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  ABA   


Standings

ABA Standings
Atlantic South
 1. Jacksonville G. 22-1 
 2. Albany S. 10-2 
 3. Atlanta A. 7-2 
 4. Gulf Coast F. 6-3 
 5. Gainesville H. 6-5 
 6. Georgia G. 5-5 
 7. Atlanta W. 4-4 
 8. Birmingham B. 3-5 
 9. E.Point Jaguars 1-2 
 10. SW Fellowship 1-11 
 11. Georgia B. 0-0 
 12. Savannah G. 0-3 
California Northwest
 1. Bay Area M. 9-2 
 2. S.Francisco R. 8-3 
 3. Sacramento H. 2-5 
 4. Central Valley T. 1-7 
 5. Port City P. 0-3 
Mid Atlantic
 1. S.Carolina W. 22-1 
 2. Richmond E. 10-2 
 3. Greenville G. 6-3 
 4. Lynchburg L. 5-7 
 5. Seven Cities K. 3-5 
 6. Palmetto SR 3-6 
 7. Fayetteville F. 3-9 
 8. Tennessee Halos 1-1 
 9. Hampton Stallions 0-7 
Mid Central
 1. Lima Explosion 11-5 
 2. Chicago Steam 10-1 
 3. Detroit Hoops 8-2 
 4. Indiana SW 6-2 
 5. Pontiac F. 5-7 
 6. Michiana M. 1-4 
 7. Peoria P. 0-3 
 8. Oakland CC 0-7 
Northeast
 1. Jersey Expr. 7-1 
 2. Staten Island V. 1-2 
 3. Connecticut T. 0-1 
Pacific Northwest
 1. Seattle M. 12-1 
 2. Calgary C. 10-0 
 3. Alaska Q. 8-1 
 4. Olympia Rise 4-5 
 5. Salem Sabres 2-1 
 6. Alaska 49ers 2-2 
 7. Kitsap Adm. 2-13 
 8. Lakewood P. 1-9 
 9. Washington R. 0-3 
Rocky Mountain
 1. Colorado K. 11-2 
 2. Colorado C. 0-2 
South Central
 1. Conway C. 11-2 
 2. Jackson S. 7-2 
 3. Missouri R. 4-3 
 4. Bluff City R. 1-7 
Southeast
 1. Phenix City B. 4-4 
 2. Bahama PS 0-4 
Southern California
 1. Arizona S. 17-2 
 2. San Diego Surf 9-2 
 3. LA Slam 5-4 
 4. Fresno F. 5-5 
 5. Las Vegas Def. 2-5 
 6. Orange County N. 2-10 
 7. Z*Hollywood M. 0-0 
Southwest Central
 1. West Texas W. 13-2 
 2. N.Dallas V. 12-2 
 3. Texas Fuel 4-4 
 4. Dallas Impact 3-3 
 5. Houston X. 1-0 
 6. Oklahoma S. 1-4 
 7. Aberdeen Attack 0-0 
 8. Louisiana G. 0-1 
Touring Team
 1. Electric C.Lions 5-3 
 2. Cleveland Am-Pro 2-7 
 3. Ill City Beast 1-0 
 4. St.Louis S. 1-1 
 5. Shizuoka G. 1-9 
 6. Chicago F. 0-1 
 7. NYC Thunder 0-1 
 8. Little Rock L. 0-2 


Whirlwinds defeat Oklahoma - by Gianni Pascucci

After a slow start, the West Texas Whirlwinds pulled away from Oklahoma winning the game 99-88. Whirlwinds are now on a 12 game winning streak.
In last game, the Whirlwinds were led by Larry Boyd (6'4''-G/F-82) with 24 points and 15 rebounds. Erik Martin (6'5''-F-89, college: Texas-PB) added 19 point and 13 Rebounds, Louis Crane (6'0''-G-90, college: Texas-PB) 10 pts and 13 assist, Nedrie Simmons (5'9''-G, college: Texas-PB) 10 pts and 7 assists . Derek Winston scored 20 points to lead Oklahoma Onpoint in losing effort.
The Whirlwinds akso annonced the signing of key player in Demetrius Davis (5'9''-G). To make him room in roster they parted ways with John Hollman (6'3''-G-84, college: Langston). Whirlwinds record is now 13-2.



Another winning weekend for the Giants - by Gianni Pascucci

Over the past weekend, the ABA reigning champions Jacksonville Giants prevailed over Gainesville Heat, 191-102, and then defeated the Albany Blazers 151-112. The Giants ended the first half leading 51-46, and then outscored the Blazers 46-36 in the 3rd, by Ed Horton (6'3''-G-85, college: Murray St.) who scored 19 of his 27 total points in the 3rd quarter. At the end, the Giants were led in scoring by Jermaine Bell (7'0''-C-84, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Indian Hills CC) who finished with 37 points and 16 rebounds to go along with 3 blocks. Ed Horton and Damone Brown (6'9''-F-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Syracuse) both recorded double-doubles with 27 points and 11 rebounds and 10 points and 10 rebounds respectively.
The Giants have defeated their division foe, the Albany Blazers, for the second time this season. With this win, the Giants have won 16 straight, improve to 24-1 and clinch the Atlantic South Division Title for the third consecutive season.
The Giants are currently ranked #1 in the ABA Power rankings, a position they have held for 4 straight weeks.



Xperience prevails over Gymrats - by Gianni Pascucci

After a 48 point first quarter the Houston Xperience cruised to an easy victory Saturday night in front of a packed gym in Houston, Texas.
The Houston Xperience led start to finish in its 167-117 victory vs the Japanese Shizuoka Gymrats. Leading the way was Christian Sonier (6'0''-G-82, college: Prairie View A&M) with 34 points 17 assist. Sean Toran (6'6''-G/F) added 32 points and 13 rebounds, Kevin Barber (5'10''-G) chipped in 24 points in the victory. Larry Posey (6'5''-F-86) was a solid contributor putting together a double double 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Coach Kevin Williams says" This was a great victory for my team and the most complete team effort we have had all year"



No change in ABA Power Rankings top three - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) has released its Power Rankings through Sunday, February 10th, and the top three teams held their positions. "With the top two teams getting a bye into the Final Four, the battle for those two position over the next several weeks should be very interesting," stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. "One loss by any of the top teams could make a significant change. It should be an exciting few weeks."
The Power Rankings:

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

For more information, visit www.abalive.com



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar CAPIN
  Radnicki KG
  (186-PG-82)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Capin, Radnicki KG16.3 
 2. Planinic, Siroki W.15.7 
 3. Rakocevic, Crvena15.7 
 4. Travis, Zadar15.2 
 5. Sutalo, Siroki W.15.0 
 6. Blazic, Un.Olimpija14.7 
 7. White, Radnicki KG13.9 
 8. Strawberry, Cibona13.9 
 9. Gecevski, MZT S.13.6 
 10. Jorovic, Igokea13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Crvena Z.
  (210-F-87)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Savovic, Crvena Z.8.4 
 2. Gordon, Partizan8.0 
 3. Bader, Szolnok7.9 
 4. Travis, Zadar7.7 
 5. Baynes, Un.Olimpija6.8 
 6. Sakic, Siroki WWin6.7 
 7. Planinic, Siroki W.6.1 
 8. Kastropil, Zadar5.6 
 9. Hamilton, Cibona5.6 
 10. Vitkovac, Buducn.5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksandar CAPIN
  Radnicki KG
  (186-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Capin, Radnicki KG5.4 
 2. Subotic, KK Split4.9 
 3. Vladovic, Krka4.4 
 4. Hammonds, Igokea3.9 
 5. Otasevic, MZT S.3.7 
 6. Simon, Szolnok3.6 
 7. Rannikko, Un.Olimp.3.3 
 8. Markovic, Radnicki.3.2 
 9. Nelson, Crvena Z.3.2 
 10. Sutalo, Siroki W.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. STRAWBERRY
  Cibona
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Strawberry, Cibona2.2 
 2. Otasevic, MZT S.1.9 
 3. Green, Cedevita1.9 
 4. Salin, Un.Olimpija1.8 
 5. Hammonds, Igokea1.7 
 6. White, Radnicki KG1.6 
 7. Stojanovski, MZT S.1.5 
 8. Lucic, Partizan1.4 
 9. Worthington, Radni.1.4 
 10. Travis, Zadar1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  KK Split
  (212-F-89)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Kraljevic, KK Split1.4 
 2. Gecevski, MZT S.1.3 
 3. Musli, Partizan1.2 
 4. Planinic, Siroki W.1.1 
 5. Baynes, Un.Olimpija0.9 
 6. Gordon, Partizan0.8 
 7. Lalic, Krka0.8 
 8. Omic, Un.Olimpija0.6 
 9. Bryan-A., Radnicki.0.6 
 10. Ramljak, Siroki W.0.5 



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Kampiont bindin, Flamurtari proteston - by Elton Veseli

Flamurtari ka humbur dje n shtpi kundr kampionve t Tirans me rezultatin 78-61, sfid e vlefshme pr javn e 14-t, gjat t cils nuk munguan edhe protestat e vlonjatve ndaj gjykimit. N fillimin e periods s dyt, dnimi nga gjyqtart me 5 personale pr numrin 12-t t Flamurtarit, Beko, nga m t mirt. Prtej kontestimeve nga skuadra, pjes e s cils u bn edhe tifozt, gjyqtart nuk kan br kthim mbrapa. Ky vendim do t sillte edhe ndrprerjen e ndeshjes pr disa minuta, deri sa situata t qetsohej dhe loja t riniste. Perioda e par ka folur pr Flamurtarin, fal gjuajtjeve t sakta t Tosks, Mimos dhe Kasos duke e mbyllur n avantazh 25-13. Edhe n periodn e dyt vlonjatt nuk e ulin ritmin, ndrsa bjn presion ndaj kryeqytetasve t trajnerit Roland Avrami. Dalja me 5 personale e Bekos u jep mundsi bardhebluve, fal edhe lojs s saj, ta fitojn kt 10-minutsh 28-17. Pjesa e par do t mbyllej me rezultatin 42-41 n favor t Flamurtarit. 10-minutshi i tret ka qen pothuajse i barabart pr t dy ekipet, por blerjet e reja e Tirans: amerikani.Mark Rutledge (193-G/F, college: Cent.Arkansas) , vlonjati Fjorentin Bircaj (205-C-89) dhe malazezi Marko Milatovic (194-G-88, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) do t bnin diferencn.


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Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
 1. Regatas C. 25-10 
 2. Penarol 23-11 
 3. Lanus 21-12 
 4. Boca Jrs 20-14 
 5. Libertad S. 20-14 
 6. Olimpico LB 20-16 
 7. Argentino 19-17 
 8. Quimsa 18-16 
 9. Sionista 18-18 
 10. GECR Indalo 17-18 
 11. Atenas 17-19 
 12. Wuber-Est.Bahia 16-18 
 13. Obras 14-20 
 14. 9 de Julio 11-24 
 15. Union Progr. 10-24 
 16. La Union 9-27 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 24

Feb. 10: Boca Jrs - Atenas 94-79
Feb. 10: Obras - Olimpico LB 84-71
Feb. 10: Libertad S. - Union Progr. 81-69
Feb. 10: Sionista - Argentino 79-87
Feb. 10: Wuber-Est.Bahia - Lanus 75-74
Feb. 10: Penarol - GECR Indalo 72-58
Feb. 10: Quimsa - La Union 69-75
Feb. 10: Regatas C. - 9 de Julio 100-77

Second Stage: Round 25

Feb. 15: GECR Indalo - Sionista
Feb. 15: La Union - Wuber-Est.Bahia
Feb. 15: Olimpico LB - Libertad S.
Feb. 15: 9 de Julio - Boca Jrs
Feb. 15: Lanus - Regatas C.
Feb. 15: Union Progr. - Penarol
Feb. 15: Atenas - Quimsa
Feb. 15: Argentino - Obras


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 19
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.19.0 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras17.9 
 3. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.5 
 4. Jackson, GECR I.17.0 
 5. Lewis, La Union16.8 
 6. DeGroat, Boca Jrs16.1 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.15.1 
 8. Shannon, La Union15.1 
 9. Lytch, Argentino14.8 
 10. Gutierrez, Penarol14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.10.9 
 2. Phillip, Union Pro.10.9 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.7 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.7.9 
 5. Seawright, GECR I.7.5 
 6. Williams, Quimsa7.4 
 7. Fierro, Atenas7.3 
 8. Sanchez, Libertad.7.2 
 9. Battle, Lanus7.2 
 10. Lewis, La Union7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.7 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.1 
 3. Osimani, Obras4.0 
 4. Labaque, Atenas4.0 
 5. De los Santo., Arg.3.9 
 6. Cajal, Union Progr.3.8 
 7. Treise, Libertad S.3.7 
 8. Laprovittola, Lanus3.7 
 9. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.6 
 10. Cequeira, Sionista3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.5 
 2. Pau, Olimpico LB1.9 
 3. Lescano, Atenas1.8 
 4. Lewis, La Union1.7 
 5. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.7 
 6. Washam, Regatas C.1.6 
 7. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.5 
 8. Quinteros, Regat.1.5 
 9. Aguirre, Quimsa1.4 
 10. Ramirez, Olimpico.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.1.9 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 3. Battle, Lanus1.2 
 4. Humphrey, Obras1.1 
 5. Meyinsse, Regat.1.0 
 6. Torres, Wuber-Es.1.0 
 7. Santiago, Boca Jrs0.9 
 8. Mata, Penarol0.9 
 9. Meyinsse, Sionista0.8 
 10. Espinoza, Obras0.8 


LigaA Round 24 (Second Stage): Lanus are defeated by Wuber-Est.Bahia - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Bahia Blanca between third ranked Lanus (21-12) and twelfth ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (16-18) on Sunday night. Lanus was edged by Wuber-Est.Bahia in a tough game on the road 74-75. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 30-24 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Lanus helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Lee Nailon (205-75, college: TCU) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Juan Ignacio Sanchez (192-77, college: Temple) who added 15 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Wuber-Est.Bahia maintains twelfth position with 16-18 record. Lanus at the other side keeps the third place with 12 games lost. Wuber-Est.Bahia are looking forward to face bottom-ranked La Union (#16) in Formosa in the next round. Lanus will play at home against the league's leader Regatas Corrientes (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Bottom-ranked La Union managed to get a ninth victory, breaking the five-game losing streak. This time they won against seventh-ranked Quimsa in Santiado Estero 75-69. The winners were led by American forward Terrence Shannon (203-79, college: Elgin CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and Gregory Lewis supported him with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Even 13 points and 6 rebounds by American guard Jimmy Baxter (198-80, college: S.Florida, agency: Three Eye Sports) did not help to save the game for Quimsa. La Union maintains sixteenth position with 9-27 record. Quimsa at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 16 games lost. La Union will play against higher ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (#12) in Bahia Blanca in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Quimsa will play on the road against Atenas (#11) in Cordoba and hopes to get back on the winning track.
LigaA top team - Regatas Corrientes (25-10) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked 9 de Julio (11-24) 100-77. The best player for the winners was Paolo Quinteros who scored 25 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Gaston Torre who recorded 16 points 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. Regatas Corrientes maintains first position with 25-10 record. 9 de Julio lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 24 games lost. Regatas Corrientes will meet Lanus (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. 9 de Julio will play against Boca Juniors (#4) in Buenos Aires and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Buenos Aires where higher ranked Olimpico de La Banda (20-16) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Obras (14-20) 84-71. It was a good game for Juan Gutierrez who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds (went 13 for 13 at the free throw line !!!). Obras have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain thirteenth position with 14-20 record. Olimpico de La Banda at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 16 games lost. Obras' next round opponent will be higher ranked Argentino (#7) in Junin and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 24: Union Progr. lost to Libertad S. on the opponent's court 69-81. Boca Jrs managed to outperform Atenas in a home game 94-79. Argentino managed to beat Sionista on the road 87-79. Penarol defeated GECR Indalo on its own court 72-58.


Wuber-Est.Bahia - Lanus 75-74

The most important game in the last round took place in Bahia Blanca between third ranked Lanus (21-12) and twelfth ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (16-18) on Sunday night. Lanus was edged by Wuber-Est.Bahia in a tough game on the road 74-75. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 30-24 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Lanus helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Lee Nailon (205-75, college: TCU) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Juan Ignacio Sanchez (192-77, college: Temple) who added 15 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) with 17 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Fernando Martina (202-81) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Four Lanus players scored in double figures. Wuber-Est.Bahia maintains twelfth position with 16-18 record. Lanus at the other side keeps the third place with 12 games lost. Wuber-Est.Bahia are looking forward to face bottom-ranked La Union (#16) in Formosa in the next round. Lanus will play at home against the league's leader Regatas Corrientes (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Wuber-Est.Bahia: L.Nailon 19+6reb+1ast, J.Ignacio Sanchez 15+4reb+4ast, J.Williams 13+3reb+1ast, H.Jasen 8+4reb, J.Manuel Torres 6+8reb, J.Manuel Rivero 5+1ast
Lanus: R.Battle 17+9reb+1ast, P.Prato 12+1reb, F.Martina 11+7reb, L.Perez 10+1reb+4ast, W.McFarlan 8+4ast, N.Laprovittola 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 189562


Libertad S. - Union Progr. 81-69

Very expected game when 15th ranked Union Progresista (10-24) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Libertad Sunchales (20-14) 81-69. The game was mostly controlled by Libertad Sunchales. Union Progresista was better in second period 23-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Libertad Sunchales dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Union Progresista's 28. They outrebounded Union Progresista 35-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for point guard Jonatan Treise (186-85) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 5 assists. The former international guard Diego Garcia (190-79) contributed with 17 points and 6 assists for the winners. British-American forward Darren Phillip (201-78, college: Fairfield) replied with 17 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Ariel Zago (201-85) added 12 points in the effort for Union Progresista. Libertad Sunchales moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Boca Jrs. Union Progresista lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth position with 24 games lost. Libertad Sunchales' next round opponent will be Olimpico de La Banda (#6) on the road. Union Progresista will play against the league's second-placed Penarol (#2) in Mar del Plata.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: J.Treise 17+4reb+5ast, D.Garcia 17+3reb+6ast, G.Mikulas 12+7reb+3ast, R.Sanchez 9+8reb+4ast, D.Johnson 7+3reb+1ast, M.Saglietti 7+1reb+1ast
Union Progr.: D.Phillip 17+5reb+2ast, A.Zago 12+4reb, O.Canton 10+1reb, C.Avalle 9+1reb+2ast, V.Hugo Cajal 8+5reb+1ast, C.Schoppler 5+2ast
gschID: 189561


Boca Jrs - Atenas 94-79

Very predictable result in Buenos Aires where fifth ranked Boca Juniors (20-14) defeated 11th ranked Atenas (17-19) 94-79. It looked good early as Atenas took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Boca Juniors had a 28-11 second period charge getting the lead and Atenas was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 79-94. Boca Juniors made 29-of-35 charity shots (82.9 percent) during the game. 32 personal fouls committed by Atenas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for naturalized American guard Phillip Hopson (188-87, college: Idaho) who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American-Puerto Rican center Daniel Santiago (216-76, college: N.Mexico, agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Javier Bulfoni (192-76) replied with 19 points and the former international guard Alexis Elsener (193-88) added 14 points in the effort for Atenas. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Boca Juniors have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Libertad S. Atenas at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 19 games lost. Boca Juniors' next round opponent will be 9 de Julio (#14) in Rio Tercero and are hoping to win another game. Atenas will play at home against Quimsa in Santiado Estero.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: J.DeGroat 20+4reb+1ast, F.Van Lacke 20+1reb+3ast, P.Hopson 18+7reb+4ast, D.Santiago 18+6reb+1ast, M.Stanic 7+2reb+4ast, J.Coleman 6+1ast
Atenas: J.Bulfoni 19+2reb+1ast, A.Elsener 14+2reb+3ast, D.Kante 11+3reb, F.Oberto 10+2reb+4ast, M.Fierro 7+6reb+1ast, M.Lescano 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 189560


Sionista - Argentino 79-87

Everything could happen in Parana at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Argentino and 9th ranked Sionista had identical 18-17 record. But Sionista was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Junin 87-79. The guests were already 16 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 28-20 Sionista's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 87-79 at the end of the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Sionista helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international point guard Nicolas De los Santos (180-88) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 7 assists. Naturalized Italian guard Juan Cangelosi (195-81) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Argentino players scored in double figures. American forward Joshua Pittman (195-76, college: NC-Asheville, agency: Dream Team Management) replied with 15 points and his fellow American import forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St.) added 16 points in the effort for Sionista. Argentino (19-17) moved-up to seventh place. Sionista at the other side keeps the ninth position with 18 games lost. Argentino's next round opponent will be Obras (#13) in Buenos Aires where they are favorite. Sionista will play on the road against GECR Indalo (#10) in Comodoro R. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Argentino: N.De los Santos 21+2reb+7ast, F.Funes 13+3reb, A.Weigand 13+6reb+1ast, J.Cangelosi 12+7reb+1ast, B.Carlwell 11+4reb, C.Amicucci 11+5reb+2ast
Sionista: L.Wade 16+3reb, J.Pittman 15+2reb+2ast, D.Hure 12+2reb+1ast, J.Lloreda 10+4reb, L.Cequeira 9+2reb+4ast, M.Sandes 8+5reb+3ast
gschID: 189559


Penarol - GECR Indalo 72-58

Everything went according to plan in Mar del Plata where second ranked Penarol (23-11) beat 10th ranked GECR Indalo (17-18) 72-58. The game was mostly controlled by Penarol. GECR Indalo was better in fourth quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Penarol forced 20 GECR Indalo turnovers. Strangely GECR Indalo outrebounded Penarol 41-29 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for the former international center Martin Leiva (209-80) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 7 rebounds. International point guard Facundo Campazzo (179-91) contributed with 10 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Four Penarol players scored in double figures. American power forward Kahiem Seawright (203-86, college: Rhode Island, agency: Edge Sports) replied with 13 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Jason Robinson (196-80, college: Pikeville) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for GECR Indalo. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains second position with 23-11 record having just three points less than leader Regatas C. GECR Indalo at the other side keeps the tenth place with 18 games lost. Penarol's next round opponent will be Union Progresista (#15) in Villa Angela which should be an easy win for them. GECR Indalo will play at home against Sionista (#9) in Parana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Penarol: M.Mata 16+2reb+1ast, M.Leiva 15+7reb+1ast, L.Gutierrez 10+3reb+2ast, F.Campazzo 10+5reb+6ast, L.Rasio 7+3reb, S.Safar 7+3reb+1ast
GECR Indalo: K.Seawright 13+7reb+1ast, J.Robinson 12+7reb+1ast, D.Romero 10+7reb+1ast, M.Byro 8+4reb, D.Jackson 5+4reb+1ast, M.Nobile 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 189558


Quimsa - La Union 69-75

Bottom-ranked La Union managed to get a ninth victory, breaking the five-game losing streak. This time they won against seventh-ranked Quimsa in Santiado Estero 75-69. Quimsa was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 33-25 second half run of La Union. Quimsa was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American forward Terrence Shannon (203-79, college: Elgin CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import forward Gregory Lewis (200-78, college: Winthrop, agency: Dream Team Management) supported him with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Five La Union players scored in double figures. Even 13 points and 6 rebounds by American guard Jimmy Baxter (198-80, college: S.Florida, agency: Three Eye Sports) did not help to save the game for Quimsa. Naturalized Italian center Damian Tintorelli (204-81) added 11 points and 5 rebounds. La Union maintains sixteenth position with 9-27 record. Quimsa at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 16 games lost. La Union will play against higher ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (#12) in Bahia Blanca in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Quimsa will play on the road against Atenas (#11) in Cordoba and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
La Union: N.Gianella 16+4reb, T.Shannon 13+10reb, A.Marin 13+5reb, G.Lewis 12+8reb+1ast, R.Wolkowyski 10+3reb+1ast, M.Ceruti 7+2ast
Quimsa: J.Baxter 13+6reb+1ast, D.Tintorelli 11+5reb+1ast, N.Aguirre 10+1reb+3ast, E.Villares 9+2reb+2ast, S.Vega 7+4reb, J.Williams 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 189557


Obras - Olimpico LB 84-71

An interesting game took place in Buenos Aires where higher ranked Olimpico de La Banda (20-16) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Obras (14-20) 84-71. The hosts were ahead by 5 points but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 24-7 run, which allowed them to win the game. Obras dominated on the defensive end, holding Olimpico de La Banda to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. It was a good game for international power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds (went 13 for 13 at the free throw line !!!). American guard Kyle Lamonte (191-84, college: William Carey) contributed with 22 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Lamonte is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Cedric McGowan (200-85, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) replied with 24 points and his fellow American import center Sam Clancy (202-80, college: USC) added 4 points and 16 rebounds in the effort for Olimpico de La Banda. Obras have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain thirteenth position with 14-20 record. Olimpico de La Banda at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 16 games lost. Obras' next round opponent will be higher ranked Argentino (#7) in Junin and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Obras: J.Gutierrez 25+11reb+2ast, K.Lamonte 22+4reb, J.Mazzaro 15+1reb+1ast, P.Espinoza 8+3reb, T.Field 5+5reb, M.Osimani 5+2reb+8ast
Olimpico LB: C.McGowan 24+2reb+2ast, A.Pau 17+1reb+3ast, J.Machuca 7+1reb+2ast, F.Calvi 6+2reb+1ast, F.Ramirez 6+2reb, H.Salles 5+3reb
gschID: 189556


Regatas C. - 9 de Julio 100-77

LigaA top team - Regatas Corrientes (25-10) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked 9 de Julio (11-24) 100-77. The game without a history. Regatas Corrientes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Paolo Quinteros (190-79) who scored 25 points and 4 assists. International power forward Nicolas Romano (199-87) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Gaston Torre (184-85) who recorded 16 points and 4 assists and American forward Edward Nelson (203-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Dream Team Management) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who 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. Regatas Corrientes maintains first position with 25-10 record. 9 de Julio lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 24 games lost. Regatas Corrientes will meet Lanus (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. 9 de Julio will play against Boca Juniors (#4) in Buenos Aires and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 25+4ast, N.Romano 20+5reb+1ast, M.Gerlero 11+5reb+2ast, J.Meyinsse 10+12reb+1ast, N.Ferreyra 8+1reb+1ast, J.Martinez 8+1reb+5ast
9 de Julio: E.Nelson 18+6reb, E.Ruiz 16+5reb, G.Torre 16+4reb+4ast, D.Gerbaudo 11+2reb+1ast, J.Ayarza 5+1reb+2ast, L.Blanchard 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 189555



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

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

Andres Nocioni
Andres Nocioni
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international small forward Andres Nocioni (199-79, currently plays in Spain). He led Caja Laboral to a victory over the closely-ranked Valencia Basket (12-8) 79-75 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Nocioni was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 31 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Caja Laboral Vitoria (17-3) is placed second in the ACB. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. It's Nocioni's first season with the team. Nocioni has relatively good stats this year: 13.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 53.4%(31-58) and FT: 77.6% in the 19 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Italian and Argentinian. Ex-Penarol Mar del Plata player is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Carlos Delfino
Carlos Delfino
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Carlos Delfino (200-82, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Delfino could not help the Houston Rockets (28-25) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the Houston Rockets were defeated 117-111 on the road by the Sacramento Kings. Delfino scored 15 points and added 3 passes. This season Delfino has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 46.6%, 3FGP: 39.4%. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Delfino is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Luis Scola
Luis Scola
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Luis Scola (206-80, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to a Phoenix Suns' victory against the Memphis Grizzlies (32-18) 96-90 in the NBA on Tuesday night. Scola recorded 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 19 minutes. The Phoenix Suns have not so impressive 17-35 record this season. Scola has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 12.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 46.7%, 3FGP: 8.3% and FT: 77.6% in the 52 games. Scola has both Argentinian and Spanish nationalities. He is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Juan Pablo Figueroa
Juan Pablo Figueroa
   #4. Point guard Juan Pablo Figueroa (184-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Brazil), who plays in the Brazilian NBB was not able to help Vivo/Franca (9-8) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Figueroa's very good performance Vivo/Franca was edged 82-80 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (#4). He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Figueroa also added 3 passes. Figueroa is currently third on the league's list of best blockers. His overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.3apg and 2.0bpg. Figueroa is also Argentinian national team player.

Pablo Prigioni
Pablo Prigioni
   #5. International point guard Pablo Prigioni (190-77, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the New York Knicks (32-17) in their game against the Washington Wizards (14-35) in the NBA. He cannot count it as his best performance. Prigioni scored only 3 points in 8 minutes on the court. The New York Knicks lost 96-106 in Washington to the Wizards. This year Prigioni's overall stats are: 3.5ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.9apg in the 48 games. He also holds two passports: Italian and Argentinian. Prigioni plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Fabricio Vay
Fabricio Vay
   #6. Forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Switzerland) was the major contributor in a SAV Vacallo's victory against one of league's weakest teams SAM Massagno (4-14) 86-81 in the Swiss LNA last Wednesday. He scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. SAV Vacallo Basket (13-5) is placed third in the LNA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Vay's total stats this season are: 9.6ppg and 4.6rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Argentinian senior team four years ago.

