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Standings

ABA Standings
Atlantic South
 1. Jacksonville G. 16-1 
 2. Atlanta A. 6-0 
 3. Gulf Coast F. 6-2 
 4. Gainesville H. 5-3 
 5. Albany S. 4-1 
 6. Atlanta W. 4-2 
 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. 13-1 
 2. Richmond E. 8-0 
 3. Lynchburg L. 5-4 
 4. Greenville G. 4-2 
 5. Fayetteville F. 3-7 
 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 7-0 
 3. Indiana SW 6-0 
 4. Detroit Hoops 6-2 
 5. Pontiac F. 4-7 
 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. 7-1 
 2. Alaska Q. 6-1 
 3. Calgary C. 5-0 
 4. Salem Sabres 2-1 
 5. Olympia Rise 2-3 
 6. Kitsap Adm. 2-6 
 7. Alaska 49ers 1-1 
 8. Washington R. 0-2 
 9. Lakewood P. 0-5 
Rocky Mountain
 1. Colorado K. 5-1 
 2. Colorado C. 0-2 
South Central
 1. Conway C. 7-1 
 2. Jackson S. 4-1 
 3. Missouri R. 3-3 
 4. Bluff City R. 0-4 
Southeast
 1. Phenix City B. 3-3 
 2. Bahama PS 0-4 
Southern California
 1. Arizona S. 9-0 
 2. San Diego Surf 5-2 
 3. LA Slam 4-2 
 4. Fresno F. 4-3 
 5. Orange County N. 2-6 
 6. Z*Hollywood M. 0-0 
 7. Las Vegas Def. 0-4 
Southwest Central
 1. N.Dallas V. 8-1 
 2. West Texas W. 6-2 
 3. Texas Fuel 2-1 
 4. Dallas Impact 2-2 
 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 5-3 
 2. Cleveland Am-Pro 2-4 
 3. Shizuoka G. 1-4 
 4. Chicago F. 0-1 
 5. Little Rock L. 0-1 
 6. NYC Thunder 0-1 


One, Two and Three stay atop ABA Power Rankings - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) has just released its Power Rankings through Sunday, December 6th and the top three teams held their positions while several other teams are showing great strength and looking to move up in the rankings.

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

ABA Power Rankings are based on won-loss records, number of games, difficulty of schedule, closeness of games and other variables. For more information, visit www.abalive.com



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Torneo federal 1st half recap - by Facundo Iatzky

We take advantage of the break for chrstmas and new year to see how third division of argentinian basketball is developing so far.
In the north conference, UNCAus is the surprise in the beggining of the tournament with a record of 7-3 followed by tokio posadas, that lost their most important player Lucas Gornatti (188-G-82), Sarmiento Formosa and Hindu resistencia.
In the litoral conference, Penarol de Tala found the way to lead the standings with a good mixed teams of young and veteran players. Union santa fe and Atletico tala are in the second position.
In the west-center conference, Barrio Parque is the leader with a record of 7-1.
Then in the capital-Buenos aires conference, Estudiantes olavarria is the best in a very competitive zone.
Finally in the patagonia conference, Hispano Americano is clearly the best with a 10-2 record.
The best scorer so far is the so mentioned Lucas Gornatti with 25.9, followed by Andres Boni (183-PG-88) (23.9), Jose Muruaga (198-G-84) (23.6), Hernan Faletto (193-G/F-80) (21.5) and Juan Angel Lopez (190-G/F-84) (21)
In rebounds the leader is Abel Trejo (204-C) with 13.9 and in assists Andres boni with 6.3



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

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

Carlos Delfino
Carlos Delfino
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Carlos Delfino (200-82, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a Houston Rockets' victory against the Atlanta Hawks (20-12) 123-104 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Delfino recorded 22 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists in 30 minutes on the court. The Houston Rockets have 20-14 record this season. Delfino has relatively good stats this year: 9.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 46.8%, 3FGP: 37.7% and FT: 75.0% in the 25 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Delfino is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Emanuel Ginobili
Emanuel Ginobili
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international shooting guard Emanuel Ginobili (198-77, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). He led San Antonio Spurs to an easy victory against the Philadelphia 76ers (15-20) crushing them 109-86 in the NBA last Saturday. Ginobili scored 19 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 27-9 record this season. It's Ginobili's 11th year with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Ginobili averages: 12.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.6apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 48.0%, 3FGP: 37.9% and FT: 82.9%. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Ginobili is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Luis Scola
Luis Scola
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Luis Scola (206-80, currently plays in NBA). He led Phoenix Suns to a victory over the Philadelphia 76ers (15-20) 95-89 in the NBA on Wednesday night. Scola was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 9 assists in 34 minutes. The Phoenix Suns have not so impressive 12-23 record this season. Scola has very impressive stats this year: 12.9ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 48.1% and FT: 79.7% in the 35 games. He has both Argentinian and Spanish nationalities. Scola is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Andres Nocioni
Andres Nocioni
   #4. Small forward Andres Nocioni (199-79, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Caja Laboral's victory against the 16th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (4-12) 84-77 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Caja Laboral Vitoria (13-3) is placed second in the ACB. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This season Nocioni has relatively solid stats: 13.8ppg and 5.4rpg. He also holds two passports: Italian and Argentinian. Nocioni is also Argentinian national team player.

Pablo Prigioni
Pablo Prigioni
   #5. International point guard Pablo Prigioni (190-77, currently plays in NBA) helped New York Knicks win their game against the San Antonio Spurs (27-9) 100-83 in the NBA last Thursday. He recorded 6 points, 9 assists and 3 steals in 27 minutes. The New York Knicks have a solid 23-10 record this season. It's Prigioni's first year with the team. This year Prigioni's overall stats are: 3.3ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.9apg in the 32 games. He holds both Italian and Argentinian passports. Prigioni plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Leonardo Mainoldi
Leonardo Mainoldi
   #6. Forward Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Andres Nocioni in the Spanish ACB last game. Mainoldi, who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (4-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was defeated 84-77 on the road by the second-ranked Caja Laboral. Mainoldi was the top scorer with 25 points. Mainoldi is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's roster. He is currently sixth on the list of best rebounders. Mainoldi has very reliable stats this season: 11.1ppg and 6.6rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez
   #7. International guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple, currently plays in Italy) helped C.de Latte BRE win their game against the league leader Sigma Barcellona (10-4) crushing them 101-69 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Fernandez scored 18 points and added 6 passes in 35 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Centrale del Latte Brescia (7-6) is placed sixth in the Lega2. It's Fernandez's first year with the team. Fernandez is currently sixth on the list of best passers with 4.0apg. He also averaged so far 6.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.1spg in the 13 games. Fernandez is also Argentinian national team player.

Nicolas Richotti
Nicolas Richotti
   #8. Point guard Nicolas Richotti (181-86, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Iberostar Canarias Tenerife to win against the closely-ranked UCAM Murcia (6-10) 80-68 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. Richotti recorded 5 points. Iberostar Canarias Tenerife (6-10) is placed 12th in the ACB. Richotti's total stats this season are: 8.1ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.2apg. He plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Cristian Cortez
Cristian Cortez
   #9. Former U19 international guard Cristian Cortez (185-90, currently plays in Brazil) was not able to help Mogi das Cruzes (8-9) in their game against Vila Velha (4-6) in the Brazilian NBB. He scored 6 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 23 minutes. Mogi das Cruzes lost 85-92 in Vila Velha to the much lower-ranked (#11) Vila Velha. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Cortez's total stats are: 9.8ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.9apg in the 11 games. He used to play for the Argentinian U19 national team four years ago.

Patricio Garino
Patricio Garino
   #10. Swingman Patricio Garino (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the G.Washington in their game against the University of Georgia (0-0) in the NCAA. Garino recorded 9 points and had 3 steals (made all of his five free throws) in 30 minutes. But the G.Washington lost 41-52 in Athens, GA to the University of Georgia. Garino has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.9apg in the 11 games. He is a former U19 international player as two years ago he still played for the Argentinian national team.

   #11. Former international point guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Givova Scafati in their game against FCM Ferentino in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Porta cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points and added 3 assists. His team was defeated 89-75. Porta has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.8apg and 2.5spg. He used to play for the Argentinian national team five years ago.

   #12. Former U17 international center Matias Bortolin (205-93, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) couldn't help Arkadia Lions in their game against Raiffeisen Wels in the Austrian A Bundesliga. Bortolin recorded 8 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks in 29 minutes. His team were badly defeated by 20 points 85-65. Bortolin belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #6) and also on the list of best blockers (first place). This year he has very good stats: 10.9ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3bpg and 1.1spg in the 14 games. Bortolin used to play for the Argentinian U17 national team back in 2010.

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

   #1. Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-G-86, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) led Matera to a victory over the 14th-ranked Mazzeo San Severo (6-10) 80-76 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Sunday. He was the best player in that game. Vico scored 23 points and had 3 steals. Bawer Matera (13-4) is placed second in the Nazionale A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Vico is currently second on the league's list of most steals. This season he has very good stats: 13.5ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.4apg and 3.3spg. Vico has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #2. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help AcegasAps TR (7-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance AcegasAps TR lost 66-81 on the road to the second-ranked Novipiu Casale. Filloy was the top scorer with 13 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 35 minutes. It's Filloy's first season with the team. Filloy has reliable stats this year: 11.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.9apg and 1.3spg in the 13 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Despite Filloy's Argentinian nationality, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Argentinian team.

   #3. Bernardo Musso (193-G-86, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a 3-point LeGamberi Foods Forlž's victory against the closely-ranked Pall.Trento (5-8) 87-84 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Musso scored 16 points. LeGamberi Foods Forli (7-6) is placed seventh in the Lega2. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Musso's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 9.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.7spg. Similarly like Filloy and Vico above Musso has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #4. Mario Jose Ghersetti (201-F-81, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked AcegasAps TR (7-6) 67-51 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. Tezenis Verona (7-7) is placed ninth in the Lega2. This year Ghersetti's total stats are: 8.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.6spg in the 14 games. Similarly like three previous players above, he also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #5. Andres Forray (187-PG-86, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Pall.Trento (5-8) in their game against Fileni BPA Jesi (5-8) in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Despite his good performance on Sunday night Forray recorded 12 points, 4 assists and 3 steals. Forray's total stats this season are: 7.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg and 2.1spg. He has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #6. Juan Ignacio Jasen (196-F-85, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for UCAM Murcia in their game against CB Canarias in the Spanish ACB. Jasen recorded 8 points in 20 minutes. His team lost 68-80. This year Jasen's total stats are: 4.3ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.3apg in the 11 games. Similarly like all previous players above, he has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #7. Pablo Bertone (193-G-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a Florida Atlantic's victory against the University Louisiana at Lafayette 75-70 in the NCAA last Thursday. Bertone scored 12 points and added 3 passes. Bertone's total stats this season are: 4.3ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.3apg.

   #8. Experienced Manuel Carrizo (198-F/G-80, also represented by Players Group, currently plays in Italy) helped FCM Ferentino win their game against the fourth-ranked Givova Scafati 89-75 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. He recorded 14 points in a mere 15 minutes. This year Carrizo's total stats are: 5.1ppg and 1.5rpg in the 12 games. He has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #9. Augustin Fabi (199-G/F-91, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria in their game against Treviglio in the Italian Nazionale A (third division), despite his very good performance last Sunday. Fabi scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. But his team lost 74-87. This year Fabi's total stats are: 9.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg in the 16 games. He holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.

   #10. Agustin Ambrosino (203-F-90, currently studies in the States) managed to help Brigham Young University to win against the Loyola Marymount University crushing them 92-51 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Ambrosino scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Ambrosino's total stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg.



Omar Canton signs at Union Progresista - by Eurobasket News

Union Progresista (LigaA) landed 31-year old naturalized Italian center Omar Canton (210-82). He played recently at Los Leones in Chilean Liga Nacional. The last season Canton played at Sport Club. He helped his team to make it to the Liga Sudamericana Semifinals 2004.
Canton has played also professionally in Spain, Uruguay (Union Atletica) and Argentina (Obras, Belgrano San Nicolas, Libertad Sunchales, La Union and Ciclista).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Ervin wins Round 13 POTW - by Hugh McAuliffe

Townsville Crocodiles sharp-shooter Gary Ervin (183-PG-83, college: Arkansas) has been named National Basketball League Player of the Week for Round 13 of the iiNet NBL Championship, capping off a purple patch of form for the star import.

Ervin was instrumental in the Crocs 75-61 road win over the Adelaide 36ers, dropping 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field to go with his nine rebounds and five assists.

The former Wollongong Hawks star has been the catalyst behind Townsville's mid-season revival that has seen them put together a five-game winning streak and move off the bottom of the NBL ladder.

The 183cm guard has not dropped below 20 points in each of the past five games, averaging 22.4 points at a 51.5% from the field to go with his 5.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists.

In the highly anticipated Hawks, Breakers clash Rhys Martin was a standout, hitting 6-of-7 three pointers on his way to 28 points and five steals for Wollongong in the 78-76 loss.

Kings star and NBL MVP candidate Ben Madgen dropped 30 points on Adelaide as the Kings recorded a 86-82 victory, while Kevin Lisch had a game-high 26 points for the Perth Wildcats in their road win over Cairns.

Other contenders for Player of the Week in Round 13 included Luke Nevill (Townsville) and Adam Gibson (Adelaide).



Aron Baynes' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Australians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Aron Baynes
Aron Baynes
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Aron Baynes (208-86, college: Washington St., currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Slovenia. Baynes could not help Un.Olimpija (8-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Un.Olimpija was defeated 70-56 at home by the second-ranked Zvezda. Baynes recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks and 4 steals. It's Baynes' first season with the team. Baynes is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 12.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 2FGP: 57.1%(76-133) and FT: 63.8%. Baynes has a dual citizenship: Australian and New Zealand. He is currently a member of the Australian senior national team.

Nathan Jawai
Nathan Jawai
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Nathan Jawai (208-86, college: Midland CC, currently plays in Spain). Jawai contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Lagun Aro GBC (2-14) crushing them 98-50 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He recorded 9 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks in 17 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (9-7) is placed eighth in the ACB. This year Jawai averages: 6.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 2FGP: 69.0%(40-58) and FT: 55.6% in the 15 games he played so far. He played for the Australian national team in 2009.

Brad Newley
Brad Newley
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Brad Newley (199-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain). Newley led G.Canaria 2014 to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked FIATC Joventut (7-9) crushing them 80-50 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He scored 12 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014 (12-4) is placed fourth in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Newley has relatively good stats this season: 12.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 60.9%(67-110), 3FGP: 28.0% and FT: 64.1%. He is also a member of the Australian senior national team.

Andrew James Ogilvy
Andrew James Ogilvy
   #4. Center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help Brose Baskets Bamberg (0-2) in their game against Real Madrid (2-0) in the Euroleague. Despite his very good performance on Thursday night Ogilvy scored 15 points and blocked 3 shots. Ogilvy's overall stats this season are: 6.0ppg and 2.0rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and Irish. Ogilvy used to play for the Australian national team back in 2011.

Aleks Maric
Aleks Maric
   #5. International center Aleks Maric (211-84, college: Nebraska, currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to secure a victory for Lokomotiv (6-4) in their game against Zalgiris (9-1) in the VTB United League, despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game. He recorded 13 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 35 minutes. But the fourth-placed Lokomotiv lost 81-89 on the road to the leading Zalgiris in the group B of VTB United League. Maric is currently first on the list of best rebounders with 10.2rpg. He also averaged so far 11.7ppg and 1.3spg in the 10 games. Maric plays currently for the Australian national team.

Matthew Dellavedova
Matthew Dellavedova
   #6. Guard Matthew Dellavedova (193-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the St.Mary's, CA (1-0) in their game against the Yale University (9-1) in the NCAA. Despite his very good performance last Sunday He scored 24 points and added 6 passes. Dellavedova is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in St.Mary's, CA's roster. This season Dellavedova has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg and 1.3spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles
   #7. International small forward Joe Ingles (203-87, agency: Priority Sports, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nathan Jawai. But that was another game of his team in Euroleague which we would like to mention. Ingles couldn't help Regal FC Barcelona (1-1) in their game against Khimky (2-0). He scored 8 points in 30 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (#4) lost 65-78 in Khimki to the leading Khimky in the group F of Euroleague. This year Ingles' overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.6apg in the 11 games. He is also Australian national team player.

David Andersen
David Andersen
   #8. Center David Andersen (212-80, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Fenerbahce Ulker (0-2) in their game against Montepaschi Siena (2-0) in the Euroleague. Andersen scored 8 points. Fenerbahce Ulker (#6) was defeated 98-92 in Siena by the second-ranked Montepaschi in the group F of Euroleague. Andersen's total stats this season are: 6.8ppg and 3.9rpg. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

Patrick Mills
Patrick Mills
   #9. Former international point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the San Antonio Spurs (27-9) in their game against the New York Knicks (23-10) in the NBA. Mills recorded 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs were badly defeated 100-83 in New York by the Knicks. This season Mills averages only 5.3ppg. He used to play for the Australian national team four years ago.

Mitchell Young
Mitchell Young
   #10. Forward Mitchell Young (206-90, currently studies in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Matthew Dellavedova. However that was another game of his team in NCAA which brought him to that list. Young couldn't help the St.Mary's, CA (1-0) in their game against the Harvard University (23-10), despite his very good performance in Monday night's game. He scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 23 minutes. But the St.Mary's, CA was edged 70-69 in Cambridge, MA by the Harvard University. Young has been at the team for four years. This season Young averages only 5.3ppg in the 31 games. He is a former U19 international player as four years ago he still played for the Australian national team.

   #11. International forward Ryan Broekhoff (201-90, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Valparaiso in their game against the Loyola University of Chicago in the NCAA. Despite his very good performance last Wednesday Broekhoff scored 15 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists. This season he averages only 5.3ppg. Broekhoff plays currently for the Australian national team.

   #12. Former international swingman Anthony Drmic (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Boise St. to an easy victory against the Walla Walla College crushing them 106-39 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He scored 22 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. This year Drmic averages only 5.3ppg in the 31 games. He used to play for the Australian national team back in 2011.

   #13. Former international forward Jeromie Hill (203-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the UTSA in their game against the San Jose State University in the NCAA. Despite his very good performance in Monday night's game Hill scored 22 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. This season he averages only 5.3ppg. Hill used to play for the Australian national team four years ago.

   #14. Former international center Julian Khazzouh (209-86, currently plays in Lebanon) led Sagesse to a victory against the sixth-ranked Al Moutahed 91-84 in the Lebanese Division A last Sunday. He scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. Khazzouh is currently fifth on the list of best blockers with 2.0bpg. This year he also averages: 11.3ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.8apg in the six games. Khazzouh used to play for the Australian national team back in 2009.

   #15. Former international point guard Jorden Page (185-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Matthew Dellavedova and both played together in the last NCAA game. Page couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams St.Mary's, CA in their game against the Yale University, despite his good performance on Sunday night. He scored 10 points in 26 minutes. But his team was badly defeated by 16 points 78-62. This year Page's total stats are: 6.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.4apg in the 16 games. He used to play for the Australian national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Kyrie Irving (191-G-92, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA) led Cleveland Cavaliers to a 2-point victory over the Charlotte Bobcats (9-24) 106-104 in the NBA in Friday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Irving scored 33 points (!!!), grabbed 5 rebounds, passed 6 assists and added 3 blocks (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) in 38 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. The Cleveland Cavaliers have not so impressive 8-27 record this season. Irving is currently sixth on the league's list of top scorers with 23.4ppg. He also averaged so far 4.0rpg, 5.6apg and 1.5spg in the 24 games he played so far. Irving is a naturalized American. Despite his Australian passport, Irving previously played for the USA U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Australian team. Strangely he has never played in Australia.

   #2. Damon Heuir (188-PG, currently plays college basketball in the States) led S.Utah to a victory against the Northern Arizona University (2-2) 90-77 in the NCAA last Saturday. Heuir scored 30 points (!!!) and grabbed 4 rebounds in 35 minutes. The Southern Utah University has 3-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all three games in the conference. Heuir is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in S.Utah's roster. This season he has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg in the 16 games.

   #3. Mathiang Muo (196-F, currently studies in the States) contributed to a Charleston So.'s victory against the Radford University (0-1) 81-74 in the NCAA last Saturday. Muo had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 31 minutes. The Charleston Southern University has 1-0 conference record this season. This year Muo's total stats are: 6.8ppg and 3.9rpg in the 12 games. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Sudanese.

   #4. Chris Patton (208-F-91, college: S.Idaho JC, is currently at the American university) helped Cal-Riverside edge the Cal State - Northridge (0-2) 65-64 in the NCAA on Thursday night. He scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The University of California, Riverside has 1-2 conference record this season. Patton has reliable stats this year: 11.3ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.8apg.

   #5. Joel Naburgs (193-G-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Stetson (1-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Stetson lost 64-70 on the road to the Mercer University. Naburgs scored 18 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 34 minutes. Naburgs plays fourth season for the team. He has reliable stats this year: 11.3ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.8apg in the six games.

   #6. Triantafillos Tzakopoulos (187-G-85, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProA (second division) was not able to help Duesseldorf Baskets (10-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Tzakopoulos' very good performance Duesseldorf Baskets was badly defeated 99-79 in Vechta by the second-ranked SC Rasta. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Tzakopoulos' total stats this season are: 6.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.4apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Australian.

   #7. Venky Jois (201-F-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the E.Washington (1-3) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Jois' very good performance the E.Washington was defeated 81-66 in Missoula, MT by the University of Montana. He scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Jois has averaged so far 6.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.4apg.

   #8. Adrien Sturt (209-C-86, college: Snow CC, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL couldn't help London Lions (7-11) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance London Lions was crushed 96-73 in Guildford by the higher-ranked Surrey Heat (#3). Sturt was the second best scorer with 18 points. He also added 5 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Sturt is currently third on the list of best blockers. This season he has very good stats: 15.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3bpg and 1.1spg.

   #9. Luke Devlin (203-F-91, college: Albany, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Albany win their game against the Brown University 57-50 in the NCAA in Monday night's game. Devlin scored 15 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). He has reliable stats this season: 15.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3bpg and 1.1spg.

   #10. Peter Hooley (193-G-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Luke Devlin. But that was another game of his team in NCAA which we would like to mention. Hooley helped Albany win their game against the University of Maryland -Baltimore County 65-48. He scored 8 points and added 5 assists (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). Hooley has reliable stats this season: 15.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3bpg and 1.1spg.



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Standings - A Bundesliga

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

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 5: Klosterneub. - St.Polten 88-65
Jan. 5: Wels - Arkadia 85-65
Jan. 5: UBSC Graz - Gussing 76-77
Jan. 6: BC Vienna - Oberwart 75-50
Jan. 7: Furstenfeld - Kapfenberg 70-81

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 12: St.Polten - Wels
Jan. 12: UBSC Graz - BC Vienna
Jan. 12: Gussing - Klosterneub.
Jan. 13: Kapfenberg - Oberwart
Jan. 13: Gmunden - Furstenfeld


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyler TIEDEMAN
  Wels
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Tiedeman, Wels20.9 
 2. Gilchrese, UBSC G.19.3 
 3. Shaw, Kapfenberg19.0 
 4. Pearson, Furstenf.18.9 
 5. Spasojevic, Arkadia18.9 
 6. Ray, BC Vienna18.4 
 7. Grum, Furstenfeld18.2 
 8. Dale, UBSC G.18.0 
 9. Suljanovic, Kloste.17.7 
 10. Rakocevic, BC Vi.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice PEARSON
  Furstenf.
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Pearson, Furstenf.12.5 
 2. Heard, Gussing8.3 
 3. Sanchez, Kapfenbe.8.0 
 4. Bortolin, Arkadia7.2 
 5. Trmal, BC Vienna7.2 
 6. Speiser, St.Polten7.2 
 7. Ray, BC Vienna7.1 
 8. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.1 
 9. Lamesic, Wels7.0 
 10. Suljanovic, Klost.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Ian BOYLAN
  BC Vienna
  (197-G/F-83)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Boylan, BC Vienna6.1 
 2. Woods, Kapfenberg6.1 
 3. Klepeisz, Gussing5.3 
 4. Tiedeman, Wels4.5 
 5. Lanegger, Klostern.4.3 
 6. O''Neal, Furstenfeld4.1 
 7. Schaal, UBSC G.4.1 
 8. Farokhmanesh, Wels3.9 
 9. Danek, BC Vienna3.9 
 10. Ahmetbasic, Wels3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  UBSC G.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Gilchrese, UBSC G.2.7 
 2. Boylan, BC Vienna1.9 
 3. Pryor, Kapfenberg1.8 
 4. Ray, BC Vienna1.7 
 5. Arnold, Gmunden1.6 
 6. Markovic, UBSC G.1.5 
 7. O''Neal, Furstenfeld1.4 
 8. Cox, Furstenfeld1.4 
 9. Payton, Klostern.1.4 
 10. Oppland, Gmunden1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Matias BORTOLIN
  Arkadia
  (205-C-93)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Bortolin, Arkadia1.3 
 2. Rakocevic, BC Vi.1.2 
 3. Cresnar, Furstenf.1.1 
 4. Arnold, Gmunden1.0 
 5. Washington, Wels1.0 
 6. Mayer, Gmunden0.9 
 7. Shaw, Kapfenberg0.8 
 8. Koch, Gussing0.7 
 9. Greimeister, Klost.0.6 
 10. Pearson, Furstenf.0.6 


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

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

Rasid Mahalbasic
Rasid Mahalbasic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Rasid Mahalbasic (211-90, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL. He could not help one of league's weakest teams Asseco Prokom Gdynia (10-5) in their last game. Despite Mahalbasic's good performance Asseco Prokom Gdynia lost 74-83 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Stelmet ZG. He scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 26 minutes on the court. It was Asseco Prokom Gdynia's first loss after three consecutive victories. This year Mahalbasic averages: 9.2ppg, 5.3rpg, 2FGP: 58.5%(55-94) and FT: 66.7% in the 15 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Austrian and Slovenian. Ex-kelag Worthersee Piraten player is currently a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Anton Maresch
Anton Maresch
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Anton Maresch (191-91, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Maresch was not able to help one of league's weakest teams River Andorra (3-0) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance his team was defeated 86-75 on the opponent's court by the leading Ford_Burgos. Maresch recorded 12 points (made all of his five free throws). Maresch's overall stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 37.3%, 3FGP: 48.4%(15-31) and FT: 76.7%. He is in the roster of the Austrian senior national team.

Benjamin Ortner
Benjamin Ortner
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Euroleague). Ortner managed to help Montepaschi Siena in a victory against the sixth-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (0-2) 98-92 in the Euroleague on Friday night. He scored only 2 points in 3 minutes on the court. Montepaschi Siena (2-0) is placed second in group F. It's Ortner's first season with the team. This year Ortner's overall stats are: 5.2ppg, 2.1rpg, 2FGP: 59.5%(22-37) in the nine games. He is also a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Jason Detrick
Jason Detrick
   #4. An experienced small forward Jason Detrick (195-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Brazil) contributed to Bauru's victory against the 12th-ranked Joinville (4-7) 83-71 in the Brazilian NBB last Saturday. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 9 minutes on the court. Paschoalotto/Bauru (13-2) is placed first in the NBB. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Detrick's total stats are: 1.7ppg and 1.7rpg in the three games. He is a naturalized American. Detrick is also Austrian national team player. He used to play for UBC Stahlbau Oberwart Gunners in Austrian league.

Thomas Schreiner
Thomas Schreiner
   #5. International point guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Anton Maresch and both played together in the last Spanish LEB Gold game. Schreiner was not able to secure a victory for River Andorra (3-0) in their game against Ford Burgos (11-2). He recorded 6 points. his team was defeated 86-75 on the opponent's court by the leading Ford_Burgos. Schreiner has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.9apg and 1.7spg. He plays currently for the Austrian national team.

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

   #1. Jamie Kohn (195-G-89, college: E.Connecticut, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British EBL D1 (second division) could not help Tees Valley Mohawks (8-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Kohn's very good performance Tees Valley Mohawks was defeated 96-88 on the road by the lower-ranked London Leopards (#8). He scored 21 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Kohn belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #9) and also on the list of best rebounders (fifth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Kohn averages: 17.0ppg, 9.4rpg, 2.6apg and 1.4spg.

Other top Austrian players, who play abroad:

Matej Kljaic (193-F-91) plays for Djuro Djakovic in Croatian A1
Peter Klemm (197-F-85) plays for Tuebingen II in German Regionalliga
Michael Kaiser (195-G-82) plays for TS Longhorns Herzogenaurach in German Regionalliga



A Bundesliga Round 16: Gussing Knights defeat UBSC Graz in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 16 in the A Bundesliga took place in Graz. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 8th ranked UBSC Graz (6-9) to fifth ranked Gussing Knights (9-6) 77-76 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of UBSC Graz. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 22-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Slovenian forward Elvis Kadic (201-80, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 rebounds and American center Hamidu Rahman (210-87, college: N.Mexico St.) who added 13 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (204-81) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Gussing Knights have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 9-6 record. UBSC Graz at the other side keeps the eighth place with nine games lost. Gussing Knights are looking forward to face higher ranked Xion Dukes (#4) in Klosterneuburg in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. UBSC Graz will play at home against the league's leader BC Vienna (#1) in Wien and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
A Bundesliga top team - BC Vienna (12-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart (6-8) in Wien 75-50. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Redwell Gunners Oberwart. The winners were led by American swingman Shawn Ray (194-80, college: N.C.Central) who scored that evening 26 points and 8 rebounds and Zarko Rakocevic supported him with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Even 13 points and 6 rebounds by American-Puerto Rican point guard Darnell Hinson (186-80, college: Northeastern St.) did not help to save the game for Redwell Gunners Oberwart. BC Vienna maintains first position with 12-2 record. Redwell Gunners Oberwart at the other side keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. BC Vienna will play against UBSC Graz (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will play against Kapfenberg Bulls and hopes to get back on the winning track.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 16: Kapfenberg won against Furstenfeld on the opponent's court 81-70. Klosterneub. outscored St.Polten in a home game 88-65. Bottom-ranked Arkadia was rolled over Wels on the road 85-65.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points and 18 rebounds by Maurice Pearson of Furstenfeld.


Furstenfeld - Kapfenberg 70-81

Very expected game when 9th ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (5-9) were defeated at home by third ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (11-3) 81-70. The game was mostly controlled by Kapfenberg Bulls. Furstenfeld Panthers was better in second period 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The winners were led by American-Mexican forward Mark Sanchez (201-87, college: Boise St., agency: Court Side) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Joe Dean Shaw (199-87, college: Nevada) supported him with 18 points. Four Kapfenberg Bulls players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 26 points and 18 rebounds by American power forward Maurice Pearson (206-89, college: Georgetown, KY) did not help to save the game for Furstenfeld Panthers. The former international guard Lorenzo O'Neal (188-88) added 13 points and 5 assists for lost side. Kapfenberg Bulls have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Gmunden. Furstenfeld Panthers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with nine games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against Redwell Gunners Oberwart (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Furstenfeld Panthers will play against the league's second-placed Gmunden Swans in Gmunden and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: J.Dean Shaw 18+4reb+1ast, D.Mayes 17+5reb+1ast, M.Sanchez 13+11reb+1ast, G.Woods 12+2reb+6ast, A.Kuttnig 7+2reb, Q.Pryor 6+2reb+2ast
Furstenfeld: M.Pearson 26+18reb+1ast, L.O'Neal 13+2reb+5ast, S.Grum 10+2reb+3ast, T.Sally 8+6reb+2ast, B.Cresnar 5+3reb, C.Cox 4+2reb
gschID: 229475


BC Vienna - Oberwart 75-50

A Bundesliga top team - BC Vienna (12-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart (6-8) in Wien 75-50. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Redwell Gunners Oberwart. The game without a history. BC Vienna led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Redwell Gunners Oberwart to just 6 points in third quarter. BC Vienna held Redwell Gunners Oberwart to an opponent 24.6 percent shooting from the field compared to 47.1 percent accuracy of the winners. BC Vienna players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Redwell Gunners Oberwart's players. The winners were led by American swingman Shawn Ray (194-80, college: N.C.Central) who scored that evening 26 points and 8 rebounds and Montenegrin forward Zarko Rakocevic (204-84, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Even 13 points and 6 rebounds by American-Puerto Rican point guard Darnell Hinson (186-80, college: Northeastern St.) did not help to save the game for Redwell Gunners Oberwart. American forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St.) added 8 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. BC Vienna maintains first position with 12-2 record. Redwell Gunners Oberwart at the other side keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. BC Vienna will play against UBSC Graz (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will play against Kapfenberg Bulls and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: S.Ray 26+8reb, Z.Rakocevic 19+11reb+1ast, S.Stazic 15+8reb+5ast, F.Trmal 6+2reb, B.Danek 5+3reb+7ast, J.Francois 4+5reb+1ast
Oberwart: D.Hinson 13+6reb, H.Ochsenhofer 10+2reb+3ast, S.Boxley 8+7reb+1ast, D.Gant 6+8reb+1ast, R.Chaney 5+4reb+1ast, J.Johnson 4+5reb
gschID: 229474


Klosterneub. - St.Polten 88-65

Very predictable result in Klosterneuburg where fourth ranked Xion Dukes (10-5) smashed 10th ranked St.Polten (2-13) 88-65. The game without a history. Xion Dukes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to St.Polten's 34. They outrebounded St.Polten 46-29 including 16 on the offensive glass. The winners were led by American swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St.) who scored that evening 29 points and 7 rebounds and international point guard Moritz Lanegger (190-90, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Four Xion Dukes players scored in double figures. Even 21 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) by the former international center Martin Kohlmaier (218-84) did not help to save the game for St.Polten. Serbian swingman Maksim Kovacevic (199-87) added 19 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains fourth position with 10-5 record. St.Polten lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 13 games lost. Xion Dukes will play against Gussing Knights (#5) on the road in the next round. St.Polten will play against Raiffeisen Wels (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Klosterneub.: C.Bobb 29+7reb+3ast, R.Suljanovic 14+8reb+1ast, M.Lanegger 14+10reb+2ast, D.Zeleznik 13+3reb+3ast, M.Rachar 9+7reb+2ast, V.Bauer 4
St.Polten: M.Kohlmaier 21+9reb+2ast, M.Kovacevic 19+6reb+2ast, T.Blazan 9+1reb, T.Csebits 9+2ast, A.Worenz 3+2reb+1ast, L.Gvozden 2+4reb+2ast
gschID: 229473


Wels - Arkadia 85-65

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Arkadia Lions (1-14) were rolled over on the road by seventh ranked Raiffeisen Wels (7-8) 85-65. The game without a history. Raiffeisen Wels led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for Raiffeisen Wels especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. The winners were led by American forward DeVaughn Washington (202-89, college: Ohio, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import forward Tyler Tiedeman (201-85, college: Boise St., agency: Interperformances) supported him with 12 points and 9 assists. Five Raiffeisen Wels players scored in double figures. Even 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) by forward Jurica Blazevic (193-94) did not help to save the game for Arkadia Lions. Montenegrin power forward Radosav Spasojevic (204-92, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points and 5 assists for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Raiffeisen Wels moved-up to sixth place. Arkadia Lions lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Raiffeisen Wels will play against St.Polten (#10) on the road in the next round. Arkadia Lions will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Wels: D.Washington 20+13reb+3ast, D.Lamesic 14+4reb+3ast, A.Farokhmanesh 12+1reb+1ast, R.Vieider 12+2reb, T.Tiedeman 12+2reb+9ast, C.Hallett 9+2reb
Arkadia: J.Blazevic 20+5reb+2ast, R.Spasojevic 16+4reb+5ast, M.Bortolin 8+5reb+2ast, F.Duck 6+3reb+2ast, T.Stadelmann 5+5reb+1ast, S.Gmeiner 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 229472


UBSC Graz - Gussing 76-77

The most exciting game of round 16 in the A Bundesliga took place in Graz. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 8th ranked UBSC Graz (6-9) to fifth ranked Gussing Knights (9-6) 77-76 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of UBSC Graz. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 22-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Slovenian forward Elvis Kadic (201-80, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 rebounds and American center Hamidu Rahman (210-87, college: N.Mexico St.) who added 13 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Gussing Knights players scored in double figures. At the losing side Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (204-81) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and American point guard Eric Gilchrese (183-87, college: New Hampshire) scored 19 points and 7 steals. Gussing Knights have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 9-6 record. UBSC Graz at the other side keeps the eighth place with nine games lost. Gussing Knights are looking forward to face higher ranked Xion Dukes (#4) in Klosterneuburg in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. UBSC Graz will play at home against the league's leader BC Vienna (#1) in Wien and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Gussing: E.Kadic 20+5reb+2ast, H.Rahman 13+7reb, S.Koch 11+5reb+3ast, M.Jandrasits 11+1reb, B.Weber 10, M.Heard 8+7reb+2ast
UBSC Graz: M.Stegnjaic 21+10reb+3ast, E.Gilchrese 19+1ast, D.Miletic 10+2reb+4ast, M.Markovic 9+9reb+1ast, R.Lanegger 8+3reb+1ast, A.Heuberger 6+1ast
gschID: 229471



Austrian A Bundesliga round 16 best performance: Maurice Pearson - by Eurobasket News

American power forward Maurice Pearson (206-F/C-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for Furstenfeld, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 18 rebounds, while his team Furstenfeld maintains the 9th position in Austrian A Bundesliga. Furstenfeld is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 9th lost game this season out of 14 games. Pearson turned to be Furstenfeld's top player in his first season with the team. Former Georgetown College star has very solid stats this year. Pearson. Pearson is in league's top in points (4th best: 18.9ppg) and averages impressive 57.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 34-year old American Curtis Bobb (198-G/F-78) of Klosterneub.. Bobb had a very good evening with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead Klosterneub. to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked St.Polten (#10, 2-13) 88-65. Klosterneub.'s 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 10-5 record is not bad at all. Bobb is one of the most experienced players at Klosterneub. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Shawn Ray (194-G/F-80) of league's top team BC Vienna. Ray scored 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of BC Vienna, leading his team to a 75-50 easy win against the lower-ranked Oberwart (#7, 6-8). BC Vienna confirms their top position in the standings Ray has a great season in Austria. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.4ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 7.1rpg (7th best). He also has FGP: 55.1% and 3PT: 46.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. DeVaughn Washington (202-F-89) of Wels - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Martin Kohlmaier (218-C-84) of St.Polten - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Zarko Rakocevic (204-F-84) of BC Vienna - 19 points and 11 rebounds
7. Eric Gilchrese (183-PG-87) of UBSC Graz - 19 points
8. Moritz Lanegger (190-PG-90) of Klosterneub. - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-81) of UBSC Graz - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Elvis Kadic (201-F-80) of Gussing - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Artsiom Parakhouski's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Belarusians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. He could not help Olin Edirne (3-11) in their last game. Despite Parakhouski's very good performance Olin Edirne was edged 73-72 at home by the higher-ranked (#9) Tofas. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 12 rebounds. Parakhouski also added 2 blocks in 36 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was Olin Edirne's fifth consecutive loss in a row. It's Parakhouski's first year with the team. Parakhouski belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #2 with 1.7bpg. He also averaged so far 12.1ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 64.3%(74-115) and FT: 44.9% in the 14 games he played so far. Parakhouski is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Vitali Liutych
Vitali Liutych
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-92, currently plays in Lithuania). He led Siauliai to a victory against the closely-ranked Lietkabelis (5-6) 85-80 in the Lithuanian LKL last Saturday. Liutych recorded 13 points. BC Siauliai (6-4) is placed fourth in the LKL. This season Liutych averages: 8.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 2FGP: 58.6%(17-29), 3FGP: 35.7% and FT: 64.7%. He is in the roster of the Belarusian senior national team.

