovic leaves Graz - by Stefan Heinrich

UBSC Graz just announced that Miljan Markovic (92) will leave the team with immediate effect. The 20 year old Bosnian was signed as a replacement for the injured Marko Moric (207-F-81) but he couldnt play on the level that Moric did last season. Over 11 games Markovic had 7.5ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.5spg in almost 25 minutes per game. It is yet unknown if they will sign a replacement or not.

Also the Club announced that Coach Peter Stahl will return to Germany at the end of this season. Stahl will become the new Sport Coordinator in Wurzburg starting this summer.



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Gala and NTL-Maxiss earn victories in Round 4 - by Eurobasket News

Gala and NTL-Maxiss remained on top of the standings in D1 championship.
The vice-champions claimed a 96:70 win over AzTOP for the fourth win in a row.
NTL-Maxiss continued their chase for the league favourites. They took care of BGU 103:67 to remain undefeated.
Gyandzha stayed in the third position. They held off AzDBTIA 56:53 for the latest victory.



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Standings

Premier League Standings
 1. Al Hala 7-0 
 2. Muharraq 7-0 
 3. Al Ahli 6-1 
 4. Al Manama 5-2 
 5. Issa Town 4-3 
 6. Sitra 4-3 
 7. Hidd 4-3 
 8. Bahrain Club 2-5 
 9. Nuwaidrat 2-5 
 10. Al Ittihad 1-6 
 11. Al Najma 0-7 
 12. Samaheej 0-7 

Regular Season: Round 7

Jan. 21: Al Ahli - Al Najma 86-47
Jan. 19: Al Hala - Al Ittihad 81-68
Jan. 20: Al Manama - Bahrain Club 77-42
Jan. 20: Sitra - Nuwaidrat 64-72
Jan. 21: Samaheej - Hidd 47-84
Jan. 19: Muharraq - Issa Town 100-82

Regular Season: Round 8

Jan. 23: Al Ittihad - Al Manama
Jan. 23: Muharraq - Al Hala
Jan. 24: Issa Town - Sitra
Jan. 24: Nuwaidrat - Al Ahli
Jan. 25: Al Najma - Samaheej
Jan. 25: Hidd - Bahrain Club


Premier League Round 7: Al Hala keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Al Hala as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Al Hala defeated 9th ranked Al Ittihad in Muharraq 81-68. Undefeated Al Hala (7-0) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Muharraq. Al Ittihad lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with six games lost. Al Ittihad will play next round against strong Al Manama trying to get back on the winning streak. Al Hala will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Muharraq in Al Muharraq.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Manama: Al Manama (#6) and Bahrain Club (#8). Al Manama (5-2) crushed visiting Bahrain Club (2-5) by 35 points 77-42. The victory was the third consecutive win for Al Manama. They moved-up to fourth place. Bahrain Club at the other side keeps the eighth position with five games lost. They share it with Nuwaidrat. Al Manama's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Manama to the arena Al Ittihad.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Al Muharraq. Leader Muharraq faced 4th placed Issa Town. Host Muharraq (7-0) defeated guests from Issa Town (4-3) 100-82. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Muharraq. They maintain first place with 7-0 record, which they share with Al Hala. Loser Issa Town dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with Sitra and Hidd. Muharraq will meet at home league's leader Al Hala in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Issa Town will play against Sitra (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Samaheej (0-7) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 84-47 loss to seventh ranked Hidd (4-3) in Manama. Hidd moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Issa Town and Sitra. Samaheej lost their seventh game in a row. Samaheej at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with seven games lost. Hidd's next round opponent will be Bahrain Club (#8) in Manama. Samaheej's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Manama to the arena Al Najma.
Bottom-ranked Al Najma (0-7) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 86-47 loss to third ranked Al Ahli (6-1) in Manama on Monday evening. The victory was the third consecutive win for Al Ahli. They maintain third place with 6-1 record behind leader Al Hala. Al Najma lost their seventh game in a row. They still closes the standings with seven games lost. Al Ahli will face Nuwaidrat (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Al Najma's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Manama Samaheej.

In the last game of round 7 Nuwaidrat defeated Sitra in a road game 72-64.


Samaheej - Hidd 47-84

Bottom-ranked Samaheej (0-7) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 84-47 loss to seventh ranked Hidd (4-3) in Manama. Hidd moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Issa Town and Sitra. Samaheej lost their seventh game in a row. Samaheej at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with seven games lost. Hidd's next round opponent will be Bahrain Club (#8) in Manama. Samaheej's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Manama to the arena Al Najma.
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Al Ahli - Al Najma 86-47

Bottom-ranked Al Najma (0-7) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 86-47 loss to third ranked Al Ahli (6-1) in Manama on Monday evening. The victory was the third consecutive win for Al Ahli. They maintain third place with 6-1 record behind leader Al Hala. Al Najma lost their seventh game in a row. They still closes the standings with seven games lost. Al Ahli will face Nuwaidrat (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Al Najma's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Manama Samaheej.
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Al Hala - Al Ittihad 81-68

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Al Hala as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Al Hala defeated 9th ranked Al Ittihad in Muharraq 81-68. Al Hala (7-0) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Muharraq. Al Ittihad lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with six games lost. Al Ittihad will play next round against strong Al Manama trying to get back on the winning streak. Al Hala will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Muharraq in Al Muharraq.
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Muharraq - Issa Town 100-82

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Al Muharraq. Leader Muharraq faced 4th placed Issa Town. Host Muharraq (7-0) defeated guests from Issa Town (4-3) 100-82. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Muharraq. They maintain first place with 7-0 record, which they share with Al Hala. Loser Issa Town dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with Sitra and Hidd. Muharraq will meet at home league's leader Al Hala in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Issa Town will play against Sitra (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Sitra - Nuwaidrat 64-72

There was an upset when higher ranked Sitra (4-3) was defeated at home by tenth ranked Nuwaidrat (2-5) 72-64 on Sunday. Nuwaidrat moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Bahrain Club. Loser Sitra keeps the fifth position with three games lost. Nuwaidrat will face higher ranked Al Ahli (#3) in Manama in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sitra will play on the road against Issa Town and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Al Manama - Bahrain Club 77-42

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Manama: Al Manama (#6) and Bahrain Club (#8). Al Manama (5-2) crushed visiting Bahrain Club (2-5) by 35 points 77-42. The victory was the third consecutive win for Al Manama. They moved-up to fourth place. Bahrain Club at the other side keeps the eighth position with five games lost. They share it with Nuwaidrat. Al Manama's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Manama to the arena Al Ittihad.
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Vitali Liutych selected the top Belarusian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Vitali Liutych
Vitali Liutych
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-92, currently plays in Lithuania). He contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Naglis Palangos (0-12) crushing them 106-81 in the Lithuanian LKL in Saturday night's game. Liutych scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes on the court. BC Siauliai (7-4) is placed third in the LKL. This year Liutych averages: 8.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 2FGP: 57.6%(19-33), 3FGP: 35.3% and FT: 64.7% in the eight games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Mikita Meshcharakou
Mikita Meshcharakou
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Mikita Meshcharakou (202-88, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Meshcharakou could not help AcegasAps TR (8-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance AcegasAps TR was defeated 70-58 on the road by the league outsider Aget Service IM (#15). Meshcharakou was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 9 rebounds. It's Meshcharakou's first season with the team. Meshcharakou's overall stats this year are: 8.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 2FGP: 43.7%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 87.5%. He is in the roster of the Belarusian senior national team.

Vladimir Veremeenko
Vladimir Veremeenko
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, currently plays in VTB United League). Veremeenko was not able to help Unics Kazan (8-4) in their game against Lietuvos rytas (6-6) in the VTB United League. He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 13 minutes. The fourth-placed Unics Kazan lost 80-87 in Vilnius to the lower-ranked (#6) Lietuvos rytas in the group A of VTB United League. Veremeenko is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Unics Kazan's roster. This season Veremeenko's overall stats are: 8.4ppg, 4.7rpg, 2FGP: 63.3%(31-49) and FT: 85.7% in the 11 games. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. Veremeenko played for the Belarusian national team six years ago.

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #4. Center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for Olin Edirne (3-12) in their game against Fenerbahce Ulker (13-2) in the Turkish TBL. Despite his good performance in Sunday night's game He scored 11 points. Parakhouski belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #2. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.1ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.1apg and 1.7bpg. Parakhouski is also Belarusian national team player.

Aleh Kojenets
Aleh Kojenets
   #5. Former international center Aleh Kojenets (208-77, college: NC-Wilmington, currently plays in Lithuania) led Mazeikiai to a victory against the eighth-ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (15-11) 83-73 in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) last Friday. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 32 minutes. Mazeikiai (21-5) is placed first in the NKL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Kojenets has relatively good stats this year: 11.6ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.1apg in the 24 games. He used to play for the Belarusian national team four years ago.

Maksim Shustau
Maksim Shustau
   #6. Guard Maksim Shustau (188-86, currently plays in Russia) couldn't help Sojuz Zaretchny (3-13) in their game against AltajBasket (9-7) in the Russian Superlaegue (second division). Despite his very good performance on Saturday night Shustau was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. This season Shustau has relatively solid stats: 14.0ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.3apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Belarusian senior team five years ago.

Mikalai Aliakseyeu
Mikalai Aliakseyeu
   #7. International center Mikalai Aliakseyeu (210-78, agency: TSS Management, college: Buffalo, currently plays in Iran) contributed to a Shahrdari Gorgan's victory against the league outsider Naft Sepahan (3-12) 80-74 in the Iranian Superleague on Sunday night. He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 34 minutes. It was his first game for Shahrdari Gorgan this season. His team is placed sixth in the Superleague. It was Shahrdari Gorgan's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Aliakseyeu is also Belarusian national team player.

Dante Stiggers
Dante Stiggers
   #8. Point guard Dante Stiggers (188-82, college: S.Mississippi, currently plays in Cyprus) couldn't help Apoel (2-6) in their game against Etha (10-4) in the Cypriot Division A. He scored 6 points. Apoel was edged 71-70 in a derby game by the higher-ranked Etha (#3). The Regular Season already ended. Stiggers is ranked seventh on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (second place). His total stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.5apg and 2.4spg. Stiggers is a naturalized American. He plays currently for the Belarusian national team. Stiggers used to play for BK Minsk-2006 in Belarusian league.

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

   #1. Yivgeni Lioutrine (200-C-88, currently plays in Israel) led Elitzur Yavne to an easy victory against the league outsider Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (1-12) crushing them 89-67 in the Israeli National League (second division) in Tuesday night's game. Lioutrine recorded 13 points in only a mere 14 minutes. Elitzur Yavne (9-4) is placed fourth in the National League. This year Lioutrine's total stats are: 8.6ppg and 3.6rpg in the 13 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Israeli. Despite Lioutrine's Belarusian passport, he previously played for the Israeli U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belarusian team.

   #2. Igor Suhinin, who plays in the Russian Superleague (second division) could not help Planeta-Universitet Ukhta (6-10) to beat Ataman (10-6). Suhinin scored 8 points, grabbed 5 boards, passed 4 assists and added 4 steals. Planeta-Universitet Ukhta was badly defeated 106-90 on the road by the much higher-ranked Ataman (#4). Suhinin's total stats this season are: 6.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.3apg and 1.7spg.

   #3. Experienced Sergey Karpov (200-F-80, currently plays in Russia) was not able to help Sojuz Zaretchny (3-13) in their game against AltajBasket (9-7) in the Russian Superlaegue (second division). He scored 6 points in 20 minutes. Sojuz Zaretchny lost 64-76 in Barnau to the much higher-ranked (#7) AltajBasket. This year Karpov's total stats are: 6.9ppg and 1.8rpg in the 15 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Russian.



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

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

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain). He led Gescrap BB to a victory against the 15th-ranked CB Canarias (6-11) 78-70 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Hervelle scored 13 points, grabbed 8 boards, passed 3 assists and added 4 steals in 31 minutes on the court. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (12-6) is placed fourth in the ACB. This year Hervelle averages: 8.7ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 61.0%(64-105) and FT: 79.3% in the 18 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Jonathan Tabu (190-85, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Tabu could not help Cantu (11-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Cantu was defeated 83-79 on the road by the lower-ranked Umana Venezia (#7). Tabu was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 5 passes. It's Tabu's first season with the team. Tabu has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.0apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 49.2%, 3FGP: 44.6% and FT: 87.1%. He is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He was not able to help CAI Zaragoza (10-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Van Rossom's good performance CAI Zaragoza was defeated in an overtime 93-88 in Valladolid by the much lower-ranked Blancos de Rueda (#14). He scored 12 points and added 5 assists. Van Rossom's overall stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.9apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 55.6%(30-54), 3FGP: 43.8% and FT: 85.2%. He is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Aleksander Lichodzijewski
Aleksander Lichodzijewski
   #4. Center Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-84, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL was not able to secure a victory for Polpharma (7-10) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Polpharma was edged 90-87 in Wloclawek by the higher-ranked (#3) Anwil. Lichodzijewski was the second best scorer with 15 points in 22 minutes. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. This year Lichodzijewski's overall stats are: 8.5ppg and 4.0rpg in the 13 games. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Polish. Lichodzijewski used to play for the Belgian national team back in 2008.

Retin Obasohan
Retin Obasohan
   #5. U20 international point guard Retin Obasohan (185-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help The University of Alabama to win against the Mississippi State University (2-2) crushing them 75-43 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. He recorded only 4 points. The The University of Alabama has 3-1 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Obasohan has relatively solid stats: 12.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Nigerian. Obasohan plays currently for the Belgian U20 national team.

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

   #1. Tyler Haws (196-G, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the BYU (5-1) in their last game. Despite Haws' very good performance the BYU was edged 70-69 at home by the Saint Mary's College of California. He recorded 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 38 minutes. Haws is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in BYU's roster. This season Haws has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.0apg and 1.3spg in the 16 games he played so far.

   #2. Experienced Ryan Hoover (187-PG-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) was not able to help Fileni BPA Jesi (5-10) in their last game. Despite Hoover's very good performance Fileni BPA Jesi lost in an overtime 93-99 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#5) C.de Latte BRE. He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Hoover also added 5 assists and 3 steals in 35 minutes. It was Fileni BPA Jesi's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Hoover has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.2apg and 2.1spg in the 15 games. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Hoover has never played in Belgium.

   #3. Ronrico White (190-PG-92, currently studies in the States) led Chattanooga to an overtime victory against the Appalachian State University (2-3) 91-88 in the NCAA on Thursday night. He scored 17 points, grabbed 6 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 4 balls. The Univ.of Tennessee - Chattanooga has 3-3 conference record this season. This year White has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.2apg and 2.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely White has never played in Belgium.

   #4. Ruphin Tshiabu Kayembe (200-F-92, currently plays in Slovenia) was not able to secure a victory for Maribor Messer (9-3) in their game against Zlatorog (10-2) in the Slovenian Telemach League. He scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. But Maribor Messer was defeated 83-76 on their home court in Maribor by the leading Zlatorog. It was Maribor Messer's first loss after four consecutive victories. Tshiabu Kayembe's total stats this season are: 3.3ppg and 3.0rpg. He has a dual citizenship: DR Congolese and Belgian.

   #5. Douglas Tshomba (201-F-83, college: Tusculum, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked CFBB (2-13) crushing them 90-68 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. Tshomba scored 8 points and added 4 assists in 28 minutes. JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket (11-4) is placed fourth in the NM1. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. This year Tshomba has relatively solid stats: 12.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg in the 10 games.

   #6. Julien Rahier (193-G-83, currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help Starwings in their game against Geneve Lions in the Swiss LNA. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Rahier scored only 2 points in 11 minutes. His team was crushed by 52 points 104-52. This year Rahier's total stats are: 7.8ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.8apg in the five games.



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Standings - BIH League

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

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 19: Kakanj - Posusje 90-72
Jan. 19: Bosna - Radnik B. 85-77
Jan. 19: Capljina - Zrinjski HT 83-60
Jan. 19: Varda HE - Vogosca 71-64
Jan. 19: Servitium - Borac Nektar 64-70
Jan. 19: Mladost - Leotar 55-57

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 26: Kakanj - Bosna
Jan. 26: Posusje - Varda HE
Jan. 26: Vogosca - Mladost
Jan. 26: Leotar - Servitium
Jan. 26: Borac Nektar - Capljina
Jan. 26: Zrinjski HT - Radnik B.


Emir Sulejmanovic MVP of the Euroleague NIJT in L'Hospitalet! - by Sead Buljina


Following Euroleague Nike International Junior Tournament (NIJT) in Rome won by Spars (Sarajevo), second group competed in Ciutat de L'Hospitalet. The MVP of the tournament was one of the best Bosnian young players Emir Sulejmanovic (205-PF-95) who averaged 20 points and 13.5 rebounds. He was joined on the all-tournament team by Jose Nogues of Joventut Badalona, Kristaps Porzingis of Cajasol, Mario Hezonja of FC Barcelona Regal and Valter Lindstron of Real Madrid. There are two more NIJT tournaments that will determine the best U18 teams for the Euroleague Final Four, which will take place in London. After tournaments in Belgrade and Siauliai all four teams that will play for the U18 Euroleague trophy will be known.
Emir Sulejmanovic is expected to play for Bosnian U18 National team at European championship in July. He has already debuted in the Euroleague against Real Madrid and continues to play significant minutes for Olimpija at the Adriatic league.



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

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

Zack Wright
Zack Wright
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Zack Wright (195-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in Russia). He was the major contributor in a Spartak St.Petersburg's victory against the sixth-ranked Unics Kazan (3-5) 84-68 in the Russian PBL in Sunday night's game. Wright scored 15 points and added 7 assists (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 27 minutes on the court. Spartak St.Petersburg (7-3) is placed second in the PBL. This year Wright averages: 6.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.0apg, 2FGP: 58.6%(17-29) and FT: 90.9% in the seven games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Wright is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Bosnia.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Nihad Djedovic (198-90, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Germany. Djedovic could not help ALBA Berlin (0-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the eighth-placed ALBA Berlin lost 73-79 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Panathinaikos in the group E of Euroleague. Djedovic was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. So far ALBA Berlin lost all four games in the Top 16. It's Djedovic's first season with the team. This year Djedovic's overall stats are: 8.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 40.8%, 3FGP: 27.6% and FT: 68.3% in the 13 games. He is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Mirza Teletovic
Mirza Teletovic
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in NBA). Teletovic contributed to a Brooklyn Nets' victory against the Toronto Raptors (15-26) 113-106 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. He recorded 10 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 22 minutes. The Brooklyn Nets have 24-16 record this season. This year Teletovic's total stats are: 3.2ppg, 1.4rpg, 2FGP: 43.5%, 3FGP: 34.0% and FT: 75.0% in the 22 games. He is also a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Ivan Opacak
Ivan Opacak
   #4. An experienced shooting guard Ivan Opacak (201-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in VTB United League) led his Polish team PGE Turow to a victory against the closely-ranked Azovmash (2-10) 78-69 in the VTB United League on Monday night. Opacak scored 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 34 minutes. PGE Turow Zgorzelec (3-9) is placed ninth in group A. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. Opacak has averaged so far 7.4ppg and 3.3rpg in the 11 games. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Opacak is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Zlatko Jovanovic
Zlatko Jovanovic
   #5. Former international point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Romania) led Timisoara to a victory over the ninth-ranked Rovinari (9-9) 94-87 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Jovanovic scored 24 points and added 7 passes (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) in 32 minutes. BC Timisoara (13-5) is placed third in the Liga Nationala. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Jovanovic belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #6) and also on the list of best passers (third place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Jovanovic averages: 16.6ppg, 2.3rpg and 6.4apg in the 18 games. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team four years ago.

Nemanja Mitrovic
Nemanja Mitrovic
   #6. Guard Nemanja Mitrovic (197-90, college: Portland, currently plays in Greece), who plays in the Greek A1 was not able to help Kavala (3-10) in their last game. Despite Mitrovic's very good performance Kavala lost 79-88 in Rethymno to the much higher-ranked (#5) AGOR. He was the top scorer with 24 points in 33 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Mitrovic's third season in pro basketball. Mitrovic has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.1apg in the 13 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

Ratko Varda
Ratko Varda
   #7. Former international power forward Ratko Varda (215-79, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Adriatic League) helped his Serbian team Radnicki KG win their game against the closely-ranked MZT Skopje (10-8) 89-83 in the Adriatic League in Monday night's game. Varda scored 20 points. Radnicki Kragujevac (10-8) is placed sixth in the Adriatic League. Varda has relatively good stats this season: 10.5ppg and 3.1rpg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team two years ago.

Emir Sulejmanovic
Emir Sulejmanovic
   #8. Power forward Emir Sulejmanovic (204-95, currently plays in Adriatic League) helped his Slovenian team Un.Olimpija win their game against the closely-ranked KK Zadar (7-11) 88-81 in the Adriatic League in Sunday night's game. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes. Union Olimpija Ljubljana (9-9) is placed eighth in the Adriatic League. Sulejmanovic has averaged so far 5.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5spg in the two games. Despite he played previously for the Finnish U16 national team, Sulejmanovic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team roster.

Kenan Bajramovic
Kenan Bajramovic
   #9. International center Kenan Bajramovic (205-81, currently plays in Eurocup) helped his Turkish team Banvit BK win their game against the closely-ranked Buducnost (1-1) 89-80 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (1-1) is placed second in group I. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game is very crucial. Bajramovic has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.5apg. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Ognjen Kuzmic
Ognjen Kuzmic
   #10. Center Ognjen Kuzmic (215-90, currently plays in Spain) helped FIATC Joventut edge the closely-ranked Blusens Monbus (9-9) 89-87 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Kuzmic scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. FIATC Joventut Badalona (9-9) is placed ninth in the ACB. Kuzmic has averaged so far 7.1ppg and 5.8rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

   #11. International forward Ante Masic (200-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Adriatic League) was not able to secure a victory for Cedevita in their game against Zvezda in the Adriatic League. Masic scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. His team was crushed by 25 points 90-65. Masic has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 2.3rpg in the three games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #12. International guard Muhamed Pasalic (192-87, currently plays in Greece) was the main contributor in Aris' victory against the 11th-ranked Kolossos crushing them 75-52 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game. Pasalic was the best player in that game. He recorded 14 points and added 5 assists. This season Pasalic has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.3apg. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #13. International center Nedzad Sinanovic (221-83, currently plays in Spain) helped Blancos de Rueda win their n overtime game against the seventh-ranked CAI Zaragoza 93-88 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Sinanovic scored 12 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in a mere 17 minutes. Sinanovic has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 4.6rpg in the 17 games. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

   #14. Former international forward Mujo Tuljkovic (203-79, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Romania) is a teammate of previously mentioned Zlatko Jovanovic and both played together in the last Romanian Liga Nationala game. Tuljkovic helped Timisoara win their game against the ninth-ranked Rovinari 94-87. He scored 17 points. It was his first game for Timisoara this season. Tuljkovic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team back in 2011.

   #15. International point guard Nemanja Gordic (192-88, currently plays in Adriatic League) helped his Serbian team Partizan win their game against the closely-ranked Buducnost 63-50 in the Adriatic League in Saturday night's game. He scored 6 points. Gordic has averaged so far 6.7ppg and 1.6apg. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

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

   #1. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Turkey could not help Fenerbahce Ulker (0-4) in their last game on Friday. Despite Bogdanovic's very good performance the seventh-placed Fenerbahce Ulker was crushed 97-75 on the road by the leading Caja Laboral in the group F of Euroleague. He was the second best scorer with 16 points (made all of his eight free throws). Bogdanovic has relatively good stats this season: 13.5ppg and 1.9rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #2. Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Ukraine was not able to help Khimik (0-1) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Sehovic's very good performance Khimik (#3) was edged 93-90 in Bursa by the leading Tofas in the group K of EuroChallenge. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Sehovic also added 9 rebounds. Sehovic has relatively good stats this season: 11.1ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.3apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Montenegrin and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

   #3. Damir Markota (209-F-85, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Turkey was not able to secure a victory for Besiktas (0-4) in their last game. Despite Markota's good performance Besiktas (#8) lost 59-73 at home to the higher-ranked (#4) Regal FC Barcelona in the group F of Euroleague. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 35 minutes. So far Besiktas lost all four games in the Top 16. This year Markota's total stats are: 9.3ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.6apg in the 14 games he played so far. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian nationalities.

   #4. Goran Suton (208-C-85, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Adriatic League) was the major contributor in Cedevita's victory against the eighth-ranked Un.Olimpija (9-9) 73-67 in the Adriatic League on Saturday night. Suton scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. KK Cedevita Zagreb (10-8) is placed fourth in the Adriatic League. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Suton's total stats this season are: 4.4ppg and 2.2rpg. He also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #5. Stanko Barac (216-C-86, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Brose Baskets Bamberg (0-4) 94-76 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Barac recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (3-1) is placed third in group E. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Barac has averaged so far 4.9ppg and 3.6rpg. Similarly like Suton and Markota above he holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian passports.

   #6. Mirza Begic (217-C-85, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Unicaja Malaga crushing them 91-67 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He scored 8 points. Begic has averaged so far 5.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.1bpg. He has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian.

   #7. Toni Bizaca (202-F-82, currently plays in Sweden) led Sodertalje Kings to a victory over the eighth-ranked LF Basket 94-79 in the Swedish Basketligan last Saturday. Bizaca was MVP of the game. He recorded 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. Bizaca is currently eighth on the list of top scorers with 16.4ppg. This year he also averages: 4.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg in the 20 games.

   #8. Seid Hajric (203-F-83, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a 3-point Anwil's victory against the eighth-ranked Polpharma 90-87 in the Polish TBL on Saturday night. Hajric scored 19 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). He has relatively good stats this season: 12.9ppg and 6.1rpg. Hajric has Bosnia and Herzegovina and Polish nationalities.

   #9. Experienced Sasha Topchov (206-C-80, currently plays in Romania) contributed to Oradea's victory against the tenth-ranked CSU Sibiu 83-76 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Sunday. Topchov scored 21 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. He has relatively good stats this season: 13.1ppg and 4.4rpg.

   #10. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help BC Khimky Moscow Region in a victory against the sixth-ranked Maccabi T-A crushing them 88-67 in the Euroleague last Friday. Planinic recorded only 4 points and added 6 passes in 25 minutes. Planinic is currently second on the list of best passers with 5.8apg. This year he also averages: 12.6ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.1spg in the 13 games. Planinic holds both Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina passports.



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Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-F-84)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Vieira, Flamengo22.5 
 2. Boracini, Pinheiro.20.2 
 3. Holloway, Liga S.19.6 
 4. Antonio, S.Jose/U.19.5 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasil.19.3 
 6. Simmons, Vila Velha19.3 
 7. Day, Uberlandia18.9 
 8. Dos Santos, Brasil.18.7 
 9. Brown, Palmeiras17.9 
 10. Nardi Duarte, Min.17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (202-F-83)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.9.5 
 2. Ribeiro, Basque.8.8 
 3. Araujo, Mogi d.8.7 
 4. Giovannoni, Brasil.8.5 
 5. Agba, Bauru7.9 
 6. Castellar, Limeira7.9 
 7. Antonio, S.Jose/U.7.6 
 8. Costa, S.Jose/U.7.5 
 9. Teichmann, Franca7.5 
 10. Toyloy, Paulistano7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (187-G-81)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.8.8 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.6.1 
 3. Garcia, Uberlandia5.4 
 4. Boracini, Pinheiro.5.3 
 5. Smith, Pinheiro.4.9 
 6. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.4.9 
 7. Lima, Limeira4.7 
 8. Collum, Uberlandia4.7 
 9. Campos, Suzano4.6 
 10. Figueroa, Franca4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Vitor BENITE
  Flamengo
  (190-F/G-90)
  Avg: 0.2
 1. Benite, Flamengo0.2 
 2. Giovannoni, Brasil.0.2 
 3. Boracini, Pinheiro.0.2 
 4. Luz dos Sant., Fra.0.2 
 5. Ribeiro, Brasilia0.2 
 6. Alves, Brasilia0.2 
 7. Stallworth, Pinhei.0.2 
 8. Froehlich, Franca0.2 
 9. Collum, Uberlandia0.1 
 10. Machado, Flamengo0.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Arlindo NETO
  Liga Sorocaba
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Neto, Liga Soroca.2.4 
 2. Campos, Suzano2.3 
 3. de Assis, S.Jose/U.2.2 
 4. Nardi Duarte, Min.2.1 
 5. Figueroa, Franca2.1 
 6. Simmons, Vila Velha1.9 
 7. Boracini, Pinheiro.1.8 
 8. Vieira, Flamengo1.8 
 9. Lima, Limeira1.7 
 10. Parker, Vila Velha1.6 


BAD News for Andy-Out for the Rest of the NBA season - by Mel Devonne

Brasilian,Anderson Varejao (205-C-82), who was having one of his best season as an NBA player
is reported to be done for the season with the Cleveland Cavs.
Anderson, who was leading the NBA in rebounding before tearing a leg muscle
a week ago, and was scheduled to be out for a few weeks.
Doctors have now discovered a blood clot in his right lung and he is now
finished for the 2012-13 season.
Blood clots require blood thinning medicine, and players cannot play in the
NBA when they are on blood thinning medicine.
The Cavs are 10-32 and Andy was a bright spot for the struggling team
and was set to play in the all-star game before the injuries.
Blood clots are very serious and lets hope that Andy can come back from
his latest injury.



Brazilian NBB round 16 best performance: Vitor Benite - by Eurobasket News

International swingman Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Flamengo, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 22-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, five rebounds and six assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Palmeiras (#17, 2-13) with 45-point margin 106-61. It allowed Flamengo to consolidate first place in the Brazilian NBB. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and Flamengo keeps perfect 14 -0 record. In the team's last game Benite had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Flamengo's top player in his first season with the team. Vitor Benite averages this season 14.5ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old Italian guard Fulvio de Assis (187-G-81) of S.Jose/Unimed. de Assis had a very good evening with 9 points, 4 rebounds and 14 assists. It was enough for S.Jose/Unimed to edge the higher-ranked Uberlandia (#2, 11-4) 80-76. This victory allowed S.Jose/Unimed to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. de Assis is one of the most experienced players at S.Jose/Unimed and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Robert Day (197-F-82) of league's second-best Uberlandia. Day showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, six rebounds and six assists in the last round. Despite Day's great performance Uberlandia lost 76-80 to the lower-ranked S.Jose/Unimed (#5, 10-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Uberlandia needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 11 victories and 4 lost games. Day has a great season in Brazil. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.9ppg (7th best). He also has 1.5bpg, FGP: 58.9% and 3PT: 50.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Paulo Nery (188-G-81) of Suzano - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
5. James Parker (188-PG-81) of Vila Velha - 26 points and 6 rebounds
6. Arlindo Neto (187-G-86) of Liga Sorocaba - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Deivisson Costa (211-C-80) of S.Jose/Unimed - 20 points and 10 rebounds
8. Alvaro Calvo (203-G/F-83) of S.Jose/Unimed - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. DeAndre Coleman (201-F-86) of Bauru - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Larry Taylor (185-G-80) of Bauru - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Tiago Splitter selected the top Brazilian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Tiago Splitter (211-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). He led San Antonio Spurs to a victory against the Golden State Warriors (25-15) 95-88 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Splitter recorded 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 36 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 33-11 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Splitter has relatively good stats this year: 10.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 59.4%(165-278) and FT: 74.0% in the 44 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish. Splitter is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Hilario Nene
Hilario Nene
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Hilario Nene (207-82, currently plays in NBA). He led Washington Wizards to a 3-point victory over the Portland Trail Blazers (20-21) 98-95 in the NBA last Monday. Nene was MVP of the game. He recorded 24 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. The Washington Wizards have rather weak 9-30 record this season. It's Nene's first year with the team. Nene has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 12.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.6apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 49.8% and FT: 73.7%. Nene is in the roster of the Brazilian senior national team.

