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  ABA   



Express run over the Wizards of NY, continue winning streak - by Gianni Pascucci

The Jersey Express refused to let the Wizards perform any magic on them in their house, running over there NY rival 105-77. The Express move to 6-1, and are making its move in the overall ABA league power rankings.
The Wizards came to town, with a high-flying reputation, and an eye on an upset. Fortunately, the Express wanted no part of it, and drive the point home. The first quarter was as close as the game would be; with the Express holding a 22-21 lead. Almin Hodzic (6'10''-C-87, agency: FCM, college: Dominican, NY) finished the 1st with 6pts & 5 rebounds leading a balanced attack, with 6 Express players scoring in the qtr.
At the start of the 2nd, the Express were honed in, with the bench accounting for half of the scoring, and not missing a step. Jashon Mixon (6'5''-F, college: Monroe CC) finished the qtr with 6, and again 7 players scored in the qtr, as the ball was shared, leading to a 43-37 half-time lead.
The Express came out hitting on all cylinders in the 3rd, with Devon Young (6'3''-G/F-89, agency: BBEH Cokrlija, college: Felician) leading the way, with 6pts, again 7 players scored in the qtr, with the lead ballooning to 18pts. Young again was on fire in the 4th, adding 11, while knocking down 3, 3s. Suquan Gary (6'6''-F-88, college: Felician) added 6pts, and 5rbds. Mike Edghill (6'0''-G/F, college: Felician) added 8, and finished the game at the buzzer, with a monster left-handed slam, that sent the fans into frenzy! The Express scored 37pts in the qtr, which made-up the final score of 105-77.
Head Coach Ray Ortiz stated; I have to say that our bench picked up where our regulars lacked. Everyone is beginning to know their role on the team and it is becoming a pleasure to watch. Although we still need to get better at knowing our defensive assignments. We are starting to trust one another and have gained more and more chemistry each game. Its the main reason for the great basketball that we have been playing lately; stated Devon Young.
Devon Young and Jashon Mixon led the Express with 18pts apiece, while Almin Hodzic finished with his 3rd straight double-double, with 12pts, 16rbds and 3blks. Suquan Gary added 15pts and 9rbds, and Charles Smith (6'7''-F, college: Bloomfield) had 9pts and 10rbds.



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  ABI   


Anthony Toney stated that the league is on schedule to begin - by Eurobasket News

Americas Basketball International Commissioner Anthony Toney stated that the league is on schedule to begin its 30 game season schedule in February to April 2013. There will open the season with SAN MARCOS, UNIVERSIDAD TECNOLOGICA from El Salvador Basketball Federation this season opener and the other teams would be add from Central and South America. This season we have several leagues out of Central America partner with the ABI to put together a very exciting league.
Courtesy of: http://www.abibasket.com



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Ratko Varda to miss three months of action - by Eurobasket News

Ratko Varda (215-C/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) will stay away from basketball action for at least three month. Radnicki centre injured his Achilles tendon on Monday. He has already undergone surgery and is expected to miss around three months. The Bosnian player started the season in Iran. He played for Mahram Tehran. Ratko Varda notched 15.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game at the Asian Club Championship. Later he moved to Radnicki Kragujevac. The centre delivered 9.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per Adriatic League game appearance. Previously Ratko Varda played in Poland, Ukraine, Slovenia, Russia, Lithuania, Spain, Turkey, Greece and NBA. Varda was named All-Polish Bosman Player of the Year in 2011. He was also trumped All-Turkish League Centre of the Year back in 2005. Ratko Varda was the member of Bosnian National Team in 2009/11 seasons.


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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


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.18.8 
 2. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.9 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras17.8 
 4. Lewis, La Union17.1 
 5. Jackson, GECR I.17.0 
 6. DeGroat, Boca Jrs16.0 
 7. Lytch, Argentino15.0 
 8. Quinteros, Regat.14.7 
 9. Pau, Olimpico LB14.5 
 10. Ayarza, 9 de Julio14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.11.4 
 2. Clancy, Olimpico.11.1 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.8 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.8.1 
 5. Seawright, GECR I.7.6 
 6. Sanchez, Libertad.7.5 
 7. Battle, Lanus7.4 
 8. Williams, Quimsa7.3 
 9. Fierro, Atenas7.3 
 10. Lewis, La Union7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Campazzo, Penarol7.0 
 2. Martinez, Regat.4.9 
 3. Labaque, Atenas4.1 
 4. De los Santo., Arg.4.0 
 5. Cajal, Union Progr.3.8 
 6. Laprovittola, Lanus3.8 
 7. Treise, Libertad S.3.7 
 8. Aguirre, Quimsa3.7 
 9. Osimani, Obras3.7 
 10. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 2. Pau, Olimpico LB2.1 
 3. Lescano, Atenas1.9 
 4. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.7 
 5. Washam, Regatas C.1.7 
 6. Espinoza, Obras1.6 
 7. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.5 
 8. Ramirez, Olimpico.1.5 
 9. Lewis, La Union1.5 
 10. Aguirre, Quimsa1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.2.1 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.3 
 3. Humphrey, Obras1.2 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 5. Torres, Wuber-Es.1.0 
 6. Santiago, Boca Jrs0.9 
 7. Meyinsse, Regat.0.9 
 8. Mata, Penarol0.9 
 9. Kammerichs, Regat.0.8 
 10. Meyinsse, Sionista0.8 


TNA Round 11 - by Facundo Iatzky

San MArtin Corrientes remain unbeaten after another victory on the road, in this case against La union Colon. The second one on the north zone, Estudiantes concordia keep winning too. they beat Union Sunchales easily.
In the south zone, Sport CLub blasted San Lorenzo to keep in the first position, while Quilmes lost on the road and ciclista got a great victory in Concepcion del Uruguay.
Best player of the round: Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87, college: Findlay, OH) of Estudiantes concordia 25 pts 15 reb
Other remarkable performances:
Scott Cutley (196-F-85, college: CS Fullerton) of Alianza Viedma 31 pts 6 reb
Ricardo Centeno (204-C-79) of Alvear 20 pts 11 reb
Gordon James (198-F-79, college: Bridgeport) of san martin corrientes 18 pts 19 reb
Daniel Farabello (194-G-73) of sport club 16 pts 8 as




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  AUSTRALIA   


Ranking the Top Ten Players Over 30 - by Hugh McAuliffe

Anyone who has reached the ripe age of 30 years will tell you, whilst you may remain an active participant in sport, most will certainly see a decline in the way the body recovers and bounces back from setbacks. With that in mind, continuing in the rigours of professional sport after three decades on the planet is a definite achievement -- one that involves the overcoming of those obstacles of the body.

There is often plenty of attention focused on the rising stars of basketball, but perhaps the aging stars are even more noteworthy. Across the pond in the NBA we have seen an increasing number of elite players continuing to dominate well into their thirties -- think Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Kidd. In our backyard, the NBL is no different, with a great array of stars still doing their thing in the years beyond where it is normally expected.

Its a tough list to compile, with more than twenty players over the age of thirty still contributing to NBL squads, but lets attempt to list the top ten, based on current season form.

1. Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.)
2. Seth Scott
3. Mika Vukona
4. Luke Schenscher
5. Ian Crosswhite
6. Oscar Forman
7. Peter Crawford
8. Glen Saville
9. Adam Ballinger
10. CJ Bruton



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  AUSTRIA   


Austrian Transfer Update - by Stefan Heinrich

In the past couple of days a lot of different things happened in the Austrian basketball. The basketball federation announced the new Head Coach for the Mission 2015 and also a couple of teams announced new players.

On Thuesday the Austrian basketball federation announced that Werner Sallomon will be the new Head Coach of the National Team for the Mission 2015. The goal is to reach the European Championship 2015 in the Ukraine. Sallomon was the most successful coach in Austria over the past season and in the past time he was coaching different Youth National Teams of Austria. Also he was responsible for the biggest success in AustrianYouth basketball as his U20 Nation Team qualified for the Division A European Championship.

Just 3 days after their first cup title the Klosterneuburg Dukes announced that they signed signed Jozo Rados (203-C-93) to a 3 year contract. Rados is currently recovering from a hip injury and it is expected that he will be able to return to team practice in March. Rados played for the Gmunden Swans until his hip injury occured and he was a member of the U20 National Team in 2011.

UBSC Graz reacted to their probelms under the basket and they sigend the 29 year old Charles Bronson (206-C-83, college: Pikeville) until the end of the season. Bronson was recommned by Eric Gilchrese and he has pro experience playing Spain, Canada, Tunisia, Kosovo and Marocco. Bronson is expected to help them on the boards and also with some low post scoring.



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  BELGIUM   


Ethias League Injury Report and News - by Peter Buyse

Two of the teams hardest hit with injuries lately are Leuven and Aalstar. After losing Tracey Smith earlier this month to a broken bone in his left foot which will sideline him for some 8 weeks they now also lost their Belgian guard Niels Marnegrave (191-PG-87). He could be sideline for 4 weeks due to a broken right hand.

Aalstar yesterday in the EuroChallenge game had to do without Jason Clark (188-G-90, college: Georgetown), Derek Raivio (190-G-84, college: Gonzaga) (torn muscle), Noah Hartsock (203-F-87, college: BYU) (blood clot) and Larry Anderson (195-G-89, college: Long Beach St.) with a meniscus injury.

Oostende also has another injured player. Newly signed Thomas De Thaey (203-F-91, college: N.Carolina St.) came down on a teammates foot during practise. He was taken to the hospital where his foot was put in a cast.
In other news from Oostende they resigned Jean Salumu (193-F-90) for another 2 years.

And lastly Antwerp Giants have announced that Maxime De Zeeuw (205-PF-87) suffered a stress fracture in his left foot and could be out for 6 weeks.



Ethias League Injury Report and News - by Peter Buyse

Two of the teams hardest hit with injuries lately are Leuven and Aalstar. After losing Tracey Smith earlier this month to a broken bone in his left foot which will sideline him for some 8 weeks they now also lost their Belgian guard Niels Maernegraeve. He could be sideline for 4 weeks due to a broken right hand.

Aalstar yesterday in the EuroChallenge game had to do without Jason Clark, Derek Raivio (torn muscle), Noah Hartsock (blood clot) and Larry Anderson with a meniscus injury.

Oostende also has another injured player. Newly signed Thomas De Thaey came down on a teammates foot during practise. He was taken to the hospital where his foot was put in a cast.
In other news from Oostende they resigned Jean Salumu for another 2 years.

And lastly Antwerp Giants have announced that Maxime De Zeeuw suffered a stress fracture in his left foot and could be out for 6 weeks.



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  CHINA   

Standings - CBA

CBA Standings
 1. Guangdong ST 24-3 
 2. Shandong FB 20-7 
 3. Beijing Ducks 18-9 
 4. Liaoning H. 16-11 
 5. Xinjiang FT 16-11 
 6. DongGuan L. 15-12 
 7. Shanxi Zh. 15-13 
 8. Zhejiang CB 14-13 
 9. Guangsha L. 14-14 
 10. Bayi R. 13-15 
 11. Foshan LL 11-16 
 12. Jiangsu D. 11-16 
 13. TianJin S. 10-17 
 14. Jilin NE T. 10-18 
 15. Fujian QB 9-18 
 16. Qingdao E. 8-19 
 17. Shanghai S. 8-20 

Regular Season: Round 29

Jan. 29: Jiangsu D. - TianJin S. 89-80
Jan. 30: DongGuan L. - Liaoning H. 83-98
Jan. 29: Guangdong ST - Jilin NE T. 141-99
Jan. 29: Qingdao E. - Shanxi Zh. 135-130
Jan. 30: Foshan LL - Bayi R. 114-118
Jan. 30: Fujian QB - Shanghai S. 114-108
Jan. 30: Shandong FB - Guangsha L. 110-90
Jan. 30: Zhejiang CB - Beijing Ducks 109-104

Regular Season: Round 30

Feb. 1: Jilin NE T. - Fujian QB
Feb. 1: Zhejiang CB - TianJin S.
Feb. 1: Beijing Ducks - DongGuan L.
Feb. 1: Xinjiang FT - Shanxi Zh.
Feb. 1: Guangdong ST - Liaoning H.
Feb. 1: Foshan LL - Shanghai S.
Feb. 1: Shandong FB - Jiangsu D.
Feb. 1: Qingdao E. - Guangsha L.


Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Foshan LL
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 32.9
 1. Randolph, Foshan32.9 
 2. Douby, Zhejiang CB32.5 
 3. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.9 
 4. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.30.9 
 5. Akognon, Liaoning.30.7 
 6. Daniels, Qingdao E.29.6 
 7. Spencer, Jilin N.29.1 
 8. Haislip, DongGuan.28.9 
 9. Marbury, Beijing28.6 
 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.13.2 
 5. Harris, Jiangsu D.12.7 
 6. Abbas, Shandong FB12.4 
 7. Wang, Fujian QB12.4 
 8. Daniels, Qingdao E.11.8 
 9. Siler, Jiangsu D.11.6 
 10. Ramos, Guangsha11.5 
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 FB5.7 
 4. Marbury, Beijing5.3 
 5. Williams, Shanxi Z.5.2 
 6. Forbes, Guangsha5.1 
 7. McGrady, Qingd.4.9 
 8. Qahwash, Jiang.4.7 
 9. Liu, Shanghai S.4.6 
 10. Douby, Zhejiang4.5 
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. Han, Bayi R.2.2 
 5. Jeter, Shandong FB2.2 
 6. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.1 
 7. Abbas, Shandong FB2.0 
 8. Marbury, Beijing2.0 
 9. Meng, Jiangsu D.1.9 
 10. Akognon, Liaoning.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.2.7 
 3. Siler, Jiangsu D.2.1 
 4. Daniels, Qingdao E.1.9 
 5. Yi, Guangdong ST1.9 
 6. Yan, Shanxi Zh.1.6 
 7. Haislip, DongGuan.1.6 
 8. Han, Liaoning H.1.5 
 9. Morris, Beijing Du.1.5 
 10. Wang, Bayi R.1.5 


CBA Round 29 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

Round 29 most important game was a victory of Liaoning Hunters over 6th ranked DongGuan Leopards 98-83 on Wednesday night. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of DongGuan Leopards. The game was mostly controlled by Liaoning Hunters. DongGuan Leopards managed to win fourth quarter 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded DongGuan Leopards 61-41 including a 38-27 advantage in defensive rebounds. American power forward Solomon Jones (208-84, college: S.Florida, agency: Priority Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 17 rebounds. Nigerian-American point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) contributed with 28 points for the winners. The former international center Kai Zhang (212-82) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for DongGuan Leopards. DongGuan Leopards' coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Liaoning Hunters have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Xinjiang FT. DongGuan Leopards at the other side keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Liaoning Hunters is looking forward to face league's leader Guandong Tigers in Dongguan in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. DongGuan Leopards will play on the road against Beijing Ducks (#3) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Beijing Ducks (18-9) against ninth ranked Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (14-13) on Wednesday night. Visiting Beijing Ducks were defeated by Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank in a tough game in Hangzhou 104-109. American players dominated the game. Power forward Eddy Curry (211-82) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds for the winners and Quincy Douby chipped in 33 points (!!!). Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank's coach XueZeng Yang allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Stephon Marbury (188-77, college: Georgia Tech) responded with 34 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank moved-up to eighth place. Beijing Ducks at the other side keep the third position with nine games lost. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank will play against TianJin Steel (#13) in Tianjin in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Beijing Ducks will play at home against DongGuan Leopards (#6) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Qingdao Eagles managed to get a eighth victory, breaking the series of two consecutive loses on Tuesday night. This time they won against seventh-ranked Shanxi Zhongyu 135-130. American players dominated also this game. Chris Daniels nailed a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!), 21 rebounds and 7 blocks (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) for the winning side. Charles Gaines came up with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 19 rebounds for Shanxi Zhongyu in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Qingdao Eagles (8-19) moved-up to sixteenth place. Loser Shanxi Zhongyu keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost. Qingdao Eagles will meet at home higher ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#9) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Shanxi Zhongyu will play against Xinjiang Flying Tige in Urumqi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
CBA top team - Guandong Tigers (24-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked Jilin Tigers (10-18) in Dongguan 141-99. The best player for the winners was Jianlian Yi who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Guandong Tigers' coach ChunJiang Li felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guandong Tigers have an impressive series of fourteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 24-3 record. Jilin Tigers at the other side keep the fourteenth position with 18 games lost. Guandong Tigers' next round opponent will be Liaoning Hunters (#4) in Yingkou. Jilin Tigers will play at home against Fujian (#15) in Jinjiang and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 29: bottom-ranked Shanghai S. were beaten by Fujian QB on the road 114-108. Shandong FB destroyed Guangsha L. on its own court 110-90. Bayi R. managed to outperform Foshan LL in Ningbo 118-114. Jiangsu D. managed to beat TianJin S. at home 89-80.
The most impressive performance of 29th round was 55 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds by Shavlik Randolph of Foshan LL.


Fujian QB - Shanghai S. 114-108

No shocking result in a game when fifteenth ranked Fujian (9-18) beat bottom-ranked Shanghai Sharks (8-20) in Jinjiang 114-108. The hosts were already 16 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 39-29 Shanghai Sharks' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 114-108 at the end of the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Shanghai Sharks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American center Will McDonald (211-79, college: S.Florida) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. International Zhelin Wang (215-94) chipped in a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Gilbert Arenas (192-82, college: Arizona) produced 45 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and the former international center ZhaoXu Zhang (221-87, college: California) added 13 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks respectively for the guests. Five Fujian and four Shanghai Sharks players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Fujian maintains fifteenth place with 9-18 record. Shanghai Sharks lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 20 games lost. Fujian's next round opponent will be higher ranked Jilin Tigers (#14) in Changchun and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Shanghai Sharks will play on the road against Foshan.
Top scorers:
Fujian QB: M.Will 28+11reb+3ast, W.Zhelin 23+11reb+1ast, Z.TaiLong 20+5reb+3ast, G.Sundiata 18+6reb+3ast, Z.QiXin 14+7reb+2ast, X.Yacai 9+1reb+4ast
Shanghai S.: A.Gilbert 45+8reb+3ast, W.D.J. 16+5reb+2ast, L.Ziqui 14+4reb+1ast, Z.ZhaoXu 13+11reb+1ast, M.Lingyuan 6+1reb, T.Wen-Ting 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 228750


Shandong FB - Guangsha L. 110-90

Very expected game when 8th ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (14-14) were smashed by second ranked Shandong Bulls (20-7) in Jinan 110-90. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Shandong Bulls's pressure prevailed and they won that period 35-16 extending their advantage to 20 points. Shandong Bulls outrebounded Zhejiang Guangsha Lions 45-24 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas (203-83) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). American point guard Pooh Jeter (180-83, college: Portland) chipped in 25 points and 8 assists. Four Shandong Bulls players scored in double figures. Panamanian-American swingman Gary Forbes (201-85, college: Virginia) produced 28 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' coach tested twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Shandong Bulls have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They maintain second place with 20-7 record having four points less than leader Guangdong ST. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 14 games lost. Shandong Bulls' next round opponent will be Jiangsu Dragons (#12) in Nanjing and are hoping to win another game. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will play on the road against Qingdao Eagles.
Top scorers:
Shandong FB: A.Zaid 25+13reb+3ast, J.Pooh 25+4reb+8ast, L.JingYu 19+4reb+3ast, S.Ran 18+4reb+2ast, V.Jackson 8+6reb+4ast, Y.Ding 4+2reb
Guangsha L.: F.Gary 28+6reb+6ast, R.Peter John 15+6reb+1ast, Z.Dapeng 10, W.Zheng 10+3reb, L.Chih-Chieh 8+5ast, S.HoMan 7
gschID: 228749


DongGuan L. - Liaoning H. 83-98

Round 29 most important game was a victory of Liaoning Hunters over 6th ranked DongGuan Leopards 98-83 on Wednesday night. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of DongGuan Leopards. The game was mostly controlled by Liaoning Hunters. DongGuan Leopards managed to win fourth quarter 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded DongGuan Leopards 61-41 including a 38-27 advantage in defensive rebounds. American power forward Solomon Jones (208-84, college: S.Florida, agency: Priority Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 17 rebounds. Nigerian-American point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) contributed with 28 points for the winners. The former international center Kai Zhang (212-82) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and power forward TongLin Sun (208-92) added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for DongGuan Leopards. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. DongGuan Leopards' coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Liaoning Hunters have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Xinjiang FT. DongGuan Leopards at the other side keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Liaoning Hunters is looking forward to face league's leader Guandong Tigers in Dongguan in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. DongGuan Leopards will play on the road against Beijing Ducks (#3) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Liaoning H.: A.Josh-Emmanuel 28+4reb+3ast, L.Wei 23+2reb+1ast, J.Solomon 17+17reb+3ast, G.Ailun 12+7reb+3ast, M.Lim 8+9reb, L.XiaoXu 6+19reb
DongGuan L.: Z.Kai 18+10reb, A.Blake 14+2reb+1ast, L.Muhao 13+6reb, S.TongLin 13+10reb, H.Marcus 8+1reb+1ast, H.ZhongMian 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 228747


Zhejiang CB - Beijing Ducks 109-104

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Beijing Ducks (18-9) against ninth ranked Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (14-13) on Wednesday night. Visiting Beijing Ducks were defeated by Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank in a tough game in Hangzhou 104-109. Beijing Ducks were ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 67-58 second half run of Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank. Beijing Ducks were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Power forward Eddy Curry (211-82) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds for the winners and guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) chipped in 33 points (!!!). Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank's coach XueZeng Yang allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Stephon Marbury (188-77, college: Georgia Tech) responded with 34 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 6 assists and power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) scored 23 points and 8 rebounds. Four Beijing Ducks players scored in double figures. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank moved-up to eighth place. Beijing Ducks at the other side keep the third position with nine games lost. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank will play against TianJin Steel (#13) in Tianjin in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Beijing Ducks will play at home against DongGuan Leopards (#6) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang CB: C.Eddy 38+17reb+3ast, D.Quincy 33+2reb+3ast, J.Peng 9+5reb+1ast, G.SongLin 8+5reb+1ast, D.JinHui 8+3reb, W.Qian 5+4reb
Beijing Ducks: M.Stephon 34+8reb+6ast, M.Randolph 23+8reb, G.Li 15+2reb+3ast, J.Zhe 14+15reb, Z.YanXi 8+5reb+1ast, W.Xiaohui 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 228746


Foshan LL - Bayi R. 114-118

The game between closely ranked teams ended with tenth ranked Bayi Rockets' (13-15) road victory over 11th ranked Foshan (11-16) 118-114. Bayi Rockets shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 51.7 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Shuo Han (196-86) who scored 33 points (!!!) and 4 assists. The former international center ZhiZhi Wang (215-77) chipped in 30 points and 6 rebounds. Five Bayi Rockets players scored in double figures. Bayi Rockets' coach Chang Bin Adijan used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) produced a double-double by scoring 55 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds and forward Junwei Ren (203-90) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Bayi Rockets maintains tenth place with 13-15 record. Foshan at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Bayi Rockets will have a break next round. Foshan will play at home against Shanghai Sharks (#17).
Top scorers:
Bayi R.: H.Shuo 33+3reb+4ast, W.ZhiZhi 30+6reb+3ast, W.Lei 18+6reb+4ast, X.ZhongHao 12+4reb+2ast, H.Ke 10+5reb+3ast, D.Lehei 6+5reb+2ast
Foshan LL: R.Shavlik 55+15reb+2ast, R.Junwei 17+5reb+2ast, Z.LingXu 15+4reb+3ast, P.Doron 9+6reb+4ast, S.KangMing 7+6reb+2ast, Z.Zhun 6+1reb
gschID: 228748


Jiangsu D. - TianJin S. 89-80

Everything could happen in Nanjing at the game between two tied teams. Both thirteenth ranked Jiangsu Dragons and 12th ranked TianJin Steel had identical 10-16 record. This time Jiangsu Dragons used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Tianjin 89-80. TianJin Steel was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 57-41 second half run of Jiangsu Dragons. They made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American center Garret Siler (213-86, college: Augusta St.) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 21 rebounds. The former international point guard XueFeng Hu (185-80) chipped in 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. American power forward Donnell Harvey (203-80, college: Florida) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists and Senegalese center Hamady N'Diaye (213-87, college: Rutgers) added 12 points and 13 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Jiangsu Dragons and five TianJin Steel players scored in double figures. Jiangsu Dragons (11-16) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Foshan LL. TianJin Steel lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Jiangsu Dragons' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Shandong Bulls in Jinan and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. TianJin Steel will play on the road against Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (#8) in Hangzhou.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu D.: S.Garret 28+21reb, H.Mike 19+7reb, H.XueFeng 15+8reb+5ast, Y.Li 15+5reb+1ast, M.Da 5+8reb+3ast, L.Yahui 3+1reb
TianJin S.: H.Donnell 19+16reb+4ast, Z.Nan 12+2reb+3ast, D.Osama 12+4reb+7ast, M.XiangLong 12+3reb, N.Hamady 12+13reb, Z.Ji 8+1reb
gschID: 228743


Qingdao E. - Shanxi Zh. 135-130

Bottom-ranked Qingdao Eagles managed to get a eighth victory, breaking the series of two consecutive loses on Tuesday night. This time they won against seventh-ranked Shanxi Zhongyu 135-130. The game without a history. Qingdao Eagles led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 32-of-36 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Qingdao Eagles had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Qingdao Eagles made 8 blocks. American players dominated also this game. Center Chris Daniels (211-84, college: Limoges) nailed a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!), 21 rebounds and 7 blocks (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) for the winning side and swingman Tracy McGrady (203-79) accounted for 27 points and 8 assists. Forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) came up with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 19 rebounds and guard Jermaine Taylor (193-86, college: Cent.Florida) added 28 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for Shanxi Zhongyu in the defeat. Five Qingdao Eagles and four Shanxi Zhongyu players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Qingdao Eagles (8-19) moved-up to sixteenth place. Loser Shanxi Zhongyu keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost. Qingdao Eagles will meet at home higher ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#9) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Shanxi Zhongyu will play against Xinjiang Flying Tige in Urumqi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Qingdao E.: D.Chris 40+21reb+2ast, M.Tracy 27+4reb+8ast, Z.YongGang 23+3reb+1ast, L.Tao 19+4reb+2ast, Y.GengLin 19+5reb+2ast, X.YuYang 3+1reb
Shanxi Zh.: G.Charles 32+19reb+2ast, T.Jermaine 28+5reb+7ast, B.ZhaoBao 27+6reb, D.JiangPeng 21+2reb+4ast, Y.PengFei 10+1reb, Z.XueWen 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 228745


Guangdong ST - Jilin NE T. 141-99

CBA top team - Guandong Tigers (24-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked Jilin Tigers (10-18) in Dongguan 141-99. The game without a history. Guandong Tigers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 100 of its points in the paint compared to Jilin Tigers' 62. They outrebounded Jilin Tigers 54-23 including a 42-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guandong Tigers players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Jilin Tigers' players. The best player for the winners was international Jianlian Yi (212-87) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). American swingman Terrence Williams (198-87, college: Louisville) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists. Guandong Tigers' coach ChunJiang Li felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Dewarick Spencer (193-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) produced 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and forward Wei Liu (205-85) added 22 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Guandong Tigers have an impressive series of fourteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 24-3 record. Jilin Tigers at the other side keep the fourteenth position with 18 games lost. Guandong Tigers' next round opponent will be Liaoning Hunters (#4) in Yingkou. Jilin Tigers will play at home against Fujian (#15) in Jinjiang and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guangdong ST: Y.Jianlian 23+5reb+1ast, W.Terrence 20+3reb+4ast, Z.Peng 18+6reb+2ast, S.Wei 18+9reb, D.Ike 14+6reb+1ast, C.Jianghua 12+2reb+3ast
Jilin NE T.: S.Dewarick 35+6reb+2ast, L.Wei 22+7reb+3ast, L.Xudong 12+2reb+2ast, L.Yao 11+3reb+1ast, Z.Biao 8, Z.Cheng 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 228744



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Standings - Division A

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

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 30: Omonia - Etha 80-84
Jan. 29: ENAD - AEK 77-85 OT
Jan. 29: Apollon - Apoel 68-70
Jan. 30: AEL - Keravnos 46-70

Regular Season: Round 17

Feb. 1: Keravnos - Etha
Feb. 1: AEK - Apollon
Feb. 1: Apoel - ENAD
Feb. 1: AEL - Omonia


Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Jeremy ALLEN
  Omonia
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Allen, Omonia19.4 
 2. Brown, Apollon18.6 
 3. Outerbridge, AEL16.2 
 4. Pesic, AEL16.2 
 5. Fisher, AEK16.2 
 6. Aleksic, AEL15.9 
 7. Crocker, Keravnos15.0 
 8. Diggs, Omonia14.6 
 9. Williams, Etha13.8 
 10. Maze, Keravnos13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Orion OUTERBRIDGE
  AEL
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 9
 1. Outerbridge, AEL9.0 
 2. Pesic, AEL8.6 
 3. Aleksic, AEL7.2 
 4. Brown, Apollon7.2 
 5. Diggs, Omonia6.9 
 6. Vaughn, Keravnos6.7 
 7. Bolden, ENAD6.5 
 8. Fisher, AEK6.4 
 9. Jefferson, Apollon6.1 
 10. Kaskiris, ENAD5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Bobby MAZE
  Keravnos
  (191-PG-86)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Maze, Keravnos5.2 
 2. Diggs, Omonia5.1 
 3. Aleksic, AEL4.3 
 4. Dorsey, Apollon4.0 
 5. Demertzis, Kerav.3.8 
 6. Palalas, AEL3.8 
 7. Stiggers, Apoel3.5 
 8. Panteli, AEK3.1 
 9. Adegboye, Etha2.9 
 10. Guillandeaux, AEL2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Georgios PALALAS
  AEL
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Palalas, AEL2.5 
 2. Hamilton, ENAD2.3 
 3. Stiggers, Apoel2.2 
 4. Diggs, Omonia2.0 
 5. Dorsey, Apollon1.8 
 6. Kremen, Apoel1.8 
 7. Poole, Etha1.7 
 8. Brown, Apollon1.7 
 9. Panteli, AEK1.7 
 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. Harrison, AEK1.5 
 4. Baker, Omonia1.4 
 5. Vaughn, Keravnos1.4 
 6. Brown, Apollon1.1 
 7. Morrison, Apoel0.9 
 8. Chan, Apoel0.8 
 9. Sims, ENAD0.5 
 10. Pesic, AEL0.5 


Koopspor adds Moss to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Koopspor (North League) added to their roster 25-year old American guard Ronnie Moss (187-88, college: Texas Wesleyan). The last season Moss played at Texas Wesleyan University in Red River Athletic Conference in the NAIA. In two games last year he recorded very impressive stats: 17.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.5apg and 2.5spg.
Last year he was drafted by Erie BayHawks (D-League) in fifth round (76th overall).
Moss attended Texas Wesleyan University until 2012 and it is his first season in pro basketball. He was voted to All-MWC 2nd Team in 2010.
On Moss: Ronnie Moss a versatile Point Guard that can score basically from anywhere he wants. Ronnie sees the floor very well, and can also pass the ball very efficiently. Ronnie is a great defender, and offensively can get to the rim and collect rebounds. Has a good jumper and keeps defenses unsure of what he might do. Has a quick first step, left handed and strong. Averaged double digits since his freshman year. Also known for outscoring Jimmer Fredette in the game against BYU, and had a couple high scoring games against some big schools.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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EuroCup: VEF Riga coast past Nymburk - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga - Nymburk 81:59

VEF Riga clinched the third victory in EuroCup Last 16. They stormed past Nymburk in the Latvian capital improving at 3-1 record on top of Group J. Nymburk in the meantime slipped at 1-3. Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) stepped up with 17 points and 9 rebounds to pace the hosts.
VEF Riga opened the game with 9 points in a row. Nymburk bounced back pretty quickly levelling things up at 13 but VEF Riga regained the lead. They finished the first period up by six points 24:18. VEF opened the second period on a 6:2 run to open a double-digit lead. They recorded a 44:31 halftime advantage. The hosts knocked down five consecutive points at the start of the second half to boost the gap at 18-point mark. VEF Riga recorded a 65:48 advantage at the final intermission. They held Nymburk at 11 points in the fourth frame and rallied to the victory at the end. Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) delivered 15 points, while Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) added 14 points for the winners. Pavel Houska (203-F/C-84) answered with 14 points for Nymburk. Vojtech Hruban (202-G/F-89) had 11 points and 6 assists in defeat.

VEF Riga: Antanas Kavaliauskas 17, Earl Rowland 15, Kristaps Janicenoks 14
Nymburk: Pavel Houska 14, Vojtech Hruban 11



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 36

Jan. 30: Canton C. - Erie Bay H. 95-103
Jan. 30: Los Angeles D. - Bakersfield J. 107-99
Jan. 30: Springfield A. - Tulsa 66ers 100-107
Jan. 31: Ft.Wayne MA - Maine RC


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jeremy LAMB
  Tulsa 66ers
  (195-G/F-92)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Lamb, Tulsa 66ers21.1 
 2. Johnson-Odom, Los21.0 
 3. Mack, Maine RC20.5 
 4. Goudelock, Sioux F.20.3 
 5. Joseph, Austin T.19.9 
 6. Almond, Iowa E.19.5 
 7. Summers, Maine RC19.5 
 8. Fortson, Los A.19.1 
 9. Kennedy, Erie B.18.8 
 10. Downs, Maine RC18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 James MAYS
  Springfield A.
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Mays, Springfield10.8 
 2. Onuaku, Canton C.10.5 
 3. Butch, Bakersfi.10.4 
 4. Jackson, Austin T.10.2 
 5. Harris, Iowa E.9.6 
 6. Evans, Idaho S.9.4 
 7. Wilkerson, Austin9.1 
 8. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.8.9 
 9. Kennedy, Erie B.8.8 
 10. Summers, Maine RC8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Shelvin MACK
  Maine RC
  (190-G-90)
  Avg: 8
 1. Mack, Maine RC8.0 
 2. Wright, Iowa E.7.4 
 3. Singletary, Texas6.6 
 4. Fortson, Los A.6.5 
 5. Karl, Idaho S.5.8 
 6. Uzoh, Springfield5.6 
 7. Kennedy, Erie B.5.3 
 8. Johnson-Odom, Los5.2 
 9. McNeal, Bakersfi.4.8 
 10. Joseph, Austin T.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jamario MOON
  Los A.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Moon, Los A.2.3 
 2. Downs, Maine RC2.1 
 3. Hannah, Santa C.2.0 
 4. McNeal, Bakersfi.2.0 
 5. Greene, Los A.2.0 
 6. Fortson, Los A.1.9 
 7. Wright, Maine RC1.9 
 8. Gutierrez, Canton1.9 
 9. Wright, Iowa E.1.8 
 10. Holiday, Idaho S.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Fabricio MELO
  Maine RC
  (212-C-90)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Melo, Maine RC3.6 
 2. Jordan, Reno B.2.9 
 3. Eyenga, Texas L.2.5 
 4. Gladness, Santa C.2.5 
 5. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 6. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.1 
 7. Moon, Los A.2.1 
 8. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 9. Foster, Sioux F.1.9 
 10. Flowers, Los A.1.9 


Energy obtain Jarrid Famous - by Eurobasket News

The Iowa Energy have obtained 611 F/C Jarrid Famous (6'10''-C/F-88, college: S.Florida) and a 2013 1st Round Draft Pick from the Los Angeles D-Fenders in a trade completed this afternoon. In exchange for Famous and the draft pick, the Energy sent G/F Morris Almond (6'6''-F/G-85, college: Rice) and the rights to G Mike Taylor to Los Angeles. Famous, who was originally drafted by the Energy in the 2011 D-League Draft, has averaged 9.8 points and 6.9 rebounds per game in 21 games with the D-Fenders this season. We are extremely excited to have Jarrid back in an Energy uniform. He brings size and physicality to our team that we need right now. He will be a difference-maker from day one with us, said Energy General Manager Chris Makris. Any time you can add a future 1st round pick to the asset list, that is something that will pay dividends either via a trade later this season, or in the draft next year. Famous is expected to join the Energy today and be available on Friday, Feb. 1 when the team hosts the Springfield Armor in Iowa.
Courtesy of: desmoinesregister.com



Nuggets Assign Julyan Stone To D-League - by Eurobasket News

The Nuggets have assigned Julyan Stone (6'6''-G/F-88, college: UTEP) to their D-League affiliate, the team announced today in a press release. Stone, who missed more than two months of the season while recovering from right hip surgery, will join Quincy Miller-Scott (6'9''-F-92, college: Baylor), the other Nugget currently playing for the D-League's Iowa Energy.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



Garret Stutz Joins Maine Red Claws - by Surujh Roopnarine

Rookie center Stutz Garrett (7'0''-C-90, college: Wichita St.) has been acquired by the Maine Red Claws.
Stutz, 7-0, is in his first professional season after playing collegiately for four-years at Wichita State. In 2011-12 he averaged 13.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 blocks while shooting 54.2% from the field, 32nd nationally. He was a member of the Boston Celtics Summer league team which played in both Orlando and Las Vegas. Earlier this season he signed with Anyang KGC of the Korean KBL but his debut in the D-League will mark his first professional playing experience.



Rio Grande Valley Vipers Acquire Scott Machado - by Surujh Roopnarine

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers acquired former Houston Rockets point guard Scott Machado (6'1''-PG-90, college: Iona) on Tuesday. Macahdo, a rookie from Iona, made the Rockets roster as an undrafted free agent. He was assigned to the Vipers twice while he was with the Rockets. The Rockets waived him in January. Machado averaged 12.0 points and 7.1 assists in 11 games with the Vipers this season.
** Courtesy of The Monitor - Rio Grande Valley



Iowa Energy Add Two in Robert Hite and Augustus Gilchrist - by Surujh Roopnarine

The Iowa Energy (6-18) have added guard Robert Hite (6'2''-G-84, college: Miami, FL) and forward Augustus Gilchrist (6'10''-F/C-89, agency: SportsTalent) to their roster.
To make room, the club announced that they had waived guard Mustapha Farrakhan (6'4''-G-88, college: Virginia).
Robert Hite, 29, returns to the D-League for the first time since the 2006-07 season as a member of the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Last season he split the season between France with Cholet Basket and Italy where he finished with Biancoblu Conad Bologna.
The former University of Miami star has played professionally in 12 career NBA games, coincidentally the same season he was in the D-League.
With the Miami Heat that season he averaged 4.3 points and 1.3 rebounds while shooting 31.7% from the field.
Augustus Gilchrist is a 6-10 forward/center out of South Florida who will make his professional debut with the Energy.
As a senior last season he appeared in 33 games, averaging 9.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks while shooting 40.3% from the field and 28.0% from three.
Mustapha Farrakhan is a second-year guard out of the University of Virginia and had appeared in 18 games for Iowa, averaging 7.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists.



