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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 3

Jan. 22: Satria Muda - KL Dragons 68-67
Jan. 25: Thailand S. - Singapore S. 65-62
Jan. 26: Saigon H. - Petron Blaze
Jan. 29: Singapore S. - Satria Muda



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 16-3 
 2. Wildcats 13-4 
 3. Kings 10-10 
 4. Hawks 8-9 
 5. Tigers 6-10 
 6. Taipans 6-11 
 7. 36ers 6-12 
 8. Crocodiles 6-12 

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 24: Breakers - Kings 95-76
Jan. 25: Taipans - Tigers 85-71
Jan. 25: Wildcats - Crocodiles 62-59
Jan. 26: Hawks - Breakers
Jan. 27: Tigers - 36ers


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Crocodiles
  (183-PG-83)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Ervin, Crocodiles18.6 
 2. Madgen, Kings18.2 
 3. Flynn, Tigers16.8 
 4. Lisch, Wildcats16.1 
 5. Wilson, Taipans16.0 
 6. Jackson, Breakers15.9 
 7. Johnson, 36ers15.2 
 8. Redhage, Wildcats14.5 
 9. Knight, Wildcats14.4 
 10. Deleon, Hawks14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacob HOLMES
  Crocodiles
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Holmes, Crocodiles8.3 
 2. Johnson, 36ers7.9 
 3. Crosswhite, Kings7.5 
 4. Lazare, Kings7.5 
 5. Knight, Wildcats7.1 
 6. Scott, Tigers6.8 
 7. Vukona, Breakers6.7 
 8. Schenscher, 36ers6.6 
 9. Pledger, Breakers6.4 
 10. Forman, Hawks6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Jackson, Breakers7.3 
 2. Flynn, Tigers6.0 
 3. Gibson, 36ers4.7 
 4. Ervin, Crocodiles4.5 
 5. Wilson, Taipans3.6 
 6. Martin, Hawks3.3 
 7. Martin, Wildcats3.1 
 8. Henry, Kings2.9 
 9. Deleon, Hawks2.8 
 10. Cadee, 36ers2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.8 
 2. Martin, Wildcats1.6 
 3. Ervin, Crocodiles1.3 
 4. Henry, Kings1.3 
 5. Deleon, Hawks1.3 
 6. Tovey, Wildcats1.2 
 7. Lisch, Wildcats1.2 
 8. Wagstaff, Wildcats1.1 
 9. Williams, Taipans1.1 
 10. Gliddon, Taipans1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Breakers
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Pledger, Breakers1.7 
 2. Scott, Tigers1.1 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats1.0 
 4. Schenscher, 36ers1.0 
 5. Forman, Hawks0.8 
 6. Hudson, Breakers0.8 
 7. Hinder, Crocodiles0.8 
 8. Blanchfield, Croco.0.7 
 9. Wagstaff, Wildcats0.7 
 10. Garlepp, Kings0.7 


Wildcats def. Crocs - by Hugh McAuliffe

The unlikeliest of three-point heroes Matthew Knight (203-F/C-85, college: Loyola Mary) hit a massive triple to help the Perth Wildcats escape with a 62-59 win over the Townsville Crocs at the Perth Arena on Friday night.

The Crocs led by as much as 10 during the third quarter and then three triples in the last quarter from Michael Cedar had them still in front with under a minute to go.

Reigning MVP Kevin Lisch hit two threes - including a staggering shake-and-bake that sent Perter Crawford to the floor - to firstly keep Perth close and then hit the front, but then it was Knight who nailed his first triple of the season with 35 seconds to go that ultimately iced the Cats win.

Lisch finished with 17 points but shot 6-of-19 from the field and 3-of-10 from three-point range but nailed the big buckets when it counted. Knight added 15 points and eight rebounds and Shawn Redhage 10 points in his 250th NBL match.

It was a brave effort from the Crocs with Gary Ervin scoring 12 points to go with nine assists, and Todd Blanchfield, Crawford (14 rebounds), Cedar and Luke Nevill all scoring 11 points.

Despite starting the season 0-10, the Crocs now have lost just twice now in the eight games since and with the Sydney Kings (10-10) and Wollongong Hawks (8-9) struggling in third and fourth positions, Townsville has claims on being the third best team in the league.

The Wildcats improve to 13-4 and it gives them the perfect lead into Thursday's clash with the New Zealand Breakers.

It was a dour first half with the opening quarter ending tied at 12, and the Wildcats didn't improve much in the second period backing up shooting 5-of-18 from the field in the second after 4-of-16 in the first.

While the Crocs improved to shoot 8-of-15 in the second quarter, turnovers and bail out foul calls at the other end meant they only led 31-29 at half-time.

The Crocs started better in the second half with Blanchfield knocking down two triples and an alley-oop and Crawford another long bomb to help them to a double-digit lead.

The Cats whittled that down to just three by three quarter-time and things heated up in the last quarter with both teams nailing big threes, but it was the home side just getting up in the end.



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  AUSTRIA   

Standings - A Bundesliga

A Bundesliga Standings
 1. BC Vienna 14-3 
 2. Gmunden 14-4 
 3. Kapfenberg 13-4 
 4. Klosterneub. 12-6 
 5. Wels 10-8 
 6. Gussing 9-8 
 7. Oberwart 8-9 
 8. Furstenfeld 6-11 
 9. UBSC Graz 6-12 
 10. St.Polten 3-15 
 11. Arkadia 1-16 

Regular Season: Round 19

Jan. 20: St.Polten - Furstenfeld 92-87
Jan. 20: Gmunden - Kapfenberg 82-62
Jan. 20: Klosterneub. - BC Vienna 79-87
Jan. 20: UBSC Graz - Wels 73-102
Jan. 20: Arkadia - Oberwart 55-107

Round 22

Jan. 25: Gmunden - St.Polten 118-77

Regular Season: Round 20

Feb. 2: Oberwart - St.Polten
Feb. 2: Wels - Klosterneub.
Feb. 3: Kapfenberg - Arkadia
Feb. 3: BC Vienna - Gmunden
Feb. 4: Furstenfeld - Gussing


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maurice PEARSON
  Furstenf.
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Pearson, Furstenf.19.8 
 2. Tiedeman, Wels19.8 
 3. Spasojevic, Arkadia19.4 
 4. Grum, Furstenfeld18.9 
 5. Gilchrese, UBSC G.18.8 
 6. Shaw, Kapfenberg18.1 
 7. Dale, UBSC G.18.0 
 8. Ray, BC Vienna17.9 
 9. Suljanovic, Kloste.17.5 
 10. Lamesic, Wels17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice PEARSON
  Furstenf.
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Pearson, Furstenf.12.5 
 2. Heard, Gussing8.1 
 3. Sanchez, Kapfenbe.7.8 
 4. Ray, BC Vienna7.0 
 5. Speiser, St.Polten6.8 
 6. Lamesic, Wels6.8 
 7. Johnson, Oberwart6.8 
 8. Washington, Wels6.8 
 9. Suljanovic, Kloste.6.7 
 10. Bortolin, Arkadia6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Ian BOYLAN
  BC Vienna
  (197-G/F-83)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Boylan, BC Vienna6.1 
 2. Woods, Kapfenberg6.0 
 3. Klepeisz, Gussing5.0 
 4. Tiedeman, Wels4.3 
 5. Danek, BC Vienna4.2 
 6. Lanegger, Klostern.4.2 
 7. O''Neal, Furstenfeld3.9 
 8. Farokhmanesh, Wels3.8 
 9. Schaal, UBSC G.3.7 
 10. Zeleznik, Kloster.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  UBSC G.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gilchrese, UBSC G.2.6 
 2. Boylan, BC Vienna1.7 
 3. Ray, BC Vienna1.6 
 4. Arnold, Gmunden1.6 
 5. Pryor, Kapfenberg1.5 
 6. Markovic, UBSC G.1.5 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels1.4 
 8. O''Neal, Furstenfeld1.4 
 9. Payton, Klostern.1.4 
 10. Speiser, St.Polten1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Matias BORTOLIN
  Arkadia
  (205-C-93)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Bortolin, Arkadia1.2 
 2. Rakocevic, BC Vi.1.1 
 3. Cresnar, Furstenf.1.1 
 4. Arnold, Gmunden1.0 
 5. Washington, Wels0.9 
 6. Shaw, Kapfenberg0.8 
 7. Mayer, Gmunden0.7 
 8. Greimeister, Klost.0.6 
 9. Koch, Gussing0.6 
 10. Pearson, Furstenf.0.6 



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  BAHRAIN   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 8

Jan. 23: Muharraq - Al Hala 85-65
Jan. 24: Nuwaidrat - Al Ahli 63-75
Jan. 24: Issa Town - Sitra 62-66
Jan. 25: Hidd - Bahrain Club 62-55
Jan. 23: Al Ittihad - Al Manama 59-84
Jan. 25: Al Najma - Samaheej 100-53

Regular Season: Round 9

Jan. 27: Al Ahli - Issa Town
Jan. 27: Al Manama - Al Hala
Jan. 28: Al Ittihad - Hidd
Jan. 28: Sitra - Muharraq
Jan. 29: Nuwaidrat - Samaheej
Jan. 29: Bahrain Club - Al Najma


Premier League Round 8: Al Hala loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News

There was a change at the Premier League leadership position after last games. The most important game of round 8 took place in Al Muharraq between two undefeated teams where Muharraq crushed Al Hala (7-1) 85-65 on Wednesday night. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Al Hala. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Undefeated Muharraq (8-0) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Defending champion Al Hala dropped to the second place with one game lost. They share the position with Al Ahli. They were replaced at the leadership position by Muharraq. Al Hala will play next round against strong Al Manama trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Muharraq will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Sitra on the road.
Very significant was Sitra's (#6) 66-62 road victory against 5th ranked Issa Town. Sitra (5-3) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hidd. Issa Town lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. Sitra will play against league's leader Muharraq in Al Muharraq in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Issa Town will play on the road against Al Ahli (#3) in Manama and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Al Najma has finally registered their first victory this season after seven consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Samaheej (0-8) 100-53 on Friday. Al Najma (1-7) left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with Al Ittihad. It was Samaheej's eighth loss in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with eight games lost. Al Najma will meet higher ranked Bahrain Club (#8) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Samaheej will play against Nuwaidrat (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 8: Bahrain Club lost to Hidd on the opponent's court 55-62. Nuwaidrat unfortunately lost to Al Ahli in a home game 63-75. Al Manama rolled over Al Ittihad on the road 84-59.


Hidd - Bahrain Club 62-55

Rather expected game when 8th ranked Bahrain Club (2-6) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Hidd (5-3) 62-55 on Friday. Hidd moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Sitra. Bahrain Club lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with six games lost. They share it with Nuwaidrat. Hidd will meet Al Ittihad (#10) in the next round where they are favorite. Bahrain Club's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Manama Al Najma.
gschID: 230135


Nuwaidrat - Al Ahli 63-75

Very predictable result when third ranked Al Ahli (7-1) defeated on the road 9th ranked Nuwaidrat (2-6) 75-63 on Thursday. Al Ahli have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Al Hala. Nuwaidrat at the other side dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. They share it with Bahrain Club. Al Ahli will meet at home Issa Town (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Nuwaidrat will play against Samaheej in Manama and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 230133


Issa Town - Sitra 62-66

Very significant was Sitra's (#6) 66-62 road victory against 5th ranked Issa Town. Sitra (5-3) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hidd. Issa Town lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. Sitra will play against league's leader Muharraq in Al Muharraq in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Issa Town will play on the road against Al Ahli (#3) in Manama and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 230132


Al Najma - Samaheej 100-53

Al Najma has finally registered their first victory this season after seven consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Samaheej (0-8) 100-53 on Friday. Al Najma (1-7) left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with Al Ittihad. It was Samaheej's eighth loss in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with eight games lost. Al Najma will meet higher ranked Bahrain Club (#8) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Samaheej will play against Nuwaidrat (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 230134


Muharraq - Al Hala 85-65

There was a change at the Premier League leadership position after last games. The most important game of round 8 took place in Al Muharraq between two undefeated teams where Muharraq crushed Al Hala (7-1) 85-65 on Wednesday night. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Al Hala. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Muharraq (8-0) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Defending champion Al Hala dropped to the second place with one game lost. They share the position with Al Ahli. They were replaced at the leadership position by Muharraq. Al Hala will play next round against strong Al Manama trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Muharraq will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Sitra on the road.
gschID: 230131


Al Ittihad - Al Manama 59-84

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Al Ittihad (1-7) was rolled over at home by fourth ranked Al Manama (6-2) 84-59 on Wednesday. Al Manama have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 6-2 record. Al Ittihad lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Al Najma. Al Manama will meet at home league's second-placed Al Hala in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Al Ittihad will play against Hidd (#5).
gschID: 230130



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   

Standings - Men

Baltic League Standings
Group E
 1. Barons kvartals 3-0 
 2. Ventspils 2-1 
 3. Lietkabelis 1-2 
 4. Parnu 0-3 
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 2-0 
 3. Pieno Zvaigzdes 1-1 
 4. Barsy Atyrau 0-5 
Group H
 1. TU/Rock 3-0 
 2. Valmiera 2-1 
 3. Siauliai 1-2 
 4. Sakalai 0-3 
Stage One Standings

Top 16: Round 4

Jan. 24: Juventus - Barsy Atyrau 89-70
Jan. 25: Barons kvartals - Lietkabelis 74-67
Jan. 25: TU/Rock - Valmiera 69-62
Jan. 25: Parnu - Ventspils 58-70
Jan. 26: Naglis Palangos - Jelgava
Jan. 26: Pieno Zvaigzdes - 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.18.8 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas17.9 
 4. Okoye, Tln Kalev17.4 
 5. Orelikas, Rudupis17.1 
 6. Akenparg, TTU15.9 
 7. Berzins, Valmiera14.9 
 8. Wilkinson, Kalev/C.14.3 
 9. Leonard, Juventus13.8 
 10. Umbrasko, Tarvas13.8 
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.7.4 
 5. Cipruss, Lietkabel.7.2 
 6. Fall, Kalev/Cramo7.2 
 7. Keedus, TTU7.1 
 8. Matyukevych, Bars.7.0 
 9. Timma, Ventspils6.9 
 10. Bishop, Nevezis6.9 
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. Maceina, Pieno Z.4.8 
 5. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.8 
 6. Tamm, Tarvas4.4 
 7. Viskontas, Juvent.4.3 
 8. Cunda, Valga4.2 
 9. Leonard, Juventus3.8 
 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. Laane, Rapla2.1 
 4. Brown, Naglis P.2.1 
 5. Berzins, Valmiera1.9 
 6. Tamm, Tarvas1.9 
 7. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.9 
 8. Sims, Ventspils1.8 
 9. Leppik, TU/Rock1.8 
 10. Matulionis, Parnu1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.6 
 2. Petrukonis, Juven.1.8 
 3. Kupsas, Lietkabelis1.8 
 4. Rozitis, Barons k.1.7 
 5. Silinskis, Nevezis1.6 
 6. Zyle, Nevezis0.9 
 7. Gates, Pieno Z.0.9 
 8. Valeika, Rudupis0.9 
 9. Meiers, Ventspils0.9 
 10. Toome, TU/Rock0.8 



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  BELARUS   

Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
 1. Grodno-93 16-0 
 2. Sozh Gomel 12-5 
 3. Rubon 8-8 
 4. Tsmoki-Minsk II 7-9 
 5. Impuls BGUIR 7-9 
 6. Svisloch 4-12 
 7. Borisfen 3-14 
Play in international cups:
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk

Regular Season: Round 19

Jan. 25: Impuls BGUIR - Rubon 88-75
Jan. 25: Grodno-93 - Svisloch 87-66
Jan. 25: Borisfen - Sozh Gomel 84-76

Regular Season: Round 20

Jan. 31: Tsmoki-Minsk II - Borisfen
Feb. 1: Rubon - Grodno-93
Feb. 1: Svisloch - Impuls BGUIR


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Kiril SITNIK
  Sozh Gomel
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel22.1 
 2. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.21.5 
 3. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.17.9 
 4. Zakhar, Impuls B.16.5 
 5. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.15.4 
 6. Shustau, Svisloch15.0 
 7. Akulich, Rubon13.7 
 8. Sugonyako, Tsmoki.13.6 
 9. Mishukov, Grodn.13.3 
 10. Sivalko, Rubon13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ronaldas RUTKAUSKAS
  Tsmoki.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.10.2 
 2. Dadukin, Sozh G.9.9 
 3. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.9.1 
 4. Zakhar, Impuls B.8.9 
 5. Ilyukevich, Rubon6.6 
 6. Sharamet, Borisfen6.4 
 7. Mishukov, Grodn.6.1 
 8. Sugonyako, Tsmoki.5.9 
 9. Sharipov, Svisloch5.9 
 10. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.8 
Assists Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  Sozh G.
  (185-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Charykau, Sozh G.6.8 
 2. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.5.5 
 3. Shustau, Svisloch5.3 
 4. Akulich, Rubon5.1 
 5. Kuzmin, Grodno-934.8 
 6. Kamarunas, Svisl.4.2 
 7. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel3.4 
 8. Kryukov, Borisfen3.4 
 9. Dadukin, Sozh G.2.8 
 10. Sapegin, Rubon2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Dmitri AKULICH
  Rubon
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Akulich, Rubon3.4 
 2. Zakhar, Impuls B.2.5 
 3. Malkov, Grodno-932.4 
 4. Charykau, Sozh G.2.4 
 5. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel2.3 
 6. Volodkin, Impuls B.2.2 
 7. Shustau, Svisloch2.2 
 8. Tatur, Borisfen2.2 
 9. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.2.0 
 10. Charko, Grodno-931.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Dzmitry KUZMIN
  Grodno-93
  (196-G-75)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kuzmin, Grodno-930.0 
 2. Aheyenka, Borisfen0.0 
 3. Kurapau, Tsmoki.0.0 
 4. Yafremov, Grodn.0.0 
 5. Kryukov, Borisfen0.0 
 6. Viaroukin, Sozh Go.0.0 
 7. Krisevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 8. Vashkevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 9. Korzh, Grodno-930.0 
 10. Tatur, Borisfen0.0 


Premier League Round 19: Sozh Gomel is upset by Borisfen - by Eurobasket News

The game between second ranked Sozh Gomel (12-5) and seventh ranked Borisfen (3-14) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Sozh Gomel was defeated by Borisfen in a tough game in Mogilev 76-84. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-13. But Sozh Gomel won second period 20-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Borisfen made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Sozh Gomel turnovers. Center Artsiom Sharamet (207-93) fired 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Andrei Aheyenka (194-92) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Borisfen's coach Rostislav Vergun used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international point guard Siarhei Charykau (185-82, college: Yakima Valley CC) produced 24 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for lost side. Newly promoted Borisfen maintains seventh place with 3-14 record. Sozh Gomel lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with five games lost. Borisfen are looking forward to face higher ranked Tsmoki-Minsk II (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sozh Gomel will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Rubon (8-8) against fifth ranked Impuls BGUIR (7-9) on Friday night. Visiting Rubon was defeated by Impuls BGUIR in Minsk 88-75. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Yuriy Ignatiev (198-91) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 5 rebounds. Denis Azaare contributed with 14 points and 6 assists for the winners. Russian guard Anton Indrikov (193-87) answered with 26 points and 9 rebounds for Rubon. Impuls BGUIR have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Tsmoki-Minsk II. Rubon lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the third position with eight games lost. Impuls BGUIR will play against Svisloch (#6) in Osipovichi in the next round. Rubon will play at home against the league's leader Grodno-93 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Undefeated leader Grodno-93 delivered the sixteenth consecutive victory on Friday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked Svisloch (4-12) 87-66. It was a great evening for Igor Konuyshenko who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points. Grodno-93's coach Andrei Vasileuka felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Maks Adam Konate responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. Undefeated Grodno-93 (16-0) have an impressive series of sixteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 16 victories in a row. Svisloch at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Grodno-93 will meet Rubon (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Svisloch will play against Impuls BGUIR in Minsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Borisfen - Sozh Gomel 84-76

The game between second ranked Sozh Gomel (12-5) and seventh ranked Borisfen (3-14) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Sozh Gomel was defeated by Borisfen in a tough game in Mogilev 76-84. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-13. But Sozh Gomel won second period 20-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Borisfen made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Sozh Gomel turnovers. Center Artsiom Sharamet (207-93) fired 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Andrei Aheyenka (194-92) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Five Borisfen players scored in double figures. Borisfen's coach Rostislav Vergun used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international point guard Siarhei Charykau (185-82, college: Yakima Valley CC) produced 24 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and Ukrainian forward Dmytro Khodov (203-87) added 17 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Newly promoted Borisfen maintains seventh place with 3-14 record. Sozh Gomel lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with five games lost. Borisfen are looking forward to face higher ranked Tsmoki-Minsk II (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sozh Gomel will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Borisfen: A.Sharamet 17+6reb, E.Batvenkov 15+3reb+2ast, A.Aheyenka 14+7reb+1ast, E.Kopylov 13+5reb+2ast, F.Kryukov 10+4reb+7ast, V.Haidukevich 8+3reb+1ast
Sozh Gomel: S.Charykau 24+4reb+2ast, D.Khodov 17+9reb, S.Miakinin 10+2reb, S.Dadukin 6+7reb+2ast, T.Viaroukin 6+3reb+3ast, M.Ozhegov 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 204746


Grodno-93 - Svisloch 87-66

Undefeated leader Grodno-93 delivered the sixteenth consecutive victory on Friday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked Svisloch (4-12) 87-66. The game was mostly controlled by Grodno-93. Svisloch managed to win fourth quarter 22-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Grodno-93 forced 20 Svisloch turnovers. It was a great evening for swingman Igor Konuyshenko (196-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points. The former international swingman Uladzimir Charko (200-74) helped adding 11 points and 5 rebounds. Four Grodno-93 players scored in double figures. Grodno-93's coach Andrei Vasileuka felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Ukrainian forward Maks Adam Konate (200-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds and guard Ilya Sharipov (198-91) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Grodno-93 (16-0) have an impressive series of sixteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 16 victories in a row. Svisloch at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Grodno-93 will meet Rubon (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Svisloch will play against Impuls BGUIR in Minsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Grodno-93: I.Konuyshenko 17+3reb, A.Malkov 11+1reb+1ast, Y.Mishukov 11+5reb, U.Charko 11+5reb+2ast, A.Mastou 11+5reb+1ast, K.Yafremov 10+1reb+1ast
Svisloch: M.Adam Konate 17+14reb+1ast, P.Shuleyko 13+5reb+2ast, I.Sharipov 13+5reb+3ast, P.Pronin 7+1reb, N.Polyulyak 6+1reb+4ast, O.Dolenko 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 204745


Impuls BGUIR - Rubon 88-75

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Rubon (8-8) against fifth ranked Impuls BGUIR (7-9) on Friday night. Visiting Rubon was defeated by Impuls BGUIR in Minsk 88-75. The game was mostly controlled by Impuls BGUIR. Rubon was better in second period 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Impuls BGUIR forced 21 Rubon turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Impuls BGUIR especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.3 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Yuriy Ignatiev (198-91) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 5 rebounds. Swingman Denis Azaare (196-92) contributed with 14 points and 6 assists for the winners. Five Impuls BGUIR players scored in double figures. Russian guard Anton Indrikov (193-87) answered with 26 points and 9 rebounds and Latvian center Zintis Plivda (206-88) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Rubon. Impuls BGUIR have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Tsmoki-Minsk II. Rubon lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the third position with eight games lost. Impuls BGUIR will play against Svisloch (#6) in Osipovichi in the next round. Rubon will play at home against the league's leader Grodno-93 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Impuls BGUIR: Y.Ignatiev 25+5reb, A.Matveyeu 18+4reb, D.Azaare 14+4reb+6ast, K.Volodkin 11+5reb+3ast, H.Zakhar 11+7reb+5ast, A.Papruha 6+5reb+4ast
Rubon: A.Indrikov 26+9reb+1ast, Z.Plivda 13+7reb, A.Kachan 11+3reb, D.Akulich 8+2reb+6ast, V.Ilyukevich 7+3reb, S.Sapegin 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 204744



Dmitri Shilovich is a newcomer at Svisloch - by Eurobasket News

BK Svisloch Osipovichi (Premier League) added to their roster 24-year old forward Dmitri Shilovich (200-89). He played last season at Rubon (Premier League). In 33 games last year he recorded 7.5ppg and 4.1rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (10-11) season Shilovich played at Tsmoki-Minsk (previous name Minsk-2006). He contributed to his team winning the cup.
Shilovich won Belarusian League championship title in 2009.
He has played previously for another Belarusian team Tsmoki-Minsk 2nd team.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Dmitri Shilovich is a newcomer at Svisloch - by Eurobasket News

BK Svisloch Osipovichi (Premier League) added to their roster 24-year old forward Dmitri Shilovich (200-89). He played last season at Rubon (Premier League). In 33 games last year he recorded 7.5ppg and 4.1rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (10-11) season Shilovich played at Tsmoki-Minsk (previous name Minsk-2006). He contributed to his team winning the cup.
Shilovich won Belarusian League championship title in 2009.
He has played previously for another Belarusian team Tsmoki-Minsk 2nd team.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

Ethias League Standings
 1. Oostende 10-4 
 2. M.Hainaut 8-5 
 3. Aalstar 8-6 
 4. Spirou 7-5 
 5. Liege 6-7 
 6. Antwerp 6-7 
 7. Leuven 4-9 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 3-9 

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 25: Oostende - Aalstar 73-63
Jan. 26: Verviers-Pep. - M.Hainaut
Jan. 27: Antwerp - Liege


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Spirou
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 17.6
 1. Walsh, Spirou17.6 
 2. Mukubu, Liege17.5 
 3. Thompson, Aalstar17.0 
 4. Taylor, M.Hainaut16.6 
 5. Aleksandrov, Vervi.16.6 
 6. Lojeski, Oostende15.7 
 7. Bostic, M.Hainaut15.3 
 8. Robinson, Leuven15.2 
 9. Green, Verviers.15.1 
 10. Clark, Aalstar15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Spirou
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Walsh, Spirou9.3 
 2. Qvale, M.Hainaut7.6 
 3. Wilkinson, Oostende6.9 
 4. Thondique, Antwerp6.8 
 5. Gillet, Liege6.7 
 6. Aska, Leuven6.5 
 7. Wright, Oostende6.4 
 8. Tofi, Aalstar6.3 
 9. Mukubu, Liege6.2 
 10. Young, Aalstar5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jerime ANDERSON
  Verviers.
  (187-PG-89)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Anderson, Verviers.5.8 
 2. Marnegrave, Leuven5.2 
 3. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.8 
 4. Bosco, Liege4.7 
 5. Walsh, Spirou3.6 
 6. Lojeski, Oostende3.3 
 7. Moors, Antwerp3.3 
 8. Raivio, Aalstar3.3 
 9. Thompson, Aalstar3.1 
 10. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Niels MARNEGRAVE
  Leuven
  (191-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Marnegrave, Leuven2.5 
 2. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.3 
 3. Mukubu, Liege2.0 
 4. Hanavan, Leuven1.8 
 5. Hopkins, Antwerp1.8 
 6. Iarochevitch, Liege1.8 
 7. Biggs, Antwerp1.7 
 8. Anderson, Verviers.1.7 
 9. Anderson, Aalstar1.6 
 10. Bostic, M.Hainaut1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Wesley WILKINSON
  Oostende
  (207-PF-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Wilkinson, Oostende1.5 
 2. Ferguson, Verviers.1.4 
 3. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.3 
 4. Riddick, Spirou1.1 
 5. Love, Antwerp0.8 
 6. Young, Aalstar0.8 
 7. Dukes, Leuven0.8 
 8. Aska, Leuven0.7 
 9. Iarochevitch, Liege0.6 
 10. Thondique, Antwe.0.6 



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  BRAZIL   

Standings - BNL

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

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 24: Limeira - Suzano 96-65
Jan. 24: Flamengo - Paulistano 94-70
Jan. 24: Brasilia - Mogi das Cruzes 94-67
Jan. 24: Uberlandia - Franca 91-87
Jan. 24: Bauru - Vila Velha 85-70
Jan. 24: Liga Sorocaba - Minas 82-84
Jan. 24: Joinville - Palmeiras 75-60
Jan. 24: Basquete Cearense - S.Jose/Unimed 73-63
Jan. 24: Tijuca TC - Pinheiros/Sky 64-73

Round 2

Jan. 21: Minas - Flamengo 90-105

Round 6

Jan. 21: Brasilia - Liga Sorocaba 86-75

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 26: Joinville - Suzano
Jan. 26: Tijuca TC - Paulistano
Jan. 26: Brasilia - S.Jose/Unimed
Jan. 26: Basquete Cearense - Mogi das Cruzes
Jan. 26: Bauru - Minas
Jan. 26: Liga Sorocaba - Vila Velha
Jan. 26: Flamengo - Pinheiros/Sky
Jan. 26: Limeira - Palmeiras


Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-F-84)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Vieira, Flamengo22.6 
 2. Boracini, Pinheiro.20.2 
 3. Holloway, Liga S.20.1 
 4. Simmons, Vila Velha19.6 
 5. Antonio, S.Jose/U.19.5 
 6. Giovannoni, Brasil.19.1 
 7. Day, Uberlandia19.0 
 8. Dos Santos, Brasil.18.5 
 9. Nardi Duarte, Min.18.1 
 10. Brown, Palmeiras17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (202-F-83)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.9.6 
 2. Ribeiro, Basque.9.4 
 3. Araujo, Mogi d.8.7 
 4. Giovannoni, Brasil.8.5 
 5. Agba, Bauru8.0 
 6. Castellar, Limeira7.9 
 7. Antonio, S.Jose/U.7.6 
 8. Teichmann, Franca7.3 
 9. Costa, S.Jose/U.7.3 
 10. Toyloy, Paulistano6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (187-G-81)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.8.9 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.6.5 
 3. Smith, Pinheiro.5.5 
 4. Garcia, Uberlandia5.4 
 5. Boracini, Pinheiro.5.3 
 6. Dawkins, Liga S.5.1 
 7. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.4.9 
 8. Lima, Limeira4.7 
 9. Collum, Uberlandia4.7 
 10. Campos, Suzano4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Shamell STALLWORTH
  Pinhei.
  (196-SG-80)
  Avg: 0.2
 1. Stallworth, Pinhei.0.2 
 2. Benite, Flamengo0.2 
 3. Froehlich, Franca0.2 
 4. Boracini, Pinheiro.0.2 
 5. Luz dos Sant., Fra.0.2 
 6. Collum, Uberlandia0.1 
 7. Garcia, Uberlandia0.1 
 8. Lima, Limeira0.1 
 9. Castellar, Limeira0.1 
 10. Machado, Flamengo0.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Arlindo NETO
  Liga Sorocaba
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Neto, Liga Soroca.2.4 
 2. Dawkins, Liga S.2.3 
 3. Campos, Suzano2.3 
 4. de Assis, S.Jose/U.2.2 
 5. Figueroa, Franca2.2 
 6. Nardi Duarte, Min.2.1 
 7. Vieira, Flamengo1.9 
 8. Simmons, Vila Velha1.9 
 9. Boracini, Pinheiro.1.8 
 10. Lima, Limeira1.7 


NBB Round 17: Uberlandia beats Vivo/Franca in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Uberlandia. Second ranked Uberlandia faced 3rd placed Vivo/Franca. Host Uberlandia (12-4) defeated guests from Sao Paulo (11-6) 91-87. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-17. But Vivo/Franca won third quarter 29-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Uberlandia made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Uberlandia outrebounded Vivo/Franca 34-16 including a 23-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Vivo/Franca helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Robert Day (197-82, college: W.Oregon) who scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. The former international center Jose Estevam Ferreira (211-78) chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds. The former international swingman Jhonatan Luz dos Santos (196-87) produced 25 points for the guests. Uberlandia maintains second place with 12-4 record having four points less than leader Flamengo. Vivo/Franca at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Undefeated leader Flamengo delivered the sixteenth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Paulistano (8-8) 94-70 in Rio de Janeiro. International swingman Vitor Benite (190-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 4 blocks. Marquinhos Vieira contributed with 23 points and 4 blocks for the winners. American center Steven Toyloy (203-87, college: Cincinnati) answered with 16 points for Paulistano. Paulistano's coach Gustavo Conti gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Undefeated Flamengo (16-0) have an impressive series of sixteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 16 victories in a row. Paulistano at the other side keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. They share it with Minas. Flamengo will play against Pinheiros (#4) in Sao Paolo in the next round. Paulistano will play on the road against Tijuca TC (#18) in Rio de Janeiro and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Undefeated leader Flamengo recorded the sixteenth consecutive victory on Monday night. This time they beat 11th ranked Minas (8-8) 105-90 in Belo Horizonte. Caio Silveira stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Jermaine Beal responded with 25 points. The victory was the sixteenth consecutive win for Flamengo. They maintain first place with 16-0 record. Loser Minas dropped to the ninth position with eight games lost. They share it with Paulistano. Flamengo will meet at home Pinheiros (#4) in the next round. Minas will play against Paschoalotto/Bauru (#6) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Aldeota was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (10-7) played at the court of eighth ranked SKY/Basquete (9-7). SKY/Basquete defeated Sao Jose/Vinac 73-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sao Jose/Vinac. Felipe Ribeiro nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points and 18 rebounds for the winning side. SKY/Basquete's coach Alberto Bial allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. SKY/Basquete maintains eighth place with 9-7 record. Sao Jose/Vinac at the other side dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. SKY/Basquete's next round opponent will be Mogi (#15) in Mogi das Cruzes and are hoping to win another game.
Important game to mention about took place in Sorocabana. Eleventh ranked Minas (8-8) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 10th ranked Liga Sorocaba (7-9) 84-82 on Thursday evening. The best player for the winners was Betinho Nardi Duarte who scored 27 points and 5 rebounds. Liga Sorocaba's coach Rinaldo Rodrigues rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Minas moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Paulistano. Loser Liga Sorocaba dropped to the eleventh position with nine games lost. Minas will face higher ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Liga Sorocaba will play against Vila Velha (#14).

Other games of round 17 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Palmeiras was defeated by Joinville in a road game 75-60. Limeira smashed Suzano at home 96-65. Vila Velha lost to Bauru on the opponent's court 70-85. Brasilia outscored Mogi das Cruzes in a home game 94-67. Pinheiros/Sky managed to beat Tijuca TC on the road 73-64. Brasilia defeated Liga Sorocaba on its own court 86-75.


