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  ABA   



ABA Final Four to return to Jacksonville, Florida - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) has just announced that its Final Four Playoffs will return to Jacksonville, Florida, the home of the defending ABA Champion Jacksonville Giants.
"We are very pleased that Ron Sholes and the Jacksonville Giants organization will be hosting the tournament.Once again this season, the Giants are the #1 team in the ABA Power Rankings," stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. "The Giants have an excellent organization and a great fan base; we believe the Final Four will be an outstanding event."
The top two teams in the Final ABA Power Rankings will get a bye into the Final Four. Thirty-two teams will compete for the other two positions. The Final Four will run from Thursday, April 11 through Monday, April 15th. The first round will be single elimination with the winners playing a best of three series.
The games will be telecast on the UBC-TV Network (www.ubctvnetwork.com). For more information, email Peggy Dodson at dian7477@yahoo.com Sponsorship sales are being handled by 7 Series Sports (www.7seriessports.com). For more information, contact Ja'Chin York at jachin.7seriessports@gmail.com
For complete details about the Final Four and regular updates, visit www.jacksonvillegiants.com or visit www.abalive.com



Jersey Express continue winning streak, move to 5-1 - by Gianni Pascucci

Playing the first back-to-back games of the season, the Jersey Express went to Staten Island, and beat the Vipers 113-101, and then returned home to face the NJ Bullets, in a 126-81 win, to claim NJ dominance. The Express are on a 3 game winning streak, and move to 5-1 on the season, while also moving up the ABA Power Rankings to #17.
Saturdays game was a highly contested one, as the Vipers held their home opener, and fell 113-101 to the Express. Jashon Mixon (6'5''-F, college: Monroe CC) led the Express with 21, and Justin Hamilton (6'7''-F, college: Penn St.), Devon Young (6'3''-G/F-89, agency: BBEH Cokrlija, college: Felician), and Bill McDonough (6'7''-F, college: Richard Stockton) each finished with 15. Jamal Webb had 13pts & 10 assists, and Almin Hodzic (6'10''-C-87, agency: FCM, college: Dominican, NY) had 10pts & 12rebounds for the Express.
Sunday's home game, featured more of the same, as the Express downed the NJ Bullets 126-81. From the start, the Express jumped on the Bullets, who were short handed. Jashon Mixon continued his hot shooting, with 29pts, knocking down 7 3s, from beyond NBA range. Devon Young finished with 20, and Almin Hodzic 14, 10rbds & 3blks, along with Justin Hamilton' s 10 & 13rbds paced the Express, who had all 11 players score. With 5 players scoring in double figures, 3 players with 10 or more rebounds, and 2 players with over 5asts, the Express are clearly a very deep team.
"I've been very pleased with our play thus far. We have been playing much like a team. We are getting better motion on the offensive end, and we are getting better at recognizing our defensive assignments. We will get even better as the season progresses" stated Head Coach Ray Ortiz .
Next up for the Express are the EBA league team NY Wizards, on Saturday, January 26th @ 6pm at Centenary College, 715 Grand Ave, Hackettstown, NJ.



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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Somalia routs Burundi and faces Rwanda in the semis - by Kristian Santiago

Somalia's Faisal Aden (193-G-89, college: Washington St.) netted 32 points and pulled seven boards to clinch the semi-final ticket for his country. Barstow Community College's Abdi Faras (203) added another 28 and 9 in the 98-80 rout while Yusuf Qaafow (190-G-87) chipped in 12 for the unbeaten newcomers who are facing Rwanda in their next match-up for the Zone 5 crown.
Rwanda emerged as winners out of their game against the hosts from Tanzania, whom they beat 70-56 behind 28 points by Kenny Wilson (193-G-84, college: Boise St.) and 24 points of Brad Cameron (193-G), their U.S. American imports.
Egypt edged Uganda 80-67 to finish its group on top. They are going against Kenya in the other semi-final game and the Pharaohs are the team to beat in this tourney.



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  AUSTRALIA   


The Spurs add Baynes to their roster - by Eurobasket News

San Antonio Spurs (NBA) added to their roster 27-year old Australian international center Aron Baynes (208-86, college: Washington State). He is a dual citizen owning also New Zealand passport. Baynes just played at Un.Olimpija in Slovenian Telemach League. In 10 games this season he recorded 13.8ppg and 9.8rpg. Baynes also played 16 games in Adriatic League where he averaged 12.4ppg and 6.8rpg. The last season he played at Ikaros (A1) in Greek A1. In 23 games last year he averaged 13.6ppg and 8.7rpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team.
The previous (10-11) season Baynes played at EWE Baskets (BBL) in German BBL. In 40 games that season he averaged 6.8ppg and 3.7rpg. He also played 5 games in Eurocup where he averaged 13.4ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.2spg.
Baynes has never been drafted by the NBA.
He won Lithuanian League championship title in 2010.
Baynes was also a member of Australian international program for some years. He played for Australian Senior National Team between 2009 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2004. Baynes also represented Australia at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdom) last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 7.5ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 65.6%.
Baynes has played previously professionally in Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas) and Australia (Australian Institute Sport).
He attended Washington State until 2009 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A finally flourished center, he is now a solid inside player who limits his old foul-prone tendency and knows how to guard taller opponents and to score. Made huge improvements in his first professional seasons, and the international experience was a further help.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   

Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 1

First Six

Jan. 22: Levski Sofia - Rilski Sportist 84-62
Jan. 22: Teodo Tivat - Kumanovo 79-95
Jan. 23: Galil Gilboa - Kavala 73-78

Last Four

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



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   

Standings - Men

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

Top 16: Round 3

Jan. 16: Tarvas - Barsy Atyrau 96-75
Jan. 23: Rudupis - Naglis Palangos 93-79
Jan. 22: Siauliai - Sakalai 90-73
Jan. 22: Parnu - Barons kvartals 52-61
Jan. 23: Kalev/Cramo - Jelgava 105-65
Jan. 18: Tarvas - Barsy Atyrau 103-84

Top 16: Round 4

Jan. 24: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Barsy Atyrau
Jan. 24: Barons kvartals - Lietkabelis
Jan. 25: Parnu - Ventspils
Jan. 26: TU/Rock - Valmiera
Jan. 26: Naglis Palangos - Jelgava
Jan. 26: Juventus - Barsy Atyrau
Jan. 26: Kalev/Cramo - Rudupis


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Raadik, Parnu18.9 
 2. Gulbis, Barons k.18.5 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas17.9 
 4. Okoye, Tln Kalev17.4 
 5. Orelikas, Rudupis17.1 
 6. Akenparg, TTU15.9 
 7. Berzins, Valmiera14.9 
 8. Leonard, Juventus14.6 
 9. Wilkinson, Kalev/C.14.3 
 10. Fredrick, Barsy A.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 12
 1. Raadik, Parnu12.0 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev9.9 
 3. Berzins, Valmiera8.0 
 4. Zelionis, Barsy A.7.5 
 5. Matyukevych, Bars.7.3 
 6. Cipruss, Lietkabel.7.2 
 7. Fall, Kalev/Cramo7.2 
 8. Keedus, TTU7.1 
 9. Varnelis, Juventus6.9 
 10. Timma, Ventspils6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Zygimantas JANAVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Janavicius, Rudupis5.7 
 2. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.5 
 3. Campbell, Tln Kalev5.0 
 4. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.8 
 5. Maceina, Pieno Z.4.8 
 6. Tamm, Tarvas4.4 
 7. Viskontas, Juvent.4.2 
 8. Cunda, Valga4.2 
 9. Leonard, Juventus4.0 
 10. Dambrauskas, Saka.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.6 
 2. Janavicius, Rudupis2.1 
 3. Brown, Naglis P.2.1 
 4. Laane, Rapla2.1 
 5. Berzins, Valmiera1.9 
 6. Tamm, Tarvas1.9 
 7. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.9 
 8. Sims, Ventspils1.8 
 9. Leppik, TU/Rock1.8 
 10. McLeod, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.6 
 2. Petrukonis, Juven.1.7 
 3. Silinskis, Nevezis1.6 
 4. Rozitis, Barons k.1.6 
 5. Kupsas, Lietkabelis1.4 
 6. Meiers, Ventspils0.9 
 7. Gates, Pieno Z.0.9 
 8. Zyle, Nevezis0.9 
 9. Valeika, Rudupis0.9 
 10. Ramasauskas, Sak.0.8 


Round 3 of Top 16 - by Eurobasket News

Kalev/Cramo - Jelgava 105-65

The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 15-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 105-65. Kalev/Cramo dominated on the defensive end, holding Jelgava to just 7 points in second quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Jelgava's 38. Kalev/Cramo forced 19 Jelgava turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Kalev/Cramo made 10 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Ty Abbott (192-88, college: Arizona St.) who led the winners and scored 28 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). U.S. Virgin Islands center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel) accounted for 18 points and 11 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) for the winning side. Four Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Guard Kristaps Kanbergs (190-88) came up with 12 points and 4 assists and American power forward Keith Chamberlain (204-87, college: Grinnell) added 7 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Jelgava in the defeat. Jelgava's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: T.Abbott 28+4reb+2ast, G.Dorbek 20+4reb+2ast, F.Elegar 18+11reb+1ast, B.Fall 15+7reb+3ast, T.Raadik 10+3reb, A.Skele 7+5reb+8ast
Jelgava: K.Kanbergs 12+4reb+4ast, A.Duselis 11+2reb+1ast, S.Silavs 10+3reb+1ast, G.Justovics 9+3reb+2ast, A.Justovics 7, K.Chamberlain 7+8reb+1ast
gschID: 230884


Rudupis - Naglis Palangos 93-79

The game was mostly controlled by Rudupis. Naglis Palangos managed to win fourth quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for swingman Gediminas Orelikas (200-90) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Arminas Urbutis (205-86, college: Hofstra) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Guard Modestas Kumpys (192-91) answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds and guard Mantas Mockevicius (189-93, college: Olney Central CC) added 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Naglis Palangos. Five Rudupis and four Naglis Palangos players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: G.Orelikas 22+7reb+1ast, A.Milaknis 16+3reb+1ast, A.Urbutis 12+8reb+1ast, A.Valeika 12+4reb, G.Kadziulis 10+2reb+3ast, S.Vene 7+5reb+3ast
Naglis Palangos: M.Kumpys 21+9reb+2ast, M.Mockevicius 18+8reb+5ast, R.Olander 14+6reb, G.Wright 10+4reb+2ast, J.Porter 8+5reb, M.Konate 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 230883


Parnu - Barons kvartals 52-61

It looked good early as KK Parnu took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Barons kvartals had a 17-8 second period charge getting the lead and KK Parnu was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 52-61. They outrebounded KK Parnu 45-34 including a 36-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 19 rebounds. Latvian forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) chipped in 9 points. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Rannar Raap (188-92) who recorded 20 points and 6 rebounds and center Rain Raadik (208-89) added 9 points and 13 rebounds respectively.
Top scorers:
Barons kvartals: T.Cain 18+19reb+1ast, M.Gulbis 9+4reb+1ast, N.Miezis 8+1reb+3ast, J.Rozitis 7+5reb, A.Brunins 6+7reb+1ast, A.Epners 5+4reb
Parnu: R.Raap 20+6reb+1ast, R.Raadik 9+13reb, O.Matulionis 8+2reb+1ast, A.Peciukevicius 7+8reb+4ast, K.Evart 6+2reb, T.Hamarsalu 2+2reb
gschID: 230882


Siauliai - Sakalai 90-73

The game without a history. Siauliai led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Sakalai's 42. They outrebounded Sakalai 39-26 including 25 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for Aurimas Kieza (202-82, college: Hofstra) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. Center Ovidijus Galdikas (217-88) helped adding 18 points and 5 rebounds. Four Siauliai players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Aivaras Kiausas (199-80) with 19 points and center Ignas Ramasauskas (211-93) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: A.Kieza 22+13reb+1ast, O.Galdikas 18+5reb, C.Simon 17+4reb+1ast, V.Sulskis 15+4reb+1ast, L.Samenas 7+3reb+2ast, L.Jackson 6+4reb+4ast
Sakalai: A.Kiausas 19+4reb+3ast, I.Ramasauskas 18+6reb, J.Sinica 13+4reb+1ast, R.Matulis 8+2reb, Z.Sestokas 6+1reb+2ast, D. Krestininas 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 230881


Tarvas - Barsy Atyrau 103-84

It was a very close game until the last quarter, when BC Rakvere's pressure prevailed and they won that period 30-16 extending their advantage to 19 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Barsy Atyrau's 44. Barsy Atyrau was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for point guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) who led his team to a victory with 22 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. American forward A.J. Stewart (205-88, college: Texas St.) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Lithuanian forward Edgaras Zelionis (207-89) answered with 12 points and 8 rebounds and Russian point guard Andrey Endropov (184-78) added 15 points in the effort for Barsy Atyrau. Five BC Rakvere and four Barsy Atyrau players scored in double figures. Barsy Atyrau's coach Eduard Skripec rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Tarvas: R.Tamm 22+4reb+7ast, A.Stewart 19+7reb+1ast, R.Lindmets 18+6reb, J.Umbrasko 12+8reb+2ast, B.Raley-Ross 12+6reb+4ast, M.Laksa 12+4reb+1ast
Barsy Atyrau: A.Endropov 15+2reb+2ast, E.Zelionis 12+8reb+3ast, C.McEachin 11, V.Matyukevych 11+4reb+1ast, E.Isakov 11+6reb, D.Sviridov 8+5reb
gschID: 230880


Tarvas - Barsy Atyrau 96-75

BC Rakvere dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Barsy Atyrau's 38. It was a good game for American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Latvian forward Maris Laksa (205-81, college: Providence) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five BC Rakvere players scored in double figures. Ukrainian center Vadim Matyukevych (208-80) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds and Uzbekistani center Dmitry Sviridov (212-85) added 9 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Barsy Atyrau. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Tarvas: B.Raley-Ross 21+7reb+4ast, M.Laksa 20+6reb+2ast, J.Umbrasko 14+6reb+2ast, R.Tamm 12+6reb+2ast, K.Saks 12+5reb+2ast, O.Metsalu 9+4reb
Barsy Atyrau: V.Matyukevych 15+8reb, Z.Fredrick 14+2reb+1ast, E.Zelionis 13+8reb+1ast, D.Sviridov 9+12reb+2ast, A.Endropov 8+5reb+1ast, C.McEachin 5+1ast
gschID: 230879



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  BELARUS   


EuroChallenge: Aalstar needs two overtimes to beat Tsmoki-Minsk - by Eurobasket News

Tsmoki-Minsk - Aalstar 87:91 2OT

Aalstar needs two overtimes to beat Tsmoki-Minsk in the best game of the Second Round in Top 16 of EuroChallenge. Minsk led from the opening minutes until late in the fourth quarter, and looked ready to cruise to the finish as they held a 63-49 advantage early in the fourth period. The team from Belarus however could not win. Aalstar won the fourth period 26-13 and then managed to win the second overtime 10-6.
Derek Raivio (190-G-84, college: Gonzaga) notched 25 points to lead the effort and Larry Anderson (195-G-89, college: Long Beach St.) supported him with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Even 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists by Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) did not help to save the game for Tsmoki-Minsk. Pavel Ulyanko (204-F-79) added 18 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Four Tsmoki-Minsk players scored in double figures.

Aalstar tied their record at 1-1. The team from belarus fell at 0-2 record in Group L.

Tsmoki-Minsk: Pavel Ulyanko 18, Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 16, Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-SF-85) 15, Lashkevich 13
Aalstar: Derek Raivio 25, Larry Anderson 16, Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Michigan) 13+11rebs, Thompson 9



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  BELGIUM   

D3 Standings

Division III Standings
Group A
 1. Turuka 14-2 
 2. Oxaco 11-6 
 3. Ninane 10-5 
 4. Soba 10-5 
 5. Ekeren 9-6 
 6. Neufchateau 9-7 
 7. BAVI 9-8 
 8. Willebroek 8-6 
 9. Pepinster 2 6-10 
 10. Esneux 5-9 
 11. Lommel 5-11 
 12. Loyers 5-12 
 13. Natoye 5-12 
 14. United Woluwe 5-12 
Group B
 1. Erembodegem 12-3 
 2. Melsele 12-5 
 3. Oostkamp 11-5 
 4. Falco Gent 11-6 
 5. Wevelgem 10-6 
 6. De Pinte 10-7 
 7. Gistel 8-8 
 8. Kortrijk 8-8 
 9. Lambusart 7-7 
 10. Ieper 6-10 
 11. Kain 6-11 
 12. Knokke-Heist 5-12 
 13. Nivelles 4-11 
 14. Carnieres 2-13 


EuroChallenge: Aalstar needs two overtimes to beat Tsmoki-Minsk - by Eurobasket News

Tsmoki-Minsk - Aalstar 87:91 2OT

Aalstar needs two overtimes to beat Tsmoki-Minsk in the best game of the Second Round in Top 16 of EuroChallenge. Minsk led from the opening minutes until late in the fourth quarter, and looked ready to cruise to the finish as they held a 63-49 advantage early in the fourth period. The team from Belarus however could not win. Aalstar won the fourth period 26-13 and then managed to win the second overtime 10-6.
Derek Raivio (190-G-84, college: Gonzaga) notched 25 points to lead the effort and Larry Anderson (195-G-89, college: Long Beach St.) supported him with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Even 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists by Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) did not help to save the game for Tsmoki-Minsk. Pavel Ulyanko (204-F-79) added 18 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Four Tsmoki-Minsk players scored in double figures.

Aalstar tied their record at 1-1. The team from belarus fell at 0-2 record in Group L.

Tsmoki-Minsk: Pavel Ulyanko 18, Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 16, Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-SF-85) 15, Lashkevich 13
Aalstar: Derek Raivio 25, Larry Anderson 16, Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Michigan) 13+11rebs, Thompson 9



Ex Unicaja Malaga guard signs with Esteghlal Zarin Geshm in Iran - by Greg

Esteghlal Qeshm (Superleague) inked 35-year old Belgian ex-international guard Marcus Faison (196-90kg-78, college: Siena). Player arrived a week ago and after passing his medical tests he joined his team. Faison played recently at Armia in Georgian Superleague. In 10 Superleague games this season he recorded 8.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.7apg and 1.0spg. Faison also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg. The last season he played at Petron Blaze (PBA) in Filipino PBA (15.2ppg, 5.4rpg). Faison also played at Kryvbasbasket in Ukrainian Superleague earlier that season. In 13 games he averaged 8.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg. The other team he played that season for was VOO Verviers-Pepinster (Ethias League) in Belgian Ethias League. In 11 games he averaged 10.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg.
The former Siena College star is in his 13th season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Faisons team won Ukrainian Superleague Regular Season in 2008. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Honorable Mention award back in 2008. Faison represented Belgium at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 8.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 27.3%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 75.0%.
Faison is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany, Greece (Peristeri GS Athens), Spain (Unicaja Malaga), Turkey (Besiktas) and Ukraine (Dnipro and BC Kyiv).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Halstead Chiverton led all scorers with 24 points - by David Edole

LAKE WALES, Fla. -- No. 9 Embry-Riddle University handed Warner University their sixth conference loss on Saturday night in mens basketball action. The Royals are now 12-9 overall following the 71-64 road loss to the Eagles and sit at the bottom of The Sun Conference standings at 1-6.

After coming in losers of four straight games all in conference play, the Eagles looked to break their streak against the Royals. The two teams went back and forth early on in the game hooking up for six ties and 13 lead changes in the first half. The Royals, who shot 33.3% from the field in the first half, held their largest lead of the game, 26-21, at the 8:27 mark following a three pointer by Halstead Chiverton (193-G-82, college: Clinton CC (NY)). The Eagles, however, rallied for an 8-1 run retaking the lead 29-27 at the 4:04 mark. At the break, the Eagles led the Royals 37-29.

The second half was all about efficiency for both teams. The Eagles made just nine field goals but only took 19 shots while the Royals connected on just 12 of 31 shots. For the Eagles, 5-of-7 shooting from behind the arc kept them out in front of the Royals the entire second half as well. After trailing by as many as 19 points, the Royals closed the game on a 19-5 run to the cut the deficit to five with under a minute to go. The Eagles, however, closed the game out converting six straight free throws and prevailed 71-64 to snap their four game losing streak.

Warners Halstead Chiverton led all scorers with 24 points in the game, all of the bench. The senior shot 8-of-14 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Bryce Kachinski also played well off the bench and was next in line with 12 points in the game.

The Royals return to action next Wednesday night, Jan. 23, when they face Southeastern University in a rematch of their Nov. 28 contest in which the Fire upset the then-ranked No. 12 Royals 68-63. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. in the Turner Athletic Center.



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Vezenkov - new head coach of Lukoil Academic - by Valentin Anguelov

Management of Lukoil Academic announced Sasho Vezenkov (198-F-63) as head coach of the team. Until the end of season 2012/13 he will be perform the duties of an executive director and head coach as well. His assistants will remain Miroslav Ralchev, Ivan Kotsev and Georgi Davidov. The decision was made at a meeting of the club on January 22. Given the short time left until the rest of the season, it was decided that the search for a replacement for already left Marin Dokuzovski is not necessary.

The captain Todor Stoykov will also be asked to enter the management team of Lukoil Academic.



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Standings - CBA

CBA Standings
 1. Guangdong ST 21-3 
 2. Shandong FB 17-7 
 3. Beijing Ducks 17-7 
 4. Xinjiang FT 15-10 
 5. Shanxi Zh. 14-11 
 6. Liaoning H. 13-11 
 7. Zhejiang CB 13-11 
 8. DongGuan L. 13-11 
 9. Guangsha L. 13-12 
 10. Bayi R. 11-14 
 11. TianJin S. 10-14 
 12. Foshan LL 10-15 
 13. Jiangsu D. 9-15 
 14. Jilin NE T. 9-16 
 15. Fujian QB 8-16 
 16. Shanghai S. 8-17 
 17. Qingdao E. 7-18 

Regular Season: Round 26

Jan. 23: Liaoning H. - Guangsha L. 95-90
Jan. 23: TianJin S. - Xinjiang FT 92-96
Jan. 23: Beijing Ducks - Shanxi Zh. 137-108
Jan. 23: Zhejiang CB - Shanghai S. 126-112
Jan. 22: Foshan LL - Guangdong ST 114-127
Jan. 23: Jilin NE T. - Jiangsu D. 114-113
Jan. 23: Bayi R. - DongGuan L. 107-118
Jan. 22: Shandong FB - Qingdao E. 106-99

Regular Season: Round 27

Jan. 25: Jilin NE T. - Zhejiang CB
Jan. 25: Liaoning H. - Jiangsu D.
Jan. 25: Guangsha L. - Beijing Ducks
Jan. 25: Shanghai S. - DongGuan L.
Jan. 25: Bayi R. - Guangdong ST
Jan. 25: TianJin S. - Shanxi Zh.
Jan. 25: Shandong FB - Xinjiang FT
Jan. 25: Fujian QB - Foshan LL


Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Quincy DOUBY
  Zhejiang CB
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 32.8
 1. Douby, Zhejiang CB32.8 
 2. Randolph, Foshan31.7 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.31.6 
 4. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.9 
 5. Akognon, Liaoning.30.7 
 6. Daniels, Qingdao E.29.5 
 7. Forbes, Guangsha29.1 
 8. Haislip, DongGuan.28.9 
 9. Spencer, Jilin N.28.1 
 10. Harris, Jiangsu D.28.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  TianJin S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Harvey, TianJin S.16.3 
 2. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.14.4 
 3. Randolph, Foshan14.0 
 4. Harris, Jiangsu D.13.0 
 5. Li, Liaoning H.12.8 
 6. Abbas, Shandong FB12.3 
 7. Wang, Fujian QB12.1 
 8. Ramos, Guangsha L.11.7 
 9. Daniels, Qingdao E.11.5 
 10. Siler, Jiangsu D.11.2 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  TianJin S.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Daghles, TianJin S.10.5 
 2. Jeter, Shandong FB5.7 
 3. Lu, Shanxi Zh.5.6 
 4. Marbury, Beijing5.6 
 5. Williams, Shanxi Z.5.2 
 6. McGrady, Qingd.4.7 
 7. Qahwash, Jiang.4.6 
 8. Forbes, Guangsha4.5 
 9. Douby, Zhejiang CB4.5 
 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 FB2.4 
 5. Han, Bayi R.2.2 
 6. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.1 
 7. Meng, Jiangsu D.2.0 
 8. Abbas, Shandong FB2.0 
 9. Akognon, Liaoning.2.0 
 10. Marbury, Beijing2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Ti.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. N''Diaye, Ti.4.3 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.6 
 3. Siler, Jiangsu D.2.2 
 4. Yi, Guangdong ST2.0 
 5. Daniels, Qingdao E.1.8 
 6. Wang, Bayi R.1.6 
 7. Haislip, DongGuan.1.6 
 8. Morris, Beijing Du.1.6 
 9. Han, Liaoning H.1.5 
 10. Yan, Shanxi Zh.1.5 


CBA Round 26: Beijing Ducks defeat Shanxi Zhongyu in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Beijing Ducks (17-7) which hosted in Beijing 4th ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (14-11). Third ranked Beijing Ducks had an easy win 137-108. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shanxi Zhongyu. The game was mostly controlled by Beijing Ducks. Shanxi Zhongyu managed to win fourth quarter 32-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Beijing Ducks made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Shanxi Zhongyu helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Stephon Marbury (188-77, college: Georgia Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 6 assists. The other American import power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) contributed with 27 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) replied with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds for Shanxi Zhongyu. Shanxi Zhongyu's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Beijing Ducks moved-up to second place, which they share with Shandong FB. Shanxi Zhongyu at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. Beijing Ducks is looking forward to face Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#9) in Hangzhou in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shanxi Zhongyu will play on the road against TianJin Steel (#11) in Tianjin and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
CBA top team - Guandong Tigers (21-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat twelfth ranked Foshan (10-15) 127-114. International Jianlian Yi (212-87) had a double-double by scoring 42 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Terrence Williams chipped in 22 points during the contest. American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) responded with 30 points and 8 rebounds. Guandong Tigers have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-3 record. Foshan lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 15 games lost. Guandong Tigers will play against Bayi Rockets (#10) in Ningbo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Foshan will play on the road against Fujian in Jinjiang and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Yingkou was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (13-12) played at the court of seventh ranked Liaoning Hunters (13-11). Liaoning Hunters managed to secure a 5-point victory 95-90 on Wednesday. Solomon Jones notched a double-double by scoring 22 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds by Peter John Ramos did not help to save the game for Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Liaoning Hunters moved-up to sixth place, which they share with DongGuan L. and Zhejiang CB. Loser Zhejiang Guangsha Lions dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. Liaoning Hunters will meet at home Jiangsu Dragons (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will play against Beijing Ducks (#3) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Changchun. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 13th ranked Jiangsu Dragons (9-15) to fourteenth ranked Jilin Tigers (9-16) 114-113 on Wednesday evening. The best player for the winners was Dewarick Spencer who had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists. Jiangsu Dragons' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Jilin Tigers maintains fourteenth position with 9-16 record. Jiangsu Dragons at the other side keep the thirteenth place with 15 games lost. Jilin Tigers' next round opponent will be higher ranked Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (#7) in Hangzhou and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 26: Xinjiang FT beat TianJin S. on the road 96-92. Bayi R. lost to DongGuan L. on its own court 107-118. Shanghai S. unfortunately lost to Zhejiang CB in Hangzhou 112-126. Shandong FB managed to beat Qingdao E. at home 106-99.


TianJin S. - Xinjiang FT 92-96

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (15-10) beat 11th ranked TianJin Steel (10-14) in Tianjin 96-92. The best player for the winners was American forward Darnell Jackson (203-85, college: Kansas) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. The former international point guard Tal Co (191-91) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. Xinjiang Flying Tige's coach WanJun Cui allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Jordanian guard Osama Daghles (198-79, college: Midwestern St.) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 8 rebounds and 14 assists and American power forward Donnell Harvey (203-80, college: Florida) added 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Xinjiang Flying Tige moved-up to fourth place. TianJin Steel lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Xinjiang Flying Tige's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Shandong Bulls in Jinan and it may be the game of the week. TianJin Steel will play at home against Shanxi Zhongyu (#5) in Taiyuan.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang FT: J.Darnell 26+10reb, C.Tal 20+8reb+1ast, M.Bateer 14+2reb+3ast, Z.QinPeng 11+9reb+3ast, T.ZhengDong 8, W.Von 7+5reb+2ast
TianJin S.: Z.Nan 23+5reb+3ast, H.Donnell 16+12reb+4ast, Z.Zhihan 16+5reb+2ast, D.Osama 11+8reb+14ast, X.Lei 8+3reb, Z.Ji 6
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Bayi R. - DongGuan L. 107-118

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Bayi Rockets' (11-14) home loss to ninth ranked DongGuan Leopards (13-11) in Ningbo 107-118. It looked good early as Bayi Rockets took an 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then DongGuan Leopards took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 11 points. They shot 63.2 percent from the field and made 17-of-18 charity shots (94.4 percent) during the game. DongGuan Leopards shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 78.9 percentage. 24 personal fouls committed by Bayi Rockets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Marcus Haislip (208-80, college: Tennessee) who scored 43 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (perfect from downtown making all five shots). The other American import point guard Blake Ahearn (188-84, college: Missouri St.) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. The former international guard Shuo Han (196-86) produced 33 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international center ZhiZhi Wang (215-77) added 19 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Bayi Rockets' coach let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. DongGuan Leopards have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Liaoning H. and Zhejiang CB. Bayi Rockets lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 14 games lost. DongGuan Leopards' next round opponent will be Shanghai Sharks (#16) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Bayi Rockets will play against the league's leader Guandong Tigers (#1) in Dongguan.
Top scorers:
DongGuan L.: H.Marcus 43+6reb, A.Blake 21+1reb+4ast, H.ZhongMian 20+2reb+2ast, Z.Jie 11+5reb, S.TongLin 10+10reb+4ast, H.Chih-Shan 6+2reb+6ast
Bayi R.: H.Shuo 33+5reb+4ast, W.ZhiZhi 19+9reb+2ast, W.Lei 17+2reb+1ast, H.Ke 13+2reb+1ast, X.ZhongHao 10+5reb, D.Lehei 7+3reb
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Beijing Ducks - Shanxi Zh. 137-108

An interesting game for Beijing Ducks (17-7) which hosted in Beijing 4th ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (14-11). Third ranked Beijing Ducks had an easy win 137-108. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shanxi Zhongyu. The game was mostly controlled by Beijing Ducks. Shanxi Zhongyu managed to win fourth quarter 32-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Beijing Ducks made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Shanxi Zhongyu helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Stephon Marbury (188-77, college: Georgia Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 6 assists. The other American import power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) contributed with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) replied with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds and forward Jia Xien (198-89) added 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Shanxi Zhongyu. Five Beijing Ducks and four Shanxi Zhongyu players scored in double figures. Shanxi Zhongyu's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Beijing Ducks moved-up to second place, which they share with Shandong FB. Shanxi Zhongyu at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. Beijing Ducks is looking forward to face Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#9) in Hangzhou in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shanxi Zhongyu will play on the road against TianJin Steel (#11) in Tianjin and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Beijing Ducks: M.Stephon 36+3reb+6ast, M.Randolph 27+12reb+2ast, Z.YanXi 21+5reb, J.Zhe 19+8reb+1ast, G.Li 17+5reb+2ast, Z.Xiaochuan 9+4reb+1ast
Shanxi Zh.: G.Charles 33+12reb, X.Jia 25+8reb, D.JiangPeng 20+4reb+3ast, B.ZhaoBao 11+4reb, S.TianGui 7+2reb+4ast, Z.XueWen 5+1ast
gschID: 228724


Zhejiang CB - Shanghai S. 126-112

Very predictable result when eighth ranked Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (13-11) won against 15th ranked Shanghai Sharks (8-17) in Hangzhou 126-112. It looked good early as Shanghai Sharks took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank had a 26-21 second period charge getting the lead and Shanghai Sharks were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 112-126. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Shanghai Sharks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) who scored 41 points (!!!) and 6 assists. Power forward Eddy Curry (211-82) chipped in a double-double by scoring 28 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Gilbert Arenas (192-82, college: Arizona) produced 27 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and forward D.J. White (206-86, college: Indiana) added 27 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with DongGuan L. and Liaoning H. Shanghai Sharks at the other side dropped to the sixteenth position with 17 games lost. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank's next round opponent will be Jilin Tigers (#14) in Changchun and are hoping to win another game. Shanghai Sharks will play at home against DongGuan Leopards.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang CB: D.Quincy 41+4reb+6ast, C.Eddy 28+15reb+1ast, C.Fei 22+5reb+2ast, Z.ChunJun 13+8reb+4ast, D.JinHui 13+6reb+4ast, Z.Kang 4+1reb
Shanghai S.: W.D.J. 27+9reb+1ast, A.Gilbert 27+9reb+4ast, L.Wei 17+2reb+4ast, W.Ligang 12+6reb, C.Liang 10+3reb, M.Lingyuan 8+1ast
gschID: 228723


Liaoning H. - Guangsha L. 95-90

The game in Yingkou was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (13-12) played at the court of seventh ranked Liaoning Hunters (13-11). Liaoning Hunters managed to secure a 5-point victory 95-90 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-90. Liaoning Hunters made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Liaoning Hunters made 7 blocks. American power forward Solomon Jones (208-84, college: S.Florida, agency: Priority Sports) notched a double-double by scoring 22 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks to lead the effort and Nigerian-American point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) supported him with 23 points. Four Liaoning Hunters players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds by American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) did not help to save the game for Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. Panamanian-American swingman Gary Forbes (201-85, college: Virginia) added 26 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Liaoning Hunters moved-up to sixth place, which they share with DongGuan L. and Zhejiang CB. Loser Zhejiang Guangsha Lions dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. Liaoning Hunters will meet at home Jiangsu Dragons (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will play against Beijing Ducks (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Liaoning H.: A.Josh-Emmanuel 23+3reb+3ast, J.Solomon 22+14reb+4ast, G.Ailun 16+2reb+2ast, Y.Ming 16+1reb+4ast, H.TianJu 14+1reb+1ast, L.XiaoXu 4+17reb+1ast
Guangsha L.: F.Gary 26+6reb, R.Peter John 25+13reb, S.HoMan 12+4reb, L.Chih-Chieh 9+3reb+4ast, Z.Yongpeng 5+6reb+2ast, W.Bo 4+6reb+1ast
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Jilin NE T. - Jiangsu D. 114-113

A very interesting game took place in Changchun. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 13th ranked Jiangsu Dragons (9-15) to fourteenth ranked Jilin Tigers (9-16) 114-113 on Wednesday evening. The hosts were already 12 points ahead at halftime and as many as 16 after three quarters before a 34-19 last quarter charge of Jiangsu Dragons cut the lead to 114-113 at the end of the game. Jilin Tigers made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Dewarick Spencer (193-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Biao Zhang (201-90) chipped in 30 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) produced a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds and international Li Yi (203-85) added 30 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Five Jilin Tigers and four Jiangsu Dragons players scored in double figures. Jiangsu Dragons' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Jilin Tigers maintains fourteenth position with 9-16 record. Jiangsu Dragons at the other side keep the thirteenth place with 15 games lost. Jilin Tigers' next round opponent will be higher ranked Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (#7) in Hangzhou and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Jilin NE T.: Z.Biao 30+5reb+4ast, S.Dewarick 25+17reb+5ast, C.Ya-Song 19+1reb+3ast, H.Samuel 15+8reb+1ast, Z.Cheng 12+3reb+6ast, L.Xudong 7+3ast
Jiangsu D.: H.Mike 35+12reb+1ast, Y.Li 30+8reb+5ast, S.Garret 14+10reb, H.XueFeng 13+4reb+5ast, M.Da 7+4reb+5ast, L.Yahui 6+2reb
gschID: 228721


Foshan LL - Guangdong ST 114-127

CBA top team - Guandong Tigers (21-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat twelfth ranked Foshan (10-15) 127-114. The game was mostly controlled by Guandong Tigers. Foshan was better in second period 36-29. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 28-of-35 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Foshan was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. International Jianlian Yi (212-87) had a double-double by scoring 42 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American swingman Terrence Williams (198-87, college: Louisville) chipped in 22 points during the contest. American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) responded with 30 points and 8 rebounds and guard LingXu Zeng (193-87) scored 20 points and 5 assists. Four Guandong Tigers and five Foshan players scored in double figures. Guandong Tigers have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-3 record. Foshan lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 15 games lost. Guandong Tigers will play against Bayi Rockets (#10) in Ningbo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Foshan will play on the road against Fujian in Jinjiang and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Guangdong ST: Y.Jianlian 42+13reb+1ast, W.Terrence 22+2reb+1ast, D.Ike 18+4reb, Z.FangYu 10+4reb+2ast, H.Dong 9+1reb, L.XiaoYu 9+5reb+3ast
Foshan LL: R.Shavlik 30+8reb+1ast, Z.LingXu 20+4reb+5ast, J.Mingxin 20+3reb+1ast, P.Doron 14+5reb+7ast, S.KangMing 13+3reb+1ast, R.Junwei 9+3reb
gschID: 228720


Shandong FB - Qingdao E. 106-99

Not a big story in a game when 17th ranked Qingdao Eagles (7-18) lost to second ranked Shandong Bulls (17-7) in Jinan 99-106. The hosts were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 28-20 run, which allowed them to win the game. Shandong Bulls made 32-of-39 charity shots (82.1 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Qingdao Eagles turnovers. 32 personal fouls committed by Qingdao Eagles helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard Pooh Jeter (180-83, college: Portland) who scored 38 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas (203-83) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. Four Shandong Bulls players scored in double figures. American swingman Tracy McGrady (203-79) produced a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds and forward Tao Li (200-82) added 24 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shandong Bulls have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 17-7 record having four points less than leader Guangdong ST, which they share with Beijing Ducks. Qingdao Eagles at the other side stay at the bottom place with 18 games lost. Shandong Bulls' next round opponent will be Xinjiang Flying Tige (#4) in Urumqi.
Top scorers:
Shandong FB: J.Pooh 38+6reb+8ast, A.Zaid 18+9reb, L.JingYu 16+2reb+1ast, Y.Ding 15+2reb, T.HanLin 8+4reb, V.Jackson 6+8reb+2ast
Qingdao E.: M.Tracy 38+14reb+2ast, L.Tao 24+5reb+1ast, D.Chris 16+7reb+1ast, L.Guang 7+2reb+1ast, Y.GengLin 5+7reb+1ast, C.Kai 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 228719



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Dwight Hardy may be added to Hacettepe roster - by Eurobasket News

Hacettepe University (TBL) is close to ink 26-year old American (has also Congolese passport) point guard Dwight Hardy (188-89kg-87, college: St.Johns) who currently plays Sidigas Avellino in Italy. In 6 SerieA games this season he averaged 7.8ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg. The last season Hardy played at Tuscany Pistoia (Lega2) in Italian Lega2. In 41 games last year he was second best scorer with impressive 22.2ppg and recorded 3.1rpg, 2.2apg and 1.9spg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.
Among other achievements Hardy won ICCAC championship title in 2009. He received also All-Big East Most Improved Player of the Year award in 2011 at his college time.
Hardy graduated from St.Johns University in 2011 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: A talented guard with great scoring skills and the typical personality of the NY players. Loves to shot and can earn lots of fouls, in his first professional season he showed a great leadership and team mentality that could grant him a bright career.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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GKK Sibenik inks Ivan Grgat - by Darko Hudina

GKK Sibenik is club from A2-south division and with this sign they shown big expectation in these season, and wish to play in A1 division. Ivan Grgat play in KK Krizevci for 2years where he in this year recorded 10.9 ppg and 4.7 rpg, for 20 minutes average, and will be big sign for GKK Sibenik. Ivan Grgat previously played in Cibona, Zadar, Unicaja, Le Mans, PAOK and Siroki, and for this 39year player this is maybe last season.


