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  ABA   


Standings

ABA Standings
Atlantic South
 1. Jacksonville G. 19-1 
 2. Albany S. 9-1 
 3. Atlanta A. 6-2 
 4. Gainesville H. 6-3 
 5. Gulf Coast F. 6-3 
 6. Atlanta W. 4-3 
 7. Birmingham B. 3-5 
 8. Georgia G. 2-5 
 9. E.Point Jaguars 1-2 
 10. SW Fellowship 1-10 
 11. Georgia B. 0-0 
 12. Savannah G. 0-3 
California Northwest
 1. Bay Area M. 7-2 
 2. S.Francisco R. 6-2 
 3. Sacramento H. 2-5 
 4. Central Valley T. 1-7 
 5. Port City P. 0-2 
Mid Atlantic
 1. S.Carolina W. 20-1 
 2. Richmond E. 9-2 
 3. Greenville G. 5-2 
 4. Lynchburg L. 5-5 
 5. Seven Cities K. 3-4 
 6. Palmetto SR 3-6 
 7. Fayetteville F. 3-9 
 8. Tennessee Halos 1-1 
 9. Hampton Stallions 0-6 
Mid Central
 1. Lima Explosion 10-5 
 2. Chicago Steam 9-0 
 3. Detroit Hoops 7-2 
 4. Indiana SW 6-2 
 5. Pontiac F. 5-7 
 6. Michiana M. 1-3 
 7. Peoria P. 0-3 
 8. Oakland CC 0-6 
Northeast
 1. Jersey Expr. 6-1 
 2. Staten Island V. 1-2 
 3. Connecticut T. 0-1 
Pacific Northwest
 1. Calgary C. 10-0 
 2. Seattle M. 10-1 
 3. Alaska Q. 8-1 
 4. Salem Sabres 2-1 
 5. Alaska 49ers 2-2 
 6. Olympia Rise 2-5 
 7. Kitsap Adm. 2-11 
 8. Lakewood P. 1-8 
 9. Washington R. 0-2 
Rocky Mountain
 1. Colorado K. 11-2 
 2. Colorado C. 0-2 
South Central
 1. Conway C. 7-2 
 2. Jackson S. 5-2 
 3. Missouri R. 4-3 
 4. Bluff City R. 1-5 
Southeast
 1. Phenix City B. 4-3 
 2. Bahama PS 0-4 
Southern California
 1. Arizona S. 15-1 
 2. San Diego Surf 7-2 
 3. LA Slam 5-2 
 4. Fresno F. 4-3 
 5. Las Vegas Def. 2-5 
 6. Orange County N. 2-9 
 7. Z*Hollywood M. 0-0 
Southwest Central
 1. West Texas W. 11-2 
 2. N.Dallas V. 9-2 
 3. Dallas Impact 3-2 
 4. Texas Fuel 2-2 
 5. Aberdeen Attack 0-0 
 6. Houston X. 0-0 
 7. Louisiana G. 0-1 
 8. Oklahoma S. 0-4 
Touring Team
 1. Electric C.Lions 5-2 
 2. Cleveland Am-Pro 2-6 
 3. Ill City Beast 1-0 
 4. St.Louis S. 1-1 
 5. Shizuoka G. 1-6 
 6. Chicago F. 0-1 
 7. NYC Thunder 0-1 
 8. Little Rock L. 0-2 


No Change in top three of ABA Power Rankings - by Gianni Pascucci

It was a good week for the top three teams in the ABA Power Rankings as the Jacksonville Giants, South Carolina Warriors and Arizona Scorpions maintained their positions through Sunday, January 27th.
"While there was some movement in the Power Rankings, Jacksonville, South Carolina and Arizona continue to play and win," said Joe Newman , ABA CEO. "But there are several teams which are also showing great strength and are poised to move into the Top 3 should one or more of the top ranked teams falter." The rankings:

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

For more information, visit www.abalive.com



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   

Standings

Adriatic League Standings
 1. Igokea 15-4 
 2. Crvena Zvezda 13-6 
 3. Partizan 12-7 
 4. Cedevita 11-8 
 5. Buducnost 11-8 
 6. Radnicki KG 11-8 
 7. MZT Skopje 10-9 
 8. Un.Olimpija 10-9 
 9. Krka 8-11 
 10. KK Split 7-12 
 11. Cibona 7-12 
 12. Zadar 7-12 
 13. Siroki WWin 6-13 
 14. Szolnok 5-14 

Regular Season: Round 19

Jan. 27: Crvena Zvezda - MZT Skopje 87-72
Jan. 27: Siroki WWin - Cibona 81-89
Jan. 28: Radnicki KG - Partizan 78-76
Jan. 26: Buducnost - Krka 74-66
Jan. 26: Zadar - Cedevita 73-74
Jan. 26: Un.Olimpija - Igokea 69-63
Jan. 26: KK Split - Szolnok 62-70

Regular Season: Round 20

Feb. 2: Zadar - Siroki WWin
Feb. 2: Cibona - Buducnost
Feb. 2: Krka - Radnicki KG
Feb. 2: Partizan - KK Split
Feb. 2: Szolnok - Crvena Zvezda
Feb. 2: MZT Skopje - Un.Olimpija
Feb. 2: Igokea - Cedevita


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar CAPIN
  Radnicki KG
  (186-PG-82)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Capin, Radnicki KG16.6 
 2. Planinic, Siroki W.15.7 
 3. Rakocevic, Crvena15.4 
 4. Travis, Zadar15.2 
 5. Blazic, Un.Olimpija14.6 
 6. Sutalo, Siroki W.14.6 
 7. Strawberry, Cibona14.1 
 8. White, Radnicki KG13.7 
 9. Jorovic, Igokea13.5 
 10. Wright, Cedevita13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Crvena Z.
  (210-F-87)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Savovic, Crvena Z.8.6 
 2. Bader, Szolnok8.2 
 3. Gordon, Partizan7.9 
 4. Travis, Zadar7.4 
 5. Baynes, Un.Olimpija6.8 
 6. Sakic, Siroki WWin6.7 
 7. Planinic, Siroki W.6.1 
 8. Hamilton, Cibona5.6 
 9. Kastropil, Zadar5.4 
 10. Cekovski, MZT S.5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksandar CAPIN
  Radnicki KG
  (186-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Capin, Radnicki KG5.4 
 2. Subotic, KK Split4.7 
 3. Vladovic, Krka4.5 
 4. Hammonds, Igokea3.9 
 5. Otasevic, MZT S.3.8 
 6. Simon, Szolnok3.7 
 7. Rannikko, Un.Olimp.3.3 
 8. Markovic, Radnicki.3.2 
 9. Sutalo, Siroki W.3.0 
 10. Nelson, Crvena Z.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. STRAWBERRY
  Cibona
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Strawberry, Cibona2.2 
 2. Otasevic, MZT S.2.1 
 3. Salin, Un.Olimpija1.9 
 4. Green, Cedevita1.9 
 5. Hammonds, Igokea1.7 
 6. White, Radnicki KG1.6 
 7. Stojanovski, MZT S.1.6 
 8. Worthington, Radni.1.4 
 9. Lucic, Partizan1.4 
 10. Joksimovic, Igok.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dejan MUSLI
  Partizan
  (213-C-91)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Musli, Partizan1.2 
 2. Gecevski, MZT S.1.2 
 3. Planinic, Siroki W.1.1 
 4. Kraljevic, KK Split1.1 
 5. Baynes, Un.Olimpija0.9 
 6. Lalic, Krka0.8 
 7. Gordon, Partizan0.8 
 8. Bryan-A., Radnicki.0.7 
 9. Omic, Un.Olimpija0.6 
 10. Sobin, KK Split0.5 


Petar Bozic new assistant coach on Partizan bench - by Zoran Popovic

According to Serbian Sports news and information published on KK Partrizan Beograd official site, former Partizan Beograd captain Petar Bozic (197-G-78) becomes new assistant coach of Dusko Vujosevic. During the player career Petar Bozic played for Beobanka, Radnicki Beograd, Hemofarm Vrac, Partizan Beograd and Metalac Valjevo. With Partizan Beograd Bozic wins 8 Serbian National championship tiles, 5 National Cups and 5 Adriatic leagues rings. This season Bozic started and finished in Metalac Valjevo and decides to basketball court replace with coach bench as closest associate of Dusko Vujosevic.


Round 19: #1 Igokea is defeated by Un.Olimpija - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Bosnian Igokea (15-4) in Ljubljana on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by eighth ranked Slovenian Un.Olimpija (10-9) 69-63. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Igokea. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 69-63. Un.Olimpija forced 20 Igokea turnovers. It was a great evening for forward Dino Muric (200-90) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) helped adding 22 points and 5 steals. At the losing side Serbian forward Branko Jorovic (204-81, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Un.Olimpija moved-up to seventh place, which they share with MZT Skopje. Igokea at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. Un.Olimpija is looking forward to face MZT Skopje (#7) on the road in the next round. Igokea will play against Cedevita (#4) in Zagreb and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Kragujevac. Sixth ranked Radnicki KG (11-8) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Partizan (12-7) 78-76 on Monday evening. It was an exceptional evening for Slovenian-Serbian point guard Aleksandar Capin (186-82, agency: Beo Basket) who led the winners and scored 23 points and 6 assists. Terrico White accounted for 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Vladimir Lucic (202-89, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 20 points and 6 rebounds for Partizan in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Radnicki KG have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Buducnost and Cedevita. Defending Serbian champion Partizan keeps the third position with seven games lost. Radnicki KG will play against Krka (#9) in Novo Mesto in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Partizan will play at home against KK Split (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
One of the most interesting games of round 19 was a derby match between two teams from Croatia. Fourth ranked Cedevita edged host KK Zadar (7-12) 74-73. Marino Bazdaric fired 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Romeo Travis produced 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. KK Zadar's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Cedevita maintains fourth place with 11-8 record, which they share with Buducnost and Radnicki KG. Loser KK Zadar keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. They share it with KK Split and Cibona. Cedevita will meet league's leader Igokea in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KK Zadar will play against HKK Siroki WWin (#13) in Siroki Brijeg and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Hungarian Szolnok managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of four consecutive loses. This time defending Hungarian champion won against tenth-ranked Croatian KK Split 70-62. Worth to mention a great performance of James Florence who helped to win the game recording 24 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Hungarian champion maintains fourteenth place with 5-14 record. KK Split lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 12 games lost. Szolnok's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Zvezda in Beograd and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Second ranked Serbian Zvezda (13-6) beat at home 7th ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (10-9) by 15 points 87-72, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Igor Rakocevic who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 5 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Zvezda maintains second place with 13-6 record having just two points less than leader Igokea. Defending FYR Macedonian champion MZT Skopje keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Zvezda will face bottom-ranked Szolnok (#14) in Szolnok in the next round which should be an easy win for them. MZT Skopje will play at home against Un.Olimpija (#8) in Ljubljana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 19 Cibona won against Siroki WWin on the opponent's court 89-81. Buducnost managed to outperform Krka in a home game 74-66.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 21 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists by Zeljko Sakic of Siroki WWin.


Radnicki KG - Partizan 78-76

Important game to mention about took place in Kragujevac. Sixth ranked Radnicki KG (11-8) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Partizan (12-7) 78-76 on Monday evening. It looked good early as Partizan took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Radnicki KG had a 18-11 second period charge getting the lead and Partizan was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 76-78. Partizan was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for Slovenian-Serbian point guard Aleksandar Capin (186-82, agency: Beo Basket) who led the winners and scored 23 points and 6 assists. American guard Terrico White (196-90, college: Mississippi) accounted for 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Vladimir Lucic (202-89, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 20 points and 6 rebounds and French guard Leo Westermann (198-92, agency: Beo Basket) added 10 points respectively for Partizan in the defeat. Four Partizan players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Radnicki KG have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Buducnost and Cedevita. Defending Serbian champion Partizan keeps the third position with seven games lost. Radnicki KG will play against Krka (#9) in Novo Mesto in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Partizan will play at home against KK Split (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Radnicki KG: A.Capin 23+2reb+6ast, T.White 13+6reb+4ast, S.Bircevic 11+4reb, M.Borisov 8+3reb+1ast, D.Mijatovic 6+3reb+1ast, B.Krstovic 6+1reb+1ast
Partizan: V.Lucic 20+6reb+1ast, D.Gagic 14+3reb, D.Bertans 11+4reb, L.Westermann 10+4reb+3ast, N.Gordic 6+1ast, D.Gordon 5+7reb
gschID: 183756


Siroki WWin - Cibona 81-89

Everything could happen in Siroki Brijeg at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked Croatian Cibona and 13th ranked Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin had identical 6-12 record. But HKK Siroki WWin was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Zagreb 89-81 on Sunday night. HKK Siroki WWin was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 25-16 charge of Cibona, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to HKK Siroki WWin's 32 and made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Cibona looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for center Andrija Zizic (207-80, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). American guard D.J. Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) helped adding 24 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (204-88, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists and Croatian-Bosnian Ivan Ramljak (203-90) scored 22 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). HKK Siroki WWin's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Defending Croatian champion (7-12) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with KK Split and Zadar. Defending Bosnian champion HKK Siroki WWin keeps the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. Cibona will face higher ranked Buducnost (#5) in Podgorica in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. HKK Siroki WWin will play on the road against KK Zadar (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cibona: A.Zizic 24+8reb, D.Strawberry 24+6reb+1ast, D.Kus 15+2ast, D.Saric 8+6reb+4ast, M.Rozic 6+5reb+4ast, H.Kovacevic 6+3reb+3ast
Siroki WWin: I.Ramljak 22+2reb+1ast, Z.Sakic 21+6reb+9ast, J.Jones 18+2reb+1ast, B.Barac 9+7reb+1ast, M.Sutalo 7+3reb+5ast, J.Bilinovac 3
gschID: 183758


Crvena Zvezda - MZT Skopje 87-72

Second ranked Serbian Zvezda (13-6) beat at home 7th ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (10-9) by 15 points 87-72, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Zvezda. MZT Skopje was better in third quarter 22-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zvezda forced 21 MZT Skopje turnovers and had a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of guard Igor Rakocevic (191-78) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 5 assists. Center Rasko Katic (208-80, agency: Beo Basket) helped adding 14 points. At the losing side center Todor Gecevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) responded with 12 points and 7 rebounds and Gjorji Cekovski (203-79) scored 11 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Zvezda maintains second place with 13-6 record having just two points less than leader Igokea. Defending FYR Macedonian champion MZT Skopje keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Zvezda will face bottom-ranked Szolnok (#14) in Szolnok in the next round which should be an easy win for them. MZT Skopje will play at home against Un.Olimpija (#8) in Ljubljana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: I.Rakocevic 25+2reb+5ast, R.Katic 14+4reb+2ast, D.Nelson 9+3reb+2ast, V.Radivojevic 9+2reb+3ast, B.Subotic 8+5reb+1ast, B.Savovic 7+7reb
MZT Skopje: T.Gecevski 12+7reb+1ast, G.Cekovski 11+3reb+3ast, D.Stojanovski 10+1reb+1ast, C.Davis 8+3reb+1ast, O.Stojanovski 7+2reb+1ast, N.Otasevic 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 183754


Buducnost - Krka 74-66

Rather predictable result in Podgorica where fifth ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (11-8) defeated 9th ranked Slovenian Krka (8-11) 74-66 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-66. It was a great evening for point guard Nikola Ivanovic (190-94, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points. Finnish-American center Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU) helped adding 10 points and 8 rebounds. Buducnost's coach Dejan Radonjic used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Serbian center Uros Lucic (207-83) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds and guard Jaka Klobucar (198-87) scored 18 points. Four Krka players scored in double figures. Defending Montenegrin champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cedevita and Radnicki KG. Defending Slovenian champion Krka keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. Buducnost will face Cibona (#11) in Zagreb in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Krka will play at home against Radnicki KG in Kragujevac.
Top scorers:
Buducnost: V.Mihailovic 15+1reb+1ast, N.Ivanovic 15+3reb+3ast, G.Lee 10+8reb, M.Popovic 9+2reb, C.Vitkovac 7+5reb+1ast, S.Milosevic 7+3reb+3ast
Krka: J.Klobucar 18+4reb, U.Lucic 15+7reb+2ast, J.Lalic 10+5reb+1ast, D.Lorbek 10+2reb+1ast, J.Vladovic 9+4reb+5ast, S.Pavic 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 183757


KK Split - Szolnok 62-70

Bottom-ranked Hungarian Szolnok managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of four consecutive loses. This time defending Hungarian champion won against tenth-ranked Croatian KK Split 70-62. KK Split was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 31-22 second half run of Szolnok. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard James Florence (185-88, college: Mercer, agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording 24 points. American-Hungarian forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Guard Ivan Mimica (190-80) answered with 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and forward Vedran Vukusic (206-82, college: Northwestern) added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for KK Split. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Hungarian champion maintains fourteenth place with 5-14 record. KK Split lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 12 games lost. Szolnok's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Zvezda in Beograd and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: J.Florence 24+4reb, R.Bell 14+4reb+1ast, M.Bader 9+5reb, S.Sehovic 7+5reb+3ast, M.Szabo 6+5reb+1ast, A.Horvath 6+1reb
KK Split: I.Mimica 18+4reb+2ast, V.Vukusic 8+5reb, N.Vujcic 8+2reb+1ast, F.Kruslin 7+3reb, E.Reinholt 5+3reb, S.Subotic 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 183755


Un.Olimpija - Igokea 69-63

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Bosnian Igokea (15-4) in Ljubljana on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by eighth ranked Slovenian Un.Olimpija (10-9) 69-63. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Igokea. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 69-63. Un.Olimpija forced 20 Igokea turnovers. It was a great evening for forward Dino Muric (200-90) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) helped adding 22 points and 5 steals. Four Un.Olimpija players scored in double figures. At the losing side Serbian forward Branko Jorovic (204-81, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 12 points and 9 rebounds and American power forward Corsley Edwards (205-79, college: Cent.Conn.St.) scored 16 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Un.Olimpija moved-up to seventh place, which they share with MZT Skopje. Igokea at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. Un.Olimpija is looking forward to face MZT Skopje (#7) on the road in the next round. Igokea will play against Cedevita (#4) in Zagreb and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Un.Olimpija: K.Prepelic 22+1reb+3ast, J.Blazic 16+4reb, D.Muric 13+10reb+4ast, A.Omic 13+4reb, T.Rannikko 5+1reb+5ast, E.Sulejmanovic 0
Igokea: C.Edwards 16+3reb, B.Jorovic 12+9reb, M.Komatina 8+5reb, N.Sulovic 6+1reb, S.Stemberger 6+1reb+3ast, N.Joksimovic 5+4reb+6ast
gschID: 183753


Zadar - Cedevita 73-74

One of the most interesting games of round 19 was a derby match between two teams from Croatia. Fourth ranked Cedevita edged host KK Zadar (7-12) 74-73. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 21-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Swingman Marino Bazdaric (195-78) fired 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Marko Tomas (201-85) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. American Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) produced 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and center Franko Kastropil (212-84) added 13 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Four KK Zadar players scored in double figures. KK Zadar's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Cedevita maintains fourth place with 11-8 record, which they share with Buducnost and Radnicki KG. Loser KK Zadar keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. They share it with KK Split and Cibona. Cedevita will meet league's leader Igokea in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KK Zadar will play against HKK Siroki WWin (#13) in Siroki Brijeg and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: M.Bazdaric 16+7reb+1ast, M.Tomas 15+6reb, P.Suput 10+2reb, A.Masic 8+1reb+1ast, V.Ilievski 8+4ast, M.Bilan 6+4reb
Zadar: A.Delas 13+6reb, F.Kastropil 13+6reb+2ast, R.Travis 13+6reb+4ast, I.Ivanov 12+6reb+2ast, G.Vrbanc 6+1reb, C.Allen 4+4reb+3ast
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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Aden pours in 59 points - Somalia still getting beaten by Rwanda - by Kristian Santiago

Faisal Aden (193-G-89, college: Washington St.) fabricated a huge stat-line against Rwanda: 59 points, 10 rebounds, 7 steals and 3 assists. Still, the more balanced team won, thanks to Daniel Rugamba (22) and their two U.S. imports of Kenny Wilson (193-G-84, college: Boise St.) and Brad Cameron (193-G) who netted in 18 and 16 respectively in the 86-83 winner. With the loss, Somalia dropped out of the race for the lone spot at the African Championships, while Rwanda faces Egypt who routed Kenya 88-41 in the other semi-final.


Somalia finishes outside the medal ranks - Egypt punches the ticket for the Ivory Coast - by Kristian Santiago

Kenya clashed again with Somalia for the bronze and came out victorious after lossing to their neighbours 78-81 in their first encounter in the group-stage. Griffin Ligare (174-G-85) top-scored for Kenya with 23 points while Faisal Aden (193-G-89, college: Washington St.) clicked in 25 for Somalia. In the finals, Egypt finished the tournament unbeaten with a 82-76 over Rwanda to punch their ticket for the African Championships later this year. What makes people in East Africa wonder though is the strange FIBA Africa decision regarding the zone V qualifying mode: Only the first placed-team qualified for the Ivory Coast while in zone IV, three teams qualified out of four participating teams, including the Republic of Congo, which went winless back in 2009 at the African Champs.


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  APBL   

Standings

APBL Standings
N Eastern Division
 1. NYC 524 7-4 
 2. Tri-State E. 4-4 
 3. Brooklyn F. 2-7 
 4. NYC Jaguars 0-6 
N Gateway Division
 1. Palmieri Jeans 9-1 
 2. North Jersey P. 4-4 
 3. Hudson Valley 3-3 
 4. Manhattan P. 3-6 
S Colonial Division
 1. Bay Area Sh. 6-3 
 2. Winchester S. 3-4 
 3. NoVa Hawks 2-7 
 4. Alexandria A. 1-8 
S Patriot Division
 1. M. All-Stars 10-1 
 2. Rockville V. 7-1 
 3. Beltway B. 6-2 
 4. Capital City E. 0-8 


Bombers Down Express - by Justin Moore

APBL Champion Beltway Bombers played on road and defeated the Capital City Express 130-112. Up by as many as 40 points in the 3rd quarter, the Bombers cruised to finish. Hugh Jones (6'5''-G/F-80) 27pts paced seven Bombers players who scored in double-figures. Evan Martin (6'0''-PG-83, college: Wesley), returning from injury, had 21pts, Derick Payne (6'6''-F-83, college: Bowie St.) added 20pts, Rogers Barnes (6'4''-G/F-86, college: Morgan St.) and Mike Anderson had 13pts each, Mike Keyes (6'5''-F) with 12pts and Eric Bigby (6'6''-F-83, college: Liberty) had 10pts. Steven Miles (6'3''-G-81, college: American) Brian Smith (5'9''-G, college: Widener) {9 steals}, Lawrence Felder (6'9''-F/C-76, college: Salem Intern.) and Roscoe Johnson all had big contributions with defense, scoring and rebounding.
Bombers play next on Saturday, February 2nd on the road vs the Rockville Victors.



Metropolitan All-Stars defeat the Alexandria Avengers - by Calvin Brown

Metropolitan All-Stars continue their winning ways.
The Metropolitan All-Stars defeated the newest member of the APBL, the Alexandria Avengers, 135 123, in a game in which the All-Stars never trailed. The All-Stars led by at least 20 points for most of the first half until the Avengers hit a hot streak and cut the lead to 8 points on two separate occasions in the third quarter. The All-Stars regrouped in the fourth quarter and their lead never fell below the 12 point margin of victory. The All-Stars were led by their high scoring guard trio of Antwon Hawkins (33 points), Cedrick Stewart (27 points) and Terrance Carter (21 points) as they combined for a total of 81 of the teams 135 points. Curtis Crews (15 points) and Curtis Massey (13 points) rounded out the double digit scoring for the All-Stars. The Avengers replaced the West Virginia Monarchs in the APBL after the Monarchs franchise disbanded and ceased operations. The Avengers showed that they will be a force in the APBL by displaying a lot of patience and talent as they continued to fight back after being down by 19 points after the first quarter 32 13. The Avengers were led in scoring by M. Battle (24 points), D. Dodson (22 points), George Johnson (17 points), A. LaScane (16 points), Brandon Simms (13 points), Ali Djim (12 points) and Robert Padgett (10 points). The All-Stars take the APBLs best record into the game this Saturday @ the Bay Area Shuckers at 7:00 pm.

Antwon Hawkins (6'5''-G, college: District of Col.) Terrance Carter (6'5''-F-84, college: JMU) Cedrick Stewart



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  ARGENTINA   

Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
 1. Regatas C. 23-8 
 2. Lanus 21-10 
 3. Penarol 20-10 
 4. Libertad S. 18-12 
 5. Olimpico LB 18-14 
 6. Quimsa 17-14 
 7. Argentino 17-14 
 8. Boca Jrs 16-14 
 9. Sionista 16-16 
 10. Atenas 15-17 
 11. GECR Indalo 14-17 
 12. Wuber-Est.Bahia 12-17 
 13. 9 de Julio 11-20 
 14. Union Progr. 10-19 
 15. Obras 10-20 
 16. La Union 8-24 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 20

Jan. 27: Argentino - La Union 96-74
Jan. 27: Quimsa - Wuber-Est.Bahia 91-88
Jan. 27: Obras - GECR Indalo 90-59
Jan. 27: Regatas C. - Olimpico LB 84-60
Jan. 27: Boca Jrs - Lanus 78-83
Jan. 27: Sionista - Atenas 74-69
Jan. 27: Libertad S. - Penarol 65-76
Jan. 27: 9 de Julio - Union Progr. 105-98

Second Stage: Round 21

Feb. 1: Wuber-Est.Bahia - Sionista
Feb. 1: GECR Indalo - Libertad S.
Feb. 1: La Union - Boca Jrs
Feb. 1: Olimpico LB - 9 de Julio
Feb. 1: Penarol - Regatas C.
Feb. 1: Lanus - Quimsa
Feb. 1: Union Progr. - Obras
Feb. 1: Atenas - Argentino

Round 19

Jan. 29: Argentino - Union Progr.


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.18.9 
 2. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.9 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras17.8 
 4. Lewis, La Union17.1 
 5. Jackson, GECR I.17.0 
 6. DeGroat, Boca Jrs16.0 
 7. Lytch, Argentino15.4 
 8. Quinteros, Regat.14.7 
 9. Pau, Olimpico LB14.5 
 10. Ayarza, 9 de Julio14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.11.6 
 2. Clancy, Olimpico.11.1 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.8 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.8.1 
 5. Seawright, GECR I.7.6 
 6. Sanchez, Libertad.7.5 
 7. Battle, Lanus7.4 
 8. Williams, Quimsa7.3 
 9. Fierro, Atenas7.3 
 10. Lewis, La Union7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Campazzo, Penarol7.0 
 2. Martinez, Regat.4.9 
 3. Labaque, Atenas4.1 
 4. De los Santo., Arg.4.1 
 5. Cajal, Union Progr.3.9 
 6. Laprovittola, Lanus3.8 
 7. Treise, Libertad S.3.7 
 8. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.7 
 9. Aguirre, Quimsa3.7 
 10. Osimani, Obras3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 2. Pau, Olimpico LB2.1 
 3. Lescano, Atenas1.9 
 4. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.7 
 5. Washam, Regatas C.1.7 
 6. Espinoza, Obras1.6 
 7. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.5 
 8. Aguirre, Quimsa1.5 
 9. Ramirez, Olimpico.1.5 
 10. Lewis, La Union1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.2.1 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.3 
 3. Humphrey, Obras1.2 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 5. Torres, Wuber-Es.1.0 
 6. Santiago, Boca Jrs0.9 
 7. Meyinsse, Regat.0.9 
 8. Mata, Penarol0.9 
 9. Kammerichs, Regat.0.8 
 10. Meyinsse, Sionista0.8 


Standings - TNA

TNA Standings
North
 1. San Mart.C. 16-0 
 2. Estudian.Con. 12-4 
 3. Instituto Cor. 9-7 
 4. Obera TC 8-7 
 5. San Isidro 8-7 
 6. Alvear 7-9 
 7. Atl.Echague 6-10 
 8. Sarmiento 6-10 
 9. La Union 4-11 
 10. Union Sunch 3-12 
South
 1. Sport Club 11-5 
 2. Alianza Viedma 10-6 
 3. Quilmes MP 10-6 
 4. Ciclista 9-6 
 5. Huracan 8-8 
 6. MH Basket 7-9 
 7. San Lorenzo Ch. 7-9 
 8. Rocamora 6-9 
 9. Banda Norte 6-10 
 10. Bragado 4-12 

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 25: MH Basket - Bragado 95-81
Jan. 25: La Union - San Mart.C. 95-100
Jan. 25: Alvear - San Isidro 94-88
Jan. 25: Estudian.Con. - Union Sunch 83-61
Jan. 26: Sarmiento - Atl.Echague 81-77
Jan. 25: Banda Norte - Huracan 75-85
Jan. 25: Instituto Cor. - Obera TC 68-59
Jan. 26: Alianza Viedma - Quilmes MP 107-92
Jan. 25: Sport Club - San Lorenzo Ch. 103-72
Jan. 27: Rocamora - Ciclista


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

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

Emanuel Ginobili
Emanuel Ginobili
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international shooting guard Emanuel Ginobili (198-77, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Phoenix Suns (15-30) 108-99 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Ginobili scored 20 points and had 3 steals in 22 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have quite an impressive 36-11 record this season. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. It's Ginobili's 11th year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Ginobili averages: 12.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.4apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 49.7%, 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 82.5% in the 39 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Ginobili is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Luis Scola
Luis Scola
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Luis Scola (206-80, currently plays in NBA). He led Phoenix Suns to a victory over the Sacramento Kings (16-29) 106-96 in the NBA last Wednesday. Scola was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists. The Phoenix Suns have rather weak 15-30 record this season. It's Scola's first year with the team. This year Scola has very high stats. He averages: 13.2ppg, 6.4rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 47.9% and FT: 76.9%. Scola is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Spanish. He is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Andres Nocioni
Andres Nocioni
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Andres Nocioni (199-79, currently plays in Spain). Nocioni contributed to a Caja Laboral's victory against the 13th-ranked Cajasol (7-12) 86-82 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. He recorded 17 points in a mere 18 minutes. Caja Laboral Vitoria (16-3) is placed second in the ACB. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Nocioni has relatively good stats this year: 13.3ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 54.0%, 3FGP: 52.8%(28-53) and FT: 78.3% in the 18 games. He has both Italian and Argentinian nationalities. Ex-Penarol Mar del Plata player is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Carlos Delfino
Carlos Delfino
   #4. Small forward Carlos Delfino (200-82, currently plays in NBA) helped Houston Rockets win their game against the Charlotte Bobcats (11-32) 100-94 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Delfino recorded 16 points. The Houston Rockets have 24-22 record this season. It's Delfino's first year with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.2apg. Delfino also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. He is also Argentinian national team player.

Pablo Prigioni
Pablo Prigioni
   #5. International point guard Pablo Prigioni (190-77, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the New York Knicks (27-15) to beat the Philadelphia 76ers (18-25). Prigioni scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 19 minutes. The New York Knicks were badly defeated 97-80 on the road by the 76ers. This year Prigioni's overall stats are: 3.6ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.0apg in the 41 games. Similarly like Delfino and Nocioni above he holds both Italian and Argentinian passports. Prigioni plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Juan Pablo Figueroa
Juan Pablo Figueroa
   #6. Point guard Juan Pablo Figueroa (184-86, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Brazil), who plays in the Brazilian NBB was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Vivo/Franca (9-8) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance Vivo/Franca was defeated 91-87 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Uberlandia. Figueroa scored 15 points and added 4 assists. Figueroa belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #3. His total stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.4apg and 2.2bpg. Figueroa is an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez
   #7. International guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple, currently plays in Italy) helped C.de Latte BRE win their n overtime game against one of league's weakest teams Fileni BPA Jesi (6-10) 99-93 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. Fernandez recorded 18 points and added 7 passes (made all of his six free throws); quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Centrale del Latte Brescia (10-6) is placed fifth in the Lega2. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Fernandez's first year with the team. Fernandez is ranked fourth on the list of the best passers in the league. His total stats this season are: 8.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.5apg and 2.2spg. Fernandez is also Argentinian national team player.