Uberlandia - Franca 91-87

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Uberlandia. Second ranked Uberlandia faced 3rd placed Vivo/Franca. Host Uberlandia (12-4) defeated guests from Sao Paulo (11-6) 91-87. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-17. But Vivo/Franca won third quarter 29-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Uberlandia made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Uberlandia outrebounded Vivo/Franca 34-16 including a 23-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Vivo/Franca helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Robert Day (197-82, college: W.Oregon) who scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. The former international center Jose Estevam Ferreira (211-78) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Five Uberlandia players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Jhonatan Luz dos Santos (196-87) produced 25 points and Argentinian point guard Juan Pablo Figueroa (184-86, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Uberlandia maintains second place with 12-4 record having four points less than leader Flamengo. Vivo/Franca at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Uberlandia: R.Day 21+5reb+1ast, H.Garcia 19+2reb+6ast, J.Estevam Ferreira 16+11reb, A.Parisotto 13+6reb+1ast, L.Felipe Gruber 12+6reb+3ast, L.Cipolini 8+2reb
Franca: J.Luz dos Santos 25+2reb+2ast, L.Mariano 16+4reb, J.Pablo Figueroa 15+1reb+4ast, D.Kurtz 9+1reb, C.Borges dos Santos 9+1ast, J.Froehlich 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 229205


Joinville - Palmeiras 75-60

There was no surprise when 17th ranked Palmeiras (2-14) was defeated on the road by twelfth ranked Joinville (7-9) 75-60 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-60. Joinville dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Palmeiras' 38. They outrebounded Palmeiras 40-25 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Joinville made 13 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Diego Conceicao (200-87) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Victor De Souza (182-92) chipped in 20 points. American forward Antwaine Wiggins (200-88, college: Charleston, agency: Two Points) produced 9 points and 7 rebounds and the former international power forward Tiago Lima (201-81) added 4 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Palmeiras' coach Arturo Alvarez rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Joinville. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Limeira and Liga Sorocaba. Palmeiras lost their eleventh game in a row. They keep the seventeenth position with 14 games lost. Joinville will face Suzano (#16) in Sao Paulo in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Palmeiras will play on the road against Winner/Limeira.
Top scorers:
Joinville: V.De Souza 20+4reb+1ast, D.Conceicao 14+11reb+3ast, V.Telo 12+2reb+1ast, T.Aleo 9+4reb+5ast, A.Moreira 8+2reb+1ast, D.Prado 7+8reb+3ast
Palmeiras: C.Brown 10+1reb+2ast, G.Scaglia 10+1reb, A.Wiggins 9+7reb+2ast, A.Pecos 8+1reb, J.Burger 8+3reb, M.Vinicius 6+2reb
gschID: 229211


Limeira - Suzano 96-65

No shocking result in a game when thirteenth ranked Winner/Limeira (7-9) smashed at home 16th ranked Suzano (3-13) 96-65 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Winner/Limeira. Suzano was better in third quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Suzano to just 5 points in second quarter. Winner/Limeira looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Suzano's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Winner/Limeira made 10 blocks. The best player for the winners was Dominican-American guard Ronald Ramon (182-86, college: Pittsburgh) who scored 15 points and 8 assists. Center Daniel Castellar (202-83) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Jefferson Campos (190-91) produced 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Rafael Fusco (192-78) added 16 points respectively for the guests. Five Winner/Limeira and four Suzano players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Winner/Limeira moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Joinville and Liga Sorocaba. Loser Suzano keeps the sixteenth position with 13 games lost. Winner/Limeira will face Palmeiras (#17) in Sao Paulo in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Suzano will play on the road against Joinville.
Top scorers:
Limeira: R.Ramon 15+2reb+8ast, L.Henrique Moreira 14+2reb+2ast, D.Barba 14+2reb+4ast, D.Castellar 13+9reb+1ast, O.Carter 11+2reb+2ast, G.Hubner 7+4reb+1ast
Suzano: R.Fusco 16+2reb+1ast, J.Campos 12+6reb+4ast, P.Nery 12+5reb+2ast, E.Soares 10+5reb, J.Felipe Vianna 6, C.Sebastiao 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 229210


Flamengo - Paulistano 94-70

Undefeated leader Flamengo delivered the sixteenth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Paulistano (8-8) 94-70 in Rio de Janeiro. The game without a history. Flamengo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They brought some defensive toughness making 11 blocks. International swingman Vitor Benite (190-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 4 blocks. The former international forward Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) contributed with 23 points and 4 blocks for the winners. Four Flamengo players scored in double figures. American center Steven Toyloy (203-87, college: Cincinnati) answered with 16 points and power forward Renato Carbonari (204-87) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Paulistano. Paulistano's coach Gustavo Conti gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Flamengo (16-0) have an impressive series of sixteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 16 victories in a row. Paulistano at the other side keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. They share it with Minas. Flamengo will play against Pinheiros (#4) in Sao Paolo in the next round. Paulistano will play on the road against Tijuca TC (#18) in Rio de Janeiro and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Flamengo: M.Vieira 23+2reb+2ast, V.Benite 21+4reb+2ast, O.Rodriguez 14+9reb+1ast, K.Mensah 14+5reb+1ast, C.Silveira 8+8reb+1ast, E.Machado 8+1reb+3ast
Paulistano: S.Toyloy 16+3reb+1ast, R.Carbonari 10+7reb, E.Carvalho 10+3reb+3ast, A.Oliveira 9+1reb+4ast, W.Mattos 8+1reb+2ast, E.Corazza 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 229209


Liga Sorocaba - Minas 82-84

Important game to mention about took place in Sorocabana. Eleventh ranked Minas (8-8) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 10th ranked Liga Sorocaba (7-9) 84-82 on Thursday evening. Liga Sorocaba trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 28-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 82-84 at the end of the game. Minas made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Minas made 10 blocks. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Betinho Nardi Duarte (195-88) who scored 27 points and 5 rebounds. Center Douglas Nunes (201-87) chipped in 23 points and 5 rebounds. Power forward Ricardo de Bem (210-84, college: Oklahoma City) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and guard Arlindo Neto (187-86) added 18 points and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Liga Sorocaba's coach Rinaldo Rodrigues rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Minas moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Paulistano. Loser Liga Sorocaba dropped to the eleventh position with nine games lost. Minas will face higher ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Liga Sorocaba will play against Vila Velha (#14).
Top scorers:
Minas: B.Nardi Duarte 27+5reb+2ast, D.Nunes 23+5reb+1ast, J.Beal 12+1reb+3ast, R.Mineiro Rodrigues 10+8reb, R.Pinto 5+4reb+3ast, M.Borders 3+4reb+3ast
Liga Sorocaba: D.Holloway 20+3reb+1ast, A.Neto 18+1reb+5ast, R.de Bem 16+10reb+1ast, K.Dawkins 15+4reb+2ast, E.Soro 9+3reb+1ast, E.Lacerda 2+3reb
gschID: 229208


Bauru - Vila Velha 85-70

Very expected game when 14th ranked Vila Velha (5-11) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (10-5) 85-70 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Paschoalotto/Bauru. Vila Velha was better in second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Paschoalotto/Bauru dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Vila Velha's 30. Paschoalotto/Bauru looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Paschoalotto/Bauru made 9 blocks. The best player for the winners was Nigerian-American power forward Jefferson Agba (209-80, college: Embry Riddle) who scored 23 points and 9 rebounds. International guard Larry Taylor (185-80, college: Missouri Western, agency: Veracity Sports, LLC) chipped in 15 points and 8 assists. Four Paschoalotto/Bauru players scored in double figures. Paschoalotto/Bauru's coach Jorge Guerra used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Benzor Simmons (196-88, college: Tenn-Martin) produced 24 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and power forward Daniel Costa (204-81) added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Paschoalotto/Bauru moved-up to sixth place. Loser Vila Velha keeps the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. Paschoalotto/Bauru will face Minas (#10) in Belo Horizonte in the next round. Vila Velha will play on the road against Liga Sorocaba (#13) in Sorocabana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bauru: J.Agba 23+9reb, L.Taylor 15+3reb+8ast, R.Fischer 13+2reb+5ast, P.Alves 11+6reb+2ast, G.Pereira 9+2reb+2ast, D.Coleman 5+3reb
Vila Velha: B.Simmons 24+3reb, J.Parker 11+2reb, D.Costa 9+8reb+1ast, A.Pinheiro 7+4reb+6ast, C.Santos 7+2reb, E.Araujo Gorges 6+5reb
gschID: 229207


Basquete Cearense - S.Jose/Unimed 73-63

The game in Aldeota was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (10-7) played at the court of eighth ranked SKY/Basquete (9-7). SKY/Basquete defeated Sao Jose/Vinac 73-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sao Jose/Vinac. The game was mostly controlled by SKY/Basquete. Sao Jose/Vinac was better in second period 15-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when SKY/Basquete won last quarter 26-17. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The former international forward Felipe Ribeiro (201-79) nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points and 18 rebounds for the winning side and the former international swingman Andre Bresolin (195-87) accounted for 15 points and 6 assists. SKY/Basquete's coach Alberto Bial allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international guard Fulvio de Assis (187-81) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 assists and Spanish swingman Alvaro Calvo (203-83, agency: Dynamics Global Management) added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Sao Jose/Vinac in the defeat. SKY/Basquete maintains eighth place with 9-7 record. Sao Jose/Vinac at the other side dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. SKY/Basquete's next round opponent will be Mogi (#15) in Mogi das Cruzes and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Basquete Cearense: F.Ribeiro 22+18reb+2ast, A.Bresolin 15+3reb+6ast, W.Drudi 9+1reb, M.Costa 8+2reb, G.Schneider 7+4reb+1ast, R.Klafke 5+5reb+1ast
S.Jose/Unimed: A.Calvo 17+8reb, F.de Assis 16+3reb+10ast, C.Delben 14+6reb, A.Laws 4+1reb+1ast, L.Felipe Lemes 4+1reb+1ast, D.Costa 4+5reb
gschID: 229206


Brasilia - Mogi das Cruzes 94-67

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Brasilia (11-4) outscored at home 15th ranked Mogi (5-11) 94-67 on Thursday. The game without a history. Brasilia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Brasilia had a 36-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Brasilia made 10 blocks. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Welington Dos Santos (185-81) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 assists. International forward Guilherme Giovannoni (202-80, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 16 points. Four Brasilia players scored in double figures. Power forward Thomas Gehrke (203-82, college: UTEP) produced 18 points and 8 rebounds and guard Gustavinho Lima (178-85) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Loser Mogi dropped to the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. Brasilia will face Sao Jose/Vinac (#7) at home in the next round. Mogi will play against SKY/Basquete (#8) in Aldeota.
Top scorers:
Brasilia: W.Dos Santos 16+2reb+11ast, G.Giovannoni 16+4reb+3ast, A.Ribeiro 14+5reb, I.Goncalves 10+4reb+1ast, A.Silva 10+3reb+2ast, M.Cipriano 8+7reb
Mogi das Cruzes: T.Gehrke 18+8reb+1ast, G.Lima 15+5reb+1ast, B.Araujo 13+8reb, G.Filipin 6+2reb+2ast, E.Caviglia 5+1ast, C.Ranches 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 229204


Tijuca TC - Pinheiros/Sky 64-73

Not a big story in a game in Rio de Janeiro where 18th ranked Tijuca TC (2-14) was defeated by fifth ranked Pinheiros (11-5) 73-64 on Thursday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Tijuca TC won third quarter 19-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Pinheiros made 9 blocks. The best player for the winners was naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (196-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) who scored 22 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Joe Smith (193-77, college: Al.-Huntsville) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 assists. Center Renan Leichtweis (211-89) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds and guard Marcellus Camara (190-88) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Pinheiros moved-up to fourth place. Loser Tijuca TC stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Pinheiros will face league's leader Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tijuca TC will play at home against Paulistano (#9) in Sao Paolo.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros/Sky: S.Stallworth 22+8reb+2ast, M.Ferreira 15+7reb, L.Dias 13+6reb, J.Smith 12+1reb+12ast, M.Dornelles 6+2reb, A.Bambu 5
Tijuca TC: R.Leichtweis 16+7reb+1ast, R.McLemore 15+3reb+1ast, M.Camara 11+8reb+1ast, W.Trigueiro 10+3reb, C.Araujo 8+7reb+1ast, R.Bahia Bispo 4+3reb
gschID: 229203


Round 2
Minas - Flamengo 90-105

Undefeated leader Flamengo recorded the sixteenth consecutive victory on Monday night. This time they beat 11th ranked Minas (8-8) 105-90 in Belo Horizonte. The game was mostly controlled by Flamengo. Minas managed to win third quarter 27-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Flamengo outrebounded Minas 36-23 including 17 on the offensive glass. The former international center Caio Silveira (211-87, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and the former international forward Olivinha Rodriguez (202-83) chipped in 25 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Jermaine Beal (191-87, college: Vanderbilt) responded with 25 points and the former international swingman Betinho Nardi Duarte (195-88) scored 13 points and 7 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the sixteenth consecutive win for Flamengo. They maintain first place with 16-0 record. Loser Minas dropped to the ninth position with eight games lost. They share it with Paulistano. Flamengo will meet at home Pinheiros (#4) in the next round. Minas will play against Paschoalotto/Bauru (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Flamengo: O.Rodriguez 25+11reb+4ast, C.Silveira 23+14reb+3ast, M.Vieira 23+4reb, V.Benite 16+2reb+4ast, K.Mensah 13+3reb+4ast, E.Machado 5+1reb+1ast
Minas: J.Beal 25+1reb+1ast, M.Borders 17+1reb+5ast, R.Mineiro Rodrigues 14+7reb+2ast, B.Nardi Duarte 13+3reb+7ast, R.Ansaloni 10+5reb, D.Nunes 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 229212


Round 6
Brasilia - Liga Sorocaba 86-75

Everything went according to plan when fourth ranked Brasilia (11-4) won against at home 10th ranked Liga Sorocaba (7-9) 86-75 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Brasilia. Liga Sorocaba was better in second period 30-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Liga Sorocaba 47-25 including a 31-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Brasilia made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was international forward Guilherme Giovannoni (202-80, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. International guard Alex Ribeiro (191-80, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Brasilia's coach Jose Carlos Vidal used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Desmond Holloway (190-88, college: Co.Carolina) produced 28 points and the other American import guard Kenny Dawkins (175-87, college: Lamar) added 21 points and 7 assists respectively for the guests. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Loser Liga Sorocaba dropped to the eleventh position with nine games lost. Brasilia will face Sao Jose/Vinac (#7) at home in the next round. Liga Sorocaba will play against Vila Velha (#14).
Top scorers:
Brasilia: A.Ribeiro 22+5reb+5ast, G.Giovannoni 20+13reb+4ast, A.Silva 12+1reb+2ast, I.Goncalves 9+4reb, R.Reis 8+9reb, M.Cipriano 6+9reb+1ast
Liga Sorocaba: D.Holloway 28+3reb+2ast, K.Dawkins 21+1reb+7ast, A.Neto 9+3reb, A.Fernandes 8+6reb+1ast, L.Machado 4+4reb, R.de Bem 2+6reb
gschID: 231920



Caio Silveira claims Brazilian NBB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized Spanish center Caio Silveira (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader Flamengo and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 25-year old center had a double-double of 23 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat Minas (#10, 8-8) 105-90. It allowed Flamengo to consolidate first place in the Spanish NBB. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is already in a full swing and Flamengo still have not lost a single game, getting all 16 victories. It's Silveira's second year at Flamengo and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Caio Silveira averages this season 12.1ppg and 6.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 33-year old former international forward Felipe Ribeiro (201-F-79) of Basquete Cearense. Ribeiro impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 18 rebounds. Of course Basquete Cearense cruised to a 73-63 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked S.Jose/Unimed (#7, 10-7). Basquete Cearense's 8th position in has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Ribeiro is a newcomer at Basquete Cearense and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Flamengo's star - former international forward Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83). Rodriguez showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of Flamengo, helping his team with a 105-90 easy win against the lower-ranked Minas (#10, 8-8). Flamengo have amazing season winning all 16 games without a single defeat in Round 2. Rodriguez 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. Rodriguez has a great season in Brazil. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.6rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80) of Brasilia - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Betinho Nardi Duarte (195-G/F-88) of Minas - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Fulvio de Assis (187-G-81) of S.Jose/Unimed - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists
7. Shamell Stallworth (196-SG-80) of Pinheiros/Sky - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jefferson Agba (209-F/C-80) of Bauru - 23 points and 9 rebounds
9. Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) of Brasilia - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 11 assists
10. Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80) of Brasilia - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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Standings A1

NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 12-2 
 2. Levski Sofia 11-2 
 3. Rilski Sportist 9-4 
 4. Balkan 8-5 
 5. Tundja Yambol 7-7 
 6. Cherno More 5-7 
 7. Beroe 5-8 
 8. Chernomorets 4-8 
 9. Spartak Pleven 4-9 
 10. U20 0-13 

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 25: Tundja Yambol - Lukoil Academik 69-100
Jan. 26: Cherno More - Spartak Pleven
Jan. 26: Chernomorets - Balkan
Jan. 26: U20 - Beroe
Jan. 26: Levski Sofia - Rilski Sportist


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reginald HOLMES
  Beroe
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Holmes, Beroe20.2 
 2. Tyler, Chernomo.18.8 
 3. Durchev, Tundja Y.18.6 
 4. Smith, Rilski S.18.2 
 5. Zahariev, Rilski S.18.1 
 6. Lilov, Balkan17.7 
 7. Mirkovic, Rilski S.16.2 
 8. Marinovic, Levski16.2 
 9. Simeonov, U2016.0 
 10. Milosevic, Tundja15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 14
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.14.0 
 2. Santos, Balkan10.4 
 3. Milosevic, Tundja9.2 
 4. Galiotos, Cherno M.8.4 
 5. Ormon, Tundja Y.7.5 
 6. Agre, Spartak7.3 
 7. Simeonov, U207.1 
 8. Dupree, Rilski S.6.8 
 9. Gugino, Rilski S.6.8 
 10. Watkins, Lukoil A.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Will WALKER
  Beroe
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Walker, Beroe7.2 
 2. Heath, Lukoil A.6.4 
 3. Mirkovic, Rilski S.5.5 
 4. Marinovic, Levski5.3 
 5. Velikov, Cherno M.4.6 
 6. Radionov, Tundja Y.4.3 
 7. Rakovic, Chernomo.4.1 
 8. Massamba, Lukoil A.4.1 
 9. Karamfilov, U204.1 
 10. Durchev, Tundja Y.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  Tundja Y.
  (187-PG-79)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.8 
 2. Heath, Lukoil A.2.6 
 3. Gugino, Rilski S.2.4 
 4. Velikov, Cherno M.2.3 
 5. Mirkovic, Rilski S.2.2 
 6. Zahariev, Rilski S.2.2 
 7. Holmes, Beroe2.1 
 8. Green, Lukoil A.2.1 
 9. Govedarov, Tundja2.0 
 10. Walker, Beroe1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.3.1 
 2. Hart, Beroe1.8 
 3. Dupree, Rilski S.1.5 
 4. Santos, Balkan1.2 
 5. Gugino, Rilski S.1.2 
 6. Zahariev, Rilski S.0.9 
 7. Watkins, Lukoil A.0.9 
 8. Varbanov, Levski S.0.8 
 9. Sjekloca, Tundja Y.0.8 
 10. Banev, Lukoil A.0.8 


Lukoil released Devin Green, looking for a power forward - by Maria Mitzova

Lukoil Academik Sofia released one more player - Devin Green (201-G/F-82, college: Hampton) - after the Eurocup collapse.
Ex-Laker Green was the most persistent player on the roster in the last month and so, but Lukoil has now available Todor Stoykov and Bojidar Avramov, returning after injuries.
After releasing Mohamed Abukar before Christmas, Lukoil is not going to make any more cuts.
The team will look for a quality addition on the power forward position, but will sign a player only if a good option comes up. Right now Veselin Veselinov is making a great run as a starter on the PF position.
Summary after the Eurocup ousting:
- Left: Head coach Marin Dokuzovski, Devin Green and Mohamed Abukar;
- Arrived: Bojan Popovic;



Successful start for Vezenkov in Lukoil - by Vladi Lazarova

Executive director of Bulgarian champion Lukoil Academic Sasa Vezenkov (198-F-63) began with victory at the head of the team. Vezenkov, who will combine and position of head coach until the end of the season, led The Students to 100:69 road win over Yambol.

Darryl Watkins (211-C-84, college: Syracuse) was unstopable with 19 points, Pavel Marinov (199-SF-88, agency: Interperformances) came with 16 points off the bench and Veselin Veselinov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Virginia St.) added another 15 points with strong performance in the starting line up.


In Lukoil can breathe easier now, because two of their key players are back after almost 2 months of absence. The captain of the team Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) was out since beginning of December with broken finger and Bozhidar Avramov (196-PG-90, agency: Interperformances) appeared on the court for the first time since the end of November, when he broke his hand. Stoykov even started the game and Avramov scored 10 points after the break.



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  CANADA   

CIS Standings

CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Cape Breton 13-0 
 2. UPEI 8-3 
 3. Acadia 7-3 
 4. Dalhousie 6-6 
 5. St.Francis X. 5-6 
 6. New Brunsw. 4-7 
 7. St.Mary's 3-9 
 8. Memorial 0-12 
CanWest Pacific Division
 1. UBC 13-2 
 2. Victoria 10-5 
 3. UFV 8-7 
 4. TWU 6-9 
 5. TRU 6-10 
 6. UNBC 5-10 
 7. Mount Royal 2-12 
 8. UBC Okanagan 2-14 
CanWest Prairie Division
 1. Alberta 13-2 
 2. Saskatchewan 11-4 
 3. Manitoba 11-5 
 4. Winnipeg 11-6 
 5. Calgary 9-7 
 6. Lethbridge 7-8 
 7. Regina 5-10 
 8. Brandon 3-12 
OUA East
 1. Carleton 14-1 
 2. Ryerson 12-2 
 3. Ottawa 11-4 
 4. Queen's 9-6 
 5. Laurentian 8-6 
 6. York 5-9 
 7. Toronto Univ. 2-11 
 8. RMC 0-0 
OUA West
 1. Windsor 11-3 
 2. Lakehead 9-5 
 3. McMaster 7-7 
 4. Guelph 5-9 
 5. Brock 5-9 
 6. Laurier 4-10 
 7. Waterloo 3-11 
 8. Western 1-13 
Quebec League
 1. Concordia 6-3 
 2. Bishop's 6-3 
 3. McGill 6-3 
 4. UQAM 3-7 
 5. Laval 2-7 

Regular Season: Round 25

Jan. 25: Manitoba - Lethbridge 88-76
Jan. 25: UFV - UNBC 86-65
Jan. 25: TWU - Mount Royal 84-78
Jan. 25: Dalhousie - UPEI 81-71
Jan. 25: St.Mary''s - Cape Breton 80-85
Jan. 25: Lakehead - Laurier 80-53
Jan. 25: Ryerson - Queen''s 78-47
Jan. 25: Ottawa - Laurentian 72-73
Jan. 25: Winnipeg - Calgary 71-79
Jan. 25: Regina - Alberta 65-79
Jan. 25: Brandon - Saskatchewan 65-68
Jan. 25: TRU - Victoria 64-81
Jan. 25: UBC Okanagan - UBC 61-63
Jan. 25: Carleton - York 106-62

Regular Season: Round 26

Jan. 26: McMaster - Brock
Jan. 26: Acadia - New Brunsw.
Jan. 26: Western - Guelph
Jan. 26: Waterloo - Windsor
Jan. 26: St.Mary's - UPEI
Jan. 26: St.Francis X. - Memorial
Jan. 26: Dalhousie - Cape Breton
Jan. 26: UQAM - Concordia
Jan. 26: Laval - Bishop's
Jan. 26: Carleton - Laurentian
Jan. 26: Ottawa - York
Jan. 26: Toronto Univ. - Queen's
Jan. 26: Lakehead - Laurier
Jan. 26: Brandon - Saskatchewan
Jan. 26: Manitoba - Lethbridge
Jan. 26: Regina - Alberta
Jan. 26: UFV - UNBC
Jan. 26: UBC Okanagan - UBC
Jan. 26: TRU - Victoria
Jan. 26: TWU - Mount Royal
Jan. 27: St.Francis X. - Memorial
Jan. 27: Acadia - New Brunsw.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stephon LAMAR
  Saskatch.
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Lamar, Saskatch.23.7 
 2. Allin, Laurier22.3 
 3. Freeman, UFV21.5 
 4. Dorsey, Cape Bret.21.5 
 5. Perrin, TWU21.4 
 6. Hill, Toronto Univ.20.9 
 7. Ogungbemi-J., Calg.20.1 
 8. Faulkner, Queen''s19.9 
 9. Dunn, St.Francis X.19.5 
 10. Scrubb, Carleton19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Harry EZENIBE
  St.Mary''s
  (190-G-87)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Ezenibe, St.Mary''s11.7 
 2. Kamen, UBC11.4 
 3. Waldner, Lethb.10.9 
 4. Phillip, Windsor10.2 
 5. Allin, Laurier9.8 
 6. Salhia, Lakehead9.8 
 7. Burns, Saskatch.9.7 
 8. Iko, Winnipeg9.1 
 9. Eyitayo, Concordia9.0 
 10. Moses, Calgary8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew CUNNINGHAM
  Winnipeg
  (186-G-)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Cunningham, Winnip.8.1 
 2. Hebert, Regina5.4 
 3. Dorsey, Cape Bret.5.3 
 4. Walton, Manitoba5.0 
 5. York, UFV5.0 
 6. Lamar, Saskatch.4.7 
 7. Collins, Windsor4.6 
 8. Pasquale, Laure.4.6 
 9. Bonhomme, Brandon4.5 
 10. Jones, Ryerson4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 4
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.4.0 
 2. Evans, Victoria3.4 
 3. Daley, New Brunsw.3.0 
 4. Walton, Manitoba2.9 
 5. Hunter, Bishop''s2.8 
 6. Parchment, UFV2.7 
 7. Baker, Saskatch.2.7 
 8. Baker, Alberta2.7 
 9. Donkoh, St.Franc.2.6 
 10. Perrin, TWU2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Mike ANDREWS
  Bishop''s
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 2
 1. Andrews, Bishop''s2.0 
 2. O''Brien, New B.1.9 
 3. Duke, UPEI1.8 
 4. Moses, Calgary1.8 
 5. Eyitayo, Concordia1.8 
 6. Dewar, Alberta1.7 
 7. Chesson, Laurier1.6 
 8. Salhia, Lakehead1.5 
 9. Aubertin, UNBC1.4 
 10. Luby, Brock1.4 


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

-year old forward Kyrie Coleman (F) had a great game in the last round for Waterloo and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Guelph (#4, 5-9) 85-74. Waterloo maintains the 7th position in Canadian league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 11 games and recorded just three victories. Coleman turned to be Waterloo's top player in his first season with the team. Kyrie Coleman averages this season 13.5ppg and 7.1rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Steven Wesley (196-F) of league's second-best Winnipeg. He is American forward in his first season at Winnipeg. In the last game Wesley recorded impressive double-double of 30 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Winnipeg lost that overtime game 86-93 to the lower-ranked Calgary (#5, 8-7). Winnipeg managed to keep the same second spot in the standings. His team's 11-5 record is not bad at all. Wesley is a newcomer at Winnipeg and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Jameson Tipping (201-G) of Brock (#5). Tipping showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Brock, leading his team to a 83-78 win against the lower-ranked Western (#8, 1-13). The chances of Brock not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 9 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Tipping could try to bring Brock's a little bit higher in the standings. Tipping has a very solid season. In 13 games in Canada he scored 15.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Thijin Moses (201) of Calgary - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (175-G-91) of Calgary - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Lien Phillip (203-F-89) of Windsor - 16 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Andrew Cunningham (186-G) of Winnipeg - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists
8. Tyson Hinz (198-F-91) of Carleton - 15 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Mike Luby (213-F) of Brock - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Joe Rocca (193-G) of McMaster - 19 points and 12 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)



CIS Round 24: Calgary beat Winnipeg in overtime - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

CIS round 24 caused change at the leadership position. Third defeat of league's leader Redmen (6-3) against third ranked Stingers (6-3) 62-60 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Redmen. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 62-60. Stingers made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for the former international point guard Kyle Desmarais (188-87, college: Cent.Conn.St.) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 4 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Forward Evens Laroche (193) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Stingers' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Simon Bibeau (188-91) replied with 19 points for Redmen. Stingers keep a position of league leader, which they share with Bishop's and McGill. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last two games of round 24 Ottawa were beaten by Carleton on the road 63-58. Bishop's destroyed UQAM on its own court 84-60. Guelph unfortunately lost to Waterloo in Waterloo, ON 74-85. Brock managed to beat Western at home 83-78. McMaster was defeated by Windsor on the opponent's court 73-80.
The most impressive performance of 24th round was 22 points and 14 rebounds by Kyrie Coleman of Waterloo.


Winnipeg - Calgary 86-93 OT

Calgary beat Winnipeg in overtime 93:86. Ogungbemi-Jackson stepped up with 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Moses netted 20. Wesley had 30 points in the losing effort.
Top scorers:
Calgary: J.Ogungbemi-Jackson 24+10reb+5ast, T.Moses 20+11reb+4ast, J.Owen-Thomas 17+6reb+5ast, D.Karch 14+5reb+3ast, M.Letkeman 6+8reb+1ast, J.Gill 6+2reb
Winnipeg: S.Wesley 30+12reb+2ast, B.Iko 15+14reb+2ast, A.Cunningham 11+6reb+12ast, S.Hattin 10+4reb, N.Gooding 8+1reb+3ast, J.Clennon 4+4reb+5ast
gschID: 190595


Concordia - McGill 62-60

CIS round 24 caused change at the leadership position. Third defeat of league's leader Redmen (6-3) against third ranked Stingers (6-3) 62-60 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Redmen. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 62-60. Stingers made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for the former international point guard Kyle Desmarais (188-87, college: Cent.Conn.St.) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 4 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Forward Evens Laroche (193) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Stingers' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Simon Bibeau (188-91) replied with 19 points and forward Vincent Dufort (195) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Redmen. Stingers keep a position of league leader, which they share with Bishop's and McGill. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Concordia: K.Desmarais 21+4reb+4ast, E.Laroche 14+6reb+1ast, J.Blake 12+4reb+2ast, K.Eyitayo 7+10reb, S.Moore 3+1reb, A.Chmielewski 3+5reb+1ast
McGill: S.Bibeau 19+2reb+1ast, V.Dufort 13+6reb, R.Imperador 10+4reb+1ast, A.Mitrovic 8+1reb+1ast, T.Renaud-Tremblay 6+5reb, D.Clark 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 190594


Carleton - Ottawa 63-58

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Ravens (13-1) beat one of their biggest challengers Gee-Gees (11-3) in Ottawa, ON 63-58 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 35-24 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for the former international forward Tyson Hinz (198-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds. Forward Thomas Scrubb (196) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Johnny Berhanemeskel (185) replied with 16 points and the former international guard Warren Ward (196-89) added 6 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Gee-Gees. Ravens have an impressive 13-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-1 record which they share with defeated Gee-Gees. Gee-Gees at the other side still keep top place with three games lost. Ravens will face Lions (#6) in Toronto, ON in the next round where they are favorite. Gee-Gees will play at home against Voyageurs (#5) in Sudbury, ON.
Top scorers:
Carleton: T.Scrubb 19+6reb, T.Hinz 15+16reb+3ast, K.Blain 11+2reb+2ast, P.Scrubb 9+4reb+4ast, D.Penner 5+3reb+1ast, C.Springer-Williams 4+4reb+1ast
Ottawa: J.Berhanemeskel 16+4reb+2ast, G.Gonthier-Dubue 13+6reb, V.Gill 12+5reb, M.Tihani 6+6reb+5ast, W.Ward 6+13reb+3ast, M.L'Africain 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 190593


Bishop''s - UQAM 84-60

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 4th ranked Citadines' (3-7) road loss to third ranked Gaiters (6-3) in Lennoxville, QC 60-84 on Wednesday. Gaiters keep a position of league leader, which they share with Concordia and McGill. Citadines at the other side keep the fourth place with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Bishop''s: M.Andrews 20+13reb, J.Bermillo 18+6reb+5ast, J.Abiad 10+2reb, T.Hunter 9+3reb+3ast, J.Leonard-Smith 8+9reb+2ast, M.McLean 7+5reb+2ast
UQAM: A.Bernard 16+7reb+1ast, R.Kwaku Addai 14+1reb+2ast, P.Tamba 11+7reb+2ast, N.Audet 7+3reb+1ast, M.Bazile 4+3reb+1ast, P.Colas 3
gschID: 190592


Waterloo - Guelph 85-74

There was a small surprise when seventh ranked Warriors (3-11) won against 4th ranked Gryphons (5-9) in Waterloo, ON 85-74 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Warriors. Gryphons was better in second period 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-24 free shots (91.7 percent) during the game. It was a good game for forward Kyrie Coleman who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. Gill Jaspreet contributed with 21 points for the winners. Four Warriors players scored in double figures. Forward Daniel McCarthy (190) replied with 17 points and guard Kareem Malcolm (183) added 17 points in the effort for Gryphons. Gryphons' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Warriors maintains seventh position with 3-11 record, which they share with Brandon. Gryphons at the other side keep the fourth place with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Waterloo: K.Coleman 22+14reb+2ast, G.Jaspreet 21+3reb+3ast, M.Helsby 13+4reb+3ast, Z.Angelini 11+5reb+2ast, B.Davis 8+4reb, B.Smith 6+3reb+3ast
Guelph: K.Malcolm 17+1reb+3ast, D.McCarthy 17+4reb+1ast, M.Clark 10+5reb+2ast, Z.Angus 8+6reb+2ast, A.Haroon 6+3reb, A.Kemp 6+4reb
gschID: 190591


Brock - Western 83-78

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked Mustangs (1-13) lost to sixth ranked Badgers (5-9) in St.Catharines, ON 78-83 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 14-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-78. Badgers outrebounded Mustangs 43-25 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American guard Jameson Tipping (201, college: W.Kentucky) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Mike Luby (213) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Badgers' coach Brad Rootes allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Quinn Henderson (193) replied with 14 points and 5 rebounds and forward Peter Scholtes (196) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Mustangs. Five Badgers and four Mustangs players scored in double figures. Badgers moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Mustangs lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Brock: J.Tipping 17+12reb+6ast, M.Luby 16+10reb+2ast, M.Gibson 12+10reb+6ast, D.Mukendi 12+3reb+2ast, C.Smith 11+3reb+1ast, T.Kasamba 6+2reb+1ast
Western: Q.Henderson 14+5reb+3ast, J.Daneyko 13+4reb, E.Dooley 13+1reb+3ast, C.Drouin 12+1reb+2ast, G.Morrow 9+4reb+2ast, P.Scholtes 9+6reb+3ast
gschID: 190590


Windsor - McMaster 80-73

Everything went according to plan when first ranked Lancers (11-3) defeated 3rd ranked Marauders (7-7) in Windsor, ON 80-73 on Wednesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Marauders won fourth quarter 24-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lancers forced 23 Marauders turnovers. It was a good game for the former international forward Lien Phillip (203-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. point guard Enrico Diloreto (185-90) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Lancers' coach Chris Oliver allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Joe Rocca (193) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and guard Scott Laws (193) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Marauders. Lancers have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-3 record, which they share with Ottawa. Marauders at the other side keep the third place with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Windsor: L.Phillip 16+13reb+2ast, E.Diloreto 15+7reb+2ast, I.Seferagic 13+2reb+1ast, E.Matthews 8+4reb+1ast, J.Collins 7+4reb+6ast, R.Osuntola 6+3reb
McMaster: J.Rocca 19+12reb+1ast, S.Laws 18+6reb+2ast, T.Black 16+8reb, R.Boney 8+4reb+3ast, A.Redpath 5+5reb+9ast, N.Mccarthy 4+4reb
gschID: 190589



CIS Round 25: Thunderbirds defeat Heat in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Eighth-ranked Heat (2-14) gave a tough game to first ranked Thunderbirds (13-2) in Kelowna, BC on Friday. The visitors from Vancouver, BC managed to secure only two-point victory 63-61. However their fans expected much easier game. Heat was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Thunderbirds made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Heat helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward David Wagner (206-92) stepped up and scored 20 points for the winners and American guard Doug Plumb (193, college: Minnesota St.) chipped in 12 points. At the losing side guard Yassine Ghomari (185) responded with 13 points. Thunderbirds have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-2 record, which they share with Alberta. Heat lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 14 games lost. Thunderbirds will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Heat will play again at home against the league's leader Thunderbirds (#1) in Vancouver, BC and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Important game to mention about took place in Ottawa, ON. Fifth ranked Voyageurs (8-6) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 3rd placed Gee-Gees (11-4) 73-72 on Friday evening. Alex Ratte nailed 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and Georges Serresse accounted for 22 points and 5 steals. The former international guard Warren Ward (196-89) came up with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for Gee-Gees in the defeat. Gee-Gees' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Voyageurs. They maintain fifth place with 8-6 record. Gee-Gees at the other side dropped to the second position with four games lost. They share it with Saskatchewan. Voyageurs will play against league's leader Ravens in Ottawa, ON in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gee-Gees will play at home against Lions in Toronto, ON and hope to get back on the winning track.
Eighth-ranked Bobcats (3-12) gave a tough game to third ranked Huskies (11-4) in Brandon, MB on Friday. The visitors from Saskatoon, SK managed to secure only three-point victory 68-65. However their fans expected much easier game. Ben Baker fired 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Huskies' coach Barry Rawlyk used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Jordan Reaves produced 19 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Huskies. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Ottawa. Bobcats lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 12 games lost. Huskies will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Bobcats will play again against the league's second-placed Huskies (#2) in Saskatoon, SK and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Wesmen (11-6) against fifth ranked Dinos (9-7) on Friday night. Host Wesmen was defeated by Dinos in a tough game in Winnipeg, MB 71-79. Worth to mention a great performance of Thijin Moses who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds. Wesmen's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Dinos. They maintain fifth place with 9-7 record. Wesmen at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Panthers (8-3) against fourth ranked Tigers (6-6) on Friday night. Visiting Panthers were defeated by Tigers in Halifax, NS 81-71. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Panthers. Simon Marr stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. The victory was the third consecutive win for Tigers. They maintain fourth place with 6-6 record. Loser Panthers keep the second position with three games lost. Tigers will face league's leader Capers in Sydney, NS in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Panthers will play on the road against Huskies in Halifax, NS.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 25: Mount Royal lost to TWU on the opponent's court 78-84. TRU unfortunately lost to Victoria in a home game 64-81. UNBC was rolled over UFV on the road 65-86. Regina was defeated by Alberta on its own court 65-79. Lethbridge was beaten by Manitoba in Winnipeg, MB 88-76. Carleton destroyed York at home 106-62. Queen's was outscored by Ryerson on the opponent's court 78-47. Lakehead rolled over Laurier in a home game 80-53. Cape Breton defeated St.Mary's on the road 85-80.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 33 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals by Jimmy Dorsey of Cape Breton.