Marcelinho Huertas
Marcelinho Huertas
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports, currently plays in Spain). He was the major contributor in a Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the 14th-ranked Blancos de Rueda (7-11) 88-82 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Huertas scored 16 points, had 4 boards, dished 8 assists and stole 3 balls in 25 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (10-8) is placed sixth in the ACB. Huertas is currently sixth on the list of best passers with 3.8apg. This year his other stats are: 8.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 41.5%, 3FGP: 35.2% and FT: 89.7% in the 18 games. Huertas is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Italian. He 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) led Le Mans to a victory over the league outsider Boulazac Basket (4-12) 77-68 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. Batista was the best player in that game. He recorded 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (11-5) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Batista is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Le Mans' roster. This season Batista has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.7apg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2010.

Lucas Tischer
Lucas Tischer
   #5. Former international center Lucas Tischer (208-83, currently plays in Argentina), who plays in the Argentinian LigaA could not help Penarol (19-9) in their last game. Despite Tischer's very good performance Penarol was edged 87-86 at home by the one of league's weakest teams (#15) Obras. He scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 27 minutes. This year Tischer's overall stats are: 8.5ppg and 3.5rpg in the two games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team seven years ago.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #6. Center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Real Madrid in a victory against the 11th-ranked Unicaja Malaga (8-10) crushing them 91-67 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Hettsheimer scored only 4 points in 9 minutes on the court. Real Madrid (17-1) is placed first in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Hettsheimer's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 3.8ppg and 2.1rpg in the eight games. Hettsheimer is a former international player as he played for the Brazilian senior team two years ago.

Leandro Barbosa
Leandro Barbosa
   #7. International point guard Leandro Barbosa (190-82, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Boston Celtics (20-20) in their game against the Chicago Bulls (24-16) in the NBA. He recorded 5 points. The Boston Celtics were edged in an overtime 100-99 on the road by the Bulls. It was Celtics' third consecutive loss in a row. Barbosa has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 1.3apg. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Hatila Passos
Hatila Passos
   #8. Center Hatila Passos (211-85, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Uruguay), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB was not able to secure a victory for Hebraica (0-1) in their last game. Despite Passos' good performance the eighth-placed Hebraica lost 71-82 in a derby game to the leading Union Atletica in the Serie 1. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 34 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Passos is currently fifth on the league's list of best rebounders with 11.2rpg. This year his other stats are: 14.4ppg in the 28 games. Passos used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2010.

Raul Neto
Raul Neto
   #9. International point guard Raul Neto (186-92, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB couldn't help Lagun Aro GBC (3-15) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Lagun Aro GBC was defeated 73-67 on their home court in San Sebastian by the much higher-ranked FIATC Joventut (#9). Neto was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 7 rebounds. Neto has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.3apg and 1.4spg. He is also in the roster of the Brazilian national team.

Rafael Freire
Rafael Freire
   #10. Point guard Rafael Freire (188-92, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Blusens Monbus (9-9) in their game against Assignia Manresa (3-15) in the Spanish ACB. Freire cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points and added 8 passes. Blusens Monbus was defeated 83-69 in Manresa by the one of league's weakest teams Assignia (#17). Freire has averaged so far 2.2ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.1apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international swingman Jonathan Tavernari (198-87, college: BYU, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Givova Scafati in their game against Upea CdO in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Tavernari recorded 9 points and had 3 steals in 27 minutes. His team lost in an overtime 75-80. Tavernari has averaged so far 7.4ppg and 3.3rpg in the 15 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team three years ago.

   #12. Former international guard Carlos Cobos (193-88, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Leche Rio Breogan in their game against River Andorra in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Despite his good performance last Saturday Cobos was the second best scorer with 10 points. He also added 3 assists. Cobos has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2010.

   #13. Former U17 international center Rafael Maia (206-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Brown's victory against the Yale University 65-51 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Maia recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. Maia has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg in the 15 games. He used to play for the Brazilian U17 national team six years ago.

   #14. Former University international center Andre Almeida (211-88, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Nebraska in their game against the Purdue University in the NCAA. Almeida recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 65-56. Almeida has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Brazilian university national team back in 2009.

   #15. Former international center Michel Nascimento (208-78, currently plays in Uruguay) contributed to Olimpia's victory against the fifth-ranked Lagomar 78-65 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB last Saturday. Nascimento recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. Nascimento has reliable stats this year: 11.0ppg and 9.5rpg in the two games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team nine years ago.

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

   #1. Vitor Faverani (211-C-88, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to a Valencia Basket's victory against the third-ranked CEZ Nymburk (1-1) 82-77 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. Faverani scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Valencia Basket (2-0) is placed first in group J. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Faverani has been at the team for four years. His total stats this season are: 4.7ppg and 3.7rpg.

   #2. Atila Santos (208-C-83, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Minnesota St., currently plays in Bulgaria) helped Balkan win their game against the closely-ranked Tundja Yambol (7-6) crushing them 91-69 in the Bulgarian NBL last Friday. Santos recorded 6 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in 22 minutes. Balkan Botevgrad (8-5) is placed fourth in the NBL. Santos is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 11.2ppg, 10.4rpg and 1.2bpg in the 11 games he played so far.

   #3. Rodrigo de Souza (188-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Pacific win their game against the Cal State - Northridge (0-6) 74-62 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. de Souza recorded 6 points in only 14 minutes. The University of Pacific has a solid 4-2 conference record this season. de Souza's stats this year are: 11.0ppg and 9.5rpg in the two games.

   #4. Luiz Bidart (183-G-90, currently studies in the States) helped Seattle win their game against the University of Texas at Arlington (3-4) 61-44 in the NCAA last Thursday. He scored 6 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. The Seattle University has rather weak 1-6 conference record this season. Bidart's stats this year are: 11.0ppg and 9.5rpg.

   #5. Gabriel Dos Santos (193-G, is currently at the American university) managed to help University of Detroit Mercy in a victory against the University of Illinois-Chicago (2-4) crushing them 98-47 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He recorded only 3 points in 5 minutes on the court. The University of Detroit Mercy has 4-3 conference record this season. Dos Santos' stats this year are: 11.0ppg and 9.5rpg in the two games.

   #6. Rinaldo Mafra (201-F-86, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Jacksonville St. to beat the Tennessee State University. He scored 7 points. His team was defeated 66-60. Mafra's stats this season are: 11.0ppg and 9.5rpg.

   #7. Renan Lenz (206-C-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the one of league's weakest teams Utah in their game against the Washington State University in the NCAA. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Lenz recorded only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. His team lost 65-75. Lenz's stats this year are: 11.0ppg and 9.5rpg in the two games.

   #8. Experienced Romero Junior (200-F-74, currently plays in Portugal) helped Fisica win their game against the closely-ranked Barcelos 69-66 in the Portuguese LPB on Saturday night. He recorded only 2 points. This season Junior averages just 3.3ppg. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Portuguese.

   #9. Daniel Monteiro (195-F-84, currently plays in Portugal) was not able to secure a victory for Ginasio in their game against Oliveirense in the Portuguese Proliga (second division). Monteiro cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 12 minutes. His team was crushed by 40 points 89-49. Monteiro has averaged so far 2.0ppg and 2.0rpg in the three games.

   #10. Arthur Bernardi (206-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Houston Baptist (0-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the Houston Baptist was crushed 81-56 on the road by the Chicago State University. Bernardi recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 13 rebounds. Bernardi has averaged so far 2.0ppg and 2.0rpg.



Sorocaba waived players - by Paulo Freire

The team of Liga Sorocabana de Basquete have been changing their roster during the first phase of the NBB.
The president and coach of the team have waved the players Brandon McGee (198-F-89, college: Georgia St.), Gaucho Zilmer (197-G/F-86), Ricardo de Azevedo (201-F-83) and most recently the center Thiago Labbate (208-C-83) was waived too.
Thiago Labbate was one of the remnants of the LSB that competed in the NBB 2011/2012 season. The center of 25 years old and 2 m tall, competed in the first 11 League matches for Liga Sorocabana de Basquete at the Nacional competition he made 58 points and 39 rebounds.



Fluminense announces the presentation of their new professional team - by Paulo Freire

One of the most traditional soccer clubs in Brazil the Fluminense FC will have a new basketball team to cheer for this season. Fluminense FC will make tomorrow the official presentation of their professional basketball team, which already starts worked looking forward for the next edition of the NBB. The star of the team will be the Argentine Facundo Sucatzky (175-PG-72), the point guard who has used the Jersey of the team in 2007, as part of a partnership with the Minas Tenis Clube.Another great addition for the club was PF Luiz Toledo (203-F-87, college: Idaho) who recently finish a solid college career.

The new team will be headed by coach Marcio Andrade , who was four times State Champion for Fluminense FC and also the South American runners-up as a coach of Ajax-Goias. Marcio was also a long time coach of Vasco da Gama and spend many years coaching the Brazilian Junior National Team.

So far the new fluminense roster have the following players:
Facundo Sucatzky
Rafael Malfi (188-G-91)
Thiago Perez (191-F/G-82)
Ian Assis (200-G-90)
Luciano Junior (201-F-86, college: Idaho)
Assis Cardoso (PF)
Luiz Toledo
Ellis Kayijuka (208-C-85, college: Arkansas Tech)
Mathias Vierne (195-F)
Alan Vitor
Ygor Dionisio
Nicollas Alex



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  BULGARIA   


Earl Rowland's 30 points make him top Bulgarian player abroad of the week - 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.

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Eurocup). He led his Latvian team VEF Riga to a victory over the fourth-ranked Gescrap BB (0-2) crushing them 99-76 in the Eurocup in Tuesday night's game. Rowland was MVP of the game. He scored 30 points (!!!) and had 3 steals in 28 minutes on the court. VEF Riga (1-1) is placed second in group J. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical. It's Rowland's first season with the team. Rowland has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.8apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 57.1%(36-63), 3FGP: 40.7% and FT: 70.8% in the eight games he played so far. Rowland is a naturalized American. He played for the Bulgarian senior national team two years ago. Strangely Rowland has never played in Bulgaria.

Ibrahim Jaaber
Ibrahim Jaaber
   #2. best in steals with 1.9spg. This year his other stats are: 6.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.3apg, 3FGP: 36.4% and FT: 63.2% in the 13 games. Jaaber is a naturalized American. He played for the Bulgarian national team in 2009. Apparently Jaaber has never played in Bulgaria.

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in VTB United League). Ivanov contributed to a Lietuvos rytas' victory against the fourth-ranked Unics Kazan (8-4) 87-80 in the VTB United League last Sunday. He had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds in 29 minutes. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (6-6) is placed sixth in group A. This year Ivanov's overall stats are: 8.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 2FGP: 66.7%(28-42), 3FGP: 16.7% and FT: 67.6% in the 10 games. He played for the Bulgarian national team two years ago.

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #4. Guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Unicaja Malaga (8-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Calloway's good performance Unicaja Malaga was crushed 91-67 on the road by the leading Real Madrid. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Calloway's total stats this season are: 6.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Calloway used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2010. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Andre Owens
Andre Owens
   #5. An experienced former international guard Andre Owens (193-80, college: Houston, currently plays in Cyprus), who plays in the Cypriot Division A was not able to help Keravnos (11-3) in their last game. Despite Owens' very good performance the league leader Keravnos lost 67-75 at home to the second-ranked AEK. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Owens also added 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. They ended the series of five consecutive victories. The Regular Season already ended. This year Owens' total stats are: 7.8ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.1apg in the 10 games. He is a naturalized American. Owens used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago. He played also for Lukoil Academik Sofia in Bulgarian league.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #6. Power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Enel Brindisi (8-8) in their game against Cimberio Varese (14-2) in the Italian SerieA. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 19 minutes. Enel Brindisi lost 71-83 in Varese to the leading Cimberio. Simmons is currently third on the list of best blockers with 1.4bpg. This year his other stats are: 6.8ppg and 5.8rpg in the 16 games. Simmons is a naturalized American. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster. However Simmons has never played in Bulgaria.

Kaloyan Ivanov
Kaloyan Ivanov
   #7. Former international forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Air Avellino (4-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Air Avellino was crushed 95-71 in Montegranaro by the higher-ranked Sutor (#13). Ivanov was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 8 rebounds. Ivanov has relatively good stats this season: 13.0ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.8spg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team two years ago.

Roderick Blakney
Roderick Blakney
   #8. Guard Roderick Blakney (184-76, college: S.Carolina St., currently plays in Spain) helped Cajasol win their game against the closely-ranked UCAM Murcia (7-11) 81-73 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Blakney scored 9 points in only 14 minutes. Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (7-11) is placed 12th in the ACB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Blakney has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 2.3apg in the seven games. He is a naturalized American. Blakney used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2007.

Ivan Lilov
Ivan Lilov
   #9. International shooting guard Ivan Lilov (196-88, currently plays in Romania) helped Gaz Metan win their game against the closely-ranked Targu Mures (5-11) 76-63 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Saturday night. Lilov scored 9 points and had 4 steals. CS Gaz Metan Medias (10-8) is placed eighth in the Liga Nationala. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Lilov has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.7apg and 2.7spg. He is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

Aleksandar Gruev
Aleksandar Gruev
   #10. Guard Aleksandar Gruev (187-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help CSU Sibiu (8-10) in their game against Oradea (0-15) in the Romanian Liga Nationala, despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game. Gruev was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 4 passes in 32 minutes. But CSU Sibiu lost 76-83 on their home court in Sibiu to the lower-ranked (#14) Oradea. The Regular Season already ended. Gruev belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #6 with 4.8apg. He also averaged so far 13.0ppg and 2.8rpg in the 16 games. Gruev is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Bulgarian senior national team.

   #11. International power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, currently plays in Romania) was the major contributor in U-Mobitelco's victory against the 14th-ranked Miercurea Ciuc crushing them 87-56 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Monday. He scored 13 points. This season Nikolov has relatively solid stats: 14.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.6apg and 1.8spg. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

   #12. International shooting guard Pavlin Ivanov (194-93, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Adriatic League) couldn't help Buducnost in their game against Partizan in the Adriatic League. Ivanov cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. His team was defeated 63-50. This season Ivanov averages just 1.8ppg. He is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

   #13. Former U20 international guard Georgi Sirakov (186-92, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Mazzeo San Severo in their game against Bari in the Italian Nazionale A (third division). Despite his good performance on Sunday night He was the top scorer with 11 points. Sirakov has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Bulgarian U20 national team two years ago.

   #14. International forward Aleksandar Georgiev (203-90, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Assignia Manresa in a victory against the tenth-ranked Blusens Monbus 83-69 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Georgiev scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. He has averaged so far 4.7ppg and 2.2rpg in the 18 games. Georgiev plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

   #15. Former international center Krum Doychinov (206-86, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Greece) helped OFI win their game against the closely-ranked Ermis Lagkada 86-82 in the Greek A2 (second division) on Saturday night. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. Doychinov is currently second on the league's list of best blockers with 1.2bpg. This year his other stats are: 9.9ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.5apg in the 13 games. Doychinov used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in Ukraine) led Khimik to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Dnipro (8-18) 74-67 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Sunday. He was the best player in that game. Deane scored 24 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 8 assists (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (15-11) is placed fifth in the Superleague. The Regular Season already ended. Deane has relatively good stats this season: 11.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 5.6apg. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #2. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Greece) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Apollon Patras (5-8) 88-69 in the Greek A1 in Monday night's game. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (13-0) is placed first in the A1. So far his team won all thirteen games in the Regular Season. Antic's overall stats this season are: 5.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3apg. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.

   #3. Kee Kee Clark (180-PG-84, college: St.Peter's, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an Umana Venezia's victory against the closely-ranked Cantu (11-5) 83-79 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Clark recorded 11 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Umana Reyer Venezia (8-8) is placed seventh in the SerieA. Clark has relatively good stats this season: 14.2ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.2apg. He is a naturalized American. However Clark has never played in Bulgaria.

   #4. Dinko Marshavelski (211-F/C-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Northeastern's victory against the Hofstra University (2-3) 65-60 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. Marshavelski recorded 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 16 minutes. The Northeastern University has a very solid 6-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all six games in the conference. Marshavelski is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Northeastern's roster. He has reliable stats this season: 14.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.6apg and 1.8spg in the 17 games he played so far.

   #5. Kristoffer Gafor (194-G-92, currently plays in Sweden) was the major contributor in Malbas' victory against the eighth-ranked Hoganas (7-9) crushing them 99-77 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) last Sunday. Gafor scored 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. Malbas Oresund (10-5) is placed third in South group. Gafor is ranked sixth on the list of the top scorers in the league with 19.1ppg. This year he also averages: 7.1rpg, 1.5apg and 2.2spg in the 15 games. Gafor is another player who holds two passports: Swedish and Bulgarian.

   #6. Galin Mihaylov (189-G-80, currently plays in Norway) managed to help Tromso Storm to win against the closely-ranked Baerum Basket 89-78 in the Norwegian BLNO last Sunday. He scored 5 points and added 6 passes. Mihaylov has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.0apg.

   #7. Viktor Vladov (202-F-91, currently plays in Germany) contributed to Leitershofen's victory against the tenth-ranked Hanau 89-84 in the German ProB (third division) in Friday night's game. He scored only 2 points. Vladov has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 2.0rpg. He has both Bulgarian and German nationalities.



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  CANADA   


Simon Marr claims Canadian CIS weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Simon Marr (203-F) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Dalhousie and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The -year old forward had the game-high 24 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for Dalhousie in his team's victory, helping them to crush, the league's bottom-ranked team Memorial (#8, 0-12) with 17-point margin 84-67. Dalhousie is placed at 4th position in Canadian CIS. Dalhousie is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-6 record. Marr turned to be Dalhousie's top player in his first season with the team. Simon Marr averages this season 13.3ppg and 5.6rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old forward Sean Mccormick (196-F) of league's best team Cape Breton. Mccormick impressed basketball fans with 7 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he lead Cape Breton to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Acadia (#3, 7-3) 92-61. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Cape Breton consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. He plays for the best team in the league and Cape Breton managed to win all 12 games keeping perfect record. Mccormick is a newcomer at Cape Breton and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was another Cape Breton's star - Meshack Lufile (203-F). Lufile scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was another key player of Cape Breton, helping his team with a 92-61 easy win against #3 ranked Acadia. Cape Breton have amazing season winning all 12 games without a single defeat. Lufile 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. Lufile has a very solid season. In 11 games in Canada he scored 12.3ppg. He also has 6.4rpg and FGP: 56.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jimmy Dorsey (188-G) of Cape Breton - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Kyle Arseneault) of Acadia - 14 points and 3 rebounds
6. Kayon Mayers (185-G) of Cape Breton - 18 points and 2 rebounds
7. Vasilije Curcic) of Memorial - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
8. William Yengue (193-F) of Dalhousie - 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Timo Sargent) of Memorial - 13 points
10. Kelson Devereaux (190-G) of Cape Breton - 5 points and 8 rebounds

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



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  CHINA   

Standings - CBA

CBA Standings
 1. Guangdong ST 20-3 
 2. Shandong FB 16-7 
 3. Beijing Ducks 16-7 
 4. Shanxi Zh. 14-10 
 5. Xinjiang FT 14-10 
 6. Guangsha L. 13-11 
 7. Liaoning H. 12-11 
 8. Zhejiang CB 12-11 
 9. DongGuan L. 12-11 
 10. Bayi R. 11-13 
 11. TianJin S. 10-13 
 12. Foshan LL 10-14 
 13. Jiangsu D. 9-14 
 14. Jilin NE T. 8-16 
 15. Shanghai S. 8-16 
 16. Fujian QB 8-16 
 17. Qingdao E. 7-17 

Regular Season: Round 25

Jan. 20: Jiangsu D. - Shanghai S. 94-95
Jan. 20: Zhejiang CB - Bayi R. 94-91
Jan. 20: DongGuan L. - Foshan LL 141-133
Jan. 20: Qingdao E. - TianJin S. 140-138
Jan. 20: Guangdong ST - Fujian QB 128-87
Jan. 20: Shanxi Zh. - Liaoning H. 119-114
Jan. 20: Beijing Ducks - Xinjiang FT 106-97
Jan. 20: Jilin NE T. - Guangsha L. 101-90

Regular Season: Round 26

Jan. 22: Shandong FB - Qingdao E.
Jan. 22: Foshan LL - Guangdong ST
Jan. 23: Jilin NE T. - Jiangsu D.
Jan. 23: Liaoning H. - Guangsha L.
Jan. 23: Zhejiang CB - Shanghai S.
Jan. 23: Beijing Ducks - Shanxi Zh.
Jan. 23: Bayi R. - DongGuan L.
Jan. 23: TianJin S. - Xinjiang FT


Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Quincy DOUBY
  Zhejiang CB
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 32.4
 1. Douby, Zhejiang CB32.4 
 2. Randolph, Foshan31.8 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.31.5 
 4. Akognon, Liaoning.31.1 
 5. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.9 
 6. Daniels, Qingdao E.30.3 
 7. Forbes, Guangsha29.3 
 8. Haislip, DongGuan.28.2 
 9. Spencer, Jilin N.28.2 
 10. Harris, Jiangsu D.27.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  TianJin S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Harvey, TianJin S.16.5 
 2. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.14.5 
 3. Randolph, Foshan14.4 
 4. Harris, Jiangsu D.13.0 
 5. Li, Liaoning H.12.6 
 6. Abbas, Shandong FB12.4 
 7. Wang, Fujian QB12.1 
 8. Daniels, Qingdao E.11.8 
 9. Ramos, Guangsha L.11.7 
 10. Siler, Jiangsu D.11.2 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  TianJin S.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Daghles, TianJin S.10.3 
 2. Lu, Shanxi Zh.5.6 
 3. Marbury, Beijing5.6 
 4. Jeter, Shandong FB5.6 
 5. Williams, Shanxi Z.5.2 
 6. McGrady, Qingd.4.8 
 7. Forbes, Guangsha4.8 
 8. Qahwash, Jiang.4.8 
 9. Zeng, Foshan LL4.4 
 10. Liu, Shanghai S.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Quincy DOUBY
  Zhejiang CB
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Douby, Zhejiang CB2.7 
 2. Spencer, Jilin N.2.5 
 3. Hu, Jiangsu D.2.4 
 4. Jeter, Shandong FB2.3 
 5. Han, Bayi R.2.2 
 6. Marbury, Beijing2.1 
 7. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.1 
 8. Co, Xinjiang FT2.1 
 9. Meng, Jiangsu D.2.0 
 10. Abbas, Shandong2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Ti.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. N''Diaye, Ti.4.2 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.6 
 3. Siler, Jiangsu D.2.2 
 4. Yi, Guangdong ST2.1 
 5. Daniels, Qingdao E.1.8 
 6. Morris, Beijing Du.1.7 
 7. Wang, Bayi R.1.6 
 8. Haislip, DongGuan.1.6 
 9. Yan, Shanxi Zh.1.5 
 10. Han, Liaoning H.1.5 


Jia Xien claims Chinese CBA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Jia Xien (198-F-89) had a very impressive game in the last round for Shanxi Zh. and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 23-year old forward had the game-high 39 points adding eight rebounds for Shanxi Zh. in his team's victory, helping them to beat Liaoning H. (#7, 12-11) 119-114. Shanxi Zh. is placed at 4th position in Chinese CBA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Shanxi Zh. will need more victories to improve their 14-10 record. Xien turned to be Shanxi Zh.'s top player in his first season with the team. Jia Xien averages this season 21.7ppg and 6.2rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old American power forward Donnell Harvey (203-F/C-80) of TianJin S.. Harvey impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 40 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as TianJin S. was edged by the lower-ranked Qingdao E. (#17, 7-17) 140-138. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. TianJin S. keeps 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-13 record. Harvey is a newcomer at TianJin S. and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was former international center XiaoXu Li (206-C-90) of Liaoning H. (#7). Li scored 25 points and grabbed twenty two rebounds (!!!). Despite Li's great performance Liaoning H. lost 114-119 to the higher-ranked Shanxi Zh. (#4, 14-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Liaoning H. needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 12 victories and 11 lost games. Li has a great season in China. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.6rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chris Daniels (211-C-84) of Qingdao E. - 42 points and 10 rebounds
5. Marcus Haislip (208-F-80) of DongGuan L. - 41 points and 11 rebounds
6. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82) of Jilin NE T. - 34 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Shavlik Randolph (208-F-83) of Foshan LL - 42 points and 20 rebounds
8. Darnell Jackson (203-F-85) of Xinjiang FT - 23 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Mike Harris (198-F-83) of Jiangsu D. - 33 points and 15 rebounds
10. Quincy Douby (191-G-84) of Zhejiang CB - 34 points and 4 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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  CROATIA   

A1 Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 11

Jan. 19: Djuro Djakovic - Osjecki Sokol 89-68
Jan. 19: Alkar Sinj - Zabok 83-65
Jan. 19: Kvarner 2010 - KK Zagreb 76-70
Jan. 19: Krizevci - Dubrovnik 75-67
Jan. 19: Darda - Jolly 65-71

Regular Season: Round 12

Jan. 26: Dubrovnik - Kvarner 2010
Jan. 26: KK Zagreb - Darda
Jan. 26: Jolly - Djuro Djakovic
Jan. 26: Osjecki Sokol - Alkar Sinj
Jan. 26: Zabok - Krizevci


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Ross, Jolly21.9 
 2. James, KK Zagreb19.1 
 3. Batina, Djuro D.18.3 
 4. Sundov, Osjecki17.7 
 5. Lez, Zabok17.7 
 6. Rembert, Krizevci16.2 
 7. Peraica, Darda15.5 
 8. Radic, Kvarner 201014.9 
 9. Krapic, KK Zagreb14.7 
 10. Skific, Kvarner14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ivica RADIC
  Kvarner 2010
  (208-F-90)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Radic, Kvarner 20108.4 
 2. Sundov, Osjecki8.3 
 3. Sarlija, Djuro D.7.4 
 4. Jakolis, Dubrovnik6.7 
 5. Massamba, Djuro D.6.5 
 6. Krapic, KK Zagreb5.9 
 7. Peraica, Darda5.6 
 8. Skific, Kvarner5.5 
 9. Matic, Alkar Sinj5.5 
 10. Ross, Jolly5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Bojan KRIVEC
  Kvarner .
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Krivec, Kvarner5.4 
 2. Tomeljak, Osjecki4.5 
 3. Ross, Jolly3.7 
 4. Glavinic, Darda3.6 
 5. Panduric, Darda3.5 
 6. Jugo, Alkar Sinj3.4 
 7. Rembert, Krizevci3.2 
 8. Lez, Zabok3.1 
 9. Blajic, Djuro D.3.0 
 10. Pesut, Zabok3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ross, Jolly2.3 
 2. James, KK Zagreb2.3 
 3. Peric, Dubrovnik1.8 
 4. Krstanovic, Krizev.1.8 
 5. Maric, Zabok1.5 
 6. Krapic, KK Zagreb1.5 
 7. Surina, Kvarner1.5 
 8. Batina, Djuro D.1.4 
 9. Skific, Kvarner1.4 
 10. Jakolis, Dubrovnik1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Djuro D.
  (207-C/F-89)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Sarlija, Djuro D.1.7 
 2. Bubalo, Jolly1.1 
 3. Najev, Dubrovnik1.0 
 4. Cakarun, Jolly0.9 
 5. Bakovic, Djuro D.0.8 
 6. Bundovic, Zabok0.7 
 7. Hrncic, Darda0.7 
 8. Cvjetkovic, Krizev.0.6 
 9. Krstanovic, Krizev.0.5 
 10. Sundov, Osjecki0.5 


Standings - A2 League

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

Regular Season: Round 14

Center

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

East

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

North

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

South

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

West

Jan. 19: Skrljevo - Zamet 87-75
Jan. 19: Crikvenica - Rovinj 87-68
Jan. 19: Pula 1981 - Stoja Pula 78-97
Jan. 19: Otocac - Kastav 69-53



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  CUBA   

Standings - LSB

LSB Standings
 1. Capitalinos 1-0 
 2. Guantanamo 1-0 
 3. Camaguey 0-0 
 4. Ciego de Avila 0-0 
 5. Matanzas 0-0 
 6. Villa Clara 0-0 
 7. Artemisa 0-1 
 8. Santiago 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 25

Jan. 22: Villa Clara - Capitalinos
Jan. 22: Artemisa - Camaguey
Jan. 22: Santiago - Ciego de Avila
Jan. 22: Guantanamo - Matanzas


LSB Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Yoannis SORIA
  Guantanamo
  (195-G/F-86)
  Avg: 33
 1. Soria, Guantanamo33.0 
 2. Garcia, Artemisa17.0 
 3. Oliva, Artemisa15.0 
 4. Odelin, Guantanamo12.0 
 5. Monterrey, Artem.11.0 
 6. Alvares, Guant.10.0 
 7. Standard, Artemisa10.0 
 8. Daudinot, Artemisa9.0 
 9. Castilla, Guantana.8.0 
 10. Pons, Guantanamo7.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Humberto GARCIA
  Artemisa
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 9
 1. Garcia, Artemisa9.0 
 2. Boulot, Artemisa6.0 
 3. Monterrey, Artem.5.0 
 4. Soria, Guantanamo4.0 
 5. Martinez, Artemisa3.0 
 6. Daudinot, Artemisa3.0 
 7. Standard, Artemisa2.0 
 8. Sanchez, Artemisa2.0 
 9. Castillo, Guantana.1.0 
 10. Pons, Guantanamo1.0 
Assists Per Game
 Osmel OLIVA
  Artemisa
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Oliva, Artemisa6.0 
 2. Monterrey, Artem.3.0 
 3. Garcia, Artemisa2.0 
 4. Borlot, Artemisa2.0 
 5. Castillo, Guantana.1.0 
 6. Sanchez, Artemisa1.0 
 7. Daudinot, Artemisa0.0 
 8. Alvares, Guant.0.0 
 9. Pedro, Artemisa0.0 
 10. Martinez, Artemisa0.0 
Steals Per Game
 Yoannis SORIA
  Guantanamo
  (195-G/F-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Soria, Guantanamo6.0 
 2. Pons, Guantanamo2.0 
 3. Medina, Guantanamo1.0 
 4. Castillo, Guantana.1.0 
 5. Duporte, Guant.0.0 
 6. Castilla, Guantana.0.0 
 7. Boulot, Artemisa0.0 
 8. Odelin, Guantanamo0.0 
 9. Borlot, Artemisa0.0 
 10. Martinez, Artemisa0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Y MARTINEZ
  Artemisa
  (--)
  Avg: 0
 1. Martinez, Artemisa0.0 
 2. Alvares, Guant.0.0 
 3. Gonzalez, Artemisa0.0 
 4. Standard, Artemisa0.0 
 5. Garcia, Artemisa0.0 
 6. Sanchez, Artemisa0.0 
 7. Duporte, Guant.0.0 
 8. Pedro, Artemisa0.0 
 9. Daudinot, Artemisa0.0 
 10. Odelin, Guantana.0.0 


Camaguey and Ciego de Avila reached 13th victories - by Eurobasket News

Ciego de Avila is on top with 13-3 record. They beat Villa Clara 83:76.
Camaguey improved to 13-5 record after the win over Matanzas 71:50. They started with 15-8 in the first period and added 17-16 rally in the second frame. Camaguey also won the third period 18-16 and finished the game with 21-10 in the final period. Yordanis Jaca (195-PF-83) erupted with 29 points for the winners and Yohanni Baldo (191-F-89) had 9. Reiner Castillo (185-G-86) answered with 13 points in the losing effort, while Emil Rivera (202-F/C-90) and Yonimiler Diaz (195-SF-85) notched 10 apiece.
Capitalinos is third with 12-4 record after the win over Guantanamo 82:77. The latter won the first period 19-17 and added 19-16 in the second frame. Capitalinos however needed 20-14 surge in the third period and finished the game with 15-10 in the last stanza. Orestes Torres (203-C-87) stepped up with 24 points and Lisvan Valdez (195-G/F-88) added 12. Yoannis Soria (195-G/F-86) replied with 18 points in defeat and Alfred Castilla (192-G-83) scored 15.