Nicolas Richotti
Nicolas Richotti
   #8. Point guard Nicolas Richotti (181-86, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for CB Canarias (7-12) in their game against CAI Zaragoza (11-8) in the Spanish ACB. He recorded 7 points and added 4 assists. CB Canarias was defeated 81-67 in Zaragoza by the much higher-ranked CAI Zaragoza (#7). Richotti's total stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.2apg. He plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Leonardo Mainoldi
Leonardo Mainoldi
   #9. International forward Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85, currently plays in Spain) helped Baloncesto Fuenlabrada win their game against the tenth-ranked Blusens Monbus (9-10) 79-73 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. Mainoldi recorded 10 points in 21 minutes. Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada (6-13) is placed 16th in the ACB. Mainoldi is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's roster. He is ranked seventh on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 6.1rpg. Mainoldi also averaged so far 10.5ppg in the 19 games. He is also in the roster of the Argentinian national team.

Patricio Garino
Patricio Garino
   #10. Swingman Patricio Garino (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped G.Washington win their game against the University of North Carolina - Charlotte (4-2) crushing them 82-54 in the NCAA last Saturday. Garino scored 16 points and had 4 steals. The The George Washington University has a solid 4-2 conference record this season. It was G.Washington's third consecutive victory in a row. Garino has reliable stats this season: 10.5ppg. He is a former U19 international player as two years ago he still played for the Argentinian national team.

   #11. Former international point guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) couldn't help Givova Scafati (9-7) in their last game. Despite his good performance Givova Scafati lost 87-98 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#11) Pall.Trento. Porta scored 10 points in 17 minutes. This year Porta's total stats are: 8.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.1apg and 1.7spg in the seven games. He used to play for the Argentinian national team five years ago.

   #12. Former international forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Switzerland) helped SAV Vacallo win their game against the seventh-ranked Boncourt crushing them 98-64 in the Swiss LNA on Tuesday night. Vay scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Vay has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 4.3rpg. He used to play for the Argentinian national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former U17 international center Matias Bortolin (205-93, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) couldn't help Arkadia Lions in their game against Redwell Gunners Oberwart in the Austrian A Bundesliga. He recorded only 4 points in 22 minutes. His team were crushed by 52 points 107-55. Bortolin is currently first on the league's list of best blockers with 1.2bpg. This year his other stats are: 9.9ppg, 6.6rpg and 2.8apg in the 16 games. Bortolin used to play for the Argentinian U17 national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Mario Jose Ghersetti (201-F-81, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help Tezenis VE (8-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Tezenis VE lost 64-71 on the road to the one of league's weakest teams (#14) Fileni BPA Jesi. Ghersetti was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 34 minutes. This year Ghersetti's total stats are: 9.5ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7spg in the 16 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #2. Andres Forray (187-PG-86, currently plays in Italy) led Pall.Trento to an easy victory against the second-ranked Sigma Barcellona (11-5) 89-70 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. He recorded 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 32 minutes. Pallacanestro Trento 2009 (7-9) is placed 11th in the Lega2. This year Forray's total stats are: 7.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.5apg and 1.9spg in the 16 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #3. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) was not able to help AcegasAps TR (8-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Filloy's good performance AcegasAps TR was defeated 80-71 at home by the higher-ranked C.de Latte BRE (#5). He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Filloy also added 6 rebounds. Filloy has reliable stats this season: 10.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.7apg and 1.4spg. Similarly like Forray and Ghersetti above he has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities. Despite Filloy's Argentinian passport, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Argentinian team.

   #4. Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-G-86, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) led Matera to a victory over the sixth-ranked Bari (11-8) 75-63 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Sunday. Vico was the best player in that game. He scored 19 points and added 3 assists in 32 minutes. Bawer Matera (14-5) is placed second in the Nazionale A. Vico is ranked first on the list of the most steals in the league with 3.3spg. This year he also averages: 13.2ppg, 4.2rpg and 2.3apg in the 18 games. Similarly like three previous players above, Vico also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #5. Albano Chiarastella (196-F-85, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Agrigento (11-8) in their game against Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria (8-11) in the Italian Nazionale A (third division). Chiarastella scored 8 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in 33 minutes. Agrigento was edged 66-65 on their home court in Agrigento by the much lower-ranked (#13) Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria. It was Agrigento's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Chiarastella's total stats are: 8.6ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7spg in the 10 games. He has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #6. Experienced Manuel Carrizo (198-F/G-80, also represented by Players Group, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in an Latina Basket's surprising victory against the second-ranked Lucca 68-62 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) in Sunday night's game. Carrizo scored 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). Carrizo has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 6.5rpg and 2.5spg. Similarly like all previous players above, Carrizo has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #7. Bernardo Musso (193-G-86, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a LeGamberi Foods Forli's victory against the 12th-ranked Prima Veroli 84-73 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Musso recorded 8 points and added 3 passes in 27 minutes. Musso has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.6apg and 1.6spg in the 14 games. He has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #8. Demian Filloy (198-F-82, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Trenkwalder RE in their game against Montepaschi Siena in the Italian SerieA. Filloy cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points. His team was defeated 64-49. Filloy has averaged so far 3.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.3spg. Similarly like all previous players above, he holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.

   #9. Juan Ignacio Jasen (196-F-85, currently plays in Spain) managed to help UCAM Murcia in a 2-point victoryagainst the closely-ranked Valencia Basket 96-94 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. Jasen recorded only 3 points in 10 minutes. Jasen has averaged so far 3.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.1apg in the 14 games. He has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #10. Pablo Bertone (193-G-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Florida Atlantic in their game against the Arkansas State University in the NCAA. Bertone scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was crushed by 25 points 63-38. Bertone has averaged so far 3.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.1apg.



LigaA Round 20 (Second Stage): Boca Juniors are defeated by Lanus in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Buenos Aires: Lanus (#2) and Boca Juniors (#6). Boca Juniors was defeated at home 78-83 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Boca Juniors was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 29-19 charge of Lanus, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Italian swingman Adrian Boccia (195-82) who added 21 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. International guard Federico Van Lacke (191-80) responded with 23 points. Boca Juniors' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lanus maintains second position with 21-10 record having just two points less than leader Regatas C. Boca Juniors at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 14 games lost. Lanus are looking forward to face Quimsa (#6) in Santiado Estero in the next round. Boca Juniors will play on the road against La Union in Formosa and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Sunchales. One of their biggest challengers host Libertad Sunchales (18-12) lost to third ranked Penarol (20-10) 76-65. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Libertad Sunchales. The winners were led by international point guard Facundo Campazzo (179-91) who scored that evening 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Marcos Mata supported him with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Even 18 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) by the former international guard Diego Garcia (190-79) did not help to save the game for Libertad Sunchales. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains third position with 20-10 record having four points less than leader Regatas C. Libertad Sunchales at the other side keeps the fourth place with 12 games lost. Penarol will play against league's leader Regatas Corrientes at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Libertad Sunchales will play against GECR Indalo in Comodoro R. and hopes to get back on the winning track.
LigaA top team - Regatas Corrientes (23-8) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (18-14) 84-60. The best player for the winners was Jerome Meyinsse who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Ariel Eslava produced 10 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Regatas Corrientes maintains first position with 23-8 record. Olimpico de La Banda lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 14 games lost. Regatas Corrientes will meet Penarol (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Olimpico de La Banda will play against 9 de Julio in Rio Tercero and hope to secure a win.
Twelfth-ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (12-17) gave a tough game to seventh ranked Quimsa (17-14) in Santiado Estero. Quimsa managed to secure only three-point victory 91-88. However their fans expected much easier game. Nicolas Aguirre orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Quimsa moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Argentino. Wuber-Est.Bahia at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Quimsa's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Lanus in Buenos Aires and it may be quite challenging game. Wuber-Est.Bahia will play at home against Sionista (#9) in Parana.
An interesting game took place in Buenos Aires where higher ranked GECR Indalo (14-17) was upset on the court of fifteenth ranked Obras (10-20) 90-59 on Sunday. Worth to mention a great performance of Pablo Espinoza who helped to win the game recording 4 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Obras' coach Gabriel Picatto felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Obras maintains fifteenth position with 10-20 record. Loser GECR Indalo keeps the eleventh place with 17 games lost. Obras will face higher ranked Union Progresista (#14) in Villa Angela in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 20: Union Progr. lost to 9 de Julio on the opponent's court 98-105. Sionista managed to outperform Atenas in a home game 74-69. Bottom-ranked La Union was rolled over Argentino on the road 96-74.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 23 points and 12 rebounds by Terrence Shannon of La Union.


Libertad S. - Penarol 65-76

The game between Top Four teams took place in Sunchales. One of their biggest challengers host Libertad Sunchales (18-12) lost to third ranked Penarol (20-10) 76-65. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Libertad Sunchales. The game was mostly controlled by Penarol. Libertad Sunchales was better in third quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Libertad Sunchales was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by international point guard Facundo Campazzo (179-91) who scored that evening 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international Marcos Mata (201-86) supported him with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Even 18 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) by the former international guard Diego Garcia (190-79) did not help to save the game for Libertad Sunchales. International swingman Juan Emiliano Fernandez (196-91) added 15 points for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains third position with 20-10 record having four points less than leader Regatas C. Libertad Sunchales at the other side keeps the fourth place with 12 games lost. Penarol will play against league's leader Regatas Corrientes at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Libertad Sunchales will play against GECR Indalo in Comodoro R. and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Penarol: F.Campazzo 20+5reb+5ast, M.Mata 15+11reb+2ast, M.Leiva 13+7reb+1ast, M.Ibarra 8, L.Gutierrez 6+2reb+1ast, D.Teague 6+4reb
Libertad S.: D.Garcia 18+6reb+3ast, J.Emiliano Fernandez 15+2reb, G.Mikulas 9+5reb+1ast, R.Sanchez 8+7reb+1ast, A.Alloatti 5+3reb, J.Treise 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 189530


9 de Julio - Union Progr. 105-98

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Rio Tercero where 13th ranked Union Progresista (10-19) was defeated by fourteenth ranked 9 de Julio (11-20) 105-98 on Sunday. Union Progresista trailed by 18 points at halftime and as many as 21 after three quarters before a 34-20 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 98-105 at the end of the game. 9 de Julio made 27-of-32 free shots (84.4 percent) during the game, while Union Progresista only scored nine points from the stripe. Union Progresista was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Enzo Ruiz (193-88, agency: Dream Team Management) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 rebounds and Panamanian forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi) who added 20 points during the contest. 9 de Julio's coach Sebastian Gonzalez used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The former international forward Diego Cavaco (200-79) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds and Cesar Avalle (189-85) scored 21 points. Five 9 de Julio and four Union Progresista players scored in double figures. 9 de Julio moved-up to thirteenth place. Newly promoted Union Progresista dropped to the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. 9 de Julio will face higher ranked Olimpico de La Banda (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Union Progresista will play against Obras (#15) in Buenos Aires and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
9 de Julio: E.Ruiz 22+5reb+2ast, J.Ayarza 20+4reb+2ast, L.Blanchard 19+6reb, E.Nelson 14+8reb, D.Gerbaudo 13+4reb+3ast, M.Garcia 8+4reb
Union Progr.: C.Avalle 21+1reb, E.Scott 19+1reb+1ast, D.Cavaco 15+5reb+3ast, O.Canton 14+4reb, C.Schoppler 9+3reb+4ast, G.Laphitzborde 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 189528


Sionista - Atenas 74-69

Everything could happen in Parana at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Sionista and 10th ranked Atenas had identical 15-16 record. This time Sionista used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Cordoba 74-69 on Sunday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 17-10. But Atenas won second period 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Atenas was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Panamanian power forward Jose Lloreda (203-80, college: LSU, agency: Paris Global Sports) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 9 rebounds and the former international power forward Matias Sandes (201-84) who added 13 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Five Sionista players scored in double figures. The former international guard Javier Bulfoni (192-76) responded with 15 points and the former international guard Alexis Elsener (193-88) scored 15 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Sionista have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain ninth position with 16-16 record. Atenas lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 17 games lost. Sionista will face Wuber-Est.Bahia (#12) in Bahia Blanca in the next round. Atenas will play at home against Argentino in Junin.
Top scorers:
Sionista: J.Lloreda 16+9reb, J.Pittman 15+2reb+1ast, M.Sandes 13+9reb+2ast, L.Wade 11+2reb+1ast, L.Gonzalez 10+1reb, L.Cequeira 6+2reb+2ast
Atenas: J.Bulfoni 15+2reb+2ast, A.Elsener 15+3reb, M.Lescano 10+2reb+2ast, D.Kante 8+8reb, B.Labaque 8+1reb+5ast, D.Guaita 5+7reb
gschID: 189527


Quimsa - Wuber-Est.Bahia 91-88

Twelfth-ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (12-17) gave a tough game to seventh ranked Quimsa (17-14) in Santiado Estero. Quimsa managed to secure only three-point victory 91-88. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Quimsa made 27-of-35 charity shots (77.1 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Wuber-Est.Bahia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Nicolas Aguirre (188-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international power forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-78) contributed with 17 points for the winners. International center Juan Manuel Torres (210-84) replied with 19 points and 6 rebounds and American-Spanish forward Devin Davis (202-74, college: Miami, OH) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Wuber-Est.Bahia. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Quimsa moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Argentino. Wuber-Est.Bahia at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Quimsa's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Lanus in Buenos Aires and it may be quite challenging game. Wuber-Est.Bahia will play at home against Sionista (#9) in Parana.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: D.Lo Grippo 17+3reb+1ast, J.Baxter 17+2reb+1ast, N.Aguirre 14+9reb+5ast, D.Tintorelli 12+7reb, J.Mojica 9+1reb+1ast, S.Vega 6+2reb
Wuber-Est.Bahia: J.Manuel Torres 19+6reb, J.Manuel Rivero 16, L.Nailon 13+1reb+2ast, D.Davis 12+7reb+3ast, H.Jasen 9+6reb+1ast, L.Faggiano 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 189526


Argentino - La Union 96-74

Not a big story in a game in Junin where 16th ranked La Union (8-24) was rolled over by eighth ranked Argentino (17-14) 96-74 on Sunday. The game without a history. Argentino led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Argentino outrebounded La Union 38-25 including 31 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by La Union's players. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Cristian Amicucci (202-85) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Kavon Lytch (199-87, college: Oklahoma City, agency: Dream Team Management) who added 13 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Argentino's coach Adrian Capelli felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Terrence Shannon (203-79, college: Elgin CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds and forward Julian Aprea (200-87) scored 10 points. Five Argentino and four La Union players scored in double figures. Argentino moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Quimsa. Loser La Union stay dead last with 24 lost games. Argentino will face Atenas (#10) in Cordoba in the next round. La Union will play at home against Boca Juniors (#8) in Buenos Aires.
Top scorers:
Argentino: C.Amicucci 17+7reb, B.Carlwell 16+4reb, K.Lytch 13+8reb+2ast, G.Luchino 11+2ast, J.Cangelosi 11+4reb, F.Funes 10+3reb+4ast
La Union: T.Shannon 23+12reb, S.Shorter 12+1reb, N.Gianella 11+2ast, J.Aprea 10+3reb+1ast, A.Marin 8+2reb, G.Lewis 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 189524


Regatas C. - Olimpico LB 84-60

LigaA top team - Regatas Corrientes (23-8) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (18-14) 84-60. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 52-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American center Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia, agency: Dream Team Management) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. The former international guard Paolo Quinteros (190-79) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. Four Regatas Corrientes players scored in double figures. Naturalized Spanish power forward Ariel Eslava (201-79) produced 10 points and 6 rebounds and international forward Fabian Ramirez (193-90) added 8 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. Regatas Corrientes maintains first position with 23-8 record. Olimpico de La Banda lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 14 games lost. Regatas Corrientes will meet Penarol (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Olimpico de La Banda will play against 9 de Julio in Rio Tercero and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: J.Meyinsse 17+7reb, P.Quinteros 17+2reb+4ast, F.Kammerichs 12+7reb+1ast, T.Washam 12+7reb+2ast, M.Gerlero 9+1reb+2ast, N.Ferreyra 8+1ast
Olimpico LB: A.Eslava 10+6reb, F.Ramirez 8+5reb+2ast, J.Machuca 8+4reb+2ast, F.Calvi 7+1reb+1ast, A.Pau 7+2reb+1ast, S.Clancy 6+3reb
gschID: 189523


Boca Jrs - Lanus 78-83

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Buenos Aires: Lanus (#2) and Boca Juniors (#6). Boca Juniors was defeated at home 78-83 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Boca Juniors was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 29-19 charge of Lanus, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Italian swingman Adrian Boccia (195-82) who added 21 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four Lanus players scored in double figures. International guard Federico Van Lacke (191-80) responded with 23 points and American-Puerto Rican center Daniel Santiago (216-76, college: N.Mexico, agency: Priority Sports) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Boca Juniors' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lanus maintains second position with 21-10 record having just two points less than leader Regatas C. Boca Juniors at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 14 games lost. Lanus are looking forward to face Quimsa (#6) in Santiado Estero in the next round. Boca Juniors will play on the road against La Union in Formosa and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Lanus: A.Boccia 21+11reb, R.Battle 21+10reb+1ast, N.Laprovittola 16+3reb+4ast, W.McFarlan 13+5reb+2ast, C.Schattmann 8+1reb+2ast, F.Martina 2+3reb
Boca Jrs: F.Van Lacke 23+4reb+1ast, D.Santiago 17+5reb+1ast, J.DeGroat 14+7reb+1ast, F.Aguerre 8+2reb+1ast, M.Stanic 8+7reb+6ast, J.Coleman 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 189529


Obras - GECR Indalo 90-59

An interesting game took place in Buenos Aires where higher ranked GECR Indalo (14-17) was upset on the court of fifteenth ranked Obras (10-20) 90-59 on Sunday. The game without a history. Obras led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 61.1 percent from the field and made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Obras had a 31-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Pablo Espinoza (200-87) who helped to win the game recording 4 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and international power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) who added 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Obras players scored in double figures. Obras' coach Gabriel Picatto felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard David Jackson (196-82, college: Penn St.) responded with 15 points and 4 assists and center Diego Romero (203-82, college: Florida St.) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Obras maintains fifteenth position with 10-20 record. Loser GECR Indalo keeps the eleventh place with 17 games lost. Obras will face higher ranked Union Progresista (#14) in Villa Angela in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Obras: R.Humphrey 16+3reb+1ast, T.Field 15+2reb+2ast, J.Gutierrez 14+6reb+2ast, K.Lamonte 11+3reb+2ast, M.Osimani 11+3reb+4ast, J.Mazzaro 8+1reb
GECR Indalo: D.Jackson 15+3reb+4ast, J.Robinson 11+2reb+2ast, D.Romero 11+6reb, D.Ciorciari 6+1reb+7ast, K.Seawright 5+8reb+1ast, P.Orlietti 4+3reb
gschID: 189525



Jerome Coleman joins Boca Jrs, ex AGOR - by Eurobasket News

Aerochaco Boca Juniors Capital Feder (LigaA) agreed terms with 32-year old American point guard Jerome Coleman (187-82kg-81, college: Rutgers). He played last season at A.G.O Rethymno Aegean in Greek A1 league. In four games last year he had 6.0ppg and 1.8rpg. Coleman also played at MBC Mykolaiv (Superleague) in Ukrainian league that season. In 28 games he recorded 10.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.5apg. Part of previous (2010-11) season he spent at Iraklis (B) in Greek league. In 10 games that year he recorded 10.4ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.5apg. The other team Coleman played that season for was Steaua (Liga I) in Romanian league. In 9 games he recorded 10.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.1apg and 1.6spg.
In 2003 he was drafted by Westchester Wildfire (USBL) in fourth round (36th overall).
Coleman attended Rutgers, The State University and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team made it to the Ukrainian UBL Cup final in 2009. Coleman was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Import Player of the Year back in 2007.
He is quite experienced player. Coleman has played also professionally in France (Etendard de Brest), Germany (TBB Trier), Hungary (Szolnok), Lithuania, Venezuela, Ukraine (Budivelnyk and BC Odessa) and Sweden (Solna Vikings).

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

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

Aleks Maric
Aleks Maric
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Aleks Maric (211-84, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Eurocup). Maric was the major contributor in Lokomotiv's victory against the fourth-ranked Cajasol (0-3) 87-80 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. He scored 26 points (!!!), had 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Lokomotiv Kuban (3-0) is placed first in group K. So far his team won all three games in the Top 16. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Maric is currently sixth on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.7ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 54.3% and FT: 56.7%. Maric is currently a member of the Australian senior national team.

Nathan Jawai
Nathan Jawai
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Nathan Jawai (208-86, college: Midland CC, currently plays in Spain). He led Regal FC Barcelona to an overtime victory against the closely-ranked Gescrap BB (12-7) 87-85 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Jawai had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 27 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (11-8) is placed sixth in the ACB. This year Jawai averages: 7.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 2FGP: 69.3%(52-75) and FT: 58.5% in the 18 games he played so far. He played for the Australian national team in 2009.

David Andersen
David Andersen
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international center David Andersen (212-80, currently plays in Euroleague). Andersen 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. He scored 18 points (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (1-4) is placed seventh in group F. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. Andersen's overall stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 41.9%, 3FGP: 36.4%. He is also a member of the Australian senior national team.

Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles
   #4. Small forward Joe Ingles (203-87, agency: Priority Sports, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nathan Jawai. But that was another game of his team in Euroleague which we would like to mention. Ingles led his Spanish team Regal FC Barcelona to a victory against the closely-ranked Caja Laboral (4-1) 90-79. He scored 12 points in only a mere 14 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (4-1) is placed second in group F. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Ingles' overall stats are: 6.7ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.4apg in the 14 games. He is also Australian national team player.

Daniel Dillon
Daniel Dillon
   #5. Former international swingman Daniel Dillon (194-86, college: Arizona, currently plays in Romania) led Oradea to a victory over the 14th-ranked Miercurea Ciuc (3-16) crushing them 81-59 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Sunday night. Dillon was MVP of the game. He scored 16 points and added 7 passes. CSM Oradea (18-1) is placed first in the Liga Nationala. It was his team's 14th consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. It's Dillon's first season with the team. Dillon has relatively good stats this year: 10.9ppg, 5.1rpg and 3.2apg. He used to play for the Australian national team four years ago.

Ryan Broekhoff
Ryan Broekhoff
   #6. Forward Ryan Broekhoff (201-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Valparaiso's victory against the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay (4-3) 73-61 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Broekhoff scored 19 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The Valparaiso University has a very good 6-1 conference record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Broekhoff is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Valparaiso's roster. This season he has relatively solid stats: 10.9ppg, 5.1rpg and 3.2apg. Broekhoff is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

Anthony Drmic
Anthony Drmic
   #7. Former international swingman Anthony Drmic (198-92, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the one of league's weakest teams Boise St. (2-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Boise St. was badly defeated 75-59 on the road by the The University of Nevada. Drmic scored 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 35 minutes. Drmic has reliable stats this year: 10.9ppg, 5.1rpg and 3.2apg in the 19 games. He used to play for the Australian national team two years ago.

Corey Maynard
Corey Maynard
   #8. Guard Corey Maynard (190-91, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Bryant (6-2) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Maynard's good performance the Bryant was defeated 87-76 in Fairfield, CT by the Sacred Heart University. He scored 14 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Maynard averaged so far 10.9ppg, 5.1rpg and 3.2apg. He used to play for the Australian university national team back in 2011.

Matthew Dellavedova
Matthew Dellavedova
   #9. International guard Matthew Dellavedova (193-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the St.Mary's, CA (6-1) in their game against the University of San Diego (2-5) in the NCAA. Dellavedova scored 9 points and added 11 assists. But the St.Mary's, CA was crushed 81-48 in San Diego, CA by the University of San Diego. Dellavedova has been at the team for four years. He averaged so far 10.9ppg, 5.1rpg and 3.2apg. Dellavedova is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

Mitchell Young
Mitchell Young
   #10. Forward Mitchell Young (206-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Matthew Dellavedova. However that was another game of his team in NCAA which brought him to that list. Young, who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the St.Mary's, CA (6-1) in their last game. Despite his good performance the St.Mary's, CA lost 72-84 in Malibu, CA to the Pepperdine University. Young scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. Young plays fourth season for the team. His stats this year are: 10.9ppg, 5.1rpg and 3.2apg in the 19 games. Young is a former U19 international player as four years ago he still played for the Australian national team.

   #11. Former international forward Brock Motum (208-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a 3-point Washington St.'s victory against the Oregon State University 71-68 in the NCAA last Saturday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 10 rebounds. Motum averaged so far 10.9ppg, 5.1rpg and 3.2apg. He used to play for the Australian national team four years ago.

   #12. International power forward David Barlow (205-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 2-point UCAM Murcia's victory against the closely-ranked Valencia Basket 96-94 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. Barlow recorded 11 points (made all of his five free throws) in 22 minutes. This year his total stats are: 7.0ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1apg in the 18 games. Barlow is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

   #13. Former U18 international forward Samuel Rowley (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Albany in their game against the Boston University in the NCAA. Despite his very good performance in Wednesday night's game He scored 14 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Rowley has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Australian U18 national team four years ago.

   #14. Former international forward Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut, currently plays in EuroChallenge) couldn't help Tsmoki-Minsk in their game against Okapi Aalstar in the EuroChallenge. He scored 6 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks. His team was defeated 91-87. Majok has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 4.3rpg. He used to play for the Australian national team back in 2010.

   #15. Former international point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA) managed to help San Antonio Spurs in a victory against the Phoenix Suns 108-99 in the NBA last Saturday. Mills scored only 2 points in 4 minutes on the court. This year Mills averages just 4.7ppg in the 37 games. He used to play for the Australian national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Kyrie Irving (191-G-92, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA) led Cleveland Cavaliers to a victory over the Boston Celtics (21-23) 95-90 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Irving scored 40 points (!!!) and added 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) in 38 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. The Cleveland Cavaliers have not so impressive 13-32 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Irving is ranked sixth on the list of the top scorers in the league with 24.2ppg. He also averaged so far 3.6rpg, 5.6apg and 1.7spg in the 34 games he played so far. Irving is a naturalized American. Despite his Australian passport, Irving previously played for the USA U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Australian team. Strangely he has never played in Australia.

   #2. Damon Heuir (188-PG, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to S.Utah's victory against the Portland State University (3-6) 76-63 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Heuir scored 19 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 36 minutes. The Southern Utah University has 5-5 conference record this season. Heuir is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in S.Utah's roster. This season he has relatively solid stats: 10.9ppg, 5.1rpg and 3.2apg in the 19 games.

   #3. Mathiang Muo (196-F, currently studies in the States) contributed to a Charleston So.'s victory against the Liberty University (2-5) 79-75 in the NCAA last Saturday. Muo scored 14 points in 25 minutes. The Charleston Southern University has a very good 7-0 conference record this season. So far Charleston So. won all seven games in the conference. Muo's stats this year are: 10.9ppg, 5.1rpg and 3.2apg in the 19 games. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Sudanese.

   #4. Chris Patton (208-F-91, college: S.Idaho JC, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Cal-Riverside (2-6) in their last game. Despite Patton's very good performance the Cal-Riverside lost 58-63 on the road to the University of Pacific. He scored 17 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 28 minutes. Patton has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1apg in the 18 games.

   #5. Experienced Michael Kingma (208-C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, currently plays in Holland) helped Groningen win their game against the eighth-ranked Weert (8-14) crushing them 88-67 in the Dutch Eredivisie on Sunday night. He scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. GasTerra Flames Groningen (16-7) is placed third in the Eredivisie. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Kingma has averaged so far 4.0ppg and 4.4rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and Dutch.

   #6. Majok Majok (203-F-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Ball St. win their game against the Miami University, Ohio crushing them 82-62 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Majok scored 21 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 33 minutes. Majok has averaged so far 4.0ppg and 4.4rpg in the 22 games. He has both Australian and Sudanese nationalities.

   #7. Triantafillos Tzakopoulos (187-G-85, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in a Duesseldorf Baskets' victory against the league outsider USC Leipzig 84-75 in the German ProA (second division) last Sunday. Tzakopoulos scored 15 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Tzakopoulos has averaged so far 7.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.4apg. He also holds two passports: Greek and Australian.

   #8. Shane Coupland (196-F-89, currently plays in Canada) helped St.Francis Xavier win their game against the Sea Hawks crushing them 94-73 in the Canadian university league CIS on Saturday night. Coupland scored 19 points in 25 minutes. Coupland has averaged so far 8.3ppg and 4.5rpg in the 11 games.

   #9. Peter Hooley (193-G-92, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Albany (5-3) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Hooley's good performance the Albany was defeated in an overtime 85-80 at home by the Boston University. He scored 12 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 6 assists. This season Hooley averages only 4.7ppg.

   #10. Brad Reid (211-C-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the one of league's weakest teams UMKC (3-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the UMKC was defeated 67-59 on their home court in Kansas City, MO by the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Reid recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 13 rebounds. This season Reid averages only 4.7ppg.



Corletto wins Round 16 POTW - by Hugh McAuliffe

New Zealand Breakers sharp-shooting guard Daryl Corletto (193-G-81) has taken out the National Basketball League Player of the Week for Round 16 of the iiNet NBL Championship.

It was a shooting exhibition from Corletto in the 95-76 win over the Sydney Kings on Thursday night, with the 31-year-old lighting it up from beyond the arc.

The veteran of more than 300 NBL games hit 6-of-8 three-pointers and 8-of-11 from the field on his way to 22 points as the Breakers improved their home record to 8-1.

Corletto added 11 points in the 91-74 road win over Wollongong, taking New Zealand to 17-3 on top of the NBL ladder.

Kings' big man Ian Crosswhite continued his impressive form of late, adding 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting and 10 rebounds in the loss to New Zealand, with teammate Ben Madgen adding 20 points (8-of-14).

Adris 2Hard 2Guard' Deleon had 24 points and four steals in the Hawks loss to the Breakers, while Jason Cadee (24 points on 9-of-15FG) and David Johnson (25 points & 10 rebounds) led from the front in Adelaide's loss to Melbourne.

Tigers' duo Seth Scott and Jonny Flynn, Cairns star Cam Tragardh and NZ high-flyer Thomas Abercrombie were also in the mix.



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Rasid Mahalbasic selected the top Austrian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Rasid Mahalbasic
Rasid Mahalbasic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Rasid Mahalbasic (211-90, currently plays in Poland). He managed to help Asseco Prokom Gdynia in a victory against the closely-ranked Energa Czarni (9-9) crushing them 85-60 in the Polish TBL in Saturday night's game. Mahalbasic scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 16 minutes on the court. Asseco Prokom Gdynia (12-6) is placed fourth in the TBL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Mahalbasic's first season with the team. This year he averages: 8.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 2FGP: 57.5%(61-106) in the 18 games he played so far. Mahalbasic has a dual citizenship: Austrian and Slovenian. Ex-kelag Worthersee Piraten player is currently a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Anton Maresch
Anton Maresch
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Anton Maresch (191-91, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to a River Andorra's victory against the closely-ranked Meridiano Alicante (10-6) 84-80 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. Maresch recorded 9 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. B.C. River Andorra (3-0) is placed in the LEB Gold. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. Maresch's overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 38.7%, 3FGP: 44.7% and FT: 78.7%. He is in the roster of the Austrian senior national team.