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

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

Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA. He could not help Montepaschi Siena (12-5) in their last game. Despite Kangur's very good performance Montepaschi Siena lost 84-94 on the road to the lower-ranked (#8) Enel Brindisi. He scored 15 points in 20 minutes on the court. This year Kangur averages: 8.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 2FGP: 55.9%(19-34), 3FGP: 47.5%(29-61) and FT: 77.8% in the 17 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Siim-Sander Vene
Siim-Sander Vene
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Siim-Sander Vene (203-90, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Baltic League), who plays in Lithuania. Vene was not able to help Rudupis (2-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Rudupis was defeated 80-68 in Tallinn by the leading Kalev/Cramo in the group F of Baltic League. Vene recorded 15 points. There are only four games left until the end of the Baltic League Top 16. So now every game will be critical. It's Vene's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 9.3ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.0apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 52.1%, 3FGP: 27.3% and FT: 47.8%. Vene is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Gregor Arbet
Gregor Arbet
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Gregor Arbet (195-83, currently plays in Greece), who plays in the Greek A1. He was not able to secure a victory for Kavala (3-11) in their last game. Despite Arbet's very good performance Kavala lost in an overtime 78-82 in Athens to the higher-ranked (#9) Ilysiakos. He was the top scorer with 18 points in 43 minutes. It was Kavala's third consecutive loss in a row. Arbet has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 33.3% in the two games. He is also a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Janar Talts
Janar Talts
   #4. Power forward Janar Talts (207-83, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Cimberio Varese to win in overtime against one of league's weakest teams Air Avellino (4-13) 83-82 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Talts scored 5 points and added 3 assists. Cimberio Varese (15-2) is placed first in the SerieA. Talts' overall stats this season are: 3.2ppg and 2.8rpg. He is also Estonian national team player.

Viljar Veski
Viljar Veski
   #5. Former international center Viljar Veski (215-86, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Palma's victory against the fifth-ranked Lan Mobel ISB (7-6) 75-71 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Sunday. Veski scored 6 points in only 6 minutes. Palma Air Europa (5-9) is placed ninth in the LEB Silver. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. This year Veski's overall stats are: 7.4ppg and 2.9rpg in the 14 games. He used to play for the Estonian national team three years ago.

Joonas Vaino
Joonas Vaino
   #6. Power forward Joonas Vaino (204-92, currently plays in Finland) couldn't help Namika Lahti (5-21) in their game against Tampereen Pyrinto (0-0) in the Finnish Korisliiga. Vaino scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The bottom-ranked Namika Lahti was crushed 96-61 at home by the much higher-ranked Tampereen Pyrinto. It was Namika Lahti's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Vaino's total stats this season are: 1.8ppg and 1.7rpg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Estonian National Team roster.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-PG-89) plays for Olimpi in Georgian Superleague
Reinar Hallik (208-C-84) plays for Craiova in Romanian Liga Nationala
Marko Meimer (200-F-96) plays for Caceres Basket in Spanish LEB Gold
Kent-Kaarel Vene (192-SG-94) plays for Zalgiris-Sabonio in Lithuanian NKL
Reimo Pahn (202-F-87) plays for Kerava Energia Team in Finnish 1st Division
Karl-Robin Jurjens (199-F-96) plays for Cajasol Castilleja in Spanish EBA
Madis Shumanov (207-C-88) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Maert Tralla (177-PG-87) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Sven Kaldre (197-G/F-91) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga

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



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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


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

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

Brandon Brown
Brandon Brown
   #1. Brandon Brown (201-F-85, college: CS San Bernar., currently plays in Cyprus), who plays in the Cypriot Division A could not help Apollon (8-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Apollon was edged 78-75 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams (#7) Omonia. Brown had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 4 assists in 37 minutes. Brown is ranked second on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Brown averages: 18.6ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1bpg and 1.7spg in the 14 games he played so far. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. In 2010 Brown went to the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Zurich.

P.J. Hill jr.
P.J. Hill jr.
   #2. P.J. Hill jr. (182-PG-87, college: Ohio St., currently plays in Latvia) was the major contributor in Jekabpils' victory against the league outsider U18 (1-11) crushing them 106-58 in the Latvian LBL last Monday. He scored 20 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Hill jr.'s third season in pro basketball. BK Jekabpils (13-8) is placed first in the LBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. It's Hill jr.'s first year with the team. Hill jr. is currently third on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (fourth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hill jr. averages: 16.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.9apg and 1.1spg. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Three years ago Hill jr. took part in the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Venice.

Akeem Scott
Akeem Scott
   #3. Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, college: High Point, currently plays in Mexico), who plays in the Mexican LNBP (second division) could not help one of league's weakest teams Pioneros (11-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Pioneros was edged 74-72 at home by the higher-ranked (#4) Toros. Scott had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 5 assists in 29 minutes. Scott has relatively good stats this year: 12.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.2apg and 1.4spg in the 42 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Two years ago Scott played at the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Geneva.

Jason Conley
Jason Conley
   #4. Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Missouri, currently plays in Finland) led LrNMKY to a victory over the closely-ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (8-18) 89-75 in the Finnish Korisliiga in Saturday night's game. Conley was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 17 rebounds. Conley also added 4 assists and 3 steals. Lappeenranta NMKY (13-13) is placed sixth in the Korisliiga. Conley is the league's top scorer and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Conley averages: 22.3ppg, 9.9rpg, 3.2apg and 1.8spg. Conley is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2012 he attended the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Union Monaco.

Quantez Robertson
Quantez Robertson
   #5. Quantez Robertson (189-G-84, college: Auburn, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL could not help Deutsche Bank Skyliners (6-13) in their last game. Despite Robertson's very good performance Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost 58-62 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#6) Artland Dragons. He had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 14 rebounds in 38 minutes. Robertson is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Deutsche Bank Skyliners' roster. Robertson is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of most steals (second place). He has very reliable stats this year: 11.1ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.7apg and 1.9spg in the 19 games he played so far. He played in 2009at the Eurobasket Summer League in Chicago for Team Amsterdam.

Matija Poscic
Matija Poscic
   #6. Matija Poscic (204-C-85, college: De Paul, currently plays in Croatia) led KK Zagreb to a victory against the seventh-ranked Vrijednosnice OS (5-7) 83-69 in the Croatian A1 on Sunday night. He scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. KK Zagreb (9-3) is placed second in the A1. It's Poscic's first season with the team. Poscic is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders. His overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg and 5.8rpg. Poscic attended last year the Eurobasket Summer League camp in Torino.

Kyle Lamonte
Kyle Lamonte
   #7. Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, college: William Carey, currently plays in Argentina) was the major contributor in Obras' surprising victory against the second-ranked Lanus (21-10) 87-68 in a derby game in the Argentinian LigaA in Friday night's game. He recorded 14 points in 27 minutes. Obras Sanitarias Buenos Aires (10-20) is placed second from the bottom (#15) in the LigaA. This year Lamonte has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.7apg in the three games he played so far. Lamonte attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Stephan Walton
Stephan Walton
   #8. Stephan Walton (178-G-87, college: Valdosta St., currently plays in Canada) was the major contributor in a Manitoba University's victory against the Pronghorn (8-8) 104-94 in the Canadian university league CIS last Saturday. Walton scored 27 points (!!!), grabbed 4 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 4 balls. The Manitoba University has a solid 12-5 record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Walton is currently fifth on the league's list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Walton averages: 18.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.9apg and 2.9spg. He played three years ago at the ESL in Atlanta for Team Russia.

James Tyler
James Tyler
   #9. James Tyler (218-C-88, currently plays in Bulgaria), who plays in the Bulgarian NBL could not help Chernomorets (4-9) in their last game. Despite Tyler's very good performance Chernomorets was edged 96-95 at home by the higher-ranked (#4) Balkan. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 14 rebounds. Tyler also added 7 blocks in 30 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Tyler belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #2) and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Tyler averages: 19.1ppg, 14.0rpg and 3.4bpg in the 13 games he played so far. He attended in 2010 the ESL camp in Las Vegas.

Jayson Granger
Jayson Granger
   #10. Jayson Granger (186-G-89, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Asefa Estudiantes (10-9) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Granger's good performance Asefa Estudiantes was defeated 84-79 on the road by the lower-ranked CB Canarias (#14). He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Granger has been at the team for seven years. Granger has reliable stats this season: 10.3ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.4apg. He has a dual citizenship: Uruguayan and Italian. Worth to mention he played also for Team Budapest at the ESL in New York three years ago.



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  EUROCUP   

Standings

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

Top 16: Round 4

I

Jan. 30: Triumph - Banvit BK 93-89
Jan. 30: Buducnost - Budivelnyk 75-77

J

Jan. 30: VEF Riga - CEZ Nymburk 81-59
Jan. 29: Valencia - Gescrap BB 60-61

K

Jan. 30: Lokomotiv - Cajasol 83-72
Jan. 30: Spartak SP - Stelmet ZG 81-54

L

Jan. 30: Ratiopharm - Galatasaray 91-70
Jan. 30: Crvena Zvezda - Unics 81-73

Top 16: Round 5

I

Feb. 13: Banvit BK - Budivelnyk
Feb. 13: Triumph - Buducnost

J

Feb. 12: CEZ Nymburk - Gescrap BB
Feb. 12: VEF Riga - Valencia

K

Feb. 12: Cajasol - Stelmet ZG
Feb. 13: Lokomotiv - Spartak SP

L

Feb. 13: Unics - Galatasaray
Feb. 13: Crvena Zvezda - Ratiopharm


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nikos PAPPAS
  Panionios
  (195-G-90)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Pappas, Panionios19.8 
 2. Hodge, Stelmet ZG19.3 
 3. Diener, Banco d.19.2 
 4. Rakocevic, Crvena19.1 
 5. Davis, Banvit BK19.0 
 6. Thornton, Banco d.18.7 
 7. McKee, Triumph18.2 
 8. Batista, Le Mans17.2 
 9. Green, Orleans17.0 
 10. Eidson, Unics17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.8 
 2. Williams, Cajasol8.8 
 3. Landry, Triumph8.1 
 4. Maric, Lokomotiv8.0 
 5. Lyons, Budivelnyk7.5 
 6. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.5 
 7. Stimac, Banvit BK7.4 
 8. Vitkovac, Buducno.7.0 
 9. Hervelle, Gescr.6.8 
 10. Fells, Hapoel J-M6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Diener, Banco d.8.5 
 2. Calathes, Lokom.7.2 
 3. Everett, Cholet6.3 
 4. McKee, Triumph6.1 
 5. Pellin, Orleans5.7 
 6. Turner, Trefl Sopot5.7 
 7. Wright, Spartak SP5.6 
 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. McKee, Triumph2.3 
 3. Chatman, Unics2.0 
 4. Fells, Hapoel J-M1.8 
 5. Pullen, Hapoel J-M1.8 
 6. Mejia, Banvit BK1.8 
 7. Lojeski, Oostende1.8 
 8. Calathes, Lokom.1.7 
 9. Brown, Lokomotiv1.7 
 10. Greene, Orleans1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LAPETA
  Stelmet ZG
  (217-C-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Lapeta, Stelmet ZG1.5 
 2. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 3. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.2 
 4. Naymick, CEZ N.1.2 
 5. Vougioukas, Unics1.1 
 6. Balvin, Cajasol1.1 
 7. Fischer, BC Donet.1.0 
 8. Theis, Ratiopharm1.0 
 9. Booker, Panionios1.0 
 10. Anisimovas, Budiv.1.0 


John Bryant gets MVP of the Week award for Eurocup (Top 16) - by Eurobasket News

American John Bryant (208-C-87) had a great game in the last round for league's second-best Ratiopharm and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Top 16).
The 25-year old center had a double-double of 20 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team crushed Galatasaray (2-2) with 21-point margin 91-70. Ratiopharm is placed at 2nd position in Eurocup group L. Ratiopharm is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 2nd lost game this season out of 4 games. In the team's last game Bryant had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Ratiopharm, through which he has constantly improved. Santa Clara University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bryant leads league in rebounds with 9.8rpg. Bryant is in league's top in and averages solid 56.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Derrick Brown (203-F-87) of league's best team Lokomotiv. Brown impressed basketball fans with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course Lokomotiv cruised to a 83-72 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Cajasol (#4, 0-4). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group K. Lokomotiv consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. A very good start of the Top 16 for his team, which won so far all 4 games without any defeat. Brown is a newcomer at Lokomotiv and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Lithuanian Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-C-84, agency: Interperformances) of top-ranked VEF Riga. Kavaliauskas scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of VEF Riga, leading his team to a 81-59 easy win against #4 ranked CEZ Nymburk. VEF Riga confirms their top position in group J. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 1 lost games. Kavaliauskas has a very solid season. In 10 games in Eurocup he scored 9.7ppg. He also has 4.4rpg and FGP: 62.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Artur Drozdov (200-SF-80) of Budivelnyk - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79) of Galatasaray - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Zack Wright (195-G-85) of Spartak SP - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86) of Triumph - 17 points and 13 rebounds
8. Aleks Maric (211-C-84) of Lokomotiv - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86) of Triumph - 10 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists
10. Mire Chatman (187-PG-78) of Unics - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Results and Stats from Last 16 Round 4 - by Eurobasket News

Group I
Buducnost - Budivelnyk 75-77
Budivelnyk climbed on top of EuroCup Last 16 Group I. They surprised Buducnost in Podgorice to jump at 3-1 record on top of the ladder. The Kyiv team avenged the home loss a week ago. Buducnost seemed to cruise leading by 16 points midway through the third term. But Budivelnyk capitalized on several mistakes from the hosts to get back into the game and finished off in style. Buducnost started the game strong. They posted a 22:11 lead midway through the opening quarter. They finished the period up by 12 points 28:16. Buducnost kept their opponents at bay throughout the second quarter. The hosts ensured a 49:37 halftime lead. Dusko Bunic made it 65:49 for the home team midway through the third term. However Budivelnyk capped the period with six points in a row to narrow the deficit at 10-point mark 55:65. The Ukrainian team opened the fourth frame with five points in a row to cut the deficit to 5 points. Leo Lyons (206-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Missouri) and Artur Drozdov (200-SF-80) then put the Kyiv outfit within one 66:67. Leo Lyons tied things up at 70 with just over two minutes remaining. Bost drained a three-pointer but Georgi Tsintsadze and Malcolm Delaney responded with four points as Budivelnyk surged ahead 74:73. Bost came up for the home team once again hitting a jumper but Leo Lyons converted a layup and Salenga sank a free throw to seal the victory for the visitors. Leo Lyons provided 17 points, while Artur Drozdov added 16 points and 8 boards for the winning team. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Dusko Bunic had 14 points in the loss.

Triumph - Banvit BK 93-89
Triumph finally clinched the victory in EuroCup Last 16. They held off visiting Banvit for 1-3 record in Group I. Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) nailed 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to pace the winners. Triumph jumped in front early in the opening frame. The hosts exploded with 28 points in the first term to take a 9-point lead. Triumph kept the Turkish team at bay throughout the second quarter. The hosts ensured a 52:38 halftime advantage. Banvit slowly took over after the big break. The Turkish team slowed Triumph down and cut the deficit heading into the fourth frame trailing by 10 points. Banvit cut the deficit to just four points with under three minutes remaining in regulation 80:84. Kalin Lucas and Sammy Mejia put Banvit within two 89:91 with 9 seconds remaining. But McKee sank two free throws to seal the victory for Triumph. Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) posted 19 points, while Yuval Naimy added 16 points for the winners. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) answered with 21 points for Banvit. Kalin Lucas and Vladimir Stimac had 14 points each in the loss.

Group J
Valencia - Gescrap BB 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 delivered 12 points, while Adrien Moerman 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.

VEF Riga - CEZ Nymburk 81-59
VEF Riga clinched the third victory in EuroCup Last 16. They stormed past Nymburk in the Latvian capital improving at 3-1 record on top of Group J. Nymburk in the meantime slipped at 1-3. Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) stepped up with 17 points and 9 rebounds to pace the hosts. VEF Riga opened the game with 9 points in a row. Nymburk bounced back pretty quickly levelling things up at 13 but VEF Riga regained the lead. They finished the first period up by six points 24:18. VEF opened the second period on a 6:2 run to open a double-digit lead. They recorded a 44:31 halftime advantage. The hosts knocked down five consecutive points at the start of the second half to boost the gap at 18-point mark. VEF Riga recorded a 65:48 advantage at the final intermission. They held Nymburk at 11 points in the fourth frame and rallied to the victory at the end. Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) delivered 15 points, while Kristaps Janicenoks added 14 points for the winners. Pavel Houska answered with 14 points for Nymburk. Vojtech Hruban had 11 points and 6 assists in defeat.

Group K
Spartak SP - Stelmet ZG 81-54
Spartak Saint Petersburg coasted past Stelmet Zielona Gora for the third win in EuroCup Last 16 tonight. Zack Wright (195-G-85, college: Central Mo.) stepped up with 17 points, 8 assists and 4 steals to pace well-balanced effort from the hosts. Spartak and Stelmet stayed close throughout the starting quarter. The hosts eked out an 18:17 lead after ten minutes. Spartak increased the tempo in the second term. The hosts fired 22 points and limited their opponents to just 7 to gain a 40:24 halftime lead. Spartak Saint Petersburg dropped 25 points in the third quarter to stretch the lead. They accumulated a comfortable 23-point cushion heading into the fourth quarter. Spartak held Stelmet ZG to only 12 points in the final period and sealed a comprehensive win at the end. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) provided 14 points, while Josh Carter chipped in 13 points for the winners. Dejan Borovnjak (207-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 14 points for Stelmet ZG. Oliver Stevic netted 10 points in defeat.

Lokomotiv - Cajasol 83-72
Lokomotiv came up strong in the third quarter and eventually edged Cajasol in the fourth round of EuroCup Last 16. The Krasnodar team improved at 4-0 record on top of Group K, while dropping Cajasol at 0-4. Cajasol opened the game confidently. The Spaniards outscored sloppy hosts 23:15 in the first ten minutes. Lokomotiv tuned in after the break. They held Cajasol to 16 points in the second term but still trailed by 4 points at halftime 35:39. But the third term belonged to the hosts. Lokomotiv exploded with 28 points to take an 11-point lead heading into the fourth frame. The margin grew at 13-point mark in the final period before Cajasol struck back to cut it to 7. However Aleks Maric came up with timely six points in a row and Lokomotiv cruised from there on. Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) finished with 20 points, while Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) added 17 points and 8 assists for the winners. Luka Bogdanovic (210-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 15 points for Cajasol. Tomas Satoransky netted 14 points in defeat.

Group L
Ratiopharm - Galatasaray 91-70
Ratiopharm Ulm celebrated a confident win over Galatasaray in the fourth round of EuroCup Last 16. John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) stepped up with 20 points and 17 rebounds to pace the hosts to the second win in Group L. They caught up with Galatasaray in the standings. Ratiopharm Ulm did not waste too much time taking the lead in this one. The hosts jumped to a 12:2 advantage early in the game. They marched to a 25:17 lead after ten minutes. Ulm ensured a 29:17 advantage early in the second period. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the quarter. They established a 39:33 buffer at halftime. But Galatasaray opened the second half with six points in a row to level things up at 39. Ulm quickly regained the advantage and led by three points at the final break 56:53. Ulm tipped off the fourth quarter on a staggering 17:2 rally to leave their opponents behind. Galatasaray never recovered as Ratiopharm Ulm coasted the victory afterwards. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) notched 18 points, while Sebastian Betz had 13 points for the winning side. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU) answered with 23 points for Galatasaray. Ersin Dagli and Milan Macvan had 10 points each in the loss.

Crvena Zvezda - Unics 81-73
Crvena Zvezda claimed the second win in a super competitive EuroCup Last Group L. They held off visiting Unics to share four-team tie on top of the standings at 2-2 record. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) scored 21 points to lead the winners. Unics dominated at the early stages. The Kazan team dropped 26 points in the first quarter to take a 6-point lead. Crvena Zvezda slowed their opponents down in the second period. The Serbian team narrowed the gap at just two points at halftime 41:43. The hosts went on a crucial rally in the third term. Crvena Zvezda exploded with a 22:7 run to secure a comfortable 13-point advantage. Unics fired 23 points in the final period but could not avoid the loss at the end. Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 12 points, while Mike Scott added 11 points for the hosts. Mire Chatman (187-PG-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) responded with 18 points for Unics. Chuck Eidson had 14 points in the loss.



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Jaaber left Zalgiris - by Eurobasket News

29-year old Bulgarian ex-international point guard Ibrahim Jaaber (187-82kg-84, college: Pennsylvania) left B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL). Religious personal reasons were quoted for this quite unexpected decision. In three games he played this season he had 11.7ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.3apg and 3.3spg. Jaaber also played 14 games in Euroleague where he recorded 5.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.2apg and 1.9spg (in top 2). He also played 9 games in VTB United League where he recorded 5.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg.
The last summer Jaaber played at the Rockets in NBA. He also played at Armani Milano (SerieA) in Italian league that season. In 38 games that year he recorded 11.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.1apg and 2.3spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Italian SerieA All-Star Game and All-Defensive Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Jaabers team was regular season runner-up in Italian SerieA for two years in a row (2008 and 2009). He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 2nd Team back in 2009. Jaaber represented Bulgaria at the European Championships in Poland four years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: Score-4 (16.9ppg), 5.0rpg, 3.6apg, Steals-1 (2.3spg), FGP: 58.7%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 63.0%.
Jaaber has played previously professionally in Greece (Egaleo) and Italy (Lottomatica Roma).
He attended University of Pennsylvania until 2007 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.
On Jaaber: A PG with quickness and very good hands. Defends very well on the perimeter (steals !!) and is very effective when he penetrates inside, to score or to serve an open teammate. Can also easily hit a long distance shot, if left open. Seems to have great upside yet.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. Nilan Bisons 21-5 
 2. KTP 21-6 
 3. Kataja 20-5 
 4. Pyrinto 19-7 
 5. Kauhajoki 17-10 
 6. LrNMKY 13-14 
 7. Kouvot 12-15 
 8. Korihait 9-18 
 9. Salon Vilpas 8-19 
 10. Lapua 8-19 
 11. FoKoPo 6-21 
 12. Namika Lahti 6-21 

Regular Season: Round 28

Jan. 30: KTP - LrNMKY 92-76
Jan. 30: Kauhajoki - Kouvot 91-74
Jan. 30: Nilan Bisons - Salon Vilpas 90-61
Jan. 30: Korihait - Lapua 84-75
Jan. 30: Namika Lahti - FoKoPo 102-95

Regular Season: Round 29

Feb. 6: Pyrinto - Kauhajoki
Feb. 6: Kouvot - Korihait
Feb. 6: Salon Vilpas - Kataja
Feb. 6: Lapua - KTP
Feb. 6: LrNMKY - Namika Lahti
Feb. 6: FoKoPo - Nilan Bisons


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  LrNM.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Conley, LrNM.22.3 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons22.0 
 3. Gibson, LrNM.21.6 
 4. Clavell, Kouvot19.7 
 5. Haanpaa, Lapua18.0 
 6. Logins, LrNM.17.8 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto17.5 
 8. Holloway, Namika L.17.1 
 9. Bullock, Kauhajoki17.0 
 10. Flowers, Kataja16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  LrNM.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Conley, LrNM.9.9 
 2. McDade, Nilan B.9.9 
 3. Ford, Kauhajoki9.0 
 4. Giles, KTP8.8 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto8.3 
 6. Johnson, Namika L.8.3 
 7. Thornton, FoKoPo8.2 
 8. Logins, LrNM.8.1 
 9. Thorpe, FoKoPo8.0 
 10. Dyer, Korihait7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Williams, Pyrinto7.9 
 2. Coleman, Lapua5.3 
 3. Smith, Kataja5.0 
 4. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.8 
 5. Zeno, Nilan Bisons4.6 
 6. Gibson, LrNM.4.5 
 7. Nikkarinen, Kouvot4.4 
 8. Watson, Kauhajoki4.3 
 9. Burgess, FoKoPo4.1 
 10. Sarcevic, KTP3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Flowers, Kataja2.8 
 2. Coleman, Lapua2.7 
 3. Smith, Kataja2.7 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.2.0 
 5. Holloway, Namika L.1.9 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto1.8 
 7. Conley, LrNM.1.8 
 8. Ulmer, Pyrinto1.7 
 9. Vuori, Kauhajoki1.6 
 10. Barrett, KTP1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Sefton BARRETT
  KTP
  (196-SF-83)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Barrett, KTP1.5 
 2. Ford, Kauhajoki1.1 
 3. McDade, Nilan B.1.0 
 4. Jones, LrNM.1.0 
 5. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.0 
 6. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto0.9 
 8. Giles, KTP0.9 
 9. Hampton, Lapua0.9 
 10. Dyer, Korihait0.9 


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

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

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in VTB United League). He was the major contributor in Khimky's victory against the seventh-ranked BC Donetsk (4-8) 84-66 in the VTB United League in Monday night's game. Koponen scored 9 points in 22 minutes on the court. BC Khimky Moscow Region (9-3) is placed third in group A. It's Koponen's first season with the team. This year he averages: 7.8ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 56.7%(17-30), 3FGP: 54.2%(13-24) in the 10 games he played so far. Koponen is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Gerald Lee
Gerald Lee
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU, currently plays in Adriatic League). He contributed to Buducnost's victory against the ninth-ranked Krka (8-11) 74-66 in the Adriatic League last Saturday. Lee recorded 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica (11-8) is placed fifth in the Adriatic League. Lee has relatively good stats this season: 11.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 2FGP: 61.4%(89-145) and FT: 62.3%. He is a naturalized American. Lee is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Finland.

Tuukka Kotti
Tuukka Kotti
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Kotti could not help Vanoli Cremona (6-11) in their last game. Despite his good performance Vanoli Cremona was edged 74-73 on the road by the higher-ranked (#10) Juvecaserta. Kotti had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds in 28 minutes. This year Kotti's overall stats are: 5.9ppg, 6.1rpg, 2FGP: 60.7%(37-61) and FT: 51.7% in the 15 games. He is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Teemu Rannikko
Teemu Rannikko
   #4. An experienced point guard Teemu Rannikko (189-80, currently plays in Adriatic League) managed to help Union Olimpija Ljubljana to win against the league leader Igokea (15-4) 69-63 in the Adriatic League in Saturday night's game. Rannikko recorded 5 points and added 5 assists. Union Olimpija Ljubljana (10-9) is placed eighth in the Adriatic League. Rannikko belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #7. His total stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 1.1rpg, 3.3apg and 1.1spg. Rannikko is also Finnish national team player.

Alex Murphy
Alex Murphy
   #5. U20 international forward Alex Murphy (203-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Duke (4-2) in their game against the University of Miami, Florida (6-0) in the NCAA, despite his good performance last Wednesday. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. But the Duke was crushed 90-63 in Miami, FL by the University of Miami, Florida. This year Murphy's total stats are: 6.9ppg, 1.1rpg, 3.3apg and 1.1spg in the 18 games. He is a naturalized American. Murphy plays currently for the Finnish U20 national team. Apparently he has never played in Finland.

Roope Ahonen
Roope Ahonen
   #6. Guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, agency: FCM, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to secure a victory for Solna Vikings (15-9) in their game against Sundsvall Dragons (21-3) in the Swedish Basketligan. Ahonen scored only 4 points and added 5 assists. Solna Vikings was defeated 101-87 in Sundsvall by the leading Dragons. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Ahonen is currently seventh on the list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 4.2apg. Ahonen is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

Lauri Toivonen
Lauri Toivonen
   #7. Former University international forward Lauri Toivonen (201-91, currently studies in the States) contributed to UTPA's victory against the Oklahoma Panhandle State University (21-3) 76-68 in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game. He scored only 4 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 24 minutes. The University of Texas-Pan American has 2-1 conference record this season. This year Toivonen has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 4.2apg in the 24 games. He used to play for the Finnish university national team two years ago.

Joonas Caven
Joonas Caven
   #8. Power forward Joonas Caven (211-93, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Prat Juventud's victory against the eighth-ranked Castello (5-8) 67-59 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. Caven scored only 3 points. CB Prat Juventud (8-6) is placed fourth in the LEB Silver. Caven has averaged so far 7.6ppg and 2.4rpg. He plays currently for the Finnish U20 national team.

Other top Finnish players, who play abroad:

Sasu Salin (192-G-91) plays for Un.Olimpija in Slovenian Telemach League
Emir Sulejmanovic (204-C/F-95) plays for Un.Olimpija in Slovenian Telemach League
Shawn Huff (198-SF-84) plays for Vanoli Cremona in Italian SerieA
Kristjan Rinaldo (192-G/F-91) plays for TTU in Estonian KML
Joonatan Torbica (180-G-98) plays for TV 1862 Langen in German ProB
Roberto Alexander Mantovani (200-F-94) plays for AEL in Cypriot Division A
Iikka Maki (191-SF-94) plays for Sant Nicolau in Spanish EBA
Ville Kaunisto (205-F-82) plays for Blois in French NM1



KORISLIIGA: Bisons had an excellent start - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 27: Five contests tonight, five home victories. Bisons (Loimaa) had an excellent start vs Vilpas (Salo), as the digits were 24-2 after 10 minutes! It was still 30-4 in the beginning of the second quarter and the game was "over". Bisons beat Vilpas finally 90-61 (42-14). Vilpas (8-19) was shooting 2-pointers with 39% (17/44) accuracy and made three shots out of 18 (17%) from behind the arc in the game. Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) led Bisons (21-5) with 18 points. Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) added 17 pts. Marcus Relphorde (198-F-88, college: Colorado) netted 16 pts for the visitors.
KTP (Kotka) defeated YMCA Lappeenranta 92-76 (46-36). YMCA LPR missed Jason Conley, who was not on the roster, but visiting his home in USA. Antwine Williams (192-F-75, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: N.Colorado) led KTP with 22 pts. Devonne Giles (203-F-83, college: Texas Tech) had a double-double 15pts/14rbs. Matthew Gibson (196-G-84) netted 24 pts for YMCA LPR and gave eight assists. Joel Heinikoski (185-G/F-92) scored his career high 17 pts.
Karhu from Kauhajoki and Kouvot (Kouvola) made almost the same figures as in Kotka. Karhu won again 91-74 (43-37). J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Cleveland St.) scored game high 27 pts and grabbed 10 rbs for Karhu. Gilberto Clavell (201-F-89, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Sam Houston St.) led Kouvot with 24 pts. Korikobrat (Lapua) was leading big moments in Uusikaupunki, but UU-Korihait was stronger at the end. Korihait won 78-71 (41-46). T.J. Robinson (203-F-89, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Long Beach St.) led the hosts with 15 pts and Samuel Haanpaa (203-SG-86) hit 6/11 from behind the arc helping Lapua with 26 points.
YMCA Lahti and FoKoPo (Forssa) had a shooting contest in Lahti. The hosts scored 102 points and FoKoPo had seven points less, 95 pts. Both teams are having now record 6-21.
Bisons - Vilpas 90-61 (42-14). (Martin Zeno 18, Kimmo Muurinen 17/9, Ryan McDade 14 - Marcus Relphorde 16, Troy Barnies 14/8, Shawn Atupem 10).
KTP - YMCA LPR 92-76 (46-36): (Antwine Williams 22, Sefton Barrett 21, Michael Pounds 16 - Matt Gibson 24/8a, Greg Logins 19/9, Joel Heinikoski 17. A: 998).
Karhu - Kouvot 91-74 (43-37). (J'Nathan Bullock 27/10, Ilkka Vuori 13, Jussi Eskola 12 - Gilberto Clavell 24, Ilari Seppala 20, Lamarr Greer 13/7).

UU-Korihait - Lapua 78-71 (41-4&). (T.J.Robinson 15, Mikko Jalonen 13, Demond Watt 12 - Samuel Haanpaa 26, Trey Hampton 19/10, Dominique Coleman 10/5a).
YMCA Lahti - FoKoPo 102-95 (45-37). (Louis Johnson 27/10, Emmanuel Holloway 25, Aleksi Alanen 17 - Andrais Thornton 22/11, Jahmar Thorpe 22, Charlie Burgess 20).



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Tony Parker's 31 points make him top French player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Tony Parker (188-82, currently plays in NBA). He led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Phoenix Suns (15-30) 108-99 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Parker was MVP of the game. He scored 31 points (!!!), had 4 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 33 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have quite an impressive 36-11 record this season. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. It's Parker's 12th year with the team. Parker has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 20.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 7.5apg, 2FGP: 54.0%, 3FGP: 37.7% and FT: 81.2% in the 45 games he played so far. Parker is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Nicolas Batum (203-88, currently plays in NBA). He was the main contributor in a 1-point Portland Trail Blazers' victory against the Los Angeles Clippers (33-13) 101-100 in the NBA last Saturday. Batum was the best player in that game. He recorded a triple-double by scoring 20 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and passing 12 assists. The Portland Trail Blazers have 23-22 record this season. This year Batum has very high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 6.0rpg, 4.9apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 49.4%, 3FGP: 36.2% and FT: 85.3%. Batum is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Joakim Noah (211-85, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to a Chicago Bulls' victory against the Charlotte Bobcats (11-33) 93-85 in the NBA on Monday night. Noah had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 18 rebounds. He also added 7 assists and 5 blocks in 45 minutes. The Chicago Bulls have a solid 27-17 record this season. Noah is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Bulls' roster. Noah is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 11.3rpg. This year his other stats are: 12.1ppg, 4.2apg, 2.2bpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 46.2% and FT: 75.4% in the 43 games. Noah is a naturalized American. He played for the French national team two years ago. Strangely Noah has never played in France.

Rodrigue Beaubois
Rodrigue Beaubois
   #4. Point guard Rodrigue Beaubois (186-88, agency: Court Side, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Dallas Mavericks (19-26) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the Dallas Mavericks were defeated 113-107 on the road by the San Antonio Spurs. Beaubois was the top scorer with 19 points. Beaubois' overall stats this season are: 3.6ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.8apg. He used to play for the French national team back in 2011.

Mickael Gelabale
Mickael Gelabale
   #5. International small forward Mickael Gelabale (201-83, agency: Three Eye Sports, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA was not able to help the Minnesota Timberwolves (17-24) in their last game. Despite Gelabale's very good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves lost 101-114 in Washington to the Wizards. He scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 26 minutes. It was Timberwolves' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Gelabale has relatively good stats this year: 7.8ppg and 3.6rpg in the five games. He plays currently for the French national team.

Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw
   #6. Power forward Boris Diaw (203-82, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tony Parker. He played also in the last NBA game facing Rodrigue Beaubois (above) in the other team. Diaw helped San Antonio Spurs win their game against the Dallas Mavericks (19-26) 113-107. He scored 10 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists. It's Diaw's first season with the team. Diaw's overall stats this year are: 5.9ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.6apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

Yakhouba Diawara
Yakhouba Diawara
   #7. International forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in an Umana Venezia's victory against the closely-ranked Trenkwalder RE (8-9) 75-69 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Diawara scored 19 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 38 minutes. Umana Reyer Venezia (9-8) is placed seventh in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Diawara has relatively solid stats: 14.4ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.2spg in the 16 games. He is also French national team player.

Kevin Seraphin
Kevin Seraphin
   #8. Center Kevin Seraphin (206-89, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA was not able to secure a victory for the Washington Wizards (11-32) in their last game on Monday. Despite Seraphin's good performance the Washington Wizards were edged 96-94 in Sacramento by the Kings. He scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Seraphin has reliable stats this season: 10.9ppg and 5.1rpg. He plays currently for the French national team.

Leo Westermann
Leo Westermann
   #9. U20 international guard Leo Westermann (198-92, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Serbia couldn't help Partizan (12-7) in their last game. Despite Westermann's good performance Partizan was edged 78-76 in Kragujevac by the lower-ranked (#6) Radnicki KG. He recorded 10 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 30 minutes. This year Westermann's overall stats are: 6.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.1apg and 1.2spg in the 19 games. He is also in the roster of the French U20 national team.

Tariq Kirksay
Tariq Kirksay
   #10. Forward Tariq Kirksay (199-79, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB couldn't help Asefa Estudiantes (10-9) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Kirksay's good performance Asefa Estudiantes was defeated 84-79 in Tenerife by the lower-ranked CB Canarias (#14). He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 11 rebounds. Kirksay is ranked fourth on the list of the most steals in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.7spg. Kirksay is a naturalized American. He is a former international player as five years ago he still played for the French senior national team. Kirksay used to play for Mulhouse in French league.

   #11. Former international power forward Ian Mahinmi (206-86, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Indiana Pacers in their game against the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 16 minutes. His team were badly defeated by 20 points 100-80 in the NBA. This year Mahinmi's total stats are: 5.4ppg and 3.9rpg in the 45 games. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

   #12. Former international power forward Adrien Moerman (203-88, currently plays in Eurocup) helped his Spanish team Gescrap BB edge the closely-ranked Valencia Basket 61-60 in the Eurocup on Tuesday night. Moerman recorded 9 points. He has averaged so far 4.1ppg and 3.0rpg. Moerman used to play for the French national team back in 2010.

   #13. Former international shooting guard Evan Fournier (199-92, currently plays in NBA) helped Denver Nuggets win their game against the Sacramento Kings crushing them 121-93 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. He scored 8 points in only 12 minutes. This year Fournier averages only 3.7ppg in the 20 games. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

   #14. International center Ronny Turiaf (208-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in NBA) helped Los Angeles Clippers win their game against the Portland Trail Blazers 96-83 in the NBA last Sunday. Turiaf recorded 6 points. He has averaged so far 2.2ppg and 2.5rpg. Turiaf plays currently for the French national team.