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez
   #7. International guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple, currently plays in Italy) helped C.de Latte BRE win their game against the closely-ranked Givova Scafati (9-8) 82-72 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. He scored 8 points, had 4 boards, dished 7 assists and stole 4 balls in 32 minutes. Centrale del Latte Brescia (11-6) is placed fourth in the Lega2. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Fernandez is currently fourth on the list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (fifth place). This year his total stats are: 8.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.5apg and 2.3spg in the 17 games. Fernandez is also Argentinian national team player.

Patricio Garino
Patricio Garino
   #8. Swingman Patricio Garino (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the G.Washington (5-4) in their game against the Butler University (7-3) in the NCAA. He recorded 9 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. But the G.Washington was edged 59-56 at home by the Butler University. Garino has averaged so far 8.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.5apg and 2.3spg. He used to play for the Argentinian U19 national team back in 2011.

Nicolas Richotti
Nicolas Richotti
   #9. International point guard Nicolas Richotti (181-86, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Iberostar Canarias Tenerife in a victory against the closely-ranked Cajasol (7-13) 77-68 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He scored only 4 points in 13 minutes. Iberostar Canarias Tenerife (8-12) is placed 13th in the ACB. Richotti has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.2apg in the 20 games. He is also in the roster of the Argentinian national team.

Cristian Cortez
Cristian Cortez
   #10. Guard Cristian Cortez (185-90, currently plays in Brazil) couldn't help Mogi (8-9) in their game against Tijuca TC (4-17) in the Brazilian NBB. Cortez scored 6 points and blocked 2 blocks. Mogi was defeated 83-68 in Rio de Janeiro by the much lower-ranked Tijuca TC (#16). Cortez has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.4apg. He is a former U19 international player as four years ago he still played for the Argentinian national team.

   #11. Former U17 international center Matias Bortolin (205-93, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria), who plays in the Austrian A Bundesliga couldn't help Arkadia Lions (1-19) in their last game on Friday. Despite Bortolin's very good performance the bottom-ranked Arkadia Lions were defeated 90-86 in Gmunden by the second-ranked Swans. He scored 16 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Bortolin is the league's best blocker. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2bpg. Bortolin used to play for the Argentinian U17 national team three years ago.

   #12. Former international point guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) faced previously mentioned Juan Fernandez in the Italian Lega2 last game. Porta couldn't help Givova Scafati in their game against C.de Latte BRE. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Porta scored only 2 points and added 3 passes. His team was defeated 82-72. He has averaged so far 7.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg. Porta used to play for the Argentinian national team back in 2008.

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

   #1. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help AcegasAps TR (8-9) in their last game. Despite his very good performance AcegasAps TR lost 73-86 on the road to the lower-ranked (#11) FCM Ferentino. Filloy was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 32 minutes. It was AcegasAps TR's third consecutive loss in a row. Filloy has reliable stats this year: 11.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.5apg and 1.4spg in the 17 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Despite Filloy's Argentinian passport, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Argentinian team.

   #2. Experienced Manuel Carrizo (198-F/G-80, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) led Latina Basket to a surprising victory over the seventh-ranked Castelletto (12-9) 95-89 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) on Sunday night. Carrizo was the best player in that game. He scored 30 points (!!!), grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 7 assists. A.S.D. Latina Basket (8-14) is placed 16th in the Nazionale A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Carrizo has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 20.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 3.3apg and 2.0spg. Carrizo is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #3. Bernardo Musso (193-G-86, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) was not able to help LeGamberi Foods Forli (8-9) in their last game. Despite Musso's good performance LeGamberi Foods Forli lost 77-81 in Barcellona to the leading Sigma. He scored 11 points, had 7 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 3 balls in 35 minutes. This year Musso's total stats are: 9.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.7spg in the 15 games. Similarly like Carrizo and Filloy above he has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #4. Pablo Bertone (193-G-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Florida Atlantic (6-9) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Bertone's very good performance the Florida Atlantic (#5) was badly defeated 84-65 in Miami, FL by the Florida International University. He scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Bertone's total stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.7spg.

   #5. Albano Chiarastella (196-F-85, currently plays in Italy) led Agrigento to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Perugia (5-16) 87-80 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) in Sunday night's game. Chiarastella scored 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 35 minutes. Moncada Solar Agrigento (12-9) is placed fifth in the Nazionale A. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. Chiarastella has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.5spg in the 12 games. He also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #6. Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-G-86, also represented by Players Group, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) couldn't help Matera (14-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Vico's good performance Matera was defeated 77-69 at home by the much lower-ranked Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria (#10). He scored 13 points. Vico is currently first on the list of most steals. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.1apg and 3.1spg. Vico holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.

   #7. Pablo Gamaleri (194-F-93, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria), who plays in the Austrian A Bundesliga couldn't help Arkadia Lions (1-19) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Arkadia Lions lost 86-90 in Gmunden to the second-ranked Swans. Gamaleri was the top scorer with 25 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 35 minutes. Gamaleri has reliable stats this year: 10.8ppg and 3.1rpg in the 16 games. Similarly like Vico and Chiarastella above he has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #8. Andres Forray (187-PG-86, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Pall.Trento's victory against the 13th-ranked Prima Veroli 68-57 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Forray scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. He has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.5apg and 1.9spg. Similarly like three previous players above, Forray has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #9. Juan Ignacio Jasen (196-F-85, currently plays in Spain) managed to help UCAM Murcia in a victory against the 11th-ranked Blusens Monbus 83-77 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Jasen scored only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. Jasen has averaged so far 3.6ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.1apg in the 15 games. He has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #10. Augustin Fabi (199-G/F-91, currently plays in Italy) faced previously mentioned Carlos Sebastian Vico in the Italian Nazionale A last game. Fabi contributed to a Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria's shocking victory against the second-ranked Matera 77-69. He scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Fabi has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.1apg and 1.4spg. Similarly like five previous players above, he holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.



Argentinian LigaA round 24 (Second Stage) best performance: Juan Gutierrez - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized Italian power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) had a great game in the last round for Obras, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24 (Second Stage).
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Olimpico LB (#6, 20-16) 84-71. Obras maintains the 13th position in Italian LigaA. Obras is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 20th lost game this season out of 34 games. Gutierrez has many years of experience at Obras, through which he has constantly improved. Juan Gutierrez has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 17.9ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 9.7rpg) and averages impressive 1.2bpg,54.4% FGP and 44.7% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Phillip Hopson (188-G-87) of Boca Jrs. Hopson had a very good evening with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he lead Boca Jrs to another comfortable win 94-79 over the lower-ranked Atenas (#11, 17-19) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Boca Jrs to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 20-14 record is not bad at all. Hopson is a newcomer at Boca Jrs, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Terrence Shannon (203-F-79, agency: Paris Global Sports) of La Union (#16). Shannon scored 13 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of La Union, leading his team to a 75-69 win against the higher-ranked Quimsa (#8, 18-16). La Union can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 9-27 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Shannon he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Shannon has individually a great season in Argentina. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.1ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Daniel Santiago (216-C-76) of Boca Jrs - 18 points and 6 rebounds
5. John DeGroat (198-F-85) of Boca Jrs - 20 points and 4 rebounds
6. Jerome Meyinsse (206-C-88) of Regatas C. - 10 points and 12 rebounds
7. Paolo Quinteros (190-G-79) of Regatas C. - 25 points and 4 assists
8. Nicolas De los Santos (180-PG-88) of Argentino - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Marcos Mata (201-SF-86) of Penarol - 16 points and 2 rebounds
10. Robert Battle (204-C-81) of Lanus - 17 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)



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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: 18.5
 1. Ervin, Crocodiles18.5 
 2. Madgen, Kings17.9 
 3. Flynn, Tigers17.7 
 4. Wilson, Taipans16.4 
 5. Jackson, Breakers16.0 
 6. Lisch, Wildcats15.7 
 7. Johnson, 36ers15.7 
 8. Deleon, Hawks14.9 
 9. Redhage, Wildcats14.5 
 10. Knight, Wildcats14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacob HOLMES
  Crocodiles
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Holmes, Crocodiles8.5 
 2. Johnson, 36ers8.1 
 3. Crosswhite, Kings7.5 
 4. Lazare, Kings7.5 
 5. Knight, Wildcats7.2 
 6. Scott, Tigers6.8 
 7. Pledger, Breakers6.8 
 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. Gibson, 36ers4.7 
 4. Ervin, Crocodiles4.7 
 5. Wilson, Taipans3.8 
 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. Ervin, Crocodiles1.3 
 5. Henry, Kings1.2 
 6. Tovey, Wildcats1.1 
 7. Wagstaff, Wildcats1.1 
 8. Martin, Hawks1.1 
 9. Lisch, Wildcats1.1 
 10. Edwards, 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. Hinder, Crocodiles0.7 
 7. Edwards, Taipans0.7 
 8. Garlepp, Kings0.7 
 9. Blanchfield, Croco.0.7 
 10. Hudson, Breakers0.7 


Crawford wins Round 18 POTW - by Hugh McAuliffe

Townsville Crocodiles star Peter Crawford's (193-G/F-79) late game exploits in the double overtime win over Cairns has earned NBL Player of the Week honours for Round 18 of the iiNet NBL Championship.

The 2012 London Olympian dropped a season-high 30 points in the thrilling 111-108 victory that needed two extra periods to separate the North Queensland rivals.

In one of the best shooting performances of the season, Crawford hit 10-of-16 from the field, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, to go with seven rebounds and five assists.

In Round 18s other overtime classic Breakers star Cedric Jackson had 24 points, including the game-winning basket, 12 rebounds and seven assists, while Sydneys Darnell Lazare finished with 25 points (10-of-13) and 11 rebounds.

Tigers import Jonny Flynn continued his high-level of production, with 23 points and eight assists in the road win over Wollongong, while Crawfords Crocs teammate Gary Ervin had 28 points, six assists and four rebounds.

Adelaide 36ers Daniel Johnson, Hawks veteran Oscar Foreman, Wildcats big Matthew Knight and Cairns import Jamar Wilson were also among the standouts from Round 18.



Andrew Bogut selected the top Australian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Andrew Bogut
Andrew Bogut
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Andrew Bogut (212-84, college: Utah, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Bogut could not help the Golden State Warriors (30-21) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance the Golden State Warriors were crushed 140-109 on the road by the Houston Rockets. Bogut recorded 10 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Bogut has relatively good stats this season: 8.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7bpg, 2FGP: 56.9%(33-58). He played for the Australian senior national team five years ago.

Nathan Jawai
Nathan Jawai
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Nathan Jawai (208-86, college: Midland CC, currently plays in Spain). Jawai led Regal FC Barcelona to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Assignia Manresa (4-16) 88-76 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He scored 11 points in only a mere 10 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (12-8) is placed fifth in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Jawai's first season with the team. This year Jawai averages: 7.3ppg, 4.5rpg and FT: 58.7% in the 19 games he played so far. He played for the Australian national team in 2009.

Aleks Maric
Aleks Maric
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Aleks Maric (211-84, college: Nebraska, currently plays in VTB United League). Maric was the major contributor in Lokomotiv's victory against the seventh-ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (5-9) 94-87 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. He scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Lokomotiv Kuban (10-4) is placed third in group B. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Maric is currently first on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.1ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 63.7%(65-102) and FT: 68.4%. Maric is also a member of the Australian senior national team.

Ryan Broekhoff
Ryan Broekhoff
   #4. Forward Ryan Broekhoff (201-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Illinois-Chicago (6-6) crushing them 86-61 in the NCAA last Tuesday. He scored 22 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 25 minutes. The Valparaiso University has quite an impressive 8-2 conference record this season. Broekhoff is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Valparaiso's roster. This season Broekhoff has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 9.8rpg and 1.2spg in the 14 games. He is also Australian national team player.

Anthony Drmic
Anthony Drmic
   #5. Former international swingman Anthony Drmic (198-92, currently studies in the States) contributed to a Boise St.'s victory against the University of Wyoming (2-7) 68-61 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He recorded 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in 40 minutes. The Boise State University has 4-5 conference record this season. Drmic has reliable stats this year: 12.1ppg, 9.8rpg and 1.2spg in the 14 games. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Australian. Drmic used to play for the Australian national team two years ago.

Matthew Dellavedova
Matthew Dellavedova
   #6. Guard Matthew Dellavedova (193-90, is currently at the American university) helped St.Mary's, CA win their game against the University of San Diego (6-5) 74-64 in the NCAA last Saturday. He recorded 19 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. The Saint Mary's College of California has a very solid 10-1 conference record this season. It was St.Mary's, CA's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Dellavedova has been at the team for four years. Dellavedova's stats this season are: 12.1ppg, 9.8rpg and 1.2spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

Cameron Bairstow
Cameron Bairstow
   #7. International forward Cameron Bairstow (206-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped N.Mexico win their game against the U.S. Air Force Academy (5-4) crushing them 81-58 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. Bairstow recorded 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists in 30 minutes. The University of New Mexico has a very solid 7-2 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Bairstow's stats this year are: 12.1ppg, 9.8rpg and 1.2spg in the 14 games. He is also Australian national team player.

Samuel Rowley
Samuel Rowley
   #8. Forward Samuel Rowley (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Albany (7-5) in their game against the University of Maine (0-0) in the NCAA. Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game Rowley recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 5 steals. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Rowley averaged so far 12.1ppg, 9.8rpg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the Australian U18 national team back in 2009.

Cody Ellis
Cody Ellis
   #9. Former international forward Cody Ellis (203-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped St.Louis win their game against the Fordham University (2-7) 90-73 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Ellis recorded 22 points in 26 minutes. The Saint Louis University has a very solid 7-2 conference record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Ellis plays fourth season for the team. He averaged so far 12.1ppg, 9.8rpg and 1.2spg in the 14 games. Ellis used to play for the Australian national team four years ago.

Steven Markovic
Steven Markovic
   #10. Guard Steven Markovic (190-85, currently plays in Adriatic League) helped his Serbian team Radnicki KG win their game against the closely-ranked Krka (8-12) crushing them 77-52 in the Adriatic League on Sunday night. He scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Radnicki Kragujevac (12-8) is placed sixth in the Adriatic League. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Markovic's overall stats this season are: 4.8ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.2apg. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Australian senior national team.

   #11. Former international swingman Daniel Dillon (194-86, college: Arizona, currently plays in Romania) was not able to secure a victory for Oradea in their game against Ploiesti in the Romanian Liga Nationala, despite his very good performance in Friday night's game. Dillon was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 26 minutes. But his team lost 77-91. Dillon averaged so far 11.4ppg, 5.3rpg and 3.1apg in the 21 games. He used to play for the Australian national team four years ago.

   #12. International point guard Hugh Greenwood (190-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Cameron Bairstow and both played together in the last NCAA game. Greenwood helped N.Mexico win their game against the U.S. Air Force Academy crushing them 81-58. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Greenwood averaged so far 11.4ppg, 5.3rpg and 3.1apg. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

   #13. International center David Andersen (212-80, currently plays in Turkey) managed to help Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul in a victory against the seventh-ranked TED Kolejliler 92-74 in the Turkish TBL last Sunday. Andersen scored only 3 points in 16 minutes. This year Andersen's overall stats are: 7.7ppg and 3.1rpg in the 15 games. He is also Australian national team player.

   #14. International power forward David Barlow (205-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Spain) helped UCAM Murcia win their game against the 11th-ranked Blusens Monbus 83-77 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Barlow scored 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Barlow's total stats this season are: 7.1ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.1apg. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

   #15. Former U19 international forward Mitchell Young (206-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Matthew Dellavedova. But that was another game of his team in NCAA which we would like to mention. Young helped St.Mary's, CA win their game against the Santa Clara University crushing them 84-63. He scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 23 minutes. This year Young's total stats are: 7.1ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.1apg in the 19 games. He used to play for the Australian U19 national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Kyrie Irving (191-G-92, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (16-35) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers lost 103-111 on the road to the Denver Nuggets. Irving was the top scorer with 26 points. He also added 6 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 36 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Irving's second season in pro basketball. It was Cavaliers' first loss after three consecutive victories. Irving is currently sixth on the league's list of top scorers with 24.0ppg. He also averaged so far 3.7rpg, 5.5apg and 1.7spg in the 40 games he played so far. Irving is a naturalized American. Despite his Australian passport, Irving previously played for the USA U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Australian team. Strangely he has never played in Australia.

   #2. Chris Patton (208-F-91, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Cal-Riverside (2-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Patton's very good performance the Cal-Riverside was defeated 79-67 at home by the California State University, Fullerton. He recorded 36 points (!!!) and grabbed 6 rebounds. Patton has reliable stats this season: 12.1ppg, 9.8rpg and 1.2spg.

   #3. Damon Heuir (188-PG, currently studies in the States) led S.Utah to an overtime victory against the Idaho State University (3-10) 81-79 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Heuir scored 17 points, grabbed 5 boards, passed 8 assists and added 3 steals in 45 minutes. The Southern Utah University has 8-6 conference record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Heuir plays for the team since 2009. He averaged so far 11.4ppg, 5.3rpg and 3.1apg in the 21 games.

   #4. Mathiang Muo (196-F, is currently at the American university) led Charleston So. to an easy victory against the Campbell University (5-6) 86-68 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Muo recorded 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Charleston Southern University has a very solid 8-2 conference record this season. Muo averaged so far 11.4ppg, 5.3rpg and 3.1apg. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Sudanese.

   #5. Triantafillos Tzakopoulos (187-G-85, currently plays in Germany) led Duesseldorf Baskets to a 2-point victory over the 13th-ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (8-13) 77-75 in the German ProA (second division) last Sunday. Tzakopoulos was MVP of the game. He scored 17 points, made 6 passes and 3 steals. Duesseldorf Baskets (14-7) is placed third in the ProA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Tzakopoulos has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.4apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Australian.

   #6. Adrien Sturt (209-C-86, college: Snow CC, currently plays in United Kingdom) was the major contributor in a London Lions' victory against the closely-ranked Cheshire Phoenix 94-83 in the British BBL on Friday night. Sturt had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 12 rebounds in 27 minutes. Sturt is ranked third on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.5bpg. This year his other stats are: 14.8ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.4apg in the 21 games.

   #7. Lee Jeka (187-G-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProA (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Science City Jena (9-12) in their last game. Despite Jeka's very good performance Science City Jena lost 73-83 in Paderborn to the lower-ranked (#11) Finke Baskets. He was the top scorer with 20 points in 29 minutes. Jeka averaged so far 11.7ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.2apg in the 20 games. He has both British and Australian nationalities.

   #8. Peter Hooley (193-G-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Maryland -Baltimore County crushing them 79-56 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Hooley recorded 10 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. He averaged so far 11.7ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.2apg.

   #9. Joel Naburgs (193-G-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Stetson in their game against the East Tennessee State University in the NCAA. Naburgs recorded 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 31 minutes. His team was edged 62-61. He averaged so far 11.7ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.2apg in the 20 games.

   #10. Taylor Johnston (201-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Binghamton (1-10) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Johnston's very good performance the Binghamton was defeated 76-62 on their home court in Vestal, NY by the University of Hartford. He recorded 15 points. Johnston averaged so far 11.7ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.2apg.



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

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

Benjamin Ortner
Benjamin Ortner
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Italy). He contributed to a Montepaschi Siena's victory against the league leader Cimberio Varese (15-3) 89-75 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Ortner scored 7 points in only 9 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Montepaschi Siena (13-5) is placed third in the SerieA. It's Ortner's first season with the team. This year he averages: 3.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 2FGP: 57.1% in the five games he played so far. Ortner is currently a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Matej Kljaic
Matej Kljaic
   #2. Second place goes to former U16 international forward Matej Kljaic (193-91, currently plays in Balkan League). He helped his Croatian team Djuro Djakovic win their game against the fourth-ranked OKK Beograd (0-3) 99-90 in the Balkan League on Tuesday night. Kljaic scored 7 points in 21 minutes. KK Djuro Djakovic Slavonski Brod (3-0) is placed second in group D. So far his team won all three games in the Second Stage. There are only three games left until the end of the Balkan League Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Kljaic has been at the team for four years. This season his overall stats are: 6.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 2FGP: 46.2%, 3FGP: 41.7% in the six games. Kljaic has a dual citizenship: Austrian and Croatian. Despite he played previously for the Croatian U18 national team, Kljaic played also for the Austrian U16 national team in 2007.

Thomas Schreiner
Thomas Schreiner
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain). He managed to help B.C. River Andorra to win against the league outsider Melilla Baloncesto (4-13) 79-72 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. Schreiner scored 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. B.C. River Andorra (3-0) is placed in the LEB Gold. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. Schreiner's total stats this season are: 6.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.6apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 37.5%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 95.0%(19-20). He is also a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Anton Maresch
Anton Maresch
   #4. Shooting guard Anton Maresch (191-91, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Schreiner and both played together in the last Spanish LEB Gold game. Maresch helped River Andorra win their game against the league outsider Melilla Baloncesto (4-13) 79-72. He scored only 3 points in 27 minutes. This year Maresch's total stats are: 8.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.1apg in the 17 games. He is also Austrian national team player.

Jason Detrick
Jason Detrick
   #5. An experienced international small forward Jason Detrick (195-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Brazil) helped Paschoalotto/Bauru edge the fifth-ranked Vivo/Franca (13-8) 82-80 in the Brazilian NBB on Thursday night. Detrick recorded only 1 points and added 3 passes. Paschoalotto/Bauru (13-2) is placed first in the NBB. Detrick has averaged so far 4.9ppg and 1.5rpg. He is a naturalized American. Detrick plays currently for the Austrian national team. He used to play for UBC Stahlbau Oberwart Gunners in Austrian league.

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

   #1. Jamie Kohn (195-G-89, college: E.Connecticut, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British EBL D1 (second division) could not help Tees Valley Mohawks (10-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Tees Valley Mohawks was badly defeated 78-61 on the road by the lower-ranked Bristol Acadamy Flyers (#5). Kohn recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 17 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. Kohn is ranked fourth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (fifth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Kohn averages: 19.6ppg, 10.6rpg, 2.9apg and 1.3spg.

Other top Austrian players, who play abroad:

Rasid Mahalbasic (211-C-90) plays for Asseco Prokom Gdynia in Polish TBL
Marc Goetzinger (182-PG-96) plays for s Oliver Baskets in German BBL
Martin-Patrick Pos (198-F-94) plays for BBC Bayreuth in German BBL
Peter Klemm (197-F-85) plays for Tuebingen II in German Regionalliga
Michael Kaiser (195-G-82) plays for TS Longhorns Herzogenaurach in German Regionalliga
Patrick Churchill (181-SF-98) plays for Muenchen Nord in German NBBL



Miletic and UBSC Graz part ways - by Stefan Prager

After parting ways with center Miljan Markovic and the signing of Charles Bronson the UBSC Raiffeisen Graz announced that the team has also parted ways with guard Dragan Miletic (195-G-82). Miletic was signed in December as a medical replacement for injured topscorer Mike Dale. The 30 year old Slovenian appeared in seven games for Graz all of the were starts. Miletic averaged 9.1 ppg along with 3.0 apg in 25 minutes per contest. It was his second stint with the club.


Pearson's 21 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old power forward Maurice Pearson (206-F/C-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team BC Vienna and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had the game-high 21 points adding eight rebounds for BC Vienna in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Arkadia (#11, 1-19) with 28-point margin 92-64. It allowed BC Vienna to consolidate first place in the Austrian league. BC Vienna have a solid 16-4 record. Pearson just recently signed at BC Vienna, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Georgetown College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Pearson is league's best scorer averaging so far 16.7ppg and leads league in rebounds with 10.3rpg. Pearson is in league's top in and averages solid 1.3bpg.

Second best performed player last round was Seamus Boxley (201-F-82) of Oberwart. He is American forward in his first season at Oberwart. In the last game Boxley recorded impressive 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Oberwart to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked UBSC Graz (#8, 7-13) 97-59. This victory allowed Oberwart to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Boxley is a newcomer at Oberwart and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Oberwart's star - guard Richard Chaney (196-G-84). Chaney scored 20 points. He was another key player of Oberwart, helping his team with a 97-59 easy win against the lower-ranked UBSC Graz (#8, 7-13). Oberwart needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 9 lost games. Chaney has a very solid season. In 9 games in Austria he scored 18.2ppg. He also has 6.0rpg, FGP: 59.5% and 3PT: 52.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ian Boylan (197-G/F-83) of BC Vienna - 11 points, 2 rebounds and 12 assists
5. Thomas Klepeisz (185-PG-91) of Gussing - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Shawn Ray (194-G/F-80) of BC Vienna - 21 points and 4 rebounds
7. Blaz Cresnar (214-C-86) of Furstenfeld - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Hamidu Rahman (210-C-87) of Gussing - 12 points and 12 rebounds
9. Florian Trmal (193-G/F-89) of BC Vienna - 17 points and 4 rebounds
10. Giovonne Woods (191-G-86) of Kapfenberg - 16 points, 4 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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Magnum Rolle selected the top Bahamian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Magnum Rolle
Magnum Rolle
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Magnum Rolle (211-86, college: Louisiana Tech, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese JBL. He could not help Mitsubishi Dolphins (8-22) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Rolle's very good performance Mitsubishi Dolphins were defeated 93-87 on the road by the higher-ranked Toshiba Thunders (#4). He was the top scorer with 23 points. Rolle also added 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Rolle is currently eighth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 13.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 52.3%, 3FGP: 37.3% and FT: 57.1%. Rolle played for the Bahamas senior national team six years ago.

Jaraun Burrows
Jaraun Burrows
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: IPFW, currently plays in Switzerland). Burrows led Starwings to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Boncourt (6-12) crushing them 86-64 in the Swiss LNA in Wednesday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 13 rebounds. Burrows also added 6 assists. Starwings Basket Regio Basel (5-13) is placed eighth in the LNA. The Regular Season already ended. Burrows is currently third on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Burrows averages: 16.6ppg, 9.2rpg, 3.3apg, 1.4bpg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 21.1% and FT: 65.3%. He is in the roster of the Bahamas senior national team.

Jamaal Walker
Jamaal Walker
   #3. The Bahamas player who performed third best last week abroad was former U17 international point guard Jamaal Walker (183-94, currently plays college basketball in the States). He managed to help Western Illinois University in a victory against the University of Nebraska at Omaha (6-8) 68-50 in the NCAA last Thursday. Walker scored only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. The Western Illinois University has a very good 10-2 conference record this season. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Walker has relatively good stats this year: 10.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.7apg, 1.6spg, 3FGP: 34.9% and FT: 69.0% in the 12 games he played so far. He played for the Bahamas U17 national team four years ago.

Edrico McGregor
Edrico McGregor
   #4. Forward Edrico McGregor (201-90, currently studies in the States) was not able to help the UTSA (1-12) in their game against the Louisiana Tech University (12-0) in the NCAA. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. McGregor scored only 1 points in 10 minutes. The UTSA was crushed 74-49 in Ruston, LA by the Louisiana Tech University. It was UTSA's fifth consecutive loss in a row. This year McGregor has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.6spg in the 12 games. He used to play for the Bahamas U18 national team back in 2008.

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

   #1. Klay Thompson (198-G-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Golden State Warriors (30-21) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Golden State Warriors were crushed 119-98 on the road by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Thompson was the top scorer with 19 points in 34 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. It was Golden State Warriors' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Thompson has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.4apg in the 51 games he played so far. Thompson has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American. Despite his Bahamas passport, Thompson previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bahamas team.

   #2. J.R. Cadot (195-G-87, college: TCU, currently plays in Slovakia), who plays in the Slovakian Extraliga was not able to help Nitra (15-10) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Nitra was edged 89-88 in Bratislava by the lower-ranked (#6) Inter. Cadot scored 17 points, had 9 boards, passed 3 assists and added 5 steals in 37 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Cadot is currently fifth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (seventh place). He has very impressive stats this year: 17.1ppg, 6.7rpg, 3.1apg and 2.0spg in the 24 games.

   #3. Lavar Simmons (201-F/C-83, college: Master's, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Saint-Quentin (10-12) in their game against Fos Ouest (13-9) in the French ProB (second division). Simmons recorded 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 26 minutes. But Saint-Quentin lost 64-71 in Fos to the higher-ranked (#8) Ouest. It's Simmons' first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 7.8ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.1apg in the 12 games.

   #4. Buddy Hield (190-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Oklahoma (7-4) in their game against the Iowa State University (6-4) in the NCAA. Hield scored 5 points. The Oklahoma was badly defeated 83-64 in Ames, IA by the Iowa State University. It's Hield's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 7.8ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.1apg.

   #5. Zane Knowles (206-F-92, currently studies in the States) contributed to a 3-point Texas A&M-CC's victory against the Mc Neese State University (3-8) 61-58 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Knowles recorded 10 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 27 minutes. The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi has not so impressive 2-9 conference record this season. It was Texas A&M-CC's first victory after six consecutive loses. This year Knowles' overall stats are: 7.8ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.1apg in the 12 games.

   #6. Mikhail McLean (203-F-91, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Houston in their game against the Tulane University in the NCAA. He recorded 8 points. His team was edged 88-85. McLean's overall stats this season are: 7.8ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.1apg.

   #7. Shaquille Cleare (206-C, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Maryland in their game against the The University of Virginia in the NCAA. He scored 6 points in only 11 minutes. His team lost 69-80. This year Cleare's overall stats are: 7.8ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.1apg in the 12 games.

   #8. Dynile Forbes (188-G-86, college: La-Monroe, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an Aurteneche Maquinaria Euskadi's victory against the closely-ranked Clinicas Rincon 83-75 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Friday night's game. He recorded 6 points. Forbes has relatively good stats this season: 10.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.6spg.

