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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Krka fire coach Sekulic, replace him with Potocnik - by Zeljko Zule

Slovenian champion Krka fired coach Aleksander Sekulic after losing to Helios in the semifinal match of national Cup on Saturday. Sekulic was temporary replaced by assistant coach Gasper Potocnik . Sekulic took over Krka in December 2011 and helped the team to claim thier third straight Slovenian championship title.
Krka has a 8-12 record in Adriatic League and failed to make Last 16 of FIBA EuroCallenge.



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  ARGENTINA   


Quinteros' 31-point game gives him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

33-year old guard Paolo Quinteros (190-G-79) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team Regatas C. and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23 (Second Stage).
He had the game-high 31 points adding six rebounds for Regatas C. in his team's victory, helping them to crush Argentino (#8, 18-17) with 17-point margin 83-66. It allowed Regatas C. to consolidate first place in the Argentinian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Regatas C. has a very solid 24-10 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Quinteros had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Regatas C. and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Quinteros has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (9th best: 14.8ppg) and averages solid 54.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was James Williams (204-C-79, agency: Dream Team Management) of Quimsa. He is American center in his first season at Quimsa. In the last game Williams recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Quimsa to another comfortable win 95-76 over the lower-ranked Union Progr. (#15, 10-23) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Quimsa to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 18-15 record is not bad and everything may still change. Williams is a newcomer at Quimsa and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Gregory Lewis (200-F-78, agency: Dream Team Management) of La Union (#16). Lewis scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Lewis' great performance La Union lost 69-91 to the higher-ranked Libertad S. (#6, 19-14). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. La Union can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 8-27 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Lewis he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Lewis has individually a great season in Argentina. After 33 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.9ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Daniel Santiago (216-C-76) of Boca Jrs - 13 points and 17 rebounds
5. Darren Phillip (201-F-78) of Union Progr. - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ryan Humphrey (203-C/F-79) of Obras - 20 points and 10 rebounds
7. David Jackson (196-G-82) of GECR Indalo - 25 points
8. John DeGroat (198-F-85) of Boca Jrs - 19 points and 3 rebounds
9. Cristian Amicucci (202-F/C-85) of Argentino - 17 points and 9 rebounds
10. Jerome Meyinsse (206-C-88) of Regatas C. - 18 points and 5 rebounds

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



Sakarya U16 Tournament: Argentina clinches 9th place - by Eurobasket News

Argentina clinches 9th place at the Sakarya U16 Tournament.
At first Argentina U16 beat Sweden U16 60:48. Martin Fernandez (193-F-97) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Lucio Delfino (196-F-97) collected 9 points and 9 rebounds. Nils Johansson replied with 14 points in defeat and Samuel Berkelund posted 13.
Later Argentina U16 overcame Montenegro U16 52:40. Argentina posted 17 points in the last two quarters each that was enough for the total success. Jeffrey Merchant (197-C-97) stepped up with 16 points and Santiago Cuelho added 11 points and the same number of boards. Marko Grkovic (202-F-97) collected 10 points and 11 rebounds in the losing case.
In the last game Argentina U16 on over China U16 64:43. Trailing 2 points after the first period, the Argentinean side won the rest of the quarters. Jeffrey Merchant stepped up with 18 points and Crhistian Boudet posted 11. Zhao Yanhao (191-F-97) answered with 14 points in defeat, while Hao Fu posted 12.



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 19-3 
 2. Wildcats 15-5 
 3. Tigers 10-10 
 4. Kings 10-12 
 5. Hawks 9-12 
 6. Crocodiles 8-12 
 7. Taipans 6-13 
 8. 36ers 6-16 

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 9: Kings - Breakers 94-96
Feb. 8: Wildcats - 36ers 73-67
Feb. 10: 36ers - Tigers 71-84
Feb. 8: Hawks - Tigers 70-77
Feb. 9: Crocodiles - Taipans 111-108

Regular Season: Round 19

Feb. 15: Wildcats - Crocodiles
Feb. 15: Kings - Taipans
Feb. 15: Breakers - Hawks
Feb. 16: Taipans - 36ers
Feb. 17: Tigers - Wildcats
Feb. 17: Hawks - Crocodiles


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Crocodiles
  (183-PG-83)
  Avg: 18
 1. Ervin, Crocodiles18.0 
 2. Madgen, Kings17.9 
 3. Flynn, Tigers17.7 
 4. Wilson, Taipans16.0 
 5. Jackson, Breakers16.0 
 6. Johnson, 36ers15.7 
 7. Lisch, Wildcats15.7 
 8. Deleon, Hawks14.9 
 9. Redhage, Wildcats14.5 
 10. Knight, Wildcats14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacob HOLMES
  Crocodiles
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Holmes, Crocodiles8.3 
 2. Johnson, 36ers8.1 
 3. Crosswhite, Kings7.5 
 4. Lazare, Kings7.5 
 5. Knight, Wildcats7.2 
 6. Pledger, Breakers6.8 
 7. Scott, Tigers6.8 
 8. Vukona, Breakers6.5 
 9. Forman, Hawks6.4 
 10. Schenscher, 36ers6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Jackson, Breakers7.4 
 2. Flynn, Tigers6.4 
 3. Ervin, Crocodiles4.7 
 4. Gibson, 36ers4.7 
 5. Wilson, Taipans3.6 
 6. Martin, Hawks3.3 
 7. Martin, Wildcats3.2 
 8. Deleon, Hawks3.0 
 9. Bruce, Kings2.9 
 10. Henry, Kings2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.8 
 2. Martin, Wildcats2.1 
 3. Deleon, Hawks1.5 
 4. Henry, Kings1.2 
 5. Ervin, Crocodiles1.2 
 6. Tovey, Wildcats1.1 
 7. Wagstaff, Wildcats1.1 
 8. Martin, Hawks1.1 
 9. Gliddon, Taipans1.1 
 10. Williams, Taipans1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Breakers
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Pledger, Breakers1.6 
 2. Scott, Tigers0.9 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats0.9 
 4. Forman, Hawks0.9 
 5. Schenscher, 36ers0.9 
 6. Garlepp, Kings0.7 
 7. Lazare, Kings0.7 
 8. Blanchfield, Croco.0.7 
 9. Hinder, Crocodiles0.7 
 10. Knight, Wildcats0.7 



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  AUSTRIA   

Standings - A Bundesliga

A Bundesliga Standings
 1. BC Vienna 16-4 
 2. Gmunden 15-5 
 3. Kapfenberg 15-5 
 4. Klosterneub. 14-6 
 5. Oberwart 11-9 
 6. Wels 11-9 
 7. Gussing 11-9 
 8. UBSC Graz 7-13 
 9. Furstenfeld 6-14 
 10. St.Polten 3-17 
 11. Arkadia 1-19 

Regular Season: Round 22

Feb. 10: Oberwart - UBSC Graz 97-59
Feb. 10: BC Vienna - Arkadia 92-64
Feb. 10: Kapfenberg - Gussing 74-81
Feb. 10: Furstenfeld - Klosterneub. 73-80


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maurice PEARSON
  Furstenf.
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Pearson, Furstenf.19.8 
 2. Spasojevic, Arkadia19.6 
 3. Tiedeman, Wels19.5 
 4. Grum, Furstenfeld19.4 
 5. Ray, BC Vienna18.4 
 6. Shaw, Kapfenberg18.1 
 7. Gilchrese, UBSC G.17.6 
 8. Suljanovic, Kloste.17.3 
 9. Dale, UBSC G.16.9 
 10. Kovacevic, St.Po.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice PEARSON
  Furstenf.
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Pearson, Furstenf.12.5 
 2. Sanchez, Kapfenbe.8.0 
 3. Heard, Gussing8.0 
 4. Washington, Wels7.2 
 5. Lamesic, Wels6.8 
 6. Johnson, Oberwart6.8 
 7. Ray, BC Vienna6.6 
 8. Suljanovic, Kloste.6.5 
 9. Speiser, St.Polten6.4 
 10. Cresnar, Furstenf.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ian BOYLAN
  BC Vienna
  (197-G/F-83)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Boylan, BC Vienna6.3 
 2. Woods, Kapfenberg6.2 
 3. Klepeisz, Gussing5.1 
 4. Tiedeman, Wels4.5 
 5. Lanegger, Klostern.4.4 
 6. Danek, BC Vienna4.1 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels3.7 
 8. O''Neal, Furstenfeld3.7 
 9. Zeleznik, Klostern.3.5 
 10. Schaal, UBSC G.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  UBSC G.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Gilchrese, UBSC G.2.5 
 2. Ray, BC Vienna1.8 
 3. Boylan, BC Vienna1.8 
 4. Arnold, Gmunden1.7 
 5. Markovic, UBSC G.1.5 
 6. Pryor, Kapfenberg1.4 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels1.4 
 8. Woods, Kapfenberg1.4 
 9. Payton, Klostern.1.3 
 10. O''Neal, Furstenfe.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Matias BORTOLIN
  Arkadia
  (205-C-93)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Bortolin, Arkadia1.2 
 2. Cresnar, Furstenf.1.2 
 3. Rakocevic, BC Vi.1.1 
 4. Washington, Wels0.9 
 5. Arnold, Gmunden0.9 
 6. Shaw, Kapfenberg0.8 
 7. Mayer, Gmunden0.7 
 8. Nelson, Kapfenberg0.6 
 9. Pearson, Furstenf.0.6 
 10. Greimeister, Klos.0.6 


Standings - 2.Bundesliga

2.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Vienna Timb. 15-2 
 2. Mistelbach 13-3 
 3. Mattersb.R. 13-4 
 4. Basket Flames 12-4 
 5. Worthersee 9-8 
 6. Dornbirn 6-11 
 7. Falcons 5-11 
 8. Kos Celovec 5-12 
 9. Salzburg 3-14 
 10. Tirol 2-14 

Regular Season: Round 17

Feb. 10: Dornbirn - Mattersb.R. 83-90
Feb. 9: Falcons - Basket Flames 78-83
Feb. 9: Tirol - Mattersb.R. 72-88
Feb. 10: Tirol - Vienna Timb. 72-88
Feb. 9: Salzburg - Worthersee 45-52
Feb. 10: Mistelbach - Kos Celovec 102-70

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 15: Vienna Timb. - Falcons
Feb. 16: Worthersee - Tirol
Feb. 16: Basket Flames - Dornbirn
Feb. 16: Salzburg - Mistelbach
Feb. 17: Mattersb.R. - Kos Celovec
Feb. 22: Basket Flames - Mistelbach


A Bundesliga Round 22: Kapfenberg Bulls lose to Gussing Knights - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in A Bundesliga just ended.

The most important game in the last round took place in Kapfenberg between second ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (15-5) and seventh ranked Gussing Knights (11-9) on Sunday night. Kapfenberg Bulls were defeated by Gussing Knights in a tough game at home 74-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kapfenberg Bulls. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-12. But Kapfenberg Bulls won second period 22-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Gussing Knights won last quarter 22-16. Gussing Knights outrebounded Kapfenberg Bulls 39-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of international point guard Thomas Klepeisz (185-91, agency: TSS Management) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. American center Hamidu Rahman (210-87, college: N.Mexico St.) contributed with 12 points and 12 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Giovonne Woods (191-86, college: Cent.Washington, agency: Court Side) replied with 16 points and 8 assists for Kapfenberg Bulls. Gussing Knights moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Wels and Oberwart. Kapfenberg Bulls at the other side keep the second position with five games lost. They share it with Gmunden.
A Bundesliga top team - BC Vienna (16-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Arkadia Lions (1-19) in Wien 92-64. American power forward Maurice Pearson (206-89, college: Georgetown, KY) scored 21 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Shawn Ray chipped in 21 points and 4 steals during the contest. At the losing side Montenegrin power forward Radosav Spasojevic (204-92, agency: Interperformances) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BC Vienna maintains first position with 16-4 record. Arkadia Lions lost ninth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 19 lost games.
The game between sixth ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart (11-9) and 8th ranked UBSC Graz (7-13) in Oberwart on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Redwell Gunners Oberwart outscored guests from Graz 97-59. Seamus Boxley notched 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the effort. Even 15 points by Charles Bronson did not help to save the game for UBSC Graz. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Redwell Gunners Oberwart have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Wels and Gussing. Loser UBSC Graz keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost.

In the last game of round 22 Klosterneub. beat Furstenfeld on the road 80-73.


Kapfenberg - Gussing 74-81

The most important game in the last round took place in Kapfenberg between second ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (15-5) and seventh ranked Gussing Knights (11-9) on Sunday night. Kapfenberg Bulls were defeated by Gussing Knights in a tough game at home 74-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kapfenberg Bulls. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-12. But Kapfenberg Bulls won second period 22-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Gussing Knights won last quarter 22-16. Gussing Knights outrebounded Kapfenberg Bulls 39-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of international point guard Thomas Klepeisz (185-91, agency: TSS Management) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. American center Hamidu Rahman (210-87, college: N.Mexico St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Giovonne Woods (191-86, college: Cent.Washington, agency: Court Side) replied with 16 points and 8 assists and American-Mexican forward Mark Sanchez (201-87, college: Boise St., agency: Court Side) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Kapfenberg Bulls. Five Gussing Knights and four Kapfenberg Bulls players scored in double figures. Gussing Knights moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Wels and Oberwart. Kapfenberg Bulls at the other side keep the second position with five games lost. They share it with Gmunden.
Top scorers:
Gussing: T.Klepeisz 23+6reb+7ast, M.Heard 15+7reb+2ast, S.Koch 13+6reb, H.Rahman 12+12reb+1ast, E.Kadic 11+4reb, M.Jandrasits 7+3reb+1ast
Kapfenberg: G.Woods 16+4reb+8ast, M.Sanchez 16+8reb+3ast, D.Nelson 14+5reb+2ast, Q.Pryor 14+3reb+1ast, D.Mayes 8+1reb+4ast, F.Kramer 4+1ast
gschID: 229504


Furstenfeld - Klosterneub. 73-80

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Xion Dukes (14-6) beat on the road 9th ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (6-14) 80-73 on Sunday. Furstenfeld Panthers were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American power forward Jason Chappell (208-83, college: Wisconsin) notched 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St.) supported him with 17 points. Even 20 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists by American swingman Cor-J Cox (195-90, college: Miss.Valley St.) did not help to save the game for Furstenfeld Panthers. Slovenian center Blaz Cresnar (214-86) added 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains fourth position with 14-6 record. Furstenfeld Panthers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Klosterneub.: J.Chappell 18+7reb+1ast, C.Bobb 17+3reb, R.Suljanovic 13+3reb, C.Nagler 12+1reb+2ast, D.Zeleznik 6+2reb+4ast, C.Greimeister 6+1reb
Furstenfeld: T.Sally 23+5reb+1ast, C.Cox 20+9reb+6ast, B.Cresnar 15+9reb+5ast, P.Radakovics 11+4reb+7ast, D.Hasenburger 4+4reb+2ast, S.Leitgeb 0
gschID: 229503


Oberwart - UBSC Graz 97-59

The game between sixth ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart (11-9) and 8th ranked UBSC Graz (7-13) in Oberwart on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Redwell Gunners Oberwart outscored guests from Graz 97-59. The game without a history. Redwell Gunners Oberwart led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to UBSC Graz's 28. Redwell Gunners Oberwart forced 21 UBSC Graz turnovers. American forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St.) notched 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and American-Puerto Rican guard Richard Chaney (196-84, college: Troy) supported him with 20 points (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). Four Redwell Gunners Oberwart players scored in double figures. Even 15 points by American center Charles Bronson (206-83, college: Pikeville) did not help to save the game for UBSC Graz. Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (204-81) added 9 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Redwell Gunners Oberwart have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Wels and Gussing. Loser UBSC Graz keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: S.Boxley 23+8reb+2ast, R.Chaney 20+3reb+1ast, D.Hinson 17+1reb+1ast, D.Gant 11+4reb+1ast, J.Johnson 9+5reb+1ast, B.Blazevic 7+3reb
UBSC Graz: C.Bronson 15+4reb+1ast, C.Knor 9+2reb, M.Stegnjaic 9+6reb+1ast, S.Schaal 7+3reb+1ast, E.Gilchrese 6+2reb, M.Anthony Dale 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 229502


BC Vienna - Arkadia 92-64

A Bundesliga top team - BC Vienna (16-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Arkadia Lions (1-19) in Wien 92-64. The game was mostly controlled by BC Vienna. Arkadia Lions was better in fourth quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Vienna shot 61.5 percent from the field. They also forced 21 Arkadia Lions turnovers. It was a great shooting night for BC Vienna especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Arkadia Lions' players. American power forward Maurice Pearson (206-89, college: Georgetown, KY) scored 21 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import swingman Shawn Ray (194-80, college: N.C.Central) chipped in 21 points and 4 steals during the contest. At the losing side Montenegrin power forward Radosav Spasojevic (204-92, agency: Interperformances) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and Argentinian-Italian forward Pablo Gamaleri (194-93, agency: Interperformances) scored 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Five BC Vienna and four Arkadia Lions players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BC Vienna maintains first position with 16-4 record. Arkadia Lions lost ninth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 19 lost games.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: M.Pearson 21+8reb, S.Ray 21+4reb, F.Trmal 17+4reb, J.Francois 14+5reb+1ast, I.Boylan 11+2reb+12ast, S.Stazic 5+5reb+9ast
Arkadia: P.Gamaleri 19+2reb, R.Spasojevic 18+10reb, M.Pajovic 10+2reb+1ast, M.Bortolin 10+7reb+1ast, T.Stadelmann 4+2reb+2ast, F.Pelc 2+1reb
gschID: 229501



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   

Standings - Men

Baltic League Standings
Group E
 1. Barons kvartals 4-0 
 2. Ventspils 4-1 
 3. Lietkabelis 1-3 
 4. Parnu 0-5 
Group F
 1. Kalev/Cramo 3-0 
 2. Rudupis 3-1 
 3. Jelgava 2-2 
 4. Naglis Palangos 0-5 
Group G
 1. Juventus 4-0 
 2. Pieno Zvaigzdes 3-2 
 3. Tarvas 3-2 
 4. Barsy Atyrau 0-6 
Group H
 1. TU/Rock 4-1 
 2. Siauliai 3-2 
 3. Valmiera 2-2 
 4. Sakalai 0-4 
Stage One Standings

Top 16: Round 6

Feb. 9: Barons kvartals - Parnu 99-94
Feb. 10: Siauliai - TU/Rock 91-75
Feb. 9: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Tarvas 82-62
Feb. 9: Naglis Palangos - Rudupis 77-88
Feb. 12: Jelgava - Kalev/Cramo


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris GULBIS
  Barons k.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Gulbis, Barons k.18.7 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas17.6 
 3. Raadik, Parnu17.5 
 4. Okoye, Tln Kalev17.4 
 5. Orelikas, Rudupis17.4 
 6. Akenparg, TTU15.9 
 7. Lengvinas, Naglis14.9 
 8. Berzins, Valmiera14.8 
 9. Peciukeviciu., Par.14.8 
 10. Wilkinson, Kalev/.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Raadik, Parnu10.5 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev9.9 
 3. Chamberlain, Jelga.7.9 
 4. Berzins, Valmiera7.7 
 5. Zelionis, Barsy A.7.2 
 6. Cipruss, Lietkabel.7.2 
 7. Keedus, TTU7.1 
 8. Bishop, Nevezis6.9 
 9. Varnelis, Juventus6.8 
 10. Ziedins, Valmiera6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.8 
 2. Janavicius, Rudupis5.7 
 3. Campbell, Tln Kalev5.0 
 4. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.6 
 5. Maceina, Pieno Z.4.3 
 6. Cunda, Valga4.2 
 7. Tamm, Tarvas4.1 
 8. Viskontas, Juvent.3.9 
 9. Dambrauskas, Sakal.3.8 
 10. Laane, Rapla3.6 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.6 
 2. Berzins, Valmiera2.1 
 3. Laane, Rapla2.1 
 4. Brown, Naglis P.2.1 
 5. Janavicius, Rudupis2.1 
 6. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.8 
 7. Matulionis, Parnu1.8 
 8. Tamm, Tarvas1.8 
 9. McLeod, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 10. Mizis, Jelgava1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.4 
 2. Rozitis, Barons k.1.7 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.7 
 4. Silinskis, Nevezis1.6 
 5. Kupsas, Lietkabelis1.6 
 6. Gates, Pieno Z.1.1 
 7. Chamberlain, Jelga.1.0 
 8. Meiers, Ventspils0.9 
 9. Zyle, Nevezis0.9 
 10. Valeika, Rudupis0.9 



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Standings - Division II

Division II Standings
 1. Houthalen 15-5 
 2. Kangor.-Boom 14-6 
 3. Sint-Jan Ant. 14-6 
 4. Gembo BBC 12-6 
 5. St-Niklase 12-8 
 6. Excelsior 11-9 
 7. Waregem 11-9 
 8. M.Hainaut II 11-10 
 9. Gent Dragons 10-9 
 10. CEP Fleurus 10-10 
 11. Sprimont 9-10 
 12. Tongeren 8-13 
 13. Oudenaarde 7-14 
 14. Essor Charleroi 3-17 
 15. Giants II 2-17 

Regular Season: Round 22

Feb. 8: M.Hainaut II - Giants II 86-70
Feb. 9: St-Niklase - Point Chaud 85-71
Feb. 9: Tongeren - Waregem 83-101
Feb. 9: Kangor.-Boom - Excelsior 81-88
Feb. 8: CEP Fleurus - Gent Dragons 75-62
Feb. 10: Essor Charleroi - Oudenaarde 60-100
Feb. 10: Gembo BBC - Sint-Jan Ant.


Belgian Ethias League round 16 best performance: Matt Lojeski - by Eurobasket News

American guard Matt Lojeski (198-G-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Oostende, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 28 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Liege (#6, 6-10) in overtime 84-77. It allowed Oostende to consolidate first place in the Belgian Ethias League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Oostende has a very solid 12-4 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Lojeski has many years of experience at Oostende, through which he has constantly improved. Former University of Hawaii star has very solid stats this year. Lojeski is in league's top in points (5th best: 16.2ppg) and averages impressive 58.5% FGP and 42.2% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Ryan Thompson (198-G-89) of Aalstar. Thompson had a very good evening with 25 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Aalstar to another comfortable win 75-57 over slightly lower-ranked Antwerp (#5, 8-8) being unquestionably team leader. Aalstar's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 10-6 record is not bad at all. Thompson is a newcomer at Aalstar, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.6ppg (#2). He also recorded 3.4 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82) of Spirou (#4). Walsh scored 21 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Spirou, leading his team to a 79-67 win against the lower-ranked Verviers-Pep. (#8, 3-12). Spirou needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 6 lost games. Walsh has a great season in Belgium. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.0ppg (best scorer), rebounds with 9.9rpg (#1 in league) and assists with 3.6apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Quincy Taylor (196-G-82) of M.Hainaut - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Wen Boss Mukubu (198-F-83) of Liege - 8 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jerome Randle (178-PG-87) of Spirou - 17 points and 4 assists
7. Gerald Robinson (185-PG-89) of Leuven - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Wesley Wilkinson (207-PF-84) of Oostende - 18 points and 11 rebounds
9. Ivan Aska (200-F-90) of Leuven - 21 points and 3 rebounds
10. Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80) of Oostende - 11 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Liga Americas: Uniceub/BRB clinch second win in a row - by Eurobasket News

Uniceub/BRB - Estrellas Occidentales 91:80

Uniceub/BRB celebrated the second consecutive victory in the Liga Americas Group B. They held off hosting Estrellas Occidentales for 2-0 record on top of the standings. Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners.
Estrellas started the game aggressively. They snatched a 21:19 lead after ten minutes. Uniceub/BRB upend the tempo in the second quarter. The Brazilian team accounted for 24 points to take a 43:42 halftime lead. They stayed red hot in the third term. Uniceub/BRB exploded with 28 points in the next period and accumulated a 10-point advantage at the final break. The Brazilian powerhouse kept Estrellas at distance throughout the fourth term and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Guilherme Giovannoni (203-F-80, agency: Interperformances) posted 21 points, while Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) added 10 points and 10 assists for the winning side. Jamal Thomas replied with 17 points for Estrellas. Louis Truscott (203-F-78, college: Houston) added 15 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Uniceub/BRB: Alex Ribeiro 22+10 boards, Guilherme Giovannoni 21, Welington Dos Santos 10+10 assists
Estrellas Occidentales: Jamal Thomas 17, Louis Truscott 15+11 boards



Liga Americas: Flamengo fire past Fuerza Regia - by Eurobasket News

Flamengo - Fuerza Regia 109:59

Flamengo clinched the first win in the Liga Americas Group B. The Brazilian powerhouse dropped Fuerza Regia to catch up with their opponents at 1-1 record. Marquinhos Vieira (207-SF-84) stepped up with 32 points to lead the winners.
Flamengo dominated right from the start. They accumulated a 21:15 lead after ten minutes. The Brazilian side accounted for a 41:20 halftime advantage. Flamengo knocked down 33 points in the third term to clear off. They gained a 74:42 lead heading into the fourth frame. Flamengo stayed red hot in the fourth quarter. They exploded with 35 points in the final stanza and sealed a comprehensive victory at the end. Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) netted 20 points while Olivinha Rodriguez (202-PF-83) added 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Emmanuel Little (196-F-85, college: N.Dakota) answered with 14 points for Fuerza Regia. Gabriel Giron (190-G-88) notched 10 points in the losing case.

Flamengo: Marquinhos Vieira 32, Vitor Benite 20, Olivinha Rodriguez 15
Fuerza Regia: Emmanuel Little 14, Gabriel Giron 10



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Standings A1

NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 14-2 
 2. Levski Sofia 13-3 
 3. Balkan 11-5 
 4. Rilski Sportist 11-5 
 5. Tundja Yambol 9-7 
 6. Cherno More 6-9 
 7. Beroe 6-10 
 8. Chernomorets 5-10 
 9. Spartak Pleven 4-12 
 10. U20 0-16 

Regular Season: Round 16

Feb. 9: Chernomorets - Spartak Pleven 90-81
Feb. 9: Tundja Yambol - Rilski Sportist 85-81
Feb. 8: Beroe - Lukoil Academik 78-88
Feb. 9: U20 - Balkan 69-84
Feb. 10: Cherno More - Levski Sofia 68-94

Regular Season: Round 17

Feb. 15: Levski Sofia - Tundja Yambol
Feb. 16: Cherno More - U20
Feb. 16: Spartak Pleven - Beroe
Feb. 16: Lukoil Academik - Balkan
Feb. 17: Rilski Sportist - Chernomorets


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reginald HOLMES
  Beroe
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Holmes, Beroe20.2 
 2. Tyler, Chernomo.19.1 
 3. Durchev, Tundja Y.19.0 
 4. Zahariev, Rilski S.18.3 
 5. Smith, Rilski S.18.3 
 6. Lilov, Balkan17.7 
 7. Mirkovic, Rilski S.17.0 
 8. Marinovic, Levski16.5 
 9. Milosevic, Tundja16.1 
 10. Petrovic, Balkan15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.13.9 
 2. Santos, Balkan10.0 
 3. Milosevic, Tundja9.4 
 4. Galiotos, Cherno M.8.8 
 5. Ormon, Tundja Y.7.7 
 6. Agre, Spartak7.3 
 7. Gugino, Rilski S.6.9 
 8. Watkins, Lukoil A.6.8 
 9. Dupree, Rilski S.6.6 
 10. Simeonov, U206.6 
Assists Per Game
 Will WALKER
  Beroe
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Walker, Beroe6.8 
 2. Heath, Lukoil A.6.1 
 3. Mirkovic, Rilski S.5.5 
 4. Marinovic, Levski5.1 
 5. Rakovic, Chernomo.4.4 
 6. Durchev, Tundja Y.4.3 
 7. Velikov, Cherno M.4.3 
 8. Radionov, Tundja Y.4.1 
 9. Karamfilov, U203.8 
 10. Lilov, Balkan3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Bozhidar AVRAMOV
  Lukoil A.
  (196-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Avramov, Lukoil A.2.8 
 2. Heath, Lukoil A.2.6 
 3. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.6 
 4. Gugino, Rilski S.2.2 
 5. Velikov, Cherno M.2.1 
 6. Walker, Beroe2.1 
 7. Green, Lukoil A.2.1 
 8. Holmes, Beroe2.0 
 9. Govedarov, Tundja1.9 
 10. Mirkovic, Rilski1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.3.2 
 2. Hart, Beroe1.8 
 3. Dupree, Rilski S.1.4 
 4. Watkins, Lukoil A.1.3 
 5. Santos, Balkan1.2 
 6. Gugino, Rilski S.1.0 
 7. Banev, Lukoil A.0.9 
 8. Zahariev, Rilski S.0.9 
 9. Varbanov, Levski S.0.8 
 10. Radev, Beroe0.7 


NBL Round 16: Rilski Sportist loses to Tundja Yambol - by Eurobasket News

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

The most important game in the last round took place in Yambol between third ranked Rilski Sportist (11-5) and fifth ranked Tundja Yambol (9-7) on Saturday night. Rilski Sportist was defeated by Tundja Yambol in a tough game on the road 81-85. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Rilski Sportist. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Worth to mention a great performance of international Martin Durchev (204-87) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 8 assists. Montenegrin power forward Nemanja Milosevic (204-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) replied with 19 points for Rilski Sportist. Tundja Yambol maintains fifth position with 9-7 record. Rilski Sportist at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. They share the position with Balkan. Tundja Yambol are looking forward to face league's second-placed Levski Sofia on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Rilski Sportist will play against Chernomorets in Burgas and is hoping to win this game.
NBL top team - Lukoil Academik (14-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Beroe (6-10) in Stara Zagora 88-78. Worth to mention a quality performance of American center Darryl Watkins (211-84, college: Syracuse) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 blocks and Bozhidar Avramov who added 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American guard Reginald Holmes (193-87, college: Morgan St.) responded with 31 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lukoil Academik have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 14-2 record. Newly promoted Beroe keeps the seventh place with ten games lost. Lukoil Academik will play against Balkan (#3) in Botevgrad in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Beroe will play on the road against Spartak Pleven (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked U20 is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 16th consecutive match to fourth ranked Balkan (11-5) 84-69 on Saturday evening. The winners were led by Jordan Bozov who had that evening a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. Even 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by Tencho Tenchev did not help to save the game for U20. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Balkan have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Rilski Sportist. Newly promoted U20 still closes the standings. Balkan will meet league's leader Lukoil Academik in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. U20 will play against Euroins Cherno More (#6) in Varna and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Varna supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Levski Sofia (13-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Euroins Cherno More (6-9). Levski Sofia smashed Euroins Cherno More 94-68. Chavdar Kostov fired 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Levski Sofia maintains second position with 13-3 record behind leader Lukoil Academik. Euroins Cherno More at the other side keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. Levski Sofia's next round opponent will be Tundja Yambol (#5) at home. Euroins Cherno More will play against U20 in Sofia.

In the last game of round 16 Spartak Pleven was beaten by Chernomorets on the road 90-81.
The most impressive performance of 16th round was 26 points and 19 rebounds by James Tyler of Chernomorets.