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EuroCup: Kristaps Janicenoks leads VEF Riga past Nymburk - by Eurobasket News

Nymburk - VEF Riga 80:85

VEF Riga posted the second win in EuroCup Last 16. They upset Nymburk in Czech Republic to jump at 2-1 record in Group J. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) was responsible for 16 points in the victory.
VEF Riga had to work their way back into the game as they trailed early on. Nymburk started the game aggressively. The hosts dropped 25 points in the opening quarter to ensure a 6-point lead. The hosts stretched the gap in the second term. Nymburk piled up a comfortable 42:34 halftime lead. The hosts stretched the lead to 15 points before VEF Riga started to cut the deficit. Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) scored nine points in a row and Janicenoks added two more as VEF Riga all of a sudden found themselves within 6 points 47:53. They cut the deficit to 5 points heading into the fourth frame 54:59. Nymburk gained a 10-point lead midway through the final term 72:62. But VEF Riga answered with 11 straight points to surge ahead 73:72. Donatas Zavackas nailed six points to make it 79:75 for the visitors with 32 seconds to go. Kristaps Janicenoks and Earl Rowland went perfect from the stripe in the dying seconds to seal the win for the visitors then. Antanas Kavaliauskas chipped in 15 points, while Kaspars Berzins (213-PF-85) added 14 points in the win. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) answered with 18 points for Nymburk. Vojtech Hruban (202-G/F-89) had 14 points in the loss.

Nymburk: Radoslav Rancik 18, Vojtech Hruban 14
VEF Riga: Kristaps Janicenoks 16, Antanas Kavaliauskas 15, Kaspars Berzins 14



SLUNETA Usti nad Labem Returns Thad McFadden - by Surujh Roopnarine

In dire need of a shot of energy, SLUNETA Usti nad Labem have acquired fan favorite Thaddeus McFadden (188-G-87, college: Fairmont St.) for the rest of the season. McFadden, 25, played his entire career with the club prior to joining New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig in Germany at the start of this season. Sporadic playing time and results for the Flint, Michigan native saw him appear in 15 games, averaging career lows of 5.4 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in just 14.3 minutes per contest. The subsequent arrival of Jermaine Anderson from Cibona Zagreb helped facilitate the move of the prodigal son back to Usti nad Labem.
After leading Usti nad Labem from the Czech Republic 1.Liga to the NBL, McFadden set the top league on fire last season, earning recognition as Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League Player of the Year.
Last season in 45 games the former Fairmont State (NCAA2) standout averaged 18.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.3 steals while connecting on 39.2% from three and 80.1% from the free-throw line. Currently situated in last place with a 4-18 record SLUNETA Usti nad Labem and head coach Peter Balint will surely look forward to the return of McFadden in hopes of moving up the table as much as they can as well as fighting for relevance in the A2 group play which will start soon.



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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 9-11 
 7. Vaerlose 6-14 
 8. Horsholm 5-13 
 9. Aarhus BC 5-15 
 10. Aalborg 1-17 

Regular Season: Round 24

Jan. 23: Randers - Aalborg 99-78
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


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Colas, Randers24.5 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.24.2 
 3. Jukic, Horsens IC21.7 
 4. Bowlin, Horsens IC20.3 
 5. Willen, Aalborg20.2 
 6. Ocana, Randers20.2 
 7. Delk, Vaerlose19.5 
 8. Walker, Naestved19.5 
 9. Darboe, Svendborg18.9 
 10. Tomko, Bakken18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Colas, Randers14.7 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.10.3 
 3. Jukic, Horsens IC9.6 
 4. Dezouvre, Aarhus9.2 
 5. Washington, Svend.8.3 
 6. Walker, Naestved8.1 
 7. Baker, Vaerlose8.0 
 8. Willen, Aalborg7.7 
 9. Iversen, Bakken7.5 
 10. Moritz, SISU7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Miguel ORTEGA
  Randers
  (188-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Ortega, Randers7.3 
 2. Bowlin, Horsens IC7.2 
 3. Darboe, Svendborg5.8 
 4. Nielsen, SISU5.0 
 5. Murphy, Naestved5.0 
 6. Tomko, Bakken4.5 
 7. Plannthin, Svend.4.4 
 8. Nielsen, Randers4.3 
 9. Jonsson, Aarhus BC4.0 
 10. Jakobsen, Bakken3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC2.9 
 2. Tomko, Bakken2.4 
 3. Nielsen, SISU2.4 
 4. Delk, Vaerlose2.3 
 5. Darboe, Svendborg2.1 
 6. Jukic, Horsens IC2.1 
 7. Ortega, Randers2.0 
 8. Walker, Naestved1.9 
 9. Rungby, Horsens IC1.7 
 10. Dennis, SISU1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory WASHINGTON
  Svend.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Washington, Svend.2.7 
 2. Colas, Randers2.4 
 3. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.4 
 4. Jukic, Horsens IC1.4 
 5. Christoffers., Bak.1.1 
 6. Jukic, Horsholm1.1 
 7. Smith, SISU1.0 
 8. Frandsen, Naestved0.9 
 9. Delk, Vaerlose0.9 
 10. Thomann, Horse.0.9 


Standings - 1st Division

1st Division Standings
 1. Lemvig 12-3 
 2. Falcon 11-3 
 3. Amager BK 11-3 
 4. BMS Skovlunde 10-4 
 5. Virum 9-5 
 6. Stevnsgade 7-7 
 7. Glostrup 6-7 
 8. Koge BK 5-9 
 9. Aarhus BF 4-9 
 10. ALBA 4-9 
 11. Jonstrup 3-11 
 12. Haderslev 1-13 

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 23: Haderslev - Lemvig 69-95
Jan. 26: Glostrup - Amager BK
Jan. 26: Koge BK - Virum
Jan. 26: ALBA - Falcon
Jan. 26: BMS Skovlunde - Stevnsgade



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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. Springfield A. 6-15 
 8. Iowa E. 6-16 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 16-7 
 2. Rio Grande VV 14-8 
 3. Austin T. 12-10 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 11-11 
 5. Texas L. 11-12 
 6. Reno B. 8-11 
 7. Los Angeles D. 7-14 
 8. Idaho S. 6-16 

Regular Season: Round 32

Jan. 23: Rio Grande VV - Texas L. 126-109
Jan. 22: Iowa E. - Tulsa 66ers 106-111
Jan. 23: Los Angeles D. - Bakersfield J. 101-107
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. Goudelock, Sioux F.20.3 
 5. Almond, Iowa E.20.1 
 6. Fortson, Los A.19.0 
 7. Summers, Maine RC19.0 
 8. Kennedy, Erie B.18.3 
 9. Howard, Ft.Wayne.18.2 
 10. Downs, Maine RC18.2 
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.10.4 
 4. Harris, Iowa E.9.7 
 5. Evans, Idaho S.9.4 
 6. Jackson, Austin T.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.7.5 
 3. Fortson, Los A.6.6 
 4. Singletary, Texas6.4 
 5. Karl, Idaho S.5.5 
 6. Kennedy, Erie B.5.2 
 7. Uzoh, Springfield5.2 
 8. Johnson-Odom, Los5.2 
 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. Sutton, Tulsa 66e.2.0 
 5. McNeal, Bakersfi.2.0 
 6. Gutierrez, Canton2.0 
 7. Wright, Iowa E.1.9 
 8. Hannah, Santa C.1.9 
 9. Tyndale, Sioux F.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. Moon, Los A.2.1 
 6. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 7. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.0 
 8. Reed, Springfield1.9 
 9. Eric, Canton C.1.9 
 10. Flowers, Los A.1.9 



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  EBA   

Standings

EBA Standings
Northern Division
 1. Harrisburg H. 0-0 
 2. N.Y. Wizards 0-0 
 3. N.Y.Primetime 0-0 
 4. New Jersey B. 0-0 
 5. Westchester D. 0-0 
Southern Division
 1. Bad News B. 0-0 
 2. Maryland B. 0-0 
 3. Richmond R. 0-0 
 4. Washington M. 0-0 



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  ESTONIA   


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

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

Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82, currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to a 2-point Montepaschi Siena's victory against the fifth-ranked Olympiacos (1-3) 74-72 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Kangur recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes on the court. Montepaschi Siena (4-0) is placed second in group F. So far his team won all four games in the Top 16. It's Kangur's first season with the team. This year he averages: 9.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 2FGP: 45.8%, 3FGP: 53.6%(30-56) in the 14 games he played so far. Kangur is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Janar Talts
Janar Talts
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Janar Talts (207-83, currently plays in Italy). He managed to help Cimberio Varese to win against the ninth-ranked Enel Brindisi (8-8) 83-71 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Talts recorded 5 points. Cimberio Varese (14-2) is placed first in the SerieA. Talts' overall stats this season are: 3.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 2FGP: 67.9%(19-28). He is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Gregor Arbet
Gregor Arbet
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Gregor Arbet (195-83, currently plays in Greece), who plays in the Greek A1. Arbet could not help Kavala (3-10) to beat AGOR (8-5). He recorded 8 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks in 39 minutes. It was his first game for Kavala this season. Kavala lost 79-88 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#5) AGOR. Arbet is also a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Reinar Hallik
Reinar Hallik
   #4. Center Reinar Hallik (208-84, currently plays in Romania) led Craiova to a victory against the 12th-ranked Giurgiu (6-12) 84-70 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Sunday night's game. He scored 12 points. SCM CSU Craiova (13-5) is placed fifth in the Liga Nationala. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Hallik's overall stats this season are: 8.3ppg and 2.3rpg. He is also Estonian national team player.

Viljar Veski
Viljar Veski
   #5. Former international center Viljar Veski (215-86, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Palma (4-9) in their game against Oviedo CB (9-3) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Veski scored 8 points in 17 minutes. Palma lost 74-83 on the opponent's court to the second-ranked Oviedo_CB. It was Palma's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Veski's overall stats are: 7.5ppg and 2.9rpg in the 13 games. He used to play for the Estonian national team three years ago.

Joonas Vaino
Joonas Vaino
   #6. Power forward Joonas Vaino (204-92, currently plays in Finland) was not able to secure a victory for Namika Lahti (5-19) in their game against Kouvot (12-12) in the Finnish Korisliiga. Vaino did not beat the league record on Saturday evening. He recorded only 2 points. The bottom-ranked Namika Lahti was crushed 80-56 in Kouvola by the higher-ranked Kouvot (#6). Vaino's total stats this season are: 1.7ppg and 1.5rpg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Estonian National Team roster.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90) plays for Rudupis in Lithuanian LKL
Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-PG-89) plays for Olimpi in Georgian Superleague
Kent-Kaarel Vene (192-SG-94) plays for Zalgiris-Sabonio in Lithuanian NKL
Reimo Pahn (202-F-87) plays for Kerava Energia Team in Finnish 1st Division
Karl-Robin Jurjens (199-F-96) plays for Cajasol Castilleja in Spanish EBA
Maert Tralla (177-PG-87) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Madis Shumanov (207-C-88) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Sven Kaldre (197-G/F-91) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Kaspar Kaljula (182-G-89) plays for Sverresborg in Norwegian 1Div.

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



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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


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

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

Vernon Goodridge
Vernon Goodridge
   #1. Vernon Goodridge (206-F-84, college: La Salle, currently plays in Ukraine) led Khimik to a victory over the 11th-ranked DniproAzot (10-16) 81-76 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Friday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Goodridge had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 12 rebounds in 23 minutes. Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (15-11) is placed fifth in the Superleague. The Regular Season already ended. It's Goodridge's first season with the team. This year he averages: 9.8ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.6bpg in the 26 games he played so far. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. In 2010 Goodridge went to the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Dublin.

P.J. Hill jr.
P.J. Hill jr.
   #2. P.J. Hill jr. (182-PG-87, college: Ohio St., currently plays in Latvia) led Jekabpils to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Jelgava (1-8) 91-76 in the Latvian LBL last Sunday. Hill jr. was the best player in that game. He scored 24 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Hill jr.'s third season in pro basketball. BK Jekabpils (12-8) is placed third in the LBL. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Hill jr. is currently third on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (third place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hill jr. averages: 16.5ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.9apg and 1.1spg. Worth to mention Hill jr. played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Three years ago he took part in the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Venice.

Demarius Bolds
Demarius Bolds
   #3. Demarius Bolds (190-G-84, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Missouri Western, currently plays in Czech Republic), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL could not help BC Kolin (12-10) in their last game. Despite his very good performance BC Kolin was crushed 123-86 on the road by the higher-ranked (#4) BK Prostejov. Bolds was the top scorer with 28 points in 27 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Bolds is currently fourth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Bolds averages: 17.8ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.4apg and 2.3spg in the 22 games he played so far. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Five years ago Bolds played at the ESL camp in Chicago playing for Warsaw.

Brandon Brown
Brandon Brown
   #4. Brandon Brown (201-F-85, college: CS San Bernar., currently plays in Cyprus) led Apollon to a 1-point victory over the league outsider Omonia (2-12) 83-82 in the Cypriot Division A in Tuesday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Brown recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 11 rebounds. Forex Time Apollon (8-6) is placed fourth in the Division A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Brown is currently second on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (fifth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Brown averages: 18.8ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3bpg and 1.8spg. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2010 Brown attended the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Zurich.

Matija Poscic
Matija Poscic
   #5. Matija Poscic (204-C-85, college: De Paul, currently plays in Croatia), who plays in the Croatian A1 could not help KK Zagreb (8-3) in their last game. Despite Poscic's good performance KK Zagreb lost 70-76 on the road to the leading Kvarner 2010. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds in 21 minutes. This year Poscic's overall stats are: 6.6ppg and 5.5rpg in the 11 games he played so far. He played in 2012at the Eurobasket Summer League in Torino for Team Torino.

Corey Jefferson
Corey Jefferson
   #6. Corey Jefferson (183-G-85, college: Texas St., currently plays in Poland) led Kotwica to a victory over the sixth-ranked AZS Koszalin (9-8) 88-76 in the Polish TBL on Saturday night. Jefferson was the top player that evening. He scored 24 points and added 4 assists. Kotwica Kolobrzeg (5-12) is placed tenth in the TBL. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Jefferson belongs to league's best passers (ranked #5) and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). His total stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.1apg and 1.8spg. He attended four years ago the Eurobasket Summer League camp in Las Vegas.

Akeem Scott
Akeem Scott
   #7. Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, college: High Point, currently plays in Mexico) was the major contributor in Pioneros' victory against the 11th-ranked Correcaminos (16-24) 93-87 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) in Wednesday night's game. He scored 15 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 28 minutes. Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun (11-11) is placed fifth in the LNBP. Scott has relatively good stats this year: 12.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.2apg and 1.5spg in the 37 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Worth to mention Scott played also for Team Geneva at the ESL in Las Vegas in 2011.

Jayson Granger
Jayson Granger
   #8. Jayson Granger (186-G-89, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Asefa Estudiantes (9-9) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance Asefa Estudiantes was defeated 84-79 on the road by the lower-ranked CB Canarias (#12). Granger scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Granger is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his seventh year in Asefa Estudiantes' roster. This season he has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.6apg. Granger has a dual citizenship: Uruguayan and Italian. Granger played three years ago at the ESL in New York for Team Budapest.

Riley Luettgerodt
Riley Luettgerodt
   #9. Riley Luettgerodt (196-G/F-85, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) could not help Fontedoso Carrefour (5-8) in their last game. Despite Luettgerodt's very good performance Fontedoso Carrefour lost 69-80 on the road to the leading CB Guadalajara. He was the top scorer with 32 points. Luettgerodt also added 7 rebounds in 33 minutes. It was Fontedoso Carrefour's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Luettgerodt belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #2 with 17.4ppg. This year his other stats are: 3.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg in the 13 games he played so far. He attended in 2009 the ESL camp in Las Vegas.

James Tyler
James Tyler
   #10. James Tyler (218-C-88, currently plays in Bulgaria), who plays in the Bulgarian NBL could not help one of league's weakest teams Chernomorets (4-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Chernomorets was defeated 98-88 on the road by the higher-ranked Beroe (#7). Tyler recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 6 blocks. Tyler belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #3) and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Tyler averages: 18.8ppg, 14.0rpg and 3.1bpg. Worth to mention Tyler played also for Team Dublin at the ESL in Las Vegas three years ago.



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  EUROCHALLENGE   

Standings

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

Top 16: Round 2

I

Jan. 22: Gaz Metan - Kataja 84-82
Jan. 22: Ventspils - Karsiyaka 81-86

J

Jan. 22: Gravelines - Paris-Levallois 82-77
Jan. 23: Hapoel Holon - Szolnok 72-77

K

Jan. 22: Norrkoping - Tofas 84-82
Jan. 22: Khimik - Krasnie Krilya 69-77

L

Jan. 23: Tsmoki-Minsk - Aalstar 87-91
Jan. 23: Telekom Baskets - EWE Baskets 65-82

Top 16: Round 3

I

Jan. 29: Karsiyaka - Kataja
Jan. 29: Ventspils - Gaz Metan

J

Jan. 29: Paris-Levallois - Szolnok
Jan. 29: Gravelines - Hapoel Holon

K

Jan. 29: Tofas - Krasnie Krilya
Jan. 29: Norrkoping - Khimik

L

Jan. 29: Aalstar - EWE Baskets
Jan. 29: Tsmoki-Minsk - Telekom Baskets


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Apollon
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Brown, Apollon22.2 
 2. Hopkins, Antwerp22.2 
 3. May, Paris-Levallo.22.0 
 4. Buljan, Kormend21.7 
 5. Shaw, Kormend21.3 
 6. Dixon, Karsiyaka18.9 
 7. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.18.8 
 8. Flowers, Kataja18.4 
 9. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.17.4 
 10. Burtt, Tofas17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.11.7 
 2. Bader, Szolnok11.4 
 3. Qvale, M.Hainaut9.7 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto9.5 
 5. Brown, Apollon8.8 
 6. Thondique, Antwerp8.8 
 7. Elonu, Tofas8.6 
 8. May, Paris-Levallo.8.6 
 9. Wilson, Armia8.5 
 10. Simms, Sodertalje8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.7.5 
 2. Albicy, Paris-Le.6.5 
 3. Dixon, Karsiyaka6.1 
 4. Jordan, Telekom6.0 
 5. Deane, Khimik5.9 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto5.7 
 7. Kudrautsau, Tsmoki.5.4 
 8. Rujak, Kormend5.2 
 9. Jovanovic, Timisoa.5.2 
 10. Kramer, EWE B.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Flowers, Kataja3.9 
 2. Harris, Dijon2.8 
 3. Clark, Aalstar2.7 
 4. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.6 
 5. Albicy, Paris-Le.2.6 
 6. Crocker, Keravnos2.2 
 7. Barac, Pitesti2.2 
 8. Diot, Paris-Levall.2.1 
 9. Johnson, Timisoara2.0 
 10. Hopkins, Antwerp2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Sodertalje
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Simms, Sodertalje2.2 
 2. Goodridge, Khimik1.9 
 3. Vaughn, Keravnos1.8 
 4. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.7 
 5. Vasiliev, Krasni.1.7 
 6. Aminu, Karsiyaka1.5 
 7. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.4 
 8. Love, Antwerp1.3 
 9. May, Paris-Levallo.1.3 
 10. Archie, Timisoara1.2 


Dixon's 32-point game gives him (Top 16) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

29-year old point guard Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, agency: Beo Basket) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Karsiyaka and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2 (Top 16).
He had the game-high 32 points adding three rebounds and five assists for Karsiyaka in his team's victory, helping them to beat Ventspils (#4, 0-2) 86-81. It allowed Karsiyaka to consolidate first place in the EuroChallenge group I. But it's just the very beginning of the Top 16 and Karsiyaka won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Dixon had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Karsiyaka's top player in his first season with the team. Troy University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Dixon is in league's top in points (6th best: 18.9ppg), assists (3rd best: 6.1apg) and averages solid 52.6% FGP and 50.9% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points). He is American-Georgian forward in his first season at Karsiyaka. In the last game Thomas recorded impressive double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Karsiyaka to edge Ventspils (0-2) by 5 points 86-81. His team has extremely good start of the Top 16. They won both games so far. However the Top 16 is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Thomas is a newcomer at Karsiyaka and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) of league's leader Szolnok. Bader scored 14 points and grabbed nineteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Szolnok, leading his team to a 77-72 win against #4 ranked Hapoel Holon in a game of the week. Szolnok has a very good start of the Top 16. But there were just 2 games played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Bader also has a very good start of the Top 16 with very strong stats. Bader has a great season in EuroChallenge. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.4rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jerome Dyson (191-G-87) of Hapoel Holon - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Sean May (206-F-84) of Paris-Levallois - 25 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) of Paris-Levallois - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Daniel Coleman (206-F-85) of Kataja - 23 points and 7 rebounds
8. Mikael Lindquist (193-SG-83) of Norrkoping - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Christopher Young (206-F/C-79) of Aalstar - 13 points and 11 rebounds
10. Larry Anderson (195-G-89) of Aalstar - 16 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)



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

Group I
Gaz Metan - Kataja 84-82
Gaz Metan Medias beat Joensuun Kataja in Round 2 opener. The Romanian team needed an 84:82 win to tie both records at 1-1. Gaz Metan Medias opened the game with 25-16 and even added 20-17 in the second frame. The second half however was dominated by the Finnish side that did almost everything to win the game, but failed at the very end. Joensuun Kataja won the third period 26-17 and produced 23-22 in the last stanza. Antti Kanervo (193-SG-89) gave the guests 82:80 lead with 16 seconds to go, but Shiloh nailed three for the hosts and then Lilov made one free throw for the final success. Lilov top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Shiloh added 17. Ivanovic posted 16, while Krstanovic delivered 12. Antti Kanervo answered with 25 points in the losing effort and Coleman notched 23. Flowers added 16 and Petri Virtanen (183-PG-80) brought 7.

Ventspils - Karsiyaka 81-86
Karsiyaka upset Ventspils in Latvia in Round 2 of Top 16 of EuroChallenge. The Turkish team grabbed 86:81 win for 2-0 record in Group I. The Latvian side suffered their second loss and dropped at 0-2 record. Karsiyaka came to Latvia with one victory earlier and started with 21:18. They posted another 21 points in the second frame, but it was enough only to keep 3-point advantage at the halftime. Ventspils replied with 22-18 in the third period and took the lead entering the final stanza. Karsiyaka however replied with 26-20 surge in the last period to seal the victory. Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) paced all the winners with 32 points, while Jon Diebler (198-G-88, college: Ohio St.) had 17. Thomas Will collected 15 points and 11 boards, whilst Aminu Alade had 13. Arturs Berzins (204-PF-88, agency: FCM) ended up with 19 points in defeat and Campbell Folarin as well as Valters Sandis had 14 each. Meiers Martins followed them with 13 points in a loss.

Group J
Gravelines - Paris-Levallois 82-77
BCM Gravelines wins the French battle against Paris Levallois. BCM Gravelines used a home court advantage at the Round 2 of EuroChallenge Top 16 for 1-1 records for both sides. BCM Gravelines started with 21-16 in the first period but could not win the half. They lost the second frame 16-23 and allowed the opponents to take 39:37 advantage at the halftime. The third quarter became decisive in the game and brought 28-9 burst for the home side. Paris Levallois bounced back with 29-17 in the last stanza but could not come closer than to 5 points. Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) made the last points in the game for the final 82:77 on the board. Vaty top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Buycks notched 16. Noel nailed 15, while Edwards finished the game with 9. May finished the game with 25 points for the guests and Andrew Albicy had 18. Jawad Williams (204-F-83, college: N.Carolina) brought 10, while Oniangue netted 9.

Hapoel Holon - Szolnok 72-77
Szolnok shock Hapoel Holon in Israel in one of the last game of the second Round in Top 16 of EuroChallenge. The Hungarian team improved to 2-0 record after a 77:72 win. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. Szolnok won the second frame 19-16 and then added 18-13 and 23-17 in the third an dthe last quarters respectively. Szolnok outrebounded Hapoel Holon 41-30 including 28 on the defensive glass. Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 19 rebounds. Akos Horvath (193-SG-81) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Jerome Dyson replied with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Frank Hassell (203-F-88, college: ODU) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel Holon. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.

Group K
Norrkoping - Tofas 84-82
Norrkoping Dolphins shock visiting Tofas SC in Group K of EuroChallenge. The Swedish side tied both records at 1-1 after a thrilling 84:82 victory. The Dolphins started strong and took 24-20 lead at the end of the first period. Tofas SC however replied with 28-21 and grabbed 48:45 advantage at the halftime. The battle was not over in the second half as the host needed a 19-12 surge to take 4-point lead at the end of 30 minutes. The hosts led in the whole last period until the last minute. Koc Inanc nailed three with 25 seconds to go for 82:80 lead, but Jeromanovs and Lindquist Mikael ensured the victory for the Swedish team. Lindquist Mikael top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Maraker Christian nailed 14. Kjellbom Joakim delivered 13 points and Ayuba Oladapo had 11. Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M) finished the game with 17 points and Koc Inanc scored 15 in defeat. Burtt Steven delivered 13, while Joshua Heytvelt (210-F/C-86, college: Gonzaga) ended up with 11 points.

Khimik - Krasnie Krilya 69-77
Krasnie Krilya continue the winning streak in Yuzhniy as they won over Khimik in Round 2 of EuroChallenge Top 16. The Russian team improved to 2-0 record after a 77:69 win. The Ukrainian side dropped at 0-2 record. Krasnie Krilya started the game with 23-20 and led 5 points at the halftime after 19-17 rally in the second frame. The third period became decisive in the game the Russian team managed to produce a 24-17 surge to improve to 12 points. Khimik managed to win the last stanza 15-11 but could reduce to only 8 final points. Chester Simmons (196-G-82, college: Washington) stepped up with 16 points and Miles Aaron notched 15. Thomas Omar delivered 12, while Balashov Nikita scored 11. Lesic Sava, Kovalenko Vitaliy and Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) posted 13 points each in the losing effort. Joseph Devoe followed them with 10 and Goodridge Vernon delivered 9.

Group L
Telekom Baskets - EWE Baskets 65-82
EWE Baskets Oldenburg registered the second straight win at the start of EuroChallenge Last 16 stage. They knocked down Bonn for 2-0 record in Group L. Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) stepped up with 14 points to pace the winners. Telekom Baskets held on to a tiny 18:16 lead after ten minutes. They managed to remain in front throughout the second term. The hosts enjoyed a 33:31 halftime lead. But EWE Baskets went on an offensive storm in the third term. The visitors unleashed 34 points in the quarter to leave the hosts stunned. EWE Baskets entered the fourth frame up by 16 points and never looked back en route to the win. Rickey Paulding and Ronnie Burrell provided 12 points each for the winners. Kyle Weems (198-F-89, college: Missouri St.) answered with 14 points for Telekom Baskets. Robert Vaden (196-G/F-85, college: UAB) chipped in 11 points for Bonn.

Tsmoki-Minsk - Aalstar 87-91
Aalstar needs two overtimes to beat Tsmoki-Minsk in the best game of the Second Round in Top 16 of EuroChallenge. Minsk led from the opening minutes until late in the fourth quarter, and looked ready to cruise to the finish as they held a 63-49 advantage early in the fourth period. The team from Belarus however could not win. Aalstar won the fourth period 26-13 and then managed to win the second overtime 10-6. Derek Raivio (190-G-84, college: Gonzaga) notched 25 points to lead the effort and Larry Anderson (195-G-89, college: Long Beach St.) supported him with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Even 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists by Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) did not help to save the game for Tsmoki-Minsk. Pavel Ulyanko added 18 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Four Tsmoki-Minsk players scored in double figures. Aalstar tied their record at 1-1. The team from Belarus fell at 0-2 record in Group L.



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  EUROCUP   

Standings

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

Top 16: Round 3

I

Jan. 23: Banvit BK - Triumph 86-79
Jan. 23: Budivelnyk - Buducnost 75-79

J

Jan. 23: Gescrap BB - Valencia 91-76
Jan. 23: CEZ Nymburk - VEF Riga 80-85

K

Jan. 23: Cajasol - Lokomotiv 80-87
Jan. 23: Stelmet ZG - Spartak SP 69-89

L

Jan. 22: Galatasaray - Ratiopharm 82-66
Jan. 23: Unics - Crvena Zvezda 78-59

Top 16: Round 4

I

Jan. 30: Triumph - Banvit BK
Jan. 30: Buducnost - Budivelnyk

J

Jan. 29: Valencia - Gescrap BB
Jan. 29: VEF Riga - CEZ Nymburk

K

Jan. 30: Spartak SP - Stelmet ZG
Jan. 30: Le Mans - Cajasol

L

Jan. 30: Ratiopharm - Galatasaray
Jan. 30: Crvena Zvezda - Unics


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG20.6 
 2. Pappas, Panionios19.8 
 3. McKee, Triumph19.3 
 4. Diener, Banco d.19.2 
 5. Rakocevic, Crvena18.9 
 6. Davis, Banvit BK18.8 
 7. Thornton, Banco d.18.7 
 8. Walsh, Spirou17.6 
 9. Eidson, Unics17.3 
 10. Batista, Le Mans17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Latavious WILLIAMS
  Cajasol
  (202-F-91)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Williams, Cajasol9.2 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm8.9 
 3. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.9 
 4. Lyons, Budivelnyk7.9 
 5. Stimac, Banvit BK7.7 
 6. Maric, Lokomotiv7.7 
 7. Landry, Triumph7.5 
 8. Duncan, Hapoel J-M7.0 
 9. Vitkovac, Buducno.6.7 
 10. Fells, Hapoel J-M6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Diener, Banco d.8.5 
 2. Calathes, Lokom.7.3 
 3. Everett, Cholet6.3 
 4. Greer, Azovmash6.2 
 5. Pellin, Orleans5.7 
 6. Turner, Trefl Sopot5.7 
 7. McKee, Triumph5.6 
 8. Wright, Spartak SP5.3 
 9. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.2 
 10. Satoransky, Cajas.5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos PAPPAS
  Panionios
  (195-G-90)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Pappas, Panionios2.7 
 2. Chatman, Unics2.1 
 3. Kovacevic, Cibona2.0 
 4. McKee, Triumph1.9 
 5. Lojeski, Oostende1.8 
 6. Fells, Hapoel J-M1.8 
 7. Pullen, Hapoel J-M1.8 
 8. Mejia, Banvit BK1.8 
 9. Pellin, Orleans1.7 
 10. Greene, Orleans1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LAPETA
  Stelmet ZG
  (217-C-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Lapeta, Stelmet ZG1.5 
 2. Davis, Banvit BK1.4 
 3. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.2 
 4. Naymick, CEZ N.1.1 
 5. Vougioukas, Unics1.1 
 6. Theis, Ratiopharm1.1 
 7. Balvin, Cajasol1.1 
 8. Booker, Panionios1.0 
 9. King, Art.Dragons1.0 
 10. Fischer, BC Done.1.0 


Vitkovac number one in Eurocup for round 3 - by Eurobasket News

Serbian forward Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Buducnost, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Top 16).
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out Budivelnyk (2-1) 79-75. Buducnost maintains the 3rd position in Eurocup group I. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this stage. Buducnost will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. It's Vitkovac's second year at Buducnost and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Cedomir Vitkovac has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 6.7rpg) and averages impressive 51.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Derrick Brown (203-F-87) of league's leader Lokomotiv. Brown had a very good evening with 28 points and 5 rebounds. Of course Lokomotiv cruised to a 87-80 relatively comfortable win over Cajasol (0-3). A very good start of the Top 16 for his team, which won so far all 3 games without any defeat. Brown is a newcomer at Lokomotiv, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Lokomotiv's star - Australian center Aleks Maric (211-C-84). Maric showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of Lokomotiv, helping his team with a 87-80 win against #4 ranked Cajasol in a game of the week. Lokomotiv started extremely well this Top 16. They recorded 3 victories without losing a single game in group K. Maric 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. Maric has a great season in Eurocup. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.7rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Charles Davis (205-C-84) of Banvit BK - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89) of Budivelnyk - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Mire Chatman (187-PG-78) of Unics - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Raul Lopez (183-PG-80) of Gescrap BB - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Chuck Eidson (203-F-80) of Unics - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Tasmin Mitchell (201-F-86) of Triumph - 22 points and 8 rebounds
10. Dejan Borovnjak (207-F/C-86) of Stelmet ZG - 17 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)



Results and Stats from Last 16 Round 3 - by Eurobasket News

Group I
Budivelnyk - Buducnost 75-79
Buducnost snatched a tough road win in Kyiv tonight. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Montenegrin champions improved at 2-1 record in EuroCup Last 16 Group I. Three teams including Buducnost and Budivelnyk now share top position in the ladder with 2-1 record. Buducnost opened the game with a 9:2 run. Budivelnyk managed to gain the lead midway through the opening quarter 14:13 but Buducnost finished the starting quarter up by two points 20:18. The Montenegrin side opened the second term with eight points in a row to make it 28:18. The hosts answered with a 9:0 run late in the half to surge ahead for a 40:38 lead. Cedomir Vitkovac knocked down 6 points in a row as Buducnost secured a 44:40 halftime advantage. The Kyiv team opened the second half on a 10:2 rally to regain the lead. Artur Drozdov opened a double-digit lead for the hosts midway through the third period 63:51. Budivelnyk seemed to be in a comfortable position heading into the fourth frame 65:55. However Buducnost shocked the home team with 14 consecutive points to tip off the fourth term. Aleksa Popovic connected for key four points in the final two minutes of the encounter and Bunic followed with two free throws to seal the victory for the visitors. Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90) provided 14 points, while Bunic added 10 points for the winners. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) answered with 20 points, while Michailis Anisimovas chipped in 17 points in the loss.

Banvit BK - Triumph 86-79
Banvit registered the second win in EuroCup Last 16. They toppled Triumph at home court for 2-1 record in Group I. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) was a usual topscorer for the Turkish team with 26 points and 6 boards. Triumph suffered the third loss in a row at the tournament. Banvit made sure they started the game strong. The Turkish team went on a 22:11 run in the opening ten minutes. Banvit kept Triumph at bay throughout the second term. The Turkish team piled up a 48:34 halftime lead. But the intrigue was not done for the night in this one. Triumph resurrected in the third term. The visitors triggered a 28:14 rally to claw their way back into the contest. The teams entered the final term tied at 62. Banvit however quickly returned the lead. The home team picked up the tempo as they unloaded 24 points in the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Kalin Lucas (185-PG-89, college: Michigan St.) posted 15 points, while Keith Simmons and Serkan Erdogan chipped in 12 points each in the winning case. Tasmin Mitchell (201-F-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: LSU) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds for Triumph. Yuval Naimy had 20 points in the loss.

Group J
CEZ Nymburk - VEF Riga 80-85
VEF Riga posted the second win in EuroCup Last 16. They upset Nymburk in Czech Republic to jump at 2-1 record in Group J. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) was responsible for 16 points in the victory. VEF Riga had to work their way back into the game as they trailed early on. Nymburk started the game aggressively. The hosts dropped 25 points in the opening quarter to ensure a 6-point lead. The hosts stretched the gap in the second term. Nymburk piled up a comfortable 42:34 halftime lead. The hosts stretched the lead to 15 points before VEF Riga started to cut the deficit. Antanas Kavaliauskas scored nine points in a row and Janicenoks added two more as VEF Riga all of a sudden found themselves within 6 points 47:53. They cut the deficit to 5 points heading into the fourth frame 54:59. Nymburk gained a 10-point lead midway through the final term 72:62. But VEF Riga answered with 11 straight points to surge ahead 73:72. Donatas Zavackas nailed six points to make it 79:75 for the visitors with 32 seconds to go. Kristaps Janicenoks and Earl Rowland went perfect from the stripe in the dying seconds to seal the win for the visitors then. Antanas Kavaliauskas chipped in 15 points, while Kaspars Berzins added 14 points in the win. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) answered with 18 points for Nymburk. Vojtech Hruban had 14 points in the loss.

Gescrap BB - Valencia 91-76
Bilbao Basket knocked down Valencia for the first win in EuroCup Last 16. Nikolaos Zisis (197-G-83), Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85), Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) and Raul Lopez (183-PG-80) scored 14 points each to pace well-balanced effort from the Basque team. Bilbao were coming off back-to-back EuroCup losses and desperately needed victory to stay in the title race. They started the game aggressively. Bilbao recorded a 23:16 lead after ten minutes of action. Valencia though responded with a high-flying second quarter. The visitors exploded with 28 points in the next ten minutes to secure a 44:41 halftime lead. Bilbao tipped off the second half with 9 points in a row to take a 50:44 lead. They completed a 13:2 run at the start of the quarter to make it 54:46. Bilbao raced to a 66:56 advantage before the fourth term. Valencia were able to narrow the gap at 6-point mark midway through the fourth term. But Bilbao quickly stretched the margin back to double digits and never looked back en route to the win. Vasiliadis notched 9 points for the winners. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) answered with 20 points for Valencia. Bojan Dubljevic chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Group K
Stelmet ZG - Spartak SP 69-89
Spartak Saint Petersburg celebrated a comfortable road success over Stelmet ZG in the third round of EuroCup Last 16 round. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) came up with 19 points to lead Spartak to the second win in Group K. Stelmet ZG fell at 1-2 record after the defeat. Spartak fired 24 points in the opening quarter to pull in front. They secured a 5-point lead after ten minutes. The visitors dominated in the second term. They held Stelmet Zielona Gora to 8 points in the period and registered a massive 48:27 halftime advantage. Stelmet ZG tried to revive the intrigue in this one after the big break. The hosts outscored Spartak but just cut the deficit by one point 47:67. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the final period as Spartak cruised to the victory at the end. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) delivered 16 points, while Zack Wright netted 13 points and issued 7 assists for the winners. Dejan Borovnjak (207-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) provided 17 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Walter Hodge netted 13 points in the defeat.