   #9. Garvin Hunt (208-C, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help La Salle University to win against the Fordham University crushing them 89-53 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Hunt recorded only 1 points. This season Hunt has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.6spg.



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Tsmoki-Minsk stops 13-consecutive-loss series - by Eurobasket News

VTB League
Tsmoki-Minsk - Neptunas 93:71


Tsmoki-Minsk stops 13-consecutive-loss series in VTB League. Belarusian Tsmoki-Minsk's fans can finally celebrate the first win. They used home court advantage to defeat Lithuanian Neptunas 93:71. Tsmoki-Minsk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 66.7 percent from the field and made 18-of-21 free shots during the game. Tsmoki-Minsk outrebounded Neptunas 32-18 including a 26-9 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Tsmoki-Minsk especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.7 percentage. Tierre Brown (188-G-79, college: McNeese St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points. Dzianis Korshuk (200-PF-78) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Deividas Gailius (200-F-88) replied with 17 points and 5 rebounds and Marius Runkauskas added 15 points in the effort for Neptunas.
Defending Belarusian champion maintains tenth position with 1-13 record. Neptunas at the other side keep the ninth place with 12 games lost. Tsmoki-Minsk will face CSKA Moscow on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.



Vladimir Veremeenko selected the top Belarusian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Vladimir Veremeenko
Vladimir Veremeenko
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Russian team Unics Kazan to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Kalev/Cramo (3-11) 70-52 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Veremeenko recorded 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes on the court. Unics Kazan (10-4) is placed fourth in group A. There are only four games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Veremeenko's fifth season with the team. This year he averages: 8.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 59.7%(37-62) and FT: 86.1% in the 13 games he played so far. Veremeenko has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. He played for the Belarusian senior national team six years ago.

Vitali Liutych
Vitali Liutych
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-92, currently plays in Baltic League). Liutych was the major contributor in Siauliai's victory against the leader TU/Rock (4-1) 91-75 in the Baltic League last Sunday. He scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group H. BC Siauliai (3-2) is placed second. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Baltic League Top 16. And now that game is very crucial. Liutych has relatively good stats this season: 10.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 2FGP: 58.8%(40-68), 3FGP: 38.2% and FT: 66.7%. He is in the roster of the Belarusian senior national team.

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. Parakhouski could not help Olin Edirne (3-14) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Olin Edirne was edged 69-67 at home by the second-ranked Banvit BK. Parakhouski was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 26 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Parakhouski's third season in pro basketball. It was Olin Edirne's eighth consecutive loss in a row. Parakhouski is ranked second on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.6bpg. This year his other stats are: 12.2ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 66.4%(89-134) and FT: 48.4% in the 17 games. Parakhouski is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Mikita Meshcharakou
Mikita Meshcharakou
   #4. Small forward Mikita Meshcharakou (202-88, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) was not able to help AcegasAps TR (8-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance AcegasAps TR was defeated 86-73 on the road by the lower-ranked FCM Ferentino (#11). Meshcharakou scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It's Meshcharakou's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 9.2ppg and 4.4rpg. Meshcharakou is also Belarusian national team player.

Aleh Kojenets
Aleh Kojenets
   #5. An experienced former international center Aleh Kojenets (208-77, college: NC-Wilmington, currently plays in Lithuania) led Mazeikiai to a victory over the 14th-ranked Radviliskis (11-18) crushing them 84-61 in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Kojenets scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 22 minutes. Mazeikiai (24-6) is placed first in the NKL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Kojenets has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg and 4.1rpg in the 28 games. He used to play for the Belarusian national team four years ago.

Maksim Shustau
Maksim Shustau
   #6. Guard Maksim Shustau (188-86, currently plays in Russia) was not able to secure a victory for Sojuz Zaretchny (4-15) in their game against Ataman (13-6) in the Russian Superleague (second division). Despite his very good performance on Saturday night Shustau was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added made 5 passes and 3 steals. Shustau has reliable stats this season: 12.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.4apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Belarusian senior team five years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Sergey Karpov (200-F-80, currently plays in Russia), who plays in the Russian Superleague (second division) could not help Sojuz Zaretchny (4-15) in their last game. Despite Karpov's good performance Sojuz Zaretchny was crushed 100-50 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#5) Ruskon-Mordovia. He was the top scorer with 14 points in 21 minutes. This year Karpov's overall stats are: 7.0ppg and 2.1rpg in the 18 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian.

   #2. Igor Suhinin was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Planeta-Universitet Ukhta (6-12) in their game against Avtodor (8-10) in the Russian Superleague (second division). Suhinin scored 7 points and added 3 passes. Planeta-Universitet Ukhta was defeated 74-70 in Saratov by the higher-ranked Avtodor (#10). It was Planeta-Universitet Ukhta's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Suhinin's overall stats this season are: 6.6ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.6apg and 1.4spg.

Other top Belarusian players, who play abroad:

Valentin Yurchyk (207-F-87) plays for Spartak St.Petersburg in Russian PBL
Dante Stiggers (188-PG-82) plays for Apoel in Cypriot Division A
Mikalai Aliakseyeu (210-C-78) plays for Shahrdari Gorgan in Iranian Superleague
Yivgeni Lioutrine (200-C-88) plays for Elitzur Yavne in Israeli National League
Vladi Yeremishin (201-F/C-84) plays for Ironi Ramat Gan in Israeli National League
Anton Astapkovich (200-F-94) plays for CSKA-2 in Russian U23 Youth League
Denis Yarets (190-G-89) plays for Desna Bryansk in Russian Higher League

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



Belarusian Premier League round 22 best performance: Kiril Volodkin - by Eurobasket News

Guard Kiril Volodkin (190-G-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for Impuls BGUIR, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 21-year old player was the main contributor (27 points, six rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Borisfen (#7, 3-16) 79-65. Impuls BGUIR maintains the 5th position in Belarusian Premier League. Impuls BGUIR is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-11 record. In the team's last game Volodkin had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 12 attempts. It's his second year at Impuls BGUIR and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Kiril Volodkin averages this season 10.8ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old Artur Poljakov (206-C-90) of Borisfen. Poljakov had a very good evening with 11 points and 7 rebounds. Bad luck as Borisfen lost that game 65-79 to slightly higher-ranked Impuls BGUIR (#5, 8-11). Borisfen managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. 16 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Borisfen managed to get this year. Poljakov is one of the most experienced players at Borisfen and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Oleksandr Dolenko (191-PG-90) of Svisloch (#6). Dolenko scored 14 points and passed seven assists. He was a key player of Svisloch, leading his team to a 74-69 win against slightly higher-ranked Tsmoki-Minsk II (#4, 8-11). The chances of Svisloch not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Dolenko could try to bring Svisloch's a little bit higher in the standings. Dolenko has a very solid season. In 7 games in Belarus he scored 13.4ppg. He also has 5.3rpg and 5.1apg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kiril Sitnik (190-G-89) of Sozh Gomel - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Maks Adam Konate (200-F-91) of Svisloch - 11 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Evgeniy Kopylov (199-F-91) of Borisfen - 9 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Yahor Patupchyk (191-SG-94) of Rubon - 17 points
8. Fedor Kryukov (181-PG-88) of Borisfen - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Sergei Dadukin (198-F-83) of Sozh Gomel - 8 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Siarhei Charykau (185-PG-82) of Sozh Gomel - 5 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists

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



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Standings - Division I

Ethias League Standings
 1. Oostende 12-4 
 2. M.Hainaut 10-6 
 3. Aalstar 10-6 
 4. Spirou 8-6 
 5. Antwerp 8-8 
 6. Liege 6-10 
 7. Leuven 5-10 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 3-12 

Regular Season: Round 16

Feb. 9: M.Hainaut - Leuven 89-75
Feb. 8: Liege - Oostende 77-84 OT
Feb. 9: Aalstar - Antwerp 75-57
Feb. 8: Verviers-Pep. - Spirou 67-79

Regular Season: Round 17

Feb. 15: Liege - M.Hainaut
Feb. 15: Spirou - Oostende
Feb. 15: Antwerp - Verviers-Pep.
Feb. 17: Leuven - Aalstar
Feb. 12: Spirou - Verviers-Pep.


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Spirou
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 19
 1. Walsh, Spirou19.0 
 2. Thompson, Aalstar18.1 
 3. Mukubu, Liege17.1 
 4. Robinson, Leuven16.3 
 5. Lojeski, Oostende16.2 
 6. Taylor, M.Hainaut16.1 
 7. Green, Verviers.16.0 
 8. Aleksandrov, Vervi.15.5 
 9. Clark, Aalstar15.1 
 10. Aska, Leuven14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Spirou
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Walsh, Spirou9.9 
 2. Wilkinson, Oostende7.2 
 3. Qvale, M.Hainaut7.0 
 4. Thondique, Antwerp6.7 
 5. Young, Aalstar6.5 
 6. Tofi, Aalstar6.5 
 7. Gillet, Liege6.3 
 8. Aska, Leuven6.1 
 9. Mukubu, Liege6.1 
 10. Wright, Oostende6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jerime ANDERSON
  Verviers.
  (187-PG-89)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Anderson, Verviers.5.5 
 2. Marnegrave, Leuven5.2 
 3. Bosco, Liege4.9 
 4. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.6 
 5. Walsh, Spirou3.6 
 6. Raivio, Aalstar3.3 
 7. Thompson, Aalstar3.3 
 8. Lojeski, Oostende3.2 
 9. Black, Antwerp3.2 
 10. Moors, Antwerp3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Niels MARNEGRAVE
  Leuven
  (191-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Marnegrave, Leuven2.5 
 2. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.3 
 3. Mukubu, Liege2.2 
 4. Black, Antwerp2.1 
 5. Iarochevitch, Liege1.8 
 6. Hanavan, Leuven1.7 
 7. Anderson, Aalstar1.6 
 8. Thompson, Aalstar1.6 
 9. Green, Verviers.1.5 
 10. Hopkins, Antwerp1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Wesley WILKINSON
  Oostende
  (207-PF-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Wilkinson, Oostende1.5 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.2 
 3. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.2 
 4. Dukes, Leuven1.1 
 5. Ferguson, Verviers.1.1 
 6. Love, Antwerp0.8 
 7. Thondique, Antwerp0.7 
 8. Young, Aalstar0.7 
 9. Aska, Leuven0.6 
 10. Lojeski, Oostende0.5 


Standings - Division II

Division II Standings
 1. Houthalen 15-5 
 2. Kangor.-Boom 14-6 
 3. Sint-Jan Ant. 14-7 
 4. Gembo BBC 13-6 
 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. 102-79

Regular Season: Round 23

Feb. 16: Waregem - Essor Charleroi
Feb. 16: Gent Dragons - Tongeren
Feb. 16: Sint-Jan Ant. - St-Niklase
Feb. 17: Giants II - CEP Fleurus
Feb. 17: Excelsior - Gembo BBC
Feb. 17: Houthalen - Kangor.-Boom
Feb. 17: Oudenaarde - M.Hainaut II


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

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

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Gescrap BB (12-8) in their last game. Despite Hervelle's very good performance Gescrap BB was badly defeated 94-74 at home by the leading Real Madrid. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Hervelle also added 5 rebounds in 30 minutes on the court. This year Hervelle averages: 8.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 60.5%(72-119), 3FGP: 18.2% and FT: 82.4% in the 20 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Jonathan Tabu (190-85, currently plays in Italy). Tabu was the major contributor in Cantu's victory against the closely-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari (14-4) 94-80 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He scored 15 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Mapooro Cantu (12-6) is placed fourth in the SerieA. It's Tabu's first season with the team. Tabu has relatively good stats this year: 11.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.3apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 48.5%, 3FGP: 44.4% and FT: 87.1%. He is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He was not able to help CAI Zaragoza (11-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Van Rossom's good performance CAI Zaragoza was defeated 82-77 on their home court in Zaragoza by the lower-ranked Asefa Estudiantes (#8). He scored 11 points and added 6 passes. Van Rossom's overall stats this season are: 9.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.2apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 57.6%(34-59), 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 86.2%. He is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Gael Hulsen
Gael Hulsen
   #4. Swingman Gael Hulsen (193-90, agency: LBM Management, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL was not able to secure a victory for the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers (0-22) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Liverpool Mersey Tigers was crushed 97-58 on the road by the much higher-ranked Glasgow Rocks (#3). Hulsen was the second best scorer with 12 points. This season Hulsen has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.1apg. He used to play for the Belgian U20 national team back in 2009.

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

   #1. Tyler Haws (196-G, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the BYU (8-4) in their last game. Despite Haws' very good performance the BYU lost 68-74 on the road to the University of San Diego. He scored 27 points (!!!) and had 3 steals in 40 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Haws is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in BYU's roster. This season Haws has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg in the 18 games he played so far.

   #2. Ronrico White (190-PG-92, currently studies in the States) led Chattanooga to a victory against the The Citadel (3-10) 89-76 in the NCAA last Thursday. White scored 19 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 29 minutes. The Univ.of Tennessee - Chattanooga has 4-7 conference record this season. This year White's overall stats are: 9.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.2apg and 1.1spg in the 20 games. He is a naturalized American. Strangely White has never played in Belgium.

   #3. Douglas Tshomba (201-F-83, college: Tusculum, currently plays in France) contributed to a JA Vichy's victory against the fifth-ranked Cognac (12-6) 85-71 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. He scored 20 points. JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket (15-4) is placed first in the NM1. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. This season Tshomba has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.0apg.

   #4. Julien Rahier (193-G-83, currently plays in Switzerland) was the major contributor in Starwings' victory against the closely-ranked Boncourt (6-12) crushing them 86-64 in the Swiss LNA in Wednesday night's game. He scored 16 points in 26 minutes. Starwings Basket Regio Basel (5-13) is placed eighth in the LNA. The Regular Season already ended. This year Rahier's overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.7apg in the seven games.

   #5. Experienced Ryan Hoover (187-PG-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Fileni BPA Jesi (6-11) in their game against Biancoblu BO (10-7) in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Hoover cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 18 minutes. Fileni BPA Jesi was crushed 90-62 in Bologna by the much higher-ranked (#5) Biancoblu BO. Hoover has reliable stats this year: 11.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.8apg and 1.9spg in the 17 games. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Hoover has never played in Belgium.



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

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

Zack Wright
Zack Wright
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Zack Wright (195-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Russia. Wright could not help Spartak St.Petersburg (10-3) in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Spartak St.Petersburg was defeated 72-60 on the road by the lower-ranked Khimky (#3) in the group A of VTB United League. Wright was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. This season Wright averages: 8.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.8apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 64.2%(43-67) and FT: 75.9%. He is a naturalized American. Wright is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Bosnia.

Kenan Bajramovic
Kenan Bajramovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Kenan Bajramovic (205-81, currently plays in Turkey). He contributed to a 2-point Banvit BK's victory against the league outsider Olin Edirne (3-14) 69-67 in the Turkish TBL on Sunday night. Bajramovic scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 19 minutes. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (15-2) is placed second in the TBL. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This year Bajramovic's overall stats are: 8.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 2FGP: 39.1%, 3FGP: 42.5% and FT: 79.3% in the 16 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Ernest Bremer
Ernest Bremer
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international guard Ernest Bremer (194-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy). Bremer contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Air Avellino (4-14) crushing them 108-57 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. He scored 10 points. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (11-7) is placed sixth in the SerieA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Bremer's first season with the team. Bremer's total stats this year are: 5.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, 3FGP: 22.6%. He is a naturalized American. Bremer played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team two years ago. He used to play for Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina league.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #4. Forward Nihad Djedovic (198-90, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help ALBA Berlin (12-7) in their game against Bayern Muenchen (15-7) in the German BBL. Djedovic was the second best scorer with 9 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 29 minutes. But ALBA Berlin was badly defeated 79-61 in Muenchen by the second-ranked Bayern. Djedovic has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.8apg in the 17 games. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Ivan Opacak
Ivan Opacak
   #5. International shooting guard Ivan Opacak (201-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Poland was not able to secure a victory for PGE Turow (3-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Opacak's good performance PGE Turow (#9) was defeated 81-77 in Samara by the leading Krasnie Krilya in the group A of VTB United League. He recorded 10 points. There are only four games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Opacak's total stats this season are: 7.9ppg and 3.2rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Opacak plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Ante Masic
Ante Masic
   #6. Forward Ante Masic (200-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Adriatic League) contributed to Cedevita's victory against the league leader Igokea (15-5) 64-56 in the Adriatic League on Sunday night. He scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 19 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. KK Cedevita Zagreb (12-8) is placed fourth in the Adriatic League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Masic's total stats are: 5.8ppg and 2.8rpg in the five games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

Dejan Jeftic
Dejan Jeftic
   #7. Former U18 international forward Dejan Jeftic (200-89, currently plays in Serbia) led Vrsac to a victory against the 14th-ranked KK Jagodina (4-15) 101-87 in the Serbian A League last Sunday. Jeftic recorded 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 32 minutes. KK Vrsac (10-9) is placed sixth in the A League. This year Jeftic has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg and 3.8rpg in the four games. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team six years ago.

Muhamed Pasalic
Muhamed Pasalic
   #8. Guard Muhamed Pasalic (192-87, currently plays in Greece) was the major contributor in Aris' victory against the tenth-ranked Ilysiakos (5-11) 64-62 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game. Pasalic recorded 14 points in 24 minutes. Aris Thessaloniki (8-8) is placed fifth in the A1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Pasalic has reliable stats this year: 12.4ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.4apg in the 16 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Terell Castle
Terell Castle
   #9. Former international point guard Terell Castle (182-72, agency: Court Side, college: Nicholls St., currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan couldn't help Eco Orebro (5-21) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Castle's very good performance Eco Orebro was defeated 86-81 in Jamtland by the higher-ranked KFUM (#9). He was the top scorer with 27 points. Castle also added 4 rebounds and dished 7 assists. Castle is currently second on the league's list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Castle averages: 16.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.6apg and 1.9spg. He is a naturalized American. Castle used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team six years ago. He played also for BC Igokea Partizan Aleksandrovac in Bosnia and Herzegovina league.

Adnan Hodzic
Adnan Hodzic
   #10. Forward Adnan Hodzic (203-88, college: Lipscomb, currently plays in Switzerland), who plays in the Swiss LNA couldn't help Monthey (10-8) in their last game. Despite Hodzic's very good performance Monthey was edged in an overtime 73-71 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked (#6) Neuchatel. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 13 rebounds in 37 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Hodzic's second season in pro basketball. It was Monthey's fourth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Hodzic is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers with 17.4ppg. This year his other stats are: 6.7rpg and 1.6apg in the 17 games. Hodzic is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

   #11. International guard Goran Ikonic (196-80, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Ukraine) contributed to Halychyna's victory against the closely-ranked Khimik 80-72 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Sunday night's game. He recorded 8 points and added 3 passes. Ikonic has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.3apg. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #12. International forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Brooklyn Nets in their game against the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA. Teletovic cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points. His team were defeated 92-83 in the NBA. Teletovic has averaged so far 3.2ppg and 1.4rpg. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #13. Former international forward Mujo Tuljkovic (203-79, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help Timisoara in their game against Pitesti in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Tuljkovic scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. His team lost 65-76. He has averaged so far 8.5ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.3apg in the four games. Tuljkovic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team two years ago.

   #14. International guard Nemanja Mitrovic (197-90, college: Portland, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Kavala in their game against Panionios in the Greek A1. He recorded 9 points and added 3 passes. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 88-71. Mitrovic has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.1apg. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #15. Former U16 international forward Dejan Todorovic (94, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) couldn't help Clinicas Rincon (9-6) in their last game. Despite Todorovic's good performance Clinicas Rincon lost 75-83 in Vitoria-Gasteiz to the lower-ranked (#6) Aurteneche Maquinaria Euskadi. He was the top scorer with 14 points in 28 minutes. Todorovic averaged so far 12.8ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.3apg in the 15 games. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89, currently plays in Turkey) led Fenerbahce Ulker to a victory over the seventh-ranked TED Kolejliler (9-8) 92-74 in the Turkish TBL in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Bogdanovic scored 25 points and added 3 assists in 29 minutes. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (15-2) is placed first in the TBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Bogdanovic has relatively good stats this year: 14.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.6apg in the 17 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #2. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82, currently plays in Russia), who plays in the Russian PBL could not help Khimky (8-3) in their last game. Despite Planinic's good performance Khimky lost 70-76 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) Unics Kazan. He scored 13 points and added 5 assists in 30 minutes. It was Khimky's first loss after nine consecutive victories. Planinic is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (first place). He has very reliable stats this year: 13.9ppg, 3.1rpg and 5.6apg in the seven games. Planinic is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

   #3. Mirza Begic (217-C-85, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Gescrap BB (12-8) crushing them 94-74 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Real Madrid (19-1) is placed first in the ACB. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Begic's overall stats this season are: 5.4ppg and 2.9rpg. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian nationalities.

   #4. Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88, currently plays in Finland) was the main contributor in KTP-Basket's victory against the ninth-ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (9-20) 77-64 in the Finnish Korisliiga last Wednesday. Sarcevic was MVP of the game. He scored 25 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 38 minutes. KTP Basket Kotka (23-6) is placed first in the Korisliiga. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Sarcevic has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.3apg and 1.5spg in the 29 games.

   #5. Stanko Barac (216-C-86, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Hacettepe (3-14) crushing them 91-61 in the Turkish TBL on Monday night. He scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (14-3) is placed fifth in the TBL. Barac's overall stats this season are: 3.9ppg and 2.1rpg. He also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #6. Goran Suton (208-C-85, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Adriatic League) contributed to Cedevita's victory against the league leader Igokea 64-56 in the Adriatic League in Sunday night's game. Suton scored 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 23 minutes. This year Suton's overall stats are: 4.7ppg and 2.7rpg in the 18 games. He has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #7. Toni Bizaca (202-F-82, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Sodertalje Kings (16-7) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Bizaca's very good performance Sodertalje Kings was defeated 78-70 in Solna by the higher-ranked Vikings (#4). He was the top scorer with 24 points. Bizaca also added 4 rebounds. Bizaca is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Bizaca averages: 17.1ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.5apg.

   #8. Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87, currently plays in Ukraine) contributed to an overtime Khimik's victory against the closely-ranked Cherkasy 93-87 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Friday. Sehovic scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.3ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.2apg in the 28 games. Sehovic holds both Montenegrin and Bosnia and Herzegovina passports.

   #9. Miroslav Todic (205-F-85, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) was not able to secure a victory for LeGamberi Foods Forli (8-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance LeGamberi Foods Forli was defeated 81-77 in Barcellona by the leading Sigma. Todic recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals. Todic is currently second on the league's list of best rebounders. This season he has very high stats. Todic averages: 15.8ppg and 9.9rpg. He has Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian nationalities.

   #10. Nikola Jeftic (202-F-85, currently plays in Serbia) was the major contributor in an OKK Beograd's victory against the closely-ranked Borac crushing them 85-60 in the Serbian A League in Sunday night's game. Jeftic recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 5 assists. This season Jeftic has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.4spg. He has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian.



Miroslav Todic leaves LeGamberi and signs with Khimik Yuzny - by Miljan Veskovic

Miroslav Todic (205-F-85) is returning to Ukraine but this time to play with Khimik-OPZ Yuzny. Till yesterday he was a member of Italian team LeGamberi Foods Forli where he averaged 15.8ppg and 9.9reb, shooting 55.8% 2FGP and 37.3% 3FGP. LeGamberi Foods Forlii started to have financial problems and decided to let Miroslav go. Beside Khimik teams such as Scavolini, Dinamo Sassari and Avellino showed interest in signing Todic. Last season he played in Ukraine for Politekhnika - Halychyna and in 17 games had 13.2ppg, 7.4rpg and 3.1aps. Hopefully someday he will get a call for the BiH national team.


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Liga Americas: Uniceub/BRB thump Fuerza Regia - by Eurobasket News

Uniceub/BRB - Fuerza Regia 110:67

Uniceub/BRB sealed the next round appearance at Liga Americas tournament. They finished Group B action undefeated following a 43-point rout of Fuerza Regia. Arthur Silva (198-G/F-82) came up with 17 points to pace the Brazilian team as they clinched the top position in the ladder. Fuerza Regia fell at 1-2 record in the third spot.
Uniceub/BRB experienced little problems in the first half. They quickly surged ahead and accumulated a 52:37 halftime advantage. The Brazilian team went on a 37:17 run in the third quarter to pile up a 35-point lead into the fourth frame. Uniceub/BRB kept their opponents at bay throughout the fourth period and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) delivered 14 points, while Paulo Prestes (210-C-88) added 15 points and 8 boards in the victory. Emmanuel Little (196-F-85, college: N.Dakota) answered with 16 points for Fuerza Regia. Steve Monreal (180-PG-86, college: CS Monterey) provided 14 points in the loss.

Uniceub/BRB: Arthur Silva 17, Paulo Prestes 15, Alex Ribeiro 14
Fuerza Regia: Emmanuel Little 16, Steve Monreal 14



Liga Americas: Flamengo cruise past Estrellas Occidentales - by Eurobasket News

Flamengo - Estrellas Occidentales 121:76

Flamengo secured their next round birth in Liga Americas. They coasted past Estrellas Occidentales on the final day of action in Group B. Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) delivered 27 points and 11 assists to lead the Brazilian team.
Flamengo stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. The Brazilian side went on a 27:12 run to clear off. Flamengo erupted for 36 points in the second frame to build a 63:35 halftime advantage. They stayed aggressive offensively throughout the third quarter. Flamengo accounted for 26 points to stretch their lead to 36 points before the fourth term. Flamengo finished off their opponents with a 32-point fourth quarter. Eduardo Machado (193-G-82) delivered 22 points, while Bruno Zanotti (198-SF-82, college: Merrimack) produced 14 points for the winning side. Andre Thomas answered with 22 points for Estrellas Occidentales. Heissler Guillent (186-PG-86, agency: Paris Global Sports) and Jesus Urbina (201-F-84, college: George Mason) had 13 points each in the loss.

Flamengo: Vitor Benite 27+11 assists, Eduardo Machado 22, Bruno Zanotti 14
Estrellas Occidentales: Andre Thomas 22, Heissler Guillent 13, Jesus Urbina 13



Hilario Nene's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Brazilians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Hilario Nene
Hilario Nene
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Hilario Nene (207-82, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a Washington Wizards' victory against the Milwaukee Bucks (25-25) 102-90 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Nene had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 6 assists in 37 minutes on the court. The Washington Wizards have not so impressive 15-35 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Nene has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 12.9ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.9apg, 2FGP: 49.6% and FT: 73.5% in the 37 games he played so far. Nene is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Tiago Splitter (211-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). He led San Antonio Spurs to a victory against the Chicago Bulls (30-21) 103-89 in the NBA last Monday. Splitter recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists (made all of his six free throws). The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 41-12 record this season. Splitter has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 59.6%(212-356) and FT: 74.9%. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish. Splitter is in the roster of the Brazilian senior national team.

Leandro Barbosa
Leandro Barbosa
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Leandro Barbosa (190-82, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to a Boston Celtics' victory against the Toronto Raptors (19-32) 99-95 in the NBA on Wednesday night. Barbosa scored 14 points and added 4 passes in 27 minutes. The Boston Celtics have 27-24 record this season. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. It's Barbosa's first year with the team. This season his overall stats are: 5.2ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 44.0%, 3FGP: 34.1% and FT: 76.9% in the 38 games. Barbosa is also a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Joao Paulo Batista
Joao Paulo Batista
   #4. Power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA could not help Le Mans (12-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Le Mans was defeated 91-81 at home by the lower-ranked JSF Nanterre (#10). Batista was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 9 rebounds. Batista is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Le Mans' roster. This season Batista has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.6apg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2010.

Hatila Passos
Hatila Passos
   #5. Former international center Hatila Passos (211-85, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Uruguay), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB was not able to help Hebraica (2-4) in their last game. Despite Passos' good performance the seventh-placed Hebraica was edged 89-87 in a derby game by the higher-ranked (#3) Trouville in the Serie 1. He had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 13 rebounds in 30 minutes. Passos' team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Passos is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders with 11.1rpg. This year he also averages: 14.3ppg and 1.1apg in the 33 games. Passos used to play for the Brazilian national team three years ago.

Rafael Maia
Rafael Maia
   #6. Center Rafael Maia (206-91, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Brown (1-3) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the Brown was badly defeated 63-46 on the road by the Princeton University. Maia scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Maia has reliable stats this season: 14.3ppg and 1.1apg. He is a former U17 international player as he played for the Brazilian team six years ago.

Fabricio Melo
Fabricio Melo
   #7. Former University international center Fabricio Melo (212-90, college: Syracuse, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Leandro Barbosa. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Melo managed to help Boston Celtics in a victory against the Los Angeles Lakers (24-28) crushing them 116-95. He scored only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. The Boston Celtics have 27-24 record this season. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. This year Melo averages just 1.0ppg in the two games. He used to play for the Brazilian university national team two years ago.

Lucas Tischer
Lucas Tischer
   #8. Center Lucas Tischer (208-83, currently plays in Argentina) helped Penarol win their game against the closely-ranked Lanus (21-12) 78-62 in the Argentinian LigaA in Friday night's game. Tischer scored only 4 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Penarol Mar del Plata (23-11) is placed second in the LigaA. Tischer's total stats this season are: 5.1ppg and 4.6rpg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2006.