Jason Detrick
Jason Detrick
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international small forward Jason Detrick (195-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Brazil). Detrick helped Paschoalotto/Bauru win their game against the 13th-ranked Minas (8-9) crushing them 91-59 in the Brazilian NBB on Saturday night. He scored 7 points in 17 minutes. Paschoalotto/Bauru (13-2) is placed first in the NBB. This year Detrick's overall stats are: 4.4ppg, 1.2rpg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 31.3% and FT: 64.3% in the nine games. He is a naturalized American. Detrick is also a member of the Austrian senior national team. He used to play for UBC Stahlbau Oberwart Gunners in Austrian league.

Thomas Schreiner
Thomas Schreiner
   #4. Point guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Anton Maresch and both played together in the last Spanish LEB Gold game. Schreiner helped River Andorra win their game against the closely-ranked Meridiano Alicante (10-6) 84-80. He recorded 5 points and added 3 passes. Schreiner's total stats this season are: 6.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.7apg and 1.6spg. He is also Austrian national team player.

Other top Austrian players, who play abroad:

Benjamin Ortner (206-F/C-83) plays for Montepaschi Siena in Italian SerieA
Matej Kljaic (193-F-91) plays for Djuro Djakovic in Croatian A1
Martin-Patrick Pos (198-F-94) plays for BBC Bayreuth in German BBL
Jamie Kohn (195-G-89) plays for Tees Valley Mohawks in British EBL D1
Peter Klemm (197-F-85) plays for Tuebingen II in German Regionalliga
Michael Kaiser (195-G-82) plays for TS Longhorns Herzogenaurach in German Regionalliga



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Bennet Davis selected the top Bahamian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Bennet Davis
Bennet Davis
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Bennet Davis (206-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern, currently plays in Hungary), who plays in the Hungarian A Division. Davis could not help one of league's weakest teams Marso NYKK (7-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Marso NYKK was badly defeated 83-64 on the road by the higher-ranked (#9) Kormend. Davis was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 40 minutes on the court. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Davis' first season with the team. Davis belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #2) and also on the list of best blockers (third place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Davis averages: 17.3ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.6apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 57.4%(120-209), 3FGP: 15.8% and FT: 65.3% in the 18 games he played so far. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He is currently a member of the Bahamas senior national team.

Magnum Rolle
Magnum Rolle
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Magnum Rolle (211-86, college: Louisiana Tech, currently plays in Japan). He was not able to help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Mitsubishi Dolphins (8-18) in their game against Tochigi Brex (8-18) in the Japanese JBL. Rolle recorded 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 25 minutes. Mitsubishi Dolphins were edged 62-60 in Tochigi by the higher-ranked (#6) Brex. It was Mitsubishi Dolphins' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Rolle is ranked eighth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best blockers (third place). He has very reliable stats this year: 13.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 51.6%, 3FGP: 38.5% and FT: 56.4% in the 25 games. Rolle played for the Bahamas national team in 2007.

Edrico McGregor
Edrico McGregor
   #3. The Bahamas player who performed third best last week abroad was former U18 international forward Edrico McGregor (201-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA. He was not able to secure a victory for the UTSA (1-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite McGregor's good performance the UTSA was defeated 74-70 in Vandals by the University of Idaho. He scored 10 points. McGregor has relatively good stats this season: 13.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 51.6%, 3FGP: 38.5% and FT: 56.4%. He played for the Bahamas U18 national team five years ago.

Jaraun Burrows
Jaraun Burrows
   #4. Forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: IPFW, currently plays in Switzerland) led Starwings to a victory against the league outsider SAM Massagno (3-13) 83-74 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Starwings Basket Regio Basel (4-12) is placed eighth in the LNA. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Burrows is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). This season he has very high stats. Burrows averages: 16.8ppg, 8.9rpg, 3.1apg, 1.5bpg and 1.3spg. He is also Bahamas national team player.

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

   #1. Klay Thompson (198-G-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Golden State Warriors (26-17) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Golden State Warriors lost 102-109 on the road to the Milwaukee Bucks. Thompson was the second best scorer with 19 points in 39 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Thompson has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.5apg in the 43 games he played so far. Thompson has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American. Despite his Bahamas passport, Thompson previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bahamas team.

   #2. Buddy Hield (190-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Oklahoma to a victory against the The University of Texas (1-5) 73-67 in the NCAA last Monday. He scored 12 points, had 4 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 2 shots. The The University of Oklahoma has a solid 5-2 conference record this season. It's Hield's first year with the team. This year Hield has very high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.5apg.

   #3. J.R. Cadot (195-G-87, college: TCU, currently plays in Slovakia) led Nitra to a victory over the league outsider Svit (5-19) 92-81 in the Slovakian Extraliga on Saturday night. Cadot was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 8 assists in 36 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Cadot's third season in pro basketball. BK Edymax SPU Nitra (15-9) is placed third in the Extraliga. It's Cadot's first year with the team. Cadot is currently fourth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has very impressive stats this year: 17.1ppg, 6.6rpg, 3.1apg and 1.8spg in the 23 games.

   #4. Dynile Forbes (188-G-86, college: La-Monroe, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in an Aurteneche Maquinaria Euskadi's victory against the 13th-ranked La Palma (3-10) crushing them 90-70 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. Forbes scored 15 points, had 4 boards, passed 5 assists and added 4 steals. Aurteneche Maquinaria Euskadi (7-7) is placed sixth in the LEB Silver. Forbes has relatively good stats this season: 10.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.5spg.

   #5. Lavar Simmons (201-F/C-83, college: Master's, currently plays in France) contributed to Saint-Quentin's victory against the seventh-ranked Nantes (9-8) 81-70 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. Simmons scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball (10-10) is placed 11th in the ProB. Simmons' overall stats this season are: 7.2ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.2apg.

   #6. Shaquille Cleare (206-C, currently studies in the States) was not able to help the Maryland in their game against the Duke University in the NCAA. Cleare cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 16 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 20 points 84-64. This year Cleare has relatively solid stats: 13.9ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.2bpg in the 25 games.

   #7. Zane Knowles (206-F-92, is currently at the American university) was not able to secure a victory for the Texas A&M-CC in their game against the Southeastern Louisiana University in the NCAA. Knowles cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 10 minutes. His team lost 53-67. Knowles has very impressive stats this year: 16.8ppg, 8.9rpg, 3.1apg, 1.5bpg and 1.3spg in the 13 games.

   #8. Mikhail McLean (203-F-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help University of Houston to win against the University of Alabama at Birmingham 66-61 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He scored only 2 points. This season McLean has very high stats. He averages: 16.8ppg, 8.9rpg, 3.1apg, 1.5bpg and 1.3spg.



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 9

Jan. 27: Al Manama - Al Hala 84-50
Jan. 27: Al Ahli - Issa Town 83-79
Jan. 28: Sitra - Muharraq 76-68
Jan. 28: Al Ittihad - Hidd 73-72
Jan. 29: Nuwaidrat - Samaheej
Jan. 29: Bahrain Club - Al Najma



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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 3-0 
 2. Rudupis 2-1 
 3. Jelgava 1-2 
 4. Naglis Palangos 0-3 
Group G
 1. Tarvas 3-0 
 2. Juventus 2-0 
 3. Pieno Zvaigzdes 2-1 
 4. Barsy Atyrau 0-6 
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. 26: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Barsy Atyrau 82-67
Jan. 26: Kalev/Cramo - Rudupis 80-68
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 102-107

Top 16: Round 5

Feb. 5: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Juventus
Feb. 5: Ventspils - Parnu
Feb. 5: Jelgava - Naglis Palangos
Feb. 8: Sakalai - TU/Rock
Feb. 8: Siauliai - Valmiera
Feb. 8: Juventus - Tarvas
Feb. 8: Ventspils - Lietkabelis


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris GULBIS
  Barons k.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Gulbis, Barons k.18.8 
 2. Raadik, Parnu18.4 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas17.9 
 4. Okoye, Tln Kalev17.4 
 5. Orelikas, Rudupis17.2 
 6. Akenparg, TTU15.9 
 7. Berzins, Valmiera15.4 
 8. Wilkinson, Kalev/C.14.7 
 9. Leonard, Juventus13.8 
 10. Umbrasko, Tarvas13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Raadik, Parnu11.6 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev9.9 
 3. Berzins, Valmiera7.8 
 4. Cipruss, Lietkabel.7.2 
 5. Zelionis, Barsy A.7.2 
 6. Keedus, TTU7.1 
 7. Bishop, Nevezis6.9 
 8. Timma, Ventspils6.8 
 9. Matyukevych, Bars.6.7 
 10. Arnold, TTU6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Zygimantas JANAVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Janavicius, Rudupis5.7 
 2. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.5 
 3. Campbell, Tln Kalev5.0 
 4. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.8 
 5. Tamm, Tarvas4.4 
 6. Maceina, Pieno Z.4.4 
 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. Laane, Rapla2.1 
 3. Janavicius, Rudupis2.1 
 4. Berzins, Valmiera2.0 
 5. Tamm, Tarvas1.9 
 6. Brown, Naglis P.1.9 
 7. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.8 
 8. Leppik, TU/Rock1.8 
 9. Matulionis, Parnu1.8 
 10. McLeod, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.4 
 2. Petrukonis, Juven.1.8 
 3. Kupsas, Lietkabelis1.8 
 4. Rozitis, Barons k.1.7 
 5. Silinskis, Nevezis1.6 
 6. Gates, Pieno Z.1.0 
 7. Meiers, Ventspils0.9 
 8. Zyle, Nevezis0.9 
 9. Valeika, Rudupis0.8 
 10. Cipruss, Lietkabe.0.8 



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Vladimir Veremeenko selected the top Belarusian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Vladimir Veremeenko
Vladimir Veremeenko
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, currently plays in Eurocup). He contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Zvezda (1-2) 78-59 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Veremeenko scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes on the court. Unics Kazan (2-1) is placed first in group L. There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical. It's Veremeenko's fifth season with the team. This year he averages: 7.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 51.9% and FT: 73.7% in the nine games he played so far. Veremeenko has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. He played for the Belarusian senior national team six years ago.

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. Parakhouski could not help Olin Edirne (3-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Olin Edirne was edged 85-82 on the road by the higher-ranked Gaziantep (#11). Parakhouski recorded 10 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and made 3 blocks. It's Parakhouski's first season with the team. Parakhouski is currently second on the league's list of best blockers. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.8bpg, 2FGP: 65.6%(82-125) and FT: 47.4%. Parakhouski is in the roster of the Belarusian senior national team.

Mikita Meshcharakou
Mikita Meshcharakou
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Mikita Meshcharakou (202-88, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Italy). He was not able to help AcegasAps TR (8-8) in their game against Aget Service IM (5-12) in the Italian Lega2 (second division), despite his very good performance on Sunday night. Meshcharakou was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 9 rebounds in 26 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Meshcharakou's third season in pro basketball. But AcegasAps TR lost 58-70 in Imola to the league outsider (#15) Aget Service IM. This year Meshcharakou's overall stats are: 8.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 2FGP: 44.6%, 3FGP: 21.9% and FT: 88.0% in the 16 games. He is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Aleh Kojenets
Aleh Kojenets
   #4. An experienced center Aleh Kojenets (208-77, college: NC-Wilmington, currently plays in Lithuania) was the major contributor in Mazeikiai's victory against the league outsider Nafta Universitetas (5-23) 93-75 in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) in Saturday night's game. Kojenets recorded 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Mazeikiai (22-6) is placed first in the NKL. Kojenets has relatively good stats this season: 11.7ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Belarusian national team back in 2009.

Maksim Shustau
Maksim Shustau
   #5. Former international guard Maksim Shustau (188-86, currently plays in Russia) led Sojuz Zaretchny to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Severstal (4-13) 77-65 in the Russian Superleague (second division) on Saturday night. Shustau scored 12 points and added 6 passes. BC Sojuz Zaretchny (4-13) is placed 13th in the Superleague. This season Shustau has relatively solid stats: 13.6ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.8apg. He used to play for the Belarusian national team five years ago.

Dante Stiggers
Dante Stiggers
   #6. Point guard Dante Stiggers (188-82, college: S.Mississippi, currently plays in Cyprus) was not able to secure a victory for Apoel (2-6) in their game against Keravnos (12-3) in the Cypriot Division A. He scored 8 points. Apoel was edged 75-74 in Strovolos by the leading Keravnos. Stiggers belongs to league's best passers (ranked #7) and also on the list of most steals (second place). His total stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.3apg and 2.3spg. Stiggers is a naturalized American. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Belarusian National Team roster. Stiggers used to play for BK Minsk-2006 in Belarusian league.

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

   #1. Yivgeni Lioutrine (200-C-88, currently plays in Israel) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Kiryat Tivon (4-10) 92-76 in the Israeli National League (second division) last Wednesday. Lioutrine scored 8 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks in only 13 minutes. Elitzur Yavne (10-4) is placed fourth in the National League. This year Lioutrine's total stats are: 8.6ppg and 4.0rpg in the 14 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Israeli. Despite Lioutrine's Belarusian passport, he previously played for the Israeli U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belarusian team.

   #2. Igor Suhinin, who plays in the Russian Superleague (second division) could not help Planeta-Universitet Ukhta (6-11) to beat Rjazan (10-7). Suhinin scored 8 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 27 minutes. Planeta-Universitet Ukhta was badly defeated 81-63 on the road by the higher-ranked (#6) Rjazan. It was Planeta-Universitet Ukhta's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Suhinin's total stats are: 6.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.8spg in the four games.

   #3. Vladi Yeremishin (201-F/C-84, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) was not able to help Ironi Ramat Gan (8-6) in their game against Ironi Nes-Ziona (12-2) in the Israeli National League (second division). He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. Ironi Ramat Gan was edged 61-60 in Nes Ziyona by the leading Ironi Nes-Ziona. This year Yeremishin's total stats are: 3.1ppg and 2.1rpg in the 12 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Israeli.



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Standings - Division II

Division II Standings
 1. Houthalen 14-5 
 2. Kangor.-Boom 13-5 
 3. Sint-Jan Ant. 13-6 
 4. Gembo BBC 11-6 
 5. Gent Dragons 10-7 
 6. St-Niklase 10-8 
 7. Waregem 10-8 
 8. M.Hainaut II 10-9 
 9. CEP Fleurus 9-9 
 10. Excelsior 9-9 
 11. Sprimont 8-9 
 12. Tongeren 8-11 
 13. Oudenaarde 6-13 
 14. Essor Charleroi 3-15 
 15. Giants II 2-16 

Regular Season: Round 20

Jan. 27: Excelsior - Tongeren 89-90
Jan. 27: Houthalen - St-Niklase 82-68
Jan. 25: Point Chaud - Gembo BBC 77-105
Jan. 27: Oudenaarde - Giants II 71-79
Jan. 26: Gent Dragons - M.Hainaut II 71-67
Jan. 27: Waregem - CEP Fleurus 67-61
Jan. 26: Sint-Jan Ant. - Essor Charleroi 100-51

Regular Season: Round 21

Feb. 1: Point Chaud - Oudenaarde
Feb. 2: Gent Dragons - Sint-Jan Ant.
Feb. 2: St-Niklase - CEP Fleurus
Feb. 2: Kangor.-Boom - Tongeren
Feb. 3: Gembo BBC - Essor Charleroi
Feb. 3: Excelsior - Waregem
Feb. 3: Houthalen - M.Hainaut II


Quincy Taylor claims Belgian Ethias League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Quincy Taylor (196-G-82) had a great game in the last round for league's second-best M.Hainaut and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 30-year old guard had the game-high 15 points adding nine rebounds and seven assists for M.Hainaut in his team's victory, helping them to beat Verviers-Pep. (#8, 3-10) 80-67. M.Hainaut maintains the 2nd position in Belgian Ethias League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. M.Hainaut will need more victories to improve their 9-5 record. Taylor has many years of experience at M.Hainaut, through which he has constantly improved. University of Alabama at Birmingham graduate has very impressive stats this year. Taylor is in league's top in points (4th best: 16.5ppg) and averages solid 2.3spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 34-year old former international guard Roel Moors (190-G-78) of Antwerp. Moors impressed basketball fans with 23 points and 4 assists. Of course Antwerp cruised to a 83-76 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Liege (#6, 6-8). This victory allowed Antwerp to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Moors is one of the most experienced players at Antwerp and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Antwerp's star - American Timothy Black (178-PG-81, agency: Limelight Hoops). Black scored 16 points. He was another key player of Antwerp, helping his team with a 83-76 win against slightly lower-ranked Liege (#6, 6-8). Antwerp needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 7 lost games. Black has a great season in Belgium. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.3apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Wen Boss Mukubu (198-F-83) of Liege - 21 points and 7 rebounds
5. Brent Wright (203-F/C-78) of Oostende - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jeremy Green (193-G-90) of Verviers-Pep. - 26 points
7. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85) of Oostende - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Brian Qvale (210-C-88) of M.Hainaut - 15 points and 7 rebounds
9. Andre Williamson (200-F-89) of Liege - 9 points and 4 rebounds
10. Josh Bostic (196-F-87) of M.Hainaut - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Antibes sign Jason Fontenet, ex Spirou - by Eurobasket News

Olympique Antibes (ProB) signed 31-year old American point guard Jason Fontenet (178-82, college: Oregon State). He just played at Spirou in Belgian Ethias League. In three games this season he had 14.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.3apg. The last summer he played at Al Sadd (D1) in Qatari league. He helped them to win the cup.
In 2006 Fontenet was drafted by Dakota Wizards (D-League) in first round (116th overall).
The former Oregon State standoutis in his seventh season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian UBL Honorable Mention back in 2009.
Fontenet is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas), Ukraine (Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye), D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors and Tulsa 66ers) and WBA West Division (Arkansas J.).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Jonathan Tabu's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Belgians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Jonathan Tabu (190-85, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA. He could not help one of league's weakest teams Cantu (11-6) in their last game. Despite Tabu's good performance Cantu lost 60-65 at home to the higher-ranked (#4) Lottomatica Roma. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Tabu also added 8 assists in 32 minutes on the court. Tabu has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.2apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 47.5%, 3FGP: 44.6% and FT: 87.1% in the 17 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain). He was not able to help CAI Zaragoza (11-8) in their game against Caja Laboral (16-3) in the Spanish ACB. Van Rossom scored 7 points. CAI Zaragoza was edged 74-73 on the road by the second-ranked Caja Laboral. This season Van Rossom averages: 9.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 55.4%(31-56), 3FGP: 42.6% and FT: 85.2%. He is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Eurocup). Hervelle managed to help Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket in a victory against the leader Valencia Basket (2-1) 91-76 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. He scored only 4 points in 18 minutes. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (1-2) is placed fourth in group J. There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical. This year Hervelle's overall stats are: 7.4ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.1apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 48.1%, 3FGP: 27.3% and FT: 66.7% in the nine games. He is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Aleksander Lichodzijewski
Aleksander Lichodzijewski
   #4. Center Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-84, currently plays in Poland) contributed to Polpharma's victory against the closely-ranked Kotwica (5-13) 68-58 in the Polish TBL on Monday night. Lichodzijewski scored 9 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 6 assists. SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd. (8-10) is placed eighth in the TBL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Lichodzijewski's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 8.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1apg. Lichodzijewski has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Polish. He used to play for the Belgian national team back in 2008.

Gael Hulsen
Gael Hulsen
   #5. Former U20 international swingman Gael Hulsen (193-90, agency: LBM Management, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL was not able to secure a victory for the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers (0-19) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Liverpool Mersey Tigers was crushed 121-58 in Newcastle by the leading Eagles. Hulsen was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 3 assists. This season Hulsen has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.2apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Belgian U20 national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Tyler Haws (196-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) led BYU to an easy victory against the University of Portland (1-6) 85-67 in the NCAA last Saturday. Haws scored 19 points and had 3 steals. The Brigham Young University has a solid 6-2 conference record this season. It's Haws' fourth year with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.2apg and 1.2spg.

   #2. Experienced Ryan Hoover (187-PG-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help Fileni BPA Jesi (6-10) in their last game. Despite Hoover's very good performance Fileni BPA Jesi lost in an overtime 93-99 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#5) C.de Latte BRE. He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Hoover also added 5 assists and 3 steals in 35 minutes. It was Fileni BPA Jesi's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Hoover has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.0apg and 2.0spg in the 16 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Hoover has never played in Belgium.

   #3. Ronrico White (190-PG-92, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Chattanooga (3-5) in their last game. Despite White's very good performance the Chattanooga (#6) lost 69-77 in Greensboro, NC to the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 33 minutes. It was Chattanooga's third consecutive loss in a row. This year White's total stats are: 8.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1apg in the 14 games. He is a naturalized American. Strangely White has never played in Belgium.

   #4. Ruphin Tshiabu Kayembe (200-F-92, currently plays in Slovenia) managed to help KK Maribor Messer in a victory against the seventh-ranked LTHcast Mercator (5-8) 84-73 in the Slovenian Telemach League on Saturday night. Tshiabu Kayembe recorded only 2 points in 6 minutes on the court. KK Maribor Messer (10-3) is placed third in the Telemach League. This year Tshiabu Kayembe's total stats are: 3.0ppg and 2.3rpg in the four games. He has a dual citizenship: DR Congolese and Belgian.

   #5. Julien Rahier (193-G-83, currently plays in Switzerland) led Starwings to a victory against the league outsider SAM Massagno (3-13) 83-74 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game. Rahier recorded 15 points. Starwings Basket Regio Basel (4-12) is placed eighth in the LNA. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Rahier's total stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.8apg.

   #6. Douglas Tshomba (201-F-83, college: Tusculum, currently plays in France) contributed to a JA Vichy's victory against the seventh-ranked La Rochelle 68-58 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. He scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 29 minutes. Tshomba has reliable stats this year: 11.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg in the 11 games.



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Standings - BIH League

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

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 26: Leotar - Servitium 87-58
Jan. 26: Posusje - Varda HE 79-85
Jan. 26: Kakanj - Bosna 75-94
Jan. 26: Zrinjski HT - Radnik B. 75-68
Jan. 26: Borac Nektar - Capljina 62-79
Jan. 26: Vogosca - Mladost 60-73

Regular Season: Round 16

Feb. 2: Bosna - Zrinjski HT
Feb. 2: Radnik B. - Borac Nektar
Feb. 2: Capljina - Leotar
Feb. 2: Servitium - Vogosca
Feb. 2: Mladost - Posusje
Feb. 2: Varda HE - Kakanj


D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Vogosca
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 24
 1. Tuljkovic, Vogosca24.0 
 2. Bakovic, Posusje22.1 
 3. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.20.9 
 4. Hot, Vogosca18.6 
 5. Lalovic, Zrinjski.18.6 
 6. Bijelic, Mladost18.1 
 7. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.17.3 
 8. Aleksic, Leotar17.0 
 9. Bjelica, Capljina16.8 
 10. Tresac, Varda HE16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marko JOSILO
  Varda HE
  (201-G-92)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Josilo, Varda HE9.2 
 2. Tuljkovic, Vogosca8.8 
 3. Jazvin, Zrinjski HT8.0 
 4. Lalovic, Zrinjski.7.9 
 5. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.7.2 
 6. Bijelic, Mladost7.1 
 7. Pavlovic, Borac N.6.8 
 8. Erkic, Radnik B.6.6 
 9. Jovanovic, Radnik6.2 
 10. Rizvic, Bosna6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Hot, Vogosca7.1 
 2. Peljto, Kakanj6.3 
 3. Kascelan, Leotar5.9 
 4. Kovacevic, Capljina5.6 
 5. Hodzic, Bosna5.3 
 6. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.5.2 
 7. Radovanovic, Radni.5.2 
 8. Ivanic, Mladost4.9 
 9. Bakovic, Posusje4.8 
 10. Kastratovic, Vard.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hot, Vogosca2.7 
 2. Bjelica, Capljina2.4 
 3. Lovric, Posusje2.4 
 4. Kovacevic, Capljina2.2 
 5. Borovcanin, Radnik1.6 
 6. Erkic, Radnik B.1.6 
 7. Peljto, Kakanj1.6 
 8. Hodzic, Bosna1.6 
 9. Jovanovic, Radnik1.5 
 10. Rizvic, Bosna1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Igor BIJELIC
  Mladost
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Bijelic, Mladost1.6 
 2. Buza, Bosna0.7 
 3. Popovic, Capljina0.7 
 4. Leric, Bosna0.7 
 5. Jurkovic, Capljina0.6 
 6. Mustapic, Posusje0.6 
 7. Djuranovic, Borac0.6 
 8. Erkic, Radnik B.0.5 
 9. Demic, Bosna0.5 
 10. Jovanovic, Radnik0.5 


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

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Bosnia and Herzegovina players, who play currently abroad.

Zack Wright
Zack Wright
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Zack Wright (195-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in VTB United League). Wright led his Russian team Spartak St.Petersburg to a victory over the eighth-ranked Kalev/Cramo (3-9) crushing them 80-59 in the VTB United League on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Wright scored 14 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 28 minutes on the court. Spartak St.Petersburg (9-2) is placed first in group A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Wright's first season with the team. This year he averages: 7.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.6apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 61.1%(33-54) and FT: 80.8% in the 11 games he played so far. Wright is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team. Strangely Wright has never played in Bosnia.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Nihad Djedovic (198-90, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the main contributor in an ALBA Berlin's victory against the closely-ranked Brose Baskets Bamberg (0-5) 82-63 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Djedovic was the best player in that game. He scored 20 points, grabbed 8 boards, passed 3 assists and added 4 steals. ALBA Berlin (1-4) is placed seventh in group E. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. Djedovic's overall stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.8apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 44.2%, 3FGP: 31.4% and FT: 67.4%. He is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Ivan Opacak
Ivan Opacak
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international shooting guard Ivan Opacak (201-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in VTB United League). He was the major contributor in a PGE Turow's victory against the closely-ranked Azovmash (2-10) 78-69 in the VTB United League last Monday. Opacak scored 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. PGE Turow Zgorzelec (3-9) is placed ninth in group A. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. Opacak's overall stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 2FGP: 34.8%, 3FGP: 57.7%(15-26) and FT: 66.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Ex-KK Zenica Celik player is also a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Ernest Bremer
Ernest Bremer
   #4. Guard Ernest Bremer (194-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked SAIE3 BO (6-11) crushing them 91-68 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He scored 10 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 20 minutes. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (10-7) is placed sixth in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Bremer's overall stats are: 4.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.2apg and 1.2spg in the six games. He is a naturalized American. Bremer used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team back in 2011. He played also for Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina league.

Nemanja Mitrovic
Nemanja Mitrovic
   #5. International guard Nemanja Mitrovic (197-90, college: Portland, currently plays in Greece), who plays in the Greek A1 could not help Kavala (3-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Kavala lost 79-88 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#5) AGOR. Mitrovic was the top scorer with 24 points in 33 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was Kavala's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Mitrovic's total stats are: 8.3ppg and 2.7rpg in the 14 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mitrovic plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Mirza Teletovic
Mirza Teletovic
   #6. Forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Brooklyn Nets (26-18) in their game against the Houston Rockets (24-22) in the NBA. He scored 9 points. But the Brooklyn Nets were defeated 119-106 in Houston by the Rockets. Teletovic has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 1.3rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

Esmir Rizvic
Esmir Rizvic
   #7. Former international center Esmir Rizvic (213-82, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to a Maribor Messer's victory against the seventh-ranked LTHcast Mercator (5-8) 84-73 in the Slovenian Telemach League on Saturday night. Rizvic recorded 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. KK Maribor Messer (10-3) is placed third in the Telemach League. Rizvic is ranked seventh on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). He has very reliable stats this year: 14.8ppg and 7.2rpg in the 13 games. Rizvic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team four years ago.

Muhamed Pasalic
Muhamed Pasalic
   #8. Guard Muhamed Pasalic (192-87, currently plays in Greece), who plays in the Greek A1 was not able to secure a victory for Aris (7-7) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Aris was badly defeated 81-62 in Athens by the second-ranked Panathinaikos. Pasalic was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 3 steals in 31 minutes. Pasalic has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg in the 14 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Ognjen Kuzmic
Ognjen Kuzmic
   #9. International center Ognjen Kuzmic (215-90, currently plays in Spain) helped FIATC Joventut win their game against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (8-11) 79-71 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Kuzmic recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. FIATC Joventut Badalona (10-9) is placed eighth in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Kuzmic has averaged so far 7.2ppg and 5.8rpg. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #10. Guard Marko Popovic (193-84, currently plays in Serbia) helped Sloga win their game against the ninth-ranked Radnicki Basket (8-9) 81-69 in the Serbian A League in Saturday night's game. Popovic was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and making 11 passes in 39 minutes. KK Sloga Societe Generale Kraljevo (5-12) is placed 13th in the A League. Popovic is ranked fourth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best passers (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Popovic averages: 17.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 7.5apg and 1.6spg in the 12 games. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

   #11. International forward Ante Masic (200-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Adriatic League) helped his Croatian team Cedevita edge the 12th-ranked KK Zadar 74-73 in the Adriatic League last Saturday. Masic recorded 8 points. He has averaged so far 5.8ppg and 2.0rpg. Masic plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #12. Former international point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala couldn't help Timisoara (10-6) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Timisoara lost 84-95 in Cluj to the higher-ranked (#4) U-Mobitelco. Jovanovic was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 5 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!) in 39 minutes. Jovanovic is ranked fifth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best passers (third place). He has very impressive stats this year: 16.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 6.4apg in the 19 games. Jovanovic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former international power forward Elvir Ovcina (212-76, another player represented by Interperformances, college: Syracuse, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL couldn't help LTi 46ers (4-15) in their last game. Despite Ovcina's very good performance the bottom-ranked LTi 46ers lost 69-83 in Berlin to the much higher-ranked (#3) ALBA. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Ovcina also added 9 rebounds and dished 8 assists in 31 minutes. This year he has relatively solid stats: 12.3ppg, 6.5rpg and 3.3apg in the 15 games. Ovcina used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team eight years ago.

   #14. International point guard Aleksej Nesovic (189-85, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Serbia), who plays in the Serbian A League couldn't help OKK Beograd (8-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance OKK Beograd was defeated 83-68 in Uzice by the higher-ranked Sloboda (#3). Nesovic was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added made 3 passes and 4 steals. Nesovic is currently second on the list of most steals. This season he has very good stats: 13.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.5apg and 2.0spg. Nesovic plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #15. Former international point guard Terell Castle (182-72, agency: Court Side, college: Nicholls St., currently plays in Sweden) helped Eco Orebro win their game against the closely-ranked White Eagles 93-79 in the Swedish Basketligan on Tuesday night. He was the top player that evening. Castle recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and making 12 passes. He also added 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Castle is currently second on the list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (second place). This season he has very high stats. Castle averages: 16.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.7apg and 2.0spg. He is a naturalized American. Castle used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team six years ago. He played also for BC Igokea Partizan Aleksandrovac in Bosnia and Herzegovina league.

