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  ABA   


Standings

ABA Standings
Atlantic South
 1. Jacksonville G. 14-1 
 2. Gulf Coast F. 6-1 
 3. Albany S. 4-1 
 4. Atlanta A. 4-1 
 5. Atlanta W. 4-2 
 6. Gainesville H. 3-3 
 7. Birmingham B. 3-5 
 8. Georgia G. 2-3 
 9. E.Point Jaguars 1-2 
 10. SW Fellowship 1-8 
 11. Georgia B. 0-0 
 12. Savannah G. 0-2 
California Northwest
 1. S.Francisco R. 3-0 
 2. Bay Area M. 3-1 
 3. Sacramento H. 2-4 
 4. Port City P. 0-1 
 5. Central Valley T. 0-4 
Mid Atlantic
 1. S.Carolina W. 10-1 
 2. Richmond E. 7-0 
 3. Lynchburg L. 4-3 
 4. Greenville G. 3-2 
 5. Fayetteville F. 3-6 
 6. Palmetto SR 2-5 
 7. Tennessee Halos 1-1 
 8. Seven Cities K. 1-4 
 9. Hampton Stallions 0-2 
Mid Central
 1. Lima Explosion 8-4 
 2. Chicago Steam 6-0 
 3. Indiana SW 6-0 
 4. Detroit Hoops 5-2 
 5. Pontiac F. 4-6 
 6. Michiana M. 1-2 
 7. Peoria P. 0-3 
 8. Oakland CC 0-6 
Northeast
 1. Jersey Expr. 2-1 
 2. Staten Island V. 1-0 
 3. Connecticut T. 0-1 
Pacific Northwest
 1. Seattle M. 6-1 
 2. Alaska Q. 5-1 
 3. Calgary C. 4-0 
 4. Olympia Rise 2-2 
 5. Kitsap Adm. 2-5 
 6. Alaska 49ers 1-1 
 7. Salem Sabres 1-1 
 8. Washington R. 0-2 
 9. Lakewood P. 0-4 
Rocky Mountain
 1. Colorado K. 5-1 
 2. Colorado C. 0-2 
South Central
 1. Conway C. 5-2 
 2. Jackson S. 4-1 
 3. Missouri R. 3-2 
 4. Bluff City R. 0-3 
Southeast
 1. Phenix City B. 3-3 
 2. Bahama PS 0-4 
Southern California
 1. Arizona S. 9-0 
 2. LA Slam 4-2 
 3. San Diego Surf 4-2 
 4. Fresno F. 4-3 
 5. Orange County N. 2-5 
 6. Z*Hollywood M. 0-0 
 7. Las Vegas Def. 0-4 
Southwest Central
 1. N.Dallas V. 7-1 
 2. West Texas W. 3-2 
 3. Dallas Impact 2-1 
 4. Texas Fuel 2-1 
 5. Aberdeen Attack 0-0 
 6. Houston X. 0-0 
 7. Louisiana G. 0-1 
 8. Oklahoma S. 0-3 
Touring Team
 1. Electric C.Lions 4-2 
 2. Cleveland Am-Pro 2-3 
 3. Shizuoka G. 1-4 
 4. Chicago F. 0-1 
 5. Little Rock L. 0-1 
 6. NYC Thunder 0-1 



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  ALBANIA   


Kamza Basket wins first trophy in history - by Fjorentin Birce


Vllaznia - Kanza Basket 67-82

Kamza Basket Albania Cup winner in men's basketball.
Yesterday, in the final match held at the sports palace "Aslan Rusi", the team could Muhametaj other finalist Vllaznia Shkoder, deep score 67-82. Kamza team wins the first trophy in 50 years of its competition in such a competition. It was 26 October 1962, when KS Dajti competed for the first time in the first Albanian basketball. Since that year, never kamza had not won a trophy so. Kamza Basket was much better team than Vllaznia and end with the full credit he rejoiced her first title in this important competition Albanian basketball
. Match has started very strong and rivalry, but soon kamza have come up in their game, which is worth mentioning the beautiful game of Captain Bilali, who marks two consecutive two three point who make their secession. They have completed the first period in favor 16-27. In the second are those that benefit from those who come to their game. In this period shines Berdica marked 2three point. Thus, the Vllaznia s has won second period 23-18 and the first part is closed 39-45, with a narrow margin of 6 points. This second part starting with a total Vllaznia team, which rapidly narrows the difference in point 3. But kamza with wonderful Bilal recover creating and secession. Hysenagolli, Karaj and Gjonaj not forgive the wrong row without marking. While Shkodra, in turn, make mistakes in the finalization of the shares so Kamza Basket has won the third period 11-20. Last period is a good start for those that benefit from that mark 2 consecutive by Taraboshi. It should be noted that with the introduction of it has changed a lot and their game. While kamzalinjt not think so for the attack, rather than to protect and maintain the difference of points. In the last 5 minutes of that benefit from signs of fatigue. However Kamza Basket, although it has lost this period, has enjoyed superiority established in three other periods.



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  APBL   


Manhattan Pride end 2012 right, both on and off the court - by Mike Lee

The Manhattan Pride ended 2012 on a positive note both on and off the court. Although the team finished the month of December with a combined 2-3 record, the Pride won two of their last three games in the month. Their one loss was a 119-117 nail-biting loss to the Tri State Energy on December 30th.

On December 15th, the Pride snapped a five-game losing streak by defeating the Brooklyn Firebirds 108-93. The Pride were led by Nate Young (6'6''-G/F), who finished tremendous all-around game with 42 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, five steals, and seven blocks. Gabe Davis (16 points, 11 rebounds), Andrew Gould (6'1''-G) (13 points, 11 assists, 9 rebounds), William Modeste (6'1''-G-81, college: Polytechnic) (12 points, 7 assists), and Stanley Hamp (11 points, 6 rebounds) also provided solid contributions for the Manhattan Pride.

Prior to the game versus the Firebirds, the Manhattan Pride organization participated in a Stairway to Hope charity event that was held in the Bronx. The Pride helped a number of families in the Bronx by donating a number of items including clothes, coats, and toys. A number of Pride players, including Nate Young, Seon Jack (6'1''-G), William Modeste, and Executive VP Gregory St. Fort, were also on hand to spend time with the kids and give out free haircuts.

The Pride followed up their victory over the Firebirds with a 102-99 victory over New York City 524. The Pride overcame a 20-point deficit with a 35-12 run in the final quarter to seal the victory.

The Manhattan Pride are currently 3-6 and are currently at the bottom of the Gateway Division of the Northern Conference in the APBL. The Prides next game will be on January 25th against the New York City Jaguars.



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  AUSTRALIA   


Travelling big men - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Perth Wildcats have chosen to take both star big man Matthew Knight (204-F/C-85, college: Loyola Mary), and injury replacement import Michael Dunigan (208-C-89, agency: N.E.T., college: Oregon) to Cairns as the Cats prepare to meet the Taipans on Saturday.

Knight has missed five games after tearing his calf in Round 8 of the iiNet NBL Championship in Townsville, but head coach Rob Beveridge will wait to see how he pulls up after six hours of travel before deciding on whether he will make his return to the team.

'We've been very cautious but he's gotten through two weeks of practice and he came out last week and proved he was up to it against Dunigan, he's been tremendous,' Beveridge said.

'We are 99 per cent sure he will play, obviously we have a long flight up to Cairns, if there's any soreness or inflammation, I will be cautious, that's why we still brought Dunigan.'

If Knight does play, it will represent the end of Mike Dunigan's time as a Perth Wildcat.

In his four games for Perth, Dunigan has averaged 13.8 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.0 steals per game.

Beveridge says you couldn't have asked for a better replacement for Knight.

'He has been tremendous, we got a good one, he's been terrific on and off the court and I'm sure the fans appreciate what he did as well. He's only a young guy, only 23, he will continue to get better and he'll be on the radar for teams in the future.'

Wildcats forward Greg Hire says whoever suits up will provide a strong inside presence for his team.

'It's a win-win situation, you get Matty (Knight) or you get Mike, it doesn't matter, two different guys but both will do an incredible job for us,' Hire said.

'Matt Knight has been looking good, he's been doing his curls and looks in great shape, he hasn't lost his touch and he's extended his range as well.'



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  BARBADOS   


BCC soar on team spirit - by Don Farrell

Perennial champion coach Terry Elk Inniss has credited Barbados Community Colleges basketball success on not just players talent but adherence to a team concept.

We try to get the best team and not always the best men because we try to show them the value of team work, which we pride ourselves on, Inniss told MIDWEEK SPORT after the BCC won their ninth schools Division One title in ten years on Friday.

Weve actually had better players here at BCC who didnt play for us because they came with their preconceived notions about winning and they didnt buy into our methods.

But the players that play for us work really hard, especially the better ones, and they do whatever we ask them to do. So when we get the success that we do we know its not a fluke because of the work that was put in, he added.

The Eyrie Eagles latest championship-winning performance against rivals Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic meant that they lost just one game all season.

And this latest season doesnt even rank as the best, not even among the top three, as BCC have gone at least three different seasons where they failed to drop a single fixture.

We have been blessed to have some really good players over the years come through here, but theyve also come into a culture of winning and working hard, so no one ever wants it to be said that the standard dropped with them, Inniss said.

And the more we win the more good players want to come and try out for our team because the resum speaks for itself. But we have benefited from players coming in here as champions from other schools.

Then this year almost all of our guys played in the Under-21 Tournament, with four playing in the champion team Clapham, and another, Stephan Ottley, playing for the losing finalists, so our boys have been playing meaningful basketball all summer at a relatively high level, he added.

But the Phil Jackson of schools basketball is no stranger to success either, even beyond these last ten years, having won at this level for the past two decades.

That he has had to do with ever-rotating rosters is even more impressive, as Inniss has to coach almost an entirely new squad every two years or so.

I guess its because I understand how to prepare a team in four weeks after doing this for more than 20 years.

But I have to say that our PE department puts in a lot of work in basketball and the other sports. Then the main thing we do is to preach that defence wins championships, he said.

After the first practice I will assess what style it is we need to play, but we never stray from drilling defence, so we spend 60 per cent of our practices instilling man-to-man and the principles of on-ball pressure and weak-side help, Inniss added

story by:justin marville



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  BOSNIA   


Cedevita signs Ante Masic - by Eurobasket News

KK Cedevita Zagreb (A1) signed 28-year old Bosnian forward Ante Masic (200-85, agency: Interperformances). He just played at Cibona (A1). In 6 Eurocup games this season he had 7.5ppg and 1.7rpg. He also played 14 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 4.6ppg and 2.3rpg. The last season Masic played at KK Zagreb. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 7 A1 games he recorded 11.7ppg and 3.6rpg. Masic also played 9 games in Euroleague where he recorded 3.3ppg and 2.0rpg. He also played 25 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 6.8ppg and 2.9rpg. Masics team won Croatian Supercup.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Bosman Player of the Year in 2011. Masic represented Bosnia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year.
He has played previously professionally in Slovenia (Zlatorog) and Bosnia (Brotnjo, Posusje and HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BRAZIL   


Henrique Medeiros return to Joinville after college - by Paulo Freire

During the break of the season of NBB for the year-end holidays, the Cia do Terno/Romaco/Joinville basketball team took the opportunity to strengthen their roster. The managers of the the Santa Catarina State team announced the signing of point guard Henrique Medeiros (182-G-89), that just finish four years in college basketball.

Henrique played at the Cia do Terno/Romaco/Joinville while ago before leaving to the United States. In addition, the player of 23 years old, accumulated some brazilian NT selections as he played in the under-19 in 2007, in which the yellow-green team, led by coach Jose Neto, took fourth place at the World Tournament.

Now, the athlete will be one more option for coach Enio Vecchi. Currently, the coach has only two players for the position of point guard. The team from the South of the country occupies the 11th position of the national competition, with four wins and six defeats.



Brasilia signs Paulo Prestes - by Eurobasket News

Uniceub/BRB/Brasilia (NBB) signed 25-year old Brazilian ex-international center Paulo Prestes (210-120kg-88). He just played at Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014 in Spanish ACB league. In 7 games this season he had 4.3ppg and 3.9rpg. The last season Prestes played at Pieno Zvaigzdes in Lithuanian LKL. In 11 games last year he recorded 6.9ppg and 5.5rpg. He helped them to make it to the cup final. Prestes also played 4 games in Baltic League where he recorded 5.3ppg and 3.8rpg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at CB Granada in Spanish EBA. In 34 games that season he recorded 7.3ppg and 5.3rpg.
Three years ago Prestes was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) in second round (45th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold 3rd Team back in 2009.
Prestes was also a member of Brazilian international program for some years. He played for Brazilian Senior National Team between 2006 and 2009 and previouslyfor U19 National Team in 2007. Prestes represented Brazil at the Lusofonia Championships in Lisbona (Portugal) four years ago.
He has played previously professionally in Spain (Unicaja Malaga, UCAM Murcia, Unicaja II Malaga and Clinicas Rincon) and Brazil (COC Ribeirao and Sao Jose/Vinac).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  CANADA   

CIS Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 3: Windsor - Laurier 93-73
Jan. 3: Brock - McMaster 73-79
Jan. 3: Guelph - Western 58-57
Jan. 4: Waterloo - Lakehead
Jan. 4: Laurentian - Carleton
Jan. 4: York - Ottawa
Jan. 4: Laval - UQAM


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stephon LAMAR
  Saskatch.
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. Lamar, Saskatch.25.8 
 2. Dorsey, Cape Bret.25.7 
 3. Allin, Laurier23.7 
 4. Perrin, TWU21.2 
 5. Hill, Toronto Univ.20.4 
 6. Scrubb, Carleton20.3 
 7. Dunn, St.Francis X.20.1 
 8. Thomas, St.Franc.19.6 
 9. Freeman, UFV19.4 
 10. Parchment, UFV19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Owen KLASSEN
  Acadia
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 13
 1. Klassen, Acadia13.0 
 2. Ezenibe, St.Mary''s12.0 
 3. Allin, Laurier11.3 
 4. Phillip, Windsor11.0 
 5. Kamen, UBC10.0 
 6. Salhia, Lakehead9.6 
 7. Burns, Saskatch.9.4 
 8. Bozinovic, TRU8.8 
 9. Thomas, St.Mary''s8.7 
 10. Moses, Calgary8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew CUNNINGHAM
  Winnipeg
  (186-G-)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Cunningham, Winnip.7.8 
 2. Jones, Ryerson5.6 
 3. Pasquale, Laure.5.2 
 4. Collins, Windsor5.0 
 5. Walton, Manitoba5.0 
 6. Daley, New Brunsw.4.9 
 7. Lamar, Saskatch.4.9 
 8. York, UFV4.9 
 9. Bonhomme, Brandon4.8 
 10. Hebert, Regina4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.4.7 
 2. Daley, New Brunsw.3.4 
 3. Perrin, TWU3.0 
 4. Baker, Alberta2.8 
 5. Evans, Victoria2.8 
 6. Baker, Saskatch.2.8 
 7. Donkoh, St.Franc.2.7 
 8. Parchment, UFV2.5 
 9. Pink, St.Mary''s2.5 
 10. Plumb, UBC2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Matthew CHESSON
  Laurier
  (201-C-)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Chesson, Laurier2.4 
 2. Salhia, Lakehead2.1 
 3. Moses, Calgary2.0 
 4. O''Brien, New B.2.0 
 5. Dewar, Alberta1.8 
 6. Halpin, St.Mary''s1.7 
 7. Klassen, Acadia1.7 
 8. Thomas, St.Franc.1.7 
 9. Duke, UPEI1.7 
 10. Tufegdzich, York1.5 



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  CHINA   

Standings - CBA

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

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 2: Fujian QB - Shandong FB 99-115
Jan. 2: Bayi R. - Beijing Ducks 99-103
Jan. 2: Zhejiang CB - Shanxi Zh. 154-129
Jan. 1: TianJin S. - Foshan LL 111-103
Jan. 1: Liaoning H. - Shanghai S. 110-82
Jan. 2: Jiangsu D. - Guangsha L. 106-97
Jan. 1: Qingdao E. - Guandong ST 105-110
Jan. 2: DongGuan L. - Xinjiang FT 102-117

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 4: Liaoning H. - Jilin NE T.
Jan. 4: Zhejiang CB - Guangsha L.
Jan. 4: Shanghai S. - Beijing Ducks
Jan. 4: DongGuan L. - Shanxi Zh.
Jan. 4: TianJin S. - Bayi R.
Jan. 4: Guandong ST - Xinjiang FT
Jan. 4: Foshan LL - Shandong FB
Jan. 4: Qingdao E. - Fujian QB


Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Quincy DOUBY
  Zhejiang CB
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 31.6
 1. Douby, Zhejiang CB31.6 
 2. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.9 
 3. Akognon, Liaoning.30.8 
 4. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.29.9 
 5. Randolph, Foshan28.2 
 6. Spencer, Jilin N.28.0 
 7. Harris, Jiangsu D.27.9 
 8. Hudson, DongGuan27.8 
 9. Marbury, Beijing26.2 
 10. Haislip, DongGuan.25.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  TianJin S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 16.2
 1. Harvey, TianJin S.16.2 
 2. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.13.8 
 3. Randolph, Foshan13.6 
 4. Harris, Jiangsu D.13.3 
 5. Abbas, Shandong FB12.7 
 6. Ramos, Guangsha L.11.8 
 7. Li, Liaoning H.11.7 
 8. Siler, Jiangsu D.11.6 
 9. Wang, Fujian QB11.6 
 10. Singleton, Xinjia.11.2 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  TianJin S.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Daghles, TianJin S.10.8 
 2. Marbury, Beijing6.0 
 3. Williams, Shanxi Z.5.2 
 4. Lu, Shanxi Zh.5.2 
 5. Jeter, Shandong FB5.1 
 6. Douby, Zhejiang CB4.9 
 7. Hudson, DongGuan4.8 
 8. Qahwash, Jiang.4.8 
 9. Williams, Guangdon.4.8 
 10. Gaines, Fujian QB4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Quincy DOUBY
  Zhejiang CB
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Douby, Zhejiang CB2.9 
 2. Co, Xinjiang FT2.6 
 3. Hu, Jiangsu D.2.5 
 4. Spencer, Jilin N.2.5 
 5. Marbury, Beijing2.4 
 6. Meng, Jiangsu D.2.2 
 7. Abbas, Shandong FB2.1 
 8. Ding, Zhejiang CB2.1 
 9. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.1 
 10. Han, Bayi R.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Ti.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. N''Diaye, Ti.4.1 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.2 
 3. Siler, Jiangsu D.2.0 
 4. Yi, Guangdong ST1.9 
 5. Haislip, DongGuan.1.7 
 6. Yan, Shanxi Zh.1.7 
 7. Morris, Beijing Du.1.6 
 8. Han, Liaoning H.1.5 
 9. Wang, Bayi R.1.5 
 10. White, Shanghai S.1.3 



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  COLOMBIA   


PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION - by Victor Garcia

In an interview of Carlos Martha, manager of Go Sports, to the city of Cucuta media, some news about the future of the Pro-Basketball was released.
Martha confirmed that the project includes two professional tournaments each year, for the 2013 the first tournament will start on February 22 and will finish close to June 15, the second tournament could start in the last week of July and going up to the month of November.
Eight teams will play in the first tournament, the names of the teams are not disclosed yet, the organization is having meetings with the candidates, the main sponsor for this project is Directv, and will cover all the expenses in the road games and will give the teams clothing.
One the most important announces was that the tournament will include two under 21 years old players in each team, at least one of them should be included in each game.
Othe revelation was that the champions of both tournaments within the year will play a playoff to get the one to participate in the Southamerican League, the organization will ask to the Southamerican authorities to give one more place to the country in the future.



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  CROATIA   


Rok Stipcevic leaves EA7 Armani - by Eurobasket News

27-year old Croatian ex-international point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-82kg-86) left EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (SerieA). In 12 games he played this season he recorded 6.1ppg and 1.1rpg. Stipcevic also played 9 games in Euroleague where he averaged 3.1ppg and 1.2rpg.
The last season he played at Cimberio Varese. In 36 SerieA games last year he averaged 11.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.3apg and 1.2spg.
The previous (10-11) season Stipcevic played at Cibona in Croatian league. In 9 Euroleague games that season he averaged 10.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.1apg and 1.0spg. He also played 19 games in Adriatic League where he averaged 9.8ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.2apg.
Among other achievements Stipcevics team made it to the Cup (Kresimir Cosic Cup) Semifinals for four years in a row (between 2008 and 2011). He received also Eurobasket.com Croatian A1 League All-Defensive Team award back in 2010.
Stipcevic was also a member of Croatian international program for some years. He played for Croatian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2012 and previouslyfor U20 National Team between 2005 and 2006. Stipcevic also represented Croatia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 4.9ppg, 1.1rpg, 2.1apg.
Stipcevic has played previously for two other Croatian teams: KK Zadar and Borik Puntamika.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Cedevita signs Ante Masic - by Eurobasket News

KK Cedevita Zagreb (A1) signed 28-year old Bosnian forward Ante Masic (200-85, agency: Interperformances). He just played at Cibona (A1). In 6 Eurocup games this season he had 7.5ppg and 1.7rpg. He also played 14 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 4.6ppg and 2.3rpg. The last season Masic played at KK Zagreb. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 7 A1 games he recorded 11.7ppg and 3.6rpg. Masic also played 9 games in Euroleague where he recorded 3.3ppg and 2.0rpg. He also played 25 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 6.8ppg and 2.9rpg. Masics team won Croatian Supercup.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Bosman Player of the Year in 2011. Masic represented Bosnia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year.
He has played previously professionally in Slovenia (Zlatorog) and Bosnia (Brotnjo, Posusje and HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Standings - NBL

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

Regular Season: Round 20

Jan. 3: BC Kolin - B&W Opava 98-77
Jan. 3: Svitavy - NH Ostrava 88-75
Jan. 3: J.Hradec - Usti n/Labem 85-81
Jan. 3: CEZ Nymburk - Levice 77-63
Jan. 3: USK Praha - BK Decin 59-66
Jan. 3: BK Prostejov - BK Pardubice


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Jan TOMANEC
  J.Hradec
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Tomanec, J.Hradec20.4 
 2. Blazek, B&W Opava18.5 
 3. Deloach, Svitavy18.4 
 4. Zabas, BK Pardubi.17.8 
 5. Meno, USK Praha17.8 
 6. Fields, Chomutov17.7 
 7. Bolds, BC Kolin17.4 
 8. Reese, Usti n.17.1 
 9. Bosak, Chomutov16.3 
 10. Dufault, BK Prost.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Chomutov
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Fields, Chomutov10.4 
 2. Meno, USK Praha9.9 
 3. Tomanec, J.Hradec9.8 
 4. Muirhead, BK Pardu.8.3 
 5. Blazek, B&W Opava7.4 
 6. Wilson, NH Ostrava7.3 
 7. Simmons, Levice7.3 
 8. Nuhanovic, Levice7.1 
 9. Bolds, BC Kolin6.9 
 10. Bohacik, BK Pardu.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jakub SIRINA
  B&W Opava
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Sirina, B&W Opava6.2 
 2. Ames, NH Ostrava5.7 
 3. Deloach, Svitavy4.6 
 4. Pope, BK Decin4.1 
 5. Pavkovic, CEZ N.4.1 
 6. Ciz, NH Ostrava3.9 
 7. Glover, Chomutov3.9 
 8. Sotnar, USK Praha3.8 
 9. Muirhead, BK Pardu.3.4 
 10. Zabas, BK Pardub.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Chomutov
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Glover, Chomutov2.7 
 2. Sirina, B&W Opava2.5 
 3. Ames, NH Ostrava2.3 
 4. Bolds, BC Kolin2.3 
 5. Nolen, Usti n.2.1 
 6. Deloach, Svitavy1.8 
 7. Reese, Usti n.1.7 
 8. Pistecky, Usti n.1.6 
 9. Taylor, CEZ N.1.6 
 10. Welsch, CEZ N.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (209-C-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.8 
 2. Nuhanovic, Levice1.5 
 3. Miklosik, B&W O.1.3 
 4. Fields, Chomutov1.1 
 5. Slavik, USK Praha1.0 
 6. Meno, USK Praha1.0 
 7. Simmons, Levice1.0 
 8. Mroz, Svitavy0.8 
 9. Kohout, BK Prost.0.8 
 10. Kramny, J.Hradec0.8 



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  D-LEAGUE   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 23

Jan. 3: Springfield A. - Canton C. 81-90
Jan. 1: Santa Cruz W. - Sioux Falls S. 109-93
Jan. 3: Austin T. - Idaho S. 107-109
Jan. 3: Ft.Wayne MA - Santa Cruz W. 102-86

Regular Season: Round 24

Jan. 4: Maine RC - Erie Bay H.
Jan. 4: Tulsa 66ers - Idaho S.
Jan. 4: Austin T. - Rio Grande VV
Jan. 4: Reno B. - Sioux Falls S.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Chris DOUGLAS-ROBERTS
  Texas L.
  (201-G-87)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Douglas-R., Texas22.5 
 2. Howard, Ft.Wayne.21.3 
 3. Johnson-Odom, Los21.1 
 4. Goudelock, Sioux F.20.3 
 5. Mack, Maine RC19.7 
 6. Dentmon, Austin T.19.7 
 7. Kennedy, Erie B.19.0 
 8. Mays, Springfield19.0 
 9. Fortson, Los A.18.8 
 10. Joseph, Austin T.18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arinze ONUAKU
  Canton C.
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Onuaku, Canton C.11.5 
 2. Mays, Springfield11.4 
 3. Harris, Iowa E.10.3 
 4. Varnado, Sioux F.10.0 
 5. Butch, Bakersfi.9.6 
 6. Evans, Idaho S.9.3 
 7. Wilkerson, Austin9.1 
 8. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.8.9 
 9. Wright, Maine RC8.8 
 10. Jackson, Austin8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Chris WRIGHT
  Iowa E.
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Wright, Iowa E.7.7 
 2. Marshall, Bakers.7.6 
 3. Mack, Maine RC7.5 
 4. Machado, Rio G.7.1 
 5. Singletary, Texas6.3 
 6. Fortson, Los A.6.2 
 7. Russell, Ft.Wayne.6.0 
 8. Temple, Reno B.5.8 
 9. Uzoh, Springfield5.5 
 10. Kennedy, Erie B.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jamario MOON
  Los A.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Moon, Los A.2.8 
 2. Scott, Springfield2.4 
 3. Wright, Maine RC2.4 
 4. Downs, Maine RC2.3 
 5. Sutton, Tulsa 66e.2.2 
 6. Gutierrez, Canton2.1 
 7. McNeal, Bakersfi.2.0 
 8. Douglas-R., Texas1.9 
 9. Tyndale, Sioux F.1.9 
 10. Holiday, Idaho S.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Sioux F.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Varnado, Sioux F.3.9 
 2. Melo, Maine RC3.8 
 3. Flowers, Los A.2.6 
 4. Moon, Los A.2.6 
 5. Eyenga, Texas L.2.5 
 6. Reed, Springfield2.3 
 7. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 8. Gladness, Santa C.2.1 
 9. Benson, Erie Bay H.1.8 
 10. Holiday, Idaho S.1.7 


Springfield Armor inks Thomas Baudinet - by Eurobasket News

Springfield Armor agreed terms with 24-year old guard Thomas Baudinet (190-86kg-89, college: St.Anselm). He just played at Canton Charge (D-League). The last season Baudinet played at Fort Wayne Mad Ants. In 18 D-League games last year he had 6.8ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.2apg. He also played at Iowa Energy earlier that season. In 18 D-League games he recorded 8.0ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.1apg. The other team Baudinet played that season for was Connecticut. In 18 ABA games he recorded 8.0ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.1apg.
Two years ago he was drafted by Iowa Energy (D-League) in sixth round (11th overall).
The former St.Anselm College (NCAA Div.II) star is in his second season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as His team made it to the Northeast-10 Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2009 and 2010). Baudinet was also voted All-Northeast-10 1st Team in 2010 and 2011 at his college time.
Baudinet has played previously for Connecticut TopBallerz.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Springfield Armor welcomes back Horner, ex Art.Dragons - by Eurobasket News

Springfield Armor inked 25-year old forward Dennis Horner (206-104kg-88, college: North Carolina State). Its actually his comeback to Springfield Armor as he played here before. Horner played recently at Art.Dragons in German BBL league. The last season he played for Artland Dragons (BBL). In three games this season he averaged 7.0ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.3apg. Horner also played 3 games in Eurocup where he had 10.0ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.3apg. The most of last season he spent at Springfield Armor. In 28 D-League games last year he had very impressive stats: 17.4ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.6apg. He helped them to win the East Conference title. A very good season in his career as he was selected to USBasket.com All-D-League 3rd Team. Horner also played at Brooklyn Nets (previous name New Jersey Nets) earlier that season. But in 7 NBA games he had just 0.7ppg. The most of previous (10-11) season he spent at Omonia in Cypriot Division A. In 13 games that year he had 11.6ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.1apg and 1.0spg. The other team Horner played that season for was VOO Verviers-Pepinster in Belgian Ethias League. In 13 games he had 11.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.1apg.
Two years ago (a year after he left the college) Horner was drafted by Springfield Armor (D-League) in third round (16th overall).
The former North Carolina State standout is in his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Springfield Armor cut McFarland - by Eurobasket News

Springfield Armor cut 27-year old center Chas McFarland (213-107kg-86, college: Wake Forest). In 10 D-League games he played this season he averaged 4.4ppg and 3.9rpg. McFarland also played at Bohemios in Uruguayan LUB earlier that season. In 7 games this year he had very impressive stats: 18.4ppg, 11.3rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg and 3.0bpg.
The last season he played at Yokohama B-Corsairs in Japanese BJ League. In 52 games last year he had 9.7ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2bpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in BJ League Eastern Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
The previous (10-11) season McFarland played at Franca in Brazilian league. In three Liga Sudamericana games that year he had 3.3ppg and 2.7rpg.
He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2010 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Cavs assign forward Jon Leuer to D-League - by Eurobasket News

