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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Adriatic League round 19 best performance: Andrija Zizic - by Eurobasket News

Center Andrija Zizic (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) had a great game in the last round for Cibona, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 32-year old player was the main contributor (24 points, eight rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Siroki WWin (#13, 6-13) 89-81. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Cibona is placed at 11th position in Adriatic League . Cibona is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-12 record. It's Zizic's second year at Cibona and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Andrija Zizic averages this season 12.1ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Croatian Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) of Siroki WWin. Sakic had a very good evening with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Bad luck as Siroki WWin lost that game 81-89 to slightly higher-ranked Cibona (#11, 7-12). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Siroki WWin keeps 13th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-13 record. Sakic is well-known at Siroki WWin and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was Slovenian guard Aleksandar Capin (186-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) of Radnicki KG (#6). Capin scored 23 points and passed six assists. He was a key player of Radnicki KG, leading his team to a 78-76 win against the higher-ranked Partizan (#3, 12-7). Radnicki KG needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 8 lost games. Capin has a great season in Adriatic League. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.6ppg (best scorer) and assists with 5.4apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) of Crvena Zvezda - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Ivan Mimica (190-G-80) of KK Split - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85) of Cibona - 24 points and 6 rebounds
7. Dino Muric (200-F-90) of Un.Olimpija - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
8. James Florence (185-G-88) of Szolnok - 24 points and 4 rebounds
9. Ivan Ramljak (203-SF-90) of Siroki WWin - 22 points and 2 rebounds
10. Marino Bazdaric (195-G/F-78) of Cedevita - 16 points and 7 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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  ARGENTINA   

Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
 1. Regatas C. 23-8 
 2. Lanus 21-10 
 3. Penarol 20-10 
 4. Libertad S. 18-12 
 5. Argentino 18-14 
 6. Olimpico LB 18-14 
 7. Quimsa 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. 10-20 
 15. Obras 10-20 
 16. La Union 8-24 
Stage One Standings

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. 77-56


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. Ciclista 10-6 
 3. Alianza Viedma 10-6 
 4. Quilmes MP 10-6 
 5. Huracan 8-8 
 6. MH Basket 7-9 
 7. San Lorenzo Ch. 7-9 
 8. Banda Norte 6-10 
 9. Rocamora 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. 27: Rocamora - Ciclista 93-94
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


Argentinian LigaA round 20 (Second Stage) best performance: Adrian Boccia - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized Italian swingman Adrian Boccia (195-G/F-82) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Lanus, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20 (Second Stage).
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Boca Jrs (#8, 16-14) 83-78. Lanus maintains the 2nd position in Italian LigaA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Lanus will need more victories to improve their 21-10 record. It's Boccia's second year at Lanus and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Adrian Boccia averages this season 12.5ppg and 6.3rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 33-year old American Terrence Shannon (203-F-79, agency: Paris Global Sports) of La Union. Shannon had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as La Union lost that game 74-96 to the higher-ranked Argentino (#7, 17-14). La Union are still at the very bottom. 24 lost games are too many comparing to just eight victories La Union managed to get this Second Stage. Shannon is a newcomer at La Union, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Jerome Meyinsse (206-C-88, agency: Dream Team Management) of league's top team Regatas C.. Meyinsse scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Regatas C., leading his team to a 84-60 easy win against the lower-ranked Olimpico LB (#5, 18-14). Regatas C. confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 23 victories and 8 lost games. Meyinsse has a very solid season. In 17 games in Argentina he scored 12.4ppg. He also has 5.1rpg and FGP: 69.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) of Penarol - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Pablo Espinoza (200-F-87) of Obras - 4 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Robert Battle (204-C-81) of Lanus - 21 points and 10 rebounds
7. Daniel Santiago (216-C-76) of Boca Jrs - 17 points and 5 rebounds
8. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) of Obras - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Enzo Ruiz (193-F-88) of 9 de Julio - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Paolo Quinteros (190-G-79) of Regatas C. - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 3

Jan. 26: Saigon H. - Petron Blaze 92-89
Jan. 26: KL Dragons - Satria Muda 72-79
Jan. 22: Satria Muda - KL Dragons 68-67
Jan. 25: Thailand S. - Singapore S. 65-62
Jan. 29: Singapore S. - Satria Muda 57-69

Regular Season: Round 4

Feb. 1: Petron Blaze - Saigon H.
Feb. 2: KL Dragons - Thailand S.
Feb. 5: Singapore S. - KL Dragons
Feb. 8: Petron Blaze - Satria Muda


Steve Thomas claims ASEAN League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Satria Muda and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 31-year old had a double-double of 15 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team edged out KL Dragons (#3, 2-2) 68-67. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Satria Muda maintains the 2nd position in ASEAN League . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this season. Satria Muda will need more victories to improve their 3-2 record. Thomas turned to be Satria Muda's top player in his first season with the team. Middle Tennessee State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Thomas. Thomas is in league's top in points (9th best: 12.0ppg) and assists (9th best: 2.0apg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American guard Cedric Bozeman (198-G-83) of KL Dragons. Bozeman impressed basketball fans with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as KL Dragons was edged by Satria Muda (3-2) 68-67. The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Bozeman is a newcomer at KL Dragons 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 21.0ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 8.3rpg and 4.3apg.

The third best performed player last round was another KL Dragons' star - American Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88). Edwards scored 20 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Edwards' great performance KL Dragons lost 72-79 to #2 ranked Satria Muda. But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing KL Dragons needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Edwards has a great season in ASEAN League. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.3ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 11.3rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kyle Jeffers (207-C-85) of Singapore S. - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Kyle Jeffers (207-C-85) of Singapore S. - 27 points and 9 rebounds
6. Chris Daniels (200-PF-82) of Satria Muda - 23 points and 13 rebounds
7. Christien Charles (216-F/C-81) of Thailand S. - 16 points and 16 rebounds
8. David Palmer (206-F/C-86) of Saigon H. - 26 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88) of KL Dragons - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81) of Satria Muda - 11 points, 11 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)



Round 3: Indonesia Warriors claim three consecutive victories - by Eurobasket News

It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in ASEAN League, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position and games ending by tiny margin.

Round 3 in ASEAN League means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Jakarta where host Indonesian Satria Muda (3-2) edged Malaysian KL Dragons (2-2) 68-67 on Tuesday evening. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 1 point. Satria Muda forced 21 KL Dragons turnovers and had a 20-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was power forward Steve Thomas (204-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 14 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Cedric Bozeman (198-83, college: UCLA) who recorded 24 points and 9 rebounds. KL Dragons' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Satria Muda have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 3-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Saigon H. KL Dragons at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Saigon H.. KL Dragons will play next round against Singapore Slingers trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Satria Muda will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Petron Blaze in Manila.
Saigon Heat edged Filipino Petron Blaze at home 92-89. The game was also dominated by American players. It was a good game for power forward David Palmer (206-86, college: N.Kentucky) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds. Dior Lowhorn contributed with 27 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds for Petron Blaze. Saigon Heat have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Petron Blaze at the other side dropped to the fourth place with one game lost. Petron Blaze will play next round against strong Satria Muda trying to get back on the winning streak. Saigon Heat will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Petron Blaze at Manila.
Malaysian KL Dragons (2-2) recorded its second loss in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Indonesian Satria Muda (3-2) 79-72. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for Chris Daniels who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Gavin Edwards with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). KL Dragons' coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Satria Muda have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 3-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Saigon H. Loser KL Dragons dropped to the third position with two games lost. Satria Muda will meet Petron Blaze (#4) in the next round. KL Dragons will play against Singapore Slingers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Bangkok. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of Singapore Singapore Slingers (1-2) to Thailand Slammers (1-3) 65-62 on Friday evening. It was an exceptional evening for Christien Charles who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 16 rebounds and 7 blocks. Thailand Slammers' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Thailand Slammers maintains sixth place with 1-3 record. Singapore Slingers at the other side keep the fifth position with two games lost. Thailand Slammers' next round opponent will be higher ranked KL Dragons (#3) in Kuala Lumpur and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Singapore Slingers will play at home against KL Dragons in Kuala Lumpur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Singapore was also quite interesting. Indonesian Satria Muda (3-2) played at the court of Singapore Slingers (1-2). Satria Muda defeated Singapore Slingers 69-57 on Tuesday. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was Chris Daniels who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Satria Muda have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 3-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Saigon H. Loser Singapore Slingers keep the fifth position with two games lost. Satria Muda will face Petron Blaze (#4) in Manila in the next round. Singapore Slingers will play at home against KL Dragons in Kuala Lumpur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.


Singapore S. - Satria Muda 57-69

The game in Singapore was also quite interesting. Indonesian Satria Muda (3-2) played at the court of Singapore Slingers (1-2). Satria Muda defeated Singapore Slingers 69-57 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Satria Muda. Singapore Slingers was better in third quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Singapore Slingers to just 7 points in first quarter. Satria Muda had a 30-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia, agency: Limelight Hoops) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Power forward Steve Thomas (204-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Four Satria Muda players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was center Kyle Jeffers (207-85, college: Oregon St.) who recorded 27 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Rashad Jones-Jennings (203-84, college: UALR) added 9 points and 17 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Satria Muda have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 3-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Saigon H. Loser Singapore Slingers keep the fifth position with two games lost. Satria Muda will face Petron Blaze (#4) in Manila in the next round. Singapore Slingers will play at home against KL Dragons in Kuala Lumpur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Singapore S.: K.Jeffers 27+9reb+1ast, W.Long Wong 10+1reb+1ast, R.Jones-Jennings 9+17reb, Q.Wu 5+1ast, D.Dulay 3+1reb, W.Jie Oh Desmond 3+2reb+4ast
Satria Muda: J.Smith 14+3reb, C.Daniels 13+11reb+1ast, S.Thomas 11+11reb+3ast, J.Canada 10+3reb+4ast, M.Wuysang 7+1reb+1ast, C.Ronaldo Sitepu 7+5reb
gschID: 229688


KL Dragons - Satria Muda 72-79

Malaysian KL Dragons (2-2) recorded its second loss in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Indonesian Satria Muda (3-2) 79-72. The guests trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 30-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Satria Muda had a 20-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia, agency: Limelight Hoops) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds. Power forward Steve Thomas (204-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) helped adding 12 points and 12 rebounds. Four Satria Muda players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and guard Cedric Bozeman (198-83, college: UCLA) scored 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. KL Dragons' coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Satria Muda have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 3-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Saigon H. Loser KL Dragons dropped to the third position with two games lost. Satria Muda will meet Petron Blaze (#4) in the next round. KL Dragons will play against Singapore Slingers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KL Dragons: G.Edwards 20+11reb+2ast, S.Fai Loh 14+2reb, C.Bozeman 13+5reb+5ast, M.Tautuaa 8+2reb, B.Sin Ooi 7+4reb+2ast, P.Cabahug 3+1reb
Satria Muda: C.Daniels 23+13reb+1ast, S.Thomas 12+12reb+1ast, J.Canada 11+4reb+2ast, M.Wuysang 11+1reb+2ast, J.Smith 10+3reb+3ast, C.Ronaldo Sitepu 8+7reb
gschID: 232445


Saigon H. - Petron Blaze 92-89

Saigon Heat edged Filipino Petron Blaze at home 92-89. The game was also dominated by American players. It was a good game for power forward David Palmer (206-86, college: N.Kentucky) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Dior Lowhorn (201-87, college: USF) contributed with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds and forward Gabe Freeman (198-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) added 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Petron Blaze. Five Petron Blaze players scored in double figures. Saigon Heat have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Petron Blaze at the other side dropped to the fourth place with one game lost. Petron Blaze will play next round against strong Satria Muda trying to get back on the winning streak. Saigon Heat will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Petron Blaze at Manila.
Top scorers:
Petron Blaze: G.Freeman 16+9reb+4ast, B.Williams 14+16reb+2ast, V.Acuna 12+2reb, E.Menk 12+5reb+1ast, C.Banchero 11+6reb+6ast, P.Taulava 10+5reb+1ast
Saigon H.: D.Lowhorn 27+12reb, D.Palmer 26+12reb+3ast, J.Reyes 22+3reb+4ast, P.Aaron Morrison 9+3ast, L.Tieu 6+2reb, K.Dehesa 2+7reb+1ast
gschID: 229687


Thailand S. - Singapore S. 65-62

A very interesting game took place in Bangkok. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of Singapore Singapore Slingers (1-2) to Thailand Slammers (1-3) 65-62 on Friday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Singapore Slingers won fourth quarter 16-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Thailand Slammers brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Christien Charles (216-81, college: Villanova) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 16 rebounds and 7 blocks. Filipino guard Froilan Baguion (170-80) accounted for 15 points and 13 assists for the winning side. Thailand Slammers' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American center Kyle Jeffers (207-85, college: Oregon St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks and the other American import power forward Rashad Jones-Jennings (203-84, college: UALR) added 12 points and 12 rebounds respectively for Singapore Slingers in the defeat. Thailand Slammers maintains sixth place with 1-3 record. Singapore Slingers at the other side keep the fifth position with two games lost. Thailand Slammers' next round opponent will be higher ranked KL Dragons (#3) in Kuala Lumpur and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Singapore Slingers will play at home against KL Dragons in Kuala Lumpur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Singapore S.: K.Jeffers 18+10reb+5ast, S.Cabatu 13+1reb+1ast, R.Jones-Jennings 12+12reb+1ast, W.Jie Oh Desmond 9+1reb+4ast, D.Dulay 8+2reb+2ast, M.Folkoff 2+4reb+5ast
Thailand S.: C.Charles 16+16reb, F.Baguion 15+13ast, M.Earl 10+2reb, W.Dawsom 7+1reb, P.Sekteera 7+2reb, W.Tongsri 6+1ast
gschID: 229686


Satria Muda - KL Dragons 68-67

Round 3 in ASEAN League means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Jakarta where host Indonesian Satria Muda (3-2) edged Malaysian KL Dragons (2-2) 68-67 on Tuesday evening. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 1 point. Satria Muda forced 21 KL Dragons turnovers and had a 20-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was power forward Steve Thomas (204-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Cedric Bozeman (198-83, college: UCLA) who recorded 24 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) added 18 points and 13 rebounds respectively. KL Dragons' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Satria Muda have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 3-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Saigon H. KL Dragons at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Saigon H.. KL Dragons will play next round against Singapore Slingers trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Satria Muda will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Petron Blaze in Manila.
Top scorers:
KL Dragons: C.Bozeman 24+9reb+1ast, G.Edwards 18+13reb+2ast, Y.Seng John Ng 7+1reb+1ast, M.Jeffries 5+2reb, B.Guganeswaran 5+4reb+4ast, Y.Jing Kwaan 2+3reb
Satria Muda: S.Thomas 15+14reb+2ast, C.Daniels 14+11reb+5ast, J.Canada 12+4reb+3ast, M.Wuysang 7+1reb, J.Smith 6+2reb+1ast, C.Ronaldo Sitepu 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 229685



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  BAHRAIN   

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 3-6 
 9. Nuwaidrat 3-6 
 10. Al Ittihad 2-7 
 11. Al Najma 1-8 
 12. Samaheej 0-9 

Regular Season: Round 9

Jan. 29: Nuwaidrat - Samaheej 89-38
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: Bahrain Club - Al Najma 69-55

Regular Season: Round 10

Jan. 31: Sitra - Al Ahli
Jan. 31: Muharraq - Al Manama
Feb. 1: Hidd - Al Hala
Feb. 1: Al Najma - Al Ittihad
Feb. 2: Nuwaidrat - Bahrain Club
Feb. 2: Issa Town - Samaheej


Premier League Round 9: Muharraq loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Premier League. Coincidentally all hosts won their games. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

There was a change at the Premier League leadership position after last games. Round 9 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Muharraq (8-1). They were defeated by sixth ranked Sitra (6-3) 76-68 on Monday night. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Muharraq. Sitra moved-up to fifth place. Muharraq at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Al Ahli who have the same record. Muharraq will play next round against strong Al Manama trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Sitra will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Al Ahli in Manama.
The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Al Ahli as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Muharraq) loss. Al Ahli defeated 7th ranked Issa Town in Manama 83-79. Al Ahli (8-1) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Muharraq. Issa Town lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with five games lost. Issa Town will play next round against Samaheej trying to get back on the winning streak. Al Ahli will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Sitra on the road.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Al Hala (7-2) against fourth ranked Al Manama (7-2) on Sunday night. Visiting Al Hala was crushed by Al Manama in Manama 84-50. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Al Manama. They moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Al Hala. Al Manama will meet league's second-placed Muharraq in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Al Hala will play against Hidd and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Samaheej (0-9) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their ninth consecutive match to ninth ranked Nuwaidrat (3-6) 89-38. Nuwaidrat moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Bahrain Club. Samaheej lost their ninth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with nine games lost. Nuwaidrat's next round opponent will be Bahrain Club (#8) in Manama. Samaheej will play on the road against Issa Town (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Important game to mention about took place in Manama. Tenth ranked Al Ittihad (2-7) saved a 1-point derby victory at home edging higher ranked Hidd (5-4) 73-72 on Monday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hidd. Al Ittihad maintains tenth place with 2-7 record. Newly promoted Hidd dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Al Ittihad's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Manama to the arena Al Najma.

In the last game of round 9 Al Najma lost to Bahrain Club on the opponent's court 55-69.


Bahrain Club - Al Najma 69-55

Rather expected game in Manama where 11th ranked Al Najma (1-8) was defeated by eighth ranked Bahrain Club (3-6) 69-55 on Tuesday. Bahrain Club maintains eighth place with 3-6 record, which they share with Nuwaidrat. Loser Al Najma keeps the eleventh position with eight games lost. Bahrain Club will face Nuwaidrat (#9) on the road in the next round. Al Najma's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Manama Al Ittihad.
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Nuwaidrat - Samaheej 89-38

Bottom-ranked Samaheej (0-9) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their ninth consecutive match to ninth ranked Nuwaidrat (3-6) 89-38. Nuwaidrat moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Bahrain Club. Samaheej lost their ninth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with nine games lost. Nuwaidrat's next round opponent will be Bahrain Club (#8) in Manama. Samaheej will play on the road against Issa Town (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
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Al Manama - Al Hala 84-50

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Al Hala (7-2) against fourth ranked Al Manama (7-2) on Sunday night. Visiting Al Hala was crushed by Al Manama in Manama 84-50. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Al Manama. They moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Al Hala. Al Manama will meet league's second-placed Muharraq in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Al Hala will play against Hidd and hope to secure a win.
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Al Ahli - Issa Town 83-79

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Al Ahli as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Muharraq) loss. Al Ahli defeated 7th ranked Issa Town in Manama 83-79. Al Ahli (8-1) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Muharraq. Issa Town lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with five games lost. Issa Town will play next round against Samaheej trying to get back on the winning streak. Al Ahli will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Sitra on the road.
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Sitra - Muharraq 76-68

There was a change at the Premier League leadership position after last games. Round 9 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Muharraq (8-1). They were defeated by sixth ranked Sitra (6-3) 76-68 on Monday night. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Muharraq. Sitra moved-up to fifth place. Muharraq at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Al Ahli who have the same record. Muharraq will play next round against strong Al Manama trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Sitra will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Al Ahli in Manama.
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Al Ittihad - Hidd 73-72

Important game to mention about took place in Manama. Tenth ranked Al Ittihad (2-7) saved a 1-point derby victory at home edging higher ranked Hidd (5-4) 73-72 on Monday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hidd. Al Ittihad maintains tenth place with 2-7 record. Newly promoted Hidd dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Al Ittihad's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Manama to the arena Al Najma.
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Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 1

First Six

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

Last Four

Jan. 29: Kozuv - Mornar Bar 72-64
Jan. 30: OKK Beograd - Djuro Djakovic



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EuroChallenge: Tsmoki-Minsk used home court advantage to beat Telekom Baskets - by Eurobasket News

Tsmoki-Minsk - Telekom Baskets 74:70

Tsmoki-Minsk used home court advantage to beat Telekom Baskets in one of the first games in Round 3 of Top 16 in EuroChallenge. The team from Belarus won 74:70 and tied both records at 1-2 in Group L.
Telekom Baskets opened the game with a minimum win at the end of the first period but allowed the hosts to take control later in the game. Tsmoki-Minsk posted a 18-13 in the second frame for 4-point advantage at the halftime and added 20-16 rally in the third period. The German side bounced back with 23-19 in the last stanza but it was not enough to catch up with the home side.
Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-SF-85) led the way with 16 points, while Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) and Lashkevich Aliaksei netted 14 each. Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) finished the game with 21 points in defeat and Robert Vaden (196-G/F-85, college: UAB) scored 16. Jared Jordan (188-PG-84, college: Marist) poured in 14, while Jamel McLean (203-F-88, college: Xavier) added 9.

Tsmoki-Minsk: Aliaksandr Pustahvar 16, Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 14, Lashkevich Aliaksei 14
Telekom Baskets: Benas Veikalas 21, Robert Vaden 16, Jared Jordan 14, Jamel McLean 9



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Division II - Round Twenty - by Bert Larsimont

Excelsior Brussels vs. BasKet Tongeren: 89-90 (after OT)

It was a real thriller in Neder-over-Hembeek (a suburb of Brussels) last Saturday... Fans had to hold on to their hat for a great finish in this game. Despite a great presence of Excelsior's Emmanuel Mampuya (200-F/C-79, agency: Promotex), Maxime Depuydt (192-F-92) and Kanefu "Sam" Semijejero (195-PF-77) in rebounding, stealing and scoring, BasKet Tongeren's experienced players like Peter Pipeleers (202-F/C-80), Herbert Baert (204-F-75) and Jeroen Eskens (190-G-81) made the difference in the crucial moments of the game. The visitors could have concluded the game sooner with a win if Martijn Hendrix (183-G-86) had not missed a lay-up on the final buzzer, when the scoreboard showed 81-81. The overtime started well for BK Tongeren but Excelsior Brussels came back into the race at 89-88 with only 28 seconds remaining on the clock. A steal and a last shot hit by former Ethias League player Jeroen Eskens allowed the visitors to enjoy an unexpected triumph away. Excelsior is still in the race for the play-offs but has lost some crucial points lately. Excelsior's injured player Randy Oveneke (201-F-86) should be back in action next week.
Score evolution: 20-22, 42-41, 66-60, 81-81 and 89-90.
Best scorers:
Excelsior: E. Mampuya 12, X. Collette 11, N. Verrept 4, M. Depuydt 11, J. Van Haevermaet 16, G. De Pooter 11, J. De Schepper 8, S. Pelle 2, S. Semijejero 14.
BK Tongeren: J. Van Hoecke 8, M. Hendrix 14, K. Doukmani 9, J. Delva 8, P. Pipeleers 15, H. Baert 16, J. Eskens 20.

Cuva Houthalen vs. Sint-Niklase Condors: 82-68

Cuva Houthalen wins the game with a rather good margin against the Klaasjes and remain in the run for the play-offs. Young talents Hans Vanwijn (197-F-95) and Glenn Camps (201-F/C-95) were missing on the Cuva side. Both represent Belgium at the Nike Junior International Tournament in Lithuania. Free video highlights of the Cuva vs. Condors game on TVL.be: http://www.tvl.be/nl/sport/recente-afleveringen/2013-01-27/cuva-houthalen-sint-niklaas-2013-01-27/#.UQWdRr-qnul.

BBC Haantjes Oudenaarde vs. Port of Antwerp Giants II: 71-79

The Haantjes welcomed the last ranked team of the competition. Before the game, the local press had mentioned that the Haantjes could not lose that game otherwise it would have been a tricky situation for them. Luc Smout and his Giants II have eventually recorded their second win of the season.

Bent Schoenen Waregem vs. CEP Fleurus: 67-61

The visitors were ahead until early in the fourth quarter. With their great duo of brothers Thomas Foucart (195-F-84) and Olivier Foucart (195-G-84), the home team took the lead with 6:29 remaining in the fourth quarter (48-46). On one hand, Ludovic Pourtoit (182-G-88) was disappointing and Amaury Marion (196-F-91) did not score for CEP F last Sunday. On the other hand, Kevin Jonniaux (198-G-83) had a very good second half and Thomas Bauwens (192-F-86) looked particularly fit and well in offense through the whole game for the Yellows. It did not help and the men of coach Sven Declercq finished on top after 40 minutes. Special mention to double-affiliated player Arne Steinbach (182-PG-92, agency: Court Side) who played well with Okapi Aalstar on Friday night and scored 11 points with BS Waregem on Sunday afternoon.
Score evolution: 15-21, 24-28, 40-43 and 67-61.
Best scorers:
BS Waregem: A. Steinbach 11, Destadsbader 4, B. Samaey 6, O. Foucart 11, T. Foucart 24, S. Dhondt 7, A. Gueye 4.
CEP F: K. Jonniaux 9, C. Manzanza 4, T. Bauwens 18, L. Hazard 6, S. Muric 8, C. Ilongo 16.

Gent Dragons vs. Befius Mons Hainaut II : 71-67

So far, the Dragons have played only home games at the Tolhuis in 2013. They hosted Belfius Mons Hainaut II and had a hard time to get rid of the young Foxes led by Loic Schwartz (195-G/F-92) who scored 23 points last Saturday. After a good start at 13-4, the Dragons of coach Kris De Pauw could not avoid a very convincing 0-16 run by the Foxes. Faycal Lait (190-G-88, agency: Promotex) was a key player for the Dragons, especially when he hit a three-pointer on the buzzer at the end of the third quarter to make 47-44. A good defense in the last seconds of the game helped the Dragons keep a small advantage at the end. Final score: 71-67.
Score evolution: 23-23, 34-35, 47-44 and 71-67.
Best scorers:
Dragons: B. Heinle 8, R. Spaens 5, F. Lait 15, T. Van De Vondel 14, M. Van Gelder 16, L. Enobakhare 6, C. Tshimuanga 7.
Mons Hainaut II: E. Lecomte 14, G. Vlamynck 3, L. Schwartz 23, D. Walasiak 8, M. Renard 7, K. Tumba 12.

Sint-Jan Antwerp vs. Essor Charleroi (Spirou B): 100-51

Thanks to an efficient full court press concluded with spectacular plays, the Jantjes of coach Steve Cornelis gave no chance to the young Spirou team of coach Pascal Angilis. Free video highlights of the game on www.atv.be (in Dutch): http://www.atv.be/item/sint-jan-op-kop-na-zevende-overwinning. After seven wins in a row, Sint-Jan has now taken the lead in the Division II competition. Although the whole home team played well, one man deserves a special mention on the SJBA side: Mario Brown (202-F-84, college: Jacksonville) who was particularly proactive at the rebound and in scoring.
Score evolution: 28-10, 53-23, 72-37 and 100-51.
Best scorers:
Sint-Jan: V. Haerbos 11, B. Hartshorne 2, V. Verbeeck 11, B. Raes 4, N. El Khounchar 9, A. Druwez 17, S. Geukens 21, L. Anthonis 2, P. Smulders 4, M. Brown 21.
Essor: Y. Siegwarth 10, T. Lefevre 5, N. Jankovic 12, J. Stas 5, M. Fusek 4, B. Penninck 5, J. Charles 2, M. Steenberghs 4, A. Eyenga 4.

Point Chaud Sprimont vs. Gembo BBC: 77-105

The Gembo guys took a large lead only in the third quarter. Thomas Goethaert (183-G-83) was particularly efficient for Gembo in the last minutes of the game. He scored the 100th point of his team and deserves a special mention this week. Again a good performance in offense for Gaetan Hertay (195-F-88) on the losing side. Free video highlights of this game on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoI4rnbJQKQ&list=UUoSEPiDqNhOjhQW7eAC-isQ&index=4.
Score evolution: 24-24, 40-44, 60-80 and 77-105.
Best scorers:
PC Sprimont: F. Manset 3, F. Delsaute 13, J.-B. Thome 7, G. Vrancken 14, A. Bousmanne 3, F. Forthomme 5, G. Hertay 20, R. Delhaye 2, G. Donnay 10.
Gembo: N/A





EuroChallenge: EWE Baskets posts three digit-number in Belgium - by Eurobasket News

Aalstar - EWE Baskets 80:103

EWE Baskets posts three digit-number in Belgium to beat Aalstar. The German side destroyed the home side 103:80 for 3-0 record in Group L.
The game was mostly controlled by EWE Baskets. Okapi Aalstar was better in second period 31-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. EWE Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Okapi Aalstar's players. It was a great evening for Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia South) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points. Dru Joyce (183-PG-85, college: Akron) helped adding 16 points and 7 assists. The best for the losing side was Ryan Thompson (198-G-89, college: Rider) with 23 points and 6 assists and Thomas Dreesen (199-F-88, agency: Court Side) scored 17 points. Brad Tinsley (190-G-89, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Vanderbilt) followed them with 16 points.

Aalstar: Ryan Thompson 23, Thomas Dreesen 17, Brad Tinsley 16
EWE Baskets: Julius Jenkins 25, Dru Joyce 16, Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) 12, Ronnie Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) 12, Robin Smeulders (207-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) 12



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Standings - BIH League

Division I Standings
 1. Bosna 11-4 
 2. Mladost 11-4 
 3. Capljina 10-5 
 4. Borac Nektar 8-7 
 5. Radnik B. 8-7 
 6. Varda HE 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 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, Posusje22.0 
 3. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.20.5 
 4. Hot, Vogosca19.4 
 5. Lalovic, Zrinjski.18.5 
 6. Bijelic, Mladost17.6 
 7. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.17.3 
 8. Aleksic, Leotar17.1 
 9. Bjelica, Capljina16.7 
 10. Peljto, Kakanj16.3 
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.7.6 
 5. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.7.2 
 6. Bijelic, Mladost7.1 
 7. Pavlovic, Borac N.6.6 
 8. Erkic, Radnik B.6.6 
 9. Rizvic, Bosna6.4 
 10. Jovanovic, Radnik6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Hot, Vogosca7.4 
 2. Peljto, Kakanj6.5 
 3. Kascelan, Leotar5.9 
 4. Kovacevic, Capljina5.5 
 5. Radovanovic, Radni.5.3 
 6. Hodzic, Bosna5.2 
 7. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.5.2 
 8. Bakovic, Posusje4.9 
 9. Ivanic, Mladost4.8 
 10. Kastratovic, Vard.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hot, Vogosca2.8 
 2. Kovacevic, Capljina2.3 
 3. Bjelica, Capljina2.3 
 4. Lovric, Posusje2.2 
 5. Hodzic, Bosna1.6 
 6. Erkic, Radnik B.1.6 
 7. Pavlovic, Borac N.1.5 
 8. Knezevic, Mladost1.5 
 9. Jovanovic, Radnik1.5 
 10. Borovcanin, Radni.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Igor BIJELIC
  Mladost
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Bijelic, Mladost1.5 
 2. Djuranovic, Borac0.6 
 3. Leric, Bosna0.6 
 4. Popovic, Capljina0.6 
 5. Buza, Bosna0.6 
 6. Mustapic, Posusje0.6 
 7. Jurkovic, Capljina0.6 
 8. Loncarevic, Radnik0.5 
 9. Jovanovic, Radnik0.5 
 10. Simic, Radnik B.0.5 



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Victor, JR & Royals fall to Webber University! - by David Edole

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI Virgin Islanders Ray Victor and Halstead JR Chiverton continue to spur their team, the Warner University Royals, up the Sunshine Conference standings but not even the dynamic duo could stop the Royals going down 68-64 to cross Town Rivals Webber on Saturday January 26, 2013.

Victor was on court for 30 minutes as the Royals saw a slender 4-point half time lead disappear in the second period of play. He finished with 8 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block and 3 steals. Chiverton finished his 11 minutes court time with 6 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal.

Next up for the Royals is a conference match up against Johnson and Wales University on Wednesday night.

Things had gone so much better for the Royals the previous Wednesday when Victor and Chiverton turned on the style in a packed Turner Athletic Center to beat the Fire out of Southeastern University (Fla.) 86-72 in a Sun Conference match.

The Royals avenged a loss earlier in the season, where Southeastern held on late to beat Warner 68-63.

With six ties and two lead changes, the first half action was back and forth. Warner shot relatively well from the field, going 11-for-24; their 45.8% was just better than the visitors 44.8%. Southeastern, however, carried a slight advantage, 35-33, into the break.

Judging by most of their performances so far this season, it would be safe to say that the Royals are definitely a second half team. That showed again against the Fire as Warners offense exploded in the second half for 53 points. Two double-digit point runs helped the Royals pull away in the second half, in large part to the hot shooting of Victor. Victor finished the game as Warners leading scorer with 23 points, while nabbing eight rebounds.



UPDATE: There will be a game 5! Nuttin Nyce bounce back in thriller! - by David Edole

EAST END, Tortola, VI- We have to come play defense...we going to come to play, it isnt finished yet. There will be a game 5, were the words of Senior National Player Kennedy Bass after their defeat to 49h Street on Saturday January 26, 2013 but delivered on his word the following night on the Greenland Court to force a game five in the Lorenzo Jennings Christmas Basketball League finals.

The game was not for the faint of heart as it was a keenly contested affair which went neck to neck from start to finish but ended 87-84 in overtime in favour of Nuttin Nyce, who emerged with the win to silence the many 49th Street supporters who were certain that their team had won at one stage.

The hero for Nuttin Nyce was definitely the aggressive and stylish Jason Edwin who knocked down an impressive game high 38 points and pulled 8 rebounds in a bruising encounter that regularly saw players picking themselves off the ground .

It was a very toughly fought game from both ends of the court, both teams wanted to win and we were in a win or go home situation so we played hard to tie the series and live to fight another day.

Edwin also hit some crucial free throws under tense conditions and said the strategy was to play as if it was their last game. Everyone had to hold their own.

