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  ALBANIA   


Standings - A1

A1 Standings
 1. Kamza Basket 10-0 
 2. SK Tirana 8-2 
 3. Apolonia 7-3 
 4. Vllaznia Shk. 7-3 
 5. B. Tirana 6-4 
 6. Elbasani 5-5 
 7. Teuta Durres 4-6 
 8. Flamurtari 3-7 
 9. Partizani Tirana 3-7 
 10. U.A.T. 3-7 
 11. Skenderbeu 2-8 
 12. Studenti 2-8 

Regular Season: Round 11

Jan. 13: Apolonia - Teuta
Jan. 13: Elbasani - Partizani
Jan. 13: Vllaznia - Shoqata
Jan. 13: U.A.T. - Studenti
Jan. 13: Kamza Basket - Flamurtari
Jan. 13: Skenderbeu - SK Tirana


Kamza Basket wins first trophy in history - by Elton Veseli


Vllaznia - Kanza Basket 67-82

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




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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Stanley Pringle out for 12 weeks due to Meniscus Injury - by Eurobasket News

Indonesia Warriors confirmed to sideline their starting Point Guard due to the Meniscus Injury problem.
Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87, college: Penn St.) who had done surgery on 4th Jan confirming that he will not be able to play for Indonesia Warriors for 12 weeks periods. the surgery took place in Philippine by Dr. Jose Raul C. Canlas, foremost Filipino orthopedic surgeon and head of Fibas medical commission. Indonesia Warriors Managing Director dr. Andi Kurniawan. SpkO also confirming and put some knowledge that the meniscus injury isnt as serious as the MCL or ACL. It is common injury for athlete who get into any high intensity sport for a very long time. The same respond came to Stanley Pringle himself I feel normal because its a common injury for athletes whove been playing for a long time. Im 25 years old and Ive been playing since I was 7. We still very lucky to address Stanley injury in early season, weve done numerous act to help Stanley recovery process and make certain step to anticipate his absent for 12 weeks said Vice Managing Director Rudolf Tulus on behalf Indonesia Warriors Management.
The word also comes from Indonesia Warriors Head Coach Todd Purves to corroborate the statement obviously, we will miss Stanley Pringles presence on the court. But we are committed to his long term health first and foremost. The Indonesia Warriors will support Stan unconditionally throughout his rehabilitation process. We look forward to his successful return and I am sure that all our back court player Mario, Jerick, Dodo, and amin will all step up in Stan absence
Stanley Pringle also reflect his feeling regarding to miss the first game but in his absence his sure that everyone will step up. I have to properly rehab and cant rush anything. But Ill be pushing to get back as soon as possible. I feel bad to leave my team hanging, but Im sure everyone will step up
Indonesia Warriors will be held their first game on Jan 11th 2013 at Mahaka Square Britama Arena at 19.00 local time against San Miguel Beermen.
Courtesy of: indonesiasportventure.com



Satria Muda tabs John Smith - by Eurobasket News (T)

Satria Muda BritAma Jakarta (NBL) inked 27-year old American (has also Filipino passport) guard John Smith (188-86, college: Hawaii-Hilo). He played most recently at Saigon Heat in ASEAN League. In 21 games last season he averaged 9.1ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2spg. Smith was selected to All-PacWest 1st Team in 2009.
He has played also professionally in Germany (SSV Lok Bernau).
Smith attended University of Hawaii at Hilo until 2009 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  AUSTRALIA   


NBL's Top 15 - by Hugh McAuliffe

Its that time again, with the league edging past the halfway mark this past weekend, to look at the players who are standing tall as the stars of the NBL.

With just eight teams and almost every game fought out like a playoff encounter (it wasnt that long ago eight teams made the playoffs!) it is harder than ever to separate the depth of good players gracing hardcourts down under.

1. Cedric Jackson (191-G-86, college: Cleveland St.)
2. Ben Madgen
3. Matthew Knight
4. Kevin Lisch
5. Gary Ervin
6. Adam Gibson
7. Jonny Flynn
8. Shawn Redhage
9. Mika Vukona
10. Rhys Martin
11. Luke Nevill
12. Jamar Wilson
13. Seth Scott
14. Damian Martin
15. Ian Crosswhite

Honourable mention
Corin Henry
Aaron Bruce
Daniel Johnson
Cam Tragardh
Jesse Wagstaff
Anthony Petrie
Adris Deleon
Chris Goudling
Alex Pledger
Will Hudson



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   

Standings

Balkan League Standings
Group A
 1. Levski Sofia 5-2 
 2. Galil Gilboa 5-2 
 3. Kumanovo 4-3 
 4. Djuro Djakovic 3-4 
 5. Mornar Bar 1-7 
Group B
 1. Teodo Tivat 4-3 
 2. Rilski Sportist 4-3 
 3. Kavala 4-3 
 4. Kozuv 4-4 
 5. OKK Beograd 2-5 

Regular Season: Round 10

Jan. 8: Djuro Djakovic - Levski Sofia 82-71
Jan. 15: Galil Gilboa - Levski Sofia

Round 6

Jan. 15: Rilski Sportist - Kavala

Round 9

Jan. 15: Djuro Djakovic - Kumanovo



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Division II - Round Seventeen - by Bert Larsimont

Essor Charleroi (Spirou B) vs. Sint-Niklase Condors: 77-56

The surprising performance of the week comes from Charleroi. Essor Charleroi defeated the Condors of coach Steve Ibens by 21 points. It is the third win for Essor Charleroi this season. Serbian player Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94), who scored 22 points, was the leader of the young Spirou squad last Sunday morning.
Best scorers:
Essor: A. Lambot 16, Y. Diop 2, N. Jankovic 22, J. Stas 11, A. Zuccolini 1, J. Charles 4, M. Steenberghs 8, A. Eyenga 13.
Condors: B. De Beukeleer 4, S. De Bock 2, E. Lasisi 4, J.-P. De Decker 10, B. Bogaert 4, S. Vermeulen 14, D. Bovoy 2, N. Maris 5, J. Gerlo 11.

Gembo BBC vs. Kangoeroes Boom: 79-74

Domien Loubry (186-G-85) was sick and did not play much for Gembo in the first half. Nevertheless, Eli Van Aken (193-F-85) and his mates gave the hosts a great 17-point lead by the end of the second quarter. The Kangoeroes of coach Tom Poppe looked quite nervous in the first half. The second half of the game turned out to be quite different. Kangoeroes' shooter Dieter Souveryns (193-F/G-83) suddenly found the way to the bucket. With a great Witse Van Schil (188-G-83) at playmaking, Kabo came back into the race. When the scoreboard showed 76-74, a last turnover after misunderstanding between Witse Van Schil and Mitchel Gorremans (191-G/F-85) in the last seconds costed Kabo the game.
Score evolution: 23-16, 43-26, 57-50 and 79-74.
Best scorers:
Gembo: N. Celis 12, E. Van Aken 14, Y. Desiron 17, D. Loubry 11.
Kangoeroes: M. Gorremans 11, W. Van Schil 17, D. Souveryns 24.

Port of Antwerp Giants II vs. Cuva Houthalen: 78-87

Currently ranked second in Division II, Cuva Houthalen of Brian Lynch had a rather hard time to beat the young Giants of Luc Smout. So far in the Division II regular season, Cuva stands second with a record of 11 wins and 5 losses while the Giants II are ranked fifteenth with a record of 1 win and 15 losses.
Best scorers:
Giants II: D. Donkor 30, M. Rademakers 15, A. Rojas Palma 12.
Cuva: N/A

BC Haantjes Oudenaarde vs. Bent Schoenen Waregem: 81-68

The start of the game was clearly in favour of the Haantjes. Their new (but experienced) coach Guy Decleer saw his players quickly take a 7-2 lead. Nevertheless, BS Waregem of coach Sven Declercq hit 9 points in a row and, all of a sudden, it was a close game again. Despite low scoring in the first and second quarters, it remained an intense game until it showed 43-47 on the scoreboard in the third quarter. The Haantjes, with a very efficient Mikhail Linskens (213-C-87, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Wyoming), finished strongly in the last minutes of the third period (51-47) and played tough in the beginning of the fourth quarter (59-49). Great rebounding by BS Waregem's players Ahmet Gueye (203-C/F-82, college: Hawaii), Bart Willy Samaey (199-C-87) and Stijn Dhondt (197-F-79, college: Boston U.) was not sufficient for the visitors. The last time-outs taken by Sven Declercq did not change anything and BC Oudenaarde, led by Jean Salumu (193-F-90) in offense, won the game: 81-68 (via 80-60).
Score evolution: 18-17, 32-29, 51-47 and 81-68.
Best scorers:
Haantjes: J. Salumu 21, M. Linskens 19, J. Bourdeaux 18, M. Brysse 10, G. Mestdag 6, L. Lhote 4, G. De Lepeleire 3.
BS Waregem: T. Foucart 17, A. Steinbach 13, L. De Lepeleire 12, O. Foucart 8, A. Gueye 8, B. Samaey 6, S. Dhondt 3, H. Loontiens 1.

Gent Dragons vs. Excelsior Brussels: 88-73

Excelsior Brussels had a rather poor second quarter. This is a convincing victory for the Dragons in this important game between two play-off candidates. Maxime Depuydt (192-F-92) and Sam Semijejero (195-PF-77) had brought the Brussels' team from 56-41 to 62-54 in the third quarter. Dragon scorer Faycal Lait (190-G-88, agency: Promotex) put a last touch from long and mid-range to set the final score at 88-73. Special mentions to Thomas Van De Vondel (194-F/G-80) with 23 points scored for the winning side and to Sam Semijejero with great stats on the losing side (7 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals and 21 points).
Score evolution: 23-25, 45-35, 68-57 and 88-73.
Best scorers:
Dragons: J. Jones 4, B. Heinle 15, R. Spaens 12, F. Lait 12, T. Van De Vondel 23, M. Van Gelder 4, L. Enobakhare 8, C. Tshimuanga 10.
Excelsior: X. Collette 2, N. Verrept 2, M. Depuydt 11, J. Van Haevermaet 4, G. De Pooter 9, L. Maesfrancx 4, J. De Schepper 18, R. Oveneke 2, S. Semijejero 21.

Belfius Mons Hainaut II vs. Sint-Jan Antwerp: 81-90 (after OT)

Sint-Jan comes back from the Borinage Region with a nice win. Efforts by Lorenzo Giancaterino (190-F/G-90) and Emmanuel Lecomte (175-G-95) were not enough to stop the Jantjes. SJBA's centers Bram Raes (211-C-86) and Mario Brown (202-F-84, college: Jacksonville) controlled the air in the last minutes of the game and, with Senne Geukens (190-G-83) as top-scorer, the visitors won the overtime 4-13. Sint-Jan will welcome CEP Fleurus at the Arenahal in Deurne at 20:45 next Saturday (2013-01-12, also the birthday of SJBA's coach Steve Cornelis ). As announced on Sint-Jan's website, it will be free entrance for all fans of basketball.
Score evolution: 16-16, 36-39, 62-58, 77-77 and 81-90.
Best scorers:
Mons Hainaut II: L. Giancaterino 32, E. Lecomte 20, L. Schwartz 5, A. Gorgemans 15, K. Tumba 9.
Sint-Jan: B. Raes 4, N. El Khounchar 17, A. Druwez 16, S. Geukens 34, L. Anthonis 2, V. Kesteloot 3, M. Brown 14.

CEP Fleurus vs. Point Chaud Sprimont: 64-74

There was a big difference of energy level in the last minutes of the game. Great shooting performance by Gaetan Hertay (195-F-88) from long range on the visitors' side. The Greens of Sprimont played without their experienced center Jerome Flagothier (210-C) last weekend. Gilles Vrancken (192-PF) felt particularly at ease last Friday at the Salle Andre Robert in Fleurus: he hit crucial shots in the last quarter to give his team a well-deserved win. 23 turnovers were recorded for the home team! The only CEP players who left a positive impression were Amaury Marion (196-F-91) and Louis Hazard (199-F-94). The CEP team was punished and invited to attend a training and running session at 7:00 am on Saturday morning. Another bad news for CEP Fleurus has also filtered lately: Anthony Chada (196-G/F-89), still annoyed by an injury, has decided to give up and quits playing for CEP F this season. Free video highlights on Telesambre: http://telesambre.rtc.be/content/view/16268/166/.
Score evolution: 19-19, 34-33, 49-48 and 64-74.
Best scorers:
CEP F: A. Marion 19, C. Manzanza 3, L. Pourtoit 5, A. Chada 6, T. Bauwens 9, L. Hazard 2, S. Muric 6, C. Ilongo 14.
Sprimont: R. Delhaye 5, G. Vrancken 15, J.-B. Thome 5, G. Hertay 20, F. Manset 7, F. Delsaute 15, G. Donnay 7.



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  BOSNIA   


Siroki WWin let Naletilic go - by Eurobasket News (T)

HKK Siroki WWin (Division I) cut 24-year old guard Josip Naletilic (195-89, agency: Interperformances). In 15 Adriatic League games he played this season he averaged 3.5ppg, 1.1rpg and 2.5apg.
Among other achievements Naletilic won Bosnia and Herzegovina League championship title for four years in a row (between 2009 and 2012). He received also Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Honorable Mention award in 2011. Naletilic represented Bosnia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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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.



Brazilian NBB round 12 best performance: Guilherme Giovannoni - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized Italian forward Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) put on an amazing game in the last round for Brasilia, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 32-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Suzano (#16, 2-9) 92-81. Brasilia is placed at 6th position in Italian NBB. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Brasilia will need more victories to improve their 6-2 record. In the team's last game Giovannoni had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Brasilia, through which he has constantly improved. Guilherme Giovannoni has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 19.6ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 9.9rpg) and averages impressive 1.1bpg and 61.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was another Brasilia's star - 30-year old former international swingman Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82). Silva had a very good evening with 33 points and 3 rebounds. Of course Brasilia cruised to a 92-81 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Suzano (#16, 2-9). This victory allowed Brasilia to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Silva is one of the most experienced players at Brasilia and similarly like Guilherme Giovannoni has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.3ppg (#7).

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Ricardo Gaspar (202-F-84) of Suzano (#16). Gaspar scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Gaspar's great performance Suzano lost 81-92 to the higher-ranked Brasilia (#6, 6-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Suzano can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-9 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Gaspar he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Gaspar has a very solid season. In 10 games in Brazil he scored 9.4ppg. He also has 5.8rpg and FGP: 51.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Maurice Riddick (188-G-79) of Mogi das Cruzes - 26 points and 2 rebounds
5. William Drudi (206-C/F-81) of Basquete Cearense - 21 points and 7 rebounds
6. Douglas Nunes (201-C-87) of Minas - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Joe Smith (193-G-77) of Pinheiros/Sky - 24 points and 5 assists
8. Lucas Cipolini (206-F/C-86) of Uberlandia - 19 points and 7 rebounds
9. Leonardo Meindl (200-F-93) of Franca - 18 points and 6 rebounds
10. Desmond Holloway (190-G-88) of Liga Sorocaba - 23 points and 5 rebounds

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



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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.



Balkan League: Djuro Djakovic hold off Levski - by Eurobasket News

Djuro Djakovic - Levski 82:71

Djuro Djakovic dominated from start to finish to record the home win over Levski in the Balkan League season. Marino Sarlija (207-C/F-89) stepped up with 21 points to lead the winners. Djuro Djakovic now improved at 3-4 record, while dropping Levski at 5-2 in Group A.
Djuro Djakovic jumped ahead late in the opening frame to post a 20:18 lead. They stretched the margin in the second quarter. Djuro Djakovic accounted for a 40:30 halftime advantage. Levski tried to revive the intrigue in the third term. The Bulgarian team held the hosts to 16 points to get within 4 points at the final intermission. However Karlovic gave the home team a 9-point lead midway through the fourth frame and Djuro Djakovic hang on to cruise to the victory at the end. Hrvoje Puljko (193-G-83) provided 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Marko Batina (198-F/G-86) added 15 points for the winners. Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) answered with 20 points for Levski. Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) delivered 17 points in defeat.

Djuro Djakovic: Marino Sarlija 21, Hrvoje Puljko 16+10 boards, Marko Batina 15
Levski: Chavdar Kostov 20, Marko Marinovic 17



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

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

Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Luc Mbah a Moute (200-86, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Milwaukee Bucks (16-16) to beat the Houston Rockets (20-14). Mbah a Moute scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes on the court. The Milwaukee Bucks lost 101-115 on the road to the Rockets. It's Mbah a Moute's fifth season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 8.6ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 44.4% and FT: 62.1% in the 18 games he played so far. Mbah a Moute played for the Cameroonian senior national team two years ago.

Kenny Kadji
Kenny Kadji
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Kenny Kadji (211-88, currently plays college basketball in the States). He led Miami, FL to an easy victory against the La Salle University 76-59 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Kadji recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks and 4 steals. The University of Miami, Florida has 1-0 conference record this season. This year Kadji averages: 8.6ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 44.4% and FT: 62.1%. He played for the Cameroonian national team in 2011.

Arsene Towa
Arsene Towa
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Arsene Towa (191-81, currently plays in Finland). Towa led Kerava Energia Team to a victory over the fourth-ranked Jarvenpaa (9-6) crushing them 88-59 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Towa recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 17 rebounds. Kerava Energia Team (11-5) is placed second in Division B. Towa is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Kerava Energia Team's roster. He belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #3. Towa has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.4ppg, 13.3rpg, 2.5apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 55.4%(93-168), 3FGP: 34.8% and FT: 53.7%. Towa played for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Alfred Aboya
Alfred Aboya
   #4. Power forward Alfred Aboya (206-85, college: UCLA, currently plays in Japan) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (3-21) crushing them 82-59 in the Japanese BJ League last Saturday. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 11 rebounds in 24 minutes. Shiga Lakestars (14-10) are placed fifth in Western group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Aboya's overall stats are: 8.4ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.2spg in the 24 games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2011.

Harding NaNa
Harding NaNa
   #5. Former international forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL was not able to help New Yorker Phantoms (6-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite NaNa's good performance New Yorker Phantoms was crushed 80-58 in Berlin by the much higher-ranked ALBA (#3). He was the second best scorer with 12 points. This season NaNa has relatively solid stats: 10.9ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

William Arnaud Adala
William Arnaud Adala
   #6. Forward William Arnaud Adala (198-93, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Wake Forest (0-1) in their game against the Duke University (1-0) in the NCAA. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Wake Forest was badly defeated 80-62 in Durham, NC by the Duke University. It's Arnaud Adala's first season with the team. Arnaud Adala's total stats this year are: 6.6ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.1apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Cameroonian senior team two years ago.

Michel Ipouck
Michel Ipouck
   #7. Former international forward Michel Ipouck (199-86, currently plays in France) couldn't help Chartres (4-9) in their game against Rueil (7-7) in the French NM1 (third division). Ipouck was the second best scorer with 7 points. He also added 2 blocks in 20 minutes. It was his first game for Chartres this season. Chartres lost 48-60 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#9) Rueil. It was Chartres' third consecutive loss in a row. Despite Ipouck played previously for the French U20 national team, he is currently in the Cameroonian national team roster.

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

   #1. Experienced Rudolf Mua (201-F/C-80, currently plays in Finland) led Kerava Energia Team to a victory over the seventh-ranked JyWe (5-10) crushing them 102-79 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) on Sunday night. Mua was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 10 rebounds. Mua also added 3 assists and 3 blocks in 29 minutes. Kerava Energia Team (11-5) is placed second in Division B. Mua belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #5 with 1.6bpg. This year his other stats are: 18.7ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7spg in the 14 games he played so far.

   #2. Yannick Atanga (203-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Santa Clara University in a victory against the University of San Francisco (0-2) 74-69 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Atanga scored only 4 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 23 minutes. The Santa Clara University has 1-1 conference record this season. Atanga has reliable stats this year: 10.9ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.4apg in the 17 games.

   #3. Steve Moundou-Missi (201-F, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Harvard to beat the Saint Mary's College of California (0-2). He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Harvard was edged 70-69 on the road by the Saint Mary's College of California. Moundou-Missi has reliable stats this season: 10.9ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.4apg.

   #4. William Yengue (193-F, currently plays in Canada) contributed to an easy victory against the X-Men (4-4) crushing them 85-59 in the Canadian university league CIS on Saturday night. He recorded 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 33 minutes. The Dalhousie University has a solid 6-2 record this season. Yengue has been at the team for four years. This year Yengue's total stats are: 6.6ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.1apg in the eight games.

   #5. Claude-Didier Njoya Nken (186-PG-75, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Spot Up Medien Baskets' victory against the tenth-ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (4-9) 80-69 in the German ProB (third division) on Saturday night. Njoya Nken recorded only 2 points. Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig (6-7) is placed fourth in Group North. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Njoya Nken's total stats this season are: 3.4ppg and 2.3apg. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and Canadian.



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Jamie Vanderbeken is a newcomer at Glasgow Rocks - by Eurobasket News (T)

Glasgow Rocks (BBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old former British international forward Jamie Vanderbeken (210-87, college: Iowa State). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Canadian passport. Vanderbeken played recently at Hebraica in Uruguayan LUB league. In 7 games this season he recorded 9.6ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.0bpg. The most of last season he spent at Bakersfield Jam in D-League. In 31 games last year he averaged 4.9ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Vanderbeken also played at Panionios in Greek A1 earlier that season. In 31 games he averaged 4.9ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.2apg. He was a member of British Senior National Team in 2009.
Vanderbeken attended Iowa State until 2011 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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

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

Kyle Landry
Kyle Landry
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Russia. He could not help Triumph Lyubertsy (4-6) in their last game. Despite Landry's very good performance the seventh-placed Triumph Lyubertsy was edged 80-78 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) VEF Riga in the group B of VTB United League. He was the top scorer with 29 points. Landry also added 5 rebounds in 31 minutes on the court. Landry belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #4 with 6.9rpg. He also averaged so far 11.2ppg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 54.7%, 3FGP: 23.5% and FT: 88.2% in the 10 games he played so far. Landry played for the Canadian senior national team four years ago.

Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson
   #2. Second place goes to former U19 international forward Tristan Thompson (203-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a 2-point Cleveland Cavaliers' victory against the Charlotte Bobcats (9-24) 106-104 in the NBA last Friday. Thompson recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 13 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. The Cleveland Cavaliers have not so impressive 8-28 record this season. Thompson has relatively good stats this year: 9.7ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 47.8% and FT: 62.7%. He played for the Canadian U19 national team in 2009.

Steve Nash
Steve Nash
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international point guard Steve Nash (190-74, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Nash was not able to help the Los Angeles Lakers (15-18) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Los Angeles Lakers lost 105-112 in Denver to the Nuggets. Nash had a double-double by scoring 10 points and making 13 passes in 35 minutes. It was Lakers' third consecutive loss in a row. This year Nash has relatively solid stats: 10.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 8.8apg, 2FGP: 58.3%(28-48), 3FGP: 40.9% in the nine games. He played for the Canadian national team ten years ago.

Kelly Olynyk
Kelly Olynyk
   #4. Forward Kelly Olynyk (213-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Gonzaga to a victory against the Santa Clara University (1-1) 81-74 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Olynyk recorded a double-double by scoring 33 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. The Gonzaga University has 2-0 conference record this season. It's Olynyk's fourth year with the team. Olynyk has reliable stats this year: 10.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 8.8apg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2011.

Levon Kendall
Levon Kendall
   #5. Former international forward Levon Kendall (209-84, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Blancos de Rueda (6-10) crushing them 89-56 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Kendall recorded 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in 31 minutes. Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (9-7) is placed seventh in the ACB. Kendall's stats this year are: 13.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg in the 16 games. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Irish. Kendall used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Ross Bekkering
Ross Bekkering
   #6. Forward Ross Bekkering (203-87, currently plays in Holland) was not able to secure a victory for Leiden (14-4) in their game against Weert (6-12) in the Dutch Eredivisie. Despite his very good performance last Saturday He was the top scorer with 22 points. Bekkering also added 8 rebounds. It's Bekkering's first season with the team. Bekkering is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.8ppg, 7.7rpg and 1.3apg. Bekkering is a former university international player as he played for the Canadian team four years ago.

Joel Anthony
Joel Anthony
   #7. Former international center Joel Anthony (206-82, college: UNLV, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an overtime Miami Heat's victory against the Orlando Magic (12-22) 112-110 in the NBA on Monday night. He recorded 8 points in only 13 minutes. The Miami Heat has a solid 23-9 record this season. Anthony has been at the team for five years. This year Anthony's overall stats are: 1.6ppg and 1.7rpg in the 28 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Kevin Pangos
Kevin Pangos
   #8. Guard Kevin Pangos (188-93, currently studies in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kelly Olynyk. But that was another game of his team in NCAA which we would like to mention. Pangos contributed to a 1-point Gonzaga's victory against the Oklahoma State University (0-1) 69-68. He scored 23 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. The Gonzaga University has 2-0 conference record this season. Pangos' total stats this year are: 1.6ppg and 1.7rpg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2009.

Anthony Bennett
Anthony Bennett
   #9. Former U17 international forward Anthony Bennett (203-93, is currently at the American university) contributed to an easy victory against the Cal State - Bakersfield crushing them 84-63 in the NCAA last Saturday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 10 rebounds. The University of Nevada - Las Vegas have conference record this season. Bennett has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.3apg, 1.8bpg and 1.6spg. Bennett used to play for the Canadian U17 national team three years ago.

Henry Bekkering
Henry Bekkering
   #10. Forward Henry Bekkering (198-85, college: E.Washington, currently plays in Holland) couldn't help M.Magixx (11-7) in their game against Den Bosch (15-3) in the Dutch Eredivisie. Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game He was the top scorer with 20 points. Bekkering's total stats this season are: 8.8ppg and 2.9rpg. He is a former U21 international player as nine years ago he still played for the Canadian national team.

   #11. Former U19 international forward Marc Trasolini (206-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) faced previously mentioned Kelly Olynyk in the NCAA last game. Trasolini couldn't help the Santa Clara in their game against the Gonzaga University, despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game. He scored 19 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 35 minutes. But his team lost 74-81. Trasolini averaged so far 13.8ppg, 3.1apg and 1.3spg in the 18 games. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team four years ago.

   #12. Former U19 international center Sim Bhullar (226-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a N.Mexico St.'s victory against the Texas State University at San Marcos 78-67 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Bhullar scored 20 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 27 minutes. He averaged so far 13.8ppg, 3.1apg and 1.3spg in the 18 games. Bhullar used to play for the Canadian U19 national team back in 2011.

   #13. Former U19 international guard Nik Stauskas (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Michigan win their game against the University of Iowa crushing them 95-67 in the NCAA last Sunday. Stauskas scored 13 points in 30 minutes. This year his total stats are: 6.9ppg and 1.8apg in the nine games. Stauskas used to play for the Canadian U19 national team two years ago.

   #14. Former U19 international guard Devoe Joseph (193-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon, currently plays in Ukraine) helped Khimik win their game against the closely-ranked Mykolaiv crushing them 86-45 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Saturday night. He scored 9 points and added 3 assists. Joseph averaged so far 11.4ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.9apg. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team back in 2007.

   #15. Former U18 international forward Khem Birch (205-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Anthony Bennett. However that was another game of his team in NCAA which brought him to that list. Birch helped UNLV win their game against the Chicago State University crushing them 74-52. He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 12 rebounds. Birch also added 4 blocks. He averaged so far 11.4ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.9apg. Birch used to play for the Canadian U18 national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Matt Bonner (206-F-80, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Brooklyn Nets (19-15) crushing them 104-73 in the NBA on Monday night. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 27-10 record this season. Bonner has been at the team for seven years. Bonner's overall stats this year are: 3.9ppg and 2.0rpg. He is a naturalized American.

   #2. Andrew Nicholson (205-PF-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Orlando Magic (12-22) in their last game. Despite Nicholson's good performance the Orlando Magic lost 106-114 on the road to the New York Knicks. He scored 11 points in only a mere 14 minutes. It was Magic's ninth consecutive loss in a row. It's Nicholson's first season with the team. Nicholson averaged so far 7.6ppg and 3.2rpg in the 33 games he played so far.

   #3. Jason Calliste (188-PG, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Detroit Mercy to a victory against the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay (0-2) 84-76 in the NCAA last Saturday. Calliste scored 20 points and added 3 passes (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!) in 39 minutes. The University of Detroit Mercy has 2-0 conference record this season. This year Calliste's total stats are: 1.6ppg and 1.7rpg in the 28 games.

   #4. Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in Finland), who plays in the Finnish Korisliiga was not able to help one of league's weakest teams KTP-Basket (14-6) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance KTP-Basket was defeated 99-88 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Joensuun_Kataja (#3). Barrett was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 7 rebounds. Barrett is currently first on the league's list of best blockers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Barrett averages: 15.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.3apg, 1.8bpg and 1.6spg.

   #5. Daniel Mullings (188-G, currently studies in the States) contributed to a N.Mexico St.'s victory against the Texas State University at San Marcos (0-4) 78-67 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He scored 22 points, grabbed 7 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 3 balls in 38 minutes. The New Mexico State University has 2-2 conference record this season. Mullings has very impressive stats this year: 15.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.3apg, 1.8bpg and 1.6spg in the 20 games.

   #6. Nicholas Wiggins (198-G, is currently at the American university) helped Wichita St. win their game against the Drake University 75-63 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. He scored 18 points in a mere 17 minutes. Wiggins has very impressive stats this year: 15.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.3apg, 1.8bpg and 1.6spg in the 20 games.

   #7. Corey Muirhead (197-F-83, college: W.Carolina, currently plays in Czech Republic) was the major contributor in a BK Pardubice's victory against the closely-ranked BK Prostejov 75-66 in the Czech Republic NBL last Thursday. Muirhead scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 33 minutes. Muirhead is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders with 8.3rpg. This year he also averages: 13.8ppg, 3.1apg and 1.3spg in the 18 games. Muirhead has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #8. Justin Edwards (190-PG-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Maine win their game against the University of Maryland -Baltimore County 81-66 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He scored 17 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Edwards is currently first on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (fifth place). This season he has very good stats: 13.8ppg, 3.1apg and 1.3spg.

   #9. Juevol Myles (185-G-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped S.Dakota win their game against the South Dakota State University 74-71 in the NCAA last Saturday. Myles scored 22 points and added 5 passes (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). He averaged so far 13.8ppg, 3.1apg and 1.3spg.

   #10. Omar El Turk (186-SG-81, college: Dawson Coll., currently plays in Lebanon) helped Al Riyadi win their game against the seventh-ranked Bejjeh crushing them 94-68 in the Lebanese Division A in Friday night's game. He scored 14 points. El Turk's total stats this season are: 6.9ppg and 1.8apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Lebanese.



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Balkan League: Djuro Djakovic hold off Levski - by Eurobasket News

Djuro Djakovic - Levski 82:71

Djuro Djakovic dominated from start to finish to record the home win over Levski in the Balkan League season. Marino Sarlija (207-C/F-89) stepped up with 21 points to lead the winners. Djuro Djakovic now improved at 3-4 record, while dropping Levski at 5-2 in Group A.
Djuro Djakovic jumped ahead late in the opening frame to post a 20:18 lead. They stretched the margin in the second quarter. Djuro Djakovic accounted for a 40:30 halftime advantage. Levski tried to revive the intrigue in the third term. The Bulgarian team held the hosts to 16 points to get within 4 points at the final intermission. However Karlovic gave the home team a 9-point lead midway through the fourth frame and Djuro Djakovic hang on to cruise to the victory at the end. Hrvoje Puljko (193-G-83) provided 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Marko Batina (198-F/G-86) added 15 points for the winners. Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) answered with 20 points for Levski. Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) delivered 17 points in defeat.