   #15. Former U20 international guard Thomas Heurtel (188-89, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Caja Laboral Vitoria in a victory against the 13th-ranked Cajasol 86-82 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. He recorded only 3 points and added 6 assists in 17 minutes. Heurtel has averaged so far 3.9ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.3apg in the 19 games. He used to play for the French U20 national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Afik Nissim (186-PG-81, currently plays in Israel) led Hapoel Eilat to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Galil Gilboa (5-10) 79-66 in the Israeli Winner League in Sunday night's game. Nissim scored 14 points and added 3 assists. Hapoel Eilat (10-5) is placed second in the Winner League. Nissim has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.4apg and 1.4spg. He has a dual citizenship: French and Israeli.

   #2. Mari Konate (203-F-88, college: McNeese St., currently plays in Lithuania), who plays in the Lithuanian LKL could not help the league outsider Naglis Palangos (0-13) in their last game. Despite Konate's good performance the bottom-ranked Naglis Palangos was crushed 87-52 at home by the higher-ranked (#8) Lietuvos rytas. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. Konate also added 2 blocks in 24 minutes. So far Naglis Palangos lost all thirteen games in the Regular Season. Konate has averaged so far 6.7ppg and 5.4rpg in the seven games he played so far.

   #3. John Wilkins (206-G-89, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Illinois St. (2-7) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance the Illinois St. was defeated 83-77 on the road by the Bradley University. Wilkins scored 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Wilkins has averaged so far 6.7ppg and 5.4rpg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Wilkins has never played in France.

   #4. Bandja Sy (203-F, currently studies in the States) contributed to a N.Mexico St.'s victory against the Denver University (7-2) 53-42 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. He scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 40 minutes. The New Mexico State University has a very good 7-2 conference record this season. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Sy has been at the team for four years. Sy has averaged so far 6.7ppg and 5.4rpg in the seven games. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French.

   #5. Alfredo Ott (193-G-83, college: Dillard, currently plays in Spain) helped Palencia Baloncesto win their game against the tenth-ranked Planasa NV (7-9) 86-80 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. Ott recorded 12 points in 29 minutes. Palencia Baloncesto (10-6) is placed fourth in the LEB Gold. Ott has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.4spg in the 16 games. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Ott has never played in France.

   #6. Roy Samaha (205-F/C-84, currently plays in Lebanon) managed to help Al Moutahed Tripoli to win against the closely-ranked Amchit 89-76 in the Lebanese Division A on Sunday night. He scored only 4 points, grabbed 7 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots. Samaha has averaged so far 8.7ppg and 5.2rpg. He has both French and Lebanese nationalities.

   #7. Mohamed Kone (211-C-81, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Iran) helped Foolad Mahan win their game against the league outsider Naft Sepahan crushing them 102-78 in the Iranian Superleague in Thursday night's game. Kone recorded 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in only 14 minutes. Kone has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 5.0rpg in the three games. He also holds two passports: Ivorian and French.

   #8. Boris Meno (203-F-83, agency: Two Points, college: Davidson, currently plays in Czech Republic), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL was not able to secure a victory for USK Praha (19-1) in their last game. Despite Meno's good performance the league leader USK Praha was crushed 89-59 on their home court in Praha by the lower-ranked (#3) BK Pardubice. He scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 28 minutes. Meno is currently eighth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Meno averages: 16.7ppg, 9.5rpg and 1.3apg in the 23 games. He has Congolese and French nationalities.

   #9. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain) helped UCAM Murcia edge the closely-ranked Valencia Basket 96-94 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. Tillie recorded only 4 points. He has averaged so far 7.3ppg and 3.7rpg. Tillie has dual citizenship: Dutch and French.

   #10. Yoni Deri (178-PG-87, currently plays in Israel) helped Ironi Nahariya win their game against the ninth-ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba crushing them 99-72 in the Israeli National League (second division) last Wednesday. He scored 8 points and added 4 passes in 26 minutes. Deri has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.3spg in the four games. He holds both French and Israeli passports.



Parker leads Spurs past Bobcats 102-78 for ninth straight win - by Eurobasket News

SAN ANTONIO - Tony Parker had 22 points and the San Antonio Spurs never trailed in beating the Charlotte Bobcats 102-78 on Wednesday night, extending their winning streak to nine games.

Kawhi Leonard added 18 points, Danny Green had 17 and Tiago Splitter 15 for San Antonio, which has won 17 straight at home.

Ramon Sessions came off the bench to score a team-high 22 points for Charlotte, which has lost five of six. Kemba Walker (16 points) and Ben Gordon (11) were the only other Bobcats in double figures.

With coach Gregg Popovich back on the bench after missing three games with an illness, San Antonio went 9 for 16 on 3s (56 percent) and shot 55 percent from the field.

Parker, the reigning Western Conference Player of the Week, had his way with Charlotte's backcourt. The Spurs All-Star guard had a game-high seven assists and was 9 for 10 from the field.

Leonard hit his first three shots, including back-to-back 3s that put San Antonio up 11-4 with 8 minutes left in the first. Charlotte battled back over the next 4 minutes behind an aggressive defense, forcing two missed shots and four turnovers in an 8-2 run.

The Bobcats pulled within 25-23 at the close of the first quarter on Walker's 19-foot jumper, but Manu Ginobili sparked the Spurs in the second.

Ginobili had four points, two rebounds and an assist on Leonard's 3 in the opening 2 minutes of the second quarter as San Antonio extended its lead to 32-23.

Charlotte was able to cut the lead to 11 early in the fourth, but could get no closer as San Antonio's lead swelled to 24 in the final quarter.

The Bobcats bench outscored San Antonio's 44-22.

The newest Spur, Australian Aron Baynes, finished with seven points and nine rebounds in 19 minutes after playing 42 seconds in his NBA debut Friday at Dallas.

Notes: Leonard was selected to play in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge on Feb. 15 during the NBA All-Star weekend in Houston. It marks a return appearance for the second-year player to the game that features many of the league's top rookie and second-year players. ... Spurs F Tim Duncan has missed four straight games with an injury. . Spurs P DeJuan Blair (fluid in right knee) missed his 14th game of the season. ... Bobcats P Byron Mullens (ankle sprain) missed his 17th game. Mullens has played 27 games this season, starting 26. . San Antonio is the first team in the NBA to 37 wins and is tied with
Courtesy of: Associated Press



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Standings - Division II

Vtora Liga Standings
 1. Apave 7-1 
 2. Karpos Sokoli 6-2 
 3. Angeli Skopje 5-3 
 4. Lihnidos 5-3 
 5. Goce Delchev 4-4 
 6. Best Gevgelija 3-5 
 7. V.Lisici 3-5 
 8. Teteks TTK 2-5 
 9. Negotino 0-7 



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Viktor Sanikidze selected the top Georgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Viktor Sanikidze
Viktor Sanikidze
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86, currently plays in Euroleague). Sanikidze led his Italian team Montepaschi Siena to a victory over the eighth-ranked Besiktas (0-5) 63-57 in the Euroleague last Friday. He was MVP of the game. Sanikidze scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Montepaschi Siena (5-0) is placed first in group F. So far his team won all five games in the Top 16. This season Sanikidze averages: 6.5ppg, 6.1rpg, 2FGP: 50.8%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 67.7%. He is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Giorgi Shermadini (216-89, currently plays in Euroleague). Shermadini contributed to a 1-point Olympiacos' victory against the closely-ranked Maccabi T-A (1-4) 78-77 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. He scored 9 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 20 minutes. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (2-3) is placed fifth in group F. This year Shermadini's overall stats are: 8.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 64.3% and FT: 75.0% in the three games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Georgian senior national team.

Nikoloz Tskitishvili
Nikoloz Tskitishvili
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-83, currently plays in Lebanon). Tskitishvili was the major contributor in Champville's victory against the seventh-ranked Bejjeh (4-9) crushing them 107-85 in the Lebanese Division A in Wednesday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 11 rebounds. Tskitishvili also added 5 blocks. Champville (9-4) is placed third in the Division A. It was his team's sixth 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. Tskitishvili is currently sixth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Tskitishvili averages: 18.4ppg, 10.9rpg, 2.1apg, 3.0bpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 61.4%(43-70), 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 78.1%. He played for the Georgian national team two years ago.

Georgi Tsintsadze
Georgi Tsintsadze
   #4. Point guard Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to a 2-point Budivelnyk's victory against the third-ranked Buducnost (2-2) 77-75 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. Tsintsadze recorded 12 points and added 7 passes in 32 minutes. Budivelnyk Kyiv (3-1) is placed first in group I. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game is very crucial. It's Tsintsadze's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.7apg and 1.3spg in the 10 games. Tsintsadze is also Georgian national team player.

Jacob Pullen
Jacob Pullen
   #5. International point guard Jacob Pullen (185-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli Winner League could not help Hapoel J-M (8-7) in their last game on Monday. Despite his good performance Hapoel J-M was badly defeated 95-78 on the road by the leading Maccabi Ashdod. Pullen was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 4 assists. Pullen is currently fourth on the list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.6ppg, 1.3rpg, 4.5apg and 1.1spg. Pullen is a naturalized American. He plays currently for the Georgian national team. Strangely Pullen has never played in Georgia.

Manuchar Markoishvili
Manuchar Markoishvili
   #6. Small forward Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86, currently plays in Eurocup) was not able to help Galatasaray (2-2) in their game against ratiopharm Ulm (2-2) in the Eurocup. He recorded 8 points in 21 minutes. It was his first game for Galatasaray this season. The third-placed Galatasaray was crushed 91-70 in Ulm by the second-ranked ratiopharm in the group L of Eurocup. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be important. Markoishvili is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster.

Corey Fisher
Corey Fisher
   #7. International point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a FIATC Joventut's victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (8-11) 79-71 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He recorded 8 points and added 3 assists. FIATC Joventut Badalona (10-9) is placed eighth in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Fisher has relatively solid stats: 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.9apg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Fisher played previously for the USA university national team, he is currently in the Georgian national team roster. Apparently Fisher has never played in Georgia.

Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
   #8. Center Zaza Pachulia (210-84, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Atlanta Hawks (25-19) in their game against the New York Knicks (27-15) in the NBA. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Pachulia recorded only 2 points in 17 minutes. The Atlanta Hawks were edged 106-104 in New York by the Knicks. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. This year Pachulia's total stats are: 6.1ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.5apg in the 43 games. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Nika Metreveli
Nika Metreveli
   #9. International power forward Nika Metreveli (211-91, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) helped Omegna win their game against the 11th-ranked Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria (9-11) 77-73 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Sunday. He scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 23 minutes. Paffoni Omegna (11-8) is placed sixth in the Nazionale A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Metreveli has reliable stats this year: 11.8ppg and 10.3rpg in the four games. He is also in the roster of the Georgian national team.

Beka Burjanadze
Beka Burjanadze
   #10. Power forward Beka Burjanadze (203-94, currently plays in Eurocup) couldn't help Cajasol (0-4) in their game against Lokomotiv (4-0) in the Eurocup. Burjanadze cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Cajasol (#4) was defeated 87-80 at home by the leading Lokomotiv in the group K of Eurocup. So far Cajasol lost all four games in the Top 16. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. Burjanadze has averaged so far 1.1ppg and 1.6rpg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Georgian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international center Georges Mdivani (204-85, agency: Promotex, currently plays in France) helped Rueil win their game against the closely-ranked CFBB 78-61 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. Mdivani scored 7 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 22 minutes. Mdivani has averaged so far 7.7ppg and 5.7rpg in the six games. He used to play for the Georgian national team eight years ago.

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

   #1. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, currently plays in EuroChallenge) led his Turkish team Karsiyaka to a victory against the closely-ranked Ventspils (1-2) 86-81 in the EuroChallenge in Tuesday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds. Thomas also added 4 assists and 2 blocks in 38 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group I. Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (3-0) is placed first. So far his team won all three games in the Top 16. There are only three games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Top 16. So now every game will be critical. It's Thomas' first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.3ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.0apg in the nine games he played so far. Thomas is a naturalized American. He used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.

   #2. Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St., currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Poland could not help Stelmet ZG (1-3) to beat Spartak St.Petersburg (3-1). Hosley cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points and added 4 assists. Stelmet ZG (#3) was badly defeated 89-69 at home by the second-ranked Spartak St.Petersburg in the group K of Eurocup. It was Stelmet ZG's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. Hosley has reliable stats this season: 12.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.4apg and 1.6spg. He is a naturalized American. Interesting that Hosley has never played in Georgia.



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Standings - 1. Bundesliga

BBL Standings
 1. Brose Bask. 17-2 
 2. Ratiopharm 13-6 
 3. B.Muenchen 13-7 
 4. ALBA 12-5 
 5. EWE Baskets 12-6 
 6. Art.Dragons 11-9 
 7. TBB Trier 10-9 
 8. s.Oliver Baskets 9-10 
 9. Phoenix Hagen 9-10 
 10. Telekom Baskets 9-10 
 11. Bremerhaven 9-10 
 12. Bayreuth 9-11 
 13. Walter Tigers 9-11 
 14. MBC 8-11 
 15. Fraport SKY 6-13 
 16. NY Phantoms 6-13 
 17. Neckar L'burg 6-14 
 18. LTi 46ers 4-15 

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 7: Brose Bask. - s.Oliver Baskets 96-75
Jan. 9: TBB Trier - Neckar L'burg 79-73
Jan. 9: Bayreuth - Telekom Baskets 77-61
Jan. 9: Walter Tigers - Art.Dragons 72-71
Jan. 30: NY Phantoms - B.Muenchen 70-75
Feb. 13: Ratiopharm - LTi 46ers
Feb. 13: Phoenix Hagen - EWE Baskets
Feb. 13: s.Oliver Baskets - MBC
Mar. 3: Fraport SKY - ALBA
Apr. 23: Bremerhaven - Brose Bask.


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 17.1
 1. White, Phoenix17.1 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.7 
 3. Bell, Phoenix Hagen16.1 
 4. Brooks, LTi 46ers15.9 
 5. Peacock, Fraport15.7 
 6. Burrell, Bremerha.15.2 
 7. Thompson, ALBA15.2 
 8. Turek, Neckar L.13.9 
 9. Redding, Walter T.13.7 
 10. Rice, B.Muenchen13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.0 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets7.8 
 3. Anderson, s.Oliv.7.2 
 4. Robertson, Fraport7.2 
 5. King, Art.Dragons6.9 
 6. Burtschi, Bremerha.6.8 
 7. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.5 
 8. Ford, Brose Bask.6.5 
 9. McGhee, Bayreuth6.4 
 10. Boateng, NY Phan.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.5 
 2. Rice, B.Muenchen4.9 
 3. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.4 
 4. White, Phoenix4.2 
 5. Gibson, Fraport SKY3.9 
 6. Burrell, Bremerha.3.8 
 7. Redding, Walter T.3.8 
 8. Wood, ALBA3.7 
 9. Timberlake, MBC3.6 
 10. Schaffartzik, AL.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Wayne BERNARD
  Neckar L.
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bernard, Neckar L.2.0 
 2. Robertson, Fraport1.9 
 3. White, Phoenix1.7 
 4. Linhart, TBB Trier1.6 
 5. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.6 
 6. Burtschi, Bremerha.1.5 
 7. Wood, ALBA1.5 
 8. Gibson, Fraport SKY1.5 
 9. Duggins, Walter T.1.4 
 10. Halperin, B.Mue.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dino GREGORY
  Phoenix .
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gregory, Phoenix1.8 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.6 
 3. Ford, Brose Bask.1.4 
 4. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.3 
 5. Morrison, Bremerha.1.2 
 6. Pantelic, MBC1.2 
 7. Turek, Neckar L.1.0 
 8. King, Art.Dragons1.0 
 9. Homan, B.Muenchen1.0 
 10. Frease, Walter T.1.0 


EuroCup: Ulm stun Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News

Ratiopharm Ulm - Galatasaray 91:70

Ratiopharm Ulm celebrated a confident win over Galatasaray in the fourth round of EuroCup Last 16. John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) stepped up with 20 points and 17 rebounds to pace the hosts to the second win in Group L. They caught up with Galatasaray in the standings.
Ratiopharm Ulm did not waste too much time taking the lead in this one. The hosts jumped to a 12:2 advantage early in the game. They marched to a 25:17 lead after ten minutes. Ulm ensured a 29:17 advantage early in the second period. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the quarter. They established a 39:33 buffer at halftime. But Galatasaray opened the second half with six points in a row to level things up at 39. Ulm quickly regained the advantage and led by three points at the final break 56:53. Ulm tipped off the fourth quarter on a staggering 17:2 rally to leave their opponents behind. Galatasaray never recovered as Ratiopharm Ulm coasted the victory afterwards. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) notched 18 points, while Sebastian Betz (198-F-85, agency: Pro One Sports) had 13 points for the winning side. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU) answered with 23 points for Galatasaray. Ersin Dagli (203-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) and Milan Macvan (205-PF-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) had 10 points each in the loss.

Ratiopharm Ulm: John Bryant 20+17 boards, Allan Ray 18, Sebastian Betz 13
Galatasaray: Carlos Arroyo 23, Ersin Dagli 10, Milan Macvan 10



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

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

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Dallas Mavericks (19-26) in their last game. Despite Nowitzki's very good performance the Dallas Mavericks were edged 106-104 on the road by the Portland Trail Blazers. He was the top scorer with 26 points. Nowitzki also added 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 34 minutes on the court. It's Nowitzki's 15th season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Nowitzki averages: 14.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 44.1%, 3FGP: 37.0% and FT: 79.0% in the 18 games he played so far. He played for the German senior national team two years ago.

Christian Standhardinger
Christian Standhardinger
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international forward Christian Standhardinger (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States). Standhardinger led Hawaii to a victory against the Univ. of California-Santa Barbara (3-5) 78-73 in the NCAA last Saturday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 31 points and getting 16 rebounds. Standhardinger also added 2 blocks. The University of Hawaii has 4-4 conference record this season. Standhardinger has relatively good stats this year: 14.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 44.1%, 3FGP: 37.0% and FT: 79.0%. He has a dual citizenship: Filipino and German. Standhardinger played for the German U20 national team in 2009.

Elias Harris
Elias Harris
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Elias Harris (203-89, currently studies in the States). He contributed to an easy victory against the Brigham Young University (6-2) crushing them 83-63 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Harris had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 33 minutes. The Gonzaga University has quite an impressive 6-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all six games in the conference. Harris is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Gonzaga's roster. This season Harris has relatively solid stats: 14.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 44.1%, 3FGP: 37.0% and FT: 79.0% in the 18 games. He is also a member of the German senior national team.

Chris Kaman
Chris Kaman
   #4. Center Chris Kaman (213-82, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dirk Nowitzki. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Kaman was not able to help the Dallas Mavericks (19-26) in their game against the San Antonio Spurs (36-11). He scored 8 points. The Dallas Mavericks were defeated 113-107 in San Antonio by the Spurs. It's Kaman's first season with the team. This year Kaman has very high stats. He averages: 12.4ppg and 6.2rpg. Kaman is a naturalized American. He used to play for the German national team back in 2011. Strangely Kaman has never played in Germany.

Chad Toppert
Chad Toppert
   #5. Former international guard Chad Toppert (201-85, college: N.Mexico, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a CAI Zaragoza's victory against the 14th-ranked CB Canarias (7-12) 81-67 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. CAI Zaragoza (11-8) is placed seventh in the ACB. Toppert's overall stats this season are: 4.3ppg and 2.1rpg. He is a naturalized American. Toppert used to play for the German national team three years ago. Apparently he has never played in Germany.

Tibor Pleiss
Tibor Pleiss
   #6. Center Tibor Pleiss (215-89, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Caja Laboral Vitoria in a victory against the 13th-ranked Cajasol (7-12) 86-82 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. Pleiss recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 12 minutes. Caja Laboral Vitoria (16-3) is placed second in the ACB. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. This year Pleiss' overall stats are: 5.5ppg and 4.8rpg in the 16 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior German National Team roster.

Sebastian Koch
Sebastian Koch
   #7. Former U18 international guard Sebastian Koch (203-91, is currently at the American university) helped Elon win their game against the Univ.of Tennessee - Chattanooga (3-5) crushing them 85-61 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Koch scored 7 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 6 assists. The Elon University has a solid 6-2 conference record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Koch's total stats this season are: 4.1ppg and 1.6rpg. He used to play for the German U18 national team four years ago.

Kevin Bright
Kevin Bright
   #8. Swingman Kevin Bright (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Vanderbilt win their game against the Auburn University (2-4) 73-61 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Bright scored 12 points in 33 minutes. The Vanderbilt University has rather weak 2-4 conference record this season. This year Bright's total stats are: 4.1ppg and 1.6rpg in the 14 games. He plays currently for the German U20 national team.

Tilo Klette
Tilo Klette
   #9. Former U22 international power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese JBL was not able to secure a victory for Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo (3-23) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Klette's good performance the bottom-ranked Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo was edged 75-73 in Kanagawa by the higher-ranked Toshiba Thunders (#5). He recorded 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Klette has reliable stats this season: 12.9ppg and 6.5rpg. He used to play for the German U22 national team fourteen years ago.

Dennis Ogbe
Dennis Ogbe
   #10. Forward Dennis Ogbe (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Tenn Tech win their game against the Austin Peay State University (1-7) 70-52 in the NCAA last Saturday. He scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 29 minutes. The Tennessee Tech University has 3-5 conference record this season. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Ogbe's stats this year are: 12.7ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.8apg in the 23 games. He is a former U20 international player as two years ago he still played for the German national team.

   #11. U20 international point guard Mario Blessing (188-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped USC Upstate win their game against the East Tennessee State University 88-71 in the NCAA on Monday night. Blessing recorded 7 points and added 4 assists. Blessing averaged so far 12.7ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.8apg. He plays currently for the German U20 national team.

   #12. International shooting guard Patrick Heckmann (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Boston Coll. (1-6) in their last game. Despite Heckmann's good performance the Boston Coll. lost 70-82 at home to the University of North Carolina. He scored 12 points in a mere 19 minutes. Heckmann has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.3apg in the 16 games. He is also in the roster of the German national team.

   #13. Former U18 international guard Thomas Reuter (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped E.Washington win their game against the Portland State University 76-65 in the NCAA in Monday night's game. Reuter recorded 8 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. He has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.3apg. Reuter used to play for the German U18 national team three years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international guard Maodo Lo (190-92, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Columbia (1-1) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Columbia was edged 66-63 on their home court in New York , NY by the Cornell University. Lo scored 11 points in 20 minutes. He has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.3apg in the 16 games. Lo used to play for the German U20 national team back in 2011.

   #15. Former U20 international point guard T.J. DiLeo (190-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Temple win their game against the University of Pennsylvania 76-69 in a derby game in the NCAA last Wednesday. DiLeo scored 6 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. He averaged so far 10.7ppg and 5.4rpg. DiLeo is a naturalized American. He used to play for the German U20 national team three years ago. Interesting that DiLeo has never played in Germany.

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

   #1. Experienced Federico Kammerichs (202-F-80, currently plays in Argentina) led Regatas Corrientes to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Olimpico de La Banda (18-14) crushing them 84-60 in the Argentinian LigaA last Sunday. He scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 20 minutes. Regatas Corrientes (23-8) is placed first in the LigaA. Kammerichs is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders with 8.1rpg. This year he also averages: 10.2ppg and 1.6apg in the 31 games he played so far. Kammerichs has a dual citizenship: German and Argentinian.

   #2. Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Belgium) contributed to a Base Oostende's victory against the closely-ranked Okapi Aalstar (8-6) 73-63 in the Belgian Ethias League last Friday. Stojic scored 6 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Telenet Oostende (10-4) is placed first in the Ethias League. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Stojic has reliable stats this season: 13.2ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.8apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and German.

   #3. Robert Tomaszek (204-F-81, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL could not help Energa Czarni (9-9) to beat Asseco Prokom Gdynia (12-6). Tomaszek scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. Energa Czarni was crushed 85-60 on the road by the higher-ranked (#4) Asseco Prokom Gdynia. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Tomaszek's total stats are: 7.7ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3apg in the 16 games. He has both German and Polish nationalities.

   #4. Martin Seiferth (208-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) led E.Washington to a victory against the Portland State University (3-7) 76-65 in the NCAA in Monday night's game. Seiferth recorded 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks. The Eastern Washington University has not so impressive 3-7 conference record this season. It was E.Washington's first victory after four consecutive loses. Seiferth's total stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3apg.

   #5. Ismar Seferagic (201-F, currently plays in Canada) helped University of Windsor win their game against the Marauders (7-8) 80-73 in the Canadian university league CIS last Wednesday. He scored 13 points in only a mere 10 minutes. The University of Windsor has quite an impressive 12-3 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Seferagic's total stats are: 4.1ppg and 1.6rpg in the 14 games. He also holds two passports: German and Canadian.

   #6. Ben Rice (195-F-90, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, currently plays in Israel) managed to help Bnei Eshet Tours Hasharon in a victory against the league outsider Hapoel Holon crushing them 103-77 in the Israeli Winner League on Sunday night. Rice scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 16 minutes. Rice has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.6apg in the 15 games. He has Israeli and German nationalities.

   #7. Julian Sensley (206-F-82, college: Hawaii, currently plays in South Korea) helped Dongbu Promy win their game against the closely-ranked LG Sakers 79-71 in the South Korean KBL in Tuesday night's game. Sensley scored 8 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Sensley averaged so far 12.7ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.8apg. He is a naturalized American. Interesting that Sensley has never played in Germany.

   #8. Robert Sarovic (205-F-78, currently plays in Romania) was not able to help Timisoara in their game against U-Mobitelco in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Sarovic recorded 7 points in 32 minutes. His team lost 84-95. Sarovic averaged so far 10.8ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.4apg in the 18 games. He has dual citizenship: Serbian and German.

   #9. Kiril Wachsmann (203-C/F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Melilla Baloncesto (4-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Wachsmann's good performance the bottom-ranked Melilla Baloncesto was defeated 83-78 in Barcelona by the higher-ranked FCB Regal II (#11). He recorded 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Wachsmann is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.3apg.

   #10. Josh Lockett (203-F/C-89, college: Georgetown, KY, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL couldn't help the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers (0-19) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Liverpool Mersey Tigers was crushed 121-58 in Newcastle by the leading Eagles. Lockett was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 8 rebounds. Lockett averaged so far 10.7ppg and 5.4rpg. He is a naturalized American.



Ratiopharm Ulm Bring In Brian Cusworth - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



As if big man banger John Bryant wasnt enough, ratiopharm Ulm have pulled out another big man out of their sleeves bringing in Brian Cusworth (213-C-84, college: Harvard). Cusworth is a 28 yera old 213cm center form St Louis that is playing his sixth professional season. This season he played briefly for ex ratiopharm Ulm coach Mike Taylor for D-league team Maine Red Claws playing three games and averaging three minutes. Last season he played for : Assignia Manresa (Spain-ACB). He has hardly played the last three seasons playing only four games. "We have been following Brian for some time now and saw him at a work out at the NBA summer league in Las Vegas. He is a moveable and athletic center that has played well in Europe", stressed Thomas Stoll.

He started his basketball career at Harvard (NCAA) in 2002 playing a total of 86 NCAA games. He started his professional basketball career in 2007 for Tartu Ulikool/Rock (Estonia-KML, starting five): Baltic League: 20 games: 15.3ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 72.2%; FIBA EuroCup: 13 games: 12.9ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 56.2%, FT: 71.1%; Estonian League: 18 games: Score-3 (18.4ppg), 6.3rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 77.2%. In 2008-2009, he played for : Leche Rio Breogan Lugo (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 30 games: 15.9ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.2apg, 1.4spg, Blocks-5 (1.3bpg), FGP: 52.1%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 77.4%. In 2009-2010, he played for Basquet Manresa (Spain-ACB, starting five): 23 games: 9.7ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 80.0%. Awards/Achievements in his career have been All-Ivy League 2nd Team -05, All-Ivy League Honorable Mention -06, Baltic League All-Star Game -08Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Honorable Mention -08, FIBA EuroCup Semifinals -08, FIBA EuroCup All-Star Game -08, Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Eurocup 2ndTeam -08, Eurobasket.com FIBA Eurocup All-Imports Team -08, All-Estonian Most Valuable Player -08, Estonian League Champion -08, Estonian League Regular Season Champion -08, Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Player of the Year -08, Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Center of the Year -08, Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Import Player of the Year -08, Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League 1st Team -08, Eurobasket.com Estonian League All-Imports Team -08, Eurobasket.com Estonian League All-Defensive Team -08, and Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention -09


Source: ratiopharm Ulm





Tony Gaffney (FIATC Joventut) It Is Impossible To Replace Jared Jordan - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Tony Gaffney (204-F-84, college: Massachusetts) is a 28 year old 204cm forward from Berkely, Massachusetts that is playing for FIATC Joventut Badalona this season. He is a forward who brings a high level of energy and athleticism to any teams he joins. He is a tenacious rebounder and great defender. He was the Atlantic 10 Conference defensive player of the year in 2008-09, and one of the nation's leading shot-blockers. He played at Boston University from 2004-2006 and then went to Massachusetts (NCAA) where he played from 2006-2009. In his senior year, he played 30 games: 11.5ppg, RebA10-2 (10.2rpg), 1.7apg, StealsA10-2 (2.0spg), BlocksNCAA-3 (3.8bpg), FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 64.6%: Finished career at UMass ranked seventh all-time in blocks (174). In 2009-2010, he played for Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (Israel-Premier League): 1 game: 2pts, 2reb, 1steal, 1block, but left next month, in Apr.'10 moved to Boston Celtics (NBA). In 2010-2011, he played for the Boston Celtics (NBA), in Oct.'10 moved to Turk Telekom Ankara (Turkey-TBL): Turkish League: 8 games: 6.0ppg, 2.4rpg, FGP: 63.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 80.0%; EuroChallenge: 3 games: 8.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.0spg; left in Jan.'11, same month acquired by Utah Flash (D-League): 38 games: 10.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.3apg, 1.4spg, Blocks-4 (2.3bpg), FGP: 55.9%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 66.7%. Last season he played for the Telekom Baskets Bonn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): German League: 37 games: 12.9ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, Blocks-1 (1.8bpg), FGP: 63.1%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 68.8%; EuroChallenge: 12 games: 11.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3spg, Blocks-1 (2.1bpg), FGP: 63.0%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 58.8%He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

How well have you digested the New England Patriots loss against the Baltimore Ravens?

I have not digested it well. I am a diehard Patriots fan, but I have to admit that the Ravens were simply better than the Patriots were on this night. I am happy though that Ray Lewis has another chance to win a Superbowl.

Was this the last chance for the New England Patriots and Tom Brady or will they come back? Tom Brady is turning 36 this year.

I think that Tom Brady has 2-3 more good years left of playoff football. I think that the Patriots will do what they do each year and come back strong and be in the hunt again. I think that Brady is still the smartest quarterback and best arm in the NFL.

If you had to rank the top four Boston sports teams how would you rank them?

Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins. I was under contract with the Boston Celtics for 6-7 months and I still have a warm spot for them.

Who will win the 2013 Superbowl 49ers or Ravens?

Well the 49ers have been the early favorite, but I have this funny feeling that the Ravens are going to do it. My buddy Kenny Hasbrouck isnt going to be happy with my prediction, but I know that my man Rickey Harris will be happy with it.

You are playing your first season in the ACB and are averaging 10,9ppg, 5,6rpg, 1,8apg, 1,5spg and 1,2bpg. The transition seems to have run smoothly for you.

I had a good season last year with Bonn and I worked very hard last summer getting ready for this season. The ACB is a great league where you always have to be ready and there is 0 cake walk in the ACB.

You still have close ties to Bonn. How tough was it leaving Bonn.

It was tough leaving. I was in Bonn for new years and new year day. It feels like a second home. It was a business decision leaving and coming to the ACB was best for my career. Maybe the Bonn fans will see me in magenta colors again in the future.


What do you miss more hanging out with Andrej Mangold or catching ally-op passes von Jared Jordan?

I miss hanging out with Andrej Mangold while catching ally-op passes from Jared Jordan.


What is your role with FIATC Joventut?

My role is to do all similar to what it was with Bonn. I am one of the older players on the team and should be a leader. I have embraced my role well. I am here to score, play defense and push the ball forward on transition.


Do you have to change your style a bit to what you saw in the lower league Beko BBL?

I have to use more of my athletic ability and speed.

Is Corey Fischer a good replacement for Jared Jordan with ally-op passes?

It is impossible to replace Jared Jordan, but Corey Fischer is a fun kind of point guard. He can do so much with scoring, pass and get the team out on the break.

Even if you are currently not in the NBA, isnt the ACB like the European NBA for you?

Yes it is. There are always NBA general managers courtside. There are thousands of fans at every game and wherever you go in the city, people know you. The NBA is a league of their own, but the ACB is a very special league and I will enjoy it even more if we continue to win.

What is the toughest for you game in and game out in the ACB?

The toughest thing is the challenge in every game. The skill level of the position four in the ACB is up with the NBA. Every night I play against ex NBA players or guys that play in national teams. All can shoot, post up and put the ball on the floor. I am thankful for having this chance to showcase my skills against the best players.

You lost too Real Madrid recently. How was it playing against Marcus Slaughter who you know well?

He is a good friend of mine. We talked before and after the game. WE have smilar games, but I am more outside and he is inside, but our game is defined from the defensive end, blocking shots, dunking and getting the crowd into the game. I strive to be like him an dplay for a Euroleague team someday. We will have dinner soon. It is always nice seeing him.

What is wrong with FC Barcelona? They have a record of 11-8.

They are playing very well in Euroleague, but the ACB is a tough league. There are more than four teams that could play well in Euroleague. Barcelona has a tough schedule, play 3-4 games a week plus all the travel.


You recently played against big man Nathan Jawai. Was he the biggest guy that you ever played against?

Well I played against Shaq with the Boston Celtics, but with Jawai it is as close as it gets. He is a good guy and a big boy. He really knows how to use his body and how to rebound. I didnt have to cover him except for a few switches.

Who was the best player that you have played against in the ACB this season?

It has to be Erazem Lorbek who has played everywhere with top teams in Europe. He might be the bets post player in Europe. He moves so well with his 6.10 body. Spencer Nelson also is a tough player who has been around for years.

What is your favorite place in Barcelona?

I like Port Olympic at the water. There are nice lounges there and places to eat where you can go with your family.

Have you been to a FC Barcelona soccer game?

I have been to one game where they won 5-1 in the Spanisch league. The atmosphere is incredible and the fans are crazy. They are the best team in the world.

Do you have a favorite Spanisch food?

I like the Spanisch rice.


Rajon Rondo is out for the season. How will they react to this?

Rondo tearing his ACL is heartbreaking. He is a good friend of mine. The Boston Celtics are a good organization and they will find a way to win games. Paul Pierce can help out at the point. There have been rumors about Kyle Lowry being brought in. I think that they will be fine and will be right there in the playoffs.


I witnessed young NBA players like Kemba Walker and Austin Rivers refusing to sign autographes a few weeks ago in Boston. What is your take on autographes?

I disagree with players that dont sign. I sign for anyone anywhere. Even I f I was Michael Jordan I would sign. The reasons for the high pay role are the fans. If it takes putting a smile on a kids face is what matters. I would always sign.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

I have been watching the DVD series Sons of Anarchy


Thanks Tony for the chat.





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.



Fabian Boeke stays in Wedel through the 2013-14 season - by Moritz Korff

There are still six games left to play until the Pro B play offs will kick off, but SC Rist Wedel, the current runner-up of the North division, has already started to build its roster for the up and coming campaign. Fabian Boeke (208-PF-86, college: Washington St.) has agreed on a contract extension through the 2013-14 season, the club announced. The 26-year-old power forward is the team's leading rebounder (7.4rpg) and shot blocker (1.7bpg), he also scores 12.3 points per contest. "A lot of good things have been developing in Wedel over these past months and I want to be a part of it", Boeke said. "Fabian is a standout player in the Pro B with great skills and a great character", Rist head coach Sebastian Gleim stated.


Myles Hesson adds Brit Power to new era of Weissenhorn basketball - by Moritz Korff

It is one of the greatest success stories in the 2. Bundesliga Pro B this season. The Weissenhorn Youngstars have established themselves in the upper echelon of the standings, keeping hold on second place in the standings and impressing with a blend of youth and experience.
Behind a 34-point, 19-rebound effort by Myles Hesson (195-F-90, agency: Two Points), the Youngstars captured a 90-81 victory on the road over the Dresden Titans on Sunday: "We went there with seven guys but still had every intension of winning the game", Hesson told Eurobasket.com. "We knew that if we played smart defence and stayed out of foul trouble that we would give ourselves a good chance. Offensivley we really shared the ball and got out and run on the break as often as possible to use our youth and energy to our advantage. We also dominated on the glass which gave us some extra possesions and easy points."

Setting personal Pro B career highs in scoring and rebounding against the Titans, the British forward powered the Youngstars to their seventh win in the past ten games. Thus, Hesson continued his stellar all-star-like performances he has been showing since resuming the season following the christmas break - not to mention that he has been the Youngstars' go-to-guy ever since joining the team in September 2012. Hesson has averaged 24.2 points and 12.2 rebounds in five games played in 2013 and looks like a surefire candidate for winning Pro B Player of the Month honors: "I haven't really shot the ball well at all this season so I have made a more concerted effort to get to the basket and it worked out better for me so far [in 2013]."

Truth to be told, the current success has been enabled by a total makeover. Weissenhorn basketball has changed its face significantly and reorganized its structure and personnel. It started following a devastating 2011-12 season which saw the Weissenhorn Panthers spending most of the time at the bottom of the Pro B South standings. They saved the Pro B spot though, holding off Wolfenbuettel in the play-out series, but nonetheless, the organization was on the edge of giving up. That's when BBL team ratiopharm Ulm came in. Fresh off an appearance in the BBL finals, the organization took over Weissenhorn basketball, installed a new name, a new look and a new intention. The team should help to nurture talent and develop young players in order to prepare them for one day joining the BBL ranks. The Weissenhorn Panthers had turned into the Weissenhorn Youngstars aka the ratiopharm Ulm feeder team.
And the decision makers were able to entice some of the most promising German hopefuls to come to Weissenhorn, including Daniel Theis (203-PF-92), Till-Joscha Joenke (190-PG-92) and Kay Gausa (199-F-92) who received "double licenses" to primarily work out with the BBL team, while gaining playing time with the Weissenhorn side. Juggling the demands of two teams can be challenging for these young guns at times, but they are handling it well, Hesson said: "They work extremely hard and make as many practices with us as they can, they rarely miss any. I also try to practice with them [Ulm's BBL team] when I can. Playing against players of that level is only going to make you better and makes it a bit eaiser when it comes to playing our games."