Asked what to expect on the final night, Friday February 1, 2013, Edwin said they will try to come out focussed and try not to worry too much with the bad calls that may be made against them. We have to keep our composure even if they make bad calls, you just have to stay focused and stay the course.

The ever present Kennedy Bass had a neat all round performance with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. We did what we came to do, we won so it has a game five and when we come we have to play even against the referees...so its do or die now.

The never-say-die Devon Wattley was unfortunately fouled out for 49th Street after posting some 18 points on the board and grabbing 7 assists. The Nuttin Nyce team would have certainly welcomed the foul out since Wattley was a thorn in their defence.

Before thanking God for helping to bring the team this far in the championship, Wattley told Virgin Islands News Online that his team lost focus down the home stretch. We made certain errors at the end of the game which cost us but we coming back Friday with more aggressiveness to win this League. So we just want to give God thanks and thank the fans for coming to support us.

It was also a big night for Gavin Frett, who scored 19 points and took 11 rebounds.

It was definitely a miserable night at the free throw line for Cedric Smith but he made amends from the field as he played an aggressive game of posting and taking on his marker to score from close range.

Smith ended with 14 points.

The contributions of Nathaniel Malone cannot be overlooked as he held his composure to keep 49th Street in the game when it seemed Nuttin Nyce wanted to stage a break away.

Malone finished with 15 points.

The 49th Streets coach Wasi Charlesweln was not impressed with his players performance but was nevertheless looking forward for the big final on Friday. My team came out playing flat, it seemed like they had wanted a game five with the way they were playing. They didnt come out hustling and playing like they did the other night. It really looked like they wanted a game five to keep the action going but we will be ready for that game 5.

Mr Charlesweln also pointed out that Wattley being fouled out was also a blow for his team although he was not to pleased with the decision. But we are not going to worry about that. We going to come out and continue to play without the referee giving us calls.

The 49th Street fans will come hoping to redo their victory celebration as they had already flocked on the court, champagne waving, at one point when it was thought that 49th Street had won.

With three seconds on the board in regulation time after Edwin had scored one of his two free throws to make the score 71-69 in favour of Nuttin Nyce, the ball was inbounded and a shot was taken by 69th Street but it didnt go in. At this stage Nuttin Nyce seemed to think that the clock had expired but the offensive rebound was taken and the attempt to basket was good, which evened the score and sent the game into overtime.

The many 49th Street fans stormed the court in excitement at the perceived victory only for the referee to indicate that the shot was good for two and the game needed to go into overtime to separate the two teams.





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

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

Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Luc Mbah a Moute (200-86, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to a Milwaukee Bucks' victory against the Golden State Warriors (27-17) 109-102 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Mbah a Moute scored 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. The Milwaukee Bucks have 23-19 record this season. It's Mbah a Moute's fifth year with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 7.9ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 41.7%, 3FGP: 26.3% and FT: 58.8% in the 28 games he played so far. Mbah a Moute played for the Cameroonian senior national team two years ago.

Victor Samnick
Victor Samnick
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown, currently plays in France). He led Chorale de Roanne to a victory over the sixth-ranked Paris-Levallois (10-7) 87-71 in the French ProA last Saturday. Samnick was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, passed 6 assists and added 2 blocks. Chorale de Roanne Basket (8-9) is placed tenth in the ProA. This season Samnick averages: 8.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 44.2%, 3FGP: 22.7% and FT: 66.0%. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Samnick played for the Cameroonian national team in 2011.

Kenny Kadji
Kenny Kadji
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Kenny Kadji (211-88, currently plays college basketball in the States). He helped Miami, FL win their game against the Duke University (4-2) crushing them 90-63 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. Kadji scored 22 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 26 minutes. The University of Miami, Florida has a very good 6-0 conference record this season. So far Miami, FL won all six games in the conference. This year Kadji's overall stats are: 8.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 44.2%, 3FGP: 22.7% and FT: 66.0% in the 16 games. He played for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
   #4. Shooting guard Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (187-77, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in Aix-Maurienne's victory against the closely-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (6-11) crushing them 104-83 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Ekanga-Ehawa scored 23 points and added 4 passes. Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (11-9) is placed seventh in the ProB. This season Ekanga-Ehawa has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.5spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and French. Ekanga-Ehawa used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2011.

Arsene Towa
Arsene Towa
   #5. Former international forward Arsene Towa (191-81, currently plays in Finland) helped Kerava Energia Team win their game against the second-ranked KaU Koris (14-7) 101-91 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) on Sunday night. Towa recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 16 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Division B. Kerava Energia Team (14-5) is placed first. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Towa is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Kerava Energia Team's roster. He is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders. Towa has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.1ppg, 13.1rpg, 2.4apg and 1.8spg. Towa used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Alfred Aboya
Alfred Aboya
   #6. Power forward Alfred Aboya (206-85, college: UCLA, currently plays in Japan) helped Shiga L-Stars win their game against the second-ranked Okinawa GK (20-6) 83-73 in the Japanese BJ League in Sunday night's game. He scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. Shiga Lakestars (17-11) are placed fourth in Western group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Aboya's first season with the team. This year Aboya's total stats are: 8.0ppg and 6.7rpg in the 28 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Cameroonian senior team two years ago.

William Arnaud Adala
William Arnaud Adala
   #7. Former international forward William Arnaud Adala (198-93, currently studies in the States) helped Wake Forest edge the North Carolina State University (4-2) 86-84 in the NCAA on Tuesday night. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 17 minutes. The Wake Forest University has 3-3 conference record this season. Arnaud Adala has averaged so far 8.0ppg and 6.7rpg in the 28 games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Michel Ipouck
Michel Ipouck
   #8. Forward Michel Ipouck (199-86, currently plays in France) helped Chartres win their game against the fifth-ranked Souffelweyersheim (11-5) 69-64 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. He scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Union Basket Chartres Metropole (7-9) is placed 11th in the NM1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Ipouck has reliable stats this season: 11.0ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.3bpg. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Ipouck is currently in the Cameroonian national team roster.

Gaston Moliva
Gaston Moliva
   #9. Former international forward Gaston Moliva (202-85, college: Richmond, currently plays in Qatar), who plays in the Qatari D1 could not help Qatar Sports Club (3-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Qatar Sports Club lost 64-71 in a derby game to the league outsider (#9) Al Ahli. Moliva had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds in 40 minutes. It was Qatar Sports Club's eighth consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Moliva is ranked ninth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (fifth place). He has very impressive stats this year: 16.4ppg, 11.0rpg, 2.1apg and 2.1spg in the 15 games. Moliva used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Steve Tchiengang Noubissie
Steve Tchiengang Noubissie
   #10. Forward Steve Tchiengang Noubissie (205-88, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in Qatar) was not able to help Al Jaysh (11-5) in their game against Al Rayyan (13-2) in the Qatari D1. He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Tchiengang Noubissie scored only 2 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Al Jaysh was defeated 76-65 in a derby game by the leading Al Rayyan. The Regular Season already ended. Tchiengang Noubissie has averaged so far 3.3ppg, 10.5rpg and 1.5apg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Cameroonian senior national team.

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

   #1. William Yengue (193-F, currently plays in Canada) was the major contributor in a Dalhousie University's victory against the Panthers (2-10) 81-71 in the Canadian university league CIS last Friday. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 15 rebounds. Yengue also added 3 assists in 29 minutes. The Dalhousie University has a solid 8-5 record this season. Yengue is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Dalhousie University's roster. This season his total stats are: 8.0ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.5apg in the 13 games he played so far.

   #2. Michel Enanga (196-F, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Co.Carolina (4-3) to beat the University of North Carolina - Asheville (5-2). Enanga scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Co.Carolina was edged 63-60 on the road by the University of North Carolina - Asheville. Enanga has averaged so far 8.0ppg and 6.7rpg.

   #3. Sama Taku (185-G, currently studies in the States) contributed to Pacific's victory against the California State University, Fullerton (4-4) 71-67 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Taku scored 10 points and added 4 assists. The University of Pacific has a solid 6-2 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Taku has averaged so far 8.0ppg and 6.7rpg.

   #4. Gedeon Pitard (188-G-89, currently plays in France) managed to help STB Le Havre in a victory against the closely-ranked Cholet (8-9) 87-68 in the French ProA last Monday. He recorded 5 points and added 4 passes in 18 minutes. STB Le Havre (12-3) is placed sixth in the ProA. Pitard has been at the team for six years. Pitard has averaged so far 3.8ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3apg in the 17 games. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French.

   #5. Yannick Atanga (203-F-90, is currently at the American university) contributed to a Santa Clara's victory against the University of San Diego (4-3) 64-50 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Atanga scored only 3 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks. The Santa Clara University has 4-3 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Atanga has averaged so far 3.8ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3apg.

   #6. James Siakam (198-F-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Vanderbilt in their game against the University of Missouri in the NCAA. He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 16 minutes. His team was crushed by 22 points 81-59. Siakam has averaged so far 3.8ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3apg in the 17 games.

   #7. Steve Moundou-Missi (201-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Harvard win their n overtime game against the Dartmouth College 82-77 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Moundou-Missi has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.4ppg, 11.0rpg, 2.1apg and 2.1spg.

   #8. Theodore Boyomo (206-C, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Howard in their game against the N.Carolina Central in the NCAA. Boyomo scored only 4 points in 14 minutes. His team was crushed by 35 points 71-36. He has very impressive stats this year: 16.4ppg, 11.0rpg, 2.1apg and 2.1spg in the 15 games.

   #9. Saidou Njoya (186-PG-89, currently plays in France) helped JL Bourg win their game against the closely-ranked SPO Rouen crushing them 104-83 in the French ProB (second division) on Saturday night. Njoya scored 5 points. He has averaged so far 2.7ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.2apg.

   #10. Kevin Chuisseu (203-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Furman in their game against the Wofford College in the NCAA. Chuisseu cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points in 7 minutes on the court. His team lost 50-63. Chuisseu has averaged so far 2.7ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.2apg in the six games.



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Tristan Thompson selected the top Canadian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson
   #1. This week's number one is former U19 international forward Tristan Thompson (203-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a Cleveland Cavaliers' victory against the Boston Celtics (21-23) 95-90 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Thompson scored 21 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 40 minutes on the court; 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. Thompson has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 49.1% and FT: 63.0% in the 45 games he played so far. He played for the Canadian U19 national team four years ago.

Carl English
Carl English
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Carl English (192-81, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Spain). English led Asefa Estudiantes to a 2-point victory over the league outsider Lagun Aro GBC (3-16) 79-77 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. English recorded 31 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (10-9) is placed ninth in the ACB. English is currently first on the list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. English averages: 19.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 46.4%, 3FGP: 40.7% and FT: 85.1%. He played for the Canadian national team in 2011.

Steve Nash
Steve Nash
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international point guard Steve Nash (190-74, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Nash could not help the Los Angeles Lakers (19-25) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Los Angeles Lakers lost 83-95 on the road to the Chicago Bulls. Nash was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 4 rebounds and 6 assists in 36 minutes. It's Nash's first season with the team. Nash has very impressive stats this year: 11.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 8.1apg, 2FGP: 55.4%(67-121), 3FGP: 42.0% and FT: 97.0%(32-33) in the 20 games. He played for the Canadian national team ten years ago.

Kelly Olynyk
Kelly Olynyk
   #4. Forward Kelly Olynyk (213-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Gonzaga to an easy victory against the Brigham Young University (6-2) crushing them 83-63 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Olynyk scored 26 points (!!!), had 9 rebounds and dished 5 assists. The Gonzaga University has quite an impressive 6-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all six games in the conference. Olynyk is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Gonzaga's roster. This season he has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 2.6rpg and 8.1apg. Olynyk used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2011.

Kyle Landry
Kyle Landry
   #5. Former international power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Russia was not able to help Triumph Lyubertsy (0-3) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance the fourth-placed Triumph Lyubertsy was defeated 86-79 in Balikesir by the second-ranked Banvit BK in the group I of Eurocup. Landry scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Landry is currently seventh on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.5ppg and 7.5rpg. Landry used to play for the Canadian national team four years ago.

Marc Trasolini
Marc Trasolini
   #6. Forward Marc Trasolini (206-90, currently studies in the States) led Santa Clara to a victory against the University of San Diego (4-3) 64-50 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He scored 23 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 35 minutes. The Santa Clara University has 4-3 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Trasolini has been at the team for five years. Trasolini has very impressive stats this season: 15.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg, 1.5bpg and 1.7spg in the 26 games. He is a former U19 international player as he played for the Canadian team four years ago.

Samuel Dalembert
Samuel Dalembert
   #7. Former international center Samuel Dalembert (211-81, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Milwaukee Bucks to win against the Golden State Warriors (27-17) 109-102 in the NBA last Saturday. Dalembert scored only 4 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The Milwaukee Bucks have 23-19 record this season. Dalembert's overall stats this year are: 5.2ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.2bpg. He used to play for the Canadian national team five years ago.

Murphy Burnatowski
Murphy Burnatowski
   #8. Forward Murphy Burnatowski (201-90, is currently at the American university) contributed to an overtime Colgate's victory against the U.S.Military Academy (2-2) 93-90 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. He scored 35 points (!!!), grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. The Colgate University has 2-3 conference record this season. Burnatowski's overall stats this year are: 5.2ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.2bpg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2011.

Ross Bekkering
Ross Bekkering
   #9. Former University international forward Ross Bekkering (203-87, currently plays in Holland) contributed to Leiden's victory against the closely-ranked Den Bosch (18-4) 80-70 in the Dutch Eredivisie last Saturday. Bekkering had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds in 35 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (18-4) is placed first in the Eredivisie. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Bekkering is currently fifth on the list of best rebounders with 8.2rpg. This year he also averages: 13.7ppg and 1.3apg in the 22 games. Bekkering used to play for the Canadian university national team four years ago.

Levon Kendall
Levon Kendall
   #10. Forward Levon Kendall (209-84, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Blusens Monbus (9-10) in their game against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (6-13) in the Spanish ACB, despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game. Kendall was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 27 minutes. But Blusens Monbus lost 73-79 in Madrid to the lower-ranked (#16) Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. It was Blusens Monbus' third consecutive loss in a row. Kendall has reliable stats this year: 12.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg in the 19 games. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Canadian senior national team.

   #11. Former U19 international guard Nik Stauskas (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Michigan's victory against the University of Illinois 74-60 in the NCAA last Sunday. Stauskas scored 14 points. Stauskas' stats this season are: 12.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team two years ago.

   #12. Former international guard Nemanja Mitrovic (197-90, college: Portland, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Kavala in their game against Ilysiakos in the Greek A1. Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Mitrovic also added 4 rebounds. Mitrovic's overall stats this season are: 8.3ppg and 2.7rpg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2011.

   #13. Former international swingman Stephen Ross (201-80, agency: Court Side, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in Romania) contributed to U-Mobitelco's victory against the closely-ranked Timisoara 95-84 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Friday. Ross recorded 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 36 minutes. Ross is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders with 7.4rpg. This year he also averages: 12.3ppg and 1.3apg in the 10 games. Ross used to play for the Canadian national team eleven years ago.

   #14. Former University international guard Garry Gallimore (192-84, currently plays in Romania) faced previously mentioned Stephen Ross in the Romanian Liga Nationala last game. Gallimore couldn't help Timisoara in their game against U-Mobitelco. Despite his very good performance on Friday night He was the second best scorer with 16 points (made all of his six free throws). Gallimore averaged so far 10.2ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.2apg. He used to play for the Canadian university national team back in 2007.

   #15. Former U19 international guard Jahenns Manigat (185-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Southern Illinois University crushing them 81-51 in the NCAA on Sunday night. Manigat scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. He averaged so far 10.2ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.2apg in the five games. Manigat used to play for the Canadian U19 national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Omar El Turk (186-SG-81, college: Dawson Coll., currently plays in Lebanon) was the major contributor in a Al Riyadi's victory against one of league's weakest teams Anibal (1-11) 93-79 in the Lebanese Division A last Monday. He scored 21 points and added 5 passes in 33 minutes. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (10-2) is placed second in the Division A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. El Turk has been at the team for nine years. This season El Turk's overall stats are: 7.5ppg and 1.9apg in the 11 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lebanese.

   #2. Ali Mahmoud (184-G-83, currently plays in Lebanon) is a teammate of previously mentioned Omar El Turk and both played together in the last Lebanese Division A game. Mahmoud led Al Riyadi to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Anibal (1-11) 93-79. He scored 16 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 8 assists. Mahmoud has been at the team for nine years. Mahmoud is ranked fifth on the list of the best passers in the league. His overall stats this season are: 7.8ppg, 4.3rpg and 5.8apg. Mahmoud is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Lebanese.

   #3. Experienced Matt Bonner (206-F-80, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the New Orleans Hornets (15-29) 106-102 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have quite an impressive 36-11 record this season. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Bonner has been at the team for seven years. This season Bonner's overall stats are: 4.0ppg and 2.0rpg in the 40 games. He is a naturalized American.

   #4. Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84, college: Oklah.Baptist, currently plays in Lebanon) helped Byblos win their game against the closely-ranked Bejjeh (4-9) 86-75 in the Lebanese Division A last Saturday. Fraser recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 22 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 4 blocks. Byblos (8-4) is placed fourth in the Division A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Fraser is currently first on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Fraser averages: 16.9ppg, 16.7rpg, 1.9apg, 2.2bpg and 1.2spg.

   #5. Justin Edwards (190-PG-92, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Maine (3-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Maine lost 69-79 on the road to the State University of New York,Stony Brook. Edwards had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 5 assists in 24 minutes. Edwards has very impressive stats this year: 16.9ppg, 16.7rpg, 1.9apg, 2.2bpg and 1.2spg in the 11 games.

   #6. Ali Kanaan (207-C/F-85, college: Mass.-Lowell, currently plays in Lebanon) is a teammate of previously mentioned Omar El Turk. He played also in the last Lebanese Division A game facing Ali Mahmoud (above) in the other team. Kanaan helped Al Riyadi win their game against one of league's weakest teams Anibal 93-79. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 24 minutes. This year Kanaan's overall stats are: 5.0ppg and 6.2rpg in the six games. He has both Canadian and Lebanese nationalities.

   #7. Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in Finland) helped KTP-Basket win their game against the eighth-ranked Salon Vilpas 97-82 in the Finnish Korisliiga on Wednesday night. Barrett scored 19 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Barrett is currently first on the league's list of best blockers. This season he has very high stats. Barrett averages: 15.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg, 1.5bpg and 1.7spg.

   #8. Juevol Myles (185-G-89, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the S.Dakota (4-5) in their last game. Despite Myles' very good performance the S.Dakota lost 90-95 at home to the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He scored 26 points (!!!) and added 4 assists in 34 minutes. This year Myles' overall stats are: 5.2ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.2bpg in the 22 games.

   #9. Jordan Bachynski (218-C-89, is currently at the American university) helped Arizona St. win their game against the Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles 78-60 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 15 rebounds. Bachynski also added 6 blocks. He has reliable stats this season: 13.7ppg and 1.3apg.

   #10. Andrew Nicholson (205-PF-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Orlando Magic in their game against the Detroit Pistons in the NBA. Nicholson scored 6 points in only 11 minutes. His team lost 90-105 in the NBA. Nicholson averaged so far 7.2ppg and 3.2rpg in the 41 games.



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Standings - CBA

CBA Standings
 1. Guangdong ST 24-3 
 2. Shandong FB 19-7 
 3. Beijing Ducks 18-8 
 4. Xinjiang FT 16-11 
 5. Liaoning H. 15-11 
 6. DongGuan L. 15-11 
 7. Shanxi Zh. 15-13 
 8. Guangsha L. 14-13 
 9. Zhejiang CB 13-13 
 10. Bayi R. 12-15 
 11. Foshan LL 11-15 
 12. Jiangsu D. 11-16 
 13. TianJin S. 10-17 
 14. Jilin NE T. 10-18 
 15. Fujian QB 8-18 
 16. Qingdao E. 8-19 
 17. Shanghai S. 8-19 

Regular Season: Round 29

Jan. 29: Jiangsu D. - TianJin S. 89-80
Jan. 29: Guangdong ST - Jilin NE T. 141-99
Jan. 29: Qingdao E. - Shanxi Zh. 135-130
Jan. 30: Zhejiang CB - Beijing Ducks
Jan. 30: DongGuan L. - Liaoning H.
Jan. 30: Foshan LL - Bayi R.
Jan. 30: Shandong FB - Guangsha L.
Jan. 30: Fujian QB - Shanghai S.


Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Quincy DOUBY
  Zhejiang CB
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 32.5
 1. Douby, Zhejiang CB32.5 
 2. Randolph, Foshan31.7 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.30.9 
 4. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.9 
 5. Akognon, Liaoning.30.8 
 6. Haislip, DongGuan.29.8 
 7. Daniels, Qingdao E.29.6 
 8. Spencer, Jilin N.29.1 
 9. Marbury, Beijing28.4 
 10. Forbes, Guangsha28.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  TianJin S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Harvey, TianJin S.16.4 
 2. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.15.2 
 3. Randolph, Foshan13.9 
 4. Li, Liaoning H.13.0 
 5. Harris, Jiangsu D.12.7 
 6. Wang, Fujian QB12.4 
 7. Abbas, Shandong FB12.4 
 8. Daniels, Qingdao E.11.8 
 9. Ramos, Guangsha L.11.7 
 10. Siler, Jiangsu D.11.6 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  TianJin S.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 10
 1. Daghles, TianJin S.10.0 
 2. Lu, Shanxi Zh.5.7 
 3. Jeter, Shandong FB5.6 
 4. Marbury, Beijing5.3 
 5. Williams, Shanxi Z.5.2 
 6. Forbes, Guangsha5.0 
 7. McGrady, Qingd.4.9 
 8. Qahwash, Jiang.4.7 
 9. Liu, Shanghai S.4.6 
 10. Gaines, Fujian QB4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Quincy DOUBY
  Zhejiang CB
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Douby, Zhejiang CB2.7 
 2. Spencer, Jilin N.2.6 
 3. Hu, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 4. Jeter, Shandong FB2.3 
 5. Han, Bayi R.2.2 
 6. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.1 
 7. Abbas, Shandong FB2.0 
 8. Marbury, Beijing2.0 
 9. Meng, Jiangsu D.1.9 
 10. Harris, Jiangsu D.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Ti.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. N''Diaye, Ti.4.1 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.6 
 3. Siler, Jiangsu D.2.1 
 4. Daniels, Qingdao E.1.9 
 5. Yi, Guangdong ST1.9 
 6. Haislip, DongGuan.1.7 
 7. Yan, Shanxi Zh.1.6 
 8. Han, Liaoning H.1.5 
 9. Morris, Beijing Du.1.5 
 10. Wang, Bayi R.1.5 


CBA test Aubrey Coleman - by Robert Wang

Aubrey Coleman (193-G-87, college: Houston) landed in China CBA Fu Jian team for a tryout. He was invited for the tryout from Fujian foreign coach Thomas Baldwin but unfortunately, Coach Baldwin was fired by the club and Coleman has been in an embarrassed situation now. Fujian team is willing to recommend him to other clubs that want to change the players recently but it seemed that he has little chance to stay in China. Recently, some cba teams want to change the players like Shan Xi team, Shang Hai team, etc. and some good players came to China. Cba teams put all wish on the imports and change the players. We might see some new faces soon in the games. Good luck all.


Fuijan... we have a PROBLEM - by Alex Yam

SBS Fujian of the Chinese Basketball Association, use to be a perennial playoff team, led by respected coach JT Prada. Since the coach's departure the team has been nothing short of a disaster. They have gone through foreign coach after foreign coach, had disputes with their own domestic players. The only silver lining in this dark cloud, has been the outstanding play of the next big thing in China, Wang Zhelin, but its been a waste as the team has just as many wins as Qingdao who started 0-12...

Clearly whoever is running this team has ZERO CLUE how to run a professional basketball team and should be selling popcorn in the stands, rather then signing team contracts, and personel decisions.If your going to fire your head coach halfway through the season every season, then why would you hire one to begin with, RED FLAG Coaches around the world.



Shanxi Zhongyu lands Jermaine Taylor, ex Hapoel T-A - by Eurobasket News

Shanxi Zhongyu (CBA) tabbed 27-year old American guard Jermaine Taylor (193-95kg-86, college: Cent.Florida). He played recently at Hapoel Tel-Aviv in Israeli National League. In only one Winner League game this season he had 7 points and 4 rebounds. Taylor also played at Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (ACB) in Spanish league earlier that season. In 10 games this year he averaged 8.8ppg and 3.1rpg. The last season he played at Rio Grande Valley Vipers in D-League. In 14 games last year he had 14.2ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.0apg. The other team Taylor played shortly was Liaoning Hunters. Another team he played that season for were the Kings in NBA. In 26 games that year he had 7.1ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.2apg. Another team Taylor played that season for were the Rockets in NBA. In 8 games he had 4.9ppg and 1.1rpg.
In 2009 he was drafted by Washington Wizards (NBA) in second round (32nd overall). Taylor attended University of Central Florida and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in C-USA in 2007. Taylor received also C-USA Player of the Year award and All-C-USA 1st Team award back in 2009 at his college time.
Taylor has played also professionally for other NBA teams like Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings.
Lets have closer look into His outlook: (by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
An athletic wing player who is able to stretch the defense with his outside shot He has good range, elevates well, shoots a high release and his stance is well balanced Coming off screens is his forte, he reads the action well and consistently gets open He is comfortable shooting pullups going both ways,(he utilizes the shotfake to create space) and thanks to his ability to get off the ground, his shot is very difficult to contest.
He plays like a SF, and even though he has nice explosiveness, at 64 he is very undersized His first step is marginal and what compounds that even more is that fact that he is not much of a threat off the dribble
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By Eurobasket Data Center



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Tomislav Zubcic's 31 points make him top Croatian player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tomislav Zubcic
Tomislav Zubcic
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Tomislav Zubcic (208-90, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Lithuania). He led Lietuvos rytas to a victory over the league outsider Naglis Palangos (0-13) crushing them 87-52 in the Lithuanian LKL in Monday night's game. Zubcic was MVP of the game. He scored 31 points (!!!) and grabbed 9 rebounds in 22 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Lietuvos rytas this season. His team is placed eighth in the LKL. Zubcic played for the Croatian senior national team four years ago.

Roko-Leni Ukic
Roko-Leni Ukic
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, currently plays in Greece). He was the main contributor in Panathinaikos' victory against the seventh-ranked Aris (6-8) 81-62 in the Greek A1 last Monday. Ukic was the best player in that game. He scored 12 points and added 3 passes. Panathinaikos Athens (13-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. It's Ukic's first season with the team. This year Ukic averages: 8.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 46.0%, 3FGP: 39.3% and FT: 75.0%. He is in the roster of the Croatian senior national team.

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Ante Tomic (217-87, currently plays in Euroleague). Tomic contributed to a Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the closely-ranked Caja Laboral (4-1) 90-79 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (4-1) is placed second in group F. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Tomic is ranked second on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.5bpg. This year his other stats are: 10.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 62.0%(67-108) and FT: 55.3% in the 15 games he played so far. Tomic played for the Croatian national team two years ago.

Krunoslav Simon
Krunoslav Simon
   #4. Swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague) was the major contributor in an Unicaja Malaga's victory against the second-ranked CSKA Moscow (4-1) 94-81 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. He scored 14 points and added 5 assists. Unicaja Malaga (2-3) is placed fifth in group E. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Simon has relatively good stats this season: 10.6ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.6apg. He is also Croatian national team player.

Kresimir Loncar
Kresimir Loncar
   #5. Former international forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Russia could not help Khimky (3-2) in their last game. Despite Loncar's 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. He scored 10 points in 16 minutes. This year Loncar's overall stats are: 8.3ppg and 3.8rpg in the 15 games. He used to play for the Croatian national team three years ago.

Dontaye Draper
Dontaye Draper
   #6. Point guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Real Madrid to win against the fourth-ranked Panathinaikos (3-2) 58-54 in the Euroleague on Friday night. Draper scored only 4 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. Draper's total stats this season are: 2.9ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Draper is a former international player as he played for the Croatian senior team two years ago. He used to play for Cedevita Zagreb in Croatian league.

Damjan Rudez
Damjan Rudez
   #7. International forward Damjan Rudez (208-86, currently plays in Spain) helped CAI Zaragoza win their game against the 14th-ranked CB Canarias (7-12) 81-67 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Rudez recorded 15 points in 22 minutes. CAI Zaragoza (11-8) is placed seventh in the ACB. This year Rudez has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.2apg in the 19 games. He is also Croatian national team player.

Luka Zoric
Luka Zoric
   #8. Center Luka Zoric (211-84, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Krunoslav Simon and both played together in the last Euroleague game. Zoric helped his Spanish team Unicaja Malaga win their game against the second-ranked CSKA Moscow (4-1) 94-81. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Zoric has reliable stats this season: 10.5ppg and 4.4rpg. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Rok Stipcevic
Rok Stipcevic
   #9. International point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, currently plays in Italy) helped VL Pesaro win their game against the league outsider Angelico Biella (3-14) 89-76 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Stipcevic was the top player that evening. He scored 25 points and had 6 steals in 34 minutes. Victoria Libertas Pesaro (4-13) is placed 14th in the SerieA. Stipcevic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0spg in the four games. Stipcevic is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #10. Guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help Zalgiris (1-4) in their game against Anadolu Efes (4-1) in the Euroleague. He scored 7 points and added 3 assists. Zalgiris (#6) was defeated 56-52 in Istanbul by the higher-ranked Anadolu Efes (#3) in the group E of Euroleague. It was Zalgiris' third consecutive loss in a row. Popovic averaged so far 13.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.8apg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Croatian senior national team.

   #11. Former international power forward Mario Delas (207-90, currently plays in Lithuania) is a teammate of previously mentioned Marko Popovic. But that was another game of his team in Lithuanian LKL which we would like to mention. Delas helped Zalgiris win their game against the ninth-ranked Lietkabelis crushing them 113-61. He scored 7 points in 17 minutes. This year Delas' total stats are: 8.0ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.0apg in the seven games. He used to play for the Croatian national team four years ago.

   #12. International center Darko Planinic (211-90, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to secure a victory for Maccabi T-A in their game against Olympiacos in the Euroleague. He scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 9 minutes. His team was edged 78-77. Planinic has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 2.2rpg in the five games. He is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.

   #13. Former U20 international center Jure Lalic (210-86, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Slovenia couldn't help Krka (8-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Lalic's good performance Krka was defeated 74-66 in Podgorica by the higher-ranked Buducnost (#5). He recorded 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks. Lalic averaged so far 10.1ppg and 4.0rpg. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team seven years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international center Leon Radosevic (206-90, currently plays in Italy) helped Armani Milano win their game against the 11th-ranked SAIE3 BO crushing them 91-68 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Radosevic scored 8 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in only 14 minutes. Radosevic has averaged so far 6.0ppg and 3.0rpg in the two games. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team back in 2010.

   #15. An experienced former international power forward Tomislav Ruzic (207-79, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL couldn't help Tofas (6-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Ruzic's good performance Tofas was defeated 93-80 at home by the higher-ranked TED Kolejliler (#7). He recorded 12 points. Ruzic has averaged so far 7.9ppg and 3.4rpg. He used to play for the Croatian national team thirteen years ago.

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

   #1. Igor Maric (196-F-85, currently plays in Slovenia) was the major contributor in a Maribor Messer's victory against the seventh-ranked LTHcast Mercator (5-8) 84-73 in the Slovenian Telemach League on Saturday night. Maric recorded 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. KK Maribor Messer (10-3) is placed third in the Telemach League. Maric averaged so far 13.1ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.5apg.

   #2. Anthony Drmic (198-G/F-92, currently plays college basketball 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 on Saturday. Despite Drmic's very good performance the Boise St. was badly defeated 75-59 on the road by the The University of Nevada. He scored 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). Drmic has averaged so far 7.9ppg and 3.4rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Australian.

   #3. Mladen Primorac (210-C-90, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to Tajfun's victory against the eighth-ranked Geoplin Slovan (4-9) 76-66 in the Slovenian Telemach League on Saturday night. Primorac recorded 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. KK Tajfun Sentjur (8-5) is placed fourth in the Telemach League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Primorac averaged so far 12.7ppg and 6.8rpg.

   #4. Pankracije Barac (196-G-81, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala was not able to help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Pitesti (8-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Pitesti lost 73-79 at home to the higher-ranked (#10) CSU Sibiu. Barac was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 7 assists in 37 minutes. Barac is ranked fourth on the list of the top scorers in the league with 17.5ppg. He also averaged so far 3.4rpg, 3.9apg and 1.8spg in the 19 games he played so far.

   #5. Experienced Igor Milicic (194-G-76, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Poland) was not able to secure a victory for AZS Koszalin (9-9) in their game against Stelmet ZG (13-5) in the Polish TBL. Milicic scored 9 points and added 4 passes in 25 minutes. But AZS Koszalin lost in an overtime 80-85 on their home court in Koszalin to the second-ranked Stelmet ZG. It was AZS Koszalin's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Milicic has been at the team for five years. He has averaged so far 3.8ppg, 1.2rpg and 3.3apg in the six games. Milicic is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Polish.

   #6. Marco Buljevic (197-G-87, also represented by Court Side, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProA (second division) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams ETB Wohnbau (8-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance ETB Wohnbau was badly defeated 91-72 in Nurnberg by the higher-ranked (#10) NBC. Buljevic was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 3 assists in 37 minutes. Buljevic has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg in the 19 games. He has both Croatian and German nationalities. Despite Buljevic's Croatian passport, he previously played for the German U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Croatian team.