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

   #1. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Russia could not help Khimky (3-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed Khimky was edged 85-82 on the road by the lower-ranked (#7) Fenerbahce Ulker in the group F of Euroleague. Planinic was the top scorer with 25 points. He also added 6 boards, passed 6 assists and added 4 steals in 37 minutes. Planinic is currently second on the league's list of best passers with 5.9apg. He also averaged so far 13.5ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.3spg in the 14 games he played so far. Planinic has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

   #2. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89, currently plays in Turkey) led Fenerbahce Ulker to a victory over the eighth-ranked Erdemir (6-10) 82-77 in the Turkish TBL last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Bogdanovic recorded 26 points (!!!), 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (14-2) is placed first in the TBL. Bogdanovic has relatively good stats this season: 14.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.6apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #3. Mirza Begic (217-C-85, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to a Real Madrid's victory against the fourth-ranked Panathinaikos (3-2) 58-54 in the Euroleague last Friday. Begic scored 6 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 16 minutes. Real Madrid (5-0) is placed first in group E. So far his team won all five games in the Top 16. This year Begic's overall stats are: 4.7ppg and 3.3rpg in the 15 games. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian nationalities.

   #4. Damir Markota (209-F-85, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Turkey was not able to help the league outsider Besiktas (0-5) in their last game on Friday. Despite Markota's good performance the eighth-placed Besiktas was defeated 63-57 in Siena by the leading Montepaschi in the group F of Euroleague. He scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Markota's overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.5apg. He also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #5. Miroslav Todic (205-F-85, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) was not able to secure a victory for LeGamberi Foods Forli (8-8) in their last game. Despite Todic's very good performance LeGamberi Foods Forli was edged 79-76 in Pistoia by the higher-ranked (#4) Tuscany. He had a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 18 rebounds. Todic also added and 3 steals in 36 minutes. Todic is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 9.9rpg. He also averaged so far 15.4ppg in the 16 games. Todic has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian.

   #6. Emir Zimic (215-C-86, currently plays in Slovenia) was the main contributor in Tajfun's victory against the eighth-ranked Geoplin Slovan 76-66 in the Slovenian Telemach League on Saturday night. Zimic was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 13 rebounds. Zimic also added 4 blocks in 25 minutes. Zimic is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (second place). This year his overall stats are: 9.7ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.5bpg in the 13 games.

   #7. Toni Bizaca (202-F-82, currently plays in Sweden) helped Sodertalje Kings win their game against the seventh-ranked 08 Stockholm 75-71 in the Swedish Basketligan in Saturday night's game. Bizaca was the top player that evening. He scored 23 points, had 5 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots. Bizaca is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Bizaca averages: 16.7ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.6apg.

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

   #9. Nikola Djurasovic (198-F-83, currently plays in Romania) helped Craiova win their game against the 12th-ranked Giurgiu 84-70 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Sunday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Djurasovic scored 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. He has averaged so far 6.2ppg and 3.4rpg. Djurasovic has dual citizenship: Serbian and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

   #10. Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87, currently plays in Ukraine) helped Khimik win their game against one of league's weakest teams Dnipro 74-67 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Sunday night's game. He scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. This season Sehovic has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.2apg. He has dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Bosnia and Herzegovina.



Division I Round 15: Zrinjski HT tries to escape the last position defeating Radnik B. - by Eurobasket News

Bottom-ranked Zrinjski HT managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the series of three consecutive loses on Saturday night. This time they won against fourth-ranked Radnik B. in Mostar 75-68. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Zrinjski HT forced 19 Radnik B. turnovers. It was a great evening for Montenegrin center Boris Lalovic (209-81) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. Almir Hasandic (192-90) helped adding 20 points. Zrinjski HT's coach Zoran Glomazic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Montenegrin power forward Filip Goranovic (205-85) with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Zrinjski HT (6-9) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Kakanj and Posusje. Newly promoted Radnik B. keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Zrinjski HT is looking forward to face league's leader Bosna ASA BHT in Sarajevo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Radnik B. will play at home against Borac Nektar in Banja Luka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Division I top team - Bosna ASA BHT (11-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Kakanj (6-9) 94-75. It was a quality performance for swingman Alin Demic (202-91) who led the winners and scored 24 points. Sindis Demic accounted for 16 points. Bosna ASA BHT's coach Dragoljub Vidacic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Sead Hadzifejzovic (202-89) came up with 26 points and 7 rebounds for Kakanj in the defeat. Bosna ASA BHT maintains first place with 11-4 record, which they share with Capljina and Mladost. Newly promoted Kakanj dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. They share it with Posusje and Zrinjski HT. Bosna ASA BHT will play against Zrinjski HT (#9) in Mostar in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kakanj will play on the road against Varda HE and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Banja Luka was also quite interesting. Second ranked Capljina Lasta (11-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Borac Nektar (7-8). Capljina Lasta did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 79-62 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Nemanja Kovacevic who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Nebojsa Pavlovic who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Capljina Lasta keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Bosna and Mladost. Borac Nektar at the other side keeps the fifth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Varda HE and Leotar. Capljina Lasta will meet at home Leotar (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Borac Nektar will play against Radnik B. in Bijeljina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Sixth ranked Leotar (7-8) crushed at home 10th ranked Servitium (5-10) by 29 points 87-58, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a good game for Djordje Ninkovic who led his team to a victory with 20 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. Leotar have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Borac Nektar and Varda HE. Servitium lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with ten games lost. Leotar's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Capljina Lasta on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Servitium will play against Vogosca (#12) in Sarajevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 15 Mladost won against Vogosca on the opponent's court 73-60. Posusje unfortunately lost to Varda HE in a home game 79-85.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 39 points (!!!) and 4 steals by Djordje Tresac of Varda HE.


Vogosca - Mladost 60-73

Very expected game in Sarajevo where 11th ranked Vogosca (5-10) was defeated by third ranked Mladost (11-4) 73-60. It was a good game for Montenegrin power forward Igor Bijelic (207-88) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Serbian guard Petar Ivanic (191-85) contributed with 21 points and 6 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Croatian swingman Mario Filipovic (196-88) answered with 14 points and S Albinovic added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Vogosca. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Mladost keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Bosna and Capljina. Vogosca at the other side dropped to the bottom place with ten games lost. Mladost's next round opponent will be Posusje (#8) at home and are hoping to win another game. Vogosca will play against Servitium (#11) in Gradiska and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vogosca: M.Filipovic 14+1reb+2ast, A.Hot 9+2reb+3ast, S.Albinovic 9+5reb+1ast, M.Keser 8+4reb, D.Palata 6+1reb+1ast, F.Kalamujic 4+7reb
Mladost: I.Bijelic 24+8reb, P.Ivanic 21+3reb+6ast, D.Knezevic 8+1reb+3ast, O.Milekic 6+2reb+1ast, M.Radanovic 5+1ast, M.Kezic 4+9reb+3ast
gschID: 201789


Zrinjski HT - Radnik B. 75-68

Bottom-ranked Zrinjski HT managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the series of three consecutive loses on Saturday night. This time they won against fourth-ranked Radnik B. in Mostar 75-68. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Zrinjski HT forced 19 Radnik B. turnovers. It was a great evening for Montenegrin center Boris Lalovic (209-81) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. Almir Hasandic (192-90) helped adding 20 points. Zrinjski HT's coach Zoran Glomazic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Montenegrin power forward Filip Goranovic (205-85) with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and swingman Vedran Borovcanin (200-85) scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Zrinjski HT (6-9) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Kakanj and Posusje. Newly promoted Radnik B. keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Zrinjski HT is looking forward to face league's leader Bosna ASA BHT in Sarajevo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Radnik B. will play at home against Borac Nektar in Banja Luka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Radnik B.: F.Goranovic 22+11reb+1ast, V.Borovcanin 22+5reb+6ast, V.Radovanovic 12+3reb+4ast, D.Simic 9+3reb+3ast, D.Kokorus 3, M.Loncarevic 0+6reb
Zrinjski HT: B.Lalovic 20+13reb+2ast, A.Hasandic 20+2reb+3ast, I.Petric 14+2reb+1ast, M.Petric 6+8reb+6ast, B.Bubalo 6, B.Masic 4+2reb
gschID: 201792


Leotar - Servitium 87-58

Sixth ranked Leotar (7-8) crushed at home 10th ranked Servitium (5-10) by 29 points 87-58, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Leotar 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 Servitium's 34. Leotar forced 19 Servitium turnovers and outrebounded them 40-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for center Djordje Ninkovic (210-93) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds. point guard Marko Rikalo (185-94) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Five Leotar players scored in double figures. Srdan Golubovic (198-87) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian power forward Damjan Stojkanovic (203-91) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Servitium. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Leotar have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Borac Nektar and Varda HE. Servitium lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with ten games lost. Leotar's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Capljina Lasta on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Servitium will play against Vogosca (#12) in Sarajevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Servitium: S.Golubovic 19+8reb, D.Stojkanovic 13+5reb+2ast, M.Tripkovic 6+1reb, N.Vukasovic 5+3reb+1ast, D.Kovacevic 4+3reb, N.Bilanovic 4+1ast
Leotar: D.Ninkovic 20+8reb+1ast, V.Aleksic 15+4reb, B.Setencic 14+3reb+2ast, M.Rikalo 11+5reb+10ast, D.Markovic 10+9reb, S.Milanovic 8+3reb
gschID: 201790


Posusje - Varda HE 79-85

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Varda HE and 9th ranked Posusje had identical 6-8 record. But Posusje was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Varda 85-79. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Posusje won third quarter 23-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Varda HE players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 28 personal fouls committed by Posusje helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Serbian Djordje Tresac (193-87) who led his team to a victory with 39 points (!!!) and 4 steals. Serbian power forward Ilija Zolotic (207-86, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Croatian guard Ivan Bakovic (197-81) answered with 23 points and forward Kresimir Mustapic (206-90) added 23 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) in the effort for Posusje. Posusje's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Varda HE (7-8) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Borac Nektar and Leotar. Newly promoted Posusje dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Varda HE's next round opponent will be Kakanj (#10) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. Posusje will play against Mladost in Mrkonjic Grad.
Top scorers:
Posusje: K.Mustapic 23+3reb+1ast, I.Bakovic 23+3reb+3ast, A.Cutura 9+4reb+1ast, I.Siric 8+3reb+2ast, M.Lovric 6+7reb+5ast, J.Sakota 4+2reb
Varda HE: D.Tresac 39+4reb+3ast, I.Zolotic 15+10reb+2ast, D.Kastratovic 10+3reb+5ast, M.Mirkovic 6, M.Josilo 5+9reb+2ast, S.Ivanovic 5
gschID: 201788


Kakanj - Bosna 75-94

Division I top team - Bosna ASA BHT (11-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Kakanj (6-9) 94-75. Bosna ASA BHT players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was a quality performance for swingman Alin Demic (202-91) who led the winners and scored 24 points. Swingman Sindis Demic (192-83) accounted for 16 points for the winning side. Four Bosna ASA BHT players scored in double figures. Bosna ASA BHT's coach Dragoljub Vidacic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Sead Hadzifejzovic (202-89) came up with 26 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Narcis Begovac (204-79) added 22 points respectively for Kakanj in the defeat. Bosna ASA BHT maintains first place with 11-4 record, which they share with Capljina and Mladost. Newly promoted Kakanj dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. They share it with Posusje and Zrinjski HT. Bosna ASA BHT will play against Zrinjski HT (#9) in Mostar in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kakanj will play on the road against Varda HE and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kakanj: S.Hadzifejzovic 26+7reb+3ast, N.Begovac 22+2reb+2ast, D.Peljto 12+6reb+5ast, A.Muflizovic 8+7reb+2ast, A.Suljagic 5+6reb, A.Delic 1+1reb
Bosna: A.Demic 24+2reb+1ast, S.Demic 16+4reb+2ast, D.Hodzic 13+6ast, N.Buza 11+2reb+1ast, A.Avdibegovic 10+4ast, R.Rizvic 9+2reb+3ast
gschID: 201787


Borac Nektar - Capljina 62-79

The game in Banja Luka was also quite interesting. Second ranked Capljina Lasta (11-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Borac Nektar (7-8). Capljina Lasta did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 79-62 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Capljina Lasta. Borac Nektar managed to win fourth quarter 25-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Capljina Lasta made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Capljina Lasta outrebounded Borac Nektar 39-23 including 24 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Nemanja Kovacevic (194-85) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Swingman Zeljko Kljestan (198-92) chipped in 14 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Four Capljina Lasta players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Nebojsa Pavlovic (200-87) who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Ranko Ivic (193-92) added 13 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Capljina Lasta keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Bosna and Mladost. Borac Nektar at the other side keeps the fifth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Varda HE and Leotar. Capljina Lasta will meet at home Leotar (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Borac Nektar will play against Radnik B. in Bijeljina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Borac Nektar: R.Ivic 13+2reb, N.Pavlovic 12+10reb+2ast, S.Blanusa 9+3reb, S.Matic 6+1reb+2ast, D.Djuranovic 6+2reb, M.Vukotic 6+1ast
Capljina: K.Bjelica 18+6reb+4ast, N.Kovacevic 16+10reb+7ast, N.Popovic 14+3reb+3ast, Z.Kljestan 14+9reb+6ast, M.Galic 8+5reb+1ast, D.Karamatic 4+1reb
gschID: 201791



Bosnian Basketball News and Notes! - by Chris Mathieu


Zlatko Jovanovic: Former member of the Bosnian National Team has gone onto establish himself as one of the best players in Romania. The playmaker is averaging 16.7ppg and 6.4 aspg so far this season 13-6 Timisoara club.

Elemedin Kikanovic and Hasan Rizvic: Both play key roles for the same club Enisey Krasnoyarsk with Kikanovic being one of the clubs top players. For being an excellent athlete for his size, Kikanovic just doesnt have the weight to position himself as a great rebounder, his biggest weakness; he also struggles on the defensive end. It will be interesting to see if he plays another big role for the National Team this summer. Rizvic has battled injuries the last few years and appears to be in physical decline at only 28.

Emir Zimic: Emir is establishing himself as one of the best centers in Slovenia and appears to finally have found a home. He is averaging 9.7ppg 7.1rbpg and 1.5blks, in his last game he was outstanding with 19 points 13 rebounds and 4 blocks! His defense is a big reason why his team has been competitive this season.

Mensud Julevic and Simo Antanackovic: Both players of Bosnian origins have been key for their team in Slovenia. Both have battled some injuries the last few years but appear to finally have put it all together this season. Mensud has been the best player on the team averaging 13.4ppg 5.7rbpg 2.2 aspg and has played solid defense. Antanackovic has been highly regarded underachiever who finally is getting consistent minutes and not surprisingly he has had fewer highs and lows this season and is averaging 10.9ppg and 6.2 rbpg and has scored in a variety of ways. He is positioning himself as a player to watch in the coming years as he is a versatile valuable commodity.

Aleksandar Capin: He has been a revelation this season, after battling injuries and having a hard time finding a home he has blossomed this season. He is shooting a great percent from 2 and 3 and is averaging 16.1ppg and 5.1aspg. The team has been a big surprise this season and the Sarajevo born point guard is a big reason why.

Adnan Hodzic: Adnan has been the best player on his team in Switzerland which features four Bosnians Hodzic, former national team member Feliks Kojadinovic, Bozo Durasovic and Mladen Lukic as well as their head coach is a Bosnian Petar Aleksic. Hodzic has averaged 17.2ppg 6.4rbg and 1.7aspg

Stanko Barac: Bosnian born and NBA draft pick Stanko Barac has struggled in Turkey this season averaging just 12 minutes a game. Stanko has shot terribly from the field for a player his size, the question is it a lost season or a trend for him.

Vanja Plisnic: Vanja has been very efficient in only 16 mpg he averages 9.3ppg 4.7rbpg 1.5aspg and is shooting over 40% from 3! Vanja has been one of the most underrated players in the last 10 years in Europe.



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Standings - BNL

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

Regular Season: Round 19

Jan. 31: Tijuca TC - Minas
Jan. 31: Brasilia - Franca
Jan. 31: Basquete Cearense - Uberlandia
Jan. 31: Suzano - Palmeiras
Jan. 31: Limeira - Paulistano
Jan. 31: Flamengo - Vila Velha
Jan. 31: Liga Sorocaba - Mogi das Cruzes
Jan. 31: Bauru - S.Jose/Unimed
Jan. 31: Joinville - Pinheiros/Sky

Round 5

Jan. 28: Brasilia - Bauru 80-60
Jan. 28: Uberlandia - Flamengo 78-87


Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-F-84)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Vieira, Flamengo22.6 
 2. Holloway, Liga S.20.5 
 3. Boracini, Pinheiro.20.2 
 4. Simmons, Vila Velha19.8 
 5. Antonio, S.Jose/U.19.5 
 6. Day, Uberlandia18.7 
 7. Giovannoni, Brasil.18.2 
 8. Dos Santos, Brasil.17.8 
 9. Nardi Duarte, Min.17.3 
 10. Smith, Pinheiro.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (202-F-83)
  Avg: 10
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.10.0 
 2. Ribeiro, Basque.9.0 
 3. Araujo, Mogi d.8.8 
 4. Giovannoni, Brasil.8.4 
 5. Castellar, Limeira7.9 
 6. Agba, Bauru7.8 
 7. Antonio, S.Jose/U.7.6 
 8. Teichmann, Franca7.3 
 9. Costa, S.Jose/U.7.3 
 10. Toyloy, Paulistano6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (187-G-81)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.8.7 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.6.5 
 3. Smith, Pinheiro.5.7 
 4. Boracini, Pinheiro.5.3 
 5. Garcia, Uberlandia5.1 
 6. Dawkins, Liga S.5.0 
 7. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.4.9 
 8. Collum, Uberlandia4.7 
 9. Taylor, Bauru4.7 
 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. Campos, Suzano2.3 
 3. Figueroa, Franca2.2 
 4. de Assis, S.Jose/U.2.1 
 5. Dawkins, Liga S.2.1 
 6. Nardi Duarte, Min.1.9 
 7. Simmons, Vila Velha1.9 
 8. Boracini, Pinheiro.1.8 
 9. Soro, Liga Sorocaba1.7 
 10. Vieira, Flamengo1.7 


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

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

Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Tiago Splitter (211-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). He led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the New Orleans Hornets (15-29) 106-102 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Splitter was MVP of the game. He scored 25 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 32 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have quite an impressive 36-11 record this season. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Splitter has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 60.5%(185-306) and FT: 73.9% in the 47 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish. Splitter is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Hilario Nene
Hilario Nene
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Hilario Nene (207-82, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a 3-point Washington Wizards' victory against the Portland Trail Blazers (22-22) 98-95 in the NBA last Monday. Nene recorded 24 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. The Washington Wizards have rather weak 11-32 record this season. It's Nene's first year with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Nene averages: 12.3ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 47.6% and FT: 74.1%. He is in the roster of the Brazilian senior national team.

Marcelinho Huertas
Marcelinho Huertas
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports, currently plays in Spain). Huertas was the main contributor in an overtime Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the closely-ranked Gescrap BB (12-7) 87-85 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He was the best player in that game. Huertas recorded 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 32 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (11-8) is placed sixth in the ACB. Huertas is currently sixth on the league's list of best passers with 3.7apg. This year his other stats are: 8.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 41.5%, 3FGP: 35.1% and FT: 88.9% in the 19 games. Huertas is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Italian. He is also a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #4. Center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to a Real Madrid's victory against the fourth-ranked Panathinaikos (3-2) 58-54 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Hettsheimer scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Real Madrid (5-0) is placed first in group E. So far his team won all five games in the Top 16. Hettsheimer's overall stats this season are: 3.9ppg and 2.0rpg. He has both Brazilian and Spanish nationalities. Hettsheimer used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2011.

Hatila Passos
Hatila Passos
   #5. Former international center Hatila Passos (211-85, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Uruguay), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB could not help Hebraica (1-2) in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance the eighth-placed Hebraica was edged 73-70 in a derby game by the higher-ranked Defensor (#3) in the Serie 1. Passos recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Passos is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.6ppg, 11.0rpg and 1.1apg. Passos used to play for the Brazilian national team three years ago.

Leandro Barbosa
Leandro Barbosa
   #6. Point guard Leandro Barbosa (190-82, currently plays in NBA) helped Boston Celtics edge the Miami Heat (28-13) 100-98 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. He recorded 9 points and added 4 passes in 30 minutes. The Boston Celtics have 21-23 record this season. They ended the series of six consecutive loses. It's Barbosa's first year with the team. This season Barbosa's overall stats are: 4.6ppg and 1.3apg in the 31 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

Lucas Tischer
Lucas Tischer
   #7. Former international center Lucas Tischer (208-83, currently plays in Argentina), who plays in the Argentinian LigaA was not able to help Penarol (20-10) in their last game. Despite Tischer's good performance Penarol was crushed 94-60 on the road by the lower-ranked (#6) Quimsa. He was the top scorer with 12 points. Tischer also added 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. This year Tischer's total stats are: 7.3ppg and 5.0rpg in the four games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team seven years ago.

Michel Nascimento
Michel Nascimento
   #8. An experienced center Michel Nascimento (208-78, currently plays in Uruguay), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB was not able to secure a victory for Olimpia (1-2) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Nascimento's very good performance Olimpia (#5) was defeated 102-96 in a derby game by the leading Montevideo BC in the Serie 2. He was the top scorer with 28 points. Nascimento also added 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. This season Nascimento has very high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 9.8rpg and 1.5apg. Nascimento used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2004.

Joao Paulo Batista
Joao Paulo Batista
   #9. Former international power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in France) couldn't help Le Mans (11-6) in their game against Strasbourg IG (12-5) in the French ProA. He scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 19 minutes. Le Mans lost 73-85 at home to the second-ranked Strasbourg IG. It was Le Mans' first loss after four consecutive victories. Batista is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Le Mans' roster. This season Batista has relatively solid stats: 10.9ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.6apg in the 17 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team three years ago.

Lucas Nogueira
Lucas Nogueira
   #10. Center Lucas Nogueira (213-92, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Asefa Estudiantes (10-9) in their game against CB Canarias (7-12) in the Spanish ACB. Nogueira scored 6 points and blocked 3 shots. Asefa Estudiantes was defeated 84-79 in Tenerife by the lower-ranked CB Canarias (#14). Nogueira has averaged so far 4.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.2bpg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Brazilian senior national team.

   #11. International forward Marcus Vinicius Toledo (203-86, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) couldn't help Ford Burgos (13-3) in their last game on Friday. Despite Toledo's good performance Ford Burgos was defeated 85-77 in Lugo by the lower-ranked Leche Rio Breogan (#5). He recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Toledo is currently fourth on the league's list of most steals. He has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.7spg. Toledo plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

   #12. Former international guard Carlos Cobos (193-88, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Marcus Vinicius Toledo in the Spanish LEB Gold last game. Cobos helped Leche Rio Breogan win their game against the closely-ranked Ford Burgos 85-77. He recorded 12 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in 34 minutes. Cobos has averaged so far 5.7ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.3apg in the 16 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2010.

   #13. Former U17 international center Rafael Maia (206-91, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Brown (1-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Maia's good performance the Brown was defeated in an overtime 76-64 in New Haven, CT by the Yale University. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Maia has averaged so far 5.7ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.3apg. He used to play for the Brazilian U17 national team six years ago.

   #14. International point guard Raul Neto (186-92, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Lagun Aro GBC in their game against Asefa Estudiantes in the Spanish ACB. Neto cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 16 minutes. His team was edged 79-77. Neto has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.2apg and 1.4spg in the 19 games. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

   #15. Former University international center Andre Almeida (211-88, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Nebraska in their game against the University of Illinois in the NCAA. Almeida recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was badly defeated by 20 points 71-51. He has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.2apg and 1.4spg. Almeida used to play for the Brazilian university national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Vitor Faverani (211-C-88, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Valencia Basket (12-7) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Valencia Basket was edged 96-94 on the road by the much lower-ranked (#12) UCAM Murcia. Faverani was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. It was Valencia Basket's third consecutive loss in a row. Faverani is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Valencia Basket's roster. This season Faverani's overall stats are: 8.8ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.1bpg in the 10 games he played so far.

   #2. Atila Santos (208-C-83, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Minnesota St., currently plays in Bulgaria) led Balkan to a 1-point victory against the eighth-ranked Chernomorets (4-9) 96-95 in the Bulgarian NBL last Saturday. Santos recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 12 rebounds. Balkan Botevgrad (9-5) is placed fourth in the NBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Santos' first season with the team. Santos is currently second on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). This season he has very good stats: 11.5ppg, 10.5rpg, 1.2bpg and 1.1spg.

   #3. Renan Lenz (206-C-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Utah (1-7) in their game against the Stanford University (3-4) in the NCAA. Lenz scored 8 points, had 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 23 minutes. The Utah was crushed 87-56 at home by the Stanford University. It's Lenz's first season with the team. He has averaged so far 4.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.2bpg in the 19 games.

   #4. Rodrigo de Souza (188-G, currently studies in the States) contributed to Pacific's victory against the California State University, Fullerton (4-4) 71-67 in the NCAA last Saturday. de Souza scored 7 points in 25 minutes. The University of Pacific has a solid 6-2 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. de Souza has averaged so far 5.7ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.3apg in the 16 games.

   #5. Kazuya Hatano (192-F-82, currently plays in Japan) was not able to secure a victory for Shimane Magic (18-10) in their game against Hamamatsu Phoenix (20-10) in the Japanese BJ League. He scored 5 points. Shimane Magic (#3) was defeated 93-89 in Mikawa by the leading Hamamatsu Phoenix in the Western group. It's Hatano's first season with the team. Hatano has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 1.5rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Japanese.

   #6. Rinaldo Mafra (201-F-86, is currently at the American university) contributed to a 1-point Jacksonville St.'s victory against the Murray State University 65-64 in the NCAA last Saturday. Mafra scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. He has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.2apg and 1.4spg.

   #7. Pedro Maciel (185-PG-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Nicholls State University in a victory against the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 69-62 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Maciel scored 5 points in 22 minutes. He has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.2apg and 1.4spg in the 19 games.

   #8. Gerson Santo (206-C-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Colorado St. in their game against the University of New Mexico in the NCAA. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Santo scored only 1 points. His team was defeated 66-61. He has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.2apg and 1.4spg.

   #9. Luiz Bidart (183-G-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Seattle in their game against the The Univ.of Texas - San Antonio in the NCAA. Bidart cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 15 minutes. His team was edged 78-75. Bidart has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.2apg and 1.4spg in the 19 games.

   #10. Arthur Bernardi (206-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Houston Baptist to an easy victory against the Ecclesia College crushing them 94-40 in the NCAA last Saturday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. Bernardi also added 3 assists and 2 blocks. He has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.2apg and 1.4spg.



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Cedric Simmons' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Bulgarians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Italy). Simmons led Enel Brindisi to a victory against the third-ranked Montepaschi Siena (12-5) 94-84 in the Italian SerieA last Monday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. Enel Brindisi (9-8) is placed eighth in the SerieA. Simmons belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #5. This season he averages: 7.5ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 57.0%(53-93) and FT: 73.3%. Simmons is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Strangely Simmons has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Eurocup). He contributed to a VEF Riga's victory against the closely-ranked CEZ Nymburk (1-2) 85-80 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. Rowland scored 8 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 32 minutes. VEF Riga (2-1) is placed second in group J. There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Rowland has relatively good stats this year: 14.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.8apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3FGP: 41.9% and FT: 73.1% in the nine games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Rowland played for the Bulgarian national team in 2011. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana, currently plays in Euroleague). He helped his Spanish team Unicaja Malaga win their game against the second-ranked CSKA Moscow (4-1) 94-81 in the Euroleague last Friday. Calloway scored 9 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 27 minutes. Unicaja Malaga (2-3) is placed fifth in group E. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. This year Calloway's overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.3apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 59.6%(28-47), 3FGP: 51.0%(26-51) and FT: 72.7% in the 15 games. He is a naturalized American. Calloway played for the Bulgarian national team three years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Ivan Lilov
Ivan Lilov
   #4. Shooting guard Ivan Lilov (196-88, currently plays in EuroChallenge) led his Romanian team Gaz Metan to a 2-point victory over the closely-ranked Joensuun Kataja (1-1) 84-82 in the EuroChallenge on Tuesday night. Lilov was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points and added 3 passes. CS Gaz Metan Medias (1-1) is placed second in group I. There are only four games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Top 16. So now every game is very crucial. This season Lilov has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg and 2.0apg. He is also Bulgarian national team player.

Ibrahim Jaaber
Ibrahim Jaaber
   #5. Former international point guard Ibrahim Jaaber (187-84, college: Pennsylvania, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Lithuania could not help Zalgiris (1-4) to beat Anadolu Efes (4-1). Jaaber cannot count it as his best performance. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 17 minutes. The sixth-placed Zalgiris lost 52-56 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Anadolu Efes in the group E of Euroleague. It was Zalgiris' third consecutive loss in a row. Jaaber is ranked second on the list of the most steals in the league with 1.9spg. He also averaged so far 5.9ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.2apg in the 14 games. Jaaber is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago. However Jaaber has never played in Bulgaria.

Filip Videnov
Filip Videnov
   #6. An experienced small forward Filip Videnov (196-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to help Olin Edirne (3-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Olin Edirne was edged 85-82 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Gaziantep (#11). Videnov was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Olin Edirne this season. Videnov is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #7. Former international power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Lithuania) helped Lietuvos rytas win their game against the league outsider Naglis Palangos (0-13) crushing them 87-52 in the Lithuanian LKL on Monday night. He scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 17 minutes. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (5-2) is placed eighth in the LKL. It's Ivanov's first season with the team. This year Ivanov's total stats are: 6.9ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.9apg in the seven games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team two years ago.

Kaloyan Ivanov
Kaloyan Ivanov
   #8. Forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA was not able to secure a victory for Air Avellino (4-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance Air Avellino was edged in an overtime 83-82 in Varese by the leading Cimberio. Ivanov scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 34 minutes. It was Air Avellino's third consecutive loss in a row. Ivanov has reliable stats this year: 12.8ppg, 7.7rpg and 1.7spg in the six games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2011.

Andre Owens
Andre Owens
   #9. Former international guard Andre Owens (193-80, college: Houston, currently plays in Cyprus) helped Keravnos edge the fifth-ranked Apoel (7-8) 75-74 in the Cypriot Division A on Saturday night. Owens scored 8 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Keravnos Strovolou (12-3) is placed first in the Division A. Owens has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.5apg. He is a naturalized American. Owens used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago. He played also for Lukoil Academik Sofia in Bulgarian league.

Aleksandar Gruev
Aleksandar Gruev
   #10. Guard Aleksandar Gruev (187-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Romania) led CSU Sibiu to a victory over the closely-ranked Pitesti (8-11) 79-73 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Sunday night's game. Gruev was the best player in that game. He scored 23 points in 35 minutes. CSU Atlassib Sibiu (9-10) is placed tenth in the Liga Nationala. The Regular Season already ended. Gruev's stats this year are: 13.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.6apg in the 17 games. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Bulgarian senior national team.

   #11. Former international guard Roderick Blakney (184-76, college: S.Carolina St., currently plays in Eurocup) couldn't help Cajasol in their game against Lokomotiv in the Eurocup. Blakney scored 7 points and added 4 assists. His team was defeated 87-80. Blakney has averaged so far 4.7ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.3apg. He is a naturalized American. Blakney used to play for the Bulgarian national team six years ago.

   #12. International power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, currently plays in Romania) was the major contributor in U-Mobitelco's victory against the 14th-ranked Miercurea Ciuc crushing them 87-56 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Monday night. Nikolov scored 13 points in 25 minutes. Nikolov averaged so far 14.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.6apg and 1.8spg in the 18 games. He is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

   #13. International forward Aleksandar Georgiev (203-90, currently plays in Spain) helped Assignia Manresa win their game against the fifth-ranked G.Canaria 2014 75-65 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Georgiev recorded 8 points in 21 minutes. He has averaged so far 4.9ppg and 2.2rpg in the 19 games. Georgiev is also Bulgarian national team player.