Jonathan Tavernari
Jonathan Tavernari
   #9. Former international swingman Jonathan Tavernari (198-87, college: BYU, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Givova Scafati (9-8) in their game against C.de Latte BRE (11-6) in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Tavernari scored 9 points. But Givova Scafati was defeated 82-72 in Brescia by the higher-ranked C.de Latte BRE (#4). It was Givova Scafati's fifth consecutive loss in a row. It's Tavernari's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 7.2ppg and 3.0rpg. Tavernari used to play for the Brazilian national team three years ago.

Carlos Cobos
Carlos Cobos
   #10. Guard Carlos Cobos (193-88, currently plays in Spain) helped Leche Rio Breogan win their game against the tenth-ranked Lobe Huesca (7-10) 63-49 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 5 points, grabbed 6 boards, passed 3 assists and added 4 steals in 33 minutes. Leche Rio Breogan Lugo (9-8) is placed fifth in the LEB Gold. This year Cobos' total stats are: 5.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.4apg and 1.2spg in the 17 games. He is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Brazilian senior national team.

   #11. Former University international center Andre Almeida (211-88, currently studies in the States) helped Nebraska win their game against the The Pennsylvania State University 67-53 in the NCAA last Saturday. Almeida recorded 6 points and blocked 3 blocks. Almeida has averaged so far 5.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.4apg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the Brazilian university national team four years ago.

   #12. International forward Marcus Vinicius Toledo (203-86, currently plays in Spain) helped Ford Burgos win their n overtime game against the closely-ranked Meridiano Alicante 69-66 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Sunday. He scored only 1 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 18 minutes. Toledo is currently third on the league's list of most steals with 1.8spg. This year he also averages: 7.8ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.2apg in the 16 games. Toledo is also in the roster of the Brazilian national team.

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

   #1. Andre Coimbra (205-F-86, agency: SDJ Sports, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese BJ League could not help Oita Heat Devils (11-20) in their last game. Despite Coimbra's very good performance Oita Heat Devils (#8) lost 74-78 on the road to the lower-ranked (#9) Osaka Evessa in the Western group. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 12 rebounds. Coimbra also added 5 assists and 2 blocks in 34 minutes. It was his first game for Oita Heat Devils this season; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball.

   #2. Luiz Bidart (183-G-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Seattle (2-11) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Bidart's good performance the Seattle was badly defeated 72-55 in Denver, CO by the Denver University. He scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Seattle this season.

   #3. Atila Santos (208-C-83, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Minnesota St., currently plays in Bulgaria) managed to help Balkan Botevgrad in a victory against the league outsider U20 (0-16) 84-69 in the Bulgarian NBL last Saturday. Santos recorded 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 19 minutes. Balkan Botevgrad (11-5) is placed third in the NBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Santos' first season with the team. Santos belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #2) and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 11.4ppg, 10.0rpg and 1.2bpg in the 14 games he played so far.

   #4. Rinaldo Mafra (201-F-86, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Jacksonville St. (6-6) in their game against the Tennessee Tech University (4-7) in the NCAA. Mafra recorded 8 points in 19 minutes. The Jacksonville St. (#4) lost 64-78 in Cookeville, TN to the Tennessee Tech University. It was Jacksonville St.'s first loss after three consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Mafra has averaged so far 5.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.4apg and 1.2spg in the 17 games.

   #5. Rodrigo de Souza (188-G, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Pacific (7-4) in their game against the Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo (7-5) in the NCAA. He scored 5 points. The Pacific was defeated 67-62 in San Luis Obispo, CA by the Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo. de Souza has averaged so far 5.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.4apg and 1.2spg.

   #6. Daniel Monteiro (195-F-84, currently plays in Portugal) couldn't help Ginasio in their game against Sport Lisboa Benfica B in the Portuguese Proliga (second division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Monteiro recorded only 2 points. His team was defeated 71-60. He has averaged so far 1.3ppg and 1.5rpg.

   #7. Arthur Bernardi (206-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Houston Baptist to an overtime victory against the University of New Orleans 75-68 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Bernardi recorded 23 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 41 minutes. He has averaged so far 1.3ppg and 1.5rpg in the six games.



Andre Coimbra joins Oita H.Devils - by Eurobasket News

Oita Heat Devils (BJ League) agreed terms with 27-year old Brazilian forward Andre Coimbra (205-101kg-86, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: SDJ Sports). He supposed to play at Osaka Evessa (BJ League). In 12 games this season he had 4.4ppg and 4.4rpg. The last season Coimbra played at Central Michigan University in Mid-American Conference in the NCAA. In 31 games last year he recorded 8.1ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.0bpg.
He graduated from Central Michigan University in 2012 and it is his first season as a professional player.
On Coimbra: Andre really fills a need for athleticism and he brings a skill level to our front court that will add depth to that position. With a 7-foot-1 wingspan he is a very good defensive post player who has the ability to change a lot of shots.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings A2

Division A Standings
 1. UE Varna 7-2 
 2. Spartak MVR 7-2 
 3. Academik BL 6-3 
 4. Thrace Univ. 6-3 
 5. Academik PL 4-5 
 6. Dunav 2007 3-6 
 7. Chavdar 2-7 
 8. Vidabasket 1-8 

Regular Season: Round 9

Feb. 10: Academik PL - Academik BL 91-60
Feb. 10: Dunav 2007 - Vidabasket 88-70
Feb. 10: Thrace Univ. - Spartak MVR 75-71
Feb. 10: UE Varna - Chavdar 74-54

Regular Season: Round 10

Feb. 17: Vidabasket - Academik PL
Feb. 17: Academik BL - UE Varna
Feb. 17: Dunav 2007 - Dunav 2007
Feb. 17: Chavdar - Thrace Univ.


Division A Round 9: Spartak MVR loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

Round 9 in Division A means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Stara Zagora where host Thrace Univ. (6-3) beat league's leader Spartak MVR (7-2) 75-71 on Sunday evening. Thrace Univ. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Academik BL. Spartak MVR at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still keeps top position with two games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by UE Varna who have the same record. Spartak MVR will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Thrace Univ. will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Chavdar in Troyan.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked UE Varna as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Spartak MVR) loss. UE Varna smashed 7th ranked Chavdar at home 74-54. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Spartak MVR. Chavdar at the other side keeps the seventh place with seven games lost. Chavdar will play next round against strong Thrace Univ. trying to get back on the winning streak. UE Varna will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Academic Blagoevgrad on the road.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Academic Blagoevgrad (6-3) against fifth ranked Academik Plovdiv (4-5) on Sunday night. Visiting Academic Blagoevgrad was crushed by Academik Plovdiv in Plovdiv 91-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Academic Blagoevgrad. Academik Plovdiv maintains fifth place with 4-5 record. Loser Academic Blagoevgrad keeps the third position with three games lost. They share it with Thrace Univ.. Academik Plovdiv will meet bottom-ranked Vidabasket (#8) on the road in the next round. Academic Blagoevgrad will play against the league's leader UE Varna (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 9 bottom-ranked Vidabasket was defeated by Dunav 2007 in Ruse 88-70.


Thrace Univ. - Spartak MVR 75-71

Round 9 in Division A means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Stara Zagora where host Thrace Univ. (6-3) beat league's leader Spartak MVR (7-2) 75-71 on Sunday evening. Thrace Univ. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Academik BL. Spartak MVR at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still keeps top position with two games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by UE Varna who have the same record. Spartak MVR will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Thrace Univ. will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Chavdar in Troyan.
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UE Varna - Chavdar 74-54

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked UE Varna as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Spartak MVR) loss. UE Varna smashed 7th ranked Chavdar at home 74-54. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Spartak MVR. Chavdar at the other side keeps the seventh place with seven games lost. Chavdar will play next round against strong Thrace Univ. trying to get back on the winning streak. UE Varna will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Academic Blagoevgrad on the road.
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Academik PL - Academik BL 91-60

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Academic Blagoevgrad (6-3) against fifth ranked Academik Plovdiv (4-5) on Sunday night. Visiting Academic Blagoevgrad was crushed by Academik Plovdiv in Plovdiv 91-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Academic Blagoevgrad. Academik Plovdiv maintains fifth place with 4-5 record. Loser Academic Blagoevgrad keeps the third position with three games lost. They share it with Thrace Univ.. Academik Plovdiv will meet bottom-ranked Vidabasket (#8) on the road in the next round. Academic Blagoevgrad will play against the league's leader UE Varna (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Dunav 2007 - Vidabasket 88-70

There was no surprise in Ruse where 8th ranked Vidabasket (1-8) was defeated by sixth ranked Dunav 2007 (3-6) 88-70 on Sunday. Dunav 2007 maintains sixth place with 3-6 record. Vidabasket lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. Dunav 2007's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Ruse Dunav 2007.
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Dejan Ivanov selected the top Bulgarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Lithuanian team Lietuvos rytas to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Kalev/Cramo (3-11) crushing them 95-73 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Ivanov scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (8-6) is placed fifth in group A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Ivanov's first season with the team. This year he averages: 8.7ppg, 6.1rpg, 2FGP: 66.1%(37-56), 3FGP: 16.7% and FT: 67.5% in the 12 games he played so far. Ivanov played for the Bulgarian senior national team two years ago.

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in VTB United League). He contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (5-9) 85-69 in the VTB United League last Monday. Rowland recorded 10 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. VEF Riga (9-5) is placed fourth in group B. There are only four games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Rowland is the league's top scorer and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Rowland averages: 16.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 6.1apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 57.0%(77-135), 3FGP: 30.8% and FT: 83.6%. He is a naturalized American. Rowland played for the Bulgarian national team in 2011. Strangely he has never played in Bulgaria.

Andre Owens
Andre Owens
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international guard Andre Owens (193-80, college: Houston, currently plays in Cyprus). He led Keravnos to a victory over the closely-ranked AEK (14-5) 69-54 in the Cypriot Division A in Tuesday night's game. Owens was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Keravnos Strovolou (16-3) is placed first in the Division A. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Owens' overall stats this season are: 9.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 44.8%, 3FGP: 34.8% and FT: 67.9%. He is a naturalized American. Owens played for the Bulgarian national team four years ago. He used to play for Lukoil Academik Sofia in Bulgarian league.

Hristo Nikolov
Hristo Nikolov
   #4. Power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala could not help U-Mobitelco (14-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance U-Mobitelco was crushed 84-59 on the road by the lower-ranked Gaz Metan (#8). Nikolov was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Nikolov has relatively good stats this season: 14.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.6spg. He is also Bulgarian national team player.

Ivan Lilov
Ivan Lilov
   #5. International shooting guard Ivan Lilov (196-88, currently plays in Romania) faced previously mentioned Hristo Nikolov in the Romanian Liga Nationala last game. Lilov contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked U-Mobitelco (14-7) crushing them 84-59. He scored 11 points. Lilov's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.2apg and 1.7spg. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

Jared Homan
Jared Homan
   #6. Center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked ALBA Berlin (12-7) 79-61 in the German BBL on Sunday night. Homan recorded 7 points and blocked 2 shots in 22 minutes. FC Bayern Muenchen (15-7) is placed second in the BBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Homan has relatively solid stats: 10.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1bpg in the 21 games. He is a naturalized American. Homan is a former international player as he played for the Bulgarian senior team three years ago. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Aleksandar Gruev
Aleksandar Gruev
   #7. Former international guard Aleksandar Gruev (187-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala was not able to help CSU Sibiu (10-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Gruev's good performance CSU Sibiu was crushed 90-68 at home by the lower-ranked Craiova (#10). He scored 10 points and added 3 assists. Gruev belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #7. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.3ppg, 2.6rpg and 4.7apg. Gruev used to play for the Bulgarian national team two years ago.

Krum Doychinov
Krum Doychinov
   #8. Center Krum Doychinov (206-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Greece) contributed to OFI's surprising victory against the fifth-ranked Ikaroi Serron (10-6) 69-66 in the Greek A2 (second division) on Sunday night. Doychinov recorded 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. OF Irakleio (4-12) is placed second from the bottom (#13) in the A2. Doychinov is ranked second on the list of the best blockers in the league. His overall stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1bpg. Doychinov used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2010.

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

   #1. Experienced Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in Ukraine) was the major contributor in an overtime Khimik's victory against the closely-ranked Cherkasy (15-15) 93-87 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Friday night. Deane scored 16 points and added 6 assists in 31 minutes. Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (16-12) is placed fifth in the Superleague. Deane has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 6.0apg and 1.1spg in the 26 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #2. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) led Kozuv to a victory over the fifth-ranked ABA Strumica (5-5) 91-83 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga last Saturday. Karadzovski was the best player in that game. He recorded 21 points and added 3 passes in 30 minutes. Kozuv Gevgelija (8-2) is placed first in the Prva Liga. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Karadzovski belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #3 with 3.6apg. This year he also averages: 13.4ppg and 2.9rpg in the 10 games. Karadzovski has a dual citizenship: Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian.

   #3. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Greece) managed to help Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus in a victory against the closely-ranked Panathinaikos (13-3) 72-67 in a derby game in the Greek A1 in Monday night's game. Antic scored only 2 points in 13 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (15-1) is placed first in the A1. This year Antic's overall stats are: 5.2ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.1apg in the 13 games. He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.

   #4. Viktor Vladov (202-F-91, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProB (third division) could not help Leitershofen (8-10) to beat Licher Baeren (10-8). He scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 12 minutes. The eighth-placed Leitershofen lost 62-70 on the road to the higher-ranked (#5) Licher Baeren in the Group South. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Vladov's overall stats are: 3.3ppg and 2.5rpg in the four games. He has both Bulgarian and German nationalities.



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  CANADA   

CIS Standings

CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Cape Breton 16-0 
 2. Acadia 12-3 
 3. UPEI 9-7 
 4. Dalhousie 8-8 
 5. St.Francis X. 7-8 
 6. St.Mary's 6-10 
 7. New Brunsw. 4-12 
 8. Memorial 1-15 
CanWest Pacific Division
 1. UBC 18-2 
 2. Victoria 14-6 
 3. TWU 11-9 
 4. UFV 11-9 
 5. TRU 7-14 
 6. UNBC 5-15 
 7. Mount Royal 4-16 
 8. UBC Okanagan 3-18 
CanWest Prairie Division
 1. Alberta 14-6 
 2. Saskatchewan 14-6 
 3. Manitoba 14-7 
 4. Winnipeg 13-8 
 5. Calgary 12-8 
 6. Lethbridge 11-9 
 7. Regina 6-14 
 8. Brandon 5-15 
OUA East
 1. Carleton 18-1 
 2. Ottawa 15-4 
 3. Ryerson 14-4 
 4. Laurentian 10-8 
 5. Queen's 10-10 
 6. York 7-11 
 7. Toronto Univ. 2-16 
 8. RMC 0-0 
OUA West
 1. Windsor 15-4 
 2. Lakehead 13-6 
 3. McMaster 12-7 
 4. Brock 8-11 
 5. Laurier 6-13 
 6. Guelph 5-14 
 7. Waterloo 4-15 
 8. Western 2-17 
Quebec League
 1. Bishop's 9-4 
 2. McGill 9-4 
 3. Concordia 7-6 
 4. UQAM 4-9 
 5. Laval 3-9 

Regular Season: Round 32

Feb. 9: UPEI - Cape Breton 90-92
Feb. 9: York - Queen's 90-84
Feb. 9: Regina - Lethbridge 88-103
Feb. 9: Manitoba - Saskatchewan 84-94
Feb. 9: Bishop's - Concordia 84-71
Feb. 9: McGill - UQAM 83-68
Feb. 9: Carleton - Toronto Univ. 83-43
Feb. 9: McMaster - Waterloo 81-56
Feb. 9: Western - Laurier 78-92
Feb. 9: Guelph - Brock 78-84
Feb. 9: Winnipeg - Alberta 77-76
Feb. 9: Brandon - Calgary 74-68
Feb. 9: TWU - UBC Okanagan 71-69
Feb. 9: Ottawa - Ryerson 70-63
Feb. 9: Mount Royal - Victoria 69-68
Feb. 9: UNBC - UBC 61-93
Feb. 9: UFV - TRU 60-63
Feb. 9: Lakehead - Windsor 56-64

Regular Season: Round 33

Feb. 12: Acadia - St.Mary's
Feb. 13: Bishop's - Laval
Feb. 13: Brock - Waterloo
Feb. 13: Guelph - Laurier
Feb. 13: York - Laurentian
Feb. 13: Windsor - Western
Feb. 13: Manitoba - Winnipeg
Feb. 12: Dalhousie - St.Francis X.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stephon LAMAR
  Saskatch.
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Lamar, Saskatch.22.9 
 2. Allin, Laurier22.2 
 3. Freeman, UFV21.2 
 4. Ogungbemi-J., Calg.20.4 
 5. Faulkner, Queen''s19.9 
 6. Fee, New Brunsw.19.8 
 7. Otieno, Alberta19.8 
 8. Dunn, St.Francis X.19.7 
 9. Dorsey, Cape Bret.19.6 
 10. Ratte, Laurentian19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Derek WALDNER
  Lethb.
  (201-C-)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Waldner, Lethb.11.7 
 2. Klassen, Acadia11.6 
 3. Ezenibe, St.Mary''s11.3 
 4. Kamen, UBC10.7 
 5. Salhia, Lakehead10.6 
 6. Phillip, Windsor10.3 
 7. Burns, Regina9.5 
 8. Burns, Saskatch.9.5 
 9. Allin, Laurier9.3 
 10. Eyitayo, Concordia9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew CUNNINGHAM
  Winnipeg
  (186-G-)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Cunningham, Winnip.7.7 
 2. Hebert, Regina5.9 
 3. Dorsey, Cape Bret.5.3 
 4. Walton, Manitoba5.2 
 5. Lamar, Saskatch.4.9 
 6. Bonhomme, Brandon4.5 
 7. York, UFV4.5 
 8. Smith, TWU4.4 
 9. Pasquale, Laure.4.4 
 10. Allin, Laurier4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.3.8 
 2. Evans, Victoria3.3 
 3. Perrin, TWU2.9 
 4. Daley, New Brunsw.2.8 
 5. Walton, Manitoba2.8 
 6. Baker, Alberta2.7 
 7. Parchment, UFV2.7 
 8. Smith, TWU2.6 
 9. Donkoh, St.Franc.2.5 
 10. Hunter, Bishop''s2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Mike ANDREWS
  Bishop''s
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Andrews, Bishop''s2.1 
 2. Moses, Calgary2.1 
 3. Eyitayo, Concordia1.9 
 4. Duke, UPEI1.8 
 5. Salhia, Lakehead1.7 
 6. Dewar, Alberta1.6 
 7. Luby, Brock1.4 
 8. Osuntola, Windsor1.4 
 9. Noel, Manitoba1.3 
 10. Ezenibe, St.Mary''s1.3 


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

-year old forward Paul Gareau (201-F) had an amazing evening in the last round for Regina and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
He had a double-double of 37 points and 12 rebounds, while his team was edged out by Lethbridge (#6, 11-9) in overtime 93-91. Regina maintains the 7th position in Canadian league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 14 games and recorded just six victories. Gareau has many years of experience at Regina, through which he has constantly improved. Paul Gareau averages this season 15.9ppg and 7.3rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Brylle Kamen (201-F) of top-ranked UBC. He is American forward in his first season at UBC. In the last game Kamen recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead UBC to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked UNBC (#6, 5-15) 93-69. Of course UBC still keep the league's top spot. His team belongs to top of the standings with 18-2 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Kamen is a newcomer at UBC and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Regina's star - forward Connor Burns (201-F). Burns scored 28 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Burns' great performance Regina lost 91-93in overtime to slightly higher-ranked Lethbridge (#6, 11-9). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The chances of Regina not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Burns could try to bring Regina's a little bit higher in the standings. Burns has individually a great season in Canada. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.5rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Thomas Scrubb (196-F) of Carleton - 16 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Yoosrie Salhia (198-F-87) of Lakehead - 13 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Julian Chief-Morris (193-G-89) of Lethbridge - 28 points and 8 rebounds
7. Jordon Gauthier (191-G) of Ryerson - 25 points and 12 rebounds
8. Kevon Parchment) of UFV - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Derek Waldner (201-C) of Lethbridge - 13 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Chris McLaughlin (208-C) of Victoria - 17 points and 12 rebounds

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



CIS Round 32: #1 Golden Bears are defeated by Wesmen - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 5 rounds. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Golden Bears (14-6) in Winnipeg, MB on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by fifth ranked Wesmen (13-8) 77-76. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 1 point. Wesmen looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Benny Iko (198) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and guard Andrew Cunningham (186, college: Redlands CC) who added 9 points and 8 assists during the contest. Naturalized Kenyan guard Kenneth Otieno (188) responded with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Wesmen moved-up to fourth place. Golden Bears lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with six games lost. They share it with Victoria and Saskatchewan. Wesmen's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Winnipeg, MB to the arena Bisons.
Third-ranked Panthers (9-7) gave a tough game to top-ranked Capers (16-0) in Charlottetown, PEI. The visitors from Sydney, NS managed to secure only two-point victory 92-90. However their fans expected easier game. The winners were led by guard Kayon Mayers (185) who scored that evening 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Sean Mccormick supported him with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Capers' coach Matt Skinn used entire bench in such tough game. Even a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds by forward Geoff Doane (196) did not help to save the game for Panthers. Undefeated Capers have an impressive 16-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-0 record. Panthers at the other side keep the third place with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
A very close game took place in Calgary, AB between Mount Royal and Vikies. Seventh ranked Mount Royal (4-16) got a very close home victory over second-ranked Vikies (14-6). Mount Royal managed to escape with a 1-point win 69-68 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Vikies. The best player for the winners was Nick Loewen who scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Terrell Evans produced a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Mount Royal maintains seventh position with 4-16 record. Loser Vikies still keep top place with six games lost. They share the position with Alberta and Saskatchewan. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Eighth-ranked Heat (3-18) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Spartans (11-9) in Langley, BC. Spartans managed to secure only two-point victory 71-69. However their fans expected much easier game. Denny McDonald orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Spartans have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Lethbridge and UFV. Heat lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 18 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Important game to mention about took place in Abbotsford, BC. Fifth ranked Wolfpack (7-14) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 3rd ranked Cascades (11-9) 63-60 on Saturday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Zach Usherwood who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Wolfpack maintains fifth position with 7-14 record. Loser Cascades keep the third place with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 32: UBC destroyed UNBC on the opponent's court 93-61. York managed to outperform Queen's in a home game 90-84. Concordia recorded a loss to Bishop's on the road 84-71. Manitoba was defeated by Saskatchewan on its own court 84-94. Calgary was beaten by Brandon in Brandon, MB 74-68. Lakehead lost to Windsor at home 56-64. Toronto Univ. was outscored by Carleton on the opponent's court 43-83. Ottawa managed to beat Ryerson in a home game 70-63. UQAM was defeated by McGill on the road 83-68. Guelph was beaten by Brock on its own court 78-84. Waterloo was destroyed by McMaster in Hamilton, ON 81-56. Western unfortunately lost to Laurier at home 78-92. Lethbridge managed to beat Regina on the opponent's court 103-88.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 16 points, 15 rebounds and 6 blocks by Yoosrie Salhia of Lakehead.


UNBC - UBC 61-93

Very expected game in Prince George, BC where 6th ranked Timberwolves (5-15) were crushed by first ranked Thunderbirds (18-2) 93-61 on Saturday. The game without a history. Thunderbirds led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Timberwolves' 24. They outrebounded Timberwolves 43-30 including 32 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of forward David Wagner (206-92) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 rebounds and guard Geoff Pippus (196) who added 17 points during the contest. Four Thunderbirds players scored in double figures. Guard Charles Barton (193) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized Salvadorean guard Jose Araujo (186-86) 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. Thunderbirds have an impressive 13-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-2 record. Timberwolves lost tenth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
UNBC: C.Barton 15+8reb, J.Araujo 13+1reb, G.Sahota 7+1ast, B.Cheng 6+3reb+3ast, F.Rowe 4+2reb+2ast, N.Bains 4+6reb+1ast
UBC: D.Wagner 20+7reb, G.Pippus 17+3reb, I.Solomon 14+4reb+1ast, J.Jensen-Whyte 12+4reb+4ast, C.Morgan 11+4reb+1ast, T.Nixon 8+4reb+6ast
gschID: 190710


UFV - TRU 60-63

Important game to mention about took place in Abbotsford, BC. Fifth ranked Wolfpack (7-14) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 3rd ranked Cascades (11-9) 63-60 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 25-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Zach Usherwood who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and Troy Grant who added 21 points during the contest. Kevon Parchment responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and guard Samuel Freeman (191) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Wolfpack maintains fifth position with 7-14 record. Loser Cascades keep the third place with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
UFV: S.Freeman 15+1reb+4ast, S.Hudson 12+7reb+1ast, K.Parchment 12+10reb+1ast, J.York 8+5reb+1ast, K.Grewal 5+5reb+1ast, K.Figueiredo 3+1reb+1ast
TRU: T.Grant 21+2reb+1ast, Z.Usherwood 18+12reb+2ast, B.Rouault 10+4reb+1ast, K.Pribilsky 6+2reb+3ast, B.Bozinovic 4+8reb, D.Oates 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 190709


TWU - UBC Okanagan 71-69

Eighth-ranked Heat (3-18) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Spartans (11-9) in Langley, BC. Spartans managed to secure only two-point victory 71-69. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 25-13 Heat's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 71-69 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Heat 38-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. Denny McDonald orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 9 rebounds. American point guard Tristan Smith (183-86) contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners. Four Spartans players scored in double figures. Guard Yassine Ghomari (185) replied with 22 points and Dave Mackay (196) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Heat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Spartans have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Lethbridge and UFV. Heat lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 18 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
UBC Okanagan: Y.Ghomari 22+4reb+1ast, L.Ndayitwayeko 14+1reb+2ast, D.Mackay 11+5reb+1ast, J.Asselstine 6+1reb, A.Faza 6+4reb+3ast, G.Gill 5+3reb
TWU: T.Jackson 16+1reb, D.McDonald 16+9reb+1ast, T.Smith 13+5reb+6ast, T.Linttell 10+6reb+1ast, M.Perrin 7+7reb+2ast, M.Cockrill 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 190708


York - Queen's 90-84

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Toronto, ON where sixth ranked Lions (7-11) defeated 5th ranked Golden Gaels (10-10) 90-84 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 45-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Lions made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Golden Gaels were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard David Tyndale (180) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 assists and forward Matthew Ziobrowski (198) who added 12 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Five Lions players scored in double figures. Forward Nikola Misljencevic (196) responded with 28 points and 8 rebounds and guard Sukhpreet Singh (188) scored 12 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Lions maintains sixth position with 7-11 record. Golden Gaels lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with ten games lost. Lions will face higher ranked Voyageurs (#4) in Sudbury, ON in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Queen''s: N.Misljencevic 28+8reb+1ast, S.Singh 12+7reb+6ast, R.Roberts 10+3reb+1ast, C.Samuels 8+3reb+3ast, M.Simpson 7+2reb, J.Asefa 7+6reb+2ast
York: D.Tyndale 21+1reb+11ast, I.Akeem 16+3reb+1ast, R.Isaac 12+4reb+1ast, M.Ziobrowski 12+9reb+1ast, N.Tufegdzich 10+8reb, A.Rados 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 190699


Bishop's - Concordia 84-71

Not a big story in a game in Lennoxville, QC where 3rd ranked Stingers (7-6) were defeated by first ranked Gaiters (9-4) 84-71 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Gaiters. Stingers was better in second period 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Stingers were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Jeremy Leonard-Smith (193) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and center Mike Andrews (208) who added 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) during the contest. Five Gaiters players scored in double figures. Forward Evens Laroche (193) responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds and the former international point guard Kyle Desmarais (188-87, college: Cent.Conn.St.) scored 15 points. Stingers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Gaiters have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 9-4 record, which they share with McGill. Loser Stingers keep the third place with six games lost. Gaiters will face Rouge et Or (#5) in Quebec City, QC in the next round.
Top scorers:
Concordia: E.Laroche 22+7reb+1ast, J.Blake 15+3reb, K.Desmarais 15+2reb+2ast, M.Tajfel 8+7reb, A.Chmielewski 5+1reb+3ast, K.Eyitayo 3+3reb
Bishop''s: J.Leonard-Smith 23+6reb+4ast, M.Andrews 20+10reb+2ast, J.Bermillo 13+3reb+2ast, S.Ring 12+3reb+8ast, T.Hunter 10+3reb+3ast, M.McLean 4+9reb+1ast
gschID: 190698


Mount Royal - Victoria 69-68

A very close game took place in Calgary, AB between Mount Royal and Vikies. Seventh ranked Mount Royal (4-16) got a very close home victory over second-ranked Vikies (14-6). Mount Royal managed to escape with a 1-point win 69-68 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Vikies. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 16-6 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Mount Royal dominated on the defensive end, holding Vikies to just 6 points in third quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 66.7 percentage. The best player for the winners was forward Nick Loewen (196) who scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Jalen Gardener (188) chipped in 12 points and 7 assists. Terrell Evans produced a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and Michael Acheampong added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Mount Royal maintains seventh position with 4-16 record. Loser Vikies still keep top place with six games lost. They share the position with Alberta and Saskatchewan. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Victoria: M.Acheampong 19+6reb+3ast, C.McLaughlin 15+10reb, T.Evans 14+11reb+5ast, R.Erikson 7+1reb, P.Anderson 4+3reb, R.Theil 3+3reb
Mount Royal: N.Loewen 15+7reb, J.Gardener 12+1reb+7ast, A.Abraha 11+2reb+2ast, O.Ogun 9+6reb+3ast, A.Callaghan 8+2reb+3ast, R.Goff 4+6reb
gschID: 190706