Cajasol - Lokomotiv 80-87
Lokomotiv Kuban celebrated a come-from-behind road win over Cajasol in EuroCup Last 16. Derrick Brown stepped up with 28 points to pace the visitors to the third straight win in Group K. Cajasol slipped at 0-3 record after the loss. Cajasol led throughout the opening quarter. They clinched a 23:17 lead after ten minutes. The hosts kept Lokomotiv at bay in the second frame. They registered a 41:34 halftime lead. But Lokomotiv turned things around in the third term. The Russian powerhouse went on a 26:16 run in the quarter to surge ahead. The visitors led by three points heading into the fourth term. The Krasnodar team unleashed 27 points in the final ten minutes and celebrated a tough road win at the end. Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska) had 26 points and 9 rebounds for Lokomotiv. Mantas Kalnietis added 15 points for the winning team. Luka Bogdanovic (210-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 18 points for Cajasol. Joan Sastre Morro netted 14 points in defeat.

Group L
Unics - Crvena Zvezda 78-59
Unics were back to winning ways in EuroCup Last 16 tonight. They toppled visiting Crvena Zvezda in Kazan to gain 2-1 record in Group L. Mire Chatman (187-PG-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) knocked down 20 points to pace the home team. Crvena Zvezda dominated the opening stanza. The Serbian team held their opponents to 10 points in ten minutes and posted a 16:10 lead. But Unics adjusted their offence in the second frame. Shabalkin finally put the hosts in front 34:33 with a three-pointer. Unics hung on to eke out a 34:33 halftime lead. Unics gradually extended their lead in the third term. The Kazan outfit posted a 60:52 advantage at the final intermission. The hosts went on a 12:2 run in the fourth frame to clear off for good. Chuck Eidson (203-F-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Carolina) delivered 16 points, while Kostas Kaimakoglou added 11 points for the home team. Elton Brown (206-C-83, college: Virginia) answered with 13 points for Crvena Zvezda. DeMarcus Nelson chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Galatasaray - Ratiopharm 82-66
Galatasaray claimed a comfortable home win over Ratiopharm Ulm in the third round of EuroCup Last 16. Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) stepped up with 18 points as the hosts improved at 2-1 record in Group L. Ulm in the meantime slipped at 1-2 record in the ladder. Galatasaray tipped off the game with nine straight points to set the tone. They opened a 21:8 lead midway through the first term. But Ulm managed to narrow the deficit at 5-point mark at the first break 17:22. The visitors got within a single point in the second frame 33:34. John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) finally put Ulm in front 37:36. However Jamont Gordon and Milan Macvan drained triples to make it 44:37 at halftime. The hosts went on a 10:0 run in the third quarter to ensure a 62:44 advantage. Galatasaray enjoyed a 66:53 lead heading into the fourth frame. The gap grew at 15-point mark midway through the quarter and the hosts never looked back en route to the win. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU) delivered 15 points, while Milan Macvan added 14 points for the winners. John Bryant answered with 18 points for Ulm.



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Dirk Bauermann officially takes over Polish NT - by Eurobasket News

Dirk Bauermann confirms his appointment as the new head coach of Polish NT. He will prepare the team for the upcoming 2013 EuroBasket in Slovenia. Dirk Bauermann has a solid resume working in Germany. He guided the German National Team in 1994, 03/08 and 10/11 seasons. He also worked with German A2 National Team back in 2009. Dirk Bauermann was at helm of Leverkusen, Oostende, Apollon, Hagen, Dafni Athens, Bamberg, Brose Baskets and Bayern Muenchen. He was named Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Coach of the Year in 2003, 2004 and 2005. He is expected to start the training sessions with the Polish NT in mid-July.
Germany got into preliminary round Group A at 2013 EuroBasket. They will play alongside Ukraine, Great Britain, France, Israel and Belgium.



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

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

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Russian team Khimky to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Maccabi T-A (1-3) crushing them 88-67 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Koponen recorded 15 points in a mere 19 minutes on the court. BC Khimky Moscow Region (3-1) is placed third in group F. It's Koponen's first season with the team. This year he averages: 5.8ppg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 55.6%(15-27), 3FGP: 33.3% in the 11 games he played so far. Koponen is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Sasu Salin (192-91, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Slovenia. He could not help Un.Olimpija (9-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Salin's good performance Un.Olimpija was defeated 73-67 on the road by the higher-ranked Cedevita (#4). He scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Salin is ranked fourth on the list of the most steals in the league. His overall stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3FGP: 34.6% and FT: 72.2%. Salin is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.

Roope Ahonen
Roope Ahonen
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, agency: FCM, currently plays in Sweden). He was the major contributor in a Solna Vikings' victory against the ninth-ranked KFUM Jamtland (6-16) crushing them 85-65 in the Swedish Basketligan on Friday night. Ahonen recorded 17 points and added 6 passes in 23 minutes. Solna Vikings (15-9) is placed fifth in the Basketligan. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Ahonen is currently seventh on the list of best passers with 4.2apg. This year his other stats are: 11.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 2FGP: 48.6%, 3FGP: 36.6% and FT: 93.7%(74-79) in the 24 games. Ahonen is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Gerald Lee
Gerald Lee
   #4. Center Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU, currently plays in Eurocup) was not able to help Buducnost (2-1) in their game against Banvit BK (2-1) in the Eurocup. He scored 8 points. The third-placed Buducnost was defeated 89-80 in Balikesir by the second-ranked Banvit BK in the group I of Eurocup. There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Lee has relatively good stats this season: 10.2ppg and 3.6rpg. He is a naturalized American. Lee is also Finnish national team player. Strangely he has never played in Finland.

Joonas Caven
Joonas Caven
   #5. U20 international power forward Joonas Caven (211-93, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Prat Juventud (7-6) in their last game. Despite Caven's very good performance Prat Juventud lost 71-79 in Azpeitia to the higher-ranked (#4) Lan Mobel ISB. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Caven also added 4 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in a mere 18 minutes. This year Caven's overall stats are: 8.0ppg and 2.6rpg in the 12 games. He plays currently for the Finnish U20 national team.

Teemu Rannikko
Teemu Rannikko
   #6. An experienced point guard Teemu Rannikko (189-80, currently plays in Adriatic League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sasu Salin and both played together in the last Adriatic League game. Rannikko couldn't help Un.Olimpija (9-9) in their game against Cedevita (10-8). He did not beat the league record on Saturday evening. Rannikko scored only 2 points and added 4 passes. Un.Olimpija was defeated 73-67 in Zagreb by the higher-ranked Cedevita (#4). Rannikko's total stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 1.1rpg, 3.2apg and 1.1spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

Ville Kaunisto
Ville Kaunisto
   #7. International forward Ville Kaunisto (205-82, currently plays in France), who plays in the French NM1 (third division) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Blois (8-7) in their last game. Despite Kaunisto's very good performance Blois lost 67-75 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#7) Monaco. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. Kaunisto also added 2 blocks in 28 minutes. It was Blois' third consecutive loss in a row. Kaunisto is ranked second on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Kaunisto averages: 17.7ppg, 11.5rpg and 1.8apg in the 15 games. He is also Finnish national team player.

Emir Sulejmanovic
Emir Sulejmanovic
   #8. Power forward Emir Sulejmanovic (204-95, currently plays in Adriatic League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sasu Salin. He played also in the last Adriatic League game facing Teemu Rannikko (above) in the other team. Sulejmanovic couldn't help Un.Olimpija (9-9) in their game against Cedevita (10-8). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Sulejmanovic scored only 2 points. Un.Olimpija was defeated 73-67 in Zagreb by the higher-ranked Cedevita (#4). Sulejmanovic's total stats this season are: 5.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5spg. He used to play for the Finnish U16 national team back in 2011.

Alex Murphy
Alex Murphy
   #9. U20 international forward Alex Murphy (203-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Duke University in a victory against the Georgia Tech (0-4) 73-57 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Murphy scored only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. The Duke University has 3-1 conference record this season. This year Murphy's total stats are: 5.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5spg in the two games. He is a naturalized American. Murphy is also in the roster of the Finnish U20 national team. Apparently he has never played in Finland.

Lauri Toivonen
Lauri Toivonen
   #10. Forward Lauri Toivonen (201-91, currently studies in the States) contributed to a 2-point UTPA's victory against the Utah Valley University (1-2) 62-60 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Toivonen recorded only 4 points. The University of Texas-Pan American has 2-0 conference record this season. Toivonen has averaged so far 5.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5spg. He is a former university international player as two years ago he still played for the Finnish national team.



KORISLIIGA: UU-Korihait winning after OT - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 25: Five contests tonight, no big upsets. One OT game anyway, when UU-Korihait (Uusikaupunki) defeated YMCA Lappeenranta 91-88 (78) after 45 minutes.There were seven lead changes and 11 ties, but Mikko Jalonen (186-PG-82) saved first the hosts into OT and then UU-Korihait was leading most of the time during the extra five minutes. Jalonen led UU-Korihait with 26 points. T.J. Robinson (203-F-89, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Long Beach St.) had a double-double 18pts/15rbs. Alain Laroche (198-F-83, college: N.Florida) added 16 pts. Greg Logins (200-F-88, college: Canisius) led YMCA LPR with game high 33 pts. Team needs more points from the Finnish players.
Bisons (Loimaa) was in troubles with Kouvot (Kouvola), but won finally anyway 82-77 (37-44). Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro) hit six treys (6/9) and led the Bisons with 22 pts. Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) added 17 pts. Gilberto Clavell (201-F-89, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Sam Houston St.) (Kouvot) scored game high 28 pts. Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) gave 10 assists.

Korikobrat (Lapua) crushed FoKoPo (Forssa) 48-23 by the half time, FoKoPo won the third quarter 9-27 and Lapua finally the game 82-73 (48-23). Samuel Haanpaa (203-SG-86) was this time 6/10 from behind the arc collecting 24 pts in the game. Dominique Coleman (190-G-84, college: Colorado) had a double-double 18pts/12rbs. Andrais Thornton (203-F-85, college: NW Missouri St.) led FoKoPo with 22 pts.
KTP (Kotka) had no difficulties vs Vilpas (Salo): 97-82 (55-33). Devonne Giles (203-F-83, college: Texas Tech) had a big night with 33 points and seven rebounds. Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Michigan) added 19 pts. Vilpas newcomer Marcus Relphorde (198-F-88, college: Colorado) had a nice start in Finland: 27pts/10rbs/5a in 33:32 minutes. And YMCA Lahti seems to battle with injuries and difficulties. This time Pyrinto (Tampere) gave YMCA Lahti a lesson: 61-96 (24-47). Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) scored 26 pts for Pyrinto (19-6) and was 6/11 from behind the bonus line.



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Tony Parker's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among French playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Tony Parker (188-82, currently plays in NBA). He led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Atlanta Hawks (23-18) 98-93 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Parker was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 23 points and making 12 passes. Parker also added 4 rebounds in 33 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. It's Parker's 12th year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Parker averages: 19.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 7.3apg, 2FGP: 53.0%, 3FGP: 39.2% and FT: 82.4% in the 42 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Nicolas Batum (203-88, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Batum could not help the Portland Trail Blazers (20-21) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the Portland Trail Blazers were defeated 93-88 on the road by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Batum recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 12 rebounds. This season Batum has very high stats. He averages: 16.7ppg, 6.0rpg, 4.5apg, 1.1bpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 50.4%, 3FGP: 35.8% and FT: 86.6%. Batum is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Joakim Noah (211-85, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to an overtime Chicago Bulls' victory against the Toronto Raptors (15-26) 107-105 in the NBA on Wednesday night. Noah had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added 4 assists in 48 minutes. The Chicago Bulls have 24-16 record this season. Noah is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Bulls' roster. Noah has very impressive stats this season: 12.2ppg, 10.7rpg, 4.0apg, 2.1bpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 45.7% and FT: 78.4% in the 39 games. He is a naturalized American. Noah played for the French national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in France.

Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw
   #4. Power forward Boris Diaw (203-82, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tony Parker. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Diaw contributed to an easy victory against the Memphis Grizzlies (26-14) crushing them 103-82. He scored 14 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 33-11 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Diaw's overall stats this season are: 5.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.6apg. He is also French national team player.

Yakhouba Diawara
Yakhouba Diawara
   #5. International forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine, currently plays in Italy) was the main contributor in an Umana Venezia's victory against the closely-ranked Cantu (11-5) 83-79 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Diawara was the best player in that game. He recorded 29 points (!!!) and grabbed 9 rebounds (made all of his six free throws) in 37 minutes. Umana Reyer Venezia (8-8) is placed seventh in the SerieA. It's Diawara's first season with the team. Diawara has relatively good stats this year: 14.1ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.1spg in the 15 games. He plays currently for the French national team.

Kevin Seraphin
Kevin Seraphin
   #6. Center Kevin Seraphin (206-89, currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in a Washington Wizards' victory against the Denver Nuggets (25-18) 112-108 in the NBA on Friday night. Seraphin recorded 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Washington Wizards have not so impressive 9-30 record this season. This year Seraphin has very high stats. He averages: 11.2ppg and 5.2rpg. Seraphin is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

Aaron Cel
Aaron Cel
   #7. Former U20 international forward Aaron Cel (203-87, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a 2-point PGE Turow's victory against the fifth-ranked Trefl Sopot (11-6) 77-75 in the Polish TBL in Friday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Cel scored 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 24 minutes. PGE Turow Zgorzelec (13-4) is placed first in the TBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Cel is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 7.7rpg. He also averaged so far 11.4ppg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg in the 17 games. Cel used to play for the French U20 national team six years ago.

Ronny Turiaf
Ronny Turiaf
   #8. Center Ronny Turiaf (208-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Los Angeles Clippers' victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves (17-21) 90-77 in the NBA last Thursday. He scored 11 points. The Los Angeles Clippers have a solid 32-11 record this season. Turiaf's overall stats this year are: 2.2ppg and 2.5rpg. He plays currently for the French national team.

Mickael Gelabale
Mickael Gelabale
   #9. International small forward Mickael Gelabale (201-83, agency: Three Eye Sports, currently plays in NBA) helped Minnesota Timberwolves win their game against the Houston Rockets (22-21) 92-79 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Gelabale scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves have 17-21 record this season. This year Gelabale has relatively solid stats: 9.0ppg and 3.0rpg. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

Fabien Causeur
Fabien Causeur
   #10. Shooting guard Fabien Causeur (193-87, currently plays in Euroleague) helped his Spanish team Caja Laboral win their game against the seventh-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (0-4) crushing them 97-75 in the Euroleague last Friday. Causeur recorded 9 points in 23 minutes. Caja Laboral Vitoria (4-0) is placed first in group F. So far his team won all four games in the Top 16. This year Causeur's overall stats are: 5.9ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.5apg in the 14 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

   #11. Former international shooting guard Evan Fournier (199-92, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Denver Nuggets in their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA. Fournier scored 9 points and added 3 assists. His team were badly defeated by 20 points 117-97 in the NBA. This season Fournier averages only 3.5ppg. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

   #12. Former international forward Tariq Kirksay (199-79, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to secure a victory for Asefa Estudiantes (9-9) in their last game. Despite Kirksay's good performance Asefa Estudiantes lost 79-84 in Tenerife to the lower-ranked (#12) CB Canarias. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 11 rebounds in 31 minutes. Kirksay belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #3 with 1.8spg. He also averaged so far 10.6ppg, 5.6rpg and 2.4apg in the 18 games. Kirksay is a naturalized American. He used to play for the French national team back in 2008. Kirksay played also for Mulhouse in French league.

   #13. Former U20 international guard Thomas Heurtel (188-89, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Fabien Causeur and both played together in the last Euroleague game. Heurtel managed to help Caja Laboral Vitoria to win against the seventh-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker crushing them 97-75. He recorded only 4 points and added 6 passes. Heurtel's total stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 4.1apg. He used to play for the French U20 national team four years ago.

   #14. Former international power forward Ian Mahinmi (206-86, currently plays in NBA) helped Indiana Pacers win their game against the Charlotte Bobcats crushing them 103-76 in the NBA on Tuesday night. Mahinmi recorded only 4 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in 15 minutes. This year his total stats are: 5.2ppg and 3.9rpg in the 42 games. Mahinmi used to play for the French national team back in 2011.

   #15. International forward Florent Pietrus (202-81, currently plays in Eurocup) helped his Spanish team Valencia Basket win their game against the third-ranked CEZ Nymburk 82-77 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. He scored 7 points (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). Pietrus has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 3.6rpg. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

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

   #1. Afik Nissim (186-PG-81, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli Winner League could not help Hapoel Eilat (9-5) in their last game. Despite Nissim's very good performance Hapoel Eilat lost 87-96 on the road to the lower-ranked (#3) Maccabi Haifa. He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Nissim also added made 3 passes and 5 steals in 30 minutes. This year Nissim's overall stats are: 9.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.4apg and 1.4spg in the 14 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: French and Israeli.

   #2. Bandja Sy (203-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) led N.Mexico St. to an easy victory against the San Jose State University (3-3) 70-53 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Sy recorded 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The New Mexico State University has a solid 6-2 conference record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Sy has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 3.6rpg. Sy is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French.

   #3. Kim Tillie (210-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help UCAM Murcia (24-6) in their game against Cajasol (7-11) in the Spanish ACB. He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 14 minutes. his team lost 73-81 at home to the much lower-ranked (#13) Cajasol. Tillie has averaged so far 7.5ppg and 3.8rpg in the 18 games. He has both Dutch and French nationalities.

   #4. Antonin Galaya (196-G, currently studies in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Howard University (1-5) crushing them 71-36 in the NCAA last Monday. Galaya scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The N.Carolina Central has 4-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all four games in the conference. Galaya has averaged so far 7.5ppg and 3.8rpg. He also holds two passports: U.S. Virgin Islands and French.

   #5. Mikael Maruotto (203-F/G-91, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Starwings (3-12) crushing them 104-52 in the Swiss LNA last Saturday. Maruotto scored 10 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 19 minutes. Lions de Geneve (11-4) is placed second in the LNA. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Maruotto has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.7apg in the 15 games. He holds both French and Swiss passports.

   #6. John Wilkins (206-G-89, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Illinois St. (0-6) in their last game. Despite Wilkins' good performance the Illinois St. lost 62-74 in Wichita, KS to the Wichita State University. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 27 minutes. Wilkins has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.7apg in the 15 games. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Wilkins has never played in France.

   #7. Alfredo Ott (193-G-83, college: Dillard, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Palencia Baloncesto's victory against the eighth-ranked Leyma Basquet 69-63 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. He scored 7 points. Ott has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.4spg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Ott has never played in France.

   #8. Mari Konate (203-F-88, college: McNeese St., currently plays in Baltic League) couldn't help Naglis Palangos in their game against Rudupis in the Baltic League. He scored 6 points in 31 minutes. His team lost 79-93. Konate has averaged so far 8.7ppg and 5.0rpg in the seven games.

   #9. Experienced David Fergerson (185-G-78, agency: Interperformances, college: St.Louis, currently plays in Switzerland) managed to help Lugano Tigers to win against the closely-ranked Boncourt 89-78 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game. He scored 5 points and added 5 assists. Fergerson has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.3apg and 1.5spg. He is a naturalized American. Fergerson used to play for Reims Champagne Basket in French league.

   #10. Sylvere Bryan (208-C-81, also represented by Interperformances, college: Tampa, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help VL Pesaro in their game against Lottomatica Roma in the Italian SerieA. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Bryan recorded only 2 points. His team was edged 65-64. Bryan has averaged so far 2.9ppg and 2.8rpg. He has French and Italian nationalities.



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Zaza Pachulia's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Georgians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Zaza Pachulia (210-84, currently plays in NBA). He led Atlanta Hawks to a victory against the Brooklyn Nets (25-16) 109-95 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Pachulia had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 8 assists in 39 minutes on the court. The Atlanta Hawks have 23-18 record this season. This year Pachulia averages: 6.3ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.5apg and FT: 74.1% in the 41 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Giorgi Shermadini (216-89, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Greece. He could not help Olympiacos (1-3) to beat Montepaschi Siena (4-0). Shermadini recorded 9 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks in only 14 minutes. But the fifth-placed Olympiacos was edged 74-72 at home by the second-ranked Montepaschi Siena in the group F of Euroleague. This year Shermadini's overall stats are: 7.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 83.3% and FT: 71.4% in the two games. He is in the roster of the Georgian senior national team.

Viktor Sanikidze
Viktor Sanikidze
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86, currently plays in Italy). He contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Trenkwalder RE (8-8) 64-49 in the Italian SerieA last Monday. Sanikidze recorded 6 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists in 27 minutes. Montepaschi Siena (12-4) is placed third in the SerieA. It's Sanikidze's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 7.3ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 60.7%(34-56), 3FGP: 42.1% and FT: 80.6% in the 16 games. Sanikidze is also a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Nikoloz Tskitishvili
Nikoloz Tskitishvili
   #4. Power forward Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports, currently plays in Lebanon) was the major contributor in Champville's victory against the seventh-ranked Bejjeh (4-8) crushing them 107-85 in the Lebanese Division A on Wednesday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 11 rebounds. Tskitishvili also added 5 blocks. Champville (8-4) is placed third in the Division A. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Tskitishvili belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #4) and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Tskitishvili averages: 19.9ppg, 11.9rpg, 2.0apg, 3.1bpg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Georgian national team back in 2011.

Jacob Pullen
Jacob Pullen
   #5. International point guard Jacob Pullen (185-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Israel) contributed to a Hapoel J-M's victory against the closely-ranked GreenTops Netanya (7-7) 79-70 in the Israeli Winner League in Sunday night's game. Pullen scored 17 points (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 34 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem (8-6) is placed fourth in the Winner League. Pullen is currently fifth on the list of best passers with 4.5apg. He also averaged so far 13.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.1spg in the 14 games. Pullen is a naturalized American. He plays currently for the Georgian national team. Strangely Pullen has never played in Georgia.

Manuchar Markoishvili
Manuchar Markoishvili
   #6. Small forward Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA was not able to help Cantu (11-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Cantu was defeated 83-79 on the road by the lower-ranked Umana Venezia (#7). Markoishvili recorded 12 points. Markoishvili is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Cantu's roster. He has relatively good stats this season: 13.2ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.1apg. Markoishvili is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster.

Georgi Tsintsadze
Georgi Tsintsadze
   #7. International point guard Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86, currently plays in Eurocup) helped his Ukrainian team Budivelnyk edge the fourth-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (0-3) 85-84 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. He scored 9 points and added 3 passes in 31 minutes. Budivelnyk Kyiv (2-1) is placed first in group I. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Tsintsadze has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.3apg and 1.2spg in the nine games. He is also Georgian national team player.

Corey Fisher
Corey Fisher
   #8. Point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, currently plays in Spain) managed to help FIATC Joventut Badalona to win against the league outsider Lagun Aro GBC (3-15) 73-67 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. Fisher scored 5 points. FIATC Joventut Badalona (9-9) is placed eighth in the ACB. Fisher is ranked ninth on the list of the top scorers in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.8ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.9apg. Fisher is a naturalized American. He plays currently for the Georgian national team. Apparently Fisher has never played in Georgia.

Beka Burjanadze
Beka Burjanadze
   #9. U20 international power forward Beka Burjanadze (203-94, currently plays in Eurocup) was not able to secure a victory for Cajasol (0-3) in their game against Lokomotiv (3-0) in the Eurocup. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Burjanadze scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 8 minutes on the court. Cajasol (#4) lost 80-87 on their home court in Sevilla to the leading Lokomotiv in the group K of Eurocup. So far Cajasol lost all three games in the Top 16. There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game is very crucial. Burjanadze has averaged so far 1.0ppg and 1.7rpg in the six games. He is also in the roster of the Georgian U20 national team.

Nika Metreveli
Nika Metreveli
   #10. Power forward Nika Metreveli (211-91, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) helped Omegna win their game against the second-ranked Matera (13-5) 61-44 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) on Saturday night. Metreveli scored 7 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Paffoni Omegna (10-8) is placed eighth in the Nazionale A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Metreveli has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg and 11.3rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster.

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

   #1. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, currently plays in EuroChallenge) led his Turkish team Karsiyaka to a victory against the fourth-ranked Ventspils (0-2) 86-81 in the EuroChallenge last Tuesday. Thomas recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 2 blocks. Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (2-0) is placed first in group I. There are only four games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Top 16. So now every game will be critical. It's Thomas' first season with the team. Thomas has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.1apg. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.

   #2. Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St., currently plays in Poland) led Stelmet ZG to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Start Gdynia (5-12) 80-67 in the Polish TBL in Saturday night's game. Hosley was MVP of the game. He scored 18 points, grabbed 5 boards, passed 3 assists and added 4 steals (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Stelmet Zielona Gora (12-5) is placed second in the TBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Hosley is currently fifth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (second place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hosley averages: 16.1ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.8apg and 2.0spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Hosley has never played in Georgia.



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EuroChallenge: Oldenburg bring win from Bonn - by Eurobasket News

Telekom Baskets - EWE Baskets 65:82

EWE Baskets Oldenburg registered the second straight win at the start of EuroChallenge Last 16 stage. They knocked down Bonn for 2-0 record in Group L. Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) stepped up with 14 points to pace the winners.
Telekom Baskets held on to a tiny 18:16 lead after ten minutes. They managed to remain in front throughout the second term. The hosts enjoyed a 33:31 halftime lead. But EWE Baskets went on an offensive storm in the third term. The visitors unleashed 34 points in the quarter to leave the hosts stunned. EWE Baskets entered the fourth frame up by 16 points and never looked back en route to the win. Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) and Ronnie Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) provided 12 points each for the winners. Kyle Weems (198-F-89, college: Missouri St.) answered with 14 points for Telekom Baskets. Robert Vaden (196-G/F-85, college: UAB) chipped in 11 points for Bonn.

Telekom Baskets: Kyle Weems 14, Robert Vaden 11
EWE Baskets: Adam Chubb 14, Rickey Paulding 12, Ronnie Burrell 12



Ryan Gomes Leaves The Artland Dragons - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Ex NBA players havent stayed long with the Artland Dragons this season as twitter is reporting that Ryan Gomes (201-F-82, college: Providence) will no longer play for the 2008 Beko BBL cup winner Artland Dragons. Gomes leaves the team after another ex NBA player Dennis Horner left the team earlier this season after a short stint to return back to the States to try to get back to the NBA. Gomes played 8 Beko BBL games averaging 12,8ppg, 5,9rpg and 1,8apg. He scored in double figures in seven of nine games. He had solid games, but didnt have the real huge game that one might have expected from a player that put on the nBA jersey 481 times. He also played two Eurocup games averaging 10,5ppg, 3,5rpg and 1,5apg.


Eric Boateng (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) There Are So Many Ways How To Help Effect A Game - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Eric Boateng (208-C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona St.) is a 27 year old 208cm center from London England that is playing his third professional season and first in Germany in the Beko BBL with the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. He started his basketball career at Duke in 2005-2006. He then transferred to Arizona State in 2006 and played there until 2010. In his senior year, he played : 33 games: 8.8ppg, 7.2rpg, FGP: 66.5%, FT: 54.2%. In 2010-2011, he turned professional playing for the Idaho Stampede (D-League): 17 games: 5.2ppg, 4.9rpg, FGP: 46.1%, FT: 52.9%, in Feb.''11 moved to Austin Toros (D-League): 22 games: 4.9ppg, 4.9rpg. Last season, he played for DASH Peristeri GS Athens (Greece-A1, starting five), left in Jan.''12 because of injury: 7 games: 8.4ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 65.7%, FT: 46.4%. He is a member of the british national team and played European Championships in Lithuania -11: 4 games: 1.5ppg, 2.0rpg and at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) -12: 3 games: 4.0ppg, 2.7rpg. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

You came very late to the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. Were you surprised that it took so long for you to find a team?

No not really. I just took what I got. The Phantoms were interested in my services and I just want to give my best.

You come form London. How have you been getting used to the smaller city of Braunschweig?

It is taking some time. I havent had much time to see my surroundings since It has been going to the gym and back to the apartment. But it is a nice environment in Brausncwehig.

The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig have had a slow start losing some close games. What have been the reasons for the slow start?

We have had problems executing and sustaining the maximum effort for the whole time in a game and in practice.


What is the first thing that comes to mind when you look up to Nick Schneiders?

That he is tall and is a big presence under the basket.

How would you describe your game?

I just try to do what it takes to help the team win games. I just try to defend hard, rebound and making winning plays.


What is the biggest strength in your game?

There are so many ways how to help effect a game. I just give my all in each game.

What do you like most about the game of Dennis Schroeder?

Dennis has so much talent. He works so hard and just competes each day. This is something that I appreciate when I see a young guy like him doing it.

How do you make Immanuel Mcelroy laugh?

I didnt know that he didnt laugh. He is a very friendly guy and has made me feel very welcome.

What was your childhood like in England?

I had a great childhood in south west London. I really appreciate having my family around and was lucky to have them.

Who were your NBA idols as a kid?

I like to study the game of basketball. I like watching past and present players like Steve Nash, Kevin Mchale, Akeem Olajuhan, and Tim Duncan. There are really so many great players to watch.

What were you able to learn from NBA player Josh Mcroberts from the Orlando Magic?

He always worked hard and continues to do so and that is something I appreciated.

After a year at Duke, you went three years to Arizona State. Why didnt the team ever go far in the NCAA tournament?

We made it to the tournament. And when you look at our record, we won many games my time there.

What will you never forget from the 2012 opening ceremony at the Olympics in London?

Just seeing all the emotions. I am proud of being there and thanks all the coaches and my family for helping get there and experience it.

Who was the greatest athlete that you met there?

I was surrounded by so many incredible athletes. It wasnt only basketball players, but also from other sports like track and field.

Who would win a one on one you or Luol Deng?

I am not sure, but it would be a good game.

What were the most free throws that you made in a row with missing?

My goal after practice is to always make 10-15 in a row.


What has been your most crazy shot in a game that went in?

I always try to finish strong in every game no matter what and try to dunk.

Who was the best opponent that you played against in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?

James Harden was my teammate.

What was the last DVD movie that you watched?

I dont watch many DVDs. I like to read and am currently reading the Steven Jobs autobiography.

Thanks Eric for the chat.





Former Fraport Skyliner Jon Leuer Joins 4th NBA Team In Last Year - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Even though Jon Leuer (208-F-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wisconsin) might never have openly flaunted his big desire to play NBA basketball when he was in Frankfurt, it was no secret in his rookie season during the NBA lockout that the ex Fraport Skyliner American was going to be in the best league in the world at some time soon. After only 14 months in the NBA, Jon Leuer will be joining his fourth NBA team as was reported by the associated press today. After playing for the Fraport Skyliners where he played German League: 10 games: 14.8ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 64.9%; EuroCup: 3 games: 12.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.0bpg, he moved to the Milwaukee Bucks who had drafted him in the summer of 2011. He finished the season for the Bucks where there was a lot of competition at his position, but still had a respectable season playing 46 games: 4.7ppg, 2.6rpg. This season he was shipped to the Houston Rockets and then traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in pre season. This season, he had a difficult time cracking the Cavs rotation and also spent time with the Canton Charge (D league) playing eight games and averaging 19,5ppg, 12,3rpg and 1,8 apg. He played nine games for the Cavs averaging 2,4ppg and 1,4rpg.

Today a huge trade was announced involving the ex Fraport Skyliner as Memphis sent big man Marreese Speights, guards Wayne Ellington and Josh Selby, and a future first-round draft pick to the Cavs for forward Jon Leuer. Memphis slices more than six million from their payroll to get under the luxury tax. The first round pick is very valuable to the Cavs in 2015 or 2016, if the Grizzlies' first-rounder falls between picks 6-14, the pick goes to the Cavs. Starting in 2017, if the Grizzlies' pick falls outside the top five, the Cavs then get the selection. In 2019, the pick becomes unprotected. It is the sixth first-round pick the Cavs have traded for since 2010. This deal allows the Grizzlies to reduce their payroll, but at the same time keep their starters together. memphis owes Gay, Randolph and Gasol 50 million combined next season. Memphis. As for Jon Leuer, his merry go round ride in the NBA continues as he will get a new shot to show the Grizzles what he is capable of doing. American Larry Wright who playes for the Fraport Skyliners juniors and saw Leuer play last season is thrilled about the new opportunity for the Minnesota native. "I think its a great opportunity for Jon to prove himself and to possible have a big future in the NBA. Everybody at some point gets their opportunity to show what they can do and how they can produce on the court and i think this is his opportunity to do just thatand yes I do think he will get more playing time", stressed Larry Wright. Leuer who has a slight resemblance to movie icon Ferris Bueller now can display his mischievous on the court.

Source: associated press





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

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

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA). He led Dallas Mavericks to a victory over the Houston Rockets (22-21) 105-100 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Nowitzki was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 33 minutes on the court. The Dallas Mavericks have 18-24 record this season. It's Nowitzki's 15th year with the team. Nowitzki has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 13.9ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 41.1%, 3FGP: 39.5% and FT: 77.4% in the 15 games he played so far. Nowitzki played for the German senior national team two years ago.

Chris Kaman
Chris Kaman
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Chris Kaman (213-82, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dirk Nowitzki. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Kaman contributed to a Dallas Mavericks' victory against the Orlando Magic (14-27) 111-105. He scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks have 18-24 record this season. This year Kaman has very high stats. He averages: 12.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 2FGP: 50.6% and FT: 79.2%. Kaman is a naturalized American. He played for the German national team in 2011. Strangely Kaman has never played in Germany.

Tibor Pleiss
Tibor Pleiss
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Tibor Pleiss (215-89, currently plays in Euroleague). Pleiss managed to help Caja Laboral Vitoria to win against the seventh-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (0-4) crushing them 97-75 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. 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 Pleiss' first season with the team. Pleiss' overall stats this year are: 4.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 2FGP: 48.6% and FT: 91.7%. He is also a member of the German senior national team.

Elias Harris
Elias Harris
   #4. Forward Elias Harris (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Gonzaga (4-0) in their last game. Despite Harris' very good performance the Gonzaga was edged 64-63 on the road by the Butler University. He recorded 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 22 minutes. Harris has been at the team for four years. This season Harris' overall stats are: 4.5ppg and 4.7rpg in the 11 games. He is also German national team player.

Christian Standhardinger
Christian Standhardinger
   #5. Former U20 international forward Christian Standhardinger (203-89, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Hawaii (3-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Standhardinger's very good performance the Hawaii was defeated 93-82 at home by the University of California - Davis. He recorded 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Standhardinger's total stats this season are: 4.5ppg and 4.7rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Filipino and German. Standhardinger used to play for the German U20 national team four years ago.

Chad Toppert
Chad Toppert
   #6. Guard Chad Toppert (201-85, college: N.Mexico, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to secure a victory for CAI Zaragoza (10-8) in their last game. Despite his good performance CAI Zaragoza was edged 74-73 in Vitoria by the second-ranked Caja Laboral. Toppert scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 27 minutes. This year Toppert's total stats are: 4.0ppg and 2.0rpg in the 18 games. He is a naturalized American. Toppert is a former international player as he played for the German senior team three years ago. Apparently he has never played in Germany.

Dennis Ogbe
Dennis Ogbe
   #7. Former U20 international forward Dennis Ogbe (201-91, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Tenn Tech (2-4) in their game against the Southeast Missouri State University (3-4) in the NCAA. Despite his very good performance last Saturday He recorded 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. This season Ogbe has very high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg and 7.4rpg. Ogbe used to play for the German U20 national team two years ago.

Kevin Bright
Kevin Bright
   #8. Swingman Kevin Bright (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Vanderbilt (1-2) in their game against the The University of Mississippi (3-0) in the NCAA. Despite his good performance on Tuesday night He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Bright has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg. He plays currently for the German U20 national team.

T.J. DiLeo
T.J. DiLeo
   #9. Former U20 international point guard T.J. DiLeo (190-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Temple (2-2) in their game against the St.Bonaventure University (1-3) in the NCAA, despite his good performance in Saturday night's game. DiLeo recorded 11 points and added 4 passes in 31 minutes. But the Temple was edged 81-78 on their home court in Philadelphia, PA by the St.Bonaventure University. DiLeo plays fifth season for the team. He has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg in the 20 games. DiLeo is a naturalized American. He used to play for the German U20 national team three years ago. Interesting that DiLeo has never played in Germany.

Sebastian Koch
Sebastian Koch
   #10. Guard Sebastian Koch (203-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Elon win their game against the Wofford College (1-4) 68-61 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 35 minutes. The Elon University has a solid 4-2 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Koch has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg in the 20 games. He is a former U18 international player as four years ago he still played for the German national team.

   #11. International shooting guard Patrick Heckmann (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Boston Coll. in their game against the University of Maryland in the NCAA. Heckmann recorded 6 points in 23 minutes. His team lost 59-64. Heckmann has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg in the 20 games. He plays currently for the German national team.

   #12. Former U20 international forward Dennis Kramer (211-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped San Diego win their game against the Loyola Marymount University 78-70 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Kramer recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 7 minutes on the court. Kramer has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg in the 20 games. He is a naturalized American. Kramer used to play for the German U20 national team back in 2011. However he has never played in Germany.

   #13. U20 international point guard Mario Blessing (188-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped USC Upstate win their game against the Kennesaw State University 66-54 in the NCAA last Thursday. Blessing scored only 1 points and added 4 passes. Blessing has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg. He is also German U20 national team player.

   #14. Former U18 international forward Davis Martens (206-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Siena in their game against the Canisius College in the NCAA. Martens cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. His team was crushed by 32 points 76-44. Martens has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the German U18 national team back in 2007.

   #15. Former U16 international guard Max Dileo (185-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Monmouth in their game against the Long Island University in the NCAA. Dileo cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. His team was defeated 75-65. Dileo has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Dileo used to play for the German U16 national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Belgium) led Base Oostende to a victory over the closely-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (8-5) 74-70 in the Belgian Ethias League on Saturday night. He was the best player in that game. Stojic recorded 17 points in 27 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Telenet Oostende (9-4) is placed first in the Ethias League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Stojic has relatively good stats this year: 13.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.8apg in the 12 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and German.