TWU - Mount Royal 84-78

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Mount Royal's (2-12) road loss to sixth ranked Spartans (6-9) 78-84 on Friday. Mount Royal was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 30-23 charge of Spartans, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 21 Mount Royal turnovers. Guard Tonner Jackson (201) stepped up and scored 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Mark Perrin chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. Four Spartans players scored in double figures. At the losing side point guard Aloysius Callaghan (180) responded with 21 points and guard Deng Awak (186) scored 7 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Spartans moved-up to fourth place. Mount Royal lost their ninth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 12 games lost. Spartans will face again Mount Royal (#7) in Calgary, AB in the next round.
Top scorers:
TWU: T.Jackson 21+8reb+1ast, M.Perrin 20+6reb+1ast, J.Bakuteka 10+1reb, T.Smith 10+3reb+3ast, D.McDonald 7+4reb+2ast, M.Cockrill 5+3reb
Mount Royal: A.Callaghan 21+2reb, M.Akwl 9+1reb+3ast, A.Abraha 9+1ast, J.Gardener 8+3reb+2ast, K.Wilson 8+1reb+2ast, D.Awak 7+10reb+3ast
gschID: 190609


TRU - Victoria 64-81

Rather predictable result in Kamloops, BC where second ranked Vikies (10-5) defeated 4th placed Wolfpack (6-10) 81-64 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Vikies. Wolfpack was better in third quarter 25-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Terrell Evans stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and Kyle Peterson chipped in 8 points and 7 assists. At the losing side Blaz Bozinovic responded with 8 points and 12 rebounds and Zach Usherwood scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Vikies. They maintain second place with 10-5 record having four points less than leader Cape Breton. Wolfpack lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. Vikies will have a break next round. Wolfpack will play again at home against the league's second-placed Vikies (#2) in Victoria, BC.
Top scorers:
Victoria: T.Evans 20+13reb+2ast, V.Dhillon 12+1reb, R.Theil 9+1reb, K.Peterson 8+4reb+7ast, M.Acheampong 7+1reb, B.Dunlop 6+4ast
TRU: Z.Usherwood 14+5reb+1ast, B.Rouault 12+4reb+1ast, A.Pierre 9+4reb+3ast, B.Bozinovic 8+12reb+2ast, K.Pribilsky 7+1ast, I.Bozinovic 5+5reb
gschID: 190608


UBC Okanagan - UBC 61-63

Eighth-ranked Heat (2-14) gave a tough game to first ranked Thunderbirds (13-2) in Kelowna, BC on Friday. The visitors from Vancouver, BC managed to secure only two-point victory 63-61. However their fans expected much easier game. Heat was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Thunderbirds made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Heat helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward David Wagner (206-92) stepped up and scored 20 points for the winners and American guard Doug Plumb (193, college: Minnesota St.) chipped in 12 points. At the losing side guard Yassine Ghomari (185) responded with 13 points and guard Mitch Goodwin (188) scored 13 points. Thunderbirds have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-2 record, which they share with Alberta. Heat lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 14 games lost. Thunderbirds will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Heat will play again at home against the league's leader Thunderbirds (#1) in Vancouver, BC and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
UBC: D.Wagner 20+4reb, I.Solomon 12+1reb, D.Plumb 12+4reb+1ast, O.Wallace 8+4reb, G.Pippus 5+1ast, T.Nixon 2+2reb
UBC Okanagan: Y.Ghomari 13+2reb+1ast, M.Goodwin 13+3reb, D.Mackay 10+4reb, A.Fahandeg-Sadi 8+3reb, L.Ndayitwayeko 6+1reb+2ast, A.Faza 6+5reb
gschID: 190607


UFV - UNBC 86-65

Not a big story in a game in Abbotsford, BC where 5th ranked Timberwolves (5-10) were rolled over by third ranked Cascades (8-7) 86-65 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Cascades. Timberwolves was better in third quarter 21-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cascades shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 61.5 percentage. Swingman Nathan Kendall (196) stepped up and scored 19 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners and Kevon Parchment chipped in 24 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side swingman Sam Raphael (188) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Salvadorean guard Jose Araujo (186-86) scored 15 points. Four Timberwolves players scored in double figures. Timberwolves' coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Cascades maintains third place with 8-7 record having six points less than leader Cape Breton. Timberwolves lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Cascades will face again Timberwolves (#6) in Prince George, BC in the next round.
Top scorers:
UFV: S.Freeman 27+1reb+2ast, K.Parchment 24+9reb, N.Kendall 19+9reb+8ast, A.McGowan 8+2reb+1ast, J.York 5+3reb+6ast, S.Ashkenazy 3+2reb+1ast
UNBC: J.Araujo 15+4reb+2ast, S.Raphael 14+7reb+2ast, C.Barton 12+5reb+1ast, F.Rowe 10+1reb+2ast, D.Stark 6+4reb+2ast, G.Aubertin 4+1reb
gschID: 190606


Regina - Alberta 65-79

Everything went according to plan in Regina, SK where first ranked Golden Bears (13-2) beat 7th ranked Cougars (5-10) 79-65 on Friday. The game without a history. Golden Bears led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Cougars' 34. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Golden Bears made 7 blocks. Naturalized Kenyan guard Kenneth Otieno (188) stepped up and scored 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and forward Adam Weir (201) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds. Four Golden Bears players scored in double figures. Golden Bears' coach Barnaby Craddock used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side forward Connor Burns (201) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and forward Paul Gareau (201) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Golden Bears. They maintain first place with 13-2 record, which they share with UBC. Loser Cougars dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Golden Bears will have a break next round. Cougars will play again at home against the league's leader Golden Bears (#1) in Edmonton, AB.
Top scorers:
Alberta: K.Otieno 18+5reb+1ast, R.Dewar 16+4reb, T.Bergen-Henengouwen 15+3reb+1ast, A.Weir 11+9reb+1ast, T.Watson 9+2reb+2ast, S.Saffa 8+4reb+1ast
Regina: C.Burns 18+14reb+1ast, P.Gareau 14+6reb+1ast, F.Brown 11+3reb+2ast, B.Hebert 7+2reb+7ast, T.Sylvester 6+4reb, S.Nostedt 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 190605


Brandon - Saskatchewan 65-68

Eighth-ranked Bobcats (3-12) gave a tough game to third ranked Huskies (11-4) in Brandon, MB on Friday. The visitors from Saskatoon, SK managed to secure only three-point victory 68-65. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning next two quarters and won the game by 3 points. Huskies dominated on the defensive end, holding Bobcats to just 0 points in third quarter and to 0 points in second half. They made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game, while Bobcats only scored five points from the stripe. Huskies forced 19 Bobcats turnovers. Guard Ben Baker (191) fired 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Guard Patrick Burns (198) chipped in 6 points and 14 rebounds. Huskies' coach Barry Rawlyk used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Jordan Reaves produced 19 points and 9 rebounds and Ilarion Bonhomme added 18 points respectively for lost side. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Huskies. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Ottawa. Bobcats lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 12 games lost. Huskies will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Bobcats will play again against the league's second-placed Huskies (#2) in Saskatoon, SK and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Saskatchewan: B.Baker 19+9reb+2ast, M.Forbes 12+6reb+1ast, E.Ostertag 12+1reb+2ast, J.Karwacki 9+6reb+2ast, P.Burns 6+14reb+1ast, A.Henry 5+5reb+2ast
Brandon: J.Reaves 19+9reb+3ast, I.Bonhomme 18+1reb+3ast, R.Smith 13+1reb+3ast, J.Elias 4+5reb, J.Molin 4+4reb+1ast, K.Ramsey 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 190604


Winnipeg - Calgary 71-79

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Wesmen (11-6) against fifth ranked Dinos (9-7) on Friday night. Host Wesmen was defeated by Dinos in a tough game in Winnipeg, MB 71-79. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Wesmen won fourth quarter 29-27. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dinos made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Dinos especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of Thijin Moses (201) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (175-91) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Four Dinos players scored in double figures. American forward Steven Wesley (196, college: E.Washington) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import forward Benny Iko (198) added 9 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Wesmen. Wesmen's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Dinos. They maintain fifth place with 9-7 record. Wesmen at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Calgary: T.Moses 27+14reb, J.Ogungbemi-Jackson 19+10reb+8ast, Y.Anissovets 11+7reb+4ast, M.Letkeman 11+4reb, D.Karch 7+2reb+2ast, J.Owen-Thomas 4+2reb+4ast
Winnipeg: T.Krahn 20+1ast, D.Brown 14+1reb+1ast, S.Wesley 14+11reb+1ast, B.Iko 9+12reb+3ast, A.Cunningham 6+7reb+10ast, M.McNee 6+3reb
gschID: 190603


Manitoba - Lethbridge 88-76

There was no surprise in Winnipeg, MB where 6th ranked Pronghorn (7-8) was defeated by fourth ranked Bisons (11-5) 88-76 on Friday. Bisons dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Pronghorn's 42. Bisons forced 28 Pronghorn turnovers and outrebounded them 50-37 including 18 on the offensive glass. Guard Jonar Huertas (183) stepped up and scored 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners and forward Wyatt Anders (201) chipped in 13 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side center Derek Waldner (201) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and guard Alex Fletcher (185) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Bisons. They moved-up to third place. Loser Pronghorn keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Bisons will face again Pronghorn (#6) in Lethbridge, AB in the next round.
Top scorers:
Manitoba: Y.Ozsayiner 18+4reb, J.Huertas 17+5reb+4ast, W.Anders 13+11reb+1ast, B.Speer 11+4reb+1ast, S.Walton 10+5reb+5ast, A.Ali 9+3reb
Lethbridge: D.Waldner 18+13reb+1ast, C.Johnson 14+3reb+1ast, A.Fletcher 14+5reb+6ast, L.Reiter 12+5reb+4ast, J.Chief-Morris 10+3reb, M.Duce 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 190602


Ottawa - Laurentian 72-73

Important game to mention about took place in Ottawa, ON. Fifth ranked Voyageurs (8-6) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 3rd placed Gee-Gees (11-4) 73-72 on Friday evening. Gee-Gees were ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 20-18 charge of Voyageurs, which allowed them to win the game. Alex Ratte nailed 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and swingman Georges Serresse (191) accounted for 22 points and 5 steals. The former international guard Warren Ward (196-89) came up with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue (198) added 18 points respectively for Gee-Gees in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gee-Gees' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Voyageurs. They maintain fifth place with 8-6 record. Gee-Gees at the other side dropped to the second position with four games lost. They share it with Saskatchewan. Voyageurs will play against league's leader Ravens in Ottawa, ON in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gee-Gees will play at home against Lions in Toronto, ON and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Laurentian: G.Serresse 22+4reb, A.Ratte 21+7reb+3ast, M.Pasquale 11+6reb+2ast, N.Yengue 10+4reb+1ast, T.Carter-Newman 5+2reb+1ast, J.Budd 4+2reb
Ottawa: G.Gonthier-Dubue 18+3reb, W.Ward 15+6reb+7ast, V.Gill 12+3reb+1ast, M.Tihani 12+7reb, J.Berhanemeskel 6+2reb+3ast, C.Agada 5+2reb
gschID: 190601


Carleton - York 106-62

No shocking result in a game in Ottawa, ON where first ranked Ravens (14-1) outleveled 6th ranked Lions (5-9) 106-62 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Ravens. Lions was better in fourth quarter 24-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Lions to just 7 points in second quarter. Ravens dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Lions' 26. Ravens forced 23 Lions turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Lions' players. Guard Connor Wood (190) stepped up and scored 32 points for the winners and forward Dan Penner (201) chipped in 9 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side guard Raheem Isaac (190) responded with 26 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and forward Aaron Rados (198) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourteenth consecutive win for Ravens. They maintain first place with 14-1 record. Loser Lions dropped to the fourth position with nine games lost. Ravens will face Voyageurs (#5) in Sudbury, ON in the next round. Lions will play on the road against Gee-Gees in Ottawa, ON and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Carleton: C.Wood 32+1reb+2ast, P.Scrubb 12+1reb+3ast, K.Churchill 10+5reb+2ast, D.Penner 9+8reb+2ast, C.Springer-Williams 9+1reb, T.Hinz 7+1reb
York: R.Isaac 26+3reb+1ast, A.Rados 12+5reb+1ast, D.Tyndale 11+2reb+1ast, I.Akeem 7+4reb+1ast, N.Tufegdzich 3+2reb, R.Iheadindu 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 190600


Ryerson - Queen''s 78-47

Rather expected game in Toronto, ON where 4th placed Golden Gaels (9-6) were crushed by second ranked Rams (12-2) 78-47 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Rams. Golden Gaels was better in fourth quarter 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Golden Gaels to just 4 points in second quarter. Rams forced 23 Golden Gaels turnovers and outrebounded them 54-27 including a 38-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard guard Ostap Choliy (193) (193) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and guard guard Aaron Best (193) (193) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Rams' coach Roy Rana felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side guard guard Ostap Choliy (193) (193) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and guard guard Aaron Best (193) (193) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rams maintains second place with 12-2 record having just three points less than leader Cape Breton. Golden Gaels lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourth position with six games lost. Rams will have a break next round. Golden Gaels will play on the road against Blues (#7) in Toronto, ON.
gschID: 190599


Lakehead - Laurier 80-53

Rather predictable result in Thunder Bay, ON where second ranked Thunderwolves (9-5) smashed 6th ranked Golden Hawks (4-10) 80-53 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Thunderwolves. Golden Hawks was better in second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Golden Hawks to just 6 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Golden Hawks 56-27 including a 20-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Naturalized Egyptian forward Yoosrie Salhia (198-87) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and guard Ben Johnson (-88) chipped in 16 points. At the losing side guard Maxwell Allin (193) responded with 11 points and guard William Coulthard (188) scored 16 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Thunderwolves. They maintain second place with 9-5 record having six points less than leader Cape Breton. Loser Golden Hawks keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Thunderwolves will face again Golden Hawks (#6) in Waterloo, ON in the next round.
Top scorers:
Lakehead: Y.Salhia 22+12reb+3ast, B.Johnson 16+2reb+1ast, R.Thomson 11+5reb+2ast, A.McIntosh 6+9reb, M.Schmidt 5+4reb+2ast, G.Carter 5+7reb+1ast
Laurier: W.Coulthard 16, M.Allin 11+4reb+2ast, G.Thomas 6+2reb, J.Forde 5+4reb+1ast, M.Chesson 4+3reb, J.Smith 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 190598


St.Mary''s - Cape Breton 80-85

Not a big story in a game in Halifax, NS where 7th ranked Huskies (3-9) were defeated by leader Capers (13-0) 85-80 on Friday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-80. Capers outrebounded Huskies 45-27 including 32 on the defensive glass. American guard American guard Jimmy Dorsey (188) (188) stepped up and scored 33 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals for the winners and forward forward Arild Geugjes (203) (203) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American guard American guard Jimmy Dorsey (188) (188) responded with 33 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals and forward forward Arild Geugjes (203) (203) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the thirteenth consecutive win for Capers. They maintain first place with 13-0 record. Loser Huskies keep the seventh position with nine games lost. Capers will face Tigers (#4) in Halifax, NS in the next round. Huskies will play at home against the league's second-placed Panthers in Charlottetown, PEI.
Top scorers:
Cape Breton: J.Dorsey 33+7reb+9ast, C.Kasongo 16+5reb+1ast, A.Geugjes 16+6reb+1ast, M.Lufile 10+11reb, K.Mayers 5+5reb+4ast, K.Devereaux 3+5reb
St.Mary''s: J.Lee 31+4reb, K.Thomas 15+10reb, R.Halpin 10+6reb+2ast, K.Thompson 10+1reb+1ast, M.Pink 9+11reb+3ast, J.McAvoy 5+1reb+5ast
gschID: 190597


Dalhousie - UPEI 81-71

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Panthers (8-3) against fourth ranked Tigers (6-6) on Friday night. Visiting Panthers were defeated by Tigers in Halifax, NS 81-71. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Panthers. The game was mostly controlled by Tigers. Panthers was better in third quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tigers dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Panthers' 30. They outrebounded Panthers 52-38 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Simon Marr (203) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and Cameroonian forward William Yengue (193) chipped in 16 points and 15 rebounds. At the losing side forward Geoff Doane (196) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and Lorenzo Parker scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Tigers. They maintain fourth place with 6-6 record. Loser Panthers keep the second position with three games lost. Tigers will face league's leader Capers in Sydney, NS in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Panthers will play on the road against Huskies in Halifax, NS.
Top scorers:
Dalhousie: S.Marr 22+11reb+2ast, W.Yengue 16+15reb+3ast, D.Stedman 15+6reb+2ast, H.Abdullahi 11+5reb+3ast, D.Norris 8+4reb+1ast, J.Traboulsi 4+7reb+1ast
UPEI: M.Downey 16, J.Kendrick 14+6reb+1ast, L.Parker 14+5reb+2ast, G.Doane 12+10reb+1ast, D.Smith 9+5reb+5ast, A.Robbins 4+4reb
gschID: 190596



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  CHINA   

Standings - CBA

CBA Standings
 1. Guangdong ST 22-3 
 2. Shandong FB 18-7 
 3. Beijing Ducks 18-7 
 4. Shanxi Zh. 15-11 
 5. Xinjiang FT 15-11 
 6. Liaoning H. 14-11 
 7. DongGuan L. 14-11 
 8. Zhejiang CB 13-12 
 9. Guangsha L. 13-13 
 10. Bayi R. 11-15 
 11. Foshan LL 11-15 
 12. TianJin S. 10-15 
 13. Jilin NE T. 10-16 
 14. Jiangsu D. 9-16 
 15. Fujian QB 8-17 
 16. Shanghai S. 8-18 
 17. Qingdao E. 7-18 

Regular Season: Round 27

Jan. 25: Shandong FB - Xinjiang FT 96-93
Jan. 25: Guangsha L. - Beijing Ducks 96-113
Jan. 25: Shanghai S. - DongGuan L. 91-100
Jan. 25: TianJin S. - Shanxi Zh. 88-90
Jan. 25: Bayi R. - Guangdong ST 82-92
Jan. 25: Liaoning H. - Jiangsu D. 127-101
Jan. 25: Fujian QB - Foshan LL 118-123
Jan. 25: Jilin NE T. - Zhejiang CB 117-103

Regular Season: Round 28

Jan. 27: Jiangsu D. - Beijing Ducks
Jan. 27: Liaoning H. - Zhejiang CB
Jan. 27: Guangsha L. - TianJin S.
Jan. 27: Shanghai S. - Guangdong ST
Jan. 27: Shanxi Zh. - Shandong FB
Jan. 27: DongGuan L. - Jilin NE T.
Jan. 27: Qingdao E. - Xinjiang FT
Jan. 27: Fujian QB - Bayi R.


Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Quincy DOUBY
  Zhejiang CB
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 32.4
 1. Douby, Zhejiang CB32.4 
 2. Randolph, Foshan31.7 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.31.2 
 4. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.9 
 5. Akognon, Liaoning.30.8 
 6. Daniels, Qingdao E.29.5 
 7. Haislip, DongGuan.28.8 
 8. Marbury, Beijing28.3 
 9. Spencer, Jilin N.28.2 
 10. Forbes, Guangsha28.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  TianJin S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Harvey, TianJin S.16.4 
 2. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.14.9 
 3. Randolph, Foshan13.9 
 4. Harris, Jiangsu D.12.8 
 5. Li, Liaoning H.12.7 
 6. Wang, Fujian QB12.3 
 7. Abbas, Shandong FB12.3 
 8. Ramos, Guangsha L.11.8 
 9. Daniels, Qingdao E.11.5 
 10. Siler, Jiangsu D.11.2 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  TianJin S.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Daghles, TianJin S.10.4 
 2. Jeter, Shandong FB5.7 
 3. Lu, Shanxi Zh.5.6 
 4. Marbury, Beijing5.4 
 5. Williams, Shanxi Z.5.2 
 6. Qahwash, Jiang.4.9 
 7. Forbes, Guangsha4.8 
 8. McGrady, Qingd.4.7 
 9. Liu, Shanghai S.4.6 
 10. Gaines, Fujian QB4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Quincy DOUBY
  Zhejiang CB
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Douby, Zhejiang CB2.7 
 2. Spencer, Jilin N.2.6 
 3. Hu, Jiangsu D.2.4 
 4. Jeter, Shandong FB2.3 
 5. Han, Bayi R.2.2 
 6. Abbas, Shandong FB2.0 
 7. Co, Xinjiang FT2.0 
 8. Marbury, Beijing2.0 
 9. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.0 
 10. Akognon, Liaoning.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Ti.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. N''Diaye, Ti.4.2 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.6 
 3. Siler, Jiangsu D.2.2 
 4. Yi, Guangdong ST2.0 
 5. Daniels, Qingdao E.1.8 
 6. Haislip, DongGuan.1.7 
 7. Morris, Beijing Du.1.6 
 8. Han, Liaoning H.1.5 
 9. White, Shanghai S.1.5 
 10. Wang, Bayi R.1.5 


Chinese CBA round 27 best performance: Samuel Hoskin - by Eurobasket News

American-Liberian power forward Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Jilin NE T., receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 33-year old player had a double-double of 28 points and 18 rebounds, while his team beat Zhejiang CB (#8, 13-12) 117-103. Jilin NE T. is placed at 13th position in Chinese CBA. Jilin NE T. is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-16 record. Hoskin turned to be Jilin NE T.'s top player in his first season with the team. Samuel Hoskin averages this season 21.3ppg and 10.6rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Guangsha L.. Ramos had a very good evening with a double-double of 31 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Guangsha L. lost that game 96-113 to the higher-ranked Beijing Ducks (#3, 18-7). Guangsha L. managed to keep the same 9th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-13 record is not bad and everything may still change. Ramos is a newcomer at Guangsha L., but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Garret Siler (213-C-86) of Jiangsu D. (#14). Siler scored 25 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Siler's great performance Jiangsu D. lost 101-127 to the higher-ranked Liaoning H. (#6, 14-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Jiangsu D. not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 16 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Siler could try to bring Jiangsu D.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Siler has a very solid season. In 25 games in China he scored 18.0ppg. He also has 11.2rpg, 2.2bpg and FGP: 72.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Donnell Harvey (203-F/C-80) of TianJin S. - 27 points, 18 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Zhelin Wang (215-PF-94) of Fujian QB - 28 points and 17 rebounds
6. Charles Gaines (201-F-81) of Shanxi Zh. - 23 points and 27 rebounds
7. Sundiata Gaines (185-G-86) of Fujian QB - 35 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82) of Jilin NE T. - 31 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Marcus Haislip (208-F-80) of DongGuan L. - 27 points and 3 rebounds
10. Von Wafer (196-G-85) of Xinjiang FT - 31 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists

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



CBA Round 27: Shandong Bulls defeat Xinjiang Flying Tige in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 27 in the CBA took place in Jinan. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Xinjiang Flying Tige (15-11) to second ranked Shandong Bulls (18-7) 96-93 on Friday evening. Xinjiang Flying Tige trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 33-25 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 93-96 at the end of the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shandong Bulls made 7 blocks. 29 personal fouls committed by Xinjiang Flying Tige helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for forward Ding Yanyuhang (200-93) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points. Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas (203-83) helped adding 14 points and 13 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Von Wafer (196-85, college: Florida St.) with 31 points and 9 rebounds. Shandong Bulls have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain second place with 18-7 record having four points less than leader Guangdong ST, which they share with Beijing Ducks. Xinjiang Flying Tige at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Shanxi Zh.. Shandong Bulls is looking forward to face Shanxi Zhongyu (#4) in Taiyuan in the next round. Xinjiang Flying Tige will play on the road against Qingdao Eagles and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
CBA top team - Guandong Tigers (22-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat tenth ranked Bayi Rockets (11-15) in Ningbo 92-82. It was a quality performance for international Jianlian Yi (212-87) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Ike Diogu accounted for 16 points and 7 rebounds. Guandong Tigers' coach ChunJiang Li allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international guard Shuo Han (196-86) came up with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for Bayi Rockets in the defeat. The victory was the twelfth consecutive win for Guandong Tigers. They maintain first place with 22-3 record. Bayi Rockets lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Foshan LL. Guandong Tigers will play against Shanghai Sharks (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Bayi Rockets will play against Fujian (#15) in Jinjiang and hope to get back on the winning track.
Eleventh-ranked TianJin Steel (10-15) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (15-11) in Tianjin on Friday. The visitors from Taiyuan managed to secure only two-point victory 90-88. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Charles Gaines who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 27 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Donnell Harvey who recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and 18 rebounds. TianJin Steel's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Shanxi Zhongyu moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Xinjiang FT. TianJin Steel lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Shanxi Zhongyu will meet at home league's second-placed Shandong Bulls in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. TianJin Steel will play against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#9) in Hangzhou and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Changchun where higher ranked Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (13-12) was upset on the court of fourteenth ranked Jilin Tigers (10-16) 117-103. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank. It was a good game for Samuel Hoskin who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 18 rebounds. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank's coach tested eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Jilin Tigers. They moved-up to thirteenth place. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Jilin Tigers' next round opponent will be higher ranked DongGuan Leopards (#7) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Sixth ranked Liaoning Hunters (14-11) crushed at home 13th ranked Jiangsu Dragons (9-16) by 26 points 127-101, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Josh-Emmanuel Akognon who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Liaoning Hunters maintains sixth place with 14-11 record, which they share with DongGuan L. Jiangsu Dragons lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 16 games lost. Liaoning Hunters will face Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (#8) in Hangzhou in the next round. Jiangsu Dragons will play at home against Beijing Ducks (#3).

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 27: Foshan LL won against Fujian QB on the opponent's court 123-118. Shanghai S. unfortunately lost to DongGuan L. in a home game 91-100. Beijing Ducks managed to beat Guangsha L. on the road 113-96.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 31 points and 14 rebounds by Peter John Ramos of Guangsha L..