With Maksym Shtein (206-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops) and Christian Grosse (180-G-84) being the sole veterans on the Youngstars' roster, the team is stuffed with talent which turns out to be a handful for most of the opposing teams: "Being such a young team helps us against other teams in this league because we play with that extra bit of energy and enthusiasm which u may not find in an older team, we try to exploit this wen we fast break, most teams can't keep up with us once we get going", Hesson said.

When looking for some help from abroad in pre-season the Weissenhorn Youngstars stuck to their criteria and signed Hesson, a young British forward who despite being just 22 years of age would provide experience and leadership. The 22-year-old forward had worked with Weissenhorn Tim Lewis before and didn't think twice, when being presented with the opportunity: "He [Lewis] was the main factor in me signing for Weissenhorn", Hesson said. "I reached out to him before the start of the season as I hadn't found a job in Europe and really wanted to make the move from the British 1st league. He pulled some strings and made it possible for me to play two preseason games for them, so I flew out the next day with just a small bag and I signed a few days later."

Only a couple of weeks prior to making his way to Germany, Hesson had attended the Olympic training camp of Team Great Britain in Houston, Texas. "Being in Houston with the national team was a dream come true. Training was intense and going up against NBA level players twice a day was brilliant for my development. Trying to guard Luol [Deng] in practice was a difficult task but was great for me, I learned a lot."

And he is showing it, which bodes well for the team's continued success this season. The Youngstars might be in the mix for a deep play off run.
"I think if we all remain healthy and keep improving game to game we will have a good run in the playoffs and hopefully make it to the finals", Hesson said. "I haven't seen what the competition in the north is like yet, so I'm looking forward to that."



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

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

Kostas Vasiliadis
Kostas Vasiliadis
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, agency: FCM, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Gescrap BB (12-7) in their last game. Despite Vasiliadis' very good performance Gescrap BB was edged in an overtime 87-85 on the road by the lower-ranked (#6) Regal FC Barcelona. He was the top scorer with 24 points in 23 minutes on the court. Vasiliadis is ranked fifth on the list of the top scorers in the league with 14.7ppg. He also averaged so far 3.1rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 58.1%(36-62), 3FGP: 35.4% and FT: 91.1%(72-79) in the 19 games he played so far. Vasiliadis is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Loukas Mavrokefalidis
Loukas Mavrokefalidis
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84, currently plays in Eurocup). He led his Russian team Spartak St.Petersburg to a victory over the closely-ranked Stelmet ZG (1-3) crushing them 89-69 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. Mavrokefalidis was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Spartak St.Petersburg (3-1) is placed second in group K. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Mavrokefalidis has relatively good stats this season: 13.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 52.0% and FT: 73.3%. He played for the Greek national team in 2011.

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA). Koufos contributed to a 1-point Denver Nuggets' victory against the Indiana Pacers (27-19) 102-101 in the NBA on Monday night. He scored 9 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 36 minutes. The Denver Nuggets have a solid 29-18 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Koufos has relatively solid stats: 8.1ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 60.6%(171-282) and FT: 56.1% in the 46 games. He is a naturalized American. Koufos played for the Greek national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #4. Guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kostas Vasiliadis. But that was another game of his team in Eurocup which we would like to mention. Zisis contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Valencia Basket (2-2) 91-76. He scored 14 points. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (2-2) is placed second in group J. This season Zisis averages: 9.3ppg, 1.6rpg and 4.0apg. He is also Greek national team player.

Nick Calathes
Nick Calathes
   #5. International point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to Lokomotiv's victory against the fourth-ranked Cajasol (0-4) 83-72 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. Calathes recorded 11 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals in 38 minutes. Lokomotiv Kuban (4-0) is placed first in group K. So far his team won all four games in the Top 16. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game is very crucial. It's Calathes' first season with the team. Calathes is currently second on the list of best passers with 7.2apg. This year he also averages: 14.0ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.7spg in the 10 games. Calathes is a naturalized American. He plays currently for the Greek national team. Calathes used to play for 3-year contract with Panathinaikos Athens in Greek league.

Mihalis Kakiouzis
Mihalis Kakiouzis
   #6. An experienced forward Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-76, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Switzerland) was the main contributor in a SAV Vacallo's victory against the seventh-ranked Boncourt (6-10) crushing them 98-64 in the Swiss LNA on Tuesday night. He was the best player in that game. Kakiouzis recorded a double-double by scoring 37 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 5 assists, 2 blocks and 3 steals. SAV Vacallo Basket (11-5) is placed third in the LNA. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Kakiouzis is currently sixth on the list of best rebounders. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Kakiouzis averages: 15.5ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.3apg and 2.0spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Greek senior team six years ago.

Kostas Kaimakoglou
Kostas Kaimakoglou
   #7. International power forward Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-83, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to an easy victory against the leader Zvezda (2-2) 78-59 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Kaimakoglou scored 11 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 33 minutes. Unics Kazan (2-2) is placed fourth in group L. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be extremely important. Kaimakoglou has reliable stats this year: 12.4ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.9apg in the eight games. He is also Greek national team player.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #8. Power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kostas Kaimakoglou and both played together in the last Eurocup game. Vougioukas contributed to an easy victory against the leader Zvezda (2-2) 78-59. He scored 10 points, had 4 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Vougioukas belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #5. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1bpg. Vougioukas plays currently for the Greek national team.

Antonis Fotsis
Antonis Fotsis
   #9. International forward Antonis Fotsis (209-81, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked SAIE3 BO (6-11) crushing them 91-68 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Fotsis scored 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (10-7) is placed sixth in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Fotsis' overall stats this season are: 7.2ppg and 3.9rpg. He is also in the roster of the Greek national team.

Christos Tapoutos
Christos Tapoutos
   #10. Forward Christos Tapoutos (203-82, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to help Olin Edirne (3-13) in their last game. Despite Tapoutos' very good performance the bottom-ranked Olin Edirne was edged 85-82 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#11) Gaziantep. He was the second best scorer with 17 points in 32 minutes. It was Olin Edirne's seventh consecutive loss in a row. This year Tapoutos' overall stats are: 9.8ppg and 4.2rpg in the 13 games. He is a former international player as eight years ago he still played for the Greek senior national team.

   #11. Former international swingman Dimitrios Tsaldaris (194-80, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA was not able to secure a victory for Angelico Biella (3-14) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Angelico Biella was defeated 89-76 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked VL_Pesaro (#14). Tsaldaris scored 15 points. Tsaldaris averaged so far 11.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the Greek national team four years ago.

   #12. U18 international swingman Ioannis Papapetrou (203-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Texas Tech University 73-57 in the NCAA last Saturday. Papapetrou scored 15 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 25 minutes. This year Papapetrou's total stats are: 1.6ppg and 2.1rpg in the 10 games. He is also in the roster of the Greek U18 national team.

   #13. Former University international center Giorgos Galiotos (213-86, also represented by Interperformances, 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 on Saturday night. Galiotos recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 16 rebounds. Galiotos is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has averaged so far 9.1ppg and 9.1rpg. Galiotos used to play for the Greek university national team four years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international center Stavros Toutziarakis (210-87, another player represented by FCM, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan couldn't help Solna Vikings (15-9) in their last game. Despite his good performance Solna Vikings lost 87-101 in Sundsvall to the leading Dragons. Toutziarakis scored 12 points in 22 minutes. His stats this year are: 12.3ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.1apg in the 23 games. Toutziarakis used to play for the Greek U20 national team back in 2007.

   #15. Former U18 international forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an CB Canarias' victory against the ninth-ranked Asefa Estudiantes 84-79 in the Spanish ACB on Tuesday night. He scored 6 points in only 11 minutes. Lampropoulos has averaged so far 6.1ppg and 3.3rpg in the 19 games. He used to play for the Greek U18 national team ten years ago.

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

   #1. Pat Calathes (208-G/F-85, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli Winner League could not help Maccabi Haifa (9-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance Maccabi Haifa lost 64-76 on the road to the leading Maccabi T-A. Calathes was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 31 minutes. Calathes is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 9.6rpg. This year his other stats are: 14.7ppg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg in the 15 games he played so far. Calathes is a naturalized American. He used to play for Costa Cafe Marousi in Greek league.

   #2. Giannis Demertzis (194-PG-83, currently plays in Cyprus) led Keravnos to a 1-point victory against the fifth-ranked Apoel (8-8) 75-74 in the Cypriot Division A on Saturday night. Demertzis scored 14 points. Keravnos Strovolou (13-3) is placed first in the Division A. Demertzis belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #4. His total stats this season are: 5.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.1apg and 1.4spg.

   #3. Dan Mavraides (193-G-88, college: Princeton, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a 1-point Juvecaserta's victory against the closely-ranked Vanoli Cremona (6-11) 74-73 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Mavraides scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. Co.Fi.Ba JuveCaserta (8-9) is placed tenth in the SerieA. This year Mavraides' total stats are: 8.1ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3spg in the seven games. He is a naturalized American. Mavraides used to play for Aris Thessaloniki in Greek league.

   #4. Corey Petros (208-F/C-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Oakland to an easy victory against the Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ-Indianapolis (1-9) 89-71 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Petros had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds in 32 minutes. The Oakland University has 5-4 conference record this season. Petros' stats this year are: 11.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.5apg in the two games. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Petros has never played in Greece.

   #5. Experienced Alexey Savrasenko (215-C-79, currently plays in Eurocup) managed to help Lokomotiv Kuban to win against the fourth-ranked Cajasol (0-4) 83-72 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Lokomotiv Kuban (4-0) is placed first in group K. So far his team won all four games in the Top 16. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. Savrasenko's total stats this season are: 1.6ppg and 2.1rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Russian.

   #6. Peter Pappageorge (183-G, currently studies in the States) led Long Beach St. to an easy victory against the University of California-Irvine crushing them 81-59 in the NCAA last Saturday. He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Pappageorge averaged so far 12.3ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.1apg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Pappageorge has never played in Greece.

   #7. Angelo Tsagarakis (190-G-84, currently plays in France) was not able to help Chalons-Reims in their game against Fos Ouest in the French ProB (second division). Despite his good performance in Friday night's game Tsagarakis was the second best scorer with 11 points. He averaged so far 14.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg. Tsagarakis is another player who holds two passports: Greek and French. Despite his Greek nationality, Tsagarakis previously played for the French U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.

   #8. Alex Hill (196-G-90, college: Cornell, currently plays in Canada) was not able to secure a victory for the University of Toronto in their game against the Golden Gaels in the Canadian university league CIS, despite his good performance last Saturday. He scored 12 points, grabbed 5 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 3 balls in 26 minutes. But his team was edged 77-76. Hill is currently sixth on the list of top scorers with 20.3ppg. This year he also averages: 5.4rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg in the 14 games. Hill has both Greek and Canadian nationalities.

   #9. Nick Paulos (201-G/F-91, is currently at the American university) led NC-Greensboro to a victory against the Univ.of Tennessee - Chattanooga 77-69 in the NCAA on Sunday night. He scored 11 points. Paulos has averaged so far, 5.4rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Paulos has never played in Greece.

   #10. Triantafillos Tzakopoulos (187-G-85, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Duesseldorf Baskets' victory against the seventh-ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule 57-48 in the German ProA (second division) in Sunday night's game. He recorded 8 points and added 6 assists in 33 minutes. Tzakopoulos has averaged so far 7.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.4apg in the 19 games. He also holds two passports: Greek and Australian.



Jason Rowe joins KAO Dramas, ex BC Odessa - by Eurobasket News

KAO Dramas (A1) agreed terms with 35-year old American guard Jason Rowe (178-78, college: Loyola, MD, agency: Two Points). He played last season at BC Odessa in Ukrainian Superleague. In 17 games last year he had 13.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 5.2apg (top 4) and 1.4spg. He helped them to make it to the cup semifinals. Rowe also played at Prima Veroli (Lega2) in Italian league that season. In 10 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.3apg (top 4) and 2.8spg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Tofas (TBL) in Turkish league. In 30 games that year he recorded 13.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.6apg and 1.6spg.
In 2000 Rowe was drafted by Washington Congressionals (USBL) in seventh round (74th overall).
He attended Loyola College and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Rowe won Italian Lega Due Play-Offs championship title in 2010. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Honorable Mention back in 2009 and 2010.
Rowe is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Argentina (Independiente General Pico), France (JDA Dijon, Gravelines-Dunkerque and Hyeres-Toulon), Hungary, Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki) and Italy (Livorno and Banco di Sardegna Sassari).
Its very possible he may end his playing career at KAO Dramas.
On Rowe: In almost every way, Jason Rowe is the personification of what the prototypical point guard has become in the 90s. He possesses tremendous quickness, outstanding court vision, a solid understanding of basketballs nuances, strong leadership qualities and wonderful ballhandling skills - to go along with a consistent jumpshot with range out to 23 or 24 feet. But what sets Rowe apart from a large number of point guards is his ability to score. Anytime, from anywhere, if the offense breaks down, he can take his man to the bucket with a lightning-quick crossover dribble. Or he can pop into the lane and soar over his defender for a high-percentage jumpshot. Or he can step back and bury the three - open or under pressure. Or he can use his sprinters speed to beat an opponent down the court for a spectacular alley-oop dunk.

By Eurobasket Data Center



VAP Kolossos bring in Masse Doumbe - by Eurobasket News

VAP Kolossos strengthened their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Masse Doumbe (203-F-87, college: Northwood, FL). The forward will start his pro career in Greece. Masse Doumbe graduated from the Northwood University last year. He tallied 19.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in his senior season.


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BG Goettingen extends the contract of head coach Johan Roijakkers - by Fred Roggen

The Board of BG Goettingen, has extended the contract of head coach Johannes Roijakkers for one more year.
The Dutch coach, who joined the German squad in 2012, will now be attached with the team up to 2014. He is turning 33 this year.

Coach Assistant:
2003-2004: Quatro Bree (Belgium-D1): started the season as coach assistant, but in Apr.'04 was promoted to head coach position
2004-2005: Euphony Bree (Belgium-D1)
2005-2006: Euphony Bree (Belgium-D1)
2006-2007: Euphony Bree (Belgium-D1)
2007-2008: Dexia Mons-Hainaut (Belgium-D1)
2008-2009: Dexia Mons-Hainaut (Belgium-D1)
2009-2010: Dexia Mons-Hainaut (Belgium-D1)
2010-2011: Rio Grande Valley Vipers (NBA D-League)
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Head Coach:
2011-2012: BC Prievidza (Slovakia-Extraliga)
2012-2013: BG Goettingen (Germany-ProA)
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Awards/Achievements:
Belgian Cup Semifinals -04, 10
Belgian League Regular Season Runner-Up -05, 09
Belgian League Champion -05
Belgian League Semifinals -06, 08
Belgian League Finalist -07, 09
Belgian Supercup Winner -06
FIBA EuroCup Finals -08
Belgian Cup Finalist -08
Coach Assistant: Belgium U20 National Team -09
Coach Assistant: Dutch U15 National Team -10
Head Coach: Dutch U18 National Team -11-12
D-League West Conference Runner-Up -11
D-League Finalist -11
European Championships U18 Division B in Varna (Bulgaria) -11
Slovakian League Champion -12
Slovakian League Regular Season Runner-Up -12
Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Coach of the Year -12
European Championships U18 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) -12



ZZ Leiden lands guard Antoine Young - by Fred Roggen

Dutch powerhouse ZZ Leiden has beefed up its backourt by signing point guard Antoine Young (182-G-89, college: Creighton) for the remainder of the season, and will probably take over the place of Tony Gallo.
He arrives from Mexican side Lechugueros de Leon. Young played college basketball at Creighton University, in his senior year (11-12) Young averaged 12.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.4apg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 73.9% in 35 games.
He is considered an excellent defensive player and a scorer who can create shots for himself and others.




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

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

Obie Trotter
Obie Trotter
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Obie Trotter (188-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M, currently plays in Russia). He contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Enisey Krasnoyarsk (1-8) crushing them 84-44 in the Russian PBL in Sunday night's game. Trotter recorded 8 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 23 minutes on the court. BC Nizhny Novgorod (4-6) is placed sixth in the PBL. This year Trotter averages: 10.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.6apg, 2FGP: 48.6%, 3FGP: 30.8% and FT: 83.3% in the seven games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Trotter is currently a member of the Hungarian senior national team. He used to play for Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungarian league.

Adam Hanga
Adam Hanga
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Adam Hanga (200-89, agency: TSS Management, currently plays in Spain). Hanga contributed to an Assignia Manresa's surprising victory against the fifth-ranked G.Canaria 2014 (12-7) 75-65 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Assignia Manresa (4-15) is placed second from the bottom (#17) in the ACB. Hanga's overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 41.3%, 3FGP: 32.8% and FT: 70.8%. He is in the roster of the Hungarian senior national team.

Gyorgy Kinter
Gyorgy Kinter
   #3. The Hungarian player who performed third best last week abroad was former University international center Gyorgy Kinter (213-88, currently plays in Spain). Kinter was the major contributor in an Oviedo CB's victory against the closely-ranked Clinicas Rincon (9-5) 67-54 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Saturday night. He scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Oviedo Club Baloncesto (10-3) is placed second in the LEB Silver. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. This year Kinter's overall stats are: 5.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 2FGP: 68.8%(11-16) in the five games. He played for the Hungarian university national team two years ago.

Gergely Somogyi
Gergely Somogyi
   #4. Center Gergely Somogyi (216-89, college: UCSB, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) could not help Leyma Basquet (6-10) to beat Caceres Basket (7-9). He recorded only 4 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks in 19 minutes. Leyma Basquet was edged 66-63 on the road by the higher-ranked (#8) Caceres_Basket. It was Leyma Basquet's fifth consecutive loss in a row. It's Somogyi's first season with the team. This year Somogyi's total stats are: 3.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.0bpg in the four games. He is also Hungarian national team player.

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

   #1. Attila Kovacs (203-F-85, currently plays in Denmark) led Horsholm to an overtime victory over one of league's weakest teams Aarhus BC (5-16) 81-78 in the Danish Ligaen in Saturday night's game. Kovacs was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Horsholm 79ers (8-8) is placed fourth in the Ligaen. It's Kovacs' first season with the team. Kovacs has relatively good stats this year: 14.4ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.2apg.

   #2. Rosco Allen (206-F, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the one of league's weakest teams Stanford (4-4) to beat the University of Colorado (4-4). Allen scored 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Stanford was crushed 75-54 on the road by the University of Colorado. Allen has averaged so far 3.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.0bpg.

Other top Hungarian players, who play abroad:

Peter Lorant (206-PF-85) plays for Lottomatica Roma in Italian SerieA
Attila Vajda (204-C-81) plays for CSU Sibiu in Romanian Liga Nationala
Daniel Deri (91) plays for Gussing Knights in Austrian A Bundesliga
Laszlo Dobos (220-C-93) plays for El Olivar in Spanish EBA
Tamas Markus (180-G-89) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Mate Kovacs (190-G/F-96) plays for GC Zurich in Swiss LNB
David Balaton (188-G-90) plays for Stevnsgade in Danish 1st Division
Bojan Sormaz (187-G-86) plays for TSG Schwaebisch Hall in German 2.Regionalliga
Tamas Halmai (202-F/C-87) plays for Oberelchingen in German 2.Regionalliga
Bence Supola (84) plays for Muenchen DJK in German 2.Regionalliga

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



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  IBA   

IBA Stats Leaders

IBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Waller, RR 39.8
2 Blackmore, BCK 31.8
3 Edwards, KCS 31.4
4 Shaw, HD 29.7
5 Malone, RR 28.7
6 Baptist, KCS 28.5
7 Johnson, BCK 26.4
8 Bostick, KB 26.4
9 Warren, GS 25.5
10 Valencia, BCK 23.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 Warren, GS 14.1
2 Bapist, KCS 10.5
3 Shaw, HD 9.1
4 Lundy, BCK 8.9
5 Cobbs, KB 8.7
6 Parker, RR 8.4
7 Watkins, HD 7.6
8 Engelbrecht, RR 7.5
9 Malone, KCS 7.1
10 Valencia, BCK 7.0
Assists Per Game
1 Kyle, KCS 10.8
2 Sufi, LAL 9.3
3 Mayben, Al 6.6
4 Morris, KB 6.5
5 Johnson, AL 6.4
6 Skinner, LCS 6.4
7 Bobo, BCK 5.5
8 Motley, LC 5.3
9 Tyler, CR 5.2
10 Howard, GS 4.9



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Division 1. Valur takes the top seat - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Valur is now in top seat in Division 1 after they beat Breidablik and Hamar lost to Haukar. Hamar and Haukar now tight in second and third place. Hottur in fourth.
Results from last games.
Haukar 101 Hamar 95 This game was only close one in the end Haukar had a big lead in first half but gave up to much in second half.
Leading scorers for Haukar . Haukur Oskarsson 28. Terrence Watson ( Agent Icebasket) 25 + 17 rebounds. For Hamar. Jerry Lewis Hollins 29. Thorsteinn Ragnarsson 24
Breidablik 88 Valur 98. Top scorers. Chris Matthews 34 Thorsteinn Gunnlaugsson 23 for Breidablik. Ragnar Gylfason 34 Birgir Petursson 23 for Valur.
Hottur 90 IA 75. Just late in the game Hottur got the lead for good. IA with new Import player Kevin King Kevin Jolley (197-F-82, college: Quinnipiac).
Top scorers for Hottur. Frisco Sandidge (Agent Icebasket) 31 +10 board. Austin Bracey ( Agent Icebasket) 22 + 10 assist.
For IA. Kevin King Kevin Jolley 25 + 16 reb. Askell Jonsson 20 pts



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Iran NT Rosters for WABA Championship... - by Mohammad Ahmadi

Mehmed Becirovic, Head Coach of Iran National Team called 16 players for West Asia Basketball Championship. The interesting part of this list is being Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) and Mahdi Kamrani (186-PG-82) in the list. Two players that have announced in media that they won't play for Iran NT anymore after the problems of Mahran - Zanjan game, and their arguments with referees and federation commissioner, but later in their meeting with Boss of federation, they rejected this news and said it would be their honor to play for National Team. so we will have son of federation in NT rosters again.

The invited players are :
1 - Mahdi Kamrani
2 - Hamed Afagh (190-SG-83)
3 - Amir Sedighi (203-F-93)
4 - Hamed Sohrabnejad (203-PF-83)
5 - Rouzbeh Arghavan (214-C/F-88)
6 - Behnam Yakhchali (191-G-95)
7 - Aren Davoudichegani (185-PG-86)
8 - Oshin Sahakian (200-F-86)
9 - Javad Davari (185-G-83)
10 - Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86)
11 - Mohammad Jamshidi (197-SF-91)
12 - Vahid Dalirzahan (199-SF-95)
13 - Saleh Foroutannik (203-F/C-94)
14 - Yonas Lalehzadeh (195-G-89, college: Cal-Irvine)
15 - Mohammad Yousefvand
16 - Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami

Iran, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Iraq will start their games in Tehran from February 7 .



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  IRAQ   


Malcolm Battles ex Duhok signed with Al-Ittihad Schools in Jordan - by Ahmad Madwar

The american Power Forward / Center and one of the best players who came to Middle-east in this position Malcolm Battles (205-F/C-79, college: N.Mexico) agreed terms with Al-Ittihad Schools to play with the for rest of season, Malcolm started this season with Duhok in Iraq but he parted away with the team in December, after that he moved to the club which leading the league in Lebabnon Sagesse club .. and he played with them 2 games and he got really good average with 14ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.5apg, 1spg in 23.5 minutes per game .. it wasnot the first club in Lebanon he played for, in 2009-2010 season he played with Kahraba Zouk and he leaded the league in rebound with average 14.3rpg .. season 2010-2011 he played for Antranik Beirut and he had average 19.5ppg, 10.6rpg .. last season he helped Champville club "the club which won the league there" in 3 games to beat top teams there Riyadi, Anibal, Mouttahed, he signed with them for this short term to replace them injured player Garnett Thompson ..
Malcolm graduated from N.Mexico college in NCAA, and he played with a couple of teams in europe, Latin american, aftrica and asia .. he played in Venzuila, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Uruguay, Dominican Republic, Chile, Poland,Estonia, Kuwait, Tunisia, Kuwait, Oman and recently Iraq .. last season he helped Duhok to reach Waba quarterfinal .. Finally this is his Awards/Achievements:
Newcomer of the year -01
2nd Team All Conference -01
JUCO All-Conference 1st Team -00
Conference Rebound leader -00
Top 5 Scorer -00
All Freshman 1st Team -099
All-conference 3rd Team -99
All-Tournament Team -99
Top 25 JUCO All-American -99
Duarte, San Francisco Tourneo -07 (MVP): 33.6ppg, 12.3rpg, 4.6apg
Puerto Plata TBS Finals -09
Gulf Clubs Championships -10
Arab Club Championships -10
Asia-Basket.com Lebanese League All-Imports Team -10
PMA Basketball Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Honorable Mention -11
Dominican Republic San Francisco Tourneo MVP -11
WABA Club Championships -12 (quarterfinal)



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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
 Allen DURHAM
  Hapoel A.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Durham, Hapoel A.21.5 
 2. Westbrook, Hapoel21.1 
 3. Murray, Kiryat T.20.9 
 4. Laing, Macc.B.Y.20.5 
 5. Odiakosa, Hod H.20.4 
 6. Johnson, Hapoel K.19.1 
 7. Zelkovits, Ironi N.19.0 
 8. Iram, Macc.B.Y.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. Joyner, Maccabi9.9 
 6. Benn, Ironi N.9.9 
 7. McGhee, Elitzur9.9 
 8. Johnson, Hapoel K.9.6 
 9. Constantine, Hapoe.9.5 
 10. Kazarnovski, Hapo.9.3 
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. Grinboim, Ironi R.4.7 
 6. Gordon, Hapoel K.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. Hofman, Elitzur2.3 
 6. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.2.1 
 7. McGhee, Elitzur2.1 
 8. Gordon, Hapoel K.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. Tamir, Ironi R.0.9 



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  ITALY   

Standings - B1

Nazionale Standings
 1. Torino 17-3 
 2. Matera 14-6 
 3. Bari 12-8 
 4. Castelletto 12-8 
 5. Treviglio 12-8 
 6. Omegna 11-8 
 7. Agrigento 11-9 
 8. Lucca 11-9 
 9. Chieti 10-10 
 10. Casalpusterlengo 9-10 
 11. Reggio Calabr. 9-11 
 12. Firenze 8-10 
 13. Ferrara 8-11 
 14. Mirandola 8-12 
 15. Recanati 7-12 
 16. San Severo 7-13 
 17. Latina Basket 7-14 
 18. Perugia 5-15 
Folded
 1. Bologna 6-4 

Regular Season: Round 22

Jan. 30: Lucca - Matera 93-78
Jan. 30: Treviglio - Chieti 92-76
Jan. 30: Reggio Calabr. - Mirandola 76-67
Jan. 30: Ferrara - Firenze 73-62
Jan. 30: Agrigento - Latina Basket 72-80
Jan. 30: Bari - Perugia 70-63
Jan. 30: Casalpusterlengo - San Severo 69-63
Jan. 30: Castelletto - Torino 60-74

Regular Season: Round 23

Feb. 3: Firenze - Omegna
Feb. 3: Perugia - Agrigento
Feb. 3: Bologna - Bari
Feb. 3: Mirandola - Treviglio
Feb. 3: Chieti - Recanati
Feb. 3: San Severo - Ferrara
Feb. 3: Latina Basket - Castelletto
Feb. 3: Matera - Reggio Calabr.
Feb. 3: Torino - Lucca


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Davide POLTRONERI
  Perugia
  (195-SG-85)
  Avg: 20
 1. Poltroneri, Perugia20.0 
 2. Parente, Lucca17.5 
 3. Casadei, Firenze16.4 
 4. Wojciechowsk., Tor.16.2 
 5. Reati, Treviglio16.2 
 6. Bolzonella, Castel.16.0 
 7. Gueye, San Severo15.7 
 8. Ruggiero, Bari15.7 
 9. Pierini, Recanati15.3 
 10. Benfatto, Ferrara15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrea IANNILLI
  San Severo
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Iannilli, San Seve.11.4 
 2. Rossi, Chieti10.8 
 3. Wojciechowsk., Tor.9.0 
 4. Benfatto, Ferrara8.6 
 5. Pazzi, Castelletto8.6 
 6. Baldi Rossi, Torino8.5 
 7. Ihedioha, Castelle.8.2 
 8. Mancin, Mirandola7.6 
 9. Spizzichini, Firen.7.5 
 10. Bonessio, Bari7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jordan LOSI
  Mirandola
  (182-PG-80)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Losi, Mirandola5.8 
 2. Simoncelli, Castel.4.8 
 3. Marino, Casalp.4.4 
 4. Ferrarese, Trevigl.3.8 
 5. Rajola, Chieti3.7 
 6. Caroldi, Firenze3.5 
 7. Santolamazza, Lati.3.3 
 8. Mariani, Omegna3.0 
 9. Gnaccarini, Recana.2.9 
 10. Cantone, Matera2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Davide PARENTE
  Lucca
  (188-PG-83)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Parente, Lucca3.3 
 2. Cortesi, Ferrara3.3 
 3. Bonamente, Perugia3.2 
 4. Vico, Matera3.2 
 5. Maggio, San Severo3.0 
 6. Tavernelli, Latina2.9 
 7. Sanna, Firenze2.8 
 8. Spizzichini, Ferra.2.8 
 9. Caroldi, Firenze2.7 
 10. Capitanelli, Fire.2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.7 
 2. Rossi, Chieti1.3 
 3. Iannuzzi, Matera1.0 
 4. Del Brocco, San S.0.9 
 5. Gagliardo, Latina0.9 
 6. Mancin, Mirandola0.9 
 7. Iannilli, San Seve.0.9 
 8. Casadei, Firenze0.8 
 9. Pazzi, Castelletto0.7 
 10. Scarponi, San S.0.6 


Nazionale A Round 22: Matera loses to Lucca - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Lucca between second ranked Matera (14-6) and ninth ranked Lucca (11-9) on Wednesday night. Matera was defeated by Lucca on the road 78-93. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-78. Lucca made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Matera turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Davide Parente (188-83) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws). The former international forward Walter Santarossa (200-78) contributed with 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward Massimo Rezzano (203-82) replied with 23 points and 5 steals (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for Matera. Lucca moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Agrigento. Matera at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Lucca is looking forward to face league's leader Torino on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Matera will play against Reggio Calabr. in Reggio Calabria and is hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for Torino (17-3) which played road game in Castelletto against 3rd ranked Castelletto (12-8). First ranked Torino managed to get a 14-point victory 74-60. Naturalized Polish power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90) had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Claudio Tommasini chipped in 17 points during the contest. At the losing side point guard Alexander Simoncelli (188-86, agency: Interperformances) responded with 12 points and 5 assists. Torino have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-3 record. Castelletto at the other side keeps the third place with eight games lost. They share the position with Treviglio and Bari. Torino will play against Lucca (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Castelletto will play against Latina Basket (#17) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Agrigento (11-9) and Latina Basket (7-14), which took place in Agrigento. Higher ranked Agrigento lost at home to seventeenth ranked Latina Basket 72-80 on Wednesday. Manuel Carrizo notched 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Even 9 points and 12 rebounds by Albano Chiarastella did not help to save the game for Agrigento. Agrigento's coach Franco Ciani rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Latina Basket maintains seventeenth position with 7-14 record. Agrigento lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh place with nine games lost. They share the position with Lucca. Latina Basket will meet at home higher ranked Castelletto (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Agrigento will play against Perugia and hope to secure a win.
Another upset was a game between Firenze (8-10) and Naturhouse Ferrara (8-11), which took place in Ferrara. Higher ranked Firenze lost to fourteenth ranked Naturhouse Ferrara in a road game 62-73. Michele Benfatto fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Naturhouse Ferrara moved-up to thirteenth place. Firenze at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with ten games lost. Naturhouse Ferrara's next round opponent will be Mazzeo San Severo (#16) on the road.
The game between seventh ranked Treviglio (12-8) and 8th ranked Chieti (10-10) in Treviglio on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Treviglio beat guests from Chieti 92-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chieti. It was a very good performance for Davide Reati who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 7 rebounds. Treviglio moved-up to third place, which they share with Bari and Castelletto. Loser Chieti dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. Treviglio will face Mirandola (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Chieti will play against Recanati (#15).

Other games in round 22 were not that significant. Perugia was beaten by Bari on the road 70-63. Casalpusterlengo won against San Severo on its own court 69-63. Mirandola unfortunately lost to Reggio Calabr. in Reggio Calabria 67-76.


Agrigento - Latina Basket 72-80

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Agrigento (11-9) and Latina Basket (7-14), which took place in Agrigento. Higher ranked Agrigento lost at home to seventeenth ranked Latina Basket 72-80 on Wednesday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Latina Basket made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Naturalized Argentinian swingman Manuel Carrizo (198-80, agency: Players Group) notched 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and power forward Alessandro Cecchetti (200-91) supported him with 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Even 9 points and 12 rebounds by naturalized Argentinian forward Albano Chiarastella (196-85) did not help to save the game for Agrigento. The former international forward Michele Giovanatto (202-81) added 15 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Agrigento's coach Franco Ciani rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Latina Basket maintains seventeenth position with 7-14 record. Agrigento lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh place with nine games lost. They share the position with Lucca. Latina Basket will meet at home higher ranked Castelletto (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Agrigento will play against Perugia and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Latina Basket: A.Cecchetti 22+6reb+1ast, M.Carrizo 20+9reb+4ast, T.Plateo 14, M.Arrigoni 9+7reb, R.Tavernelli 6+1reb, A.Poti 6+4reb+1ast
Agrigento: M.Giovanatto 15+5reb, A.Moruzzi 12+1reb+2ast, F.Mian 12+2reb+2ast, Q.De Laurentiis 9+5reb, A.Chiarastella 9+12reb+1ast, D.Demartini 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 191821


Bari - Perugia 70-63

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Bari (12-8) beat at home 18th ranked Perugia (5-15) 70-63 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 38-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Bari outrebounded Perugia 37-23 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for guard Antonio Ruggiero (190-81) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 9 rebounds. The former international power forward Luca Bisconti (206-82) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Simone Bonamente (203-79) replied with 10 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Giacomo Chiatti (183-86) added 8 points and 6 assists in the effort for Perugia. Perugia's coach Andrea Fabrizi tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Bari moved-up to third place, which they share with Treviglio and Castelletto. Perugia lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighteenth position with 15 games lost. Bari will face bottom-ranked Bologna (#19) in Ozzano Emilia in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Perugia will play at home against Agrigento.
Top scorers:
Bari: A.Ruggiero 25+9reb+1ast, L.Bisconti 15+6reb+2ast, S.Bonfiglio 15+6reb+1ast, M.Cardillo 6+8reb+1ast, T.Laquintana 5+2reb, D.Bonessio 4+3reb+3ast
Perugia: D.Poltroneri 13+2reb+1ast, S.Bonamente 10+6reb+1ast, P.Chiarello 9+1ast, C.Cutolo 9+2ast, G.Chiatti 8+3reb+6ast, N.Mei 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 191820


Casalpusterlengo - San Severo 69-63

Very expected game when 16th ranked Mazzeo San Severo (7-13) lost on the road to eleventh ranked Casalpusterlengo (9-10) 69-63 on Wednesday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 38-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Casalpusterlengo made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Casalpusterlengo had a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for power forward Alberto Chiumenti (204-87, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Tommaso Marino (190-86, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Center Andrea Iannilli (207-84) replied with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Roberto Maggio (183-90) added 12 points in the effort for Mazzeo San Severo. Casalpusterlengo moved-up to tenth place. Loser Mazzeo San Severo keeps the sixteenth position with 13 games lost. Casalpusterlengo will have a break next round. Mazzeo San Severo will play at home against Naturhouse Ferrara (#13).
Top scorers:
Casalpusterlengo: A.Chiumenti 22+6reb+2ast, T.Marino 15+5reb+7ast, R.Prandin 14+4reb, F.Bellina 8+7reb, M.Planezio 4+5reb+3ast, S.Fiorito 4+1reb
San Severo: M.Del Brocco 16+2reb, R.Maggio 12+4reb+2ast, A.Iannilli 10+13reb+1ast, I.Scarponi 8, O.Gueye 8+3reb, G.Sirakov 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 191818


Reggio Calabr. - Mirandola 76-67

Everything could happen in Reggio Calabria at the game between two tied teams. Both thirteenth ranked Reggio Calabr. and 12th ranked Mirandola had identical 8-11 record. This time Reggio Calabr. used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Mirandola 76-67 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 9 points. Reggio Calabr. forced 20 Mirandola turnovers. It was a very good performance for point guard Alessandro Piazza (174-87) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Power forward Francesco Quaglia (206-88) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Reggio Calabr. players scored in double figures. Forward Luca Pignatti (195-86) replied with 12 points and 8 rebounds and guard Michele Venturelli (188-82) added 19 points in the effort for Mirandola. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Reggio Calabr. (9-11) moved-up to eleventh place. Newly promoted Mirandola dropped to the fourteenth position with 12 games lost. Reggio Calabr. will face league's second-placed Matera on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Mirandola will play against Treviglio (#5).
Top scorers:
Reggio Calabr.: F.Quaglia 15+6reb, L.Fontecchio 15+3reb, A.Piazza 13+7reb+5ast, M.Ammannato 11+3reb, M.Caprari 10+2reb+2ast, A.Ricci 5+3reb+1ast
Mirandola: M.Venturelli 19+1reb, L.Pignatti 12+8reb, G.Sgobba 11+3reb, A.Pilotti 9+1reb, J.Losi 5+4reb+4ast, M.Fantinelli 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 191815


Lucca - Matera 93-78

The most important game in the last round took place in Lucca between second ranked Matera (14-6) and ninth ranked Lucca (11-9) on Wednesday night. Matera was defeated by Lucca on the road 78-93. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-78. Lucca made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Matera turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Davide Parente (188-83) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws). The former international forward Walter Santarossa (200-78) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward Massimo Rezzano (203-82) replied with 23 points and 5 steals (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and power forward Antonio Iannuzzi (207-91, agency: Two Points) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Matera. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Lucca moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Agrigento. Matera at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Lucca is looking forward to face league's leader Torino on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Matera will play against Reggio Calabr. in Reggio Calabria and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Lucca: D.Parente 24+3reb+4ast, A.Barsanti 19+1ast, G.Sorrentino 13+4reb, W.Santarossa 11+12reb+2ast, R.Casagrande 11+5reb+1ast, S.Crotta 6+4reb
Matera: M.Rezzano 23+3reb+1ast, A.Iannuzzi 16+6reb, C.Sebastian Vico 11+6reb, A.Vitale 10+7reb+1ast, C.Cantone 10+4reb+5ast, M.Cozzoli 8+2reb
gschID: 191814


Ferrara - Firenze 73-62

Another upset was a game between Firenze (8-10) and Naturhouse Ferrara (8-11), which took place in Ferrara. Higher ranked Firenze lost to fourteenth ranked Naturhouse Ferrara in a road game 62-73. The hosts were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 23-10 run, which allowed them to win the game. Naturhouse Ferrara made 27-of-33 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Firenze turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by Firenze helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Power forward Michele Benfatto (205-85) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Guard Michele Ferri (191-85) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Stefano Spizzichini (202-90) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Daniele Casadei (199-81) added 15 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Naturhouse Ferrara moved-up to thirteenth place. Firenze at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with ten games lost. Naturhouse Ferrara's next round opponent will be Mazzeo San Severo (#16) on the road.
Top scorers:
Ferrara: M.Benfatto 22+14reb+1ast, M.Ferri 18+7reb+1ast, S.Cortesi 15+1reb+2ast, A.Campiello 9+8reb+1ast, G.Spizzichini 6+2reb, S.Casati 2
Firenze: S.Spizzichini 19+10reb, D.Casadei 15+9reb+1ast, M.Caroldi 8+4reb, A.Capitanelli 6+8reb, S.Rabaglietti 6+3reb, A.Giampaoli 5+1reb
gschID: 191813


Treviglio - Chieti 92-76

The game between seventh ranked Treviglio (12-8) and 8th ranked Chieti (10-10) in Treviglio on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Treviglio beat guests from Chieti 92-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chieti. It was a very good performance for the former international guard Davide Reati (193-88) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 7 rebounds. The former international power forward Riccardo Perego (203-81) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. The former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Fabrizio Gialloreto (185-86) added 18 points in the effort for Chieti. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Treviglio moved-up to third place, which they share with Bari and Castelletto. Loser Chieti dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. Treviglio will face Mirandola (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Chieti will play against Recanati (#15).
Top scorers:
Treviglio: D.Reati 26+7reb+3ast, N.Cazzolato 16+5reb, R.Perego 15+5reb+6ast, R.Pederzini 12+3reb+2ast, M.Raminelli 10+6reb+1ast, S.Ferrarese 9+3reb+4ast
Chieti: F.Gialloreto 18+2reb, E.Rossi 17+13reb+1ast, A.Raschi 12+5reb+3ast, S.Gatti 11+7reb, S.Rajola 10+3reb+2ast, M.Diomede 8
gschID: 191812


Castelletto - Torino 60-74

An interesting game for Torino (17-3) which played road game in Castelletto against 3rd ranked Castelletto (12-8). First ranked Torino managed to get a 14-point victory 74-60. Naturalized Polish power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90) had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Claudio Tommasini (190-91) chipped in 17 points during the contest. At the losing side point guard Alexander Simoncelli (188-86, agency: Interperformances) responded with 12 points and 5 assists and forward Alex Ranuzzi (195-86, agency: Interperformances) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Torino have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-3 record. Castelletto at the other side keeps the third place with eight games lost. They share the position with Treviglio and Bari. Torino will play against Lucca (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Castelletto will play against Latina Basket (#17) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Torino: J.Wojciechowski 26+12reb+2ast, C.Tommasini 17+4reb+1ast, F.Baldi Rossi 9+7reb+2ast, D.Sandri 7+4reb+5ast, M.Evangelisti 6+3reb+3ast, K.Viglianisi 5+2ast
Castelletto: A.Ranuzzi 13+5reb, A.Simoncelli 12+3reb+5ast, F.Bolzonella 9+3reb+3ast, M.Pazzi 8+6reb, F.Ihedioha 7+4reb+2ast, M.Ceron 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 191816



Gallinari leads Nuggets to fifth straight win, 118-110 over Rockets - by Eurobasket News

Uno! Due! Gallo!