   #7. Ljubisa Vrcelj (210-C-84, college: Jacksonville, currently plays in Bulgaria) contributed to a 3-point Euroins Cherno More's victory against one of league's weakest teams Spartak Pleven 82-79 in the Bulgarian NBL in Saturday night's game. Vrcelj scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. His stats this year are: 12.2ppg and 8.6rpg in the five games. Vrcelj also holds two passports: Croatian and Canadian.

   #8. Stipe Modric (206-F-79, currently plays in Slovenia) faced previously mentioned Mladen Primorac in the Slovenian Telemach League last game. Modric couldn't help Geoplin Slovan in their game against Tajfun. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was defeated 76-66. Modric has averaged so far 5.0ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.6apg and 1.4spg. He has Croatian and Slovenian nationalities.

   #9. Sasa Jankovic (204-F-84, currently plays in Slovakia), who plays in the Slovakian Extraliga couldn't help SKP Banska Bystrica (10-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Jankovic's very good performance SKP Banska Bystrica was crushed 102-81 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Prievidza (#5). He was the top scorer with 17 points. Jankovic averaged so far 10.9ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.3apg.

   #10. Antonio Kalpic (206-F-89, currently studies in the States) managed to help Campbell University in a victory against the Radford University 69-60 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. He scored only 4 points and blocked 2 shots in 10 minutes. Kalpic's stats this year are: 10.9ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.3apg in the 19 games.



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Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Keravnos 12-3 
 2. AEK 12-4 
 3. Etha 11-4 
 4. Apollon 8-8 
 5. Apoel 8-8 
 6. AEL 5-10 
 7. Omonia 3-12 
 8. ENAD 3-13 

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 29: ENAD - AEK 77-85 OT
Jan. 29: Apollon - Apoel 68-70
Jan. 30: Omonia - Etha
Jan. 30: AEL - Keravnos


Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Jeremy ALLEN
  Omonia
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Allen, Omonia19.5 
 2. Brown, Apollon18.6 
 3. Pesic, AEL16.4 
 4. Outerbridge, AEL16.2 
 5. Fisher, AEK16.2 
 6. Crocker, Keravnos15.9 
 7. Aleksic, AEL15.9 
 8. Maze, Keravnos14.2 
 9. Diggs, Omonia14.1 
 10. Williams, Etha13.8 
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. Bolden, ENAD6.5 
 7. Vaughn, Keravnos6.5 
 8. Fisher, AEK6.4 
 9. Jefferson, Apollon6.1 
 10. Kaskiris, ENAD5.9 
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, Apoel3.5 
 8. Panteli, AEK3.1 
 9. Adegboye, Etha2.8 
 10. Guillandeaux, AEL2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Georgios PALALAS
  AEL
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Palalas, AEL2.5 
 2. Hamilton, ENAD2.3 
 3. Stiggers, Apoel2.2 
 4. Diggs, Omonia2.0 
 5. Dorsey, Apollon1.8 
 6. Kremen, Apoel1.8 
 7. Panteli, AEK1.7 
 8. Brown, Apollon1.7 
 9. Poole, Etha1.6 
 10. Allen, AEL1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Marvin JEFFERSON
  Apollon
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Jefferson, Apollon1.8 
 2. Outerbridge, AEL1.8 
 3. Baker, Omonia1.5 
 4. Harrison, AEK1.5 
 5. Vaughn, Keravnos1.5 
 6. Brown, Apollon1.1 
 7. Morrison, Apoel0.9 
 8. Chan, Apoel0.8 
 9. Sims, ENAD0.5 
 10. Pesic, AEL0.5 


APOEL Stuns Apollon 70-68 in Limassol - by Nima Siar

Limassol - CY,

After several lead changes in the first half, Nicosia side APOEL was able to pull things together late in the 4th quarter and edge Apollon 70-68. APOEL's first lead in the second half came with 21 seconds remaining in game on a pair of free throws by Michal Kremen. Apollon did have a chance to tie or take the lead with 13 seconds remaining in the game but Luke Loucks driving layup in traffic fell short.

The win for APOEL improves the underachieving team to 8-8 while dropping Apollon to 500 as well. Unless we see an unlikely late season collapse by Keravnos, Etha or AEK, it appears we could be seeing quality first round matchup between the two teams.

Game ball goes to Dante Stiggers who poured in 14 pts, 5 reb, 5 ast

Apollon was led by Andrew Warren: 23pts, 4/8 3's, 2 stl & Diego Kapelan 15 pts, 2/5 3's, 2 ast




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Ondrej Starosta's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Czechs playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ondrej Starosta
Ondrej Starosta
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international center Ondrej Starosta (215-79, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He could not help Planasa NV (7-9) in their last game. Despite Starosta's very good performance Planasa NV lost 80-86 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Palencia_Baloncesto. He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 12 rebounds in 35 minutes on the court. Starosta is currently first on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Starosta averages: 16.2ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 60.2%(112-186) and FT: 41.7% in the 16 games he played so far. He played for the Czech Republic senior national team five years ago.

Ondrej Balvin
Ondrej Balvin
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Ondrej Balvin (216-92, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Spain. Balvin was not able to help Cajasol (0-3) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance the fourth-placed Cajasol was defeated 87-80 at home by the leading Lokomotiv in the group K of Eurocup. Balvin scored 12 points, had 4 rebounds and made 5 blocks. There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Balvin's overall stats this season are: 4.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 57.1%(12-21) and FT: 61.5%. He is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Jan Vesely (211-90, currently plays in NBA). Vesely contributed to a Washington Wizards' victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves (17-24) 114-101 in the NBA on Friday night. He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 18 minutes. The Washington Wizards have rather weak 11-32 record this season. This year Vesely's overall stats are: 2.8ppg, 2.6rpg and FT: 22.2% in the 30 games. He played for the Czech Republic national team three years ago.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #4. Point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ondrej Balvin. But that was another game of his team in Spanish ACB which we would like to mention. Satoransky was not able to secure a victory for Cajasol (7-12) in their game against Caja Laboral (16-3). He recorded 8 points and added 8 assists. Cajasol was defeated 86-82 on their home court in Sevilla by the second-ranked Caja Laboral. Satoransky belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #4. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.2apg and 1.1spg. Satoransky is also Czech Republic national team player.

Pavel Pumprla
Pavel Pumprla
   #5. International shooting guard Pavel Pumprla (198-86, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Blusens Monbus (9-10) in their game against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (6-13) in the Spanish ACB. Pumprla recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Blusens Monbus was defeated 79-73 in Madrid by the lower-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (#16). It was Blusens Monbus' third consecutive loss in a row. Pumprla's total stats this season are: 6.4ppg and 2.8rpg. He plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

Tomas Hampl
Tomas Hampl
   #6. Center Tomas Hampl (215-88, currently plays in Spain) helped River Andorra win their game against the closely-ranked Meridiano Alicante (10-6) 84-80 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. 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. It's Hampl's first season with the team. Hampl's total stats this year are: 7.6ppg and 3.9rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Czech Republic National Team roster.

Ales Chan
Ales Chan
   #7. Former international center Ales Chan (216-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Seton Hill, currently plays in Cyprus) couldn't help Apoel (2-6) in their game against Keravnos (12-3) in the Cypriot Division A. He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 9 minutes. Apoel was edged 75-74 in Strovolos by the leading Keravnos. This year Chan's total stats are: 6.3ppg and 4.3rpg in the 12 games. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team three years ago.

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

   #1. David Steffel (212-C/F-85, currently plays in Romania) led Rovinari to a 2-point victory against the fifth-ranked Ploiesti (13-6) 95-93 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Saturday. He recorded 15 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and made 4 blocks in 38 minutes. CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (10-9) is placed ninth in the Liga Nationala. Steffel is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 8.9rpg. This year he also averages: 14.1ppg and 1.6apg in the 19 games he played so far.

   #2. Robert Skibniewski (183-PG-83, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL could not help AZS Koszalin (9-9) in their last game. Despite Skibniewski's good performance AZS Koszalin lost in an overtime 80-85 at home to the second-ranked Stelmet ZG. He scored 10 points in 26 minutes. It was AZS Koszalin's third consecutive loss 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 Skibniewski's first season with the team. This year Skibniewski's total stats are: 7.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.9apg and 1.2spg in the 18 games.

   #3. Michal Kremen (200-G/F-81, currently plays in Cyprus), who plays in the Cypriot Division A was not able to help Apoel (2-6) in their last game. Despite Kremen's good performance Apoel was edged 75-74 on the road by the leading Keravnos. He scored 11 points and had 3 steals in 21 minutes. Kremen is ranked fourth on the list of the most steals in the league with 1.8spg. This year his other stats are: 6.4ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.7apg in the 12 games.

   #4. Jan Kratochvil (200-F-82, currently plays in Slovakia) contributed to Komarno's victory against one of league's weakest teams Handlova (6-16) 91-82 in the Slovakian Extraliga in Wednesday night's game. Kratochvil recorded 7 points. MBK Rieker Komarno (17-5) is placed first in the Extraliga. Kratochvil's total stats this season are: 6.6ppg and 3.4rpg.



Lubos Barton Leaves USK Praha for German BBL - by Surujh Roopnarine

Veteran forward Lubos Barton (202-SF-80, college: Valparaiso) has mutually parted ways with USK Praha (10-13) for a contract in the German BBL with New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. Barton, 32, joined Praha at the end of December and helped the club to a 4-1 record over five games while averaging 17.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.4 steals while shooting 32-62 from the field including 9-23 from behind the arc and 14-23 from the free-throw line. As was mutually understood by both parties, Barton used his stint under head coach Ken Ken Scalabroni to get himself back in game-shape after having not played since this past summer's Qualifications to European Championships for the Czech Republic. Barton joins a Braunschweig (6-12) club currently situated in 15th place in the 18 team BBL and effectively replaces current SLUNETA Usti nad Labem guard Thaddeus McFadden who left the club a few weeks ago.
Both USK Praha manager Petr Jachan as well as coach Ken Scalabroni praised Barton for the leadership, performance and guidance he provided to his teammates during his time with the club while lamenting the loss of one of this generations great Czech talents.



Early Start to Round 25 Action as Nymburk and Decin Cruise to Victories - by Surujh Roopnarine

CEZ Basketball Nymburk and BK Decin kicked off Round 25 of the basic part of the regular season early this week picking up impressive victories on Monday and Tuesday respectively.

Levharti Chomutov (68) vs. CEZ Basketball Nymburk (106): 68-106
2-2 at the 8:40 mark of the first quarter was as close as the home team would get as Nymburk raced out to an early 22-8 lead and never looked back, easing their way to a league-leading 22nd victory versus one defeat. Nymburk connected on 61% from the field including 14-24 from three as five players reached double figures, led by point guard Tweety Carter (180-PG-86, college: Baylor) who scored a game-high tying 18 points. A class above Levharti Chomutov (8-16), Nymburk dominated on the boards (39-23) and in assists (18-10).
For the home team, they were led by Ladislav Pecka (197-F-91) who scored 18 points on 6-14 shooting. They will now prepare themselves for A2 group play which will begin at the conclusion of all games in the basic phase.
CHOMUTOV: Ladislav Pecka (18pts), Pavel Stanek (203-F/C-76, agency: Court Side) (14pts), Showron Glover (180-PG-87) (10pts+5to), John Fields (205-F-88, college: Tennessee) (5pts+8reb)
NYMBURK: Tweety Carter (18pts+5ast), Lukas Palyza (201-F-89) (16pts), Jiri Welsch (199-SG-80) (14pts), Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) (11pts+10reb)

BK Decin (78) vs. Astrum Levice (59): 78-59
Decin used the third quarter to break open a two-point contest at the half en route to a comfortable 78-56 victory tonight over visiting Astrum Levice. Decin (14-10) outscored the visitors 27-8 in the third and were led by Admir Alic (197-F-84) who scored a game-high 15 points on 7-12 shooting. Levice (11-13), which was eliminated from contention for playing in A1 group play after the last round, shot miserably for the game connecting on just 23-62 field goals and 7-16 free-throws. They were led by Jeremy Simmons (204-F-89, agency: Interperformances, college: Charleston) who tallied the games only double-double, 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds in 29:42 of action. Levell Sanders (189-G-75, agency: Stanley International, college: Seton Hall) of Decin notched the highest efficiency rating of the game with a 22 rating as he scored 12 points while handing out a game-high 8 assists.
DECIN: Admir Alic (15pts), Patrick Pope (183-G-81, college: St.Augustine) (13pts+5reb), Levell Sanders (12pts+8ast), Lubos Stria (197-G/F-81) (8pts+5reb)
LEVICE: Jeremy Simmons (13pts+10reb), Willie Kemp (188-G-87, college: Memphis) (13pts), Tomas Mrvis (200-SF-91) (11pts), Brandon Fields (8pts+5ast)



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

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

Jonathan Gilling
Jonathan Gilling
   #1. This week's number one is former U20 international forward Jonathan Gilling (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States). He led Arizona St. to an overtime victory against the University of Southern California (3-5) 98-93 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Gilling had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 6 assists in 42 minutes on the court. The Arizona State University has a solid 5-2 conference record this season. Gilling played for the Danish U20 national team three years ago.

Esben Reinholt
Esben Reinholt
   #2. Second place goes to U20 international guard Esben Reinholt (195-93, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Croatia. He could not help KK Split (7-12) to beat Szolnok (5-14). Reinholt recorded 5 points in 11 minutes. KK Split lost 62-70 at home to the league outsider (#14) Szolnok. It was KK Split's third consecutive loss in a row. It's Reinholt's fourth season with the team. This year he averages: 1.7ppg, 1.3rpg, 2FGP: 37.5%, 3FGP: 25.0% in the 12 games he played so far. Reinholt is in the roster of the Danish U20 national team.

Kevin Larsen
Kevin Larsen
   #3. The Danish player who performed third best last week abroad was U20 international forward Kevin Larsen (208-93, currently studies in the States). He contributed to a 1-point G.Washington's victory against the Rhode Island University (1-4) 66-65 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Larsen scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. 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. It's Larsen's first year with the team. His overall stats this season are: 1.7ppg, 1.3rpg, 2FGP: 37.5%, 3FGP: 25.0%. Larsen is also a member of the Danish U20 national team.

Mathias Seilund
Mathias Seilund
   #4. Forward Mathias Seilund (201-90, is currently at the American university) was not able to help the Fair Dickinson (2-6) in their game against the Quinnipiac College (4-4) in the NCAA. He scored 6 points in 20 minutes. The Fair Dickinson was edged 58-56 on the road by the Quinnipiac College. It was Fair Dickinson's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Seilund's overall stats are: 1.7ppg and 1.3rpg in the 12 games. He used to play for the Danish U20 national team back in 2010.

Peter Dahl Knudsen
Peter Dahl Knudsen
   #5. Former international swingman Peter Dahl Knudsen (195-88, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Peru State College in their game against the Utah Valley University (1-3) in the HAAC. Knudsen recorded 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. his team was crushed 84-49 in Orem, UT by the Utah Valley University. Knudsen's total stats this season are: 1.7ppg and 1.3rpg. He used to play for the Danish national team two years ago.

One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Danish passport:

   #1. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Bulgaria), who plays in the Bulgarian NBL could not help the league outsider U20 (0-14) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked U20 was crushed 95-71 at home by the higher-ranked Beroe (#7). Tenchev was the top scorer with 20 points. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Tenchev's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg. Tenchev has a dual citizenship: Danish and Bulgarian. Despite his Danish passport, Tenchev currently plays for the Bulgarian U20 national team and is not eligible to play for the Danish team.

Other top Danish players, who play abroad:

Chanan Colman (191-G-84) plays for Maccabi Haifa in Israeli Winner League
Alan Voskuil (191-G-86) plays for Chorale de Roanne in French ProA
Jonas Zohore Bergstedt (210-C-91) plays for Etha in Cypriot Division A
Rasmus Larsen (212-C-94) plays for Sant Nicolau in Spanish EBA
Thomas Laerke (194-G/F-91) plays for Opentach Pla in Spanish EBA
Jens Hakanowitz (204-F/C-80) plays for Rostock EBC in German Regionalliga
Michael Larsen (84) plays for Racing in Luxembourg N2



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

24-year old forward Chris Wright (203-F-88) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's best team Maine RC and receives a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 35.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 20 rebounds, while his team beat Springfield A. (#7, 8-16) 120-112. It allowed Maine RC to take over top position in the D-League league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Maine RC has a very solid 17-10 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Wright turned to be Maine RC's top player in his first season with the team. University of Dayton graduate has very impressive stats this year. Wright is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 2.2apg) and averages solid 1.8bpg and 50.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Rick Jackson (206-F-89) of Austin T.. He is a forward in his first season at Austin T.. In the last game Jackson recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 25 rebounds. Of course he lead Austin T. to another comfortable win 106-91 over slightly higher-ranked Rio Grande VV (#2, 15-9) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Austin T. consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 14-10 record is not bad at all. Jackson is a newcomer at Austin T. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman D.J. Kennedy (198-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances) of Erie Bay H. (#5). Kennedy showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and nine assists in the last round. He was a key player of Erie Bay H., leading his team to a 111-78 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Ft.Wayne MA (#6, 12-14). Erie Bay H. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 11 lost games. Kennedy has a great season in D-L. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.8ppg (9th best), rebounds with 8.8rpg (9th best) and assists with 5.3apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. James Mays (206-F-86) of Springfield A. - 17 points and 19 rebounds
5. Jamarr Sanders (193-G-88) of Austin T. - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Dennis Horner (206-F-88) of Springfield A. - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Andrew Rautins (193-G-86) of Tulsa 66ers - 28 points and 3 rebounds
8. Luke Harangody (201-F-88) of Ft.Wayne MA - 23 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Henry Sims (208-C-90) of Erie Bay H. - 18 points and 10 rebounds
10. JaMychal Green (203-F-90) of Austin T. - 15 points, 12 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)



Ryan Ayers joins Austin Toros, ex Orleans - by Eurobasket News

Austin Toros agreed terms with 27-year old small forward Ryan Ayers (201-86, college: Notre Dame). He just played at Entente Orleans 45 in French ProA. In 6 games this season he had 4.5ppg and 1.3rpg. The last season Ayers played at Boulazac Basket (ProB) in French league. In 40 games last year he recorded 11.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.0apg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
The previous (10-11) season Ayers played at Namika Lahti (Korisliiga) in Finnish league. In 43 games that season he recorded very impressive stats: 17.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.6spg.
He has played previously for Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
Ayers attended University of Notre Dame until 2009 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.
On Ayers: Outstanding shooter with deep range who can defend multiple positions. Ryan is a solid rebounder for his size and has the ability to play in any system and adapt his game to the players around him. Ryan can play the 2,3, and 4 positions in Europe because of his size.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Sammy Mejia selected the top Dominican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul, currently plays in Turkey). He led Banvit BK to a victory over the closely-ranked Anadolu Efes (13-3) 82-76 in the Turkish TBL last Sunday. Mejia was MVP of the game. He recorded 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (14-2) is placed second in the TBL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. It's Mejia's first season with the team. Mejia has relatively good stats this year: 13.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.1apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 59.8%(64-107) and FT: 71.4%. He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Mejia played for the Dominican Republic senior national team eight years ago. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Eulis Baez
Eulis Baez
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Eulis Baez (198-82, college: W.Illinois, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Baez could not help G.Canaria 2014 (12-7) to beat Assignia Manresa (4-15). He recorded 9 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in 29 minutes. But G.Canaria 2014 lost 65-75 at home to the one of league's weakest teams (#17) Assignia Manresa. It was G.Canaria 2014's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Baez averages: 8.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 60.8%(45-74), 3FGP: 40.9% and FT: 77.1% in the 17 games he played so far. He played for the Dominican Republic national team in 2009.

Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Trevor Ariza (203-85, agency: David Lee services, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). He was not able to help the Washington Wizards (11-32) in their game against the Utah Jazz (24-21) in the NBA. Ariza scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 14 minutes. The Washington Wizards lost 88-92 on the road to the Utah Jazz. This year Ariza has relatively solid stats: 7.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.7apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 41.0%, 3FGP: 27.1% and FT: 83.3% in the 26 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Ariza played for the Dominican Republic national team eight years ago. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Josh Asselin
Josh Asselin
   #4. An experienced power forward Josh Asselin (210-78, college: Michigan, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Eulis Baez in the Spanish ACB last game. Asselin was the main contributor in an Assignia Manresa's surprising victory against the fifth-ranked G.Canaria 2014 (12-7) 75-65. He was the best player in that game. Asselin recorded 11 points in 23 minutes. Asselin has reliable stats this year: 11.5ppg and 3.2rpg in the 19 games. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Asselin used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2006. He played also for Naco in Dominican Republic league.

Rodrigo Madera
Rodrigo Madera
   #5. Former U17 international center Rodrigo Madera (208-90, currently plays in Canada) contributed to an easy victory against the Sea Hawks (5-7) crushing them 94-73 in the Canadian university league CIS in Saturday night's game. Madera scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. The St.Francis Xavier has 6-5 record this season. This year Madera's overall stats are: 9.8ppg and 4.1rpg in the nine games. He used to play for the Dominican Republic U17 national team six years ago.

Jeff Greer
Jeff Greer
   #6. Swingman Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers, currently plays in France) managed to help Strasbourg IG to win against the closely-ranked Le Mans (11-6) 85-73 in the French ProA last Saturday. Greer scored only 3 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Strasbourg IG (12-5) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Greer is currently third on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best passers (fifth place). His total stats this season are: 5.4ppg and 3.0rpg. Greer also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. He is a former international player as he played for the Dominican Republic senior team four years ago. Greer used to play for Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Republic league.

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

   #1. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in a double overtime (!!!) Atlanta Hawks' victory against the Boston Celtics (21-23) 123-111 in the NBA in Friday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 13 rebounds. Horford also added 3 assists in 51 minutes. The Atlanta Hawks have 25-19 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Horford's sixth year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Horford averages: 15.9ppg, 9.8rpg and 3.2apg in the 41 games he played so far.

   #2. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville, currently plays in NBA) led Sacramento Kings to a 2-point victory against the Washington Wizards (11-32) 96-94 in the NBA on Monday night. Garcia scored 17 points and had 3 steals in 26 minutes. The Sacramento Kings have 17-29 record this season. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. Garcia has been at the team for eight years. This season he averages: 5.6ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.1apg in the 32 games.

   #3. Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut, currently plays in NBA) led Detroit Pistons to a 2-point victory against the Orlando Magic (14-30) 104-102 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. Villanueva recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. The Detroit Pistons have 17-28 record this season. Villanueva is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Pistons' roster. This season he has relatively solid stats: 7.5ppg and 3.3rpg. Villanueva has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Despite his Dominican Republic passport, Villanueva previously played for the USA U21 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Dominican Republic team. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #4. Experienced Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in France) led Strasbourg IG to a victory against the closely-ranked Le Mans (11-6) 85-73 in the French ProA last Saturday. Greer scored 14 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 36 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Strasbourg IG (12-5) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Greer is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best passers (fifth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 13.7ppg, 8.0rpg, 5.1apg and 1.4spg in the 16 games. Greer is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #5. Adris Deleon (180-G-84, college: E.Washington, currently plays in Australia), who plays in the Australian NBL could not help Wollongong Hawks (8-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Deleon's very good performance Wollongong Hawks were badly defeated 91-74 on the road by the leading New Zealand Breakers. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Deleon also added 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. Deleon is currently eighth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has very reliable stats this season: 14.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.8apg and 1.4spg.

   #6. Emmanuel Quezada (188-PG-85, college: USF, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a FIATC Joventut's victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga 79-71 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Quezada recorded 10 points and had 3 steals. Quezada's overall stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.1apg. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Apparently Quezada has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #7. Dago Pena (198-G/F-88, college: Marshall, currently plays in Uruguay), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB was not able to help Maldonado (1-0) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Pena's very good performance his team was edged 87-85 in Montevideo by the lower-ranked Lagomar (#3) in the Serie 2. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Pena also added 5 rebounds and dished 9 assists. This season Pena has very high stats. He averages: 23.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 6.5apg and 2.5spg.

   #8. Ronald Ramon (182-G-86, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Brazil) led Winner/Limeira to a victory over the 16th-ranked Suzano crushing them 96-65 in the Brazilian NBB last Thursday. Ramon was the best player in that game. He scored 15 points and added 8 assists in 30 minutes. Ramon has reliable stats this year: 13.5ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.8apg in the 17 games. He also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Interesting that Ramon has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #9. Elys Guzman (206-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St., currently plays in Uruguay) helped Hebraica win their game against the third-ranked Bohemios 92-84 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB on Saturday night. He scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Guzman has reliable stats this season: 14.3ppg and 6.2rpg.

   #10. Sean Ogirri (188-PG-86, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Spain) was the main contributor in a Leche Rio Breogan's victory against the closely-ranked Ford Burgos 85-77 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Ogirri recorded 22 points in 25 minutes. This year Ogirri's overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.9apg in the 16 games. He has dual citizenship: Nigerian and Dominican Republic.



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 2

Jan. 27: New Jersey B. - Bad News B. 121-103
Jan. 27: Harrisburg H. - Westchester D. 113-95

Regular Season: Round 3

Feb. 9: Westchester D. - N.Y. Wizards
Feb. 10: Harrisburg H. - Washington M.


Horizon Lose Season Opener on the Road - by EBA Media

Despite a 20 point, career high performance from guard Anthony Trautman, the Horizon were unable to hold off the team balance and physical strength of the Westchester Dutchmen and went down to defeat 113-95.

Center Joe Dorsett (7'1'' 290lb) dominated the boards on both ends of the court and added a game high 21 points.

Harrisburg nosed ahead briefly mid-way through the first period but after that it was all Dutchmen who were playing their first game in the EBA.

Dom Asbury had 17 points, followed by Demond Vances 16. Cory Boone was held to 10 points as he tried valiantly to battle the "Man-Giant" Dorsett throughout the game.



Bullets Prevail Over Ballers - by EBA Media

The Bad News Ballers hosted the NJ Bullets Sunday night. Although the house was packed with screaming home team fan support, the Bad News Ballers couldn't overcome the team play and even scoring of the NJ Bullets.

The Bullets had 6 players in double figures: Lamier Tally (10pts), Earl Knight (12pts), Kyle Ingram (13pts), Tim Cass (17pts), Cedric Smith (27pts), and Kraig Peters (29pts). The bench also contributed (14pts). As a team, the Bullets put 122 points on the board to win the game 122 to 102.

The Ballers had some good shooting from Michael Rathers (29pts) and Travon Nixon (20pts) but it wasn't enough with the air assault of three pointers from the Bullets who made a total of 14 three pointers on the night.

After the game, Coach Butch Ingram said he was, Glad to get the win but (his) team can't count on out-scoring everybody and they are going to have to be more mindful of playing better defense and getting stops if they are going to continue to win at this level.



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Standings - KML

KML Standings
 1. TU/Rock 15-0 
 2. Tarvas 15-4 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 11-5 
 4. TTU 9-9 
 5. Valga 9-9 
 6. Rapla 7-11 
 7. Parnu 6-10 
 8. Tln Kalev 4-15 
 9. Hito/Johvi 1-16 

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 29: Kalev/Cramo - Tln Kalev 95-62
Feb. 1: Valga - Kalev/Cramo
Feb. 1: Tarvas - Parnu
Feb. 2: Hito/Johvi - Rapla


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris LAKSA
  Tarvas
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  Avg: 16.8
 1. Laksa, Tarvas16.8 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas16.1 
 3. Matulionis, Parnu16.1 
 4. Akenparg, TTU15.6 
 5. Okoye, Tln Kalev14.9 
 6. Lindmets, Tarvas14.8 
 7. Peciukeviciu., Par.14.7 
 8. Campbell, Tln Kalev14.5 
 9. Pilk, Rapla13.8 
 10. Umbrasko, Tarvas13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Raadik, Parnu11.3 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev10.2 
 3. Lindmets, Tarvas9.3 
 4. Trumm, Hito/Johvi8.3 
 5. Arnold, TTU7.4 
 6. Grafs, Valga6.9 
 7. Ringmets, Rapla6.8 
 8. Keedus, TTU6.4 
 9. Cunda, Valga6.4 
 10. Grim, Valga6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.5 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas5.1 
 3. Keedus, TTU5.1 
 4. Cunda, Valga4.1 
 5. Laane, Rapla3.7 
 6. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.7 
 7. Campbell, Tln Kalev3.5 
 8. Pilk, Rapla2.4 
 9. Umbrasko, Tarvas2.3 
 10. Raap, Parnu2.2 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Laane, Rapla2.5 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas2.5 
 3. Akenparg, TTU1.9 
 4. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.8 
 5. Campbell, Tln Kalev1.8 
 6. Saage, TU/Rock1.7 
 7. Okoye, Tln Kalev1.6 
 8. Keedus, TTU1.6 
 9. Saare, Hito/Johvi1.5 
 10. Saks, Tarvas1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew ARNOLD
  TTU
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Arnold, TTU1.2 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev0.8 
 3. Matulionis, Parnu0.7 
 4. Grim, Valga0.7 
 5. Saarmets, TTU0.7 
 6. Saks, Tarvas0.6 
 7. Raadik, Parnu0.6 
 8. Tambre, Hito/Johvi0.5 
 9. Lindmets, Tarvas0.4 
 10. Laksa, Tarvas0.3 



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  EUROCHALLENGE   

Standings

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

Top 16: Round 3

I

Jan. 29: Ventspils - Gaz Metan 96-64
Jan. 29: Karsiyaka - Kataja 89-70

J

Jan. 29: Paris-Levallois - Szolnok 93-71
Jan. 29: Gravelines - Hapoel Holon 86-80

K

Jan. 29: Norrkoping - Khimik 76-81
Jan. 29: Tofas - Krasnie Krilya 70-78

L

Jan. 29: Aalstar - EWE Baskets 80-103
Jan. 29: Tsmoki-Minsk - Telekom Baskets 74-70

Top 16: Round 4

I

Feb. 12: Gaz Metan - Karsiyaka
Feb. 12: Ventspils - Kataja

J

Feb. 12: Hapoel Holon - Paris-Levallois
Feb. 12: Gravelines - Szolnok

K

Feb. 12: Khimik - Tofas
Feb. 12: Norrkoping - Krasnie Krilya

L

Feb. 12: Telekom Baskets - Aalstar
Feb. 12: Tsmoki-Minsk - EWE Baskets


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Apollon
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Brown, Apollon22.2 
 2. Hopkins, Antwerp22.2 
 3. Buljan, Kormend21.7 
 4. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.21.3 
 5. Shaw, Kormend21.3 
 6. May, Paris-Levallo.20.8 
 7. Dixon, Karsiyaka19.9 
 8. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.18.3 
 9. Flowers, Kataja18.2 
 10. Burtt, Tofas17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.11.8 
 2. Bader, Szolnok11.0 
 3. Qvale, M.Hainaut9.7 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto9.5 
 5. Thondique, Antwerp8.8 
 6. Brown, Apollon8.8 
 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-PG-83)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.7.3 
 2. Albicy, Paris-Le.6.3 
 3. Deane, Khimik6.0 
 4. Jordan, Telekom5.8 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto5.7 
 6. Dixon, Karsiyaka5.6 
 7. Kudrautsau, Tsmoki.5.3 
 8. Jovanovic, Timisoa.5.2 
 9. Kramer, EWE B.5.2 
 10. Rujak, Kormend5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Flowers, Kataja4.0 
 2. Harris, Dijon2.8 
 3. Clark, Aalstar2.7 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.2.7 
 5. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.6 
 6. Barac, Pitesti2.2 
 7. Crocker, Keravnos2.2 
 8. Johnson, Timisoara2.0 
 9. Millage, Armia2.0 
 10. Hopkins, Antwerp2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Sodertalje
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Simms, Sodertalje2.2 
 2. Goodridge, Khimik1.8 
 3. Vaughn, Keravnos1.8 
 4. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.7 
 5. Vasiliev, Krasni.1.5 
 6. Aminu, Karsiyaka1.4 
 7. Love, Antwerp1.3 
 8. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.3 
 9. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.2 
 10. May, Paris-Levall.1.2 


EuroChallenge round 3 (Top 16) best performance: Andre Smith - by Eurobasket News

American forward Andre Smith (203-F-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Krasnie Krilya, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Top 16).
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (32 points, five rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Tofas (#3, 1-2) 78-70. It allowed Krasnie Krilya to consolidate first place in the EuroChallenge group K. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Krasnie Krilya already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Smith had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Krasnie Krilya's top player in his first season with the team. Andre Smith averages this season 15.7ppg and 6.0rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Jerome Dyson (191-G-87) of Hapoel Holon. Dyson had a very good evening with 42 points. Bad luck as Hapoel Holon lost that game 80-86 to Gravelines (2-1). The Top 16 is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Dyson is a newcomer at Hapoel Holon, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.3ppg (#4). He also recorded 3.7 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Hapoel Holon's star - American forward Frank Hassell (203-F-88). Hassell scored 24 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Hassell's great performance Hapoel Holon lost 80-86 to #2 ranked Gravelines. But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Hapoel Holon can only dream about fighting for top spots in group J. They have awful Top 16 losing so far all 3 games. Too bad for Hassell he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Hassell has individually a great season in EuroChallenge. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.3ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 11.8rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 58.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jawad Williams (204-F-83) of Paris-Levallois - 23 points and 11 rebounds
5. Edgars Jeromanovs (186-PG-86) of Norrkoping - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ryan Thompson (198-G-89) of Aalstar - 23 points and 6 assists
7. Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85) of Kataja - 17 points and 6 rebounds
8. John Cox (196-G-81) of Paris-Levallois - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83) of Karsiyaka - 28 points and 2 rebounds
10. Aliaksei Lashkevich (203-PF-78) of Tsmoki-Minsk - 14 points and 9 rebounds

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



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

Group I
Karsiyaka - Kataja 89-70
Pinar Karsiyajka conquer Group I of the EuroChallenge Top 16. The Turkish side posted the third consecutive win for 3-0 record on top. They beat Kataja 89:70 and sent them to 1-2 record. The game was mostly controlled by Karsiyaka. Joensuun Kataja was better in fourth quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Joensuun Kataja 38-26 including 23 on the defensive glass. Karsiyaka shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 53.6 percentage. It was a great evening for Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points. Jon Diebler helped adding 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was swingman Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Winona St.) with 17 points and 6 rebounds and Johnell Smith (180-PG-80, college: New Orleans) scored 7 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Virtanen had 10, while Nenonen and Lehtoranta added 8 apiece.