   #14. Former U20 international guard Georgi Sirakov (186-92, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) helped Mazzeo San Severo win their game against one of league's weakest teams Perugia 84-79 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) on Sunday night. He scored 14 points and added 3 assists. Sirakov has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Bulgarian U20 national team back in 2011.

   #15. Former international center Krum Doychinov (206-86, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help OFI in their game against Koroivos in the Greek A2 (second division). He scored 5 points. His team was defeated 90-84. Doychinov is currently second on the league's list of best blockers. He has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1bpg. Doychinov used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Greece) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Apollon Patras (6-8) 88-69 in the Greek A1 in Monday night's game. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 19 minutes. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (13-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. This year Antic averages: 5.5ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.2apg in the 12 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.

   #2. Experienced Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Ukraine could not help Khimik (0-2) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Deane's good performance the fourth-placed Khimik was defeated 77-69 at home by the leading Krasnie Krilya in the group K of EuroChallenge. He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and making 11 passes. There are only four games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Top 16. So now every game will be critical. It's Deane's first season with the team. Deane is currently fifth on the league's list of best passers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Deane averages: 16.1ppg, 1.5rpg and 5.9apg. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #3. Kee Kee Clark (180-PG-84, college: St.Peter's, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an Umana Venezia's victory against the closely-ranked Trenkwalder RE (8-9) 75-69 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Clark scored 7 points. Umana Reyer Venezia (9-8) is placed seventh in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Clark has reliable stats this season: 13.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American.

   #4. Dinko Marshavelski (211-F/C-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Northeastern to an easy victory against the George Mason University (4-3) crushing them 71-51 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game. Marshavelski scored 11 points. The Northeastern University has quite an impressive 8-0 conference record this season. So far Northeastern won all eight games in the conference. Marshavelski is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Northeastern's roster. His stats this season are: 14.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.6apg and 1.8spg.

   #5. Kristoffer Gafor (194-G-92, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) was not able to help Malbas (10-6) in their last game. Despite Gafor's very good performance Malbas (#3) lost 66-71 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) Talje Knights in the South group. He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Gafor also added 7 rebounds in 28 minutes. Gafor belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #7 with 19.0ppg. He also averaged so far 7.1rpg, 1.4apg and 2.1spg in the 16 games. Gafor is another player who holds two passports: Swedish and Bulgarian.



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CBA Playoffs - by Alex Yam

The CBA season is heading into its final 3 weeks, with the top 3 spots pretty secure. Guangdong will go into the playoffs on a roll and the #1 seed, to many a surprise Shangdong led by the three headed monster of Abbas, Jeter and Vroman, are currently in the 2nd spot, and Beijing rounds out the top 3. Every other spot is still up for grabs, as teams are jostling for positioning.

Xinjiang, Shanxi, Liaoning, Zheijiang C.,Guangsha, Dongguan are all vying for the remaining 5 spots... one of those 5 teams will be left out come playoff time. Every game matters from here on out, as a loss here and a win there, can cause a team to drop out of the playoff race.

This season, is likely the most competitive, as even the last place teams may have wins in the double digits.



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

27-year old guard Tomislav Petrovic (203-G-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked KK Zagreb and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had a double-double of 32 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Darda (#7, 5-7) 83-69. KK Zagreb maintains the 2nd position in Croatian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. KK Zagreb will need more victories to improve their 9-3 record. In the team's last game Petrovic had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He turned to be KK Zagreb's top player in his first season with the team. Tomislav Petrovic averages this season 12.0ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Toni Brnas (201-F-91) of Djuro Djakovic. He is a forward in his first season at Djuro Djakovic. In the last game Brnas recorded impressive 22 points and 9 rebounds. Of course Djuro Djakovic cruised to a 98-91 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Jolly (#3, 8-4). Djuro Djakovic's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Brnas is one of the most experienced players at Djuro Djakovic and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Ronald Ross (188-G-83) of Jolly (#3). Ross got into 30-points club by scoring 36 points in the last round. He went also for five assists. Despite Ross' great performance Jolly lost 91-98 to slightly lower-ranked Djuro Djakovic (#5, 7-5). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Jolly needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 8 victories and 4 lost games. Ross has a great season in Croatia. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.1ppg (best scorer) and assists with 3.8apg (4th best). He also has 2.2spg, FGP: 57.9% and 3PT: 42.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mate Mrva (195-F-83) of Jolly - 19 points and 12 rebounds
5. Veljko Budimir (199-G/F-85) of Osjecki Sokol - 22 points and 8 rebounds
6. Ivan Cvjetkovic (205-C-85) of Krizevci - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Marko Car (188-SG-85) of KK Zagreb - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Marino Sarlija (207-C/F-89) of Djuro Djakovic - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Josip Glavinic (192-G-82) of Darda - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Antonio Vlaic (204-C-91) of Zabok - 20 points and 8 rebounds

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



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  CYPRUS   

Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Jeremy ALLEN
  Omonia
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Allen, Omonia19.5 
 2. Brown, Apollon19.5 
 3. Pesic, AEL16.4 
 4. Outerbridge, AEL16.2 
 5. Aleksic, AEL15.9 
 6. Crocker, Keravnos15.9 
 7. Fisher, AEK15.8 
 8. Maze, Keravnos14.2 
 9. Diggs, Omonia14.1 
 10. Williams, Etha13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Orion OUTERBRIDGE
  AEL
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 9
 1. Outerbridge, AEL9.0 
 2. Pesic, AEL8.4 
 3. Brown, Apollon7.2 
 4. Aleksic, AEL7.2 
 5. Diggs, Omonia7.1 
 6. Vaughn, Keravnos6.5 
 7. Kaskiris, ENAD6.3 
 8. Fisher, AEK6.2 
 9. Bolden, ENAD6.2 
 10. Morrison, Apoel5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Bobby MAZE
  Keravnos
  (191-PG-86)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Maze, Keravnos5.4 
 2. Diggs, Omonia5.2 
 3. Aleksic, AEL4.3 
 4. Demertzis, Kerav.4.1 
 5. Dorsey, Apollon4.0 
 6. Palalas, AEL3.8 
 7. Stiggers, Apoel3.3 
 8. Panteli, AEK3.2 
 9. Adegboye, Etha2.9 
 10. Dixon, AEK2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Georgios PALALAS
  AEL
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Palalas, AEL2.5 
 2. Stiggers, Apoel2.3 
 3. Diggs, Omonia2.0 
 4. Dorsey, Apollon1.8 
 5. Kremen, Apoel1.8 
 6. Poole, Etha1.7 
 7. Brown, Apollon1.7 
 8. Hamilton, ENAD1.7 
 9. Panteli, AEK1.7 
 10. Adegboye, Etha1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Orion OUTERBRIDGE
  AEL
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Outerbridge, AEL1.8 
 2. Jefferson, Apollon1.7 
 3. Baker, Omonia1.5 
 4. Vaughn, Keravnos1.5 
 5. Harrison, AEK1.4 
 6. Brown, Apollon1.2 
 7. Morrison, Apoel1.0 
 8. Chan, Apoel0.8 
 9. Pesic, AEL0.5 
 10. Sims, ENAD0.5 



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  DENMARK   

Standings - Basketligaen

Ligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 19-2 
 2. Horsens IC 17-5 
 3. Bakken 16-5 
 4. SISU 12-9 
 5. Naestved 11-10 
 6. Randers 10-11 
 7. Horsholm 7-13 
 8. Vaerlose 6-15 
 9. Aarhus BC 5-16 
 10. Aalborg 1-18 

Regular Season: Round 24

Jan. 23: Randers - Aalborg 99-78
Jan. 26: Randers - SISU 95-88
Jan. 24: Horsens IC - Horsholm 82-90
Jan. 26: Aarhus BC - Horsholm 78-81 OT
Jan. 27: Horsens IC - Aalborg 74-73
Jan. 24: Naestved - Svendborg 66-99
Jan. 27: Bakken - Vaerlose 107-65

Regular Season: Round 26

Feb. 5: SISU - Bakken
Feb. 6: Naestved - Randers
Feb. 6: Svendborg - Aarhus BC
Feb. 7: Aalborg - Vaerlose


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Colas, Randers24.7 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.23.4 
 3. Jukic, Horsens IC21.3 
 4. Bowlin, Horsens IC20.4 
 5. Willen, Aalborg20.2 
 6. Ocana, Randers19.9 
 7. Delk, Vaerlose19.0 
 8. Walker, Naestved19.0 
 9. Darboe, Svendborg18.8 
 10. Tomko, Bakken18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Colas, Randers14.8 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.9.9 
 3. Jukic, Horsens IC9.6 
 4. Dezouvre, Aarhus9.2 
 5. Washington, Svend.8.0 
 6. Walker, Naestved8.0 
 7. Baker, Vaerlose7.9 
 8. Willen, Aalborg7.7 
 9. Moritz, SISU7.5 
 10. Christoffers., Ba.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Miguel ORTEGA
  Randers
  (188-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Ortega, Randers7.4 
 2. Bowlin, Horsens IC6.8 
 3. Darboe, Svendborg5.8 
 4. Nielsen, SISU5.1 
 5. Murphy, Naestved4.8 
 6. Nielsen, Randers4.6 
 7. Tomko, Bakken4.5 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.4.4 
 9. Jonsson, Aarhus BC4.0 
 10. Jakobsen, Bakken3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC3.2 
 2. Tomko, Bakken2.4 
 3. Nielsen, SISU2.3 
 4. Delk, Vaerlose2.2 
 5. Darboe, Svendborg2.0 
 6. Ortega, Randers2.0 
 7. Jukic, Horsens IC1.9 
 8. Walker, Naestved1.9 
 9. Rungby, Horsens IC1.8 
 10. Dennis, SISU1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory WASHINGTON
  Svend.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Washington, Svend.2.8 
 2. Colas, Randers2.4 
 3. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.6 
 4. Jukic, Horsens IC1.3 
 5. Christoffers., Bak.1.2 
 6. Jukic, Horsholm1.2 
 7. Smith, SISU1.0 
 8. Thomann, Horse.0.9 
 9. Delk, Vaerlose0.9 
 10. Frandsen, Naestv.0.9 


Bonell Colas claims Danish Ligaen weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Bonell Colas (205-F-82) had a great game in the last round for Randers and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 30-year old forward had a double-double of 28 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team beat SISU (#4, 12-9) 95-88. Randers maintains the 6th position in Danish Ligaen. Randers is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-11 record. Colas turned to be Randers' top player in his first season with the team. University of Florida graduate has very impressive stats this year. Colas is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.7ppg and leads league in rebounds with 14.8rpg. Colas is in league's top in and averages solid 2.4bpg and 66.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American forward Anthony Jones (208-F-89) of Aalborg. Jones impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Aalborg was edged by the higher-ranked Horsens IC (#2, 17-5) 74-73. Aalborg are still at the very bottom. 18 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Aalborg managed to get this year. Jones is one of the most experienced players at Aalborg and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Randers' star - Christian Nielsen (201-F-86). Nielsen showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, five rebounds and eight assists in the last round. He was another key player of Randers, helping his team with a 95-88 win against slightly higher-ranked SISU (#4, 12-9). The chances of Randers ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Nielsen could help Randers to bring them higher in the standings. Nielsen has a great season in Denmark. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.6apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chris Christoffersen (218-C-79) of Bakken - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Keane Thomann (211-C-89) of Horsens IC - 21 points and 9 rebounds
6. Darko Jukic (198-G-90) of Horsens IC - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Milan Bjegovic (211-C-81) of Aalborg - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Robert Fields (185-G-88) of Horsholm - 20 points and 3 rebounds
9. Charles Parker (193-G-85) of Bakken - 18 points and 4 rebounds

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



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Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Maine RC 17-10 
 2. Canton C. 17-10 
 3. Santa Cruz W. 15-9 
 4. Sioux Falls S. 14-11 
 5. Erie Bay H. 13-11 
 6. Ft.Wayne MA 12-14 
 7. Springfield A. 8-16 
 8. Iowa E. 6-18 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 17-8 
 2. Rio Grande VV 15-9 
 3. Austin T. 14-10 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 13-12 
 5. Texas L. 11-14 
 6. Reno B. 9-12 
 7. Los Angeles D. 8-15 
 8. Idaho S. 7-17 

Regular Season: Round 35

Jan. 28: Erie Bay H. - Tulsa 66ers 95-105
Jan. 27: Maine RC - Springfield A. 120-112
Jan. 27: Erie Bay H. - Ft.Wayne MA 111-78
Jan. 27: Austin T. - Rio Grande VV 106-91

Regular Season: Round 36

Jan. 30: Canton C. - Erie Bay H.
Jan. 30: Springfield A. - Tulsa 66ers
Jan. 30: Los Angeles D. - Bakersfield J.
Jan. 31: Ft.Wayne MA - Maine RC


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jeremy LAMB
  Tulsa 66ers
  (195-G/F-92)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Lamb, Tulsa 66ers21.1 
 2. Johnson-Odom, Los21.0 
 3. Mack, Maine RC20.5 
 4. Goudelock, Sioux F.20.3 
 5. Joseph, Austin T.19.9 
 6. Almond, Iowa E.19.5 
 7. Summers, Maine RC19.5 
 8. Fortson, Los A.19.2 
 9. Kennedy, Erie B.18.8 
 10. Downs, Maine RC18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arinze ONUAKU
  Canton C.
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Onuaku, Canton C.11.2 
 2. Mays, Springfield10.6 
 3. Butch, Bakersfi.10.4 
 4. Jackson, Austin T.10.2 
 5. Harris, Iowa E.9.6 
 6. Evans, Idaho S.9.4 
 7. Wilkerson, Austin9.1 
 8. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.8.9 
 9. Kennedy, Erie B.8.8 
 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.7.4 
 3. Singletary, Texas6.6 
 4. Fortson, Los A.6.5 
 5. Karl, Idaho S.5.8 
 6. Uzoh, Springfield5.4 
 7. Kennedy, Erie B.5.3 
 8. Johnson-Odom, Los5.2 
 9. McNeal, Bakersfi.4.8 
 10. Joseph, Austin T.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jamario MOON
  Los A.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Moon, Los A.2.3 
 2. Downs, Maine RC2.1 
 3. Gutierrez, Canton2.0 
 4. Hannah, Santa C.2.0 
 5. McNeal, Bakersfi.2.0 
 6. Fortson, Los A.1.9 
 7. Wright, Maine RC1.9 
 8. Greene, Los A.1.9 
 9. Tyndale, Sioux F.1.8 
 10. Johnson, Rio G.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Fabricio MELO
  Maine RC
  (212-C-90)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Melo, Maine RC3.6 
 2. Jordan, Reno B.2.9 
 3. Gladness, Santa C.2.5 
 4. Eyenga, Texas L.2.5 
 5. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 6. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 7. Moon, Los A.2.1 
 8. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.1 
 9. Flowers, Los A.1.9 
 10. Foster, Sioux F.1.9 


Latest wins for 66ers, Red Claws, Bay Hawks and Toros - by Eurobasket News

Erie Bay H. - Tulsa 66ers 95-105
The Tulsa 66ers topped the Erie BayHawks, 105-95, on Monday night at Erie Insurance Arena behind a career-high 28 points from Andrew Rautins (6'4''-G-86, college: Syracuse). Andrew Rautins, who has notched a new career-best in his past two games, tied the franchise record for most 3-point field goals in a game by sinking eight shots on 11 attempts. The Syracuse product went 10-for-13 overall to help lead Tulsa to a season-best field goal percentage of .568 (42-74). Rodney Bartholomew (6'8''-F, college: Indiana Tech) scored 16 points with nine rebounds off the bench while Dominique Sutton collected his sixth double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 boards. Chris Quinn scored nine points while dishing out seven assists and collecting five steals - the most by a 66er this season. Hollis Thompson and Ron Anderson scored 12 and 11 points, respectively. Tulsa (13-12) outrebounded Erie (13-11), 37-29, while blocking nine shots - including four from Travis Hyman. Five BayHawks scored in double digits, including D.J. Kennedy (6'6''-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances, college: St.John's) with 19 points. Henry Sims scored 18 while grabbing 10 rebounds. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Maine RC - Springfield A. 120-112
NBA guard Tyshawn Taylor (6'3''-G-90, college: Kansas) remembers playing against Chris Wright (6'8''-F-88, college: Dayton) four years ago. Taylor's Kansas team faced Wright's Dayton Flyers in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. "All coach kept saying about him is to watch out because he's an athlete," Taylor said. "He's been doing things like this for a while." What Wright did was score 25 points and grab a team-record 20 rebounds to lead the Maine Red Claws to a 120-112 win over the Springfield Armor Sunday afternoon before a sold-out crowd of 3,045 at the Expo. Taylor, the Brooklyn Nets rookie who has been assigned to Springfield, led all scorers with 27. The game was not as close as the score indicated, with the Nets notching the final seven points of the game. Maine (17-10) ended its two-game losing streak, while moving back into a tie for first place in the NBA D-League East Division. Springfield (8-16) saw its two-game winning streak end. While the Armor had Taylor, they did not have their other NBA player on loan from the Nets, 6-foot-10 forward Toko Shengelia, who was averaging 28 points in his four D-League games. Shengelia suffered a cut under his eye in a game Saturday night and was held out as a precaution. Maine was also without starters. NBA center Fab Melo and leading scorer and rebounder DaJuan Summer were both in civilian clothes with strained quadricep muscles. "Without Fab and DaJuan, I knew I really had to pick it up," Wright said. "Really just wanted to come out and have energy. "I just wanted to grab every rebound I could. You can always shoot too much. Pass too much. Dribble too much. But you can never rebound too much." Wright was soaring, sometimes too much, occasionally jarring the ball out of his teammates' hands. But mostly it was Wright grabbing the ball and starting another break. "They out-rebounded us (51-42) and Chris Wright was terrific tonight," Springfield Coach Bob MacKinnon said. "That was the difference in the game." Wright had all of his rebounds after three quarters. But he was not the only one crashing the board. Guard Omar Reed, who continues to see more playing time, recorded 15 points and nine rebounds, along with five assists. "Omar was fantastic for us," Taylor said. "15-nine-five, and he played great defense. He's earned more and more minutes, more of a role." Micah Downs recorded 23 points (five 3-pointers) and eight rebounds. Center Scott VanderMeer added eight rebounds. Other leaders included guard Xavier Silas (6'5''-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: N.Illinois) (24 points) and Andre Barrett (12 assists). The Red Claws were playing after a day's rest, following a 120-101 lopsided loss to Santa Cruz Friday night. Maine coach Mike Taylor said his team was tired after playing in Springfield Thursday night (a 123-115 loss). Springfield, which had Friday off, beat Santa Cruz Saturday night (111-100), but then had to bus to Portland, arriving at 2:30 a.m. Sunday -- 121/2 hours before game time. MacKinnon didn't blame the travel. "All we did was bus here. Slept in. Got up and played basketball," MacKinnon said. "There's no excuse not to have energy. They're 20 years old." Courtesy of: pressherald.com

Erie Bay H. - Ft.Wayne MA 111-78
The Erie BayHawks finally found some Mad Ant killer. The BayHawks shot a season-high 54.3 percent from the field and had season-best scoring efforts from Cory Higgins (6'5''-G-89, college: Colorado), Erik Daniels (6'9''-G/F-82, college: Kentucky) and Demonte Harper to vent some frustration against Fort Wayne in a 111-78 win Sunday in front of 2,528 fans at Erie Insurance Arena. "I broke out a spray bottle with just water in it, and I put on it that it was made specifically to kill Mad Ants," Erie coach Gene Cross said. "We sprayed it on the door of their locker room and on the court just to sort of cleanse ourselves of the mental shackles we had against them. We had to get over our own hurdle." Erie (13-10) was on a mission to end its three-game losing streak to Fort Wayne (12-14) from the opening tip. The BayHawks raced to a 54-40 lead at the half and used a quick, 20-9 run to open the third quarter to start pulling away. Erie moved the ball well on offense and locked down on defense in a completely different effort from Friday's 107-96 loss. A big part of Erie's dominant first half was Daniels, a 30-year-old veteran. He scored 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field and pulled down eight rebounds, but his leadership on the court was his biggest contribution. "I came out there and started knocking down shots," Daniels said. "I was able to get into a rhythm early and I really like playing in the early games. They've had our number with three wins in a row, but it was our turn to put a hurting on them." Daniels made his second start in a row Sunday after not starting a game for the BayHawks since 2009. He came in averaging 17.4 minutes per game but his impressive play forced Cross to keep him in for more than 23 minutes Sunday. "Erik is a wily veteran and the guys were joking that he needed some oxygen with how many minutes he played," Cross said. "He does great things on the court and the younger guys learn from him." Daniels finished with 22 points, which surpassed his season high of 17, and nine rebounds. He picked up his third foul in the third quarter and had to sit, but Henry Sims and Higgins picked up the slack. Higgins scored 10 points in the third and Sims added nine as Erie entered the fourth quarter with an 83-61 lead. Harper came off the bench to score a season-high 13 points after averaging 6.4 ppg, while Higgins finished with 27 points and Sims had 15 points and 10 rebounds. D.J. D.J. Kennedy put together a terrific all-around performance and just missed out on a triple-double. "I think our defense was the difference," said D.J. Kennedy, who had 21 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. "We stopped their penetration and didn't give them many second-chance points. We made it hard for them." Another big difference was on the boards. Erie out-rebounded Fort Wayne 48-40, including 39 defensive rebounds for the BayHawks. Fort Wayne was limited to 11 second-chance points and shot a dismal 37.8 percent from the field (31-of-82). Luke Harangody (6'7''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) was tough underneath the hoop with 23 points and 11 rebounds and Anthony Harris added 11 points for the Mad Ants. Erie completes a three-game homestand today at 7 p.m. against Tulsa before heading to Canton Wednesday. "It's definitely great to get the monkey of our back," D.J. Kennedy said about beating Fort Wayne. "They had our number and it's good to get the win over them and gain some confidence. I know we'll see them a few more times this year." Courtesy of: goerie.com

Austin T. - Rio Grande VV 106-91
Behind Rick Jackson (6'9''-F-89, college: Syracuse)'s 21 points and 25 rebounds, the Austin Toros snapped Rio Grande Valley's seven-game winning streak with a 106-91 victory Sunday at Cedar Park Center. The win moved the Toros to within one game of the Vipers for the NBA D-League Central Division lead. 'I was feeling really good,' Jackson said. 'I think the points came just from me being aggressive and going for rebounds. I think I got a lot of points off of putbacks and just hanging around the basket looking for rebounds.' The Toros, who led from start to finish, had six players in double figures. Jamarr Sanders (6'4''-G-88, college: UAB) finished with 24 points on 8 for 10 shooting. JaMychal Green, who replaced an injured Tyler Wilkerson (6'8''-F-88, college: Marshall) in the starting lineup, had 15 points and 12 rebounds. Austin has won seven of its last eight contests, and coach Taylor Jenkins liked his team's effort Sunday. 'We've been introducing this concept of respecting the full 48 minutes,' Jenkins said. 'You got your in-state rival coming in here, and for us to get better, it's our guys coming in, whether they're a starter or bench guy, and sustaining it for 48 minutes.' Jenkins, an assistant coach for four seasons with the Toros before this year, has seen only one comparable game to Jackson's in terms of rebounds. 'One Toro in the past, Dwayne Jones, had a 20-plus rebound game,' Jenkins said. 'That's been our message with Rick, and he's been itching to get a 20-rebound game, so I'm really happy for him. I know scouts are going to be looking at that and following up on him, so that's very rare in this league.' After jumping out to an 11-4 lead, Austin went up by as many as 25, and the Vipers could never get within striking distance. Rio Grande Valley shot just 36 percent from the field and 18 percent behind the 3-point line. 'It starts out on defense,' Sanders said. 'Everybody's buying in and we met our goal defensively, which led to easy buckets in transition. When you're getting stops, the offense just flows a lot better, and it showed tonight.' Austin will hit the road for three games before returning Feb. 8 to face Canton. Courtesy of: statesman.com



Royce White Reinstated, Assigned To D-League - by Eurobasket News

The Houston Rockets have reinstated Royce White (6'8''-F-91, college: Iowa St.) and assigned him to the Rio Grande Valley of the D-League. The sides "reached an agreement that addresses the major issues" facing White and the Rockets, the statement said. White was suspended on Jan. 6.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



Dallas Mavericks Re-Assign Jared Cunningham To Texas Legends - by Eurobasket News

The Dallas Mavericks have re-assigned rookie guard Jared Cunningham (6'4''-G-91, college: Oregon St.) to the Texas Legends, the Mavericks' NBA Development League affiliate. The assignment is the record 117th of the 2012-13 NBA and NBA D-League seasons, while Cunningham is one of a record 50 NBA players to have been assigned this season.
Cunningham (6-4, 195, Oregon State) returns to the Legends following an assignment earlier in the season when he played in seven games, and averaged 18.1 points, 3.0 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 37.0 minutes. In eight games for the Mavericks this season, Cunningham is averaging 2.0 points in 3.3 minutes per game. Originally selected in the first round (24th overall) of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cunningham's rights were traded on Draft Night to the Mavericks. Cunningham is expected to be available on Friday, Feb. 1, when the team hosts the Santa Cruz Warriors.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Lazar Hayward returns to Los Angeles D-Fenders - by Eurobasket News

Lazar Hayward (6'6''-F-86, college: Marquette) has returned to the Los Angeles D-Fenders, it was announced today. Hayward, signed by the Minnesota Timberwolves on December 31st, became the D-Fenders first NBA Call-Up of the season and 12th in team history. Selected by Washington in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft (30th overall) and later traded to Minnesota on draft day, Hayward has been a member of Minnesota, Oklahoma City and Houston since joining the NBA. In 72 career NBA games with the Thunder and Timberwolves, Hayward has averaged 2.9 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 8.2 minutes. The 6-6, 225 pound forward also played three games with Tulsa of the NBA Development League in 2012, averaging 24.0 points 5.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 34.3 minutes. A standout at Marquette University, Hayward finished his career with the Golden Eagles as the programs second all-time leading scorer (1,859 points) and fifth all-time leading rebounder (910 rebounds) after averaging 13.5 points (45.2 FG%; 35.7 3FG%) along with 6.6 rebounds in 138 career games. Additionally, the Buffalo, New York native was named to the All-Big East Second Team (2008, 2010) as well as the Big East All-Tournament Team (2010), and earned an All-America Honorable Mention selection by the Associated Press (2010) during his time at Marquette.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



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  EUROCHALLENGE   

Stats Leaders

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



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  EUROLEAGUE   

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 


Caja Laboral tabs David Jelinek - by Eurobasket News

Caja Laboral Vitoria (ACB) inked 23-year old Czech shooting guard David Jelinek (194-83kg-90). He played recently at Olin Edirne in Turkish TBL league. In 15 games this season he recorded 12.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.7apg. The last season Jelinek played at FIATC Joventut. In 34 ACB games last year he averaged 7.6ppg and 1.2rpg.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B 1st Team award back in 2009. Jelinek represented Czech Republic at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 8.6ppg, 1.8rpg, FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 61.1%.
Jelinek has played previously professionally in Italy and Czech Republic (BBK IVes Brno).
His game is described as: David Jelinek is the supertalent of Czech Basketball. A very dynamic player with an excellent body. He has great passing ability and limitless shooting range. He takes advantage of his quick penetration, has the opponents focus on him and passes the ball to the open player. His biggest advantage is his basketball thinking-able to cope with all immediate basketball situations on the court - for his age very well developed. His father, Josef Jelinek, is a basketball legend and the historically leading scorer in Czechoslovakia with 11 526 points.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Exclusive interview with Montepaschi superstar - Bobby Brown - by Aurelia Piechowiak

Eurobasket had the pleasure of sitting with Montepaschi Siena superstar - Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton)

1. What kind of man is Bobby Brown in private life?
I am A hard-working man, family guy. I miss my family a lot, I talk with them a LOT, I think I am positive guy, I love to laugh, I love to be around people, IM A PEOPLE PERSON JUST A FUN LOVING GUY.

2. Do you like Italian lifestyle? The country and the people?
Obviously, I like it a lot. I like this city, also other: Florence, Rome. The food here is amazing, I love Italian food. Shopping here is great. Life in Italy is real good taking the countries I played in this is one of the top.

3. In Montepaschi Siena you replaced GRANDE Bo McCalebb, who won Euroleague Alphonso Ford Throphy last season. Was it a big challenge for you?
Yeah, definitely it was a big challenge when I come here. My agent told me before I came here: U know U are going to Siena replacing a good player Bo McCalleb, you have to fill those shoes, are U ready for this challenge? And I told them I was, we made the deal complete. I came here, I tried to play hard, try to be consistent and help the team win. So far, things have been going good.

4. Few weeks ago U had opportunity to play against Bo, and both you and your team played better than him and Montepaschi. What was your teams attitude to that game? And what was your approach?
It was a big motivation for us to go there and play in tough environment and try to win. We know all the things as far as coaching, they were understanding both, switching teams
We came out victorious, it was a big win for us. We were happy and pround. I think it was a big motivation for everybody to try win this game.

5. You have played for Polish Champions Asseco Prokom Gdynia in 2010, how do you recall this period? It wasnt really successful season for U, was it?
Definitely, it wasnt good season for me. It was a tough one for me that season or half a season I played. my euroleague experience wasnt so great. But I think it motivated me to prove everybody to get back to that level, and show people who complained. You know when I left there, I cleared my mind and said I wanna be a complete player and show people I can play this game and I can play on this level. That was my motivation.

6. Few weeks ago U have been to Gdynia again. How did it feel like?
I felt good going back to Gdynia. I've been playing for a while since that happened and I think I let it all out on the court and I tried to win the game as much as possible. That was definitely motivational game for me given the situation I was in. and that was fine.

7. Is there anything you particularly miss from Poland?
Not really. There was freezing cold there. But I miss some of Polish teammates I kind of miss there were some good guys, they showed me around the city and are definitely good friends of mine.

8. How would you summarize your time in NBA? In which team have U felt the best?
My NBA experience was amazing. It was the best job Ive ever had. NBA is a like the best job ever. I get to be at home and play in front of my family in LA. But the best experience was when I played was New Orleans. We had a great coach, a balanced guy, he showed me the ropes, taught me lot of stuff on how to be complete point guard on and off the court, maturity things, it's definitely being like brothers for me. But I have to say New orleans was the best experience.

9. European basketball is very different than American, isnt it? Which style do you prefer?
I prefer NBA style. There is a lot more room to operate as far as a point guard.
It's easier for guards like myself to create more than in European game.

10. Uve been chosen MVP of the week three times this season, U scored 41 points against Fenerbahce. There are some gossips that U will go back to NBA after this season. Is there any chance for it?
Well have to see in summer. If there is a chance for me to go back to NBA that would be great for me and my family, but if there is a great chance for me come back play on a Euroleague team or come back to Siena, that would be great as well. I will have to see what happens in the summertime. So far, its looking ok for both situations.

11. What do you do in your spare time? What are your passions?
Spare time I sleep a lot, I eat a lot, and I am watching a lot of movies. I have a Play station 3 but I really dont play it that much. Usually just watching music, surfing the web, do some online shopping, but mainly sleeping a lot.

12. Your favorite team?
Basketball team I really dont have a favorite team, I follow all my buddies that play different teams.

13. Movie?
My favorite movie right now it Dark night rises The new Batman movie. I watched it again for the fourth time last night.. it's pretty good.

14. What kind of music do listen to?
I listen to all music alternative, hip-hop, rap,R&B, I dont listen country music, but I will allow it a bit. I listen to all genres.