The Italian Danilo Gallinari (205-SF-88, agency: Players Group) hit three key 3-pointers, two of them back-to-back, in Wednesday's crazy fourth quarter, and the Nuggets did it again. Make it a dozen. The Nuggets won their 12th game of January in the final game of the month, and fifth straight overall, 118-110 against Houston, a team Denver also beat one week ago.

The Nuggets made it interesting, indeed. Just as in the previous game against Indiana, a big fourth-quarter lead dwindled. On Wednesday, Denver led by 13 points with 6:54 remaining, but the home team made the necessary stops and sent the fans home happy (with tacos, too!).

Gallo was gallant. The Nuggets forward, the team's top player in this 12-3 month, scored a team-high 27 points, doing so on a respectable 10-for-17 shooting. He also unleashed two monster slams, one a one-handed hammer over Greg Smith, the other after dribbling the length of the floor.

And his two consecutive treys gave Denver a 94-86 lead during an push in the early stages of the final quarter.

And so, the Nuggets (29-18) have won those five consecutive games heading into two winnable games, first against New Orleans on Friday and then against Milwaukee on Tuesday.

Kenneth Faried floated in Denver's first points of the night on a hook shot, and the next two, too, setting the tone for a big scoring night. The man they call "The Manimal" finished with 19 points, his hair flailing every which way along the way. He also was effective from the foul line, making 7-of-8 free throws. Faried also had a great night on the boards, corralling nine.

The game was sloppy, both teams cracking 20 turnovers and both teams shooting poorly from 3-point range. And in the first three quarters, Ty Lawson was quite quiet. The sputtering motor of the Nuggets was 2-for-8 from the field for four points and just two turnovers. But he finished with 16 points, including an important 3-ball in the fourth.

In four of the past

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five games, Lawson had put up a big number, scoring 18, 26, 21 and 29 points.

Even before the game, Karl was asked about his team's frightening ability to blow late leads, seen in January games against Portland, Oklahoma City and Indiana.

"In the NBA, every night someone blows a lead. And it's like we're surprised," Karl said. "It happened last night; it will happen tonight. I'd like to finish off games better, and we had a little bit of a film study with our starters about where our lack of mental intensity has shown up. But you can overlook the 40 minutes of good basketball, and we're still in the process of growing up as a basketball team."
Courtesy of: http://www.denverpost.com



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WNCC men fall to NJC - by Eurobasket News

STERLING, Colo. -- The Western Nebraska Community College played flat in suffering a 75-62 defeat to Northeastern Junior College Tuesday at Sterling, Colo.

The Cougars, who registered a big win against Casper College on Saturday, was battling from behind in the game against the Plainsmen. NJC led at halftime 35-27. NJC led by as much as 15 points midway in the second half, 61-46.

The Cougar cut the deficit to 10 points at one stretch, but couldn't get anything closer in dropping the South Sub-Region contest.

"We came out flat and played flat for 35 minutes," WNCC coach Russ Beck said. "We did not communicate on defense and we turned the ball over way too much on offense. Until we can show up defensively every game we will not win consistently. Right now we win when we shoot well and lose when we don't"

The Cougars were led in scoring by Charles Ward with 18 points followed by Quante Cooley with 10 points. Sebastian Suarez also chipped in nine points, while Zach Clemens had seven points.

WNCC (105, 8-12) will be back in action Thursday when they travel to face Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyo., in another sub-region contest. They will then head to North Platte on Saturday to face sub-region leading North Platte Community College on Saturday. North Platte defeated McCook Community College 63-47 Tuesday night.

WNCC will then return home to face Lamar Community College and Northeastern Junior College on Feb. 8 and 9.
Courtesy of: http://www.njcaa.org



Mazyck scores 39 points in a tough loss to Chesapeake - by Eurobasket News

Markee Mazyck scored 39 points in the loss for FCC last night against conference match up Chesapeake College, 97-105. Mazyck also added 8 rebounds. Tee Talley doubled with 17 points and 10 rebounds while team mate Da'Ron Wiseman had 11 points and 9 assists. Tim Nelson also contributed 10 points and 8 assists.

The Cougars are now 14-7 overall and 7-5 in the MDJCO conference.

Their next game will be in the Cougardome Saturday, January 26th at 7:00 p.m. against Harford. The men will play their annual Alummi Game at 2:00 p.m. which will feature 40 former players.
Courtesy of: http://athletics.frederick.edu



NJCAA Men's Basketball Players of the Week: Jan. 14-20 - by Eurobasket News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Jonathan Holton (6'9''-F-91) (Palm Beach State, Fla.), James Kelly (Owens CC, Ohio) and Tommie Starkes (Rockland CC, N.Y.) have been named NJCAA mens basketball players of the week for games Jan. 14-20.

DIVISION I PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jonathan Holton Palm Beach State College, Fla.
Forward Miami, Fla. Coral Gables High School

Although the No. 2 Panthers dropped their first game of the 2012-13 season last week, Holton earned his second player of the week nod this season with two more double-double efforts. The sophomore led Palm Beach State to a 78-71 win over Indian River State (Fla.) with a game-high 22 points, 15 rebounds and five steals. Against Brevard CC (Fla.), Holton again led all scorers with 25 points and added 21 rebounds 11 on the offensive end in a 73-66 defeat.

DIVISION II PLAYER OF THE WEEK
James Kelly Owens Community College, Ohio
Forward Ann Arbor, Mich. Pioneer High School

Kelly propelled the Express to two victories last week with tremendous efforts in back-to-back games. In a 96-80 win at Cuyahoga CC (Ohio), Kelly posted a double-double with 30 points, 12 rebounds and 10 steals. The sophomore then scored a team-high 21 points and pulled down 10 rebounds en route to a 73-72 victory over Cincinnati State TCC (Ohio).

DIVISION III PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tommie Starkes Rockland Community College, N.Y.
Guard Bronx, N.Y. Tidewater Academy

Playing three games last week, the Hawks gave their opponents a steady dose of Starkes who claimed his second player of the week award this season. The sophomore was 13-for-19 from the field in a 96-90 win over Bronx CC (N.Y.), totaling a game-high 36 points and 12 rebounds. Starkes tallied 30 points and 13 boards in a 79-69 win against Orange County CC (N.Y.) before recording 31 points and 13 rebounds in a 92-68 victory over Kingsborough CC (N.Y.).
Courtesy of: http://www.njcaa.org



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LBL Standing

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

Regular Season: Round 24

Jan. 26: VEF Riga - Liepaja 80-58
Jan. 26: Turiba - Jurmala 78-75
Jan. 30: Turiba - Valmiera 76-73
Jan. 28: Jekabpils - U18 106-58
Jan. 31: Barons kvartals - Jurmala


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris GULBIS
  Barons k.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 20
 1. Gulbis, Barons k.20.0 
 2. Peiners, LU19.3 
 3. Hill jr., Jekabpils16.7 
 4. O''Brien, Jekabpils16.5 
 5. Berzins, Valmiera14.9 
 6. Porzingis, Valmiera14.1 
 7. Apsitis, Turiba14.1 
 8. Brown, Jurmala14.1 
 9. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.14.0 
 10. Ozols, Jurmala13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Todd O''BRIEN
  Jekabpils
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 9
 1. O''Brien, Jekabpils9.0 
 2. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.8.2 
 3. Dargais, LU8.2 
 4. Butjankovs, Valmi.7.9 
 5. Mednis, Jurmala7.8 
 6. Mizis, Jelgava7.7 
 7. Berzins, Valmiera7.3 
 8. Ziedins, Valmiera6.3 
 9. Gulbis, Barons k.6.3 
 10. Hlebowicki, Jekab.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rinalds SIRSNINS
  Jekabpils
  (186-PG-85)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Sirsnins, Jekabpils6.5 
 2. Sims, Ventspils4.1 
 3. Gabrans, Valmiera4.1 
 4. Hill jr., Jekabpils3.9 
 5. Metra, Barons k.3.6 
 6. Bergmanis, Barons3.4 
 7. Kanbergs, Jelgava3.2 
 8. Miezis, Barons k.3.2 
 9. Brown, Jurmala3.1 
 10. Silavs, Jelgava3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (204-G-90)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Peiners, LU1.9 
 2. Brown, Jurmala1.8 
 3. Rudmiezis, Turiba1.8 
 4. Miezis, Barons k.1.7 
 5. Mizis, Jelgava1.7 
 6. Virsis, Jekabpils1.5 
 7. Ate, Liepaja1.5 
 8. Sirsnins, Jekabpils1.5 
 9. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.5 
 10. Sims, Ventspils1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Barons k.
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Rozitis, Barons k.1.6 
 2. Meiers, Ventspils1.4 
 3. Iljins, Valmiera1.0 
 4. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.1.0 
 5. Ziedins, Valmiera1.0 
 6. O''Brien, Jekabpils0.8 
 7. Mednis, Jurmala0.8 
 8. Hlebowicki, Jekabp.0.8 
 9. Leiteris, Liepaja0.7 
 10. Chamberlain, Jelg.0.7 


Standings - LBAL

LBL2 Standings
 1. Saldus 16-2 
 2. BK VEF-LSPA 16-3 
 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. Gulbene 6-11 
 11. Livani 6-12 
 12. DSN 6-13 
 13. Ridzene 4-12 
 14. Liepaja-2 3-12 
 15. Valmiera BSS 3-17 

Regular Season: Round 24

Jan. 30: BK VEF-LSPA - Valmiera BSS 93-70
Jan. 30: DSN - Livani 76-63
Jan. 29: Kvele - RSU 74-61
Jan. 29: Saldus - ViA 68-60
Jan. 31: Ogres - Ridzene


Budivelnyk tabs Rihards Kuksiks - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnyk Kyiv (Superleague) inked 25-year old Latvian international small forward Rihards Kuksiks (197-88, college: Arizona State). He played recently at Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC in Spanish ACB league. In 15 games this season he averaged 5.5ppg and 1.3rpg. The last season Kuksiks played at Valencia Basket (ACB) in Spain. In 17 games last year he had just 2.4ppg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements Kuksiks team was regular season runner-up in Pac-10 in 2010. He received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships Honorable Mention award in 2011 at his college time.
Kuksiks was also a member of Latvian international program for some years. He played for Latvian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2008. Kuksiks represented Latvia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 12.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 43.9%.
Kuksiks graduated from Arizona State in 2011 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: A shooter, with great 3-pts range and a clutch mentality. Showed the ability to stretch defenses with his three-point shooting on the college level, he could become one of the best pure shooters in Europe.

By Eurobasket Data Center



EuroCup: VEF Riga coast past Nymburk - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga - Nymburk 81:59

VEF Riga clinched the third victory in EuroCup Last 16. They stormed past Nymburk in the Latvian capital improving at 3-1 record on top of Group J. Nymburk in the meantime slipped at 1-3. Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) stepped up with 17 points and 9 rebounds to pace the hosts.
VEF Riga opened the game with 9 points in a row. Nymburk bounced back pretty quickly levelling things up at 13 but VEF Riga regained the lead. They finished the first period up by six points 24:18. VEF opened the second period on a 6:2 run to open a double-digit lead. They recorded a 44:31 halftime advantage. The hosts knocked down five consecutive points at the start of the second half to boost the gap at 18-point mark. VEF Riga recorded a 65:48 advantage at the final intermission. They held Nymburk at 11 points in the fourth frame and rallied to the victory at the end. Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) delivered 15 points, while Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) added 14 points for the winners. Pavel Houska (203-F/C-84) answered with 14 points for Nymburk. Vojtech Hruban (202-G/F-89) had 11 points and 6 assists in defeat.

VEF Riga: Antanas Kavaliauskas 17, Earl Rowland 15, Kristaps Janicenoks 14
Nymburk: Pavel Houska 14, Vojtech Hruban 11



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Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Sagesse 11-2 
 2. Al Riyadi 10-2 
 3. Champville 9-4 
 4. Moutahed 9-5 
 5. Byblos 8-4 
 6. Amchit 8-5 
 7. Bejjeh 4-9 
 8. Hoops 3-10 
 9. Anibal 1-11 
 10. Antranik 1-12 

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 30: Moutahed - Hoops 88-76
Feb. 13: Champville - Byblos
Feb. 10: Antranik - Anibal
Feb. 15: Al Riyadi - Amchit
Feb. 13: Bejjeh - Sagesse


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, Hoops25.0 
 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. Bawji, Moutahed9.4 
 10. Emmett, Amchit9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Eric CHATFIELD
  Mouta.
  (191-G-79)
  Avg: 6
 1. Chatfield, Mouta.6.0 
 2. Youngblood, Byblos5.9 
 3. Fahed, Moutahed5.8 
 4. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.8 
 5. Akl, Sagesse5.8 
 6. Blair, Hoops5.7 
 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, Hoops2.6 
 3. Youngblood, Byblos2.5 
 4. Harper, Sagesse2.0 
 5. Gray, Anibal2.0 
 6. Zaloum, Antranik1.8 
 7. Mneimneh, Byblos1.7 
 8. Fahed, Moutahed1.5 
 9. Emmett, Amchit1.5 
 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 



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Jaaber left Zalgiris - by Eurobasket News

29-year old Bulgarian ex-international point guard Ibrahim Jaaber (187-82kg-84, college: Pennsylvania) left B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL). Religious personal reasons were quoted for this quite unexpected decision. In three games he played this season he had 11.7ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.3apg and 3.3spg. Jaaber also played 14 games in Euroleague where he recorded 5.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.2apg and 1.9spg (in top 2). He also played 9 games in VTB United League where he recorded 5.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg.
The last summer Jaaber played at the Rockets in NBA. He also played at Armani Milano (SerieA) in Italian league that season. In 38 games that year he recorded 11.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.1apg and 2.3spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Italian SerieA All-Star Game and All-Defensive Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Jaabers team was regular season runner-up in Italian SerieA for two years in a row (2008 and 2009). He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 2nd Team back in 2009. Jaaber represented Bulgaria at the European Championships in Poland four years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: Score-4 (16.9ppg), 5.0rpg, 3.6apg, Steals-1 (2.3spg), FGP: 58.7%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 63.0%.
Jaaber has played previously professionally in Greece (Egaleo) and Italy (Lottomatica Roma).
He attended University of Pennsylvania until 2007 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.
On Jaaber: A PG with quickness and very good hands. Defends very well on the perimeter (steals !!) and is very effective when he penetrates inside, to score or to serve an open teammate. Can also easily hit a long distance shot, if left open. Seems to have great upside yet.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Eurobasket.com Honors Shackleford and Morgan as CO Players of the Week!! - by Steve Dolan

Stats Provided by C.Schembri

Eurobasket.com Honors Stephen Shackleford (198-F-89, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: UTSA) (Bupa Luxol) and Shawn Morgan (198-GF-86, college: Arkansas St.) Depiro Mtarfa Rabat) as CO Players of the Week for their performance this past weekend. Shackleford and Morgan are favorites to for C0 Players of the Year as well; Shackleford and Morgan have been the the best all around players in Malta to this point in the season. Both Shackleford and Morgan are in the top 5 in ppg,spg,apg,rpg if not 1 &2 in each of the categories. This past week was no different then rest of the season both Shackleford and Morgan put on an all around show; the difference between the two is Morgan was able to lead his club Depiro to a victory while Shacklefords team fell to Floriana.

Morgan lead his team to a victory over the #2 ranked Siggiewi Derby at the time after trailing by 8 at the half Depiro pulled away at the end with a 85-72 victory. Depiro now holds the tie breaker by total number of point scored in the 2 meetings that seen the clubs split the regular season series. Morgan finished the game with 33pts, 11ast, 9rebs, 5stls in the victory this past weekend.

Shackleford was unable to single handily carry his Bupa Luxol team to a victory this past weekend. Shackleford and Bupa Luxol fell to Floriana 81-98; Shackleford finished with 47pts, 14rebs, 4ast, 6stls, 1 block in the defeat.



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Standings - 1B

1B Standings
 1. KK Zeta 2011 10-0 
 2. Gorstak 8-2 
 3. S.Centar 6-4 
 4. Pljevlja 5-5 
 5. Berane 2010 5-5 
 6. KK Zeta 4-5 
 7. Un.Mediteran 3-7 
 8. Buducnost II 3-7 
 9. Gusinje 0-9 

Regular Season: Round 12

Feb. 2: Gusinje - Berane 2010
Feb. 2: Pljevlja - Un.Mediteran
Feb. 2: Buducnost II - S.Centar
Feb. 2: Zeta 2011 - KK Zeta


EuroCup: Budivelnyk recover from 16-point deficit to shock Buducnost - by Eurobasket News

Buducnost - Budivelnyk 75:77

Budivelnyk climbed on top of EuroCup Last 16 Group I. They surprised Buducnost in Podgorice to jump at 3-1 record on top of the ladder. The Kyiv team avenged the home loss a week ago. Buducnost seemed to cruise leading by 16 points midway through the third term. But Budivelnyk capitalized on several mistakes from the hosts to get back into the game and finished off in style.
Buducnost started the game strong. They posted a 22:11 lead midway through the opening quarter. They finished the period up by 12 points 28:16. Buducnost kept their opponents at bay throughout the second quarter. The hosts ensured a 49:37 halftime lead. Dusko Bunic (206-C-89, agency: Beo Basket) made it 65:49 for the home team midway through the third term. However Budivelnyk capped the period with six points in a row to narrow the deficit at 10-point mark 55:65. The Ukrainian team opened the fourth frame with five points in a row to cut the deficit to 5 points. Leo Lyons (206-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Missouri) and Artur Drozdov (200-SF-80) then put the Kyiv outfit within one 66:67. Leo Lyons tied things up at 70 with just over two minutes remaining. Bost drained a three-pointer but Georgi Tsintsadze (192-PG-86) and Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) responded with four points as Budivelnyk surged ahead 74:73. Bost came up for the home team once again hitting a jumper but Leo Lyons converted a layup and Salenga sank a free throw to seal the victory for the visitors. Leo Lyons provided 17 points, while Artur Drozdov added 16 points and 8 boards for the winning team. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Dusko Bunic had 14 points in the loss.

Buducnost: Cedomir Vitkovac 18+10 boards, Dusko Bunic 14
Budivelnyk: Leo Lyons 17, Artur Drozdov 16, Georgi Tsintsadze 12, Malcolm Delaney 12



Cup of Montenego Quarterfinals: Teodo qualified for the Final Four - by Darko Pekic

Teodo is the second partecipant of the 2012/2013 Montenegrin Cup Final Four, after Ulcinj that qualified in December. Other two elite members will be known after the remaining two games: Buducnost- Jedinstvo and Gorstak-Sutjeska.

Teodo had no problems last night against Ibar 94:82 (22:20, 30:13, 20:25, 22:24). The club from Northern Montenegro without the League top scorer Brandon Roberson (180-PG, college: Missouri Baptist) and team capatin Mersudin Kosuta is not the same team from the first part of season but the young guys led by Armin Kalic (194-G/F-92) (22 points) played well in Tivat and did not give up easily after the first half. However, Teodo's lead was too big and all thez were able to do was to cut the lead to -12 at the end of the game. In the home all players got the opportunity to play and some of them proved that they deserved more playing time in the important games to come. Bojan Boskovic (203-C-86) scored the team high 15 points. He was assisted by Damjan Kandic (208-F-84) (14 points) and Manuel Johnson (201-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) (13 points).


Teodo: Fatic, Tepavcevic 10, Radulovic 9, Pekic 5, Kasalica 2, Boskovic 15, Subotic 4, Johnson 13, Kunjic 11, Kandic 14, Perovic 1, Lucic 10.

Ibar: Perovic 9, Felic 5, A. Kalic 22, Culjkovic 13, Nurkovic 5, Kardovic, Grubovic 18, D. Kalic, Zejnilovic 2, Numanovic 8

The Final Four will be played on February 8 and February 9 and the host is yet to be determined. According to eurobasket.com sources, two biggest candidates willing to organize the Tournament are Teodo and Ulcinj.



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ACU Takes 74-66 Overtime Win at Biola - by Eurobasket News

LA MIRADA, Calif. Arizona Christian University (14-5, 4-3 GSAC), the third-place team in the Golden State Athletics Conference and ranked 25th in the NAIA National Top 25 poll, outscored Biola University (12-11, 2-5 GSAC), 12-4, in overtime and defeated the Eagles 74-66, in GSAC men's basketball action, Tuesday, January 29, in Chase Gym in La Mirada, Calif. ACU also defeated Biola for the first time ever in four tries.

ACU learned on Tuesday afternoon that it had moved into the NAIA's national poll for the first time ever with its number 25 ranking. The Firestorm had received votes for the top 25 in both of the previous two polls. This season, ACU has defeated defending NAIA national champion Concordia, a GSAC member, and lost by just eight points, 78-70, to number five-ranked Westmont College (19-3) in GSAC action, Saturday, Jan. 26. A third GSAC school, Hope International (21-3), ranks number 12 in the Jan. 29 poll.

Coached by Jeff Rutter , ACU plays a 7:30 p.m. GSAC game (8:30 Arizona time), Saturday, February 2, at The Master's College in Santa Clarita, Calif. The ACU women's basketball team plays the 5:30 first game of the GSAC doubleheader at number nine-ranked Master's.

In other GSAC men's basketball action Tuesday evening, Vanguard University (14-8, 3-4 GSAC) won 81-70 at home over The Master's College (13-9, 2-5 GSAC), and number five-ranked Westmont College (19-3, 7-0 GSAC) beat Concordia University (13-8, 2-5 GSAC), 87-77, in Santa Barbara. Number 12-ranked Hope International (21-3, 6-1 GSAC), the second place team in the GSAC, won 62-60 at San Diego Christian College (5-11, 2-5 GSAC).

The game featured 13 ties, and oddly, ACU committed just six fouls and sent Biola to the free throw line just twice in the entire game. ACU committed 11 turnovers that led to 15 gift points for Biola, and the Eagles totaled nine assists that led to nine ACU points. The Firestorm out-rebounded Biola, 45-37, and led 12-7 in offensive rebounds and 14-7 in second-chance points.

In the first half, the score was tied nine times, and ACU enjoyed three 4-point leads while Biola's biggest lead was three points, 15-12, at the 12:51 mark. The score was tied at 33 at halftime. Junior forward Jordan Block (6'3''-G-88) (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Claremont H.S./Pasadena City College) scored 13 points to lead the Firestorm, and senior forward David Cline hit 7 of his first 8 shots for 14 points and gathered seven rebounds for Biola in the first half.

Biola led by four points, its biggest lead of the game, 41-37, at 16:57, but ACU rallied to tie the game at 41 with 14:42 left in regulation time. After Biola gained a 48-47 lead at 8:44, Arizona Christian began a 12-4 run and gained its biggest lead to that point in the game, 59-52, with 5:14 remaining, but Biola put together a 10-3 run of its own to tie the game at 62, getting a three-pointer at 1:32 from sophomore guard Dakota Anderson and a tying lay-up from Cline with 54 seconds left. ACU missed a pair of shots in the final 30 seconds.

In overtime, ACU trailed briefly, 64-62, on a jumper by 7-0 sophomore center Mike Kurtz, with 4:41 left, but ACU guard Mason Jones (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View H.S./Eastern Oregon Univ.) drilled a go-ahead three-pointer at 4:24 and later made four clutch free throws in the final 40 seconds. ACU made just 2 of its 6 shots but converted 7 of its 10 free throws in the overtime. Biola made just 2 of its 9 field goal tries in the extra period. ACU's final winning margin, 74-66, was its biggest lead of the game.

Block, ACU's leading scorer and rebounder (15.3 ppg and 6.5 rpg), finished the game with 20 points on 9 of 13 shots, made 2 three-pointers, gathered 10 rebounds and stole the ball three times from Biola. Despite making just 5 of his 19 shots and 4 of 14 three-pointers, junior guard Charles King (Houston, Tex./Stephen F. Austin H.S./Phoenix College), who averages 15.1 points, totaled 15 points, five rebounds and three assists, and freshman forward Jackson Helms (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta Valley H.S.) totaled 11 points on 5 of 8 shots, six rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot. Jones also finished with 11 points, nine in the second half, one three-pointer, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals, and senior guard A.J. Koch (Tucson, Ariz./Flowing Wells H.S.) added eight points, 2 three-pointers and six rebounds in his 100th career game and now ranks ninth in ACU history with 1154 points in four seasons.

Cline led all scorers with 22 points on 11 of 16 field goals and also gathered 10 rebounds and passed four assists. Kurtz added 14 points on 7 of 12 shots and had nine rebounds, three blocked shots and one steal, and senior guard Jeremy Pope scored eight points with one three-pointer, three rebounds, eight assists and three steals. Junior forward Zack Zaragosa contributed eight points, 2 three-pointers, five rebounds, one blocked shot and two steals.

The Firestorm made 28 of 68 shots (.412) and went 10-for-30 from three-point range (.333) and 8-for-15 from the free throw line (.533) and stole the ball from Biola five times. Biola made 30 of its 72 shots (.417), 5 of 20 three-pointers (.250) and 1 of 2 free throws (.500), stole the ball seven times and blocked five ACU shots.
Courtesy of: http://www.acufirestorm.com



Hawks Nearly Pull Off Upset; HIU Escapes 62-60 - by Eurobasket News

EL CAJON, Calif.Trailing by 15 points with just over eight minutes to play in the game, the San Diego Christian College men's basketball team appeared to be facing an insurmountable deficit against twelfth ranked Hope International University.

The Hawks, refusing to quit, went on a 19-5 to run to cut the Royals' lead to 58-57 with sixteen seconds to play, only to see the HIU knock down free throws and Andy Saharan's three pointer bounce off the back of the rim, and the Royals escaped the Ryan Athletic Center with a 62-60 win.

HIU runs its record to a 21-2 overall and 6-1 in the GSAC. SDCC now stands 5-11 overall and 2-6 in conference play.

The game went back and forth in the early going, until HIU went on an 16-1 run over a four minute stretch to take a 29-16 lead with just over four minutes remaining in the half.

SDCC responded and ended the half on a 10-4 run to cut the Royals' lead to 33-26 heading into the locker room.

SDCC shot 11-30 (36.7%) from the field in the first half, while HIU was 14-31 (45.2%). The Royals were sparked by senior Jeremy Kilgore (5'11''-G), who had 17 points in the first twenty minutes on 7-10 shooting.

The second half saw HIU and SDCC exchange buckets quickly, before the Royals reeled off a 16-6 run to push their lead to their largest margin at 51-36 at the 9:50 mark.

SDCC slowly chipped away at the lead, and started a vigorous comeback when trailing 58-45 with 5:32 on the clock.

The Hawks got a pair of free throws from Kevin Dawson (6'6''-G/F) and a 3-pointer from Kwaminique Brandon to cut the lead into single digits at 58-50 with just over three minutes left to play.

After a stop on the defensive end, Brandon split two HIU defenders and converted a layup in traffic to cut the lead down to 58-52. Moments later, Saharan nailed a 3-pointer from the corner, making it a one possession with just over one minute to play.

On the ensuing possession, the Hawks forced a shot clock violation by the Royals, giving SDCC the ball with :26 on the clock.

Following an SDCC timeout, the Hawks' Derrick Thompson drove into the lane, laying the ball in and cutting the HIU lead to 58-57 with :16 left in the game.

SDCC fouled Kilgore on the inbound, and the HIU guard knocked down both free throws. On the next possession for the Hawks, Saharan's three pointer bounced off the back of the rim and was hauled in by the Royals' Orlando Collins. Collins was fouled and connected on both free throws, making it a two possession game at 62-57.

SDCC's Kevin Dawson nailed a 3-pointer with :1.6 remaining, but HIU was able to inbound the ball and run out the clock to capture the win.

Both Brandon and Dawson scored 12 points to lead SDCC. Jacob Garcia added 10 points.

Kilgore led the way for HIU with 25 points. Austin Sanford had 17 points and Collins added 10 points and 12 rebounds.

SDCC was 24-58 (41.4%) from the field in the game, including shooting 46.4 percent (13-28) in the second half. HIU shot 42.9 percent (24-56) and was limited to 10-25 (40%) shooting by SDCC defense.

The Hawks host sixth ranked Westmont College on Saturday, January 2. Game time is set for 7:30pm.
Courtesy of: http://www.sdcchawks.com



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Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 28-15 
 2. Brooklyn N. 27-19 
 3. Boston C. 22-23 
 4. Philadelph.76 19-26 
 5. Toronto R. 16-30 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 28-17 
 2. Indiana P. 27-19 
 3. Milwaukee B. 24-20 
 4. Detroit P. 17-29 
 5. Cleveland C. 13-33 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 29-13 
 2. Atlanta H. 26-19 
 3. Orlando M. 14-31 
 4. Washington W. 11-33 
 5. Charlotte B. 11-34 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 34-11 
 2. Denver N. 29-18 
 3. Utah Jazz 25-21 
 4. Portland TB 23-22 
 5. Minnesota T. 17-25 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 34-13 
 2. Golden St.W. 28-17 
 3. LA Lakers 20-26 
 4. Sacramento K. 17-30 
 5. Phoenix Suns 16-30 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 37-11 
 2. Memphis G. 29-15 
 3. Houston R. 25-23 
 4. Dallas M. 19-26 
 5. N.Orleans H. 15-31 

Regular Season: Round 91

Jan. 30: Boston C. - Sacramento K. 99-81
Jan. 30: Indiana P. - Detroit P. 98-79
Jan. 30: Atlanta H. - Toronto R. 93-92
Jan. 30: Phoenix Suns - LA Lakers 92-86
Jan. 30: Philadelph.76 - Washington W. 92-84
Jan. 30: Minnesota T. - LA Clippers 90-96
Jan. 30: Milwaukee B. - Chicago B. 88-104
Jan. 30: Brooklyn N. - Miami Heat 85-105
Jan. 30: Denver N. - Houston R. 118-110
Jan. 30: New York K. - Orlando M. 113-97
Jan. 30: Utah Jazz - N.Orleans H. 104-99
Jan. 30: San Antonio S. - Charlotte B. 102-78

Regular Season: Round 92

Jan. 31: Oklah.City T. - Memphis G.
Jan. 31: Golden St.W. - Dallas M.


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.29.1 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers28.1 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.5 
 5. Harden, Houston R.25.9 
 6. Irving, Cleveland23.9 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..22.5 
 8. Curry, Golden S.21.0 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.20.7 
 10. Wade, Miami Heat20.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anderson VAREJAO
  Clevelan.
  (205-C-82)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Varejao, Clevelan.14.4 
 2. Howard, LA Lakers11.9 
 3. Randolph, Memph.11.6 
 4. Asik, Houston R.11.3 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.3 
 6. Vucevic, Orlan.11.2 
 7. Hickson, Portland.10.9 
 8. Lee, Golden St.W.10.8 
 9. Chandler, New Y.10.6 
 10. Cousins, Sacramen.10.1 
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.9.4 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.9 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..8.4 
 6. Williams, Brooklyn7.8 
 7. Nash, LA Lakers7.7 
 8. Parker, San A.7.5 
 9. Calderon, Toron.7.4 
 10. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
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. Jennings, Milwauke.1.9 
 5. Harden, Houston R.1.9 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..1.9 
 7. Ellis, Milwaukee B.1.9 
 8. Walker, Charlott.1.9 
 9. Leonard, San A.1.8 
 10. Rondo, Boston C.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 Lakers2.4 
 6. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.2 
 7. Smith, Atlanta H.2.2 
 8. Noah, Chicago B.2.1 
 9. McGee, Denver N.1.9 
 10. Gasol, Memphis G.1.8 


Wednesday full of 12 games - by Eurobasket News

Phoenix Suns - LA Lakers 92-86
FIRST QUARTER 7:40 The first triple from the Lakers came courtesy of Metta World Peace, off the second Kobe assist, to cut an early Suns lead to two at 12-10. Phoenix was the aggressor early, despite there being more people in the Valley of the Sun cheering for Nash and the Lakers. Nash was quiet early, missing his only field goal attempt, as Bryant resumed the ball-handling duties he'd picked up while amassing 39 assists in the past three games. 0:32.8 L.A. were turning the ball over at an alarming rate, with three straight poor passes giving them a ridiculous nine mishaps in the quarter. The Suns were only able to take moderate advantage, however, taking a 26-22 lead out of the period. Nash had six points, including four free throws, while Bryant had four assists, but the two combined for five of the nine turnovers. SECOND QUARTER 3:00 Phoenix couldn't buy a bucket, making only 3 of 20 shots before back-to-back hoops from Marcin Gortat pulled them within a point. L.A. had led by as many as five by starting the quarter well, the second unit playing strong for a second straight game since Steve Blake (6'3''-PG-80, college: Maryland) returned. 0:00 An ugly half of hoops finished with a 41-all scoreline, Michael Michael Beasley (6'10''-F-89, college: Kansas St.) reaching 10 points off the Suns bench with an and-1 in the final minute. L.A. turned the ball over 12 times, and didn't have terrific energy on either end, though it didn't hurt them too much on the scoreboard at least in terms of a deficit. THIRD QUARTER 10:02 World Peace missed three wide open triples in the first half he'd like to have back, but he atoned by draining back-to-back corner triples, both from Kobe, to put the Lakers up 51-45 to force a Suns time out two minutes into the third. On the next possession, Kobe added yet another assist, his ninth of the game. 2:15 Gasol's sixth field goal came on a hook in the paint, putting the Lakers back up 10 after Phoenix had trimmed a once 13-point lead down to eight. The Spaniard had 12 points with his five boards off the bench, while Howard was up to 12 rebounds with nine points after back-to-back buckets moments earlier. 0:00 The lead stayed in double digits heading into the fourth, Antawn Jamison doing the late damage with back-to-back jumpers from opposite corners (one a triple) to make it 73-63. L.A. outscored Phoenix 32-22 in the period. FOURTH QUARTER 8:08 Two Shannon Brown free throws cut L.A.'s lead down to seven; in related news, Bryant and Nash returned to the game for the Lakers, trying to secure their first road win in January. However, a trailing Scola laid the ball in off penetration from Dragic to cap an 8-0 run, and Phoenix was back in it 3:39: Up 13 with 10 minutes to go, the Lakers suddenly found themselves in a tie game. Phoenix roared all the way back behind the scoring of Michael Beasley, and got the first three-point make in six attempts from Jared Dudley to tie it at 82. L.A. were in trouble, yet again, on the road. 0:18.4 It got worse for L.A., who fell behind by four with Michael Beasley and Scola converting back-to-back jumpers. Kobe managed to tie the game with a layup and then two free throws with 1:07 to go, but Michael Beasley got a fumbling layup to fall, somehow, with 43.8 seconds to go, making it 88-86. Bryant got all the way to the rim on the ensuing possession, but couldn't finish a layup. L.A. had to foul, and Scola put the game on ice with two free throws and 17.8 seconds left. Clark missed a desperation three, and after two Dudley free throws, the final margin was 92-86 for the Suns. The Lakers offense fell apart in the final 10 minutes, as they managed only eight points, towards 13 in the fourth quarter. Up next is Friday's contest at Minnesota; we'll see you there. Courtesy of: http://blog.lakers.com

Utah Jazz - N.Orleans H. 104-99
SALT LAKE CITY - Paul Millsap (6'7''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) scored 25 points, Al Jefferson (6'10''-F/C-85) had 22 and the Utah Jazz defeated the New Orleans Hornets 104-99 on Wednesday night. Ryan Anderson's 3-pointer with 15 seconds left pulled the Hornets within 100-97 but Randy Foye and Paul Millsap each hit two free throws down the stretch to seal it. Coming off a 45-point loss to Houston on Monday, the Jazz trailed by 12 points in the first quarter before rallying to take a 10-point lead with about 7 minutes remaining. Anthony Davis nearly brought the Hornets all the way back with an eight-point fourth quarter. He pulled them to 95-94 with 2:18 remaining but Paul Millsap and Jefferson hit back-to-back shots that provided the cushion Utah would need. Greivis Vasquez led the Hornets with 17 points and 13 assists, but made just 8 of 21 shots after starting 4 for 5. Paul Millsap added 10 rebounds and two blocks. Early on, the Jazz resembled the team that was embarrassed by the Rockets in their worst home loss in franchise history. They trailed by 12 and couldn't hit a shot or defend one, shooting under 30 percent at one point while the Hornets opened 7 of 10. Anderson and Roger Mason, starting in place of Eric Gordon, each hit two 3s as the Hornets looked strong despite coming off a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night. The Jazz climbed back into the game in the second quarter behind Derrick Favors and Earl Watson. Watson pushed the pace and Favors was a beast inside, hitting 4 of 4 shots in the quarter and corralling three rebounds. Utah also dominated the paint in the second, holding an 18-8 edge on points. DeMarre Carroll's fast-break layup tied it at 39 with 5:59 left in the half and Utah took a 51-47 lead into the break, with Paul Millsap finally scoring a field goal after starting 0 for 4. Paul Millsap got going in the third, scoring 11 points as the Jazz took a 78-75 lead into the fourth. Utah quickly bumped it to eight, Burks hitting a 3-pointer on a nice feed from Paul Millsap. The Jazz increased the lead to 90-80 on a pair of free throws by Burks with 7:16 remaining. Davis then made it a game, finishing with 14 points as five Hornets players scored in double figures Utah also had five players in double figures, with Favors adding 15 points, Foye 14 and Marvin Williams 11. After shooting just 38.1 percent in the first quarter, the Jazz finished at 50. Both teams were missing key players, with the Jazz still without starting point guard Mo Williams (thumb surgery) and third-leading scorer Gordon Hayward (sprained shoulder.) The Hornets held out leading scorer Gordon, held out as part of medical protocol on the second game of back-to-backs. NOTES: Hornets coach Monty Williams said the team continues to follow the medical protocol it set for Gordon, holding him out in the second game of back-to-backs. Gordon has come back from a knee injury that caused him to miss the first third of this season, and all but nine games last year. ... Paul Millsap had his first two shots blocked. ... Paul Millsap officially joined Twitter on Wednesday, with one of his first tweets a shoutout to La Tech, which he attended. ... The Hornets shot 68.8 percent in the first quarter but made just 5 of 18 shots (27.8 percent) in the second. Vasquez was particularly cold, hitting just 1 of 7 shots in the second and turning it over twice. His complaining earned him a technical with 3:24 left in the half. Courtesy of: http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Denver N. - Houston R. 118-110
Uno! Due! Gallo! The Italian Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-SF-88, agency: Players Group) hit three key 3-pointers, two of them back-to-back, in Wednesday's crazy fourth quarter, and the Nuggets did it again. Make it a dozen. The Nuggets won their 12th game of January in the final game of the month, and fifth straight overall, 118-110 against Houston, a team Denver also beat one week ago. The Nuggets made it interesting, indeed. Just as in the previous game against Indiana, a big fourth-quarter lead dwindled. On Wednesday, Denver led by 13 points with 6:54 remaining, but the home team made the necessary stops and sent the fans home happy (with tacos, too!). Gallo was gallant. The Nuggets forward, the team's top player in this 12-3 month, scored a team-high 27 points, doing so on a respectable 10-for-17 shooting. He also unleashed two monster slams, one a one-handed hammer over Greg Smith, the other after dribbling the length of the floor. And his two consecutive treys gave Denver a 94-86 lead during an push in the early stages of the final quarter. And so, the Nuggets (29-18) have won those five consecutive games heading into two winnable games, first against New Orleans on Friday and then against Milwaukee on Tuesday. Kenneth Faried floated in Denver's first points of the night on a hook shot, and the next two, too, setting the tone for a big scoring night. The man they call "The Manimal" finished with 19 points, his hair flailing every which way along the way. He also was effective from the foul line, making 7-of-8 free throws. Faried also had a great night on the boards, corralling nine. The game was sloppy, both teams cracking 20 turnovers and both teams shooting poorly from 3-point range. And in the first three quarters, Ty Lawson (5'11''-PG-87, college: N.Carolina) was quite quiet. The sputtering motor of the Nuggets was 2-for-8 from the field for four points and just two turnovers. But he finished with 16 points, including an important 3-ball in the fourth. In four of the past Blog: Nuggets Ink The Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman posts analysis, notes and more on this blog focusing on the Denver Nuggets. five games, Lawson had put up a big number, scoring 18, 26, 21 and 29 points. Even before the game, Karl was asked about his team's frightening ability to blow late leads, seen in January games against Portland, Oklahoma City and Indiana. "In the NBA, every night someone blows a lead. And it's like we're surprised," Karl said. "It happened last night; it will happen tonight. I'd like to finish off games better, and we had a little bit of a film study with our starters about where our lack of mental intensity has shown up. But you can overlook the 40 minutes of good basketball, and we're still in the process of growing up as a basketball team." Courtesy of: http://www.denverpost.com

San Antonio S. - Charlotte B. 102-78
. SAN ANTONIO - Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) had 22 points and the San Antonio Spurs never trailed in beating the Charlotte Bobcats 102-78 on Wednesday night, extending their winning streak to nine games. Kawhi Leonard added 18 points, Danny Green had 17 and Tiago Splitter 15 for San Antonio, which has won 17 straight at home. Ramon Sessions came off the bench to score a team-high 22 points for Charlotte, which has lost five of six. Kemba Walker (6'1''-PG-90, college: Connecticut) (16 points) and Ben Gordon (11) were the only other Bobcats in double figures. With coach Gregg Popovich back on the bench after missing three games with an illness, San Antonio went 9 for 16 on 3s (56 percent) and shot 55 percent from the field. Parker, the reigning Western Conference Player of the Week, had his way with Charlotte's backcourt. The Spurs All-Star guard had a game-high seven assists and was 9 for 10 from the field. Leonard hit his first three shots, including back-to-back 3s that put San Antonio up 11-4 with 8 minutes left in the first. Charlotte battled back over the next 4 minutes behind an aggressive defense, forcing two missed shots and four turnovers in an 8-2 run. The Bobcats pulled within 25-23 at the close of the first quarter on Walker's 19-foot jumper, but Manu Ginobili sparked the Spurs in the second. Ginobili had four points, two rebounds and an assist on Leonard's 3 in the opening 2 minutes of the second quarter as San Antonio extended its lead to 32-23. Charlotte was able to cut the lead to 11 early in the fourth, but could get no closer as San Antonio's lead swelled to 24 in the final quarter. The Bobcats bench outscored San Antonio's 44-22. The newest Spur, Australian Aron Baynes, finished with seven points and nine rebounds in 19 minutes after playing 42 seconds in his NBA debut Friday at Dallas. Notes: Leonard was selected to play in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge on Feb. 15 during the NBA All-Star weekend in Houston. It marks a return appearance for the second-year player to the game that features many of the league's top rookie and second-year players. ... Spurs F Tim Duncan has missed four straight games with an injury. . Spurs P DeJuan Blair (fluid in right knee) missed his 14th game of the season. ... Bobcats P Byron Mullens (ankle sprain) missed his 17th game. Mullens has played 27 games this season, starting 26. . San Antonio is the first team in the NBA to 37 wins and is tied with Courtesy of: http://www.startribune.com

Minnesota T. - LA Clippers 90-96
MINNEAPOLIS-The Los Angeles Clippers have adopted a big, bad bully mentality to muscle their way toward the top of the Western Conference. When Greg Stiemsma and the Minnesota Timberwolves tried to stand their ground, the Clippers got mad, and then they got rolling. Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) had 26 points and 13 rebounds, and DeAndre Jordan added 16 points and 12 boards to lift the Los Angeles Clippers to a 96-90 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. Caron Butler had 19 points and Jamal Crawford scored 17 for the Clippers, who were challenged in the second quarter during two run-ins with Stiemsma. Matt Barnes was ejected after the first one and Grant Hill was floored during the second. But the Clippers got physical and handed the Wolves their fifth straight loss. "We never want to come in and lay down and have that be how we get beat," Griffin said. "We came together after that second little scuffle and really said, 'OK, we've got to buckle down and do a better job.' We fought back." Nikola Pekovic had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who had coach Rick Adelman on the sideline for the first time since Jan. 5. Adelman missed the previous 11 games while his wife sought treatment for seizures. "Teams are playing aggressive and they want to win," said Ricky Rubio, who had nine points and four assists. "We have to come back and don't step back and try to push them." The Wolves went 2-9 in Adelman's absence. But the downtrodden team played with much more confidence with their leader back on the bench. J.J. Barea and Alexey Shved led an 8-2 burst that tied the game and Andrei Kirilenko's transition layup gave Minnesota an 86-84 lead with four minutes to go. But the Clippers got a big 3-pointer from Butler and knocked the smaller Wolves to the court for several loose balls. Griffin muscled home a three-point play with 30 seconds to go to close the game out. Barea had 14 points and Shved 12. The Clippers entered the game having lost four of their last five and looking a little disjointed without star point guard Chris Paul, who is out with a knee injury. Griffin has elevated his game in Paul's absence, entering the night averaging 23.2 points, 9.0 rebounds and a staggering 6.8 assists in the last five games, picking up some of the playmaking slack left for arguably the game's best point guard. They will get little sympathy from the injury-ravaged Timberwolves. Minnesota got Pekovic and Shved back from five-game absences, giving them 12 players on the bench for the first time since Dec. 26. They're still missing Kevin Love (6'10''-PF-88, college: UCLA) (broken hand), Chase Budinger (knee) and Brandon Roy (knee). The Clippers looked a little groggy as they opened an eight-game road trip. They picked up a couple of defensive 3-second violations and a bevy of technical fouls to fall behind by as many 11 points in the second quarter. Barnes got things started in the second quarter when he tried to shove his way through a screen set by Stiemsma, then threw a forearm to Stiemsma's throat. "He hit me with a couple of dirty picks early on and I told him to watch it, then he laughed and he hit me with another one," Barnes said. "I kind of lost my control, which I apologized to the team for. There's no excuse for that, but luckily it sparked the team." Officials reviewed the play and gave Barnes a flagrant foul-2, which brings an automatic ejection. "He kind of ran through me on the first one, so I figured he'd do the same on the second one," Stiemsma said. "I didn't know he was going to take it that far. That's what I'm out there to do, set screens and be physical and some guys just take it over the top." Moments later, Stiemsma flattened Hill when he went up for a rebound under the basket. Butler and Ronny Turiaf (6'10''-C-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) forcefully confronted Stiemsma, drawing technical fouls of their own. J.J. Barea hit both free throws for a 37-28 lead. Stiemsma said he was hit in the face on the play and didn't know Hill was there when he pushed back. "I wasn't retaliating," Stiemsma said. "I just felt a hit to the face and he just went to the floor." The outburst did seem to ignite the Clippers, who went on a 37-15 surge over the next 11 minutes to take control. Griffin flexed his muscle down low, getting Derrick Williams to pick up five fouls in 13 minutes while he attacked the offensive glass. "We've got a bunch of nice guys, but I think we have to be a little tougher," Barea said. "We have to stop being too nice. They turned it up. I think it helped them. That was the game right there." NOTES: It was Barnes' second ejection of the season and seventh of his career. He entered the game tied for the league lead in technical fouls with nine. ... The 6-foot-1 Bledsoe blocked the 6-11 Pekovic's layup in transition in the third quarter. ... Shved was named to the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge that will take place during All-Star weekend in Houston. The rookie entered the game averaging 10.7 points and 4.6 assists this season. Courtesy of: JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Basketball Writer

Milwaukee B. - Chicago B. 88-104
MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Chicago Bulls weren't about to squander another second half lead against the Milwaukee Bucks. Twice this season, the Bucks have rallied in the second half to beat the Bulls, including storming back from a 27-point deficit late in the third quarter at Chicago in November. "The fact that we lost a couple of leads against these guys before, we didn't want to let our guard down," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "They are a very good team and they keep coming at you. You have to stay ready. We had a lot of guys step up." One of those guys was Nate Robinson (5'9''-PG-84, college: Washington), who scored 16 of his 24 points in the second quarter, leading the Bulls to a 104-88 victory Wednesday night. "Nate played with great energy, which was a huge plus," Thibodeau said. Another key for Chicago was Jimmy Butler, a second-year pro from Marquette, who added 18 points, one shy his career high set in the Bulls' previous game, and five rebounds in a return to the arena where he played college basketball. Thibodeau credited Butler with being valuable whether starting or coming off the bench. "He's a big lift," Thibodeau said. "He can guard, he can score and play multiple positions and make hustle plays. He's doing a lot for us. He's a big part of this team." Samuel Dalembert had 14 points and a season-high 13 rebounds for the Bucks. Ersan Ilyasova added 18 points and seven rebounds. Chicago broke open the game midway through the second quarter, using a 20-4 run to take a 49-30 lead. The run included a long 3-point shot by Robinson, who capped the rally with a driving layup. He was fouled on the play by Brandon Jennings (6'0''-PG-89), and converted the free throw. Robinson, who also had a breakaway dunk during the run, shot 7 for 9 from the floor during the quarter to help Chicago take a 55-37 lead at the half. "My teammates have been teasing me all season, talking about how I'm a three-time slam-dunk champion and I didn't get no dunks," Robinson said. "My fans have been asking me when I'm going to dunk again so hopefully they'll get off my back now." The Bulls shot 51 percent from the field in the first half, while the Bucks made just 39 percent of their attempts. Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, the Bucks' top scorers, combined for just 11 points in the half on 4-for-14 shooting. Brandon Jennings finished the game with 15 points, while Ellis had 12. The Bucks stormed back in the third quarter, using a 25-14 run at the start of the period to pull within seven points. Brandon Jennings, who was ejected late in the game after being called for a technical foul keyed the comeback, scoring 11 points in the quarter. The Bulls used a 10-6 run to close the period to take a 79-68 lead. Chicago scored 10 of the first 14 points in the fourth quarter to extend the lead, highlighted by a breakaway dunk by Butler. "They started to make a run, but we slowed them down, stopped them in transition and contested their shots and they started missing and we went down and capitalized," Butler said. Chicago's big second quarter forced Milwaukee to play "uphill" for the remainder of the game, Bucks coach Jim Boylan said. "We just didn't have enough in the tank. It was their typical game; they're a good, physical team and they play a physical brand of basketball and it took its toll on us tonight," he said. Ilyasova admitted that the Bucks weren't effective on offense throughout much of the game. "Offensively, we looked a little tired. We couldn't make some open shots," he said. The Bulls scored a season-high 66 points in the paint. "We needed to stop the guy with the ball in the paint," Ilyasova said. "We have to play a little more aggressive next time defensively." The Bulls took a 23-19 lead at the end of the first quarter, paced by Taj Gibson's six points and four rebounds. The Bucks were led by Dalembert's seven points and five rebounds in the period. Boylan said he didn't think Brandon Jennings, who wasn't available for comment after the game, was forced off his game because of his heated head-to-head battle with Robinson. "Even though he and Brandon are going at it, I don't think it's taking away from Brandon's game," Boylan said. Butler viewed it differently. "They were going at it. Brandon Brandon Jennings is a big-time player but you get frustrated, a lot of different things can happen and he definitely got frustrated," Butler said. NOTES: Bucks forward Larry Sanders sat out Wednesday's night game due to illness. Milwaukee coach Jim Boylan said Sanders was ill during Tuesday's game in Detroit against the Pistons, where he was limited to 16 minutes and scored three points. Samuel Dalembert started a hamstring injury suffered in Tuesday night's game against Charlotte. Gibson replaced him. ... Boylan said he thought Brandon Jennings should have been named to replace injured Celtics guard Rajon Rando on the All-Star team. "I thought Brandon deserved to be selected the way he's been playing recently," Boylan said. Brooklyn's Brook Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) was chosen over Brandon Jennings. ... Due to an engine issue with the team plane, the Bucks returned to Milwaukee around 11 a.m. Wednesday. The team had expected to fly out of Detroit on Tuesday night. ... Chicago has won six consecutive games at the Bradley Center. The Bulls' last loss in Milwaukee was 96-93 on Jan. 8, 2010. Courtesy of: Associated Press

Brooklyn N. - Miami Heat 85-105
LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) and the NBA champion Miami Heat ended the Brooklyn Nets' home winning streak in emphatic style with a 105-85 triumph at the Barclays Center. The Heat shot 51.8 percent from the field and made 11-of-19 from three-point range to notch their 13th straight victory over the Nets -- including a sweep of all three regular-season games on the schedule in this campaign. Miami bounced back from a double-overtime loss at Boston on Sunday, and halted the Nets' eight-game home winning streak. Hours after Nets forward Reggie Evans said during his team's morning shoot-around that the Heat's 2012 title was devalued because it came in a lockout-shortened season, the champs showed they remain a cut above. James scored 24 points with nine rebounds and seven assists. Dwyane Wade added 21 points and Chris Bosh scored 16 for a Miami team that broke open a close game with a 36-14 third quarter. Brook Lopez, named to the All-Star game in place of injured Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) of Boston on Wednesday, scored 21 points and Joe Johnson contributed 16. But the Nets were undone by 19 turnovers, including eight in the key third period. The Heat continue a four-game road trip on Friday at Indiana and wrap it up on Sunday at Toronto. Courtesy of: http://www.breitbart.com

Atlanta H. - Toronto R. 93-92
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks survived a wild, physical late-game battle under Toronto's basket -- thanks to Al Horford's go-ahead dunk with 21 seconds remaining. Horford had 22 points and 10 rebounds and played tough defence with two blocks near the basket in the closing seconds of the Hawks' 93-92 victory Wednesday night. "It was a do-or-die situation," said Hawks coach Larry Drew , whose team braced for Toronto's final possession during a timeout with 12.6 seconds remaining. "I told them during the timeout just believe in your defence, go out and get that one stop, and they did. There were bodies flying all over the place." The game followed a late-afternoon trade which could reshape Toronto's season. Longtime Raptors guard Jose Calderon and forward Ed Davis gave farewell hugs to their teammates about an hour before the game as word leaked of a trade that will send small forward Rudy Gay from Memphis to Toronto. DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 23 points. John Lucas added a season-high 19 points, Alan Anderson had 15 points and Aaron Gray had eight points and 11 rebounds. With Toronto leading 92-91, a missed jumper by John Lucas set up a Hawks timeout with 27.8 seconds remaining. A few passes around the perimeter set up Horford's open jam to Atlanta the lead. Horford blocked Kyle Lowry's shot out of bounds with 12.6 seconds remaining. The officials' review of the video confirmed possession belonged to Toronto. Following a timeout, Alan Anderson missed a long jumper, DeRozan grabbed the rebound and had his attempt under the basket blocked by Horford. There was apparent contact from Horford on DeRozan, but no foul was called. Coach Dwane Casey and the Raptors wanted a foul called during the intense exchange, but no whistle meant the Hawks survived for the win. Casey charged onto the court with his arms extended, demanding an explanation for the no-call in the final seconds. He was still upset in his postgame news conference. "I'm tired of this," Casey said. "I'm tired of losing games because of missed calls at the end of the game. I know the league's going to come down on me for this, but I don't care. Guys have fought their hearts out, played their hearts out and at the end of the game we get cracked, apology, go back to Canada." Casey said his initial belief a foul should have been called was supported by his review of the video. "I've been in this league 18 years and I've never seen as many missed calls at the end of the game to cost us the game," Casey said. "We have good officials. Too good to miss calls and short-change these young men like that. And it's not right." Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Atlanta. Kyle Korver, who made five 3-pointers, had 17. The Hawks had 10 3-pointers, giving them a franchise-record five straight games with at least 10 3s. Smith said the Hawks "played some pretty good defence" in the closing seconds, though he added with a smile "I don't know what happened" after Anderson's miss. The Raptors were left with nine players in uniform following the trade. Calderon and Davis were starters, but Gay, averaging 17.2 points and 5.9 rebounds, could boost the Raptors' chances of moving into the Eastern Conference playoff race. Toronto entered Wednesday's games in 11th place in the conference, 5 1/2 games behind eighth-place Boston. Drew said before the game he warned his players to not be distracted by the Toronto trade. Despite Drew's warning, the Hawks appeared to be sluggish in the first half as they fell behind by 13 points at 53-40 following a 10-0 run by the more aggressive Raptors. Toronto outrebounded the Hawks 28-13 in the half and led 55-45 at halftime. The Hawks finally answered Drew's call in the third quarter, when they took the lead by outscoring the Raptors 30-14. NOTES: Brothers B.J. and Justin Upton, added to the Braves' outfielder through free agency and a trade, respectively, had front-row seats, one day after Justin had his introductory news conference in Atlanta. ... Gray had 10 rebounds in the first half, matching his season high for a game. He had 22 points and 10 rebounds in Toronto's 112-102 loss to Golden State on Monday night. ... The Raptors finished with a 52-36 advantage in rebounds. Courtesy of: http://www.leaderpost.com

New York K. - Orlando M. 113-97
At some point, someone had to start playing defense. Or at least exert maximum effort on the defensive end. Neither the Knicks nor the Orlando Magic did so through the first 30 minutes of Wednesday's game. Layups were easy to come by. Three-point shooters were wide open. And there were plenty of opportunities to score in transition. A frustrated Coach Mike Woodson stood near his bench with his arms folded and stared out at his players' poor defensive effort. In those 30 minutes, Woodson was trying to find a lineup that would provide some resistance to the Magic. Woodson put Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82), never known for defense, into the game with 6 minutes 28 seconds left in the third quarter. What was most intriguing about the Knicks' lineup Wednesday was that Woodson had Amare Stoudemire on the floor with Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler. When the three players - the highest-paid on the team - played together last season, they struggled on both ends of the floor. But for five minutes against the Magic, the trio, along with J. R. Smith and Raymond Felton, showed encouraging signs that they can coexist and thrive together. Their play was the turning point in the Knicks' 113-97 victory at Madison Square Garden. Adding an exclamation point, Anthony scored 20 points to set a team record with his 30th straight 20-point game. When Amare Stoudemire entered the game, the Knicks (28-15) led by 66-62. Amare Stoudemire then helped create a Magic turnover, Chandler did a better job of defending the paint and Anthony challenged jump shooters instead of leaking out on transition. The three players also slowed the game, helping to quell the Magic's quick-shooting offense. When Chandler went to the bench, the Knicks extended their lead to 77-70. The Magic were held to 8 points in that stretch. 'When us three are out there on the court, we're making a lot of things happen, offensive and defensively,' Anthony said. 'We are key pieces to this team. We definitely are going to have to be on the basketball court when it counts.' Before the game, Woodson said he was planned to have Amare Stoudemire play more with Anthony and Chandler. Amare Stoudemire, who has accepted his role coming off the bench, entered the game with 15 points in each of his previous five games. 'I'm willing to do whatever it takes to win,' Amare Stoudemire said. 'I've accomplished a lot in my career so far. The next thing to accomplish is to win a championship and whatever role I need to step into, I totally up for it as long as we win.' On offense, though, spacing was usually the biggest issue for the three players. Woodson said he expected it to be better this season now that Amare Stoudemire, who used to be a perimeter scorer, is being asked to score in the post. 'I thought they played great off of each other,' Woodson said. 'Carmelo triggered a lot of that. Amare Stoudemire has become a low-post threat. When he catches the ball down there he's been able to produce. It's going to be huge for us.' Amare Stoudemire, Anthony and Chandler also performed well on offense. Chandler led the team with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Anthony had 7 rebounds. Amare Stoudemire finished with 14 points (making all 7 of his shots) and 4 rebounds. Before the Knicks toughened on defense, the Magic (14-31) scored at will with a two-guard combination of Jameer Nelson and J. J. Redick. Nelson, a point guard, drove past any defender Woodson put on him - Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert or Pablo Prigioni - to score his 21 points. Redick, a shooting guard, made four 3-pointers to score a team-high 29 points. Prigioni extended the Knicks' lead in the fourth quarter once Anthony was on the bench. Prigioni started the quarter with a pick-and-roll play with Amare Stoudemire that resulted in a one-handed dunk by Amare Stoudemire. Prigioni, who is more focused on passing than shooting, even scored 11 points. He made a 3-pointer from the corner. Then, when he was wide open in the same spot, Prigioni used a pump-fake to get to the rim for a layup. When Prigioni was excelling, the Knicks had their first comfortable lead of the game at 88-78. From there, Anthony took over. He scored 5 points in the fourth and created scoring opportunities for Felton, Smith and Steve Novak, who scored all 8 of his points in the fourth. REBOUNDS Jason Kidd missed the game with back spasms. Mike Woodson is expecting Kidd to return to the court for Friday's home game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Last season, while playing for the Dallas Mavericks, Kidd missed four games with back spasms. The same injury put him out for four games in November and December. ... Orlando's Glen Davis sustained a left foot injury in the first quarter. He did not return. He finished with 2 points and 3 assists in four minutes. Courtesy of: http://www.nytimes.com

Boston C. - Sacramento K. 99-81
BOSTON - The Celtics are not better without Rajon Rondo. They just looked it on Wednesday night. One should resist the temptation to take too much from a win over a team that came into the night a dozen games under .500. But in its first contest since knowing Rondo is out for the year, Boston played perhaps its best offensive game of the season in a 99-81 rout of Sacramento at TD Garden. Paul Pierce led a balanced Celtics effort with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Seven Celtics had at least nine points, including reserves Jason Terry (12), Jeff Green (12) and Brandon Bass (12). Pierce, Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F/C-76) and Terry all had at least four assists. 'That's how we have to play overall: simple, good basketball,' head coach Doc Rivers said. 'Everyone played their role and played great.' 'That's going to be a formula for success for us,' Terry said. Tyreke Evans had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings. For all the wailing and gnashing of teeth over the last 72 hours regarding the complexities of the Celtics' future, Wednesday night was a refreshing reminder of basketball's occasional simplicity. More specifically, it's a lot easier to win when you make your shots. For instance, it doesn't much matter who brings the ball up the floor when the team knocks down 14 consecutive shots to start the second quarter, as the Celtics did Wednesday night. Boston scored on layups from Green, dunks from Bass and threes from Jason Terry, Leandro Barbosa and Courtney Lee. The Celtics scored on nearly every trip for the period's first 91/2 minutes, not missing from the field until Avery Bradley flubbed a fast-break layup with 2:30 to go. Boston finished the quarter 16 of 20 with 11 assists. The Celts scored 37 points on 23 possessions - more than 1.6 points per. The 37-14 run that spanned the quarter transformed a two-point deficit after one into a 21-point lead by halftime. The Celtics owned that lead even though they and the Kings had each taken 40 shots in the half; Boston just happened to make 11 more of them. 'We have a lot of weapons,' Pierce said. 'Nobody felt like they had to take all the shots tonight.' The Celtics found easy looks by moving the ball quickly with the pass. They were were patient in transition, often locating the trailer in the secondary break, after Sacramento had appeared to get back. On one such instance, Barbosa lofted a perfect alley-oop to Kevin Garnett for an easy two. 'Transition buckets are something we don't get a lot,' Kevin Garnett said. 'In Rondo's absence now, we're trying to emphasize easy buckets. We have to keep forcing that and pushing it.' Even in the halfcourt, the ball movement around the perimeter was crisp. In the third quarter, with Green running the point, Terry trailed Barbosa around a Jason Collins screen. Barbosa took the pass from Green on the wing and whipped it to Terry in the corner for a wide-open three, capitalizing on slow rotations from the Kings. Boston more or less cruised in the second half, leading by as many as 28 and never fewer than 14. Even so, the Celtics did not play perfectly. They turned the ball over on simple perimeter passes. Kevin Garnett made the exact kind of ill-advised outlet pass that Rivers warned against a day earlier. They occasionally struggled to get back in transition. These, of course, are the growing pains of adjusting to life without Rondo, and they're a lot easier to swallow when the Celtics shoot 53 percent for the game. Courtesy of: providencejournal.com

Indiana P. - Detroit P. 98-79
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds on Wednesday, as the Indiana Pacers pounded the short-handed Detroit Pistons, 98-79, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Tyler Hansbrough and Lance Stephenson (6'5''-F-90, college: Cincinnati) also posted double-doubles, with Hansbrough tallying 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Stephenson adding 12 points and 11 boards for the Pacers, who have won 12 straight at home. George Hill added 15 points, David West donated 14 points and Paul George gave 10 points in the triumph, which snapped Indiana's three-game skid. Greg Monroe paced the Pistons with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Rodney Stuckey scored 14 points in the setback, Detroit's fourth in its last five games. The Pistons were without starting small forward Tayshaun Prince and reserve forward Austin Daye after both were sent to Memphis as part of a three-team trade involving the Grizzlies and Toronto, with Detroit acquiring Raptors starting point guard Jose Calderon. Courtesy of: http://www.wzzm13.com

Philadelph.76 - Washington W. 92-84
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jrue Holiday (6'3''-PG-90, college: UCLA) scored 21 points, Nick Young had 18 and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Washington Wizards 92-84 Wednesday night. Thaddeus Young and Lavoy Allen each added 14 points to help the Sixers win for just the fourth time in 13 games and seventh in 24. Emeka Okafor had 15 points and 17 rebounds, Nene scored 16 and Martell Webster (6'8''-G-86) got 15 for Washington. The Wizards dropped to 6-5 since John Wall returned from a knee injury. They were 5-28 without him and entered with the second-worst record in the NBA. Wall had nine points on 3-for-12 shooting. The Sixers are three games into an eight-game homestand and need to use the home-court advantage to make up some ground in the playoff race. They entered three games behind Boston for the final spot in the East. The Celtics just lost All-Star Rajon Rondo for the season with a knee injury. Playing his first game against his former team, Nick Young seemed to enjoy making some big shots. Young spent his first 4 seasons in Washington before going to the Los Angeles Clippers in a trade last March. He signed a free-agent deal with Philadelphia in the offseason. After the Wizards pulled to 50-48 in the third quarter, Young took over. He nailed consecutive 3-pointers and Allen hit a short jumper, extending the lead to 67-53. Dorell Wright, seeing his first action in three games, gave the Sixers their biggest lead, 82-67, with a long 3-pointer early in the fourth. Spencer Hawes hit another 3, Holiday scored on a driving layup and Philadelphia withstood a late push. The Wizards got to 89-84 with 1:40 left on Okafor's dunk. But Holiday made a free throw and then the All-Star iced it with a jumper. The Sixers are hoping to make a push as they inch closer to getting Andrew Bynum in the lineup for the first time this season. The 7-foot center is expected to make his season and Philadelphia debut after the All-Star break. Bynum, the former Lakers All-Star, has been sidelined by bone bruises in his knees. The Wizards were up 28-25 going into the second quarter, but then got cold. They missed 10 of their first 11 shots in the quarter and had just five points through the first nine minutes. Philadelphia used a 9-1 run to go up for good. Allen got it started with his second straight 17-footer and capped it with a short jumper for a 40-33 lead. Allen's playing time had been reduced recently and he scored a total of nine points over the last four games. Allen made his first six shots and finished 7 for 10 from the floor. Turner beat the buzzer with a pull-up shot to send the Sixers into halftime up 48-39. NOTESes: Wizards rookie guard Bradley Beal didn't play because of a sprained right wrist. Sixers guard Jason Richardson is headed to Colorado for a second opinion on his injured left knee. He's missed five straight games. Reserve Damien Wilkins wasn't with Philadelphia because of personal reasons. Sixers coach Doug Collins coached the Wizards from 2001-03. Wizards have lost five straight in Philadelphia. Courtesy of: The Associated Press



Chris Kaman injury: Mavs big out indefinitely with concussion - by Eurobasket News

Dallas Mavericks reserve center Chris Kaman (7'0''-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) will be out of the lineup indefinitely after suffering a concussion during Tuesday's practice at the Rose Garden. Kaman sustained the injury when he collided with a teammate during the practice session and his head hit the floor. He's coming off a season-low 11 minutes played in Sunday's 110-95 win over the Phoenix Suns. Head coach Rick Carlisle spoke about the toll Kaman's absence will take on the team moving forward. "It helps to have depth for sure," Carlisle said. "We need all those guys, but this is a hit for us. Chris has played very well for us this year, played really well against these guys last time. We'll miss him, and hopefully he'll be back soon." As is customary with concussion symptoms, the Mavs will have to wait until they completely subside before Kaman is allowed to return to action. There is no timetable for his return. Kaman is averaging 12.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game this season.
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New Orleans 99, Utah 104 - by Milord Nikolic

Paul Millsap had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Al Jefferson scored 22 points as Utah downed New Orleans to bounce back from the worst home loss in franchise history. Derrick Favors contributed 15 points and Randy Foye added 14 for the Jazz, who suffered a 45-point loss to the Houston Rockets on Monday. Greivis Vasquez had 17 points and 13 assists for the Hornets, who rested standout guard Eric Gordon. Ryan Anderson scored 16 points, Robin Lopez tallied 15 points and Anthony Davis added 14. Utah had a 10-point edge when Alec Burks hit two free throws with 7:16 remaining. New Orleans trailed 95-94 after a basket by Davis with 2:17 left before Millsap and Jefferson scored back-to-back hoops, and the Jazz held on. New Orleans led 24-12 10 minutes into the contest before Utah rallied to take a 40-39 lead on a free throw by Millsap with 5:30 left in the first half. The Jazz led 51-47 at halftime.


Magic forward Glen Davis suffers broken foot - by Eurobasket News

For much of Wednesday, the Orlando Magic displayed the kind of grit and resiliency that head coach Jacque Vaughn has grown to love about this team. Guards Jameer Nelson and J.J. Redick carried the offense, while the defense did its best to slow New York superstar Carmelo Anthony. But as the game wore on, a devastating injury to Glen Davis (6'9''-F-86, college: LSU) further sabotaged the short-handed Magic, and attrition and a talent deficit won out, resulting in another lost night for Orlando. Despite red-hot shooting and valiant efforts from Nelson and Redick, the Magic couldnt keep pace with the Knicks more than a half, again gave up a flurry of fourth-quarter 3-pointers and lost 113-97 to New York. Davis, who was in the midst of his finest season as a pro, was likely lost for the rest of the season when he fractured his left foot early in the game. The team found out about the news of the crippling injury midway through Wednesdays game, sapping the life out of the squad.
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Brook Lopez named 2013 All-Star Game replacement - by Eurobasket News

When Eastern Conference All-Star starter Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) went down for the season with a torn ACL a player had to be named as a replacement for the Boston Celtics guard. Many fans and pundits debated fiercely about deserving players that were snubbed last week when the All-Star reserves were announced. The Eastern Conference, while not heavy on quality teams is heavy on quality talent.
Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) of the Atlanta Hawks was a strong candidate to be named as a replacement for Rondo. J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) of the New York Knicks, Brandon Jennings (6'0''-PG-89) of the Milwaukee Bucks, and Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) of the Chicago Bulls were also in the running. Historically teams that are winning are rewarded and the Brooklyn Nets are winning.
Brooklyn (27-18) has the fourth best record in the Eastern Conference and are second in the Atlantic Division behind their rivals, the New York Knicks. Former All-Stars Deron Williams and Joe Johnson are having good seasons for Brooklyn but not great ones. Nets center Brook Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) was the obvious choice to be selected as an All-Star replacement and Commissioner David Stern did just that. Lopez will replace Rajon Rondo in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game in Houston on February 17, 2013. Lopez is the best scoring center in the NBA putting up 18.6 points per game and the seventh best shot-blocker in the league with 2.2 swats per contest. This will be Lopez first All-Star Game.
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Nuggets Assign Julyan Stone To D-League - by Eurobasket News

The Nuggets have assigned Julyan Stone (6'6''-G/F-88, college: UTEP) to their D-League affiliate, the team announced today in a press release. Stone, who missed more than two months of the season while recovering from right hip surgery, will join Quincy Miller-Scott (6'9''-F-92, college: Baylor), the other Nugget currently playing for the D-League's Iowa Energy.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



Raptors Acquire Rudy Gay In Three-Team Trade - by Eurobasket News

The Toronto Raptors have acquired Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) in a three-team trade involving the Memphis Grizzlies and Detroit Pistons.
The Raptors sent Jose Manuel Calderon (6'4''-PG-81), who went to the Pistons, along with Ed Davis (6'10''-F-89, college: N.Carolina) and a second round pick to the Grizzlies. Memphis acquired Davis, along with Tayshaun Prince (6'9''-F-80, college: Kentucky) and Austin Daye (6'11''-F-88, college: Gonzaga). Gay had been with the Grizzlies since his rookie season in 2006-07, while Prince and Calderon also had spent their entire careers with their respective teams. The Raptors also acquired Hamed Haddadi (7'2''-C-85), but a buyout and waiver is expected.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



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  NBLCANADA   

NBLC Standings

NBL Canada Standings
 1. London L. 23-4 
 2. Oshawa P. 17-11 
 3. Summerside S. 17-11 
 4. St.John M.R. 15-15 
 5. Moncton M. 15-18 
 6. Halifax R. 14-15 
 7. Windsor Exp. 11-16 
 8. Montreal J. 2-24 

Regular Season: Round 26

Jan. 27: Windsor Exp. - London L. 99-93
Jan. 26: Montreal J. - St.John M.R. 86-95
Jan. 27: Halifax R. - Summerside S. 121-108
Jan. 30: Moncton M. - St.John M.R. 108-114
Jan. 31: Halifax R. - Moncton M.