Cherno More - Levski Sofia 68-94

The game in Varna supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Levski Sofia (13-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Euroins Cherno More (6-9). Levski Sofia smashed Euroins Cherno More 94-68. The game without a history. Levski Sofia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Euroins Cherno More's 26. Levski Sofia had a 31-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. International Chavdar Kostov (195-88, agency: Interperformances) fired 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Nikolay Varbanov (210-85, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. Croatian-Canadian center Ljubisa Vrcelj (210-84, college: Jacksonville) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds and the former international point guard Asen Velikov (185-86) added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Levski Sofia maintains second position with 13-3 record behind leader Lukoil Academik. Euroins Cherno More at the other side keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. Levski Sofia's next round opponent will be Tundja Yambol (#5) at home. Euroins Cherno More will play against U20 in Sofia.
Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: C.Kostov 16+7reb+1ast, N.Varbanov 10+9reb, S.Georgiev 10+1reb+1ast, D.Dimitrov 9+4reb+3ast, M.Marinovic 9+2reb+3ast, H.Dimitrov 8+1reb+1ast
Cherno More: L.Vrcelj 19+6reb, A.Velikov 10+6reb+4ast, V.Kyosev 10+5reb+1ast, S.Tsonkov 9+4reb+2ast, L.Hall 6+2reb+4ast, M.Borisov 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 230604


U20 - Balkan 69-84

Bottom-ranked U20 is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 16th consecutive match to fourth ranked Balkan (11-5) 84-69 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-69. Balkan made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. The winners were led by the former international guard Jordan Bozov (191-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists and Serbian forward Vladimir Panic (194-82) supported him with 20 points. Even 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by naturalized Danish forward Tencho Tenchev (202-93, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for U20. point guard Deyan Karamfilov (180-94) added 9 points for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Balkan have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Rilski Sportist. Newly promoted U20 still closes the standings. Balkan will meet league's leader Lukoil Academik in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. U20 will play against Euroins Cherno More (#6) in Varna and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Balkan: V.Panic 20+2reb+3ast, J.Bozov 16+12reb+7ast, S.Marinov 15+4reb+3ast, B.Jovovic 11+3reb+2ast, U.Petrovic 8+1ast, L.Lilov 6+2reb
U20: A.Natskin 11+2ast, T.Tenchev 10+7reb+4ast, A.Simeonov 10+5reb, K.Kirilov 10+3reb, N.Grozev 9+2reb, D.Karamfilov 9+4reb+3ast
gschID: 230607


Tundja Yambol - Rilski Sportist 85-81

The most important game in the last round took place in Yambol between third ranked Rilski Sportist (11-5) and fifth ranked Tundja Yambol (9-7) on Saturday night. Rilski Sportist was defeated by Tundja Yambol in a tough game on the road 81-85. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Rilski Sportist. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Worth to mention a great performance of international Martin Durchev (204-87) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 8 assists. Montenegrin power forward Nemanja Milosevic (204-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) replied with 19 points and international Hristo Zahariev (197-90) added 19 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Rilski Sportist. Four Rilski Sportist players scored in double figures. Tundja Yambol maintains fifth position with 9-7 record. Rilski Sportist at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. They share the position with Balkan. Tundja Yambol are looking forward to face league's second-placed Levski Sofia on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Rilski Sportist will play against Chernomorets in Burgas and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Tundja Yambol: M.Durchev 24+4reb+8ast, N.Milosevic 18+6reb+1ast, B.Ormon 12+10reb, S.Govedarov 9+4reb+2ast, S.Petkov 8+2reb, J.Radionov 7+1reb+2ast
Rilski Sportist: T.Smith 19+3reb+3ast, H.Zahariev 19+5reb, B.Mirkovic 13+1reb+4ast, B.Dupree 11+2reb, T.Gugino 11+11reb+1ast, S.Vaklinov 6+7reb
gschID: 230606


Chernomorets - Spartak Pleven 90-81

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked Chernomorets' (5-10) home victory over 9th ranked Spartak Pleven (4-12) in Burgas 90-81. The game without a history. Chernomorets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak Pleven's 30. They outrebounded Spartak Pleven 43-26 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. American center James Tyler (218-88) fired a double-double by scoring 26 points and 19 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Konstantin Koev (195-91) chipped in 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Tyler is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Power forward Dimitar Marintchechki (201-90, agency: Dynamics Global Management) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and the former international forward Ilia Stankov (198-76) added 21 points respectively for lost side. Five Chernomorets and four Spartak Pleven players scored in double figures. Chernomorets maintains eighth position with 5-10 record. Spartak Pleven lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 12 games lost. Chernomorets' next round opponent will be higher ranked Rilski Sportist (#4) in Samokov and it may be quite challenging game. Spartak Pleven will play at home against Beroe (#7) in Stara Zagora and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chernomorets: J.Tyler 26+19reb, K.Koev 16+6reb+4ast, P.Rakovic 14+5reb+4ast, K.Raykov 13+6reb+4ast, B.Boev 12+4reb+4ast, I.Slavchev 7+1reb
Spartak Pleven: D.Marintchechki 24+10reb+2ast, I.Stankov 21+1reb+3ast, A.Dyakovski 14+3reb+4ast, V.Georgiev 11+1reb+4ast, R.Sofroniev 5+3ast, T.Ostrev 4+3reb
gschID: 230605


Beroe - Lukoil Academik 78-88

NBL top team - Lukoil Academik (14-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Beroe (6-10) in Stara Zagora 88-78. The guests were ahead by 11 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 34-22 run, which allowed them to win the game. Lukoil Academik players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. Beroe was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a quality performance of American center Darryl Watkins (211-84, college: Syracuse) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 blocks and the former international point guard Bozhidar Avramov (196-90, agency: Interperformances) who added 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American guard Reginald Holmes (193-87, college: Morgan St.) responded with 31 points and his fellow American import guard Will Walker (183, college: De Paul) scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lukoil Academik have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 14-2 record. Newly promoted Beroe keeps the seventh place with ten games lost. Lukoil Academik will play against Balkan (#3) in Botevgrad in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Beroe will play on the road against Spartak Pleven (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: D.Watkins 24+6reb+4ast, B.Avramov 16+5reb+2ast, N.Kolev 9+3reb+2ast, P.Marinov 8+4ast, T.Massamba 8+5reb+1ast, T.Stoykov 6+3reb+3ast
Beroe: R.Holmes 31+2reb+2ast, W.Walker 19+6reb+5ast, M.Carter 10+11reb, V.Aleksandrov 9+5reb+5ast, A.Radev 5+4reb, S.Tsvetkov 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 230603



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Boston College grabs win, force fourth game in title series - by Eurobasket News

Boston College - Deportivo Espanol 101:91

Boston College stayed alive in the Liga Nacional championship series. They claimed the home win in Game 3 to prolong the Final series into the fourth game. Erik Carrasco (181-PG-83) stepped up with 31 points to pace the hosts.
Boston College and Deportivo Espanol stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The hosts eked out a 28:27 lead after the first frame. Espanol surged ahead in the second period. They went on a 24:16 rally to accumulate a 51:44 halftime lead. Boston College however bounced back right after the big break. The home team triggered an 11:0 run midway through the period to take a 62:60 lead. Boston College entered the fourth term up by 3 points 72:69. Erik Carrasco helped the hosts to stretch the margin to double digits early in the fourth frame. They maintained the lead well throughout the reminder of the contest and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Jorge Valencia (206-C-77) contributed 24 points, while Ismael Torres (202-C-79) added 23 points for the winners. Sebastian Saez (190-G-84) netted 24 points for Deportivo Espanol. Francisco Bravo (174-G-87) chipped in 23 points in defeat.

Boston College: Erik Carrasco 31, Jorge Valencia 24, Ismael Torres 23
Deportivo Espanol: Sebastian Saez 24, Francisco Bravo 23



Liga Nacional 2012-2013: Espanol de Talca is the champion !!! - by Daniel Valencia

CD Espanol de Talca won the 2012-2013 Liga Nacional after defeating to CD Boston College 102-96 in Game 4 of the series. With this victory, Espanol finished an amazing season with only two defeats in the entire competition. The americans Paul Davis (205-F-88, college: Winston Salem) and Dallas Green (203-F-88, college: Robert Morris) were the leaders in the last game of the series with 27 and 23 points each, while Sebastian Saez (190-G-84) was a strong contributor with 17 points and 7 rebounds. In the losing side, Erik Carrasco (181-PG-83) led all scorers with 27 points along with 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

Game 4

CD Boston College 96 - CD Espanol de Talca 102 OT (88-88)
Bos: Erik Carrasco 27 pts. Ismael Torres (202-C-79) 25 pts. Jorge Valencia (206-C-77) 13 pts.
Esp: Paul Davis 27 pts. Dallas Green 23 pts. Sebastian Saez 17 pts.

Boxscore

Espanol won series 3-1





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Sakarya U16 Tournament: China clinches 10th place - by Eurobasket News

China clinches 10th place at the Sakarya U16 Tournament.
China U16 started the Classification Round for 9-12 places with the win over Montenegro 69:51. The Asian team dominated the game and won all the quarters. Zhenliang Yuan top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Fu Hao (205-C-98) posted 13. Milos Popovic replied with 13 points, while Marko Grkovic (202-F-97) had 11.
Later China U16 won over Sweden U16 78:57. China looked better in the whole game and posted four consecutive victories in all four quarters. Fu Hao erupted with 31 points and 13 rebounds, while Zhao Yanhao (191-F-97) and Mingzhi Xu nailed 18 apiece. Theodore Silveira Ovrebo brought 12 points in the losing case.
In the last game Argentina U16 on over China U16 64:43. Trailing 2 points after the first period, the Argentinean side won the rest of the quarters. Jeffrey Merchant (197-C-97) stepped up with 18 points and Crhistian Boudet posted 11. Zhao Yanhao answered with 14 points in defeat, while Fu Hao posted 12.



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Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Keravnos 16-3 
 2. AEK 14-5 
 3. Etha 13-5 
 4. Apoel 10-8 
 5. Apollon 9-10 
 6. AEL 6-13 
 7. ENAD 3-15 
 8. Omonia 3-15 

Regular Season: Round 19

Feb. 8: Apollon - AEL 93-76
Feb. 8: ENAD - Keravnos 80-92
Feb. 8: Omonia - AEK 77-81
Feb. 8: Etha - Apoel


Week 19: Keravnos and AEK kept their winning mode - by Chris Mammides

After the Limassol derby among Apollon and AEL ( the winner was Apollon as already uploaded in the page) another two games took place yesterday where the teams of Keravnos Strovolou and Petrolina AEK Larnakas won their road games even though AEK needed the overtime and the solid defense by Morrison with his five block to finally reach the victory over the doomed team of Omonoia Nicosia with 77-81.
In more analysis the games were as follows:


Pappa Johns Omonoia Nicosia - Petrolina AEK 77-81
Quarters: 12-18, 18-11,15-24, 21-13 and 11-15
The visiting site of Coach Papadopoulos, AEK Larnakas begun the game more decisive and with Dion Dixon (190-G-89, college: Cincinnati) in the leading role took an early lead of +4 (7-11) in the first five minutes of the game. The deficit went to +6 one minute before the end of the period (12-18) and remain like this since Diggs, Dion Dixon and Harris missed the chance for their team to improve the score at the end.
The second period the roles have swiped of since the home team took over and with Diggs and Jeremy Allen (193-G-88, college: FIU) in the leading roles cut the deficit five minutes before the end of the first half to 20-24 to continue in the next two minutes without any score since both teams missed three and more offences, before Tasic cut the deficit even more with a goal-foul from the free throw awarded by Fisher to reshape the score to 23-24. Vukosavlievic was the player to balance the game while Baker with two successful shots from the charity line was the player who gave the lead to his team 1.53' before the end of the game while Vukosavlievic missed the chance to increase the deficit even more since he missed the one of two free throws with JoJo Garcia and Harrison scoring the last points for their team to cut the deficit to the point by the end of the first half, 30-29 since Baker's lay-up couldn't remain unanswered by the visitors.

The third period was the best for the visitors and the most productive one too, since Tutt and Fisher gave a lead within the first five minutes with a +6 (34-40) as AEK run a successful series of 4-11. To increase it a bit more to +8, 4.15' before the end with Dion Dixon's new jump shot (the American reached the 12 points at that stage and was the leading figure for his team). Fisher's five concecutive points (a 3p and a 2p) made the result 36-47 to give to the visitors a new series of a 2-7 with 2.44' to the end of the third period. Jeremy Allen's 4 points and Vukosavlievic 3 points cut the deficit to four points 1.26' before the end with the home team succeeding an amazing 7-0 in just 1 minute and 18 seconds!! The score was 43-47 in this derby with Omonoia fighting to remain in the division and AEK to keep the second place of the regular season. Subotic first four points and Tutt's 2 free throws brought AEK to +8 once more 45-53 and by the end of the period nothing changed.


The 4th period was exactly the opposite since Omonoia took over and performed great basketball to outscore AEK and bring at the end the game to the over time. Initilaly, Jeremy Allen's 5 unanswered points cut the deficit to 50-53 but Subotic and Harrison once more brought the score to +8, 50-58 and later on Panteli's three points gave a +9 to the visitiors (52-61) 5.50 before the end of the game and everybody was expecting another easy win for AEK and another "down the hands" defeat for Omonoia, but they were wrong... Since Omonoia with Diggs and Jeremy Allen mainly cut the deficit at the beggining to 59-61, 3.11' before the end a minute after with Digg's 13th point gave teh lead for a first time after quite a long time to 63-62. From then and on the game became a thriller since the two teams were walking site by site and basket to basket to reach the 66-66 and Subotic and Diggs missing the chance to become the heroes for their teams since they missed their final shots in zero time.

The overtime was a fact and AEK was redier than Omonoia so in the first two minutes, the home team remains pointless while AEK did a crucial 0-6 with Dion Dixon, Subotic and Panteli. Omonoia's reaction never came since the time-out called by Omonoia's coach, AEK increase the deficit even more with Panteli's one free throw to 66-73, 2.57' before the end. Omonoia's first points in the over-time was the three pointer by Diggs, 2.44' before the end of teh game to bring the game to -4 for his team, but Dion Dixon answered back in the same way with a shot from behind the arc, in the three pointer which killed the psychology of the home team, since Diggs missed his free throw but Tutt's turnover gave the chance to Jeremy Allen with another three pointer from down town to cut the deficit to -3, 73-76 with 1.45' to the end. While a new three pointer by the amazing American brought the score to the basket, 76-78, 1.22' to the end. Fisher missed the one of 2 free throws but Tasic was blocked by Morrison (5th block) and somewhere there the game was over once and for all for AEK with Omonoia missing a great chance to gain its hopes for avoiding the relegation.
Top scorers:
Omonoia: Jeremy Allen 23 and 10 rebounds, Vukosavlievic 20, 13 rebounds and 6 assists, Diggs 17 and Tasic 10 (Eugene Harris played for 37 minutes and scored 1 point with 0/5 in 2's and 0/3 in 3's)
AEK: Dion Dixon 17, Fisher 15, Subotic 14, Tutt 11.

Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD - Keravnos Strovolou 80-92
The typical game between the last and the top seated took place in ENAD's home court with Keravnos playing offensively from the beginning to gain a double score with 14-29 in the first 10 minutes and from then and on the visitors played with the clock to finally reach to a typical win.
The Periods were: 14-29, 19-22, 21-18, and 26-23
Top scorers:
ENAD: Lewis Sims (203-F/C-73, college: New Orleans) 27 and 6 rebounds, Razis 16, 5 rebounds and 3 assists, Mandic 13, 7 rebounds and 5 assists


Keravnos: Crocker 21, 7 rebounds and 4 assists, Julian Vaughn (205-C/F-88, college: Georgetown) 23 and 7 rebounds, Maze 19, Bjulian 12, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.


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Standings - D2

1Liga Standings
 1. Sparta Praha 18-2 
 2. Sokol H.K. 17-3 
 3. Loko Plzen 11-9 
 4. JBC Brno 11-9 
 5. Liberec 10-9 
 6. Litomerice 9-10 
 7. Proton Zlin 9-11 
 8. Ostrava 9-11 
 9. Sokol P. 8-10 
 10. Nymburk B 8-12 
 11. Kara Trutnov 8-12 
 12. U19 2-7 
 13. Sokol V. 2-17 

Regular Season: Round 19

Feb. 8: Ostrava - Kara Trutnov 92-79
Feb. 10: Litomerice - Sokol V. 78-69
Feb. 8: Nymburk B - Loko Plzen 77-88
Feb. 10: Sokol H.K. - Sparta Praha 75-84
Feb. 4: U19 - Sokol H.K. 67-76
Feb. 10: Proton Zlin - JBC Brno 59-88
Feb. 18: U19 - Sokol V.



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Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Canton C. 20-12 
 2. Maine RC 19-13 
 3. Santa Cruz W. 18-11 
 4. Sioux Falls S. 18-12 
 5. Erie Bay H. 17-13 
 6. Ft.Wayne MA 15-17 
 7. Springfield A. 9-21 
 8. Iowa E. 7-22 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 20-9 
 2. Rio Grande VV 19-10 
 3. Austin T. 16-13 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 15-15 
 5. Texas L. 13-18 
 6. Los Angeles D. 11-17 
 7. Reno B. 10-16 
 8. Idaho S. 10-18 

Regular Season: Round 42

Feb. 10: Reno B. - Los Angeles D. 93-86
Feb. 10: Texas L. - Tulsa 66ers 106-82
Feb. 10: Maine RC - Springfield A. 104-100
Feb. 10: Idaho S. - Santa Cruz W. 101-80
Feb. 10: Iowa E. - Rio Grande VV 100-120
Feb. 11: Erie Bay H. - Bakersfield J.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jeremy LAMB
  Tulsa 66ers
  (195-G/F-92)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Lamb, Tulsa 66ers21.1 
 2. Johnson-Odom, Los21.0 
 3. Goudelock, Sioux F.20.3 
 4. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.20.1 
 5. Mack, Maine RC19.6 
 6. Almond, Iowa E.19.5 
 7. Summers, Maine RC19.5 
 8. Goudelock, Rio G.19.1 
 9. Joseph, Austin T.19.1 
 10. Jones, Rio G.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luke HARANGODY
  Ft.Wayne.
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.12.3 
 2. Butch, Bakersfi.10.6 
 3. Mays, Springfield10.6 
 4. Jackson, Austin T.10.2 
 5. Plumlee, Ft.Wayne.10.2 
 6. Onuaku, Canton C.9.8 
 7. Wright, Maine RC9.5 
 8. Evans, Idaho S.9.5 
 9. Jones, Rio G.9.4 
 10. Harris, Iowa E.9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Reno B.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Russell, Reno B.7.7 
 2. Mack, Maine RC7.6 
 3. Wright, Iowa E.7.2 
 4. Singletary, Texas6.4 
 5. Fortson, Los A.6.4 
 6. Machado, Rio G.6.3 
 7. Quinn, Tulsa 66ers6.0 
 8. Karl, Idaho S.5.9 
 9. Uzoh, Springfield5.8 
 10. Kennedy, Erie B.5.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jamario MOON
  Los A.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Moon, Los A.2.3 
 2. Joseph, Austin T.2.0 
 3. Leslie, Santa C.1.9 
 4. Greene, Los A.1.9 
 5. McNeal, Bakersfi.1.9 
 6. Sutton, Tulsa 66e.1.9 
 7. Downs, Maine RC1.9 
 8. Johnson, Rio G.1.8 
 9. Wright, Maine RC1.8 
 10. Hannah, Santa C.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Fabricio MELO
  Maine RC
  (212-C-90)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Melo, Maine RC3.5 
 2. Jordan, Reno B.2.8 
 3. Eyenga, Texas L.2.5 
 4. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 5. Gladness, Santa C.2.2 
 6. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.1 
 7. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 8. Foster, Sioux F.2.1 
 9. Moon, Los A.2.1 
 10. Williams, Texas L.1.9 


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

22-year old forward JaMychal Green (203-F-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for Austin T. and receives a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 41.
He had a double-double of 29 points and 21 rebounds, while his team edged out Tulsa 66ers (#4, 15-14) 106-103. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Austin T. is placed at 3rd position in D-League league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Austin T. will need more victories to improve their 16-13 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Green as usually he does not deliver so high stats. JaMychal Green averages this season 9.4ppg and 5.7rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Donald Sloan (191-G-88) of Sioux Falls S.. He is a guard in his first season at Sioux Falls S.. In the last game Sloan recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 10 assists. Of course he lead Sioux Falls S. to another comfortable win 103-88 over slightly lower-ranked Erie Bay H. (#5, 17-13) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Sioux Falls S. to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 18-12 record is not bad at all. Sloan is one of the most experienced players at Sioux Falls S. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Kyle Gibson (196-G-87) of league's leader Canton C.. Gibson showcased his all-around game by recording 28 points, five rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Canton C., leading his team to a 118-104 easy win against the lower-ranked Texas L. (#5, 12-18). Canton C. confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 20 victories and 12 lost games. Gibson has a very solid season. In 31 games in D-L he scored 15.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Paul Harris (193-F/G-86) of Iowa E. - 26 points and 9 rebounds
5. Travis Leslie (193-G-90) of Santa Cruz W. - 30 points and 7 rebounds
6. Arinze Onuaku (206-F-87) of Canton C. - 19 points and 10 rebounds
7. Sean Williams (208-F-86) of Texas L. - 10 points and 15 rebounds
8. Melvin Ely (207-C-78) of Texas L. - 13 points and 14 rebounds
9. Justin Dentmon (182-G-85) of Texas L. - 37 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Othyus Jeffers (196-F-85) of Iowa E. - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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Standings - KML

KML Standings
 1. Tarvas 16-5 
 2. TU/Rock 15-0 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 12-5 
 4. TTU 11-9 
 5. Valga 9-12 
 6. Rapla 8-11 
 7. Parnu 7-10 
 8. Tln Kalev 5-16 
 9. Hito/Johvi 1-18 

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 5: Tarvas - Valga 75-74
Feb. 9: Tln Kalev - Valga 69-56
Feb. 4: Tln Kalev - TTU 43-73
Feb. 10: TTU - Hito/Johvi 103-71

Regular Season: Round 19

Feb. 13: Tln Kalev - TU/Rock
Feb. 14: Kalev/Cramo - Parnu
Feb. 15: Tarvas - Tln Kalev
Feb. 16: Rapla - Parnu


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris LAKSA
  Tarvas
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Laksa, Tarvas16.7 
 2. Matulionis, Parnu16.3 
 3. Akenparg, TTU16.2 
 4. Raley-Ross, Tarvas16.1 
 5. Tamm, Tarvas15.9 
 6. Peciukeviciu., Par.15.7 
 7. Lindmets, Tarvas14.4 
 8. Campbell, Tln Kalev14.4 
 9. Pilk, Rapla14.1 
 10. Okoye, Tln Kalev14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Raadik, Parnu11.5 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev9.9 
 3. Lindmets, Tarvas9.0 
 4. Trumm, Hito/Johvi8.0 
 5. Arnold, TTU7.1 
 6. Keedus, TTU6.8 
 7. Ringmets, Rapla6.7 
 8. Grafs, Valga6.7 
 9. Cunda, Valga6.3 
 10. Raley-Ross, Tarv.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.7 
 2. Keedus, TTU5.1 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas4.9 
 4. Cunda, Valga3.8 
 5. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.7 
 6. Laane, Rapla3.7 
 7. Campbell, Tln Kalev3.5 
 8. Rannula, Valga2.8 
 9. Raley-Ross, Tarvas2.6 
 10. Pilk, Rapla2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Laane, Rapla2.7 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas2.4 
 3. Akenparg, TTU1.9 
 4. Keedus, TTU1.9 
 5. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.7 
 6. Campbell, Tln Kalev1.6 
 7. Raley-Ross, Tarvas1.5 
 8. Saare, Hito/Johvi1.5 
 9. Okoye, Tln Kalev1.5 
 10. Pilk, Rapla1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew ARNOLD
  TTU
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Arnold, TTU1.1 
 2. Saarmets, TTU0.8 
 3. Okoye, Tln Kalev0.7 
 4. Matulionis, Parnu0.7 
 5. Saks, Tarvas0.6 
 6. Grim, Valga0.6 
 7. Tambre, Hito/Johvi0.5 
 8. Raadik, Parnu0.5 
 9. Lindmets, Tarvas0.4 
 10. Nurger, Rapla0.4 


KML Round 18: BC Rakvere keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked BC Rakvere as it allowed them to take a leadership position. BC Rakvere edged 5th ranked Valga at home 75-74. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-14. But Valga won second period 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Rakvere forced 25 Valga turnovers. Strangely Valga outrebounded BC Rakvere 41-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. 29 personal fouls committed by Valga helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Latvian swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international point guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Latvian guard Edgars Cunda (195-84) with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Valga lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 12 games lost. Valga will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. BC Rakvere will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Tln Kalev in Tallinn.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Tallinn: TTU (#4) and Tln Kalev (#8). Tln Kalev was smashed at home by 30 points 43-73 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The former international forward Erik Keedus (198-90) notched 9 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and Kiur Akenparg supported him with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Even 13 points and 4 assists by American-Italian guard Marc Campbell (180-86, college: N.Carolina) did not help to save the game for Tln Kalev. Tln Kalev's coach Kalle Klandorf gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. TTU maintains fourth position with 11-9 record. Tln Kalev lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 16 games lost. TTU's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn .
Valga (#5) was upset in Tallinn by eighth ranked Tln Kalev 69-56. The best player for the winners was Mihkel Kurg who scored 26 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Raitis Grafs who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. Tln Kalev maintains eighth position with 5-16 record. Valga lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 12 games lost. Tln Kalev will meet league's leader BC Rakvere on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Valga will have a break next round.
Fourth ranked TTU (11-9) crushed at home 9th ranked Hito/Johvi (1-18) by 32 points 103-71, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a good game for Erik Keedus who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 7 steals. Hito/Johvi's coach Priit Sternhof already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. TTU maintains fourth position with 11-9 record. Hito/Johvi lost eighteenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 18 lost games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.


TTU - Hito/Johvi 103-71

Fourth ranked TTU (11-9) crushed at home 9th ranked Hito/Johvi (1-18) by 32 points 103-71, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. TTU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Hito/Johvi's 30. TTU forced 25 Hito/Johvi turnovers. It was a good game for the former international forward Erik Keedus (198-90) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 7 steals. Forward Kiur Akenparg (190-88) contributed with 26 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Guard Aleksis Anijarv (186-94) replied with 11 points and 6 assists and guard Siim Laur (189-87) added 11 points and 5 assists in the effort for Hito/Johvi. Five TTU and four Hito/Johvi players scored in double figures. Hito/Johvi's coach Priit Sternhof already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. TTU maintains fourth position with 11-9 record. Hito/Johvi lost eighteenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 18 lost games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
TTU: K.Akenparg 26+1reb+6ast, E.Keedus 21+9reb+6ast, M.Kaja 21+2reb+2ast, K.Makke 17+8reb+1ast, M.Saarmets 12+6reb, K.Kalle 3
Hito/Johvi: M.Laanemets 16+1reb, J.Kool 13+1reb+2ast, A.Anijarv 11+2reb+6ast, S.Laur 11+2reb+5ast, E.Trumm 9+6reb+1ast, A.Lehismets 4+3reb+2ast
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Tln Kalev - Valga 69-56

Valga (#5) was upset in Tallinn by eighth ranked Tln Kalev 69-56. The game was mostly controlled by Tln Kalev. Valga managed to win fourth quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Valga to just 6 points in second quarter. The best player for the winners was guard Mihkel Kurg (191-87) who scored 26 points. Forward Janis Vahter (193-86) chipped in 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Latvian center Raitis Grafs (208-81, college: Valparaiso) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Joonas Jarvelainen (202-90) added 6 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Tln Kalev maintains eighth position with 5-16 record. Valga lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 12 games lost. Tln Kalev will meet league's leader BC Rakvere on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Valga will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Tln Kalev: M.Kurg 26+4reb+2ast, E.Luts 8+3reb+2ast, R.Roos 8+5reb, J.Vahter 8+5reb+4ast, I.Tulit 7+3reb, M.Parn 6+6reb
Valga: R.Grafs 22+11reb+2ast, T.Leok 8+2reb+2ast, H.Rannula 7+3reb+1ast, E.Cunda 7+5reb, J.Jarvelainen 6+6reb+1ast, R.Petersonig 3+1reb+1ast
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Tarvas - Valga 75-74

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked BC Rakvere as it allowed them to take a leadership position. BC Rakvere edged 5th ranked Valga at home 75-74. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-14. But Valga won second period 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Rakvere forced 25 Valga turnovers. Strangely Valga outrebounded BC Rakvere 41-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. 29 personal fouls committed by Valga helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Latvian swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international point guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Five BC Rakvere players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Latvian guard Edgars Cunda (195-84) with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Morgan Grim (203-88, college: Utah St.) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Valga lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 12 games lost. Valga will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. BC Rakvere will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Tln Kalev in Tallinn.
Top scorers:
Tarvas: J.Umbrasko 15+5reb+3ast, M.Laksa 14+2reb, K.Saks 12+2reb+1ast, B.Raley-Ross 12+5reb+1ast, R.Tamm 11+5reb+3ast, A.Stewart 11+6reb
Valga: E.Cunda 21+9reb+5ast, M.Grim 15+6reb, V.Vares 10+4reb+2ast, H.Rannula 9+7reb+4ast, R.Grafs 8+2reb, R.Petersonig 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 231160


Tln Kalev - TTU 43-73

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Tallinn: TTU (#4) and Tln Kalev (#8). Tln Kalev was smashed at home by 30 points 43-73 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The game without a history. TTU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Tln Kalev to just 6 points in first and second quarters and to 12 points in first half. TTU dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Tln Kalev's 24. TTU forced 19 Tln Kalev turnovers and outrebounded them 40-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. The former international forward Erik Keedus (198-90) notched 9 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and forward Kiur Akenparg (190-88) supported him with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Even 13 points and 4 assists by American-Italian guard Marc Campbell (180-86, college: N.Carolina) did not help to save the game for Tln Kalev. Nigerian-American forward Ike Okoye (206, college: Boise St.) added 9 points and 9 rebounds. Tln Kalev's coach Kalle Klandorf gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. TTU maintains fourth position with 11-9 record. Tln Kalev lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 16 games lost. TTU's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn .
Top scorers:
TTU: K.Akenparg 16+5reb+1ast, A.Arnold 12+3reb, J.Puidet 10+2reb+1ast, E.Keedus 9+12reb+4ast, M.Kaja 8+3reb, K.Makke 8+3reb
Tln Kalev: M.Campbell 13+2reb+4ast, I.Okoye 9+9reb, M.Kurg 9+5reb+2ast, R.Roos 6+1reb+2ast, J.Vahter 4+1reb, H.Aimre 2+2reb
gschID: 231159



TU/Rock improved to 4-0 record in BBL - by Eurobasket News

TU/Rock improved to 4-0 record in BBL second stage. Last night the team overcame Sakalai 81:55 away from home. TU/Rock led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Sakalai's 32. TU/Rock forced 19 Sakalai turnovers. Joosep Toome (208-C-85) stepped up and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Krestininas responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and center Rolandas Matulis (199-C-73) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds.
Barons kvartals meanwhile sent Estonian Parnu to 0-5 record after 99:94 win. Tyler Cain (203-F-88, college: S.Dakota) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and 17 rebounds, while Maris Gulbis (202-F-85, agency: Players Group) and Brunins Arturs netted 18 each. Augustas Peciukevicius (192-G-91) replied with 32 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.
Pieno Zvaigz. overcame Tarvas 82:62.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Brown, Montepaschi20.4 
 2. Nachbar, Brose B.17.6 
 3. Langford, EA7 A.17.0 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.16.1 
 5. Schilb, Chalon15.5 
 6. Weems, CSKA14.8 
 7. Bogdanovic, Fener..14.7 
 8. Krstic, CSKA14.3 
 9. Jerrells, Besiktas14.2 
 10. Wright, Cedevita13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Un.Olimpija
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Baynes, Un.Olimpija9.8 
 2. Bourousis, EA7 A.8.3 
 3. Williams, Chalon7.6 
 4. Gordon, Partizan7.5 
 5. Khryapa, CSKA7.1 
 6. Mahalbasic, Asseco6.8 
 7. Lasme, Panathin.6.4 
 8. James, Maccabi T-A6.4 
 9. Hines, Olympiacos6.1 
 10. Bilan, Cedevita6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panath.
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Diamantidis, Panat.6.1 
 2. Planinic, Khimky5.9 
 3. Brown, Montepaschi5.4 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.3 
 5. Blassingame, Assec.5.1 
 6. Cook, EA7 Armani5.0 
 7. Teodosic, CSKA4.9 
 8. Farmar, Anadolu4.4 
 9. Tabu-Eboma, Cantu4.2 
 10. Westermann, Parti.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jamon Lukas GORDON
  Anadolu .
  (191-SG-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gordon, Anadolu2.1 
 2. Jaaber, Zalgiris1.9 
 3. Hickman, Maccabi1.8 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA1.7 
 5. Green, Cedevita1.6 
 6. Lucic, Partizan1.6 
 7. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.5 
 8. Cook, EA7 Armani1.4 
 9. Djedovic, ALBA1.4 
 10. Planinic, Khimky1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Panathin.
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Lasme, Panathin.2.0 
 2. James, Maccabi T-A1.6 
 3. Cusin, Cantu1.4 
 4. Tomic, FCB Regal1.4 
 5. Ress, Montepaschi1.3 
 6. Monya, Khimky1.2 
 7. Slaughter, Real M.1.1 
 8. Falker, Besiktas1.1 
 9. Davis, Khimky1.1 
 10. Vidmar, Besiktas1.1 



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  FINLAND   

Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. KTP 23-6 
 2. Kataja 22-5 
 3. Nilan Bisons 22-6 
 4. Pyrinto 20-8 
 5. Kauhajoki 18-11 
 6. Kouvot 13-16 
 7. LrNMKY 13-16 
 8. Korihait 10-19 
 9. Lapua 9-20 
 10. Salon Vilpas 8-21 
 11. FoKoPo 7-22 
 12. Namika Lahti 7-22 

Regular Season: Round 30

Feb. 10: Kataja - FoKoPo 96-91
Feb. 9: Kouvot - Pyrinto 91-79
Feb. 9: Korihait - KTP 81-87
Feb. 8: Namika Lahti - Lapua 72-100
Feb. 9: Kauhajoki - Salon Vilpas 106-86
Feb. 9: Nilan Bisons - LrNMKY 101-81

Regular Season: Round 31

Feb. 13: Salon Vilpas - Kouvot
Feb. 13: Pyrinto - Korihait
Feb. 13: LrNMKY - Kataja
Feb. 13: KTP - Namika Lahti
Feb. 13: FoKoPo - Kauhajoki
Feb. 13: Lapua - Nilan Bisons


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  LrNM.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Conley, LrNM.22.4 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons22.3 
 3. Gibson, LrNM.21.6 
 4. Clavell, Kouvot20.0 
 5. Haanpaa, Lapua18.2 
 6. Logins, LrNM.18.1 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto17.5 
 8. Bullock, Kauhajoki17.2 
 9. Holloway, Namika L.16.9 
 10. Flowers, Kataja16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  LrNM.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Conley, LrNM.9.9 
 2. McDade, Nilan B.9.7 
 3. Ford, Kauhajoki9.0 
 4. Giles, KTP8.8 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto8.5 
 6. Thornton, FoKoPo8.4 
 7. Johnson, Namika L.8.3 
 8. Logins, LrNM.8.1 
 9. Thorpe, FoKoPo8.1 
 10. Ulmer, Pyrinto7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Williams, Pyrinto7.7 
 2. Coleman, Lapua5.1 
 3. Smith, Kataja5.0 
 4. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.9 
 5. Gibson, LrNM.4.5 
 6. Zeno, Nilan Bisons4.5 
 7. Nikkarinen, Kouvot4.5 
 8. Watson, Kauhajoki4.2 
 9. Burgess, FoKoPo4.1 
 10. Virtanen, Kataja3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Dominique COLEMAN
  Lapua
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Coleman, Lapua2.7 
 2. Smith, Kataja2.6 
 3. Flowers, Kataja2.6 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.2.0 
 5. Holloway, Namika L.1.9 
 6. Ulmer, Pyrinto1.8 
 7. Conley, LrNM.1.8 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto1.8 
 9. Barrett, KTP1.6 
 10. Tolbert, Lapua1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Sefton BARRETT
  KTP
  (196-SF-83)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Barrett, KTP1.5 
 2. Ford, Kauhajoki1.1 
 3. Jones, LrNM.1.0 
 4. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.0 
 5. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 6. McDade, Nilan B.0.9 
 7. Giles, KTP0.9 
 8. Ulmer, Pyrinto0.9 
 9. Dyer, Korihait0.9 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto0.8 


Staying Together - by Greg Logins

Hello basketball fans. It has been a few weeks since I have posted a blog, so I figured I would take some time today to catch up. The last few weeks has been a little bit of a struggle for us as a team due to injuries, which caused use to lose a couple of games. I have stepped up as a player since the Christmas break, and tried to give more to the team in every aspect. For those who have seen, I really have stepped up in ever category, and helping the team out a lot. Due to the injuries that I have mentioned, it took a toll on us a little. Now this upcoming week, we will have everyone healthy and we are all ready to go to work. Even though we went through some bumps, we are still positive about things, and are ready to work and compete like we know we can. We have a full week to prepare and mesh back together as a team and get ready for our next game on Saturday night. There is still a lot of basketball to be played, and we as a team are staying positive and together to see great outcomes. I am happy that we will all be back together,12 deep and healthy, so that we can get back to playing our game. That is all I have for now. I hope everyone has a great day..