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  CYPRUS   

Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Jeremy ALLEN
  Omonia
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Allen, Omonia19.4 
 2. Brown, Apollon18.8 
 3. Pesic, AEL16.4 
 4. Outerbridge, AEL16.2 
 5. Aleksic, AEL15.9 
 6. Fisher, AEK15.8 
 7. Crocker, Keravnos15.4 
 8. Maze, Keravnos14.2 
 9. Diggs, Omonia13.9 
 10. Williams, Etha13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Orion OUTERBRIDGE
  AEL
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 9
 1. Outerbridge, AEL9.0 
 2. Pesic, AEL8.4 
 3. Diggs, Omonia7.3 
 4. Aleksic, AEL7.2 
 5. Brown, Apollon7.0 
 6. Vaughn, Keravnos6.6 
 7. Kaskiris, ENAD6.3 
 8. Jefferson, Apollon6.3 
 9. Bolden, ENAD6.2 
 10. Fisher, AEK6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Bobby MAZE
  Keravnos
  (191-PG-86)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Maze, Keravnos5.4 
 2. Diggs, Omonia4.9 
 3. Demertzis, Kerav.4.3 
 4. Aleksic, AEL4.3 
 5. Dorsey, Apollon4.0 
 6. Palalas, AEL3.8 
 7. Stiggers, Apoel3.5 
 8. Panteli, AEK3.2 
 9. Adegboye, Etha2.9 
 10. Guillandeaux, AEL2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Georgios PALALAS
  AEL
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Palalas, AEL2.5 
 2. Stiggers, Apoel2.4 
 3. Diggs, Omonia2.1 
 4. Brown, Apollon1.8 
 5. Dorsey, Apollon1.8 
 6. Poole, Etha1.7 
 7. Panteli, AEK1.7 
 8. Hamilton, ENAD1.7 
 9. Kremen, Apoel1.6 
 10. Adegboye, Etha1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Orion OUTERBRIDGE
  AEL
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Outerbridge, AEL1.8 
 2. Jefferson, Apollon1.8 
 3. Vaughn, Keravnos1.6 
 4. Baker, Omonia1.5 
 5. Harrison, AEK1.4 
 6. Brown, Apollon1.3 
 7. Morrison, Apoel1.0 
 8. Chan, Apoel0.7 
 9. Pesic, AEL0.5 
 10. Sims, ENAD0.5 



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Standings - D2

1Liga Standings
 1. Sparta Praha 15-2 
 2. Sokol H.K. 14-2 
 3. Loko Plzen 10-7 
 4. JBC Brno 9-8 
 5. Sokol P. 8-8 
 6. Proton Zlin 8-9 
 7. Liberec 8-9 
 8. Litomerice 7-9 
 9. Ostrava 7-10 
 10. Nymburk B 7-10 
 11. Kara Trutnov 7-10 
 12. U19 2-6 
 13. Sokol V. 2-14 

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 20: Kara Trutnov - Liberec 88-63
Jan. 20: JBC Brno - Sokol H.K. 68-86
Jan. 18: Ostrava - Proton Zlin 67-75
Jan. 18: Nymburk B - Litomerice 66-70
Jan. 18: Sokol V. - Sparta Praha 57-80
Jan. 18: Loko Plzen - Sokol P. 100-80

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 25: Ostrava - Loko Plzen
Jan. 27: Proton Zlin - Nymburk B
Jan. 27: Litomerice - Kara Trutnov
Jan. 25: Liberec - JBC Brno
Jan. 27: Sokol H.K. - Sokol V.
Jan. 25: Sparta Praha - Sokol P.


BK Lions Jindrichuv Hradec Part Ways with American Duo - by Surujh Roopnarine

In conjunction with the arrival last week of Matej Venta (188-PG-84), BK Lions Jindrichuv Hradec announced that they had parted ways with American forward Zack Atkinson (206-F/C-86, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) and point guard Roderick Pearson (187-PG-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: ORU).
Atkinson, a 6-9 big man out of California-Irvine, appeared in six games after joining the team in December, averaging 5.8 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 42.4% from the field. A knee injury will sideline the South Carolina native for the remainder of this season.
Roderick Pearson, a 6-2 rookie point guard out of Oral Roberts, also joined the team in December on try-out and averaged 3.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.0 steals while making just 5-32 field goal attempts. According to cub management, Pearson did not do enough to extend his contract for the remainder of the season.



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  DENMARK   

Standings - Basketligaen

Ligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 18-2 
 2. Horsens IC 16-4 
 3. Bakken 15-5 
 4. SISU 12-8 
 5. Naestved 11-9 
 6. Randers 8-11 
 7. Vaerlose 6-14 
 8. Horsholm 5-13 
 9. Aarhus BC 5-15 
 10. Aalborg 1-16 

Regular Season: Round 23

Jan. 19: Aarhus BC - Horsens IC 76-91
Jan. 19: Horsholm - SISU 73-79
Jan. 20: Vaerlose - Aalborg 73-58
Jan. 21: Naestved - Bakken 67-63
Jan. 19: Svendborg - Randers 105-75

Regular Season: Round 24

Jan. 24: Horsens IC - Horsholm
Jan. 24: Naestved - Svendborg
Jan. 26: Aarhus BC - Horsholm
Jan. 26: Randers - SISU
Jan. 27: Bakken - Vaerlose
Jan. 27: Horsens IC - Aalborg
Jan. 23: Randers - Aalborg


Etzella lands Chad Tomko, ex Bakken - by Eurobasket News

Etzella Ettelbruck (Diekirch League) tabbed 24-year old American point guard Chad Tomko (180-73kg-89, college: NC-Wilmington). He already started the season at Bakken in Danish Ligaen. In 14 games this season he averaged impressive 18.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.5apg and 2.4spg. Tomko also played at Helsinki in U.S. semi-pro league Eurobasket S.League earlier that season. In three ESL games he had 8.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.0apg. The other team he played shortly was Zurich in U.S. semi-pro league Eurobasket S.League. In three ESL games he had 8.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.0apg.
Among other achievements Tomkos team made it to the CAA Tournament Semifinals in 2008. He received also NABC Division I All-District 10 2nd Team award in 2011 at his college time.
Tomko graduated from Univ. of N.Carolina-Wilmington in 2011 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
Lets have closer look into His outlook: Chad is a quick energetic point guard that can control the game in a variety of ways. More of a scoring point guard but knows when to make the right decision on when to pass. Very good at reading ball screens and putting the defense into a tough situations. Deep range shooter that can also make mid range shots. He is a ball hawk when it comes to the defensive side. He is tough to beat off the dribble and anticipates passes when off the ball. Great rebounder for his size at 510 and has a 43 inch vertical. His passion to win makes him a tough competitor.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Ligaen Round 23: Bakken is defeated by Naestved - by Eurobasket News

The game between third ranked Bakken (15-5) and fifth ranked Naestved (11-9) was the most important one in the last round on Monday night. Bakken was defeated by Naestved in a tough game in Naestved 63-67. Naestved maintains fifth place with 11-9 record. Defending champion Bakken keeps the third position with five games lost. Naestved are looking forward to face league's leader Svendborg at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bakken will play against Vaerlose and is hoping to win this game.
Ligaen top team - Svendborg (18-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Randers (8-11) 105-75. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Randers. It was a quality performance for American power forward Donald Rutherford (199-87, college: Catawba) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Gregory Washington accounted for 19 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Bonell Colas (205-82, college: Florida) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds for Randers 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. Svendborg have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-2 record. Newly promoted Randers keep the sixth position with 11 games lost. Svendborg will play against Naestved (#5) on the road in the next round. Randers will play against Aalborg and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Horsholm was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked SISU (12-8) played at the court of 7th ranked Horsholm (5-13). SISU managed to secure a 6-point victory 79-73 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Mickey Dennis who scored 23 points and 7 rebounds. Casper Hesseldal produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Horsholm's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. SISU maintains fourth place with 12-8 record. Horsholm at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. SISU will meet Randers (#6) on the road in the next round. Horsholm will play against the league's second-placed Horsens IC in Horsens and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 23 bottom-ranked Aalborg lost to Vaerlose on the opponent's court 58-73. Aarhus BC unfortunately lost to Horsens IC in a home game 76-91.


Naestved - Bakken 67-63

The game between third ranked Bakken (15-5) and fifth ranked Naestved (11-9) was the most important one in the last round on Monday night. Bakken was defeated by Naestved in a tough game in Naestved 63-67. Naestved maintains fifth place with 11-9 record. Defending champion Bakken keeps the third position with five games lost. Naestved are looking forward to face league's leader Svendborg at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bakken will play against Vaerlose and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 195317


Vaerlose - Aalborg 73-58

Rather expected game when 10th ranked Aalborg (1-16) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked Vaerlose (6-14) 73-58 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Vaerlose. Aalborg managed to win second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Aalborg to just 6 points in fourth quarter. The best player for the winners was American guard Richard Delk (193-86, college: Troy) who scored 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. His fellow American import forward Justin Baker (203-89, college: Utah Valley) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Baker is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Vaerlose's coach Thomas Silfen used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Anthony Jones (208-89, college: Baylor) produced 17 points and 5 rebounds and guard Niels Andreasen (192-92) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Vaerlose moved-up to seventh place. Aalborg lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Vaerlose will meet higher ranked Bakken (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aalborg will play against Randers (#6).
Top scorers:
Aalborg: A.Jones 17+5reb, N.Andreasen 14+2reb+2ast, M.Bjegovic 10+7reb+1ast, S.Sorensen 9+8reb+1ast, M.Rasmussen 8+1reb, R.Lauridsen 0+7reb+2ast
Vaerlose: R.Delk 25+8reb+3ast, A.Karason 15+5reb+2ast, J.Baker 15+14reb+1ast, P.Moller 9+4reb+5ast, J.Jensen 7+1reb+1ast, R.Norgaard 2+3reb
gschID: 195316


Horsholm - SISU 73-79

The game in Horsholm was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked SISU (12-8) played at the court of 7th ranked Horsholm (5-13). SISU managed to secure a 6-point victory 79-73 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 23-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. SISU made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American swingman Mickey Dennis (190-78, college: JMU) who scored 23 points and 7 rebounds. The former international point guard Mikael Nielsen (178-90) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. The former international forward Casper Hesseldal (198-85, college: Dickinson St., agency: Dynamics Global Management) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and forward Alexander Bak (193-91) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Horsholm's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. SISU maintains fourth place with 12-8 record. Horsholm at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. SISU will meet Randers (#6) on the road in the next round. Horsholm will play against the league's second-placed Horsens IC in Horsens and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Horsholm: C.Hesseldal 17+10reb+1ast, B.Marinkovic 13+7reb, A.Bak 11+7reb+3ast, R.Fields 10+4reb+4ast, B.Butler 9+3reb+4ast, A.Kovacs 5+2reb
SISU: M.Dennis 23+7reb+3ast, M.Nielsen 14+8reb+2ast, D.Smith 14+3reb+2ast, P.Jorgensen 10+4reb, D.Harder 8+8reb+1ast, R.Garlauskas 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 195315


Svendborg - Randers 105-75

Ligaen top team - Svendborg (18-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Randers (8-11) 105-75. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Randers. The game without a history. Svendborg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Svendborg forced 19 Randers turnovers and outrebounded them 40-25 including 18 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Randers' players. It was a quality performance for American power forward Donald Rutherford (199-87, college: Catawba) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). U.S. Virgin Islands power forward Gregory Washington (208-84, college: Hofstra) accounted for 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. American forward Bonell Colas (205-82, college: Florida) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds and forward Christian Nielsen (201-86, college: Wagner) added 12 points respectively for Randers in the defeat. Five Svendborg and four Randers players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Svendborg have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-2 record. Newly promoted Randers keep the sixth position with 11 games lost. Svendborg will play against Naestved (#5) on the road in the next round. Randers will play against Aalborg and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Randers: B.Colas 23+14reb+1ast, C.Nielsen 12+1reb+3ast, M.Ortega 10+1reb+1ast, C.Jorgensen 10+1reb, P.Nielsen 9+1reb, D.Ocana 6+7reb+1ast
Svendborg: D.Rutherford 27+12reb+2ast, G.Washington 19+8reb+2ast, M.Plannthin 13+2reb+4ast, A.Darboe 12+4reb+9ast, N.Degn-Andersen 11+4reb, C.Magaard 10+5reb+5ast
gschID: 195314


Aarhus BC - Horsens IC 76-91

Very predictable result when third ranked Horsens IC (16-4) defeated on the road 9th ranked Aarhus BC (5-15) 91-76 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Horsens IC. Aarhus BC managed to win second period 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Skyler Bowlin (190-89, college: Missouri So.) who scored 21 points and 9 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). The former international guard Darko Jukic (198-90) chipped in 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Horsens IC players scored in double figures. American swingman Randy Dezouvre (195-87, college: Iona) produced a double-double by scoring 31 points and 14 rebounds and forward Jakob Wang (190-90) added 16 points respectively for the hosts. Aarhus BC's coach Peter Hoffman tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Horsens IC have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Aarhus BC lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 15 games lost. Horsens IC will meet at home Horsholm (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Aarhus BC will play against Horsholm and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aarhus BC: R.Dezouvre 31+14reb+2ast, J.Wang 16+3reb+2ast, C.Funches 8+4reb, R.Laier 6+6reb+1ast, A.Elsner 5+2reb+1ast, R.Soby Dalboge 3
Horsens IC: K.Thomann 26+3reb, S.Bowlin 21+2reb+9ast, D.Jukic 19+6reb+4ast, D.Friedrich 10+7reb+3ast, F.Rungby 8+4reb+1ast, L.Varga 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 195313



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  D-LEAGUE   

Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Maine RC 16-8 
 2. Canton C. 15-10 
 3. Santa Cruz W. 14-8 
 4. Sioux Falls S. 13-10 
 5. Erie Bay H. 12-9 
 6. Ft.Wayne MA 11-13 
 7. Iowa E. 6-15 
 8. Springfield A. 6-15 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 15-7 
 2. Rio Grande VV 13-8 
 3. Austin T. 12-10 
 4. Texas L. 11-11 
 5. Tulsa 66ers 10-11 
 6. Reno B. 8-11 
 7. Los Angeles D. 7-13 
 8. Idaho S. 6-16 

Regular Season: Round 31

Jan. 21: Los Angeles D. - Erie Bay H. 94-97
Jan. 21: Santa Cruz W. - Bakersfield J. 89-99
Jan. 21: Canton C. - Ft.Wayne MA 78-69
Jan. 21: Rio Grande VV - Texas L. 120-118
Jan. 21: Maine RC - Springfield A. 106-92

Regular Season: Round 32

Jan. 22: Iowa E. - Tulsa 66ers
Jan. 23: Rio Grande VV - Texas L.
Jan. 23: Los Angeles D. - Bakersfield J.
Jan. 24: Springfield A. - Maine RC


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darius JOHNSON-ODOM
  Los A.
  (187-PG-89)
  Avg: 21
 1. Johnson-Odom, Los21.0 
 2. Joseph, Austin T.20.7 
 3. Mack, Maine RC20.5 
 4. Almond, Iowa E.20.4 
 5. Goudelock, Sioux F.20.3 
 6. Fortson, Los A.19.1 
 7. Summers, Maine RC19.0 
 8. Kennedy, Erie B.18.3 
 9. Downs, Maine RC18.2 
 10. Howard, Ft.Wayne.18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arinze ONUAKU
  Canton C.
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Onuaku, Canton C.11.5 
 2. Mays, Springfield10.5 
 3. Butch, Bakersfi.10.3 
 4. Harris, Iowa E.9.5 
 5. Jackson, Austin T.9.4 
 6. Evans, Idaho S.9.4 
 7. Wilkerson, Austin9.3 
 8. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.8.9 
 9. Summers, Maine RC8.4 
 10. Kennedy, Erie B.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Shelvin MACK
  Maine RC
  (190-G-90)
  Avg: 8
 1. Mack, Maine RC8.0 
 2. Wright, Iowa E.7.3 
 3. Singletary, Texas6.4 
 4. Fortson, Los A.6.3 
 5. Karl, Idaho S.5.5 
 6. Kennedy, Erie B.5.2 
 7. Johnson-Odom, Los5.2 
 8. Uzoh, Springfield5.2 
 9. McNeal, Bakersfi.4.8 
 10. Howard, Ft.Wayne.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jamario MOON
  Los A.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Moon, Los A.2.3 
 2. Downs, Maine RC2.2 
 3. Wright, Maine RC2.1 
 4. McNeal, Bakersfi.2.0 
 5. Gutierrez, Canton2.0 
 6. Sutton, Tulsa 66e.2.0 
 7. Tyndale, Sioux F.1.9 
 8. Hannah, Santa C.1.9 
 9. Wright, Iowa E.1.9 
 10. Johnson, Rio G.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Fabricio MELO
  Maine RC
  (212-C-90)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Melo, Maine RC3.8 
 2. Eyenga, Texas L.2.5 
 3. Gladness, Santa C.2.5 
 4. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 5. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 6. Moon, Los A.2.1 
 7. Reed, Springfield1.9 
 8. Eric, Canton C.1.9 
 9. Flowers, Los A.1.9 
 10. Foster, Sioux F.1.8 


D-League round 30 best performance: Demetris Nichols - by Eurobasket News

Forward Demetris Nichols (205-F-84) had a very impressive game in the last round for Sioux Falls S., receiving a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, six rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Texas L. (#4, 11-10) 102-93. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Sioux Falls S. maintains the 4th position in D-League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sioux Falls S. will need more victories to improve their 13-10 record. In the team's last game Nichols had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Sioux Falls S.'s top player in his first season with the team. Demetris Nichols averages this season 17.6ppg and 5.3rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old Darius Rice (208-F-82) of Texas L.. Rice had a very good evening with a double-double of 39 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Texas L. lost that game 93-102 to slightly higher-ranked Sioux Falls S. (#4, 13-10). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Texas L. still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 11-10 record is not bad at all. Rice is a newcomer at Texas L., but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Henry Sims (208-C-90) of Erie Bay H. (#5). Sims showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Sims' great performance Erie Bay H. lost 95-96 to the higher-ranked Santa Cruz W. (#2, 14-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Erie Bay H. needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 11 victories and 9 lost games. Sims has a very solid season. In 20 games in D-L he scored 15.2ppg. He also has 8.3rpg and 1.5bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Luke Harangody (201-F-88) of Ft.Wayne MA - 31 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Micah Downs (203-G/F-86) of Maine RC - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Willie Reed (206-F-90) of Springfield A. - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Elijah Millsap (198-G-87) of Los Angeles D. - 32 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. D.J. Kennedy (198-G/F-89) of Erie Bay H. - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Gary Flowers (203-F-86) of Los Angeles D. - 30 points and 6 rebounds
10. Ryan Rossiter (204-F/C-89) of Canton C. - 19 points and 11 rebounds

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



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  DR CONGO   


Kolossos sign Bambale Osby - by Greg

VAP Kolossos Rodou (A1) signed 27-year old DR Congolese-Congolese power forward Bambale Osby (203-113kg-86, college: Maryland). He already started the season at Entente Orleans 45 in French ProA. In 7 games this season he had 8.4ppg and 2.7rpg. Osby also played 3 games in Eurocup where he recorded 9.0ppg and 2.3rpg. The last season he played at Aix-Maurienne (ProB) in French ProB. In 37 games last year he recorded 14.8ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.2apg and 1.5bpg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-French ProB 3rd Team.
He played in the final of Eurobasket Summer League in New York in 2008.
Osby is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Austria (Gmunden Swans), Germany (Phoenix Hagen), Israel (Ironi Ramat Gan) and Romania (U-Mobitelco and Pitesti).
Osby attended University of Maryland until 2008 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  EGYPT   


ZONE 5: Rwanda Opens With Egypt - by Eurobasket News

RWANDA men's basketball team starts the defence of their Zone V qualifiers title against former champions Egypt in the opening match of this year's tournament, which starts today in Dar es salaam, Tanzania.
During the draws made last evening, Rwanda was given a tough group which comprises of Egypt, Uganda and hosts Tanzania. Group B is made of only three nations namely Kenya, Burundi and Somalia.
The women's team will engage in round-robin qualifying phase since only six nations namely Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Burundi and Egypt managed to send their teams.
In the women category, hosts Tanzania will entertain Kenya in the first game.
Today

Men
Kenya vs Burundi 1pm
Tanzania vs Uganda 4pm
Rwanda vs Egypt 6pm
Women
Tanzania vs Kenya 3pm
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Bartzokas: We ended the first round undefeated, which is very important for us - by Kostas Papadopoulos

After the 13th win of Olympiacos in the A1 Greek championship, against Apollon Patras, both the coaches of the two teams, as well as some players stated about the game, and not only that.
The coach of Reds, Giorgos Bartzokas stated that "the game and the atmosphere reminded me of old times for Greek basketball and everyone at the gym enjoyed themselves. Apollon is making a great effort and they deserve to be congratulated. It's very pleasant to have fans of both teams in the tribunes. The most difficult thing in Greece is exactly that. Fascism resides in the gyms and in the universities and you don't have the right to have a different opinion when there. I hadn't expected for Apollon to play this zone for 35 - 37 minutes in the game, but it was a good opportunity for us. Coach Vetoulas chose to let us take open shots and you saw the percentages we achieved. Our assists show that we played as a team and the difference in the rebounds show the effort we made. We ended the first round undefeated, which is very important for us. We have continuous trips, we go to Tel Aviv after here and then we go to play against PAOK at Thessaloniki, but it's important that the guys have been working hard. There is nothing wrong with our roster. I'm very content with the effort of my players. We did not have Josh Powell (206-F-83, college: N.Carolina St.) with us tonight, due to his injury, and Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89), who had to take care of his athletic visa, but that's it".
Finally, concerning the game against Siena, Giorgos Bartzokas commented: "a basketball game lasts 40 minutes, but the one against Siena lasted 40.03 minutes; the last basket was out of time and the only fair thing is for the game to be repeated".

Evangelos Mantzaris (196-G-90): "Congratulations to Apollon for the effort they have been putting in and to the fans for filling up the gym. I wish it was the same everywhere. It was a tough game for us as we knew it would be. We began well, run, pressed and gained a lead which we did not manage to keep to the end. We had some bad periods in the second half as well, but we controlled the game. I think it was very positive to have fans of both teams sitting side by side tonight. People love basketball and the gyms have started once again to fill up". Regarding the game against Siena, the Greek playmaker stated: "I don't know what's going to happen with the objection, our job is to play and focus on the game against Maccabi and up to the cup final".

For Apollon Patras, it's coach, Nikos Vetoulas said: "Olympiacos has many more solutions and it was expected that we wouldn't be able to resist for long into the second half. We tried to protect the post and gave open shots to Olympiacos, but the difference in rebounds was also great. I think we made more than a descent effort and whether we lost by 10 or by 20 it would be the same. Our focus is on the game against Ikaros".

Ivan Krolo (217-C-83): "Congratulations to Olympiacos but also to Apollon for putting in a huge effort. We tried to play hard, but Olympiacos gained a big lead in the second half and it was hard to cover for it. However, I'm sure we did not disappoint our fans with our tonight's performance".



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  FINLAND   


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

27-year old guard Martin Zeno (196-G-85) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's best team Nilan Bisons and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Kauhajoki (#5, 15-9) 86-77. It allowed Nilan Bisons to take over top position in the Finnish league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Nilan Bisons has a very solid 18-5 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. It's Zeno's second year at Nilan Bisons and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Texas Tech University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Zeno is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.4ppg. Zeno is in league's top in assists (5th best: 4.8apg) and averages solid 1.0bpg and 54.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Troy Barnies (200-F-89) of Salon Vilpas. He is American forward in his first season at Salon Vilpas. In the last game Barnies recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Salon Vilpas was edged by Lapua (7-17) 70-68. Salon Vilpas is still in a red zone at 8th spot in the standings. 17 lost games are too many comparing to just seven victories Salon Vilpas managed to get this year. Barnies is a newcomer at Salon Vilpas and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88) of KTP (#4). Sarcevic scored 21 points and passed six assists. He was a key player of KTP, leading his team to a 85-75 win against #3 ranked Pyrinto in a game of the week. KTP needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 18 victories and 6 lost games. Sarcevic has a very solid season. In 24 games in Finland he scored 11.4ppg. He also has 3.2apg, FGP: 54.0% and 3PT: 47.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86) of Pyrinto - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Daniel Coleman (206-F-85) of Kataja - 18 points and 9 rebounds
6. Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85) of Kataja - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Charles Burgess (186-PG-84) of FoKoPo - 12 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Chris Hester (192-G/F-79) of Kouvot - 19 points and 5 rebounds
9. Louis Johnson (206-F/C-86) of Namika Lahti - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Jahmar Thorpe (198-F-84) of FoKoPo - 20 points and 9 rebounds

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



Vernon Taylor claims Finnish 1st Division weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Vernon Taylor (190-G-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader Porvoon Tarmo and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 25-year old guard had a double-double of 39 points and ten rebounds, while his team crushed Ura Basket (#9, 4-12) with 19-point margin 105-86. It allowed Porvoon Tarmo to consolidate first place in the Finnish 1st Division. Porvoon Tarmo have a solid 13-3 record. In the team's last game Taylor had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Porvoon Tarmo's top player in his first season with the team. Vernon Taylor averages this season 24.6ppg and 5.9rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old American forward Antonio Hester (198-F) of TuNMKY. Hester impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 29 points and 19 rebounds. Of course he lead TuNMKY to another comfortable win 83-70 over slightly lower-ranked HBA-Marsky (#5, 8-10) being unquestionably team leader. TuNMKY's 3rd position in group B has not changed. His team's 11-7 record is not bad at all. Hester is a newcomer at TuNMKY and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. Mobile University alumni Hester played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was American Ronnie Clark (195-F/G-81) of Tapiolan Honka (#4). Clark got into 30-points club by scoring 37 points in the last round. He went also for thirteen rebounds . He was a key player of Tapiolan Honka, leading his team to a 97-82 easy win against the lower-ranked Pyrinto II (#7, 5-12). Tapiolan Honka needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in group A. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 7 lost games. Clark has a great season in Finland. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.3ppg (7th best). He also has FGP: 53.7% and 3PT: 40.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nafis Ricks (188-G) of BC Jyvaskyla - 25 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87) of BC Nokia - 23 points and 14 rebounds
6. Janne Kinnunen (180-PG-87) of KaU Koris - 32 points and 5 assists
7. Antonio Hester (198-F) of TuNMKY - 24 points and 20 rebounds
8. Miikka Markkanen (200-C-93) of BC Jyvaskyla - 20 points and 13 rebounds
9. Joonas Suotamo (209-F/C-86) of Espoo Basket - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Henri Niemisto (194-G-96) of HBA-Marsky - 29 points and 3 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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Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Strasbourg 11-5 
 2. Le Mans 11-5 
 3. Gravelines 11-5 
 4. Chalon 10-6 
 5. Paris-Levallois 10-6 
 6. ASVEL 9-7 
 7. Orleans 8-8 
 8. Dijon 8-8 
 9. Cholet 7-9 
 10. Nancy 7-9 
 11. Limoges 7-9 
 12. Roanne 7-9 
 13. Nanterre 7-9 
 14. Le Havre 6-10 
 15. Poitiers 5-11 
 16. Boulazac 4-12 

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 19: Orleans - ASVEL 88-80
Jan. 19: Strasbourg - Paris-Levallois 88-73
Jan. 21: Le Havre - Cholet 87-68
Jan. 19: Nanterre - Poitiers 85-74
Jan. 19: Limoges - Gravelines 80-91 OT
Jan. 19: Dijon - Nancy 72-62
Jan. 19: Boulazac - Le Mans 68-77
Jan. 19: Roanne - Chalon 53-65

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 26: Chalon - Dijon
Jan. 26: Nancy - Gravelines
Jan. 26: Orleans - Boulazac
Jan. 26: Poitiers - Le Havre
Jan. 26: Le Mans - Strasbourg
Jan. 26: Paris-Levallois - Roanne
Jan. 26: ASVEL - Nanterre
Jan. 26: Cholet - Limoges


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Sean MAY
  Paris-Levallois
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. May, Paris-Levallo.20.1 
 2. Buycks, Gravelines18.9 
 3. Fitch, Strasbourg17.2 
 4. Williams, Paris-.17.0 
 5. Nivins, Poitiers16.9 
 6. Ajinca, Strasbourg15.9 
 7. Jackson, AS.15.8 
 8. Sommerville, Nancy15.3 
 9. King, Le Havre15.3 
 10. Green, Orleans15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jon BROCKMAN
  Limoges
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Brockman, Limoges9.6 
 2. Monroe, Boulazac8.2 
 3. Greer, Strasbourg8.1 
 4. Williams, Chalon7.9 
 5. May, Paris-Levallo.7.4 
 6. Nsonwu-Amadi, AS.7.2 
 7. Collins, Roanne7.2 
 8. Sommerville, Nancy7.2 
 9. Dobbins, Poitiers6.9 
 10. Vaty, Gravelines6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Souleyman DIABATE
  Nancy
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Diabate, Nancy6.5 
 2. Pellin, Orleans6.4 
 3. King, Le Havre6.0 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.5.7 
 5. Greer, Strasbourg5.2 
 6. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.8 
 7. Schilb, Chalon4.7 
 8. Bokolo, Gravelines4.4 
 9. Campbell, Stras.4.2 
 10. Everett, Cholet3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Souleyman DIABATE
  Nancy
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Diabate, Nancy2.1 
 2. Campbell, Stras.1.9 
 3. Leloup, Dijon1.9 
 4. Pellin, Orleans1.8 
 5. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.8 
 6. Williams, Paris-.1.8 
 7. Jomby, Cholet1.7 
 8. Diot, Paris-Levall.1.6 
 9. Eldridge, Boulazac1.6 
 10. Thompson, Le Hav.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Cholet
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gobert, Cholet1.9 
 2. Sy, AS.1.4 
 3. Akpomedah, Grave.1.3 
 4. Walker, Limoges1.2 
 5. Ajinca, Strasbourg1.1 
 6. Williams, Chalon1.1 
 7. Badiane, Poitiers1.0 
 8. Fofana, Le Havre0.9 
 9. Vaty, Gravelines0.8 
 10. Issa, Le Mans0.8 


ProA Round 16: Strasbourg, Le Mans and Gravelines share top spot - by Eurobasket News

ProA round 16 caused change at the leadership position. Sixth defeat of league's leader Paris-Levallois (10-6) against third ranked Strasbourg IG (11-5) 88-73 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Paris-Levallois. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Strasbourg IG. Paris-Levallois managed to win fourth quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Paris-Levallois 38-26 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Strasbourg IG looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Paris-Levallois' players. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. The former international center Alexis Ajinca (215-88, agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Sean May (206-84, college: N.Carolina) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for Paris-Levallois. Strasbourg IG have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Gravelines and Le Mans. Paris-Levallois at the other side dropped to the fourth place with six games lost. They share the position with Chalon. They were replaced at the leadership position by Strasbourg. Paris-Levallois will play next round against Chorale de Roanne trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Strasbourg IG will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Le Mans on the road.
Another interesting game for Entente Orleans 45 (8-8) which hosted 5th ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (9-7). Eighth ranked Entente Orleans 45 won 88-80. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Marc-Antoine Pellin (169-87) who helped to win the game recording 11 points and 6 assists and Caleb Green who added 17 points during the contest. At the losing side the former international guard Edwin Jackson (191-89) responded with 28 points and 6 rebounds. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Entente Orleans 45 moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Dijon. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket at the other side dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Entente Orleans 45 will play against bottom-ranked Boulazac Basket (#16) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play against JSF Nanterre (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Limoges CSP Elite (#10) forced the game against Gravelines-Dunkerque (#4) into an overtime, but lost by eleven points 80-91 on Saturday night. The game took place in Limoges. But the guests from Gravelines were better at the end. The winners were led by Dwight Buycks who scored that evening 23 points and 5 assists. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Even a double-double of 16 points and 15 rebounds by Jon Brockman did not help to save the game for Limoges CSP Elite. Gravelines-Dunkerque have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Le Mans and Strasbourg. Newly promoted Limoges CSP Elite dropped to the ninth place with nine games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Gravelines-Dunkerque will meet Sluc Nancy (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Limoges CSP Elite will play against Cholet and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Cholet (7-9) and STB Le Havre (6-10), which took place in Le Havre. Higher ranked Cholet was outleveled in a road game by fourteenth ranked STB Le Havre 87-68. Bernard King fired 23 points and 7 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. STB Le Havre maintains fourteenth position with 6-10 record. Cholet at the other side keeps the ninth place with nine games lost. STB Le Havre's next round opponent will be Poitiers (#15) on the road.