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  NCAA1   

Top 25 - Men

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

Regular Season: Round 81

Jan. 30: USF - St.Mary''s, CA 63-67
Jan. 30: Creighton - Missouri St. 91-77
Jan. 30: Buffalo - Cent.Michigan 91-73
Jan. 30: High Point - Longwood 88-60
Jan. 30: Kansas St. - Texas 83-57
Jan. 30: Youngstown St. - Valparaiso 80-68
Jan. 30: St.John''s - De Paul 79-74 OT
Jan. 30: Rice - Houston 79-69
Jan. 30: Ball St. - Toledo 78-85
Jan. 30: Oklahoma St. - Iowa St. 78-76
Jan. 30: UAB - UTEP 78-72 OT
Jan. 30: Colorado St. - Boise St. 77-57
Jan. 30: Wright St. - Detroit Mercy 76-83
Jan. 30: Loyola, IL - Wisc.-Milwaukee 76-65
Jan. 30: Stanford - Oregon 76-52
Jan. 30: Florida - S.Carolina 75-36
Jan. 30: Presbyterian - NC-Asheville 74-77
Jan. 30: Georgetown - Seton Hall 74-52
Jan. 30: Northeastern - Georgia St. 73-78
Jan. 30: Charleston So. - Gardner-Webb 73-74 OT
Jan. 30: Florida St. - Maryland 73-71
Jan. 30: LSU - Missouri 73-70
Jan. 30: Charleston - Appalachian St. 72-59
Jan. 30: UCLA - USC 71-75 OT
Jan. 30: Baylor - Oklahoma 71-74
Jan. 30: Temple - Richmond 71-64
Jan. 30: Wake Forest - Duke 70-75
Jan. 30: Radford - VMI 69-70
Jan. 30: Lafayette - Colgate 69-40
Jan. 30: E.Carolina - Memphis 68-75
Jan. 30: Miami, OH - W.Michigan 68-72
Jan. 30: Michigan - Northwestern 68-46
Jan. 30: N.Illinois - Kent St. 67-65
Jan. 30: Holy Cross - Army 66-80
Jan. 30: ODU - Towson 66-68
Jan. 30: Xavier - Dayton 66-61
Jan. 30: Delaware - William & Mary 66-56
Jan. 30: Notre Dame - Villanova 65-60
Jan. 30: Virginia Tech - Miami, FL 64-73
Jan. 30: Rhode Island - VCU 64-70
Jan. 30: Fordham - St.Joseph''s 62-66
Jan. 30: Cincinnati - Rutgers 62-54
Jan. 30: Air Force - Fresno St. 62-50
Jan. 30: Winthrop - Co.Carolina 61-48
Jan. 30: Purdue - Indiana 60-97
Jan. 30: S.Carolina St. - Hampton 60-64
Jan. 30: La Salle - Massachusetts 60-61
Jan. 30: Wyoming - N.Mexico 59-63
Jan. 30: Binghamton - UMBC 58-61
Jan. 30: Marshall - SMU 57-68
Jan. 30: Long Beach St. - UCSB 57-55
Jan. 30: Georgia - Auburn 57-49
Jan. 30: S.Illinois - Drake 56-61
Jan. 30: Bowling Green - Akron 55-68
Jan. 30: American - Bucknell 55-56
Jan. 30: Maine - New Hampshire 54-57
Jan. 30: Cal-Irvine - Cal Poly - SLO 52-45
Jan. 30: Tulane - Cent.Florida 50-58
Jan. 30: Navy - Lehigh 49-71
Jan. 30: Mississippi St. - Texas A&M 49-55 OT
Jan. 30: Hartford - Vermont 43-49
Jan. 30: McNeese St. - SF Austin 39-59
Jan. 30: NJIT - Fisher 108-69

Regular Season: Round 82

Jan. 31: LIU Brooklyn - Robert Morris
Jan. 31: Texas St. - N.Mexico St.
Jan. 31: Pepperdine - BYU
Jan. 31: Santa Clara - Portland
Jan. 31: USF - St.Mary's, CA
Jan. 31: Niagara - Iona
Jan. 31: E.Tenn.St. - N.Kentucky
Jan. 31: St.Peter's - Marist
Jan. 31: JMU - Hofstra
Jan. 31: Michigan St. - Illinois
Jan. 31: NC-Greensboro - Elon
Jan. 31: Davidson - Samford
Jan. 31: George Mason - Drexel
Jan. 31: Jacksonville - Stetson
Jan. 31: Mt.St.Mary's - Quinnipiac
Jan. 31: N.Florida - Florida Gulf Coast
Jan. 31: Fair Dickinson - Bryant
Jan. 31: St.Francis, NY - St.Francis, PA
Jan. 31: Florida Atlantic - La-Monroe
Jan. 31: Wagner - Sacred Heart
Jan. 31: Canisius - Loyola, MD
Jan. 31: Providence - Connecticut
Jan. 31: Furman - Georgia South
Jan. 31: Monmouth - Cent.Conn.St.
Jan. 31: Citadel - Wofford
Jan. 31: FIU - Middle Tenn.St.
Jan. 31: USC Upstate - Lipscomb
Jan. 31: N.Dakota St. - UMKC
Jan. 31: Tennessee St. - Tenn Tech
Jan. 31: Nebraska-Omaha - IPFW
Jan. 31: Belmont - Morehead St.
Jan. 31: Tenn-Martin - E.Kentucky
Jan. 31: N.Dakota - Weber St.
Jan. 31: Iowa - Penn St.
Jan. 31: La-Lafayette - N.Texas
Jan. 31: Ill.-Chicago - Green Bay
Jan. 31: UTSA - Denver
Jan. 31: W.Kentucky - Troy
Jan. 31: Arkansas St. - S.Alabama
Jan. 31: S.Dakota St. - S.Dakota
Jan. 31: ORU - Nicholls St.
Jan. 31: Cent.Arkansas - SE Louisiana
Jan. 31: Lamar - Northwestern St.
Jan. 31: St.Louis - Butler
Jan. 31: Washington - Arizona
Jan. 31: Alabama - Arkansas
Jan. 31: N.Colorado - Idaho St.
Jan. 31: E.Washington - Montana St.
Jan. 31: S.Utah - Sacramento St.
Jan. 31: Cal-Riverside - Hawaii
Jan. 31: California - Oregon St.
Jan. 31: Seattle - San Jose St.
Jan. 31: CS Fullerton - CS Northridge
Jan. 31: Idaho - Utah St.
Jan. 31: Portland St. - Montana
Jan. 31: Washington St. - Arizona St.
Jan. 31: Loyola Mary - Gonzaga


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Anthony BENNETT
  UNLV
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Bennett, UNLV18.1 
 2. Lyons, Air Force18.0 
 3. Franklin, San D.17.4 
 4. Marks, Boise St.16.6 
 5. Burton, Nevada16.5 
 6. Drmic, Boise St.16.1 
 7. Story, Nevada15.5 
 8. Tapley, San D.14.6 
 9. Washington, Wyomi.14.4 
 10. Williams, N.Mexico14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pierce HORNUNG
  Colorado.
  (196-F-91)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Hornung, Colorado.9.7 
 2. Iverson, Colorado.9.6 
 3. Franklin, San D.9.4 
 4. Washington, Wyomi.8.9 
 5. Bennett, UNLV8.6 
 6. Watkins, Boise St.7.9 
 7. Kirk, N.Mexico7.5 
 8. Nance, Wyoming7.3 
 9. Moser, UNLV6.7 
 10. Bejarano, Colorad.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony MARSHALL
  UNLV
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Marshall, UNLV6.0 
 2. Williams, N.Mexico4.5 
 3. Fletcher, Air Force3.9 
 4. Green, Colorado St.3.7 
 5. Marks, Boise St.3.6 
 6. Franklin, San D.3.4 
 7. Burton, Nevada3.2 
 8. Reinhardt, UNLV2.6 
 9. Grabau, Wyoming2.6 
 10. Gilmore, Wyoming2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Derrick MARKS
  Boise St.
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Marks, Boise St.2.2 
 2. Burton, Nevada1.7 
 3. Hawkins, UNLV1.6 
 4. Franklin, San D.1.5 
 5. Elorriaga, Boise S.1.4 
 6. Huddleston, Fresno1.4 
 7. Washington, Wyomi.1.4 
 8. Brown Jr., Fresno1.4 
 9. Hornung, Colorado.1.3 
 10. Gilmore, Wyoming1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Leonard WASHINGTON
  Wyomi.
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Washington, Wyomi.2.2 
 2. Upshaw, Fresno St.2.2 
 3. Spencer, San D.1.4 
 4. Kirk, N.Mexico1.3 
 5. Bennett, UNLV1.2 
 6. Broekhuis, Air F.1.1 
 7. Burris, Nevada1.0 
 8. Franklin, San D.1.0 
 9. Iverson, Colorado.0.9 
 10. Foster, Fresno St.0.8 


New Mexico 63, Wyoming 59 - by Milord Nikolic

Guard Hugh Greenwood scored 13 points, including a game-winning jumper with 7.4 seconds remaining, and grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds to lead the visiting Lobos. Forward Cameron Bairstow scored a career-high 17 points while guard Kendall Williams finished with 12 and center Alex Kirk added 10 points for New Mexico (18-3, 5-1 MWC), which remained in sole possession of first place in the Mountain West. Guard Derrious Gilmore scored 15 points and Leonard Washington and Riley Grabau each chipped in with 11 for Wyoming (15-5, 2-5), which lost for the first time in three games this season against a ranked opponent. New Mexico used a 12-0 run to take an early 12-5 lead and led most of the first half until Josh Adams put Wyoming back ahead 18-17 with 5:11 to go. The lead see-sawed back and forth the rest of the half until Grabau's desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer gave Wyoming a 29-27 halftime edge. Grabau hit another 3 with 23 seconds left in the game to tie the score at 59, but Greenwood then hit a 17-foot pull-up jumper off a screen by Kirk to the right of the key for the game-winner. After a long Wyoming inbounds pass went out of bounds, Greenwood sealed the win with a pair of free throws.


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Ranking the Top Ten Players Over 30 - by Hugh McAuliffe

Anyone who has reached the ripe age of 30 years will tell you, whilst you may remain an active participant in sport, most will certainly see a decline in the way the body recovers and bounces back from setbacks. With that in mind, continuing in the rigours of professional sport after three decades on the planet is a definite achievement -- one that involves the overcoming of those obstacles of the body.

There is often plenty of attention focused on the rising stars of basketball, but perhaps the aging stars are even more noteworthy. Across the pond in the NBA we have seen an increasing number of elite players continuing to dominate well into their thirties -- think Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Kidd. In our backyard, the NBL is no different, with a great array of stars still doing their thing in the years beyond where it is normally expected.

Its a tough list to compile, with more than twenty players over the age of thirty still contributing to NBL squads, but lets attempt to list the top ten, based on current season form.

1. Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.)
2. Seth Scott
3. Mika Vukona
4. Luke Schenscher
5. Ian Crosswhite
6. Oscar Forman
7. Peter Crawford
8. Glen Saville
9. Adam Ballinger
10. CJ Bruton



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  NIGERIA   

DStv PBL Standings

DStv PBL Standings
Atlantic Conference
 1. Comets 0-0 
 2. Customs 0-0 
 3. D.Warriors 0-0 
 4. Islanders 0-0 
 5. Oluyole W. 0-0 
 6. Police Baton 0-0 
 7. Royal Hoopers 0-0 
 8. Union Bank 0-0 
Savannah Conference
 1. Bauchi Nets 0-0 
 2. Immigration 0-0 
 3. Kada Stars 0-0 
 4. Kano Pillars 0-0 
 5. Mark Mentors 0-0 
 6. Niger Potters 0-0 
 7. Plateau Peaks 0-0 
 8. Yelwa Hawks 0-0 


Babalola charge Oluyole Warriors, First Deepwater BC ahead new season - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Chairman of Oyo State Basketball Association Babatunde Babalola has urge newly promoted Oluyole Warriors basketball club to work hard ahead the 2012/ 2013 DStv Premier Basketball League season which is expected to dunk-off in February.

Speaking with our correspondent in Lagos recently the Oil and Gas mogul charge the Oluyole Warriors to stay focus and work towards picking one of the four slots in the Atlantic conference for the final-8 playoffs.

He promised the Ibadan side of maximum support from the association.

Babalola urge the coaching crew to go for tested players with vast experience so that the club would be a force to reckon with in the Atlantic conference in particular and the league in general.

The Chief Executive Officer of First Deepwater Discovery Limited parent club of reigning Nigeria Women league champion First Deepwater basketball club also charges the coaching crew of the three time champion led by Coach Lateef Erinfolami to remain focus ahead the start of the women league.

"First Deepwater basketball club must double it effort so as to retain the league title and qualify for continental engagement again.

"We must stay focus and be ready to dominate the women league once again, Babalola told our correspondent.

"We are also looking at the possibility of hosting a befitting final round of the Africa Champions Cup for Women and we believe with the support of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) and all stakeholders of the game we can bring honours to Nigeria through the hosting and the performance of our team.

"Hosting the Africa championship will help to increase Nigeria teams participation in the continent most prestigious women club competition as First Deepwater basketball club will be exempted from playing the qualifiers which will indirectly give additional spot to two other Nigerian club-sides.

The soft-spoken businessman says bountiful rewards await players and officials of Oluyole Warriors basketball club if they are able to make it to the final-8 in their first outing at the DStv Premier Basketball League after missing out of the Nigeria top-flight league for fourteen years and First Deepwater basketball club if they can win the women league for a record fourth time and a good showing at the Africa Champions Cup for Women.



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All Roads Lead to Manila: The TOP FIVE FIBA Asia Centers Outside of the Philippines - by Enzo Flojo


Okay, with Gilas Pilipinas's dominant run in the 2013 Super Kung Sheung Cup and the impending Manila hosting of the 2013 FIBA Asia Men's Championships, every Pinoy who's even remotely hooked on basketball is suddenly overwhelmed with anticipation.

To add even more excitement, not to mention a renewed sense of patriotic unity, the PBA, after its recent history of being a little stingy with regard to lending players to the national cause, has signified its full and absolute cooperation, even going as far as altering its calendar.

Needless to say, all Pinoys seem to be onboard, ready, and willing to do all it takes in helping the Gilas Pilipinas squad do well and accomplish its FIBA World Cup qualification mission in August this year.

The first concrete step, of course, is to form a national pool of players from which coach Chot Reyes can pick his poison for the final FIBA Asia-bound roster. There are many good players he can choose, of course, whether they come from the amateur or pro ranks. For the first time ever, too, we have probably the biggest crop of TALL players who can complement our awesome naturalized big man, Marcus Douthit. Prospects really do seem bright for Philippine basketball, but, wait, let's not get ahead of ourselves (as we are wont to do).

Before we can even pick the members of the national pool, we must first consider, or offer to consider, the kind of opposition we will face in the FIBA Asia joust. Yes, yes, we all know the general archetypes of international basketball -- big men can shoot the three, teams tend to play zone defense, guards are as tall as our local forwards, yada, yada, yada.

What I want to look at, however, are the specific players Gilas Pilipinas will have to deal with. It's one thing to simply say our foes will be taller and stronger, and it's a completely different thing to know their specific strengths, weaknesses, and tendencies. This is where this post comes in.

We'll look at the TOP FIVE FIBA Asia players per position, and then make some recommendations for which locals could be viable match-ups against these marquee Asian cagers.

In Part 1, we will look at the Top FIVE FIBA Asia Centers:
-Please take note that several of these guys didnt play in the 2011 FIBA Asia Championships, so their names might not really be familiar.
-Also, I dont want to approach this series of posts with a bloated sense of confidence in our own local players, so please forgive me if I build up our foreign foes a little too much.

Hamed Haddadi Iran, 28 years old, 7'2
Current club & stats: Memphis Grizzlies (NBA); 1.2ppg, 1.8rpg
FIBA 2011 Championship stats: 15.4ppg, 11.4rpg, 3.6apg, 2.9bpg, 68.5 FG%
Strengths: Haddadi possesses a versatile low post game, has intimidating around the basket defense, is a constant double-double threat, and passes really well off the low block.
Weaknesses: He is turnover-prone (3.2topg in 2011) and is not exactly the finest free throw shooter (68.5 FT% in 2011). Haddadi has a tendency to dominate the ball, which at times slows down the offensive flow of Iran. This was a big factor in Gilas beating them once in the 2011 Jones Cup and in their loss to Jordan in the 2011 FIBA Asia Championships quarterfinals.

Julian Khazzouh Lebanon, 27 years old, 6'10
Current club & stats: Sagesse (FLB); 11.3ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.0bpg, 50.0 FG%
2011-2012 Syndey Kings (NBL) stats: 16.4ppg, 10.8rpg, 2.1bpg,
Strengths: Khazzouh reportedly plays a lot like compatriot Andrew Bogut, which means he is strong down low and has good footwork. He is also a consistent double-double threat and has great around the basket defense.
Weaknesses: Khazzouhs main bad habit is he likes taking plenty of outside shots, but he doesnt make a lot of them (he attempted nearly 3 treys per game this season, but connected on just 18%). He also pretty much sucks from the stripe, making just 58% of his charities for Sagesse so far. Another waterloo for him is he is quite foul-prone norming about 3 fouls per game in the FLB.
Note: Khazzouh has yet to play a minute of FIBA Asia ball and, for all intents and purposes, FIBA might not even recognize him as eligible because he already donned the Australian NTs jersey in a couple of exhibition games in 2012. Nonetheless, we must assume the worst, and the worst-case scenario is FIBA allows him to play as a local for Lebanon.

Yi Jianlian China, 26 years old, 7'0
Current club & stats: Guangdong Southern Tigers (CBA); 26.7ppg, 10.3rpg, 1.9bpg, 1.3spg, 60.8 FG%, 45.5 3pt%
2012 Olympic Games stats: 14.8ppg, 10.2rpg, 2.2bpg
Strengths: Yi is perhaps the most complete big man in Asia. He has a versatile post game and is dangerous from practically anywhere on the floor. He is also an intimidating defensive presence and runs the floor really well. He can really dominate a game in so many ways.
Weaknesses: Yis primary weakness really shows when he is aggressively double-teamed because he has trouble passing out of the post. Yi has the same effect on China that Haddadi has on Iran if Yi gets the ball down low, his teammates often resort to just watching him.

Lee Seung-Jun (a.k.a. Eric Sandrin) South Korea, 35 years old, 6'9
Current club & stats: Dongbu Promy (KBL); 14.6ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.2apg, 57.6 FG%
2012 Olympic Qualifiers stats: 18.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.5spg, 1.0bpg
Strengths: Lee is perhaps the best center in Korea. He is better than Kim Joo-Sung and Ha Seung-Jin, and the only thing that prevented him from playing in the 2011 FIBA Asia tourney is that he was counted as a naturalized player (Korea already had Moon Tae-Jong, a.k.a. Jarod Stevenson, in 2011). Despite his age, Lee is super athletic and runs the floor really well. His main job is to score inside, and he does it pretty well. Think of him as a quicker, bigger, and hungrier Sonny Thoss.
Weaknesses: Lee tends to dominate possessions, and he takes a lions share of the field goal attempts, with varying success rates. He has a high FG% in the KBL, but he shot below 40% in the 2012 Olympic Qualifiers. He is also very foul-prone, norming upwards of 3 fouls per game in both the KBL and FIBA tourneys. Lee, like most Korean cagers, likes to shoot from long range, though his percentage leaves a lot to be desired (under 29% from beyond the arc at about 2 attempts per game in the 2011-2012 KBL season).

JR Sakuragi (a.k.a. JR Henderson) Japan, 37 years old, 6'9
Current club & stats: Aisin Seahorses (JBL); 16.8ppg, 12.3rpg, 4.1apg, 1.1spg, 53.5 FG%
2012 FIBA Asia Cup stats: 12.6ppg, 8.0rpg, 3.6apg
Strengths: Sakuragis main job in his return to the Japanese NT is to provide additional muscle underneath in support of the Takeuchi twins. In this regard, hes a perfect fit. As long as his job is NOT to carry the team, then he should be great. He shoots well from within 15 feet of the basket and cleans the glass better than most. He has great court vision and doesnt really look for his own shot. He is also a pretty decent shot from the line he shot between 71-74% from the stripe in the entire 2012 basketball season (FIBA Asia & JBL).
Weaknesses: The main weakness of Sakuragi is that hes quite turnover-prone. He turned the ball over a little under 4 times a game in the 2012 FIBA Asia Cup, and this is something his opponents can exploit to the hilt. Despite his size, Sakuragi is also not the best interior defender around. He is no longer as agile as he once was, and he is not known for his shot-blocking capability.

Unsolicited Recommendation:
With the exception of Sakuragi, it seems like all of the players mentioned above are capable scorers and playmakers from the low post. All of them are generally athletic relative to their size, and have the potential to really leave a big impact on any given game. Having expressed that, however, I can say with full confidence that our very own top big man, naturalized center Marcus Douthit, can maybe be placed just a notch below Yi and Haddadi in this group. The jury is still out on Khazzouh, but Douthits experience with the international game should give him a slight edge in case they butt heads in the MOA Arena in August.

My main concern is with whoever is going to be named as Douthits back-ups. I would opt for guys who possess a good balance of size and mobility. These back-ups dont necessarily have to be offensively potent, but they should have high basketball IQ and have a great nose for the basketball. Also, they shouldnt be afraid to rough it up when push comes to shove.

In this regard, the five guys whom I think can best serve as Douthits back-ups are (arranged from highest-priority to lowest-priority):
Asi Taulava (please come back; you can still hack it and the younger bigs can learn a lot from you, big fella!)
Greg Slaughter (his international exposure is BIG)
June Mar Fajardo (great footwork on this kid)
Sonny Thoss (if he were about 2 inches taller)
Yancy De Ocampo (if only hes ALWAYS at his best)

In PART TWO, we shall take a look at the TOP FIVE FIBA Asia Power Forwards.

Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com



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  POLAND   

Standings - 1 Liga

1Liga Standings
 1. Slask Wroclaw 20-1 
 2. AZS Kutno 16-4 
 3. MKS DG 13-8 
 4. Sokol Lancut 13-8 
 5. MOSiR Krosno 12-9 
 6. Znicz Basket 11-10 
 7. Polonia 11-10 
 8. Stal Ostrow 11-10 
 9. P.Cukier SIDEn 11-10 
 10. Spojnia 10-11 
 11. Start Lublin 10-11 
 12. AZS Radex 9-12 
 13. Astoria Bydg. 8-13 
 14. SKK Siedlce 5-15 
 15. UMKS Kielce 4-18 
 16. AZS PP 3-17 

Regular Season: Round 21

Jan. 30: Sokol Lancut - Astoria Bydg. 97-71
Jan. 30: Start Lublin - Stal Ostrow 79-56
Jan. 30: AZS Kutno - P.Cukier SIDEn 74-67
Jan. 30: MKS DG - Spojnia 70-72
Jan. 30: UMKS Kielce - AZS Radex 66-84
Jan. 30: Znicz Basket - MOSiR Krosno 65-54
Jan. 30: SKK Siedlce - Slask Wroclaw 58-83
Jan. 30: AZS PP - Polonia 56-58

Regular Season: Round 22

Feb. 2: Polonia - Start Lublin
Feb. 2: Stal Ostrow - SKK Siedlce
Feb. 2: Slask Wroclaw - Sokol Lancut
Feb. 2: Astoria Bydg. - MKS DG
Feb. 2: Znicz Basket - Spojnia
Feb. 2: MOSiR Krosno - UMKS Kielce
Feb. 2: AZS Radex - AZS Kutno
Feb. 2: P.Cukier SIDEn - AZS PP


Stats Leaders - 1Liga

Points Per Game
 Mateusz BIERWAGEN
  Astori.
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Bierwagen, Astori.17.8 
 2. Celej, Start Lublin16.8 
 3. Pacocha, AZS Radex15.7 
 4. Dluski, AZS Kutno15.5 
 5. Kikowski, Slask W.15.1 
 6. Wilczek, Start Lub.15.0 
 7. Kukielka, Polonia14.7 
 8. Szymanski, Znicz B.14.4 
 9. Stepien, Spojnia13.6 
 10. Klima, Sokol Lanc.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Adam METELSKI
  AZS P.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Metelski, AZS P.12.1 
 2. Wilczek, Start Lub.11.2 
 3. Zurawski, Stal O.9.5 
 4. Dluski, AZS Kutno8.9 
 5. Lisewski, P.Cuk.8.2 
 6. Diduszko, Slask W.7.3 
 7. Wyka, Polonia7.2 
 8. Fras, Astoria Bydg.7.1 
 9. Szymanski, Znicz B.7.1 
 10. Luszczewski, Star.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Grzegorz GROCHOWSKI
  MKS D.
  (178-PG-93)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Grochowski, MKS D.6.7 
 2. Laczynski, MOSiR K.6.5 
 3. Wilczek, Start Lub.6.2 
 4. Hybiak, AZS P.5.5 
 5. Baran, Sokol Lanc.5.4 
 6. Lewandowski, Astor.5.2 
 7. Szumelda-K., Stal4.9 
 8. Basinski, SKK S.4.9 
 9. Pacocha, AZS Radex4.4 
 10. Brek, AZS Kutno4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Grzegorz GROCHOWSKI
  MKS D.
  (178-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Grochowski, MKS D.2.8 
 2. Hybiak, AZS P.2.7 
 3. Basinski, SKK S.2.1 
 4. Szymanski, Znicz B.2.1 
 5. Klima, Sokol Lancut2.1 
 6. Baran, Sokol Lanc.2.0 
 7. Laczynski, MOSiR K.1.9 
 8. Salamonik, MOSiR K.1.8 
 9. Lewandowski, Astor.1.8 
 10. Sikora, P.Cuk.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Dariusz WYKA
  Polonia
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Wyka, Polonia1.8 
 2. Metelski, AZS P.1.4 
 3. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.4 
 4. Fras, Astoria Bydg.1.3 
 5. Lisewski, P.Cuk.1.3 
 6. Wrobel, UMKS K.1.1 
 7. Grudzinski, Spojnia1.1 
 8. Glabas, AZS Kutno1.0 
 9. Klima, Sokol Lancut0.9 
 10. Olejnik, Stal Ost.0.9 


1Liga Round 21: MKS DG loses to Spojnia - by Eurobasket News

The game between third ranked MKS DG (13-8) and tenth ranked Spojnia (10-11) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. MKS DG was edged by Spojnia in a tough game in Dabrowa Gornicza 70-72. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But MKS DG won fourth quarter 14-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for forward Hubert Pabian (202-89, agency: Promotex) who led his team to a victory with 18 points. Guard Tomasz Stepien (193-86) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Michal Woloszyn (202-84) answered with 29 points and 6 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) for MKS DG. MKS DG's coach Wojciech Wieczorek rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Spojnia maintains tenth place with 10-11 record, which they share with Start Lublin. MKS DG at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. They share it with Sokol Lancut. Spojnia is looking forward to face higher ranked Znicz Basket (#6) in Pruszkow in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. MKS DG will play on the road against Astoria Bydg. in Bydgoszcz and is hoping to win this game.
Another interesting game for Znicz Basket (11-10) which hosted in Pruszkow against 4th placed MOSiR Krosno (12-9). Eighth ranked Znicz Basket had an easy win 65-54. Point guard Dominik Czubek (178-75) stepped up and scored 18 points for the winners and Przemyslaw Szymanski chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was point guard Kamil Laczynski (180-89) with 12 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Znicz Basket have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. MOSiR Krosno at the other side dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. Znicz Basket will play against Spojnia (#10) in Stargard in the next round. MOSiR Krosno will play at home against UMKS Kielce (#15) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
1Liga top team - Slask Wroclaw (20-1) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked SKK Siedlce (5-15) 83-58. Pawel Kikowski nailed 24 points for the winning side. Tomasz Deja came up with 11 points and 8 rebounds for SKK Siedlce in the defeat. SKK Siedlce's coach Wieslaw Gluszczak gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Slask Wroclaw have an impressive series of twenty victories in a row. They maintain first place with 20-1 record. SKK Siedlce lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. Slask Wroclaw will meet at home Sokol Lancut (#4) in the next round. SKK Siedlce will play against Stal Ostrow (#8) in Ostrow Wlkp. and hope to secure a win.
Sixteenth-ranked AZS PP (3-17) used its home court advantage to challenge ninth ranked Polonia (11-10) in Pozoan. The visitors from Przemysl managed to secure only two-point victory 58-56. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Tomasz Zablocki who scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. AZS PP's coach Waldemar Mendel tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Polonia moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted AZS PP stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Polonia's next round opponent will be WIKANA Start (#11) in Lublin which should be theoretically an easy game. AZS PP will play on the road against P.Cukier SIDEn (#9) in Torun.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Stal Ostrow (11-10) and WIKANA Start (10-11), which took place in Lublin. Higher ranked Stal Ostrow was outleveled in a road game by eleventh ranked WIKANA Start 79-56 on Wednesday. It was a good game for Tomasz Celej who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Stal Ostrow's coach Mikolaj Czaja already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. WIKANA Start moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Spojnia. Stal Ostrow lost their sixth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. WIKANA Start will face higher ranked Polonia (#7) in Przemysl in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 21: Astoria Bydg. was smashed by Sokol Lancut on the road 97-71. AZS Kutno won against P.Cukier SIDEn on its own court 74-67. AZS Radex managed to outperform UMKS Kielce in Szczecin 84-66.


Znicz Basket - MOSiR Krosno 65-54

Another interesting game for Znicz Basket (11-10) which hosted in Pruszkow against 4th placed MOSiR Krosno (12-9). Eighth ranked Znicz Basket had an easy win 65-54. It looked good early as MOSiR Krosno took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Znicz Basket had a 18-10 second period charge getting the lead and MOSiR Krosno was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 54-65. MOSiR Krosno was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Dominik Czubek (178-75) stepped up and scored 18 points for the winners and forward Przemyslaw Szymanski (198-84) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was point guard Kamil Laczynski (180-89) with 12 points, 8 assists and 4 steals and forward Wojciech Pisarczyk (201-88) scored 5 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Znicz Basket have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. MOSiR Krosno at the other side dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. Znicz Basket will play against Spojnia (#10) in Stargard in the next round. MOSiR Krosno will play at home against UMKS Kielce (#15) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
MOSiR Krosno: K.Laczynski 12+4reb+8ast, L.Paul 8+2reb, D.Oczkowicz 8+4reb+1ast, T.Cielebak 7+4reb+1ast, M.Salamonik 6+5reb, W.Pisarczyk 5+11reb+1ast
Znicz Basket: D.Czubek 18+2reb+3ast, P.Szymanski 14+2reb+4ast, L.Bonarek 11+9reb, T.Pisarczyk 7+9reb, M.Aleksandrowicz 6+4reb+2ast, M.Kwiatkowski 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 191529


MKS DG - Spojnia 70-72

The game between third ranked MKS DG (13-8) and tenth ranked Spojnia (10-11) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. MKS DG was edged by Spojnia in a tough game in Dabrowa Gornicza 70-72. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But MKS DG won fourth quarter 14-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for forward Hubert Pabian (202-89, agency: Promotex) who led his team to a victory with 18 points. Guard Tomasz Stepien (193-86) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Michal Woloszyn (202-84) answered with 29 points and 6 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and center Piotr Zielinski (198-83) added 11 points and 8 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) in the effort for MKS DG. MKS DG's coach Wojciech Wieczorek rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Spojnia maintains tenth place with 10-11 record, which they share with Start Lublin. MKS DG at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. They share it with Sokol Lancut. Spojnia is looking forward to face higher ranked Znicz Basket (#6) in Pruszkow in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. MKS DG will play on the road against Astoria Bydg. in Bydgoszcz and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
MKS DG: M.Woloszyn 29+6reb+2ast, J.Karolak 13+1reb+1ast, P.Zielinski 11+8reb+1ast, M.Piechowicz 8+5reb+2ast, L.Grzegorzewski 5+3reb+4ast, M.Piechowicz 4+1reb+1ast
Spojnia: H.Pabian 18+2reb+2ast, T.Stepien 13+6reb+1ast, L.Ratajczak 11+4reb, K.Michalski 8+3reb+4ast, P.Trepka 6+4reb+5ast, W.Grudzinski 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 191528


Start Lublin - Stal Ostrow 79-56

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Stal Ostrow (11-10) and WIKANA Start (10-11), which took place in Lublin. Higher ranked Stal Ostrow was outleveled in a road game by eleventh ranked WIKANA Start 79-56 on Wednesday. The game without a history. WIKANA Start led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game, while Stal Ostrow only scored two points from the stripe. They outrebounded Stal Ostrow 39-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. Stal Ostrow was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for swingman Tomasz Celej (198-78, agency: Promotex) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Przemyslaw Luszczewski (195-80, agency: Promotex) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four WIKANA Start players scored in double figures. point guard Filip Matczak (186-93) answered with 13 points and power forward Wojciech Zurawski (199-76) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Stal Ostrow. Stal Ostrow's coach Mikolaj Czaja already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. WIKANA Start moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Spojnia. Stal Ostrow lost their sixth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. WIKANA Start will face higher ranked Polonia (#7) in Przemysl in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Stal Ostrow: F.Matczak 13+3reb+3ast, M.Kalowski 12+1reb+1ast, W.Zurawski 10+6reb, W.Szawarski 5+2reb+1ast, L.Olejnik 5+6reb+1ast, M.Dymala 5+1reb
Start Lublin: T.Celej 25+5reb+1ast, P.Luszczewski 20+10reb, S.Szymanski 14+3reb+1ast, M.Wilczek 10+16reb, M.Sikora 6+2ast, L.Wilczek 4+4reb+5ast
gschID: 191527


SKK Siedlce - Slask Wroclaw 58-83

1Liga top team - Slask Wroclaw (20-1) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked SKK Siedlce (5-15) 83-58. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-58. Slask Wroclaw made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Slask Wroclaw outrebounded SKK Siedlce 45-34 including 31 on the defensive glass. The former international guard Pawel Kikowski (193-86, agency: Limelight Hoops) nailed 24 points for the winning side and the former international forward Radoslaw Hyzy (203-77) accounted for 11 points and 10 rebounds. Power forward Tomasz Deja (200-83) came up with 11 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Radoslaw Basinski (188-78) added 4 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists respectively for SKK Siedlce in the defeat. Five Slask Wroclaw and four SKK Siedlce players scored in double figures. SKK Siedlce's coach Wieslaw Gluszczak gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Slask Wroclaw have an impressive series of twenty victories in a row. They maintain first place with 20-1 record. SKK Siedlce lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. Slask Wroclaw will meet at home Sokol Lancut (#4) in the next round. SKK Siedlce will play against Stal Ostrow (#8) in Ostrow Wlkp. and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
SKK Siedlce: A.Czerwonka 12+3reb+1ast, P.Lewandowski 12+1reb, T.Deja 11+8reb+1ast, K.Sulima 10+3reb+1ast, M.Chodkiewicz 6+3reb+1ast, R.Basinski 4+5reb+9ast
Slask Wroclaw: P.Kikowski 24+4reb+1ast, M.Flieger 12+5reb+4ast, M.Gabinski 11+8reb+1ast, R.Hyzy 11+10reb, T.Ochonko 10+2reb+2ast, A.Mroczek-Truskowski 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 191526


Sokol Lancut - Astoria Bydg. 97-71

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Sokol Lancut (13-8) crushed at home 13th ranked Astoria Bydg. (8-13) 97-71 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Sokol Lancut. Astoria Bydg. was better in second period 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Sokol Lancut especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Astoria Bydg.'s players. It was a good game for center Kamil Gawrzydek (210-87, college: Idaho St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds. Forward Damian Pieloch (195-89) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Five Sokol Lancut players scored in double figures. Sokol Lancut's coach Dariusz Kaszowski felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Wojciech Fras (203-91) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and guard Mateusz Bierwagen (194-88) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Astoria Bydg.The victory was the third consecutive win for Sokol Lancut. They moved-up to third place, which they share with MKS DG. Newly promoted Astoria Bydg. keeps the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. Sokol Lancut will face league's leader Slask Wroclaw on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Astoria Bydg. will play against MKS DG (#3) in Dabrowa Gornicza.
Top scorers:
Astoria Bydg.: W.Fras 15+11reb, D.Szyttenholm 14+2reb+1ast, M.Bierwagen 12+5reb+1ast, F.Malgorzaciak 8+2reb+2ast, S.Laydych 7+5reb+1ast, P.Robak 6+2reb+2ast
Sokol Lancut: D.Pieloch 23+3reb+3ast, K.Gawrzydek 20+15reb, K.Mlynarski 18+5reb+1ast, B.Dubiel 13+3reb+1ast, J.Balawender 11+3reb+1ast, P.Halas 5+2reb+6ast
gschID: 191525


AZS PP - Polonia 56-58

Sixteenth-ranked AZS PP (3-17) used its home court advantage to challenge ninth ranked Polonia (11-10) in Pozoan. The visitors from Przemysl managed to secure only two-point victory 58-56. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But AZS PP won fourth quarter 9-7. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was forward Tomasz Zablocki (202-78, agency: Promotex) who scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Center Dariusz Wyka (207-91) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was center Adam Metelski (208-83, college: Cal-Irvine) who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 17 rebounds and center Marek Sobkowiak (200-86) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively. AZS PP's coach Waldemar Mendel tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Polonia moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted AZS PP stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Polonia's next round opponent will be WIKANA Start (#11) in Lublin which should be theoretically an easy game. AZS PP will play on the road against P.Cukier SIDEn (#9) in Torun.
Top scorers:
AZS PP: A.Metelski 12+17reb, M.Sobkowiak 10+5reb, P.Hybiak 7+1reb+4ast, M.Szydlowski 6+3reb+2ast, T.Gierwazik 5+2reb+1ast, L.Ulchurski 4+1reb+1ast
Polonia: T.Zablocki 18+5reb+2ast, D.Wyka 13+7reb+2ast, R.Partyka 5+1reb, B.Bal 5+2reb+1ast, G.Plocica 5+5reb+2ast, T.Przewrocki 4+2reb+7ast
gschID: 191524


AZS Kutno - P.Cukier SIDEn 74-67

Very expected game when 7th ranked P.Cukier SIDEn (11-10) lost on the road to second ranked AZS Kutno (16-4) 74-67 on Wednesday. P.Cukier SIDEn was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. They outrebounded P.Cukier SIDEn 41-22 including a 13-0 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for forward Jakub Dluski (200-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds. point guard Dawid Brek (185-89, agency: Promotex) contributed with 21 points and 4 assists for the winners. The former international guard Lukasz Zytko (181-81) answered with 17 points and power forward Adam Lisewski (206-80) added 10 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for P.Cukier SIDEn. P.Cukier SIDEn's coach Eugeniusz Kijewski let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for AZS Kutno. They maintain second place with 16-4 record having five points less than leader Slask Wroclaw. Loser P.Cukier SIDEn dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. AZS Kutno will face AZS Radex (#12) in Szczecin in the next round and are hoping to win another game. P.Cukier SIDEn will play at home against AZS PP (#16) in Pozoan.
Top scorers:
P.Cukier SIDEn: L.Zytko 17+2reb+3ast, P.Smigielski 12+3reb+4ast, A.Lisewski 10+11reb, A.Perka 9, B.Bochno 5+1reb, S.Sikora 5+1reb
AZS Kutno: D.Brek 21+3reb+4ast, J.Dluski 20+16reb+2ast, K.Jakobczyk 16+3reb, S.Rduch 9+1reb+1ast, W.Glabas 6+4reb+2ast, M.Szwed 2+9reb
gschID: 191523


UMKS Kielce - AZS Radex 66-84

Rather predictable result when twelfth ranked AZS Radex (9-12) won against on the road 15th ranked UMKS Kielce (4-18) 84-66 on Wednesday. The game without a history. AZS Radex led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. AZS Radex outrebounded UMKS Kielce 34-21 including 25 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for center Karol Pytys (202-85) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). point guard Lukasz Pacocha (182-82, agency: Promotex) contributed with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Five AZS Radex players scored in double figures. point guard Hubert Makuch (179-85) answered with 18 points and swingman Marcin Wrobel (200-87) added 15 points in the effort for UMKS Kielce. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. AZS Radex maintains twelfth place with 9-12 record. Newly promoted UMKS Kielce keeps the fifteenth position with 18 games lost. AZS Radex will face league's second-placed AZS Kutno at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. UMKS Kielce will play against MOSiR Krosno (#5).
Top scorers:
UMKS Kielce: H.Makuch 18+2reb+2ast, M.Wrobel 15+2reb+2ast, K.Kamecki 8+5reb, R.Krol 7+2reb+2ast, P.Bacik 5+1reb+3ast, W.Miernik 4+2reb
AZS Radex: K.Pytys 25+6reb, L.Pacocha 13+7reb+6ast, J.Koszuta 13+9reb+1ast, L.Biela 13+3reb+1ast, M.Majcherek 10+1reb+4ast, K.Mielczarek 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 191522



EuroCup: Spartak cruise past Stelmet ZG in Saint Petersburg - by Eurobasket News

Spartak SP - Stelmet ZG 81:54

Spartak Saint Petersburg coasted past Stelmet Zielona Gora for the third win in EuroCup Last 16 tonight. Zack Wright (195-G-85, college: Central Mo.) stepped up with 17 points, 8 assists and 4 steals to pace well-balanced effort from the hosts.
Spartak and Stelmet stayed close throughout the starting quarter. The hosts eked out an 18:17 lead after ten minutes. Spartak increased the tempo in the second term. The hosts fired 22 points and limited their opponents to just 7 to gain a 40:24 halftime lead. Spartak Saint Petersburg dropped 25 points in the third quarter to stretch the lead. They accumulated a comfortable 23-point cushion heading into the fourth quarter. Spartak held Stelmet ZG to only 12 points in the final period and sealed a comprehensive win at the end. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) provided 14 points, while Josh Carter (200-F-88, college: Texas A&M) chipped in 13 points for the winners. Dejan Borovnjak (207-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 14 points for Stelmet ZG. Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) netted 10 points in defeat.

Spartak SP: Zack Wright 17, Vladimir Dragicevic 14, Josh Carter 13
Stelmet ZG: Dejan Borovnjak 14, Oliver Stevic 10



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Indios repeat Gransberry: - by Luis Modestti

Indios de Mayaguez announced the signing of center Kentrell Gransberry (206-C-85, college: S.Florida) for the 2013 BSN season.

Gransberry played last season with Mayaguez and was a key member during the championship run. His physical style of play and offensive skills did fit perfectly with Indios.

After playing with Mayaguez he went to Leones in the Dominican Republic and is now with Soles de Mexicali. He averages 16.1 points and 9.1 rebounds with Soles.

He is expected to join the team in the preseason.



Alvarado signs with Bayamon: - by Luis Modestti

Vaqueros de Bayamon added depth to the shooting guard position by signing veteran Omar Alvarado.

Alvarado was released by Carolina/Humacao and was signed quickly by Bayamon who is looking to fill their roster for this season.

He has played for 11 years in the league and his best season was in 2008 with San German where he averaged 13.08 points.

Bayamon is expected to complete their roster after the 2013 draft.



Sweetney goes back to Vaqueros: - by Luis Modestti

Michael Sweetney (203-F-82, college: Georgetown) signed with Vaqueros de Bayamon for the 2013 season. This will be his second straight year with the team.

Bayamon announced that Sweetney has dropped some weight and under those conditions he got signed for this year. He averaged 12.31 points and 8.5 rebounds in 29 games.

He is one of the most skillful centers in the league over the last three seasons. Sweetney joins James Maye and Gary Wilkinson as their imports for this season.



Balkman was the first pick by Guayama: - by Luis Modestti

Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina) was the first selection by Brujos de Guayama in the 2013 BSN Draft held at the Puerto Rican Olympic Committee on Wednesday.

Nine BSN teams added players to complete their roster with native players.

Below are the teams and what they picked for this season:

First round:

1. Guayama - Renaldo Balkman

2. Quebradillas - Jorge Brian Diaz

3. Ponce - Mike Rosario

4. Quebradillas - Angel Garcia

5. Guayama - Kevin Young

6. Ponce - Carlos Emory

7. Bayamon - David Imes

8. San German - Jio Fontan

9. Ponce - Chris Gaston

10. Mayaguez - Isaac Sosa

Second round:

1. Guayama - Derick Beltran

2. Guaynabo - Carlos Valdez

3. San German - Victor Liz

4. Santurce - Tyler Polo

5. Ponce - Joel Gierbolini

6. Bayamon - Kevin Terry

7. Quebradillas - Nate Butler

8. Arecibo - William Pacheco

9. Mayaguez - Anthony Nieves

Third round:

1. Guayama - Christian Pellot

2. Guaynabo - Gabriel Belardo

3. San German - Jeff Early

4. Santurce - Miguel Bocachica

5. Ponce - Jezreel de Jesus

6. Bayamon - Jesus Franco

7. Quebradillas - Alfredo Lamela

8. Arecibo - Angel Desiderio

9. Mayaguez - Benito Santiago Jr.

Fourth Round:

1. Guayama - Jose Glen Rodriguez

2. Guaynabo - Pass

3. San German - Kevin Berrios

4. Santurce - Matthew Addison

5. Ponce - Pass

6. Bayamon - Bobby Edmunds

7. Quebradillas - Pass

8. Arecibo - Pass

9. Mayaguez Pass

Fifth Round:

1. Guayama - Pass

2. Guaynabo - Pass

3. San German - Pass

4. Santurce - Angel Gonzalez

5. Ponce - Pass

6. Bayamon - Kawika Smith

7. Quebradillas - Pass

8. Arecibo - Pass

9. Mayaguez - Pass

Sixth Round:

1. Guayama - Pass

2. Guaynabo - Pass

3. San German - Pass

4. Santurce - Javier Ayuso

5. Ponce - Pass

6. Bayamon - Pass

7. Quebradillas - Pass

8. Arecibo - Pass

9. Mayaguez - Pass

Seventh Round:

1. Guayama - Pass

2. Guaynabo - Pass

3. San German - Pass

4. Santurce - Angel Acevedo

5. Ponce - Pass

6. Bayamon Carlos J. Perez

7. Quebradillas - Pass

8. Arecibo - Pass

9. Mayaguez - Pass

Players who were not selected can practice and sign with a team until the trading deadline.



Vaqueros and Piratas complete trade after draft - by Luis Modestti

Vaqueros de Bayamon and Piratas de Quebradillas completed a trade after the draft in which Angel Garcia ends up in Bayamon.

Bayamon gave Carmelo Lee and Nathan Peavy to Quebradillas for Angel Garcia, Greg Stevenson and Chris Baez.

Garcia was the fourth pick by Quebradillas and is currently playing in Japan. Stevenson is in Korea while Baez was a bench player for Piratas last year.

Meanwhile Lee was the starting small forward for Bayamon last season and Peavy was a reserve and is currently injured. Peavy has a contract with Alba Berlin.



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EuroCup: Triumph knock down Banvit in Lyubertsy - by Eurobasket News

Triumph - Banvit 93:89

Triumph finally clinched the victory in EuroCup Last 16. They held off visiting Banvit for 1-3 record in Group I. Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) nailed 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to pace the winners.
Triumph jumped in front early in the opening frame. The hosts exploded with 28 points in the first term to take a 9-point lead. Triumph kept the Turkish team at bay throughout the second quarter. The hosts ensured a 52:38 halftime advantage. Banvit slowly took over after the big break. The Turkish team slowed Triumph down and cut the deficit heading into the fourth frame trailing by 10 points. Banvit cut the deficit to just four points with under three minutes remaining in regulation 80:84. Kalin Lucas (185-PG-89, college: Michigan St.) and Sammy Mejia put Banvit within two 89:91 with 9 seconds remaining. But McKee sank two free throws to seal the victory for Triumph. Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) posted 19 points, while Yuval Naimy (188-PG-85) added 16 points for the winners. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) answered with 21 points for Banvit. Kalin Lucas and Vladimir Stimac (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances) had 14 points each in the loss.

Triumph: Sergey Karasev 19, Kyle Landry 17+13 boards, Yuval Naimy 16
Banvit: Charles Davis 21, Kalin Lucas 14, Vladimir Stimac 14



EuroCup: Lokomotiv edge Cajasol to remain unbeaten in Last 16 - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv - Cajasol 83:72

Lokomotiv came up strong in the third quarter and eventually edged Cajasol in the fourth round of EuroCup Last 16. The Krasnodar team improved at 4-0 record on top of Group K, while dropping Cajasol at 0-4.
Cajasol opened the game confidently. The Spaniards outscored sloppy hosts 23:15 in the first ten minutes. Lokomotiv tuned in after the break. They held Cajasol to 16 points in the second term but still trailed by 4 points at halftime 35:39. But the third term belonged to the hosts. Lokomotiv exploded with 28 points to take an 11-point lead heading into the fourth frame. The margin grew at 13-point mark in the final period before Cajasol struck back to cut it to 7. However Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska) came up with timely six points in a row and Lokomotiv cruised from there on. Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) finished with 20 points, while Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) added 17 points and 8 assists for the winners. Luka Bogdanovic (210-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 15 points for Cajasol. Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91) netted 14 points in defeat.

Lokomotiv: Derrick Brown 20, Mantas Kalnietis 17, Aleks Maric 14+11 boards
Cajasol: Luka Bogdanovic 15, Tomas Satoransky 14



EuroCup: Crvena Zvezda hold off Unics - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda - Unics 81:73

Crvena Zvezda claimed the second win in a super competitive EuroCup Last Group L. They held off visiting Unics to share four-team tie on top of the standings at 2-2 record. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) scored 21 points to lead the winners.
Unics dominated at the early stages. The Kazan team dropped 26 points in the first quarter to take a 6-point lead. Crvena Zvezda slowed their opponents down in the second period. The Serbian team narrowed the gap at just two points at halftime 41:43. The hosts went on a crucial rally in the third term. Crvena Zvezda exploded with a 22:7 run to secure a comfortable 13-point advantage. Unics fired 23 points in the final period but could not avoid the loss at the end. Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 12 points, while Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) added 11 points for the hosts. Mire Chatman (187-PG-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) responded with 18 points for Unics. Chuck Eidson (203-F-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Carolina) had 14 points in the loss.

Crvena Zvezda: Igor Rakocevic 21, Rasko Katic 12, Mike Scott 11
Unics: Mire Chatman 18, Chuck Eidson 14



EuroCup: Spartak cruise past Stelmet ZG in Saint Petersburg - by Eurobasket News

Spartak SP - Stelmet ZG 81:54

Spartak Saint Petersburg coasted past Stelmet Zielona Gora for the third win in EuroCup Last 16 tonight. Zack Wright (195-G-85, college: Central Mo.) stepped up with 17 points, 8 assists and 4 steals to pace well-balanced effort from the hosts.
Spartak and Stelmet stayed close throughout the starting quarter. The hosts eked out an 18:17 lead after ten minutes. Spartak increased the tempo in the second term. The hosts fired 22 points and limited their opponents to just 7 to gain a 40:24 halftime lead. Spartak Saint Petersburg dropped 25 points in the third quarter to stretch the lead. They accumulated a comfortable 23-point cushion heading into the fourth quarter. Spartak held Stelmet ZG to only 12 points in the final period and sealed a comprehensive win at the end. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) provided 14 points, while Josh Carter (200-F-88, college: Texas A&M) chipped in 13 points for the winners. Dejan Borovnjak (207-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 14 points for Stelmet ZG. Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) netted 10 points in defeat.

Spartak SP: Zack Wright 17, Vladimir Dragicevic 14, Josh Carter 13
Stelmet ZG: Dejan Borovnjak 14, Oliver Stevic 10



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Standings - A Liga

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

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 30: Vojvodina - BKK Radnicki 82-74
Jan. 29: Radnicki Basket - Sloboda Uzice 81-61
Jan. 30: Tamis - Sloga 79-82
Jan. 30: Vrsac - Smederevo 72-65
Jan. 30: OKK Beograd - Metalac 71-77
Jan. 30: Borac - Konstantin 68-75
Jan. 29: Mega Vizura - Jagodina 113-76

Regular Season: Round 19

Feb. 2: OKK Beograd - Borac
Feb. 2: Metalac - Radnicki Basket
Feb. 2: Sloboda Uzice - Tamis
Feb. 2: Sloga - Vojvodina
Feb. 2: BKK Radnicki - Mega Vizura
Feb. 2: Jagodina - Vrsac
Feb. 2: Smederevo - Konstantin


Ratko Varda to miss three months of action - by Eurobasket News

Ratko Varda (215-C/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) will stay away from basketball action for at least three month. Radnicki centre injured his Achilles tendon on Monday. He has already undergone surgery and is expected to miss around three months. The Bosnian player started the season in Iran. He played for Mahram Tehran. Ratko Varda notched 15.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game at the Asian Club Championship. Later he moved to Radnicki Kragujevac. The centre delivered 9.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per Adriatic League game appearance. Previously Ratko Varda played in Poland, Ukraine, Slovenia, Russia, Lithuania, Spain, Turkey, Greece and NBA. Varda was named All-Polish Bosman Player of the Year in 2011. He was also trumped All-Turkish League Centre of the Year back in 2005. Ratko Varda was the member of Bosnian National Team in 2009/11 seasons.


EuroCup: Crvena Zvezda hold off Unics - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda - Unics 81:73

Crvena Zvezda claimed the second win in a super competitive EuroCup Last Group L. They held off visiting Unics to share four-team tie on top of the standings at 2-2 record. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) scored 21 points to lead the winners.
Unics dominated at the early stages. The Kazan team dropped 26 points in the first quarter to take a 6-point lead. Crvena Zvezda slowed their opponents down in the second period. The Serbian team narrowed the gap at just two points at halftime 41:43. The hosts went on a crucial rally in the third term. Crvena Zvezda exploded with a 22:7 run to secure a comfortable 13-point advantage. Unics fired 23 points in the final period but could not avoid the loss at the end. Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 12 points, while Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) added 11 points for the hosts. Mire Chatman (187-PG-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) responded with 18 points for Unics. Chuck Eidson (203-F-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Carolina) had 14 points in the loss.

Crvena Zvezda: Igor Rakocevic 21, Rasko Katic 12, Mike Scott 11
Unics: Mire Chatman 18, Chuck Eidson 14



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Standings - D2

3SKL Standings
East
 1. Celje 4-0 
 2. Krka II 4-0 
 3. Posavje Krsko 3-1 
 4. Jance Prit 2-0 
 5. Slovenj Gradec 2-2 
 6. Vrani Vransko 2-2 
 7. Calcit 1-3 
 8. Konjice 1-3 
 9. Nazarje 1-3 
 10. Bistrica 0-0 
 11. Hram Gorjan 0-4 
 12. Medvode 0-4 
West
 1. Sezana 4-0 
 2. Plama Pur 3-0 
 3. Pivka 3-1 
 4. Ajdovscina 2-1 
 5. Tolmin 2-1 
 6. Cerknica 2-2 
 7. Jezica 2-2 
 8. Jesenice 1-3 
 9. Logatec 1-3 
 10. Globus 0-3 
 11. Pingvini 0-4 



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Standings

KBL Standings
 1. SK Knights 28-7 
 2. Mobis Phoebus 24-11 
 3. ET Land 21-14 
 4. Anyang KGC 19-16 
 5. Dongbu Promy 16-19 
 6. Goyang Orions 16-19 
 7. Sonic Boom KT 16-19 
 8. LG Sakers 16-20 
 9. Samsung Th. 13-22 
 10. KCC Egis 7-29 

Regular Season: Round 28

Jan. 30: Goyang Orions - KCC Egis 87-73
Jan. 30: LG Sakers - ET Land 86-77
Jan. 31: Dongbu Promy - SK Knights
Jan. 31: Mobis Phoebus - Sonic Boom KT
Feb. 1: Goyang Orions - ET Land
Feb. 1: Samsung Th. - Anyang KGC


Magic Team edge Dream Team in KBL All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News

Magic - Dream 120:118

Magic selection celebrated a thrilling victory over Dream Team in the KBL All-Star Game. The game was held at the Jamsil Indoor Stadium in Seoul. Pattillo Juan (201-F-88, college: W.Kentucky) stepped up with impressive 33 points to pace the winners.
Dream exploded with 34 points in the opening frame to take a 4-point lead. They stretched the lead in the second quarter. Dream selection ensured a 65:56 halftime advantage. Magic cut the deficit by one point in the third term but Dream quickly regained the advantage early in the fourth period. They accumulated a 12-point advantage before the Magic selection went on a comeback effort. They erased the deficit and snatched a tough victory at the end. Kim Sun-Hyung (187-G-88) provided 24 points for the winners. Benson Rodrique (207-F/C-84, college: California) answered with 25 points and 13 boards for the Dream selection. Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) contributed 22 points in the loss.

Magic: Pattillo Juan 33, Kim Sun-Hyung 24,

Dream: Benson Rodrique 25+13 boards Cho Sung-Min 22



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Spanish EBA Best Performance of the week: Gabriel Diaz-Morera and Rafa Molina - by Mariano Galindo

Spanish EBA Best Performance of the week has been shared. Gabriel Diaz-Morera (196-G-89, agency: Regeneracom Sports) scored 35 points in 38 minutes and helped with this amazing stats to Hospitalet in his winning vs Santfelieunc (Grupo C). Diaz-Morera added moreover 21 rebounds and 6 assists for 40 index rating. The same level that Rafael Molina (202-F/C-89)a showed playing for Azuqueca. Molina and his team defeated Universidad Politecnica de Valencia. Molina, playing away, signed also 40 index rating with 26 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.


Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca agreed terms with Coruna - by Eurobasket News

Leyma Basquet Coruna (LEB Gold) inked 30-year old center Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca (212-83). He played recently at Caja Laboral (ACB). In three games this season he recorded 3.7ppg and 2.3rpg. The last season Hernandez-Sonseca played at Blancos de Rueda (ACB). In 19 games last year he averaged 3.8ppg and 3.0rpg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Gescrap (ACB). In 36 games that season he averaged 4.1ppg and 3.6rpg. He helped them to make it to the final.
Hernandez-Sonseca was a member of Spanish U20 National Team back in 2002.
He has played previously for three other Spain teams: Real Madrid, FIATC Joventut and Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014.
Hernandez-Sonsecas game is described as: He has nice moves in the low post, plays with aggressiveness, is a good offensive rebounder, knows the game, good ballhandler and passer, runs well the court, can take part in fast breaks as a trailer and has a nice touch from outside. He is a great shooter from downtown, he is over 70% in FTs... and improving really quickly. At defense, he looks for the block (outstanding blocker, has the wingspan and timing). Still slim, fights for the OR but has problems to gain the position against heavier opponents.
Great offensive fear. Versatile. Good post moves, but can also score. Very fast player for his height. Great blocker and rebounder, not a great shooter
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By Eurobasket Data Center



EuroCup: Lokomotiv edge Cajasol to remain unbeaten in Last 16 - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv - Cajasol 83:72

Lokomotiv came up strong in the third quarter and eventually edged Cajasol in the fourth round of EuroCup Last 16. The Krasnodar team improved at 4-0 record on top of Group K, while dropping Cajasol at 0-4.
Cajasol opened the game confidently. The Spaniards outscored sloppy hosts 23:15 in the first ten minutes. Lokomotiv tuned in after the break. They held Cajasol to 16 points in the second term but still trailed by 4 points at halftime 35:39. But the third term belonged to the hosts. Lokomotiv exploded with 28 points to take an 11-point lead heading into the fourth frame. The margin grew at 13-point mark in the final period before Cajasol struck back to cut it to 7. However Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska) came up with timely six points in a row and Lokomotiv cruised from there on. Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) finished with 20 points, while Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) added 17 points and 8 assists for the winners. Luka Bogdanovic (210-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 15 points for Cajasol. Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91) netted 14 points in defeat.

Lokomotiv: Derrick Brown 20, Mantas Kalnietis 17, Aleks Maric 14+11 boards
Cajasol: Luka Bogdanovic 15, Tomas Satoransky 14



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

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

Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Marc Gasol (216-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). He led Memphis Grizzlies to a 3-point victory over the Philadelphia 76ers (18-26) 103-100 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Gasol was MVP of the game. He scored 27 points (!!!), grabbed 7 rebounds, passed 7 assists and added 2 blocks in 43 minutes on the court. The Memphis Grizzlies have a solid 29-15 record this season. It's Gasol's fifth year with the team. Gasol has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 13.7ppg, 7.5rpg, 3.6apg, 1.8bpg, 2FGP: 49.4%, 3FGP: 12.5% and FT: 87.7% in the 44 games he played so far. Gasol is currently a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Serge Ibaka
Serge Ibaka
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Serge Ibaka (208-89, currently plays in NBA). Ibaka led Oklahoma City Thunder to a victory against the Los Angeles Clippers (33-13) 109-97 in the NBA on Tuesday night. He scored 17 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 39 minutes. The Oklahoma City Thunder has a very good 34-11 record this season. Ibaka has very impressive stats this year: 13.9ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.8bpg, 2FGP: 57.0%(244-428), 3FGP: 32.0% and FT: 75.7% in the 43 games. He has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Spanish. Ex-C.B. L'Hospitalet player is in the roster of the Spanish senior national team.

Ricky Rubio
Ricky Rubio
   #3. The Spanish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Ricky Rubio (192-90, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Minnesota Timberwolves (17-24) in their last game. Despite Rubio's good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves were edged 102-101 on the road by the Charlotte Bobcats. He scored 14 points, made 8 passes and 5 steals in 29 minutes. It was Timberwolves' fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Rubio's overall stats are: 4.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 5.3apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 30.5%, 3FGP: 6.7% and FT: 79.2% in the 16 games. He played for the Spanish national team two years ago.

Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol
   #4. An experienced power forward Pau Gasol (213-80, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Los Angeles Lakers' victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder (34-11) 105-96 in the NBA on Sunday night. Gasol recorded 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. The Los Angeles Lakers have 20-25 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Gasol is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Lakers' roster. This season he has very high stats. Gasol averages: 12.7ppg, 8.0rpg, 3.7apg and 1.3bpg. He is also Spanish national team player.

Jose Manuel Calderon
Jose Manuel Calderon
   #5. International point guard Jose Manuel Calderon (192-81, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA was not able to help the Toronto Raptors (16-29) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the Toronto Raptors were defeated in an overtime 123-116 in Miami by the Heat. Calderon was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 3 passes. Calderon has been at the team for eight years. This season Calderon has very high stats. He averages: 11.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 7.4apg. Calderon plays currently for the Spanish national team.

Albert Miralles
Albert Miralles
   #6. Center Albert Miralles (208-82, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Germany) helped ALBA Berlin win their game against the league outsider LTi 46ers (4-15) 83-69 in the German BBL in Saturday night's game. Miralles scored 13 points. ALBA Berlin (12-5) is placed third in the BBL. It's Miralles' first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 6.5ppg and 3.3rpg. Miralles is a former international player as he played for the Spanish senior team eight years ago.

Daniel Munoz
Daniel Munoz
   #7. Former U17 international point guard Daniel Munoz (183-87, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the American (2-3) in their last game. Despite his good performance the American lost 64-77 in West Point, NY to the U.S.Military Academy. Munoz scored 13 points in 35 minutes. Munoz plays fourth season for the team. He has very impressive stats this year: 20.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3apg and 2.0spg in the four games. Munoz used to play for the Spanish U17 national team ten years ago.

Miguel Ortega
Miguel Ortega
   #8. Point guard Miguel Ortega (188-91, currently plays in Denmark) helped Randers win their game against the league leader SISU (15-0) 95-88 in the Danish Ligaen on Saturday night. He scored 7 points, made 10 passes and 3 steals in 32 minutes. Randers Cimbria Basketball (10-11) is placed sixth in the Ligaen. Ortega is currently first on the list of best passers with 7.4apg. This year his other stats are: 13.3ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.0spg in the 21 games. Ortega used to play for the Spanish U18 national team back in 2009.

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

   #1. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA) led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the New Orleans Hornets (15-30) 106-102 in the NBA last Wednesday. He was the best player in that game. Splitter scored 25 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs have quite an impressive 36-11 record this season. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Splitter has relatively good stats this season: 10.4ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.3apg. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish.

   #2. Experienced Luis Scola (206-F/C-80, currently plays in NBA) was the main contributor in a Phoenix Suns' victory against the Sacramento Kings (17-29) 106-96 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Scola was the best player in that game. He scored 21 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists. The Phoenix Suns have rather weak 15-30 record this season. It's Scola's first year with the team. Scola has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 13.2ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.5apg. Scola is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Spanish.

   #3. Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85, currently plays in Uruguay) contributed to Hebraica's victory against the third-ranked Bohemios (2-1) 92-84 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB in Saturday night's game. Barrera was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 31 points and making 12 passes. Barrera also added and 3 steals in 38 minutes. Hebraica Macabi (1-2) is placed eighth in Serie 1. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Barrera is currently first on the league's list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has very reliable stats this year: 13.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 7.5apg and 2.0spg in the 32 games he played so far. Barrera has both Spanish and Uruguayan nationalities.

   #4. Caio Silveira (211-C-87, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Brazil) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Pinheiros (11-6) 102-85 in the Brazilian NBB on Saturday night. He scored 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (6-0) is placed first in the NBB. So far his team won all six games in the Regular Season. Silveira has relatively good stats this year: 12.4ppg and 6.6rpg in the 17 games. He also holds two passports: Spanish and Brazilian.

   #5. Aigars Skele (192-F-92, currently plays in Baltic League) contributed to a Barons kvartals' victory against the third-ranked Lietkabelis (1-2) 74-67 in the Baltic League last Friday. He recorded 9 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 28 minutes. BK Barons Kvartals Riga (3-0) is placed first in group E. So far his team won all three games in the Top 16. There are only three games left until the end of the Baltic League Top 16. So now every game is very crucial. This year Skele's total stats are: 2.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.6apg in the 13 games.

   #6. Carlos Fernandez (197-F-87, college: IlIinois Tech, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL could not help Worcester Wolves (10-9) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Worcester Wolves was defeated 97-91 on the road by the higher-ranked Surrey Heat (#3). Fernandez was the second best scorer with 18 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Fernandez's total stats this season are: 5.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg.

   #7. Devin Davis (202-F-74, college: Miami, OH, currently plays in Argentina), who plays in the Argentinian LigaA was not able to help Wuber-Est.Bahia (12-17) in their last game. Despite his good performance Wuber-Est.Bahia was edged 91-88 in Santiado Estero by the higher-ranked (#7) Quimsa. Davis scored 12 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 31 minutes. This year Davis' total stats are: 9.3ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.5apg in the four games. He is a naturalized American. Davis used to play for 13.6ppg, Reb-1(9.8), 2apg, in April '98 signed with Huelva in Spanish league.

   #8. Ariel Eslava (201-F/C-79, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to secure a victory for Olimpico de La Banda in their game against Regatas Corrientes in the Argentinian LigaA. Despite his good performance last Sunday He was the top scorer with 10 points. Eslava also added 6 rebounds. Eslava's total stats this season are: 4.2ppg and 3.9rpg. He holds both Spanish and Argentinian passports.

   #9. Ontario Lett (198-F-79, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Iran) couldn't help Naft Sepahan in their game against Mahram in the Iranian Superleague, despite his very good performance on Monday night. Lett was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 28 minutes. But his team lost 68-81. Lett is ranked first on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has very impressive stats this year: 20.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3apg and 2.0spg in the four games. Lett is a naturalized American. He used to play for Calpe Aguas in Spanish league.

   #10. Marco Porcher (193-G-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped FIU win their game against the University Louisiana at Lafayette 80-75 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Porcher scored 13 points and added 3 assists. This season he has very high stats. Porcher averages: 20.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3apg and 2.0spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Porcher has never played in Spain.



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Standings - Basketligan

Basketligan Standings
 1. Sundsvall 21-3 
 2. Uppsala 17-6 
 3. Boras 17-8 
 4. Sodertalje 16-5 
 5. Solna 15-9 
 6. Norrkoping 14-8 
 7. 08 11-13 
 8. LF Basket 9-13 
 9. Jamtland 6-16 
 10. Eagles 5-19 
 11. Eco Orebro 5-20 
 12. Nassjo 4-20 

Regular Season: Round 25

Jan. 30: Boras - Eco Orebro 110-88
Jan. 31: Solna - Jamtland
Feb. 1: Norrkoping - Sodertalje
Feb. 1: Nassjo - Sundsvall
Feb. 1: 08 - Eagles
Jan. 31: Uppsala - LF Basket


Stats Leaders - Basketligan

Points Per Game
 James MILLER
  Boras
  (180-PG-79)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Miller, Boras23.2 
 2. Dugat, LF Basket19.7 
 3. Wesby, Sundsvall19.4 
 4. Palm, Boras18.6 
 5. Oglesby, Boras17.6 
 6. Sigurdarson, Sunds.17.5 
 7. Bizaca, Sodertalje16.7 
 8. Hudson, Jamtland16.7 
 9. Cuffee, Sundsvall16.4 
 10. Lewis, Solna16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Sodertalje
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Simms, Sodertalje10.5 
 2. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.2 
 3. Palm, Boras9.9 
 4. Walker, Nassjo8.6 
 5. Johnson, Solna8.0 
 6. McKnight, Boras8.0 
 7. Wright, Uppsala7.8 
 8. Toutziarakis, Solna7.5 
 9. Igbavboa, LF Bask.7.4 
 10. Santee, Eco Oreb.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 James MILLER
  Boras
  (180-PG-79)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Miller, Boras5.8 
 2. Castle, Eco Orebro5.6 
 3. Ermolinskij, Norrk.5.0 
 4. Levin, Solna4.5 
 5. Ilunga, 084.3 
 6. Jeromanovs, Norrk.4.2 
 7. Dugat, LF Basket4.2 
 8. Ahonen, Solna4.2 
 9. Carter, Uppsala4.1 
 10. Stefanovic, Eagl.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Henry DUGAT
  LF Basket
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Dugat, LF Basket2.0 
 2. Stefanovic, Eagles2.0 
 3. Castle, Eco Orebro1.9 
 4. Ruach, Nassjo1.9 
 5. Carter, Uppsala1.8 
 6. Jackson, Uppsala1.7 
 7. McKnight, Boras1.7 
 8. Wesby, Sundsvall1.5 
 9. Hellgren, Jamtland1.5 
 10. Ilunga, 081.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Sodertalje
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Simms, Sodertalje1.9 
 2. Augustus, 081.9 
 3. Hughes, Norrkoping1.6 
 4. Wright, Uppsala1.5 
 5. Palm, Boras1.4 
 6. Henderson, LF Ba.1.3 
 7. Johnson, Solna1.0 
 8. Brown, 080.9 
 9. Toutziarakis, Solna0.8 
 10. Nilsson, Sundsvall0.8 


Sodertalje Kings nine wins in row! - by Johan Anderson

Rather expected game when 8th ranked LF Basket was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Sodertalje Kings 87-80. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 29-20. But LF won second period 21-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Sodertalje Kings, where they had 61.9 percentage for 2pt. The best player for the winners was Kenneth Simms (203-C-86, college: Cumberland) who scored 30 points and 9 rebounds. Dino Pita (192-SG-88) had 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 asist. At the other side the best for losing team was New American guard Lamarcus Reed (195-G/F-88, college: Texas Arlington) who had 27 points and 3 rebounds. Sodertalje Kings have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Sodertalje Kings will meet Norrkoping Dolphins (#6) in the next round.


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  TURKEY   


Messina as the new head coach of Turkey? - by Selman Baydar

Turkish Basketball Federation is very close to a final agreement with world famous Ettore Messina before FIBA EuroBasket 2013 which will be held in Slovenia.
Messina who coached Virtus Bologna, Benetton Treviso, CSKA Moscow, Real Madrid and Los Angeles Lakers (as consultant to Mike Brown) also has national experience with Italy between 1993-1997 just like previous Turkish National Team head coach Bogdan Tanjevic where he also got silver medal in 1997 Eurobasket.
Messina was also elected as Euroleague Coach of the Year two times (2006, 2008) and one of the 10 best coaches of Euroleague History in 2008.



EuroCup: Triumph knock down Banvit in Lyubertsy - by Eurobasket News

Triumph - Banvit 93:89

Triumph finally clinched the victory in EuroCup Last 16. They held off visiting Banvit for 1-3 record in Group I. Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) nailed 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to pace the winners.
Triumph jumped in front early in the opening frame. The hosts exploded with 28 points in the first term to take a 9-point lead. Triumph kept the Turkish team at bay throughout the second quarter. The hosts ensured a 52:38 halftime advantage. Banvit slowly took over after the big break. The Turkish team slowed Triumph down and cut the deficit heading into the fourth frame trailing by 10 points. Banvit cut the deficit to just four points with under three minutes remaining in regulation 80:84. Kalin Lucas (185-PG-89, college: Michigan St.) and Sammy Mejia put Banvit within two 89:91 with 9 seconds remaining. But McKee sank two free throws to seal the victory for Triumph. Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) posted 19 points, while Yuval Naimy (188-PG-85) added 16 points for the winners. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) answered with 21 points for Banvit. Kalin Lucas and Vladimir Stimac (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances) had 14 points each in the loss.

Triumph: Sergey Karasev 19, Kyle Landry 17+13 boards, Yuval Naimy 16
Banvit: Charles Davis 21, Kalin Lucas 14, Vladimir Stimac 14



EuroCup: Ulm stun Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News

Ratiopharm Ulm - Galatasaray 91:70

Ratiopharm Ulm celebrated a confident win over Galatasaray in the fourth round of EuroCup Last 16. John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) stepped up with 20 points and 17 rebounds to pace the hosts to the second win in Group L. They caught up with Galatasaray in the standings.
Ratiopharm Ulm did not waste too much time taking the lead in this one. The hosts jumped to a 12:2 advantage early in the game. They marched to a 25:17 lead after ten minutes. Ulm ensured a 29:17 advantage early in the second period. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the quarter. They established a 39:33 buffer at halftime. But Galatasaray opened the second half with six points in a row to level things up at 39. Ulm quickly regained the advantage and led by three points at the final break 56:53. Ulm tipped off the fourth quarter on a staggering 17:2 rally to leave their opponents behind. Galatasaray never recovered as Ratiopharm Ulm coasted the victory afterwards. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) notched 18 points, while Sebastian Betz (198-F-85, agency: Pro One Sports) had 13 points for the winning side. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU) answered with 23 points for Galatasaray. Ersin Dagli (203-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) and Milan Macvan (205-PF-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) had 10 points each in the loss.

Ratiopharm Ulm: John Bryant 20+17 boards, Allan Ray 18, Sebastian Betz 13
Galatasaray: Carlos Arroyo 23, Ersin Dagli 10, Milan Macvan 10



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  UBA   


Bray named UBA Player of the Month (Jan.) - by David Walls

David Walls Reports:
1/30/2013

Georgia PRIME point guard DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Jacksonville St.) put on an extraordinary performance in the last mouth for the top ranked Georgia PRIME and receives a Usbasket.com Player of the Month award for January.

Bray has led the PRIME to a UBA best 6-0 record along with the top scoring offense in the league. he has racked up over 10 assist in 5 of the 6 games he has played and look to continue behind the leadership of coach Michael Davis.

He is currently averaging 14.3ppg, 3.0spg, 10.5apg (1) while shooting an amazing 52.0% from the field. Last season bray led the under dog Georgia Lions to the UBA championship coming up just short against the Matrix. he was later named Usbasket.com All-UBA Guard of the Year.




It's PRIME TIME: Michael Davis has Georgia in PRIME form - by David Walls

David Walls Reports:
1/30/2013

It's time to start talking seriously about the PRIME. They have the best record in the league, which is nice, but they are also the only team who ranks in the top five in both offensive and defensive efficiency along with the Express (offense) and Matrix (defense).

As it stands on Jan. 30, the Georgia PRIME are the best team in the UBA. Let that sink in and marinate a little bit. You can make the argument that the GIE Maile Matrix or Houston Express will be