Fujian QB - Foshan LL 118-123

Rather expected game in Jinjiang where 15th ranked Fujian (8-17) was defeated by twelfth ranked Foshan (11-15) 123-118 on Friday. Fujian was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 41-29 charge of Foshan, which allowed them to win the game. They made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Fujian was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 12 rebounds. Forward KangMing Song (208-87) helped adding 20 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Sundiata Gaines (185-86, college: Georgia) with 35 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 8 assists and international Zhelin Wang (215-94) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points and 17 rebounds. Five Foshan and four Fujian players scored in double figures. Foshan moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Bayi R. Fujian lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. Foshan will have a break next round. Fujian will play at home against Bayi Rockets (#10) in Ningbo.
Top scorers:
Foshan LL: R.Shavlik 32+12reb+3ast, S.KangMing 20+8reb, J.Mingxin 18+7reb+2ast, R.Junwei 18+6reb+1ast, P.Doron 14+5reb+3ast, Z.LingXu 13+4reb+7ast
Fujian QB: G.Sundiata 35+5reb+8ast, W.Zhelin 28+17reb, Z.TaiLong 23+7reb+1ast, M.Will 13+9reb+2ast, G.Lei 10+4reb+2ast, Z.QiXin 9+5reb+3ast
gschID: 228734


Shandong FB - Xinjiang FT 96-93

The most exciting game of round 27 in the CBA took place in Jinan. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Xinjiang Flying Tige (15-11) to second ranked Shandong Bulls (18-7) 96-93 on Friday evening. Xinjiang Flying Tige trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 33-25 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 93-96 at the end of the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shandong Bulls made 7 blocks. 29 personal fouls committed by Xinjiang Flying Tige helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for forward Ding Yanyuhang (200-93) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points. Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas (203-83) helped adding 14 points and 13 rebounds. Four Shandong Bulls players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Von Wafer (196-85, college: Florida St.) with 31 points and 9 rebounds and the former international point guard QinPeng Zhang (187-81) scored 20 points. Shandong Bulls have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain second place with 18-7 record having four points less than leader Guangdong ST, which they share with Beijing Ducks. Xinjiang Flying Tige at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Shanxi Zh.. Shandong Bulls is looking forward to face Shanxi Zhongyu (#4) in Taiyuan in the next round. Xinjiang Flying Tige will play on the road against Qingdao Eagles and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Shandong FB: Y.Ding 29+3reb+1ast, J.Pooh 19+3reb+6ast, A.Zaid 14+13reb+2ast, L.JingYu 10+6reb+1ast, V.Jackson 8+15reb+2ast, T.HanLin 6
Xinjiang FT: W.Von 31+9reb+3ast, Z.QinPeng 20+2reb, T.ZhengDong 14+1reb, M.Kan 8+2reb+1ast, J.Darnell 7+11reb+1ast, Y.Changdong 6+12reb
gschID: 228733


TianJin S. - Shanxi Zh. 88-90

Eleventh-ranked TianJin Steel (10-15) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (15-11) in Tianjin on Friday. The visitors from Taiyuan managed to secure only two-point victory 90-88. However their fans expected much easier game. TianJin Steel was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Shanxi Zhongyu forced 19 TianJin Steel turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 27 rebounds. International forward JiangPeng Duan (197-90) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds. Four Shanxi Zhongyu players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Donnell Harvey (203-80, college: Florida) who recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and 18 rebounds and forward Nan Zhang (197-81) added 23 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) respectively. TianJin Steel's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Shanxi Zhongyu moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Xinjiang FT. TianJin Steel lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Shanxi Zhongyu will meet at home league's second-placed Shandong Bulls in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. TianJin Steel will play against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#9) in Hangzhou and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Shanxi Zh.: G.Charles 23+27reb+1ast, D.JiangPeng 22+5reb+2ast, Y.PengFei 16+9reb, Z.XueWen 12+1reb, S.TianGui 9+6reb+3ast, X.Jia 6+2reb+1ast
TianJin S.: H.Donnell 27+18reb+2ast, Z.Nan 23+8reb+1ast, D.Osama 10+4reb+7ast, Z.Zhihan 7+2reb+1ast, X.GuiJun 7+4reb, N.Hamady 5+4reb
gschID: 228732


Bayi R. - Guangdong ST 82-92

CBA top team - Guandong Tigers (22-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat tenth ranked Bayi Rockets (11-15) in Ningbo 92-82. Bayi Rockets were ahead by 10 points at the halftime before a 56-36 second half run of Guandong Tigers. They made 22-of-27 charity shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Bayi Rockets were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a quality performance for international Jianlian Yi (212-87) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Nigerian-American power forward Ike Diogu (204-83, college: Arizona St.) accounted for 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Five Guandong Tigers players scored in double figures. Guandong Tigers' coach ChunJiang Li allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international guard Shuo Han (196-86) came up with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international center ZhiZhi Wang (215-77) added 21 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Bayi Rockets in the defeat. The victory was the twelfth consecutive win for Guandong Tigers. They maintain first place with 22-3 record. Bayi Rockets lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Foshan LL. Guandong Tigers will play against Shanghai Sharks (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Bayi Rockets will play against Fujian (#15) in Jinjiang and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Guangdong ST: Y.Jianlian 22+10reb, D.Ike 16+7reb+2ast, L.XiaoYu 15+3reb+3ast, Z.FangYu 14+4reb+1ast, W.Terrence 10+1reb+3ast, W.ShiPeng 7+3reb
Bayi R.: H.Shuo 22+7reb+6ast, W.ZhiZhi 21+7reb+1ast, X.ZhongHao 10+8reb+3ast, H.Ke 9+1reb, W.Lei 9+2reb+2ast, D.Lehei 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 228731


Shanghai S. - DongGuan L. 91-100

Very predictable result when eighth ranked DongGuan Leopards (14-11) defeated on the road 16th ranked Shanghai Sharks (8-18) 100-91 on Friday. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 25-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. DongGuan Leopards made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game, while Shanghai Sharks only scored seven points from the stripe. It was a great evening for American forward Marcus Haislip (208-80, college: Tennessee) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points. His fellow American import point guard Blake Ahearn (188-84, college: Missouri St.) helped adding 21 points. The best for the losing side was international point guard Wei Liu (190-80) with 23 points and 8 assists and the former international center ZhaoXu Zhang (221-87, college: California) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Four DongGuan Leopards and five Shanghai Sharks players scored in double figures. Shanghai Sharks' coach let to play twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for DongGuan Leopards. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Liaoning H. Loser Shanghai Sharks keep the sixteenth position with 18 games lost. DongGuan Leopards will face Jilin Tigers (#13) in Changchun in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shanghai Sharks will play at home against the league's leader Guandong Tigers in Dongguan.
Top scorers:
DongGuan L.: H.Marcus 27+3reb, A.Blake 21+2reb+2ast, Z.Kai 11+10reb, H.ZhongMian 11+5reb+1ast, L.Muhao 8+3reb, S.TongLin 8+11reb+5ast
Shanghai S.: L.Wei 23+2reb+8ast, Z.ZhaoXu 18+12reb+2ast, A.Gilbert 15+14reb+3ast, L.Ziqui 15+3reb+1ast, W.D.J. 11+4reb+1ast, W.Ligang 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 228730


Guangsha L. - Beijing Ducks 96-113

Not a big story in a game in Hangzhou where 9th ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (13-13) were defeated by third ranked Beijing Ducks (18-7) 113-96 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Beijing Ducks. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions was better in second period 27-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for American guard Stephon Marbury (188-77, college: Georgia Tech) who led his team to a victory scoring 38 points (!!!). Forward Zhe Ji (202-89) helped adding 13 points and 13 rebounds. Five Beijing Ducks players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 14 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and Panamanian-American swingman Gary Forbes (201-85, college: Virginia) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' coach let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the third consecutive win for Beijing Ducks. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Shandong FB. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions lost their third game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 13 games lost. Beijing Ducks will face Jiangsu Dragons (#14) in Nanjing in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will play at home against TianJin Steel (#12) in Tianjin.
Top scorers:
Beijing Ducks: M.Stephon 38+4reb+2ast, M.Randolph 19+6reb+1ast, Z.Xiaochuan 19+6reb+1ast, Z.YanXi 13+3reb+1ast, J.Zhe 13+13reb+3ast, W.Xiaohui 8+4reb+2ast
Guangsha L.: R.Peter John 31+14reb, L.Chih-Chieh 12+2reb+2ast, F.Gary 12+5reb+10ast, S.HoMan 10+1reb, C.Han Jun 9+5reb+1ast, W.Zheng 8+2reb
gschID: 228729


Liaoning H. - Jiangsu D. 127-101

Sixth ranked Liaoning Hunters (14-11) crushed at home 13th ranked Jiangsu Dragons (9-16) by 26 points 127-101, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. The game was mostly controlled by Liaoning Hunters. Jiangsu Dragons was better in third quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Liaoning Hunters looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of Nigerian-American point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!). The former international Ailun Guo (192-93) helped adding 22 points and 12 assists. Five Liaoning Hunters players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American center Garret Siler (213-86, college: Augusta St.) with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eleven shots !!!) and the other American import forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) scored 25 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Liaoning Hunters maintains sixth place with 14-11 record, which they share with DongGuan L. Jiangsu Dragons lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 16 games lost. Liaoning Hunters will face Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (#8) in Hangzhou in the next round. Jiangsu Dragons will play at home against Beijing Ducks (#3).
Top scorers:
Liaoning H.: A.Josh-Emmanuel 33+4reb+1ast, H.TianJu 25+5reb+1ast, G.Ailun 22+1reb+12ast, L.XiaoXu 12+10reb+6ast, J.Solomon 10+6reb+3ast, P.New 8+1reb
Jiangsu D.: S.Garret 25+12reb+1ast, H.Mike 25+8reb, Y.Li 17+1reb+5ast, Q.Imad 9+1reb+5ast, M.Da 7+3reb+2ast, H.Yifan 5
gschID: 228728


Jilin NE T. - Zhejiang CB 117-103

An interesting game took place in Changchun where higher ranked Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (13-12) was upset on the court of fourteenth ranked Jilin Tigers (10-16) 117-103. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 62-47 second half run of Jilin Tigers. 24 personal fouls committed by Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American-Liberian power forward Samuel Hoskin (206-79, college: De Paul, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 18 rebounds. American guard Dewarick Spencer (193-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) contributed with 31 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. International JinHui Ding (204-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds and American guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) added 22 points and 4 steals in the effort for Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank's coach tested eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Jilin Tigers. They moved-up to thirteenth place. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Jilin Tigers' next round opponent will be higher ranked DongGuan Leopards (#7) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Jilin NE T.: S.Dewarick 31+6reb+4ast, H.Samuel 28+18reb, Z.Cheng 19+8reb+2ast, L.Yao 19+8reb+1ast, L.Xudong 9+5reb+3ast, Z.Biao 7+1reb+4ast
Zhejiang CB: D.Quincy 22+4reb+3ast, D.JinHui 18+17reb, C.Eddy 14+7reb+1ast, G.SongLin 13+2reb+2ast, C.Fei 11+5reb+1ast, Z.Dayu 9+9reb
gschID: 228727



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Justin Hamilton signs at VEF Riga, ex Cibona - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga (LBL) landed 23-year old American center Justin Hamilton (210-116kg-90, college: Iowa State). He played recently at Cibona in Croatian A1 league. In 5 Eurocup games this season he averaged 7.8ppg and 3.4rpg. Hamilton also played 16 games in Adriatic League where he had 8.1ppg and 5.6rpg.
Last year he was drafted by Drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in second round (45th overall). The former Iowa State staris in his first season in pro basketball. His team won Croatian Supercup.
Hamilton received NABC Division I All-District 21 2nd Team award in 2012 at his college time.
Hamiltons game is described as: (by Tyler Ingle for NBADraft.net in 2012)
Solid quickness and speed for his size ... Lives around the basket ... Scores well in the post because of his size and soft touch ... Has a nice looking baby push shot when he turns over his left shoulder, and a developing left-handed hook when he turns over his right ... Keeps the ball high and away from any secondary defenders ... An excellent mid-range shooter. Doesnt explode off his feet ... Plays below the rim. Lacks great finishing ability
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By Eurobasket Data Center



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Important win for Papa Johns Omonia - by Michael Aristidou

The third round in Cyprus league started tonight with two games
Petrolina AEK Larnaca didnt face any difficulties against Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol and won 86-38
Quarters: 29-11, 51-18, 72-30, 86-38
Petrolina AEK Larnaca: Dixon 8 (1), Tutt 17 (3), Jeretin 4, Georgiou 4, Nikola Cvetinovic (203-F-88, agency: FCM, college: Akron) 18 (2), Garcia 4, Fisher 12, Cohadarevic 8, Xaralampous 2, Panteli 3 (1), Harrison 6
Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol: Pesic 13, Guillandeaux 4, Tioutiounikof, Moniatis 2, Antoniou 2, Mantovani 3, Markou, Georgiou 5, Loizidis 2, Gabriel 7

In the other game Papa Johns Omonia Nicosia took an important win against Forex Time Apollon by 78-75
Quarters: 14-13, 37-32, 48-54, 78-75
Papa Johns Omonia Nicosia: Jamar Diggs (187-G-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Wofford) 16, Siapkas, Konstantinou, Harris 14 (2), Baker 11 (1), Voukosialievic 9, Tasic 8, Lamar 20 (3)
Forex Time Apollon: Avdibegovic 3 (1), Kapelan 7 (1), Iliadis 2, Loucks 10 (1), Robinson 1, Jefferson 3, Warren 15 (3), Krabbendam 4, Pantouris 3, Brown 27 (1)



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Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. CEZ Nymburk 21-1 
 2. NH Ostrava 16-7 
 3. BK Pardubice 14-7 
 4. BK Prostejov 14-9 
 5. BK Decin 12-9 
 6. BC Kolin 12-10 
 7. Levice 11-11 
 8. USK Praha 10-12 
 9. Svitavy 8-14 
 10. Chomutov 8-14 
 11. J.Hradec 7-15 
 12. B&W Opava 6-16 
 13. Usti n/Labem 4-18 

Regular Season: Round 24

Jan. 25: CEZ Nymburk - BK Prostejov 81-71
Jan. 26: Svitavy - BK Decin
Jan. 27: Usti n/Labem - Levice
Jan. 26: NH Ostrava - B&W Opava
Jan. 26: USK Praha - BK Pardubice
Jan. 26: BC Kolin - Chomutov


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Jan TOMANEC
  J.Hradec
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 20
 1. Tomanec, J.Hradec20.0 
 2. Deloach, Svitavy18.9 
 3. Zabas, BK Pardubi.17.9 
 4. Bolds, BC Kolin17.8 
 5. Fields, Chomutov17.6 
 6. Blazek, B&W Opava17.4 
 7. Meno, USK Praha17.0 
 8. Reese, Usti n.16.9 
 9. Dufault, BK Prost.15.7 
 10. Bosak, Chomutov15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Chomutov
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Fields, Chomutov10.3 
 2. Meno, USK Praha9.5 
 3. Tomanec, J.Hradec9.5 
 4. Muirhead, BK Pardu.8.0 
 5. Wilson, NH Ostrava7.3 
 6. Nuhanovic, Levice7.3 
 7. Mroz, Svitavy6.9 
 8. Simmons, Levice6.9 
 9. Blazek, B&W Opava6.9 
 10. Deloach, Svitavy6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jakub SIRINA
  B&W Opava
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Sirina, B&W Opava5.9 
 2. Ames, NH Ostrava5.6 
 3. Deloach, Svitavy4.6 
 4. Kemp, Levice4.3 
 5. Glover, Chomutov4.1 
 6. Pavkovic, CEZ N.4.0 
 7. Pope, BK Decin4.0 
 8. Sotnar, USK Praha3.8 
 9. Ciz, NH Ostrava3.7 
 10. Radulovic, BC Kol.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Chomutov
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Glover, Chomutov2.9 
 2. Sirina, B&W Opava2.4 
 3. Bolds, BC Kolin2.3 
 4. Ames, NH Ostrava2.2 
 5. Nolen, Usti n.2.1 
 6. Deloach, Svitavy1.9 
 7. Reese, Usti n.1.8 
 8. Pope, BK Decin1.7 
 9. Taylor, CEZ N.1.6 
 10. Welsch, CEZ N.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (209-C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.7 
 2. Nuhanovic, Levice1.5 
 3. Simmons, Levice1.1 
 4. Fields, Chomutov1.1 
 5. Miklosik, B&W O.1.1 
 6. Slavik, USK Praha1.0 
 7. Meno, USK Praha0.9 
 8. Kohout, BK Prost.0.9 
 9. Nelson, BK Pardu.0.8 
 10. Mroz, Svitavy0.7 


Standings - D2

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

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 25: Ostrava - Loko Plzen 82-69
Jan. 27: Proton Zlin - Nymburk B
Jan. 27: Litomerice - Kara Trutnov
Jan. 25: Liberec - JBC Brno
Jan. 27: Sokol H.K. - Sokol V.
Jan. 25: Sparta Praha - Sokol P.



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Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Maine RC 16-10 
 2. Canton C. 16-10 
 3. Santa Cruz W. 15-8 
 4. Sioux Falls S. 14-10 
 5. Erie Bay H. 12-10 
 6. Ft.Wayne MA 12-13 
 7. Springfield A. 7-15 
 8. Iowa E. 6-17 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 17-7 
 2. Rio Grande VV 14-8 
 3. Austin T. 13-10 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 12-11 
 5. Texas L. 11-13 
 6. Reno B. 8-12 
 7. Los Angeles D. 7-15 
 8. Idaho S. 6-17 

Regular Season: Round 33

Jan. 25: Erie Bay H. - Ft.Wayne MA 96-107
Jan. 25: Texas L. - Sioux Falls S. 95-101
Jan. 25: Iowa E. - Canton C. 83-103
Jan. 25: Tulsa 66ers - Los Angeles D. 107-84
Jan. 25: Austin T. - Idaho S. 104-94
Jan. 25: Bakersfield J. - Reno B. 102-86
Jan. 25: Maine RC - Santa Cruz W. 101-120

Regular Season: Round 34

Jan. 26: Springfield A. - Santa Cruz W.
Jan. 26: Canton C. - Iowa E.
Jan. 26: Tulsa 66ers - Los Angeles D.
Jan. 26: Rio Grande VV - Sioux Falls S.
Jan. 26: Texas L. - Idaho S.
Jan. 26: Bakersfield J. - Reno B.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jeremy LAMB
  Tulsa 66ers
  (195-G/F-92)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Lamb, Tulsa 66ers22.8 
 2. Johnson-Odom, Los21.0 
 3. Joseph, Austin T.20.6 
 4. Mack, Maine RC20.5 
 5. Goudelock, Sioux F.20.3 
 6. Almond, Iowa E.19.5 
 7. Summers, Maine RC19.5 
 8. Fortson, Los A.19.1 
 9. Kennedy, Erie B.18.5 
 10. Downs, Maine RC18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arinze ONUAKU
  Canton C.
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Onuaku, Canton C.11.5 
 2. Butch, Bakersfi.10.4 
 3. Mays, Springfield10.3 
 4. Harris, Iowa E.9.5 
 5. Jackson, Austin T.9.5 
 6. Evans, Idaho S.9.3 
 7. Wilkerson, Austin9.1 
 8. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.8.9 
 9. Kennedy, Erie B.8.7 
 10. Summers, Maine RC8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Shelvin MACK
  Maine RC
  (190-G-90)
  Avg: 8
 1. Mack, Maine RC8.0 
 2. Wright, Iowa E.7.3 
 3. Fortson, Los A.6.6 
 4. Singletary, Texas6.6 
 5. Karl, Idaho S.5.7 
 6. Uzoh, Springfield5.3 
 7. Johnson-Odom, Los5.2 
 8. Kennedy, Erie B.5.2 
 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 RC2.0 
 4. Hannah, Santa C.2.0 
 5. Gutierrez, Canton2.0 
 6. McNeal, Bakersfi.2.0 
 7. Sutton, Tulsa 66e.1.9 
 8. Tyndale, Sioux F.1.9 
 9. Holiday, Idaho S.1.8 
 10. Wright, Iowa E.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Fabricio MELO
  Maine RC
  (212-C-90)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Melo, Maine RC3.6 
 2. Jordan, Reno B.2.8 
 3. Eyenga, Texas L.2.5 
 4. Gladness, Santa C.2.4 
 5. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 6. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 7. Moon, Los A.2.1 
 8. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.0 
 9. Flowers, Los A.1.9 
 10. Foster, Sioux F.1.8 


Recap of seven games from Friday - by Eurobasket News

Bakersfield J. - Reno B. 102-86
Bakersfield Jam registered the 17th win in the season. They knocked down visiting Reno Bighorns to remain on top of the West Conference at 17-7 record. Renaldo Major (6'7''-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: Fresno St.) came up with 20 points to pace the Jam. Bakersfield made a run in the second quarter to clear off. They registered a 51:43 halftime lead. The Jam maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. They unloaded 27 points to enjoy a 9-point buffer heading into the fourth frame. The Jam limited their opponents to 17 points in the final period and cruised to the victory at the end. Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette) scored 17 points, while Brian Butch added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Reno Bighorns were paced by 20 points and 9 rebounds from Samardo Samuels (6'9''-F/C-89, college: Louisville). Dar Tucker contributed 18 points and 7 rebounds in the losing effort.

Austin T. - Idaho S. 104-94
The Austin Toros (13-10) defeated the Idaho Stampede 104 - 94 Friday evening at Cedar Park Center. Tre Kelley (6'0''-PG-85, college: S.Carolina)elley led the Toros from the bench with 21 points, two rebounds and two assists. Spurs assignee Cory Joseph (6'3''-PG-91, college: Texas) contributed 19 points, six assists and five rebounds. Chris Roberts in his debut appearance for the Toros added eight points and four rebounds. Rick Jackson and JaMychal Green both finished with double-doubles at 12 points, 11 rebounds and 12 points, 10 rebounds respectively. Justin Holiday (6'6''-F-89, college: Washington) led the Stampede (6-17) with 20 points and four rebounds. Carlon Brown scored 16 points and grabbed five rebounds. Durrell Summers added 13 points and three rebounds off the bench. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Texas L. - Sioux Falls S. 95-101
'Basketball is a game of runs.' It is the most uttered phrase by Sioux Falls Skyforce head coach Joel Ableson. His first season at the helm has proven that to be true in numerous ways. The final score of the Friday tussle with the Texas Legends was 101-95 with the visitors from Sioux Falls claiming victory. Two streaks are still intact as the Skyforce (14-10) have won four straight and the Legends (11-13) are on an eight-game skid. However, within the stark number of the final score was the ebb and flow of a large lead gained and lost by the Skyforce. Twelve straight points at the end of the first quarter enhanced a lead that had already reached double digits for Sioux Falls. At the 1:18 mark of the second quarter the spread was 29 points. Then as Texas did six days earlier, there was The Comeback. After all, these two teams have played heart-stopping, down-to-the-wire basketball in three of four matchups this season. Texas struggled to score 36 in the first half then exploded for 35 tallies in the THIRD QUARTER to close the gap to 9. The scales tipped to the Legends midway through the 4th quarter when a Sean Singletary 3 pointer made the score 88-86. Donald Sloan (6'3''-G-88, college: Texas A&M) then delivered the blows necessary to vanquish the weary home team in the form of a three-point play and a driving layup on the way to 29 points. Mike Davis also contributed mightily to the effort by scoring 12 and grabbing 25 rebounds. It's the most boards collected by a Skyforce player since the CBA days as Eric Taylor did the same against the Gary Steelheads in 2002. Nick Davis and Anthony Avent also have 25 rebounds in a single game for Sioux Falls, but 32 is the most in one contest and that was also Nick Davis back in 1999. Also to be recognized not only for his efforts, but also his return to the lineup was Troy Hudson who has been sidelined with a foot injury since late December and put up 13 points in a winning effort. Texas modified their lineup in an attempt to snap their slide and the new players were stout. Luther Head (6'3''-G-82, college: Illinois) (21 points), Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) (20 points) and Rashad McCants (16 points) were all newly acquired this week. Now that the season series is complete, the Skyforce can be fortunate not to have the Legends on the schedule. Eventually Texas will put it together. For now, Sioux Falls will travel to Rio Grande Valley Saturday night to face the Vipers who won six straight games. The Legends will have a home date on Saturday with the Iowa Energy. Courtesy of: espn991.com

Iowa E. - Canton C. 83-103
The Canton Charge won their third-straight game with a 103-83 victory over the Iowa Energy in Des Moines at the Wells Fargo Arena on Friday night. The win improved Canton to 16-10 on the year, while Iowa dropped to 6-17. Canton pulled ahead 23-17 in the first quarter thanks in large part to 5-of-8 shooting from three-point range. The Charge also crashed the boards and limited second chances with 17 first quarter rebounds. The visitors opened their advantage up to as many as 11 midway through the second period. Iowa then went on a 10-2 run over a span of 3:01 to make it 40-37. The Charge defense locked down in the final 3:34 of the half, limiting the Energy to 1-of-7 shooting and two turnovers in an 8-2 run to set Canton's lead at 48-39 at the intermission. The Charge began to pull away in the third, adding to their lead with an efficient offensive attack of 48% shooting from the floor while limiting the Energy to just 26% and led 71-57. Canton's advantage would never fall below double-digits, as they led by as many as 21 in the fourth en route to their second-largest margin of victory this season. The Charge have now won 10 of their last 13 games. Five Canton players scored in double figures, led by Micheal Eric (6'11''-F/C-88, college: Temple)'s 19-point, 16-rebound and one block effort in 33 minutes for his eighth double-double of the season. In his first game since being assigned to the Charge, Josh Selby poured in 16 points with four rebounds and four assists in 27 minutes. Kyle Gibson (6'5''-G-87, college: Louisiana Tech) added 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting with six assists in 32 minutes. Canton outrebounded Iowa 54-46 in the game. Othyus Jeffers (6'5''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Robert Morris) paced the Energy frontcourt with 16 points and 11 rebounds in 34 minutes. Chris Wright had a team-high 19 points with four assists and a steal in 36 minutes. Quincy Miller had 13 points, four rebounds, two steals and four blocks in 32 minutes. Paul Harris contributed 11 points, six rebounds and one steal in 27 minutes of relief off the bench. Canton now leads the season series between the two teams 3-1 with the final meeting of the year tomorrow night. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Tulsa 66ers - Los Angeles D. 107-84
The Los Angeles D-Fenders were toppled by the Tulsa 66ers in the first meeting between the teams this season, falling 107-84 at SpiritBank Event Center on Friday night. Los Angeles (7-15) saw five players score in double-figures, led by Courtney Fortson (5'11''-PG-88, college: Arkansas) (21 points, 7 assists, 6 steals [tied for D-Fenders season-high]) and Zachary Andrews (6'8''-F/C-85, college: Bradley) (14 points, 5 rebounds). Additionally, Elijah Millsap totaled 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals, Orien Greene tallied 10 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots, and Jarrid Famous scored 10 points for the D-Fenders. Tulsa (12-11) was paced by Oklahoma City Thunder assignee Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92, college: Connecticut) (30 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals), Hollis Thompson (6'8''-F-91, college: Georgetown) (16 points, 6 rebounds), and Andy Rautins (14 points, 8 rebounds). Dominique Sutton (13 points, 7 rebounds) and Rasual Butler (12 points) also scored in double-figures for the 66ers, who led by as many as 36 points and never trailed after grabbing the lead with 6:15 remaining the first quarter. A bulk of the 66ers points came in the paint (44 points) and on second-chance baskets (23 points), as they grabbed 18 offensive rebounds (57 total rebounds) on the game. Meanwhile, the D-Fenders pulled down 6 offensive rebounds (33 total rebounds), scored just 34 points in the paint and notched only six second chance points. The D-Fenders will have a rematch against the 66ers (NBA Affiliate: Oklahoma City) tomorrow night at 5 to cap off the quick two-game road trip in Tulsa. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Maine RC - Santa Cruz W. 101-120
Two Santa Cruz Warriors took off for another fast break. This time, the Maine Red Claws got back with three defenders. No problem for the Warriors. Darington Hobson's behind-the-back pass zipped by two Red Claws and Travis Leslie collected it and dropped in the layup -- for a 26-point lead in the third quarter. Santa Cruz humbled the Red Claws in its first of seven straight road games, beating Maine 120-101 Friday night before a crowd of 2,484 at the Portland Expo. It was Santa Cruz's largest scoring output of the season, and only the sixth time it has eclipsed 100 points. Stefhon Hannah (6'1''-PG-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Missouri) led the charge with a team-high 20 points on 7-of-17 shooting. The point guard added five rebounds, six assists and four steals for Santa Cruz (15-8), which will play Springfield, Mass., on Saturday at 4 p.m. Five others deposited double-digit point totals. Taylor Griffin (6'8''-F-86, college: Oklahoma) had 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while Edwin Ubiles and Hilton Armstrong added 17 points apiece off the bench. Mickell Gladness and Cameron Jones supplied 16 and 11 points, respectively. Lance Goulbourne was the lone Warrior to not score, although he pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds. The Red Claws (16-10) looked in trouble from the start. Santa Cruz led by nine after one quarter and by 20 at halftime. Maine never threatened. Maine was out-shot (51 percent to 43), out-rebounded (51-38) and out-played, including 18 Maine turnovers to 12 by the Warriors. Red Claws coach Mike Taylor said his team is weary, having played five games in eight days, including Thursday night in Springfield, Mass. "We had a lot of tired players," Taylor said. "Transition defense was a problem all game. That's the sign of a tired team. Defensive rebounding was a problem all game. That's the sign of a tired team. "It just seemed like whenever we tried to make a play, we would dribble the ball off a foot. And Santa Cruz played an excellent game." The Warriors were playing their fourth game in eight days -- the previous one on Monday -- while Leslie supplied some fresh legs off the bench. The team's first-round pick in this year's D-League Draft, Leslie had been sidelined with groin pain for the previous eight games. He finished with eight points and four rebounds in 11 minutes against the Red Claws. Maine guard Micah Downs (6'8''-G/F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga), who led all scorers with 28 points, said the difficult schedule may have been a factor. "It's tough to do," he said. "But it's not an excuse, we're professionals." Maine was down a player as popular guard Champ Oguchi was waived before the game -- apparently at Oguchi's request. Oguchi watched his former teammates from the first row behind the Red Claws' bench. What Oguchi saw was not pretty. Downs kept the Red Claws close, briefly, when he hit three 3-pointers in the first four minutes. But, soon, the Red Claws got a taste of the Warriors' league-leading defense. Adding to Santa Cruz's defensive muscle was its ability to sprint in transition. Several times, the Red Claws were caught watching the Warriors make another fast-break basket. "Transition defense has been our Achilles heel all year," Downs said. Santa Cruz's half-court game was not bad, either. The Warriors combined lively guard play with quickness inside. Maine's 7-foot center Fab Melo could not contain Santa Cruz's post players, especially the back-up center Armstrong. Armstrong, a 6-foot-11 veteran out of UConn, continually drove around Melo. At one point, after another Armstrong basket, Melo looked to the Maine bench and shrugged. "You could see Fab was fatigued," Taylor said. Melo finished with four points, three blocked shots and one rebound. Point guard Andre Barrett recorded 17 points and 11 assists. DaJuan Summers also had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Courtesy of: santacruzsentinel.com

Erie Bay H. - Ft.Wayne MA 96-107
Luke Harangody (6'7''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) scored 29 points and pulled down 17 rebounds as Fort Wayne defeated the Erie BayHawks 107-96 tonight at Erie Insurance Arena. The BayHawks (12-10) jumped out to a 16-2 lead, but after a quick timeout Fort Wayne (12-13) started dominating on offense. The Mad Ants pulled away for good in the third quarter by going on a 16-0 run to expand a small 65-62 lead to 81-62. Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-92, college: Alabama) added 23 points and eight rebounds for Fort Wayne (12-13), which will take on Erie Sunday at 2 p.m. before finally going home. The Mad Ants are on a six-game road trip that started Jan. 12. Henry Sims (6'10''-C-90, college: Georgetown) scored a career-high 30 points for Erie, while D.J. Kennedy had 24 points and 16 rebounds. Courtesy of: goerie.com



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

21-year old power forward Tornike Shengelia (203-PF-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for Springfield A. and receives a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 32.
He had a double-double of 39 points and 18 rebounds, while his team beat Maine RC (#1, 16-9) 123-115. Springfield A. maintains the 7th position in D-League league. Springfield A. is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-15 record. In the team's last game Shengelia had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Springfield A. and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Tornike Shengelia averages just after two games 30.5ppg, 14.0rpg and 9.0apg.

Second best performed player last round was Jeremy Lamb (195-G/F-92) of Tulsa 66ers. He is a swingman in his first season at Tulsa 66ers. In the last game Lamb recorded impressive 30 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. It was enough for Tulsa 66ers to edge the lower-ranked Iowa E. (#8, 6-16) by 5 points 111-106. This victory allowed Tulsa 66ers to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 11-11 record is not bad at all. Lamb is one of the most experienced players at Tulsa 66ers and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward DaJuan Summers (203-F-88) of league's leader Maine RC. Summers got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for ten rebounds . Despite Summers' great performance Maine RC lost 115-123 to the lower-ranked Springfield A. (#7, 7-15). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Maine RC needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 16 victories and 9 lost games. Summers has a great season in D-L. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.8ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 8.5rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rasual Butler (201-F-79) of Tulsa 66ers - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Elijah Millsap (198-G-87) of Los Angeles D. - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Solomon Bozeman (185-PG-87) of Texas L. - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Terrel Harris (196-G-87) of Rio Grande VV - 22 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Paul Harris (193-F/G-86) of Iowa E. - 20 points and 13 rebounds
9. Tyshawn Taylor (190-G-90) of Springfield A. - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
10. Daniel Orton (208-F-90) of Tulsa 66ers - 19 points and 13 rebounds

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



Delonte West agreed terms with Texas Legends - by Eurobasket News

Frisco Texas Legends inked 30-year old guard Delonte West (192-88kg-83, college: St.Josephs). He already started the season at Dallas Mavericks in the NBA.
In 2011/12 season Delonte West averaged 9.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game for the Mavericks.
The previous (10-11) season West played at the Celtics. In 33 NBA games that season he recorded 5.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.3apg. He helped them to win the Atlantic Division title. West also played at the Timberwolves earlier that season. In 33 NBA games that year he averaged 5.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.3apg. The other team he played that season for were the Cavaliers. In 33 NBA games he averaged 5.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.3apg. He contributed to his team winning the Atlantic Division title.
In 2004 West was drafted by Boston Celtics (NBA) in first round (24th overall). The former Saint Josephs University staris in his ninth season in pro basketball.
West was selected to NBA All-Star Game All-Sophmore Team back in 2006.
He has played previously for two other NBA teams: Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder.
Wests game is described as: Delonte is a fierce competitor. Very, explosive player. Was dating LeBrons mother while playing for the Cavs. He loves eating out at KFC.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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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. Maryland B. 1-0 
 2. Richmond R. 0-0 
 3. Washington M. 0-0 
 4. Bad News B. 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 2

Jan. 27: New Jersey B. - Bad News B.
Jan. 27: Harrisburg H. - Westchester D.