   #2. Federico Kammerichs (202-F-80, currently plays in Argentina) contributed to a Regatas Corrientes' victory against the eighth-ranked Quimsa (15-14) 85-77 in the Argentinian LigaA last Wednesday. Kammerichs scored 7 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Regatas Corrientes (21-8) is placed first in the LigaA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Kammerichs is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.3ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.7apg. Kammerichs is another player who holds two passports: German and Argentinian.

   #3. Robert Tomaszek (204-F-81, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Poland) helped Energa Czarni win their game against the closely-ranked Siarka Jezioro (6-11) crushing them 89-69 in the Polish TBL on Saturday night. He scored 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 18 minutes. Energa Czarni Slupsk (9-8) is placed seventh in the TBL. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. Tomaszek has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3apg in the 15 games. He has both German and Polish nationalities.

   #4. Bar Timor (190-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) was the major contributor in a 3-point Hapoel Tel-Aviv's victory against the closely-ranked Ironi Ashkelon (5-9) 54-51 in the Israeli Winner League in Sunday night's game. Timor scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). Hapoel Tel-Aviv (6-8) is placed sixth in the Winner League. It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses. Timor has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.6apg and 1.2spg. He also holds two passports: Israeli and German.

   #5. Julian Sensley (206-F-82, college: Hawaii, currently plays in South Korea) was the main contributor in a Dongbu Promy's victory against the closely-ranked Anyang KGC (18-16) 80-70 in the South Korean KBL last Saturday. Sensley was the best player in that game. He scored 18 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 25 minutes. Dongbu Promy (16-19) is placed sixth in the KBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Sensley has relatively good stats this year: 12.7ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.8apg in the 23 games. He is a naturalized American. Interesting that Sensley has never played in Germany.

   #6. Urule Igbavboa (203-C-87, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan could not help LF Basket (9-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance LF Basket was defeated 94-79 on the road by the higher-ranked Sodertalje Kings (#4). Igbavboa recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. Igbavboa has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg and 7.4rpg. Igbavboa is a naturalized American. He used to play for MEG Goettingen in German league.

   #7. Martin Seiferth (208-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the E.Washington (2-6) in their last game. Despite Seiferth's good performance the E.Washington was badly defeated 65-47 in Grand Forks, ND by the University of North Dakota. He scored 14 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 26 minutes. Seiferth has very impressive stats this year: 15.9ppg and 7.4rpg in the 22 games.

   #8. Ben Rice (195-F-90, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, currently plays in Israel) was not able to secure a victory for Bnei Hasharon in their game against Maccabi Ashdod in the Israeli Winner League. He scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. His team lost 76-86. Rice has relatively good stats this year: 10.2ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.6apg in the 14 games. He has Israeli and German nationalities.

   #9. Lukas Varga (183-G-85, college: Coker, currently plays in Denmark) helped Horsens IC win their game against the closely-ranked Vaerlose crushing them 95-75 in the Danish Ligaen in Wednesday night's game. Varga recorded 12 points. Varga has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg. He has dual citizenship: German and Slovakian.

   #10. Julian Lippert (203-F-90, currently studies in the States) helped Detroit Mercy win their game against the University of Illinois-Chicago crushing them 98-47 in the NCAA last Saturday. Lippert recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 9 minutes. Lippert has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg in the 20 games.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Loukas Mavrokefalidis
Loukas Mavrokefalidis
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84, currently plays in Eurocup). He led his Russian team Spartak St.Petersburg to a victory over the closely-ranked Stelmet ZG (1-2) crushing them 89-69 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Mavrokefalidis was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. Spartak St.Petersburg (2-1) is placed second in group K. There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Mavrokefalidis has relatively good stats this year: 13.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 50.5%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 73.3% in the nine games he played so far. He played for the Greek senior national team two years ago.

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Koufos could not help the Denver Nuggets (26-18) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the Denver Nuggets were badly defeated 117-97 on the road by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Koufos was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 9 rebounds. This season Koufos has relatively solid stats: 8.1ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 59.8%(159-266) and FT: 56.4%. He is a naturalized American. Koufos played for the Greek national team in 2011. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Nick Calathes
Nick Calathes
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida, currently plays in Eurocup). Calathes was the major contributor in Lokomotiv's victory against the third-ranked Stelmet ZG (1-2) 96-87 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and making 12 passes. Calathes also added 6 rebounds in 36 minutes. Lokomotiv Kuban (3-0) is placed first in group K. So far his team won all three games in the Top 16. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game is very crucial. It's Calathes' first season with the team. Calathes is currently second on the list of best passers with 7.3apg. This year his other stats are: 14.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 53.1%, 3FGP: 31.0% and FT: 53.3% in the nine games. Calathes is a naturalized American. He is also a member of the Greek senior national team. Calathes used to play for 3-year contract with Panathinaikos Athens in Greek league.

Kostas Vasiliadis
Kostas Vasiliadis
   #4. Swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, agency: FCM, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Spain was not able to help Gescrap BB (1-2) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed Gescrap BB was crushed 99-76 in Riga by the second-ranked VEF Riga in the group J of Eurocup. Vasiliadis was the top scorer with 20 points (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be important. Vasiliadis has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg. Vasiliadis is also Greek national team player.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #5. International guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kostas Vasiliadis. But that was another game of his team in Eurocup which we would like to mention. Zisis contributed to an easy victory against the leader Valencia Basket (2-1) 91-76. He scored 14 points in 23 minutes. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (1-2) is placed fourth in group J. Zisis has reliable stats this year: 10.1ppg, 1.7rpg and 4.1apg in the nine games. He plays currently for the Greek national team.

Theodoros Papaloukas
Theodoros Papaloukas
   #6. An experienced point guard Theodoros Papaloukas (200-77, also represented by FCM, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to a CSKA Moscow's victory against the third-ranked VEF Riga (8-4) 83-75 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Papaloukas scored 6 points in only 13 minutes. CSKA Moscow (11-1) is placed first in group B. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This year Papaloukas' overall stats are: 3.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.5apg and 2.0spg in the two games. He is a former international player as he played for the Greek senior team five years ago.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #7. International power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Russia was not able to secure a victory for Unics Kazan (8-4) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Vougioukas' good performance Unics Kazan (#4) was defeated 87-80 in Vilnius by the lower-ranked Lietuvos rytas (#6) in the group A of VTB United League. He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Vougioukas' stats this season are: 10.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2bpg and 1.1spg. He is also Greek national team player.

Kostas Kaimakoglou
Kostas Kaimakoglou
   #8. Power forward Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-83, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ian Vougioukas. However that was another game of his team in Eurocup which brought him to that list. Kaimakoglou helped his Russian team Unics Kazan win their game against the fourth-ranked Zvezda (1-2) 78-59. He scored 11 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 33 minutes. Unics Kazan (2-1) is placed first in group L. Kaimakoglou's stats this year are: 13.3ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.6apg in the seven games. He plays currently for the Greek national team.

Dusan Sakota
Dusan Sakota
   #9. Former U20 international small forward Dusan Sakota (209-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Italy) helped Cimberio Varese win their game against the ninth-ranked Enel Brindisi (8-8) 83-71 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Sakota recorded 10 points. Cimberio Varese (14-2) is placed first in the SerieA. Sakota's total stats this season are: 6.7ppg and 2.6rpg. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team seven years ago.

John Sinis
John Sinis
   #10. Swingman John Sinis (206-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped San Diego win their game against the Loyola Marymount University (1-5) 78-70 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Sinis recorded 12 points. The University of San Diego has 4-1 conference record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Sinis' total stats this season are: 5.2ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5spg. He is a former U18 international player as four years ago he still played for the Greek national team.

   #11. International forward Antonis Fotsis (209-81, currently plays in Italy) managed to help EA7 Emporio Armani Milano in a victory against the tenth-ranked Juvecaserta 78-69 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Fotsis recorded only 3 points in 21 minutes. This year Fotsis' total stats are: 7.1ppg and 3.7rpg in the 16 games. He plays currently for the Greek national team.

   #12. Former U20 international center Stavros Toutziarakis (210-87, another player represented by FCM, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan couldn't help Solna Vikings (15-9) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Toutziarakis' good performance Solna Vikings was defeated 101-87 in Sundsvall by the leading Dragons. He scored 12 points. Toutziarakis averaged so far 12.3ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team back in 2007.

   #13. Former international forward Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-76, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Switzerland), who plays in the Swiss LNA couldn't help SAV Vacallo (9-5) in their last game. Despite Kakiouzis' good performance SAV Vacallo lost 60-71 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#6) Neuchatel. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 17 rebounds in 39 minutes. Kakiouzis is currently seventh on the league's list of best rebounders with 7.3rpg. He also averaged so far 13.0ppg, 1.8apg and 1.9spg in the 10 games. Kakiouzis used to play for the Greek national team six years ago.

   #14. Former international guard Emmanouil Papamakarios (192-80, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Lagun Aro GBC in their game against FIATC Joventut in the Spanish ACB. Papamakarios scored 8 points in 31 minutes. His team lost 67-73. He has averaged so far 3.4ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.3apg in the 18 games. Papamakarios used to play for the Greek national team back in 2005.

   #15. Former U18 international forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83, currently plays in Spain) helped CB Canarias win their game against the closely-ranked Asefa Estudiantes 84-79 in the Spanish ACB in Tuesday night's game. He scored 6 points. Lampropoulos has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Greek U18 national team ten years ago.

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

   #1. Pat Calathes (208-G/F-85, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Israel) led Maccabi Haifa to a victory against the closely-ranked Hapoel Eilat (9-5) 96-87 in the Israeli Winner League on Sunday night. Calathes recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Maccabi Bazan Haifa (9-5) is placed third in the Winner League. Calathes is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.7ppg, 9.7rpg and 2.4apg. Calathes is a naturalized American. He used to play for Costa Cafe Marousi in Greek league.

   #2. Alex Hill (196-G-90, college: Cornell, currently plays in Canada), who plays in the Canadian university league CIS could not help the University of Toronto (6-6) in their last game. Despite Hill's very good performance the University of Toronto (#3) was badly defeated 98-78 on the road by the Voyageurs. He had a double-double by scoring 31 points and getting 11 rebounds in 36 minutes. It was University of Toronto's third consecutive loss in a row. Hill is currently fifth on the list of top scorers with 20.9ppg. This year he also averages: 5.5rpg, 2.7apg and 1.2spg in the 13 games he played so far. Hill has a dual citizenship: Greek and Canadian.

   #3. Corey Petros (208-F/C-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Oakland's victory against the Univ.of Missouri - Kansas City (3-5) 81-68 in the NCAA on Thursday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. The Oakland University has 3-4 conference record this season. Petros' total stats this year are:, 5.5rpg, 2.7apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Petros has never played in Greece.

   #4. Giannis Demertzis (194-PG-83, currently plays in Cyprus) was not able to help Keravnos (11-3) in their game against AEK (10-4) in the Cypriot Division A. He scored 7 points, made 8 passes and 3 steals in 26 minutes. The league leader Keravnos lost 67-75 at home to the second-ranked AEK. It was Keravnos' first loss after five consecutive victories. The Regular Season already ended. Demertzis belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #3 with 4.3apg. He also averaged so far 5.2ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5spg in the 11 games.

   #5. Nick Paulos (201-G/F-91, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the NC-Greensboro (2-3) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Paulos' very good performance the NC-Greensboro (#6) was defeated 69-61 on their home court in Greensboro, NC by the Furman University. He scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Paulos has averaged so far 7.1ppg and 3.7rpg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Paulos has never played in Greece.

   #6. 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) last Sunday. He 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 is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Australian.

   #7. Angelo Tsagarakis (190-G-84, currently plays in France) contributed to Chalons-Reims' victory against the closely-ranked Olympique Antibes 82-75 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. He recorded 14 points. Tsagarakis averaged so far 14.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg. He has both Greek and French nationalities. Despite Tsagarakis' Greek passport, he previously played for the French U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.

   #8. Christian Koutras (189-G-88, college: Cuesta JC, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Solna Branten crushing them 77-56 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) last Saturday. Koutras had a double-double by scoring 20 points and making 10 passes. He also added 7 rebounds in 34 minutes. Koutras is currently first on the league's list of best passers with 10.1apg. This year he also averages: 17.7ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.2spg in the nine games. Koutras also holds two passports: Greek and Swedish. Despite his Greek nationality, Koutras previously played for the Swedish U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Greek team.

   #9. Mannos Nakos (179-PG-88, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an Uppsala Basket's victory against the tenth-ranked White Eagles 80-66 in the Swedish Basketligan on Friday night. He recorded 10 points. Nakos has averaged so far 6.3ppg and 1.6apg. He has Greek and Swedish nationalities.

   #10. Dan Mavraides (193-G-88, college: Princeton, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Juvecaserta in their game against Armani Milano in the Italian SerieA. Mavraides recorded 5 points and added 4 passes in 25 minutes. His team lost 69-78. He has averaged so far 8.0ppg and 1.3rpg in the six games. Mavraides is a naturalized American. He used to play for Aris Thessaloniki in Greek league.



Balkan League: Kavala upset Galil Gilboa - by Eurobasket News

Galil Gilboa - Kavala 73:78

Kavala opened their Balkan League second stage campaign with victory. They upset Galil Gilboa on the road to improve at 3-2 record. Nemanja Mitrovic (197-G-90, college: Portland) paced well-balanced effort from Kavala with 12 points.
It was a roller-coaster action from start to finish. Kavala got to an early lead. The Greek side eked out a 24:19 advantage ten minutes into the game. Galil Gilboa improved their performance in the second frame. The Israeli team cut the deficit to a single point at halftime 39:40. Kavala extended their lead in the crucial third quarter. The visitors went on a 23:17 run to ensure a 7-point lead before the final quarter. Galil Gilboa managed just 17 points in the fourth term which proved insufficient to rescue the battle. Gregor Arbet (195-G/F-83) provided 11 points, while Igor Milosevic (193-G-86, agency: Beo Basket), Steve Panos (206-C-88, college: Weber St.) and William Coleman (206-F-88, college: Memphis) added 10 points each for the winners. Mitchell Watt (208-F-89, college: Buffalo) answered with 17 points for Galil Gilboa. Rakim Sanders (193-G-89, college: Fairfield) netted 16 points in the losing case.

Galil Gilboa: Mitchell Watt 17, Rakim Sanders 16
Kavala: Nemanja Mitrovic 12, Gregor Arbet 11, Igor Milosevic 10, Steve Panos 10, William Coleman 10+10 boards



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Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Den Bosch 18-3 
 2. Leiden 17-4 
 3. Groningen 15-7 
 4. M.Magixx 12-9 
 5. Leeuwarden 11-10 
 6. Den Helder K. 11-11 
 7. Zwolle 11-11 
 8. Weert 8-13 
 9. Amsterdam 2-19 
 10. Rotterdam 1-19 

Regular Season: Round 19

Jan. 19: Weert - Den Helder K. 80-68
Jan. 19: Leeuwarden - Leiden 72-93
Jan. 23: Den Helder K. - Groningen 72-87
Jan. 19: M.Magixx - Groningen 68-81
Jan. 20: Amsterdam - Zwolle 65-68

Regular Season: Round 20

Jan. 26: Leiden - Den Bosch
Jan. 26: Rotterdam - M.Magixx
Jan. 26: Groningen - Weert
Jan. 26: Den Helder K. - Amsterdam
Jan. 27: Zwolle - Leeuwarden


Eredivisie Round 19: Groningen beats M.Magixx in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Nijmegen. Third ranked Groningen faced 4th placed M.Magixx. Guests from Groningen (15-7) defeated host M.Magixx (12-9) 81-68. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 42-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Groningen dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to M.Magixx's 18. They outrebounded M.Magixx 41-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. Groningen looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Jamal Boykin (203-87, college: California) fired 17 points for the winners. The former international center Michael Kingma (208-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds. Groningen's coach Ivica Skelin used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ghanian-American guard Kwadzo Ahelegbe (187-88, college: N.Iowa) produced 12 points and 6 assists for lost side. Groningen have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 15-7 record having just two points less than leader Den Bosch. M.Magixx at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Groningen are looking forward to face Weert (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. M.Magixx will play against Rotterdam (#10) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
The game in Den Helder was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Groningen (15-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Den Helder K. (11-11). Groningen defeated Den Helder K. 87-72. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jason Dourisseau (196-83, college: Nebraska) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. Nate Rohnert contributed with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. American-Gambian forward Ousman Krubally (198-88, college: Georgia St., agency: Court Side) answered with 21 points and 6 rebounds for Den Helder K.Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Groningen have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 15-7 record having just two points less than leader Den Bosch. Den Helder K. at the other side keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Zwolle. Groningen will play against Weert (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Den Helder K. will play against Amsterdam and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Weert was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Den Helder K. (11-11) played at the court of eighth ranked Weert (8-13). Weert defeated Den Helder K. 80-68 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Bryquis Perine who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. At the losing side Storm Warren responded with 26 points and 7 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Den Helder K.'s coach Jean-Marc Jaumin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Weert maintains eighth place with 8-13 record. Loser Den Helder K. keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Zwolle. Weert will meet higher ranked Groningen (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Den Helder K. will play against Amsterdam and hope to secure a win.
The game in Leeuwarden supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Leiden (17-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Leeuwarden (11-10). Leiden smashed Leeuwarden 93-72. It was an exceptional evening for Worthy de Jong who led the winners and scored 31 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Leeuwarden's coach Erik Braal gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Leiden have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 17-4 record behind leader Den Bosch. Leeuwarden at the other side keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Leiden's next round opponent will be league's leader Den Bosch at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Leeuwarden will play against Zwolle (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Ninth-ranked Amsterdam (2-19) made lots of trouble for seventh ranked Zwolle (11-11) on Sunday. The visitors from Zwolle managed to secure only three-point victory 68-65. However their fans expected easier game. Tanner Smith fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Zwolle moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Den Helder K. Amsterdam lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 19 games lost. Zwolle will face higher ranked Leeuwarden (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Amsterdam will play against Den Helder K. (#6).


Den Helder K. - Groningen 72-87

The game in Den Helder was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Groningen (15-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Den Helder K. (11-11). Groningen defeated Den Helder K. 87-72. The game was mostly controlled by Groningen. Den Helder K. was better in third quarter 28-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-20 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Groningen forced 22 Den Helder K. turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jason Dourisseau (196-83, college: Nebraska) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. His fellow American import guard Nate Rohnert (197-87, college: Denver) contributed with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. American-Gambian forward Ousman Krubally (198-88, college: Georgia St., agency: Court Side) answered with 21 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Storm Warren (200-88, college: LSU) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Den Helder K.Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Groningen have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 15-7 record having just two points less than leader Den Bosch. Den Helder K. at the other side keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Zwolle. Groningen will play against Weert (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Den Helder K. will play against Amsterdam and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Den Helder K.: O.Krubally 21+6reb+2ast, S.Warren 16+7reb, M.Hill 10+3reb+2ast, S.Mladenovic 7+1ast, P.Bach 5+10reb+3ast, E.Kloos 4+1ast
Groningen: N.Rohnert 21+5reb+4ast, J.Dourisseau 17+5reb+11ast, J.Voorn 11+2reb, T.Theeuwkens 9+1ast, S.de Randamie 8+2reb, M.Kingma 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 193692


Amsterdam - Zwolle 65-68

Ninth-ranked Amsterdam (2-19) made lots of trouble for seventh ranked Zwolle (11-11) on Sunday. The visitors from Zwolle managed to secure only three-point victory 68-65. However their fans expected easier game. Amsterdam was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 22-13 charge of Zwolle, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Zwolle forced 19 Amsterdam turnovers. American guard Tanner Smith (195-90, college: Clemson) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import guard Josh Magette (185-90, college: Al.-Huntsville, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Berend Weijs (208, college: Maryland) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks and the former international forward Harvey Van Stein (197-78, college: Cent.Conn.St.) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Amsterdam players scored in double figures. Zwolle moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Den Helder K. Amsterdam lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 19 games lost. Zwolle will face higher ranked Leeuwarden (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Amsterdam will play against Den Helder K. (#6).
Top scorers:
Amsterdam: A.Roye 14+3reb+1ast, B.Weijs 12+15reb+2ast, H.Van Stein 11+7reb+1ast, P.Balm 10+3reb, J.Roodheuvel 7+4reb+1ast, J.Brandt 7+5reb+3ast
Zwolle: T.Smith 21+11reb+1ast, Z.Novak 15+3reb+2ast, J.Magette 12+5reb+5ast, D.Webb 8+5reb+2ast, N.Hulzebos 8+2reb+1ast, M.Ridderhof 2+1ast
gschID: 193691


Weert - Den Helder K. 80-68

The game in Weert was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Den Helder K. (11-11) played at the court of eighth ranked Weert (8-13). Weert defeated Den Helder K. 80-68 on Saturday. It was a great evening for American guard Bryquis Perine (190-88, college: Green Bay, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import point guard Rahmon Fletcher (177-88, college: Green Bay, agency: Court Side) helped adding 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Weert players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Storm Warren (200-88, college: LSU) responded with 26 points and 7 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) and American-Gambian forward Ousman Krubally (198-88, college: Georgia St., agency: Court Side) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Den Helder K.'s coach Jean-Marc Jaumin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Weert maintains eighth place with 8-13 record. Loser Den Helder K. keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Zwolle. Weert will meet higher ranked Groningen (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Den Helder K. will play against Amsterdam and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Den Helder K.: S.Warren 26+7reb+2ast, O.Krubally 13+5reb, M.Hill 11+4reb+2ast, E.Kloos 6+3reb, S.Mladenovic 5+5reb+5ast, Q.Treffers 5+3reb
Weert: B.Perine 26+4reb+6ast, R.Fletcher 19+5reb+4ast, S.Besseling 11+13reb+3ast, A.Carter 10+6reb+2ast, A.Eduardo 8+3reb, K.van Kempen 6+8reb+3ast
gschID: 193689


Leeuwarden - Leiden 72-93

The game in Leeuwarden supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Leiden (17-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Leeuwarden (11-10). Leiden smashed Leeuwarden 93-72. The game without a history. Leiden led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 24-of-31 charity shots (77.4 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for international Worthy de Jong (194-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who led the winners and scored 31 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Canadian forward Ross Bekkering (203-87) accounted for 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. American guard Robert Holcomb Faye (185-84, college: Radford) came up with 17 points and the other American import forward Jerrell Williams (203-88, college: La Salle) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Leeuwarden in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Leeuwarden's coach Erik Braal gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Leiden have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 17-4 record behind leader Den Bosch. Leeuwarden at the other side keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Leiden's next round opponent will be league's leader Den Bosch at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Leeuwarden will play against Zwolle (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leeuwarden: R.Holcomb Faye 17+4reb+3ast, C.Osaikhwuwuomwan 14+1reb, T.de Paula 13+2ast, J.Williams 10+7reb+1ast, S.Givens 6+3reb+1ast, S.Poels 4+7reb+1ast
Leiden: W.de Jong 31+5reb+4ast, R.Bekkering 18+12reb+1ast, S.Cunningham 13+3reb, A.Slagter 11+5reb+2ast, M.Kherrazi 8+7reb+1ast, T.Gallo 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 193690


M.Magixx - Groningen 68-81

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Nijmegen. Third ranked Groningen faced 4th placed M.Magixx. Guests from Groningen (15-7) defeated host M.Magixx (12-9) 81-68. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 42-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Groningen dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to M.Magixx's 18. They outrebounded M.Magixx 41-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. Groningen looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Jamal Boykin (203-87, college: California) fired 17 points for the winners. The former international center Michael Kingma (208-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds. Four Groningen players scored in double figures. Groningen's coach Ivica Skelin used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ghanian-American guard Kwadzo Ahelegbe (187-88, college: N.Iowa) produced 12 points and 6 assists and Canadian forward Henry Bekkering (198-85, college: E.Washington) added 19 points respectively for lost side. Groningen have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 15-7 record having just two points less than leader Den Bosch. M.Magixx at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Groningen are looking forward to face Weert (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. M.Magixx will play against Rotterdam (#10) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
M.Magixx: H.Bekkering 19+1reb, K.Ahelegbe 12+3reb+6ast, N.Oudendag 10+5reb+2ast, K.Spain 9+5reb+1ast, T.Vermeulen 8+2reb+4ast, M.Aarts 6+3reb+1ast
Groningen: J.Boykin 17+4reb+3ast, J.Voorn 12+4reb+3ast, N.Rohnert 11+7reb+2ast, M.Kingma 10+12reb+1ast, R.Jansen 10+2reb+4ast, J.Dourisseau 8+7reb+4ast
gschID: 193688



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

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

Adam Hanga
Adam Hanga
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Adam Hanga (200-89, agency: TSS Management, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to an Assignia Manresa's surprising victory against the tenth-ranked Blusens Monbus (9-9) 83-69 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Hanga scored 8 points and added 3 passes in 25 minutes on the court. Assignia Manresa (3-15) is placed second from the bottom (#17) in the ACB. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. This year Hanga averages: 9.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 40.3%, 3FGP: 30.6% and FT: 70.8% in the 17 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Hungarian senior national team.

Peter Lorant
Peter Lorant
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Peter Lorant (206-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group, currently plays in Italy). Lorant managed to help Acea Virtus Roma to win against the league outsider VL Pesaro (3-13) 65-64 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He recorded only 2 points. Acea Virtus Roma (11-5) is placed fifth in the SerieA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Lorant's first season with the team. Lorant's overall stats this year are: 4.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 47.5%, 3FGP: 38.5% and FT: 93.3%. He is in the roster of the Hungarian senior national team.

Gyorgy Kinter
Gyorgy Kinter
   #3. The Hungarian player who performed third best last week abroad was former University international center Gyorgy Kinter (213-88, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to an Oviedo CB's victory against one of league's weakest teams Palma (4-9) 83-74 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. Kinter scored 7 points in only 7 minutes. Oviedo Club Baloncesto (9-3) is placed second in the LEB Silver. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Kinter averages only 3.8ppg, 2FGP: 75.0% in the four games. He played for the Hungarian university national team two years ago.

Gergely Somogyi
Gergely Somogyi
   #4. Center Gergely Somogyi (216-89, college: UCSB, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) could not help Leyma Basquet (6-9) to beat Palencia Baloncesto (9-6). Somogyi did not beat the league record on Friday evening. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Leyma Basquet was defeated 69-63 on the road by the higher-ranked Palencia_Baloncesto (#4). It was Leyma Basquet's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Somogyi's overall stats this season are: 2.7ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.7bpg. He is also Hungarian national team player.

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

   #1. Rosco Allen (206-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Stanford's victory against the University of California (2-3) 69-59 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Allen recorded 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 15 minutes. The Stanford University has 2-3 conference record this season. This year Allen's overall stats are: 4.2ppg and 3.0rpg in the 16 games he played so far.

   #2. Attila Kovacs (203-F-85, currently plays in Denmark), who plays in the Danish Ligaen could not help Horsholm (8-7) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance Horsholm was defeated 85-77 at home by the leading Svendborg. Kovacs recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Kovacs has relatively good stats this season: 14.6ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.3apg.

Other top Hungarian players, who play abroad:

Obie Trotter (188-PG-84) plays for BC Nizhny Novgorod in Russian PBL
Attila Vajda (204-C-81) plays for CSU Sibiu in Romanian Liga Nationala
Daniel Deri (91) plays for Gussing Knights in Austrian A Bundesliga
Laszlo Dobos (220-C-93) plays for El Olivar in Spanish EBA
Tamas Markus (180-G-89) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Mate Kovacs (190-G/F-96) plays for GC Zurich in Swiss LNB
David Balaton (188-G-90) plays for Stevnsgade in Danish 1st Division
Bojan Sormaz (187-G-86) plays for TSG Schwaebisch Hall in German Regionalliga
Tamas Halmai (202-F/C-87) plays for Oberelchingen in German Regionalliga
Bence Supola (84) plays for Muenchen DJK in German 2.Regionalliga

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



EuroChallenge: Szolnok shock Hapoel Holon in Israel - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Holon - Szolnok 72:77

Szolnok shock Hapoel Holon in Israel in one of the last game of the second Round in Top 16 of EuroChallenge. The Hungarian team improved to 2-0 record after a 77:72 win.
The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. Szolnok won the second frame 19-16 and then added 18-13 and 23-17 in the third an dthe last quarters respectively. Szolnok outrebounded Hapoel Holon 41-30 including 28 on the defensive glass.
Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 19 rebounds. Akos Horvath (193-SG-81) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Jerome Dyson (191-G-87, college: Connecticut) replied with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Frank Hassell (203-F-88, college: ODU) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel Holon. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.

Hapoel Holon: Jerome Dyson 27+7rebs, Frank Hassell 14+9rebs, Shlomi Harush (185-G-87) 12, Zack Rosen (185-PG-89, college: Pennsylvania) 11
Szolnok: Akos Horvath 20, Marton Bader 14+19rebs, Ernests Kalve (200-F-87) 13, James Florence (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mercer) 10



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Ex Unicaja Malaga guard signs with Esteghlal Zarin Geshm in Iran - by Greg

Esteghlal Qeshm (Superleague) inked 35-year old Belgian ex-international guard Marcus Faison (196-90kg-78, college: Siena). Player arrived a week ago and after passing his medical tests he joined his team. Faison played recently at Armia in Georgian Superleague. In 10 Superleague games this season he recorded 8.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.7apg and 1.0spg. Faison also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg. The last season he played at Petron Blaze (PBA) in Filipino PBA (15.2ppg, 5.4rpg). Faison also played at Kryvbasbasket in Ukrainian Superleague earlier that season. In 13 games he averaged 8.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg. The other team he played that season for was VOO Verviers-Pepinster (Ethias League) in Belgian Ethias League. In 11 games he averaged 10.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg.
The former Siena College star is in his 13th season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Faisons team won Ukrainian Superleague Regular Season in 2008. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Honorable Mention award back in 2008. Faison represented Belgium at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 8.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 27.3%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 75.0%.
Faison is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany, Greece (Peristeri GS Athens), Spain (Unicaja Malaga), Turkey (Besiktas) and Ukraine (Dnipro and BC Kyiv).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Setanta ( www.setanta.com/ie ) cup finals coverage / tv documentary - by Patrick Maher

Setanta to show We Got Game basketball documentary along with live SuperLeague Finals on Friday

Both finals live from 18:45 on Setanta Ireland followed by We Got Game: The Golden Age of Irish Basketball, a new documentary about Irish basketball in the 1980s.

Setanta Ireland will broadcast both of the SuperLeague National Cup Finals live on January 25th 2013, from the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght. The Womens final tips-off at 18:45 when UL Huskies take on TM Hotel Cork and then the Mens final at 20:45 when UL Eagles take on Bord Gais Neptune. Marie Crowe presents and she will be joined courtside by UCD Marians Conor Meany, Will Downing will be commentator for both games and on Co-Commentary are Breda Dick, coach of the Ulster Rockets for the womens final and Adrian Fulton, Former Irish International and current Belfast Star Coach for the mens final.

Following the two finals, at 22:30 Setanta will show We Got Game: The Golden Age of Irish Basketball, a documentary made by Motive Television that recalls a period when the popularity of Irish Basketball was at its greatest. Filled with unique, larger than life characters, it tells the story of when black America and small-town Ireland collided. The hour long documentary revisits a time when teams such as The Neptunes and The Blue Demons were all over the sport pages, and basketball went from being a small sport to one of the biggest spectacles in Ireland in the 80s.

We Got Game, looks at the origins of the game in Ireland before the introduction of American college players in 1979 when the maverick, Paudie OConnor of Killarney brought in the first two American professional players to play in the Irish league. The majority of these players who came to Ireland were young, black Americans, straight out of big-time college basketball, who had marginally missed out on the NBA. We see how the Cork clubs were supported by their own small scale Roman Abramovich-type backers and eventually caught up, and overtook Killarney as the top teams. They did this by bringing some of the all-time greats of this era such as, Terry Strickland, Jasper McElroy and Ray Smith. There is the incredible story of the relationship between Mario Elie and Kelvin Troy who played a season together with Killester. Mario went on to win three NBA Championships back home in the US with the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs, while Kelvin, his equal, still lives in Ireland, inspiring hoop dreams in new younger generations.

We are introduced to Dave Hopla, shooting coach to NBA stars like Kobe Bryant. He recalls his three years playing basketball in Belfast at the height of the troubles. We also meet, Liam McHale and Deora Marsh who transformed Ballina into one of the main forces of Irish basketball. This is not just a documentary about basketball Ireland, but a fascinating insight into a 1980s Ireland crippled by Recession, which found hope and enthusiasm in the exploits of a few basketball stars from the States. These players became local heroes and some of them made Ireland their home before the popularity of the game faded back.


Deora Marsh (198-C-60, college: S.Mississippi)



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Balkan League: Kavala upset Galil Gilboa - by Eurobasket News

Galil Gilboa - Kavala 73:78

Kavala opened their Balkan League second stage campaign with victory. They upset Galil Gilboa on the road to improve at 3-2 record. Nemanja Mitrovic (197-G-90, college: Portland) paced well-balanced effort from Kavala with 12 points.
It was a roller-coaster action from start to finish. Kavala got to an early lead. The Greek side eked out a 24:19 advantage ten minutes into the game. Galil Gilboa improved their performance in the second frame. The Israeli team cut the deficit to a single point at halftime 39:40. Kavala extended their lead in the crucial third quarter. The visitors went on a 23:17 run to ensure a 7-point lead before the final quarter. Galil Gilboa managed just 17 points in the fourth term which proved insufficient to rescue the battle. Gregor Arbet (195-G/F-83) provided 11 points, while Igor Milosevic (193-G-86, agency: Beo Basket), Steve Panos (206-C-88, college: Weber St.) and William Coleman (206-F-88, college: Memphis) added 10 points each for the winners. Mitchell Watt (208-F-89, college: Buffalo) answered with 17 points for Galil Gilboa. Rakim Sanders (193-G-89, college: Fairfield) netted 16 points in the losing case.

Galil Gilboa: Mitchell Watt 17, Rakim Sanders 16
Kavala: Nemanja Mitrovic 12, Gregor Arbet 11, Igor Milosevic 10, Steve Panos 10, William Coleman 10+10 boards



EuroChallenge: Szolnok shock Hapoel Holon in Israel - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Holon - Szolnok 72:77

Szolnok shock Hapoel Holon in Israel in one of the last game of the second Round in Top 16 of EuroChallenge. The Hungarian team improved to 2-0 record after a 77:72 win.
The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. Szolnok won the second frame 19-16 and then added 18-13 and 23-17 in the third an dthe last quarters respectively. Szolnok outrebounded Hapoel Holon 41-30 including 28 on the defensive glass.
Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 19 rebounds. Akos Horvath (193-SG-81) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Jerome Dyson (191-G-87, college: Connecticut) replied with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Frank Hassell (203-F-88, college: ODU) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel Holon. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.

Hapoel Holon: Jerome Dyson 27+7rebs, Frank Hassell 14+9rebs, Shlomi Harush (185-G-87) 12, Zack Rosen (185-PG-89, college: Pennsylvania) 11
Szolnok: Akos Horvath 20, Marton Bader 14+19rebs, Ernests Kalve (200-F-87) 13, James Florence (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mercer) 10



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Latina Basket adds Canavesi to their roster - by Eurobasket News

A.S.D. Latina Basket (Nazionale A) added to their roster 27-year old ex-international power forward Matteo Canavesi (204-97kg-86). He played last season at Biancoblu Basket Bologna (Lega2). In 27 games last year he recorded 8.0ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.3spg.
Canavesi ended 2010-11 season at Naturhouse Ferrara (Nazionale B). In 5 games that season he averaged 9.2ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.0spg. But the most of that year he spent at Sutor Montegranaro (SerieA). But in 14 games he averaged just 1.4ppg and 1.3rpg. He helped them to make it to the cup semifinals.
Canavesis team made it to the LNB Italian Cup final in 2004.
He was also a member of Italian international program for some years. Canavesi played for Italian Senior National Team in 2009 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2002. He represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Izmir (Turkey) seven years ago. Canavesis team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 7.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 45.2%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 52.4%.
Canavesi has played previously for four other Italy teams: Cimberio Varese, Tuscany Pistoia, Aget Service Imola and Novara.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Undersized to play at center, has good athletic skills and knows how to score and to rebound inside; His future is at the power forward, or even at the 3 position, wher he will take advantage from his goos outside shot.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Latina Basket adds Canavesi to their roster - by Eurobasket News

A.S.D. Latina Basket (Nazionale A) added to their roster 27-year old ex-international power forward Matteo Canavesi (204-97kg-86). He played last season at Biancoblu Basket Bologna (Lega2). In 27 games last year he recorded 8.0ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.3spg.
Canavesi ended 2010-11 season at Naturhouse Ferrara (Nazionale B). In 5 games that season he averaged 9.2ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.0spg. But the most of that year he spent at Sutor Montegranaro (SerieA). But in 14 games he averaged just 1.4ppg and 1.3rpg. He helped them to make it to the cup semifinals.
Canavesis team made it to the LNB Italian Cup final in 2004.
He was also a member of Italian international program for some years. Canavesi played for Italian Senior National Team in 2009 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2002. He represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Izmir (Turkey) seven years ago. Canavesis team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 7.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 45.2%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 52.4%.
Canavesi has played previously for four other Italy teams: Cimberio Varese, Tuscany Pistoia, Aget Service Imola and Novara.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Undersized to play at center, has good athletic skills and knows how to score and to rebound inside; His future is at the power forward, or even at the 3 position, wher he will take advantage from his goos outside shot.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Air Avellino inks Jaka Lakovic - by Eurobasket News

Sidigas Avellino (SerieA) signed 35-year old Slovenian ex-international guard Jaka Lakovic (186-78). He just played at Galatasaray in Turkish TBL league. But in 5 games this year he had only 1.6ppg. Lakovic also played 4 games in Eurocup where he recorded 3.3ppg and 1.3apg. The last season he played also at Galatasaray (TBL) in Turkey. In 35 games last year he recorded 10.5ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.9apg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Turkish League All-Bosmans Team and to the All-Star Game. Lakovic also played 19 games in Euroleague where he recorded 9.9ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.7apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won Spanish ACB championship title in 2011. Lakovic was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Bosman Player of the Year 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. Its very possible he may end his playing career at Air Avellino.
Lakovic could be described: 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 @trendbasket)



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  KAZAKHSTAN   


Tobol steal two victories against BK Almaty - by Eurobasket News

Tobol earned two hard-fought victories over BK Almaty in the latest D1 action.
Tobol celebrated an 88:73 victory in the first of the back-to-back games. The second encounter was a tighter fixture. BK Almaty pulled ahead early in the game. They recorded a 25:18 lead after ten minutes of action. The Almaty outfit stretched the lead in the second term. They accounted for a 44:36 halftime advantage. But Tobol turned things around in the third term. The Kostanay team went on a 23:10 run to secure a 5-point lead heading into the fourth frame. BK Almaty stiffened defensively in the final period but could not prevail at the end. Berik Ismailov (188-G-90) and Pavel Mikheev (200-F-83) scored 16 points each for Tobol. Sergej Vabischevich (190-G-88) added 13 points for the winners. Vasili Savchenko (190-PG-87) answered with 27 points for BK Almaty. Sergey Volk (186-PG-85) netted 14 points in the losing effort.



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Stats Leaders

BKT Superliga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
Dardan Berisha (193-SG-88, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group), Peja 27.2
Joshua Alexander (193-G-87, college: SF Austin), RTV 21 25.1
Mihalic, Vellaznimi 22.9
Mitchell, Bashkimi 22.9
Chambers, Drita 21.3
Rebounds Per Game
Denis Vrsaljko (212-C-82), Vellaznimi 11.7
Waleskowski, Prishtina 10.5
Joshua Alexander, RTV 21 10.3
Mitchell, Bashkimi 9.8
Mimms, Trepca 8.7
Assists Per Game
Samir Shaptahovic (174-G-81), Peja 7.8
Mihalic, Vellaznimi 5.7
Gashi A., Kosova 5.4
Chambers, Drita 4.9
Gashi Q., Vellaznimi 4.7
Steals Per Game
Joshua Alexander, RTV 21 4.2
Samir Shaptahovic, Peja 3.5
Brooks, Bashkimi 3.3
Chambers, Drita 2.7
Spaqi, Bashkimi 2.3
Blocks Per Game
Urim Zenelaj (212-C-91), Bashkimi 2.3
Denis Vrsaljko, Vellaznimi 1.2
Rugova, Prishtina 1.1
Mimms, Trepca 1.0
Mitchell, Bashkimi 0.9


Ersid Luca moves to Peja - by Dren Shporta

BKT Superliga leaders, Peja, have notified that they reach the agreement with national player Ersid Luca (212-C-81).

Luca, played last season at Sigal Prishtina and lost in the play-off final against Trepca. In the first part of this season he was playing for Hoops team in Lebanon league and had a average of 14.1 points per game and 11 rebounds.

This is Peja's second big transfer during the winter window, after signing with american Chris Garnett. Luca is national player because he has Kosovan passport.

Rudolf Jugo's team is leading BKT Superliga with 13-1 record after first 14 matches.



Ryan White joins Trepca - by Dren Shporta

American point guard, Ryan White (177-PG-88, college: Texas St.), who arrived in December at RTV 21 has accepted reigning champions offer, Trepca.

White has made known this information specially for us. He will be replacement for slovenian, Marcel Mihalic, who has left Mitrovica.

White has scored 21 points against Trepca while playing for RTV 21 in first part of the season, to register one of the biggest surprises of the BKT Superliga debutants.



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  LATVIA   

LBL Standing

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

Regular Season: Round 23

Jan. 20: Jekabpils - Jelgava 91-76
Jan. 20: Barons kvartals - LU 76-63
Jan. 23: Liepaja - LU 74-64

Regular Season: Round 24

Jan. 26: Turiba - Jurmala
Jan. 26: VEF Riga - Liepaja
Jan. 28: Jekabpils - U18
Jan. 30: Turiba - Valmiera
Jan. 31: Barons kvartals - Jurmala


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris GULBIS
  Barons k.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 20
 1. Gulbis, Barons k.20.0 
 2. Peiners, LU19.3 
 3. Hill jr., Jekabpils16.5 
 4. O''Brien, Jekabpils16.3 
 5. Berzins, Valmiera14.2 
 6. Brown, Jurmala14.1 
 7. Porzingis, Valmiera14.1 
 8. Apsitis, Turiba13.8 
 9. Ozols, Jurmala13.7 
 10. Pasecniks, U1813.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Todd O''BRIEN
  Jekabpils
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. O''Brien, Jekabpils9.1 
 2. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.8.2 
 3. Dargais, LU8.2 
 4. Butjankovs, Valmi.7.9 
 5. Mednis, Jurmala7.8 
 6. Mizis, Jelgava7.7 
 7. Berzins, Valmiera7.3 
 8. Ziedins, Valmiera6.3 
 9. Gulbis, Barons k.6.3 
 10. Hlebowicki, Jekab.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Donald SIMS
  Ventspils
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Sims, Ventspils4.1 
 2. Gabrans, Valmiera4.1 
 3. Hill jr., Jekabpils3.9 
 4. Metra, Barons k.3.6 
 5. Bergmanis, Barons3.4 
 6. Kanbergs, Jelgava3.2 
 7. Miezis, Barons k.3.2 
 8. Plavnieks, U183.1 
 9. Silavs, Jelgava3.1 
 10. Brown, Jurmala3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (204-G-90)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Peiners, LU1.9 
 2. Rudmiezis, Turiba1.9 
 3. Brown, Jurmala1.8 
 4. Mizis, Jelgava1.7 
 5. Miezis, Barons k.1.7 
 6. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.5 
 7. Sims, Ventspils1.5 
 8. Jakovics, Liepaja1.5 
 9. Virsis, Jekabpils1.4 
 10. Ate, Liepaja1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Barons k.
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Rozitis, Barons k.1.6 
 2. Meiers, Ventspils1.4 
 3. Iljins, Valmiera1.0 
 4. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.1.0 
 5. Ziedins, Valmiera0.9 
 6. Leiteris, Liepaja0.8 
 7. Hlebowicki, Jekabp.0.8 
 8. O''Brien, Jekabpils0.8 
 9. Chamberlain, Jelga.0.7 
 10. Mednis, Jurmala0.7 


Standings - LBAL

LBL2 Standings
 1. Saldus 15-2 
 2. BK VEF-LSPA 14-3 
 3. Jelgava/LLU 13-4 
 4. RSU 12-6 
 5. VeA 12-7 
 6. ViA Riga 10-7 
 7. Kvele 10-8 
 8. Ogres 8-9 
 9. VEF skola 7-9 
 10. Livani 6-10 
 11. Gulbene 6-11 
 12. DSN 5-13 
 13. Ridzene 4-12 
 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. 23: RSU - VeA 63-78
Jan. 21: ViA - Ogres 58-71
Jan. 23: DSN - Kvele 46-72
Jan. 23: Gulbene - Ridzene 106-82
Jan. 24: Valmiera BSS - Ogres
Jan. 24: ViA - Jelgava/LLU
Jan. 25: Livani - BK VEF-LSPA


LBL Round 23: Barons kvartals keep a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Barons kvartals as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Barons kvartals defeated 8th ranked Latvijas Universitate in Riga 76-63. The game was mostly controlled by Barons kvartals. Latvijas Universitate managed to win third quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Latvijas Universitate 42-27 including 32 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds. Swingman Salvis Metra (195-84) chipped in 16 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Kristaps Dargais (198-90) produced 14 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Latvijas Universitate's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Barons kvartals (12-7) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Valmiera. Latvijas Universitate at the other side keeps the eighth place with 13 games lost. Latvijas Universitate will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Barons kvartals will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Jurmala at home.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Jekabpils. Local Jekabpils (12-8) beat 6th ranked Jelgava (9-10) 91-76. American point guard P.J. Hill jr. (182-87, college: Ohio St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Michal Hlebowicki contributed with 16 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Shedrick Haynes (182-88, college: Tarleton St.) answered with 14 points and 6 rebounds for Jelgava. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Jekabpils maintains third place with 12-8 record having just -1 point less than leader Barons kvartals. Jelgava at the other side keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. They share it with Jurmala. Jekabpils will play against bottom-ranked U18 (#11) in Riga in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Jelgava will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 23 LU was defeated by Liepaja in a road game 74-64.


Liepaja - LU 74-64

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 8th ranked Latvijas Universitate (8-13) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Liepaja (7-13) 74-64. It looked good early as Latvijas Universitate took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Liepaja had a 19-10 second period charge getting the lead and Latvijas Universitate was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 64-74. They outrebounded Latvijas Universitate 42-29 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Point guard Ingus Jakovics (185-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points. Arturs Bricis (196-92) contributed with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Zanis Peiners (204-90, agency: Interperformances) answered with 26 points and guard Kristaps Dargais (198-90) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Latvijas Universitate. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Liepaja maintains ninth place with 7-13 record. Latvijas Universitate at the other side keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Liepaja will play against higher ranked VEF Riga (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Latvijas Universitate will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: I.Jakovics 19+3reb, A.Bricis 12+5reb+4ast, A.Helmanis 10+5reb+3ast, A.Ate 8+8reb+1ast, T.Leiteris 6+6reb, G.Plater 6+4reb+3ast
LU: Z.Peiners 26+4reb+3ast, K.Dargais 12+5reb+1ast, M.Vitols 7+2reb+1ast, V.Bikse 5, P.Rekis 3+2reb+1ast, M.Dargis 3+3reb
gschID: 230963


Barons kvartals - LU 76-63

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Barons kvartals as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Barons kvartals defeated 8th ranked Latvijas Universitate in Riga 76-63. The game was mostly controlled by Barons kvartals. Latvijas Universitate managed to win third quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Latvijas Universitate 42-27 including 32 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds. Swingman Salvis Metra (195-84) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Four Barons kvartals players scored in double figures. Guard Kristaps Dargais (198-90) produced 14 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Marcis Vitols (184-92) added 11 points respectively for the guests. Latvijas Universitate's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Barons kvartals (12-7) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Valmiera. Latvijas Universitate at the other side keeps the eighth place with 13 games lost. Latvijas Universitate will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Barons kvartals will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Jurmala at home.
Top scorers:
Barons kvartals: T.Cain 22+16reb+2ast, S.Metra 16+10reb+1ast, M.Gulbis 10+3reb+2ast, N.Miezis 10+1reb+5ast, A.Skele 8+6reb+7ast, A.Epners 7+2reb
LU: K.Dargais 14+6reb, M.Vitols 11+3reb+2ast, Z.Peiners 10+2reb+2ast, M.Dargis 7+1reb+1ast, N.Saknitis 7+6reb, K.Strazdins 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 230962


Jekabpils - Jelgava 91-76

The game with biggest result difference took place in Jekabpils. Local Jekabpils (12-8) beat 6th ranked Jelgava (9-10) 91-76. Jelgava was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 56-36 second half run of Jekabpils. They outrebounded Jelgava 51-30 including a 19-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. American point guard P.J. Hill jr. (182-87, college: Ohio St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Polish center Michal Hlebowicki (204-76) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Hill jr. is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard Shedrick Haynes (182-88, college: Tarleton St.) answered with 14 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) added 15 points in the effort for Jelgava. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Jekabpils maintains third place with 12-8 record having just -1 point less than leader Barons kvartals. Jelgava at the other side keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. They share it with Jurmala. Jekabpils will play against bottom-ranked U18 (#11) in Riga in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Jelgava will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Jekabpils: P.Hill jr. 24+5reb+5ast, M.Hlebowicki 16+14reb+4ast, R.Sirsnins 12+3reb+3ast, K.Mediss 9+1reb, J.Aleksejevs 8+9reb+2ast, O.Virsis 8+4reb+2ast
Jelgava: A.Justovics 16, E.Krumins 15+4reb, S.Haynes 14+6reb+2ast, K.Chamberlain 9+4reb, L.Mizis 9+7reb+1ast, A.Duselis 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 230961



EuroCup: Kristaps Janicenoks leads VEF Riga past Nymburk - by Eurobasket News

Nymburk - VEF Riga 80:85

VEF Riga posted the second win in EuroCup Last 16. They upset Nymburk in Czech Republic to jump at 2-1 record in Group J. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) was responsible for 16 points in the victory.
VEF Riga had to work their way back into the game as they trailed early on. Nymburk started the game aggressively. The hosts dropped 25 points in the opening quarter to ensure a 6-point lead. The hosts stretched the gap in the second term. Nymburk piled up a comfortable 42:34 halftime lead. The hosts stretched the lead to 15 points before VEF Riga started to cut the deficit. Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) scored nine points in a row and Janicenoks added two more as VEF Riga all of a sudden found themselves within 6 points 47:53. They cut the deficit to 5 points heading into the fourth frame 54:59. Nymburk gained a 10-point lead midway through the final term 72:62. But VEF Riga answered with 11 straight points to surge ahead 73:72. Donatas Zavackas nailed six points to make it 79:75 for the visitors with 32 seconds to go. Kristaps Janicenoks and Earl Rowland went perfect from the stripe in the dying seconds to seal the win for the visitors then. Antanas Kavaliauskas chipped in 15 points, while Kaspars Berzins (213-PF-85) added 14 points in the win. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) answered with 18 points for Nymburk. Vojtech Hruban (202-G/F-89) had 14 points in the loss.

Nymburk: Radoslav Rancik 18, Vojtech Hruban 14
VEF Riga: Kristaps Janicenoks 16, Antanas Kavaliauskas 15, Kaspars Berzins 14



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  LEBANON   

Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Sagesse 10-1 
 2. Al Riyadi 8-2 
 3. Champville 8-4 
 4. Amchit 8-4 
 5. Byblos 6-4 
 6. Moutahed 6-5 
 7. Bejjeh 4-8 
 8. Hoops 3-8 
 9. Anibal 1-9 
 10. Antranik 1-10 

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 23: Hoops - Amchit 82-81
Jan. 23: Champville - Bejjeh 107-85


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Amchit
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 40.7
 1. Emmett, Amchit40.7 
 2. Harper, Sagesse29.5 
 3. Gray, Anibal26.8 
 4. Blair, Hoops26.6 
 5. Gadson, Antranik25.5 
 6. Khatib, Champville25.1 
 7. Williams, Bejjeh23.4 
 8. Youngblood, Byblos22.3 
 9. Ampim, Antranik21.7 
 10. Terry, Champville20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Byblos
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Fraser, Byblos16.4 
 2. Bagaric, Amchit12.9 
 3. Ampim, Antranik12.4 
 4. Tskitishvili, Cham.11.9 
 5. Johnson, Anibal11.7 
 6. Luca, Hoops11.0 
 7. Salyers, Moutahed9.6 
 8. Bawji, Moutahed9.4 
 9. Woods, Al Riyadi9.3 
 10. Sims, Sagesse9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Rodrigue AKL
  Sagesse
  (187-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Akl, Sagesse6.4 
 2. Fahed, Moutahed6.3 
 3. Blair, Hoops6.2 
 4. Chatfield, Mouta.5.6 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.6 
 6. Zaloum, Antranik5.5 
 7. Ismail, Al Riyadi5.5 
 8. Youngblood, Byblos5.4 
 9. Williams, Bejjeh5.3 
 10. Khatib, Champville5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Bejjeh
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Williams, Bejjeh2.8 
 2. Youngblood, Byblos2.7 
 3. Blair, Hoops2.6 
 4. Harper, Sagesse2.0 
 5. Gray, Anibal1.9 
 6. Zaloum, Antranik1.9 
 7. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.8 
 8. Mneimneh, Byblos1.7 
 9. Emmett, Amchit1.7 
 10. Kassem, Bejjeh1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Anibal
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Johnson, Anibal3.1 
 2. Tskitishvili, Cham.3.1 
 3. Woods, Al Riyadi2.5 
 4. Fraser, Byblos2.2 
 5. Bagaric, Amchit2.0 
 6. Fakhreddine, Hoops1.7 
 7. Ampim, Antranik1.5 
 8. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.3 
 9. Bawji, Moutahed0.9 
 10. Gadson, Antranik0.9 


Hoops stun Amchit , Champville continuing its winning streak - by Asia-Basket Lebanon



Hoops - Amchit : 82-81

Hoops created a big surprise by defeating Amchit on the score of 82-81. The game saw a big performance of Hoops foreign players Larry Blair and Jesse Perry who took control of the game offensively and defensively. Hoops applied a well organized defesnse on the Local players of Amchit they held Sabah Khouri to 3 points and Matt Freije to 2 points in the game. Amchit despite the 43 points of Andre Emmett and the comeback of Ghaleb Reda couldnt find a way how to secure the win despite having the last attempt in the game, on the other side Larry Blair had a huge game with 30pts and 10 rebs and Jesse Perry also finished with 28pts and 11rebs.

Q1: 15-19 Q2: 41-35 Q3:56-48 Q4: 82-81

Champville - Bejjeh : 107-85


In another game Champville had no difficulties to secure another win this tiem it was against Bejjeh on the score of 107-85, by this win Champville is extending its winning streak to 5-0, the game saw the dominance of Champville from its first minutes , due to this dominance the game turned into an offensive game, Fadi Khatib had abig game with 33 points ,6 rebounds and 8 assists.Nikoloz Tskitishvili had 23 points,11 rebiunds as for Reyshawn Terry had 22 pts and 12 rebs. On the other side Corey Williams led his team with 28 pts ,5 rebs and 9 asts.

Q1:28-20 Q2:56-41 Q3:79-60 Q4:107-85



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Paulinho BORACINI
  Pinheiro.
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Boracini, Pinheiro.22.3 
 2. Quinteros, Regat.20.6 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras19.5 
 4. Sucre, Tiburones18.3 
 5. Smith, Pinheiro.17.5 
 6. Vieira, Flamengo17.1 
 7. Barrios, Tiburones16.7 
 8. Dos Santos, Brasil.16.6 
 9. Rodriguez, Flame.15.9 
 10. Silva, Brasilia15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Gutierrez, Obras9.3 
 2. Ferreira, Pinheiro.9.0 
 3. Kammerichs, Regat.8.5 
 4. Sucre, Tiburones8.3 
 5. Rodriguez, Flame.7.6 
 6. Silveira, Flamengo7.0 
 7. Mikulas, Libertad6.3 
 8. Mata, Penarol6.2 
 9. Teague, Penarol6.0 
 10. Washam, Regatas6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Martin OSIMANI
  Obras
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Osimani, Obras6.2 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.5.8 
 3. Campazzo, Penarol5.7 
 4. Martinez, Regat.5.2 
 5. Ribeiro, Brasilia5.0 
 6. Ecker, Tiburones4.5 
 7. Boracini, Pinheiro.3.8 
 8. Treise, Libertad S.3.7 
 9. Mijares, Tiburones3.5 
 10. Smith, Pinheiro.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.7 
 2. Ribeiro, Brasilia2.3 
 3. Quinteros, Regat.2.0 
 4. Washam, Regatas C.2.0 
 5. Benite, Flamengo1.7 
 6. Teague, Penarol1.6 
 7. Dos Santos, Brasil.1.6 
 8. Boracini, Pinheiro.1.3 
 9. Giovannoni, Brasil.1.2 
 10. Mijares, Tiburones1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Martin LEIVA
  Penarol
  (209-C-80)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Leiva, Penarol1.3 
 2. Morro, Pinheiro.1.2 
 3. Kammerichs, Regat.1.1 
 4. Alves, Brasilia1.0 
 5. Ferreira, Pinheiro.1.0 
 6. Silveira, Flamengo0.9 
 7. Espinoza, Obras0.8 
 8. Gutierrez, Obras0.8 
 9. Meyinsse, Regat.0.7 
 10. Levy, Libertad S.0.7 



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  MONTENEGRO   


What's up World - by Kristin Joyner

What's up Eurobasket Family,

My name is Kristin Joyner Center for the Gusinje Strsljen. Also known as Kris. I decided to take on the blog for many reasons,one I love the Internet and I also wanted to share my experiences with everyone.

Although my stay here in Plav has only been a week and a few days, it's been a quite interesting one. Dealing with two snow storms and a power outage that was a week and a day long. Big adjustment for a city boy like my self coming way from the capital of the world in my eyes NEW YORK CITY. Where everything is so accessible . Besides all that I am making the best of my stay here in Plav , Montenegro. The people are really friendly, they respect that I came from so far to play for their town. So far I feel welcomed like I've been staying here my whole life. I am truly grateful and appreciative for all the love I received this far. I honestly can't wait to suit up and ball out for the Gusinje Strsljen, Plav and the country of Montenegro.

Stay tuned for my future blogs.

Peace and love
Kris.



EuroCup: Buducnost surprise Budivelnyk in Kyiv - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnyk - Buducnost 75:79

Buducnost snatched a tough road win in Kyiv tonight. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Montenegrin champions improved at 2-1 record in EuroCup Last 16 Group I. Three teams including Buducnost and Budivelnyk now share top position in the ladder with 2-1 record.
Buducnost opened the game with a 9:2 run. Budivelnyk managed to gain the lead midway through the opening quarter 14:13 but Buducnost finished the starting quarter up by two points 20:18. The Montenegrin side opened the second term with eight points in a row to make it 28:18. The hosts answered with a 9:0 run late in the half to surge ahead for a 40:38 lead. Cedomir Vitkovac knocked down 6 points in a row as Buducnost secured a 44:40 halftime advantage. The Kyiv team opened the second half on a 10:2 rally to regain the lead. Artur Drozdov opened a double-digit lead for the hosts midway through the third period 63:51. Budivelnyk seemed to be in a comfortable position heading into the fourth frame 65:55. However Buducnost shocked the home team with 14 consecutive points to tip off the fourth term. Aleksa Popovic connected for key four points in the final two minutes of the encounter and Bunic followed with two free throws to seal the victory for the visitors. Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90) provided 14 points, while Bunic added 10 points for the winners. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) answered with 20 points, while Michailis Anisimovas (214-C-84) chipped in 17 points in the loss.

Budivelnyk: Malcolm Delaney 20, Michailis Anisimovas 17
Buducnost: Cedomir Vitkovac 24, Vladimir Mihailovic 14, Marko Popovic 11



Ersid Ljuca returns to Kosovo - by Darko Pekic

According to the eurobasket.com correspondent from Kosovo, Ersid Luca (212-C-81), a 32 year old Montenegrin big man with Kosovo citizenship, joined Peja.

Ersid Luca, played last season at Sigal Prishtina and lost in the play-off final against Trepca. In the first part of this season he was playing for Hoops team in Lebanon league and averaged 14.1 points per game and 11 rebounds. He started his career in Yugotes Bijelo Polje during the 90-s and became known in Lovcen as a back up centar in a very strong generation led by the coach Miodrag Kadija (agency: Global Sports Plaza ).



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Brooklyn N. 26-16 
 2. New York K. 25-14 
 3. Boston C. 20-21 
 4. Philadelph.76 17-25 
 5. Toronto R. 15-27 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 26-17 
 2. Chicago B. 25-16 
 3. Milwaukee B. 22-18 
 4. Detroit P. 16-26 
 5. Cleveland C. 11-32 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 27-12 
 2. Atlanta H. 24-18 
 3. Orlando M. 14-27 
 4. Charlotte B. 10-32 
 5. Washington W. 9-31 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 33-10 
 2. Denver N. 26-18 
 3. Utah Jazz 23-19 
 4. Portland TB 21-21 
 5. Minnesota T. 17-22 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 32-11 
 2. Golden St.W. 26-15 
 3. LA Lakers 17-25 
 4. Sacramento K. 16-27 
 5. Phoenix Suns 14-28 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 34-11 
 2. Memphis G. 27-14 
 3. Houston R. 22-22 
 4. Dallas M. 18-24 
 5. N.Orleans H. 14-28 

Regular Season: Round 84

Jan. 23: Sacramento K. - Phoenix Suns 96-106
Jan. 23: Houston R. - Denver N. 95-105
Jan. 23: Utah Jazz - Washington W. 92-88
Jan. 23: Charlotte B. - Atlanta H. 92-104
Jan. 23: Chicago B. - Detroit P. 85-82
Jan. 23: Minnesota T. - Brooklyn N. 83-91
Jan. 23: Miami Heat - Toronto R. 123-116 OT
Jan. 23: Memphis G. - LA Lakers 106-93
Jan. 23: San Antonio S. - N.Orleans H. 106-102
Jan. 23: Golden St.W. - Oklah.City T. 104-99
Jan. 23: Portland TB - Indiana P. 100-80

Regular Season: Round 85

Jan. 24: Orlando M. - Toronto R.
Jan. 24: Boston C. - New York K.
Jan. 24: Phoenix Suns - LA Clippers


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-SF-88)
  Avg: 29.6
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.29.6 
 2. Anthony, New Y.29.2 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers29.2 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.5 
 5. Harden, Houston R.25.8 
 6. Irving, Cleveland23.7 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..22.7 
 8. Curry, Golden S.20.9 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.20.7 
 10. Wade, Miami Heat20.5 
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 Lakers12.0 
 4. Randolph, Memph.11.6 
 5. Asik, Houston R.11.0 
 6. Vucevic, Orlan.11.0 
 7. Chandler, New Y.11.0 
 8. Noah, Chicago B.10.9 
 9. Hickson, Portland.10.9 
 10. Lee, Golden St.W.10.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.7 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.2 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.9.0 
 5. Nash, LA Lakers8.6 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..8.1 
 7. Williams, Brooklyn7.8 
 8. Calderon, Toron.7.5 
 9. Parker, San A.7.4 
 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. Jennings, Milwauke.2.0 
 4. Walker, Charlott.1.9 
 5. Kidd, New York K.1.9 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..1.9 
 7. Lin, Houston R.1.9 
 8. Harden, Houston R.1.9 
 9. Ellis, Milwaukee B.1.8 
 10. Leonard, San A.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. Duncan, San A.2.7 
 4. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.7 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.5 
 6. Smith, Atlanta H.2.3 
 7. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.1 
 8. Noah, Chicago B.2.1 
 9. Gortat, Phoenix1.9 
 10. McGee, Denver N.1.9 


Recap: Action continues with 11 games on Wednesday - by Eurobasket News

Golden St.W. - Oklah.City T. 104-99
Warriors head coach Mark Jackson says his team's past two games against the Western Conference leaders shouldn't be viewed as a measuring stick. But he might like where the outcomes place the Warriors on that NBA ruler. The Warriors followed up Monday's victory over the Clippers by outlasting Oklahoma City 104-99 on Wednesday night in front a national NBA TV audience and the 11th consecutive sellout crowd at Oracle Arena. The Warriors (26-15) have won three in a row after a season-worst, three-game losing skid. The Thunder (33-10) had won seven of their past eight games, but they played two overtime games and then flew into the Bay Area after a game in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. Kevin Durant had game highs with 33 points and nine assists, but he missed all four of his field-goal attempts and committed two turnovers in the final four minutes. He went 1-of-2 from the foul line with 37.3 seconds remaining, giving the Warriors the ball with a 101-99 lead. Stephen Curry, who scored a team-high 31 points to go along with seven assists, had a good look but missed a three-pointer from the top of the arc with 17.5 seconds left. But the point guard stole a Durant pass with 14.9 seconds remaining and made two free throws to put the Warriors ahead 103-99 with 12.4 on the clock. The Warriors haven't been in second place in the Pacific Division at the midway point of a season since 1992, when they were 28-13 and sat behind Portland. They are five games back of the first-place Clippers and 9 games ahead of the third-place Lakers. On top of beating the best two teams in the conference in consecutive games, the Warriors have statistically moved into the league's upper echelon. The Warriors are one of five teams that rank among the league's top 10 in field-goal percentage and defensive field-goal shooting. They join Miami, San Antonio, Oklahoma City and the Clippers. The Warriors moved to 13-5 against teams with winning records, getting their usual well-rounded offensive contributions. David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) had 22 points and 12 rebounds for his league-leading 17th game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, Carl Landry recorded 20 points and seven rebounds off the bench, and Klay Thompson added 19 points and solid defense switching between stints on Durant and Russell Westbrook. Westbrook finished with 10 points on 3-of-16 shooting and four assists. Kevin Martin had 16 points off the bench, and Serge Ibaka (6'10''-C/F-89) and Kendrick Perkins each added 12 points for the Thunder. Curry did a kneeling shimmy during a 13-point, third-quarter outburst, and the Warriors limited Oklahoma City to 38.1 percent shooting in the frame to get back into the game. They opened the half on a 9-2 run and took a 61-59 lead on a pair of Lee free throws with 9:09 remaining in the third quarter. Durant had given Oklahoma City a little bit of separation in the second quarter, when he scored seven straight points to break a 35-35 tie. He had a three-pointer, a dunk and two free throws in a 1:26 span as part of a half in which he just toyed with the Warriors' defense. Aiming for his fourth consecutive scoring title, Durant had 18 points and eight assists by the break. The Thunder shot 56.4 percent from the floor and had 15 assists on 22 made field goals. The Warriors allowed Oklahoma City to shoot 60 percent in the first quarter, but they forced six turnovers and pushed the ball in transition every time they had a chance. The game was tied nine times and the lead changed hands seven times. Curry scored three consecutive layups with a variety of crafty finishes that gave the Warriors a 15-11 lead with 6:02 remaining in the first quarter. The Thunder tied the game 80 seconds later and set the stage for a back-and-forth final four minutes to the quarter. Courtesy of: http://blog.sfgate.com

Portland TB - Indiana P. 100-80
PORTLAND, Ore. - LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) scored 27 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Indiana Pacers 100-80 on Wednesday night to snap a six-game losing streak. Rookie Damian Lillard added 20 points and eight assists for the Blazers, who also stopped a four-game losing streak at home and avoided dropping five straight at the Rose Garden for the first time since 2006. J.J. Hickson had 14 points and 13 rebounds for his 24th double-double this season, and Portland shot a season-high 56.4 percent from the floor. Paul George had 22 points and seven rebounds for the Pacers, who had won seven straight against Western Conference teams, their longest streak since 2004. Indiana (26-17) lost for the third time in 10 games. The Pacers were coming off an 82-81 victory at Memphis on Monday to open their four-game road trip. The Blazers (21-21) bounced back from a 98-95 loss to Washington on Monday on Jordan Crawford's buzzer-beating 3-pointer. Nicolas Batum, who had his first career triple-double in that game, hit a 3-pointer that gave the Blazers an early 18-13 lead over the Pacers. D.J. Augustin (5'11''-PG-87, college: Texas) tied it at 20 with a 3-pointer to start the second quarter. Augustin hit another 3 to put the Pacers ahead 24-22, but the lead was short-lived and Portland went up 34-26 on rookie Will Barton's running jumper and layup. Aldridge, who is vying for a spot in the All-Star game, made three consecutive long jumpers for a 44-28 lead as Portland broke it open with a 22-4 run. The Blazers led 44-32 at the half. Aldridge's dunk made it 55-42 midway through the third quarter. The six-year veteran was a first-time All-Star last season, but is by no means a lock this season. The reserves, selected by the coaches from each conference, will be announced on Thursday. George is a candidate to nab a reserve spot on the East team. Lillard's pull-up jumper gave the Blazers a 76-59 lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Blazers' biggest margin of the game was the final score. The Pacers have lost four straight in Portland. Notes: The Blazers' first poster night of the season got off to a rocky start because of a printing error. The posters, which feature Hickson, won't be ready until next week. Fans with a ticket stub to Wednesday night's game will be able to get one in the team's fan shop. ... Indiana's 32 first-half points were a season-low for a Portland opponent this season. ... Indiana defeated Portland 99-92 on Dec. 5. Courtesy of:www.adn.com

Sacramento K. - Phoenix Suns 96-106
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Luis Scola (6'9''-F/C-80) scored 21 points and the Phoenix Suns won their first game under new coach Lindsey Hunter, beating the Sacramento Kings 106-96 on Wednesday night. The Suns, tied with New Orleans for the worst record in the Western Conference at 14-28, outplayed the Kings in the second half, quieting a Sacramento crowd that was watching the Kings for the first time since the announced sale of the team to a group of Seattle businessmen. Michael Beasley had 13 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, when the Suns outscored Sacramento 32-19. Marcin Gortat, Goran Dragic (6'3''-PG-86) and Shannon Brown scored 12 apiece for Phoenix, which has won two straight road games but is 4-17 away from home. Courtesy of: http://arizonasports.com

Utah Jazz - Washington W. 92-88
SALT LAKE CITY -- Paul Millsap (6'7''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) had 16 points and 15 rebounds to help the Utah Jazz hold off the Washington Wizards 92-88 on Wednesday night. The Jazz led by 22 points in the second quarter and 15 entering the fourth, but the road-weary Wizards fought back to within two on Kevin Seraphin's jumper with 6:57 left. Millsap's putback put Utah up by seven, but the Wizards came back again as Utah went cold. Millsap's 14-foot baseline jumper with 21 seconds left halted a nearly 3-minute scoreless stretch for the Jazz and bumped their lead to 90-84. Martell Webster's third 3-pointer cut Utah's lead to 90-87 with 15 seconds left, but ex-Wizards guard Randy Foye made both free throws with 11 seconds remaining to seal it. Millsap added two blocks and three steals. He led six Jazz players in double figures. Webster led Washington with 15 points. John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) added 14 in 27 minutes for the Wizards, who shot 36 percent. Emeka Okafor grabbed 17 rebounds. Early on, the Wizards looked like a team ready to take an early flight home after a five-game road trip. They were shooting 23.8 percent after the first quarter, compared to 63.2 percent for the Jazz. Utah, however, has a history of blowing leads and Wednesday was no different. Gordon Hayward's three-point play put Utah up 47-25 with 5:58 left in the second. Utah used a 22-6 run to open the second quarter, with the Jazz depth showing. Enes Kanter made his first four shots for a 10-point quarter and Hayward attacked the rim with some fancy dribbling and footwork. He also made his first four shots. The Wizards scored just six points in the first 6 minutes of the second. But the Jazz left the door open, shooting 1 for 11 over the final 6 minutes of the period. They still led 52-38 thanks to a 32-18 advantage on points in the paint. Utah took a 73-58 lead into the fourth but the Wizards opened on a 14-2 run, capped by Trevor Ariza's 3-pointer with 8:57 left. Millsap, frequently the subject of trade speculation, took over in the fourth. He drew a charge from Wall and had a key steal against Nene with 3:24 left that resulted in a clear-path foul for Hayward, who sank both free throws. Bradley Beal's basket off Utah's 14th turnover pulled Washington to 88-84 with 1:10 left. NOTES: Utah Gov. Gary Herbert was in attendance, sitting next to Jazz President Randy Rigby. ... Kanter finished 4 of 4 and is 14 of 15 over Utah's last four games. Courtesy of: www.sacbee.com

San Antonio S. - N.Orleans H. 106-102
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) had 24 points and 13 assists, and the San Antonio Spurs rallied for a 106-102 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night, overcoming the absence of Tim Duncan and coach Gregg Popovich for their 15th straight win at home. Tiago Splitter added 25 points and seven rebounds, Stephen Jackson had 15 points and Danny Green 12 for San Antonio (34-11). Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana) scored 17 points for New Orleans (14-28). Ryan Anderson added 16 points, Greivis Vasquez 15 and Jason Smith 13. The Spurs trailed most of the game with Popovich (undisclosed illness), Duncan (sore left knee) and Kawhi Leonard (left patella bruise) all sitting out. Duncan's absence was noticeable, but Popovich's was more glaring -- or less menacing, to be precise. Coach Mike Budenholzer's substitution pattern differed slightly than his boss', but the main difference was fewer glares and screams following missed defensive assignments -- and Popovich may have screamed himself hoarse in the first half when New Orleans shot 63 percent from the field. The Hornets made their first five attempts, missed a pair on one possession and then proceeded to make their next five in taking a 31-21 lead with 3:30 left in the first quarter. San Antonio picked up its defensive intensity midway through the fourth, resulting in three turnovers and four missed shots that resulted in a 12-2 run for a 101-89 lead with 2 minutes left in the game. Parker's layup gave the Spurs a 72-70 lead, their first since leading 9-8 2 minutes into the game. The advantage was short-lived, as the Hornets went on a 7-0 run. Splitter scored eight of the Spurs' first 10 points, with Parker picking up assists on three of the layups. Splitter drew two fouls on top draft pick Anthony Davis in his run. San Antonio stared 4 for 11 on free throws, but offset it somewhat by going 7 for 16 on 3-pointers. NOTES: Duncan missed only his second game of the season due to injury. Duncan first sat out Nov. 29 in Miami, along with Ginobili, Parker and Green. The quartet was sent home by Popovich, leading the NBA to fine the Spurs $250,000 for what Commissioner David Stern termed a "disservice to the league and our fans." . San Antonio signed Australian national team member Aron Baynes (6'10''-C-86, college: Washington St.), a 6-foot-10 post. Contract terms were undisclosed. Baynes was averaging 13.8 points and 9.8 rebounds for Union Olimpija of the Slovenian Basketball League prior to signing with the Spurs. . Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington and players Ian Kinsler, Derek Holland, Josh Lindblom Brandon Snyder were in attendance. They were in San Antonio to promote the "Big League Weekend," a two-game, spring-training series against the San Diego Padres at the Alamodome. The series marks the first baseball games at the Alamodome, the former home of the Spurs. . Houston Astros players Brett Wallace and Jose Altuve were in attendance as part of the team's Winter CAREavan to promote their upcoming season, their first in the American League. Unlike the Rangers, who were sitting in box seats on the second level, the Astros were sitting courtside. Courtesy of: Associated Press

Minnesota T. - Brooklyn N. 83-91
Brook Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) scored 22 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 91-83 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves in the National Basketball Association. The Nets are second the Eastern Conference's five-team Atlantic Division with a 26-16 record, a half game behind the New York Knicks. Minnesota fell to 17-22 to remain in last place in the Western Conference's Northwest Division, 14 1/2 games behind the Oklahoma City Thunder. Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each scored 18 points and C.J. Watson came off the bench to add 14 points for the Nets at Target Center in Minneapolis. Brooklyn has won three straight games and 10 of its past 11. Andrei Kirilenko had 15 points and Dante Cunningham (6'8''-F-87, college: Villanova) contributed 14 for the Timberwolves. Courtesy of: http://www.bloomberg.com

Memphis G. - LA Lakers 106-93
Darrell Arthur (6'9''-F-88, college: Kansas) scored a season-high 20 points and Mike Conley (6'1''-PG-87, college: Ohio St.) added 19 as the Memphis Grizzlies beat Los Angeles 106-93 Wednesday night, handing the Lakers their fourth straight loss and 10th in 12 games. "I do think they play as hard as they can play, and that's what's scary," coach Mike D'Antoni said of his Lakers, who are now 2-10 in January. "I mean I don't know how we can play harder or blame something else. We just didn't play well." Kobe Bryant said he felt comfortable with what he said in a team meeting before the morning shootaround. He said he doesn't know if his message to Dwight Howard got across. When asked if he hoped it did, Bryant simply answered with a seemingly sarcastic "No." And Bryant said this season certainly is getting up there when asked if it was his toughest in the NBA. "That Rudy T (Tomjanovich) one was a pretty hard one, too," Bryant said. That was 2004-05, when the Lakers last missed the playoffs when Tomjanovich was coach part of a 34-48 season. These Lakers are 17-25 after losing their seventh consecutive road game. D'Antoni had talked before the game about having an All-Star team with players not having learned their pecking order. Then Howard missed the second half after aggravating his sore shoulder just before halftime. D'Antoni said the center will be re-evaluated in Los Angeles. Memphis got to celebrate a big win, a day after trading three reserves to Cleveland. That meant, even with the signing of D-League player Chris Johnson, Memphis only dressed 10 players before clinching the season series over the Lakers with one game left in Los Angeles on April 5. "It was just a great team win," Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said. Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph and Tony Allen added 12 points apiece as Memphis improved to 12-0 when scoring at least 100 points. Randolph also grabbed 10 rebounds. The Grizzlies scored a season-high 60 points in the paint, compared to 34 for the Lakers with Howard out the second half. Bryant scored 29 points for the Lakers, Metta World Peace added 15, Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) 13 and Earl Clark 11. Los Angeles came in as the NBA's fifth-best scoring team, averaging 102.6 points. But it was the Grizzlies topping 100 points for the first time since Jan. 11 against the Spurs, and they scored their most points since getting 113 against Sacramento on Jan. 7. Pau Gasol, coming off the bench again, believes defense remains the Lakers' biggest problem. "We make these teams look a lot better offensively than they really are," the Lakers forward said. "That's something that's pretty negative. Pretty alarming." The Grizzlies had a short bench after trading three players to the Cavaliers on Tuesday, only getting Jon Leuer back in a move freeing up Memphis from the luxury tax. But the paperwork hadn't cleared on the physicals of the trio going to Cleveland in time to have Leuer available against the Lakers. Then Marc Gasol, Randolph, Hamed Haddadi and Jerryd Bayless all picked up two fouls each in the first quarter. That forced Hollins to rotate his Grizzlies to keep them fresh, and rookie Tony Wroten, who has gotten most of his playing time in the D-League in Reno this season, had a career-best nine points by halftime. "When we are faced with adversity, we show that we can win," Allen said. "When adversity comes, when guys get hurt, we pull together." The Lakers started quickly, scoring the first six points of the game and forced four turnovers. They looked like they had listened to D'Antoni's plea for better defense. But they last led 30-28 on a 15-footer by Pau Gasol with 9 minutes left in the second quarter. Conley answered with a 9-foot runner to tie it up, and that started a 22-5 run as the Grizzlies took the lead for good. Conley capped the spurt with a fast-break layup with 4:25 left in the first half for a 50-35 lead. Both teams shot better than 50 percent in the first half, but the Grizzlies led 59-50 at halftime. They led by as much as 21 in the second half and finished with a 27-3 edge on second-chance points. They outrebounded the Lakers 52-34, including 16 offensive rebounds. "It's just the same thing over again," Lakers forward Earl Clark said. "We broke down defensively. They went on a run, and we continue to just go downhill." Meanwhile, Howard was 0 of 4 from the floor and headed to the locker room with 2:21 left in the first half, flexing his right shoulder. He had been probable with a torn labrum and had a very physical first half against Gasol and Haddadi. The Lakers got within 61-58 on a 14-footer by Bryant with 8:57 left in the third. That was as close as they would get as their woes worsened when Steve Nash, who came in a perfect 26 of 26 at the free throw line this season, missed his second attempt of the night with 3:07 left in the third. Notes: Gay tied Pau Gasol as the Grizzlies' franchise leader in games played with 476 ... D'Antoni, told at least he didn't have to worry about coaching the All-Star game this season, joked, "just barely missed it by 30 games." ... Memphis had gone six straight games since last topping 100 points, and the Grizzlies needed overtime to do that against the Spurs. ... Memphis had a 43-29 scoring edge from the bench. ... Nash finished with eight assists but six turnovers. Courtesy of: http://www.newser.com

Chicago B. - Detroit P. 85-82
There was no single-game performance of historic proportions for Joakim Noah. No Ben Wallace (6'9''-C-74, college: Virginia Union) sitting courtside to act like Tony Robbins and motivate the Bulls center. So in that way, Detroit head coach Lawrence Frank accomplished goal No. 1: Stop Noah. Not that Noah was by any means bad in the 85-82 comeback win over the Pistons on Wednesday night, but it wasn't even close to his last meeting in Detroit, when he scored a career-high 30 points and pulled down 23 rebounds, with Wallace sitting courtside cheering on both teams he once played for. 'Oh, he's been unbelievable,'' Frank said of Noah. 'I mean his numbers haven't been All-Star worthy, but Hall of Fame worthy. I mean 30 and 23? Then I read his comment after on how he saw Ben Wallace in the building and that motivated him? [Explative], Ben, get out of the building. Put on a uniform or watch on TV if you're going to motivate guys to do that. 'Last year, I think he put together a [20-point, 17 rebound] game [in Detroit]. Look, Noah is a helluva player because he plays with so much effort. He's got an unbelievable motor, and if you're not going to hit him first and keep on hitting him, he'll wear you down.'' Noah did just that, but Frank could have said that about a number of Bulls players when the smoke cleared. Then again, it takes a group effort to overcome a 17-point third quarter deficit, as the Pistons were up 55-38 with 10:23 left in the third quarter. That noise they started to hear about then was the bottom dropping out from underneath them. Led by nine points from Richard Hamilton in the third, the Bulls cut the deficit to 11, trailing 68-57. Going with Nate Robinson, Marco Belinelli (6'5''-G-86), Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and of course Noah throughout most of the fourth, the Bulls outscored Detroit 22-7 in the first 11 minutes of the final stanza, with a Noah dunk at the 7:52 mark finally tying the game back up. Detroit took a one-point lead near the two-minute mark, but Butler answered with a huge three-pointer from the corner to make it an 82-80 Bulls lead. Detroit punched back, with Jason Maxiell scoring inside with 29.4 seconds left to tie the game up once again, leaving the Bulls in an all-too familiar position of playing late-game heroics. Noah took the honors. After a Belinelli miss, Noah made an unbelievable save, diving into the crowd and flinging the basketball back in play to a streaking Belinelli. Not only did the guard score the basket, but drew the foul to give the Bulls the three-point lead with 7.5 seconds left. 'I scored the ball, but Jo did everything for us on that play,'' Belinelli said. 'That was a big win for us.'' And a bigger loss for a Pistons team that has now lost 17-straight to the Bulls. As for Noah, he finished with just 10 points, but had 18 rebounds and the hustle play of the game, as Rodney Stuckey's shot at the horn fell short for Detroit. 'We've said this numerous times: He gets those points without his number ever being called,'' Frank added of Noah. 'I've got a lot of respect for his game.'' Courtesy of: http://www.suntimes.com

Miami Heat - Toronto R. 123-116 OT
Dwyane Wade scored 35 points, LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) got his 34th career triple-double and the Miami Heat rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat the Toronto Raptors 123-116 in overtime on Wednesday. James finished with 31 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for Miami, getting the last board on Toronto's final shot of the night. Wade added seven assists, including the one that set up Ray Allen for the 3-pointer that clinched the win with 59.3 seconds left in overtime. Allen scored 18, Mario Chalmers scored 14 and Chris Bosh had a 12-point, 12-rebound night for Miami. The Heat finished overtime on a 13-2 run, erasing a four-point hole. Alan Anderson scored 20 points for Toronto, leading seven Raptors in double figures. Jose Manuel Calderon (6'4''-PG-81) scored 17, Terrence Ross had 16, Amir Johnson finished with 15 points. Miami outrebounded Toronto 53-29, with Udonis Haslem also grabbing 10 rebounds for the Heat. Wade and Allen each had six points in overtime for Miami, which outscored Toronto 14-7 in the extra session. James had five rebounds in the final 5 minutes _ after getting five in all of regulation. The path to overtime was frantic, with neither team leading by more than three in the final 6:51 of regulation. Calderon made a 3-pointer with 1:51 left to give Toronto a 105-103 lead; Bosh answered with a jumper to tie it. So Calderon connected on another 3, only to have that one rebutted by a 3-pointer by James, knotting the game once again. And for good measure, after DeMar DeRozan went 1 for 2 from the line to put the Raptors up by one, Bosh followed with a 1 for 2 from the stripe to tie the game for the 13th time. DeRozan missed a wild layup with 19 seconds left, and James' 20-footer at the buzzer bounced off the back iron _ sending it to overtime. Toronto led 54-39 late in the second after a 19-9 run. Kyle Lowry had seven points during the burst, Anderson added six _ and both made four-point plays during the stretch. But Miami closed to 57-50 by intermission, after a heads-up final few seconds from Shane Battier. He made a 3-pointer late in the half, then stole Toronto's inbounds pass to give Miami a possession that led to a free throw by Bosh. Battier then contested Lowry's layup at the buzzer, forcing a miss before the break. Toronto led by as many as 10 in the third, before the Heat got hot. Miami scored 30 points in the final 7:55 of the quarter _ with Wade going 6 for 7 in the period, and the Heat outrebounding Toronto 13-3. Still, it only added up to an 88-84 Heat lead entering the fourth. NOTES: James passed Tom Chambers for 37th on the league's career scoring list. ... James had 10 points in the first quarter, the fifth straight game where the NBA's reigning MVP has reached double-digits in the opening period. It's the third time he's had such a streak in his career, with a run of six consecutive games in 2010 his longest. ... Toronto had no turnovers in the game's first 22 minutes. ... One of the loudest cheers in the first half came when the halftime score of the Miami-Duke game _ the Hurricanes led 42-19 in a stunner at that point, in a game going on a few miles south in Coral Gables _ was displayed on the scoreboards. Miami went on to a 90-63 victory. Courtesy of: Associated Press

Charlotte B. - Atlanta H. 92-104
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Atlanta Hawks found the perfect remedy for their struggles on the road - a game against the Charlotte Bobcats. Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) had 30 points and 13 rebounds as Hawks snapped a six-game road losing streak with a 104-92 win Wednesday night over their division foes. Kyle Korver (6'7''-F/G-81, college: Creighton) added 21 points on 5-of-6 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc and Ivan Johnson chipped in with 12 points and 15 rebounds in place of the injured Al Horford. Home, sweet home? Not for the Bobcats, who've now lost 16 straight games at home, three shy of the NBA record. Smith made sure that streak wouldn't end, finishing two assists shy of a triple-double. "I just wanted to play aggressive but also play in the flow of the offense," Smith said. "I didn't want to feel like I had to put pressure on myself on both ends of the court. I was just wanted to keep playing aggressive, but also play under control." Smith said the Hawks didn't think much about the road losing streak. In fact, he said it wasn't even been discussed in the locker room or during the trip to Charlotte. "I don't think we noticed it," Smith said. "When I heard that at the beginning of the game I was surprised. But we didn't want to have any added pressure on hands. Our main focus was to get back on track." The Hawks did just that. The win gave the Hawks (24-18) a four-game sweep of the season series and extended their overall winning streak to seven against the Bobcats. Korver said ball movement was the key to the win. "We're not a good 1-on-1 team," Korver said. "When we move the ball we have shooting, we have speed and we have athleticism." Ramon Sessions led the Bobcats with a season-high 27 points. Kemba Walker, who had a career-high 35 points on Monday, was limited to 11 on 4-of-11 shooting. Ben Gordon added 15 points. Suiting up only 10 players because of injuries, the Hawks were forced to play their starters more than usual. Atlanta was missing Horford, Devin Harris, Zaza Pachulia, Lou Williams and Anthony Morrow. Hawks coach Larry Drew called it a good win for his club considered the team was so short-handed. "Obviously with no Al Horford I was a little concerned about our big man play but that was answered tonight," Drew said. "I thought Ivan Johnson stepped in and did a phenomenal job. He was a presence on the floor. He scored. He rebounded the ball. He took a charge. He came in and gave us a big, big lift tonight." The Hawks led most of the way by a comfortable margin, although Charlotte did cut the lead to seven with 5:40 left. That's when Johan Petro (7'0''-C-86) knocked down a 3-pointer and Smith hit a long jumper to keep the Bobcats at bay. Charlotte never mounted another challenge after that. The Bobcats have not won at home since Nov. 21. The Hawks led by seven at halftime but quickly stretched that lead to 17 midway through the third quarter as Smith took control inside. When he wasn't scoring on jump shots or drives to the basket, Smith was passing to Korver, who continued to knock down shots. Korver was 8 of 11 from the field and seemed to shatter the Bobcats' hopes every time they appeared poised to make a run. "When Josh plays that type of game he is one of the best all-around players in this league," Sessions said. "You know he can post up, make passes and hit jump shots. He was playing well tonight from all aspects of the floor. He is tough to guard when he is like that because he is really a small forward but he can also post up so he is a tough matchup." Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap accepted responsibility for his team's recent struggles at home. "The frustration is high," Dunlap said. "When you're in charge, and I'm in charge, that frustration has to be handled the right way." Dunlap said that's why he doesn't show much emotion. He knows it's all about building for the future, which means developing young players. "We're doing certain things here and unfortunately we're going to have nights like this," Dunlap said. NOTES: Jeff Teague had 10 points for Atlanta, finishing in double figures for the 30th time this season. ... The Bobcats continue to struggle to get balanced scoring production from their starters. In fact, their five starters barely outscored Smith, combining for just 31 points. ... Charlotte's big men, Hakim Warrick, Bismack Biyombo and Jeff Adrien, combined for just 12 points, while Gana Diop and Tyrus Thomas didn't even play. Courtesy of: http://www.knoxnews.com

Houston R. - Denver N. 95-105
HOUSTON - Ty Lawson scored 21 points, Wilson Chandler (6'8''-F/G-87, college: De Paul) had 20 and the Denver Nuggets pulled away in the third quarter of a 105-95 victory over the mistake-prone Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. Danilo Gallinari sank three 3-pointers and scored 18 points for the Nuggets, who converted 28 points off 23 Houston turnovers to beat the Rockets for the fifth straight time. James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) scored 23 points and Omer Asik grabbed 13 rebounds for the Rockets, who've lost eight of their last nine games. Denver took control with a 21-5 burst late in the third quarter, turning a flurry of Rockets' turnovers into easy baskets. Houston coach Kevin McHale took point guard Jeremy Lin out of the game with 3:27 left in the quarter, but the Nuggets continued their surge. JaVale McGee turned in the highlight of the night in the last minute of the third quarter, flipping the ball off the backboard and then dunking the putback with one hand for an 80-64 lead. The Nuggets shot 62 percent (13 of 21) in the third quarter and scored 12 points off seven Houston turnovers. Denver poured it on in the fourth quarter, stretching the lead over 20. Chandler drove down an open lane for an easy layup with 9:18 left and fans headed for the exits. McGee and Andre Iguodala scored 14 points apiece for the Nuggets, who've won eight of their last 10 games. Lin, meanwhile, watched the fourth quarter from the bench for the second straight game. McHale also yanked him at the end of Monday's 100-94 win in Charlotte in favor of newcomer Patrick Beverley. Lin is 7 for 24 from the field in his past three games. Houston gave away five turnovers in the first six minutes and fell behind early. Iguodala finished a Denver fast break with a dunk after another Rockets' turnover for a 25-14 lead. The Rockets cut into the deficit by hitting six of their first 12 shots from 3-point range. Carlos Delfino's first 3-pointer of the game came early in the second quarter and pulled Houston within 31-29. Harden got poked in the right eye trying to block Corey Brewer's 3-point attempt from the corner midway through the second quarter. Rockets trainer Keith Jones came out to check on Harden, and they walked to the bench together. Harden checked back into the game at the next whistle, then converted a three-point play after a steal to trim Denver's lead to 40-35. The Nuggets went cold late in the half, and Houston rallied to take a 44-40 lead. McGee dunked an alley-oop pass from Andre Miller and Denver led 46-44 at halftime despite missing 14 of 20 shots in the second quarter. The teams were tied at 57-all when Denver went on the decisive spurt in the third. Notes: The Rockets trailed by double digits for the 12th consecutive game. ... Harden led the Rockets in scoring for the 21st straight game. Moses Malone holds the team record, going 23 straight games as Houston's top scorer during the 1981-82 season. ... Denver scored 52 points in the paint. ... The Nuggets open a season-high, six-game homestand against Sacramento on Saturday. Denver played 22 of its first 32 games on the road. Courtesy of: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS



The Grizzlies tab Chris Johnson - by Eurobasket News

Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) inked 23-year old forward Chris Johnson (198-91kg-90, college: Dayton). He played recently at Rio Grande Valley Vipers. In 21 D-League games this season he averaged 12.6ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.8spg. The last season Johnson played at the University of Dayton. In 31 Atlantic 10 Conference games last year he had 12.6ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.3apg. A very good season in his career as he was selected to All-Atlantic 10 Honorable Mention.
He has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2012 Rio Grande Valley Vipers selected him in first round (7th overall) in the D-League draft.
Johnson attended University of Dayton and it is his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he played in the final of Atlantic 10 Tournament in 2011. Johnson received also All-Atlantic 10 Most Improved Player of the Year award back in 2010 at his college time.
Johnson has played previously for two other NBA teams: LA Clippers and Orlando Magic.

By Eurobasket Data Center



The Spurs add Baynes to their roster - by Eurobasket News

San Antonio Spurs (NBA) added to their roster 27-year old Australian international center Aron Baynes (208-86, college: Washington State). He is a dual citizen owning also New Zealand passport. Baynes just played at Un.Olimpija in Slovenian Telemach League. In 10 games this season he recorded 13.8ppg and 9.8rpg. Baynes also played 16 games in Adriatic League where he averaged 12.4ppg and 6.8rpg. The last season he played at Ikaros (A1) in Greek A1. In 23 games last year he averaged 13.6ppg and 8.7rpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team.
The previous (10-11) season Baynes played at EWE Baskets (BBL) in German BBL. In 40 games that season he averaged 6.8ppg and 3.7rpg. He also played 5 games in Eurocup where he averaged 13.4ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.2spg.
Baynes has never been drafted by the NBA.
He won Lithuanian League championship title in 2010.
Baynes was also a member of Australian international program for some years. He played for Australian Senior National Team between 2009 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2004. Baynes also represented Australia at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdom) last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 7.5ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 65.6%.
Baynes has played previously professionally in Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas) and Australia (Australian Institute Sport).
He attended Washington State until 2009 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A finally flourished center, he is now a solid inside player who limits his old foul-prone tendency and knows how to guard taller opponents and to score. Made huge improvements in his first professional seasons, and the international experience was a further help.

By Eurobasket Data Center



New Orleans Hornets to officially change name to Pelicans, according to report - by Eurobasket News

Even if the Sacramento Kings never make their move to Seattle, NBA fans will have to familiarize themselves with at least one new team next season. The New Orleans Hornets will officially change their nickname to Pelicans in the near future, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports. Ending a long line of rumors regarding the possibility of name change, the Hornets will make an official announcement of the impending move on Thursday, Spears reports. The announcement will also include a new logo, which hasn't been released yet. After years of rocking the blue, purple, gold and white team colors, the Pelicans' team colors will be blue, gold and red, Spears reports. For the franchise, it's just the latest name change in its 25-year history. After beginning play in 1988 as the Charlotte Hornets, the franchise relocated to New Orleans in 2002 after owner George Shinn couldn't reach an agreement with the city to build a new arena. The team also played in Oklahoma City in 2005-07 due to the damage from Hurricane Katrina. The Pelican is the official state bird of Louisiana and an environmental symbol for the state, Spears adds.
Courtesy of: sbnation.com



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NBLC Standings

NBL Canada Standings
 1. London L. 22-2 
 2. Oshawa P. 16-11 
 3. Summerside S. 15-10 
 4. Moncton M. 15-15 
 5. Halifax R. 12-14 
 6. St.John M.R. 11-15 
 7. Windsor Exp. 10-14 
 8. Montreal J. 2-22 

Regular Season: Round 24

Jan. 23: Oshawa P. - Montreal J. 127-102
Jan. 24: Summerside S. - London L.
Jan. 24: St.John M.R. - Moncton M.
Jan. 24: Halifax R. - Windsor Exp.



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  NCAA1   

Top 25 - Men

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

Regular Season: Round 74

Jan. 23: Arkansas - Mississippi St. 96-70
Jan. 23: High Point - VMI 96-69
Jan. 23: Dayton - Fordham 96-51
Jan. 23: Colgate - Army 93-90 OT
Jan. 23: Miami, FL - Duke 90-63
Jan. 23: Air Force - New Orleans 90-48
Jan. 23: UAB - E.Carolina 85-91
Jan. 23: Albany - Boston U. 80-85 OT
Jan. 23: N.Carolina - Georgia Tech 79-63
Jan. 23: Cent.Florida - Rice 78-67
Jan. 23: Temple - Pennsylvania 76-69
Jan. 23: Drake - Creighton 74-69
Jan. 23: Boise St. - Fresno St. 74-67
Jan. 23: Vanderbilt - Auburn 73-61
Jan. 23: Valparaiso - Green Bay 73-61
Jan. 23: Houston - Tulsa 72-87
Jan. 23: Indiana - Penn St. 72-49
Jan. 23: American - Navy 72-49
Jan. 23: W.Virginia - TCU 71-50
Jan. 23: Bowling Green - Kent St. 70-55
Jan. 23: Campbell - Radford 69-60
Jan. 23: Youngstown St. - Wright St. 68-61
Jan. 23: N.Mexico - Colorado St. 66-61
Jan. 23: Evansville - Bradley 66-56
Jan. 23: Santa Clara - CSU Bakersfield 66-36
Jan. 23: Rhode Island - G.Washington 65-66
Jan. 23: Duquesne - St.Louis 64-73
Jan. 23: St.Joseph''s - St.Bonaventure 64-73
Jan. 23: Ball St. - Buffalo 63-66
Jan. 23: NC-Asheville - Co.Carolina 63-60
Jan. 23: W.Michigan - E.Michigan 63-59
Jan. 23: Charlotte - Xavier 63-57
Jan. 23: Lafayette - Holy Cross 63-53
Jan. 23: Delaware St. - Howard 63-46
Jan. 23: Miami, OH - Ohio 62-74
Jan. 23: Bucknell - Lehigh 62-65
Jan. 23: Cent.Michigan - N.Illinois 61-74
Jan. 23: Winthrop - Gardner-Webb 61-55
Jan. 23: Rutgers - St.John''s 60-72
Jan. 23: UMBC - Stony Brook 60-67
Jan. 23: Illinois St. - Indiana St. 60-58
Jan. 23: Ill.-Chicago - Wisc.-Milwaukee 60-50
Jan. 23: Presbyterian - Charleston So. 59-79
Jan. 23: LSU - Texas A&M 58-54
Jan. 23: N.Iowa - S.Illinois 58-45
Jan. 23: Nevada - San Diego St. 57-78
Jan. 23: Toledo - Akron 56-71
Jan. 23: Texas Tech - Iowa St. 56-51
Jan. 23: Cleveland St. - Loyola, IL 55-67
Jan. 23: Northwestern - Minnesota 55-48
Jan. 23: Seton Hall - S.Florida 55-47
Jan. 23: La Salle - Butler 54-53
Jan. 23: N.Mexico St. - Denver 53-42
Jan. 23: Missouri St. - Wichita St. 52-62
Jan. 23: Georgia - Florida 47-64
Jan. 23: S.Mississippi - Marshall 102-46
Jan. 23: Northeastern - William & Mary 95-91 OT
Jan. 23: Georgia St. - NC-Wilmington 81-63
Jan. 23: Oregon St. - Washington 74-66
Jan. 23: Oregon - Washington St. 68-61
Jan. 23: Towson - George Mason 67-77
Jan. 23: JMU - Delaware 64-50
Jan. 23: Hofstra - Drexel 52-55

Regular Season: Round 75

Jan. 24: Lipscomb - Kennesaw St.
Jan. 24: Portland - USF
Jan. 24: Loyola Mary - Pepperdine
Jan. 24: St.Mary's, CA - San Diego
Jan. 24: Mt.St.Mary's - Wagner
Jan. 24: W.Carolina - Davidson
Jan. 24: Sacred Heart - Bryant
Jan. 24: St.Francis, PA - Robert Morris
Jan. 24: Monmouth - Fair Dickinson
Jan. 24: Appalachian St. - Georgia South
Jan. 24: New Hampshire - Hartford
Jan. 24: Quinnipiac - Cent.Conn.St.
Jan. 24: Oakland - IUPUI
Jan. 24: E.Tenn.St. - Jacksonville
Jan. 24: Richmond - VCU
Jan. 24: Fairfield - Marist
Jan. 24: St.Francis, NY - LIU Brooklyn
Jan. 24: Mississippi - Tennessee
Jan. 24: Morehead St. - Belmont
Jan. 24: IPFW - W.Illinois
Jan. 24: USC Upstate - N.Florida
Jan. 24: N.Kentucky - Mercer
Jan. 24: Elon - Chattanooga
Jan. 24: Michigan - Purdue
Jan. 24: NC-Greensboro - Samford
Jan. 24: Wofford - Furman
Jan. 24: E.Kentucky - Tennessee St.
Jan. 24: Citadel - Charleston
Jan. 24: E.Illinois - Tenn-Martin
Jan. 24: Florida St. - Clemson
Jan. 24: Jacksonville St. - Austin Peay St.
Jan. 24: Virginia Tech - Virginia
Jan. 24: JMU - Delaware
Jan. 24: Tenn Tech - Murray St.
Jan. 24: UALR - Florida Atlantic
Jan. 24: La-Lafayette - FIU
Jan. 24: N.Texas - Middle Tenn.St.
Jan. 24: SIU Edwardsville - SE Missouri St.
Jan. 24: S.Dakota - Nebraska-Omaha
Jan. 24: S.Alabama - W.Kentucky
Jan. 24: SE Louisiana - Sam Houston St.
Jan. 24: Nicholls St. - Texas A&M-CC
Jan. 24: ORU - Lamar
Jan. 24: Troy - Arkansas St.
Jan. 24: Cent.Arkansas - McNeese St.
Jan. 24: Utah - California
Jan. 24: N.Arizona - N.Colorado
Jan. 24: Arizona - UCLA
Jan. 24: UNLV - Wyoming
Jan. 24: Montana St. - Weber St.
Jan. 24: Montana - Idaho St.
Jan. 24: Utah St. - Texas Arlington
Jan. 24: S.Utah - Portland St.
Jan. 24: Cal Poly - SLO - Hawaii
Jan. 24: Seattle - UTSA
Jan. 24: Cal-Davis - CS Fullerton
Jan. 24: UCSB - CS Northridge
Jan. 24: Colorado - Stanford
Jan. 24: Pacific - Cal-Riverside
Jan. 24: San Jose St. - Louisiana Tech
Jan. 24: Sacramento St. - N.Dakota
Jan. 24: Idaho - Texas St.
Jan. 24: Arizona St. - USC
Jan. 24: Gonzaga - BYU


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Allen CRABBE
  California
  (198-G-92)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Crabbe, California19.8 
 2. Wilcox, Washington19.3 
 3. Motum, Washingt.18.8 
 4. Muhammad, UCLA17.9 
 5. Carson, Arizona St.17.3 
 6. Nelson, Oregon St.16.1 
 7. Lyons, Arizona15.2 
 8. Adams, UCLA15.2 
 9. Powell, Stanford14.9 
 10. Cobbs, California14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andre ROBERSON
  Colorado
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Roberson, Colorado11.5 
 2. Moreland, Oregon S.10.8 
 3. Kazemi, Oregon9.5 
 4. N''Diaye, Washi.9.5 
 5. Huestis, Stanford9.2 
 6. Anderson, UCLA9.1 
 7. Felix, Arizona St.7.9 
 8. Simmons, Washi.7.8 
 9. Powell, Stanford7.6 
 10. Kravish, Californ.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ii Larry DREW
  UCLA
  (187-PG-90)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Drew, UCLA8.1 
 2. Carson, Arizona St.4.9 
 3. Fontan, USC4.9 
 4. Cobbs, California4.1 
 5. Artis, Oregon3.8 
 6. Anderson, UCLA3.7 
 7. Gaddy, Washington3.4 
 8. Dubois, Utah3.4 
 9. Lyons, Arizona3.3 
 10. Singler, Oregon3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Nick JOHNSON
  Arizona
  (190-PG-)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Johnson, Arizona2.2 
 2. Kazemi, Oregon2.2 
 3. Roberson, Colorado2.0 
 4. Adams, UCLA1.8 
 5. Artis, Oregon1.7 
 6. Felix, Arizona St.1.7 
 7. Gordon, Arizona St.1.6 
 8. Anderson, UCLA1.6 
 9. Randle, Stanford1.5 
 10. Martin, Utah1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jordan BACHYNSKI
  Arizona .
  (218-C-89)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Bachynski, Arizona4.4 
 2. Moreland, Oregon S.2.6 
 3. Huestis, Stanford2.2 
 4. Dedmon, USC2.0 
 5. Washburn, Utah1.7 
 6. Oraby, USC1.7 
 7. Kravish, California1.5 
 8. Roberson, Colorado1.4 
 9. Felix, Arizona St.1.3 
 10. Solomon, Californ.1.3 



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  NCAA2   


On a roll at home - by Eurobasket News

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio -- The Notre Dame Falcons won their third home game in a row, with a 91-86 victory over the Tiffin Dragons on Tuesday night.

The victory for the Falcons (6-10) marks their fourth in their last five games, and it extended their home win streak to three, while the loss for Tiffin (6-12) was its third in a row.

Notre Dame opened the game on a 15-3 run. Cameron Carlin led the hot start, with eight quick points. The senior guard knocked down his first three shots from the field.

Carlin paced all Falcon scorers in the first-half with 14 points, including a 4-of-5 mark from beyond the arc. Notre Dame as a team shot 19-of-33 (57.6 percent) and hit seven 3-pointers on their way to a 48-32 lead at halftime. Head Coach Kevin Bille's squad played tough defense, holding Tiffin to a 12-of-34 mark (35.2-percent) shooting. NDC's defense yielded ten points off of turnovers in the opening half of play.

Tiffin opened the second half on an 11-2 run and used hot-shooting to get within three points (72-69) with 6:03 remaining in the game. But, that was as close as the Dragons could get as Notre Dame pulled away to win their second game in a row.

NDC was led in the second-half by Tyree Gaiter (5'7''-PG). The freshman point guard scored 17 of his 25 points in the second-half. Gaiter added five assists and went 12-for-14 (85.7 percent) from the free-throw line.

For the second game in a row, the Falcons never trailed. NDC finished the game shooting 55.9 percent (33-of-59), while shooting 80.9-percent (17-for-21) from the charity stripe.

Eric Dummermuth also had a big day for Notre Dame with 18 points, shooting 62.4-percent (9-of-14). Jarvis Huntley (6'2''-G) had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Dragons were led by Joe Graessle, who led all scorers with 26 points. Eric Roby chipped in 18 points for Tiffin who have now dropped three in a row.

The Falcons will be in action again on Saturday Jan. 26, when they hit the road and take on Washington Adventist. The contest is scheduled to tip at 6:30 p.m.
Courtesy of: http://www.notredamefalcons.com



3-Point Shooting Lifts BYU Hawaii over Argos - by Eurobasket News

January 19 BJ Ford knocked down eight of BYU Hawaiis nine 3-pointers as the Notre Dame de Namur mens basketball team fell 73-56 to the Seasiders. The Argos moved to 4-3 in PacWest play with the loss while BYUH improved to 6-1.

The Argos found themselves in a hole, falling behind 15-6 early on before mounting a comeback. NDNU twice cut the deficit to just one point before the Seasiders answered back. However, after trailing by six with just over three minutes remaining, the NDNU defense clamped down and gave the offense a chance. Micah Dunhour, Wesley White and James Northup (6'0''-PG) all converted baskets to even the score at 31-31 going into halftime.

White was huge for the Argos in the first half scoring 13 points but Ford was the leading scorer for the Seasiders with 15 points on five 3-pointers.

The second half was all BYU Hawaii as the visitors scored the first 12 points of the period while Ford knocked down two more threes. The Argos cut the deficit to nine a few minutes later before another Seasider run put the game out of reach.

BYU Hawaii shot 44% for the game while hitting 9 of 18 from behind the arc. Meanwhile NDNU hit on just 39% of their field goals and were 2 of 12 from long range.

Dunhour led the Argos with 15 points and nine rebounds while White and Northup tacked on 13 and 12 respectively.

Ford finished with a game high 26 while connecting on 8 of 10 threes.
Courtesy of: http://www.ndnuargos.com



Nwogbo, Cedarville tame Tigers - by Eurobasket News

SALEM, W.Va. - Zimmy Nwogbo (6'7''-F-91) racked up 26 points and 11 rebounds as Cedarville built a big second half lead before posting an 82-77 non-conference win at Salem International.

The Yellow Jackets, 10-8 overall, hit 18-of-21 free throws in the first half for a 45-36 lead at the break. A basket to open the second period made it an 11-point bulge, but the Tigers roared back to within two.

Cedarville responded with a 12-2 spurt to regain command. The Jackets eventually built the lead to 72-55 with 9:35 left and SIU could only get as close as the final score.

"This is a tough place to play," quipped CU Head Coach Pat Estepp. "They're quick, athletic, and very physical. We took care of the basketball, kept our composure, and it resulted in a good win for us."

Nwogbo was unstoppable again as he went 8-for-13 from the field and 10-for-12 at the stripe. He's averaging 27 points and 10 rebounds over his last four games.

Jason Cuffee returned to the starting line-up and totaled 12 points with five assists. Zach Brown added 12 points and four assists.

Salem International falls to 9-11. The Tigers visit CU on Feb. 2.
Courtesy of: http://yellowjackets.cedarville.edu



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Chris Burton's Double-Double Leads RIC to, 56-51, Win Over Western Connecticut - by Eurobasket News

Providence, R.I.-Sophomore forward Chris Burton (New Rochelle, NY) posted a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Rhode Island College men's basketball team to a 56-51 comeback victory over Western Connecticut on Tuesday night at The Murray Center in Little East Conference action.

Rhode Island College (15-2, 7-1 LEC) picked up its sixth straight conference victory and its eighth consecutive win overall, while Western Connecticut (4-13, 2-6 LEC) dropped its third contest in a row.

"I was really disappointed we let offensive struggles in the first half affect the way we competed," said Head Coach Bob Walsh after the game. "But we showed a lot of courage and determination to pull out the win in the second half."

With four minutes gone by in the first, the Anchormen took a 7-1 lead on the visitors on a freshman center Mike Neal (6'6''-C) (Pawtucket, RI) free throw. WCSU answered back with an 8-0 run, keyed by two jumpers from sophomore forward Luis Bridtter (6'5''-F) (Stamford, CT) and a big three-pointer by sophomore guard Phillip Starks (Hartford, CT).

A layup by senior guard Tahrike Carter (Brooklyn, NY) and a free throw by Burton gave RIC a 17-13, lead at 6:30, but the Colonials ran off 13 straight points to go up, 26-17, with just under a minute left to go. Starks canned five points and junior guard Joseph Setaro (North Haven, CT) contributed two buckets.

WCSU shot 38 percent (11-for-29) and made just 2-of-12 (17 percent) from downtown as the visitors went into halftime up by 11, 28-17. RIC shot just 21 percent (6-for-29 (21 percent) and turned the ball over 10 times in the first 20 minutes.

The second half proved to be a much different story for the Anchormen, as the hosts opened the frame with a 12-5 run through the first six minutes of action to cut the deficit to four. After back-to-back baskets from the Colonials in transition put the visitors ahead by eight, 37-29, with 11:35 left to play, Rhode Island College followed with a 9-1 run of its own to pull within a point, capped off by a bucket from sophomore guard Alex Cruz (East Hartford, CT) with 8:26 remaining in the game.

Starks answered back for Western with a pair of baskets to extend the lead to five with 6:24 on the clock, but the resilient Anchormen countered with five straight points to knot the game at 43, highlighted by a game-tying, baseline three-pointer from junior guard Nyheem Sanders (Pawtucket, RI) with 5:23 to play.

After the Colonials immediately regained the lead on a jumper from senior center Leroy Mayers (Bronx, NY) at the 4:57 mark, both offenses fell silent until the final three minutes of action, when a three-point play from Burton in the paint gave the Anchormen a 46-45 lead with 2:39 remaining.

The hosts refused to relinquish the lead from there as Rhode Island College connected on all of its free throws down the stretch and also received a pair of fast break baskets from Burton and senior guard Ethan Gaye (Providence, RI) to help the Anchormen fend off the pesky Colonials in the waning minutes of action.

RIC was keyed by its stingy defense late in the game, as the Anchormen held Western Connecticut to just 10 points through the final eight minutes and just six points through the final five minutes.

Burton paced the defensive effort with three steals to go along with his game-high 18 points, while Cruz added 10 points and seven rebounds in the win. Carter registered eight points, eight rebounds, and two steals, while junior guard Tom DeCiantis (North Kingstown, RI) hauled in seven boards to go along with three points off the bench. Meanwhile, Sanders chipped in with 10 points and three rebounds after missing the last three games.

Starks led the Colonials with 14 points, while junior guard Russell Payton (Stratford, CT) recorded 11 points, four assists and three rebounds. Mayers added nine points, seven rebounds, two steals, and two blocks in the loss.

Starks led the Colonials with 14 points, while junior guard Russell Payton (Stratford, CT) recorded 11 points, four assists and three rebounds. Mayers added nine points, seven rebounds, two steals, and two blocks in the loss.

The Anchormen shot just 33 percent (19-for-57) from the field, 17 percent (2-for-12) from downtown and 67 percent (16-for-24) from the free throw line. The Colonials shot 39 percent (21-for-54), 24 percent (4-for-17) from long range and 56 percent (5-for-9) from the charity stripe.

Rhode Island College outrebounded Western, 46-34, and gathered 21 offensive rebounds as a team.

In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East Conference play at Eastern Connecticut on Saturday, January 26 (3 p.m.).
Courtresy of: http://d3hoops.com



Utica Earns Key Empire 8 Victory Over Naz - by Eurobasket News

Utica, NY (1/22/2013) - The Utica College men's basketball team dominated the first half of play, and fended off a powerful second half comeback, on its way to a key 74-69 Empire 8 Conference victory over visiting Nazareth College on Tuesday night at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium. The Pioneers connected on 22-of-26 free throws on the afternoon, while Matt Baldwin (Gloversville, NY/Gloversville) led the way with 19 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Aaron Nevins (Buffalo, NY/Canisius) and junior forward Chris Jeffers (Albany, NY/Bishop Maginn) each added 16 points as the Pioneers won their second straight conference contest and improved to 7-11 overall and 4-4 in the E8.

Tyshun Stephens netted 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Nazareth, while freshman Mitch Ford chipped in with 25 points and seven rebounds. The rest of the Golden Flyer contingent combined for 18 points as they dropped their third straight game and moved to 11-7 overall and 5-4 in the E8.

Utica opened the game on a 28-8 run in the first 10:20 of the contest to jump out to a 20 point advantage with 9:40 to go in the first half of play. The opening spurt included six points from senior forward Jeff Ward (Ossining, NY/Ossining High School), highlighted by his thundering one handed dunk 7:56 into the contest. Ward finished the day with seven points and four rebounds. He currently ranks third all-time in program-history with 566 career rebounds.

Naz closed out the final 9:07 of the first half on a 16-9 run to cut UC's lead to 37-24 at the half. The Golden Flyer run was lead by 11 points from Mitch Ford.

Nazareth would not go down without a fight as it opened the second half on a 24-6 run in the first 10:16 to take a 48-43 lead with 9:44 to go in the contest. The Pioneers responded right back with a 13-1 run in just over three minutes, including seven points from Nevins, to give UC a 56-49 lead with 6:19 to go.

The Golden Flyers answered with a 6-2 run in a span of 2:08 to make it a three point game, 58-55, with 2:54 left. UC's Matt Baldwin (Gloversville, NY/Gloversville) then scored eight straight points, in just 43 seconds, to give UC an 11 point lead with 1:50 to go. Baldwin's push essentially sealed the victory. Baldwin hit two 3-pointers on the afternoon and currently ranks fifth all-time in school-history with 112 career triples.

A 14-6 run in the next 1:06 by Naz put a scare in the Pioneers, but Maisch netted two free throws with four seconds left to secure the key conference victory. Maisch finished the night with nine points and his 56 3-pointers this season ranks seventh on the College's all-time single season list.

Marion Lewis (Bronx, NY/Lehman) scored seven points off the bench for UC and Jeffers also hauled in 11 rebounds.

Utica will now hit the road for three straight conference games, beginning with St. John Fisher College on Friday night at 8 p.m.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Statesmen win showdown of Liberty League leaders - by Eurobasket News

The Hobart College basketball team made a season-high eight 3-pointers, shooting .571 from beyond the arc, in an 82-70 win at Union College tonight. The two teams began the game as the front runners in the Liberty League with one loss apiece.

Senior guard Stefan Thompson (5'10''-G) scored a game-high 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting, including 4-of-7 from deep. He also dished out a game-high eight assists. Sophomore guard Connor Rehbaum added his first career double-double on a career-high 23 points and a career-high matching 10 rebounds. He was 9-of-12 from the floor. Junior forward Richie Bonney contributed 17 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and two blocked shots.

The Statesmen (9-6, 5-1 Liberty) shot 54.5 percent from the floor and were 14-of-17 at the free throw line. Hobart now sits in first place in the league standings, percentage points ahead of Union (14-3, 6-2) and Skidmore (12-5, 6-2).

The Dutchmen got a team-high 24 points and six rebounds from Keven Donohue. Joe Mason and Terrell Winney chipped in 16 and 13 points, respectively. Union shot 44.3 percent from the floor and was 5-of-14 from behind the arc. The Dutchmen earned more trips to the free throw line than the Statesmen, but made just 11-of-18 (.611).

Hobart led by eight, 42-34, at the half. Thompson had exactly half of the team's points in the opening 20 minutes, making 7-of-9 shots. Union got to within two at 45-43 with 15:35 left on a Winney layup, but the Statesmen went on a 15-6 run over the next 4:10. Rehbaum scored nine points during the surge that sophomore guard Trey Blanding capped off with a pair of free throws for a 60-49 lead.

Union got as close as six at 60-54 on two free throws by Matt Petrone with 8:23 left, but a 7-0 run in the next 2:11 provided Hobart a 65-54 lead. Bonney capped that run with a 3-pointer, and the Statesmen enjoyed a double digit lead the rest of the contest.

Hobart will begin at five-game homestand on Friday, Jan. 25, when the Statesmen host conference rival Bard. Tipoff in Bristol Gym is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



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Standings Men

NBL Standings
 1. Bay Hawks 0-0 
 2. Harbour H. 0-0 
 3. Hub Jets 0-0 
 4. Nelson G. 0-0 
 5. OceanaGold N. 0-0 
 6. Southland S. 0-0 
 7. Taranaki MA 0-0 
 8. Waitakere R. 0-0 
 9. Wellington S. 0-0 



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The 2013 Super Kung Sheung Cup Day 2: Gilas Destroys Hong Kong - by Enzo Flojo

True to form, the Gilas Pilipinas squad ran roughshod over the hosts in Day 2 of the 2013 Super Kung Sheung Cup tournament.

Once again, it appeared as if naturalized big man Marcus Douthit was hardly needed, though he did contribute 6 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 blocks in 22 minutes of action. Instead, it was KG Caaleta who top-scored for the Pinoys anew, scoring 15 points on the strength of three triples to go along with 8 boards and 2 rejections. He was backstopped by NCAA rivals Kevin Alas and Jake Pascual, who tossed in 14 and 10 markers respectively.

The lone bright spot for Hong Kong was 65 center Wong Chun Wai, who scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. In a peculiar strategy, the Hong Kong cagers actually attempted more shots from beyond the arc than they did from inside the two-point area. Head coach Kwong Wai Cheungs wards hoisted 42 shots from rainbow country, making just 6.

This win assured coach Chot Reyes and his boys of the top spot in Group A and an automatic semifinal berth. Gilas Pilipinas next plays Indonesia to close out the eliminations.

Other matches:

Malaysia beat Indonesia, 89-67, thanks to the combined 42 points of Hong Hoong Gan and Shee Weng Loh. Gan made 4 of his 9 three-point attempts, while Loh also collared 15 caroms. The Indons were led by Respati Pamungkas and Januar Kuntara, who scored 16 and 15 points respectively.

The Changsha Park Lane Snow Wolves defeated Hong Kong Xinlibao, 68-66. Liu Peng scored 14 points to pace Changsha, while 68 Jiang Junqi registered a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards. Yu Xiaohang and Zhang Dongyang combined for 31 points to lead Xinlibao.

Defending champions SCFA (Southern California Fukienese Association) trounced Thailand, 85-71. Jerome Moton, Jr., Robert Curtis, Trayvonte Britt, and Ramall Goodrich all scored 15 points or more to spearhead the SCFA charge. The Thais were led by Wuttipong Dasoms 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks.

Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com



PBA approves multi-team, multi-player deal - by Aris Ignacio

The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has approved trade deals that involved five teams and ten players last January 22. The roster shake-up is in preparation by ballclubs for the upcoming Commissioner's Cup that will start on February 8.

The trades, who centered around Barako Bull Energy, had teams beef up their respective lineups. The Energy, traded swingman Ronald Tubid (186-G-81) to the Petron Blaze Boosters in exchange for 2012 3rd pick Alex Mallari and guard/enforcer Jojo Duncil (186-G-83). Mallari was later sent to the San Mig Coffee Mixers along with guard Lester Alvarez, forward Leo Najorda (191-F-82) and a 2014 first round pick for forwards JC Intal (195-C-83) and Aldrech Ramos (198-C/F-88) and guard Jonas Villanueva (184-G-83).

In a separate deal, Ramos, just traded to the Energy, was again shipped to the Alaska Aces for Marnel Baracael (193-F/G-85), who in return was forwarded to Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in exchange for Allein Maliksi (191-F-87).

Here are the summary of the deals that had taken place:

Barako Bull Energy

Gained - JC Intal, Jonas Villanueva, Allein Maliksi
Lost - Ronald Tubid, 2014 first round pick

Petron Blaze Boosters

Gained - Ronald Tubid
Lost - Alex Mallari, Jojo Duncil

San Mig Coffee Mixers

Gained - Alex Mallari, Leo Najorda, Lester Alvarez
, 2014 first round pick
Lost - JC Intal, Jonas Villanueva, Aldrech Ramos

Alaska Aces

Gained - Aldrech Ramos
Lost - Marnel Baracael

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel

Gained - Marnel Baracael
Lost - Allein Maliksi



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Dirk Bauermann officially takes over Polish NT - by Eurobasket News

Dirk Bauermann confirms his appointment as the new head coach of Polish NT. He will prepare the team for the upcoming 2013 EuroBasket in Slovenia. Dirk Bauermann has a solid resume working in Germany. He guided the German National Team in 1994, 03/08 and 10/11 seasons. He also worked with German A2 National Team back in 2009. Dirk Bauermann was at helm of Leverkusen, Oostende, Apollon, Hagen, Dafni Athens, Bamberg, Brose Baskets and Bayern Muenchen. He was named Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Coach of the Year in 2003, 2004 and 2005. He is expected to start the training sessions with the Polish NT in mid-July.
Germany got into preliminary round Group A at 2013 EuroBasket. They will play alongside Ukraine, Great Britain, France, Israel and Belgium.



EuroCup: Spartak SP overwhelm Stelmet ZG in Poland - by Eurobasket News

Stelmet Zielona Gora - Spartak Saint Petersburg 69:89

Spartak Saint Petersburg celebrated a comfortable road success over Stelmet ZG in the third round of EuroCup Last 16 round. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) came up with 19 points to lead Spartak to the second win in Group K. Stelmet ZG fell at 1-2 record after the defeat.
Spartak fired 24 points in the opening quarter to pull in front. They secured a 5-point lead after ten minutes. The visitors dominated in the second term. They held Stelmet Zielona Gora to 8 points in the period and registered a massive 48:27 halftime advantage. Stelmet ZG tried to revive the intrigue in this one after the big break. The hosts outscored Spartak but just cut the deficit by one point 47:67. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the final period as Spartak cruised to the victory at the end. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) delivered 16 points, while Zack Wright (195-G-85, college: Central Mo.) netted 13 points and issued 7 assists for the winners. Dejan Borovnjak (207-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) provided 17 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) netted 13 points in the defeat.

Stelmet ZG: Dejan Borovnjak 17, Walter Hodge 13
Spartak SP: Loukas Mavrokefalidis 19, Vladimir Dragicevic 16, Zack Wright 13



AZS Koszalin signs coach Zoran Sretenovic - by Greg

AZS Koszalin (TBL) signed 49-year old Serbian coach Zoran Sretenovic (agency: Promotex ). He will replace Teo Cizmic (agency: Alti Sport ). He coached most recently at SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd. (TBL). He helped them to win the supercup.
Sretenovic is quite experienced player. He has coached also professionally in Bosnia, France, Germany and Montenegro (Buducnost).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Capitanes get Verdejo: - by Marcos Carlo

Capitanes de Arecibo signed Jesus Verdejo (193-G-85, college: S.Florida) after he was released from Guayama.

Probably the number of guards there forced Guayama to release Verdejo. He did a good job from the bench replacing an unnefective Erick Rodriguez.

Last season Verdejo posted 7.97 points from the bench. In 2011 he averaged 12.87 points with Isabela. His defensive skills are also great.

Capitanes have other guards on their roster but they have two tournaments soon, the FIBA Americas League and then BSN. Consistent guard play is going to be important for them this year.



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EuroCup: Lokomotiv snatch win in Seville - by Eurobasket News

Cajasol - Lokomotiv 80:87

Lokomotiv Kuban celebrated a come-from-behind road win over Cajasol in EuroCup Last 16. Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) stepped up with 28 points to pace the visitors to the third straight win in Group K. Cajasol slipped at 0-3 record after the loss.
Cajasol led throughout the opening quarter. They clinched a 23:17 lead after ten minutes. The hosts kept Lokomotiv at bay in the second frame. They registered a 41:34 halftime lead. But Lokomotiv turned things around in the third term. The Russian powerhouse went on a 26:16 run in the quarter to surge ahead. The visitors led by three points heading into the fourth term. The Krasnodar team unleashed 27 points in the final ten minutes and celebrated a tough road win at the end. Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska) had 26 points and 9 rebounds for Lokomotiv. Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points for the winning team. Luka Bogdanovic (210-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 18 points for Cajasol. Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91) netted 14 points in defeat.

Cajasol: Luka Bogdanovic 18, Joan Sastre Morro 14
Lokomotiv: Derrick Brown 28, Aleks Maric 26, Mantas Kalnietis 15



EuroCup: Spartak SP overwhelm Stelmet ZG in Poland - by Eurobasket News

Stelmet Zielona Gora - Spartak Saint Petersburg 69:89

Spartak Saint Petersburg celebrated a comfortable road success over Stelmet ZG in the third round of EuroCup Last 16 round. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) came up with 19 points to lead Spartak to the second win in Group K. Stelmet ZG fell at 1-2 record after the defeat.
Spartak fired 24 points in the opening quarter to pull in front. They secured a 5-point lead after ten minutes. The visitors dominated in the second term. They held Stelmet Zielona Gora to 8 points in the period and registered a massive 48:27 halftime advantage. Stelmet ZG tried to revive the intrigue in this one after the big break. The hosts outscored Spartak but just cut the deficit by one point 47:67. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the final period as Spartak cruised to the victory at the end. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) delivered 16 points, while Zack Wright (195-G-85, college: Central Mo.) netted 13 points and issued 7 assists for the winners. Dejan Borovnjak (207-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) provided 17 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) netted 13 points in the defeat.

Stelmet ZG: Dejan Borovnjak 17, Walter Hodge 13
Spartak SP: Loukas Mavrokefalidis 19, Vladimir Dragicevic 16, Zack Wright 13



EuroCup: Banvit send Triumph to third straight loss - by Eurobasket News

Banvit - Triumph 86:79

Banvit registered the second win in EuroCup Last 16. They toppled Triumph at home court for 2-1 record in Group I. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) was a usual topscorer for the Turkish team with 26 points and 6 boards. Triumph suffered the third loss in a row at the tournament.
Banvit made sure they started the game strong. The Turkish team went on a 22:11 run in the opening ten minutes. Banvit kept Triumph at bay throughout the second term. The Turkish team piled up a 48:34 halftime lead. But the intrigue was not done for the night in this one. Triumph resurrected in the third term. The visitors triggered a 28:14 rally to claw their way back into the contest. The teams entered the final term tied at 62. Banvit however quickly returned the lead. The home team picked up the tempo as they unloaded 24 points in the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Kalin Lucas (185-PG-89, college: Michigan St.) posted 15 points, while Keith Simmons (196-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross) and Serkan Erdogan (190-G-78) chipped in 12 points each in the winning case. Tasmin Mitchell (201-F-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: LSU) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds for Triumph. Yuval Naimy (188-PG-85) had 20 points in the loss.

Banvit: Charles Davis 26, Kalin Lucas 15, Keith Simmons 12, Serkan Erdogan 12
Triumph: Tasmin Mitchell 22, Yuval Naimy 20



EuroCup: Unics prevail against Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News

Unics - Crvena Zvezda 78:59

Unics were back to winning ways in EuroCup Last 16 tonight. They toppled visiting Crvena Zvezda in Kazan to gain 2-1 record in Group L. Mire Chatman (187-PG-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) knocked down 20 points to pace the home team.
Crvena Zvezda dominated the opening stanza. The Serbian team held their opponents to 10 points in ten minutes and posted a 16:10 lead. But Unics adjusted their offence in the second frame. Shabalkin finally put the hosts in front 34:33 with a three-pointer. Unics hung on to eke out a 34:33 halftime lead. Unics gradually extended their lead in the third term. The Kazan outfit posted a 60:52 advantage at the final intermission. The hosts went on a 12:2 run in the fourth frame to clear off for good. Chuck Eidson (203-F-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Carolina) delivered 16 points, while Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) added 11 points for the home team. Elton Brown (206-C-83, college: Virginia) answered with 13 points for Crvena Zvezda. DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85, college: Duke) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Unics: Mire Chatman 20, Chuck Eidson 16, Kostas Kaimakoglou 11
Crvena Zvezda: Elton Brown 13, DeMarcus Nelson 12



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Rocks blow Sharks out of water - by Eurobasket News

Glasgow Rocks 85 (21, 46, 68) (Ringgold 18, Fantazia 17, Murray 13)
One Health Sharks Sheffield 65 (23, 34, 46) (Williams 16, Holmes 13, Tuck 10)

Glasgow Rocks beat One Health Sharks Sheffield 85-65 Sunday afternoon to retain fifth spot in the BBL Championship table. The victory is Rocks fourth in their last five games and keeps them fifth with 22 points from 19 games, just ahead of Worcester Wolves, who have two less points but a game in hand following their win at Durham Wildcats. Sharks meanwhile remain in the final BBL Playoffs spot, sitting eighth in the table with 14 points from 19 games.

The teams appeared closely matched in the first quarter, as they fought a tight opening quarter that featured a total of seven lead changes with neither side able to take a lead of more than 4 points and that pattern continued in the second half until Mike Ringgold (200-F-87, college: Rider)s putback midway through the quarter changed the lead-holder for the tenth and final time. That started a run which saw Rocks prevent Sharks from making a field goal attempt as they outscored them 16-3 for the rest of the quarter, to take a 46-34 lead into half-time.

They maintained that momentum after the break, extending the run to 24-5, ending the run with a pair of 3-pointers scored by Brice Fantazia (193-G-85, college: Culver Stockton) and EJ Harrison that put them up 54-36 with 3 minutes of the quarter played. Baskets scored by Mike Tuck and Demetrius Jemison closed the gap a little before Rocks went on a 7-0 run and further extend the lead out to 61-40 with 3:32 to play in the quarter. Sharks BJ Holmes assisted on an Andrew Bridge trey then scored one of his own to twice bring Sharks back to within 18 points before the Rocks pulled back ahead, leading 68-46 at the end of the quarter.

In the final quarter, a spell that saw Sharks block 2 Rocks shots and also steal the ball off them led to a 7-0 mini-run, pulling them back to with 15 points at 68-53. But Rocks immediately hit back with a 7-0 run of their own as Fantazia made a three-pointer and 2 assists to go back in front 75-53.

Rocks Mike Ringgold led all scorers with 18 points, scoring all of his points from the field where he made 9/10 attempts, and also had 10 rebounds. His teammate Andrew Wedemire also had 10 rebounds as well as 3 steals. Brice Fantazia finished with 17 points, including 9 from long range and 8 assists. For Sharks, their scorers were led by Micah Williams with 16 points, while BJ Holmes scored 13.
Courtesy of: http://www.glasgowrocks.co.uk



Brice makes Team of the Week - by Eurobasket News

Congratulations to Brice Fantazia (193-G-85, college: Culver Stockton) for making the BBL Team of the Week starting five this week after his performance against the Sharks on Sunday!

Heres what the BBL had to say about his inclusion:

Its a debut appearance in our line-up for the Rocks guard after he posted his best performance of what is now his second stint with the Scottish club last weekend. Fantazia was certainly the main man against One Health Sharks Sheffield and helped the Rocks take a victory with a nicely balanced and efficient inside-outside scoring pattern which helped him harvest 17 points. He also added five rebounds, but his most impressive contribution was to dish up an excellent eight assists to his grateful team-mates.

Although it was a great team effort, Brice was instrumental in making the team tick and the honour is much deserved.
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EuroCup: Unics prevail against Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News

Unics - Crvena Zvezda 78:59

Unics were back to winning ways in EuroCup Last 16 tonight. They toppled visiting Crvena Zvezda in Kazan to gain 2-1 record in Group L. Mire Chatman (187-PG-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) knocked down 20 points to pace the home team.
Crvena Zvezda dominated the opening stanza. The Serbian team held their opponents to 10 points in ten minutes and posted a 16:10 lead. But Unics adjusted their offence in the second frame. Shabalkin finally put the hosts in front 34:33 with a three-pointer. Unics hung on to eke out a 34:33 halftime lead. Unics gradually extended their lead in the third term. The Kazan outfit posted a 60:52 advantage at the final intermission. The hosts went on a 12:2 run in the fourth frame to clear off for good. Chuck Eidson (203-F-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Carolina) delivered 16 points, while Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) added 11 points for the home team. Elton Brown (206-C-83, college: Virginia) answered with 13 points for Crvena Zvezda. DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85, college: Duke) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Unics: Mire Chatman 20, Chuck Eidson 16, Kostas Kaimakoglou 11
Crvena Zvezda: Elton Brown 13, DeMarcus Nelson 12



Filip Covic signs at Vojvodina S Gas - by Eurobasket News

Vojvodina Srbijagas Novi Sad (1Liga) landed 24-year old point guard Filip Covic (178-89, agency: Beo Basket). He played recently at Crvena Zvezda (A League). In three Adriatic League games this season he averaged 4.0ppg.
Among other achievements Covic played in the final of Serbian League in 2012. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention award in 2011. Covic represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) four years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 9.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.2apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 30.8%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 81.3%.
Covic has played previously for another Serbian team FMP II Beograd.
His game is described as: A very fast point guard can play both positions (shooting guard too), very good defender. He watches the court with easiness and can find the free player to give the pass. His moves are "silky" and at the same time he has a great drive into the basket (penetration). Even though is quite "short" for his age he is always jumping for a rebound as he has a really great jump. Very good in one on one, he can easily pass by a much taller player. His weak point apart from his height is his shots as he has to improve on that in order to cover his height weakness. His strong point though, is that is a leader in the team, very good ball handler and team player too, he can sacrifice his scoring abilities for the teams sake. Eurobasket.com predicts that if Filip gains at least 8 cm will have a great career in the European courts, otherwise he will face many difficulties.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @MiskoRaznatovic)



Filip Covic signs at Vojvodina S Gas - by Eurobasket News

Vojvodina Srbijagas Novi Sad (1Liga) landed 24-year old point guard Filip Covic (178-89, agency: Beo Basket). He played recently at Crvena Zvezda (A League). In three Adriatic League games this season he averaged 4.0ppg.
Among other achievements Covic played in the final of Serbian League in 2012. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention award in 2011. Covic represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) four years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 9.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.2apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 30.8%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 81.3%.
Covic has played previously for another Serbian team FMP II Beograd.
His game is described as: A very fast point guard can play both positions (shooting guard too), very good defender. He watches the court with easiness and can find the free player to give the pass. His moves are "silky" and at the same time he has a great drive into the basket (penetration). Even though is quite "short" for his age he is always jumping for a rebound as he has a really great jump. Very good in one on one, he can easily pass by a much taller player. His weak point apart from his height is his shots as he has to improve on that in order to cover his height weakness. His strong point though, is that is a leader in the team, very good ball handler and team player too, he can sacrifice his scoring abilities for the teams sake. Eurobasket.com predicts that if Filip gains at least 8 cm will have a great career in the European courts, otherwise he will face many difficulties.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @MiskoRaznatovic)



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Standings - D1

Extraliga Standings
 1. Komarno 17-5 
 2. Levice 16-6 
 3. Nitra 14-9 
 4. Nova Ves 12-11 
 5. Prievidza 10-11 
 6. B.Bystrica 10-12 
 7. Inter Bratislava 10-13 
 8. Handlova 6-15 
 9. Svit 5-18 

Regular Season: Round 25

Jan. 23: B.Bystrica - Nitra 94-82
Jan. 23: Inter Bratislava - Nova Ves 87-92 OT
Jan. 23: Handlova - Komarno 82-91
Jan. 23: Svit - Levice 81-84

Regular Season: Round 26

Jan. 26: Prievidza - B.Bystrica
Jan. 26: Nitra - Svit
Jan. 26: Levice - Inter Bratislava
Jan. 26: Nova Ves - Handlova


Extraliga Round 25 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Inter Bratislava (#6) forced the game against Nova Ves (#4) into an overtime, but lost by five points 87-92 on Wednesday night. The game took place in Bratislava. But the guests from Nova Ves were better at the end. Maurice Acker stepped up with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 assists for the winners. Inter Bratislava's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Nova Ves maintains fourth place with 12-11 record. Inter Bratislava at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 13 games lost. Nova Ves will face Handlova (#8) at home in the next round. Inter Bratislava will play against the league's second-placed Levice.

B.Bystrica - Nitra 94-82

There was an upset when 3rd placed Nitra (14-9) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked SKP Banska Bystrica (10-12) 94-82 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by SKP Banska Bystrica. Nitra was better in second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for SKP Banska Bystrica especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. Croatian guard Sven Smajlagic (193-90) stepped up and scored 20 points for the winners and American guard Enique Clemons (180-80, college: Missouri) chipped in 7 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Four SKP Banska Bystrica players scored in double figures. SKP Banska Bystrica's coach Ivan Kurilla used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American point guard Deremy Geiger (180-90, college: Idaho) responded with 24 points and Bahamas guard J.R. Cadot (195-87, college: TCU) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. SKP Banska Bystrica moved-up to sixth place. Nitra at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. SKP Banska Bystrica will face higher ranked Prievidza (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Nitra will play against Svit.
Top scorers:
Nitra: D.Geiger 24+4reb+3ast, J.Cadot 18+5reb+2ast, M.Kovacevic 12+3reb+1ast, A.McClain 9+6reb, J.Hasan 8+6reb+1ast, B.Tomek 6+5reb+1ast
B.Bystrica: S.Smajlagic 20+2reb+2ast, S.Gavran 16+2reb+2ast, M.Rendla 13+4reb+1ast, P.Dorazil 12+8reb+1ast, S.Jankovic 9+4reb+1ast, N.Dahlman 9+2reb+1ast
gschID: 195178


Svit - Levice 81-84

Very predictable result when second ranked Levice (16-6) edged on the road bottom-ranked Svit (5-18) 84-81 on Wednesday. Svit was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Willie Kemp (188-87, college: Memphis) stepped up and scored 20 points and 5 assists for the winners and guard Brandon Fields (193-88, college: Nevada) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists. Five Levice players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Ravone George (193-83, college: Alabama) responded with 24 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Sean Smith (201-85, college: N.Illinois) scored 18 points. Levice have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 16-6 record behind leader Komarno. Svit at the other side stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. Levice will face Inter Bratislava (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Svit will play against Nitra in Nitra.
Top scorers:
Svit: R.George 24+6reb+2ast, S.Smith 18+4reb, T.McNeal 10+6reb+2ast, L.Grimes 7+2reb+4ast, E.Znanec 7+3reb, J.Boyer 5+3reb
Levice: W.Kemp 20+3reb+5ast, B.Fields 19+4reb+4ast, J.Simmons 14+5reb+1ast, R.Nuber 11+6reb, S.Nuhanovic 10+8reb, T.Mrvis 6+3reb
gschID: 195177


Inter Bratislava - Nova Ves 87-92 OT

Inter Bratislava (#6) forced the game against Nova Ves (#4) into an overtime, but lost by five points 87-92 on Wednesday night. The game took place in Bratislava. But the guests from Nova Ves were better at the end. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime then Inter Bratislava managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Nova Ves who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 17-12. They made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. American point guard Maurice Acker (178-87, college: Marquette) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 assists for the winners and Serbian power forward Aco Mandic (204-84) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side the former international power forward Martin Rancik (204-78, college: Iowa St.) responded with 23 points and 8 rebounds and American guard David Kyles (190-89, college: Wichita St.) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Five Nova Ves and four Inter Bratislava players scored in double figures. Inter Bratislava's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Nova Ves maintains fourth place with 12-11 record. Inter Bratislava at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 13 games lost. Nova Ves will face Handlova (#8) at home in the next round. Inter Bratislava will play against the league's second-placed Levice.
Top scorers:
Inter Bratislava: M.Rancik 23+8reb+3ast, D.Kyles 18+5reb+3ast, P.Sedmak 17+4reb, N.Milosevic 11+3reb+5ast, J.Graham 7+7reb+3ast, R.Urland 5
Nova Ves: M.Acker 31+3reb+11ast, A.Mandic 19+8reb+2ast, S.Baldovsky 13+6reb+1ast, D.Burke 13+9reb+1ast, V.Hovanak 12+7reb+2ast, S.Becarik 3+2reb
gschID: 195176


Handlova - Komarno 82-91

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked Handlova (6-15) was defeated at home by first ranked Komarno (17-5) 91-82 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Komarno led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Komarno outrebounded Handlova 49-34 including a 35-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Handlova was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Kevin Thompson (205-89, college: Morgan St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 19 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import point guard Chris Lowe (182-87, college: Massachusetts, agency: KMG Sports Management) chipped in 13 points and 7 assists. Five Komarno players scored in double figures. At the losing side American center Zack Crimmins (213-89, college: Columbia) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds and international Roman Vido (204-88) scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. Komarno maintains first place with 17-5 record. Handlova lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 15 games lost. Komarno will have a break next round. Handlova will play on the road against Nova Ves (#4).
Top scorers:
Handlova: Z.Crimmins 26+10reb+1ast, R.Vido 22+9reb, O.Haviar 14+2reb+8ast, M.Golian 6+3reb+3ast, C.Payton 6+6reb+1ast, W.Dunston 3+2reb+1ast
Komarno: K.Thompson 21+19reb+1ast, O.Soska 16+6reb, C.Lowe 13+3reb+7ast, A.Stevens 11+10reb, M.Bilik 10+4reb+2ast, V.Simpson 9+2reb+1ast
gschID: 195175



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Hopsi lands fourth new player - by Zeljko Zule

One month after bringing aboard a new coach Bostjan Kuhar , bottom placed Hopsi has added to its roster fourth player by signing Mirko Mulalic (195-F-88). He arrives from Grosuplje, for whom he averaged 5.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in just Telemach League games this season. Mulalic joins guards Danijel Vujasinovic (180-G-89) and Hugh Robertson (198-G-89, college: S.Florida) and former national team member Goran Jagodnik (203-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) as the newest additions to Bostjan Kuhar 's team.


Air Avellino inks Jaka Lakovic - by Eurobasket News

Sidigas Avellino (SerieA) signed 35-year old Slovenian ex-international guard Jaka Lakovic (186-78). He just played at Galatasaray in Turkish TBL league. But in 5 games this year he had only 1.6ppg. Lakovic also played 4 games in Eurocup where he recorded 3.3ppg and 1.3apg. The last season he played also at Galatasaray (TBL) in Turkey. In 35 games last year he recorded 10.5ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.9apg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Turkish League All-Bosmans Team and to the All-Star Game. Lakovic also played 19 games in Euroleague where he recorded 9.9ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.7apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won Spanish ACB championship title in 2011. Lakovic was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Bosman Player of the Year 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. Its very possible he may end his playing career at Air Avellino.
Lakovic could be described: 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 @trendbasket)



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Somalia routs Burundi and faces Rwanda in the semis - by Kristian Santiago

Somalia's Faisal Aden (193-G-89, college: Washington St.) netted 32 points and pulled seven boards to clinch the semi-final ticket for his country. Barstow Community College's Abdi Faras (203) added another 28 and 9 in the 98-80 rout while Yusuf Qaafow (190-G-87) chipped in 12 for the unbeaten newcomers who are facing Rwanda in their next match-up for the Zone 5 crown.
Rwanda emerged as winners out of their game against the hosts from Tanzania, whom they beat 70-56 behind 28 points by Kenny Wilson (193-G-84, college: Boise St.) and 24 points of Brad Cameron (193-G), their U.S. American imports.
Egypt edged Uganda 80-67 to finish its group on top. They are going against Kenya in the other semi-final game and the Pharaohs are the team to beat in this tourney.



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Luis Flores became Guaiqueri - by Wolfgang Lucena

Former NBA guard Luis Flores (188-G-81, college: Manhattan) will arrive tomorrow Thursday, January 24, 2013 in Venezuela to join Los Guaiqueries de Margarita. The Tribe has been moving its local pieces in order to create a solid situation for both defense and offense system towards the 2013 season of the Professional Basketball league of Venezuela. Luis Flores drafted in the year of 2004 by Houston Rockets, signed in September 2004 at Golden State Warriors then in 2005 he was traded to Denver Nuggets.

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Albert Moncasi leaves Alicante, joins Andorra - by Natxo Mendaza

Only a few days after Lucentum Alicante announced the departure of Spanish center Albert Moncasi (209-C-86), his new destination has been revealed. According to the press office of LEB Gold member B.C. River Andorra. Moncasi will join the team with a 1-month temporary contract to expire on February, 21th. Despite of signing with former ACB member Lucentum Alicante this summer, Moncasi had no minutes and has remained playingless so far. Now he will try to prove himself in Andorra, currently leading the LEB Gold standings together with Autocid Burgos.


Planasa Navarra inks Adrian Fuentes - by Eurobasket News

Planasa Navarra (LEB Gold) signed 26-year old domestic point guard Adrian Fuentes (183-87). He just played at Lobe Huesca (LEB Gold). In 13 games this season he had 8.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4spg. The last season Fuentes played at Iberostar Canarias Tenerife. In 32 LEB Gold games last year he recorded only 2.7ppg and 1.1rpg. He helped them to win the league title.
The previous (10-11) season Fuentes played at Palencia Baloncesto. In 28 LEB Gold games that season he recorded 3.6ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg.
He has played previously for three other Spain teams: Blusens Monbus, Unicaja II Malaga and Clinicas Rincon.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Planasa Navarra inks Adrian Fuentes - by Eurobasket News

Planasa Navarra (LEB Gold) signed 26-year old domestic point guard Adrian Fuentes (183-87). He just played at Lobe Huesca (LEB Gold). In 13 games this season he had 8.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4spg. The last season Fuentes played at Iberostar Canarias Tenerife. In 32 LEB Gold games last year he recorded only 2.7ppg and 1.1rpg. He helped them to win the league title.
The previous (10-11) season Fuentes played at Palencia Baloncesto. In 28 LEB Gold games that season he recorded 3.6ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg.
He has played previously for three other Spain teams: Blusens Monbus, Unicaja II Malaga and Clinicas Rincon.

By Eurobasket Data Center



EuroCup: Lokomotiv snatch win in Seville - by Eurobasket News

Cajasol - Lokomotiv 80:87

Lokomotiv Kuban celebrated a come-from-behind road win over Cajasol in EuroCup Last 16. Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) stepped up with 28 points to pace the visitors to the third straight win in Group K. Cajasol slipped at 0-3 record after the loss.
Cajasol led throughout the opening quarter. They clinched a 23:17 lead after ten minutes. The hosts kept Lokomotiv at bay in the second frame. They registered a 41:34 halftime lead. But Lokomotiv turned things around in the third term. The Russian powerhouse went on a 26:16 run in the quarter to surge ahead. The visitors led by three points heading into the fourth term. The Krasnodar team unleashed 27 points in the final ten minutes and celebrated a tough road win at the end. Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska) had 26 points and 9 rebounds for Lokomotiv. Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points for the winning team. Luka Bogdanovic (210-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 18 points for Cajasol. Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91) netted 14 points in defeat.

Cajasol: Luka Bogdanovic 18, Joan Sastre Morro 14
Lokomotiv: Derrick Brown 28, Aleks Maric 26, Mantas Kalnietis 15



Pau Gasol selected the top Spaniard playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international power forward Pau Gasol (213-80, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Los Angeles Lakers (17-24) in their last game. Despite Gasol's very good performance the Los Angeles Lakers lost 103-108 on the road to the Toronto Raptors. He was the second best scorer with 25 points. Gasol also added 5 rebounds in 33 minutes on the court. It was Lakers' third consecutive loss in a row. It's Gasol's fifth season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Gasol averages: 12.7ppg, 8.3rpg, 3.7apg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 44.5%, 3FGP: 28.0% and FT: 75.8% in the 28 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Marc Gasol (216-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). Gasol was the major contributor in a Memphis Grizzlies' victory against the Sacramento Kings (16-26) 85-69 in the NBA last Friday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 10 rebounds. Gasol also added 3 blocks (made all of his six free throws). The Memphis Grizzlies have a solid 26-14 record this season. Gasol is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Grizzlies' roster. This season he has very high stats. Gasol averages: 13.3ppg, 7.5rpg, 3.5apg, 1.8bpg, 2FGP: 48.6% and FT: 87.5%. He is in the roster of the Spanish senior national team.

Serge Ibaka
Serge Ibaka
   #3. The Spanish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Serge Ibaka (208-89, currently plays in NBA). Ibaka led Oklahoma City Thunder to a victory against the Los Angeles Clippers (32-11) 109-97 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. He scored 17 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists. The Oklahoma City Thunder has a very good 33-9 record this season. This year Ibaka has very high stats. He averages: 14.1ppg, 8.4rpg, 2.8bpg, 2FGP: 57.2%(230-402), 3FGP: 34.8% and FT: 76.7%. Ibaka has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Spanish. Ex-C.B. L'Hospitalet player is also a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Jose Manuel Calderon
Jose Manuel Calderon
   #4. Point guard Jose Manuel Calderon (192-81, currently plays in NBA) faced previously mentioned Pau Gasol in the NBA last game. Calderon led Toronto Raptors to a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers (17-24) 108-103. He was MVP of the game. Calderon scored 22 points and added 9 assists in 30 minutes. Calderon has been at the team for eight years. He has relatively good stats this season: 11.0ppg, 2.4rpg and 7.6apg in the 41 games. Calderon is also Spanish national team player.

Ricky Rubio
Ricky Rubio
   #5. Former international guard Ricky Rubio (192-90, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Minnesota Timberwolves' victory against the Houston Rockets (22-21) 92-79 in the NBA last Saturday. Rubio scored 7 points and added 6 passes. The Minnesota Timberwolves have 17-21 record this season. Rubio's overall stats this year are: 4.2ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.9apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Spanish national team two years ago.

Victor Claver
Victor Claver
   #6. Power forward Victor Claver (207-88, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Portland Trail Blazers (20-21) in their game against the Washington Wizards (9-30) in the NBA. Claver cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points. The Portland Trail Blazers were edged 98-95 in Washington by the Wizards. It was Trail Blazers' sixth consecutive loss in a row. It's Claver's first season with the team. Claver's overall stats this year are: 2.4ppg and 1.9rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Spanish National Team roster.

Miguel Ortega
Miguel Ortega
   #7. Former U18 international point guard Miguel Ortega (188-91, currently plays in Denmark) helped Randers win their game against the league outsider Aalborg (1-16) 100-85 in the Danish Ligaen on Thursday night. Ortega recorded 18 points, 6 assists and 4 steals in 37 minutes. Randers Cimbria Basketball (8-11) is placed sixth in the Ligaen. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Ortega belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #2 with 7.0apg. This year his other stats are: 14.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.0spg in the 19 games. Ortega used to play for the Spanish U18 national team four years ago.

Albert Miralles
Albert Miralles
   #8. Center Albert Miralles (208-82, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to secure a victory for ALBA Berlin (0-4) in their game against Panathinaikos (3-1) in the Euroleague. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Miralles recorded only 2 points. The eighth-placed ALBA Berlin was defeated 79-73 in Athens by the higher-ranked Panathinaikos (#4) in the group E of Euroleague. So far ALBA Berlin lost all four games in the Top 16. Miralles' overall stats this season are: 6.1ppg and 4.1rpg. He used to play for the Spanish national team back in 2005.

Daniel Munoz
Daniel Munoz
   #9. Former U17 international point guard Daniel Munoz (183-87, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the American (1-2) in their last game. Despite Munoz's good performance the American lost 57-63 at home to the Lehigh University. He recorded 13 points and added 7 assists in 36 minutes. Munoz plays fourth season for the team. This year Munoz's overall stats are: 6.1ppg and 4.1rpg in the 14 games. He used to play for the Spanish U17 national team ten years ago.

Salvador Camps
Salvador Camps
   #10. Point guard Salvador Camps (178-79, currently plays in Ireland) couldn't help Moycullen (4-9) in their game against B.Gais Neptune (10-5) in the Irish Superleague. Camps scored 5 points and added 6 passes in 13 minutes. Moycullen lost 74-89 in Cork to the higher-ranked (#3) B.Gais Neptune. It was Moycullen's third consecutive loss in a row. Camps is currently second on the list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (first place). This year his total stats are: 10.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 7.4apg and 2.8spg in the eight games. Camps is a former international player as twelve years ago he still played for the Spanish senior national team.

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

   #1. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA) led San Antonio Spurs to a victory against the Golden State Warriors (25-15) 95-88 in the NBA on Friday night. Splitter recorded 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 36 minutes. 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 and 1.3apg in the 44 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish.

   #2. Caio Silveira (211-C-87, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Brazil) was the major contributor in Flamengo's victory against the 11th-ranked Minas (7-8) 105-90 in the Brazilian NBB on Monday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 14 rebounds. Silveira also added 3 assists. Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (6-0) is placed first in the NBB. So far his team won all six games in the Regular Season. This season Silveira has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg and 6.4rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Spanish and Brazilian.

   #3. Experienced Luis Scola (206-F/C-80, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not 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. It's Scola's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Scola averages: 13.1ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.4apg in the 41 games. He has both Argentinian and Spanish nationalities.

   #4. Arnette Hallman (199-F-88, currently plays in Portugal), who plays in the Portuguese LPB was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Academica (8-4) in their last game. Despite Hallman's very good performance Academica was edged 66-63 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Ovarense. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds. Hallman also added 3 assists and 4 steals in 40 minutes. Hallman is currently first on the league's list of best rebounders with 12.5rpg. This year his other stats are: 15.5ppg, 2.8apg and 1.8spg in the 12 games. Hallman is a naturalized American. He used to play for Estudiantes de Lugo in Spanish league.

   #5. Aigars Skele (192-F-92, currently plays in Latvia) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Turiba (5-14) crushing them 98-68 in the Latvian LBL in Thursday night's game. Skele recorded 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. BK Barons Kvartals Riga (12-7) is placed first in the LBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Skele's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 5.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.7apg.

   #6. Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85, currently plays in Uruguay), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB was not able to secure a victory for Hebraica (0-2) in their last game. Despite Barrera's good performance the eighth-placed Hebraica lost 71-82 in a derby game to the higher-ranked (#3) Union Atletica in the Serie 1. He recorded 10 points, 9 assists and 4 steals in 38 minutes. Barrera is ranked first on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has very reliable stats this year: 13.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 7.3apg and 2.0spg in the 31 games. Barrera also holds two passports: Spanish and Uruguayan.

   #7. Omar Quintero (183-PG-81, college: S.Nazarene, currently plays in Mexico), who plays in the Mexican LNBP (second division) couldn't help Huracanes (22-18) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Huracanes was defeated 88-80 in Guanajuato by the lower-ranked Abejas (#9). Quintero was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 4 rebounds (made all of his six free throws). This season Quintero has relatively solid stats: 13.7ppg, 3.9rpg and 4.4apg. He has Spanish and Mexican nationalities.

   #8. Jose Manuel Coego (204-C/F-78, currently plays in Portugal) led CAB Madeira to a victory over the eighth-ranked Lusitania crushing them 90-64 in the Portuguese LPB in Friday night's game. Coego was the best player in that game. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. This year Coego has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg and 5.0rpg in the 12 games.

   #9. Jorge Calvo (190-G-87, currently plays in United Kingdom) managed to help Jelson Homes DMU Leicester City Riders to win against the closely-ranked Surrey Heat crushing them 88-58 in the British BBL last Sunday. He scored 5 points, grabbed 4 boards, dished 12 assists and stole 6 balls. Calvo's overall stats this season are: 4.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.9apg and 1.6spg.

   #10. Juan Ignacio Sanchez (192-G-77, college: Temple, currently plays in Argentina) contributed to Wuber-Est.Bahia's victory against the seventh-ranked Boca Juniors 75-61 in the Argentinian LigaA on Wednesday night. He scored 13 points and added 6 assists in 21 minutes. This year Sanchez's overall stats are: 5.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.8apg in the six games. He has Spanish and Argentinian nationalities.



EuroCup: Bilbao breeze past Valencia - by Eurobasket News

Bilbao - Valencia 91:76

Bilbao Basket knocked down Valencia for the first win in EuroCup Last 16. Nikolaos Zisis (197-G-83), Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85), Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) and Raul Lopez (183-PG-80) scored 14 points each to pace well-balanced effort from the Basque team.
Bilbao were coming off back-to-back EuroCup losses and desperately needed victory to stay in the title race. They started the game aggressively. Bilbao recorded a 23:16 lead after ten minutes of action. Valencia though responded with a high-flying second quarter. The visitors exploded with 28 points in the next ten minutes to secure a 44:41 halftime lead. Bilbao tipped off the second half with 9 points in a row to take a 50:44 lead. They completed a 13:2 run at the start of the quarter to make it 54:46. Bilbao raced to a 66:56 advantage before the fourth term. Valencia were able to narrow the gap at 6-point mark midway through the fourth term. But Bilbao quickly stretched the margin back to double digits and never looked back en route to the win. Vasiliadis notched 9 points for the winners. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) answered with 20 points for Valencia. Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Bilbao: Nikolaos Zisis 14, Milovan Rakovic 14, Alex Mumbru 14, Raul Lopez 14
Valencia: Thomas Kelati 20, Bojan Dubljevic 13



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

40-year old point guard Terell Castle (182-PG-72, agency: Court Side) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Eco Orebro and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
He got a double-double of 28 points and 12 assists, while his team beat Eagles (5-18) 93-79. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Eco Orebro maintains the 11th position in Swedish league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 18 games and recorded just five victories. In the team's last game Castle had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Eco Orebro's top player in his first season with the team. Nicholls State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Castle is in league's top in points (8th best: 16.5ppg) and assists (2nd best: 5.5apg).

Second best performed player last round was Keith Wright (203-F-89) of league's second-best Uppsala. He is American forward in his first season at Uppsala. In the last game Wright recorded impressive 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead Uppsala to another comfortable win 91-76 over the lower-ranked Nassjo (#12, 3-20) being unquestionably team leader. Uppsala's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 17-6 record is not bad at all. Wright is a newcomer at Uppsala and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Kodi Augustus (203-F-87, agency: Two Points) of 08 (#7). Augustus scored 24 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Augustus' great performance 08 lost 80-91 to the higher-ranked Boras (#3, 16-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of 08 ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Augustus could help 08 to bring them higher in the standings. Augustus has a very solid season. In 19 games in Sweden he scored 15.8ppg. He also has 4.8rpg, 1.8bpg, FGP: 54.9% and 3PT: 42.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kelvin Lewis (195-G-88) of Solna - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Axel Nordstrom (193-G-91) of Uppsala - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Thomas Jackson (175-PG-80) of Uppsala - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. William Magarity (210-PF-93) of Eco Orebro - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Michael Palm (209-C-79) of Boras - 20 points and 8 rebounds
9. Christopher McKnight (201-F-87) of Boras - 16 points and 9 rebounds
10. Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F-82) of Sundsvall - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 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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EuroCup: Banvit send Triumph to third straight loss - by Eurobasket News

Banvit - Triumph 86:79

Banvit registered the second win in EuroCup Last 16. They toppled Triumph at home court for 2-1 record in Group I. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) was a usual topscorer for the Turkish team with 26 points and 6 boards. Triumph suffered the third loss in a row at the tournament.
Banvit made sure they started the game strong. The Turkish team went on a 22:11 run in the opening ten minutes. Banvit kept Triumph at bay throughout the second term. The Turkish team piled up a 48:34 halftime lead. But the intrigue was not done for the night in this one. Triumph resurrected in the third term. The visitors triggered a 28:14 rally to claw their way back into the contest. The teams entered the final term tied at 62. Banvit however quickly returned the lead. The home team picked up the tempo as they unloaded 24 points in the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Kalin Lucas (185-PG-89, college: Michigan St.) posted 15 points, while Keith Simmons (196-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross) and Serkan Erdogan (190-G-78) chipped in 12 points each in the winning case. Tasmin Mitchell (201-F-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: LSU) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds for Triumph. Yuval Naimy (188-PG-85) had 20 points in the loss.

Banvit: Charles Davis 26, Kalin Lucas 15, Keith Simmons 12, Serkan Erdogan 12
Triumph: Tasmin Mitchell 22, Yuval Naimy 20



Dwight Hardy may be added to Hacettepe roster - by Eurobasket News

Hacettepe University (TBL) is close to ink 26-year old American (has also Congolese passport) point guard Dwight Hardy (188-89kg-87, college: St.Johns) who currently plays Sidigas Avellino in Italy. In 6 SerieA games this season he averaged 7.8ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg. The last season Hardy played at Tuscany Pistoia (Lega2) in Italian Lega2. In 41 games last year he was second best scorer with impressive 22.2ppg and recorded 3.1rpg, 2.2apg and 1.9spg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.
Among other achievements Hardy won ICCAC championship title in 2009. He received also All-Big East Most Improved Player of the Year award in 2011 at his college time.
Hardy graduated from St.Johns University in 2011 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: A talented guard with great scoring skills and the typical personality of the NY players. Loves to shot and can earn lots of fouls, in his first professional season he showed a great leadership and team mentality that could grant him a bright career.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Duncan's Future: Customizing Cars - by David Edole

Ken Rodriguez
Down the road from the Spurs practice facility, less than a mile away, Tim Duncan (211-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) is walking into his future: a garage filled with muscle cars, American classics and customized trucks.

In one corner is a vintage Monte Carlo SS, sleek, white, hoodless. Across the way, a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited rests on a lift, a wheeless, black beauty. Next to it sits a Pontiac GTO, a shiny green classic.

Duncan approaches a 1968 Camaro, all black with hideaway lights. He peers under the hood. Staring back is an LS6 supercharged engine with a Magnuson Supercharger. The vision elicits rarely seen emotion. Big engines in small cars rev Duncans inner motor.

This is one snapshot of Duncan in retirement. There is another: Duncan sliding under a chassis, tools in hand, going to work on wheels and suspensions.

Ill be living here, he says. Absolutely.

The garage is the guts of Duncans new car customization business, BlackJack Speed Shop, on Huebner Road. The shop provides wheels and tires, performance upgrades, lower or lift kits, a range of accessories. It was to have a soft opening on Dec. 3 and a hard opening later. But business boomed faster than expected.

Weve had a full house since the second week, says shop operations director Jason Pena.

Duncan, an avid car enthusiast, and Pena, an expert on all things auto, formed a partnership after years of talking and dreaming. Duncan wanted to turn a hobby into a business, and he knew just the place to open shop.

On the way to practice every day, I saw this building, Duncan explains. I said to myself, Id love if that would be available. That would be the perfect place. It would be on my side of town where I live. Itd be close to practice. Itd be easily accessible for me.

The dream idled until the NBA lockout in 2011. The uncertainty of its end wore on Duncan. The non-activity made him think about life after basketball.

The lockout was a realization of the amount of time Im gonna have once Im done playing, he says, breaking into a laugh. So I got a small glimpse into that. I knew I had to have something to spend my time doing. Something that was going to be fun. This is it.

Discussions with Pena accelerated. Then Pena phoned with news: The building is available if you want to grab it.

Duncan grabbed it. That started the process, he says. Jason and I got together and figured out a name, how we wanted the place to look, and went from there. It took a lot more than I thought it would to put everything together.

No one in Duncans native St. Croix saw this venture coming. He didnt get his drivers license until his second year at Wake Forest. He didnt own his first car until he was a senior. On the island, I had friends that took me everywhere, Duncan says. I didnt have anywhere to be and no, I didnt really care about having a car.

He credits car movies for his fascination with speed and horsepower. One favorite is Gone in 60 Seconds, starring Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie and Robert Duvall. The top-grossing film on the weekend it opened in 2000, Gone in 60 Seconds spins the story of a master car thief (Cage) forced to steal 50 vehicles in 72 hours to appease a British crime boss. The film also featured a 1967 Custom Fastback Mustang, trademarked as Eleanor, which Hot Rod magazine cited as the 19th most influential vehicle in hot rodding history.

On top of already being a car guy, Duncan says, that kind of thrusted me to another level of liking cars.

Conspicuously absent from BlackJack Speed Shop is the owners name. Duncan thought blackjack -- like the card game -- would capture the essence, if not the excitement of the business. Pena added Speed Shop as a tribute to the roots of hot rodding, and a name was born.

Dont expect Duncan to be a hands-off owner. I would imagine, Pena says, we wont have to wait until he retires to get his hands dirty. Im sure in the summer, hell have some projects he wants to work on.

Its one thing to imagine Duncan under a chassis. Its another to imagine the bigger plan: building a car. Its always been a discussion, Pena says. We want to make sure the business is running efficiently first. But I could see him transitioning into doing a full build, probably for himself.

Penas partner nods. I want to learn as much as I can about cars, Duncan says. I want to sit back and do work on my own cars.

He looks around the shop. Im proud of how it turned out, Duncan says. We had a vision of how we wanted it to look, how we wanted it to feel. When I walk in the door, it is exactly to a T what we wanted.

Its a fun atmosphere. A fun place to come visit. Whatever you want, from mild to wild, we can do it all and have fun doing it.



Reflections from MLK Tournament...VARSITY BASKETBALL - by David Edole

ST. CROIX --What just happened? That is a statement the Ivanna Eudora Kean Devil Ray fans were saying after Sekayi Petersens buzzer beater lifting Charlotte Amalie over their long time rival. The Buzzer beater also signaled to the Hawks faithful that these Rays are no push overs. After enjoying wall to wall basketball action I have come to the conclusion that we on St. Croix need to get it together. I know Hovensa has sent many of our talent all over the place but we are a Mecca for basketball.
The Martin Luther King Basketball Tournament taught me a lot, Sekayi Petersen and Stephaun Adams are light years ahead of everyone else. The duo put on a show in their first meeting with Sekayi putting in 25 in a win over Adams, who had 27, and the Devil Rays.
The Rankings after the MLK goes something like this:

1) Charlotte Amalie: Jmoi Smith (G, 5-10, Sr.), Sekayi Petersen (G/F, 6-0, Sr.), Elijah Arnold (G, 6-1, Sr.), Dominic Purpura (F, 6-3, Sr.), Devontee Anthony (F, 6-1, Sr.), Akito Amaro (G, 5-8, Sr.), Jahmiah Simmons (G, 6-1, Fr.), JeVon Philpott (F, 6-3, Jr.),
Comment: A deliberate team, slow and steady gets the worm. The Hawks put on a show at the Puerto Rico Hoops Championship and in the Martin Luther King tournament. The senior laden team showed a lot of poise and skill and with three starters fouled out Sekayi Petersen came to the rescue. Sekayi Petersen is the reigning MVP and averaged about 19 points in Mayaguez and Elisha Arnold put up 15 per outing. Akito Amaro was clutch as he showed maturity and the ability to control a game. The surprises of the team were young Jahmiah Simmonds and JeVon Philpott. Both young men did something to impress

2) Eudora Kean: Stephaun Adams (G, Jr., 6-2), Kyu Matthews (F, Jr., 6-3), Rohann David (G, Sr., 5-10), Akiyo Neille (G, Jr., 5-10), Meshawn Wilkerson (G, Sr., 5-10), Andre Wilkerson (F, Jr., 6-1), Caleem Serrant (G, Soph., 5-10), Aseah Thomas (G, Sr., 6-0), Kerrol Laurant (F, Soph., 6-1),
Comment: Guard play was very erratic last season; now enter the best guard in the territory which equals magic. Stephaun Adams appears to be the savior of the Other School on St. Thomas. Adams was huge for the Rays as he led them to one basket away from being named MLK champs. Adams is a transfer from the St. Croix Educational Complex and was a stud in the annual Sun Stroke All Star game. He led the St. Croix squad to a, 75-69, win by scoring 11 of his 13 points in the fourth period. Kean got a big boost when Kyu Matthews transferred from All Saints and the best guard in junior varsity STT-STJ district, Akiyo Neille, decided to play with the big boys. Both were had their moments in the MLK tourney. This team has toughness in Aseah Thomas, Andre Wilkerson, and the heart in Kerrol Laurant. This may be the year the Rays finally knock Charlotte Amalie off their perch.

3) Educational Complex: Yanick Toure (F, Sr., 6-4), Samuel Joseph (F, Jr., 6-5), Johnel Scotland (G, Sr., 6-1), Tikoy Felix (G, Jr., 6-0), Malik Miller (G, Sr., 5-10),
Comment: Complex was on the move to challenge for the territorial crown, and then the unthinkable happened. Stephaun Adams transferred to Eudora Kean and now they are scrambling to replace an elite guard. Tikoy Felix, who was Adams backcourt mate in middle school, is one of the most talented all around players and has to deliver big time. He showed flashes in the tournament but has to put it together. Toure and Joseph are probably the best frontcourt duo in the territory and both should keep Complex in games with inside play. Toure is so talented and has so much post moves, when he gets on a roll Complex will be tough.

4) Central High: Kelvin Petersen (G, 5-7, Sr.), Romain Hansen (F, 6-2, Soph.), Rakeem Richardson (G, 5-7, Soph.), Jahkeibo Joseph (G, 5-7, Soph.)
Comment: For years Central has been known as Guard U. but that was for girls. However, this year you may use that same moniker for the boys. This edition may have five guards on the court at all time, so central faithful you know what that means. CARIBS ARE PRESSING. Who is faster than Rakeem Richardson? Bino will use his quickness on opposing teams and last years backcourt mate Jahkeibo Joseph is the one that will hit the three pointers to keep defenses honest. The man charged to hold down the middle is Romain Hansen; the Greg Washington clone will block some shots and is a good rebounder. This team did

5) Country Day: Jordan Evans (F, Sr., 6-2),
Comment: Country Day has gone through a major change. Former two-time Coach of the year, Lenny Redwine, was replaced by his longtime assistant. Marcus Moorhead and the Mondesir brothers are all gone. CDS hopes reside in the ultra athletic Jordan Evans. The High-flyer went off for a career-high of 43 points in a win last year. In the game also threw down 15 dunks and tallied 10 steals, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. He may have to do a lot of that this year.

St. John Gift School:
Comment: Careem Albert and Jernings Abraham are some of the known players. Not enough to compete with the big boys. Charlotte Amalie beat them 75-24, on January 17th.

Antilles:
Comment: Dornell Weaver and Jamoi Edinborough have left the building. Who do they have to replace them?

Ss. Peter and Paul
Comment: Jelani Kendall is the last man standing in a team that lost it ALL.

Seventh Day Adventist (STX)
Comment: Not much is known about this team.

Preseason player of the year: Stephaun Adams, Eudora Kean
First Team
F 6-4 Yanick Toure, Complex
G 6-0 Elisha Arnold, Charlotte Amalie
G 6-3 Stephaun Adams, Eudora Kean
G 5-10 Sekayi Petersen, Charlotte Amalie
G 5-9 Rakeem Richardson, Central High

Second Team
F 6-3 Kyu Matthews, Eudora Kean
F 6-2 Jordan Evans, Country Day
G 5-10 Jmoi Smith, Charlotte Amalie
G 5-9 Akiyo Neille, Eudora Kean
G 6-0 Tikoy Felix, Complex

Third Team
F 6-3 Careem Albert, Gifft School
G 5-8 Jahkeibo Joseph, Central High
F 6-4 JeVon Philpott, Charlotte Amalie
G 6-1 Johnel Scotland, Complex
G 5-11 Malik Miller, Complex

Tournament Calendar
John H. Woodson JV & Middle School Tournament, February 1-2
Central High School Invitational February, 15-18
Central High School JV & Middle School Tournament, Feb 22-24
Eudora Kean Invitational March, 1-3
Ed. Complex Varsity Basketball Invitation, March 15-17
Ed. Complex Jr. Varsity and Middle School Tournament, March 22-24
BCB Middle School Tournament March, 28-31




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Standings

UBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Ohio H.G. 2-0 
 2. Lancaster A. 1-1 
 3. Dayton K. 1-2 
 4. Cincinnati S. 1-4 
Southern
 1. Georgia P. 4-0 
 2. GIE Maile M. 2-0 
 3. Atlanta T. 0-2 
 4. Georgia S. 0-2 
 5. S.Generals 0-2 
Western
 1. Cleveland H. 4-1 
 2. Houston E. 3-0 
 3. N.Texas F. 1-1 
 4. Lonestar S. 1-2 
 5. Texas C. 1-3 
Dleague
 1. Dallas G. 1-2 
 2. Atlanta A. 0-0 
 3. Austin K. 0-0 
 4. Queen City G. 0-0 
 5. Team Japan 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 4

Jan. 26: Georgia S. - Atlanta T.
Jan. 26: GIE Maile M. - Georgia P.
Jan. 26: Dayton K. - Ohio H.G.
Jan. 26: Lancaster A. - Cincinnati S.
Jan. 27: Georgia P. - S.Generals
Jan. 27: LongStar S. - N.Texas F.
Jan. 27: Cleveland H. - Texas C.


URBL Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Terence MORRIS
  (208-F-79)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Morris, Houston E.24.7 
 2. Allen, Georgia P.23.3 
 3. Pojah, Houston E.23.3 
 4. Tairu, Cleveland H.22.5 
 5. Briggs, Cleveland19.3 
 6. Crain, Georgia P.19.0 
 7. Lusane, Georgia P.18.3 
 8. Smith, Cincinnati18.0 
 9. Bryant, Texas C.17.5 
 10. Young, Lonestar17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terence MORRIS
  (208-F-79)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Morris, Houston E.16.3 
 2. Turner, Georgia P.11.3 
 3. Pojah, Houston E.11.0 
 4. Johnson, Texas C.10.3 
 5. Permenter, Clevela.10.0 
 6. Briggs, Cleveland9.5 
 7. Bryant, Dallas G.9.0 
 8. Works, Dallas G.7.7 
 9. Smith, Cincinnati7.3 
 10. Nunn, Texas C.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 DeAndre BRAY
  (168-G-85)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Bray, Georgia P.10.5 
 2. Mardis, Houston E.7.7 
 3. Morris, Houston E.6.7 
 4. Lusane, Georgia P.5.0 
 5. Bolick, Cincinnati4.7 
 6. Brown, Clevelan.4.6 
 7. Turner, Texas C.4.5 
 8. Crain, Georgia P.4.5 
 9. Brown, Houston E.3.7 
 10. Woodyard, Dallas3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Richard LUSANE
  (196-G/F-84)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Lusane, Georgia P.3.7 
 2. Bray, Georgia P.3.0 
 3. Morris, Houston E.2.0 
 4. Tairu, Cleveland H.2.0 
 5. Works, Dallas G.1.7 
 6. Brown, Houston E.1.7 
 7. Thomas, Georgia P.1.5 
 8. Crain, Georgia P.1.5 
 9. Woodyard, Dallas G.1.3 
 10. Young, Lonestar1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Terence MORRIS
  (208-F-79)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Morris, Houston E.5.7 
 2. Bryant, Dallas G.4.0 
 3. Works, Dallas G.2.0 
 4. Johnson, Texas C.1.8 
 5. Turner, Georgia P.1.7 
 6. Woodyard, Dallas G.1.7 
 7. Briggs, Cleveland1.5 
 8. Green, Cincinnati1.3 
 9. Lusane, Georgia P.1.3 
 10. Jackson, Georgia1.0 



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EuroCup: Buducnost surprise Budivelnyk in Kyiv - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnyk - Buducnost 75:79

Buducnost snatched a tough road win in Kyiv tonight. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Montenegrin champions improved at 2-1 record in EuroCup Last 16 Group I. Three teams including Buducnost and Budivelnyk now share top position in the ladder with 2-1 record.
Buducnost opened the game with a 9:2 run. Budivelnyk managed to gain the lead midway through the opening quarter 14:13 but Buducnost finished the starting quarter up by two points 20:18. The Montenegrin side opened the second term with eight points in a row to make it 28:18. The hosts answered with a 9:0 run late in the half to surge ahead for a 40:38 lead. Cedomir Vitkovac knocked down 6 points in a row as Buducnost secured a 44:40 halftime advantage. The Kyiv team opened the second half on a 10:2 rally to regain the lead. Artur Drozdov opened a double-digit lead for the hosts midway through the third period 63:51. Budivelnyk seemed to be in a comfortable position heading into the fourth frame 65:55. However Buducnost shocked the home team with 14 consecutive points to tip off the fourth term. Aleksa Popovic connected for key four points in the final two minutes of the encounter and Bunic followed with two free throws to seal the victory for the visitors. Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90) provided 14 points, while Bunic added 10 points for the winners. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) answered with 20 points, while Michailis Anisimovas (214-C-84) chipped in 17 points in the loss.

Budivelnyk: Malcolm Delaney 20, Michailis Anisimovas 17
Buducnost: Cedomir Vitkovac 24, Vladimir Mihailovic 14, Marko Popovic 11



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Standings - EBL Conf.

EBL D1 Standings
 1. Reading R. 12-0 
 2. Tees Valley M. 9-3 
 3. Leeds Carnegie 8-4 
 4. Bradford D. 7-4 
 5. Bristol AF 7-5 
 6. Northumbria 6-3 
 7. Leicester W. 6-6 
 8. Leopards 5-4 
 9. Hemel Storm 5-6 
 10. Derby T. 4-8 
 11. Medway Park 4-8 
 12. Westminster W. 4-8 
 13. Brixton T. 1-9 
 14. Worthing T. 1-11 

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 26: Bristol AF - Leicester W.
Jan. 26: Westminster W. - Medway Park
Jan. 26: Leeds Carnegie - Northumbria
Jan. 26: Reading R. - Hemel Storm
Jan. 26: Tees Valley M. - Derby T.
Jan. 27: Brixton T. - Bradford D.


EBL Div.1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jorge EBANKS
  Tees V.
  (--86)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Ebanks, Tees V.21.8 
 2. Lufadeju, Medway20.3 
 3. Rivers, Worthing.20.0 
 4. Saladzius, Bradfor.19.3 
 5. Rose, Derby T.18.9 
 6. Hernandez, Leopar.18.7 
 7. Kohn, Tees V.18.1 
 8. Johnston, Worthing.17.6 
 9. Hanson, Tees V.17.4 
 10. Gayle, Derby T.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Manock LUAL
  Medway Park
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Lual, Medway Park14.5 
 2. Rivers, Worthing.11.5 
 3. Silcott, Bradford.11.4 
 4. Hernandez, Leopar.10.7 
 5. Marsden, Leeds C.9.4 
 6. Kohn, Tees V.9.4 
 7. Josey, Leopards8.6 
 8. Anebo, Leeds C.8.4 
 9. Milambo, Derby T.8.2 
 10. Williams, Brist.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jorge EBANKS
  Tees V.
  (--86)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Ebanks, Tees V.5.6 
 2. Owen, Bristol AF4.1 
 3. Volskis, Medway P.4.1 
 4. Robinson, Tees V.4.0 
 5. Streete, Bristol AF4.0 
 6. Johnston, Worthing.4.0 
 7. Hanson, Tees V.3.8 
 8. Glavan, Tees V.3.8 
 9. Robles, Bristol AF3.6 
 10. Silcott, Bradford.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jorge EBANKS
  Tees V.
  (--86)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Ebanks, Tees V.5.6 
 2. Hobin, Medway Park2.4 
 3. Robinson, Tees V.2.1 
 4. Johnston, Worthing.2.0 
 5. Glavan, Tees V.2.0 
 6. Lual, Medway Park1.9 
 7. Rose, Derby T.1.9 
 8. Cummings, Leopards1.8 
 9. Carter, Worthing.1.6 
 10. Hanson, Tees V.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert YOUNGBLOOD
  Leopa.
  (200-F-69)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Youngblood, Leopa.1.6 
 2. Garcia, Bristol AF1.6 
 3. Hobin, Medway Park1.4 
 4. Anyigbo, Tees V.1.0 
 5. Brown, Leopards0.9 
 6. Seduikis, Worthing0.8 
 7. Milambo, Derby T.0.7 
 8. Marsden, Leeds C.0.6 
 9. Fetske, Bradford D.0.6 
 10. Silcott, Bradford.0.5 


Luol Deng selected the top British players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Luol Deng
Luol Deng
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Luol Deng (206-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in an overtime Chicago Bulls' victory against the Toronto Raptors (15-26) 107-105 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Deng scored 19 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 7 assists (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 48 minutes on the court. The Chicago Bulls have 24-16 record this season. It's Deng's ninth year with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Deng averages: 17.4ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.0apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 46.5%, 3FGP: 34.0% and FT: 81.8% in the 38 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: British and Sudanese. Deng is currently a member of the British senior national team.

Dante Cunningham
Dante Cunningham
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Dante Cunningham (203-87, college: Villanova, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Minnesota Timberwolves (17-21) in their last game on Monday. Despite Cunningham's good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves were defeated 104-96 on the road by the Atlanta Hawks. He recorded 13 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks. It's Cunningham's first season with the team. Cunningham has relatively good stats this year: 7.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 2FGP: 44.9% and FT: 63.4%. He is a naturalized American. Cunningham played for the British national team in 2008. Strangely he has never played in United Kingdom.

Ben Gordon
Ben Gordon
   #3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Ben Gordon (188-83, college: Connecticut, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Gordon was not able to help the Charlotte Bobcats (10-31) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Charlotte Bobcats lost 93-97 in Sacramento to the Kings. Gordon scored 12 points in a mere 17 minutes. Gordon has very impressive stats this year: 13.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 46.4%, 3FGP: 40.7% and FT: 83.3% in the 36 games. He is a naturalized American. Gordon is also a member of the British senior national team. Apparently he has never played in United Kingdom.

Tafari Toney
Tafari Toney
   #4. Power forward Tafari Toney (203-86, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Charleville-Mezieres (6-11) in their game against Hyeres-Toulon (7-12) in the French ProB (second division), despite his very good performance last Friday. He had a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 14 rebounds in 46 minutes. But Charleville-Mezieres lost in an overtime 93-99 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#15) Hyeres-Toulon. It was Charleville-Mezieres' fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Toney has relatively solid stats: 13.1ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.6spg in the 18 games. He is a naturalized American. Toney used to play for the British national team back in 2009. He played also for Newcastle Eagles in British league.

Andrew Lawrence
Andrew Lawrence
   #5. International point guard Andrew Lawrence (185-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Charleston (4-3) in their game against the Davidson College (6-1) in the NCAA. Despite his very good performance on Saturday night Lawrence recorded 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Lawrence is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Charleston's roster. He has reliable stats this season: 13.1ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.6spg. Lawrence plays currently for the British national team.

Myles Hesson
Myles Hesson
   #6. Forward Myles Hesson (195-90, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Weissenhorn Youngstars (9-6) in their game against Dragons Rhoendorf (14-1) in the German ProB (third division), despite his very good performance in Friday night's game. He was the top scorer with 25 points. Hesson also added 9 rebounds in 37 minutes. But the second-placed Weissenhorn Youngstars lost 67-73 in Rhoendorf to the leading Dragons in the Group South. Hesson has very impressive stats this year: 18.2ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.1apg, 1.4bpg and 1.6spg in the 15 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior British National Team roster.

Joel Freeland
Joel Freeland
   #7. International forward Joel Freeland (208-87, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Portland Trail Blazers (20-21) in their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers (11-32) in the NBA. Freeland cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points in 12 minutes. The Portland Trail Blazers lost 88-93 in Cleveland to the Cavaliers. It was Trail Blazers' sixth consecutive loss in a row. This year Freeland's overall stats are: 2.3ppg and 2.2rpg in the 26 games. He is also British national team player.

Alhaji Fullah
Alhaji Fullah
   #8. Power forward Alhaji Fullah (201-89, currently studies in the States) contributed to a Charleston So.'s victory against the High Point University (3-2) 83-75 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Fullah recorded 8 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks. The Charleston Southern University has 5-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all five games in the conference. Fullah's total stats this season are: 2.3ppg and 2.2rpg. He used to play for the British U20 national team back in 2009.

Kyle Johnson
Kyle Johnson
   #9. International guard Kyle Johnson (195-88, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in Italy) led Sutor Montegranaro to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Air Avellino (4-12) crushing them 95-71 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Johnson recorded 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. Sutor Montegranaro (5-11) is placed 13th in the SerieA. This year Johnson's total stats are: 6.8ppg and 3.2rpg in the 16 games. He is also in the roster of the British national team.

Ben Mockford
Ben Mockford
   #10. Guard Ben Mockford (188-89, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the St.Francis, NY (4-2) in their game against the Monmouth University (2-4) in the NCAA, despite his very good performance on Thursday night. Mockford scored 15 points in 33 minutes. But the St.Francis, NY lost 67-71 at home to the Monmouth University. Mockford's stats this year are: 11.7ppg, 4.9rpg and 4.0apg in the 18 games. He is a former U20 international player as four years ago he still played for the British national team.

   #11. Former international forward Ashley Hamilton (201-88, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Loyola Mary in their game against the University of San Diego in the NCAA, despite his very good performance last Wednesday. He recorded 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks in 29 minutes. But his team lost 70-78. Hamilton averaged so far 11.7ppg, 4.9rpg and 4.0apg in the 18 games. He used to play for the British national team two years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international forward Will Neighbour (208-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped UALR win their game against the Western Kentucky University 59-54 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Neighbour recorded 9 points and had 3 steals. Neighbour averaged so far 11.7ppg, 4.9rpg and 4.0apg. He used to play for the British U20 national team back in 2010.

   #13. U20 international point guard Josh Owen-Thomas (186-92, currently plays in Canada) led University of Calgary to a 1-point victory against the Spartans 93-92 in the Canadian university league CIS in Saturday night's game. He recorded 11 points. Owen-Thomas has averaged so far 6.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg. He is also British U20 national team player.

   #14. Former U20 international center Fahro Alihodzic (208-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the UAB in their game against the University of Southern Mississippi in the NCAA. Alihodzic recorded 8 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 33 minutes. His team lost 59-74. Alihodzic has averaged so far 6.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg in the 14 games. He used to play for the British U20 national team back in 2009.

   #15. Former U20 international forward Robert Gilchrist (206-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Florida St. in their game against the The University of Virginia in the NCAA. Gilchrist recorded only 4 points in 9 minutes on the court. His team was badly defeated by 20 points 56-36. Gilchrist averaged so far 11.3ppg, 3.1rpg and 4.5apg in the 17 games. He used to play for the British U20 national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Darren Phillip (201-F-78, college: Fairfield, currently plays in Argentina) led Union Progresista to a surprising victory over the fourth-ranked Olimpico de La Banda (18-12) 78-68 in the Argentinian LigaA in Friday night's game. Phillip was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Union Progresista (10-18) is placed 13th in the LigaA. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Phillip is currently first on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Phillip averages: 19.4ppg, 11.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Interesting that Phillip has never played in United Kingdom.

   #2. Daryl Corletto (193-G-81, currently plays in Australia) was the major contributor in a New Zealand Breakers' victory against one of league's weakest teams Adelaide 36ers (6-12) 84-66 in the Australian NBL last Sunday. Corletto scored 15 points. New Zealand Breakers (15-3) are placed first in the NBL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Corletto's overall stats this season are: 7.9ppg and 1.1rpg. He has a dual citizenship: British and Australian. Despite Corletto's British passport, he previously played for the Australian U22 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the British team.

   #3. Oladapo Ayuba (198-F-86, college: UMKC, currently plays in EuroChallenge) led his Swedish team Norrkoping Dolphins to a 2-point victory against the closely-ranked Tofas (1-1) 84-82 in the EuroChallenge on Tuesday night. Ayuba scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Norrkoping Dolphins (1-1) is placed second in group K. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Ayuba has been at the team for four years. He averaged so far 11.7ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.1apg. Ayuba is a naturalized American. Interesting that he has never played in United Kingdom.

   #4. Tommy Pereira (188-PG, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Rider to a victory against the St.Peter's College (1-1) 66-54 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Pereira scored 17 points in 27 minutes. The Rider University has a solid 5-2 conference record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Pereira's stats this year are: 11.7ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.1apg in the seven games he played so far.

   #5. Sullivan Phillips (198-G/F-79, college: Wash.Adventist, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProA (second division) could not help one of league's weakest teams BG Goettingen (14-4) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance BG Goettingen was crushed 100-68 on the road by the leading SC Rasta Vechta. Phillips was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 3 passes. Phillips averaged so far 11.7ppg, 4.9rpg and 4.0apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bermudas and British.

   #6. Keith Rendleman (203-F-90, currently studies in the States) contributed to NC-Wilmington's victory against the Old Dominion University 65-60 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Rendleman recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 13 rebounds. Rendleman averaged so far 11.7ppg, 4.9rpg and 4.0apg.

   #7. Mike Helsby (195-G/F-89, currently plays in Canada) led Waterloo University to a victory over the Golden Hawks 67-60 in a derby game in the Canadian university league CIS in Wednesday night's game. Helsby was MVP of the game. He scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. Helsby has averaged so far 6.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.1apg and 1.1spg in the 11 games. He has both British and Canadian nationalities.

   #8. Mikey Manghum (188-G, is currently at the American university) contributed to ORU's victory against the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 64-52 in the NCAA last Thursday. Manghum scored 8 points. Manghum has averaged so far 6.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.1apg and 1.1spg.

   #9. Prince Ibeh (208-C-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Texas in their game against the The University of Oklahoma in the NCAA. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 16 minutes. His team lost 67-73. Ibeh has averaged so far 6.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.1apg and 1.1spg in the 11 games.

   #10. Lee Jeka (187-G-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Science City Jena to win against the closely-ranked NBC 94-83 in the German ProA (second division) on Friday night. Jeka scored only 4 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 8 assists. Jeka averaged so far 11.3ppg, 3.1rpg and 4.5apg. He also holds two passports: British and Australian.



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Standings - LUB

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