Other games in round 16 were not that significant. Poitiers was beaten by Nanterre on the road 85-74. Dijon won against Nancy on its own court 72-62. Le Mans managed to outperform Boulazac in a road game 77-68. Roanne lost to defending champion Chalon at home 53-65.
The most impressive performance of 16th round was 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists by David Lighty of Nanterre.


Le Havre - Cholet 87-68

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Cholet (7-9) and STB Le Havre (6-10), which took place in Le Havre. Higher ranked Cholet was outleveled in a road game by fourteenth ranked STB Le Havre 87-68. The game without a history. STB Le Havre led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American guard Bernard King (196-81, college: Texas A&M) fired 23 points and 7 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. The other American import center Graham Brown (205-84, college: Michigan) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. Four STB Le Havre players scored in double figures. Center Rudy Gobert (212-92) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Marcus Goree (201-77, college: W.Virginia) added 12 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. STB Le Havre maintains fourteenth position with 6-10 record. Cholet at the other side keeps the ninth place with nine games lost. STB Le Havre's next round opponent will be Poitiers (#15) on the road.
Top scorers:
Cholet: R.Gobert 16+6reb, M.Goree 12+4reb+2ast, T.Bryant 10+2reb+1ast, R.Jomby 8+5reb+2ast, P.Pierce 6+4reb+1ast, D.Obasohan 5
Le Havre: B.King 23+1reb+7ast, G.Brown 20+7reb+2ast, V.Moldoveanu 14+10reb+2ast, M.Kouguere 12+3reb, B.Smith 5+1reb+2ast, G.Pitard 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 178966


Limoges - Gravelines 80-91 OT

Limoges CSP Elite (#10) forced the game against Gravelines-Dunkerque (#4) into an overtime, but lost by eleven points 80-91 on Saturday night. The game took place in Limoges. But the guests from Gravelines were better at the end. Limoges CSP Elite was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 16-13 charge of Gravelines-Dunkerque, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 18-7. The winners were led by American point guard Dwight Buycks (190-89, college: Marquette) who scored that evening 23 points and 5 assists and center Ousmane Camara (202-89) supported him with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Even a double-double of 16 points and 15 rebounds by American forward Jon Brockman (201-87, college: Washington) did not help to save the game for Limoges CSP Elite. His fellow American import guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) added 16 points and 6 assists for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gravelines-Dunkerque have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Le Mans and Strasbourg. Newly promoted Limoges CSP Elite dropped to the ninth place with nine games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Gravelines-Dunkerque will meet Sluc Nancy (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Limoges CSP Elite will play against Cholet and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Limoges: J.Brockman 16+15reb+2ast, B.Wanamaker 16+4reb+6ast, T.Plaisted 12+5reb+1ast, J.Gomis 11+1reb+7ast, K.McAlarney 9+2reb+1ast, N.Boungou Colo 7+2reb+2ast
Gravelines: D.Buycks 23+3reb+5ast, K.Winston 13+3reb+3ast, J.Edwards 12+6reb+1ast, L.Vaty 10+3reb, O.Camara 10+14reb+1ast, Y.Bokolo 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 178971


Nanterre - Poitiers 85-74

The game between closely ranked teams ended with thirteenth ranked JSF Nanterre's (7-9) home victory over 14th ranked Poitiers (5-11) 85-74. Poitiers was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 46-31 second half run of JSF Nanterre. American swingman David Lighty (195-88, college: Ohio St.) fired 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. The other American import guard Trenton Meacham (188-85, college: Illinois) chipped in 22 points and 5 assists. Four JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. American forward Ahmad Nivins (206-87, college: St.Joseph's) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Lamine Kante (200-87) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. JSF Nanterre moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Poitiers lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth position with 11 games lost. JSF Nanterre's next round opponent will be higher ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#6) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Poitiers will play against STB Le Havre (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Poitiers: L.Kante 17+2reb, A.Nivins 17+6reb, A.Smith 10+5reb+1ast, A.Grant 9+7reb+3ast, A.Dobbins 8+4reb+1ast, J.Gray 7+1ast
Nanterre: T.Meacham 22+2reb+5ast, D.Lighty 21+7reb+5ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 20+6reb+1ast, C.Oliver 10+2reb, X.Corosine 6+1reb, S.Brun 3+3reb+4ast
gschID: 178970


Dijon - Nancy 72-62

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked JDA Dijon and 9th ranked Sluc Nancy had identical 7-8 record. This time JDA Dijon used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Nancy 72-62. The game was mostly controlled by JDA Dijon. Sluc Nancy was better in third quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Jeremy Leloup (202-87) fired 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American power forward Andre Harris (201-85, college: Fair Dickinson) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. JDA Dijon's coach Jean-Louis Borg allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Naturalized Ivorian point guard Souleyman Diabate (183-87, agency: Beo Basket) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists and American forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley) added 11 points and 14 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Sluc Nancy players scored in double figures. JDA Dijon have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Orleans. Sluc Nancy at the other side keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. JDA Dijon's next round opponent will be higher ranked Chalon/Saor (#4) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Sluc Nancy will play against Gravelines-Dunkerque (#3).
Top scorers:
Nancy: N.Pope 11+4reb, M.Sommerville 11+14reb+2ast, K.Grant 10+1reb, C.Marquis 10+1reb, S.Diabate 10+10reb+8ast, A.Kader Sylla 4+1reb+1ast
Dijon: A.Harris 18+6reb+1ast, J.Leloup 15+6reb+5ast, L.Owens 10+4reb+1ast, T.Campbell 9+2ast, Z.Moss 6+4reb, F.Prenom 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 178969


Strasbourg - Paris-Levallois 88-73

ProA round 16 caused change at the leadership position. Sixth defeat of league's leader Paris-Levallois (10-6) against third ranked Strasbourg IG (11-5) 88-73 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Paris-Levallois. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Strasbourg IG. Paris-Levallois managed to win fourth quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Paris-Levallois 38-26 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Strasbourg IG looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Paris-Levallois' players. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. The former international center Alexis Ajinca (215-88, agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Strasbourg IG players scored in double figures. American forward Sean May (206-84, college: N.Carolina) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Jawad Williams (204-83, college: N.Carolina) added 20 points in the effort for Paris-Levallois. Strasbourg IG have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Gravelines and Le Mans. Paris-Levallois at the other side dropped to the fourth place with six games lost. They share the position with Chalon. They were replaced at the leadership position by Strasbourg. Paris-Levallois will play next round against Chorale de Roanne trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Strasbourg IG will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Le Mans on the road.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: J.Williams 20+4reb, S.May 15+10reb+2ast, A.Diot 15+3reb+2ast, J.Cox 9+2reb, J.Aka 6+2reb, G.Oniangue 6+1ast
Strasbourg: J.Greer 21+3reb+2ast, A.Ajinca 19+5reb+3ast, G.Fitch 12+5reb+2ast, L.Campbell 11+3reb+4ast, R.Greer 10+10reb+8ast, A.Jeanneau 10+3reb+4ast
gschID: 178968


Boulazac - Le Mans 68-77

Very predictable result when second ranked Le Mans (11-5) won against on the road bottom-ranked Boulazac Basket (4-12) 77-68. It looked good early as Boulazac Basket took an 13-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Le Mans took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 9 points. 25 personal fouls committed by Boulazac Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Brazilian power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) fired 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard Cam Long (193-88, college: George Mason, agency: KMG Sports Management) chipped in 16 points. American power forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agency: SportsTalent) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Anthony Roberson (189-83, college: Florida) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Le Mans have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Gravelines and Strasbourg. Boulazac Basket lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost. Le Mans' next round opponent will be league's leader Strasbourg IG at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Boulazac Basket will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#7).
Top scorers:
Boulazac: A.Roberson 17+4reb, D.Monroe 16+12reb+3ast, Y.Gaillou 9+3reb, A.Kerckhof 9+1reb+6ast, D.Harris 6, D.Ramseier 6+5reb
Le Mans: J.Paulo Batista 17+9reb+3ast, C.Long 16+1reb, K.El-Amin 9+2reb+2ast, A.Drevo 8+2reb+3ast, A.Koffi 6+4reb, C.Kahudi 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 178967


Orleans - ASVEL 88-80

Another interesting game for Entente Orleans 45 (8-8) which hosted 5th ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (9-7). Eighth ranked Entente Orleans 45 won 88-80. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 25-21 ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 88-80 at the end of the game. Entente Orleans 45 forced 24 ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket turnovers. Strangely ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket outrebounded Entente Orleans 45 33-21 including 24 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Marc-Antoine Pellin (169-87) who helped to win the game recording 11 points and 6 assists and American forward Caleb Green (203-85, college: ORU) who added 17 points during the contest. Four Entente Orleans 45 players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international guard Edwin Jackson (191-89) responded with 28 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Tim Abromaitis (203-89, college: Notre Dame) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Entente Orleans 45 moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Dijon. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket at the other side dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Entente Orleans 45 will play against bottom-ranked Boulazac Basket (#16) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play against JSF Nanterre (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: E.Jackson 28+6reb+2ast, T.Abromaitis 14+5reb, A.Sy 10+1reb+3ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 9+2reb+2ast, L.Jean-Charles 9+6reb+2ast, P.Morlende 4+3reb+3ast
Orleans: C.Green 17+1reb+1ast, J.Young 16+2ast, B.Greene 13+1reb+2ast, M.Lebrun 11+2reb, M.Pellin 11+3reb+6ast, C.Hill 9+4reb+2ast
gschID: 178965


Roanne - Chalon 53-65

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Chorale de Roanne (7-9) lost at home to sixth ranked Chalon/Saor (10-6) 65-53. The game was mostly controlled by Chalon/Saor. Chorale de Roanne was better in second period 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) fired 14 points and 8 assists for the winners. The other American import forward Shelden Williams (206-83, college: Duke) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized Cameroonian power forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown) produced 10 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Ivorian guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-85, agency: Beo Basket) added 10 points respectively for lost side. Chorale de Roanne's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Paris-Levallois. Chorale de Roanne at the other side dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. Chalon/Saor's next round opponent will be JDA Dijon (#8) at home. Chorale de Roanne will play against Paris-Levallois.
Top scorers:
Roanne: P.Amagou 10+1reb+1ast, V.Samnick 10+7reb+2ast, S.Gray 8+3reb, C.Collins 7+4reb, D.Kecman 5+5reb+1ast, R.Reid 5+6reb
Chalon: B.Schilb 14+4reb+8ast, S.Williams 14+9reb, N.Lang 14+6reb, S.Tchicamboud 7+5reb+2ast, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 6+2reb+1ast, J.Aboudou 5+5reb+4ast
gschID: 178964



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Rustavi and Olimpi reach the championship game at the Memorial of Sakandelidze Cup - by Eurobasket News

Rustavi and Olimpi reach the championship game at the Memorial of Sakandelidze Cup. Both teams rightfully reached the Final game.
In the latest games Rustavi overcame MIA Academy 81:78. Nate Bowie (183-G-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) erupted with 21 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals. He was named MVP of the game. Kyle Nelson (203-F-89, agency: N.E.T., college: Augustana, IL) collected 16 points and 7 rebounds, while Revaz Atanelishvili added 12 points and 6 rebounds. Deonta Vaughn (185-PG-86, college: Cincinnati) replied with 15 points,5 rebounds, 5 assist and 5 steals. Kirk Archibeque (205-C-84, college: Fort Lewis) collected 16 points and 16 rebounds, while Chad Prewitt had 17 points.
Yea that can be a bit difficult with the translation. But yes I can give you some information so you can post some information. So the finals was yesterday to see who went to championship game. We beat MIA Academy and Olimpi beat Armia. But Armia would had to beat Olimpi by 15 points anyway. The championship game will be between us and Olimpi tomorrow at 6.
Olimpi needed overtime to beat Armia 103:101. Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Sten-Timmu Sokk had 11 points and 13 assists. Levan Fatsatsia followed them with 21 points. Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-PG-86, agency: FCM) answered with 24 points, 18 assist, 8 rebounds in defeat and Zviad Babiashvili had 21 points and 6 rebounds. Davit Ugrekhelidze (207-C-83) scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.



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Kammron Taylor And David Weaver Depart From The Neckar Riesen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


It hasnt been the easiest of seasons for the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg and with the arrival of head coach John Patrick, he has brought a new energy into the team and wasted no time making the first roster moves. The club announced today that Americans Kammron Taylor (188-G-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) and David Weaver wont be playing for the club in the second half of the season. Both sides of both players agreed to terminating their contracts. Taylor played 18 games averaging 13,2ppg, 2,1rpg and 3,4apg. Weaver played 18 games averaging 5,5ppg, and 3,3rpg. John Patrick is checking the transfer market for new players.

Source: Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg



Anton Gavel Gets German Citzenship - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

German national coach Frank Merz may have had a chuckle on his face today as he learned that Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) had recieved the German citzenship. It was announced today that Anton Gavel got the German citzenship. Gavel who has been in Germany for the most part of the last 13 years was very happy about this. "Germany is like a second home to me. I am so happy about getting the German passport", stressed Anton Gavel of the Brose Baskets Bamberg. Gavel came to Germany in 2000 where he finished high school. He got his first German basketball experience in Karlsruhe and has been playing for the Brose Baskets Bamberg since 2009. "I am happy about Anton Gavel becoming a German for many reasons. I know Anton since many years and like him as a player and role model. He has many German qualities. His German citzenship now also helps us in our roster and to continue to be successful", stressed Bamberg manager Wolfgang Heyder.

Source: Brose Baskets








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  GREECE   

Standings - A1

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

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 20: AGOR - Kavala 88-79
Jan. 19: Panionios - Ikaros 82-75
Jan. 19: Aris - Kolossos 75-52
Jan. 19: Panelefsiniakos - KAOD 74-76
Jan. 20: Panathinaikos - PAOK 71-61
Jan. 21: Apollon Patras - Olympiacos 69-88
Jan. 19: Ilysiakos - Peristeri GS 66-64

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 26: Panathinaikos - Aris
Jan. 26: AGOR - Kolossos
Jan. 26: Ilysiakos - Kavala
Jan. 26: Panelefsiniakos - Peristeri GS
Jan. 26: Panionios - KAOD
Jan. 26: Apollon Patras - Ikaros
Jan. 26: PAOK - Olympiacos


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Nikos PAPPAS
  Panionios
  (195-G-90)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Pappas, Panionios18.8 
 2. Liakopoulos, Panel.17.5 
 3. Gagaloudis, Kavala17.4 
 4. Kiritsis, Ikaros17.1 
 5. Dendy, Kolossos15.6 
 6. Printezis, Olympia.15.2 
 7. McGrath, PA.14.4 
 8. McCollum, Apollo.13.9 
 9. Gibson, Ikaros13.5 
 10. Grant, Apollon13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 9
 1. Palmer, KAOD9.0 
 2. Faye, Ikaros7.9 
 3. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.2 
 4. Jankovic, Panionios7.2 
 5. Michel, KAOD6.8 
 6. Haritopoulos, PAOK6.5 
 7. Asimakopoulo., Aris6.2 
 8. Jones, Ilysiakos6.2 
 9. Kanonidis, Periste.6.2 
 10. Dendy, Kolossos6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.1 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.1 
 3. Petroulas, Periste.5.1 
 4. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.8 
 5. Gagaloudis, Kavala4.3 
 6. Grundy, Kavala3.9 
 7. Hatten, Kolossos3.7 
 8. McGrath, PA.3.5 
 9. Pappas, Panionios3.4 
 10. Gibson, Ikaros3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony GRUNDY
  Kavala
  (189-PG-79)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Grundy, Kavala2.6 
 2. Palmer, KAOD2.4 
 3. Grant, Apollon2.3 
 4. Pappas, Panionios2.0 
 5. Klaiber, Apollon1.7 
 6. Petway, AGOR1.7 
 7. Papanikolaou, Olym.1.6 
 8. Mantzaris, Olympia.1.5 
 9. Pelekanos, Aris1.5 
 10. McCollum, Apollo.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Petway, AGOR2.5 
 2. Coleman, Kavala1.8 
 3. Michel, KAOD1.8 
 4. Faye, Ikaros1.5 
 5. Lasme, Panathin.1.3 
 6. Scott, Ilysiakos1.2 
 7. Powell, Olympiacos1.1 
 8. Papadopoulos, PAOK1.0 
 9. Charissis, Aris0.9 
 10. Turner, Apollon0.9 


Standings - A2

A2 Standings
 1. Filathlitikos 11-2 
 2. Nea Kifisia 10-3 
 3. Trikalla 10-3 
 4. Ikaroi Serron 9-4 
 5. Lavrio 8-5 
 6. Koroivos 8-5 
 7. Agia Paraskevis 8-5 
 8. Pagrati 7-6 
 9. Arkadikos 5-8 
 10. Ermis Lagkada 4-9 
 11. Irakleio 3-9 
 12. OFI 3-10 
 13. Niki Volou 2-10 
 14. Doxa Lefkadas 2-11 

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 19: Lavrio - Ikaroi Serron 87-89
Jan. 19: OFI - Ermis Lagkada 86-82
Jan. 19: Filathlitikos - Nea Kifisia 83-79
Jan. 19: Agia Paraskevis - Koroivos 80-74
Jan. 19: Arkadikos - Doxa Lefkadas 79-71
Jan. 19: Pagrati - Trikalla 69-80
Jan. 19: Irakleio - Niki Volou


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Kostas TOTSIOS
  Ikaroi S.
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Totsios, Ikaroi S.21.3 
 2. Anagnostopou., Erm.21.0 
 3. Giannakopoul., Lav.18.6 
 4. Karaboulas, Nea K.18.4 
 5. Kakiouzis, Lavrio18.1 
 6. Kitsoulis, OFI18.0 
 7. Vranjes, Pagrati17.6 
 8. Psileas, Agia P.16.8 
 9. Simeonidis, Ikaroi15.9 
 10. Tsiotras, Arkadik.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petros NOEAS
  Koroivos
  (204-F-87)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Noeas, Koroivos8.7 
 2. Anagnostopou., Erm.8.4 
 3. Kakiouzis, Lavrio8.1 
 4. Manousos, Doxa L.8.1 
 5. Papachristos, Trik.7.8 
 6. Cubrilo, Arkadikos7.8 
 7. Koutroulias, Pagra.7.4 
 8. Simeonidis, Ikaroi7.3 
 9. Doychinov, OFI7.2 
 10. Kitsoulis, OFI6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Nikos GIKAS
  Filathlitikos
  (186-PG-91)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Gikas, Filathlitik.5.6 
 2. Karydas, Koroivos5.5 
 3. Moschovitis, Nea K.5.3 
 4. Vasilopoulos, Pagr.5.0 
 5. Giannakopoul., Lav.4.1 
 6. Papadakis, OFI4.1 
 7. Tsiotras, Arkadikos3.8 
 8. Mavrogiannis, Niki3.6 
 9. Saloustros, Filath.3.4 
 10. Katsares, Trikalla3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos KATSARES
  Trikalla
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Katsares, Trikalla2.5 
 2. Vranjes, Pagrati2.4 
 3. Tsiotras, Arkadikos2.3 
 4. Gikas, Filathlitik.2.0 
 5. Karydas, Koroivos1.9 
 6. Onasoglou, Ermis L.1.7 
 7. Psileas, Agia P.1.7 
 8. Giannakopoul., Lav.1.7 
 9. Kapiniaris, Ikaroi1.7 
 10. Mavrogiannis, Nik.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Thanasis ADETOKOUBO
  Filath.
  (200-F-93)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Adetokoubo, Filath.1.2 
 2. Doychinov, OFI1.2 
 3. Pelkic, Irakleio0.8 
 4. Vagenas, Doxa L.0.8 
 5. Papachristos, Trik.0.8 
 6. Charismidis, Trika.0.8 
 7. Sigounas, Arkadikos0.8 
 8. Sioutis, Nea Kifis.0.7 
 9. Anagnostopou., Erm.0.7 
 10. Nikoloudis, Ikaro.0.7 


A1 Round 13: Panathinaikos beat PAOK in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

A1 is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 13 rounds left. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Athens. Second ranked Panathinaikos faced 4th placed PAOK. Host Panathinaikos (11-2) defeated guests from Thessaloniki (9-4) 71-61. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Lithuanian swingman Jonas Maciulis (199-85) fired 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. International swingman Michael Bramos (197-87, college: Miami, OH) chipped in 12 points and 5 assists. Panathinaikos' coach Argiris Pedoulakis used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international center Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-80) produced 12 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Panathinaikos have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain second place with 11-2 record having just two points less than leader Olympiacos. PAOK at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Panathinaikos are looking forward to face Aris (#6) in Thessaloniki in the next round. PAOK will play at home against the league's leader Olympiacos in Athens and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Undefeated leader Olympiacos delivered the thirteenth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 8th ranked Apollon Patras (5-8) 88-69. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Georgios Printezis (206-85, agency: FCM) who helped to win the game recording 18 points. Kostas Papanikolaou contributed with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American point guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) answered with 19 points for Apollon Patras. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the thirteenth consecutive win for Olympiacos. Defending champion maintains first place with 13-0 record. Apollon Patras lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. They share it with Peristeri GS and KAOD. Olympiacos will play against PAOK (#4) in Thessaloniki in the next round. Apollon Patras will play at home against Ikaros (#7) in Kalitheas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Athens between Ilysiakos and Peristeri GS. Twelfth ranked Ilysiakos (4-9) got a very close home victory over 9th ranked Peristeri GS (5-8). Ilysiakos managed to escape with a 2-point win 66-64 on Saturday evening. Terrell Stoglin stepped up and scored 32 points for the winners. Ilysiakos' coach Giorgos Zeugolis allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side Darrin Williams responded with 19 points. The victory was the third consecutive win for Ilysiakos. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Kolossos. Loser Peristeri GS dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. They share it with KAOD and Apollon Patras. Ilysiakos will meet at home Kavala (#13) in the next round. Peristeri GS will play against Panelefsiniakos (#14) in Eleusina and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Eleusina. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 14th ranked Panelefsiniakos (2-11) to eleventh ranked KAOD (5-8) 76-74 on Saturday evening. Kevin Palmer nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. KAOD moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Peristeri GS and Apollon Patras. Panelefsiniakos lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. KAOD's next round opponent will be higher ranked Panionios (#3) in Athens and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Panelefsiniakos will play at home against Peristeri GS (#8) in Athens.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Thessaloniki. Local Aris (6-7) outscored 10th ranked Kolossos (4-9) 75-52 on Saturday night. Muhamed Pasalic fired 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. Aris' coach Vangelis Agelou felt very confident that he used entire bench saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Aris. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Ikaros. Kolossos lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the eleventh position with nine games lost. Aris will face league's second-placed Panathinaikos in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kolossos will play on the road against AGOR (#5) in Rethymno.

In the last two games of round 13 Kavala was defeated by AGOR in Rethymno 88-79. Panionios beat Ikaros at home 82-75.
The best stats of 13th round was 19 points and 6 rebounds by Brent Petway of AGOR.


Apollon Patras - Olympiacos 69-88

Undefeated leader Olympiacos delivered the thirteenth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 8th ranked Apollon Patras (5-8) 88-69. The game was mostly controlled by Olympiacos. Apollon Patras was better in second period 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Apollon Patras 36-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. Olympiacos players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Georgios Printezis (206-85, agency: FCM) who helped to win the game recording 18 points. International forward Kostas Papanikolaou (206-90) contributed with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American point guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) answered with 19 points and naturalized Serbian swingman Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (199-77, agency: BeoExcell) added 13 points and 5 assists in the effort for Apollon Patras. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the thirteenth consecutive win for Olympiacos. Defending champion maintains first place with 13-0 record. Apollon Patras lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. They share it with Peristeri GS and KAOD. Olympiacos will play against PAOK (#4) in Thessaloniki in the next round. Apollon Patras will play at home against Ikaros (#7) in Kalitheas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Olympiacos: G.Printezis 18+3reb, S.Perperoglou 10+2reb+1ast, E.Mantzaris 9+4reb+3ast, K.Papanikolaou 9+7reb+4ast, M.Gecevicius 8+1ast, K.Hines 8+5reb
Apollon Patras: E.McCollum 19+4reb+1ast, K.Grant 16+2reb+3ast, V.Petrovic-Stergiou 13+4reb+5ast, N.Argyropoylos 9+2reb+1ast, L.Turner 8+2reb, I.Krolo 4+6reb
gschID: 203626


AGOR - Kavala 88-79

There was no surprise in Rethymno where 13th ranked Kavala (3-10) was defeated by fifth ranked AGOR (8-5) 88-79 on Sunday. Kavala trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 23-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 79-88 at the end of the game. AGOR made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. Kavala was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Serbian guard Uros Duvnjak (190-86, agency: Beo Basket) fired 23 points for the winners. American forward Brent Petway (204-85, college: Michigan) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Canadian-Bosnian guard Nemanja Mitrovic (197-90, college: Portland) produced 24 points and naturalized American center Steve Panos (206-88, college: Weber St.) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. AGOR maintains fifth place with 8-5 record. Loser Kavala keeps the thirteenth position with ten games lost. AGOR will face Kolossos (#11) in Rodou in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Kavala will play on the road against Ilysiakos in Athens and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
AGOR: U.Duvnjak 23+4reb+2ast, B.Petway 19+6reb+1ast, P.Horne 13+2reb+2ast, N.Kommatos 9+2reb+1ast, D.Latovic 7+1reb, C.Colimon 6+2reb+1ast
Kavala: N.Mitrovic 24+2reb+2ast, S.Panos 17+3reb, G.Arbet 8+8reb, W.Coleman 7+8reb, I.Milosevic 6+3reb+6ast, S.Manolopoulos 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 203622


Panathinaikos - PAOK 71-61

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Athens. Second ranked Panathinaikos faced 4th placed PAOK. Host Panathinaikos (11-2) defeated guests from Thessaloniki (9-4) 71-61. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Lithuanian swingman Jonas Maciulis (199-85) fired 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. International swingman Michael Bramos (197-87, college: Miami, OH) chipped in 12 points and 5 assists. Panathinaikos' coach Argiris Pedoulakis used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international center Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-80) produced 12 points and 6 rebounds and American-Irish guard Donnie McGrath (193-84, college: Providence) added 10 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Four PAOK players scored in double figures. Panathinaikos have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain second place with 11-2 record having just two points less than leader Olympiacos. PAOK at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Panathinaikos are looking forward to face Aris (#6) in Thessaloniki in the next round. PAOK will play at home against the league's leader Olympiacos in Athens and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: J.Maciulis 15+6reb+3ast, M.Bramos 12+1reb+5ast, S.Lasme 9+7reb, M.Banks 8+4reb+2ast, J.Kapono 7+3reb+1ast, J.Gist 7+4reb
PAOK: L.Papadopoulos 12+6reb+3ast, K.Haralampidis 11+1reb, D.Haritopoulos 11+5reb, D.McGrath 10+3reb+5ast, M.Tsairelis 5+7reb, N.Kalles 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 203621


Panionios - Ikaros 82-75

No shocking result in a game in Athens where third ranked Panionios (10-3) defeated 6th ranked Ikaros (6-7) 82-75 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-75. Panionios made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Naturalized Serbian forward Vladimir Jankovic (202-90, agency: FCM) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Nikos Pappas (195-90, agency: FCM) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds. Senegalese forward Mouhammad Faye (208-85, college: SMU) produced 12 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Vassilis Symtsak (204-81) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Panionios maintains third place with 10-3 record having just three points less than leader Olympiacos. Loser Ikaros keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Panionios will face KAOD (#9) in Dramas in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Ikaros will play on the road against Apollon Patras.
Top scorers:
Panionios: N.Pappas 22+6reb+3ast, V.Jankovic 20+11reb+1ast, G.Athanasoulas 11+1reb, L.Milbourne 10+3reb+1ast, M.Batis 7+5reb+2ast, C.Booker 6+1reb
Ikaros: M.Pantic 14+6reb, M.Giannakidis 13+2reb+3ast, V.Symtsak 12+5reb+3ast, M.Faye 12+9reb, Z.Vrkic 11+5reb+2ast, D.Gibson 9+3reb+7ast
gschID: 203625