Vladimir Veremeenko
Vladimir Veremeenko
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, currently plays in VTB United League). Veremeenko managed to help Unics Kazan in a victory against the seventh-ranked BC Donetsk (4-6) 74-63 in the VTB United League on Sunday night. He recorded 5 points in 17 minutes. Unics Kazan (8-2) is placed first in group A. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Veremeenko is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Unics Kazan's roster. This season Veremeenko's overall stats are: 8.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 2FGP: 63.8%(30-47) and FT: 83.9% in the 10 games. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. Veremeenko played for the Belarusian national team six years ago.

Mikita Meshcharakou
Mikita Meshcharakou
   #4. Small forward Mikita Meshcharakou (202-88, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help AcegasAps TR (7-6) in their game against Novipiu Casale (10-4) in the Italian Lega2 (second division). He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. AcegasAps TR was defeated 81-66 on the road by the second-ranked Novipiu Casale. It's Meshcharakou's first season with the team. Meshcharakou's total stats this year are: 8.2ppg and 4.2rpg. He is also Belarusian national team player.

Maksim Shustau
Maksim Shustau
   #5. Former international guard Maksim Shustau (188-86, currently plays in Russia) led Sojuz Zaretchny to a 3-point victory over the closely-ranked Volgograd (4-10) 44-41 in the Russian Superlaegue (second division) on Sunday night. Shustau was MVP of the game. He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. BC Sojuz Zaretchny (3-11) is placed second from the bottom (#14) in the Superlaegue. They ended the series of eight consecutive loses. Shustau has relatively good stats this season: 11.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.5apg. He used to play for the Belarusian national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Yivgeni Lioutrine (200-C-88, currently plays in Israel) led Elitzur Yavne to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Beer Yaakov (4-7) crushing them 94-66 in the Israeli National League (second division) last Tuesday. Lioutrine scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. Elitzur Yavne (8-3) is placed second in the National League. This year Lioutrine's total stats are: 7.5ppg and 3.4rpg in the 11 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Israeli. Despite Lioutrine's Belarusian passport, he previously played for the Israeli U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belarusian team.

   #2. Igor Suhinin contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Severstal (3-11) crushing them 70-42 in the Russian Superleague (second division) in Sunday night's game. Suhinin scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 31 minutes. It was his first game for Planeta-Universitet Ukhta this season. His team is placed 11th in the Superleague. It was Planeta-Universitet Ukhta's first victory after four consecutive loses.

   #3. Vladi Yeremishin (201-F/C-84, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) managed to help Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan to win against the closely-ranked Hapoel Kazrin (4-7) 102-86 in the Israeli National League (second division) last Tuesday. Yeremishin scored only 4 points. Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan (7-4) is placed sixth in the National League. Yeremishin's total stats this season are: 3.7ppg and 2.4rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Israeli.

Other top Belarusian players, who play abroad:

Valentin Yurchyk (207-F-87) plays for Spartak St.Petersburg in Russian PBL
Heorhi Kandrusevich (197-G/F-78) plays for Ferro-ZNTU in Ukrainian Superleague
Dmitri Paliashchuk (199-SG-85) plays for Halychyna in Ukrainian Superleague
Dante Stiggers (188-PG-82) plays for Apoel in Cypriot Division A
Mikalai Aliakseyeu (210-C-78) plays for Shahrdari Gorgan in Iranian Superleague
Aleh Kojenets (208-C-77) plays for Mazeikiai in Lithuanian NKL
Sergey Karpov (200-F-80) plays for Sojuz Zaretchny in Russian Superlaegue

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



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Aleksander Lichodzijewski selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Aleksander Lichodzijewski
Aleksander Lichodzijewski
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-84, currently plays in Poland). He led Polpharma to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Start Gdynia (4-11) 80-73 in the Polish TBL last Sunday. Lichodzijewski was MVP of the game. He scored 25 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd. (6-9) is placed eighth in the TBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Lichodzijewski's first season with the team. This year Lichodzijewski averages: 7.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2FGP: 38.7%, 3FGP: 36.8% and FT: 85.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Polish. Former Sanex Antwerp Giants starter played for the Belgian senior national team five years ago.

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Hervelle could not help Gescrap BB (10-6) to beat Valencia Basket (12-4). He recorded 7 points and added 4 passes. Gescrap BB was edged in an overtime 113-111 on the road by the higher-ranked Valencia Basket (#3). Hervelle's overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 60.2%(56-93), 3FGP: 14.3%. He is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Jonathan Tabu (190-85, currently plays in Italy). Tabu contributed to Cantu's victory against the closely-ranked Armani Milano (7-7) 84-76 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He scored 8 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals in 26 minutes. Mapooro Cantu (10-4) is placed fourth in the SerieA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Tabu has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.9apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 48.1%, 3FGP: 45.3%(24-53) and FT: 88.9% in the 14 games he played so far. He is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #4. Point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a CAI Zaragoza's victory against the 16th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (4-12) 79-74 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. Van Rossom recorded 10 points. CAI Zaragoza (10-6) is placed fifth in the ACB. Van Rossom's overall stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.9apg and 1.2spg. He is also Belgian national team player.

Retin Obasohan
Retin Obasohan
   #5. U20 international point guard Retin Obasohan (185-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help The University of Alabama to win against the Oakland University (2-1) crushing them 65-45 in the NCAA last Saturday. He scored only 2 points. The The University of Alabama has conference record this season. Obasohan's overall stats this year are: 9.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.9apg and 1.2spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Nigerian. Obasohan plays currently for the Belgian U20 national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Ryan Hoover (187-PG-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in an overtime Fileni BPA Jesi's victory against the closely-ranked Pall.Trento (5-8) 106-105 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. He recorded 32 points (!!!), 7 assists and 4 steals in 36 minutes. Fileni BPA Jesi (5-8) is placed 11th in the Lega2. Hoover has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.1apg and 2.1spg in the 13 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Hoover has never played in Belgium.

   #2. Tyler Haws (196-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) led BYU to an easy victory against the Loyola Marymount University (0-2) crushing them 92-51 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Haws scored 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 31 minutes. The Brigham Young University has 2-0 conference record this season. Haws is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in BYU's roster. This season his overall stats are: 7.1ppg and 4.3rpg in the 11 games.

   #3. Ronrico White (190-PG-92, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Chattanooga (1-1) to beat the Georgia Tech (0-1). White scored 6 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 31 minutes. The Chattanooga (#35) was badly defeated 74-58 on the road by the Georgia Tech. This year White's overall stats are: 9.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.9apg and 1.2spg in the 16 games. He is a naturalized American. Strangely White has never played in Belgium.

Other top Belgian players, who play abroad:

Xavier Francois (200-C-94) plays for Strasbourg IG in French ProA
Ruphin Tshiabu Kayembe (200-F-92) plays for Maribor Messer in Slovenian Telemach League
Marcus Faison (196-G-78) plays for Armia in Georgian Superleague
Douglas Tshomba (201-F-83) plays for JA Vichy in French NM1
Gael Hulsen (193-G/F-90) plays for Liverpool Mersey Tigers in British BBL
Julien Rahier (193-G-83) plays for Starwings in Swiss LNA
Bob Menama (201-F-80) plays for Vanves in French NM2
Christopher Jones (186-G-90) plays for Contern in Luxembourg Diekirch League
Igor Muya Kabeya (195-F/G-81) plays for Trappes in French NM2
Stan Leemans (205-C-92) plays for Swiss Central in Swiss LNB

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



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Standings - BIH League

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

Regular Season: Round 12

Jan. 5: Bosna - Capljina 94-72
Jan. 5: Posusje - Vogosca 88-81
Jan. 5: Kakanj - Leotar 75-85
Jan. 5: Varda HE - Borac Nektar 71-53
Jan. 5: Servitium - Radnik B. 67-66
Jan. 5: Mladost - Zrinjski HT 100-85

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 12: Posusje - Bosna
Jan. 12: Vogosca - Kakanj
Jan. 12: Leotar - Varda HE
Jan. 12: Borac Nektar - Mladost
Jan. 12: Zrinjski HT - Servitium
Jan. 12: Radnik B. - Capljina


D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Vogosca
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Tuljkovic, Vogosca23.8 
 2. Bakovic, Posusje22.1 
 3. Djurasovic, Leotar21.0 
 4. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.20.5 
 5. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.19.3 
 6. Hot, Vogosca18.9 
 7. Bijelic, Mladost18.3 
 8. Peljto, Kakanj18.0 
 9. Bjelica, Capljina17.9 
 10. Lalovic, Zrinjski.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bozo DJURASOVIC
  Leotar
  (200-F-87)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Djurasovic, Leotar8.7 
 2. Josilo, Varda HE8.5 
 3. Tuljkovic, Vogosca8.4 
 4. Jazvin, Zrinjski HT8.0 
 5. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.7.6 
 6. Bijelic, Mladost7.0 
 7. Lalovic, Zrinjski.6.9 
 8. Erkic, Radnik B.6.6 
 9. Jovanovic, Radnik6.5 
 10. Ninkovic, Leotar6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 7
 1. Hot, Vogosca7.0 
 2. Peljto, Kakanj6.9 
 3. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.5.9 
 4. Kascelan, Leotar5.9 
 5. Kovacevic, Capljina5.6 
 6. Radovanovic, Radni.5.3 
 7. Hodzic, Bosna4.9 
 8. Ivanic, Mladost4.9 
 9. Bakovic, Posusje4.8 
 10. Kastratovic, Vard.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Hot, Vogosca3.3 
 2. Kovacevic, Capljina2.4 
 3. Lovric, Posusje2.4 
 4. Bjelica, Capljina2.1 
 5. Hodzic, Bosna1.8 
 6. Peljto, Kakanj1.7 
 7. Erkic, Radnik B.1.6 
 8. Jovanovic, Radnik1.6 
 9. Josilo, Varda HE1.5 
 10. Knezevic, Mladost1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Igor BIJELIC
  Mladost
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Bijelic, Mladost1.5 
 2. Djurasovic, Leotar0.9 
 3. Buza, Bosna0.8 
 4. Djuranovic, Borac0.7 
 5. Mustapic, Posusje0.7 
 6. Leric, Bosna0.5 
 7. Erkic, Radnik B.0.5 
 8. Jovanovic, Radnik0.5 
 9. Aljovic, Vogosca0.5 
 10. Velimirovic, Mlad.0.5 


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

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

Zack Wright
Zack Wright
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Zack Wright (195-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in VTB United League). Wright led his Russian team Spartak St.Petersburg to a victory over the sixth-ranked Lietuvos rytas (5-5) crushing them 83-63 in the VTB United League last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Wright recorded 23 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and made 3 blocks. Spartak St.Petersburg (7-2) is placed second in group A. It's Wright's first season with the team. This year he averages: 6.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.1apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 52.4% and FT: 73.7%. Wright is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team. Strangely Wright has never played in Bosnia.

Kenan Bajramovic
Kenan Bajramovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Kenan Bajramovic (205-81, currently plays in Turkey). He was the major contributor in a Banvit BK's victory against one of league's weakest teams Antalya (2-12) 100-95 in the Turkish TBL in Saturday night's game. Bajramovic scored 18 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (12-2) is placed third in the TBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Bajramovic's overall stats this season are: 8.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 38.6%, 3FGP: 41.0% and FT: 78.6%. He is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Mirza Teletovic
Mirza Teletovic
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in NBA). Teletovic contributed to an easy victory against the Sacramento Kings (13-21) crushing them 113-93 in the NBA last Saturday. He scored 14 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 21 minutes. The Brooklyn Nets have 19-15 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Teletovic's overall stats are: 2.8ppg, 1.3rpg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3FGP: 28.6% in the 18 games he played so far. He is also a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Ivan Opacak
Ivan Opacak
   #4. An experienced shooting guard Ivan Opacak (201-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL could not help PGE Turow (11-4) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Opacak's very good performance PGE Turow was defeated 67-58 on the road by the lower-ranked Anwil (#6). He was the top scorer with 26 points. Opacak also added 6 rebounds. Opacak's total stats this season are: 8.8ppg and 2.9rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Opacak is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #5. International forward Nihad Djedovic (198-90, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Germany) was the main contributor in an ALBA Berlin's victory against the 16th-ranked New Yorker Phantoms (6-11) crushing them 80-58 in the German BBL last Sunday. Djedovic was the best player in that game. He scored 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). ALBA Berlin (11-5) is placed third in the BBL. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Djedovic has relatively good stats this season: 11.1ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.8apg. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Jozo Brkic
Jozo Brkic
   #6. Power forward Jozo Brkic (212-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Croatia was not able to help KK Zadar (6-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance KK Zadar was edged 67-65 in Novo Mesto by the higher-ranked Krka (#10). Brkic was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Brkic's total stats this season are: 7.4ppg and 3.3rpg. Despite he played previously for the Croatian U20 national team, Brkic is also an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

Nedzad Sinanovic
Nedzad Sinanovic
   #7. International center Nedzad Sinanovic (221-83, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to secure a victory for Blancos de Rueda (6-10) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Blancos de Rueda was crushed 89-56 in Santoago de Comp by the much higher-ranked (#7) Blusens Monbus. Sinanovic was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. It was Blancos de Rueda's fifth consecutive loss in a row. This year Sinanovic's total stats are: 7.3ppg and 4.7rpg in the 15 games. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Ognjen Kuzmic
Ognjen Kuzmic
   #8. Center Ognjen Kuzmic (215-90, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB couldn't help FIATC Joventut (7-9) in their last game. Despite Kuzmic's good performance FIATC Joventut was crushed 80-50 in Las Palmas by the much higher-ranked (#4) G.Canaria 2014. He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Kuzmic also added 8 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. Kuzmic has averaged so far 6.9ppg and 5.8rpg in the 16 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Ante Masic
Ante Masic
   #9. International forward Ante Masic (200-85, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Adriatic League) couldn't help Cedevita (9-7) in their game against KK Split (7-9) in the Adriatic League. Masic recorded 6 points in 30 minutes. It was his first game for Cedevita this season. Cedevita was edged 75-72 at home by the lower-ranked (#9) KK Split. Masic is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Elvir Ovcina
Elvir Ovcina
   #10. Power forward Elvir Ovcina (212-76, another player represented by Interperformances, college: Syracuse, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL couldn't help LTi 46ers (4-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked LTi 46ers was badly defeated 102-86 in Oldenburg by the second-ranked EWE Baskets. Ovcina was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 5 rebounds and 7 assists. This season Ovcina has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.8apg. He is a former international player as eight years ago he still played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

   #11. International forward Milan Milosevic (205-85, currently plays in Adriatic League) managed to help KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica in a victory against the closely-ranked MZT Skopje 76-69 in the Adriatic League last Saturday. Milosevic recorded only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 23 minutes. Milosevic has averaged so far 1.5ppg and 2.5rpg in the 15 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #12. International point guard Sasa Vasiljevic (180-79, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Ukraine) contributed to a 2-point Halychyna's victory against the closely-ranked Azovmash 80-78 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Wednesday night's game. Vasiljevic recorded 10 points and added 3 passes in 21 minutes. Vasiljevic has averaged so far 9.3ppg, 1.6rpg and 4.2apg in the 25 games. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #13. Former international guard Ernest Bremer (194-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an overtime Armani Milano's victory against one of league's weakest teams Angelico Biella 99-96 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Bremer recorded 5 points and added 5 assists. Bremer has averaged so far 4.7ppg, 1.3rpg, 3.7apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Bremer used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team two years ago. He played also for Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina league.

   #14. International center Elmedin Kikanovic (210-88, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to a 3-point Enisey Krasnoyarsk's victory against the tenth-ranked Tsmoki-Minsk 77-74 in the VTB United League on Sunday night. Kikanovic recorded 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. Kikanovic has averaged so far 8.4ppg and 3.1rpg in the 10 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #15. Former U16 international forward Dejan Todorovic (94, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Cafes Aitona crushing them 88-56 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. Todorovic was the top player that evening. He scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Todorovic has reliable stats this season: 12.7ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Turkey could not help Fenerbahce Ulker (0-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the sixth-placed Fenerbahce Ulker lost 92-98 on the road to the second-ranked Montepaschi Siena in the group F of Euroleague. Bogdanovic was the top scorer with 31 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 32 minutes. Bogdanovic has relatively good stats this year: 13.2ppg and 1.7rpg in the 12 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #2. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82, currently plays in Euroleague) led his Russian team Khimky to a victory over the fourth-ranked Regal FC Barcelona (1-1) 78-65 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. He was the best player in that game. Planinic scored 16 points and added 6 passes (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 30 minutes. BC Khimky Moscow Region (2-0) is placed first in group F. Planinic is currently second on the list of best passers with 5.7apg. This year his other stats are: 13.6ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.2spg in the 11 games. Planinic is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

   #3. Damir Markota (209-F-85, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Turkey was not able to help Besiktas (0-2) in their last game. Despite his good performance the seventh-placed Besiktas lost 64-77 in Athens to the higher-ranked (#5) Olympiacos in the group F of Euroleague. Markota had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds in 32 minutes. This year Markota's total stats are: 9.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg in the 12 games. Similarly like Planinic and Bogdanovic above he has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian nationalities.

   #4. Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87, currently plays in Ukraine) was the main contributor in Khimik's victory against the closely-ranked Mykolaiv (11-13) crushing them 86-45 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Saturday night. Sehovic was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 15 rebounds. Sehovic also added and 3 steals in 30 minutes. Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (13-9) is placed sixth in the Superleague. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Sehovic has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.3apg in the 22 games. He also holds two passports: Montenegrin and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

   #5. Mirza Begic (217-C-85, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Real Madrid to win against the eighth-ranked Brose Baskets Bamberg (0-2) 82-67 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Begic scored only 4 points, grabbed 7 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 3 shots. Real Madrid (2-0) is placed first in group E. Begic's total stats this season are: 5.3ppg and 3.5rpg. He has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian.

   #6. Toni Bizaca (202-F-82, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to a Sodertalje Kings' victory against the league leader Sundsvall Dragons 76-70 in the Swedish Basketligan last Sunday. Bizaca was the top player that evening. He recorded 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes. Bizaca has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg in the 17 games.

   #7. Stanko Barac (216-C-86, currently plays in Euroleague) helped his Turkish team Anadolu Efes win their game against the closely-ranked Panathinaikos 78-64 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. Barac scored 6 points and blocked 2 shots. Barac's total stats this season are: 4.9ppg and 3.4rpg. He has Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian nationalities.

   #8. Seid Hajric (203-F-83, currently plays in Poland) helped Anwil win their game against the league outsider Rosa Radom 89-72 in the Polish TBL in Saturday night's game. Hajric scored 12 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 27 minutes. This year Hajric has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg and 6.3rpg in the 13 games. He has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Polish.

   #9. Goran Suton (208-C-85, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Adriatic League) was not able to secure a victory for Cedevita in their game against KK Split in the Adriatic League. Suton recorded 9 points. His team was edged 75-72. Suton's total stats this season are: 3.2ppg and 1.6rpg. He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian passports.

   #10. Miroslav Todic (205-F-85, currently plays in Italy) helped LeGamberi Foods Forlž win their game against the closely-ranked Biancoblu BO crushing them 96-71 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. Todic was the top player that evening. He recorded 27 points (!!!) and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. Todic is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 8.6rpg. This year his other stats are: 14.8ppg in the 13 games. Todic has Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian nationalities.



Division I Round 12: Three teams share the top with 9-3 records - by Eurobasket News

Round 12 in Division I means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Sarajevo where host Bosna ASA BHT (9-3) crushed league's leader Capljina Lasta (9-3) 94-72 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Capljina Lasta. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Bosna ASA BHT led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Bosna ASA BHT outrebounded Capljina Lasta 35-21 including 26 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was swingman Alin Demic (202-91) who scored 24 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Ramo Rizvic (200-87) chipped in 15 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Montenegrin center Novak Popovic (207-81) who recorded 20 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Bosna ASA BHT have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Capljina and Mladost. Capljina Lasta will play next round against strong Radnik B. trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Bosna ASA BHT will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Posusje on the road.
Bottom-ranked Servitium managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the three-game losing streak. This time they edged fourth-ranked Radnik B. in Gradiska 67-66. It was a good game for Srdan Golubovic (198-87) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. Andrej Perovic contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Vedran Borovcanin (200-85) replied with 11 points and 8 rebounds for Radnik B.Radnik B.'s coach Predrag Jacimovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Servitium (4-7) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Posusje. Newly promoted Radnik B. keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Servitium will play against higher ranked Zrinjski HT (#7) in Mostar in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Radnik B. will play at home against the league's second-placed Capljina Lasta where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Varda, where higher ranked Borac Nektar (6-6) lost to ninth ranked Varda HE (5-7) in a road game 53-71 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of Marko Josilo who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Milos Radujko with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Varda HE moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Kakanj and Zrinjski HT. Borac Nektar at the other side keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Varda HE will meet Leotar (#11) in the next round where they are favorite. Borac Nektar will play against Mladost (#3) in Mrkonjic Grad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Kakanj, where higher ranked Kakanj (5-7) lost at home to twelfth ranked Leotar (4-8) 75-85. The winners were led by Bojan Setencic who scored that evening 27 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Kakanj's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Leotar moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Vogosca. Newly promoted Kakanj dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Leotar's next round opponent will be higher ranked Varda HE (#8) at home and it may be quite challenging game.

In the last two games of round 12 Zrinjski HT was defeated by Mladost in Mrkonjic Grad 100-85. Bottom-ranked Posusje beat Vogosca at home 88-81.


Varda HE - Borac Nektar 71-53

We should mention about the upset which took place in Varda, where higher ranked Borac Nektar (6-6) lost to ninth ranked Varda HE (5-7) in a road game 53-71 on Saturday. Varda HE dominated on the defensive end, holding Borac Nektar to just 7 points in third quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Borac Nektar's 22. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Serbian guard Marko Josilo (201-92) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and Montenegrin point guard Darko Kastratovic (189-88, agency: BeoExcell) who added 16 points and 6 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Milos Radujko (196-92) with 12 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Srdjan Loncar (185-91) scored 15 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Varda HE moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Kakanj and Zrinjski HT. Borac Nektar at the other side keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Varda HE will meet Leotar (#11) in the next round where they are favorite. Borac Nektar will play against Mladost (#3) in Mrkonjic Grad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Borac Nektar: S.Loncar 15+2reb+1ast, M.Radujko 12+6reb+1ast, S.Blanusa 9+4reb, N.Pavlovic 5+6reb+1ast, R.Ivic 5+4reb, M.Vukotic 4+1reb+1ast
Varda HE: D.Kastratovic 16+6ast, D.Damjanovic 14+5reb+2ast, M.Josilo 14+13reb, I.Zolotic 8+1reb, D.Tresac 8+7reb+5ast, D.Ognjenovic 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 201772


Mladost - Zrinjski HT 100-85

There was no surprise in Mrkonjic Grad where 6th ranked Zrinjski HT (5-7) was defeated by third ranked Mladost (9-3) 100-85. The game was mostly controlled by Mladost. Zrinjski HT was better in second period 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mladost well out of reach of Zrinjski HT shooting 74.1 percent from the field. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Zrinjski HT's players. The winners were led by Serbian guard Petar Ivanic (191-85) who scored that evening 17 points and 7 assists and Montenegrin power forward Igor Bijelic (207-88) supported him with 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Five Mladost players scored in double figures. Even 24 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) by Montenegrin center Boris Lalovic (209-81) did not help to save the game for Zrinjski HT. Center Goran Tomic (208-90) added 16 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Zrinjski HT's coach Nadeljko Zelenika tested ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Mladost keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Bosna and Capljina. Zrinjski HT at the other side keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Mladost's next round opponent will be Borac Nektar (#5) in Banja Luka. Zrinjski HT will play at home against Servitium in Gradiska.
Top scorers:
Zrinjski HT: B.Lalovic 24+5reb+2ast, G.Tomic 16+3reb, A.Hasandic 11, B.Bubalo 7, E.Sinadinovic 7+1reb+4ast, M.Petric 6+3reb+3ast
Mladost: P.Ivanic 17+2reb+7ast, I.Bijelic 17+5reb+3ast, D.Knezevic 16+8ast, R.Velimirovic 15+1reb+3ast, N.Milosevic 12+3reb+2ast, M.Kezic 10+8reb+5ast
gschID: 201771


Servitium - Radnik B. 67-66

Bottom-ranked Servitium managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the three-game losing streak. This time they edged fourth-ranked Radnik B. in Gradiska 67-66. It looked good early as Radnik B. took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Servitium had a 17-11 second period charge getting the lead and Radnik B. was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-67. Radnik B. was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Srdan Golubovic (198-87) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. Serbian Andrej Perovic contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Vedran Borovcanin (200-85) replied with 11 points and 8 rebounds and guard Vladimir Radovanovic (191-81) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for Radnik B.Four Radnik B. players scored in double figures. Radnik B.'s coach Predrag Jacimovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Servitium (4-7) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Posusje. Newly promoted Radnik B. keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Servitium will play against higher ranked Zrinjski HT (#7) in Mostar in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Radnik B. will play at home against the league's second-placed Capljina Lasta where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Radnik B.: V.Radovanovic 15+2reb+4ast, N.Erkic 13+4reb, V.Borovcanin 11+8reb+3ast, B.Jovanovic 10+7reb, D.Simic 8+2reb+1ast, D.Lontos 7+1reb+2ast
Servitium: S.Golubovic 25+11reb, D.Stojkanovic 12+5reb, A.Perovic 11+5reb+3ast, N.Bilanovic 5+7reb, D.Kovacevic 4+1reb+1ast, D.Savic 4
gschID: 201770


Posusje - Vogosca 88-81

There was a small surprise when twelfth ranked Posusje (4-7) defeated at home bottom-ranked Vogosca (4-8) 88-81. The hosts were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 25-18 Vogosca's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 88-81 at the end of the game. Posusje made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Vogosca helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by power forward Ante Cutura (204-91, agency: Interperformances) who scored that evening 22 points and 7 rebounds and Croatian guard Ivan Bakovic (197-81) supported him with 28 points. Even 31 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists by the former international forward Mujo Tuljkovic (203-79, agency: Beo Basket) did not help to save the game for Vogosca. Montenegrin guard Amin Hot (192-92) added 13 points and 9 assists. Four Vogosca players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Posusje moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Servitium. Vogosca at the other side dropped to the bottom position with eight games lost. Posusje's next round opponent will be league's leader Bosna ASA BHT in Sarajevo and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Vogosca will play at home against Kakanj (#6).
Top scorers:
Vogosca: M.Tuljkovic 31+9reb+4ast, M.Filipovic 16+2reb+2ast, A.Hot 13+3reb+9ast, M.Keser 10+8reb, S.Albinovic 5+3reb+2ast, A.Selimovic 4+2reb+1ast
Posusje: I.Bakovic 28+2ast, A.Cutura 22+7reb+3ast, A.Begic 15+3reb+5ast, M.Lovric 9+5reb+2ast, J.Sakota 6+6reb+4ast, K.Mustapic 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 201774


Bosna - Capljina 94-72

Round 12 in Division I means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Sarajevo where host Bosna ASA BHT (9-3) crushed league's leader Capljina Lasta (9-3) 94-72 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Capljina Lasta. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Bosna ASA BHT led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Bosna ASA BHT outrebounded Capljina Lasta 35-21 including 26 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was swingman Alin Demic (202-91) who scored 24 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Ramo Rizvic (200-87) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Four Bosna ASA BHT players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Montenegrin center Novak Popovic (207-81) who recorded 20 points and Serbian guard Nemanja Kovacevic (194-85) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Bosna ASA BHT have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Capljina and Mladost. Capljina Lasta will play next round against strong Radnik B. trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Bosna ASA BHT will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Posusje on the road.
Top scorers:
Capljina: N.Popovic 20+4reb, K.Bjelica 14+1reb+4ast, N.Kovacevic 12+4reb+4ast, M.Galic 9+3reb+2ast, Z.Kljestan 7+2reb+2ast, B.Jelcic 6+1reb+1ast
Bosna: A.Demic 24+6reb+1ast, R.Rizvic 15+12reb+3ast, D.Hodzic 14+3reb+11ast, M.Vukovic 12+1reb+2ast, S.Leric 8+4reb+1ast, S.Demic 8+3reb+4ast
gschID: 201769


Kakanj - Leotar 75-85

An interesting game took place in Kakanj, where higher ranked Kakanj (5-7) lost at home to twelfth ranked Leotar (4-8) 75-85. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Leotar made 22-of-26 charity shots (84.6 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Kakanj helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by forward Bojan Setencic (198-88) who scored that evening 27 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and forward Vladimir Aleksic (198-87) supported him with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Even 25 points and 8 assists by point guard Dinko Peljto (187-87) did not help to save the game for Kakanj. Power forward Sead Hadzifejzovic (202-89) added 21 points and 8 rebounds. Kakanj's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Leotar moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Vogosca. Newly promoted Kakanj dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Leotar's next round opponent will be higher ranked Varda HE (#8) at home and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Kakanj: D.Peljto 25+1reb+8ast, S.Hadzifejzovic 21+8reb+1ast, A.Dedic 16+8reb+1ast, A.Suljagic 6+4reb, N.Begovac 5+1reb, M.Mehic 2
Leotar: B.Setencic 27+3reb+3ast, V.Aleksic 23+6reb+3ast, D.Ninkovic 10+7reb, S.Milanovic 9+2reb+1ast, M.Rikalo 7+3reb+3ast, D.Markovic 6+8reb+2ast
gschID: 201773



Ramo Rizvic claims Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader Bosna and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 15 points and twelve rebounds, while his team crushed Capljina (9-3) with 22-point margin 94-72. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Bosna to jump to the first place in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bosna has a very solid 9-3 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. It's Rizvic's second year at Bosna and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Ramo Rizvic averages this season 15.7ppg and 5.9rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old Bosnia and Herzegovina forward Bojan Setencic (198-F-88) of Leotar. Setencic impressed basketball fans with 27 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course Leotar cruised to a 85-75 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Kakanj (#6, 5-7). This victory allowed Leotar to move up to 11th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-8 record. Setencic is one of the most experienced players at Leotar and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was former international forward Mujo Tuljkovic (203-F-79, agency: Beo Basket) of Vogosca (#12). Tuljkovic got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds and four assists. Despite Tuljkovic's great performance Vogosca lost 81-88 to the higher-ranked Posusje (#9, 4-7). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Vogosca not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 8 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Tuljkovic could try to bring Vogosca's a little bit higher in the standings. Tuljkovic has individually a great season in Bosnia. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.8ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 8.4rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dino Hodzic (190-PG-90) of Bosna - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 11 assists
5. Srdan Golubovic (198-SF-87) of Servitium - 25 points and 11 rebounds
6. Boris Lalovic (209-C-81) of Zrinjski HT - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Igor Bijelic (207-C/F-88) of Mladost - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Alin Demic (202-G/F-91) of Bosna - 24 points and 6 rebounds
9. Drasko Knezevic (185-PG-93) of Mladost - 16 points and 8 assists
10. Marko Josilo (201-G-92) of Varda HE - 14 points and 13 rebounds

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



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Standings - BNL

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

Regular Season: Round 12

Jan. 7: Pinheiros/Sky - Franca 97-82
Jan. 7: Joinville - Liga Sorocaba 86-93
Jan. 7: Vila Velha - S.Jose/Unimed 86-93
Jan. 7: Minas - Mogi das Cruzes 84-86
Jan. 7: Limeira - Bauru 82-84
Jan. 7: Suzano - Brasilia 81-92
Jan. 7: Palmeiras - Basquete Cearense 81-86
Jan. 7: Paulistano - Uberlandia 76-88

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 10: Tijuca TC - Limeira
Jan. 10: Brasilia - Pinheiros/Sky
Jan. 10: Uberlandia - Minas
Jan. 10: Flamengo - Joinville
Jan. 10: Liga Sorocaba - Palmeiras
Jan. 10: Bauru - Suzano
Jan. 10: S.Jose/Unimed - Mogi das Cruzes
Jan. 10: Basquete Cearense - Paulistano
Jan. 10: Franca - Vila Velha


Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-F-84)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Vieira, Flamengo22.9 
 2. Boracini, Pinheiro.20.4 
 3. Brown, Palmeiras19.8 
 4. Dos Santos, Brasil.19.7 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasil.19.6 
 6. Antonio, S.Jose/U.19.5 
 7. Silva, Brasilia19.3 
 8. Day, Uberlandia18.6 
 9. Nardi Duarte, Min.18.1 
 10. Fusco, Suzano17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (202-F-83)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.10.1 
 2. Giovannoni, Brasil.9.9 
 3. Ribeiro, Basque.9.3 
 4. Agba, Bauru8.6 
 5. Araujo, Mogi d.8.5 
 6. Teichmann, Franca8.3 
 7. Castellar, Limeira8.2 
 8. Antonio, S.Jose/U.7.9 
 9. Costa, S.Jose/U.7.1 
 10. Cipolini, Uberlan.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (187-G-81)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.7.9 
 2. Boracini, Pinheiro.5.9 
 3. Campos, Suzano5.7 
 4. Garcia, Uberlandia5.4 
 5. Dos Santos, Brasil.5.3 
 6. Lima, Limeira5.1 
 7. Taylor, Bauru5.0 
 8. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.4.9 
 9. Collum, Uberlandia4.7 
 10. Ribeiro, Brasilia4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Vitor BENITE
  Flamengo
  (190-F/G-90)
  Avg: 0.4
 1. Benite, Flamengo0.4 
 2. Alves, Brasilia0.3 
 3. Ribeiro, Brasilia0.3 
 4. Froehlich, Franca0.3 
 5. Stallworth, Pinhei.0.3 
 6. Luz dos Sant., Fra.0.3 
 7. Giovannoni, Brasil.0.3 
 8. Boracini, Pinheiro.0.2 
 9. Teichmann, Franca0.2 
 10. Araujo, Pinheiro.0.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Jefferson CAMPOS
  Suzano
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Campos, Suzano2.6 
 2. Neto, Liga Soroca.2.3 
 3. Nardi Duarte, Min.2.2 
 4. Boracini, Pinheiro.2.1 
 5. de Assis, S.Jose/U.2.0 
 6. Figueroa, Franca2.0 
 7. Brown, Palmeiras1.8 
 8. Vieira, Flamengo1.7 
 9. Lima, Limeira1.5 
 10. Froehlich, Franca1.5 


The Rockets released Machado - by Eurobasket News

Houston Rockets (NBA) released 23-year old naturalized Brazilian point guard Scott Machado (185-82kg-90, college: Iona). But in 6 NBA games he played this season he had just 1.3ppg and 1.0apg.
The last season Machado played at Iona College. In 33 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference games last year he recorded 13.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 9.9apg (leader !!!) and 1.6spg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was voted All-MAAC Player of the Year, named to All-MAAC 1st Team and named to NABC Division I All-District 1 1st Team.
Machado has never been drafted by the NBA.
He was a member of Brazilian University National Team two years ago.
Machado has played also professionally in D-League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
He attended Iona College until 2012 and it is his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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

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

Hilario Nene
Hilario Nene
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Hilario Nene (207-82, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Washington Wizards (5-28) in their last game. Despite Nene's very good performance the Washington Wizards were edged in a double overtime (!!!) 115-113 on the road by the Brooklyn Nets. He scored 20 points, grabbed 6 boards, passed 4 assists and added 3 steals in 36 minutes on the court. It was Wizards' fifth consecutive loss in a row. Nene has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 12.9ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 49.7% and FT: 75.6% in the 20 games he played so far. Nene is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Tiago Splitter (211-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). He led San Antonio Spurs to an easy victory against the Philadelphia 76ers (15-20) crushing them 109-86 in the NBA last Saturday. Splitter recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 27-10 record this season. Splitter has relatively good stats this year: 9.4ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 57.5%(127-221) and FT: 74.0%. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish. Splitter is in the roster of the Brazilian senior national team.