Winnipeg - Alberta 77-76

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Golden Bears (14-6) in Winnipeg, MB on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by fifth ranked Wesmen (13-8) 77-76. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 1 point. Wesmen looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Benny Iko (198) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and guard Andrew Cunningham (186, college: Redlands CC) who added 9 points and 8 assists during the contest. Naturalized Kenyan guard Kenneth Otieno (188) responded with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Todd Bergen-Henengouwen (196-91) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Four Golden Bears players scored in double figures. Wesmen moved-up to fourth place. Golden Bears lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with six games lost. They share it with Victoria and Saskatchewan. Wesmen's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Winnipeg, MB to the arena Bisons.
Top scorers:
Alberta: K.Otieno 18+6reb+6ast, T.Bergen-Henengouwen 14+10reb, S.Saffa 14+6reb+4ast, A.Weir 10+6reb+2ast, Y.Ouahrig 9+1reb+3ast, T.Watson 6+1ast
Winnipeg: B.Iko 21+4reb+3ast, J.Clennon 12+3reb+4ast, S.Wesley 11+3reb+1ast, A.Cunningham 9+2reb+8ast, M.McNee 8+4reb, N.Gooding 7+7reb+2ast
gschID: 190705


Manitoba - Saskatchewan 84-94

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Winnipeg, MB where third ranked Huskies (14-6) beat second-ranked Bisons (14-7) 94-84 on Saturday. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Huskies. Bisons was better in second period 22-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Bisons were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Stephon Lamar (185, college: Pacific) who helped to win the game recording 37 points (!!!) and 4 assists and forward Matthew Forbes (198) who added 16 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. American guard Stephan Walton (178-87, college: Valdosta St.) responded with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists and guard Kevin Oliver (201) scored 18 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Huskies keep a position of league leader, which they share with Victoria and Alberta. Loser Bisons dropped to the third place with seven games lost. Huskies will have a break next round. Bisons' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Winnipeg, MB Wesmen.
Top scorers:
Manitoba: S.Walton 22+7reb+9ast, K.Oliver 18+4reb+4ast, Y.Ozsayiner 16+6reb+2ast, J.Huertas 11+6reb, W.Anders 7+5reb, D.Joseph 5+2reb
Saskatchewan: S.Lamar 37+4reb+4ast, M.Forbes 16+11reb+1ast, B.Baker 15+6reb+1ast, E.Ostertag 10+2reb, A.Henry 8+7reb+4ast, P.Burns 4+8reb
gschID: 190704


Brandon - Calgary 74-68

There was an upset in Brandon, MB where one of their biggest challengers Dinos (12-8) were defeated by eighth ranked Bobcats (5-15) 74-68 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Dinos won third quarter 25-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Dinos outrebounded Bobcats 49-37 including 17 on the offensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Bobcats made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Jordan Reaves who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 8 rebounds and Ilarion Bonhomme who added 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Guard Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (175-91) responded with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Thijin Moses (201) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Four Dinos players scored in double figures. Bobcats moved-up to sixth place, which they share with UNBC. Loser Dinos dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Calgary: J.Ogungbemi-Jackson 23+7reb+4ast, T.Moses 16+11reb+1ast, J.Owen-Thomas 11+7reb, M.Letkeman 11+12reb+1ast, J.Gill 2+1reb, D.Karch 2+8reb+3ast
Brandon: J.Reaves 17+8reb+3ast, K.Ramsey 16+1reb+1ast, I.Bonhomme 15+7reb+1ast, I.James 9+8reb+1ast, R.Smith 7+2reb+1ast, J.Molin 4+3reb
gschID: 190703


Lakehead - Windsor 56-64

The game between closely ranked teams ended with first ranked Lancers' (15-4) road victory over second-ranked Thunderwolves (13-6) 64-56 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Thunderwolves won third quarter 10-7. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lancers forced 23 Thunderwolves turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Enrico Diloreto (185-90) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and the former international forward Lien Phillip (203-89) who added 8 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Naturalized Egyptian forward Yoosrie Salhia (198-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 15 rebounds and 6 blocks and forward Matthew Schmidt (198-89) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Lancers maintains first position with 15-4 record, which they share with Ottawa. Loser Thunderwolves keep the second place with six games lost. Lancers will face Mustangs (#8) in London, ON in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Lakehead: Y.Salhia 16+15reb+1ast, M.Schmidt 14+7reb, R.Thomson 10+4reb+2ast, J.Jones 7+2reb+2ast, D.Harvey 4+5reb+2ast, G.Carter 3+5reb+4ast
Windsor: E.Diloreto 22+4reb+1ast, J.Collins 9+3reb+3ast, N.Ntim 9+2reb, L.Phillip 8+11reb+2ast, M.Petrella 5+1ast, R.Christie 5+9reb
gschID: 190702


Carleton - Toronto Univ. 83-43

Very expected game in Ottawa, ON where 7th ranked Blues (2-16) were crushed by first ranked Ravens (18-1) 83-43 on Saturday. The game without a history. Ravens led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Blues to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Ravens held Blues to an opponent 25.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 42.6 percent accuracy of the winners and made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Ravens outrebounded Blues 50-24 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Tyson Hinz (198-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international guard Philip Scrubb (190-92) who added 16 points and 4 assists during the contest. Guard Arun Kumar (183) responded with 16 points and naturalized Greek guard Alex Hill (196-90, college: Cornell) scored 8 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. Ravens have an impressive 18-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-1 record. Blues lost fourteenth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Toronto Univ.: A.Kumar 16+4reb+1ast, A.Hill 8+1reb+2ast, D.Johnson 8+1reb, D.Laurin 4+2reb+3ast, B.Garvin 3+3reb+2ast, A.Plummer 2+6reb
Carleton: T.Hinz 17+10reb+4ast, P.Scrubb 16+4reb+4ast, K.Churchill 12+10reb+1ast, J.Pierre-Charles 8+2reb, T.Scrubb 8+8reb+5ast, C.Springer-Williams 5+5reb
gschID: 190701


Ottawa - Ryerson 70-63

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Ottawa, ON where third ranked Gee-Gees (15-4) defeated second-ranked Rams (14-4) 70-63 on Saturday. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 36-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Johnny Berhanemeskel (185) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international guard Warren Ward (196-89) who added 18 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Gee-Gees' coach James DeRouin used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Jordon Gauthier (191) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds and the former international point guard Jahmal Jones (183-91) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Gee-Gees have a solid four-game winning streak. They used an opportunity after Windsor lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Loser Rams dropped to the third place with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ryerson: J.Gauthier 15+9reb+1ast, J.Jones 15+3reb+4ast, J.Ogunnaike-Grannum 9+6reb+1ast, O.Choliy 8+3reb+1ast, A.Best 7+5reb+1ast, N.Stankovic 5+3reb
Ottawa: J.Berhanemeskel 23+6reb+4ast, W.Ward 18+9reb+3ast, M.L'Africain 10+5reb+4ast, V.Gill 9+3reb+1ast, G.Gonthier-Dubue 5+6reb+3ast, M.Ismail 3
gschID: 190700


UPEI - Cape Breton 90-92

Third-ranked Panthers (9-7) gave a tough game to top-ranked Capers (16-0) in Charlottetown, PEI. The visitors from Sydney, NS managed to secure only two-point victory 92-90. However their fans expected easier game. Panthers were ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 47-42 second half run of Capers. Capers had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by guard Kayon Mayers (185) who scored that evening 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Sean Mccormick (196) supported him with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Five Capers players scored in double figures. Capers' coach Matt Skinn used entire bench in such tough game. Even a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds by forward Geoff Doane (196) did not help to save the game for Panthers. Deontay Smith added 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the hosts. Capers have an impressive 16-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-0 record. Panthers at the other side keep the third place with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
UPEI: G.Doane 25+12reb+1ast, D.Smith 23+8reb+4ast, J.Duke 12+6reb+1ast, J.Kendrick 9+3reb+3ast, B.Ofori 8, L.Parker 8+8reb+1ast
Cape Breton: K.Mayers 21+7reb+4ast, S.Mccormick 16+9reb+1ast, M.Lufile 14+5reb, A.Geugjes 12+9reb+1ast, J.Dorsey 10+10reb+5ast, C.Kasongo 9+3reb+2ast
gschID: 190696


McGill - UQAM 83-68

Not a big story in a game in Montreal, QC where 4th ranked Citadines (4-9) were defeated by second ranked Redmen (9-4) 83-68 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Redmen. Citadines was better in third quarter 24-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Citadines 30-18 including 19 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Nathan Joyal (198) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and forward Vincent Dufort (195) who added 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Redmen players scored in double figures. Forward Alexandre Bernard (196) responded with 24 points and 6 rebounds and guard Richard Kwaku Addai (183-88) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Redmen have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Bishop's. Loser Citadines keep the fourth place with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
UQAM: A.Bernard 24+6reb, R.Kwaku Addai 17+5reb+2ast, M.Bazile 8+1reb+1ast, N.Audet 5+1reb+3ast, P.Tamba 4+1reb, V.Lanctot-Fortier 4+1reb+3ast
McGill: N.Joyal 17+4reb+3ast, V.Dufort 16+6reb+2ast, T.Riley 15+4reb+4ast, R.Imperador 11+4reb, D.Clark 9+2reb, C.McCue 8+4reb+4ast
gschID: 190695


Guelph - Brock 78-84

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Badgers' (8-11) road victory over 5th ranked Gryphons (5-14) 84-78 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-78. Badgers made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jameson Tipping (201, college: W.Kentucky) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds and forward Mike Luby (213) who added 13 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Forward Adam Kemp (201) responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds and guard Jack Beatty (190) scored 18 points. Badgers maintains fourth position with 8-11 record. Gryphons lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with 14 games lost. Badgers will face Warriors (#7) in Waterloo, ON in the next round. Gryphons will play at home against Golden Hawks in Waterloo, ON and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guelph: A.Kemp 20+8reb, J.Beatty 18+3reb+1ast, D.McCarthy 9+5reb+6ast, K.Malcolm 8+4reb+3ast, Z.Angus 7+2reb+3ast, M.Clark 6+4reb+2ast
Brock: J.Tipping 25+14reb+1ast, M.Luby 13+10reb+1ast, D.Mukendi 10+2reb, M.Williams 9+2reb+2ast, T.Kasamba 8+8reb, C.Smith 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 190694


McMaster - Waterloo 81-56

There was no surprise in Hamilton, ON where 7th ranked Warriors (4-15) were outplayed by third ranked Marauders (12-7) 81-56 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Marauders. Warriors was better in fourth quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Marauders dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Warriors' 18. Marauders forced 21 Warriors turnovers and outrebounded them 46-21 including a 33-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Joe Rocca (193) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and guard Aaron Redpath (193) who added 16 points and 7 assists during the contest. Five Marauders players scored in double figures. Guard Wayne Bridge (188-90) responded with 14 points and Gill Jaspreet scored 14 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. Marauders have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 12-7 record having one points less than leader Windsor. Loser Warriors keep the seventh place with 15 games lost. Marauders will have a break next round. Warriors will play on the road against Badgers (#4) in St.Catharines, ON.
Top scorers:
Waterloo: G.Jaspreet 14+2reb, W.Bridge 14+1reb+2ast, B.Davis 12, M.Helsby 7+3reb+1ast, W.Davis 3+2reb+4ast, M.Glibota 3+2reb+1ast
McMaster: J.Rocca 17+10reb+1ast, A.Redpath 16+2reb+7ast, N.Mccarthy 13+7reb+2ast, T.Black 11+9reb, R.Boney 10+4reb+2ast, N.Pelech 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 190693


Western - Laurier 78-92

No shocking result in a game in London, ON where sixth ranked Golden Hawks (6-13) won against 8th ranked Mustangs (2-17) 92-78 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-78. Golden Hawks forced 20 Mustangs turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Maxwell Allin (193) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 7 rebounds and guard William Coulthard (188) who added 21 points during the contest. Forward Greg Morrow (190) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and forward Peter Scholtes (196) scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Golden Hawks moved-up to fifth place. Mustangs lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 17 games lost. Golden Hawks will face Gryphons (#6) in Guelph, ON in the next round. Mustangs will play on the road against the league's leader Lancers in Windsor, ON.
Top scorers:
Western: P.Scholtes 19+7reb, G.Johnson 18+1reb+3ast, G.Morrow 14+11reb+2ast, R.Higgins 10+2reb, E.Dooley 5+6reb, A.Van Camp 5
Laurier: M.Allin 24+7reb+2ast, W.Coulthard 21+3reb+2ast, M.Grantis 16+2reb, G.Thomas 14+6reb, N.Thompson 6+1ast, J.Smith 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 190692


Regina - Lethbridge 88-103

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Cougars' (6-14) home loss to sixth ranked Pronghorn (11-9) 88-103 on Saturday. Pronghorn have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with TWU and UFV. Cougars lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 190707



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  CHINA   


Unexpected... - by Alex Yam

In an unexpected turn of events, the league leading Guangdong Southern Tigers just lost the services of former NBA lottery pick Terrence Williams. Williams who along with Ike Diogu and the return of prodigal son, Yi Jianlian, have led the Tigers to the best record in the league and a #1 seed in the upcoming CBA playoffs which is just under 3 weeks away.

Williams, due to a recent death in the family, will be unable to return to the team, due to the sensitive nature of the issue, the team allowed Williams to leave. Williams was outstanding in his time with the team, as he averaged 17.9ppg and 3 rpg and 4 apg while playing just under 27 minutes a game. Losing Williams will be a huge blow to a team that was looking to regain that championship form, which saw the Tigers win 7 of the last 9 CBA championships. There has been no word of a replacement, if any.



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  COLOMBIA   


BAMBUQUEROS ROCKS THE MARKET, SIGNS STALIN ORTIZ - by Victor Garcia

Bambuqueros de Neiva continues rocking the market and now has the colombian most powerfull scorer in thier training camp, Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81, college: Valparaiso) agrees terms with the Bambuqueros directives and quickly joints the team.
Ortiz has been 4 times champion and the player with most points scored in the former the Federation Cup, Bambuqueros is going to be the fourth colombian pro team in Ortiz career, with him the Nievas roster is full of talent and the main candidate to win the first edition of the Professional Basketball Division.



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  COSTA RICA   


Barva wins Apertura - by Gianni Pascucci

After falling on the road in Game 1, Ferreteria Brenes Barva managed to win the consecuitve two games, played at home, claiming the LSB-Apertura title.
Game 2 ended 75-69, and Kay Martinez (198-G-84, college: Jackson St.) was the game top scorer with 23 points, while Chris Giles (193-G) led San Ramon with 19.

Game 3, played yesterday night, ended 62-50 and was the typical close, low-scoring game, with tough defenses and lots of nervous around.
Another time more, Chris Giles was the best in Coopenae-USJ ARBA San Ramon, also taking the game top scoring honors at 13. Veteran Henry Martinez (188-G/F-75) led all the Barva scorers at 13 points.



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  CROATIA   

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Ross, Jolly23.1 
 2. Mrva, Jolly19.9 
 3. James, KK Zagreb19.1 
 4. Batina, Djuro D.18.7 
 5. Lez, Zabok17.2 
 6. Rembert, Krizevci16.1 
 7. Skific, Kvarner15.0 
 8. Peric, Dubrovnik14.8 
 9. Krapic, KK Zagreb14.7 
 10. Peraica, Darda14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mate MRVA
  Jolly
  (195-F-83)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Mrva, Jolly8.7 
 2. Radic, Kvarner 20108.2 
 3. Sarlija, Djuro D.7.2 
 4. Jakolis, Dubrovnik6.9 
 5. Massamba, Djuro D.6.5 
 6. Krapic, KK Zagreb5.9 
 7. Poscic, KK Zagreb5.8 
 8. Skific, Kvarner5.5 
 9. Ross, Jolly5.3 
 10. Peraica, Darda5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Bojan KRIVEC
  Kvarner .
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Krivec, Kvarner5.2 
 2. Tomeljak, Osjecki4.6 
 3. Ross, Jolly3.8 
 4. Glavinic, Darda3.8 
 5. Rembert, Krizevci3.2 
 6. Jugo, Alkar Sinj3.2 
 7. Blajic, Djuro D.3.1 
 8. Pesut, Zabok3.0 
 9. Panduric, Darda3.0 
 10. Segaric, KK Zagreb2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Mike JAMES
  KK Zagreb
  (185-G-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. James, KK Zagreb2.3 
 2. Ross, Jolly2.2 
 3. Peric, Dubrovnik1.7 
 4. Mrva, Jolly1.7 
 5. Krstanovic, Krizev.1.6 
 6. Batina, Djuro D.1.5 
 7. Krivec, Kvarner1.5 
 8. Krapic, KK Zagreb1.5 
 9. Pesut, Zabok1.4 
 10. Surina, Kvarner1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Djuro D.
  (207-C/F-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Sarlija, Djuro D.1.8 
 2. Bubalo, Jolly1.0 
 3. Cakarun, Jolly0.9 
 4. Najev, Dubrovnik0.8 
 5. Bakovic, Djuro D.0.8 
 6. Hrncic, Darda0.8 
 7. Vlaic, Zabok0.7 
 8. Zupic, Alkar Sinj0.7 
 9. Cvjetkovic, Krizev.0.6 
 10. Bundovic, Zabok0.6 


Standings - A2 League

A2 Standings
Group Center
 1. Hermes Anal. 9-0 
 2. Gorica 6-3 
 3. Dubrava 6-4 
 4. Zrinjevac 6-4 
 5. Samobor 5-4 
 6. Sanac Karl. 5-6 
 7. Maksimir 4-5 
 8. Bosco 3-6 
 9. Rudes 2-6 
 10. Kaptol 2-6 
 11. Mladost Z.(C) 2-6 
 12. Sus.-Moslavina 0-0 
Group East
 1. Belisce 12-0 
 2. Vinkovci 10-1 
 3. Zupanja 6-5 
 4. Meteor D. 6-5 
 5. Vrijednosnice 5-5 
 6. Vukovar 5-6 
 7. Pozega 4-7 
 8. Olimp Inspekt 2-11 
 9. Virovitica 0-10 
Group North
 1. Cakovec 13-4 
 2. Graficar 13-4 
 3. Podravac Virje 12-5 
 4. Mladost D.(N) 12-5 
 5. Bjelovar 11-5 
 6. Medjimurje C. 11-6 
 7. Vindija V. 9-7 
 8. Petar Zrinski 7-9 
 9. Radnik 4-13 
 10. Ivancica 3-13 
 11. Rudar-Cimper 3-14 
 12. Koprivnica 0-17 
Group South
 1. GKK Sibenik 14-1 
 2. Puntamika 12-0 
 3. Kastela 12-3 
 4. Policnik 9-6 
 5. Omis Galeb 7-8 
 6. Metkovic 6-8 
 7. Solin 6-9 
 8. Sukosan 6-9 
 9. Cetina 5-9 
 10. Jazine 5-10 
 11. DOSK 3-12 
 12. Trogir 2-12 
Group West
 1. Skrljevo 9-2 
 2. Crikvenica 8-4 
 3. Stoja Pula 7-3 
 4. Kastav 7-4 
 5. Pula 1981 7-4 
 6. Zamet 4-7 
 7. Otocac 3-6 
 8. Ghia Staff 2-9 
 9. Rovinj 1-9 
 10. Ucka 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 17

Center

Feb. 9: Mladost Z.(C) - Gorica
Feb. 9: Sanac Karl. - Zrinjevac
Feb. 9: Maksimir - Kaptol
Feb. 9: Rudes - Hermes Anal.
Feb. 9: Bosco - Dubrava

East

Feb. 9: Zupanja - Vukovar 87-82
Feb. 9: Virovitica - Pozega 71-105
Feb. 9: Meteor D. - Belisce 66-73
Feb. 9: Olimp Inspekt - Vrijednosnice 57-68

North

Feb. 9: Vindija V. - Podravac Virje 82-105
Feb. 9: Graficar - Mladost D.(N) 78-71
Feb. 9: Bjelovar - Petar Zrinski 75-71
Feb. 9: Radnik - Ivancica 75-68
Feb. 9: Rudar-Cimper - Cakovec 50-73
Feb. 9: Medjimurje C. - Koprivnica 108-58

South

Feb. 9: Metkovic - GKK Sibenik
Feb. 9: Sukosan - Policnik
Feb. 9: Omis Galeb - Trogir
Feb. 9: DOSK - Kastela
Feb. 9: Cetina - Solin

West

Feb. 9: Ghia Staff - Crikvenica
Feb. 9: Skrljevo - Pula 1981
Feb. 9: Zamet - Otocac
Feb. 9: Stoja Pula - Kastav



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  CYPRUS   

Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Jeremy ALLEN
  Omonia
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Allen, Omonia19.6 
 2. Brown, Apollon18.6 
 3. Aleksic, AEL17.3 
 4. Pesic, AEL16.9 
 5. Outerbridge, AEL16.2 
 6. Fisher, AEK15.9 
 7. Crocker, Keravnos14.9 
 8. Diggs, Omonia14.8 
 9. Williams, Etha14.6 
 10. Maze, Keravnos13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Orion OUTERBRIDGE
  AEL
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 9
 1. Outerbridge, AEL9.0 
 2. Pesic, AEL8.7 
 3. Aleksic, AEL7.7 
 4. Brown, Apollon7.2 
 5. Diggs, Omonia7.1 
 6. Vaughn, Keravnos6.8 
 7. Bolden, ENAD6.5 
 8. Fisher, AEK6.3 
 9. Jefferson, Apollon6.1 
 10. Kaskiris, ENAD5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Bobby MAZE
  Keravnos
  (191-PG-86)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Maze, Keravnos5.2 
 2. Diggs, Omonia4.9 
 3. Aleksic, AEL4.7 
 4. Dorsey, Apollon4.0 
 5. Palalas, AEL3.8 
 6. Demertzis, Kerav.3.6 
 7. Stiggers, Apoel3.5 
 8. Panteli, AEK3.0 
 9. Adegboye, Etha3.0 
 10. Guillandeaux, AEL2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Georgios PALALAS
  AEL
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Palalas, AEL2.6 
 2. Hamilton, ENAD2.3 
 3. Stiggers, Apoel2.2 
 4. Diggs, Omonia1.9 
 5. Dorsey, Apollon1.8 
 6. Kremen, Apoel1.8 
 7. Brown, Apollon1.7 
 8. Panteli, AEK1.7 
 9. Poole, Etha1.7 
 10. Allen, AEL1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Orion OUTERBRIDGE
  AEL
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Outerbridge, AEL1.8 
 2. Harrison, AEK1.7 
 3. Jefferson, Apollon1.7 
 4. Baker, Omonia1.3 
 5. Vaughn, Keravnos1.3 
 6. Brown, Apollon1.1 
 7. Morrison, Apoel0.9 
 8. Chan, Apoel0.8 
 9. Sims, ENAD0.5 
 10. Pesic, AEL0.5 


Michelin Etha Engomis - CytaVision APOEL 97-86 - by Chris Mammides

Etha edged the team of its ex Coach Konstantinidis with 97-86 and booked a place in the top three teams of the league in the regular season. The man of the match for another one game was C.J. Williams (195-G, college: N.Carolina St.) who was a in the zone and killed every hope for Apoel and its players to demand anything better than the fourth position of the regular season.
The game begun with the visiting site being more aggressive and leading the game with a 0-6, but Etha reacted and with solid offense mainly by C.J. Williams ended the first period with 25-20.
The second period was even better for the home team since C.J. Williams continue his offensive crescent and was unstoppable, so the deficit for Apoel was getting bigger and bigger and by the end of the first half the score went to 48-39.

Apoel was more aggressive in the third period but the only gain for the visiting site of Coach konstantinidis was the -5 points with Michael Mokongo (180-PG-86) being the strong point for Apoel. The amazing comeback from Etha though took the difference once more to +14 but once again Brandon Ewing (187-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Wyoming) and Troupe helped Apoel to cut the deficit once mroe to 70-65 by the end of the thrid period and have some chances in the the fourth one.


Apoel's total recall took palce in the first five minutes of the last period when Kremen and Morisson added some strength in the forward positions and Apoel took the lead at 3438'' with76-75. Etha reacted and with Ivan Maras (207-PF-86, agency: Beo Basket) and C.J. Williams in the leading roles succeeded a 9-0 and took the victory at the end quite easier than thought at the beggining of the last peiord.
The periods were as follows: 25-20, 48-39, 70-65, 97-86.
Top scorers:
Etha: C.J. Williams 30, Donney 13, Adegboy 10, Cup 14, Ivan Maras 22
Apoel: Troupe 10, Michael Mokongo 18, Chan 10, Kremen 11, Morrison 10, Brandon Ewing 15



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  DENMARK   


East dominates West in Ligaen All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News

East - West 139:125

The Ligaen All-Star Game was held in Aalborg yesterday. The best team around the league gathered for a traditional showcase. The East selection claimed an impressive victory at the end. Bonell Colas (205-F-82, college: Florida) stepped up with 30 points to lead the winners. He was named the MVP after the clash.
East got to a flying start. They posted a 32:28 advantage after the first quarter. East fired 40 points in the second period to ensure a massive 14-point halftime lead 72:58. West picked up the tempo in the third period. They unleashed 35 points and cut the deficit. But East stayed in charge throughout the fourth frame and claimed a well-deserved win at the end. Chris Nielsen (192-G/F-85) netted 28 points, while Marvell Waithe (205-F-87, college: Arkansas) added 20 points for East. Gregory Washington (208-C/F-84, college: Hofstra) answered with 25 points for West. Zarko Jukic (200-F-93) delivered 23 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in the loss.
The game was preceded by traditional contests. Skyler Bowlin (190-G-89, college: Missouri So.) was the sharpest shooter clinching Three-Point Shootout Contest crown. Anthony Jones (208-F-89, college: Baylor) entertained the crowd with amazing dunks to get away with the Slam Dunk Contest main prize.



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  D-LEAGUE   

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. 17-14 
 6. Ft.Wayne MA 15-17 
 7. Springfield A. 9-21 
 8. Iowa E. 7-22 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 21-9 
 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. 11: Erie Bay H. - Bakersfield J. 93-104
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

Regular Season: Round 43

Feb. 12: Sioux Falls S. - Iowa E.
Feb. 12: Rio Grande VV - Maine RC
Feb. 12: Texas L. - Tulsa 66ers
Feb. 13: Texas L. - Rio Grande VV
Feb. 13: Austin T. - Maine RC
Feb. 13: Los Angeles D. - Reno B.