Panelefsiniakos - KAOD 74-76

A very interesting game took place in Eleusina. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 14th ranked Panelefsiniakos (2-11) to eleventh ranked KAOD (5-8) 76-74 on Saturday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Panelefsiniakos won third quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Panelefsiniakos 40-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. KAOD brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. 30 personal fouls committed by Panelefsiniakos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American swingman Kevin Palmer (198-87, college: Texas A&M-CC) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and guard Thodoris Zaras (197-88) accounted for 25 points. American power forward Xavier Gibson (210-88, college: Florida St.) came up with 18 points and point guard Nikos Liakopoulos (189-83, agency: FCM) added 13 points and 5 assists respectively for Panelefsiniakos in the defeat. Four Panelefsiniakos players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. KAOD moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Peristeri GS and Apollon Patras. Panelefsiniakos lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. KAOD's next round opponent will be higher ranked Panionios (#3) in Athens and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Panelefsiniakos will play at home against Peristeri GS (#8) in Athens.
Top scorers:
KAOD: T.Zaras 25+2reb+1ast, K.Kakaroudis 16+7reb+1ast, K.Palmer 15+14reb+2ast, G.Michel 9+6reb+2ast, E.Akepsimaidis 5+2reb+1ast, D.Kalaitzidis 4+4reb+1ast
Panelefsiniakos: X.Gibson 18+3reb+2ast, N.Liakopoulos 13+3reb+5ast, G.Kyriakopoulos 11+4reb, N.Papanikolaou 10+5reb, S.Magounis 8+4reb, N.Papanikolopoulos 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 203624


Ilysiakos - Peristeri GS 66-64

A very close game took place in Athens between Ilysiakos and Peristeri GS. Twelfth ranked Ilysiakos (4-9) got a very close home victory over 9th ranked Peristeri GS (5-8). Ilysiakos managed to escape with a 2-point win 66-64 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 38-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Ilysiakos made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. American point guard Terrell Stoglin (185-91, college: Maryland) stepped up and scored 32 points for the winners and Nigerian-American forward Aloysius Anagonye (203-81, college: Michigan St.) chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds. Ilysiakos' coach Giorgos Zeugolis allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American center Darrin Williams (205-90, college: Ill.-Chicago) responded with 19 points and the other American import point guard Dwight Thorne (190-88, college: Colorado) scored 17 points. The victory was the third consecutive win for Ilysiakos. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Kolossos. Loser Peristeri GS dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. They share it with KAOD and Apollon Patras. Ilysiakos will meet at home Kavala (#13) in the next round. Peristeri GS will play against Panelefsiniakos (#14) in Eleusina and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ilysiakos: T.Stoglin 32+3reb, A.Anagonye 12+10reb, G.Apostolidis 9+5reb+1ast, A.Antonakis 6+2reb, P.Dorkofikis 3+4reb+1ast, N.Chatzis 2+1reb+2ast
Peristeri GS: D.Williams 19+3reb, D.Thorne 17+1reb+2ast, N.Papantoniou 8+6reb+2ast, A.Mantzaris 6+4reb+3ast, A.Kanonidis 5+8reb, D.Kompodietas 4+2reb
gschID: 203623


Aris - Kolossos 75-52

The game with biggest result difference took place in Thessaloniki. Local Aris (6-7) outscored 10th ranked Kolossos (4-9) 75-52 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-52. Aris dominated on the defensive end, holding Kolossos to just 7 points in third quarter. They made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Aris forced 21 Kolossos turnovers. Kolossos was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Bosnian guard Muhamed Pasalic (192-87) fired 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. The former international forward Michalis Pelekanos (198-81, agency: FCM) chipped in 13 points. Aris' coach Vangelis Agelou felt very confident that he used entire bench saving starting five for next games. American power forward Kevin Langford (204-85, college: TCU) produced 15 points and 9 rebounds and the former international forward Giannis Georgalis (198-83) added 6 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. The victory was the third consecutive win for Aris. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Ikaros. Kolossos lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the eleventh position with nine games lost. Aris will face league's second-placed Panathinaikos in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kolossos will play on the road against AGOR (#5) in Rethymno.
Top scorers:
Aris: M.Pasalic 14+2reb+5ast, M.Pelekanos 13+4reb+2ast, S.Mourtos 11+2reb, D.Verginis 8+3reb+2ast, J.Hunt 8+2reb+3ast, A.Asimakopoulos 8+2reb
Kolossos: K.Langford 15+9reb, G.Kalambokis 8+2reb, S.Nadjfeji 8+3reb+1ast, G.Georgalis 6+6reb+1ast, G.Kalaitzis 6+4reb+2ast, M.Hatten 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 203620



Linos Chrysikopoulos close to PAOK BC (?) - by Dimitris Katsionis

According to last night's rumors Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (205-SF-92) is close to sign a new contract with PAOK BC for the next 2.5 years. The 21-year old all aroung forward didn't perform very well so far with Angelico Biella. Coach Cancellieri played him as a combo forward and tried to get advantage Linos's passing ability from the "4" spot but the Greek forward wasn't stable enough. PAOK BC needs desperatelly a player in the "3" spot and an investment in Chrysikopoulos could be a key move for the present and the future both.


Bartzokas: We ended the first round undefeated, which is very important for us - by Kostas Papadopoulos

After the 13th win of Olympiacos in the A1 Greek championship, against Apollon Patras, both the coaches of the two teams, as well as some players stated about the game, and not only that.
The coach of Reds, Giorgos Bartzokas stated that "the game and the atmosphere reminded me of old times for Greek basketball and everyone at the gym enjoyed themselves. Apollon is making a great effort and they deserve to be congratulated. It's very pleasant to have fans of both teams in the tribunes. The most difficult thing in Greece is exactly that. Fascism resides in the gyms and in the universities and you don't have the right to have a different opinion when there. I hadn't expected for Apollon to play this zone for 35 - 37 minutes in the game, but it was a good opportunity for us. Coach Vetoulas chose to let us take open shots and you saw the percentages we achieved. Our assists show that we played as a team and the difference in the rebounds show the effort we made. We ended the first round undefeated, which is very important for us. We have continuous trips, we go to Tel Aviv after here and then we go to play against PAOK at Thessaloniki, but it's important that the guys have been working hard. There is nothing wrong with our roster. I'm very content with the effort of my players. We did not have Josh Powell (206-F-83, college: N.Carolina St.) with us tonight, due to his injury, and Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89), who had to take care of his athletic visa, but that's it".
Finally, concerning the game against Siena, Giorgos Bartzokas commented: "a basketball game lasts 40 minutes, but the one against Siena lasted 40.03 minutes; the last basket was out of time and the only fair thing is for the game to be repeated".

Evangelos Mantzaris (196-G-90): "Congratulations to Apollon for the effort they have been putting in and to the fans for filling up the gym. I wish it was the same everywhere. It was a tough game for us as we knew it would be. We began well, run, pressed and gained a lead which we did not manage to keep to the end. We had some bad periods in the second half as well, but we controlled the game. I think it was very positive to have fans of both teams sitting side by side tonight. People love basketball and the gyms have started once again to fill up". Regarding the game against Siena, the Greek playmaker stated: "I don't know what's going to happen with the objection, our job is to play and focus on the game against Maccabi and up to the cup final".

For Apollon Patras, it's coach, Nikos Vetoulas said: "Olympiacos has many more solutions and it was expected that we wouldn't be able to resist for long into the second half. We tried to protect the post and gave open shots to Olympiacos, but the difference in rebounds was also great. I think we made more than a descent effort and whether we lost by 10 or by 20 it would be the same. Our focus is on the game against Ikaros".

Ivan Krolo (217-C-83): "Congratulations to Olympiacos but also to Apollon for putting in a huge effort. We tried to play hard, but Olympiacos gained a big lead in the second half and it was hard to cover for it. However, I'm sure we did not disappoint our fans with our tonight's performance".



Kolossos sign Bambale Osby - by Greg

VAP Kolossos Rodou (A1) signed 27-year old DR Congolese-Congolese power forward Bambale Osby (203-113kg-86, college: Maryland). He already started the season at Entente Orleans 45 in French ProA. In 7 games this season he had 8.4ppg and 2.7rpg. Osby also played 3 games in Eurocup where he recorded 9.0ppg and 2.3rpg. The last season he played at Aix-Maurienne (ProB) in French ProB. In 37 games last year he recorded 14.8ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.2apg and 1.5bpg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-French ProB 3rd Team.
He played in the final of Eurobasket Summer League in New York in 2008.
Osby is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Austria (Gmunden Swans), Germany (Phoenix Hagen), Israel (Ironi Ramat Gan) and Romania (U-Mobitelco and Pitesti).
Osby attended University of Maryland until 2008 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  HUNGARY   

Standings - A Division

A Division Standings
 1. Albacomp 14-3 
 2. Kaposvari 12-5 
 3. Atomeromu 11-5 
 4. Soproni 10-6 
 5. Jaszberenyi 9-8 
 6. ZTE KK 8-8 
 7. PVSK Pannon 8-9 
 8. Falco-Szova 8-9 
 9. Marso NYKK 7-10 
 10. Kormend 6-10 
 11. Szedeak 6-11 
 12. FS Debrecen 1-16 
 13. Szolnok 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 19: Falco-Szova - Kormend 91-92
Jan. 19: PVSK Pannon - Jaszberenyi 75-84
Jan. 19: FS Debrecen - ZTE KK 74-79
Jan. 17: Marso NYKK - Soproni 69-63
Jan. 19: Szedeak - Kaposvari 101-76

Round 15

Jan. 23: Atomeromu - Soproni


A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Alex LEGION
  PVSK P.
  (195-G-88)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Legion, PVSK P.21.3 
 2. Spica, Kaposvari21.1 
 3. Swanston, Kapos.20.9 
 4. Nelson, Marso N.20.7 
 5. Dunn, Kaposvari20.7 
 6. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.20.3 
 7. Buljan, Kormend20.1 
 8. Wood, Albacomp19.9 
 9. Wise, Soproni19.2 
 10. Shaw, Kormend19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rastko DRAMICANIN
  Jaszbere.
  (207-C-86)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.9.8 
 2. Davis, Marso N.9.5 
 3. Simovic, ZTE K.9.1 
 4. Barovic, Soproni8.6 
 5. Csorvasi, Szedeak8.3 
 6. Buljan, Kormend7.8 
 7. Hendlein, Kaposvari7.6 
 8. Keller, Albacomp7.6 
 9. Markovic, Jaszbere.7.5 
 10. Toth, PVSK P.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Albacomp
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Moore, Albacomp6.8 
 2. Williams, Atomeromu6.5 
 3. Thomas, Soproni5.6 
 4. Dunn, Kaposvari5.4 
 5. Copeland, ZTE K.5.3 
 6. Rakic, Jaszberenyi5.2 
 7. Nelson, Marso N.5.2 
 8. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.2 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.4.6 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Nelson, Marso N.2.9 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari2.8 
 3. Moore, Albacomp2.5 
 4. Buljan, Kormend2.3 
 5. Davis, Marso N.2.2 
 6. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.0 
 7. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.1.8 
 8. Wise, Soproni1.8 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.1.6 
 10. Legion, PVSK P.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Akos KELLER
  Albacomp
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Keller, Albacomp1.2 
 2. Barovic, Soproni1.1 
 3. Davis, Marso N.1.0 
 4. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 5. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.0.7 
 6. Shaw, Kormend0.7 
 7. Levy, Falco-Szova0.6 
 8. Wise, Soproni0.6 
 9. Csorvasi, Szedeak0.6 
 10. Kovacs, ZTE K.0.6 



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  IBA   

Standings

IBA Standings
 1. Kankakee S. 18-2 
 2. Battle Creek K. 12-8 
 3. Kenosha B. 10-7 
 4. St.Louis T. 8-8 
 5. Rockford RD 8-9 
 6. Gary Splash 7-9 
 7. Holland Dream 4-12 
 8. Lansing C. 1-5 
 9. Springfield X. 0-3 
 10. Lake County S. 0-5 

Finals: Round 1

Jan. 19: Kankakee S. - Battle Creek K. 142-131
Jan. 20: Battle Creek K. - Kankakee S. 135-134
Jan. 21: Kankakee S. - Battle Creek K.


Kankakee claims IBA Winter Season Title - by Gianni Pascucci

The Kankakee County Soldiers defeated the Battle Creek Knights, 136-117 on Monday, January 21 at Battle Creek, in the 2012-2013 IBA Winter Championship Game. Thanks to this win, the Soldiers are the 2013 IBA Winter Season Champion team (4 peat !!!).


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Domino's All-Stars celebrate victory over Icelandic All-Stars - by Eurobasket News

Icelandic All-Stars - Domino's All-Stars 122:148

Domino's All-Stars clinched an impressive high-flying victory in the All-Star Game. Jay Threatt (180-G-89, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Delaware St.) stepped up with 24 points, 11 boards and 10 assists to lead the winners. He was named the games MVP.
Domino's All-Stars opened the game scoring freely. They accounted for 37 points in the opening quarter to take a 10-point lead. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Domino's All-Stars arrived at halftime up by 11 points 69:58. They went for 37 points in the third term to boost the gap. Iceland conceded 42 points in the fourth frame and had to surrender at the end. Billy Baptist (196-F-87, college: Quincy) provided 22 points, while Michael Craion (195-F-89, college: ORU) had 19 points and Marcus Van (201-F/C-85, college: Cent.Michigan) finished with 16 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. Kristofer Acox (195-G-93) answered with 20 points for the natives. Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (204-C-88) delivered 17 points in the loss.

Icelandic All-Stars: Kristofer Acox 20, Sigurdur Thorsteinsson 17, Darrell Lewis (190-F-75) 16
Domino's All-Stars: Jay Threatt 24+11 boards+10 assists, Billy Baptist 22, Michael Craion 19, Marcus Van 16+17 boards



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Indonesian NBL round 18 best performance: Andi Poedjakesuma - by Eurobasket News

Former international forward Andi Poedjakesuma (187-F-80) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Pelita Jaya, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 32-year old player was the main contributor (11 points, eight rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Bimasakti (#9, 3-8) with 20-point margin 72-52. Pelita Jaya maintains the 2nd position in Indonesian NBL. Pelita Jaya has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 10-1. In the team's last game Poedjakesuma had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Pelita Jaya, through which he has constantly improved. Andi Poedjakesuma averages this season 10.2ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was young Adhi Prasetyo (194-C-93) of Hangtuah. Prasetyo had a very good evening with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Hangtuah lost that game 45-54 to slightly higher-ranked Garuda (#4, 8-3). Hangtuah managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Prasetyo is well-known at Hangtuah and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Arki Wisnu (187-G-88) of Satria Muda (#3). Wisnu scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Satria Muda, leading his team to a 68-65 win against #1 ranked Dell Aspac in a game of the week. Satria Muda needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 3 lost games. Wisnu has a very solid season. In 2 games in Indonesia he scored 17.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rony Gunawan (194-F/C-80) of Satria Muda - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Fidyan Dini (195-C-83) of Pelita Jaya - 11 points and 3 rebounds
6. Restu Dwi Purnomo (193-SF-93) of Bimasakti - 13 points and 2 rebounds
7. Vinton Nolland (194-PF-82) of Garuda - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Isman Thoyib (202-C-84) of Dell Aspac - 4 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Yudhi Mardiyansyah (193-F-83) of Pelita Jaya - 6 points and 4 rebounds
10. Pringgo Regowo (190-F-87) of Dell Aspac - 11 points and 8 rebounds

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



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  IRAQ   


Import Players and Coaches List season 2012-2013 in Iraq - by Ahmad Madwar

Al-Kahraba :
Tracy Robinson (201-F-86, college: Loyola, IL)
Xavier Keeling (201-F-88, college: St.Catharine) (left the team and will replace soon)

Al-Shurta :
Jamarr Hardy (191-G-83, college: Lenoir CC)
Hiram Fuller (206-C-81, college: Fresno St.) (replaced Jonathan Huffman (213-F/C-86, college: Iona))

Al-Karkh :
Mychal Kearse (195-G-83, college: Mt.St.Mary's) (replaced Rasheim Wright (192-G-81, college: District of Col.))
Dalron Johnson (206-F-81, college: UNLV)

Al-Tadamoun :
Jefferson Mason (198-G-88, college: Minnesota St.) (replaced Chinedu Onyeuku (191-G-83, college: Illinois St.))
Grant Maxey (200-F-88, college: Jackson St.) (replaced Paul Wolf (206-F/C-86,))

Al-Mofiqia :
No foreign players play in this team

Al-Hilla :
the team fired it's Malian players and signed with american forward who'll come to the country soon

Duhok :
Emanuel Willis (205-F/C-84, college: Houston Baptist) (replaced Kendall Dartez (207-C/F-80, college: Louisville))
Amani Daanish (203-F-83, college: Indiana St.) (replaced Malcolm Battles (205-F/C-79, college: N.Mexico))

Zakho :
Miljan Medvedj (182-G-79)
Aleksandar Belanovic (203-F-77)

Nift Al-Janoub :
the club fired them foreign players and the new players will come to the country soon

and about the coaches : there is 3 foreign coaches in Iraq right now
Vladimir Bosnjak with Duhok
Eugen Ilie with Zakho
Maher Khanfir (Tunisian coach) with Al-Shurta



Al-Kahraba finishes the first half of season in the lead !!! - by Ahmad Madwar

The teams played 8rounds and only one round left to get the first half of season done, the league is postponed due the preparation of National team for WABA competition and will back to start by 20th Feb .. and Here is the full schedule and results for the previous rounds of Iraqian League :

First Round : 8th November

Al Hilla 61-73 Al Kahraba
Duhok 97-66 Zakho
Al Mofiqia 51-93 Al Shurta
Al Karkh 106-62 Nift Al Janoub

Second Round : 15th November
Al Shurta 64-60 Al Hilla
Duhok 97-89 Nift Al Janoub
Al Karkh 67-30 Al Mofiqia
Zakho 67-74 Al Tadamoun

Third Round : 22th November
Al Kahraba 79-64 Al Shurta
Nift Al Janoub 73-51 Al Tadamoun
Al Karkh 87-66 Al Hilla
Duhok - Al Mofiqia the game is postponed

Forth Round : 29th November
Duhok 80-66 Al Hilla
Al Karkh 67-76 Al Kahraba
Al Tadamoun 84-59 Al Mofiqia
Zakho 84-57 Nift Al Janoub

Fifth Round : 6th December

Al Karkh 73-82 Al Shurta
Zakho 122-64 Al Mofiqia
Al Tadamoun 75-90 Al Hilla
Al Kahraba 85-81 Duhok

Sixth Round : 13th December
Zakho 87-72 Al Hilla
Al Kahraba 95-69 Al Tadamoun
Al Shurta 66-76 Duhok
Nift Al Janoub 88-55 Al Mofiqia

Seventh Round : 20th December
Al Karkh 85-81 Duhok
Al Shurta 89-66 Al Tadamoun
Zakho 88-82 Al Kahraba
Nift Al Janoub 75-52 Al Hilla

Eighth Round : 27th December

Al Mofiqia 49-82 Al Hilla
Al Shurta 63-64 Zakho
Al Kahraba 103-72 Nift Al Janoub
Al Karkh 84-74 Al Tadamoun

9th Round (the next round) : 20th Feb
Al Kahraba - Al Mofiqia
Al Karkh - Zakho
Al Shurta - Nift Al Janoub
Duhok - Al Tadamoun

The Standing :
1-Al Kahraba 6W 1L
2-Al Karkh 5W 2L
3-Zakho 5W 2L
4-Al Shurta 4W 3L
5-Duhok 4W 2L
6-Nift Al Janoub 3W 4L
7-Al Hilla 2W 6L
8-Al Tadamoun 2W 5L
9-Al Mofiqia 0W 6L



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  IRELAND   

Standings - EBS Superleague

Superleague Standings
 1. UL Eagles 12-3 
 2. UCC Demons 11-3 
 3. B.Gais Neptune 10-5 
 4. DCU Saints 7-7 
 5. Killester 6-10 
 6. Ballon Inter 4-9 
 7. Moycullen 4-9 
 8. UCD Marian 3-11 

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 19: B.Gais Neptune - Moycullen 89-74
Jan. 19: Killester - UCC Demons 79-69
Jan. 19: UL Eagles - DCU Saints 69-49
Jan. 19: UCD Marian - Ballon Inter 65-79

Regular Season: Round 15

Feb. 1: Ballon Inter - Killester
Feb. 2: B.Gais Neptune - DCU Saints
Feb. 2: Moycullen - UCD Marian
Feb. 3: Moycullen - Ballon Inter
Feb. 3: UCC Demons - UL Eagles


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Patrick SULLIVAN
  Moycullen
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Sullivan, Moycullen23.7 
 2. Townes, B.Gais N.22.2 
 3. Galvin, UCD Marian21.8 
 4. Walker, UCC Demons21.1 
 5. Taylor, UL Eagles20.7 
 6. Killeen, UL Eagles16.2 
 7. Glover, DCU Saints15.5 
 8. Coughlan, UCC D.13.7 
 9. Summers, Killester13.3 
 10. O''Sullivan, UCC D.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John GALVIN
  UCD Marian
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Galvin, UCD Marian17.4 
 2. Walker, UCC Demons12.9 
 3. Townes, B.Gais N.11.8 
 4. Sullivan, Moycullen11.7 
 5. Killeen, UL Eagles11.6 
 6. Noonan, B.Gais N.9.3 
 7. Quill, DCU Saints7.8 
 8. Foley, UCD Marian7.5 
 9. Tummon, Moycullen7.5 
 10. Rudak, B.Gais N.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Gerard NOONAN
  B.Gais N.
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Noonan, B.Gais N.8.1 
 2. Coughlan, UCC D.5.0 
 3. Kinevane, UL Eagl.4.5 
 4. Taylor, UL Eagles4.4 
 5. Walsh, B.Gais N.3.7 
 6. Donnelly, DCU S.3.5 
 7. O''Sullivan, UCC D.3.4 
 8. O''Reilly, UCC D.2.9 
 9. Lyons, Moycullen2.9 
 10. Anderson, DCU S.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Robert TAYLOR
  UL Eagles
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Taylor, UL Eagles2.6 
 2. McGinn, B.Gais N.2.5 
 3. Anderson, DCU S.2.2 
 4. Summers, Killester2.1 
 5. Drumm, UCD Marian2.0 
 6. Townes, B.Gais N.1.9 
 7. Donnelly, DCU S.1.9 
 8. Kinevane, UL Eagl.1.9 
 9. Noonan, B.Gais N.1.8 
 10. Sullivan, Moycull.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 John GALVIN
  UCD Marian
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Galvin, UCD Marian2.9 
 2. Walker, UCC Demons2.1 
 3. Stapleton, B.Gais2.1 
 4. Rudak, B.Gais N.1.9 
 5. Townes, B.Gais N.1.8 
 6. Trimmer, DCU S.1.7 
 7. Killeen, UL Eagles1.4 
 8. Quigley, UL Eagles0.9 
 9. O''Brien, Killester0.7 
 10. Sullivan, Moycull.0.7 


BASKETBALL IRELAND WEEKEND REVIEW - by Patrick Maher


BASKETBALL IRELAND WEEKEND REVIEW

As another weekend jammed packed with games comes to an end, we take a look back to see which clubs emerged victorious as the hype of the cup is put to one side

In the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague, it was northsiders, Killester that pulled off an all-star performance on their home court when they saw off UCC Demons.

The Cork side, who currently sit in second position on the league table, were put to the test by Killester but failed to oversee them. And with Killesters head coach, Tom Doherty, unable to make the game, it was club favourite, Jonathon Grennell that took the reins on the evening.

Speaking after the game Grennell enthused, We needed to win this game to continue our chase of the fourth spot on the league table and we did that well over Demons.

Everyone chipped in for this win but our big guys OBrien and Casey really made a difference for us inside where we needed it. Westbrooks also changed the game for us and stepped up when Bonaparte caught himself in foul trouble.

However, across the Liffey, fellow Dubliners, UCD Marian, did not have as much luck when they came up against Dublin Inter.

Even with the help of their new signing, Thomas Viglianco, UCD, struggled to stay with the ever resilient newcomers as they controlled the tempo from the first jump to the final whistle.

Perhaps still feeling the pain from their cup semi-final defeat, it is unfortunate that the southsiders came so close to a spot in the National Cup finals yet find it difficult to see off a team that they had beaten earlier in the season.

Speaking after the game, Dublin Inter head coach, Irmantas Griksas was very happy with his sides performance, We are getting better each time we play together and this game was no different. Everyone stepped up and all 9 players got into the game.

Griksas reiterated the importance of the team contribution, Everyone is committed to the team which means we are getting better quality practise and that is translating to the higher quality of play we are engaging in.

Our confidence was high, we didnt play static which gave us the freedom on offence to take an early lead.

Meanwhile in Cork, National Cup finalists, Bord Gais Neptune, continued their winning ways when a young Moycullen came to visit them.

Neptune, who just recorded a historic victory over fellow Cork rivals, UCC Demons, displayed another strong performance for their home crowd with a double digit win over the young Galway side.

Head Coach of Bord Gais Neptune, Mark Scannell said, We are happy with the win, it was a good for us to get everyone in off the bench.

To see everyone step up and attack the game from the start is exactly what we want. Everyone contributed in the game. Most importantly everyone left the game with a clean bill of health as we prepare for the National Cup final next weekend.

In Limerick, reigning champions UL Eagles overcame DCU Saints with a comprehensive 20 point victory.

Although the Dubliners recorded a win over the Eagles before Christmas, it was clear the Limerick lads had their eye on the prize entering the game. And after their impressive display over UCD Marian in the cup semi-finals, the Eagles look as though they are returning to form ahead of their National Cup Final next week.

Mark Keenan, UL Eagles head coach spoke after game about his side, It was a comfortable win for us and I am delighted with the defensive effort that the guys brought. At times our offense was good but we need to up our shooting percentages if we want to continue winning big games.

courtesy ....Elaine Caffrey .... www.basketballireland.ie
Gary Walsh (186-G-87)



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Standings - BSL

Winner League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 13-1 
 2. Hapoel Eilat 9-5 
 3. Maccabi Haifa 9-5 
 4. Hapoel J-M 8-6 
 5. Netanya 7-7 
 6. Hapoel T-A 6-8 
 7. Bnei Hasharon 6-8 
 8. Maccabi Rishon 6-8 
 9. Elizur Ashkelon 5-9 
 10. Galil Gilboa 5-9 
 11. Hapoel Holon 5-9 
 12. Maccabi Ashdod 5-9 

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 20: Maccabi Haifa - Hapoel Eilat 96-87
Jan. 20: Hapoel J-M - Netanya 79-70
Jan. 21: Bnei Hasharon - Maccabi Ashdod 76-86
Jan. 20: Hapoel Holon - Galil Gilboa 76-79
Jan. 20: Elizur Ashkelon - Hapoel T-A 51-54
Jan. 21: Maccabi Rishon - Maccabi T-A 49-72

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 27: Hapoel T-A - Maccabi Rishon
Jan. 27: Hapoel Eilat - Galil Gilboa
Jan. 27: Netanya - Elizur Ashkelon
Jan. 27: Maccabi Ashdod - Hapoel J-M
Jan. 27: Bnei Hasharon - Hapoel Holon
Jan. 27: Maccabi T-A - Maccabi Haifa


Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jerome DYSON
  Hapoel Holon
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.19.8 
 2. Beck, Bnei Hashar.19.6 
 3. Hopson, Hapoel Eil.19.4 
 4. Simpson, Maccabi19.0 
 5. Killingswort., Net.17.8 
 6. Smith, Maccabi Hai.17.2 
 7. Dove, Elizur Ashke.16.6 
 8. Wright, Maccabi16.6 
 9. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.16.5 
 10. Stitt, Hapoel T-A16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.12.2 
 2. Holman, Hapoel Eil.10.8 
 3. Jones, Bnei H.10.1 
 4. Calathes, Maccabi9.7 
 5. Washington, Netan.9.4 
 6. Wright, Maccabi9.3 
 7. Thomas, Maccabi9.2 
 8. Uter, Maccabi9.2 
 9. Dove, Elizur Ashke.9.1 
 10. Simpson, Maccabi8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Gal MEKEL
  Maccabi Haifa
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Mekel, Maccabi Hai.6.4 
 2. Smith, Maccabi Hai.5.6 
 3. Ohayon, Maccabi5.1 
 4. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.4.6 
 5. Pullen, Hapoel J-M4.5 
 6. Bradley, Netanya4.4 
 7. Israeli, Maccabi4.2 
 8. Perry, Elizur A.4.0 
 9. Berkowitz, Bnei H.3.9 
 10. Jones, Bnei H.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Deron WASHINGTON
  Netan.
  (201-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Washington, Netan.2.6 
 2. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.4 
 3. Ohayon, Maccabi2.2 
 4. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.2.1 
 5. Wright, Maccabi2.0 
 6. Berkowitz, Bnei H.2.0 
 7. Simpson, Maccabi1.9 
 8. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.1.9 
 9. Moore, Elizur A.1.8 
 10. Collins, Maccabi1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. James, Maccabi T-A2.5 
 2. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.1.8 
 3. Uter, Maccabi1.4 
 4. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.4 
 5. Thomas, Maccabi1.3 
 6. Wright, Maccabi1.2 
 7. Dove, Elizur Ashke.1.2 
 8. Kelly, Hapoel T-A1.2 
 9. Holman, Hapoel Eil.1.2 
 10. Simpson, Maccabi1.1 


Maccabi's David Blatt Recommended TLV Assistant for GB Coaching Job - by David Pick

Ahead of its local challenge against Maccabi Rishon LeZion later tonight, Maccabi Tel Aviv's head coach David Blatt (Agency: Beo Basket) filed a letter of recommendation to Great Britain's basketball search committee suggesting his assistant Guy Goodes (Agency: Avi Zilberman) for their national team head coaching position.

Blatt, one of Europe's prolific coaches and elite basketball minds, who managed to resurrect the broken image of Israel's powerhouse organization and reshape its intimidating form, believes Goodes is worthy of filling in for longtime coach Chris Finch, who joined the Houston Rockets' coaching staff.

"Guy (Goodes) and I have worked closely together over the last three years (for Maccabi) and we've had a lot of success and he's been a very big part of it," Blatt told Eurobasket during a sit-down interview in his office at Nokia Arena, adding, " (Goodes) has a keen basketball mind. He's been a head coach for several years, he functions in Maccabi as an associate head coach more than an assistant, and he's a person who I can leave my team in his hands because there will be no fall off."

Goodes, 42, played point guard with duel British and Israeli passports. Yet multiple NBA coaches have also sent in applications for the position, which is set to participate in the upcoming 2013 European Championship games in Slovenia.

Prior to Blatt's remarkable Bronze medal campaign with the Russian national team during the 2012 London Olympics, the Princeton graduate competed against the Brits in a number of pre-Olympic exhibition games, allowing him to become familiar with its personnel.

"I know the British national-team program because we've played against them a number of times this past summer and I had the chance to meet the people on board, so when they made it known to me through their search committee that they were looking for a coach, I recommended Guy Goodes because I strongly believe in him and know what great possibilities he presents as a national team coach," the 53-year-old Massachusetts native said.

Towards the end of 2012, it became apparent that British basketball suffered an overwhelming blow after losing all of its funding from UK Sport in the wake of last summer's Olympics failure. Despite featuring current NBA players Luol Deng (Chicago Bulls) and Joel Freeland (Portland Trail Blazers), the British dropped four of their five Olympic games.

Still, Blatt is certain that the chase for GB's head coaching position is very high.

"National teams are very attractive jobs for coaches and certainly the British national team because of the directions which they're trying to take programs in and the fact that it's a English speaking country which makes the adjusting process easy. I know they are looking at a number of different candidates which is natural -- but from my perspective -- I put Guy out there because I believe he will do a great job."

After a stellar playing career, Goodes' coaching career began in 2004 as an interim coach for Israel's Maccabi Rishon Lezion, who eventually hired him for the remainder of the season and the following one, in which Goodes led the organization to the Israeli league Final Four. He then worked for two seasons as an assistant coach for European power Maccabi Tel Aviv and two seasons as a head coach for Hapoel Jerusalem.

In 2010, Goodes returned to familiar grounds signing a two-year deal with Tel Aviv as an assistant coach. Throughout his time on the sidelines, he earned seven championships and won three state cups.



Israeli Winner League round 14 best performance: Diamon Simpson - by Eurobasket News

American forward Diamon Simpson (201-F-87) had a great game in the last round for Maccabi Ashdod, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Bnei Hasharon (#7, 6-8) 86-76. Maccabi Ashdod maintains the 12th position in Israeli Winner League. Maccabi Ashdod is bottom ranked team in the standings. They need more victories to leave last spot and improve bad 5-9 record. Simpson turned to be Maccabi Ashdod's top player in his first season with the team. Former Saint Mary's College of California star has very solid stats this year. Simpson is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.0ppg) and averages impressive 1.1bpg and 56.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Deron Washington (201-G/F-85) of Netanya. Washington had a very good evening with a double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Netanya lost that game 70-79 to slightly higher-ranked Hapoel J-M (#4, 8-6). This loss caused Netanya to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Washington is a newcomer at Netanya, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Scotty Hopson (200-G-89) of league's second-best Hapoel Eilat. Hopson showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, six rebounds and six assists in the last round. Despite Hopson's great performance Hapoel Eilat lost 87-96 to #3 ranked Maccabi Haifa. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Hapoel Eilat needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 9 victories and 5 lost games. Hopson has a great season in Israel. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.4ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shawn James (207-C-83) of Maccabi T-A - 12 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Donta Smith (201-SF-83) of Maccabi Haifa - 25 points and 4 rebounds
6. Jerome Dyson (191-G-87) of Hapoel Holon - 26 points and 3 assists
7. Mardy Collins (198-G-84) of Maccabi Ashdod - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Jumaine Jones (203-F-79) of Bnei Hasharon - 9 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Marcus Dove (206-F-85) of Elizur Ashkelon - 8 points and 15 rebounds
10. Rakim Sanders (193-G-89) of Galil Gilboa - 24 points and 3 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)



Winner League Round 14: Hapoel Eilat loses to Maccabi Haifa in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The round was exceptionally exciting as three games ended with a tiny margin. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Haifa. Third ranked host Maccabi Haifa (9-5) defeated second-ranked Hapoel Eilat (9-5) 96-87. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel Eilat. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 55-42 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Hapoel Eilat helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) scored 25 points to lead the charge for the winners and American-Greek swingman Pat Calathes (208-85, college: St.Joseph's) chipped in 17 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. American guard Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) responded with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Maccabi Haifa moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Hapoel Eilat. Maccabi Haifa is looking forward to face league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hapoel Eilat will play at home against Galil Gilboa in Rosh Pina and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Maccabi Ashdod managed to get a fifth victory. This time they won against seventh-ranked Bnei Hasharon in Hod Hasharon 86-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bnei Hasharon. American guard Mardy Collins (198-84, college: Temple) notched 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and Diamon Simpson supported him with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Even 9 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists by American forward Jumaine Jones (203-79, college: Georgia) did not help to save the game for Bnei Hasharon. Maccabi Ashdod (5-9) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Bnei Hasharon at the other side dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Hapoel T-A and Maccabi Rishon. Maccabi Ashdod will play against higher ranked Hapoel J-M (#4) in Jerusalem in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Bnei Hasharon will play at home against Hapoel Holon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Winner League top team - Maccabi T-A (13-1) had no problems winning another game on Monday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Maccabi Rishon (6-8) in Rishon Le-Zion 72-49. The best player for the winners was Shawn James who had a double-double by scoring 12 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Julian Wright produced 20 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Maccabi T-A have an impressive 11-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 13-1 record. Loser Maccabi Rishon keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Hapoel T-A and Bnei Hasharon. Maccabi T-A will meet at home Maccabi Haifa (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Maccabi Rishon will play against Hapoel Tel-Aviv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Jerusalem was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers GreenTops Netanya (7-7) played at the court of fifth ranked Hapoel J-M (8-6). Hapoel J-M managed to secure a 9-point victory 79-70. Americans were the main players on the court. Craig Smith orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 8 rebounds. Hapoel J-M moved-up to fourth place. GreenTops Netanya lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Hapoel J-M's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Maccabi Ashdod (#12) on the road and are hoping to win another game. GreenTops Netanya will play against Ironi Ashkelon (#9).
Important game to mention about took place in Ashkelon. Eighth ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (6-8) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 9th ranked Ironi Ashkelon (5-9) 54-51 on Sunday evening. Demontez Stitt scored 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Hapoel Tel-Aviv moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Maccabi Rishon and Bnei Hasharon. Ironi Ashkelon lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with nine games lost. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will face Maccabi Rishon (#8) in Rishon Le-Zion in the next round. Ironi Ashkelon will play on the road against GreenTops Netanya.

In the last game of round 14 Galil Gilboa won against Hapoel Holon on the opponent's court 79-76.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 11 points and 14 rebounds by Deron Washington of Netanya.


Bnei Hasharon - Maccabi Ashdod 76-86

Bottom-ranked Maccabi Ashdod managed to get a fifth victory. This time they won against seventh-ranked Bnei Hasharon in Hod Hasharon 86-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bnei Hasharon. Bnei Hasharon was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Strangely Bnei Hasharon outrebounded Maccabi Ashdod 45-32 including 33 on the defensive glass. American guard Mardy Collins (198-84, college: Temple) notched 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and the other American import forward Diamon Simpson (201-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) supported him with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Even 9 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists by American forward Jumaine Jones (203-79, college: Georgia) did not help to save the game for Bnei Hasharon. American-Mexican swingman Romel Beck (201-82, college: UNLV, agency: Interperformances) added 21 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Maccabi Ashdod (5-9) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Bnei Hasharon at the other side dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Hapoel T-A and Maccabi Rishon. Maccabi Ashdod will play against higher ranked Hapoel J-M (#4) in Jerusalem in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Bnei Hasharon will play at home against Hapoel Holon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hasharon: R.Beck 21+5reb+2ast, D.Caracter 18+7reb, C.Mason 14+6reb+4ast, J.Jones 9+14reb+6ast, B.Rice 8+6reb, N.Berkowitz 4+4reb+4ast
Maccabi Ashdod: M.Collins 23+5reb+5ast, D.Simpson 19+12reb+1ast, J.Skeen 16+4reb+2ast, D.Hagag 9+3reb+3ast, M.Mizrahi 8+1reb, A.Freeman 7+5reb+3ast
gschID: 192995


Maccabi Rishon - Maccabi T-A 49-72

Winner League top team - Maccabi T-A (13-1) had no problems winning another game on Monday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Maccabi Rishon (6-8) in Rishon Le-Zion 72-49. The game without a history. Maccabi T-A led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Maccabi Rishon to just 6 points in third and fourth quarters. Maccabi T-A forced 19 Maccabi Rishon turnovers. The best player for the winners was American center Shawn James (207-83, college: Northeastern) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks. International Lior Eliyahu (206-85) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Julian Wright (203-87, college: Kansas) produced 20 points and 6 rebounds and Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (200-84, college: Hofstra, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Maccabi T-A have an impressive 11-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 13-1 record. Loser Maccabi Rishon keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Hapoel T-A and Bnei Hasharon. Maccabi T-A will meet at home Maccabi Haifa (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Maccabi Rishon will play against Hapoel Tel-Aviv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Rishon: J.Wright 20+6reb, L.Jones 9+4reb+2ast, A.Uter 8+8reb+3ast, N.Hanochi 6+8reb+3ast, O.Solomon 6+5reb, A.Ben David 0+4reb+1ast
Maccabi T-A: L.Eliyahu 18+5reb+3ast, S.James 12+13reb+4ast, Y.Ohayon 10+2reb+4ast, D.Smith 9+5reb, R.Hickman 7+2reb+5ast, S.Landesberg 7+4reb
gschID: 192994


Maccabi Haifa - Hapoel Eilat 96-87

The game between Top Four teams took place in Haifa. Third ranked host Maccabi Haifa (9-5) defeated second-ranked Hapoel Eilat (9-5) 96-87. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel Eilat. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 55-42 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Hapoel Eilat helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) scored 25 points to lead the charge for the winners and American-Greek swingman Pat Calathes (208-85, college: St.Joseph's) chipped in 17 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. American guard Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) responded with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international point guard Afik Nissim (186-81) scored 20 points and 5 steals. Five Maccabi Haifa and four Hapoel Eilat players scored in double figures. Maccabi Haifa moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Hapoel Eilat. Maccabi Haifa is looking forward to face league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hapoel Eilat will play at home against Galil Gilboa in Rosh Pina and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Eilat: S.Hopson 27+6reb+6ast, A.Nissim 20+2reb+3ast, J.Tillman 12+5reb+2ast, E.Holman 11+11reb, T.Younger 7+1reb, D.Washington 6+4reb+3ast
Maccabi Haifa: D.Smith 25+4reb+1ast, P.Stoll 20+2reb+8ast, P.Calathes 17+11reb+2ast, G.Mekel 15+1ast, J.Thomas 11+16reb+1ast, I.Kozikaro 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 192992


Elizur Ashkelon - Hapoel T-A 51-54

Important game to mention about took place in Ashkelon. Eighth ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (6-8) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 9th ranked Ironi Ashkelon (5-9) 54-51 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 31-19 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Hapoel Tel-Aviv dominated on the defensive end, holding Ironi Ashkelon to just 5 points in third quarter. American point guard Demontez Stitt (186-89, college: Clemson) scored 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international point guard Bar Timor (190-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. American guard Marcus Moore (198-80, college: Washington St., agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Marcus Dove (206-85, college: Oklahoma St.) scored 8 points and 15 rebounds. Hapoel Tel-Aviv moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Maccabi Rishon and Bnei Hasharon. Ironi Ashkelon lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with nine games lost. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will face Maccabi Rishon (#8) in Rishon Le-Zion in the next round. Ironi Ashkelon will play on the road against GreenTops Netanya.
Top scorers:
Elizur Ashkelon: M.Moore 21+6reb+2ast, O.Shaashoua 9+2reb+1ast, M.Dove 8+15reb, M.Perry 6+3reb+1ast, G.Porat 4+3reb, J.Mills 2+5reb+1ast
Hapoel T-A: D.Stitt 18+8reb+5ast, B.Timor 13+7reb+2ast, J.Taylor 7+4reb, C.Kelly 7+5reb, G.Eytan 3, J.Nir 2+4reb
gschID: 192991


Hapoel J-M - Netanya 79-70

The game in Jerusalem was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers GreenTops Netanya (7-7) played at the court of fifth ranked Hapoel J-M (8-6). Hapoel J-M managed to secure a 9-point victory 79-70. It looked good early as GreenTops Netanya took an 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hapoel J-M took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 9 points. They made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Craig Smith (201-83, college: Boston Coll.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 8 rebounds. Josh Duncan (203-86) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Hapoel J-M players scored in double figures. Power forward Raymar Morgan (202-88, college: Michigan St.) replied with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Marco Killingsworth (203-82, college: Indiana, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 23 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for GreenTops Netanya. Hapoel J-M moved-up to fourth place. GreenTops Netanya lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Hapoel J-M's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Maccabi Ashdod (#12) on the road and are hoping to win another game. GreenTops Netanya will play against Ironi Ashkelon (#9).
Top scorers:
Netanya: M.Killingsworth 23+6reb, R.Morgan 19+7reb+4ast, D.Washington 11+14reb+3ast, Y.Orland 5, R.Bradley 4+1reb+3ast, E.Shulman 3+2reb+9ast
Hapoel J-M: J.Pullen 17+2reb+2ast, C.Smith 17+8reb, J.Duncan 15+8reb+1ast, R.Limonad 11+7reb+4ast, D.Grunfeld 11+1reb+2ast, M.Tapiro 5+2reb+6ast
gschID: 192996


Hapoel Holon - Galil Gilboa 76-79

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 10th ranked Hapoel Holon (5-9) was edged at home by eleventh ranked Galil Gilboa (5-9) 79-76 on Sunday. Hapoel Holon was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Galil Gilboa dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel Holon's 32. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Galil Gilboa made 7 blocks. American guard Rakim Sanders (193-89, college: Fairfield) scored 24 points to lead the charge for the winners and the former international Dagan Yavzuri (193-85) chipped in 19 points during the contest. American guard Jerome Dyson (191-87, college: Connecticut) responded with 26 points and his fellow American import forward Lawrence Hill (203-87, college: Stanford) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Galil Gilboa moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Hapoel Holon. Galil Gilboa will face league's second-placed Hapoel Eilat on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Holon: J.Dyson 26+1reb+3ast, D.Waters 19+5ast, L.Hill 14+10reb+2ast, F.Hassell 9+7reb, Z.Rosen 6+1reb, S.Daniel 2+5reb+1ast
Galil Gilboa: R.Sanders 24+3reb+1ast, D.Yavzuri 19+3reb+2ast, N.Tishman 10+2ast, K.Hayes 9+4reb+3ast, Y.Green 9+12reb, M.Watt 8+4reb+4ast
gschID: 192993



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Standings - SerieA

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

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 20: Sutor MGR - Sidigas AV 95-71
Jan. 20: SAIE3 BO - Vanoli CR 92-93
Jan. 20: Umana VE - Cantu 83-79
Jan. 20: Cimberio VA - Enel Brindisi 83-71
Jan. 20: Angelico BI - Banco di Sard. 72-100
Jan. 20: JuveCaserta - EA7 Armani 69-78
Jan. 20: Acea Virtus RM - Pesaro 65-64
Jan. 21: Montepaschi - Trenkwalder RE 64-49

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 27: EA7 Armani - SAIE3 BO
Jan. 27: Banco di Sard. - Sutor MGR
Jan. 27: Pesaro - Angelico BI
Jan. 27: Cantu - Acea Virtus RM
Jan. 27: Sidigas AV - Cimberio VA
Jan. 27: Vanoli CR - JuveCaserta
Jan. 27: Trenkwalder RE - Umana VE
Jan. 27: Enel Brindisi - Montepaschi


Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Jonathan GIBSON
  Enel Brindisi
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Gibson, Enel Brind.19.5 
 2. Taylor, Trenkwal.19.1 
 3. Datome, Acea V.17.8 
 4. Harris, Vanoli CR17.8 
 5. Diener, Banco d.16.4 
 6. Johnson, Angelico.16.2 
 7. Ere, Cimberio VA16.2 
 8. Diener, Banco d.15.9 
 9. Langford, EA7 A.15.8 
 10. Dunston, Cimberio.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gani LAWAL
  Acea V.
  (205-C/F-88)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Lawal, Acea V.8.3 
 2. Johnson, Sidigas8.2 
 3. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.0 
 4. Dunston, Cimberio.7.9 
 5. Brunner, Trenkwal.7.9 
 6. Akindele, JuveCase.7.6 
 7. Burns, Sutor MGR7.0 
 8. Ebi, Sidigas AV6.8 
 9. Jelovac, JuveCase.6.8 
 10. Ere, Cimberio VA6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.8 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA5.8 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.2 
 4. Cook, EA7 Armani4.1 
 5. Tabu-Eboma, Cantu4.0 
 6. Brown, Montepaschi3.8 
 7. Cinciarini, Trenkw.3.7 
 8. Steele, Sutor MGR3.6 
 9. Shakur, Sidigas AV3.6 
 10. Taylor, Acea V.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  Angelico.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Robinson, Angelico.2.4 
 2. Dunston, Cimberio.2.4 
 3. Green, Cimberio VA2.3 
 4. Barbour, Pesaro2.1 
 5. Thornton, Banco d.2.1 
 6. De Nicolao, Cimber.1.9 
 7. Hasbrouck, SAIE31.9 
 8. Taylor, Trenkwal.1.9 
 9. Shakur, Sidigas AV1.9 
 10. James, Trenkwal.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.4 
 2. Ress, Montepaschi1.6 
 3. Simmons, Enel B.1.4 
 4. Cusin, Cantu1.3 
 5. Eze, Montepaschi1.3 
 6. Lawal, Acea V.1.3 
 7. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.3 
 8. Crosariol, Pesaro1.3 
 9. Datome, Acea V.1.1 
 10. Ebi, Sidigas AV1.1 


Jaka Lakovic may agree terms with Air Avellino - by Eurobasket News

Sidigas Avellino (SerieA) is close to land 35-year old Slovenian international guard Jaka Lakovic (186-78) who currently plays Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul in Turkey. But in 5 TBL games this season he averaged just 1.6ppg. Lakovic also played 4 games in Eurocup where he had 3.3ppg and 1.3apg. The last season he played also at Galatasaray (TBL) in Turkish TBL. In 35 games last season he had 10.5ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.9apg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Turkish League All-Bosmans Team and to the All-Star Game. Lakovic also played 19 games in Euroleague where he had 9.9ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.7apg.
Among other achievements he won Spanish ACB championship title in 2011. Lakovic received also Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Bosman Player of the Year award back in 2005. He represented Slovenia at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 11 games: 9.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 30.8%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 81.5%.
Lakovic has played previously professionally in Spain (Regal FC Barcelona) and Slovenia (Krka and Geoplin Slovan).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Air Avellino.
Lakovics game is described as: A tiny player for the ex-Yugoslavia specimens, but a great player on the court. The typical floor general. has great court vision and passing skills, and can hit the basket at will from behind the 3pts arch. Great clutch shooter, wants the ball in his hands in the main moments of any game, even because hes automatic from the free throws line. He also a good defender, even on taller opponents.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)



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

29-year old power forward Angelo Gigli (209-PF-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for SAIE3 BO and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds, while his team was edged out by Vanoli CR (6-10) 93-92. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. SAIE3 BO maintains the 11th position in Italian league. SAIE3 BO is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 10th lost game this season out of 16 games. It's Gigli's second year at SAIE3 BO and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Angelo Gigli averages this season 9.4ppg and 6.5rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Yakhouba Diawara (201-F-82) of Umana VE. He is French forward in his first season at Umana VE. In the last game Diawara recorded impressive 29 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Umana VE to edge the higher-ranked Cantu (#4, 11-5) by 4 points 83-79. This victory allowed Umana VE to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Diawara is a newcomer at Umana VE and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Jarrius Jackson (186-G-85) of Vanoli CR (#12). Jackson scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Vanoli CR, leading his team to a 93-92 win against SAIE3 BO (6-10). The chances of Vanoli CR not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 10 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jackson could try to bring Vanoli CR's a little bit higher in the standings. Jackson has a very solid season. In 16 games in Italy he scored 14.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bryant Dunston (202-F/C-86) of Cimberio VA - 15 points and 7 rebounds
5. Guido Rosselli (198-G-83) of Umana VE - 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Viktor Sanikidze (203-SF-86) of Montepaschi - 6 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Keith Langford (193-SG-83) of EA7 Armani - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Lance Harris (195-G-84) of Vanoli CR - 28 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Travis Diener (184-PG-82) of Banco di Sard. - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Michal Ignerski (207-F-80) of Banco di Sard. - 19 points and 2 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)



SerieA Round 16: Top-ranked Cimberio Varese wins another game - by Eurobasket News

SerieA top team - Cimberio Varese (14-2) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat seventh ranked Enel Brindisi (8-8) 83-71. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Cimberio Varese forced 21 Enel Brindisi turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Bryant Dunston (202-86) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 blocks. point guard Andrea De Nicolao (185-91) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Antywane Robinson (203-84, college: Temple, agency: Priority Sports) replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds for Enel Brindisi. Enel Brindisi's coach Pier Luigi Bucchi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cimberio Varese maintains first position with 14-2 record. Newly promoted Enel Brindisi keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. They share the position with Trenkwalder RE and Umana VE. Cimberio Varese are looking forward to face Air Avellino (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Enel Brindisi will play against Montepaschi Siena (#3) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Sixteenth-ranked VL Pesaro (3-13) was very close to win a game against fifth ranked Lottomatica Roma (11-5). Lottomatica Roma managed to secure only one-point victory 65-64. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Luigi Datome (203-87) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 rebounds and Gani Lawal who added 12 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American-Lebanese swingman Antwain Barbour (196-82, college: Kentucky, agency: Three Eye Sports) responded with 20 points. VL Pesaro's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Lottomatica Roma have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cantu. VL Pesaro at the other side stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. They share it with Angelico BI. Lottomatica Roma will play against Cantu (#4) on the road in the next round. VL Pesaro will play against Angelico Biella (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Bologna between Vanoli Cremona and SAIE3 BO. Twelfth ranked Vanoli Cremona (6-10) got a very close victory on the road over 11th ranked SAIE3 BO (6-10). Vanoli Cremona managed to escape with a 1-point win 93-92 in the fight for the eleventh place. The winners were led by Lance Harris who scored that evening 28 points and 6 rebounds. Even a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) by Angelo Gigli did not help to save the game for SAIE3 BO. SAIE3 BO's coach Alessandro Finelli let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Vanoli Cremona moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with defeated SAIE3 BO. SAIE3 BO lost sixth consecutive game. Vanoli Cremona will meet at home higher ranked Juvecaserta (#10) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. SAIE3 BO will play against Armani Milano and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Cantu (11-5) and Umana Venezia (8-8), which took place in Venezia. Higher ranked Cantu lost to ninth ranked Umana Venezia in a road game 79-83. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Cantu. Yakhouba Diawara fired 29 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Umana Venezia's coach Andrea Mazzon allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Umana Venezia moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Trenkwalder RE and Enel Brindisi. Cantu at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Umana Venezia's next round opponent will be Trenkwalder RE (#8) in Reggio Emilia. Cantu will play at home against Lottomatica Roma (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between 15th ranked Angelico Biella (3-13) and second ranked Banco di Sard. (13-3) in Biella on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Sassari outscored Angelico Biella 100-72. It was a very good performance for Travis Diener who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Banco di Sard. maintains second position with 13-3 record behind leader Cimberio VA. Angelico Biella lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place with 13 games lost. Banco di Sard. will face Sutor Montegranaro (#13) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Angelico Biella will play against VL Pesaro and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 16 were not that significant. Trenkwalder RE was beaten by Montepaschi on the road 64-49. JuveCaserta lost to EA7 Armani on its own court 69-78. Sidigas AV was outscored by Sutor MGR in Montegranaro 71-95.


Montepaschi - Trenkwalder RE 64-49

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Montepaschi Siena (12-4) beat at home 7th ranked Trenkwalder RE (8-8) 64-49 on Monday. The game without a history. Montepaschi Siena led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a very good performance for Georgian Viktor Sanikidze (203-86) who helped to win the game recording 6 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international point guard Daniel Hackett (200-87, college: USC, agency: Two Points) contributed with 10 points for the winners. American guard Donnel Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) replied with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American-Swiss Greg Brunner (201-83, college: Iowa) added 6 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Trenkwalder RE. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains third position with 12-4 record having just two points less than leader Cimberio VA. Newly promoted Trenkwalder RE keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. Montepaschi Siena will face Enel Brindisi (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Trenkwalder RE will play against Umana Venezia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Trenkwalder RE: D.Taylor 14+6reb+4ast, O.Silins 10+1reb, A.Cinciarini 8+3reb+3ast, G.Brunner 6+9reb+1ast, D.James 4+2reb, D.Filloy 3+3reb
Montepaschi: D.Moss 11+5reb, D.Hackett 10+3reb+3ast, T.Ress 9+2reb+1ast, K.Kangur 9+1reb, B.Brown 8+3ast, B.Eze 6+7reb
gschID: 185540


SAIE3 BO - Vanoli CR 92-93

A very close game took place in Bologna between Vanoli Cremona and SAIE3 BO. Twelfth ranked Vanoli Cremona (6-10) got a very close victory on the road over 11th ranked SAIE3 BO (6-10). Vanoli Cremona managed to escape with a 1-point win 93-92 in the fight for the eleventh place. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 33-26. But SAIE3 BO won second period 25-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The winners were led by American guard Lance Harris (195-84, college: Kansas St.) who scored that evening 28 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import guard Jarrius Jackson (186-85, college: Texas Tech) supported him with 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Even a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) by the former international Angelo Gigli (209-83) did not help to save the game for SAIE3 BO. International point guard Giuseppe Poeta (190-85) added 18 points for lost side. Five Vanoli Cremona and four SAIE3 BO players scored in double figures. SAIE3 BO's coach Alessandro Finelli let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Vanoli Cremona moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with defeated SAIE3 BO. SAIE3 BO lost sixth consecutive game. Vanoli Cremona will meet at home higher ranked Juvecaserta (#10) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. SAIE3 BO will play against Armani Milano and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
SAIE3 BO: R.Minard 19+3reb+1ast, A.Gigli 19+12reb+2ast, G.Poeta 18+2reb+3ast, S.Smith 10+3reb+1ast, M.Imbro 7+2ast, M.Rocca 7+1reb
Vanoli CR: L.Harris 28+6reb+3ast, J.Jackson 22+6reb+1ast, A.Johnson 13+3ast, H.Peric 10+7reb+3ast, A.Stipanovic 10+6reb+1ast, B.Chase 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 185541


JuveCaserta - EA7 Armani 69-78

Rather expected game when 10th ranked Juvecaserta (7-9) lost to eighth ranked Armani Milano (9-7) in Caserta 69-78 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 9 points. Armani Milano made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) who helped to win the game recording 21 points. The other American import swingman Malik Hairston (198-87, college: Oregon) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. Serbian power forward Stevan Jelovac (208-89, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 15 points and 5 rebounds and Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St.) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Juvecaserta. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Armani Milano moved-up to sixth place. Loser Juvecaserta keeps the tenth position with nine games lost. Armani Milano will face SAIE3 BO (#11) in Bologna in the next round where they are favorite. Juvecaserta will play on the road against Vanoli Cremona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
JuveCaserta: J.Akindele 15+5reb, S.Jelovac 15+5reb+1ast, S.Gentile 10+5reb, M.Mordente 7+3reb+1ast, Z.Jonusas 7+3reb+1ast, L.Sergio 6
EA7 Armani: K.Langford 21+4reb+3ast, M.Hairston 18+6reb+1ast, I.Bourousis 12+7reb+1ast, M.Green 8+3reb+4ast, D.Chiotti 6+4reb, L.Radosevic 4+2reb
gschID: 185547


Sutor MGR - Sidigas AV 95-71

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both thirteenth ranked Sutor Montegranaro and 14th ranked Air Avellino had identical 4-11 record. This time Sutor Montegranaro used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Avellino 95-71 on Sunday night. The game without a history. Sutor Montegranaro led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a very good performance for American forward Christian Burns (203-85, college: Philadelphia) who helped to win the game recording 17 points. The former international guard Daniele Cinciarini (194-83) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Five Sutor Montegranaro players scored in double figures. Sutor Montegranaro's coach Carlo Recalcati felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Jeremy Richardson (200-84, college: Delta St.) replied with 17 points and Bulgarian forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Air Avellino. Sutor Montegranaro maintains thirteenth position with 5-11 record. Loser Air Avellino keeps the fourteenth place with 12 games lost. Sutor Montegranaro will face league's second-placed Banco di Sard. in Sassari in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Air Avellino will play at home against the league's leader Cimberio Varese (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Sidigas AV: J.Richardson 17+4reb+1ast, K.Ivanov 12+8reb, M.Shakur 12+2reb+3ast, T.Dean 8+5reb+1ast, L.Johnson 8+3reb, P.Biligha 6+5reb
Sutor MGR: C.Burns 17+4reb+1ast, D.Cinciarini 16+4reb+1ast, V.Amoroso 12+7reb+1ast, K.Johnson 12+4reb, R.Steele 12+3reb+3ast, T.Slay 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 185546


Acea Virtus RM - Pesaro 65-64

Sixteenth-ranked VL Pesaro (3-13) was very close to win a game against fifth ranked Lottomatica Roma (11-5). Lottomatica Roma managed to secure only one-point victory 65-64. However their fans expected much easier game. VL Pesaro was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 22-14 third quarter run of Lottomatica Roma. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Luigi Datome (203-87) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 rebounds and American-Nigerian power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech) who added 12 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American-Lebanese swingman Antwain Barbour (196-82, college: Kentucky, agency: Three Eye Sports) responded with 20 points and Croatian point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86) scored 13 points. VL Pesaro's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Lottomatica Roma have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cantu. VL Pesaro at the other side stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. They share it with Angelico BI. Lottomatica Roma will play against Cantu (#4) on the road in the next round. VL Pesaro will play against Angelico Biella (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pesaro: A.Barbour 20+4reb+1ast, R.Stipcevic 13+2reb+2ast, D.Cavaliero 10+4reb+3ast, A.Crosariol 8+7reb+2ast, T.Kinsey 7+6reb+1ast, L.Mack 3+3reb
Acea Virtus RM: L.Datome 21+5reb, G.Lawal 12+8reb, J.Taylor 12+2reb+3ast, M.Tambone 5+1reb+1ast, P.Goss 5+2reb+3ast, O.Czyz 4+3reb
gschID: 185545


Angelico BI - Banco di Sard. 72-100

The game between 15th ranked Angelico Biella (3-13) and second ranked Banco di Sard. (13-3) in Biella on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Sassari outscored Angelico Biella 100-72. The game without a history. Banco di Sard. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 62.3 percent from the field. Angelico Biella was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American point guard Travis Diener (184-82, college: Marquette) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 4 assists. The other American import guard Marvis Thornton (194-77, college: St.John's) contributed with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Banco di Sard. players scored in double figures. Slovenian power forward Goran Jurak (203-77) replied with 17 points and 8 rebounds and American-Montenegrin point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St.) added 12 points in the effort for Angelico Biella. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Banco di Sard. maintains second position with 13-3 record behind leader Cimberio VA. Angelico Biella lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place with 13 games lost. Banco di Sard. will face Sutor Montegranaro (#13) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Angelico Biella will play against VL Pesaro and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Angelico BI: G.Jurak 17+8reb, T.Rochestie 12+2reb+2ast, M.Lagana 9+1reb+1ast, M.Soragna 8+2ast, D.Tsaldaris 7+4reb+2ast, T.Johnson 7+3reb+1ast
Banco di Sard.: T.Diener 22+2reb+4ast, M.Ignerski 19+2reb, M.Thornton 17+5reb+4ast, T.Easley 12+3reb+3ast, D.Diener 11+5reb+3ast, D.Diliegro 7
gschID: 185544


Cimberio VA - Enel Brindisi 83-71

SerieA top team - Cimberio Varese (14-2) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat seventh ranked Enel Brindisi (8-8) 83-71. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Cimberio Varese forced 21 Enel Brindisi turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Bryant Dunston (202-86) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 blocks. point guard Andrea De Nicolao (185-91) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Cimberio Varese players scored in double figures. American forward Antywane Robinson (203-84, college: Temple, agency: Priority Sports) replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Jonathan Gibson (188-87, college: N.Mexico St., agency: Three Eye Sports) added 16 points and 5 assists in the effort for Enel Brindisi. Enel Brindisi's coach Pier Luigi Bucchi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cimberio Varese maintains first position with 14-2 record. Newly promoted Enel Brindisi keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. They share the position with Trenkwalder RE and Umana VE. Cimberio Varese are looking forward to face Air Avellino (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Enel Brindisi will play against Montepaschi Siena (#3) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Enel Brindisi: A.Robinson 18+5reb+2ast, J.Gibson 16+2reb+5ast, M.Formenti 9+2reb, C.Simmons 8+7reb, A.Zerini 7+6reb, S.Reynolds 6+6reb+3ast
Cimberio VA: B.Dunston 15+7reb+1ast, A.De Nicolao 14+5reb+3ast, E.Rush 13+3reb, M.Green 13+1reb+8ast, D.Sakota 10+2reb, A.Polonara 9+10reb+2ast
gschID: 185543


Umana VE - Cantu 83-79

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Cantu (11-5) and Umana Venezia (8-8), which took place in Venezia. Higher ranked Cantu lost to ninth ranked Umana Venezia in a road game 79-83. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Cantu. Cantu was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 43-35 second half run of Umana Venezia. They made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Umana Venezia outrebounded Cantu 33-21 including 22 on the defensive glass. French forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine) fired 29 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Umana Venezia's coach Andrea Mazzon allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Belgian point guard Jonathan Tabu (190-85) produced 15 points and 5 assists and American-Israeli center Alex Tyus (205-88, college: Florida) added 15 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Four Umana Venezia and five Cantu players scored in double figures. Umana Venezia moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Trenkwalder RE and Enel Brindisi. Cantu at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Umana Venezia's next round opponent will be Trenkwalder RE (#8) in Reggio Emilia. Cantu will play at home against Lottomatica Roma (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cantu: J.Tabu 15+1reb+5ast, A.Tyus 15+5reb, P.Aradori 13+4reb, M.Leunen 13+4reb+2ast, M.Markoishvili 12+2reb+2ast, J.Brooks 8+2reb+1ast
Umana VE: Y.Diawara 29+9reb+2ast, S.Szewczyk 21+7reb+2ast, K.Kee Clark 11+6reb+3ast, G.Rosselli 10+5reb+4ast, T.Bowers 5+1reb+2ast, A.Young 5+2reb
gschID: 185542



Italian Nazionale A round 20 best performance: Marco Pazzi - by Eurobasket News

Center Marco Pazzi (203-C-79) had a very impressive game in the last round for Castelletto, receiving a Eurobasket.com Nazionale A Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 33-year old player had a double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Recanati (#15, 6-12) 94-87. Castelletto is placed at 3rd position in Italian Nazionale A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Castelletto will need more victories to improve their 12-6 record. In the team's last game Pazzi had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Castelletto's top player in his first season with the team. Marco Pazzi has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 8.8rpg).