Djuro Djakovic: Marino Sarlija 21, Hrvoje Puljko 16+10 boards, Marko Batina 15
Levski: Chavdar Kostov 20, Marko Marinovic 17


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 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


Marko Popovic selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Marko Popovic (185-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in VTB United League). He was the major contributor in Zalgiris' victory against the fourth-ranked Lokomotiv (6-4) 89-81 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Popovic recorded 15 points and added 5 passes in 25 minutes on the court. 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 Popovic averages: 8.8ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.1apg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 37.8% and FT: 85.7% in the nine games he played so far. He played for the Croatian senior national team two years ago.

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Ante Tomic (217-87, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Spain. Tomic could not help Regal FC Barcelona (1-1) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed Regal FC Barcelona was defeated 78-65 on the road by the leading Khimky in the group F of Euroleague. Tomic was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 5 rebounds. It's Tomic's first season with the team. Tomic is ranked third on the list of the best blockers in the league. His overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.8apg, 1.6bpg, 2FGP: 61.3%(49-80) and FT: 53.3%. Tomic played for the Croatian national team in 2011.

Dontaye Draper
Dontaye Draper
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to a Real Madrid's victory against the 11th-ranked FIATC Joventut (7-9) 88-77 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Draper recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. Real Madrid (15-1) is placed first in the ACB. This year Draper's overall stats are: 4.3ppg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 38.5% and FT: 73.3% in the 16 games. He is a naturalized American. Draper played for the Croatian national team two years ago. He used to play for Cedevita Zagreb in Croatian league.

Roko-Leni Ukic
Roko-Leni Ukic
   #4. Point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, currently plays in Greece) led Panathinaikos to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Apollon Patras (5-6) crushing them 91-60 in the Greek A1 in Sunday night's game. Ukic scored 13 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Panathinaikos Athens (10-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Ukic's total stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.4apg. He is also Croatian national team player.

Luka Zoric
Luka Zoric
   #5. International center Luka Zoric (211-84, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help Unicaja Malaga (8-8) in their last game. Despite Zoric's very good performance Unicaja Malaga lost 63-70 in Las Palmas to the higher-ranked (#4) G.Canaria 2014. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Zoric also added 2 shots in 21 minutes. Zoric has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.1bpg in the 16 games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Darko Planinic
Darko Planinic
   #6. Center Darko Planinic (211-90, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Israel was not able to secure a victory for Maccabi T-A (0-2) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Planinic's good performance Maccabi T-A (#8) was edged 71-70 at home by the higher-ranked Caja Laboral (#3) in the group F of Euroleague. He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Planinic also added 2 shots. This season Planinic averages only 6.0ppg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

Leon Radosevic
Leon Radosevic
   #7. Former U20 international center Leon Radosevic (206-90, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Lithuania couldn't help Lietuvos rytas (5-5) in their last game. Despite Radosevic's good performance Lietuvos rytas (#6) was badly defeated 83-63 on their home court in Vilnius by the second-ranked Spartak St.Petersburg in the group A of VTB United League. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Radosevic also added 5 rebounds in 31 minutes. This year Radosevic has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg and 4.9rpg in the 10 games. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team three years ago.

Krunoslav Simon
Krunoslav Simon
   #8. Swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Luka Zoric. But that was another game of his team in Euroleague which we would like to mention. Simon couldn't help Unicaja Malaga (1-1) in their game against Zalgiris (1-1). He scored 7 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Unicaja Malaga (#4) was defeated 75-63 in Kaunas by the higher-ranked Zalgiris (#3) in the group E of Euroleague. Simon's total stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.6apg. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Jakov Vladovic
Jakov Vladovic
   #9. Former international point guard Jakov Vladovic (187-83, currently plays in Adriatic League) led his Slovenian team Krka to a 2-point victory against the closely-ranked KK Zadar (6-10) 67-65 in the Adriatic League on Sunday night. Vladovic recorded 13 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals in 31 minutes. Krka Novo Mesto (6-10) is placed tenth in the Adriatic League. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. Vladovic is currently third on the list of best passers with 4.2apg. This year his other stats are: 8.1ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.3spg in the 16 games. Vladovic used to play for the Croatian national team four years ago.

Kresimir Loncar
Kresimir Loncar
   #10. Forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, also represented by Alti Sport, currently plays in VTB United League) couldn't help Khimky (7-3) in their game against BC Astana (5-4) in the VTB United League. He recorded 8 points. Khimky (#4) was defeated 92-77 in Astana by the lower-ranked BC Astana (#5) in the group A of VTB United League. Loncar's total stats this season are: 8.2ppg and 2.3rpg. He is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Croatian senior national team.

   #11. Former international guard Zoran Vrkic (200-87, currently plays in Greece), who plays in the Greek A1 couldn't help Ikaros (5-6) in their last game. Despite Vrkic's very good performance Ikaros was edged 66-64 in Athens by the one of league's weakest teams (#13) Ilysiakos. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Vrkic also added 8 rebounds in 33 minutes. Vrkic is currently seventh on the league's list of best rebounders with 6.6rpg. This year he also averages: 12.6ppg and 1.4apg in the eight games. Vrkic used to play for the Croatian national team two years ago.

   #12. International forward Damjan Rudez (208-86, currently plays in Spain) helped CAI Zaragoza win their game against the 16th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada 79-74 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. He recorded 9 points, 3 assists and 3 steals. Rudez has reliable stats this season: 11.3ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.1apg. He is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.

   #13. Former international power forward Mario Delas (207-90, currently plays in VTB United League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Marko Popovic and both played together in the last VTB United League game. Delas managed to help B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas in a victory against the fourth-ranked Lokomotiv 89-81. He recorded 5 points in 10 minutes. This year Delas' total stats are: 6.4ppg and 3.7rpg in the nine games. He used to play for the Croatian national team four years ago.

   #14. An experienced former international swingman Mario Stojic (198-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Belgium) led Base Oostende to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Leuven Bears 84-73 in the Belgian Ethias League last Saturday. Stojic scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. He averaged so far 12.7ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.5apg. Stojic used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2009.

   #15. Former U20 international center Jure Lalic (210-86, currently plays in Adriatic League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jakov Vladovic and both played together in the last Adriatic League game. Lalic helped his Slovenian team Krka edge the closely-ranked KK Zadar 67-65. He recorded 11 points in 21 minutes. Lalic's stats this year are: 10.4ppg and 3.9rpg in the 16 games. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team seven years ago.

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

   #1. Anthony Drmic (198-G/F-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Boise St. to an easy victory against the Walla Walla College (6-10) crushing them 106-39 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Drmic scored 22 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. The Boise State University has conference record this season. Drmic averaged so far 10.4ppg and 3.9rpg in the 16 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Australian.

   #2. Kristijan Krajina (206-F-90, currently studies in the States) led Mt.St.Mary's to a victory against the Monmouth University (0-2) 71-59 in the NCAA last Saturday. Krajina scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. The Mt.Saint Mary's University, MD has 1-1 conference record this season. Krajina is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Mt.St.Mary's' roster. He averaged so far 10.4ppg and 3.9rpg in the 16 games.

   #3. Experienced Igor Milicic (194-G-76, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an AZS Koszalin's victory against one of league's weakest teams Start Gdynia (4-11) 68-63 in the Polish TBL on Sunday night. Milicic scored 8 points. AZS Koszalin (9-6) is placed fifth in the TBL. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Milicic has been at the team for five years. He has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 3.3apg. Milicic is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Polish.

   #4. Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-81, currently plays in Austria), who plays in the Austrian A Bundesliga could not help UBSC Graz (6-9) in their last game. Despite his very good performance UBSC Graz was edged 77-76 at home by the higher-ranked (#5) Gussing Knights. Stegnjaic had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists (made all of his six free throws) in 37 minutes. Stegnjaic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.7ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.1apg in the 15 games.

   #5. Ljubisa Vrcelj (210-C-84, college: Jacksonville, currently plays in Bulgaria), who plays in the Bulgarian NBL was not able to help Euroins Cherno More (5-1) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Vrcelj's good performance the league leader Euroins Cherno More was defeated 94-80 on the road by the lower-ranked Beroe (#7). He scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Vrcelj averaged so far 14.5ppg and 11.0rpg. He has both Croatian and Canadian nationalities.

   #6. Sasa Jankovic (204-F-84, currently plays in Slovakia) was the major contributor in a SKP Banska Bystrica's victory against one of league's weakest teams Handlova 90-84 in the Slovakian Extraliga in Saturday night's game. Jankovic scored 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 25 minutes. Jankovic averaged so far 11.7ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.5apg in the 15 games.

   #7. Marco Buljevic (197-G-87, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a ETB Wohnbau's surprising victory against the fourth-ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg 78-75 in the German ProA (second division) in Sunday night's game. He recorded 10 points and added 4 passes. Buljevic has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. He also holds two passports: Croatian and German. Despite Buljevic's Croatian nationality, he previously played for the German U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Croatian team.

   #8. Ozren Pavlovic (203-F, is currently at the American university) managed to help University of Hawaii in a victory against the University of California, Riverside 76-61 in the NCAA last Saturday. Pavlovic scored 5 points in 18 minutes. Pavlovic has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg in the 16 games.

   #9. Marin Petric (190-G-80, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Duesseldorf Baskets in their game against SC Rasta Vechta in the German ProA (second division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Petric recorded only 3 points and added 4 passes in 24 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 20 points 99-79. Petric averaged so far 10.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.2apg in the 16 games. He has dual citizenship: Croatian and German.

   #10. Ivan Jurkovic (213-C-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped FIU win their game against the Florida A&M University 88-72 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. Jurkovic scored 7 points in only 11 minutes. Jurkovic averaged so far 10.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.2apg in the 16 games.



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ForexTime Apollon - by Dr. Nasios Orinos (T)

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.



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Jan Vesely selected the top Czech playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Jan Vesely (211-90, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to a 2-point Washington Wizards' victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder (26-8) 101-99 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Vesely scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 20 minutes on the court. The Washington Wizards have rather weak 5-28 record this season. It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses. This year Vesely averages: 2.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 2FGP: 49.2% and FT: 24.0% in the 25 games he played so far. He played for the Czech Republic senior national team three years ago.

Ondrej Starosta
Ondrej Starosta
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international center Ondrej Starosta (215-79, currently plays in Spain). Starosta led Planasa NV to a 2-point victory over the closely-ranked Ourense (1-6) 85-83 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. He was MVP of the game. Starosta recorded 25 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. Planasa Navarra (6-7) is placed eighth in the LEB Gold. Starosta belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #6) and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has very reliable stats this season: 14.7ppg, 9.6rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 56.2%(82-146) and FT: 45.0%. Starosta played for the Czech Republic national team in 2008.

Pavel Pumprla
Pavel Pumprla
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Pavel Pumprla (198-86, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Blancos de Rueda (6-10) crushing them 89-56 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Pumprla recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (9-7) is placed seventh in the ACB. It's Pumprla's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 55.7%(34-61) and FT: 81.5% in the 16 games. Pumprla is also a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #4. Point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Cajasol's victory against one of league's weakest teams Assignia Manresa (2-14) 67-60 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He recorded 9 points and added 3 passes. Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (5-11) is placed 15th in the ACB. Satoransky is ranked seventh on the list of the best passers in the league. This season he has very good stats: 12.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.8apg and 1.2spg. Satoransky is also Czech Republic national team player.

Ondrej Balvin
Ondrej Balvin
   #5. International center Ondrej Balvin (216-92, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tomas Satoransky and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game. Balvin managed to help Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla to win against one of league's weakest teams Assignia Manresa (2-14) 67-60. He recorded only 4 points. Balvin's total stats this season are: 2.1ppg and 1.8rpg. He plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #6. Shooting guard David Jelinek (194-90, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL could not help Olin Edirne (3-11) to beat Tofas (6-8). Jelinek scored 8 points and added 3 passes in 30 minutes. Olin Edirne was edged 73-72 at home by the higher-ranked (#9) Tofas. It was Olin Edirne's fifth consecutive loss in a row. Jelinek has relatively good stats this year: 12.4ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.8apg in the 14 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Czech Republic National Team roster.

Jan Svandrlik
Jan Svandrlik
   #7. U18 international small forward Jan Svandrlik (196-94, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a Clinicas Rincon's victory against the ninth-ranked Cafes Aitona (4-7) crushing them 88-56 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. Svandrlik scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. CB Clinicas Rincon (7-4) is placed fourth in the LEB Silver. Svandrlik's total stats this season are: 3.6ppg and 1.5rpg. He is also Czech Republic U18 national team player.

Tomas Hampl
Tomas Hampl
   #8. Center Tomas Hampl (215-88, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help River Andorra (3-0) in their game against Ford Burgos (11-2) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He recorded only 4 points. his team was defeated 86-75 on the road by the leading Ford_Burgos. Hampl's total stats this season are: 6.8ppg and 4.0rpg. He plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

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

   #1. Robert Skibniewski (183-PG-83, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an AZS Koszalin's victory against one of league's weakest teams Start Gdynia (4-11) 68-63 in the Polish TBL last Sunday. He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. AZS Koszalin (9-6) is placed fifth in the TBL. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Skibniewski is ranked seventh on the list of the best passers in the league with 4.1apg. This year he also averages: 8.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.1spg in the 15 games he played so far.

   #2. Jan Kratochvil (200-F-82, currently plays in Slovakia), who plays in the Slovakian Extraliga could not help Komarno (14-4) to beat Levice (1-15). Kratochvil scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. The league leader Komarno was badly defeated 72-55 on the road by the much lower-ranked (#10) Levice. This year Kratochvil's total stats are: 7.0ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.2apg in the 17 games.

   #3. Jaroslav Tyrna (207-F/C-86, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help USC Leipzig (3-13) in their game against Oettinger Rockets Gotha (6-10) in the German ProA (second division). Tyrna cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in 25 minutes. The bottom-ranked USC Leipzig lost 67-81 in Gotha to the higher-ranked (#11) Oettinger Rockets. It was USC Leipzig's fifth consecutive loss in a row. This year Tyrna's total stats are: 9.0ppg and 8.0rpg in the two games.

   #4. Jaromir Fohler (211-C-85, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Lan Mobel Iraurgi Saski Baloia to win against the seventh-ranked Fontedoso Carrefour (5-6) 84-73 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Sunday night. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Lan Mobel Iraurgi Saski Baloia (1-0) is placed in the LEB Silver. Fohler's total stats this season are: 1.3ppg and 1.7rpg.

   #5. Tomas Bruha (213-C-88, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Tulane's victory against the Wofford College (0-1) 62-48 in the NCAA in Friday night's game. He recorded only 3 points in 15 minutes. The Tulane University has conference record this season. This year Bruha's total stats are: 1.3ppg and 1.7rpg in the 11 games.



CEZ Nymburk and Michael Taylor Part Ways - by Surujh Roopnarine (T)

One player not making the trip to Spain ahead of tomorrow night's Eurocup Top 16 clash with Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (Spain) is Michael Taylor (188-G-86, college: Iowa St.). CEZ Basketball Nymburk parted ways with the 26-year old guard prior to the trip and signed in his stead Nigerian-American shooting guard Michael Efevberha. Taylor, 6-2, joined the club this off-season and appeared in Euroleague qualifications (2 games), Eurocup (6 games), VTB United League (10 games) and domestic NBL (19 games) competitions. According to Nymburk coach Ronen Ginzburg (agency: Avi Zilberman ) "Taylor's performances were not consistent enough for the team's needs He had big swings in quality of performances, one excellent the next bad. Invariably it was unreliable."
Taylor's best performances came in Mattoni NBL contests where he averaged 10.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.6 steals while connecting on 50.0% of his two-point field goals while making 43.5% of his three-point shots. Contrarily in six Eurocup games he managed just 7.7 points per game while making only 3 of 19 three-point field goals. Taylor, who is the first ever player drafted from the NBA D-League into the NBA (2008 #55 pick of Portland Trail Blazers) is in his sixth professional season having played previously in the NBA D-League, NBA (49 games in 2008-09), Serbia, Italy and Greece.


This marks the fourth import player to leave Nymburk this season, joining Christos Tapoutos (203-F-82), Aubrey Colemand and A.J. Abrams.

According to spokesperson Ondrej Simecek, if Efevberha does not pass his initial try-out period the team will continue the rest of the season with the current 12-man roster and not bring in another import.



CEZ Nymburk signs Michael Efevberha - by Eurobasket News (T)

CEZ Basketball Nymburk (NBL) signed 29-year old Nigerian ex-international guard Michael Efevberha (197-88kg-84, college: CS Northridge). He just played at Spartak Primorie Vladivostok in Russian PBL league. Efevberha managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In 6 PBL games this season he had 12.8ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5apg. The last summer he played at Cocolos in Dominican Rep. LNB. Efevberha also played at Iowa Energy in D-League earlier that season. In 39 games last season he recorded very impressive stats: 19.6ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.2apg. Great season as he was named to USBasket.com All-D-League Honorable Mention. The other team he played that season for was Lugano Tigers in Swiss LNA. In 11 games he recorded also great stats: 16.7ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg and 2.4spg.
In 2006 Efevberha was drafted by Idaho Stampede (D-League) in first round (112th overall).
He attended Cal State - Northridge and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Efevberha won Swiss LNA championship title for two years in a row (2010 and 2011). He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Guard of the Year in 2011. Efevberha represented Nigeria at the African Championships in Libya four years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: Score-5 (17.4ppg), 4.1rpg, 2.0apg, Steals-4 (2.0spg), FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 69.4%.
Efevberha is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Cholet), New Zealand (Wellington Exodus Saints), D-League (Springfield Armor and Rio Grande Valley Vipers) and WCBL (Santa Barbara).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Tarvas edge Pieno Zvaigzdes in Top 16 opener - by Eurobasket News

Baltic League
Tarvas - Pieno Zvaigzdes 93:75


Tarvas edge Pieno Zvaigzdes in Top 16 opener. The Estonian side won 93:75 and grabbed 1-0 record in Group G.
BC Rakvere led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They won the opening period 24-21 and added 26-20 in the second frame. Moreover the hosts posted a 20-19 rally in the third quarter and finished the game with 23-15 burst.
Renato Lindmets (200-F-84, college: Westfield St.) stepped up and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Reimo Tamm (185-PG-84) chipped in 12 points and 8 assists. Maris Laksa (205-F-81, college: Providence) top-scored in the game with 20 points and Juris Umbrasko (197-G/F-79) poured in 15.
At the losing side Tyrell Biggs (203-F-86, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds and Yancy Gates (206-F-89, college: Cincinnati) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Mantas Ruikis (194-G/F-85) scored 11 and TreVon Hughes (183-PG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) delivered 9.

Pieno Zvaigzdes: Tyrell Biggs 19, Yancy Gates 17, Mantas Ruikis 11, TreVon Hughes 9, Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89, agency: Alti Sport) 7
Tarvas: Maris Laksa 20, Renato Lindmets 18, Juris Umbrasko 15, Reimo Tamm 12, Kaido Saks (205-F-86) 11



BBL: Tarvas starts TOP16 with a huge win - by Janar

BC Rakvere Tarvas started the second stage of Baltic Basketball League with a huge 93:75 win against previously undefeated Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys. Tarvas made 13 three-pointers out of 26 attempts and outscored the opponents in every quarter. The guests made only 6/22 from the long range.

Pasvalys led the game in opening minutes, only, but since a 3rd-minute three-pointer by Kaido Saks, the hosts never gave up the lead. After 2 quarters it was 50:41, and although three consecutive baskets by Vasiliauskas took the guests within 4 points in the middle of 3rd, Tarvas answered with 11:1 run and enjoyed a safe double-didgit lead for almost whole last quarter.

Maris Laksa (205-F-81, college: Providence) led the winners with 20 points, Renato Lindmets added 18+6rb, Juris Umbrasko 15+6rb and Reimo Tamm 12+8 ast. Tyrell Biggs and Yancy Gates led the guests wit 19 and 17 pts, respectively.

Tarvas had won 5 out of 10 games in first stage while Pieno Zvaigzdes ha a perfect record, after beating even BC Kalev/Cramo twice.



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CEZ Nymburk and Michael Taylor Part Ways - by Surujh Roopnarine (T)

One player not making the trip to Spain ahead of tomorrow night's Eurocup Top 16 clash with Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (Spain) is Michael Taylor (188-G-86, college: Iowa St.). CEZ Basketball Nymburk parted ways with the 26-year old guard prior to the trip and signed in his stead Nigerian-American shooting guard Michael Efevberha. Taylor, 6-2, joined the club this off-season and appeared in Euroleague qualifications (2 games), Eurocup (6 games), VTB United League (10 games) and domestic NBL (19 games) competitions. According to Nymburk coach Ronen Ginzburg (agency: Avi Zilberman ) "Taylor's performances were not consistent enough for the team's needs He had big swings in quality of performances, one excellent the next bad. Invariably it was unreliable."
Taylor's best performances came in Mattoni NBL contests where he averaged 10.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.6 steals while connecting on 50.0% of his two-point field goals while making 43.5% of his three-point shots. Contrarily in six Eurocup games he managed just 7.7 points per game while making only 3 of 19 three-point field goals. Taylor, who is the first ever player drafted from the NBA D-League into the NBA (2008 #55 pick of Portland Trail Blazers) is in his sixth professional season having played previously in the NBA D-League, NBA (49 games in 2008-09), Serbia, Italy and Greece.


This marks the fourth import player to leave Nymburk this season, joining Christos Tapoutos (203-F-82), Aubrey Colemand and A.J. Abrams.

According to spokesperson Ondrej Simecek, if Efevberha does not pass his initial try-out period the team will continue the rest of the season with the current 12-man roster and not bring in another import.



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KORISLIIGA: Kataja (16-5) won again - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 21: Kataja from Joensuu was winning again tonight. YMCA Lappeenranta was a piece of cake for Team Kataja (16-5), when the final difference became 29 points: 99-70 (52-35). Quarters: 32-19, 20-16, 26-24, 21-11. YMCA LPR (10-11) had 30 turnovers and that is much too much in basketball and on this level. Daniel Coleman (206-F-85, college: Minnesota) led Kataja with 25pts/8rbs. Juho Nenonen (202-SF-87) added 23 pts. Greg Logins (200-F-88, college: Canisius) scored 28 pts for the visitors. Top League leading scorer (23,0 ppg) Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Missouri) had a double-double 17pts/10rbs.
Kataja - YMCA LPR 99-70 (52-35). (Dan Coleman 25/8, Juho Nenonen 23, Petri Virtanen 16 - Greg Logins 28, Jason Conley 17/10, Antti Niskanen 9. A: 1032).

UU-Korihait (Uusikaupunki) has now three American players. Also newcomers Demond Watt (200-F-89, college: Texas A&M-CC) and T.J. Robinson (203-F-89, agency: Global Sports Plaza) are in the town. Lefty Robinson came today and will possibly play already tomorrow. Robinson is first time in Europe after four years (2008-12) at Long Beach State University.



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Patrick Ewing Jr. moves from Bonn to Valladolid - by Daniel Poerschke (T)

Patrick Ewing Jr. has signed with Spanisch ACB League Club Valladolid for the Rest of the season. Ewing started the season with german BBL team Bonn. He averaged in the BBL 11.5ppg and 6.1rpg. In the Euro Challenge competition Ewing averaged 7.8ppg and 5.2 rpg. The athletic Ewing can play on the wing and under the basket and has shown his great athleticism with Bonn already. Its his first season in Europe, after a college career with Indiana and Georgetown. He also spend some time in the NBA and in the D-League. Ewing has american and jamaican citizenship and is a national team player with Jamaica.


Schiele from Grevenbroich to Bochum, Schuetz from Bochum to Herford - by Moritz Korff (T)

The Astro Stars Bochum, current leader of the 1. Regionalliga West, have strengthened their roster by the addition of Patrick Schiele (192-F-82). The forward played four games for the Grevenbroich Elephants this season and scored 9.2 points per contest. He served as the team captain of the Elephants. Meanwhile, Julian Schuetz (197-F-90) has left Bochum and is headed back to old stoping grounds, as he joins his former team BBG Herford. Schuetz scored 2.2 points per game for the Astro Stars this season.


Gotha Rockets add two new players - by Moritz Korff (T)

The Gotha Rockets (2. Bundesliga Pro A) will head into the final 14 games of the regular season with two new players. Dustin Mitchell (206-F/C-87, college: WiscKing.-Whitew.) and Jonathan Person (192-PG-93) have joined the team, while Marquise Carter (193-G-88, college: Gonzaga) left the squad.
Mitchell is a 25-year-old post player from Lac de Flambeau, Wisconsin. He spent his college career at NCAA Division 3 school UW Whitewater and received All-America honors. Last season he played for KK Lirija of Macedonia and averaged 14.0 points and 8.2 boards a game through 13 contests. He had a short stint in New Zealand and then joined KB Bashkimi Prizren of Kosovo, but left recently.
Person is a 19-year-old point guard from Sweden who played for his country on several occassions. Last year he attended the U20 Euro and averaged 14.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists per outing. He played 14 games for 08 Stockholm this season and tallied 8.7 points, 2.7 assists as well as 2.4 rebounds a game for the first disivion club.



BG Dorsten lands Justin Eller - by Moritz Korff (T)

As Blake Poole (195-C-88, college: St.Martin's) will be unable to play for the remainder of this current season due to injury, 2. Bundesliga Pro B team BG Dorsten signed Justin Eller (203-C-87, college: Sacramento St.) as their new man in the middle. The 25-year-old spent the 2010-11 campaign with the Bayer Giants Leverkusen and played in Romania and Bulgaria last season. He left CSS Giurgia of Romania after two games played in October 2011 and moved to Levski Sofia, where he averaged 4.3 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in 19 NBL appearances, before suffering a season-ending torn ACL.


White Wings Hanau release Laron Griffin and sign Jereal Scott - by Moritz Korff (T)

The White Wings Hanau (2. Bundesliga Pro B) have waived Laron Griffin (203-C-89, college: E.Washington) and signed Jereal Scott (200-C-89, college: SF Austin) as a new player. Scott started this current season with Pro A SC Rasta Vechta, but was released in November due to disciplinary reasons. He saw action in eight Pro A games and had 8.4 points as well as 2.4 boards an encounter.
"Due to several injuries and only mediocre showings, we decided to part ways with Laron Griffin", White Wings manager Jens Gottwald stated on the team's website. Griffin played 11 games for the Hanau team, averaging 4.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per contest.
The graduate of Eastern Washington University will remain in Germany and transfer to Pro B team BSV Wulfen.



Ex Beko BBL player Taylor Rocheste Signs With Angelico Biella - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


It is always interesting to see where former Beko BBL players play after showing their tricks in Germany and Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85, college: Washington St.) has not wasted anytime getting valuable expereince in Europe since playing in Goettingen and Berlin. Rochestie is a 27 year old 185cm guard from California that also has the Montenegro citzenship and has moved to Italian team Biella. Last season he played in France for Le Mans Sarthe Basket (France-ProA, starting five): EuroCup: 8 games: 12.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.4apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 82.4%; French League: 37 games: 16.3ppg, 3.4rpg, Assists-2 (6.4apg), FGP: 56.4%, 3PT: 42.8%, FT: 89.3%. He started this season playing for Caja Laboral Vitoria (Spain-ACB): Euroleague: 4 games: 1.5ppg, 1.0spg; Spanish ACB: 7 games: 6.1ppg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3FGP: 54.5%, In the ACB league he played seven games averaging 6,1ppg and 2,6apg. He shot a respectable 52% from the field and 54% from outside. He recently played with the Montenegrin National Team -12 and Qualifications to European Championships 2013 -12: 10 games: 8.4ppg, 1.3rpg, 4.3apg, FGP: 55.9%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT-2 (94.1%)





BSV Wulfen Add Laron Griffin - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber (T)

Sometimes finding a new team can happen so quick after leaving another team as Laron Griffin (203-C-89, college: E.Washington) und out. Not long after Griffin depearted from the White Wings Hanau, he was santched up by BSV Wulfen replacing Aaron Fleetwood. Grifin is a 23 year old 203cm forward from Los Angeles that started his professional basketball career at Hanau this season playing 11 games and avergaing 4,8ppg and 4,6rpg. Griffin played at East Washington from 2009-2012 playing a total of 92 NCAA games.

Source: BSV Wulfen



Osvaldo Jeanty Headed To The Mitteldeutscher BC - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber (T)

Beko BBLteam Mitteldeutscher BC is looking for a replacement for Shaurad Curry who left the team and is set to announce the arrival of Osvaldo Jeanty (183-G-84). Recently he played for London Lightning (Canada-NBL Canada) playing 11 games averaging 4,5ppg, 1,6rpg and 1,1apg while shooting 42,9% from the field and 42,4% from outside. Jeanty is a 29 year old 183cm guard that comes from Canada, but also has the Haitian citzenship. He is not a stranger to the Beko BBL as he has mostly played here since turning pro in 2007 except for a very short stay with CS Gaz Metan Medias (Romania-Div.A): Romanian League: 2 games: 11.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.0apg; Balkan League: 3 games: 7.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg.

Jenaty started his basketball career in 2002 for : Carleton (CIS) where he played a total of 93 CIS games. He won many awards while at Carleton like CIS "Final 8" Championship Tournament Team -03, CIS "Final 8" Championship Tournament MVP -03, CIS "Final 8" Championship Game MVP -03, OUA East Division Champion -04, 05, 06, CIS Tournament Winner -04, 05, 06, 07, CIS "Final 8" Championship Game MVP -04, CIS All-Canadian 2nd Team -05, CIS "Final 10" Championship Game MVP -05, CIS "Final 10" Championship Tournament Team -05, Canadian University All-Star Game -06, All-OUA East Player of the Year -06, 07, All-OUA East 1st Team -06, CIS All-Tournament MVP -06, CIS Male Athlete of the Year -06, CIS All-Canadian Player of the Year -06, 07, and CIS All-Canadian 1st Team -06, 07.

Jenaty turned professional in 2007 playing for : VPV Giants Noerdlingen (Germany-ProA, starting five): 30 games: 14.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 80.1%. He helped the team move up to the Beko BBL. He would play two more seasons for Nordlingen. In his season in the Beko BBL for Nordlingen in 2008-2009, he played 32 games: 13.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 40.2%, 3PT: 45.4%, FT: 73.5%. He played for BBC Bayreuth from 2010-2012. Last season he played 31 games: 11.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 39.5%, FT: 81.7%.




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 I knew. 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 gell. 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.




Jacob Burtschi Looking To Bring Home A Second Beko BBL Three Point Shooting Title - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

With the 2013 Beko BBL game only 11 days away, preparation for the weekend events are taking shape as today the three point shooting contestants were named. The best three point shooters in the first half of the 2012-2103 season get to take part. The players that will take part are 2008 Uleb cup winner Demond Mallett from the Artland Dragons who is shooting 55% from the parking lot (22/40), Laquan Prowell of the LTi Giessen 46ers who made life difficult for the Fraport Skyliners last weekend in the second half is shooting 54,2% from outside (26/48), his teammate Elvir Ovcina who likes the pick and pop and wont hesistate to release a three pointer when open is shooting 49% (26/51), Larry Gordon of Phoenix Hagen who will have double duty on this day with S and S slamming and shooting has a percentage of 47;6% and Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) is shooting 47,1% from downtown at 47,1%. Burtschi will be looking for his second title as he won the competition in 2011 at the Allstar day in Trier. There he left ex NBA player Casey Jacobsen and Philipp SChwethelm behind him.