The Cleveland Cavaliers toady re-assigned second-year forward Jon Leuer (6'10''-F-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wisconsin) to the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers NBA Development League affiliate. The assignment is the record 90th of the 2012-13 NBA and NBA D-League seasons and the second for Leuer, who is one of a record 46 NBA players to be assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate this season.
Leuer (6-10, 228, Wisconsin) returns to the Charge following a six-game assignment earlier in the season, when he averaged 20.3 points, 12.3 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 35.8 minutes. He has appeared in five games for the Cavaliers this season, averaging 3.2 points, 2.0 rebounds and 14.4 minutes. Originally selected in the second round (40th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, Leuer played in 46 games for Milwaukee last season. In 51 career NBA games, Leuer has averaged 4.6 points, 2.5 rebounds and 12.3 minutes.
A four-year contributor for the Badgers, Leuer averaged 11.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 123 career NCAA games (68 starts). As a senior, Leuer led Wisconsin with 18.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game and was a First Team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches.
Leuer is expected to join the Charge today and be available tonight when they face the Springfield Armor in Massachusetts.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Mad Ants, Stampede and Charge victorious on Thursday - by Eurobasket News

Ft.Wayne MA - Santa Cruz W. 102-86
The Santa Cruz Warriors fell to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants 102-86 Thursday night, snapping the team's five-game winning streak. The Santa Cruz Warriors were paced by Stefhon Hannah (6'1''-PG-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Missouri), who was red-hot in the first quarter and scored a game-high 27 points. Travis Leslie (6'4''-G-90, college: Georgia) notched a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Taylor Griffin scored 16. The Fort Wayne Mad Ants were led by Orlando Johnson (6'2''-G-67, college: NW Missouri St.), on assignment from the Indiana Pacers, and Ron Howard, who both scored 25 points. Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-92, college: Alabama) logged a double-double with 22 points and 16 boards, while Brandon Wallace grabbed 12 rebounds off the bench in 12 minutes played. The Warriors shot just 35.8% from the field, while the Mad Ants shot 39.4%. The Mad Ants out-rebounded the Warriors 64-57, and Fort Wayne outscored the Warriors in the paint 54-32. The Warriors led by as much as 12 in the first minutes of the third quarter, but the lead evaporated through the fourth, with the Mad Ants outscoring the Warriors 31-14 in the final period. The Santa Cruz Warriors will wrap up their series in Fort Wayne on Saturday, January 5, with tip-off set for 4:30 p.m. PST at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Austin T. - Idaho S. 107-109
Despite battling throught the game, the Austin Toros let one get away at the end, losing 109-107 to the Idaho Stampede for their fourth consecutive home loss. Justin Harper (6'10''-F-89, college: Richmond) hit a three-pointer and was fouled by Patrick Sullivan with 16 seconds left. His free throw gave Idaho its first lead of the fourth quarter 109-107. Corey Joseph was then fouled with four seconds left on the other end and missed both free throws. The Toros got the rebound but could not get a last-second shot to fall. 'We gave up 19 turnovers for 21 points,' coach Taylor Jenkins said. 'A lot of those came in the fourth quarter and we can't seem to shoot free throws. So we're practically giving our opponents points.' The Stampede were able to methodically chip away at the Toros' second half lead even though Austin shot 55 percent from the field, were 11-14 on three pointers and out-rebounded the Stampede 44-34 for the game. The one category decidedly in Idaho's favor was turnovers. The Toros committed 19 compared to nine for Idaho. 'We've got to have a short-term memory,' Jenkins said. 'We've got to learn from this, we can't accept it. I was proud how we played for the majority of the game but winning basketball applies to the whole game. Luckily we get to play tomorrow night but we've got to find an upward trend right now.' Austin came out of halftime with a 13-4 run. Jamarr Sanders (6'4''-G-88, college: UAB)' back-to-back threes gave the Toros their biggest lead of the game, 69-58 with 8:30 left in the third quarter. Sanders was a perfect 7-7 from the field including 4-4 on three pointers. He finished with 22 points. 'I'm trying to step my game up since Justin (Dentmon) is out and Aubry Coleman is out,' Sanders said. 'Someone has to step up and carry that load. I'm not worried about how many points I score, I'm just trying to go out there and get my teammates involved and play good defense.' The Toros play the Rio Grande Valley Vipers Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Cedar Park Center. Courtesy of: statesman.com

Springfield A. - Canton C. 81-90
An infusion of new blood could not keep the Springfield Armor from falling victim to an old nemesis. The Canton Charge led from tip to buzzer, beating the Armor 90-81 before 1,246 Thursday at the MassMutual Center. It was the third straight win over the Armor for the Charge, who are 3-1 against Springfield this season. The loss was the fourth straight for the Armor (4-9), their second four-game losing streak. They have dropped eight of their last nine games. Defense, especially in the first half, was the problem for Springfield. Canton had wide-open shots time and again and hit most of them. At one point in the second quarter the Charge had made 76 percent of their field goal attempts. 'I thought our last two days of practice were intense and hard, they were hard-fought and we competed, and then we come out tonight and don't compete,' Armor coach Bob MacKinnon said. 'We seem to be one guy shy all the time and we've got to get better. We've got to work at it and get better.' The loss spoiled the return of forward Dennis Horner (6'9''-F-88, college: N.Carolina St.) to the Armor. Horner came off the bench and scored 15 points to lead Springfield. 'We just came out a little bit dead tonight and I think we're still getting used to the changes,' Horner said. 'I think we'll come out Saturday with a little more intensity. I think the second half we played well, better than the first. If we come out and play Saturday the way we did in the second half I think we'll be all right.' Considering how poorly the Armor defended in the first half, trailing by 14 going into halftime really wasn't that bad a deficit. The Charge shot 67 percent from the floor in the first quarter and led by 17, then they came out and hit their first seven shots of the second quarter to go up by as many as 21. Kyle Gibson (16 points), who shoots 37 percent from the floor for the Charge, seems to get up for the Armor. He hit five of his first six shots on Thursday to kick-start the attack. In two previous games against the Armor, Gibson shot 56 percent and averaged 21.5 points. 'I thought that was embarrassing, to let a team come in and shoot that way and shoot free and easy,' MacKinnon said. 'That was inexcusable.' Willie Reed (6'9''-F-90, college: St.Louis) (14 points) came off the bench to get the Armor going offensively in the second quarter, scoring all 10 of his first-half points in the frame. His energy was infectious as Horner, who was scoreless in more than six minutes of play in the first quarter, found his stroke from the perimeter. Horner netted 11 points in the quarter, nine in the final couple of minutes to help close the gap. The Armor fell further behind early in the third quarter as Jon Leuer (6'10''-F-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wisconsin) (14 points, 11 rebounds), just assigned to the Charge from the Cleveland Cavaliers, started to make his presence felt. Springfield got the lead back down to 13 at the end of the third but fell back to 20 behind in the fourth. The final two points on a Reed dunk got the Armor the closest to Canton since the first quarter. James Mays, back after missing three games with a serious flu bug, scored 13 but was obviously not himself. Ben Uzoh struggled with foul trouble and was just 3 of 12 from the floor. 'Last year (the Armor players) had two years together, so this year everyone is different and it's going to take a little bit of time to get the chemistry down,' Horner said. 'Once we do I think we'll be all right.' Courtesy of: masslive.com

Santa Cruz W. - Sioux Falls S. 109-93
It looks like 2013 might be a pretty sweet year for Chris Johnson (6'11''-C-85, college: LSU), and that could mean a pretty sweet season for the Santa Cruz Warriors. Johnson, a 6-foot-11 reserve forward, entered Tuesday's game with five minutes left in the first and the Warriors leading visiting Sioux Falls Skyforce by one point. He immediately started punishing his defenders on the inside, and, when that was clogged, heading toward the perimeter. It didn't matter where he was, he couldn't miss. Johnson went 6-for-6 in the first half (6-for-8 for the game) and a perfect 2-for-2 from the free-throw line -- one of which scored the Warriors' 100th point and won a free Slurpee for the entire sellout crowd of 2,505. More importantly, his performance gave Santa Cruz the spark it needed for a 109-93 New Year's Day win over the Skyforce and keeps the D-League basketball team undefeated at its newly erected Kaiser Permanente Arena. When asked whether he'd more enjoyed the perfect streak or hitting the Slurpee free throws, which sent the crowd into a frenzy, Johnson said, "Both, I guess." Santa Cruz won't get another chance to please its home crowd until Jan. 11, when it hosts Tulsa, but it will put its home winning streak to the test before that. Its next two games are on the road at Fort Wayne before two showcase games in Reno, Nev., against Austin and Canton. The Austin game, on Jan. 8, counts as a home game even though it is at a neutral site. "It feels good," said Warriors coach Nate Bjorkgren of starting the year off with a win. "You take it and now we have to get ready to go to Fort Wayne because that's where we head to tonight. Our focus is there." Early Tuesday, the focus of the Skyforce was on Johnson and his magic touch. While growing up, Johnson, who has played for the Celtics, Hornets, Trail Blazers and Timberwolves, taught himself to shoot. Then he taught himself to shoot over his older brother, who played guard. So, when Sioux Falls sent three different defenders out to stop him -- some tall and lanky, others shorter and swift -- he took advantage of whatever shot they would give him. Not a bad offensive move for the 2011 NBA D-League Defensive Player of the Year. "Chris is tough to guard," said Kent Bazemore, who spent most of December traveling back and forth between Santa Cruz and Oakland, where he is on the Golden State Warriors roster. "He played guard all the way up through his college years and he still has the mobility of a 6-5, 6-6 guard. He's got a soft touch, high release, so once he gets his shot up, there's not much guys can do. ... His touch around the rim is great and he's a great finisher. He does a lot of his work early and he ends up with big nights." With Johnson on the court, the Warriors broke away with a 12-2 run that spanned the end of the first quarter and the first 3:30 of the second. As sharp as Johnson was shooting, though, he had little to do with the run. Rather, that fell to another Johnson -- reserve shooting guard Justin Johnson (6'2''-PG-88, college: Concordia Irvine) - who scored all six of his first-half points during the span. Bazemore kept the streak going, scoring 11 points in the third quarter after putting up just eight in the first half. He finished with a game-high 19, while fellow Golden State Warriors assignment player Jeremy Tyler (6'10''-F-91, college: Louisville) added 18. Demetris Nichols and Dexter Pittman each scored 15 for the Skyforce. The hotter the Warriors got, the colder Sioux Falls became. When Santa Cruz achieved its biggest lead of the game, 25 points in the third quarter, the Warriors were shooting 62 percent and the Skyforce just 31. Sioux Falls battled back to cut that to eight points, 95-87, with 5:27 left in the game. But Stef Hannah hit a guarded 3 pointer to give the Warriors the shot of energy they needed to preserve the D-League's longest winning streak and best record. All those things fit nicely with some of the New Years resolutions made by some of the Warriors players. For Johnson, it wasn't to continue hitting 80 percent of his shots, but rather, "To have a successful year as far as family and basketball." Tyler is thinking a little more specific. He'd like to be a part of two NBA championship teams. "Mine is to make it to the NBA playoffs. I think were good enough to go all the way," he said. "Both teams could go (to their championships) and have the Bay Area going crazy." Crazier, even, than they do for perfect shooting, home winning streaks and Slurpees. Courtesy of: santacruzsentinel.com



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  ESTONIA   


BSBC 2013 (U18): Estonia come from behind to defeat Sweden - by Eurobasket News

Estonia - Sweden 85:76 (OT)

Estonia opened win count at the annual Baltic Sea Basketball Cup in Tallinn. The hosts held off Sweden in overtime in the opener. Saimon Sutt (198-SG-95) dropped 24 points to lead all scorers.
Sweden eked out a 15:14 lead after ten minutes. The Scandinavian side maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They arrived at halftime up by 11 points 31:42. Estonia however picked up the tempo in the third term. The home side went on a convincing 24:10 run to take a 3-point lead before the fourth term. Sweden reacted calmly in the next ten minutes. The visitors dropped 23 points and sent the game into overtime. Estonia however dominated in the extra period. The hosts outscored Sweden 10:1 to clinch victory. Sten Olmre (192-SG-95) chipped in 19 points, while Joosep Russak (185-PG-95) delivered 18 points for Estonia. Alexander Larsson (203-C-95) answered with 18 points for Sweden. Erik Johansson (194-F-96) accounted for 16 points in the loss.

Estonia: Saimon Sutt 24, Sten Olmre 19, Joosep Russak 18
Sweden: Alexander Larsson 18, Erik Johansson 16



BSBC 2013 (U16): Sweden rally past Estonia in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Estonia - Sweden 73:84

Sweden clinched the opening win at the traditional Baltic Sea Basketball Cup tournament in the Estonian capital. Tobias Sjoberg came up with 24 points and 7 rebounds to pace the visitors.
Sweden got to a strong start. The Scandinavian side posted a 23:13 lead ten minutes into the game. Sweden stretched the lead in the second quarter. They accounted for a 47:31 halftime lead. Estonia tried to put up a comeback effort in the third term. The hosts cut the deficit back to single digits. They trailed by 9 points into the final frame. Sweden however limited their opponents at 16 points in the fourth period and sealed the victory at the end. Gustav Ericson chipped in 15 points, while Craig Lecesne added 12 points for the winners. Robert Valge (97) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Estonia. Ken Kuber (97) had 12 points in the loss.

Estonia: Robert Valge 17, Ken Kuber 12
Sweden: Tobias Sjoberg 24, Gustav Ericson 15, Craig Lecesne 12



Estonian U18 National Team for Baltic Sea Cup in Tallinn - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Sander Kruus
Kruus
Sten Olmre
Olmre
Jaagup Russak
Russak
Saimon Sutt
Sutt
Keit Turk
Turk
#e#5
Egert Haller 192-G-95
Karl-Martin Kask 206-F-95 Audentese/N. Estonia
Sander Kruus 201-PF-95 Tartu Ulikool II Estonia
Kristofer Kurvits 192-G/F-96 Swedbank Estonia
Karl-Johan Lips 189-F-96 Viimsi Estonia
Marko Meimer 199-F-96 Swedbank Estonia
Sten Olmre 192-SG-95 Parnu Estonia
Jaagup Russak 179-PG-96 Tarvas Estonia
Joosep Russak 185-PG-95 Tartu Ulikool II Estonia
Saimon Sutt 198-SG-95 Tartu Ulikool II Estonia
Ivo-Van Tamm 198-PF-96
Raimond Tribuntsov 190-G-95 Tarvas Estonia
Keit Turk 176-PG-95 Tartu Ulikool II Estonia
Lauri Vunk 203-C-96 Parnu Estonia



Estonian U16 National Team for Baltic Sea Cup in Tallinn - by Greg

Artur Arhangelski 182-G-97
Kregor Hermet 195-PF-97 Audentese/N. Estonia
Taavi Jurkatamm 180-SG-97 Audentese/N. Estonia
Jurgen Jurgenson 203-C-97 Parnu Estonia
Tom Kaldre 185-SG-98
Lauri Kask 182-G/F-97 Parnu Estonia
Ken Kuber 183-SG-97 Parnu Estonia
Kevin Kullerkupp 189-SF-97 Audentese/N. Estonia
Norman Kabin 170-PG-97 Parnu Estonia
Arnold Mitt 206-C-98
Ivalo Pajumets 191-PG-97 Parnu Estonia
Germo Reimer 180-SG-97
Madis Soodla 200-F/C-97 Audentese/N. Estonia
Karl Suurorg 198-SF-98 Audentese/N. Estonia
Robert Valge 187-SF-97 Parnu Estonia
Sander Viilup 186-SG-97 Parnu Estonia
Martin Utsmuts 97 Parnu Estonia

Aivo Erkmaa Head Coach
Vaido Rego Assistant



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Standings

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

Top 16: Round 2

E

Jan. 3: Anadolu Efes - Panathinaikos 78-64
Jan. 3: Brose Bask. - Real Madrid 67-82
Jan. 4: Zalgiris - Unicaja
Jan. 4: ALBA - CSKA

F

Jan. 3: Khimky - FCB Regal 78-65
Jan. 3: Maccabi T-A - Caja Laboral 70-71
Jan. 4: Olympiacos - Besiktas
Jan. 4: Fener.Ulker - Montepaschi


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Brown, Montepaschi19.2 
 2. Langford, EA7 A.17.0 
 3. Weems, CSKA16.9 
 4. Nachbar, Brose B.16.4 
 5. Spanoulis, Olympia.16.2 
 6. Schilb, Chalon15.5 
 7. Jerrells, Besiktas15.2 
 8. Aradori, Cantu15.0 
 9. Page, Un.Olimpija15.0 
 10. Krstic, CSKA14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Un.Olimpija
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Baynes, Un.Olimpija9.8 
 2. Bourousis, EA7 A.8.3 
 3. Williams, Chalon7.6 
 4. Gordon, Partizan7.5 
 5. Mahalbasic, Asseco6.8 
 6. Lasme, Panathin.6.5 
 7. Khryapa, CSKA6.4 
 8. James, Maccabi T-A6.2 
 9. Hines, Olympiacos6.2 
 10. Bilan, Cedevita6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Brown, Montepaschi5.8 
 2. Planinic, Khimky5.7 
 3. Diamantidis, Panat.5.7 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.6 
 5. Blassingame, Assec.5.1 
 6. Cook, EA7 Armani5.0 
 7. Teodosic, CSKA4.8 
 8. Farmar, Anadolu4.5 
 9. Tabu-Eboma, Cantu4.2 
 10. Williams, Unicaja4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky HICKMAN
  Maccabi .
  (189-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Hickman, Maccabi2.2 
 2. Jaaber, Zalgiris2.1 
 3. Gordon, Anadolu1.8 
 4. Green, Cedevita1.6 
 5. Lucic, Partizan1.6 
 6. Teodosic, CSKA1.6 
 7. Khryapa, CSKA1.5 
 8. Cook, EA7 Armani1.4 
 9. Djedovic, ALBA1.4 
 10. Draper, Real M.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Panathin.
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Lasme, Panathin.2.1 
 2. Tomic, FCB Regal1.6 
 3. James, Maccabi T-A1.6 
 4. Falker, Besiktas1.4 
 5. Cusin, Cantu1.4 
 6. Vidmar, Besiktas1.2 
 7. Ress, Montepaschi1.1 
 8. Gordon, Partizan1.1 
 9. Ford, Brose Bask.1.1 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA1.1 



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  FINLAND   


Finnish U16 National Team for Baltic Sea Cup in Tallinn - by Greg

Jesse Haapanen 186-SG-97 Tapiolan Honka Finland
Karri Kallio 196-PF-97 KTP Finland
Aatu Kivimaki 177-PG-97 KaU Koris Finland
Riku Laine 194-G-97 Ura Basket Finland
Ville Leikas 183-G-97 ToPo Finland
Lauri Markkanen 200-PF-97 BC Jyvaskyla Finland
Edon Maxhuni 177-PG-98 HBA-Marsky Finland
Miikka Nieminen 186-SF-97 Helsinki Finland
Lassi Nikkarinen 176-PG-97 ToPo Finland
Matias Oksa 196-SF-97 ToPo Finland
Matias Suvanto 185-SF-97 HBA-Marsky Finland
Jani Tuoriniemi 195-C-97 Huima Finland

Jyri Lohikoski Head Coach
Jari Nykanen Assistant



Finnish U18 National Team for Baltic Sea Cup in Tallinn - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Tuomas  Hirvonen
Hirvonen
Oskar Michelsen
Michelsen
Miikka Mikkonen
Mikkonen
Samuli Nieminen
Nieminen
Henri Niemisto
Niemisto
#e#5
Aapeli Alanen 197-F-96 Namika Lahti Finland
Juho-Matti Henttonen 195-C-96 Namika Lahti Finland
Tuomas Hirvonen 175-G-96 Kouvot Finland
Shawn Hopkins 194-G/F-95 BC Nokia Finland
Ville Hanninen 192-G/F-95 TuNMKY Finland
Oskar Michelsen 203-PF-95 HBA-Marsky Finland
Miikka Mikkonen 193-F-95 Tapiolan Honka Finland
Samuli Nieminen 201-F-96 HBA-Marsky Finland
Henri Niemisto 194-G-96 HBA-Marsky Finland
Joonas Tahvanainen 198-F-96 HBA-Marsky Finland
Jere Valtonen 186-PG-95 TuNMKY Finland
Henri Ventoniemi 201-PF-95 HBA-Marsky Finland

Ray Ailus Head Coach TuNMKY Finland
Joonas Iisalo Assistant KaU Koris Finland



BSBC 2013 (U16): Finland tame Latvia in overtime - by Eurobasket News

Finland - Latvia 75:71 (OT)

Finland clinched the opening win at the Baltic Sea Basketball Cup in Tallinn. They snatched a tough narrow victory against Latvia. Lassi Nikkarinen stepped up with 12 points to pace the winning side.
Finland enjoyed a 25:15 lead after ten minutes of action. Latvia slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. The got within 8 points at the interval 32:40. Latvia got even closer in the third term. They trailed by just 4 points heading into the fourth period 51:55. Latvia eventually erased the deficit and levelled things up at 65. The teams entered overtime. Finland held their counterparts to just 6 points in the extra period and got away with a narrow win at the end. Riku Laine (194-G-97) chipped in 11 points, while Lauri Markkanen had 10 points for the winning side. Raimo answered with 18 points and 12 rebounds for Latvia. Renars Birkans (180-PG-97), Dzeiks-Eduards Krumins (186-G-97) and Ralfs Gulans (97) netted 10 points apiece in the loss.

Finland: Lassi Nikkarinen 12, Riku Laine 11, Lauri Markkanen 10
Latvia: Raimo 18+12 boards, Renars Birkans 10, Dzeiks-Eduards Krumins 10, Ralfs Gulans 10



BSBC 2013 (U18): Latvia rally past Finland - by Eurobasket News

Latvia - Finland 87:80

Latvia victoriously opened their Baltic Sea Basketball Cup campaign. They held off Finnish counterparts for the initial victory. Kristaps Plavnieks (182-G-95) and Davis Geks (190-G-95) came up with 14 points each to pace the winners.
Finland jumped to an early lead. They secured a 22:19 lead after ten minutes. Finland extended the margin in the second quarter. They established a 44:35 halftime advantage. But Latvia turned things around in the third term. The hosts went on a 24:11 rally to eke out a 4-point advantage at the final intermission. Latvia exploded with 28 points in the final quarter to seal the win at the end. Andzejs Pasecniks (211-C-95) delivered 12 points and 8 rebounds for Latvia. Oskar Michelsen (203-PF-95) answered with 16 points for Finland. Samuli Nieminen (201-F-96) chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Latvia: Kristaps Plavnieks 14, Davis Geks 14, Andzejs Pasecniks 12
Finland: Oskar Michelsen 16, Samuli Nieminen 14



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  FRANCE   


Bourg signs Jason Forte, ex Obras - by Eurobasket News

JL Bourg Basket (ProB) signed 29-year old American swingman Jason Forte (196-100kg-84, college: S.Mississippi). He just played at Obras in Argentinian LigaA. In 8 games this season he had 10.4ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.0apg. Forte also spent pre-season at Townsville Crocodiles in Australian NBL earlier that year. The last season he played at Alaska Aces in Filipino PBA. In 8 games last year he recorded very impressive stats: 23.5ppg, 15.6rpg, 2.6apg and 1.6bpg. Forte also played at Powerade in PBA earlier that season. In only one game he had also great stats: 25 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 1 block. The other team he played that season for was Targu Mures in Romanian Division A. In 30 games he recorded 14.6ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Fortes team made it to the Romanian Cup Final Four in 2011. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Newcomer of the Year in 2011.
Forte is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Brose Baskets Bamberg), Turkey (Banvit Basketbol Kulubu and Bandirma Kirmizi), CBA (Yakama Sun Kings), Philippines (Powerade Tigers and Air21 Express) and ABA (Southeast Texas Mavericks).
Forte attended University of Southern Mississippi until 2006 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Boulazac keep Quinton Ross for one more month - by Eurobasket News

Boulazac have extended the contract of Quinton Ross (198-G/F-81, college: SMU). The forward will stay in ProA for another month. Quinton Ross joined Boulazac on a temporary contract to replace injured Amadi McKenzie (201-PF-86, college: Tenn Tech). He appeared in six ProA games. Quinton Ross delivered 8.5 points, 4.7 rebounds per game in those appearances. Last season Quinton Ross spent in D-League. He played for the Canton Charge. His stats read 7.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists in ten games played. Earlier in his career Ross had stints in Belgium and NBA. He made it onto Belgian League All-Imports 1st Team in 2004.


Saint Chamond signs Tyray Pearson - by Juliane Hoehne

After the departure of Marqus Ledoux (203-F-80, college: Tulsa), Saint Chamond Basket needed a new strong inside player, and were successful finding one. Tyray Pearson (201-F-80, college: Iowa St.), is the new American Power Forward, who will help Saint Chamond Basket moving up from their current 14th place in the table. Pearson played last season for Angers BC 49 in NM1 as well. Pearson averaged 15.8ppg, making 57.1% of his shots. The 32-year-old American was also the 5th best rebounder in the league, grabbing 8.7 rebounds a game. Pearson brings a lot of international experience to his new team as well, after playing in first division in Portugal, Germany and Finland, as well as second division in Spain.


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Hapoel Eilat adds Washington to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Eilat (Winner League) added to their roster 28-year old American (has also FYR Macedonian passport) point guard Darius Washington (188-90kg-85, college: Memphis). Washington managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). He played last summer at Pirates de Quebradillas in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 10 games he had 13.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.4apg and 1.2spg. He also played at Turk Telekom in Turkish TBL that season. In 23 games last season he recorded very impressive stats: 16.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.3apg and 1.2spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Honorable Mention. Washington also played 4 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded also great stats: 22.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.0apg and 2.3spg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Lottomatica Roma in Italian SerieA. In 30 games that year he recorded 10.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.9apg and 2.1spg. Washington also played 16 games in Euroleague where he recorded 13.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. Great season indeed as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention.
In 2006 he was drafted by Austin Toros (D-League) in first round (10th overall).
Washington attended University of Memphis and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as His team made it to the Greek Cup Final Four in 2008. Washington was also voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup 1st Team back in 2010.
He is quite experienced player. Washington has played also professionally in Russia (Ural Great), NBA (Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs), Greece (Aris) and Turkey (Galatasaray).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  GERMANY   


EuroLeague: Real ease past Brose Baskets - by Eurobasket News

Brose Baskets - Real Madrid 67:82

Real Madrid cruised to the second straight win in Top 16 Euroleague round. They fired past Brose Baskets on the road tonight. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) finished with 19 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
Real Madrid scored 26 points in the starting quarter to set the tone. The visitors accumulated a 4-point lead after ten minutes. Real maintained the pressure throughout the second quarter. They enjoyed a 47:38 halftime lead. Brose Baskets tried to get back into the game in the third quarter. Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) put the hosts within four with a triple midway through the frame 49:53. Real hung on to establish a 63:57 lead at the final intermission. The visitors tipped off the final frame with an 8:2 run to ensure a 71:59 lead and never looked back en route to the win. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) had 13 points, while Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86) added 11 points and 6 assists for Real. Bostjan Nachbar answered with 19 points for Bamberg. Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) finished with 17 points in defeat.

Brose Baskets: Bostjan Nachbar 19, Anton Gavel 17
Real Madrid: Nikola Mirotic 19, Jaycee Carroll 13, Sergio Rodriguez 11



Face To Face With Patrick Ewing JR - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Patrick Ewing Jr. (203-F-84, college: Georgetown) is a 28 year old 203cm forward from Marietta, Georgia that started the season for the Telekom Baskets Bonn, but recently left the team. He also has the distinction of being the son of NBA legend Patrick Ewing. He started his basketball career at Indiana in 2003 until 2005. He then finished his NCAA career with Georgetown in 2008. In his senior year, he played 34 games: 6.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 52.9%, 3Pts: 28.3%, FT: 65.8%. He was drafted by the drafted by Sacramento Kings (NBA,2rd (43) in 2008. He started his professional basketball career in 2008 with Sacramento Kings (NBA), traded to Houston Rockets (NBA), in Sep.'08 traded to New York Knicks (NBA), left in Oct.'08, in Dec.'08 moved to Reno Bighorns (D-League): 29 games: 16.3ppg, 8.9rpg, 3.0apg, 1.4spg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 23.4%, FT: 77.0%. In 2010-2011, he played for the New York Knicks (NBA), left in Oct.'10, then moved to Reno Bighorns (D-League): 25 games: 15.7ppg, 8.4rpg, 3.2apg, 1.6spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 79.4%; in Jan.'11 traded to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 23 games: 19.9ppg, Reb-2 (10.6rpg), 3.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 82.1%, in Mar.'11 signed at New Orleans Hornets (NBA): 9 games: 0.7ppg. Last season, he played for the New Orleans Hornets (NBA), only pre-season, in Jan.'12 moved to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 11 games: 10.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 22.9%, FT: 82.1%; in Feb.'12 signed at Iowa Energy (D-League, starting five): 19 games: 8.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 81.6%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball during the season with Bonn.

You are playing your first season in Europe in Germany with the Telekom Baskets Bonn. How do you like Germany?

I love it here. It has been a great experience for my family and I. The fans and organization have been great. Everyone has been so kind to us.

How are you getting used to the style of play in the Beko BBL?

I am enjoying my time in the league. Many of the guys in the league I have played against or know form home. My game is coming around, but it is still not at the level where I want it. I just have to stay positive and keep working hard.


What is it like playing for a German head coach with Michael Koch?

It has been great. He is a very good coach. He makes sure that I do what I have to do on the court. He helps me very much with my game. He always tells me too be aggressive and stay positive. I enjoy playing for him.


What is a strength in your game that doesnt always get noticed right away?

I think that a hidden strength in my game is my ability to pass the ball. I always tell people that if I could handle the ball like a point guard then I would rather be a point guard than forward.

How nice is it playing with such a great passer like Jared Jordan?

I have played with many great point guards and I would put him on top of the list. He always amazes me at what he can do on the court with the ball. He handles the ball so well and already knows what will happen five seconds before it happens. It seems like he plays in slow motion. He has been blessed at playing the game.

How nice is it playing with Robert Vaden again? You played a season with him at Indiana (NCAA)

It is great that we are on the team again. I know him from high school and he is a great friend. He had a rough start with his shot not always falling, but shooters like him dont always stay in a slump long. We as a team have to do a better job at giving him good shots.

Robert Vaden is known as a deadly shooter. Could he hit a shot from on top of the Empire State building into a basket at the bottom?

I bet he could. We play a lot of horse in practice. But an Empire State shot could be one of his trick shots.

You played with many great players at Georgetown that are in the NBA with Roy Hibbert, Dejuan Summers and Jeff Green. How did Summers make you better?

It wasnt only him, but every guy including Vernon Macklin. I think it was important that we all practiced together which pushed us harder. They are all successful in the NBA and we helped each other get better.


You have played the last three seasons in the D-league. Why havent you been able to stick in the NBA?