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old Michele Venturelli (188-G-82) of Mirandola. Venturelli had a very good evening with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Mirandola to edge slightly higher-ranked Ferrara (7-11) 80-74. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Mirandola keeps 14th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-11 record. Venturelli is well-known at Mirandola and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Alessandro Piazza (174-PG-87) of Reggio Calabr. (#12). Piazza showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, ten rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Reggio Calabr., leading his team to a 66-65 win against the higher-ranked Agrigento (#4, 11-7). The chances of Reggio Calabr. ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Piazza could help Reggio Calabr. to bring them higher in the standings. Piazza has a great season in Italy. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.1apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Emanuele Rossi (208-C-82) of Chieti - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Federico Bolzonella (184-PG-84) of Castelletto - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Andrea Campiello (200-F-87) of Ferrara - 23 points and 6 rebounds
7. Antonio Iannuzzi (207-F/C-91) of Matera - 16 points and 8 rebounds
8. Davide Reati (193-G-88) of Treviglio - 27 points and 4 rebounds
9. Gianni Cantagalli (196-G-88) of Recanati - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Marco Tagliabue (206-PF-86) of Recanati - 25 points and 7 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)



Harris' 35-point game gives him Lega2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old guard Ricky Harris (188-G-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Biancoblu BO and receives a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had the game-high 35 points adding four rebounds and six assists for Biancoblu BO in his team's victory, helping them to beat Novipiu Casale (#3, 10-5) 81-74. Biancoblu BO maintains the 6th position in Italian Lega2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Biancoblu BO will need more victories to improve their 9-6 record. In the team's last game Harris had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Biancoblu BO's top player in his first season with the team. Ricky Harris averages this season 15.1ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Michael Jenkins (191-G-86) of C.de Latte BRE. He is American guard in his first season at C.de Latte BRE. In the last game Jenkins recorded impressive 36 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for C.de Latte BRE to edge the lower-ranked Fileni BPA Jesi (#14, 5-10) in overtime by 6 points 99-93. C.de Latte BRE's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Jenkins is a newcomer at C.de Latte BRE and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.5ppg (#8). He also registered 4.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Rodolfo Valenti (198-F-80) of Aget Service IM (#15). Valenti scored 18 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Aget Service IM, leading his team to a 70-58 win against the higher-ranked AcegasAps TR (#8, 8-7). The chances of Aget Service IM not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Valenti could try to bring Aget Service IM's a little bit higher in the standings. Valenti has a very solid season. In 15 games in Italy he scored 10.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Francesco Guarino (182-PG-79) of FCM Ferentino - 32 points and 3 assists
5. Casper Ware (177-PG-90) of Novipiu Casale - 32 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Miroslav Todic (205-F-85) of LeGanberi FO - 13 points and 16 rebounds
7. Mitchell Poletti (205-F/C-88) of Upea CdO - 9 points and 17 rebounds
8. Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) of Fileni BPA Jesi - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Michael Umeh (188-PG-84) of Pall.Trento - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Alessandro Cittadini (207-C/F-79) of Sigma Barcel. - 13 points and 7 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)



Hinrich, Belinelli Lead Bulls Past Lakers, 95-83 - by Eurobasket News

CHICAGO (AP) Kirk Hinrich scored a season-high 22 points, Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) added 15 points, and the Chicago Bulls pulled away down the stretch to beat the struggling Los Angeles Lakers 95-83 on Monday night.

Belinelli came up big in the closing minutes, scoring eight points during an 18-4 run that broke a 75-75 tie and sent the Lakers to their ninth loss in 11 games.

He started it by hitting two free throws after getting fouled by Dwight Howard with 6:54 left in the game and wrapped two 3-pointers around a layup by Los Angeles Earl Clark, making it 89-79 with 2:27 remaining.

The Lakers have now dropped six straight on the road, and this one came after coach Mike DAntoni shook up the lineup. He moved forward Pau Gasol to a reserve role and replaced him with Clark, but the slide continued on a night when Kobe Bryant and Howard were mostly nonfactors.

Hinrich hit 9 of 11 shots and nailed three 3-pointers. Belinelli and Nate Robinson (11 points) also hit three, and the Bulls were 9 of 17 overall from long range.

Joakim Noah added 13 rebounds and a season-best six blocks after sitting out the final 22 minutes, 53 seconds of Saturdays loss to Memphis.

Carlos Boozer chipped in with 14 points and six rebounds. Richard Hamilton scored 13, although he shot just 6 of 18. Jimmy Butler, making his second straight start with Luol Deng (sore right hamstring) sidelined, scored 10. And Chicago won this one in regulation after playing three straight overtime games.

Steve Nash led the Lakers with 18 points, but Bryant finished with just 16 on 7-of-22 shooting. That ended a run of 24 games with 20 or more points.

Howard, meanwhile, had just eight points and nine rebounds while picking up five fouls. Clark and Metta World Peace scored 12 apiece, and Gasol added 15 points and 12 rebounds in his new reserve role.

DAntoni made the switch because he wanted a quicker lineup. Even so, it was an eye-opening move, considering Gasol scored 25 at Toronto on Sunday.

It isnt against him, its better for us right now, DAntoni said before the game. Were going to try to work through it and see what we can do. Things do change, things happen, I cant see the future but were ready to go forward.

NOTES: Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said star PG Derrick Rose is very close to starting full contact drills in practice, the next step in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Could it happen this week? Yeah it could, Thibodeau said. Is it scheduled to happen this week? Thibodeau said, It could. He also said Rose will have to go through full-contact drills for an extended amount of time and that he wont be playing after one or two days of contact.
Courtesy of: Associated Press



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Nemanja Jaramaz may sign at BC Astana - by Eurobasket News

BC Astana (D1) is about to land 22-year old Serbian international shooting guard Nemanja Jaramaz (201-86kg-91, agency: Beo Basket) who currently plays Angelico Biella in Italy. In 14 SerieA games this season he averaged 7.1ppg and 3.4rpg. The last season Jaramaz played at Mega Vizura (A League) in Serbian A League. In 13 games last year he had 14.2ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.5apg. He also played at Partizan in Serbian league earlier that season. But in 26 Euroleague games he had just 1.4ppg.
Among other achievements he won Serbian League championship title in 2011. Jaramaz received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Honorable Mention award in 2011.
He was also a member of Serbian international program for some years. Jaramaz played for Serbian Senior National Team last year and previously for U18 National Team in 2009. He represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) two years ago.
Lets have closer look into Jaramazs outlook: A very versatile wing player, he can spend time in the 2, 3 and 4 position as well. Has yet enough playing experience to help a professional team out of the bench.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DjordjeMatic)



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Iljazi agrees terms with RTV 21 - by Dren Shporta

Another player of Bashkimi moves to RTV 21. Elvan Iljazi (204-SF-93) is the second player from Bashkimi who's contract has ended in the January with the club and after better offer from RTV 21 he went there.

19 year old Iljazi is small forward who had played years before at Sigal Prishtina, for a half of season, before heading to Turkey.

RTV 21 is looking forward to strenghen the team in the second part of the season so they can qualify for the play-offs for the first time in their history. They have also turned back Albatrit Berisha who wanted to join Bashkimi. Berisha had a valid contract with RTV 21.


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Standings - LBAL

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

Regular Season: Round 23

Jan. 21: VEF skola - Liepaja-2 91-69
Jan. 20: BK VEF-LSPA - DSN 80-64
Jan. 21: ViA - Ogres 58-71
Jan. 23: RSU - VeA
Jan. 23: DSN - Kvele
Jan. 23: Gulbene - Ridzene
Jan. 24: Valmiera BSS - Ogres
Jan. 24: ViA - Jelgava/LLU
Jan. 25: Livani - BK VEF-LSPA



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Best players of Lithuanian NKL round 26 - by Eurobasket News

Marius Valukonis (198-F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Suduva-Mantinga and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 24-year old forward had the game-high 32 points adding nine rebounds and five assists for Suduva-Mantinga in his team's victory, helping them to beat Nafta Universitetas (#18, 5-21) 105-95. Suduva-Mantinga maintains the 4th position in Lithuanian NKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Suduva-Mantinga will need more victories to improve their 17-9 record. Valukonis turned to be Suduva-Mantinga's top player in his first season with the team. Marius Valukonis averages this season 23.3ppg and 8.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old guard Marius Pociukonis (190-G-82) of S.Marciulionio. Pociukonis impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 15 points and 11 assists. Of course he lead S.Marciulionio to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Radviliskis (#14, 9-16) 91-64. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. S.Marciulionio keeps 10th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Pociukonis is well-known by S.Marciulionio fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Bryan Harrison (188-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of Dzukija (#3). Harrison showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, nine rebounds and fourteen assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Dzukija, leading his team to a 83-75 win against the lower-ranked Ezerunas-Karys (#15, 8-17). Dzukija needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 18 victories and 8 lost games. Harrison has a great season in Lithuania. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 7.8apg (best passer). He also has 2.1spg and and 3PT: 43.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Evaldas Saulys (193-G-93) of Silute - 23 points and 12 rebounds
5. Antanas Udras (202-F-92) of Perlas-MRU - 17 points and 7 rebounds
6. Marius Grigaitis (196-F-91) of Gargzdai - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) of Zalgiris-Sabonio - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Zilvinas Kuklierius (180-G-85) of Suduva-Mantinga - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Arturas Gudaitis (208-C-93) of Zalgiris-Sabonio - 15 points and 13 rebounds
10. Donatas Norkus (196-F-90) of Nafta Universitetas - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Standings

Diekirch Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Sparta 15-2 
 2. Amicale 13-5 
 3. Etzella 12-6 
 4. Musel Pikes 10-8 
 5. Residence 9-8 
 6. T71 9-9 
Places 7-10
 1. Soleuvre 7-11 
 2. Contern 7-11 
 3. Basket Esch 6-12 
 4. Black Star 1-17 
Stage One Standings

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 19: Amicale - Etzella 94-67
Jan. 19: Residence - Sparta 81-78
Jan. 19: Black Star - Basket Esch 77-84
Jan. 19: Contern - Soleuvre 76-90
Jan. 19: Musel Pikes - T71 73-79

Second Stage: Round 1

Places 1-6

Feb. 2: Amicale - Sparta
Feb. 3: Etzella - Residence
Feb. 3: Musel Pikes - T71

Places 7-10

Feb. 2: Soleuvre - Black Star
Feb. 2: Contern - Basket Esch


Scoring Leaders - DBBL

Points Per Game
 Billy MCDANIEL
  Black S.
  (201-F/C-84)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. McDaniel, Black S.25.4 
 2. Green, Soleuvre25.3 
 3. Schumacher, T7124.6 
 4. Kennedy, Residence24.2 
 5. Bryant, Black Star23.9 
 6. Ulin, Sparta21.7 
 7. Simpson, Etzella21.4 
 8. Frazier, Contern21.2 
 9. Smith, Sparta20.9 
 10. Sharry, T7119.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony SIMPSON
  Etzella
  (203-C/F-87)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Simpson, Etzella14.1 
 2. Powell, Contern13.2 
 3. Gary, Musel Pikes11.3 
 4. McDaniel, Black S.11.2 
 5. Sharry, T7110.7 
 6. Kennedy, Residence10.1 
 7. Frazier, Contern10.0 
 8. Wurtz, Musel Pikes9.7 
 9. Smith, Sparta9.6 
 10. Golson, Amicale9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Kasey ULIN
  Sparta
  (181-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Ulin, Sparta5.8 
 2. Bryant, Black Star4.6 
 3. Schumacher, T714.4 
 4. Green, Soleuvre4.3 
 5. Schwartz, Musel P.3.9 
 6. Biever, Basket Es.3.6 
 7. Schartz, Amicale3.5 
 8. Smith, Sparta3.4 
 9. Golson, Amicale3.4 
 10. Koster, Residence3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Contern
  (186-G-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jones, Contern2.6 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.2.5 
 3. Kennedy, Residence2.4 
 4. Green, Soleuvre1.9 
 5. Delgado, Etzella1.8 
 6. Schumacher, T711.8 
 7. Bryant, Black Star1.8 
 8. Simpson, Etzella1.7 
 9. Koster, Residence1.7 
 10. Smith, Sparta1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Musel Pikes
  (202-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Gary, Musel Pikes1.1 
 2. Powell, Contern1.0 
 3. Simpson, Etzella0.9 
 4. McDaniel, Black S.0.9 
 5. Hoffmann, Sparta0.8 
 6. Fisher, Amicale0.8 
 7. Sharry, T710.8 
 8. Frazier, Contern0.7 
 9. Golson, Amicale0.6 
 10. Hublart, Sparta0.5 


Etzella lands Chad Tomko, ex Bakken - by Eurobasket News

Etzella Ettelbruck (Diekirch League) tabbed 24-year old American point guard Chad Tomko (180-73kg-89, college: NC-Wilmington). He already started the season at Bakken in Danish Ligaen. In 14 games this season he averaged impressive 18.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.5apg and 2.4spg. Tomko also played at Helsinki in U.S. semi-pro league Eurobasket S.League earlier that season. In three ESL games he had 8.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.0apg. The other team he played shortly was Zurich in U.S. semi-pro league Eurobasket S.League. In three ESL games he had 8.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.0apg.
Among other achievements Tomkos team made it to the CAA Tournament Semifinals in 2008. He received also NABC Division I All-District 10 2nd Team award in 2011 at his college time.
Tomko graduated from Univ. of N.Carolina-Wilmington in 2011 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
Lets have closer look into His outlook: Chad is a quick energetic point guard that can control the game in a variety of ways. More of a scoring point guard but knows when to make the right decision on when to pass. Very good at reading ball screens and putting the defense into a tough situations. Deep range shooter that can also make mid range shots. He is a ball hawk when it comes to the defensive side. He is tough to beat off the dribble and anticipates passes when off the ball. Great rebounder for his size at 510 and has a 43 inch vertical. His passion to win makes him a tough competitor.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Luxembourg Diekirch League round 18 best performance: Mychal Green - by Eurobasket News

American guard Mychal Green (193-G-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Soleuvre, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 33 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Contern (7-11) 90-76. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Thanks to this victory Soleuvre moved-up to the 1st position in the Luxembourg Diekirch League. Soleuvre is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-11 record. Green turned to be Soleuvre's top player in his first season with the team. Former Ohio University star has very solid stats this year. Green is in league's top in points (2nd best: 25.3ppg), assists (4th best: 4.3apg) and averages impressive 57.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Leon Powell (200-F-88) of Contern. Powell had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 26 rebounds. Bad luck as Contern lost that game 76-90 to the higher-ranked Soleuvre (7-11). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Contern still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-11 record. Powell is a newcomer at Contern, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Billy McDaniel (201-F/C-84) of Black Star (#3). McDaniel showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite McDaniel's great performance Black Star lost 77-84 to #2 ranked Basket Esch. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Black Star can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-17 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for McDaniel he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. McDaniel has individually a great season in Luxembourg. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 25.4ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 11.2rpg (4th best). He also has 2.5spg, FGP: 57.9% and 3PT: 44.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Reggie Golson (201-F-81) of Amicale - 27 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Tom Schumacher (190-PG-87) of T71 - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Terry Bryant (185-PG-85) of Black Star - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Brandon Gary (202-F/C-83) of Musel Pikes - 16 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Anthony Simpson (203-C/F-87) of Etzella - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Kasey Ulin (181-PG-82) of Sparta - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Lawrence Wright (194-F-84) of Basket Esch - 29 points and 8 rebounds

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



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Eurobasket.com Louis Borg Cup Tournament Awards - by Steve Dolan

Stats Provided By: C.Schembri

The Awards was chosen on several factors: The Overall Cup Tournament Performances Individually and the Overall Teams Success during the Cup Tournament

Champion: Depiro Mtarfa Rabat Coached by Mario Tabone

Runner-up: Athleta

MVP: Shawn Morgan (198-GF-86, college: Arkansas St.) (Depiro Mtarfa Rabat) 4 Games: 20.8ppg, 16.8rpg, 6.3apg, 2.3spg, .8bpg

Morgan had the Most overall dominating performances during the Louis Borg Cup Tournament. Morgan did not score as much as many are use to in the finals against Athleta but found other ways to be a key factor in helping to lead his club to the Louis Borg Cup Championship over Athleta which was focused on shutting him down. Morgan led his club in ppg, apg, rpg, and bpg over the 4 games Deprio played in cup. Morgan also led the overall cup in rpg,ppg, and apg during the cup with a minimum of 3 games played during the cup tournament. This is the first cup has won in over a decade.

1st Team:

PG: Roderick Vella (180-PG-85) (Depiro Mtarfa Rabat) 4 Games 19.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 4.3apg, 3.0spg

G: Steve Schembri (187-SF-79) (Athleta) 6 Games 15.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5apg, .5spg

G/F: Shawn Morgan (Depiro Mtarfa Rabat) 4 Games 20.8ppg, 16.8rpg, 6.3apg, 2.3spg, .8bpg

PF: Marko Matijevic (200-F-78) (Siggiewi) 4 Games 16.0ppg, 15.8rpg, 2.2apg, 1.4bpg

C: Marko Todorovic (204-F/C-85) (Athleta) 5 Games 17.8ppg, 13.2rpg, 2.2apg, 1.3bpg

2nd Team:

PG: Peter Shoults (168-G-85)Siggiewi) 4 Games 9.8ppg, 4.8rpg , 3.8apg, 2.8spg,

G: Omar Said (177-PG-80) (Athleta) 6 Games 12.8ppg, 9.3rpg,1.8apg, 2.5spg

G: Stephen Shackleford (198-F-89, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: UTSA) (Luxol) 2 Games 21.5ppg, 15.5rpg, 1.5apg 4.0spg,

F: Christopher Meier (195-PF-85, college: Saddleback JC) (Siggiewi) 4 Games 18.5ppg,9.5rpg, 1.5spg, 1.3bpg

F: Phillip Thomas (203-F-89, college: Portland St.) (Floriana) 2 Games 33.0ppg, 14.0rpg




Eurobasket.com Honors Depiro Roderick Vella with Player of the Week - by Steve Dolan


Stats Provided by C.Schembri

Roderick Vella (180-PG-85) has been honored by Eurobasket.com as Eurobasket Player of the Week for his performance this past weekend in the Louis Borg Cup finals where he helped lead his team to their 1st cup victory of any kind in over a decade. Vella stepped when Depiro Mtarfa Rabat needed him most in the finals;while Athleta A-Z Electronics was focused on stopping the leagues Player of the Year to this point in the season Shawn Morgan (198-GF-86, college: Arkansas St.), Vella made them pay. Vella and Depiro Mtarfa Rabat are going to be very dangerous rest of the season as Vella has proven when he needs to step up and be the man he can be. Depiro Mtarfa Rabat opponents can not come into the game thinking they will shut down Morgan and get out with a Win no longer as Vella has proved that Depiro Mtarfa Rabat is a team not just a one man show. Over the 2 game series that seen Depiro Mtarfa Rabat win both games against the heavily favorite Athleta A-Z Electronics in the Louis Borg Cup Finals. Vella avg 23pts, 3.5rpg, 3.5apg, 3.0spg. This is the first time Depiro Mtarfa Rabat has won the Louis Borg Finals





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Buducnost won the tournament in Bar - by Darko Pekic

The traditional 7th edition of Tournament finished yesterday night in Bar. The winner is Buducnost as they crashed the home team Mornar in the finals (73:40 for the guests). The game was decided in the first quarter but the guests kept increasing their lead during the whole match. Mihailo Radunovic (199-SF-96) scored 18 points for the winners and Aleksandar Novosel (185-PG-96) added 12 points. For the home team Milija Mikovic (205-C-94) scored team high 18 points while Lazar Pavicevic (184-G-96) scored 10 points.

The talented big man from Mornar, Milija Mikovic, was awarded as MVP and Top scorer of the Tournament.

In the game for 3rd place Podgorica won against Bosna (84:47).



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Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 25-14 
 2. Brooklyn N. 25-16 
 3. Boston C. 20-20 
 4. Philadelph.76 17-24 
 5. Toronto R. 15-26 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 26-16 
 2. Chicago B. 24-16 
 3. Milwaukee B. 21-18 
 4. Detroit P. 15-25 
 5. Cleveland C. 10-32 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 26-12 
 2. Atlanta H. 23-18 
 3. Orlando M. 14-26 
 4. Charlotte B. 10-31 
 5. Washington W. 9-30 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 32-9 
 2. Denver N. 25-18 
 3. Utah Jazz 22-19 
 4. Portland TB 20-21 
 5. Minnesota T. 17-21 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 32-10 
 2. Golden St.W. 25-15 
 3. LA Lakers 17-24 
 4. Sacramento K. 16-26 
 5. Phoenix Suns 13-28 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 33-11 
 2. Memphis G. 26-14 
 3. Houston R. 22-21 
 4. Dallas M. 18-24 
 5. N.Orleans H. 14-27 

Regular Season: Round 82

Jan. 21: Portland TB - Washington W. 95-98
Jan. 21: Chicago B. - LA Lakers 95-83
Jan. 21: Charlotte B. - Houston R. 94-100
Jan. 21: Philadelph.76 - San Antonio S. 85-90
Jan. 21: New York K. - Brooklyn N. 85-88
Jan. 21: Memphis G. - Indiana P. 81-82
Jan. 21: N.Orleans H. - Sacramento K. 114-105
Jan. 21: Golden St.W. - LA Clippers 106-99
Jan. 21: Atlanta H. - Minnesota T. 104-96

Regular Season: Round 83

Jan. 22: Cleveland C. - Boston C.
Jan. 22: Detroit P. - Orlando M.
Jan. 22: Milwaukee B. - Philadelph.76
Jan. 22: LA Clippers - Oklah.City T.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-SF-88)
  Avg: 29.5
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.29.5 
 2. Anthony, New Y.29.2 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers29.2 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.3 
 5. Harden, Houston R.25.9 
 6. Irving, Cleveland23.1 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..23.0 
 8. Curry, Golden S.20.7 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.20.5 
 10. Wade, Miami Heat20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anderson VAREJAO
  Clevelan.
  (205-C-82)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Varejao, Clevelan.14.4 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.14.0 
 3. Howard, LA Lakers12.3 
 4. Randolph, Memph.11.6 
 5. Vucevic, Orlan.11.1 
 6. Chandler, New Y.11.0 
 7. Asik, Houston R.11.0 
 8. Hickson, Portland.10.9 
 9. Noah, Chicago B.10.7 
 10. Lee, Golden St.W.10.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.1 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.7 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.2 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.9 
 5. Nash, LA Lakers8.6 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..8.3 
 7. Williams, Brooklyn7.8 
 8. Calderon, Toron.7.6 
 9. Parker, San A.7.3 
 10. Nelson, Orlando M.7.2 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.6 
 2. Conley, Memphis G.2.3 
 3. Westbrook, Oklah..2.0 
 4. Jennings, Milwauke.2.0 
 5. Lin, Houston R.2.0 
 6. Walker, Charlott.1.9 
 7. Rondo, Boston C.1.9 
 8. Harden, Houston R.1.9 
 9. Kidd, New York K.1.9 
 10. World Peace, LA L.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Larry SANDERS
  Milwauke.
  (211-F-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Sanders, Milwauke.3.1 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.8 
 3. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.8 
 4. Duncan, San A.2.7 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.5 
 6. Smith, Atlanta H.2.2 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.2.1 
 8. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.1 
 9. Gortat, Phoenix1.9 
 10. McGee, Denver N.1.9 


The Hawks welcome back Pargo - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Hawks landed 34-year old point guard Jannero Pargo (187-84kg-79, college: Arkansas, agency: Priority Sports) on a 10-day contract. Its actually his comeback to the Hawks as he played here before. Pargo already started the season at Washington Wizards. In 7 NBA games this season he averaged 3.0ppg and 2.0apg. The most of last season he spent at the Hawks. In 54 NBA games last year he had 5.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.9apg. Pargo also played at the Bulls earlier that season. In 54 NBA games he had 5.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.9apg.
The previous (10-11) season he was tested by the Hornets.
Pargo has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2002 Dodge City Legend selected him in fifth round (41st overall) in the USBL draft.
He attended University of Arkansas and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Pargos team won Greek League Regular Season in 2009. He was selected to Greek League All-Star Game back in 2009.
Pargo has played also professionally in Russia (Dynamo Moscow), other NBA teams (New Orleans Hornets and Toronto Raptors) and Greece (Olympiacos).
Lets have closer look into His outlook: A solid three-point shooting threat. He can shoot the ball, he will guard you and he comes from programs that win. He will bring that winning quality with him.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Recap of nine games from Monday - by Eurobasket News

Portland TB - Washington W. 95-98
Jordan Crawford (6'4''-G-88, college: Xavier) hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Washington Wizards dogpiled on the court to celebrate a 98-95 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night. Nicolas Batum (6'8''-SF-88) had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for his first career triple-double, but the Blazers lost their season-high sixth straight. Crawford's fadeaway and a corner 3-pointer gave the Wizards an 82-75 lead, their largest to that point, with just more than 7 minutes left in the game. Rookie Damian Lillard's dunk pulled the Blazers to 91-90 with 2:21 left. Former Blazer Martell Webster and John Wall answered with consecutive dunks, but Lillard added a layup and Wesley Matthews hit a 3-pointer to tie it with 7.9 seconds left. Crawford's game winner was reviewed but it didn't stop the Wizards' celebration. The Wizards (9-30) have won four of their last six games-which coincides with the return of Wall, who missed the team's first 33 games with a stress injury in his left kneecap. In his first five games, Wall averaged 15.6 points and 7.6 assists. Playing off the bench against the Blazers, he had six points and two assists. Hilario Nene (6'10''-C-82) and Webster each had a season-high 24 points to lead the Wizards, who won just their third on the road this season. Washington opened the season with a 12 game losing streak-the franchise's worst-ever start-that was snapped by an 84-82 victory at home against the Blazers. The Wizards were coming off a 94-87 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night. LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) had 17 points and 12 rebounds for Portland (20-21), which lost their fourth straight at the Rose Garden after a nine-game winning streak. Hilario Nene scored 10 points in the first four minutes for the Wizards, who led by as many as seven points early. The Blazers went ahead 21-19 on Lillard's 20-foot pull-up jumper, but couldn't hang on to the lead and Washington finished the first quarter ahead 34-31. Hilario Nene had 17 points in the first period alone. The Wizards led until J.J. Hickson's dunk and free throw gave Portland a 42-40 edge midway through the second quarter. Rookie Meyers Leonard's long jumper and a layup to extended the Blazers' lead to 48-40. Leonard was making his return after missing 11 games with a right ankle injury. But the Wizards closed out the half with a 10-3 run to narrow it to 51-50 for Portland at the break. The Blazers held off the Wizards in the third quarter but surrendered the lead when Emeka Okafor's free throw put Washington ahead 60-59. Webster made a 3-pointer that made it 63-61 for Washington. The Wizards closed out the quarter with a 15-5 run to make it 69-64, but Ronnie Price narrowed it with a 3-pointer to open the final period. Courtesy of: denverpost.com

Chicago B. - LA Lakers 95-83
Kirk Hinrich (6'4''-G-81, college: Kansas) scored a season-high 22 points, Marco Belinelli (6'5''-G-86) added 15 points, and the Chicago Bulls pulled away down the stretch to beat the struggling Los Angeles Lakers 95-83 on Monday night. Belinelli came up big in the closing minutes, scoring eight points during an 18-4 run that broke a 75-75 tie and sent the Lakers to their ninth loss in 11 games. He started it by hitting two free throws after getting fouled by Dwight Howard with 6:54 left in the game and wrapped two 3-pointers around a layup by Los Angeles' Earl Clark, making it 89-79 with 2:27 remaining. The Lakers have now dropped six straight on the road, and this one came after coach Mike D'Antoni shook up the lineup. He moved forward Pau Gasol to a reserve role and replaced him with Clark, but the slide continued on a night when Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78)ryant and Howard were mostly nonfactors. Hinrich hit 9 of 11 shots and nailed three 3-pointers. Belinelli and Nate Robinson (11 points) also hit three, and the Bulls were 9 of 17 overall from long range. Joakim Noah added 13 rebounds and a season-best six blocks after sitting out the final 22 minutes, 53 seconds of Saturday's loss to Memphis. Carlos Boozer chipped in with 14 points and six rebounds. Richard Hamilton scored 13, although he shot just 6 of 18. Jimmy Butler, making his second straight start with Luol Deng (sore right hamstring) sidelined, scored 10. And Chicago won this one in regulation after playing three straight overtime games. Steve Nash led the Lakers with 18 points, but Bryant finished with just 16 on 7-of-22 shooting. That ended a run of 24 games with 20 or more points. Howard, meanwhile, had just eight points and nine rebounds while picking up five fouls. Clark and Metta World Peace scored 12 apiece, and Gasol added 15 points and 12 rebounds in his new reserve role. D'Antoni made the switch because he wanted a quicker lineup. Even so, it was an eye-opening move, considering Gasol scored 25 at Toronto on Sunday. "It isn't against him, it's better for us right now," D'Antoni said before the game. "We're going to try to work through it and see what we can do. Things do change, things happen, I can't see the future but we're ready to go forward." Courtesy of: utsandiego.com

Philadelph.76 - San Antonio S. 85-90
Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) had 24 points, 17 rebounds and five assists Monday night, and the San Antonio Spurs erased a seven-point deficit in the final 3:47 to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 90-85. Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) added 20 points and Kawhi Leonard had 16 for the Spurs (33-11), who scored 15 of the game's last 18 points en route to their fifth straight victory. Evan Turner had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Sixers (17-24), who were seeking to win consecutive games for the first time since late November. They were down 53-37 early in the third quarter and 71-59 late in the period before going on a 23-4 run that extended deep into the fourth quarter, giving them an 82-75 lead with 5:40 left. However, San Antonio reeled off the game's next nine points. Leonard had five of those, including the game-tying 3-pointer with 2:25 to play. Duncan had the other four, and it was his jumper from the left block with 1:43 left that put the Spurs ahead to stay at 84-82. Parker than answered a free throw by Jrue Holiday with a jumper. Parker tacked on three free throws in the final 20.2 seconds, and San Antonio's Boris Diaw dropped in another at the line. Tiago Splitter finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Spurs. Spencer Hawes (7'0''-C-88, college: Washington) had 16 points for the Sixers, who missed nine of their last 10 shots from the field. Holiday had 15 and Thaddeus Young added 14. Duncan had 12 points and seven rebounds in the first half, and Parker and Danny Green added 10 points apiece as San Antonio built a 49-35 lead. Holiday had eight first-half points for the Sixers. The Spurs extended their lead to 53-37 early in the second half, but the Sixers cut the gap to 71-64 by quarter's end behind nine points from Turner. Young also scored eight points in the period for Philadelphia. Courtesy of: mcall.com

Golden St.W. - LA Clippers 106-99
Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) took some good-natured ribbing from his Golden State teammates following an impromptu celebration near the bench late in fourth quarter against Los Angeles. Few teams have caused more problems this season for the Pacific Division leaders than the Warriors, and Curry has been a major reason why. Curry made four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and Golden State rallied from seven points down in the final 11 minutes to beat the Clippers 106-99 on Monday. 'When you start to talk about elite point guards in this league ... as far as shooting the long ball, Stef is by far the best at his position,' said Jarrett Jack, who had 18 points and 10 assists off the bench for the Warriors. 'Playing with him on a regular basis I've got a better appreciation for him. When he's able to get hot like he did, it serves our offense that much more.' Curry finished with 28 points and is averaging 23.0 points in four games against the Clippers this season. That's a key to why the Warriors have won three of those games and are the only team to beat Los Angeles more than once this year. 'That means you're beating a good team and you're stepping up for big games,' said Curry, who went 6 of 8 from beyond the arc. 'To win three out of four and continue playing the good ball that we've been playing, that's just a good sign for us.' Curry stayed mostly silent for three quarters in his second game back from an ankle injury but gave the Warriors a much-needed spark in the fourth after the Clippers had taken an 82-75 lead. He scored 16 points, including three 3s in a span of 2:13, fired a bounce pass from midcourt to Jack for a fast-break layup that capped a 10-2 run and made four free throws over the final 23.4 seconds to seal the win in what has quickly become a heated rivalry between these two West Coast teams. Things got chippy just before halftime when the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan was called for a technical foul after shoving David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) into the lap of a courtside fan after getting fouled by Lee. The two men were quickly separated and Klay Thompson made the free throw for Golden State. Curry further frustrated the Clippers after his 3-pointer in the fourth quarter gave the Warriors an 88-86 lead. Curry raised his arms in the air, pumped his right fist emphatically then galloped down the court. He started dancing after making another 3 later in the quarter. The Clippers took notice. 'That's a young team that's improving, for sure, but we have our sights set on trying to play in June,' said Los Angeles guard Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan). 'I'm not saying they don't. But we're looking at bigger goals than celebrating everything.' Los Angeles regained its composure long enough to put together a 12-0 run to end the third quarter and was comfortably up in the fourth before Curry rallied the Warriors to end the Clippers' four-game winning streak. There were five lead changes in the fourth quarter, but Los Angeles managed only two baskets over the final 3:40 while Golden State closed on a 14-4 run. Blake Griffin had 26 points and 13 rebounds for the Clippers. Crawford added 24 points off the bench. Chris Paul, playing in his second game after sitting out three with a knee injury, had just four points on 1 of 7 shooting. After the game, Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said the team would reevaluate Paul's status before clearing him to play against Oklahoma City on Tuesday. 'You could see he doesn't have that extra burst like he usually has,' Del Negro said. 'It's nice to have him out there because he settles everything down. It's just that he can't play at the level he's used to with the injury.' Klay Thompson scored 18 points and Lee had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors. Golden State (25-15) has won back-to-back games for the first time since the end of December and still trail Los Angeles by six games in the Pacific. The Clippers (32-10) lost for just the second time in nine games. The flurry at the end was in stark contrast to earlier in the game when neither team could establish much control. Griffin's thunderous dunk from just outside the lane gave the Clippers an early lead and Crawford later scored eight consecutive points to make it 33-29. Draymond Green's jumper and two free throws from Jarrett Jack with 0.4 seconds left tied the score. The Warriors scored 10 straight points to open the second and went up 52-42 on Curry's fadeaway jumper with 3:10 remaining before the Clippers put together their best run of the half. Griffin scored on a reverse layup and had two free throws, Butler made a 3-pointer and Paul added two free throws to help pull Los Angeles to 53-52 at the break. Crawford, the former Warrior, got Los Angeles going briefly in the third. After Lee's layup put Golden State up 71-65, Crawford made two 3-pointers and banked a 5-footer off the glass as part of a 15-2 run to close the period. Crawford finished 9 of 18 from the floor and set a season high for 3s (six) while Caron Butler added 19 points and five rebounds for Los Angeles The Clippers went up 82-75 on a reverse layup by Matt Barnes with 10:49 left but couldn't make the lead hold up. Courtesy of: washingtonpost.com

New York K. - Brooklyn N. 85-88
The town, at least for now, belongs to both teams. The Knicks' bid to claim the metropolis as their own fell as short as Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse)'s potential go-ahead jumper against the Nets in the final seconds on Monday. Instead, the race for the Atlantic Division title is very much wide open for the two local teams who won't meet again unless they see each other in the playoffs. And wouldn't that be fun. 'It's over,' Anthony said after Brooklyn rallied for an 88-85 win at the Garden on Martin Luther King Day. 'We don't see them anymore. It is the beginning of something that is going to be there for a long, long time. These games that we play against Brooklyn definitely are going to be tough hard battles.' The Nets evened the season series at 2-2 when Joe Johnson (6'7''-G-81, college: Arkansas) hit the go-ahead jumper with 22.3 seconds left and when Anthony failed to strike iron from close range with Gerald Wallace's hand in his face. Brooklyn's first win at MSG improved the Nets' record to 25-16 and moved them to within one game of the first-place Knicks (25-14) in the Atlantic. 'Two and two against them stinks,' J.R. Smith said. 'It's like kissing your sister.' Smith had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer but his contested 3-pointer caromed off the backboard, hit the front of the rim and fell out. The Knicks went into a funk in the fourth quarter as they shot 6-for-19 and produced just one field goal in the last 5:18. Anthony scored 29 points but took 29 shots and Smith scored 16 points on 19 shots. Both Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire had potential game-tying layups rejected by Brook Lopez in the final four minutes as Anthony missed all four shots he attempted in the fourth quarter. 'I didn't execute,' said Anthony, who didn't rule out being fatigued from the Knicks' trip to London last week. 'I didn't make shots down the stretch. Shots I know I can make, I normally make, I've been making down the stretch. It is what it is about that. On to the next game.' Smith refused to use the travel abroad as an excuse, saying that the Knicks had an off day on Saturday and had a training session on Sunday. He was more upset over a recurring theme: the Knicks' inability to get off to a good start, especially at home. 'We have a great crowd, great fans and for us to come out there and not play the way we're capable of to start the game off and always have to fight back is unacceptable,' he said. 'It's disrespectful to them more than anything, and for us we should be embarrassed by it.' Smith was also brutally honest about his defense on Johnson's go-ahead jumper. He got caught in a switch and when Johnson drove left, Smith failed to make it tough for the Nets' shooting guard, saying, 'I didn't have a hand up and if you don't have a hand up against an All Star-caliber guy like Joe it's kinda hand down, man down. It was good defense until the end.' Johnson led the Nets with 25 points, including 11 in the first quarter and 10 in the fourth. The Knicks had held Brooklyn scoreless for five minutes and 14 seconds before Johnson's jumper over Smith made it 85-84. Lopez finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks and had a better afternoon than Tyson Chandler in the battle of centers vying for their first-ever All Star berth. Kris Humprhies added 11 points and 13 rebounds and Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) had 14 points and 12 assists but had his streak of 52 straight made free throws end, which gave the Knicks a chance to tie it with a three. Stoudemire scored 15 for the Knicks and was set up for two uncontested layups by Anthony, who was forced to run the offense for a few minutes after Pablo Prigioni injured his right big toe in the third quarter. Prigioni was unavailable in the fourth quarter and the Knicks went four minutes in the final period without a point guard until Jason Kidd returned. Kidd, though, missed a crucial free throw in the final seconds. Prigioni reported afterward that he hadn't suffered a break and believes he will be available for Thursday's game against the Celtics in Boston, the first meeting between the teams since Anthony was suspended for confronting Kevin Garnett after a Knick loss two weeks ago. 'We just gotta figure out a way to win divisional games,' Smith said. 'We have Boston coming up. We gotta get that win in Boston. We know it's going to be a tough one. We have to find a way to grind it out.' Courtesy of: nydailynews.com

Atlanta H. - Minnesota T. 104-96
The Hawks and Timberwolves both came into the game depleted by injuries and the injury report for both teams was filled up. Atlanta, down to one point guard after Devin Harris sprained his ankle Saturday, signed veteran Jannero Pargo (6'2''-PG-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arkansas) to a 10-day contract this morning after working him out on Sunday. Pargo was expected to play, but his 25 minutes were a shock to head coach Larry Drew and Pargo himself. The Timberwolves dominated the first half, taking a 58-44 lead into the half. Derrick Williams (6'8''-F-91, college: Arizona) was dominant for the Timberwolves in the first half scoring 13 points along with seven points from Mickael Gelabale (6'7''-SF-83, agency: Three Eye Sports) (Or Michael JellyBelly if you're the Hawks PA). Minnesota shot 55% from the field in the first half compared to just 45% from the Hawks and went 11-for-13 (84.6%) from the free throw line. Atlanta had 12 turnovers leading to 15 Timberwolves points in the first half, while forcing just seven turnovers for six points. Jeff Teague struggled early both offensively (2-of-7 shooting) and defensively trying to keep up with Minnesota's Rubio/Barea/Ridnour point guard trio. Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) (14 points) and Mike Scott (7 points, 6 boards) really kept the Hawks in the game in the first half as the rest of the team struggled. The Hawks came out firing to start the third quarter and improved their shot selection drastically as they went 11-for-16 (68.8%) with nine assists and scored 26 points in the quarter. Atlanta's defense tightened up to force Minnesota to shoot 41.2% and were able to keep Williams and Greg Stiemsma in check (2 points each). Kyle Korver had 11 points in the third quarter on 4-of-5 shooting to spark the Hawks rally. The Hawks completed their comeback in the fourth quarter behind an offensive explosion from Jannero Pargo. Pargo had 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting including four three-pointers. Pargo, signed to a 10-day contract this morning, played all 12 minutes of the quarter and finished the game with 16 points and four assists in 25 minutes of play. Alfred Horford added seven more points in the fourth quarter and finished the game with a season-high 28 points and 10 rebounds. Al was very aggressive attacking the basket throughout the game and had four big dunks on the afternoon. The Timberwolves had six players (Kirilenko, Williams, Stiemsma, Ridnour, Barea, and Cunningham) in double figures led by Derrick Williams' 17 points, but it was their defense that let them down in the end. The Hawks shot 62.5% (10-of-16) from the three-point line and 57.7% from the field (let's not talk about the 57.1% from the free throw line). Jeff Teague picked up his energy in the second half and was a facilitator, finishing the game with nine points and 10 assists. John Jenkins, who got the starting nod, struggled in 13 minutes and was held scoreless, but it was the other rookie Mike Scott who excelled setting career-highs with 11 points and seven boards. Josh Smith had a quiet day offensively with 10 points, six assists, and four rebounds, but played good defense with two steals and two blocks and had three big assists down the stretch to Horford. The Hawks will be back in action Wednesday against the Bobcats in Charlotte and could have Devin Harris and DeShawn Stevenson back in the lineup. Courtesy of: peachtreehoops.com

Charlotte B. - Houston R. 94-100
James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) scored 29 points and hit all 10 of his free throws in the fourth quarter as the Houston Rockets rallied to snap a seven-game losing streak, beating the Charlotte Bobcats 100-94 Monday. Kemba Walker (6'1''-PG-90, college: Connecticut) scored a career-high 35 points for the Bobcats, who set a franchise record with their 15th straight loss at home. The longest home skid in NBA history is 19 straight by Dallas during the 1993-94 season. Harden made just 5 of 20 shots, but went 19 of 21 on free throws. He was perfect from the line when the Rockets overcame a seven-point deficit in the final period. Marcus Morris (6'8''-F-89, college: Kansas) had 21 points for the Rockets. Carlos Delfino (6'7''-SF-82) scored 16, including a 3-pointer from the right corner that put Houston ahead for good at 96-94 with 1:54 left. Harden has led the Rockets in scoring in 22 of the last 23 games. He also finished with seven assists and seven rebounds. Houston couldn't find a flow on offense early and fell behind by 12 against the typically slow-starting Bobcats. Harden was just 2 of 9 from the field in the first half and missed several easy shots, including a pair of driving layups. He also had three turnovers, including one where he inexplicably lost control of his dribble with no defender near him. He twice had his shot blocked. Harden's shaky first half ended when his heave from half-court as time expired sailed about 10 feet wide of the backboard. Walker went 6 of 7 on 3s. He made all three tries in the first half, helping the Bobcats take a 56-45 lead at the break. Charlotte got it done on the defensive end, blocking six shots _ four by center Bismack Biyombo. He wound up with seven blocks, four against Harden. Walker made 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions that gave the Bobcats an 81-74 lead entering the fourth quarter. But as has been the problem most of the season, Charlotte had trouble closing out an opponent, shooting just 4 of 19 in the fourth quarter and scoring just 13 points. While the Bobcats struggled to knock down jumpers, Harden took the ball to the rim and drew fouls. He scored 12 points in the fourth quarter, all but two from the line. Ramon Sessions had 19 points for the Bobcats and Hakim Warrick chipped in with 10. Courtesy of: postbulletin.com

N.Orleans H. - Sacramento K. 114-105
Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F-88, college: California) patiently answered questions after a 27-point performance in the New Orleans Hornets' 114-105 victory over Sacramento on Monday. About 15 feet away, the franchise's prized player was nursing an ankle injury. After a first half which in which he scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, the Hornets' Anthony Davis sat out the second, after spraining his left ankle in the second quarter. It was the same ankle he injured earlier in the year that sidelined him for 11 games. However, Davis said he should be ready to play at Sacramento on Wednesday, the first of a grueling stretch in which the Hornets will play 9 of 11 games away from New Orleans Arena. "I landed on (his) foot and rolled it," Davis said, "Pretty sure I should be back. It's fine. " Greivis Vasquez (6'6''-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Maryland) scored19 points, Eric Gordon 16, and Al-Farouz Aminu 14 for the Hornets, who have won 3 of their past 4. DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-C/F-90, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) led the Kings with 29 points and 13 rebounds. Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points, Tyreke Evans 16 and Travis Outlaw 10 for Sacramento, which was playing its first game since it was announced the team would be sold and potentially moved to Seattle. Anderson scored 17 points in the second quarter and 19 in the half, making 5 of 8 3-point attempts when the Hornets raced to a 64-39 halftime lead. He finished 7 of 14 beyond the arc. "I shot some tonight that were a little difficult," said Anderson, who added the Kings' defense allowed the Hornets to spread the floor. "I got open looks and the guys were looking for me." The Hornets shot 53.1 percent in the first 2 quarters and matched a season high for first-half points. "It was one of our better first halves," Davis said. "We pushed the ball offensively, we defended really well." The Hornets packed its defense in the paint, continually denying Sacramento the entry pass and forcing the Kings to move to the outside, where they struggled. Sacramento made its first four shots but finished the half 15 of 44, shooting 34 percent. The Kings were 11 of 40 from the field after the opening three minutes of the first quarter and committed 9 turnovers. "We've got to come out there ready to play," said Cousins, who was held to 8 points in the first half. "Giving them that (big) lead, that put us behind, and we were playing catch-up the rest of the game. If we came out early with energy we probably wouldn't have been in that situation." The Hornets led by 27 midway through the quarter, but with Davis out the Kings were able to cut the deficit to single digits on several occasions in the second half, including seven in the third and fourth quarters. "We didn't like the sloppy play in the second half but I'm not going to dwell on that," New Orleans coach Monty Williams said. "The good thing is our guys felt badly about it and that is something that shows character, but at the same time you don't want to see it, giving up a 37-point quarter (the most the Hornets have allowed in the third quarter) and a 29-point quarter after the way the defense played in the first half." Sacramento took an early 8-4 lead but during the next nine minutes was 4 of 19 from the field. The Hornets closed the first quarter on a 19-10 run to take a 30-18 lead. Robin Lopez's three-point play on an offensive rebound gave the Hornets their first lead at 11-8 with 7:54 to play in the quarter, a lead they would not relinquish. "I was proud of the way the guys came back in the third quarter," Hornets coach Keith Smart said. "It would have been easy for them to pack it in, but they came out and made a game of it." Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com

Memphis G. - Indiana P. 81-82
George Hill (6'2''-PG-86, college: IUPUI) scored 13 points, including a clinching free throw with 1.4 seconds remaining to give the Indiana Pacers an 82-81 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in the annual Martin Luther King Day game on Monday afternoon. On the ensuing inbounds, Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut)'s 24-footer over Paul George banked in, but it came after the buzzer - a ruling confirmed by officials after a review - giving the Pacers their second straight win and ninth in the last 11. David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) scored 14 points for the Central Division-leading Pacers, while George finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Roy Hibbert scored 10 for Indiana. Wayne Ellington led the Grizzlies with 17 points on 7 of 9 shooting, including connecting on all three shots from outside the arc. Gay had 14 points, while Mike Conley and Zach Randolph scored 13 apiece. Gay had eight rebounds, while Randolph added seven boards. The game featured 10 ties and 19 lead changes. Hill was sent to the line when Conley fouled him on a drive. Hill hit the second free throw, giving the Pacers the final lead. The Pacers blocked 11 shots - five by West and four by Hibbert - a testament to their interior defense. But Indiana had trouble taking care of the ball, committing 20 turnovers, compared to 15 for the Grizzlies. Other statistical categories from rebounds (35-34 Grizzlies) to 14 second-chance points apiece were further indications of the game's closeness. The teams scrapped through a tightly-played first half that featured 15 lead changes and six ties. The Pacers were able to pull away in the final 9 minutes of the half, thanks to a 15-4 run that erased Memphis' largest lead of the half. The rally helped Indiana carry a 43-39 lead at halftime. Neither team had a player in double figures as several key players struggled shooting. West was 4 of 10 for Indiana, but Memphis suffered through much more inaccuracy. The Grizzlies frontline of Gay, Marc Gasol and Randolph was a combined 4 of 20, helping Memphis shoot 39 percent in the half. The Memphis bench did provide a bit of a lift with 18 points, eight of them from Ellington, who connected on a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter. Memphis used defense to get its offense untracked in the second half. Through the first 8 minutes, Indiana had taken only six shots and had six turnovers. That allowed Memphis to score 14 unanswered points to retake the lead. For the quarter, Indiana 8 of 12 from the field, and the Pacers used a 3-pointer from Orlando Johnson late in the third to carry a 65-63 lead into final frame. The game remained tight through the early stages of the fourth until consecutive baskets by Tyler Hansbrough and a rebound basket by Hibbert broke a 70-all tie, giving the Pacers a bit of a buffer near the 7-minute mark. Indiana maintained the lead until a 3-pointer from Conley with 2:10 left gave Memphis a 79-78 lead. George immediately answered with a 3-pointer for the Indiana lead at 81-79. Tony Allen's hustle was what pulled Memphis back even. He grabbed an offensive re bound with about 30 second left, then stole the ball after an Indiana rebound. That set up his pass to Randolph to tie the game at 81 with 10.5 seconds remaining. Courtesy of: miamiherald.com



Atlanta 104, Minnesota 96 - by Milord Nikolic

Al Horford led all scorers with 28 points and Jannero Pargo hit four 3-pointers in the pivotal fourth quarter as host Atlanta rallied to beat Minnesota. Horford put together one of his best all-around performances of the season, adding 10 rebounds, three blocks and a pair of steals as the Hawks won for just the third time in the past 11 games. Pargo had 14 of his 16 points in the final period while Kyle Korver added 14 in a reserve role. Derrick Williams' 17 points paced the Timberwolves, who scored just 38 second-half points and lost for the sixth time in seven outings. Minnesota dominated the opening half, leading by as many as 18 before settling for a 58-44 advantage at the break. The Hawks roared back to open the second half - making their first six shots of the third quarter and drawing even on a Mike Scott baseline dunk with 3:17 remaining in the period - but Minnesota responded with a quarter-closing 8-1 run to carry a 77-70 advantage into the fourth. Atlanta kept things close and eventually surged ahead on Pargo's third 3-pointer of the quarter from the right sideline with 5:26 remaining. He connected again from long range two minutes later to put the Hawks ahead by four, and Horford added an emphatic dunk with 2:56 left to put the game out of reach.


Philadelphia 85, San Antonio 90 - by Milord Nikolic

Tim Duncan collected 24 points and 17 rebounds and Tony Parker added 20 points and eight assists as visiting San Antonio picked up its fifth straight win. Kawhi Leonard scored 16 points and Tiago Splitter chipped in 10 and 12 rebounds for the Spurs, who have won three straight on the road after dropping seven of their previous nine. Evan Turner recorded 18 points 12 rebounds and seven assists, Spencer Hawes scored 16 and Jrue Holiday added 15 as Philadelphia failed to secure back-to-back victories. The Spurs held a 49-35 edge at the half and were still up 71-59 before Turner scored five quick points in the final minute of the quarter to send it to the final period 71-64. The 76ers held that momentum through the stoppage and began the fourth with a 16-4 burst that put them up 82-75 with under four minutes to play. Duncan stopped the bleeding with a jumper and Leonard scored five straight points, knotting it at 82-82 on a 3-pointer with 2:25 remaining. Duncans baseline jumper gave San Antonio back the lead and Parker scored five points in the final 1:02 to close it out.


Varejao To Miss Remainder Of Season With Blood Clot In Lung - by Eurobasket News

Anderson Varejao (6'9''-C-82) recently developed a blood clot (small right lower lung pulmonary embolism) and was admitted to the Cleveland Clinic last Thursday (January 17th). He is being treated with blood thinners (anticoagulants) and is expected to stay at the Clinic for several days, while undergoing treatment and observation. He will need to remain on blood thinning medication for approximately three months. While Varejao is expected to fully recover, he will miss the remainder of the current Cavaliers season. "Clearly our players' health is our top concern and we are disappointed for Anderson, and his family," said general manager Chris Grant. "We know what a competitor he is and how much he wants to be on the court helping his teammates. In the meantime, he has our full support and we look forward to welcoming him back as he recovers."
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



Time for Lakers to break out the old LA Clippers clown car! - by Chris Mathieu

Time for Lakers to break out the old LA Clippers clown car!
The LA Clippers were synonymous with ineptitude and poor play for over twenty years. At the same time the Lakers were piling up titles, the Clippers were accumulating bad lottery picks like Joe Wolf, Reggie Williams, Danny Ferry, Loy Vaught, Bo Kimble, Randy Woods, Terry Dehere, Maurice Taylor, Michael Olowokandi, Darius Miles, Shaun Livingston, Yaroslav Korolev and Al Thorton, ouch. A funny thing along the way though the Clippers have created an amazing turnaround with draft picks Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and trades and free agency.
At the same time the Lakers were bungling there rebuilding by trading away all of their first round draft picks, in fact they havent had a first round pick they kept since Javaris Crittenton in 2007. Its hard to parlay late first round draft picks and turn them into cornerstone players of a quality franchise, but it can be done. The Bulls and Spurs are two franchises who have done a very good job finding value at the end of the first and in the second round of the NBA draft.
The Lakers did a terrible job scouting out talent last year during the strike and when the season started it appeared they had a roster of poorly fitting pieces and European rejects who couldnt help the team win games and they struggled along.
The team tried and failed to get a trade approved for Chris Paul, the team gave away Lamar Odom for nothing and tried to build around rejects Troy Murphy, Josh McRoberts, Steve Blake and the team struggled mightily.
The team thought they found some solutions in the blockbuster trade for Dwight Howard and picking up Steve Nash in free agency along with Antawn Jamison.
The team has been awful this season, firing the coach after five games and replacing him with a rigid system coach in Mike DAntoni who has been a poor fit for the defensively challenged Lakers squad. Were a coach like Jerry Sloan, known for his defensive tactics and offensive point guard creativity would have been a perfect fit. The team has struggled to defend and have too many players who dont put forth consistent defensive effort and a coach who doesnt stress the importance of it.
The team lacks foot speed in Metta World Peace, Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash. One of the best defenders on the team, Matt Barnes was allowed to walk and has made himself a valuable commodity off the bench for the cross town rival Clippers. Kobe has the will to play defense, its just at this point his body betrays him and players attack him and his teammates off the dribble.
In the era of point guard penetration creating breakdowns in defenses and scoring opportunities for teammates the Lakers lack the quickness and will to defend pick and roll and point guard penetration. The best way to prevent point guard penetration is a quick point guard who can try to keep the ball in front of him, easier said than done. When the point guard makes his move, teams double on the ball and make the point guard give up the ball. The problem with the Lakers is they are terrible at help and recovery helping stop penetration and recovering back to their man. Also the lack of foot speed creates mismatches in the pick and roll.
The hopes of the Lakers was that Dwight Howard could backstop the defense and clean up the mess of when teammates allow penetration, that hasnt happened to be the case at all so far however. Howards reputation as a defender has been way overrated in a team that doesnt stress defense, he doesnt always give good effort and teams that make the extra pass can exploit him. He will come over to help but rarely gets back in time to stop his man before its too late. It could be injuries, it could be the lack of defensive coaching but it is clear that he hasnt been defending like he is capable of.
Howard looks lost and disinterested both on offense and defense. It is a shocking fall from grace for one of the top players in the NBA. He appears to be confused by the star treatment that Kobe Bryant gets and his stand offish attitude towards his teammates. Dwight Howard is a moody, temperamental player who doesnt understand that stuff that Kobe gets away with he could never get away with because of his five titles and all-time great status.
The team should admit it made a mistake and jettison DAntoni and strengthen the defense. The use of Pau Gasol at the three point line as a spot up shooter has been abysmal and the team needs to stress defense first. Heads should roll in the front office for the lack of vision, lack of talent and lack of coaching. A team that should have been contending for a title, to fall well below .500 is bad for any team. For the LA Lakers it is a catastrophe of epic proportions.



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Best players of NBLCanada NBL Canada round 23 - by Eurobasket News

American Eric Frederick (203-F-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Montreal J. and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 47 points and twelve rebounds, while his team lost the game against London L. (#1, 22-2) 125-138. Montreal J. maintains the 8th position in NBL Canada. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Montreal J. have already lost 21 games and recorded just two victories. In the team's last game Frederick had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got eight three-pointers out of 16 attempts. He just recently signed at Montreal J., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Eric Frederick averages this season 27.6ppg and 10.0rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old American swingman Antonio Ballard (193-G/F) of second-ranked Summerside S.. Ballard impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 28 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Summerside S. was edged by slightly lower-ranked Oshawa P. (#3, 15-11) 117-114. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Summerside S. still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 15-10 record is not bad at all. Ballard is a newcomer at Summerside S. and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. Miami University, Ohio alumni Ballard played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was Nigerian Nick Okorie (185-PG-88) of Oshawa P. (#3). Okorie got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds and seven assists. He was a key player of Oshawa P., leading his team to a 117-114 win against #2 ranked Summerside S.. Oshawa P. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 11 lost games. Okorie has a great season in NBL. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.5ppg (2nd best). He also has FGP: 54.5% and 3PT: 44.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tim Ellis (193-G-81) of London L. - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Isaac Butts (208-C) of Moncton M. - 18 points and 14 rebounds
6. Jeremy Williams (200-SF-87) of London L. - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Herman Favors (174-G-84) of Moncton M. - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Elvin Mims (196-F-79) of London L. - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Darrell Wonge (199-F-86) of Moncton M. - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. DeAnthony Bowden (186-PG-80) of London L. - 17 points and 11 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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