Ventspils - Gaz Metan 96-64
Ventspils roll over Gaz Metan in Round 3 opener of EuroChallenge. The Latvian side celebrated the initial 96:64 win and tied both records at 1-2. Ventspils looked better in the whole game and won all four periods. They started with 29-16 and added 23-17 in the second frame. Moreover the hosts posted a 22-14 surge in the third quarter and enjoyed a 27-point advantage after three quarters. Ventspils did not slow down and finished the game with 22-17 in the last frame. Their biggest lead came two minutes from the finish when Ronalds Zakis' free throws made it 94:56. Later Gaz Metan managed to reduce to the final result. Kyle Shiloh (191-PG-85, college: Nevada) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) nailed 12. Krstanovic Zoran delivered 9, while Lilov Ivan and Dundjerski Slobodan posted 8 apiece. Campbell Folarin and Meiers Martins answered with 14 points apiece in the losing effort. Sandis Valters (193-G-78) scored 13 and Laksa Martins added 12.

Group J
Paris-Levallois - Szolnok 93-71
Paris-Levallois erupts late, edges Szolnok in Top 16 of EuroChallenge. The French side took 2-1 record in Group J after a 93:71 win. The Hungarian team suffered their first loss and dropped at 2-1 record. The hosts trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 58-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Paris-Levallois posted 29-14 in the third period and then added 29-12 in the last stanza. Paris-Levallois outrebounded Szolnok 46-29 including a 21-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for Jawad Williams (204-F-83, college: N.Carolina) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. John Cox (196-G-81, college: USF) helped adding 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was Rashad Bell (201-F-82, college: Boston U.) with 13 points and 5 rebounds and Florence scored 13 points. Akos Horvath and Sehovic nailed 10 points each.

Gravelines - Hapoel Holon 86-80
Gravelines overcame Hapoel Holon at the end of EuroChallenge Round 3 of Top 16. The French side posted a 86:80 as they pulled away in the second half. The result leaves Gravelines with a 2-1 record, level with both Paris Levallois and Szolnoki Olaj. The Israeli team fell at 0-3 record on the bottom of the group. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game. They needed 17-13 in the third period and then 24-20 in the third frame. Both teams managed to score 29 points in the last stanza for the final result. It was a great evening for Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Yannick Bokolo (188-SG-85) helped adding 14 points and 7 assists. The best for the losing side was Jerome Dyson (191-G-87, college: Connecticut) with 42 points and Frank Hassell produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds.

Group K
Tofas - Krasnie Krilya 70-78
Andre Smith leads Krasnie Krilya over Tofas in Turkey. The Russian team improved to 3-0 record after a 78:70 win at the EuroChallenge Top 16. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-21. But Tofas won second period 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Krasnie Krilya made 21-of-26 free shots during the game. Tofas were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Andre Smith who led his team to a victory scoring 32 points and 5 rebounds. Chester Simmons (196-G-82, college: Washington) helped adding 15 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Chinemelu Elonu with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Austin Nichols (200-SF-82, college: Humboldt St.) scored 16 points and Yildirim brought 9 points.

Norrkoping - Khimik 76-81
Norrkoping lost to Khimik in Sweden as both sides are with 1-2 records in Group K of EuroChallenge Top 16. The Ukrainian side celebrated the initial 81:76 win. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 26-18 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Khimik made 20-of-23 free shots during the game. They also forced 19 Norrkoping Dolphins turnovers. Strangely Norrkoping Dolphins outrebounded Khimik 35-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) who scored 11 points and 7 assists. Vitaliy Kovalenko chipped in 14 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Edgars Jeromanovs who recorded 22 points and 5 rebounds and Keith Gabriel added 17 points respectively.

Group L
Aalstar - EWE Baskets 80-103
EWE Baskets posts three digit-number in Belgium to beat Aalstar. The German side destroyed the home side 103:80 for 3-0 record in Group L. The game was mostly controlled by EWE Baskets. Okapi Aalstar was better in second period 31-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. EWE Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Okapi Aalstar's players. It was a great evening for Julius Jenkins who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points. Dru Joyce (183-PG-85, college: Akron) helped adding 16 points and 7 assists. The best for the losing side was Ryan Thompson (198-G-89, college: Rider) with 23 points and 6 assists and Thomas Dreesen scored 17 points. Tinsley followed them with 16 points.

Tsmoki-Minsk - Telekom Baskets 74-70
Tsmoki-Minsk used home court advantage to beat Telekom Baskets in one of the first games in Round 3 of Top 16 in EuroChallenge. The team from Belarus won 74:70 and tied both records at 1-2 in Group L. Telekom Baskets opened the game with a minimum win at the end of the first period but allowed the hosts to take control later in the game. Tsmoki-Minsk posted a 18-13 in the second frame for 4-point advantage at the halftime and added 20-16 rally in the third period. The German side bounced back with 23-19 in the last stanza but it was not enough to catch up with the home side. Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-SF-85) led the way with 16 points, while Kudrautsau Aliaksandr and Lashkevich Aliaksei netted 14 each. Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) finished the game with 21 points in defeat and Vaden Robert scored 16. Jared Jordan (188-PG-84, college: Marist) poured in 14, while McLean Jamel added 9.



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  EUROCUP   

Standings

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

Top 16: Round 4

I

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

J

Jan. 29: Valencia - Gescrap BB 60-61
Jan. 30: VEF Riga - CEZ Nymburk

K

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

L

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


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG20.6 
 2. Pappas, Panionios19.8 
 3. McKee, Triumph19.3 
 4. Diener, Banco d.19.2 
 5. Rakocevic, Crvena18.9 
 6. Davis, Banvit BK18.8 
 7. Thornton, Banco d.18.7 
 8. Eidson, Unics17.3 
 9. Batista, Le Mans17.2 
 10. Green, Orleans17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm8.9 
 2. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.9 
 3. Lyons, Budivelnyk7.9 
 4. Maric, Lokomotiv7.7 
 5. Stimac, Banvit BK7.7 
 6. Landry, Triumph7.5 
 7. Hervelle, Gescr.6.8 
 8. Fells, Hapoel J-M6.7 
 9. Vitkovac, Buducno.6.7 
 10. Easley, Banco d.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Diener, Banco d.8.5 
 2. Calathes, Lokom.7.3 
 3. Everett, Cholet6.3 
 4. Pellin, Orleans5.7 
 5. Turner, Trefl Sopot5.7 
 6. McKee, Triumph5.6 
 7. Wright, Spartak SP5.3 
 8. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.2 
 9. Satoransky, Cajasol5.1 
 10. El-Amin, Le Mans5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos PAPPAS
  Panionios
  (195-G-90)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Pappas, Panionios2.7 
 2. Chatman, Unics2.1 
 3. McKee, Triumph1.9 
 4. Pullen, Hapoel J-M1.8 
 5. Fells, Hapoel J-M1.8 
 6. Mejia, Banvit BK1.8 
 7. Lojeski, Oostende1.8 
 8. Pellin, Orleans1.7 
 9. Greene, Orleans1.7 
 10. Brown, Lokomotiv1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LAPETA
  Stelmet ZG
  (217-C-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Lapeta, Stelmet ZG1.5 
 2. Davis, Banvit BK1.4 
 3. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.2 
 4. Theis, Ratiopharm1.1 
 5. Naymick, CEZ N.1.1 
 6. Balvin, Cajasol1.1 
 7. Vougioukas, Unics1.1 
 8. Fischer, BC Donet.1.0 
 9. Anisimovas, Budiv.1.0 
 10. Booker, Panionios1.0 



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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 



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  FINLAND   


EuroChallenge: Pinar Karsiyajka conquer Group I - by Eurobasket News

Karsiyaka - Kataja 89:70

Pinar Karsiyajka conquer Group I of the EuroChallenge Top 16. The Turkish side posted the third consecutive win for 3-0 record on top. They beat Kataja 89:70 and sent them to 1-2 record.
The game was mostly controlled by Karsiyaka. Joensuun Kataja was better in fourth quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Joensuun Kataja 38-26 including 23 on the defensive glass. Karsiyaka shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 53.6 percentage. It was a great evening for Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points. Jon Diebler (198-G-88, college: Ohio St.) helped adding 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Winona St.) with 17 points and 6 rebounds and Johnell Smith scored 7 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Petri Virtanen (183-PG-80) had 10, while Juho Nenonen (202-SF-87) and Juho-Matti Lehtoranta (194-SF-89) added 8 apiece.

Kataja: Jonte Flowers 17, Petri Virtanen 10, Juho Nenonen 8, Juho-Matti Lehtoranta 8
Karsiyaka: Bobby Dixon 28, Jon Diebler 19, Can Mutaf (190-G-91) 11, Thomas 10



EUROCHALLENGE: Kataja lost by 19 points in Turkey - by Rauno Hurmalainen

EuroChallenge, Last 16, Group I, round 3: Pinar Karsiyaka, # 4 right now in Turkey, defeated Kataja (Joensuu) from Finland by 19 points: 89-70 (51-37). Quarters: 29-20, 22-17, 21-13, 17-20. 5min 18-4, 10min 29-20, 15min 42-25, 20min 51-37, 25min 62-42, 30min 72-50, 35min 78-58 and 40min 89-70.
Pinar Karsiyaka got a strong start, as their American G Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) alone scored 12 points vs Kataja's two pts in the opening three minutes. Home team's tempo and the noisy home crowd was for sure strange elements for Kataja. Main thing Kataja never gave up and had also good moments in the contest. Karsiyaka's three American players combined 57/89 points. Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Winona St.) was Kataja's leading scorer with 17 pts.

Pinar Karsiyaka - Kataja, Joensuu 89-70 (51-37). (Robert Dixon 28, Jon Diebler 19/5a, William Thomas 10. 1 - 72,7% (16/22), 2 - 43,8% (14/32), 3 - 53,6% (15/28). R: 25+15=40. TO: 15. - Jonte Flowers 17/6, Petri Virtanen 10; Sami Lehtoranta 8. 1 - 61,5% (8/13), 2 - 47,1% (16/34), 3 - 40,0% (10/25). R: 18+10=28. TO: 14).



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EuroChallenge: Dyson's 42 points not enough against Gravelines - by Eurobasket News

Gravelines - Hapoel Holon 86:80

Gravelines overcame Hapoel Holon at the end of EuroChallenge Round 3 of Top 16. The French side posted a 86:80 as they pulled away in the second half. The result leaves Gravelines with a 2-1 record, level with both Paris Levallois and Szolnoki Olaj. The Israeli team fell at 0-3 record on the bottom of the group.
The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game. They needed 17-13 in the third period and then 24-20 in the third frame. Both teams managed to score 29 points in the last stanza for the final result.
It was a great evening for Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Yannick Bokolo (188-SG-85) helped adding 14 points and 7 assists. The best for the losing side was Jerome Dyson (191-G-87, college: Connecticut) with 42 points and Frank Hassell (203-F-88, college: ODU) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds.

Hapoel Holon: Jerome Dyson 42, Frank Hassell 24+12rebs, Hill 13
Gravelines: Dwight Buycks 15, Yannick Bokolo 14, Johnson 11



EuroChallenge: Paris-Levallois erupts late, edges Szolnok - by Eurobasket News

Paris-Levallois - Szolnok 93:71

Paris-Levallois erupts late, edges Szolnok in Top 16 of EuroChallenge. The French side took 2-1 record in Group J after a 93:71 win. The Hungarian team suffered their first loss and dropped at 2-1 record.
The hosts trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 58-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Paris-Levallois posted 29-14 in the third period and then added 29-12 in the last stanza. Paris-Levallois outrebounded Szolnok 46-29 including a 21-10 advantage in offensive rebounds.
It was a great evening for Jawad Williams (204-F-83, college: N.Carolina) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. John John Cox (196-G-81, college: USF) helped adding 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was Rashad Bell (201-F-82, college: Boston U.) with 13 points and 5 rebounds and James Florence (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mercer) scored 13 points. Akos Akos Horvath (193-SG-81) and Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89) nailed 10 points each.

Szolnok: Rashad Bell 13, James Florence 13, Akos Horvath 10, Sead Sehovic 10
Paris-Levallois: Jawad Williams 23+11rebs, Antoine Diot (191-PG-89) 15, John Cox 15, Albicy 13



Orleans add Hunter to their roster, ex Galil Gilboa - by Eurobasket News

Entente Orleans 45 (ProA) added to their roster 33-year old American forward Brandon Hunter (201-125kg-80, college: Ohio). He just played at Galil Gilboa in Israeli Winner League. In 14 games this season he had 9.2ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2apg. The last season Hunter played at BBC Bayreuth (BBL) in German league. In 28 games last year he recorded 9.6ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.1apg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at BK Ventspils (LBL) in Latvian league. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Hunter was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 18 LBL games that season he recorded 11.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com Latvian League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. Hunter also played 3 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 11.7ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.3apg. He also played 4 games in Baltic League where he recorded 12.0ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.3apg. Hunter also played at Aliaga Petkim (TBL) in Turkish league earlier that season. In 19 games he recorded 10.9ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.4apg.
In 2003 he was drafted by Boston Celtics (NBA) in second round (56th overall). Hunter attended Ohio University and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
His team won Israeli Cup in 2010.
Hunter is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (Panathinaikos), Italy (Livorno, Napoli and Sutor Montegranaro), Puerto Rico (Capitanes).
On Hunter: An incredibly strong player who plays with great skill as well as heart. One of the top players in Italy A-1 basketball and a veteran of the NBA, Brandon is an excellent finisher and imposing force around the basket on both ends of the floor.

By Eurobasket Data Center



French ProA round 17 best performance: Amara Sy - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized Mali forward Amara Sy (202-F-81) put on an amazing game in the last round for ASVEL, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 31-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds, while his team edged out Nanterre (#12, 7-10) 87-84. ASVEL is placed at 5th position in Mali ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. ASVEL will need more victories to improve their 10-7 record. In the team's last game Sy had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be ASVEL's top player in his first season with the team. Amara Sy averages this season 12.1ppg and 5.4rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 33-year old former international forward Karim Souchu (198-F-79, agency: Prossin Sports Management) of Cholet. Souchu had a very good evening with 31 points and 6 rebounds. Of course Cholet cruised to a 75-67 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Limoges (#13, 7-10). This victory allowed Cholet to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-9 record. Souchu is a newcomer at Cholet and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was American Darryl Monroe (202-C/F-86, agency: SportsTalent) of Boulazac (#16). Monroe showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, fifteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Monroe's great performance Boulazac lost 75-93 to the higher-ranked Orleans (#7, 9-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Boulazac can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-13 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Monroe he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Monroe has individually a great season in France. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.7rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Antoine Diot (191-PG-89) of Paris-Levallois - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Victor Samnick (203-F/C-79) of Roanne - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Bernard King (196-G-81) of Le Havre - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists
7. Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81) of Chalon - 9 points and 10 assists
8. Nicholas Pope (196-F/G-84) of Nancy - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Louis Campbell (190-G-79) of Strasbourg - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
10. David Lighty (195-G/F-88) of Nanterre - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Balkan League: KK Kozuv rally past KK Mornar - by Eurobasket News

KK Kozuv - KK Mornar 72:64

KK Kozuv opened their Balkan League Last Four campaign with victory. They knocked down KK Mornar at home court for 2-0 record. The Macedonian team came from behind in the second half to tame the visitors. Aleksandar Shterjov (208-C-86, agency: Global Sports Plaza) fired 20 points to lead the hosts.
KK Kozuv jumped to an early lead. They held the visitors to 13 points in the opening frame to take a 7-point advantage. But Mornar turned things around in the second quarter. The Montenegrin side exploded with a 23:9 rally to secure a 29:36 halftime lead. KK Kozuv trimmed the deficit in the third term. The hosts got within two points at the final intermission 54:56. Kozuv tipped off the final frame with eight points in a row to spur ahead. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) pulled Mornar back within two points but Kozuv capped the regulation on an 8:2 rally to seal the winning outcome at the end. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) nailed 13 points, while Miladin Pekovic (197-G/F-83, agency: BeoExcell) contributed 14 points for the winners. Milos Djurisic (194-G-88, agency: TSS Management) answered with 13 points for Mornar Bar. Vukota Pavic netted 12 points in defeat.

KK Kozuv: Aleksandar Shterjov 20, Miladin Pekovic 14, Dimitar Karadzovski 13
KK Mornar: Milos Djurisic 13, Vukota Pavic 12



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Exclusive Interview With Rustavi Super Guard- Nate Bowie - by Eurobasket News

Eurobasket had the pleasure of interviewing Rustavi Energy (Georgia) super guard- Nate Bowie (183-G-86, college: Cent.Arkansas)

1. We know basketball is what you love to do but what do you do in private life?
Well first off I'm a family man and that's what always comes first. I was blessed to have my significant other with me for the most of this season. I watch a lot of basketball throughout the world. Checking in on my friend Leo Lyons from time to time who plays for Budivelnyk. Also watching a lot of Czech Republic, Cyprus and Portuguese basketball. I talk to my family a lot back home. With the far distance in between us I find myself having them handle a lot of my personal business as well. I'm also a big fan of watching movies and writing.

2. Do you like the country Georgia and the people?
The people here in Georgia are extremely nice. Most people don't have the financial power as we do in the USA but their hearts are very warm. Especially my coaches and president. They really tend to my needs.

3. Rustavi Energy brought you in because they wanted to get back to their winning ways, is this season a big challenge for you?
Well I think every season is a big challenge. As a competitor and athlete you want to get better each year and help your team achieve the goals they expected to achieve before the season.

4. During the first half of the season you had the opportunity to stun Armia (Eurochallenge) at home, What was your mindset to prepare for that game?
I find myself not getting much sleep before games. Before games not particularly this game, I try to watch film of my last game to work on things I need to improved. I knew that Armia had a certain way of playing, so to beat them you have to control the tempo and play the way you always played throughout the season. It was a huge win for the club. Our fans are tremendous. Very special group of people.

5. You have played for Terceira Basket in Portugal last season as well as Al Ahli in Doha Qatar, how was your experience in Portugal? Was it a success for you?
My time in Portugal was a time to remember. The view was amazing since I was located on the island. I find myself going out my back porch and looking at the ocean splash against the sea side if I was having a rough day. The city was great but the front office didn't appreciate the hard work I put into the game of basketball. I would consider the season an individual success getting basically every award to get. But that's not what I step on the floor to get or do, winning is everything and we fell short.

6. Last month you visit and played in Batumi. How did you feel in getting the Eurobasket Player of the Week Award?
It was a huge honor. I try every week to do the things my team needs me to do. And my third Eurobasket Player of The Week Award this season really makes my efforts worth while.

7. Is there anything you miss about Portugal?
The sound of the ocean washing up on the beach. Also I had great teammates.

8. Is there any chance for you to sign a contract with the NBA D-League again or NBA Summer League?
Well me and my agent like to weigh my options for sure. It's not just me I have to think about anymore but what's best for my family as well. If I have a few teams interested than I wouldn't mind working out for them this summer and seeing what comes out of it. I mean who wouldn't?

9. European basketball is really different from American basketball, is this true?
Yes so to speak. You come here and notice the ball is different as well as the 3-Point line and use to be the free throw lane. But the biggest difference is that everything is more clutter. The basketball in the states is an ideal game for people with one on one skills an ability. That's why some guys love it here in Europe. Your mishaps of your basketball skills can really be hidden do to the team game they play a lot overseas.

10. What do you do in your free time?
I love to go out to dinner and enjoy a nice night of jazz. Theirs some nice places in Tbilisi, Georgia that we experienced with that kind of taste.

11. Your favorite team?
Well that's a hard question. I mostly watch teams that my friends play on. But I love to watch Montepaschi Siena. I think they really play the kind of style thats good for Bobby Brown. Love to watch his game. I also like of course Budivelnyk. In the NBA I would have to say Miami Heat, would love to see a repeat.

12. Movie?
My favorite movie right now is Django. The plot was crazy and Samuel L. Jackson played a fine character.

13. What Kind of Music do you listen to?
I love all kinds. If you look in my iPod I have Country, R&B, Rap and even Blues and Jazz. I'm a huge fan of Black Hippy (Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock). Their word play is insane and deep.

14. Who is your idol on the court? And off the court?
My idol on the court is Earl "The Pearl" Monroe. I learned so much from him. Actually I have a few bookmarks of his highlights and games on my computer as we speak. They didn't call him Black Jesus for no reason lol. Off the court I would have to say my Brother Aaron and my pops. My bro was always that guy that said I could do better and to always keep pushing. Nothing was never good enough and tough love was his thing. You don't realize how much that can help you back than but it helps for sure now. My dad is the one that put the rock in my hands and started it all.



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Magdeburg: BJ Anthony provides instant spark as the Eagles have an eye on the title - by Moritz Korff

It's a long way from New Zealand to Magdeburg. But Benny Charles 'BJ' Anthony (198-F-88) was willing to accept the extensive journey, when Dimitris Polychroniadis offered him a spot on his roster. The head coach of the BBC Solarto Eagles Magdeburg was looking to add some strength to his frontcourt to provide a boost for the title race in the 1. Regionalliga North, while Anthony needed a fresh start. "I've been out with injuries the past year and thought this was the right step to take for moving forward. Loving Magdeburg so far and the teammates are great", he told Eurobasket.com.

The 24-year-old power forward from Auckland, New Zealand, who also holds a British passport, jumped out to an impeccable start with the Eagles, propelling his new team to a 98-93 road win at VfL Stade in his first game after signing. He paced the Eagles with 33 points and eight rebounds in a clash of RLN heavyweights. Magdeburg handed Stade only its second loss this season and gave the Magdeburg fans new hope as far as winning the RLN title is concerned: "I definitely think we can [finish the season in first place]", Anthony said, "but for now we have to focus on winning games, as long as we do our best anything can happen. Stade is a solid squad and it's hard to see them dropping anymore games, but anything can happen in any given day, so we are focusing on our progression as a team right now."

After holding off ASC 46 Goettingen 85-60 last week, the Eagles were in for a tough battle, when taking on SSV Lok Bernau on Saturday. Bernau built its biggest lead of 14 points in the first half, but Magdeburg gradually chipped into the deficit and notched a close 70-69 win. Anthony led all scorers with 20 points to go along with 12 rebounds. "It obviously says we want to win", he commented on the question of what this victory told him about his team and added: "Keeping things competitive in practice goes a long way." With Anthony, Canadian highflyer Yannick Anzuluni (206-G/F-87, college: Houghton) and second new recruit Martin Volf (200-F-80) - an Uruguayan big man with a Czech passport - Coach Polychroniadis has strong options to choose from at the wing and in the paint. Especially Anthony and Anzuluni are forming an impressive duo despite having played only three games alongside eachother so far: "I really enjoy playing with Yannick. We see eye to eye out there and we both really want to win. On the pick an roll it creates tough match ups for the opposition and it puts us both in scoring positions", Anthony said.

The Eagles return to action on Saturday against the Bodfeld Baskets, before playing at SG Wolfenbuettel a week later. It's going to be a well known place for Anthony who spent his first Germany stint playing in Wolfenbuettel in the 2008-09 and half of the 2009-10 season.



Thomas Glasauer fired from Paderborn head coach post - by Moritz Korff

Thomas Glasauer has been dismissed as head coach of the finke baskets Paderborn, the 2. Bundesliga Pro A announced on Tuesday. The team lost three of the past seven Pro A games and is currently 13th in the standings. On Saturday Paderborn fell short to the Kirchheim Knights 85-87.
Glasauer took over coaching duties for the Paderborn team in November 2010. He will be replaced by Martin Krueger and Uli Naechster. Krueger coached the club's second team until 2012, the team that Naechster is currently in charge of.



Mike Taylor To Coach D-League Allstar Game - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


It is always nice to see when an ex Beko BBL player or coach continues to shine in other places as American coach Mike Taylor (agency: Pro One Sports ) has shown this season. Taylor has been named to coach the D-league futures team at the Allstar game. Taylor who is coaching his first season as a head coach of the Maine Red Claws led the team in the east conference with a record of 17-10. The game will be played at the Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center on Saturday Feb 15 and he earned the trip by virtue of a 17-10 record and winning a head-to-head tiebreaker with the Canton Charge, who had the same record through games of Jan. 27. Taylor who coached in Germany for ratiopharm Ulm from 2003-2011 leading the team into the Beko BBL in 2006 and reaching the playoffs in 2009 didnt have the most rosy split with the team at the end of the 2010-2011 season, but the likeable American didnt let that curve his zeal or appetite for the game and made his way to the States getting an offer as assistant coach of the Rio Grande Vipers last season. This season for the Maine Red Claws, he has been at the top of the standings since the start of the season and showed that he can adapt from the structured European style of basketball to the quicker paced style of the D-league. He also has shown early on that he is able to adjust to the many comings and goings of players on account of NBA call ups or players going to Europe. Taylor has had the pleasure of coaching NBA players like Shelven Mack, Xavier Silas, Dejuan Summers, Andre Barrett and Fab Melo. Taylor will be assisted by Tunde Adekola who was on his staff in Ulm.





Alejo Rodriguez (Dragons Rhondorf) I Came To Basketball Because Of A Bet - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Alejo Rodriguez (203-C-88, college: Iona) is a 24 year old 203cm forward from the Bronx, New York. He played at Iona (NCAA) from 2006-2011 playing a total of 119 NCAA games. In his senior year he played 36 games: 6.6ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 69.9%, FT: 53.8%. Last season as a rookie, he played for the Springfield Armor (D-League): 7 games: 0.7ppg, 2.6rpg, left in Jan.'12, then joined Oviedo Club Baloncesto (Spain-LEB Silver): 5 games: 3.2ppg, 5.6rpg. He spoke to eurobasket after the 73-64 loss against the Fraport Skyliners juniors.

What was your impression of playing in the BCM gym of the Fraport Skyliners? NBA players like Alan Anderson and Carlos Arroyo have played here before.

Oh really I had no idea that those guys had played here. I had a very good impression here. I love our fan support very much. It seemed like we had more fans than Frankfurt did. We have very diehard fans and I really appreciate their support in every game.

The Dragons Rhondorf only have two Americans, but still are the best team in the PRO B south. What makes the team so potent?

I think that we have shown all season long that the team doesnt only depend on the two Americans. The team depends on everyone. We have a very good starting five where each German gives much support. Our bench is also very good. Each guy understands their role and always step up in each game.


Did you feel added pressure in the game, because four guys were out on account of the flu?

Obviously we were missing guys, actually it was five so it did feel a lot different with our limited rotation. We had problems with fouls and our limited bench did hurt us. This did benefit Frankfurt down the stretch.

You fouled out in the third quarter and Frankfurt was able to lead comfortably in the fourth quarter having a ten point lead. What was key in the fourth quarter for Frankfurt getting the win?

Frankfurt was able to control the paint in the fourth quarter and they got open three point shots. Frankfurt played a smart and great game. With me fouling out, we couldnt keep our game plan going, because whenever we had to give something up on the three point line or under the basket, they were able to counter.


As a rookie last season, you got experience in the D-league with Springfield and in the third league in Spain. What were the most important things that you could learn?

The D-league was great. I only played seven games, but it was my first pro experience and I learned the ropes how to take care of my body and just see that daily grind. In Spain, there was a total different style than in the States. I got my first taste of how the European game works and it helped me now in Germany, but it is still a learning process and am still learning each day.

You were born in the Bronx, but grew up in Manhattan. What was the worst thing that you experienced in the Bronx?

Well to be honest I never really had anything bad happen to me, but I did see some bad things. There are some bad parts of the Bronx, but also some good parts and the Bronx often gets a bad rap in movies. I am happy that nothing happened to my family or friends. I am also thankful that basketball kept me busy as a kid and I didnt slip into anything bad. It is just sad what happens there. The youth of today need to be smarter.


Your teammate Geddes Robinson also comes from the Bronx. Did you know him prior to coming to Rhondorf?

We actually did. We met in high school when we were 16 or 17. We didnt talk again until this season. It was nice coming in knowing that there was a guy that I had known before and that he was no random guy.


Last season at Oviedo (Leb Silver) you played together with Bryan Leduc. Who won a one on one in practice?

He was a great guy. I learned so much from him and he took me under his wing and showed me the ropes showing me how to live in Europe. Of course I would win a one on one, but he is a great shooter with moves inside and is a great shooter.

Your coach at Iona (NCAA) was ex NBA player Jeff Ruland who was an NBA allstar in 1984. What is the most important thing that you learned from him?

He told me that the game in the 80s was a totally different game where there was more grinding and more physical play. He said nowadays the NBA is so superstar orientated. He was a great coach and it was nice having a big man as a coach which isnt so usual. He taught me how to be always strong on the court and use my emotion to my advantage.

Last season, you played in the D-league for the Springfield Armour. You played for Bob Mckinnon who seems like a calm coach. What could you learn from him?

Yes that is right he is calm and grows confidence into a player. He taught to always be ready no matter if your playing 30 minutes or only one minute. He also was my first professional coach and taught me how to always be professional and focus on getting a little better each day.


You played at Iona (NCAA) Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?

There were quite a few, but if I had to name a few than I would say Evan Turner and Elton Brand who was tough to play against. I played against Brand in summer pick up games.

Did you ever meet ex Skyliner Greg Jenkins who also played at Iona?

I didnt play with him at Iona, but practiced with him during the summers. He is quiet, but a great guy. He is a physical player that taught me to always look for things on the court. He is very dedicated to the weight room and got me to become more of a physical player and get me into the weight room.


In you last season at Iona, you had Tim Cluess as your head coach. How did he get you ready for a professional basketball career?

He taught me how to understand the offense more. I was more of a defensive player, but I learned to read plays better on offense and defense.

When you were a kid, who did you dream about being when you were on the playgrounds?

Well I started very late with basketball at age 15. I came to basketball, because of a bet where someone bet me that I couldnt make the team, but I was the last guy picked freshman year. I always liked Tim Duncan, because of his demeanor and I love his emotion. He is also the perfect role model for kids.


Who will win the Superbowl?

The 49ers will win.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Hang Over 2.


Thanks Alejo for the chat.




The Fraport Skyliners Bring In Ryan Brooks And Laquan Prowell - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Fraport Skyliners made a double sweep today getting some help from their neighbors bringing in LTi Giessen 46er Americans Ryan Brooks (193-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Temple) and LaQuan Prowell (203-SF-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Auburn). The team also announced that they have dissolved the contract of American Ted Scott. Brooks is a 24 yera old 193cm guard that was playing his second season for Giessen averaging 15,9ppg, 3,9rpg and 1,4apg. "I am looking forward to have the chance to come to Frankfurt. I know some of the players. They are looking forward to playing with me. The situation wasnt easy in Giessen, but I had a good relationship with the players and management, but now I need to look forward", stressed Ryan Brooks. Brooks played at Temple from 2006-2010 playing a total of 125 NCAA games. In 2001-2011, he was a rookie for Giessen playing 34 games: 9.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 28.0%, FT: 75.5%. Last season he played for Namika Lahti (Finland-Korisliiga, starting five): 40 games: 18.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 52.1%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 81.6%.

The team also added LaQuan Prowell who is a 28 year old 203cm forward from Columbus, Georgia. This season for Giessen he averaged 12,4ppg, 4,0rpg and 1,4apg while shooting 52% from outside. A few weeks ago, he put a scare to the Skyliners with his hot shooting in the second half. He played at Furman from 2003-2005 and then played at Auburn from 2005-2008 with Skyliner Quantez Robertson. As a rookie in 2008-2009, he played for Casa TED Kolejliler Ankara (Turkey-TBL, starting five), left in April '09: 23 games: 15.5ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 49.0%, FT: 64.9%. IN 2009-2010, he played for Paris-Levallois (France-ProA): 32 games: 8.6ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 59.8%, 3PT: 43.2%, FT: 71.4%. In 2010-2011, he played for Strasbourg IG (France-ProA), in Oct.'11 parted ways, next month moved to Ilysiakos Athens (Greece-A1): 6 games: 10.3ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 69.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 66.7%, left in Jan.'11, in Feb.'11 signed at ALM Evreux Basket (France-ProB, starting five): 6 games: 10.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 55.2%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 75.0%; in Apr.'11 agreed terms with Entente Orleans 45 (France-ProA): 3 games: 5.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.0spg. Last season he played for Saint Vallier Basket Drome (France-ProB, starting five): 27 games: 15.1ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 60.2%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 83.7%; in May'12 moved to ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-ProA): 6 games: 4.3ppg, 1.2rpg. "The new situation is good. Ryan is a good friend as is Quantez Robertson. It all feels good and I think that we will bring good things. I want to help with my attitude and energy. Losing is never fun and that is why we want to get out of the bottom", stressed LaQuan Prowell.

The team also announced that Ted Scott has been removed form his contract. He played 12 games averaging 13,5ppg, 2,2rpg and 1,2apg. "I can only say good things about the Frankfurt organization and players. I was treated here better than in any other place. Sometimes things don't fit together and that is basketball. I want to thank the fans for making me feel at home. I am sure they will continue to support the team well", stressed Ted Scott. "WE had the feeling that we had to make changes. We feel the team can do more than it is showing. I wnat to thank Ted for coming here and working hard. I wish him much success. The hard work needs to continue with the team and we want to win games. Both new players know the league and have quality at their position", stressed Muli Katzurin.