Marcelinho Huertas
Marcelinho Huertas
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports, currently plays in Spain). He was the major contributor in a Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the league outsider Lagun Aro GBC (2-14) crushing them 98-50 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Huertas recorded 11 points and added 4 passes in a mere 19 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (9-7) is placed eighth in the ACB. This year Huertas' overall stats are: 7.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 43.9%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 95.5%(21-22) in the 16 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Italian. Huertas is also a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #4. Center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Real Madrid's victory against the 11th-ranked FIATC Joventut (7-9) 88-77 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He recorded 8 points. Real Madrid (15-1) is placed first in the ACB. It's Hettsheimer's first season with the team. Hettsheimer's total stats this year are: 3.2ppg and 1.7rpg. He has both Brazilian and Spanish nationalities. Hettsheimer used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2011.

Leandro Barbosa
Leandro Barbosa
   #5. International point guard Leandro Barbosa (190-82, currently plays in NBA) helped Boston Celtics win their game against the New York Knicks (23-11) 102-96 in the NBA last Monday. He scored 8 points and added 3 passes in only 13 minutes. The Boston Celtics have 17-17 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Barbosa's total stats are: 4.8ppg and 1.4apg in the 24 games. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Rafael Freire
Rafael Freire
   #6. Point guard Rafael Freire (188-92, currently plays in Spain) helped Blusens Monbus win their game against the 14th-ranked Blancos de Rueda (6-10) crushing them 89-56 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Freire recorded 9 points and added 4 passes. Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (9-7) is placed seventh in the ACB. Freire has averaged so far 2.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.8apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

Raul Neto
Raul Neto
   #7. International point guard Raul Neto (186-92, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Marcelinho Huertas in the Spanish ACB last game. Neto, who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help Lagun Aro GBC (2-14) in their last game. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Lagun Aro GBC was crushed 98-50 in Barcelona by the much higher-ranked (#8) Regal FC. Neto was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. It was Lagun Aro GBC's third consecutive loss in a row. Neto has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.4apg and 1.4spg in the 16 games. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Scott Machado
Scott Machado
   #8. Point guard Scott Machado (185-90, college: Iona, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Houston Rockets in a victory against the Milwaukee Bucks (16-16) 115-101 in the NBA on Friday night. Machado scored only 2 points in 3 minutes on the court. The Houston Rockets have 20-14 record this season. This year Machado averages just 1.3ppg in the six games. He is a naturalized American. Machado used to play for the Brazilian university national team back in 2011. Strangely he has never played in Brazil.

Lucas Nogueira
Lucas Nogueira
   #9. Former international center Lucas Nogueira (213-92, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Asefa Estudiantes (8-8) in their game against Caja Laboral (13-3) in the Spanish ACB. Nogueira recorded 5 points. Asefa Estudiantes was defeated 72-68 in Vitoria by the second-ranked Caja Laboral. Nogueira has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 2.8rpg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team two years ago.

Rafael Maia
Rafael Maia
   #10. Center Rafael Maia (206-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Brown in their game against the Rhode Island University (0-0) in the NCAA. Maia recorded 8 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in 32 minutes. The Brown lost 47-59 in Kingston, RI to the Rhode Island University. Maia has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 2.8rpg in the 16 games. He is a former U17 international player as six years ago he still played for the Brazilian national team.

   #11. International forward Marcus Vinicius Toledo (203-86, currently plays in Spain) helped Ford Burgos win their game against the closely-ranked River Andorra 86-75 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 19 minutes. Toledo has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.7spg in the 12 games. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

   #12. Former international guard Carlos Cobos (193-88, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Leche Rio Breogan in their game against CB Clavijo in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Cobos cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points and had 3 steals. His team was defeated 77-69. Cobos has averaged so far 4.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2010.

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

   #1. Atila Santos (208-C-83, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Minnesota St., currently plays in Bulgaria), who plays in the Bulgarian NBL could not help Balkan (6-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Santos' good performance Balkan was badly defeated 69-52 at home by the second-ranked Levski Sofia. He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 15 rebounds. Santos also added 2 blocks. Santos belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #2) and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 12.3ppg, 10.7rpg, 1.2bpg and 1.2spg.

   #2. Luiz Bidart (183-G-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Seattle (0-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Bidart's good performance the Seattle was defeated 76-71 on the road by the San Jose State University. He scored 12 points. Bidart has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 2.8rpg.

   #3. Rodrigo de Souza (188-G, currently studies in the States) managed to help University of Pacific in a victory against the University of California - Davis (0-2) 74-64 in the NCAA on Saturday night. de Souza scored only 4 points in 18 minutes. The University of Pacific has 1-1 conference record this season. de Souza has averaged so far 4.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg in the 13 games he played so far.

   #4. Rinaldo Mafra (201-F-86, is currently at the American university) was not able to secure a victory for the Jacksonville St. (1-3) in their game against the Tennessee State University (3-0) in the NCAA. He scored only 4 points. The Jacksonville St. (#6) was defeated 66-57 on their home court in Jacksonville, AL by the Tennessee State University. Mafra has averaged so far 4.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg.

   #5. Kazuya Hatano (192-F-82, currently plays in Japan) contributed to a Shimane Magic's victory against the fourth-ranked Fukuoka Rizing (16-8) 103-95 in the Japanese BJ League last Saturday. He recorded only 2 points in 8 minutes on the court. Shimane Susanoo Magic (16-8) is placed third in Western group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Hatano has averaged so far 1.3ppg and 1.3rpg in the three games. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Japanese.

   #6. Gerson Santo (206-C-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Colorado St. win their game against the St.Bonaventure University crushing them 85-64 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Santo scored only 1 points. Santo has averaged so far 1.3ppg and 1.3rpg.

   #7. Arthur Bernardi (206-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Houston Baptist in their game against the Texas A&M University in the NCAA. He scored 9 points in 21 minutes. His team lost 59-67. Bernardi has averaged so far 1.3ppg and 1.3rpg in the three games.



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Earl Rowland selected the top Bulgarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Latvian team VEF Riga to a 2-point victory over the seventh-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (4-6) 80-78 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Rowland was MVP of the game. He recorded 22 points and added 5 passes in 32 minutes on the court. VEF Riga (7-3) is placed third in group B. It's Rowland's first season with the team. Rowland is the league's top scorer and also on the list of best passers (third place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Rowland averages: 19.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 5.7apg, 2.0spg, 3FGP: 34.5% and FT: 82.9% in the 10 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Rowland played for the Bulgarian senior national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in Bulgaria.

Jared Homan
Jared Homan
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Germany). Homan led Bayern Muenchen to a 2-point victory over the closely-ranked ratiopharm Ulm (11-6) 80-78 in the German BBL on Saturday night. He was the best player in that game. Homan scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 30 minutes. FC Bayern Muenchen (11-6) is placed fourth in the BBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Homan is ranked fifth on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.2bpg. This year his other stats are: 11.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 45.8% and FT: 60.8% in the 16 games. Homan is a naturalized American. He played for the Bulgarian national team in 2010. Apparently Homan has never played in Bulgaria.

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Lithuania. He could not help Lietuvos rytas (5-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Ivanov's good performance the sixth-placed Lietuvos rytas was badly defeated 83-63 at home by the second-ranked Spartak St.Petersburg in the group A of VTB United League. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Ivanov's overall stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 2FGP: 71.9%(23-32), 3FGP: 16.7% and FT: 66.7%. He played for the Bulgarian national team two years ago.

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #4. Guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Spain was not able to help Unicaja Malaga (1-1) in their last game. Despite Calloway's good performance Unicaja Malaga (#4) lost 63-75 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Zalgiris in the group E of Euroleague. He was the second best scorer with 11 points in 24 minutes. Calloway has relatively good stats this year: 10.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg in the 12 games. He is a naturalized American. Calloway used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2010. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Kaloyan Ivanov
Kaloyan Ivanov
   #5. Former international forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Italy) led Air Avellino to a victory over the tenth-ranked Umana Venezia (6-8) 97-93 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Ivanov was the top player that evening. He scored 21 points and grabbed 8 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Sidigas Avellino (4-10) is placed 14th in the SerieA. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. This season Ivanov has relatively solid stats: 14.7ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.7apg and 2.0spg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team two years ago.

Ibrahim Jaaber
Ibrahim Jaaber
   #6. Point guard Ibrahim Jaaber (187-84, college: Pennsylvania, currently plays in VTB United League) managed to help B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas in a victory against the fourth-ranked Lokomotiv (6-4) 89-81 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Jaaber recorded only 3 points and added 4 passes in 18 minutes. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (9-1) is placed first in group B. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Jaaber's overall stats are: 5.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.3apg and 1.6spg in the eight games. He is a naturalized American. Jaaber is a former international player as he played for the Bulgarian senior team four years ago. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #7. International power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Enel Brindisi's victory against the 11th-ranked SAIE3 BO (6-8) 88-75 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He scored 8 points in 21 minutes. Enel Brindisi (8-6) is placed sixth in the SerieA. Simmons belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #3 with 1.4bpg. This year his other stats are: 6.5ppg and 5.4rpg in the 14 games. Simmons is a naturalized American. He is also Bulgarian national team player.

Aleksandar Georgiev
Aleksandar Georgiev
   #8. Forward Aleksandar Georgiev (203-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Assignia Manresa (2-14) in their game against Cajasol (5-11) in the Spanish ACB. He recorded 7 points. Assignia Manresa was defeated 67-60 in Sevilla by the higher-ranked Cajasol (#15). It was Assignia Manresa's third consecutive loss in a row. Georgiev's total stats this season are: 4.8ppg and 2.1rpg. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

Hristo Petkov
Hristo Petkov
   #9. Former international forward Hristo Petkov (202-85, college: Campbellsville, currently plays in Denmark), who plays in the Danish Ligaen couldn't help Aarhus BC (5-12) in their last game. Despite Petkov's very good performance Aarhus BC was crushed 95-69 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#5) Vaerlose. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Petkov also added 9 rebounds in 29 minutes. It was Aarhus BC's fifth consecutive loss in a row. Petkov has reliable stats this year: 12.8ppg and 6.8rpg in the 17 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team twelve years ago.

Roderick Blakney
Roderick Blakney
   #10. An experienced guard Roderick Blakney (184-76, college: S.Carolina St., currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Aleksandar Georgiev in the Spanish ACB last game. Blakney helped Cajasol win their game against one of league's weakest teams Assignia Manresa (2-14) 67-60. He recorded only 3 points. Blakney's total stats this season are: 5.0ppg and 2.0apg. He is a naturalized American. Blakney is a former international player as six years ago he still played for the Bulgarian senior national team.

   #11. Former U20 international guard Georgi Sirakov (186-92, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) couldn't help Mazzeo San Severo (6-10) in their last game. Despite Sirakov's good performance Mazzeo San Severo lost 76-80 on the opponent's court to the second-ranked Matera. He scored 10 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals in 25 minutes. This year Sirakov's total stats are: 8.1ppg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg in the 16 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian U20 national team two years ago.

   #12. Former international center Krum Doychinov (206-86, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Greece) helped OFI win their game against the league outsider Niki Volou 93-87 in the Greek A2 (second division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 8 points and blocked 2 blocks. Doychinov belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #6) and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has very reliable stats this season: 10.5ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2bpg. Doychinov used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2010.

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

   #1. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Greece) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Panelefsiniakos (2-9) 94-76 in the Greek A1 last Sunday. Antic scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (11-0) is placed first in the A1. So far his team won all eleven games in the Regular Season. Antic's overall stats this season are: 6.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.3apg. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.

   #2. Experienced Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in Ukraine) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Mykolaiv (11-13) crushing them 86-45 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Saturday. Deane scored 9 points and added 4 assists. Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (13-9) is placed sixth in the Superleague. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Deane has reliable stats this season: 10.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 5.9apg. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #3. Dinko Marshavelski (211-F/C-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Northeastern University to win against the George Mason University (1-1) 84-74 in the NCAA last Thursday. Marshavelski scored only 4 points. The Northeastern University has 2-0 conference record this season. Marshavelski is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Northeastern's roster. He has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg.

   #4. Kee Kee Clark (180-PG-84, college: St.Peter's, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Umana Venezia (6-8) to beat Air Avellino (4-10). Clark cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points in 19 minutes. Umana Venezia lost 93-97 on the road to the lower-ranked (#14) Air Avellino. It was Umana Venezia's first loss after three consecutive victories. Clark's stats this year are: 13.5ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.5apg in the 10 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American.



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CIS Standings

CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Cape Breton 7-0 
 2. Acadia 6-1 
 3. UPEI 5-2 
 4. St.Francis X. 4-4 
 5. New Brunsw. 3-5 
 6. Dalhousie 3-5 
 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 4-6 
 6. TWU 3-7 
 7. Mount Royal 2-8 
 8. UBC Okanagan 2-8 
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 9-0 
 2. Carleton 9-1 
 3. Ottawa 9-1 
 4. Queen's 7-3 
 5. Laurentian 5-5 
 6. York 4-6 
 7. Toronto Univ. 2-7 
 8. RMC 0-0 
OUA West
 1. Windsor 7-2 
 2. Lakehead 5-4 
 3. McMaster 4-5 
 4. Brock 3-6 
 5. Guelph 3-6 
 6. Laurier 2-7 
 7. Western 1-8 
 8. Waterloo 0-9 
Quebec League
 1. Bishop's 3-1 
 2. McGill 3-1 
 3. Concordia 3-2 
 4. Laval 2-4 
 5. UQAM 1-4 

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 5: McMaster - Laurier 93-84
Jan. 5: Dalhousie - St.Francis X. 85-59
Jan. 5: Queen's - Toronto Univ. 82-74
Jan. 5: Windsor - Guelph 82-72
Jan. 5: Western - Brock 79-87
Jan. 5: Laurentian - Ottawa 77-87
Jan. 6: Queen's - Ryerson 77-82
Jan. 5: Acadia - UPEI 69-84
Jan. 6: UQAM - Bishop''s 66-68
Jan. 5: York - Carleton 62-112
Jan. 5: TRU - UBC Okanagan 59-76
Jan. 5: Waterloo - Lakehead 52-85
Jan. 8: St.Francis X. - Cape Breton


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.20.7 
 6. Scrubb, Carleton20.4 
 7. Faulkner, Queen''s20.2 
 8. Dunn, St.Francis X.20.0 
 9. Thomas, St.Franc.19.6 
 10. Berhanemeske., Ot.19.5 
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, Windsor10.9 
 5. Salhia, Lakehead10.2 
 6. Kamen, UBC10.0 
 7. Burns, Saskatch.9.4 
 8. Gauthier, Ryerson9.3 
 9. Faulkner, Queen''s9.0 
 10. Bozinovic, TRU8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew CUNNINGHAM
  Winnipeg
  (186-G-)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Cunningham, Winnip.7.8 
 2. Jones, Ryerson5.9 
 3. Walton, Manitoba5.0 
 4. Pasquale, Laure.5.0 
 5. York, UFV4.9 
 6. Daley, New Brunsw.4.9 
 7. Lamar, Saskatch.4.9 
 8. Bonhomme, Brandon4.8 
 9. Hebert, Regina4.8 
 10. Johnson, Lethbri.4.7 
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.2.6 
 8. Parchment, UFV2.5 
 9. Pink, St.Mary''s2.5 
 10. Walton, Manitoba2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Matthew CHESSON
  Laurier
  (201-C-)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Chesson, Laurier2.1 
 2. O''Brien, New B.2.0 
 3. Moses, Calgary2.0 
 4. Dewar, Alberta1.8 
 5. Duke, UPEI1.7 
 6. Salhia, Lakehead1.7 
 7. Thomas, St.Franc.1.7 
 8. Halpin, St.Mary''s1.7 
 9. Klassen, Acadia1.7 
 10. Osuntola, Windsor1.5 



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  CAYMAN ISLANDS   


Tarpon Academy Are U19 Champions - by Don Farrell

Christopher Lopez, Bryce Thompson and Collin Barrett led the charge for Wahoo while Arin Taylor, Lloydell Williamson, Cameron Hydes and Azeem Burton led the way for Tarpon. Tarpon only led by 3 points at the end of the 3rd quarter, but exploded offensively in the 4th quarter; scoring 17 points and holding Wahoo to only 6 for a final score of 39-25 in favor of Tarpon.

The finals MVP was Arin Taylor of Tarpon Academy who finished with 11 points, 4 assists and 3 steals; Cameron Hydes added 4 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals.

For Wahoo: Christopher Lopez finished with 8 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals.





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  CHILE   

Standings - DIMAYOR

Liga Nacional Stage Two Standings
Places 1-8
 1. Dep.Espanol 14-0 
 2. AB Ancud 9-5 
 3. Boston Coll. 9-5 
 4. Osorno Basq. 7-7 
 5. Los Leones 5-9 
 6. Sagrados 5-9 
 7. Dep.Castro 5-9 
 8. Providencia 2-12 
Places 9-12
 1. Dep.Valdivia 2-9 
 2. Puente Alto 2-9 
 3. Las Animas 1-10 
 4. Stadio Italiano 1-10 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 14

Jan. 6: Dep.Castro - Sagrados 90-86
Jan. 6: Boston Coll. - Dep.Espanol 79-86
Jan. 6: Providencia - Osorno Basq. 77-59
Jan. 6: AB Ancud - Los Leones 115-92

Semi-Finals: Round 1

Jan. 19: Dep.Espanol - Osorno Basq.
Jan. 19: AB Ancud - Boston Coll.



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  CROATIA   

Standings - A2 League

A2 Standings
Group Center
 1. Hermes Anal. 8-0 
 2. Gorica 5-2 
 3. Dubrava 5-3 
 4. Zrinjevac 5-3 
 5. Sanac Karl. 5-4 
 6. Samobor 4-3 
 7. Maksimir 4-4 
 8. Bosco 2-5 
 9. Rudes 2-6 
 10. Kaptol 1-6 
 11. Mladost Z.(C) 1-6 
 12. Sus.-Moslavina 0-0 
Group East
 1. Belisce 7-0 
 2. Vinkovci 7-1 
 3. Meteor D. 4-3 
 4. Vukovar 4-3 
 5. Vrijednosnice 3-3 
 6. Zupanja 3-4 
 7. Olimp Inspekt 2-6 
 8. Pozega 1-6 
 9. Virovitica 0-5 
Group North
 1. Mladost D.(N) 10-2 
 2. Graficar 9-3 
 3. Medjimurje C. 8-4 
 4. Podravac Virje 8-4 
 5. Cakovec 8-4 
 6. Bjelovar 7-4 
 7. Petar Zrinski 5-6 
 8. Vindija V. 5-6 
 9. Ivancica 3-8 
 10. Radnik 3-9 
 11. Rudar-Cimper 2-10 
 12. Koprivnica 0-12 
Group South
 1. GKK Sibenik 10-1 
 2. Puntamika 9-0 
 3. Kastela 8-3 
 4. Policnik 7-4 
 5. Jazine 5-6 
 6. Solin 5-6 
 7. Sukosan 5-6 
 8. Metkovic 4-6 
 9. Omis Galeb 4-7 
 10. Cetina 3-8 
 11. DOSK 3-8 
 12. Trogir 1-9 
Group West
 1. Skrljevo 7-1 
 2. Kastav 6-3 
 3. Pula 1981 5-3 
 4. Stoja Pula 5-3 
 5. Crikvenica 5-4 
 6. Zamet 4-4 
 7. Ghia Staff 2-7 
 8. Otocac 1-5 
 9. Rovinj 1-6 
 10. Ucka 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 12

Center

Jan. 5: Maksimir - Sanac Karl. 89-58
Jan. 5: Rudes - Mladost Z.(C) 76-78
Jan. 5: Dubrava - Gorica 66-70

North

Jan. 5: Petar Zrinski - Mladost D.(N) 95-88
Jan. 5: Ivancica - Podravac Virje 78-89
Jan. 5: Rudar-Cimper - Graficar 72-91
Jan. 5: Radnik - Medjimurje C. 69-84
Jan. 5: Cakovec - Koprivnica 127-42

Regular Season: Round 13

Center

Jan. 12: Bosco - Kaptol
Jan. 12: Sus.-Moslavina - Rudes
Jan. 12: Mladost Z.(C) - Maksimir
Jan. 12: Sanac Karl. - Zrinjevac
Jan. 12: Hermes Anal. - Dubrava
Jan. 12: Gorica - Samobor

North

Jan. 12: Radnik - Cakovec
Jan. 12: Medjimurje C. - Bjelovar
Jan. 12: Vindija V. - Rudar-Cimper
Jan. 12: Graficar - Petar Zrinski
Jan. 12: Mladost D.(N) - Ivancica
Jan. 12: Podravac Virje - Koprivnica

South

Jan. 12: Metkovic - Jazine
Jan. 12: Omis Galeb - Sukosan
Jan. 12: DOSK - GKK Sibenik
Jan. 12: Cetina - Policnik
Jan. 12: Solin - Puntamika
Jan. 12: Kastela - Trogir



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  CYPRUS   

Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Keravnos 9-2 
 2. Etha 8-3 
 3. AEK 7-4 
 4. Apoel 7-4 
 5. Apollon 5-6 
 6. AEL 4-7 
 7. ENAD 2-9 
 8. Omonia 2-9 

Regular Season: Round 11

Jan. 6: Keravnos - AEL 96-60
Jan. 4: AEK - Apoel 73-67
Jan. 5: Omonia - ENAD 66-77
Jan. 4: Apollon - Etha 102-99

Regular Season: Round 12

Jan. 8: Etha - AEL
Jan. 8: Apoel - Apollon
Jan. 8: ENAD - AEK
Jan. 8: Omonia - Keravnos


ForexTime Apollon - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

Apollon Limassol wishes to inform that has proceeded in replacement of its sponsor. Pizza Express Apollon is now renamed to ForexTime Apollon.

Apollon's Indoor Arena is therefore renamed to ForexTime Arena.

We would also like to inform that ForexTime Apollon battles tonight against Apoel at Lefkotheo indoor arena.

The game starts at 19:00.

Apoel is 7-4 and holds the 4th position on the board whereas Apollon is 5-6 and holds the 5th position.



Week 11: Keravnos increase its difference from the 2nd Etha - by Chris Mammides

Keravnos Strovolou - Proteas AEL Limassol 96-60

Keravnos thrashed AEL with 96-60. The Strovolos team had no problem against the weak team of AEL which actually played without four of its main players since the Americans Outerbridge and Guillandeux and the Cyprus international Palalas were not in the roster while Aleksic was in the roster but played only for few minutes.
Keravnos final deficit of +36 points leaves no space for further details of the game as it was a continuous monologue for the home-team who played for a second consecutive game without Bobby Maze. its main point guard since he is arriving only today from the USA where he spent the Xmas Holidays.From Keravnos the usual suspect was the top scorer as Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87, college: Oklahoma) for another one game scored his 21 points to follow by the Cyprus International guard, Pilavas with 16 and Trisokkas with Bjulian a dozen each.
From AEL top scorer was Mihajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81) who scored nearly half the points of his team as he end up with 27 points followed by Allen's 13 and 10 by Roberto Alexander Mantovani (200-F-94).


Pappa Johns Pizza Omonoia Nicosia - Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD 66-77

In the other game the derby of the poor as it may be easily called, ENAD beat Omonoia and has now the upper hand in the case of relegation. The final score was 66-77and now both the teams have the same record (2-9) with ENAD outscoring the in between games since both the victories of the Agios Dometios team were against the team of Omonoia.
Christos Stylianidis team with a 2-9 record is for the first time came off the bottom of the league and Omonoia needs at least a small miracle to remain in the division.
The game was initially a derby with the newcomers of Omonoia (Harris, and Tschatarasvili) not being able to accumulate the game of their team. On the other hand, the newcomer Serbian Mandis was on fire so in the second period and after the poor in all aspects first quarter (16-18). Vucasin was a real "exterminator" since with due to his personal points and performance his team (ENAD) took a serious lead in the game at the end of the first half, with +15 points (28-43) and gain the psychology and the momentum for his team.
The third period was a copy paste period with the second since the deficit remain exactly at the same levels with the +15 points (45-60) being the final for the period.
The 4th and final period found Omonoia being very close to a thrash since the deficit went up to +22 for ENAD with less than five minutes to go. The only thing that the American players of Omonoia succeeded was to cut the deficit to the final 66-77 and leave minimum hopes for Omonoia to "survive" the division.
Top scorers were:
Omonoia: Baker 15, Diggs and Donatas Visockis (208-C-86, college: Portland St.) 14 per head and Allen 16
ENAD: Lewis Sims (203-F/C-73, college: New Orleans) 15, Vukasin Mandic (200-F/G-82) 23 and Anastasiadis 11



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Standings - D2

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

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 4: Loko Plzen - Sokol V. 92-55
Jan. 6: Kara Trutnov - Sparta Praha 83-90
Jan. 6: JBC Brno - Sokol P. 82-58
Jan. 4: Ostrava - Liberec 74-68
Jan. 6: Proton Zlin - Litomerice 69-63
Jan. 4: Nymburk B - Sokol H.K. 56-84

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 13: Proton Zlin - Loko Plzen
Jan. 13: Litomerice - Ostrava
Jan. 11: Liberec - Nymburk B
Jan. 13: Sokol H.K. - Kara Trutnov
Jan. 11: Sparta Praha - JBC Brno
Jan. 11: Sokol P. - Sokol V.



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  D-LEAGUE   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 25

Jan. 5: Los Angeles D. - Sioux Falls S. 92-104
Jan. 7: Springfield A. - Reno B. 91-97
Jan. 5: Maine RC - Canton C. 91-92
Jan. 5: Tulsa 66ers - Texas L. 80-116
Jan. 5: Ft.Wayne MA - Santa Cruz W. 118-90
Jan. 5: Reno B. - Iowa E. 115-113
Jan. 7: Texas L. - Idaho S. 104-84
Jan. 7: Los Angeles D. - Rio Grande VV 104-127
Jan. 5: Springfield A. - Erie Bay H. 104-110
Jan. 7: Bakersfield J. - Sioux Falls S. 103-88
Jan. 6: Bakersfield J. - Iowa E. 102-85
Jan. 8: Santa Cruz W. - Austin T.
Jan. 8: Idaho S. - Canton C.
Jan. 8: Tulsa 66ers - Maine RC
Jan. 8: Iowa E. - Los Angeles D.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Chris DOUGLAS-ROBERTS
  Texas L.
  (201-G-87)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Douglas-R., Texas22.5 
 2. Johnson-Odom, Los21.0 
 3. Howard, Ft.Wayne.20.7 
 4. Goudelock, Sioux F.20.3 
 5. Dentmon, Austin T.19.7 
 6. Mack, Maine RC19.7 
 7. Fortson, Los A.19.2 
 8. Joseph, Austin T.19.0 
 9. Kennedy, Erie B.18.5 
 10. Mays, Springfield18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arinze ONUAKU
  Canton C.
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Onuaku, Canton C.11.5 
 2. Mays, Springfield11.2 
 3. Harris, Iowa E.10.3 
 4. Varnado, Sioux F.10.0 
 5. Butch, Bakersfi.9.9 
 6. Evans, Idaho S.9.4 
 7. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.8.9 
 8. Wilkerson, Austin8.9 
 9. Jackson, Austin T.8.9 
 10. Wright, Maine RC8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Chris WRIGHT
  Iowa E.
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Wright, Iowa E.7.5 
 2. Mack, Maine RC7.5 
 3. Machado, Rio G.7.1 
 4. Singletary, Texas6.6 
 5. Russell, Ft.Wayne.6.0 
 6. Fortson, Los A.5.9 
 7. Kennedy, Erie B.5.4 
 8. Johnson-Odom, Los5.2 
 9. Karl, Idaho S.5.1 
 10. Uzoh, Springfield5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jamario MOON
  Los A.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Moon, Los A.2.8 
 2. Wright, Maine RC2.4 
 3. Downs, Maine RC2.3 
 4. Scott, Springfield2.1 
 5. Sutton, Tulsa 66e.2.0 
 6. Johnson, Rio G.2.0 
 7. Tyndale, Sioux F.2.0 
 8. Murry, Rio G.1.9 
 9. Gutierrez, Canton1.9 
 10. McNeal, Bakersfi.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. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 7. Reed, Springfield2.0 
 8. Gladness, Santa C.2.0 
 9. Orton, Tulsa 66ers1.8 
 10. Wilkerson, Austin1.7 


Shawn Taggart agreed terms with Warriors - by Eurobasket News

Santa Cruz Warriors strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old forward Shawn Taggart (207-104kg-85, college: Memphis). He played recently at Springfield Armor (D-League). In 13 games this season he recorded 8.1ppg and 4.8rpg. The last season Taggart played at TED Istanbul in Turkish TB2L. In 21 games last year he averaged impressive 16.3ppg and 7.9rpg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Shanxi Zhongyu in Chinese CBA. In 8 games that season he averaged impressive 27.5ppg, 11.5rpg, 1.1spg and 1.4bpg. Taggart also played at UCAM Murcia in Spanish ACB earlier that season. In 9 games that year he averaged 6.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.2apg. The other team he played that season for was Dnipro in Ukrainian Superleague. In 9 games he averaged 6.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.1apg.
Last year (three years after he left the college) Taggart was drafted by Springfield Armor (D-League) in fifth round (78th overall).
The former University of Memphis standoutis in his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Taggarts college team won C-USA Tournament for two years in a row (2008 and 2009).
He has played also professionally in Israel (Ironi Nahariya), Spain (Caceres Basket) and China (Henan Jiyuan).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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

24-year old guard Donald Sloan (191-G-88) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's best team Sioux Falls S. and receives a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Los Angeles D. (#6, 5-7) 104-92. It allowed Sioux Falls S. to take over top position in the D-League league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sioux Falls S. has a very solid 10-6 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Sloan just recently signed at Sioux Falls S. and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Donald Sloan averages just after two games 22.0ppg, 7.5rpg and 4.5apg.

Second best performed player last round was Perry Jones III (210-F-91) of Tulsa 66ers. He is a forward in his first season at Tulsa 66ers. In the last game Jones III recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Tulsa 66ers lost that game 80-116 to slightly higher-ranked Texas L. (#1, 10-5). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Tulsa 66ers still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 8-7 record is not bad at all. Jones III is one of the most experienced players at Tulsa 66ers and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Jerome Jordan (213-C-86) of Reno B. (#7). Jordan scored 22 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Reno B., leading his team to a 115-113 win against slightly higher-ranked Iowa E. (#7, 5-9). The chances of Reno B. not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 8 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jordan could try to bring Reno B.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Jordan has a very solid season. In 6 games in D-L he scored 13.8ppg. He also has 8.7rpg, 3.0bpg and FGP: 63.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. DaJuan Summers (203-F-88) of Maine RC - 23 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Kyle Gibson (196-G-87) of Canton C. - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 11 assists
6. Antoine Wright (201-F/G-84) of Reno B. - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Jerel McNeal (191-G-87) of Bakersfield J. - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 11 assists
8. Chris Cooper (205-F-90) of Bakersfield J. - 5 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Brian Butch (211-C/F-84) of Bakersfield J. - 17 points and 16 rebounds
10. Miles Plumlee (208-PF-88) of Ft.Wayne MA - 10 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Rockets assign Beverley to D-League - by Eurobasket News

The Houston Rockets have assigned guard Patrick Beverley (6'1''-PG-88, college: Arkansas) to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Houstons NBA Development League affiliate. Originally drafted in the second round (49th overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers, and later traded to the Miami Heat, Beverley was signed by the Rockets earlier today.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



Travis Leslie named D-League Player of Month - by Eurobasket News

Santa Cruz Warriors guard Travis Leslie (6'4''-G-90, college: Georgia) has been named NBA Development League Player of the Month for games played in Nov. and Dec. The honor, the first of the 2012-13 season, is also the first of Leslies NBA D-League career.
Leslie (6-4, 205, Georgia) led Santa Cruz to an 8-2 record during Nov. and Dec., averaging 16.4 points while shooting 55 percent from the floor to go with 7.9 rebounds. He scored in double figures in all ten games, including two 20-plus point performances.
Fifteen additional players earned honorable mention accolades, they include: Austin's Cory Joseph (6'3''-PG-91, college: Texas), Bakersfield's Renaldo Major (6'7''-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: Fresno St.), Canton's Arinze Onuaku (6'9''-F-87, college: Syracuse), Erie's DJ Kennedy, Fort Wayne's Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-92, college: Alabama), Idaho's Justin Holiday (6'6''-F-89, college: Washington), Iowa's Paul Harris (6'4''-F/G-86, college: Syracuse), Los Angeles Courtney Fortson (5'11''-PG-88, college: Arkansas), Maine's Micah Downs (6'8''-G/F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga), Reno's Marcus Landry (6'7''-F-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin), Rio Grande Valley's Tim Ohlbrecht (6'11''-F/C-88), Sioux Falls Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88, college: Charleston) (now playing with the Vipers), Springfields James Mays (6'9''-F-86, college: Clemson), Texas Darius Rice (6'10''-F-82, college: Miami, FL) and Tulsa's Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92, college: Connecticut).
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



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VTB: Kalev/Cramo beats Turow again - by Janar

Alar Varrak, the young coach of BC Kalev/Cramo celebrated the biggest win of his career as BC Kalev/Cramo took the home win against Polish league leaders PGE Turow 72:68 (32:40). Both teams as well as Azovmash Mariupol have 2 wins out of 10 games and will have a tough competition to avoid the last place in group and possible relegation from the top-level league.

The hosts led 9:2 and 15:7 in the 1st quarter but were put under pressure in the 2nd quarter. After two baskets by Gregor Arbet (195-G/F-83) the hosts led 26:14 but the guests ended the quarter with a 0:13 run - Djorje Micic score 9 points suring the run.

In 3rd, Bamba Fall became unstoppable. He scored 10 points in less than 6 minutes and helped Kalev/Cramo ahead 46:45. Three-pointers by Micic and Vukasin Aleksic, though, helped Turow to take a one-point lead - 54:55 - with a quarter to go.

Three-pointers by Gert Dorbek and Armands Skele took the hosts ahead 62:59 with 5 minutes to play but Micic and Damjan Kulig answered from a long range, too, to make it 65:66. With less than 3 minutes to go, Arbet made a crucial three-pointer, Keith McLeod stole the ball from Aleksic, scored 2+1. With 1.10 to play, Fall grabbed an offensive rebound, was fouled and made one FT. The opponents missed a triple and no more baskets were made in last 70 seconds.

Gregor Arbet led the winners with 18 points+ 5rbs. Fall added 15+8rb, McLeod 9+6rb+5assists.
Micic scored 24 on the losing side. The guests won offensive rebounding 10:5 and made 10 three-pointers but made less than 40% 2-point attempts.



VTB League: Kalev/Cramo edged visiting PGE Turow - by Eurobasket News

Kalev/Cramo - PGE Turow 72:68

Kalev/Cramo edged visiting PGE Turow in VTB League. The Estonian team won 72:68 and toed both records at 2-8.
The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 18-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Gregor Arbet (195-G/F-83) fired 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Bamba Fall (217-C-86, college: SMU) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Djordje Micic (195-G-83) produced 24 points and Aaron Cel (203-F-87) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Defending Estonian champion moved-up to eighth place, which they share with PGE Turow and Azovmash. PGE Turow lost third consecutive game.
In the next round Kalev will face Ukrainian Donetsk. PGE Turow will take on Russian Khimky on January 14th.

PGE Turow: Djordje Micic 24, Damian Kulig (206-F/C-87) 10, Aaron Cel 8+8reb+1ast, Lukasz Wichniarz (197-F-82) 8
Kalev/Cramo: Gregor Arbet 18, Bamba Fall 15, Keith McLeod (190-PG-79, college: Bowling Green) 9, Gert Dorbek (193-SG-85) 8



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  FINLAND   

Standings - Division I

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

Regular Season: Round 16

A

Jan. 6: Huima - Tapiolan Honka 90-94
Jan. 6: Oulun NMKY - SayRi 88-73
Jan. 6: Pyrinto II - BC Nokia 75-87
Jan. 6: Ura Basket - ToPo 110-87

B

Jan. 6: Kerava ET - JyWe 102-79
Jan. 10: Espoo Basket - Jarvenpaa



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  FRANCE   


Osiris Eldridge leaves Boulazac - by Eurobasket News

25-year old American guard Osiris Eldridge (191-86kg-88, college: Illinois State) left Boulazac Basket Dordogne (ProA). In 14 ProB games he played this season he recorded 11.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.6apg and 1.6spg.
The most of last season Eldridge spent at Bakersfield Jam in D-League. In 42 games last year he averaged impressive 15.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.1apg and 1.3spg. He also played at Gravelines-Dunkerque that season. In 42 ProA games he averaged impressive 15.1ppg, 3.5rpg and 3.1apg.
The previous (10-11) season Eldridge played at Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir in Turkish TBL. In 27 games that year he averaged 9.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg. He also played 15 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 12.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.2apg and 2.0spg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
Two years ago (a year after he left the college) Eldridge was drafted by Dakota Wizards (D-League) in first round (12th overall).
He attended Illinois State until 2010 and it is his third season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Eldridges team made it to the MVC Tournament Semifinals in 2010. He received also NABC Division I All-District 16 1st Team award back in 2010 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Boulazac tabs Anthony Roberson, ex La Union - by Eurobasket News

Boulazac Basket Dordogne (ProA) inked 30-year old American guard Anthony Roberson (189-90kg-83, college: Florida). He played recently at La Union in Argentinian LigaA. In 7 games this season he recorded 9.0ppg and 1.3rpg. The last season Roberson played at Fujian in Chinese CBA. In 30 games last year he averaged impressive 26.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.5apg and 1.6spg. The most of previous (10-11) season he spent at Enel Brindisi in Italian Lega2. In 26 games that season he averaged 14.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.1spg. Roberson also played at the Lakers in NBA earlier that season. In 26 games that year he averaged 14.6ppg and 2.9rpg.
Among other achievements His college team won SEC Tournament in 2005. Roberson received also NABC All-NCAA District 6 1st Team award and All-SEC 1st Team award back in 2004 and 2005.
He is a very experienced player. Roberson has played also professionally in Israel (Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem), Turkey (Beykoz), NBA (Chicago Bulls, LA Clippers, LA Lakers and New York Knicks) and France (Paris-Levallois and Strasbourg IG).
He attended University of Florida until 2005 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Coach Emil Rajkovic signs at Rabotnicki Skopje - by Greg

KK Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje (Prva Liga) landed 35-year old coach Emil Rajkovic (agency: Global Sports Plaza). Both sides signed a 2 and a half year contract. Rajkovic coached recently at Feni Indistrija (since 2006).
Emil Rajkovic is already a very successful coach. Worth to mention that he was the youngest coach to lead a senior team in the Macedonian Super League and win the Macedonian Championship and the National Cup of Macedonia at age of 29.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Coach Emil Rajkovic signs at Rabotnicki Skopje - by Greg

KK Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje (Prva Liga) landed 35-year old coach Emil Rajkovic (agency: Global Sports Plaza). Both sides signed a 2 and a half year contract. Rajkovic coached recently at Feni Indistrija (since 2006).
Emil Rajkovic is already a very successful coach. Worth to mention that he was the youngest coach to lead a senior team in the Macedonian Super League and win the Macedonian Championship and the National Cup of Macedonia at age of 29.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  GERMANY   

Standings - ProA

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

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 5: Vechta - Duesseldorf 99-79
Jan. 5: Cuxhaven - NBC 92-77
Jan. 5: Jena - Goettingen 85-88
Jan. 5: Crailsheim - Ehingen 82-89
Jan. 6: Kirchheim - Karlsruhe 78-88
Jan. 6: ETB Wohnbau - Heidelberg 78-75
Jan. 5: Leipzig - Gotha 67-81
Jan. 7: Finke Baskets - Chemnitz 66-70

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 12: Duesseldorf - Crailsheim
Jan. 12: Heidelberg - Vechta
Jan. 12: Goettingen - ETB Wohnbau
Jan. 12: Karlsruhe - Jena
Jan. 12: NBC - Kirchheim
Jan. 12: Chemnitz - Cuxhaven
Jan. 12: Gotha - Finke Baskets
Jan. 12: Ehingen - Leipzig


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Logan STUTZ
  ETB Wohnbau
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau21.8 
 2. Thomas, Cuxhaven19.7 
 3. Williams, Vechta19.3 
 4. Brazelton, NBC18.9 
 5. Kelly, Cuxhaven16.9 
 6. Calvin, Ehingen16.4 
 7. Barker, Jena16.2 
 8. Alexander, Kirchhe.15.9 
 9. White, Heidelberg15.9 
 10. Roessler, Karlsru.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 11
 1. Gadley, Leipzig11.0 
 2. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau8.8 
 3. Lawson, Chemnitz8.6 
 4. Henley, ETB W.8.0 
 5. Black, Karlsruhe8.0 
 6. Calvin, Ehingen7.8 
 7. Livas, Goettingen7.6 
 8. Baker, Gotha7.3 
 9. Adomaitis, Jena7.0 
 10. Smallwood, Kirchh.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Williams, Vechta7.9 
 2. Aud, Finke Baskets6.8 
 3. Coleman, Crailsheim6.2 
 4. Cook, ETB Wohnbau5.3 
 5. Brazelton, NBC4.9 
 6. Kelly, Cuxhaven4.8 
 7. Smith, Gotha4.7 
 8. Matthews, Ehingen4.6 
 9. Barth, Heidelberg4.6 
 10. Barker, Jena4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Williams, Vechta2.8 
 2. Matthews, Ehingen2.7 
 3. White, Heidelberg2.3 
 4. Johnson, Duesseld.1.8 
 5. Brooks, Kirchheim1.8 
 6. Lawson, Chemnitz1.8 
 7. Alexander, Kirchhe.1.7 
 8. Bynum, Chemnitz1.7 
 9. Stockton, Karlsruhe1.5 
 10. Pratt, Cuxhaven1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Gadley, Leipzig2.5 
 2. White, Heidelberg1.9 
 3. Lawson, Chemnitz1.4 
 4. Flomo, Duesseldorf1.4 
 5. De Michael, NBC1.3 
 6. Smallwood, Kirchhe.1.1 
 7. Thompson, NBC1.1 
 8. Menck, Karlsruhe0.9 
 9. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 
 10. Maier, Kirchheim0.8 


Josh Parker (Bayer Giants Leverkusen) I Have To Keep Working Hard To Live Up To That Name Mini Rose - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Adonte Parker (183-PG-89, college: Dayton) is a 23 year old 183cm point guard from Harvey, Illinois that is playing his rookie season in Germany for PRO B team Bayer Giants Leverkusen. He played at Drake from 2007-2009 and then played for Dayton (NCAA) from 2010-1012. He played a total of 130 NCAA games. Currently he is tearing up the German PRO B. He spoke to eurobasket after the 107-67 loss against the Fraport Skyliners.

A tough 107-67 loss against the Fraport Skyliners. What was the main reason for the loss?

I have to give them a lot of credit. They played very well. They executed their game plan and hit shots. It was a bad loss for us, but it was simply their day. We have to keep battling and playing hard, because we want to reach the playoffs.

You hurt yourself in the third quarter. What happened and are you all right?

I rolled my ankle, but I am ok. I wanted to keep playing, but coach thought it was better I didnt and not to risk anything. I have a week now to get ready for the next game.

You werent hitting shots in the first quarter, so as a scoring point guard was it your nature to set up your teammates like Mathias Goddek who hit some three pointers?

Yes it is my instinct to do that. Frankfurt did a great job defending me and doubling teaming me and not allowing me to get into a rhythm. My shots werent falling so I had to try to get my team going by setting them up.

The Fraport Skyliners juniors got a lot of easy points inside in the second quarter. Leverkusen went to zone, but why couldnt you stop their easy buckets?

They had very nice ball movement and our rotations werent working as we wanted to. They made big plays and big shots and we just couldnt match it.

You only scored two points in the first half. What would your ex teammate Josh Young had told you to help motivate you?

Josh would have told me to keep up my head and get ready for the next game.


Have you ever scored so little points in one half?

I dont think so. Frankfurt knew exactly what I was going to do. They did good trappings and just did an excellent job on their game plan on me.


When shots arent falling in a game what do you do during the game to stay focused? Do you recall what former coaches had told you in those situations?

Yes I do that. Coaches have told me no matter what is happening to always keep playing hard. I try to play good defense and get my teammates involved when my scoring isnt on. It is important to keep pushing my teammates, because if I get down then they get down.


You got going in the third. What adjustments did you make in your game?

I got more aggressive and things opened up for me. I was able to get better to the hoopp and drew fouls getting to the free throw line.

How important is a game like this where you see reality that you cant always score 44 points?

This was a good game for me to see that despite everything I stayed aggressive. I continue to go against different defenses which will make me better. Now I have to see what went wrong in the Frankfurt game and do things differently in the next game and be better.


I called you mini Rose in the broadcast. Is that a nickname that you like?

Yes mini Rose is fine. It is crazy since I watch Derrick Rose all day long and always try to become better when watching him. It is a great honor to be called that and I have to keep working hard to live up to the name Mini Rose.


What player of the Fraport Skyliners juniors impressed you?

To be honest, I cant single one out. They were all good. They played very well as a team and were very well coached.


What is your impression of the Fraport Skyliners? Can they reach the playoffs?

I think that if they keep working hard then they could make it. They play very well as a team which is important.


Where will the NBA season of the Los Angeles Clippers end?

The Clippers are playing very well and Chris Paul is leading the show there. Blake Griffin is there and there is a reason why they are called lob city. They are playing well and could go far. The Chicago Bulls are my team, but my second favorite team are the Lakers. Kobe will get going. The Lakers just need time to gel. They will be there at the end.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Flight with Denzel Washington. It was a great movie.

Thanks Josh for the chat.




Sharaud Curry Leaves MBC - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Beko BBL team Mitteldeutscher BC announced today that they and Morris Curry (178-G-87, college: Providence) have gone separate ways. Curry was unpleased with his diminished role and asked to have his contract terminated. Curry who had a very strong season last year in Austria with Allianz Swans Gmunden (Austria-A Bundesliga, starting five): 41 games: 18.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.0apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 77.0% came with high expecttaions to Germany and after a strong start where he scored 20 points twice against Hagen and Frankfurt started to get less minutes as Hrdur Vilhjalmsson slipped into the starting rotation. "I give a lot of respect to him for his professional attitude and thank him for his effort. He didnt turn his back on the team when he was on the bench. We wish him all the best for the future and one always sees one twice and our door always stays open for him", stressed MBC manager Martin Geissler. "Weissenfels was a good city to live in. The people have alot of passion here and it was great being a part of the atmosphere. I thank the management for their professional way for getting to a quick agreement with the contract. I wish the team much luck and thank the fans for their support", stressed Morris Curry played 16 games averaging 6,9ppg, 1,8rpg and 1,4apg.

Source: MBC



Aaron Fleetwood Departs From The Munsterland Baskets - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


PRO B team BSV Wulfen got a suprise as American Aaron Fleetwood (206-F-84, college: Delaware St.) announced that he will no longer play for the team. Fleetwood is a 28 year old 206cm forward from Raleigh, North Carolina that has played almost his whole carrer in Germany except for a short stay in Luxemburg. Fleetwood that had got his short term contract extended shortly before Christmas decided that he no longer can play for the team on account of several reasons. The American played four games averaging 8,0ppg and 6,0rpg,

Source BSV Wulfen



Malik Cooke joins TV Langen - by Moritz Korff

2. Bundesliga Pro B outfit TV Langen has found a player to replace P.J. Reyes (196-G/F, college: Charleston Un.) who left for Mexico: Malik Cooke (198-F-89, college: S.Carolina) has arrived to Langen, the team announced.
The 23-year-old forward played college basketball at NCAA D1 school's Nevada-Reno and South Carolina, averaging 12.3 points, 4.7 rebounds as a senior in 31 games through the 2011-12 season. Following his NCAA career Cooke worked out with BBC Monthey of Switzerland in pre-season, but did not land a contract with the LNA team. He then was drafted by NBA D-League team Erie Bay Hawks, but was released before the start of the season.



ProA Round 16: BG Goettingen edges Science City Jena by three points - by Eurobasket News

Eighth-ranked Science City Jena (8-8) made lots of trouble for first ranked BG Goettingen (13-3) on Saturday. The visitors from Goettingen managed to secure only three-point victory 88-85. However their fans expected much easier game. Science City Jena trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 22-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 85-88 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Science City Jena 42-26 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Naturalized American guard Akeem Vargas (191-90, college: Iowa Lakes CC) fired 24 points for the winners. Greek-American guard Nicholas Livas (198-87, college: Ill.-Springfield) chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. American guard Kenny Barker (191-86, college: Alaska-Anch.) produced 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for lost side. BG Goettingen have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-3 record. Science City Jena lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with eight games lost. They share the position with Heidelberg and Ehingen. BG Goettingen are looking forward to face ETB Wohnbau (#10) in Essen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Science City Jena will play on the road against BG Karlsruhe and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Vechta. Second ranked SC Rasta Vechta faced 3rd ranked Duesseldorf Baskets. Host SC Rasta Vechta (12-4) smashed guests from Duesseldorf (10-6) 99-79. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 assists. Jacob Doerksen contributed with 17 points for the winners. SC Rasta Vechta's coach Patrick Elzie allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Nico Adamczak (189-90) replied with 17 points and 5 rebounds for Duesseldorf Baskets. SC Rasta Vechta have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Newly promoted SC Rasta Vechta maintains second position with 12-4 record behind leader Goettingen. Duesseldorf Baskets at the other side dropped to the fourth place with six games lost. They share the position with Chemnitz and Cuxhaven. SC Rasta Vechta will play against MLP Academics Heidelberg (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Duesseldorf Baskets will play against Crailsheim Merlins and hope to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Essen between ETB Wohnbau and MLP Academics Heidelberg. Tenth ranked ETB Wohnbau (7-9) got a very close home victory over 7th ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (8-8). ETB Wohnbau managed to escape with a 3-point win 78-75 on Sunday evening. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of Logan Stutz who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). At the losing side Devin White responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. ETB Wohnbau maintains tenth position with 7-9 record. Loser MLP Academics Heidelberg keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. They share the position with Jena and Ehingen. ETB Wohnbau will meet league's leader BG Goettingen on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. MLP Academics Heidelberg will play against the league's second-placed SC Rasta Vechta (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.

Rest of the games of round 16 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Chemnitz defeated Finke Baskets in a road game 70-66. Kirchheim were beaten by Karlsruhe at home 78-88. Ehingen won against Crailsheim on the opponent's court 89-82. Bottom-ranked Leipzig unfortunately lost to Gotha in a home game 67-81. NBC recorded a loss to Cuxhaven on the road 77-92.
The best stats of 16th round was 22 points and 14 rebounds by Marcus Smallwood of Kirchheim.


Finke Baskets - Chemnitz 66-70

There was no surprise in Paderborn where 11th ranked Finke Baskets (6-10) were defeated by sixth ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (10-6) 70-66 on Monday. The game without a history. BV Chemnitz 99 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard John Bynum (191-78, college: Metro St.) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import center Donald Lawson (208-88, college: W.Michigan) who added 8 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American guard Jason Jamerson (190-86, college: Grand Valley St.) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds and forward Michael Jost (204-88) scored 8 points and 10 rebounds. BV Chemnitz 99 have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Duesseldorf and Cuxhaven. Finke Baskets lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with ten games lost. They share it with NBC and Gotha. BV Chemnitz 99 will meet at home Cuxhaven BasCats (#4) in the next round. Finke Baskets will play against Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: J.Bynum 16+5reb+5ast, J.Schmidt 14+1reb, R.Cardenas 13+8reb+1ast, D.Lawson 8+11reb+3ast, T.Ishizaki 7+4reb+3ast, B.Obiango 5+2reb
Finke Baskets: J.Jamerson 15+5reb+3ast, B.Rush 12+2reb+2ast, J.Adams 12+4reb+4ast, V.Kittmann 8+8reb+1ast, M.Jost 8+10reb+3ast, M.Fleischmann 7+1reb
gschID: 184472


ETB Wohnbau - Heidelberg 78-75

A very close game took place in Essen between ETB Wohnbau and MLP Academics Heidelberg. Tenth ranked ETB Wohnbau (7-9) got a very close home victory over 7th ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (8-8). ETB Wohnbau managed to escape with a 3-point win 78-75 on Sunday evening. MLP Academics Heidelberg was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 21-13 charge of ETB Wohnbau, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. ETB Wohnbau outrebounded MLP Academics Heidelberg 36-25 including 21 on the defensive glass. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Logan Stutz (205-88, college: Washburn) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and Joey Henley (196-85, college: Sacred Heart) who added 18 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Four ETB Wohnbau players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Devin White (203-88, college: SUNO) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and guard Clint Sargent (193, college: S.Dakota St.) scored 20 points. ETB Wohnbau maintains tenth position with 7-9 record. Loser MLP Academics Heidelberg keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. They share the position with Jena and Ehingen. ETB Wohnbau will meet league's leader BG Goettingen on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. MLP Academics Heidelberg will play against the league's second-placed SC Rasta Vechta (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
ETB Wohnbau: L.Stutz 19+14reb+3ast, J.Henley 18+10reb, F.Franke 11+2reb+2ast, M.Buljevic 10+3reb+4ast, T.Harbut 9+1ast, R.Christen 8+2reb+1ast
Heidelberg: D.White 21+10reb+2ast, C.Sargent 20, K.Kuhn 10+8reb+1ast, A.Hardy 7+1reb+2ast, J.Heindel 5+3reb+1ast, T.Blackwood 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 184469


Kirchheim - Karlsruhe 78-88

No shocking result in a game when third ranked BG Karlsruhe (11-5) defeated on the road 14th ranked Kirchheim Knights (5-11) 88-78 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-78. BG Karlsruhe made 30-of-37 free shots (81.1 percent) during the game. The game was also dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Michael Stockton (185-89, college: Westminster, UT, agency: Limelight Hoops) who helped to win the game recording 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa, agency: Court Side) who added 12 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward Marcus Smallwood (198-82, college: N.Illinois, agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and point guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) scored 16 points and 4 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. BG Karlsruhe maintains third position with 11-5 record having just two points less than leader Goettingen. Kirchheim Knights lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Crailsheim. BG Karlsruhe will meet at home Science City Jena (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Kirchheim Knights will play against NBC (#13) in Nurnberg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe: R.Roessler 19+2reb, D.Richardson 13+8reb, E.Vierneisel 12+1ast, M.Stockton 12+7reb+5ast, J.Black 12+7reb+2ast, J.Harris 11+6reb+4ast
Kirchheim: M.Smallwood 22+14reb+1ast, C.Alexander 16+2reb+4ast, J.Maier 14+3reb, R.Tomasevic 12+4reb+2ast, D.Schneider 10+8reb+2ast, G.Prodromou 2
gschID: 184467


Crailsheim - Ehingen 82-89

Very expected game when 14th ranked Crailsheim Merlins (5-11) were defeated at home by ninth ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (8-8) 89-82 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 49-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Andre Calvin (196-85, college: Drake) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import power forward Taylor Rohde (205-90, college: Alaska-Anch.) who added 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side naturalized American swingman Jonathan Moore (203-82, college: N.C.Central) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and American power forward Stevie Johnson (198-78, college: Iowa St.) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Five Crailsheim Merlins players scored in double figures. Ehingen/Urspringschule moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Heidelberg and Jena. Loser Crailsheim Merlins keep the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Kirchheim. Ehingen/Urspringschule will meet at home bottom-ranked USC Leipzig (#16) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Crailsheim Merlins will play against Duesseldorf Baskets and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ehingen: A.Calvin 20+12reb+1ast, T.Rohde 18+7reb, V.Matthews 18+2reb+5ast, G.Williamson 9+1reb+2ast, S.Marlon Theis 7, K.Ogbe 7+2reb
Crailsheim: J.Moore 21+10reb+1ast, M.Rose 16+1reb+1ast, S.Johnson 13+6reb+1ast, J.Crow 13+3reb+1ast, D.Coleman 11+1reb+5ast, P.Friedel 6+1reb+5ast
gschID: 184471


Leipzig - Gotha 67-81

Rather predictable result when thirteenth ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (6-10) beat on the road bottom-ranked USC Leipzig (3-13) 81-67 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Oettinger Rockets Gotha. USC Leipzig managed to win second period 15-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Chase Griffin (188-83, college: Pepperdine) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Torvoris Baker (203-83, college: Detroit Mercy) who added 15 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four Oettinger Rockets Gotha players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Walter Simon (202-89, college: Cumberland) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and American swingman Nick Freer (198-85, college: Grand Valley St.) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. USC Leipzig's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Oettinger Rockets Gotha moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Finke Baskets and NBC. USC Leipzig lost fifth consecutive game. USC Leipzig at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will meet at home Finke Baskets (#12) in the next round. USC Leipzig will play against Ehingen/Urspringschule (#9) in Allmendingen and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Gotha: C.Griffin 26+6reb+1ast, T.Baker 15+11reb+2ast, D.Watson 14+3reb+2ast, L.Niebuhr 12+3reb+1ast, R.Jackson 9+5reb+1ast, A.Kuppe 5+1reb+1ast
Leipzig: W.Simon 22+11reb+1ast, K.Kranz 16+4reb+1ast, N.Freer 15+7reb+1ast, K.Schaffartzik 5+2reb+4ast, J.Tyrna 3+12reb+1ast, A.Macevicius 2+7reb+2ast
gschID: 184465


Vechta - Duesseldorf 99-79

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Vechta. Second ranked SC Rasta Vechta faced 3rd ranked Duesseldorf Baskets. Host SC Rasta Vechta (12-4) smashed guests from Duesseldorf (10-6) 99-79. SC Rasta Vechta made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Duesseldorf Baskets turnovers. SC Rasta Vechta shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 53.6 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Duesseldorf Baskets' players. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 assists. Canadian forward Jacob Doerksen (200-87) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Five SC Rasta Vechta players scored in double figures. SC Rasta Vechta's coach Patrick Elzie allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Nico Adamczak (189-90) replied with 17 points and 5 rebounds and Greek-Australian guard Triantafillos Tzakopoulos (187-85) added 19 points in the effort for Duesseldorf Baskets. SC Rasta Vechta have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Newly promoted SC Rasta Vechta maintains second position with 12-4 record behind leader Goettingen. Duesseldorf Baskets at the other side dropped to the fourth place with six games lost. They share the position with Chemnitz and Cuxhaven. SC Rasta Vechta will play against MLP Academics Heidelberg (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Duesseldorf Baskets will play against Crailsheim Merlins and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Vechta: J.Doerksen 17+3reb+2ast, R.Williams 15+4reb+12ast, D.Krause 15+1reb+1ast, C.Hassan 14+5reb+1ast, D.Madrich 12+6reb, B.Fumey 6+2reb
Duesseldorf: T.Tzakopoulos 19+1reb+1ast, N.Adamczak 17+5reb+1ast, G.Johnson 12+6reb+2ast, C.Pfeil 10, K.Chones 7+1reb, P.Flomo 6+8reb+2ast
gschID: 184470


Jena - Goettingen 85-88

Eighth-ranked Science City Jena (8-8) made lots of trouble for first ranked BG Goettingen (13-3) on Saturday. The visitors from Goettingen managed to secure only three-point victory 88-85. However their fans expected much easier game. Science City Jena trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 22-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 85-88 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Science City Jena 42-26 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Naturalized American guard Akeem Vargas (191-90, college: Iowa Lakes CC) fired 24 points for the winners. Greek-American guard Nicholas Livas (198-87, college: Ill.-Springfield) chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. American guard Kenny Barker (191-86, college: Alaska-Anch.) produced 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Lithuanian Aurimas Adomaitis (206-87, college: LIU Brooklyn) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BG Goettingen have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-3 record. Science City Jena lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with eight games lost. They share the position with Heidelberg and Ehingen. BG Goettingen are looking forward to face ETB Wohnbau (#10) in Essen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Science City Jena will play on the road against BG Karlsruhe and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Goettingen: A.Vargas 24+3reb+1ast, R.Harris 12+9reb+1ast, N.Livas 12+6reb+6ast, P.Guede 12+2reb+4ast, M.Wenzl 9+8reb, M.Crowell 8+7reb
Jena: K.Wysocki 16+1reb+1ast, K.Barker 13+6reb+6ast, G.Sim 11+4reb+3ast, C.Roquette 11+2reb, S.Watts 10+1ast, A.Adomaitis 10+8reb+2ast
gschID: 184468


Cuxhaven - NBC 92-77

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked NBC (6-10) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (10-6) 92-77 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Cuxhaven BasCats. NBC managed to win fourth quarter 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Evan Harris (206-86, college: Harvard, agency: I.D.S. Law) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Scott Thomas (200-89, college: Bowling Green, agency: I.D.S. Law) who added 22 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American point guard Zamal Nixon (186-89, college: Houston) responded with 27 points and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) and swingman Cornelius Adler (195-89) scored 9 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cuxhaven BasCats moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Duesseldorf and Chemnitz. Loser NBC keeps the eleventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Finke Baskets and Gotha. Cuxhaven BasCats will meet BV Chemnitz 99 (#6) on the road in the next round. NBC will play against Kirchheim Knights (#14) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Cuxhaven: S.Thomas 22+5reb, E.Harris 18+12reb+4ast, J.Kelly 14+4reb+4ast, M.Rockmann 10+1reb+1ast, M.Pluskota 8+5reb+1ast, M.Pratt 7+2reb
NBC: Z.Nixon 27+4reb+4ast, L.Fabrizius 11+1reb, C.Abercrombie 10+3reb+1ast, S.Schroeder 9+3reb, C.Adler 9+5reb, N.Khartchenkov 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 184466



Richard Williams claims German ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Richard Williams (178-PG-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Vechta and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 25-year old playmaker got a double-double of 15 points and twelve assists, while his team crushed Duesseldorf (#5, 10-6) with 20-point margin 99-79. Vechta maintains the 2nd position in German ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Vechta will need more victories to improve their 12-4 record. Williams turned to be Vechta's top player in his first season with the team. San Diego State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Williams. Williams is in league's top in points (3rd best: 19.3ppg) and averages solid 2.8spg,52.2% FGP and 43.3% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American forward Marcus Smallwood (198-F-82, agency: Court Side) of Kirchheim. Smallwood impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Kirchheim lost that game 78-88 to the higher-ranked Karlsruhe (#3, 11-5). Kirchheim is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-11 record. Smallwood is a newcomer at Kirchheim and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. Northern Illinois University alumni Smallwood played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was American Logan Stutz (205-F-88) of ETB Wohnbau (#10). Stutz scored 19 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of ETB Wohnbau, leading his team to a 78-75 win against the higher-ranked Heidelberg (#7, 8-8). The chances of ETB Wohnbau ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Stutz could help ETB Wohnbau to bring them higher in the standings. Stutz has a great season in Germany. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.8ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 8.8rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zamal Nixon (186-PG-89) of NBC - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Evan Harris (206-F/C-86) of Cuxhaven - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Joey Henley (196-PF-85) of ETB Wohnbau - 18 points and 10 rebounds
7. Andre Calvin (196-F-85) of Ehingen - 20 points and 12 rebounds
8. Walter Simon (202-F-89) of Leipzig - 22 points and 11 rebounds
9. Scott Thomas (200-F-89) of Cuxhaven - 22 points and 5 rebounds
10. Devin White (203-F-88) of Heidelberg - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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B' Division - 11th week: Results and Scorers - by Chris Mammides

After three weeks vacation the Second Division started and the results for the 11th week were somehow quite reasonable with the derby between AEK and Holargos ending after the extra time with the home team winning but the visiting site shouting against the men in gray. Other than that, Iraklis is all alone in the Norh Group and is already among the top favorites to proceed to the A2 next season while in the same Group there are at least 5 teams that will fight for the top seat of the division as the situation is not so clear. In the North all the home teams won their games while in the South we had tow road wins the one coming from the top seated team of Psyhiko in Halkida against the home team and the other was the one of Doukas which took place in Agios Dimitrios against the home team of Kronos.

The results and the top scorers in detail were as follows:

NORTH GROUP
Iraklis - Stratoni 73-56
Quarters: 15-12, 36-26, 44-40, 73-56
Iraklis: Pasalidis 11, Giannis Staboulis (197-F-90) 17 and Samaras 16
Stratoni: Nikos Moschou (188-G-87) 19 and Kigmetoglou 13


Aias Evosmou - Mahites Doxa Pefon 63-53
Quarters: 17-15, 29-30, 41-37, 63-53
Aias: Thodoris Tepetidis (204-F-88) and Iliadis 16 per head and Mavridis 14
Mahites: Hatzinikolaou 11 and Giannis Foutsitzis (198-F-79, college: S.New Hampshire) 15


Metamorfosi Volou - MENT 84-75
Quarters: 14-18, 34-39, 60-47, 84-75
Metamorfosi: Nanis 13, Thomas Georgiou (181-G-82) 24, Tsolis 19, Zarogiannis 13
MENT: Evangelinos 16, Valavanidis 11, Spyros Lefkaditis (204-F/C-89) 21.


Anatolia - Marousi 77-73
Quarters: 22-19, 36-37, 56-53, 77-73
Anatolia: Triantafyllidis 13, Lefteris Galanidis (188-G-87) 17, Moutsiaras14
Maroussi: Bardas 10, Kerasovitis 14, Dorkofikis and Maheras 16 per head


Filippos Veroias - Pierikos Arhelaos 74-59
Quarters: 16-13, 37-24, 57-35, 74-59
Filippos: Kothras 13, Trihopoulos 15 and Pallis 17
Pierikos Arhelaos: Limparis 18.


Egaleo - Ionikos Ionias 72-62
Quarters: 21-14, 39-27, 48-43, 72-62
Egaleo: Karavolas 16, Mubarak 19.
Ionikos: Marapidis 15, Panagiotou 10, Batakas 11, Darakis 10.


SOUTH GROUP

AEK-Holargos 88-85 (in OT.)
Quarters: 23-30, 35-48, 55-64, 73-73 and 88-85
AEK: Alexis Falekas (190-G-76, agency: FCM)19, Polytarhou 16, Gizogiannis 19, Despos17,
Holargos: Katranas 14, Emmanouilidis 16, Antoniou 24, Tassopoulos 10.


Amyntas - AETOS 87-70
Quarters: 23-22, 44-45, 66-61, 87-70
Amyntas: Vardianos and Sarikas 10 per head, Koukounias 15, Savvas Tsougarakis (207-C-86, agency: FCM) 21.
AETOS: Kokkalis 16, Tirlas 17, Papargyropoulos 15


Halkida - Psyhiko 62-66
Quarters: 24-15, 32-42, 46-56, 62-66
Halkida: Tomaras 20, Benos 16.
Psyhiko: Pettas 15, Korizis 11, Markos Kolokas (203-F-77) 16.


Kronos Agiou Dimitriou - Doukas 58-65
Quarters: 20-16, 31-32, 48-45, 58-65
Kronos: Vrinas 14, Vlahopoulos 18,
Doukas: Sotiris Bourdanos (187-G-86) 22, Filippakos 11, Halaris 14,


Esperos AOPA Enosi Iliou 72-71
Quarters: 23-18, 33-36, 56-50, 72-71
Esperos: Dimitris Katiakos (205-C/F-87) 20, Aggelopoulos 13, Ioannou 15. Kallis 12
Enosi Iliou: O Bellas 13, Likogiannis 11, Kostas Tsotsos (205-F/C-83) 17


Near East Ermis Perama 69-56
Quarters: 22-14, 36-31, 50-43, 69-56
Near East: Kostas Hatzikostis (185-G-81) 19, Karabas 11, Karastamatis 14, Saltouridis 10
Ermis: Korkosouras 10, Spyro Marinos 20, Pliatsikoudis 11



Callistus Eziukwu signs at Panelefsiniakos, ex Kryvbasbasket - by Eurobasket News

Panelefsiniakos AOK Eleusina (A1) landed 28-year old American power forward Callistus Eziukwu (208-100kg-85, college: Grand Valley State). He played recently at Kryvbasbasket in Ukrainian Superleague. In 22 games this season he averaged 9.7ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.3apg, 1.5spg and 1.8bpg. Eziukwu also spent pre-season at MBC Mykolaiv in Superleague earlier that year. The last season he played at AZS Koszalin in Polish TBL. In 31 games last year he had 10.3ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.6bpg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention.
The previous (10-11) season Eziukwu played at TU/Rock in Estonian KML. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 37 KML games that season he had 10.7ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.1apg, 1.5spg and 1.8bpg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league final. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Defensive Player of the Year, selected to All-Imports Team and selected to 2nd Team. Eziukwu also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he had 10.2ppg, 10.5rpg and 1.5bpg. He also played 24 games in Baltic League where he had 12.5ppg, 8.9rpg (#3 in the league), 1.3apg, 1.4spg and 2.2bpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Defensive Player of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team.
Eziukwu has played also professionally in France (Saint Vallier), Mexico (Rayos de Hermosillo) and Turkey (Usak).
He attended Grand Valley State until 2008 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Den Bosch 15-3 
 2. Leiden 14-4 
 3. Groningen 11-6 
 4. M.Magixx 11-7 
 5. Leeuwarden 10-8 
 6. Den Helder K. 10-8 
 7. Zwolle 9-9 
 8. Weert 6-12 
 9. Amsterdam 2-16 
 10. Rotterdam 1-16 

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 6: Den Bosch - M.Magixx 94-60
Jan. 5: Leeuwarden - Zwolle 91-85
Jan. 5: Groningen - Den Helder K. 83-75
Jan. 6: Amsterdam - Rotterdam 80-60
Jan. 5: Weert - Leiden 65-63

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 10: Den Bosch - Zwolle
Jan. 12: Leiden - Amsterdam
Jan. 12: Den Helder K. - M.Magixx
Jan. 12: Weert - Den Bosch
Jan. 13: Leeuwarden - Rotterdam
Jan. 13: Zwolle - Groningen


Eredivisie Round 16: Leiden loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News

Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

Round 16 in Eredivisie means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Weert where host Weert (6-12) edged league's leader Leiden (14-4) 65-63 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Leiden. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 22-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Weert forced 19 Leiden turnovers. American point guard Rahmon Fletcher (177-88, college: Green Bay, agency: Court Side) fired 22 points for the winners. The former international center Kenneth van Kempen (208-87, college: Ohio, agency: Court Side) chipped in 4 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. Canadian forward Ross Bekkering (203-87) produced 22 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Weert maintains eighth position with 6-12 record. Leiden at the other side dropped to the second place with four games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Den Bosch. Leiden will play next round against Amsterdam trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Weert will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Den Bosch at home.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Den Bosch. First ranked Den Bosch faced 3rd ranked M.Magixx. Host Den Bosch (15-3) smashed guests from Nijmegen (11-7) 94-60. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Dejuan Wright (190-88, college: FIU, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 5 rebounds. Andre Young contributed with 9 points and 12 assists for the winners. Canadian forward Henry Bekkering (198-85, college: E.Washington) replied with 20 points for M.Magixx. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first position with 15-3 record. M.Magixx at the other side dropped to the fourth place with seven games lost. Den Bosch will play against Weert (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. M.Magixx will play against Den Helder K. (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Amsterdam managed to get a second victory, breaking the eight-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time they outleveled ninth-ranked Rotterdam 80-60. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 20-point difference suggests that Amsterdam is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. Worth to mention a great performance of Pascal Balm who helped to win the game recording 26 points. At the losing side Anthony Miles responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Amsterdam (2-16) moved-up to ninth place. Rotterdam lost fifteenth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 16 games lost. Amsterdam will meet league's second-placed Leiden on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Rotterdam will play against Leeuwarden (#5).
The game in Leeuwarden was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Zwolle (9-9) played at the court of seventh ranked Leeuwarden (10-8). Leeuwarden managed to secure a 6-point victory 91-85. The game was dominated by American players. The winners were led by Samme Givens who scored that evening 22 points and 7 rebounds. Leeuwarden's coach Erik Braal allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Leeuwarden moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Den Helder K. Zwolle at the other side dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Leeuwarden's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Rotterdam (#10) at home where they are favorite. Zwolle will play against Groningen in Groningen.

In the last game of round 16 Den Helder K. was defeated by Groningen in Groningen 83-75.
The best stats of 16th round was 33 points (!!!) by Mark Hill of Den Helder K..


Amsterdam - Rotterdam 80-60

Bottom-ranked Amsterdam managed to get a second victory, breaking the eight-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time they outleveled ninth-ranked Rotterdam 80-60. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 20-point difference suggests that Amsterdam is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The game without a history. Amsterdam led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Rotterdam's players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Pascal Balm (200-84) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and center Berend Weijs (208, college: Maryland) who added 10 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American guard Anthony Miles (182-89, college: Lamar) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Daniel Jones (200-79) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Amsterdam (2-16) moved-up to ninth place. Rotterdam lost fifteenth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 16 games lost. Amsterdam will meet league's second-placed Leiden on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Rotterdam will play against Leeuwarden (#5).
Top scorers:
Amsterdam: P.Balm 26+4reb+1ast, A.Roye 13+3reb+5ast, B.Weijs 10+10reb+2ast, J.Ormskerk 10+1reb+1ast, R.Siljade 7+5reb, J.Markusse 5+9reb+1ast
Rotterdam: A.Miles 15+6reb+2ast, D.Jones 13+6reb+2ast, D.Rigters 10+3reb, I.Filipan 6+2reb+1ast, M.Otten 6+5reb, M.Kok 4
gschID: 193676


Den Bosch - M.Magixx 94-60

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Den Bosch. First ranked Den Bosch faced 3rd ranked M.Magixx. Host Den Bosch (15-3) smashed guests from Nijmegen (11-7) 94-60. M.Magixx was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 59-23 second half run of Den Bosch. They dominated on the defensive end, holding M.Magixx to just 6 points in third quarter. They made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Den Bosch had a 37-25 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by M.Magixx's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Dejuan Wright (190-88, college: FIU, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 5 rebounds. The other American import guard Andre Young (175-90, college: Clemson) contributed with 9 points and 12 assists for the winners. Canadian forward Henry Bekkering (198-85, college: E.Washington) replied with 20 points and American forward Kyle Spain (196-87, college: San Diego St.) added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for M.Magixx. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first position with 15-3 record. M.Magixx at the other side dropped to the fourth place with seven games lost. Den Bosch will play against Weert (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. M.Magixx will play against Den Helder K. (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Den Bosch: D.Wright 26+5reb+1ast, M.Bauscher 12+1reb+4ast, W.Carter 11+10reb+2ast, P.Van Paassen 10+7reb, K.Akerboom 9+7reb+2ast, A.Young 9+4reb+12ast
M.Magixx: H.Bekkering 20+2reb+1ast, K.Martin 8+3reb+1ast, K.Spain 8+8reb+3ast, N.Oudendag 7+3reb, T.Vermeulen 5+1reb+2ast, M.Aarts 4+8reb
gschID: 193675


Leeuwarden - Zwolle 91-85

The game in Leeuwarden was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Zwolle (9-9) played at the court of seventh ranked Leeuwarden (10-8). Leeuwarden managed to secure a 6-point victory 91-85. Zwolle was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 28-18 third quarter run of Leeuwarden. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Zwolle's 44. The game was dominated by American players. The winners were led by forward Samme Givens (195, college: Drexel) who scored that evening 22 points and 7 rebounds and forward Jerrell Williams (203-88, college: La Salle) supported him with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Leeuwarden's coach Erik Braal allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 20 points and 5 rebounds by guard Zack Novak (193-90, college: Michigan, agency: Priority Sports) did not help to save the game for Zwolle. Guard Tanner Smith (195-90, college: Clemson, agency: Priority Sports) added 19 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Five Zwolle players scored in double figures. Leeuwarden moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Den Helder K. Zwolle at the other side dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Leeuwarden's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Rotterdam (#10) at home where they are favorite. Zwolle will play against Groningen in Groningen.
Top scorers:
Leeuwarden: S.Givens 22+7reb, J.Williams 17+7reb+1ast, H.Kherrazi 17+7reb, R.Holcomb Faye 9+1reb+4ast, V.Lietmeijer 7, D.Michaels 7+4reb
Zwolle: Z.Novak 20+5reb+1ast, T.Smith 19+5reb+1ast, D.Webb 13+8reb, J.Magette 10+2reb+6ast, A.Bunnig 10+6reb, K.Zondervan 7+8reb+1ast
gschID: 193674


Weert - Leiden 65-63

Round 16 in Eredivisie means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Weert where host Weert (6-12) edged league's leader Leiden (14-4) 65-63 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Leiden. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 22-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Weert forced 19 Leiden turnovers. American point guard Rahmon Fletcher (177-88, college: Green Bay, agency: Court Side) fired 22 points for the winners. The former international center Kenneth van Kempen (208-87, college: Ohio, agency: Court Side) chipped in 4 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. Canadian forward Ross Bekkering (203-87) produced 22 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized Moroccan forward Mohamed Kherrazi (200-90, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Weert maintains eighth position with 6-12 record. Leiden at the other side dropped to the second place with four games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Den Bosch. Leiden will play next round against Amsterdam trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Weert will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Den Bosch at home.
Top scorers:
Weert: R.Fletcher 22+3reb+3ast, B.Perine 17+3reb+3ast, S.Besseling 15+1reb+1ast, A.Carter 6+6reb+2ast, K.van Kempen 4+12reb+7ast, S.De Haas 1+1reb
Leiden: R.Bekkering 22+8reb+1ast, M.Kherrazi 14+7reb+1ast, A.Slagter 10+8reb+4ast, W.de Jong 8+1reb, P.Hilliman 4+5reb, S.Cunningham 3+4reb+2ast
gschID: 193673


Groningen - Den Helder K. 83-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Den Helder K.'s (10-8) road loss to fourth ranked Groningen (11-6) 75-83. Den Helder K. was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 50-37 second half run of Groningen. Groningen shot 24 for 38 from the free-throw line, while Den Helder K. only scored eight points from the stripe. Groningen forced 27 Den Helder K. turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Den Helder K. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by American forward Jamal Boykin (203-87, college: California) who scored that evening 21 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Jason Dourisseau (196-83, college: Nebraska) supported him with 13 points and 5 assists. Four Groningen players scored in double figures. Groningen's coach Ivica Skelin used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 33 points (!!!) (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) by American guard Mark Hill (180-87, college: CS Northridge, agency: Three Eye Sports) did not help to save the game for Den Helder K.. American-Gambian forward Ousman Krubally (198-88, college: Georgia St., agency: Court Side) added 11 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Groningen moved-up to third place. Den Helder K. at the other side keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Groningen's next round opponent will be Zwolle (#7) on the road. Den Helder K. will play against M.Magixx in Nijmegen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Groningen: J.Boykin 21+9reb+2ast, J.Dourisseau 13+4reb+5ast, R.Jansen 13+5reb+3ast, T.Koenis 12+7reb, J.Voorn 10+4reb, N.Rohnert 9+6reb+7ast
Den Helder K.: M.Hill 33+3reb+3ast, O.Krubally 11+6reb, S.Warren 9+4reb+3ast, E.Kloos 7+2reb+3ast, Q.Treffers 6+5reb, P.Bach 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 193672



Best players of Dutch Eredivisie round 16 - by Eurobasket News

American Mark Hill (180-G-87, agency: Three Eye Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for Den Helder K. and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 25-year old guard had the game-high 33 points adding three rebounds and three assists for Den Helder K. as his team lost the game against Groningen (#3, 11-6) 75-83. Den Helder K. moved-up to the 6th position in the Dutch Eredivisie. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Den Helder K. will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 10-8 record. In the team's last game Hill had a remarkable seven three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Den Helder K.'s top player in his first season with the team. Mark Hill averages this season 14.4ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American guard Dejuan Wright (190-G-88, agency: Court Side) of league's best team Den Bosch. Wright impressed basketball fans with 26 points and 5 rebounds. Of course he lead Den Bosch to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked M.Magixx (#4, 11-7) 94-60. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Den Bosch consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team lost just three games this season, while they won 15 matches. Wright is a newcomer at Den Bosch and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Jamal Boykin (203-F-87) of Groningen (#3). Boykin scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Groningen, leading his team to a 83-75 win against the lower-ranked Den Helder K. (#6, 10-8). Groningen needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 6 lost games. Boykin has a very solid season. In 17 games in Holland he scored 12.9ppg. He also has 6.2rpg and FGP: 58.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andre Young (175-G-90) of Den Bosch - 9 points, 4 rebounds and 12 assists
5. Pascal Balm (200-F-84) of Amsterdam - 26 points and 4 rebounds
6. Samme Givens (195-F) of Leeuwarden - 22 points and 7 rebounds
7. Hicham Kherrazi (195-F-88) of Leeuwarden - 17 points and 7 rebounds
8. Rahmon Fletcher (177-PG-88) of Weert - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Ross Bekkering (203-F-87) of Leiden - 22 points and 8 rebounds
10. Daniel Jones (200-F-79) of Rotterdam - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Balm comes back to Amsterdam - by Eurobasket News

BC Apollo Amsterdam (Eredivisie) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old forward Pascal Balm (200-84). Its actually his comeback to Amsterdam as he played here before. Balm played recently at De Hoppers (Prom.Divisie).
The previous (10-11) season he played at De Hoppers. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
Among other achievements Balm received Eurobasket.com All-Promotie Divisie 1st Team award in 2012.
He has played previously for another Dutch team ABC Amsterdam.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Balm comes back to Amsterdam - by Eurobasket News

BC Apollo Amsterdam (Eredivisie) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old forward Pascal Balm (200-84). Its actually his comeback to Amsterdam as he played here before. Balm played recently at De Hoppers (Prom.Divisie).
The previous (10-11) season he played at De Hoppers. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
Among other achievements Balm received Eurobasket.com All-Promotie Divisie 1st Team award in 2012.
He has played previously for another Dutch team ABC Amsterdam.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  HUNGARY   

A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Christopher DUNN
  Kaposvari
  (189-PG-83)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Dunn, Kaposvari21.5 
 2. Spica, Kaposvari21.3 
 3. Legion, PVSK P.21.3 
 4. Nelson, Marso N.21.1 
 5. Swanston, Kapos.20.8 
 6. Buljan, Kormend20.1 
 7. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.20.1 
 8. Wood, Albacomp19.9 
 9. Shaw, Kormend19.4 
 10. Rakic, Jaszberenyi19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rastko DRAMICANIN
  Jaszbere.
  (207-C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.10.0 
 2. Davis, Marso N.9.5 
 3. Simovic, ZTE K.8.9 
 4. Barovic, Soproni8.7 
 5. Csorvasi, Szedeak8.1 
 6. Buljan, Kormend7.8 
 7. Markovic, Jaszbere.7.7 
 8. Hendlein, Kaposvari7.5 
 9. Fey, Falco-Szova7.4 
 10. Spica, Kaposvari7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Albacomp
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Moore, Albacomp6.7 
 2. Williams, Atomeromu6.4 
 3. Thomas, Soproni6.1 
 4. Nelson, Marso N.6.0 
 5. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.4 
 6. Copeland, ZTE K.5.4 
 7. Dunn, Kaposvari5.4 
 8. Rakic, Jaszberenyi5.3 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.4.8 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher DUNN
  Kaposvari
  (189-PG-83)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Dunn, Kaposvari3.1 
 2. Nelson, Marso N.3.0 
 3. Moore, Albacomp2.4 
 4. Buljan, Kormend2.3 
 5. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.1 
 6. Davis, Marso N.2.0 
 7. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.1.9 
 8. Wise, Soproni1.8 
 9. Rujak, Kormend1.7 
 10. Williams, Atomero.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Akos KELLER
  Albacomp
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Keller, Albacomp1.1 
 2. Barovic, Soproni1.1 
 3. Davis, Marso N.1.0 
 4. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.7 
 5. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.0.7 
 6. Levy, Falco-Szova0.6 
 7. Simovic, ZTE K.0.6 
 8. Shaw, Kormend0.6 
 9. Wise, Soproni0.6 
 10. Fey, Falco-Szova0.6 


Hungarian A Division round 15 best performance: Rastko Dramicanin - by Eurobasket News

Serbian center Rastko Dramicanin (207-C-86, agency: BeoExcell) had a very impressive game in the last round for Jaszberenyi, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed FS Debrecen (#12, 1-14) with 21-point margin 79-58. Jaszberenyi is placed at 7th position in Hungarian A Division. Jaszberenyi 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 7-8 record. In the team's last game Dramicanin had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Jaszberenyi and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Rastko Dramicanin has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 20.1ppg) and averages impressive 58.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Alex Legion (195-G-88, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) of PVSK Pannon. Legion had a very good evening with a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for PVSK Pannon to edge Falco-Szova (8-7) 95-94. This victory allowed PVSK Pannon to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Legion is a newcomer at PVSK Pannon, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.3ppg (#3). He also registered 5.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Slovenian forward Zeljko Zagorac (204-F-81) of Falco-Szova (#6). Zagorac scored 23 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Zagorac's great performance Falco-Szova lost 94-95 to PVSK Pannon (8-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Falco-Szova needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 8 victories and 7 lost games. The season just started for Zagorac as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bennet Davis (206-F-84) of Marso NYKK - 15 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Kevin Smith (195-F-89) of FS Debrecen - 22 points and 8 rebounds
6. Roland Hendlein (203-PF-86) of Kaposvari - 14 points and 11 rebounds
7. Nebojsa Dukic (206-C/F-85) of Szedeak - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Anthony Gurley (190-G-88) of Szedeak - 24 points and 6 rebounds
9. Damian Hollis (203-F-88) of Albacomp - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Milan Csorvasi (209-F/C-88) of Szedeak - 17 points, 8 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)



A Division Round 15: PVSK Pannon defeats Falco-Szova in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 15 in the A Division took place in Szombathely. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 5th ranked Falco-Szova (8-7) to sixth ranked PVSK Pannon (8-7) 95-94 in the game for the fifth place. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Falco-Szova won fourth quarter 28-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. PVSK Pannon made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American guard Alex Legion (195-88, college: FIU, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). His fellow American import guard Brad Loesing (182-89, college: Wofford) helped adding 17 points and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was Slovenian forward Zeljko Zagorac (204-81) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. Falco-Szova's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. PVSK Pannon moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Falco-Szova. PVSK Pannon is looking forward to face league's second-placed Kaposvari on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Falco-Szova will play against Atomeromu in Paks and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kaposvari (11-4) against ninth ranked Marso NYKK (6-9) on Saturday night. Visiting Kaposvari was defeated by Marso NYKK in a tough game in Nyiregyhazi 75-84. It was an exceptional evening for Bahamas forward Bennet Davis (206-84, college: Northeastern, agency: KMG Sports Management) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Mate Mohacsi accounted for 18 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). American point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Court Side) came up with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Kaposvari in the defeat. Marso NYKK maintains ninth place with 6-9 record. Kaposvari at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Marso NYKK will play against higher ranked ZTE KK (#8) in Zalaegerszeg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kaposvari will play at home against PVSK Pannon (#5) in Pecs and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A Division top team - Albacomp (13-3) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Szedeak (5-10) in Szekesfehervar 93-84. The best player for the winners was Damian Hollis who scored 20 points and 5 assists. Albacomp's coach Branislav Dzunic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Nebojsa Dukic who recorded 25 points and 6 rebounds. Albacomp maintains first place with 13-3 record. Loser Szedeak keeps the eleventh position with ten games lost. Albacomp will meet Kormend (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Szedeak will play against Jaszberenyi and hope to secure a win.
12th ranked FS Debrecen (1-14) was outscored at home by eighth ranked Jaszberenyi (7-8) with the biggest margin this round 79-58. It was a good game for Rastko Dramicanin who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Jaszberenyi moved-up to seventh place. FS Debrecen at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Jaszberenyi's next round opponent will be Szedeak (#11) in Szeged. FS Debrecen will play on the road against Soproni.


Albacomp - Szedeak 93-84

A Division top team - Albacomp (13-3) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Szedeak (5-10) in Szekesfehervar 93-84. Szedeak trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 25-22 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 84-93 at the end of the game. It was a great shooting night for Albacomp especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was naturalized American forward Damian Hollis (203-88, college: G.Washington, agency: Two Points) who scored 20 points and 5 assists. American point guard Ronald Moore (183-88, college: Siena) chipped in 9 points and 10 assists. Albacomp's coach Branislav Dzunic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian power forward Nebojsa Dukic (206-85) who recorded 25 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Anthony Gurley (190-88, college: Massachusetts) added 24 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Albacomp maintains first place with 13-3 record. Loser Szedeak keeps the eleventh position with ten games lost. Albacomp will meet Kormend (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Szedeak will play against Jaszberenyi and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Szedeak: N.Dukic 25+6reb+3ast, A.Gurley 24+6reb, M.Csorvasi 17+8reb+3ast, S.Fekete 11+3reb+4ast, A.Jones 7+2reb+5ast, Z.Kiss 0+1ast
Albacomp: D.Hollis 20+3reb+5ast, B.Wood 18+1reb+2ast, Z.Supola 10+3reb+3ast, A.Keller 10+6reb+1ast, R.Moore 9+3reb+10ast, Z.Szabo 9+2reb
gschID: 196948


FS Debrecen - Jaszberenyi 58-79

12th ranked FS Debrecen (1-14) was outscored at home by eighth ranked Jaszberenyi (7-8) with the biggest margin this round 79-58. The game without a history. Jaszberenyi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Jaszberenyi outrebounded FS Debrecen 42-24 including a 33-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by FS Debrecen's players. It was a good game for Serbian center Rastko Dramicanin (207-86, agency: BeoExcell) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. The former international swingman Gabor Soos (200-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) contributed with 20 points for the winners. American forward Kevin Smith (195-89, college: Richmond) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import guard Brian Stafford (193-90, college: Denver) added 11 points in the effort for FS Debrecen. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Jaszberenyi moved-up to seventh place. FS Debrecen at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Jaszberenyi's next round opponent will be Szedeak (#11) in Szeged. FS Debrecen will play on the road against Soproni.
Top scorers:
FS Debrecen: K.Smith 22+8reb+1ast, B.Stafford 11+2reb, V.Vas 9+1reb+1ast, I.Kovacs 7+2reb, A.Helmeczi 5+3reb, D.Pek 4+1reb+1ast
Jaszberenyi: R.Dramicanin 23+10reb+3ast, G.Soos 20+2reb+3ast, M.Markovic 12+7reb+1ast, B.Horti 9+8reb+2ast, M.Rakic 8+8reb+7ast, P.Szabo 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 196945


Falco-Szova - PVSK Pannon 94-95

The most exciting game of round 15 in the A Division took place in Szombathely. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 5th ranked Falco-Szova (8-7) to sixth ranked PVSK Pannon (8-7) 95-94 in the game for the fifth place. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Falco-Szova won fourth quarter 28-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. PVSK Pannon made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American guard Alex Legion (195-88, college: FIU, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). His fellow American import guard Brad Loesing (182-89, college: Wofford) helped adding 17 points and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was Slovenian forward Zeljko Zagorac (204-81) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Janou Rubin (193-82, college: UCLA, agency: Two Points) scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Falco-Szova's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. PVSK Pannon moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Falco-Szova. PVSK Pannon is looking forward to face league's second-placed Kaposvari on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Falco-Szova will play against Atomeromu in Paks and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Falco-Szova: Z.Zagorac 23+11reb+3ast, J.Rubin 21+6reb+2ast, T.Ivosev 15+5reb+1ast, B.Jancikin 12+2ast, L.Kalman 8+2reb+6ast, L.Simon 5+1ast
PVSK Pannon: A.Legion 29+10reb+4ast, P.Kovacs 17+1ast, B.Loesing 17+4reb+5ast, N.Toth 12+6reb+1ast, T.Hendley 8+2reb, K.Nagy 6
gschID: 196949


Marso NYKK - Kaposvari 84-75

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kaposvari (11-4) against ninth ranked Marso NYKK (6-9) on Saturday night. Visiting Kaposvari was defeated by Marso NYKK in a tough game in Nyiregyhazi 75-84. It looked good early as Kaposvari took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Marso NYKK had a 23-16 second period charge getting the lead and Kaposvari was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 75-84. It was an exceptional evening for Bahamas forward Bennet Davis (206-84, college: Northeastern, agency: KMG Sports Management) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Mate Mohacsi (192-90) accounted for 18 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winning side. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Marso NYKK players scored in double figures. American point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Court Side) came up with 15 points and 8 rebounds and the former international Roland Hendlein (203-86, agency: TSS Management) added 14 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Kaposvari in the defeat. Marso NYKK maintains ninth place with 6-9 record. Kaposvari at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Marso NYKK will play against higher ranked ZTE KK (#8) in Zalaegerszeg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kaposvari will play at home against PVSK Pannon (#5) in Pecs and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: M.Spica 18+7reb, C.Dunn 15+8reb+3ast, R.Hendlein 14+11reb, A.Kyle 8+4reb, G.Drahos 7+3reb+1ast, G.David 6+1reb
Marso NYKK: M.Berkis 20+2reb, M.Mohacsi 18+8reb+1ast, A.Nelson 17+4reb+5ast, B.Davis 15+15reb+4ast, F.Boldizsar 9+5reb+3ast, C.Kaluha 3+1reb
gschID: 196947



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  IBA   

Standings

IBA Standings
 1. Kankakee S. 13-1 
 2. Kenosha B. 10-6 
 3. Battle Creek K. 9-6 
 4. Rockford RD 8-7 
 5. St.Louis T. 7-8 
 6. Gary Splash 7-8 
 7. Holland Dream 4-10 
 8. Lansing C. 1-5 
 9. Springfield X. 0-3 
 10. Lake County S. 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 5: Kankakee S. - Kenosha B. 151-135
Jan. 6: Holland Dream - Gary Splash 136-146
Jan. 5: Rockford RD - St.Louis T. 132-123

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 10: Battle Creek K. - Holland Dream
Jan. 13: Kankakee S. - Rockford RD
Jan. 12: Holland Dream - Kankakee S.
Jan. 13: St.Louis T. - Gary Splash



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  IRAN   

Standings - Superleague

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

Regular Season: Round 12

Jan. 7: Petrochimi - Sanaye Petrochimi 94-72
Jan. 7: Gorgan - Azad 93-85
Jan. 7: Esteghlal - Naft Sepahan 87-91
Jan. 7: Mahram - Foolad Mahan 78-75
Jan. 7: Al Badr - Zanjan 51-48

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 10: Esteghlal - Gorgan
Jan. 10: Zanjan - Naft Sepahan
Jan. 10: Al Badr - Petrochimi
Jan. 10: Foolad Mahan - Zanjan
Jan. 10: Sanaye Petrochimi - Mahram



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  IRELAND   

Standings - EBS Superleague

Superleague Standings
 1. UCC Demons 11-2 
 2. UL Eagles 11-3 
 3. B.Gais Neptune 9-5 
 4. DCU Saints 7-6 
 5. Killester 5-10 
 6. Moycullen 4-8 
 7. Ballon Inter 3-9 
 8. UCD Marian 3-10 

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 5: UCD Marian - UCC Demons 77-78
Jan. 5: B.Gais Neptune - Ballon Inter 77-65
Jan. 5: Moycullen - UL Eagles 73-91
Jan. 2: B.Gais Neptune - Killester 68-64
Jan. 5: DCU Saints - Killester 65-61

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 19: Killester - UCC Demons
Jan. 19: UCD Marian - Ballon Inter
Jan. 19: B.Gais Neptune - Moycullen
Jan. 19: UL Eagles - DCU Saints


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Patrick SULLIVAN
  Moycullen
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Sullivan, Moycullen22.9 
 2. Townes, B.Gais N.22.2 
 3. Galvin, UCD Marian21.8 
 4. Taylor, UL Eagles21.7 
 5. Walker, UCC Demons21.1 
 6. Killeen, UL Eagles15.8 
 7. Glover, DCU Saints15.7 
 8. Coughlan, UCC D.13.7 
 9. O''Sullivan, UCC D.13.3 
 10. Summers, Killester13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John GALVIN
  UCD Marian
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Galvin, UCD Marian17.4 
 2. Walker, UCC Demons12.9 
 3. Sullivan, Moycullen12.0 
 4. Townes, B.Gais N.11.8 
 5. Killeen, UL Eagles11.1 
 6. Noonan, B.Gais N.9.3 
 7. Quill, DCU Saints7.7 
 8. Foley, UCD Marian7.5 
 9. Tummon, Moycullen7.1 
 10. Rudak, B.Gais N.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Gerard NOONAN
  B.Gais N.
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Noonan, B.Gais N.8.1 
 2. Coughlan, UCC D.5.0 
 3. Kinevane, UL Eagl.4.4 
 4. Taylor, UL Eagles4.2 
 5. Walsh, B.Gais N.3.7 
 6. Donnelly, DCU S.3.5 
 7. O''Sullivan, UCC D.3.4 
 8. Lyons, Moycullen3.0 
 9. Anderson, DCU S.2.9 
 10. O''Reilly, UCC D.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Michael MCGINN
  B.Gais N.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. McGinn, B.Gais N.2.5 
 2. Taylor, UL Eagles2.5 
 3. Anderson, DCU S.2.4 
 4. Kinevane, UL Eagl.2.3 
 5. Summers, Killester2.1 
 6. Drumm, UCD Marian2.0 
 7. Townes, B.Gais N.1.9 
 8. Donnelly, DCU S.1.8 
 9. Noonan, B.Gais N.1.8 
 10. Sullivan, Moycull.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 John GALVIN
  UCD Marian
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Galvin, UCD Marian2.9 
 2. Walker, UCC Demons2.1 
 3. Stapleton, B.Gais2.1 
 4. Rudak, B.Gais N.1.9 
 5. Townes, B.Gais N.1.8 
 6. Trimmer, DCU S.1.7 
 7. Killeen, UL Eagles1.4 
 8. Quigley, UL Eagles0.9 
 9. O''Brien, Killester0.7 
 10. Sullivan, Moycull.0.7 



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Standings - BSL

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

Regular Season: Round 12

Jan. 6: Bnei Hasharon - Hapoel T-A 94-88
Jan. 7: Hapoel Holon - Maccabi Haifa 89-84
Jan. 7: Maccabi Ashdod - Netanya 88-86
Jan. 6: Elizur Ashkelon - Hapoel Eilat 85-103
Jan. 6: Hapoel J-M - Maccabi T-A 71-79
Jan. 6: Maccabi Rishon - Galil Gilboa 69-59

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 13: Hapoel T-A - Hapoel J-M
Jan. 13: Hapoel Eilat - Maccabi Rishon
Jan. 13: Maccabi Ashdod - Hapoel Holon
Jan. 13: Bnei Hasharon - Netanya
Jan. 13: Galil Gilboa - Maccabi Haifa
Jan. 13: Maccabi T-A - Elizur Ashkelon


Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Romel BECK
  Bnei Hasharon
  (201-G/F-82)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Beck, Bnei Hashar.19.9 
 2. Hopson, Hapoel Eil.18.7 
 3. Simpson, Maccabi17.8 
 4. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.17.6 
 5. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.17.3 
 6. Killingswort., Net.17.3 
 7. Dove, Elizur Ashke.17.1 
 8. Moore, Elizur A.16.7 
 9. Wright, Maccabi16.3 
 10. Smith, Maccabi Ha.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 12
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.12.0 
 2. Holman, Hapoel Eil.11.2 
 3. Calathes, Maccabi10.0 
 4. Wright, Maccabi9.8 
 5. Jones, Bnei H.9.8 
 6. Washington, Netan.9.6 
 7. Uter, Maccabi9.5 
 8. Thomas, Maccabi8.7 
 9. Simpson, Maccabi8.3 
 10. Dove, Elizur Ashk.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Maccabi Haifa
  (201-SF-83)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Smith, Maccabi Hai.6.2 
 2. Ohayon, Maccabi5.5 
 3. Pullen, Hapoel J-M4.8 
 4. Bradley, Netanya4.5 
 5. Smith, Hapoel Holon4.4 
 6. Perry, Elizur A.4.3 
 7. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.4.1 
 8. Israeli, Maccabi4.0 
 9. Berkowitz, Bnei H.4.0 
 10. Timor, Hapoel T-A3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Matan NAOR
  Hapoel T-A
  (195-SF-80)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.6 
 2. Washington, Netan.2.4 
 3. Ohayon, Maccabi2.3 
 4. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.2.2 
 5. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.2.1 
 6. Wright, Maccabi2.0 
 7. Moore, Elizur A.1.8 
 8. Simpson, Maccabi1.8 
 9. Berkowitz, Bnei H.1.8 
 10. Jones, Bnei H.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. James, Maccabi T-A2.5 
 2. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.2.0 
 3. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.6 
 4. Holman, Hapoel Eil.1.5 
 5. Uter, Maccabi1.5 
 6. Thomas, Maccabi1.3 
 7. Wright, Maccabi1.3 
 8. Kelly, Hapoel T-A1.1 
 9. Dove, Elizur Ashke.1.0 
 10. Green, Galil Gilb.1.0 


Jermaine Taylor could sign at Hapoel Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Tel-Aviv (Winner League) is about to tab 27-year old American guard Jermaine Taylor (193-95kg-86, college: Cent.Florida) who currently plays Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC in Spain. In 10 ACB games this season he averaged 8.8ppg and 3.1rpg. The most of last season Taylor spent at Rio Grande Valley Vipers in D-League. In 14 games last year he had 14.2ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.0apg. He also played at Liaoning Hunters in Chinese CBA earlier that season. The most of previous (10-11) season Taylor spent at the Kings in NBA. In 26 games that year he had 7.1ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.2apg. The other team he played that season for were the Rockets in NBA. In 8 games he had 4.9ppg and 1.1rpg.
In 2009 Taylor was drafted by Washington Wizards (NBA) in second round (32nd overall). He attended University of Central Florida and it may be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Taylors team was regular season runner-up in C-USA in 2007. He received also C-USA Player of the Year award and All-C-USA 1st Team award back in 2009 at his college time.
Taylor has played also professionally in NBA (Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Best players of Israeli Winner League round 12 - by Eurobasket News

American Eli Holman (208-F/C-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's second-best Hapoel Eilat and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 23-year old power forward had a double-double of 27 points and eleven rebounds, while his team crushed Elizur Ashkelon (#7, 5-7) with 18-point margin 103-85. Hapoel Eilat is placed at 2nd position in Israeli Winner League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Hapoel Eilat will need more victories to improve their 8-4 record. Holman turned to be Hapoel Eilat's top player in his first season with the team. University of Detroit Mercy graduate has very impressive stats this year. Holman is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 11.2rpg) and averages solid 1.5bpg and 65.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American forward Marcus Dove (206-F-85) of Elizur Ashkelon. Dove impressed basketball fans with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Elizur Ashkelon lost that game 85-103 to the higher-ranked Hapoel Eilat (#2, 8-4). Elizur Ashkelon managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-7 record. Dove is a newcomer at Elizur Ashkelon and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.1ppg (#7). He also registered 8.2 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Deron Washington (201-G/F-85) of Netanya (#4). Washington showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. Despite Washington's great performance Netanya lost 86-88 to the lower-ranked Maccabi Ashdod (#11, 4-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Netanya needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 7 victories and 5 lost games. Washington has a great season in Israel. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.6rpg (6th best). He also has 2.4spg and FGP: 53.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Frank Hassell (203-F-88) of Hapoel Holon - 24 points and 11 rebounds
5. Curtis Kelly (205-PF-88) of Hapoel T-A - 30 points and 8 rebounds
6. Jerome Tillman (198-F-87) of Hapoel Eilat - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Mardy Collins (198-G-84) of Maccabi Ashdod - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Craig Smith (201-F-83) of Hapoel J-M - 19 points and 5 rebounds
9. Romel Beck (201-G/F-82) of Bnei Hasharon - 30 points
10. James Thomas (205-F/C-80) of Maccabi Haifa - 14 points and 11 rebounds

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



Winner League Round 12: Maccabi Haifa is upset by Hapoel Holon - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Holon between second ranked Maccabi Haifa (8-4) and tenth ranked Hapoel Holon (4-8) on Monday night. Maccabi Haifa was defeated by Hapoel Holon in a tough game on the road 84-89. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Maccabi Haifa. Maccabi Haifa trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 31-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 84-89 at the end of the game. Hapoel Holon made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Strangely Maccabi Haifa outrebounded Hapoel Holon 40-26 including a 21-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Frank Hassell (203-88, college: ODU) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import forward Tyler Smith (201-86, college: Tennessee) chipped in 8 points and 13 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Greek swingman Pat Calathes (208-85, college: St.Joseph's) who recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds. Hapoel Holon maintains tenth position with 4-8 record, which they share with Maccabi Ashdod. Maccabi Haifa at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. They share the position with Hapoel Eilat. Hapoel Holon is looking forward to face Maccabi Ashdod (#11) on the road in the next round. Maccabi Haifa will play against Galil Gilboa (#12) in Rosh Pina and is hoping to win this game.
Leader Maccabi T-A delivered the eleventh victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Hapoel J-M (6-6) 79-71 in Jerusalem. It was a good game for American swingman Devin Smith (196-83, college: Virginia) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. Lior Eliyahu contributed with 12 points and 4 assists for the winners. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Craig Smith (201-83, college: Boston Coll.) replied with 19 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for Hapoel J-M. Maccabi T-A (11-1) have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Hapoel J-M at the other side keeps the fifth place with six games lost. They share the position with Maccabi Rishon. Maccabi T-A will play against Ironi Ashkelon (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Hapoel J-M will play against Hapoel Tel-Aviv and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Ashkelon was also quite interesting. Third ranked Hapoel Eilat (8-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Ironi Ashkelon (5-7). Hapoel Eilat did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 103-85 on Sunday. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of Eli Holman who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was Marcus Dove with 28 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hapoel Eilat moved-up to second place, which they share with Maccabi Haifa. Loser Ironi Ashkelon keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Hapoel T-A and Bnei Hasharon. Hapoel Eilat will meet at home Maccabi Rishon (#6) in the next round. Ironi Ashkelon will play against the league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Ashdod. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of higher ranked GreenTops Netanya (7-5) to eleventh ranked Maccabi Ashdod (4-8) 88-86 on Monday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of GreenTops Netanya. The game was also dominated by American players. The winners were led by Mike Hall who scored that evening 27 points. Maccabi Ashdod moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Hapoel Holon. GreenTops Netanya at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Maccabi Ashdod's next round opponent will be Hapoel Holon (#10) at home. GreenTops Netanya will play against Bnei Hasharon (#9) in Hod Hasharon.

In the last two games of round 12 Hapoel T-A was defeated by Bnei Hasharon in Hod Hasharon 94-88. Maccabi Rishon beat Galil Gilboa at home 69-59.


Maccabi Ashdod - Netanya 88-86

A very interesting game took place in Ashdod. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of higher ranked GreenTops Netanya (7-5) to eleventh ranked Maccabi Ashdod (4-8) 88-86 on Monday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of GreenTops Netanya. GreenTops Netanya was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 43-40 second half run of Maccabi Ashdod. The game was also dominated by American players. The winners were led by forward Mike Hall (203-84, college: G.Washington, agency: SportsTalent) who scored that evening 27 points and guard Mardy Collins (198-84, college: Temple) supported him with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Even a double-double of 24 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) by swingman Deron Washington (201-85, college: Virginia Tech) did not help to save the game for GreenTops Netanya. Power forward Marco Killingsworth (203-82, college: Indiana, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Maccabi Ashdod and five GreenTops Netanya players scored in double figures. Maccabi Ashdod moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Hapoel Holon. GreenTops Netanya at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Maccabi Ashdod's next round opponent will be Hapoel Holon (#10) at home. GreenTops Netanya will play against Bnei Hasharon (#9) in Hod Hasharon.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: M.Hall 27+3reb+1ast, M.Collins 21+6reb+3ast, D.Simpson 18+9reb+1ast, J.Skeen 10+5reb+3ast, G.Israeli 8+2reb+3ast, G.Karni 3+1ast
Netanya: D.Washington 24+12reb+6ast, M.Killingsworth 16+5reb+3ast, E.Shulman 15+7ast, Y.Orland 13+5reb+2ast, R.Bradley 11+6reb+7ast, R.Morgan 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 192981


Hapoel Holon - Maccabi Haifa 89-84

The most important game in the last round took place in Holon between second ranked Maccabi Haifa (8-4) and tenth ranked Hapoel Holon (4-8) on Monday night. Maccabi Haifa was defeated by Hapoel Holon in a tough game on the road 84-89. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Maccabi Haifa. Maccabi Haifa trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 31-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 84-89 at the end of the game. Hapoel Holon made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Strangely Maccabi Haifa outrebounded Hapoel Holon 40-26 including a 21-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Frank Hassell (203-88, college: ODU) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import forward Tyler Smith (201-86, college: Tennessee) chipped in 8 points and 13 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Greek swingman Pat Calathes (208-85, college: St.Joseph's) who recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds and international point guard Gal Mekel (190-88, college: Wichita St.) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists respectively. Five Maccabi Haifa players scored in double figures. Hapoel Holon maintains tenth position with 4-8 record, which they share with Maccabi Ashdod. Maccabi Haifa at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. They share the position with Hapoel Eilat. Hapoel Holon is looking forward to face Maccabi Ashdod (#11) on the road in the next round. Maccabi Haifa will play against Galil Gilboa (#12) in Rosh Pina and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Holon: F.Hassell 24+11reb+1ast, L.Hill 16+2reb+1ast, J.Dyson 13+3reb+1ast, S.Daniel 10+2reb+2ast, S.Harush 9+3reb+2ast, Z.Rosen 9+2reb
Maccabi Haifa: P.Calathes 21+13reb+1ast, D.Smith 18+3reb+4ast, P.Stoll 14+2reb+3ast, G.Mekel 14+5reb+7ast, J.Thomas 14+11reb, I.Kozikaro 2+5reb+1ast
gschID: 192980


Elizur Ashkelon - Hapoel Eilat 85-103

The game in Ashkelon was also quite interesting. Third ranked Hapoel Eilat (8-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Ironi Ashkelon (5-7). Hapoel Eilat did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 103-85 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Eilat. Ironi Ashkelon managed to win third quarter 26-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Eilat shot 60.7 percent from the field and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Hapoel Eilat outrebounded Ironi Ashkelon 30-17. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Eli Holman (208-89, college: Detroit Mercy) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) and guard Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) who added 20 points and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Marcus Dove (206-85, college: Oklahoma St.) with 28 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and guard Marcus Moore (198-80, college: Washington St., agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) scored 21 points. Five Hapoel Eilat and four Ironi Ashkelon players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hapoel Eilat moved-up to second place, which they share with Maccabi Haifa. Loser Ironi Ashkelon keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Hapoel T-A and Bnei Hasharon. Hapoel Eilat will meet at home Maccabi Rishon (#6) in the next round. Ironi Ashkelon will play against the league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Eilat: E.Holman 27+11reb+3ast, S.Hopson 20+4reb+5ast, J.Tillman 19+6reb+3ast, A.Nissim 19+1reb+5ast, T.Younger 16+4reb+1ast, D.Washington 2+1reb+3ast
Elizur Ashkelon: M.Dove 28+9reb+2ast, M.Moore 21+2reb+2ast, M.Perry 13+1reb+2ast, J.Mills 11+2reb+1ast, D.Shamriz 6, G.Porat 4+2reb+7ast
gschID: 192979


Hapoel J-M - Maccabi T-A 71-79

Leader Maccabi T-A delivered the eleventh victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Hapoel J-M (6-6) 79-71 in Jerusalem. Hapoel J-M was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Maccabi T-A forced 22 Hapoel J-M turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. It was a good game for American swingman Devin Smith (196-83, college: Virginia) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. International Lior Eliyahu (206-85) contributed with 12 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Craig Smith (201-83, college: Boston Coll.) replied with 19 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) and his fellow American import Josh Duncan (203-86) added 17 points in the effort for Hapoel J-M. Maccabi T-A (11-1) have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Hapoel J-M at the other side keeps the fifth place with six games lost. They share the position with Maccabi Rishon. Maccabi T-A will play against Ironi Ashkelon (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Hapoel J-M will play against Hapoel Tel-Aviv and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: D.Logan 13+1reb+1ast, L.Eliyahu 12+1reb+4ast, D.Smith 12+10reb+3ast, S.James 10+5reb+1ast, R.Hickman 9+2reb+4ast, S.Landesberg 9+3reb+1ast
Hapoel J-M: C.Smith 19+5reb+1ast, J.Duncan 17+4reb+1ast, C.Fells 14+4reb+1ast, D.Grunfeld 8, J.Pullen 8+3reb+9ast, M.Tapiro 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 192984


Bnei Hasharon - Hapoel T-A 94-88

There was a minor upset in Hod Hasharon where 6th ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (5-7) was defeated by ninth ranked Bnei Hasharon (5-7) 94-88. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 30-20. But Hapoel Tel-Aviv won second period 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The winners were led by American-Mexican swingman Romel Beck (201-82, college: UNLV, agency: Interperformances) who scored that evening 30 points and American guard J.R. Reynolds (188-84, college: Virginia) supported him with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 30 points and 8 rebounds by American Curtis Kelly (205-88, college: Kansas St.) did not help to save the game for Hapoel Tel-Aviv. His fellow American import point guard Demontez Stitt (186-89, college: Clemson) added 14 points and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Bnei Hasharon moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Hapoel T-A and Elizur Ashkelon. Hapoel Tel-Aviv lost fourth consecutive game. Bnei Hasharon's next round opponent will be higher ranked GreenTops Netanya (#4) at home and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hasharon: R.Beck 30+1reb, J.Reynolds 16+5reb+5ast, N.Berkowitz 16+4reb+5ast, J.Jones 12+6reb+3ast, B.Rice 9+3reb+2ast, D.Caracter 6+3reb+2ast
Hapoel T-A: C.Kelly 30+8reb, D.Stitt 14+3reb+5ast, B.Timor 14+4reb+2ast, M.Naor 13+4reb+2ast, G.Eytan 5+3ast, J.Nir 4+2reb
gschID: 192983


Maccabi Rishon - Galil Gilboa 69-59

No shocking result in a game in Rishon Le-Zion where eighth ranked Maccabi Rishon (6-6) defeated bottom-ranked Galil Gilboa (3-9) 69-59. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi Rishon. Galil Gilboa was better in second period 13-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi Rishon players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American players dominated the game. The winners were led by forward Julian Wright (203-87, college: Kansas) who scored that evening 15 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and point guard Lazeric Jones (182-90, college: UCLA) supported him with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 15 points and 5 rebounds by guard Rakim Sanders (193-89, college: Fairfield) did not help to save the game for Galil Gilboa. point guard Kenny Hayes (188-87, college: Miami, OH, agency: Priority Sports) added 10 points and 7 rebounds. Maccabi Rishon moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hapoel J-M. Galil Gilboa at the other side dropped to the bottom position with nine games lost. Maccabi Rishon's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Hapoel Eilat on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Galil Gilboa will play against Maccabi Haifa (#3).
Top scorers:
Maccabi Rishon: J.Wright 15+9reb+4ast, L.Jones 14+5reb+5ast, N.Hanochi 11+8reb+4ast, A.Uter 9+9reb+2ast, O.Solomon 8+8reb, A.Ben David 8+1reb+3ast
Galil Gilboa: R.Sanders 15+5reb+3ast, B.Hunter 10+5reb+1ast, K.Hayes 10+7reb+3ast, J.Smith 9+2ast, D.Yavzuri 6+4reb+4ast, A.Simhon 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 192982



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Standings - SerieA

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

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 6: Umana VE - Sidigas AV 93-97
Jan. 7: Montepaschi - Sutor MGR 93-79
Jan. 6: JuveCaserta - Banco di Sard. 88-81
Jan. 6: EA7 Armani - Cantu 76-84
Jan. 6: SAIE3 BO - Enel Brindisi 75-88
Jan. 6: Vanoli CR - Trenkwalder RE 71-87
Jan. 6: Pesaro - Cimberio VA 69-82
Jan. 6: Acea Virtus RM - Angelico BI 67-59

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 13: Banco di Sard. - Montepaschi
Jan. 13: Cantu - SAIE3 BO
Jan. 13: Cimberio VA - Umana VE
Jan. 13: Sidigas AV - Pesaro
Jan. 13: Angelico BI - Vanoli CR
Jan. 13: Sutor MGR - Acea Virtus RM
Jan. 13: Trenkwalder RE - JuveCaserta
Jan. 13: Enel Brindisi - EA7 Armani


Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Jonathan GIBSON
  Enel Brindisi
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Gibson, Enel Brind.19.6 
 2. Taylor, Trenkwal.19.3 
 3. Johnson, Angelico.18.1 
 4. Datome, Acea V.17.5 
 5. Harris, Vanoli CR17.2 
 6. Diener, Banco d.16.7 
 7. Diener, Banco d.16.4 
 8. Ere, Cimberio VA16.2 
 9. Banks, Cimberio VA16.0 
 10. Langford, EA7 A.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Linton JOHNSON
  Sidigas AV
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Johnson, Sidigas8.7 
 2. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.2 
 3. Akindele, JuveCase.8.1 
 4. Brunner, Trenkwal.8.0 
 5. Dunston, Cimberio.7.9 
 6. Lawal, Acea V.7.9 
 7. Burns, Sutor MGR7.4 
 8. Jelovac, JuveCase.6.9 
 9. Ere, Cimberio VA6.8 
 10. Ebi, Sidigas AV6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.8 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA5.6 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.4 
 4. Cook, EA7 Armani4.1 
 5. Tabu-Eboma, Cantu3.9 
 6. Brown, Montepaschi3.9 
 7. Shakur, Sidigas AV3.8 
 8. Cinciarini, Trenkw.3.7 
 9. Steele, Sutor MGR3.6 
 10. Taylor, Acea V.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  Angelico.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Robinson, Angelico.2.5 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA2.4 
 3. Thornton, Banco d.2.2 
 4. Dunston, Cimberio.2.2 
 5. Barbour, Pesaro2.1 
 6. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.1 
 7. Hasbrouck, SAIE31.9 
 8. Shakur, Sidigas AV1.9 
 9. Goss, Acea V.1.9 
 10. Johnson, Angelico.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.3 
 2. Ress, Montepaschi1.7 
 3. Simmons, Enel B.1.4 
 4. Lawal, Acea V.1.3 
 5. Cusin, Cantu1.3 
 6. Crosariol, Pesaro1.2 
 7. Datome, Acea V.1.1 
 8. Ebi, Sidigas AV1.1 
 9. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.1 
 10. Tyus, Cantu1.0 


Standings - B1

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

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 7: Mirandola - Recanati 88-79
Jan. 6: Reggio Calabr. - Lucca 86-76
Jan. 6: Bari - Castelletto 86-76
Jan. 6: Torino - Latina Basket 86-68
Jan. 6: Casalpusterlengo - Firenze 78-54
Jan. 6: San Severo - Matera 76-80
Jan. 5: Omegna - Treviglio 71-40
Jan. 7: Perugia - Ferrara 67-76

Regular Season: Round 19

Jan. 13: Firenze - Agrigento
Jan. 13: Treviglio - San Severo
Jan. 13: Ferrara - Reggio Calabr.
Jan. 13: Lucca - Perugia
Jan. 13: Castelletto - Casalpusterlengo
Jan. 13: Recanati - Torino
Jan. 13: Chieti - Omegna
Jan. 13: Latina Basket - Bari
Jan. 13: Matera - Bologna


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Davide POLTRONERI
  Perugia
  (195-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Poltroneri, Perugia20.8 
 2. Parente, Lucca17.3 
 3. Ferrarese, Trevigl.17.1 
 4. Ruggiero, Bari16.9 
 5. Gueye, San Severo16.6 
 6. Circosta, Bologna16.4 
 7. Casadei, Firenze16.4 
 8. Bolzonella, Castel.16.1 
 9. Wojciechowsk., Tor.15.9 
 10. Pierini, Recanati15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrea IANNILLI
  San Severo
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Iannilli, San Seve.11.7 
 2. Rossi, Chieti10.6 
 3. Wojciechowsk., Tor.8.9 
 4. Baldi Rossi, Torino8.8 
 5. Raminelli, Bologna8.7 
 6. Ihedioha, Castelle.8.6 
 7. Benfatto, Ferrara8.5 
 8. Pazzi, Castelletto8.5 
 9. Mancin, Mirandola7.7 
 10. Bonessio, Bari7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jordan LOSI
  Mirandola
  (182-PG-80)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Losi, Mirandola6.1 
 2. Piazza, Bologna5.6 
 3. Simoncelli, Castel.4.7 
 4. Marino, Casalp.4.5 
 5. Ferrarese, Trevigl.3.8 
 6. Rajola, Chieti3.7 
 7. Caroldi, Firenze3.6 
 8. Santolamazza, Lati.3.0 
 9. Gnaccarini, Recana.2.9 
 10. Mariani, Omegna2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Bologna
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Piazza, Bologna3.8 
 2. Bonamente, Perugia3.4 
 3. Parente, Lucca3.3 
 4. Vico, Matera3.3 
 5. Cortesi, Ferrara3.3 
 6. Tavernelli, Latina3.2 
 7. Maggio, San Severo3.1 
 8. Spizzichini, Ferra.3.1 
 9. Gueye, San Severo2.9 
 10. Capitanelli, Fire.2.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.8 
 2. Raminelli, Bologna1.7 
 3. Rossi, Chieti1.3 
 4. Iannilli, San Seve.1.0 
 5. Mancin, Mirandola0.9 
 6. Gagliardo, Latina0.9 
 7. Del Brocco, San S.0.9 
 8. Pazzi, Castelletto0.8 
 9. Chiarello, Perugia0.7 
 10. Casadei, Firenze0.7 


SerieA Round 14: Banco di Sard. is defeated by Juvecaserta - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Caserta between second ranked Banco di Sard. (11-3) and tenth ranked Juvecaserta (7-7) on Sunday night. Banco di Sard. was defeated by Juvecaserta in a tough game on the road 81-88. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Banco di Sard.. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-81. Juvecaserta dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Banco di Sard.'s 26 and made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Serbian power forward Stevan Jelovac (208-89, agency: Beo Basket) scored 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international Marco Mordente (192-79) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists during the contest. American point guard Travis Diener (184-82, college: Marquette) responded with 25 points and 5 assists. Banco di Sard.'s coach Romeo Sacchetti rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Juvecaserta moved-up to seventh place, which they share with EA7 Armani and Trenkwalder RE. Banco di Sard. at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with Montepaschi. Juvecaserta is looking forward to face Trenkwalder RE (#8) in Reggio Emilia in the next round. Banco di Sard. will play at home against Montepaschi Siena (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
SerieA top team - Cimberio Varese (13-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixteenth ranked VL Pesaro (2-12) 82-69. International forward Achille Polonara (202-91) notched a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and Mike Green supported him with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Even 16 points by international point guard Daniele Cavaliero (188-84) did not help to save the game for VL Pesaro. VL Pesaro's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Cimberio Varese have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-1 record. VL Pesaro lost eleventh consecutive game. VL Pesaro at the other side stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost. Cimberio Varese will play against Umana Venezia (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. VL Pesaro will play against Air Avellino (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Milano was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Cantu (10-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Armani Milano (7-7). Cantu managed to secure a 8-point victory 84-76 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Pietro Aradori who scored 25 points and 8 rebounds. Keith Langford produced 17 points for the hosts. Cantu have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 10-4 record. Loser Armani Milano dropped to the seventh place with seven games lost. They share the position with JuveCaserta and Trenkwalder RE. Cantu will meet at home SAIE3 BO (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Armani Milano will play against Enel Brindisi (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Venezia where higher ranked Umana Venezia (6-8) was upset on its own court by fifteenth ranked Air Avellino (4-10) 97-93. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Umana Venezia. Kaloyan Ivanov orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Umana Venezia's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Air Avellino moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Sutor MGR and Vanoli CR. Umana Venezia at the other side dropped to the tenth position with eight games lost. Air Avellino's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked VL Pesaro (#16) at home.
12th ranked Vanoli Cremona (4-10) was outscored at home by ninth ranked Trenkwalder RE (7-7) with the biggest margin this round 87-71 on Sunday night. Donnel Taylor scored 35 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Trenkwalder RE moved-up to seventh place, which they share with EA7 Armani and JuveCaserta. Loser Vanoli Cremona keeps the twelfth position with ten games lost. Trenkwalder RE will face Juvecaserta (#9) in Caserta in the next round. Vanoli Cremona will play on the road against Angelico Biella.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 14: Sutor MGR lost to Montepaschi on the opponent's court 79-93. Acea Virtus RM managed to outperform Angelico BI in a home game 67-59. Enel Brindisi managed to beat SAIE3 BO on the road 88-75.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 29 points and 11 rebounds by Christian Burns of Sutor MGR.


Montepaschi - Sutor MGR 93-79

Very expected game when 12th ranked Sutor Montegranaro (4-10) was defeated on the road by third ranked Montepaschi Siena (11-3) 93-79 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Montepaschi Siena. Sutor Montegranaro was better in fourth quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Montepaschi Siena made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. American forward David Moss (196-83, college: Indiana St., agency: SportsTalent) scored 23 points to lead the charge for the winners and Georgian Viktor Sanikidze (203-86) chipped in 13 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Five Montepaschi Siena players scored in double figures. American forward Christian Burns (203-85, college: Philadelphia) responded with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds and the former international power forward Valerio Amoroso (204-80) scored 23 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Banco di Sard. Loser Sutor Montegranaro keeps the twelfth position with ten games lost. Montepaschi Siena will face league's second-placed Banco di Sard. in Sassari in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sutor Montegranaro will play at home against Lottomatica Roma (#5).
Top scorers:
Sutor MGR: C.Burns 29+11reb+2ast, V.Amoroso 23+4reb, R.Steele 10+3reb+5ast, T.Slay 9+6reb+1ast, D.Cinciarini 8+1reb, L.Panzini 0+1reb
Montepaschi: D.Moss 23+4reb+3ast, V.Sanikidze 13+12reb+1ast, B.Brown 12+4ast, D.Hackett 10+3reb+6ast, M.Janning 10+1reb+1ast, K.Kangur 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 185524


Umana VE - Sidigas AV 93-97

An interesting game took place in Venezia where higher ranked Umana Venezia (6-8) was upset on its own court by fifteenth ranked Air Avellino (4-10) 97-93. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Umana Venezia. Umana Venezia was ahead by 9 points at the halftime before a 26-12 third quarter run of Air Avellino. They made 23-of-29 charity shots (79.3 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Umana Venezia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Bulgarian forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). The former international point guard Valerio Spinelli (185-79) contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Air Avellino players scored in double figures. American point guard Alvin Young (188-75, college: Niagara) replied with 23 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Guido Rosselli (198-83) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for Umana Venezia. Umana Venezia's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Air Avellino moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Sutor MGR and Vanoli CR. Umana Venezia at the other side dropped to the tenth position with eight games lost. Air Avellino's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked VL Pesaro (#16) at home.
Top scorers:
Umana VE: A.Young 23+5reb+3ast, G.Rosselli 15+3reb+4ast, T.Bowers 10+1reb+3ast, D.Magro 9+2reb+1ast, Y.Diawara 9+4reb+1ast, M.Bulleri 9+1reb+3ast
Sidigas AV: K.Ivanov 21+8reb+2ast, T.Dean 17+1ast, V.Spinelli 13+5reb+6ast, N.Dragovic 12+5reb, D.Hardy 12+1ast, L.Johnson 8+9reb+2ast
gschID: 185528


JuveCaserta - Banco di Sard. 88-81

The most important game in the last round took place in Caserta between second ranked Banco di Sard. (11-3) and tenth ranked Juvecaserta (7-7) on Sunday night. Banco di Sard. was defeated by Juvecaserta in a tough game on the road 81-88. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Banco di Sard.. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-81. Juvecaserta dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Banco di Sard.'s 26 and made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Serbian power forward Stevan Jelovac (208-89, agency: Beo Basket) scored 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international Marco Mordente (192-79) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists during the contest. American point guard Travis Diener (184-82, college: Marquette) responded with 25 points and 5 assists and his fellow American import guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) scored 20 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Banco di Sard.'s coach Romeo Sacchetti rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Juvecaserta moved-up to seventh place, which they share with EA7 Armani and Trenkwalder RE. Banco di Sard. at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with Montepaschi. Juvecaserta is looking forward to face Trenkwalder RE (#8) in Reggio Emilia in the next round. Banco di Sard. will play at home against Montepaschi Siena (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Banco di Sard.: T.Diener 25+4reb+5ast, D.Diener 20+4reb+4ast, B.Sacchetti 10+2reb, M.Ignerski 10+7reb, T.Easley 6+7reb+1ast, M.Thornton 5+3reb+2ast
JuveCaserta: S.Jelovac 16+9reb, M.Mordente 14+3reb+4ast, S.Gentile 12+6reb+2ast, Z.Jonusas 10+1reb+4ast, J.Akindele 9+7reb+1ast, D.Mavraides 9+1reb
gschID: 185531


Acea Virtus RM - Angelico BI 67-59

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Lottomatica Roma (9-5) defeated at home 14th ranked Angelico Biella (3-11) 67-59 on Sunday. Angelico Biella was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 31-17 charge of Lottomatica Roma, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Angelico Biella to just 5 points in first quarter. Lottomatica Roma forced 19 Angelico Biella turnovers. Angelico Biella was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Nigerian power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech) had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Luigi Datome (203-87) chipped in 17 points during the contest (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Four Lottomatica Roma players scored in double figures. Slovenian power forward Goran Jurak (203-77) responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds and American-Qatari guard Trey Johnson (196-84, college: Jackson St., agency: Priority Sports) scored 23 points. Lottomatica Roma maintains fifth position with 9-5 record. Angelico Biella lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth place with 11 games lost. Lottomatica Roma will face Sutor Montegranaro (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Angelico Biella will play against Vanoli Cremona.
Top scorers:
Angelico BI: T.Johnson 23+2reb, G.Jurak 18+6reb+1ast, R.Robinson 8+1reb, J.Mavunga 4+6reb+1ast, N.Jaramaz 4+3reb, L.Chrysikopoulos 2+5reb+1ast
Acea Virtus RM: L.Datome 17+4reb+2ast, B.Jones 14+6reb+1ast, J.Taylor 12+3reb+2ast, G.Lawal 10+15reb, P.Goss 7+2reb+4ast, P.Lorant 4+1reb
gschID: 185530


Vanoli CR - Trenkwalder RE 71-87

12th ranked Vanoli Cremona (4-10) was outscored at home by ninth ranked Trenkwalder RE (7-7) with the biggest margin this round 87-71 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Trenkwalder RE. Vanoli Cremona was better in third quarter 26-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Trenkwalder RE dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Vanoli Cremona's 40. Trenkwalder RE forced 19 Vanoli Cremona turnovers and outrebounded them 37-26 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Donnel Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) scored 35 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international point guard Andrea Cinciarini (190-86) chipped in 12 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. American guard Jarrius Jackson (186-85, college: Texas Tech) responded with 17 points and Croatian forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Trenkwalder RE moved-up to seventh place, which they share with EA7 Armani and JuveCaserta. Loser Vanoli Cremona keeps the twelfth position with ten games lost. Trenkwalder RE will face Juvecaserta (#9) in Caserta in the next round. Vanoli Cremona will play on the road against Angelico Biella.
Top scorers:
Vanoli CR: J.Jackson 17+3reb, L.Harris 14+1reb+3ast, H.Peric 14+5reb+1ast, A.Stipanovic 10+9reb, L.Vitali 9+1reb+5ast, T.Kotti 4+5reb
Trenkwalder RE: D.Taylor 35+7reb+2ast, G.Brunner 13+4reb+1ast, A.Cinciarini 12+7reb+7ast, M.Jeremic 11+4reb, M.Antonutti 7+4reb, D.James 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 185529


SAIE3 BO - Enel Brindisi 75-88

Not a big story in a game in Bologna where 11th ranked SAIE3 BO (6-8) was defeated by seventh ranked Enel Brindisi (8-6) 88-75 on Sunday. SAIE3 BO was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. International swingman Jeffrey Viggiano (198-84, college: Massachusetts) scored 25 points to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Antywane Robinson (203-84, college: Temple, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Enel Brindisi players scored in double figures. American guard Kenny Hasbrouck (191-86, college: Siena) responded with 26 points and his fellow American import forward Steven Smith (203-83, college: La Salle) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Enel Brindisi moved-up to sixth place. SAIE3 BO lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with eight games lost. Enel Brindisi will face Armani Milano (#7) at home in the next round. SAIE3 BO will play against Cantu.
Top scorers:
SAIE3 BO: K.Hasbrouck 26+1reb+2ast, G.Poeta 15+1reb+3ast, S.Smith 10+11reb+1ast, A.Gigli 7+8reb+2ast, M.Imbro 6+3reb+1ast, M.Rocca 6+2reb
Enel Brindisi: J.Viggiano 25+4reb+1ast, J.Gibson 17+2reb+1ast, A.Robinson 15+8reb+1ast, K.Ndoja 13+7reb+3ast, C.Simmons 8+3reb+1ast, S.Reynolds 5+5reb+8ast
gschID: 185527


Pesaro - Cimberio VA 69-82

SerieA top team - Cimberio Varese (13-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixteenth ranked VL Pesaro (2-12) 82-69. VL Pesaro was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 45-31 second half run of Cimberio Varese. They made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 VL Pesaro turnovers and outrebounded VL Pesaro 40-29 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. International forward Achille Polonara (202-91) notched a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and American point guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) supported him with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Even 16 points by international point guard Daniele Cavaliero (188-84) did not help to save the game for VL Pesaro. Croatian point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86) added 13 points for the hosts. VL Pesaro's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Cimberio Varese have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-1 record. VL Pesaro lost eleventh consecutive game. VL Pesaro at the other side stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost. Cimberio Varese will play against Umana Venezia (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. VL Pesaro will play against Air Avellino (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pesaro: D.Cavaliero 16+1reb+2ast, R.Stipcevic 13+3reb, T.Kinsey 11+4reb, A.Barbour 8+6reb, L.Mack 8+4reb, S.Bryan 6+3reb
Cimberio VA: A.Polonara 20+10reb+1ast, B.Dunston 18+9reb, M.Green 17+5reb+6ast, J.Talts 8+6reb, E.Rush 6+4reb+1ast, A.Banks 6+2reb
gschID: 185526


EA7 Armani - Cantu 76-84

The game in Milano was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Cantu (10-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Armani Milano (7-7). Cantu managed to secure a 8-point victory 84-76 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-19. But Armani Milano won second period 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cantu made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international Pietro Aradori (195-88) who scored 25 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Jeff Brooks (203-89, college: Penn St.) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) produced 17 points and American-FYR Macedonian point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure) added 10 points and 7 assists respectively for the hosts. Four Cantu and five Armani Milano players scored in double figures. Cantu have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 10-4 record. Loser Armani Milano dropped to the seventh place with seven games lost. They share the position with JuveCaserta and Trenkwalder RE. Cantu will meet at home SAIE3 BO (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Armani Milano will play against Enel Brindisi (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
EA7 Armani: N.Melli 17+1reb, K.Langford 17+3reb+2ast, M.Green 10+4reb+7ast, M.Hairston 10+1reb+1ast, I.Bourousis 10+4reb, D.Chiotti 6+3reb+1ast
Cantu: P.Aradori 25+8reb+2ast, M.Markoishvili 19+2reb+1ast, J.Brooks 14+9reb+1ast, M.Cusin 10+6reb, J.Tabu 8+1reb+3ast, M.Leunen 4+1reb
gschID: 185525



Italian SerieA round 14 best performance: Pietro Aradori - by Eurobasket News

Former international shooting guard Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) had a great game in the last round for Cantu, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, eight rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat EA7 Armani (#7, 7-7) 84-76. Cantu maintains the 4th position in Italian SerieA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Cantu will need more victories to improve their 10-4 record. In the team's last game Aradori had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Pietro Aradori averages this season 11.8ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Christian Burns (203-F-85) of Sutor MGR. Burns had a very good evening with a double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Sutor MGR lost that game 79-93 to the higher-ranked Montepaschi (#3, 11-3). This loss caused Sutor MGR to drop to 13th position in the standings. 10 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Sutor MGR managed to get this year. Burns is a newcomer at Sutor MGR, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Donnel Taylor (198-G-82) of Trenkwalder RE (#8). Taylor got into 30-points club by scoring 35 points in the last round. He went also for seven rebounds . He was a key player of Trenkwalder RE, leading his team to a 87-71 easy win against the lower-ranked Vanoli CR (#12, 4-10). Trenkwalder RE needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 7 lost games. Taylor has a great season in Italy. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.3ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Travis Diener (184-PG-82) of Banco di Sard. - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Achille Polonara (202-F-91) of Cimberio VA - 20 points and 10 rebounds
6. Viktor Sanikidze (203-SF-86) of Montepaschi - 13 points and 12 rebounds
7. Bryant Dunston (202-F/C-86) of Cimberio VA - 18 points and 9 rebounds
8. Alvin Young (188-PG-75) of Umana VE - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86) of Sidigas AV - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. David Moss (196-F-83) of Montepaschi - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Best players of Italian Nazionale A round 18 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced former international power forward Luca Bisconti (206-F/C-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Bari and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Nazionale A Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 30-year old power forward had a double-double of 19 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Castelletto (#4, 10-6) 86-76. Bari is placed at 5th position in Italian Nazionale A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bari will need more victories to improve their 9-7 record. In the team's last game Bisconti had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Bari's top player in his first season with the team. Luca Bisconti averages this season 13.3ppg and 7.6rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old center Andrea Iannilli (207-C-84) of San Severo. Iannilli impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as San Severo was edged by the higher-ranked Matera (#2, 13-4) 80-76. This loss caused San Severo to drop to 15th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-10 record. Iannilli is a newcomer at San Severo and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Bari's star - Simone Bonfiglio (181-G-88). Bonfiglio scored 21 points. He was another key player of Bari, helping his team with a 86-76 win against slightly higher-ranked Castelletto (#4, 10-6). Bari needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 7 lost games. Bonfiglio has a very solid season. In 15 games in Italy he scored 11.5ppg. He also has FGP: 55.3% and 3PT: 42.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jakub Wojciechowski (210-F/C-90) of Torino - 21 points and 9 rebounds
5. Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-G-86) of Matera - 23 points and 2 rebounds
6. Tommaso Laquintana (187-PG-95) of Bari - 17 points and 5 rebounds
7. Gianpaolo Ricci (200-F-91) of Casalpusterlengo - 16 points and 11 rebounds
8. Jordan Losi (182-PG-80) of Mirandola - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 11 assists
9. Claudio Tommasini (190-G-91) of Torino - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Alberto Chiumenti (204-F/C-87) of Casalpusterlengo - 14 points and 6 rebounds

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



Nazionale A Round 18: Bari beats higher ranked Castelletto - by Eurobasket News

The game with biggest difference of round 18 in Nazionale A was host Bari's (9-7) victory at home over one of their biggest challengers Castelletto (10-6) 86-76 on Sunday evening. Bari made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Castelletto turnovers and outrebounded them 36-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. 30 personal fouls committed by Castelletto helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Luca Bisconti (206-82) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Simone Bonfiglio (181-88) chipped in 21 points. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international point guard Federico Bolzonella (184-84) who recorded 19 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Bari have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Treviglio and Lucca. Castelletto at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Bari is looking forward to face Latina Basket (#18) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Castelletto will play against Casalpusterlengo (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Leader Torino delivered the thirteenth victory. This time they beat 17th ranked Latina Basket (5-12) 86-68. It was a good game for naturalized Polish power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Claudio Tommasini contributed with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Tommaso Plateo (191-78) replied with 13 points for Latina Basket. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Torino maintains first position with 13-3 record. Latina Basket lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighteenth place with 12 games lost. Torino will play against Recanati (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Latina Basket will play against Bari (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Mirandola, where higher ranked Recanati (6-10) lost to seventeenth ranked Mirandola (6-11) in a road game 79-88 on Monday. Luca Pignatti scored 19 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Attilio Pierini with 15 points. Mirandola moved-up to sixteenth place. Loser Recanati dropped to the thirteenth position with ten games lost. They share it with San Severo and Reggio Calabr.. Mirandola will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Recanati will play against the league's leader Torino (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
An interesting game took place in Reggio Calabria, where higher ranked Lucca (9-7) lost to sixteenth ranked Reggio Calabr. (6-10) in a road game 76-86. Luca Fontecchio notched 19 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort. Reggio Calabr.'s coach Francesco Ponticiello allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Reggio Calabr. moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with San Severo and Recanati. Newly promoted Lucca keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Reggio Calabr.'s next round opponent will be higher ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (#12) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Lucca will play against Perugia (#17).
An interesting game took place in Omegna, where higher ranked Treviglio (9-7) was outleveled in a road game by ninth ranked Omegna (8-8) 71-40 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Nika Metreveli who scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Treviglio's coach Adriano Vertemati gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Omegna moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Chieti and Casalpusterlengo. Loser Treviglio keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Omegna will face Chieti (#9) on the road in the next round. Treviglio will play against Mazzeo San Severo (#15).

Rest of the games of round 18 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Ferrara defeated Perugia in a road game 76-67. San Severo was beaten by Matera at home 76-80. Firenze was destroyed by Casalpusterlengo on the opponent's court 78-54.
The best stats of 18th round was 17 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists by Andrea Iannilli of San Severo.


Mirandola - Recanati 88-79

We should mention about the upset which took place in Mirandola, where higher ranked Recanati (6-10) lost to seventeenth ranked Mirandola (6-11) in a road game 79-88 on Monday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-79. Mirandola shot 61.1 percent from the field. Mirandola outrebounded Recanati 31-20 including a 27-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Recanati's players. Forward Luca Pignatti (195-86) scored 19 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Jordan Losi (182-80, agency: Two Points) chipped in 14 points and 11 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Attilio Pierini (201-81) with 15 points and Nicolo Benedusi (193-88) scored 12 points and 4 steals. Four Recanati players scored in double figures. Mirandola moved-up to sixteenth place. Loser Recanati dropped to the thirteenth position with ten games lost. They share it with San Severo and Reggio Calabr.. Mirandola will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Recanati will play against the league's leader Torino (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Mirandola: L.Pignatti 19+7reb+2ast, M.Venturelli 16+3reb+3ast, J.Losi 14+2reb+11ast, A.Pilotti 12+1ast, G.Piunti 9+6reb+1ast, M.Fantinelli 8+2reb+5ast
Recanati: G.Tessitore 16+1reb, A.Pierini 15+4reb, N.Benedusi 12+4reb+1ast, M.Tagliabue 12+4reb, M.Gnaccarini 6+2reb+3ast, G.Cantagalli 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 191777


Perugia - Ferrara 67-76

There was no surprise when 16th ranked Perugia (5-11) was defeated at home by thirteenth ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (7-9) 76-67 on Monday. Perugia was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 23-13 charge of Naturhouse Ferrara, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was forward Simone Cortesi (196-86) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Andrea Campiello (200-87) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four Naturhouse Ferrara players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Davide Poltroneri (195-85) who recorded 29 points and 5 rebounds and center Paolo Chiarello (204-78) added 10 points respectively. Naturhouse Ferrara moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Firenze. Loser Perugia dropped to the seventeenth position with 11 games lost. Naturhouse Ferrara will face Reggio Calabr. (#13) in Reggio Calabria in the next round. Perugia will play on the road against Lucca (#7).
Top scorers:
Ferrara: S.Cortesi 17+7reb+1ast, A.Campiello 16+6reb, M.Benfatto 15+6reb, V.Circosta 12+2reb, G.Castelletta 6+1reb, G.Spizzichini 4+1reb+2ast
Perugia: D.Poltroneri 29+5reb+1ast, P.Chiarello 10+3reb+1ast, G.Chiatti 9+3reb+1ast, C.Cutolo 8+2reb+1ast, U.Meschini 5+1reb+1ast, S.Bonamente 5+2reb
gschID: 191773


Bari - Castelletto 86-76

The game with biggest difference of round 18 in Nazionale A was host Bari's (9-7) victory at home over one of their biggest challengers Castelletto (10-6) 86-76 on Sunday evening. Bari made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Castelletto turnovers and outrebounded them 36-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. 30 personal fouls committed by Castelletto helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Luca Bisconti (206-82) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Simone Bonfiglio (181-88) chipped in 21 points. Four Bari players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international point guard Federico Bolzonella (184-84) who recorded 19 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and forward Alex Ranuzzi (195-86, agency: Interperformances) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Bari have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Treviglio and Lucca. Castelletto at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Bari is looking forward to face Latina Basket (#18) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Castelletto will play against Casalpusterlengo (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Bari: S.Bonfiglio 21+2reb+3ast, L.Bisconti 19+11reb+1ast, T.Laquintana 17+5reb+1ast, A.Ruggiero 10+3reb+3ast, M.Cardillo 8+6reb+1ast, D.Bonessio 8+5reb+1ast
Castelletto: F.Bolzonella 19+3reb+3ast, A.Ranuzzi 17+5reb+1ast, M.Pazzi 9+7reb+2ast, G.Sanguinetti 9+1reb+2ast, A.Simoncelli 7+4ast, F.Ihedioha 7+8reb+1ast
gschID: 191779


Torino - Latina Basket 86-68

Leader Torino delivered the thirteenth victory. This time they beat 17th ranked Latina Basket (5-12) 86-68. The game was mostly controlled by Torino. Latina Basket was better in fourth quarter 23-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for naturalized Polish power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Claudio Tommasini (190-91) contributed with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Tommaso Plateo (191-78) replied with 13 points and forward Filippo Gagliardo (206-78) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Latina Basket. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Torino maintains first position with 13-3 record. Latina Basket lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighteenth place with 12 games lost. Torino will play against Recanati (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Latina Basket will play against Bari (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Torino: J.Wojciechowski 21+9reb, L.Gergati 19+2reb+1ast, C.Tommasini 14+6reb+5ast, M.Evangelisti 12+4reb+1ast, D.Sandri 9+4reb+1ast, K.Viglianisi 4
Latina Basket: T.Plateo 13+3reb+1ast, A.Poti 11+5reb, F.Gagliardo 11+6reb, M.Micevic 10, T.Milani 6+4reb+2ast, A.Cecchetti 6+1reb
gschID: 191781


San Severo - Matera 76-80

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Matera (13-4) defeated on the road 14th ranked Mazzeo San Severo (6-10) 80-76 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-76. The best player for the winners was naturalized Argentinian guard Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-86, agency: Players Group) who scored 23 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Power forward Antonio Iannuzzi (207-91, agency: Two Points) chipped in 16 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was center Andrea Iannilli (207-84) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and swingman Ivan Scarponi (196-86) added 23 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Four Mazzeo San Severo players scored in double figures. Matera have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 13-4 record having just -1 point less than leader Torino. Loser Mazzeo San Severo dropped to the thirteenth place with ten games lost. Matera will face bottom-ranked Bologna (#19) in Ozzano Emilia in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Mazzeo San Severo will play on the road against Treviglio (#6).
Top scorers:
Matera: C.Sebastian Vico 23+2reb, A.Iannuzzi 16+4reb+1ast, A.Vitale 16+4reb, M.Rezzano 9+9reb, J.Silimbani 8+7reb, C.Cantone 5+6reb+3ast
San Severo: I.Scarponi 23+5reb+1ast, A.Iannilli 17+12reb+5ast, O.Gueye 15+3reb+2ast, G.Sirakov 10+3ast, R.Maggio 9+4reb+3ast, L.De Paoli 2
gschID: 191778


Casalpusterlengo - Firenze 78-54

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Casalpusterlengo and 11th ranked Firenze had identical 7-8 record. This time Casalpusterlengo used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Firenze 78-54 on Sunday night. The game without a history. Casalpusterlengo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Casalpusterlengo outrebounded Firenze 39-28 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was forward Gianpaolo Ricci (200-91) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Power forward Alberto Chiumenti (204-87, agency: Players Group) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Casalpusterlengo players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Stefano Spizzichini (202-90) who recorded 8 points and 11 rebounds and center Andrea Capitanelli (203-86) added 8 points and 6 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Casalpusterlengo (8-8) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Chieti and Omegna. Firenze lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with nine games lost. Casalpusterlengo will face higher ranked Castelletto (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Firenze will play against Agrigento (#3).
Top scorers:
Casalpusterlengo: R.Prandin 16+3reb+2ast, G.Ricci 16+11reb, A.Chiumenti 14+6reb+1ast, F.Bellina 11+5reb+2ast, S.Fiorito 8+3reb+2ast, M.Venuto 6+7reb+1ast
Firenze: D.Casadei 9+4reb, S.Spizzichini 8+11reb+1ast, A.Capitanelli 8+6reb+1ast, M.Caroldi 7+1reb+3ast, S.Rabaglietti 7+1ast, M.Sanna 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 191776


Reggio Calabr. - Lucca 86-76

An interesting game took place in Reggio Calabria, where higher ranked Lucca (9-7) lost to sixteenth ranked Reggio Calabr. (6-10) in a road game 76-86. The game was mostly controlled by Reggio Calabr.. Lucca was better in third quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Lucca helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Luca Fontecchio (202-91, agency: Players Group) notched 19 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and point guard Nunzio Sabbatino (190-92, agency: Players Group) supported him with 20 points. Reggio Calabr.'s coach Francesco Ponticiello allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 19 points by guard Andrea Barsanti (189-86) did not help to save the game for Lucca. Matteo Negri (194-91) added 16 points. Five Reggio Calabr. and four Lucca players scored in double figures. Reggio Calabr. moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with San Severo and Recanati. Newly promoted Lucca keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Reggio Calabr.'s next round opponent will be higher ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (#12) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Lucca will play against Perugia (#17).
Top scorers:
Reggio Calabr.: N.Sabbatino 20+1reb+3ast, L.Fontecchio 19+8reb, F.Quaglia 12+9reb+1ast, A.Ricci 11+3reb+1ast, A.Fabi 10+5reb+2ast, M.Ammannato 7+5reb+1ast
Lucca: A.Barsanti 19+3reb+1ast, M.Negri 16+4reb+2ast, W.Santarossa 12+7reb, D.Parente 10+2reb+1ast, R.Casagrande 9+3reb, G.Sorrentino 5+1reb
gschID: 191775


Omegna - Treviglio 71-40

An interesting game took place in Omegna, where higher ranked Treviglio (9-7) was outleveled in a road game by ninth ranked Omegna (8-8) 71-40 on Saturday. The game without a history. Omegna led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Treviglio to just 5 points in second quarter. Omegna held Treviglio to an opponent 21.2 percent shooting from the field compared to 45.8 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Treviglio 44-26 including 30 on the defensive glass. Treviglio was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was naturalized Georgian Nika Metreveli (211-91, agency: Interperformances) who scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Giacomo Mariani (191-86) chipped in 7 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Niccolo Cazzolato (194-89) who recorded 6 points and 6 rebounds and the former international power forward Riccardo Perego (203-81) added 4 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Treviglio's coach Adriano Vertemati gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Omegna moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Chieti and Casalpusterlengo. Loser Treviglio keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Omegna will face Chieti (#9) on the road in the next round. Treviglio will play against Mazzeo San Severo (#15).
Top scorers:
Omegna: N.Metreveli 13+8reb+1ast, S.Masciadri 13+4reb+1ast, C.Villani 11+6reb+2ast, M.Toure 9+6reb+3ast, P.Paci 8+7reb, G.Mariani 7+7reb+8ast
Treviglio: L.Molinaro 8+2reb, S.Ferrarese 7+2reb+1ast, N.Cazzolato 6+6reb+1ast, T.Carnovali 5+1reb, R.Malagoli 5+2reb, R.Perego 4+8reb
gschID: 191772



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Standings - BJ League

BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Iwate Big Bulls 18-6 
 2. Niigata Albirex 18-7 
 3. Yokohama BC 17-7 
 4. Toyama Grouses 15-9 
 5. Akita NH 13-7 
 6. Shinshu BW 13-13 
 7. Chiba Jets 10-12 
 8. Tokyo Cinq R. 9-15 
 9. Sendai 89ers 8-13 
 10. Gunma 4-20 
 11. Saitama Bron. 3-19 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 19-3 
 2. Hamamatsu P. 17-9 
 3. Shimane SM 16-8 
 4. Fukuoka Rizing 16-8 
 5. Shiga L-Stars 14-10 
 6. Kyoto Hannar. 12-12 
 7. Takamatsu FA 9-15 
 8. Oita H.Devils 9-15 
 9. Osaka Evessa 4-18 
 10. Miyazaki SS 3-21 

Regular Season: Round 26

Jan. 6: Shiga L-Stars - Miyazaki SS 96-84
Jan. 6: Chiba Jets - Shinshu BW 84-55
Jan. 6: Takamatsu FA - Tokyo Cinq R. 79-84
Jan. 6: Toyama Grouses - Osaka Evessa 79-76
Jan. 6: Fukuoka Rizing - Shimane SM 76-68
Jan. 6: Saitama Bron. - Sendai 89ers 72-68
Jan. 6: Yokohama BC - Niigata Albirex 68-78
Jan. 6: Gunma - Iwate Big Bulls 62-90
Jan. 6: Oita H.Devils - Hamamatsu P. 58-77

Regular Season: Round 27

Jan. 11: Sendai 89ers - Niigata Albirex
Jan. 11: Tokyo Cinq R. - Akita NH
Jan. 12: Iwate Big Bulls - Toyama Grouses
Jan. 12: Sendai 89ers - Niigata Albirex
Jan. 12: Chiba Jets - Saitama Bron.
Jan. 12: Tokyo Cinq R. - Akita NH
Jan. 12: Yokohama BC - Gunma
Jan. 12: Hamamatsu P. - Fukuoka Rizing
Jan. 12: Kyoto Hannar. - Oita H.Devils
Jan. 12: Osaka Evessa - Shiga L-Stars
Jan. 12: Miyazaki SS - Shimane SM
Jan. 12: Okinawa GK - Takamatsu FA


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Dominique KELLER
  Miyazaki.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Keller, Miyazaki.21.3 
 2. Burns, Yokohama BC20.7 
 3. Jones, Tokyo C.20.7 
 4. Chandler, Chiba J.20.5 
 5. Woods, Miyazaki SS20.0 
 6. Parker, Shimane SM20.0 
 7. Werner, Chiba Jets19.0 
 8. Kennedy, Yokohama.18.3 
 9. Thomas, Hamamats.17.7 
 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.13.3 
 3. Warren, Fukuoka12.5 
 4. Willard, Sendai 89.12.1 
 5. Bell, Osaka Evessa11.8 
 6. Cox, Osaka Evessa10.7 
 7. Werner, Chiba Jets10.5 
 8. Sato, Tokyo Cinq10.3 
 9. Blackledge, Iwate10.2 
 10. Parker, Shimane SM10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Narito NAMIZATO
  Okina.
  (172-G-89)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Namizato, Okina.6.1 
 2. Galloway, Hamamats.5.9 
 3. Shimura, Sendai5.8 
 4. Kensuke, Chiba Je.5.8 
 5. Burns, Yokohama BC4.7 
 6. Harris, Akita NH4.7 
 7. Lyons, Takamats.3.8 
 8. Tomori, Gunma3.7 
 9. Yamamoto, Shima.3.6 
 10. Takushi, Oita H.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Draelon BURNS
  Yokohama BC
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Burns, Yokohama BC2.4 
 2. Masato, Iwate B.2.3 
 3. McHenry, Okina.2.3 
 4. Bell, Osaka Evessa2.0 
 5. Brown, Toyama G.2.0 
 6. Bell, Chiba Jets1.9 
 7. Yamauchi, Okina.1.8 
 8. Parker, Shimane SM1.8 
 9. Lyons, Takamats.1.8 
 10. Shimura, Sendai1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.5 
 2. Blackledge, Iwate3.0 
 3. Marshall, Shins.2.0 
 4. Fairley, Miyazaki.1.9 
 5. Brown, Toyama G.1.7 
 6. Carter, Tokyo C.1.6 
 7. Williams, Takamats.1.6 
 8. Parker, Shimane SM1.5 
 9. Newton, Okinawa GK1.5 
 10. Bell, Osaka Eves.1.4 



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VTB League: BC Astana shock Khimky in Kazakhstan - by Eurobasket News

VTB League:
BC Astana - Khimky 92:77


BC Astana shock Khimky in Kazakhstan for 5-4 record in VTB league. The hosts won 92:77 and sent the Russian titan to 7-3 record.
It looked good early as Khimky took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then BC Astana took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 15 points. They made 29-of-37 charity shots during the game. BC Astana outrebounded Khimky 34-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Grambling St.) notched 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and Branko Cvetkovic (200-F/G-84, agency: Beo Basket) supported him with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Even 20 points by Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) did not help to save the game for Khimky. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) added 8 points for lost side.
Defending Kazakhstan champion moved-up to fifth place. Khimky at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. BC Astana's next round opponent will be Azovmash in Mariupol.



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VEF Riga surprise Triumph in Russia - by Eurobasket News

VTB League
Triumph - VEF Riga 78:80


VEF Riga surprise Triumph in Russia for 7-3 record in VTB League. VEF Riga managed to escape with a 2-point win 80-78 on Sunday evening.
The guests trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their 20-6 charge, which allowed them to win the game. VEF Riga dominated on the defensive end, holding Triumph Lyubertsy to just 6 points in fourth quarter. VEF Riga forced 19 Triumph Lyubertsy turnovers. Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) scored 22 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Kaspars Berzins (213-PF-85) chipped in 12 points during the contest. At the losing side Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) responded with 29 points and 5 rebounds and Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) scored 18 points. Defending Latvian champion moved-up to third place. VEF Riga will meet at home Neptunas in the next round where they are favorite. Triumph Lyubertsy will play against the league's leader Zalgiris in Kaunas and hope to secure a win.

Triumph: Kyle Landry 29, Sergey Karasev 18, Mikhail Kulagin (188-G-94) 11, Yuval Naimy (188-PG-85) 7
VEF Riga: Earl Rowland 22, Kaspars Berzins 12, Dairis Bertans (192-SG-89) 11, Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) 10



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Zalgiris have an impressive five-game winning streak - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris have an impressive five-game winning streak at VTB League. The Lithuanian team overcame Lokomotiv 89:81 for 9-1 record. Paulius Jankunas (205-PF-84, agency: Alti Sport) fired 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Marko Popovic chipped in 15 points and 5 assists. Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) produced 20 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists and Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) added 17 points and 9 assists respectively for lost side.
Lietuvos rytas meanwhile lost to Spartak SP 63:83 and fell at 5-5 record. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 40-19 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Zack Wright (195-G-85, college: Central Mo.) fired 23 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Dejan Ivanov produced 11 points and 9 rebounds and Janis Blums added 15 points respectively for lost side.



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Standings

Diekirch League Standings
 1. Sparta 14-2 
 2. Etzella 12-4 
 3. Amicale 11-5 
 4. Musel Pikes 9-7 
 5. Residence 8-8 
 6. Contern 7-9 
 7. T71 7-9 
 8. Soleuvre 6-10 
 9. Basket Esch 5-11 
 10. Black Star 1-15 

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 5: Musel Pikes - Amicale 87-63
Jan. 5: Residence - Basket Esch 81-68
Jan. 5: Etzella - Sparta 79-77
Jan. 5: Contern - Black Star 74-69
Jan. 6: Soleuvre - T71 103-91

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 12: Black Star - Sparta
Jan. 12: Basket Esch - Musel Pikes
Jan. 12: T71 - Contern
Jan. 13: Etzella - Residence
Jan. 13: Soleuvre - Amicale



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Kristin Joyner joins BC Strsljen Gusinje - by Darko Pekic

The newcomer in Division 2, basketball club Strsljen from Gusinje announced today the signing of Kristin Joyner (208-F/C-89, college: Texas Coll.), a 23 year old, 208cm tall big man from Brooklyn, New York. The player is expected to arrive on Friday and be a huge addition for Donko Dasic 's frontcourt. The club from Gusinje did not manage to grab a win in the first part of season and one of the main reasons was the lack of size under the basket. With the latest addition the General manager Alen Rugovac (184-PG-85) will try to improve the team's record and bring some wins to the town from Northern Montenegro.

Kristin Joyner started his career in Thomas Jefferson High School and graduated from Texas College (NAIA) averaging 5.8ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.0bpg in his last college season (2010-2011). In 2011 he played for the team Prague in Eurobasket Summer League in New York. He started this year in a semi pro team from New York- Brooklyn Firebirds (APBL). This will be his first professional experience abroad.



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Martin Methodist RedHawks Rally Falls Short In TSAC Opener - by Stephan Ditgens

Mon, Jan. 7, 2013 at 11:25 PM

MARIETTA, Ga. Despite a strong second-half comeback, Martin Methodist was unable to scrap out a win in a 72-69 loss to Life University in their TranSouth Athletic Conference opener Monday night.

In a back-and-forth first half, the RedHawks (7-8, 1-0 TranSouth) fell behind by as many as 10 points, but managed to trim the deficit to 39-31 at the break after a late bucket from Kadijon Townsend

Playing with a depleted roster due to injury, the RedHawks still managed to battle back in the game's final 20 minutes, using an 11-2 run to take a 58-56 lead at the 8:17 mark after a pair of free throws from Josh Watson.

Depth would prove to be an issue down the stretch for the RedHawks, however, as the Running Eagles quickly increased their lead to 69-61 with 3:35 left in the ballgame.

The RedHawks would make one final push, however, trimming the lead to 71-69 with 1:50 left to play. A turnover and a blocked shot, however, would give the Running Eagles a chance to extend their lead to 72-69 with 26 seconds remaining. Watson was flagged for an offensive foul and a turnover on back-to-back possessions as the Running Eagles were able to run out the clock.

Justin Blake finished with 17 points on a 6-of-11 shooting night to lead the RedHawks offensively. Demario Williams, Josh Watson and Andrei Hall added 13, 12 and 10 points each, respectively, in the loss.

Watson also tracked down a season-high 13 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. The junior finished with seven steals three shy of a triple-double.

Ultimately, turnovers proved to be RedHawks undoing, however, as they finished with a season-high 33 giveaways.

"The turnovers were extremely tough tonight," RedHawks head coach Scott Combs said. "But I was proud of the way our guys hung in there and never gave up. Life deserves a lot of credit. They are an extremely tough team to play. It will be nice to have them coming back to our place next time."

Greg Thomas and Bobby Smith finished with 16 points each to lead the Running Eagles (8-7, 2-0), who are in their first year as a member of the TranSouth.

With the loss, the RedHawks dipped below .500 for the first time since Nov. 24 and dropped their TranSouth opener for the first time since the 2009-10 season.

The RedHawks return to action Saturday when they travel to Morris (S.C.) College for a non-conference matchup.

Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. in Sumter, S.C.

courtesy of goredhawks.com



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 23-11 
 2. Brooklyn N. 19-15 
 3. Boston C. 17-17 
 4. Philadelph.76 15-20 
 5. Toronto R. 12-22 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 20-14 
 2. Chicago B. 19-13 
 3. Milwaukee B. 16-16 
 4. Detroit P. 13-23 
 5. Cleveland C. 8-28 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 23-9 
 2. Atlanta H. 20-12 
 3. Orlando M. 12-22 
 4. Charlotte B. 9-24 
 5. Washington W. 5-28 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 26-8 
 2. Denver N. 20-16 
 3. Portland TB 19-15 
 4. Utah Jazz 18-18 
 5. Minnesota T. 15-15 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 27-8 
 2. Golden St.W. 22-11 
 3. LA Lakers 15-18 
 4. Sacramento K. 13-22 
 5. Phoenix Suns 12-23 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 27-10 
 2. Memphis G. 22-10 
 3. Houston R. 20-14 
 4. Dallas M. 13-22 
 5. N.Orleans H. 9-25 

Regular Season: Round 68

Jan. 7: New York K. - Boston C. 96-102
Jan. 7: N.Orleans H. - San Antonio S. 95-88
Jan. 7: Sacramento K. - Memphis G. 81-113
Jan. 7: Portland TB - Orlando M. 125-119 OT
Jan. 7: Chicago B. - Cleveland C. 118-92
Jan. 7: Washington W. - Oklah.City T. 101-99
Jan. 7: Utah Jazz - Dallas M. 100-94

Regular Season: Round 69

Jan. 8: Philadelph.76 - Brooklyn N.
Jan. 8: Indiana P. - Miami Heat
Jan. 8: Milwaukee B. - Phoenix Suns
Jan. 8: Houston R. - LA Lakers
Jan. 8: Minnesota T. - Atlanta H.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-SG-78)
  Avg: 30.5
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers30.5 
 2. Anthony, New Y.29.0 
 3. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.2 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.5 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.4 
 6. Irving, Cleveland23.1 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..21.7 
 8. Aldridge, Portland.20.6 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat20.4 
 10. Curry, Golden S.20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anderson VAREJAO
  Clevelan.
  (205-C-82)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Varejao, Clevelan.14.4 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.14.0 
 3. Howard, LA Lakers12.4 
 4. Randolph, Memph.12.0 
 5. Asik, Houston R.11.4 
 6. Hickson, Portland.11.0 
 7. Lee, Golden St.W.10.8 
 8. Vucevic, Orlan.10.8 
 9. Chandler, New Y.10.5 
 10. Noah, Chicago B.10.4 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.3 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.3 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.1 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.9 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..8.5 
 6. Williams, Brooklyn7.8 
 7. Calderon, Toron.7.7 
 8. Parker, San A.7.2 
 9. Nelson, Orlando M.7.0 
 10. James, Miami Heat6.9 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.6 
 2. Conley, Memphis G.2.4 
 3. Jennings, Milwauke.2.2 
 4. Westbrook, Oklah..2.1 
 5. Harden, Houston R.2.0 
 6. Rondo, Boston C.1.9 
 7. Lin, Houston R.1.9 
 8. Walker, Charlott.1.8 
 9. Kidd, New York K.1.8 
 10. Leonard, San A.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Larry SANDERS
  Milwauke.
  (211-F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Sanders, Milwauke.3.0 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.9 
 3. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.7 
 4. Howard, LA Lakers2.6 
 5. Duncan, San A.2.5 
 6. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.3 
 7. Smith, Atlanta H.2.3 
 8. Noah, Chicago B.2.1 
 9. McGee, Denver N.2.0 
 10. Gortat, Phoenix1.9 


The Pacers sign Dominic McGuire - by Eurobasket News

Indiana Pacers signed 28-year old swingman Dominic McGuire (206-100kg-85, college: Fresno State, agency: Priority Sports). He just played at New Orleans Hornets. In 9 NBA games this season he had only 2.1ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.0apg. McGuire also played at the Raptors earlier that season. In 15 NBA games this year he recorded only 2.1ppg and 3.2rpg. The last season he played at the Warriors. In 63 NBA games last year he recorded 3.6ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.7apg.
The previous (10-11) season McGuire played at the Bobcats. In 52 NBA games that year he recorded 3.3ppg and 3.8rpg.
In 2007 he was drafted by Washington Wizards in second round (47th overall). McGuire attended Fresno State and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball. he was voted WAC All-Defensive Team back in 2007 at his college time.
McGuire has played previously for two other NBA teams: Sacramento Kings and Charlotte Bobcats.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nbatransactions)



Rare Wizards win among seven games on Monday - by Eurobasket News

Washington W. - Oklah.City T. 101-99
Bradley Beal (6'3''-SG-93, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) scored 22 points and sank the game-winning shot with 0.3 seconds remaining to lift the Washington Wizards to a shocking 101-99 victory over Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday. Playing without Jordan Crawford and Nene due to injuries, Washington still earned its second straight triumph over the Thunder when Beal broke a 99-99 tie by throwing a pump fake and hitting a leaning jumper in the lane. Martell Webster (6'8''-G-86) also tallied 22 points and Kevin Seraphin (6'9''-C-89) poured in 19 for Washington. Emeka Okafor totaled a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds in just the second Wizards' win in their last 15 games. Washington had lost five in a row entering the contest. "First off, win or lose, I couldn't have been more proud of our group of guys than what these guys showed me tonight," said Washington coach Randy Whittman, whose team was shorthanded coming into the contest due to injuries. Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) posted 29 points, eight assists and seven boards for the Thunder, who had won five of six coming in. Serge Ibaka scored a career-high 26 points to go along with 11 rebounds and Russell Westbrook finished with 17 points and eight assists in defeat. "They deserved to win the game, they played better than us," said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. "One of the things I tell our guys is that there are 29 teams that want to win just as bad as we want to. We didn't play well enough to win tonight and they deserved it." Despite missing their two top scorers, the Wizards found themselves ahead 80-73 with 10:03 to play in the fourth quarter. Washington extended its advantage to double-digits after back-to-back scores from Serpahin with under eight minutes left, but the Thunder chipped away late. After a deep triple from Westbrook, Durant came up with a steal and outletted to Thabo Sefolosha for a fastbreak dunk to pull the Thunder within 94-90. Webster drew a foul on a made 3-pointer and completed the four-point play for a 99-94 advantage, but Durant knocked down a deep triple to knot the game at 99-99 with 36 seconds left. However, with the clock winding down, the rookie Beal hit a clutch shot after getting two Thunder defenders in the air with a pump fake to put Washington ahead with 0.3 seconds remaining. Following a timeout, Westbrook just got off a deep jumper from the corner, but it fell short, preserving the win for Washington. The Wizards began the second with a 30-20 lead after closing out the first with a 20-7 run. However, the Thunder used a 10-2 push in the second to take a 48-43 edge. The Wizards retook the lead late in the period on a pair of Seraphin free throws, but Ibaka capped a 15-point half with a 3-pointer from the corner as time expired to send the Thunder into halftime with a 53-51 lead. Courtesy of: foxnews.com

Portland TB - Orlando M. 125-119 OT
LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) had 27 points and 10 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Orlando Magic their ninth straight loss with a 125-119, overtime victory on Monday night. Wesley Matthews (6'5''-G-86, college: Marquette) finished with 24 points, including a dunk that all but sealed it with less than a minute to go in overtime, and J.J. Hickson added 20 points and 15 rebounds for his 20th double-double this season. Portland has won three straight and 11 of its last 14 games. Aldridge hit a layup and a free throw that put Portland ahead 112-108 with 3:38 in overtime. After the Magic tied it at 112 on J.J. Redick (6'4''-G-84, college: Duke)'s hook shot, Blazers rookie Damian Lillard made a pull-up jumper to reclaim the lead. Lillard added a floater to extend it, and Hickson had a fast-break dunk for a 118-112 lead. Matthews punctuated the run with his dunk and Portland cruised the rest of the way. Redick led the Magic with 29 points, while Arron Afflalo had 24. Nikola Vucevic had 17 points and 13 rebounds. Orlando held a slim 97-95 lead but Matthews hit a 3-pointer that put Portland ahead and Nicolas Batum padded it with his own 3 with 3:01 left in regulation. Jameer Nelson's rainbow 3-pointer kept the pressure on the Blazers, but Batum hit another 3-pointer to make it 106-101 with 1:14 to go. Nelson made a pair of free throws and Nikola Vucevic added a jumper to close the Magic to 106-105. After Batum hit two foul shots with 16.8 seconds left, Nelson nailed a 3-pointer with 8.9 seconds left that tied it at 108 and sent the game into overtime. It was the opening of a four-game road trip for Orlando, which has been mired in injuries along with its losses. The team was again without power forward Glen Davis, who dislocated his left shoulder on Dec. 19 against Washington and has missed nine games. The Magic have not won a game without him. It was hoped that he may return at some points during the trip. Point guard E'Twaun Moore missed his fifth game with a left elbow sprain. Reserve center Gustavo Ayon was not with the team because of a right thigh contusion. Blazers rookie center Meyers Leonard missed his fifth game with an injured right ankle. The Magic went up 19-12 in the first quarter after Andrew Nicholson's dunk. But Aldridge made a 7-foot jumper and Matthews added a 3-pointer to narrow it, and Aldridge's turnaround jumper tied it a 21. Victor Claver's pull-up jumper gave Portland a 25-24 lead going into the second quarter. Aldridge had 12 points in the first quarter alone. But the Blazers had trouble maintaining any kind of lead throughout the game. After going up 46-43 with 4:03 left in the half, Orlando's Josh McRoberts hit a 3-pointer that touched off a 14-2 Magic run. Afflalo capped it with a layup that gave Orlando a 57-48 lead at the break. Aldridge's layup with 4:53 left in the third that gave Portland a 71-70 lead. Wesley Matthews extended it with a layup. But again, it was short-lived. Reddick hit two straight 3-pointers to hand the Magic back the lead at 88-87 with 10:51 left in the game. Aldridge's layup pulled Portland into a tie at 93-all with 6:52 left. Afflalo kept the Blazers at bay with a layup and Nelson added a pair of free throws for the Magic. Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com

Sacramento K. - Memphis G. 81-113
Wayne Ellington (6'4''-G-87, college: N.Carolina) scored a season-high 26 points, hitting six 3-pointers, to help the Memphis Grizzlies rout the Sacramento Kings 113-81 on Monday night. Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) scored 17 points and had seven rebounds for Memphis. Mike Conley had 15 points and eight assists and Marc Gasol had 13 points for the Grizzlies, who outscored the Kings 36-20 in the third quarter to blow the game open. John Salmons (6'7''-F-79, college: Miami, FL) led the Kings with 17 points, Jason Thompson had 12 and DeMarcus Cousins had 10 and eight rebounds. Tyreke Evans returned to the Kings after missing the previous 11 games with a sore left knee. He had five points in 12 minutes. Besides playing well offensively, the Grizzlies did a nice job of containing Cousins. In the previous four games, Cousins had averaged 24.5 points and 15.2 rebounds. The Grizzlies ran their offense with precision in the third quarter when they pulled away from the Kings. They used a pair of 10-0 runs in the period to build an 87-65 lead heading into the fourth. Elllington came off the bench late in the third quarter and scored the last 10 points for Memphis, which made 13 of 20 shots (65 percent) in the period. Ellington, who played under three minutes in the third quarter, made consecutive 3-pointers and hit a jumper at the buzzer. Randolph scored on a one-handed put-back, then made a long jumper with the shot clock running down to key a 10-0 run by Memphis in the third quarter. Conley's 3-pointer put the Grizzlies ahead 65-51 at the 7:15 mark. Conley had 10 points, four assists and four rebounds in the opening half when the Grizzlies led 51-45. Gasol had nine points for Memphis, which connected on 13 of 14 free throws in the first half. Salmons made three 3-pointers and scored 13 first-half points for the Kings. Thompson scored 10 points and Cousins had six. Courtesy of: csnbayarea.com

Utah Jazz - Dallas M. 100-94
Gordon Hayward (6'9''-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Butler) scored a season-high 27 points, including four 3-pointers, and the Utah Jazz defeated the Dallas Mavericks 100-94 on Monday night. Alec Burks (6'6''-G-91, college: Colorado) added a season-high 13, including eight in the fourth quarter when Utah held Dallas (13-22) to 14 points on 5-of-16 shooting. Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) led the Mavs with 20 points. He had six straight late, but also was called for a charge with 32 seconds remaining as he tried to get Dallas within two. The Jazz made 4 of 6 free throws down the stretch to seal the win. Al Jefferson added 15 points and 11 rebounds for Utah (18-18), which has won both meetings with Dallas this season. The Mavs (13-22) have lost three straight and 12 of their last 14. Dallas led by as many as eight points late in the third quarter after a 3-pointer by Nowitzki, but the Jazz fought back. Burks' 3-pointer tied the score at 86 with 4:35 remaining, and Hayward's spinning layup after he stole the ball from Nowitzki gave Utah an 88-86 lead. Al Jefferson then went at Elton Brand and got the call with 2:54 left and a technical on Brand. The Jazz sank 2 of 3 free throws to bump their lead to 90-86. Hayward's fourth 3-pointer made it a seven-point Utah lead. Nowitzki got the Mavs within three points but that's as close as they got as O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) came up empty on several late shots. He finished with 13 points but was just 5 of 14 shooting, including 1 of 8 from beyond the arc and 0-5 in the fourth. The game was chippy in the final period, with Derrick Favors tangling with Nowitzki, and Jae Crowder fouling Burks hard. Chris Kaman also seemingly awoke a sleeping giant when he was called for a flagrant foul after hooking Jefferson around the neck with 8:35 left in the third. It ignited Jefferson, who had just six points in the first half. He scored six straight during an 8-2 Utah run that gave the Jazz a 64-59 lead. Dallas, however, closed on a 21-10 run to take an 80-74 lead into the fourth, with Vince Carter, Elton Brand and Nowitzki fueling the offense. That offense disappeared in the fourth. Overall, it was a game of runs. The Jazz opened the second quarter on a 13-3 run with back-to-back 3-pointers by Earl Watson and Hayward tying it at 27. And they closed it on a 13-7 run, Marvin Williams' 3-pointer at the buzzer tying the score at 53 heading into the break. The Jazz were shooting just 31 percent at one point but made their final four shots in the second, including three 3-pointers. Hayward had the hot hand, hitting 4 of 5 shots in the quarter, including all three 3-pointers. He had 18 points at halftime, five more than his season average. Dallas led by seven, 26-19, after the first thanks to Kaman's 10-point quarter on 4-of-6 shooting. Kaman was shut out in the second half on 0-of-3 shooting. Utah won the first meeting with Dallas on Halloween 113-94. The Mavs were without Nowitzki then. Now he is trying to shake off the rust after missing the first 27 games. He expressed frustration after the previous loss, in overtime to New Orleans. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said before the game that is to be expected. "The reason he's one of the top 12 players ever to play the game is that he has extremely high standards," Carlisle said. ".until he gets back to being 95,100 percent in terms of his conditioning, rhythm, all those sorts of things, everybody is going to have a polarizing response to our record, including him when asked questions about it. We got to keep going day to day and keep working on the things that help us improve as a basketball team." Carlisle then half-jokingly likened himself to Colonel Sanders for his continued enthusiasm despite Dallas' woeful record. "It took him decades to convince somebody his recipe would sell," Carlisle said. "I'm just as enthusiastic about these guys. There's a long way to go and we got to keep approaching it with that kind of enthusiasm." Courtesy of: galvestondailynews.com

N.Orleans H. - San Antonio S. 95-88
The return of Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana) to the Hornets starting lineup has New Orleans playing a different style of basketball. That much was evident during the Hornets 95-88 victory over the Southwest Division leading San Antonio Spurs on Monday night at New Orleans Arena. In his first home start of the season, Gordon dazzled the crowd of 11,599 with an array of shots, scoring a game-high 24 points. Gordon's 24 points also matched a season high, which he scored in his first game of the season, a 98-95 win vs Charlotte on December 29. Gordon came up big when his team needed him the most. With 7:13 to play in the fourth quarter and the Spurs having pulled within three points at 75-78, Gordon made three consecutive jumpers to keep New Orleans comfortably in the lead. Anthony Davis followed with an alley-oop dunk assisted by Greivis Vasquez to give the Hornets an 86-77 lead. " (New Orleans) has a closer now," Spurs forward Stephen Jackson said. "Gordon took the game over and was going to work at the end of the game, doing what he wanted. He closed the game for them, and that's what they were missing, a closer." Gordon got plenty help from his teammates in what was one of the Hornets best efforts of the season. Davis scored 17 points to go with nine rebounds and three steals. Vasquez recorded a double-double with 14 points and 11 assists. "This is definitely our best effort as a whole team," Davis said. "We competed for the whole forty-eight minutes. We came out with a defensive mindset from the jump." Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F-88, college: California) came off the bench to score 13 points, going 3-of-6 from three-point range. Jason Smith went 4-of-4 from the floor, finishing with eight points. Robin Lopez added eight points and six rebounds. New Orleans shot 48 percent from the field for the game and held a 42-32 rebounding advantage over San Antonio. Emanuel Ginobili (6'6''-SG-77, agency: Interperformances) scored 21 off the bench to lead San Antonio (27-10). Tony Parker had 16 points. Tim Duncan struggled from the field, going 5-of-14, finishing with 13 points, eight rebounds and five turnovers. Kawhi Leonard added 10 points. New Orleans (9-25) controlled the game from the onset, and didn't trail after the 6:50 mark in the first quarter. The Hornets harassed the Spurs into 11 first-half turnovers (19 for the game), which resulted in a 49-41 halftime lead. New Orleans continued their onslaught in the second half, building their lead to 14 points late in the third quarter The Spurs were able to cut their deficit to five points heading into the fourth quarter due in part to a seven-point flurry by Emanuel Ginobili. However, New Orleans responded with back-to-back threes by Brian Roberts and Anderson. Roberts finished with five points and two assists. The Spurs remained within reach of New Orleans throughout the final quarter before Gordon closed the door on San Antonio. "Tonight we collectively played hard for 48 minutes," Hornets coach Monty Williams said. "Even when San Antonio made a run, it was one of those runs that scared you a bit, but you knew Eric and Greivis playing that way, you had a chance to pull out of it." The win ended the Hornets six game losing streak to San Antonio, and also gave New Orleans back-to-back wins for only the second time this season. "It's so much fun when you win, " Vasquez said. "We need to keep it going, keep winning, and keep working. I think the best is yet to come. We just have to keep being humble and keep working hard." New Orleans will try to win their third straight game when they host the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. Courtesy of: sportsnola.com

Chicago B. - Cleveland C. 118-92
Memo to the Cleveland Cavaliers: After the 118-92 loss Monday to the Bulls, you've had three chances to take advantage of a team that's short-handed. On Feb. 26, there might not be a fourth. That's the last meeting between the Cavs and Bulls, and it could be Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis)'s return date from surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Rose's return has been targeted for just after the All-Star break, and the way the schedule sets up, there are two home games in that vicinity. And considering the magnitude of the event, the Bulls ideally would like to make his return a home game. There's a Feb. 21 game against the Miami Heat - bad idea. And then the Feb. 26 game against the Cavs. Of course, anything Rose-related is outside speculation these days, whether it's coach Tom Thibodeau making sure that's the case or general manager Gar Forman. 'There is no end game in sight,'' Forman said Monday when asked about the All-Star Game as being the date frequently thrown out there for a Rose return. 'The next step was to get him on the floor where he's participating in practice and contact activities. So we're not skipping steps. Once we feel comfortable with that and our doctors feel comfortable, then we'll go to the next step. It's not about us being evasive with our answers. 'Everything has been planned out in detail. That's why we're taking this step-by-step and not skipping steps. There's a process in place, and we've never wanted to jump ahead.'' Surgically repaired ACLs obviously don't care much about making schedule deadlines. Rose had the surgery last May, and he started participating in light practice a few weeks ago. He made his first road trip with the team last week, and full-contact practice seems to be just on the horizon. But this is all about erring on the side of caution with the face of the franchise. It's not about what's best for the Bulls (19-13) today as much as what's best for them and Rose tomorrow. 'We want to do what's right for Derrick; we want to do what's right for our team,'' Forman said. 'The goal all along is to do that. To take the process step-by-step, to not skip steps, and when he's 100 percent ready to play, he'll play.'' Not that life with or without Rose really matters much when it comes to recent Bulls-Cavs history. The Bulls have won 11 in a row over their rivals from the Central Division, with only the 16 consecutive wins over the Pistons a longer active streak. The 118 points were a season high, surpassing the 115 they also scored against the Cavaliers. Throw in a fifth straight double-double by Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) (game-high 24 points, 11 rebounds), and very little went wrong Monday. 'Boozer is playing very well,'' Thibodeau said. 'We're feeding him often. Getting established in the post is very important for us. He's making a lot of good plays. So it's all good.'' Courtesy of: suntimes.com

New York K. - Boston C. 96-102
As the final buzzer sounded on the Knicks hard-fought and frustrating 102-96 loss to the Boston Celtics, Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) immediately headed for the tunnel near the Knicks bench. Understandable that he'd head off the court without a handshake after a heated fourth quarter, but confounding that he'd head for that exit rather than the one on the opposite end of the court where the Knicks normally depart through, leading directly into their locker room. The tunnels are closed to the media directly after the game, the Knicks own network cameras and crew were there and reported that Anthony had a purpose - heading directly to the Celtics locker room where he waited outside the door for Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F/C-76). While there was shouting of words exchanged, witnesses said that it never escalated into a fight - something that had been brewing from the court to the locker room. The two had to be separated on the court in the fourth quarter, drawing double technicals, as they went nose-to-nose. While he visited the Celtics locker room, Anthony cleared out of the Knicks locker room quickly without speaking to the media. 'There was a lot of talk all night. Boston is known for talking,' Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) said. 'We weren't going to back down and Carmelo didn't back down at all. That's expected in a game between the Knicks and the Celtics. It's going to be a heck of a battle from here on out. 'I don't know what was going on (in the hallway). It's strictly basketball. We got to keep it on the basketball court and make sure we play every night. Boston, they're going to definitely going to bring the intensity and aggressive play. We've got to be able to match that.' The Knicks achieved that, even if they fell short in the game. In the fourth quarter of a game in which both sides seemed more on the same side - against the officials - the teams nearly blew up. Garnett shoved Anthony out of the way under the boards - which drew no call. Anthony regained his balance and charged back under, delivering a blow to the back of Garnett. Anthony then escalated the action, chirping at Garnett as they moved upcourt. While officials and teammates rushed to separate them at midcourt Anthony was angrily pursuing Garnett, who, for his part, was mocking Anthony's talk. Both players were hit with technical fouls but remained in the game. Garnett engages in these sort of wars almost on a nightly basis. But Anthony, who has rarely been out of control this season, even as he brought eight technical fouls into the game, started trying to attack offensively on almost every possession. But after hitting a three-pointer following the technicals, he misfired on four straight shots. Anthony had 20 points, but shot just 6-for-25 on the night. He then was hit with his fifth foul on the other end, banging with Garnett again, with 2:55 to play. Down five, J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) was fouled - colliding with Avery Bradley in a head-to-head hit that left Smith bleeding over his right eye, which resulted in 11 stitches. Smith went to the bench and returned with a headband reminiscent of the off-center type that Jason Kidd wore earlier this season, holding a bandage in place. He misfired on the first, but made the second to cut the lead to 98-94 with 1:09 left. The Knicks misfired time after time from three-point range, unable to close the gap in the final minute. 'I'm going to defend Melo and our players and this team,' Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. 'In the heat of the battle you got to hang in there and you got to keep playing.' Woodson, when a question started about the postgame confrontation, declared he wouldn't comment even before the question was completed. 'I don't know anything about that,' he said. 'I'm not even going to comment on that. If you want to talk about the game we can do that.' Boston coach Doc Rivers, who entered the night with issues with the NBA after the Atlanta Hawks complained about a Rajon Rondo bump with an official Saturday - and the result was the Celtics star point guard being suspended for this game, refused to do the same on this night. Asked about the incident outside his locker room, he said, 'I'm gonna let you all figure that one out. I'm gonna stay out of that. If it was the playoffs, I'd tell on him. But I'm just gonna be quiet.' Garnett said, 'It's just basketball.' But it wasn't, with Paul Pierce getting a first-quarter technical and even mild-manntered Pablo Prigioni picking up his first NBA technical foul. But most of the Knicks had a collective fog in their memories. 'Carmelo's the MVP of this league,' Marcus Camby said. 'He's not going to do anything stupid to jeopardize anything.' So was there a confrontation? Camby smiled and said, 'I have no recollection of it.' Courtesy of: northjersey.com



The Wizards waive Mack - by Eurobasket News

Washington Wizards waived 23-year old guard Shelvin Mack (190-94kg-90, college: Butler). In 7 NBA games he played this season he recorded 5.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.3apg. Mack also played at Maine Red Claws earlier that season. In 11 D-League games this year he averaged impressive 19.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 7.5apg and 1.5spg.
Two years ago he was drafted by the Wizards in second round (34th overall). Mack attended Butler University until 2011 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as His college team won Horizon League Tournament for two years in a row (2010 and 2011). Mack was also voted NABC Division I All-District 12 2nd Team in 2011. He represented USA at the World Championships U19 in New Zealand four years ago. Macks team won Gold and his stats at that event were 9 games: 5.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 35.2%, 3PT: 48.1%, FT: 22.2%.

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Pacers and Coach Frank Vogel agree to contract extensio - by Eurobasket News

Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel will be roaming the sidelines at Bankers Life Fieldhose for the foreseeable future after the team extended his contract on Monday afternoon, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports. The extension was well deserved, as Vogel has overseen the resurgence of this once proud franchise that had fallen on hard times. Vogel led the Pacers to a 42-24 record and the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 NBA season, advancing to the semifinals before falling to the eventual NBA champions, the Miami Heat. Under his guidance, the Pacers sit in first place in the Central Division with a 20-14 record, a half-game ahead of the Chicago Bulls. That Vogel has been able to lead his team to the top of its division is a testament to his abilities as a head coach. This is because the Pacers have been without All-Star swingman Danny Granger, who has yet to play this season due to a knee injuryone that is expected to keep him out of action until February at the earliest (h/t ESPN). Vogel originally joined the franchise as an assistant coach under Jim OBrien in 2007, and held that post until OBrien was relieved of his duties toward the end of the 2010-11 season. As the Pacers interim head coach, Vogel inherited a team with a 17-27 record and turned things around almost instantly. Indiana would go 20-18 over its last 38 games and sneak into the playoffs, where the Pacers fell to the Chicago Bulls in five games. Over 138 career games on the bench for Indiana, Vogel has posted a 82-56 regular-season record and a 7-9 mark in 16 postseason games. Courtesy of: bleacherreport.com


The Rockets released Machado - by Eurobasket News

Houston Rockets (NBA) released 23-year old naturalized Brazilian point guard Scott Machado (185-82kg-90, college: Iona). But in 6 NBA games he played this season he had just 1.3ppg and 1.0apg.
The last season Machado played at Iona College. In 33 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference games last year he recorded 13.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 9.9apg (leader !!!) and 1.6spg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was voted All-MAAC Player of the Year, named to All-MAAC 1st Team and named to NABC Division I All-District 1 1st Team.
Machado has never been drafted by the NBA.
He was a member of Brazilian University National Team two years ago.
Machado has played also professionally in D-League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
He attended Iona College until 2012 and it is his first season as a professional player.

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Lakers waive guard Darius Johnson-Odom - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles Lakers have waived guard Darius Johnson-Odom (6'2''-PG-89, college: Marquette), it was announced today. Johnson-Odom, the 55 th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, was acquired by the Lakers from Dallas on draft night. The 6-2 guard out of Marquette averaged 15.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 105 collegiate games. As a senior, the Raleigh, North Carolina native led his team in scoring (18.3 ppg) and earned First Team All-Big East honors in addition to being named an Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press. Johnson-Odom appeared in four games for the Lakers this season, where he totaled four rebounds and one assist in six minutes.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Miami Heat released Josh Harrellson - by Eurobasket News

Miami Heat released 24-year old forward Josh Harrellson (208-120kg-89, college: Kentucky). In 5 NBA games he played this season he had just 2.0ppg and 1.4rpg. Harrellson also spent pre-season at the Rockets earlier that year. He was tried-out by the Knicks earlier that season.
Two years ago Harrellson was drafted by New Orleans Hornets in second round (45th overall). He attended University of Kentucky until 2011 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Harrellsons college team won SEC Tournament for two years in a row (2010 and 2011).

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The Hornets welcome back Sloan - by Eurobasket News

New Orleans Hornets (NBA) landed 25-year old former international guard Donald Sloan (191-93kg-88, college: Texas A&M). Its actually his comeback to the Hornets as he played here before. Sloan played recently at Sioux Falls Skyforce. In two D-League games this season he averaged impressive 22.0ppg, 7.5rpg, 4.5apg and 1.5spg. He was called during the season by the Cleveland Cavaliers. In 20 NBA games this year he had 4.1ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.9apg. The last season Sloan played at Erie Bay Hawks. In 9 D-League games last year he had very impressive stats: 20.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 6.7apg and 1.2spg. He was called during the season by the New Orleans Hornets. In three NBA games he had 4.0ppg, 1.0rpg and 2.7apg. Sloan was called during the season by the Atlanta Hawks. But in 5 NBA games he had just 1.2ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.0apg.
The previous (10-11) season he was tested by Barangay Ginebra in Filipino PBA.
Sloan has never been drafted by the NBA.
Among other achievements He won D-League West Conference championship title in 2011. Sloan received also NABC Division I All-District 8 1st Team award back in 2010 at his college time.
Sloan was also a member of USA international program for some years. He played for USA Senior National Team two years ago and previouslyfor U21 National Team in 2004. Sloan represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Guadalajara (Mexico) two years ago.
He has played previously professionally in other NBA team (Sacramento Kings) and other D-League team (Reno Bighorns).
Sloan attended Texas A&M University until 2010 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

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Chris Andersen may agree terms with Miami Heat - by Eurobasket News

Miami Heat is close to land 35-year old power forward Chris Andersen (208-103kg-78, college: Blinn JC). Last season the centre averaged 5.3 points, 4.6 boards and 1.4 blocks playing for the Denver Nuggets.
The previous (10-11) season Andersen played at the Nuggets. In 50 NBA games that season he averaged 5.5ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.3bpg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
Andersen won NBA Northwest Division championship title in 2010.
He is a very experienced player. Andersen has played also in China, other NBA team (New Orleans Hornets), IBA (Fargo-Moorhead Beez), XBL (Sugarland Sharks) and D-League (Fayetteville Patriots).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Miami Heat.
Andersen attended Blinn JC until 1999 and it will be his 14th (!!!) season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



The Bucks released coach Skiles - by Eurobasket News

Milwaukee Bucks released 49-year old coach Scott Skiles.
Skiles has never been drafted by the NBA. He helped his team to make it to the NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals2007.
Skiles has coached previously Phoenix Suns.

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Results and Stats from Round 19 - by Eurobasket News

Montreal J. - Oshawa P. 114-106
Montreal Jazz gained just the second victory in the season as they toppled Oshawa Power. Eric Frederick (6'8''-F-88, college: Texas Wesleyan) was a usual contributor for the Jazz firing 35 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. J.R. Harrison (6'6''-F-84, college: Rice) added 22 points in a rare Jazz win. Montreal gained a 27:22 lead after the starting quarter. They managed to extend the lead to 10 points heading into the fourth stanza. Oshawa exploded with 40 points in the final period but it was not enough to celebrate win at the end. Courtland Bluford (6'2''-G-88, college: Assumption) notched 16 points for the winning side. Jushay Rockett (6'6''-F-84, college: Alaska-Fairb.) answered with 22 points for the Power. William Harris (6'7''-F-87, college: Miami Dade CC) and Larry Diamond (6'2''-G-86, college: Morehouse) netted 15 points apiece as Oshawa slipped at 11-9 record.

Montreal J. - Windsor Exp. 121-124
It was a short stay in the record books for guard Mike Helms (6'1''-PG-82, college: Oakland) as he helped the Windsor Express set another new mark in the National Basketball League of Canada Saturday. Helms scored 40 points and the Express persevered for a 124-121 win in triple overtime in Montreal over the Jazz in the longest game in league history. The 40 points by Helms tied a league record for most points in a game, but was broken Sunday when Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.) scored 42 points to help the Summerside Storm to a 93-88 win over Moncton Miracles. 'Records are made to be broken and Brandon Robinson had 42, but it's all good, we got the win,' said Helms, who is an Oakland University grad. 'We could have done without that (triple overtime), but it was a character builder. We got the win and that's the good thing.' It was the third game in three days in Montreal for the Express, who allowed the Jazz to notch their first win of the season in Thursday's opener. Windsor rebounded to win Friday and then rallied from a seven-point deficit at the half to grab Saturday's win. 'Our goal was to get all three and to get to .500,' said Express head coach Bill Jones, whose team is now 10-12 on the season. 'After the first night, it didn't happen and we saw the team they had. Now, the best was to take two of three in a tough environment. 'This was a hard-fought game. It was good to come down and play three and to be able to take two from a team that's getting better because this Montreal Jazz team is going to get some teams.' The Express had chances to win the game in the first overtime, but watched a five-point lead slip away. A seven-point advantage disappear in the second overtime as Montreal used a three-point shot in the dying seconds of the first two overtimes to force another session. 'They played with a lot of heart and they wouldn't fold,' said Helms, who watched a would-be tying three-pointer in the third overtime by the Jazz fall short. 'It was the way the game was going and it wouldn't have surprised me if went in and have a fourth overtime. 'Body wise, I was glad to see it over, but basketball fans enjoyed it. From a player perspective, it should have been over earlier.' Montreal had no answer for Helms, who drove the lane at will finishing with 40 points, seven rebounds and three assists. 'It was one of those nights, I was able to get rolling and able to step up and do what I had to do for the team,' Helms said. Darren Duncan (5'11''-PG-88, college: Merrimack) added 25 points for Windsor, Chris Commons (6'9''-F-84, college: USC Aiken) 21 points and eight rebounds and Kevin Loiselle 15 points and 10 rebounds. The Express have now played 14 of their 22 games on the road. After dropping the first four away, Windsor is now 6-4 in its last 10 road games. 'We've spent a lot of time on the road, but you have to win on the road,' said Helms, whose team is in London Sunday for a 2 p.m. game with the league-leading Lightning. 'It's great to play at home, but champions find a way to win on the road.' Courtesy of: windsorstar.com

Halifax R. - London L. 85-97
On Saturday the Halifax Rainmen hosted the London Lightning in a rematch of last years NBL Finals, falling to the Lightning 97-85. The Lightning took a 23-15 lead into the second quarter, led by Jeremy Williams (6'7''-SF-87, college: UTEP) with 7 in the opening frame, while the Rainmen were led by Antoine Tisby (6'8''-F/C-83, college: S.Carolina) with 8. Lightning started the 2nd quarter on a 10-2 run and led 33-17 early in the 2nd. Rodney Buford (6'5''-G-77, college: Creighton) had 11 points in the second quarter to help the Lightning outscore the Rainmen 26-23, and the Lightning took a 49-38 lead into the second half. The Rainmen shot only 28% in the first half, compared to the Lightning 53%. The Rainmen won the 3rd quarter 26-24 led by Haywood with 12 and Tisby with 7. Heading into the 4th quarter, the Rainmen trailed 73-64. Early in the 4th quarter the Lightning were able to pull away, thank to 8 points by Elvin Mims (6'5''-F-79, college: S.Mississippi). Quinnel Brown hit a 3 with 4:05 to play cut the Lightning lead to 10, but the Lightning were able to hold down the stretch for the 97-85 win. The Lightning were led by forward Elvin Mims who had 26 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks, and Rodney Buford, DeAndre Thomas (6'8''-C-86, college: Robert Morris) and Marvin Phillips, who came off the bench to record 17, 14 and 10 points respectively. The Rainmen were led by centre Antoine Tisby who had a massive double-double of 19 points and 16 rebounds, and Quinnel Brown who had 17 points and 8 rebounds. The Rainmen suffered from poor shooting, as they shot only 33% from the field, 19% from 3 and 63% from the free-throw line. The Rainmen did do an excellent job of pounding the offensive glass, reeling in 23 offensive rebounds, led by Tisby with 7. The Rainmen now fall to 10-12 on the season, and will look to bounce back next week as they travel to Saint John to take on the Mill Rats next Thursday. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Moncton M. - Summerside S. 88-93
It was another National Basketball League of Canada record-setting performance by Summerside Storm guard Brandon Robinson in a 93-88 win over the Moncton Miracles on Sunday afternoon. After becoming the first player in the two-year-old league to score over 1,000 points last week, Robinson broke the single-game points scoring record with 42, including some clutch shots when the Storm needed them the most en route to their fourth straight win. With the teams tied 80-80 and four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Robinson proceeded to score nine of the Storm's final 13 points. In the dying minutes, Robinson hit four consecutive foul shots, a three-pointer and two more clutch field goals. "It was a great win for our team, and everyone helped out," said Robinson, who led the league in scoring with the Oshawa Power last season. "My teammates were able to find me and get me the ball in good position. "It wasn't just me or two or three guys. It was everyone. We share this win with everyone on the team." In total, Robinson was 13-for-21 from the field and 12-for-13 from the foul line. The six-foot-five shooting guard was also second on the team with seven rebounds. "It was a good game," Robinson said. "Moncton's got a very good team, and they always play tough against us. It's always physical. "If that's the way they want to play, we can play that way too." Before 1,807 spectators at the Moncton Coliseum, the Storm came out of the gate hot, starting the game on a 9-2 run to force the Miracles to call an early timeout. Summerside continued to break down Moncton the remainder of the first quarter and took a 29-15 lead after the first 12 minutes, led by Willy Manigat (5'11''-PG-87)'s two three-point buckets in the final minutes of the period. Moncton's scoring troubles were gone in the second quarter, and Summerside couldn't find the net. The Storm was outscored 26-13 in the quarter and only up 42-41 at halftime. Summerside opened the third quarter strong, but fell behind on the scoreboard several times during the frame. They took a 68-64 lead into the fourth quarter. After 10 minutes of back-and-fourth basketball, the Storm took over the game in the final two minutes of regulation. Moncton lost control of the basketball several times in the clutch, and Summerside was able to capitalize on its mistakes with transition buckets. With 0:03 seconds left on the clock, Robinson stepped to the free-throw line to ice the game for his team, and by hitting his first shot broke the league points record for a single game. Courtesy of: journalpioneer.com

St.John M.R. - London L. 106-109 OT
London Lightning coach Micheal Ray Richardson used every cliche in the book. 'It's not how you start, it's how you finish,' he said. 'It's never over until it's over.' Cliche or not, the Mill Rats thought they had the Lightning all but strung up Sunday in Saint John, N.B. But the Rats learned an important lesson . . . a championship team knows how to win. The Lightning showed them that by beating the Mill Rats 109-106 in overtime after trailing by as many as 12 points in the third quarter and nine with five minutes left. 'You learn that when you are down nine with five minutes left in the game, the game isn't over,' Richardson said. It was a good win for the Lightning considering it was their second National Basketball League of Canada game in 24 hours. They defeated the Rainmen in Halifax 97-85 on Saturday. The Lightning are now 19-2 on the season. 'When you have veterans who know how to win, you are never out of a game,' Richardson said. 'But we played great defence and got a great game from Jeremy Williams. Williams and Elvin Mims had a big game against the Mill Rats. Mims had 25 points, while Williams hit for 22 and added 13 rebounds. Rod Buford had 18 and Tim Ellis 14. Adrian Moss added 12 assists for the Lightning. Jerice Crouch (6'0''-G-84, college: Chattanooga) had 28 for the Mill Rats. The Mill Rats looked home and dry, especially the way they were popping three-balls through the third quarter, but that dried up in the fourth. 'We just hung in there and then (the Mill Rats) legs just went,' Richardson said. On Saturday, the Lightning built a double digit lead and the Rainmen couldn't make it back. Mims led the Lightning on Saturday with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Buford added 17, De/Andrew Thomas 12, Jermaine Blackburn 12 and Phillips had 10 points and 15 rebounds. Antoine Tisby had 19 points and 16 boards. It's a tough grind for Ontario teams when they play Saturday and Sunday on the east coast. This was the first trip for the Lightning. With the change in the makeup of the schedule, they only play each east coast team four times. But the Atlantic Conference is a tight, tough conference and a couple of losses can drop you from first to last. 'What did I say before we left for the east?' Richardson said. 'With our team, we can play anywhere and we can win anywhere. That's what it's like to have a veteran team. The Lightning will have to make a player change sometime this week. Canadian guard Osvaldo Jeanty has gotten an offer to return to Germany to play and will be leaving this week. Richardson said they will be trying a couple of Canadians to see who is a better replacement for Jeanty. The Lightning have their last big home stand of the regular season beginning this week. They play Moncton at home Thursday and then play Sunday against the Windsor Express. Courtesy of: lfpress.com



Robinson number one in NBLCanada for round 19 - by Eurobasket News

American forward Brandon Robinson (198-F-89) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Summerside S., receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (42 points, seven rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Moncton M. (#5, 11-13) 93-88. Summerside S. maintains the 2nd position in NBLCanada NBL Canada. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Summerside S. will need more victories to improve their 13-9 record. In the team's last game Robinson had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Summerside S.'s top player in his first season with the team. Brandon Robinson averages this season 23.4ppg and 6.0rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Mike Helms (184-PG-82) of Windsor Exp.. Helms had a very good evening with 40 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for Windsor Exp. to edge slightly lower-ranked Montreal J. (#8, 2-18) 124-121. Windsor Exp.'s 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-12 record. Helms is a newcomer at Windsor Exp., but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.5ppg (#7).

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Eric Frederick (203-F-88) of Montreal J. (#8). Frederick got into 30-points club by scoring 35 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds and five assists. He was a key player of Montreal J., leading his team to a 114-106 win against the higher-ranked Oshawa P. (#3, 11-9). Montreal J. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-18 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Frederick he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Frederick has a very solid season. In 5 games in NBL he scored 25.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeremy Williams (200-SF-87) of London L. - 22 points and 13 rebounds
5. Eric Frederick (203-F-88) of Montreal J. - 32 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Elvin Mims (196-F-79) of London L. - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Elvin Mims (196-F-79) of London L. - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Chris Commons (206-F-84) of Windsor Exp. - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. J.R. Harrison (197-F-84) of Montreal J. - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Antoine Tisby (203-F/C-83) of Halifax R. - 19 points and 16 rebounds

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