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KORISLIIGA: Kataja defeated FoKoPo - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 29: Kataja (Joensuu) winning game # 8 in a row tonight and game # 11 at home in a row. This time Kataja (22-5) defeated FoKoPo (Forssa) thanks to the excellent first half: 96-91 (55-41). Johnell Smith (180-PG-80, college: New Orleans) led the hosts with 19 points. Petri Virtanen (183-PG-80) added 15 and Daniel Coleman (206-F-85, college: Minnesota) 14 pts. American G Charles Burgess (186-PG-84, college: Texas Tech) scored game high 36 pts (1 - 9/9, 2 - 9/20, 3 - 3/5). Sami Ikavalko (188-G-89) added 17 pts. Andrais Thornton (203-F-85, college: NW Missouri St.) had a double-double 12pts/12rbs.
Kataja - FoKoPo 96-91 (55-41). (Johnell Smith 19, Petri Virtanen 15, Dan Coleman 14/9. - Charlie Burgess 36, Sami Ikavalko 17, Andrais Thornton 12/12. A: 674).
In Division 1 A two contests tonight. Pyrinto II (Tampere) won over Ura Basket (Kaarina) 78-56 (48-32). Ura Basket had three American players who combined only 18 pts. Santeri Latvala (186-PG-91) was the only player over 10 points. Pyrinto II was using two Pyrinto I players: Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, college: Purdue) and Carl Lindbom (206-F-91). Especially Lindbom helped a lot: 33pts/10rbs.
At Aanekoski local Huima crushed YMCA Oulu 99-78 (45-33). Sharpshooter Cory Abercrombie (201-PF-85, college: Independence CC) had a big night: 33 pts (1 - 7/7, 2 - 10/10, 3 - 2/4). DeAndre Mays (188-G-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: Youngstown St.) added 23 pts. Dwight Coleman (203-F/G-84, college: Dallas Baptist) led the visitors with 16 pts.

Pyrinto II - Ura Basket 78-56 (48-32). (Carl Lindbom 33/10, Topias Palmi 28, Osku Heinonen 6 - Santeri Latvala 22, Paul Harrison 8/12, Nolan Richardson 6).
Huima - YMCA Oulu 99-78 (45-33). (Cory Abercrombie 33/8, DeAndre Mays 23, Andre Stephens 11 - Dwight Coleman 16, Josh Nofflet 15/9, Russell Frederick 14).



KORISLIIGA: Haminn Quaintance next to Finland - by Rauno Hurmalainen

American Forward Haminn Quaintance (201-F-85, college: Kent St.) will be playing pro basketball next in Finland. Karhu from Kauhajoki (record 18-11) has called Quaintance to the roster to replace Tremaine Ford (206-F/C-86, college: CS Northridge), who is on injured list (knee). Ford has played 26 games by now and averaged 12,5 ppg - 9,0 rpg in 26:12 mpg. Quaintance started this season in Iceland (Skallagrimur), where he played 12 games and averaged 20,0 ppg - 12,9 rpg in 31,8 mpg. Earlier Quaintance has played in Israel and in Australia.


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  FRANCE   


Justin Reynolds claims French NM1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Justin Reynolds (204-F/C-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Vichy and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 24-year old power forward had a double-double of 23 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat Cognac (#5, 12-6) 85-71. It allowed Vichy to consolidate first place in the French NM1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Vichy has a very solid 15-4 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Reynolds turned to be Vichy's top player in his first season with the team. Justin Reynolds averages this season 13.1ppg and 5.7rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old British forward Andrew Thomson (205-F-84) of La Rochelle. Thomson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead La Rochelle to another comfortable win 83-66 over the lower-ranked St Chamond (#13, 6-12) being unquestionably team leader. La Rochelle's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Thomson is a newcomer at La Rochelle and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Tyray Pearson (201-F-80) of St Chamond (#13). Pearson scored 25 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Pearson's great performance St Chamond lost 66-83 to the higher-ranked La Rochelle (#6, 12-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of St Chamond not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 12 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Pearson could try to bring St Chamond's a little bit higher in the standings. Pearson has a very solid season. In 3 games in France he scored 21.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Benjamin Thomas (181-PG-82) of Vichy - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Alex Okafor (202-F-87) of Rennes - 23 points and 7 rebounds
6. Guillaume Merie (198-F-83) of Chartres - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Frederic Minet (188-G-81) of Souffel - 19 points and 6 assists
8. Cedric Mansare (195-F-85) of Sorgues - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Fabien Herard (198-F-79) of Challans - 16 points and 12 rebounds

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



Sakarya U16 Tournament: France beat Germany for the 3rd place - by Eurobasket News

France U16-Germany U16 68:54

France beat Germany for the 3rd place at the Sakarya U16 Tournament. The French side finished the tournament with a 68:54 win to step on pedestal.
France opened the game with 25-17, but led only 3 points at the halftime. The third quarter was productive for the French side that needed a 15-8 surge to control the game. Moreover they finished the game with 20-16 rally and clinched the third place at the tournament.
Stephane Gombauld (201-PF-97) stepped up with 15 points and 14 rebounds, while Luc Loubaki (189-G-97) had 14. Ona Embo Renathan notched 11 and Gauthier Denis (197-F/G-97) delivered 9. Till Pape (198-F-97) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort, while Hubner Moritz delivered 10. Niklas Kiel (202-SF-97) had 6, whilst Luis Figge (188-PG-97) and Leon Kratzer (205-C-97) scored 5 apiece.
Greece triumphed with the win over Serbia at the Sakarya U16 Tournament. The team won the Final game 53:44 and triumphed in Turkey.

France U16: Stephane Gombauld 15+14 rebs, Luc Loubaki 14, Ona Embo Renathan 11, Gauthier Denis 9
Germany U16: Till Pape 12, Hubner Moritz 10, Niklas Kiel 6, Luis Figge 5, Leon Kratzer 5



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

27-year old Jeremiah Wood (200-C/F-85, agency: Court Side) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Evreux and receives a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had a double-double of 26 points and 14 rebounds, while his team crushed Rouen (#10, 11-11) with 16-point margin 102-86. Evreux maintains the 2nd position in French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Evreux will need more victories to improve their 17-5 record. It's Wood's second year at Evreux and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Wood has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 18.8ppg) and averages solid 65.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) of Boulogne. He is a center in his first season at Boulogne. In the last game Jaiteh recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Boulogne to another comfortable win 106-90 over the lower-ranked St Vallier (#15, 7-15) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Boulogne to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 14-8 record is not bad at all. Jaiteh is a newcomer at Boulogne and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Wendell McKines (198-F-88) of Rouen (#10). McKines got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds . Despite McKines' great performance Rouen lost 86-102 to the higher-ranked Evreux (#2, 17-5). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Rouen needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 11 victories and 11 lost games. McKines has a great season in France. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.4ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 8.7rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jason Forte (196-G/F-84) of Bourg - 21 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Antoine Mendy (198-F-83) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. James Mathis (200-F/C-84) of Nantes - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Justin Burrell (206-F-88) of Chalons-Reims - 14 points and 13 rebounds
8. Jason Fontenet (178-PG-82) of Antibes - 28 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Jason Siggers (188-SG-85) of Lille - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Clevin Hannah (180-PG-87) of Evreux - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists

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



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Best players of FYR Macedonian Prva Liga round 10 - by Eurobasket News

Serbian Aleksandar Kalanj (208-C-86) had a very impressive game in the last round for Pelister Bitola and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 26-year old center had a double-double of 25 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Vardar (#7, 2-8) 89-80. Pelister Bitola maintains the 8th position in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Pelister Bitola have already lost 9 games and recorded just one victory. In the team's last game Kalanj had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Pelister Bitola and it was his first game, where he immediately became new team's leader.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old Serbian center Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) of Kumanovo. Lukovic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Kumanovo was edged by slightly higher-ranked Lirija (#2, 7-3) 79-78. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Kumanovo 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. Lukovic is a newcomer at Kumanovo 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 Uros Vasiljevic (201-F-88) of ABA Strumica (#5). Vasiljevic scored 21 points. Despite Vasiljevic's great performance ABA Strumica lost 83-91 to the higher-ranked Kozuv (#1, 8-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing ABA Strumica needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 5 victories and 5 lost games. The season just started for Vasiljevic as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84) of Kozuv - 21 points and 3 assists
5. Slobodan Bozovic (207-C/F-79) of Kozuv - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Darko Kostevski (86) of Vardar - 15 points and 10 rebounds
7. Anthony Lee-Ingram (195-F-88) of Kumanovo - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Zoran Petkovski (188-G-78) of Pelister Bitola - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Nikola Vukasovic (192-PG-91) of Pelister Bitola - 9 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Balsa Radunovic (207-F/C-80) of Lirija - 19 points and 3 rebounds

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



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  GEORGIA   

Highest League Standing

Superleague Standings
 1. MIA Academy 10-2 
 2. Rustavi 10-2 
 3. Armia 9-2 
 4. Olimpi 9-2 
 5. Dinamo Tbilisi 8-4 
 6. Kutaisi 7-5 
 7. TSU Tbilisi 5-7 
 8. Batumi 3-9 
 9. Sokhumi 3-9 
 10. Samedicino 1-11 
 11. STU Tbilisi 0-12 

Regular Season: Round 13

Feb. 9: STU Tbilisi - TSU Tbilisi 74-88
Feb. 9: Samedicino - Rustavi 74-126
Feb. 10: Kutaisi - Armia 72-75
Feb. 9: Dinamo Tbilisi - Batumi 72-48
Feb. 9: Sokhumi - MIA Academy 56-59

Regular Season: Round 14

Feb. 15: Batumi - Olimpi
Feb. 15: Rustavi - Dinamo Tbilisi
Feb. 16: STU Tbilisi - Kutaisi
Feb. 16: TSU Tbilisi - MIA Academy
Feb. 16: Samedicino - Armia


Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Irakli CHLAIDZE
  Sokhumi
  (199-F-89)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Chlaidze, Sokhumi22.1 
 2. Bowie, Rustavi21.2 
 3. Archibeque, MIA A.19.6 
 4. Matiashvili, Kutai.19.5 
 5. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.16.4 
 6. Nelson, Rustavi15.8 
 7. Clayman, Dinamo T.15.4 
 8. Keshelava, Batumi15.3 
 9. Fatsatsia, Olimpi15.1 
 10. Chikviladze, Dina.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kirk ARCHIBEQUE
  MIA A.
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Archibeque, MIA A.12.5 
 2. Kadaria, Sokhumi12.3 
 3. Milosevic, Olimpi11.9 
 4. Matiashvili, Kutai.11.8 
 5. Aselaini, TSU T.10.5 
 6. Keshelava, Batumi9.2 
 7. Nelson, Rustavi8.4 
 8. Prewitt, MIA A.7.9 
 9. Revazashvili, Same.7.8 
 10. Wilson, Armia7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Deonta VAUGHN
  MIA A.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Vaughn, MIA A.6.6 
 2. Gamqrelidze, Armia6.4 
 3. Sokk, Olimpi6.2 
 4. Pashayev, Kutaisi6.2 
 5. Gaprindashvi., Sam.5.4 
 6. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.5.1 
 7. Bakradze, TSU T.5.0 
 8. Bowie, Rustavi4.5 
 9. Millage, Armia4.0 
 10. Ramishvili, Batumi4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Bowie, Rustavi3.6 
 2. Vaughn, MIA A.2.5 
 3. Millage, Armia2.3 
 4. Ramishvili, Batumi2.2 
 5. Chochua, Rustavi1.9 
 6. Beruashvili, TSU T.1.8 
 7. Gabisonia, Samedic.1.7 
 8. Machaladze, STU T.1.6 
 9. Barbakadze, Kutaisi1.5 
 10. Chikviladze, Dina.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Vakhtang KADARIA
  Sokhumi
  (205-C-89)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kadaria, Sokhumi1.5 
 2. Kjellbom, Armia1.3 
 3. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.3 
 4. Milosevic, Olimpi1.2 
 5. Aselaini, TSU T.1.0 
 6. Periashvili, Samed.0.9 
 7. Wilson, Armia0.9 
 8. Toudjani, Rustavi0.9 
 9. Kvelashvili, Batumi0.8 
 10. Eliashvili, Batumi0.8 


Superleague Round 13: Rustavi broke the season scoring record - by Eurobasket News

Ninth-ranked Sokhumi (3-9) made lots of trouble for first ranked MIA (10-2) in Tbilisi on Saturday. The visitors managed to secure only three-point victory 59-56. However their fans expected much easier game. American center Kirk Archibeque (205-84, college: Fort Lewis) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import point guard Deonta Vaughn (185-86, college: Cincinnati) chipped in 10 points and 5 assists. MIA's coach Giorgos Ketselidis used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Center Sergo Atvashovili (223-85) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds for lost side. MIA have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-2 record, which they share with Rustavi. Sokhumi at the other side dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. They share it with Batumi. MIA's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena TSU.
Important game to mention about took place in Kutaisi. Fourth ranked Armia (9-2) saved a 3-point derby victory on the road edging 6th ranked Kutaisi (7-5) 75-72 on Sunday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Lasha Parghalava (191-87, college: Montana St. - Billin) who helped to win the game recording 20 points. Irakli Sakvarelidze contributed with 8 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Armia's coach Kote Tugushi allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. International center Richard Matiashvili (207-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for Kutaisi. Armia have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Olimpi. Kutaisi at the other side keeps the sixth position with five games lost. Armia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Samedicino-Academia.
Bottom-ranked STU (0-12) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 88-74 loss to seventh ranked TSU (5-7) in Tbilisi on Saturday evening. Serzhi Aselaini stepped up with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 21 rebounds for the winners. At the losing side Zurab Korkotadze responded with 9 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. TSU maintains seventh place with 5-7 record. Loser STU still closes the standings with 12 games lost. TSU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi MIA.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Tbilisi. Local Samedicino-Academia (1-11) was outscored by third ranked Energy Invest (10-2) 126-74. Nate Bowie nailed 26 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists (perfect behind the arc making all six shots !!!) for the winning side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Energy Invest have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with MIA Academy. Samedicino-Academia lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 11 games lost. Energy Invest's next round opponent will be Dinamo Tbilisi (#5) at home. Samedicino-Academia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Armia.

In the last game of round 13 Batumi was crushed by Dinamo Tbilisi in a road game 72-48.


Kutaisi - Armia 72-75

Important game to mention about took place in Kutaisi. Fourth ranked Armia (9-2) saved a 3-point derby victory on the road edging 6th ranked Kutaisi (7-5) 75-72 on Sunday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Lasha Parghalava (191-87, college: Montana St. - Billin) who helped to win the game recording 20 points. The former international forward Irakli Sakvarelidze (201-86, college: Dominican, NY) contributed with 8 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Armia's coach Kote Tugushi allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. International center Richard Matiashvili (207-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and guard Buba Kvimsadze (195-82) added 10 points and 5 assists in the effort for Kutaisi. Four Kutaisi players scored in double figures. Armia have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Olimpi. Kutaisi at the other side keeps the sixth position with five games lost. Armia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Samedicino-Academia.
Top scorers:
Armia: L.Parghalava 20+2reb+3ast, B.Tsivtsivadze 13+1reb+2ast, %PlayerNameByLink% 9+4reb+1ast, I.Sakvarelidze 8+8reb+2ast, G.Jgerenaia 8+5reb, G.Gamqrelidze 5+3reb+5ast
Kutaisi: R.Matiashvili 27+10reb+2ast, B.Kvimsadze 10+4reb+5ast, T.Babunashvili 10+1reb+3ast, G.Barbakadze 10+1reb+1ast, D.Barbakadze 8+3reb+1ast, Z.Pashayev 3+4reb+3ast
gschID: 231571


STU Tbilisi - TSU Tbilisi 74-88

Bottom-ranked STU (0-12) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 88-74 loss to seventh ranked TSU (5-7) in Tbilisi on Saturday evening. Serzhi Aselaini stepped up with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 21 rebounds for the winners and point guard Givi Bakradze (185-91, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) chipped in 6 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists. At the losing side forward Zurab Korkotadze (194-83) responded with 9 points and 9 rebounds and forward Giorgi Kvetenadze (201-90) scored 17 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. TSU maintains seventh place with 5-7 record. Loser STU still closes the standings with 12 games lost. TSU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi MIA.
Top scorers:
TSU Tbilisi: S.Aselaini 32+21reb, G.Khaniashvili 18+4reb+1ast, D.Khizanishvili 10+1reb+2ast, G.Tetelashvili 9+4reb+3ast, G.Bakradze 6+7reb+10ast, V.Beruashvili 6+4reb+2ast
STU Tbilisi: G.Kvetenadze 17+4reb, V.Tevzadze 12+6reb, Z.Machaladze 10+6reb+1ast, G.Pirvelashvili 9+2reb+4ast, Z.Korkotadze 9+9reb+3ast, V.Janashia 9+7reb
gschID: 231570


Samedicino - Rustavi 74-126

Rustavi broke the season scoring record! The game with biggest result difference took place in Tbilisi. Local Samedicino-Academia (1-11) was outscored by third ranked Energy Invest (10-2) 126-74. Energy Invest forced 21 Samedicino-Academia turnovers and outrebounded them 48-30 including 17 on the offensive glass. They shot the lights out from three nailing 20 long-distance shots on high 52.6 percentage. Energy Invest players were unselfish on offense dishing 32 assists comparing to just 18 passes made by Samedicino-Academia's players. American guard Nate Bowie (183-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) nailed 26 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists (perfect behind the arc making all six shots !!!) for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Kyle Nelson (203-89, college: Augustana, IL, agency: N.E.T.) accounted for 25 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Five Energy Invest players scored in double figures. Forward Zurab Maisuradze (195-91) came up with 17 points and 6 rebounds and guard Davit Artsividze (178-83) added 12 points and 5 assists respectively for Samedicino-Academia in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Energy Invest have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with MIA Academy. Samedicino-Academia lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 11 games lost. Energy Invest's next round opponent will be Dinamo Tbilisi (#5) at home. Samedicino-Academia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Armia.
Top scorers:
Rustavi: N.Bowie 26+6reb+8ast, K.Nelson 25+10reb+4ast, O.Wattad 20+2reb+3ast, D.Gugava 14+10reb, M.Abaishvili 10+5ast, L.Khmelidze 9+3reb+3ast
Samedicino: Z.Maisuradze 17+6reb, D.Artsividze 12+2reb+5ast, G.Gaprindashvili 9+1reb+6ast, R.Tukvadze 8+5reb, G.Periashvili 6+3reb, L.Revazashvili 6+4reb
gschID: 231569


Sokhumi - MIA Academy 56-59

Ninth-ranked Sokhumi (3-9) made lots of trouble for first ranked MIA (10-2) in Tbilisi on Saturday. The visitors managed to secure only three-point victory 59-56. However their fans expected much easier game. American center Kirk Archibeque (205-84, college: Fort Lewis) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import point guard Deonta Vaughn (185-86, college: Cincinnati) chipped in 10 points and 5 assists. Five MIA players scored in double figures. MIA's coach Giorgos Ketselidis used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Center Sergo Atvashovili (223-85) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds and Serbian guard Bosko Stojakovic (196-84) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. MIA have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-2 record, which they share with Rustavi. Sokhumi at the other side dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. They share it with Batumi. MIA's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena TSU.
Top scorers:
MIA Academy: K.Archibeque 13+10reb+1ast, M.Bokolishvili 12+4reb+1ast, I.Londaridze 10+5reb+1ast, D.Vaughn 10+4reb+5ast, A.Lomouri 10+3reb+1ast, R.Rogava 2+3reb+2ast
Sokhumi: S.Atvashovili 20+14reb+1ast, B.Stojakovic 13+6reb+5ast, I.Chlaidze 13+1ast, G.Shvangiradze 4+4reb, V.Kadaria 4+10reb+2ast, R.Baakashvili 2+2reb
gschID: 231568


Dinamo Tbilisi - Batumi 72-48

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Batumi (3-9) was crushed on the road by sixth ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (8-4) 72-48. Dinamo Tbilisi dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Batumi's 20. They outrebounded Batumi 46-33 including a 39-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Batumi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Beqa Chikviladze (195-91) nailed 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and Serbian center Milan Oluic (210-84) accounted for 16 points and 10 rebounds. Four Dinamo Tbilisi players scored in double figures. Dinamo Tbilisi's coach Irakli Khoshtaria felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The former international forward Lasha Keshelava (200-81) came up with 19 points and 9 rebounds and Nika Ramishvili (179-94) added 9 points respectively for Batumi in the defeat. Dinamo Tbilisi have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place. Batumi lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with nine games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Energy Invest in Rustavi and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Batumi will play at home against Olimpi (#4) in Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
Dinamo Tbilisi: F.Clayman 19+4reb+3ast, M.Oluic 16+10reb, B.Chikviladze 15+5reb+6ast, L.Karim 11+10reb+4ast, S.Gelazonia 4+4reb, I.Lezhava 3+6reb
Batumi: L.Keshelava 19+9reb+1ast, A.Eliashvili 9+4reb, N.Ramishvili 9+3reb+3ast, I.Maisuradze 4+1reb+1ast, G.Kvelashvili 4+2reb, N.Sigua 2+7reb+3ast
gschID: 231567



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  GERMANY   

Standings - 1. Bundesliga

BBL Standings
 1. Brose Bask. 19-2 
 2. B.Muenchen 15-7 
 3. Ratiopharm 14-7 
 4. EWE Baskets 13-7 
 5. ALBA 12-7 
 6. Art.Dragons 12-10 
 7. Telekom Baskets 11-10 
 8. Walter Tigers 11-11 
 9. Phoenix Hagen 10-11 
 10. TBB Trier 10-11 
 11. s.Oliver Baskets 10-11 
 12. Bayreuth 10-12 
 13. MBC 9-12 
 14. Bremerhaven 9-12 
 15. Neckar L'burg 8-14 
 16. NY Phantoms 7-14 
 17. Fraport SKY 6-15 
 18. LTi 46ers 4-17 

Regular Season: Round 22

Feb. 9: Telekom Baskets - Ratiopharm 99-94
Feb. 9: Walter Tigers - Phoenix Hagen 99-69
Feb. 10: Brose Bask. - EWE Baskets 94-88
Feb. 9: NY Phantoms - TBB Trier 84-81
Feb. 9: s.Oliver Baskets - Art.Dragons 80-63
Feb. 10: B.Muenchen - ALBA 79-61
Feb. 9: Bayreuth - Fraport SKY 75-69
Feb. 10: MBC - Bremerhaven 74-64
Feb. 9: LTi 46ers - Neckar L'burg 54-95

Regular Season: Round 18

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


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. White, Phoenix17.4 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm17.0 
 3. Brooks, LTi 46ers15.9 
 4. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.8 
 5. Peacock, Fraport15.5 
 6. Burrell, Bremerha.15.2 
 7. Thompson, ALBA14.3 
 8. Rice, B.Muenchen14.2 
 9. Timberlake, MBC13.9 
 10. Redding, Walter T.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.2 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets7.3 
 3. Robertson, Fraport7.2 
 4. Anderson, s.Oliv.7.2 
 5. Burtschi, Bremerha.6.8 
 6. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.7 
 7. King, Art.Dragons6.6 
 8. Gordon, Phoenix6.4 
 9. Boateng, NY Phant.6.4 
 10. McGhee, Bayreuth6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.3 
 2. Rice, B.Muenchen4.9 
 3. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.3 
 4. White, Phoenix4.2 
 5. Redding, Walter T.4.0 
 6. Timberlake, MBC3.9 
 7. Burrell, Bremerha.3.7 
 8. Gibson, Fraport SKY3.7 
 9. Wood, ALBA3.4 
 10. Taylor, Neckar L.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Wayne BERNARD
  Neckar L.
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bernard, Neckar L.2.0 
 2. Robertson, Fraport2.0 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.1.8 
 4. White, Phoenix1.8 
 5. Linhart, TBB Trier1.6 
 6. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.5 
 7. Duggins, Walter T.1.4 
 8. Gibson, Fraport SKY1.4 
 9. Burtschi, Bremerha.1.4 
 10. Wood, ALBA1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dino GREGORY
  Phoenix .
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gregory, Phoenix2.0 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.6 
 3. Ford, Brose Bask.1.5 
 4. Pantelic, MBC1.3 
 5. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.3 
 6. Homan, B.Muenchen1.1 
 7. Morrison, Bremerha.1.1 
 8. King, Art.Dragons1.0 
 9. Frease, Walter T.0.9 
 10. Turek, Neckar L.0.9 


Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Vechta 16-5 
 2. Goettingen 16-5 
 3. Duesseldorf 14-7 
 4. Karlsruhe 14-7 
 5. Cuxhaven 13-8 
 6. Chemnitz 11-10 
 7. Ehingen 11-10 
 8. Heidelberg 10-11 
 9. NBC 9-12 
 10. Jena 9-12 
 11. Finke Baskets 9-12 
 12. ETB Wohnbau 9-12 
 13. Gotha 8-13 
 14. Crailsheim 8-13 
 15. Kirchheim 8-13 
 16. Leipzig 3-18 

Regular Season: Round 21

Feb. 10: Heidelberg - Duesseldorf 86-70
Feb. 9: NBC - Crailsheim 80-92
Feb. 9: Chemnitz - Vechta 80-85
Feb. 9: Karlsruhe - Leipzig 80-73
Feb. 9: Goettingen - Ehingen 73-64
Feb. 10: Finke Baskets - ETB Wohnbau 68-65
Feb. 9: Gotha - Kirchheim 107-97
Feb. 9: Cuxhaven - Jena 100-92

Regular Season: Round 22

Feb. 16: Heidelberg - Gotha
Feb. 16: Leipzig - NBC
Feb. 16: Ehingen - Karlsruhe
Feb. 16: Duesseldorf - Goettingen
Feb. 16: Jena - Kirchheim
Feb. 16: ETB Wohnbau - Cuxhaven
Feb. 16: Vechta - Finke Baskets
Feb. 16: Crailsheim - Chemnitz


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Logan STUTZ
  ETB Wohnbau
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau20.3 
 2. Thomas, Cuxhaven20.3 
 3. Nixon, NBC19.4 
 4. Williams, Vechta17.9 
 5. Griffin, Gotha17.3 
 6. White, Heidelberg16.3 
 7. Kelly, Cuxhaven16.3 
 8. Barker, Jena16.0 
 9. Calvin, Ehingen16.0 
 10. Roessler, Karlsru.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Gadley, Leipzig10.5 
 2. Lawson, Chemnitz9.2 
 3. Henley, ETB W.8.1 
 4. Black, Karlsruhe8.0 
 5. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau8.0 
 6. Calvin, Ehingen7.8 
 7. Baker, Gotha7.7 
 8. Smallwood, Kirchhe.7.3 
 9. Livas, Goettingen7.0 
 10. Thompson, NBC6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Williams, Vechta7.4 
 2. Aud, Finke Baskets6.2 
 3. Coleman, Crailsheim6.0 
 4. Kelly, Cuxhaven5.1 
 5. Cook, ETB Wohnbau5.1 
 6. Smith, Gotha4.7 
 7. Matthews, Ehingen4.5 
 8. Barker, Jena4.3 
 9. Jeka, Jena4.2 
 10. Barth, Heidelberg4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Vechta3.1 
 2. White, Heidelberg2.4 
 3. Matthews, Ehingen2.3 
 4. Alexander, Kirchhe.1.8 
 5. Johnson, Duesseld.1.8 
 6. Brooks, Kirchheim1.6 
 7. Stockton, Karlsruhe1.6 
 8. Harris, Goettingen1.5 
 9. Lawson, Chemnitz1.5 
 10. Bynum, Chemnitz1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Gadley, Leipzig2.3 
 2. White, Heidelberg1.8 
 3. Flomo, Duesseldorf1.7 
 4. Lawson, Chemnitz1.4 
 5. De Michael, NBC1.3 
 6. Thompson, NBC1.2 
 7. Smallwood, Kirchhe.1.0 
 8. Madrich, Vechta1.0 
 9. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 
 10. Calvin, Ehingen0.8 


Standings - Pro B

ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Schwelm 16-2 
 2. Herten Lions 12-6 
 3. Rist Wedel 12-6 
 4. Oldenburg 10-8 
 5. Recklinghausen 9-9 
 6. BSW Sixers 8-10 
 7. Hannover 8-10 
 8. SU Medien 7-11 
 9. Wulfen 7-11 
 10. Dorsten 7-11 
 11. MTV Wolfenbuettel 7-11 
 12. Stahnsdorf 5-13 
Group South
 1. Dragons 16-2 
 2. Weissenhorn 12-6 
 3. Noerdlingen 11-7 
 4. Fraport SKY II 10-8 
 5. Licher Baeren 10-8 
 6. Bayer Giants 10-8 
 7. Langen 10-8 
 8. Leitershofen 8-10 
 9. Hanau 8-10 
 10. Dresden 6-12 
 11. Konstanz 4-14 
 12. TSV Troester 3-15 

Regular Season: Round 18

North

Feb. 9: Hannover - Wulfen 81-69
Feb. 9: Oldenburg - MTV Wolfenbuettel 80-59
Feb. 9: BSW Sixers - Dorsten 79-77
Feb. 9: Recklinghausen - Schwelm 78-76
Feb. 9: Stahnsdorf - Herten Lions 66-78
Feb. 9: Rist Wedel - SU Medien 62-78

South

Feb. 10: Fraport SKY II - Konstanz 96-76
Feb. 9: Noerdlingen - TSV Troester 92-76
Feb. 9: Hanau - Dresden 88-86
Feb. 9: Bayer Giants - Weissenhorn 76-85
Feb. 9: Licher Baeren - Leitershofen 70-62
Feb. 9: Langen - Dragons 52-64

Regular Season: Round 19

North

Feb. 16: Schwelm - Rist Wedel
Feb. 16: Herten Lions - Recklinghausen
Feb. 16: Dorsten - Stahnsdorf
Feb. 16: MTV Wolfenbuettel - BSW Sixers
Feb. 16: Wulfen - Oldenburg
Feb. 16: SU Medien - Hannover

South

Feb. 16: Dragons - Hanau
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Feb. 17: TSV Troester - Licher Baeren


BBL Round 22: ratiopharm Ulm is defeated by Telekom Baskets - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most important game in the last round took place in Bonn between second ranked ratiopharm Ulm (14-7) and eighth ranked Telekom Baskets (11-10) on Saturday night. ratiopharm Ulm was defeated by Telekom Baskets in a tough game on the road 94-99. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of ratiopharm Ulm. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 30-21. But ratiopharm Ulm won second period 26-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Telekom Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American swingman Robert Vaden (196-85, college: UAB) scored 32 points and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Lithuanian guard Benas Veikalas (192-83, college: Metro St.) chipped in 24 points during the contest. Telekom Baskets' coach Michael Koch used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. Telekom Baskets have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place. ratiopharm Ulm at the other side dropped to the third position with seven games lost. Telekom Baskets are looking forward to face EnBW Ludwigsburg (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ratiopharm Ulm will play against Phoenix Hagen (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Bamberg. First ranked host Brose Bask. (19-2) defeated 4th ranked EWE Baskets (13-7) 94-88. American-FYR Macedonian forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St.) notched 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and Casey Jacobsen supported him with 18 points and 6 assists. Even 23 points by American point guard Dru Joyce (183-85, college: Akron) did not help to save the game for EWE Baskets. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Brose Bask. have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 19-2 record. EWE Baskets at the other side keep the fourth place with seven games lost. Brose Bask. will play against TBB Trier (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. EWE Baskets will play against Mitteldeutscher BC (#13) in Weissenfels and hope to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Braunschweig between New Yorker Phantoms and TBB Trier. Seventeenth ranked New Yorker Phantoms (7-14) got a very close home victory over higher ranked TBB Trier (10-11). New Yorker Phantoms managed to escape with a 3-point win 84-81 on Saturday evening. Harding NaNa fired 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Nate Linhart produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. New Yorker Phantoms moved-up to sixteenth place. TBB Trier lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Phoenix Hagen and s.Oliver Baskets. New Yorker Phantoms will meet higher ranked BBC Bayreuth (#12) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. TBB Trier will play against the league's leader Brose Bask. having rather not much hope for a victory.
An interesting game took place in Wuerzburg where higher ranked Artland Dragons (12-10) were upseton the court of eleventh ranked s Oliver Baskets (10-11) 80-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Artland Dragons. Worth to mention a great performance of Jimmy McKinney who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 6 assists. s Oliver Baskets' coach Marcel Schroeder allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. s Oliver Baskets moved-up to ninth place, which they share with TBB Trier and Phoenix Hagen. Artland Dragons at the other side keep the sixth position with ten games lost. s Oliver Baskets' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Bayern Muenchen on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
An interesting game took place in Tuebingen where 8th ranked Phoenix Hagen (10-11) was upset on the court of eleventh ranked Walter Tigers (11-11) 99-69 on Saturday. Johannes Lischka scored 19 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Walter Tigers moved-up to eighth place. Loser Phoenix Hagen dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. Walter Tigers will face Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#17) in Frankfurt in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Phoenix Hagen will play at home against ratiopharm Ulm (#3).

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 22: Bremerhaven lost to MBC on the opponent's court 64-74. B.Muenchen managed to outperform ALBA in a home game 79-61. Fraport SKY recorded a loss to Bayreuth on the road 75-69. Bottom-ranked LTi 46ers was crushed by Neckar L'burg on its own court 54-95.