Source: Fraport Skyliners












The Licher Basket Baeren Keep Jermale Jones - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO B team Licher Basket Baeren announced today that Jermale Jones (186-G-86, college: Tuskegee) will stay until the end of the season. Jones had come for Willis Gardner as he was injured and now with the support of a sponsor, he can play out the season in Lich. The 26 year old 183cm guard from Birmingham, Alaba has played 16 games averaging 14,8ppg, 2,7rpg and 2,1apg. "He is a great scorer that we dont wnat to miss having. He is a different player than Gardner and both are able to compliment ecah other. The sponsors knew that he had helped us in many games and that we wanted to hold him", stressed head coach Igor Starcevic.

Source: Licher BasketBren



EuroChallenge: Tsmoki-Minsk used home court advantage to beat Telekom Baskets - by Eurobasket News

Tsmoki-Minsk - Telekom Baskets 74:70

Tsmoki-Minsk used home court advantage to beat Telekom Baskets in one of the first games in Round 3 of Top 16 in EuroChallenge. The team from Belarus won 74:70 and tied both records at 1-2 in Group L.
Telekom Baskets opened the game with a minimum win at the end of the first period but allowed the hosts to take control later in the game. Tsmoki-Minsk posted a 18-13 in the second frame for 4-point advantage at the halftime and added 20-16 rally in the third period. The German side bounced back with 23-19 in the last stanza but it was not enough to catch up with the home side.
Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-SF-85) led the way with 16 points, while Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) and Lashkevich Aliaksei netted 14 each. Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) finished the game with 21 points in defeat and Robert Vaden (196-G/F-85, college: UAB) scored 16. Jared Jordan (188-PG-84, college: Marist) poured in 14, while Jamel McLean (203-F-88, college: Xavier) added 9.

Tsmoki-Minsk: Aliaksandr Pustahvar 16, Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 14, Lashkevich Aliaksei 14
Telekom Baskets: Benas Veikalas 21, Robert Vaden 16, Jared Jordan 14, Jamel McLean 9



EuroChallenge: EWE Baskets posts three digit-number in Belgium - by Eurobasket News

Aalstar - EWE Baskets 80:103

EWE Baskets posts three digit-number in Belgium to beat Aalstar. The German side destroyed the home side 103:80 for 3-0 record in Group L.
The game was mostly controlled by EWE Baskets. Okapi Aalstar was better in second period 31-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. EWE Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Okapi Aalstar's players. It was a great evening for Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia South) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points. Dru Joyce (183-PG-85, college: Akron) helped adding 16 points and 7 assists. The best for the losing side was Ryan Thompson (198-G-89, college: Rider) with 23 points and 6 assists and Thomas Dreesen (199-F-88, agency: Court Side) scored 17 points. Brad Tinsley (190-G-89, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Vanderbilt) followed them with 16 points.

Aalstar: Ryan Thompson 23, Thomas Dreesen 17, Brad Tinsley 16
EWE Baskets: Julius Jenkins 25, Dru Joyce 16, Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) 12, Ronnie Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) 12, Robin Smeulders (207-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) 12



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  GREECE   

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 



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  HUNGARY   


Charles Hinkle signs with Sopron - by Levente Szabo

The management of Kis-Raba menti Takarek Soproni KC had to face a really busy season as theyve made 3 changes at the SG positions already. First they've sign rookie Jeff Jones (193-G-89, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Rider) who was replaced after the try-out period by former D-leaguer Jeremy Wise (191-G-86, college: S.Mississippi). Wise seemed to be a good signing, but as he suffered an injury was replaced by Calvin Watson (197-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: N.Texas). The team and Watson agreed to part ways last week and the new addition, Charles Hinkle (195-G-88, college: American) already arrived to Hungary.

The 6'5" player is a rookie, who graduated last year at the American University. He was selected to All-Patriot League 1st Team and led his team to the conference semifinals last year averaging 18.4ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.8apg (FGP: 39.5%, 3PT: 42.0%, FT: 83.5%). With such a strong senior year he was invited to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament as one of the best seniors in the NCAA. Charles Hinkle started his professional career in Turkey with Istanbulspor in the Second Division. Playing major minutes for the club he averaged 16.3ppg combined with 5.5rpg (FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 77.1%).

The American guard arrived to Hungary today morning and he already had his first practice with the team.



MKB-Euroleasing International Cup U15 Budapest - by Balazs Radics

KK Podrogica - Vasas Akademia 60:67 ( 16:21, 13:12, 15:23, 16:11 )
Top scorers: Bordacs 21/3, Ondima 19, Ordasi 7, ill. Starovlah 20/3, Corovic 11/3.

Partizan Beograd - Stella Azzurra Roma 80:57 ( 24:7, 19:18, 28:18, 9:14 )
Milos Glisic (200-PF-98) 28/3, Milovanovic 11, Gasic 10, ill. Valentini 16, Marsenic 12/3.

AJ Milano - KK Podrogica 78:72 ( 18:25, 25:22, 24:14, 11:11 )
Toffali 15, Calo 14, Abante 11/9, ill. Corovic 17, Lambulic 12, Kaluderovic 12, Vukadinovic 12.

Stella Azzurra Roma - Vasas Akademia 85:88 ( 23:27, 21:16, 24:17, 17:28 )
Marsenic 25, Valentini 21, Mecangeli 12, Barban 11/3, ill. Rudner 25/6, Keul 20, Steier 13/3, Ondima 12, Ordasi 9.

Partizan Beograd - AJ Milano 83:75 ( 23:19, 27:22, 16:14, 17:20 )
Milos Glisic 37/3, Gasic 14, Hadzic 11, ill. Toffali 25/3, Carrara 11, Calo 11/3, Crastignano 9.

Partizan Beograd - KK Podrogica 87:71 ( 22:12, 26:16, 23:19, 16:27 )
Milos Glisic 23, Dukic 15, Gasic 13, Krstic 11/3, ill. Kaluderovic 14, D. Vujovic 13/3, Corovic 12/3, P. Vujovic 11, V. Fatic 11.

Vasas Akademia - AJ Milano 81:87 ( 27:24, 20:24, 14:15, 20:25 )
Steier 28/9, Rudner 25/3, Bordacs 8, Lang-Miticzky D. 7/3, ill. Toffali 31, Abante 16, Calo 12, Galletti 11/6.

Stella Azzurra Roma - KK Podrogica 83:64 ( 22:15, 21:14, 16:21, 24:14 )
Valentini 22, Vitale 21, Ulaneo 15, Marsenic 9, ill. Corovic 26/3, Lambulic 8, D. Vujovic 8, Suskavcevic 8.

Partizan Beograd - Vasas Akademia 86:73 ( 18:24, 33:8, 20:18, 15:23 )
Milos Glisic 24, Dukic 16, Lazic 12, Krstic 11/3, Gasic 8, ill. Bordacs 26/9, Rudner 23/3, Ondima 8.

Stella Azzurra Roma - AJ Milano 62:79 ( 8:18, 20:20, 20:22, 14:19 )
Marcenic 16/3, Mecangeli 11/9, ill. Abante 27/12, Calo 16, Toffali 14/3.

FINAL Result:

1.Partizan Beograd4 4 0 336:276
2.AJ Milano 4 3 1 319:298
3.Vasas Akademia4 2 2 309:318
4.Stella Azzurra Roma4 1 3 287:311
5.KK Podrogica4 0 4 267:315

AWARDS:

MVP: Milos Glisic (Partizan Beograd)
Top Scorer: Milos Glisic (Partizan Beograd) 112 pont
Best Defender: Oliver Ondima (Vasas Akademia)

ALL-STAR

Dukic (Partizan Beograd)
Toffali (AJ Milano)
Rudner (Vasas Akademia)
Milos Glisic (Partizan Beograd)
Valentini (Stella Azzurra Roma)

Top Players of the Teams

Corovic (KK Podrogica)
Marcenic (Stella Azzurra Roma)
Bordcs (Vasas Akademia)
Calo (AJ Milano)
Gasic (Partizan Beograd)

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EuroChallenge: Paris-Levallois erupts late, edges Szolnok - by Eurobasket News

Paris-Levallois - Szolnok 93:71

Paris-Levallois erupts late, edges Szolnok in Top 16 of EuroChallenge. The French side took 2-1 record in Group J after a 93:71 win. The Hungarian team suffered their first loss and dropped at 2-1 record.
The hosts trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 58-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Paris-Levallois posted 29-14 in the third period and then added 29-12 in the last stanza. Paris-Levallois outrebounded Szolnok 46-29 including a 21-10 advantage in offensive rebounds.
It was a great evening for Jawad Williams (204-F-83, college: N.Carolina) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. John John Cox (196-G-81, college: USF) helped adding 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was Rashad Bell (201-F-82, college: Boston U.) with 13 points and 5 rebounds and James Florence (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mercer) scored 13 points. Akos Akos Horvath (193-SG-81) and Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89) nailed 10 points each.

Szolnok: Rashad Bell 13, James Florence 13, Akos Horvath 10, Sead Sehovic 10
Paris-Levallois: Jawad Williams 23+11rebs, Antoine Diot (191-PG-89) 15, John Cox 15, Albicy 13



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  ICELAND   

Standings - 1 Division

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

Regular Season: Round 11

Jan. 29: Hottur - IA 90-75
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

Regular Season: Round 12

Feb. 1: Hamar - Reynir S.
Feb. 3: Augnablik - Breidablik
Feb. 1: IA - FSU
Feb. 1: Thor AK - Haukar
Feb. 1: Valur - Hottur



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  INDONESIA   


ASEAN League: Warriors edge Slingers for third win in a row - by Eurobasket News

Singapore Slingers - Indonesia Warriors 57:69

Indonesia clinched the third consecutive win in the ASEAN League season as they upset Singapore Slingers away from home. John Smith (188-G-86, college: Hawaii-Hilo) scored 14 points to lead the winners.
Indonesia Warriors started the game strong. They held the hosts to 7 points in the opening frame and ensured a 17:7 lead after ten minutes. The Warriors extended the margin to 11 points at halftime. They enjoyed a 36:25 advantage into the second half. The Slingers stopped the rot in the third quarter. They adjusted offensively and trimmed the deficit at 7-point mark with one quarter remaining. However the visitors quickly opened a 16-point lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Chris Daniels (200-PF-82, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Georgia) delivered 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) contributed 11 points and 11 boards for the visitors. Jeffers Kyle (207-C-85, college: Oregon St.) answered with game-high 27 points for the Slingers. Wong Wei Long (172-G-88) chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Singapore Slingers: Jeffers Kyle 27, Wong Wei Long 10
Indonesia Warriors: John Smith 14, Chris Daniels 13+11 boards, Steve Thomas 11+11 boards



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  IRELAND   


National Cup Summary / Upcoming Fixtures - by Patrick Maher



The stakes do not get any higher, as this week the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght hosted Irish basketballs showpiece event.

The National Cup finals are where every team wants to be and this years event was a wonderful spectacle for those lucky enough to secure tickets to the sold-out arena.

The highlight of this action-packed weekend came on Friday night as Bord Gais Neptune defeated UL Eagles to end 21 years of hurt and claim their first National Cup since 1992.

Neptune are one of the celebrated institutions in Irish basketball and the long wait for this trophy ensured there were wild scenes of jubilation at the buzzer. It was a stunning performance from the Neptune players and for many, this win represented a career defining achievement.

For Neptune veteran Ger Noonan, it was a particularly poignant moment.

"I cant believe it to be honest. My best friend died ten years ago last week. He was part of the team. I think its fitting that Neptune as a team and as a club dedicate this win to Emmett Neville. Im absolutely wrecked but its worth it," he said.

Neptune coach Mark Scannell was keen to pay tribute to Noonan, "Ger Noonan cant walk some nights after training. His body is breaking down but you look at his performance tonight, absolutely top drawer, he said.

In the womens final, UL Huskies sealed another National Cup with a win over Team Montenotte Hotel Cork. While clearly inspired by the games MVP Michelle Fahy and the tenacious Rachel Vanderwal, the nature of the ULs win spoke to a fantastic collective effort.

Coach James Weldon was certainly keen to stress the commitment of all involved with this UL side," Im running out of things to say to the girls when they win trophies. I just want to pay tribute to our backroom staff. We are not really about old school coaching here at UL. Its a team effort and all the little things that people do add up to success."

While much of the attention was focused on the SuperLeague sides, there was plenty of other action to enjoy over the course of the weekend. For Brunell of Cork, it was a very special weekend as they captured a historic U18 and U20 Womens double.

Coach Kieran OLeary believes the victories are a sign that future success is imminent for the senior side. "We are in SuperLeague at the moment, and with back-to-back U-18 titles Im confident we are going to get to the top of the table in the next few years. This is a great achievement for the club. I cant say enough about those kids. They are brilliant."

A star in both age-groups, young Edel Thornton collected MVP honours in the U18 and U20 final scoring a combined 52 points in the games.

Not satisfied with her incredible weekend haul, she already has her sights on yet bigger prizes in the years ahead.

"We want to come back here again next year again and win the U-18s and U-20s again. That will set us up well for the SuperLeague. We have to keep doing the right things and not become cocky," she said.

Meanwhile Belfast Star coach Adrian Fulton was sounding a little more contented after his U18 Mens cup triumph, claiming " the search for the holy grail is over" after his side defeated Moycullen 68-57 in the U-18 boys final.

"The last time we won a club All Ireland title was 1989.We have been so close before. Weve lost 5 semi-finals and a couple of finals,but what these guys have done is absolutely incredible," he said.

For teams outside the elite SuperLeague, the Division 1 finals were held on Saturday afternoon.

Oblate Dynamos secured their first ever national title with victory over Tralee Imperials, a victory which coach Terry Staunton was struggling to digest at full time.

"This has been an amazing season. We were struggling before Christmas. We brought Jolie Niland back and she has made the difference for us. To get here was brilliant but to win it is just unbelievable. This win is for our fans. They have been with us every step of the way," Staunton said.

In the Senior Mens National Cup final, Blue Demons enjoyed a convincing win 76-62 over Team Garveys St Marys 76-62. Coach Cormac ODonoghue was pleased that his side got over the line after a tempestuous encounter.

"I let the lads know at half time that we needed to keep focussed and keep the head. They did that in the second half and I think we controlled the game from there. Hopefully we can build on this win now," he added.

While Thornton looked ahead, Luke Thompson - who collected the MVP honours in the U20 Mens Cup final after his Templeogue side defeated Killester 64 to 49 took some time to look back and thank those who had helped him and the team reach the winners platform.

The development of this team has taken place over a number of years. We are very grateful to all the people who have helped us along to get here," Thompson said.

Basketball Ireland Weekend Results National Cup Finals

All games took place at the National Basketball Arena

Friday January 25th

Men's SuperLeague Cup Final

UL Eagles 65 (30) (N Campbell 18; R Taylor 15; J Killeen 11) Bord Gais Neptune 85 (43) (M Mcginn 28; D Townes 23; G Noonan 14)

Womens SuperLeague Cup Final

UL Huskies 69 (33) (R vanderwal 26; M Fahy 14; R Clancy 13) Team Momtenotte Hotel Cork 59 (31) (G Dwyer 20; T Bacic 15; M Breen 10)

Saturday January 26th

Mens Senior National Cup Final

Blue Demons 76 (42) (B ONeill 23; K Hosford 14; T Priou 11) Team Garveys St Marys 62 (38) (J Tehan 15; B Clernon 15; D Griffin 14)

Womens Senior National Cup Final

Tralee Imperials 49 (29) (S.Mackessy 20; E.Sherwood 13; D.Geaney 6) Oblate Dynamos 58 (24) (T.Harrison 14; J.Niland 11; G.McKenna 11; E.Curran 6)

Mens U18 National Cup Final

Belfast Star 68 (35) (C.Quinn 24; A.Quinn 18; L. Pettigrew 11) Moycullen 57 (32) (S.OBrien 20; P.Lyons 17; J.Tummon 8)

Womens U18 National Cup Final

Glanmire 54 (30) (S.Kenny 19; L.Mullins 9; L.Wilkinson 9; S.Geaney 6) Brunell 77 (39) (E. Thornton 19; M. OLeary 17; A.Waters 11; O. Connolly 11)

Sunday January 27th

Mens U20 National Cup Final

Templeogue Azzurri 64 (30) (L.Thompson 26; B.Morrison 12; T.Swiatowy 7) Killester 49 (21) (C.Roe 20; M.Deegan 9; P.Sullivan 6)

Womens U-20 National Cup Final

Killester 56 (24) (M.Clarke 19; E.Matthews 11; A.Russell 7; O.Keoghegan 7 Brunell 76 (36) (E.Thornton 35; M.OLeary 13; A.Kearney 11)

Basketball Ireland Upcoming Fixtures

Friday January 1st

Nivea For Men's SuperLeague

Dublin Inter v Killester, National Basketball Arena, 19:45

Saturday January 2nd

Nivea For Men's SuperLeague

Moycullen v UCD Marian, NUI Galway, 15:45 ; Bord Gais Neptune v DCU Saints, Neptune Stadium, 19:00

Basketball Ireland Men's Division One

Maree v Team Garveys St Marys, Calasanctius College, 17:00 ; Donegal Town v Templeogue Azzurri, Abbey VS, 17:30 ; Fr Mathews v Team Left Bank Kilkenny, Colaiste Chriost Ri, 20:00

Sunday January 3rd

Nivea For Men's SuperLeague

UCC Demons v UL Eagles, Mardyke, 15:30 ; Moycullen v Dublin Inter, NUI Galway, 16:45

Basketball Ireland Men's Division One

Blue Demons v Fr Mathews, Mardyke, 13:00 ; Ulster Elks v Matt OFlahertys Chemists Titans, 14:45

Courtesy .... Cian Nihill ....www.basketballireland.ie



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  ISRAEL   

Standings - National League

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

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 29: Elitzur Yavne - Hapoel K/S 98-86
Jan. 29: Maccabi K/G - Ironi Nahariya 95-99
Jan. 29: Kiryat Tivon - Hapoel Kazrin 83-87
Jan. 29: Hapoel Afula - Ironi K-A 83-76
Jan. 29: Ironi Ramat Gan - Hod Hasharon 82-92
Jan. 29: Macc.B.Yaakov - Ironi Nes-Ziona 80-87
Jan. 29: Maccabi K/B - Elitzur Ramla 79-87

Regular Season: Round 16

Feb. 5: Elitzur Ramla - Kiryat Tivon
Feb. 5: Hapoel K/S - Maccabi K/G
Feb. 5: Ironi Nahariya - Ironi Ramat Gan
Feb. 5: Hod Hasharon - Macc.B.Yaakov
Feb. 5: Ironi Nes-Ziona - Hapoel Afula
Feb. 5: Ironi K-A - Maccabi K/B
Feb. 5: Hapoel Kazrin - Elitzur Yavne


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Greg MURRAY
  Kiryat T.
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Murray, Kiryat T.21.5 
 2. Durham, Hapoel A.21.5 
 3. Westbrook, Hapoel21.2 
 4. Laing, Macc.B.Y.20.5 
 5. Odiakosa, Hod H.20.4 
 6. Johnson, Hapoel K.19.0 
 7. Iram, Macc.B.Y.19.0 
 8. Zelkovits, Ironi N.19.0 
 9. Benn, Ironi N.18.8 
 10. Walker, Hod H.18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chukwudinma ODIAKOSA
  Hod H.
  (203-F/C-85)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Odiakosa, Hod H.14.3 
 2. Durham, Hapoel A.13.0 
 3. Jefferson, Elitzu.12.5 
 4. Ramsey, Ironi R.10.4 
 5. Benn, Ironi N.9.9 
 6. Joyner, Maccabi9.9 
 7. McGhee, Elitzur9.9 
 8. Constantine, Hapoe.9.5 
 9. Kazarnovski, Hapoe.9.1 
 10. Clemente, Ironi N.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon BROOKS
  Hapoel K/S
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Brooks, Hapoel K/S6.8 
 2. Nanikashvili, Iron.6.7 
 3. Fisher, Hapoel Afu.6.1 
 4. Golan, Ironi Nahar.5.2 
 5. Gordon, Hapoel K.4.8 
 6. Grinboim, Ironi R.4.7 
 7. Benn, Ironi N.4.6 
 8. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.4.5 
 9. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.4.5 
 10. Govens, Ironi K-A4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus ALEXANDER
  Maccabi .
  (--)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Alexander, Maccabi2.8 
 2. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.2.8 
 3. Ramsey, Ironi R.2.6 
 4. Benn, Ironi N.2.5 
 5. Gordon, Hapoel K.2.3 
 6. Hofman, Elitzur2.3 
 7. McGhee, Elitzur2.1 
 8. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.2.1 
 9. Zelkovits, Ironi N.2.0 
 10. Laing, Macc.B.Y.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-F-88)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.3.3 
 2. Clark, Ironi K-A1.9 
 3. Blair, Ironi N.1.6 
 4. Constantine, Hapoe.1.4 
 5. Buchman, Kiryat T.1.4 
 6. Ramsey, Ironi R.1.3 
 7. Labanowski, Macca.1.3 
 8. Durham, Hapoel A.1.1 
 9. Odiakosa, Hod H.1.1 
 10. Blayzer, Hapoel A.0.9 


EuroChallenge: Dyson's 42 points not enough against Gravelines - by Eurobasket News

Gravelines - Hapoel Holon 86:80

Gravelines overcame Hapoel Holon at the end of EuroChallenge Round 3 of Top 16. The French side posted a 86:80 as they pulled away in the second half. The result leaves Gravelines with a 2-1 record, level with both Paris Levallois and Szolnoki Olaj. The Israeli team fell at 0-3 record on the bottom of the group.
The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game. They needed 17-13 in the third period and then 24-20 in the third frame. Both teams managed to score 29 points in the last stanza for the final result.
It was a great evening for Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Yannick Bokolo (188-SG-85) helped adding 14 points and 7 assists. The best for the losing side was Jerome Dyson (191-G-87, college: Connecticut) with 42 points and Frank Hassell (203-F-88, college: ODU) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds.

Hapoel Holon: Jerome Dyson 42, Frank Hassell 24+12rebs, Hill 13
Gravelines: Dwight Buycks 15, Yannick Bokolo 14, Johnson 11



National League Round 15: No surprise as #1 Ironi Nes-Ziona defeats Beer Yaakov - by Eurobasket News

National League top team - Ironi Nes-Ziona (13-2) added another victory to their record on Tuesday. This time they beat tenth ranked Beer Yaakov (5-10) 87-80. Beer Yaakov was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 34-25 charge of Ironi Nes-Ziona, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 22 Beer Yaakov turnovers and outrebounded them 44-33 including a 20-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Beer Yaakov helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for power forward Gabe Blair (203-87, college: Wichita St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 18 rebounds. Swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) helped adding 14 points, 16 rebounds and 8 assists. The best for the losing side was guard Joshua Alexander (193-87, college: SF Austin) with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Ironi Nes-Ziona have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-2 record. Beer Yaakov at the other side dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with Hapoel K/S and Elitzur Ramla. Ironi Nes-Ziona are looking forward to face Hapoel Afula (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Beer Yaakov will play against Hod Hasharon (#5) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
The game in Ramat Gan was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Hod Hasharon (11-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (8-7). Hod Hasharon defeated Ironi Ramat Gan 92-82. It was an exceptional evening for Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) who led the winners and scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. Eran Asante Asare accounted for 16 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Itay Grinboim (193-85, agency: Avi Zilberman) came up with 19 points and 6 assists for Ironi Ramat Gan in the defeat. Hod Hasharon moved-up to third place, which they share with Elitzur Yavne and Hapoel Afula. Ironi Ramat Gan lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with seven games lost. Hod Hasharon will play against Beer Yaakov (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ironi Ramat Gan will play against the league's second-placed Ironi Nahariya and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Fourth ranked Elitzur Yavne (11-4) beat at home 9th ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (5-10) by 12 points 98-86, which is the biggest margin this round on Tuesday night. The best player for the winners was Brian Laing who scored 28 points and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Adam McCoy who recorded 35 points (!!!). Elitzur Yavne have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Hod Hasharon and Hapoel Afula. Hapoel Kfar Saba lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with Elitzur Ramla and Macc.B.Yaakov. Elitzur Yavne will meet Hapoel Kazrin (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play against Maccabi K/G in Kiryat Gat and hope to secure a win.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 15: Hapoel Kazrin won against Kiryat Tivon on the opponent's court 87-83. Bottom-ranked Maccabi K/B unfortunately lost to Elitzur Ramla in a home game 79-87. Ironi K-A recorded a loss to Hapoel Afula on the road 76-83. Maccabi K/G was defeated by Ironi Nahariya on its own court 95-99.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 24 points and 12 rebounds by Johndre Jefferson of Elitzur Ramla.


Kiryat Tivon - Hapoel Kazrin 83-87

Very expected game when 12th ranked Kiryat Tivon (4-11) was defeated at home by eighth ranked Hapoel Kazrin (7-8) 87-83 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 30-24 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Hapoel Kazrin had a 34-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Gary Johnson (198-88, college: Texas) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 20 rebounds. Naturalized Russian power forward Anton Kazarnovski (205-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Taylor Darby (203, college: Pepperdine) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and naturalized Canadian guard Simon Farine (188-87) added 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Five Hapoel Kazrin and four Kiryat Tivon players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Hapoel Kazrin maintains eighth place with 7-8 record. Loser Kiryat Tivon keeps the twelfth position with 11 games lost. Hapoel Kazrin will meet at home higher ranked Elitzur Yavne (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kiryat Tivon will play against Elitzur Ramla (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kiryat Tivon: T.Darby 20+11reb, S.Farine 18+5reb+4ast, G.Murray 14+5reb+5ast, T.Ber-Aven 13+2reb+5ast, N.Levy 10+2reb+2ast, I.Buchman 6+7reb+4ast
Hapoel Kazrin: G.Johnson 21+20reb+3ast, L.Westbrook 19+5reb+7ast, A.Kazarnovski 15+11reb+6ast, A.Gordon 15+1reb+3ast, L.Schwartzwalt 14+1reb+3ast, L.Saraf 3
gschID: 197847


Ironi Ramat Gan - Hod Hasharon 82-92

The game in Ramat Gan was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Hod Hasharon (11-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (8-7). Hod Hasharon defeated Ironi Ramat Gan 92-82. It looked good early as Ironi Ramat Gan took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hod Hasharon had a 21-11 second period charge getting the lead and Ironi Ramat Gan was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 82-92. Hod Hasharon made 27-of-31 charity shots (87.1 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) who led the winners and scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman Eran Asante Asare (194-88, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) accounted for 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Guard Itay Grinboim (193-85, agency: Avi Zilberman) came up with 19 points and 6 assists and American swingman Tyrone Kent (196-86, college: Toledo) added 15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals respectively for Ironi Ramat Gan in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hod Hasharon moved-up to third place, which they share with Elitzur Yavne and Hapoel Afula. Ironi Ramat Gan lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with seven games lost. Hod Hasharon will play against Beer Yaakov (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ironi Ramat Gan will play against the league's second-placed Ironi Nahariya and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ramat Gan: I.Grinboim 19+2reb+6ast, K.Ramsey 17+5reb+2ast, D.Assaf 15+1reb+5ast, T.Kent 15+7reb+4ast, A.Tamir 9+7reb+3ast, R.Nissim Cohen 4+1ast
Hod Hasharon: C.Odiakosa 19+8reb+3ast, B.Walker 18+1reb+2ast, E.Asante Asare 16+7reb+3ast, G.Gendel 16+3reb, A.Skverer 10+2reb+3ast, O.H


Macc.B.Yaakov - Ironi Nes-Ziona 80-87

National League top team - Ironi Nes-Ziona (13-2) added another victory to their record on Tuesday. This time they beat tenth ranked Beer Yaakov (5-10) 87-80. Beer Yaakov was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 34-25 charge of Ironi Nes-Ziona, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 22 Beer Yaakov turnovers and outrebounded them 44-33 including a 20-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Beer Yaakov helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for power forward Gabe Blair (203-87, college: Wichita St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 18 rebounds. Swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) helped adding 14 points, 16 rebounds and 8 assists. Benn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The best for the losing side was guard Joshua Alexander (193-87, college: SF Austin) with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ironi Nes-Ziona have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-2 record. Beer Yaakov at the other side dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with Hapoel K/S and Elitzur Ramla. Ironi Nes-Ziona are looking forward to face Hapoel Afula (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Beer Yaakov will play against Hod Hasharon (#5) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Macc.B.Yaakov: J.Alexander 22+9reb+4ast, J.Hall


Elitzur Yavne - Hapoel K/S 98-86

Fourth ranked Elitzur Yavne (11-4) beat at home 9th ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (5-10) by 12 points 98-86, which is the biggest margin this round on Tuesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Elitzur Yavne. Hapoel Kfar Saba managed to win second period 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Elitzur Yavne dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel Kfar Saba's 42. Elitzur Yavne forced 20 Hapoel Kfar Saba turnovers and outrebounded them 45-29 including 32 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Hapoel Kfar Saba's players. The best player for the winners was American swingman Brian Laing (195-85, college: Seton Hall, agency: I.D.S. Law) who scored 28 points and 7 assists. His fellow American import forward Monta McGhee (198-79, college: Lewis, agency: I.D.S. Law) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds. Four Elitzur Yavne players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Adam McCoy (195-86, college: N.Texas) who recorded 35 points (!!!) and guard Omer Cohen (181-93) added 14 points and 7 assists respectively. Elitzur Yavne have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Hod Hasharon and Hapoel Afula. Hapoel Kfar Saba lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with Elitzur Ramla and Macc.B.Yaakov. Elitzur Yavne will meet Hapoel Kazrin (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play against Maccabi K/G in Kiryat Gat and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hapoel K/S: A.McCoy 35+4reb, O.Cohen 14+1reb+7ast, E.Rotemberg 13+4reb, A.Ha


Maccabi K/B - Elitzur Ramla 79-87

Rather predictable result when eleventh ranked Elitzur Ramla (5-10) defeated on the road bottom-ranked Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (1-14) 87-79 on Tuesday. They outrebounded Maccabi Kiryat Bialik 46-30 including 32 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary, agency: FCM) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import forward Johndre Jefferson (207-88, college: S.Carolina) chipped in a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. Elitzur Ramla's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Dror Davidi (190-84) who recorded 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Marcus Alexander added 21 points and 4 assists respectively. Elitzur Ramla moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Hapoel K/S and Macc.B.Yaakov. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Elitzur Ramla will meet at home Kiryat Tivon (#12) in the next round. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik will play against Ironi Kiryat Ata.
Top scorers:
Maccabi K/B: D.Davidi 25+6reb+4ast, M.Alexander 21+1reb+4ast, T.Parselani 12+5reb+2ast, D.Joyner 6+6reb+2ast, M.Shamis 5+2reb+1ast, S.Labanowski 4+3reb
Elitzur Ramla: J.Jefferson 24+12reb+2ast, V.Teel 24+12reb+5ast, A.Fogel 10+1reb+1ast, A.Guterman 9+2reb+2ast, O.Zinderman 8+5reb+2ast, O.Cohen 8+6reb+4ast
gschID: 197842


Hapoel Afula - Ironi K-A 83-76

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (9-6) was defeated on the road by third ranked Hapoel Afula (11-4) 83-76 on Tuesday. Hapoel Afula had a 31-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was point guard Shmuel Brener (188-81, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) who scored 25 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) chipped in 17 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Durham is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Hapoel Afula players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Ivory Clark (198-85) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks and the former international power forward Chris Watson (200-75, college: Niagara) added 19 points respectively. Hapoel Afula maintains third place with 11-4 record having just two points less than leader Ironi Nes-Ziona, which they share with Hod Hasharon and Elitzur Yavne. Loser Ironi Kiryat Ata keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Hapoel Afula will meet league's leader Ironi Nes-Ziona in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ironi Kiryat Ata will play against Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (#14) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ironi K-A: C.Watson 19+4reb+1ast, I.Clark 16+10reb+4ast, K.Izik 10+6reb+2ast, I.Nanikashvili 9+3reb+10ast, D.Govens 9+3ast, A.Nanikashvili 5+1reb+2ast
Hapoel Afula: S.Brener 25+5reb+2ast, A.Fisher 20+3reb+3ast, A.Durham 17+9reb+4ast, O.Blayzer 11+12reb+2ast, L.Ariely 5+3reb+1ast, E.Eliyah 3+6reb+4ast
gschID: 197843


Maccabi K/G - Ironi Nahariya 95-99

Everything went according to plan in Kiryat Gat where second ranked Ironi Nahariya (12-3) beat 13th ranked Maccabi K/G (3-12) 99-95 on Tuesday. Ironi Nahariya forced 24 Maccabi K/G turnovers. The best player for the winners was guard Aviram Zelkovits (193-89) who scored 26 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. American guard Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green, agency: KMG Sports Management) chipped in 30 points and 5 rebounds. Four Ironi Nahariya players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Lenny Daniel (203-87, college: CS Northridge) who recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points, 14 rebounds and 6 blocks and the other American import swingman Muhammad El Amin (196-87, college: Stony Brook, agency: Two Points) added 31 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Ironi Nahariya have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain second place with 12-3 record behind leader Ironi Nes-Ziona. Maccabi K/G lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. Ironi Nahariya will meet at home Ironi Ramat Gan (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Maccabi K/G will play against Hapoel Kfar Saba (#9) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Maccabi K/G: M.El Amin 31+8reb+4ast, L.Daniel 28+14reb+1ast, H.Gonshor 18+1reb+7ast, E.Knafo 8+4reb+1ast, D.Peterson 5+1reb, C.Rum 5+6reb+1ast
Ironi Nahariya: N.Miller 30+5reb+1ast, A.Zelkovits 26+9reb+6ast, R.Clemente 15+8reb+1ast, N.Golan 13+2reb+4ast, R.Pitshon 8+8reb+1ast, Y.Deri 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 197846



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  ITALY   


Cantu inks Stefano Mancinelli - by Giovanni Bargna

After six months spent as a free agent Stefano Mancinelli (203-PF-83) is getting back on the court. The italian forward didn't extend his contract with Milano last summer and has been training with the team of Imola during last month waiting for the chanche to get on the court again. As per the rumours the palyer was in talks with Sassari since last week but everything changed yesterday as Manuchar Markoishvili left Cantu to join Galatasaray. President Cremascoli, the general manager Bruno Arrigoni and coach Trinchieri had to find a new player to be added to the roster when we are midway in the regular season and there are 8 days remaining to the italian cup final eight.
Considering that the team was in need of a player in spot 3 and 4, that the best option possible was adding an italian player, as the roster can't afford other us or EU players without releasing someone, Stefano Mancinelli was the best choice possible.
He can play both at 3 and at 4, he is italian and is a top italian level team player for sure. Mancinelli is part of the italian national team since 2005 and is off three good seasons with Milano after having spent 9 seasons at Fortitudo Bologna.
The agreement, a contract for this season and the next one, should be officially announced tomorrow



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  JAPAN   


Toyota Tsusho adds Butorac to their roster - by Eurobasket

Toyota Tsusho Fighting Eagles Nagoya (JBL2) added to their roster 30-year old American power forward Paul Butorac (208-102kg-83, college: E.Washington). He just played at Yokohama B-Corsairs (BJ League). In 14 games this season he recorded 10.5ppg and 4.6rpg. The last season Butorac played at Takamatsu Five Arrows (BJ League). In 44 games last year he averaged impressive 17.3ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.4apg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Akita Happinets (BJ League). In 44 games that season he averaged 14.1ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.1apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Butorac played in the final of Japanese BJ League Eastern Division in 2010. He was also voted All-Big Sky Conference Honorable Mention back in 2007 at his college time.
Butorac is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Estonia (TTU Korvpalliklubi Tallinn), France (SO Maritime Boulogne), Latvia (Liepaja), Poland (Stal Ostrow) and D-League (Frisco Texas Legends).
Butorac attended Eastern Washington University until 2007 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  JORDAN   


Daghlas & Abbas retires from the National Team! - by Omar Shafaamri

This is a Press release we have received on the behalf of National Team Stars Daghles Osama (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) & Abbas Zaid (203-F-83) and their Agents

"I would like to clarify to the accusations you guys been reading on Facebook and other social media regarding the National Team stars Daghles Osama & Abbas Zaid.
1.As a federation you have no right to ask a player to lose their rights with their clubs and potentially harm their future career because of an event that's out of their control. Furthermore, was not in any one plans before the contract was signed to make the professional clubs aware of this tournament. For Sam and Zaid to leave their respectful teams at a very important time is not good for the Clubs image, player image, and the Federation image which I'm sure they don't care about since they did not put a thought into their decision going public and trying to cause problems for these players professional careers.