I have been caught in difficult situations. I was drafted as a rookie then traded and was the last cut. Then I got hurt and had to sit out a season which kept me back. I lost the hunger for the game a bit, but then got it back and then had a good season in the D-league and finshed the season with the Hornets. Then came the lockout and I slowed down my workouts which didnt help either in getting on an NBA team.

Who was the best player that you have played against in your life?

Leborn James in pick up games and summer league. He is so amazing and the best player on the planet.

What is the most frequent thing that people ask you about your dad?

It isnt just one thing but many things that I get asked.


What is the most important thing that you have learned from your dad?

Just to be a good person. My dad always tells me too stay positive and have confidence in myself and respect myself and others. He always says to be a better person off the court than on the court.


Who was your favorite player on the Dream Team besides your dad?

I would say Christian Laettner. No no just kidding. It would be David Robinson, because he was my favorite guy to hang out with.


How do you make Chris Ensminger laugh?

I dont think I have ever seen him laugh.

Who would win a one on one you or Kyle Weems?

Me. I dont ever go against myself.


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

In the 50s. I usually end a practice by making 20 free throws in a row.


What was your most crazy shot that you have made?

I blocked a shot and then got the ball at the free throw line and took one dribble and made a shot with one second remaining.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Medias Witness Protection with Tyler Lewis.

Thanks Patrick for the chat.




Chad Gray Joins The Giants TSV 1861 Nordlingen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO B team Giants TSV 1861 Nordlingen have found a replacement for Modie Johnson bringing in Chad Gray (200-F-85, college: Co.Carolina). Gray is a 27 year old 200cm forward from South Carolina that is playing his second professional season. He got a contract until the end of the season. He scores in a variety of ways, and looks to score often. Chad is an athletic slasher that can shoot the 3 and can finish strong at the rim. Has a solid mid-range game and is a lock down defender. He is a great rebounder and uses his length and athletic ability to create mismatches on both ends of the court. Last season as a rookie he played for Bakken Bears (Denmark-Ligaen, starting five): 7 games: 12.4ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 56.5%, in Dec.'11 moved to ECE Bulls Kapfenberg (Austria-A Bundesliga, starting five): 19 games: 9.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 71.7%. "We chose him, becuase he completes our big rotation with his movement which will gives us much versatility on offense and defense"; stated Maio Matic.

Gray started his basketball career at S.Carolina (NCAA) in 2006 and played there for one season until finishing at Co.Carolina. In his senior year he played 34 games: 14.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 30.5%, FT: 64.7%. He played a total of 101 NCAA games. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Big South Conf. Regular Season Champion -10, 11, Big South Conf. Tournament Finalist -10, 11, Big South Conf. All-Tournament Team -10, 11, All-Big South Conf. 1st Team -10, 11, NABC Division I All-District 3 1st Team -11, Mid Major All-American honorable Mention -11, and Austrian Bundesliga A Semifinals -12

Source: Giants Noerdlingen






PJ Reyes Leaves TV Langen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

American P.J. Reyes (196-G/F, college: Charleston Un.) has departed from TV Langen and is headed for Mexico. The American who had a great first half averaging 19,2ppg, 4.8rpg and 2,2apg totally disappointed the organization. "The way he left is totally unacceptable. The day before he left, we had breakfast together and he spoke nothing about having his bags packed", stated TV Langen manager Jogi Barth. The club is annoyed that the American left despite having a contract, but it seems that there is a solution between his agent and new team. It is very bitter losing a player of his scoring qualities, but the team is looking for a replacement.

Source: TV Langen



Once unbeatable Bodfeld Baskets keen on continuing their rise - by Moritz Korff

For several years the Bodfeld Baskets were developing with the highest possible speed, building a basketball team from scratch in the small town of Elbingerode and turning a community of basketball strangers into die-hard hoops fans. Year after year they would just win one game after another, claim championships with ease and climb the ranks after each season. And it seems like Everage Richardson (191-G-85, college: Co.Carolina) has always been there, acting as the big booster of this ambitious project. The 27-year-old guard from Brooklyn, New York, first came to Elbingerode in 2009 and has averaged more than 40 points a game ever since. In fact, he was named the "Best basketball scorer of the World" for the year 2012 by Eurobasket.com after finishing the 2011-12 season with an impressive 42.1 points per-40 minutes and another championship under his belt, which helped the Bodfeld Baskets moving up to the 1. Regionalliga North.

But with every step they took, with every new league they entered, the competition grew stronger, the opponents became more talented and more skilled. At first sight the lightning pace of the team's development somewhat seems to have slowed down in the RLN. Midway through the 2012-13 campaign, the Bodfeld Baskets hold a respectable, but less spectacular record of six wins and five defeats. "It is quite difficult at times after having so much success winning here. Losing is something I do not want to get used to. This league is competitive and most teams are equal from top to bottom, so anyone can beat anyone in each game. Since there is nothing we can do to make up for those losses now, I'm hoping we will get back to our winning ways that we have been having here", Richardson says.

While he is still Bodfeld's number one scoring threat without question (averaging a league-high 32.4ppg this season to go along with 6.3 boards, 4.6 assists and 3.5 steals a contest), the graduate of NCAA D1 school Coastal Carolina now has a strong supporting cast around him, spearheaded by 21-year-old post player Ljubisa Markovic (212-F/C-91) who puts up 15.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per outing. In fact, the core of last season's championship winning team is still the same, which has been helping tremendously, as Markovic explains: "It is much easier when you already know how your teammates think on the court. This season we have only added three new players to the system and it is much easier than at the start of last season, when five new players arrived." Markovic was one of them. After capturing the 2. Regionalliga North-West championship title, he decided to extend his tenure at the Oberharz squad and is now making his presence felt in the RLN. "Ljubisa is a young smart player with a lot of potential who I think will be a solid player in years to come. He is a big man with good size good mid-range game, solid inside moves and a tough rebounder, who can be playing Pro A or Pro B", Richardson says. Born and bred in Serbia Markovic ("Basketball country", he stresses) moved to Nova Gorica, Slovenia at the age of 16. In 2009 he received the Slovenian citizenship and ended up signing a deal with the Bodfeld Baskets in 2011.

His vita fits well into Bodfeld's multinational roster which is being coached by Lithuanian Dainius Pleta, who used to play in the 2. Bundesliga. Richardson: "Coach Pleta gets ALOT of credit from me. He does a good job with all of us coming from different countries pushing all of us to our limits to be better players. It can be quite funny in practices at times with all of the different languages spoken. On the court during heated moments we all speak English, so that helps too. Overall he does his best do get all of us ready to compete and play against whomever the next opponent is." Plenty of heated moments definitely occurred in the course of Bodfeld's away game at Stade in early December. The league leader was in serious trouble, forced into double overtime by the RLN newcomer. However, eventually the underdog fell short of victory and was handed a 104-109 defeat. "A tough loss for us, but overall it was a great game that went down to the wire in double overtime", Richardson remembers. "I still think we played a good game", Markovic adds, "the biggest difference is that Stade has a good and long bench, so they can keep a good pace, while we have eight or a maximum nine players available. It already happened several times that two players did not come into the game at all. Basically I think that's the biggest reason for our defeats this season, not just in the game against Stade", the 21-year-old says. Richardson: "The game showed the potential we have as a team. It was probably one of our better games of the season so far. Not much was missing, the game was in our hands. Just a few mental mistakes on our part, otherwise the game was ours."

As far as the remainder of the season is concerned, both teammates share the same opinion. Though their team is a couple of wins short of the top spot, currently sitting in seventh place, they are still aiming at the upper echelon of the standings. "I think we do have a chance to finish at the top. I always have faith in my team, we still have a lot of basketball to play, so you never know what is possible. We were in a similar situation before as well around this time last season. So I'm just hoping we will be playing to our potential that we all know we can play at and I think we will be in good shape", Richardson says. And Markovic concurs: "We have to go very strong in every game! At the end of the season we'll see the place where we are going to end. I think anything is possible."

And having the "Best basketball scorer of the World" around might certainly help quite a bit down the stretch. Richardson: "To be named the world's best scorer, that's huge. I didn't really think about it at first. I was just shocked to read it, because I did not know they kept track of it. But when I thought about it, the whole world and all the leagues that they have across it, I felt it was an accolade to really be proud of and I can probably look back on it as something to be very proud of. This couldn't have been accomplished without the support of my team, so I give them credit for this accolade too."
What is it about Richardson that makes him so difficult to guard on the basketball court? "He simply enjoys what he does. He always gives 100% and pushes the whole team. I think it's best to ask the opponents why it is so difficult to stop him... Off the court he is a very good man and a great friend, who is trying to help with advice about basketball and it means a lot to me at least", Markovic explains.
Given these facts and considering the extraordinary numbers that Richardson has been putting up year after year for the Oberharz, one question will pop up inevitably: Why is he still playing for the Bodfeld Baskets? "I would have to say my main reason is because of the success we have been having here moving up each year and because of that I have been staying here and haven't really gave myself the opportunity to play in the top leagues in Germany thus far", Richardson says.

Maybe because he is eager to make it to this level of competition with his current team, which appears to be a realistic goal following the success the organization has had over these past years. Richardson: "Absolutely, the potential is here to move up, just because everyone is pretty determined and focused to keep climbing up that ladder again. It's been that way every year since I have arrived is to try and move up... The players and the organization know what the goal is here and we are all trying to reach it."



SC Rist Wedel lands guard prospect Johannes Heisig - by Moritz Korff

SC Rist Wedel (2. Bundesliga Pro B) bolstered its backcourt by the addition of Johannes Heisig (192-G-94). The 18-year-old guard, who attended the try out camp of the German U20 national team just recently, played ten games for BG Halstenbek/Pinneberg in the 1. Regionalliga North this season, scoring 3.5 points per contest. He also has a license to compete for Piraten Hamburg, a NBBL program that is closely cooperating with SC Rist and playing its home games in the Wedel gym. Heisig is averaging 11.5 points per outing for the Piraten team in the U19 Bundesliga this season.


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EuroLeague: Anadolu Efes edge Panathinaikos in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes - Panathinaikos 78:64

Anadolu Efes clinched the first win in EuroLeague Top 16 round. They held off Panathinaikos at home arena to improve at 1-1 record in Group E. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) led well-balanced effort with 13 points.
Anadolu Efes did not waste too much time in taking the lead. They grabbed control early in the game to post a 24:17 lead ten minutes into it. Anadolu Efes extended the margin in the second quarter. The Turkish side accumulated a 45:32 halftime advantage. The hosts kept Panathinaikos at bay throughout the third quarter. The Hellenes faced a massive 21-point deficit heading into the fourth frame. The Athens team got within 12 points after buckets from Maciulis and Kapono but Vujacic capped the regulation with a jumper to seal 14-point win for the hosts. Lucas had 12 points, while Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 points in the victory. Michael Bramos (197-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH) answered with 16 points for Panathinaikos. Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) netted 15 points in the loss.

Anadolu Efes: Jordan Farmar 13, Lucas 12, Dusko Savanovic 11
Panathinaikos: Michael Bramos 16, Sofoklis Schortsanitis 15



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Omar Krayem is on a trial with Kormend - by Tamas Deri

The american playmaker arrived last night to Hungary and will spend at least a week with the club in Kormend. After graduating on the California Baptist University, Omar Krayem (185-G-86, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Cal.Baptist) signed his first professional deal with KSF Srbija Malmo in the second division in Sweden and run a great rookie season averaging 27.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 6.4apg, 4.8spg. It was not a big wonder, that several top division teams tried to get him for the coming season and he finally reached an agreement with Boras Basket. In 45 games of the Basketligan he put up amazing 18.6ppg, 4.4rpg, 6.1apg and 2.0spg. He got voted to the "Player and Guard of the year" and lead his team into the semifinals. Last summer he signed with hungarian club Zalakeramia ZTE KK but was not kept for the season after his two-weeks long trial period. He did not have to wait too long to find a new team and moved back to Sweden, where he played 8 games with The White Eagles of Stockholm and helped his team 17.8 points, 4.4 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game.


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Hlynur Baeringsson's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Icelandic playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Hlynur Baeringsson
Hlynur Baeringsson
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82, currently plays in Sweden). He was the major contributor in a Sundsvall Dragons' victory against the ninth-ranked KFUM Jamtland (5-14) 90-75 in the Swedish Basketligan in Friday night's game. Baeringsson had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals in 33 minutes on the court. Sundsvall Dragons (16-3) is placed first in the Basketligan. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. Baeringsson is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 10.1rpg. He also averaged so far 13.8ppg, 3.4apg, 2FGP: 56.7%(80-141), 3FGP: 37.1% and FT: 73.9% in the 19 games he played so far. Baeringsson is currently a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Jakob Sigurdarson
Jakob Sigurdarson
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern, currently plays in Sweden) is a teammate of previously mentioned Hlynur Baeringsson. But that was another game of his team in Swedish Basketligan which we would like to mention. Sigurdarson, who plays in the Swedish Basketligan. He could not help Sundsvall Dragons (16-3) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Sigurdarson's very good performance the league leader Sundsvall Dragons was defeated 76-70 on the road by the lower-ranked Sodertalje Kings (#5). He was the second best scorer with 17 points. It's Sigurdarson's fourth season with the team. Sigurdarson is currently sixth on the list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Sigurdarson averages: 17.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 54.3%, 3FGP: 40.6% and FT: 91.8%(67-73). He is in the roster of the Icelandic senior national team.

Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson
Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson
   #3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson (194-88, currently plays in Germany). Vilhjalmsson contributed to a Mitteldeutscher BC's victory against the league outsider LTi 46ers (4-12) 93-88 in the German BBL on Wednesday night. He scored 10 points and added 3 assists in 32 minutes. Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (6-10) is placed 14th in the BBL. Vilhjalmsson has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 45.1%, 3FGP: 36.0% and FT: 76.5% in the 16 games. He is also a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Haukur Palsson
Haukur Palsson
   #4. Small forward Haukur Palsson (197-92, college: Maryland, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Assignia Manresa (2-13) in their game against CB Canarias (5-10) in the Spanish ACB. Palsson's contribution was not very remarkable in Saturday's game. He scored only 2 points. Assignia Manresa was edged 81-78 in Tenerife by the higher-ranked CB Canarias (#14). Palsson's overall stats this season are: 1.4ppg and 1.2rpg. He is also Icelandic national team player.

Other top Icelandic players, who play abroad:

Jon Stefansson (196-G-82) plays for CAI Zaragoza in Spanish ACB
Pavel Ermolinskij (202-G-87) plays for Norrkoping Dolphins in Swedish Basketligan
Logi Gunnarsson (192-SG-81) plays for Angers BC 49 in French NM1
Arnar Jonsson (183-G-83) plays for Aarhus BC in Danish Ligaen
Gudni Valentinusson (204-C-85) plays for Aarhus BC in Danish Ligaen
Axel Karason (194-SF-83) plays for Vaerlose in Danish Ligaen
Aske Thorsteinsson (185-SG-86) plays for Aalborg in Danish Ligaen



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Davarpanah is coming back to the team - by Kazem Ghayem

After several weeks with injury Saeid Davarpanah (189-G/F-87) will come back to the team trainings and hopefully he will accompany the team against Al Badr Kong in this week.
Davarpanah is one of NT players of Hamyari Shahrdari Zanjan and this season faced a serious injury at the beginning that was a big shock for him and the team as well.
after a close loose to Sanaye Petro in the previous week,this will be a good news for Farzad Koohian -The head coach of Zanjan- and for the teammates. they will face Al Badr Kong this week out of home.
Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour and Sanaye Petrochimi Mahshahr will held this week Derby in Mahshahr. the situation of this 2 teams in last week was completely different. Petrochimi had a close loose and it was their first loose in the league and Sanaye Petrochimi had a close and sweet win against Zanjan. this game will be a good show for the fans in Mahshahr. their fans start to make a lot of rumors for this game from a few days ago.



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Hapoel Eilat adds Washington to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Eilat (Winner League) added to their roster 28-year old American (has also FYR Macedonian passport) point guard Darius Washington (188-90kg-85, college: Memphis). Washington managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). He played last summer at Pirates de Quebradillas in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 10 games he had 13.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.4apg and 1.2spg. He also played at Turk Telekom in Turkish TBL that season. In 23 games last season he recorded very impressive stats: 16.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.3apg and 1.2spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Honorable Mention. Washington also played 4 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded also great stats: 22.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.0apg and 2.3spg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Lottomatica Roma in Italian SerieA. In 30 games that year he recorded 10.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.9apg and 2.1spg. Washington also played 16 games in Euroleague where he recorded 13.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. Great season indeed as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention.
In 2006 he was drafted by Austin Toros (D-League) in first round (10th overall).
Washington attended University of Memphis and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as His team made it to the Greek Cup Final Four in 2008. Washington was also voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup 1st Team back in 2010.
He is quite experienced player. Washington has played also professionally in Russia (Ural Great), NBA (Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs), Greece (Aris) and Turkey (Galatasaray).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Alex Tyus selected the top Israeli playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Alex Tyus
Alex Tyus
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Alex Tyus (205-88, college: Florida, currently plays in Italy). He was the major contributor in Cantu's victory against the ninth-ranked Trenkwalder RE (6-7) crushing them 86-64 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Tyus recorded 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Mapooro Cantu (9-4) is placed fourth in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Tyus has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 75.0%(57-76) and FT: 62.2% in the 13 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Tyus is currently a member of the Israeli senior national team. He used to play for Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli league.

Yotam Halperin
Yotam Halperin
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Yotam Halperin (193-84, currently plays in Germany). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven crushing them 104-71 in the German BBL on Wednesday night. Halperin scored 7 points and had 3 steals in 22 minutes. FC Bayern Muenchen (10-6) is placed sixth in the BBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Halperin averages: 6.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.8apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 66.7%(20-30), 3FGP: 28.8% and FT: 85.0% in the 16 games. He is in the roster of the Israeli senior national team.

Robert Rothbart
Robert Rothbart
   #3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Robert Rothbart (217-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL. Rothbart could not help Start Gdynia (4-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Start Gdynia was defeated 80-73 on the road by the higher-ranked Polpharma (#8). Rothbart scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It's Rothbart's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 12.8ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 54.7% and FT: 63.3%. Rothbart has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Israeli. Ex-Hapoel Galil Elyon player is also a member of the Israeli senior national team.

Jeremiah Kreisberg
Jeremiah Kreisberg
   #4. Center Jeremiah Kreisberg (208-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Yale in their game against the Iowa State University (0-0) in the NCAA, despite his very good performance last Tuesday. He recorded 16 points in 26 minutes. But the Yale lost 70-80 in Ames, IA to the Iowa State University. Kreisberg has reliable stats this year: 12.8ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.1bpg in the 13 games. He is a naturalized American. Kreisberg used to play for the Israeli U20 national team back in 2011. Strangely he has never played in Israel.

Tom Maayan
Tom Maayan
   #5. Former U18 international point guard Tom Maayan (185-93, currently studies in the States) managed to help Seton Hall University to win against the State University of New York,Stony Brook 60-59 in the NCAA on Friday night. Maayan scored only 4 points and added 5 passes. The Seton Hall University has 1-0 conference record this season. Maayan's stats this year are: 12.8ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.1bpg. He used to play for the Israeli U18 national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Jason Thomas (191-G-82, college: American, currently plays in Sweden) led Boras Basket to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked LF Basket (8-10) 106-91 in the Swedish Basketligan last Thursday. Thomas recorded 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Boras Basket (14-5) is placed third in the Basketligan. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Thomas has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan in Israeli league.

Other top Israeli players, who play abroad:

Omri Casspi (204-SF-88) plays for Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA
Yuval Naimy (188-PG-85) plays for Triumph Lyubertsy in Russian PBL
Oded Brandwein (186-G-88) plays for Energa Czarni in Polish TBL
Guy Aud (188-G-89) plays for Finke Baskets in German ProA
Gil Sobol (201-C-93) plays for Fraport Skyliners II in German ProB
Haran Shifman (183-G-84) plays for Polonia in Polish 1Liga
Facundo Sucatzky (175-PG-72) plays for Estudiantes Concordia in Argentinian TNA
Shawn Weinstein (186-G-85) plays for Barako Bull in Filipino PBA
Or Sela (180-G-84) plays for Charlottenburg in German Regionalliga
Nathan Zana (185-G-77) plays for Blonay Basket in Swiss LNB
Aner Levron (192-G-84) plays for Salzburg in Austrian 2.Bundesliga

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



EuroLeague: Caja Laboral shock Maccabi in front of 11000 fans - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv - Caja Laboral 70:71

Caja Laboral shock Maccabi in front of 11000 fans in EuroLeague Top 16 Round 2. The Spanish team survived a 71:70 win after 12-point halftime advantage.
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv won the first period 23-20, but failed in the second frame. The Spanish team erupted with 24-9 surge and grabbed a 44:32 deficit. The Israeli team erupted with a massive run in the third period and after 24-6 in it took the lead. They led 58:50 early in the last stanza but could not win the game. Brad Oleson (191-G-83, agency: Duran International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) closed a 10-0 run for 60:58 lead and then he brought 69:67 advantage.
Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Brad Oleson posted 10. Milko Bjelica (205-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) added 8, while Andres Nocioni (199-SF-79) and Fernando San Emeterio (198-F/G-84)
scored 7 each. Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) answered with 18 points in defeat, while Darko Planinic (211-C-90) added 11. Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) and Sylven Landesberg (198-F/G-90, college: Virginia) delivered 10 points apiece in a loss. Fernando San Emeterio scored the last shot for the winning side, while OHAYON YOGEV missed the chance to bring the win for the hosts.

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv: Ricky Hickman 18, Darko Planinic 11, Devin Smith 10, Sylven Landesberg 10
Caja Laboral: Nemanja Bjelica 17, Brad Oleson 10, Milko Bjelica 8, Andres Nocioni 7, Fernando San Emeterio 7



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Matteo Frassineti is a newcomer at Aget Service Imola - by Eurobasket News

Aget Service Imola (Lega2) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old swingman Matteo Frassineti (195-87). He already started the season at Tezenis Verona (Lega2). In 6 games this season he recorded just 2.3ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.2apg. The last season Frassineti played at Trenkwalder RE. In 23 Lega2 games last year he averaged 5.3ppg and 1.7rpg. He helped them to win the league title. Frassineti represented Italy at the European Championships U18 in Belgrade eight years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 8 games: 7.4ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 55.2%, 3FGP: 33.3%.
Frassineti has played previously for two other Italy teams: LeGamberi Foods Forlž and Cesena.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @legadue)



Rok Stipcevic leaves EA7 Armani - by Eurobasket News

27-year old Croatian ex-international point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-82kg-86) left EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (SerieA). In 12 games he played this season he recorded 6.1ppg and 1.1rpg. Stipcevic also played 9 games in Euroleague where he averaged 3.1ppg and 1.2rpg.
The last season he played at Cimberio Varese. In 36 SerieA games last year he averaged 11.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.3apg and 1.2spg.
The previous (10-11) season Stipcevic played at Cibona in Croatian league. In 9 Euroleague games that season he averaged 10.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.1apg and 1.0spg. He also played 19 games in Adriatic League where he averaged 9.8ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.2apg.
Among other achievements Stipcevics team made it to the Cup (Kresimir Cosic Cup) Semifinals for four years in a row (between 2008 and 2011). He received also Eurobasket.com Croatian A1 League All-Defensive Team award back in 2010.
Stipcevic was also a member of Croatian international program for some years. He played for Croatian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2012 and previouslyfor U20 National Team between 2005 and 2006. Stipcevic also represented Croatia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 4.9ppg, 1.1rpg, 2.1apg.
Stipcevic has played previously for two other Croatian teams: KK Zadar and Borik Puntamika.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Souleyman Diabate's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Ivorians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Souleyman Diabate
Souleyman Diabate
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Souleyman Diabate (183-87, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in France). He led Sluc Nancy to a victory against the third-ranked Paris-Levallois (9-5) 89-84 in the French ProA in Wednesday night's game. Diabate had a double-double by scoring 15 points and making 13 passes. He also added 5 rebounds in 40 minutes on the court. Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (6-8) is placed ninth in the ProA. Diabate is currently second on the league's list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (second place). He has very reliable stats this year: 14.5ppg, 4.4rpg, 6.4apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 49.6%, 3FGP: 29.3% and FT: 85.5% in the 14 games he played so far. Diabate has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French. He is currently a member of the Ivorian senior national team.

Adjehi Baru
Adjehi Baru
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Adjehi Baru (206-91, currently plays college basketball in the States). Baru contributed to Charleston's victory against the Marist College (1-1) 85-75 in the NCAA on Monday night. He scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 30 minutes. The College of Charleston has 1-0 conference record this season. This year Baru averages: 7.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 53.3% and FT: 76.9% in the 14 games. He is in the roster of the Ivorian senior national team.

Errick Craven
Errick Craven
   #3. The Ivorian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC, currently plays in France). Craven contributed to a Saint Vallier's surprising victory against the third-ranked ALM Evreux (12-5) 89-79 in the French ProB (second division) in Wednesday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and making 11 passes. Craven also added 4 rebounds and 4 steals (made all of his six free throws). Saint Vallier Basket Drome (7-10) is placed 12th in the ProB. It's Craven's first season with the team. Craven is ranked first on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (second place). This season he has very good stats: 14.4ppg, 5.3rpg, 7.3apg, 2.6spg, 2FGP: 53.5%, 3FGP: 31.4% and FT: 73.2%. Craven is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and American. He played for the Ivorian national team two years ago.

Pape-Philippe Amagou
Pape-Philippe Amagou
   #4. Guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-85, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in France) helped Chorale de Roanne win their game against the league outsider Boulazac Basket (4-10) crushing them 77-51 in the French ProA last Wednesday. Amagou recorded 10 points and added 3 assists in 30 minutes. Chorale de Roanne Basket (6-8) is placed 11th in the ProA. Amagou has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.1apg in the 14 games. He has both Ivorian and French nationalities. Despite Amagou played previously for the French U20 national team, he is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

Frejus Zerbo
Frejus Zerbo
   #5. Former international center Frejus Zerbo (205-89, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA could not help Limoges CSP Elite (3-10) to beat ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (9-5). Zerbo scored only 4 points. Limoges CSP Elite was crushed 79-56 on the road by the much higher-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#4). Zerbo's overall stats this season are: 3.1ppg and 2.7rpg. He also holds two passports: Burkinabe and Ivorian. Zerbo used to play for the Ivorian national team three years ago.

Mohamed Kone
Mohamed Kone
   #6. Center Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Iran) managed to help Foolad Mahan Esfahan in a 2-point victoryagainst the league leader Petrochimi (10-1) 82-80 in the Iranian Superleague in Monday night's game. He scored only 4 points in 7 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Foolad Mahan this season. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. His team is placed second in the Superleague. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Kone is an international player who is currently on the senior Ivorian National Team roster.

Guy Landry Edi
Guy Landry Edi
   #7. International forward Guy Landry Edi (198-86, currently studies in the States) helped Gonzaga win their game against the Baylor University 94-87 in the NCAA last Friday. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was his first game for Gonzaga this season. His team has conference record this season. Edi is also Ivorian national team player.

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

   #1. Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in France) led Le Mans to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Cholet (7-7) crushing them 79-55 in the French ProA last Wednesday. Koffi recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (9-5) is placed fifth in the ProA. This season Koffi averages: 7.1ppg and 3.8rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French.

   #2. Mohamed Toure (190-G-92, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) could not help Omegna (7-8) to beat Recanati (6-9). He scored only 4 points in 16 minutes. Omegna lost 69-77 on the road to the lower-ranked (#12) Recanati. This year Toure's overall stats are: 9.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.6apg in the 16 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and Italian.

   #3. Patrick Konan (198-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the New Hampshire (0-1) in their game against the University of Vermont in the NCAA. Konan cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. The New Hampshire was defeated 64-51 at home by the University of Vermont. Konan's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.6apg.



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Standings - BJ League

BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Niigata Albirex 17-6 
 2. Yokohama BC 16-6 
 3. Iwate Big Bulls 16-6 
 4. Toyama Grouses 14-8 
 5. Akita NH 13-7 
 6. Shinshu BW 13-11 
 7. Chiba Jets 8-12 
 8. Tokyo Cinq R. 8-14 
 9. Sendai 89ers 7-12 
 10. Gunma 4-18 
 11. Saitama Bron. 2-18 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 19-3 
 2. Shimane SM 15-7 
 3. Fukuoka Rizing 15-7 
 4. Hamamatsu P. 15-9 
 5. Shiga L-Stars 12-10 
 6. Kyoto Hannar. 12-12 
 7. Oita H.Devils 9-13 
 8. Takamatsu FA 8-14 
 9. Osaka Evessa 3-17 
 10. Miyazaki SS 3-19 

Regular Season: Round 25

Jan. 2: Okinawa GK - Kyoto Hannar. 92-77
Jan. 3: Okinawa GK - Kyoto Hannar. 87-64
Jan. 5: Toyama Grouses - Osaka Evessa
Jan. 5: Gunma - Iwate Big Bulls
Jan. 5: Saitama Bron. - Sendai 89ers
Jan. 5: Chiba Jets - Shinshu BW
Jan. 5: Yokohama BC - Niigata Albirex
Jan. 5: Shiga L-Stars - Miyazaki SS
Jan. 5: Takamatsu FA - Tokyo Cinq R.
Jan. 5: Fukuoka Rizing - Shimane SM
Jan. 5: Oita H.Devils - Hamamatsu P.