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  ESTONIA   

Standings - KML

KML Standings
 1. TU/Rock 15-0 
 2. Tarvas 14-4 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 10-5 
 4. TTU 9-9 
 5. Valga 9-9 
 6. Rapla 7-11 
 7. Parnu 6-10 
 8. Tln Kalev 4-14 
 9. Hito/Johvi 1-15 

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 25: Tarvas - Rapla 93-75
Jan. 22: TU/Rock - TTU 74-64
Jan. 25: Valga - Hito/Johvi 72-50
Jan. 26: Hito/Johvi - Tarvas


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris LAKSA
  Tarvas
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. Laksa, Tarvas16.9 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas16.1 
 3. Matulionis, Parnu16.1 
 4. Akenparg, TTU15.6 
 5. Okoye, Tln Kalev15.4 
 6. Lindmets, Tarvas15.3 
 7. Campbell, Tln Kalev15.2 
 8. Peciukeviciu., Par.14.7 
 9. Laur, Hito/Johvi13.9 
 10. Pilk, Rapla13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Raadik, Parnu11.3 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev10.4 
 3. Lindmets, Tarvas9.3 
 4. Trumm, Hito/Johvi8.0 
 5. Arnold, TTU7.4 
 6. Grafs, Valga6.9 
 7. Ringmets, Rapla6.8 
 8. Keedus, TTU6.4 
 9. Cunda, Valga6.4 
 10. Grim, Valga6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.5 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas5.1 
 3. Keedus, TTU5.1 
 4. Cunda, Valga4.1 
 5. Campbell, Tln Kalev3.7 
 6. Laane, Rapla3.7 
 7. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.7 
 8. Pilk, Rapla2.4 
 9. Umbrasko, Tarvas2.3 
 10. Raap, Parnu2.2 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Laane, Rapla2.5 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas2.5 
 3. Akenparg, TTU1.9 
 4. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.8 
 5. Saage, TU/Rock1.7 
 6. Okoye, Tln Kalev1.7 
 7. Campbell, Tln Kalev1.7 
 8. Keedus, TTU1.6 
 9. Saare, Hito/Johvi1.5 
 10. Laksa, Tarvas1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew ARNOLD
  TTU
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Arnold, TTU1.2 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev0.8 
 3. Saks, Tarvas0.7 
 4. Matulionis, Parnu0.7 
 5. Saarmets, TTU0.7 
 6. Grim, Valga0.7 
 7. Raadik, Parnu0.6 
 8. Tambre, Hito/Johvi0.5 
 9. Lindmets, Tarvas0.4 
 10. Laksa, Tarvas0.3 


Marko Meimer joins Caceres, ex Swedbank - by Eurobasket News

Caceres Basket (LEB Gold) agreed terms with 17-year old Estonian forward Marko Meimer (200-96, agency: FCM). He just played at Swedbank in Estonian 1.Liiga. Meimer also played at T.Sokk KK Tallinn (D2) in Estonian D2 last season. He represented Estonia at the European Championships U16 Division B in Bucharest (Romania) last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 7.7ppg, 5.6rpg, FGP: 48.8%, FT: 46.7%.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @FCMbasketball)



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  EUROLEAGUE   

Standings

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

Top 16: Round 5

E

Jan. 24: ALBA - Brose Bask. 82-63
Jan. 25: CSKA - Unicaja 81-94
Jan. 25: Anadolu Efes - Zalgiris 56-52
Jan. 25: Panathinaikos - Real Madrid 54-58

F

Jan. 24: Fener.Ulker - Khimky 85-82
Jan. 24: Caja Laboral - FCB Regal 79-90
Jan. 24: Maccabi T-A - Olympiacos 77-78
Jan. 25: Montepaschi - Besiktas 63-57

Top 16: Round 6

E

Jan. 31: Panathinaikos - Brose Bask.
Jan. 31: Zalgiris - ALBA
Jan. 31: Real Madrid - CSKA
Jan. 31: Unicaja - Anadolu Efes

F

Jan. 31: Caja Laboral - Khimky
Jan. 31: FCB Regal - Montepaschi
Jan. 31: Besiktas - Maccabi T-A
Jan. 31: Olympiacos - Fener.Ulker


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Brown, Montepaschi20.5 
 2. Nachbar, Brose B.17.7 
 3. Langford, EA7 A.17.0 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.16.1 
 5. Schilb, Chalon15.5 
 6. Weems, CSKA15.2 
 7. Jerrells, Besiktas14.9 
 8. Krstic, CSKA14.6 
 9. Bogdanovic, Fener..14.3 
 10. Bourousis, EA7 A.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Un.Olimpija
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Baynes, Un.Olimpija9.8 
 2. Bourousis, EA7 A.8.3 
 3. Williams, Chalon7.6 
 4. Gordon, Partizan7.5 
 5. Khryapa, CSKA7.0 
 6. Mahalbasic, Asseco6.8 
 7. James, Maccabi T-A6.5 
 8. Hines, Olympiacos6.4 
 9. Lasme, Panathin.6.2 
 10. Thompson, ALBA6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panath.
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Diamantidis, Panat.5.9 
 2. Planinic, Khimky5.9 
 3. Brown, Montepaschi5.5 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.3 
 5. Blassingame, Assec.5.1 
 6. Cook, EA7 Armani5.0 
 7. Teodosic, CSKA5.0 
 8. Farmar, Anadolu4.3 
 9. Tabu-Eboma, Cantu4.2 
 10. Westermann, Parti.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jamon Lukas GORDON
  Anadolu .
  (191-SG-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gordon, Anadolu2.0 
 2. Jaaber, Zalgiris1.9 
 3. Hickman, Maccabi1.8 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA1.7 
 5. Lucic, Partizan1.6 
 6. Green, Cedevita1.6 
 7. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.5 
 8. Cook, EA7 Armani1.4 
 9. Djedovic, ALBA1.4 
 10. Schilb, Chalon1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Panathin.
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Lasme, Panathin.2.0 
 2. Tomic, FCB Regal1.5 
 3. James, Maccabi T-A1.5 
 4. Cusin, Cantu1.4 
 5. Ress, Montepaschi1.3 
 6. Vidmar, Besiktas1.2 
 7. Gordon, Partizan1.1 
 8. Monya, Khimky1.1 
 9. Slaughter, Real M.1.1 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA1.1 


Marcus Williams claims Euroleague weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Marcus Williams (191-G-85) had a very impressive game in the last round for Unicaja and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Top 16).
The 27-year old guard had the game-high 28 points adding three rebounds and four assists for Unicaja in his team's victory, helping them to beat CSKA (#2, 4-1) 94-81. Unicaja is placed at 5th position in Euroleague group E. Unicaja is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 3rd lost game this season out of 5 games. In the team's last game Williams had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 12 attempts. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. University of Connecticut graduate has very impressive stats this year. Williams is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 2.5rpg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old Polish power forward Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) of Caja Laboral. Lampe impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Caja Laboral lost that game 79-90 to slightly higher-ranked FCB Regal (4-1). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group F. Caja Laboral still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. It was just his team's 1st loss in Top 16, while they won 4 other games. Lampe is well-known by Caja Laboral fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Serbian Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) of second-ranked CSKA. Krstic scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Krstic's great performance CSKA lost 81-94 to the lower-ranked Unicaja (#5, 2-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. CSKA had another "accident". It may be a crucial gamestill good, but 1st lost game is hopefully really an accident. Krstic's teammates are also very good. That's why having such high stats is even more impressive. Krstic has a great season in Euroleague. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.6ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) of Khimky - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) of Fener.Ulker - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90) of ALBA - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Pete Mickeal (199-F-78) of FCB Regal - 23 points and 5 rebounds
8. Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85) of Fener.Ulker - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) of CSKA - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Shawn James (207-C-83) of Maccabi T-A - 11 points, 12 rebounds and 2 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)



Top 16 Round 5 Results and Stats - by Eurobasket News

Group E
Panathinaikos - Real Madrid 54-58
Real Madrid claimed a tough road win at the OAKA Arena in Athens tonight. Felipe Reyes (206-PF-80) scored 13 points to pace Real in this defensively minded battle. Real jumped at 5-0 record on top of Group E. Panathinaikos fell at 3-2 record after the defeat. Panathinaikos opened the game with their trademark stifling defence. The Hellenes limited Real to 11 points in the first ten minutes to take a 9-point lead. Panathinaikos maintained the lead throughout the intense second frame. The hosts piled up a 37:27 halftime lead. Real Madrid turned things around after the main break. They capped the period with six points in a row to cut the deficit at 5-point mark 44:49. Real then stunned Panathinaikos late in the regulation. The visitors kept the Athens outfit scoreless for almost four last minutes of the encounter going on a 12:0 run and celebrating victory at the end. Rafael Hettsheimer (206-C-86) produced 11 points, while Rudy Fernandez added 8 points in the victory. Michael Bramos (197-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH) answered with 11 points for Panathinaikos. Roko-Leni Ukic and Sofoklis Schortsanitis added 8 points apiece in the loss.

ALBA - Brose Bask. 82-63
Alba Berlin battled Brose Baskets Bamberg for the initial success in EuroLeague Top 16. Alba won 82:63 and improved to 1-4 record in Group E. Brose Baskets Bamberg remained winless at this stage. Alba Berlin opened the game with 26-14 at the Arena O2 WORLD. Brose Baskets Bamberg meanwhile looked better in the second frame and reduced to 36:34 at the halftime. The third quarter became decisive in the game and brought 28-13 burst for the home side. Alba Berlin added 18-16 in the last stanza for the final success. Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Yassin Idbihi netted 11. DaShaun Wood and Zach Morley followed them with 10 points each in a win. Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) replied with 15 points in defeat, whilst Casey Jacobsen poured in 13. Philipp Neumann scored 8 and Maik Zirbes had 7.

CSKA - Unicaja 81-94
Unicaja Malaga scored 16 three-pointers to ease past CSKA in Moscow. The Spanish team improved to 2-3 record after a 94:81 win. Unicaja Malaga won the first period 27-17 and led 17 points in the first half. CSKA managed to reduce at the end of the half and it seemed that they would benefit from the game. Vladimir Micov gave his side 52:50 early in the third period, but Unicaja Malaga continued their long-shot attack. They ended up with 16 three-pointers as Marcus Williams (191-G-85, college: Connecticut) scored 6 of them. Unicaja Malaga won the third period 23-18 and finished the game with 24-20. CSKA suffered their first loss in Top 16 and dropped at 4-1 record. Marcus Williams top-scored for the winners with 28 points and Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) netted 14. Luka Zoric delivered 12, while Sergi Vidal posted 11. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) finished the game with 23 points in defeat and Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) had 17. Viktor Khryapa poured in 15, whilst Vladimir Micov added 13.

Anadolu Efes - Zalgiris 56-52
Anadolu Efes celebrates its fourth consecutive win in Group E of EuroLeague Top 16. The Turkish team won over Zalgiris 56:52 for 4-1 record. The Lithuanian team dropped to 1-4 record as they missed two close shots that could have sent the game to overtime. Zalgiris looked poor from the very beginning and failed with 0-7 run from the start. Anadolu Efes won the first period 15:8 and led 27:23 at the halftime. The hosts managed to post defensive 14-13 in the third quarter and grabbed 41:36 entering the last stanza. Zalgiris however made their push later in the frame and took 6-point lead. Savanovic Dusko and Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA) tied the game at 49:49, while Zalgiris could not find the way to the basket. Lafayette and Darden missed around the basket in the last seconds and then Joshua Shipp brought the final victory for the hosts. Sasha Vujacic (201-SG-84) top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Joshua Shipp netted 11. Savanovic Dusko and Gordon Jamon Lukas followed them with 10 points each. Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) and Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) netted 10 points each in defeat. Lavrinovic Ksistof added 8, while Popovic Marko posted 7.

Group F
Maccabi T-A - Olympiacos 77-78
Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) hit a jumper with under a minute to go in regulation to put Olympiacos in front 78:77 against Maccabi in Tel-Aviv. The fans then witnessed two misses from Ohayon and one from Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) as the Reds got away with a dramatic road win. The victory propelled Olympiacos at 2-3 record in Group F. Maccabi continued with their downfall as they slipped at 1-4. Olympiacos opened the game with five points in a row and dominated throughout the first frame. They gained a 19:9 lead midway through the first quarter. Sloukas made it 30:16 for the visitors late in the term. Maccabi struggled to cut the deficit in the second term. The visitors stayed comfortably on top heading into the dressing room ahead by 11 points 44:33. Maccabi opened the second half with a 7:2 run to narrow the distance. The hosts quickly got within striking distance and shortly after Ohayon put Maccabi in front 56:55. The Israeli team posted a 62:57 lead at the third break. Vassilis Spanoulis and Sloukas opened the fourth frame with back-to-back three-pointers to turn things the Reds way. But not for long as Maccabi regained the lead 74:68 midway through the period. Maccabi entered the final two minutes of regulation up by three points 77:74. But Kyle Hines converted a layup and then Vassilis Spanoulis followed with a jumper to seal the victory for the Hellenes. Vassilis Spanoulis accounted for 24 points, while Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) added 16 points and 6 boards for the winning team. Devin Smith answered with 17 points for Maccabi Tel-Aviv. David Logan chipped in 15 points in the loss.

Fener.Ulker - Khimky 85-82
Fenerbahce recorded the initial victory in EuroLeague Top 16 round. They held off visiting Khimky for 1-4 record in Group F. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) delivered 26 points to pace the winners. Khimky enjoyed a slightly better start to the game. They led by two points after ten minutes of action 19:17. The visitors maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Khimky posted a 40:36 halftime advantage. The margin grew at 7-point mark early in the third term. However Fenerbahce gradually turned things around. They capped the period with a 6:2 run to spur ahead 56:54. The teams went neck and neck for some time in the final quarter. However David Andersen (212-C-80) and Kaya Peker gave Fenerbahce a 77:72 lead with under two minutes remaining in regulation. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) and Bo McCalebb exchanged free throws but then Zoran Planinic followed with four points in a row to cut the deficit to a single point. However Uros Tripkovic went perfect from the stripe in the dying seconds to seal the initial win for the hosts at this stage of the tournament. David Andersen notched 18 points, while Bo McCalebb added 16 points for the winners. Zoran Planinic answered with 25 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for Khimky. Paul Davis provided 12 points in the loss.

Montepaschi - Besiktas 63-57
Montepaschi Siena registered the fifth straight win in EuroLeague Top 16. They held off Besiktas at home court to stay undefeated in Group F. Viktor Sanikidze (203-SF-86) stepped up with 14 points to pace the hosts. Siena opened the game with a 9:3 rally but Besiktas hung on as they cut the deficit on several occasions in the first quarter. Siena pulled away late in the quarter to post a 22:13 lead. The margin grew at 14-point mark in the second quarter. Montepaschi ensured a 37:26 halftime advantage. However Besiktas opened the second half on an 11:0 run to tie things up. The Turkish team held their opponents at 6 points in the third term to take a 45:43 lead into the fourth frame. But Daniel Hacket came up with five points during a 7:0 run from the hosts as they recorded a 55:49 advantage midway through the fourth frame. Siena kept the visitors at safe distance throughout the final minutes and secured another victory at the end. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) delivered 13 points, while Matt Janning added 10 points for the winning team. Curtis Jerrells answered with 16 points for Besiktas. Gasper Vidmar chipped in 14 points and 6 boards in the loss.

Caja Laboral - FCB Regal 79-90
FC Barcelona Regal wins the Spanish clash at Fernando Buesa Arena in EuroLeague. Regal overcame Caja Laboral 90:79 and handed them their first loss in Top 16. Both teams are now with 4-1 records in Group F. Caja Laboral started the game better and led 15:8 early in the first period. FC Barcelona Regal scored some important baskets later in the frame and reduced to 28:27. In the second period the guests took control and finished the half with 3-point advantage. The third quarter was decisive in the game and allowed the guests to taste 13-point deficit. Caja Laboral cut it to 7 points, while Sarunas Jasikevicius closed the frame at 69:60. Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) closed an 8-0 run for 69:68 early in the fourth period, but Barcelona later replied with a 7-0 run and never looked behind. Due to 21-19 in the period the guests reached an important 90:79 victory. Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Joe Ingles (203-SF-87, agency: Priority Sports) netted 12. Ante Tomic and Juan Carlos Navarro delivered 11 points each. Maciej Lampe answered with 21 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, while San Emeterio Fernando notched 14. Nemanja Bjelica scored 11 and Andres Nocioni added 9.



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  FINLAND   

Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. Nilan Bisons 20-5 
 2. Kataja 19-5 
 3. KTP 19-6 
 4. Pyrinto 19-7 
 5. Kauhajoki 15-10 
 6. Kouvot 12-13 
 7. LrNMKY 12-13 
 8. Korihait 8-17 
 9. Lapua 8-17 
 10. Salon Vilpas 7-18 
 11. FoKoPo 6-19 
 12. Namika Lahti 5-20 

Regular Season: Round 27

Jan. 25: Pyrinto - Nilan Bisons 90-100
Jan. 26: LrNMKY - Lapua
Jan. 26: Kauhajoki - Korihait
Jan. 26: Kouvot - Kataja
Jan. 26: Salon Vilpas - Namika Lahti
Jan. 26: FoKoPo - KTP


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  LrNM.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Conley, LrNM.22.2 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons22.2 
 3. Gibson, LrNM.21.6 
 4. Clavell, Kouvot19.8 
 5. Logins, LrNM.18.1 
 6. Haanpaa, Lapua17.8 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto17.5 
 8. Bullock, Kauhajoki17.0 
 9. Holloway, Namika L.16.7 
 10. Flowers, Kataja16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MCDADE
  Nilan B.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 10
 1. McDade, Nilan B.10.0 
 2. Conley, LrNM.9.6 
 3. Ford, Kauhajoki8.8 
 4. Giles, KTP8.4 
 5. Thornton, FoKoPo8.4 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto8.3 
 7. Johnson, Namika L.8.1 
 8. Thorpe, FoKoPo8.0 
 9. Logins, LrNM.8.0 
 10. Dyer, Korihait7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Williams, Pyrinto7.9 
 2. Coleman, Lapua5.3 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.0 
 4. Smith, Kataja5.0 
 5. Zeno, Nilan Bisons4.7 
 6. Watson, Kauhajoki4.4 
 7. Nikkarinen, Kouvot4.4 
 8. Gibson, LrNM.4.3 
 9. Burgess, FoKoPo4.1 
 10. Virtanen, Kataja3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Kataja
  (180-PG-80)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Smith, Kataja2.8 
 2. Flowers, Kataja2.7 
 3. Coleman, Lapua2.6 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.1.9 
 5. Conley, LrNM.1.8 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto1.8 
 7. Holloway, Namika L.1.8 
 8. Ulmer, Pyrinto1.7 
 9. Vuori, Kauhajoki1.7 
 10. Williams, KTP1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Sefton BARRETT
  KTP
  (196-SF-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Barrett, KTP1.6 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.1 
 3. McDade, Nilan B.1.0 
 4. Ford, Kauhajoki1.0 
 5. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.0 
 6. Jones, LrNM.1.0 
 7. Giles, KTP0.9 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto0.9 
 9. Hampton, Lapua0.9 
 10. Dyer, Korihait0.9 


Standings - Division I

1st Standings
Division A
 1. Porvoon Tarmo 14-3 
 2. ToPo 11-5 
 3. BC Nokia 10-6 
 4. Tapiolan Honka 10-7 
 5. Oulun NMKY 9-6 
 6. Huima 5-10 
 7. Pyrinto II 5-12 
 8. SayRi 4-11 
 9. Ura Basket 4-12 
Division B
 1. KaU Koris 14-6 
 2. Kerava ET 13-5 
 3. TuNMKY 11-7 
 4. Jarvenpaa 11-7 
 5. HBA-Marsky 8-11 
 6. BC Jyvaskyla 7-12 
 7. Espoo Basket 5-13 
 8. JyWe 5-13 

Regular Season: Round 19

A

Jan. 25: Porvoon Tarmo - BC Nokia 81-71
Jan. 27: Oulun NMKY - Ura Basket
Jan. 27: Huima - SayRi
Jan. 27: Tapiolan Honka - ToPo

B

Jan. 25: KaU Koris - HBA-Marsky 78-73
Jan. 27: HBA-Marsky - Jarvenpaa
Jan. 27: JyWe - TuNMKY
Jan. 27: Kerava ET - KaU Koris
Jan. 27: BC Jyvaskyla - Espoo Basket


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Nolan RICHARDSON
  Ura B.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Richardson, Ura B.26.7 
 2. Moultrie, BC Nokia25.6 
 3. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.23.1 
 4. Mays, Huima22.1 
 5. Clark, Tapiolan Ho.21.3 
 6. Mua, Kerava ET19.7 
 7. Coleman, Oulun N.19.6 
 8. Harjula, Pyrinto II19.5 
 9. Tarjanne, Jarvenpaa19.3 
 10. Tate, Porvoon19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael CORPENING
  BC Jyvas.
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Corpening, BC Jyva.14.8 
 2. Moultrie, BC Nokia14.1 
 3. Towa, Kerava ET12.9 
 4. Syrjala, KaU Koris11.8 
 5. Stephens, Huima11.7 
 6. Keskitalo, JyWe11.6 
 7. Capers, ToPo11.3 
 8. Young, Porvoon11.3 
 9. Salminen, TuNM.10.7 
 10. Coleman, ToPo10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Lauri JARVINEN
  KaU Koris
  (185-C-85)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Jarvinen, KaU Koris5.7 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.4.5 
 3. Herrala, HBA-M.4.4 
 4. Ginty, ToPo4.2 
 5. Kyllonen, Porvoon4.0 
 6. Viita, Jarvenpaa3.9 
 7. Mays, Huima3.9 
 8. Russell, Oulun N.3.8 
 9. Harjula, Pyrinto II3.8 
 10. Riihela, BC Nokia3.4 
Steals Per Game
 La Trice LITTLE
  Kerava ET
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Little, Kerava ET2.9 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.2.9 
 3. Corpening, BC Jyva.2.2 
 4. Capers, ToPo2.1 
 5. Thomas, SayRi2.1 
 6. Herrala, HBA-M.2.1 
 7. Michelsen, HBA-M.2.1 
 8. Viita, Jarvenpaa1.9 
 9. Andersen, Espoo B.1.9 
 10. Richardson, Ura B.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Harri KESKITALO
  JyWe
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Keskitalo, JyWe2.6 
 2. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.2.0 
 3. Woods, BC Nokia1.9 
 4. Mua, Kerava ET1.9 
 5. Corpening, BC Jyva.1.7 
 6. Young, Porvoon1.4 
 7. Moultrie, BC Nokia1.3 
 8. Nuolivirta, HBA-M.1.2 
 9. Capers, ToPo1.2 
 10. Stephens, Huima1.1 


Finnish Korisliiga round 26 best performance: Devonne Giles - by Eurobasket News

American forward Devonne Giles (203-F-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for KTP, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (33 points, seven rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Salon Vilpas (#10, 7-18) 97-82. KTP maintains the 4th position in Finnish Korisliiga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. KTP will need more victories to improve their 19-6 record. Giles turned to be KTP's top player in his first season with the team. Former Texas Tech University star has very solid stats this year. Giles is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 8.4rpg) and averages impressive 60.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Marcus Relphorde (198-F-88) of Salon Vilpas. Relphorde had a very good evening with a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Salon Vilpas lost that game 82-97 to the higher-ranked KTP (#4, 19-6). This loss caused Salon Vilpas to drop to 10th position in the standings. 18 lost games are too many comparing to just seven victories Salon Vilpas managed to get this year. Relphorde is one of the most experienced players at Salon Vilpas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Puerto Rican forward Gilberto Clavell (201-F-89, agency: KMG Sports Management) of Kouvot (#6). Clavell scored 28 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Clavell's great performance Kouvot lost 77-82 to the higher-ranked Nilan Bisons (#1, 19-5). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Kouvot ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Clavell could help Kouvot to bring them higher in the standings. Clavell has a great season in Finland. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.8ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Greg Logins (200-F-88) of LrNMKY - 33 points and 7 rebounds
5. Jason Conley (196-G-81) of LrNMKY - 25 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Mikko Jalonen (186-PG-82) of Korihait - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Johnell Smith (180-PG-80) of Kataja - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Tremaine Ford (206-F/C-86) of Kauhajoki - 12 points and 16 rebounds
9. T.J. Robinson (203-F-89) of Korihait - 18 points and 15 rebounds
10. Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83) of KTP - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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



KORISLIIGA: Kataja and Bisons winning tonight - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 25-26: Two games on top level tonight. Kataja (Joensuu) beat Karhu (Kauhajoki) 102-82 (49-48). And Pyrinto (Tampere) lost at home vs Bisons (Loimaa) 90-100. (38-49). Kataja was led by Daniel Coleman (206-F-85, college: Minnesota), who missed only three shots (1 - 2/2, 2 - 6/9, 3 - 1/1) scoring 19 points.Johnell Smith (180-PG-80, college: New Orleans) added 18 and Sami Lehtoranta (205-PF-79) 14 pts in 19 minutes. Karhu (Kauhajoki) had four players in double digits. Eldar Skamo (198-F-86) netted 15 pts.
Pyrinto (Tampere) lost at home vs Bisons (Loimaa) 90-100 (38-49). Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86, college: Rhode Island) (Pyrinto) had his season best 42 pts/13 rbs (1 - 13/14, 2 - 10/14, 3 - 3/5). Damon Williams (201-F-73, agency: Two Points, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) added 15 pts as well as Antero Lehto (184-G-84) (15 pts). Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) and Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) netted 21 pts both. Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro) added 13 pts.

Kataja - Karhu 102-82 (49-48). (Dan Coleman 19, Johnell Smith 18, Sami Lehtoranta 14 - Eldar Skamo 15, Jussi Eskola 14, Matis Ojala 13, Tremaine Ford 12/16. A: 884).
Pyrinto - Bisons 90-100 (38-49). (Lamonte Ulmer 42/13, Damon Williams 15, Antero Lehto 15 - Jeb Ivey 21, Martin Zeno 21, Mikko Koivisto 13. A: 1098).


Division 1 A: Tarmo (Porvoo) was down by 10 (33-43) vs BC Nokia during the half time, but the hosts won the third quarter 24-7 and the contest 81-71. Quarters: 15-24, 18-19, 24-7 and 24-21.Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) and Timo Riihela (193-G-80) were the key players of BC Nokia, but Tarmo came strong to the game during the third quarter. Vernon Taylor (190-G-87, college: Troy led Tarmo (14-3) with 23 pts. Jerrah Young (203-F-85, college: Toledo) had a double-double 15pts/16rbs.
Tarmo - BC Nokia 81-71 (33-43). (Vernon Taylor 23/8, Jerrah Young 15/16, Jarkko Kyllonen 14 - Timo Riihela 24, Brian Moultrie 21/7, Ville Tuominen 9. A: 374).



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Standings - ProB

ProB Standings
 1. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 16-4 
 2. Evreux 15-5 
 3. Chalons-Reims 14-6 
 4. Le Portel 14-6 
 5. Antibes 13-6 
 6. Boulogne 12-8 
 7. Maurienne 11-9 
 8. Fos Ouest 11-9 
 9. Rouen 10-9 
 10. Bourg 10-9 
 11. St Quentin 10-10 
 12. Nantes 8-12 
 13. Lille 8-12 
 14. St Vallier 7-12 
 15. Hyeres-Toulon 7-13 
 16. Denain 5-15 
 17. Charleville 5-15 
 18. Bordeaux 2-18 

Regular Season: Round 20

Jan. 25: Lille - Bordeaux 89-87 OT
Jan. 25: Evreux - Boulogne 86-71
Jan. 25: Le Portel - Hyeres-Toulon 85-73
Jan. 25: Nantes - St Quentin 70-81
Jan. 25: Denain - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 63-65
Jan. 25: Chalons-Reims - Fos Ouest 53-65
Jan. 25: Maurienne - Charleville 104-83
Jan. 26: Bourg - Rouen
Jan. 26: St Vallier - Antibes


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Wilbert BROWN
  Maurienne
  (200-PF-84)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Brown, Maurienne23.7 
 2. Blue, Antibes20.3 
 3. Flowers, Denain19.7 
 4. Booker, St Vallier19.1 
 5. Siggers, Lille18.7 
 6. Hilliard, Antibes18.2 
 7. Wood, Evreux18.2 
 8. Sanders, Charlevil.17.4 
 9. Hannah, Evreux17.2 
 10. McKines, Rouen17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Erroyl BING
  Maurienne
  (198-C/F-82)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Bing, Maurienne10.2 
 2. Wood, Evreux10.1 
 3. Jaiteh, Boulogne9.9 
 4. Kitts, Denain9.9 
 5. Lesieu, St Quentin9.6 
 6. McKines, Rouen8.9 
 7. Jackson, Pau-La.8.7 
 8. Rouse, St Vallier8.2 
 9. Blue, Antibes7.8 
 10. Mathis, Nantes7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Craven, St Vallier7.0 
 2. Rowland, Boulogne6.6 
 3. Taylor, Le Portel6.2 
 4. Dumas, Bourg5.8 
 5. McIntosh, Hyeres-.5.4 
 6. Huffman, Antibes5.3 
 7. Hannah, Evreux5.1 
 8. Julien, Hyeres-Tou.5.0 
 9. Calvez, Charleville4.9 
 10. Da Silva, Rouen4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Fabien CALVEZ
  Charleville
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Calvez, Charleville2.6 
 2. Craven, St Vallier2.5 
 3. Flowers, Denain2.2 
 4. Siggers, Lille2.0 
 5. Mullins, Chalons-.2.0 
 6. Hannah, Evreux2.0 
 7. Brown, Maurienne1.8 
 8. Taylor, Le Portel1.8 
 9. Mendy, Pau-Lacq.1.8 
 10. Sonko, Bourg1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Badiane, Antibes2.2 
 2. Gay, Le Portel1.7 
 3. Coleman, Bordeaux1.2 
 4. Johnson, Chalons-.1.2 
 5. Taccoen, Lille1.1 
 6. Chism, Maurienne1.1 
 7. Burrell, Chalons-.0.9 
 8. Blue, Antibes0.9 
 9. Ho You Fat, Evreux0.9 
 10. Jaiteh, Boulogne0.9 


Parker Too Much For Mavs, Spurs Win 113-107 - by Eurobasket News

Tony Parker (188-PG-82) returned from a cut above the same eye he injured in a nightclub incident last summer and scored 23 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 113-107 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

Parker missed about a quarter in the first half when he took three stitches above his left eye after a collision with Elton Brand on a drive. He nearly lost the eye in June when shards of glass embedded in his cornea after he got caught in a bottle-throwing melee in New York.

Tim Duncan stayed home with a sore right knee, but DeJuan Blair made up for his absence by scoring a season-high 22 points.

Rodrigue Beaubois led the Mavericks with a season-high 19 points.
Courtesy of: http://dfw.cbslocal.com



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Bo McCalebb selected the top FYR Macedonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Turkish team Fenerbahce Ulker to a 3-point victory against the fourth-ranked Khimky (3-2) 85-82 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. McCalebb scored 16 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 33 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (1-4) is placed seventh in group F. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. McCalebb has relatively good stats this year: 12.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.3apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 55.7%(59-106), 3FGP: 24.2% and FT: 79.1% in the 14 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. McCalebb is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Vlado Ilievski
Vlado Ilievski
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international point guard Vlado Ilievski (190-80, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Adriatic League). Ilievski led his Croatian team Cedevita to a victory over the eighth-ranked Un.Olimpija (9-9) 73-67 in the Adriatic League last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Ilievski scored 13 points and added 8 passes. KK Cedevita Zagreb (10-8) is placed fourth in the Adriatic League. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. It's Ilievski's first season with the team. This year he averages: 4.9ppg, 1.1rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 33.3%, 3FGP: 39.2% and FT: 61.5%. Ilievski has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Slovenian. He is in the roster of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Pero Antic (210-82, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Greece). Antic contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Apollon Patras (5-8) 88-69 in the Greek A1 on Monday night. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 19 minutes. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (13-0) is placed first in the A1. So far his team won all thirteen games in the Regular Season. This year Antic's overall stats are: 5.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 31.0% and FT: 72.2% in the 11 games. He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Antic is also a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

Predrag Samardziski
Predrag Samardziski
   #4. Center Predrag Samardziski (215-86, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to a Lietuvos rytas' victory against the fourth-ranked Unics Kazan (8-4) 87-80 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. He scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (6-6) is placed sixth in group A. Samardziski's total stats this season are: 5.5ppg and 4.1rpg. He is also FYR Macedonian national team player.

Marques Green
Marques Green
   #5. Former international point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy) helped Armani Milano win their game against the tenth-ranked Juvecaserta (7-9) 78-69 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He recorded 8 points and added 4 passes. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (9-7) is placed sixth in the SerieA. Green's total stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 5.0apg. He is a naturalized American. Green used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team three years ago. Apparently he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Vojdan Stojanovski
Vojdan Stojanovski
   #6. Guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-87, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague could not help BC Donetsk (13-13) in their last game. Despite Stojanovski's good performance BC Donetsk was edged in a double overtime (!!!) 91-90 at home by the second-ranked Azovmash. He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. The Regular Season already ended. This year Stojanovski has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg in the 20 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior FYR Macedonian National Team roster.

Bojan Krstevski
Bojan Krstevski
   #7. Former U20 international power forward Bojan Krstevski (205-89, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Balkan League) managed to help Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas to win against the fifth-ranked Galil Gilboa (2-1) 78-73 in the Balkan League in Wednesday night's game. He recorded only 1 points. Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (3-0) is placed second in group C. So far his team won all three games in the Second Stage. Krstevski's total stats this season are: 4.2ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the FYR Macedonian U20 national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Kennedy Winston (198-F-84, college: Alabama, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in an overtime Gravelines-Dunkerque's victory against the 11th-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (3-11) 91-80 in the French ProA last Saturday. Winston recorded 13 points and added 3 passes in 32 minutes. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (11-5) is placed third in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Winston's total stats are: 9.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.5apg in the two games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Winston has never played in FYR Macedonia.

   #2. Darius Washington (188-PG-85, college: Memphis, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli Winner League could not help Hapoel Eilat (9-5) to beat Maccabi Haifa (9-5). Washington scored 6 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Hapoel Eilat was defeated 96-87 on the road by the lower-ranked Maccabi Haifa (#3). Washington's total stats this season are: 6.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.3apg. He is a naturalized American. Interesting that Washington has never played in FYR Macedonia.

   #3. Experienced Jovan Zdravevski (197-F-80, currently plays in Iceland), who plays in the Icelandic Dominos League was not able to help Stjarnan (5-1) in their last game. Despite his good performance Stjarnan lost 103-107 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#6) Keflavik. Zdravevski recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 30 minutes. Zdravevski is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Stjarnan's roster. He has reliable stats this season: 11.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg in the 12 games. Zdravevski has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Icelandic.



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Olimpi clinch Zurab Sakandelidze and Mikheil Korkia Memorial title - by Eurobasket News

Olimpi clinch Zurab Sakandelidze and Mikheil Korkia Memorial title in the country. The team overcame Rustavi 80:67 in the Final.
Olimpi won the first period 23-16, but led 4 points at the halftime. Mikheil Chochua (193-G-87) and Nate Bowie (183-G-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) helped their team to win the second frame 21-18 and reduced to 41:37. The second half however belonged to Olimpi that posted two victories in the third and the last quarters. Olimpi won the third period 25-22 and finished the game with 14-8 rally.
Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances) erupted with 17 points and 20 rebounds, while Berishvili scored 15. Levan Patsatsia (198-SF-88, college: Troy) netted 13 and Sokk ended up with 11 points for the winners. Mikheil Chochua replied with 22 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort, while Nate Bowie netted 16. Kyle Nelson (203-F-89, agency: N.E.T., college: Augustana, IL) delivered 12 and Levan Tsekvava (190-G-89) added 7.



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Mike Lenzly working out with BBL team Wuerzburg - by Moritz Korff

Mike Lenzly (189-G-81, college: Wofford) has joined the s.oliver Baskets Wuerzburg for a tryout, the BBL team announced today.
31-year-old Lenzly started his professional career with TBB Trier in 2003, the team Wuerzburg is going to face on Sunday. However, it has not been decided yet, if he will make his BBL comeback against his former side. Following his Trier stint Lenzly took his game to Latvia, Spain, Cyprus Belgium, Italy and the Czech Republic in the following years. He spent the past three seasons playing for Nymburk and won three straight Czech championship titles with the club.
Last summer Lenzly attended the London Olympic Games as a member of the British Men's National Team.



German 16 Under National Team announced - by Moritz Korff

Harald Stein, headcoach of the 16 Under German National Team, named his 12 man roster for the up and coming international tournament in Sakarya, Turkey (February 1-9). In the preliminary round Germany will take on Montenegro, Ukraine, Argentina, Slovenia and Greece.