15. U play with no 6 on ur shirt. Is it your favorite number? Does this number have any meaning for U ?
Yeah, It does. My first professional number in Berlin, and we won championship this time. So I got It again and hopefully we'll win championship again. I also had it in NBA as well, but it's definitely because it's my first professional number. My favorite number is number 3, but they didn't have it here.

16. Who is your idol on the court? And out of the court?
Ben Davis, he's retired now. when he played he was my idol. I grew up watching him playing in LA. And definitely playing pick-up and 1-on-1 with him was a big help for me. He's my idol.
Out of court my dad, hes been there for me since I was a little kid, since I was born. He showed me the difference between the right and wrong, respecting people. Just being an adult, being respectable kid growing up. He showed me the ropes, he taught me a lot and he's always been one of my big fans him and my mum that's who I look up to.



Evangelos Mantzaris done for the season - by Eurobasket News

Evangelos Mantzaris (196-G-90) will have to sit out the reminder of the season. The guard suffered a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The rehabilitation period is expected to be around six months. Evengelos Mantzaris averaged 3.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per EuroLeague game for Olympiacos. He also notched 4.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game in A1 League. The guard joined the Piraeus team last season. Previously Evangelos Mantzaris played for Peristeri. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Co-Most Improved Player of the Year in 2012. He is the member of the Greek National Team. Mantzaris participated at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Tournament in Caracas in 2012.


FCB Regal tabs Brad Oleson - by Eurobasket News

Regal FC Barcelona (ACB) inked 30-year old naturalized American guard Brad Oleson (191-83, college: Alaska-Fairbanks, agency: Duran International). The deal is meant to be for three seasons. He played recently at Caja Laboral (ACB). In 19 games this season he averaged 10.2ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.2apg.
In 2011/12 season Brad Oleson notched 7.1 points per game in EuroLeague as well as 10.2 points per appearance in ACB with the Basque team.
The previous (10-11) season Oleson played at Caja Laboral. In 39 ACB games that season he had 8.4ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.1apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements Olesons team made it to the Spanish ACB final in 2012. He received also NCAA Division II All-American 1st Team award back in 2005 at his college time.
Oleson has played previously professionally in Spain (Baloncesto Fuenlabrada and Rosalia) and USBL (Dodge City L.).
He attended Alaska-Fairbanks until 2005 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
Olesons game is described as: His quickness and court sense make him more than a triple threat to the opponents... a great shot from the floor... can hit the long range bomb or post up his opponent... strong defender and plays bigger than he is.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  FINLAND   


Lamonte Ulmer claims Finnish Korisliiga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for Pyrinto and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 26-year old had a double-double of 42 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team lost the game against Nilan Bisons (#1, 20-5) 90-100. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Pyrinto moved-up to the 4th position in the Finnish Korisliiga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Pyrinto will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 19-7 record. In the team's last game Ulmer had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He turned to be Pyrinto's top player in his first season with the team. Rhode Island University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ulmer is in league's top in points (7th best: 17.5ppg) and averages solid 55.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old American guard Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Warren Sports International) of LrNMKY. Conley impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 17 rebounds. Of course he lead LrNMKY to another comfortable win 89-75 over the lower-ranked Lapua (#9, 8-18) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed LrNMKY to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-13 record is not bad and everything may still change. Conley is a newcomer at LrNMKY and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.3ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 9.9rpg and 3.2apg. University of Missouri alumni Conley played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was American Tremaine Ford (206-F/C-86) of Kauhajoki (#5). Ford scored 20 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Kauhajoki, leading his team to a 102-70 easy win against the lower-ranked Korihait (#10, 8-18). Kauhajoki needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 10 lost games. Ford has a great season in Finland. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.0rpg (3rd best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 62.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcus Relphorde (198-F-88) of Salon Vilpas - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Jordan Hasquet (206-F-85) of Namika Lahti - 28 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Devonne Giles (203-F-83) of KTP - 21 points and 12 rebounds
7. Dwight Tolbert (195-F-86) of Lapua - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85) of Kataja - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Martin Zeno (196-G-85) of Nilan Bisons - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Chris Hester (192-G/F-79) of Kouvot - 12 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)



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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProA

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

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 26: Orleans - Boulazac 93-75
Jan. 28: ASVEL - Nanterre 87-84
Jan. 26: Nancy - Gravelines 79-83
Jan. 26: Cholet - Limoges 75-67
Jan. 26: Le Mans - Strasbourg 73-85
Jan. 26: Chalon - Dijon 73-55
Jan. 26: Paris-Levallois - Roanne 71-87
Jan. 26: Poitiers - Le Havre 70-68

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 2: Dijon - ASVEL
Feb. 2: Roanne - Le Mans
Feb. 2: Limoges - Chalon
Feb. 2: Strasbourg - Poitiers
Feb. 2: Le Havre - Orleans
Feb. 2: Gravelines - Paris-Levallois
Feb. 2: Boulazac - Nancy
Feb. 2: Nanterre - Cholet


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Sean MAY
  Paris-Levallois
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. May, Paris-Levallo.19.5 
 2. Buycks, Gravelines18.9 
 3. Williams, Paris-.16.9 
 4. Nivins, Poitiers16.9 
 5. Fitch, Strasbourg16.6 
 6. Jackson, AS.16.1 
 7. Ajinca, Strasbourg15.6 
 8. King, Le Havre15.5 
 9. Sommerville, Nancy15.5 
 10. Green, Orleans15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jon BROCKMAN
  Limoges
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Brockman, Limoges9.4 
 2. Monroe, Boulazac8.7 
 3. Greer, Strasbourg8.0 
 4. Williams, Chalon7.6 
 5. May, Paris-Levallo.7.4 
 6. Collins, Roanne7.4 
 7. Sommerville, Nancy7.2 
 8. Nsonwu-Amadi, AS.7.0 
 9. Dobbins, Poitiers7.0 
 10. Vaty, Gravelines6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Souleyman DIABATE
  Nancy
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Diabate, Nancy6.8 
 2. Pellin, Orleans6.4 
 3. King, Le Havre6.2 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.5.5 
 5. Greer, Strasbourg5.1 
 6. Tchicamboud, Cha.5.1 
 7. Schilb, Chalon4.7 
 8. Campbell, Stras.4.4 
 9. Bokolo, Gravelines4.3 
 10. Diot, Paris-Leval.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Souleyman DIABATE
  Nancy
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Diabate, Nancy2.1 
 2. Leloup, Dijon1.9 
 3. Williams, Paris-.1.8 
 4. Campbell, Stras.1.8 
 5. Thompson, Le Havre1.6 
 6. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.6 
 7. Pellin, Orleans1.6 
 8. Jomby, Cholet1.6 
 9. Eldridge, Boulazac1.6 
 10. Diot, Paris-Leval.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Cholet
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gobert, Cholet2.1 
 2. Sy, AS.1.4 
 3. Akpomedah, Grave.1.3 
 4. Walker, Limoges1.2 
 5. Badiane, Poitiers1.1 
 6. Ajinca, Strasbourg1.1 
 7. Williams, Chalon1.0 
 8. Fofana, Le Havre0.9 
 9. Jean-B., Chalon0.8 
 10. Williams, Paris-.0.8 


ProA Round 17 of Regular Season - 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.

The most interesting game of round 17 in the ProA was a home defeat of second-ranked Le Mans (11-6) to first ranked Strasbourg IG (12-5) 85-73. It ended the four-game winning streak of Le Mans. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Strasbourg IG led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Le Mans' 30. Strasbourg IG looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Louis Campbell (190-79, college: Buffalo, agency: Pro One Sports) stepped up and scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. International forward Charles Kahudi (197-86, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 15 points. Strasbourg IG have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 12-5 record, which they share with Gravelines. Le Mans at the other side dropped to the third position with six games lost. They share it with Chalon. Strasbourg IG is looking forward to face Poitiers (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Le Mans will play against Chorale de Roanne (#10) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Important game to mention about took place in Poitiers. Fifteenth ranked Poitiers (6-11) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 14th ranked STB Le Havre (6-11) 70-68 in the game for the fourteenth place. American forward Ahmad Nivins (206-87, college: St.Joseph's) nailed 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and Anthony Dobbins accounted for 10 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Bernard King (196-81, college: Texas A&M) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 assists for STB Le Havre in the defeat. Poitiers moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Le Havre. Poitiers will play against league's second-placed Strasbourg IG on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. STB Le Havre will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Villeurbanne between ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket and JSF Nanterre. Sixth ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-7) got a very close home victory over 11th ranked JSF Nanterre (7-10). ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket managed to escape with a 3-point win 87-84 on Monday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The best player for the winners was Amara Sy who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Chris Oliver produced 18 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Paris-Levallois. Loser JSF Nanterre keeps the eleventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Limoges and Nancy. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will meet JDA Dijon (#9) on the road in the next round. JSF Nanterre will play against Cholet and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Levallois where higher ranked Paris-Levallois (10-7) was upset on its own court by twelfth ranked Chorale de Roanne (8-9) 87-71. Victor Samnick orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 6 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Chorale de Roanne moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Cholet and Dijon. Paris-Levallois at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Chorale de Roanne's next round opponent will be higher ranked Le Mans (#4) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Paris-Levallois will play against the league's leader Gravelines-Dunkerque and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Seventh ranked Entente Orleans 45 (9-8) crushed at home 16th ranked Boulazac Basket (4-13) by 18 points 93-75, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. Americans were the main players on the court. Jahmar Young stepped up and scored 21 points for the winners. Entente Orleans 45's coach Philippe Herve used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Entente Orleans 45 maintains seventh place with 9-8 record. Boulazac Basket lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Entente Orleans 45 will face STB Le Havre (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Boulazac Basket will play against Sluc Nancy.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 17: Limoges lost to Cholet on the opponent's court 67-75. Nancy unfortunately lost to Gravelines in a home game 79-83. Dijon recorded a loss to Chalon on the road 55-73.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 31 points and 6 rebounds by Karim Souchu of Cholet.


ASVEL - Nanterre 87-84

A very close game took place in Villeurbanne between ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket and JSF Nanterre. Sixth ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-7) got a very close home victory over 11th ranked JSF Nanterre (7-10). ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket managed to escape with a 3-point win 87-84 on Monday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. JSF Nanterre was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was naturalized Mali forward Amara Sy (202-81) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international guard Edwin Jackson (191-89) chipped in 20 points. American forward Chris Oliver (198-85, college: Radford) produced 18 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import swingman David Lighty (195-88, college: Ohio St.) added 22 points respectively for the guests. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Paris-Levallois. Loser JSF Nanterre keeps the eleventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Limoges and Nancy. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will meet JDA Dijon (#9) on the road in the next round. JSF Nanterre will play against Cholet and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: A.Sy 22+12reb+4ast, E.Jackson 20+2reb+3ast, M.Thompson 13+2ast, P.Lacombe 8+2reb+1ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 8+4reb+6ast, L.Jean-Charles 7+4reb+1ast
Nanterre: D.Lighty 22+2reb+3ast, C.Oliver 18+9reb+3ast, T.Meacham 17+6reb+3ast, C.Warren 9+1reb+1ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 7+10reb, S.Brun 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 178978


Cholet - Limoges 75-67

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Cholet and 11th ranked Limoges CSP Elite had identical 7-9 record. This time Cholet used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Limoges 75-67 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 33-22 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Cholet dominated on the defensive end, holding Limoges CSP Elite to just 3 points in third quarter. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Cholet made 9 blocks. Limoges CSP Elite was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international forward Karim Souchu (198-79, college: Furman, agency: Prossin Sports Management) stepped up and scored 31 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and American guard A.J. Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. American guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import power forward Trent Plaisted (211-86, college: BYU, agency: Priority Sports) scored 8 points and 9 rebounds. Limoges CSP Elite's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cholet (8-9) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Dijon and Roanne. Newly promoted Limoges CSP Elite keeps the eleventh position with ten games lost. Cholet will face JSF Nanterre (#12) on the road in the next round. Limoges CSP Elite will play against Chalon/Saor.
Top scorers:
Cholet: K.Souchu 31+6reb+1ast, A.Slaughter 17+1reb+4ast, R.Gobert 9+9reb, T.Bryant 5+3reb, M.Goree 5+6reb+2ast, P.Pierce 4+4reb+1ast
Limoges: B.Wanamaker 16+6reb+6ast, K.McAlarney 13+1reb, J.Brockman 9+8reb, J.Mipoka 8+3reb, T.Plaisted 8+9reb, S.Traore 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 178979


Paris-Levallois - Roanne 71-87

An interesting game took place in Levallois where higher ranked Paris-Levallois (10-7) was upset on its own court by twelfth ranked Chorale de Roanne (8-9) 87-71. The game was mostly controlled by Chorale de Roanne. Paris-Levallois was better in third quarter 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Chorale de Roanne especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. Naturalized Cameroonian power forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 6 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American power forward Coleman Collins (206-86, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 9 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Antoine Diot (191-89) answered with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and American forward Sean May (206-84, college: N.Carolina) added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Paris-Levallois. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Chorale de Roanne moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Cholet and Dijon. Paris-Levallois at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Chorale de Roanne's next round opponent will be higher ranked Le Mans (#4) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Paris-Levallois will play against the league's leader Gravelines-Dunkerque and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Roanne: V.Samnick 24+4reb+6ast, Y.Sangare 16+3reb+1ast, P.Amagou 15+1reb+2ast, R.Reid 10+9reb, C.Collins 9+10reb+1ast, S.Gray 7+1ast
Paris-Levallois: A.Diot 18+6reb+8ast, J.Williams 15+5reb, A.Albicy 12+3reb+3ast, S.May 11+7reb+5ast, M.N'Doye 9+2reb, J.Cox 4
gschID: 178977


Le Mans - Strasbourg 73-85

The most interesting game of round 17 in the ProA was a home defeat of second-ranked Le Mans (11-6) to first ranked Strasbourg IG (12-5) 85-73. It ended the four-game winning streak of Le Mans. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Strasbourg IG led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Le Mans' 30. Strasbourg IG looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Louis Campbell (190-79, college: Buffalo, agency: Pro One Sports) stepped up and scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Strasbourg IG players scored in double figures. International forward Charles Kahudi (197-86, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 15 points and swingman Pape Sy (201-88) scored 15 points. Strasbourg IG have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 12-5 record, which they share with Gravelines. Le Mans at the other side dropped to the third position with six games lost. They share it with Chalon. Strasbourg IG is looking forward to face Poitiers (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Le Mans will play against Chorale de Roanne (#10) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: L.Campbell 18+5reb+7ast, R.Greer 14+6reb+4ast, J.Shurna 14+2reb, A.Ajinca 11+4reb+1ast, G.Fitch 10+6reb+2ast, R.Duport 8+2reb+1ast
Le Mans: P.Sy 15+3reb, C.Kahudi 15+4reb, C.Long 10+2reb+3ast, K.El-Amin 9+2reb+4ast, C.Victor 9+4reb+2ast, J.Paulo Batista 6+6reb
gschID: 178976


Poitiers - Le Havre 70-68

Important game to mention about took place in Poitiers. Fifteenth ranked Poitiers (6-11) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 14th ranked STB Le Havre (6-11) 70-68 in the game for the fourteenth place. STB Le Havre was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 26-17 charge of Poitiers, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. STB Le Havre was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Ahmad Nivins (206-87, college: St.Joseph's) nailed 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and American-Italian guard Anthony Dobbins (194-81, college: Richmond) accounted for 10 points and 8 rebounds. Five Poitiers players scored in double figures. American guard Bernard King (196-81, college: Texas A&M) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 assists and Romanian forward Vlad Moldoveanu (209-88, college: the other American import) added 18 points respectively for STB Le Havre in the defeat. Poitiers moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Le Havre. Poitiers will play against league's second-placed Strasbourg IG on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. STB Le Havre will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Poitiers: A.Nivins 16+6reb+1ast, L.Kante 14+3reb+1ast, A.Grant 11+3reb+1ast, P.Guillard 10+2reb+2ast, A.Dobbins 10+8reb+1ast, A.Smith 8+1reb+1ast
Le Havre: B.King 19+2reb+10ast, V.Moldoveanu 18+3reb, F.Paschal 9+1reb, G.Brown 8+3reb, D.Thompson 5+7reb+5ast, B.Smith 5+1reb
gschID: 178975


Orleans - Boulazac 93-75

Seventh ranked Entente Orleans 45 (9-8) crushed at home 16th ranked Boulazac Basket (4-13) by 18 points 93-75, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Entente Orleans 45. Boulazac Basket was better in third quarter 25-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Jahmar Young (196-86, college: N.Mexico St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) stepped up and scored 21 points for the winners and guard Christopher Hill (191-83, college: Michigan St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Entente Orleans 45's coach Philippe Herve used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agency: SportsTalent) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Anthony Roberson (189-83, college: Florida) scored 16 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Entente Orleans 45 maintains seventh place with 9-8 record. Boulazac Basket lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Entente Orleans 45 will face STB Le Havre (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Boulazac Basket will play against Sluc Nancy.
Top scorers:
Orleans: J.Young 21+4reb+2ast, C.Hill 15+5reb+3ast, B.Greene 13+2reb+1ast, F.Raposo Laurencio 11+3reb, M.Lebrun 10+3reb, D.Viney 10+6reb+3ast
Boulazac: D.Monroe 20+15reb+4ast, A.Roberson 16+4reb+1ast, D.Harris 13+2reb+2ast, T.Dubiez 12+1reb, M.Cheriet 8+10reb+1ast, A.Kerckhof 2+1reb+3ast
gschID: 178974


Nancy - Gravelines 79-83

Very predictable result when third ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (12-5) defeated on the road 10th ranked Sluc Nancy (7-10) 83-79 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sluc Nancy won third quarter 14-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American point guard Dwight Buycks (190-89, college: Marquette) stepped up and scored 19 points and 4 assists for the winners and the former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley) responded with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized American swingman Nicholas Pope (196-84, college: Oklah.Baptist) scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Five Gravelines-Dunkerque and four Sluc Nancy players scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Gravelines-Dunkerque. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Strasbourg. Loser Sluc Nancy dropped to the eleventh place with ten games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque will face Paris-Levallois (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Sluc Nancy will play against Boulazac Basket (#16).
Top scorers:
Gravelines: D.Buycks 19+2reb+4ast, J.Edwards 14+5reb, L.Vaty 12+9reb+2ast, J.Johnson 12+1reb, K.Winston 11+1reb+1ast, A.M'Baye 7+2reb+1ast
Nancy: N.Pope 19+7reb+2ast, M.Sommerville 19+7reb+4ast, C.Marquis 10+2reb, S.Diabate 10+12ast, A.Kader Sylla 8+8reb+1ast, T.Martin 6+2reb
gschID: 178973


Chalon - Dijon 73-55

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked JDA Dijon (8-9) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Chalon/Saor (11-6) 73-55 on Saturday. The game without a history. Chalon/Saor led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. JDA Dijon was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international guard Steed Tchicamboud (193-81) stepped up and scored 9 points and 10 assists for the winners and center Adolphe Michel Jean-Baptiste (205-79) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). American power forward Andre Harris (201-85, college: Fair Dickinson) responded with 15 points and the other American import swingman Larry Owens (201-83, college: ORU) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Le Mans. Loser JDA Dijon keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. Chalon/Saor will face Limoges CSP Elite (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. JDA Dijon will play against ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#5).
Top scorers:
Chalon: M.Denmon 13, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 12+6reb, J.Aboudou 10+4reb, S.Tchicamboud 9+1reb+10ast, N.Lang 9+6reb, B.Schilb 8+3reb+5ast
Dijon: A.Harris 15+4reb, P.Miller 10+2reb+1ast, L.Owens 8+5reb+3ast, F.Prenom 8+6reb, T.Campbell 7+5ast, J.Leloup 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 178972



Antibes sign Jason Fontenet, ex Spirou - by Eurobasket News

Olympique Antibes (ProB) signed 31-year old American point guard Jason Fontenet (178-82, college: Oregon State). He just played at Spirou in Belgian Ethias League. In three games this season he had 14.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.3apg. The last summer he played at Al Sadd (D1) in Qatari league. He helped them to win the cup.
In 2006 Fontenet was drafted by Dakota Wizards (D-League) in first round (116th overall).
The former Oregon State standoutis in his seventh season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian UBL Honorable Mention back in 2009.
Fontenet is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas), Ukraine (Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye), D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors and Tulsa 66ers) and WBA West Division (Arkansas J.).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  GERMANY   

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 17.1
 1. White, Phoenix17.1 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.7 
 3. Bell, Phoenix Hagen16.1 
 4. Brooks, LTi 46ers15.9 
 5. Peacock, Fraport15.7 
 6. Thompson, ALBA15.2 
 7. Burrell, Bremerha.15.2 
 8. Turek, Neckar L.13.9 
 9. Redding, Walter T.13.7 
 10. Rice, B.Muenchen13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.0 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets7.8 
 3. Anderson, s.Oliv.7.2 
 4. Robertson, Fraport7.2 
 5. King, Art.Dragons6.9 
 6. Burtschi, Bremerha.6.8 
 7. Boateng, NY Phant.6.6 
 8. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.5 
 9. Ford, Brose Bask.6.5 
 10. McGhee, Bayreuth6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.5 
 2. Rice, B.Muenchen4.9 
 3. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.4 
 4. White, Phoenix4.2 
 5. Gibson, Fraport SKY3.9 
 6. Burrell, Bremerha.3.8 
 7. Redding, Walter T.3.8 
 8. Wood, ALBA3.7 
 9. Timberlake, MBC3.6 
 10. Schaffartzik, AL.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Wayne BERNARD
  Neckar L.
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bernard, Neckar L.2.0 
 2. Robertson, Fraport1.9 
 3. White, Phoenix1.7 
 4. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.6 
 5. Linhart, TBB Trier1.6 
 6. Burtschi, Bremerha.1.5 
 7. Wood, ALBA1.5 
 8. Gibson, Fraport SKY1.5 
 9. Duggins, Walter T.1.4 
 10. Halperin, B.Mue.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dino GREGORY
  Phoenix .
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gregory, Phoenix1.8 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.6 
 3. Ford, Brose Bask.1.4 
 4. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.3 
 5. Morrison, Bremerha.1.2 
 6. Pantelic, MBC1.2 
 7. Homan, B.Muenchen1.1 
 8. King, Art.Dragons1.0 
 9. Turek, Neckar L.1.0 
 10. Frease, Walter T.1.0 


Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Vechta 15-4 
 2. Goettingen 14-5 
 3. Duesseldorf 13-6 
 4. Cuxhaven 12-7 
 5. Karlsruhe 12-7 
 6. Chemnitz 11-8 
 7. Ehingen 10-9 
 8. Heidelberg 9-10 
 9. Jena 9-10 
 10. NBC 8-11 
 11. ETB Wohnbau 8-11 
 12. Crailsheim 7-12 
 13. Kirchheim 7-12 
 14. Gotha 7-12 
 15. Finke Baskets 7-12 
 16. Leipzig 3-16 

Regular Season: Round 19

Jan. 27: Heidelberg - Leipzig 97-70
Jan. 26: Gotha - Cuxhaven 94-85
Jan. 26: NBC - ETB Wohnbau 91-72
Jan. 26: Karlsruhe - Vechta 87-94
Jan. 26: Finke Baskets - Kirchheim 85-87
Jan. 26: Chemnitz - Jena 85-78
Jan. 26: Goettingen - Crailsheim 68-74
Jan. 27: Duesseldorf - Ehingen 57-48

Regular Season: Round 20

Feb. 2: Duesseldorf - Gotha
Feb. 2: Vechta - NBC
Feb. 2: Crailsheim - Karlsruhe
Feb. 2: Leipzig - Goettingen
Feb. 2: Ehingen - Heidelberg
Feb. 2: Kirchheim - Cuxhaven
Feb. 2: Jena - Finke Baskets
Feb. 2: ETB Wohnbau - Chemnitz


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Logan STUTZ
  ETB Wohnbau
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau20.5 
 2. Thomas, Cuxhaven20.1 
 3. Williams, Vechta18.3 
 4. Kelly, Cuxhaven16.5 
 5. Barker, Jena16.3 
 6. Roessler, Karlsruhe16.3 
 7. Calvin, Ehingen16.2 
 8. White, Heidelberg16.2 
 9. Griffin, Gotha16.1 
 10. Alexander, Kirchh.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Gadley, Leipzig10.5 
 2. Lawson, Chemnitz9.5 
 3. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau8.1 
 4. Black, Karlsruhe8.1 
 5. Henley, ETB W.7.8 
 6. Calvin, Ehingen7.7 
 7. Baker, Gotha7.4 
 8. Smallwood, Kirchhe.7.1 
 9. Livas, Goettingen6.9 
 10. Dennis, Finke B.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Williams, Vechta7.7 
 2. Aud, Finke Baskets6.3 
 3. Coleman, Crailsheim5.9 
 4. Cook, ETB Wohnbau5.2 
 5. Kelly, Cuxhaven4.9 
 6. Matthews, Ehingen4.8 
 7. Smith, Gotha4.7 
 8. Barker, Jena4.4 
 9. Jeka, Jena4.3 
 10. Barth, Heidelberg4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Williams, Vechta2.9 
 2. Matthews, Ehingen2.5 
 3. White, Heidelberg2.3 
 4. Alexander, Kirchhe.1.8 
 5. Brooks, Kirchheim1.8 
 6. Johnson, Duesseld.1.8 
 7. Bynum, Chemnitz1.6 
 8. Lawson, Chemnitz1.5 
 9. Blackwood, Heidelb.1.5 
 10. Stockton, Karlsru.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Gadley, Leipzig2.3 
 2. White, Heidelberg1.8 
 3. Flomo, Duesseldorf1.7 
 4. Lawson, Chemnitz1.4 
 5. Thompson, NBC1.3 
 6. De Michael, NBC1.3 
 7. Smallwood, Kirchhe.0.9 
 8. Madrich, Vechta0.9 
 9. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 
 10. Calvin, Ehingen0.8 


The New Yorker Phantoms Haul In Lubos Barton - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig brought in experience today with Lubos Barton (202-SF-80, college: Valparaiso). Barton is a 32 year old 202cm forward from the Czech Republic that is a great athlete. Excellent shooter from various range, but can easily run in the traffic. Good ballhandling skills. Quick. Very useful on the defensive end, where can get many rebounds. You can expect many points. Can pass more. Last seaosn he played for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (Spain-ACB, starting five): Spanish League: 15 games: 6.1ppg, 4.7rpg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 83.3%; EuroChallenge: 7 games: 7.9ppg, 4.9rpg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 73.3%, same month moved to FIATC Joventut Badalona (Spain-ACB): 11 games: 6.4ppg, 3.7rpg, FGP: 65.2%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 71.4%. "I know Lubos since many years. He has experience, reads the game well and has a good shot. We think that he will be able to give us the needed help in this tough situation now", stressed Braunschweig head coach Kostas Flevarakis.

Barton started his basketball career in 1996 for Decin. He then went to the states to play for Valparaiso (NCAA) from 1998-2002. In 2002 he turned professional playing for Skipper Fortitudo Bologna (Italy-SerieA, starting five): Euroleague: 19 games: 9.8ppg, 4.5rpg; Italian LegaA: 40 games: 7.7ppg, 4.5rpg, 19ast. He then played for Lottomatica Roma from 2003-2005. He then played for DKV Joventut Badalona (Spain-ACB) from 2005-2008 winning the Uleb cup in 2008 with Beko BBL players Demond Mallet and Jan Jagla and NBA players like ruby Rubio and Rudy Fernandez. In 2009-2010, he played for Regal FC Barcelona (Spain-ACB). He then played for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (Spain-ACB) from 2010-2012. "The Beko BBL has developed well in last years which has become an interesting challenge for me. Also it is importnat that I am in a safe situation", stressed Lubos Barton. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been
Czech Rep. National Team -98-00, 05-07, Czech Rep. All-Star Game -98, Czech Rep. U18 National Team -98, Czech Rep. U20 National Team -99, European Championships -99, MCC Newcomer of the Year -99, MCC Tournament Winner -00, European Championships U20 -00, All-MCC 2nd Team -01
MCC Tournament Finalist -01, 02, All-Portsmouth Invitational Tournament Team -01, MCC Regular Season Champion -02, All-MCC 1st Team -02, All-MCC Player of the Year -02, Italian SerieA Finalist -03, Italian Cup Semifinals -05, Italian SerieA Semifinals -05, Spanish Catalonian League Champion -05
FIBA EuroCup Champion -06, Eurobasket.com FIBA EuroCup All-Domestic Players Team -06, Spanish ACB Semifinals -06, 07, 08
Eurobasket.com Spanish ACB All-Bosmans Team -06, Spanish Cup (Copa del Rey) Semifinals -07, 09, European Championships in Spain -07: 3 games: 16.3ppg, 7.3rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 31.6%, 3FGP: 50.0%, FT: 83.3%, Eurobasket.com All-Europe Honorable Mention 2007, Spanish Cup (Copa del Rey) Winner -08, ULEB Cup Winner -08, Spanish ACB Regular Season Runner-Up -08, 09, Euroleague Final Four -09, Spanish ACB Champion -09
Spanish ACB Finalist -10, Spanish ACB Regular Season Champion -10, Czech Republic National Team -10-12, Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011 -10: 3 games: 10.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.3apg, FGP-1 (77.8%), 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 85.7%, and Qualifications to European Championships 2013 -12: 8 games: 8.1ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 78.6%

Source: New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig






The Artland Dragons Dont Need A Shaq When They Have Baby King Shaq Annoying The Fraport Skyliners 62-58 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Every season, there are always certain players that arrive in the Beko BBL where fans get as excited as a little boy does entering Harrods in London in the toy department seeing a life size doll of Mickey Mouse, Tom Brady still does after winning big games in the NFL playoffs or 2012 Dream teamer Anthony Davis possibly getting reved up about pepping up his unibrow with the team colors of the New Orleanes Hornets. Especially in the 2013 season, the Beko BBL was spiced up with an extra abundance of ex NBA players in the league like Brose Baskets Bamberg forward Bostjan Nachbar who hit the Fraport Skyliners in Bamberg with three quick three pointers in the first quarter before Ted Scott could was even able to grab into his holster and use his quick release snipper qualities, Lawrence Roberts who played two seasons in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies and already as a rookie could battle with guys like Rudy Gay, Hakim Warrick and even look up to Pau Gasol and inquire where Elvis Pressleys house is for sightseeing purposes. The Beko BBL also got a late treat before Christmas getting another ex NBA player to their roster with Ryan Gomes. If it hadnt been already enough NBA luxury this season getting talented ex New Jersey Nets forward Dennis Horner, they were able to get the American. Gomes is from Cape Verde and is a 30 year old 201cm forward from Waterbury, Connecticut with biggest thrill is sports earning the Billy Finn Award as the top player in Waterbury. He has added range to his outside shooting and bulked up his frame. The result is a quick, agile player who runs the court extremely well, and can defend and rebound inside, even being a little undersized.He played at Providence from 2001-2005 and tore up the NCAA in his senior year playing 31 games: 21.6ppg, 8.2rpg, 3.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3Pts: 38%. He was drafted by the Boston Celtics in 2005 where he played until 2007. He then played three years for the Minnesota Timberlakes and the last two seasons for the Los Angeles Clippers. Despite playing seven years in the NBA and amassing 481 games his claim to fame is being shipped to Minnesota for Kevin Garnett in 2007 and the rest is history. So far in eight games he is averaging 12,8ppg and hauls down 5,9rpg and dished out 1,8apg. He hasnt shown his total package yet, but that is understandable. Basketball expert Steven Clauss had his doubts about Gomes and had this to say shortly before it was made official that Gomes had returned back to the States Gomez is new to Europe coming straight form the NBA and it is never easy to adjust as it is a new world in Europe. He still needs to adjust, but should he adjust, then that could change the play of the Artland Dragons, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss. All eyes in the Fraport arena could have been on Gomes if he had still been on the team, but it is also a joy to watch 2013 Beko BBL allstar three point winner Demond Mallet flash his winner style even if he has never played a minute in the NBA. Without ex NBA player Ryan Gomes as well as without athletic flyer Bryce Taylor and 7 time German champion Guido Gruinheid who were injured, they were able to beat the Fraport Skyliners 62-58. The Fraport Skyliners were looking to break their one game losing streak, but played a miserable first half, and got better in the second half and made a comeback in the fourth, but to no avail. In the first half, we played like chickens with their heads cutoff. In the second half, we played with more heart, energy and determination. In the fourth quarter we were carried by Quantez Robertson and Zach peacock that played very aggressive. However at the end like always, we started to come back to late, stressed American point guard Dawan Robinson. The Artland Dragons that have been underachieving as if they were related to the Los Angeles Lakers were riding a three game losing streak, but in Frankfurt came together like a team and played solid for 40 minutes. Even if we are missing guys, we still have a very deep roster that will compensate losses. We had a very good first half where Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) and Brad Buckman carried us. It was an overall very good team performance, stressed Dragon guard Bryce Taylor.

The game marked the return of two ex Skyliners with Brad Buckmann and Anthony King. Buckman who comes from Austin, Texas and can witness bats flying around in the city if bored had played shortly for Frankfurt back in the 2010-2011 season, but was the odd man out when then coach Gordon Herbert chose to pick Joe Dabbert over him for the rest of the season. Buckmann left the team and had two strong seasons in Turkey averaging 19ppg and 9rpg for Antayla and last season 13ppg and 7rpg with Bursa. He was relaxed and carefree after destroying his ex team with 14 points and 13 rebounds and still had nice to say despite the circumstances of how he had left. It was cool to be back. It had been over two years ago when I had played here and I remembered the great fans and atmosphere here. I was excited to play against my ex team and wanted to play well after how I had left the team, but honestly I never held a grudge against the Skyliners. It is a business and they picked Joe Dabbert. I went on to have good seasons in Turkey. It was a blessing in disguise. It was amazing to see how well Buckman and King were able to harmonize in just 72 hours since the arrival of the Texas native. Buckman is a smart player. He knows how to move without the ball and to get to the rebound. He just doesnt need much time to get used to a system no matter what it is. He played very well with King, stated ex Bonn player Bryce Taylor. The system in Spain didnt fit me, but the system of Koch does. I am more of a four and not really to post up. I just know where to be on the court. I am 29 years old and just know the rules well, added Brad Buckmann. Artland didnt need a Gomez. Buckmann was great and they found a great replacement with him, warned Skyliner guard Konstantin Klein.

Anthony King played for the Skyliners in the 2008-2009 season under Murat Didin as a rookie and then played two very strong seasons in the lower league in Cyprus and was able to polish his game being rewarded with a late season pick up by a first division Greek season. For InterCollege Etha Engomis he played 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%; German head coach Stefan Koch became aware of that and hauled him to Artland for the 2011-2012 season. Last season he averaged 9,9ppg and 5,9rpg and has continued to develop well. King returned back to Frankfurt and just dominated in the first half picking off rebounds like apples in an orchard and finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and two steals. A few years ago there were rumors that Demond Mallet was trying to get his cousin NBA legend Shaq to play a few games in Belgium, but that never materialized on account of an injury. If Mallet ever had ideas to do that again, he should just look at Anthony King who is playing like a mini Shaq. King was very tough down low. It is great watching him, because he doesnt sit in the post waiting to get the ball, but works to get it. He gave Peacock a hard time. He plays with so much energy and we feed off each other. He is like a mini Shaq for us, stressed Brad Buckmann. King who is a soft spoken American lets his play speak for him, but after the big win, he spent some time reflecting on Frankfurt and his game. I think I have developed well. I dont like to look at my rookie season. It was tough and some things really messed me up. It went as far that I almost didnt come back to Europe. I am thankful for coach Klaus Perwas. He has seen my development and he has seen me improve my inside game. Klaus is a good guy and I value his opinion. I wish I was a mini Shaq. I am no 7.1 300 pound player, but just try my best in each game. Buckman and I really harmonize well. We both go to the glass hard and it is a real motivation to see when he goes as hard to the glass like I do. We really used the mismatches to our advantage today, stressed Anthony King.

If there was one real noticeable thing in the pre game warm ups then it was the gum chewing of 2008 ULEB cup winner Demond Mallet who can chew gum with the best of them except for maybe Kenny Frease who is in a league of his own on the cow pastures. The Fraport Skyliners had been on a six day team building training camp in Tenerifa and it was hoped that they would find a quick answer on the court, but instead witnessed the Artland Dragons race out to a 10-0 lead. King scored twice inside, Buckmann grabbed an offensive rebound and made a put back while little used German Acha Njei who played for the injured Bryce Taylor dropped a three pointer. The Artland Dragons found their rhythm quick on offense and Anthony King and Brad Buckmann were a two man wrecking crew on the boards and making points. The Fraport Skyliners had a tough time getting into rhythm. Frankfurt also had some real bad luck as a few shots rolled around the toilet bowl as if the basket was clogged up. It took Frankfurt almost six minutes to score their first points as it was Quantez Robertsons coring hard on the penetration. He also would be the first Skyliner to score in each quarter. The crashing the boards continued for the Artland Dragons as King and Buckman hauled down two offensive rebounds and secured putbacks. Danilo Barthel and Robertson hit shots to make the 18-8 disadvantage after one quarter not look so bad. The Artland Dragons attacked from the start and were playing very good defense forcing the Skyliners to turnovers and limiting them to one shot. King also was playing. When Frankfurt was trapping or double teaming him, he seemed to have problems though, stressed Fraport Skyliner junior Taylor Brown. The Artland Dragons were shooting 64% from the two point range, and 25% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 20% from the two point range and 29% from outside. The rebounding was crucial as Artland dominated the boards 13-3. Both teams had four turnovers a piece.

In the second quarter, the Artland Dragons continued to dominate the game going on a 8-3 run to extend their lead to 28-11. The Artland big men continued to do what they wanted to inside as Serb Petar Popovic scored a tough hook shot over Johannes Voigtman, King hit a pull up jumper and 2011 French cup winner Marquez Haynes made a off balance shot. Frankfurt continued to be disorganized on offense with two air balls from Robinson and Dowell and King pulled out his Shaq face blocking Quantez Robertson twice. German guard Konstantin Klein stopped the Artland run with a big three pointer. Klein finished with six points and two rebounds in 22 minutes and was one of the better Skyliner players of the day after Tez and Peacock. Klein had a good game. No matter what the score is, he always comes in and gives energy. Even if he misses a shot, he doesnt drop his head, but continues to shoot. He has the right attitude, stressed Skyliner captain Marius Nolte. King then hit a brutal turn around shot over Peacock and Dowell and Popovic ended the second quarter with a mid distance jumper from the wing as the Artland Dragons led 35-16 at the break. Frankfurt played better at the start of the second quarter, but then seemed to unfold again at the end. We simply werent making shots and it seemed like some guys were not in their normal rhythm. I know how good this team can be in practice, but I didnt see that in the first half. Their defense was good. They did a good job on pick and role and trappings and when they doubled in the post, Artland had problems. But you cant win games when your outrebounded 22-13, stressed Atlanta native Taylor Brown. The Artland Dragons were shooting 52% from the field and 20% from the three point line while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 23% from the field and 27% form the three point line. Artland had the 22-13 rebound advantage and 10 turnovers while Frankfurt had 11 turnovers.

The Fraport Skyliners were quickly back on the court after the halftime talk von Muli Katzurin and it seemed to do wonders in the first few minutes as they jumped out on a 7-2 run to cut the Artland Dragon lead to 37-23. Robertson started the run with a lay up with a hard penetration to the hole and Peacock followed with a lay in. The run was interrupted with a King lay in fed nicely from Buckman and quiet Ted Scott dropped a bomb from outside. However the Fraport Skyliners were unable to build on this run as the Dragons stormed back on a 7-0 run to extend their lead again to 44-23. Johannes Strasser hit a three pointer, Buckman finished a crushing dunk after King found him open in traffic and King then hit a jumper. Frankfurt then went on a 6-0 run all benefited by free throws as Robertson made five points. Frankfurt was playing more aggressive defense, but werent rewarded on offense as they continued to miss shots and had the tendency to play a bit too much one on one and disregarding being more calm in their sets. Popovic scored on a hook shot over Scott and Mallet hit free throws to close out the third quarter as the Artland Dragons still led comfortably 48-29. The Artland Dragons were shooting 70% from the two point range and only 19% from the parking lot while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 21% from the field and 22% from the parking lot. Artland still led the rebound duel 32-23, but had 15 turnovers while Frankfurt had 12 turnovers.
In the fourth quarter, the Fraport Skyliners made their run and got out fats going on a 8-1 run to cut the Artland lead to 49-37. The Fraport arena after being quieter than usual in the first three quarters slowly came to life. Robertson started the run with a carbon copy penetration to the hoop like to start the third quarter. Super Tez then got an offensive rebound and put back. Peacock then played pick and roll with Gibson for an easy lay up and Tez scored again. Frankfurt was playing their Katzurian style of aggressive defense where each player was helping and surprising the Dragons on countless occasions and for once the offense was clicking. However Artland was strong enough still on offense to keep their lead up as King made a mid distance jumper and Klein nailed a three pointer as Frankfurt trailed 51-40. Buckman and Peacock exchanged buckets as Artland still led 53-42. Artland then had an extra burst of energy going on a mini 5-0 run to extend their lead to 58-42. Buckman connected on a put back and little used Ben Spoeler scored inside. Devin Gibson and Peacock then scored back to back to cut the Dragon lead to 58-49. Mallet then found Buckman that flew to the hoop like a blond Austin bat making his third dunk of the day. The Fraport Skyliners then made their last run as a hot Peacock scored a jumper and then made a nifty reverse layup making a free throw to cut the Artland lead to 60-55. After a Strasser free throw, Robertson who eclipsed his best scoring game of 20 points against Alba Berlin hit a big three pointer with four second remaining as Frankfurt trailed only 61-58. However Strasser closed out the game with a free throw 62-58. Frankfurt struggled shooting and we knew that it wouldnt lastTez and Peacock got hot at the end with big shots. I was getting a little nervous at the end, expressed Bryce Taylor. We didnt have enough juice in the tank. We had used so much energy on offense and defense throughout the game, added Quantez Robertson.

The Artland Dragons were led by Anthony King with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Brad Buckman added 14 points and 13 rebounds. Johannes Strasser contributed 10 points. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Quantez Robertson with 23 points and 14 rebounds. I was very aggressive today and just took what the defense gave me, stressed Quantez Robertson. Zach Peacock added 19 points and two rebounds. The Fraport Skyliners continue to have woes on offense and shot only 34% from the field and 26% from outside. Why the offense is so inconsistent remains a mystery. Our offense works in practice, but as soon as we play games it doesnt. We show that we can score with 29 points in the fourth quarter, but we have to be more consistent, explained Konstantin Klein. The defense continues to be a bright spot while the rebounding continues to be a nasty thorn in their side that probably wont be removed in Munich either. Artland have great inside players. Buckman is wide, King shut down Peacock and Popovic makes those hook shots. We have to work harder on rebounding. Our defense was very good especially in the fourth quarter. That is how we have to always play not just in one quarter, added Konstantin Klein.




Bill Paterno sacked as Recklinghausen coach - by Moritz Korff

Citybasket Recklinghausen has sacked head coach Bill Paterno after less than ten months in charge of the 2. Bundesliga Pro B club, according to derwesten.de.
The relationship between the coach and the team had become more and more strained, sport director Georg Kleine told the website. "If you win - and that's what we have been doing on several occassions this season - you can overlook some of the bad for some of the good. We had no choice after all. But the fact that Robert Franklin (195-F-81, college: N.Mexico Highlands) played so little minutes in the game against Wulfen was unacceptable. That was the last straw. There were just too many things adding up", Kleine said on derwesten.de.
Paterno coached the Citybasket team to a 7-9 record in its first season after moving up from the 1. Regionalliga West.
The club will probably name Georg Kleine, who was Paterno's predecessor at the Recklinghausen helm, a caretaker coach.



German ProA round 19 best performance: Ahmad Smith - by Eurobasket News

American guard Ahmad Smith (194-G-84) had a great game in the last round for NBC, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (4 points, eleven rebounds and fourteen assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush ETB Wohnbau (8-11) with 19-point margin 91-72. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. NBC is placed at 10th position in German ProA. NBC is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-11 record. Smith just recently signed at NBC and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Former St.Bonaventure University star has very solid stats this year. Smith is in league's top in assists (7th best: 8.5apg).

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Chase Griffin (188-G-83) of Gotha. Griffin had a very good evening with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Gotha cruised to a 94-85 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Cuxhaven (#4, 12-7). Despite this victory Gotha slide down in the standings to 14th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-12 record. Griffin is a newcomer at Gotha, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.1ppg (#9).

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Scott Thomas (200-F-89, agency: I.D.S. Law) of Cuxhaven (#4). Thomas scored 24 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Thomas' great performance Cuxhaven lost 85-94 to the lower-ranked Gotha (#14, 7-12). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Cuxhaven needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 12 victories and 7 lost games. Thomas has a great season in Germany. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.1ppg (2nd best). He also has FGP: 60.5% and 3PT: 40.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stevie Johnson (198-F/C-78) of Crailsheim - 18 points and 8 rebounds
5. Sebastian Adeberg (198-F-84) of Kirchheim - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Kendall Chones (201-F-84) of Duesseldorf - 12 points and 11 rebounds
7. Cornelius Adler (195-G/F-89) of NBC - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Flavio Stuckemann (187-G-85) of Vechta - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Torvoris Baker (203-F-83) of Gotha - 14 points and 8 rebounds
10. Clint Sargent (193-G) of Heidelberg - 12 points and 9 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

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

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 26: Apollon Patras - Ikaros 95-75
Jan. 27: Ilysiakos - Kavala 82-78 OT
Jan. 26: AGOR - Kolossos 82-73
Jan. 28: Panathinaikos - Aris 81-62
Jan. 27: PAOK - Olympiacos 76-71
Jan. 27: Panionios - KAOD 75-73
Jan. 26: Panelefsiniakos - Peristeri GS 75-62

Regular Season: Round 15

Feb. 2: Aris - AGOR
Feb. 2: Kolossos - Ilysiakos
Feb. 2: Kavala - Panelefsiniakos
Feb. 2: Peristeri GS - Panionios
Feb. 2: KAOD - Apollon Patras
Feb. 2: Ikaros - PAOK
Feb. 2: Olympiacos - Panathinaikos


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Nikos PAPPAS
  Panionios
  (195-G-90)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Pappas, Panionios18.3 
 2. Gagaloudis, Kavala17.4 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.17.4 
 4. Kiritsis, Ikaros17.0 
 5. Dendy, Kolossos15.6 
 6. Printezis, Olympia.15.2 
 7. McCollum, Apollo.14.8 
 8. Gibson, Ikaros14.4 
 9. McGrath, PA.14.1 
 10. Grant, Apollon13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Palmer, KAOD8.8 
 2. Faye, Ikaros7.6 
 3. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.4 
 4. Jankovic, Panionios7.3 
 5. Michel, KAOD6.6 
 6. Haritopoulos, PAOK6.3 
 7. Coleman, Kavala6.3 
 8. Jones, Ilysiakos6.2 
 9. Kanonidis, Periste.6.1 
 10. Dendy, Kolossos6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.3 
 2. Petroulas, Periste.5.0 
 3. Diamantidis, Panat.4.9 
 4. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.5 
 5. Gagaloudis, Kavala4.3 
 6. Grundy, Kavala3.9 
 7. McGrath, PA.3.7 
 8. Hatten, Kolossos3.6 
 9. Papadopoulos, PAOK3.2 
 10. Kiritsis, Ikaros3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony GRUNDY
  Kavala
  (189-PG-79)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Grundy, Kavala2.6 
 2. Palmer, KAOD2.5 
 3. Grant, Apollon2.1 
 4. Pappas, Panionios2.0 
 5. Klaiber, Apollon1.7 
 6. Petway, AGOR1.6 
 7. Pelekanos, Aris1.5 
 8. Papanikolaou, Olym.1.5 
 9. McCollum, Apollo.1.4 
 10. Mantzaris, Olympi.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Petway, AGOR2.7 
 2. Michel, KAOD1.9 
 3. Coleman, Kavala1.7 
 4. Faye, Ikaros1.4 
 5. Lasme, Panathin.1.2 
 6. Scott, Ilysiakos1.2 
 7. Hines, Olympiacos0.9 
 8. Charissis, Aris0.9 
 9. Papadopoulos, PAOK0.9 
 10. Turner, Apollon0.9 


Div.B Standing

B Standings
North Group
 1. Iraklis 11-2 
 2. Filippos Veroias 10-3 
 3. Stratoni 9-4 
 4. Egaleo 8-5 
 5. Aias Evosmou 7-6 
 6. Marousi 7-6 
 7. Doxa Pefkon 6-7 
 8. Anatolia 6-7 
 9. Metamorfosi 5-7 
 10. Ionikos N.F. 5-8 
 11. Periko/Arhelaos 4-9 
 12. MENT 3-10 
 13. Ionikos Ionias 3-10 
South Group
 1. Psyhiko 12-1 
 2. AEK Athens 12-1 
 3. Aetos 9-4 
 4. Panerythraikos 8-5 
 5. Amyntas Dafnis 8-5 
 6. Holargos 7-6 
 7. Enosi 6-7 
 8. Doukas 6-7 
 9. Near East 5-8 
 10. Esperos Patras 4-9 
 11. Halkidas 4-10 
 12. Kronos AD 3-9 
 13. Perama Ermis 0-13 

Regular Season: Round 14

North

Jan. 27: Filippos Veroias - Anatolia 83-66
Jan. 27: Egaleo - Marousi 82-81
Jan. 27: Iraklis - MENT 78-53
Jan. 27: Aias Evosmou - Periko/Arhelaos 74-85
Jan. 27: Ionikos N.F. - Ionikos Ionias 71-75
Jan. 27: Doxa Pefkon - Stratoni 60-68

South

Jan. 27: Amyntas Dafnis - Doukas 79-67
Jan. 27: Halkidas - Enosi 72-81
Jan. 27: Panerythraikos - Psyhiko 69-75
Jan. 27: Near East - Holargos 68-73
Jan. 27: Perama Ermis - Aetos 57-71
Jan. 27: AEK Athens - Esperos Patras 103-58

Regular Season: Round 15

North

Feb. 2: Metamorfosi - Filippos Veroias
Feb. 2: Anatolia - Egaleo
Feb. 2: Marousi - Iraklis
Feb. 2: MENT - Aias Evosmou
Feb. 2: Periko/Arhelaos - Ionikos N.F.
Feb. 2: Ionikos Ionias - Doxa Pefkon

South

Feb. 2: Diagoras - AEK Athens
Feb. 2: Esperos Patras - Halkidas
Feb. 2: Enosi - Amyntas Dafnis
Feb. 2: Doukas - Near East
Feb. 2: Holargos - Panerythraikos
Feb. 2: Psyhiko - Perama Ermis


Evangelos Mantzaris done for the season - by Eurobasket News

Evangelos Mantzaris (196-G-90) will have to sit out the reminder of the season. The guard suffered a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The rehabilitation period is expected to be around six months. Evengelos Mantzaris averaged 3.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per EuroLeague game for Olympiacos. He also notched 4.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game in A1 League. The guard joined the Piraeus team last season. Previously Evangelos Mantzaris played for Peristeri. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Co-Most Improved Player of the Year in 2012. He is the member of the Greek National Team. Mantzaris participated at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Tournament in Caracas in 2012.


McCollum's 26 points and 6 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old point guard Errick McCollum (185-PG-88, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) had a great game in the last round for Apollon Patras and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
He had the game-high 26 points adding two rebounds and six assists for Apollon Patras in his team's victory, helping them to crush Ikaros (6-8) with 20-point margin 95-75. Apollon Patras is placed at 6th position in Greek league. Apollon Patras is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-8 record. In the team's last game McCollum had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Apollon Patras' top player in his first season with the team. Goshen College graduate has very impressive stats this year. McCollum is in league's top in points (7th best: 14.8ppg) and averages solid 53.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) of PAOK. He is naturalized Russian center in his first season at PAOK. In the last game Papadopoulos recorded impressive double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for PAOK to edge the higher-ranked Olympiacos (#1, 13-1) by 5 points 76-71. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. PAOK consolidated its place in top 4 of the standings. His team's 10-4 record is not bad at all. Papadopoulos is a newcomer at PAOK and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Brent Petway (204-F-85) of AGOR (#5). Petway scored 18 points. He was a key player of AGOR, leading his team to a 82-73 win against the lower-ranked Kolossos (#12, 4-10). AGOR needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 5 lost games. Petway has a very solid season. In 14 games in Greece he scored 11.7ppg. He also has 4.9rpg, 2.7bpg and FGP: 67.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mladen Pantic (209-C-82) of Ikaros - 18 points and 8 rebounds
5. Nikos Liakopoulos (189-PG-83) of Panelefsiniakos - 15 points and 3 rebounds
6. Terrell Stoglin (185-PG-91) of Ilysiakos - 29 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Vladimir Jankovic (202-F-90) of Panionios - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. William Coleman (206-F-88) of Kavala - 14 points and 10 rebounds
9. Spyros Magounis (200-G-85) of Panelefsiniakos - 21 points and 3 rebounds
10. Alexis Kiritsis (198-G-82) of Ikaros - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Standings - Promotie Divisie

Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Orca's Urk 13-1 
 2. De Groene 11-2 
 3. Cangeroes 10-5 
 4. MSV/Zeemacht 8-6 
 5. Red Giants 8-6 
 6. De Hoppers 7-6 
 7. Binnenland 7-6 
 8. Rotterdam 2 7-7 
 9. Leiden 2 7-8 
 10. Almonte 6-7 
 11. BC Apollo 2 4-9 
 12. Almere P. 4-11 
 13. Punch 3-11 
 14. UBALL 3-12 

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 26: Red Giants - UBALL 80-71
Jan. 27: MSV/Zeemacht - Almere P. 78-63
Jan. 26: Binnenland - Orca's Urk 74-79
Jan. 26: Leiden 2 - Cangeroes 73-82
Jan. 26: Orca's Urk - Almonte
Jan. 26: De Groene - De Hoppers
Jan. 26: Red Giants - BC Apollo 2


Best players of Dutch Eredivisie round 20 - by Eurobasket News

American Darryl Webb (198-F-88, agency: Pro One Sports) had a very impressive game in the last round for Zwolle and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 22 points and eighteen rebounds, while his team beat Leeuwarden (#7, 11-11) 87-77. Zwolle is placed at 6th position in Dutch Eredivisie. Zwolle is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-11 record. Webb turned to be Zwolle's top player in his first season with the team. Indiana University of Pennsylvania graduate has very impressive stats this year. Webb leads league in rebounds with 9.8rpg. Webb is in league's top in and averages solid 52.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Storm Warren (200-F-88) of Den Helder K.. Warren impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Den Helder K. to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Amsterdam (#10, 2-20) 88-66. This victory allowed Den Helder K. to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Warren is a newcomer at Den Helder K. 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 American Antwan Carter (198-C, agency: Court Side) of Weert (#8). Carter scored 21 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Carter's great performance Weert lost 67-88 to the higher-ranked Groningen (#3, 16-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Weert not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Carter could try to bring Weert's a little bit higher in the standings. Carter has individually a great season in Holland. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.2ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 8.7rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anthony Miles (182-G-89) of Rotterdam - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Bryquis Perine (190-G-88) of Weert - 27 points and 3 rebounds
6. Thijs Vermeulen (194-F-85) of M.Magixx - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Marcel Aarts (213-C-83) of M.Magixx - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Worthy de Jong (194-SG-88) of Leiden - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Cameron Echols (203-F/C-81) of Rotterdam - 15 points and 10 rebounds
10. Stefan Wessels (203-F-84) of Den Bosch - 18 points and 3 rebounds

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



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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Alex LEGION
  PVSK P.
  (195-G-88)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Legion, PVSK P.21.2 
 2. Spica, Kaposvari21.2 
 3. Nelson, Marso N.21.0 
 4. Swanston, Kapos.20.7 
 5. Dunn, Kaposvari20.4 
 6. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.20.2 
 7. Buljan, Kormend20.1 
 8. Wood, Albacomp20.1 
 9. Shaw, Kormend18.8 
 10. Rakic, Jaszberenyi18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rastko DRAMICANIN
  Jaszbere.
  (207-C-86)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.9.4 
 2. Davis, Marso N.9.3 
 3. Simovic, ZTE K.9.1 
 4. Barovic, Soproni8.2 
 5. Csorvasi, Szedeak8.2 
 6. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.0 
 7. Buljan, Kormend7.8 
 8. Keller, Albacomp7.8 
 9. Toth, PVSK P.7.6 
 10. Markovic, Jaszber.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Albacomp
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Moore, Albacomp6.8 
 2. Williams, Atomeromu6.5 
 3. Dunn, Kaposvari5.9 
 4. Thomas, Soproni5.8 
 5. Copeland, ZTE K.5.6 
 6. Rakic, Jaszberenyi5.4 
 7. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.2 
 8. Nelson, Marso N.4.8 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.4.6 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Nelson, Marso N.3.1 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari2.8 
 3. Moore, Albacomp2.5 
 4. Buljan, Kormend2.3 
 5. Davis, Marso N.2.1 
 6. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.0 
 7. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.1.8 
 8. Swanston, Kapos.1.7 
 9. Markovic, Jaszbere.1.6 
 10. Dramicanin, Jaszb.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. Csorvasi, Szedeak0.6 
 8. Levy, Falco-Szova0.6 
 9. Fey, Falco-Szova0.6 
 10. Toth, Atomeromu0.6 



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  ICELAND   

Standings - 1 Division

D1 Standings
 1. Valur 10-0 
 2. Hamar 7-3 
 3. Haukar 7-3 
 4. Hottur 6-4 
 5. Thor AK 5-4 
 6. FSU 5-5 
 7. Breidablik 5-6 
 8. Reynir S. 2-8 
 9. Augnablik 2-9 
 10. IA 1-8 

Regular Season: Round 11

Jan. 28: Breidablik - Valur 88-98
Jan. 28: Reynir S. - Augnablik 73-100
Jan. 28: FSU - Thor AK 103-101
Jan. 28: Haukar - Hamar 101-95
Jan. 29: Hottur - IA



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  IRAN   

Standings - Superleague

Superleague Standings
 1. Petrochimi 16-1 
 2. Foolad Mahan 14-3 
 3. Mahram 13-3 
 4. Zanjan 10-7 
 5. Azad 7-9 
 6. Gorgan 7-10 
 7. Petrochimi Mahshahr 5-12 
 8. Al Badr 5-12 
 9. Esteghlal 4-13 
 10. Naft Sepahan 3-14 

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 28: Foolad Mahan - Petrochimi Mahshahr 94-60
Jan. 28: Petrochimi - Azad 82-69
Jan. 28: Naft Sepahan - Mahram 68-81
Jan. 28: Zanjan - Esteghlal 67-62
Jan. 28: Gorgan - Al Badr 65-59

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 31: Gorgan - Zanjan
Jan. 31: Al Badr - Foolad Mahan
Jan. 31: Esteghlal - Petrochimi
Jan. 31: Petrochimi Mahshahr - Naft Sepahan
Jan. 31: Azad - Mahram



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Nigel Byam signed with Al-Hilla !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Nigel Byam (201-G/F-87, college: St.Francis, NY) the american forward arrived to Iraq 2 days ago to play with Al-Hilla .. Nigel played recently in Bahrain with Issa Town and Bahrain club .. and he was member of Grenada National team in 2009 .. also he played for two colleges St.Francis, NY (NCAA) and Carl Albert St. JC (NJCAA)
and here is his Awards/Achievements:
Bi-State East Conference 2nd Team -08
Grenada National Team -09
Island Player of the Year -09-10
Scenic Sport Group LLC Pro Showcase -11 (All-Star Team)



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Standings - BSL

Winner League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 14-1 
 2. Hapoel Eilat 10-5 
 3. Maccabi Haifa 9-6 
 4. Hapoel J-M 8-7 
 5. Netanya 8-7 
 6. Maccabi Rishon 7-8 
 7. Bnei Hasharon 7-8 
 8. Maccabi Ashdod 6-9 
 9. Hapoel T-A 6-9 
 10. Elizur Ashkelon 5-10 
 11. Galil Gilboa 5-10 
 12. Hapoel Holon 5-10 

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 27: Netanya - Elizur Ashkelon 97-69
Jan. 28: Maccabi Ashdod - Hapoel J-M 95-78
Jan. 27: Hapoel Eilat - Galil Gilboa 79-66
Jan. 27: Maccabi T-A - Maccabi Haifa 76-64
Jan. 28: Hapoel T-A - Maccabi Rishon 60-69
Jan. 27: Bnei Hasharon - Hapoel Holon 103-77

Regular Season: Round 16

Feb. 3: Elizur Ashkelon - Maccabi Ashdod
Feb. 3: Maccabi Haifa - Hapoel T-A
Feb. 3: Hapoel Holon - Hapoel Eilat
Feb. 3: Maccabi Rishon - Netanya
Feb. 3: Hapoel J-M - Bnei Hasharon
Feb. 3: Galil Gilboa - Maccabi T-A


Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Romel BECK
  Bnei Hasharon
  (201-G/F-82)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Beck, Bnei Hashar.20.5 
 2. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.19.9 
 3. Hopson, Hapoel Eil.19.1 
 4. Simpson, Maccabi18.5 
 5. Killingswort., Net.17.9 
 6. Smith, Maccabi Hai.16.8 
 7. Dove, Elizur Ashke.16.6 
 8. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.16.5 
 9. Wright, Maccabi16.5 
 10. Warren, Maccabi16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.12.5 
 2. Holman, Hapoel Eil.10.7 
 3. Jones, Bnei H.10.1 
 4. Calathes, Maccabi9.6 
 5. Washington, Netan.9.5 
 6. Wright, Maccabi9.4 
 7. Thomas, Maccabi9.3 
 8. Uter, Maccabi9.2 
 9. Dove, Elizur Ashke.8.9 
 10. Caracter, Bnei H.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Gal MEKEL
  Maccabi Haifa
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Mekel, Maccabi Hai.5.8 
 2. Smith, Maccabi Hai.5.5 
 3. Ohayon, Maccabi5.2 
 4. Pullen, Hapoel J-M4.5 
 5. Bradley, Netanya4.5 
 6. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.4.5 
 7. Berkowitz, Bnei H.4.3 
 8. Israeli, Maccabi4.1 
 9. Perry, Elizur A.4.1 
 10. Hagag, Maccabi4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Yogev OHAYON
  Maccabi .
  (187-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ohayon, Maccabi2.5 
 2. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.5 
 3. Washington, Netan.2.5 
 4. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.2.3 
 5. Berkowitz, Bnei H.2.2 
 6. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.1.9 
 7. Wright, Maccabi1.9 
 8. Collins, Maccabi1.8 
 9. Simpson, Maccabi1.8 
 10. Smith, Maccabi T.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. James, Maccabi T-A2.7 
 2. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.1.7 
 3. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.5 
 4. Uter, Maccabi1.5 
 5. Kelly, Hapoel T-A1.4 
 6. Caracter, Bnei H.1.4 
 7. Holman, Hapoel Eil.1.3 
 8. Thomas, Maccabi1.3 
 9. Wright, Maccabi1.2 
 10. Green, Galil Gilb.1.1 


Gilboa Galil released Brandon Hunter - by Idan Seggev

Brandon Hunter (201-F-80, college: Ohio) left Israel yesterday and he is on his way to France to join Entente Orleans 45 from the first division. Hunter came back to Israel for the second time after he was one of the best foreigns when he played with Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem but with Galil things didn't work out so well even though his average was 9.2 ppr & 4.8 rpg. Galil already signed Brandon Bowman (204-F-84, college: Georgetown) to replace him and from this moment he will look to succee in his new club.


Winner League Round 15 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The biggest surprise of round 15 in Winner League was guest Maccabi Rishon's (7-8) road victory over 7th ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (6-9) 69-60 on Monday evening. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 69-60. The best player for the winners was American point guard Willie Warren (193-89, college: Oklahoma, agency: Interperformances) who scored 25 points. His fellow American import forward Julian Wright (203-87, college: Kansas) chipped in 15 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American Curtis Kelly (205-88, college: Kansas St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. Maccabi Rishon moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Bnei Hasharon. Newly promoted Hapoel Tel-Aviv dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. They share it with Maccabi Ashdod. Maccabi Rishon is looking forward to face higher ranked GreenTops Netanya (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play against Maccabi Haifa and is hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Tel-Aviv. First ranked Maccabi T-A faced 3rd placed Maccabi Haifa. Host Maccabi T-A (14-1) defeated guests from Haifa (9-6) 76-64. It was a good game for American-Polish guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis) who led his team to a victory with 18 points. Lior Eliyahu contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. American-Greek swingman Pat Calathes (208-85, college: St.Joseph's) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds for Maccabi Haifa. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Maccabi T-A have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 14-1 record. Maccabi Haifa at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. Maccabi T-A will play against Galil Gilboa (#11) in Rosh Pina in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi Haifa will play at home against Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Ashdod, where 4th placed Hapoel J-M (8-7) lost to ninth ranked Maccabi Ashdod (6-9) in a road game 78-95 on Monday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel J-M. The game was dominated by American players. It was a great evening for Mardy Collins who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was Josh Duncan with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Maccabi Ashdod moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Hapoel T-A. Loser Hapoel J-M keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Netanya. Maccabi Ashdod will meet Ironi Ashkelon (#10) on the road in the next round. Hapoel J-M will play against Bnei Hasharon (#7) in Hod Hasharon and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Netanya. Local GreenTops Netanya (8-7) outscored 9th ranked Ironi Ashkelon (5-10) 97-69. The game was also dominated by American players. It was a quality performance for Ramel Bradley who led the winners and scored 27 points and 7 assists. GreenTops Netanya's coach Danny Franco felt very confident that he used entire bench saving starting five for next games. GreenTops Netanya moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hapoel J-M. Ironi Ashkelon lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with ten games lost. GreenTops Netanya's next round opponent will be Maccabi Rishon (#6) in Rishon Le-Zion. Ironi Ashkelon will play at home against Maccabi Ashdod (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 15 Hapoel Holon was crushed by Bnei Hasharon in Hod Hasharon 103-77. Hapoel Eilat beat Galil Gilboa at home 79-66.
The best stats of 15th round was 32 points by Romel Beck of Bnei Hasharon.


Maccabi Ashdod - Hapoel J-M 95-78

We should mention about the upset which took place in Ashdod, where 4th placed Hapoel J-M (8-7) lost to ninth ranked Maccabi Ashdod (6-9) in a road game 78-95 on Monday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel J-M. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi Ashdod. Hapoel J-M managed to win fourth quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi Ashdod made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Maccabi Ashdod outrebounded Hapoel J-M 34-20 including 23 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The game was dominated by American players. It was a great evening for guard Mardy Collins (198-84, college: Temple) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Austin Freeman (190-89, college: Georgetown) helped adding 19 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Josh Duncan (203-86) with 13 points and 9 rebounds and forward Craig Smith (201-83, college: Boston Coll.) scored 17 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Maccabi Ashdod moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Hapoel T-A. Loser Hapoel J-M keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Netanya. Maccabi Ashdod will meet Ironi Ashkelon (#10) on the road in the next round. Hapoel J-M will play against Bnei Hasharon (#7) in Hod Hasharon and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: A.Freeman 19+5reb+1ast, M.Collins 18+7reb+6ast, J.Skeen 17+5reb+2ast, M.Mizrahi 16+1reb, D.Simpson 12+8reb+1ast, D.Hagag 10+3reb+9ast
Hapoel J-M: C.Smith 17+4reb, J.Pullen 14+4ast, J.Duncan 13+9reb, R.Limonad 13+3reb+2ast, C.Fells 10+1reb+1ast, M.Tapiro 5+1reb+5ast
gschID: 193000


Hapoel T-A - Maccabi Rishon 60-69

The biggest surprise of round 15 in Winner League was guest Maccabi Rishon's (7-8) road victory over 7th ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (6-9) 69-60 on Monday evening. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 69-60. The best player for the winners was American point guard Willie Warren (193-89, college: Oklahoma, agency: Interperformances) who scored 25 points. His fellow American import forward Julian Wright (203-87, college: Kansas) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American Curtis Kelly (205-88, college: Kansas St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks and naturalized Swedish power forward Jonathan Skjoldebrand (204-83, agency: Ronsport) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Maccabi Rishon moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Bnei Hasharon. Newly promoted Hapoel Tel-Aviv dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. They share it with Maccabi Ashdod. Maccabi Rishon is looking forward to face higher ranked GreenTops Netanya (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play against Maccabi Haifa and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Rishon: W.Warren 25+1reb+2ast, J.Wright 15+11reb, N.Cohen 8+6reb, L.Jones 8+2reb+4ast, A.Uter 6+9reb+1ast, N.Hanochi 4+7reb+2ast
Hapoel T-A: C.Kelly 20+12reb+1ast, D.Stitt 12+6reb+1ast, J.Skjoldebrand 11+9reb+2ast, M.Naor 9+5reb, J.Nir 4, G.Eytan 2+4reb+2ast
gschID: 192997


Netanya - Elizur Ashkelon 97-69

The game with biggest result difference took place in Netanya. Local GreenTops Netanya (8-7) outscored 9th ranked Ironi Ashkelon (5-10) 97-69. It looked good early as Ironi Ashkelon took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then GreenTops Netanya had a 28-9 second period charge getting the lead and Ironi Ashkelon was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-97. GreenTops Netanya players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The game was also dominated by American players. It was a quality performance for guard Ramel Bradley (188-85) who led the winners and scored 27 points and 7 assists. Swingman Deron Washington (201-85, college: Virginia Tech) accounted for 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. GreenTops Netanya's coach Danny Franco felt very confident that he used entire bench saving starting five for next games. Forward Marcus Dove (206-85, college: Oklahoma St.) came up with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Marcus Moore (198-80, college: Washington St., agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Ironi Ashkelon in the defeat. Five GreenTops Netanya and four Ironi Ashkelon players scored in double figures. GreenTops Netanya moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hapoel J-M. Ironi Ashkelon lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with ten games lost. GreenTops Netanya's next round opponent will be Maccabi Rishon (#6) in Rishon Le-Zion. Ironi Ashkelon will play at home against Maccabi Ashdod (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Netanya: R.Bradley 27+1reb+7ast, D.Washington 22+10reb+3ast, M.Killingsworth 20+9reb+2ast, Y.Orland 13+2reb+2ast, R.Morgan 13+5reb+2ast, E.Shulman 2+5ast
Elizur Ashkelon: J.Mitchell 16+5reb+1ast, M.Dove 16+7reb+5ast, M.Moore 14+5reb+3ast, G.Porat 11+3reb+2ast, O.Shaashoua 9+4reb+2ast, D.Shamriz 3+1reb
gschID: 192999


Maccabi T-A - Maccabi Haifa 76-64

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Tel-Aviv. First ranked Maccabi T-A faced 3rd placed Maccabi Haifa. Host Maccabi T-A (14-1) defeated guests from Haifa (9-6) 76-64. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi T-A. Maccabi Haifa was better in third quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Maccabi T-A won last quarter 21-11. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was a good game for American-Polish guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis) who led his team to a victory with 18 points. International Lior Eliyahu (206-85) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. American-Greek swingman Pat Calathes (208-85, college: St.Joseph's) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds and American Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) added 12 points and 4 assists in the effort for Maccabi Haifa. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Maccabi T-A have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 14-1 record. Maccabi Haifa at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. Maccabi T-A will play against Galil Gilboa (#11) in Rosh Pina in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi Haifa will play at home against Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: D.Logan 18+4reb+3ast, L.Eliyahu 18+3reb+4ast, D.Smith 16+5reb+3ast, R.Hickman 10, S.James 6+7reb+2ast, G.Pnini 4+3reb
Maccabi Haifa: P.Calathes 14+8reb+1ast, D.Smith 12+2reb+4ast, P.Stoll 11+2reb+3ast, G.Mekel 8+2reb+1ast, I.Kozikaro 8+6reb+2ast, J.Thomas 6+10reb
gschID: 193002


Bnei Hasharon - Hapoel Holon 103-77

There was no surprise in Hod Hasharon where 11th ranked Hapoel Holon (5-10) was crushed by seventh ranked Bnei Hasharon (7-8) 103-77. The game without a history. Bnei Hasharon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Bnei Hasharon outrebounded Hapoel Holon 51-37 including a 37-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Bnei Hasharon brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Jumaine Jones (203-79, college: Georgia) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. American-Mexican swingman Romel Beck (201-82, college: UNLV, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 32 points for the winning side. Five Bnei Hasharon players scored in double figures. Coach Ariel Beit-Halamy's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American forward Frank Hassell (203-88, college: ODU) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 17 rebounds and the other American import guard Jerome Dyson (191-87, college: Connecticut) added 22 points and 4 assists respectively for Hapoel Holon in the defeat. Bnei Hasharon moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Maccabi Rishon. Hapoel Holon at the other side dropped to the bottom position with ten games lost. Bnei Hasharon's next round opponent will be higher ranked Hapoel J-M (#4) in Jerusalem and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Holon will play at home against the league's second-placed Hapoel Eilat (#2).
Top scorers:
Bnei Hasharon: R.Beck 32+1reb+3ast, J.Jones 25+10reb+1ast, N.Berkowitz 13+2reb+10ast, D.Caracter 12+20reb, C.Mason 12+10reb+6ast, B.Rice 5+5reb+2ast
Hapoel Holon: J.Dyson 22+3reb+4ast, F.Hassell 17+17reb+1ast, D.Waters 11+6reb+4ast, L.Hill 9+8reb+4ast, Z.Rosen 8+2reb+2ast, S.Harush 6+1reb
gschID: 193001


Hapoel Eilat - Galil Gilboa 79-66

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Hapoel Eilat (10-5) defeated at home 10th ranked Galil Gilboa (5-10) 79-66. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Eilat. Galil Gilboa was better in second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Galil Gilboa 36-23 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for FYR Macedonian-American point guard Darius Washington (188-85, college: Memphis) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) accounted for 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. American point guard Kenny Hayes (188-87, college: Miami, OH, agency: Priority Sports) came up with 15 points and 6 assists and international center Yaniv Green (206-80, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Galil Gilboa in the defeat. Four Galil Gilboa players scored in double figures. Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Hapoel Eilat maintains second place with 10-5 record having four points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Galil Gilboa at the other side keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. Hapoel Eilat's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Hapoel Holon (#12) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Galil Gilboa will play against the league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Eilat: D.Washington 20+5reb+1ast, S.Hopson 15+7reb+1ast, A.Nissim 14+1reb+3ast, J.Tillman 9+6reb+1ast, E.Holman 8+10reb, A.Ben-Chimol 5+1reb+4ast
Galil Gilboa: K.Hayes 15+1reb+6ast, D.Yavzuri 12+1reb+4ast, Y.Green 12+6reb+1ast, R.Sanders 10+4reb+2ast, B.Bowman 9+3reb+1ast, M.Watt 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 192998



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  ITALY   

Standings - SerieA

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

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 28: Enel Brindisi - Montepaschi 94-84
Jan. 27: EA7 Armani - SAIE3 BO 91-68
Jan. 27: Pesaro - Angelico BI 89-76
Jan. 27: Sidigas AV - Cimberio VA 82-83 OT
Jan. 27: Vanoli CR - JuveCaserta 73-74
Jan. 27: Trenkwalder RE - Umana VE 69-75
Jan. 27: Cantu - Acea Virtus RM 60-65
Jan. 27: Banco di Sard. - Sutor MGR 106-90

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 3: Montepaschi - Cimberio VA
Feb. 3: EA7 Armani - Sidigas AV
Feb. 3: Cantu - Banco di Sard.
Feb. 3: SAIE3 BO - Sutor MGR
Feb. 3: Umana VE - Pesaro
Feb. 3: Vanoli CR - Enel Brindisi
Feb. 3: JuveCaserta - Angelico BI
Feb. 3: Trenkwalder RE - Acea Virtus RM


Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Jonathan GIBSON
  Enel Brindisi
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Gibson, Enel Brind.19.8 
 2. Taylor, Trenkwal.19.5 
 3. Datome, Acea V.17.8 
 4. Harris, Vanoli CR17.4 
 5. Johnson, Angelico.17.0 
 6. Diener, Banco d.16.6 
 7. Ere, Cimberio VA15.9 
 8. Diener, Banco d.15.9 
 9. Brown, Montepaschi15.7 
 10. Banks, Cimberio VA15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gani LAWAL
  Acea V.
  (205-C/F-88)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Lawal, Acea V.8.4 
 2. Johnson, Sidigas8.3 
 3. Brunner, Trenkwal.7.9 
 4. Stipanovic, Vanoli7.8 
 5. Dunston, Cimberio.7.5 
 6. Akindele, JuveCase.7.4 
 7. Burns, Sutor MGR6.8 
 8. Jelovac, JuveCase.6.8 
 9. Ebi, Sidigas AV6.8 
 10. Ere, Cimberio VA6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.9 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA5.8 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.4 
 4. Tabu-Eboma, Cantu4.2 
 5. Cook, EA7 Armani4.1 
 6. Cinciarini, Trenkw.3.7 
 7. Brown, Montepaschi3.7 
 8. Steele, Sutor MGR3.6 
 9. Taylor, Acea V.3.6 
 10. Shakur, Sidigas AV3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  Angelico.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Robinson, Angelico.2.4 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA2.4 
 3. Dunston, Cimberio.2.4 
 4. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.1 
 5. Barbour, Pesaro2.0 
 6. Thornton, Banco d.2.0 
 7. Shakur, Sidigas AV1.9 
 8. James, Trenkwal.1.8 
 9. Hasbrouck, SAIE31.8 
 10. Goss, Acea V.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.4 
 2. Ress, Montepaschi1.6 
 3. Eze, Montepaschi1.4 
 4. Lawal, Acea V.1.4 
 5. Simmons, Enel B.1.4 
 6. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.3 
 7. Cusin, Cantu1.3 
 8. Tyus, Cantu1.2 
 9. Crosariol, Pesaro1.2 
 10. Ebi, Sidigas AV1.1 


Standings - Lega 2

Lega2 Standings
 1. Sigma Barcel. 11-5 
 2. Novipiu Casale 11-5 
 3. Giorgo Tesi PT 11-5 
 4. C.de Latte BRE 10-6 
 5. Givova Scafati 9-7 
 6. Biancoblu BO 9-7 
 7. Tezenis VE 8-8 
 8. AcegasAps TR 8-8 
 9. LeGamberi FO 8-8 
 10. Pall.Trento 7-9 
 11. Prima Veroli 6-10 
 12. FCM Ferentino 6-10 
 13. Upea CdO 6-10 
 14. Fileni BPA Jesi 6-10 
 15. Aget Service IM 5-12 

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 27: Pall.Trento - Givova Scafati 98-87
Jan. 27: Upea CdO - Biancoblu BO 85-82
Jan. 27: Novipiu Casale - FCM Ferentino 85-76
Jan. 27: Giorgo Tesi PT - LeGamberi FO 79-76
Jan. 27: Prima Veroli - Aget Service IM 78-74
Jan. 27: AcegasAps TR - C.de Latte BRE 71-80
Jan. 27: Fileni BPA Jesi - Tezenis VE 71-64

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 10: Upea CdO - Novipiu Casale
Feb. 10: Tezenis VE - Giorgo Tesi PT
Feb. 10: C.de Latte BRE - Givova Scafati
Feb. 10: LeGamberi FO - Sigma Barcel.
Feb. 10: Pall.Trento - Prima Veroli
Feb. 10: Biancoblu BO - Fileni BPA Jesi
Feb. 10: FCM Ferentino - AcegasAps TR


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Rodney GREEN
  Novipiu Casale
  (195-F/G-88)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Green, Novipiu Cas.24.6 
 2. Ware, Novipiu Casa.20.9 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni B.20.6 
 4. Marigney, Aget S.19.8 
 5. Mays, Givova S.18.9 
 6. Young, Upea CdO18.6 
 7. Hicks, Giorgo T.18.2 
 8. Jenkins, C.de L.18.0 
 9. Griffin, Fileni B.17.1 
 10. Thomas, AcegasAp.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE13.3 
 2. Todic, LeGamber.9.9 
 3. Ekperigin, FCM F.9.9 
 4. George, Upea CdO9.4 
 5. Slay, Givova Scafa.9.1 
 6. Butkevicius, Novip.9.1 
 7. Giddens, C.de L.8.8 
 8. Maggioli, Fileni B.8.6 
 9. Mosley, Biancobl.8.5 
 10. Toppo, Giorgo T.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Taurean GREEN
  Sigma B.
  (184-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Green, Sigma B.5.6 
 2. Ware, Novipiu Casa.5.0 
 3. Pecile, Biancobl.4.8 
 4. Fernandez, C.de L.4.4 
 5. Battle, Upea CdO4.3 
 6. Roderick, LeGamber.4.1 
 7. Gay, Aget S.4.1 
 8. Marigney, Aget S.3.5 
 9. Walker, Prima Vero.3.4 
 10. Mays, Givova S.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Donato CUTOLO
  Biancobl.
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Cutolo, Biancobl.2.8 
 2. Mays, Givova S.2.8 
 3. Green, Novipiu Cas.2.4 
 4. James, FCM F.2.4 
 5. George, Upea CdO2.3 
 6. Fernandez, C.de L.2.2 
 7. Ware, Novipiu Casa.2.2 
 8. Lawal, Tezenis VE2.1 
 9. Hicks, Giorgo T.2.1 
 10. Battle, Upea CdO2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 William MOSLEY
  Biancobl.
  (202-C-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Mosley, Biancobl.1.6 
 2. Lawal, Tezenis VE1.6 
 3. Pascolo, Pall.Tren.1.3 
 4. Griffin, Fileni B.1.3 
 5. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.2 
 6. Giddens, C.de L.1.1 
 7. James, FCM F.0.9 
 8. Butkevicius, Novip.0.9 
 9. Gandini, AcegasAp.0.9 
 10. Cittadini, Sigma0.8 


Exclusive interview with Montepaschi superstar - Bobby Brown - by Aurelia Piechowiak

Eurobasket had the pleasure of sitting with Montepaschi Siena superstar - Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton)

1. What kind of man is Bobby Brown in private life?
I am A hard-working man, family guy. I miss my family a lot, I talk with them a LOT, I think I am positive guy, I love to laugh, I love to be around people, IM A PEOPLE PERSON JUST A FUN LOVING GUY.

2. Do you like Italian lifestyle? The country and the people?
Obviously, I like it a lot. I like this city, also other: Florence, Rome. The food here is amazing, I love Italian food. Shopping here is great. Life in Italy is real good taking the countries I played in this is one of the top.

3. In Montepaschi Siena you replaced GRANDE Bo McCalebb, who won Euroleague Alphonso Ford Throphy last season. Was it a big challenge for you?
Yeah, definitely it was a big challenge when I come here. My agent told me before I came here: U know U are going to Siena replacing a good player Bo McCalleb, you have to fill those shoes, are U ready for this challenge? And I told them I was, we made the deal complete. I came here, I tried to play hard, try to be consistent and help the team win. So far, things have been going good.

4. Few weeks ago U had opportunity to play against Bo, and both you and your team played better than him and Montepaschi. What was your teams attitude to that game? And what was your approach?
It was a big motivation for us to go there and play in tough environment and try to win. We know all the things as far as coaching, they were understanding both, switching teams
We came out victorious, it was a big win for us. We were happy and pround. I think it was a big motivation for everybody to try win this game.

5. You have played for Polish Champions Asseco Prokom Gdynia in 2010, how do you recall this period? It wasnt really successful season for U, was it?
Definitely, it wasnt good season for me. It was a tough one for me that season or half a season I played. my euroleague experience wasnt so great. But I think it motivated me to prove everybody to get back to that level, and show people who complained. You know when I left there, I cleared my mind and said I wanna be a complete player and show people I can play this game and I can play on this level. That was my motivation.

6. Few weeks ago U have been to Gdynia again. How did it feel like?
I felt good going back to Gdynia. I've been playing for a while since that happened and I think I let it all out on the court and I tried to win the game as much as possible. That was definitely motivational game for me given the situation I was in. and that was fine.

7. Is there anything you particularly miss from Poland?
Not really. There was freezing cold there. But I miss some of Polish teammates I kind of miss there were some good guys, they showed me around the city and are definitely good friends of mine.

8. How would you summarize your time in NBA? In which team have U felt the best?
My NBA experience was amazing. It was the best job Ive ever had. NBA is a like the best job ever. I get to be at home and play in front of my family in LA. But the best experience was when I played was New Orleans. We had a great coach, a balanced guy, he showed me the ropes, taught me lot of stuff on how to be complete point guard on and off the court, maturity things, it's definitely being like brothers for me. But I have to say New orleans was the best experience.

9. European basketball is very different than American, isnt it? Which style do you prefer?
I prefer NBA style. There is a lot more room to operate as far as a point guard.
It's easier for guards like myself to create more than in European game.

10. Uve been chosen MVP of the week three times this season, U scored 41 points against Fenerbahce. There are some gossips that U will go back to NBA after this season. Is there any chance for it?
Well have to see in summer. If there is a chance for me to go back to NBA that would be great for me and my family, but if there is a great chance for me come back play on a Euroleague team or come back to Siena, that would be great as well. I will have to see what happens in the summertime. So far, its looking ok for both situations.

11. What do you do in your spare time? What are your passions?
Spare time I sleep a lot, I eat a lot, and I am watching a lot of movies. I have a Play station 3 but I really dont play it that much. Usually just watching music, surfing the web, do some online shopping, but mainly sleeping a lot.

12. Your favorite team?
Basketball team I really dont have a favorite team, I follow all my buddies that play different teams.

13. Movie?
My favorite movie right now it Dark night rises The new Batman movie. I watched it again for the fourth time last night.. it's pretty good.

14. What kind of music do listen to?
I listen to all music alternative, hip-hop, rap,R&B, I dont listen country music, but I will allow it a bit. I listen to all genres.

15. U play with no 6 on ur shirt. Is it your favorite number? Does this number have any meaning for U ?
Yeah, It does. My first professional number in Berlin, and we won championship this time. So I got It again and hopefully we'll win championship again. I also had it in NBA as well, but it's definitely because it's my first professional number. My favorite number is number 3, but they didn't have it here.

16. Who is your idol on the court? And out of the court?
Ben Davis, he's retired now. when he played he was my idol. I grew up watching him playing in LA. And definitely playing pick-up and 1-on-1 with him was a big help for me. He's my idol.
Out of court my dad, hes been there for me since I was a little kid, since I was born. He showed me the difference between the right and wrong, respecting people. Just being an adult, being respectable kid growing up. He showed me the ropes, he taught me a lot and he's always been one of my big fans him and my mum that's who I look up to.



Best players of Italian Nazionale A round 21 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-C-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for Chieti and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Nazionale A Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 30-year old center had a double-double of 23 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Castelletto (#3, 12-7) 85-80. Chieti is placed at 8th position in Italian Nazionale A. Chieti is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-9 record. It's Rossi's second year at Chieti and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Rossi has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 10.7rpg) and averages solid 1.3bpg,2.3spg and 52.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old guard Michele Venturelli (188-G-82) of Mirandola. Venturelli impressed basketball fans with 24 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Mirandola cruised to a 71-63 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Agrigento (#5, 11-8). This victory allowed Mirandola to move up to 12th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-11 record. Venturelli is well-known by Mirandola fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Marco Tagliabue (206-PF-86) of Recanati (#15). Tagliabue scored 17 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Recanati, leading his team to a 77-69 win against the higher-ranked Treviglio (#7, 11-8). The chances of Recanati not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 12 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Tagliabue could try to bring Recanati's a little bit higher in the standings. Tagliabue has a very solid season. In 19 games in Italy he scored 11.7ppg. He also has 6.3rpg and FGP: 56.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrea Raschi (198-SG-79) of Chieti - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Roberto Maggio (183-PG-90) of San Severo - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Giorgio Piunti (206-C-90) of Mirandola - 11 points and 6 rebounds
7. Marco Evangelisti (198-G-84) of Torino - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ousmane Gueye (188-G-82) of San Severo - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Riccardo Pederzini (198-F-89) of Treviglio - 16 points and 5 assists
10. Federico Bolzonella (184-PG-84) of Castelletto - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists

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



SerieA Round 17 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Fourteenth-ranked Air Avellino (4-13) gave a tough game to first ranked Cimberio Varese (15-2) on Sunday. The visitors from Varese managed to secure only one-point victory 83-82. However their fans expected much easier game. Achille Polonara stepped up and scored 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Cimberio Varese maintains first place with 15-2 record. Air Avellino lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 13 games lost. Cimberio Varese will face Montepaschi Siena (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Air Avellino will play against Armani Milano (#6).

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 17: Montepaschi lost to Enel Brindisi on the opponent's court 84-94. Cantu unfortunately lost to Acea Virtus RM in a home game 60-65. Umana VE managed to beat Trenkwalder RE on the road 75-69. Vanoli CR was defeated by JuveCaserta on its own court 73-74. Angelico BI was beaten by Pesaro in a road game 89-76. Banco di Sard. won against Sutor MGR at home 106-90. SAIE3 BO was outscored by EA7 Armani on the opponent's court 91-68.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 15 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists by Drake Diener of Banco di Sard..


Enel Brindisi - Montepaschi 94-84

There was an upset when 3rd placed Montepaschi Siena (12-5) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked Enel Brindisi (9-8) 94-84 on Monday. Montepaschi Siena was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 35-22 charge of Enel Brindisi, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Montepaschi Siena's 32. Montepaschi Siena was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Antywane Robinson (203-84, college: Temple, agency: Priority Sports) stepped up and scored 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import point guard Scottie Reynolds (188-87, college: Villanova) chipped in 21 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. American point guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton) responded with 27 points and Estonian Kristjan Kangur (201-82) scored 15 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Enel Brindisi moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Umana VE. Defending champion Montepaschi Siena keeps the third position with five games lost. Enel Brindisi will face Vanoli Cremona (#12) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Montepaschi Siena will play against the league's leader Cimberio Varese (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Enel Brindisi: A.Robinson 23+8reb+3ast, J.Gibson 21+3reb+5ast, S.Reynolds 21+3reb+8ast, C.Simmons 19+10reb, R.Fultz 7+2reb+1ast, A.Zerini 2+4reb
Montepaschi: B.Brown 27+1reb+3ast, M.Janning 17+3reb, K.Kangur 15+3reb+2ast, D.Hackett 10+6reb+2ast, L.Lechthaler 5+6reb+1ast, D.Moss 4+4reb
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Cantu - Acea Virtus RM 60-65

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Lottomatica Roma and 4th placed Cantu had identical 11-5 record. But Cantu was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Roma 65-60 on Sunday night. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 37-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. International forward Luigi Datome (203-87) stepped up and scored 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and American-Nigerian power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Four Lottomatica Roma players scored in double figures. Belgian point guard Jonathan Tabu (190-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists and the former international Pietro Aradori (195-88) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Cantu's coach Andrea Trinchieri rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lottomatica Roma (12-5) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Montepaschi. Cantu at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Lottomatica Roma will face Trenkwalder RE (#9) in Reggio Emilia in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Cantu will play at home against the league's second-placed Banco di Sard. (#2) in Sassari.
Top scorers:
Acea Virtus RM: L.Datome 18+5reb+1ast, G.Lawal 14+9reb, J.Taylor 11+4ast, P.Goss 10+3reb+6ast, L.D'Ercole 5+3reb, O.Czyz 4+6reb
Cantu: P.Aradori 12+6reb+2ast, J.Tabu 12+12reb+8ast, M.Markoishvili 10+1reb+1ast, J.Brooks 9+6reb, A.Tyus 5+4reb, M.Leunen 4+2reb
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Trenkwalder RE - Umana VE 69-75

Everything could happen in Reggio Emilia at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Umana Venezia and 8th ranked Trenkwalder RE had identical 8-8 record. But Trenkwalder RE was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Venezia 75-69 on Sunday night. Trenkwalder RE trailed 40-37 at halftime, rallying from a 25-12 deficit at the end of first quarter to trim the gap. Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) stepped up and scored 27 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and French forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. Umana Venezia's coach Andrea Mazzon used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Donnel Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) responded with 26 points and 5 steals and American-Swiss Greg Brunner (201-83, college: Iowa) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Umana Venezia have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain seventh place with 9-8 record, which they share with Enel Brindisi. Newly promoted Trenkwalder RE dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. Umana Venezia will face VL Pesaro (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Trenkwalder RE will play against Lottomatica Roma (#4).
Top scorers:
Umana VE: S.Szewczyk 27+6reb, Y.Diawara 19+7reb+3ast, A.Young 10+1reb+1ast, K.Kee Clark 7+2reb+2ast, T.Bowers 6, D.Magro 4+7reb+1ast
Trenkwalder RE: D.Taylor 26+3reb+2ast, G.Brunner 15+8reb+1ast, A.Cinciarini 11+5reb+4ast, M.Antonutti 6+4reb, M.Jeremic 5+1reb, D.Slanina 4+5reb
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Vanoli CR - JuveCaserta 73-74

Everything went according to plan when tenth ranked Juvecaserta (8-9) edged on the road 12th ranked Vanoli Cremona (6-11) 74-73 on Sunday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Lithuanian forward Zygimantas Jonusas (200-82) stepped up and scored 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St.) chipped in 12 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Juvecaserta's coach Stefano Sacripanti used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Finnish Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and Croatian forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four Vanoli Cremona players scored in double figures. Juvecaserta moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Trenkwalder RE. Vanoli Cremona at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Juvecaserta will face bottom-ranked Angelico Biella (#16) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Vanoli Cremona will play against Enel Brindisi (#8).
Top scorers:
JuveCaserta: Z.Jonusas 20+9reb+1ast, J.Akindele 12+4reb+2ast, D.Mavraides 9+4reb, M.Mordente 9+4ast, G.Maresca 8+3reb+1ast, S.Jelovac 6+7reb
Vanoli CR: H.Peric 15+6reb+1ast, J.Jackson 15+2ast, T.Kotti 14+10reb, L.Harris 11+4reb+2ast, A.Johnson 9+7ast, A.Stipanovic 9+5reb
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Sidigas AV - Cimberio VA 82-83 OT

Fourteenth-ranked Air Avellino (4-13) gave a tough game to first ranked Cimberio Varese (15-2) on Sunday. The visitors from Varese managed to secure only one-point victory 83-82. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 25-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 9-8. Cimberio Varese forced 25 Air Avellino turnovers. It w