Source: Beko BBL





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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Ikaros sign Mladen Pantic, ex Borac - by Eurobasket News (T)

Ikaros Kallitheas (A1) signed 31-year old Serbian center Mladen Pantic (209-82, agency: Alti Sport). He just played at Borac in Serbian A League. In 9 games this season he had very impressive stats: 20.6ppg, 11.6rpg, 2.2apg and 1.8spg. Pantic ended the last season at Dnipro in Ukrainian Superleague. In 9 games last year he recorded 10.2ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.6apg. But the most of that year he spent at KK Vrsac (previous name Vrsac) in Serbian league. In 25 Adriatic League games he recorded 10.6ppg and 4.6rpg.
The previous (10-11) season Pantic played at Igokea in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. In 11 games that season he recorded 7.5ppg and 3.7rpg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. Pantic also played 24 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 7.9ppg and 3.5rpg.
He is quite experienced player. Pantic has played also professionally in Cyprus (Keravnos), Germany (ALBA Berlin) and Greece (Kavala).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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KR inks Darshawn McClellan - by Snorri Arnaldsson (T)

KR Reykjavik have signed Darshawn McClellan (200-F-89, college: La-Lafayette) to fill one of their two import spots, but Danero Thomas (193-F-86, college: Murray St.) and Keegan Bell (185-G-88, college: Chattanooga) have left the team.

McClellan should add some weight to the KR Reykjavik team under the basket and they hope that by signing him their team is almost complete, with the second import spot still open though. According to sources, KR Reykjavik has already signed another player but they haven't revealed who that player is.



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Satria Muda tabs John Smith - by Eurobasket News (T)

Satria Muda BritAma Jakarta (NBL) inked 27-year old American (has also Filipino passport) guard John Smith (188-86, college: Hawaii-Hilo). He played most recently at Saigon Heat in ASEAN League. In 21 games last season he averaged 9.1ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2spg. Smith was selected to All-PacWest 1st Team in 2009.
He has played also professionally in Germany (SSV Lok Bernau).
Smith attended University of Hawaii at Hilo until 2009 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Stanley Pringle out for 12 weeks due to Meniscus Injury - by Eurobasket News

Indonesia Warriors confirmed to sideline their starting Point Guard due to the Meniscus Injury problem.
Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87, college: Penn St.) who had done surgery on 4th Jan confirming that he will not be able to play for Indonesia Warriors for 12 weeks periods. the surgery took place in Philippine by Dr. Jose Raul C. Canlas, foremost Filipino orthopedic surgeon and head of Fibas medical commission. Indonesia Warriors Managing Director dr. Andi Kurniawan. SpkO also confirming and put some knowledge that the meniscus injury isnt as serious as the MCL or ACL. It is common injury for athlete who get into any high intensity sport for a very long time. The same respond came to Stanley Pringle himself I feel normal because its a common injury for athletes whove been playing for a long time. Im 25 years old and Ive been playing since I was 7. We still very lucky to address Stanley injury in early season, weve done numerous act to help Stanley recovery process and make certain step to anticipate his absent for 12 weeks said Vice Managing Director Rudolf Tulus on behalf Indonesia Warriors Management.
The word also comes from Indonesia Warriors Head Coach Todd Purves to corroborate the statement obviously, we will miss Stanley Pringles presence on the court. But we are committed to his long term health first and foremost. The Indonesia Warriors will support Stan unconditionally throughout his rehabilitation process. We look forward to his successful return and I am sure that all our back court player Mario, Jerick, Dodo, and amin will all step up in Stan absence
Stanley Pringle also reflect his feeling regarding to miss the first game but in his absence his sure that everyone will step up. I have to properly rehab and cant rush anything. But Ill be pushing to get back as soon as possible. I feel bad to leave my team hanging, but Im sure everyone will step up
Indonesia Warriors will be held their first game on Jan 11th 2013 at Mahaka Square Britama Arena at 19.00 local time against San Miguel Beermen.
Courtesy of: indonesiasportventure.com



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Ashkelon Coach Azulay & Haifa Playmaker Mekel Receive Monthly Awards - by David Pick

Towards the end of 2012, Israel's Basketball League Administration begun a new tradition where a selective jury of journalists, columnists and basketball experts vote for Player and Coach of the Month.

In this belated report, December's awards were clinched by Elitzur Ashkelon's Head coach Adi Azulay and Maccabi Haifa playmaker Gal Mekel.

After dropping its first five games of the season, Azulay was forced to refresh his player personnel. The Northern blue's released injured center Taj Gray for journeyman guard Marque Perry (Agency: N.E.T.) and went on a successful three game win streak, coming out victorious in four-of-five December games, including heroic performances in Jerusalem and Holon.

Ashkelon finished the first round of Israeli hoops as the No. 7 seed with a 5-6 record. Azulay collected 67 percent of 34-panel voters.

December's Player of the Month was taken home by Israel's international point guard Gal Mekel of Maccabi Haifa. After playing in Italy last season, Mekel began the 2012-13 season without a team. Upon a productive workout for the Utah Jazz, Mekel was invited to the team's training camp before bureaucracy paperwork left him empty-handed. Mekel would then agree to join Hapoel Jerusalem, but Haifa's counter offer in addition to a key roll with guaranteed minutes shipped him off to Haifa to join the green powerhouse.

Mekel quickly took over Haifa's lead guard position, moving Mexican 5'11 Paul Stoll to a more natural second guard spot. Mekel orchestrated his team to 4-1 December record en route to securing Israel's #2 seed. The Jazz's potential 2013 Summer League recruit registered 18.2 points and 8.8 assists per game, on 41% shooting from beyond the arc, and 58% overall field goal shooting.

Mekel received 23-of-34 votes for Player of the Month.

*Previous winners includes Hapoel Eilat's Head Coach Oded Katash and forward Scotty Hopson (November), and Maccabi Rishon's recently fired Head Coach Effi Birnbaum (Agency: Avi Zilberman) and power forward Adrian Uter (Agency: Gross Zeev ISA) (October).




National League Round 12: Leader Ironi Nes-Ziona loses to Ironi Nahariya - by Eurobasket News

Top ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (10-2) recorded its second loss on the court of fifth ranked Ironi Nahariya on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Ironi Nahariya 88-72. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Ironi Nes-Ziona. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Ironi Nahariya. Ironi Nes-Ziona managed to win second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Ironi Nes-Ziona helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green, agency: KMG Sports Management) who scored 24 points. Guard Aviram Zelkovits (193-89) chipped in 18 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Ironi Nahariya have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Hod Hasharon and Hapoel Afula. Ironi Nes-Ziona at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Ironi Nahariya is looking forward to face Hod Hasharon (#4) on the road in the next round. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play against Maccabi K/G in Kiryat Gat and is hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Afula. Third ranked Hapoel Afula faced second-best Elitzur Yavne. Host Hapoel Afula (9-3) defeated guests from Yavne (8-4) 90-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Elitzur Yavne. It was a key game for the second position in the league. It was a good game for forward Oz Blayzer (199-92) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 17 rebounds. Allen Durham contributed with 19 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Hapoel Afula's coach Avner Yeor allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Noam Matalon (197-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) replied with 19 points and 4 assists for Elitzur Yavne. Hapoel Afula moved-up to second place, which they share with Ironi Nahariya and Hod Hasharon. Elitzur Yavne at the other side dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Ironi Ramat Gan. Hapoel Afula will play against Hapoel Kazrin (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Elitzur Yavne will play against Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Kfar Saba was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Hod Hasharon (9-3) played at the court of 8th ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (5-7). Hod Hasharon defeated Hapoel Kfar Saba 80-68 on Tuesday. Worth to mention a great performance of B.A. Walker who helped to win the game recording 30 points. The best for the losing side was Harel Karni with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Hod Hasharon moved-up to second place, which they share with Ironi Nahariya and Hapoel Afula. Loser Hapoel Kfar Saba keeps the eighth position with seven games lost. They share it with Hapoel Kazrin. Hod Hasharon will meet at home Ironi Nahariya (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play against Kiryat Tivon (#12) in Kiryat Tivon and hope to secure a win.

Rest of the games of round 12 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Kiryat Tivon defeated Maccabi K/B in Kiryat Tivon 81-70. Maccabi K/G was beaten by Ironi K-A at home 78-93. Hapoel Kazrin won against Macc.B.Yaakov on the opponent's court 91-80. Ironi Ramat Gan managed to outperform Elitzur Ramla in a home game 84-69.
The best stats of 12th round was 22 points, 15 rebounds and 6 blocks by Johndre Jefferson of Elitzur Ramla.


Ironi Nahariya - Ironi Nes-Ziona 88-72

Top ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (10-2) recorded its second loss on the court of fifth ranked Ironi Nahariya on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Ironi Nahariya 88-72. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Ironi Nes-Ziona. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Ironi Nahariya. Ironi Nes-Ziona managed to win second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Ironi Nes-Ziona helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green, agency: KMG Sports Management) who scored 24 points. Guard Aviram Zelkovits (193-89) chipped in 18 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and Tal Karpels (195-90) added 22 points respectively. Five Ironi Nahariya and four Ironi Nes-Ziona players scored in double figures. Ironi Nahariya have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Hod Hasharon and Hapoel Afula. Ironi Nes-Ziona at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Ironi Nahariya is looking forward to face Hod Hasharon (#4) on the road in the next round. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play against Maccabi K/G in Kiryat Gat and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nes-Ziona: T.Karpels 22+1reb+2ast, B.Benn 20+10reb+1ast, T.Michael Dunne 10+7reb+4ast, G.Blair 10+5reb, R.Zehavian 5+3reb+1ast, E.Engel 3+1reb+1ast
Ironi Nahariya: N.Miller 24+4reb+1ast, A.Zelkovits 18+3reb+7ast, R.Pitshon 15+8reb+1ast, R.Clemente 12+9reb, N.Golan 12+4reb+5ast, Y.Deri 7+3ast
gschID: 197815


Maccabi K/B - Kiryat Tivon 70-81

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 14th ranked Maccabi Kiryat Bialik's (1-11) home loss to thirteenth ranked Kiryat Tivon (3-9) 70-81 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Kiryat Tivon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 65.2 percent from the field. Kiryat Tivon outrebounded Maccabi Kiryat Bialik 26-15. It was a great shooting night for Kiryat Tivon especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 66.7 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Greg Murray (195-89, college: Point Loma) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and naturalized Canadian guard Simon Farine (188-87) who added 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Kiryat Tivon players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Dallis Joyner (201-90, college: Stony Brook) with 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and Marcus Alexander scored 17 points and 4 steals. Kiryat Tivon moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Maccabi K/G and Elitzur Ramla. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Kiryat Tivon will meet at home higher ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (#8) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik will play against Elitzur Yavne (#5).
Top scorers:
Maccabi K/B: D.Joyner 21+5reb+2ast, M.Alexander 17+2ast, T.Parselani 11+3reb, S.Labanowski 8+2reb+1ast, M.Shamis 5+1reb+2ast, E.Gtoe 5+3reb+1ast
Kiryat Tivon: G.Murray 22+8reb+1ast, S.Farine 17+5reb+3ast, N.Levy 17+4reb+1ast, T.Darby 14+2reb+1ast, T.Ber-Aven 7+1reb+2ast, I.Buchman 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 197813


Maccabi K/G - Ironi K-A 78-93

No shocking result in a game in Kiryat Gat where seventh ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (7-5) defeated 12th ranked Maccabi K/G (3-9) 93-78 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 15-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-78. Ironi Kiryat Ata made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Ironi Kiryat Ata had a 29-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Chris Watson (200-75, college: Niagara) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) and guard Ilan Nanikashvili (187-79, agency: Ronsport) who added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Lenny Daniel (203-87, college: CS Northridge) with 27 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Akeem Wright (200-84, college: Kansas St.) scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. Maccabi K/G's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ironi Kiryat Ata maintains seventh position with 7-5 record. Maccabi K/G lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eleventh place with nine games lost. They share the position with Elitzur Ramla and Kiryat Tivon. Ironi Kiryat Ata will meet at home higher ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Maccabi K/G will play against the league's leader Ironi Nes-Ziona (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Maccabi K/G: L.Daniel 27+5reb+2ast, A.Wright 21+7reb+3ast, O.Ron 15+4reb+2ast, E.Knafo 8+4reb, T.Pisecki 3, H.Gonshor 2+2reb+7ast
Ironi K-A: C.Watson 26+7reb+1ast, D.Govens 17+5reb+3ast, I.Nanikashvili 15+5reb+6ast, N.Laish 11+3reb+1ast, A.Nanikashvili 9+1reb+1ast, I.Clark 8+9reb+3ast
gschID: 197816


Hapoel Afula - Elitzur Yavne 90-75

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Afula. Third ranked Hapoel Afula faced second-best Elitzur Yavne. Host Hapoel Afula (9-3) defeated guests from Yavne (8-4) 90-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Elitzur Yavne. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Afula. Elitzur Yavne was better in third quarter 27-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Elitzur Yavne 45-32 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Hapoel Afula players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was a good game for forward Oz Blayzer (199-92) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 17 rebounds. American forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Durham is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Hapoel Afula's coach Avner Yeor allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Noam Matalon (197-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) replied with 19 points and 4 assists and American forward Monta McGhee (198-79, college: Lewis, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Elitzur Yavne. Hapoel Afula moved-up to second place, which they share with Ironi Nahariya and Hod Hasharon. Elitzur Yavne at the other side dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Ironi Ramat Gan. Hapoel Afula will play against Hapoel Kazrin (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Elitzur Yavne will play against Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Yavne: N.Matalon 19+4reb+4ast, M.McGhee 17+6reb+3ast, Y.Lioutrine 16+8reb, E.Hofman 9+6reb+1ast, I.Nesterenko 6+3reb, O.Farchi 4+3reb+6ast
Hapoel Afula: O.Blayzer 26+17reb+2ast, A.Durham 19+11reb+3ast, A.Fisher 17+3reb+6ast, E.Eliyah 9+2reb, S.Brener 9+4reb+9ast, L.Ariely 8+4reb+4ast
gschID: 197819


Macc.B.Yaakov - Hapoel Kazrin 80-91

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Hapoel Kazrin and 10th ranked Beer Yaakov had identical 4-7 record. But Beer Yaakov was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Kazrin 91-80 on Tuesday night. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 26-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Lawrence Westbrook (183-88, college: Minnesota) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 5 assists and the other American import forward Gary Johnson (198-88, college: Texas) who added 14 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Inan Iram (194-88, agency: Avi Zilberman) with 25 points and 8 rebounds and American swingman Brian Laing (195-85, college: Seton Hall, agency: I.D.S. Law) scored 16 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel Kazrin (5-7) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Hapoel K/S. Loser Beer Yaakov keeps the tenth position with eight games lost. Hapoel Kazrin will meet at home league's second-placed Hapoel Afula in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Beer Yaakov will play against Elitzur Ramla (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Macc.B.Yaakov: I.Iram 25+8reb, I.Simin 18+2reb, B.Laing 16+3reb+3ast, J.Hall 13+4reb+2ast, A.Eliyahu 4+2reb+5ast, Z.Volfer 4+2reb+3ast
Hapoel Kazrin: L.Westbrook 26+1reb+5ast, A.Gordon 16+5reb+3ast, G.Johnson 14+10reb+2ast, L.Saraf 13+2reb+1ast, A.Kazarnovski 9+11reb+2ast, S.Salz 6+3reb
gschID: 197818


Ironi Ramat Gan - Elitzur Ramla 84-69

Very predictable result when sixth ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (8-4) beat at home 11th ranked Elitzur Ramla (3-9) 84-69 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-69. Ironi Ramat Gan made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Amit Tamir (208-79, college: California) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Keith Ramsey (205-87, college: Missouri) who added 12 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Four Ironi Ramat Gan players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Johndre Jefferson (207-88, college: S.Carolina) with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 15 rebounds and 6 blocks (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary, agency: FCM) scored 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Ironi Ramat Gan moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Elitzur Yavne. Loser Elitzur Ramla keeps the eleventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Maccabi K/G and Kiryat Tivon. Ironi Ramat Gan will meet Ironi Kiryat Ata (#7) on the road in the next round. Elitzur Ramla will play against Beer Yaakov (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Ramla: J.Jefferson 22+15reb, O.Cohen 17+5reb+2ast, V.Teel 17+8reb+6ast, O.Zinderman 7+1reb+4ast, T.Simchony 3+2reb+3ast, A.Guterman 3+1reb+1ast
Ironi Ramat Gan: A.Tamir 23+12reb+4ast, T.Kent 13+4reb+3ast, K.Ramsey 12+10reb, R.Nissim Cohen 12+2reb+4ast, I.Grinboim 8+2reb+4ast, I.Mayor 8
gschID: 197817


Hapoel K/S - Hod Hasharon 68-80

The game in Kfar Saba was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Hod Hasharon (9-3) played at the court of 8th ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (5-7). Hod Hasharon defeated Hapoel Kfar Saba 80-68 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Hod Hasharon. Hapoel Kfar Saba managed to win second period 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hod Hasharon looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: VCU, agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) who added 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Harel Karni (190-85) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and forward Eitan Rotemberg (197-91) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four Hapoel Kfar Saba players scored in double figures. Hod Hasharon moved-up to second place, which they share with Ironi Nahariya and Hapoel Afula. Loser Hapoel Kfar Saba keeps the eighth position with seven games lost. They share it with Hapoel Kazrin. Hod Hasharon will meet at home Ironi Nahariya (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play against Kiryat Tivon (#12) in Kiryat Tivon and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hapoel K/S: E.Rotemberg 16+6reb+1ast, A.Harush 13+2reb+2ast, H.Karni 12+11reb+3ast, A.Constantine 10+8reb+3ast, R.Elbaz 7+6reb+2ast, A.McCoy 6+1reb
Hod Hasharon: B.Walker 30+4reb+3ast, G.Dotan 14+4reb+3ast, C.Odiakosa 13+11reb+4ast, E.Asante Asare 9+6reb+7ast, O.Hover 8+3reb, D.Refael 2+2reb
gschID: 197814



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)



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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)



Taylor Rochestie agreed terms with Angelico Biella - by Eurobasket News (T)

Angelico Biella (SerieA) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old Montenegrin ex-international point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-88kg-85, college: Washington State). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Rochestie played recently at Caja Laboral in Spanish ACB league. In 7 games this season he recorded 6.1ppg and 2.6apg. He also played 4 games in Euroleague where he averaged just 1.5ppg and 1.0spg. The last season Rochestie played at Le Mans Sarthe Basket in French ProA. In 37 games last year he averaged impressive 16.3ppg, 3.4rpg and 6.4apg. He helped them to make it to the final and cup semifinals. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Bosman Player of the Year and voted to 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Rochestie also played 8 games in Eurocup where he averaged 12.5ppg, 3.6rpg and 4.4apg (top 2). The most of previous (10-11) season he spent at ALBA Berlin in German BBL. In 27 games that season he averaged 8.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.9apg. He contributed to his team making it to the final. Rochestie also played at Galatasaray in Turkish TBL earlier that season. In 16 games that year he averaged 7.9ppg, 3.5rpg and 3.1apg. He contributed to his team making it to the cup semifinals. Rochestie also played 11 games in Eurocup where he averaged 6.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg and 1.6spg.
He won EuroChallenge championship title in 2010. Rochestie represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year.
He has played also professionally in Germany (BG Goettingen).
Rochestie attended Washington State until 2009 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DjordjeMatic)



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Patrick Ewing Jr. is a newcomer at Blancos de Rueda - by Eurobasket News (T)

Blancos de Rueda Valladolid (ACB) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old Jamaican ex-international forward Patrick Ewing Jr. (203-108kg-84, college: Georgetown). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Ewing Jr. already started the season at Telekom Baskets in German BBL league. In 12 games this season he recorded 11.5ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.8apg. He also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 7.8ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.7apg. The last season Ewing Jr. played at Iowa Energy in D-League. In 19 games last year he averaged 8.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg. He also played at Sioux Falls Skyforce in D-League earlier that season. In 11 games he averaged 10.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg. The other team Ewing Jr. played that season for were the Hornets in NBA. In 11 games he averaged 10.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.7apg. The most of previous (2010-11) season he spent at Bighorns in D-League. In 25 games that year he averaged impressive 15.7ppg, 8.4rpg, 3.2apg, 1.6spg and 1.2bpg. Great season indeed as he was voted to USBasket.com All-D-League 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Another team Ewing Jr. played that season for were the Knicks in NBA.
In 2008 he was drafted by Sacramento Kings (NBA) in second round (43rd overall). Ewing Jr. attended Georgetown University and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as His team won Big East Regular Season for two years in a row (2007 and 2008). Ewing Jr. also represented Jamaica at the Centrobasket in San Juan (Puerto Rico) last year. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: 8.8ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 34.4%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 71.4%.
Ewing Jr. has played previously professionally in NBA (New Orleans Hornets, Houston Rockets and New York Knicks) and D-League (Reno Bighorns).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Brooks leaves Bashkimi - by Dren Shporta

Bashkimi is without any international player actually. After parting ways with Jermont Horton, they lost their best player of the first part of the season, Dustin Mitchell, who went to play for German 2nd division club Gotha.

Yesterday according to Kosovan sports portal, Borozani.com, they lost also their playmaker, Philip Brooks (188-G-84, college: Langston). Brooks has greeted all the fans from city of Prizren from his Facebook account and notified that he is heading to Columbia. He was Bashkimi's main player in the first part of the season.

Bashkimi has registered 9 victories and 5 defeats in the first part of the season and is in the third position of the BKT Superliga classification. Last season they lost, the Cup in the final and in semifinals of play-off.



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EuroCup: Valencia survive thriller to edge VEF Riga - by Eurobasket News

Valencia - VEF Riga 86:82

Valencia overcame the injury of Rodrigo San Miguel and the furious challenge from VEF Riga to post the opening win at EuroCup Last 16. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) dropped 27 points to lead the Spaniards to the opening win in Group J.
Valencia jumped to a 4:0 lead at the start of the game. They stayed in front to post a 20:17 lead after ten minutes. The gap grew at 7-point mark midway through the second quarter. However VEF Riga answered with a 14:0 run to take a 35:28 lead. They secured a 45:39 halftime lead as Valencia also lost Rodrigo San Miguel to an injury. Janicenoks and Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) stretched the lead to 10 points at the start of the third quarter. Valencia though went on a 20:1 run late in the quarter to ensure a 67:55 advantage. Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) stopped the rot with a three-pointer to drag the Latvian champions within 9 points 58:67. VEF Riga narrowed the gap at 4-point mark midway through the fourth frame. Bertans put the visitors within 3 with just over two minutes remaining in regulation. Stefan Markovic seemed to seal it for Valencia with a three-pointer to make 84:78. But Janicenoks drained a triple and was fouled in progress to complete a four-point play 82:84. Rafael Martinez was sent to the penalty line and sank two free throws then to seal the win for Valencia. Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier) and Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 14 points each for the winning side. Earl Rowland answered with 21 points and 9 assists for VEF Riga. Donatas Zavackas provided 18 points in defeat.

Valencia: Rafael Martinez 27, Justin Doellman 14, Bojan Dubljevic 14
VEF Riga: Earl Rowland 21, Donatas Zavackas 18



Ventspils started their Top 16 campaign on a positive note - by Eurobasket News

Baltic League
Lietkabelis - Ventspils 62:73


Ventspils started their Top 16 campaign on a positive note. The Latvian side overcame Lietkabelis 73:62 in the first game of Group E.
Both teams scored 11 points in the first period and then the guests grabbed 3-point lead at the halftime due to 18-15 rally in the second frame. Ventspils looked even better in the second half and posted another two victories. They won the third quarter 19-17 and finished the game with 25-19 burst.
Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) nailed 18 points and 4 assists for the winning side and Janis Timma (201-F-92, agency: FCM) accounted for 11 points and 6 rebounds. Ronalds Zakis (207-F/C-87) scored 13, while Sandis Valters (193-G-78) chipped in 8.
Edgaras Ulanovas (197-G-92) came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Mindaugas Kupsas (215-C-91) added 11 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Lietkabelis in the defeat. Tauras Jogela (203-F-93) brought 9, while Kaspars Vecvagars (193-PG-93) notched 8.

Lietkabelis: Edgaras Ulanovas 16, Mindaugas Kupsas 11+11rebs, Tauras Jogela 9, Kaspars Vecvagars 8
Ventspils: Donald Sims 18, Ronalds Zakis 13, Janis Timma 11, Sandis Valters 8



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S.Marciulionio welcomes back Jankaitis - by Eurobasket News (T)

S.Marciulionio K.A. Vilnius (NKL) landed 19-year old center Augustinas Jankaitis (202-95kg-94). Its actually his comeback to Vilnius as he played here before. Jankaitis played recently at Perlas-MRU Vilnius (NKL). In 13 games this season he averaged just 2.9ppg and 2.0rpg. Jankaitis ended the last season at Lietuvos rytas. But the most of that year he spent at S.Marciulionio K.A. Vilnius. In 8 NKL games last year he had only 2.9ppg and 1.4rpg.
The previous (10-11) season Jankaitis played at Akademija. In 26 RKL games he had 3.3ppg and 2.4rpg.
Despite your age Jankaitis had impressive career. He received All-Eurobasket.com European Championships U16 3rd Team award back in 2010. He represented Lithuania at the European Championships U18 in Lithuania last year. Jankaitis team won Silver and his stats at that event were 9 games: 10.4ppg, 6.3rpg, FGP: 56.3%, FT: 53.8%.
Jankaitis has played previously for two other Lithuania teams: Zalgiris and S.M.K.A. - Lietuvos draudimas.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @lithuaniabasket)



Tarvas edge Pieno Zvaigzdes in Top 16 opener - by Eurobasket News

Baltic League
Tarvas - Pieno Zvaigzdes 93:75


Tarvas edge Pieno Zvaigzdes in Top 16 opener. The Estonian side won 93:75 and grabbed 1-0 record in Group G.
BC Rakvere led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They won the opening period 24-21 and added 26-20 in the second frame. Moreover the hosts posted a 20-19 rally in the third quarter and finished the game with 23-15 burst.
Renato Lindmets (200-F-84, college: Westfield St.) stepped up and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Reimo Tamm (185-PG-84) chipped in 12 points and 8 assists. Maris Laksa (205-F-81, college: Providence) top-scored in the game with 20 points and Juris Umbrasko (197-G/F-79) poured in 15.
At the losing side Tyrell Biggs (203-F-86, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds and Yancy Gates (206-F-89, college: Cincinnati) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Mantas Ruikis (194-G/F-85) scored 11 and TreVon Hughes (183-PG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) delivered 9.

Pieno Zvaigzdes: Tyrell Biggs 19, Yancy Gates 17, Mantas Ruikis 11, TreVon Hughes 9, Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89, agency: Alti Sport) 7
Tarvas: Maris Laksa 20, Renato Lindmets 18, Juris Umbrasko 15, Reimo Tamm 12, Kaido Saks (205-F-86) 11



Ventspils started their Top 16 campaign on a positive note - by Eurobasket News

Baltic League
Lietkabelis - Ventspils 62:73


Ventspils started their Top 16 campaign on a positive note. The Latvian side overcame Lietkabelis 73:62 in the first game of Group E.
Both teams scored 11 points in the first period and then the guests grabbed 3-point lead at the halftime due to 18-15 rally in the second frame. Ventspils looked even better in the second half and posted another two victories. They won the third quarter 19-17 and finished the game with 25-19 burst.
Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) nailed 18 points and 4 assists for the winning side and Janis Timma (201-F-92, agency: FCM) accounted for 11 points and 6 rebounds. Ronalds Zakis (207-F/C-87) scored 13, while Sandis Valters (193-G-78) chipped in 8.
Edgaras Ulanovas (197-G-92) came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Mindaugas Kupsas (215-C-91) added 11 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Lietkabelis in the defeat. Tauras Jogela (203-F-93) brought 9, while Kaspars Vecvagars (193-PG-93) notched 8.

Lietkabelis: Edgaras Ulanovas 16, Mindaugas Kupsas 11+11rebs, Tauras Jogela 9, Kaspars Vecvagars 8
Ventspils: Donald Sims 18, Ronalds Zakis 13, Janis Timma 11, Sandis Valters 8



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Boricic inks fro ABS Primorje - by Dragan Scepanovic (T)

Basketball Club ABS Primorje from Herceg Novi , member of MNE1A division and DELFI SMG Agency announced that ex basketball player of Berane 2012 Vladimir Boricic (195-G/F-84) singed contract until end of basketball season 2012/2013 whit Basketball Club ABS Primorje . Before ABS Primorje , Boricic play for Basketball Clubs Ulcinj , Lovcen from Cetinje and Berane 2010. In season 2011 for Basketball Club Lovcen in Balkan League he play 14 games: 5.8ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 61.5%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 84.6%


Ulcinj added Zoran Milovic - by Darko Pekic (T)

Basketball club Ulcinj announced today the signing of Zoran Milovic (204-C/F-77), a 35 year old power forward botn in Vrbas who is familar with Montenegrin basketball as his long and successfull career started flourishing in Lovcen Cetinje during the 90's. He was one of the top players of the club led by Miodrag Kadija . Milovic later played in Greece, Macedonia and Romania. The experienced big man started this season in SCM CSU Craiova (Romania-Division A), but in October moved to BC Timba Timisoara averaging 7.2 ppg and 4.1 rpg.


Taylor Rochestie agreed terms with Angelico Biella - by Eurobasket News (T)

Angelico Biella (SerieA) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old Montenegrin ex-international point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-88kg-85, college: Washington State). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Rochestie played recently at Caja Laboral in Spanish ACB league. In 7 games this season he recorded 6.1ppg and 2.6apg. He also played 4 games in Euroleague where he averaged just 1.5ppg and 1.0spg. The last season Rochestie played at Le Mans Sarthe Basket in French ProA. In 37 games last year he averaged impressive 16.3ppg, 3.4rpg and 6.4apg. He helped them to make it to the final and cup semifinals. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Bosman Player of the Year and voted to 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Rochestie also played 8 games in Eurocup where he averaged 12.5ppg, 3.6rpg and 4.4apg (top 2). The most of previous (10-11) season he spent at ALBA Berlin in German BBL. In 27 games that season he averaged 8.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.9apg. He contributed to his team making it to the final. Rochestie also played at Galatasaray in Turkish TBL earlier that season. In 16 games that year he averaged 7.9ppg, 3.5rpg and 3.1apg. He contributed to his team making it to the cup semifinals. Rochestie also played 11 games in Eurocup where he averaged 6.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg and 1.6spg.
He won EuroChallenge championship title in 2010. Rochestie represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year.
He has played also professionally in Germany (BG Goettingen).
Rochestie attended Washington State until 2009 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DjordjeMatic)



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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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Michael James is a newcomer at The Mavericks - by Eurobasket News (T)

Dallas Mavericks (NBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 38-year old guard Michael James (184-75, college: Duquesne). He just played at Frisco Texas Legends. In two D-League games this season he recorded very impressive stats: 18.5ppg, 1.0rpg, 4.0apg and 2.5spg. The part of last season James spent at the Bulls. In 11 NBA games last year he averaged 4.8ppg and 2.6apg. He helped them to win the Central Division title. James also played at Erie Bay Hawks earlier that season. In 6 D-League games he averaged impressive 20.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.0apg and 1.2spg. The most of previous (2010-11) season he spent at Aliaga Petkim in Turkish TBL. In 11 games that year he averaged 12.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.5apg and 1.3spg. The other team James played that season for was Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank in Chinese CBA. In 8 games he averaged impressive 27.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.5apg and 2.6spg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
James has played previously for five other NBA teams: New Orleans Hornets, Houston Rockets, Washington Wizards, Toronto Raptors and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Its very possible he may end his playing career at the Mavericks.
James attended University of Duquesne until 1998 and it will be his 15th (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Tuesday recap of five games - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota T. - Atlanta H. 108-103
MINNEAPOLIS - Nikola Pekovic (6'10''-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) is bulldozing the paint and Ricky Rubio is ready to start ramping up his minutes, giving the Minnesota Timberwolves hope that they can withstand another long stretch without All-Star forward Kevin Love (6'10''-PF-88, college: UCLA). Larry Drew's Atlanta Hawks have hit the skids after a superb start to the season, prompting the coach to label them "soft," which never sits very well with professional athletes. Pekovic had 25 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, Andrei Kirilenko added 21 points and the Timberwolves beat the Hawks 108-103 on Tuesday night. Derrick Williams scored 17 points and Alexey Shved had 15 for the Timberwolves, who were missing coach Rick Adelman due to personal reasons and will be without Love for the foreseeable future while he deals with a broken right hand for the second time this season. Terry Porter filled in as coach and led the Wolves to their first victory over Atlanta since 2006, snapping an 11-game skid. "We were really motivated," said Pekovic, who has eight double-doubles in his last 13 games. "I think everybody was motivated with all that's happening with all our players. I think everybody wants to step up and show more." Josh Smith had 21 points and 13 rebounds and Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) had 19 points and 11 boards for the Hawks, who have lost three straight and four of their last five. They lost for the first time this year when Smith and Horford each get a double-double. "There's some guys in there that are going to have to be held accountable," Drew said. "As we move forward, if this doesn't change, there's going to have to be some changes. That's plain and simple. I'm not going to sit back and watch our guys come out and not be energized to play. That's totally unacceptable." Rubio had eight assists, four steals and four points in 18 minutes in his first game back after missing the previous four with back spasms. He returned from a torn left ACL in the middle of last month and has had to deal with groin and back problems during his comeback. But he said he's eager to see how his body responds on Wednesday night in Oklahoma City when he plays in games on consecutive days for the first time since his knee injury. "I think it's going to be a good test," Rubio said. Lou Williams finished with 21 points and eight assists for the Hawks, who trailed by 14 to start the fourth but had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds. Dante Cunningham then stole the inbounds pass and Luke Ridnour knocked down two free throws to seal the win. The Wolves have been the worst 3-point shooting team in the league virtually all season, but they hit 8 of 15 against the Hawks to get a big win before a four-game road trip. While the Heat and Knicks grabbed all the headlines in the first two months of the season, the Hawks quietly put together a solid start that kept them right on their heels. They won 19 of their first 28 games, beating the likes of Oklahoma City, Indiana (twice), the Clippers and Memphis along the way. But they lost at Detroit and home against Boston in a back-to-back last weekend, scoring just nine points in the third quarter against the Celtics. "We waited way too long to start playing," Drew said. "The first half we were soft, soft. We did not guard very well. I thought physically they did just about anything they wanted to." The Hawks had a team meeting after being blitzed by the Celtics in the second half, and Smith bristled at being called soft. "I'm not rolling with the soft part," Smith said. "We didn't come out with the energy. Soft is not how we play." NOTES: Porter interviewed for an assistant position on Drew's staff when he was hired in Atlanta. How'd that go? "I didn't get it," Porter said with a chuckle. ... The Timberwolves played host to 16-year-old Cody Metz as part of the Make-A-Wish program. Metz is a devoted fan who has suffered from numerous complications following surgery on a brain tumor five years ago. Metz watched the game from a suite and planned to accompany the team on a road trip to Oklahoma City. "This definitely gives me something to look forward to," Metz said. "I'm really excited." Courtesy of: www.foxnews.com

Milwaukee B. - Phoenix Suns 108-99
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Brandon Jennings (6'0''-PG-89) scored 29 points and Milwaukee gave Jim Boylan a win in his first game as coach with a victory over Phoenix. The Bucks parted ways with coach Scott Skiles on Monday in what was called a mutual decision, and the Bucks tapped Scott Skiles ' top assistant Boylan as a replacement. This is the second time Boylan has succeeded Scott Skiles midseason. He took over the Bulls when Scott Skiles was fired on Christmas Eve in 2007. The Suns were a perfect opponent, playing poorly in the last few weeks with nine losses in the last 10 games overall to go with a nine-game losing streak on the road. Goran Dragic scored 21 points and Jared Dudley added 18 for Phoenix. Courtesy of: http://www.oregonlive.com

Indiana P. - Miami Heat 87-77
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) had 29 points and 11 rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers held Miami to a season-low point total in an 87-77 win over the Heat on Tuesday night. George made four 3-pointers to get the best of his matchup with LeBron James. David West added 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Lance Stephenson chipped in with 13 points for the Pacers (21-14), who have won 11 of their last 13 games. Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) scored 30 points and James had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Miami (23-10), which still has the best record in the Eastern Conference. It was the first time the teams had met since Miami beat the Pacers in six games in the conference semifinals last year. Miami entered the game leading the NBA in field goal percentage, while Indiana led the league in field goal percentage defense. The matchup resulted in the Heat scoring only 35 points in the second half, their lowest-scoring half of the season. Courtesy of: http://www.oregonlive.com

Philadelph.76 - Brooklyn N. 89-109
PHILADELPHIA - The Nets spent Tuesday morning answering questions about a sexual assault. Hours later, they stepped on the court and took care of the 76ers, 109-89, behind a rejuvenated Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois). The Nets (19-15), winners of four straight, keep rolling under interim coach PJ Carlesimo, who improved to 6-1 since taking over for Avery Johnson. Brooklyn went on an 18-2 run to start the first half and never looked back, as the struggling 76ers (15-21) lost their fourth straight game in front of a deflated crowd of 16,167 at the Wells Fargo Center. It was a breeze in Philadelphia. Williams, exhibiting a renewed bounce in his step over the last week, finished with 22 points and five assists in 29 minutes. Reggie Evans was relentless on the glass, hauling in a career-high 23 rebounds. Joe Johnson had 15 points, four rebounds and five assists. Even Andray Blatche (6'11''-F/C-86) was productive with 20 points, shooting 8-for-15 with seven rebounds on the same day he was questioned by police for his connection in an alleged rape case. Blatche, who was released by police without being charged, entered the game early in the first quarter and played his usual rotational minutes. He bricked his first jumper, and then hit his next three shots - finishing the first half with 10 points.He logged 22 minutes, backing up Brook Lopez, who finished with 13 points while taking just 10 shots. Carlesimo said GM Billy King made the decision to play Blatche, even though he was interviewed by police early Tuesday morning and had a long night that included an alleged rape of a 21-year-old woman by another man in Blatche's hotel room. 'Andray is gonna play,' Carlesimo said. 'He's been playing well. And I expect him to play well (Tuesday).' The Nets, who next host the Suns on Friday, took the lead for good on Keith Bogans' 3-pointer with 4:19 remaining in the second quarter. It was a cakewalk from that point, as the Nets outscored Philly, 35-14, in the third quarter. In the morning shootaround, players were asked about the sexual assault investigation that was just being reported. The storyline carried the day, but the Nets and Williams carried the game. 'We're just going to play basketball. That's all we can do. That's all we're here to do.' Williams said. Evans had 16 rebounds in the first half, tying a franchise record set by Jayson Williams. Fans chanted his name as he left the court following another Brooklyn victory. Courtesy of: www.nydailynews.com

Houston R. - LA Lakers 125-112
The Lakers gave up at least 28 in each quarter to the Rockets, including a 38-point third period. With no Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80), Jordan Hill and Steve Blake, the Lakers played well offensively, taking a three-point lead into the half. Houston scored at will the rest of the way and while the Lakers shot well (47.3% from the field, 45.2% from behind the arc and 92.3% from the line), they just didn't have the firepower to match the Rockets. James Harden led all scorers with 31 points with nine assists. Chandler Parsons had 20, Jeremy Lin and Carlos Delfino scored 19 each and Toney Douglas had 11. Houston shot 55.2% from the field. The Lakers were led by Metta World Peace with 24 points. Kobe Bryant had just 20 on 8-22 shooting with seven assists. Steve Nash, recording his 10,000th career assist before the end of the first half, scored 16 with 10 assists. Robert Sacre (7'0''-C-89, agency: Edge Sports, college: Gonzaga) had a career night in his first real opportunity to play significant minutes, with 10 points and four blocks. Darius Morris and Jodie Meeks both had 12. The Lakers drop to 15-19, losing their fourth straight. The Rockets win their fifth to improve to 21-14. The Lakers will visit the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night. Rockets 97 - Lakers 88 (end of third quarter) The Lakers committed too many early fouls, getting into the penalty early. The Rockets feasted at the line, and then they got hot from outside. Houston put up 37 points as the Lakers scored in bunches but less consistently with 26 in the third. Houston took a nine-point lead into the fourth after a 16-2 run. James Harden led all scorers with 26 points (along with seven assists). The Rockets shot 55.9% from the field and 8-18 from three (44.4%). The Lakers got 18 points from Metta World Peace along with 16 from Steve Nash. Robert Sacre scored a career-high 10 points through three quarters while blocking four shots (also a personal best). The Lakers shot 48.5% from the field but struggled to get consistent stops in the third. Lakers 62 - Rockets 59 (halftime) Steve Nash got the 10,000th assist of his career, dishing to Antawn Jamison with 29.1 seconds left in the second quarter. Nash had 12 points and five assists in the first half as the Lakers played at a fast pace. The Rockets kept the pressure on throughout, taking a brief lead but the Lakers responded to close ahead by three at the half. James Harden had 15 points while Chandler Parsons chipped in 13. Metta World Peace scored 13 for the Lakers. Lakers 34 - Rockets 28 (end of first quarter) The Lakers had no problem scoring against the Houston Rockets in the first quarter Tuesday night, pouring in 34 points. Despite Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, Jordan Hill and Steve Blake out with various injuries, the Lakers got scoring from eight players, led by Metta World Peace's eight points, while shooting 44.4% from the field (55.6% from three). The Rockets responded to a 14-point deficit, to finish the quarter within six, led by seven from Chandler Parsons. Houston had five early turnovers and took just one free throw. The Lakers had two turnovers and took six attempts from the line. Houston isn't known for defense this year, but as the highest scoring team in the league, the Lakers are going to need to keep up the pace to get a short-handed, underdog victory. Courtesy of: http://www.latimes.com



The Bucks released coach Skiles - by Eurobasket News (T)

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.


Jim Boylan was named interim head coach of the team.

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Grizzlies, Suns Discussing Rudy Gay Trade - by Eurobasket News

The Grizzlies and Suns are engaged in trade talks centered around Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut), reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. According to Wojnarowski, there's no framework of a deal in place at the moment, but the Grizzlies have "expressed a strong desire" that any package include Jared Dudley and future first-round picks.
Grantland's Zach Lowe reported last week that the Grizzlies were willing to make Gay available for cap and tax purposes, and mentioned Phoenix as one team that could get involved. The Suns' room under the cap and extra first-round picks make them a decent match for Gay and the Grizzlies, though Wojnarowski notes that there are doubts within the Suns' organization about whether the team can absorb Gay's contract, which has two more years and over $37MM remaining on it after this season.
According to Wojnarowski, the Grizzlies have been shopping Gay to multiple clubs in an effort to avoid paying the luxury tax this season. The new ownership and management group isn't confident that the team, as constructed, is strong enough to contend for the Western Conference title, says Wojnarowski.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



Anthony, Harden named NBA's Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) and Houston Rockets guard James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) have been named the players of the week for contests through Jan. 6. Anthony led the league in scoring last week at 36.0 points per game and helped the Knicks to a 2-1 record. He scored 40 or more points twice, including 45 versus Portland on Jan. 1. He also posted 23 points, eight rebounds and three assists in a 100-83 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Jan. 3.
Harden helped the Rockets to a perfect 4-0 mark, the league's only unblemished record of the week, by averaging 29.3 points, 3.25 steals and 5.5 assists. By the end of the week, Harden had extended his streak of scoring 25 or more points to 12 games.
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference players of the week were Brooklyn center Brook Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford), Charlotte's Ben Gordon (6'2''-G-83, college: Connecticut), Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-SF-88, agency: Players Group) of Denver, Indiana's Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown), Miami's LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84), Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA), Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas), Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-C/F-90, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) and Anthony's Knicks teammate, J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85).
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No. 15 Ohio State Snuffs Boilers, 74-64 - by Eurobasket News

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Deshaun Thomas (6'7''-F-91) scored 22 points to lead No. 15 Ohio State to a 74-64 victory over Purdue on Tuesday night.

The angry Buckeyes (12-3, 2-1) rebounded from their first Big Ten loss by shooting 56.4 percent from the field. They took a 10-point halftime lead despite losing point guard Aaron Craft for all but 4:19 of the first half because of early foul trouble, and Buckeyes coach Thad Matta got his 100th Big Ten victory.

Ohio State has won four of the last five in this series and eight of their last 10 overall.

Purdue (7-8, 1-2) has lost two straight to Top 20 teams since upsetting No. 11 Illinois last week. The Boilermakers were led by the Johnson brothers, Terone, who had 18 points, and Ronnie, who had 11 points, six rebounds and seven assists. A.J. Hammons (7'0''-C-92) finished with 13 points and eight rebounds.

But the Boilermakers never seriously challenged Ohio State after the Buckeyes took control with 13-2 and 9-0 runs in the first half.

Instead, Ohio State relied on its usually good shooting.

Thomas had a big hand in it and not just on the offensive end. He had seven rebounds.

Yet it almost wasn't good enough.

The Boilermakers trailed 64-52 with 8:49 left in the game, and were still down 68-54 with about 6 minutes to go.

Purdue rallied with six straight points and got as close as 70-64 with when Terone Johnson made two free throws with 2:59 left. But the Buckeyes got a long jumper from Sam Thompson with 1:41 to go and the Buckeyes didn't give up another point.

Ohio State just had too many scorers for the Boilermakers to keep up with.

The difference, as usual, was Thomas. He helped Ohio State open the lead by going 10 of 15 from the field. After Craft went to the bench with 15:41 left in the first half and D.J. Byrd hit a 3-pointer to give Purdue a 9-7 lead, Thomas took over.

He spurred a 13-2 run that put Ohio State in control 20-11.

A few minutes later, it happened again. This time, Thomas started a 9-0 spurt by hitting a 12-foot jumper and a 3, and when it ended, the Buckeyes led 31-17. Purdue got as close as 35-27, but still trailed a 39-29 at halftime.
Courtesy of:http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com



Lights Out Shooting Lifts Men's Basketball Past Drake, 91-61 - by Eurobasket News

OMAHA, Neb. -- Creighton bolted to a 20-2 lead after six minutes and never trailed in a 91-61 win over Drake on Tuesday night at CenturyLink Center Omaha.

Creighton's ninth straight win propelled the Bluejays to a 15-1 overall record (4-0 MVC), the program's best start since 2002-03. Drake dropped to 6-9 (0-4 MVC) with the setback.

The nation's leader in three-point shooting, Creighton came out firing early by sinking its first three attempts from three-point range and take a 11-2 lead after four minutes. The lead extended to 20-2, and later a 9-0 run made it 39-10 with seven minutes still to play in the first half. By that point, Doug McDermott had made his first six shots and owned 14 points.

CU's lead reached as much as 30 on three occasions (42-12, 45-15 and 47-17) before the Jays took a 49-25 lead into intermission. Creighton shot 19-of-28 in the first half, good for 67.9 percent, including 9-of-13 from downtown. CU owned the glass 24-9, paced by five caroms from McDermott, while also dishing 15 assists. Drake was led by six points from Joey King at the break, but DU shot only 28.1 percent in the opening stanza.

Creighton held a lead of 21 or more the entire second half, and led by as much as 35 (86-51) in the final three minutes.

Junior Ethan Wragge tied his career-high with 22 points to lead Creighton, sinking six three-pointers for the third time this year. Joining him in double-figures were McDermott (16), Jahenns Manigat (13) and Grant Gibbs (10). In addition, Nevin Johnson added a career-best nine points in 12 minutes of action. The Jays shot 64.2 percent for the game, including 59.3 percent from three-point range and 58.3 percent from the line. Creighton dished 28 baskets on its 34 hoops, including nine helpers from Austin Chatman.

CU outrebounded the Bulldogs 40-22, outscored them off the bench 45-31, and in the paint 26-20.

Drake was paced by 17 points off the bench from King, while Jordan Clarke and Micah Mason both scored 11. Preseason All-MVC pick Ben Simons was held to four points, his lowest total since the final game of the 2010-11 season. Simons' league-best streak of 30 straight games with a three-pointer was also snapped at 30. The Bulldogs shot 35.6 percent from the field, 32.1 percent from downtown and 71.4 percent at the line.

Creighton returns to action on Friday with a 7:05 pm game at Missouri State.

NOTES: Creighton's 15 wins are tied for the national lead with Gonzaga, Michigan and Duke, with only Creighton and Duke owning 15 wins vs. Division I competition ...Creighton improved to 10-1 at home this season, the 17th straight season it has won 10 or more home games ...Creighton improved to 61-0 all-time at CenturyLink Center Omaha against teams that enter with a .500 record or worse, and has 71 straight such wins dating to a loss to Drake in 2002 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium ...Creighton's 44 wins since the start of last season are tied with Kansas for third-most nationally, trailing only Syracuse (48) and Kentucky (47) ...This is the fifth time that Creighton has started 4-0 in MVC play since rejoining The Valley in 1977-78, and first time since 2003-04 ...Creighton has made at least one three-pointer in 625 consecutive games ... Creighton has won 24 straight games when tied or leading at halftime ...Gregory Echenique moved into sole possession of fourth place on Creighton's all-time blocked shot list. He entered the night tied for fourth with Brody Deren with 138 swats and had one rejection ...The crowd of 18,073 was fourth-largest in CU history and the team's third straight sellout ...Doug McDermott's 16 points give him 362 this season, most of any player in the nation ...Creighton has made 10 or more three-pointers while shooting 50 percent from three-point range in all four MVC games, the first time in program history its done that in a four-game stretch. The Jays are shooting 53.1 percent from three-point range in MVC play this year (52-98) ...Ethan Wragge is now fifth in CU history with 189 career three-pointers, passing Matt Roggenburk (185) ...Creighton never trailed, the 40th time in 164 all-time games at CenturyLink Center Omaha that's happened. Creighton hasn't trailed in six of its 16 games this season.
Courtesy of: http://www.gocreighton.com



No. 5/5 Hoosiers Cruise Past Penn State, 74-51 - by Eurobasket News

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - The 7-foot center raced out to midcourt to trap D.J. Newbill (6'4''-PG-92), typically not the best defensive matchup against Penn State's quick guard.

But Cody Zeller is no normal 7-foot center. Indiana's star sophomore stole the ball from Newbill and tracked down the loose ball for an open dunk.

The fifth-ranked Hoosiers used a big first-half run and poked and prodded the Nittany Lions defensively all game in a 74-51 victory Monday night.

"Sometimes when your shots aren't there for you or your free throws aren't there ... as long as your defense is there, you've got a chance to stay in the game," Indiana coach Tom Crean said.

Both facets of the Indiana's run-and-gun game were on display when it counted most. The breakneck offense was rarely stopped in the first half before the pace slowed down in a sloppy second half.

It barely mattered after Indiana (14-1, 2-0 Big Ten) built a 19-point lead in the first half behind the inside-out game of Christian Watford (16 points) and the quick-release jumpers of Jordan Hulls (14 points).

No wonder Indiana had the top scoring offense in the nation (87.9 points) entering Monday night's blowout.

But Crean credited his team's effort on the other side of the court for the hot start.

"I thought our defense did a lot of that," he said. "I think our guys were really locked in."

Jermaine Marshall had 11 points for the Nittany Lions (8-6, 0-2), which had a five-game home winning streak snapped. Ross Travis added 14 points and five rebounds.

Penn State played with trademark hustle and found some success attacking the lane, but just couldn't keep up with the quicker, more talented Hoosiers.

Shooting just 31 percent (19 of 60) hurt a lot, too.

"If you told me that we'd hold Indiana to 74 points, I'm telling you we're in the game," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "Our guys played hard, they tried. They competed. ... The ball didn't go down for us."

They also had mismatch problems across the court with Crean's collection of athletic Hoosiers.

For instance, not many teams feature a 7-foot center who can run the court as deftly as Zeller. His steal of Newbill early in the game typified Penn State's frustrating night.

Zeller did land awkwardly after taking two disjointed steps, but he got up and looked fine running back up the court.

As if any more proof was needed, Zeller finished another break with a dunk for a 39-21 lead with 4:34 left in the first half. He finished with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting.

Otherwise Indiana rarely got tripped up in a road tuneup for a showdown with No. 8 Minnesota in Bloomington on Saturday.

Penn State was at least able to keep up with Indiana on the glass, edging the Big Ten's best team on the boards 35-33. Marshall had seven rebounds.

"Some of that was technique," Crean said about losing the rebounding edge. "Some of that was just not rebounding the ball with two hands tonight."

The Nittany Lions could have used a more traditional point guard to help withstand Indiana's two-way onslaught, but star guard Tim Frazier could only watch from the bench in a crisp dark gray suit and walking boot on his left foot after suffering a season-ending injury in November.

So it's Newbill, more of a combo guard, who must bear the brunt of the ball-handling responsibilities. He finished with eight points on 3-of-15 shooting and added six rebounds and three assists but committed five turnovers.

The slower pace in the second half played to Penn State's favor after the teams combined for 15 turnovers over the first 9 minutes after halftime. Still, the Nittany Lions could never muster anything close to a consistent run, even before an energetic crowd with a healthy sprinkling of fans wearing Indiana red.

The Hoosiers' lead didn't dip below double digits in the second half. Indiana shot 52 percent (22 of 42) for the game, and Crean liked how his aggressive team got to the free throw line 34 times, though hitting just 64 percent.

"The huge thing for us tonight was getting to the foul line," he said. "We can certainly shoot the ball better from the foul line, but we got to the foul line."
Courtesy of: http://www.iuhoosiers.com



No. 17 Notre Dame Tops No. 21 Cincinnati, 66-60 - by Eurobasket News

CINCINNATI (AP) - Pass, pass, pass, pass. Then, pass again before finding and making a wide-open shot. No. 17 Notre Dame got everyone involved in extending its notable winning streak.

Jerian Grant (6'5''-G-92) scored 19 points and the Fighting Irish patiently worked for open shots that set up a 66-60 victory Monday night over No. 21 Cincinnati, their 12th straight win.

Notre Dame (14-1, 2-0 Big East) is on its best winning streak since it also won 12 in a row in 2006-07. The 14-1 mark is the best start during coach Mike Brey's 13 seasons.

This time, he's got an experienced roster that loves to share. Notre Dame is among the national leaders with 19 assists per game.

"That's been our program," Brey said. "There's a culture of passing the ball here. We recruit basketball IQ guys, and I think there's a lot of trust that we're going to keep moving that thing. That's why we have great balance.

"We can move it until we get the right guy to take the shot. And we enjoy moving it. Tonight we had some amazing possessions where we got guys out of position."

The Fighting Irish did it their way, spreading out a defense that has been Cincinnati's strength. Notre Dame shot 50 percent from the field and went 9 of 16 behind the arc.

Cincinnati (13-3, 1-2) wore new, all-black uniforms - Notre Dame wore white - for a home game that took on extra significance. The Bearcats opened the season 12-0, then lost two of their last three games, falling to New Mexico and St. John's at home.

They have lost three straight at home for the first time since 2006-07, coach Mick Cronin 's first season picking up the pieces from coach Bob Huggins' ouster.

The school celebrated its impressive start by having President Santa J. Ono get his head shaved on the court after the game on Monday. Ono agreed to lose his hair if the Bearcats won 10 in a row, turning the streak into a fundraising opportunity for a charity.

Despite the pomp, the Bearcats lost again. Sean Kilpatrick led Cincinnati with 15 points.

"It's the Big East now," Kilpatrick said. "We're in a league where everyone on their roster can play. That's something we've really got to figure out now. It's not like it's December anymore. It's January and this is the meat of our schedule and we've really got to get that in our minds."

The Bearcats extended their man-to-man defense beyond the arc, trying to take away Notre Dame's best feature. They couldn't do it.

The Fighting Irish lead the Big East and rank fifth nationally shooting 59.8 percent from the field. They went 12 of 18 from behind the arc during a 93-74 win over Seton Hall on Saturday, setting a school record for a Big East game. Scott Martin made six of his seven 3-point attempts in that one.

When Cincinnati clamped down on the perimeter, 6-foot-9 forward Jack Cooley got openings inside. He finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.

"Our guards were fabulous tonight," Brey said. "I think we have the best backcourt in the country, frankly, and they played like it tonight on the road. The 3 was not going to do it, and we had to get some other stuff."

The Bearcats' halfcourt offense has been their biggest problem the last few games. They had another setback when Kilpatrick landed awkwardly and limped off the court midway through the first half, favoring his right foot. JaQuon Parker (6'3''-G-90) replaced him and hit consecutive 3s that put Cincinnati ahead 20-11, its biggest lead of the game.

Kilpatrick returned and Notre Dame found its long-range touch. The Fighting Irish made their last six shots from behind the arc in the half - two by Martin - to pull ahead 32-28.

Martin opened the second half with a 3-pointer. The Fighting Irish made five passes before finding Grant open for another 3 that gave Notre Dame its biggest lead at 40-29 with 18 minutes left.

Kilpatrick hit two 3s and made a fastbreak layup off Cashmere Wright's steal during a 13-3 run that evened the game at 47.

Point guard Eric Atkins had a driving bank shot and made an over-the-shoulder pass to Cooley for a layup during a 10-point run that put Notre Dame ahead to stay at 59-49 with 5:42 left. Atkins had 10 points and six assists.

Grant hit a fade-away jumper that kept Notre Dame ahead 64-56 with 1:32 left.

"Very few guys can get that shot off, let alone make it," Cronin said.

Cronin benched forward Justin Jackson, who had started the first 15 games but failed to score in three of the last five.
Courtesy of: http://www.und.com



Cook Carries No. 1 Duke Past Clemson 68-40 - by Eurobasket News

DURHAM, N.C. Quinn Cook (6'1''-PG-93) followed his worst scoring game with his best - and his production helped No. 1 Duke after one of its leaders was hurt.

Cook scored 20 of his career-high 27 points in the second half after Ryan Kelly (6'11''-F-91) left with an injured right foot, and the Blue Devils beat Clemson 68-40 on Tuesday night after holding the Tigers to their lowest-scoring first half in 12 years.

Kelly had 12 points in the first half but sat out the second. Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Kelly hurt the same foot he tweaked during the holidays and sprained last March, an injury that kept him out of both the ACC and NCAA tournaments.

Krzyzewski says the extent of Kelly's injury isn't yet known, but a CAT scan and X-rays are planned.

"We're hopeful that it's not real serious, but for precautionary reasons, we felt that it wasn't good to play him in the second half," Krzyzewski said.

With Kelly out, Cook picked up the slack by making nine of his 12 shots in the half to finish 12 of 16 from the field.

His turnaround from an 0-for-11 performance three days earlier against Wake Forest - although he did have a career-high 14 assists - prompted Clemson coach Brad Brownell to say he "played like a first-team all-league player tonight."

Cook easily surpassed his previous high of 17 points two months ago against Minnesota.

"You obviously think about it but you know, the next time you're at practice, you've got to move on," Cook said. "Great shooters always move on to the next shot. Just to have my teammates text me and tell me, 'Tuesday, you're going to hit everything,' that's a great confidence builder."

The Blue Devils (15-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) shot 48 percent, built a 42-31 rebounding advantage and pulled away down the stretch to improve to 58-4 at home against the Tigers.

Devin Booker had 12 points and 15 rebounds for Clemson (8-6, 0-2), which had season lows for points and shooting percentage (28 percent) and shot 12 percent in its brutal first half.

The Tigers had just 10 points at halftime, their fewest since scoring nine against Wake Forest in 2001.

"We just didn't hit our shots," Booker said. "The slow start killed us."

Still, Clemson made things interesting briefly in the second half, closing to 34-22 on Adonis Filer's layup with 15 1/2 minutes left.

That came after Duke's third consecutive turnover in the backcourt, and had an incensed Krzyzewski thrusting his fist on the court as he called a timeout.

Tyler Thornton rattled in a 3-pointer two possessions later, and Seth Curry followed that with a jumper to push it to 39-22 and put Duke back in control. Clemson didn't get closer than 14 points the rest of the way.

Mason Plumlee finished with 13 rebounds - his ACC-leading 10th double-figure rebounding game this season - for the Blue Devils, who opened with 15 wins for the sixth time under Krzyzewski.

Yet scoring wasn't easy for either team early. They combined to miss their first 16 shots over the first 5 1/2 minutes.

But while Duke eventually warmed up, the Tigers spiraled to their coldest half in years.

Clemson was 3 for 25, went nearly 8 minutes between field goals, managed just one basket over the final 12 1/2 minutes and didn't reach double figures until 2:39 before the break - all tough numbers to overcome for a team looking for just its third victory against a No. 1 team and first since 2001.

"We just could not hit the easy shots," Booker said. "I missed a lot of easy shots and that was pretty much the game."

Kelly scored 10 points during a 16-2 run that included 13 straight points for Duke - and by halftime, he had outscored the entire Clemson team.
Courtesy of: http://www.goduke.com



No. 10 Tigers Top Alabama, 84-68, In SEC Debut - by Eurobasket News

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Five Missouri Tigers scored Tuesday night in Mizzou's first-ever Southeastern Conference game against Alabama, and all five ended in double figures, as MU pulled away late for an 84-68 win at Mizzou Arena. The 10th-ranked Tigers improved to 12-2 overall and 1-0 in SEC play, while the Crimson Tide fell to 8-6 and 0-1.

Sophomore guard Jabari Brown (6'5''-G-92) led the way with a career-high 22 points, buoyed by 5-of-7 shooting from three-point range as the Tigers made 9-of-15 from long distance against an Alabama defense which came into the game allowing opponents to shoot just 30.2% on three-pointers.

Frank Haith's Tigers shot a solid 56.6% from the floor overall (30-of-53 FGs), after they connected on just 42.9% in Saturday's 66-64 win over Bucknell. Mizzou was outrebounded by the Crimson Tide by a 32-27 margin in front of a season-best crowd of 13,895.

Junior guard Phil Pressey (5'11''-PG-91) tied a Mizzou Arena single-game high with 13 assists, and he added 11 points in 35 minutes. Alex Oriakhi led the charge in the paint, with 16 points and 10 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season. Oriakhi's offensive rebound and putback with 10:53 left in the game gave Mizzou a 57-51 lead, and that sparked the Tigers to a 7-0 scoring run which gave them an 11-point lead, at 62-51 with 9:00 remaining. Oriakhi finished off the mini-run with another bucket in the paint.

Mizzou jumped out to a quick 10-point lead early in the game, but a scoring drought which spanned over four-and-a-half minutes allowed the Crimson Tide to turn a 17-7 deficit into a 19-17 lead midway through the half. The Tigers gathered their footing and took a 40-36 lead into the lockerroom at halftime.

Earnest Ross had a big game for the Tigers coming off the bench Tuesday, as he chimed in with 19 points, marking a Mizzou scoring high for the junior forward. Ross was 7-of-12 from the floor on the night, including 3-of-4 from three-point range.

Senior forward Laurence Bowers also had a big night, as he contributed 16 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots before leaving the game in the final five minutes when he appeared to knock knees amid traffic in the lane. He was unable to return to the game, but the extent of the injury isn't yet known.

Alabama's Trevor Releford scored a game-high 26 points, but he was held to just seven points in the second half after scoring 19 first-half points.

Mizzou will hit the road for its first-ever SEC road game, as they play Saturday night at Ole Miss. Tipoff for the game is set for 7 p.m. (central time), with the game being televised on FOX Sports Net. The Tigers' next home game is set for Jan. 16th against Georgia.

Be sure to stay tuned to MUTigers.com for continuing coverage of Tiger Basketball.
Courtesy of: http://www.mutigers.com



Panthers Win Third-Straight; Down Wildcats, 74-72 - by Eurobasket News

MIAMI (Jan. 7, 2013) A pair of double-doubles by junior Tymell Murphy (6'5''-F-90) and freshman Jerome Frink (6'6''-F-93) guided the FIU mens basketball team (7-7) to a 74-72 win over the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (5-11) and the teams third-straight victory on Monday afternoon at U.S. Century Bank Arena.

Murphy, who posted his third-straight 20-point outing and third-consecutive double-double, led FIU with 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting, while grabbing 10 rebounds. Frink, who had a game-high 11 boards, scored 11 points for his fourth double-double of the season.

Junior Malik Smith added 15 points on 4-of-10 shooting (3-of-7 from 3-point range) for his 11th double-digit performance of the season. Sophomore Deric Hill (5'9''-PG-93) had a solid game at the point, notching a career-high eight rebounds and tying a season-high in assists (8) to go along with three steals. Over the past three contests, the Miami, Fla., native has totaled 21 assists and 13 steals.

The Panthers fell behind early, as the Wildcats led for most of the first half, capped off by a 26-16 advantage with 6:37 on the clock. FIU stormed back to tie the game at 30-30, going on a 14-4 run that was capped off by a Murphy layup with 1:57 left in the half. Sophomore Juan Ferrales hit a trey with 1:17 on the clock to give the Panthers a 33-30 lead.

With a 35-32 advantage heading into halftime, FIU extended its lead by as many as 12 in the second half, going on to defeat the Wildcats, 74-72.

FIU finished the afternoon shooting 45.6 percent from the floor (26-of-57) and converted 5-of-16 from beyond the arc (31.3 percent). Seven different Panthers reached the free-throw line versus B-CU as the team shot 70.8 percent from the charity stripe (17-of-24).

Bethune-Cookman shot 38.7 percent from the floor (24-of-62) and shot just 27.3 percent from downtown (6-of-22). The Wildcats made the most of their free-throw attempts, converting 18-of-25 (72.0 percent).

The Panthers out-rebounded the Wildcats, 42-36, marking the third-straight game in which FIU has recorded 40-or-more rebounds. FIU held a 42-32 edge in points in the paint and converted 17 second-chance points to B-CUs 10.

The win improved the Panthers to 4-2 at home this season and marked the programs 200th victory at U.S. Century Bank Arena.

FIU will return to Sun Belt Conference action with a trip to Jonesboro, Ark., on Thursday, Jan. 10, to face the Arkansas State Red Wolves. Game time is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET.

Fans are encouraged to follow @FIUMensBBall on Twitter, and Like FIU mens basketball on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/FIU-Mens-Basketball) for the latest Panther basketball news. Follow all of FIUs 18 athletic teams on Google+ (FIU Athletics), Twitter (@FIUAthletics), Facebook (Facebook.com/FIUSports), YouTube (FIUPanthers), and Instagram (FIUathletics).

About FIU Athletics: FIU Athletics is home to more than 400 student-athletes in 18 different sports. Athletic events are played in seven different venues on FIU's campuses (Modesto A. Maidique and Biscayne Bay), including U.S. Century Bank Arena and Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium.

About FIU: Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelors, masters and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida's anchor institutions, FIU is worlds ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission and enrolls 50,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. More than 140,000 alumni live and work in South Florida. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.
Courtesy of: http://www.fiusports.com



Chris Perez Named A-Sun Player of the Week - by Eurobasket News

MACON, Ga. - Junior Chris Perez (6'3''-G-90) was named Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week after leading the Stetson men's basketball team to two league wins, announced by the conference office on Tuesday.

It marked the first time that Perez received the honor from the A-Sun, and his second weekly honor overall in his two seasons with the Hatters. Last year, he was named A-Sun Newcomer of the Week after a 22-point performance in his first season at Stetson.

Perez's 19.7 points per game on 61.5 percent shooting during the week led the Hatters to victories over Kennesaw State and Jacksonville to even the team's conference record to 2-2. The accolades mark the first time a Stetson player has been named A-Sun Player of the Week since Ridge Graham (6'5''-F) received the honor on Nov. 16, 2010.

Perez has now scored in double figures in nine straight games, dating back to a home contest against Florida Atlantic on Dec. 6. The guard is averaging 17.7 points and 5.1 rebounds, while shooting nearly 53% from the floor during the stretch.

After Monday night's season-best 23 point performance, Perez has now reached 20 or more points four times this season and 11 times in less than two years of competition at Stetson. He's now seventh in the league with 14.8 points per game, and eighth in the A-Sun with a field goal percentage of 51.9.

Perez and the Stetson men's basketball team, now 5-10 overall and 2-2 in A-Sun action, will next head on the road to ETSU and USC Upstate. The Hatters take on the Bucs Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7:00 p.m. and then challenge the Spartans on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 5:00 p.m.
Courtesy of: http://www.gohatters.com



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Tigers Start FastTo Put Away LeMoyne-Owen, 70-51 - by Eurobasket News

COLUMBIA, S.C. Playing their first home game in more than a month, the Benedict College Tigers gave the fans a treat with a dominating 70-51 victory over LeMoyne-Owen College on Monday night in the Benjamin E. Mays HRC Arena.

Tydran Beaty, Marcus Goode (6'10''-C) and Rickie Jackson all scored 14 points each to lead the Tigers, who improved to 2-1 in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and 6-5 overall.

The Tigers opened the game with a crowd-cheering ally-oop dunk by Beaty from Xavier Collier, and the Tigers jumped out to a quick 9-2 lead. After the Magicians cut the lead to 11-7, the Tigers scored 14 unanswered points to take a 25-7 lead with Beaty scoring eight points in that stretch, including a pair of spectacular dunks.

Benedict had as much as a 21-point lead in the first half, and took a 43-26 lead into the locker room. The Tigers maintained the double-digit lead throughout the second half, building the lead to as much as 26 points, 67-41, on a jumper by Brennan Reynard (5'11''-PG) with 4:21 left to play.

The Tigers had 10 steals and forced 14 LeMoyne-Owen turnovers. Benedict scored 21 points off those turnovers.

Benedict held the Magicians to 38.8 percent shooting (19-of-49). Edwin Shorter led the Magicians (1-2 SIAC, 3-9) with 14 points.

Benedict is back in action on Thursday, playing host to Lane College.
Courtesy of: http://www.benedicttigers.com



No. 1 Hilltoppers Win Early Conference Showdown - by Eurobasket News

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. An early-season showdown between the top two teams in the West Virginia Conference standings lived up to its billing here Monday night as unbeaten and No. 1-ranked West Liberty outraced hot-shooting Shepherd, 114-109, at the Butcher Center.

Alex Falk (6'3''-G) poured in 33 points while C.J. Hester dominated the paint with 27 points and 15 rebounds as Coach Jim Crutchfield's three-time defending WVIAC champion Hilltoppers (13-0, 7-0) survived the frenetic pace to put the second-place Rams (8-3, 5-2) away in the final minutes.

West Liberty led for virtually the entire first half before Shepherd took a brief 61-59 lead in the final minute when the hosts hit four straight free throws following a technical foul assessed against the Hilltopper bench.

The lead proved short-lived, however, as WLU got the ball back after a defensive stop and ran almost all the time off the first half clock before Tim Hausfeld drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to put West Liberty ahead to stay, 62-61.

Brantley Osborne (6'2''-G) almost single-handedly kept the hosts in the game during the first 20 minutes as the junior sharpshooter hit 6-of-8 shots from behind the 3-point arc and scored 28 of his game-high 37 points before intermission.

Despite battling foul trouble throughout the second half, the Hilltoppers kept the Rams at bay until Falk stepped into the spotlight.

With Shepherd trailing just 92-90 as the clock ticked under 7 minutes, the senior All-American scored on a putback and then sailed coast-to-coast for a layup after coming up with a steal at the defensive end.

That keyed a decisive 15-4 run which Hester capped with a putback hoop of his own as the clock ticked past the 2-minute mark, giving West Liberty what proved to be an insurmountable 107-94 lead.

The Rams never got closer than 7 points down the stretch until Marcus Pilgrim banked home a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer to settle the final margin.

Falk had 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to go along with his 33 points. Cedric Harris joined Falk and Hester in double figures with a dozen points.

Pilgrim finished with 24 points for Shepherd while Chad Moore had a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds. The Rams shot 51 percent (37-of-72) from the floor and hit a season-high 15-of-28 (54 percent) of their 3-point shots but were victimized by 28 turnovers against the WLU pressure.

The Hilltoppers also had a solid shooting night, draining 55 percent (41-of-75) of their shots from the floor, shooting 42 percent (10-of-24) from behind the 3-point arc and going 22-of-26 (85 percent) from the charity stripe.

West Liberty returns to action on Thursday night when the Hilltoppers travel to Greensburg, Pa. for a 7:30 p.m. game against Seton Hil.

GAME NOTES

X West Liberty has won 12 straight games against Shepherd

X Falk moved up to No. 15 on the Hilltoppers' career scoring list with 1,516 points. Former teammate John Wolosinczuk is No. 14 at 1,523

X Falk also passed Dan Binggeli for the No. 2 spot on West Liberty's career steals list with 231 swipes

X WLU's run of 9 consecutive 100-point games is tied for the second-longest in school history. The Hilltoppers topped the century mark in 10 straight games two years ago

X West Liberty has won 67 of its last 68 league games
Courtesy of: http://www.hilltoppersports.com



Seasiders Light Up Urban Knights - by Eurobasket News

Laie, HIThe Brigham Young University Hawaii mens basketball team scored the first 12 points of the game and never let up on the way to a 107-70 win over Academy of Art tonight in a Pacific West Conference game. The Seasiders led by 27 points, 55-28, at halftime and by as many as 41 points in the second half as they improved to 7-5 overall and 4-0 in the PacWest.

BYU-Hawaii dominated the boards in the opening period 28-3 and shot 66.7 percent (14-21) from the field, 66.7 percent (8-12) from three-point range, and 82.6 percent (19-23) to dominate the period. An uncharacteristic 19 turnovers in the period by the Seasiders kept the Urban Knights from being down even more at the break.

The Seasiders, with 14 players seeing action in the game, cooled off somewhat in the second half but still finished the game with a 50-20 rebound advantage while shooting 56.4 percent (31-55) from the field and 50 percent (12-24) from long range.

Senior guard Junior R. Alexander (6'0''-G-65) scored 21 points to lead five Seasiders in double figures. Ale also snared five rebounds and handed out three assists. Pablo Coro hit 5-6 from behind the arc and finished with 17 points, three assists, and two steals. Dash Lee tallied 13 points and dished out six assists to go with three steals while SeQuan Lawrence came off the bench to score 13 points and grab six rebounds. Bracken Funk (6'7''-F-89), Solomone Wolfgramm, and Justin Park each had six rebounds and Park added in seven points. Taylor Maughan was 4-4 from the free throw line and totaled nine points in the win.

Ameer Shamsud-din had 19 points to lead Academy of Art, now 3-8 for the season and 1-3 in the conference. Aaron Fisher had 12 points and nine assists in the loss.

BYU-Hawaii will play Dominican on Monday at 7:30 pm PST in San Rafael, California in a Pacific West Conference game.
Courtesy of: http://sports.byuh.edu



Glover's Driving Lay-Up Gives Claflin 63-61 SIAC Win - by Eurobasket News

David Glover (5'10''-PG) stole the basketball in the Dragons half of the court, and dribbled all the way to the basket for the winning lay-up as time expired to give Claflin a hard fought 63-61 victory in the Oman Arena, in Jackson TN.

The Panthers ( 5-6, 3-0) held a three point halftime lead 28-25, and did not score until the Lane Dragons tied the score at 28-28 with 18 minutes left. Claflin's largest lead would be just two points in the final half 30-28 after scoring their first points of the half, with 17:26 left.
The Dragons then distanced themselves going on a 17-3 run to go up by 12 points 45-33, at the 9:30 mark. By the time dwindled inside of two minutes Claflin found themselves down by just 1 point 56-55, with a 22-11 run.

Lane then scored on a short shot to go up again by 3 points 59-55 with 1:17 left. Two free throws by Jerrod Denard closed the gap to two points 57-59. Glover then made a three pointer as the shot clock was running down to give Claflin the lead 61-59, with 1:03 left to play. Lane came down a foul was called, and Georgio Alexander went to the line and made both free throws to knot the score at 61-61, at the: 44 mark. The next half of a minute set up Glovers' heroics. Claflin had several opportunities but the ball would not fall on their next possession. Finally Lane captured the rebound and went down the floor with: 14 left. Two misses and a steal by Glover who dribbled the length of the floor for the winning lay-up as time expired, gave the Panthers the 63-61 win.

After a see saw battle with three lead changes and two ties in the first half, with Claflin holding their largest lead of the first half six points on three occasions, the last coming with 1:48 left in the opening 20 minutes, 26-20. The half ended with Lane scoring five points to Claflin's two, for a 28-25, Claflin lead at the break.

Sha'mar Nolen led Lane with nine points and Georgio Alexander with six points after the first 20 minutes.

Marcellus Dunn and Terrence Bowman, paced Claflin with eight points each, while Jarrod Denard scored seven first half points.

Alexander, led the Dragons with 16 points, Nolen and Shoquan Stevens added 10 points each.

Denard, paced the Panthers with a game high 17 points, as Terrence Bowman added 15 points, and Glover contributed 10 points.

The Panthers continue their road trip traveling to Frankfort, KY for a Thursday evening match-up with the Thorobreds of Kentucky State University, at 5:30 pm.
Courtesy of: http://athletics.claflin.edu



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No. 9 Seahawk Men's Basketball Tops No. 14 F&M as Harney Nets 150th Career Win - by Eurobasket News

St. Mary's City, Md. It was the tale of two halves in a battle of Top 15 squads as the No. 9 St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team posted a 63-57 non-conference win over No. 14 Franklin & Marshall College Monday night.

In securing its 14 consecutive victory, St. Mary's eighth-year head coach Chris Harney '97 recorded his 150th career win. Harney, the program's all-time wins leader, now owns a career mark of 150-63, guiding the Seahawks to four NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship Tournament appearances and three Capital Athletic Conference tournament championship titles.

Guards Devin Spencer (Baltimore, Md./Towson Catholic) and Brendan McFall (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) were the only Seahawks to score in double figures tonight. Spencer put up 18 points on 5-of-10 shooting while McFall notched a career-best 16 points for the second straight game as he was 8-of-14 from the field.

The Seahawks (14-1) demonstrated why they rank 14th in Division III in field goal percentage defense as St. Mary's stymied Franklin & Marshall to a dismal 25.0% shooting effort in the first half, including holding them scoreless from behind the three-point line (0-for-7). The Seahawks only missed nine shots in the first 20 minutes for a 62.5-field goal percentage, including a 3-of-5 effort from downtown. Sixteen of the home team's 37 first-half points came off of 10 Diplomat turnovers.

St. Mary's boasted a 37-14 halftime advantage as McFall led all players with 14 points and Spencer chipped in 10. Junior forward Ed Early (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing) paced F&M with six points off the bench.

Franklin & Marshall (11-2) flipped the script in the second stanza as the Diplomats outscored St. Mary's 43-26. F&M knocked down a 25-point deficit to just a 51-46 setback over a 15-minute span, keeping the Seahawks to just five made field goals over the final 20 minutes. At one point, St. Mary's was held scoreless for nearly six minutes.

The Diplomats capitalized with 17 points on 14 St. Mary's miscues plus 26 points in the paint to the Seahawks' eight in the second half. F&M also controlled the glass with a 37-27 margin. Early finished the night with 20 points while senior forward Hayk Gyokchyan (Beirut, Lebanon/The Lawrenceville School), who entered tonight's game as F&M's leading scorer with a 19.4 scoring average, was held to just three second-half points.

The Seahawks will be back in action this Saturday, January 12 when St. Mary's travels to Dover, Delaware to take on Wesley College in Capital Athletic Conference action. Tipoff is set for 4:00 pm.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



No. 6 Cardinals seek eighth straight win on Wednesday at Juniata - by Eurobasket News

WASHINGTON - After downing Merchant Marine Academy over the weekend by a score of 74-57, No. 6 CUA hits the road on Wednesday to face Juniata. The Cardinals placed all five starters in double figures in the win over USMMA, led by Steve Limberiou's 20 points. CUA's defense forced the Mariners into 38-percent shooting and 20 turnovers, and the Cards converted those 20 miscues into 19 points. CUA is now riding a season-high seven game win streak with five of those wins coming at home.

CUA meets Juniata for the 13th time this week with the Eagles leading the series 7-5. The teams split their two meetings last season, with the home team winning both games. CUA has dropped its last two games at Juniata, including a 76-68 decision last season.

CUA's three-man senior class of Shawn Holmes, Chris Kearney (6'7''-F) and Nate Koenig (6'4''-G) is averaging 41.6 points, 15.5 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game. Holmes (17.0) and Kearney (16.8) are averaging career highs in scoring, while Koenig's 5.1 rebounds per game is a career best.

Since falling at DeSales on December 5, CUA has ripped off seven straight wins and the Cardinals are getting the job done with their defense. CUA has held those seven opponents to only 52.1 points on 36% shooting from the field and 28% shooting from 3-point range. The Cards have also forced an average of 17.7 turnovers in those games.

Sophomore Steve Limberiou has had the hot hand of late, averaging 19.2 points on 53% shooting in his last six games. Limberiou has scored in double figures in each of those games, topping out with a career-high 27 vs. Denison. Limberiou ranks second in the Landmark Conference in three-point field goal percentage, fifth in scoring, and ninth in field goal percentage.

In four of their last five games, the Cardinals have committed single digit turnovers. Not surprisingly, CUA leads the Landmark Conference in fewest turnovers per game (9.8) and turnover margin (+7.15).

After opening the season with five straight wins, Juniata has dropped five of its last eight, including three straight. The Eagles are 0-2 in the Landmark Conference, following a 62-54 setback to Scranton at home over the weekend. Brian Scholly is the team's leading scorer at 15.3 points per game, and is joined in double figures by Kevin Stapleton (12.4), Alex Raymond (11.4) and Jeremy Hays (11.0). The Eagles advanced to last season's conference championship, before falling to Scranton by eight points.

CUA and Juniata tip things off at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Wesley's Reynolds Named CAC Player of the Week - by Eurobasket News

YORK, Pa. For the second time this season, Wesley College's Paul Reynolds (6'4''-F-90) has been named the Capital Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Co-Player of the Week, it was announced by the league office Monday afternoon. Reynolds shares the honors with St. Mary's guard Nick Laguerre.

A senior from Wilmington, Del., Reynolds averaged 22.0 points and 9.0 rebounds to go with 4.5 assists and 4.0 steals while shooting 68.0% from the floor in a pair of Wesley 15-point victories last week.

In a win over last year's National Runner-Up Cabrini, Reynolds scored a game-high 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting and added six rebounds, five assists and four steals. Closing out the week at CAC rival Mary Washington, Reynolds notched a double-double with a game-high 21 points and 12 rebounds while adding four assists and four steals.

For the season, Reynolds is averaging 18.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists while shooting an impressive 58.3% from the floor. All of his averages rank in the top five of the conference. He also leads the CAC with 36 steals.

The Wolverines (12-4, 2-1 CAC) have now won seven-straight games and nine of its last ten while their 12 victories match last year's total. Wesley returns to the hardwood on Wednesday night when they travel to take on Frostburg State in a 6 pm tipoff.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



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NBL's Top 15 - by Hugh McAuliffe

Its that time again, with the league edging past the halfway mark this past weekend, to look at the players who are standing tall as the stars of the NBL.

With just eight teams and almost every game fought out like a playoff encounter (it wasnt that long ago eight teams made the playoffs!) it is harder than ever to separate the depth of good players gracing hardcourts down under.

1. Cedric Jackson (191-G-86, college: Cleveland St.)
2. Ben Madgen
3. Matthew Knight
4. Kevin Lisch
5. Gary Ervin
6. Adam Gibson
7. Jonny Flynn
8. Shawn Redhage
9. Mika Vukona
10. Rhys Martin
11. Luke Nevill
12. Jamar Wilson
13. Seth Scott
14. Damian Martin
15. Ian Crosswhite

Honourable mention
Corin Henry
Aaron Bruce
Daniel Johnson
Cam Tragardh
Jesse Wagstaff
Anthony Petrie
Adris Deleon
Chris Goudling
Alex Pledger
Will Hudson



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CEZ Nymburk signs Michael Efevberha - by Eurobasket News (T)

CEZ Basketball Nymburk (NBL) signed 29-year old Nigerian ex-international guard Michael Efevberha (197-88kg-84, college: CS Northridge). He just played at Spartak Primorie Vladivostok in Russian PBL league. Efevberha managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In 6 PBL games this season he had 12.8ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5apg. The last summer he played at Cocolos in Dominican Rep. LNB. Efevberha also played at Iowa Energy in D-League earlier that season. In 39 games last season he recorded very impressive stats: 19.6ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.2apg. Great season as he was named to USBasket.com All-D-League Honorable Mention. The other team he played that season for was Lugano Tigers in Swiss LNA. In 11 games he recorded also great stats: 16.7ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg and 2.4spg.
In 2006 Efevberha was drafted by Idaho Stampede (D-League) in first round (112th overall).
He attended Cal State - Northridge and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Efevberha won Swiss LNA championship title for two years in a row (2010 and 2011). He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Guard of the Year in 2011. Efevberha represented Nigeria at the African Championships in Libya four years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: Score-5 (17.4ppg), 4.1rpg, 2.0apg, Steals-4 (2.0spg), FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 69.4%.
Efevberha is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Cholet), New Zealand (Wellington Exodus Saints), D-League (Springfield Armor and Rio Grande Valley Vipers) and WCBL (Santa Barbara).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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BLNO Allstars won over Norway U23 in All Star show - by Eurobasket News

All Star Game
Norway BLNO Allstars 82:94


BLNO Allstars won over Norway U23 in All Star show. The more experienced players celebrated a 94:82 win. Jonathan Jones (196-F-88, college: Kean) from Tromso Storm top-scored for Allstars with 25 points. Mustafa Mahnin (182-PG-80) and Anders Stien (195-G-90) delivered 12 points each in the losing effort.



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2012 PBA Philippine Cup Semifinals Roundup and Finals Preview - by Enzo Flojo

Rain or Shine and Talk N Text finished their respective semifinal series in six games, with ROS dumping San Mig Coffee last Thursday and TNT dropping the bomb on Alaska a day later.

Smart-Gilas 2.0 starting shooting guard Jeff Chan outplayed former National Team player James Yap anew, scoring 27 points on the strength of three treys while also grabbing 7 rebounds and dishing out 3 assists. Yap, meanwhile, wound up with only 6 points as he missed all but 2 of his 15 field goal attempts.

Paul Lee backstopped Chans shooting with 15 points of his own, while the surprisingly solid Jervy Cruz combined with old reliables Gabe Norwood and Beau Belga to shore up the frontline. Cruz, Norwood, and Belga had a combined output of 31 points and 31 rebounds as the Painters outmuscled the Mixers on the boards, 62-46. PJ Simon and Marc Pingris continued to play splendidly for SMC with 29 and 15 points respectively. Pingris also grabbed 11 rebounds in the losing effort.

TNT relied on five guys scoring in double-digits as the Texters finished off the upstart Aces in Game 6. Jayson Castro, Jimmy Alapag, Jared Dillinger, Kelly Williams, and Ranidel De Ocampo all broke the 10-point barrier to typify the depth of TNT. Despite both Calvin Abueva and Sonny Thoss putting double-double performances for Alaska, the Texters were still able to punch through and book a ticket to defend the Philippine Cup they have won two years running.

2012 Philippine Cup Finals Preview:

Frontcourt: Ranidel De Ocampo, Kelly Williams, Jared Dillinger vs Jervy Cruz, Beau Belga, Gabe Norwood
Unlike their semifinals series against the San Mig Coffee Mixers, the Rain or Shine Elasto-Painters wont have a big size disadvantage against the Texters. Nobody on TNTs roster stands taller than 67, which means the Painters should be able to match up really well. The flipside, of course, is that, unlike the Mixers, the Texters arent very fond of posting up their bigs (unless that big is Ali Peek). Kelly Williams is more potent as a high-post penetrator, and Ranidel De Ocampo is like a mini-Kevin Love. In that regard, ROS will have to adjust how its bigs play D. Their trademark physicality in the low post might not be as effective against bigs that shoot from the outside or penetrate off the dribble.

Jervy Cruz has to continue playing really well for coach Yeng Guiao to have a clear chance at his first All-Filipino/Philippine Cup title. Right now, Cruz is the top big man for the Painters, averaging 11.2ppg and 8.4rpg despite being severely undersized at his position.

Another key match-up is the one between super swingmen Jared Dillinger and Gabe Norwood. Both are unusual swingmen in the PBA because theyre both big for their position (both are 65), have good handles, have good lift, and are dangerous from pretty much anywhere on the court. They might as well cancel each other out, but whoever outplays the other will definitely tip the scale in his teams favor.

Backcourt: Jayson Castro, Jimmy Alapag, Larry Fonacier vs Jeff Chan, Paul Lee, Jireh Ibaes
Given its combined production (38.8ppg and 36.7% 3pt shooting), the troika of Jayson Castro, Jimmy Alapag, and Larry Fonacier is definitely one of the most offensively potent in the country. All of those guys can put the ball on the floor. They can all spot up from practically any range. They all have good court vision. Its a tough match-up for any team.

But the Painters own guards might just be the perfect foils against such a dangerous offensive juggernaut. Jeff Chan and Paul Lee pair up for more than 28 points and nearly 6 assists per outing. Both those guys can shoot from the parking lot, and both can penetrate effectively. Its like theyre carbon copies of their TNT counterparts. And that leaves Jireh Ibaes as the x-factor. If he can consistently put the clamps on someone like Castro or Fonacier like he did against James Yap, then the Painters should negate the Texters sharp backcourt.

Supporting Cast: Ryan Reyes, Ali Peek, Harvey Carey vs JR Quiahan, Larry Rodriguez, Ryan Araa, Ronnie Matias, Chris Tiu
Whereas TNT coach Norman Black will rely on the explosiveness of Ryan Reyes, Ali Peek, and Harvey Carey (all of whom played starters minutes at one point or another in their careers), coach Yeng will rely on the strength in numbers of his fiery bench mob.

At his best, Reyes is as good as any of TNTs starters, and the team will need him to step up in case anybody gets ice cold. Peek is the only legitimate pound-it-down-low-back-to-the-basket player on the Texters lineup, and though hes pretty grizzled already, he can still pivot and put up that baby hook when needed. Carey, for his part, is like Udonis Haslem he just does the dirty work and can get the occasional free bucket from fifteen feet and closer.

On the other end, the Painters will be counting on breadth more than depth. Quiahan has the heft to bang bodies with TNTs bigs, while Rodriguez can provide some nifty post moves. Both Tiu and Araa can spew fire like Chan, but can also play D like Ibaes even as Matiass hustle cannot be overlooked. I expect the TNT starters to probably outscore their ROS counterparts, but I also think the ROS relievers should have an edge against the TNT second unit.

Coaching: Norman Black vs Yeng Guiao
Though Norman Black is the more decorated coach, one cannot deny the grit and bravado that Yeng Guiao brings to the table.

Also, Black hasnt coached in a PBA Finals series in a long time, while Guiao was the most recent champion coach after ROS copped the 2012 Governors Cup.

Its a classic case of one coach leaning on his tried-and-tested system (Black), while the other leans on his players ability to adjust and free-wheel (Guiao). In the end, however, I think championship experience and poise will come to fore, and, at least for now, Blacks crew might have an ever so slight edge there.

Key Question:
Can TNT handle ROS's physicality?
The Painters are known for being a team of roughhousers, and Im pretty sure they wont be shy when it comes to trading sweat and some hits with the Texters.

Can TNT handle it? They had some licks against the Aces in the semis, but ROS will be a bigger and more menacing monster. If they want to keep their title as Philippine Cup Champs, then the Texters must find a way to stand up to the ROS bullies.

Overall, I think itll be a close series. Id be surprised if there would be any blowout games here. If Paul Lee can blossom into a real playmaker and not just a volume scorer, then ROS might just pull out four wins, but, as things are, I believe TNT is the better title pick.

Lets all be happy as we look forward to a tight and physical series that will showcase some of the best talents in Philippine Basketball. In the end, though, I see the Texters winning in seven games.

Game Recaps:
RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS over SAN MIG COFFEE MIXERS, 90-83

The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters booked their first appearance in the Philippine Cup finals, dispatching the San Mig Coffee Mixers, 90-83, in Game Six of their best-of-seven semifinals series Thursday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Im really glad its over, at least for this series, said a relieved Yeng Guiao after the game.

Its either we finish them off in Game Six, or they finish us off in Game Seven. If this series had gone to Game Seven, our chances of winning would be really low.

Sharpshooter Jeff Chan bounced back from a cold shooting outing in the last game, exploding for 27 points to pace the Elasto Painters, who are in the championship round of the second straight tournament after winning last seasons Governors Cup. Paul Lee, who was in the midst of a two-game slump, added 15 points.

Jeff and Paul came back to life when we really needed them, said Guiao.

Rain or Shine, banking on fresher legs with a longer rotation, turned on the heat in the second half. After San Mig Coffee posted 52 first half points, the Elasto Painters imposed their will after the break, limiting the Mixers to just 31 points after the first two quarters.

We had a very simple game plan: to keep running the whole game, keep the pace fast, said Guiao.

It worked. I felt that after one, one and a half quarters, they will tire out. And they did tire out.

A Chan layup pushed the Rain or Shine lead to 11 points, 84-73, with less than five minutes in the game. San Mig Coffee made one last push, answering with a 7-0 run capped by a Peter June Simon layup with less than two minutes left.

But Rain or Shine struck back quickly with a Jervy Cruz three-point play that broke the back of the Mixers with a minute and a half to go in the game.

Simon led the charge for San Mig Coffee, scoring 18 of his game-high 29 points in the first half. But James Yap was once again missing for the Mixers, posting just six points on 2-of-15 shooting from the field. It marked the third time in the last four games wherein Yap was held to below seven points in the series.

Were really just lucky that their guys dont explode at the same time. James was really struggling again, said Guiao, who will be making his third appearance in an all-Filipino tournament against the winner of the other semifinals duel between Talk N Text and Alaska.

ROS 90- Chan 27, Lee 15, Cruz 14, Norwood 10, Belga 7, Quinahan 5, Rodriguez 4, Tang 3, Arana 3, Ibanes 2, Tiu 0, Matias 0.
SMC 83- Simon 29, Pingris 15, Devance 14, Barroca 6, Intal 6, Yap 6, Reavis 4, Villanueva 3, Gaco 0, De Ocampo 0.
QS: 19-22, 48-52, 71-68, 90-83


TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over ALASKA ACES, 83-78

The Talk N Text Tropang Texters are back where they belong.

Fighting back a spirited Alaska squad, the two-time defending champions pulled off an 83-78 victory over the Aces in Game Six of their best-of-seven Philippine Cup semifinals series Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome.

The win gave Talk N Text a 4-2 series victory and a ticket to the finals of the all-Filipino tournament for the third straight season. Awaiting them in the finals is Rain or Shine, the reigning Governors Cup titlist that booked the first finals seat with a victory over San Mig Coffee in their own semis series Thursday.

We certainly have gone through a tough series here, which will prepare us for Rain or Shine, said Talk N Text coach Norman Black.

The underdog Aces battled Talk N Text to a tight opening half that saw the Tropang Texters take a narrow 42-41 lead. Calvin Abueva carried the fight for Alaska in the first two quarters, ending the half with 17 points and nine rebounds to finish with 23 and 13 for the game.

Hats off to the Alaska team, said Black. They will be a force to be reckoned with in the future.

The game was nip-and-tuck for most of the third and fourth quarters before Talk N Text broke loose in the fourth quarter behind captain Jimmy Alapag, who scored all 15 of his points in the second half. A 7-2 run capped by an Ali Peek jumper pushed the Talk N Text lead to nine points, 80-71, with just little over three minutes left.

JVee Casio completed a crucial four-point play in the next possession, cutting the Alaska deficit to just four points. But both teams failed to score over the next couple of minutes, leaving Alaska forced to foul with just 15 seconds left.

After two Alapag free throws, Dondon Hontiveros hit a three-pointer to cut the Talk N Text lead to four points, 82-78, with 8.4 seconds left. Ranidel De Ocampo split his free throws in the ensuing play, and Talk N Text completed a stop in Alaskas final possession to seal the win.

TNT 83- Castro 16, Alapag 15, Dillinger 11, Williams 11, De Ocampo 11,Carey 6, Fonacier 5, Peek 5, Reyes 3, Raymundo 0, Aban 0.
ALA 78- Abueva 23, Espinas 13, Thoss 11, Casio 10, Hontiveros 7, Baracael 6, Jazul 5, Baguio 3, Dela Cruz 0.
QS: 25-18, 42-41, 64-62, 83-78

Source: Unless otherwise specified, game recaps were compressed and compiled from InterAKTV. (Writing credit to Rey Joble.)



Toroman coaching Barako Bull - by Aris Ignacio

Better days ahead for the Energy Colas.

Former Smart Gilas head coach Rajko Toroman was tapped to coach the Barako Bull Energy in the coming Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner's Cup.

Toroman, 56, was recently released from his contract from the giant conglomerate, San Miguel Corporation, whom he served as a consultant, guided the Philippines' Smart Gilas men's national basketball team to a 4th place finish in the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship.

Before being in the Philippines, Toroman guided the Iranian national basketball team to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

The new bull, as the confirmation from the team's Facebook page suggest, will be taking over a team that had just finished 9th out of the 10 teams the recent PBA Philippine Cup and the reigns from interim coach Bong Ramos. The team consists of players with the likes of Ronald Tubid, Danny Seigle, Mick Pennisi, Roger Yap, Sean Anthony and Doug Kramer.



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Mrozek out, Karol in - by Greg (T)

Kotwica Kolobrzeg (TBL) decided to change their coaching staff. They parted ways with thier former coach Tomasz Mrozek and replaced him with Mariusz Karol.

Mariusz Karol coached recently at Rosa Radom.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Three-Way deal sends Alex Galindo to Cangrejeros - by Luis Modestti (T)

Puerto Rican national team forward Alexander Galindo (200-F-85, college: FIU) has a new home for the 2013 season as he was part yesterday of a three-way deal between Brujos, Atleticos and Cangrejeros.

Galindo was traded from Brujos de Guayama to Atleticos de San German for Joel Jones (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Sacramento St.) and Joel Nieves (191-G-87, college: S.Idaho JC). San German then traded Galindo to Cangrejeros de Santurce for Richard Chaney (196-G-84, college: Troy).

Chaney played last season in San German but was originally a reserve of Santurce who decided not to play in 2012. San German got him in the draft and liked him enough to trade for him. Last season he averaged 10,08 points and 5,5 rebounds. He is better known for his defensive skills.

Galindo averaged 15,15 points last season for Guayama and played for the national team in the FIBA Olympic Qualifier where he had a great game against Lithuania. He is playing for Malvin in Uruguay and is expected to make it on time for the BSN season.

In this trade Guayama added depth to the shooting guard position and also added flexibility since Jones can play as a small forward. They already have Juan Coronado and Erick Rodriguez secured for this season. They recently released Jesus Verdejo (193-G-85, college: S.Florida).

All the teams are expected to continue making moves as the BSN Draft is on January 30.



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Nikola Kuga gets MVP of South East Asia Championship - by Tamara Ruzic

Serbo Croatian small forward Nikola Kuga (200-F/G-86) has finished successfully his season and was voted as MVP of South East Asia Championship in Male'. Kuga was the key player for the Club Eagles from Male' averaging 33.1 pts, 11.5 reb and 5.4 assists per game. In 2011-2012 season Kuga played for Cannoneros Norte De Cucuta ( Colombia-Copa Federacion ) and in 24games and 27min per game Kuga was delivering 15.4 pts, 5.2 reb and 2.7 assists per game. After Colombia he has joined Arabic Champion BC Shariah, UAE.
IN his career Kuga has been playing for U.M.F Skallagrimur, Borganes from Iceland, Hopsi Polzela from Slovenia, Sport Plazza de Casablanca from Morocco, Achilleas Kaimakliou from Cyprus and was also playing in Vietnam. Kuga was member of the Euroleague U20 champion FMP Zeleznik Belgrade and was member of Serbian Cadet NT team.



Ikaros sign Mladen Pantic, ex Borac - by Eurobasket News (T)

Ikaros Kallitheas (A1) signed 31-year old Serbian center Mladen Pantic (209-82, agency: Alti Sport). He just played at Borac in Serbian A League. In 9 games this season he had very impressive stats: 20.6ppg, 11.6rpg, 2.2apg and 1.8spg. Pantic ended the last season at Dnipro in Ukrainian Superleague. In 9 games last year he recorded 10.2ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.6apg. But the most of that year he spent at KK Vrsac (previous name Vrsac) in Serbian league. In 25 Adriatic League games he recorded 10.6ppg and 4.6rpg.
The previous (10-11) season Pantic played at Igokea in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. In 11 games that season he recorded 7.5ppg and 3.7rpg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. Pantic also played 24 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 7.9ppg and 3.5rpg.
He is quite experienced player. Pantic has played also professionally in Cyprus (Keravnos), Germany (ALBA Berlin) and Greece (Kavala).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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

34-year old power forward Martin Rancik (204-F/C-78) had an amazing evening in the last round for Inter Bratislava and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had a double-double of 29 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Svit (#9, 4-16) 88-79. Inter Bratislava maintains the 6th position in Slovakian league. Inter Bratislava 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 9-10 record. In the team's last game Rancik had a remarkable 56.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Inter Bratislava's top player in his first season with the team. Martin Rancik averages this season 24.9ppg and 7.6rpg.

Second best performed player last round was A.J. Stewart (205-F-88) of Svit. He is American forward in his first season at Svit. In the last game Stewart recorded impressive double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Svit lost that game 79-88 to the higher-ranked Inter Bratislava (#6, 9-10). Svit are still at the very bottom. 16 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Svit managed to get this year. Stewart is a newcomer at Svit and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Kevin Bridgewaters (175-G-84, agency: TSS Management) of Handlova (#8). Bridgewaters got into 30-points club by scoring 36 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds . Despite Bridgewaters' great performance Handlova lost 84-90 to slightly higher-ranked B.Bystrica (#7, 8-11). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Handlova can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-12 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Bridgewaters he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Bridgewaters has a very solid season. In 3 games in Slovakia he scored 31.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Justin Manns (210-C-89) of Prievidza - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Stjepan Gavran (206-C-78) of B.Bystrica - 20 points and 7 rebounds
6. Clarence Jackson (193-G-89) of Inter Bratislava - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Joseph Harris (196-F-87) of Prievidza - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Maurice Acker (178-PG-87) of Nova Ves - 24 points and 12 assists
9. Kevin Thompson (205-F-89) of Komarno - 12 points and 12 rebounds
10. Noah Dahlman (199-F-89) of B.Bystrica - 10 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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LTH adds Boljkovac, Hannibal suffers season-ending injury - by Zeljko Zule (T)

Faced with the loss of its backcourt leader, LTH Castings Mercator announced the signing of Serbian Pavle Boljkovac (190-G-85, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) until the end of the season. Boljkovac arrives from Swedish side Eco Orebro to help fill the void left by Boban Tomic (190-G-88, agency: Alti Sport), who moved to Rogaska Crystal last week. Bojkovac averaged 6.0 points, 1.8 rebounds, 2.2 assist and 0.6 steals over 18 minutes in 11 Swedish League games this season.
Jasonn Hannibal (210-C-88, college: Portland) of Hopsi will miss the rest of the season as he needs knee surgery. Canadian center suffered an injury during the All-Star game. Hannibal averaging 11.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.2 blocks in 26 minutes per games for Hopsi through 10 Telemach League games this season.
Hopsi already trying-out American Hugh Robertson (198-G-89). He played college basketball at University of South Florida, where he averaged 6.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 36 NCAA games last season.



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Best players of South Korean KBL round 22 - by Eurobasket News

American Jasper Johnson (201-C-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Sonic Boom KT and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 29-year old center had a double-double of 32 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Anyang KGC (#4, 13-15) 83-75. Thanks to this victory Sonic Boom KT moved-up to the 6th position in the South Korean KBL. Sonic Boom KT 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 13-16 record. In the team's last game Johnson had a remarkable 56.3% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Sonic Boom KT's top player in his first season with the team. Delta State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Johnson is in league's top in points (5th best: 17.4ppg), rebounds (9th best: 7.9rpg) and averages solid 52.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American forward Ricardo Ratliffe (203-F-89) of second-ranked Mobis Phoebus. Ratliffe impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Mobis Phoebus to another comfortable win 71-53 over the lower-ranked Goyang Orions (#8, 12-17) being unquestionably team leader. Mobis Phoebus' second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 21-8 record is not bad at all. Ratliffe is a newcomer at Mobis Phoebus 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 14.9ppg (#8). He also registered 9.2 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Juan Pattillo (197-F-88) of Anyang KGC (#4). Pattillo got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for eleven rebounds . Despite Pattillo's great performance Anyang KGC lost 75-83 to slightly lower-ranked Sonic Boom KT (#6, 13-16). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Anyang KGC ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Pattillo could help Anyang KGC to bring them higher in the standings. Pattillo has a great season in South Korea. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.4ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 8.6rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sung-Min Cho (197-F-83) of Sonic Boom KT - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Andre Brown (206-F/C-81) of KCC Egis - 17 points and 10 rebounds
6. Joo-Sung Kim (205-F/C-79) of Dongbu Promy - 19 points and 11 rebounds
7. Courtney Sims (211-C-83) of SK Knights - 16 points and 5 rebounds
8. Leon Williams (203-F/C-86) of Goyang Orions - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Sung-Min Cho (197-F-83) of Sonic Boom KT - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jaeseok Jang (205-C-91) of Sonic Boom KT - 15 points and 10 rebounds

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



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Patrick Ewing Jr. is a newcomer at Blancos de Rueda - by Eurobasket News (T)

Blancos de Rueda Valladolid (ACB) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old Jamaican ex-international forward Patrick Ewing Jr. (203-108kg-84, college: Georgetown). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Ewing Jr. already started the season at Telekom Baskets in German BBL league. In 12 games this season he recorded 11.5ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.8apg. He also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 7.8ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.7apg. The last season Ewing Jr. played at Iowa Energy in D-League. In 19 games last year he averaged 8.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg. He also played at Sioux Falls Skyforce in D-League earlier that season. In 11 games he averaged 10.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg. The other team Ewing Jr. played that season for were the Hornets in NBA. In 11 games he averaged 10.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.7apg. The most of previous (2010-11) season he spent at Bighorns in D-League. In 25 games that year he averaged impressive 15.7ppg, 8.4rpg, 3.2apg, 1.6spg and 1.2bpg. Great season indeed as he was voted to USBasket.com All-D-League 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Another team Ewing Jr. played that season for were the Knicks in NBA.
In 2008 he was drafted by Sacramento Kings (NBA) in second round (43rd overall). Ewing Jr. attended Georgetown University and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as His team won Big East Regular Season for two years in a row (2007 and 2008). Ewing Jr. also represented Jamaica at the Centrobasket in San Juan (Puerto Rico) last year. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: 8.8ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 34.4%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 71.4%.
Ewing Jr. has played previously professionally in NBA (New Orleans Hornets, Houston Rockets and New York Knicks) and D-League (Reno Bighorns).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Caja Laboral and Tylor Rochestie part ways - by Natxo Mendaza (T)

Caja Laboral officially confirmed today that Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85, college: Washington St.) is no longer a player of the team. Rochestie was sidelined and saw no action in the last games, both in domestic and European competitions, right after Omar cook joined the roster. The arrival of Cook pushed Rochestie away from Zan Tabak's rotation, and it was only a matter of time that both parts reached an agreement to break the contract. Even though there were some rumours about some other Liga endesa teams interested in taking him, it seems that Rochestie will finish the season in Italy (Angelico Biella), as reported by our colleagues of Eurobasket.com Italy.


EuroCup: Valencia survive thriller to edge VEF Riga - by Eurobasket News

Valencia - VEF Riga 86:82

Valencia overcame the injury of Rodrigo San Miguel and the furious challenge from VEF Riga to post the opening win at EuroCup Last 16. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) dropped 27 points to lead the Spaniards to the opening win in Group J.
Valencia jumped to a 4:0 lead at the start of the game. They stayed in front to post a 20:17 lead after ten minutes. The gap grew at 7-point mark midway through the second quarter. However VEF Riga answered with a 14:0 run to take a 35:28 lead. They secured a 45:39 halftime lead as Valencia also lost Rodrigo San Miguel to an injury. Janicenoks and Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) stretched the lead to 10 points at the start of the third quarter. Valencia though went on a 20:1 run late in the quarter to ensure a 67:55 advantage. Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) stopped the rot with a three-pointer to drag the Latvian champions within 9 points 58:67. VEF Riga narrowed the gap at 4-point mark midway through the fourth frame. Bertans put the visitors within 3 with just over two minutes remaining in regulation. Stefan Markovic seemed to seal it for Valencia with a three-pointer to make 84:78. But Janicenoks drained a triple and was fouled in progress to complete a four-point play 82:84. Rafael Martinez was sent to the penalty line and sank two free throws then to seal the win for Valencia. Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier) and Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 14 points each for the winning side. Earl Rowland answered with 21 points and 9 assists for VEF Riga. Donatas Zavackas provided 18 points in defeat.

Valencia: Rafael Martinez 27, Justin Doellman 14, Bojan Dubljevic 14
VEF Riga: Earl Rowland 21, Donatas Zavackas 18



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Lugano keep David Fergerson, do not renew with Brandon Ewing and Christian DiGiuliomaria - by Eurobasket News (T)

Lugano Tigers have extended the contract of David Fergerson (185-G-78, agency: Interperformances, college: St.Louis). The guard will stay with the team until the end of the season. David Fergerson signed with the Tigers in October. He notches 7.1 points, 3.1 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.6 boards per game in LNA. Previously David Fergerson had stints France, Spain, Germany and Switzerland. He was named All-Swiss LNA Guard of the Year back in 2005.
In the meantime Lugano decided not to renew contracts of Brandon Ewing (187-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Wyoming) and Christian DiGiuliomaria (209-C/F-79).
Brandon Ewing tallied 7.6 points, 5.1 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game for the team. Christian DiGiuliomaria joined the team back in November. His stats read 9.5 points, 3.2 boards and 1.8 assists per appearance.



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Ankara DSI Era easily beats Orman Genc in Ankara ( EBBL) - by Baha Kurtulus

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Ankara: Ankara D.S.I. Era and Ormanspor Genc Ankara
Ankara D.S.I. Era won against visiting Ormanspor : 76 -59
Deputy Minister of Forestry and Water Affairs Mr. Nurettin Akman and General Manager of State Hydraulic Works (DSI) Mr. Akif Ozkaldi watched the game togetter.
It was a key game for the first position in the group.The game was mostly controlled by DSI Era.
It was a great evening for center Deniz Gokay who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points 19 rebounds and 4 block.
Coskun Cakmak added 14 points and 6 rebounds, Ferhat Celik produced 11 points and 6 rebounds. Can and Kerem Celik added 10 points each for winners.



( Photo : www.hurriyet.com.tr )



Ozhan Civgin is the new head coach of Erdemirspor - by Selman Baydar

TBL side Erdemirspor Eregli (#10, 5-9) has officially signed a contract with Ozhan Civgin as head coach until the end of 2012-2013 season. Civgin, former assistant coach of the team, was coaching the squad since club mutually agreed with Hakan Demir on parting ways. He was assistant coach in Erdemirspor Eregli since 2011 after another similar experience of three years with Darussafaka.
Erdemirspor Eregli will face Tofas Bursa (#9, 6-8) on the road at 15th week of Turkish Basketball League.



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Team Uganda Progress after Day Three in Training - by Joel Nature

Team Uganda started training on Thursday 3rd January 2013 and today marked their 3rd practice session ahead of the Africa Zone 5 Nations championships to be hosted by Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania later this month.
The first days have been about getting the guys back in shape and I believe weve achieved that very well, Next Week, well focus on furthering the Team Chemistry as well as work on Defense and Offense, Said Head Coach Mandy Juruni.
The team will now take a day off and Training will resume on Monday ahead of the Tuesday 8th January, friendly against a select Side. Coach Mandy Juruni hinted that the friendly games will help the team practice execution of the plays, test the Team Defense and Movements.
For Just 3 days of Practice, its so far so good and were jellying in well, said team Captain Stephen Omony.
Team Uganda will be looking forward to overturning decimal but close performances at this competition.



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Cherkasy Monkeys lost friendly in Kyiv - by Alexander Muzyka

There was a winter pause in Superleague for some teams. And they wanted to fill it before the season continues for them. BC Kyiv invited Cherkasy Monkeys for playing friendly in a Sports Palace. And it was a big crush for the guests. Monkeys (9th place in Superleague) lost to the outsider 75:92 (22:24, 22:15, 12:32, 19:22). Guests stats: Hunter (15), Thomas (15), Delininkaitis (8), Ivshyn (8), Yakovlev (agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) (7), Korochkin (6), Swanson (5), Nerush (4), Parkhomenko (4), Ljubicic (3). BC Kyiv stats are still unknown.
It was a big reason for Jovica Arsic to think about the work of his players before Cherkasy Monkeys meets one of the Superleague leaders Ferro at Nov.11. BC Kyiv will play vs Khimik this Friday.



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The Bucks released coach Skiles - by Eurobasket News (T)

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.


Jim Boylan was named interim head coach of the team.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Jamie Vanderbeken is a newcomer at Glasgow Rocks - by Eurobasket News (T)

Glasgow Rocks (BBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old former British international forward Jamie Vanderbeken (210-87, college: Iowa State). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Canadian passport. Vanderbeken played recently at Hebraica in Uruguayan LUB league. In 7 games this season he recorded 9.6ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.0bpg. The most of last season he spent at Bakersfield Jam in D-League. In 31 games last year he averaged 4.9ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Vanderbeken also played at Panionios in Greek A1 earlier that season. In 31 games he averaged 4.9ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.2apg. He was a member of British Senior National Team in 2009.
Vanderbeken attended Iowa State until 2011 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Results for the Uruguayan League 28th round - by Hector Lopez

Results for the Uruguayan League 28th round
Bohemios 99 - Dwayne Curtis (203-C-85, college: Mississippi) 27 pts 7 reb. 2 assists, Jaleel Nelson (196-G-87, college: Chowan) 18 pts 7 reb. 1 block, 3 assists, Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 17 pts 12 reb. 4 assists.
Trouville 87 - Justin Keenan (202-F/C-88, college: Ferris St.) 18 pts. 8 reb., Carlton Fay (203-F-88, college: S.Illinois) 14 pts 9 reb. Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) 8 pts 5 reb. 1 block
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Aguada 105 - Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) 26 pts 2 reb. 7 assists, Gregory Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) 23 pts. 4 reb. 1 block, 2 assists
Montevideo 99 - Anthony Danridge (196-G/F-86, college: N.Mexico) 21 pts. 4 reb. 7 assists, Emiliano Baston (200-F-88) 27 pts. 3 reb. 5 assists.
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Union Atletica 89 - Jon Rogers (204-C-84, college: Valdosta St.) 22 pts. 8 reb. 2 blocks 2 assists, Ryan Blankson (201-C-80, college: Loyola, IL) 9 pts 7 reb. 2 blocks
Bigua 77 - Anthony Johnson (203-F-88, college: Fairfield) 15 pts. 5 reb. 1 block, Chris Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) 9 pts 5 reb. 2 blocks, 10 assists
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Defensor Sporting 78 - Walter Baxley (193-G-84, college: Mars Hill) 13 pts. 1 reb. 1 assists, Gary Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: Miami, FL) 9 pts. 7 reb. 9 assists
Sayago 60 - Demian Alvarez (192-F-84) 17 pts. Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, college: Lewis) 10 pts. 19 reb.
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Olimpia 20 Cordon 0
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Zack Wright gets MVP of the Week award for VTB United League - by Eurobasket News

American-Bosnia and Herzegovina Zack Wright (195-G-85) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's second-best Spartak SP and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 27-year old guard had the game-high 23 points adding seven rebounds and seven assists for Spartak SP in his team's victory, helping them to crush Lietuvos rytas (#6, 5-5) with 20-point margin 83-63. Spartak SP is placed at 2nd position in VTB United League . They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Spartak SP will need more victories to improve their 7-2 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Wright as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Zack Wright averages this season 6.4ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Derrick Brown (203-F-87) of Lokomotiv. Brown impressed basketball fans with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Bad luck as Lokomotiv lost that game 81-89 to the higher-ranked Zalgiris (#1, 9-1). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Lokomotiv still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 6-4 record is not bad at all. Brown is a newcomer at Lokomotiv and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Canadian Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86) of Triumph (#7). Landry scored 29 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Landry's great performance Triumph lost 78-80 to the higher-ranked VEF Riga (#3, 7-3). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Triumph ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 6 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Landry could help Triumph to bring them higher in the standings. Landry has a great season in VTB United League. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.9rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) of N.Novgorod - 22 points and 7 rebounds
5. Brion Rush (186-G-84) of BC Astana - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) of Tsmoki-Minsk - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Bamba Fall (217-C-86) of Kalev/Cramo - 15 points and 8 rebounds
8. Zabian Dowdell (191-PG-84) of Enisey - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81) of Zalgiris - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Aaron Jackson (190-G-86) of CSKA - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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




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Women News


Bejtic and Bajic moves from Celik to Romania - by Zeljko Zule (T)

Another two players left Bosnian champion Celik Zelik. National team member and the captain of the team Lejla Bejtic (175-F-85) and Tamara Bajic (172-G-87) will continue this season in Romanian side CSM Bucuresti Sportul Studentesc. Bejtic averaged 10.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists,1.3 steals and 0.2 blocks over 33 minutes in 10 Adriatic League games this season and Bajic averaged 10.1 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.3 blocks over 25 minutes in 9 Adriatic League games. Bajic will replace an injured Marina Ristic (168-G-87), who suffered knee injury that will sideline her for sixth months.


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Noelle Quinn 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.

Noelle Quinn
Noelle Quinn
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Noelle Quinn (183-85, college: UCLA, currently plays in France). She led Mondeville to a victory against the closely-ranked Toulouse (7-8) 72-59 in the French LFB in Saturday night's game. Quinn scored 12 points in 33 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Mondeville this season. Her team is placed seventh in the LFB. It was her team's first victory after five consecutive loses. Quinn is a naturalized American. She played for the Bulgarian senior national team four years ago. Strangely Quinn has never played in Bulgaria.

Gergana Simeonov
Gergana Simeonov
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international forward Gergana Simeonov (186-79, currently plays in Italy). She contributed to Parma's victory against the eighth-ranked Orvieto (3-7) 65-53 in the Italian A1 last Sunday. Simeonov scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Lavezzini Parma (8-2) is placed second in the A1. It was her team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This season Simeonov averages: 8.1ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 48.0%, 3FGP: 25.4% and FT: 69.0%. She played for the Bulgarian national team in 2009.

Anna Rimpova
Anna Rimpova
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Anna Rimpova (183-82, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian A2 (12th division). Rimpova could not help Marghera (9-5) in their last game. Despite her very good performance the fifth-placed Marghera lost 47-54 at home to the lower-ranked (#6) Udine in the North group. Rimpova was the top scorer with 18 points. She also added 6 rebounds in 34 minutes. This year Rimpova's overall stats are: 9.9ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 48.1%, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 82.1% in the 14 games she played so far. She played for the Bulgarian national team six years ago.

Roksana Yordanova
Roksana Yordanova
   #4. Forward Roksana Yordanova (184-84, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a San Salvatore's victory against the 12th-ranked Cremona (3-11) 73-67 in the Italian A2 (12th division) last Saturday. Yordanova had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. She also added 4 assists in 40 minutes. Basket San Salvatore (7-7) is placed seventh in North group. It's Yordanova's first season with the team. Yordanova has relatively good stats this year: 13.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg in the 14 games. She used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2011.

Stefka Miteva
Stefka Miteva
   #5. International center Stefka Miteva (190-89, currently plays in Belgium) was not able to help Blue Cats (2-11) in their game against Point Chaud (8-5) in the Belgian Division I. She recorded 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 20 minutes. Blue Cats was crushed 82-57 on their home court in Ieper by the higher-ranked (#5) Point Chaud. It was Blue Cats' third consecutive loss in a row. Miteva is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (third place). This year her total stats are: 8.0ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.1bpg in the 13 games. Miteva plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

Ekaterina Dimitrova
Ekaterina Dimitrova
   #6. Guard Ekaterina Dimitrova (182-87, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Charleville-Mezieres (6-9) in their game against Bourges (10-4) in the French LFB. She scored only 4 points. Charleville-Mezieres was crushed 60-36 on the road by the second-ranked Bourges. Dimitrova has averaged so far 5.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.5apg and 1.7spg. She is a former international player as she played for the Bulgarian senior team two years ago.

Aleksandra Delcheva
Aleksandra Delcheva
   #7. International center Aleksandra Delcheva (202-87, agency: Promotex, currently plays in Czech Republic) couldn't help DSK Karlin (3-14) in their game against USK Praha (9-12) in the Czech Republic ZBL. Delcheva cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. She scored only 2 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 22 minutes. DSK Karlin was crushed 101-62 on their home court in Karlin by the higher-ranked (#8) USK Praha. It was DSK Karlin's third consecutive loss in a row. Delcheva has averaged so far 3.2ppg and 3.6rpg in the 17 games. She is also Bulgarian national team player.

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

   #1. Viktoria Mircheva (190-C-87, currently plays in France), who plays in the French LFB could not help Nantes Reze (8-7) to beat Villeneuve D'Ascq (5-10). Mircheva scored 8 points. Nantes Reze was edged 56-55 on the road by the lower-ranked Villeneuve D'Ascq (#12). Mircheva's total stats this season are: 8.3ppg and 3.5rpg. She has a dual citizenship: Ukrainian and Bulgarian.

   #2. Dimana Georgieva (190-C-88, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked C.U.S. Chieti (3-7) 82-67 in the Italian A1 on Sunday night. Georgieva scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Trogylos Priolo (3-7) is placed sixth in the A1. Georgieva's total stats this season are: 3.0ppg and 2.6rpg.

   #3. Dayana Gechkova (173-G, currently plays in Canada) contributed to a Ryerson College's victory against the Queen's (4-6) 70-64 in the Canadian university league CIS in Sunday night's game. Gechkova scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Ryerson College has a very good 9-0 record this season. So far her team won all nine games in the Regular Season. Gechkova is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fourth year in Ryerson College's roster. She has averaged so far 7.4ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.4apg.



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

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

Janelle Bekkering
Janelle Bekkering
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Janelle Bekkering (181-88, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Belgium). She was the major contributor in a BBC Kangoeroes-Boom's victory against the tenth-ranked Jeugd Gentson (3-10) crushing them 87-61 in the Belgian Division I in Saturday night's game. Bekkering recorded 11 points, 3 assists and 7 steals in a mere 19 minutes on the court. BBC Kangoeroes-Boom (12-1) is placed first in the Division I. It was her team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Bekkering is currently third on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (second place). She has individually a very good year with high stats. Bekkering averages: 18.6ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.5apg, 2.7spg, 2FGP: 56.7%(85-150), 3FGP: 38.1% and FT: 85.7% in the 13 games she played so far. She has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Dutch. Bekkering is currently a member of the Canadian senior national team.

Krista Phillips
Krista Phillips
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Krista Phillips (198-88, college: Michigan, currently plays in Australia). She contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Canberra Capitals (5-11) crushing them 101-62 in the Australian WNBL last Friday. Phillips recorded 8 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks. Dandenong Rangers (13-3) are placed second in the WNBL. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. Phillips belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #5. Her overall stats this season are: 8.1ppg, 7.3rpg, 2FGP: 51.9% and FT: 56.3%. Phillips is in the roster of the Canadian senior national team.

Lizanne Murphy
Lizanne Murphy
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Lizanne Murphy (185-84, college: Hofstra, currently plays in France). Murphy contributed to Aix-en-Provence's surprising victory against the fourth-ranked Lyon (9-6) 81-77 in the French LFB in Saturday night's game. She scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Pays d'Aix Basket 13 Provence (6-9) is placed 11th in the LFB. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Murphy has relatively good stats this season: 11.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 2FGP: 40.4%, 3FGP: 37.3% and FT: 79.4%. She is also a member of the Canadian senior national team.

Chelsea Aubry
Chelsea Aubry
   #4. Forward Chelsea Aubry (188-84, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Australia) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Bulleen Boomers (7-10) 84-67 in the Australian WNBL last Saturday. Aubry recorded 7 points in 25 minutes. Bendigo Spirit (14-2) is placed first in the WNBL. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Aubry's overall stats are: 6.9ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.5apg in the 16 games. She is also Canadian national team player.

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

   #1. Jenifer Nadalin (186-F/C-83, college: Furman, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Famila Wuber Schio in a 2-point victoryagainst the closely-ranked Lucca (7-3) 49-47 in the Italian A1 on Sunday night. She scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Famila Wuber Schio (9-1) is placed first in the A1. It was her team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. This year Nadalin's overall stats are: 6.5ppg and 5.0rpg in the 11 games she played so far. She has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Italian.

Other top Canadian players, who play abroad:

Stephany Skrba (188-F-87) plays for Bourges in French LFB
May Kay Kotsopoulos (178-G-88) plays for Athinaikos in Greek A1
Melissa Dalembert (191-F-87) plays for TSV 1880 Wasserburg in German DBBL
Olayinka Olorunnife (182-C-90) plays for Townsville Fire in Australian WNBL
Margaret De Ciman (200-C-84) plays for Cadi ICG Software in Spanish LFB
Shona Thorburn (178-G-82) plays for Aix-en-Provence in French LFB
Tamara Tatham (185-F-85) plays for SV Halle Lions in German DBBL
Taryn Turnbull (178-G/F-78) plays for SG BBZ Opladen in German 2.Bundesliga
Brittany Moore (168-G-89) plays for Quakenbrueck Dragons in German 2.Bundesliga
Hannah Sunley-Paisley (186-C) plays for Quakenbrueck Dragons in German 2.Bundesliga

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



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WCBA Round 22: Zhejiang wins the Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in WCBA just ended.

The most important game in the last round took place in Taiyuan between second ranked Shanxi (15-7) and sixth ranked Beijing Great Wall (13-9) on Tuesday night. Shanxi was crushed by Beijing Great Wall at home 73-52. The game without a history. Beijing Great Wall led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Beijing Great Wall outrebounded Shanxi 40-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. American forward Sophia Young (186-83, college: Baylor) had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Lin Zhang (193-83) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side center Xianmin Zheng (184-74) responded with 14 points and 4 steals. Beijing Great Wall have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Shanxi lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the second position with seven games lost.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Hangzhou. First ranked host Zhejiang Far East (17-5) defeated 3rd ranked Jiangsu Phoenix (13-9) 96-90. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Jiangsu Phoenix. Australian center Elizabeth Cambage (203-91) notched a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and XueMei Dong supported her with 23 points. Even 19 points and 6 assists by international point guard Xiaojia Chen (177-88) did not help to save the game for Jiangsu Phoenix. Zhejiang Far East have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-5 record. Jiangsu Phoenix at the other side dropped to the fourth place with nine games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams.
Shenyang Golden Lions (#4) were upset in Guangzhou by eighth ranked Guangdong Dolphins 80-73. Tamika Catchings fired a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds for the winners. LiJie Miao produced 26 points for lost side. Guangdong Dolphins have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 10-12 record. Loser Shenyang Golden Lions keep the fourth place with nine games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 22: Henan lost to Shanghai on the opponent's court 72-76. Yunnan unfortunately lost to Liaoning in a home game 76-91. Bayi managed to beat Heilongjiang on the road 98-94.


Guangdong - Shenyang 80-73

Shenyang Golden Lions (#4) were upset in Guangzhou by eighth ranked Guangdong Dolphins 80-73. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 38-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American Tamika Catchings (186-79, college: Tennessee) fired a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds for the winners. International center Wei Wei (206-89) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. International forward LiJie Miao (178-81) produced 26 points and the former international center Dan Liu (194-87) added 18 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Guangdong Dolphins have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 10-12 record. Loser Shenyang Golden Lions keep the fourth place with nine games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams.
Top scorers:
Shenyang: M.LiJie 26+2reb+3ast, L.Dan 18+8reb+3ast, W.Xuejiao 14+6reb, L.Meng 7+2reb+3ast, Z.Shuang 6+11reb+1ast, W.Xiao Zhu 2+4reb+1ast
Guangdong: C.Tamika 33+12reb+3ast, W.Wei 14+6reb+1ast, Q.Siyue 9+4reb+2ast, D.Yuan 7+1reb+1ast, Z.Dongxia 5+1reb, Z.Lin 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 227954


Shanghai - Henan 76-72

Very expected game when 11th ranked Henan Elephants (6-16) were defeated on the road by seventh ranked Shanghai Octopus (13-9) 76-72 on Tuesday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Henan Elephants trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 20-10 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 72-76 at the end of the game. American swingman Camille Little (188-85, college: N.Carolina) fired 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds for the winners. point guard Xiufeng Shi (178-87) chipped in 15 points and 7 assists. American power forward Jayne Appel (193-88, college: Stanford) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds and swingman Jie Sun (183-91) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Shanghai Octopus moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Henan Elephants keep the eleventh position with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Henan: A.Jayne 26+14reb, S.Jie 16+4reb+2ast, W.Di 10+4reb+4ast, W.Jing 9+4reb+3ast, X.Xin 6+5reb+3ast, J.Hua 3+1ast
Shanghai: L.Camille 34+9reb+1ast, Z.Ni 16+5reb+3ast, S.Xiufeng 15+4reb+7ast, J.Lan 6+4reb, W.Jue 5+6reb, H.Jing 0+2reb
gschID: 227953


Yunnan - Liaoning 76-91

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Liaoning Hengye (14-8) defeated on the road 9th ranked Qujing Yunnan (8-14) 91-76 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-76. Liaoning Hengye dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Qujing Yunnan's 40. International forward Zengyu Ma (183-84) fired 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Demya Walker (193-77, college: Virginia) chipped in 21 points (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!). Forward Yang Jia (191-87) produced 21 points and 8 rebounds and forward Huan Zhai (178-89) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Liaoning Hengye moved-up to third place. Qujing Yunnan lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Yunnan: J.Yang 21+8reb, Z.Huan 18+6reb+1ast, C.Betty 11+3reb, L.XiaoLei 7+3reb+2ast, Y.Jun 6+8reb+1ast, L.Xiao 5
Liaoning: W.Demya 21+3reb+3ast, Z.Meiling 18+8reb+1ast, M.Zengyu 16+9reb+3ast, W.TingTing 9+1reb+4ast, C.Feng 8+2reb, C.Xiaoxue 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 227952


Shanxi - Beijing 52-73

The most important game in the last round took place in Taiyuan between second ranked Shanxi (15-7) and sixth ranked Beijing Great Wall (13-9) on Tuesday night. Shanxi was crushed by Beijing Great Wall at home 73-52. The game without a history. Beijing Great Wall led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Beijing Great Wall outrebounded Shanxi 40-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. American forward Sophia Young (186-83, college: Baylor) had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Lin Zhang (193-83) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Five Beijing Great Wall players scored in double figures. At the losing side center Xianmin Zheng (184-74) responded with 14 points and 4 steals and point guard JiaWei Xu (175-93) scored 10 points. Beijing Great Wall have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Shanxi lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the second position with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
Shanxi: Z.Xianmin 14+3reb+2ast, Z.Yu 10+3reb, X.JiaWei 10+1reb+2ast, Q.Fang 5+2reb, Y.Dong 4+2reb, L.Zhang 3
Beijing: Z.Lin 15+5reb+1ast, K.Yeong-Ok 14+2reb+1ast, Y.Sophia 12+11reb+2ast, S.XiaoYu 11+8reb+2ast, Q.Site 11+3reb+4ast, Z.Honghua 8+3reb
gschID: 227951


Zhejiang - Jiangsu 96-90

The game between Top Four teams took place in Hangzhou. First ranked host Zhejiang Far East (17-5) defeated 3rd ranked Jiangsu Phoenix (13-9) 96-90. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Jiangsu Phoenix. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 22-17 Jiangsu Phoenix's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 96-90 at the end of the game. Zhejiang Far East made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Australian center Elizabeth Cambage (203-91) notched a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and forward XueMei Dong (180-92) supported her with 23 points. Even 19 points and 6 assists by international point guard Xiaojia Chen (177-88) did not help to save the game for Jiangsu Phoenix. International guard ShanShan Li (177-87) added 20 points for lost side. Four Jiangsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. Zhejiang Far East have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-5 record. Jiangsu Phoenix at the other side dropped to the fourth place with nine games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu: L.ShanShan 20+4reb+1ast, C.Xiaojia 19+4reb+6ast, T.Krystal 16+4reb, X.Hou 10+1reb, H.Huan 9+4reb, Z.XiaoNi 8+3reb
Zhejiang: C.Elizabeth 38+11reb+4ast, D.XueMei 23+3reb, J.Xiao 15+5reb+5ast, S.Tong 7+5reb+4ast, S.Binbin 5+3reb+3ast, S.Yi 5
gschID: 227949


Heilongjiang - Bayi 94-98

Not a big story in a game in Harbin where 12th ranked Heilongjiang Chenneng (3-19) was defeated by tenth ranked Bayi Kylin (7-15) 98-94 on Tuesday. Bayi Kylin looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. International center Nan Chen (197-83) fired a double-double by scoring 26 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward MengXin Sun (190-93) chipped in 22 points and 9 rebounds. Four Bayi Kylin players scored in double figures. The former international guard YanYan Ji (182-85) produced 50 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and the former international center JiaCen Liu (193-89) added 21 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Bayi Kylin maintains tenth position with 7-15 record. Heilongjiang Chenneng lost thirteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 19 lost games.
Top scorers:
Heilongjiang: J.YanYan 50+8reb+2ast, L.JiaCen 21+7reb+1ast, H.Fang-yu 7+4reb+4ast, Z.Yongfu 5+4reb+1ast, C.Liqing 4+6reb+1ast, M.Yihong 3+3reb+8ast
Bayi: C.Nan 26+12reb+4ast, S.MengXin 22+9reb+1ast, W.Lu 20+6reb+2ast, L.Yang 10+2reb+4ast, C.Lisha 8+8reb+6ast, S.XiaoYun 6+1reb+5ast
gschID: 227950



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Ana Lelas selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ana Lelas
Ana Lelas
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Ana Lelas (183-83, currently plays in France). She contributed to a Lattes Montpellier's victory against the ninth-ranked Tarbes (7-8) 71-65 in the French LFB in Saturday night's game. Lelas scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 27 minutes on the court. Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket (14-1) is placed first in the LFB. It was her team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Lelas averages: 9.5ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 36.8% and FT: 96.8%(30-31) in the 15 games she played so far. She is currently a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Iva Ciglar
Iva Ciglar
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Iva Ciglar (168-85, agency: Data Plus Group, currently plays in France). Ciglar helped Perpignan win their game against the league outsider Union Hainaut (3-12) crushing them 85-61 in the French LFB last Saturday. She scored 9 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Perpignan Basket (10-4) is placed third in the LFB. Ciglar is currently fifth on the list of best passers. Her overall stats this season are: 5.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.4apg, 2FGP: 38.5%, 3FGP: 29.7% and FT: 66.7%. Ciglar is in the roster of the Croatian senior national team.

Marija Rezan
Marija Rezan
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Marija Rezan (198-89, currently plays in Spain). She helped Perfumerias Avenida win their game against the league outsider Socinsa Bembibre (1-9) crushing them 85-58 in the Spanish LFB on Saturday night. Rezan scored 6 points and blocked 2 blocks in 18 minutes. Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca (8-2) is placed second in the LFB. It was her team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Rezan's overall stats are: 5.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 2FGP: 62.5% in the two games. She is also a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Emilija Podrug
Emilija Podrug
   #4. An experienced center Emilija Podrug (190-79, currently plays in France), who plays in the French LFB could not help Lyon (9-6) to beat Aix-en-Provence (6-9). Podrug scored 7 points and added 4 assists. Lyon was defeated 81-77 at home by the much lower-ranked Aix-en-Provence (#11). Podrug's total stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.6apg. She used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2010.

Petra Stampalija
Petra Stampalija
   #5. Former international center Petra Stampalija (189-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, currently plays in France) faced previously mentioned Iva Ciglar in the French LFB last game. Stampalija was not able to help Union Hainaut (3-12) in their game against Perpignan (10-4). She scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. It was his first game for Union Hainaut this season. The bottom-ranked Union Hainaut was crushed 85-61 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#3) Perpignan. Stampalija used to play for the Croatian national team three years ago.

Tomica Bacic
Tomica Bacic
   #6. Guard Tomica Bacic (182-87, college: Iona, currently plays in Ireland) led TM Hotel Cork to a victory over the closely-ranked 11890 Killester (5-10) crushing them 71-38 in the Irish Superleague on Saturday night. She was MVP of the game. Bacic recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 11 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line); quite an impressive performance considering it's only her third season in pro basketball. Team Montenotte Hotel Cork (9-1) is placed second in the Superleague. It was her team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Bacic has individually a very good season with high stats. She averages: 24.0ppg and 10.5rpg. Bacic is a former U16 international player as she played for the Croatian team ten years ago.

Lisa Karcic
Lisa Karcic
   #7. International power forward Lisa Karcic (185-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Villanova, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Hondarribia-Irun (4-6) in their game against Rivas Ecopolis (10-0) in the Spanish LFB. She cannot count it as her best performance. Karcic scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. Hondarribia-Irun was crushed 77-51 in Rivas by the leading Ecopolis. Karcic is currently third on the league's list of most steals with 2.3spg. She also averaged so far 7.9ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2apg in the 10 games. Karcic is a naturalized American. She is also Croatian national team player. Strangely Karcic has never played in Croatia.

Other top Croatian players, who play abroad:

Iva Sliskovic (190-C-84) plays for Perfumerias Avenida in Spanish LFB
Sonja Kireta (198-C-76) plays for Parma in Italian A1
Dubravka Dacic (201-C-85) plays for Antakya in Turkish TKBL
Suzy Batkovic-Brown (195-C-80) plays for Adelaide Lightning in Australian WNBL
Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) plays for Ceyhan Bld in Turkish TKBL
Lucija Drobac (169-G-84) plays for Marghera in Italian A2
Natalia Terglav-Tratsiak (195-C-80) plays for Basket Slovanka MB in Czech Republic ZBL
Jelena Radic (190-C-87) plays for Radivoj Korac in Serbian A League
Andja Jelavic (172-G-80) plays for Samsun in Turkish TKBL

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



Pleter lands Bozic - by Zeljko Zule (T)

Pleter has agreed to terms with Ana Bozic (176-G-88) to shore up its hole at guard fro the remainder of the season. Bozic arrives from Brod na Savi, for whom she averaged 8.2 points in six A-2 Croatian League games this season. She has also played for Pozega, Mursa and Slovenian side Rogaska. Bozic has also represented Croatia at the junior level and won bronze medal at 2006 European Championship U18 Division B.


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  FINLAND   


Alberta Auguste signs at BC Nokia - by Greg (T)

BC Nokia (SM-sarja) landed 28-year old American forward Alberta Auguste (180-85, college: Tennessee). She played recently at Valur in Icelandic Dominos League. In 15 games this season she averaged 14.2ppg, 10.0rpg, 3.5apg and 4.2spg.
In 2008 Auguste was drafted by New York Liberty in third round (35th overall pick) but never played in the WNBA.
Alberta graduated from University of Tennessee in 2008.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  HUNGARY   


EuroLeague: Spartak Moscow Region overwhelm UNI Gyor in Round 10 opener - by Eurobasket News

Spartak Moscow Region-UNI Gyor 100:62

Spartak Moscow Region overwhelm UNI Gyor in Round 10 opener. The Russian team celebrated a 100:62 win for 7-2 record in Group A. The Hungarian team fell at 4-5 record.
Spartak Moscow Region started the game with 22-13 and never looked behind after. The team added massive 32-18 surge in the second frame and led 25 points at the halftime. Moreover the hosts posted also two victories in the second half as well. They won the third period 22-20 and finished the game with 24-11 in the last stanza.
Marina Kuzina (195-C-85) paced all the winners with 17 points and Natalia Vieru (196-C-89) added 14. Seimone Augustus (183-SF-84, college: LSU) brought 13, while Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) scored 11. Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) answered with 14 points in the losing effort and Krisztina Raksanyi (181-G-91) as well as Rita Rasheed (182-F-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) notched 9 each in defeat. Natalie Hurst (164-PG-83) delivered 8 points in the losing effort.

Spartak Moscow Region: Marina Kuzina 17, Natalia Vieru 14, Seimone Augustus 13, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 11
UNI Gyor: Ieva Kublina 14, Krisztina Raksanyi 9, Rita Rasheed 9, Natalie Hurst 8



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  ICELAND   


Alberta Auguste signs at BC Nokia - by Greg (T)

BC Nokia (SM-sarja) landed 28-year old American forward Alberta Auguste (180-85, college: Tennessee). She played recently at Valur in Icelandic Dominos League. In 15 games this season she averaged 14.2ppg, 10.0rpg, 3.5apg and 4.2spg.
In 2008 Auguste was drafted by New York Liberty in third round (35th overall pick) but never played in the WNBA.
Alberta graduated from University of Tennessee in 2008.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  ISRAEL   


NEW PLAYERS IN THE ISRAELI LEAGUE !!! - by Gil Goshen (T)


Welcome Ivory Latta !!!
Ivory Latta signed ( again ) with M. Ramat Chen
It is going to be her 34th season in Israel and 3rd season with M. Ramat Chen.
She will replace CETERA DEGRAFFENREID.

2011: Tulsa Shock (WNBA, starting five): 24 games: 12.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 83.0%
2011-2012: Pankup Ted Kayseri Kolejspor (Turkey-TKBL, starting five), in Dec.'11 moved to Tarsus Belediyesi (Turkey-TKBL, starting five): 14 games: 18.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 38.3%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 80.8%
2012: Tulsa Shock (WNBA, starting five): 34 games: 14.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 44.7%, 3PT: 40.6%, FT: 84.0%.

Elitzur Ramla signed BRITTANY JOHNSON
2011-2012: San Jose St. (NCAA, starting five): 30 games: 20.1ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 43.2%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 70.5%
2012 July: Final-4 Combine in Denver. She will replace WHITNEY BODDIE.
Whitney signed with Elitzur Holon.

Elitzur Netanya signed KATELAN REDMON.
2012: In July joined New York Liberty (WNBA): 6 games: 1.2ppg, 1.3rpg
2012 July: Final-4 Combine in Denver
Although the team replaced all the players they are ranked at the bottom of the league ( 8th ).
Ivory Latta (168-PG-84, college: N.Carolina)



Best players of Israeli D1 round 12 - by Eurobasket News

American Karima Christmas (182-G/F-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for Maccabi R.Hen and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 23-year old swingman had a double-double of 20 points and sixteen rebounds, while her team edged out Ramat Hasharon (#4, 6-5) 65-63. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Maccabi R.Hen is placed at 3rd position in Israeli D1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Maccabi R.Hen will need more victories to improve their 6-4 record. Christmas turned to be Maccabi R.Hen's top player in her first season with the team. Duke University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Christmas is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 9.6rpg) and averages solid 2.4spg and 51.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old American forward Adaora Elonu (185-F-90, agency: Ronsport) of Galil Elion. Elonu impressed basketball fans with 35 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Galil Elion cruised to a 101-93 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Elitzur Netanya (#8, 3-7). This victory allowed Galil Elion to move up to 5th position in the standings. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-6 record. Elonu is a newcomer at Galil Elion and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.3ppg (#4). She also registered 8.1 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Jamaican Vanessa Gidden (193-C/F-85, agency: Ronsport) of Hap.Petah Tikva (#6). Gidden scored 20 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of Hap.Petah Tikva, leading her team to a 75-66 win against the higher-ranked Elitzur Ramla (#2, 7-4). The chances of Hap.Petah Tikva not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 7 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Gidden could try to bring Hap.Petah Tikva's a little bit higher in the standings. Gidden has individually a great season in Israel. After 11 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.5rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alexis Gray-Lawson (173-PG-87) of Ramat Hasharon - 23 points and 4 rebounds
5. Rebekah Gardner (185-G-90) of Hap.Petah Tikva - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Allison Hightower (178-G-88) of Elitzur Ramla - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Christine Flores (190-F-90) of Galil Elion - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Charde Houston (185-F-86) of Maccabi Ashdod - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Sydney Carter (167-PG-90) of Galil Elion - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 13 assists
10. Kaili McLaren (188-F-88) of Ramat Hasharon - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Standings - LSBL

LSBL Standings
 1. Cesis 11-0 
 2. Eclex Tallinn 10-1 
 3. TTT Riga 9-2 
 4. Liepajas 7-4 
 5. RTU-Merks 7-4 
 6. TTT Juniores 6-6 
 7. Tallina U. 4-6 
 8. Audentes SG/N. 4-7 
 9. LU 3-8 
 10. Kolibri/U-16 3-9 
 11. Rapla KK 2-9 
 12. Tartu U. 0-10 

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 8: TTT Juniores - Kolibri/U-16 74-47
Jan. 14: TTT Riga - RTU-Merks
Jan. 15: Kolibri/U-16 - Cesis
Jan. 16: Liepajas - LU


Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Daina LAZDENIECE
  RTU-M.
  (187-C-89)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Lazdeniece, RTU-M.20.3 
 2. Jakobsone, Cesis19.1 
 3. Haas, Rapla KK18.5 
 4. Rozenberga, TTT R.18.0 
 5. Audere, RTU-Merks18.0 
 6. Krastina, TTT Riga17.9 
 7. Reine, TTT Juniores17.7 
 8. Puu, Tallina U.17.6 
 9. Silaraja, Cesis17.3 
 10. Rebane, Eclex Tal.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dita ROZENBERGA
  TTT R.
  (181-F-92)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Rozenberga, TTT R.10.4 
 2. Peterkin, Liepajas9.9 
 3. Kasemagi, Auden.9.9 
 4. Audere, RTU-Merks9.1 
 5. Strautmane, Kolibr.9.1 
 6. Silaraja, Cesis9.0 
 7. Koster, Eclex Tall.8.9 
 8. Lazdeniece, RTU-M.8.7 
 9. Egle, Liepajas8.4 
 10. Neilande, LU8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Anda EIBELE
  Cesis
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Eibele, Cesis8.5 
 2. Krastina, TTT Riga5.6 
 3. Fomina, RTU-Merks5.1 
 4. Langenfelde, RTU-.3.7 
 5. Rosenfeldt, Eclex3.5 
 6. Kosk, Rapla KK3.3 
 7. Ptitsona, Eclex T.3.1 
 8. Puu, Tallina U.3.0 
 9. Miil, Tallina U.2.9 
 10. Rozenberga, TTT2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Annika KOSTER
  Eclex Tallinn
  (185-F/C-92)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Koster, Eclex Tall.3.6 
 2. Krastina, TTT Riga3.2 
 3. Rozenberga, TTT R.2.7 
 4. Kostla, Eclex Tall.2.6 
 5. Puu, Tallina U.2.6 
 6. Langenfelde, RTU-.2.6 
 7. Lazdeniece, RTU-M.2.5 
 8. Viljus, Rapla KK2.4 
 9. Rebane, Eclex Tall.2.4 
 10. Silaraja, Cesis2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Daina LAZDENIECE
  RTU-M.
  (187-C-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Lazdeniece, RTU-M.2.7 
 2. Kasemagi, Auden.1.3 
 3. Strautmane, Kolibr.1.3 
 4. Peterkin, Liepajas1.3 
 5. Langina, TTT J.1.2 
 6. Mesila-K., Eclex T.1.1 
 7. Veidere, TTT Riga1.0 
 8. Rebane, Eclex Tall.0.9 
 9. Kast, Tallina U.0.9 
 10. Dzarcane, TTT J.0.8 



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  NCAA1   


No. 5 Stanford Tops No. 7 Cal, 62-53 - by Eurobasket News

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Chinenye Ogwumike (6'3''-F-92) did her best to keep Stanford from having another long winning streak snapped.

Chinenye Ogwumike scored 26 points and Amber Orrange (5'7''-G) added 15 to help the fifth-ranked Cardinal pull away from No. 7 California for their 81st straight win against a conference opponent, 62-53 over the Golden Bears on Tuesday night.

After having their 82-game home winning streak snapped late last month against Connecticut, the Cardinal (14-1, 3-0 Pac-12) showed they are still the top team in the conference.

"The Connecticut game was a big low," Chinenye Ogwumike said. "I'm just really proud of how we bounced back. We're discovering ourselves. I think we've had a tough preseason and a tough start to conference. ... Our toughness is something we'll discover along the way but today I think we were tough."

Chinenye Ogwumike provided the bulk of the scoring and helped hold the Bears (12-2, 2-1) to 30 percent shooting at the other end to win for the 10th straight time in this rivalry. Stanford's last loss to Cal - or any conference team - came nearly four years ago, on Jan. 18, 2009, on this court to the Bears.

Layshia Clarendon scored 17 points on 6-for-20 shooting to lead the Bears, whose only losses this season are to Stanford and at No. 4 Duke. Cal hasn't beaten a top five team since a win over No. 2 Rutgers on Nov. 22, 2008.

"We had a rough shooting night," coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. "You can't expect to beat a team as good as Stanford if you go 2 for 21 from 3. I think we really battled through that, especially in the first half. In the second half ultimately it deflated us a little bit and allowed Stanford to get better looks than we wanted them to."

This is the first of two straight meetings between the Bay Area rivals who figure to be competing for the conference title. The return game is Sunday at Stanford and then the teams couldn't meet again until March in the Pac-12 tournament in Seattle.

Both teams figure to be sharper then after four days off, compared to this game that came two days after both wrapped up road trips.

"The way I look at it was this was just the first half because we play them again Sunday," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "Let's see if we can knock down some 3s and play better on Sunday. I think it probably will be a better game for both teams. We'll be rested."

The game was tight as could be for most of the night with the lead never getting bigger than four points for either team for a span of more than 22 minutes starting midway through the first half.

The Bears overcame their poor shooting with relentless rebounding, using 21 offensive boards to score 22 second-chance points. But that wasn't enough to pull away because of another spectacular night from Chinenye Ogwumike, who scored on jumpers, drives and putbacks to get the Cardinal close.

Stanford finally started to pull away with six straight points just past the midway point of the second half with Joslyn Tinkle getting out in transition for an easy layup that gave the Cardinal a 52-46 lead with 6 minutes left.

Chinenye Ogwumike then came up with the biggest play of the night after a held ball gave the Cardinal the ball at halfcourt with 2 seconds on the shot clock. Tinkle threw up the inbound pass off the backboard and Chinenye Ogwumike converted the layup as the shot-clock expired. She drew a foul on the play but missed the free throw, keeping the lead at eight points.

"There was a short shot clock," Chinenye Ogwumike said. "I told Joslyn just throw it up there and I'll try to get it. I tried to get it. We had 2 seconds to put it up. Luck of the Irish, I guess."

That was too much for Cal to overcome and the Bears lost for the 23rd time in the past 26 home games against Stanford.

"When we got down six, we got a little bit rattled and they broke it open from there," Clarendon said. "You can't do that against a team like that."

Cal had the edge early and used an 8-2 run midway through the first half to take a six-point lead that was the biggest of the night for either team until the final 5 minutes.

But Chinenye Ogwumike kept the Cardinal close with 14 points in the first half. Cal took a 31-29 lead at the break after Brittany Boyd stole the ball from Orrange just past halfcourt and converted a layup just before the buzzer.
Courtesy of: http://www.gostanford.com



No. 21 OSU Hands No. 17 Kansas First Big 12 Loss - by Eurobasket News

STILLWATER, Okla. - Senior Carolyn Davis (6'3''-F) cracked the top-10 for all-time scoring in Kansas history, but it was the scoring of Oklahoma State's Liz Donohoe that stole the evening as the No. 21-ranked Cowgirls handed No. 17 Kansas its first Big 12 Conference loss, 76-59, at Gallagher-Iba Arena Tuesday night.

Donohoe paced Oklahoma State (12-2 overall, 1-2 in the Big 12) with a season-best-tying 24 points to lead four players in double-digit scoring. Kansas fell to 11-3 and 2-1, respectively.

"When you are trying to claw and get back in it is tough to leave five backend of one-and-one free throws off the board," head coach Bonnie Henrickson . "I thought we were flat and didn't have that much bounce, but Asia (Boyd) came in a gave us a little plug."

In the second half, KU narrowed the gap, 44-37, with 14:30 remaining, but OSU pushed the lead back to double-digits with a 6-0 run. The Cowgirls, behind Donohoe, built its largest lead of the game, 60-42 with 9:01 left on the clock. KU would not go away and put together its first big run of the game with an 11-2 spurt with five points from Asia Boyd to the cut the game to 62-53 with 6:06 left. OSU countered with a 9-2 run and put the game out of reach, 71-55, at the 3:25 mark.

The Cowgirls jumped out to a 7-2 lead with 16:46 on the clock, thanks to a 5-1 rebounding edge during that span. Kansas closed the gap, 11-8, but then OSU answer with a 9-0 run to take a 20-8 lead. OSU's Donohoe accounted for 12 of the Cowgirls' first 20 points and finished with 17 in the first half of play. Kansas continued to cut into the OSU advantage throughout the remainder of the half, getting the deficit is as low as six points, before trailing 37-29 at the break.

Davis led the Jayhawks with 12 points and now has 1,525 on her career, surpassing Angie Snider for the No. 10 spot in the KU record books for career scoring. Angel Goodrich added 12 points, along with eight assists, for her seventh-straight double-digit scoring game.

After playing three games in seven days, Kansas will have four days to prepare for No. 1 Baylor for a 1:30 p.m., Sunday matchup at Allen Fieldhouse.

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No. 21 Cowgirls Roll Past No. 17 Kansas, 76-59 - by Eurobasket News

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Liz Donohoe (6'0''-F-93) scored 24 points and No. 21 Oklahoma State bounced back from defeats in its first two Big 12 games, beating No. 17 Kansas 76-59 Tuesday night.

Toni Young had 15 points for the Cowgirls (12-2, 1-2), who dropped their first two games of the season to conference rivals Texas Tech and No. 1 Baylor. Brittney Martin had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma State, and Tiffany Bias (5'6''-G-92) also had 14 points. The Cowgirls never trailed against the Jayhawks.

Carolyn Davis led No. 17 Kansas (11-3, 2-1) with 14 points. Angel Goodrich had 12 points and eight assists.

Oklahoma State led 37-29 at halftime and by as many as 18 points in the second half.
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Gray's Triple-Double Leads No. 3 Duke Past BC 90-53 - by Eurobasket News

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Chelsea Gray (5'11''-G-92) couldn't suppress her happiness after picking up her 10th assist of the game. And she couldn't hide it afterward when she talked about matching Dawn Staley's conference record with a second career triple-double.

"I'm not surprised," Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said after Gray scored had 18 points with 11 rebounds and 10 assists to lead No. 3 Duke to a 90-53 victory over Boston College on Sunday. "She'll be getting a lot more of those, I'm sure."

Gray had nine points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the first half, when Duke scored 12 of the first 14 points and made it 32-5 just 11 1/2 minutes into the game. She was stuck on nine assists until McCallie told her to "make a nice pass" in the final minutes - and she did, hitting Richa Jackson for an open jumper with 56 seconds left.

That tied her with Staley, who led Virginia to three Final Fours and a NCAA title game and also won three Olympic gold medals, as the only players in Atlantic Coast Conference history with more than one triple-double.

"It feels good. It's exciting to hear that," Gray said. "When it went in, I went back and tried to hide a little smile."

Tricia Liston had 17 points, scoring 12 during a 20-0 run that put the game away, and Jackson scored 16 for the Blue Devils (13-0, 3-0 ACC), who remain the only unbeaten team in Division I. Top-ranked Connecticut lost to No. 5 Notre Dame on Saturday; No. 2 Baylor entered Sunday's game against Oklahoma State with an 11-1 record.

Kristen Doherty (5'11''-G/F-92) scored 17 points and added six rebounds for BC (6-7, 0-2). The Eagles lost their third consecutive game, including a 76-70 loss to then-No. 23 Florida State - the only other ranked team they have faced this season.

This one wasn't that close.

Duke made its first six 3-point attempts and tied a school record by making 79.3 percent of its shots in the first half to open a 55-20 lead. BC scored the first eight points of the second half, but never got within two dozen points.

"We didn't back down. We went right at them, and suddenly Duke realized, 'Hey, we've got a basketball game on our hands,'" BC coach Erik Johnson said. "Unfortunately, Duke's so good, and played so well in that first half that the game wasn't really in question by the time we got it rolling."

Trailing by 35 at the half, Doherty hit a 3-pointer to open the second and Nicole Boudreau drove to the basket for a layup, prompting McCallie to call a timeout. Boudreau made a free throw, then Tessah Holt made a pair as the Eagles continued to force turnovers.

"I was just very mad," McCallie said. "I don't think it put a scare, two turnovers in a row is just very silly."

BC had several more chances to cut the deficit further but couldn't make its shots. Gray scored on a foul line jumper with 16:25 left to play to end the Blue Devils' scoring drought.
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Mountain Hawks best Columbia 58-33 for eighth win - by Eurobasket News

BETHLEHEM, Pa. In front of 3,586 students and teachers on Education Day, the Lehigh womens basketball team (8-7) used a 15-point performance from sophomore Katie OReilly and a strong defensive effort to earn their eighth win over Columbia (2-11) on Monday afternoon. Lehigh held Columbia to just 25 percent from the field, forced 24 turnovers and registered 11 steals as the Mountain Hawks eclipsed the .500 plateau for the first time this season.

"Weve had to rely on our defense and I think theyve bought in to being a real strong defensive team and for the last couple of games our offense confidence has risen," said Lehigh head coach Sue Troyan . "I thought today was a real strong team effort with a lot of different players coming off the bench and making contributions."

OReilly started by scoring six of Lehighs first 11 points as the Mountain Hawks began the game with an early 13-4 lead, capitalizing on multiple Columbia turnovers. Lehigh continued to build on its lead, pushing the score to 20-7 and taking advantage of a 3-of-14 shooting performance over the first 13 minutes by the Lions as the Mountain Hawk defense stifled the struggling Columbia offense.

Columbia found multiple spurts in the first half, but the Mountain Hawks halted any kind of rally by the Lions. After a small Columbia run cut the score to 26-15, junior Hilary Weaver score her eighth point of the half to put the Mountain Hawks back up by 13 with under two minutes to play as Lehigh continued to keep a sizeable gap in the scoring.

The Lions had knocked the deficit back down to 11 at 30-19 after two free throws with 32 seconds to play in the first half, but on a fast break down the floor, OReilly drilled a three at the buzzer to give the Mountain Hawks a 33-19 advantage after 20 minutes of play. The Lehigh defense held Columbia to 0-for-6 from beyond the arc in the first half and kept the Lions to just 6-of-21 from the field.

Lehigh finished the half shooting 40 percent from the field and again used a strong free throw shooting performance (10-of-14) for the 14-point halftime advantage. OReilly led all scorers at the break with 13 points on a 4-of-5 effort from the field while shooting 4-for-4 from the charity stripe as she entered the game leading the Mountain Hawks with 33 made free throws on the season.

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Out of the break, the Mountain Hawks began the second half on a 6-2 run over the first six minutes as the two teams became locked in a defensive battle. Freshman Kerry Kinek extended the run, completing a three-point play for her 10th point of the game which put her in double figures for the third consecutive contest and bumped the lead to 42-21.

The Mountain Hawks coasted throughout the remainder of the game, finishing the contest by outscoring Columbia 16-12 to close out the last 13:46 for their eighth victory of the season. Lehigh will now take a winning record into Patriot League play which begins on Saturday, January 12 in Worcester, Mass. against Holy Cross.

"We have just been focusing on getting better every game and over the past couple of weeks I think we have gotten ourselves as ready as we could be for league play to start," said Troyan. "Itll be a little bit of a jump as our kids have to get used to league play, but we are confident in what we do and how we do it."

Lehigh finished with four players in double figures as OReilly dropped a game-high 15, while Kinek and junior Lindsay Hoskins each ended with 10 points apiece. Kinek added eight boards to her effort as the teams leading rebounder while the Mountain Hawks again dominated in the paint, outscoring the Lions 28-14 inside. Lehigh also took advantage of Columbias 24 turnovers, converting the giveaways into 21 points.

The brown and white shot 38 percent from the field for the game and 75 percent from the line including OReillys 6-of-8 performance and Hoskins 6-of-7 day from the charity stripe.

Lehigh will now idle until the Patriot League opener with Holy Cross on Saturday at 1 p.m. before returning home for the Patriot League home opener on January 16 against American which is set for a 7 p.m. tip.

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Three double-figure outings lead Howard to a 67-54 victory over Coppin State - by Eurobasket News

BALTIMORE, MD. (www.howard-bison.com) January 7 With a double-double from senior Saadia Doyle (5'10''-G-89), double-figure performances from senior Kara Smith and freshman Victoria Gonzalez and a season-high 14 assists from senior Cheyenne Curley-Payne (5'5''-G-91), the Howard University women's basketball team defeated the Lady Eagles of Coppin State 67-54 on Monday, Jan. 7 in Baltimore, Md., at the Physical Education Complex.

In their second Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference win of the season, MEAC Player of the Week (January 7), Saadia Doyle notched 26 points and 15 rebounds on a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe, a perfect 2-of-2 from behind arc and a 9-of-17 outing from the field. Smith, who was also an exceptional 2-of-2 from the free-throw line, finished with 18 points, as Gonzalez finished with 11 points on a 5-of-6 performance from the field.

The mighty blue and white notched a season-high 92 percent from the charity stripe (12-13), while going 50 percent three-point range (7-14) and 45 percent from the field (24-53).

Howard advances to 7-6 on the season, 2-0 in the MEAC and 2-5 on the road.

Even with HU defeating CSU by 13 points, the contest encompassed numerous runs that sent the Lady Bison on their heels.

During the first 20 minutes of play, Howard reached an 11-point lead by the 12:04 mark, but turnovers by HU permitted Coppin State to hit a 16-5 run and come within one, 21-20.

HU regained its composure and paced a short 6-2 run, which Smith topped off with a three pointer at the five second mark for a first-half seven point 29-22 lead.

Following the halftime intermission, Howard commenced a 14-3 run for the largest lead of the night at 15 for a score of 43-28 by the 11:44 mark.

Coppin State broke through the double-figure margin lead on an 8-2 run, 45-36.

HU retained another dominant lead by the 7:19 mark with a score of 54-40.

By the final two minutes of the contest, Coppin State came within six, nonetheless a final three pointer from Smith and a pair of free throws from Gonzalez halted Coppin State and secured Howard's 67-54 win.

Howard returns home to host Hampton University on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 2:00 p.m. and Norfolk State on Monday, Jan. 14 at 5:30 p.m., both contests will be held in Burr Gymnasium.

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No. 2 Irish Hold Off South Florida, 75-71 - by Eurobasket News

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - South Florida's upset bid against second-ranked Notre Dame came up just short in overtime.

Skylar Diggins scored four of her 19 points during the extra session, helping the Fighting Irish overcome cold shooting and hold off the Bulls for a 75-71 victory Tuesday night.

"They should be ranked in the Top 25 because they're a very, very good basketball team," Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said of USF. "I thought South Florida was fantastic."

Andrea Smith tied a career high with 33 points and 11 rebounds for USF (11-3, 0-1), including her team's last nine points of regulation and first four of overtime.

Smith's twin sister, Andrell, had 15 points before fouling out less than a minute into the extra session, and Inga Orekhova added 13.

"It's tough going into the locker room, especially with eight seniors, we've got a lot of guys hurting," Bulls coach Jose Fernandez said. "I'm sure around the country there weren't a lot of people that thought that we were even going stay within 15, 20 points with what Notre Dame did to Connecticut and what Notre Dame has done to opponents this season. But, that's why you play the game."

Natalie Achonwa had 20 points and Jewell Loyd (5'10''-G-93) finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Fighting Irish (13-1, 2-0 BIG EAST) in their first game since handing then-No. 1 Connecticut its first loss of the season. Kayla McBride (5'11''-G-92) missed the majority of the first half with foul trouble and was limited to 12 points on 4-for-14 shooting, but keyed a second half surge that helped Notre Dame take its first lead since early in the game.

"We came out a little flat and they jumped on us early," McGraw said. "I really think if 12 (Andrell Smith) hadn't fouled out of the game they would have won. They played so well. Between the twins, I mean, just an exceptional game."

McBride scored a career-high 21 points and Diggins had 19 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals in Notre Dame's 73-72 victory at Connecticut, but both Fighting Irish stars got off to slow starts against a South Florida team that's off to its second-best start in 13 seasons under Fernandez.

Diggins missed her first five shots before scoring 11 in the final nine minutes of the opening half. McBride, meanwhile, missed the only two shots she attempted while sitting out much of the first half with two fouls.

South Florida led 35-32 at the break despite shooting 37.8 percent and pushed Notre Dame to overtime for the third time in the last nine meetings between the team despite shooting 33.3 percent (25 of 75) for the game. The Fighting Irish were only slightly better, shooting 36.8 percent while making the same number of field goal while taking seven fewer shots.

"We knew coming in that we had a chance to win," Andrell Smith said. "We never thought we were the underdog. We never thought we were going to lose the game. Our confidence is still there, so we just have to keep pushing."

McBride made a long 3-pointer and added a three-point play during a 13-2 run Notre Dame put together to turn a 46-42 deficit into their biggest lead of the night, 55-48. But just when it appeared that the Fighting Irish were taking over the game, Andrea Smith found a way to keep USF close.

While Notre Dame was going scoreless from the field over the last six minutes of regulation, the 5-foot-8 senior made a pair of free throws, a 3-pointer and a contested 15-foot jumper to make it 61-61 with 2:02 remaining. After Loyd made two free throws to put the Fighting Irish in front again, Smith answered with another jumper to send it into overtime at 63-all.

"She was feeling it and we went to her," Fernandez said. "She wants to take shots. She wants the ball in her hands."

Diggins, who missed the final shot of regulation, put Notre Dame ahead for good with a basket a little more than a minute into overtime. She sank free throws for a 74-69 lead with 23.4 seconds left in the extra period, and Michaela Mabrey ensured the Fighting Irish would hold on for their eighth straight victory by making one of two free throws.

Andrea Smith was 13 of 37 from the field and made all six of her free throws. Andrell Smith was 4 of 9 from the field and 6 for 6 from the foul line.

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POST GAME NOTES:

Notre Dame is off to a 2-0 start in BIG EAST Conference play for the fifth consecutive season and 12th time since joining the league in 1995-96 ... Notre Dame also is 13-1 for the fourth time in five years and sixth time in school history (2000-01; 2004-05; 2008-09; 2009-10; 2011-12; 2012-13) ... the Fighting Irish were playing their first overtime game since April 1, 2012, when they defeated Connecticut, 83-75, in the NCAA Women's Final Four national semifinals at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo. ... Notre Dame has won its last three overtime games and is 18-16 (.529) all-time when playing an extra five minutes (or more), including a 15-12 (.556) record in the Muffet McGraw era (1987-88 to present) ... Tuesday's win was the first overtime victory on the road for the Fighting Irish since Dec. 5, 2007, when they earned an 86-84 win at Bowling Green on Charel Allen's jumper with one second left in OT ... Notre Dame had 12 blocked shots, its highest total since Dec. 2, 2004, when it also had 12 blocks in an 82-73 overtime loss at home to Michigan State ... it was the first time the Fighting Irish posted double-digit swats in a game since Feb. 16, 2010, when it had 10 blocks at St. John's ... senior guard Skylar Diggins had a career-high five blocks, the first Notre Dame player with five blocks in a game since March 20, 2012, when Devereaux Peters piled up seven blocks against California in the second round of the NCAA Championship at Purcell Pavilion ... junior forward Ariel Braker tied her career high with three blocks, a mark she's set three times previously (most recently on Dec. 8 in a win over Utah State at Purcell Pavilion) ... USF's Andrea Smith tried a Notre Dame opponent-record 37 shots on Tuesday, exceeding the old mark of 30 field goal attempts that was set twice before (most recently on April 3, 2011, by Connecticut's Maya Moore in the NCAA Women's Final Four national semifinals in Indianapolis) ... Smith's 33 points also are the most by a Fighting Irish opponent since Moore had 36 points in that 2011 Final Four game ... Notre Dame improves to 9-2 all-time against USF, although seven of the past nine games in the series have been decided by 12 points or fewer, with three going to overtime (the Fighting Irish winning two of the OT games) ... Notre Dame topped the 70-point mark for the 10th time in 11 series games against the Bulls, while USF hit that total for the third time (first since an 86-79 Notre Dame win on Feb. 17, 2009, in Tampa) ... the Fighting Irish have won eight consecutive games against Florida schools and are 27-5 all-time against the Sunshine State ... Notre Dame is 4-1 in five career visits to USF's Sun Dome, and 17-3 when playing in the state of Florida, regardless of the opponent ... the Fighting Irish had at least four double-figure scorers for the 11th time this season (11-0 record) and are 63-4 in the past four seasons when they have at least four players reach double digits, including an active 33-game winning streak ... junior forward Natalie Achonwa posted her team-high fourth 20-point game of the season (and fifth of her career) ... freshman guard Jewell Loyd earned her first career double-double with 18 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, becoming the fourth different Notre Dame player to register a double-double this season (and those four players with double-doubles -- Loyd, Achonwa, Diggins and sophomore forward Markisha Wright -- represent all four classes on the Fighting Irish roster) ... Diggins logged her second consecutive "5-5-5" game (at least 5 in three of the five major statistical categories), her team-high fourth of the season and 33rd of her career ... Diggins' 7-for-7 performance at the free throw line was the best by a Fighting Irish player this season ... Diggins' one steal moved her into sole possession of second place on Notre Dame's career steals list with 308, passing former Fighting Irish assistant coach/current Penn State head coach Coquese Washington (307 from 1989-93) ... Diggins went over the 600-assist mark for her career on Tuesday night, now with 603 helpers, which ranks fourth all-time at Notre Dame and 48 behind Mollie Peirick (1994-97) for third place.
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Seasiders Lose Tough Battle - by Eurobasket News

Laie, HIThe Brigham Young University Hawaii womens basketball team put up a fight tonight against Academy of Art but ultimately fell 85-80 in a Pacific West Conference game. The Seasiders battled back from a 12-point halftime deficit to cut the lead to three points late in the second half but could not sustain the comeback as they fell to 2-8 for the season and 1-3 in the conference.

BYU-Hawaii led by as many as seven points early in the contest but the Urban Knights, who are undefeated in conference play, took the lead with six minutes left in the half and never relinquished it. Academy of Art scored the last nine points of the opening period to open up the double-digit lead.

Danna Lynn Hooper scored 23 points to lead the Seasiders. Brydgette Tatupu-Leopoldo tallied 18 points, dished out ten assists, grabbed seven rebounds, and came up with four steals for BYU-Hawaii. Shayla Washington added 11 points and 17 rebounds and Brianna Jessop contributed ten points, five rebounds, and five blocks.

ShaNice Storey had 21 points to lead Academy of Art, now 11-3 for the season and 4-0 in the conference. Alisa Griggs had 18 points and 11 rebounds in the win.

The BYU-Hawaii womens team will play Dominican on Monday at 5:30 pm PST in San Rafael, California in a Pacific West Conference game.
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Southworth Leads WLU Women Past Shepherd - by Eurobasket News

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. Hillary Southworth (5'10''-G) scorched the nets for a career-high 34 points Monday night to lead the West Liberty University women's basketball team to a 94-86 win at the Butcher Center.

Coach Lynn Ullom's Hilltoppers (8-3, 6-1) broke open a close game with a 9-0 run early in the second half and held off a late surge by the Rams (4-7, 3-4) to win for the sixth time in their last seven outings.

After a see-saw opening half that saw the teams combine for 16 lead changes, West Liberty led for all but a few seconds in the final 20 minutes.

Southworth provided the game's last lead change with a driving hoop that put the visitors on top, 46-45, in the first two minutes of the second half.

The Hilltoppers reeled off 9 straight points over the next 90 seconds to go up 53-45 before Shepherd called a timeout to stop the bleeding with 16:46 remaining.

West Liberty led by as many as 11 points, 73-62, midway through the half but the Rams took advantage of some WLU foul trouble to make one last run.

With senior center Meghan Wiseman on the bench with four fouls, Shepherd was able to work the paint for 8 straight points and forge an 80-80 deadlock with 3:47 remaining.

Ullom sent Wiseman back onto the floor and the veteran pivot responded with an 18-foot jumper that put the visitors ahead to stay, 82-80, with 3:25 to go.

Freshman point guard Liz Flowers splashed home a pair of free throws after a Jordan Stacey (5'10''-G) steal and Wiseman finished off a dazzling feed from Flowers for an 86-80 lead with 2:21 remaining.

Shepherd closed the gap to 86-84 on two foul tosses by Priscilla Moseh with 1:49 to go but the Hilltoppers were able to close out the game at the charity stripe.

Southworth had 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to go along with her 34 points. Wiseman and Bri Kamarec backed the junior standout with 17 and 11 points, respectively, while Flowers stuffed the stat sheet with 10 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds.

Emily Daniel and Rachel Johnson led the way for Shepherd with 19 and 16 points, respectively.

West Liberty travels to Greensburg, Pa. on Thursday for a 5:30 p.m. game with Seton Hill.
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Vulcans ground Hawks - by Eurobasket News

The University of Hawaii at Hilo grounded the high-flying Holy Names University offense in a 77-68 Pacific West Conference win in the UH Hilo gymnasium.

They scored 118 and 100 in their last two games so even if you've got a lead you know they're going to come back and make shots, UH Hilo Head Coach David Kaneshiro said. We knew it was a game of peaks and valleys because they are a hard team to stop.

Defensively, this is the best game since we came back. There was no magic formula. You've got to get back, match up, be in possession, pressure the ball, and send the ball to your help and block out. To be honest, there were times when we did that and they still scored.

The Vulcans led 43-28 at the half and added to it with a second-half opening 3-pointer by Kirsten Shimizu. Slowly the lead was whittled down to four points with 2:28 remaining in the game when the Vulcans forced turnovers and pressured the ball.

Kirsten Shimizu led the Vulcans with 23 points and six assists. Kamie Imai added 18 points and nine rebounds while Jazzmyn Davis added 14 points.
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Gustavus Womens Basketball Picks Up 66-56 Road Win Over Macalester - by Eurobasket News

St. Paul The Gustavus Adolphus women's basketball team managed to come away with a 66-56 victory on the road over Macalester on Monday night at the Leonard Center. With the win, Gustavus achieves its eighth straight conference victory and is off to its best in league play since the 2003-04 season when the Gusties also began 8-0. The Black and Gold is now 9-2 overall, while Macalester drops to 4-7 overall and 3-5 in the MIAC.

"It's a road win," said Head Coach Laurie Kelly, "and when you can win on the road in this league, we'll take it. Macalester is a tough team at home they play hard, they're scrappy, and they're strong on the glass. Because of that they have been able to stay in games."


Kelsey Florian led the Gusties in scoring with 15 points on Monday night against Macalester.

Trailing 4-3 to start the game, Gustavus used a 9-0 scoring run to go up 12-4 by the 15:31 mark. Macalester would hang around through the half, not allowing the Gusties to open up their lead. With a 16-6 advantage, Macalester went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to three points by the 10:42 mark. The Gustie lead would remain in the high single digits for the remaining half, as the teams would head into halftime with the score 33-27 in favor of Gustavus.

Gustavus was hot from the field to start the game once again, shooting 56.6-percent from the field in the opening frame.

"In the first half we shot well but just let them hang around," said Kelly. "We realized in the second half that we needed to start playing Gustie basketball. After a strong stretch where we played our game and got up by more than 20 we sort of took our foot off the gas. I would have like to see us finish a stronger."

Following a pair of free throws by Julia Dysthe (Jr., White Bear Lake, Minn.) three minutes into the half, Gustavus took back a double-digit advantage at 41-31. The Scots would cut the lead to under 10 points just once for the remainder of the game. The run that broke Macalester's back came in a four-minute span starting with an Abby Rothenbuehler (Sr., North Mankato, Minn.) jumper at the 15:43 mark. Gustavus used a 15-4 run within that time to extended its lead to 58-38 with 12:16 on the clock.

For the third straight game, Gustavus finished above 50-percent from the field as a team. The Gusties went 27-for-48 (56.3%) from the field, 4-for-7 (57.1%) from three-point range, and 8-for-12 (66.7%) at the free throw line.

"We had four players in double-figures so it was another balanced scoring night for us," commented Kelly. "Over the last three games we have shot the ball over 50-percent from the floor. When you shoot that well, a lot of good things are going to happen."

Kelsey Florian (Sr., Roseville, Minn.) led the Gusties in scoring with 15 points after going 5-for-9 from the field, knocking down a three-pointer, and going 4-for-6 at the line.

Rothenbuehler finished next in line with 12 points on 6-of-12 shooting, while Dysthe and Karina Schroeder (Fy., Lake Crystal, Minn.) both scored 10 points after posting identical 4-for-6 shooting marks.

Macalester shot 36.8-percent (21-57) from the field and was led in scoring by Veronika Jakubovie. Jakubovie scored a game-high 18 points after an 8-for-15 shooting night.

After an unblemished start in league play, coach Kelly is excited for Wednesday night's showdown between the two top ranked teams in the MIAC. "We are going to enjoy tonight's win and get ready for Wednesday. To win eight straight is a great accomplishment for these ladies and we're very proud of them. There is a lot of basketball yet to be played and we are going to keep taking it day by day. The Tommies have our attention over the next two days and we look forward to the opportunity."
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Macalester falls to red-hot Gustavus - by Eurobasket News

Macalester's first appearance on its home court in a month was spoiled by Gustavus, which shot 56% to beat the Scots 66-56. The Gusties claim their eighth game in a row and stay tied on top of the MIAC standings.



Gustavus led 33-27 at halftime and by six points again at 37-31 before starting a 21-7 run to go up by 20 at 58-38 with 12:16 to go in the game. The Scots quickly cut the margin to 11 points at 60-49 with 7:31 left on the clock by finishing off an 11-1 rally. However, they could not maintain their comeback as the Gusties held on.



Veronika Jakubovie (Jr., Maple Plain, Minn.) just missed out on a double-double, providing the Scots with 18 points and nine rebounds. Her five offensive boards helped the Scots earn a 15-6 advantage on the offensive glass and 14-2 margin in second chance points.



Kyanna Jones (Sr., Brooklyn Park, Minn. / Osseo) finished with 10 points, three assists and three steals. Taylor Pike (Jr., Ashland, Neb. / Ashland-Greenwood) scored eight points and Annie Drabot (So., Cedarburg, Wis.) scored six. Erin Murray (Fy., Sparta, Wis.) handed out four assists.



Four Gusties scored in double figures, led by Kelsey Florian with 15 points. Julia Dysthe contributed 10 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals. Abby Rothenbuehler added 12 points, six boards and four assists. Gustavus improves to 9-2 on the season and 8-0 in the MIAC going into Wednesday's showdown with co-leading St. Thomas in St. Peter.



The Scots, now 4-7 on the season and 3-5 in the MIAC, play Wednesday (Jan. 9) at St. Mary's.
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Olivets Campbell Named MIAA Player of the Week in Womens Basketball - by Eurobasket News

ROYAL OAK, Mich. The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Olivet guard Kelsey Campbell (5'9''-F) its Player of the Week in womens basketball for games played through January 5.

Campbell, a junior from Olivet (Olivet HS), scored a career-high 26 points, including a dramatic 3-point basket at the buzzer to send the game to overtime, as the Comets rallied to defeat Kalamazoo, 67-59, in an MIAA contest. She also dished out six assists, grabbed five rebounds and added three steals. Campbell, who is being honored as Player of the Week for the second time this season and third time in her career, hit 9 of 16 shots from the field (56 percent), 3 of 7 on 3-point attempts (43 percent) and all six of her free throws.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



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D2 Standing - by Joao Santos

D1 Standings
 1. EMA Menres 8-1 
 2. Uniao Sportiva 7-2 
 3. S.C. Coimbroes 7-2 
 4. Esgueira 4-4 
 5. Guifoes 4-4 
 6. E.S.A. 3-3 
 7. Juvemaia 3-5 
 8. Calvao 3-5 
 9. Simecq 2-6 
 10. C.S.M. / C.S.CAB 1-5 
 11. Gafanha 1-6 
 12. Alges B 0-0 


News in teams - by Joao Santos

Some teams, took the opportunity to make some adjustments in their formations.

In the Women's League, Susana Cardoso (177-F-92) (former MRGROUP/Olivais Coimbra player), returns to Associacao Desportiva Ovarense. In the Boa Viagem-Angra-Acore, Jasmine Crew (170-G-89, college: Seton Hall) is the player chosen to replace Corin Adams (170-G-88, college: Morgan St.).

In the Men's League, Stefan Djukic (201-SF-89, agency: Dynamics Global Management) (former Oliveirense player) is the new enhanced Sampaense. In Academica, Francisco Destino (190-G/F-89) abandoned the team of Coimbra, with the path of the Olivais.

In Proliga, the Terceira Basket hired Luis Tomassi (175-G) (former Benfica player) and Joao Torrie (200-C/F-91) (former Guifoes player).



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EuroLeague: Spartak Moscow Region overwhelm UNI Gyor in Round 10 opener - by Eurobasket News

Spartak Moscow Region-UNI Gyor 100:62

Spartak Moscow Region overwhelm UNI Gyor in Round 10 opener. The Russian team celebrated a 100:62 win for 7-2 record in Group A. The Hungarian team fell at 4-5 record.
Spartak Moscow Region started the game with 22-13 and never looked behind after. The team added massive 32-18 surge in the second frame and led 25 points at the halftime. Moreover the hosts posted also two victories in the second half as well. They won the third period 22-20 and finished the game with 24-11 in the last stanza.
Marina Kuzina (195-C-85) paced all the winners with 17 points and Natalia Vieru (196-C-89) added 14. Seimone Augustus (183-SF-84, college: LSU) brought 13, while Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) scored 11. Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) answered with 14 points in the losing effort and Krisztina Raksanyi (181-G-91) as well as Rita Rasheed (182-F-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) notched 9 each in defeat. Natalie Hurst (164-PG-83) delivered 8 points in the losing effort.

Spartak Moscow Region: Marina Kuzina 17, Natalia Vieru 14, Seimone Augustus 13, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 11
UNI Gyor: Ieva Kublina 14, Krisztina Raksanyi 9, Rita Rasheed 9, Natalie Hurst 8



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Sanford's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

36-year old center Nakia Sanford (194-C-76, agency: LBM Management) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for One FX and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
She had a double-double of 27 points and 19 rebounds, while her team beat KB Stars (#4, 10-15) 64-56. One FX maintains the 5th position in South Korean WKBL. One FX is currently ranked second from the bottom. They need more victories to improve their 9-16 record. Sanford turned to be One FX's top player in her first season with the team. University of Kansas graduate has very impressive stats this year. Sanford. Sanford is in league's top in points (3rd best: 18.6ppg) and averages solid 59.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Young-Hui Lim (178-F-80) of top-ranked Woori Hansae. She is former international forward in her 4th season at Woori Hansae. In the last game Lim recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Woori Hansae cruised to a 85-76 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked S-Birds (#2, 17-8). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Woori Hansae consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. Her team lost just five games this season, while they won 20 matches. Lim is one of the most experienced players at Woori Hansae and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.5ppg (#6). She also registered 5.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Yoon-Ah Choi (169-G-85) of league's second-best S-Birds. Choi showcased her all-around game by recording 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the last round. Despite Choi's great performance S-Birds lost 76-85 to #1 ranked Woori Hansae. But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing S-Birds needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 17 victories and 8 lost games. Choi has a great season in South Korea. After 25 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.7rpg (8th best) and assists with 5.8apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tina Thompson (188-F-75) of Woori Hansae - 30 points and 10 rebounds
5. Ashley Robinson (193-C-82) of Winnus - 18 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Jung-Eun Park (180-F-77) of Bichumi - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Yun-Ha Heo (183-C-79) of One FX - 10 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jung-Ja Sin (185-C/F-80) of Winnus - 10 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Mi-Ran Jeong (182-F-85) of KB Stars - 18 points and 9 rebounds
10. Mi Sun Lee (175-G-79) of Bichumi - 9 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists

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



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Candice Bellocchio agreed terms with Muraltese, ex Faenza - by Eurobasket News (T)

Fizzy Muraltese (LNA) inked 24-year old American guard Candice Bellocchio (167-89, college: Hofstra, agency: Two Points). She played recently at Club Atletico Romagna Faenza in Italian A1 league. The last season she played at Hofstra University in Colonial Athletic Association Conference in the NCAA. In 31 games last year she recorded 9.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 6.2apg and 1.5spg. A very good season in her career as she was voted to CAA All-Academic 2nd Team and All-CAA 3rd Team.
Bellocchio graduated from Hofstra University in 2012 and it will be her first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Muraltese signs Kaitlin Sowinski - by Eurobasket News (T)

Fizzy Muraltese (LNA) signed 27-year old American center Kaitlin Sowinski (196-86, college: Sacred Heart, agency: Two Points). She just played at BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket (LNA). In 13 LNA games this season she had very impressive stats: 21.9ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.5spg and 3.4bpg. The last season she played at Toyota Recreativo Conquero Huelva (previous name Conquero) in Spanish LF2. In 17 games she recorded 13.8ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.4bpg. She helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Sowinski also played at Beroe in Bulgarian NBL earlier that season. In 6 games she recorded 10.0ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.7bpg. The other team she played shortly was ICIM Arad in Romanian Division A. In 7 games she recorded 4.4ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.1bpg.
The previous (10-11) season Sowinski played at Comense in Italian A1. But in 15 games that year she recorded only 1.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.0spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League Defensive Player of the Year back in 2010.
Sowinski has played previously professionally in WNBA (Connecticut Sun) and Portugal (CAB Madeira).
She attended Sacred Heart University until 2009 and it will be her fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Triggs 25 points and 14 rebounds lead GIE to 73-64 win over Dragons - by David Walls

David Walls Reports
1/8/2013

Sherida Triggs (6'1''-F/C-85, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: ODU) scored 16 of her 25 points before halftime as the GIE Lady Matrix edge pass the Tennessee Dragons 73-64. Not only was she control the game she dominated the glass pulling down 14 rebounds and blocking 4 shots. Patechia Hartman (5'7''-G-83, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Georgia St.) added 6 points and a game high 10 assists for the Matrix. Shantel Ragin (5'10''-F/G-86, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Clayton St.) led the way with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the Dragons. Shanrika Hardeman (5'9''-F-87, college: Clayton St.) added 14 points and a game high 15 rebounds.

The Matrix move to 1-0 in the standing and look to be a force going into the season. Triggs has established her self as the standard of bigs in the league. She ranked as the top post and is looking like an early candidate for MVP.