Brose Bask. - EWE Baskets 94-88

The game between Top Four teams took place in Bamberg. First ranked host Brose Bask. (19-2) defeated 4th ranked EWE Baskets (13-7) 94-88. The hosts were ahead by 7 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 27-20 run, which allowed them to win the game. Brose Bask. made 25-of-31 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. EWE Baskets were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American-FYR Macedonian forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St.) notched 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and American swingman Casey Jacobsen (198-81, college: Stanford) supported him with 18 points and 6 assists. Even 23 points by American point guard Dru Joyce (183-85, college: Akron) did not help to save the game for EWE Baskets. His fellow American import guard Chris Kramer (191-88, college: Purdue) added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for lost side. Five Brose Bask. and four EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Brose Bask. have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 19-2 record. EWE Baskets at the other side keep the fourth place with seven games lost. Brose Bask. will play against TBB Trier (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. EWE Baskets will play against Mitteldeutscher BC (#13) in Weissenfels and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: D.Joyce 23+2reb+2ast, A.Chubb 13+4reb+1ast, R.Paulding 12+3reb+3ast, C.Kramer 10+9reb+6ast, R.Burrell 8+1reb, R.Smeulders 7+2reb
Brose Bask.: J.Massey 18+7reb+1ast, C.Jacobsen 18+1reb+6ast, A.Gavel 16+5ast, M.Zirbes 15+3reb+1ast, S.Ford 11+5reb+1ast, B.Nachbar 9+1reb+4ast
gschID: 184073


MBC - Bremerhaven 74-64

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Weissenfels where 13th ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (9-12) was defeated by fourteenth ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (9-12) 74-64 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Mitteldeutscher BC. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven was better in third quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Mitteldeutscher BC made 7 blocks. American guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fair Dickinson) scored 16 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian forward Djordje Pantelic (204-84) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. Mitteldeutscher BC's coach Silvano Poropat used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Stanley Burrell (190-84) scored 12 points and 4 assists. Four Eisbaeren Bremerhaven players scored in double figures. Mitteldeutscher BC moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Bremerhaven. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven lost third consecutive game. Mitteldeutscher BC will face higher ranked EWE Baskets (#4) in Oldenburg in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Bremerhaven: S.Jackson 18+5reb+1ast, S.Burrell 12+4reb+4ast, A.Harris 11+4reb+1ast, J.Burtschi 10+8reb, K.Waleskowski 7+2reb, S.Morrison 6+7reb
MBC: C.Timberlake 16+4reb+6ast, D.Pantelic 15+6reb+2ast, S.Wachalski 8+3reb+1ast, D.Uskoski 8+4reb, O.Jeanty 7+1reb+3ast, S.Leutloff 6+4reb
gschID: 184072


B.Muenchen - ALBA 79-61

Rather predictable result when third ranked Bayern Muenchen (15-7) defeated at home 5th ranked ALBA Berlin (12-7) 79-61 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Bayern Muenchen. ALBA Berlin was better in third quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) scored 25 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international Robin Benzing (209-89) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from downtown making all five shots) during the contest. At the losing side international point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84) responded with 21 points and Bosnian forward Nihad Djedovic (198-90, agency: Beo Basket) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. Bayern Muenchen have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Loser ALBA Berlin keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Bayern Muenchen will face s Oliver Baskets (#11) in Wuerzburg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ALBA Berlin will play at home against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#14).
Top scorers:
ALBA: H.Schaffartzik 21+2reb, N.Djedovic 9+6reb+2ast, Y.Idbihi 7+7reb+1ast, D.Thompson 6+2reb+1ast, D.Wood 5+2reb+1ast, Z.Morley 5+6reb
B.Muenchen: T.Rice 25+2reb+4ast, R.Benzing 19+6reb+2ast, B.Thomas 8+4reb+2ast, J.Homan 7+3reb, C.Troutman 6+3reb+1ast, S.Hamann 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 184065


Telekom Baskets - Ratiopharm 99-94

The most important game in the last round took place in Bonn between second ranked ratiopharm Ulm (14-7) and eighth ranked Telekom Baskets (11-10) on Saturday night. ratiopharm Ulm was defeated by Telekom Baskets in a tough game on the road 94-99. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of ratiopharm Ulm. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 30-21. But ratiopharm Ulm won second period 26-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Telekom Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American swingman Robert Vaden (196-85, college: UAB) scored 32 points and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Lithuanian guard Benas Veikalas (192-83, college: Metro St.) chipped in 24 points during the contest. Telekom Baskets' coach Michael Koch used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Keaton Nankivil (203-89, college: Wisconsin) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Four ratiopharm Ulm players scored in double figures. Telekom Baskets have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place. ratiopharm Ulm at the other side dropped to the third position with seven games lost. Telekom Baskets are looking forward to face EnBW Ludwigsburg (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ratiopharm Ulm will play against Phoenix Hagen (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: J.Bryant 28+11reb+1ast, K.Nankivil 20+11reb+3ast, D.Theis 15+4reb+1ast, P.Guenther 13+2reb, P.Schwethelm 9+2ast, S.Esterkamp 5+3reb+2ast
Telekom Baskets: R.Vaden 32+1reb+8ast, B.Veikalas 24+3reb+1ast, K.Weems 13+4reb+1ast, J.McLean 7+4reb+1ast, J.Jordan 7+4reb+11ast, J.Wohlfarth-Bottermann 4+1reb
gschID: 184069


s.Oliver Baskets - Art.Dragons 80-63

An interesting game took place in Wuerzburg where higher ranked Artland Dragons (12-10) were upseton the court of eleventh ranked s Oliver Baskets (10-11) 80-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Artland Dragons. The game was mostly controlled by s Oliver Baskets. Artland Dragons was better in fourth quarter 20-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jimmy McKinney (192-83, college: Missouri) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 6 assists. The other American import Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. s Oliver Baskets' coach Marcel Schroeder allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American-Cypriot power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL, agency: Interperformances) replied with 9 points and 5 rebounds and American Bryce Taylor (196-86) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Artland Dragons. s Oliver Baskets moved-up to ninth place, which they share with TBB Trier and Phoenix Hagen. Artland Dragons at the other side keep the sixth position with ten games lost. s Oliver Baskets' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Bayern Muenchen on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Art.Dragons: M.Haynes 10+1reb+3ast, J.Strasser 9+5reb+1ast, A.King 9+5reb+2ast, B.Taylor 9+6reb+1ast, G.Gruenheid 8+6reb+2ast, D.Mallet 6+1reb+1ast
s.Oliver Baskets: J.McKinney 17+4reb+6ast, D.Anderson 13+7reb+3ast, C.McNaughton 9+2reb, L.McIntosh 9+1reb+1ast, J.Boone 9+5reb, J.Little 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 184066


NY Phantoms - TBB Trier 84-81

A very close game took place in Braunschweig between New Yorker Phantoms and TBB Trier. Seventeenth ranked New Yorker Phantoms (7-14) got a very close home victory over higher ranked TBB Trier (10-11). New Yorker Phantoms managed to escape with a 3-point win 84-81 on Saturday evening. TBB Trier was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 26-19 charge of New Yorker Phantoms, which allowed them to win the game. They made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. New Yorker Phantoms had a 19-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Cameroonian forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware) fired 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Canadian-Jamaican guard Jermaine Anderson (188-83, college: Fordham) chipped in 12 points and 6 assists. Four New Yorker Phantoms players scored in double figures. American forward Nate Linhart (201-86, college: Akron) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and international center Andreas Seiferth (209-89) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. New Yorker Phantoms moved-up to sixteenth place. TBB Trier lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Phoenix Hagen and s.Oliver Baskets. New Yorker Phantoms will meet higher ranked BBC Bayreuth (#12) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. TBB Trier will play against the league's leader Brose Bask. having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
TBB Trier: N.Linhart 18+11reb+2ast, A.Seiferth 15+7reb+1ast, B.Stewart 9+2reb+2ast, J.Bucknor 9+4reb+2ast, V.Chikoko 8+1reb+1ast, B.Harper 7+1reb
NY Phantoms: H.NaNa 17+9reb, C.Pigram 13+2ast, I.McElroy 13+6reb, J.Anderson 12+2reb+6ast, L.Barton 7+11reb+2ast, D.Schroeder 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 184068


Bayreuth - Fraport SKY 75-69

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (6-15) were defeated on the road by thirteenth ranked BBC Bayreuth (10-12) 75-69 on Saturday. The game without a history. BBC Bayreuth led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. BBC Bayreuth outrebounded Deutsche Bank Skyliners 35-21 including 24 on the defensive glass. American-Puerto Rican guard Kevin Hamilton (193-84, college: Holy Cross) scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American-Jamaican Bryan Bailey (185-80, college: Bucknell) chipped in 15 points during the contest. At the losing side American guard Ryan Brooks (193-88, college: Temple, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with 15 points and his fellow American import LaQuan Prowell (203-84, college: Auburn, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) scored 13 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. BBC Bayreuth moved-up to twelfth place. Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventeenth position with 15 games lost. BBC Bayreuth will face New Yorker Phantoms (#16) in Braunschweig in the next round. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play at home against Walter Tigers in Tuebingen.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY: R.Brooks 15+1reb+3ast, D.Robinson 14+1reb, L.Prowell 13+2reb+2ast, Z.Peacock 11+3reb, Q.Robertson 7+6reb+3ast, M.Nolte 4
Bayreuth: B.Bailey 15+4reb+2ast, B.Wyrick 14+6reb, K.Hamilton 11+5reb+5ast, J.Trapani 10+5reb+1ast, G.McGhee 8+5reb+1ast, N.Simon 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 184067


Walter Tigers - Phoenix Hagen 99-69

An interesting game took place in Tuebingen where 8th ranked Phoenix Hagen (10-11) was upset on the court of eleventh ranked Walter Tigers (11-11) 99-69 on Saturday. Walter Tigers dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Phoenix Hagen's 34. They outrebounded Phoenix Hagen 45-33 including a 41-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international Johannes Lischka (203-87) scored 19 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Cameron Wells (185-88, college: Citadel, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Five Walter Tigers players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Larry Gordon (196-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Davin White (186-81, college: CS Northridge) scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Walter Tigers moved-up to eighth place. Loser Phoenix Hagen dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. Walter Tigers will face Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#17) in Frankfurt in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Phoenix Hagen will play at home against ratiopharm Ulm (#3).
Top scorers:
Phoenix Hagen: L.Gordon 17+9reb, D.White 16+5reb+4ast, A.Hess 13+6reb, D.Gregory 8+8reb+2ast, M.Dorris 6+2reb+4ast, D.Bell 5+3ast
Walter Tigers: C.Wells 21+5reb+3ast, J.Lischka 19+8reb+2ast, K.Frease 17+8reb+1ast, V.Duggins 14+7reb+1ast, R.Redding 14+5reb+5ast, J.Young 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 184071


LTi 46ers - Neckar L'burg 54-95

Everything went according to plan in Giessen where fifteenth ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (8-14) outscored bottom-ranked LTi 46ers (4-17) 95-54 on Saturday. EnBW Ludwigsburg shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. International Lucca Staiger (196-88, college: Iowa St.) scored 20 points and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Lawrence Westbrook (183-88, college: Minnesota) chipped in 17 points during the contest. Five EnBW Ludwigsburg players scored in double figures. At the losing side center Andreas Buechert (208-87, college: Winthrop, agency: Limelight Hoops) responded with 13 points and 9 rebounds and Bosnian power forward Elvir Ovcina (212-76, college: Syracuse, agency: Interperformances) scored 5 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. EnBW Ludwigsburg have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifteenth position with 8-14 record. LTi 46ers lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 17 games lost. EnBW Ludwigsburg will face higher ranked Telekom Baskets (#7) in Bonn in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. LTi 46ers will play on the road against Artland Dragons (#6) in Quakenbrueck.
Top scorers:
LTi 46ers: A.Buechert 13+9reb+1ast, M.Curry 11, D.Spohr 10+4reb+1ast, A.Zazai 8+5reb+1ast, O.Fassler 5+3reb+5ast, E.Ovcina 5+9reb+4ast
Neckar L'burg: L.Staiger 20+4reb+2ast, L.Westbrook 17+2reb+2ast, J.Turek 14+3reb, I.Elliott 10+5reb+2ast, D.Jackson 10+4reb+4ast, E.Coleman 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 184070



ProA Round 21: Duesseldorf Baskets lose to MLP Academics Heidelberg - by Eurobasket News

The game between third ranked Duesseldorf Baskets (14-7) and ninth ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (10-11) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Duesseldorf Baskets were defeated by MLP Academics Heidelberg in Heidelberg 70-86. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Duesseldorf Baskets. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-70. Strangely Duesseldorf Baskets outrebounded MLP Academics Heidelberg 37-25 including a 19-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when MLP Academics Heidelberg made 8 blocks. 26 personal fouls committed by Duesseldorf Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for swingman Janis Heindel (199-83) who led his team to a victory with 21 points. American forward Devin White (203-88, college: SUNO) contributed with 17 points and 5 blocks for the winners. Naturalized American forward Adam Waleskowski (204-82, college: Florida St., agency: Three Eye Sports) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds for Duesseldorf Baskets. Duesseldorf Baskets' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. MLP Academics Heidelberg moved-up to eighth place. Duesseldorf Baskets at the other side keep the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Karlsruhe. MLP Academics Heidelberg are looking forward to face Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#13) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Duesseldorf Baskets will play against the league's second-placed BG Goettingen (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
ProA top team - SC Rasta Vechta (16-5) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (11-10) 85-80. American point guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) stepped up and scored 18 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals for the winners and Dirk Madrich chipped in 20 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Alex Jones (206-87, college: Seattle) with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Newly promoted SC Rasta Vechta maintains first place with 16-5 record, which they share with Goettingen. BV Chemnitz 99 at the other side keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. They share it with Ehingen. SC Rasta Vechta will play against Finke Baskets (#11) in Paderborn in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BV Chemnitz 99 will play on the road against Crailsheim Merlins (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Paderborn between Finke Baskets and ETB Wohnbau. Twelfth ranked Finke Baskets (9-12) got a very close home victory over higher ranked ETB Wohnbau (9-12). Finke Baskets managed to escape with a 3-point win 68-65 in the game for the ninth place. Jason Jamerson nailed 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Logan Stutz came up with 18 points and 6 rebounds for ETB Wohnbau in the defeat. Finke Baskets moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated ETB Wohnbau. Finke Baskets will meet league's leader SC Rasta Vechta on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ETB Wohnbau will play against Cuxhaven BasCats (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between NBC (9-12) and Crailsheim Merlins (8-13), which took place in Nurnberg. Higher ranked NBC lost at home to fifteenth ranked Crailsheim Merlins 80-92. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of NBC. The best player for the winners was Jonathan Moore who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds. NBC's coach Martin Ides tested eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Crailsheim Merlins moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Kirchheim and Gotha. NBC at the other side keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Crailsheim Merlins' next round opponent will be higher ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (#6) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 21: bottom-ranked Leipzig was beaten by Karlsruhe on the road 80-73. Goettingen won against Ehingen on its own court 73-64. Kirchheim unfortunately lost to Gotha in a road game 97-107. Cuxhaven managed to beat Jena at home 100-92.
The most impressive performance of 21th round was 37 points (!!!) and 4 steals by Zamal Nixon of NBC.


Heidelberg - Duesseldorf 86-70

The game between third ranked Duesseldorf Baskets (14-7) and ninth ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (10-11) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Duesseldorf Baskets were defeated by MLP Academics Heidelberg in Heidelberg 70-86. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Duesseldorf Baskets. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-70. Strangely Duesseldorf Baskets outrebounded MLP Academics Heidelberg 37-25 including a 19-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when MLP Academics Heidelberg made 8 blocks. 26 personal fouls committed by Duesseldorf Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for swingman Janis Heindel (199-83) who led his team to a victory with 21 points. American forward Devin White (203-88, college: SUNO) contributed with 17 points and 5 blocks for the winners. Naturalized American forward Adam Waleskowski (204-82, college: Florida St., agency: Three Eye Sports) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds and American center Chris Gadley (207-87, college: Canisius) added 12 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Duesseldorf Baskets. Four Duesseldorf Baskets players scored in double figures. Duesseldorf Baskets' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. MLP Academics Heidelberg moved-up to eighth place. Duesseldorf Baskets at the other side keep the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Karlsruhe. MLP Academics Heidelberg are looking forward to face Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#13) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Duesseldorf Baskets will play against the league's second-placed BG Goettingen (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Duesseldorf: A.Waleskowski 19+9reb+2ast, C.Gadley 12+10reb+2ast, G.Johnson 11+5reb+4ast, T.Tzakopoulos 11+3reb+1ast, P.Flomo 8+7reb, N.Adamczak 6+2reb+1ast
Heidelberg: J.Heindel 21+2reb+2ast, D.White 17+4reb, C.Sargent 10+3reb+2ast, A.Hardy 9+2reb+5ast, O.Komarek 9+1reb+1ast, K.Barth 9+2reb+5ast
gschID: 184510


Finke Baskets - ETB Wohnbau 68-65

A very close game took place in Paderborn between Finke Baskets and ETB Wohnbau. Twelfth ranked Finke Baskets (9-12) got a very close home victory over higher ranked ETB Wohnbau (9-12). Finke Baskets managed to escape with a 3-point win 68-65 in the game for the ninth place. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-12. But ETB Wohnbau won second period 15-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Finke Baskets won last quarter 21-20. American guard Jason Jamerson (190-86, college: Grand Valley St.) nailed 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and forward Vincent Kittmann (201-88) accounted for 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Finke Baskets players scored in double figures. American forward Logan Stutz (205-88, college: Washburn) came up with 18 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import Joey Henley (196-85, college: Sacred Heart) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively for ETB Wohnbau in the defeat. Finke Baskets moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated ETB Wohnbau. Finke Baskets will meet league's leader SC Rasta Vechta on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ETB Wohnbau will play against Cuxhaven BasCats (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
ETB Wohnbau: L.Stutz 18+6reb+1ast, M.Buljevic 16+1reb+1ast, J.Henley 13+8reb+2ast, T.Bannister 6+3reb+2ast, R.Christen 4+2reb, T.Harbut 3+2reb
Finke Baskets: B.Rush 14+3reb+1ast, V.Kittmann 13+6reb, J.Jamerson 12+5reb+5ast, M.Fleischmann 11+2reb+1ast, R.Aquino 6+3reb+1ast, M.Jost 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 184507


Karlsruhe - Leipzig 80-73

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked BG Karlsruhe (14-7) beat at home bottom-ranked USC Leipzig (3-18) 80-73. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But USC Leipzig won third quarter 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when BG Karlsruhe won last quarter 21-16. They made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American point guard Michael Stockton (185-89, college: Westminster, UT, agency: Limelight Hoops) who scored 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import forward Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa, agency: Court Side) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Adam Sollazzo (198-90, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Edge Sports) who recorded 12 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and Czech power forward Jaroslav Tyrna (207-86, college: New Orleans) added 9 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BG Karlsruhe moved-up to third place, which they share with Duesseldorf. USC Leipzig lost tenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. BG Karlsruhe's next round opponent will be Ehingen/Urspringschule (#7) in Allmendingen. USC Leipzig will play at home against NBC (#9) in Nurnberg.
Top scorers:
Leipzig: G.McCammon 13+4reb+1ast, A.Sollazzo 12+7reb+6ast, N.Freer 11+6reb, W.Simon 11+6reb, K.Schaffartzik 9+1reb+4ast, J.Tyrna 9+10reb+1ast
Karlsruhe: R.Roessler 18+6reb+1ast, M.Stockton 14+9reb+5ast, J.Black 14+9reb+2ast, J.Harris 11+4reb+4ast, E.Vierneisel 11, D.Richardson 8+8reb+2ast
gschID: 184512


Goettingen - Ehingen 73-64

Very expected game when 7th ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (11-10) lost on the road to second ranked BG Goettingen (16-5) 73-64. Ehingen/Urspringschule was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 43-29 second half run of BG Goettingen. They also forced 26 Ehingen/Urspringschule turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Ehingen/Urspringschule helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Ramon Harris (201-88, college: Kentucky) who scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized American guard Akeem Vargas (191-90, college: Iowa Lakes CC) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Five BG Goettingen players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Taylor Rohde (205-90, college: Alaska-Anch.) who recorded 13 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import point guard Virgil Matthews (188-83, college: Montana) added 9 points and 9 rebounds respectively. BG Goettingen keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Vechta. Ehingen/Urspringschule at the other side dropped to the sixth place with ten games lost. BG Goettingen's next round opponent will be Duesseldorf Baskets (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Ehingen/Urspringschule will play against BG Karlsruhe and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ehingen: M.Mueller 16+4reb, T.Rohde 13+9reb, A.Calvin 10+7reb+2ast, V.Matthews 9+9reb+2ast, G.Williamson 4+4reb+1ast, T.Unterluggauer 4+1reb
Goettingen: R.Harris 16+7reb+1ast, N.Livas 16+4reb, A.Vargas 12+7reb+2ast, B.Davis 11+8reb, S.Phillips 10+1reb+3ast, M.Crowell 3+1reb
gschID: 184511


Gotha - Kirchheim 107-97

There was a small surprise when fourteenth ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (8-13) won against at home 12th ranked Kirchheim Knights (8-13) 107-97. It looked good early as Kirchheim Knights took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Oettinger Rockets Gotha had a 28-18 second period charge getting the lead and Kirchheim Knights were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 97-107. Oettinger Rockets Gotha shot 65.1 percent from the field. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Kirchheim Knights' players. The best player for the winners was American guard Chase Griffin (188-83, college: Pepperdine) who scored 28 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). His fellow American import forward Torvoris Baker (203-83, college: Detroit Mercy) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Justin Stommes (200-88, college: E.Kentucky) who recorded 29 points and forward Sebastian Adeberg (198-84) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Four Oettinger Rockets Gotha and five Kirchheim Knights players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Oettinger Rockets Gotha moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Crailsheim and Kirchheim. Oettinger Rockets Gotha's next round opponent will be higher ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (#8) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Kirchheim: J.Stommes 29+3reb, S.Adeberg 15+5reb+2ast, C.Alexander 14+2reb, R.Tomasevic 12+1reb+3ast, C.Brooks 12+2reb+2ast, G.Prodromou 7+2reb
Gotha: C.Griffin 28+5reb+7ast, L.Niebuhr 20+1reb+1ast, T.Baker 19+10reb+1ast, A.Kuppe 18+6reb+5ast, D.Watson 9+1reb+3ast, D.Kreis 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 184509


Cuxhaven - Jena 100-92

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Science City Jena (9-12) lost on the road to fifth ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (13-8) 100-92. The game without a history. Cuxhaven BasCats led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 35-of-41 charity shots (85.4 percent) during the game, while Science City Jena only scored seventeen points from the stripe. 25 personal fouls committed by Science City Jena helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard Jeremiah Kelly (182, college: De Paul) who scored 17 points and 7 assists. His fellow American import forward Scott Thomas (200-89, college: Bowling Green, agency: I.D.S. Law) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. Four Cuxhaven BasCats players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Lithuanian Aurimas Adomaitis (206-87, college: LIU Brooklyn) who recorded 25 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) and American guard Kenny Barker (191-86, college: Alaska-Anch.) added 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Cuxhaven BasCats maintains fifth place with 13-8 record. Science City Jena lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. Cuxhaven BasCats' next round opponent will be ETB Wohnbau (#12) in Essen and are hoping to win another game. Science City Jena will play at home against Kirchheim Knights.
Top scorers:
Jena: A.Adomaitis 25+8reb, K.Barker 17+8reb+4ast, K.Wysocki 13+4reb+2ast, T.Schwartz 11+1reb, S.Watts 8+4reb, C.Roquette 6+8reb+1ast
Cuxhaven: J.Dunbar 21+2reb+1ast, S.Thomas 20+6reb+2ast, J.Kelly 17+4reb+7ast, M.Pratt 16+2reb+3ast, E.Harris 9+2reb, M.Rockmann 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 184508


Chemnitz - Vechta 80-85

ProA top team - SC Rasta Vechta (16-5) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (11-10) 85-80. BV Chemnitz 99 was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 27-15 charge of SC Rasta Vechta, which allowed them to win the game. American point guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) stepped up and scored 18 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals for the winners and the former international center Dirk Madrich (211-83, agency: Court Side) chipped in 20 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Alex Jones (206-87, college: Seattle) with 19 points and 8 rebounds and forward Robert Cardenas (200-82) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Four BV Chemnitz 99 players scored in double figures. Newly promoted SC Rasta Vechta maintains first place with 16-5 record, which they share with Goettingen. BV Chemnitz 99 at the other side keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. They share it with Ehingen. SC Rasta Vechta will play against Finke Baskets (#11) in Paderborn in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BV Chemnitz 99 will play on the road against Crailsheim Merlins (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: A.Jones 19+8reb, R.Cardenas 13+8reb+2ast, T.Ishizaki 11+3reb+6ast, D.Lawson 10+5reb+1ast, J.Schmidt 9+1reb+2ast, J.Bynum 6+2reb+2ast
Vechta: D.Madrich 20+10reb, R.Williams 18+8reb+6ast, J.Doerksen 9+3reb+2ast, C.Hassan 8+3reb, B.Fumey 8+4reb+1ast, D.Krause 6
gschID: 184506


NBC - Crailsheim 80-92

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between NBC (9-12) and Crailsheim Merlins (8-13), which took place in Nurnberg. Higher ranked NBC lost at home to fifteenth ranked Crailsheim Merlins 80-92. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of NBC. It looked good early as NBC took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Crailsheim Merlins had a 29-16 second period charge getting the lead and NBC was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 80-92. Crailsheim Merlins made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was naturalized American swingman Jonathan Moore (203-82, college: N.C.Central) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Derek Coleman (180-84, college: Robert Morris) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Crailsheim Merlins players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Zamal Nixon (186-89, college: Houston) who recorded 37 points (!!!) and 4 steals and swingman Cornelius Adler (195-89) added 5 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. NBC's coach Martin Ides tested eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Crailsheim Merlins moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Kirchheim and Gotha. NBC at the other side keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Crailsheim Merlins' next round opponent will be higher ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (#6) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
NBC: Z.Nixon 37+3reb+1ast, N.Khartchenkov 11+2reb+3ast, M.Nunnally 9+2reb+1ast, C.Adler 5+8reb+4ast, W.Chavis 5+2reb+1ast, J.Reile 4
Crailsheim: J.Moore 29+11reb+1ast, P.Friedel 21+3reb+2ast, D.Coleman 15+6reb+7ast, S.Johnson 12+10reb, M.Rose 5+1ast, J.Buck 4+1reb
gschID: 184505



ProB Round 18: Leader SG Schwelmer Baskets lose to Recklinghausen - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in ProB is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds. Very exciting round. It does not happen too often that three games need overtime in just one round. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (16-2) recorded its second loss on the court of fifth ranked Recklinghausen on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Recklinghausen 78-76. It ended at the same time the 11-game winning streak of SG Schwelmer Baskets. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 23-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Recklinghausen made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Patrick Carney (185-85, college: Chapman) who scored 26 points (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Forward Robert Franklin (195-81, college: N.Mexico Highlands) chipped in 11 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Julius Coles (193-89, college: Canisius) who recorded 15 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Recklinghausen maintains fifth position in Group North with 9-9 record. SG Schwelmer Baskets at the other side still keep top place with two games lost. Recklinghausen are looking forward to face league's second-placed Herten Lions on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. SG Schwelmer Baskets will play against SC Rist Wedel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked SC Rist Wedel (12-6) against eleventh ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets (7-11) on Saturday night. Host SC Rist Wedel was defeated by Spot Up Medien Baskets in Wedel 78-62. It was a good game for American point guard Steven Bennett (173-88, college: Chaminade) who led his team to a victory with 28 points and 5 rebounds. Howard Sant-Roos contributed with 20 points and 8 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winners. Fabian Boeke (208-86, college: Washington St.) replied with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks for SC Rist Wedel. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Spot Up Medien Baskets moved-up to eighth place in Group North, which they share with 3 other teams. SC Rist Wedel lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with six games lost. They share it with Herten Lions. Spot Up Medien Baskets will play against higher ranked Hannover Tigers (#7) in Hannover in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. SC Rist Wedel will play on the road against the league's leader SG Schwelmer Baskets (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Leverkusen. Second ranked Weissenhorn Youngstars faced 3rd ranked Bayer Giants. Guests from Weissenhorn (12-6) defeated host Bayer Giants (10-8) 85-76. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Bayer Giants. Till-Joscha Joenke had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Adonte Parker with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 14 assists. Weissenhorn Youngstars have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position in Group South with 12-6 record having four points less than leader Dragons. Loser Bayer Giants dropped to the fourth place with eight games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Weissenhorn Youngstars will meet at home Noerdlingen (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Bayer Giants will play against Dresden and hope to secure a win.
Leader Dragons Rhoendorf delivered the sixteenth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked TV 1862 Langen (10-8) 64-52. The game was also dominated by American players. Alejo Rodriguez notched 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Dragons Rhoendorf maintains first position in Group South with 16-2 record. TV 1862 Langen at the other side dropped to the fourth place with eight games lost. Dragons Rhoendorf's next round opponent will be Hanau (#9) at home and are hoping to win another game. TV 1862 Langen will play against ifm Baskets Konstanz (#11).
Important game to mention about took place in Sandersdorf. Tenth ranked BSW Sixers (8-10) saved a 2-point victory at home edging higher ranked Dorsten (7-11) 79-77 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Ralph Schirmer who scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. BSW Sixers moved-up to sixth place in Group North, which they share with Hannover. Loser Dorsten dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. BSW Sixers will face Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Dorsten will play against RSV Eintracht in Stahnsdorf.

Rest of the games of round 18 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Group North MTV Wolfenbuettel was crushed by Oldenburg in a road game 80-59. Hannover beat Wulfen at home 81-69. Herten Lions won against Stahnsdorf on the opponent's court 78-66.
In Group South Fraport SKY II outscored Konstanz in a home game 96-76. TSV Troester recorded a loss to Noerdlingen on the road 92-76. Hanau defeated Dresden on its own court 88-86. Leitershofen was beaten by Licher Baeren in a road game 70-62.
The best stats of 18th round was 28 points and 16 rebounds by Anthony Young of Wulfen.


Group North
Oldenburg - MTV Wolfenbuettel 80-59

There was no surprise when 7th ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (7-11) was crushed on the road by fourth ranked Oldenburg (10-8) 80-59 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Oldenburg. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel was better in second period 27-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Herzoege Wolfenbuettel 41-21 including a 33-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Oldenburg especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. The best player for the winners was American guard Michael Taylor (193-87, college: Whitworth) who scored 27 points and 5 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Naturalized American center Chris Heinrich (208-77, college: St.Louis) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Oldenburg's coach Mladen Drijencic felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Henje Knopke (193-85) who recorded 11 points and 6 rebounds and center Frank Theis (200-82) added 14 points respectively. Four Herzoege Wolfenbuettel players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Oldenburg maintains fourth position in Group North with 10-8 record. Loser Herzoege Wolfenbuettel dropped to the eighth place with 11 games lost. Oldenburg will face BSV Wulfen (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will play against BSW Sixers in Sandersdorf and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oldenburg: M.Taylor 27+4reb+5ast, A.Witte 20+4reb+1ast, C.Heinrich 19+10reb+1ast, P.Albrecht 7+4reb, K.Smit 5+5reb+6ast, A.Hartmann 2+7reb+4ast
MTV Wolfenbuettel: F.Theis 14+4reb+1ast, H.Knopke 11+6reb+3ast, D.Ward 11+1reb+2ast, L.Thomas 11+2reb+2ast, T.Clark 6+7reb, M.Cantuerk 3+1reb
gschID: 185201


Hannover - Wulfen 81-69

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Hannover Tigers and 9th ranked BSV Wulfen had identical 7-10 record. This time Hannover Tigers used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Wulfen 81-69 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-69. Hannover Tigers dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to BSV Wulfen's 28 and made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Nigerian-American forward Michael Fakuade (201-89, college: Ill.-Springfield, agency: N.E.T.) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Ashanti Cook (188-84, college: Georgetown) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Anthony Young (200-89, college: Ky Wesleyan) who recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and 16 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) and guard Hendrik Bellscheidt (193-90) added 14 points respectively. Hannover Tigers (8-10) moved-up to sixth place in Group North, which they share with BSW Sixers. Loser BSV Wulfen dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. Hannover Tigers will face Spot Up Medien Baskets (#8) in Braunschweig in the next round. BSV Wulfen will play at home against Oldenburg.
Top scorers:
Hannover: M.Fakuade 17+12reb, A.Cook 11+3reb+4ast, T.Welzel 11+2reb+2ast, D.Boahene 9+5reb, J.Prasuhn 8+5reb+1ast, J.Mondo 8+2reb+2ast
Wulfen: A.Young 28+16reb, H.Bellscheidt 14+4reb+1ast, M.Berger 10+2reb+5ast, A.Houston 8+5reb, L.Griffin 3+5reb, M.Schulze-Pals 2+2reb
gschID: 185200


Rist Wedel - SU Medien 62-78

Very important is a home loss of second ranked SC Rist Wedel (12-6) against eleventh ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets (7-11) on Saturday night. Host SC Rist Wedel was defeated by Spot Up Medien Baskets in Wedel 78-62. The game was mostly controlled by Spot Up Medien Baskets. SC Rist Wedel was better in second period 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American point guard Steven Bennett (173-88, college: Chaminade) who led his team to a victory with 28 points and 5 rebounds. Cuban Howard Sant-Roos (200-91) contributed with 20 points and 8 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winners. Bennett is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Fabian Boeke (208-86, college: Washington St.) replied with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks and American point guard Augie Johnston (185-86, college: CS Monterey) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for SC Rist Wedel. Four SC Rist Wedel players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Spot Up Medien Baskets moved-up to eighth place in Group North, which they share with 3 other teams. SC Rist Wedel lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with six games lost. They share it with Herten Lions. Spot Up Medien Baskets will play against higher ranked Hannover Tigers (#7) in Hannover in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. SC Rist Wedel will play on the road against the league's leader SG Schwelmer Baskets (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
SU Medien: S.Bennett 28+5reb+3ast, H.Sant-Roos 20+8reb+3ast, D.Johnson 9+4reb, J.Wessels 9+1reb+1ast, B.Wenzel 8+5reb+2ast, L.Gertz 2+3reb+3ast
Rist Wedel: F.Boeke 16+6reb+1ast, A.Johnston 12+5reb+3ast, M.Boadu 12+2reb+4ast, D.Hopkins 10+4reb+2ast, I.Akpinar 5+3reb+3ast, M.Adu 4+1reb
gschID: 185199


Recklinghausen - Schwelm 78-76

Top ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (16-2) recorded its second loss on the court of fifth ranked Recklinghausen on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Recklinghausen 78-76. It ended at the same time the 11-game winning streak of SG Schwelmer Baskets. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 23-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Recklinghausen made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Patrick Carney (185-85, college: Chapman) who scored 26 points (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Forward Robert Franklin (195-81, college: N.Mexico Highlands) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Julius Coles (193-89, college: Canisius) who recorded 15 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Dj Hamilton (183-90, college: MSU Moorhead) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively. Four SG Schwelmer Baskets players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Recklinghausen maintains fifth position in Group North with 9-9 record. SG Schwelmer Baskets at the other side still keep top place with two games lost. Recklinghausen are looking forward to face league's second-placed Herten Lions on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. SG Schwelmer Baskets will play against SC Rist Wedel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Recklinghausen: P.Carney 26+4reb+2ast, R.Franklin 11+11reb+5ast, S.Fuerst 11+6reb, D.McDuffie 9+3reb, A.Steed 8+7reb, D.Leithner 7+4reb+1ast
Schwelm: D.Malinowski 15+4reb, J.Coles 15+6reb+3ast, D.Hamilton 15+3reb+4ast, S.Schroter 11+3reb+2ast, A.Kronhardt 8+2reb, M.Agyapong 7+4reb
gschID: 185198


BSW Sixers - Dorsten 79-77

Important game to mention about took place in Sandersdorf. Tenth ranked BSW Sixers (8-10) saved a 2-point victory at home edging higher ranked Dorsten (7-11) 79-77 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 26-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. BSW Sixers made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was power forward Ralph Schirmer (203-86) who scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Jeremie Simmons (188, college: Ohio St., agency: SDJ Sports) chipped in 18 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Christopher Jones (183-88, college: Prairie View A&M) who recorded 16 points and guard John Cadmus (183-85) added 15 points respectively. Four Dorsten players scored in double figures. BSW Sixers moved-up to sixth place in Group North, which they share with Hannover. Loser Dorsten dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. BSW Sixers will face Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Dorsten will play against RSV Eintracht in Stahnsdorf.
Top scorers:
BSW Sixers: J.Simmons 18+4reb+3ast, R.Schirmer 17+6reb+2ast, N.Gerwig 15+8reb, J.McNeil 8+1reb+5ast, T.Lipke 8+2reb, D.Stawowski 6
Dorsten: C.Jones 16+4reb+2ast, J.Cadmus 15+2reb, N.Pelaj 12+2reb+2ast, J.Eller 11+3reb+1ast, G.Hagner 8+2reb+3ast, G.Budde 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 185197


Stahnsdorf - Herten Lions 66-78

Very expected game in Stahnsdorf where 12th ranked RSV Eintracht (5-13) was defeated by third ranked Herten Lions (12-6) 78-66 on Saturday. RSV Eintracht was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Herten Lions dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to RSV Eintracht's 28 and made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Herten Lions forced 20 RSV Eintracht turnovers and had a 31-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was power forward Christoph Hackenesch (204-86) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. American forward Will Taylor (200-89, college: Cal Poly - SLO) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Tobias Grauel (195-86) who recorded 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Blair Wheadon (191-90, college: W.Oregon) added 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Four RSV Eintracht players scored in double figures. Herten Lions moved-up to second place in Group North, which they share with Rist Wedel. Loser RSV Eintracht keeps the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Herten Lions will face Recklinghausen (#5) at home in the next round. RSV Eintracht will play against Dorsten (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Herten Lions: W.Taylor 18+8reb, C.Hackenesch 16+13reb+3ast, J.Ducker 11+5reb+1ast, F.Sadek 8+6reb+2ast, B.Larrieu 7+3ast, Y.Opitz 7+4reb+1ast
Stahnsdorf: T.Grauel 19+5reb+4ast, N.Schumann 11+1reb+3ast, B.Wheadon 11+8reb+4ast, M.Haucke 11+7reb+2ast, R.Jorch 5+6reb+1ast, M.Greene 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 185196


Group South
Fraport SKY II - Konstanz 96-76

Very predictable result in Frankfurt where sixth ranked Fraport Skyliners II (10-8) outscored 11th ranked ifm Baskets Konstanz (4-14) 96-76 on Sunday. The game without a history. Fraport Skyliners II led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Fraport Skyliners II outrebounded ifm Baskets Konstanz 39-18 including a 29-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. ifm Baskets Konstanz was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American point guard Larry Wright (188-87, college: Oakland) who scored 24 points. point guard Konstantin Klein (187-91) chipped in 22 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Aubrey Conerly (180-83, college: Jacksonville) who recorded 18 points and 5 rebounds and Mali forward Oumar Sylla (201-84, college: Richmond) added 19 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Fraport Skyliners II moved-up to fourth place in Group South, which they share with 3 other teams. ifm Baskets Konstanz lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Fraport Skyliners II will face Leitershofen (#8) in Diedorf in the next round. ifm Baskets Konstanz will play at home against TV 1862 Langen.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY II: L.Wright 24+3reb+3ast, K.Klein 22+2reb+3ast, T.Brown 13+9reb+3ast, D.Barthel 12+10reb+2ast, T.Oldenburg 8+5reb, J.Voigtmann 6+5reb+2ast
Konstanz: O.Sylla 19+4reb, A.Conerly 18+5reb+3ast, E.Foth 13+5reb, L.Menck 13+1ast, S.Heberlein 3+1ast, P.Muffler 2
gschID: 186940


Noerdlingen - TSV Troester 92-76

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked TSV Troester (3-15) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Noerdlingen (11-7) 92-76 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Noerdlingen. TSV Troester was better in second period 26-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Noerdlingen looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. TSV Troester was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward Chad Gray (200-85, college: Co.Carolina) who scored 27 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import guard Brandon Hogg (186-89, college: S.Indiana) chipped in 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Gray is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Noerdlingen's coach Mario Matic used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was Johannes Richter (206-93) who recorded 13 points and 8 rebounds and forward Manuel Rockmann (188-91) added 13 points respectively. Noerdlingen moved-up to third place in Group South. TSV Troester lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Noerdlingen will face league's second-placed Weissenhorn Youngstars on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. TSV Troester will play against Licher Baeren (#5).
Top scorers:
Noerdlingen: C.Gray 27+9reb+2ast, B.Hogg 26+5reb+4ast, J.Eichler 24+6reb+2ast, D.Rastatter 4+6reb+5ast, S.Schmoll 4+7reb, L.Vrkas 3+1reb
TSV Troester: J.Richter 13+8reb+1ast, M.Rockmann 13+3reb+1ast, S.Walde 13+2reb+2ast, S.Dinkel 11, D.Parker 8+6reb, A.Engel 7+3reb+5ast
gschID: 186939


Bayer Giants - Weissenhorn 76-85

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Leverkusen. Second ranked Weissenhorn Youngstars faced 3rd ranked Bayer Giants. Guests from Weissenhorn (12-6) defeated host Bayer Giants (10-8) 85-76. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Bayer Giants. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-76. Weissenhorn Youngstars outrebounded Bayer Giants 53-41 including a 44-31 advantage in defensive rebounds. Point guard Till-Joscha Joenke (190-92) had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and British forward Myles Hesson (195-90, agency: Two Points) chipped in 19 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Adonte Parker (183-89, college: Dayton) with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 14 assists and Goetz Twiehoff (198-85) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds. Weissenhorn Youngstars have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position in Group South with 12-6 record having four points less than leader Dragons. Loser Bayer Giants dropped to the fourth place with eight games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Weissenhorn Youngstars will meet at home Noerdlingen (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Bayer Giants will play against Dresden and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Weissenhorn: C.Grosse 26+3reb+1ast, T.Joenke 25+10reb+7ast, M.Hesson 19+17reb+4ast, K.Gausa 6+3reb+3ast, M.Shtein 5+9reb+1ast, M.Heberlein 2+5reb
Bayer Giants: A.Parker 20+5reb+14ast, J.Eggleston 18+13reb+1ast, G.Twiehoff 18+15reb, M.Goddek 9+4reb+1ast, M.Kuczmann 6+2reb, M.Rass 5+1reb
gschID: 186938


Langen - Dragons 52-64

Leader Dragons Rhoendorf delivered the sixteenth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked TV 1862 Langen (10-8) 64-52. The game was also dominated by American players. Center Alejo Rodriguez (203-88, college: Iona) notched 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Geddes Robinson (195-87, college: Utah Valley, agency: SDJ Sports) supported him with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds by power forward Martinis Woody (201-82, college: Benedict) did not help to save the game for TV 1862 Langen. Forward Malik Cooke (198-89, college: S.Carolina) added 12 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Dragons Rhoendorf maintains first position in Group South with 16-2 record. TV 1862 Langen at the other side dropped to the fourth place with eight games lost. Dragons Rhoendorf's next round opponent will be Hanau (#9) at home and are hoping to win another game. TV 1862 Langen will play against ifm Baskets Konstanz (#11).
Top scorers:
Dragons: A.Rodriguez 19+9reb+1ast, F.Koch 17+4reb, G.Robinson 12+11reb+4ast, V.Frankl-Maus 7+3reb+2ast, E.Tukiss 5+2reb+1ast, L.Steffen 2+1ast
Langen: M.Woody 13+11reb+1ast, T.Jahn 12+6reb, M.Cooke 12+6reb+1ast, G.Raebel 6+1reb+1ast, J.Boelke 4, M.Schneider 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 186937


Hanau - Dresden 88-86

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Hanau's (8-10) home victory over 10th ranked Dresden (6-12) 88-86 on Saturday. Dresden was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Hanau looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Dresden was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Marco Voeller (198-89) who scored 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. American center Jereal Scott (200-89, college: SF Austin) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. Five Hanau players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American Andrew Jones (191-83, college: Miles) who recorded 26 points and his fellow American import guard Jason Boucher (180-80, college: Grand Valley St.) added 17 points and 5 assists respectively. Hanau moved-up to eighth place in Group South, which they share with Leitershofen. Dresden lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. Hanau will face league's leader Dragons Rhoendorf on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Dresden will play against Bayer Giants (#6) in Leverkusen.
Top scorers:
Hanau: M.Voeller 22+7reb+6ast, J.Scott 20+7reb, S.Koehnert 15+1reb+4ast, L.Sullivan 12+7reb+2ast, D.Michalczyk 11+1reb+3ast, F.Bahlke 5
Dresden: A.Jones 26+2reb+3ast, J.Boucher 17+4reb+5ast, J.Benson 13+2reb+2ast, B.Blossey 9+1reb+1ast, A.Heide 9+5reb, P.Rulke 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 186936


Licher Baeren - Leitershofen 70-62

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked Leitershofen's (8-10) road loss to seventh ranked Licher Baeren (10-8) 62-70 on Saturday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-13. But Leitershofen won third quarter 15-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was forward Nino Valentic (198-90) who scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Power forward Daniel Dorr (202-83) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Four Licher Baeren players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Lindsey Hughey (190-89, college: Weber St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import guard James Washington (182-87, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: FCM) added 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Licher Baeren have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place in Group South, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Leitershofen keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Licher Baeren will face TSV Troester (#12) in Breitenguessbach in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Leitershofen will play at home against Fraport Skyliners II (#4) in Frankfurt and be promoted back to the ProA just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Licher Baeren: D.Dorr 14+9reb, N.Valentic 14+9reb+1ast, J.Jones 11+1reb, W.Gardner 10+3reb+3ast, J.Swanson 10+7reb+1ast, V.Klassen 5+3reb+4ast
Leitershofen: L.Hughey 20+12reb+3ast, J.Washington 18+7reb+5ast, R.Froehlich 10+8reb, P.Wischnewski 6+1reb+1ast, V.Vladov 4+5reb, S.Montag 2+11reb+2ast
gschID: 186935



Sakarya U16 Tournament: France beat Germany for the 3rd place - by Eurobasket News

France U16-Germany U16 68:54

France beat Germany for the 3rd place at the Sakarya U16 Tournament. The French side finished the tournament with a 68:54 win to step on pedestal.
France opened the game with 25-17, but led only 3 points at the halftime. The third quarter was productive for the French side that needed a 15-8 surge to control the game. Moreover they finished the game with 20-16 rally and clinched the third place at the tournament.
Stephane Gombauld (201-PF-97) stepped up with 15 points and 14 rebounds, while Luc Loubaki (189-G-97) had 14. Ona Embo Renathan notched 11 and Gauthier Denis (197-F/G-97) delivered 9. Till Pape (198-F-97) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort, while Hubner Moritz delivered 10. Niklas Kiel (202-SF-97) had 6, whilst Luis Figge (188-PG-97) and Leon Kratzer (205-C-97) scored 5 apiece.
Greece triumphed with the win over Serbia at the Sakarya U16 Tournament. The team won the Final game 53:44 and triumphed in Turkey.

France U16: Stephane Gombauld 15+14 rebs, Luc Loubaki 14, Ona Embo Renathan 11, Gauthier Denis 9
Germany U16: Till Pape 12, Hubner Moritz 10, Niklas Kiel 6, Luis Figge 5, Leon Kratzer 5



Beckham Wyricks Character Not Talent Helps Launch BBC Bayreuth Past The Fraport Skyliners 75-69 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Besides enjoying the amazing, captivating and loud atmosphere in the Franken arena in Bayreuth, some fans might have been looking forward to seeing Gary Mcghee slamming home a put back and making comparisons to Jermareo Davidson and the similarity of their hair styles, observing the hustle of American Joe Trapani with the looks of actor Chris O Donnel as both visited Boston College to get their education, watching the perfect grace of Kevin Hamilton slipping his teammates crisp passes for points or trying to predict how many dunks a Jason Cain will have. However one match up that might get less interest, but no doubt is of big interest is the guard play of two young and upcoming Germans Simon Schmitz and Konstantin Klein. Schmitz has continued to develop nicely with BBC Bayreuth and the big trust and extended minutes from head coach Marco Van Den Berg surely has helped his self confidence. Schmitz who has a young brother Aaron that plays in the PRO B for the Dragons Rhondorf is averaging 18,3 minutes per game and 6,2ppg, 1,2rpg and 1,1apg. He has scored in double figures six times including a season high 15 points in a huge 90-65 home win against Alba Berlin. If you had asked Konstantin Klein of the Fraport Skyliners before the season what his chances were of getting playing time for the team, he would of said, hoping to get some minutes, but nobody ever expected that he would be averaging 14 minutes per game and logged 34 minutes in Oldenburg. His best game was a 10 point performance in a loss in Berlin. Klein plays a tough defense that really annoys offensive minded players and has a penetrating self confidence seldom seen for his age and he just keeps battling and firing up shots even if the first few dont fall. He always gives 100% and tries to bring a lot of intensity into the game with his defense. I played against him last summer with the A2 and I knew what he can do. It shows that when young German players get confidence form the coach that they can make a step forward. I am a bit surprised by his rise, but I am happy for him, stressed Simon Schmitz. BBC Bayreuth lost the first encounter in Frankfurt 76-59 and Schmitz played very solid with 12 points in 21 minutes while Klein had 0 points in 12 minutes and was looking for revenge as he finished with six points in 11.45 minutes helping BBC Bayreuth get past the Fraport Skyliners 75-69 as Konstantin Klein played little with 5.45 minutes netting two points and one steal. This was an interesting duel where one has to say the advantage goes to Klein on defense. I have liked the development of Klein this season. He is a player that has those typical German virtues that always gives everything on the court. He is like a Duracell battery that never gets tired and plays with heart and defends like a tiger. It is always nice to watch these duels and then put a resume at the end to see who was better. It is important to keep a perspective as to what guys have a chance to become a national player in the future, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss. After the loss Skyliner German big man Johannes Voigtmann reflected on this German guard duel. Both have similar games and both are good shooters, but Schmitz has more experience. Klein has shown this season that he has confidence to hit big shots something that Schmitz is doing on a consistent rate. That is something that Klein should strive to be able to do in the future, stressed Johannes Voigtmann.

A week ago it was a Robin Benzing and Steffan Hamann that sealed the fate of the Fraport Skyliners with their play and this week it was Beckham Wyrick (198-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Wilmington) who is your typical strong role player that does so much on the court, but most likely could get even more recognition for their fine play. Wyrick finished the game with 14 points and six rebounds shooting 67% from the field and one could give him a new nickname changing his Becks to Mr big shot not meaning that he things the world of himself, but that he makes the important shots. For Wyrick who has played in Leverkusen, Bamberg and Munich it seemed like just another typical day at the basketball office for him. I have always been a role player in my career, but I have more of a role on offense with BBC Bayreuth. I just work hard in practice taking shots which gives me the confidence to make them in games, warned Cincinnati native Beckham Wyrick. Wyrick hit big shots all throughout the game, but not more important than in the fourth quarter where he nailed two always then when Frankfurt was a few points behind. Wyrick has earned the respect of his opponents since years. Wyrick has so much self confidence in his shot. He does all the small things on the court and hustles to the rebound. He is a player that every team wants to have, stressed Johannes Voigtmann. After the win, Wyrick was giving an interview for local Bayreuth TV and next to him was BBC Bayreuth head coach Marco Van Den Berg who was waiting his turn. One could see the sparkle in the eyes of the dutch man head coach when mentioning Wyrick. He has a great character. Whenever you need to win, Wyrick does it with character and not talent. He hit big shots and neutralized Quantez Robertson from being effective from winning the 50/50 balls, expressed BBC Bayreuth head coach Marco Van Den Berg,

When your way down in the bottom of the standings like the Fraport Skyliners are then the only thing that counts is winning. Even when the team is playing well, it is no excuse for losing. The Fraport Skyliners left Bayreuth with their fourth loss in a row and thanks to a win from the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig, the 2004 Beko BBL champion slipped to 17th place in the standings. With head coach Muli Katzurin back from a week in Israel and both ex LTi Giessen 46er Americans Laquan Prowell and Ryan Brooks integrated more into the team, they were unable to successfully make a comeback in crunch time despite fighting until the end, but falling short. BBC Bayreuth capitalized on our mistakes. We were in a hole quick and were unable to come back. We had problems getting into our offense and didnt shoot well. Whenever we made mistakes, they took advantage of it and scored on offense, added ex Eisbaeren Bremerhaven forward Zach Peacock. BBC Bayreuth were trying to recover off a bitter loss in Ludwigsburg and quickly got going and set the pace of the game and kept a cool head in crunch time making the right plays and hitting the big shots winning their fourth game in a row at home. We knew that it would be a tough game and that it would be a fight. Frankfurt had outhustled us in Frankfurt. We just wanted to bounce back and we had much energy this time. We got off to a quick start and we fed off the atmosphere and our fans. We hit big shots, caused turnovers and played good defesne forcing them to tough shots which gave us the win, commented ex Artland Dragon Bryan Bailey.

BBC Bayreuth got off to a quick start leading 4-0 as ex Alba Berlin guard Nicolai Simon scored with a jumper and a lay up. BBC Bayreuth didnt waste anytime getting a rhythm and getting their set offense running taking quick shots and getting the crowd going. The Fraport Skyliners didnt waste much time matching their intensity early as the two ex Giessen players Ryan Brooks scored inside and Laquan Prowell stuffed home an ally-op pass from Robertson as the game was tied at 4-4. BBC Bayreuth kept their intensity cooking going on a 6-0 run to lead 11-4. Simon scored his seventh consecutive point, Wyrick hit a fade away jumper and Kevin Hamilton scored on the fast break due to a Simon steal. BBC Bayreuth kept the lead, but the Fraport Skyliners stayed on the heels of BBC Bayreuth as Prowell and Brooks continued to hit cutting the BBC Bayreuth lead to 14-10. Wyrick then hit a jumper over the outstretched hand of Tez as Frankfurt trailed 17-10. Joe Trapani who had had a strong game in the loss in Frankfurt with 16 points and 10 rebounds had two big blocks in the first quarter to help in the BBC Bayreuth charge. The Fraport Skyliners kept their best for last closing out the first quarter with a 8-2 run to trail only 19-18. Devin Gibson made his best play of the game spinning into the zone and closing with a no look pass to Danilo Barthel who made a hard dunk. Robertson then made a steal and went coast to coast for an easy bucket and then went baseline making a perfect pass in traffic to the cutting Marius Nolte who made an easy basket. The game was even at this point. BBC Bayreuth had a good start, but Frankfurt was able to break their rhythm and get into the game. No team had an advantage after 10 minutes, explained basketball expert Steven Clauss.

The second quarter continued to be very even, but BBC Bayreuth had the better start in the second frame going on a 4-0 run to lead 24-18. Jason Cain stayed awake catching a Peter Zeis airball and making the lay in with one second on the shot clock and ex Braunschwieg guard Kevin Hamilton connected on a three pointer. The Fraport Skyliners continued not to let BBC Bayreuth get away staying in the game with a Peacock dunk and Dawan Robinson lay in to cut the BBC Bayreuth lead to 27-23. Hamilton known for his classic first pass play found Trapani inside with a no look pass for an easy bucket as BBC Bayreuth led 31-25. The Fraport Skyliners then scored nine unanswered points in a row taking their first lead of the game 34-31. Frankfurt took advantage of BBC Bayreuth mistakes and getting some easy buckets on transition. Brooks started the run with a pull up jumper, Robinson scored on the fast break, Prowell nailed a three pointer and Robinson scored again in traffic in the lane. That was the last run of the quarter as BBC Bayreuth went into halftime with a 9-2 run to lead 40-36. Bailey hit a free throw, Hamilton scored inside and Bailey hit a three pointer. Bayreuth wasnt doing anything special, but had the lead because of the many offensive turnovers that they had got. Frankfurt was only shooting 13% from outside and had too many turnovers which helped bBC Bayreuth have the lead, added Steven Clauss. BBC Bayreuth was shooting 44% from the field and 33% from the three point line while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 52% from the field and 13% from the three point line. BBC Bayreuth had the 15-11 rebound edge and seven turnovers and Frankfurt had nine turnovers.

In the third quarter, BBC Bayreuth held the lead as the Fraport Skyliners were playing catch up and using much energy. Joe Trapani started the third quarter with a three point over Prowell. Robinson then scored on the penetration which he does effectively, but Nicolai Simon answered with a penetration lay up as no help defense was anywhere to be seen as Frankfurt trailed 45-39. BBC Bayreuth continued to get too many offensive rebounds and second chances as Frankfurt was simply too soft on the boards. After a Trapani lay in, Prowell and Robinson got to the foul line cutting the BBC Bayreuth lead to 49-44. BBC Bayreuth had a special knack on this night always when Frankfurt got closer to hit big shots as Bailey scooped up an offensive rebound and getting a put back for the 51-44 lead. Prowell and Mcghee then traded baskets as BBC Bayreuth still led 53-46. After a Wyrick jumper, Brooks dropped a three pointer as Frankfurt trailed only 55-50. Simon Schmitz then hit a typical BBC Bayreuth big shot on this night over Gibson leading 58-50. Frankfurt then shortly before the end of the third quarter cruised out on a 5-0 run to trail only 58-55. Robertson spun to the hoop changing the ball from his left to right hand for the easy bucket and Brooks snuck inside. Bailey closed out the third quarter with free throws as BBC Bayreuth led 60-55. The offensive rebounds were giving BBC Bayreuth the lead. They were getting many extra shots and the Frankfurt defense wasnt stable enough, stressed Steven Clauss.

Kevin Hamilton hit a big three pointer for the 63-57 lead in the fourth quarter. The Fraport Skyliners continued to battle back as Zach Peacock who had suffered three quick fouls in the first half started to slowly get heated up as he made a nifty reverse lay up as Frankfurt trailed only 63-61. BBC Bayreuth did let the Skyliner comeback rattle their game as as they broke out on an 8-2 run to lead 71-63. Wyrick and Schmitz hit big shots and it seemed like that had sealed the win for BBC Bayreuth, but the Fraport Skyliners had one last gasp of energy going on a 6-0 run to cut the BBC Bayreuth lead to 71-69 with on eminute to go. Peacock started the mini run with a step back jumper, Prowell then scored inside and Robinson also scored inside. With time running out it was Beckham Wyrick once again that had the hot hand burying a jumper from the corner over Robertson for the 73-69 lead. I made a pump fake on Tez, had open look and made the shot. Tez is a great defender. He went for the block which gave me the open shot, stressed Beckham Wyrick. I was too far in playing help. They made a quick swing out and I had to close it out. Coach had told us in practice to stay on ground, but I jumped. He made a good move and hit the shot. Wyrick is a tough player that always works hard on offense and defense. You always need to match his intensity, warned Quantez Robertson. Bailey closed out the game with free throws. The best team won today. The Fraport Skyliners were unable to stop BBC Bayreuth from getting offensive rebounds and had too many turnovers, added Steven Clauss.

BBC Bayreuth was led by Bryan Bailey with 15 points. Beckham Wyrick added 14 points and grabbed six rebounds. Kevin Hamilton contributed 11 points, five rebounds and five assists. Joe Trapani produced 10 points and five rebounds. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Ryan Brooks with 15 points. Dawan Robinson added 14 points. Laquan Prowell contributed 13 points and Zach Peacock 11 points. The Fraport Skyliners shot solid form the field at 49%, but were miserable from the parking lot with 15% while BBC Bayreuth shot 41% from the field and 38% from the parking lot. It was one of the worst rebounding efforts of the season as BBC Bayreuth won the rebound duel 39-23. The Fraport Skyliners only have four days before a do or die game in Braunschweig and not much time to prepare. We rebounded very bad in many phases of the game. We defended well and I thought that we took good shots and were able to execute and got on the fast break, stressed Johannes Voigtman. Despite playing better offense in the last two games with the new Americans Prowell and Brooks, it is no secret that the teams till has to score more points to win tight ball games. The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig host the Fraport Skyliners on Feburary 13th.





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Standings - A2

A2 Standings
 1. Filathlitikos 13-3 
 2. Nea Kifisia 13-3 
 3. Trikalla 12-4 
 4. Koroivos 11-5 
 5. Ikaroi Serron 10-6 
 6. Lavrio 10-6 
 7. Agia Paraskevis 8-8 
 8. Pagrati 8-8 
 9. Arkadikos 6-10 
 10. Ermis Lagkada 5-11 
 11. Irakleio 5-11 
 12. Doxa Lefkadas 4-12 
 13. OFI 4-12 
 14. Niki Volou 3-13 

Regular Season: Round 16

Feb. 9: Filathlitikos - Pagrati 87-68
Feb. 9: Lavrio - Irakleio 78-55
Feb. 9: Doxa Lefkadas - Ermis Lagkada 73-67
Feb. 10: OFI - Ikaroi Serron 69-66
Feb. 9: Niki Volou - Koroivos 67-81
Feb. 9: Agia Paraskevis - Trikalla 67-77
Feb. 9: Arkadikos - Nea Kifisia 58-67

Regular Season: Round 17

Feb. 23: Pagrati - Agia Paraskevis
Feb. 23: Trikalla - OFI
Feb. 23: Ikaroi Serron - Arkadikos
Feb. 23: Nea Kifisia - Niki Volou
Feb. 23: Koroivos - Doxa Lefkadas
Feb. 23: Irakleio - Ermis Lagkada
Feb. 23: Lavrio - Filathlitikos


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Kostas TOTSIOS
  Ikaroi S.
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Totsios, Ikaroi S.21.1 
 2. Anagnostopou., Erm.20.1 
 3. Giannakopoul., Lav.18.4 
 4. Karaboulas, Nea K.17.9 
 5. Vranjes, Pagrati17.4 
 6. Kitsoulis, OFI17.1 
 7. Psileas, Agia P.15.8 
 8. Simeonidis, Ikaroi15.3 
 9. Karydas, Koroivos15.1 
 10. Tsiotras, Arkadik.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petros NOEAS
  Koroivos
  (204-F-87)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Noeas, Koroivos9.1 
 2. Papachristos, Trik.8.7 
 3. Anagnostopou., Erm.8.3 
 4. Manousos, Doxa L.7.6 
 5. Koutroulias, Pagra.7.4 
 6. Sklavos, Pagrati7.2 
 7. Cubrilo, Arkadikos7.1 
 8. Simeonidis, Ikaroi7.1 
 9. Pelkic, Irakleio6.9 
 10. Vardavas, Agia P.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Athanasios KARYDAS
  Koroivos
  (182-G-79)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Karydas, Koroivos5.8 
 2. Gikas, Filathlitik.5.6 
 3. Vasilopoulos, Pagr.5.4 
 4. Moschovitis, Nea K.5.1 
 5. Papadakis, OFI4.1 
 6. Giannakopoul., Lav.3.9 
 7. Katsares, Trikalla3.7 
 8. Mavrogiannis, Niki3.6 
 9. Saloustros, Filath.3.6 
 10. Tsiotras, Arkadik.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos KATSARES
  Trikalla
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Katsares, Trikalla2.5 
 2. Tsiotras, Arkadikos2.3 
 3. Vranjes, Pagrati2.2 
 4. Karydas, Koroivos2.1 
 5. Gikas, Filathlitik.1.9 
 6. Psileas, Agia P.1.8 
 7. Giannakopoul., Lav.1.8 
 8. Ioakeimidis, Ermis1.7 
 9. Saloustros, Filath.1.6 
 10. Mavrogiannis, Nik.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Thanasis ADETOKOUBO
  Filath.
  (200-F-93)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Adetokoubo, Filath.1.2 
 2. Doychinov, OFI1.1 
 3. Papachristos, Trik.0.9 
 4. Vagenas, Doxa L.0.8 
 5. Anagnostopou., Erm.0.8 
 6. Nikoloudis, Ikaroi0.8 
 7. Charismidis, Trika.0.7 
 8. Pelkic, Irakleio0.7 
 9. Sioutis, Nea Kifis.0.7 
 10. Perakis, Lavrio0.6 


Mihalis Tsairelis claims Greek A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Mihalis Tsairelis (207-F/C-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for PAOK and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 24-year old power forward had a double-double of 16 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat KAOD (#12, 5-11) 77-66. PAOK maintains the 4th position in Greek A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. PAOK will need more victories to improve their 12-4 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Tsairelis as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Mihalis Tsairelis averages this season 8.3ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old former international forward Michalis Pelekanos (198-F-81, agency: FCM) of Aris. Pelekanos impressed basketball fans with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. It was enough for Aris to edge the lower-ranked Ilysiakos (#10, 5-11) by 2 points 64-62. Aris' 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-9 record. Pelekanos is a newcomer at Aris and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Terrell Stoglin (185-PG-91) of Ilysiakos (#10). Stoglin scored 29 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Stoglin's great performance Ilysiakos lost 62-64 to the higher-ranked Aris (#7, 7-9). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Ilysiakos not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Stoglin could try to bring Ilysiakos' a little bit higher in the standings. Stoglin has a very solid season. In 8 games in Greece he scored 27.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nikos Pappas (195-G-90) of Panionios - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. LaRon Dendy (205-C-88) of Kolossos - 18 points and 8 rebounds
6. Errick McCollum (185-PG-88) of Apollon Patras - 26 points and 2 assists
7. Stephane Lasme (203-F-82) of Panathinaikos - 16 points and 9 rebounds
8. Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (199-F/G-77) of Apollon Patras - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Spyros Magounis (200-G-85) of Panelefsiniakos - 20 points and 6 rebounds
10. Larry Turner (210-C/F-82) of Apollon Patras - 11 points and 9 rebounds

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



Sakarya U16 Tournament: Greece triumph with the win over Serbia - by Eurobasket News

Greece U16-Serbia U16 53:44

Greece triumph with the win over Serbia at the Sakarya U16 Tournament. The team won the Final game 53:44 and triumphed in Turkey. Greece won all the games of the campaign! Antonis Koniaris was named as Most Valuable Player of the final game.
Greek U16 National team better opened the match and made advantage of 5 points, but Serbian players made break in the second quarter and decrease Greeks advantage to 2 points. Greece won the third period 10-8 and increased to 4 points after 30 minutes. In the beginning of final quarter, Greece forced its rival to make mistakes and retained controlling the game. They increased the final victory to 9 points.
For the winner the most efficient players were Dimitris Fionis with 13 points and Antonis Korianis with 12. George Papagiannis followed them with 11 points and 8 blocks. The most efficient players in Serbian team were Vojislav Stojanovic (196-G-97) with 13 scored points and 9 caroms. Slobodan Jovanovic (192-SG-97, college: Regis Univ.) scored 8 points and Stefan Peno netted 7.

Greece U16: Dimitris Fionis 13, Antonis Koniaris (183-PG-97) 12, George Papagiannis 11, Dionisis Skoulidas 8
Serbia U16: Vojislav Stojanovic 13, Slobodan Jovanovic 8, Stefan Peno 7, Stefan Nikolic (198-F-97) 5, David Miladinovic (205-C-97) 5



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  HOLLAND   

Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Leiden 20-5 
 2. Den Bosch 19-4 
 3. Groningen 16-8 
 4. Zwolle 14-12 
 5. Leeuwarden 13-12 
 6. Den Helder K. 12-13 
 7. M.Magixx 12-13 
 8. Weert 11-14 
 9. Amsterdam 4-21 
 10. Rotterdam 2-21 

Regular Season: Round 23

Feb. 9: M.Magixx - Weert 84-87
Feb. 10: Amsterdam - Leeuwarden 80-85
Feb. 10: Zwolle - Leiden 72-78
Feb. 13: Leiden - Rotterdam
Feb. 14: Groningen - Den Bosch



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Brian Stafford moves to Szombathely - by Levente Szabo

The management of Falco-Szova KC-Szombathely decided to part ways with American guard, Janou Rubin (193-G-82, agency: Two Points, college: UCLA) who joined the team in January. He played 5 regular season games with the team averaging 9.2ppg, 4.6rpg and 3.6apg in 25 minutes on the court.

Janou Rubin will be replaced by rookie Brian Stafford (193-G-90, college: Denver) who played for Factum Sport Debrecen this year where he recorded 17.5ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.8apg. Brian and his team agreed to part ways, so the American rookie is free to join the currently 7th ranked Falco-Szova KC-Szombathely. He will arrive to Szombathely tomorrow morning.



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  ICELAND   

Standings - Iceland Express League

Express L. Standings
 1. Grindavik 12-3 
 2. Snaefell 12-4 
 3. Thor Thorl 11-5 
 4. Keflavik 10-5 
 5. Stjarnan 9-6 
 6. KR 9-7 
 7. Njardvik 6-9 
 8. Skallagrimur 6-10 
 9. KFI 5-11 
 10. Tindastoll 5-11 
 11. Fjolnir 4-11 
 12. IR 4-11 

Regular Season: Round 16

Feb. 10: KR - Thor Thorl 88-83
Feb. 10: Skallagrimur - Tindastoll 63-77
Feb. 10: KFI - Snaefell 106-110 OT
Feb. 11: Fjolnir - Keflavik
Feb. 11: Stjarnan - Njardvik
Feb. 11: Grindavik - IR


Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Damier PITTS
  KFI
  (177-PG-89)
  Avg: 32.9
 1. Pitts, KFI32.9 
 2. Palm, IR27.0 
 3. Smith, Thor Thorl26.9 
 4. Medlock, Skallagri.25.1 
 5. Broussard, Grind.23.3 
 6. Craion, Keflavik22.6 
 7. Shouse, Stjarnan22.5 
 8. Zeglinski, Grindav.22.4 
 9. Jackson, Thor Thorl21.5 
 10. Quaintance, Skall.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Njardvik
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Van, Njardvik14.7 
 2. Craion, Keflavik13.5 
 3. Quaintance, Skalla.12.9 
 4. Spicer, Fjolnir10.1 
 5. Valentine, Tindast.9.9 
 6. Virijevic, KFI9.8 
 7. McQueen, Snaefell9.7 
 8. Mills, Stjarnan9.7 
 9. Jackson, Thor Thorl9.0 
 10. Broussard, Grind.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Snaefell
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Threatt, Snaefell9.4 
 2. Shouse, Stjarnan8.8 
 3. Pitts, KFI7.4 
 4. Zeglinski, Grindav.6.9 
 5. Williams, IR6.6 
 6. Gibson, Tindastoll6.3 
 7. Smith, Thor Thorl5.7 
 8. Fridriksson, Njard.4.9 
 9. Valsson, Keflavik4.9 
 10. Bjornsson, KR4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Haminn QUAINTANCE
  Skalla.
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Quaintance, Skalla.2.8 
 2. Moore, Njardvik2.7 
 3. Medlock, Skallagri.2.6 
 4. Broussard, Grind.2.5 
 5. Pitts, KFI2.3 
 6. Viggosson, Tindast.2.2 
 7. Jonsson, Thor Thorl2.1 
 8. Threatt, Snaefell2.1 
 9. Williams, IR2.1 
 10. Hilmarsson, Thor1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Keflavik
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Craion, Keflavik2.4 
 2. Mills, Stjarnan2.0 
 3. Quaintance, Skalla.1.7 
 4. Bradshaw, KFI1.5 
 5. Magnusson, KR1.3 
 6. Van, Njardvik1.2 
 7. Acox, KR1.2 
 8. Valentine, Tindast.1.2 
 9. Thorsteinsso., Gri.1.1 
 10. Valdimarsson, Stj.0.9 



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WABA Championship: Iran topple Lebanon in overtime - by Eurobasket News

Iran - Lebanon 100:86 (OT)

Iran clinched the WABA Championship title. They held off Lebanon in overtime battle in Tehran to take the honours. Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86) came up with 10 points in the extra period to seal the win for the hosts.
Iran started the game strong. They quickly cleared off to a 14:4 lead. Lebanon did not allow the hosts to run away as they cut the deficit at 4-point mark 19:23. Iran stayed in front throughout the second term. The home team accumulated a 45:33 halftime advantage. Lebanon struggled to get any closer in the third term. They trailed by 7 points heading into the fourth frame 57:64. However Lebanon managed to come back into this one. Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina) stepped up with 9 points late in regulation to help Lebanon draw things level at 80 forcing overtime. But Asghar Kardoust made sure Iran clinch the trophy. He poured in 10 points in the extra period and led his team to the summit. Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) stepped up with 26 points to lead the winners. Asghar Kardoust added 22 points for the home team. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) answered with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Reyshawn Terry led all scorers with 29 points in defeat.

Iran: Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami 26, Asghar Kardoust 22, Amir Sedighi (203-F-93) 13
Lebanon: Reyshawn Terry 29, Fadi Khatib 28



League leaders - by Kazem Ghayem

After the end of regular season IRIBF officail website announced Iran Super league leaders.
Points per game :
1- Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) : 24.6 ppg
2- Jonas Lalehzadeh : 20.56 ppg
3- Diego Fajardo : 20.14 ppg
4- Mahdi Kamrani : 19.86 ppg
5- Iman Zandi : 19.56 ppg
6- Sani Becirovic : 18.78 ppg
7- Mohammad Jamshidi : 17.20 ppg
8- Mojtaba BaniAghil : 16.30 ppg
9- Mikalai Aliakseyeu : 16.30 ppg
10- Mohammad Hassanzadeh : 16.00 ppg

Rebound per game :
1- Diego Fajardo : 10.86 rpg
2- Sergo Atuashvili : 10.11 rpg
3- Mikalai Aliakseyeu : 10.00 rpg
4- Marco Milic : 9.82 rpg
5- Povilas Cukinas : 9.20 rpg

Block per game :
1- Antonio Broxsie : 1.82 bpg
2- Asghar Kardoust : 1.67 bpg
3- Rouzbeh Arghavan : 1.61 bpg
4- Mikalai Aliakseyeu : 1.45 bpg
5- Povilas Cukinas : 1.27 bpg

Steal per game :
1- Amir Amini : 3.94 spg
2- Kaveh Nourafza : 3.00 spg
3- Erfan Nassajpour : 2.91 spg
4- Aren Davoudi : 2.71 spg
5- Mohammad Jamshidi : 2.64 spg

Asisst per game :
1- Sani Becirovic : 4.47 apg
2- CHRIS WILLIAMS : 3.69 apg
3- Hamed Hosseinzadeh : 3.65 apg
4- Aren Davoudi : 3.41 apg
5- Hamed Afagh : 3.39 apg



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WABA Championship: Jordan edge Iraq to punch ticket to Manila - by Eurobasket News

Jordan - Iraq 86:80

Jordan claimed the crucial win in the final round of the WABA Championship. They overcame Iraq to occupy the third position and thus sealed their ticket to the Fiba Asia Championship. Wesam Al-Sous (183-PG-83) stepped up with 30 points to pace the winners. Iraq finished in the fourth position with no wins in three games played.
Jordan put their noses in front early in the game. They secured a 20:15 lead after ten minutes. Iraq however turned things around in the second quarter. They upend the tempo and pulled ahead for a 42:40 halftime lead. Jordan relied heavily on Wesal Al-Sous and managed to regain a 55:54 lead with one quarter remaining. Jordan opened the fourth frame on a 23:10 run to pile up a comfortable lead. Iraq fought bravely cutting the margin but stopped short of victory at the end. Rasheim Wright (192-G-81, college: District of Col.) netted 9 points, while Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) added 20 points and 15 boards for Jordan. Michael Shamon (192-F-84) answered with 21 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for Iraq. Mohammed Mahdi (204-F/C-80) had 18 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.

Jordan: Wesam Al-Sous 30, Ayman Idais 20+15 boards, Rasheim Wright 9
Iraq: Michael Shamon 21, Mohammed Mahdi 18



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Standings - Lega 2

Lega2 Standings
 1. Sigma Barcel. 12-5 
 2. Giorgo Tesi PT 12-5 
 3. Novipiu Casale 11-6 
 4. C.de Latte BRE 11-6 
 5. Biancoblu BO 10-7 
 6. Givova Scafati 9-8 
 7. Tezenis VE 8-9 
 8. Pall.Trento 8-9 
 9. AcegasAps TR 8-9 
 10. LeGamberi FO 8-9 
 11. FCM Ferentino 7-10 
 12. Upea CdO 7-10 
 13. Prima Veroli 6-11 
 14. Fileni BPA Jesi 6-11 
 15. Aget Service IM 5-12 

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 10: Upea CdO - Novipiu Casale 94-81
Feb. 10: Biancoblu BO - Fileni BPA Jesi 90-62
Feb. 10: FCM Ferentino - AcegasAps TR 86-73
Feb. 10: C.de Latte BRE - Givova Scafati 82-72
Feb. 10: LeGamberi FO - Sigma Barcel. 77-81
Feb. 10: Pall.Trento - Prima Veroli 68-57
Feb. 10: Tezenis VE - Giorgo Tesi PT 64-67

Regular Season: Round 19

Feb. 17: Novipiu Casale - C.de Latte BRE
Feb. 17: Sigma Barcel. - Tezenis VE
Feb. 17: Giorgo Tesi PT - Biancoblu BO
Feb. 17: Fileni BPA Jesi - Aget Service IM
Feb. 17: LeGamberi FO - FCM Ferentino
Feb. 17: Givova Scafati - AcegasAps TR
Feb. 17: Prima Veroli - Upea CdO


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Rodney GREEN
  Novipiu Casale
  (195-F/G-88)
  Avg: 23
 1. Green, Novipiu Cas.23.0 
 2. Ware, Novipiu Casa.20.7 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni B.20.2 
 4. Marigney, Aget S.19.8 
 5. Mays, Givova S.19.4 
 6. Young, Upea CdO18.6 
 7. Hicks, Giorgo T.18.2 
 8. Jenkins, C.de L.17.9 
 9. Battle, Upea CdO17.6 
 10. Griffin, Fileni B.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE13.5 
 2. Todic, LeGamber.9.9 
 3. Ekperigin, FCM F.9.8 
 4. George, Upea CdO9.5 
 5. Slay, Givova Scafa.9.3 
 6. Butkevicius, Novip.9.0 
 7. Mosley, Biancobl.8.5 
 8. Giddens, C.de L.8.5 
 9. Maggioli, Fileni B.8.5 
 10. Toppo, Giorgo T.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Taurean GREEN
  Sigma B.
  (184-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Green, Sigma B.5.5 
 2. Ware, Novipiu Casa.5.0 
 3. Pecile, Biancobl.4.8 
 4. Fernandez, C.de L.4.5 
 5. Battle, Upea CdO4.4 
 6. Roderick, LeGamber.4.1 
 7. Gay, Aget S.4.1 
 8. Marigney, Aget S.3.5 
 9. Walker, Prima Vero.3.5 
 10. Guarino, FCM F.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Donato CUTOLO
  Biancobl.
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Cutolo, Biancobl.2.9 
 2. Mays, Givova S.2.6 
 3. James, FCM F.2.5 
 4. George, Upea CdO2.4 
 5. Fernandez, C.de L.2.3 
 6. Green, Novipiu Cas.2.3 
 7. Lawal, Tezenis VE2.2 
 8. Ware, Novipiu Casa.2.2 
 9. Hicks, Giorgo T.2.1 
 10. Battle, Upea CdO2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 William MOSLEY
  Biancobl.
  (202-C-89)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Mosley, Biancobl.1.7 
 2. Lawal, Tezenis VE1.6 
 3. Griffin, Fileni B.1.5 
 4. Pascolo, Pall.Tren.1.3 
 5. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.1 
 6. Giddens, C.de L.1.0 
 7. James, FCM F.1.0 
 8. Butkevicius, Novip.0.9 
 9. Gandini, AcegasAp.0.8 
 10. Roderick, LeGambe.0.8 


Beko Final Eight, final: Varese 74 Siena 77 - by Armando Caporaso

Someday dreams came true, but for the great Varese of this first part of season today isn't one of that day.The Montepaschi Siena wins the cup imposing is experience already in the first minutes with an overpowering 18-0 in 5 minutes that directs the game to the Italian champions. Varese tried to mend the breach but, after a good comeback, is stopped in the last minutes by a surgical Brown, top scorer (but not MVP) with 25 points in only 24 minutes! The MVP of the entire competition is Daniel Hackett (200-PG-87, agency: Two Points, college: USC), decisive yesterday in the semifinal and today in the second and third quarter when Siena maintained the advantage (however 17 points for the italian guard). Banchi wins is first Final 8 like head coach thanks also the defense and the choises in the key moments. For Varese dream ends but there are positive segnals to continue his very good season. Mike Green is the leader with 29 points, the last to surrender, but with Dunston is the only player in double digit, too few to win against this Siena. Sakota and Polonara don't repeat the performance of the last 2 games, Ere finds the basket with difficulty and Banks never enter in the match (zero points with only 15 minutes). The Cimberio not shoots well from 3 and loses too many ball (18) closing with just one steal!

Fisrt ball of the final is for Siena that starts with a devastating 18-0 in the first 5 minutes with 7 points of Janning and 5 for Brown with a perfect 8/9 total. The first points of Varese, after 0/7 and 3 turnovers, are for Talts after almost 6 minutes. Siena commits 2 offensive fouls and, after the second foul of Eze, De Nicolao scores the triple for the -13. Brown answers by 3 (21-5) but Dunston and Talts with 5 consecutive points force the timeout of coach Banchi. In the last 2 minutes continues the partial of Varese with Dunston and Green thanks also another 2 consecutive fouls, in attack, of the Montepashi (one of this is the second for Kangur). The American center (5 points until now, top scorer of his team) blocks Ortner but Sanikidze, with the last shot served by Brown (already 8 points and 3 assist for the playmaker), closes the quarter with the result of 23-14 closing also the against-partial of 9-0 for the Cimberio.
With 2 free throws, and a good defense on Hackett that procures the dunk of Rush in counterattack, De Nicolao open the second quarter. After the baskets of Ortner, Dunston (two times) and Hackett Varese comeback until the -5 and is the time for Sakota, hero of the semifinal. Hackett scores again and back also the points of Janning that, with his first triple, take Siena on +12 with 5 minutes remaining. Green breaks the partial and Sakota realizes his first points, of course by 3, but Hackett continues to attack the basket gaining important free throws and the third foul of Dunston. Green tries to lead the Cimberio with his aggressivity but, after the third foul also for Ere, Siena in the last minute reaches the 14 points of advantage thanks the triple of Hackett (decisive with 12 points) that miss the last shoot to increase the gap. At the end of the first half, 43-29, there are also 10 points of Janning for Siena while for the Cimberio 9 points of Dunston and 6 of Green (but 5 turnovers). Still without points Banks and Ere (for the captain 6 rebounds). Important rest of Brown in the second partial and already 7 rebounds for Sanikidze.
Siena starts good in the third quarter with the points of Moss, Brown and Eze while Varese, excluding the usual Green and Dunston, finds finally the first points of Ere by the free throws line. After a tecnical foul for the Cimberio bench and the serious fourth foul of Dunston Siena is again in control (+18) even if Green tries to react with 3 points canceled immediately by the triple of Brown (4/4 by 3) and a couple of turnovers (13 total with only one steal). Brown answers to the amazing 3 points shot of Green (3 fouls shortly after) turn off the enthusiasm of the supporters and thanks a great defense close the partial for 66-49 despite the tap-in of Rush in the last possessions. Still zero points for Banks, until now disappointing own like yesterday.
Polonara opens the last 10 minutes with the dunk, in tap-in, and Siena loses the first ball with the fourth foul, in attack, for Eze (that blocks Green shortly after). Ere finds his first points, after the free throws, but Varese does not take advantage of the turnovers of Siena excluding the 2+1 of Dunston for the -10. For the Nigerian guard arrives is fourth foul but the bad news for coach Vitucci is another, the fifth foul of Dunston that ends is Final 8 prematurely with 14 points. With the triple and the free throws of Green the Cimberio back, after very long time, under the double digit of disadvantage and, encouraged by the numerous supporters, starts the last 3 minutes of the game with only 5 points to recover! In a decisive moment Hackett scores by 3 but with 4 consecutive points is Green again to approach his team until the -4. In the last minute Brown does not miss anything and, despite the attempts of Green and the triple of Ere with 9 second remaining the free throws of Sanikidze and the triple of De Nicolao (unfortunately too late) close the game and Siena is champion once again!

Cimberio Varese: Green 29 pts + 4 ass + 6 reb + 10 suf + 8 tur, Dunston 14 pts, Ere 7 pts + 7 reb, De Nicolao 8 pts, Talts 8 reb

Montepaschi Siena: Brown 25 pts + 4 ass, Hackett 17 pts + 8 suf, Janning 10 pts, Sanikidze 8 reb, Moss 6 reb, Eze 3 blk



Lega2 Round 18: Upea CdO beats Novipiu Casale in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Capo d'Orlando. First ranked Upea CdO faced 3rd ranked Novipiu Casale. Host Upea CdO (7-10) defeated guests from Casale (11-6) 94-81. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-81. Upea CdO dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Novipiu Casale's 36. They outrebounded Novipiu Casale 38-20 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American point guard Talor Battle (183-88, college: Penn St.) who scored 29 points and 5 assists. Naturalized American guard Donte Mathis (190-77, college: Texas St., agency: Two Points) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Upea CdO's coach Gianmarco Pozzecco used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international swingman Niccolo Martinoni (202-89) who recorded 24 points. Upea CdO have a solid three-game winning streak. Despite that victory Upea CdO went down to eleventh position due to points difference, which they share with FCM Ferentino. Novipiu Casale at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost. They share the position with C.de Latte BRE. Upea CdO is looking forward to face Prima Veroli (#13) on the road in the next round. Novipiu Casale will play against C.de Latte BRE (#4) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
The game in Forli was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Sigma Barcellona (12-5) played at the court of 8th ranked LeGamberi Foods Forli (8-9). Sigma Barcellona managed to secure a 4-point victory 81-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of LeGamberi Foods Forli. It was a good game for American point guard Taurean Green (184-85, college: Florida) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. Jobey Thomas contributed with 17 points for the winners. Bosnian-Serbian forward Miroslav Todic (205-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for LeGamberi Foods Forli. Sigma Barcellona keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Giorgo Tesi PT. LeGamberi Foods Forli at the other side dropped to the seventh place with nine games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Sigma Barcellona will play against Tezenis VE (#7) in Verona in the next round where they are favorite. LeGamberi Foods Forli will play at home against FCM Ferentino and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Verona between Tuscany Pistoia and Tezenis VE. Fourth ranked Tuscany Pistoia (12-5) got a very close victory on the road over 9th ranked Tezenis VE (8-9). Tuscany Pistoia managed to escape with a 3-point win 67-64 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Fiorello Toppo had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Olaseni Lawal with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 16 rebounds. Tuscany Pistoia keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Sigma Barcel. Loser Tezenis VE dropped to the seventh place with nine games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Tuscany Pistoia will meet at home Biancoblu BO (#5) in the next round. Tezenis VE will play against the league's leader Sigma Barcellona and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Ferentino, where 10th ranked AcegasAps TR (8-9) lost to thirteenth ranked FCM Ferentino (7-10) in a road game 73-86. Delroy James notched a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds to lead the effort. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. FCM Ferentino moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Upea CdO. AcegasAps TR lost third consecutive game. AcegasAps TR at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. FCM Ferentino's next round opponent will be higher ranked LeGamberi Foods Forli (#10) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Bologna. Local Biancoblu BO (10-7) outscored 14th ranked Fileni BPA Jesi (6-11) 90-62 on Sunday night. The best player for the winners was Ricky Harris who scored 32 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Biancoblu BO moved-up to fifth place. Loser Fileni BPA Jesi dropped to the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. Biancoblu BO will face league's second-placed Tuscany Pistoia on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Fileni BPA Jesi will play against Aget Service IM (#15) in Imola and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 18 Prima Veroli was defeated by Pall.Trento in a road game 68-57. C.de Latte BRE beat Givova Scafati at home 82-72.


FCM Ferentino - AcegasAps TR 86-73

We should mention about the upset which took place in Ferentino, where 10th ranked AcegasAps TR (8-9) lost to thirteenth ranked FCM Ferentino (7-10) in a road game 73-86. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 27-10 run, which allowed them to win the game. FCM Ferentino shot 33 for 44 from the free-throw line, while AcegasAps TR only scored seventeen points from the stripe. FCM Ferentino forced 20 AcegasAps TR turnovers. 29 personal fouls committed by AcegasAps TR helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Guyanese forward Delroy James (203-87, college: Rhode Island) notched a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and point guard Francesco Guarino (182-79) supported him with 9 points and 6 assists. Even 20 points by naturalized Argentinian point guard Ariel Filloy (189-87, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for AcegasAps TR. Belarusian Mikita Meshcharakou (202-88, college: Wake Forest) added 13 points. Four AcegasAps TR players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. FCM Ferentino moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Upea CdO. AcegasAps TR lost third consecutive game. AcegasAps TR at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. FCM Ferentino's next round opponent will be higher ranked LeGamberi Foods Forli (#10) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
FCM Ferentino: D.James 36+11reb+3ast, F.Guarino 9+1reb+6ast, S.Parrillo 9+4reb, G.Tomassini 8+2ast, G.Gurini 7+4reb, L.Ekperigin 7+7reb
AcegasAps TR: A.Filloy 20+4reb+2ast, M.Carra 15, M.Meshcharakou 13+4reb, L.Gandini 10+7reb, B.Ondo Mengue 9, K.Abdel Fall 4+7reb
gschID: 188886


Biancoblu BO - Fileni BPA Jesi 90-62

The game with biggest result difference took place in Bologna. Local Biancoblu BO (10-7) outscored 14th ranked Fileni BPA Jesi (6-11) 90-62 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 15-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-62. Biancoblu BO forced 22 Fileni BPA Jesi turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Ricky Harris (188-87, college: Massachusetts) who scored 32 points. Naturalized Ghanian guard David Cournooh (188-90) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Eric Griffin (203-90, college: Campbell) who recorded 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks and the former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Biancoblu BO moved-up to fifth place. Loser Fileni BPA Jesi dropped to the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. Biancoblu BO will face league's second-placed Tuscany Pistoia on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Fileni BPA Jesi will play against Aget Service IM (#15) in Imola and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Biancoblu BO: R.Harris 32+4reb+3ast, D.Cournooh 19+4reb+4ast, D.Drenovac 11+2ast, G.Pini 8+5reb, D.Cutolo 8+4reb+3ast, P.Verri 8+4reb+1ast
Fileni BPA Jesi: E.Griffin 20+7reb+2ast, M.Maggioli 15+7reb, J.Sanders 10+9reb+3ast, F.Zanelli 5+1reb, J.Valentini 4+3reb+3ast, M.Santiangeli 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 188884


Pall.Trento - Prima Veroli 68-57

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 12th ranked Prima Veroli's (6-11) road loss to eleventh ranked Pall.Trento (8-9) 57-68 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Pall.Trento. Prima Veroli was better in second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Prima Veroli to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Pall.Trento made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Nigerian-American point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, agency: Two Points) who scored 25 points (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!). The former international forward Luigi Dordei (202-81) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) who recorded 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import point guard Erving Walker (172-90, college: Florida) added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Prima Veroli's coach Franco Marcelletti rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Pall.Trento have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Prima Veroli dropped to the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. Pall.Trento will have a break next round. Prima Veroli will play at home against Upea CdO (#12) in Capo d'Orlando and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pall.Trento: M.Umeh 25+4reb, L.Dordei 17+6reb+2ast, B.Elder 9+1reb+1ast, D.Pascolo 6+5reb, A.Forray 6+5reb+2ast, L.Garri 3+9reb+5ast
Prima Veroli: L.Infante 13+1reb, E.Walker 10+5reb+5ast, P.Marigney 10+8reb+4ast, M.Jurevicus 9+3reb, S.Berti 5+2reb+2ast, T.Rinaldi 4+1reb
gschID: 188883


LeGamberi FO - Sigma Barcel. 77-81

The game in Forli was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Sigma Barcellona (12-5) played at the court of 8th ranked LeGamberi Foods Forli (8-9). Sigma Barcellona managed to secure a 4-point victory 81-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of LeGamberi Foods Forli. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. It was a good game for American point guard Taurean Green (184-85, college: Florida) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. The other American import guard Jobey Thomas (194-80, college: Charlotte) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Bosnian-Serbian forward Miroslav Todic (205-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian guard Bernardo Musso (193-86) added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for LeGamberi Foods Forli. Five LeGamberi Foods Forli players scored in double figures. Sigma Barcellona keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Giorgo Tesi PT. LeGamberi Foods Forli at the other side dropped to the seventh place with nine games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Sigma Barcellona will play against Tezenis VE (#7) in Verona in the next round where they are favorite. LeGamberi Foods Forli will play at home against FCM Ferentino and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Sigma Barcel.: T.Green 20+3reb+3ast, J.Thomas 17+3reb+3ast, R.Bucci 13+1reb, A.Cittadini 11+4reb, C.Callahan 8+5reb+1ast, M.Giuri 8+5reb+2ast
LeGamberi FO: M.Todic 21+11reb, B.Spencer 14+5reb+2ast, A.Tessitori 13+6reb+1ast, B.Musso 11+7reb+4ast, N.Natali 11+1reb, S.Borsato 7+2reb
gschID: 188882


C.de Latte BRE - Givova Scafati 82-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked C.de Latte BRE's (11-6) home victory over 6th ranked Givova Scafati (9-8) 82-72 on Sunday. C.de Latte BRE made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Givova Scafati turnovers. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was swingman J.R. Giddens (196-85, college: N.Mexico) who scored 23 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Guard Michael Jenkins (191-86, college: Winthrop) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. C.de Latte BRE's coach Alberto Martelossi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Keddric Mays (183-84) who recorded 26 points and 5 rebounds and forward Ronald Slay (203-81, college: Tennessee, agency: David Lee services) added 15 points and 12 rebounds respectively. C.de Latte BRE have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Novipiu Casale. Givova Scafati lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. C.de Latte BRE will face Novipiu Casale (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Givova Scafati will play against AcegasAps TR in Trieste.
Top scorers:
C.de Latte BRE: J.Giddens 23+5reb+4ast, M.Jenkins 16+3reb+4ast, D.Brkic 15+4reb, J.Fernandez 8+4reb+7ast, N.Barlos 7+7reb+1ast, F.Loschi 5+1reb
Givova Scafati: K.Mays 26+5reb+3ast, R.Slay 15+12reb+1ast, J.Tavernari 9+1reb+1ast, P.Baldassarre 5+4reb+1ast, F.Bushati 5+3reb, G.Sorrentino 4+1reb
gschID: 188881


Tezenis VE - Giorgo Tesi PT 64-67

A very close game took place in Verona between Tuscany Pistoia and Tezenis VE. Fourth ranked Tuscany Pistoia (12-5) got a very close victory on the road over 9th ranked Tezenis VE (8-9). Tuscany Pistoia managed to escape with a 3-point win 67-64 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 19-10. But Tezenis VE won fourth quarter 21-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Power forward Fiorello Toppo (198-80) had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Riccardo Cortese (195-86) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Nigerian-American power forward Olaseni Lawal (208-86, college: Wayne St., MI, agency: Pro One Sports) with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 16 rebounds and American point guard Richard McConnell (182-89, college: St.Mary's, CA, agency: Priority Sports) scored 14 points. Tuscany Pistoia keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Sigma Barcel. Loser Tezenis VE dropped to the seventh place with nine games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Tuscany Pistoia will meet at home Biancoblu BO (#5) in the next round. Tezenis VE will play against the league's leader Sigma Barcellona and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Giorgo Tesi PT: F.Toppo 13+14reb+1ast, A.Graves 12+2reb, R.Cortese 11+7reb, G.Galanda 9+3reb, J.Borra 7+5reb, G.Meini 6+4reb+1ast
Tezenis VE: R.McConnell 14+2reb+2ast, C.Westbrook 12+4reb+1ast, O.Lawal 10+16reb, M.Chessa 9+1reb, M.Da Ros 8+6reb+1ast, G.Boscagin 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 188880


Upea CdO - Novipiu Casale 94-81

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Capo d'Orlando. First ranked Upea CdO faced 3rd ranked Novipiu Casale. Host Upea CdO (7-10) defeated guests from Casale (11-6) 94-81. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-81. Upea CdO dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Novipiu Casale's 36. They outrebounded Novipiu Casale 38-20 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American point guard Talor Battle (183-88, college: Penn St.) who scored 29 points and 5 assists. Naturalized American guard Donte Mathis (190-77, college: Texas St., agency: Two Points) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Four Upea CdO players scored in double figures. Upea CdO's coach Gianmarco Pozzecco used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international swingman Niccolo Martinoni (202-89) who recorded 24 points and American point guard Casper Ware (177-90, college: Long Beach St.) added 18 points and 5 assists respectively. Upea CdO have a solid three-game winning streak. Despite that victory Upea CdO went down to eleventh position due to points difference, which they share with FCM Ferentino. Novipiu Casale at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost. They share the position with C.de Latte BRE. Upea CdO is looking forward to face Prima Veroli (#13) on the road in the next round. Novipiu Casale will play against C.de Latte BRE (#4) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Upea CdO: T.Battle 29+4reb+5ast, D.Mathis 19+4reb+4ast, M.Poletti 14+3reb+1ast, O.George 11+11reb+2ast, A.Benevelli 7+3reb, A.Mason 7+7reb+5ast
Novipiu Casale: N.Martinoni 24+4reb+1ast, C.Ware 18+1reb+5ast, M.Malaventura 11+2reb+1ast, R.Green 9+2reb+4ast, P.Butkevicius 8+8reb+1ast, S.Pierich 5+1reb
gschID: 188879



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Standings - JBL

JBL Standings
 1. Aishin SH 25-5 
 2. Toyota Alvark 23-7 
 3. Panasonic T. 18-12 
 4. Toshiba BT 18-12 
 5. Hitachi SR 16-14 
 6. Tochigi Brex 9-21 
 7. Mitsubishi DD 8-22 
 8. Hokkaido L. 3-27 

Regular Season: Round 15

Feb. 9: Toshiba BT - Mitsubishi DD 93-87
Feb. 9: Toyota Alvark - Tochigi Brex 89-60
Feb. 8: Toshiba BT - Mitsubishi DD 86-84
Feb. 9: Aishin SH - Hokkaido L. 86-65
Feb. 8: Toyota Alvark - Tochigi Brex 79-81
Feb. 10: Aishin SH - Hokkaido L. 78-61
Feb. 9: Panasonic T. - Hitachi SR 65-76
Feb. 8: Panasonic T. - Hitachi SR 65-51

Regular Season: Round 16

Feb. 15: Hitachi SR - Aishin SH
Feb. 16: Hokkaido L. - Panasonic T.
Feb. 16: Hitachi SR - Aishin SH
Feb. 16: Toshiba BT - Tochigi Brex
Feb. 16: Mitsubishi DD - Toyota Alvark
Feb. 17: Hokkaido L. - Panasonic T.
Feb. 17: Toshiba BT - Tochigi Brex
Feb. 17: Mitsubishi DD - Toyota Alvark


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba22.3 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi18.1 
 3. Watkins, Panasoni.17.3 
 4. Kanamaru, Panasoni.16.7 
 5. Smith, Hitachi SR16.4 
 6. Sakuragi, Aishin SH16.0 
 7. Orimo, Hokkaido L.14.0 
 8. Hale, Mitsubis.13.6 
 9. Rolle, Mitsubis.13.5 
 10. Gibbs, Toyota A.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba12.6 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin SH12.4 
 3. Watkins, Panasoni.12.1 
 4. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.4 
 5. Gibbs, Toyota A.8.6 
 6. Smith, Hitachi SR8.3 
 7. Takeuchi, Toyota7.5 
 8. Hale, Mitsubis.7.0 
 9. Young, Aishin SH6.9 
 10. Klette, Hokkaido6.3 
Assists Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH4.3 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi3.8 
 3. Shinoyama, Toshi.3.4 
 4. Tsuji, Toshiba BT3.3 
 5. Abe, Hokkaido L.3.2 
 6. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.2 
 7. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.0 
 8. Shonaka, Toyota A.2.7 
 9. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.7 
 10. Igarashi, Mitsubi.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Tomokazu ABE
  Hokkaido L.
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Abe, Hokkaido L.2.0 
 2. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.8 
 3. Gibbs, Toyota A.1.5 
 4. Hirose, Panasoni.1.5 
 5. Kawamura, Tochigi1.3 
 6. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.2 
 7. Tashiro, Mitsubis.1.2 
 8. Sakurai, Hokkaido.1.2 
 9. Fazekas, Toshiba1.1 
 10. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Jameel WATKINS
  Panasoni.
  (211-C/F-77)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Watkins, Panasoni.2.1 
 2. Covile, Aishin SH1.2 
 3. Rolle, Mitsubis.1.1 
 4. Fazekas, Toshiba1.0 
 5. Takeuchi, Toyota1.0 
 6. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.0 
 7. Young, Aishin SH0.9 
 8. Hale, Mitsubis.0.7 
 9. Smith, Hitachi SR0.7 
 10. Ricci, Toyota Alv.0.6 


JBL Round 15: Tochigi Brex defeats Toyota Alvark in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 15 in the JBL took place in Tokyo. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of second-best Toyota Alvark (23-7) to sixth ranked Tochigi Brex (9-21) 81-79 on Friday evening. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Tochigi Brex dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Toyota Alvark's 28. It was a great shooting night for Tochigi Brex especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 72.7 percentage. It was a great evening for the former international guard Yuta Tabuse (173-80, college: BYU-Hawaii) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 8 assists. The former international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) helped adding 20 points. The best for the losing side was American forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Tochigi Brex maintains sixth place with 9-21 record. Defending champion Toyota Alvark keeps the second position with seven games lost. Tochigi Brex are looking forward to face higher ranked Toshiba Thunders (#4) in Kanagawa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Toyota Alvark will play on the road against Mitsubishi Dolphins in Nagoya and is hoping to win this game.
Seventh-ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (8-22) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Toshiba Thunders (18-12) in Kanagawa. Toshiba Thunders managed to secure only two-point victory 86-84. However their fans expected easier game. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds. Mamadou Diouf accounted for 19 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) came up with 28 points and 7 rebounds for Mitsubishi Dolphins in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Toshiba Thunders have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Panasonic T. Mitsubishi Dolphins lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 22 games lost. Toshiba Thunders will play against Tochigi Brex (#6) at home in the next round. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play against the league's second-placed Toyota Alvark in Tokyo and hope to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Panasonic Trians (18-12) against fifth ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (16-14) on Saturday night. Host Panasonic Trians were defeated by Hitachi Sunrockers in Osaka 76-65. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Panasonic Trians. The best player for the winners was Joji Takeuchi who had a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Jameel Watkins who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains fifth place with 16-14 record. Panasonic Trians at the other side keep the third position with 12 games lost. They share it with Toshiba BT. Hitachi Sunrockers will meet at home league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Panasonic Trians will play against Hokkaido L. in Saporro and hope to secure a win.
JBL top team - Aishin Sea Horses (25-5) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat eighth ranked Hokkaido L. (3-27) in Kariya 78-61. It was a good game for J.R. Sakuragi who led his team to a victory with 8 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Aishin Sea Horses. They maintain first place with 25-5 record. Hokkaido L. lost their tenth game in a row. They stay dead last with 27 lost games. Aishin Sea Horses' next round opponent will be Hitachi Sunrockers (#5) in Tokyo. Hokkaido L. will play at home against Panasonic Trians in Osaka.
JBL top team - Aishin Sea Horses (25-5) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Hokkaido L. (3-27) in Kariya 86-65. It was a great evening for Kevin Young who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Aishin Sea Horses. They maintain first place with 25-5 record. Hokkaido L. lost their tenth game in a row. They stay dead last with 27 lost games. Aishin Sea Horses will face Hitachi Sunrockers (#5) in Tokyo in the next round. Hokkaido L. will play at home against Panasonic Trians in Osaka.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 15: Mitsubishi DD lost to Toshiba BT on the opponent's court 87-93. Toyota Alvark outscored Tochigi Brex in a home game 89-60. Hitachi SR recorded a loss to Panasonic T. on the road 65-51.


Aishin SH - Hokkaido L. 78-61

JBL top team - Aishin Sea Horses (25-5) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat eighth ranked Hokkaido L. (3-27) in Kariya 78-61. The game was mostly controlled by Aishin Sea Horses. Hokkaido L. was better in fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aishin Sea Horses players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a good game for the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who led his team to a victory with 8 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international forward Shogo Asayama (192-81) contributed with 18 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) for the winners. American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason) answered with 13 points and the former international guard Takehiko Orimo (190-70) added 16 points in the effort for Hokkaido L.Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Aishin Sea Horses. They maintain first place with 25-5 record. Hokkaido L. lost their tenth game in a row. They stay dead last with 27 lost games. Aishin Sea Horses' next round opponent will be Hitachi Sunrockers (#5) in Tokyo. Hokkaido L. will play at home against Panasonic Trians in Osaka.
Top scorers:
Aishin SH: S.Asayama 18+3reb+1ast, T.Furukawa 12+3reb+3ast, S.Kashiwagi 10+1reb+6ast, H.Omiya 10+3reb+1ast, J.Sakuragi 8+11reb+6ast, K.Young 8+5reb+2ast
Hokkaido L.: T.Orimo 16+2reb, T.Klette 13+4reb, J.Lewis 13+4reb+2ast, T.Abe 5+1reb+6ast, J.Kurino-Dews 4+5reb+2ast, R.Sakurai 4+7reb+2ast
gschID: 183346


Aishin SH - Hokkaido L. 86-65

JBL top team - Aishin Sea Horses (25-5) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Hokkaido L. (3-27) in Kariya 86-65. Aishin Sea Horses dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Hokkaido L.'s 36. It was a great evening for Jamaican center Kevin Young (206-84, college: Missouri) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) helped adding 8 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. The best for the losing side was American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason) with 16 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Takehiko Orimo (190-70) scored 13 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Aishin Sea Horses. They maintain first place with 25-5 record. Hokkaido L. lost their tenth game in a row. They stay dead last with 27 lost games. Aishin Sea Horses will face Hitachi Sunrockers (#5) in Tokyo in the next round. Hokkaido L. will play at home against Panasonic Trians in Osaka.
Top scorers:
Aishin SH: K.Young 18+8reb+1ast, T.Furukawa 14+3reb+3ast, S.Kashiwagi 9+5reb+3ast, S.Asayama 9+3reb+2ast, R.Hashimoto 8+1reb, S.Kitagawa 8+2reb
Hokkaido L.: J.Lewis 16+7reb+1ast, T.Orimo 13+4reb+1ast, M.Ito 9+2reb+1ast, K.Taneichi 8+7reb, T.Klette 7+4reb+1ast, D.Noguchi 5+2reb+5ast
gschID: 183344


Panasonic T. - Hitachi SR 65-76

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Panasonic Trians (18-12) against fifth ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (16-14) on Saturday night. Host Panasonic Trians were defeated by Hitachi Sunrockers in Osaka 76-65. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Panasonic Trians. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-65. The best player for the winners was international power forward Joji Takeuchi (207-85, agency: N.E.T.) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international swingman Takuma Watanabe (188-78) chipped in 22 points and 4 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and the former international point guard Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-80) added 16 points and 4 steals respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains fifth place with 16-14 record. Panasonic Trians at the other side keep the third position with 12 games lost. They share it with Toshiba BT. Hitachi Sunrockers will meet at home league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Panasonic Trians will play against Hokkaido L. in Saporro and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: T.Watanabe 22+1reb, D.Fenn 15+5reb+1ast, J.Takeuchi 10+11reb+6ast, J.Smith 9+5reb+5ast, J.Kano 5, F.Nishimura 5+5reb+1ast
Panasonic T.: J.Watkins 18+13reb+3ast, H.Kinoshita 16+4reb+3ast, K.Hirose 10+5reb, H.Watanabe 9+1reb, T.Onishi 3+1reb+1ast, S.Kobayashi 3
gschID: 183345


Toshiba BT - Mitsubishi DD 93-87

Rather expected game in Kanagawa where 7th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (8-22) were defeated by fourth ranked Toshiba Thunders (18-12) 93-87 on Saturday. Mitsubishi Dolphins trailed by 16 points at halftime and as many as 17 after three quarters before a 30-19 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 87-93 at the end of the game. Toshiba Thunders shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. Mitsubishi Dolphins were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. point guard Ryusei Shinoyama (178-88) helped adding 17 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was Bahamas power forward Magnum Rolle (211-86, college: Louisiana Tech) with 23 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Kei Igarashi (180-80) scored 18 points and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Toshiba Thunders. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Panasonic T. Mitsubishi Dolphins lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 22 games lost. Toshiba Thunders will face Tochigi Brex (#6) at home in the next round. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play against the league's second-placed Toyota Alvark in Tokyo.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 20+11reb+2ast, R.Shinoyama 17+2reb+4ast, N.Tsuji 16+1reb+4ast, T.Kurihara 15+3reb+3ast, M.Diouf 9+6reb+3ast, Y.Uda 5+1reb+1ast
Mitsubishi DD: M.Rolle 23+9reb+1ast, K.Igarashi 18+3reb+5ast, R.Hale 18+6reb, J.Uzawa 16+1reb, J.Abe 4+2reb+1ast, Y.Ueta 3+1reb
gschID: 183343


Toyota Alvark - Tochigi Brex 89-60

Rather predictable result in Tokyo where second ranked Toyota Alvark (23-7) smashed 6th ranked Tochigi Brex (9-21) 89-60 on Saturday. The game without a history. Toyota Alvark led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Tochigi Brex to just 6 points in second quarter. Toyota Alvark made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Toyota Alvark had a 31-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Toyota Alvark especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. It was a great evening for American forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 30 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) helped adding 14 points and 4 steals. Four Toyota Alvark players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Nigerian-British center Olumide Oyedeji (210-81) with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 15 rebounds and the former international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) scored 22 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains second place with 23-7 record having just two points less than leader Aishin SH. Loser Tochigi Brex keeps the sixth position with 21 games lost. Toyota Alvark will face Mitsubishi Dolphins (#7) in Nagoya in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Tochigi Brex will play on the road against Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: P.Ricci 30+6reb+4ast, J.Gibbs 14+4reb+2ast, K.Matsui 12+4reb+1ast, Y.Okada 11+2reb+2ast, T.Shonaka 7+5reb+2ast, M.Takahashi 7+4reb+3ast
Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 22+1reb+1ast, O.Oyedeji 10+15reb, T.Smith 7+2reb, D.Yamada 6+1reb+2ast, Y.Tabuse 4+3reb+3ast, K.Takeda 4+1ast
gschID: 183342


Toyota Alvark - Tochigi Brex 79-81

The most exciting game of round 15 in the JBL took place in Tokyo. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of second-best Toyota Alvark (23-7) to sixth ranked Tochigi Brex (9-21) 81-79 on Friday evening. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Tochigi Brex dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Toyota Alvark's 28. It was a great shooting night for Tochigi Brex especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 72.7 percentage. It was a great evening for the former international guard Yuta Tabuse (173-80, college: BYU-Hawaii) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 8 assists. The former international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) helped adding 20 points. Four Tochigi Brex players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and the former international guard Yusuke Okada (185-84) scored 25 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Tochigi Brex maintains sixth place with 9-21 record. Defending champion Toyota Alvark keeps the second position with seven games lost. Tochigi Brex are looking forward to face higher ranked Toshiba Thunders (#4) in Kanagawa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Toyota Alvark will play on the road against Mitsubishi Dolphins in Nagoya and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 20+4reb+2ast, Y.Tabuse 18+3reb+8ast, T.Yanagawa 13+2reb+1ast, K.Takeda 12+2reb+1ast, O.Oyedeji 9+10reb, T.Smith 4+4reb+1ast
Toyota Alvark: Y.Okada 25+3reb, P.Ricci 18+12reb+1ast, K.Matsui 12+2reb+1ast, J.Gibbs 7+5reb, M.Takahashi 5+6reb+5ast, K.Tanaka 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 183339


Panasonic T. - Hitachi SR 65-51

Not a big story in a game in Osaka where 5th ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (16-14) were defeated by third ranked Panasonic Trians (18-12) 65-51 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Panasonic Trians. Hitachi Sunrockers was better in second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Panasonic Trians dominated on the defensive end, holding Hitachi Sunrockers to just 6 points in third quarter. It was a great evening for American power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 19 rebounds. The former international point guard Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-80) helped adding 14 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was international power forward Joji Takeuchi (207-85, agency: N.E.T.) with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists and American power forward Jamar Smith (206-80, college: Maryland) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Panasonic Trians. They maintain third place with 18-12 record having seven points less than leader Aishin SH, which they share with Toshiba BT. Hitachi Sunrockers lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 14 games lost. Panasonic Trians will face bottom-ranked Hokkaido L. (#8) in Saporro in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hitachi Sunrockers will play at home against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya.
Top scorers:
Panasonic T.: J.Watkins 19+19reb, H.Kinoshita 14+5reb+3ast, H.Watanabe 10+1reb+3ast, K.Hirose 9+6reb+2ast, T.Onishi 5+4reb+1ast, Y.Abe 2
Hitachi SR: J.Takeuchi 14+14reb+5ast, F.Nishimura 11+1reb+3ast, J.Smith 9+6reb, H.Kashiwakura 6+2reb+1ast, T.Watanabe 4+2reb+1ast, T.Ito 3+1reb
gschID: 183341


Toshiba BT - Mitsubishi DD 86-84

Seventh-ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (8-22) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Toshiba Thunders (18-12) in Kanagawa. Toshiba Thunders managed to secure only two-point victory 86-84. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-12. But Mitsubishi Dolphins won third quarter 23-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds. Senegalese swingman Mamadou Diouf (197-77, college: Delaware) accounted for 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) came up with 28 points and 7 rebounds and Bahamas power forward Magnum Rolle (211-86, college: Louisiana Tech) added 17 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Mitsubishi Dolphins in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Toshiba Thunders have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Panasonic T. Mitsubishi Dolphins lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 22 games lost. Toshiba Thunders will play against Tochigi Brex (#6) at home in the next round. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play against the league's second-placed Toyota Alvark in Tokyo and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: M.Diouf 19+7reb+1ast, N.Fazekas 18+16reb+1ast, N.Tsuji 18+2ast, R.Shinoyama 10+1reb+2ast, Y.Uda 9+1reb+2ast, C.Moss 3+3reb
Mitsubishi DD: R.Hale 28+7reb+2ast, M.Rolle 17+9reb+1ast, J.Uzawa 12+4reb, K.Igarashi 10+1reb+2ast, T.Sato 5+6reb+2ast, K.Nakagawa 5+3reb
gschID: 183340



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WABA Championship: Jordan edge Iraq to punch ticket to Manila - by Eurobasket News

Jordan - Iraq 86:80

Jordan claimed the crucial win in the final round of the WABA Championship. They overcame Iraq to occupy the third position and thus sealed their ticket to the Fiba Asia Championship. Wesam Al-Sous (183-PG-83) stepped up with 30 points to pace the winners. Iraq finished in the fourth position with no wins in three games played.
Jordan put their noses in front early in the game. They secured a 20:15 lead after ten minutes. Iraq however turned things around in the second quarter. They upend the tempo and pulled ahead for a 42:40 halftime lead. Jordan relied heavily on Wesal Al-Sous and managed to regain a 55:54 lead with one quarter remaining. Jordan opened the fourth frame on a 23:10 run to pile up a comfortable lead. Iraq fought bravely cutting the margin but stopped short of victory at the end. Rasheim Wright (192-G-81, college: District of Col.) netted 9 points, while Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) added 20 points and 15 boards for Jordan. Michael Shamon (192-F-84) answered with 21 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for Iraq. Mohammed Mahdi (204-F/C-80) had 18 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.

Jordan: Wesam Al-Sous 30, Ayman Idais 20+15 boards, Rasheim Wright 9
Iraq: Michael Shamon 21, Mohammed Mahdi 18



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Standings -D1

D1 Standings
 1. BC Astana 16-0 
 2. Barsy Atyrau 8-4 
 3. Kaspiy Aktau 6-6 
 4. Tobol 5-11 
 5. BK Almaty 4-12 
 6. BK Kapshagay 2-6 

Regular Season: Round 14

Feb. 9: Kaspiy Aktau - BK Kapshagay 85-82
Feb. 4: Barsy Atyrau - BK Almaty 79-63
Feb. 10: Kaspiy Aktau - BK Kapshagay 77-65
Feb. 7: BC Astana - Tobol 71-70
Feb. 6: BC Astana - Tobol 114-80
Feb. 5: Barsy Atyrau - BK Almaty 108-60

Regular Season: Round 15

Feb. 13: Barsy Atyrau - BK Kapshagay
Feb. 13: Kaspiy Aktau - BK Almaty
Feb. 14: Barsy Atyrau - BK Kapshagay
Feb. 14: Kaspiy Aktau - BK Almaty



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  LATVIA   

LBL Standing

LBL Standings
 1. Barons kvartals 14-7 
 2. Valmiera 13-8 
 3. Jekabpils 13-9 
 4. Ventspils 11-1 
 5. VEF Riga 10-1 
 6. Jelgava 10-10 
 7. Jurmala 9-12 
 8. LU 9-14 
 9. Liepaja 8-15 
 10. Turiba 7-16 
 11. U18 1-12 

Regular Season: Round 26

Feb. 10: LU - Turiba 90-75
Feb. 9: Jekabpils - Liepaja 88-95
Feb. 13: Barons kvartals - Valmiera
Feb. 13: LU - Jurmala


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (204-G-90)
  Avg: 20
 1. Peiners, LU20.0 
 2. Gulbis, Barons k.19.6 
 3. Hill jr., Jekabpils16.6 
 4. O''Brien, Jekabpils16.4 
 5. Berzins, Valmiera15.5 
 6. Sirsnins, Jekabpils14.3 
 7. Apsitis, Turiba14.1 
 8. Brown, Jurmala14.1 
 9. Ozols, Jurmala13.9 
 10. Rudmiezis, Turiba13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Todd O''BRIEN
  Jekabpils
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 9
 1. O''Brien, Jekabpils9.0 
 2. Dargais, LU8.3 
 3. Butjankovs, Valmi.8.2 
 4. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.8.2 
 5. Mednis, Jurmala7.6 
 6. Mizis, Jelgava7.5 
 7. Berzins, Valmiera7.2 
 8. Gulbis, Barons k.6.3 
 9. Ziedins, Valmiera6.2 
 10. Hlebowicki, Jekab.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rinalds SIRSNINS
  Jekabpils
  (186-PG-85)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Sirsnins, Jekabpils6.3 
 2. Gabrans, Valmiera4.2 
 3. Hill jr., Jekabpils3.9 
 4. Sims, Ventspils3.8 
 5. Bergmanis, Barons3.5 
 6. Metra, Barons k.3.5 
 7. Miezis, Barons k.3.2 
 8. Brown, Jurmala3.1 
 9. Kanbergs, Jelgava3.1 
 10. Peiners, LU3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (204-G-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Peiners, LU2.0 
 2. Brown, Jurmala1.8 
 3. Rudmiezis, Turiba1.8 
 4. Miezis, Barons k.1.7 
 5. Jakovics, Liepaja1.7 
 6. Sirsnins, Jekabpils1.6 
 7. Mizis, Jelgava1.6 
 8. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.5 
 9. Sims, Ventspils1.5 
 10. Virsis, Jekabpils1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Barons k.
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Rozitis, Barons k.1.6 
 2. Meiers, Ventspils1.3 
 3. Ziedins, Valmiera1.0 
 4. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.1.0 
 5. Iljins, Valmiera0.9 
 6. Hlebowicki, Jekabp.0.8 
 7. Leiteris, Liepaja0.7 
 8. O''Brien, Jekabpils0.7 
 9. Mednis, Jurmala0.7 
 10. Chamberlain, Jelg.0.6 


Sakarya U16 Tournament: Latvia beat the hosts in the last game - by Eurobasket News

Latvia beat the hosts in the last game of the Sakarya U16 Tournament. Latvia U16 grabbed a 61:60 win over Turkey U16 in the last game for both teams. Latvia ended up on the 7th position, while Turkey finished on the 8th. Arturs Strautins (192-G-98) top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Renars Birkans netted 10. Arber Berisha replied with 20 points and 12 rebounds in the losing effort, whilst Furkan Korkmaz (193-SG-97), Egehan Arna (192-G-97) and Egehan Arna had 7 each.
Earlier Slovenia U16 overcame Latvia U16 76:63. They started with 20-11 and added 19-17 in the second frame. Slovenia also won the third period 24-16, while the Baltic State reduced to final 13 points after 19-13 rally in the last stanza. Tjaz Hadalin (192-SF-97) top-scored for the winners with 19 points, while Urban Durnik (201-PF-97) notched 16. Arturs Strautins replied with 21 points in the losing effort and Zigmars Raimo netted 16.



Latvian Ventspils and Barons kvartals conquer Group E - by Eurobasket News

Latvian Ventspils and Barons kvartals conquer Group E of the Baltic League Second Stage.
Barons kvartals improved to 4-0 record after the win over Parnu 99:94. Tyler Cain (203-F-88, college: S.Dakota) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and 17 rebounds, while Gulbis Maris and Arturs Brunins (198-F-82) netted 18 each. Peciukevicius Augustas replied with 32 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.
Ventspils meanwhile edged Lietkabelis 88:64 for 4-1 record. The game was mostly controlled by Ventspils. Lietkabelis managed to win second period 29-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Lietkabelis 41-22 including a 35-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Martins Meiers (208-C-91) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and Martins Laksa (200-SF-90, agency: FCM) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Tauras Jogela (203-F-93) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds and Arnas Butkevicius (196-SF-92) scored 12 points.



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Standings - Division A

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

Regular Season: Round 15

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


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Amchit
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 38.8
 1. Emmett, Amchit38.8 
 2. Harper, Sagesse29.1 
 3. Gray, Anibal26.4 
 4. Gadson, Antranik25.5 
 5. Khatib, Champville25.5 
 6. Blair, Hoops25.0 
 7. Williams, Bejjeh23.5 
 8. Youngblood, Byblos23.4 
 9. Ampim, Antranik22.4 
 10. Terry, Champville20.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Byblos
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Fraser, Byblos16.7 
 2. Ampim, Antranik12.2 
 3. Bagaric, Amchit12.1 
 4. Johnson, Anibal11.7 
 5. Luca, Hoops11.0 
 6. Tskitishvili, Cham.10.9 
 7. Woods, Al Riyadi10.6 
 8. Sims, Sagesse10.4 
 9. Bawji, Moutahed9.4 
 10. Emmett, Amchit9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Eric CHATFIELD
  Mouta.
  (191-G-79)
  Avg: 6
 1. Chatfield, Mouta.6.0 
 2. Youngblood, Byblos5.9 
 3. Fahed, Moutahed5.8 
 4. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.8 
 5. Akl, Sagesse5.8 
 6. Blair, Hoops5.7 
 7. Khatib, Champville5.4 
 8. Zaloum, Antranik5.3 
 9. Williams, Bejjeh5.2 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Bejjeh
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Williams, Bejjeh2.8 
 2. Blair, Hoops2.6 
 3. Youngblood, Byblos2.5 
 4. Harper, Sagesse2.0 
 5. Gray, Anibal2.0 
 6. Zaloum, Antranik1.8 
 7. Mneimneh, Byblos1.7 
 8. Fahed, Moutahed1.5 
 9. Emmett, Amchit1.5 
 10. Kassem, Bejjeh1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Anibal
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Johnson, Anibal3.1 
 2. Tskitishvili, Cham.3.0 
 3. Woods, Al Riyadi2.4 
 4. Bagaric, Amchit2.3 
 5. Fraser, Byblos2.2 
 6. Fakhreddine, Hoops1.5 
 7. Ampim, Antranik1.3 
 8. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.1 
 9. Sabra, Byblos0.9 
 10. Gadson, Antranik0.9 


WABA Championship: Iran topple Lebanon in overtime - by Eurobasket News

Iran - Lebanon 100:86 (OT)

Iran clinched the WABA Championship title. They held off Lebanon in overtime battle in Tehran to take the honours. Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86) came up with 10 points in the extra period to seal the win for the hosts.
Iran started the game strong. They quickly cleared off to a 14:4 lead. Lebanon did not allow the hosts to run away as they cut the deficit at 4-point mark 19:23. Iran stayed in front throughout the second term. The home team accumulated a 45:33 halftime advantage. Lebanon struggled to get any closer in the third term. They trailed by 7 points heading into the fourth frame 57:64. However Lebanon managed to come back into this one. Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina) stepped up with 9 points late in regulation to help Lebanon draw things level at 80 forcing overtime. But Asghar Kardoust made sure Iran clinch the trophy. He poured in 10 points in the extra period and led his team to the summit. Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) stepped up with 26 points to lead the winners. Asghar Kardoust added 22 points for the home team. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) answered with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Reyshawn Terry led all scorers with 29 points in defeat.

Iran: Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami 26, Asghar Kardoust 22, Amir Sedighi (203-F-93) 13
Lebanon: Reyshawn Terry 29, Fadi Khatib 28



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  LIGA AMERICAS   

Standings

Liga Americas Standings
Group A
 1. Lanus 2-1 
 2. Osos 2-1 
 3. Pinheiros/Sky 2-1 
 4. Estrellas Or. 0-3 
Group B
 1. Brasilia 2-0 
 2. Flamengo 1-1 
 3. Fuerza Regia 1-1 
 4. Estrellas 0-2 
Group C
 1. Arecibo 0-0 
 2. Mavort 0-0 
 3. Pioneros 0-0 
 4. S.Jose/Unimed 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 5

Feb. 9: Brasilia - Estrellas Oc. 91-80
Feb. 9: Fuerza Regia - Flamengo 59-109

Regular Season: Round 7

Feb. 22: Arecibo - Pioneros
Feb. 22: Mavort - S.Jose/Unimed


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Shamell STALLWORTH
  Pinhei.
  (195-SG-80)
  Avg: 23
 1. Stallworth, Pinhei.23.0 
 2. Vieira, Flamengo23.0 
 3. Smith, Pinheiro.22.7 
 4. Giovannoni, Brasil.19.0 
 5. Benite, Flamengo18.0 
 6. Pedroza, Osos17.7 
 7. Allen, Osos17.3 
 8. Gainous, Osos16.7 
 9. Turley, Osos15.3 
 10. Little, Fuerza Re.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mineiro FERREIRA
  Pinheiro.
  (208-C/F-88)
  Avg: 9
 1. Ferreira, Pinheiro.9.0 
 2. Giovannoni, Brasil.8.0 
 3. Battle, Lanus7.7 
 4. Colmenares, Estrel.7.5 
 5. Rogers, Estrella.7.5 
 6. Turley, Osos7.3 
 7. Araujo, Pinheiro.7.0 
 8. Silveira, Flamengo7.0 
 9. Truscott, Estrella.7.0 
 10. Gainous, Osos6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Myron ALLEN
  Osos
  (182-PG-79)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Allen, Osos8.7 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.7.0 
 3. Smith, Pinheiro.6.3 
 4. Laprovittola, Lanus5.7 
 5. Monreal, Fuerza R.4.5 
 6. Herrera, Estrella.4.0 
 7. West, Fuerza Regia4.0 
 8. Stallworth, Pinhei.4.0 
 9. Guillent, Estrella.3.5 
 10. Ribeiro, Brasilia3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Welington DOS SANTOS
  Brasilia
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Dos Santos, Brasil.3.5 
 2. Allen, Osos2.3 
 3. Truscott, Estrella.2.0 
 4. Torres, Flamengo2.0 
 5. Smith, Pinheiro.2.0 
 6. Little, Fuerza Reg.2.0 
 7. Mensah, Flamengo2.0 
 8. Stallworth, Pinhei.2.0 
 9. Giovannoni, Brasil.1.5 
 10. Centeno, Estrella.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Mineiro FERREIRA
  Pinheiro.
  (208-C/F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ferreira, Pinheiro.2.0 
 2. Rogers, Estrella.1.5 
 3. Dias, Pinheiros/Sky1.0 
 4. McFarlan, Lanus1.0 
 5. Cuen, Osos0.7 
 6. Umbria, Estrellas0.7 
 7. Bambu, Pinheiro.0.7 
 8. Perez, Osos0.7 
 9. Araujo, Pinheiro.0.7 
 10. Bonilla, Fuerza R.0.5 


Day 2 in Barquisimeto - by Eurobasket News

Brasilia - Estrellas Oc. 91-80
Uniceub/BRB celebrated the second consecutive victory in the Liga Americas Group B. They held off hosting Estrellas Occidentales for 2-0 record on top of the standings. Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Estrellas started the game aggressively. They snatched a 21:19 lead after ten minutes. Uniceub/BRB upend the tempo in the second quarter. The Brazilian team accounted for 24 points to take a 43:42 halftime lead. They stayed red hot in the third term. Uniceub/BRB exploded with 28 points in the next period and accumulated a 10-point advantage at the final break. The Brazilian powerhouse kept Estrellas at distance throughout the fourth term and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Guilherme Giovannoni (203-F-80, agency: Interperformances) posted 21 points, while Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) added 10 points and 10 assists for the winning side. Jamal Thomas replied with 17 points for Estrellas. Louis Truscott (203-F-78, college: Houston) added 15 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Fuerza Regia - Flamengo 59-109
Flamengo clinched the first win in the Liga Americas Group B. The Brazilian powerhouse dropped Fuerza Regia to catch up with their opponents at 1-1 record. Marquinhos Vieira (207-SF-84) stepped up with 32 points to lead the winners. Flamengo dominated right from the start. They accumulated a 21:15 lead after ten minutes. The Brazilian side accounted for a 41:20 halftime advantage. Flamengo knocked down 33 points in the third term to clear off. They gained a 74:42 lead heading into the fourth frame. Flamengo stayed red hot in the fourth quarter. They exploded with 35 points in the final stanza and sealed a comprehensive victory at the end. Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) netted 20 points while Olivinha Rodriguez (202-PF-83) added 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Emmanuel Little (196-F-85, college: N.Dakota) answered with 14 points for Fuerza Regia. Gabriel Giron notched 10 points in the losing case.



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  LITHUANIA   

Standings - NKL

NKL Standings
 1. Mazeikiai 23-6 
 2. Dzukija 20-8 
 3. Olimpas 20-8 
 4. Suduva-Mantinga 19-10 
 5. Triobet 18-11 
 6. Zanavykas 18-11 
 7. Statyba 18-11 
 8. Zalgiris-Sabonio 17-12 
 9. S.Marciulionio 16-14 
 10. Meresta 15-14 
 11. Perlas-MRU 13-16 
 12. Delikatesas 12-17 
 13. Birstono 12-17 
 14. Radviliskis 11-17 
 15. Ezerunas-Karys 9-20 
 16. Silute 9-20 
 17. Gargzdai 6-24 
 18. Nafta Universitetas 5-24 

Regular Season: Round 29

Feb. 8: Perlas-MRU - Zalgiris-Sabonio 95-65
Feb. 8: Triobet - Radviliskis 89-93
Feb. 8: Meresta - Nafta Universitetas 89-68
Feb. 8: Mazeikiai - Suduva-Mantinga 87-73
Feb. 8: Ezerunas-Karys - S.Marciulionio 87-72
Feb. 1: Gargzdai - S.Marciulionio 85-75
Feb. 8: Silute - Statyba 82-97
Jan. 31: Zanavykas - Triobet 82-94
Feb. 8: Gargzdai - Zanavykas 81-93
Feb. 1: Suduva-Mantinga - Birstono 80-65
Feb. 2: Birstono - Gargzdai 71-62
Feb. 8: Delikatesas - Birstono 71-59
Feb. 1: Ezerunas-Karys - Zanavykas 70-77

Regular Season: Round 31

Feb. 15: Dzukija - Zanavykas
Feb. 15: Olimpas - Statyba
Feb. 15: Gargzdai - Zalgiris-Sabonio
Feb. 15: Silute - Nafta Universitetas
Feb. 15: Perlas-MRU - S.Marciulionio
Feb. 15: Meresta - Radviliskis
Feb. 15: Ezerunas-Karys - Suduva-Mantinga
Feb. 15: Triobet - Delikatesas
Feb. 15: Mazeikiai - Birstono
Feb. 13: Olimpas - Dzukija


Juventus keep the winning record - by Eurobasket News

Juventus keep the winning record in Baltic league Second Stage. The Lithuanian team improved to 4-0 record after the win over Naglis Palangos 88:77. Arturas Milaknis (195-G-86) stepped up with 22 points and Orelikas Gediminas notched 19. Ryan Olander (213-C, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Fairfield) and Parrish Brown (185-G-84, college: Maryland) delivered 17 points in defeat.
TU/Rock meanwhile outscored Lithuanian Sakalai 81:55 away from home. TU/Rock led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Sakalai's 32. TU/Rock forced 19 Sakalai turnovers. Joosep Toome stepped up and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Egidijus Dimsa chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Krestininas responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and center Rolandas Matulis (199-C-73) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds.
Ventspils edged Lietkabelis 88:64 for 4-1 record. The game was mostly controlled by Ventspils. Lietkabelis managed to win second period 29-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Lietkabelis 41-22 including a 35-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Martins Meiers (208-C-91) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and Martins Laksa (200-SF-90, agency: FCM) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Tauras Jogela responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds and Arnas Butkevicius scored 12 points.



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  MALTA   

Standings

Powerade League Standings
 1. Athleta 6-2 
 2. Floriana 6-2 
 3. Depiro 4-4 
 4. Siggiewi 4-4 
 5. Bupa 3-5 
 6. Loyola 1-7 



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  MEXICO   


Mexico to replace Panama in the FIBA Americas Championship 2013 - by Eurobasket

Days after FIBA communicated their suspension imposed on the Panamanian Basketball Federation, and taking into account that it prevents their national teams of playing in international competitions, FIBA Americas has determined that Mexico will replace Panama in the next 2013 FIBA Americas Championship for Men.

FIBA Americas Secretary General, Mr. Alberto Garcia, said the decision was taken merely applying the normal standards. "The countries of Central America and the Caribbean qualify in tournaments in their respective regions, sub-sub zone in the area of Central America (COCABA) and sub-sub zone in the Caribbean (CBC) and then all of them play in the Centrobasket tournament, played in 2012 in Puerto Rico. Given that Panama will not play in the continental event, that position belongs to the top-ranked country immediately in the same sub-sub zone. As Panama and Mexico belong to the same sub-sub zone (COCABA) therefore the spot belongs to Mexico because they held the sixth position in the Centrobasket ".

Mr. Garcia added that "the decision needed to be taken immediately as next February 28 the Draw for the FIBA Americas Championship will happen in Caracas and we had to have the team filling Panamas spot.

Mexico returns to the continental event after participating in 2009, also in Puerto Rico, where they held the seventh position. The Mexican Olympic Committee, CONADE authorities and the National Federation have received this news with great joy, despite having expressed their displeasure over what happened to Panama.

The 2013 FIBA Americas Championship will be played this year in Caracas, Venezuela, from August 30 to September 11. The first four teams from this championship will be automatically qualified for the World Cup to be played in Spain in 2014 with 24 countries and will accompany USA, automatically qualified for having achieved the gold medal at the Olympic Games in London.

"We expect the best FIBA Americas Championship in history, highly competitive and where countries will demonstrate once again why they have earned a place in the international arena.", concluded Garcia.



LNBP Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Toros and Soles take home wins - by Eurobasket News

Toros - Halc.Rojos 80-71

Toros claimed the opening win in the series versus Halcones Rojos. They celebrated home win on Saturday. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 22-19 Halcones Rojos' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 80-71 at the end of the game. It was a good game for American forward Adrian Henning (203-82, college: Austin Peay St.) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 5 rebounds. American-Puerto Rican point guard Wilfredo Pagan (184-76) contributed with 14 points for the winners. American forward Leroy Davis (200-81, college: Georgia St.) answered with 19 points and 4 assists and the other American import point guard Mike Mitchell (181-83, college: N.Mexico St., agency: Two Points) added 12 points in the effort for Halcones Rojos. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Toros: I.Ofoegbu 16+3reb, A.Henning 14+5reb+3ast, W.Pagan 14+4reb+3ast, Q.Gonzalez 10+2reb+2ast, J.Lopez 8+6reb+1ast, B.Angley 8+2reb+5ast
Halc.Rojos: L.Davis 19+3reb+4ast, M.Mitchell 12+4reb+2ast, N.Alonzo 11+1reb, E.Medina 7, D.Pinnock 7+3reb, M.Ramos 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 233279


Soles - Halc.Xalapa 90-88

Soles snatched a tough win over Halcones Xalapa to narrow the deficit in the semifinal series. Halcones UV Xalapa was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 24-21 charge of Soles, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Halcones UV Xalapa's 42. The best player for the winners was American center Kentrell Gransberry (206-85, college: S.Florida) who scored 36 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds (on 16-of-19 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington, agency: SportsTalent) chipped in 12 points and 9 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) who recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and international guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-86, college: W.Kentucky) added 19 points and 4 assists respectively. Four Halcones UV Xalapa players scored in double figures. Halcones UV Xalapa's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Soles: K.Gransberry 36+9reb+1ast, R.Martinez 17+3reb+3ast, C.Elliott 12+4reb+9ast, J.Horne 9+11reb+3ast, J.Griffin 7+3reb, J.Luis Bucio 6+3reb
Halc.Xalapa: L.Hickerson 29+10reb+4ast, O.Mendez-Valdez 19+3reb+4ast, K.Sowell 13+3reb+3ast, A.Parada 10+6reb+1ast, F.Harris 8+1reb, V.Mariscal 5+1reb
gschID: 233278



Liga Americas: Flamengo fire past Fuerza Regia - by Eurobasket News

Flamengo - Fuerza Regia 109:59

Flamengo clinched the first win in the Liga Americas Group B. The Brazilian powerhouse dropped Fuerza Regia to catch up with their opponents at 1-1 record. Marquinhos Vieira (207-SF-84) stepped up with 32 points to lead the winners.
Flamengo dominated right from the start. They accumulated a 21:15 lead after ten minutes. The Brazilian side accounted for a 41:20 halftime advantage. Flamengo knocked down 33 points in the third term to clear off. They gained a 74:42 lead heading into the fourth frame. Flamengo stayed red hot in the fourth quarter. They exploded with 35 points in the final stanza and sealed a comprehensive victory at the end. Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) netted 20 points while Olivinha Rodriguez (202-PF-83) added 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Emmanuel Little (196-F-85, college: N.Dakota) answered with 14 points for Fuerza Regia. Gabriel Giron (190-G-88) notched 10 points in the losing case.

Flamengo: Marquinhos Vieira 32, Vitor Benite 20, Olivinha Rodriguez 15
Fuerza Regia: Emmanuel Little 14, Gabriel Giron 10



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  MONTENEGRO   


Sakarya U16 Tournament: Montenegro escapes the last spot - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro escapes the last spot at the Sakarya U16 Tournament. The team finished the tournament on the 11th place.
China U16 started the Classification Round for 9-12 places with the win over Montenegro 69:51. The Asian team dominated the game and won all the quarters. Zhenliang Yuan top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Hao Fu posted 13. Milos Popovic (196-F-98) replied with 13 points, while Marko Grkovic (202-F-97) had 11.
Later Argentina U16 overcame Montenegro U16 52:40. Argentina posted 17 points in the last two quarters each that was enough for the total success. Jeffrey Merchant (197-C-97) stepped up with 16 points and Santiago Cuelho (180-G-97) added 11 points and the same number of boards. Marko Grkovic collected 10 points and 11 rebounds in the losing case.
In the last game Montenegro U16 overcame Sweden U16 73:61. Trailing 8 points at the halftime, Montenegro needed a 24-18 rally in the third period and finished the game with 24-10 surge. Ognjen Carapic (188-PG-98) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Milos Popovic had 13. Erik Busk nailed 12 points for the Swedish team while Gustav Malmstrom and Tobias Sjoberg added 10 each.



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 32-17 
 2. Brooklyn N. 29-22 
 3. Boston C. 27-23 
 4. Philadelph.76 22-27 
 5. Toronto R. 19-32 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 31-20 
 2. Chicago B. 30-20 
 3. Milwaukee B. 25-24 
 4. Detroit P. 20-32 
 5. Cleveland C. 16-35 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 34-14 
 2. Atlanta H. 27-22 
 3. Orlando M. 15-36 
 4. Washington W. 14-35 
 5. Charlotte B. 11-39 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 39-12 
 2. Denver N. 33-19 
 3. Utah Jazz 28-24 
 4. Portland TB 25-26 
 5. Minnesota T. 18-30 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 36-17 
 2. Golden St.W. 30-21 
 3. LA Lakers 24-28 
 4. Sacramento K. 19-33 
 5. Phoenix Suns 17-35 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 40-12 
 2. Memphis G. 32-18 
 3. Houston R. 28-25 
 4. Dallas M. 22-28 
 5. N.Orleans H. 17-34 

Regular Season: Round 102

Feb. 10: New York K. - LA Clippers 88-102
Feb. 10: Brooklyn N. - San Antonio S. 86-111
Feb. 10: Phoenix Suns - Oklah.City T. 69-97
Feb. 10: Boston C. - Denver N. 118-114 3OT
Feb. 10: Sacramento K. - Houston R. 117-111
Feb. 10: Orlando M. - Portland TB 110-104
Feb. 10: Miami Heat - LA Lakers 107-97
Feb. 10: Memphis G. - Minnesota T. 105-88
Feb. 10: Toronto R. - N.Orleans H. 102-89

Regular Season: Round 103

Feb. 11: Philadelph.76 - LA Clippers
Feb. 11: Charlotte B. - Boston C.
Feb. 11: Cleveland C. - Minnesota T.
Feb. 11: Indiana P. - Brooklyn N.
Feb. 11: Detroit P. - N.Orleans H.
Feb. 11: Chicago B. - San Antonio S.
Feb. 11: Milwaukee B. - Washington W.
Feb. 11: Dallas M. - Atlanta H.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Carmelo ANTHONY
  New Y.
  (203-SF-84)
  Avg: 29
 1. Anthony, New Y.29.0 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.9 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.4 
 4. James, Miami Heat27.0 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.1 
 6. Irving, Cleveland24.0 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..22.5 
 8. Wade, Miami Heat21.1 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.21.0 
 10. Curry, Golden S.20.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anderson VAREJAO
  Clevelan.
  (205-C-82)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Varejao, Clevelan.14.4 
 2. Howard, LA Lakers11.7 
 3. Randolph, Memph.11.6 
 4. Asik, Houston R.11.5 
 5. Vucevic, Orlan.11.5 
 6. Chandler, New Y.11.2 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.11.2 
 8. Lee, Golden St.W.10.8 
 9. Hickson, Portland.10.6 
 10. Cousins, Sacramen.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.4 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers9.4 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.8 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..8.1 
 6. Parker, San A.7.7 
 7. Williams, Brooklyn7.6 
 8. Nelson, Orlando M.7.5 
 9. Nash, LA Lakers7.4 
 10. Calderon, Toron.7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.5 
 2. Conley, Memphis G.2.2 
 3. Westbrook, Oklah..2.0 
 4. Harden, Houston R.1.9 
 5. Walker, Charlott.1.9 
 6. Leonard, San A.1.9 
 7. Lin, Houston R.1.9 
 8. Jennings, Milwauke.1.9 
 9. Rondo, Boston C.1.8 
 10. George, Indiana P.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Larry SANDERS
  Milwauke.
  (211-F-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Sanders, Milwauke.3.1 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.9 
 3. Duncan, San A.2.7 
 4. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.7 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 6. Smith, Atlanta H.2.2 
 7. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.2 
 8. McGee, Denver N.2.0 
 9. Noah, Chicago B.2.0 
 10. Davis, N.Orleans1.8 


Triple-overtime thriller among nine games on Sunday - by Eurobasket News

Sacramento K. - Houston R. 117-111
Isaiah Thomas (5'8''-PG-89, college: Washington) scored 17 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and John Salmons (6'7''-F-79, college: Miami, FL) also had 23 points to help rally the Sacramento Kings to a 117-111 victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday. The Kings were trailing by 10 points early in the fourth quarter, but Thomas led an offense that was difficult for the Rockets to match in the fourth quarter. Houston was outscored 17-7 over a four-minute stretch when the Kings took control of the game. Kings center DeMarcus Cousins had 20 points despite sitting out much of the second half with foul trouble. Jason Thompson scored 12 points, and Francisco Garcia came off the bench and had 11, including six points in the fourth quarter when the Kings outscored Houston 33-25. James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) had 30 points, six rebounds and four assists for Houston, which lost for the fourth time in five games. Patrick Patterson scored 18 points and Omer Asik had 17 points and 12 rebounds. Carlos Delfino added 15 points and Jeremy Lin finished with 12 points and six assists. Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com

Phoenix Suns - Oklah.City T. 69-97
Thabo Sefolosha (6'7''-G-84, agency: ACMT) made a career-high 5 of 7 3-pointers and the Oklahoma City Thunder routed the Phoenix Suns for the second game in a row 97-69 on Sunday night. The 28-point blowout followed a 127-96 Thunder romp over the Suns in Oklahoma City on Friday night. Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) scored 24 points in 28 minutes in the Thunder's 10th straight victory over Phoenix, the longest active streak for any Suns opponent. Sefolosha added 20 points, two shy of his career high. Kevin Durant scored 18, 11 below his NBA-leading season average (29.1), in limited duty in the Thunder's fourth straight win, none of them by fewer than a 21-point margin. Markieff Morris (6'10''-F-89, college: Kansas) was the only Phoenix player in double figures with 12. Wesley Johnson's tip-in with 7.8 seconds to play prevented the Suns from setting a franchise scoring low, a mark that has stood for nearly 32 years. Phoenix scored 68 at Kansas City on March 8, 1981. Durant was just 1 for 5 shooting in the first quarter but Oklahoma City still led 27-16. The Thunder scored the last eight in the quarter, including a pair of 3s from the corner by Sefolosha. Sefolosha made another one to start the second quarter, capping the run at 11-0 and putting Oklahoma City up 30-16. Phoenix crawled back, cutting it to 35-32 on P.J. Tucker's rebound basket, but the Thunder scored the next nine, including another 3 for Sefolosha, and it was 45-32. Oklahoma City finished the half with a 16-2 run, Westbrook's 3 at the buzzer putting the Thunder up 51-34. To start the third quarter, Sefolosha scored, Durant dunked and the rout was on at 55-34. Oklahoma City led 74-48 after three. The biggest lead was 35. Sefolosha had four 3s, in five attempts, by halftime to tie his career high for a game, set four times, most recently two nights earlier in the rout of the Suns. He broke it with a 3 in the second half. Phoenix shot 33 percent to Oklahoma City's 45 percent. The Thunder made 20 of 27 free throws while the Suns went to the line a season-low five times, making all of them. The seven fouls by the Thunder were the fewest ever for a Phoenix opponent. The previous mark was eight set just under 38 years ago. Oklahoma City, improving to 16-9 on the road, has won its past four by 21, 21, 32 and 28 points. Courtesy of: mercurynews.com

Brooklyn N. - San Antonio S. 86-111
The mass exodus began with about four minutes to go. They already had booed; now Nets fans were turning away and swarming the aisles at Barclays Center. They had seen enough to know the difference between the real thing and a team still searching, a team with a painfully long way to go. San Antonio drubbed the Nets on Brooklyn's home floor Sunday night, pulling away for a 111-86 win and embarrassing them on national television. The Nets were playing at full-strength, the Spurs without two of their best players. It didn't matter one bit. 'They kicked our butts,' Nets forward Reggie Evans said. San Antonio (40-12) stars Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobli sat out with injuries, but arguably the best team in the league still gave the Nets a resounding lesson on team chemistry. 'We should take a look at the other guys in the locker room over there in San Antonio,' Nets forward Gerald Wallace said. 'One through 15, all of those guys come in, everybody knows their role. It doesn't matter who they have on the court, their offense looks the same. Their defense looks the same. We've got to get that mentality.' This night, and this season, have proven the Nets' journey from New Jersey to contention is far from complete. Ever since they moved to Brooklyn last year, the franchise talked incessantly about entering a new era in which they'd compete for championships. There undoubtedly has been improvement - the Nets (29-22) have their best record this late in the season since 2004, when they were 11 games over .500. But there also has been plenty of turbulence, including a coaching change. Consistency and chemistry dogged the team Sunday night, as the Nets lost for the sixth time in nine games. 'I thought we had pretty much figured out our identity,' said Nets guard Joe Johnson (6'7''-G-81, college: Arkansas), who had a team-high 19 points. 'It seemed like everything was going well, and now it seems the past few games we've just been in a little funk and it's unacceptable.' After building a 12-point lead in the first half, the Nets fell apart after halftime, when the Spurs crushed them, 60-29. Deron Williams, the Nets' best player, continued to struggle. He scored 15 points - only five came after halftime, when the game was well out of reach - and dished out a mere three assists. In a stark contrast, spurs point guard Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) orchestrated the Spurs' remarkable second-half surge. He had a game-high 29 points and finished with 11 assists, all without a turnover. 'I don't think there's anybody in the league playing better than Parker,' San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. 'He is beyond an All-Star; he's been carrying us.' The Nets sure could use someone to carry them. Instead, they have a crisis of leadership and confidence. It's illustrated by the way they respond when things get tough: They don't. 'When things go bad, we kind of drop our head instead of pulling together as a team,' Wallace said. 'We go in five different directions out on the court. And it shows. Our offense is stagnant. The ball sticks on one side. And defensively, nobody helps nobody. They basically just do what they want to do offensively. And the results are what they are.' Courtesy of: northjersey.com

Memphis G. - Minnesota T. 105-88
Tayshaun Prince (6'9''-F-80, college: Kentucky) scored 18 points, hitting all eight of his shots from the field, and the Memphis Grizzlies pulled away in the second quarter before coasting to a 105-88 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday. Three other Memphis players _ Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.), Mike Conley (6'1''-PG-87, college: Ohio St.) and Austin Daye (6'11''-F-88, college: Gonzaga) _ each finished with 16 points. Conley also handed out eight assists, while Randolph grabbed eight rebounds to help the Grizzlies win their second straight. Luke Ridnour (6'2''-PG-81, college: Oregon) and Ricky Rubio (6'4''-G-90) led the Timberwolves with 17 points apiece, and both finished with four assists. Mickael Gelabale scored 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting and Alexey Shved had 10 points and nine assists for Minnesota. The loss continues a tailspin for the Timberwolves, who have lost 15 of their last 17 _ including eight straight on the road. Memphis outscored the injury-depleted Timberwolves 50-32 in the paint, and had a 20-4 advantage in fast-break points. The Grizzlies, as they did in Friday's win over Golden State, did a good job in spreading the ball, recording 30 assists on 41 field goals. There were six ties and six lead changes in the game, but all of those were in the first half. Memphis matched its biggest lead at 78-57 early in the fourth quarter. The Timberwolves would put together nine unanswered points to pull within 11 near the 7-minute mark, but they could get no closer the rest of the way. Memphis carried a 47-37 lead into halftime. Conley had 12 points, connecting on 4 of 8 shots, including 2 of 3 outside the arc, in the opening half. That was part of Memphis shooting 48 percent for the half, despite Marc Gasol missing all four of his shots. Memphis was also able to get out in transition, outscoring the Timberwolves 16-0 on the fast break. Minnesota was limited to 34 percent shooting and committed nine turnovers in the half. But the Timberwolves made up the difference at the foul line, shooting 21 free throws to eight for Memphis. Ridnour scored eight first-half points to lead Minnesota. Memphis extended its halftime lead to 58-39 with an 11-2 rally to open the third. The lead would eventually stretch to 21 near the halfway mark of the period. Memphis would end up hitting 11 of 17 shots in the third. Despite connecting on 9 of its 16 in the quarter, the Timberwolves trailed 76-56 entering the fourth. Courtesy of: postbulletin.com

Orlando M. - Portland TB 110-104
J.J. Redick (6'4''-G-84, college: Duke) smiled broadly and raised both fists over his head when the final buzzer sounded Sunday night. The losing streak was over. Finally. After almost a month of futility, the Orlando Magic put together their most complete performance in weeks and beat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-104 at Amway Center. The victory snapped the Magic's losing streak at 12 games. "You always need wins," Redick said afterward. "There's no better feeling in sports than winning. There's no worse feeling in sports than losing. The losing wears on you, so any win right now is great for us." They did it as a team. Almost everyone who played contributed something. Redick returned from a shoulder injury to score 22 points. Jameer Nelson distributed a career-high 15 assists. And Gustavo Ayon (6'10''-F/C-85, agency: Duran International, college: San Jose St.) played the best game of his Magic tenure. "You always want to see the fruits of your labor," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "And in this business, it's wins and losses. It's just good for the guys' psyche overall, but we've stayed firm in our approach, and guys have been unbelievable throughout this process." The Magic compiled 34 assists - one short of their highest total this season - and committed just 10 turnovers. "It feels great," said Nik Vucevic, who supplemented his 17 points with a game-high 19 rebounds. "I think everybody just enjoys this one a little more because it was a rough stretch. Twelve games without a win? It's tough. Nobody enjoys it. We're all competitors on this team. Especially when you play hard, like we do every night, it's tough to lose that many games." Ayon, recently challenged for playing time by Kyle O'Quinn, came off the bench to play his best game of the season. The 6-foot-10 big man from Mexico tied a career high by scoring 16 points, collected 11 rebounds and dished out a career-high six assists. "There is still a lot of the season left," he said. "And we have to keep winning games like this so we can stay positive." Ayon, perhaps the team's most creative passer, provided the play of the game several minutes into the second quarter. Stationed near the right block, Ayon received a pass from the perimeter. Then he delivered a no-look touch pass to Andrew Nicholson as Nicholson cut to the hoop. Nicholson finished the play with a layup that put Orlando ahead 31-28. Redick made nine of his 13 shot attempts and showed few lingering effects from the right-shoulder injury he suffered in Milwaukee early this month. He tweaked his shoulder late in the first half but returned to play in the second half. Meanwhile, the Trail Blazers (25-26) never seemed in sync on defense. "We kind of come down and try to trade baskets," Portland big man J.J. Hickson said. "Good teams don't do that. Good teams get stops." Defense remains the Magic's Achilles' heel. They allowed the Blazers to make 50.5 percent of their shots. And it would've been even worse if Portland's dynamic rookie point guard, Damian Lillard (6'2''-PG-90, college: Weber St.), hadn't struggled with his shot. Lillard finished with 12 assists.but just four points on 1-of-16 shooting. "It's disappointing when you get the looks that you always get," Lillard said. "In a close game if I make five of those shots, we probably win the game or have a chance down the stretch." The Magic led by as many as 13 points, but the Blazers whittled that lead to 88-83 midway through the fourth quarter. Redick responded on the ensuing possession by drilling a long jumper. It gave Orlando (15-36) some breathing room. "I'm always a big-picture guy," said Magic wing Arron Afflalo. "I don't want to be sour about winning tonight, but it's not the biggest relief because you've got to think about the grand scheme of things. It's one game." Courtesy of: orlandosentinel.com

Toronto R. - N.Orleans H. 102-89
Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) had a game-high 20 points and Kyle Lowry added 14 points and 10 assists as the Toronto Raptors defeated the New Orleans Hornets 102-89 on Sunday. John Lucas scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and Amir Johnson chipped in 14 points with seven rebounds as Toronto (19-32) won its second straight and improved to .500 at the Air Canada Centre this season (13-13). Robin Lopez's 19 points led the Hornets (17-34), who lost for the first time in three games. New Orleans guard Greivis Vasquez (6'6''-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Maryland) had 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Jonas Valanciunas, who was making his first start since missing 18 games with a broken finger, had 11 points 10 rebounds for Toronto. Lowry's double double was his fourth of the season. Lucas, who had just six points at half time, added three in the third quarter before breaking out for 10 in the fourth to match a season-high. Toronto used a late 9-0 run in the second to take a 50-47 lead into halftime. The Raptors opened the second quarter with an 11-point lead, which was quickly erased by the Hornets who went on a 10-0 run to start the period. The Hornets had 27 of their 47 first half points from the bench led by Brian Roberts, who finished the game with 15. Toronto scored 10 of its first 24 points of the game off dunks highlighted by a monster, uncontested, one-handed jam by Gay. Gay, who came in averaging 24.3 points since his trade from Memphis, became the first Raptor to have five straight games with 20-plus points since Andrea Bargnani (Dec. 28, 2011 - Jan. 4, 2012) last season. Sunday marked the final between the Raptors and the Hornets franchise, who will be called the Pelicans beginning next season. Toronto also won their final game against the New Jersey Nets and Seattle Sonics before they changed their names. Courtesy of: ctvnews.ca

Boston C. - Denver N. 118-114 3OT
The Boston Celtics relied on their veterans to help them win the matchup of the NBA's two hottest teams. Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) had 27 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists and the Celtics extended their winning streak to seven games with a 118-114 triple overtime victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday. Boston's win also ended Denver's winning streak at nine games. Pierce made a tying 3-pointer in the second overtime to make it 107-107 and extend the game. "I mean that's what great players do. I would love to tell you I had something to do with it," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "I was sitting just like the fans saying, "Please, Lord, Paul make a shot." Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F/C-76) had 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds while Jason Terry scored a season-high 26 points off the bench. "It seems like Garnett has a huge heart and wanted to win the game and he made some big time shots," Nuggets coach George Karl said. "His range has improved and it's about time he get that respect." Pierce, Garnett and Terry are the only active Celtics with championship rings since point guard Rajon Rondo's season-ending knee injury. The Celtics remain unbeaten in Rondo's absence. Terry hit a 3-pointer with 1:33 remaining in the third overtime to put the Celtics ahead 116-113. Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-SF-88, agency: Players Group), who finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, hit a free throw, but Denver would not get any closer. "Hard to believe these guys don't have an all-star," Garnett said. "That baffles me ... Gallinari, Lawson ... they have deserving guys." Terry, who had missed five consecutive 3-point shots in the first two overtimes, also made the defensive play of the game when he stole the ball from Andre Miller with 35 seconds remaining. Denver had one last gasp as Miller missed a 3-pointer with 4.9 seconds remaining before Terry dribbled the ball up the court and made a layup at the buzzer to finish the scoring. "We're not into moral victories, but it was one of those games," Miller said. "It was a fun game and I'm sure everybody was tired." Denver's Ty Lawson (5'11''-PG-87, college: N.Carolina) had 29 points, nine assists and six rebounds and hit several key shots, including a running bank shot to send the game into overtime tied at 92-92. Gallinari struggled from the field as he shot 7 of 20 for the Nuggets. Kenneth Faried had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Denver. Garnett was 3 of 4 from the field in overtime after missing 14 of his previous 20 shots. With Denver leading 105-104 in the second overtime, Lawson hit another jumper to put the Nuggets up 107-104 with 18.9 seconds remaining. But Pierce hit a 3-pointer with Miller in his face with 5 seconds left to tie the game at 107-107. Gallinari then had an open lane to the basket as he was overplayed by Garnett, but missed his shot as time ran out. Jeff Green's 3-pointer tied the game at 99-99 with 23.8 seconds remaining in the first overtime, but Lawson's long 3-pointer fell short at the buzzer. "Lot of people still doubt us," Green said. Can't come into games thinking we have to impress people." Denver failed to hit its last shot in all three overtimes with chances to win the game in the first two and to tie it in the third. Green's jumper put Boston ahead 92-90 with 47.9 seconds remaining in regulation. Miller then missed consecutive shots on the ensuing Denver possessions, but Faried was fouled with 5.4 seconds remaining. Faried missed both free throws, but Celtics guard Avery Bradley knocked the ball out of bounds. Lawson then scored with 0.8 seconds remaining. Gallinari, who averages 20 points per game to lead Denver, was held to three points in the first half on 1-of-6 shooting as the Nuggets trailed 50-46 at the break. Courtesy of: mysanantonio.com

Miami Heat - LA Lakers 107-97
LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) ran a few steps behind the play, knowing exactly what was coming. The lob from Norris Cole arrived, and the NBA's reigning MVP rose for a catch and dunk. He made it look easy. He's making everything look easy right now. James scored 32 points on 12-for-18 shooting in a record-setting show, Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) scored 30 and the Miami Heat beat the Los Angeles Lakers 107-97 on Sunday for their fifth straight win. It was James' fifth straight game with at least 30 points, a franchise record. He also joined Adrian Dantley (1979) and Moses Malone (1982) as the only NBA players to score at least 30 and shoot at least 60 percent in five straight outings, the team said. "Don't take it for granted," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "He's making greatness look easy." Mario Chalmers scored 13 and Chris Bosh finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Heat. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) had 28 points and nine assists for the Lakers, who also got 18 points from Earl Clark. The Lakers had eight turnovers in the fourth quarter, while Miami had none. "Turnovers," lamented Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni. "You have to give them credit. They're good." With the win, Miami moved 2 1/2 games clear of the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference standings. The Knicks lost to the Los Angeles Clippers earlier Sunday. Dwight Howard and Steve Nash each scored 15 for the Lakers. "They have a couple of sensational players over there that made some big plays," Bryant said. Indeed, James and Wade stole the show down the stretch. Wade also shot 12 for 18 for Miami, which shot 55 percent as a team and held a 38-29 edge in rebounding. James scored 20 in the second half and Wade had 18 in the final two quarters, but the defending NBA champions weren't able to pull away until the final minutes. Wade had five straight points for Miami, the last of them coming with 7:15 left when his three-point play put the Heat up 89-82 - at that point, their biggest lead of the day. A minute later, Wade started what might have been Miami's signature sequence of the game. He stepped in front of a pass by Bryant under the basket, then flipped it to Bosh before falling out of bounds. Bosh got the ball to Cole, who beat Nash down the court, then lobbed a pass over his head to James, who soared for a slam that gave the Heat a seven-point lead once again. "You could feel the buzz in the arena today," James said. "We were just happy that we were able to play our game, weather some of their storms that they had and come out with a win." With 3:25 left, James turned in another highlight. He stole a pass, drove down the court and Nash - who found himself in the lane against a fast-charging James plenty of times Sunday, all to no avail - simply had no chance. It was almost as if Nash wasn't even in James' field of vision. He leaped for a dunk, giving him 30 points and the franchise record, and Miami's lead was nine. Bryant scored on the next Lakers possession, but Shane Battier hit a 3-pointer with 2:42 left to put Miami up 100-90 for the first double-digit lead for either team all day. That was the last gasp for the Lakers, who finished their road trip at 4-3. "We had our chances, but we weren't good enough tonight," Nash said. "We had too many breakdowns and we had opportunities to stretch the lead at times in the game and we couldn't do that either so probably in the end we didn't deserve it." The teams finished the first half tied at 53, and the third period didn't allow either team much in the way of breathing room either, until the final seconds. That's when James started flexing some muscle. James scored Miami's last 11 points of the third, all in the final 4:20, and four of those came in the last six seconds. He was fouled by Clark and made the first free throw. Then the second attempt was tipped back out by Battier to James, who was just beyond the 3-point line. He connected from there, and the Heat took a 78-73 lead into the fourth. It took a few more minutes, but eventually James and Wade helped Miami put it away. "D-Wade came and he just started cooking in the fourth quarter," Bryant said. "He started doing what D-Wade does and made sensational play after sensational play." Rapper Lil Wayne - a semi-regular in the crowd at Heat games - was there for the first half, then tweeted that he was ejected for rooting for the Lakers. Security personnel were seen talking to the rapper at halftime, and a Heat spokesman said after the game that he chose to leave on his own and was not ejected. Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com

New York K. - LA Clippers 88-102
Through the first 34 minutes and 39 seconds of the game, 40-year-old Grant Hill watched from the bench as his athletic teammate, Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma), tried in vain to defend Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse). No matter how high Griffin can jump or how strong he is, there wasn't a thing he could do to slow Anthony, who already had poured in 33 points - more than half the Knicks' total to that point. Finally, Clippers coach Vinnie Del Negro nudged Hill from the bench and sent him cold into what is one of the toughest defensive assignments in the NBA. Hill never left the game - and the game turned around. Anthony scored five points in the those final minutes of the third quarter and then went silent in the fourth as the Knicks saw a brief lead disappear and the Clippers run away for a 102-88 win Sunday at Madison Square Garden. Hill may not have the athletic skills he did years ago, but he never left Anthony for a moment, trying desperately to keep the ball out of hands of the Knicks' one-man show. 'He's a great player,' Hill said. 'I have so much respect for him and I enjoy playing against him. But he's a challenge, man, especially when you're sitting for three quarters. You try to make him work. He's been playing out of his mind this year. I think he's gotten better. 'You've got to pick him up on the opposite end. As soon as we change ends it's like, Where's 'Melo? Let's find him.' He's done a great job of hitting those transition, trailing three's. That's one thing he wasn't doing last year. But he's doing it this year.' Anthony sat out the first two minutes of the fourth quarter and then didn't get a shot attempt off, a wayward three-point try, until 5:25 remained and the Knicks were behind by double-digits. Anthony hit just one field goal attempt in the fourth - and attempted two. He finished with 42 points, but just four in that fourth quarter. 'He denied,' Anthony said of Hill. 'I heard their coaches yelling, Don't let him catch it, make it tough.' They were sending two guys at me in the pick-and-roll, trapping pick-and-rolls. They made an adjustment, especially late in the fourth quarter. 'They started doubling more in the pick-and-roll, started getting the ball out of my hands, started fronting the post. They just made some adjustments, just getting the ball out of my hands, making somebody else make plays and try to win the game.' It was hardly Anthony's fault since he almost singlehandedly kept the Knicks in the game to that point. When the Clippers finally got the ball out of his hands there was no help anywhere. The Knicks got 20 points from Raymond Felton, but little else. The bench was outscored, 48-15, by the Clippers bench as Jamal Crawford delivered a team-high 27. J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) was 1-for-9 for six points while Amar'e Stoudemire had nine points on 4-of-9 shooting. The Knicks had no answers for the Clippers' bench, not to mention Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest), who in his second game back from a bruised kneecap had 25 points and seven assists. 'There's four other guys out there on the basketball court,' Anthony said. 'We've just got to make plays. We've been doing that all season long. Today we didn't make plays in the fourth quarter and we didn't win the game. So it's go on to the next game.' 'I sat 'Melo to start the fourth to kind of give him a blow,' Woodson said. 'In hindsight, maybe I should have let him keep going. Other guys on this team have got to step up and play. That two-minute stretch, we dug a hole right out of the chute to start the fourth quarter. I didn't give him enough time to get back in it and I went back to our starters. By that time, 'Melo cooled off a little bit and we had no offensive flow.' Courtesy of: northjersey.com



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  NCAA1   

Top 25 - Men

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

Regular Season: Round 92

Feb. 10: La-Lafayette - La-Monroe 90-66
Feb. 10: Evansville - Drake 84-78 OT
Feb. 10: Youngstown St. - Ill.-Chicago 83-88 3OT
Feb. 10: LIU Brooklyn - St.Francis, NY 83-75
Feb. 10: Cornell - Dartmouth 79-56
Feb. 10: Columbia - Harvard 78-63
Feb. 10: Syracuse - St.John''s 77-58
Feb. 10: Fair Dickinson - Monmouth 76-80
Feb. 10: St.Peter''s - Siena 72-62
Feb. 10: USC - Washington 71-60
Feb. 10: Niagara - Canisius 70-77
Feb. 10: Maryland - Virginia 69-80
Feb. 10: Arizona - California 69-77
Feb. 10: Marist - Loyola, MD 69-64
Feb. 10: Ohio St. - Indiana 68-81
Feb. 10: Oregon St. - Colorado 68-72
Feb. 10: Seton Hall - Connecticut 67-78
Feb. 10: Bradley - N.Iowa 65-68
Feb. 10: S.Carolina - Tennessee 61-66
Feb. 10: Boston Coll. - Duke 61-62
Feb. 10: Hartford - Stony Brook 60-55
Feb. 10: Drexel - JMU 60-48
Feb. 10: Clemson - N.Carolina St. 57-58
Feb. 10: Minnesota - Illinois 53-57

Regular Season: Round 93

Feb. 11: Ark.-Pine Bluff - Alcorn St.
Feb. 11: Georgetown - Marquette
Feb. 11: Oklahoma - TCU
Feb. 11: Delaware - ODU
Feb. 11: Northeastern - William & Mary
Feb. 11: W.Carolina - Wofford
Feb. 11: Howard - Morgan St.
Feb. 11: Norfolk St. - Md-E Shore
Feb. 11: Chattanooga - Samford
Feb. 11: N.C.Central - Beth.-Cookman
Feb. 11: Hampton - Delaware St.
Feb. 11: N.Carolina A&T - Florida A&M
Feb. 11: Appalachian St. - Furman
Feb. 11: Jackson St. - Prairie View A&M
Feb. 11: Grambling St. - Texas Southern
Feb. 11: Miss.Valley St. - Southern
Feb. 11: Kansas - Kansas St.
Feb. 11: Weber St. - Idaho St.
Feb. 11: Utah Valley - Northern NM


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Erick GREEN
  Virginia Tech
  (190-PG-91)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Green, Virginia Te.25.3 
 2. Plumlee, Duke18.3 
 3. Curry, Duke16.9 
 4. Harris, Virginia15.9 
 5. Leslie, N.Caroli.15.6 
 6. Anderson, Boston15.4 
 7. McAdoo, N.Carolina14.9 
 8. McKie, Wake Forest14.5 
 9. Harris, Wake F.14.4 
 10. Hanlan, Boston Co.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Richard HOWELL
  N.Caroli.
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Howell, N.Caroli.10.8 
 2. Plumlee, Duke10.7 
 3. Anderson, Boston8.9 
 4. Mitchell, Virginia8.8 
 5. Johnson, Miami, FL8.8 
 6. McAdoo, N.Carolina8.1 
 7. Len, Maryland8.0 
 8. Booker, Clemson7.8 
 9. McKie, Wake Forest7.6 
 10. Thomas, Wake F.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo BROWN
  N.Caroli.
  (196-G-)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Brown, N.Caroli.6.7 
 2. Cook, Duke5.9 
 3. Evans, Virginia4.9 
 4. Paige, N.Carolina4.5 
 5. Larkin, Miami, FL4.3 
 6. Howard, Maryland4.2 
 7. Green, Virginia Te.4.0 
 8. Strickland, N.Car.4.0 
 9. Hall, Clemson3.3 
 10. Rahon, Boston Col.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Shane LARKIN
  Miami, FL
  (180-PG-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Larkin, Miami, FL2.2 
 2. Brown, N.Caroli.2.0 
 3. Scott, Miami, FL1.8 
 4. Cook, Duke1.6 
 5. McKie, Wake Forest1.5 
 6. McAdoo, N.Carolina1.5 
 7. Strickland, N.Car.1.4 
 8. Shannon, Florida1.4 
 9. Green, Virginia Te.1.4 
 10. Thornton, Duke1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 K.J. MCDANIELS
  Clemson
  (198-G/F-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. McDaniels, Clemson2.2 
 2. Miller, Georgia Te.2.1 
 3. Len, Maryland2.0 
 4. Gamble, Miami, FL1.9 
 5. Plumlee, Duke1.7 
 6. Johnson, Miami, FL1.5 
 7. Kelly, Duke1.4 
 8. Atkins, Virginia1.4 
 9. Kadji, Miami, FL1.4 
 10. Thomas, Wake F.1.4 



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Standings - BLNO

BLNO Standings
 1. Tromso 16-4 
 2. Centrum 13-7 
 3. Baerum Basket 12-9 
 4. Froya Basket 11-10 
 5. Gimle BBK 9-14 
 6. Asker Aliens 7-13 
 7. Ammerud Bskt 5-16 

Regular Season: Round 23

Feb. 9: Ammerud Bskt - Asker Aliens 92-56
Feb. 10: Tromso - Asker Aliens 77-64
Feb. 9: Froya Basket - Gimle BBK 71-58

Regular Season: Round 24

Feb. 16: Ammerud Bskt - Tromso
Feb. 16: Centrum - Asker Aliens
Feb. 17: Baerum Basket - Tromso


BLNO Round 23: Last-ranked Ammerud Bskt beats Asker Aliens - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in BLNO is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds.

Bottom-ranked Ammerud Bskt managed to get the second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they outleveled sixth-ranked Asker Aliens in Oslo 92-56. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 36-point difference proves that Ammerud Bskt was well-prepared to that game. The game was mostly controlled by Ammerud Bskt. Asker Aliens managed to win second period 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ammerud Bskt dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Asker Aliens' 30. They outrebounded Asker Aliens 49-29 including a 38-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Ammerud Bskt looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Asker Aliens' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Ammerud Bskt made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American-British center Gerald January (201-88, college: Montevallo) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. American swingman Ronald Timus (197-84, college: Morgan St.) chipped in 18 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Ammerud Bskt's coach Kelvin Woods felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swedish forward Elias Westerlund (197-88) produced 23 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Ammerud Bskt maintains seventh place with 5-16 record. Asker Aliens lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 13 games lost. Ammerud Bskt are looking forward to face league's leader Tromso at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Asker Aliens will play against the league's second-placed Centrum (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Leader Tromso delivered the sixteenth victory. This time they beat 6th ranked Asker Aliens (7-13) 77-64. Tromso maintains first place with 16-4 record. Asker Aliens lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 13 games lost. Tromso will play against Baerum Basket (#3) in Bekkestua in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Asker Aliens will play on the road against the league's second-placed Centrum in Oslo and hope to get back on the winning track.

In the last game of round 23 Gimle BBK was defeated by Froya Basket in Laksevag 71-58.


Tromso - Asker Aliens 77-64

Leader Tromso delivered the sixteenth victory. This time they beat 6th ranked Asker Aliens (7-13) 77-64. Asker Aliens were ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 48-32 second half run of Tromso. Tromso maintains first place with 16-4 record. Asker Aliens lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 13 games lost. Tromso will play against Baerum Basket (#3) in Bekkestua in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Asker Aliens will play on the road against the league's second-placed Centrum in Oslo and hope to get back on the winning track.
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Ammerud Bskt - Asker Aliens 92-56

Bottom-ranked Ammerud Bskt managed to get the second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they outleveled sixth-ranked Asker Aliens in Oslo 92-56. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 36-point difference proves that Ammerud Bskt was well-prepared to that game. The game was mostly controlled by Ammerud Bskt. Asker Aliens managed to win second period 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ammerud Bskt dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Asker Aliens' 30. They outrebounded Asker Aliens 49-29 including a 38-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Ammerud Bskt looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Asker Aliens' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Ammerud Bskt made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American-British center Gerald January (201-88, college: Montevallo) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. American swingman Ronald Timus (197-84, college: Morgan St.) chipped in 18 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Ammerud Bskt's coach