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.5.5 
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. Downs, Maine RC1.9 
 6. Sutton, Tulsa 66e.1.9 
 7. McNeal, Bakersfi.1.9 
 8. Johnson, Rio G.1.8 
 9. Hannah, Santa C.1.8 
 10. Wright, Maine RC1.8 
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 


Latest results from around the League - by Eurobasket News

Texas L. - Tulsa 66ers 106-82
Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) scored 36 points as the Texas Legends defeated the Tulsa 66ers 106-82 in NBA Development League action Sunday in Frisco, Texas. The Legends made 54 percent of their shot attempts in the game, while the 66ers made just 39 percent of their attempts. Tulsa did make 11-of-21 3-point attempts. Dentmon hit 13-of-20 from the field, including 4-of-7 from behind the arc. Andy Rautins had a great shooting night for Tulsa, hitting 8-of-11 attempts, including 7-of-10 3s, for 23 points. Ron Anderson (6'8''-F-89, college: S.Florida) added 15 points for Tulsa, and Rasual Butler finished with 10. Sean Singletary added 19 points for the Legends, while Jared Cunningham put up 13. The 66ers were within seven points, 79-72, when the fourth quarter started and the Legends went on a 25-5 run to take control of the contest. The 66ers managed just 10 points in the fourth quarter. The 66ers (15-15) finished with 20 assists, including six from Tony Taylor. The Legends (13-18) outrebounded Tulsa 42-40. Courtesy of: tulsaworld.com

Idaho S. - Santa Cruz W. 101-80
Both the Santa Cruz Warriors and the Idaho Stampede struggled offensively early on during Sunday's game at CenturyLink Arena. Only one team seemed to really ever come out of its funk, though. Much like Saturday, the Stampede built a lead behind strong 3-point shooting and solid offensive production from their bench. But unlike Saturday, the Warriors weren't able to battle back and make a game of it as Santa Cruz dropped its second straight to the Stampede, 101-80. It's the second lowest offensive output this season by the Warriors, who were limited to just 32 points in the first half -- 15 in the second quarter. The Warriors also dropped the front end of the back-to-back on Saturday to Idaho, 100-91. But that defeat wasn't enough to kickstart Santa Cruz on Sunday. "I thought we would be ready," Santa Cruz coach Nate Bjorkgren said. "After taking a tough loss last night, we didn't like the way we played -- I didn't like the way we played and the players didn't like the way they played. "I thought the start of tonight's game would be different. It wasn't." Santa Cruz trailed by 10 points less than nine minutes into the game and Idaho never surrendered its lead, eventually opening up a 32-point lead at one point. Taylor Griffin (6'8''-F-86, college: Oklahoma) led the Warriors with 13 points, on 6-of-13 shooting, and six rebounds, while Edwin Ubiles (6'6''-G/F-86, college: Siena) came off the bench to score 12 points. Cameron Jones and Moe Baker each contributed 1 points, while Mickell Gladness had a team-high 11 rebounds. The loss drops the Warriors (18-11) two games behind first-place Bakersfield (20-9) in the West Division. The Jam, whose game against Springfield on Saturday was postponed due to the blizzard in the northeast, will visit Erie on Monday. "We did some things in the film room and showed them some things," Bjorkgren said when asked if the team altered its approach from the previous night's defeat. "I thought we were ready." Santa Cruz won't be able to quickly bounce back with another game. It is off until Feb. 20, when they will host Los Angeles at Kaiser Permanente Arena at 7 p.m. During those 10 days off is the D-League All-Star Game, which will take place in Houston at the NBA All-Star Jam Session on Saturday. No Warriors were selected for the showcase, however. The league's 16 coaches selected the All-Star teams, which are made up of 10 players each between the Futures and Prospect teams. "We will regroup," Bjorkgren said, "and we will get better." Following Sunday's game against the Stampede, it's safe to say the Warriors were more than to ready return home. After the team's seven-game road trip started strong with four wins in five games, it ended with a sputter in Idaho (10-18), which is last in the West despite winning three of their four games against Santa Cruz this season. The Stampede appear to be righting their ship after starting the season 2-12. "Yeah, I hate to say it to jinx us. But nonetheless, we're a better team and that's always the objective," Idaho coach Michael Peck said. "Our start was dismal as anything. But we're a different team and I think we're a better team right now. "The thing is consistency. Good teams will establish some level of consistency. We're on the infancy stages of consistency, able to win our first back-to-back at home against a good team. So we'll see now, after this little break we've got, if we can build from there or if we teeter and go back the other way." Peck feels after this weekend, though, he's no doubt seeing a better team than from the beginning of the year. And for the second night in a row, the Stampede were anchored by their bench. Carlon Brown (6'5''-G-89, college: Colorado) and Durrell Summers (6'5''-G-89, college: Michigan St.) each poured in 18 points for Idaho, while Justin Harper came off the bench and contributed a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Coby Karl had 14 points and six assists, while Seth Tarver added 13 points. While Santa Cruz shot 36 percent to Idaho's 39.1, the Stampede pulled away from behind the arc and from the free-throw line. The second quarter is when Santa Cruz began to lose control, trailing by as much as 21 points. The offense, which moved the ball at times to earn easy, low-percentage shots, settled more often early on, leading to scoring droughts of 2:50, 1:53 and 3:08 during the second quarter alone. "We have a goal of holding teams 24 (points) or under in a quarter, and seven out of eight quarters we met that goal this weekend," Peck said. "And getting a team like that -- and that's a good team -- to shoot 36 (percent) today and 32 yesterday, you're guarding." Like Saturday, Idaho pushed out to a double-digit lead in the first half behind the 3-ball. Brown and Harper's knockdown baskets from behind the arc made it a 19-9 game less than nine minutes into the first quarter. It was 30-17 after the opening period after Idaho shot 4 of 5 from behind the arc, 12 of 14 from the free-throw line. It wasn't an especially impressive shooting performance early by either team, though. While Santa Cruz was 27 percent from the field, the Stampede was 36 percent as the two teams combined for 12 first-quarter turnovers. "I thought there was low energy out there and I thought we would come together as a team and take advantage out there a little bit and bring our own energy, as we have been doing on this road trip," Bjorkgren said. "But then shots just weren't going for us the last couple of nights like they were in previous games, and some things just didn't go our way." Courtesy of: santacruzsentinel.com

Reno B. - Los Angeles D. 93-86
The Reno Bighorns snapped their four-game losing streak Sunday afternoon, defeating the Los Angeles D-Fenders 93-86. The Bighorns (10-16) were led by Samardo Samuels (6'9''-F/C-89, college: Louisville) season-high 27 points and 12 rebounds. Jerome Jordan also had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Marcus Landry added 21 points. Will Blalock grabbed 10 rebounds and scored nine points. The D-Fenders (12-16) were paced by Lazar Hayward (6'6''-F-86, college: Marquette)'s 18 points. They had four other players score in double figures, Morris Almond (10), Elijah Milsap (10), Mike Taylor (12) and Orien Greene (11). Reno out-rebounded L.A. 53-39 and out-scored the D-Fenders 22-10 in the fourth quarter. The Bighorns also had 31 second-chance points, compared to just six for L.A. Reno's victory also snapped a nine-game losing streak against L.A. The Bighorns and D-Fenders will face each other again on Wednesday in Los Angeles. Reno returns home next Monday to take on the Maine Red Claws at 7 p.m. at the Reno Events Center. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Erie Bay H. - Bakersfield J. 93-104
After going back-and-forth for three quarters, Jerel McNeal overpowered the Erie Bayhawks (17-14) in the fourth quarter, scoring 16 of his game-high 28 points in that final period to give the Bakersfield Jam (21-9) a 104-93 victory. Monday night's game between Bakersfield and Erie, which was nationally televised live on CBS Sports Network, saw 23 lead changes and 16 times tied. It was a well-balanced attack in the first half as the Jam saw 9 of their 10 players each score at least a bucket, led by Chris Cooper's outstanding effort and play off the bench with 10 points (all in the second quarter). Second half remained close as the Jam's 49-46 lead at the half was only extended to five points to finish the third (77-72). However, with 3:31 left in the final frame and both teams locked in at 90, McNeal took complete control of the game as he scored the final 12 (4/4 FG's) of Bakersfield's 14 points. The Jam ended the game on 14-3 run and sealed their fourth consecutive win. In addition to McNeal's 28 points (12/20 FG's), he also grabbed six rebounds, dished out three assists, three steals and has now scored 20+ points in six straight games. Brian Butch (6'11''-C/F-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) recorded his 15^th double-double of the season, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Adam Koch also posted a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. Renaldo Major (6'7''-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: Fresno St.) had 18 points while Chris Cooper contributed 10 points (5/5 FG's) off the bench. Erie was paced by D.J. Kennedy (6'6''-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances, college: St.John's) who scored 21 points while Tirrell Baines had 15 points off the bench. Henry Sims posted a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds while Nick Covington tallied 13 points. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Maine RC - Springfield A. 104-100
Kris Joseph was working out before the Maine Red Claws' game. But he would not be suiting up. If the paperwork had been hurried, Joseph could have played for Maine's opponent. Maine traded Joseph to the Springfield Armor for power forward James Mays. Neither Joseph nor Mays was in the lineup Sunday afternoon, as the Red Claws topped the Armor 104-100 before 2,708 at the Portland Expo. Joseph, a 6-foot-7 guard/forward and a second-round draft pick of the Boston Celtics, said he learned of the deal on Friday. "Of course I was surprised," Joseph said. "But I understand. It's business." Joseph, 24, has learned all about the business of basketball in his rookie year. He made the Celtics roster out of preseason and bounced up-and-down between Boston and its D-League affiliate, the Red Claws. He was waived on Jan. 6, a day before the Celtics would have had to guarantee his contract for the rest of the year. Joseph sat out a month before returning to the Red Claws last week on a D-League contract. Mays, 26, is 6-foot-9, 230 pounds. He was averaging 16.4 points and 10.6 rebounds, and was recently selected to play in the D-League All-Star Game next week. Mays did not travel on the Armor team bus to Maine, but drove himself and arrived at the end of the game. He was not available for comment. The D-League has not officially announced the trade, so neither team would comment. Without Mays, Springfield looked in trouble, especially against the Red Claws (19-13), who have won 7 of 8 games against the Armor (9-21). "I would like another chance at them," said Springfield forward Carleton Scott (6'8''-F-88, college: Notre Dame). "But I'm kind of tired of seeing them, too. Seems like we're playing them every other day." Scott led all scorers with 26 points, 24 of them in the first half (on 6-of-8 3-point shooting). Chris Wright (6'8''-F-88, college: Dayton) paced the Red Claws with 25 points and 17 rebounds. Micah Down tallied 21 points. Shelvin Mack added 16 points and nine assists. Scott's shooting kept the Armor close in the first half, with Maine leading 56-50 at halftime. While Downs covered Scott well in the second half, the Armor would not go away, playing tight defense and working the ball inside. "We've played each other so much. There are no secrets out there," Maine Coach Mike Taylor said. "They're a very physical team, a very aggressive team. "It was just a grind. Sometimes it doesn't come easy." Springfield's aggressive defense sent Maine to the free-throw line 28 times. The Red Claws made 19 free throws, while Springfield was 5 for 8. "When you shoot 20 fewer times than the other team and still have a chance to win at the end, you've done a pretty good job," Armor Coach Robert MacKinnon said. Springfield's Ben Uzoh hit a 3-pointer with 13.7 seconds left to cut the deficit to 102-100. Maine then lost the ball, but Uzoh missed an inside jumper with 2.6 seconds left. Omar Reed sank two free throws to clinch it. Courtesy of: pressherald.com

Iowa E. - Rio Grande VV 100-120
Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88, college: Charleston) had 20 points for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in their 120-100 victory over the Iowa Energy on Sunday. The Vipers improved to 19-10 and concluded a six-game road swing at 4-2. The Vipers also had eight points and a game-high 13 rebounds from Greg Smith, who was assigned earlier in the day from the Houston Rockets. Tim Ohlbrecht had 18 points and eight rebounds. Glen Rice (6'5''-G-91, college: Georgia Tech) Jr. had 17 points. The Energy (7-22) was led by Justin Hurtt (6'5''-G-88, college: Tulsa)'s 22 points. The Energy broke out to a 39-27 lead after the first quarter before the Vipers outscored Iowa by 20 points in the second quarter to take a 62-54 halftime lead. The Vipers held the Energy to just 46 points in the second half. The Vipers fly back to the Valley today. They are expected to hold a practice tonight when the Rockets' Royce White is expected to join the team for the first time. White has been on assignment from the Rockets since late December. However, he had refused to report to the Valley because of an ongoing dispute, which has been resolved, between him and the Rockets regarding his mental health. White and the Rockets reached an agreement two weeks ago to rejoin the team. The Vipers will play against Maine at home Tuesday and then go to Texas on Wednesday before the All-Star break. Courtesy of: themonitor.com



Springfield Armor trade James Mays to Maine for Kris Joseph - by Eurobasket News

James Mays was the only Springfield Armor player to make the D-League All-Star team. Now the Armor have no All-Stars and the Maine Red Claws have five. On Monday the D-League made a trade official, the Armor sending Mays to Maine for Celtics second-round pick Kris Joseph. The trade, initiated by the Red Claws, may not be the best for the Armor, but it was viewed favorably by the Brooklyn Nets. Kris is someone the Nets have looked at and wanted to take a closer look at and in order to get a good player, sometimes you have to give up a good player, Armor coach Bob MacKinnon said. It all happened pretty quickly and Kris Joseph is someone we liked both at the Armor and the Nets. Neither player saw action on Sunday when the teams faced off in Maine, the Red Claws winning 104-100. The deal was done then but was not made official by the league until Monday afternoon. We are excited to have Kris Joseph join our team, Nets general manager of minor league operations Milton Lee said. Kris is a player we have watched at Syracuse and with the Celtics, and we think his athleticism and scoring ability should be a big boost for us.
Joseph, who attended Syracuse, was the 51st pick overall in the 2012 NBA draft by the Celtics. He saw action in six games with Boston and played another 12 with its D-League affiliate, the Red Claws, averaging 18.2 points and 5.3 rebounds.
Mays started all 26 games he played for the Armor and averaged 16.4 points and 10.6 rebounds. He was tied for first in the D-League in double-doubles with 13. With the acquisition of Mays, the Red Claws' five players in the All-Star Game are Mays, Chris Wright, Micah Downs, Shelvin Mack and DaJuan Summers. They will be coached by Maines Mike Taylor. The Armor lose a back-to-the-basket forward in Mays, but gain an explosive wing player in Joseph. A player who was a second-round pick last year, its not like youre going to get him for nothing, MacKinnon said. He was on the Celtics roster this year. Hes a very good player and James is a very good player. But sitting where we are at, we felt we had to make some changes. The Armor are 9-21, last in the East, and have the fewest wins next to Iowas seven.
With the (Bakersfield) game being rescheduled, we have 20 games to try and turn this thing around, MacKinnon said. Joseph is a wing player and James is an inside player. I think Joseph will give us scoring on the wing and the explosiveness that we have lacked all year. And were hoping that with the combination of Dennis Horner and Willie Reed and Kenny Adeleke and Paul Carter that we can hopefully make up for some of what James gave us from a rebounding and toughness standpoint, MacKinnon said. The D-League All-Star Game will be this weekend in Houston. The Armor will be back in action on Feb. 20 and 21 with back-to-back games with the Idaho Stampede. Courtesy of: masslive.com



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  EL SALVADOR   


First Division at the start - by Jaime Arevalo

Yesterday night started in San Salvador the 2013 First Division, and the main novelty in the Apertura season is the team And1 San Miguel that replaces Ex Sal in the line up.
San Miguel is the third most populous and the third most important city in El Salvador, located in southern part of the country. Its home court will be "Injuve Gymnasium". The And1 San Miguel officials accepted the invitation of FeSaBal to participate to First Division for the first time after 2009, the last time in which San Miguel competed in D1.
The Apertura 2013 will consist in two rounds in round robin format with eight teams at the start. At the end, the four top seeded will advance to semifinals. No import players will be allowed all Apertura long. The stranger players registrations will be allowed only at the start of Clausura season.
Otherwise what happened in the past, all the games of the Apertura season will be played on sunday afternoon and night, leaving room to the preparation and practicing of Salvadorean National Team.

In fact, El Salvador will participate to "Juegos Centroamericanos 2013" from March 3 to 17 in Costa Rica. Just after this competition, the Apertura games will be played also on thursday, friday and sunday. Here down is the full teams line up, headed by titleholders of San Marcos

SAN MARCOS
DENVER
UTEC
LEONES
CHALECO SANTA TECLA
DELGADENSE
ROLL ROYCE
AND1 SAN MIGUEL



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Estonian KML round 18 best performance: Erik Keedus - by Eurobasket News

Former international forward Erik Keedus (198-F-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for TTU, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 22-year old player was the main contributor (21 points, nine rebounds and six assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Hito/Johvi (#9, 1-18) with 32-point margin 103-71. TTU maintains the 4th position in Estonian KML. TTU is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 11-9 record. In the team's last game Keedus had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at TTU, through which he has constantly improved. Erik Keedus has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 6.8rpg) and assists (2nd best: 5.1apg).

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old Latvian Raitis Grafs (208-C-81) of Valga. Grafs had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Valga lost that game 56-69 to the lower-ranked Tln Kalev (#8, 5-16). Valga managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-12 record. Grafs is a newcomer at Valga, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another TTU's star - forward Kiur Akenparg (190-F-88). Akenparg scored 26 points and passed six assists. He was another key player of TTU, helping his team with a 103-71 easy win against the lower-ranked Hito/Johvi (#9, 1-18). TTU needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 9 lost games. Akenparg has a great season in Estonia. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.2ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mihkel Kurg (191-G-87) of Tln Kalev - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Kristjan Makke (205-F/C-81) of TTU - 17 points and 8 rebounds
6. Edgars Cunda (195-G-84) of Valga - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Morgan Grim (203-F-88) of Valga - 15 points and 6 rebounds
8. Juris Umbrasko (197-G/F-79) of Tarvas - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Mooses Kaja (198-F-88) of TTU - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Erik Keedus (198-F-90) of TTU - 9 points, 12 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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  EUROCUP   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nikos PAPPAS
  Panionios
  (195-G-90)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Pappas, Panionios19.8 
 2. Hodge, Stelmet ZG19.3 
 3. Diener, Banco d.19.2 
 4. Rakocevic, Crvena19.1 
 5. Davis, Banvit BK19.0 
 6. Thornton, Banco d.18.7 
 7. McKee, Triumph18.2 
 8. Batista, Le Mans17.2 
 9. Green, Orleans17.0 
 10. Eidson, Unics17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.8 
 2. Williams, Cajasol8.8 
 3. Landry, Triumph8.1 
 4. Maric, Lokomotiv8.0 
 5. Lyons, Budivelnyk7.5 
 6. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.5 
 7. Stimac, Banvit BK7.4 
 8. Vitkovac, Buducno.7.0 
 9. Hervelle, Gescr.6.8 
 10. Fells, Hapoel J-M6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Diener, Banco d.8.5 
 2. Calathes, Lokom.7.2 
 3. Everett, Cholet6.3 
 4. McKee, Triumph6.1 
 5. Pellin, Orleans5.7 
 6. Turner, Trefl Sopot5.7 
 7. Wright, Spartak SP5.6 
 8. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.2 
 9. Satoransky, Cajasol5.1 
 10. El-Amin, Le Mans5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos PAPPAS
  Panionios
  (195-G-90)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Pappas, Panionios2.7 
 2. McKee, Triumph2.3 
 3. Chatman, Unics2.0 
 4. Fells, Hapoel J-M1.8 
 5. Pullen, Hapoel J-M1.8 
 6. Mejia, Banvit BK1.8 
 7. Lojeski, Oostende1.8 
 8. Calathes, Lokom.1.7 
 9. Brown, Lokomotiv1.7 
 10. Greene, Orleans1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LAPETA
  Stelmet ZG
  (217-C-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Lapeta, Stelmet ZG1.5 
 2. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 3. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.2 
 4. Naymick, CEZ N.1.2 
 5. Vougioukas, Unics1.1 
 6. Balvin, Cajasol1.1 
 7. Fischer, BC Donet.1.0 
 8. Theis, Ratiopharm1.0 
 9. Booker, Panionios1.0 
 10. Anisimovas, Budiv.1.0 



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  EUROLEAGUE   


McGrath from PAOK to Zalgiris - by Giorgos Diploidis

PAOK Thessaloniki lost Donnie McGrath (193-G-84, college: Providence) who will join B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas This is the scond departure from the team of Thessaloniki after the one of Dimitris Haritopoulos (205-F/C-83, agency: Interperformances) some days ago for the team of Lukoil Academik Sofia

The player stated that:

"I have decided to accept a tremendous opportunity offered to me by B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas After speaking it over with people closest to me, the basketball opportunity to play in the Euroleague along with additional financial security was an opportunity I could not pass up. It was an extremely difficult decision for me because I truly appreciate the opportunity PAOK has given me and I have enjoyed my time here playing for the coaches and with my teammates. Unfortunately, the financial situation of Paok is not great and has been difficult, and I have offered them a way to save money. They still have the option to take this. I wish PAOK all of the best, and want to thank my coaches, teammates, and all of the great fans. I am now focused on the next step in my career and look forward to where it may take me".

However PAOK Thessaloniki is expected to not give the letter of clearence of the player to Zalgiris because they support that the player has not the right to leave the team because they have paid him his wages until January. The club of Thessaloniki needs now to search for a very good point guard, whereas Hatcher and Margaritis who play in the same positions as the ones who left for another teams are still injured and they will not be available for the next game against Peristeri.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


BBL Round Up Fri 08 Feb - by Paul Nilsen

Worcester Wolves shocked a sell-out crowd at Sport Central with a superb 94-88 victory against Newcastle Eagles.

Nothing could separate the teams over the first three quarters but a 7-0 burst gave Wolves a 78-71 lead late in the fourth quarter and they held off Eagles' furious attempts at a fightback.

Newcastle pulled to within one (81-80) but a three from Alex Owumi (196-G-84, college: Alcorn St.) keyed a 9-2 run to reclaim their seven point advantage with 22 seconds to play.

Glasgow Rocks kept up the pressure on the top four with a comfortable 97-58 victory at Mersey Tigers.

Led by 20 points from Donald Robinson the Rocks used a big second half to pull away from their hosts.

London Lions won a crucial play-off positions battle as they defeated Cheshire Phoenix 94-83 in the capital.

The teams were locked together in the BBL Championship table and on points up to half time before the Lions took over in the third quarter.

Manchester Giants put a big dent in any title hopes Surrey Heat may have with an 83-70 victory.

A dominating second quarter opened up a ten point lead and then a 13-4 burst in the final period sealed the points.



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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, KTP8.5 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto8.5 
 6. Thornton, FoKoPo8.4 
 7. Johnson, Namika L.8.3 
 8. Thorpe, FoKoPo8.1 
 9. Logins, LrNM.8.1 
 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. Tolbert, Lapua1.6 
 10. Barrett, KTP1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Sefton BARRETT
  KTP
  (196-SF-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Barrett, KTP1.4 
 2. Ford, Kauhajoki1.1 
 3. Jones, LrNM.1.0 
 4. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.0 
 5. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 6. Ulmer, Pyrinto0.9 
 7. Giles, KTP0.9 
 8. Dyer, Korihait0.9 
 9. McDade, Nilan B.0.9 
 10. Taft, Korihait0.8 


Standings - Division I

1st Standings
Division A
 1. Porvoon Tarmo 15-4 
 2. ToPo 13-5 
 3. BC Nokia 11-6 
 4. Oulun NMKY 10-8 
 5. Tapiolan Honka 10-8 
 6. Huima 7-11 
 7. Pyrinto II 6-13 
 8. Ura Basket 6-13 
 9. SayRi 4-14 
Division B
 1. Kerava ET 17-5 
 2. TuNMKY 15-7 
 3. KaU Koris 15-8 
 4. Jarvenpaa 13-9 
 5. BC Jyvaskyla 9-14 
 6. HBA-Marsky 8-14 
 7. Espoo Basket 6-16 
 8. JyWe 6-16 

Regular Season: Round 21

A

Feb. 10: Huima - Oulun NMKY 99-78
Feb. 8: Porvoon Tarmo - SayRi 80-79
Feb. 10: Ura Basket - Pyrinto II 56-78

B

Feb. 10: Kerava ET - Jarvenpaa 96-91
Feb. 10: HBA-Marsky - JyWe 86-94
Feb. 10: Espoo Basket - KaU Koris 77-67
Feb. 8: HBA-Marsky - BC Jyvaskyla 74-82
Feb. 10: BC Jyvaskyla - TuNMKY 73-85

Regular Season: Round 22

A

Feb. 15: Porvoon Tarmo - Pyrinto II
Feb. 15: ToPo - SayRi
Feb. 16: Tapiolan Honka - Oulun NMKY
Feb. 17: Huima - Ura Basket

B

Feb. 17: JyWe - Kerava ET
Feb. 17: TuNMKY - HBA-Marsky
Feb. 17: Jarvenpaa - Espoo Basket


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Nolan RICHARDSON
  Ura B.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Richardson, Ura B.26.3 
 2. Moultrie, BC Nokia25.2 
 3. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.23.9 
 4. Jallow, Jarvenpaa23.6 
 5. Taylor, Porvoon22.7 
 6. Mays, Huima22.1 
 7. Mua, Kerava ET21.3 
 8. Clark, Tapiolan Ho.20.7 
 9. Tate, Porvoon19.5 
 10. Harjula, Pyrinto19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pierre JALLOW
  Jarvenpaa
  (203-F/C-79)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. Jallow, Jarvenpaa15.1 
 2. Corpening, BC Jyva.14.8 
 3. Moultrie, BC Nokia14.4 
 4. Towa, Kerava ET12.5 
 5. Stephens, Huima11.9 
 6. Syrjala, KaU Koris11.8 
 7. Keskitalo, JyWe11.7 
 8. Young, Porvoon10.9 
 9. Capers, ToPo10.8 
 10. Coleman, ToPo10.7 
Assists Per Game
 Lauri JARVINEN
  KaU Koris
  (185-C-85)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Jarvinen, KaU Koris5.4 
 2. Herrala, HBA-M.5.0 
 3. Ginty, ToPo4.6 
 4. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.4.6 
 5. Hanninen, Jarvenp.4.2 
 6. Kyllonen, Porvoon4.1 
 7. Russell, Oulun N.3.8 
 8. Harjula, Pyrinto II3.8 
 9. Mays, Huima3.6 
 10. Viita, Jarvenpaa3.6 
Steals Per Game
 La Trice LITTLE
  Kerava ET
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Little, Kerava ET3.1 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.2.9 
 3. Taylor, Porvoon2.3 
 4. Herrala, HBA-M.2.2 
 5. Corpening, BC Jyva.2.2 
 6. Thomas, SayRi2.1 
 7. Richardson, Ura B.2.0 
 8. Michelsen, HBA-M.1.9 
 9. Russell, Oulun N.1.8 
 10. Mua, Kerava ET1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Harri KESKITALO
  JyWe
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Keskitalo, JyWe2.7 
 2. Mua, Kerava ET2.1 
 3. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.2.0 
 4. Woods, BC Nokia1.8 
 5. Corpening, BC Jyva.1.7 
 6. Jallow, Jarvenpaa1.5 
 7. Capers, ToPo1.4 
 8. Moultrie, BC Nokia1.3 
 9. Young, Porvoon1.3 
 10. Kauhanen, HBA-M.1.2 


J'Nathan Bullock claims Finnish Korisliiga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports) had a very impressive game in the last round for Kauhajoki and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 33 points and ten rebounds, while his team crushed Salon Vilpas (#10, 8-21) with 20-point margin 106-86. Kauhajoki maintains the 5th position in Finnish Korisliiga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kauhajoki will need more victories to improve their 18-11 record. In the team's last game Bullock had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Kauhajoki's top player in his first season with the team. Cleveland State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bullock is in league's top in points (8th best: 17.2ppg) and averages solid 53.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old Puerto Rican forward Gilberto Clavell (201-F-89, agency: KMG Sports Management) of Kouvot. Clavell impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 33 points and 12 rebounds. Of course Kouvot cruised to a 91-79 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Pyrinto (#4, 20-8). This victory allowed Kouvot to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-16 record. Clavell is a newcomer at Kouvot and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.0ppg (#4). He also registered 6.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Dominique Coleman (190-G-84) of Lapua (#9). Coleman showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Lapua, leading his team to a 100-72 easy win against the lower-ranked Namika Lahti (#12, 7-22). The chances of Lapua not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 20 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Coleman could try to bring Lapua's a little bit higher in the standings. Coleman has individually a great season in Finland. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.1apg (2nd best). He also has 2.7spg, FGP: 56.9% and 3PT: 44.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86) of Pyrinto - 22 points and 14 rebounds
5. Charles Burgess (186-PG-84) of FoKoPo - 36 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Jeb Ivey (190-G-80) of Nilan Bisons - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Samuel Haanpaa (203-SG-86) of Lapua - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Marcus Relphorde (198-F-88) of Salon Vilpas - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jason Conley (196-G-81) of LrNMKY - 24 points and 11 rebounds
10. Martin Zeno (196-G-85) of Nilan Bisons - 22 points, 5 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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Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Gravelines 14-5 
 2. Strasbourg 14-5 
 3. Chalon 12-6 
 4. Le Mans 12-7 
 5. ASVEL 11-8 
 6. Paris-Levallois 11-8 
 7. Orleans 9-10 
 8. Roanne 9-10 
 9. Dijon 9-10 
 10. Nanterre 9-10 
 11. Limoges 8-10 
 12. Cholet 8-11 
 13. Nancy 7-12 
 14. Le Havre 7-12 
 15. Poitiers 6-13 
 16. Boulazac 5-14 

Regular Season: Round 19

Feb. 9: Chalon - Boulazac 89-75
Feb. 9: Cholet - Gravelines 83-85
Feb. 9: Le Mans - Nanterre 81-91
Feb. 11: Nancy - Strasbourg 73-74
Feb. 9: Poitiers - Paris-Levallois 71-73
Feb. 9: ASVEL - Le Havre 70-66
Feb. 9: Orleans - Limoges 67-72
Feb. 9: Roanne - Dijon 63-56

Regular Season: Round 20

Feb. 23: Gravelines - Le Mans
Feb. 23: ASVEL - Poitiers
Feb. 23: Strasbourg - Chalon
Feb. 23: Boulazac - Cholet
Feb. 23: Paris-Levallois - Dijon
Feb. 23: Le Havre - Nancy
Feb. 23: Nanterre - Orleans
Feb. 23: Limoges - Roanne