Georg Beyschlag (180-G-97) - Noerdlingen
Moritz Huebner (197-F-97) - Urspring
Haris Hujic (184-G-97) - Hagen
Daniel Keppeler (198-F-97) - Breitenguessbach
Niklas Kiel (202-SF-97) - Herford/Paderborn
Leon Kratzer (205-C-97) - Breitenguessbach
Johannes Menzel (186-G-97) - Goettingen
Moritz Overdick (205-C-97) - Langen
Till Pape (196-F-97) - Paderborn
Moritz Sanders (204-F-98) - Dorsten/Hagen
Philipp Sausmikat (190-F-97) - Hamburg/Luebeck
Tibor Taras (195-F-97) - Koeln

Headcoach: Harald Stein
Assistant Coaches: Marvin Willoughby, Patrick Femerling



Herzoege Wolfenbuettel part ways with Stephen Schubert - by Moritz Korff

Stephen Schubert (205-F-92) has parted company with 2. Bundesliga Pro B team MTV Herzoege Wolfenbuettel. The 20-year-old forward had hoped for a different role on the team, according to the club's website. The articles also said, reasons for his limited role have been staying away from practice and a questionable attitude. Schubert appeared in 13 Pro B games this season and saw 14:07 minutes of action per contest, averaging 5.5 points a game. He wanted to join 1. Regionalliga North side MTV/BG Wolfenbuettel, who is cooperating with the Herzoege team, to gain more playing time, but after talking to MTV/BG coach Thorsten Weinhold the Herzoege management refused to accept the player's request and announced instead that this marked the end of Schubert's 2012-13 season.


Dirk Bauermann Now Officially The Polish National Coach - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

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


So Much Basketball Talent With The Artland Dragons, But So Little Titles? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Who could forget Darius Hall partying with the 3000 fans in Hamburg after the big 74-60 cup win against ENbW Ludwigsburg in 2008 looking like rapper Joseph Bruce of Detroit rap group Dark Lotus giving a concert. That was the first and last title of the Artland Dragons. That 2007-2008 team was simply so special as Chris fleming finally was rewarded with his hard work and dedication with his first title, American John Goldsberry continued to develop as a point guard and by leading the Dragons to that title helped pave the road to joining Euroleague team Brose baskets Bamberg where he has been since 2008 or American EJ Rowland who after playing in lower leagues in Australia and Latvia was able to continue to chip away at his game then landing in Bonn and almost helping them to a title in 2009 and then moving up to top leagues in Italy and Spain. Every season the club is able to bring in top talented players, but in return are incapable of bringing extended pandemonium to the small 12,000 village with hardware. The list of top players having played in the Artland has been as unending as the Cleveland Cavaliers losing streak of 26 games in 2010-2011 or Psy having to utter the magic words of Gangnam Style since the innovative track became a world wide hit in 2012. Guys that have played there the last four years have been ex NBA player Toby Bailey, NCAA Final 4 player Hollis Price, top European point guard Tyrese Rice, diminutive point guard David Holston who has the heart of Simba in the Lion King, or Nathan Peavy. Especially this season the team was cherished with ex NBA player Dennis Horner and now Ryan Gomes. The team recently made a coup picking up Ryan Gomes (481 NBA games) who was drafted by the Boston Celtics in 2005 and his claim to fame is being shipped to Minnesota for Kevin Garnett in 2007 and the rest is history.Horner didnt stay long in Artland and is now of dreaming of getting back to the NBA displaying his skills with the Springfield Armour. He didnt have much to mention about his short stay in Quackenbruck, but didn remember some one one duels with American Anthony King in practice. This seasons team may be the most talented team ever and Stefan Koch has the chance to win his second title in Germany. It continues to be a mystery why titles seem as rare there as a traffic light in Quackenbruck, but if there is one guy who can bring a title then its Koch. He has to shape the roles and chemistry the way Svetislav Pesic has in Munich. Maybe Toby the dragon should heat up his dungeon more under the arena so the team has more of an advantage to win big games at home. The guard play of Mallett, Haynes and Taylor are an excellent guard combo. However I think that their inside game doesnt fit together. Maybe they will get a new big man to make it work better. I think that the Artland Dragons have underachieved so far this season. Sometimes players chosen for a season just dont fit together, but I feel that Stefan Koch can turn the season around. If this team clicks then they can be very dangerous. I think that they will finish around 6th or 7th place. They can be a very dangerous opponent in the playoffs, warned basketball expert Steven Clauss. It seems like basketball expert Steven Clauss had some kind of premonition as Gomes returned back to the States and the team picked up ex Skyliner Bradley Buckman (203-F-84, college: Texas). The Texas native has played superbly in Turkey the last two seasons at times averaging double double stats and will help the team. Buckman may not be a star, but sometimes non stars can get the job done better than those who all are talking about.
After winning their first BEKO BBL title with the cup in 2008 against EnBW Luwdigsburg in Hamburg in 2008, it seemed like the Artland Dragons were on a positive way with possible future hardware, but instead the club might secretly have been dreaming of the glory day in Hamburg where Darius Hall was in the middle of a swarm of Artland fans celebrating the win, because ever since that big title, the team has been looking for another success and missed the playoffs two seasons in a row. The Artland Dragons have been about as unlucky not reaching the playoffs the two seasons as a Formula one driver is racing the race of their life and then dropping out because the engine dies in the last lap as German Sebastian Vettel recently had to accept or poor cute lovable polar bear Knut who is being shunned by three female bears including his mother who cant remember he is her kid. In 2009, they had to win the last game and did crushing Frankfurt 90-69, but not reaching the playoffs because Paderborn won on the last day against BG Goettingen and in 2010, they made a last comeback winning the last four games, but losing their last game 82-80 to the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven a game they had to win missing the playoffs again. "I think that in 2010, Artland was lacking a guard who could control the team until the end. Ross was more of a scoring guard and Price could of done job, but he came to late in season to turn it around. The chemistry was lacking too and it seemed like players had their own agenda", stressed Quentin Pryor.

Last season, the Artland Dragons reached the Beko BBL playoffs for a second straight season after missing them twice with successful ratiopharm Ulm head coach Thorsten Leibenath in 2009 and 2010. Last season the Artland Dragons finished in fourth place with a record of 24-10. They were led by David Holston who was only 167cm, but played with a huge heart and like he was a big 195cm guard not being intimidated by the bigger players. The club played pretty solid the whole season having two five games and four game winning streaks in the season. Their biggest wins of the season was against FC Bayern Munich at home 86-83 at home where David Holston had an eye to eye shooting clinic with Je kel Foster that was only out done by the famous Larry Bird-Dominique Wilkins shoot out in the 1988 NBA playoffs. The Artland Dragons also swept the season series with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg and the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. Koch once again formed a very competitive team around Holston with guys like David Fenn, Nathan Peavy, Brandon Thomas, Adam Hess and Bryan Bailey. In the palyoffs, the Artland Dragons squashed the title dreams of FC Bayern Munich winning in five games. Who could forget the spectacular win in Munich where they had no David Holston who had been suspended for a game. In the semi finals, they lost 3-0 to the Brose Baskets Bamberg who just rolled over the Quackenbruck team winning by more than 74 points. It seemed like the spanking of the holy mighty FC Bayern Munich had been their highlight and they just ran out of gas against the Brose Baskets Bamberg in the playoffs.
After two consecutive seasons in the Beko BBL playoffs the only goal for the Artland Dragons is a return, annoying the other top teams and possibly sneaking into the Beko BBL final. The two biggest loses for the team were David Holston and Nathan Peavy. It is still difficult to understand why they didnt try to hold Holston who went back to Turkey where he had started his professional team, but Koch possibly already had mallet in mind to bring that extra needed experience to the team. Peavy left to join 8 time Beko BBL champion Alba Berlin. He had played consistently in his time with the Dragons and will be dearly missed. The club also lost players like Bryan Bailey, Adam Hess, Darren fenn and Brandon Thomas. Despite so many going, the Artland Dragons have presented the league another very strong team this season. Joining Mallet in a top basketball ensemble will be Bryce Taylor possibly the second most important signing after Mallet, because of his offensive and defensive versatility, unending energy and never losing mentality. Andrew Drevo is back in the Beko BBL and will present mismatches at the position four with his stretching the defense. Koch also brought in Kristaps Valters for the injured Mallet who played two seasons with Don Beck in Oldenburg and has been a consistent performer in Europes strongest league ACB in Spain. He also brought in talented youngsters Marquez Haynes who played in the ACB who will bring athletic power to the guard position and Sergio Kerusch who is starting his second professional season after having played in Greece last season. Petar Popovic is a rugged big man that has oodles of experience and will bring physical stability to the boards. The team also brought in German Ben Spoeler. The team kept ex Skyliner Anthony King, versatile guard Johannes Strasser and Germans Guido Grunheid and Acja Njei. The biggest strength of the 2008 cup winner again will be their deep roster and unlimited offensive power. If the Artland Dragons can combine that with a willingness to defend then they will be able to beat any team on any night. The only thing that could stand in the way of the Artland Dragons is underachieving. They are so talented, but will need to bring it to the table every night. Koch is known for forming formidable chemistry in his teams and will do it again with this gang. Stefan Koch has done a good job again finding the right players. He always finds the right players. He knows how to find well functioning teams. Bryce Taylor was a very important pick up. The Artland Dragons will be a top team and play at the top, stressed basketball expert Steven Klauss.
The Frankfurt Skyliners have had unfond memories to playing the Artland Dragons as both having a 7-7 record since 2005 and during 2005-2007 Frankfurtlosing all four games including being outscored in the Artland arena 172-129. However, the tide turned for the better from 2007-2009 as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had a 3-1 record. Four years ago, they celebrated a very big emotional win 87-75 winning in overtime as captain Pascal Roller sparked Frankfurt to the win with 26 points. two seasons ago on the last day, Frankfurt lacked spirit and were beaten in every phase of the game losing 90-69. In 2009-2010, the team lost a thriller 77-76 in Artland as Frankfurt staged one of their famous comebacks despite a late Pascal Roller three pointer, it wasnt enough as they lost. Frankfurt was able to win at home 77-65 as Pascal Roller scored 20 points. Frankfurt won their first show down in 2010-2011 on the road winning 82-56 coming out of half time with a 24-8 run to easily win. Frankfurt was led by AJ Moye with 18 points and six rebounds and fans will remember a crashing dunk by ex NBA player Roger Powell. Frankfurt also won their home encounter 83-72 as Dashaun Wood had a Derrick Rose type of game making 29 points, 9 assists, five rebounds and four steals. The team lost a meaningless cup game in Bamberg against Artland where both teams played for third place and Frankfurt was without Dashaun Wood. Last season, both teams played a defensive classic in Frankfurt as Artland won 49-44. Frankfurt returned to Artland winning 66-60 as Jimmy Mckinney led the scoring with 15 points and ex NBA player Jermario Davidson had 13 points, six rebounds and six blocks.
The Artland Dragons have been up and down and in the last 12 games have had two three game winning streaks and three game losing streaks and the Fraport Skyliners have nice memories to their first meeting of the season in Artland winning 89-80 as the Larry Wright cindrella story continued as he led the team with 21 points showing that the PRO B player can play in the Beko BBL. The Fraport Skyliners got a lot of support from Dion Dowell, Quantez Robertson, Zach Peacock and Johnathan Jones. It was the best offensive game of the team in the season. The Fraport Skyliners are looking to start the second half of the season with a win. After a six day training camp in Tenerifa the team will have to make some changes in their game to be successful. Frankfurt will always have a chance to win if they defend well and can get their offense going and score more than 70 points. Ou never know how offense will be if they defend well. The problem is that Frankfurt doesnt have a dominat five man. It is fine if Frankfurt plays small ball, but if they dont rebound well or play defense then it will always be tough to win, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss.
The Artland Dragons are led by Demond Mallet. Mallet is a 34 year old 186cm guard from Louisiana that has the distinction of being a cousin of Shaq. He played at Mcneese State and turned professional in 2001 and played for Braunschweig leading the team to the playoffs. With his scoring ability, he quickly went to Bamberg where he was able to become one of the top Americans playing in Germany at that time. He won the Beko BBL title with Bamberg in 2005. He then went to Cologne helping them win the cup in 2007. His biggets success was winning the 2008 ULEB Cup with Joventut Badalona with German Jan Jagla. In the last years, he has played in Turkey, Belgium and Israel. Last season he played for Belgacom Spirou (Belgium-D1, starting five): 26 games: Score-3 (15.1ppg), 2.7rpg, 2.8apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 84.0%; Euroleague: 12 games: Score-4 (16.6ppg), 2.3rpg, 3.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 71.0%; in Dec.'11 moved to Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Israel-Premier League): Israeli League: 4 games: 3.8ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3spg; Euroleague: 10 games: 4.6ppg; Adriatic League: 12 games: 6.3ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 31.7%, FT: 87.5%, He is a five time Beko BBL allstar winning the MVP in 2007. He was the Beko BBL player of the year in 2002 and 2003 and was the Belgium league MVP in 2011. The team also brought in 26 year old 196cm shooting guard Bryce Taylor last season who hails from San Diego, California. He is the son of former NBA player Brian Taylor. He is a great sharpshooter with an aggressive dribble drive and has a keen understanding of the game. He played at Oregon from 2004-2008. In his senior year at Oregon, he averaged 12.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 46.1%, 3Pts: 38.2%, FT: 82.3% in 30 games. Three seasons ago, he turned professional and played in Italy for Premiata Montegranaro playing 30 games: and averaging 13.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.6spg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 82.6%. In 2009-2010 in Bonn, he played 6 Eurocup games: 18.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 36.4%; German League: 34 games: 12.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 81.4%. In 2010, he played NBA Summer league for the Indiana Pacers. In 2010-2011 for Alba Berlin Taylor played EuroCup: 11 games: 7.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 83.9%; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 5 games: 0.8ppg; German League: 49 games: 7.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 44.9%, 3PT: 27.5%, FT: 76.0%. Last season for Alba Berlin he played Euroleague Qualifying Round: 2 games: 9.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.0apg; EuroCup: 12 games: 9.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 80.0%; German League: 36 games: 11.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 42.6%, FT: 82.4%.
The team also brought in experienced 33 year old 211cm Petar Popovic from Serbia. He is a very experienced center, who knows ho to play back-to-the basket and has good fundamentals. He isn' t an explosive leaper, neither a shot-blocker, and probably he grabs less rebounds than expected, but he' s a good inside presence defensively and has enough soft hands to score in double digits any night.. He already got experience at age 22 joining top team Hemofarm Vrsac playing there for four years. In the last years he has played for teams like Benneton Treviso, MMT Estudiantes Madrid, and Spartak St.Petersburg. Last season, he played for Crvena Zvezda Beograd (A League, starting five): Adriatic League: 25 games: 11.2ppg, 5.3rpg, FGP: 54.4%, FT: 77.2%; Serbian League: 21 games: 11.1ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 55.0%, FT: 58.5%. He has won five titles in his career the biggest being the 2008 ULEB cup with Demond mallet at Badalona Joventut. He also played at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.
The club also signed 25 year old 191cm guard Marquez Haynes from Irving Texas. He played at Boston College from 2005-2007 and finished his NCAA career with Texas Arlington in 2010. In his senior year, he played 30 games: ScoreNCAA-3 (22.6ppg), 4.3rpg, 3.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 74.6%. As a rookie he played together with ex Skyliner Ilian Evtimov for ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-ProA, starting five): 33 games: 14.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.9apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 73.1%. Last season, he played for C.B. Gran Canaria 2014 (Spain-ACB, starting five): EuroCup: 8 games: 11.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 50.0%; Spanish League: 34 games: 10.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 28.5%, FT: 79.1%. Recently he played NBA Summer league with AirTran Orlando Summer League (Oklahoma City Thunder): 2 games: 2.0ppg, 1.0apg. He reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2006, won the French cup in 2011 with Chalon and is a member of the Georgian national team. Sergio Kerush is a 23 year old 195cm forward from Memphis, Tennessee that also has the German nationality. He played at Western Kentucky. As a senior he played 32 games: 15.6ppg, 7.9rpg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 30.7%, FT: 64.4%. Last season as rookie he played for Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1): EuroCup: 12 games: 7.4ppg, 5.8rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 66.7%; Greek League: 26 games: 7.5ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 61.2%. The team also brought in 24 year old 206cm German Ben Spoeler. He started his basketball career in 2oo3 with herten. He then played for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen from 2004-2010 getting into five Beko BBL games. He played two seasons in Paderborn and last season played 24 games: 6.1ppg, 2.6rpg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 65.6%.
Anthony King is a 27 year old 206cmpower forward/center from Durham, North Carolina. He is back in the Beko BBL after playing in Cyprus and Greece the last two years. This will be his second season for the Artland Dragons. He gives the team an additional scoring threat in the post as well as rebounding, is a physical performer who doesnt mind mixing it up down low and gives the team added toughness in the paint. He played at Miami, FL (NCAA) from 2003-2008 playing 34 games in his senior year averaging 7.1ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3apg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 43.1%, FT: 68.9%. He played for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners in his rookie season. In 2009-2010, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-Division A, starting five): Score-5 (236 pts), Reb-1 (148 rbs), Blocks-2 (24 blocks). Last season, he remained with InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-Division A, starting five): Cypriot League: EuroChallenge: 8 games: 17.0ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.1apg, Blocks-1 (2.0bpg), FGP: 53.6%, FT: 76.2%; Cyprus League: 16 games: 14.3ppg, Reb-2 (10.0rpg), 1.1apg, 1.3spg, Blocks-2 (1.8bpg), FGP: 54.1%, 3PT-3 (50.0%), FT: 76.8%; Playoffs: 10 games: 14.2ppg, 10.4rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 51.4%, FT:80%, after winning the championship moved in Apr.'11 to Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1, starting five): 9 games: 8.1ppg, 5.8rpg, FGP: 50.8%, FT: 57.9%. He was won the double in Cyprus with InterCollege Etha Engomis. %. Last season, he played EuroCup Qualifications: 2 games: 3.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.0bpg; EuroChallenge: 14 games: 10.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 62.0%, FT: 81.8%; German League: 36 games: 9.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 57.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 80.2% 30 year old 190cm combo guard Johannes Strasser is playing his third season with The Artland Dragons. He is a very strong point guard that can hit the open three pointer at any time, penetrate and finish or find the open guy and is a pest on defense. He started his basketball career at Rhondorf in 1999. He had a very successful time with Rhein Energy Cologne from 2001-2007 winning the 2006 BBL league title and three cup titles in 2004,2005 and 2007. He played with the Telekom Baskets Bonn from 2007-2010 reaching the BEKO BBL title twice. His job is to come from the bench and help out at the point or hurt opponents with his deadly three pointer. In 2010-2011, he played 40 games: 6.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 87.2%. Last season, he played : EuroCup Qualifications: 2 games: 8.5ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.0spg; EuroChallenge: 14 games: 4.2ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.6apg; German League: 42 games: 5.9ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 37.8%, FT: 84.1%
Guido Gruinheid is a 30 year old 209cm forward from Jena that is playing his second season for the Artland Dragons. He is an in-betweener forward with the height (but not the size) of a 4 and the quickness (but not the ball handling and the shot) of a 3. A good rebounder and a hustler. He played for Alba Berlin from 2001-2005 winning three BEKO BBL titles and two cup titles. He then moved to Rhein Energie Koln in 2005 where he won his fourth BEKO BBL title in 2006 and another cup in 2007. He got added experience playing in Holland for Hanzevast Capitals Groningen . He also has gained valuable experience playing for the German national team as he was a member playing at the 2006 World Championships in Japan and at the 2007 European Championships in Spain. In 2010-2011 for MBC, he played 33 games: 7.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 58.9%, 3PT: 23.0%, FT: 44.7%. Last season for Artland he played : EuroCup Qualifications: 2 games: 8.5ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.0spg; EuroChallenge: 14 games: 4.2ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.6apg; German League: 42 games: 5.9ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 37.8%, FT: 84.1%. The team also retain Christian Hoffman and Acha Njei. Hoffmann is a 25 year old 187cm guard from the Tegernsee in Bavaria. He started his basketball career in 2003 for FC Bayern Munchen (Regionalliga) where he played until 2007. He then got some Beko BBL experience form 2007-2009 playing 44 Beko BBL games with TBB Trier. He then played another season with FC Bayern Munich and Science City Jena before coming to Artland last season. Acha Njei is a 27 year old 190cm guard that started his basketball career in 2004 with Vegesacker TV (2. Regionalliga). He then played fort eh Bremen Roosters from 2005-2009. He then played for 2009 Beko BBL champion EWE Baskets Oldenburg from 2009-2011 playing seven Beko BBL games and three Euroleague games. Last season for Artland he played EuroCup Qualifications: 1 game: 0pts; EuroChallenge: 9 games: 0.6ppg, 1.0rpg; German League: 15 games: 0.7ppg.




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EuroLeague: Real snatch win in Athens - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos - Real Madrid 54:58

Real Madrid claimed a tough road win at the OAKA Arena in Athens tonight. Felipe Reyes (206-PF-80) scored 13 points to pace Real in this defensively minded battle. Real jumped at 5-0 record on top of Group E. Panathinaikos fell at 3-2 record after the defeat.
Panathinaikos opened the game with their trademark stifling defence. The Hellenes limited Real to 11 points in the first ten minutes to take a 9-point lead. Panathinaikos maintained the lead throughout the intense second frame. The hosts piled up a 37:27 halftime lead. Real Madrid turned things around after the main break. They capped the period with six points in a row to cut the deficit at 5-point mark 44:49. Real then stunned Panathinaikos late in the regulation. The visitors kept the Athens outfit scoreless for almost four last minutes of the encounter going on a 12:0 run and celebrating victory at the end. Rafael Hettsheimer (206-C-86) produced 11 points, while Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) added 8 points in the victory. Michael Bramos (197-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH) answered with 11 points for Panathinaikos. Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) and Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) added 8 points apiece in the loss.

Panathinaikos: Michael Bramos 11, Roko-Leni Ukic 8, Sofoklis Schortsanitis 8
Real Madrid: Felipe Reyes 13, Rafael Hettsheimer 11, Rudy Fernandez 8



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Kevin van Wijk's 31 points make him top Dutch player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kevin van Wijk
Kevin van Wijk
   #1. This week's number one is former U16 international forward Kevin van Wijk (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States). He led Valparaiso to a 1-point victory against the University of Detroit Mercy (4-3) 89-88 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. van Wijk scored 31 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds in 30 minutes on the court. The Valparaiso University has a very good 6-1 conference record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. van Wijk played for the Dutch U16 national team eight years ago.

Henk Norel
Henk Norel
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Henk Norel (214-87, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help CAI Zaragoza (10-8) to beat Caja Laboral (15-3). Norel scored 7 points in 21 minutes. CAI Zaragoza was edged 74-73 on the road by the second-ranked Caja Laboral. It's Norel's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.2ppg, 6.1rpg, 2FGP: 59.3%(96-162) and FT: 52.9% in the 18 games he played so far. Norel is in the roster of the Dutch senior national team.

Robin Smeulders
Robin Smeulders
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Robin Smeulders (207-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland, currently plays in EuroChallenge). Smeulders managed to help EWE Baskets Oldenburg in a victory against the closely-ranked Telekom Baskets (1-1) 82-65 in the EuroChallenge last Wednesday. He scored only 4 points in 13 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group L. EWE Baskets Oldenburg (2-0) is placed first. There are only four games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Top 16. So now every game will be critical. This year Smeulders averages: 9.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 2FGP: 53.3% and FT: 63.2% in the seven games. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and German. Smeulders is also a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Roeland Schaftenaar
Roeland Schaftenaar
   #4. Power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Leche Rio Breogan's victory against the closely-ranked Ford Burgos (13-3) 85-77 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. He recorded 10 points and added 3 passes. Leche Rio Breogan Lugo (8-8) is placed fifth in the LEB Gold. Schaftenaar's overall stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.9apg. He used to play for the Dutch national team back in 2010.

Francisco Elson
Francisco Elson
   #5. An experienced international center Francisco Elson (211-76, college: California, currently plays in Iran) was not able to help Mahram (12-3) in their game against Petrochimi (15-1) in the Iranian Superleague. Elson recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. It was his first game for Mahram this season. Mahram was edged 87-84 at home by the leading Petrochimi. They ended the series of seven consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Elson plays currently for the Dutch national team.

Jito Kok
Jito Kok
   #6. Center Jito Kok (206-94, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the one of league's weakest teams San Diego (4-2) in their game against the Brigham Young University (5-2) in the NCAA. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Kok recorded only 3 points and blocked 4 shots. It was his first game for San Diego this season. The San Diego was badly defeated 74-57 in Provo, UT by the Brigham Young University. Kok is U18 international player who is currently on the Dutch National Team roster.

Olaf Schaftenaar
Olaf Schaftenaar
   #7. Former U18 international center Olaf Schaftenaar (206-93, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Oregon St. (1-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Oregon St. lost 64-74 in Los Angeles, CA to the Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles. Schaftenaar scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. It was his first game for Oregon St. this season. It was Oregon St.'s fifth consecutive loss in a row. Schaftenaar used to play for the Dutch U18 national team two years ago.

Thomas van der Mars
Thomas van der Mars
   #8. Center Thomas van der Mars (208-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Portland (1-5) in their game against the Saint Mary's College of California (1-7) in the NCAA. van der Mars recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Portland was crushed 60-38 on their home court in Portland, OR by the Saint Mary's College of California. It was Portland's third consecutive loss in a row. van der Mars' overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.1apg. He used to play for the Dutch U20 national team back in 2010.

Kadeem Pantophlet
Kadeem Pantophlet
   #9. Former U20 international forward Kadeem Pantophlet (201-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Duquesne (0-5) in their game against the Saint Louis University (2-2) in the NCAA. Pantophlet scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. The Duquesne lost 64-73 on their home court in Pittsburgh, PA to the Saint Louis University. So far Duquesne lost all five games in the conference This year Pantophlet's overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.1apg in the 15 games. He used to play for the Dutch U20 national team four years ago.

Bart Stolk
Bart Stolk
   #10. Center Bart Stolk (206-93, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help La Palma (3-10) in their game against Clinicas Rincon (9-4) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Stolk scored only 2 points in 3 minutes on the court. The bottom-ranked La Palma lost in an overtime 50-57 on their home court in La Palma to the much higher-ranked (#3) Clinicas Rincon. This year Stolk's total stats are: 2.9ppg and 2.1rpg in the 12 games. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Dutch National Team roster.

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

   #1. Experienced Stanley Ocitti (203-F/C-80, college: Binghamton, currently plays in United Kingdom) was the major contributor in a Worcester Wolves' victory against one of league's weakest teams Durham Wildcats (6-13) 98-91 in the British BBL last Sunday. He scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Worcester Wolves (10-9) is placed sixth in the BBL. It's Ocitti's first season with the team. Ocitti is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.3ppg, 9.3rpg and 1.4apg. Ocitti is a naturalized American.

   #2. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help UCAM Murcia (24-6) to beat Cajasol (7-11). He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. his team was defeated 81-73 at home by the much lower-ranked Cajasol (#13). This season Tillie averages: 7.5ppg and 3.8rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and French.

   #3. Josh Duinker (210-F/C-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Caceres Basket (6-9) in their game against Ourense (1-7) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Caceres Basket was defeated 81-73 on the road by the lower-ranked Ourense (#11). Duinker's overall stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and Dutch.

   #4. Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Josh Duinker and both played together in the last Spanish LEB Gold game. Van Oostrum was not able to secure a victory for Caceres Basket (6-9) in their game against Ourense (1-7). He scored 7 points in 20 minutes. Caceres Basket lost 73-81 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#11) Ourense. This year Van Oostrum's overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.1apg in the 15 games he played so far. He has both Dutch and British nationalities.

   #5. Joey van Zegeren McAdam (208-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Virginia Tech to win against the Wake Forest University (3-2) 66-65 in the NCAA last Saturday. van Zegeren McAdam recorded 5 points. The Virginia Tech has 2-3 conference record this season. van Zegeren McAdam's total stats this year are: 9.1ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.1apg.

   #6. Daniel Kickert (208-C/F-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague couldn't help Dnipro (8-18) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Kickert's good performance Dnipro was defeated 74-67 in Yuzhny by the much higher-ranked Khimik (#5). He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Kickert also added 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Kickert has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.2ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.4apg. Kickert also holds two passports: Australian and Dutch.



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Standings - A Division

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

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 24: Kaposvari - Albacomp 96-79
Jan. 26: Jaszberenyi - Falco-Szova
Jan. 26: Soproni - PVSK Pannon
Jan. 26: Kormend - Marso NYKK
Jan. 26: Atomeromu - FS Debrecen
Jan. 26: ZTE KK - Szedeak


A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Alex LEGION
  PVSK P.
  (195-G-88)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Legion, PVSK P.21.3 
 2. Spica, Kaposvari21.2 
 3. Swanston, Kapos.20.7 
 4. Nelson, Marso N.20.7 
 5. Dunn, Kaposvari20.4 
 6. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.20.3 
 7. Buljan, Kormend20.1 
 8. Wood, Albacomp20.1 
 9. Shaw, Kormend19.1 
 10. Copeland, ZTE K.18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rastko DRAMICANIN
  Jaszbere.
  (207-C-86)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.9.8 
 2. Davis, Marso N.9.5 
 3. Simovic, ZTE K.9.1 
 4. Csorvasi, Szedeak8.3 
 5. Barovic, Soproni8.2 
 6. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.0 
 7. Buljan, Kormend7.8 
 8. Keller, Albacomp7.8 
 9. Markovic, Jaszbere.7.5 
 10. Toth, PVSK P.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Albacomp
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Moore, Albacomp6.8 
 2. Williams, Atomeromu6.4 
 3. Dunn, Kaposvari5.9 
 4. Thomas, Soproni5.6 
 5. Copeland, ZTE K.5.3 
 6. Nelson, Marso N.5.2 
 7. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.2 
 8. Rakic, Jaszberenyi5.2 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.4.6 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Nelson, Marso N.2.9 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari2.8 
 3. Moore, Albacomp2.5 
 4. Buljan, Kormend2.3 
 5. Davis, Marso N.2.2 
 6. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.0 
 7. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.1.8 
 8. Swanston, Kapos.1.7 
 9. Legion, PVSK P.1.6 
 10. Williams, Atomero.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Akos KELLER
  Albacomp
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Keller, Albacomp1.2 
 2. Barovic, Soproni1.1 
 3. Davis, Marso N.1.0 
 4. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 5. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.0.7 
 6. Shaw, Kormend0.7 
 7. Toth, Atomeromu0.6 
 8. Simovic, ZTE K.0.6 
 9. Csorvasi, Szedeak0.6 
 10. Levy, Falco-Szova0.6 


A Division Round 17 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Round 17 most important game was a victory of Jaszberenyi over 5th ranked PVSK Pannon 84-75 on Saturday night. PVSK Pannon trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 23-21 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 75-84 at the end of the game. Serbian center Rastko Dramicanin (207-86, agency: BeoExcell) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. Naturalized Serbian guard Dejan Mladenovic (186-85, agency: TSS Management) contributed with 22 points for the winners. The former international forward Norbert Toth (203-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds for PVSK Pannon. Jaszberenyi have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place. PVSK Pannon at the other side dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Falco-Szova. Jaszberenyi are looking forward to face Falco-Szova (#8) in Szombathely in the next round. PVSK Pannon will play on the road against Soproni and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kaposvari (12-5) against eleventh ranked Szedeak (6-11) on Saturday night. Visiting Kaposvari was crushed by Szedeak in Szeged 101-76. Serbian guard Stefan Fekete (188-86, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up and scored 26 points and 4 assists (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners and Milan Csorvasi chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Szedeak's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Court Side) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Szedeak maintains eleventh place with 6-11 record. Kaposvari at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. They share it with Atomeromu. Szedeak will play against higher ranked ZTE KK (#6) in Zalaegerszeg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kaposvari will play at home against the league's leader Albacomp (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
An interesting game for Atomeromu (12-5) which hosted in Paks 4th placed Soproni (10-7). Third ranked Atomeromu managed to get a 9-point victory 75-66. Steven Idlet nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side. Dontay Thomas came up with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for Soproni in the defeat. Atomeromu moved-up to second place, which they share with Kaposvari. Loser Soproni keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Atomeromu will meet at home FS Debrecen (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Soproni will play against PVSK Pannon (#7) in Pecs and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Szombathely. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 7th ranked Falco-Szova (8-9) to tenth ranked Kormend (6-10) 92-91 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Kyle Austin who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. Kormend maintains tenth place with 6-10 record. Falco-Szova lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with nine games lost. Kormend's next round opponent will be higher ranked Marso NYKK (#9) in Nyiregyhazi and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Soproni (10-7) and Marso NYKK (7-10), which took place in Nyiregyhazi. 4th placed Soproni lost to ninth ranked Marso NYKK in a road game 63-69 on Thursday. Bennet Davis orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 9 rebounds. Marso NYKK maintains ninth place with 7-10 record. Loser Soproni keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Marso NYKK will face Kormend (#10) on the road in the next round. Soproni will play against PVSK Pannon (#7) in Pecs.

In the last game of round 17 ZTE KK beat FS Debrecen on the road 79-74.
The most impressive performance of 17th round was 26 points and 18 rebounds by Zeljko Zagorac of Falco-Szova.


Falco-Szova - Kormend 91-92

A very interesting game took place in Szombathely. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 7th ranked Falco-Szova (8-9) to tenth ranked Kormend (6-10) 92-91 on Saturday evening. Falco-Szova was ahead by 14 points after three quarters before a 30-15 charge of Kormend, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Matt Shaw (203-88, college: UNLV) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Five Kormend players scored in double figures. Slovenian forward Zeljko Zagorac (204-81) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 18 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and the former international guard Laszlo Kalman (186-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) added 19 points and 4 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) respectively for the hosts. Kormend maintains tenth place with 6-10 record. Falco-Szova lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with nine games lost. Kormend's next round opponent will be higher ranked Marso NYKK (#9) in Nyiregyhazi and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Kormend: K.Austin 22+11reb+2ast, G.Fodor 17+2reb+1ast, M.Shaw 14+6reb+1ast, C.Ferencz 12+6reb+3ast, O.Krayem 11+1reb, A.Rujak 10+3ast
Falco-Szova: Z.Zagorac 26+18reb+2ast, L.Kalman 19+2reb+4ast, T.Will 13+3reb, T.Harazin 10+2ast, B.Varadi 9+2reb+2ast, T.Ivosev 5+8reb+1ast
gschID: 196984


PVSK Pannon - Jaszberenyi 75-84

Round 17 most important game was a victory of Jaszberenyi over 5th ranked PVSK Pannon 84-75 on Saturday night. PVSK Pannon trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 23-21 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 75-84 at the end of the game. Serbian center Rastko Dramicanin (207-86, agency: BeoExcell) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. Naturalized Serbian guard Dejan Mladenovic (186-85, agency: TSS Management) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Four Jaszberenyi players scored in double figures. The former international forward Norbert Toth (203-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds and guard Peter Kovacs (189-88) added 19 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for PVSK Pannon. Jaszberenyi have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place. PVSK Pannon at the other side dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Falco-Szova. Jaszberenyi are looking forward to face Falco-Szova (#8) in Szombathely in the next round. PVSK Pannon will play on the road against Soproni and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Jaszberenyi: D.Mladenovic 22+2reb, G.Soos 15+4reb+1ast, R.Dramicanin 14+12reb+7ast, M.Rakic 11+3reb+5ast, P.Szabo 8+4reb+2ast, B.Horti 7+7reb+2ast
PVSK Pannon: N.Toth 19+9reb, P.Kovacs 19+5reb+2ast, A.Halasz 11+3reb+3ast, B.Loesing 6+1reb, T.Hendley 6+3reb+1ast, A.Csabay 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 196983


Szedeak - Kaposvari 101-76

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kaposvari (12-5) against eleventh ranked Szedeak (6-11) on Saturday night. Visiting Kaposvari was crushed by Szedeak in Szeged 101-76. It looked good early as Kaposvari took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Szedeak had a 27-19 second period charge getting the lead and Kaposvari was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 76-101. Szedeak shot 60.6 percent from the field. They outrebounded Kaposvari 31-19 including 24 on the defensive glass. Serbian guard Stefan Fekete (188-86, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up and scored 26 points and 4 assists (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners and the former international power forward Milan Csorvasi (209-88, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Szedeak's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Court Side) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds and American-Kittitian swingman Kyle Swanston (201-86, college: JMU, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) scored 15 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Szedeak maintains eleventh place with 6-11 record. Kaposvari at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. They share it with Atomeromu. Szedeak will play against higher ranked ZTE KK (#6) in Zalaegerszeg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kaposvari will play at home against the league's leader Albacomp (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Szedeak: S.Fekete 26+1reb+4ast, N.Dukic 17+2reb+1ast, M.Csorvasi 15+8reb, A.Gurley 12+4reb+1ast, A.Jones 9+6reb+3ast, A.Tanacs 8+3reb
Kaposvari: C.Dunn 19+5reb+3ast, K.Swanston 15+2reb+3ast, M.Spica 13+2reb+1ast, R.Hendlein 12+7reb, G.Drahos 8+2ast, G.David 4
gschID: 196982


FS Debrecen - ZTE KK 74-79

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked ZTE KK (8-8) beat on the road 12th ranked FS Debrecen (1-16) 79-74 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. Bosnian center Teo Simovic (205-84) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Dorenzo Hudson (195-88, college: Virginia Tech) contributed with 9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Brian Stafford (193-90, college: Denver) answered with 23 points and the other American import forward Kevin Smith (195-89, college: Richmond) added 17 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for FS Debrecen. Four FS Debrecen players scored in double figures. ZTE KK have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place. FS Debrecen lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 16 games lost. ZTE KK will face Szedeak (#11) in Szeged in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. FS Debrecen will play on the road against the league's second-placed Atomeromu in Paks.
Top scorers:
ZTE KK: T.Simovic 21+10reb+1ast, D.Copeland 16+1reb+3ast, A.Kovacs 12+4reb, D.Gaspar 9+3reb+1ast, D.Hudson 9+10reb+4ast, C.Borszeki 5+1reb
FS Debrecen: B.Stafford 23+3reb+1ast, K.Smith 17+7reb+2ast, I.Kovacs 11+3reb+1ast, G.Cseh 10+5reb, A.Helmeczi 8+4reb+4ast, D.Pek 5+1reb
gschID: 196981


Marso NYKK - Soproni 69-63

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Soproni (10-7) and Marso NYKK (7-10), which took place in Nyiregyhazi. 4th placed Soproni lost to ninth ranked Marso NYKK in a road game 63-69 on Thursday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Marso NYKK made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Bahamas forward Bennet Davis (206-84, college: Northeastern, agency: KMG Sports Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Mate Mohacsi (192-90) contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard Dontay Thomas (186-84, college: La Salle) answered with 26 points and 6 rebounds and Montenegrin power forward Filip Barovic (208-90) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Soproni. Marso NYKK maintains ninth place with 7-10 record. Loser Soproni keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Marso NYKK will face Kormend (#10) on the road in the next round. Soproni will play against PVSK Pannon (#7) in Pecs.
Top scorers:
Marso NYKK: M.Mohacsi 21+6reb, B.Davis 17+9reb+3ast, A.Nelson 16+4reb+1ast, M.Berkis 5+4reb+5ast, F.Boldizsar 5+4reb+4ast, C.Kaluha 4+1reb
Soproni: D.Thomas 26+6reb+3ast, G.Toth 10+4reb+1ast, N.Takacs 9+5reb, F.Barovic 8+7reb+1ast, Z.Vesztergom 7+6reb+2ast, G.Gombas 3+3reb
gschID: 196980


Round 15
Atomeromu - Soproni 75-66

An interesting game for Atomeromu (12-5) which hosted in Paks 4th placed Soproni (10-7). Third ranked Atomeromu managed to get a 9-point victory 75-66. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Soproni won third quarter 21-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Atomeromu dominated on the defensive end, holding Soproni to just 7 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Soproni 40-28 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Steven Idlet (210-89, college: Tulsa) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and international swingman David Vojvoda (196-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) accounted for 22 points and 5 rebounds. Four Atomeromu players scored in double figures. American guard Dontay Thomas (186-84, college: La Salle) came up with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and swingman Norbert Takacs (197-90, agency: TSS Management) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for Soproni in the defeat. Atomeromu moved-up to second place, which they share with Kaposvari. Loser Soproni keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Atomeromu will meet at home FS Debrecen (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Soproni will play against PVSK Pannon (#7) in Pecs and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: D.Vojvoda 22+5reb, S.Idlet 15+14reb, A.Toth 10+7reb+2ast, J.Levy 10+2reb+6ast, L.Williams 8+4reb+4ast, A.Kovacs 5+3reb+5ast
Soproni: D.Thomas 17+5reb+6ast, N.Takacs 15+4reb+4ast, F.Barovic 14+2reb, Z.Vesztergom 7+5reb+3ast, G.Toth 5+3reb+2ast, I.Bus 3+1reb
gschID: 196985



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Standings - Superleague

Superleague Standings
 1. Petrochimi 15-1 
 2. Foolad Mahan 13-3 
 3. Mahram 12-3 
 4. Zanjan 9-7 
 5. Azad 7-8 
 6. Gorgan 6-10 
 7. Petrochimi Mahshahr 5-11 
 8. Al Badr 5-11 
 9. Esteghlal 4-12 
 10. Naft Sepahan 3-13 

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 24: Mahram - Petrochimi 84-87
Jan. 24: Esteghlal - Al Badr 84-80
Jan. 24: Naft Sepahan - Foolad Mahan 78-102
Jan. 24: Azad - Zanjan 66-67
Jan. 24: Petrochimi Mahshahr - Gorgan 64-74

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 28: Gorgan - Al Badr
Jan. 28: Foolad Mahan - Petrochimi Mahshahr
Jan. 28: Zanjan - Esteghlal
Jan. 28: Petrochimi - Azad
Jan. 28: Naft Sepahan - Mahram



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Superleague Cup Final previews - by Patrick Maher

With just a few hours to the Men,s Superlegue Final the changing nature of perception sees Neptune available at 6/4 from yesterdays price of 2/5 (paddypower) which is great value really given the fact the teams are closely matched despite U.l. having effectively 2 import players to Neptune,s 1.Seeing courtside both teams winning their respective semi finals 2 weeks back it strikes me that the winner will come from the team that is quickest to react to game situations despite the effort it will take in terms of preparation regarding game strategy. Both teams are likely to come out with all guns blazing in an effort to impress early on and both teams are capable of maintaining an up tempo game for at least the first half.Here,s the rub though and it,s a pattern I have witnessed time out of number at this level. When players become more and more fatigued composure, concentration and confidence levels tend to drop to significant enough a level to make it a game decider.U.L. have in Robert Taylor a guard capable of playing the 1, 2 or even the 3 position to equal effect and his performance can be the key to U.L.,s success / failure tonight if he hits 25 + points I see it as being a very difficult game for Neptune given the solid contribution Jason Killeen provides in 8 out of 10 games for the U.l. team. Outside of Taylor and Killeen U.l. can go to about 7 mabey 8 deep without conceding appreciably at either end and this too can impact as both Killeen and Taylor are close to being pin of the collar guys who do benefit from a few minutes rest here and there when it,s ok to do this.What Neptune need to watch out for too though is that when they focus on (coach strategy) who can hurt them most they do not well enough in my opinion play team defence at a level where players who normally do not score a lot of points can still be stopped.Scott Kinevane too for Limerick can hurt Neptune as much as Taylor or Killeen (Killeen particularly with rebounding at both ends and expect too a minimum of 8 points on putbacks alone). Neptune are riding a roller coaster at the minute at least in the Win / Loss column though again in terms of having a reliable offence / defensive pattern to their play tend to adopt the approach that simply by attempting to be as consistent as they can that they stand a good chance of getting enough runs to be in contention in the final quarter and hope to win.This approach / philosophy works to an extent as the team has enough players capable of hitting 15 / 20 p.p.g. on any given night.Michael Mc Ginn, Gerard Noonan, Gary Walsh and Ian Mc Loughlin all guard /forwards and all capable too of making solid contributions to Neptune,s quick breaking offensive game that,s of course if Neptune can do enough on their own boards to initiate quick breaks.Responsibility for defensive rebounds will fall on Darren Townes shoulders to some extent at both ends a factor too thats significant will be how Limerick match up with him without him causing foul trouble for Limerick that impacts the game as sometimes happens with either Taylor or Killeen.The game itself though will probably come down to who tops the shooting percentage at the final whistle with Limerick quite capable of matching or even exceeding Neptune in the quick break points tally.There,s a lot riding on this particular cup final with should Limerick win it the accompanying acknowledgement that now for once the County is legitimately carving out a niche for itself in the annals of the game here and for Neptune an opportunity to gain some semblance of respectively given the poor results of recent years.Best of luck to both teams tonight.
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Basketball Ireland Weekend Preview

The scramble for tickets for this Friday nights SuperLeague Cup Finals is well and truly on after Basketball Ireland announced mid-week that the games had sold out.

Fortunately for fans left out in the cold Setanta Ireland will be broadcasting both finals live from 6.30pm as first UL Huskies and Team Montenotte vie for the womens crown before UL Eagles and Bord Gais Neptune play for the mens title.

For the teams involved, the build-up to a cup final is a tricky balance between enjoying the moment and trying to prepare for we what is still just a game of basketball.

Team Montenotte Hotel Coach Andrea Congreaves played in the WNBA and is an old pro at preparing for big, televised games.

There is huge excitement within the club. This is something that we have been talking about since I arrived here, making it to a cup final and with our U18s playing in the cup final on Saturday, the whole club is excited and proud of where we are, said Congreaves.

Yes of course there are nerves but preparations are going well. We have an experienced bunch of girls and we are getting ready like we would any other game.

Montenotte and UL met once already this season with the ladies from Glanmire in Cork coming out victorious by 13 points.

That game against UL was a certain type of game but Fridays will be different, maintained Congreaves.

They will have a new game-plan after losing to us and we will have a different approach too.

For James Weldon, head coach of UL Huskies, the fact that his side are defending champions doesnt do much to lessen the nerves.

These opportunities dont come along very often and the players know that. The girls are really eager to try and make it two in a row.

Experience does count however, and after getting the monkey off our back last year by winning the cup, Weldon hopes that some of the pressure is lifted.

Im sure everyone will be nervous come Friday but we do have the experience of last year. We know that well have to play really well to win and we have to hope that we can produce that level of performance Friday.

The Mens SuperLeague Cup Final features the rising tide that is UL Eagles, winners last year of only their second ever SuperLeague Cup, against the previous giant of Irish basketball, Bord Gais Neptune, winners of four cups but none since 1992.

A gap of over 20 years between cups would have been inconceivable for Neptune fans in 1992 after their golden generation had secured their third title in five years.

Missed opportunities have dominated the clubs recent past however and current head coach Mark Scannell will be eager to make sure 2013 is not another.

Its brilliant for all the kids in the club, all the coaches and people on committees who have been putting in the work to get us to a position where we are back in a cup final, said Scannell whose club Neptune last won a senior title in 2003 when they captured the SuperLeague crown.

My job, and the teams job, is to put in a performance that all those people can be proud of and hopefully we perform to our ability Friday night.

We are on a good run of form recently and I have been hugely impressed with how we have turned it around defensively as the season has gone on.

We all know the UL danger men and we just have to try and contain them and give them some looks that make them think. Its not rocket science but it can be hard to do, said Scannell.

With both Neptune and Montenotte in the final there has been a huge build up Leeside, something Scannell is conscious of trying to shield his team from.

Weve just been trying to keep a lid on all the ancillary stuff and keep the team in a bubble somewhat. Its not easy on a week like this.

Scannells opponent on Friday night is the vastly experienced Mark Keenan. However, with a game of this magnitude brewing, even Keenan feels the pressure.

No matter how many times you have been there you get the nerves. Im sure come Friday night Ill start feeling them, as I have done every time.

Keenans team have also been there and dealt with those nerves, winning the cup last year in a highly anticipated match-up with UCC Demons.

We do have that experience to call on and maybe that helps us as the game stretches on. They have been in big games too though. Neptune were in the league final two seasons ago and even though they have young players, they have been in a lot of big games for their age.

While Keenan listed Neptunes Darren Townes, Gary Walsh, Michael McGinn and Ian McLoughlin all as guys who could hurt Eagles, he singled out the Cork sides captain Ger Noonan as worthy of special attention.

Ger had a great game for the SuperLeague Select team that beat the British team in Birmingham a couple of weeks back and we cannot allow him dictate the game by getting the ball where he wants it.

Of course, the action does not stop Friday night as Saturday and Sunday sees the U18 and U20 Mens and Womens National Cups as well as the two Senior National cups for all non-SuperLeague clubs.

There are some fantastic matchups with teams from all four provinces competing over the two days.

Courtesy .... Cian Nihill....www.basketballireland.ie
Robert Taylor (188-G-83, college: Rider)



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EuroLeague: Montepaschi spark late, edge Besiktas - by Eurobasket News

Montepaschi Siena - Besiktas 63:57

Montepaschi Siena registered the fifth straight win in EuroLeague Top 16. They held off Besiktas at home court to stay undefeated in Group F. Viktor Sanikidze (203-SF-86) stepped up with 14 points to pace the hosts.
Siena opened the game with a 9:3 rally but Besiktas hung on as they cut the deficit on several occasions in the first quarter. Siena pulled away late in the quarter to post a 22:13 lead. The margin grew at 14-point mark in the second quarter. Montepaschi ensured a 37:26 halftime advantage. However Besiktas opened the second half on an 11:0 run to tie things up. The Turkish team held their opponents at 6 points in the third term to take a 45:43 lead into the fourth frame. But Daniel Hacket came up with five points during a 7:0 run from the hosts as they recorded a 55:49 advantage midway through the fourth frame. Siena kept the visitors at safe distance throughout the final minutes and secured another victory at the end. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) delivered 13 points, while Matt Janning (193-G-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) added 10 points for the winning team. Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) answered with 16 points for Besiktas. Gasper Vidmar (211-C/F-87) chipped in 14 points and 6 boards in the loss.

Montepaschi Siena: Viktor Sanikidze 14, Bobby Brown 13, Matt Janning 10
Besiktas: Curtis Jerrells 16, Gasper Vidmar 14



Umana Venezia waived Clemente - by Eurobasket News

Umana Reyer Venezia (SerieA) waived 27-year old American (has also Puerto Rican passport) point guard Denis Clemente (183-75kg-86, college: Kansas State, agency: KMG Sports Management). Clemente also played at VL_Pesaro earlier that season. In 8 SerieA games this season he recorded 3.9ppg and 1.5rpg. The other team he played shortly was Nuovo Napoli (Lega2). In three games this year he averaged impressive 15.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.3apg and 1.3spg.
The last season Clemente played at BK Edymax SPU Nitra (Extraliga) in Slovakian Extraliga. In 34 games last year he averaged impressive 17.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.7apg and 1.5spg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Honorable Mention. Clemente also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged impressive 17.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.2apg and 2.8spg.
The previous (2011) summer he played at Caciques (BSN) in Puerto Rican BSN. In 27 games he averaged 14.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.4apg (top 5) and 1.0spg. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Rookie of the Year and Honorable Mention. Another team Clemente played that season for was Marousi BC (A1) in Greek A1. In 13 games that year he averaged 8.4ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.3apg.
He received Florida Class A1 Player of the Year award back in 2004 at his college time.
Clemente has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Rishon).
He attended Kansas State until 2010 and it is his third season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A PG with great personality and leadership; quick, aggressive and highly confident. His best offensive weapon is his ability to shoot off the dribble from long or midrange, and has the ability to penetrate and get into the paint. Hes at his best in transition, where he uses good speed and a good feel for the open floor. Has the ability to catch fire. Able to operate on the pick and roll. Good feel for the basket, can hit tough, off balance shots. He shows great intensity and competitiveness on both sides of the ball, which can help energize teammates and the crowd. Defensively, brings terrific toughness and intensity to the table. He competes on every possession and doesn't back down from opponents.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Roberto Rullo joins Tuscany Pistoia - by Eurobasket News

Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia (Lega2) agreed terms with 23-year old guard Roberto Rullo (192-90kg-90). He already started the season at Upea Capo dOrlando, the newcomer in Lega 2. In 6 Lega2 games this season he had 9.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg. The last season Rullo played at Prima Veroli. In 32 Lega2 games last year he recorded 6.7ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.1apg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at BancaTercas (Nazionale C). In 20 games that season he recorded just 2.8ppg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Rullo represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Croatia three years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 8.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8spg, FGP: 40.6%, 3PT: 20.9%, FT: 75.0%.
Rullo has played previously for four other Italy teams: Benetton Treviso, Aget Service Imola, Siena Virtus and Casalpusterlengo.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)



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  KAZAKHSTAN   

Standings -D1

D1 Standings
 1. BC Astana 12-0 
 2. Barsy Atyrau 6-4 
 3. Tobol 5-8 
 4. Kaspiy Aktau 4-6 
 5. BK Almaty 4-8 
 6. BK Kapshagay 2-6 

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 25: BK Kapshagay - Tobol 75-68
Jan. 26: BK Kapshagay - Tobol
Jan. 26: BK Almaty - BC Astana
Jan. 26: Kaspiy Aktau - Barsy Atyrau
Jan. 27: BK Almaty - BC Astana
Jan. 27: Kaspiy Aktau - Barsy Atyrau



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  KOSOVO   


Bashkimi signs international trio - by Dren Shporta

After losing all international players during the winter holidays, Bashkimi has signed with three international players during this week.

The organes from Prizren have brought in the team american guard, Kejuan Johnson, lithuanian forward Rokas Uzas (202-F-88) and nigerian center Ola Atoyebi.

Johnson and Atoyebi have arrived last night in Prizren, while lithuanian Uzas has to be in club during the weekend, the club operative manager, Shpend Kume, said for Eurobasket.

Bashkimi is third in BKT Superleague table and is hoping to keep that place until the play-offs.



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  LATVIA   

Standings - LBAL

LBL2 Standings
 1. Saldus 15-2 
 2. BK VEF-LSPA 15-3 
 3. Jelgava/LLU 14-4 
 4. RSU 12-6 
 5. VeA 12-7 
 6. Kvele 10-8 
 7. ViA Riga 10-8 
 8. Ogres 9-9 
 9. VEF skola 7-9 
 10. Livani 6-11 
 11. Gulbene 6-11 
 12. DSN 5-13 
 13. Ridzene 4-12 
 14. Liepaja-2 3-12 
 15. Valmiera BSS 3-16 

Regular Season: Round 23

Jan. 21: VEF skola - Liepaja-2 91-69
Jan. 20: BK VEF-LSPA - DSN 80-64
Jan. 24: Valmiera BSS - Ogres 67-79
Jan. 25: Livani - BK VEF-LSPA 63-85
Jan. 23: RSU - VeA 63-78
Jan. 21: ViA - Ogres 58-71
Jan. 24: ViA - Jelgava/LLU 56-93
Jan. 23: DSN - Kvele 46-72
Jan. 23: Gulbene - Ridzene 106-82

Regular Season: Round 24

Jan. 29: Saldus - ViA
Jan. 29: Kvele - RSU
Jan. 30: BK VEF-LSPA - Valmiera BSS
Jan. 30: DSN - Livani
Jan. 31: Ogres - Ridzene


Justin Hamilton signs at VEF Riga, ex Cibona - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga (LBL) landed 23-year old American center Justin Hamilton (210-116kg-90, college: Iowa State). He played recently at Cibona in Croatian A1 league. In 5 Eurocup games this season he averaged 7.8ppg and 3.4rpg. Hamilton also played 16 games in Adriatic League where he had 8.1ppg and 5.6rpg.
Last year he was drafted by Drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in second round (45th overall). The former Iowa State staris in his first season in pro basketball. His team won Croatian Supercup.
Hamilton received NABC Division I All-District 21 2nd Team award in 2012 at his college time.
Hamiltons game is described as: (by Tyler Ingle for NBADraft.net in 2012)
Solid quickness and speed for his size ... Lives around the basket ... Scores well in the post because of his size and soft touch ... Has a nice looking baby push shot when he turns over his left shoulder, and a developing left-handed hook when he turns over his right ... Keeps the ball high and away from any secondary defenders ... An excellent mid-range shooter. Doesnt explode off his feet ... Plays below the rim. Lacks great finishing ability
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By Eurobasket Data Center



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  LEBANON   

Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Sagesse 10-2 
 2. Al Riyadi 9-2 
 3. Champville 8-4 
 4. Amchit 8-4 
 5. Byblos 7-4 
 6. Moutahed 7-5 
 7. Bejjeh 4-8 
 8. Hoops 3-8 
 9. Anibal 1-10 
 10. Antranik 1-11 

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 24: Moutahed - Anibal 92-65
Jan. 24: Antranik - Byblos 84-94
Jan. 23: Hoops - Amchit 82-81
Jan. 25: Al Riyadi - Sagesse 70-67
Jan. 23: Champville - Bejjeh 107-85



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  LITHUANIA   

Standings - NKL

NKL Standings
 1. Mazeikiai 21-6 
 2. Olimpas 20-7 
 3. Dzukija 19-8 
 4. Suduva-Mantinga 17-9 
 5. Triobet 17-9 
 6. Statyba 16-11 
 7. Zalgiris-Sabonio 16-11 
 8. Zanavykas 15-10 
 9. S.Marciulionio 15-12 
 10. Meresta 14-13 
 11. Perlas-MRU 12-15 
 12. Birstono 11-15 
 13. Delikatesas 11-16 
 14. Radviliskis 10-16 
 15. Ezerunas-Karys 8-18 
 16. Silute 8-19 
 17. Gargzdai 5-22 
 18. Nafta Universitetas 5-22 

Regular Season: Round 27

Jan. 25: Triobet - Nafta Universitetas 93-87
Jan. 25: Perlas-MRU - Zanavykas 87-78
Jan. 25: Meresta - Statyba 81-84
Jan. 25: Silute - Dzukija 80-88
Jan. 25: Mazeikiai - S.Marciulionio 74-81
Jan. 25: Gargzdai - Olimpas 68-72
Jan. 25: Delikatesas - Radviliskis 68-69
Jan. 25: Ezerunas-Karys - Zalgiris-Sabonio 56-63

Regular Season: Round 28

Jan. 26: S.Marciulionio - Delikatesas
Jan. 26: Zalgiris-Sabonio - Triobet
Jan. 26: Statyba - Ezerunas-Karys
Jan. 26: Zanavykas - Meresta
Jan. 26: Dzukija - Perlas-MRU
Jan. 26: Olimpas - Silute
Jan. 26: Birstono - Gargzdai
Jan. 26: Radviliskis - Suduva-Mantinga
Jan. 26: Nafta Universitetas - Mazeikiai


Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Edgaras STANIONIS
  Zanav.
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Stanionis, Zanav.24.4 
 2. Maneikis, Olimpas19.8 
 3. Kleiza, Birstono19.4 
 4. Gaidamaviciu., Mer.17.1 
 5. Macernis, Mazeikiai16.9 
 6. Gudaitis, Zalgir.16.5 
 7. Giedraitis, Mazeik.16.3 
 8. Kuklierius, Suduva.15.9 
 9. Linkevicius, Triob.15.9 
 10. Tarvydas, Statyba15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  Dzukija
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 11
 1. Trybanski, Dzukija11.0 
 2. Linkevicius, Triob.10.0 
 3. Virbalas, Perla.9.0 
 4. Udras, Perlas-MRU8.7 
 5. Gudaitis, Zalgir.8.2 
 6. Montrimavici., Rad.7.9 
 7. Jurgo, Radviliskis7.5 
 8. Tarolis, Gargzdai7.5 
 9. Norkus, Nafta U.7.0 
 10. Kazakauskas, Olim.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Dzukija
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Harrison, Dzukija7.6 
 2. Gaidamaviciu., Mer.7.5 
 3. Kuklierius, Suduva.4.7 
 4. Razutis, Olimpas4.7 
 5. Kelys, Perlas-MRU4.6 
 6. Kutra, Radviliskis4.5 
 7. Mazutis, Mazeikiai4.4 
 8. Anuzis, Nafta U.4.4 
 9. Varanauskas, Stat.4.2 
 10. Pelss, Zanavykas4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Zydrunas KELYS
  Perlas-MRU
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Kelys, Perlas-MRU2.8 
 2. Macernis, Mazeikiai2.7 
 3. Stanionis, Zanav.2.7 
 4. Razutis, Olimpas2.6 
 5. Paliukenas, Staty.2.2 
 6. Harrison, Dzukija2.1 
 7. Sabeckis, Birstono2.1 
 8. Mazutis, Mazeikiai2.1 
 9. Radavicius, Meres.2.0 
 10. Pelss, Zanavykas2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  Dzukija
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Trybanski, Dzukija3.4 
 2. Krestinin, S.Marc.1.9 
 3. Gudaitis, Zalgir.1.6 
 4. Virbalas, Perla.1.4 
 5. Tarolis, Gargzdai1.3 
 6. Macernis, Mazeikiai1.3 
 7. Zvinklys, Nafta U.1.2 
 8. Kaubrys, Silute1.2 
 9. Petrileviciu., Bir.0.9 
 10. Staniulis, S.Marc.0.8 


NKL Round 27: S.Marciulionio defeats leader Mazeikiai - by Eurobasket News

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Mazeikiai (21-6) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by tenth ranked S.Marciulionio (15-12) 81-74. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Mazeikiai. They outrebounded Mazeikiai 37-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for forward Evaldas Baniulis (201-87, college: S.Carolina) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Power forward Giedrius Staniulis (205-91) contributed with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Rokas Giedraitis (198-92) answered with 19 points for Mazeikiai. S.Marciulionio moved-up to ninth place. Mazeikiai at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. S.Marciulionio are looking forward to face Delikatesas (#13) in Joniskis in the next round. Mazeikiai will play on the road against Nafta Universitetas (#18) in Klaipeda and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Joniskis. Fourteenth ranked Radviliskis (10-16) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 11th ranked Delikatesas (11-16) 69-68 on Friday evening. It was a great evening for guard Vitalis Pancerevas (185-87, college: Weatherford JC) who led his team to a victory scoring 9 points and 7 rebounds. Erikas Kaupaitis helped adding 14 points. The best for the losing side was swingman Zilvinas Petraitis (194-88) with 25 points. Radviliskis maintains fourteenth place with 10-16 record. Delikatesas at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Radviliskis will play against higher ranked Suduva-Mantinga (#4) in Marijampole in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Delikatesas will play on the road against S.Marciulionio (#9) in Vilnius and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Pakruojis between Statyba and Meresta. Seventh ranked Statyba (16-11) got a very close victory on the road over 9th ranked Meresta (14-13). Statyba managed to escape with a 3-point win 84-81 on Friday evening. It was an exceptional evening for Ovidijus Varanauskas who led the winners and scored 24 points. Statyba's coach Gintautas Regina used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Tomas Gaidamavicius came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists for Meresta in the defeat. Statyba moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Zalgiris-Sabonio. Loser Meresta dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. Statyba will meet at home Ezerunas-Karys (#15) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Meresta will play against Zanavykas (#8) in Sakiai and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Zanavykas (15-10) and Perlas-MRU (12-15), which took place in Vilnius. Higher ranked Zanavykas lost to twelfth ranked Perlas-MRU in a road game 78-87. The best player for the winners was Antanas Udras who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Perlas-MRU moved-up to eleventh place. Newly promoted Zanavykas dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Perlas-MRU's next round opponent will be higher ranked Dzukija (#3) in Alytus and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 27: Zalgiris-Sabonio beat Ezerunas-Karys on the road 63-56. Silute lost to Dzukija on its own court 80-88. Bottom-ranked Nafta Universitetas unfortunately lost to Triobet in Jonava 87-93. Gargzdai recorded a loss to Olimpas at home 68-72.
The most impressive performance of 27th round was 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by Henrikas Vorotnikovas of Triobet.


Ezerunas-Karys - Zalgiris-Sabonio 56-63

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (16-11) beat 15th ranked Ezerunas-Karys (8-18) in Moletai 63-56. The guests were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 24-14 run, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Ezerunas-Karys outrebounded Zalgiris-Sabonio 44-31 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was point guard Vaidas Kariniauskas (200-93) who scored 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Arturas Gudaitis (208-93) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Raimundas Ambrulaitis (199-82) who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds and forward Justas Narusis (198-90) added 13 points respectively. Zalgiris-Sabonio moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Statyba. Ezerunas-Karys lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 18 games lost. Zalgiris-Sabonio's next round opponent will be higher ranked Triobet (#5) in Jonava and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ezerunas-Karys will play on the road against Statyba (#6) in Vilnius.
Top scorers:
Ezerunas-Karys: J.Narusis 13+3reb, M.Kugauda 12+3reb+1ast, R.Ambrulaitis 11+12reb, D.Navickas 8+4reb+1ast, T.Grybauskas 4+2reb, G.Kulbis 3+4reb+3ast
Zalgiris-Sabonio: V.Kariniauskas 16+8reb+4ast, A.Gudaitis 14+6reb, M.Grigonis 13+3reb+2ast, N.Barauskas 8+1reb, S.Kymantas 6+4reb, L.Lekavicius 4+4reb+4ast
gschID: 201382


Meresta - Statyba 81-84

A very close game took place in Pakruojis between Statyba and Meresta. Seventh ranked Statyba (16-11) got a very close victory on the road over 9th ranked Meresta (14-13). Statyba managed to escape with a 3-point win 84-81 on Friday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Meresta won third quarter 24-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for point guard Ovidijus Varanauskas (187-91) who led the winners and scored 24 points. Center Vitalijus Luksa (206-86) accounted for 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Statyba's coach Gintautas Regina used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Tomas Gaidamavicius (191-82) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists and guard Liudas Radavicius (188-88) added 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for Meresta in the defeat. Four Meresta players scored in double figures. Statyba moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Zalgiris-Sabonio. Loser Meresta dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. Statyba will meet at home Ezerunas-Karys (#15) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Meresta will play against Zanavykas (#8) in Sakiai and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Meresta: L.Radavicius 20+5reb, T.Gaidamavicius 19+5reb+10ast, J.Jucikas 18+4reb+2ast, B.Bagdonavicius 12+7reb+1ast, I.Vaitkus 6+1reb, L.Kivyta 5+4reb
Statyba: O.Varanauskas 24+2reb+2ast, V.Luksa 14+6reb+1ast, T.Rinkunas 13+3reb+1ast, M.Paliukenas 9+2reb+6ast, A.Zarskus 7+4reb+1ast, D.Tarvydas 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 201381


Perlas-MRU - Zanavykas 87-78

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Zanavykas (15-10) and Perlas-MRU (12-15), which took place in Vilnius. Higher ranked Zanavykas lost to twelfth ranked Perlas-MRU in a road game 78-87. The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 25-21 Zanavykas' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 87-78 at the end of the game. Perlas-MRU made 31-of-41 charity shots (75.6 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Zanavykas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Antanas Udras (202-92) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Jonas Elvikis (195-82) chipped in 14 points. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Edgaras Stanionis (193-88) who recorded 23 points and 7 rebounds and forward Marijus Uzupis (197-93) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Perlas-MRU moved-up to eleventh place. Newly promoted Zanavykas dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Perlas-MRU's next round opponent will be higher ranked Dzukija (#3) in Alytus and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Zanavykas: E.Stanionis 23+7reb+1ast, A.Pelss 12+3reb+7ast, L.Valantinas 11+2reb, M.Uzupis 11+10reb+1ast, R.Ostreika 6+4reb+1ast, V.Sumskis 5+2reb
Perlas-MRU: A.Udras 17+11reb+1ast, J.Elvikis 14+4reb+3ast, A.Vitas 12+6reb+1ast, V.Buzas 12+1reb+1ast, D.Bickauskis 9+2reb+1ast, T.Lekunas 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 201380


Silute - Dzukija 80-88

Very expected game when 16th ranked Silute (8-19) lost at home to third ranked Dzukija (19-8) 88-80. The guests were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 28-23 Silute's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 88-80 at the end of the game. Dzukija dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Silute's 30. Dzukija forced 20 Silute turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Silute helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Polish center Cezary Trybanski (218-79) who scored 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Guard Tauras Skripkauskas (196-86, college: Charleston) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Gytis Pakalniskis (205-89) who recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds and guard Eivydas Molosciakas (190-93) added 17 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Dzukija maintains third place with 19-8 record having just two points less than leader Mazeikiai. Silute at the other side keeps the sixteenth position with 19 games lost. Dzukija's next round opponent will be Perlas-MRU (#11) in Vilnius and are hoping to win another game. Silute will play on the road against the league's second-placed Olimpas (#2) in Plunge.
Top scorers:
Silute: E.Molosciakas 17+3reb+3ast, M.Kasiulevicius 15+5reb+2ast, D.Heiman 13+1ast, E.Sosnovskis 11+5reb+1ast, G.Pakalniskis 10+14reb, E.Saulys 9+6reb+2ast
Dzukija: T.Skripkauskas 19+5reb, C.Trybanski 17+9reb+1ast, Z.Kelys 15+2reb+2ast, G.Kurtinaitis 11+4reb+1ast, B.Harrison 9+8reb+4ast, D.Zoruba 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 201379


Delikatesas - Radviliskis 68-69

Important game to mention about took place in Joniskis. Fourteenth ranked Radviliskis (10-16) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 11th ranked Delikatesas (11-16) 69-68 on Friday evening. It looked good early as Delikatesas took an 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Radviliskis took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 1 point. It was a great evening for guard Vitalis Pancerevas (185-87, college: Weatherford JC) who led his team to a victory scoring 9 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Erikas Kaupaitis (202-84, college: USC Upstate) helped adding 14 points. Four Radviliskis players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was swingman Zilvinas Petraitis (194-88) with 25 points and guard Irmantas Lianzbergas (185-91) scored 8 points and 6 assists. Radviliskis maintains fourteenth place with 10-16 record. Delikatesas at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Radviliskis will play against higher ranked Suduva-Mantinga (#4) in Marijampole in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Delikatesas will play on the road against S.Marciulionio (#9) in Vilnius and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Delikatesas: Z.Petraitis 25+3reb, I.Lianzbergas 8+4reb+6ast, L.Lukosevicius 8+3reb+1ast, M.Pukinskas 8+6reb+2ast, D.Girdvila 8+7reb+1ast, E.Vaupsas 8+6reb+2ast
Radviliskis: E.Kaupaitis 14+4reb+1ast, L.Pipiras 12+2reb+4ast, A.Montrimavicius 10+5reb, R.Rauktys 10+5reb+3ast, V.Pancerevas 9+7reb+3ast, L.Kutra 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 201385


Triobet - Nafta Universitetas 93-87

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Triobet (17-9) won against bottom-ranked Nafta Universitetas (5-22) in Jonava 93-87. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Nafta Universitetas won fourth quarter 25-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Triobet dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Nafta Universitetas' 34. Triobet forced 22 Nafta Universitetas turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The best player for the winners was forward Martynas Linkevicius (197-85) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Henrikas Vorotnikovas (203-90) chipped in 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was forward Viktoras Chodosovskis (200-89) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Deividas Anuzis (181-92) added 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Triobet moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Suduva-Mantinga. Nafta Universitetas lost eighth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. Triobet's next round opponent will be Zalgiris-Sabonio (#7) in Kaunas. Nafta Universitetas will play at home against the league's leader Mazeikiai (#1).
Top scorers:
Nafta Universitetas: D.Anuzis 21+5reb+6ast, T.Mazelis 20+2reb+4ast, D.Norkus 20+6reb+1ast, V.Chodosovskis 18+11reb+4ast, H.Venskus 4+4reb, D.Zvinklys 2+4reb+1ast
Triobet: H.Vorotnikovas 23+7reb+4ast, M.Linkevicius 21+17reb+4ast, V.Kruzikas 13+1reb+3ast, A.Urbonas 11+3reb+7ast, T.Sebeziovas 9+2reb+2ast, D.Gulbinas 8+3reb+1ast
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Gargzdai - Olimpas 68-72

Not a big story in a game when 17th ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (5-22) lost at home to second ranked Olimpas (20-7) 72-68. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Olimpas forced 19 Gargzdai-Bremena turnovers. The best player for the winners was guard Ignas Razutis (185-87) who scored 15 points and 4 assists. Forward Mantas Kazonas (201-89) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four Olimpas players scored in double figures. Olimpas' coach Alidas Zukauskas allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Laurynas Lucinskas (201-93) who recorded 15 points and 9 rebounds and forward Marius Grigaitis (196-91) added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists respectively. Olimpas have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Newly promoted Olimpas maintains second place with 20-7 record behind leader Mazeikiai. Gargzdai-Bremena lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth position with 22 games lost. Olimpas' next round opponent will be Silute (#16) at home which should be an easy win for them. Gargzdai-Bremena will play against Birstono in Kaunas.
Top scorers:
Gargzdai: L.Lucinskas 15+9reb+1ast, D.Matutis 13+3reb+4ast, M.Martinkus 12+1reb+5ast, R.Jonelis 9+5reb+2ast, M.Grigaitis 9+7reb+6ast, G.Sakalas 6+1reb
Olimpas: I.Razutis 15+4reb+4ast, M.Kazonas 14+7reb+1ast, J.Kazakauskas 14+7reb+1ast, A.Maneikis 12+4reb+1ast, E.Gintvainis 7+5ast, O.Kaminskas 5+2reb+4ast
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Mazeikiai - S.Marciulionio 74-81

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Mazeikiai (21-6) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by tenth ranked S.Marciulionio (15-12) 81-74. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Mazeikiai. They outrebounded Mazeikiai 37-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for forward Evaldas Baniulis (201-87, college: S.Carolina) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Power forward Giedrius Staniulis (205-91) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Rokas Giedraitis (198-92) answered with 19 points and forward Osvaldas Macernis (196-82) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Mazeikiai. Four S.Marciulionio and five Mazeikiai players scored in double figures. S.Marciulionio moved-up to ninth place. Mazeikiai at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. S.Marciulionio are looking forward to face Delikatesas (#13) in Joniskis in the next round. Mazeikiai will play on the road against Nafta Universitetas (#18) in Klaipeda and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Mazeikiai: R.Giedraitis 19+2reb+3ast, E.Zukauskas 13+1reb+1ast, O.Macernis 13+7reb+2ast, A.Kojenets 12+3reb+1ast, A.Mikutis 11+1reb+2ast, V.Pikalavicius 2+4reb+1ast
S.Marciulionio: E.Baniulis 22+10reb+2ast, R.Bitinas 14+1ast, M.Pociukonis 12+1reb+1ast, G.Staniulis 11+10reb+1ast, J.Jurgo 9+5reb+1ast, A.Gydra 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 201384



Zydrunas Kelys agreed terms with Dzukija - by Eurobasket News

Dzukija Alytus (NKL) inked 26-year old point guard Zydrunas Kelys (188-70kg-87). He played recently at Perlas-MRU Vilnius (NKL). In 24 games this season he recorded 13.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.6apg and 2.8spg. The last season Kelys played at Pieno Zvaigzdes (LKL). In 23 games last year he averaged 5.3ppg, 1.4rpg, 3.2apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to make it to the cup final. Kelys also played 17 games in Baltic League where he averaged 7.1ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.4apg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Perlas (LKL). In 10 games that season he averaged 5.6ppg, 1.0rpg and 2.3apg. Kelys also played 6 games in Baltic League where he averaged 4.3ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2spg. He also played at Lietuvos rytas (LKL) earlier that season. But in only one game that year he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound and 1 assist.
Among other achievements Kelys received Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League (Challenge Cup) Guard of the Year award back in 2010. He represented Lithuania at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 4.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.4apg, 2.0spg.
Kelys has played previously professionally in Russia (Standart Samara reg. Toliatti and Standart-2 Toliatti) and Lithuania (Suduva, Nevezis and Buratina).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Vitalis Pancerevas agreed terms with Radviliskis - by Eurobasket News

KK Radviliskis-Juodeliai (NKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old guard Vitalis Pancerevas (185-80kg-87, college: Weatherford JC). He played recently at Silute (NKL). In 15 games this season he recorded 12.5ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.7apg. The last season Pancerevas played also at Silute. In 38 NKL games last season he averaged 14.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.4apg.
He has played previously for another Lithuanian team Klaipedos LCC TU.
Pancerevas attended Weatherford JC until 2008 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Vitalis Pancerevas agreed terms with Radviliskis - by Eurobasket News

KK Radviliskis-Juodeliai (NKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old guard Vitalis Pancerevas (185-80kg-87, college: Weatherford JC). He played recently at Silute (NKL). In 15 games this season he recorded 12.5ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.7apg. The last season Pancerevas played also at Silute. In 38 NKL games last season he averaged 14.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.4apg.
He has played previously for another Lithuanian team Klaipedos LCC TU.
Pancerevas attended Weatherford JC until 2008 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Vorotnikovas' 23 points and 7 rebounds give him NKL Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

22-year old forward Henrikas Vorotnikovas (203-F-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for Triobet and receives a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 27.
He had the game-high 23 points adding seven rebounds and four assists for Triobet in his team's victory, helping them to beat Nafta Universitetas (#18, 5-22) 93-87. Triobet maintains the 5th position in Lithuanian NKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Triobet will need more victories to improve their 17-9 record. Vorotnikovas has many years of experience at Triobet, through which he has constantly improved. Henrikas Vorotnikovas averages this season 11.5ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Martynas Linkevicius (197-F-85). He is a forward in his second season at Triobet. In the last game Linkevicius recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 17 rebounds. It was enough for Triobet to edge the lower-ranked Nafta Universitetas (#18, 5-22) by 6 points 93-87. Triobet's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 17-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Linkevicius is well-known at Triobet and together with Henrikas Vorotnikovas he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.9ppg (#9). He also registered 10.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Antanas Udras (202-F-92) of Perlas-MRU (#11). Udras scored 17 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Perlas-MRU, leading his team to a 87-78 win against the higher-ranked Zanavykas (#8, 15-10). The chances of Perlas-MRU ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Udras could help Perlas-MRU to bring them higher in the standings. Udras has a great season in Lithuania. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.7rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tomas Gaidamavicius (191-G-82) of Meresta - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Viktoras Chodosovskis (200-F-89) of Nafta Universitetas - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Liudas Radavicius (188-G-88) of Meresta - 20 points and 5 rebounds
7. Zilvinas Petraitis (194-G/F-88) of Delikatesas - 25 points and 3 rebounds
8. Cezary Trybanski (218-C-79) of Dzukija - 17 points and 9 rebounds
9. Edgaras Stanionis (193-G-88) of Zanavykas - 23 points and 7 rebounds
10. Tadas Mazelis (194-G/F-92) of Nafta Universitetas - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists

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



EuroLeague: Anadolu Efes celebrates its fourth consecutive win in Group E - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes - Zalgiris 56:52

Anadolu Efes celebrates its fourth consecutive win in Group E of EuroLeague Top 16. The Turkish team won over Zalgiris 56:52 for 4-1 record. The Lithuanian team dropped to 1-4 record as they missed two close shots that could have sent the game to overtime.
Zalgiris looked poor from the very beginning and failed with 0-7 run from the start. Anadolu Efes won the first period 15:8 and led 27:23 at the halftime. The hosts managed to post defensive 14-13 in the third quarter and grabbed 41:36 entering the last stanza. Zalgiris however made their push later in the frame and took 6-point lead. Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) and Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA) tied the game at 49:49, while Zalgiris could not find the way to the basket. Lafayette and Darden missed around the basket in the last seconds and then Joshua Shipp brought the final victory for the hosts.
Sasha Vujacic (201-SG-84) top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Joshua Shipp netted 11. Dusko Savanovic and Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-SG-84, college: Virginia Tech) followed them with 10 points each. Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) and Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) netted 10 points each in defeat. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) added 8, while Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) posted 7.

Anadolu Efes: Sasha Vujacic 12, Joshua Shipp 11, Dusko Savanovic 10, Jamon Lukas Gordon 10
Zalgiris: Tremmell Darden 10, Mindaugas Kuzminskas 10, Ksistof Lavrinovic 8, Marko Popovic 7



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  MALI   


Amara Sy selected the top Malian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Amara Sy
Amara Sy
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Amara Sy (202-81, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA. He could not help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (9-7) in their last game. Despite Sy's good performance ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket lost 80-88 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) Entente Orleans 45. He recorded 10 points and added 3 passes in 34 minutes on the court. It's Sy's first season with the team. Sy has relatively good stats this year: 11.4ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.9apg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 46.6%, 3FGP: 44.4% and FT: 67.3% in the 16 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Sy played for the Mali senior national team two years ago.

Sambou Traore
Sambou Traore
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Sambou Traore (199-79, currently plays in France). Traore was not able to help Limoges CSP Elite (3-11) in their game against Gravelines-Dunkerque (11-5) in the French ProA. His contribution was not very remarkable in Saturday's game. Traore recorded only 1 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Limoges CSP Elite was defeated in an overtime 91-80 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (#3). It was Limoges CSP Elite's third consecutive loss in a row. This season Traore averages: 2.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 37.5% and FT: 47.1%. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. Traore played for the Mali national team in 2011.

Oumar Sylla
Oumar Sylla
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Oumar Sylla (201-84, college: Richmond, currently plays in Germany). He was not able to secure a victory for ifm Baskets Konstanz (4-11) in their game against Bayer Giants (8-7) in the German ProB (third division). Sylla scored 6 points in only 14 minutes. The 11th-placed ifm Baskets Konstanz was crushed 91-66 in Leverkusen by the higher-ranked (#6) Bayer Giants in the Group South. This year Sylla has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 45.6%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 73.8% in the 15 games. He played for the Mali national team four years ago.

Dramane Diarra
Dramane Diarra
   #4. Power forward Dramane Diarra (203-80, college: Kansas St., currently plays in France) couldn't help Saint Vallier (7-12) in their game against Aix-Maurienne (10-9) in the French ProB (second division). Diarra did not beat the league record on Saturday evening. He recorded only 3 points. Saint Vallier was badly defeated 98-81 in Aix-les-Bains by the much higher-ranked Aix-Maurienne (#7). It was Saint Vallier's third consecutive loss in a row. Diarra's overall stats this season are: 3.8ppg and 2.2rpg. He has both Mali and French nationalities. Diarra used to play for the Mali national team back in 2011.

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

   #1. 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 (3-4) 70-53 in the NCAA last Saturday. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The New Mexico State University has a very solid 7-2 conference record this season. It was N.Mexico St.'s seventh consecutive victory in a row. Sy is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in N.Mexico St.'s roster. This season Sy has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4bpg. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French.

   #2. Yohann Sangare (193-G-83, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA could not help Chorale de Roanne (7-9) to beat Chalon/Saor (10-6). Sangare recorded only 4 points in 28 minutes. Chorale de Roanne lost 53-65 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#4) Chalon/Saor. This year Sangare averages: 5.9ppg, 2.8rpg and 3.8apg in the 16 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French.

   #3. Bakary Konate (208-C/F-93, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help La Palma (3-10) in their game against CB Guadalajara (10-3) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He scored only 4 points in 12 minutes. The bottom-ranked La Palma lost 65-72 in Guadalajara to the leading CB Guadalajara. This year Konate's overall stats are: 5.6ppg and 5.5rpg in the 12 games.

Other top Mali players, who play abroad:

Ibrahima Sidibe (180-PG-95) plays for Entente Orleans 45 in French ProA
Issa Coulibaly (198-F-95) plays for JDA Dijon in French ProA
Drissa Ballo (198-F-95) plays for JDA Dijon in French ProA
Mohamed Tangara (208-F/C-84) plays for Libolo in Angolan Division I
Mamoutou Diarra (200-F-80) plays for JSF Nanterre in French ProA
Nianta Diarra (200-F/C-93) plays for STB Le Havre in French ProA
Mamadou Sy (200-F-85) plays for SO Maritime Boulogne in French ProB
Mahamadou Drame (188-SG-86) plays for Nantes in French ProB
Negueba Samake (211-C-90) plays for Bordeaux in French ProB

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



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  MEXICO   


Paul Stoll selected the top Mexican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Paul Stoll
Paul Stoll
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Paul Stoll (180-85, currently plays in Israel). He was the major contributor in a Maccabi Haifa's victory against the closely-ranked Hapoel Eilat (9-5) 96-87 in the Israeli Winner League in Sunday night's game. Stoll scored 20 points and added 8 passes (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 38 minutes on the court. 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. It's Stoll's first season with the team. Stoll belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #4 with 4.6apg. He also averaged so far 15.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 45.5% and FT: 86.1% in the 14 games he played so far. Stoll is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Mexican senior national team. Stoll used to play for Algodoneros de La Comarca - Torreon in Mexican league.

Romel Beck
Romel Beck
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Romel Beck (201-82, agency: Interperformances, college: UNLV, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli Winner League. He could not help Bnei Hasharon (6-8) in their last game on Monday. Despite Beck's very good performance Bnei Hasharon was defeated 86-76 at home by the leading Maccabi Ashdod. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Beck also added 5 rebounds. Beck is ranked second on the list of the top scorers in the league. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Beck averages: 19.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 63.7%(79-124), 3FGP: 30.3% and FT: 78.7%. He is a naturalized American. Beck is in the roster of the Mexican senior national team. He used to play for Correcaminos Victoria in Mexican league.

Gustavo Ayon
Gustavo Ayon
   #3. The Mexican player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Gustavo Ayon (209-85, college: San Jose St., currently plays in NBA). Ayon was not able to help the Orlando Magic (14-28) in their game against the Detroit Pistons (16-26) in the NBA. He scored 8 points in only 10 minutes. The Orlando Magic lost 90-105 on the road to the Pistons. It was Magic's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Ayon's overall stats are: 3.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 54.9% and FT: 57.6% in the 31 games. He is also a member of the Mexican senior national team.

Earl Watson
Earl Watson
   #4. An experienced point guard Earl Watson (185-79, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Utah Jazz to win against the Washington Wizards (9-31) 92-88 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Watson scored only 4 points and added 3 passes. The Utah Jazz has 23-19 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Watson's total stats this season are: 2.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 4.2apg. He is a naturalized American. Watson used to play for the Mexican national team back in 2007. Strangely he has never played in Mexico.

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

   #1. Mark Sanchez (201-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Boise St., currently plays in Austria) led Kapfenberg Bulls to a victory over the closely-ranked BC Vienna (4-7) 78-73 in the Austrian A Bundesliga last Thursday. Sanchez was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 35 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. ECE Bulls Kapfenberg (13-4) is placed third in the A Bundesliga. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Sanchez belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #3 with 7.8rpg. This year he also averages: 14.9ppg and 2.0apg in the 17 games he played so far. Sanchez is a naturalized American. He used to play for Lobos Grises de la UAD Durango in Mexican league.

   #2. Diego Gonzalez (175-PG-84, currently plays in Uruguay), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB could not help Aguada to beat Bigua (1-1). Gonzalez scored 6 points and added 3 passes. The first-placed Aguada was defeated 106-94 on the road by the lower-ranked Bigua (#5) in the Serie 1. Gonzalez's total stats this season are: 5.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.1apg and 1.2spg. He has a dual citizenship: Mexican and Uruguayan.

   #3. Jaime Serna (205-F-89, college: UCSB, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help CB Clavijo (6-9) in their game against Melilla Baloncesto (4-11) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Serna cannot count it as his best performance. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 13 minutes. CB Clavijo was crushed 91-70 on the opponent's court by the league outsider (#14) Melilla_Baloncesto. This year Serna's total stats are: 4.5ppg and 4.1rpg in the 14 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Mexican and Spanish.

Other top Mexican players, who play abroad:

Juan Alvarez (200-F-92) plays for Bigua in Uruguayan LUB
Gabriel Sandoval (198-G/F-81) plays for Arizona Scorpions in the ABA
Daniel Villanueva (F-89) plays for Zamora in Spanish EBA
Manuel Gutierrez (182-G-84) plays for Quilmes MP in Argentinian TNA
Isiah Martinez (185-G-90) plays for Colorado Cougars in the ABA
Kevin Gonzalez plays for Deportivo Valdivia in Chilean Liga Nacional
Ricardo Soto (92) plays for Puente Alto in Chilean Liga Nacional



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  MONTENEGRO   


Nikola Vucevic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Montenegrins playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nikola Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Nikola Vucevic (210-90, college: USC, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Orlando Magic (14-28) in their last game. Despite Vucevic's very good performance the Orlando Magic was edged 97-95 on the road by the Toronto Raptors. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 14 rebounds. Vucevic also added 3 blocks in 30 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. It was Magic's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Vucevic is currently fifth on the league's list of best rebounders with 11.1rpg. He also averaged so far 11.8ppg, 1.6apg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 52.1% and FT: 67.2% in the 42 games he played so far. Vucevic is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Bojan Dubljevic
Bojan Dubljevic
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He was not able to help Valencia Basket (12-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Dubljevic's very good performance Valencia Basket was edged 72-69 in Madrid by the much lower-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (#16). He was the top scorer with 20 points. Dubljevic also added 4 rebounds. It's Dubljevic's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 13.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 2FGP: 56.9%(66-116) and FT: 87.2%. Dubljevic is in the roster of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Vladimir Dragicevic
Vladimir Dragicevic
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86, currently plays in Eurocup). He was the major contributor in a Spartak St.Petersburg's victory against the closely-ranked Stelmet ZG (1-2) crushing them 89-69 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. Dragicevic scored 16 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 25 minutes. 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. This year Dragicevic has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 69.2%(36-52) and FT: 81.8% in the eight games. He is also a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Milko Bjelica
Milko Bjelica
   #4. Power forward Milko Bjelica (205-84, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (1-4) crushing them 97-75 in the Euroleague last Friday. Bjelica recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. Caja Laboral Vitoria (4-1) is placed third in group F. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Bjelica's overall stats are: 5.3ppg and 2.8rpg in the 14 games. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Montenegrin. Bjelica is also Montenegrin national team player.

Ivan Ivanovic
Ivan Ivanovic
   #5. An experienced former international forward Ivan Ivanovic (205-80, currently plays in Romania) led Gaz Metan to a victory over the closely-ranked Targu Mures (5-12) 76-63 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Ivanovic had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 31 minutes. CS Gaz Metan Medias (10-8) is placed eighth in the Liga Nationala. Ivanovic's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Ivanovic has reliable stats this year: 13.2ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.9apg in the 18 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Montenegrin and Serbian. Ivanovic used to play for the Montenegrin national team five years ago.

Omar-Sharif Cook
Omar-Sharif Cook
   #6. Point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (188-82, another player represented by Beo Basket, college: St.John's, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Milko Bjelica and both played together in the last Euroleague game. Cook managed to help Caja Laboral Vitoria in a victory against the seventh-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (1-4) crushing them 97-75. He recorded 5 points and added 4 passes in 19 minutes. This year Cook's total stats are: 3.2ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.6apg in the five games. He is a naturalized American. Cook is an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster. Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.

Nikola Pekovic
Nikola Pekovic
   #7. International center Nikola Pekovic (209-86, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Minnesota Timberwolves (17-22) in their game against the Los Angeles Clippers (32-12) in the NBA. Pekovic scored only 4 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves were defeated 90-77 in Los Angeles by the Clippers. Pekovic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg and 8.6rpg. Pekovic is also Montenegrin national team player.

Suad Sehovic
Suad Sehovic
   #8. Swingman Suad Sehovic (196-87, currently plays in Ukraine) contributed to Khimik's victory against the 11th-ranked DniproAzot (10-16) 81-76 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Friday. He scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 33 minutes. Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (15-11) is placed fifth in the Superleague. The Regular Season already ended. Sehovic's stats this year are: 11.3ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.2apg in the 26 games. He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

Blagota Sekulic
Blagota Sekulic
   #9. International center Blagota Sekulic (209-82, agency: FCM, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an CB Canarias' victory against the closely-ranked Asefa Estudiantes (9-9) 84-79 in the Spanish ACB on Tuesday night. Sekulic recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. Iberostar Canarias Tenerife (7-11) is placed 12th in the ACB. Sekulic has averaged so far 8.1ppg and 4.8rpg. He is also in the roster of the Montenegrin national team.

Bojan Bakic
Bojan Bakic
   #10. Shooting guard Bojan Bakic (195-83, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to Metalac's victory against the closely-ranked Sloboda (10-6) 77-73 in the Serbian A League last Saturday. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (made all of his twelve free throws !!!). It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Vujic Metalac Valjevo (10-6) is placed fourth in the A League. This season Bakic has very high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.3apg. Bakic is an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.

   #11. Former U21 international point guard Goran Martinic (183-87, agency: BeoExcell, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala couldn't help CSM Bucuresti (12-6) in their last game. Despite his very good performance CSM Bucuresti was badly defeated 103-83 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#4) Ploiesti. Martinic was the second best scorer with 21 points in 33 minutes. Martinic is currently first on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (seventh place). He has very impressive stats this year: 22.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.8apg and 1.9spg in the 18 games. Martinic used to play for the Montenegrin U21 national team six years ago.

   #12. International swingman Sead Sehovic (196-89, currently plays in Adriatic League) couldn't help Szolnok in their game against Radnicki KG in the Adriatic League. He scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His team was defeated 78-66. Sehovic's stats this season are: 12.4ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.1apg. He is also in the roster of the Montenegrin national team.

   #13. Former U21 international center Milovan Savic (205-87, currently plays in Serbia), who plays in the Serbian A League couldn't help Konstantin (8-8) in their last game. Despite Savic's very good performance Konstantin was badly defeated 86-70 on the opponent's court by the leading Mega_Vizura. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Savic also added 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 30 minutes. He has averaged so far 8.7ppg and 3.6rpg in the 11 games. Savic used to play for the Montenegrin U21 national team six years ago.

   #14. International swingman Milos Borisov (198-85, currently plays in Adriatic League) faced previously mentioned Sead Sehovic in the Adriatic League last game. Borisov contributed to a Radnicki KG's victory against the league outsider Szolnok 78-66. He scored 9 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Borisov has averaged so far 6.4ppg and 3.6rpg. He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

   #15. Former U18 international guard Amin Hot (192-92, currently plays in Bosnia), who plays in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I couldn't help Vogosca (5-9) in their last game. Despite Hot's very good performance Vogosca lost 64-71 in Varda to the higher-ranked (#8) Varda HE. He was the top scorer with 26 points. Hot also added 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 40 minutes. Hot belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #4) and also on the list of best passers (first place). He has very impressive stats this year: 19.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 7.4apg and 2.8spg in the 13 games. Hot used to play for the Montenegrin U18 national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a Real Madrid's victory against the 11th-ranked Unicaja Malaga (8-10) crushing them 91-67 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Mirotic scored 12 points. Real Madrid (17-1) is placed first in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Mirotic has reliable stats this season: 12.8ppg and 5.1rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Spanish. Despite Mirotic's Montenegrin passport, he previously played for the Spanish U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Montenegrin team.

   #2. Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Belgium) led Base Oostende to a victory against the closely-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (8-5) 74-70 in the Belgian Ethias League on Saturday night. He recorded 17 points. 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. Djordjevic belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #3. This season he averages: 8.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.9apg and 1.1spg. Djordjevic is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Montenegrin.

   #3. Novak Popovic (207-C-81, currently plays in Bosnia) led Capljina Lasta to a victory over the 12th-ranked Zrinjski HT (5-9) crushing them 83-60 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I last Saturday. He was the best player in that game. Popovic recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. HKK Capljina Lasta (10-4) is placed second in the Division I. Popovic is currently fourth on the league's list of best blockers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Popovic averages: 15.8ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.8apg.

   #4. Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Czech Republic could not help CEZ Nymburk (1-2) to beat VEF Riga (2-1). Pavkovic scored 9 points and added 5 assists in 20 minutes. But the third-placed CEZ Nymburk lost 80-85 at home to the second-ranked VEF Riga in the group J of Eurocup. There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Pavkovic has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 4.0apg in the nine games he played so far.

   #5. Filip Goranovic (205-C/F-85, currently plays in Bosnia), who plays in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I was not able to help KK Radnik Bijeljina (8-6) in their last game. Despite Goranovic's very good performance KK Radnik Bijeljina lost 77-85 on the road to the leading Bosna ASA BHT. He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Goranovic also added 8 rebounds in 28 minutes. Goranovic averaged so far 10.8ppg and 5.7rpg in the 12 games.

   #6. Petar Despotovic (194-G-88, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Serbia), who plays in the Serbian A League was not able to secure a victory for Konstantin (8-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Konstantin was badly defeated 86-70 on the opponent's court by the leading Mega_Vizura. Despotovic recorded 12 points, 4 assists and 3 steals. Despotovic averaged so far 10.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.0apg and 1.4spg. He has both Montenegrin and Serbian nationalities. Despite Despotovic's Montenegrin passport, he previously played for the Serbian university national team and probably cannot be called to the Montenegrin team.

   #7. Experienced Ranko Velimirovic (205-C/F-72, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Bosnia) couldn't help Mladost in their game against Leotar in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I, despite his very good performance last Saturday. He was the top scorer with 17 points in 31 minutes. But his team was edged 57-55. Velimirovic averaged so far 11.5ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.4apg in the 13 games.

   #8. Mensud Julevic (200-PF-85, currently plays in Slovenia) couldn't help Elektra in their game against Tajfun in the Slovenian Telemach League. Despite his good performance on Saturday night He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Julevic also added 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). He averaged so far 12.9ppg, 5.6rpg and 2.1apg. Julevic also holds two passports: Montenegrin and Slovenian. Despite his Montenegrin nationality, Julevic previously played for the Slovenian U21 national team.

   #9. Radomir Marojevic (207-C-81, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Smederevo Vizura crushing them 103-78 in the Serbian A League in Saturday night's game. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. Marojevic has averaged so far 8.5ppg and 3.1rpg in the 16 games.

   #10. Milos Komatina (205-F/C-84, currently plays in Adriatic League) contributed to a 3-point Igokea's victory against the closely-ranked Zvezda 80-77 in the Adriatic League on Saturday night. He scored 12 points. Komatina has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 3.2rpg.



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 26-14 
 2. Brooklyn N. 26-17 
 3. Boston C. 20-23 
 4. Philadelph.76 17-25 
 5. Toronto R. 16-27 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 26-16 
 2. Indiana P. 26-17 
 3. Milwaukee B. 22-19 
 4. Detroit P. 16-27 
 5. Cleveland C. 12-32 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 28-12 
 2. Atlanta H. 25-18 
 3. Orlando M. 14-28 
 4. Washington W. 10-31 
 5. Charlotte B. 10-32 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 34-10 
 2. Denver N. 26-18 
 3. Utah Jazz 23-20 
 4. Portland TB 21-21 
 5. Minnesota T. 17-23 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 32-12 
 2. Golden St.W. 26-16 
 3. LA Lakers 18-25 
 4. Sacramento K. 16-28 
 5. Phoenix Suns 15-28 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 35-11 
 2. Memphis G. 28-14 
 3. Houston R. 23-22 
 4. Dallas M. 18-25 
 5. N.Orleans H. 14-29 

Regular Season: Round 86

Jan. 25: Sacramento K. - Oklah.City T. 95-105
Jan. 25: N.Orleans H. - Houston R. 82-100
Jan. 25: Atlanta H. - Boston C. 123-111 2OT
Jan. 25: Washington W. - Minnesota T. 114-101
Jan. 25: Cleveland C. - Milwaukee B. 113-108
Jan. 25: Miami Heat - Detroit P. 110-88
Jan. 25: Dallas M. - San Antonio S. 107-113
Jan. 25: Chicago B. - Golden St.W. 103-87
Jan. 25: LA Lakers - Utah Jazz 102-84
Jan. 25: Memphis G. - Brooklyn N. 101-77

Regular Season: Round 87

Jan. 26: Toronto R. - Cleveland C.
Jan. 26: Philadelph.76 - New York K.
Jan. 26: Washington W. - Chicago B.
Jan. 26: Charlotte B. - Minnesota T.
Jan. 26: Houston R. - Brooklyn N.
Jan. 26: Milwaukee B. - Golden St.W.
Jan. 26: San Antonio S. - Phoenix Suns
Jan. 26: Denver N. - Sacramento K.
Jan. 26: Utah Jazz - Indiana P.
Jan. 26: Portland TB - LA Clippers


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-SF-88)
  Avg: 29.5
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.29.5 
 2. Anthony, New Y.29.1 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers28.9 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.4 
 5. Harden, Houston R.25.9 
 6. Irving, Cleveland24.0 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..22.6 
 8. Curry, Golden S.20.9 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat20.8 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.20.7 
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 Lakers12.1 
 4. Randolph, Memph.11.5 
 5. Vucevic, Orlan.11.1 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.11.0 
 7. Asik, Houston R.10.9 
 8. Hickson, Portland.10.9 
 9. Chandler, New Y.10.9 
 10. Lee, Golden St.W.10.7 
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 Lakers8.3 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..8.3 
 7. Williams, Brooklyn7.7 
 8. Parker, San A.7.5 
 9. Calderon, Toron.7.5 
 10. Nelson, Orlando M.7.3 
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. Lin, Houston R.2.0 
 5. Kidd, New York K.1.9 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..1.9 
 7. Leonard, San A.1.9 
 8. Harden, Houston R.1.9 
 9. Walker, Charlott.1.9 
 10. Irving, Cleveland1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Larry SANDERS
  Milwauke.
  (211-F-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Sanders, Milwauke.3.1 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.8 
 3. Duncan, San A.2.7 
 4. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.7 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.5 
 6. Smith, Atlanta H.2.3 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.2.1 
 8. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.1 
 9. Gortat, Phoenix1.9 
 10. McGee, Denver N.1.9 


Ten games on Friday around the League - by Eurobasket News

Memphis G. - Brooklyn N. 101-77
Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) had 20 points and nine rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies built a 30-point lead in the second half en route to a 101-77 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night. Gasol was 10 of 15 from the field, all of his points coming in the first half, as Memphis, which had seven players in double figures, won for the fourth time in the past five games. Mike Conley (6'1''-PG-87, college: Ohio St.) made six of seven shots, including 2 of 3 outside the arc, for 14 points, while Zach Randolph had 12 points and matched Gasol's nine rebounds. Rudy Gay, Jerryd Bayless and Tony Wroten scored 11 apiece, while Chris Johnson, on a 10-day contract with Memphis, had 10 points. Brook Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) led the Nets with 18 points, while Deron Williams scored 12, adding six assists. Joe Johnson and Reggie Evans scored 11 points each, with Evans grabbing 10 rebounds. Brooklyn's starting backcourt of Williams and Johnson both were 4 of 10 from the field, part of the Nets shooting 41 percent. Memphis' dominance on the inside was set early and continued through the game. The Grizzlies held a 62-40 advantage in the paint and outrebounded Brooklyn 45-37. Memphis had 15 offensive rebounds, leading to 27 second-chance points. Memphis played one of its best halves of the season in carrying a 67-44 lead into the break. Gasol had 20 points, while Randolph had scored 12 in the first two quarters. The 67 points were the most scored by the Grizzlies in a half this season. Memphis connected on 60 percent of its first-half shots as it worked the offense through Gasol early, and the Grizzlies center was 10 of 15 from the field in the first two quarters. The lead got to as many as 25 points before intermission. Lopez had 15 for the Nets, connecting on 7 of 12 shots. The Nets, who have had trouble handling the ball recently, co