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Dominique KELLER
  Miyazaki.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Keller, Miyazaki.21.3 
 2. Burns, Yokohama BC20.6 
 3. Jones, Tokyo C.20.5 
 4. Parker, Shimane SM20.1 
 5. Werner, Chiba Jets19.3 
 6. Kennedy, Yokohama.19.0 
 7. Galloway, Hamamats.18.0 
 8. Tate, Oita H.Devils17.7 
 9. Thomas, Hamamats.17.6 
 10. Woodbury, Okina.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Wendell WHITE
  Oita H.
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. White, Oita H.13.5 
 2. Holm, Niigata Albi.13.2 
 3. Warren, Fukuoka12.7 
 4. Willard, Sendai 89.12.5 
 5. Cox, Osaka Evessa11.0 
 6. Werner, Chiba Jets10.7 
 7. Sato, Tokyo Cinq10.3 
 8. Jones, Tokyo C.10.0 
 9. Blackledge, Iwate9.8 
 10. Pomare, Kyoto H.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Tanaka KENSUKE
  Chiba Jets
  (187-G-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Kensuke, Chiba Je.6.2 
 2. Namizato, Okina.6.1 
 3. Galloway, Hamamats.6.0 
 4. Shimura, Sendai5.8 
 5. Burns, Yokohama BC4.9 
 6. Harris, Akita NH4.7 
 7. Tomori, Gunma3.8 
 8. Lyons, Takamats.3.8 
 9. Brown, Toyama G.3.7 
 10. Yamamoto, Shima.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Draelon BURNS
  Yokohama BC
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Burns, Yokohama BC2.5 
 2. McHenry, Okina.2.3 
 3. Masato, Iwate B.2.3 
 4. Brown, Toyama G.2.0 
 5. Shimura, Sendai1.9 
 6. Bell, Chiba Jets1.9 
 7. Parker, Shimane SM1.9 
 8. Yamauchi, Okina.1.8 
 9. Lyons, Takamats.1.7 
 10. Namizato, Okina.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.5 
 2. Blackledge, Iwate2.9 
 3. Marshall, Shins.2.0 
 4. Fairley, Miyazaki.1.9 
 5. Carter, Tokyo C.1.8 
 6. Brown, Toyama G.1.7 
 7. Williams, Takamats.1.6 
 8. Parker, Shimane SM1.5 
 9. Newton, Okinawa GK1.5 
 10. Kent, Akita NH1.3 



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LBL Standing

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

Regular Season: Round 20

Jan. 3: Barons kvartals - Liepaja 77-68
Jan. 5: Jelgava - Ventspils
Jan. 6: LU - Liepaja
Jan. 6: Barons kvartals - Jurmala
Jan. 6: Valmiera - Turiba


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris GULBIS
  Barons k.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Gulbis, Barons k.21.3 
 2. Peiners, LU20.2 
 3. O''Brien, Jekabpils16.8 
 4. Hill jr., Jekabpils16.5 
 5. Brown, Jurmala14.8 
 6. Porzingis, Valmiera14.1 
 7. Apsitis, Turiba14.0 
 8. Pasecniks, U1813.5 
 9. Berzins, Valmiera13.4 
 10. Aleksejevs, Jekab.13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Todd O''BRIEN
  Jekabpils
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. O''Brien, Jekabpils9.2 
 2. Mizis, Jelgava8.5 
 3. Butjankovs, Valmi.8.5 
 4. Dargais, LU8.4 
 5. Mednis, Jurmala8.2 
 6. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.7.6 
 7. Berzins, Valmiera7.4 
 8. Gulbis, Barons k.6.5 
 9. Ziedins, Valmiera6.5 
 10. Hlebowicki, Jekab.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Donald SIMS
  Ventspils
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Sims, Ventspils4.2 
 2. Hill jr., Jekabpils3.9 
 3. Gabrans, Valmiera3.7 
 4. Bergmanis, Barons3.5 
 5. Metra, Barons k.3.5 
 6. Silavs, Jelgava3.3 
 7. Kanbergs, Jelgava3.2 
 8. Miezis, Barons k.3.1 
 9. Brown, Jurmala3.1 
 10. Plater, Liepaja3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nauris MIEZIS
  Barons k.
  (190-F-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Miezis, Barons k.2.0 
 2. Brown, Jurmala2.0 
 3. Peiners, LU1.9 
 4. Rudmiezis, Turiba1.9 
 5. Sims, Ventspils1.8 
 6. Mizis, Jelgava1.6 
 7. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.5 
 8. Ginters, U181.4 
 9. Ate, Liepaja1.4 
 10. Jakovics, Liepaja1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Barons k.
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Rozitis, Barons k.1.5 
 2. Meiers, Ventspils1.4 
 3. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.1.0 
 4. Daniels, VEF Riga1.0 
 5. Ziedins, Valmiera1.0 
 6. Iljins, Valmiera0.9 
 7. Hlebowicki, Jekabp.0.9 
 8. O''Brien, Jekabpils0.8 
 9. Mednis, Jurmala0.8 
 10. Mizis, Jelgava0.7 


Maris Laksa selected the top Latvian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Maris Laksa
Maris Laksa
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Maris Laksa (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Estonia). He led BC Rakvere to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Tln Kalev (3-11) crushing them 103-82 in the Estonian KML in Friday night's game. Laksa was MVP of the game. He scored 26 points (!!!) and added 3 assists in 32 minutes on the court. BC Rakvere Tarvas (13-4) is placed first in the KML. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Laksa is ranked first on the list of the top scorers in the league with 17.1ppg. He also averaged so far 2.9rpg, 1.5apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 55.9%(52-93), 3FGP: 42.0% and FT: 75.6% in the 14 games he played so far. Laksa played for the Latvian senior national team ten years ago.

Andris Biedrins
Andris Biedrins
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Andris Biedrins (213-86, currently plays in NBA). He managed to help Golden State Warriors to win against the Philadelphia 76ers (15-18) 96-89 in the NBA last Friday. Biedrins recorded only 3 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Golden State Warriors have a solid 22-10 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Biedrins' ninth year with the team. This season he averages: 0.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 46.2% and FT: 36.4%. Biedrins played for the Latvian national team in 2009.

Edgars Cunda
Edgars Cunda
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U18 international guard Edgars Cunda (195-84, currently plays in Estonia). He was the main contributor in Valga's victory against the closely-ranked KK Parnu (5-8) 73-63 in the Estonian KML on Friday night. Cunda was the best player in that game. He scored 16 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 34 minutes. Valga/Maks&Moorits (6-7) is placed fourth in the KML. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Cunda is currently fourth on the league's list of best passers with 4.4apg. This year his other stats are: 11.6ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 41.0%, 3FGP: 20.7% and FT: 74.5% in the 12 games. Cunda played for the Latvian U18 national team eleven years ago.

Raitis Grafs
Raitis Grafs
   #4. Center Raitis Grafs (208-81, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Edgars Cunda and both played together in the last Estonian KML game. Grafs was the major contributor in Valga's victory against the closely-ranked KK Parnu (5-8) 73-63. He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. Grafs belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #5. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.3ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg. Grafs used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2010.

Juris Umbrasko
Juris Umbrasko
   #5. An experienced former international swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Maris Laksa and both played together in the last Estonian KML game. Umbrasko contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Tln Kalev (3-11) crushing them 103-82. He scored 8 points in 26 minutes. Umbrasko has relatively good stats this year: 13.4ppg, 5.9rpg and 2.2apg in the 13 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team five years ago.

Armands Skele
Armands Skele
   #6. Guard Armands Skele (192-83, currently plays in Estonia) contributed to Kalev/Cramo's victory against the closely-ranked TTU (6-7) 78-69 in a derby game in the Estonian KML on Sunday night. Skele scored 7 points. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (8-5) is placed third in the KML. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Skele's overall stats this season are: 5.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.5apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

Rihards Kuksiks
Rihards Kuksiks
   #7. International small forward Rihards Kuksiks (197-88, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Lagun Aro GBC (2-13) to beat Blusens Monbus (8-7). Kuksiks scored 8 points in 20 minutes. The bottom-ranked Lagun Aro GBC lost 60-71 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#8) Blusens Monbus. This year Kuksiks' overall stats are: 6.3ppg and 1.4rpg in the 13 games. He is also Latvian national team player.

Kristaps Valters
Kristaps Valters
   #8. Guard Kristaps Valters (190-81, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (4-11) in their game against Caja Laboral (12-3) in the Spanish ACB. Valters cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada lost 77-84 in Vitoria to the second-ranked Caja Laboral. This year Valters' total stats are: 5.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.5apg in the six games. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2009.

Martins Kravcenko
Martins Kravcenko
   #9. Former University international guard Martins Kravcenko (192-85, currently plays in Ukraine) was not able to secure a victory for Mykolaiv (11-12) in their game against DniproAzot (9-12) in the Ukrainian Superleague. Kravcenko scored 6 points. Mykolaiv was defeated 92-77 in Dniprodzerzhynsk by the lower-ranked DniproAzot (#11). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Kravcenko has averaged so far 6.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.7apg. He used to play for the Latvian university national team four years ago.

Agnis Cavars
Agnis Cavars
   #10. Forward Agnis Cavars (196-86, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to a Sodertalje Kings' victory against the league leader Sundsvall Dragons (16-3) 76-70 in the Swedish Basketligan last Sunday. He recorded only 3 points in 6 minutes on the court. Sodertalje Kings (11-5) is placed fifth in the Basketligan. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Cavars has averaged so far 3.8ppg and 1.7rpg in the 15 games. Worth to mention Cavars played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He is a former U20 international player as seven years ago he still played for the Latvian national team.

   #11. International power forward Rolands Freimanis (210-88, currently plays in Italy) helped Sutor Montegranaro win their game against the league outsider VL Pesaro 93-78 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Freimanis recorded only 3 points. Freimanis has averaged so far 8.8ppg and 4.0rpg. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

   #12. International forward Oto Osenieks (203-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Minnesota win their game against the Michigan State University 76-63 in the NCAA in Monday night's game. Osenieks scored only 4 points in 7 minutes on the court. Osenieks has averaged so far 8.8ppg and 4.0rpg in the 11 games. He is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

   #13. Former U19 international center Aleksejs Rostovs (208-92, currently studies in the States) helped W.Kentucky win their game against the Florida International University 76-63 in the NCAA last Thursday. Rostovs scored only 2 points. Rostovs has averaged so far 8.8ppg and 4.0rpg. He used to play for the Latvian U19 national team two years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international center Davis Rozitis (213-90, is currently at the American university) helped Hawaii win their game against the Cal State - Northridge 74-71 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Rozitis recorded only 2 points and blocked 3 blocks in 8 minutes on the court. Rozitis has averaged so far 8.8ppg and 4.0rpg in the 11 games. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team back in 2010.

   #15. Former U20 international guard Haralds Karlis (196-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Seton Hall edge the De Paul University 73-72 in the NCAA last Wednesday. He scored 5 points in 19 minutes. Karlis has averaged so far 8.8ppg and 4.0rpg in the 11 games. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Martins Provizors (202-C-87, currently plays in Ireland) was the major contributor in a DCU Saints' victory against the league outsider UCD Marian (3-9) 81-65 in a derby game in the Irish Superleague last Sunday. Provizors recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 17 rebounds. He also added 7 assists, 2 blocks and 3 steals. DCU St.Vincents Dublin (6-6) is placed fourth in the Superleague. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Provizors is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in DCU Saints' roster. Provizors is ranked third on the list of the best rebounders in the league. This season he has very good stats: 12.3ppg, 12.1rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6bpg.

   #2. Martins Abele (216-C-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Duquesne to beat the The Pennsylvania State University. Abele cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. The Duquesne was defeated 84-74 on the road by the The Pennsylvania State University. Abele has averaged so far 8.8ppg and 4.0rpg.



BSBC 2013 (U18): Latvia rally past Finland - by Eurobasket News

Latvia - Finland 87:80

Latvia victoriously opened their Baltic Sea Basketball Cup campaign. They held off Finnish counterparts for the initial victory. Kristaps Plavnieks (182-G-95) and Davis Geks (190-G-95) came up with 14 points each to pace the winners.
Finland jumped to an early lead. They secured a 22:19 lead after ten minutes. Finland extended the margin in the second quarter. They established a 44:35 halftime advantage. But Latvia turned things around in the third term. The hosts went on a 24:11 rally to eke out a 4-point advantage at the final intermission. Latvia exploded with 28 points in the final quarter to seal the win at the end. Andzejs Pasecniks (211-C-95) delivered 12 points and 8 rebounds for Latvia. Oskar Michelsen (203-PF-95) answered with 16 points for Finland. Samuli Nieminen (201-F-96) chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Latvia: Kristaps Plavnieks 14, Davis Geks 14, Andzejs Pasecniks 12
Finland: Oskar Michelsen 16, Samuli Nieminen 14



Latvian U18 National Team for Baltic Sea Cup in Tallinn - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Klavs Cavars
Cavars
Davis Geks
Geks
Kristaps Plavnieks
Plavnieks
Rauls Avenitis
Avenitis
Jorens Dulevskis
Dulevskis
#e#5
Rauls Avenitis 190-PG-96 U18 Latvia
Klavs Cavars 200-C-96 U18 Latvia
Jorens Dulevskis 181-G-95 U18 Latvia
Davis Geks 190-G-95 VEF Riga Latvia
Edgars Lasenbergs 186-G-95 U18 Latvia
Ervins Meznieks-Zahars 194-F-96 U18 Latvia
Jekabs Paipa 187-F-95 U18 Latvia
Andzejs Pasecniks 211-C-95 VEF Riga Latvia
Roberts Paze 190-G-95 U18 Latvia
Kristaps Plavnieks 182-G-95 VEF Riga Latvia
Rudolfs Stradnieks 202-F-96 U18 Latvia
Ivars Zvigurs 198-F-95 VEF Riga Latvia

Nikolajs Mazurs Head Coach U18 Latvia
Janis Butans Assistant U18 Latvia



BSBC 2013 (U16): Finland tame Latvia in overtime - by Eurobasket News

Finland - Latvia 75:71 (OT)

Finland clinched the opening win at the Baltic Sea Basketball Cup in Tallinn. They snatched a tough narrow victory against Latvia. Lassi Nikkarinen stepped up with 12 points to pace the winning side.
Finland enjoyed a 25:15 lead after ten minutes of action. Latvia slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. The got within 8 points at the interval 32:40. Latvia got even closer in the third term. They trailed by just 4 points heading into the fourth period 51:55. Latvia eventually erased the deficit and levelled things up at 65. The teams entered overtime. Finland held their counterparts to just 6 points in the extra period and got away with a narrow win at the end. Riku Laine (194-G-97) chipped in 11 points, while Lauri Markkanen had 10 points for the winning side. Raimo answered with 18 points and 12 rebounds for Latvia. Renars Birkans (180-PG-97), Dzeiks-Eduards Krumins (186-G-97) and Ralfs Gulans (97) netted 10 points apiece in the loss.

Finland: Lassi Nikkarinen 12, Riku Laine 11, Lauri Markkanen 10
Latvia: Raimo 18+12 boards, Renars Birkans 10, Dzeiks-Eduards Krumins 10, Ralfs Gulans 10



Latvian U16 National Team for Baltic Sea Cup in Tallinn - by Greg

Miks Antoms 198-C-97 DSN Latvia
Pauls Berzins 196-SF-97 DSN Latvia
Rihards Berzins 198-C-97 VEF skola Latvia
Renars Birkans 180-PG-97 DSN Latvia
Ralfs Gulans 194-SF-97 DSN Latvia
Zanis Jankovkis 187-SG-97
Verners Kohs 198-F-97 Ventspils Latvia
Dzeiks-Eduards Krumins 186-G-97 Keizarmezs Latvia
Reinis Morics 197-PF-97 VEF skola Latvia
Zigmars Raimo 190-PF-97
Marcis Saulitis 202-C-97 DSN Latvia
Kristers Zoriks 185-SG-98 DSN Latvia

Martins Fomins Head Coach DSN Latvia
Edgars Toms Assistant Pardaguava Latvia



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Successful start for Amchit and Champville in 2013 - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

The first games of the Round 10 in the Lebanese League joined Amchit to Anibal and Champville to Antranik.
Amchit who had a big win in the previous round against Sagesse welcomed Anibal with a aim to continue its winning streak, the game saw a big dominance for the home team who took control of the game and never looked back through another big performance from Andre Emmett, the first quarter finished at the score of 34-13. The 2nd quarter Anibal made a comeback trhough Chudney Grey and Joey Accaoui but Amchit was always answering through Emmett and Matt Freije, Amchit finished the first half leading 64-39.
The 3rd quarter saw Anibal continuing its small comeback but couldnt do more , they led this quarter 23 to 22 , the 4th quarter saw Amchot retaking the iniative to finish the game with another win at the score of 119-89. Amchit is continuing its winning streak , now its 5-0.
Andre Emmet again scored another season record, this time with 55 points but with 12 rebounds and dishing 6 assists, Matt Freije haf a season high with 24 points and 14 rebounds . On the other side Chudney Grey led his team with 30 points and Joey Accaoui with 26.

Q1:34-13 Q2:64-39 Q3:86-62 Q4: 119-89

In another game Champville welcomed Antranik, Champville is gaining back the momentum of last season by winning its last game and especially against Riyadi,on the other side Antranik is battling for the maintain and missed this game their second import player Novar Gadson due to injury.
The first quarter saw a big dominance from the Home team they controlled the game from its first seconds and never gave Antranik the chance to come back in the game and especially in the absence of Gadson, the first quarter finished at the score of 32-16. The 2nd saw Antranik coming back in the game, the score at the half was 62-41.This big Champville dominance made both coaches play their bench players.
The 3rd quarter saw Champville continuing its dominance through Fadi El Khatib who scored his first triple double of the season with 31 points , 10 rebounds and 12 assists, the 3rd finished 85-53. The last quarter continued the same way and Champville cruised in the end into a big win on the score of 118-79.
Fadi El Khatib led all scorers with 31 points , 10 rebounds and 12 assists ,Reyshawn Terry finished with 19 points , from Antranik Micheal Nar finished with 15 points and Fouad Anati with 12.

Q1: 32-16 Q2: 62-41 Q3: 85-53 Q4:118-79



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Standings - LKL

LKL Standings
 1. Rudupis 10-0 
 2. Neptunas 8-3 
 3. Zalgiris 6-0 
 4. Siauliai 5-4 
 5. Lietkabelis 5-5 
 6. Nevezis 5-5 
 7. Juventus 5-6 
 8. Lietuvos rytas 4-2 
 9. Pieno Zvaigzdes 4-6 
 10. Sakalai 3-8 
 11. LSU-Baltai 2-8 
 12. Naglis Palangos 0-10 

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 3: Neptunas - Juventus 96-83
Dec. 30: Sakalai - Zalgiris 67-85
Jan. 5: Lietkabelis - Siauliai
Jan. 5: LSU-Baltai - Nevezis
Jan. 5: Naglis Palangos - Rudupis
Jan. 5: Sakalai - Pieno Zvaigzdes


Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Gediminas ORELIKAS
  Rudupis
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Orelikas, Rudupis18.6 
 2. Samenas, Siauliai16.9 
 3. Hughes, Pieno Z.15.9 
 4. Gailius, Neptunas15.5 
 5. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.15.3 
 6. Mazeika, Neptunas13.6 
 7. Butkevicius, Lietk.13.4 
 8. Dia, Siauliai13.2 
 9. Kadziulis, Rudupis13.1 
 10. Gates, Pieno Z.12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Siauliai
  (202-PF-82)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Kieza, Siauliai10.6 
 2. Bishop, Nevezis8.4 
 3. Sarakauskas, Nept.8.0 
 4. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai7.9 
 5. Vene, Rudupis6.8 
 6. Sinica, Sakalai6.7 
 7. Dia, Siauliai6.4 
 8. Varnelis, Juventus6.1 
 9. Ivanov, Lietuvos.5.8 
 10. Gates, Pieno Z.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Lewis JACKSON
  Siauliai
  (178-PG-89)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Jackson, Siauliai5.2 
 2. Stasys, LSU-Baltai4.1 
 3. Janavicius, Rudupis4.0 
 4. Dainys, Neptunas3.8 
 5. Viskontas, Juvent.3.7 
 6. Gintvainis, Sakalai3.5 
 7. Broadus, Neptunas3.5 
 8. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.1 
 9. Butkevicius, Lietk.3.1 
 10. Ginevicius, Lietk.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Parrish BROWN
  Naglis P.
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Brown, Naglis P.2.4 
 2. Butkevicius, Lietk.2.0 
 3. Ginevicius, Lietka.1.9 
 4. Stasys, LSU-Baltai1.8 
 5. Lipkevicius, Zalgi.1.7 
 6. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.1.7 
 7. Tamosiunas, LSU-B.1.7 
 8. Vene, Rudupis1.7 
 9. Sinica, Sakalai1.6 
 10. Milaknis, Rudupis1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LSU-Baltai
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai3.1 
 2. Silinskis, Nevezis2.0 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.3 
 4. McClure, Neptunas1.1 
 5. Ramasauskas, Saka.1.0 
 6. Kieza, Siauliai1.0 
 7. Valeika, Rudupis0.9 
 8. Kupsas, Lietkabelis0.8 
 9. Gates, Pieno Z.0.8 
 10. Dia, Siauliai0.8 


Darius Songaila's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Lithuanians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Darius Songaila
Darius Songaila
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international power forward Darius Songaila (204-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague. He could not help BC Donetsk (12-10) in their last game. Despite Songaila's very good performance BC Donetsk lost 56-68 at home to the leading Budivelnyk. He had a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 13 rebounds in 34 minutes on the court. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Songaila has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.8apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 54.5% and FT: 79.7% in the 16 games he played so far. Songaila is currently a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Antanas Kavaliauskas
Antanas Kavaliauskas
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Latvia). He led VEF Riga to a victory against the closely-ranked Barons kvartals (8-7) 84-72 in a derby game in the Latvian LBL last Saturday. Kavaliauskas recorded 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. VEF Riga (9-1) is placed third in the LBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Kavaliauskas has relatively good stats this season: 10.8ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 75.0%(36-48) and FT: 66.7%. He is in the roster of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Jonas Maciulis
Jonas Maciulis
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Jonas Maciulis (199-85, currently plays in Euroleague). Maciulis contributed to a 1-point Panathinaikos' victory against the seventh-ranked Zalgiris (0-1) 67-66 in the Euroleague on Friday night. He recorded 7 points in 27 minutes. Panathinaikos Athens (1-1) is placed fifth in group E. This year Maciulis' overall stats are: 9.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 57.4%(27-47), 3FGP: 31.8% and FT: 68.2% in the 12 games. He is also a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Sarunas Jasikevicius
Sarunas Jasikevicius
   #4. Point guard Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-76, college: Maryland, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Regal FC Barcelona's surprising victory against the league leader Real Madrid (14-1) 96-89 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Jasikevicius scored 7 points and added 4 assists. Regal FC Barcelona (8-7) is placed ninth in the ACB. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Jasikevicius' total stats this season are: 4.8ppg and 1.1apg. He is also Lithuanian national team player.

Evaldas Zabas
Evaldas Zabas
   #5. Former U20 international point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88, currently plays in Czech Republic) helped BK Pardubice win their game against the tenth-ranked Basketbal Svitavy (7-12) 95-86 in the Czech Republic NBL last Saturday. Zabas recorded 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in 27 minutes. BK JIP Pardubice (11-6) is placed fourth in the NBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Zabas is ranked fourth on the list of the top scorers in the league with 17.8ppg. This year he also averages: 3.6rpg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg in the 16 games. Zabas used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team five years ago.

Donatas Zavackas
Donatas Zavackas
   #6. Forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Antanas Kavaliauskas and both played together in the last Latvian LBL game. Zavackas helped VEF Riga win their game against the closely-ranked Barons kvartals (8-7) 84-72 in a derby game. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Zavackas' total stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.4apg. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Lithuanian team thirteen years ago.

Michailis Anisimovas
Michailis Anisimovas
   #7. Former University international center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague was not able to help Budivelnyk (18-6) in their last game. Despite Anisimovas' good performance the league leader Budivelnyk lost 78-87 on the road to the lower-ranked (#3) Azovmash. He was the second best scorer with 12 points in 21 minutes. It was Budivelnyk's first loss after six consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Anisimovas' fourth season with the team. This year Anisimovas' total stats are: 9.4ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.3apg in the 24 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team six years ago.

Martynas Gecevicius
Martynas Gecevicius
   #8. Guard Martynas Gecevicius (193-88, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to secure a victory for Olympiacos (0-1) in their game against Caja Laboral (2-0) in the Euroleague. Gecevicius recorded 5 points. The fifth-placed Olympiacos was defeated 82-74 in Vitoria by the second-ranked Caja Laboral in the group F of Euroleague. This season Gecevicius averages only 2.0ppg. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team back in 2011.

Dainius Salenga
Dainius Salenga
   #9. Former international forward Dainius Salenga (197-77, currently plays in Ukraine) is a teammate of previously mentioned Michailis Anisimovas and both played together in the last Ukrainian Superleague game. Salenga couldn't help Budivelnyk (18-6) in their game against Azovmash (17-6). He scored 8 points in 20 minutes. The league leader Budivelnyk lost 78-87 in Mariupol to the lower-ranked (#3) Azovmash. Salenga has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg in the 24 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team eight years ago.

Osvaldas Matulionis
Osvaldas Matulionis
   #10. Forward Osvaldas Matulionis (200-91, currently plays in Estonia), who plays in the Estonian KML couldn't help KK Parnu (5-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance KK Parnu lost 63-73 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#4) Valga. Matulionis was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 8 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 2 blocks in 38 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Matulionis is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has very reliable stats this year: 14.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg in the 12 games. Matulionis is a former university international player as two years ago he still played for the Lithuanian national team.

   #11. Former U20 international forward Povilas Butkevicius (203-87, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) helped Novipiu Casale win their game against the league outsider Aget Service IM 86-78 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Butkevicius recorded 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 22 minutes. Butkevicius is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders with 8.5rpg. He also averaged so far 8.4ppg and 1.5spg in the 13 games. Butkevicius used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team six years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international guard Mantas Cesnauskis (191-81, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help Stelmet ZG in their game against Siarka Jezioro in the Polish TBL. He scored 7 points. His team was defeated 99-95. Cesnauskis has averaged so far 7.4ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.1apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2000.

   #13. U20 international center Egidijus Mockevicius (208-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Evansville win their n overtime game against the Missouri State University 62-59 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. Mockevicius scored 18 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 5 blocks in 32 minutes. He has averaged so far 7.4ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.1apg in the 14 games. Mockevicius is also Lithuanian U20 national team player.

   #14. Former University international guard Augustas Peciukevicius (192-91, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Osvaldas Matulionis and both played together in the last Estonian KML game. Peciukevicius, who plays in the Estonian KML couldn't help KK Parnu (5-8) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance KK Parnu was defeated 73-63 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Valga (#4). Peciukevicius was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists. This season Peciukevicius has relatively solid stats: 14.1ppg, 5.4rpg, 4.7apg and 1.7spg. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team back in 2011.

   #15. Former U21 international forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProB (second division) couldn't help Charleville-Mezieres (6-8) in their last game. Despite Pridotkas' very good performance Charleville-Mezieres lost 105-113 in Boulogne to the higher-ranked (#6) SO Maritime. He scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. Pridotkas has reliable stats this year: 13.1ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.1apg in the 17 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U21 national team eight years ago.

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

   #1. Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL could not help one of league's weakest teams Telekom Baskets (6-9) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Veikalas' good performance Telekom Baskets was edged 96-94 at home by the higher-ranked Walter Tigers (#12). He scored 13 points. Veikalas has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.2apg.

   #2. Nik Stauskas (198-G-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Michigan to an easy victory against the Central Michigan University 88-73 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He recorded 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The University of Michigan has 1-0 conference record this season. This year Stauskas has relatively solid stats: 14.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lithuanian. Despite Stauskas' Lithuanian passport, he previously played for the Canadian U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Lithuanian team.

   #3. Zygimantas Jonusas (200-F-82, currently plays in Italy) managed to help JuveCaserta in a victory in overtime against one of league's weakest teams Air Avellino (3-10) 86-84 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Jonusas recorded 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 37 minutes. JuveCaserta (6-7) is placed tenth in the SerieA. Jonusas has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.4spg in the 12 games he played so far.

   #4. Gabas Maldunas (203-F-93, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Dartmouth in their last game. Despite his good performance the Dartmouth was crushed 79-58 on the road by the Boston College. Maldunas scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. Maldunas has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.4spg in the 12 games.

   #5. Jonas Stalyga (203-F, is currently at the American university) contributed to an Akron's surprising victory against the Coppin State College crushing them 91-63 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. He scored only 3 points in 1 minutes on the court. The The University of Akron has conference record this season. Stalyga has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.4spg in the 12 games.

   #6. Ignas Palaima (211-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Milligan College in their game against the Appalachian State University in the AAC. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Palaima scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 20 points 71-51 in the AAC. Palaima has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.4spg in the 12 games.



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Reggie Hopkins offered try-outs with T71 - by Eurobasket News

T71 Dudelange are looking to reinforce their backcourt. They offered Reggie Hopkins (180-G-88) a try-out period in the light of the injures of Denell Stephens and Gilles Ruffato (181-PG-85). Reggie Hopkins graduated from the Queens College in 2011. He notched 19.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in his senior season. Reggie Hopkins started his pro career in North League of Cyprus. The guard played for Yenicami. He became Cyprus North League Champion.


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Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 22-10 
 2. Brooklyn N. 17-15 
 3. Philadelph.76 15-18 
 4. Boston C. 14-17 
 5. Toronto R. 12-20 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 19-13 
 2. Chicago B. 17-13 
 3. Milwaukee B. 16-14 
 4. Detroit P. 12-22 
 5. Cleveland C. 7-26 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 22-8 
 2. Atlanta H. 20-10 
 3. Orlando M. 12-20 
 4. Charlotte B. 8-23 
 5. Washington W. 4-26 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 24-7 
 2. Denver N. 18-16 
 3. Portland TB 16-15 
 4. Utah Jazz 16-17 
 5. Minnesota T. 15-14 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 25-8 
 2. Golden St.W. 22-10 
 3. LA Lakers 15-16 
 4. Sacramento K. 12-20 
 5. Phoenix Suns 12-21 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 26-9 
 2. Memphis G. 20-9 
 3. Houston R. 18-14 
 4. Dallas M. 13-20 
 5. N.Orleans H. 7-25 

Regular Season: Round 64

Jan. 3: Denver N. - Minnesota T. 97-101
Jan. 3: New York K. - San Antonio S. 100-83

Regular Season: Round 65

Jan. 4: Toronto R. - Sacramento K.
Jan. 4: Washington W. - Brooklyn N.
Jan. 4: Charlotte B. - Cleveland C.
Jan. 4: Miami Heat - Chicago B.
Jan. 4: Detroit P. - Atlanta H.
Jan. 4: Boston C. - Indiana P.
Jan. 4: Memphis G. - Portland TB
Jan. 4: Oklah.City T. - Philadelph.76
Jan. 4: Milwaukee B. - Houston R.
Jan. 4: Phoenix Suns - Utah Jazz
Jan. 4: LA Clippers - LA Lakers


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-SG-78)
  Avg: 30.3
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers30.3 
 2. Anthony, New Y.28.9 
 3. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.4 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.5 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.3 
 6. Irving, Cleveland22.7 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..21.7 
 8. Aldridge, Portland.20.8 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat20.6 
 10. Curry, Golden S.20.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anderson VAREJAO
  Clevelan.
  (205-C-82)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Varejao, Clevelan.14.4 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.14.0 
 3. Randolph, Memph.12.3 
 4. Howard, LA Lakers11.9 
 5. Asik, Houston R.11.7 
 6. Lee, Golden St.W.11.0 
 7. Hickson, Portland.10.8 
 8. Vucevic, Orlan.10.5 
 9. Noah, Chicago B.10.3 
 10. Chandler, New Y.10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.5 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.2 
 3. Holiday, Philadel.9.0 
 4. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.0 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..8.7 
 6. Calderon, Toron.7.8 
 7. Williams, Brooklyn7.7 
 8. Parker, San A.7.4 
 9. James, Miami Heat7.1 
 10. Lawson, Denver N.6.7 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.7 
 2. Conley, Memphis G.2.4 
 3. Jennings, Milwauke.2.1 
 4. Westbrook, Oklah..2.1 
 5. Kidd, New York K.1.9 
 6. Rondo, Boston C.1.9 
 7. Walker, Charlott.1.9 
 8. Leonard, San A.1.9 
 9. Harden, Houston R.1.8 
 10. Young, Philadelph.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.0 
 2. Sanders, Milwauke.2.9 
 3. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.7 
 4. Howard, LA Lakers2.6 
 5. Duncan, San A.2.5 
 6. Smith, Atlanta H.2.3 
 7. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.2 
 8. Noah, Chicago B.2.1 
 9. Lopez, N.Orleans H.2.0 
 10. McGee, Denver N.2.0 


Cavs assign forward Jon Leuer to D-League - by Eurobasket News

The Cleveland Cavaliers toady re-assigned second-year forward Jon Leuer (6'10''-F-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wisconsin) to the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers NBA Development League affiliate. The assignment is the record 90th of the 2012-13 NBA and NBA D-League seasons and the second for Leuer, who is one of a record 46 NBA players to be assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate this season.
Leuer (6-10, 228, Wisconsin) returns to the Charge following a six-game assignment earlier in the season, when he averaged 20.3 points, 12.3 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 35.8 minutes. He has appeared in five games for the Cavaliers this season, averaging 3.2 points, 2.0 rebounds and 14.4 minutes. Originally selected in the second round (40th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, Leuer played in 46 games for Milwaukee last season. In 51 career NBA games, Leuer has averaged 4.6 points, 2.5 rebounds and 12.3 minutes.
A four-year contributor for the Badgers, Leuer averaged 11.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 123 career NCAA games (68 starts). As a senior, Leuer led Wisconsin with 18.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game and was a First Team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches.
Leuer is expected to join the Charge today and be available tonight when they face the Springfield Armor in Massachusetts.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Minnesota and New York celebrate on Thursday - by Eurobasket News

Denver N. - Minnesota T. 97-101
DENVER - J.J. Jose Juan Barea (5'11''-PG-84, college: Northeastern) scored 12 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter while All-Star forward Kevin Love (6'10''-PF-88, college: UCLA) sat on the bench with a sprained finger, lifting the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 101-97 win over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night. The Timberwolves were playing for the second straight night, but fatigue hardly appeared to be a factor as they handed the Nuggets a rare home loss. Denver, on the other hand, looked lethargic two days after snapping the Los Angeles Clippers' 17-game winning streak. Kosta Koufos and Ty Lawson led the Nuggets with 16 points each. The game went back and forth in the final quarter before Luke Ridnour gave the Timberwolves the lead for good on a 3-pointer with 2:43 remaining. Jose Juan Barea then followed with another 3 to cement the win. But it might be a costly victory for the Timberwolves after Love departed with a sprained finger on his right hand in the third quarter. Love broke his right hand in October, missing the opening nine games of the season, and has struggled to get on track with his jumper ever since. Love was sliding past a Nuggets player in the lane when he suddenly clutched at his hand and headed into the training room. Love had 12 points and 17 rebounds before departing. He later returned to the bench to watch. The Pepsi Center hasn't been kind to Love, who sustained a mild concussion and neck strain after a hit to the head in a game against Denver last April. It was a big night for the usually modest Andre Miller (6'2''-PG-76, college: Utah), who scored the 15,000th point of his career on a mid-range jumper in the first quarter. He became only the eighth player to reach that scoring plateau while also compiling 7,500 career assists. Oscar Robertson, Gary Payton, John Stockton, Isiah Thomas, Magic Johnson, Jason Kidd and Steve Nash also accomplished the feat. In typical Miller fashion, the 36-year-old downplayed the approaching milestone before the game. Said Miller: "A big individual accomplishment ... I try not to dwell on it. I never even thought about it. It's good to get it over with." Nuggets coach George Karl said he would put Miller in the "top five in basketball" and that having a player with Miller's vision "is a blessing to a coach." Miller started the game in place of Lawson, who's still recovering from a strained left Achilles tendon. Lawson sat out Tuesday when the Nuggets beat the Clippers and has been bothered by tightness in the tendon for the past week. The speedy point guard provided a spark off the bench against Minnesota - the first time in nearly two years that Lawson entered a game as a reserve. The Timberwolves were without point guard Ricky Rubio, who has been dealing with back spasms and remained in Minnesota during the two-game swing through Utah and Denver. The team is being cautious with Rubio, who is coming back from a torn ACL in his left knee. Minnesota hopes to have Rubio back Saturday against Portland. NOTES: The Timberwolves had six players score in double figures. Alexey Shved also had 17 points. ... Asked about the chances of the Denver Broncos making the Super Bowl, Karl said, "I like them." ... Otis Day of "Animal House" fame sang at halftime. ... Miller finished with 10 assists. Courtesy of: http://seattletimes.com

New York K. - San Antonio S. 100-83
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) scored a game-high 23 points as the New York Knicks snapped the San Antonio Spurs' seven-game winning streak in the National Basketball Association. The Knicks won 100-83 last night at Madison Square Garden in New York to lead the Eastern Conference's five-team Atlantic Division with a 22-10 record, five games ahead of the Brooklyn Nets. The Spurs (26-9) hold a three-game advantage over the Memphis Grizzlies atop the Western Conference's Southwest Division. J.R. Smith came off the bench to score 20 points for the Knicks, Steve Novak had 15 points and Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) contributed 10. Tyson Chandler added 10 points and 14 rebounds. Gary Neal (6'4''-G-84, college: Towson) had 12 points for the Spurs and Tim Duncan and Tony Parker each added 11. Courtesy of: http://www.bloomberg.com



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NBLC Standings

NBL Canada Standings
 1. London L. 16-2 
 2. Oshawa P. 11-8 
 3. Summerside S. 11-9 
 4. St.John M.R. 11-9 
 5. Halifax R. 10-10 
 6. Moncton M. 10-12 
 7. Windsor Exp. 8-12 
 8. Montreal J. 1-16 

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 3: Oshawa P. - London L. 87-100
Jan. 3: St.John M.R. - Moncton M. 105-93
Jan. 3: Montreal J. - Windsor Exp. 104-98
Jan. 4: St.John M.R. - Summerside S.
Jan. 4: Moncton M. - Halifax R.


Halifax Rainmen tabs Malcolm White, ex Toyama Grouses - by Eurobasket News

Halifax Rainmen (NBL Canada) inked 25-year old American forward Malcolm White (205-102kg-88, college: LSU). He played recently at Toyama Grouses in Japanese BJ League. The last season White played at Louisiana State University in Southeastern Conference in the NCAA. In 28 games last year he averaged 3.3ppg and 2.0rpg.
He graduated from Louisiana State University in 2012 and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Lathan comes back to Halifax Rainmen, ex Gotha - by Eurobasket News

Halifax Rainmen (NBL Canada) added to their roster 29-year old American guard Trayvon Lathan (201-84, college: Chowan, agency: Elite Talent Exchange). Its actually his comeback to Halifax Rainmen as he played here before. Lathan already started the season at BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha in German ProB. In 12 games this season he recorded 8.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.6apg. The last season he played at Moncton Miracles. In 26 NBL Canada games last year he averaged impressive 16.9ppg, 9.7rpg, 4.8apg and 1.7spg.
Lathan was also voted USBasket.com All-NBL Canada 2nd Team in 2012.
The previous (10-11) season Lathan played at Halifax_Rainmen. In 11 NBL Canada games that season he averaged 13.4ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.5apg and 1.6spg. He also played at Al Moutahed in Lebanese Division A earlier that season. In only one game that year he had 9 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists. The other team Lathan played shortly was Anibal in Division A. In four games he averaged impressive 18.3ppg, 9.5rpg and 7.5apg.
In 2007 he was drafted by Utah Flash (D-League) in sixth round (75th overall).
The former Chowan University (NCAA Div.II) standoutis in his sixth season in pro basketball.
His team made it to the PBL Semifinals in 2011.
He has played also professionally in Taiwan, WCBL (Santa Barbara) and IBA (Los Angeles Lightning).
Lathan is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Best players of NBLCanada NBL Canada round 17 - by Eurobasket News

American Devin Sweetney (198-G/F-87, agency: Pro One Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Moncton M. and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 25-year old swingman had a double-double of 29 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat St.John M.R. (#4, 10-9) 98-92. Thanks to this victory Moncton M. moved-up to the 6th position in the NBLCanada NBL Canada. Moncton M. is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-11 record. Sweetney turned to be Moncton M.'s top player in his first season with the team. St.Francis College (PA) graduate has very impressive stats this year. Sweetney is league's best scorer averaging so far 23.0ppg. Sweetney

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old Terry Licorish (206-C/F-83) of Montreal J.. Licorish impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Montreal J. lost that game 101-114 to the higher-ranked Summerside S. (#3, 11-9). Montreal J. are still at the very bottom. 16 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Licorish is a newcomer at Montreal J. and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was American Brandon Hassell (210-F-86) of Summerside S. (#3). Hassell scored 13 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Summerside S., leading his team to a 114-101 easy win against Montreal J. (#8, 0-16). Summerside S. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 9 lost games. Hassell has a great season in NBL. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.3rpg (9th best). Hassell attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tyrone Levett (195-F-80) of Halifax R. - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Sheray Thomas (203-F-84) of St.John M.R. - 21 points and 10 rebounds
6. Antoine Tisby (203-F/C-83) of Halifax R. - 18 points and 8 rebounds
7. Melvin Goins (180-G-87) of Halifax R. - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists
8. Al Stewart (178-PG-83) of Summerside S. - 10 points, 3 rebounds and 13 assists
9. Tim Ellis (193-G-81) of London L. - 8 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Jeremy Williams (200-SF-87) of London L. - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Top 25 - Men

B10 Standings
 1. Michigan (5) 1-0 (13-0) 
 2. Indiana (1) 1-0 (13-1) 
 3. Minnesota 1-0 (13-1) 
 4. Ohio St. (4) 1-0 (11-1) 
 5. Wisconsin (21) 1-0 (10-3) 
 6. Purdue 1-0 (6-6) 
 7. Illinois 0-1 (12-2) 
 8. Michigan St. (14) 0-1 (11-2) 
 9. Iowa 0-1 (11-3) 
 10. Nebraska 0-1 (9-5) 
 11. Northwestern 0-1 (9-5) 
 12. Penn St. 0-1 (7-4) 

Regular Season: Round 54

Jan. 3: Texas A&M - Houston Baptist 67-59
Jan. 3: Mississippi St. - New Orleans 97-46
Jan. 3: Houston - UTPA 96-71
Jan. 3: Niagara - Marist 94-72
Jan. 3: Arizona - Colorado 92-83 OT
Jan. 3: BYU - Loyola Mary 92-51
Jan. 3: Oakland - Nebraska-Omaha 91-79
Jan. 3: Hawaii - CS Fullerton 90-88
Jan. 3: SE Missouri St. - Austin Peay St. 86-84
Jan. 3: Nicholls St. - Cent.Arkansas 83-79
Jan. 3: N.Mexico St. - UTSA 82-62
Jan. 3: Montana - E.Washington 81-66
Jan. 3: Cal Poly - SLO - Long Beach St. 79-73
Jan. 3: UCLA - California 79-65
Jan. 3: Weber St. - N.Colorado 79-54
Jan. 3: SF Austin - Lamar 79-43
Jan. 3: Northwestern St. - McNeese St. 78-63
Jan. 3: Robert Morris - Bryant 77-84
Jan. 3: Sacred Heart - LIU Brooklyn 77-73
Jan. 3: N.Texas - Troy 76-59
Jan. 3: Florida Atlantic - La-Lafayette 75-70
Jan. 3: UALR - W.Kentucky 75-67
Jan. 3: Utah St. - Seattle 75-66
Jan. 3: George Mason - Northeastern 74-84
Jan. 3: UCSB - Cal-Irvine 74-71
Jan. 3: Detroit Mercy - Wisc.-Milwaukee 74-59
Jan. 3: UNLV - Chicago St. 74-52
Jan. 3: SE Louisiana - ORU 72-86
Jan. 3: La-Monroe - S.Alabama 72-77
Jan. 3: USC - Stanford 71-69
Jan. 3: Morehead St. - SIU Edwardsville 68-64
Jan. 3: St.Francis, PA - Cent.Conn.St. 67-60
Jan. 3: Northwestern - Michigan 66-94
Jan. 3: S.Dakota - N.Dakota St. 66-92
Jan. 3: Tenn Tech - Tennessee St. 66-72
Jan. 3: Arkansas St. - Middle Tenn.St. 66-60 OT
Jan. 3: Mt.St.Mary''s - Fair Dickinson 65-72
Jan. 3: E.Kentucky - E.Illinois 65-54
Jan. 3: CS Northridge - Cal-Riverside 64-65
Jan. 3: Wright St. - Green Bay 64-53
Jan. 3: Denver - Texas St. 64-53
Jan. 3: American - Md-E Shore 63-49
Jan. 3: Pepperdine - Gonzaga 62-78
Jan. 3: Jacksonville St. - Belmont 62-73
Jan. 3: Tenn-Martin - Murray St. 62-73
Jan. 3: Montana St. - Portland St. 62-59
Jan. 3: UMKC - S.Dakota St. 61-77
Jan. 3: Quinnipiac - St.Francis, NY 61-63
Jan. 3: San Diego - Portland 61-50
Jan. 3: Wagner - Monmouth 60-56
Jan. 3: Wisconsin - Penn St. 60-51
Jan. 3: N.Arizona - Sacramento St. 57-50
Jan. 3: San Jose St. - Idaho 55-64
Jan. 3: Idaho St. - N.Dakota 53-66
Jan. 3: Canisius - Fairfield 45-66
Jan. 3: S.Mississippi - Dillard 135-41

Regular Season: Round 55

Jan. 4: St.Louis - Savannah St.
Jan. 4: Alcorn St. - Texas Southern
Jan. 4: Valparaiso - Cleveland St.
Jan. 4: Holy Cross - Yale
Jan. 4: Siena - Iona
Jan. 4: Rhode Island - Brown
Jan. 4: Georgia - G.Washington
Jan. 4: St.Peter's - Manhattan
Jan. 4: Loyola, MD - Rider
Jan. 4: Texas A&M - Houston Baptist
Jan. 4: Tennessee - Memphis
Jan. 4: Alabama St. - Grambling St.
Jan. 4: Southern - Prairie View A&M
Jan. 4: Alabama A&M - Jackson St.
Jan. 4: Mississippi - Fordham


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Deshaun THOMAS
  Ohio St.
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Thomas, Ohio St.19.9 
 2. Paul, Illinois18.5 
 3. Burke, Michigan18.1 
 4. Zeller, Indiana16.6 
 5. Hardaway Jr., Mich.16.2 
 6. Marble, Iowa15.6 
 7. Newbill, Penn St.15.5 
 8. Appling, Michigan14.9 
 9. Marshall, Penn St.14.9 
 10. Hearn, Northwes.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cody ZELLER
  Indiana
  (213-F-92)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Zeller, Indiana8.1 
 2. Travis, Penn St.7.7 
 3. Evans, Wisconsin7.5 
 4. Mbakwe, Minnesota7.5 
 5. Nix, Michigan St.7.5 
 6. Payne, Michigan.7.4 
 7. Thomas, Ohio St.7.0 
 8. Brust, Wisconsin6.6 
 9. Ubel, Nebraska6.5 
 10. White, Iowa6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Trey BURKE
  Michigan
  (183-PG-92)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Burke, Michigan7.2 
 2. Ferrell, Indiana5.4 
 3. Craft, Ohio St.5.0 
 4. Scott, Ohio St.4.5 
 5. Sobolewski, Northw.4.4 
 6. Appling, Michigan4.1 
 7. Hulls, Indiana3.9 
 8. Clemmons, Iowa3.9 
 9. Newbill, Penn St.3.9 
 10. Hollins, Minnesota3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Victor OLADIPO
  Indiana
  (196-G-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Oladipo, Indiana2.4 
 2. Scott, Ohio St.2.2 
 3. Hollins, Minnesota2.1 
 4. Marshall, Penn St.2.0 
 5. Dawson, Michigan.1.9 
 6. Craft, Ohio St.1.7 
 7. Appling, Michigan1.7 
 8. Abrams, Illinois1.6 
 9. Coleman, Minnesota1.6 
 10. Richardson, Illin.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jared BERGGREN
  Wisco.
  (208-F/C-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Berggren, Wisco.2.0 
 2. Williams, Ohio St.1.5 
 3. Hammons, Purdue1.5 
 4. Eliason, Minnesota1.4 
 5. Olaseni, Iowa1.4 
 6. Basabe, Iowa1.4 
 7. Williams, Minnesota1.4 
 8. Payne, Michigan.1.4 
 9. Egwu, Illinois1.4 
 10. Zeller, Indiana1.3 



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Eighth-ranked Wheaton men fall to #25-Illinois Wesleyan, 83-80 - by Eurobasket News

Wheaton, Ill. The Wheaton Thunder men's basketball team dropped its CCIW opener with an 83-80 loss at home to #25-Illinois Wesleyan (9-3/0-1 CCIW) on Wednesday night. Wheaton falls to 10-2 overall and 0-1 in conference play. Wheaton, ranked eighth in this week's d3hoops.com Top-25 poll, will travel to top-ranked North Central College on Saturday for a 7 PM tipoff against the Titans.

Thunder junior Tyler Peters led all players with a game-high 26 points, six assists and five rebounds. Sophomore Brayden Teuscher (6'3''-G) scored 18 points off of the Thunder bench. Caleb Demoss (6'0''-G) and Peter Smith each scored 11 points, while Smith added eight rebounds. Michael Berg and Michael Kvam each scored six points.

Wheaton shot 45% (27-60) from the field, with 33.3% (7-21) from three-point range and 65.5% (19-29) at the free throw line. Illinois Wesleyan posted a 43.3% (26-60) field goal percentage with 36.4% (4-11) from behind the three-point arc and 67.5% (27-40) at the charity stripe. The Titans out-rebounded the Thunder 50-32, including a 13-3 edge on the offensive glass.

Brady Zimmer led the Titans with 20 points on 6-for-8 shooting from the field and three assists. Pat Sodemann scored 18 points. Victor Davis tallied 13 points, with eight rebounds. Kevin Reed scored nine points with seven rebounds and Andrew Ziemnik scored seven points with eight rebounds. Dylan Overstreet contributed eight points, with seven rebounds and three assists.

The contest was tied at 9-9 just four minutes into the game when the Titans scored nine un-answered points to take an 18-9 lead. The largest IWU lead of the first half was the 19-point advantage in the Titans' 45-26 lead at halftime.

Illinois Wesleyan increased its lead early in the second half as the Titans held a 23-point bulge, the largest of the game, at 57-34 with 14:45 remaining in the game. Wheaton went on a 13-4 run that cut the guests lead to 61-47 with 9:10 left in the contest.

The Titans led 78-68 with 45-seconds left in the game when Teuscher drained a three-pointer and the Titans went 1-for-2 at the charity stripe and then Peters tallied a layup to trim the IWU lead to 79-73 with 34-seconds left in the game. IWU made a pair of free throws to increase its lead to eight points, but Caleb Demoss drained a three-pointer to cut the Titans' lead to 81-76 with 26-seconds remaining. The Titans went 2-for-2 at the charity stripe to build its lead to 83-76, but a free throw by Teuscher was followed by a Peter Smith free throw to trim the guests lead to 83-80 with four seconds left. The Titans in-bounded the ball and prevented Wheaton from committing a foul to run out the clock and secure the conference win.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Hamline topples Macalester - by Eurobasket News

Hamline shot over 60% in each half to beat Macalester 80-53 Monday night at the Leonard Center.

Sam Marshall (Sr., Sun Prairie, Wis.) finished with 18 points to lead Macalester, while Dylan Kilgour (Fy., La Crescenta, Calif. / Crescenta Valley) contributed 13 points and five assists.



Justin Wasik (Jr., Chicago, Ill. / Maine South) chipped in with nine points and Hans Erickson (So., La Crosse, Wis. / Logan) led the defense with four steals.



Hamline took command early with solid defense and led 28-11 at the 7:27 mark of the opening half, but the Scots played well during a 21-10 run to get to within six points just before the break. HU led 41-32 at halftime.



The Scots remained within striking distance and trailed 54-46 six minutes into the second stanza before the visitors scored 10 unanswered points to go up 64-46 with 9:27 left.



The Pipers enjoyed a 12-2 margin in second chance points.



Hamline was led by Dior Ford with 13 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots. Austin Johnson came off the bench to produce 12 points and eight boards. Three other Pipers finished with nine points.



The Pipers improve to 6-4 overall and 3-2 in the MIAC, while the Scots are 3-6 overall, 0-4 in the MIAC.



The Scots travel to Moorhead on Saturday (Jan. 5) to take on the Concordia Cobbers.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Pomona-Pitzer Snaps 18-Game Losing Streak To Biola, Defeats Eagles 70-62 - by Eurobasket News

Claremont, Calif. Sophomore guard Kyle McAndrews (6'2''-G-93) (Seattle, Wash.) scored 20 points on 7-9 shooting as the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball team snapped an 18-game losing streak in the series with Biola by defeating the Eagles 70-62 on Wednesday evening at Voelkel Gymnasium.

With the win, the Sagehens improve to 8-3 overall on the season, while Biola, a scholarship NAIA program, falls to 8-6. The two teams have met every year since 1994-95, with Biola capturing all previous 18 meetings heading into this season. Pomona-Pitzer did have earlier wins in the series going back to the 1960's, before the two schools stopped playing each other (until resuming in 1994-95).

Pomona-Pitzer used a 15-0 first half run to take control, turning a narrow 14-11 lead into a commanding 29-11 advantage. Senior guard Xavyr Moss (Federal Way, Wash.) had two three-pointers during the run, while junior forward Jake Klewer (6'5''-F-91) (Tucson, Ariz.) added one as well.

Biola crept back within 31-20 with 5:33 left in the half, but McAndrews hit two foul shots, assisted on a three-pointer from sophomore guard Michael Cohen (Tarzana, Calif.), and then Cohen returned the favor on a McAndrews three-pointer for a quick 8-0 run that pushed the lead up to 39-20.

Biola managed to close the gap to 41-27 at the half on a 5-0 run in the final minute, and then started the second half with a basket to make it 41-29. However, Moss and Cohen hit three-pointers to get the lead back up to 17, and the Sagehens maintained a double-digit margin most of the way.

The Eagles did get within nine points at 65-56 with 2:43 to play on a lay-up by Justin Searby, but junior guard Armand Gray (San Francisco, Calif.), who was 3-3 from the floor in the second half, hit a baseline floater, and Moss added two foul shots to help the Sagehens hang on.

Moss finished with 11 points for Pomona-Pitzer, while Klewer had six points and 11 rebounds. Zack Zaragoza keyed the comeback effort for Biola with 23 points, including seven three-pointers (five in the second half), but it wasn't enough for the Eagles to keep their winning streak in the series going.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Saturday, when it returns to SCIAC play with a road game at Caltech.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mark CAGUIOA
  Barang.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Caguioa, Barang.18.4 
 2. Mercado, Meralco18.2 
 3. Canaleta, Air21 E.17.6 
 4. Simon, San M.16.9 
 5. Santos, Petron B.16.5 
 6. Cardona, Meralco16.3 
 7. Baguio, Alaska Ac.15.9 
 8. Miller, Global Port15.5 
 9. Castro, Talk N Te.15.4 
 10. Tubid, Barako Bull15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Santos, Petron B.11.8 
 2. Kramer, Barako B.11.8 
 3. Abueva, Alaska Ac.10.3 
 4. Pingris, San M.9.8 
 5. Maierhofer, Barang.8.7 
 6. Cruz, Rain or Shine8.1 
 7. Williams, Talk N.8.1 
 8. Reyes, Meralco7.3 
 9. de Ocampo, San M.7.3 
 10. Mamaril, Barang.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Solomon MERCADO
  Meralco .
  (181-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Mercado, Meralco6.4 
 2. Miller, Global Port6.4 
 3. Cabagnot, Petron5.4 
 4. Alapag, Talk N Te.5.2 
 5. Tenorio, Barang.4.8 
 6. Casio, Alaska Aces4.3 
 7. Lutz, Petron Blaze4.0 
 8. Miranda, Petron B.3.7 
 9. Norwood, Rain o.3.6 
 10. Anthony, Barako3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Ryan REYES
  Talk N Text
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Reyes, Talk N Text1.7 
 2. Cabagnot, Petron1.5 
 3. Custodio, Air21 E.1.4 
 4. Abueva, Alaska Ac.1.2 
 5. Tenorio, Barang.1.1 
 6. Lingganay, Global1.1 
 7. Barroca, San M.1.0 
 8. Baguio, Alaska Ac.1.0 
 9. Norwood, Rain o.1.0 
 10. Santos, Petron B.0.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Santos, Petron B.1.5 
 2. Abueva, Alaska Ac.1.3 
 3. Hodge, Meralco1.3 
 4. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.1 
 5. Norwood, Rain o.1.0 
 6. Devance, San M.0.9 
 7. Baguio, Alaska Ac.0.9 
 8. Mamaril, Barang.0.9 
 9. Washington, Petron0.9 
 10. Baclao, Air21 E.0.8 



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AZS Radex inks Marek Miszczuk - by Eurobasket News

AZS Radex Szczecin (1Liga) signed 36-year old big man Marek Miszczuk (212-F/C77, agency: Promotex). He played last season at Polonia (1Liga). In 28 games last year he had 11.3ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.0spg.
The previous (10-11) season Miszczuk played at Siarka Jezioro. In 15 TBL games that season he recorded 8.3ppg and 4.7rpg.



Anwil lands Adam Lapeta - by Greg

Adam Lapeta (217-87, agency: Alti Sport) decided to sign a contract with Anwil Wloclawek. He played recently at Stelmet Zielona Gora (TBL). In 12 TBL games this season he averaged 3.8ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.3bpg. He also played 6 games in Eurocup where he had just 2.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.0spg and 1.5bpg. Lapeta is a product of Anwil big rival - Asseco Prokom Gdynia where he started his professional career.


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  PUERTO RICO   


Barea leads T-Wolves to 101-97 win over Nuggets - by Eurobasket News

DENVER
Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) scored 12 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter while All-Star forward Kevin Love sat on the bench with a sprained finger, lifting the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 101-97 win over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.

The Timberwolves were playing for the second straight night, but fatigue hardly appeared to be a factor as they handed the Nuggets a rare home loss. Denver, on the other hand, looked lethargic two days after snapping the Los Angeles Clippers' 17-game winning streak. Kosta Koufos and Ty Lawson led the Nuggets with 16 points each.

The game went back and forth in the final quarter before Luke Ridnour gave the Timberwolves the lead for good on a 3-pointer with 2:43 remaining. Jose Juan Barea then followed with another 3 to cement the win.

But it might be a costly victory for the Timberwolves after Love departed with a sprained finger on his right hand in the third quarter. Love broke his right hand in October, missing the opening nine games of the season, and has struggled to get on track with his jumper ever since.

Love was sliding past a Nuggets player in the lane when he suddenly clutched at his hand and headed into the training room. Love had 12 points and 17 rebounds before departing. He later returned to the bench to watch.

The Pepsi Center hasn't been kind to Love, who sustained a mild concussion and neck strain after a hit to the head in a game against Denver last April.

It was a big night for the usually modest Andre Miller, who scored the 15,000th point of his career on a mid-range jumper in the first quarter. He became only the eighth player to reach that scoring plateau while also compiling 7,500 career assists. Oscar Robertson, Gary Payton, John Stockton, Isiah Thomas, Magic Johnson, Jason Kidd and Steve Nash also accomplished the feat.

In typical Miller fashion, the 36-year-old downplayed the approaching milestone before the game. Said Miller: "A big individual accomplishment ... I try not to dwell on it. I never even thought about it. It's good to get it over with."

Nuggets coach George Karl said he would put Miller in the "top five in basketball" and that having a player with Miller's vision "is a blessing to a coach."

Miller started the game in place of Lawson, who's still recovering from a strained left Achilles tendon. Lawson sat out Tuesday when the Nuggets beat the Clippers and has been bothered by tightness in the tendon for the past week.

The speedy point guard provided a spark off the bench against Minnesota - the first time in nearly two years that Lawson entered a game as a reserve.

The Timberwolves were without point guard Ricky Rubio, who has been dealing with back spasms and remained in Minnesota during the two-game swing through Utah and Denver. The team is being cautious with Rubio, who is coming back from a torn ACL in his left knee. Minnesota hopes to have Rubio back Saturday against Portland.

NOTES: The Timberwolves had six players score in double figures. Alexey Shved also had 17 points. ... Asked about the chances of the Denver Broncos making the Super Bowl, Karl said, "I like them." ... Otis Day of "Animal House" fame sang at halftime. ... Miller finished with 10 assists.
Courtesy of: http://seattletimes.com



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  ROMANIA   


Ploiesti inks Predrag Miletic - by Eurobasket News

CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (Division A) signed 29-year old Serbian shooting guard Predrag Miletic (193-90kg-84). He played last season at Khimik in Ukrainian Superleague. In 42 games last year he had 8.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.5spg. He helped them to make it to the cup semifinals. Miletic also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 7.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.2apg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Radnicki in Serbian A League. In 15 games that season he recorded 10.9ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Miletic also played 24 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 6.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg.
He has played previously professionally in Serbia (Napredak Rubin).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DjordjeMatic)



Pitesti may sign Sasa Bratic - by Eurobasket News

BCM U Pitesti (Division A) is close to sign 32-year old Serbian swingman Sasa Bratic (202-104kg-81, agency: BeoExcell) who currently plays Feni Indistrija Kavadarci in FYR Macedonia. In 8 Prva Liga games this season he had 13.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. The last season Bratic played at Radnicki in Serbian A League. But in 13 games last year he recorded just 1.4ppg and 1.5rpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Bratic also played 15 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 5.6ppg and 3.6rpg.
He ended 2010-11 season at Petrolina AEK Larnaca in Cypriot Division A. In three games that season he recorded 14.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3spg. But the most of that year Bratic spent at Maccabi Bazan Haifa (previous name Maccabi Haifa) in Israeli Winner League. In 8 games he recorded 6.5ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.0spg. He also played 7 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 3.6ppg and 1.6rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Bratic was voted Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Eurocup Honorable Mention back in 2008.
He is quite experienced player. Bratic has played also professionally in Slovenia, Ukraine (Khimik), Israel (Galil Gilboa and Hapoel Holon) and Serbia (Zdravlje, Atlas and Lavovi).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DjordjeMatic)



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  RUSSIA   


Avtodor brings Strebkov on loan - by Eurobasket News

Avtodor Saratov (Superleague) tabbed 22-year old point guard Ivan Strebkov (192-85kg-91). He played recently at CSKA Moscow (PBL). Strebkov also played at CSKA Moscow earlier that season. The last season he played at CSKA Moscow U23. He helped them to win the league title. Strebkov represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) two years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 6.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.0apg, Steals-5(1.4spg), FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 60.0%.

By Eurobasket Data Center



EuroLeague: Khimky silence Navarro-less Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

Khimky - Barcelona 78:65

Khimky gained the second straight win at the EuroLeague Top 16 stage. They held off visiting Barcelona tonight to improve at 2-0 record in Group F. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) provided 16 points and 6 assists for the winners.
Khimky dominated from start to finish in this one. Barcelona faced a three-point deficit after ten minutes 18:21. Khimky fired 25 points in the second frame to extend the lead. The hosts ensured a 46:41 advantage at the interval. Barcelona continued to struggle offensively in the absence of Juan Carlos Navarro in the second half. The Spanish powerhouse accounted for just 14 points in the third period as Khimky stretched the lead to 7 points at the final intermission. The home team opened the fourth frame with 8 points in a row to gain a 15-point lead. Barcelona never got closer than 13 points in the reminder of the contest as Khimky raced to the victory. Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) produced 13 points, while Alexey Zhukanenko (210-F-86, agency: Alti Sport) and Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) chipped in 10 points each in the win. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) answered with 16 points for Barcelona. Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) had 14 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

Khimky: Zoran Planinic 16, Vitaliy Fridzon 13, Alexey Zhukanenko 10, Paul Davis 10
Barcelona: Ante Tomic 16, Pete Mickeal 14



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  SERBIA   


Ploiesti inks Predrag Miletic - by Eurobasket News

CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (Division A) signed 29-year old Serbian shooting guard Predrag Miletic (193-90kg-84). He played last season at Khimik in Ukrainian Superleague. In 42 games last year he had 8.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.5spg. He helped them to make it to the cup semifinals. Miletic also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 7.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.2apg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Radnicki in Serbian A League. In 15 games that season he recorded 10.9ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Miletic also played 24 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 6.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg.
He has played previously professionally in Serbia (Napredak Rubin).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DjordjeMatic)



Pitesti may sign Sasa Bratic - by Eurobasket News

BCM U Pitesti (Division A) is close to sign 32-year old Serbian swingman Sasa Bratic (202-104kg-81, agency: BeoExcell) who currently plays Feni Indistrija Kavadarci in FYR Macedonia. In 8 Prva Liga games this season he had 13.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. The last season Bratic played at Radnicki in Serbian A League. But in 13 games last year he recorded just 1.4ppg and 1.5rpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Bratic also played 15 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 5.6ppg and 3.6rpg.
He ended 2010-11 season at Petrolina AEK Larnaca in Cypriot Division A. In three games that season he recorded 14.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3spg. But the most of that year Bratic spent at Maccabi Bazan Haifa (previous name Maccabi Haifa) in Israeli Winner League. In 8 games he recorded 6.5ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.0spg. He also played 7 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 3.6ppg and 1.6rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Bratic was voted Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Eurocup Honorable Mention back in 2008.
He is quite experienced player. Bratic has played also professionally in Slovenia, Ukraine (Khimik), Israel (Galil Gilboa and Hapoel Holon) and Serbia (Zdravlje, Atlas and Lavovi).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DjordjeMatic)



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  SLOVAKIA   


Clarence Jackson is the third american player in Bratislava - by Michal Duchovic

The team of BK Inter Bratislava has decided to strenghten their squad by adding another player from America. His name is Clarence Jackson (193-G-89, college: Siena) and he plays on position of guard. Jackson has started his career on Siena College, where he spent four years. Three teams he won with his team the Metro Atlantic Athletic Tournament. Also he was awarded as the MAAC Sixth Man of the Year in 2009. In his last season in Siena he started as the starting five, where he averaged 14.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.7 apg and 1.2 spg. After the Siena experience he wanted to experience Europe. First he signed in SK Dnipro Azot Dniprodzerzhynsk, but there he played only 2 games and then the same month he left the club. Last season he signed BC Rakvere Tarvas, but there he also played only in 2 games. In 2 games he averaged 11.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 1.0 apg. The official site of BK Inter Bratislava has stated, if the club can manage all the formalities, then Jackson can play his first match already on saturday against Svit.


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  SLOVENIA   


Rogaska brings back Tomic, part ways with Klinac - by Zeljko Zule

After just six months apart, Rogaska Crystal and Boban Tomic (190-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) have reunited. Tomic arrives from LTH Castings Mercator where he has averaged a league-best 17.7 points, 4.0 rebound and 5.2 assists in 9 Telemach League games this season.
Rogaska Crystal also parted ways with Bosnian Aldin Klinac (212-C-90) who 1.8 points, 1.0 rebounds and 0.3 assists over less than 4 minutes in 4 Telemach League games this season



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  SOUTH KOREA   

Standings

KBL Standings
 1. SK Knights 22-5 
 2. Mobis Phoebus 19-8 
 3. ET Land 18-9 
 4. LG Sakers 13-14 
 5. Anyang KGC 13-14 
 6. Goyang Orions 12-15 
 7. Sonic Boom KT 12-15 
 8. Samsung Th. 12-15 
 9. Dongbu Promy 9-18 
 10. KCC Egis 5-22 

Regular Season: Round 21

Jan. 2: LG Sakers - KCC Egis 74-76
Jan. 3: SK Knights - ET Land 74-66
Jan. 3: Anyang KGC - Sonic Boom KT 62-75
Jan. 4: Mobis Phoebus - LG Sakers
Jan. 4: Goyang Orions - Dongbu Promy



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  SPAIN   


EuroLeague: Khimky silence Navarro-less Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

Khimky - Barcelona 78:65

Khimky gained the second straight win at the EuroLeague Top 16 stage. They held off visiting Barcelona tonight to improve at 2-0 record in Group F. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) provided 16 points and 6 assists for the winners.
Khimky dominated from start to finish in this one. Barcelona faced a three-point deficit after ten minutes 18:21. Khimky fired 25 points in the second frame to extend the lead. The hosts ensured a 46:41 advantage at the interval. Barcelona continued to struggle offensively in the absence of Juan Carlos Navarro in the second half. The Spanish powerhouse accounted for just 14 points in the third period as Khimky stretched the lead to 7 points at the final intermission. The home team opened the fourth frame with 8 points in a row to gain a 15-point lead. Barcelona never got closer than 13 points in the reminder of the contest as Khimky raced to the victory. Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) produced 13 points, while Alexey Zhukanenko (210-F-86, agency: Alti Sport) and Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) chipped in 10 points each in the win. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) answered with 16 points for Barcelona. Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) had 14 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

Khimky: Zoran Planinic 16, Vitaliy Fridzon 13, Alexey Zhukanenko 10, Paul Davis 10
Barcelona: Ante Tomic 16, Pete Mickeal 14



EuroLeague: Real ease past Brose Baskets - by Eurobasket News

Brose Baskets - Real Madrid 67:82

Real Madrid cruised to the second straight win in Top 16 Euroleague round. They fired past Brose Baskets on the road tonight. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) finished with 19 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
Real Madrid scored 26 points in the starting quarter to set the tone. The visitors accumulated a 4-point lead after ten minutes. Real maintained the pressure throughout the second quarter. They enjoyed a 47:38 halftime lead. Brose Baskets tried to get back into the game in the third quarter. Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) put the hosts within four with a triple midway through the frame 49:53. Real hung on to establish a 63:57 lead at the final intermission. The visitors tipped off the final frame with an 8:2 run to ensure a 71:59 lead and never looked back en route to the win. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) had 13 points, while Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86) added 11 points and 6 assists for Real. Bostjan Nachbar answered with 19 points for Bamberg. Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) finished with 17 points in defeat.

Brose Baskets: Bostjan Nachbar 19, Anton Gavel 17
Real Madrid: Nikola Mirotic 19, Jaycee Carroll 13, Sergio Rodriguez 11



EuroLeague: Caja Laboral shock Maccabi in front of 11000 fans - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv - Caja Laboral 70:71

Caja Laboral shock Maccabi in front of 11000 fans in EuroLeague Top 16 Round 2. The Spanish team survived a 71:70 win after 12-point halftime advantage.
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv won the first period 23-20, but failed in the second frame. The Spanish team erupted with 24-9 surge and grabbed a 44:32 deficit. The Israeli team erupted with a massive run in the third period and after 24-6 in it took the lead. They led 58:50 early in the last stanza but could not win the game. Brad Oleson (191-G-83, agency: Duran International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) closed a 10-0 run for 60:58 lead and then he brought 69:67 advantage.
Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Brad Oleson posted 10. Milko Bjelica (205-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) added 8, while Andres Nocioni (199-SF-79) and Fernando San Emeterio (198-F/G-84)
scored 7 each. Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) answered with 18 points in defeat, while Darko Planinic (211-C-90) added 11. Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) and Sylven Landesberg (198-F/G-90, college: Virginia) delivered 10 points apiece in a loss. Fernando San Emeterio scored the last shot for the winning side, while OHAYON YOGEV missed the chance to bring the win for the hosts.

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv: Ricky Hickman 18, Darko Planinic 11, Devin Smith 10, Sylven Landesberg 10
Caja Laboral: Nemanja Bjelica 17, Brad Oleson 10, Milko Bjelica 8, Andres Nocioni 7, Fernando San Emeterio 7



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  SWEDEN   

Standings - Basketligan

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

Regular Season: Round 20

Jan. 3: Eagles - Nassjo 80-67
Jan. 4: Jamtland - LF Basket
Jan. 4: Boras - Sodertalje
Jan. 4: Sundsvall - Solna
Jan. 4: Eco Orebro - 08
Jan. 4: Norrkoping - Uppsala

Round 23

Jan. 6: Sodertalje - LF Basket


Stats Leaders - Basketligan

Points Per Game
 James MILLER
  Boras
  (180-PG-79)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Miller, Boras23.9 
 2. Dugat, LF Basket19.8 
 3. Wesby, Sundsvall19.8 
 4. Palm, Boras17.6 
 5. Oglesby, Boras17.5 
 6. Sigurdarson, Sunds.17.1 
 7. Hudson, Jamtland16.9 
 8. Castle, Eco Orebro16.4 
 9. McKnight, Boras16.4 
 10. Bizaca, Sodertalje16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (209-C-79)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Palm, Boras10.3 
 2. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.1 
 3. Simms, Sodertalje9.4 
 4. Walker, Nassjo8.5 
 5. Toutziarakis, Solna8.2 
 6. McKnight, Boras8.2 
 7. Wright, Uppsala7.7 
 8. Johnson, Solna7.6 
 9. Santee, Eco Orebro7.6 
 10. Thomas, Boras6.9 
Assists Per Game
 James MILLER
  Boras
  (180-PG-79)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Miller, Boras5.8 
 2. Castle, Eco Orebro5.1 
 3. Ermolinskij, Norrk.4.6 
 4. Levin, Solna4.5 
 5. Ilunga, 084.4 
 6. Carter, Uppsala4.3 
 7. Dugat, LF Basket4.3 
 8. Jeromanovs, Norrk.4.2 
 9. Stefanovic, Eagles4.0 
 10. Ruach, Nassjo3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Mario FERNANDES
  Jamtl.
  (176-PG-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Fernandes, Jamtl.2.3 
 2. Dugat, LF Basket2.1 
 3. Castle, Eco Orebro2.1 
 4. Jackson, Uppsala1.9 
 5. Stefanovic, Eagles1.9 
 6. Ruach, Nassjo1.9 
 7. Carter, Uppsala1.7 
 8. McKnight, Boras1.6 
 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. Hughes, Norrkoping1.6 
 3. Augustus, 081.5 
 4. Palm, Boras1.5 
 5. Wright, Uppsala1.5 
 6. Henderson, LF Ba.1.3 
 7. Brown, 080.9 
 8. Nilsson, Sundsvall0.8 
 9. Toutziarakis, Solna0.8 
 10. Johnson, Solna0.8 


Swedish U16 National Team -13 - by Greg

Samuel Berkelund 201-SF-97
John Brandmark 192-SG-97
Erik Busk 197-SF-97
Gustav Ericson 187-PG-97
Daniel Hansson 185-PG-97 Alvik Basket Sweden
Nils Johansson 195-SG-97
Marcus Larsson 191-SG-97 Sanda Sweden
Craig Lecesne 196-PG-97
Gustav Malmstrom 197-PF-97
Ludvig Saldh 198-PF-97
Theodore Silveira 192-SF-97
Tobias Sjoberg 201-C-97

Panagiotis Nikolaidis Head Coach Eco Orebro Sweden
Christer Stjernborg Assistant Solna Vikings Sweden



Swedish U18 National Team for Baltic Sea Cup in Tallinn - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Erik Johansson
Johansson
Henrik Jadersten
Jadersten
Caleb Musie
Musie
Tim Schuberg
Schuberg
Sebastian Brusenwitz
Brusenwitz
#e#5
Sebastian Brusenwitz 209-C-96
Sheriff Drammeh 186-G-96 Talje Sweden
Gustav Hansson 182-G-95 Alvik Basket Sweden
Martin Hyberg 202-C-95
Erik Johansson 194-F-96 Talje Sweden
Henrik Jadersten 208-F-95 Solna Sweden
Alexander Larsson 203-C-95 Talje Sweden
Johan Lofberg 199-SG-95 Goeteborg Sweden
Caleb Musie 168-PG-95 Norrkoping Sweden
Alexander Russom 191-G-95 Sanda Sweden
Tim Schuberg 95 Blackeberg Sweden
William Skagius 198-F-96 Sundsvall Sweden
Andreas Von Uthmann 196-F-96 BG Lulea Sweden

Olle Lunden Head Coach Sodertalje Sweden
Jonathan Haile Assistant Sanda Sweden



BSBC 2013 (U16): Sweden rally past Estonia in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Estonia - Sweden 73:84

Sweden clinched the opening win at the traditional Baltic Sea Basketball Cup tournament in the Estonian capital. Tobias Sjoberg came up with 24 points and 7 rebounds to pace the visitors.
Sweden got to a strong start. The Scandinavian side posted a 23:13 lead ten minutes into the game. Sweden stretched the lead in the second quarter. They accounted for a 47:31 halftime lead. Estonia tried to put up a comeback effort in the third term. The hosts cut the deficit back to single digits. They trailed by 9 points into the final frame. Sweden however limited their opponents at 16 points in the fourth period and sealed the victory at the end. Gustav Ericson chipped in 15 points, while Craig Lecesne added 12 points for the winners. Robert Valge (97) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Estonia. Ken Kuber (97) had 12 points in the loss.

Estonia: Robert Valge 17, Ken Kuber 12
Sweden: Tobias Sjoberg 24, Gustav Ericson 15, Craig Lecesne 12



BSBC 2013 (U18): Estonia come from behind to defeat Sweden - by Eurobasket News

Estonia - Sweden 85:76 (OT)

Estonia opened win count at the annual Baltic Sea Basketball Cup in Tallinn. The hosts held off Sweden in overtime in the opener. Saimon Sutt (198-SG-95) dropped 24 points to lead all scorers.
Sweden eked out a 15:14 lead after ten minutes. The Scandinavian side maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They arrived at halftime up by 11 points 31:42. Estonia however picked up the tempo in the third term. The home side went on a convincing 24:10 run to take a 3-point lead before the fourth term. Sweden reacted calmly in the next ten minutes. The visitors dropped 23 points and sent the game into overtime. Estonia however dominated in the extra period. The hosts outscored Sweden 10:1 to clinch victory. Sten Olmre (192-SG-95) chipped in 19 points, while Joosep Russak (185-PG-95) delivered 18 points for Estonia. Alexander Larsson (203-C-95) answered with 18 points for Sweden. Erik Johansson (194-F-96) accounted for 16 points in the loss.

Estonia: Saimon Sutt 24, Sten Olmre 19, Joosep Russak 18
Sweden: Alexander Larsson 18, Erik Johansson 16



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  SWITZERLAND   


Fribourg lands Josh Almanson, ex Gigantes - by Eurobasket News

Benetton Fribourg Olympic (LNA) tabbed 31-year old American forward Josh Almanson (205-110kg-82, college: Bowling Green). He played recently at Gigantes in Mexican LNBP. In 11 games this season he averaged impressive 15.8ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.3apg. The last season Almanson played at Vendee Challans in French NM1. In 34 games last year he had very impressive stats: 15.9ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.6apg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com French NM1 All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Geneve Lions. In 25 LNA games that year he had 10.8ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.6apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements Almanson played in the final of Swiss LNA in 2009. He received also NABC All-NCAA District 10 2nd Team award back in 2005 at his college time.
Almanson is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (TBB Trier), Luxembourg (Contern), Portugal (Benfica) and Switzerland (Lugano Tigers and BBC Nyon).
Almanson attended Bowling Green State University until 2005 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


TT referees certified! - by Albert-Lee Young

Two referees from Trinidad and Tobago successfully completed the FIBA Referee Certification Clinic held in Barbados during the month of December. Dexter Horsford was one of six referees who were recertified, whilst Charles Nathaniel was amongst six candidates for certification.

Altogether five countries were represented - Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago; the Clinic was conducted by Lubo Kotleba, Technical Director of FIBA and Glyne Clarke, Vice President, Technical of the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC).

On a regional basis, the Annual Congress of the Caribbean Basketball Confederation will be held on Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 in St. Thomas, USVI, and is hosted by the USVI Basketball Federation (VIBF). At the meeting one of the topics to be finalized is the hosting of the 2013 Caribbean Basketball Championships.

According to our source, the National Basketball Federation of Trinidad and Tobago was invited to host the tournament, however no decision has been taken as yet. Hopefully before T&T delegates attend the meeting, the national basketball community will be aware of their decision.

Meanwhile on the hard-courts, competition in the Hoops for Life is expected to resume shortly following the Christmas holiday break. On the resumption, fans are eagerly anticipating the playoffs which should feature the unbeaten zonal community teams such as Laventille, La Romaine, Maloney and Valencia.

With rosters loaded with some of the top local and international players, much is expected from these teams. For North Zone leaders Laventille, they are led by national players, Kurt Christian and Steven Lewis. Both Christian and Lewis played a key role in the national team historic come-from-behind win over Puerto Rico at the 2010 Centrobasket Championships.

Across in the East, Maloney has the experience of top local centers, 6-9 Shawn Lawrence and 6-7 Keivan Bacquain. To compliment their twin towers, Maloney can boast of young talent like Michael Jerome, Chris Nelson and Patrick Scipio. In addition, Valencia is also undefeated in the challenge for the top prize of one million dollars. They are led by the talented and athletic forward Fabrice Fisher and young center Michael Saunders.

Down south, La Romaine remains unbeaten humiliating their opponents by wide margins thus far. They are led by national point guard Dereck Boxhill and former Spanish based professional forward Adrian Joseph (6-7).

On another note, the Trinidad and Tobago Schools Basketball League is expected to commence after the carnival celebrations in February. At present discussions are being held with the school basketball association, the Ministry of Sport and National Gas Company of Trinidad & Tobago regarding the staging of the 2013 edition.



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  TURKEY   


Hacettepe keeps Marsh for another season - by Eurobasket News

Hacettepe University (TBL) re-signed 32-year old American forward Ricardo Marsh (207-F-81, college: ODU) (207-105kg-81, college: ODU). He played there last season. In 28 TBL games last year he recorded 13.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.0apg and 1.1spg. The most of previous (2010-11) season Marsh spent at Crvena Zvezda in Serbian league. In 20 Adriatic League games that season he averaged impressive 19.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Adriatic League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. He also spent pre-season at the Hawks in NBA that year.
Marshs team made it to the Radivoj Korac (Serbian Cup) Semifinals in 2011.
He is quite experienced player. Marsh has played also professionally in Croatia (Cedevita), Israel (Ironi Ashkelon), Japan (Toyota Alvark), Kosovo, Latvia (ASK Riga), Ukraine (BC Donetsk) and Turkey (Turk Telekom and Antalya).
He attended Old Dominion University until 2003 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @trendbasket)



Macvan has a broken nose - by Efe Gorkem

Milan Macvan (205-PF-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) joins the long injury list of Galatasaray Medical Park. 23 year-old power forward broke his nose during the morning practice. He will undergo an operation today and miss Beko Basketbol Ligi clash versus Hacettepe University. Macvan may play with a mask against UNICS Kazan. Macvan has 10.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 1.2 apg in Turkish League this season.

Galatasaray has a lot of troubles with injuries this season. Goksenin Koksal and Henry Domercant are already out for season because of ruptured ACL's.




EuroLeague: Anadolu Efes edge Panathinaikos in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes - Panathinaikos 78:64

Anadolu Efes clinched the first win in EuroLeague Top 16 round. They held off Panathinaikos at home arena to improve at 1-1 record in Group E. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) led well-balanced effort with 13 points.
Anadolu Efes did not waste too much time in taking the lead. They grabbed control early in the game to post a 24:17 lead ten minutes into it. Anadolu Efes extended the margin in the second quarter. The Turkish side accumulated a 45:32 halftime advantage. The hosts kept Panathinaikos at bay throughout the third quarter. The Hellenes faced a massive 21-point deficit heading into the fourth frame. The Athens team got within 12 points after buckets from Maciulis and Kapono but Vujacic capped the regulation with a jumper to seal 14-point win for the hosts. Lucas had 12 points, while Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 points in the victory. Michael Bramos (197-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH) answered with 16 points for Panathinaikos. Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) netted 15 points in the loss.

Anadolu Efes: Jordan Farmar 13, Lucas 12, Dusko Savanovic 11
Panathinaikos: Michael Bramos 16, Sofoklis Schortsanitis 15



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Gwynn Park senior goes from role player to leader - by David Edole

Bazil moved from the Virgin Islands to pursue basketball scholarship
by Jennifer Beekman Staff writer

There are hard workers, Gwynn Park High School boys basketball coach Michael Glick said, and then there is senior forward Ackhel Bazil.

The 6-foot-6 post player is here for a reason, though, and he plays like it.

Bazil uprooted himself two years ago, left his family in the Virgin Islands to come to the continental United States where he lives with his legal guardian, Sheniko Frett, in Brandywine, to pursue a basketball scholarship.

That is what drives me to play every night, to be the best I can be. In the Virgin Islands, my opportunities were very limited. If I came [to the U.S.] I would have the opportunity to help my mom out, she would not have the money to send me to college. I could get a free education and then when I'm done, I would go back and help her, do what I can for my family, Bazil said.

Glick said there is no doubt in his mind Bazil will earn a scholarship and attend college. Right now, he added, Bazil is focusing on the season and playing his basketball and the two will get to work on making college decisions in March.

Though Bazil quickly adjusted to his new surroundings in Maryland, he needed work on the hardwood, Glick said.

\The Virgin Islands are U.S. territory but the style of basketball Bazil grew up playing in no way resembled American ball, he said.

The speed of Gwynn Park's game, the organization and offensive/defensive schemes, Bazil added, was a shock to his system.

But the raw talent was there, Glick said. And in just a year Bazil has gone from being a role player on last year's squad to a prominent post player in the paint this winter, one the Yellow Jackets (4-4), who didn't win the Class 2A South title last year for the first time in three years, have become reliant on.

It's a totally different game. It was probably hard coming in, not being the best, being a role player. It's a much more up and down, racehorse type of game, Glick said.

The 20th-year high school coach added that Bazil's experience playing with the Virgin Islands' U-18 National Team at the FIBA Americas U-18 Championship for Men in Brazil over the summer did wonders for his game and confidence.

Bazil is a more well-rounded player this year, Glick said. He has developed better court awareness and the ability to make quick decisions. Bazil said he also now understands the importance of playing strong defense, as well.

Two losses at the Montgomery County's Springbrook High's holiday tournament extended Gwynn Park's skid to four games after a 4-0 start to the season Glick said only good can come of playing perennial powers such as Springbrook and defending 4A state champion Col. Zadok Magruder.

But Glick said in his time coaching basketball he has learned to look at the big picture, where the team will be in February.

The Yellow Jackets are still adjusting to the loss of seven of their top eight players from last year's team.

Senior leading scorer Jalen Harris (18.9 points per game) is still growing into his own new role as a standout player, Glick said.

Despite the recent losses, Harris and Bazil's dynamic has grown and will only get better.

We play well together. [Harris] controls the outside and I can control the inside, Bazil said.

Bazil averages 10.3 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. But in the past four games, as teams have applied more pressure on Harris, he's averaged 14.25 points, more than double his 6.25 average in the first four contests.

Though only in his second year with the program, Bazil was named a captain this year. Glick said his work ethic and drive immediately earned the respect of his peers.

When you come from less, sometimes it makes you more motivated. [Bazil] is a kid who is focused and driven, that is his way to college. He has done a tremendous job and he is someone all the kids respect because of how hard he works, Glick said.



Walter Hodge's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Virgin Islanders playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing U.S. Virgin Islands players, who play currently abroad.

Walter Hodge
Walter Hodge
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL. He could not help Stelmet ZG (9-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Hodge's very good performance Stelmet ZG was defeated 99-95 on the road by the lower-ranked Siarka Jezioro (#9). He recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and making 10 passes. Hodge also added 4 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). Hodge is ranked first on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best passers (third place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hodge averages: 20.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 5.5apg, 2.6spg, 2FGP: 53.0%, 3FGP: 30.9% and FT: 81.0%. He has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican. Hodge is currently a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Cuthbert Victor
Cuthbert Victor
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Cuthbert Victor (197-83, college: Murray St., currently plays in France). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Cholet (7-7) crushing them 79-55 in the French ProA on Wednesday night. Victor recorded 8 points and added 3 assists in 25 minutes. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (9-5) is placed fifth in the ProA. Victor has relatively good stats this year: 10.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 66.7%(50-75), 3FGP: 29.2% and FT: 71.4% in the 14 games he played so far. He played for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team in 2011.

Frank Elegar
Frank Elegar
   #3. The U.S. Virgin Islands player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel, currently plays in Estonia). Elegar contributed to Kalev/Cramo's victory against the closely-ranked TTU (6-7) 78-69 in a derby game in the Estonian KML in Sunday night's game. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (8-5) is placed third in the KML. Elegar's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Elegar's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 65.9%(27-41) and FT: 68.0%. Elegar played for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team three years ago.

Jerome Gumbs
Jerome Gumbs
   #4. Forward Jerome Gumbs (194-82, college: USF, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL was not able to help Cheshire Phoenix (6-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Gumbs' good performance Cheshire Phoenix was badly defeated 95-78 in Glasgow by the higher-ranked Rocks (#6). He scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. This season Gumbs has very high stats. He averages: 16.7ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg. Gumbs used to play for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team back in 2011.

The list of other players, who all have U.S. Virgin Islands passport but never been selected to any of U.S. Virgin Islands national teams:

   #1. Experienced Tim Duncan (211-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in NBA) led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks (16-14) 117-110 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Duncan had a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 6 assists and 3 blocks in 34 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have quite an impressive 26-8 record this season. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. It's Duncan's 16th year with the team. Duncan has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 9.8rpg, 2.6apg and 2.5bpg in the 33 games he played so far. Duncan has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and American.

   #2. Julius Hodge (201-G-83, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA could not help Paris-Levallois (9-5) to beat Sluc Nancy (6-8). He recorded only 4 points in 13 minutes. Paris-Levallois lost 84-89 on the road to the lower-ranked (#9) Sluc Nancy. This year Hodge's overall stats are: 4.2ppg, 2.2rpg and 4.3apg in the six games. He is another player who holds two passports: U.S. Virgin Islands and Antiguan.

   #3. Antonin Galaya (196-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help N.Carolina Central in a victory against the Winthrop University 64-57 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. He scored only 3 points in 4 minutes on the court. The N.Carolina Central has 1-0 conference record this season. Galaya has very impressive stats this year: 16.7ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg in the six games. He has both U.S. Virgin Islands and French nationalities.

   #4. Rakeem Christmas (206-F/C-91, currently studies in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Rutgers, The State University (0-1) crushing them 78-53 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Christmas scored only 4 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The Syracuse University has 1-0 conference record this season. This year Christmas has very high stats. He averages: 16.7ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg.

Other top U.S. Virgin Islands players, who play abroad:

Raja Bell (196-F/G-76) plays for Utah Jazz in the NBA
Gregory Washington (208-C/F-84) plays for Svendborg in Danish Ligaen
Ivan Aska (200-F-90) plays for Leuven Bears in Belgian Ethias League
Dane Rawlins (193-G/F-87) plays for Tampa Bay Rain in the ABA
Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81) plays for Nacional in Uruguayan LUB



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Kyrylo Fesenko agreed terms with BC Donetsk - by Eurobasket News

BC Donetsk (Superleague) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Ukrainian international center Kyrylo Fesenko (213-136kg-86). He spent pre-season at Chicago Bulls in the NBA. Part of last season Fesenko spent at the Pacers in NBA. In three games last year he recorded just 2.7ppg and 3.0rpg. He also played at the Warriors in NBA earlier that season. In three games he averaged only 2.7ppg and 3.0rpg.
Fesenko played in the final of NBA Eastern Conference -12.
The previous (10-11) season Fesenko played at the Jazz in NBA. In 52 games that year he averaged only 2.0ppg and 2.1rpg.
In 2007 he was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in second round (38th overall). he was selected to D-League All-Star Game back in 2008.
Fesenko was also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. He played for Ukrainian Senior National Team between 2005 and 2011 and previouslyfor University National Team in 2005. Fesenko also represented Ukraine at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 5.0ppg, 2.4rpg.
Fesenko has played also professionally in NBA (Utah Jazz), Ukraine (Azovmash-2 Mariupol and Cherkasy) and D-League (Utah Flash).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - BBL

BBL Standings
 1. Newcastle E. 14-2 
 2. Leicester R. 12-2 
 3. Surrey Heat 12-3 
 4. Plymouth R. 10-5 
 5. Worcester W. 9-7 
 6. Glasgow Rocks 9-7 
 7. London Lions 7-11 
 8. Cheshire P. 6-10 
 9. Sheffield S. 6-10 
 10. Manchester G. 6-11 
 11. Durham W. 4-11 
 12. Mersey Tigers 0-16 

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 1: Surrey Heat - London Lions 96-73
Dec. 30: Glasgow Rocks - Cheshire P. 95-78
Dec. 30: Sheffield S. - Manchester G. 87-68
Dec. 28: Mersey Tigers - Manchester G. 65-96

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 5: Surrey Heat - Durham W.
Jan. 5: Leicester R. - Worcester W.
Jan. 6: Durham W. - Cheshire P.
Jan. 6: Glasgow Rocks - Plymouth R.


BBL Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Chez MARKS
  Cheshire P.
  (191-G-80)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Marks, Cheshire P.22.2 
 2. Ojo, Plymouth R.21.1 
 3. Bell, Plymouth R.19.4 
 4. Jackman, London L.17.6 
 5. Smith, Newcastl.17.5 
 6. Daye, Sheffield S.17.4 
 7. Holmes, Surrey H.17.3 
 8. Ogedengbe, London17.1 
 9. Baldarelli, Durham16.2 
 10. Williams, Sheffie.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt SCHNECK
  Plymouth.
  (203-C-88)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Schneck, Plymouth.10.9 
 2. Maddox, Newcastl.9.9 
 3. Myers, Cheshire P.9.5 
 4. Ocitti, Worceste.9.4 
 5. Keister, Durham W.9.0 
 6. Bland, Cheshire P.8.9 
 7. Tuck, Sheffield S.8.9 
 8. Holmes, Surrey H.8.8 
 9. Defoe, Newcastl.8.7 
 10. Jackman, London8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Chavis HOLMES
  Surrey H.
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Holmes, Surrey H.5.8 
 2. Chapman, Newcastl.5.2 
 3. Bucci, Durham W.4.9 
 4. Sullivan, Leiceste.4.7 
 5. Owumi, Worceste.4.5 
 6. Haskins, Cheshire.4.3 
 7. Jones, Manchest.4.1 
 8. Huffman, Newcastl.3.9 
 9. McGinn, Mersey T.3.8 
 10. Calvo, Mersey T.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Chavis HOLMES
  Surrey H.
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Holmes, Surrey H.3.3 
 2. Ojo, Plymouth R.2.3 
 3. Daye, Sheffield S.2.0 
 4. Bucci, Durham W.1.9 
 5. Huffman, Newcastl.1.9 
 6. Myers, Cheshire P.1.7 
 7. Baldarelli, Durham1.6 
 8. Taylor, Leiceste.1.6 
 9. Marks, Cheshire P.1.5 
 10. Smith, Newcastl.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Alif BLAND
  Cheshire P.
  (203-C-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Bland, Cheshire P.2.5 
 2. Maddox, Newcastl.1.7 
 3. Sturt, London Lio.1.3 
 4. Eaves, Manchest.1.1 
 5. Calvo, Mersey T.1.0 
 6. Masiulis, Worceste.0.9 
 7. Simek, Surrey Heat0.8 
 8. Watts, Manchest.0.8 
 9. Ocitti, Worceste.0.7 
 10. Sullivan, Leicest.0.7 


Fab Takes Molten BBL Coach Of The Month Accolade - by Paul Nilsen

Newcastle Eagles' player-coach Fabulous Flournoy has been handed the Molten BBL Coach of the Month award for December.

No stranger to the accolade, Flournoy picks up yet another award having led his team to six wins in seven games during the period.

He was one of four head coaches who only tasted defeat once during December, the others being Rob Paternostro (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders), Paul James (Worcester Wolves) and Creon Raftopoulos (Surrey Heat).

However, Flournoy presided over twice as many victories as his peers to help the Eagles back to the top of the BBL Championship and successfully tip-off the defence of their BBL Trophy.

After opening up with a win at Cheshire Phoenix, the Eagles experienced their only loss of the month the following weekend with a disappointing defeat at Worcester Wolves.

Then, without the services of injured talisman Charles Smith, they found themselves down by double digits at Raiders just 24 hours later and with only a few minutes left on the game clock. But, with Flournoy leading by example, he helped to dig the Eagles out of an almighty hole and they escaped with a precious victory and have never looked back.

They then followed this up with a trio of league wins against Surrey Heat, London Lions and Manchester Giants, before wrapping up a fabulous month and indeed wonderful calendar year, by cruising into the BBL Trophy quarter-finals after sweeping aside Durham Wildcats in the north-east derby.

Flournoy and the Eagles will next be in action at the BBL Cup Final at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham on Sunday 13th January when they defend their title against Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders.



Bucci Lands Molten BBL Player Of The Month - by Paul Nilsen

Durham Wildcats' veteran Ralph Bucci (193-G-75, college: St.Rose, NY) has been crowned the Molten BBL Player of the Month for December.

The guard excelled in the period, and whilst it wasn't always enough to inspire his team to the number of wins they craved, Bucci was undeniably outstanding in the five games he played during December.

He averaged the highest performance valuation per game of any player in the league and that's unsurprising, after posting some extraordinary numbers.

Bucci managed to rack up 15.2 points per game and co- led the BBL in assists with 5.6 per game.

He also did a magnificent job defensively, managing to harvest 2.8 steals per game - the third best in the league.

Perhaps most impressively of all, he showed that being a guard doesn't limit you to being effective on the glass by harvesting 10.2 rebounds per game (also the third highest in the league) to ensure he achieved a stellar December double-double.

His best performance came during a thrilling victory against London Lions, when he registered a brilliant and rare triple-double of 10 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists to guide his team to victory.

Bucci had to fight off some seriously stiff competition to scoop the award, especially from November winner Kareem Maddox of Newcastle Eagles who also enjoyed another scintillating month.



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Kyrylo Fesenko agreed terms with BC Donetsk - by Eurobasket News

BC Donetsk (Superleague) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Ukrainian international center Kyrylo Fesenko (213-136kg-86). He spent pre-season at Chicago Bulls in the NBA. Part of last season Fesenko spent at the Pacers in NBA. In three games last year he recorded just 2.7ppg and 3.0rpg. He also played at the Warriors in NBA earlier that season. In three games he averaged only 2.7ppg and 3.0rpg.
Fesenko played in the final of NBA Eastern Conference -12.
The previous (10-11) season Fesenko played at the Jazz in NBA. In 52 games that year he averaged only 2.0ppg and 2.1rpg.
In 2007 he was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in second round (38th overall). he was selected to D-League All-Star Game back in 2008.
Fesenko was also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. He played for Ukrainian Senior National Team between 2005 and 2011 and previouslyfor University National Team in 2005. Fesenko also represented Ukraine at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 5.0ppg, 2.4rpg.
Fesenko has played also professionally in NBA (Utah Jazz), Ukraine (Azovmash-2 Mariupol and Cherkasy) and D-League (Utah Flash).

By Eurobasket Data Center




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Women News


Mladi Krajisnik brings back Vrancic - by Zeljko Zule

After a half decade apart, Mladi Krajisnik and Irena Vrancic (167-G-90) have reunited, the club announced today. Vrancic arrives from Serbian side Vozdovac, where she spent the last one and a half seasons. She appeared in 12 Adriatic League games this season and averaged 11.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.5 steals in 33 minutes per game. Vrancic had previously played for Mladi Krajinsik in the 2007-08 season, averaging 1.4 points and 1.1 rebounds as a teenager in Adritaic League and winning the Bosnian cup.


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CIS Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 3: Brock - McMaster 75-64
Jan. 3: Windsor - Laurier 68-60
Jan. 3: Guelph - Western 64-68
Jan. 4: York - Ottawa
Jan. 4: Laurentian - Carleton
Jan. 4: Laval - UQAM
Jan. 4: Waterloo - Lakehead


CIS Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justine COLLEY
  St.Mary''s
  (175-G-91)
  Avg: 29.3
 1. Colley, St.Mary''s29.3 
 2. Roper, St.Franc.22.0 
 3. Polishchuk, Laure.21.6 
 4. Moore, Acadia21.3 
 5. Schuetze, TRU20.0 
 6. Young, UBC19.3 
 7. Emmerson, Saskatc.18.5 
 8. Yeboah, Victoria18.4 
 9. Vaughan, Western18.3 
 10. Strom, TWU17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Diane SCHUETZE
  TRU
  (191-C-)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Schuetze, TRU11.6 
 2. Stephen, Ottawa11.1 
 3. Roper, St.Franc.9.6 
 4. Lauzon, Toronto9.3 
 5. Emmerson, Saskatc.9.3 
 6. Shotbolt, Carleton8.9 
 7. Nkosi, Acadia8.7 
 8. Spangehl, UBC8.7 
 9. Van Koughnet., UN.8.7 
 10. Pierre, St.Franc.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Cassandra GOODIS
  Victoria
  (170-G-)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Goodis, Victoria6.6 
 2. Duxbury, TRU6.2 
 3. Langlois, Windsor6.0 
 4. Boag, Queen''s5.1 
 5. Ring, Ottawa4.9 
 6. Luyken, UFV4.9 
 7. Clarke, Regina4.8 
 8. Sheehan, St.Franc.4.7 
 9. Young, UBC4.6 
 10. Nofuente, Ryerson4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Justine COLLEY
  St.Mary''s
  (175-G-91)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Colley, St.Mary''s4.2 
 2. Langlois, Windsor3.8 
 3. Nofuente, Ryerson3.4 
 4. Duxbury, TRU3.4 
 5. Clarke, Regina3.2 
 6. Polishchuk, Laure.3.0 
 7. Goodis, Victoria3.0 
 8. Cameron, Lethb.3.0 
 9. Boiago, McMaster2.9 
 10. Polischuk, Brock2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jessica CLEMENCON
  Windsor
  (188-F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Clemencon, Windsor1.9 
 2. Schuetze, TRU1.9 
 3. Duinker, Acadia1.8 
 4. Strom, TWU1.7 
 5. Dejong, Brock1.7 
 6. Douglas, Guelph1.6 
 7. Traer, Ottawa1.5 
 8. Cole, Calgary1.5 
 9. Ellenor, Laurier1.4 
 10. Emmerson, Saskat.1.4 



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  CROATIA   


Pula part ways with Licina, inks Buzov, Nikolic leaves Pleter - by Zeljko Zule

Rockwoll Pula parted ways with Tanja Licina (188-C/F-85, college: Rhode Island) and inked Tea Buzov (176-G-90) for the remainder of the season. Buzov arrives from Split, for whom she averaged 19.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals 4 Croatian A-1 League games this season.
Licina appeared in 8 Croatia League games this season and averaged 13.6 points (2P 43%, 3P 41%, FT 54%), 6.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.4 blocks in 32 minutes per game.
Nikolina Nikolic (178-G-91) became a free agent after her contract with Pleter expired. She averaged 10.9 points (2P 43%, 3P 24%, FT 77%), 2.6 rebounds, 0.2 assists and 1.4 steals in 10 Croatian A-1 League games.



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Lauren Ervin signs at Trutnov, ex Tarbes - by Eurobasket News

Kara Trutnov (ZBL) landed 28-year old American forward Lauren Ervin (191-78kg-85, college: Arkansas). She already started the season at Tarbes Gespe Bigorre in French LFB league. In 6 games this season she averaged 7.3ppg and 6.7rpg. Ervin also played 1 game in Eurocup where she had 11 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal. The last season she was tested by Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion in Israeli D1.
The previous (2011) summer Ervin was tested by Phoenix in WNBA. She also played at Club Atletico Romagna Faenza (previous name Faenza) in Italian A1 earlier that season. In 24 games that year she had 13.2ppg, 10.8rpg (leader !!!) and 1.5spg. She helped them to make it to the cup semifinals. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com Italian A1 All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and All-Defensive Team.
In 2008 Ervin was drafted by Connecticut Sun (WNBA) in third round (37th overall).
She attended University of Arkansas and it will be her fifth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Ervin received Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBBL Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2010.
She is a very experienced player. Ervin has played also professionally in Puerto Rico (Leonas), Sweden, WNBA (Washington Mystics), Italy (CA Romagna) and Turkey (Ceyhan Bld).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Greer leaves Trutnov - by Eurobasket News

American power forward El Sara Greer (188, college: Oregon State) left Kara Trutnov (ZBL). In 16 games she played this season she averaged 7.3ppg, 9.6rpg (#2 in the league) and 1.4spg.
The last season Greer played at SCM CSS Craiova in Romanian Division A. In 32 games last year she had 8.3ppg, 11.0rpg (#4 in the league), 1.5apg, 2.3spg and 2.2bpg. She can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Defensive Player of the Year, All-Star Game and selected to All-Defensive Team.
She graduated from Oregon State in 2011 and it is her second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



USK Praha lands Elina Babkina - by Eurobasket News

ZVVZ USK Praha (ZBL) landed 24-year old Latvian ex-international guard Elina Babkina (173-89, agency: LBM Management). She played recently at CSM Targoviste in Romanian Division A. In 12 games this season she averaged 9.3ppg, 1.3rpg and 3.8apg. Babkina also played 8 games in Euroleague where she had 10.1ppg, 1.4rpg, 3.9apg and 1.0spg. The last season she played at Fenerbahce in Turkish TKBL. In 18 games last year she had 4.1ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.6apg. She helped them to make it to the cup final.
The previous (2011) summer Babkina played at Los Angeles Sparks in WNBA. She also played at Basketball Investments SSA Gdynia (previous name Lotos Gdynia) in Polish PLKK earlier that season. In 33 games that year she had 12.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.5apg and 1.4spg. She contributed to her team winning the cup and make to league semifinals. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Polish PLKK 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team. Babkina also played 9 games in Euroleague where she had 13.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.0apg and 1.1spg.
Two years ago she was drafted by Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA) in third round (29th overall).
Among other achievements Babkina won Latvian LSBL championship title for three years in a row (between 2007 and 2009).
She was also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Babkina played for Latvian Senior National Team between 2008 and 2011 and previouslyfor U20 National Team between 2005 and 2009. She also represented Latvia at the European Championships in Poland two years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 14.4ppg, 2.6rpg, Assists-1(4.2apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 41.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 77.5%.
Babkina has played also professionally in France (Challes-les-Eaux), Poland (BI SSA Gdynia) and Latvia (TTT Riga, Cesis and Latvija U-18).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Estonian U18 National Team for Baltic Sea Cup in Tallinn - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Trine Kasemagi
Kasemagi
Kadri-Ann Lass
Lass
Tatjana Razguliajeva
Razguliajeva
Marie Roosalu
Roosalu
Sofia Anissimova
Anissimova
#e#5
Sofia Anissimova 179-F-96 Tallina U. Latvia
Trine Kasemagi 190-C-95 Eclex Tallinn Latvia
Susanna Koert 195-C-96 Audentes SG/N. Latvia
Katlin Korjus 182-SF-96
Kadri-Ann Lass 175-F-96 Eclex Tallinn Latvia
Kristina Morozova 183-F-96
Laura Noor 170-G-95 Eclex Tallinn Latvia
Anett Nurm 183-F-96 Audentes SG/N. Latvia
Doris Park 174-G-96 Tartu U. Latvia
Tatjana Razguliajeva 173-G-96 Tallina U. Latvia
Marie Roosalu 178-F-96 Audentes SG/N. Latvia
Marta Suitslepp 174-G-95 Eclex Tallinn Latvia
Jane Svilberg 179-F-95 Eclex Tallinn Latvia
Anni Tagapere 172-G-95 Audentes SG/N. Latvia
Kristi Tamp 173-PG-95 Audentes SG/N. Latvia

Marek Koitla Head Coach Tallina U. Latvia
Ants Vandrik Assistant Marcus Estonia



BSBC 2013 (U16): Sweden down Estonia in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U16-Sweden U16 30:72

Sweden U16 down Estonia U16 in Tallinn at the start of the Baltic Sea Basketball Cup tournament. The Swedish side posted an easy 72:30 win for the first success.
Sweden immediately took the lead and won the opening period 20-11. They added 10-7 in the second frame and enjoyed a 12-point halftime advantage. The second half was also dominated by the guests that won both quarters. Sweden posted a 19-5 in the third period and finished the game with 23-7 rally.
Estonia meanwhile made more total rebounds in the game, 46 versus 35.
Adriana Camber (174-G-97) stepped up with 14 points for the winners and Olivia Bringefalt added 12. Anna Thomasdotter delivered 10, while Kristin Seman had 8. Darja Dikalenko (163-PG-97), Mariann Adelbert (189-C-98) and Eeva-Gloria Kilu (178-F-87) each scored 5 points in a loss.

Estonia U16: Darja Dikalenko 5, Mariann Adelbert 5, Eeva-Gloria Kilu 5
Sweden U16: Adriana Camber 14, Olivia Bringefalt 12, Anna Thomasdotter 10, Kristin Seman 8



BSBC 2013 (U18): Trine Kasemagi leads the home side over Sweden - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U18-Sweden U18 71:56

Trine Kasemagi (190-C-95) leads the home side over Sweden at the start of the Baltic Sea Basketball Cup tournament in the Estonian capital. Estonia won 71:56 as the player erupted with 29 points.
Estonia started the game strong and won the opening quarter with 23-13. They added 17-13 in the second period and led 14 points at the halftime. The hosts continued to dominate the court and posted 17-11 in the third period. Sweden manage to win the last stanza and reduced to final 15 points after 19-14 rally.
Estonia made 30 total rebounds in comparison with 29 of the guests.
Kadri-Ann Lass (175-F-96) scored 16 points and Marie Roosalu (178-F-96) notched 9. Jane Svilberg (179-F-95) added 8 for the winners. Anna Lundqvist (176-G-96) ended up with 22 points in a loss, while Emma Eriksson (164-PG-95) and Rebecka Garderyd (173-PG-96) posted 7 each.

Estonia U18: Trine Kasemagi 29, Kadri-Ann Lass 16, Marie Roosalu 9, Jane Svilberg 8
Sweden U18: Anna Lundqvist 22, Emma Eriksson 7, Rebecka Garderyd 7



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Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)

Points Per Game
 Frida ELDEBRINK
  SWE
  (174-G-88)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Eldebrink, SWE20.9 
 2. Tuukkanen, FIN19.8 
 3. Marginean, ROM19.6 
 4. Petronyte, LTU18.3 
 5. Doron, ISR16.5 
 6. Twehues, SUI16.4 
 7. Perovanovic, MNT15.6 
 8. Quigley, HUN15.5 
 9. Dubljevic, MNT15.0 
 10. Dabovic, SRB14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Taru TUUKKANEN
  FIN
  (190-C-77)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Tuukkanen, FIN12.4 
 2. Petronyte, LTU11.5 
 3. Teilane-T., LAT11.3 
 4. Veremeenko, BLR9.9 
 5. Lima, ESP9.6 
 6. Giroud, SUI8.9 
 7. Perovanovic, MNT8.1 
 8. Perostiyska, BUL7.9 
 9. Meesseman, BEL7.9 
 10. Nicholls, ESP7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jelena SKEROVIC
  MNT
  (176-G-80)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Skerovic, MNT6.1 
 2. Dubljevic, MNT4.3 
 3. Baric, SLO4.3 
 4. Eldebrink, SWE4.3 
 5. Radocaj, SRB4.1 
 6. Parau, ROM4.1 
 7. Eldebrink, SWE4.0 
 8. Stoenescu, ROM3.9 
 9. Schmit, LUX3.9 
 10. Karklina, LAT3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Milica DABOVIC
  (175-PG-82)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Dabovic, SRB3.4 
 2. Skobel, POL3.3 
 3. Bar, GER3.1 
 4. Linkeviciene, LTU2.7 
 5. Doron, ISR2.6 
 6. Schmit, LUX2.6 
 7. Kupcikova, SVK2.5 
 8. Halman, NED2.4 
 9. Ouvina, ESP2.3 
 10. Kubatova, SVK2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  BLR
  (194-C-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Veremeenko, BLR2.4 
 2. Majewska, POL2.3 
 3. Teilane-T., LAT2.1 
 4. Meesseman, BEL1.6 
 5. Petronyte, LTU1.4 
 6. Nicholls, ESP1.3 
 7. Pavel, ROM1.3 
 8. Popovic, MNT1.2 
 9. Tuukkanen, FIN1.0 
 10. Paugaite, LTU1.0 



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BSBC 2013 (U18): Finland open the campaign with a tough win - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U18-Finland U18 55:58

Finland open the campaign with a tough win over Latvia. The Finnish side grabbed a 58:55 victory at the Baltic Sea Basketball Cup tournament in the Estonian capital.
Finland won the opening period 21-14 but allowed Latvia to reduce to 1 point at the halftime. The latter needed 15-9 surge in the second frame for 29:30 at the end of 2 quarters. The battle continued in the court in the second half, but Finland posted two narrow victories in the second half for the final success. They won the third quarter 17-16 and finished the game with 11-10 in the last quarter.
Anni Jamsa (167-PG-95) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Ida Myllyoja added 9. Vilma Purhonen (183-PF-95) followed them with 7 points in a win. Kitija Stolce (184-F-96) replied with 15 points in a loss and Marta Bergmane (178-PG-96) delivered 10. Vineta Birina (185-C-96) and Katrina Vectirane (183-F-96) posted 8 points each in defeat.

Latvia U18: Kitija Stolce 15, Marta Bergmane 10, Vineta Birina 8, Katrina Vectirane 8
Finland U18: Anni Jamsa 14, Ida Myllyoja 9, Vilma Purhonen 7



BSBC 2013 (U16): Latvia won over Finland in the opener - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U16-Finland U16 60:45

Latvia won over Finland in the opener of the Baltic Sea Basketball Cup tournament. Trailing 5 points at the end of the first period, Latvia pushed the tempo for good and won the game.
Finland grabbed 18-13 in the first period, but could not keep the score for good. Latvia erupted with 16-5 surge in the second frame and added 10-5 burst in the third quarter. Moreover Latvia did not slow down and posted a final 21-17 rally in the last quarter. They made 41 Total Rebounds, while Finland had 40.
Paula Strautmane (184-F-97) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Laura Grabe (176-F-98) notched 11. Amanda Betlere (170-F-97) and Marta Jancevska (178-F-98) posted 9 points each in a win. Sandra Karsten (180-SG-97) replied with 10 points in a loss and Riina Karkkainen (166-G-98) as well as Nina Augustin (167-PG-97) had 8 each. Lotta Erakangas (183-F-97) delivered 5 points in a loss.

Latvia U16: Paula Strautmane 15, Laura Grabe 11, Amanda Betlere 9, Marta Jancevska 9
Finland U16: Sandra Karsten 10, Riina Karkkainen 8, Nina Augustin 8, Lotta Erakangas 5



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  ISRAEL   

Standings (W)

D1 Standings
 1. Maccabi Ashdod 10-0 
 2. Elitzur Ramla 7-3 
 3. Ramat Hasharon 6-4 
 4. Maccabi R.Hen 4-4 
 5. Elitzur Holon 4-6 
 6. Galil Elion 4-6 
 7. Elitzur Netanya 3-6 
 8. Hap.Petah Tikva 3-7 
 9. H.R. Le-Zion 2-7 

Regular Season: Round 11

Jan. 3: Elitzur Holon - Hap.Petah Tikva 82-68
Jan. 3: Elitzur Ramla - Galil Elion 69-58
Jan. 3: Ramat Hasharon - Maccabi Ashdod 68-76
Jan. 4: Galil Elion - Maccabi R.Hen


Ramat Hasharon welcomes back Selwyn - by Eurobasket News

A.S. Ramat Hasharon Electra (D1) landed 32-year old former Israeli international point guard Laine Selwyn (172-81, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Data Plus Group). Its actually her comeback to Hasharon as she played here before. Selwyn has a double citizenship as she also holds American passport. Selwyn played recently at Edremit in Turkish TKBL. In only one game this season she had 5 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist.
Among other achievements She played in the final of Israeli League in 2012. Selwyn received also Eurobasket.com Israeli League All-Domestic Players Team award in 2008, 2011 and 2012. She represented Israel at the European Championships in Poland two years ago. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 3.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg.
Selwyn is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in Russia (Dynamo Moscow), WNBA (Indiana Fever), Israel (Elitzur Ramla).
Selwyn attended University of Pittsburgh until 2003 and it will be her tenth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  ITALY   


Devereaux Peters left Lucca - by Eurobasket News

24-year old American forward Devereaux Peters (187-74kg-89, college: Notre Dame, agency: LBM Management) left Gesam Gas Le Mura Lucca (A1). In 7 games she played this season she had 10.9ppg, 9.1rpg (#7 in the league) and 2.4spg (in top 8).
The last season Peters played at the University of Notre Dame in Big East Conference in the NCAA. In 39 games last year she recorded 11.8ppg, 9.3rpg, 2.1apg, 2.0spg and 2.0bpg. She helped them to win the WNBA Western Conference title. A very impressive season as she was voted All-Big East Defensive Player of the Year, named to All-Big East 1st Team and named to Big East All-Tournament Team.
Last year Peters was drafted by Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) as #3 pick overall.
The former University of Notre Dame standout is in her first season in pro basketball.
Peters was a member of USA University National Team two years ago.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Lucca agree on terms of contract with Kathrin Ress - by Eurobasket News

Gesam Gas Le Mura Lucca strengthened their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Kathrin Ress (196-C-85, college: Boston Coll.). The centre is meant to replace Devereaux Peters (187-F-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Notre Dame) who left the team. Kathrin Ress started the season with Club Atletico Romagna. She notched 10.6 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game in A1 League. Previously she had stints with Gran Canaria, Schio and the Minnesota Lynx. Ress was named All-Italian A1 Newcomer of the Year in 2008.


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USK Praha lands Elina Babkina - by Eurobasket News

ZVVZ USK Praha (ZBL) landed 24-year old Latvian ex-international guard Elina Babkina (173-89, agency: LBM Management). She played recently at CSM Targoviste in Romanian Division A. In 12 games this season she averaged 9.3ppg, 1.3rpg and 3.8apg. Babkina also played 8 games in Euroleague where she had 10.1ppg, 1.4rpg, 3.9apg and 1.0spg. The last season she played at Fenerbahce in Turkish TKBL. In 18 games last year she had 4.1ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.6apg. She helped them to make it to the cup final.
The previous (2011) summer Babkina played at Los Angeles Sparks in WNBA. She also played at Basketball Investments SSA Gdynia (previous name Lotos Gdynia) in Polish PLKK earlier that season. In 33 games that year she had 12.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.5apg and 1.4spg. She contributed to her team winning the cup and make to league semifinals. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Polish PLKK 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team. Babkina also played 9 games in Euroleague where she had 13.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.0apg and 1.1spg.
Two years ago she was drafted by Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA) in third round (29th overall).
Among other achievements Babkina won Latvian LSBL championship title for three years in a row (between 2007 and 2009).
She was also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Babkina played for Latvian Senior National Team between 2008 and 2011 and previouslyfor U20 National Team between 2005 and 2009. She also represented Latvia at the European Championships in Poland two years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 14.4ppg, 2.6rpg, Assists-1(4.2apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 41.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 77.5%.
Babkina has played also professionally in France (Challes-les-Eaux), Poland (BI SSA Gdynia) and Latvia (TTT Riga, Cesis and Latvija U-18).

By Eurobasket Data Center



BSBC 2013 (U18): Finland open the campaign with a tough win - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U18-Finland U18 55:58

Finland open the campaign with a tough win over Latvia. The Finnish side grabbed a 58:55 victory at the Baltic Sea Basketball Cup tournament in the Estonian capital.
Finland won the opening period 21-14 but allowed Latvia to reduce to 1 point at the halftime. The latter needed 15-9 surge in the second frame for 29:30 at the end of 2 quarters. The battle continued in the court in the second half, but Finland posted two narrow victories in the second half for the final success. They won the third quarter 17-16 and finished the game with 11-10 in the last quarter.
Anni Jamsa (167-PG-95) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Ida Myllyoja added 9. Vilma Purhonen (183-PF-95) followed them with 7 points in a win. Kitija Stolce (184-F-96) replied with 15 points in a loss and Marta Bergmane (178-PG-96) delivered 10. Vineta Birina (185-C-96) and Katrina Vectirane (183-F-96) posted 8 points each in defeat.

Latvia U18: Kitija Stolce 15, Marta Bergmane 10, Vineta Birina 8, Katrina Vectirane 8
Finland U18: Anni Jamsa 14, Ida Myllyoja 9, Vilma Purhonen 7



BSBC 2013 (U16): Latvia won over Finland in the opener - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U16-Finland U16 60:45

Latvia won over Finland in the opener of the Baltic Sea Basketball Cup tournament. Trailing 5 points at the end of the first period, Latvia pushed the tempo for good and won the game.
Finland grabbed 18-13 in the first period, but could not keep the score for good. Latvia erupted with 16-5 surge in the second frame and added 10-5 burst in the third quarter. Moreover Latvia did not slow down and posted a final 21-17 rally in the last quarter. They made 41 Total Rebounds, while Finland had 40.
Paula Strautmane (184-F-97) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Laura Grabe (176-F-98) notched 11. Amanda Betlere (170-F-97) and Marta Jancevska (178-F-98) posted 9 points each in a win. Sandra Karsten (180-SG-97) replied with 10 points in a loss and Riina Karkkainen (166-G-98) as well as Nina Augustin (167-PG-97) had 8 each. Lotta Erakangas (183-F-97) delivered 5 points in a loss.

Latvia U16: Paula Strautmane 15, Laura Grabe 11, Amanda Betlere 9, Marta Jancevska 9
Finland U16: Sandra Karsten 10, Riina Karkkainen 8, Nina Augustin 8, Lotta Erakangas 5



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  NCAA1   


Texas Tech Tops No. 13 Oklahoma St., 64-59 - by Eurobasket News

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Chynna Brown (5'8''-G-91) scored 15 points, including a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 45 seconds to play, and Texas Tech defeated No. 13 Oklahoma State 64-59 Wednesday night in the Big 12 opener for both schools.

Kelsi Baker (6'0''-F-92) had 14 points and six rebounds as the Lady Raiders (11-2) stopped Oklahoma State's winning streak at 17 games. The streak, which extended to last season's Cowgirls WNIT title, had been the longest in the nation.

Monique Smalls scored 12 points. Smalls and Casey Morris made two free throws apiece down the stretch for Texas Tech, which has won four of the last five in the series against OSU.

Tiffany Bias led the Cowgirls (11-1) with 27 points and Toni Young had 12 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out. The Cowgirls led 18-5 just 8 minutes into the game, but Texas Tech came back to lead 32-27 at halftime.
Courtesy of: http://www.texastech.com



Huskers Shoot Past Badgers, 70-52 - by Eurobasket News

Lincoln - Lindsey Moore (5'9''-G-91) scored 26 points and tied a career high with five three-pointers to lead the No. 25/19 Nebraska women's basketball team past Wisconsin, 70-52, in the Big Ten opener on Wednesday night.

With the victory, Nebraska improved to 11-3 overall and 1-0 in the Big Ten, while the Badgers slipped to 8-6 and 0-1 in the conference.

Moore, a 5-9 senior point guard from Covington, Wash., hit her first four three-point attempts of the game to lead a Nebraska attack that hit a season-high 12 threes on the night. She added four assists and four steals in a tremendous all-around effort, while hitting 5-of-8 threes on the night.

Emily Cady (6'2''-F-93) added 13 points and a career-high 14 rebounds for her first double-double of the season and fourth of her career. The 6-2 sophomore forward from Seward, Neb., also hit a season-high three-pointers.

Junior forward Jordan Hooper added 14 points, six rebounds and two steals, including three more three-pointers for the Huskers.

Cassie Rochel led Wisconsin with a double-double of her own with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Jacki Gulczynski finished with 13 points, including three second-half three-pointers. Tiera Stephen added 10 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals for the Badgers.

Nebraska hit 40.4 percent (23-57) from the field, including 44.4 percent (12-27) from three-point range. The Huskers also made 85.7 percent (12-14) of their free throws. NU matched the Badgers on the glass and won the turnover battle, 20-13, committing only five turnovers in the second half.

Wisconsin outshot NU from the floor, hitting 42 percent (21-50) from the floor, but just 3-of-15 from three-point range. The Badgers also struggled to hit just 7-of-13 free throws.

Moore shot Nebraska to a 37-26 halftime lead with 14 points to go along with two assists and three steals. Moore hit all three of her first-half three-point attempts in the opening 6:22 to help the Huskers run to a 19-5 lead.

But Wisconsin answered with a 17-5 surge of its own to cut NU's lead to 24-22 with 3:26 left. The Huskers answered with a 13-4 run to close the half, sparked by back-to-back baskets from Hailie Sample off assists from Moore, and back-to-back buckets from Rachel Theriot, before Tear'a Laudermill scored her only two of the half with 48 seconds left.

Moore then closed the half with a tough one-on-one finish under the rim against Stephen as time expired.

The Huskers hit 48.1 percent (13-27) of their shots in the half, including 5-of-12 three-pointers. NU also connected on 6-of-8 free throws. Nebraska outrebounded Wisconsin 16-14, led by nine boards from Cady. The Huskers also won the first-half turnover battle 10-8.

Wisconsin hit 45.8 percent (11-24) of its shots, but went 0-for-4 from three-point range. The Badgers were also just 4-of-8 at the free throw line in the half.

In the second half, Moore hit her fourth three-pointer to match NU's biggest lead at 14 points on the first possession of the second half, but the Badgers refused to quit. UW trimmed NU's margin to 46-42 on a Gulczynski three with 11:43 left, before Moore scored five straight, including her career-high matching fifth three-pointer. She then found Hooper for another three-pointer moments later to push the Husker margin back to 10 at 54-44. The lead was never less than double digits again, as NU led by 19 points before settling for the 18-point victory.

Tear'a Laudermill played a strong second half, snagging all four of her steals after halftime. She added four points and a block off the bench.

Nebraska concludes its four-game homestand on Saturday when they play host to No. 14 Purdue at the Devaney Center. Tip-off between the Huskers and Boilermakers is set for 1 p.m. with live national television coverage on CBS. Tickets are available now at Huskers.com.
Courtesy of: http://www.huskers.com



No. 2 Women's Hoops Routs TCU, 74-35 - by Eurobasket News

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Baylor coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson knows how intimidating Brittney Griner can be - particularly when Baylor's center throws down a dunk.

Griner scored 24 points - including a one-handed slam about six minutes in - and added 12 rebounds to lead the No. 2 Lady Bears to a 74-35 win over Big 12 newcomer TCU on Wednesday night in the conference opener for both teams.

"How many times is a fan going to go to a women's basketball game and get to see a dunk?" Mulkey asked. "She pretty much dunked it ... it wasn't just over the front of the rim. She took one step and, bam, it went down. It just happens so quick with Brittney, sometimes you don't see it coming.

"It can be intimidating . but you have to have a short-term memory."

The preseason NCAA player of the year's dunk energized a team that trailed 7-5 nearly five minutes into the game.

"When I caught it and I saw them both slide over, I was like, 'Oh yeah, here it comes,"' Griner said. "So I knew I was going to dunk that one."

Odyssey Sims scored 14 points and Brooklyn Pope added 12 for the Lady Bears (11-1, 1-0), who took control with a 20-0 run in the first half to win their eighth straight game.

Donielle Breaux (5'10''-G) and Natalie Ventress (5'11''-G) each scored seven points to lead the Horned Frogs (7-5, 0-1).

TCU shot just 21 percent from the field before 7,394 fans, the largest crowd to see a TCU basketball game - men's or women's - in school history.

The Horned Frogs had a 7-5 lead before the Lady Bears rattled off 20 straight points, with all but six of them - including Griner's dunk with 13:51 to go in the half - coming off turnovers.

"That play gave them a lot of energy," TCU coach Jeff Mittie said. "Griner's the only player in the college game that can make that play. . It did snowball from there and it gave Baylor a lot of energy."

By the time TCU scored again on two free throws by Ventress, Baylor was up 25-7. The Lady Bears built that to 31-9 with Griner's personal 6-0 run that included a nice putback jumper from the free throw line.

Baylor held TCU without a field goal for nearly 13 minutes, from Ventress' one-arm toss in the paint to Breaux's fast-break layup with 2:48 to play before halftime. The Lady Bears led 40-11 at the break and the Frogs couldn't recover from their poor shooting and turnovers. The Frogs made just 4 of 31 field goals (12.9 percent) in the first half, while Baylor shot 48.5 percent (16-of-33).

TCU's 11 first-half points tied for their second-fewest in school history.

"This was a kicking; this was a painful lesson," Mittie said. "We struggled to score and struggled to get any offensive flow whatsoever. Sims controlled us from the start of the game, and our point guards had a really rough night."
Courtesy of: http://www.baylorbears.com



Kansas Wins Sunflower Showdown, 72-63 - by Eurobasket News

LAWRENCE, Kan. - In a game where No. 21/20 Kansas held a decided height advantage in the post, it was the Jayhawk guards who led KU to 72-63 win over Sunflower Showdown rival Kansas State in Allen Fieldhouse Wednesday evening. The KU win snapped a four-game losing streak to its in-state rivals and helped the Jayhawks open Big 12 Conference play with a win for the second-straight season.

The win improved No. 21/20 ranked Kansas to 10-2 overall and 1-0 in conference play, while Kansas State falls to 9-4 on the season and 0-1 in league action.

Trailing 36-34 to open the second half of play, the Jayhawk guards quickly took control of the game. Behind backcourt starters Angel Goodrich (5'4''-G), Natalie Knight, Monica Engelman and reserve CeCe Harper, KU used an 18-6 run to open up a 52-42 advantage with 11:58 remaining in the game, capped by back-to-back triples from Harper.

A jumper by KSU guard Mariah White trimmed the KU lead back to four points with 7:24 to play at 56-52, but it was as close as the Wildcats would get as Kansas pushed the lead back to 11 points just over a minute later. Jayhawk forward Chelsea Gardner (6'3''-F) scored a fast break lay-up off of a no-look pass from Goodrich and Knight followed it with a jumper in the lane. Goodrich finished off the run with a jumper in the lane as KU handed head coach Bonnie Henrickson her third career win over the Wildcats.

Kansas held KSU to just 30.6 percent shooting from the floor in the second half and 36.5 percent for the game. KU made 28-of-54 shots from the field on its way to shooting 51.9 percent from the field for the game.

The game began as a back and forth affair with Kansas forward Carolyn Davis opening the scoring with a basket underneath off an assist from Goodrich. KSU quickly answered back with a three from Brianna Craig to take its first lead of the half at 3-2.

KU junior forward Tania Jackson responded for the Jayhawks with a bucket to reclaim the lead for Kansas at 4-3. KSU's White knocked down a three to even the score at 6-6, marking the last tie of the half.

After stretching the lead to five points for the majority of the opening period, Kansas used a balanced scoring attack led by Knight and Goodrich, to forge a 12 point lead with just under five minutes to play in the frame. Knight had 10 first-half tallies, while Goodrich added nine points to go along with five assists.

It would not last long though, as just over a minute later Goodrich was forced to the bench after picking up her second foul and the Wildcats immediately capitalized with the All-American out of the lineup.

Haley Texada scored seven of her 13 first-half points, as Kansas State outscored Kansas 11-0 to close the first half and stormed into the break with a 36-34 lead--its first lead since the opening minute of the game. The Wildcats did most of their damage from the foul line as they held a 9-1 advantage over the Jayhawks from the charity stripe, led by Texada's 6-of-6 shooting from the line.

Goodrich led five Jayhawks in double figures with 17 points to go along with nine assists, five rebounds and two steals. Knight poured in 16 points off of 7-of-10 shooting from the floor. Davis dropped in 14 points and pulled down five boards, while Harper and Engelman each chipped in 10 points. Engelman became the 25th Kansas player to join the 1,000 point club with her first basket in the game.

Texada led Kansas State with a career-best 21 points, while Brittany Chambers added 15 points and Lawrence native Chantay Caron had 11 points and six boards.

Kansas will return to action on Saturday, January 5, when it travels to Morgantown, W. Va., to take on West Virginia for the first time as members of the Big 12 Conference. Game time is slated for 6:30 p.m. (CT).
Courtesy of: http://www.kuathletics.com



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Wheaton Thunder women top Illinois Wesleyan 66-62 - by Eurobasket News

Wheaton, Ill.- The Wheaton women's basketball team opened the 2013 calendar year and the CCIW schedule with a 66-62 victory over defending National Champion Illinois Wesleyan on Wednesday night. Wheaton led by as many as 19 with 6:15 remaining only to have their lead cut to three in the final minute, but were able to ice the game from the free throw line and hold off the Titan charge. The victory was Wheaton's 14th straight at King Arena.

Leading by a score of 59-40 with 6:15 remaining, the Titans ran off a 19-4 run to cut the lead to just four points with 1:27 remaining after a three-pointer by Colleen McMahon. McMahon led all scorers with 25 points. A pair of free throws by #Brooke Olson# pushed the lead back to six, but a three by Katy Seibring (5'10''-G) cut the lead down to 65-62 with :48 remaining. Wheaton was able to hold off the Titans and a free throw by #Maris Hovee# with 2.9 seconds left put the game out of reach and accounted for the final score of 66-62.

Wheaton opened the game with deficits of 5-0 and 13-9 before running off an 11-0 run to take a 20-13 run with 9:49 left in the first half. On the run, Wheaton forced four straight turnovers while connecting on three-point attempts by Breanna Bohlen and Jenn Lee.

Wheaton pushed the lead to double-digits twice in the first half on baskets by Ellie Zeller and Moriah Reeves but a three-pointer by Michelle Bilek with a second left in the first half cut the deficit to 31-24 at halftime.

Illinois Wesleyan cut the lead to six before Wheaton methodically pulled away to extend the lead to as many as 19 points before the Titans made their lade charge.

Wheaton shot 46.4% (25-56) from the field but struggled from deep shooting just 14.3% (2-14). The Thunder was 12-20 (60%) from the free throw line.

Illinois Wesleyan shut 30.9% (21-68) from the field and 26.9% (7-26) from beyond the arc while hitting at an 86.7% (13-15) clip from the charity stripe.

Hannah Considine recorded her first career double-double for the Thunder finishiing with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Hovee completed the night with 15 rebounds to go with seven points, two assists, four blocks and a steal. Brooke Olson had 16 points to lead the Thunder.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Smith College Outscores Westfield State, 82-60; Pioneers Improve To 9-1 - by Eurobasket News

WESTFIELD, Mass. Senior guard Devon Quattrocchi had game highs of 18 points and four steals to lead Smith College to an 82-60 victory over Westfield State University in non-conference action on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Smith, playing its first game in three weeks, boosted its record to 9-1. Westfield, playing for the third time in four days, is 8-5.

The Pioneers' trapping press rattled the Owls in the first half as the visitors raced to a 43-21 intermission lead. Both teams scored 39 second-half points.

Smith jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the opening 47 seconds, forcing Westfield to call a timeout. Westfield trailed 12-9 with 13:54 left in the first half then Smith went on a 15-2 run to take a 27-11 lead at the eight-minute mark.

Quattrocchi (10 points), Paulina Solos (8 points) and Sydney Parkmond (7 points) paced the Pioneers in the first half.

Pounding the ball inside, Westfield pulled to with 12 points, 55-43, with 11:24 left in the game. But two buckets by Parkmond followed by a Quattrocchi jumper and 3-point basket gave Smith a 64-45 lead at the 8:25 mark.

Three other players scored in double figures in the Pioneers' balanced attack: Parkmond (16), Alyssa Barrett (11) and Solis (10). Rosa Drummond and Amanda Zakoske both tallied eight points.

Smith outrebounded Westfield, 50-45, with Drummond grabbing a team-high seven caroms. Smith shot 43 percent form the field (33-76) and handed out 21 assists, with Solis recording six dishes.

Sophomore center Gabby Felix led the Owls with 14 points and nine rebounds and sophomore guard Jen Ashton finished with nine points and seven assists. Senior guard Briana Kelly scored 12 points.

The Owls shot 34 percent from the field, including a 1 for 8 effort from 3-point range, and committed 24 turnovers.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Beavers Begin 2013 on Road; Face Hunter on Friday, NYU-Poly on Saturday - by Eurobasket News

NEW YORK The City College of New York women's basketball team hits the road as the Beavers (1-8, 1-3 CUNYAC) look to begin 2013 with a victory against City University of New York Athletic Conference foe Hunter College (2-7, 2-2 CUNYAC) in the first game of a men's and women's doubleheader scheduled for Friday, Jan. 4 at 5 p.m.

City College begins the year with action on consecutive days as CCNY faces NYU-Poly on Saturday in nonconference action, scheduled to tip-off at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Syreeta Williams posted a team-high 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting in their 2012 finale against Fairleigh Dickinson University at Florham (9-1) on Saturday afternoon. Latoya Lee and Joyce Li provided a spark off the Beavers bench with 11 points and seven points, respectively. Lee went 3-of-5 from beyond the arc and became the first player this season to hit three jumpers from long distance. Li went 2-for-3 from the field as all of her shots came from three-point range.

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Hawks Files (2-7, 2-2 CUNYAC): Hunter College is in action tonight against Ramapo College (7-4) Nicole Lenard paces the Hawks with 13.6 points/game.

Beavers Files (1-8, 1-3 CUNYAC): Bria Fisher recorded a career-high three steals and tied her career best in blocks (three) while Syreeta Williams tied a season-high with two swipes Joyce Li's seven points were a season-high and marked the first time this season that the senior hit two three-pointers in a game Latoya Lee's three made shots from beyond the arc were a career-high for the junior Sajidah Pressley's seven assists were a season-high and tied her career-mark.
Courtesy of:http://d3hoops.com



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LIBERTAD wins the female CUP. - by Santiago Maciel

Libertad hit a third punch to take the Absolut Female championship after beating Felix Perez in a third game Series Final. The final score was 69-53 for Libertad due to a strong internal game by Karina Pea and also a great over all performance of Carolina Caravez, the best all around female player of this season.Libertad won the Metro League, and also the 1ST NATIONAL FEMALE LEAGUE concluding an excellent season.

Angel Vega , the winningest ever female coach did an excellent job grouping an great level of ladies, whi came from Olimpia and UCA. The over all serie ended up 3-0 for Libertad. Felix Perez gave fight in first and third games. They had chances to clinch at least 2 games, but their lack of experience played against them.

Diego Lopez , FPC coach did an excellent job , specially on defense. FPC was probavly the team that received the least points during the season.

Libertad became champion after 61 years. It is good to remember that Libertad won the first 2 championships of our history back in1949 and 1950

Karina Vega (179-F-89) netted 24 points (8/11 FG, 1/4 3 POINTERSy 5/5 FT). ForFPC, Johanna Ghiringhelli netted 22 points .

GAME STATS::

FPC (53):Johanna Ghiringhelli (22), Sol Marin, Viviana Aponte (11), Adriana Escurra (5) , Roco Insfrn (6),Rosaura Sosa (1), Noelia Torres , Ana Vallejos (8).
COACH: Diego L0pez.

Libertad (69):karina Pena (10), Karina Vega (24), Melina Perez (10), Carolina Craves (11) , Belen Escauriza (4),Heidy Closs (8) , Sara Pereira (2).
COACH: Angel Vega



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Ashley Walker is a newcomer at Targoviste, ex Elitzur Ramla - by Eurobasket News

CSM Targoviste (Division A) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American power forward Ashley Walker (187-91kg-87, college: California, agency: Merit Sports). She was about to sign at Elitzur Ramla in Israeli D1 league, but it seems she will not stay with that team after all. She helped them to win the cup. The last season Walker played at Ceyhan Bld in Turkish TKBL. In 21 games last year she recorded very impressive stats: 17.0ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.3apg and 2.0spg. Great season indeed as she was voted to Turkish TKBL All-Star Game.
The previous (2011) summer she was tested by San Antonio Silver Stars in WNBA. Walker also played at Maccabi Ramat Hen in D1 earlier that season. In 23 games that year she averaged impressive 15.6ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.9spg. She contributed to her team making it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. A very good season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 2nd TeamHonorable Mention. The other team Walker played that season for was Dynamo in Ukrainian Higher League. In 23 games she averaged impressive 15.6ppg, 9.1rpg and 1.7apg.
In 2009 she was drafted by Seattle Storm (WNBA) in first round (12th overall).
Walker attended University of California and it will be her fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as she received Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Import Player of the Year award back in 2010.
Walker has played previously professionally in WNBA (Tulsa Shock).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Targoviste inks Jori Davis, ex H.R. Le-Zion - by Eurobasket News

CSM Targoviste (Division A) agreed terms with 24-year old American guard Jori Davis (175-89, college: Indiana). She played last season at H.R. Le-Zion in Israeli D1 league. In 18 games last year she had very impressive stats: 16.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 3.2apg and 1.8spg. A very spectacular season in her career as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention.
The previous (2011) summer Davis played at Indiana in WNBA.
Two years ago she was drafted by Indiana Fever (WNBA) in third round (33rd overall).
Davis attended Indiana University until 2011 and it will be her second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Perfumerias tab Monique Currie, ex Targoviste - by Eurobasket News

Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca (LFB) inked 30-year old American swingman Monique Currie (183-80kg-83, college: Duke). She played recently at CSM Targoviste in Romanian Division A. In two games this season she averaged 14.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.5spg. Currie also played 6 games in Euroleague where she had 13.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.5spg. The last season she played at Antakya in Turkish TKBL. In 13 games last year she had very impressive stats: 16.6ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg. A very good season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL 2nd TeamHonorable Mention. Currie also played at Washington in WNBA earlier that season. In 34 games she had 12.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg. The other team she played shortly was Galatasaray in TKBL. In 6 games that year she had 11.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.2apg and 2.2spg.
In 2006 Charlotte Sting selected her as third overall pick in WNBA draft.
The former Duke University star is in her seventh season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Curries team made it to the Turkish President Cup final in 2011. She received also State Farm Wade Trophy and Naismith Trophy for the National Player of the Year award back in 2005 at her college time. Currie represented USA at the World University Games eight years ago.
She is a very experienced player. Currie has played also professionally in Israel (Elitzur Ramla), Italy (Umana Reyer), Poland (BI SSA Gdynia), Russia (Nadezhda Orenburg and BC Moscow) and WNBA (Chicago Sky).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - WKBL

WKBL Standings
 1. Woori Hansae 19-5 
 2. S-Birds 16-7 
 3. Bichumi 11-13 
 4. KB Stars 10-13 
 5. One FX 7-16 
 6. Winnus 7-16 

Regular Season: Round 22

Jan. 3: Winnus - Woori Hansae 59-62
Jan. 4: KB Stars - S-Birds
Jan. 5: Winnus - One FX


WKBL Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tina THOMPSON
  Woori H.
  (188-F-75)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Thompson, Woori H.19.7 
 2. Harris, Bichumi19.5 
 3. Beon, KB Stars18.4 
 4. Sanford, One FX17.8 
 5. Kim, One FX16.5 
 6. Lim, Woori Hansae16.0 
 7. Kraayeveld, S-Birds15.1 
 8. Han, Winnus14.1 
 9. Sin, Winnus14.0 
 10. Kang, KB Stars11.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nakia SANFORD
  One FX
  (194-C-76)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Sanford, One FX11.7 
 2. Harris, Bichumi11.5 
 3. Sin, Winnus10.8 
 4. Thompson, Woori H.10.6 
 5. Kraayeveld, S-Birds8.3 
 6. Heo, One FX8.3 
 7. Jung, KB Stars7.3 
 8. Choi, S-Birds6.6 
 9. Lee, Bichumi6.5 
 10. Park, Woori Hansae6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Yoon-Ah CHOI
  S-Birds
  (169-G-85)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Choi, S-Birds5.9 
 2. Beon, KB Stars4.9 
 3. Sin, Winnus4.7 
 4. Lee, Bichumi4.6 
 5. Park, Woori Hansae4.0 
 6. Kim, One FX3.5 
 7. Park, Bichumi3.4 
 8. Kim, S-Birds3.1 
 9. Lim, Woori Hansae2.9 
 10. Heo, One FX2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Mi Sun LEE
  Bichumi
  (175-G-79)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lee, Bichumi1.8 
 2. Harris, Bichumi1.8 
 3. Thompson, Woori H.1.7 
 4. Park, Woori Hansae1.5 
 5. Lee, S-Birds1.5 
 6. Sanford, One FX1.5 
 7. Choi, S-Birds1.5 
 8. Kang, KB Stars1.4 
 9. Han, Winnus1.4 
 10. Ji, Woori Hansae1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Amber HARRIS
  Bichumi
  (195-C/F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Harris, Bichumi2.0 
 2. Kim, S-Birds1.4 
 3. Sin, Winnus1.0 
 4. Kraayeveld, S-Birds1.0 
 5. Jung, KB Stars1.0 
 6. Thompson, Woori H.1.0 
 7. Yang, Woori Hansae0.9 
 8. Kim, One FX0.8 
 9. Sanford, One FX0.8 
 10. Ha, S-Birds0.7 



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Perfumerias tab Monique Currie, ex Targoviste - by Eurobasket News

Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca (LFB) inked 30-year old American swingman Monique Currie (183-80kg-83, college: Duke). She played recently at CSM Targoviste in Romanian Division A. In two games this season she averaged 14.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.5spg. Currie also played 6 games in Euroleague where she had 13.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.5spg. The last season she played at Antakya in Turkish TKBL. In 13 games last year she had very impressive stats: 16.6ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg. A very good season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL 2nd TeamHonorable Mention. Currie also played at Washington in WNBA earlier that season. In 34 games she had 12.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg. The other team she played shortly was Galatasaray in TKBL. In 6 games that year she had 11.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.2apg and 2.2spg.
In 2006 Charlotte Sting selected her as third overall pick in WNBA draft.
The former Duke University star is in her seventh season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Curries team made it to the Turkish President Cup final in 2011. She received also State Farm Wade Trophy and Naismith Trophy for the National Player of the Year award back in 2005 at her college time. Currie represented USA at the World University Games eight years ago.
She is a very experienced player. Currie has played also professionally in Israel (Elitzur Ramla), Italy (Umana Reyer), Poland (BI SSA Gdynia), Russia (Nadezhda Orenburg and BC Moscow) and WNBA (Chicago Sky).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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BSBC 2013 (U18): Trine Kasemagi leads the home side over Sweden - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U18-Sweden U18 71:56

Trine Kasemagi (190-C-95) leads the home side over Sweden at the start of the Baltic Sea Basketball Cup tournament in the Estonian capital. Estonia won 71:56 as the player erupted with 29 points.
Estonia started the game strong and won the opening quarter with 23-13. They added 17-13 in the second period and led 14 points at the halftime. The hosts continued to dominate the court and posted 17-11 in the third period. Sweden manage to win the last stanza and reduced to final 15 points after 19-14 rally.
Estonia made 30 total rebounds in comparison with 29 of the guests.
Kadri-Ann Lass (175-F-96) scored 16 points and Marie Roosalu (178-F-96) notched 9. Jane Svilberg (179-F-95) added 8 for the winners. Anna Lundqvist (176-G-96) ended up with 22 points in a loss, while Emma Eriksson (164-PG-95) and Rebecka Garderyd (173-PG-96) posted 7 each.

Estonia U18: Trine Kasemagi 29, Kadri-Ann Lass 16, Marie Roosalu 9, Jane Svilberg 8
Sweden U18: Anna Lundqvist 22, Emma Eriksson 7, Rebecka Garderyd 7



BSBC 2013 (U16): Sweden down Estonia in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U16-Sweden U16 30:72

Sweden U16 down Estonia U16 in Tallinn at the start of the Baltic Sea Basketball Cup tournament. The Swedish side posted an easy 72:30 win for the first success.
Sweden immediately took the lead and won the opening period 20-11. They added 10-7 in the second frame and enjoyed a 12-point halftime advantage. The second half was also dominated by the guests that won both quarters. Sweden posted a 19-5 in the third period and finished the game with 23-7 rally.
Estonia meanwhile made more total rebounds in the game, 46 versus 35.
Adriana Camber (174-G-97) stepped up with 14 points for the winners and Olivia Bringefalt added 12. Anna Thomasdotter delivered 10, while Kristin Seman had 8. Darja Dikalenko (163-PG-97), Mariann Adelbert (189-C-98) and Eeva-Gloria Kilu (178-F-87) each scored 5 points in a loss.

Estonia U16: Darja Dikalenko 5, Mariann Adelbert 5, Eeva-Gloria Kilu 5
Sweden U16: Adriana Camber 14, Olivia Bringefalt 12, Anna Thomasdotter 10, Kristin Seman 8



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Basel release Harrison - by Eurobasket News

SC Uni Basel Basket (LNA) waived 26-year old American forward Michelle Harrison (190-87, college: Utah). In 12 LNA games she played this season she was fifth best scorer with impressive 20.9ppg and recorded 8.6rpg (#9 in the league), 2.4apg and 2.4spg.
The previous (10-11) season Harrison played at the University of Utah in Pacific-12 Conference in the NCAA. In 35 games that season she averaged 4.8ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.3apg. She helped them to win MWC Tournament.
Harrison graduated from University of Utah in 2012 and it is her first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  TURKEY   

Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Shavonte ZELLOUS
  Mersin
  (178-G-86)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Zellous, Mersin21.3 
 2. Walker, TED Ankara20.7 
 3. Dabovic, TED Anka.18.3 
 4. Frazee, Samsun18.0 
 5. Milton-Jones, Tars.16.9 
 6. Jovanovic, Besikt.16.7 
 7. Swords, Ceyhan Bld16.6 
 8. Hodges-Lewis, Cani.16.1 
 9. Maltsi, Kayseri16.1 
 10. Paris, Botas15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Erlana LARKINS
  Mersin
  (185-F-86)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Larkins, Mersin14.2 
 2. Ford, Canik Bld14.2 
 3. Paris, Botas13.4 
 4. Black, Samsun12.2 
 5. Swords, Ceyhan Bld9.8 
 6. Milton-Jones, Tars.9.4 
 7. Thomas, Botas9.1 
 8. Anosike, Kayseri9.1 
 9. Walker, TED Ankara8.8 
 10. Jones, Kayseri8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Nilay KARTALTEPE YIGIT
  Istanb.
  (172-PG-79)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Kartaltepe Y., Ist.6.9 
 2. Vardarli, Fener.5.1 
 3. Anaz, Canik Bld4.7 
 4. Alben, Galatasaray4.5 
 5. Robinson, Tarsus B.4.4 
 6. Yavuz, Antakya4.1 
 7. Maltsi, Kayseri4.0 
 8. Hodges-Lewis, Cani.4.0 
 9. Whalen, Galatasa.3.9 
 10. Pondexter, Fener.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Nilay KARTALTEPE YIGIT
  Istanb.
  (172-PG-79)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Kartaltepe Y., Ist.2.6 
 2. Lyttle, Galatasaray2.5 
 3. Carter, Edremit2.4 
 4. McCoughtry, Fener.2.4 
 5. Milton-Jones, Tars.2.3 
 6. Pederson, Ceyhan2.2 
 7. Maltsi, Kayseri2.2 
 8. Dabovic, TED Anka.2.0 
 9. Yavuz, Antakya1.9 
 10. Jovanovic, Besik.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Fener.
  (194-C-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Veremeenko, Fener.2.2 
 2. Black, Samsun1.5 
 3. Vesela, Antakya1.3 
 4. Sanders, Kayseri1.2 
 5. Davenport, Istanb.1.1 
 6. Osipova, Istanbul.1.0 
 7. Anosike, Kayseri0.9 
 8. Carter, Edremit0.8 
 9. Swords, Ceyhan Bld0.8 
 10. Paris, Botas0.8 


SPORTOTO Turkish Cup DAY 2 - by Baha Kurtulus

Ceyhan Belediye and Fenerbahce advanced to semi final too.

Canik Belediye - Kayseri KASKI : 65-64
Carolyn Swords (198-C-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Boston Coll.) shined with 27 points and 6 rebounds. Jelena Ivezic added 14 points and 6 rebounds, Tugce Inantepe helped 5 point 7 rebounds and 7 assists for Ceyhan Belediye.
Pinar Demirok produced 15 points and 4 rebounds, Evanthia Maltsi added 12 points and Nonyelum Anosike helped 9 points and 11 rebounds for lost side.

Fenerbahce - Istanbul Uni. BGD : 72-68
Cappie Pondexter fired 18 points, Ivana Matovic notched 15 points and 7 rebounds, Esmeral Tuncluer and Angel Mc Coughtry helped 12 and 10 points respectively for the winners.
Nilay Kartaltepe netted 18 points and 3 assists,. Jessica Davenport came up with double-double for Istanbul Uni BGD, 14 points and 11 rebounds. Tiffany Carson added 13 points, Irna Osipova drained 10 points and 9 rebounds for lost side.

Second Semi Final Game:
4th January 2013
20:15 Ceyhan Belediye - Fenerbahce






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