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Sean MAY
  Paris-Levallois
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. May, Paris-Levallo.19.1 
 2. Buycks, Gravelines18.6 
 3. Williams, Paris-.16.8 
 4. Fitch, Strasbourg16.2 
 5. Nivins, Poitiers16.1 
 6. King, Le Havre16.0 
 7. Ajinca, Strasbourg15.8 
 8. Jackson, AS.15.7 
 9. Sommerville, Nancy15.3 
 10. Green, Orleans15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jon BROCKMAN
  Limoges
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Brockman, Limoges10.2 
 2. Monroe, Boulazac8.2 
 3. Greer, Strasbourg7.6 
 4. Williams, Chalon7.5 
 5. May, Paris-Levallo.7.5 
 6. Sommerville, Nancy7.3 
 7. Collins, Roanne7.2 
 8. Dobbins, Poitiers7.1 
 9. Nsonwu-Amadi, AS.6.9 
 10. Marquis, Nancy6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Souleyman DIABATE
  Nancy
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Diabate, Nancy6.6 
 2. King, Le Havre6.6 
 3. Pellin, Orleans6.3 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.5.6 
 5. Tchicamboud, Cha.5.1 
 6. Schilb, Chalon4.9 
 7. Greer, Strasbourg4.8 
 8. Bokolo, Gravelines4.7 
 9. Campbell, Stras.4.4 
 10. Everett, Cholet3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Souleyman DIABATE
  Nancy
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Diabate, Nancy2.1 
 2. Leloup, Dijon2.0 
 3. Williams, Paris-.1.8 
 4. Campbell, Stras.1.7 
 5. Pellin, Orleans1.7 
 6. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.7 
 7. Eldridge, Boulazac1.6 
 8. Diot, Paris-Levall.1.6 
 9. Jomby, Cholet1.5 
 10. Dobbins, Poitiers1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Cholet
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gobert, Cholet2.1 
 2. Akpomedah, Grave.1.4 
 3. Ajinca, Strasbourg1.3 
 4. Sy, AS.1.3 
 5. Walker, Limoges1.2 
 6. Badiane, Poitiers1.1 
 7. Williams, Chalon1.0 
 8. Vaty, Gravelines0.9 
 9. Fofana, Le Havre0.9 
 10. Issa, Le Mans0.8 


Standings - N1

NM1 Standings
 1. Vichy 15-4 
 2. Orchy 14-4 
 3. Quimper 13-5 
 4. Souffel 13-5 
 5. Cognac 12-6 
 6. La Rochelle 12-7 
 7. Sorgues 10-8 
 8. Rueil 10-9 
 9. Monaco 9-8 
 10. Blois 9-9 
 11. Chartres 8-11 
 12. Angers BC 49 6-12 
 13. St Chamond 6-12 
 14. Challans 6-13 
 15. Rennes 4-15 
 16. CFBB 0-19 

Regular Season: Round 21

Feb. 9: Sorgues - Blois 89-63
Feb. 9: Vichy - Cognac 85-71
Feb. 9: La Rochelle - St Chamond 83-66
Feb. 9: Rueil - Challans 80-66
Feb. 9: Chartres - Monaco 66-64
Feb. 9: CFBB - Souffel 64-83
Feb. 9: Rennes - Orchy 52-87

Regular Season: Round 22

Feb. 15: Angers BC 49 - Sorgues
Feb. 15: Blois - Chartres
Feb. 15: Souffel - La Rochelle
Feb. 15: St Chamond - Vichy
Feb. 15: Quimper - CFBB
Feb. 15: Monaco - Rennes
Feb. 15: Cognac - Rueil


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Ryan ZAMROZ
  Sorgues
  (192-G/F-87)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Zamroz, Sorgues19.7 
 2. Raji, Quimper18.0 
 3. Kaunisto, Blois17.7 
 4. Petrovic, Orchy17.2 
 5. Herard, Challans16.9 
 6. Hill, Angers BC 4916.7 
 7. Pene, Rennes16.6 
 8. Cole, La Rochelle16.4 
 9. Inglis, CFBB16.2 
 10. Ocokoljic, Rueil16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.5 
 2. Raji, Quimper9.1 
 3. Sall, Rennes7.7 
 4. Inglis, CFBB7.6 
 5. Calasan, Monaco7.5 
 6. Diame, Rueil7.3 
 7. N''Diaye, Souffel7.2 
 8. Caskill, Cognac7.2 
 9. Cole, La Rochelle7.2 
 10. Tornato, Blois7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony CHRISTOPHE
  Monaco
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Christophe, Monaco7.1 
 2. Cherry, Quimper6.3 
 3. Rathieuville, Chal.5.7 
 4. Barbry, Orchy5.6 
 5. Fellah, Angers B.4.8 
 6. Thomas, Vichy4.8 
 7. Saounera, Rueil4.2 
 8. Inglis, CFBB4.2 
 9. Brochard, Blois4.2 
 10. Mouillard, Cognac4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Rida EL AMRANI
  Vichy
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. El Amrani, Vichy2.7 
 2. Bennett, Monaco2.1 
 3. Lessort, Vichy1.9 
 4. Saounera, Rueil1.8 
 5. Lonzieme, Angers B.1.8 
 6. Pene, Rennes1.8 
 7. Herard, Challans1.7 
 8. Rathieuville, Chal.1.7 
 9. Mouillard, Cognac1.7 
 10. Thibedore, Quimper1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Moise DIAME
  Rueil
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Diame, Rueil1.5 
 2. N''Diaye, Souffel1.4 
 3. Davis, Blois1.4 
 4. Inglis, CFBB1.3 
 5. Alingue, Souffel1.2 
 6. Rinna, St Chamond1.2 
 7. Tornato, Blois1.2 
 8. Traore, Angers B.1.0 
 9. Kaunisto, Blois0.9 
 10. Smock, CFBB0.8 


Schilb's 25 points and 9 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

29-year old swingman Blake Schilb (200-G/F-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) had a great game in the last round for Chalon and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
He had the game-high 25 points adding four rebounds and nine assists for Chalon in his team's victory, helping them to beat Boulazac (#16, 5-14) 89-75. Chalon is placed at 3rd position in French league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Chalon will need more victories to improve their 12-6 record. In the team's last game Schilb had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Chalon, through which he has constantly improved. Loyola University of Chicago graduate has very impressive stats this year. Schilb is in league's top in assists (6th best: 4.9apg) and averages solid 53.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Anthony Dobbins (194-G-81) of Poitiers. He is American-Italian guard in his first season at Poitiers. In the last game Dobbins recorded impressive 20 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as Poitiers was edged by the higher-ranked Paris-Levallois (#6, 11-8) 73-71. Poitiers is still in a red zone at 15th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-13 record. Dobbins is a newcomer at Poitiers and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Trenton Meacham (188-G-85) of Nanterre (#10). Meacham scored 28 points. He was a key player of Nanterre, leading his team to a 91-81 win against the higher-ranked Le Mans (#4, 12-7). The chances of Nanterre ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Meacham could help Nanterre to bring them higher in the standings. Meacham has a very solid season. In 15 games in France he scored 12.5ppg. He also has FGP: 53.6% and 3PT: 44.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jon Brockman (201-F-87) of Limoges - 15 points and 18 rebounds
5. Sean May (206-F-84) of Paris-Levallois - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Marcellus Sommerville (200-F-82) of Nancy - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88) of Gravelines - 21 points and 8 rebounds
8. Darryl Monroe (202-C/F-86) of Boulazac - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Ahmad Nivins (206-F-87) of Poitiers - 17 points and 9 rebounds
10. Alexis Ajinca (215-C-88) of Strasbourg - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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



ProA Round 19: Gravelines-Dunkerque beats Cholet by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

Ninth-ranked Cholet (8-11) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (14-5) on Saturday. The visitors from Gravelines managed to secure only two-point victory 85-83. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 28-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Gravelines-Dunkerque dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Cholet's 40. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 8 rebounds. American power forward J.K. Edwards (202-82, college: UNLV) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Marcus Goree (201-77, college: W.Virginia) answered with 16 points and 8 assists for Cholet. Gravelines-Dunkerque have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-5 record, which they share with Strasbourg. Cholet at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with 11 games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque is looking forward to face Le Mans (#4) at home in the next round. Cholet will play against Boulazac Basket (#16) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Thirteenth-ranked Sluc Nancy (7-12) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Strasbourg IG (14-5). The visitors from Strasbourg managed to secure only one-point victory 74-73. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a great evening for the former international center Alexis Ajinca (215-88, agency: Priority Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks. Louis Campbell helped adding 13 points and 7 assists. At the losing side American forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Sluc Nancy's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for Strasbourg IG. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Gravelines. Sluc Nancy lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the thirteenth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Le Havre. Strasbourg IG will play against Chalon/Saor (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sluc Nancy will play against STB Le Havre (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Le Mans (12-7) against eleventh ranked JSF Nanterre (9-10) on Saturday night. Host Le Mans was defeated by JSF Nanterre in Le Mans 91-81. It was an exceptional evening for Trenton Meacham who led the winners and scored 28 points (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!). Joao Paulo Batista came up with 19 points and 9 rebounds for Le Mans in the defeat. JSF Nanterre moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Le Mans dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. JSF Nanterre will meet at home Entente Orleans 45 (#7) in the next round. Le Mans will play against the league's leader Gravelines-Dunkerque having rather not much hope for a victory.
Fifteenth-ranked Poitiers (6-13) used its home court advantage to challenge sixth ranked Paris-Levallois (11-8). The visitors from Levallois managed to secure only two-point victory 73-71. However their fans expected much easier game. Sean May fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Paris-Levallois moved-up to fifth place, which they share with ASVEL. Poitiers at the other side keeps the fifteenth position with 13 games lost. Paris-Levallois' next round opponent will be JDA Dijon (#9) at home. Poitiers will play against ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#5).
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Entente Orleans 45 (9-10) and Limoges CSP Elite (8-10), which took place in Orleans. Higher ranked Entente Orleans 45 lost at home to twelfth ranked Limoges CSP Elite 67-72 on Saturday. American players dominated the game. It was a very good performance for Jon Brockman who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 18 rebounds. Limoges CSP Elite moved-up to eleventh place. Loser Entente Orleans 45 keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Limoges CSP Elite will face higher ranked Chorale de Roanne (#8) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

Other games in round 19 were not that significant. Dijon was beaten by Roanne on the road 63-56. ASVEL won against Le Havre on its own court 70-66. Bottom-ranked Boulazac unfortunately lost to Chalon in a road game 75-89.
The most impressive performance of 19th round was 25 points and 9 assists by Blake Schilb of Chalon.


Nancy - Strasbourg 73-74

Thirteenth-ranked Sluc Nancy (7-12) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Strasbourg IG (14-5). The visitors from Strasbourg managed to secure only one-point victory 74-73. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests were ahead by 7 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 20-17 run, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for the former international center Alexis Ajinca (215-88, agency: Priority Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks. American guard Louis Campbell (190-79, college: Buffalo, agency: Pro One Sports) helped adding 13 points and 7 assists. At the losing side American forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import guard Jamal Shuler (191-86) scored 17 points. Sluc Nancy's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for Strasbourg IG. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Gravelines. Sluc Nancy lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the thirteenth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Le Havre. Strasbourg IG will play against Chalon/Saor (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sluc Nancy will play against STB Le Havre (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: A.Ajinca 23+5reb+2ast, L.Campbell 13+4reb+7ast, R.Greer 8+4reb, G.Fitch 7+8reb+1ast, J.Shurna 6, R.Duport 6+3reb
Nancy: M.Sommerville 18+13reb+2ast, J.Shuler 17+3reb+1ast, C.Marquis 14+6reb, H.Toure 7+1reb, T.Martin 6+2reb, N.Pope 5+9reb+4ast
gschID: 178988


Orleans - Limoges 67-72

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Entente Orleans 45 (9-10) and Limoges CSP Elite (8-10), which took place in Orleans. Higher ranked Entente Orleans 45 lost at home to twelfth ranked Limoges CSP Elite 67-72 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-67. Limoges CSP Elite outrebounded Entente Orleans 45 46-35 including a 36-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. American players dominated the game. It was a very good performance for forward Jon Brockman (201-87, college: Washington) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 18 rebounds. Guard Kyle McAlarney (185-87, college: Notre Dame) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Forward Brian Greene (204-81, college: Colorado St.) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds and guard Christopher Hill (191-83, college: Michigan St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 14 points and 6 assists in the effort for Entente Orleans 45. Four Entente Orleans 45 players scored in double figures. Limoges CSP Elite moved-up to eleventh place. Loser Entente Orleans 45 keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Limoges CSP Elite will face higher ranked Chorale de Roanne (#8) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Limoges: K.McAlarney 18+2reb+1ast, N.Boungou Colo 15+5reb, J.Brockman 15+18reb+1ast, T.Plaisted 8+9reb, B.Wanamaker 8+6reb+6ast, S.Traore 6+2reb
Orleans: C.Hill 14+3reb+6ast, B.Greene 14+7reb+3ast, J.Young 12+3reb+2ast, A.Eito 10+2ast, M.Lebrun 6+4reb+1ast, F.Raposo Laurencio 5+6reb
gschID: 178995


Le Mans - Nanterre 81-91

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Le Mans (12-7) against eleventh ranked JSF Nanterre (9-10) on Saturday night. Host Le Mans was defeated by JSF Nanterre in Le Mans 91-81. The game was mostly controlled by JSF Nanterre. Le Mans managed to win fourth quarter 30-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. JSF Nanterre forced 19 Le Mans turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Trenton Meacham (188-85, college: Illinois) who led the winners and scored 28 points (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!). The former international forward Mamoutou Diarra (200-80) accounted for 12 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winning side. Four JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. Brazilian power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) came up with 19 points and 9 rebounds and U.S. Virgin Islands forward Cuthbert Victor (197-83, college: Murray St.) added 13 points respectively for Le Mans in the defeat. JSF Nanterre moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Le Mans dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. JSF Nanterre will meet at home Entente Orleans 45 (#7) in the next round. Le Mans will play against the league's leader Gravelines-Dunkerque having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: T.Meacham 28+4reb+2ast, C.Warren 14+2reb+1ast, X.Corosine 12, C.Oliver 12+5reb+1ast, M.Diarra 12+4reb+5ast, S.Brun 7+5reb+3ast
Le Mans: J.Paulo Batista 19+9reb+1ast, C.Long 17+1ast, C.Victor 13+3reb+3ast, P.Sy 9+3reb+2ast, C.Kahudi 8+5reb+3ast, K.El-Amin 7+3reb+7ast
gschID: 178994


Poitiers - Paris-Levallois 71-73

Fifteenth-ranked Poitiers (6-13) used its home court advantage to challenge sixth ranked Paris-Levallois (11-8). The visitors from Levallois managed to secure only two-point victory 73-71. However their fans expected much easier game. Poitiers was ahead by 17 points after three quarters before a 29-10 charge of Paris-Levallois, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Sean May (206-84, college: N.Carolina) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import forward Jawad Williams (204-83, college: N.Carolina) chipped in 9 points and 5 assists. American-Italian guard Anthony Dobbins (194-81, college: Richmond) produced 20 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists and American forward Ahmad Nivins (206-87, college: St.Joseph's) added 17 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Poitiers players scored in double figures. Paris-Levallois moved-up to fifth place, which they share with ASVEL. Poitiers at the other side keeps the fifteenth position with 13 games lost. Paris-Levallois' next round opponent will be JDA Dijon (#9) at home. Poitiers will play against ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#5).
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: S.May 18+11reb+2ast, A.Diot 15+2reb, A.Albicy 11+2reb+5ast, J.Williams 9+4reb+5ast, J.Cox 9+3reb+1ast, L.Labeyrie 6+4reb
Poitiers: A.Dobbins 20+8reb+8ast, A.Nivins 17+9reb+1ast, A.Smith 10+6reb+2ast, A.Grant 10+2reb+3ast, P.Guillard 5+6reb+1ast, K.Harley 5+1ast
gschID: 178993


Roanne - Dijon 63-56

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Chorale de Roanne (9-10) beat at home 8th ranked JDA Dijon (9-10) 63-56 on Saturday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-8. But JDA Dijon won second period 13-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chorale de Roanne made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by JDA Dijon's players. Quite impressive performance for American power forward Coleman Collins (206-86, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 7 rebounds. The former international William Gradit (197-82, college: Hill JC) contributed with 8 points for the winners. American power forward Andre Harris (201-85, college: Fair Dickinson) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds and center Ferdinand Prenom (205-91) added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for JDA Dijon. JDA Dijon's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Chorale de Roanne moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated JDA Dijon. Chorale de Roanne will face Limoges CSP Elite (#11) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Roanne: C.Collins 17+7reb, M.Howard 13+1reb, W.Gradit 8+4reb+3ast, P.Amagou 6+2reb+3ast, Y.Sangare 5+2reb+8ast, S.Gray 5+1reb+4ast
Dijon: A.Harris 14+5reb+1ast, L.Owens 9+5reb, Z.Moss 9+4reb+1ast, F.Prenom 8+8reb, D.Melody 8+2reb, T.Campbell 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 178992


ASVEL - Le Havre 70-66

Very expected game when 14th ranked STB Le Havre (7-12) lost on the road to fifth ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (11-8) 70-66 on Saturday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But STB Le Havre won third quarter 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 STB Le Havre turnovers. Quite impressive performance for the former international guard Edwin Jackson (191-89) who helped to win the game recording 17 points. Naturalized Mali forward Amara Sy (202-81) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Bernard King (196-81, college: Texas A&M) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 assists and the other American import center Graham Brown (205-84, college: Michigan) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for STB Le Havre. Four STB Le Havre players scored in double figures. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket maintains fifth place with 11-8 record, which they share with Paris-Levallois. Loser STB Le Havre dropped to the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will face Poitiers (#15) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. STB Le Havre will play against Sluc Nancy and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: E.Jackson 17+3reb+2ast, A.Sy 15+5reb+2ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 14+6reb+1ast, P.Lacombe 5+2reb+4ast, L.Jean-Charles 4+4reb+1ast, A.Chassang 4+1ast
Le Havre: B.King 19+3reb+10ast, G.Brown 15+7reb+2ast, B.Smith 14+1reb, M.Kouguere 14+4reb, V.Moldoveanu 2+2reb+1ast, F.Paschal 2+4reb
gschID: 178991


Chalon - Boulazac 89-75

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Chalon/Saor (12-6) won against at home bottom-ranked Boulazac Basket (5-14) 89-75 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Chalon/Saor. Boulazac Basket was better in third quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chalon/Saor made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Quite impressive performance for American swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 9 assists. Jordan Aboudou (198-91) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agency: SportsTalent) answered with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import guard Anthony Roberson (189-83, college: Florida) added 23 points in the effort for Boulazac Basket. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Chalon/Saor. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Newly promoted Boulazac Basket stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Chalon/Saor will face league's second-placed Strasbourg IG on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Boulazac Basket will play against Cholet (#12).
Top scorers:
Chalon: B.Schilb 25+4reb+9ast, J.Aboudou 17+7reb+1ast, N.Lang 15+6reb+3ast, M.Denmon 13+3reb+5ast, S.Williams 9+5reb+2ast, K.Houston 6+1reb+1ast
Boulazac: A.Roberson 23+1reb+1ast, D.Monroe 16+6reb+6ast, D.Harris 12+2reb, A.McKenzie 11+3reb+4ast, T.Smith 6+7reb+3ast, T.Dubiez 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 178990


Cholet - Gravelines 83-85

Ninth-ranked Cholet (8-11) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (14-5) on Saturday. The visitors from Gravelines managed to secure only two-point victory 85-83. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 28-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Gravelines-Dunkerque dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Cholet's 40. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 8 rebounds. American power forward J.K. Edwards (202-82, college: UNLV) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Marcus Goree (201-77, college: W.Virginia) answered with 16 points and 8 assists and the other American import guard A.J. Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky) added 19 points and 4 assists in the effort for Cholet. Four Cholet players scored in double figures. Gravelines-Dunkerque have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-5 record, which they share with Strasbourg. Cholet at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with 11 games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque is looking forward to face Le Mans (#4) at home in the next round. Cholet will play against Boulazac Basket (#16) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Gravelines: L.Vaty 21+8reb+1ast, J.Edwards 18+3reb+3ast, D.Buycks 14+1reb+4ast, K.Winston 9+4reb+1ast, J.Johnson 8+1ast, Y.Bokolo 8+2reb+8ast
Cholet: A.Slaughter 19+3reb+4ast, M.Goree 16+4reb+8ast, T.Bryant 11+5reb+1ast, K.Souchu 10+3reb+1ast, D.Obasohan 9+1ast, R.Gobert 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 178989



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D1 Standings

Prva Standings
 1. Kozuv 8-2 
 2. Lirija 7-3 
 3. Feni Indistrija 7-3 
 4. Kumanovo 6-4 
 5. ABA Strumica 5-5 
 6. Rabotnicki 4-6 
 7. Vardar 2-8 
 8. Pelister Bitola 1-9 
Play in international cups:
 1. MZT Skopje

Regular Season: Round 10

Feb. 9: Pelister Bitola - Vardar 89-80
Feb. 9: ABA Strumica - Kozuv 83-91
Feb. 9: Kumanovo - Lirija 78-79
Feb. 9: Rabotnicki - Feni Indistrija 74-78

Regular Season: Round 11

Feb. 16: Rabotnicki - Pelister Bitola
Feb. 16: Kozuv - Vardar
Feb. 16: Feni Indistrija - Kumanovo
Feb. 16: Lirija - ABA Strumica


Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar KOSTOSKI
  Kumanovo
  (186-G-88)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Kostoski, Kumanovo20.2 
 2. Bogoev, ABA S.19.2 
 3. Jelesijevic, Rabot.18.3 
 4. Dimcevski, Kuman.16.8 
 5. Sharper, Rabotnicki15.5 
 6. Radunovic, Lirija15.3 
 7. Kerkez, Vardar15.1 
 8. Sokolov, Feni I.14.6 
 9. Tasovski, Lirija14.3 
 10. Bozovic, Kozuv14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dragan KERKEZ
  Vardar
  (--89)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Kerkez, Vardar11.2 
 2. Lukovic, Kumanovo9.5 
 3. Radunovic, Lirija7.5 
 4. Trajkovski, Feni I.7.4 
 5. Knezevic, Feni I.7.1 
 6. Jelesijevic, Rabot.7.0 
 7. Zivcevic, Rabotnic.6.4 
 8. Dimcevski, Kuman.6.1 
 9. Kostevski, Vardar6.0 
 10. Zaharievski, Peli.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Eftim BOGOEV
  ABA S.
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 6
 1. Bogoev, ABA S.6.0 
 2. Mijajlovic, Kozuv4.7 
 3. Karadzovski, Kozuv3.6 
 4. Morban, Lirija3.4 
 5. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.4 
 6. Samardziev, Feni I.3.3 
 7. Jelesijevic, Rabot.2.9 
 8. Petrovski, Vardar2.8 
 9. Petrovski, Rabotni.2.7 
 10. Sokolov, Feni I.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Boban STAJIC
  Lirija
  (185-PG-93)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Stajic, Lirija1.9 
 2. Bogoev, ABA S.1.8 
 3. Ugrinovski, Lirija1.7 
 4. Dimcevski, Kuman.1.6 
 5. Kostoski, Kumanovo1.5 
 6. Balazs, ABA S.1.4 
 7. Jevdic, ABA S.1.4 
 8. Gocevski, ABA S.1.3 
 9. Zivcevic, Rabotnic.1.3 
 10. Pajic, Vardar1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo1.8 
 2. Pavlovski, Kozuv1.0 
 3. Radojevik, Lirija1.0 
 4. Jelesijevic, Rabot.0.9 
 5. Trajkovski, Feni I.0.8 
 6. Simic, Lirija0.8 
 7. Radunovic, Lirija0.6 
 8. Knezevic, Feni I.0.5 
 9. Talevski, Pelist.0.5 
 10. Amoke, Rabotnicki0.4 



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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. Matiashvili, Kutai.20.1 
 4. Archibeque, MIA A.19.6 
 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.11.7 
 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, Armia6.3 
 3. Sokk, Olimpi6.2 
 4. Pashayev, Kutaisi5.9 
 5. Gaprindashvi., Sam.5.4 
 6. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.5.1 
 7. Bakradze, TSU T.5.0 
 8. Bowie, Rustavi4.5 
 9. Ramishvili, Batumi4.0 
 10. Millage, Armia4.0 
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. Chikviladze, Dinam.1.5 
 10. Dvalishvili, Olim.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Vakhtang KADARIA
  Sokhumi
  (205-C-89)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kadaria, Sokhumi1.5 
 2. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.5 
 3. Kjellbom, Armia1.3 
 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 


I Won't Stop Until I Make Kansas City Famous - by Nate Bowie

I wanted to kind of turn the table over for this blog a little bit. Some people know where Kansas city is and others don't. But frankly the town produce just straight raw talent. Regardless or not if some highly respectable scout or agent want to pay homage, you just have to sigh and give us props. In the town we all know that it's a tough place to grow up from. People might even say that it's not much to do to keep ones mind busy. But that's the reason why we are so hungry to succeed at any and everything we put our mind too. Got players in the NBA, to Euroleague to Eurocup to even smaller leagues we are everywhere putting a stamp on basketball. I'm sure one might proclaim they have 20 to 30 friends, but I doubt if they have 20 close friends doing the same profession as they are. It makes me proud that I can wake up any giving day and check Eurobasket and see my guys putting on for the town. Simply just a blessing. You see one of your guys tearing a league up it makes you try even harder to do the same. I sound like a veteran right now (lol) but its true.
Just wanted to take the time out to congratulate my guy Leo for winning player of the week this week for Budivelnyk in Ukraine. Got a few more of those to get to catch me, but I applaud your efforts son lol. Also want to applaud my guy Day for making a nice push this half of the season in Switzerland. Stay with it and continue to stay focus. And lastly one love to Fletch for bullying his way in the top ten in scoring now in Holland. Many more guys out there but I'm going to keep this blog short.
Getting ready for a highly anticipated home game vs. Dinamo at our place. Should be a sight to see. Looking to break another record for scoring this week if gods willing. Grind Time!