2.The club will not release the player after investing so much money without getting their money back which federation clearly will not pay the club what they are asking for.

3.The player will not leave without an insurance policy in case of an injury which the federation refuse to pay because once again it's expensive for them and doesn't benefit them.

4.In both players contract it does not state the player has to report to the national team if the national team calls. Therefor the team has every right to refuse to release the player.

5.Sam clearly stated after Venezuela pre qualifying games to the president of the Federation and his brother Murad Barakat along with the former head coach of the National team coach Tab Baldwin and all the National team members & players at the time are witnesses to what was said by Sam's thank you speech after announcing he is retiring from the National team at the end of Venezuela games. Those were his last games as a member of the National team. Sam said after the last game, "I would like to thank national team, coaches and players for everything. For giving me the opportunity to represent Jordan the past 9 years. I'm announcing my retirement here first." So make no mistake about it President Hilal and Murad Barakat are clear and aware of this but still they tried to deny it and not mention it in any of their statements.

6.After consulting with couple of top doctors about his knees, Mr. Abbas was recommended to rest as much as he can during the off season to be able to prolong his professional career. By continuing to play with no rest, he is risking his career and professional contracts to feed his family. He was recommended to stop last year but he refused so he could represent Jordan in Venezuela and gave everything he could to qualify for the Olympics. Due to the doctor orders Abbas Zaid is announcing his Retirement from the Jordan National team. "I'm very thankful for everything the National team has giving me and the coaches that made a difference in my life. Last but not least, i would like to thank all the great fans out there that supported me and hope they will continue to support me in my professional career out broad while I will always represent Jordan."

7.I'm clear that the federation doing all of this to protect themselves in the upcoming elections in case the National Team does not perform well. They will blame it on Sam and Zaid. The issue of Sam and Zaid does not need to be addresses for Jordanian Basketball. What needs to be addressed is the lack of confidence this federation has in the local players now and the lack of player development in all the clubs in Jordan. If the National team can't qualify because of one player missing then as a federation and as clubs, you have failed to build a program and develop players which can be able to qualify in West Asia.

Abbas Zaid and Osama Daghles have declared their retirement. A thank you letter for all their fans soon to follow. "





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  LATVIA   

Standings - LBAL

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

Regular Season: Round 24

Jan. 29: Kvele - RSU 74-61
Jan. 29: Saldus - ViA 68-60
Jan. 30: BK VEF-LSPA - Valmiera BSS
Jan. 30: DSN - Livani
Jan. 31: Ogres - Ridzene


EuroChallenge: Ventspils roll over Gaz Metan in Round 3 opener - by Eurobasket News

Ventspils - Gaz Metan 96:64

Ventspils roll over Gaz Metan in Round 3 opener of EuroChallenge. The Latvian side celebrated the initial 96:64 win and tied both records at 1-2.
Ventspils looked better in the whole game and won all four periods. They started with 29-16 and added 23-17 in the second frame. Moreover the hosts posted a 22-14 surge in the third quarter and enjoyed a 27-point advantage after three quarters. Ventspils did not slow down and finished the game with 22-17 in the last frame. Their biggest lead came two minutes from the finish when Ronalds Zakis' free throws made it 94:56. Later Gaz Metan managed to reduce to the final result.
Kyle Shiloh (191-PG-85, college: Nevada) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) nailed 12. Zoran Krstanovic (204-C-82, agency: TSS Management) delivered 9, while Ivan Lilov (196-SG-88) and Slobodan Dundjerski (188-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) posted 8 apiece. Folarin Campbell (192-G-86, college: George Mason) and Martins Meiers (208-C-91) answered with 14 points apiece in the losing effort. Sandis Valters (193-G-78) scored 13 and Martins Laksa (200-SF-90, agency: FCM) added 12.

Ventspils: Kyle Shiloh 14, Andrei Mandache 12, Zoran Krstanovic 9, Ivan Lilov 8, Slobodan Dundjerski 8
Gaz Metan: Folarin Campbell 14, Martins Meiers 14, Sandis Valters 13, Martins Laksa 12



Liepaja welcomes back Caldwell - by Greg

American guard Pierce Pierce Caldwell (191-88, college: Incarnate Word, agency: Alti Sport), who recently left Ukrainian Kryvbasbasket form Krivoi Rog, has agreed terms with Latvian team of Liepajas Lauvas where he used to play two seasons ago. Caldwell started this season having in 17 games of Ukrainian Superleague 8.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists by game with 23 minutes average on the court.
Lets have closer look into Caldwells outlook: Pierce Caldwell is a Pure Shooter, that can play the 1 or 2 Position. Pierce has an understanding of the game that you cant teach. He is good on screen reads, catch and shot as well as off the dribble. His ability to see the entire court allows him to be a threat for many assist and easy team baskets. Pierce is mentally and physically tough minded.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  LEBANON   

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Amchit
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 38.8
 1. Emmett, Amchit38.8 
 2. Harper, Sagesse29.1 
 3. Gray, Anibal26.4 
 4. Gadson, Antranik25.5 
 5. Khatib, Champville25.5 
 6. Blair, Hoops25.5 
 7. Williams, Bejjeh23.5 
 8. Youngblood, Byblos23.4 
 9. Ampim, Antranik22.4 
 10. Terry, Champville20.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Byblos
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Fraser, Byblos16.7 
 2. Ampim, Antranik12.2 
 3. Bagaric, Amchit12.1 
 4. Johnson, Anibal11.7 
 5. Luca, Hoops11.0 
 6. Tskitishvili, Cham.10.9 
 7. Woods, Al Riyadi10.6 
 8. Sims, Sagesse10.4 
 9. Emmett, Amchit9.4 
 10. Bawji, Moutahed9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Blair, Hoops6.0 
 2. Youngblood, Byblos5.9 
 3. Akl, Sagesse5.8 
 4. Fahed, Moutahed5.8 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.8 
 6. Chatfield, Mouta.5.6 
 7. Khatib, Champville5.4 
 8. Zaloum, Antranik5.3 
 9. Williams, Bejjeh5.2 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Bejjeh
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Williams, Bejjeh2.8 
 2. Blair, Hoops2.7 
 3. Youngblood, Byblos2.5 
 4. Harper, Sagesse2.0 
 5. Gray, Anibal2.0 
 6. Zaloum, Antranik1.8 
 7. Mneimneh, Byblos1.7 
 8. Emmett, Amchit1.5 
 9. Fahed, Moutahed1.5 
 10. Kassem, Bejjeh1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Anibal
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Johnson, Anibal3.1 
 2. Tskitishvili, Cham.3.0 
 3. Woods, Al Riyadi2.4 
 4. Bagaric, Amchit2.3 
 5. Fraser, Byblos2.2 
 6. Fakhreddine, Hoops1.5 
 7. Ampim, Antranik1.3 
 8. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.1 
 9. Sabra, Byblos0.9 
 10. Gadson, Antranik0.9 


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

28-year old Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84) had a great game in the last round for Byblos and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 22 rebounds, while his team beat Bejjeh (#7, 4-9) 86-75. Byblos is placed at 4th position in Lebanese league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Byblos will need more victories to improve their 8-4 record. Fraser turned to be Byblos' top player in his first season with the team. Oklahoma Baptist University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Fraser leads league in rebounds with 16.7rpg. Fraser is in league's top in and averages solid 2.2bpg and 51.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Loren Woods (218-C-78) of league's second-best Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut. He is American center in his first season at Al Riyadi. In the last game Woods recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 22 rebounds. Of course he lead Al Riyadi to another comfortable win 93-79 over the lower-ranked Anibal (#9, 1-11) being unquestionably team leader. Al Riyadi's second position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just two games this season, while they won 10 matches. Woods is a newcomer at Al Riyadi and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Asenso Ampim (198-F) of Antranik (#10). Ampim got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for ten rebounds . Despite Ampim's great performance Antranik lost 83-102 to the higher-ranked Sagesse (#1, 11-2). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Antranik can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-12 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Ampim he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Ampim has individually a great season in Lebanon. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.8ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 11.9rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84) of Champville - 24 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Jesse Perry (200-F) of Hoops - 33 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81) of Sagesse - 34 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82) of Amchit - 25 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Eric Chatfield (191-G-79) of Moutahed - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) of Champville - 30 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84) of Byblos - 31 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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Lietuvos rytas ink Patrick O'Bryant - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) agreed terms with 27-year old American center Patrick OBryant (213-113kg-86, college: Bradley). He just played at Reno Bighorns (D-League) in the U.S.. In four games this season he had 10.3ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.0bpg. OBryant ended the last season at Tiburones (LNB) in Venezuelan league. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. But the most of that year he spent at Indios (BSN) in Puerto Rican league. In 39 games he recorded 11.3ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.1apg and 1.6bpg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Honorable Mention. OBryant also played at Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (A1) in Greek league earlier that season. In 19 games last year he recorded 9.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.2spg and 1.5bpg.
In 2006 he was drafted by Golden State Warriors (NBA) in first round (9th overall). OBryant attended Bradley University and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won D-League West Conference championship title in 2011. OBryant was also voted All-MVC Defensive Player of the Year back in 2006 at his college time.
OBryant has played also professionally for other NBA teams like Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors.
He could be described: He is a real force in the middle. He blocks shots and rebounds and now he is really starting to score.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @wofbasketball)



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Joston Thomas signs at Arantia - by Eurobasket News

BBC Arantia Larochette (N2) landed 24-year old American forward Joston Thomas (200-107kg-89, college: Hawaii). He played recently at Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League) in the U.S.. The last season Thomas played at the University of Hawaii in Big West Conference in the NCAA. In 32 games last year he averaged 13.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Thomas graduated from University of Hawaii in 2012 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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LNBP Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. Halcones Xalapa reach semis - by Eurobasket News

Fuerza Regia - Halc.Rojos 86-66

Fuerza Regia cut the deficit in the quarterfinal series againt Halcones Rojos. They claimed the first win to trail 1-3 in the series. The game without a history. Fuerza Regia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Halcones Rojos' 38. Fuerza Regia players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Mario West (195-84, college: Georgia Tech) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) contributed with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Fuerza Regia players scored in double figures. The former international guard Francisco Cruz (190-89, college: Wyoming) replied with 16 points and Venezuelan power forward Luis Bethelmy (200-86) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Halcones Rojos. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Halc.Rojos: F.Cruz 16+2reb+2ast, L.Bethelmy 11+6reb+1ast, N.Alonzo 8+3reb+1ast, D.Pinnock 8+2reb+2ast, A.Solares 7+3reb, L.Davis 6+3reb
Fuerza Regia: M.West 23+7reb+3ast, L.Allred 16+12reb, M.Charlo 15+3reb+3ast, E.Little 12+9reb+8ast, S.Monreal 9+1reb+5ast, G.Stokes 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 232330


Pioneros - Toros 74-86

Toros claimed the third win over Pioneros and are now one step away from the semifinal stage. It looked good early as Pioneros took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Toros had a 22-16 second period charge getting the lead and Pioneros were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-86. The winners were led by American-Nigerian forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU) who scored that evening 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American swingman Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV, agency: ProSportsCareers) supported him with 16 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Five Toros players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds by American power forward Mike Williams (201-85, college: Cincinnati) did not help to save the game for Pioneros. The former international forward Hector Hernandez (206-85, college: Fresno St.) added 16 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Pioneros' coach Josep Claros rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Pioneros: H.Hernandez 16+7reb, M.Williams 15+10reb, A.Scott 13+4ast, S.Soriano 9+5reb+1ast, J.Dominguez 8+1reb+5ast, J.Villanueva 4+2reb
Toros: R.Rougeau 16+5reb+1ast, I.Ofoegbu 14+6reb+4ast, L.Ellis Vasquez 12+3reb, A.Henning 12+5reb+1ast, B.Angley 12+3reb+1ast, W.Pagan 10+1reb+2ast
gschID: 232329


Panteras - Soles 88-85

Panteras overcame Soles at home court to level things up at 2-2 in the series. Soles cut a 16-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. Panteras made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Soles helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Puerto Rican point guard Ricardo Melendez (179-83, agency: Paris Global Sports) fired 35 points (!!!) for the winners. Puerto Rican swingman David Huertas (195-87, college: Mississippi) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. Four Panteras players scored in double figures. American guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington, agency: SportsTalent) produced 27 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and his fellow American import center Kentrell Gransberry (206-85, college: S.Florida) added 15 points and 11 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Soles: C.Elliott 27+6reb+7ast, J.Horne 18+4reb, K.Gransberry 15+11reb, J.Griffin 9+2reb, R.Martinez 9+7reb+1ast, J.Flores 5+3reb+4ast
Panteras: R.Melendez 35+2reb+2ast, D.Huertas 20+6reb+2ast, K.Malpica 13+3reb+4ast, E.Ayileke 11+4reb+1ast, J.Alvarez 3+3reb+2ast, A.Garcia 2+8reb+4ast
gschID: 232328


Abejas - Halc.Xalapa 86-114

Halcones Xalapa became the first LNBP semifinalists after they completed the sweep of Abejas. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 114-86. Halcones UV Xalapa outrebounded Abejas 42-26 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Abejas' players. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international forward Victor Mariscal (198-72) who helped to win the game recording 32 points and international guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-86, college: W.Kentucky) who added 20 points and 10 assists during the contest. Halcones UV Xalapa's coach Angel Gonzalez felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American forward Eugene Phelps (198, college: Long Beach St.) responded with 28 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Steffphon Pettigrew (195-89, college: W.Kentucky) scored 22 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Abejas: E.Phelps 28+7reb+1ast, S.Pettigrew 22+2reb+4ast, V.Buelna 13+4reb, M.Mattis 10+8reb+3ast, E.Abdu 6+4reb, C.Castillo 4
Halc.Xalapa: V.Mariscal 32+3reb+3ast, O.Mendez-Valdez 20+4reb+10ast, D.Pearson 14+7reb+2ast, L.Hickerson 10+11reb+5ast, F.Harris 9+1ast, A.Parada 9+6reb+1ast
gschID: 232327



LNBP Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. Toros advance into semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Pioneros - Toros 72-74

Toros sealed their semifinal appearance beating Pioneros on the road. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-17. But Pioneros won second period 20-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American swingman Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV, agency: ProSportsCareers) who scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. The former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) chipped in 16 points. Jamaican-American point guard Akeem Scott (186-83, college: High Point) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and American power forward Mike Williams (201-85, college: Cincinnati) added 17 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Pioneros' coach Josep Claros rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Pioneros: M.Williams 17+11reb, A.Scott 15+10reb+5ast, H.Hernandez 11+2reb+1ast, S.Soriano 10+3reb, F.Fisher 7+4reb+2ast, J.Dominguez 7
Toros: J.Lopez 16+4reb+1ast, R.Rougeau 14+7reb+2ast, L.Ellis Vasquez 13, A.Henning 12+5reb, I.Ofoegbu 12+2reb+1ast, B.Angley 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 232659


Fuerza Regia - Halc.Rojos 81-80 OT

Fuerza Regia stayed alive in the quarterfinal series versus Halcones Rojos claiming a tough overtime win at home court. The hosts trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 22-11 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 1-point victory in overtime. Halcones Rojos were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) who scored 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import forward Mo Charlo (201-83, college: Nevada) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard Curtis Stinson (191-83, college: Iowa St.) produced 26 points and 5 assists and Venezuelan power forward Luis Bethelmy (200-86) added 18 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Halcones Rojos' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Halc.Rojos: C.Stinson 26+3reb+5ast, L.Bethelmy 18+7reb+1ast, D.Pinnock 14+8reb+4ast, L.Davis 8+6reb+1ast, F.Cruz 7+5reb+5ast, M.Ramos 3+1reb
Fuerza Regia: E.Little 20+8reb+4ast, L.Allred 17+6reb+3ast, M.Charlo 17+10reb+2ast, S.Monreal 9+4reb+1ast, A.Izaguirre 8+2reb, G.Giron 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 232658


Panteras - Soles 83-87

Soles are now one step away from the semifinal stage following a narrow road win over Panteras. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Panteras won third quarter 28-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Panteras were plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American center Kentrell Gransberry (206-85, college: S.Florida) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington, agency: SportsTalent) chipped in 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Soles players scored in double figures. Puerto Rican swingman David Huertas (195-87, college: Mississippi) produced 33 points (!!!) and Panamanian power forward Antonio Garcia (203-76, college: Ky Wesleyan) added 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for the hosts. Panteras' coach Juan Cardona let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Panteras: D.Huertas 33+3reb+1ast, A.Garcia 17+9reb+5ast, K.Malpica 12+7ast, R.Melendez 9+1reb, J.Alfredo Casillas 7+3reb+1ast, E.Ayileke 2+1reb+2ast
Soles: C.Elliott 21+6reb+5ast, R.Martinez 15+1reb+1ast, K.Gransberry 14+16reb+2ast, J.Horne 13+3reb, J.Griffin 8+1ast, J.Luis Bucio 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 232657



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Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Gamma 7-0 
 2. Donbasket 6-1 
 3. UASM 5-1 
 4. Politech 2-6 
 5. Ribnita 2-6 
 6. Soroka 0-8 

Regular Season: Round 8

Jan. 27: Ribnita - Soroka 92-80
Jan. 26: Politech - Donbasket 80-96

Regular Season: Round 9

Feb. 2: Politech - Soroka
Feb. 3: Ribnita - UASM
Feb. 3: Donbasket - Gamma


D1 Round 8: Donbasket beats Politech in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in D1.

An exciting game was played in Chisinau. Second ranked Donbasket faced 4th ranked Politech. Guests from Donduseni (6-1) defeated host Politech (2-6) 96-80. Donbasket have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 6-1 record behind leader Gamma. Politech lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with six games lost. They share the position with Ribnita. Donbasket are looking forward to face league's leader Gamma in Cahul in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Politech will play at home against Soroka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Soroka (0-8) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 92-80 loss to fifth ranked Ribnita (2-6) in Ribnitsa. Ribnita moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Politech. Soroka at the other side still closes the standings with eight games lost. Ribnita will play against higher ranked UASM (#3) in Chisinau in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Soroka will play on the road against Politech in Chisinau and hopes to get finally their first victory.



Politech - Donbasket 80-96

An exciting game was played in Chisinau. Second ranked Donbasket faced 4th ranked Politech. Guests from Donduseni (6-1) defeated host Politech (2-6) 96-80. Donbasket have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 6-1 record behind leader Gamma. Politech lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with six games lost. They share the position with Ribnita. Donbasket are looking forward to face league's leader Gamma in Cahul in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Politech will play at home against Soroka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 204894


Ribnita - Soroka 92-80

Bottom-ranked Soroka (0-8) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 92-80 loss to fifth ranked Ribnita (2-6) in Ribnitsa. Ribnita moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Politech. Soroka at the other side still closes the standings with eight games lost. Ribnita will play against higher ranked UASM (#3) in Chisinau in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Soroka will play on the road against Politech in Chisinau and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 204896



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Balkan League: KK Kozuv rally past KK Mornar - by Eurobasket News

KK Kozuv - KK Mornar 72:64

KK Kozuv opened their Balkan League Last Four campaign with victory. They knocked down KK Mornar at home court for 2-0 record. The Macedonian team came from behind in the second half to tame the visitors. Aleksandar Shterjov (208-C-86, agency: Global Sports Plaza) fired 20 points to lead the hosts.
KK Kozuv jumped to an early lead. They held the visitors to 13 points in the opening frame to take a 7-point advantage. But Mornar turned things around in the second quarter. The Montenegrin side exploded with a 23:9 rally to secure a 29:36 halftime lead. KK Kozuv trimmed the deficit in the third term. The hosts got within two points at the final intermission 54:56. Kozuv tipped off the final frame with eight points in a row to spur ahead. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) pulled Mornar back within two points but Kozuv capped the regulation on an 8:2 rally to seal the winning outcome at the end. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) nailed 13 points, while Miladin Pekovic (197-G/F-83, agency: BeoExcell) contributed 14 points for the winners. Milos Djurisic (194-G-88, agency: TSS Management) answered with 13 points for Mornar Bar. Vukota Pavic netted 12 points in defeat.

KK Kozuv: Aleksandar Shterjov 20, Miladin Pekovic 14, Dimitar Karadzovski 13
KK Mornar: Milos Djurisic 13, Vukota Pavic 12



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 27-15 
 2. Brooklyn N. 27-18 
 3. Boston C. 21-23 
 4. Philadelph.76 18-26 
 5. Toronto R. 16-29 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 27-17 
 2. Indiana P. 26-19 
 3. Milwaukee B. 24-19 
 4. Detroit P. 17-28 
 5. Cleveland C. 13-33 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 28-13 
 2. Atlanta H. 25-19 
 3. Orlando M. 14-30 
 4. Washington W. 11-32 
 5. Charlotte B. 11-33 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 34-11 
 2. Denver N. 28-18 
 3. Utah Jazz 24-21 
 4. Portland TB 23-22 
 5. Minnesota T. 17-24 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 33-13 
 2. Golden St.W. 28-17 
 3. LA Lakers 20-25 
 4. Sacramento K. 17-29 
 5. Phoenix Suns 15-30 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 36-11 
 2. Memphis G. 29-15 
 3. Houston R. 25-22 
 4. Dallas M. 19-26 
 5. N.Orleans H. 15-30 

Regular Season: Round 90

Jan. 29: Cleveland C. - Golden St.W. 95-108
Jan. 29: Detroit P. - Milwaukee B. 90-117
Jan. 29: LA Lakers - N.Orleans H. 111-106
Jan. 29: Portland TB - Dallas M. 106-104

Regular Season: Round 91

Jan. 30: Philadelph.76 - Washington W.
Jan. 30: Indiana P. - Detroit P.
Jan. 30: Boston C. - Sacramento K.
Jan. 30: New York K. - Orlando M.
Jan. 30: Atlanta H. - Toronto R.
Jan. 30: Brooklyn N. - Miami Heat
Jan. 30: Milwaukee B. - Chicago B.
Jan. 30: Minnesota T. - LA Clippers
Jan. 30: San Antonio S. - Charlotte B.
Jan. 30: Denver N. - Houston R.
Jan. 30: Utah Jazz - N.Orleans H.
Jan. 30: Phoenix Suns - LA Lakers


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-SF-88)
  Avg: 29.6
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.29.6 
 2. Anthony, New Y.29.4 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers28.4 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.6 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.0 
 6. Irving, Cleveland23.9 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..22.5 
 8. Curry, Golden S.21.0 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat20.7 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.20.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anderson VAREJAO
  Clevelan.
  (205-C-82)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Varejao, Clevelan.14.4 
 2. Howard, LA Lakers11.8 
 3. Randolph, Memph.11.6 
 4. Noah, Chicago B.11.3 
 5. Asik, Houston R.11.2 
 6. Vucevic, Orlan.11.2 
 7. Hickson, Portland.10.9 
 8. Lee, Golden St.W.10.8 
 9. Chandler, New Y.10.7 
 10. Cousins, Sacramen.10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.7 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.3 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.9.0 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..8.4 
 6. Nash, LA Lakers8.0 
 7. Williams, Brooklyn7.8 
 8. Parker, San A.7.5 
 9. Calderon, Toron.7.4 
 10. Nelson, Orlando M.7.3 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.6 
 2. Conley, Memphis G.2.3 
 3. Lin, Houston R.2.0 
 4. Walker, Charlott.1.9 
 5. Harden, Houston R.1.9 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..1.9 
 7. Jennings, Milwauke.1.9 
 8. Ellis, Milwaukee B.1.9 
 9. Rondo, Boston C.1.8 
 10. Leonard, San A.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Larry SANDERS
  Milwauke.
  (211-F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Sanders, Milwauke.3.0 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.8 
 3. Duncan, San A.2.7 
 4. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.6 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.5 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.2.2 
 7. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.2 
 8. Smith, Atlanta H.2.2 
 9. McGee, Denver N.1.9 
 10. Gasol, Memphis G.1.8 


Tuesday recap of four games - by Eurobasket News

Portland TB - Dallas M. 106-104
LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) tied it with a three-pointer with 4.9 seconds to play, then hit a turnaround jumper to beat the final buzzer, giving the Portland Trail Blazers a 106-104 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night in Portland, Ore. Aldridge finished with 29 points and 13 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who trailed by 21 points in the third quarter and by 101-94 with 2:18 left. J.J. Hickson (6'9''-F/C-88, college: N.Carolina St.) had a season-high 26 points and 15 rebounds. After Wesley Matthews made two free throws to pull Portland to within 101-98 with 52 seconds to go, Nicolas Batum's three-pointer tied the score. Dirk Nowitzki (26 points) answered with a three before Aldridge's shot tied it again, 104-104. O.J. Mayo was called for charging with 1.5 seconds to go, and Aldridge hit his jumper after the inbounds pass from Matthews with 0.2 of a second left for the victory. Courtesy of: http://www.latimes.com

LA Lakers - N.Orleans H. 111-106
LOS ANGELES -- Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) scored 24 points, Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) had 14 points and 11 assists in another pass-first performance, and the Los Angeles Lakers hung on to beat the New Orleans Hornets 111-106 Tuesday night for their first three-game winning streak in five weeks. Earl Clark had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers, whose 18-point lead with 5 1/2 minutes to play dwindled to 102-101 with 2 minutes left before Clark and Steve Nash hit big shots to clinch Los Angeles' ninth straight win over New Orleans. Eric Gordon scored 18 of his 25 points in the first half for the Hornets, who were all but finished before making a 16-2 run in an electric 2 1/2-minute stretch. New Orleans got within one point on Greivis Vasquez's running jumper, but Clark hit an inside layup and Nash buried a 3-pointer with 1:21 to play. Steve Nash had 12 points and five assists, while Antawn Jamison scored 16 points. Four-time All-Star Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) had seven points, seven rebounds and seven assists as a reserve in the Lakers' final home game before a seven-game trip, their longest of the season, while the Grammy Awards take over Staples Center. Ryan Anderson scored 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter for the Hornets, who had won eight of 12, including an impressive victory in Memphis two nights earlier at the start of their five-game trip. Anderson, Vasquez and Robin Lopez led the impressive late rally that just fell short, with Lopez finishing with 16 points and nine rebounds. Rookie Anthony Davis had 18 points for the Hornets, who haven't beaten the Lakers at Staples Center since January 2009. Steve Blake had two points and four assists in his first appearance for the Lakers since Nov. 11. Until the frantic finish that nearly scrambled three solid quarters by the Lakers, Bryant reached new heights in his revamped role as Los Angeles' playmaker, racking up 10 assists in three straight games for just the fifth time in his career and the first time in four years. The fifth-leading scorer in NBA history has 39 assists in the Lakers' last three games, the biggest three-game total of his 17-season career. Bryant also had eight rebounds, falling just short of a triple-double for the third straight game. Two days after beating Oklahoma City in impressive fashion, the Lakers got right back to their improved form in the first half, holding the Hornets scoreless for 7:41 spanning the first two quarters with a 17-0 run. New Orleans helped out by missing multiple open shots, but Los Angeles used superior ball movement and an alert offensive game from Howard, who even made five of his six free throws in the first half - not bad for a 49.5-percent shooter at the line. Los Angeles made another 15-2 run short before the first half ended. Gordon kept the Hornets close with five 3-pointers but his teammates were a combined 10 for 36 from the field. Blake had missed the Lakers' past 37 games with an abdominal injury that required surgery and resulting groin problems, but coach Mike D'Antoni immediately put the veteran point guard back in his rotation as Nash's backup. D'Antoni had coveted Blake's services in his previous NBA stops in Phoenix and New York, periodically trying to acquire the guard to run his point guard-intensive offense. NOTES: The Hornets' brutal road trip began in Tennessee and will eventually take them to Minnesota for their fourth game in five nights on Saturday. They'll be at Utah on Wednesday night. ... The Lakers missed four free throws in less than 1 second of clock time midway through the third quarter. After Howard missed two, Gasol grabbed the rebound and got fouled without the clock moving - but Gasol then missed two as well. Clark collected that rebound, but threw it past Bryant for a backcourt violation. ... Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka watched the game from courtside with her boyfriend, LMFAO's Redfoo. Courtesy of: www.miamiherald.com

Cleveland C. - Golden St.W. 95-108
CLEVELAND: All the momentum, all the goodwill and all the positive energy the Cavaliers created last week with a mini winning streak came crashing to a thud Tuesday against a short-handed Golden State Warriors team playing its final night on an East Coast trip. The defense was lethargic, the All-Star point guard was sick and the result was a 108-95 loss to a Warriors team playing without three starters and a key reserve. Before the game, coach Byron Scott called the Warriors a 'wounded animal' that would come out fighting, which is exactly what happened against a Cavs team that wasn't ready for a fight. 'I didn't think we had the energy tonight,' Scott said. 'Just didn't play with the energy and that sense of urgency. They came out aggressive and we were on our heels all night long.' With leading scorer Stephen Curry among those sidelined, second-year guard Klay Thompson (6'6''-G-90, college: Washington St.) scored a career-high 32 points while playing the entire second half. The Warriors shot 54 percent, made 11-of-16 3-pointers (69 percent) and outplayed a Cavs team trying to win four straight and complete a month at .500. Neither of those has occurred since Scott took over as coach. Kyrie Irving missed the morning shootaround because he was ill, and while he tried to play through it, he clearly wasn't himself. Irving scored 14 points, but shot just 5-of-17. He was just 3-of-11 in the second half. 'I just wasn't myself out there in terms of my mental focus, but that's no excuse. I don't want to make excuses,' Irving said. 'They just kicked our butts tonight.' Scott has said for weeks that the team responds well to Irving's aggressiveness, and struggles when he struggles. That was evident immediately when the Warriors raced out to a 13-4 lead and extended it to 13 before the half. 'I was trying to find something, something deep within. But I just couldn't find it,' Irving said. 'Couldn't hit a shot. That's basically the game for me, personally. Just feeling like crap.' Thompson takes over With their leader ailing, Tristan Thompson had 18 points and 11 rebounds, but the Cavs couldn't find a spark anywhere. Dion Waiters had 18 points and seven assists, Tyler Zeller had 16 points and Marreese Speights had 12 points off the bench. But the Cavs couldn't contend with Thompson, who ripped Alonzo Gee on one of Gee's worst nights at both ends. He went scoreless for the first time since his first season with the Cavs. 'It's tough when you're picking up the ball full court and chasing a guy all around, your legs kind of die,' Gee said. 'Especially when you're doing it the whole night. Just have to figure out a way to get the ball in the basket.' The Cavs trailed by as many as 16, but cut the deficit to 97-89 on a layup from Shaun Livingston with 3:26 left. But the Warriors' Jarrett Jack, subbing for Curry, made a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession and followed with another basket to extend the lead back to 14. Career nights The Warriors received plenty of career nights. In addition to Thompson's career high in points, Kent Bazemore scored a career-high nine points and Jack tied his career high with 12 assists. He also scored 26 points, while David Lee had 20 points and 13 rebounds. Lee played 39 minutes and Thompson played 43 minutes for the Warriors. In addition to Curry, the Warriors were without center Andrew Bogut and small forward Harrison Barnes, who injured his knee in Monday's loss at Toronto. 'The last thing I told them [before the game] was when you have that many guys out, other guys get an opportunity and those guys are looking forward to that opportunity,' Scott said. 'You've got to treat it like it's a wounded animal that's in the corner. Has no choice, it's going to come out fighting. If we don't match that intensity and effort, it's going to be a long night. That's basically what happened.' Courtesy of: http://www.ohio.com

Detroit P. - Milwaukee B. 90-117
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Brandon Jennings (6'0''-PG-89) scored 20 of his 30 points in the third quarter, leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a 117-90 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night. Mike Dunleavy had 17 points and Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) added 14 for the Bucks, who led by as much as 29 points. Rookie Andre Drummond had 18 points and 18 rebounds for Detroit, while Greg Monroe scored 14 points. Drummond became just the second teenager to have an 18-18 game since 1985-86, joining Dwight Howard. The Pistons led by 15 points late in the first quarter, were outscored 78-40 over the next 25 minutes. Milwaukee had a 33-14 scoring edge in the second quarter, including Samuel Dalembert tipping in a missed free throw that had been taken with 0.1 seconds left. Things got even worse in the third quarter, as Jennings - considered a possible replacement for the injured Rajon Rondo at the All-Star game, hit five 3-pointers. He accounted for all of the scoring during Milwaukee's 16-0 run that was capped by four 3s, pushing the Bucks' lead to 85-56 with 3:42 remaining in the period. Detroit's defensive effort disappeared at that point, leading to a particularly ugly sequence in the fourth. Dalembert got open for back-to-back uncontested dunks in a halfcourt set, with John Henson making it three in a row on the next possession. NOTES: Dunleavy had a four-point play as part of his 14-point second quarter. ... The Pistons had beaten Milwaukee in both meetings this season. ... The Pistons honored NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski at halftime. Keselowski is from Rochester Hills, only a few miles from the Palace. ... Howard had three games of at least 18 rebounds and 18 points at the age of 19. Courtesy of: www.miamiherald.com



Raptors, Grizzlies moving closer to Rudy Gay deal but still searching for third team - by Eurobasket News

The Memphis Grizzlies and Toronto Raptors are moving closer to finalizing a Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) trade, but are still searching for a third team to take Jose Manuel Calderon (6'4''-PG-81). The Grizzlies would receive a young member of the Raptors and a future pick, according to sources. "With so many quality point guards, they're struggling to find a spot for Calderon," one league general manager said. Memphis has sought to acquire Terrence Ross (6'6''-G-91, college: Washington), but the Raptors have ruled him untouchable.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



Bynum Will Return After All-Star Break - by Eurobasket News

Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) has decided to make his return from injury in the period right after the All-Star break. There had been an increased hope that Bynum would make his debut before the break. I talked about that for a while, said Bynum. I think giving myself a full other week of training camp is going to be better than trying to come back before that. To me, it doesnt really matter when I come back. Bynum could begin practicing as soon as Monday. Hes finishing up the last phase and then hell start to do more and more basketball-related activities and slowly build up to where he can get out there and practice 5-on-5 with the team, Tony DiLeo said. The most critical part of his program is coming up. Once he gets out there in basketball action against defenders, running, jumping, cutting thats a critical part to see how he reacts to that.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



Miami Heat keep Jarvis Varnado for reminder of season - by Eurobasket News

The Miami Heat have signed Jarvis Varnado (6'9''-F-88, college: Mississippi St.) for the reminder of the season. The forward signed successive short-term deals with the Heat before being offered a longer contract. Jarvis Varnado posted 1.2 points and 0.6 boards per game for the Heat. He also played for the Sioux Falls Skyforce in D-League this season. The forward averaged 14.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in D-League. Jarvis Varnado is in his third pro season after graduating from the Mississippi State University in 2010. He played in Israel and Italy before. Jarvis Varnado was the member of the USA University National Team back in 2009. He participated at the World University Games that year. The forward posted 5.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in Belgrade.


Bulls vs. Bucks in Milwaukee a home game for the Bulls? - by Chris Mathieu

Bulls vs. Bucks in Milwaukee a home game for the Bulls?
Milwaukeeans have always complained when the hordes of Chicagoans come up north and dominate their sporting events whether its baseball or basketball. It has reached an embarrassing level at the Bradley center for Bucks home games. Last season the crowd was 50-50 split on a weeknight game and the Bulls fans were clearly much louder and into the game. A Saturday game reached the surreal level of about 70% Bulls fans and they clearly dominated the cheering in the game drowning out the home fans. Those around the team say that the partisan crowd in Milwaukee is often louder than home games in Chicago as the travelling road fans are dominated by the most rabid of fan base as oppose to the sometimes corporate suits in Chicago who use the games as a wooing point for clients with little basketball knowledge or background. The noise level at these Milwaukee games often reach playoff fever pitch and the Bulls have rewarded them with spectacular and dominating play in Milwaukee.
This Wednesday night game should be more of the same, a breakdown of the matchups
PG) Derrick Rose dominated Brandon Jennings the last few years to the point where you could see Jennings give less than a 100% effort knowing that he would still be dominated by the more talented, more competitive Rose. Even though Derrick is back practicing with his teammates, dunking and playing with full contact he is still about a month away from a return to game action.
Jennings has started to feel himself a bit and he likes to dominate weaker competition so this is a matchup against Kirk Hinrich that he should dominate if he is into the game. Jennings doesnt play a physical game and doesnt like contact but needs to get Kirk into foul trouble early, if he is to get his game going against the Bulls. As Kirk has aged and his limited athleticism has waned he has become a fouling machine. Last time Nate Robinson got into a smack talking match against Jennings and Jennings put on a show in the fourth quarter during a win in Chicago. Robinson needs to avoid a rematch of the previous performance; with him being one of the biggest trash talkers in the NBA this seems unlikely.
SG) This is where the Bulls should be able to make hay, Rip Hamilton vs Monta Ellis is a huge advantage for the Bulls, Ellis gives up 5 inches to Rip. Rips ability to take him into the post and score should be a key for the Bulls to exploit during the game. Watch for the Bulls to use Deng and Hamilton in the screen and role early and whoever ends up with Ellis on him should take him down low with fans screaming, Mouse in the house. Marko Bellinelli has had flashes of spectacular hitting two game winning shots lately. Even though he doesnt look it, he has decent athleticism and is a good ball handler and a fearless scorer.
SF) Luol Deng vs Luc Mbah Moute should be a decent matchup both are good defenders but Deng has a much better overall game. He can affect the game in ways other than scoring and looks fresh after having a few games off due to injury. Luc scores on pick and pop and little else, sometimes the occasional put back. Jimmy Butler off the bench has been spectacular lately and it is a homecoming for him since he played college in Milwaukee and should receive a warm welcome.
PF) Carlos Boozer received heaps of criticism since signing a mega deal a few years ago. He has played well though and has been great this season. His defense has improved to average, is moving well and is scoring and rebounding aggressively, getting points going towards the basket and finishing better at the rim. Ersan has played well lately but was way overvalued by the team and can run hot and cold. If he can hit his outside shot and stretch out the Bulls defense and rebound aggressively it will help the Bucks in their upset attempt.
C) Joakim Noah is an All-Star for the first time and feeds off of energy so expect him to be aggressive. It is a tough matchup for him because Larry Sanders is long and athletic albeit still raw and lean. Noah usually struggles with size more than length. As long as he has energy he should play well at least to a draw between the two of them. Noah is the most well rounded skilled center in the NBA. His rebounding and ball handling set him apart and his shooting and explosiveness have improved this season.

Bench) Bulls dominate in the bench area, Mike Dunleavy can create some matchup problems but the Bulls have defense and scoring punch coming off their bench. Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler, Marko Bellinelli and Nate Robinson offer a balanced punch and the team can mix and match as it pleases. With Omer Asik in Houston they dont shut teams down on defense like they did, but are a more balanced group overall.
Coaching) Bucks have played well under Jim Boylan but Tom Thibodeau is arguably the best coach in the NBA.



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  NCAA1   

Top 25 - Men

ACC Standings
 1. Miami, FL 6-0 (13-2) 
 2. Virginia 5-2 (14-5) 
 3. Duke (8) 4-2 (16-2) 
 4. N.Carolina St. (6) 4-3 (14-5) 
 5. N.Carolina (12) 4-3 (14-6) 
 6. Florida St. (24) 3-3 (11-8) 
 7. Clemson 3-3 (10-6) 
 8. Wake Forest 3-3 (10-8) 
 9. Maryland 3-4 (14-5) 
 10. Virginia Tech 2-4 (11-7) 
 11. Georgia Tech 1-6 (11-7) 
 12. Boston Coll. 1-6 (8-11) 

Regular Season: Round 78

Jan. 27: NC-Greensboro - Chattanooga 77-69
Jan. 27: Northeastern - George Mason 71-51
Jan. 27: Lehigh - Lafayette 57-78
Jan. 27: Colorado - California 81-71
Jan. 27: Missouri St. - Drake 78-72
Jan. 27: Clemson - Virginia Tech 77-70
Jan. 27: Marist - Siena 75-79
Jan. 27: Indiana - Michigan St. 75-70
Jan. 27: Loyola, MD - Iona 71-79
Jan. 27: St.John''s - Seton Hall 71-67
Jan. 27: Miami, FL - Florida St. 71-47
Jan. 27: Princeton - TCNJ 71-33
Jan. 27: Massachusetts - Richmond 70-65
Jan. 27: Connecticut - Rutgers 66-54
Jan. 27: Canisius - Niagara 65-66
Jan. 27: Purdue - Iowa 65-62 OT
Jan. 27: Illinois - Michigan 60-74
Jan. 27: S.Alabama - FIU 60-58
Jan. 27: Utah - Stanford 56-87
Jan. 27: St.Peter''s - Fairfield 54-61
Jan. 27: S.Illinois - Creighton 51-81
Jan. 27: Rider - Manhattan 51-62

Regular Season: Round 81

Jan. 30: Hartford - Vermont
Jan. 30: Temple - Richmond
Jan. 30: Wyoming - N.Mexico
Jan. 30: Michigan - Northwestern
Jan. 30: Marshall - SMU
Jan. 30: Bowling Green - Akron
Jan. 30: Delaware - William & Mary
Jan. 30: ODU - Towson
Jan. 30: Fordham - St.Joseph's
Jan. 30: Holy Cross - Army
Jan. 30: Maine - New Hampshire
Jan. 30: Wright St. - Detroit Mercy
Jan. 30: Baylor - Oklahoma
Jan. 30: High Point - Longwood
Jan. 30: Northeastern - Georgia St.
Jan. 30: Rhode Island - VCU
Jan. 30: La Salle - Massachusetts
Jan. 30: Winthrop - Co.Carolina
Jan. 30: Ball St. - Toledo
Jan. 30: Miami, OH - W.Michigan
Jan. 30: NC-Asheville - Presbyterian
Jan. 30: Ohio - E.Michigan
Jan. 30: Radford - VMI
Jan. 30: Georgia - Auburn
Jan. 30: Lafayette - Colgate
Jan. 30: Buffalo - Cent.Michigan
Jan. 30: Navy - Lehigh
Jan. 30: Binghamton - UMBC
Jan. 30: Cincinnati - Rutgers
Jan. 30: Notre Dame - Villanova
Jan. 30: E.Carolina - Memphis
Jan. 30: Georgetown - Seton Hall
Jan. 30: Youngstown St. - Valparaiso
Jan. 30: American - Bucknell
Jan. 30: NJIT - Fisher
Jan. 30: Charleston So. - Gardner-Webb
Jan. 30: Charleston - Appalachian St.
Jan. 30: S.Carolina St. - Hampton
Jan. 30: N.Illinois - Kent St.
Jan. 30: Rice - Houston
Jan. 30: Oklahoma St. - Iowa St.
Jan. 30: Florida St. - Maryland
Jan. 30: Tulane - Cent.Florida
Jan. 30: LSU - Missouri
Jan. 30: Florida - S.Carolina
Jan. 30: Loyola, IL - Wisc.-Milwaukee
Jan. 30: Wake Forest - Duke
Jan. 30: UAB - UTEP
Jan. 30: Creighton - Missouri St.
Jan. 30: S.Illinois - Drake
Jan. 30: McNeese St. - SF Austin
Jan. 30: Purdue - Indiana
Jan. 30: Virginia Tech - Miami, FL
Jan. 30: Mississippi St. - Texas A&M
Jan. 30: Air Force - Fresno St.
Jan. 30: St.John's - De Paul
Jan. 30: Colorado St. - Boise St.
Jan. 30: Xavier - Dayton
Jan. 30: Kansas St. - Texas
Jan. 30: Long Beach St. - UCSB
Jan. 30: UCLA - USC
Jan. 30: Cal-Irvine - Cal Poly - SLO
Jan. 30: Stanford - Oregon


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Erick GREEN
  Virginia Tech
  (190-PG-91)
  Avg: 25.2
 1. Green, Virginia Te.25.2 
 2. Plumlee, Duke17.4 
 3. Curry, Duke15.8 
 4. Leslie, N.Caroli.15.6 
 5. Anderson, Boston15.5 
 6. Harris, Virginia15.2 
 7. McKie, Wake Forest15.1 
 8. Harris, Wake F.14.8 
 9. Eddie, Virginia Te.14.7 
 10. McAdoo, N.Carolina14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mason PLUMLEE
  Duke
  (208-F-90)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Plumlee, Duke11.3 
 2. Howell, N.Caroli.11.0 
 3. Anderson, Boston9.2 
 4. Mitchell, Virginia9.0 
 5. McAdoo, N.Carolina8.5 
 6. Len, Maryland8.3 
 7. McKie, Wake Forest8.0 
 8. Booker, Clemson7.7 
 9. Thomas, Wake F.7.6 
 10. Leslie, N.Caroli.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo BROWN
  N.Caroli.
  (196-G-)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Brown, N.Caroli.6.9 
 2. Cook, Duke6.1 
 3. Paige, N.Carolina4.5 
 4. Howard, Maryland4.5 
 5. Green, Virginia Te.4.3 
 6. Strickland, N.Car.4.1 
 7. Larkin, Miami, FL4.1 
 8. Hall, Clemson3.7 
 9. Rahon, Boston Coll.3.4 
 10. Wells, Maryland3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Shane LARKIN
  Miami, FL
  (180-PG-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Larkin, Miami, FL2.2 
 2. Brown, N.Caroli.2.1 
 3. Cook, Duke1.9 
 4. Scott, Miami, FL1.8 
 5. McKie, Wake Forest1.6 
 6. Strickland, N.Car.1.5 
 7. Shannon, Florida1.4 
 8. Green, Virginia Te.1.4 
 9. Thornton, Duke1.4 
 10. McAdoo, N.Carolina1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel MILLER
  Georgia Tech
  (211-C-91)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Miller, Georgia Te.2.2 
 2. McDaniels, Clemson2.2 
 3. Len, Maryland1.9 
 4. Gamble, Miami, FL1.7 
 5. Thomas, Wake F.1.6 
 6. Plumlee, Duke1.6 
 7. Kadji, Miami, FL1.6 
 8. Atkins, Virginia1.5 
 9. White, Florida St.1.4 
 10. Kelly, Duke1.4 


Thomas Powers No. 11 Buckeyes Past Badgers 58-49 - by Eurobasket News

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Deshaun Thomas (6'7''-F-91) scored 25 points, including 10 during a game-breaking 15-0 second-half run, to lead No. 11 Ohio State past Wisconsin 58-49 on Tuesday night.

The leading scorer in the Big Ten, Thomas took over the game as both teams tried to gain leverage in a typically physical matchup between them.

The victory moved Ohio State (16-4, 6-2 Big Ten) into third place in the Big Ten and dropped Wisconsin (14-7, 5-3) two games off the pace set by co-leaders Indiana and Michigan (6-1).

Traevon Jackson, the son of Buckeyes great Jimmy Jackson, led the Badgers with 12 points in the arena where his dad's jersey hangs from the rafters.

Jared Berggren (6'10''-F/C-90) added 11 points for Wisconsin.

Aaron Craft had 13 points and six assists for the Buckeyes.

Both teams were shooting well to start the second half, the Buckeyes hitting seven of their first eight from the field and Wisconsin making 6 of 11. Thomas' fake and 10-foot jumper over Ryan Evans tied it at 41, with Thomas then giving the Buckeyes the lead on a drive through the lane and finger roll after Evans had charged into Craft at the other end.

It didn't stop there, as the Buckeyes' defense stepped up the pressure to force bad shots while the offense started clicking.

During the 15-0 run that went from the 13:01 mark to under 6 minutes left, the Badgers were 0 for 7 from the field with three turnovers as everything went Ohio State's way.

Thomas hit another basket, this time on a drive, before LaQuinton Ross popped in a 3 from the left wing. Thomas then took a pass from Shannon Scott on the fast break and scissored in for a layup. While Wisconsin continued to misfire at the other end, Thomas then jousted with Evans, forcing him to step back and then hit a soft, fall-away 16-footer to push the lead to 52-41 and bringing the crowd to its feet.

Ben Brust (6'1''-PG) finally ended the 7:11 drought with a 3 from the top of the circle.

After Wisconsin narrowed the gap to five points on a 3 by Berggren, Scott stole the ball and went the length of the court for a three-point play.

The Badgers never got closer than six points again.

The Badgers led 26-24 at halftime, playing at a pace that fit in perfectly with their game plan. They would distribute the ball around the perimeter, occasionally getting it inside, before settling for a 3 with the shot clock winding down.

They took 16 shots behind the arc, only 10 inside it. They picked up 12 points in that one stat, making 6 of 16 3-pointers to Ohio State's 1 of 2.
Courtesy of: http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com



Williams Helps Gophers Snap Skid, Defeat Nebraska, 84-65 - by Eurobasket News

MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first seven minutes of Tuesday's game against Nebraska, and never looked back during an 84-65 win versus the Cornhuskers.

Senior forward Rodney Williams (6'7''-F-91) Jr. helped the Gophers (16-5, 4-4 Big Ten) snap a four-game losing streak with a season-high 23 points, while sophomore guard Andre Hollins added 14 points and junior guard Austin Hollins (6'4''-G) finished with 13 points and five assists.

Nebraska (11-11, 2-7 Big Ten) was led by Ray Gallegos (6'2''-G-90), who netted a career-high 30 points on 12-of-17 shooting, including 6-of-9 three-pointers.

Minnesota remains home to play host to the Iowa Hawkeyes on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. CT. The game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network, and also can be heard on the Gopher Radio Network.
Courtesy of: http://www.gophersports.com



Virginia Takes Down No. 19 NC State, 58-55 - by Eurobasket News

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The little things that Virginia coach Tony Bennett preaches about doing are starting to add up to regular victories, and the fact that his freshman-heavy team is starting to find its comfort zone is helping a great deal, too.

Joe Harris scored 22 points, seven during a game-ending 13-6 run, and Virginia's nationally ranked defense slowed No. 19 North Carolina State's ACC-best offense just enough in a 58-55 victory Tuesday night, the Cavaliers' fourth straight victory.

One game after freshman Justin Anderson (6'6''-G-93) led the way for Virginia, fellow freshman Mike Tobey had a huge hand in the victory with 13 points and, more importantly against the long, athletic Wolfpack, seven rebounds and two blocked shots.

"Mike's continuing to improve and he's certainly a threat on the block," Bennett said, glancing at the stat line for his 6-foot-11 center. "And I love it that he had seven rebounds. That's a good step. He's put together three real nice games."

Akil Mitchell (6'8''-F-92) added 14 points and 12 rebounds for Virginia (15-5, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), including an 18-foot jumper that put them ahead to stay with 3:53 remaining, before the nation's No. 2 scoring defense (51.1) closed it out.

"We knew the first half, we didn't play particularly well offensively, but at the same time we didn't feel like we played our best defensive half either," Harris said after Virginia trailed 31-24 at the break. "They kind of just bullied us around and out-toughed us."

North Carolina State (16-5, 5-3), which arrived averaging nearly 80 points per game, became the 17th team, including all seven ACC opponents, to be held under 60 points by Virginia.

C.J. Leslie, playing despite being under the weather, led the Wolfpack with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Richard Howell had 12 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Leslie missed what would have been a tying free throw with 3:20 left, and when the Wolfpack fouled Jontel Evans as he tried to dribble time off the clock with 26 seconds left, Evans made them both.

Earlier, Evans drew a foul on a 30-foot heave at the end of the first half, drawing three shots. He missed them all.

"My concentration was unbelievable. I was focused. I went through my progressions, I tuned out the crowd, the score and everything," Evans said. "Those were probably the biggest two free throws of my entire career."

N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried wasn't pleased that his team fouled in that situation.

"That is not a good play," he said. "You just can't make that play. ... We needed to get a defensive stop."

The Wolfpack never got off a good shot in the closing seconds.

N.C. State also suffered a critical loss midway through the first half when point guard Lorenzo Brown limped off with what appeared to be a left ankle injury. He got medical attention on the bench, went to the locker room, came back and got more attention and wanted to give it a go, but he appeared significantly hobbled and didn't return.

"Obviously losing Lorenzo is a tough hurdle for our team to get over, but I thought they battled through that very well," Gottfried said. "We did a lot of things well. We didn't execute nearly as well as we should have late in the game and we also had some opportunities where we had the ball right around the rim and we just couldn't score it."

After Harris put Virginia ahead 52-49, Leslie hit two free throws. Harris' drive made it 54-51 and Scott Wood's 3-pointer with 4:20 to go tied it.

Mitchell's jumper restored Virginia's lead with 3:53 left, and a free throw by Leslie with 3:20 to go was all the Wolfpack could manage over the last 4 minutes of the game.

Trailing for the first 27 1-2 minutes, Virginia finally went ahead on Tobey's 15-foot jumper with 12:26 to play. The game was tied at 40 and 42 before a dunk by Leslie, Wood's 3-pointer and Howell's drive more than negated Evan Nolte's 3-pointer for Virginia, putting N.C. State ahead 49-45.

But Virginia drew even again with the help of two turnovers as Harris hit two free throws and Tobey scored underneath.

Harris then got T.J. Warren into the air from the left corner, jumped and leaned into him, drew the foul and three shots. He made them all, giving Virginia a 52-49 lead.

That set up the finish.
Courtesy of: http://www.virginiasports.com



Wiltjer, Noel Leads UK to Critical Road Win at No. 16 Ole Miss - by Eurobasket News

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Nerlens Noel (6'10''-F-94) took just one shot from the field and missed six of eight free throws.

Yet there was no doubt that the big man with the big hair was the most important player on the court as Kentucky beat No. 16 Mississippi 87-74 on Tuesday night.

The 6-foot-10 freshman set a school record with 12 blocked shots and altered countless others, leading the Wildcats to their fifth victory in seven games.

Kentucky coach John Calipari - who is always a tough critic - said Noel played well but was still struggling with consistency. Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy was in a more complimentary mood.

"He was the difference in the game," Kennedy said. "I think we can all agree with that. An incredible defensive presence."

Kentucky (14-6, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) looked like it might run away with the win, taking a 73-56 lead with 10 minutes remaining after trailing by one point at halftime. But the Rebels roared back with 16 straight points, cutting the deficit to 73-72 with 4:22 left.

Ryan Harrow (6'2''-G-91) nailed a 3-pointer to stop Ole Miss' run and Kentucky was able to hold on for the road victory. Noel was terrific in the final few minutes - flying all over the court with his distinctive flattop haircut - blocking four shots despite playing with four fouls.

While Noel was patrolling the paint on defense, Kentucky got a career-high 26 points from Kyle Wiltjer. The 6-10 sophomore hit 10 of 19 shots from the field, including 5 of 12 from 3-point range.

"I tried to be aggressive," Wiltjer said. "They were playing my shot pretty tightly, so I was able to drive a little bit and my teammates found me. We did a good job in transition. It was a great team win."

Archie Goodwin scored 24 points and Alex Poythress added 15 for Kentucky.

Goodwin made 6 of 11 shots from the field and 12 of 14 from the free throw line. He had six rebounds and four assists.

Ole Miss (17-3, 6-1) had its nine-game winning streak snapped. Ladarius White (6'6''-G-92) led the Rebels with 22 points while Marshall Henderson added 21. Henderson made 5 of 19 shots from the field, including just 2 of 11 from 3-point range.

"We're getting better as a team," Calipari said. "That's a good win."

Ole Miss led 38-37 at halftime despite making just 13 of 44 shots (29.5 percent) from the field. Henderson led the Rebels with 16 points and White had 15.

Kentucky stayed close thanks to Wiltjer's 17 points while Goodwin added 10, but the Wildcats struggled at the free throw line, making just 10 of 20.

Both teams struggled with foul trouble for almost the entire first half and had to dig deep on the bench for bodies.

But once the second half started, the Wildcats were back at full strength and their offense exploded. Wiltjer hit two early 3s to push Kentucky ahead and the lead grew to 73-56 with 10 minutes left.

Kentucky's offense was good during that stretch, but the Ole Miss defense was just as bad. The Wildcats made several easy baskets in transition and off offensive rebounds.

And with Ole Miss needing points, Henderson was mostly silent in the second half. The Rebels came back anyway, with the stunning run that cut the deficit to 73-72 with 4:22 left.

Once again, the Rebels were let down by their defense. Harrow hit the wide open 3-pointer and the Wildcats were able to slowly put the game away. Harrow finished with 13 points.

"We got a little rattled, but we regrouped," Wiltjer said. "I'm proud of the guys for stepping up. That was huge for us in that situation."

Ole Miss shot just 28 of 85 from the field (32.9 percent). The Rebels did outrebound Kentucky 52-45 and grabbed 26 offensive rebounds, but the poor shooting was tough to overcome.

"Our guards shoot a combined 10 of 38 from the field," Kennedy said. "That's not going to get you much."

Murphy Holloway became Ole Miss' all-time leading rebounder on Tuesday, passing Walter Actwood's record with his 946th rebound in the second half. The 6-7 senior is the only player in the SEC averaging a double-double, but was mostly quiet against Noel and the Wildcats with 10 points and eight rebounds.
Courtesy of: http://www.ukathletics.com



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  NIGERIA   


2013 DStv PBL dunk-off across Nigeria in February - by Olusegun Ikuesan

After a week-long Annual General Meeting (AGM) and pre-season seminar which took place in Nigeria capital city of Abuja the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NNBF) has fixed late February as jump-ball date of the 2012/ 2013 league season sponsored by television giant DStv.

According to a reliable source within the Nigeria basketball ruling body in Abuja the February date was agreed upon by all the stakeholders present during the pre-season seminar and AGM.

The DStv Premier Basketball League is fashion after the National Basketball Association (NBA) of the United States of America on conference basis with the sixteen teams divided into two equal parts of eight teams in each of the two conferences Atlantic and Savannah.

The Atlantic conference has defending champion Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt, Dodan Warriors basketball club, Islanders basketball club, Comets basketball club, Police Baton basketball club and Customs basketball club all of Lagos and newly promoted Oluyole Warriors basketball club of Ibadan.

Savannah conference has former champion Kano Pillars basketball club, Nigeria Immigration basketball club of Kano, Kada Stars basketball club of Kaduna, Niger Potters basketball club of Minna, Plateau Peaks basketball club of Jos, Bauchi Nets basketball club, Yelwa Hawks basketball club of Bauchi and Mark Mentors basketball club of Abuja who acquire former Tapgun Rockets basketball club of Jos.

The league will certainly start in February as the NBBF and our sponsor Multichoice owners of DStv have reached a new contract as title sponsor for another four years, the February date is informed against the backdrop of the many international engagement this year starting with the 27th edition of the Afrobasket for Men slated for Abidjan Cote dIvoire and the women in Maputo Mozambique, inform the source.



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  PBL   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith RADCLIFF
  Indiana D.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Radcliff, Indiana23.8 
 2. Favors, Sauk V.20.5 
 3. Simpson, Scranton.19.6 
 4. Inabnit, Indiana D.19.3 
 5. Commons, Scranton.19.3 
 6. Love, Chicago M.19.2 
 7. Hill, St. Louis P.18.3 
 8. Harris, Z*.17.5 
 9. Petty, Cent.Ill.17.0 
 10. Hill, Chicago M.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Billy PETTIFORD
  India.
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Pettiford, India.12.5 
 2. Hill, Chicago M.10.8 
 3. Fay, Sauk Valley P.8.4 
 4. Slack, Cent.Ill.7.5 
 5. Davis, Rochester R.7.5 
 6. Harris, Sauk V.7.1 
 7. Hill, St. Louis P.6.9 
 8. Harris, Z*.6.8 
 9. Russ, Z*.6.6 
 10. Love, Chicago M.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Herman FAVORS
  Sauk V.
  (174-G-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Favors, Sauk V.8.2 
 2. Simpson, Scranton.6.6 
 3. Snow, Lake M.5.4 
 4. Ruffin, Cent.I.4.9 
 5. Petty, Cent.Ill.4.7 
 6. Crouch, Rocheste.4.7 
 7. Smith, Z*.4.1 
 8. Anderson, Chica.4.0 
 9. Polk, St. Louis P.3.9 
 10. Council, Rocheste.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Marcel ANDERSON
  Chica.
  (175-PG-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Anderson, Chica.1.9 
 2. Rose, Sauk V.1.6 
 3. Pettiford, India.1.5 
 4. Polk, St. Louis P.1.5 
 5. Ruffin, Cent.I.1.4 
 6. Snow, Lake M.1.3 
 7. Favors, Sauk V.1.3 
 8. Crouch, Rocheste.1.3 
 9. Bobo, Lake M.1.2 
 10. Smith, Z*.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shagari ALLEYNE
  Lake M.
  (221-C-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Alleyne, Lake M.2.5 
 2. Commons, Scranton.1.9 
 3. Slack, Cent.Ill.1.8 
 4. Webster, Rocheste.1.2 
 5. Pettiford, India.1.1 
 6. Davis, Rochester R.1.0 
 7. Hill, Chicago M.0.9 
 8. Hipp, Sauk V.0.8 
 9. Gorman, Scranton.0.7 
 10. Giddings, Rochest.0.7 



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  POLAND   


Coach Andrej Urlep joins Energa Czarni - by Eurobasket Center

Energa Czarni Slupsk (TBL) decided to make changes in their coaching staff. They just parted ways with Linartas Marius and decided to replace him with 56-year old Slovenian coaching legend - Andrej Urlep (agency: Edge Sports). Urlep is one of the most successful coaches in Poland. He is a multiple Champion with Slask Wroclaw and Anwil Wloclawek. Urlep used to coach Polish National Team back in 2007.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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BSN Players Draft Picks to go Live - by Luis Ramirez

The New Players Draft for 2013 will be held tomorrow, January 30, 2013. Activities are scheduled to commence by 3:00pm and will be transmitted live via internet on the BSNPR website (bsnpr.com). There has been a lot of anticipation with this draft as there will be a great number of talented players available.

Some of the players who will have their name on the list of available players are, Renaldo Balkman, Angel Piwi Garca and center Jorge Brian Diaz. Other players expected to be available are: Mike Rosario, Jio Fontn, Carlos Emory, Miguel Paul, Isaac Sosa, David Imes, Anthony Nieves and Chris Gastn.

Kevin Young which was expected to be heading this list has indicated that he would not be participating in the upcoming BSN season and will not be available.




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  ROMANIA   

Standings

Division A Standings
 1. Oradea 18-1 
 2. Targu Mures 14-5 
 3. Craiova 14-5 
 4. U.Mobitel.CN 13-6 
 5. Ploiesti 13-6 
 6. Timisoara 13-6 
 7. CSM Bucuresti 12-7 
 8. Gaz Metan 11-8 
 9. Rovinari 10-9 
 10. CSU Sibiu 9-10 
 11. Pitesti 8-11 
 12. Giurgiu 6-13 
 13. Timba Timis. 5-14 
 14. Miercurea Ciuc 3-16 
 15. Farul Const. 3-16 
 16. Dinamo B. 0-19 

Regular Season: Round 19

Jan. 26: Targu Mures - Timba Timis. 98-71
Jan. 26: Rovinari - Ploiesti 95-93
Jan. 25: U.Mobitel.CN - Timisoara 95-84
Jan. 27: Oradea - Miercurea Ciuc 81-59
Jan. 26: Farul Const. - Giurgiu 78-76
Jan. 27: Pitesti - CSU Sibiu 73-79
Jan. 26: CSM Bucuresti - Gaz Metan 67-85
Jan. 28: Dinamo B. - Craiova 62-83

Regular Season: Round 20

Feb. 2: Craiova - Farul Const.
Feb. 2: Giurgiu - Targu Mures
Feb. 2: Timba Timis. - CSM Bucuresti
Feb. 2: Gaz Metan - Rovinari
Feb. 2: Ploiesti - U.Mobitel.CN
Feb. 2: Timisoara - Oradea
Feb. 2: Miercurea Ciuc - Pitesti
Feb. 2: CSU Sibiu - Dinamo B.


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Goran MARTINIC
  CSM B.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Martinic, CSM B.21.7 
 2. Darby, Rovinari20.2 
 3. Shepherd, CSM B.18.7 
 4. Barac, Pitesti17.5 
 5. Jovanovic, Timisoa.16.7 
 6. Pesic, Oradea16.6 
 7. Mitchell, Gaz Metan16.4 
 8. Wright, U.Mobite.16.3 
 9. Jones, Pitesti15.8 
 10. Dzambic, Craiova15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christopher LEE
  CSU Sibiu
  (206-C-84)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Lee, CSU Sibiu10.3 
 2. Steffel, Rovinari8.9 
 3. Glynn, Timba Timis.8.3 
 4. Dragusin, Craiova8.0 
 5. Kinloch, Pitesti7.7 
 6. Ross, U.Mobitel.CN7.4 
 7. Filip, Dinamo B.6.8 
 8. Harvey, Giurgiu6.7 
 9. Carutasu, CSM B.6.6 
 10. Stanescu, Ploiesti6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  U.Mobite.
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Wright, U.Mobite.7.2 
 2. Dzambic, Craiova6.8 
 3. Jovanovic, Timisoa.6.4 
 4. Cuic, Targu Mures5.6 
 5. Vlahovic, Ploiesti5.6 
 6. Martinic, CSM B.4.8 
 7. Nikolic, Rovinari4.7 
 8. Gruev, CSU Sibiu4.6 
 9. Dundjerski, Gaz M.4.5 
 10. Maric, Oradea4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  U.Mobite.
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Wright, U.Mobite.3.3 
 2. Petty, Giurgiu2.2 
 3. Mandache, Gaz M.2.0 
 4. Henifin, Miercure.1.9 
 5. Jones, Pitesti1.9 
 6. Gennie, Pitesti1.9 
 7. Shepherd, CSM B.1.8 
 8. Martinic, CSM B.1.8 
 9. Nikolov, U.Mobite.1.8 
 10. Barac, Pitesti1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Ionut DRAGUSIN
  Craiova
  (221-C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dragusin, Craiova2.1 
 2. Kickingstall., Tim.1.9 
 3. Lee, CSU Sibiu1.6 
 4. Adebayo, Targu M.1.4 
 5. Sipos, Dinamo B.1.3 
 6. Harvey, Giurgiu1.1 
 7. Archie, Timisoara1.1 
 8. Tibirna, Oradea1.0 
 9. Kinloch, Pitesti0.9 
 10. Knutson, CSU Sib.0.9 


Standings - D2

Liga Standings
Seria 1
 1. Vabova 7-1 
 2. Phoenix Corona 4-4 
 3. Brasov 4-4 
 4. West Olympia 3-5 
 5. Magic Sibiu 2-6 
Seria 2
 1. Concordia 7-1 
 2. Steaua Turabo 6-2 
 3. Stiinta B. 4-4 
 4. Craiova 2 2-6 
 5. Phoenix Galati 1-7 
Seria 3
 1. CSU Galati 5-3 
 2. Politehnica 5-3 
 3. Rapid B. 4-4 
 4. Ploiesti II 4-4 
 5. BT Bucuresti 2-6 

Regular Season: Round 10

A

Jan. 26: Vabova - Magic Sibiu 97-82
Jan. 26: West Olympia - Phoenix Corona 52-40

B

Jan. 26: Craiova 2 - Phoenix Galati 70-57
Jan. 27: Steaua - Concordia 65-54

C

Jan. 26: Baschet Time - CSU Galati 76-87
Jan. 26: Politehnica - Ploiesti II 101-81


Wright's 24 points and 8 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old guard Derek Wright (180-G-86) had a great game in the last round for U.Mobitel.CN and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
He had the game-high 24 points adding six rebounds and eight assists for U.Mobitel.CN in his team's victory, helping them to beat Timisoara (13-6) 95-84. U.Mobitel.CN is placed at 4th position in Romanian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. U.Mobitel.CN will need more victories to improve their 13-6 record. In the team's last game Wright had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be U.Mobitel.CN's top player in his first season with the team. Austin Peay State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Wright. Wright is in league's top in points (8th best: 16.3ppg) and averages solid 3.3spg and 58.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Branko Cuic (197-G-78) of league's second-best Targu Mures. He is Montenegrin guard in his first season at Targu Mures. In the last game Cuic recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Targu Mures to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Timba Timis. (#13, 5-14) 98-71. Targu Mures' second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 14-5 record is not bad at all. Cuic is a newcomer at Targu Mures and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Christopher Lee (206-C-84, agency: Duran International) of CSU Sibiu (#10). Lee showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, fourteen rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of CSU Sibiu, leading his team to a 79-73 win against slightly lower-ranked Pitesti (#11, 8-11). The chances of CSU Sibiu ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Lee could help CSU Sibiu to bring them higher in the standings. Lee has a great season in Romania. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.3rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jaytonah Wisseh (185-G-88) of Rovinari - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 13 assists
5. Daniel Dillon (194-G/F-86) of Oradea - 16 points and 7 assists
6. Bogdan Popescu (200-F-78) of Timisoara - 12 points and 10 rebounds
7. Goran Martinic (183-PG-87) of CSM Bucuresti - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80) of Gaz Metan - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Matija Ceskovic (192-G-81) of Targu Mures - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Brian Morris (205-F-87) of CSM Bucuresti - 18 points and 6 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)



EuroChallenge: Ventspils roll over Gaz Metan in Round 3 opener - by Eurobasket News

Ventspils - Gaz Metan 96:64

Ventspils roll over Gaz Metan in Round 3 opener of EuroChallenge. The Latvian side celebrated the initial 96:64 win and tied both records at 1-2.
Ventspils looked better in the whole game and won all four periods. They started with 29-16 and added 23-17 in the second frame. Moreover the hosts posted a 22-14 surge in the third quarter and enjoyed a 27-point advantage after three quarters. Ventspils did not slow down and finished the game with 22-17 in the last frame. Their biggest lead came two minutes from the finish when Ronalds Zakis' free throws made it 94:56. Later Gaz Metan managed to reduce to the final result.
Kyle Shiloh (191-PG-85, college: Nevada) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) nailed 12. Zoran Krstanovic (204-C-82, agency: TSS Management) delivered 9, while Ivan Lilov (196-SG-88) and Slobodan Dundjerski (188-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) posted 8 apiece. Folarin Campbell (192-G-86, college: George Mason) and Martins Meiers (208-C-91) answered with 14 points apiece in the losing effort. Sandis Valters (193-G-78) scored 13 and Martins Laksa (200-SF-90, agency: FCM) added 12.

Ventspils: Kyle Shiloh 14, Andrei Mandache 12, Zoran Krstanovic 9, Ivan Lilov 8, Slobodan Dundjerski 8
Gaz Metan: Folarin Campbell 14, Martins Meiers 14, Sandis Valters 13, Martins Laksa 12



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  RUSSIA   

Standings - Superleague A

PBL Standings
 1. CSKA 10-1 
 2. Khimky 7-2 
 3. Spartak SP 7-4 
 4. Krasnie Krilya 4-3 
 5. Lokomotiv 4-5 
 6. N.Novgorod 4-6 
 7. Spartak-Prim. 3-5 
 8. Unics 3-6 
 9. Triumph 3-6 
 10. Enisey 1-8 

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 27: N.Novgorod - Enisey 84-44
Jan. 27: Spartak SP - CSKA 69-87
Jan. 27: Unics - Spartak-Prim. 69-70

Regular Season: Round 14

Feb. 3: Lokomotiv - N.Novgorod
Feb. 4: Khimky - Spartak SP
Feb. 6: Krasnie Krilya - Spartak-Prim.
Feb. 7: CSKA - Unics


Stats Leaders - Superleague A

Points Per Game
 Sergey KARASEV
  Triumph
  (202-SG-93)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Karasev, Triumph18.7 
 2. Fridzon, Khimky17.8 
 3. Gillenwater, Spart.16.7 
 4. Planinic, Khimky15.6 
 5. Kaimakoglou, Unics14.8 
 6. Simmons, Krasnie14.5 
 7. Krstic, CSKA14.2 
 8. Beverley, Spart.14.0 
 9. Teodosic, CSKA13.9 
 10. Eidson, Unics13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Khryapa, CSKA8.7 
 2. Gillenwater, Spart.8.3 
 3. Landry, Triumph7.4 
 4. Maric, Lokomotiv7.3 
 5. Monya, Khimky6.6 
 6. Panin, N.Novgorod6.4 
 7. Karasev, Triumph6.3 
 8. Kaimakoglou, Unics6.3 
 9. Antonov, N.Novgor.5.9 
 10. Balashov, Krasni.5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Zoran PLANINIC
  Khimky
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Planinic, Khimky6.0 
 2. Miles, Krasnie Kri.5.5 
 3. Teodosic, CSKA5.4 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA4.1 
 5. Calathes, Lokom.4.0 
 6. McKee, Triumph3.8 
 7. Eidson, Unics3.6 
 8. Trotter, N.Novgorod3.6 
 9. Beverley, Spart.3.5 
 10. Delaney, Spartak-.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.3.8 
 2. Surovtsev, Sparta.2.3 
 3. Beverley, Spart.2.0 
 4. Maric, Lokomotiv1.9 
 5. Landry, Triumph1.6 
 6. McKee, Triumph1.6 
 7. Kaimakoglou, Unics1.3 
 8. Augustine, Khimky1.3 
 9. Komarovskiy, Eni.1.3 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Nikita BALASHOV
  Krasni.
  (207-F-91)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Balashov, Krasni.1.3 
 2. Kaun, CSKA1.3 
 3. Monya, Khimky1.2 
 4. Zabelin, Spartak-.1.2 
 5. Davis, Khimky1.0 
 6. Mavrokefalid., Spa.1.0 
 7. Lazarev, Triumph1.0 
 8. Vougioukas, Unics1.0 
 9. Veremeenko, Unics0.8 
 10. Thomas, Krasnie0.8 


PBL Round 13: Spartak St.Petersburg loses to CSKA Moscow in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The game between Top Four teams took place in St.Petersburg. Their biggest opponent host Spartak St.Petersburg (7-4) lost to first ranked CSKA Moscow (10-1) 87-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Spartak St.Petersburg. CSKA Moscow have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-1 record. Spartak St.Petersburg at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. CSKA Moscow are looking forward to face Unics Kazan (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Spartak St.Petersburg will play against Khimky (#3) in Khimki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Kazan. Ninth ranked Spartak-Prim. (3-5) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Unics Kazan (3-6) 70-69 in the game for the seventh place. Spartak-Prim. moved-up to seventh place. Unics Kazan at the other side dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. They share it with Triumph. Spartak-Prim. will play against higher ranked Krasnie Krilya (#4) in Samara in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Unics Kazan will play on the road against the league's leader CSKA Moscow (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Eighth ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod (4-6) crushed at home 10th ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (1-8) by 40 points 84-44, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. Dijon Thompson fired 25 points and 6 steals (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Davon Jefferson produced 10 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BC Nizhny Novgorod moved-up to sixth place. Enisey Krasnoyarsk lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. BC Nizhny Novgorod will meet higher ranked Lokomotiv (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Enisey Krasnoyarsk will have a break next round.



Unics - Spartak-Prim. 69-70

Important game to mention about took place in Kazan. Ninth ranked Spartak-Prim. (3-5) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Unics Kazan (3-6) 70-69 in the game for the seventh place. Unics Kazan was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 20-18 charge of Spartak-Prim., which allowed them to win the game. Spartak-Prim. moved-up to seventh place. Unics Kazan at the other side dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. They share it with Triumph. Spartak-Prim. will play against higher ranked Krasnie Krilya (#4) in Samara in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Unics Kazan will play on the road against the league's leader CSKA Moscow (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
gschID: 200780


Spartak SP - CSKA 69-87

The game between Top Four teams took place in St.Petersburg. Their biggest opponent host Spartak St.Petersburg (7-4) lost to first ranked CSKA Moscow (10-1) 87-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Spartak St.Petersburg. CSKA Moscow have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-1 record. Spartak St.Petersburg at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. CSKA Moscow are looking forward to face Unics Kazan (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Spartak St.Petersburg will play against Khimky (#3) in Khimki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 200779


N.Novgorod - Enisey 84-44

Eighth ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod (4-6) crushed at home 10th ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (1-8) by 40 points 84-44, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. The game without a history. BC Nizhny Novgorod led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Enisey Krasnoyarsk to just 6 points in first quarter. American swingman Dijon Thompson (201-83, college: UCLA) fired 25 points and 6 steals (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international Vadim Panin (203-84, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. Four BC Nizhny Novgorod players scored in double figures. American forward Davon Jefferson (204-86, college: USC) produced 10 points and 9 rebounds and Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (210-88, agency: Beo Basket) added 10 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BC Nizhny Novgorod moved-up to sixth place. Enisey Krasnoyarsk lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. BC Nizhny Novgorod will meet higher ranked Lokomotiv (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Enisey Krasnoyarsk will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
N.Novgorod: D.Thompson 25+4reb+2ast, S.Antonov 11+5reb+1ast, V.Panin 11+6reb+3ast, A.Yakovenko 10+6reb+3ast, D.Golovin 9+2reb+3ast, O.Trotter 8+4reb+3ast
Enisey: D.Jefferson 10+9reb, E.Kikanovic 10+2reb, H.Rizvic 8+3reb, J.Rich 6+1reb+1ast, Z.Dowdell 6+2reb+2ast, V.Zaytsev 1+1reb+1ast
gschID: 200778



EuroChallenge: Andre Smith leads Krasnie Krilya over Tofas - by Eurobasket News

Tofas - Krasnie Krilya 70:78

Andre Smith (203-F-85, college: N.Dakota St.) leads Krasnie Krilya over Tofas in Turkey. The Russian team improved to 3-0 record after a 78:70 win at the EuroChallenge Top 16.
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-21. But Tofas won second period 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Krasnie Krilya made 21-of-26 free shots during the game. Tofas were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Andre Smith who led his team to a victory scoring 32 points and 5 rebounds. Chester Chester Simmons (196-G-82, college: Washington) helped adding 15 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Chinemelu Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M) with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Austin Austin Nichols (200-SF-82, college: Humboldt St.) scored 16 points and Ibrahim Yildirim (190-PG-90) brought 9 points.

Tofas: Austin Nichols 16, Chinemelu Elonu 15, Ibrahim Yildirim 9
Krasnie Krilya: Andre Smith 32, Chester Simmons 15, Nikita Balashov (207-F-91) 12



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  SERBIA   

Standings - A Liga

A Standings
 1. Mega Vizura 15-3 
 2. Vojvodina 13-4 
 3. Metalac 11-6 
 4. Sloboda Uzice 11-7 
 5. Konstantin 9-8 
 6. Radnicki Basket 9-9 
 7. Borac 8-9 
 8. OKK Beograd 8-9 
 9. Tamis 8-9 
 10. Vrsac 8-9 
 11. BKK Radnicki 6-11 
 12. Smederevo 6-11 
 13. Sloga 5-12 
 14. Jagodina 4-14 
Play in international cups:
 1. Crvena Zvezda
 2. Partizan
 3. Radnicki KG

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 29: Radnicki Basket - Sloboda Uzice 81-61
Jan. 29: Mega Vizura - Jagodina 113-76
Jan. 30: Borac - Konstantin
Jan. 30: Vrsac - Smederevo
Jan. 30: Vojvodina - BKK Radnicki
Jan. 30: Tamis - Sloga
Jan. 30: OKK Beograd - Metalac


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Mladen SLJIVANCANIN
  Borac
  (200-G/F-85)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Sljivancanin, Borac18.2 
 2. Marjanovic, Mega V.18.1 
 3. Popovic, Sloga17.9 
 4. Igrutinovic, BKK R.15.6 
 5. Popadic, Smederevo15.6 
 6. Radovic, Vrsac15.6 
 7. Kljajevic, Jagodina13.9 
 8. Djordjevic, Smede.13.8 
 9. Nesovic, OKK B.13.8 
 10. Seferovic, Jagodi.13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boban MARJANOVIC
  Mega V.
  (222-C-88)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Marjanovic, Mega V.12.4 
 2. Radovic, Vrsac8.8 
 3. Kljajevic, Jagodina6.3 
 4. Miceta, Tamis6.2 
 5. Zekovic, Vojvodina6.1 
 6. Knezevic, OKK B.6.0 
 7. Todorovic, Borac5.9 
 8. Radenkovic, Smede.5.8 
 9. Jevtovic, Sloboda5.7 
 10. Marelja, Sloga5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Marko POPOVIC
  Sloga
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Popovic, Sloga7.5 
 2. Jereminov, Tamis5.7 
 3. Micic, Mega Vizura5.0 
 4. Sljivancanin, Borac4.7 
 5. Vasic, Sloboda Uzi.3.8 
 6. Dangubic, Mega V.3.7 
 7. Velickovic, Konst.3.5 
 8. Nesovic, OKK B.3.5 
 9. Malidzan, OKK B.3.4 
 10. Milosevic, Vrsac3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Stanoje KNEZEVIC
  OKK B.
  (202-PF-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Knezevic, OKK B.2.7 
 2. Zivanovic, Metalac2.0 
 3. Nesovic, OKK B.2.0 
 4. Boltic, BKK R.1.9 
 5. Kuzeta, Vojvodina1.9 
 6. Gacic, BKK Radnicki1.8 
 7. Vujosevic, BKK R.1.7 
 8. Majstorovic, Tamis1.7 
 9. Vasic, Sloboda Uzi.1.7 
 10. Despotovic, Kons.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Maksim STURANOVIC
  Radnic.
  (209-C-88)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Sturanovic, Radnic.1.4 
 2. Filipovic, Jagodina1.3 
 3. Marjanovic, Mega V.1.3 
 4. Radovic, Vrsac0.9 
 5. Radenkovic, Smede.0.9 
 6. Marinkovic, OKK B.0.8 
 7. Jevtovic, Sloboda0.8 
 8. Maravic, Vrsac0.7 
 9. Cakic, Mega Vizura0.7 
 10. Mijovic, Metalac0.6 


Mega Vizura adds Jaramaz to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Mega Vizura (A League) added to their roster 18-year old point guard Ognjen Jaramaz (190-95). He played last summer at the junior team of Partizan (A League). Jaramaz represented Serbia at the European Championships U16 in Czech Republic two years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 2.8ppg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Mega Vizura adds Jaramaz to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Mega Vizura (A League) added to their roster 18-year old point guard Ognjen Jaramaz (190-95). He played last summer at the junior team of Partizan (A League). Jaramaz represented Serbia at the European Championships U16 in Czech Republic two years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 2.8ppg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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ASEAN League: Warriors edge Slingers for third win in a row - by Eurobasket News

Singapore Slingers - Indonesia Warriors 57:69

Indonesia clinched the third consecutive win in the ASEAN League season as they upset Singapore Slingers away from home. John Smith (188-G-86, college: Hawaii-Hilo) scored 14 points to lead the winners.
Indonesia Warriors started the game strong. They held the hosts to 7 points in the opening frame and ensured a 17:7 lead after ten minutes. The Warriors extended the margin to 11 points at halftime. They enjoyed a 36:25 advantage into the second half. The Slingers stopped the rot in the third quarter. They adjusted offensively and trimmed the deficit at 7-point mark with one quarter remaining. However the visitors quickly opened a 16-point lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Chris Daniels (200-PF-82, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Georgia) delivered 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) contributed 11 points and 11 boards for the visitors. Jeffers Kyle (207-C-85, college: Oregon St.) answered with game-high 27 points for the Slingers. Wong Wei Long (172-G-88) chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Singapore Slingers: Jeffers Kyle 27, Wong Wei Long 10
Indonesia Warriors: John Smith 14, Chris Daniels 13+11 boards, Steve Thomas 11+11 boards



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  SLOVAKIA   


Sasa Mijajlovic is trying his luck in Slovakia - by Michal Duchovic

The official site of BC Prievidza has announced, that Sasa Mijajlovic (211-C-80, college: Hutchinson CC) is on try-out in their club. The 32-years old center is a well experienced player, he played in Belgium, Cyprus, Bosna and Hercegovina and many other countries. Mijajlovic has also participated in Eurocup and Balkan League. This season he started in Serbia in KK Sloga Societe Generale Kraljevo, where he played only in 8 games, but with a pretty good stats - 14.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg and 1.5 apg, but the club has financial problems, so he decided to leave him. Sasa has comed in BC Prievidza on recommendation from former player of BC Prievidza - Milos Babic. Mijajlovic will debut in Slovak Cup, which will be this weekend in Levice


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  SLOVENIA   

1B Stats Leaders

2SKL Standings
 1. Splosna plovba 14-1 
 2. Sencur CP 12-3 
 3. Terme Olimia 10-5 
 4. Triglav Strazisce 9-4 
 5. Radenska 8-6 
 6. Lastovka 8-7 
 7. Postojna 7-8 
 8. Parklji 6-7 
 9. Hrastnik 6-9 
 10. Koper 5-9 
 11. Crnomelj 5-9 
 12. Litija 4-11 
 13. Branik 0-15 

Regular Season: Round 17

Feb. 2: Crnomelj - Parklji
Feb. 2: Triglav Strazisce - Litija
Feb. 2: Koper - Branik
Feb. 2: Terme Olimia - Splosna plovba
Feb. 2: Lastovka - Hrastnik
Feb. 2: Sencur CP - Postojna


Stats Leaders - 1B

Points Per Game
 Miha MARKIC
  Koper
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Markic, Koper21.2 
 2. Spesic, Terme Olim.19.7 
 3. Erzen, Sencur CP17.1 
 4. Podboj, Postojna16.9 
 5. Kunc, Crnomelj16.6 
 6. Milovic, Postojna16.5 
 7. Prole, Koper15.9 
 8. Hren, Parklji15.7 
 9. Balazic, Lastovka15.6 
 10. Luznar, Parklji15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miha MARKIC
  Koper
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Markic, Koper10.2 
 2. Spesic, Terme Olim.9.4 
 3. Prole, Koper8.5 
 4. Skornik, Radenska7.6 
 5. Kunc, Crnomelj7.4 
 6. Klepo, Lastovka7.2 
 7. Memcic, Terme Olim.6.9 
 8. Sipura, Hrastnik6.6 
 9. Hren, Litija6.4 
 10. Kavgic, Splosna6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Robert SURAN
  Radenska
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Suran, Radenska5.7 
 2. Macek, Terme Olimia5.4 
 3. Perko, Sencur CP4.5 
 4. Ucman, Lastovka4.3 
 5. Vukovic, Koper4.2 
 6. Richter, Koper4.1 
 7. Ristic, Trigla.3.8 
 8. Cmer, Hrastnik3.7 
 9. Ivanusa, Crnomelj3.6 
 10. Milovic, Postojna3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Saso OZBOLT
  Splosna .
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ozbolt, Splosna3.1 
 2. Markic, Koper2.9 
 3. Ristic, Trigla.2.9 
 4. Vukovic, Koper2.2 
 5. Urbas, Parklji2.1 
 6. Macek, Terme Olimia2.0 
 7. Markus, Postojna2.0 
 8. Pusic, Sencur CP1.9 
 9. Rogelja, Parklji1.7 
 10. Ucman, Lastovka1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Miha MARKIC
  Koper
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 1
 1. Markic, Koper1.0 
 2. Spesic, Terme Olim.1.0 
 3. Klepo, Lastovka1.0 
 4. Vravnik, Trigla.0.9 
 5. Marsic, Splosna0.7 
 6. Prole, Koper0.6 
 7. Hren, Parklji0.5 
 8. Ambroz, Lastovka0.5 
 9. Ljubenovic, Parklji0.5 
 10. Katonar, Splosna0.5 


Hren number one in Slovenian 2SKL for round 16 - by Eurobasket News

Swingman Lovro Hren (202-F/G-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Litija, receiving a Eurobasket.com 2SKL Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Koper (#10, 5-9) 74-68. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Litija maintains the 12th position in Slovenian 2SKL. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 11 games and recorded just four victories. Hren turned to be Litija's top player in his first season with the team. Lovro Hren has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 12.9ppg) and averages impressive 55.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old Alen Prole (198-F/C-83) of Koper. Prole had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Koper lost that game 68-74 to slightly lower-ranked Litija (#12, 4-11). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Koper keeps 10th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-9 record. Prole is well-known at Koper and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.9ppg (#7). He also registered 8.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Davorin Skornik (211-C-81) of Radenska (#5). Skornik scored 19 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Skornik's great performance Radenska lost 76-88 to slightly higher-ranked Triglav Strazisce (#4, 9-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Radenska 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 6 lost games. Skornik has a great season in Slovenia. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.6rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jaka Zagorc (190-G-90) of Splosna plovba - 27 points and 6 rebounds
5. Dalibor Cevriz (196-F-87) of Triglav Strazisce - 18 points and 11 rebounds
6. Jurij Ucman (185-G-86) of Lastovka - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Fuad Memcic (210-C/F-82) of Terme Olimia - 16 points and 11 rebounds
8. Klemen Panic (180-PG-91) of Litija - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Milan Klepo (211-C-80) of Lastovka - 15 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Uros Globovnik (198-F-87) of Terme Olimia - 13 points and 6 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)



Hrastnik lands Sven Malus - by Eurobasket News

GD Hrastnik Zasavlje (2SKL) tabbed 22-year old Slovenian forward Sven Malus (194-91). He played most recently at BC Vienna in Austrian A Bundesliga. In two games last season he averaged 4.0ppg and 1.0rpg.
The previous (10-11) season Malus played at Slovenske Konjice (3SKL). In two games that season he had 7.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5spg. He represented Slovenia at the European Championships U18 in Metz (France) four years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 1.0ppg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Hrastnik lands Sven Malus - by Eurobasket News

GD Hrastnik Zasavlje (2SKL) tabbed 22-year old Slovenian forward Sven Malus (194-91). He played most recently at BC Vienna in Austrian A Bundesliga. In two games last season he averaged 4.0ppg and 1.0rpg.
The previous (10-11) season Malus played at Slovenske Konjice (3SKL). In two games that season he had 7.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5spg. He represented Slovenia at the European Championships U18 in Metz (France) four years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 1.0ppg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  SPAIN   

Stats Leaders-LEB Silver

Points Per Game
 Will HANLEY
  Oviedo CB
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 18
 1. Hanley, Oviedo CB18.0 
 2. Luettgerodt, Avila17.9 
 3. Llorente, Guadalaj.15.5 
 4. Balmon, Guadalaj.14.8 
 5. Cruz, La Palma13.7 
 6. Matemalas, Palma13.5 
 7. Hidalgo, Castello13.4 
 8. Pantin, Lan M.13.2 
 9. Ortega, Castello13.2 
 10. Martinez, Cafes A.13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Will HANLEY
  Oviedo CB
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Hanley, Oviedo CB11.2 
 2. Diagne, Avila9.3 
 3. Pantin, Lan M.9.2 
 4. Balmon, Guadalaj.8.9 
 5. Dominguez, La Pa.8.4 
 6. Ortega, Castello7.9 
 7. Ausina, Castello7.9 
 8. Aramburu, Cafes A.7.7 
 9. Fall, Clinicas Rin.7.5 
 10. Joseph, Palma7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Francisco CARDENAS
  Oviedo CB
  (177-PG-90)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Cardenas, Oviedo6.5 
 2. Llorente, Guadalaj.4.8 
 3. Ibargutxi, Lan M.4.6 
 4. Vives, Prat J.3.9 
 5. Alvarado, Aurtenec.3.3 
 6. San Emeterio, Pal.3.3 
 7. Santamaria, Cafes3.3 
 8. Vilanova, Prat J.3.2 
 9. Herrero, Avila2.9 
 10. Santana, La Palma2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Alberto DIAZ
  Clinicas Rincon
  (190-PG-94)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Diaz, Clinicas Rin.2.1 
 2. Rueda, Castello2.1 
 3. Balmon, Guadalaj.2.0 
 4. Arcelus, Aurtenec.2.0 
 5. Santana, La Palma1.9 
 6. Arruti, Aurtenec.1.8 
 7. Ros, Prat Juventud1.8 
 8. Cardenas, Oviedo1.8 
 9. Vives, Prat J.1.8 
 10. Martinez, Cafes A.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Victor ARTEAGA
  Guadalaj.
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Arteaga, Guadalaj.2.2 
 2. Fall, Clinicas Rin.2.0 
 3. Marti, Prat J.1.9 
 4. Joseph, Palma1.7 
 5. Niang, La Palma1.6 
 6. Galick, Oviedo CB1.6 
 7. Aramburu, Cafes A.1.5 
 8. Diagne, Avila1.3 
 9. Hidalgo, Castello1.2 
 10. Pantin, Lan M.1.0 


EuroCup: Bilbao Basket snatch win in Valencia - by Eurobasket News

Valencia Basket - Bilbao Basket 60:61

Bilbao Basket celebrated the second straight win over Valencia in the EuroCup Top 16. This time the Basque team clinched the road win. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) notched 14 points to pace the winners.
Bilbao Basket snatched a narrow 20:18 lead after ten minutes of action. Valencia opened the second frame with eight points in a row to take a 26:20 lead. Valencia stayed in charge throughout the reminder of the first half to record a 37:29 halftime lead. Bilbao stayed within reach of their opponents in the third term. The visitors trailed by just five points heading into the fourth frame 45:50. Bilbao went on a 13:0 run midway through the fourth quarter to ensure a 58:52 lead. Valencia bounced back with eight consecutive points to make it 60:58 with 44 seconds remaining. But Kostas Vasiliadis drained a late three-pointer to seal the victory for the Basque team. Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: St.John's) delivered 12 points, while Adrien Moerman (203-F/C-88) chipped in 9 points in the win. Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82, agency: Beo Basket), Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier) and Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) had 14 points each for the hosts.

Valencia Basket: Serhiy Lishchuk 14, Justin Doellman 14, Rafael Martinez 14
Bilbao Basket: Kostas Vasiliadis 14, Lamont Hamilton 12, Adrien Moerman 9



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Standings - BasketEttan

Basketettan Standings
North
 1. Akropol 13-3 
 2. Taby 12-2 
 3. Umea 11-5 
 4. LF Future 10-3 
 5. Blackeberg 9-5 
 6. Uppsala KFUM 8-8 
 7. Alvik Basket 6-8 
 8. Solna Branten 6-8 
 9. Orongo 6-10 
 10. Fryshuset 6-10 
 11. BG Lulea 2-13 
 12. Jarva Devils 1-15 
South
 1. Eos 13-2 
 2. Brahe Basket 10-4 
 3. Malbas 10-6 
 4. Boras II 9-5 
 5. Jarfalla 9-6 
 6. Haga Haninge 9-6 
 7. Talje 7-7 
 8. Eskilstuna 7-9 
 9. Hoganas 7-9 
 10. Hogsbo 5-9 
 11. Helsingborg 4-11 
 12. Sanda 0-16 

Regular Season: Round 16

North

Jan. 26: Taby - BG Lulea 81-77
Jan. 26: Orongo - Uppsala KFUM 80-83
Jan. 27: Umea - Akropol 79-81
Jan. 27: Jarva Devils - BG Lulea 72-81
Jan. 27: Solna Branten - Blackeberg 70-72
Jan. 26: Fryshuset - Alvik Basket 62-64

Round 15

Jan. 27: Boras II - Eos 81-73

South

Jan. 27: Talje - Malbas 71-66
Jan. 26: Helsingborg - Jarfalla 64-83
Jan. 26: Haga Haninge - Sanda 108-76

Regular Season: Round 17

North

Feb. 2: Fryshuset - Blackeberg
Feb. 2: Taby - LF Future
Feb. 2: Akropol - Orongo
Feb. 3: Uppsala KFUM - Taby
Feb. 3: Solna Branten - Alvik Basket
Feb. 3: Jarva Devils - LF Future

Round 20

Feb. 8: Alvik Basket - Blackeberg

Round 3

Feb. 9: Jarfalla - Haga Haninge

South

Feb. 2: Eskilstuna - Hogsbo
Feb. 2: Jarfalla - Eos
Feb. 3: Sanda - Helsingborg
Feb. 3: Brahe Basket - Talje


Stats Leaders - BasketEttan

Points Per Game
 Markus LENNGREN
  Hogsbo
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Lenngren, Hogsbo23.1 
 2. Alix, Jarfalla21.9 
 3. Dawit, Fryshuset21.6 
 4. Ronnqvist, LF Fu.21.1 
 5. Nagwere, Fryshuset20.1 
 6. Hartmann, Akropol19.4 
 7. Gafor, Malbas19.0 
 8. Cavalieri, Brahe B.18.7 
 9. Sundstrom, Talje18.6 
 10. Andersson, Taby18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jesper ELIASSON
  Solna B.
  (204-F-94)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Eliasson, Solna B.11.2 
 2. Ukhagbe, Brahe B.10.4 
 3. Lenngren, Hogsbo10.1 
 4. Hult, Eos9.6 
 5. Saleman, Umea9.5 
 6. Alix, Jarfalla9.5 
 7. Nagwere, Fryshuset9.3 
 8. Halling, Jarfalla9.1 
 9. Sellin, Helsingborg9.1 
 10. Hartmann, Akropol9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Christian KOUTRAS
  Akropol
  (189-G-88)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Koutras, Akropol9.7 
 2. Blazevic, Talje5.6 
 3. Lundin, Taby5.5 
 4. Nystrom, Eos5.4 
 5. Bankhead, Malbas5.1 
 6. Pierre, Umea5.1 
 7. Kebedom, Brahe B.4.6 
 8. Panghulan, Black.4.3 
 9. Gjorup, Eos4.3 
 10. Nagwere, Fryshus.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Nathan DAWIT
  Fryshuset
  (189-SG-94)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Dawit, Fryshuset3.2 
 2. Urban, Eskilstuna2.9 
 3. Alix, Jarfalla2.8 
 4. Maraker, Boras II2.8 
 5. Bankhead, Malbas2.7 
 6. Hansson, Alvik B.2.6 
 7. Nystrom, Eos2.6 
 8. Baltrokonis, Hogan.2.6 
 9.