Always remember: Never concern yourself with things that don't matter, because critics will always criticize you. That's when you know you reached the top of the ladder.
Nate Bowie (183-G-86, college: Cent.Arkansas)



Serzhi Aselaini claims Georgian Superleague weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Serzhi Aselaini put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for TSU Tbilisi and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The -year old had a double-double of 32 points and twenty one rebounds, while his team beat STU Tbilisi (#11, 0-12), the league's bottom-ranked team 88-74. TSU Tbilisi maintains the 7th position in Georgian Superleague. TSU Tbilisi is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-7 record. Aselaini turned to be TSU Tbilisi's top player in his first season with the team. Aselaini has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 10.5rpg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American forward Kyle Nelson (203-F-89, agency: N.E.T.) of second-ranked Rustavi. Nelson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Rustavi to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Samedicino (#10, 1-11) 126-74. This victory allowed Rustavi to move up to second position in the standings. His team lost just two games this season, while they won 10 matches. Nelson is a newcomer at Rustavi and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.8ppg (#6). He also registered 8.4 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Rustavi's star - American Nate Bowie (183-G-86). Bowie showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, six rebounds and eight assists in the last round. He was another key player of Rustavi, helping his team with a 126-74 easy win against the lower-ranked Samedicino (#10, 1-11). Rustavi is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 10-2 record is not that bad... Bowie has a great season in Georgia. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.2ppg (2nd best) and assists with 4.5apg (8th best). He also has 3.6spg, FGP: 57.6% and 3PT: 52.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Richard Matiashvili (207-C-89) of Kutaisi - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Sergo Atvashovili (223-C-85) of Sokhumi - 20 points and 14 rebounds
6. David Gugava (203-C-90) of Rustavi - 14 points and 10 rebounds
7. Givi Bakradze (185-PG-91) of TSU Tbilisi - 6 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists
8. Lamar Karim (178-PG-83) of Dinamo Tbilisi - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Kirk Archibeque (205-C-84) of MIA Academy - 13 points and 10 rebounds
10. Omar Wattad (195-G-88) of Rustavi - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  GERMANY   

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. Kelly, Cuxhaven16.3 
 7. White, Heidelberg16.3 
 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. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau8.0 
 5. Black, Karlsruhe8.0 
 6. Calvin, Ehingen7.8 
 7. Baker, Gotha7.7 
 8. Smallwood, Kirchhe.7.3 
 9. Livas, Goettingen7.0 
 10. Adomaitis, Jena6.8 
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, Heidelberg2.0 
 3. Flomo, Duesseldorf1.6 
 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 


Myles Hesson claims German ProB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

British Myles Hesson (195-F-90, agency: Two Points) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Weissenhorn and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 22-year old forward had a double-double of 19 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team beat Bayer Giants (#6, 10-8) 85-76. Weissenhorn maintains the 2nd position in German ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Weissenhorn will need more victories to improve their 12-6 record. Hesson turned to be Weissenhorn's top player in his first season with the team. Hesson has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 9.9rpg) and averages solid 1.4bpg and 53.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American center Anthony Young (200-C-89) of Wulfen. Young impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 28 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Wulfen lost that game 69-81 to slightly higher-ranked Hannover (#7, 8-10). Wulfen managed to keep the same 9th spot in North. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-11 record. Young is a newcomer at Wulfen and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.1ppg (#6). He also registered 9.1 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Goetz Twiehoff (198-PF-85) of Bayer Giants (#6). Twiehoff scored 18 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Twiehoff's great performance Bayer Giants lost 76-85 to the higher-ranked Weissenhorn (#2, 12-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Bayer Giants needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in South. Their record is 10 victories and 8 lost games. Twiehoff has a very solid season. In 16 games in Germany he scored 9.7ppg. He also has 6.9rpg and FGP: 52.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Till-Joscha Joenke (190-PG-92) of Weissenhorn - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Chad Gray (200-F-85) of Noerdlingen - 27 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Chris Heinrich (208-C-77) of Oldenburg - 19 points and 10 rebounds
7. Michael Fakuade (201-F-89) of Hannover - 17 points and 12 rebounds
8. Howard Sant-Roos (200-SF-91) of SU Medien - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Marco Voeller (198-PF-89) of Hanau - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Steven Bennett (173-PG-88) of SU Medien - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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



German BBL round 22 best performance: Robert Vaden - by Eurobasket News

American swingman Robert Vaden (196-G/F-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Telekom Baskets, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (32 pointseight assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Ratiopharm (#3, 14-7) 99-94. Telekom Baskets is placed at 7th position in German BBL. Telekom Baskets is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 11-10 record. In the team's last game Vaden had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Telekom Baskets' top player in his first season with the team. Robert Vaden averages this season 13.4ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American John Bryant (208-C-87) of Ratiopharm. Bryant had a very good evening with a double-double of 28 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Ratiopharm lost that game 94-99 to the lower-ranked Telekom Baskets (#7, 11-10). This loss caused Ratiopharm to drop to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 14-7 record is not bad at all. Bryant is one of the most experienced players at Ratiopharm and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.0ppg (#2). He also registered 10.2 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Nate Linhart (201-F-86) of TBB Trier (#10). Linhart scored 18 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Linhart's great performance TBB Trier lost 81-84 to the lower-ranked NY Phantoms (#16, 7-14). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of TBB Trier ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Linhart could help TBB Trier to bring them higher in the standings. Linhart has a very solid season. In 21 games in Germany he scored 11.0ppg. Linhart attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Keaton Nankivil (203-F-89) of Ratiopharm - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Cameron Wells (185-PG-88) of Walter Tigers - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87) of B.Muenchen - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Johannes Lischka (203-PF-87) of Walter Tigers - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83) of s.Oliver Baskets - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81) of Brose Bask. - 18 points and 6 assists
10. Lucca Staiger (196-SG-88) of Neckar L'burg - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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

30-year old swingman Jonathan Moore (203-F/G-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for Crailsheim and receives a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had a double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat NBC (#9, 9-12) 92-80. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Crailsheim is placed at 14th position in German ProA. Crailsheim is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-13 record. In the team's last game Moore had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Crailsheim's top player in his first season with the team. Jonathan Moore averages this season 15.0ppg and 6.8rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Zamal Nixon (186-PG-89) of NBC. He is American guard in his first season at NBC. In the last game Nixon recorded impressive 37 points and 3 rebounds. Bad luck as NBC lost that game 80-92 to the lower-ranked Crailsheim (#14, 8-13). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. NBC keeps 9th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-12 record. Nixon is a newcomer at NBC and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.4ppg (#3). He also recorded 3.1 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Chase Griffin (188-G-83) of Gotha (#13). Griffin showcased his all-around game by recording 28 points, five rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was a key player of Gotha, leading his team to a 107-97 win against Kirchheim (8-13). The chances of Gotha not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Griffin could try to bring Gotha's a little bit higher in the standings. Griffin has individually a great season in Germany. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.3ppg (5th best). He also has FGP: 51.0% and 3PT: 56.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aurimas Adomaitis (206-PF-87) of Jena - 25 points and 8 rebounds
5. Torvoris Baker (203-F-83) of Gotha - 19 points and 10 rebounds
6. Dirk Madrich (211-C-83) of Vechta - 20 points and 10 rebounds
7. Michael Stockton (185-PG-89) of Karlsruhe - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Justin Stommes (200-G/F-88) of Kirchheim - 29 points and 3 rebounds
9. Stevie Johnson (198-F/C-78) of Crailsheim - 12 points and 10 rebounds
10. Ramon Harris (201-F-88) of Goettingen - 16 points and 7 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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Div.B Standing

B Standings
North Group
 1. Iraklis 13-2 
 2. Filippos Veroias 11-3 
 3. Stratoni 10-4 
 4. Egaleo 10-5 
 5. Marousi 8-7 
 6. Doxa Pefkon 8-7 
 7. Aias Evosmou 7-8 
 8. Anatolia 6-9 
 9. Ionikos N.F. 6-9 
 10. Metamorfosi 5-9 
 11. Periko/Arhelaos 5-10 
 12. MENT 4-11 
 13. Ionikos Ionias 3-12 
South Group
 1. Psyhiko 14-1 
 2. AEK Athens 12-2 
 3. Amyntas Dafnis 10-5 
 4. Aetos 9-5 
 5. Panerythraikos 9-6 
 6. Holargos 9-6 
 7. Doukas 7-8 
 8. Near East 6-9 
 9. Enosi 6-9 
 10. Kronos AD 5-9 
 11. Halkidas 5-11 
 12. Esperos Patras 4-11 
 13. Perama Ermis 0-15 

Regular Season: Round 16

North

Feb. 10: Egaleo - Metamorfosi 86-79
Feb. 10: Aias Evosmou - Marousi 82-90
Feb. 10: Ionikos N.F. - MENT 80-70
Feb. 10: Iraklis - Anatolia 75-55
Feb. 10: Stratoni - Ionikos Ionias 74-66
Feb. 10: Doxa Pefkon - Periko/Arhelaos 64-55

South

Feb. 10: Amyntas Dafnis - Esperos Patras 95-74
Feb. 10: Panerythraikos - Doukas 77-60
Feb. 10: Near East - Enosi 72-58
Feb. 10: Halkidas - Kronos AD 68-70
Feb. 10: Aetos - Psyhiko 65-71
Feb. 10: Perama Ermis - Holargos 50-92

Regular Season: Round 17

North

Feb. 16: Metamorfosi - Iraklis
Feb. 16: Anatolia - Aias Evosmou
Feb. 16: Marousi - Ionikos N.F.
Feb. 16: MENT - Doxa Pefkon
Feb. 16: Periko/Arhelaos - Stratoni
Feb. 16: Filippos Veroias - Egaleo

South

Feb. 16: Diagoras - Amyntas Dafnis
Feb. 16: Esperos Patras - Near East
Feb. 16: Enosi - Panerythraikos
Feb. 16: Doukas - Perama Ermis
Feb. 16: Holargos - Aetos
Feb. 16: AEK Athens - Halkidas


McGrath from PAOK to Zalgiris - by Giorgos Diploidis

PAOK Thessaloniki lost Donnie McGrath (193-G-84, college: Providence) who will join B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas This is the scond departure from the team of Thessaloniki after the one of Dimitris Haritopoulos (205-F/C-83, agency: Interperformances) some days ago for the team of Lukoil Academik Sofia

The player stated that:

"I have decided to accept a tremendous opportunity offered to me by B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas After speaking it over with people closest to me, the basketball opportunity to play in the Euroleague along with additional financial security was an opportunity I could not pass up. It was an extremely difficult decision for me because I truly appreciate the opportunity PAOK has given me and I have enjoyed my time here playing for the coaches and with my teammates. Unfortunately, the financial situation of Paok is not great and has been difficult, and I have offered them a way to save money. They still have the option to take this. I wish PAOK all of the best, and want to thank my coaches, teammates, and all of the great fans. I am now focused on the next step in my career and look forward to where it may take me".

However PAOK Thessaloniki is expected to not give the letter of clearence of the player to Zalgiris because they support that the player has not the right to leave the team because they have paid him his wages until January. The club of Thessaloniki needs now to search for a very good point guard, whereas Hatcher and Margaritis who play in the same positions as the ones who left for another teams are still injured and they will not be available for the next game against Peristeri.



Greek A2 round 16 best performance: Petros Noeas - by Eurobasket News

Forward Petros Noeas (204-F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Koroivos, receiving a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 15 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat Niki Volou (#14, 3-13) 81-67. Koroivos maintains the 4th position in Greek A2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Koroivos will need more victories to improve their 11-5 record. Noeas turned to be Koroivos' top player in his first season with the team. Petros Noeas has solid league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 9.1rpg. Noeas is in league's top in and averages impressive 53.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Serbian Marko Pavlovic (210-C-86) of Pagrati. Pavlovic had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Pagrati lost that game 68-87 to the higher-ranked Filathlitikos (#1, 13-3). Pagrati managed to keep the same 8th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Pavlovic is a newcomer at Pagrati and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Haris Plioukas (200-F-89) of Ermis Lagkada (#10). Plioukas scored 16 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Plioukas' great performance Ermis Lagkada lost 67-73 to slightly lower-ranked Doxa Lefkadas (#12, 4-12). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Ermis Lagkada 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, Plioukas could try to bring Ermis Lagkada's a little bit higher in the standings. Plioukas has a very solid season. In 16 games in Greece he scored 13.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michalis Perakis (207-C-84) of Lavrio - 19 points and 10 rebounds
5. Christos Saloustros (201-F-90) of Filathlitikos - 11 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Branislav Tomic (205-F/C-80) of Koroivos - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Dimitris Karadolamis (204-F-87) of OFI - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Yiannis Psathas (201-F-83) of Nea Kifisia - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Nikos Gikas (186-PG-91) of Filathlitikos - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Paraskeva Martzos (197-F-85) of Doxa Lefkadas - 20 points and 7 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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  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


Standings - Promotie Divisie

Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Orca's Urk 15-1 
 2. De Groene 13-2 
 3. Cangeroes 12-5 
 4. De Hoppers 9-6 
 5. Binnenland 9-6 
 6. Red Giants 9-7 
 7. Rotterdam 2 9-8 
 8. MSV/Zeemacht 8-8 
 9. Almonte 7-9 
 10. Leiden 2 7-10 
 11. Punch 5-12 
 12. BC Apollo 2 4-12 
 13. Almere P. 4-13 
 14. UBALL 3-14 

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 10: Rotterdam 2 - UBALL 83-55
Feb. 9: Punch - Orca's Urk 82-83
Feb. 9: Almonte - BC Apollo 2 80-75
Feb. 9: Binnenland - Almere P. 78-55
Feb. 9: De Groene - Leiden 2 63-52
Feb. 10: MSV/Zeemacht - De Hoppers 60-79
Feb. 9: Red Giants - Cangeroes 46-68


Matrixx Magixx bulks up with Shane Walker - by Fred Roggen

Matrixx Magixx shored up its frontline by signing British forward Shane Walker (208-F-87, college: Loyola, MD) for the remainder of the season. Walker arrives from ForexTime Apollon in Cyprus. His addition will help offset the loss of Kyle Spain to injury. Walker began his professional career in 2012/13 in Greece with AS Apollon Patras, He later played for Forex Time Apollon (Cyprus-Division A) before joining Matrixx Magixx. In a limited role this season at Forex Time Apollon, Walker averaged 5.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in the Cypriot League. Walker finishing his three-year at Loyola, MD (NCAA) last season and averaged 33 games: 9.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 44.3%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 75.0%.




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  HUNGARY   

A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kyle SWANSTON
  Kapos.
  (201-G/F-86)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Swanston, Kapos.21.1 
 2. Spica, Kaposvari21.0 
 3. Legion, PVSK P.20.8 
 4. Smith, FS Debrecen20.5 
 5. Dunn, Kaposvari20.2 
 6. Nelson, Marso N.20.1 
 7. Buljan, Kormend20.1 
 8. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.19.9 
 9. Wood, Albacomp19.2 
 10. Shaw, Kormend19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bennet DAVIS
  Marso N.
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Davis, Marso N.9.3 
 2. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.9.1 
 3. Simovic, ZTE K.8.7 
 4. Csorvasi, Szedeak8.3 
 5. Barovic, Soproni8.1 
 6. Buljan, Kormend7.8 
 7. Hendlein, Kaposvari7.7 
 8. Keller, Albacomp7.7 
 9. Markovic, Jaszbere.7.6 
 10. Toth, PVSK P.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Albacomp
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Moore, Albacomp6.5 
 2. Williams, Atomeromu6.5 
 3. Thomas, Soproni5.8 
 4. Dunn, Kaposvari5.8 
 5. Copeland, ZTE K.5.8 
 6. Rakic, Jaszberenyi5.6 
 7. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.3 
 8. Nelson, Marso N.5.2 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.4.7 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Nelson, Marso N.3.2 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari2.9 
 3. Smith, FS Debrecen2.6 
 4. Moore, Albacomp2.5 
 5. Buljan, Kormend2.3 
 6. Davis, Marso N.2.3 
 7. Kovacs, PVSK P.1.9 
 8. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.1.8 
 9. Williams, Atomeromu1.7 
 10. Stafford, FS Debr.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip BAROVIC
  Soproni
  (208-F/C-90)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Barovic, Soproni1.1 
 2. Keller, Albacomp1.1 
 3. Davis, Marso N.1.0 
 4. Smith, FS Debrecen0.9 
 5. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 6. Shaw, Kormend0.7 
 7. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.0.6 
 8. Fey, Falco-Szova0.6 
 9. Levy, Falco-Szova0.6 
 10. Idlet, Atomeromu0.6 



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Standings - Iceland Express League

Express L. Standings
 1. Grindavik 13-3 
 2. Snaefell 12-4 
 3. Thor Thorl 11-5 
 4. Keflavik 11-5 
 5. KR 9-7 
 6. Stjarnan 9-7 
 7. Njardvik 7-9 
 8. Skallagrimur 6-10 
 9. KFI 5-11 
 10. Tindastoll 5-11 
 11. Fjolnir 4-12 
 12. IR 4-12 

Regular Season: Round 16

Feb. 10: KR - Thor Thorl 88-83
Feb. 11: Stjarnan - Njardvik 77-87
Feb. 10: Skallagrimur - Tindastoll 63-77
Feb. 10: KFI - Snaefell 106-110 OT
Feb. 11: Grindavik - IR 102-80
Feb. 11: Fjolnir - Keflavik 101-113

Regular Season: Round 17

Feb. 21: IR - Stjarnan
Feb. 21: Njardvik - KR
Feb. 21: Thor Thorl - KFI
Feb. 21: Snaefell - Fjolnir
Feb. 21: Keflavik - Tindastoll
Feb. 21: Grindavik - Skallagrimur


Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Damier PITTS
  KFI
  (177-PG-89)
  Avg: 32.9
 1. Pitts, KFI32.9 
 2. Smith, Thor Thorl26.9 
 3. Palm, IR26.2 
 4. Medlock, Skallagri.25.1 
 5. Broussard, Grind.23.3 
 6. Shouse, Stjarnan22.4 
 7. Craion, Keflavik22.4 
 8. Zeglinski, Grindav.22.0 
 9. Jackson, Thor Thorl21.5 
 10. Quaintance, Skall.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Njardvik
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Van, Njardvik15.3 
 2. Craion, Keflavik13.8 
 3. Quaintance, Skalla.12.9 
 4. Spicer, Fjolnir10.1 
 5. Valentine, Tindast.9.9 
 6. Mills, Stjarnan9.8 
 7. Virijevic, KFI9.8 
 8. McQueen, Snaefell9.7 
 9. Jackson, Thor Thorl9.0 
 10. Broussard, Grind.8.9 
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.6.8 
 5. Williams, IR6.6 
 6. Gibson, Tindastoll6.3 
 7. Smith, Thor Thorl5.7 
 8. Valsson, Keflavik5.0 
 9. Fridriksson, Njard.4.8 
 10. Moore, Njardvik4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Haminn QUAINTANCE
  Skalla.
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Quaintance, Skalla.2.8 
 2. Medlock, Skallagri.2.6 
 3. Broussard, Grind.2.6 
 4. Moore, Njardvik2.5 
 5. Williams, IR2.3 
 6. Pitts, KFI2.3 
 7. Viggosson, Tindast.2.2 
 8. Jonsson, Thor Thorl2.1 
 9. Threatt, Snaefell2.1 
 10. Hilmarsson, Thor1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Keflavik
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Craion, Keflavik2.4 
 2. Mills, Stjarnan2.3 
 3. Quaintance, Skalla.1.7 
 4. Bradshaw, KFI1.5 
 5. Magnusson, KR1.3 
 6. Van, Njardvik1.3 
 7. Valentine, Tindast.1.2 
 8. Acox, KR1.2 
 9. Thorsteinsso., Gri.1.1 
 10. Valdimarsson, Stj.0.9 


Icelandic Express L. round 16 best performance: Billy Baptist - by Eurobasket News

American forward Billy Baptist (196-F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Keflavik, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 34 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Fjolnir (#11, 4-12) 113-101. Keflavik maintains the 4th position in Icelandic Express L.. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Keflavik will need more victories to improve their 11-5 record. In the team's last game Baptist had a remarkable 84.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Keflavik's top player in his first season with the team. Billy Baptist averages this season 22.8ppg and 11.2rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Marcus Van (201-F/C-85) of Njardvik. Van had a very good evening with a double-double of 17 points and 23 rebounds. Of course Njardvik cruised to a 87-77 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Stjarnan (#6, 9-7). Njardvik's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-9 record. Van is a newcomer at Njardvik, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Christopher Smith (204-PF-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy) of Fjolnir (#11). Smith got into 30-points club by scoring 35 points in the last round. He went also for ten rebounds and four assists. Despite Smith's great performance Fjolnir lost 101-113 to the higher-ranked Keflavik (#4, 11-5). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Fjolnir can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-12 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Smith he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Smith has individually a great season in Iceland. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.0ppg (2nd best) and assists with 2.8apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Darrell Flake (193-F-80) of Thor Thorl - 25 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Benjamin Smith (178-G-87) of Thor Thorl - 31 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Sigurdur Thorvaldsson (201-F-80) of Snaefell - 34 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Dandre Williams (177-G-90) of IR - 29 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Jarrid Frye (194-G/F-85) of Stjarnan - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Michael Craion (195-F-89) of Keflavik - 20 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Aaron Broussard (195-F-90) of Grindavik - 22 points, 11 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)



Dominos League Round 16: Thor Thorl is defeated by KR - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Reykjavik between second ranked Thor Thorl (11-5) and sixth ranked KR (9-7) on Sunday night. Thor Thorl was defeated by KR in a tough game on the road 83-88. Thor Thorl was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 23-17 charge of KR, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Darshawn McClellan (200-89, college: La-Lafayette) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and the former international guard Brynjar Bjornsson (191-88, college: Francis Marion) who added 19 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side American guard Benjamin Smith (178-87, college: Jacksonville) responded with 31 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. KR moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Stjarnan. Thor Thorl at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. They share it with Keflavik. KR is looking forward to face Njardvik (#7) in Njardvik in the next round. Thor Thorl will play against KFI (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Tindastoll managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they won against eighth-ranked Skallagrimur in Borgarnes 77-63. The winners were led by swingman Helgi Viggosson (189-83) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and George Valentine supported him with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Even 17 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals by American guard Carlos Medlock (183-87, college: E.Michigan) did not help to save the game for Skallagrimur. Tindastoll (5-11) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with KFI. Newly promoted Skallagrimur keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Tindastoll will play against higher ranked Keflavik (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Skallagrimur will play against the league's leader Grindavik (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Express L. top team - Grindavik (13-3) had no problems winning another game on Monday. This time they crushed twelfth ranked IR (4-12) 102-80. Aaron Broussard fired a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Grindavik's coach Sverrir Sverrisson felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dandre Williams produced 29 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for lost side. Grindavik have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 13-3 record. Loser IR stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Fjolnir. Grindavik will meet at home Skallagrimur (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. IR will play against Stjarnan (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Ninth-ranked KFI (5-11) gave a tough game to third ranked Snaefell (12-4). The visitors from Stykkisholmur managed to secure only four-point victory 110-106. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a very good performance for Sigurdur Thorvaldsson who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds. Snaefell have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Newly promoted KFI keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. Snaefell's next round opponent will be Fjolnir (#11) in Reykjavik and are hoping to win another game. KFI will play on the road against Thor Thorl in Thorlakshofn.

In the last two games of round 16 Njardvik won against Stjarnan on the opponent's court 87-77. Fjolnir unfortunately lost to Keflavik in a home game 101-113.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 34 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds by Billy Baptist of Keflavik.


Stjarnan - Njardvik 77-87

There was a minor upset when 5th ranked Stjarnan (9-7) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Njardvik (7-9) 87-77. Stjarnan was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 53-37 second half run of Njardvik. They outrebounded Stjarnan 49-36 including 17 on the offensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Stjarnan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for American power forward Marcus Van (201-85, college: Cent.Michigan) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 23 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). point guard Elvar Fridriksson (180-94) contributed with 26 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Njardvik's coach Einar Johannson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman Jarrid Frye (194-85, college: Sacred Heart) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and naturalized American guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) added 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Stjarnan. Five Njardvik and four Stjarnan players scored in double figures. Njardvik maintains seventh position with 7-9 record. Stjarnan lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with seven games lost. Njardvik's next round opponent will be higher ranked KR (#5) in Reykjavik and it may be quite challenging game. Stjarnan will play on the road against IR in Reykjavik.
Top scorers:
Stjarnan: B.Mills 21+11reb+1ast, J.Frye 20+11reb+3ast, J.Shouse 20+5reb+8ast, J.Zdravevski 11+5reb+3ast, K.Kjartansson 3+1reb, F.Helgason 2+2reb+1ast
Njardvik: E.Fridriksson 26+8reb+3ast, M.Van 17+23reb+1ast, M.Baginski 14+2reb+2ast, N.Moore 14+8reb+8ast, O.Jonsson 11+1reb+1ast, H.Einarsson 3+3reb
gschID: 180252


Fjolnir - Keflavik 101-113

Very predictable result in Reykjavik where fourth ranked Keflavik (11-5) defeated 11th ranked Fjolnir (4-12) 113-101. The game was mostly controlled by Keflavik. Fjolnir was better in fourth quarter 36-35. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Keflavik outrebounded Fjolnir 44-31 including 19 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a very good performance for American forward Billy Baptist (196-87, college: Quincy) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds. The other American import forward Michael Craion (195-89, college: ORU) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. American Christopher Smith (204-82, college: St.Edward's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) replied with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Arnthor Gudmundsson (187-91) added 21 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Fjolnir. Four Keflavik and five Fjolnir players scored in double figures. Keflavik have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Thor Thorl. Fjolnir lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Keflavik's next round opponent will be Tindastoll (#10) in Sauoarkrokur and are hoping to win another game. Fjolnir will play on the road against the league's second-placed Snaefell in Stykkisholmur.
Top scorers:
Fjolnir: C.Smith 35+10reb+4ast, A.Gudmundsson 21+5reb+2ast, T.Tomasson 16+3reb+5ast, I.Miles 12+5reb+7ast, I.Hafsteinsson 10+3reb+2ast, G.Olafsson 5+4reb+1ast
Keflavik: B.Baptist 34+14reb+2ast, M.Gunnarsson 31+3ast, M.Craion 20+18reb+3ast, D.Lewis 18+7reb+6ast, V.Valsson 4+2reb+6ast, H.Brynjarsson 3+1reb
gschID: 180249


Grindavik - IR 102-80

Express L. top team - Grindavik (13-3) had no problems winning another game on Monday. This time they crushed twelfth ranked IR (4-12) 102-80. The hosts trailed by 16 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 22 points. Grindavik dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to IR's 44. They outrebounded IR 47-33 including 18 on the offensive glass. Grindavik looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American forward Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. The other American import point guard Sammy Zeglinski (182-88, college: Virginia) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. Grindavik's coach Sverrir Sverrisson felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Dandre Williams (177-90, college: UALR) produced 29 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals and the former international guard Sveinbjorn Claessen (191-86) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four IR players scored in double figures. Grindavik have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 13-3 record. Loser IR stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Fjolnir. Grindavik will meet at home Skallagrimur (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. IR will play against Stjarnan (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
IR: D.Williams 29+7reb+7ast, E.Palm 14+3reb+2ast, S.Claessen 13+7reb+3ast, H.Fridriksson 12+4reb+1ast, N.Sovic 6+7reb+2ast, T.Hauksson 4
Grindavik: A.Broussard 22+11reb+6ast, S.Zeglinski 16+2reb+5ast, R.Pettinella 11+3reb+2ast, J.Olafsson 11+1reb+4ast, S.Thorsteinsson 9+11reb+2ast, T.Olafsson 9+5reb+3ast
gschID: 180253


Skallagrimur - Tindastoll 63-77

Bottom-ranked Tindastoll managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they won against eighth-ranked Skallagrimur in Borgarnes 77-63. The game was mostly controlled by Tindastoll. Skallagrimur was better in third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tindastoll forced 21 Skallagrimur turnovers. The winners were led by swingman Helgi Viggosson (189-83) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and American forward George Valentine (203, college: Winthrop) supported him with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Four Tindastoll players scored in double figures. Even 17 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals by American guard Carlos Medlock (183-87, college: E.Michigan) did not help to save the game for Skallagrimur. Center Hordur Hreidarsson (203-88) added 12 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Tindastoll (5-11) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with KFI. Newly promoted Skallagrimur keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Tindastoll will play against higher ranked Keflavik (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Skallagrimur will play against the league's leader Grindavik (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Skallagrimur: C.Medlock 17+6reb+7ast, H.Hreidarsson 12+9reb+2ast, P.Axel Vilbergsson 11+3reb+1ast, S.Egilsson 8+2reb, D.Asgeirsson 7+3reb+3ast, O.Jonsson 4+4reb+3ast
Tindastoll: H.Viggosson 18+12reb+2ast, H.Margeirsson 15+5reb, G.Valentine 11+11reb+3ast, D.Gibson 11+2reb+4ast, T.Johnson 8+4reb+3ast, T.Johannsson 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 180254


KR - Thor Thorl 88-83

The most important game in the last round took place in Reykjavik between second ranked Thor Thorl (11-5) and sixth ranked KR (9-7) on Sunday night. Thor Thorl was defeated by KR in a tough game on the road 83-88. Thor Thorl was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 23-17 charge of KR, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Darshawn McClellan (200-89, college: La-Lafayette) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and the former international guard Brynjar Bjornsson (191-88, college: Francis Marion) who added 19 points and 4 assists during the contest. Five KR players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Benjamin Smith (178-87, college: Jacksonville) responded with 31 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and naturalized American forward Darrell Flake (193-80, college: McKendree) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. KR moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Stjarnan. Thor Thorl at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. They share it with Keflavik. KR is looking forward to face Njardvik (#7) in Njardvik in the next round. Thor Thorl will play against KFI (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Thor Thorl: B.Smith 31+5reb+6ast, D.Flake 25+11reb+3ast, D.Jackson 14+9reb+1ast, G.Jonsson 8+1reb+1ast, D.Hilmarsson 5+9reb+1ast, V.Bjornsson 0
KR: H.Magnusson 19+1reb+4ast, B.Bjornsson 19+3reb+4ast, K.Acox 16+6reb, D.McClellan 14+14reb+2ast, B.Richardson 12+5reb+4ast, M.Hermannsson 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 180251


KFI - Snaefell 106-110 OT

Ninth-ranked KFI (5-11) gave a tough game to third ranked Snaefell (12-4). The visitors from Stykkisholmur managed to secure only four-point victory 110-106. However their fans expected much easier game. It looked good early as KFI took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Snaefell had a 30-16 second period charge getting the lead. Then KFI managed to tie the game at the end of regular time, but lost overtime period 12-16. Snaefell made 34-of-40 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game, while KFI only scored sixteen points from the stripe. They outrebounded KFI 48-37 including 34 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by KFI helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for the former international forward Sigurdur Thorvaldsson (201-80) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds. American-Italian forward Ryan Amoroso (203-85, college: San Diego St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Damier Pitts (177-89, college: Marshall) replied with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 10 assists and the former international forward Mirko Virijevic (201-81, college: Freed-Hardeman) added 25 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for KFI. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Snaefell have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Newly promoted KFI keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. Snaefell's next round opponent will be Fjolnir (#11) in Reykjavik and are hoping to win another game. KFI will play on the road against Thor Thorl in Thorlakshofn.
Top scorers:
KFI: D.Pitts 38+3reb+10ast, M.Virijevic 25+12reb, K.Andresson 17+4reb, T.Bradshaw 15+11reb+2ast, H.Hreinsson 11+4reb+1ast, J.H. Baldvinsson 0+2reb+4ast
Snaefell: S.Thorvaldsson 34+12reb+2ast, J.Olafur Jonsson 22+8reb+5ast, R.Amoroso 19+17reb+3ast, J.Threatt 16+2reb+5ast, P.Sigurgeirsson 10+6reb, H.Gunnarsson 5+1reb
gschID: 180250



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  IRAQ   


Iraqi National Team 2013 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Ali Al-Juboori
Al-Juboori
Michael Shamon
Shamon
Mohammed Mahdi
Mahdi
Ali Hamad
Hamad
Sajad Hussein
Hussein
#e#5
4 Ali Hamad 193-F-86 Duhok Iraq
5 Hussein Hasan Al Karkh Iraq
6 Ali Al-Juboori 165-PG-87 Duhok Iraq
7 Sajad Hussein 188-G-82 Al Karkh Iraq
8 Hassan Ali Al Kahraba Iraq
9 Jenero Gorgiss 185-G/F-82 Duhok Iraq
10 Ali Ismael 200-PF-94 Duhok Iraq
11 Michael Shamon 192-F-84 Duhok Iraq
12 Hussein Talib F/C-90
13 Ali Hatam
14 Malik Nahi 210-C-88 Al Kahraba Iraq
15 Mohammed Mahdi 204-F/C-80 Duhok Iraq

Fikrat Toma Head Coach Duhok Iraq
Hilal Al-Obaidi Assistant



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Standings - EBS Superleague

Superleague Standings
 1. UL Eagles 14-3 
 2. UCC Demons 11-5 
 3. B.Gais Neptune 11-6 
 4. DCU Saints 7-9 
 5. Ballon Inter 6-9 
 6. Moycullen 6-10 
 7. Killester 6-12 
 8. UCD Marian 5-12 

Regular Season: Round 16

Feb. 9: UCD Marian - UCC Demons 84-75
Feb. 9: