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  ALBANIA   



Derbi i kryeqytetit vishet bardheblu, sherr mes tifozve - by Elton Veseli

Klub Tirana merr nj superfitore n derbin historik t kryeqytetit kundr Partizanit, n javn e 14- t n basketboll pr meshkuj. Tirana e trajnerit Shehu ishte superiore n Farie Hoti sa epilogu i ndeshjes vulosi rezultatin e thell 102-46. Por dominimi u shfaq edhe nga shkallt e arens sportive me ultrasit e kudondodhur Fanatics, q n startin e ndeshjes do t konfliktoheshin me tifozerin e Partizanit sikurse pritej. Ndrsa takimi nis mes euforis s Fanatics, nj provokim n minutn e 7-t dhe sekondn e 27-t nga jasht i rivalve t tyre mes fyerjeve dhe fishekzjarrve (ua hedhin mes kmbve) acaron situatn dhe t gjith tifozt bardheblu n irritim e sipr dalin jasht pr tu konfrontuar me rivalt e tyre. Kaos n Farie Hoti. Dy gjyqtart Hoxha e Hoxhaj, t cilt dje arbitruan me profesionalizm, ndrpresin prkohsisht takimin dhe presin derisa t rikthehet normaliteti pr ta rinisur pas 12 minutash. Nga sa msohet, jasht ambienteve t salls sportive ka pasur prplasje mes tifozve respektiv, ku sht dashur ndrhyrja n koh e uniformave blu. Ndeshja rinis dhe Klub Tirana, nn efektin adrenalin t ultrasve t vet (q n vijim i shfryhen pankins s Partizanit), por edhe lojs fantastike t Laskut, Janit, Voglit, Arrs e Sukajt me trepikshat e realizuara radhazi, shkputet 18-6, 26-8 dhe e mbyll periodn e par 29-13. Asnj surpriz n periodn e dyt: Klub Tirana q dominon dhe Partizani q tenton ti prgjigjet me Biberajn, Isakun apo ain. Pikrisht ai Jr. e mbyll parakohe derbin pas daljes me 5 personale, nj minus i madh pr Partizanin. N periodn e tret Sukaj sht i paprmbajtshm, jo m pak qendra Hasani. Ndrsa shanset pr prmbysje t Partizanit jan thuajse zero (81-35, 90-40 n favor t Klub Tirana), arkitekti Shehu u beson t rinjve n periodn e 4-t, t dirigjuar nga protagonisti i mbrmjes, Laskut. Edhe zvendsimet jan t duhurat. Tifozt shprthejn n delir, kur Mara shnon 2 pik dhe tabela regjistron 100 pr bardheblut. Klub Tirana fiton bindshm dhe mban hapin e kryesuesve t Kamza Basket.




Kamza Basket fiton Superkupn me Tirann - by Elton Veseli

Pas fitores s Kups s Shqipris, ekipi i Kamza Basketit bn bis duke fituar dhe trofeun e dyt sezonal, Superkupn. N finalen e luajtur dje n pallatin e sportit Asllan Rusi, ekipi i drejtuar nga Adem Muhametaj triumfoi 80-71 ndaj Shoqats Tirana, kampiont e sezonit t shkuar. Kamza n ket sezon po shkruan nj copz t rndsishme t historis s saj, pasi ky sht trofeu i dyt q fiton ekipi kamzali q nga momenti i krijimit t tij. Protagonisti kryesor te Kamza rezultoi ish-lojtari i Tirans, Endrit Hysenagolli, i cili e mbylli ndeshjen me plot 30 pik t realizuara. Te skuadra e drejtuar nga Roland Avrami, nuk mjaftoi forma e shklqyer e treguar nga lojtari amerikan, Mark Rumplek, i cili shnoi 25 pik.
Ndeshja- Kamza Basket vinte si favoritja kryesore n ket prballje. Ekipi i drejtuar nga Muhametaj, n ket sezon nuk ka njohur asnj humbje n takimet mes kampionatit dhe Kups. Perioda e par, ndryshe nga se pritej starton m mir pr Shoqatn Tirana, e udhhequr nga Rumplek n superform, dominon pothuajse tet minuta n parket. Por, n fundin e periods, djemt e drejtuar nga Avrami duket se nuk i kishin br llogarit me Erkand Karajin, i cili dy her shfaqet i sakt n goditjet pr tre, duke i dhuruar avantazhin e prkohshm skuadrs s tij. Perioda e dyt fillon nn ndikimin e Kamza Basktetit, e cila shnon pikt e para me Gjonajn, por me kalimin e minutave takimi balancohet dhe perioda e dyt sht ajo m e ekuilibruara e gjith takimit. Skuadrat i drejtohen pushimit me avantazhin e Kamzs 45-39. Me rikthimin n parket, Kamza Basket tregon dhmbt dhe duket m e determinuar pr t arritur te fitorja. Hysenagolli sht i paprmbajtshm pr mbrojtjen e Tirans, shtatlarti shfrytzon m s miri pasimet e sakta t Gjonajt, Karajit dhe Bilalit dhe posht koshiit krijon prshtypje se nuk gabon kurr. Perioda e tret m pas mbyllet me avantazhin e 11 pikve n favor t Kamzs. Por, Tirana nuk dorzohet dhe provon me t gjitha forcat t ndryshoj fatin e lojs n 10- minutshin e fundit t gars. Bardheblut, kur duheshin dhe 5 minuta nga prfundimi i takimit, fal dy goditjeve t sakta pr tri pik t kryera nga Rumplek n fillim dhe m pas nga Llazani, ngushtojn diferencn n 5. Por dushi i ftoht ekipit t Avramit i vjen nga Hysenagolli, i cili realizon pr dy dhe m pas i hap rrugn suksesit t ekipit t tij, q n minutat e fundit thellon m shum avantazhin. Takimi mbyllet 80-71, n favor t Kamza Basketit, q futet me t drejt n librin e art t basketbollit shqiptar.

Adem Muhametaj
Trajneri i ekipit t Kamza Basket, Adem Muhametaj, sht shprehur tepr i lumtur pasi fitores s Superkups, duke deklaruar pr Panorama Sport: sht nj fitore shum e rndsishme pr ne, por kjo nuk do t jet e fundit pr kt sezon. Merita kryesore e ktyre sukseseve i atribuohet kryetarit t Bashkis s Kamzs, Xhelal Mziu, i cili ndrtoi kt skuadr t mrekullueshme. Dhe sot ai i dhuroi ekipit nj premio prej 2 mij eurosh pr suksesin e arritur. Kam fatin q po drejtoj nj grup fantastik, i cili n kt sezon mund t shkoj larg dhe t rishkruaj historin e ktij klubi, prfundoi Muhametaj.

Roland Avrami
Pas prfundimit t finales s Superkups, trajneri i Shoqats Tirana, Roland Avrami, e analizoi humbjen e skuadrs s tij, duke deklaruar: sht gjynah q Tirana po humbet kto kompeticione. Deri para nj sezoni nuk kishim asnj rival, por Tirana, me ndarjen q bri n ket sezon, u vetshkatrrua. Por, gjithsesi, duhet t shohim prpara dhe ekipi sot tregoi nj progres t rndsishm. Tani duhet t operojm n merkato, pasi skuadrs i mungojn disa elemente, kryesisht n qendr. N ditt e ardhshme do t bisedojm me drejtuesit dhe kam besim se grupi do t bhet m kompetitiv,- u shpreh Avrami.

LIBRI I ART
BASKETBOLL MESHKUJ
1999 VLLAZNIA
2000 DINAMO
2001 TIRANA
2002 DINAMO
2003 TIRANA
2004 VALBONA
2005 VALBONA
2006 VALBONA
2007 VALBONA
2008 TIRANA
2009 TIRANA
2010 TIRANA
2011 TIRANA
2012 TIRANA
2013 KAMZABASKET





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  APBL   


Metropolitan All-Stars win only 1 of 3 games - by Calvin Brown

The Metropolitan All-Stars dropped back to back games for the first time this season. The Bay Area Shuckers 124-117 and the Beltway Bombers 109-105 won at home against the All-Stars on successive Saturdays, 2-2-13 and 2-9-13. The home teams did not give stats in time to be in this story.
Cedrick Stewart again paced the All-Stars with his 4th triple double of the season scoring 21 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds against the Shuckers. Curt Massey and Raason Young came off the bench to score 20 and 19 point respectively. Terrance Carter 16 points, 10 rebounds and Antwon Hawkins 10 points rounded out the double digit scoring for the All-Stars.
The All-Stars got back to winning with a 98 79 win at home over the Winchester Storm on Sunday. Calvin Brown returned from Lima, Peru getting his first double/ double of the season scoring 18 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. A new comer to the All- Stars, Chris Cannady scored 18 points and did a good job of running the offense. Cedrick Stewart scored 11 points to go with 8 assists and did a fantastic job of defending the opposing teams guards registering 4 blocks and 4 steals from the point guard position. Curt Massey continues to show his offensive prowess scoring 15 points coming off the bench. Bryan Davidson and Teddy Green did an admirable job of filling in for the starters and getting the team off to a good start.
Onye Onunaku 17 points, M. Fawehinmi 10 points and D. Karlson 10 points led the Storm with double digit scoring.




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  ARGENTINA   

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 


Standings - TNA

TNA Standings
North
 1. San Mart.C. 17-1 
 2. Estudian.Con. 14-4 
 3. Instituto Cor. 10-8 
 4. San Isidro 9-8 
 5. Alvear 9-9 
 6. Obera TC 8-9 
 7. La Union 6-11 
 8. Atl.Echague 6-12 
 9. Sarmiento 6-12 
 10. Union Sunch 4-13 
South
 1. Sport Club 12-6 
 2. Ciclista 11-7 
 3. Alianza Viedma 11-7 
 4. Quilmes MP 10-7 
 5. Huracan 10-8 
 6. MH Basket 8-10 
 7. San Lorenzo Ch. 8-10 
 8. Banda Norte 7-10 
 9. Rocamora 7-11 
 10. Bragado 4-14 

Regular Season: Round 19

Feb. 8: Banda Norte - Bragado 94-85
Feb. 8: La Union - Sarmiento 91-79
Feb. 8: Rocamora - Quilmes MP 91-79
Feb. 8: San Isidro - Obera TC 90-87
Feb. 8: Alvear - Union Sunch 89-71
Feb. 8: Ciclista - Huracan 83-88
Feb. 8: Estudian.Con. - San Mart.C. 82-75
Feb. 8: Instituto Cor. - Atl.Echague 75-70
Feb. 11: Alianza Viedma - San Lorenzo Ch. 72-75
Feb. 8: Sport Club - MH Basket 71-68

Regular Season: Round 20

Feb. 15: Obera TC - La Union
Feb. 15: Union Sunch - San Isidro
Feb. 15: Atl.Echague - Alvear
Feb. 15: San Mart.C. - Instituto Cor.
Feb. 15: Sarmiento - Estudian.Con.
Feb. 15: Huracan - Sport Club
Feb. 15: Bragado - Rocamora
Feb. 15: San Lorenzo Ch. - Banda Norte
Feb. 15: MH Basket - Alianza Viedma
Feb. 17: Quilmes MP - Ciclista



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Standings - A Bundesliga

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

Regular Season: Round 22

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


Stats Leaders

ABL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Pearson, Furstenf. 19.8
2 Spasojevic, Arkadia 19.6
3 Tiedeman, Wels 19.5
4 Grum, Furstenfeld 19.4
5 Ray, BC Vienna 18.4
6 Shaw, Kapfenberg 18.1
7 Gilchrese, UBSC G. 17.6
8 Suljanovic, Kloste. 17.3
9 Dale, UBSC G. 16.9
10 Kovacevic, St.Po. 16.9

Rebounds Per Game
1 Pearson, Furstenf. 12.5
2 Sanchez, Kapfenberg 8
3 Heard, Gussing 8
4 Washington, Wels 7.2
5 Lamesic, Wels 6.8
6 Johnson, Oberwart 6.8
7 Ray, BC Vienna 6.6
8 Suljanovic, Kloste. 6.5
9 Speiser, St.Polten 6.4
10 Cresnar, Furstenf. 6.4

Assists Per Game
1 Boylan, BC Vienna 6.3
2 Woods, Kapfenberg 6.2
3 Klepeisz, Gussing 5.1
4 Tiedeman, Wels 4.5
5 Lanegger, Klostern. 4.4
6 Danek, BC Vienna 4.1
7 Farokhmanesh, Wels 3.7
8 O'Neal, Furstenfeld 3.7
9 Zeleznik, Klostern. 3.5
10 Schaal, UBSC G. 3.5

Steals Per Game
1 Gilchrese, UBSC G. 2.5
2 Ray, BC Vienna 1.8
3 Boylan, BC Vienna 1.8
4 Arnold, Gmunden 1.7
5 Markovic, UBSC G. 1.5
6 Pryor, Kapfenberg 1.4
7 Farokhmanesh, Wels 1.4
8 Woods, Kapfenberg 1.4
9 Payton, Klostern. 1.3
10 O'Neal, Furstenfeld 1.3

Blocks Per Game
1 Bortolin, Arkadia 1.2
2 Cresnar, Furstenf. 1.2
3 Rakocevic, BC Vi. 1.1
4 Washington, Wels 0.9
5 Arnold, Gmunden 0.9
6 Shaw, Kapfenberg 0.8
7 Mayer, Gmunden 0.7
8 Nelson, Kapfenberg 0.6
9 Pearson, Furstenf. 0.6
10 Greimeister, Kloste. 0.6



BC Zepter Vienna lands big man Ryan Richards - by Stefan Prager

After parting ways with center Zarko Rakocevic after the Cup Final Four, BC Zepter Vienna reacted and gave the open roster spot to Britisch big man Ryan Richards (212-C/F-91, agency: Interperformances). The 21 year old seven footer last played in Poland where he was a teammate of Austrian national player Rasid Mahalbasic. Richards was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft. He already played in Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Georgia & Poland. In the summer of 2012 he was a member of the Spurs' summer league team. For Asecco Prokom he played in 9 games in the Polish TBL and saw some minutes in 5 Euroleague games. Richards is expected to have his debut on Sunday when Vienna will face the Gussing Knights on the road.


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   

Standings

Balkan League Standings
Group C
 1. Kavala 3-2 
 2. Levski Sofia 3-2 
 3. Rilski Sportist 3-3 
 4. Kumanovo 3-3 
 5. Galil Gilboa 2-3 
 6. Teodo Tivat 2-3 
Group D
 1. Djuro Djakovic 3-0 
 2. Kozuv 3-0 
 3. Mornar Bar 0-3 
 4. OKK Beograd 0-3 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 2

First Six

Feb. 12: Rilski Sportist - Kumanovo 88-75
Feb. 13: Kavala - Levski Sofia
Feb. 13: Galil Gilboa - Teodo Tivat

Last Four

Feb. 5: OKK Beograd - Djuro Djakovic 90-99
Feb. 19: Mornar Bar - OKK Beograd
Feb. 20: Djuro Djakovic - Kozuv



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   

Standings - Men

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

Top 16: Round 6

Feb. 9: Barons kvartals - Parnu 99-94
Feb. 10: Siauliai - TU/Rock 91-75
Feb. 9: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Tarvas 82-62
Feb. 12: Jelgava - Kalev/Cramo 78-86
Feb. 9: Naglis Palangos - Rudupis 77-88

Top 16: Round 7

Feb. 19: Lietkabelis - Barons kvartals
Feb. 19: Rudupis - Jelgava
Feb. 19: Valmiera - TTU
Feb. 19: Juventus - Pieno Zvaigzdes
Feb. 20: Sakalai - Siauliai


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris GULBIS
  Barons k.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Gulbis, Barons k.18.7 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas17.6 
 3. Raadik, Parnu17.5 
 4. Orelikas, Rudupis17.4 
 5. Okoye, Tln Kalev17.4 
 6. Wilkinson, Kalev/C.16.0 
 7. Akenparg, TTU15.9 
 8. Lengvinas, Naglis14.9 
 9. Peciukeviciu., Par.14.8 
 10. Berzins, Valmiera14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Raadik, Parnu10.5 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev9.9 
 3. Berzins, Valmiera7.7 
 4. Chamberlain, Jelga.7.4 
 5. Fall, Kalev/Cramo7.3 
 6. Cipruss, Lietkabel.7.2 
 7. Zelionis, Barsy A.7.2 
 8. Keedus, TTU7.1 
 9. Bishop, Nevezis6.9 
 10. Varnelis, Juventus6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.8 
 2. Janavicius, Rudupis5.7 
 3. Campbell, Tln Kalev5.0 
 4. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.6 
 5. Maceina, Pieno Z.4.3 
 6. Cunda, Valga4.2 
 7. Tamm, Tarvas4.1 
 8. Viskontas, Juvent.3.9 
 9. Dambrauskas, Sakal.3.8 
 10. Laane, Rapla3.6 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.6 
 2. Berzins, Valmiera2.1 
 3. Laane, Rapla2.1 
 4. Janavicius, Rudupis2.1 
 5. Brown, Naglis P.2.1 
 6. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.9 
 7. Matulionis, Parnu1.8 
 8. Tamm, Tarvas1.8 
 9. Mizis, Jelgava1.7 
 10. Jakovics, Liepaja1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.3 
 2. Rozitis, Barons k.1.7 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.7 
 4. Silinskis, Nevezis1.6 
 5. Kupsas, Lietkabelis1.6 
 6. Gates, Pieno Z.1.1 
 7. Meiers, Ventspils0.9 
 8. Chamberlain, Jelga.0.9 
 9. Zyle, Nevezis0.9 
 10. Valeika, Rudupis0.9 


Augustas Peciukevicius claims Baltic League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Talented Lithuanian Augustas Peciukevicius (192-G-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for Parnu and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Top 16).
The 21-year old guard got a double-double of 32 points and ten assists, while his team lost the game against the league's best team Barons kvartals (#1, 4-0) 94-99. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Parnu maintains the 4th position in Baltic League . They are still not able to win a single game in the league yet. The team may have a chance to improve their current position in the standings in Top 16. They lost 5 games and had no victories. In the team's last game Peciukevicius had a remarkable 84.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Parnu's top player in his first season with the team. Augustas Peciukevicius averages this season 14.8ppg, 5.4rpg and 5.8apg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Tyler Cain (203-F-88) of league's best team Barons kvartals. Cain impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 17 rebounds. It was enough for Barons kvartals to edge the lower-ranked Parnu (#4, 0-5) by 5 points 99-94. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Barons kvartals consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. A very good start of the Top 16 for his team, which won so far all 4 games without any defeat. Cain is a newcomer at Barons kvartals and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Edgars Krumins (194-G/F-86) of Jelgava (#3). Krumins scored 22 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Krumins' great performance Jelgava lost 78-86 to #1 ranked Kalev/Cramo. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of Jelgava ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 3 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Krumins could help Jelgava to bring them higher in the standings. Krumins has a very solid season. In 14 games in Baltic League he scored 9.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ryan Olander (213-C) of Naglis Palangos - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Gary Wilkinson (205-F/C-82) of Kalev/Cramo - 29 points and 5 rebounds
6. Osvaldas Matulionis (200-F-91) of Parnu - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. TreVon Hughes (183-PG-87) of Pieno Zvaigzdes - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Yancy Gates (206-F-89) of Pieno Zvaigzdes - 20 points and 9 rebounds
9. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) of Rudupis - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) of TU/Rock - 15 points and 10 rebounds

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



Round 6 of Top 16 - by Eurobasket News

Jelgava - Kalev/Cramo 78-86

Kalev/Cramo dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Jelgava's 32. American power forward Gary Wilkinson (205-82, college: Utah St.) notched 29 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and Senegalese center Bamba Fall (217-86, college: SMU) supported him with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Even a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds by swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) did not help to save the game for Jelgava. Guard Kristaps Kanbergs (190-88) added 16 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Jelgava players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: G.Wilkinson 29+5reb, B.Fall 11+14reb, T.Abbott 11+5reb+2ast, T.Sokk 9+4ast, R.Keerles 8+5reb+1ast, I.Kajupank 8+1reb
Jelgava: E.Krumins 22+10reb+1ast, K.Kanbergs 16+3reb+4ast, A.Duselis 11+6reb+1ast, S.Silavs 10+6reb+3ast, S.Haynes 8+2reb, K.Chamberlain 6+3reb
gschID: 230903


Siauliai - TU/Rock 91-75

The game was mostly controlled by Siauliai. TU/Rock was better in fourth quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Siauliai outrebounded TU/Rock 39-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. TU/Rock was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Aurimas Kieza (202-82, college: Hofstra) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Swiss-Lithuanian guard Rolandas Alijevas (192-85, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) contributed with 13 points and 8 assists for the winners. Five Siauliai players scored in double figures. Lithuanian center Egidijus Dimsa (205-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and American point guard Justin Ingram (188-85, college: Toledo, agency: Two Points) added 19 points in the effort for TU/Rock. TU/Rock's coach Gert Kullamae rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: A.Kieza 17+6reb+3ast, R.Alijevas 13+2reb+8ast, V.Liutych 13+5reb+1ast, C.Simon 12+2reb, O.Galdikas 10+7reb, L.Jackson 10+5reb+1ast
TU/Rock: J.Ingram 19+3reb+3ast, E.Dimsa 15+10reb, R.Veideman 11+2ast, K.Saage 6+2reb+1ast, T.Eichfuss 6+2reb, I.Nelyubov 5+1reb
gschID: 230902


Pieno Zvaigzdes - Tarvas 82-62

The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-62. The best player for the winners was American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Yancy Gates (206-89, college: Cincinnati) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds. Four Pieno Zvaigzdes players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) who recorded 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively.
Top scorers:
Pieno Zvaigzdes: T.Hughes 21+10reb+3ast, Y.Gates 20+9reb+1ast, T.Biggs 14+4reb+2ast, J.Sinica 14+6reb+1ast, G.Sirutavicius 9+6reb+1ast, G.Maceina 4+6reb+4ast
Tarvas: R.Tamm 17+6reb+4ast, B.Raley-Ross 14+6reb+4ast, A.Stewart 11+7reb+1ast, M.Laksa 8+2reb+2ast, M.Schleicher 7+4reb, J.Umbrasko 3+4reb
gschID: 230900


Barons kvartals - Parnu 99-94

The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 26-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Barons kvartals outrebounded KK Parnu 41-30 including 26 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by KK Parnu helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 17 rebounds. Latvian forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) chipped in 18 points. Barons kvartals' coach Martins Gulbis used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Lithuanian guard Augustas Peciukevicius (192-91) who recorded a double-double by scoring 32 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) and Lithuanian forward Osvaldas Matulionis (200-91) added 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Barons kvartals: T.Cain 25+17reb+3ast, A.Brunins 18+4reb+1ast, M.Gulbis 18+3reb+3ast, I.Bergmanis 13+2reb+3ast, A.Epners 8, D.Zonne 5
Parnu: A.Peciukevicius 32+7reb+10ast, O.Matulionis 24+5reb+4ast, K.Kitsing 16+3reb, R.Raadik 10+6reb+1ast, K.Evart 9+1ast, T.Hamarsalu 1
gschID: 230901


Naglis Palangos - Rudupis 77-88

The game was mostly controlled by Rudupis. Naglis Palangos managed to win third quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Swingman Gediminas Orelikas (200-90) scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Arturas Milaknis (195-86) chipped in 22 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American center Ryan Olander (213, college: Fairfield, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import guard Parrish Brown (185-84, college: Maryland) scored 17 points and 4 assists. Four Rudupis and five Naglis Palangos players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: A.Milaknis 22+3reb, G.Orelikas 19+5reb+7ast, G.Kadziulis 15+2reb+6ast, S.Vene 11+2reb+4ast, A.Labuckas 8+4reb, A.Valeika 7+6reb
Naglis Palangos: P.Brown 17+3reb+4ast, R.Olander 17+11reb+4ast, E.Lengvinas 13+2reb+2ast, G.Wright 11+5reb+1ast, M.Kumpys 11+9reb+2ast, M.Mockevicius 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 230899



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Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
 1. Grodno-93 19-0 
 2. Sozh Gomel 15-5 
 3. Rubon 9-10 
 4. Tsmoki-Minsk II 8-11 
 5. Impuls BGUIR 8-11 
 6. Svisloch 6-14 
 7. Borisfen 3-17 
Play in international cups:
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk

Regular Season: Round 23

Feb. 12: Sozh Gomel - Svisloch 96-71
Feb. 12: Borisfen - Grodno-93 40-59
Feb. 12: Tsmoki-Minsk II - Rubon


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Kiril SITNIK
  Sozh Gomel
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel22.7 
 2. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.21.5 
 3. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.16.3 
 4. Zakhar, Impuls B.15.1 
 5. Shustau, Svisloch15.0 
 6. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.15.0 
 7. Indrikov, Rubon13.6 
 8. Sivalko, Rubon13.3 
 9. Sugonyako, Tsmoki.13.2 
 10. Akulich, Rubon12.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ronaldas RUTKAUSKAS
  Tsmoki.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.10.2 
 2. Dadukin, Sozh G.10.1 
 3. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.9.4 
 4. Zakhar, Impuls B.8.7 
 5. Sharamet, Borisfen6.3 
 6. Krisevich, Tsmoki.6.2 
 7. Kuzmin, Grodno-936.1 
 8. Ilyukevich, Rubon6.1 
 9. Kurapau, Tsmoki.6.0 
 10. Mishukov, Grodn.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  Sozh G.
  (185-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Charykau, Sozh G.6.8 
 2. Shustau, Svisloch5.3 
 3. Akulich, Rubon4.9 
 4. Kuzmin, Grodno-934.8 
 5. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.4.8 
 6. Kamarunas, Svisl.4.2 
 7. Kryukov, Borisfen3.4 
 8. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel3.3 
 9. Dadukin, Sozh G.2.7 
 10. Tatur, Borisfen2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dmitri AKULICH
  Rubon
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Akulich, Rubon3.3 
 2. Charykau, Sozh G.2.5 
 3. Zakhar, Impuls B.2.4 
 4. Malkov, Grodno-932.3 
 5. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel2.2 
 6. Shustau, Svisloch2.2 
 7. Tatur, Borisfen2.1 
 8. Volodkin, Impuls B.2.0 
 9. Dadukin, Sozh G.2.0 
 10. Kamarunas, Svisl.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Dzmitry KUZMIN
  Grodno-93
  (196-G-75)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kuzmin, Grodno-930.0 
 2. Kurapau, Tsmoki.0.0 
 3. Zakhar, Impuls B.0.0 
 4. Kryukov, Borisfen0.0 
 5. Volodkin, Impuls B.0.0 
 6. Krisevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 7. Vasilevich, Grodno.0.0 
 8. Korzh, Grodno-930.0 
 9. Usovich, Borisfen0.0 
 10. Korneenkov, Svisl.0.0 


Tierre coming and Tsmoki winning - by Timur Tolokh

Tierre Brown (188-G-79, college: McNeese St.) signed with Tsmoki-Minsk till the end of the season 2012-2013. His career started in the NBA after graduating in Mc Neese St. in 2001, he signed contract with Houston Rockets. In the season 2002-2003 he spent 15 games for "Cleveland Cavaliers" and 3 - for "New Orleans Hornets." However, best season in his career was 2004-2005 season, when he played in "Los Angeles Lakers" and was voted MVP D-League NBA. In 76 games he averaged 4.4 points in 14 minutes of playing time.

In January 2006, Brown joined in D-League club, "Albuquerque Tanderbeds", and after he moved to Europe, where until 2007 stood for "Napoli" in the Italian championship, as well as teams in the leagues of Qatar and Venezuela.

Early Tsmoki-Minsk cut Nigel Munson (187-G-86, college: District of Col.) and JaJuan Smith (188-G-85, college: Tennessee) left the team by personal reason.



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Division II - Round Twenty-Two - by Bert Larsimont

Essor Charleroi (Spirou B) vs. BBC Haantjes Oudenaarde: 60-100

Despite having three major players missing, the Haantjes never gave any chance to their hosts. BBC Oudenaarde showed up in Jumet (a suburb of Charleroi) without Gillis Mestdag (197-F/C-80, college: Siskiyous JC), Mikhail Linskens (213-C-87, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Wyoming) and Maarten Brysse (205-C-86) last Sunday morning. The very weak Spirou B team never found a good rhythm. The young Spirou boys could never be boosted by their coach Pascal Angilis either. Special mention to experienced players Joeri Bourdeaux (190-F/G-78) and Floris Moerman (195-F-78) who were well present and efficient for the visitors. Only French guard Yann Siegwarth (184-PG-93) managed to show some worthy skills from time to time for the hosts. Free online video highlights and interview of Essor coach Pascal Angilis broadcasted on Telesambre (in French) last Monday: http://telesambre.rtc.be/content/view/16580/599/.
Best scorers:
Essor: Y. Siegwarth 18, A. Lambot 9, J. Stas 13, Y. Diop 2, M. Fusek 6, B. Penninck 4, J. Charles 4, M. Steenberghs 2, A. Eyenga 2.
Haantjes: N. Delepeleire 2, S. Delepeleire 2, G. Delepeleire 11, J. Bourdeaux 30, F. Moerman 24, J. Salumu 29, L. Lhote 2.

Gembo BBC vs. Sint-Jan Antwerp: 102-79

Great derby in the Antwerp metropole last weekend! After a close first half, Domien Loubry (186-G-85) and Nick Celis (194-G-88) helped their team to reach a larger advantage in the third and fourth quarters. On Sint-Jan's side, Pim Smulders (210-C-89) and Bram Raes (211-C-86) were quickly in foul trouble and Mario Brown (202-F-84, college: Jacksonville), still injured, could not play his usual role of intimidator in this game. The hosts of coach Stefan Sappenberghs also played a tough defense at some point, allowing the Jantjes to score only two field goals in the third quarter. Free video highlights available on atv.be (see http://www.atv.be/item/gembo-wint-boeiende-burenstrijd in Flemish) and on YouTube (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xd-R3hOUxNc&feature=youtu.be).
Score evolution: 26-27, 50-43, 74-59 and 102-79.
Best scorers:
Gembo: D. Loubry 27, N. Celis 23, Y. Desiron 12, T. Goethaert 6, A. Goetgeluck 8, E. Van Aken 8, W. Lemaire 5, A. Vermeersch 9, P. Van Rillaer 6.
Sint-Jan: B. Hartshorne 17, A. Druwez 15, V. Kesteloot 10, S. Geukens 12, V. Haerbos 8, V. Verbeeck 3, N. El Khounchar 8, L. Anthonis 5, P. Smulders 2.

Sint-Niklase Condors vs. Point Chaud Sprimont: 85-71

Joris De Schepper (187-G/F-83), currently active with Excelsior Brussels, will be part of the Condors' squad next season. This has just been announced on the Klaasjes' official website today. Meanwhile, the Condors hosted Point Chaud Sprimont led by Frederic Delsaute (191-F-86) last weekend. The home team managed to stay ahead during the whole game but it was never easy against Sprimont, a very surprising team again this season. The Condors were ahead by 5 points at the half. Elias Lasisi (192-G/F-92, agency: Court Side) was excellent but his mate Bjorn De Beukeleer (185-G/F-89), who hit three crucial shots from three-point range at the right time, was the player who allowed the Klaasjes to eventually take a larger lead in the second half. The men of coach Steve Ibens keep doing well this season and clearly remain true play-off candidates.
Best scorers:
Condors: N/A
PC Sprimont: F. Manset 8, F. Delsaute 17, J.-B. Thom 6, G. Vrancken 3, A. Bousmanne 2, J. Flagothier 10, G. Hertay 8, R. Delhaye 2, G. Donnay 15.

BasKet Tongeren vs. Bent Schoenen Waregem: 83-101

Although it was announced on the BS Waregem's website that Ahmet Gueye (203-C/F-82, college: Hawaii) and the club staff had agreed to break their contract by mutual agreement, the Senegalese center was well present last weekend. After their poor first quarter, the BK men of coach Ludo Horions reacted very well in the second quarter and even early in the third one (scoreboard showed 46-54 after 25 minutes). Nevertheless, Olivier Foucart (195-G-84) and Thomas Foucart (195-F-84) were the real MVPs in this game. The twins had 53 points (Olivier 30 and Thomas 23): more than half of the total points scored by the BS Waregem team in this game.
Score evolution: 11-27, 34-38, 61-76 and 83-101.
Best scorers:
BK Tongeren: N/A
BS Waregem: O. Foucart 30, T. Foucart 23, A. Gueye 16, A. Steinbach 12, S. Dhondt 9, H. Loontiens 5, B. Samaey 4, N. Destadsbader 2.

Kangoeroes Boom vs. Excelsior Brussels: 81-88

The great result of this weekend is definitely for Excelsior. It was a real thriller and, in the end, the men of coach Serge Crevecoeur finished on top. In this match-up between two Ethias League candidates, Randy Oveneke (201-F-86) (despite being fouled out) showed his full talent in all sectors of the game for the visitors: 14 points, 3 assists and 8 rebounds. Excelsior also managed to keep Kangoeroes' star Dieter Souveryns (193-F/G-83) to only 6 points last Friday. Special mentions also to Excelsior quatuor Emmanuel Mampuya (200-F/C-79, agency: Promotex), Lars Maesfrancx (197-F-90), Stephane Pelle (205-C/F-80, college: Colorado) and Kanefu "Sam" Semijejero (195-PF-77) who had interesting plays at crucial moments in this game. The Kangoeroes of coach Tom Poppe were always in the race, mainly thanks to a superb performance by Sebastien Bellin (205-C-78, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Oakland), and were only outscored in the last quarter. Also an interesting figure: 40 rebounds grabbed by the Excel guys!
Score evolution: 16-19, 42-41, 60-60 and 81-88.
Best scorers:
Kangoeroes: S. Bellin 22, D. Souveryns 6, W. Dobbelaere 12, W. Van Schil 7, M. Gorremans 21, D. Dhaens 11, A. Mollekens 2.
Excelsior: E. Mampuya 8, X. Collette 13, M. Depuydt 1, J. Van Haevermaet 16, G. De Pooter 6, L. Maesfrancx 8, J. De Schepper 11, S. Pelle 4, R. Oveneke 14, S. Semijejero 7.

Belfius Mons Hainaut II vs. Port of Antwerp Giants II: 86-70

These two Belgian Development League teams also involved in the Division II competition offered a good game to the few fans present at the mons.arena. The young Foxes were always in front and Amaury Gorgemans (211-C-92) had good stats last Friday: 26 points, 3 steals and 5 rebounds. Special mention also to Lorenzo Giancaterino (190-F/G-90) with a +/- evaluation of +32 on the winning side and to Dorian Marchant (198-F-93) with 35 points on the losing side. With 20 turnovers, the visitors of coach Luc Smout could certainly never claim the win in this game.
Score evolution: 30-19, 51-36, 71-53 and 86-70.
Best scorers:
Mons Hainaut II: L. Giancaterino 14, E. Lecomte 13, G. Vlamynck 2, L. Schwartz 9, D. Walasiak 2, M. Renard 3, A. Gorgemans 26, K. Tumba 17.
Giants II: T. Akyazili 2, P. Peeters 4, A. Rojas Palma 7, O. Kandakanjinda 5, B. Van Den Broeck 2, D. De Hoon 2, Ya. Schoepen 8, Yo. Schoepen 5, D. Marchant 35.

CEP Fleurus vs. Gent Dragons: 75-62

With this great win over the Dragons, the CEPmen have honored their coach Paul Vervaeck who has just signed a two-year contract with Port of Antwerp Giants (in the Ethias League). Paul Vervaeck will join the Giants next summer. You need to have two good teams to have a great game and it was certainly the case last Friday night. CEP always seemed to have everything under control but needed an excellent first half from long range shooting by Kevin Jonniaux (198-G-83) and a great team spirit to keep being in front during the whole game. After 18-8, the Dragons reacted well and, led by Thomas Van De Vondel (194-F/G-80), came closer and closer in the second half of the first quarter. Sead Muric (205-C-81) was simply perfect in his role of center for the Black and Yellows and annoyed the visitors' big men Brian Heinle (205-F-78, agency: Court Side, college: CS Northridge) and Leigh Enobakhare (206-C-86, agency: Court Side). Sead "Ibiza" Muric was well present offensively too. CEP F remained ahead mainly thanks to great shots hit from downtown by Kevin Jonniaux. It was also a real pleasure to see Amaury Marion (196-F-91), Louis Hazard (199-F-94) and Rik Van den Berghe (208-C-93) together on the floor in the last minutes of the second quarter. Helped by Christian Ilongo (194-F-85, agency: Promotex), Kevin Jonniaux or Thomas Bauwens (192-F-86), the three gentlemen were clearly able to challenge the Dragons. Louis Hazard also had a fantastic third quarter, when his team took a larger lead. Last Gentenaar efforts by Thomas Van De Vondel, Leigh Enobakhare, Robin Spaens (180-G-92) and Maarten Van Gelder (194-F-83) were not enough to defeat a very diligent and hardworking CEP team. Very spectacular plays by Christian Manzanza (193-F-85, college: Peninsula JC) and Christian Ilongo as well as great three-pointers by Thomas Bauwens made the small local crowd cheer. Basketball fans could go back home with the feeling of having attended an excellent basketball game at the Salle Andre Robert last Friday. Free video and interview of Paul Vervaeck and Christian Ilongo on Telesambre (in French): http://telesambre.rtc.be/content/view/16568/166/.
Score evolution: 20-14, 39-33, 60-45 and 75-62.
Best scorers:
CEP F: A. Marion 6, K. Jonniaux 19, C. Manzanza 8, T. Bauwens 14, L. Hazard 12, S. Muric 10, C. Ilongo 6.
Dragons: J. Jones 2, B. Heinle 6, R. Spaens 6, F. Lait 3, T. Van de Vondel 24, M. Van Gelder 5, L. Enobakhare 12, M. Detiege 2, C. Tshimuanga 2.



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Standings - BIH League

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

Regular Season: Round 17

Feb. 16: Varda HE - Bosna
Feb. 16: Kakanj - Mladost
Feb. 16: Posusje - Servitium
Feb. 16: Vogosca - Capljina
Feb. 16: Leotar - Radnik B.
Feb. 16: Borac Nektar - Zrinjski HT


D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Vogosca
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 24
 1. Tuljkovic, Vogosca24.0 
 2. Bakovic, Posusje22.0 
 3. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.20.5 
 4. Lalovic, Zrinjski.19.5 
 5. Hot, Vogosca18.7 
 6. Bijelic, Mladost17.6 
 7. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.17.3 
 8. Aleksic, Leotar17.1 
 9. Bjelica, Capljina16.7 
 10. Peljto, Kakanj16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marko JOSILO
  Varda HE
  (201-G-92)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Josilo, Varda HE9.2 
 2. Tuljkovic, Vogosca8.8 
 3. Jazvin, Zrinjski HT8.0 
 4. Lalovic, Zrinjski.7.9 
 5. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.7.2 
 6. Bijelic, Mladost7.1 
 7. Pavlovic, Borac N.6.6 
 8. Erkic, Radnik B.6.6 
 9. Rizvic, Bosna6.3 
 10. Jovanovic, Radnik6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Hot, Vogosca7.9 
 2. Peljto, Kakanj6.5 
 3. Kascelan, Leotar5.9 
 4. Kovacevic, Capljina5.5 
 5. Radovanovic, Radni.5.3 
 6. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.5.2 
 7. Hodzic, Bosna5.2 
 8. Bakovic, Posusje4.9 
 9. Ivanic, Mladost4.8 
 10. Kastratovic, Vard.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Hot, Vogosca2.9 
 2. Kovacevic, Capljina2.3 
 3. Bjelica, Capljina2.3 
 4. Lovric, Posusje2.2 
 5. Hodzic, Bosna1.6 
 6. Erkic, Radnik B.1.6 
 7. Jovanovic, Radnik1.5 
 8. Peljto, Kakanj1.5 
 9. Knezevic, Mladost1.5 
 10. Josilo, Varda HE1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Igor BIJELIC
  Mladost
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Bijelic, Mladost1.5 
 2. Jurkovic, Capljina0.6 
 3. Djuranovic, Borac0.6 
 4. Mustapic, Posusje0.6 
 5. Popovic, Capljina0.6 
 6. Buza, Bosna0.6 
 7. Loncarevic, Radnik0.5 
 8. Erkic, Radnik B.0.5 
 9. Leric, Bosna0.5 
 10. Demic, Bosna0.5 


HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar adds Djukanovic to their roster, ex Buducnost - by Eurobasket News

HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar (Division I) added to their roster 22-year old Montenegrin point guard Milutin Djukanovic (190-91). He has played for the last two seasons at Buducnost in Montenegrin 1A league. But in 17 Euroleague games last year he did not score anything. Djukanovic also played 2 games in 1A where he had 3.0ppg and 1.0apg. He won Montenegrin League championship title for two years in a row (2011 and 2012). Djukanovic represented Montenegro at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 8.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.7apg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 64.3%.
Djukanovic has played also professionally for other Montenegrin teams like Lovcen and Ulcinj.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Barbosa may be lost for the season for the Boston Celtics - by Mel Devonne

Leandro Barbosa (190-PG-82), the Brasilian Blur, and reserve guard for the Boston Celtics
hurt his knee and was carried off last night in a loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.
Boston had their 7 game win streak broken and during the streak Barbosa has
been a key player off the bench for the ailing Boston Celtics, who are
without all-star guard Rajon Rhondo.
Barbosa, who lately has worn knee braces during games was without his brace
in last nights game where he landed awkwardly during the game.
Barbosa has had a tough season and is averaging a career low 5 ppg.
The team should give a status report soon on the health of Leandro Barbosa.





Ginastico agreed with two more players - by Paulo Freire

The Ginastico B.Horizont new team has agreed with two more players for the roster. Head coach Jefferson Teixeira will have now point guard Felipe Pitta (178-G-89) and center Carlos dos Santos (203-C-88, college: Cent.Arkansas).
Felipe has his highlights at the south of Brazil playing at the Lajeado team, he is a small point guard that use his speed to penetrate and can also shoot the ball.
Big man Carlos dos Santos is still looking for an opportunity at the brazilian basketball scene, after graduating at college basketball in the US he spend time at Rio Claro and Santos teams but never got a lot of playing time.
Rumors also appoint that the managers of the team can also agreed terms with another two players, Wanderson de Jesus (201-F/C-83) and Bruno da Silva (205-F-81, college: W.Florida).





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Balkan League: Rilski Sportist hold off KK Kumanovo - by Eurobasket News

Rilski Sportist - KK Kumanovo 88:75

Rilski Sportist claimed the first win at the Second Stage of the Balkan League season. They held off visiting KK Kumanovo at home court to improve at 3-3 record in First Six Group. Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) stepped up with 21 points to lead the winners.
Rilski Sportist got to a confident start to the game. The Bulgarian team unleashed 25 points in the first quarter to take a 7-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. Rilski Sportist secured a 7-point advantage at the interval 41:34. The hosts deepened the margin in the third term. They held Kumanovo to 16 points in the quarter to secure a 12-point lead before the fourth quarter. Rilski Sportist knocked down 26 points in the fourth frame and secured a well-deserved win at the end. Terry Smith (185-PG-86, college: Mercyhurst) produced 18 points, while Braxton Dupree (203-F-89, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Towson) added 16 points for the hosts. Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) answered with 26 points and 14 boards for KK Kumanovo. Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had 18 points in the loss.

Rilski Sportist: Branko Mirkovic 21, Terry Smith 18, Braxton Dupree 16
KK Kumanovo: Uros Lukovic 26+14 boards, Aleksandar Kostoski 18



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

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

Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Luc Mbah a Moute (200-86, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Milwaukee Bucks (25-25) in their last game. Despite Mbah a Moute's good performance the Milwaukee Bucks lost 104-112 on the road to the Denver Nuggets. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Mbah a Moute also added 6 rebounds in 38 minutes on the court. It was Bucks' fourth consecutive loss in a row. It's Mbah a Moute's fifth season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 7.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 43.4%, 3FGP: 31.8% and FT: 58.2% in the 35 games he played so far. Mbah a Moute played for the Cameroonian senior national team two years ago.

Kenny Kadji
Kenny Kadji
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Kenny Kadji (211-88, currently plays college basketball in the States). He led Miami, FL to an easy victory against the Boston College (2-8) crushing them 72-50 in the NCAA last Tuesday. Kadji scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The University of Miami, Florida has quite an impressive 10-0 conference record this season. So far Miami, FL won all ten games in the conference. This season Kadji averages: 7.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 43.4%, 3FGP: 31.8% and FT: 58.2%. He played for the Cameroonian national team in 2011.

Harding NaNa
Harding NaNa
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware, currently plays in Germany). NaNa led New Yorker Phantoms to a surprising victory over the tenth-ranked TBB Trier (10-11) 84-81 in the German BBL on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. NaNa recorded 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 25 minutes. New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (7-14) is placed 16th in the BBL. They ended the series of six consecutive loses. It's NaNa's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 46.2%, 3FGP: 35.7% and FT: 56.7% in the 21 games. NaNa played for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

William Arnaud Adala
William Arnaud Adala
   #4. Forward William Arnaud Adala (198-93, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Wake Forest (4-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Wake Forest was crushed 87-62 in Chapel Hill, NC by the University of North Carolina. Arnaud Adala scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. It was Wake Forest's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Arnaud Adala's overall stats are: 6.8ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg in the 11 games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2011.

Michel Ipouck
Michel Ipouck
   #5. Former international forward Michel Ipouck (199-86, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Chartres (8-11) in their game against Orchesien BC (14-4) in the French NM1 (third division), despite his very good performance on Tuesday night. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds. Ipouck also added 4 assists and 4 steals in 36 minutes. But Chartres lost 54-62 in Orchies to the second-ranked Orchesien BC. Ipouck has reliable stats this year: 12.2ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.7spg in the six games. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Despite Ipouck played previously for the French U20 national team, he is currently in the Cameroonian national team roster.

Victor Samnick
Victor Samnick
   #6. An experienced power forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown, currently plays in France) couldn't help Chorale de Roanne (9-10) in their game against Le Mans (12-7) in the French ProA. Despite his good performance in Monday night's game Samnick scored 10 points. Samnick's total stats this season are: 8.1ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.4apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Cameroonian senior team two years ago.

Arsene Towa
Arsene Towa
   #7. Former international forward Arsene Towa (191-81, currently plays in Finland) led Kerava Energia Team to a victory against the fourth-ranked Jarvenpaa (13-9) 96-91 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) on Sunday night. Towa scored 12 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Kerava Energia Team (17-5) is placed first in Division B. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Towa is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Kerava Energia Team's roster. He is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders. Towa has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.6ppg, 12.5rpg, 2.6apg and 1.7spg. Towa used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Steve Tchiengang Noubissie
Steve Tchiengang Noubissie
   #8. Forward Steve Tchiengang Noubissie (205-88, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in Qatar) couldn't help Al Jaysh (11-5) in their game against Al Rayyan (13-3) in the Qatari D1, despite his very good performance in Tuesday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds. Tchiengang Noubissie also added 2 blocks in 33 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. But Al Jaysh lost 62-69 in a derby game to the leading Al Rayyan. This year Tchiengang Noubissie's total stats are: 5.4ppg, 10.5rpg and 1.3apg in the eight games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2011.

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

   #1. Experienced Rudolf Mua (201-F/C-80, currently plays in Finland) led Kerava Energia Team to a victory over the fourth-ranked Jarvenpaa (13-9) 96-91 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) in Sunday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Mua scored 30 points (!!!), had 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Kerava Energia Team (17-5) is placed first in Division B. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Mua is currently seventh on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Mua averages: 21.3ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.2apg, 2.1bpg and 1.8spg.

   #2. Michel Enanga (196-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Charleston Southern University (8-2) crushing them 73-53 in the NCAA last Wednesday. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds in 25 minutes. The Coastal Carolina College has 6-5 conference record this season. Enanga has very impressive stats this year: 21.3ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.2apg, 2.1bpg and 1.8spg in the 19 games he played so far.

   #3. Talba Toudjani (201-F-80, currently plays in Georgia) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider STU (0-12) crushing them 112-70 in the Georgian Superleague on Monday night. He scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Energy Invest Rustaviis placed in the Superleague. Toudjani's overall stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg.

   #4. Steve Moundou-Missi (201-F, currently studies in the States) contributed to a 2-point Harvard's victory against the Cornell University (3-1) 67-65 in the NCAA last Friday. Moundou-Missi scored 11 points and blocked 2 shots. The Harvard University has 3-1 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Moundou-Missi's total stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg.

   #5. William Yengue (193-F, currently plays in Canada) was the major contributor in a Dalhousie University's victory against the Huskies (12-7) 82-65 in a derby game in the Canadian university league CIS last Wednesday. Yengue scored 16 points in 28 minutes. The Dalhousie University has 9-7 record this season. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Yengue is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Dalhousie University's roster. This season his total stats are: 8.4ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.3apg in the 16 games.

   #6. Theodore Boyomo (206-C, is currently at the American university) contributed to Howard's victory against the South Carolina State University 57-45 in the NCAA last Monday. Boyomo scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Boyomo has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 10.5rpg and 1.3apg.

   #7. Saidou Njoya (186-PG-89, currently plays in France) managed to help JL Bourg Basket in a victory against the closely-ranked Aix-Maurienne 80-67 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. He recorded 5 points in 16 minutes. Njoya has averaged so far 2.6ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.9apg in the eight games.

   #8. Sama Taku (185-G, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Pacific to beat the Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Taku scored only 3 points. His team was defeated 67-62. Taku has averaged so far 2.6ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.9apg.

   #9. Yannick Atanga (203-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the one of league's weakest teams Santa Clara in their game against the Saint Mary's College of California in the NCAA. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Atanga scored only 1 points and blocked 2 blocks in 21 minutes. His team was crushed by 21 points 84-63. Atanga has averaged so far 2.6ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.9apg in the eight games.

   #10. James Siakam (198-F-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Vanderbilt in their game against the Louisiana State University in the NCAA. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Siakam recorded only 2 points. His team was edged 57-56. Siakam has averaged so far 2.6ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.9apg.



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CIS Standings

CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Cape Breton 16-0 
 2. Acadia 13-3 
 3. UPEI 9-7 
 4. Dalhousie 9-8 
 5. St.Francis X. 7-9 
 6. St.Mary's 6-11 
 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 33

Feb. 12: Acadia - St.Mary's 92-68
Feb. 12: Dalhousie - St.Francis X. 88-83
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


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. Otieno, Alberta19.8 
 7. Fee, New Brunsw.19.8 
 8. Dunn, St.Francis X.19.8 
 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. Ezenibe, St.Mary''s11.3 
 3. Klassen, Acadia11.3 
 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. Pasquale, Laure.4.4 
 9. Smith, TWU4.4 
 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. Walton, Manitoba2.8 
 5. Daley, New Brunsw.2.8 
 6. Baker, Alberta2.7 
 7. Parchment, UFV2.7 
 8. Smith, TWU2.6 
 9. Clarke, St.Franc.2.4 
 10. Donkoh, St.Franc.2.4 
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 


Samuel Dalembert's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Canadians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Samuel Dalembert
Samuel Dalembert
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Samuel Dalembert (211-81, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Milwaukee Bucks (25-25) in their last game. Despite Dalembert's very good performance the Milwaukee Bucks lost 104-112 on the road to the Denver Nuggets. He had a double-double by scoring 35 points and getting 12 rebounds in 27 minutes on the court. It was Bucks' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Dalembert has relatively good stats this year: 7.1ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 58.8%(90-153) and FT: 76.3% in the 30 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Haitian and Canadian. Dalembert played for the Canadian senior national team five years ago.

Steve Nash
Steve Nash
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international point guard Steve Nash (190-74, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in NBA). Nash was the major contributor in a Los Angeles Lakers' victory against the Brooklyn Nets (30-22) 92-83 in the NBA on Tuesday night. He recorded 17 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists in 34 minutes. The Los Angeles Lakers have 24-28 record this season. Nash has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 12.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 7.4apg, 2FGP: 55.7%(93-167), 3FGP: 43.8% and FT: 91.8%(56-61) in the 28 games. Nash played for the Canadian national team in 2003.

Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U19 international forward Tristan Thompson (203-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA). He led Cleveland Cavaliers to an easy victory against the Charlotte Bobcats (12-39) crushing them 122-95 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Thompson scored 17 points, grabbed 9 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 3 shots; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. The Cleveland Cavaliers have rather weak 16-36 record this season. This year Thompson has very high stats. He averages: 11.4ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 50.4% and FT: 65.6%. Thompson played for the Canadian U19 national team four years ago.

Devoe Joseph
Devoe Joseph
   #4. Guard Devoe Joseph (193-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon, currently plays in Ukraine) led Khimik to an overtime victory over the closely-ranked Cherkasy (15-15) 93-87 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Friday night. Joseph was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points, made 5 passes and 4 steals; not bad, considering it's only Joseph's third season in pro basketball. Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (16-12) is placed fifth in the Superleague. This season Joseph has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.8apg. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team back in 2007.

Kyle Landry
Kyle Landry
   #5. Former international power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Russia was not able to help Triumph Lyubertsy (7-7) in their last game. Despite Landry's good performance the fifth-placed Triumph Lyubertsy was edged 70-69 in Kaunas by the leading Zalgiris in the group B of VTB United League. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. Landry also added and 3 steals in 32 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Landry is ranked third on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 7.0rpg. He also averaged so far 11.4ppg and 1.4spg in the 14 games. Landry used to play for the Canadian national team four years ago.

Kelly Olynyk
Kelly Olynyk
   #6. Forward Kelly Olynyk (213-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Gonzaga to an easy victory against the Loyola Marymount University (1-10) 74-55 in the NCAA last Saturday. He recorded 20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and made 2 blocks. The Gonzaga University has a very solid 10-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all ten games in the conference. It's Olynyk's fourth year with the team. Olynyk has reliable stats this season: 11.4ppg and 1.4spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Canadian senior team two years ago.

Ross Bekkering
Ross Bekkering
   #7. Former University international forward Ross Bekkering (203-87, currently plays in Holland) led Leiden to a victory against the closely-ranked Zwolle (14-12) 78-72 in the Dutch Eredivisie on Sunday night. Bekkering scored 18 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (20-5) is placed first in the Eredivisie. Bekkering is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 8.4rpg. This year his other stats are: 13.9ppg and 1.3apg in the 25 games. Bekkering used to play for the Canadian university national team four years ago.

Anthony Bennett
Anthony Bennett
   #8. Forward Anthony Bennett (203-93, currently studies in the States) contributed to UNLV's victory against the University of New Mexico (7-2) 64-55 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 12 rebounds. Bennett also added 3 blocks. The University of Nevada - Las Vegas have 5-4 conference record this season. Bennett's stats this year are: 13.9ppg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Canadian U17 national team back in 2010.

Kevin Pangos
Kevin Pangos
   #9. Former international guard Kevin Pangos (188-93, is currently at the American university) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kelly Olynyk and both played together in the last NCAA game. Pangos contributed to an easy victory against the Loyola Marymount University (1-10) 74-55. He recorded 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 35 minutes. Pangos averaged so far 13.9ppg and 1.3apg in the 25 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team four years ago.

Jevohn Shepherd
Jevohn Shepherd
   #10. Forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan, currently plays in Romania) led CSM Bucuresti to a victory over the 12th-ranked Giurgiu (7-14) crushing them 94-74 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Saturday night's game. Shepherd was the best player in that game. He scored 24 points in 30 minutes. CS Municipal Bucuresti (14-7) is placed fifth in the Liga Nationala. Shepherd is currently third on the league's list of top scorers with 19.3ppg. He also averaged so far 4.4rpg, 2.1apg and 1.9spg in the 20 games. Shepherd is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Canadian senior national team.

   #11. Former U19 international center Sim Bhullar (226-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a 2-point N.Mexico St.'s victory against the University of Idaho 76-74 in the NCAA last Thursday. He scored 20 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Bhullar's overall stats this season are:, 4.4rpg, 2.1apg and 1.9spg. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team two years ago.

   #12. Former international forward Jamie Vanderbeken (210-87, college: Iowa St., currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers crushing them 97-58 in the British BBL in Friday night's game. Vanderbeken scored 15 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks. His overall stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.6apg. Vanderbeken used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2011.

   #13. Former international forward Marvell Waithe (205-87, college: Arkansas, currently plays in Denmark) was the main contributor in Bakken's victory against the league leader SISU crushing them 93-68 in the Danish Ligaen last Thursday. He was the top player that evening. Waithe scored 18 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 23 minutes. He averaged so far 15.0ppg and 7.0rpg in the two games. Waithe used to play for the Canadian national team four years ago.

   #14. Former U18 international forward Kyle Wiltjer (208-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Kentucky's victory against the Auburn University 72-62 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He recorded 14 points. Wiltjer averaged so far 15.0ppg and 7.0rpg. He used to play for the Canadian U18 national team back in 2010.

   #15. Former U19 international point guard Olivier Hanlan (193-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Boston Coll. (2-8) in their last game. Despite Hanlan's very good performance the Boston Coll. was edged 62-61 at home by the Duke University. He scored 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 37 minutes. Hanlan averaged so far 15.0ppg and 7.0rpg in the two games. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Andrew Nicholson (205-PF-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Orlando Magic (15-36) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the Orlando Magic was defeated 119-108 on the road by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Nicholson recorded 21 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks. It's Nicholson's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 7.8ppg and 3.5rpg.

   #2. Experienced Matt Bonner (206-F-80, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) led San Antonio Spurs to an easy victory against the Brooklyn Nets (30-22) crushing them 111-86 in the NBA last Sunday. He scored 11 points in 24 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have quite an impressive 41-12 record this season. It's Bonner's seventh year with the team. This year Bonner's overall stats are: 4.1ppg and 2.0rpg in the 45 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American.

   #3. Robbie Sihota (198-F-87, currently plays in Holland), who plays in the Dutch Eredivisie was not able to help M.Magixx (12-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Sihota's very good performance M.Magixx was edged 87-84 at home by the lower-ranked Weert (#8). He recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 10 rebounds. Sihota also added 2 blocks. Sihota's stats this season are: 11.2ppg and 6.9rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Indian and Canadian.

   #4. Stephen Sir (195-G-82, college: N.Arizona, currently plays in Romania) was the major contributor in a CSM Bucuresti's victory against the 12th-ranked Giurgiu (7-14) crushing them 94-74 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Saturday night. Sir scored 23 points and added 3 assists in 23 minutes. CS Municipal Bucuresti (14-7) is placed fifth in the Liga Nationala. Sir averaged so far 10.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.2apg in the 19 games.

   #5. Jason Calliste (188-PG, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Detroit Mercy to a victory against the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (1-8) 82-74 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. He scored 22 points and added 4 assists. The University of Detroit Mercy has a solid 7-4 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Calliste averaged so far 10.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.2apg.

   #6. Daniel Mullings (188-G, currently studies in the States) contributed to a 3-point N.Mexico St.'s victory against the Seattle University 60-57 in the NCAA last Saturday. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 39 minutes. Mullings averaged so far 10.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.2apg in the 19 games.

   #7. Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in Finland) led KTP-Basket to a victory over the eighth-ranked UU-Korihait 87-81 in the Finnish Korisliiga on Saturday night. He was the top player that evening. Barrett scored 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Barrett is ranked first on the list of the best blockers in the league. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Barrett averages: 15.4ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.1apg, 1.4bpg and 1.6spg.

   #8. Melvin Ejim (198-F-91, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Iowa St. (6-4) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Iowa St. lost 70-79 in Manhattan, KS to the Kansas State University. Ejim had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds in 35 minutes. Ejim is currently second on the league's list of best rebounders with 5.6rpg. He also averaged so far 15.4ppg, 1.1apg, 1.4bpg and 1.6spg in the 29 games.

   #9. Dwight Powell (208-F-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Stanford in their game against the University of Arizona in the NCAA. Despite his very good performance last Wednesday Powell recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 2 blocks. This season Powell has very high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 1.1apg, 1.4bpg and 1.6spg.

   #10. Bryson Johnson (188-PG-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a 2-point Bucknell's victory against the U.S.Military Academy 60-58 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Johnson recorded 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his six free throws) in 38 minutes. He has very impressive stats this year: 15.4ppg, 1.1apg, 1.4bpg and 1.6spg in the 29 games.



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ACADEMIA DE LA MONTANA, GETS BYRON BURNETT AND SAM WALLACE - by Victor Garcia

Academia de la Montaa, the new team from Medellin will be coached by the veteran coach Hernan Giraldo and start releasing the nema of two americans that will be their frontcourt for the upcoming Proffesional Basketball Division tournament.
Byron Burnett (206-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: FIU) (2,05 F/C FIU) left handed internal player and Sam Wallace (2,08 C Elizabaeth City) will join the team practices soon, Burnett played in Romania, Mexico, Spains EBA , Angola and Venezuelas LNB, while Wallace has experience in the USA minor leagues.
Them will join local and young players like Camilo Londono, Alex Londono, Beicar Aguaslimpias, Marlon Catao, the team management is still trying to close a deal with Norbey Aragon.



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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. 10-0 
 2. Zrinjevac 7-4 
 3. Gorica 6-4 
 4. Dubrava 6-4 
 5. Samobor 6-4 
 6. Sanac Karl. 5-7 
 7. Maksimir 4-5 
 8. Bosco 3-6 
 9. Mladost Z.(C) 3-6 
 10. Rudes 2-7 
 11. Kaptol 2-7 
 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 16-1 
 2. Kastela 14-3 
 3. Puntamika 13-0 
 4. Policnik 10-7 
 5. Omis Galeb 8-9 
 6. Cetina 7-9 
 7. Solin 7-10 
 8. Metkovic 6-10 
 9. Sukosan 6-11 
 10. Jazine 5-11 
 11. Trogir 3-13 
 12. DOSK 3-14 
Group West
 1. Skrljevo 10-2 
 2. Crikvenica 9-4 
 3. Stoja Pula 8-3 
 4. Kastav 7-5 
 5. Pula 1981 7-5 
 6. Zamet 5-7 
 7. Otocac 3-7 
 8. Ghia Staff 2-10 
 9. Rovinj 1-9 
 10. Ucka 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 18

Center

Feb. 16: Kaptol - Sanac Karl.
Feb. 16: Zrinjevac - Mladost Z.(C)
Feb. 16: Samobor - Bosco
Feb. 16: Dubrava - Rudes
Feb. 16: Hermes Anal. - Maksimir

East

Feb. 16: Belisce - Zupanja
Feb. 16: Vukovar - Vinkovci
Feb. 16: Vrijednosnice - Meteor D.
Feb. 16: Pozega - Olimp Inspekt

North

Feb. 16: Cakovec - Graficar
Feb. 16: Mladost D.(N) - Vindija V.
Feb. 16: Podravac Virje - Medjimurje C.
Feb. 16: Koprivnica - Radnik
Feb. 16: Ivancica - Bjelovar
Feb. 16: Petar Zrinski - Rudar-Cimper

South

Feb. 10: Trogir - Jazine 96-81
Feb. 10: Kastela - Omis Galeb 88-75
Feb. 10: Cetina - Metkovic 84-79
Feb. 10: Policnik - GKK Sibenik 75-91
Feb. 10: Solin - DOSK 74-61
Feb. 10: Puntamika - Sukosan 104-79

West

Feb. 16: Stoja Pula - Ghia Staff
Feb. 16: Kastav - Rovinj
Feb. 16: Otocac - Skrljevo
Feb. 16: Pula 1981 - Crikvenica


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

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

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in VTB United League). He was the major contributor in Zalgiris' victory against the fifth-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (7-7) 70-69 in the VTB United League in Tuesday night's game. Popovic recorded 12 points and added 4 assists in 25 minutes on the court. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (13-1) is placed first in group B. It was his team's ninth 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. This year Popovic averages: 9.8ppg, 1.2rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 57.7%(15-26), 3FGP: 38.7% and FT: 89.3% in the 13 games he played so far. He played for the Croatian senior national team two years ago.

Roko-Leni Ukic
Roko-Leni Ukic
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, currently plays in Greece). Ukic led Panathinaikos to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked AGOR (10-6) crushing them 85-58 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. He recorded 11 points. Panathinaikos Athens (15-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. It's Ukic's first season with the team. Ukic's overall stats this year are: 8.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 46.8% and FT: 75.0%. He is in the roster of the Croatian senior national team.

Kresimir Loncar
Kresimir Loncar
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Russia), who plays in the Russian PBL. Loncar could not help Khimky (8-3) to beat Unics Kazan (4-7). He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 18 minutes. Khimky lost 70-76 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) Unics Kazan. They ended the series of nine consecutive victories. This year Loncar's overall stats are: 5.7ppg, 3.7rpg and FT: 76.9% in the six games. He played for the Croatian national team three years ago.

Mario Delas
Mario Delas
   #4. Power forward Mario Delas (207-90, currently plays in VTB United League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Marko Popovic and both played together in the last VTB United League game. Delas contributed to a 1-point Zalgiris' victory against the fifth-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (7-7) 70-69. He recorded 7 points. Delas' total stats this season are: 5.7ppg and 3.4rpg. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2009.

Bruno Sundov
Bruno Sundov
   #5. An experienced former U21 international center Bruno Sundov (221-80, also represented by Alti Sport, currently plays in Philippines), who plays in the Filipino PBA was not able to help Rain or Shine (0-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Sundov's very good performance the eighth-placed Rain or Shine were edged 83-81 in Makati by the higher-ranked Alaska Aces (#3) in the Commissioner's Cup group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 15 rebounds. It was his first game for Rain or Shine this season. Sundov used to play for the Croatian U21 national team thirteen years ago.

Mario Stojic
Mario Stojic
   #6. Swingman Mario Stojic (198-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Belgium) led Base Oostende to an overtime victory against the sixth-ranked Liege Basket (6-10) 84-77 in the Belgian Ethias League in Friday night's game. He recorded 11 points and added 4 passes in 29 minutes. Telenet Oostende (12-4) is placed first in the Ethias League. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Stojic has relatively good stats this year: 12.6ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.9apg in the 15 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Croatian senior team four years ago.

Darko Planinic
Darko Planinic
   #7. International center Darko Planinic (211-90, currently plays in Israel) managed to help Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv to win against the league outsider Galil Gilboa (5-11) crushing them 91-56 in the Israeli Winner League last Sunday. Planinic recorded only 4 points. Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (15-1) is placed first in the Winner League. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. Planinic's total stats this season are: 5.5ppg and 2.8rpg. He is also Croatian national team player.

Franko Filipovic
Franko Filipovic
   #8. Forward Franko Filipovic (203-87, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala was not able to secure a victory for Miercurea Ciuc (3-18) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Miercurea Ciuc lost 85-96 in Bucuresti to the league outsider (#16) CS Dinamo. Filipovic was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added 9 rebounds, passed 4 assists and added 2 blocks in 40 minutes. It was Miercurea Ciuc's seventh consecutive loss in a row. This year Filipovic has relatively solid stats: 15.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.0apg in the 21 games. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team back in 2007.

Jurica Zuza
Jurica Zuza
   #9. Former international center Jurica Zuza (207-78, another player represented by Alti Sport, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TB2L (second division) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Trabzonspor (11-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Zuza's very good performance Trabzonspor was defeated 86-80 at home by the higher-ranked Gelisim (#9). He was the top scorer with 18 points. Zuza has reliable stats this season: 14.7ppg and 4.8rpg. He used to play for the Croatian national team nine years ago.

Mateo Kedzo
Mateo Kedzo
   #10. Power forward Mateo Kedzo (206-84, currently plays in Spain) led Ourense to a 1-point victory against the 12th-ranked FCB Regal II (7-10) 66-65 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. Kedzo scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 25 minutes. Club Ourense Baloncesto SAD (15-13) is placed in the LEB Gold. Kedzo averaged so far 12.9ppg and 4.5rpg in the 17 games. He is a former U18 international player as ten years ago he still played for the Croatian national team.

   #11. Former U18 international forward Zvonko Buljan (206-87, college: TCU, currently plays in Cyprus) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked AEK 69-54 in the Cypriot Division A last Tuesday. Buljan scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Buljan's total stats this season are: 7.8ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Croatian U18 national team eight years ago.

   #12. Former international power forward Tomislav Zubcic (208-90, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Kalev/Cramo crushing them 95-73 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. He scored only 2 points. Zubcic's total stats this season are: 5.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.3apg. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former international power forward Tomislav Ruzic (207-79, currently plays in EuroChallenge) couldn't help Tofas in their game against Khimik in the EuroChallenge. Ruzic recorded 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. His team lost 62-69. This year Ruzic's total stats are: 7.4ppg and 4.5rpg in the 10 games. He used to play for the Croatian national team thirteen years ago.

   #14. International swingman Fran Pilepic (193-89, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to a Gescrap BB's victory against the closely-ranked CEZ Nymburk 83-69 in the Eurocup on Tuesday night. Pilepic scored only 3 points. This season Pilepic averages just 5.4ppg. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

   #15. Former U18 international power forward Andrej Stimac (204-79, currently plays in Switzerland) led Geneve Lions to an easy victory against the league outsider BBC Nyon 94-79 in the Swiss LNA in Wednesday night's game. Stimac scored 12 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 31 minutes. Stimac averaged so far 13.3ppg, 5.8rpg and 3.6apg in the 16 games. He used to play for the Croatian U18 national team seventeen years ago.

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

   #1. Anthony Drmic (198-G/F-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Boise St. to a victory against the University of Wyoming (2-7) 68-61 in the NCAA last Saturday. Drmic recorded 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in 40 minutes. The Boise State University has 4-5 conference record this season. This year Drmic's total stats are: 5.7ppg and 3.4rpg in the 13 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Australian.

   #2. Ljubisa Vrcelj (210-C-84, college: Jacksonville, currently plays in Bulgaria), who plays in the Bulgarian NBL could not help Euroins Cherno More (5-1) in their last game. Despite Vrcelj's very good performance the league leader Euroins Cherno More was crushed 94-68 on the road by the second-ranked Levski Sofia. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Vrcelj also added 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Vrcelj has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg and 8.4rpg in the seven games. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Canadian.

   #3. Pankracije Barac (196-G-81, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Romania) led Pitesti to a victory over the seventh-ranked Timisoara (11-8) 76-65 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Friday night's game. Barac was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points. BCM U Pitesti (10-11) is placed 11th in the Liga Nationala. Barac belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #4. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Barac averages: 17.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.7apg and 1.7spg.

   #4. Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-81, currently plays in Austria) was the main contributor in an UBSC Graz's victory against the closely-ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (6-14) 88-77 in the Austrian A Bundesliga on Friday night. Stegnjaic was MVP of the game. He scored 25 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 34 minutes. UBSC Raiffeisen Graz (7-13) is placed eighth in the A Bundesliga. The Regular Season already ended. Stegnjaic has very impressive stats this year: 15.5ppg and 6.4rpg in the 20 games.

   #5. Marco Buljevic (197-G-87, also represented by Court Side, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProA (second division) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams ETB Wohnbau (9-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Buljevic's very good performance ETB Wohnbau was edged 68-65 in Paderborn by the higher-ranked Finke Baskets (#11). He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Buljevic averaged so far 10.1ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg. He has both Croatian and German nationalities. Despite Buljevic's Croatian passport, he previously played for the German U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Croatian team.

   #6. Sandi Marcius (206-F-90, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Purdue in their game against the Michigan State University in the NCAA. Marcius recorded only 4 points in 7 minutes on the court. His team lost 65-78. Marcius averaged so far 10.1ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg in the 21 games.

   #7. Ivan Jurkovic (213-C-90, is currently at the American university) managed to help Florida International University to win against the Florida Atlantic University 84-65 in the NCAA on Thursday night. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Jurkovic averaged so far 10.1ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg.

   #8. Marin Mornar (206-F-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Loyola Mary in their game against the University of San Diego in the NCAA. He scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 27 minutes. His team was edged in an overtime 69-68. Mornar averaged so far 10.1ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg in the 21 games.

   #9. Sasa Jankovic (204-F-84, currently plays in Slovakia), who plays in the Slovakian Extraliga couldn't help SKP Banska Bystrica (10-14) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance SKP Banska Bystrica was defeated 82-69 on the opponent's court by the league outsider Svit (#9). Jankovic scored 10 points. Jankovic averaged so far 10.9ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.3apg.

   #10. Marin Bavcevic (182-G-88, college: TCU, currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Lugano Tigers in their game against Fribourg in the Swiss LNA. He scored 8 points in 23 minutes. His team lost 62-74. Bavcevic has averaged so far 1.7ppg and 1.1rpg in the 14 games. He also holds two passports: Croatian and Swiss.



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Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Keravnos 17-3 
 2. AEK 14-5 
 3. Etha 14-5 
 4. Apoel 11-9 
 5. Apollon 9-11 
 6. AEL 6-14 
 7. ENAD 4-15 
 8. Omonia 3-16 

Regular Season: Round 20

Feb. 12: Apoel - Omonia 70-62
Feb. 12: Keravnos - Apollon 70-58
Feb. 12: AEL - ENAD 62-66
Feb. 13: AEK - Etha


Keravnos finishes in first position, Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD stays in league - by Michael Aristidou

With only one round remaining Keravnos Strovolou after their win against Forex Time Apollon locked up position one in regular season. Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios succeeded a crucial win against Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol


Keravnos Strovolou-Forex Time Apollon 70-58
Keravnos Strovolou needed the win to finish first in regular season one round before season ends. The game was a derby until first half with the two teams neither be able to take a serious lead. In third quarter Keravnos Strovolou improved in defense and manage to keep up the lead over 10points. Keravnos Strovolou had Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) with a double double (19p-13reb) while Forex Time Apollon had Marvin Jefferson (206-C-86, college: Idaho) with 24p
Quarters: 19-20, 34-32, 51-42, 70-58


Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol-Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios 62-66
In a game were Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios wanted badly to win I order to stay in the legue. Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol didnt had anything to lose in this game. Lewis Sims (203-F/C-73, college: New Orleans) had 16p for the winners while Milutin Aleksic (203-F-82) had 22p.
Quarters: 18-15, 38-36, 50-54, 62-66


Cytavision Apoel Nicosia- Papa Johns Omonia Nicosia 70-62
Cytavision Apoel Nicosia won Papa Johns Omonia Nicosia 70-62 and secure fourth position in the league. On the other hand Papa John Omonia lost and they will compete in division b next year. Mike Morrison (205-F-89, agency: Interperformances, college: George Mason) scored 17p for the winners and Jamar Diggs (187-G-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Wofford) scored 21p.
Quarters: 26-20, 41-35, 56-53, 70-62



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EuroCup: Uxue Bilbao give no chance for Nymburk - by Eurobasket News

Nymburk - Uxue Bilbao 69:83

Uxue Bilbao clinched a valuable road victory in EuroCup Last 16 Group J. The Basque team stunned Nymburk in Czech Republic to enter three-team tie on top of the standings. Bilbao are now tied with VEF Riga and Valencia in the group. Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) provided 18 points to lead the winners.
Uxue Bilbao stormed into this one. They posted a 24:15 lead after ten minutes. Bilbao stayed hot offensive in the second frame. They unloaded 54 points in the first half to take an 18-point lead. Nymburk came back to life after the big break. The hosts held Bilbao to 11 points in the third term to cup the deficit at 9-point mark. But Bilbao did not give too many chances for the hosts. The Spaniards held Nymburk to 13 points in the fourth period and rallied to the victory at the end. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) produced 17 points, while Nikolaos Zisis (197-G-83) added 11 points for the winners. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) answered with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Nymburk. Petr Benda (203-C-82, agency: Court Side) had 17 points in the loss.

Nymburk: Radoslav Rancik 19, Petr Benda 17
Uxue Bilbao: Milovan Rakovic 18, Kostas Vasiliadis 17, Nikolaos Zisis 11



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

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

Ondrej Balvin
Ondrej Balvin
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Ondrej Balvin (216-92, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Spain. He could not help the league outsider Cajasol (0-5) to beat Stelmet ZG (2-3). Balvin scored 8 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 26 minutes on the court. The fourth-placed Cajasol lost 81-85 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) Stelmet ZG in the group K of Eurocup. So far Cajasol lost all five games in the Top 16. His team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Top 16. And that game will be critical. Balvin is currently second on the league's list of best blockers with 1.3bpg. He also averaged so far 4.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 54.8% and FT: 52.6% in the 10 games he played so far. Balvin is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ondrej Balvin and both played together in the last Eurocup game. Satoransky. He was not able to help the league outsider Cajasol (0-5) in their game against Stelmet ZG (2-3). Satoransky scored 6 points. Cajasol (#4) was defeated 85-81 on their home court in Sevilla by the higher-ranked Stelmet ZG (#3) in the group K of Eurocup. Satoransky has relatively good stats this season: 10.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.7apg, 2FGP: 45.7%, 3FGP: 31.6% and FT: 79.2%. He is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Lubos Barton
Lubos Barton
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international small forward Lubos Barton (202-80, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Germany). Barton contributed to a New Yorker Phantoms' surprising victory against the tenth-ranked TBB Trier (10-11) 84-81 in the German BBL on Saturday night. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 23 minutes. New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (7-14) is placed 16th in the BBL. They ended the series of six consecutive loses. This year Barton averages: 7.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 3FGP: 36.4% in the three games. Ex-USK Praha player is also a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Ondrej Starosta
Ondrej Starosta
   #4. Center Ondrej Starosta (215-79, currently plays in Spain) helped Planasa NV win their game against the 11th-ranked Caceres Basket (7-10) 71-67 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. He scored 6 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Planasa Navarra (8-9) is placed sixth in the LEB Gold. Starosta is currently fourth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Starosta averages: 15.6ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1bpg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2008.

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #5. Former international forward Jan Vesely (211-90, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Washington Wizards in a victory against the Brooklyn Nets (30-22) 89-74 in the NBA last Friday. Vesely recorded only 2 points in 1 minutes on the court. The Washington Wizards have rather weak 15-35 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Vesely's overall stats are: 2.7ppg and 2.5rpg in the 33 games. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team three years ago.

Tomas Hampl
Tomas Hampl
   #6. Center Tomas Hampl (215-88, currently plays in Spain) helped River Andorra win their game against the league outsider Melilla Baloncesto (4-13) 79-72 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. He scored 7 points in only 12 minutes. B.C. River Andorra (3-0) is placed in the LEB Gold. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. This year Hampl's total stats are: 7.6ppg and 3.8rpg in the 17 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Czech Republic National Team roster.

Jan Svandrlik
Jan Svandrlik
   #7. U18 international small forward Jan Svandrlik (196-94, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Clinicas Rincon (9-6) in their game against Aurteneche Maquinaria Euskadi (8-7) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Svandrlik recorded 5 points in 6 minutes. Clinicas Rincon lost 75-83 on the road to the lower-ranked (#6) Aurteneche Maquinaria Euskadi. Svandrlik has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 1.6rpg in the 14 games. He is also Czech Republic U18 national team player.

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

   #1. Jaroslav Tyrna (207-F/C-86, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProA (second division) could not help USC Leipzig (3-18) to beat BG Karlsruhe (2-0). Tyrna scored 9 points, had 10 rebounds and made 2 blocks. But the bottom-ranked USC Leipzig was defeated 80-73 on the road by the second-ranked BG Karlsruhe. It was USC Leipzig's tenth consecutive loss in a row. Tyrna's total stats this season are: 4.9ppg and 5.4rpg.

   #2. David Steffel (212-C/F-85, currently plays in Romania) managed to help CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu to win against the 13th-ranked Timba Timosoara (5-16) crushing them 102-78 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Saturday. Steffel scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (11-10) is placed ninth in the Liga Nationala. Steffel is currently second on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.2ppg, 8.7rpg and 1.6apg.

   #3. Jan Kratochvil (200-F-82, currently plays in Slovakia) contributed to Komarno's victory against the fifth-ranked Prievidza (11-12) 95-87 in the Slovakian Extraliga in Saturday night's game. Kratochvil scored only 2 points. MBK Rieker Komarno (18-5) is placed first in the Extraliga. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Kratochvil has averaged so far 6.4ppg and 3.3rpg.

   #4. Jaromir Fohler (211-C-85, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Lan Mobel ISB's victory against the closely-ranked Oviedo CB (10-4) 84-80 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 7 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lan Mobel Iraurgi Saski Baloia (1-0) is placed in the LEB Silver. It's Fohler's first season with the team. Fohler has averaged so far 1.3ppg and 1.7rpg in the 14 games he played so far.



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Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Canton C. 20-12 
 2. Sioux Falls S. 19-12 
 3. Maine RC 19-14 
 4. Santa Cruz W. 18-11 
 5. Erie Bay H. 17-14 
 6. Ft.Wayne MA 15-17 
 7. Springfield A. 9-21 
 8. Iowa E. 7-23 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 21-9 
 2. Rio Grande VV 20-10 
 3. Austin T. 16-13 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 16-15 
 5. Texas L. 13-19 
 6. Los Angeles D. 11-17 
 7. Reno B. 10-16 
 8. Idaho S. 10-18 

Regular Season: Round 43

Feb. 12: Sioux Falls S. - Iowa E. 96-79
Feb. 12: Texas L. - Tulsa 66ers 90-123
Feb. 12: Rio Grande VV - Maine RC 139-122
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. Summers, Maine RC19.7 
 6. Almond, Iowa E.19.5 
 7. Mack, Maine RC19.3 
 8. Joseph, Austin T.19.1 
 9. Goudelock, Rio G.18.9 
 10. Kennedy, Erie B.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. Evans, Idaho S.9.5 
 8. Wright, Maine RC9.5 
 9. Harris, Iowa E.9.4 
 10. Jones, Rio G.9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Andre BARRETT
  Maine RC
  (175-PG-82)
  Avg: 9
 1. Barrett, Maine RC9.0 
 2. Russell, Reno B.7.7 
 3. Mack, Maine RC7.5 
 4. Wright, Iowa E.7.2 
 5. Fortson, Los A.6.4 
 6. Quinn, Tulsa 66ers6.4 
 7. Machado, Rio G.6.3 
 8. Singletary, Texas6.2 
 9. Karl, Idaho S.5.9 
 10. Uzoh, Springfield5.8 
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. Greene, Los A.1.9 
 4. McNeal, Bakersfi.1.9 
 5. Leslie, Santa C.1.9 
 6. Fortson, Los A.1.8 
 7. Sutton, Tulsa 66e.1.8 
 8. Hannah, Santa C.1.8 
 9. Gutierrez, Canton1.8 
 10. Holiday, Idaho S.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Fabricio MELO
  Maine RC
  (212-C-90)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Melo, Maine RC3.5 
 2. Jordan, Reno B.2.8 
 3. Eyenga, Texas L.2.4 
 4. Gladness, Santa C.2.2 
 5. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 6. Moon, Los A.2.1 
 7. Foster, Sioux F.2.1 
 8. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 9. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.1 
 10. Plumlee, Ft.Wayne.1.9 


Delonte West A No-Show For Legends - by Eurobasket News

Delonte West (6'4''-G-83, college: St.Joseph's) hasnt joined the Texas Legends more than two weeks after the NBA Development League team acquired his rights. West was picked up by the affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 25, though Mavericks owner Mark Cuban flatly ruled out a return to the team that suspended the veteran guard twice in two weeks before waiving him in October. Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, a co-owner of the Legends, says the door is open but he hasnt had any contact with a new agent for West. Hes got a big heart and deserves a second chance with someone, Nelson said. He needs to play, whether its here or overseas.
West, who has bipolar disorder, was a valuable role player in a veteran backcourt for Dallas last season. His preseason playing time in October was limited behind younger guards Darren Collison (6'0''-PG-87, college: UCLA) and O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC). West was waived after two suspensions for conduct detrimental to the team. He was involved in a pair of locker room incidents during the preseason, and was on his second straight one-year contract for the veteran minimum, which was $1.2 million this season. The first suspension of West was lifted after just a day after a meeting with Nelson and Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle. A week later, though, West said he received a text telling him not to come to practice a week before the start of the regular season and was waived a few days later. He said he was blamed for an argument that didnt involve him in the locker room after a preseason game. While the Legends retain Wests D-League rights, he can still sign with an NBA team at any time. The Legends play in the Dallas suburb of Frisco. We wish nothing but the very best for Delonte as he finds his way back to the NBA, Nelson said. An eighth-year pro, West was suspended for the first 10 games of the 2010-11 season after pleading guilty to weapons charges in Maryland. Authorities say he was carrying three loaded guns and a knife when he was stopped for speeding on a three-wheel motorcycle in 2009. West also has played for Boston and Cleveland. He has career averages of 9.7 points and 3.6 assists. West has apparently even disappeared from Twitter, once a frequent outlet for him. He posted several statements related to his suspension the day he was banned. Those were later removed, and his last post as of Monday afternoon was Jan. 2.
Courtesy of: cbslocal.com



D-League round 42 best performance: Chris Wright - by Eurobasket News

Forward Chris Wright (203-F-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Maine RC, receiving a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 42.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 16 rebounds, while his team edged out Springfield A. (#7, 9-21) 104-100. Maine RC is placed at 2nd position in D-League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Maine RC will need more victories to improve their 19-13 record. Wright turned to be Maine RC's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Dayton star has very solid stats this year. Wright is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 9.5rpg), assists (3rd best: 2.0apg) and averages impressive 1.5bpg and 53.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Justin Dentmon (182-G-85) of Texas L.. Dentmon had a very good evening with 36 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead Texas L. to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Tulsa 66ers (#4, 15-15) 106-82. Texas L.'s 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-18 record. Dentmon is one of the most experienced players at Texas L. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Jamaican forward Samardo Samuels (206-F/C-89) of Reno B. (#7). Samuels scored 27 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Reno B., leading his team to a 93-86 win against slightly higher-ranked Los Angeles D. (#6, 11-17). The chances of Reno B. not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 16 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Samuels could try to bring Reno B.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Samuels has a very solid season. In 9 games in D-L he scored 19.7ppg. He also has 9.8rpg and 1.2bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jerome Jordan (213-C-86) of Reno B. - 15 points and 11 rebounds
5. Jerel McNeal (191-G-87) of Bakersfield J. - 28 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Othyus Jeffers (196-F-85) of Iowa E. - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Justin Harper (208-F-89) of Idaho S. - 15 points and 10 rebounds
8. Tim Ohlbrecht (210-F/C-88) of Rio Grande VV - 18 points and 8 rebounds
9. Andrew Goudelock (190-G-88) of Rio Grande VV - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Marcus Landry (201-F-85) of Reno B. - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Royce White reports to Vipers - by Eurobasket News

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers own the second-best record in the NBA Development League, lead the Central Division standings and have won eight of their last 10 games.
But, thats the backstory tonight when the Vipers play host to the Maine Red Claws at State Farm Arena.
No, the big news national headline stuff is Houston Rockets forward Royce White (6'8''-F-91, college: Iowa St.), who reported to the Vipers Monday. White, who is on assignment from the Rockets, participated in a practice the Vipers held Monday night after the team returned from Iowa following a game there on Sunday.
The Vipers practice on Monday at Summit Sports Club in Pharr was closed to the media. White is expected to be made available to the media following the teams shoot-around on this morning. Vipers coach Nick Nurse said before practice Monday he expects White to see at least a little time on the court during tonights game. Nurse said hes approaching Whites assignment just like any other. My job is to keep those guys playing and in some cases knock some of the rust off, and thats what were planning to do, Nurse said.
White hasnt played a minute for the Rockets during the regular season because of a recently-settled dispute stemming from the generalized anxiety disorder he has. The sticking point had been that White wants a mental health specialist independent of the team to determine whether he is mentally fit to play in a game or participate in a practice.
White was supposed to be assigned to the Vipers just before the regular season, but he said at the time he would refuse to report. Although White hadnt been with the team, the Rockets assigned him to the Vipers in late December. When he didnt report to the Valley, the Rockets suspended him on Jan. 6.
On Jan. 26, the Rockets lifted the suspension when they settled their differences with White. Thats when he agreed to report to the Vipers on Monday.
Whites story has made national headlines. He was featured on HBOs Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel and he made an appearance on ESPNs Pardon The Interruption. Tonights Vipers game has drawn the interest of several Houston-based media outlets, who have requested credentials to the game.
Although White was not made available for comment on Monday, he was interviewed by KTRK-TV, Houstons ABC affiliate on Saturday. White told the television station that he was ready to put the dispute behind him. We are all human, and were going to remember the things that occurred here, White said. Im sure the Rockets feel and I feel a certain way, definitely. But, in the interest of progress and the interest of moving forward and seeing a positive end result out there, everybody is going to try to dissipate the negativity. I think thats what youve got to do to resolve any issue. White was one of the Houston Rockets three first-round picks in the 2012 NBA draft when he was selected 16th overall from Iowa State. That selection was tabbed as a progressive move by the Rockets. Instead, because of their dispute, White has not been with the Rockets all season. Although that time away may have caused Whites skills to rust, he told the television station that it was worth it. I dont regret anything at all, White said. Basketball is important to me, and its important to a lot of people, but mental health is probably, if not the greatest social issue, one of the greatest social issues of our time. For me to sacrifice two and a half months for people to have a better chance at a healthy life is a small price to pay. Nurse spoke to White over the phone on Saturday. Nurse wanted to see if he needed help settling into the Valley. He sounded good, Nurse said. He said hes feeling good, feeling fresh and ready to go and play some basketball.
Courtesy of: themonitor.com



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First Apertura results - by Jaime Arevalo

Reigning champions of San Marcos started season with righ pace by largely defeating Chaleco Santa Tecla, 91-58. As it is almost usual, Oscar Rivera (190-F-80) was the game top scorer at 27 points.
In another game of the 1st round, UTEC prevailed over Denver 89-69, led by Julio Mancia (202-C-80), who scored 20 points. Mauricio Lahud (176-PG-84) was the top scorer at Denver side, with 18 points in losing effort.
Delgadense de Ciudad Delgado had Kevin Hernandez scoring 20 and Jose Valenzuela adding 16 in the 96-85 win over AND1 San Miguel, in which best scorer were Edgar Ramrez at 16 pts, Jose Duran and Juan Reyes, at 14 each
In last game of the 1st round, Leones defeated Roll Royce 71-55. Arturo Escamilla (185-F-77) led all the scorers at 24 pts, Roberto Figueroa (191-F) added 16 at the winning side. In Roll Royce, Leonardo Hernandez (G-94) scored 17 pts and Cesar Gonzalez (G-94) had 13.



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Standings

EuroChallenge Standings
Group I
 1. Karsiyaka 3-1 
 2. Ventspils 2-2 
 3. Gaz Metan 2-2 
 4. Kataja 1-3 
Group J
 1. Gravelines 3-1 
 2. Paris-Levallois 3-1 
 3. Szolnok 2-2 
 4. Hapoel Holon 0-4 
Group K
 1. Krasnie Krilya 4-0 
 2. Khimik 2-2 
 3. Norrkoping 1-3 
 4. Tofas 1-3 
Group L
 1. EWE Baskets 3-0 
 2. Telekom Baskets 2-2 
 3. Tsmoki-Minsk 1-2 
 4. Aalstar 1-3 

Top 16: Round 4

I

Feb. 12: Gaz Metan - Karsiyaka 77-69
Feb. 12: Ventspils - Kataja 75-61

J

Feb. 12: Hapoel Holon - Paris-Levallois 84-101
Feb. 12: Gravelines - Szolnok 82-78

K

Feb. 12: Khimik - Tofas 69-62
Feb. 12: Norrkoping - Krasnie Krilya 68-93

L

Feb. 6: Telekom Baskets - Aalstar 85-72
Feb. 13: Tsmoki-Minsk - EWE Baskets


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bryan HOPKINS
  Antwerp
  (183-PG-83)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Hopkins, Antwerp22.2 
 2. Buljan, Kormend21.7 
 3. Shaw, Kormend21.3 
 4. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.21.0 
 5. May, Paris-Levallo.20.0 
 6. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.19.7 
 7. Dixon, Karsiyaka19.0 
 8. Flowers, Kataja17.5 
 9. Burtt, Tofas17.3 
 10. Bizaca, Sodertalje17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.11.4 
 2. Bader, Szolnok10.5 
 3. Qvale, M.Hainaut9.7 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto9.5 
 5. Elonu, Tofas8.9 
 6. Thondique, Antwerp8.8 
 7. Wilson, Armia8.5 
 8. Simms, Sodertalje8.3 
 9. May, Paris-Levallo.8.1 
 10. Hill, Hapoel Holon8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.7.0 
 2. Albicy, Paris-Le.6.5 
 3. Jordan, Telekom5.8 
 4. Deane, Khimik5.8 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto5.7 
 6. Dixon, Karsiyaka5.6 
 7. Kudrautsau, Tsmoki.5.3 
 8. Kramer, EWE B.5.2 
 9. Jovanovic, Timisoa.5.2 
 10. Rujak, Kormend5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Flowers, Kataja3.7 
 2. Harris, Dijon2.8 
 3. Clark, Aalstar2.7 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.2.6 
 5. Crocker, Keravnos2.2 
 6. Barac, Pitesti2.2 
 7. Johnson, Timisoara2.0 
 8. Millage, Armia2.0 
 9. Diot, Paris-Levall.2.0 
 10. Diabate, Nancy2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Sodertalje
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Simms, Sodertalje2.2 
 2. Vaughn, Keravnos1.8 
 3. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.7 
 4. Goodridge, Khimik1.6 
 5. Aminu, Karsiyaka1.3 
 6. Love, Antwerp1.3 
 7. Vasiliev, Krasni.1.3 
 8. Archie, Timisoara1.2 
 9. Elonu, Tofas1.2 
 10. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.2 



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  EUROCUP   

Standings

Eurocup Standings
Group I
 1. Budivelnyk 3-1 
 2. Banvit BK 2-2 
 3. Buducnost 2-2 
 4. Triumph 1-3 
Group J
 1. VEF Riga 3-2 
 2. Valencia 3-2 
 3. Gescrap BB 3-2 
 4. CEZ Nymburk 1-4 
Group K
 1. Lokomotiv 4-0 
 2. Spartak SP 3-1 
 3. Stelmet ZG 2-3 
 4. Cajasol 0-5 
Group L
 1. Crvena Zvezda 2-2 
 2. Galatasaray 2-2 
 3. Ratiopharm 2-2 
 4. Unics 2-2 
Stage One Standings

Top 16: Round 5

I

Feb. 13: Banvit BK - Budivelnyk
Feb. 13: Triumph - Buducnost

J

Feb. 12: VEF Riga - Valencia 96-103 OT
Feb. 12: CEZ Nymburk - Gescrap BB 69-83

K

Feb. 12: Cajasol - Stelmet ZG 81-85
Feb. 13: Lokomotiv - Spartak SP

L

Feb. 13: Unics - Galatasaray
Feb. 13: Crvena Zvezda - Ratiopharm


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG20.4 
 2. Pappas, Panionios19.8 
 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. Eidson, Unics17.0 
 10. Green, Orleans17.0 
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.6.9 
 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. Turner, Trefl Sopot5.7 
 6. Pellin, Orleans5.7 
 7. Wright, Spartak SP5.6 
 8. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.2 
 9. El-Amin, Le Mans5.0 
 10. Rowland, VEF Riga4.7 
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. Lojeski, Oostende1.8 
 5. Mejia, Banvit BK1.8 
 6. Pullen, Hapoel J-M1.8 
 7. Fells, Hapoel J-M1.8 
 8. Greene, Orleans1.7 
 9. Pellin, Orleans1.7 
 10. Calathes, Lokom.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LAPETA
  Stelmet ZG
  (217-C-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Lapeta, Stelmet ZG1.5 
 2. Balvin, Cajasol1.3 
 3. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 4. Naymick, CEZ N.1.2 
 5. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.2 
 6. Vougioukas, Unics1.1 
 7. Fischer, BC Donet.1.0 
 8. Theis, Ratiopharm1.0 
 9. Booker, Panionios1.0 
 10. Anisimovas, Budiv.1.0 


Eurocup - 5. round - by Igor Obradovic

Yesterday started fifth round of the second most elite basketball European competition

In yesterday's match results are:

VEF Riga - Valencia Basket 96:103, after one overtime
CEZ Nymburk - Uxue Bilbao Basket 69:83
Cajasol Sevilla - Stalmet Zielona Gora 81:85

Today on the program is five games:

16:00 Unics Kazan - Galatasaray Medical Park
16:30 Triumph Lyubertsy - Buducnost VOLI
17:30 Lokomotiva Kuban - Spartak SPB
18:00 Banvid Bandrima - Budivelnik Kiev
19:30 Crvena zvezda Telekom - Ratiopharm Ulm

Standigs :

Group I - Budivelnik 3-1, Buducnost VOLI 2-2, Banvit 2-2, Triumph 1-3
Group J - VEF Riga 3-2, Uxue Bilbao Basket 3-2, Valencia Basket 3-2, Nymburk 1-4
Group K - Lokomotiv Kuban 4-0*, Spartak SPB 3-1*, Stalmet 2-3, Cajasol 0-5
Group L : Unics 2-2, Ulm 2-2, Galatasaray 2-2, Crvena zvezda 2-2

*Qualified to Quarterfinals



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  FINLAND   


INTERNATIONAL: Mika Turunen got fired - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Kosovan Champion 2011-12 KB Trepca Mitrovive has changed the Head Coach again. On January 11, 2013 Team Trepca hired Finnish Mika Turunen , 48, as the Head Coach and a month later KB Trepca fired Turunen without playing a game under Turunen. Trepca, with 7-7 record (# 4) this season, has replaced Turunen by Macedonian Coach Pance Milevski (agency: Global Sports Plaza ). Turunen, who has coaching experience in Finland, Luxembourg and Hungary, lives nowadays in Debrecen, Hungary.


EUROCHALLENGE: Kataja lost at Ventspils - by Rauno Hurmalainen

EuroChallenge, Last 16, Group I: Kataja (Joensuu) had an excellent first half vs hosting BK Ventspils tonight, but Ventspils 7-0 run in the beginning of the third quarter was meaning difficulties for Kataja. Ventspils won the third quarter 25-9 and the contest by 14 points 75-61 (30-36). Quarters: 20-24, 10-12, 25-9, 20-16.
BK Ventspils was quite another team during the second half. That was also team's American PG Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.), who scored seven pts during the first two quarters and then 12 pts (four 3-pointers) during the third quarter. Sims was 5/5 in the game from behind the arc and netted 21 pts altogether. Arturs Berzins (204-PF-88, agency: FCM) added 13 pts.Ventspils won the rebounds 38-22. Johnell Smith (180-PG-80, college: New Orleans) and Antti Kanervo (193-SG-89) scored 12 pts both. Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Winona St.) added 11 pts.

BK Ventspils - Kataja 75-61 (30-36). (Donald Sims 21, Arturs Berzins 13, Sandis Valters 10. 1 - 85,7% (12/14), 2 - 58,1% (18/31), 3 - 39,1% (9/23). R: 31+7=38. TO: 17. - Johnell Smith 12, Antti Kanervo 12, Jonte Flowers 11, Petri Virtanen 10. 1 - 80,0% (8/10), 2 - 42,1% (16/38), 3 - 38,9% (7/18). R: 20+2=22. TO: 12. A: 1900).

Standings after four rounds: 1) Pinar Karsiyaka 3-1, 2) BK Ventspils 2-2, 3) CS Gaz Metan Medias 2-2, 4) Kataja 1-3.



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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProB

ProB Standings
 1. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 18-5 
 2. Evreux 17-6 
 3. Antibes 15-8 
 4. Chalons-Reims 15-8 
 5. Le Portel 15-8 
 6. Boulogne 14-9 
 7. Fos Ouest 14-9 
 8. Bourg 13-10 
 9. Maurienne 12-11 
 10. Rouen 12-11 
 11. Lille 11-12 
 12. St Quentin 10-13 
 13. Nantes 9-14 
 14. St Vallier 8-15 
 15. Hyeres-Toulon 8-15 
 16. Denain 7-16 
 17. Charleville 5-18 
 18. Bordeaux 4-19 

Regular Season: Round 23

Feb. 12: Antibes - Boulogne 87-80
Feb. 12: Rouen - St Quentin 82-78
Feb. 12: Chalons-Reims - Evreux 81-74
Feb. 12: Bordeaux - St Vallier 80-85
Feb. 12: Maurienne - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 76-75
Feb. 12: Hyeres-Toulon - Denain 75-73
Feb. 12: Bourg - Le Portel 72-78
Feb. 12: Charleville - Lille 71-96
Feb. 12: Fos Ouest - Nantes 71-68

Regular Season: Round 24

Feb. 23: Boulogne - Chalons-Reims
Feb. 22: Lille - Maurienne
Feb. 22: Denain - Bordeaux
Feb. 22: St Quentin - Antibes
Feb. 22: Evreux - Fos Ouest
Feb. 22: Nantes - Rouen
Feb. 22: Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Bourg
Feb. 23: St Vallier - Hyeres-Toulon
Feb. 22: Le Portel - Charleville


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Wilbert BROWN
  Maurienne
  (200-PF-84)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Brown, Maurienne23.8 
 2. Flowers, Denain20.5 
 3. Blue, Antibes20.2 
 4. Booker, St Vallier19.1 
 5. Siggers, Lille18.7 
 6. Wood, Evreux18.6 
 7. Hannah, Evreux17.7 
 8. Sanders, Charlevil.17.2 
 9. McKines, Rouen17.0 
 10. Hilliard, Antibes16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Evreux
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Wood, Evreux10.1 
 2. Bing, Maurienne9.7 
 3. Jaiteh, Boulogne9.6 
 4. Kitts, Denain9.6 
 5. Lesieu, St Quentin9.1 
 6. McKines, Rouen8.7 
 7. Jackson, Pau-La.8.6 
 8. Rouse, St Vallier8.2 
 9. Blue, Antibes7.7 
 10. Mathis, Nantes7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Craven, St Vallier7.0 
 2. Rowland, Boulogne6.5 
 3. Taylor, Le Portel6.1 
 4. Dumas, Bourg5.6 
 5. McIntosh, Hyeres-.5.4 
 6. Huffman, Antibes5.3 
 7. Da Silva, Rouen5.1 
 8. Hannah, Evreux5.1 
 9. Calvez, Charleville5.1 
 10. Julien, Hyeres-To.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Fabien CALVEZ
  Charleville
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Calvez, Charleville2.5 
 2. Craven, St Vallier2.5 
 3. Flowers, Denain2.1 
 4. Siggers, Lille2.0 
 5. Mullins, Chalons-.2.0 
 6. Sonko, Bourg1.9 
 7. Brown, Maurienne1.9 
 8. Rowland, Boulogne1.8 
 9. Julien, Hyeres-Tou.1.8 
 10. Hannah, Evreux1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Badiane, Antibes2.2 
 2. Gay, Le Portel1.7 
 3. Coleman, Bordeaux1.2 
 4. Taccoen, Lille1.2 
 5. Johnson, Chalons-.1.1 
 6. Chism, Maurienne1.0 
 7. Blue, Antibes0.9 
 8. Jaiteh, Boulogne0.9 
 9. Burrell, Chalons-.0.9 
 10. Ho You Fat, Evre.0.9 


EuroChallenge: Gravelines beat Szolnok in Group J - by Eurobasket News

Gravelines - Szolnok 82:78

Gravelines beat Szolnok in Group J for 3-1 record. The French side needed a narrow 82:78 victory to send the Hungarian side down the ladder.
The lead changed hands 10 times with seven ties in the first 25 minutes. The guests grabbed 20-19 lead at the end of the first period, but Gravelines bounced back with 23-20 rally in the second frame. Szolnok was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 27-16 charge of Gravelines-Dunkerque, which allowed them to win the game.
Abdoulaye M'Baye (189-PG-88) fired 12 points for the winners. Ousmane Camara (202-C-89) chipped in 7 points and 10 rebounds. Four Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) produced 21 points and 6 rebounds and Miklos Szabo (205-F/C-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group, college: Hofstra) added 6 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side.
BCM Gravelines will face next Paris Levallois, while Szolnoki Olaj will play against Hapoel Holon.

Gravelines: Aldo Curti (180-PG-87) 14, M'Baye 12, Julius Johnson (193-G/F, college: Chabot CC) 11, Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette) 10
Szolnok: Marton Bader 21, Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) 15, Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89) 11



EuroChallenge: Paris-Levallois keep Hapoel Holon winless - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Holon - Paris-Levallois 84:101

Paris-Levallois keep Hapoel Holon winless in Top 16 of EuroChallenge. The French side improved to 3-1 record on top of Group J after a 101:84 road win.
It looked good early as Hapoel Holon took a 14-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Paris-Levallois took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 17 points. They made 16-of-19 charity shots during the game. Paris-Levallois players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. The winners were led by Antoine Diot (191-PG-89) who scored that evening 14 points and 6 assists and Sean May (206-F-84, college: N.Carolina) supported him with 13 points and 5 assists. Even 31 points and 9 rebounds by Frank Hassell (203-F-88, college: ODU) did not help to save the game for Hapoel Holon. His fellow Dominic Waters (185-PG-86, college: Portland St.) added 12 points and 10 assists for lost side.
BCM Gravelines will face next Paris Levallois, while Szolnoki Olaj will play against Hapoel Holon.

Paris-Levallois: Jawad Williams (204-F-83, college: N.Carolina) 16, Antoine Diot 14, Sean May 13, Louis Labeyrie (209-C-92) 13
Hapoel Holon: Frank Hassell 31, Jerome Dyson (191-G-87, college: Connecticut) 18, Hill 16,Dominic Waters 12



ProB Round 23: #1 Pau-Lacq-Orthez is defeated by Aix-Maurienne - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (18-5) in Aix-les-Bains on Tuesday night. Visitors were edged by ninth ranked Aix-Maurienne (12-11) 76-75. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Pau-Lacq-Orthez. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 19-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Aix-Maurienne made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Aix-Maurienne had a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American Wilbert Brown (200-84, college: Niagara, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import Wayne Chism (206-87, college: Tennessee) helped adding 17 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Brian Boddicker (204-81, college: Texas) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Aix-Maurienne maintains ninth place with 12-11 record, which they share with Rouen. Pau-Lacq-Orthez at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Aix-Maurienne is looking forward to face Lille Metropole (#11) on the road in the next round. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against JL Bourg (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Reims. Third ranked host Chalons-Reims (15-8) defeated second-ranked ALM Evreux (17-6) 81-74. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of ALM Evreux. It was an exceptional evening for power forward Kevin Corre (202-85) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Angelo Tsagarakis accounted for 13 points and 6 assists. American point guard Clevin Hannah (180-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Court Side) came up with 24 points and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for ALM Evreux in the defeat. Chalons-Reims maintains third place with 15-8 record having just three points less than leader Pau-Lacq-Orthez, which they share with Antibes and Le Portel. ALM Evreux at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Chalons-Reims will play against SO Maritime Boulogne (#6) on the road in the next round. ALM Evreux will play against Fos Ouest (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Bourg was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Le Portel (15-8) played at the court of 7th ranked JL Bourg (13-10). Le Portel managed to secure a 6-point victory 78-72 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of JL Bourg. The best player for the winners was Darnell Wilson who scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. Moses Sonko produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. JL Bourg's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Le Portel moved-up to third place, which they share with Antibes and Chalons-Reims. Loser JL Bourg dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Le Portel will meet at home Charleville-Mezieres (#17) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. JL Bourg will play against the league's leader Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#1) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Antibes was also worth to mention about. 4th placed SO Maritime Boulogne (14-9) played at the court of fifth ranked Olympique Antibes (15-8). Olympique Antibes managed to secure a 7-point victory 87-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of SO Maritime Boulogne. Lesly Bengaber orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Olympique Antibes moved-up to third place, which they share with Chalons-Reims and Le Portel. SO Maritime Boulogne at the other side dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. Olympique Antibes' next round opponent will be Saint-Quentin (#12) on the road and are hoping to win another game. SO Maritime Boulogne will play against Chalons-Reims (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Toulon. Sixteenth ranked Hyeres-Toulon (8-15) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 14th ranked Denain Voltaire (7-16) 75-73 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Denain Voltaire. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for Jared Newson who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 9 rebounds. Hyeres-Toulon moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with St Vallier. Loser Denain Voltaire dropped to the sixteenth position with 16 games lost. Hyeres-Toulon will face Saint Vallier (#14) on the road in the next round. Denain Voltaire will play against Bordeaux and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 23: Lille destroyed Charleville on the opponent's court 96-71. Bottom-ranked Bordeaux unfortunately lost to St Vallier in a home game 80-85. Nantes recorded a loss to Fos Ouest on the road 68-71. Rouen defeated St Quentin on its own court 82-78.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 24 points and 14 rebounds by Nigel Wyatte of Bordeaux.


Charleville - Lille 71-96

Very expected game when 17th ranked Charleville-Mezieres (5-18) was crushed at home by twelfth ranked Lille Metropole (11-12) 96-71 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Lille Metropole. Charleville-Mezieres was better in third quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lille Metropole shot 61.3 percent from the field. It was a great evening for American Jason Siggers (188-85, college: Albany) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import Steve Smith (200-81, college: Iona) helped adding 14 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Five Lille Metropole players scored in double figures. Lille Metropole's coach Abdourahmane N’Diaye felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Anthony Racine (190-94) scored 22 points. Lille Metropole have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to eleventh place. Charleville-Mezieres lost ninth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventeenth position with 18 games lost. Lille Metropole will face higher ranked Aix-Maurienne (#9) in Aix-les-Bains in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Charleville-Mezieres will play on the road against Le Portel (#5).
Top scorers:
Lille: L.Akono 16+1reb+2ast, J.Siggers 16+4reb+4ast, S.Smith 14+4reb+1ast, S.Bradford 13+3reb, J.MBida 11+6reb, M.Camara 8+2reb+1ast
Charleville: A.Racine 22+1reb, V.Pridotkas 13+14reb+5ast, D.Pistre 12+1reb, M.Benkloua 7+11reb+3ast, F.Bourdillon 6+2reb+4ast, F.Calvez 6+1reb+4ast
gschID: 179438


Hyeres-Toulon - Denain 75-73

Important game to mention about took place in Toulon. Sixteenth ranked Hyeres-Toulon (8-15) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 14th ranked Denain Voltaire (7-16) 75-73 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Denain Voltaire. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 26-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Hyeres-Toulon made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 9 rebounds. Swingman Rasheed Wright (196-80, college: ODU) helped adding 15 points. Power forward Marcus Kitts (205-89, college: William & Mary) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) and forward John Flowers (200-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: KMG Sports Management) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Five Hyeres-Toulon and four Denain Voltaire players scored in double figures. Hyeres-Toulon moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with St Vallier. Loser Denain Voltaire dropped to the sixteenth position with 16 games lost. Hyeres-Toulon will face Saint Vallier (#14) on the road in the next round. Denain Voltaire will play against Bordeaux and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: J.Newson 18+9reb+1ast, R.Wright 15+3reb+3ast, L.Sane 14+4reb, A.Julien 12+1reb+7ast, T.Dials 11+5reb+2ast, G.Radonjic 5+4reb+1ast
Denain: M.Kitts 21+6reb+2ast, J.Flowers 18+6reb+2ast, L.Humphrey 14+1reb+1ast, X.Gaillou 10+4reb+4ast, V.Ateba 8+4reb, C.Cavallo 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 179437


Bordeaux - St Vallier 80-85

Rather predictable result when fifteenth ranked Saint Vallier (8-15) defeated on the road bottom-ranked Bordeaux (4-19) 85-80 on Tuesday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Bordeaux won fourth quarter 27-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for Florent Tortosa (196-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American-Ivorian guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC) helped adding 13 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Five Saint Vallier players scored in double figures. American power forward Nigel Wyatte (204-81, college: Wagner, agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import forward Markel Humphrey (198-87, college: Marshall, agency: Three Eye Sports) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Saint Vallier moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Hyeres-Toulon. Loser Bordeaux stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. Saint Vallier will face Hyeres-Toulon (#15) at home in the next round. Bordeaux will play against Denain Voltaire and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
St Vallier: F.Tortosa 23+4reb+1ast, B.Tinsley 18+4reb+2ast, H.Disy 16+6reb+1ast, C.Rouse 13+6reb+5ast, E.Craven 13+7reb+7ast, D.Diarra 2+1reb
Bordeaux: N.Wyatte 24+14reb+3ast, M.Guichard 17+1reb+4ast, M.Humphrey 14+7reb+2ast, G.Darrigand 9+4reb+2ast, N.Carter 8+4reb, R.Chery 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 179436


Maurienne - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 76-75

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (18-5) in Aix-les-Bains on Tuesday night. Visitors were edged by ninth ranked Aix-Maurienne (12-11) 76-75. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Pau-Lacq-Orthez. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 19-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Aix-Maurienne made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Aix-Maurienne had a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American Wilbert Brown (200-84, college: Niagara, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import Wayne Chism (206-87, college: Tennessee) helped adding 17 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Brian Boddicker (204-81, college: Texas) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds and David Denave (195-85) scored 14 points and 7 assists. Four Pau-Lacq-Orthez players scored in double figures. Aix-Maurienne maintains ninth place with 12-11 record, which they share with Rouen. Pau-Lacq-Orthez at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Aix-Maurienne is looking forward to face Lille Metropole (#11) on the road in the next round. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against JL Bourg (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Maurienne: W.Brown 21+6reb, W.Chism 17+8reb, S.Darnauzan 12+1reb+5ast, G.Clerc 10+1reb+1ast, M.Houmounou 8+3reb+6ast, E.Bing 6+12reb+1ast
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: B.Boddicker 16+8reb+1ast, D.Denave 14+3reb+7ast, C.Jackson 13+7reb, A.Mendy 10+2reb, S.Driss 8+3reb+2ast, I.Ordin 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 179435


Bourg - Le Portel 72-78

The game in Bourg was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Le Portel (15-8) played at the court of 7th ranked JL Bourg (13-10). Le Portel managed to secure a 6-point victory 78-72 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of JL Bourg. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But JL Bourg won fourth quarter 26-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American forward Darnell Wilson (198-85, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) who scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. Nigerien center Amadou Aboubakar Zaki (215-88) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds. Gambian forward Moses Sonko (197-83, college: Co.Carolina, agency: Two Points) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and American power forward David Monds (205-83, college: Oklahoma St.) added 15 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. JL Bourg's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Le Portel moved-up to third place, which they share with Antibes and Chalons-Reims. Loser JL Bourg dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Le Portel will meet at home Charleville-Mezieres (#17) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. JL Bourg will play against the league's leader Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Le Portel: D.Wilson 22+7reb+3ast, S.Gay 15+3reb+1ast, M.Bigote 13+3reb, A.Aboubakar Zaki 10+8reb+2ast, M.N'Diaye 8+2reb+2ast, R.Taylor 5+1reb+6ast
Bourg: D.Monds 15+3reb+2ast, A.Tanghe 13+3reb, M.Sonko 12+10reb+3ast, P.Braud 10+3reb+2ast, J.Delhomme 8+1reb+2ast, J.Forte 8+8reb+4ast
gschID: 179434


Fos Ouest - Nantes 71-68

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Nantes (9-14) was edged on the road by eighth ranked Fos Ouest (14-9) 71-68 on Tuesday. However just three-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 24-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Fos Ouest made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for naturalized Senegalese power forward Mamadou Dia (202-78) who led his team to a victory scoring 10 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). American swingman Chris Davis (195-80, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) helped adding 16 points. Four Fos Ouest players scored in double figures. Fos Ouest's coach Remi Giutta used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward James Mathis (200-84, college: Niagara, agency: Court Side) responded with 8 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international swingman Cedric Ferchaud (195-80) scored 13 points. Fos Ouest have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Boulogne. Loser Nantes keeps the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Fos Ouest will face league's second-placed ALM Evreux on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Nantes will play against SPO Rouen (#10).
Top scorers:
Fos Ouest: C.Davis 16+3reb+2ast, S.Giffa 15+3reb+1ast, M.Hachad 14+6reb+1ast, M.Dia 10+8reb+3ast, A.Toto N'Kote 9+1reb+2ast, J.Williamson 4+3reb
Nantes: C.Ferchaud 13+3reb+2ast, L.Corbett 10+1reb+1ast, J.Mathis 8+9reb+4ast, W.Soliman 8+5reb, T.Henry 7+3reb+1ast, E.Mendy 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 179433


Chalons-Reims - Evreux 81-74

The game between Top Four teams took place in Reims. Third ranked host Chalons-Reims (15-8) defeated second-ranked ALM Evreux (17-6) 81-74. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of ALM Evreux. It looked good early as ALM Evreux took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Chalons-Reims had a 26-21 second period charge getting the lead and ALM Evreux was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-81. Chalons-Reims made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 ALM Evreux turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for power forward Kevin Corre (202-85) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized Greek guard Angelo Tsagarakis (190-84) accounted for 13 points and 6 assists for the winning side. Four Chalons-Reims players scored in double figures. American point guard Clevin Hannah (180-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Court Side) came up with 24 points and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and the other American import power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) added 15 points and 10 rebounds respectively for ALM Evreux in the defeat. Chalons-Reims maintains third place with 15-8 record having just three points less than leader Pau-Lacq-Orthez, which they share with Antibes and Le Portel. ALM Evreux at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Chalons-Reims will play against SO Maritime Boulogne (#6) on the road in the next round. ALM Evreux will play against Fos Ouest (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: K.Corre 16+6reb+3ast, T.Johnson 14+5reb+2ast, A.Tsagarakis 13+3reb+6ast, B.Mullins 10+2reb+2ast, R.Mels 8+1reb+2ast, K.Joss-Rauze 7+2ast
Evreux: C.Hannah 24+2reb+4ast, J.Wood 15+10reb+2ast, D.Reed 11+8reb+1ast, S.Ho You Fat 8+5reb+1ast, G.Costentin 6+3reb+1ast, G.Florimont 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 179432


Rouen - St Quentin 82-78

The game between closely ranked teams ended with tenth ranked SPO Rouen's (12-11) home victory over 11th ranked Saint-Quentin (10-13) 82-78 on Tuesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Saint-Quentin won fourth quarter 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SPO Rouen looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a great evening for the former international Gary Chathuant (195-83) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points. American forward Tai Wesley (200-86, college: Utah St.) helped adding 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Julien Lesieu (201-83) responded with 24 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and American Darnell Williams (202-78, college: San Jose St., agency: David Lee services) scored 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. SPO Rouen moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Maurienne. Saint-Quentin lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the twelfth position with 13 games lost. SPO Rouen will face Nantes (#13) on the road in the next round. Saint-Quentin will play against Olympique Antibes.
Top scorers:
Rouen: G.Chathuant 27+4reb+1ast, M.Courby 12+7reb+1ast, T.Wesley 11+8reb+4ast, F.Ateba 9+4reb, W.McKines 8+9reb+1ast, P.Da Silva 7+2reb+9ast
St Quentin: J.Lesieu 24+6reb, D.Williams 12+9reb+4ast, O.Romain 9+1reb+4ast, K.Bichard 8+2reb+1ast, A.Saaka 8+1reb+4ast, L.Simmons 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 179431


Antibes - Boulogne 87-80

The game in Antibes was also worth to mention about. 4th placed SO Maritime Boulogne (14-9) played at the court of fifth ranked Olympique Antibes (15-8). Olympique Antibes managed to secure a 7-point victory 87-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of SO Maritime Boulogne. SO Maritime Boulogne was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 48-37 second half run of Olympique Antibes. They outrebounded SO Maritime Boulogne 37-25 including 17 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by SO Maritime Boulogne helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Swingman Lesly Bengaber (197-79) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Austen Rowland (186-81, college: Lehigh, agency: Court Side) answered with 14 points and 5 assists and center Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-94) added 14 points in the effort for SO Maritime Boulogne. 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. Olympique Antibes moved-up to third place, which they share with Chalons-Reims and Le Portel. SO Maritime Boulogne at the other side dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. Olympique Antibes' next round opponent will be Saint-Quentin (#12) on the road and are hoping to win another game. SO Maritime Boulogne will play against Chalons-Reims (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Antibes: L.Bengaber 21+10reb+5ast, T.Blue 20+5reb+2ast, R.Desroses 13+4reb+1ast, G.Yango 11+10reb+1ast, J.Fontenet 9+3reb+9ast, A.Hilliard 7+2reb+2ast
Boulogne: A.Rowland 14+1reb+5ast, M.Jaiteh 14+4reb+1ast, K.Cunningham 14+3reb+1ast, J.Rousselle 10+1reb+3ast, M.Var 9+4reb, C.McCray 8+3reb
gschID: 179430



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Balkan League: Rilski Sportist hold off KK Kumanovo - by Eurobasket News

Rilski Sportist - KK Kumanovo 88:75

Rilski Sportist claimed the first win at the Second Stage of the Balkan League season. They held off visiting KK Kumanovo at home court to improve at 3-3 record in First Six Group. Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) stepped up with 21 points to lead the winners.
Rilski Sportist got to a confident start to the game. The Bulgarian team unleashed 25 points in the first quarter to take a 7-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. Rilski Sportist secured a 7-point advantage at the interval 41:34. The hosts deepened the margin in the third term. They held Kumanovo to 16 points in the quarter to secure a 12-point lead before the fourth quarter. Rilski Sportist knocked down 26 points in the fourth frame and secured a well-deserved win at the end. Terry Smith (185-PG-86, college: Mercyhurst) produced 18 points, while Braxton Dupree (203-F-89, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Towson) added 16 points for the hosts. Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) answered with 26 points and 14 boards for KK Kumanovo. Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had 18 points in the loss.

Rilski Sportist: Branko Mirkovic 21, Terry Smith 18, Braxton Dupree 16
KK Kumanovo: Uros Lukovic 26+14 boards, Aleksandar Kostoski 18



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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 


Can Lubos Barton Give The Needed Push To Help The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig Cruise In The Stretch Run? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

With the second half of the Beko BBL in full swing, clubs are as motivated to reach the playoffs or to escape the unwanted cellar of the standings as the Harbaugh brothers were as earning bragging rights at the next Thanksgiving feast in front of family and friends, San Antonio Spur Tony Parker making it known in his lawsuit against a New York club that singer Chris Brown is a violent thug in reference to a bar brawl last year in New York city where the French man had part of his cornea injured by a flying piece of glass during a brawl between Browns posse and that off Drakes group or Takeru Kobayashi having the ability to enhale a whole pizza in one minute at a Super Bowl party. Recently teams have been adding players to help bolster their roster for the stretch run. The Artland Dragons havent had much luck with position four players this season with guys like Dennis Horner, Andrew Drevo and Ryan Gomes coming and going, but now seem to have landed the perfect fix with golf fanatic Brad Buckman who has been integrated quickly and seems to have a blind understanding with baby Shaq Anthony King. The Fraport Skyliners are trying to get out of the damp swamp at the bottom of the standings and have added Americans Ryan Brooks and Laquan Prowell who added an extra spice to the offense with scoring support, three point excellence and defense spark. Our offense hasnt been this good in a while; stressed Fraport Skyliner guard Konstantin Klein. The Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg have added two Americans with Eric Coleman and Lawrence Westbrook who prompt help beat BBC Bayreuth in their first game with their combined scoring in the last minute. The team seems to be going in an upward spiral with John Patrick at the helm with a two game winning streak. Another team that is hoping to jump from the bottom are the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig who have a talented roster on paper, but are currently in 17th place. The club recently stocked up with Lubos Barton (202-SF-80, college: Valparaiso) who is a 32 year old 202cm forward form the Czech Republic that is a great athlete. Excellent shooter from various range, but can easily run in the traffic. Good ball handling skills and is very useful on defensive end, where he can get many rebounds. He played at Valparaiso (NCAA) where Chris Ensminger also played from 1998-2002. He turned professional in 2002 and has played in the top leagues since in the Italian Serie A and the last seven years in the ACB where he played two seasons for FC Barcelona. The question is how quickly he can get integrated and help Braunschweig? Barton is a great player. I saw him play with the Czech Republic national team. I like his game. He is a stretch four that knows where the basket is. He is hardworking and fits well to the team as there is no alternative to Harding Nana. If he plays the three, he will create massive match up problems as he can move well. He reminds me a bit of a Jacob Burtschi. He will help Braunschweig. There is a reason he played for FC Barcelona, because of his skills, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss.

Last season, The New Yorker Braunschweig finished the season in seventh place with a record of 18-16. Their biggest wins were a road win in Oldenburg where it is never easy to exit with a victory and big wins at home against the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg and the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. They also suffered a bitter 72-71 loss at home against the Artland Dragons, a 70-69 win in Ludwigsburg and a total collapse in Tuebingen losing by 31 points.. Braunschweig is a team that could beat any team in the Beko BBL on a good day last season. They had a very balanced team. They had a top center with Kyle Visser who has nice moves, two strong shooters with Nils Mittmann and Robert Kulawick, an allrounder with Mcelroy, a super point guard with Stephen Dennis who is quick and takes care of the ball and Rich Melzer who is a very aggressive rebounder, stressed Ruben Spoden. After losing Nick Williams, the club did have a weakness. They dont have a real back up point guard. Dennis Schroeder is a big talent and I am happy that he can play so much, but he is still developing. The team hasnt found their rhythm yet, but they will be a totally different team in the second half of the season, stressed Ruben Spoden. I think their strength was their guards. I think if their guards played well, then they were tough to beat. I think their weakness was depth down low. If Visser Or Melzer get in foul trouble then you can attack them down low on a more consistent basis, warned John Bynum. The team has massive injury woes as Rich Melzer, Stephen Dennis and Lamarr Greer are all out with injuries. In the Beko BBL playoffs, The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig didnt have a real chance against ratiopharm Ulm as they were swept 3-0. The Phantoms defense never got on track as they had no cure for the ratiopharm Ulm firepower as they gave up an average of 94 points in the three games.

This season, the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig signalized a new formel 7-6 and also practiced a team facelift as seven players departed and six new players came aboard. The first order of business was finding a new head coach with Kostas Flevarakis where maanger Oliver Braun didnt waste much time getting him in the early summer. Flevarakis is agreek coach who has much experience having coached much in Greece and had also in Cyprus and led the Swedish national team as well. The Greek coach might not have had early supporters when he stressed that he had heard of Braunschweig only because of their soccer team, but honestly the German city is better known through Eintracht Braunschweig than its basketball team. The Greek coach is a guy that practices the Greek basketball school on the court, stresses team play, defense and has already shown that young German talented players like a Dennis Schroeder will get his minutes. The club was able to hold likeable Immanuel Mcelroy who still belongs to the top defenders in the league despite not getting any younger. The club also held German indentity figures captain Nils Mittman who will be playing his eighth season in Braunschweig and sharp shooter Robert Kulawick. The tallest player in the Beko BBL Nick Schneiders also remains as his resemblance to Dirk Nowitzki continues to dazzle folks and Dennis Schroeder also is on board. The club brought in 6 new player with five americans and one German. The new point guard is Miah Davis who is a point guard that has always played a role wherever he has player. Who could forget his season with Bonn in 2007-2008, where he helped charge the team to the Beko BBL finals. The team also brought in Thaddeus Mcfadden who lit up the scoreboards in the Czech Republic the last season, but is still looking for his trigger release in the Beko BBL. The biggest surprise has been Casey Mitchell who is a young player playing only his second professional season that has surprised some with his early season scoring punch. For the rebound work, the team have hauled in Nana Harding from Cameroun and Eric Boateng from Great Britan. Harding is an experienced forward that had too very good statistical seasons in Poland and Greece from 2010-2012. Boateng is a young center that also hasnt reached his full potential yet and has the distinction of being the only current Beko BBl player that took part at the 2012 Olympics in London with England. With Erik Land, the team picked up a young German who also is looking for making his breakthrough in the Beko BBL. It will be interesting to see if he can get his minutes the way Schroeder will? The biggets strength of the team is their guard rotation of Davis, Mcfaadden, Schroeder, Mitchell and Mcelroy. The Phantoms have a lightening quick guard rotation that could present problems for teams that want to play the half court game. The team might not be the most talented, but it will be up to coach Flevarakis to build a special team chemistry and special flair within the team to possibly get some surprise wins this season. The team did bolster their inside game with the late arrival of Boateng, but still might need extra help in games where they have big man foul problems with every guy helping out under the boards. However in the last three months players have come and gone as they said farewell to Americans Casey Mitchell and Thaddeus Mcfadden and recently added Lubos Barton and Courtney Pigram.

The Fraport Skyliners have had very very fond memories of The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig as they have a 14-1 record since March 11th, 2006 as Braunschweig won 81-76 then. They also havent lost at home since 2002 having won the last nine games in a row.The two most memorable games were from the 2008-2009 season. Who could forget the 68-58 win in the cup game which brought Frankfurt to the TOP 4 in Hamburg. That game displayed the best performance by guard Adam Emmenecker who came out of his shell and proved he has no nervous shooting hand as he left captain Pascal Roller on the bench as he had the hot hand leading the team with 13 points. However in the regular season game in Braunschweig, Roller got his revenge as he led the team to a 55-53 win as his last minute clutch jumper paved the way to the win. In 2009-2010, Frankfurt swept the series winning 81-77 as Frankfurt came from behind to win as Aubrey Reese poured in 21 points and prevailed at home 71-62 as Derrick Allen steered 18 points to the triumph. In teh first game this season, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners pulled out a thrilling 94-91 win at home. Frankfurt fought back in the fourth quarter as they came back from being behind 90-87 and close out the game on a 7-0 run as Skyliner captain Pascal Roller hit a huge three pointer and Dashaun Wood a shot. Frankfurt did a fantastic job distributing the ball as seven players scored in double figures led by Pascal Roller and Kimmo Muurinen with 13 points a piece. Frankfurt dominated the boards 38-24. Last season, the Skyliners were 2-1and stretched their winning streak to 12 games as they won two memorable games winning 94-91 at home as they finished the game with a 7-0 run capped by a big three pointer by Pascal Roller. Seven players scored in double figures and nobody scored more than 13 points. In the return date in Braunschweig, Frankfurt pulled out a nail bitter 68-67 as Frankfurt was down 67-65 and Frankfurt won the game on their last possession as Dashaun Wood scored on a penetration and got the free throw to fall. Kimmo Muurinen led Frankfurt with 20 points. The Fraport Skyliners won the first meeting of the season in Braunschweig winning 76-70 as Jermareo Davidson added 26 points and Michael Thompson 22 points. The Fraport Skyliners won the second meeting in an excirting 81-80 win in OT as Dennis Schroeder had almost won the game in the regular time with big buckets in the lane at the end. However the Fraport Skyliners kept their cool in their living room winning. Michael Thompson led the Skyliners with 16 points and Tim Ohlbrecht steered 15 points and 11 rebounds to the win. In the first meeting this season, the Fraport Skyliners won a nail bitter 61-59 as ex Skyliner Ted Scott sealed the win with free throws and German Nils Mittman missed a three pointer to win the game.

The Fraport Skyliners travel to Braunschweig with a must win situation. With a loss, they will have two wins less than the Phantom and will slide deeper into the Beko BBL cellar. The Phantoms Braunschweig are coming off a big home win against TBB Trier where American Miah Davis won the game in the last seconds. The Fraport Skyliners are riding on a four game losing streak and didnt play bad in Bayreuth, but couldnt get a handle on securing offensive rebounds and were flooded by the opponent with big shots. Quantez Robertson has been the best Skyliner in the last weeks and after the loss in Bayreuth one could sense a little helplessness, but he is still focused about getting a win in Braunschweig. We have to be even more aggressive eon offense and defense and let the game come to us and just have fun playing basketball, stressed Quantez Robertson. Skyliner captain Marius Nolte knows that the hour of truth has more than arrived. We desperately need a success experience. We will work very hard in preparation for the game!, warned Marius Nolte.

The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig are led by 32 year old 193cm guard Immanuel Mcelroy who is playing his second season with the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig after successful years in Cologne and Berlin. He played at Cincinnati (NCAA) and reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2001. He already made a name for himself winning titles with Rhein Energy Cologne His overall quickness, combined with his mental toughness, makes him well-suited as a defender in the attacking defense. He is very athletic, a 40-inch vertical jump and a bench press approaching 300 pounds, ability to break defenders down with his dribble and his explosiveness to the basket makes him an effective scorer. He also possesses good court vision and excellent ball-handling skills, giving him the ability to distribute the ball, particularly in the transition game. He is a natural leader who makes others around him better players. He also has very much experience having won three BBL cups and two BBL league titles. If you want to slow down Mcelroy, you have to deny him the ball and give him the jump shot until he starts to make some, warned Omari Westley. Mcelroy who has never been known as a good shooter has really improved his shooting the last few years. Mcelroy may not score 20 points every night, but he belongs to the top players in the BEKO BBL, because he can really do it all on the court and is also one of the top defenders in the league. The American played at Cologne from 2004-2008 before moving to Alba Berlin in early 2008 as the team had financial difficulties. With Cologne, he was Beko BBL champion in 2006 and won the beko BBL cup in 2005 and 2007. With Alba Berlin, he won the German championship in 2008 and cup in 2009. He is a four time beko BBL Allstar and has played 96 international club games. Last season for Braunschweig, he played 34 games: 8.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 74.2%. Miah Davis is a 31 year old 183cm point guard from Bremerton, Washington. He is a very quick guard. He is a good shooter, and has improved his three point shot. He is a combination guard who can play both positions. He is really playing hard and getting ready to fight. Miah has always been ready to play and excited about playing. He started his basketball career at Modesto JC (NJCAA), then played at Cal.St.-Stanislaus (NCAA2) before finishing his NCAA career at Pacific playing 60 NCAA games. He turned professional in 2004 playing for Roanoke Dazzle (NBDL). He then played two seasons in Poland for Energa Czarni Slupsk (Poland-EBL) before coming to Bonn in 2007-2008. In the last years, he has gained further experience in Poland, Cyprus and Belgium. Last season, he played for Stella Artois Leuven Bears (Belgium-D1): 36 games: 5.1ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 70.3%. He won two super cups in Cyprus.

Nana Harding is a 31 year old 203cm power forward that is playing his first season in Germany for Braunschweig. He started his basketball career at Virginia Tech (NCAA) in 2001 and finished at Delaware in 2006. As a senior he played 30 games: ScoreCAA-2 (19.0ppg), RebCAA-1 (10.9rpg), 1.7apg, 1.2spg, BlocksCAA-5 (1.3bpg), FG: 46.9%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 64.1%: Finished career at Delaware ranked sixth in rebounds (784), eighth in scoring (1,345 points), eighth in blocks (92) and tied for first in double-doubles (40). Harding has had a consistent career in Europe having played four seasons in Poland and one in Spain and Greece. In five of six seasson where he was healthy, he was able to be a force in scoring and rebounds. Last season, he played for Ilysiakos Athens (Greece-A1, starting five): 22 games: 12.0ppg, Reb-3 (7.5rpg), 1.0spg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 73.4%. He has been a member of the Cameroonian National Team in 2008, 2009 and 2011 and played at the African Championships in Libya -09 (Semifinals): 9 games: 9.6ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 44.1%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 73.7%.

Eric Boateng is a 26 year old 208cm center that has the British/Ghana citizenship. He started his basketball career at Duke where he reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2006. He then finished his NCAA career at Arizona State from 2006-2010. He played a total of 118 NCAA games. He started his professional basketball career in 2010 for Idaho Stampede (D-League): 17 games: 5.2ppg, 4.9rpg, FGP: 46.1%, FT: 52.9%, in Feb.''11 moved to Austin Toros (D-League): 22 games: 4.9ppg, 4.9rpg. Last season, he played for DASH Peristeri GS Athens (Greece-A1, starting five), left in Jan.''12 because of injury: 7 games: 8.4ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 65.7%, FT: 46.4%. He has been a fixture in the British national team the last three years playing the Qualifications to European Championships 2011 -10: 4 games: 1.0ppg, 1.3rpg, European Championships in Lithuania -11: 4 games: 1.5ppg, 2.0rpg, and Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) -12: 3 games: 4.0ppg, 2.7rpg. 31 year old 201cm German Nils Mittman is a 33 year old 201cm power forward that is playing his eighth season in Braunschweig after having played there from 1998-2001. He is the ultimate team player that will do anything to win. He played two years in Ulm, two years in Wurzburg and three seasons in Ludwigsburg. In 2010-2011 the team captain played 39 games: 3.2ppg, 1.7rpg. He has reached the beko BBL cup final twice in 2008 with EnBW Ludwigsburg and last season with Braunschweig. Last season, the captain played 34 games: 4.6ppg, 2.7rpg. 27 year old 191cm guard Robert Kulawick is playing his second season in Braunschweig after having played the last three years in Goettingen. He started his basketball career at TUS Lichterfelde in 2003 and also played for Alba Berlin from 2004-2006 playing 14 BBL games, three ULEB Cup games and winning the BBL cup in 2006. After playing with The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in 2006-2007, he crossed the boarder into Holland and played for Den Helder Seals playing 34 games averaging 7.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 42.2%, 3PT: 39.7%, FT: 84.6%. Already in 2008-2009, one could see the confidence of John Patrick in the German letting him average 10 minutes per game, and in 2009-2010 season he increased his minutes to 17 minutes. In 2010-2011 for BG Goettingen, he played EuroCup: 14 games: 7.5ppg, 2.1rpg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 37.0%; German League: 36 games: 5.4ppg, 1.9rpg, FGP: 30.0%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 78.6%. He has been a member of the German U-18 and U-20 teams the last years and if he keeps developing the way he does, then German National coach Dirk Bauermann will have to invite him to the German National team some day. Last season for Braunschweig, the German palyed 30 games: 4.1ppg, 1.8rpg. 28 year old 221cm German giant Nick Schneiders that was born in Bielefeld and grew up in Rietberg is playing his second season in Braunschweig. He has experience having played in the States for S.Carol.Upstate (NCAA2) from 2005-2008 and then transferring to USC Upstate (NCAA) and playing there from 2008-2010. In his senior year, he played 29 games: 12.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 3.0bpg, FGP: 46.3%, FT: 57.6%. He is known as the tallest player in the Beko BBL and last season played 33 games: 3.4ppg, 2.9rpgSchroeder is an 19 year old 186cm point guard that is very talented and recently played at the European Championships U18 in Wroclaw (Poland) -11: 8 games: 13.5ppg, 3.0rpg, Assists-3 (4.9apg), 2.0spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 63.6%. Last season, he played for the 27 games: 2.5ppg; played also at Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig (ProB): 23 games: 19.0ppg, 3.0rpg, Assists-1 (6.5apg), 2.3spg, FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 75.7%. The team also got Erik Land who is a 25 year old 205cm forward from Bamberg. He started his basketball career at TSV Troester II Breitengussbach (Regionalliga) in 2005 where he played until 2010. He then got experience playing for Bamberg and last season for the Saar-Pfalz Braves (ProA) playing 24 games: 6.8ppg, 3.9rpg, FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 26.2%, FT: 71.2%





Aubrey Conerly (imf Baskets Konstanz) With Schwelm I Was A Role Player, But Now With Konstanz I Am A Player The Opponent Needs To Control - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Aubrey Conerly (180-PG-83, college: Jacksonville) is a 29 year old 180cm point guard from Chicago that is currently playing for the ifm Baskets Konstanz (Germany-ProB). He played at Jacksonville (NCAA) form 2003-2006 and in his senior year played 27 games: 13.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 6.0apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 40.2%, 3FGP: 36.4%, FT: 83.8%. He turned professional in 2006 and came to Europe in 2007 playing five seasons in Finland. He played for teams like Forssan Koripojat (Finland-1st Division) 25 games: 15.5ppg, 4.5rpg, Assists-1 (5.9apg), 2.0spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 43.1%, FT: 69.4%, Salon Vilpas Vikings (Finland-1st Division) 23 games: 18.4ppg, 5.0rpg, Assists-5 (3.5apg), 2.4spg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 85.6, Porvoon Tarmo (Finland-1st Division) 26 games: 19.9ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-3 (3.3apg), Steals-4 (2.3spg), FGP: 57.0%, 3PT: 30.6%, FT-3 (89.5%) and in 2010-2011 for Porvoon Tarmo (Finland-Korisliiga) 26 games: 15.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-5 (1.8spg), FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 83.8%, and Saynatsalon Riento. He started this season for SG Schwelmer Baskets (Germany-ProB): 11 games: 4.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.6apg. He spoke to eurobasket after the 96-76 loss against the Fraport Skyliners juniors.

A tough 96-76 loss for ifm Konstanz against the Fraport Skyliners juniors. What were the main reasons for the loss?

They made their shots and we didnt. They shot 56% form the field and we didnt.

Was another reason that you didnt have your two big men?

Well we knew coming in that we would be undersized without Robinson Louisme and Milos Nikolic, but not hitting our shots was more of a reason for not winning.

In the second quarter Oumar Sylla made 8 points in a row helping keep Konstanz in the game. How important has he been this season for the team?

He is one of our most experienced guys that we have. He played NCAA basketball and he has a very good knowledge of the game. It can be tough sometimes because he is always changing around positions because of the injuries that we dont know where he always is on the court, but he is clearly one of our best shooters on the team. It is hard to prepare when your two post players are missing.

How much fun is it in general palying against former NCAA players in the PRO B like Larry Wright?

It is always fun playing against those guys. It is always nice to see Americans doing well and furthering their careers.

At the end of the third quarter your teammate young German Sandro Heberlein made a buzzer beater. Did you think that it would go in when he released it?

To be honest I didnt, but I was happy that it went in.

You started the season with PRO B team Schwelm and played only four games and had to leave. Why didnt you have a longer stay there?

We were doing very well and they wanted to make a decision budget wise and didnt want to keep three import players and Lars Wendt was coming back from injury. They wanted to keep me an dliked my play, but they were going in another direction and didnt see me having much playing time.

Now you are a central figure for imf Baskets Konstanz. Is head coach Marko Radulovic a big part of this?

At the beginning, I didnt really have to do much as it was my job to get Robinson Louisme the ball inside and I didnt need to shoot much. Now with him out for the season, I find myself needing to score more and being an offensive leader.

You recently played against PRO B top scorer Josh Parker. How challenging wa sit playing against the Chicago native?

He is a very good player and challenging to play against. He plays each possession hard.


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

I cant really answer that as I try to improve each week. I came from playing 13 minutes to 30 minutes a game. I was a role player with Schwelm and now a player the opponent needs to control. It doesnt matter if I get overlooked, but I just try to improve in all areas of the game.

You played at Jacksonville (NCAA) an din your senior year had Cliff Warren as headcoah. What could you learn form him?

Just bring energy and effort at all times. He is a really good coach and one of the best coaching college ball. It was a great experience to play for him. Since he became coach there 10-15 guys have come to Europe to play.

Who was the toughest player that you played against in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?

I played against the 2006 NCAA champion Florida Gators that had guys like Al Horford, Corey Brewer, and Tauren Green.

You played five seasons in Finland. What was your most crazy experience there?

A moose running across the expressway. I remember driving with a teammate that had never seen a moose before. He had only seen deers. Then as I was telling him the story a moose ran across the road.

When you are looking at the Bodensee in Konstanz, does it remind you of home and Lake Michigan?

Yes a little bit. It has been a while since I was in Chicago since I havent lived there in 8 years. Konstanz is very homely, but has nice scenery and a nice downtown.

Would you rather jump in lake Michigan or the Bodensee on a hot day?

I would rather jump in the Bodensee. There is too much sea weed in Lake Michigan.

When I say L.L in Finland what comes to mind?

I dont know.

L:L stands for Latrice Little.

Oh ok. He is a good friend of mine. I remember our coach calling him by the wrong name. The way he said his name it reminded me of a weight machine.

How long can you last in a sauna?

Now I am good at about 10 minutes, but at first I couldnt last 30 seconds. I had never been in one before before I came to Finland.

The Boston Celtics have a 6 game winning streak without Rajon Rondo. How crazy is that?

Well it isnt so crazy. This winning streak shows how important Rondo really is. People often dont think how team really is doing when a player like Rondo isnt there. The success of the Celtics without Rondo shows the leadership that he brings. It shows that even when he isnt there, his teammates know what to do. He is like a parent in that even when they arent there and the kid is doing well, then it speaks highly of the parent.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Here comes the boom with Kevin James.

Thanks Aubrey for the chat.




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Kryvbasbasket inks Herb Pope, ex Kolossos - by Eurobasket

Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih (Superleague) agreed terms with 24-year old American forward Herb Pope (203-107kg-89, college: Seton Hall, agency: Three Eye Sports). He started the season at Kolossos in Greek A1 league. The last season Pope played at Seton Hall University in Big East Conference in the NCAA. In 31 games last year he had very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 10.3rpg, 1.4apg and 1.6bpg. He helped them to make it to the NIT Sweet 16. and they also made it to the NIT Sweet 16. Quite impressive season as he was named to All-Big East 3rd Team.
Pope played in the final of WAC Tournament in 2008.
He has played also professionally in Israel (Bnei Hasharon).
Pope attended Seton Hall University until 2012 and it will be his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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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 


EuroChallenge: Gravelines beat Szolnok in Group J - by Eurobasket News

Gravelines - Szolnok 82:78

Gravelines beat Szolnok in Group J for 3-1 record. The French side needed a narrow 82:78 victory to send the Hungarian side down the ladder.
The lead changed hands 10 times with seven ties in the first 25 minutes. The guests grabbed 20-19 lead at the end of the first period, but Gravelines bounced back with 23-20 rally in the second frame. Szolnok was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 27-16 charge of Gravelines-Dunkerque, which allowed them to win the game.
Abdoulaye M'Baye (189-PG-88) fired 12 points for the winners. Ousmane Camara (202-C-89) chipped in 7 points and 10 rebounds. Four Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) produced 21 points and 6 rebounds and Miklos Szabo (205-F/C-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group, college: Hofstra) added 6 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side.
BCM Gravelines will face next Paris Levallois, while Szolnoki Olaj will play against Hapoel Holon.

Gravelines: Aldo Curti (180-PG-87) 14, M'Baye 12, Julius Johnson (193-G/F, college: Chabot CC) 11, Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette) 10
Szolnok: Marton Bader 21, Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) 15, Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89) 11



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Slam's Duty signs with Australian club - by Kip Leonetti

Former Bellingham Slam forward Michael Duty is heading overseas to play professionally for the first time.

The 6-foot-6 standout from Western Washington has signed with the Mackay Meteors of Australias Queensland Basketball League after suiting up for the Slam for the past two seasons.

Duty has already arrived in Australia and begun training with his new team, which begins its season in May.

"This opportunity has been something I've dreamed about since I was a kid. I've had a roller coaster ride with the overseas game since I graduated so to be somewhere and finally secured is a blessing," said Duty of earning his first overseas contract.

"The Meteors have won the past two championships here and have high expectations of both myself and our team as a whole," added Duty.

Duty graduated from WWU in 2011 after three seasons with the Vikings, and was named a first-team Great Northwest Athletic Conference all-star as a senior after leading the squad with 16.4 points per game.

Duty stayed in Bellingham after completing his senior season with WWU and went on to average 10.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest in his rookie professional season for the Slam in 2011, helping the team to the best regular season record in the International Basketball League that season.

In 2012, Duty upped his scoring average to 13.6 points per game and posted a career high of 27 points in a 135-125 win at Orlando on May 4.

"Dutys athleticism and passion for the game will be difficult to replace, but we wish him well in this exciting opportunity," commented Slam general manager Kip Leonetti.

The Slam is currently in preparations for the 2013 IBL season, which will tip-off in April. A full schedule is expected to be released soon.



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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 



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Donnie McGrath signs at Zalgiris - by Eurobasket News

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL) landed 29-year old Irish ex-international guard Donnie McGrath (193-84, college: Providence). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. McGrath started the season at PAOK Thessaloniki in Greek A1 league. In 16 games this season he averaged 13.3ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.8apg. The last season he played at Tezenis (Lega2) in Italian league. In 8 games last year he had 3.4ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.1apg. McGrath also played at BancaTercas (SerieA) in Italian league earlier that season. In four games he had 4.8ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.0apg. The other team he played shortly was Cholet Basket (ProA) in French league. In 7 games he had just 2.7ppg and 2.0apg. McGrath also played 5 games in Eurocup where he had only 2.6ppg and 1.2apg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Greek Cup Final Four in 2011. McGrath received also All-Big East 2nd Team award back in 2006 at his college time. McGrath was a member of Irish Senior National Team between 2006 and 2008.
He has played previously professionally in Italy (Cantu, Cimberio Varese and SAIE3 Bologna).
McGrath attended Providence College until 2006 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - National League

National League Standings
 1. Ironi Nahariya 14-3 
 2. Ironi Nes-Ziona 14-3 
 3. Hod Hasharon 13-4 
 4. Elitzur Yavne 12-5 
 5. Hapoel Afula 11-6 
 6. Ironi K-A 10-7 
 7. Ironi Ramat Gan 9-8 
 8. Hapoel Kazrin 9-8 
 9. Hapoel K/S 6-11 
 10. Elitzur Ramla 6-11 
 11. Macc.B.Yaakov 5-12 
 12. Kiryat Tivon 4-13 
 13. Maccabi K/B 3-14 
 14. Maccabi K/G 3-14 

Regular Season: Round 17

Feb. 12: Hapoel Kazrin - Hapoel K/S 96-85
Feb. 12: Maccabi K/B - Ironi Nes-Ziona 90-89
Feb. 12: Macc.B.Yaakov - Ironi Nahariya 88-93
Feb. 12: Hapoel Afula - Hod Hasharon 80-81
Feb. 12: Elitzur Yavne - Elitzur Ramla 76-63
Feb. 12: Kiryat Tivon - Ironi K-A 71-73
Feb. 12: Ironi Ramat Gan - Maccabi K/G 101-75

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 19: Ironi Nes-Ziona - Kiryat Tivon
Feb. 19: Hapoel K/S - Ironi Ramat Gan
Feb. 19: Maccabi K/G - Macc.B.Yaakov
Feb. 19: Ironi Nahariya - Hapoel Afula
Feb. 19: Hod Hasharon - Maccabi K/B
Feb. 19: Ironi K-A - Elitzur Yavne
Feb. 19: Elitzur Ramla - Hapoel Kazrin


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Lenny DANIEL
  Maccabi .
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Daniel, Maccabi23.9 
 2. Teel, Elitzur Ramla22.2 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.21.2 
 4. Westbrook, Hapoel20.9 
 5. Laing, Macc.B.Y.20.5 
 6. Johnson, Hapoel K.20.2 
 7. Odiakosa, Hod H.20.0 
 8. Murray, Kiryat T.19.9 
 9. Zelkovits, Ironi N.19.7 
 10. Iram, Macc.B.Y.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chukwudinma ODIAKOSA
  Hod H.
  (203-F/C-85)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Odiakosa, Hod H.13.5 
 2. Jefferson, Elitzu.13.4 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.12.9 
 4. Daniel, Maccabi10.3 
 5. Joyner, Maccabi10.2 
 6. McGhee, Elitzur9.9 
 7. Ramsey, Ironi R.9.9 
 8. Teel, Elitzur Ramla9.7 
 9. Constantine, Hapoe.9.5 
 10. Johnson, Hapoel9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan NANIKASHVILI
  Ironi K.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Nanikashvili, Iron.6.4 
 2. Fisher, Hapoel Afu.6.1 
 3. Teel, Elitzur Ramla5.3 
 4. Golan, Ironi Nahar.5.1 
 5. Gordon, Hapoel K.4.5 
 6. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.4.5 
 7. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.4.4 
 8. Dunne, Ironi N.4.3 
 9. Grinboim, Ironi R.4.2 
 10. Assaf, Ironi R.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Elitzur Ramla
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Teel, Elitzur Ramla3.6 
 2. Alexander, Maccabi2.9 
 3. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.2.7 
 4. Benn, Ironi N.2.6 
 5. Ramsey, Ironi R.2.5 
 6. Hofman, Elitzur2.2 
 7. Gordon, Hapoel K.2.1 
 8. Laing, Macc.B.Y.2.0 
 9. McGhee, Elitzur1.9 
 10. Watson, Ironi K-A1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.3.7 
 2. Clark, Ironi K-A1.9 
 3. Daniel, Maccabi1.8 
 4. Labanowski, Macca.1.4 
 5. Blair, Ironi N.1.4 
 6. Constantine, Hapoe.1.4 
 7. Buchman, Kiryat T.1.4 
 8. Ramsey, Ironi R.1.2 
 9. Odiakosa, Hod H.1.1 
 10. Durham, Hapoel A.1.1 


Best players of Israeli National League round 17 - by Eurobasket News

American Dallis Joyner (203-F-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for Maccabi K/B and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 22-year old forward had a double-double of 26 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team edged out Ironi Nes-Ziona (#2, 14-3) 90-89. Maccabi K/B is placed at 13th position in Israeli National League. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Maccabi K/B have already lost 14 games and recorded just three victories. Joyner turned to be Maccabi K/B's top player in his first season with the team. State University of New York,Stony Brook graduate has very impressive stats this year. Joyner is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 10.2rpg) and averages solid 63.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Lenny Daniel (203-F-87) of Maccabi K/G. Daniel impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 32 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Maccabi K/G lost that game 75-101 to the higher-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (#7, 9-8). This loss caused Maccabi K/G to slide to the very bottom (14) position in the standings. 14 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Maccabi K/G managed to get this year. Daniel is a newcomer at Maccabi K/G 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 23.9ppg (#1). He also registered 10.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Welsh Tal Michael Dunne (197-F-87) of second-ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona. Dunne showcased his all-around game by recording 28 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and nine assists in the last round. Despite Dunne's great performance Ironi Nes-Ziona lost 89-90 to the lower-ranked Maccabi K/B (#13, 3-14). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Ironi Nes-Ziona had another "accident". It may be a crucial game and cause dropping from the group of top ranked teams. The record is still good, but 3rd lost game is hopefully really an accident. Dunne's teammates are also very good. That's why having such high stats is even more impressive. Dunne has a great season in Israel. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.3apg (8th best). Tal Michael Dunne has also Israeli passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aviram Zelkovits (193-G-89) of Ironi Nahariya - 31 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Daniel Sosnitzki (F-89) of Hapoel K/S - 26 points and 11 rebounds
6. Nate Miller (193-G-87) of Ironi Nahariya - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Johndre Jefferson (207-C/F-88) of Elitzur Ramla - 16 points and 18 rebounds
8. Jermaine Hall (196-F-80) of Macc.B.Yaakov - 26 points and 9 rebounds
9. Joshua Alexander (193-G-87) of Macc.B.Yaakov - 31 points and 9 rebounds
10. Tyrone Kent (196-G/F-86) of Ironi Ramat Gan - 27 points and 5 rebounds

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



EuroChallenge: Paris-Levallois keep Hapoel Holon winless - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Holon - Paris-Levallois 84:101

Paris-Levallois keep Hapoel Holon winless in Top 16 of EuroChallenge. The French side improved to 3-1 record on top of Group J after a 101:84 road win.
It looked good early as Hapoel Holon took a 14-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Paris-Levallois took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 17 points. They made 16-of-19 charity shots during the game. Paris-Levallois players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. The winners were led by Antoine Diot (191-PG-89) who scored that evening 14 points and 6 assists and Sean May (206-F-84, college: N.Carolina) supported him with 13 points and 5 assists. Even 31 points and 9 rebounds by Frank Hassell (203-F-88, college: ODU) did not help to save the game for Hapoel Holon. His fellow Dominic Waters (185-PG-86, college: Portland St.) added 12 points and 10 assists for lost side.
BCM Gravelines will face next Paris Levallois, while Szolnoki Olaj will play against Hapoel Holon.

Paris-Levallois: Jawad Williams (204-F-83, college: N.Carolina) 16, Antoine Diot 14, Sean May 13, Louis Labeyrie (209-C-92) 13
Hapoel Holon: Frank Hassell 31, Jerome Dyson (191-G-87, college: Connecticut) 18, Hill 16,Dominic Waters 12



Best players of Israeli Winner League round 16 - by Eurobasket News

American Frank Hassell (203-F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Hapoel Holon and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 24 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team beat Hapoel Eilat (#2, 10-6) 74-63. Hapoel Holon is placed at 10th position in Israeli Winner League. Hapoel Holon is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-10 record. Hassell turned to be Hapoel Holon's top player in his first season with the team. Old Dominion University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Hassell. Hassell is in league's top in points (6th best: 17.0ppg) and averages solid 1.9bpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American guard Mardy Collins (198-G-84) of Maccabi Ashdod. Collins impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 11 assists. Of course he lead Maccabi Ashdod to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Elizur Ashkelon (#11, 5-11) 110-83. This victory allowed Maccabi Ashdod 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 7-9 record. Collins is a newcomer at Maccabi Ashdod 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 16.9ppg (#7). His other stats are also decent: 5.0rpg and 4.6apg.

The third best performed player last round was another Maccabi Ashdod's star - American Diamon Simpson (201-F-87). Simpson scored 19 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was another key player of Maccabi Ashdod, helping his team with a 110-83 easy win against the lower-ranked Elizur Ashkelon (#11, 5-11). The chances of Maccabi Ashdod ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Simpson could help Maccabi Ashdod to bring them higher in the standings. Simpson has a great season in Israel. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.6ppg (4th best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 57.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Julian Wright (203-F-87) of Maccabi Rishon - 17 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Demontez Stitt (186-PG-89) of Hapoel T-A - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Niklas Caner-Medley (203-F-83) of Maccabi T-A - 19 points and 6 rebounds
7. Jumaine Jones (203-F-79) of Bnei Hasharon - 20 points and 12 rebounds
8. Raymar Morgan (202-F/C-88) of Netanya - 23 points and 6 rebounds
9. Shawn James (207-C-83) of Maccabi T-A - 15 points and 5 rebounds
10. Lazeric Jones (182-PG-90) of Maccabi Rishon - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 5 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)



National League Round 17: Ironi Nes-Ziona loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News

Round 17 in National League means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Kiryat Bialik where host Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (3-14) edged league's leader Ironi Nes-Ziona (14-3) 90-89 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Ironi Nes-Ziona. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Maccabi Kiryat Bialik made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American forward Dallis Joyner (203-90, college: Stony Brook) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Guard Dror Davidi (190-84) chipped in 24 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists for the guests. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Maccabi K/G. Ironi Nes-Ziona at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Ironi Nahariya who have the same record. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play next round against Kiryat Tivon trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Hod Hasharon on the road.
Important game to mention about took place in Afula. Third ranked Hod Hasharon (13-4) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 4th placed Hapoel Afula (11-6) 81-80 on Tuesday evening. American guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: VCU, agency: Pro One Sports) saved the victory by scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Gary Gandel contributed with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Anthony Fisher (191-86, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 23 points and 6 assists for Hapoel Afula. Hod Hasharon have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 13-4 record behind leader Ironi Nahariya. Hapoel Afula at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Hod Hasharon will play against Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (#13) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Afula will play against the league's leader Ironi Nahariya (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Twelfth-ranked Kiryat Tivon (4-13) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (10-7) on Tuesday. The visitors from Kiryat Ata managed to secure only two-point victory 73-71. However their fans expected much easier game. Darrin Govens stepped up and scored 20 points for the winners. Simon Farine responded with 18 points. Ironi Kiryat Ata maintains sixth place with 10-7 record. Kiryat Tivon lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Ironi Kiryat Ata will meet at home higher ranked Elitzur Yavne (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kiryat Tivon will play against the league's second-placed Ironi Nes-Ziona (#2) in Nes Ziyona and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Ramat Gan. Local Ironi Ramat Gan (9-8) outscored 13th ranked Maccabi K/G (3-14) 101-75. The game was dominated by American players. Tyrone Kent nailed 27 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Maccabi K/G's coach Roni Tzukerman gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Ironi Ramat Gan maintains seventh place with 9-8 record, which they share with Hapoel Kazrin. Maccabi K/G lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom position with 14 games lost. Ironi Ramat Gan's next round opponent will be Hapoel Kfar Saba (#9) on the road. Maccabi K/G will play against Beer Yaakov (#11).

Other games of round 17 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Ironi Nahariya defeated Macc.B.Yaakov in a road game 93-88. Elitzur Yavne beat Elitzur Ramla at home 76-63. Hapoel K/S lost to Hapoel Kazrin on the opponent's court 85-96.
The best stats of 17th round was 32 points and 14 rebounds by Lenny Daniel of Maccabi K/G.


Kiryat Tivon - Ironi K-A 71-73

Twelfth-ranked Kiryat Tivon (4-13) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (10-7) on Tuesday. The visitors from Kiryat Ata managed to secure only two-point victory 73-71. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 23-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Ironi Kiryat Ata made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Kiryat Tivon turnovers. American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) stepped up and scored 20 points for the winners and power forward Kobi Izik (204-83, agency: Avi Zilberman) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Naturalized Canadian guard Simon Farine (188-87) responded with 18 points and American forward Greg Murray (195-89, college: Point Loma) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Ironi Kiryat Ata maintains sixth place with 10-7 record. Kiryat Tivon lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Ironi Kiryat Ata will meet at home higher ranked Elitzur Yavne (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kiryat Tivon will play against the league's second-placed Ironi Nes-Ziona (#2) in Nes Ziyona and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ironi K-A: D.Govens 20+3reb+1ast, K.Izik 14+5reb+1ast, I.Nanikashvili 12+3reb+2ast, I.Clark 9+7reb+4ast, C.Watson 8+4reb+1ast, A.Nanikashvili 6+4reb+2ast
Kiryat Tivon: S.Farine 18+4reb+3ast, G.Murray 18+5reb+1ast, T.Darby 11+9reb+2ast, N.Levi 11+2reb, T.Ber-Aven 7+2reb+4ast, C.Bouchman 6+11reb+2ast
gschID: 197861


Ironi Ramat Gan - Maccabi K/G 101-75

The game with biggest result difference took place in Ramat Gan. Local Ironi Ramat Gan (9-8) outscored 13th ranked Maccabi K/G (3-14) 101-75. The game without a history. Ironi Ramat Gan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Ironi Ramat Gan forced 21 Maccabi K/G turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Swingman Tyrone Kent (196-86, college: Toledo) nailed 27 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and power forward Keith Ramsey (205-87, college: Missouri) accounted for 13 points and 7 rebounds. Kent is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Four Ironi Ramat Gan players scored in double figures. Forward Lenny Daniel (203-87, college: CS Northridge) came up with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 14 rebounds and swingman Muhammad El Amin (196-87, college: Stony Brook, agency: Two Points) added 11 points and 5 assists respectively for Maccabi K/G in the defeat. Maccabi K/G's coach Roni Tzukerman gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Ironi Ramat Gan maintains seventh place with 9-8 record, which they share with Hapoel Kazrin. Maccabi K/G lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom position with 14 games lost. Ironi Ramat Gan's next round opponent will be Hapoel Kfar Saba (#9) on the road. Maccabi K/G will play against Beer Yaakov (#11).
Top scorers:
Ironi Ramat Gan: T.Kent 27+5reb+1ast, K.Ramsey 13+7reb+2ast, I.Grinboim 12+1reb+5ast, I.Mayor 12+1reb+2ast, A.Tamir 11+5reb+4ast, D.Assaf 9+3reb+6ast
Maccabi K/G: L.Daniel 32+14reb+1ast, E.Knafo 15+1reb, M.El Amin 11+1reb+5ast, H.Gonshor 7+1reb+3ast, T.Pisecki 4+1reb, O.Ron 4+2reb+6ast
gschID: 197860


Macc.B.Yaakov - Ironi Nahariya 88-93

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Beer Yaakov (5-12) was defeated at home by second ranked Ironi Nahariya (14-3) 93-88. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-16. But Beer Yaakov won second period 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 26 personal fouls committed by Beer Yaakov helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Aviram Zelkovits (193-89) nailed 31 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and American guard Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green, agency: KMG Sports Management) accounted for 18 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Ironi Nahariya's coach Shay Minister allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Joshua Alexander (193-87, college: SF Austin) came up with 31 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) added 26 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Beer Yaakov in the defeat. Four Beer Yaakov players scored in double figures. Ironi Nahariya have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Ironi Nes-Ziona. Beer Yaakov lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 12 games lost. Ironi Nahariya's next round opponent will be Hapoel Afula (#5) at home. Beer Yaakov will play against Maccabi K/G (#14) in Kiryat Gat.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: A.Zelkovits 31+8reb+5ast, N.Miller 18+10reb+4ast, R.Pitshon 14+8reb, E.Saudai 9+3ast, R.Clemente 8+7reb+1ast, N.Golan 5+3reb+2ast
Macc.B.Yaakov: J.Alexander 31+9reb+1ast, J.Hall 26+9reb, A.Eliyahu 12+3reb+4ast, S.Kleimintz 10+3reb+4ast, O.Ida 5+4reb, I.Simin 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 197859


Hapoel Afula - Hod Hasharon 80-81

Important game to mention about took place in Afula. Third ranked Hod Hasharon (13-4) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 4th placed Hapoel Afula (11-6) 81-80 on Tuesday evening. Hapoel Afula was ahead by 10 points at the halftime before a 31-17 third quarter run of Hod Hasharon. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. Hod Hasharon players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: VCU, agency: Pro One Sports) saved the victory by scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Naturalized Latvian swingman Gary Gandel (203-80) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Anthony Fisher (191-86, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 23 points and 6 assists and the other American import forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel Afula. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hod Hasharon have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 13-4 record behind leader Ironi Nahariya. Hapoel Afula at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Hod Hasharon will play against Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (#13) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Afula will play against the league's leader Ironi Nahariya (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hod Hasharon: B.Walker 20+5reb+7ast, G.Gandel 17+10reb+5ast, C.Odiakosa 15+6reb+4ast, E.Asante Asare 12+3reb+2ast, G.Dotan 8+4reb+2ast, O.Hover 6+1reb+1ast
Hapoel Afula: A.Fisher 23+3reb+6ast, A.Durham 14+9reb+3ast, L.Ariely 13+3reb+2ast, S.Brener 10+4reb+3ast, E.Eliyah 8+1reb+1ast, O.Blayzer 6+10reb+1ast
gschID: 197858


Elitzur Yavne - Elitzur Ramla 76-63

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Elitzur Yavne (12-5) defeated at home 10th ranked Elitzur Ramla (6-11) 76-63. It looked good early as Elitzur Ramla took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Elitzur Yavne had a 21-16 second period charge getting the lead and Elitzur Ramla was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 63-76. Elitzur Yavne forced 20 Elitzur Ramla turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The game was also dominated by American players. Forward Monta McGhee (198-79, college: Lewis, agency: I.D.S. Law) nailed 9 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and swingman Brian Laing (195-85, college: Seton Hall, agency: I.D.S. Law) accounted for 19 points. Power forward Johndre Jefferson (207-88, college: S.Carolina) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 18 rebounds and guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary, agency: FCM) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Elitzur Ramla in the defeat. Four Elitzur Ramla players scored in double figures. Elitzur Ramla's coach Ohad Yetom rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Elitzur Yavne moved-up to fourth place. Elitzur Ramla at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. Elitzur Yavne's next round opponent will be Ironi Kiryat Ata (#6) on the road. Elitzur Ramla will play against Hapoel Kazrin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Yavne: B.Laing 19+3reb+2ast, N.Matalon 16+4reb+2ast, I.Nesterenko 13+6reb, M.McGhee 9+11reb+6ast, E.Hofman 8+4reb+2ast, O.Farchi 6+6reb+7ast
Elitzur Ramla: J.Jefferson 16+18reb, V.Teel 13+10reb+3ast, O.Cohen 11+2ast, O.Zinderman 10+4reb+5ast, A.Fogel 6, T.Simchony 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 197856


Hapoel Kazrin - Hapoel K/S 96-85

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba's (6-11) road loss to eighth ranked Hapoel Kazrin (9-8) 85-96. The game without a history. Hapoel Kazrin led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Hapoel Kazrin forced 23 Hapoel Kfar Saba turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. American guard Mike James (185-90, college: Lamar) nailed 25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Gary Johnson (198-88, college: Texas) accounted for 24 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized Polish forward Daniel Sosnitzki (-89) came up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) and American guard Adam McCoy (195-86, college: N.Texas) added 22 points respectively for Hapoel Kfar Saba in the defeat. Four Hapoel Kazrin and five Hapoel Kfar Saba players scored in double figures. Hapoel Kazrin have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Ironi Ramat Gan. Hapoel Kfar Saba at the other side keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. Hapoel Kazrin's next round opponent will be Elitzur Ramla (#10) on the road. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play against Ironi Ramat Gan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Kazrin: A.Kazarnovski 26+5reb+4ast, M.James 25+5reb+5ast, G.Johnson 24+9reb+2ast, A.Gordon 11+1reb+5ast, R.Sabag 8+5reb+1ast, L.Shvarzvald 2+3ast
Hapoel K/S: D.Sosnitzki 26+11reb+1ast, A.McCoy 22+4reb+3ast, A.Harush 11+6reb+4ast, E.Rotemberg 11+5reb, R.Elbaz 10+4ast, O.Cohen 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 197855


Maccabi K/B - Ironi Nes-Ziona 90-89

Round 17 in National League means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Kiryat Bialik where host Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (3-14) edged league's leader Ironi Nes-Ziona (14-3) 90-89 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Ironi Nes-Ziona. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Maccabi Kiryat Bialik made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American forward Dallis Joyner (203-90, college: Stony Brook) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Guard Dror Davidi (190-84) chipped in 24 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists and American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) added 20 points and 5 steals respectively for the guests. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Maccabi K/G. Ironi Nes-Ziona at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Ironi Nahariya who have the same record. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play next round against Kiryat Tivon trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Hod Hasharon on the road.
Top scorers:
Maccabi K/B: D.Joyner 26+13reb+4ast, D.Davidi 24+6reb+7ast, M.Shamis 13+3reb+1ast, Z.Tavor 10+1ast, A.Barak 9+7reb+2ast, S.Labanowski 8+5reb+3ast
Ironi Nes-Ziona: T.Michael Dunne 28+13reb+9ast, B.Benn 20+2reb+3ast, T.Karpels 11+6reb+3ast, G.Blair 9+7reb+3ast, E.Engel 8+2ast, G.Amitay 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 197857



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  ITALY   

Standings - B1

Nazionale Standings
 1. Torino 19-3 
 2. Matera 14-8 
 3. Castelletto 13-9 
 4. Omegna 12-8 
 5. Bari 12-9 
 6. Treviglio 12-9 
 7. Agrigento 12-10 
 8. Chieti 11-11 
 9. Reggio Calabr. 11-11 
 10. Lucca 11-11 
 11. Casalpusterlengo 10-10 
 12. Mirandola 10-12 
 13. Firenze 9-11 
 14. Ferrara 9-12 
 15. Recanati 8-13 
 16. San Severo 8-14 
 17. Latina Basket 8-15 
 18. Perugia 5-17 
Folded
 1. Bologna 6-4 

Regular Season: Round 24

Feb. 10: Recanati - Latina Basket 93-74
Feb. 10: Castelletto - Matera 91-84
Feb. 10: Casalpusterlengo - Perugia 84-62
Feb. 10: Mirandola - Chieti 80-56
Feb. 10: Bari - Ferrara 79-92
Feb. 10: Lucca - Firenze 73-83
Feb. 10: Reggio Calabr. - San Severo 66-56
Feb. 10: Agrigento - Torino 64-70

Regular Season: Round 25

Feb. 17: Torino - Bari
Feb. 17: Firenze - Castelletto
Feb. 17: Ferrara - Casalpusterlengo
Feb. 17: Perugia - Treviglio
Feb. 17: Bologna - Reggio Calabr.
Feb. 17: Chieti - Agrigento
Feb. 17: San Severo - Lucca
Feb. 17: Latina Basket - Omegna
Feb. 17: Matera - Mirandola


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Davide POLTRONERI
  Perugia
  (195-SG-85)
  Avg: 20
 1. Poltroneri, Perugia20.0 
 2. Parente, Lucca16.8 
 3. Casadei, Firenze16.6 
 4. Wojciechowsk., Tor.16.3 
 5. Bolzonella, Castel.16.1 
 6. Ruggiero, Bari15.9 
 7. Reati, Treviglio15.6 
 8. Gueye, San Severo15.4 
 9. Benfatto, Ferrara15.4 
 10. Pierini, Recanati15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrea IANNILLI
  San Severo
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 11
 1. Iannilli, San Seve.11.0 
 2. Rossi, Chieti10.9 
 3. Wojciechowsk., Tor.9.0 
 4. Pazzi, Castelletto8.6 
 5. Baldi Rossi, Torino8.6 
 6. Ihedioha, Castelle.8.4 
 7. Benfatto, Ferrara8.3 
 8. Mancin, Mirandola7.6 
 9. Spizzichini, Firen.7.4 
 10. Bonessio, Bari7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Reggio C.
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Piazza, Reggio C.6.0 
 2. Losi, Mirandola5.8 
 3. Simoncelli, Castel.5.0 
 4. Marino, Casalp.4.4 
 5. Rajola, Chieti3.6 
 6. Ferrarese, Trevigl.3.6 
 7. Caroldi, Firenze3.4 
 8. Santolamazza, Lati.3.2 
 9. Gnaccarini, Recana.3.1 
 10. Cantone, Matera3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Reggio C.
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Piazza, Reggio C.4.9 
 2. Parente, Lucca3.1 
 3. Cortesi, Ferrara3.1 
 4. Vico, Matera3.0 
 5. Bonamente, Perugia3.0 
 6. Maggio, San Severo2.8 
 7. Caroldi, Firenze2.7 
 8. Tavernelli, Latina2.7 
 9. Sanna, Firenze2.7 
 10. Ihedioha, Castell.2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.6 
 2. Rossi, Chieti1.1 
 3. Iannuzzi, Matera1.0 
 4. Gagliardo, Latina0.9 
 5. Mancin, Mirandola0.9 
 6. Iannilli, San Seve.0.9 
 7. Wojciechowsk., Tor.0.8 
 8. Casadei, Firenze0.8 
 9. Del Brocco, San S.0.8 
 10. Piunti, Mirandola0.7 


Best players of Italian Nazionale A round 24 - by Eurobasket News

Alexander Simoncelli (188-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) had a great game in the last round for Castelletto and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Nazionale A Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 26-year old playmaker got a double-double of 14 points and eleven assists, while his team beat Matera (#2, 14-8) 91-84. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Castelletto is placed at 3rd position in Italian Nazionale A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Castelletto will need more victories to improve their 13-9 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Simoncelli as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Simoncelli has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 5.0apg) and averages solid 51.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young forward Gianpaolo Ricci (200-F-91) of Casalpusterlengo. Ricci impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he lead Casalpusterlengo to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Perugia (#18, 5-17) 84-62. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Casalpusterlengo keeps 11th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Ricci is well-known by Casalpusterlengo fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Jordan Losi (182-PG-80) of Mirandola (#12). Losi showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Mirandola, leading his team to a 80-56 easy win against the higher-ranked Chieti (#8, 11-11). The chances of Mirandola ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Losi could help Mirandola to bring them higher in the standings. Losi has a great season in Italy. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.8apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alessandro Piazza (174-PG-87) of Reggio Calabr. - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Marco Maganza (204-F/C-91) of Recanati - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Massimo Rezzano (203-F/C-82) of Matera - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Francesco Ihedioha (196-F-86) of Castelletto - 17 points and 5 rebounds
8. Filippo Baldi Rossi (207-F/C-91) of Torino - 14 points and 11 rebounds
9. Giulio Gazzotti (202-F-91) of Ferrara - 23 points and 4 rebounds
10. Michele Ferri (191-G-85) of Ferrara - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 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)



Danilo Andjusic joins Virtus Bologna - by Interperformances

Virtus Bologna decided to reinforce their roster by adding the 22 year old Serbian guard Danilo Andjusic (195-G-91, agency: Interperformances). Danilo started the 2012/13 season with Partizan Belgrade, playing in the Serbian League, in the Adriatic League and in the Euroleague and averaging 5.8 ppg.
This is actually Danilo's second Euroleague season. Last year he had many great games, specially against Milano, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Real Madrid and Efes Pilsen where he collected 10 points and 2 rebounds. Danilo won the U16 European Championship with the Serbia National League, resulting the best player in the final game. He also won the U18 European Championship, being named the best scorer of the Serbian team and best scorer of the final game.
In Eurocup, he scored 21 pts for Hemofarm in the key-game against Asvel in Villerbane. In 2011, in the Serbian Superleague, he led Hemofarm in the semifinal game against Radnicki Kragujevac, scoring 21 pts in the last quarter. Last season he won both the Serbian Cup and Championship with Partizan.



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Standings - BJ League

BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Niigata Albirex 24-8 
 2. Yokohama BC 22-8 
 3. Iwate Big Bulls 22-10 
 4. Toyama Grouses 21-11 
 5. Akita NH 17-13 
 6. Chiba Jets 17-13 
 7. Shinshu BW 15-17 
 8. Tokyo Cinq R. 12-21 
 9. Sendai 89ers 11-19 
 10. Gunma 7-25 
 11. Saitama Bron. 4-26 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 24-6 
 2. Shimane SM 21-11 
 3. Hamamatsu P. 21-13 
 4. Fukuoka Rizing 20-12 
 5. Shiga L-Stars 19-13 
 6. Kyoto Hannar. 18-14 
 7. Takamatsu FA 11-20 
 8. Oita H.Devils 11-21 
 9. Osaka Evessa 9-21 
 10. Miyazaki SS 4-28 

Regular Season: Round 34

Feb. 10: Osaka Evessa - Oita H.Devils 92-80
Feb. 10: Chiba Jets - Iwate Big Bulls 90-86
Feb. 10: Shimane SM - Takamatsu FA 78-69
Feb. 10: Okinawa GK - Miyazaki SS 78-55
Feb. 11: Chiba Jets - Iwate Big Bulls 77-88
Feb. 10: Fukuoka Rizing - Shiga L-Stars 75-65
Feb. 10: Hamamatsu P. - Kyoto Hannar. 72-74
Feb. 10: Gunma - Akita NH 72-66
Feb. 10: Tokyo Cinq R. - Niigata Albirex 63-65
Feb. 10: Sendai 89ers - Toyama Grouses 57-60
Feb. 10: Saitama Bron. - Shinshu BW 100-92

Regular Season: Round 35

Feb. 16: Iwate Big Bulls - Niigata Albirex
Feb. 16: Akita NH - Sendai 89ers
Feb. 16: Toyama Grouses - Chiba Jets
Feb. 16: Shinshu BW - Yokohama BC
Feb. 16: Saitama Bron. - Gunma
Feb. 16: Shiga L-Stars - Kyoto Hannar.
Feb. 16: Osaka Evessa - Hamamatsu P.
Feb. 16: Shimane SM - Okinawa GK
Feb. 16: Fukuoka Rizing - Oita H.Devils
Feb. 16: Miyazaki SS - Takamatsu FA


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 John HUMPHREY
  Saitama .
  (188-G/F-80)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Humphrey, Saitama24.4 
 2. Cummings, Sendai23.1 
 3. Keller, Miyazaki.21.3 
 4. Chandler, Chiba J.21.2 
 5. Burns, Yokohama BC21.0 
 6. Parker, Shimane SM20.2 
 7. Werner, Chiba Jets20.1 
 8. Jones, Tokyo C.19.5 
 9. Woods, Miyazaki SS19.1 
 10. Kennedy, Yokoham.18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.1 
 2. White, Oita H.13.2 
 3. Willard, Sendai 89.12.9 
 4. Warren, Fukuoka12.6 
 5. Bell, Osaka Evessa11.8 
 6. Rickert, Osaka E.11.3 
 7. Werner, Chiba Jets10.4 
 8. Sato, Tokyo Cinq10.3 
 9. Jones, Tokyo C.10.1 
 10. Parker, Shimane SM10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Narito NAMIZATO
  Okina.
  (172-G-89)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Namizato, Okina.5.9 
 2. Shimura, Sendai5.9 
 3. Galloway, Hamamats.5.8 
 4. Kensuke, Chiba Je.5.7 
 5. Burns, Yokohama BC4.9 
 6. Tomori, Gunma4.1 
 7. Harris, Akita NH3.9 
 8. Dixon, Gunma3.8 
 9. Lyons, Takamats.3.6 
 10. Mito, Toyama G.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Draelon BURNS
  Yokohama BC
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Burns, Yokohama BC2.3 
 2. Masato, Iwate B.2.2 
 3. Brown, Toyama G.2.1 
 4. Lyons, Takamats.2.0 
 5. McHenry, Okina.2.0 
 6. Woods, Miyazaki SS1.8 
 7. Bell, Chiba Jets1.8 
 8. Shimura, Sendai1.8 
 9. Galloway, Hamamats.1.8 
 10. Parker, Shimane SM1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.6 
 2. Blackledge, Iwate2.8 
 3. Marshall, Shins.2.0 
 4. Carter, Tokyo C.1.9 
 5. Fairley, Miyazaki.1.8 
 6. Parker, Shimane SM1.6 
 7. Williams, Takamats.1.5 
 8. Kent, Akita NH1.4 
 9. Brown, Toyama G.1.4 
 10. Newton, Okinawa1.4 


BJ League Round 34: Niigata Albirex beats Tokyo Cinq R. by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Eighth-ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (12-21) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Niigata Albirex (24-8) on Sunday. The visitors from Niigata managed to secure only two-point victory 65-63. However their fans expected much easier game. Niigata Albirex outrebounded Tokyo Cinq R. 43-32 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont, agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with 3 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. American center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) replied with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Tokyo Cinq R.Niigata Albirex maintains first position with 24-8 record. Tokyo Cinq R. lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 21 games lost. Niigata Albirex are looking forward to face Iwate Big Bulls (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tokyo Cinq R. will have a break next round.
Important game to mention about took place in Mikawa. Sixth ranked Kyoto Hannar. (18-14) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging much higher ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (21-13) 74-72 on Sunday evening. American players dominated the game. Center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Masaharu Kataoka chipped in 14 points during the contest. At the losing side guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV, agency: Top Notch Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kyoto Hannar. have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 18-14 record. Hamamatsu Phoenix at the other side dropped to the third place with 13 games lost. Kyoto Hannar. will play against higher ranked Shiga L-Stars (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hamamatsu Phoenix will play against Osaka Evessa and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Iwate Big Bulls (22-10) against fifth ranked Chiba Jets (17-13) on Sunday night. Visiting Iwate Big Bulls were defeated by Chiba Jets in a tough game in Chiba 86-90. American players dominated also this game. Marquin Chandler notched 20 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort. Chiba Jets' coach Shinji Tomiyama used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Even a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds by Lawrence Blackledge did not help to save the game for Iwate Big Bulls. Chiba Jets have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 17-13 record, which they share with Akita NH. Loser Iwate Big Bulls keep the third place with ten games lost. Chiba Jets will meet higher ranked Toyama Grouses (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Iwate Big Bulls will play against the league's leader Niigata Albirex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
BJ League top team - Okinawa GK (24-6) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (4-28) 78-55. Narito Namizato fired 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Okinawa GK have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 24-6 record. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 28 games lost. Okinawa GK's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Shimane Magic on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play against Takamatsu FA (#7).
The game in Chiba was also quite interesting. Third ranked Iwate Big Bulls (22-10) played at the court of 5th ranked Chiba Jets (17-13). Iwate Big Bulls defeated Chiba Jets 88-77 on Monday. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Chiba Jets. It was a very good performance for Carlos Dixon who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Chiba Jets' coach Shinji Tomiyama tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Iwate Big Bulls maintains third position with 22-10 record having just two points less than leader Okinawa GK. Loser Chiba Jets keep the fifth place with 13 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will face league's leader Niigata Albirex at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Chiba Jets will play against Toyama Grouses (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 34 were not that significant. Akita NH were beaten by Gunma on the road 72-66. Saitama Bron. won against Shinshu BW on its own court 100-92. Takamatsu FA unfortunately lost to Shimane SM in a road game 69-78. Osaka Evessa managed to beat Oita H.Devils at home 92-80. Toyama Grouses defeated Sendai 89ers on the opponent's court 60-57. Fukuoka Rizing beat Shiga L-Stars in a home game 75-65.


Chiba Jets - Iwate Big Bulls 77-88

The game in Chiba was also quite interesting. Third ranked Iwate Big Bulls (22-10) played at the court of 5th ranked Chiba Jets (17-13). Iwate Big Bulls defeated Chiba Jets 88-77 on Monday. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Chiba Jets. Strangely Chiba Jets outrebounded Iwate Big Bulls 45-30 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Chiba Jets were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American forward Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Top Notch Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle, agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Marquis Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St.) added 17 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Chiba Jets. Four Chiba Jets players scored in double figures. Chiba Jets' coach Shinji Tomiyama tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Iwate Big Bulls maintains third position with 22-10 record having just two points less than leader Okinawa GK. Loser Chiba Jets keep the fifth place with 13 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will face league's leader Niigata Albirex at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Chiba Jets will play against Toyama Grouses (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: C.Dixon 26+13reb+4ast, R.Okosa 17+5reb+1ast, D.Sneed 15+3reb+1ast, K.Takahashi 10+2ast, T.Masato 7+1reb+4ast, L.Blackledge 5+6reb+3ast
Chiba Jets: J.Werner 23+15reb+2ast, M.Gray 17+14reb+1ast, R.Itakura 11+7reb+2ast, D.Bell 10+6reb+4ast, T.Kensuke 7+1reb+3ast, H.Sato 5+1reb
gschID: 200657


Gunma - Akita NH 72-66

There was a surprise result when tenth ranked Gunma (7-25) beat at home higher ranked Akita Happinets (17-13) 72-66 on Sunday. They outrebounded Akita Happinets 48-33 including 34 on the defensive glass. Quite impressive performance for swingman Shingo Okada (186-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. American forward Dominique Keller (203-88, college: Illinois) contributed with 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Keller is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The former international point guard Yuki Togashi (170-93) replied with 19 points and 6 assists and American power forward Anthony Kent (208-83, college: Ball St., agency: Top Notch Sports) added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Akita Happinets. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Akita Happinets' coach let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Newly promoted Gunma maintains tenth position with 7-25 record. Loser Akita Happinets keep the fifth place with 13 games lost. Gunma will face Saitama Broncos (#11) on the road in the next round. Akita Happinets will play against Sendai 89ers (#9).
Top scorers:
Gunma: D.Keller 24+6reb, S.Okada 15+12reb+7ast, L.Witcher 12+5reb+1ast, Y.Okumoto 10+5reb+2ast, K.Tomori 5+5reb+4ast, T.Tatsuhiko 3+2reb
Akita NH: Y.Togashi 19+4reb+6ast, D.Harris 14+4reb+1ast, M.Brown 12+9reb+1ast, A.Kent 11+7reb+4ast, M.Kato 4+2ast, Y.Kikuchi 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 200648


Saitama Bron. - Shinshu BW 100-92

There was an upset when higher ranked Shinshu BW (15-17) lost on the road to eleventh ranked Saitama Broncos (4-26) 100-92 on Sunday. Saitama Broncos looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Shinshu BW was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for American swingman John Humphrey (188-80, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Yuki Nobihura (190-87) contributed with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Takanori Goya (190-83) replied with 25 points and 8 assists and American forward Jermaine Green (203-80, college: N.Texas) added 23 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Shinshu BW. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Shinshu BW's coach Takatoshi Ishibashi let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Saitama Broncos maintains eleventh position with 4-26 record. Loser Shinshu BW keeps the seventh place with 17 games lost. Saitama Broncos will face higher ranked Gunma (#10) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: J.Humphrey 29+6reb+3ast, Y.Nobihura 21+8reb+4ast, T.Yamashiro 19+12reb+1ast, Y.Kitamuki 18+8reb+4ast, D.Baker 5+5reb+2ast, R.Orr 5+2ast
Shinshu BW: T.Goya 25+3reb+8ast, J.Green 23+7reb+1ast, D.Curry 12+9reb+1ast, E.Morris 12+1reb+2ast, M.Fey 7+5reb+2ast, Y.Matsubara 4+1reb
gschID: 200649


Hamamatsu P. - Kyoto Hannar. 72-74

Important game to mention about took place in Mikawa. Sixth ranked Kyoto Hannar. (18-14) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging much higher ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (21-13) 74-72 on Sunday evening. Kyoto Hannar. made 18-of-20 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. Center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Masaharu Kataoka (190-85) chipped in 14 points during the contest. At the losing side guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV, agency: Top Notch Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern, agency: Top Notch Sports) scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kyoto Hannar. have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 18-14 record. Hamamatsu Phoenix at the other side dropped to the third place with 13 games lost. Kyoto Hannar. will play against higher ranked Shiga L-Stars (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hamamatsu Phoenix will play against Osaka Evessa and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: M.Cousin 24+12reb+2ast, M.Kataoka 14+1reb+3ast, Y.Okada 11+2reb+3ast, T.Murakami 7+4reb+3ast, D.Palmer 6+4reb+2ast, J.Boyette 6+3reb+3ast
Hamamatsu P.: W.White 17+12reb+1ast, S.Nakanishi 14+2reb, J.Parmer 12+3reb+2ast, K.Galloway 12+6reb+4ast, E.Fuqua 7+7reb, A.Ohta 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 200652


Shimane SM - Takamatsu FA 78-69

Rather predictable result when third ranked Shimane Magic (21-11) won against at home 7th ranked Takamatsu FA (11-20) 78-69 on Sunday. Shimane Magic dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Takamatsu FA's 38. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shimane Magic made 8 blocks. Quite impressive performance for point guard Kouki Yamabuchi (183-84) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St., agency: I.D.S. Law) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Shimane Magic players scored in double figures. American power forward Robert Johnson (203-81, college: Oregon) replied with 4 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Brandon Penn (203-90, college: Rider, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 13 points in the effort for Takamatsu FA. Takamatsu FA's coach Kenzo Maeda let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Shimane Magic moved-up to second place, which they share with Toyama Grouses. Takamatsu FA lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 20 games lost. Shimane Magic will face league's leader Okinawa GK at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Takamatsu FA will play against Miyazaki Shining Suns (#10).
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: B.Puckett 20+6reb+1ast, K.Yamabuchi 18+6reb+5ast, M.Parker 15+7reb+1ast, J.Davis 11+6reb+1ast, T.Yokoo 8+3reb+2ast, Y.Hikino 4+2reb+3ast
Takamatsu FA: B.Penn 13+4reb+1ast, D.Tamura 12, D.Lyons 11+3reb+2ast, P.Williams 9+6reb, H.Kikuchi 8+4reb+1ast, M.Suzuki 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 200654


Osaka Evessa - Oita H.Devils 92-80

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 8th ranked Oita Heat Devils (11-21) lost on the road to ninth ranked Osaka Evessa (9-21) 92-80 on Sunday. Oita Heat Devils were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for American forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. The other American import power forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) contributed with 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Osaka Evessa's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Nigerian-American forward P.J. Alawoya (203-88, college: McNeese St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and guard Taishiro Shimizu (183-81) added 18 points and 5 assists in the effort for Oita Heat Devils. Five Osaka Evessa and four Oita Heat Devils players scored in double figures. Osaka Evessa maintains ninth position with 9-21 record. Loser Oita Heat Devils keep the eighth place with 21 games lost. Osaka Evessa will face higher ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (#3) in Mikawa in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: M.Bell 16+12reb, D.Lathan 15+2reb+1ast, T.Kawabe 13+1reb+3ast, S.Watanuki 12+3reb+5ast, S.Konno 12+2reb+1ast, R.Rickert 11+9reb+2ast
Oita H.Devils: P.Alawoya 23+10reb+2ast, T.Shimizu 18+4reb+5ast, V.Jones III 18+4reb+5ast, T.Granado 12+10reb, A.Coimbra 4+3reb, Y.Taka Kura 3+2ast
gschID: 200653


Sendai 89ers - Toyama Grouses 57-60

Everything went according to plan when fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (21-11) edged on the road 9th ranked Sendai 89ers (11-19) 60-57 on Sunday. The game without a history. Toyama Grouses led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Quite impressive performance for American forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 9 rebounds. Masashi Joho (183-82) contributed with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA, agency: Top Notch Sports) replied with 20 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific) added 2 points and 16 rebounds in the effort for Sendai 89ers. Sendai 89ers' coach Robert Pierce let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Toyama Grouses have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Shimane SM. Sendai 89ers lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 19 games lost. Toyama Grouses will face Chiba Jets (#6) at home in the next round. Sendai 89ers will play against Akita Happinets.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: I.Brown 18+9reb+3ast, M.Joho 17+7reb+4ast, B.Cole 10+11reb+3ast, M.Kamezaki 7, T.Mito 6+7reb+5ast, A.Garcia 2+6reb+1ast
Sendai 89ers: T.Cummings 20+9reb+1ast, T.Komoda 11+2reb+2ast, M.Hargrow 8+4reb+2ast, T.Shimura 5+1reb+5ast, Y.Arai 3+1reb+1ast, S.Coleman 3+3reb
gschID: 200647


Tokyo Cinq R. - Niigata Albirex 63-65

Eighth-ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (12-21) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Niigata Albirex (24-8) on Sunday. The visitors from Niigata managed to secure only two-point victory 65-63. However their fans expected much easier game. Niigata Albirex outrebounded Tokyo Cinq R. 43-32 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont, agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with 3 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. American center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) replied with 20 points and 9 rebounds and guard Cohey Aoki (167-80) added 17 points in the effort for Tokyo Cinq R.Niigata Albirex maintains first position with 24-8 record. Tokyo Cinq R. lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 21 games lost. Niigata Albirex are looking forward to face Iwate Big Bulls (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tokyo Cinq R. will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: N.Murry 19+7reb+1ast, K.Sato 14+1reb, Y.Ikeda 12+3reb+1ast, R.Webb 6+6reb, H.Kondo 6+1reb+11ast, C.Holm 3+16reb+1ast
Tokyo Cinq R.: J.Jones 20+9reb, C.Aoki 17+2reb+1ast, R.Woods 10+3reb+5ast, H.Takada 7+5reb+5ast, J.Carter 4+3reb, C.Sasaki 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 200651


Fukuoka Rizing - Shiga L-Stars 75-65

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Fukuoka Rizing and 5th ranked Shiga L-Stars had identical 19-12 record. This time Fukuoka Rizing used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Shiga 75-65 on Sunday night. Quite impressive performance for American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida, agency: Top Notch Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. The other American import forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) replied with 12 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: Top Notch Sports) added 17 points in the effort for Shiga L-Stars. Four Shiga L-Stars players scored in double figures. Fukuoka Rizing maintains fourth position with 20-12 record. Loser Shiga L-Stars keep the fifth place with 13 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will face Oita Heat Devils (#8) at home in the next round. Shiga L-Stars will play against Kyoto Hannar. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: J.Peppers 15+6reb+2ast, R.Warren 14+13reb+2ast, A.Takeno 11+1reb+2ast, J.Nakanishi 9+3reb+2ast, M.Kano 7+2reb+1ast, J.Ashby 6+6reb+2ast
Shiga L-Stars: W.Arnold 17+4reb, D.Gomez Camargo 12+8reb+3ast, B.Yokoe 10+4reb+1ast, R.Nixon 10+5reb+1ast, J.Nakama 7+5reb, T.Fujiwara 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 200655


Chiba Jets - Iwate Big Bulls 90-86

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Iwate Big Bulls (22-10) against fifth ranked Chiba Jets (17-13) on Sunday night. Visiting Iwate Big Bulls were defeated by Chiba Jets in a tough game in Chiba 86-90. American players dominated also this game. Forward Marquin Chandler (202-82, college: San Jose St.) notched 20 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) supported him with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Chiba Jets' coach Shinji Tomiyama used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Even a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds by forward Lawrence Blackledge (206-86, college: Marquette, agency: Top Notch Sports) did not help to save the game for Iwate Big Bulls. Forward Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Top Notch Sports) added 22 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Five Chiba Jets and four Iwate Big Bulls players scored in double figures. Chiba Jets have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 17-13 record, which they share with Akita NH. Loser Iwate Big Bulls keep the third place with ten games lost. Chiba Jets will meet higher ranked Toyama Grouses (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Iwate Big Bulls will play against the league's leader Niigata Albirex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: M.Chandler 20+9reb, H.Sato 15+3reb+2ast, J.Werner 15+7reb+1ast, R.Itakura 14+4reb+4ast, M.Gray 13+8reb, D.Bell 10+4reb+4ast
Iwate Big Bulls: C.Dixon 22+5reb+1ast, L.Blackledge 18+10reb+3ast, D.Sneed 14+10reb+1ast, N.Nakamura 10+1reb+1ast, R.Okosa 9+9reb+1ast, K.Takahashi 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 200650


Okinawa GK - Miyazaki SS 78-55

BJ League top team - Okinawa GK (24-6) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (4-28) 78-55. Guard Narito Namizato (172-89) fired 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds and American guard Larriques Cunningham (198-88, college: Lee) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Okinawa GK have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 24-6 record. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 28 games lost. Okinawa GK's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Shimane Magic on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play against Takamatsu FA (#7).
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: N.Namizato 17+5reb+7ast, T.Woodbury 16+5reb, A.McHenry 14+9reb+4ast, M.Yamauchi 12+2reb+1ast, J.Newton 8+10reb+2ast, N.Kosuge 6+3reb+1ast
Miyazaki SS: A.Kuso 15+15reb+1ast, T.Fairley 15+6reb, L.Cunningham 13+10reb+3ast, Y.Kojima 6+4reb, K.Ito 4+3reb+4ast, T.Toyoda 2+1reb
gschID: 200656



Best players of Japanese BJ League round 33 - by Eurobasket News

American Edward Morris (205-C/F-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Shinshu BW and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 33.
The 28-year old had a double-double of 31 points and twelve rebounds, while his team edged out Saitama Bron. (#11, 3-26) 98-97. Shinshu BW maintains the 7th position in Japanese BJ League. Shinshu BW 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 15-16 record. It's Morris' second year at Shinshu BW and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Edward Morris averages this season 13.2ppg and 7.9rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American center Chris Holm (212-C-84, agency: Top Notch Sports) of league's best team Niigata Albirex. Holm impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 19 rebounds. Of course he lead Niigata Albirex to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (#8, 12-20) 101-70. Of course Niigata Albirex still keep the league's top spot. His team has currently 23-8 record. Holm is well-known by Niigata Albirex fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Jermaine Dixon (191-G-87) of Gunma (#10). Dixon got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for twelve rebounds . Despite Dixon's great performance Gunma lost 78-86 to the higher-ranked Akita NH (#5, 17-12). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Gunma can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 6-25 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Dixon he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Dixon has individually a great season in Japan. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.7apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jonathan Jones (211-C-79) of Tokyo Cinq R. - 26 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Marshall Brown (199-F-85) of Akita NH - 27 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Kevin Galloway (200-PG-88) of Hamamatsu P. - 14 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Michael Parker (202-F-81) of Shimane SM - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Sam Willard (205-F-88) of Sendai 89ers - 8 points, 18 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Andre Coimbra (205-F-86) of Oita H.Devils - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Reginald Warren (204-F-81) of Fukuoka Rizing - 14 points and 15 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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EuroChallenge: Ventspils silence visiting Kataja - by Eurobasket News

Ventspils - Kataja 75:61

Ventspils silence visiting Kataja in Round 4 of Top 16 in EuroChallenge. The Latvian side improved to 2-2 record in Group I.
The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 45-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Ventspils outrebounded Joensuun Kataja 36-18 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 rebounds and Sandis Valters (193-G-78) who added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Arturs Berzins (204-PF-88, agency: FCM) notched 13 points and Ronalds Zakis (207-F/C-87) had 9. At the losing side Johnell Smith (180-PG-80, college: New Orleans) responded with 12 points and 6 assists and Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Winona St.) scored 11 points. Antti Kanervo (193-SG-89) also scored 12, while Petri Virtanen (183-PG-80) delivered 10. Four Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures.

Ventspils: Donald Sims 21, Arturs Berzins 13, Sandis Valters 10, Ronalds Zakis 9
Kataja: Antti Kanervo 12, Johnell Smith 12, Jonte Flowers 11, Petri Virtanen 10



EuroCup: Valencia deny 22-point deficit to edge VEF Riga in overtime - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga - Valencia 96:103 (OT)

Valencia completed an impressive comeback en route to a tough crucial victory in Riga tonight. The Spanish team upset VEF for 3-2 record in EuroCup Last 16 Group J. VEF Riga and Valencia are now tied on top of the standings. Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier) provided 23 points to lead the visitors.
It was all about VEF Riga in the first quarter. The hosts stunned the visitors with a 30:13 run in the opening period. Javovics gave the hosts a 37:15 lead midway through the second quarter. But Valencia slowly recovered and trimmed the deficit at 11-point mark at halftime 38:49. Valencia slowly cut the deficit in the third term. Justin Justin Doellman put the visitors within two 65:67 late in the period. Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) sank a three-pointer but Pau Ribas (193-PG-87) answered with a layup as Valencia trailed by just three points heading into the fourth frame 67:70. Thomas Kelati opened the final quarter with a triple to deny the deficit. The teams went neck and neck throughout the fourth term. Earl Rowland made it 89:86 for the hosts with 29 seconds remaining in regulation. Pau Ribas hit two free throws to keep Valencia close. Earl Rowland got fouled but sank just one free throw and Pau Ribas punished the hosts on the other hand tying things up at 90 with 6 seconds to go. Earl Rowland missed a potentially winning shot as the teams headed into overtime. VEF Riga and Valencia exchanged several buckets before the visitors went on a 5:0 run to take a 99:94 lead. Bojan Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) then hit three free throws in the crucial seconds and Valencia sealed an important road win at the end. Pau Ribas and Bojan Dubljevic provided 18 points each for Valencia. Rodrigo San Miguel added 12 points for the visitors. Earl Rowland answered with 29 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for VEF Riga. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) delivered 14 points in the loss.

VEF Riga: Earl Rowland 29, Kristaps Janicenoks 14
Valencia: Justin Doellman 23, Pau Ribas 18, Bojan Dubljevic 18



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Lino Lardo in Amchit - by Rabih Khoury

After the resignation of Alen Abaz, who did not continue his third straight season in Lebanon, Amchit club signed with experienced Italian coach Lino Lardo (agency: Players Group ). Lardo, who was a player before turning into coaching, have a big profile where he spent all his career coaching big clubs in Italy Serie A. Lardo arrived to Lebanon and woill have his first experience in the middle east... His goal is to make the semi finals with his new team...


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Standings - NKL

NKL Standings
 1. Mazeikiai 24-6 
 2. Dzukija 21-8 
 3. Olimpas 21-8 
 4. Suduva-Mantinga 20-10 
 5. Triobet 19-11 
 6. Zanavykas 19-11 
 7. Statyba 19-11 
 8. Zalgiris-Sabonio 18-12 
 9. S.Marciulionio 16-15 
 10. Meresta 15-15 
 11. Perlas-MRU 13-17 
 12. Delikatesas 12-18 
 13. Birstono 12-18 
 14. Radviliskis 11-18 
 15. Ezerunas-Karys 10-20 
 16. Silute 9-21 
 17. Gargzdai 6-25 
 18. Nafta Universitetas 5-25 

Regular Season: Round 31

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

Round 30

Feb. 12: Dzukija - Gargzdai 82-69


Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Edgaras STANIONIS
  Zanav.
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 24
 1. Stanionis, Zanav.24.0 
 2. Maneikis, Olimpas20.1 
 3. Kleiza, Birstono19.4 
 4. Linkevicius, Triob.16.6 
 5. Giedraitis, Mazeik.16.6 
 6. Gaidamaviciu., Mer.16.6 
 7. Tarvydas, Statyba16.4 
 8. Gudaitis, Zalgir.16.4 
 9. Kuklierius, Suduva.16.1 
 10. Macernis, Mazeiki.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  Dzukija
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Trybanski, Dzukija10.7 
 2. Linkevicius, Triob.10.3 
 3. Virbalas, Perla.8.8 
 4. Udras, Perlas-MRU8.6 
 5. Gudaitis, Zalgir.8.5 
 6. Jurgo, Radviliskis7.5 
 7. Tarolis, Gargzdai7.4 
 8. Montrimavici., Rad.7.4 
 9. Kazakauskas, Olimp.7.1 
 10. Mineikis, Suduva.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Dzukija
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Harrison, Dzukija7.7 
 2. Gaidamaviciu., Mer.7.6 
 3. Razutis, Olimpas4.8 
 4. Kuklierius, Suduva.4.7 
 5. Varanauskas, Stat.4.6 
 6. Kelys, Perlas-MRU4.6 
 7. Mazutis, Mazeikiai4.4 
 8. Kutra, Radviliskis4.3 
 9. Anuzis, Nafta U.4.2 
 10. Pelss, Zanavykas4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Zydrunas KELYS
  Perlas-MRU
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Kelys, Perlas-MRU2.8 
 2. Macernis, Mazeikiai2.7 
 3. Razutis, Olimpas2.7 
 4. Stanionis, Zanav.2.6 
 5. Sabeckis, Birstono2.4 
 6. Paliukenas, Staty.2.2 
 7. Harrison, Dzukija2.2 
 8. Mazutis, Mazeikiai2.1 
 9. Pelss, Zanavykas2.0 
 10. Kleiza, Birstono1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  Dzukija
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Trybanski, Dzukija3.4 
 2. Krestinin, S.Marc.1.9 
 3. Gudaitis, Zalgir.1.6 
 4. Virbalas, Perla.1.4 
 5. Tarolis, Gargzdai1.3 
 6. Macernis, Mazeikiai1.2 
 7. Kaubrys, Silute1.1 
 8. Zvinklys, Nafta U.1.1 
 9. Staniulis, S.Marc.0.8 
 10. Bankieta, Ezerun.0.8 


Gudaitis' double-double lands him NKL Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

19-year old center Arturas Gudaitis (208-C-93) had a very impressive game in the last round for Zalgiris-Sabonio and receives a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 30.
He had a double-double of 29 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Meresta (#10, 15-15) 89-79. Zalgiris-Sabonio maintains the 8th position in Lithuanian NKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Zalgiris-Sabonio will need more victories to improve their 18-12 record. Gudaitis turned to be Zalgiris-Sabonio's top player in his first season with the team. Gudaitis has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 16.4ppg), rebounds (5th best: 8.5rpg) and averages solid 1.6bpg and 57.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Giedrius Staniulis (205-C/F-91) of S.Marciulionio. He is a in his first season at S.Marciulionio. In the last game Staniulis recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as S.Marciulionio lost that game 77-88 to the higher-ranked Triobet (#5, 19-11). S.Marciulionio managed to keep the same 9th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 16-15 record is not bad and everything may still change. Staniulis is a newcomer at S.Marciulionio and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Raimundas Ambrulaitis (199-F-82) of Ezerunas-Karys (#15). Ambrulaitis scored 21 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Ezerunas-Karys, leading his team to a 80-78 win against the lower-ranked Nafta Universitetas (#18, 5-25). The chances of Ezerunas-Karys 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 ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ambrulaitis could try to bring Ezerunas-Karys' a little bit higher in the standings. Ambrulaitis has a very solid season. In 29 games in Lithuania he scored 10.1ppg. He also has 6.4rpg and FGP: 59.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mantas Virbalas (203-C/F-88) of Perlas-MRU - 24 points and 7 rebounds
5. Tadas Sebeziovas (183-G-85) of Triobet - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Donatas Norkus (196-F-90) of Nafta Universitetas - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ovidijus Varanauskas (187-PG-91) of Statyba - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists
8. Zilvinas Kuklierius (180-G-85) of Suduva-Mantinga - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Donatas Sabeckis) of Birstono - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Keyron Sheard (188-G-86) of Perlas-MRU - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 5 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)



Donnie McGrath signs at Zalgiris - by Eurobasket News

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL) landed 29-year old Irish ex-international guard Donnie McGrath (193-84, college: Providence). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. McGrath started the season at PAOK Thessaloniki in Greek A1 league. In 16 games this season he averaged 13.3ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.8apg. The last season he played at Tezenis (Lega2) in Italian league. In 8 games last year he had 3.4ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.1apg. McGrath also played at BancaTercas (SerieA) in Italian league earlier that season. In four games he had 4.8ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.0apg. The other team he played shortly was Cholet Basket (ProA) in French league. In 7 games he had just 2.7ppg and 2.0apg. McGrath also played 5 games in Eurocup where he had only 2.6ppg and 1.2apg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Greek Cup Final Four in 2011. McGrath received also All-Big East 2nd Team award back in 2006 at his college time. McGrath was a member of Irish Senior National Team between 2006 and 2008.
He has played previously professionally in Italy (Cantu, Cimberio Varese and SAIE3 Bologna).
McGrath attended Providence College until 2006 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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LNBP Round 5 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Toros and Halcones Xalapa - by Eurobasket News

Toros - Halc.Rojos 76-56

Toros avoided elimination cruising past Halcones Rojos in the fifth game of the series. Toros are now 2-3 down in the best-of-seven series. The game was mostly controlled by Toros. Halcones Rojos managed to win fourth quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Toros especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. The best player for the winners was American swingman Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV, agency: ProSportsCareers) who scored 15 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). His fellow American import forward Adrian Henning (203-82, college: Austin Peay St.) chipped in 12 points. American forward Marco Ramos (198-87, college: Grand Canyon) produced 12 points and 5 rebounds and American-Panamanian guard Danilo Pinnock (196-83, college: G.Washington) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Halc.Rojos: M.Ramos 12+5reb, F.Cruz 10+4reb, D.Pinnock 10+6reb, L.Bethelmy 8+4reb+1ast, C.Stinson 5+2reb, M.Mitchell 5+3reb+3ast
Toros: B.Angley 15+1reb+1ast, R.Rougeau 15+3reb+2ast, A.Henning 12+4reb+3ast, L.Ellis Vasquez 9+1reb, J.Lopez 6+7reb, Q.Gonzalez 6+3reb+2ast
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Soles - Halc.Xalapa 56-75

Halcones Xalapa surged ahead against Soles following the road success in Game 5. They are now looking to close out the series at home court on Thursday. It looked good early as Soles took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Halcones UV Xalapa had a 21-15 second period charge getting the lead and Soles were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 56-75. Halcones UV Xalapa dominated on the defensive end, holding Soles to just 7 points in third quarter. They made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. International guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-86, college: W.Kentucky) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Four Halcones UV Xalapa players scored in double figures. Halcones UV Xalapa's coach Angel Gonzalez allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American center Kentrell Gransberry (206-85, college: S.Florida) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and Panamanian forward Jamelle Horne (200-88, college: Arizona) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Soles.
Top scorers:
Soles: K.Gransberry 14+11reb+2ast, J.Horne 13+8reb+2ast, J.Luis Bucio 9+1reb+1ast, R.Martinez 7+6reb+1ast, J.Flores 6+1ast, C.Elliott 5+3reb+3ast
Halc.Xalapa: L.Hickerson 18+2reb+5ast, O.Mendez-Valdez 17+4reb+2ast, D.Pearson 12+7reb+2ast, K.Sowell 10+4reb+3ast, L.Mata 8+12reb+1ast, A.Parada 6+3reb
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HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar adds Djukanovic to their roster, ex Buducnost - by Eurobasket News

HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar (Division I) added to their roster 22-year old Montenegrin point guard Milutin Djukanovic (190-91). He has played for the last two seasons at Buducnost in Montenegrin 1A league. But in 17 Euroleague games last year he did not score anything. Djukanovic also played 2 games in 1A where he had 3.0ppg and 1.0apg. He won Montenegrin League championship title for two years in a row (2011 and 2012). Djukanovic represented Montenegro at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 8.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.7apg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 64.3%.
Djukanovic has played also professionally for other Montenegrin teams like Lovcen and Ulcinj.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Sutjeska close to sign Dasic and Golubovic - by Darko Pekic

After the extraordinary achievement in Montenegrin cup and first important trophy in the clubs history, Sutjeska started making an ambitios plan for the Superleague. Sources from the Club say that the the club coached by the youngest coach in Erste Basketball League, Dusan Dubljevic will get some reinforcements to help them in the battle for the Championship. Actually, they are negotiating with two well known names- Vladimir Dasic (208-PF-88) and Vladimir Golubovic (213-C-86).

Dasic started the season in the Euroleague member Besiktas but after the first part of season the two sides decided to part ways. Golubovic, on the other hand, did not play anywhere this season and is looking to revive his career after the bad 2011-2012 season when he changed three clubs and failed to prove his quality.



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Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 32-17 
 2. Brooklyn N. 30-22 
 3. Boston C. 27-24 
 4. Philadelph.76 22-28 
 5. Toronto R. 20-32 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 31-21 
 2. Chicago B. 30-21 
 3. Milwaukee B. 25-25 
 4. Detroit P. 20-33 
 5. Cleveland C. 16-36 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 35-14 
 2. Atlanta H. 28-22 
 3. Washington W. 15-35 
 4. Orlando M. 15-36 
 5. Charlotte B. 12-39 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 39-13 
 2. Denver N. 33-20 
 3. Utah Jazz 29-24 
 4. Portland TB 25-27 
 5. Minnesota T. 19-30 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 37-17 
 2. Golden St.W. 30-22 
 3. LA Lakers 25-28 
 4. Sacramento K. 19-34 
 5. Phoenix Suns 17-36 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 41-12 
 2. Memphis G. 33-18 
 3. Houston R. 29-25 
 4. Dallas M. 22-29 
 5. N.Orleans H. 18-34 

Regular Season: Round 104

Feb. 12: LA Lakers - Phoenix Suns 91-85
Feb. 12: Miami Heat - Portland TB 117-104
Feb. 12: Utah Jazz - Oklah.City T. 109-94
Feb. 12: Toronto R. - Denver N. 109-108
Feb. 12: Memphis G. - Sacramento K. 108-101
Feb. 12: Golden St.W. - Houston R. 107-116

Regular Season: Round 105

Feb. 13: Orlando M. - Atlanta H.
Feb. 13: Cleveland C. - San Antonio S.
Feb. 13: Indiana P. - Charlotte B.
Feb. 13: Boston C. - Chicago B.
Feb. 13: Brooklyn N. - Denver N.
Feb. 13: New York K. - Toronto R.
Feb. 13: Detroit P. - Washington W.
Feb. 13: Milwaukee B. - Philadelph.76
Feb. 13: N.Orleans H. - Portland TB
Feb. 13: Minnesota T. - Utah Jazz
Feb. 13: Dallas M. - Sacramento K.
Feb. 13: LA Clippers - Houston R.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-SF-88)
  Avg: 29
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.29.0 
 2. Anthony, New Y.29.0 
 3. James, Miami Heat27.1 
 4. Bryant, LA Lakers27.0 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.1 
 6. Irving, Cleveland23.9 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..22.5 
 8. Aldridge, Portland.21.2 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat21.1 
 10. Curry, Golden S.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anderson VAREJAO
  Clevelan.
  (205-C-82)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Varejao, Clevelan.14.4 
 2. Howard, LA Lakers11.9 
 3. Asik, Houston R.11.6 
 4. Vucevic, Orlan.11.5 
 5. Randolph, Memph.11.5 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.11.3 
 7. Chandler, New Y.11.2 
 8. Lee, Golden St.W.10.8 
 9. Hickson, Portland.10.4 
 10. Cousins, Sacramen.9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.5 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.5 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.8 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..8.0 
 6. Parker, San A.7.7 
 7. Williams, Brooklyn7.6 
 8. Nelson, Orlando M.7.5 
 9. Nash, LA Lakers7.4 
 10. Calderon, Toron.7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.6 
 2. Conley, Memphis G.2.2 
 3. Westbrook, Oklah..2.0 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.1.9 
 5. Lin, Houston R.1.9 
 6. Harden, Houston R.1.9 
 7. Walker, Charlott.1.9 
 8. Jennings, Milwauke.1.9 
 9. Leonard, San A.1.9 
 10. George, Indiana P.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Larry SANDERS
  Milwauke.
  (211-F-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Sanders, Milwauke.3.1 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.0 
 3. Duncan, San A.2.7 
 4. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.7 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 6. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.2 
 7. Smith, Atlanta H.2.1 
 8. McGee, Denver N.2.0 
 9. Noah, Chicago B.2.0 
 10. Davis, N.Orleans1.9 


Six interesting games on Tuesday - by Eurobasket News

Golden St.W. - Houston R. 107-116
James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) had 27 points and seven rebounds on a nagging left knee, Chandler Parsons (6'9''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) added 21 points and nine assists and the Houston Rockets beat the slumping Golden State Warriors 116-107 on Tuesday night. Jeremy Lin finished with 14 points and 10 assists to help the Rockets past his former team for the second time in eight days. A week after Houston tied the NBA record with 23 made 3-pointers in a testy 140-109 rout of the Warriors, the Bay Area rematch took a little longer to decide. Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) had 27 points and six assists and Jarrett Jack (6'3''-PG-83, college: Georgia Tech) scored 22 points after missing the past three games with a right shoulder injury for the Warriors, who head into the All-Star break on a season-long James Harden had 27 points and seven rebounds on a nagging left knee, Chandler Parsons added 21 points and nine assists and the Houston Rockets beat the slumping Golden State Warriors 116-107 on Tuesday night. Jeremy Lin finished with 14 points and 10 assists to help the Rockets past his former team for the second time in eight days. A week after Houston tied the NBA record with 23 made 3-pointers in a testy 140-109 rout of the Warriors, the Bay Area rematch took a little longer to decide. Stephen Curry had 27 points and six assists and Jarrett Jack scored 22 points after missing the past three games with a right shoulder injury for the Warriors, who head into the All-Star break on a season-long while the Warriors built a nine-point lead. Harden held his knee and limped to the bench during a timeout but stayed in the game. The Harden-Lin duo dodged defenders and drew fouls with relative ease. The pair combined to go 15 for 15 on free throws and score 26 points in the first half to pace the Rockets to a 57-56 lead. Golden State had allowed at least 60 points in the first half of each of the past four games. Harden had another scary fall going for a fast-break layup in the third quarter. His right plant foot stepped on David Lee's left shoe, twisting awkwardly as he tumbled to the ground. Harden limped trying to shake off the pain before he made both free throws. He walked gingerly to the locker room and returned a few minutes later, highlighting a 13-5 spurt with a driving dunk that helped Houston take an 88-77 lead. After the Warriors whittled the deficit to six early in the fourth quarter, the Rockets quickly broke the game wide open. Carlos Delfino hit a 3-pointer and Marcus Morris had two dunks and added a basket from beyond the arc to give Houston a 107-95 with 6:08 remaining. Courtesy of: denverpost.com

LA Lakers - Phoenix Suns 91-85
Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) had 19 points and 18 rebounds, Antawn Jamison added 19 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers survived Kobe Bryant's bizarre four-point performance for their eighth win in 11 games, 91-85 over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night. Bryant didn't attempt a shot in the first half and scored his first basket with 2:13 to play, finishing 1 for 8 with eight turnovers in one of the oddest games of his 17-year career. Yet the Lakers survived against the Suns, getting 17 points from Metta World Peace (6'7''-G/F-79, college: St.John's) and maintaining a small lead down the stretch of their 12th win in Phoenix's last 13 visits to Staples Center. Michael Beasley (6'10''-F-89, college: Kansas St.) scored 18 points and Luis Scola had 15 for the Suns, who have lost eight of 10. Phoenix is 5-23 on the road. Courtesy of: thenewstribune.com

Utah Jazz - Oklah.City T. 109-94
Al Jefferson (6'10''-F/C-85) scored 23 points, Paul Millsap had 18 and the Utah Jazz beat Oklahoma City 109-94 Tuesday night to break the Thunder's four-game winning streak. Utah's bench outscored Oklahoma City's 49-25, and the Jazz bigs dominated the boards, holding a 16-7 edge on offensive rebounds. The Thunder also committed 20 turnovers. The game was scrappy from the start, with Kendrick Perkins (6'10''-C-84) and Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) both called for flagrant fouls, and Perkins whistled for a technical. It was the first flagrant foul of Durant's career. The Jazz led by seven entering the fourth but quickly put the game away, opening on a 6-0 run. The Thunder were already down 17 when Durant bumped a driving Alec Burks out of bounds, then exchanged words with DeMarre Carroll after drawing the flagrant. Durant finished with 33 points on 11-of-16 shooting, and Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) added 22 points. Overall it was the type of feisty game expected Thursday when Oklahoma City heads home for an NBA Finals rematch with Miami, which has beaten the Thunder five straight times going back to June's title series. Perhaps the Thunder was looking ahead to that game, though they insisted they weren't. Or perhaps they were thinking back on the past four, which they had won by an average margin of 25.3 points. A fifth straight win by 20 or more would have broken a franchise record. Instead they suffered their first loss since Feb. 2 at Cleveland. While Utah's bigs made a big difference, Jefferson outscoring Perkins 23-4 and Millsap outscoring Serge Ibaka 18-10, Utah got the boost from its bench it needed. Derrick Favors added 15 points, Burks and Carroll had 13 apiece and Earl Watson finished with six. After being embarrassed early on by Westbrook, who opened 5 of 5 from the field, Jazz point guard Jamaal Tinsley put Utah up 75-63 with a pair of 3-pointers. A steal by Tinsley then set up Millsap at the other end, giving Utah an 80-67 lead with 2:57 left in the third. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Durant and a floater by Perkins helped get Oklahoma City within 86-79 going into the fourth. Jefferson then scored two baskets and Burks another for a 92-79 Utah lead. The Thunder was pretty much done after that, with both teams sitting starters the final 5 1/2 minutes. Oklahoma City shot nearly 56 percent, while the Jazz were at 48.3 percent. But Utah took 19 more shots thanks to a 38-26 edge in rebounding. The Thunder led 42-41 with 5:23 left in the second only to see Utah surge ahead 56-46 on a 15-4 run. It started with Randy Foye (6'3''-G-83, college: Villanova)'s 20-foot jumper after he returned to the court after bruising his right quad, continued with a steal and fast-break layup by Watson and ended with another pump-fake jumper by Jefferson with 2:27 left. The Jazz also took advantage of scrappy play by Carroll, who had a seven-point quarter, and rough play by Perkins. Perkins was called for a technical foul with 4:09 left in the quarter after jawing with Watson, then earned a flagrant foul with an elbow across Jefferson's neck less than two minutes later. Utah took a 58-52 lead into the break despite shooting just 43.8 percent. The Jazz dominated the offensive boards, holding an 11-4 advantage at halftime. They had a 13-0 edge on second-chance points. The win gave the Jazz 20 victories at home this season, and evened the season series with the Thunder after they lost by 12 on Nov. 30. They head to Minnesota before the All-Star break. Courtesy of: kansascity.com

Memphis G. - Sacramento K. 108-101
Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) had 24 points and 12 rebounds, Mike Conley scored 22 points and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Sacramento Kings 108-101 on Tuesday night. Tony Allen (6'4''-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) added a season-high 19 points to help the Grizzlies win their sixth straight over the Kings at home. Memphis entered the All-Star break with a three-game win streak, their longest in more than a month. DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-C/F-90, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) scored 23 points and Tyreke Evans had 20 for the Kings, who were attempting to win three straight for the first time in more than two months. Jerryd Bayless made a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the third quarter to give Memphis an 84-73 lead. The Grizzlies boosted their advantage to 13 on several occasions early in the fourth and withstood a late comeback try by the Kings, who pulled to 99-93 with 4:19 to go on a layup by Evans. Memphis recovered as Gasol and Conley combined to score the team's final nine points. Conley made four free throws and a runner in the lane and Gasol hit a free throw and field goal. Memphis shot 55 percent to overcome 19 turnovers. The Grizzlies built a 56-47 lead with 40 seconds remaining in the second quarter, but were unable to maintain it. The Kings scored eight points in the final 35 seconds and pulled to 58-55 at halftime. Gasol had 14 points and Allen had 12 in the first two quarters as Memphis shot 55 percent. Courtesy of: miningjournal.net

Miami Heat - Portland TB 117-104
The Miami Heat got the payback they were hoping for when they defeated the Trail Blazers tonight 117-104 at American Airlines Arena. LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) led the Heat (35-14) with 30 points, six rebounds and nine assists. Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) added 32 points and 11 rebounds. Dwyane Wade put in 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. The Trail Blazers withstood the Heat's initial run after the Heat scored on their first seven field goals to go up 15-4. Thanks to an attacking Damian Lillard (6'2''-PG-90, college: Weber St.) who erupted for 18 of his 33 points in the first half and LaMarcus Aldridge, who at one point scored 15 straight points in the second quarter, were able to take the lead and build it to 14 points. The Heat being the Heat, quickly shifted gears and finished the first half off on a 13-2 run to climb within one going into halftime. In the last four minutes of the second quarter to mid-third quarter, the Heat went on a 30-8 run and led by as many as 14 points. Lillard stayed aggressive tallying nine points in the quarter to get his team withing four going into the fourth. The fourth was Heat time, putting a dagger of a 16-3 run in the closing minutes of the game to cinch the victory. Aldridge finished the game with 29 points and five rebounds. Realizing how important tonight's game was (a win tonight and tomorrow equals .500 on this trip), Trail Blazers Head Coach elected to go with his veteran group off the bench inserting Jared Jeffries, Sasha Pavlovic and Ronnie Price instead of Meyers Leonard and Nolan Smith who have been the backups for Lillard and Hickson as of late. Will Barton was deactivated in favor of Pavlovic. Courtesy of: csnnw.com

Toronto R. - Denver N. 109-108
Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) hit a pull-up jump shot with less than five seconds remaining and the Toronto Raptors beat the short-handed Denver Nuggets 109-108 on Tuesday. Demar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) scored 22 points, Gay had 17 and John Lucas scored 12 of his 14 points in the final quarter as the Raptors won their third straight. It was the second game-winner in three games for Gay, who beat Indiana with an overtime jumper last Friday. Kyle Lowry had 11 points and 10 assists and Alan Anderson had 10 for Toronto, which made seven 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. Ty Lawson (5'11''-PG-87, college: N.Carolina) led Denver with 29 points, Kenneth Faried had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Anthony Randolph (6'11''-F/C-89, college: LSU) scored 16. Andre Miller scored 12 points for the Nuggets, who came in having won nine of their past 10 overall and 15 of their past 17 meetings with Toronto. Denver lost its second straight after having a nine-game winning streak snapped with a triple OT loss at Boston on Sunday. The Nuggets had to juggle their starting lineup due to the absences of leading scorer Danilo Gallinari (sinus infection) and third-leading scorer Andre Iguodala (strained neck). Corey Brewer started in place of Gallinari, while rookie Evan Fournier took over for Iguodala. Denver was also depleted by the loss of forward Wilson Chandler, sidelined by a sore groin. Things got worse for the Nuggets when center JaVale McGee left at halftime with a sore left leg. Lucas' third 3-pointer of the fourth quarter put Toronto up 91-83 with 9:10 remaining, but Denver scored six straight points to make it 91-89. Anderson hit Toronto's sixth 3-pointer of the fourth, putting the Raptors up 100-94 with 5:13 to play, but Lawson scored six of the next eight points, all on layups, before a reverse layup by Brewer tied it at 102-all with 3:02 left. After Denver took a 108-107 lead on a pair of free throws by Randolph with 42 seconds left, the Raptors recovered the ball following a missed shot, then called timeout to draw up a play for Gay, who hit the go-ahead basket over Brewer from just outside the paint. A driving Lawson got off a final chance for the Nuggets, but his shot rimmed out at the buzzer. The Raptors led 22-9 after Gay's 3-pointer with 4:07 left in the first but the Nuggets fought back to make it 28-21 after one quarter. Gay scored 13 points in the first and DeRozan had eight for Toronto. DeRozan opened the second quarter with a soaring dunk over Denver's Timofey Mozgov, and Toronto rookie Terrence Ross, who'll compete in the dunk contest at All-Star weekend, later added a breakaway dunk to put the Raptors up 43-31 with 6:28 left in the half. But the Nuggets got 14 points from Lawson in the second, slicing the deficit to 54-52 at the half. Denver took its first lead since the game's opening basket on a dunk by Faried with 7:02 left in the third, but Toronto closed the quarter with back-to-back baskets by Lucas and DeRozan to take an 82-78 lead into the fourth. Courtesy of: newsobserver.com



The Hawks cut Pargo - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Hawks cut 34-year old point guard Jannero Pargo (187-84kg-79, college: Arkansas, agency: Priority Sports). In 7 NBA games he played this season he averaged 5.0ppg, 1.0rpg and 2.7apg. Pargo also played at the Wizards earlier that season. In 7 NBA games this year he had 3.0ppg and 2.0apg.
The last season he was tested by the Bulls. He also played for the Hawks averaging 5.6 points and 1.9 assists. In 2010-2011 Pargo played at the Hornets.
He has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2002 Dodge City Legend selected him in fifth round (41st overall) in the USBL draft.
Pargo attended University of Arkansas and it is his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team won Greek League Regular Season in 2009. Pargo was selected to Greek League All-Star Game back in 2009.
He has played also professionally in Russia (Dynamo Moscow), other NBA teams (New Orleans Hornets and Toronto Raptors) and Greece (Olympiacos).
Lets have closer look into Pargos outlook: A solid three-point shooting threat. He can shoot the ball, he will guard you and he comes from programs that win. He will bring that winning quality with him.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nbatransactions)



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  NCAA1   

Top 25 - Men

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

Regular Season: Round 94

Feb. 12: Detroit Mercy - Cleveland St. 92-62
Feb. 12: JMU - Towson 75-70
Feb. 12: Michigan St. - Michigan 75-52
Feb. 12: Virginia - Virginia Tech 73-55
Feb. 12: Stony Brook - Binghamton 73-47
Feb. 12: Wisc.-Milwaukee - Loyola, IL 71-53
Feb. 12: Florida - Kentucky 69-52
Feb. 12: Cincinnati - Villanova 68-50
Feb. 12: Missouri St. - Indiana St. 67-65
Feb. 12: Holy Cross - Navy 66-57
Feb. 12: Wright St. - Valparaiso 61-68
Feb. 12: Vermont - Boston U. 59-64
Feb. 12: Rutgers - Seton Hall 57-55
Feb. 12: UTSA - CSU Bakersfield 52-61
Feb. 12: Georgia - Alabama 45-52
Feb. 12: Fairfield - Manhattan 40-62

Regular Season: Round 95

Feb. 13: E.Michigan - Akron
Feb. 13: St.Joseph's - Richmond
Feb. 13: Kent St. - Miami, OH
Feb. 13: Boston Coll. - Wake Forest
Feb. 13: NC-Asheville - Gardner-Webb
Feb. 13: Buffalo - Toledo
Feb. 13: Cent.Michigan - Ohio
Feb. 13: Rhode Island - Dayton
Feb. 13: E.Carolina - UAB
Feb. 13: St.Bonaventure - La Salle
Feb. 13: Georgia St. - Hofstra
Feb. 13: Texas Tech - Oklahoma St.
Feb. 13: Indiana - Nebraska
Feb. 13: William & Mary - NC-Wilmington
Feb. 13: Butler - Charlotte
Feb. 13: Campbell - Liberty
Feb. 13: Presbyterian - Co.Carolina
Feb. 13: Texas A&M - Mississippi
Feb. 13: VMI - Radford
Feb. 13: Lehigh - American
Feb. 13: Winthrop - Charleston So.
Feb. 13: Longwood - High Point
Feb. 13: Bucknell - Colgate
Feb. 13: Northeastern - Delaware
Feb. 13: Notre Dame - De Paul
Feb. 13: Connecticut - Syracuse
Feb. 13: Florida St. - Miami, FL
Feb. 13: Lafayette - Army
Feb. 13: Marshall - Rice
Feb. 13: Xavier - Fordham
Feb. 13: Bowling Green - W.Michigan
Feb. 13: New Hampshire - UMBC
Feb. 13: Maine - Hartford
Feb. 13: N.Iowa - Creighton
Feb. 13: S.Mississippi - Tulane
Feb. 13: Houston - UTEP
Feb. 13: Utah - Arizona St.
Feb. 13: Mississippi St. - Missouri
Feb. 13: N.Illinois - Ball St.
Feb. 13: Illinois St. - Bradley
Feb. 13: Memphis - Cent.Florida
Feb. 13: Texas - Iowa St.
Feb. 13: Vanderbilt - Tennessee
Feb. 13: Wichita St. - Drake
Feb. 13: S.Illinois - Evansville
Feb. 13: Wyoming - Nevada
Feb. 13: Baylor - W.Virginia
Feb. 13: Duke - N.Carolina
Feb. 13: Fresno St. - N.Mexico
Feb. 13: Auburn - Arkansas
Feb. 13: S.Florida - Providence
Feb. 13: Illinois - Purdue
Feb. 13: Air Force - UNLV
Feb. 13: Colorado St. - San Diego St.
Feb. 13: Washington St. - Oregon St.
Feb. 13: Cal-Irvine - Cal-Riverside
Feb. 13: Washington - Oregon
Feb. 13: Long Beach St. - CS Fullerton


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Deshaun THOMAS
  Ohio St.
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Thomas, Ohio St.20.1 
 2. Burke, Michigan18.2 
 3. Paul, Illinois17.3 
 4. Zeller, Indiana16.5 
 5. Newbill, Penn St.15.8 
 6. Hardaway Jr., Mich.15.5 
 7. Marshall, Penn St.14.7 
 8. Oladipo, Indiana14.3 
 9. Hearn, Northwes.14.2 
 10. Appling, Michigan14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Trevor MBAKWE
  Minnesota
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Mbakwe, Minnesota8.8 
 2. Zeller, Indiana8.3 
 3. Evans, Wisconsin7.7 
 4. Travis, Penn St.7.1 
 5. Ubel, Nebraska6.9 
 6. Hammons, Purdue6.8 
 7. Berggren, Wisco.6.8 
 8. Swopshire, Northwe.6.7 
 9. Watford, Indiana6.7 
 10. Payne, Michigan.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Trey BURKE
  Michigan
  (183-PG-92)
  Avg: 7
 1. Burke, Michigan7.0 
 2. Craft, Ohio St.4.4 
 3. Ferrell, Indiana4.4 
 4. Sobolewski, Northw.4.2 
 5. Appling, Michigan4.0 
 6. Newbill, Penn St.4.0 
 7. Scott, Ohio St.3.9 
 8. Johnson, Purdue3.8 
 9. Clemmons, Iowa3.7 
 10. Hollins, Minnesota3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Victor OLADIPO
  Indiana
  (196-G-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Oladipo, Indiana2.3 
 2. Hollins, Minnesota2.0 
 3. Craft, Ohio St.1.9 
 4. Dawson, Michigan.1.8 
 5. Scott, Ohio St.1.7 
 6. Richardson, Illino.1.6 
 7. Appling, Michigan1.5 
 8. Marshall, Penn St.1.5 
 9. Burke, Michigan1.4 
 10. Abrams, Illinois1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 A.J. HAMMONS
  Purdue
  (213-C-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hammons, Purdue2.1 
 2. Berggren, Wisco.1.9 
 3. Williams, Ohio St.1.7 
 4. Mbakwe, Minnesota1.7 
 5. Williams, Minnesota1.5 
 6. Egwu, Illinois1.4 
 7. Zeller, Indiana1.3 
 8. Basabe, Iowa1.2 
 9. Payne, Michigan.1.2 
 10. Almeida, Nebraska1.2 


No. 14/13 Kansas Soundly Snaps Streak in Kansas State Defeat, 83-62 - by Eurobasket News

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- A birthday-present worthy performance from redshirt freshman Ben McLemore (6'5''-G) and a historical milestone for senior Jeff Witheytopped the list of highlights featured in Kansas' lopsided 83-62 win against in-state rival Kansas State on ESPN's Big Monday.

For the first time in more than 30 years, No. 10/11 Kansas State (19-5, 8-3) came to Allen Fieldhouse ranked higher than No. 14/13 Kansas (20-4, 8-3). On Feb. 20, 1982, Kansas was receiving votes, while Kansas State was No. 18 and left with the 63-53 victory. The visitors from Manhattan, Kan., were unable to repeat on Monday night. After scoring the game's first points, the Wildcats wouldn't lead for the rest of the contest.

Kansas took its recent offensive frustrations out on its rivals, chalking up 47 points in the opening half, KU's most in conference play this season. The Jayhawks shot 59 percent in the opening 20 minutes and 48.3 percent for the game (28-for-58) to defeat KSU for the 11th time in their last 12 meetings and snapping their first three-game losing streak since the 2005 season.

Not only did Kansas reclaim a share of the Big 12 lead, Withey swatted his record-breaking block before the first media timeout, recording his 259th career block at the 16:28 mark. The senior center finished the night with five - and 263 for his career - passing Greg Ostertag's 258 for the most blocked shots in Kansas basketball history. The senior from San Diego, Calif., ended his historic evening with his eighth double-double of the year, tallying 17 points and 10 rebounds.

The prestigious record shared the spotlight with birthday boy, Ben McLemore. The redshirt freshman turned 20 on Monday and in the first half alone, McLemore racked up 17 points, missing only one field goal while sinking three treys and all four free throws. His big night saw him total 30 points, his most since chalking up his career-high 33 points against Iowa State, on 9-for-13 shooting, including six three-pointers to tie his career high.

McLemore became the first player in Kansas history to rack up two 30-point games in conference play. Jayhawk legend Danny Manningalso surpassed the 30-point mark twice as a freshman, but only one was in league play.

Doing the dishing was sophomore guard Naadir Tharpe, who posted eight assists for his most in a Big 12 game. Senior forward Kevin Young was a rebound shy of a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds, while fellow senior Travis Relefordcontributed 10 points and four rebounds. Kansas dominated on the glass, outrebounding the Wildcats, 41-23.

Kansas State senior guard and leading scorer Rodney McGruder, who racked up 40 points on 54 percent shooting in his last two outings combined, was held to a single bucket in the first half. In fact, the Wildcats didn't a have scorer in double-figures until sophomore Angel Rodriguez did so in the opening minutes of the second half.

McGruder didn't stay quiet for long, finding his groove in the second half and leading all Wildcat scorers with 20 points. Rodriguez finished with 17, while sophomore big man Thomas Gipson fouled out without scoring.

The first buckets of the game were nothing short of a dead sprint, setting the tone for a high-tempo game suitable for the intense rivalry. A pair of layups for both sides got the game off and running before Releford drilled the first three of the game. Junior guard Will Spradling immediately answered with a three on the other end, but it was Kansas that kept sprinting.

Pressuring early, Kansas forced the Wildcats to miss nine of their first 12 shots. The Jayhawks took full advantage, jolting out to an 11-3 run midway through the first half. Back-to-back dunks from Young and Withey, followed by a three from McLemore forced a Bruce Weber timeout as KU surged ahead, 21-10.

On the heels of McLemore's second three of the game, the Jayhawks were outshooting the Wildcats 61 to 31 percent as they watched their lead skyrocket. Under the final media timeout of the first half, McLemore's made free throws pushed Kansas over the 20-point margin for the first of many times on Monday. Rattled, KSU returned to its end of the floor where a broken play resulted in a pass sailing directly out of bounds.

Junior guard Shane Southwell tried to break the Jayhawk momentum with a late three pointer, but a well-executed play from sophomore guard Naadir Tharpeto Young gave KU an easy bucket under the basket as time expired. Kansas took a 47-29 lead to half. After three-straight games of trailing at halftime, the Jayhawks came back with its largest halftime lead in conference play.

The second half saw no sign of slowing down for the Kansas offense, who came out firing at a 50 percent clip. Again Weber asked for the timeout, with his team trailing 63-43, but it did little to slow the Jayhawks.

McLemore's fifth three-pointer propelled the home team to its largest lead of the night, 75-50, all but breaking the Wildcats with eight minutes remaining.

Late free throws from seniors Elijah Johnsonand Withey coasted the Jayhawks into the final minute and McLemore added one more three to seal the deal at 83-62.

UP NEXT
No. 14/13 Kansas will stay in Lawrence and welcome the Texas Longhorns to Allen Fieldhouse for ESPN College Gameday, Saturday at 8 p.m.

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Porter Jr. Scores 21, No. 15 Georgetown Beats Marquette 63-55 - by Eurobasket News

WASHINGTON - Georgetown University sophomore forward Otto Porter (6'8''-F-93) Jr. (Morley, Mo./Scott County Central) scored 21 points to lead three players in double figures as the 15th-ranked Hoyas opened up a 10-point lead at the half and used a late run in the second half to pull away for a 63-52 win over No. 18 Marquette in front of 11,821 fans at Verizon Center on Big Monday.

It was the sixth-straight win for Georgetown, who improves to 18-4 overall and 8-3 in the BIG EAST, while Marquette falls to 17-6 overall and 8-3 in league play.

Porter Jr. scored 21 points had seven rebounds, three assists and three steals while junior guard Markel Starks (6'2''-PG) (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) added 16 points and three assists and junior forward Nate Lubick (6'8''-F-91) (Southborough, Mass./St. Mark's) scored 10 points, had four rebounds and four assists.

The Hoyas led by 10 points at the break and held that lead in the opening minutes, with a free throw from Starks at the 16:11 mark making it 35-25. A 9-2 run from Marquette cut the GU lead to three points, 37-34, on a three-pointer from Jamil Wilson with 12:56 left.

Georgetown, however, responded with an 8-1 run over 1:28 - with Porter Jr. (4-of-4) and Lubick (2-of-2) hitting six free throws - to push lead back to 10 points, 45-35, at the 10:46 mark. The Hoyas continued to maintain that lead over the next three minutes, with a layup from Starks making it 47-37 (9:52) and a jumper from the junior guard making it 49-39 (9:12).

The lead was still 10 points, 51-41, after a dunk from sophomore center Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha), but free throws from Jamil Wilson made it 51-43 with 6:44 to play. The Hoyas responded with a 9-3 run over 2:45 and took a 60-46 lead on the three-point play from Porter Jr. The run was started by a three-pointer from Starks to make it 54-43 and included a jumper from Hopkins and a free throw from Lubick.

Despite only shooting 39.3 percent from the floor in the first half (11-of-28), the Hoyas took a 10-point lead into the break, 33-23, with Porter Jr. scoring 10 points.

The Golden Eagles had jumped out to an 11-6 lead early going on a dunk from Chris Otule at the 14:58 mark, but consecutive three-pointers from Starks at the 12:27 mark ignited an 11-2 GU run over 2:31 as Georgetown took a 17-13 lead on a three-pointer from Porter Jr.at the 9:56 mark.

The lead was two points, 20-18, after a layup from Trent Lockett, but Georgetown out-scored Marquette 13-5 over the final 5:17 of the half and took a 33-23 lead into the break on a layup from Hopkins.

Georgetown is back in action on Friday, Feb. 15, visiting Cincinnati in a BIG EAST Conference matchup at First Third Arena. Tipoff is slated for 9 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPN, with John Saunders and Bobby Knight calling all of the action. It can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.
Courtesy of: http://www.guhoyas.com



Northeastern improves to 12-1 in CAA with 68-64 win at W&M - by Eurobasket News

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. Northeastern used a game-closing 15-4 run to secure a 68-64 come-from-behind win over William & Mary on Monday night in Williamsburg, Va. Joel Smith (Leander, Texas), who earlier in the day was named CAA Player of the Week, scored a team-high 17 points for NU and tied a career high with six assists as the Huskies moved to 12-1 in Colonial Athletic Association play. The win was Northeastern's first-ever in six visits to Kaplan Arena.

The Huskies (17-8, 12-1 CAA), who made their first seven shots, opened a 10-point first-half lead before settling for a three-point edge at the half. The Tribe (9-14, 3-9 CAA) stormed out of the locker room and, behind a 16-7 run, took a six point lead just over five minutes into the half. NU rallied to tie the score and the teams play nearly four minutes of even basketball. W&M then ripped off seven straight points and appeared to take control of the game before the battle-tested Huskies dominated the game's final six minutes.

Smith, who has led the Huskies or been second in scoring in 10 straight games, shot a remarkable 67 percent (6-9) and, with four made 3-pointers, moved past NU great Matt Janning into second place all-time in 3-point field goals made. With 225, Smith now trails only Huskies great J.J. Barea, who finished his career with 255.

Fellow senior co-captain Jonathan Lee (Flint, Mich.) scored 12 points on 80 percent shooting (4-5) and sophomore standout Quincy Ford (St. Petersburg, Fla.) also netted 12 points. Hampton Roads native Demetrius Pollard (6'2''-G-93) (Virginia Beach, Va.) scored nine points on 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc, while Reggie Spencer (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) added eight points and a team-high eight rebounds. David Walker (6'6''-G) (Stow, Ohio) tallied six points, followed by Marco Banegas-Flores (6'1''-PG-92) (Boston, Mass.) and Zach Stahl (Chanhassen, Minn.) with two each.

Brandon Britt scored a game-high 18 points to lead four Tribe players in double figures, while Tim Rusthoven corralled a game-high nine rebounds.

Leading by three points at the break, 31-28, Northeastern fell victim to an early Tribe barrage. W&M hit three of its first four shots, along with two free throws, to take its first lead of the game, 37-35, just three minutes into the second period.

The lead grew to six, 44-38, before Smith and Pollard hit back-to-back long-range bombs to level score with 12:45 to play. From there, the teams traded baskets over the next four minutes. Spencer hit a layup to answer two Britt free throws. Stahl then hit a layup to give NU its first lead in seven minutes, but Britt quickly responded with a layup of his own. A Spencer lay-in for NU was answered by a layup by W&M's Marcus Thornton. Pollard then hit his second three of the game, only to see Thornton drain his own long-range jumper to again even the score.

Thornton again hit a shot from beyond the arc to ignite a 7-0 run and give the Tribe a 60-53 lead their largest of the game with 6:14 to go.

From there, the resilient Huskies went to work. Walker, a freshman standout, dialed in from deep to launch a game-closing, game-winning 15-4 run. Following two W&M free throws, Ford hit two from the line. Lee followed with a jumper and, a possession later, made one of two free throws. Spencer then hit a layup to give NU the lead for good, 63-62, with 1:33 to play. Smith hit one of two free throws, and Ford and Lee both added a pair at the line before a Rusthoven layup at the buzzer set the final score at 68-64.

Northeastern opened the first half with the hot hand, connecting on its first seven shots to take a 17-7 lead. The 10-point margin was the largest of the game for either team. Smith hit a jumper, followed by a Ford three, lay-ins by Lee and Spencer, another Ford three, a Lee jumper, and a Walker three.

The Tribe answered with five straight points before Smith hit the first of his game-high four 3-pointers. Five more Tribe points cut the lead to three before the scintillating Smith again dialed in from long-range to settle the visitors. Pollard then got into the act, hitting the first of his two 3-pointers, to give NU a nine-point advantage, 26-17, with just under six minutes to play in the half.

The Tribe ripped off seven straight points before Smith, again, stepped up for the Huskies. The sharpshooter hit his third triple of the half and, on the next NU possession, Banegas-Flores attacked the paint and laid the ball in to give the Red and Black a 31-24 lead with 1:36 to play before the half. W&M scored the final four points to send the teams to the locker room with NU leading, 31-28.

For the game, Northeastern shot 52 percent (24-46), including an impressive 57 percent (12-21) from beyond the arc. The Huskies converted just 61 percent (8-13) of its attempts from the free throw line. W&M shot 48 percent (24-50) from the floor, 37 percent (7-19) from distance, and 90 percent (9-10) from the line. The teams battled to a 26-26 draw in the rebounding battle.

Northeastern will return home to historic Matthews Arena to host Delaware on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. The Huskies defeated the Blue Hens earlier this season, 74-70, on Jan. 19 in Newark, Del.

Game notes

Northeastern is 12-1 in CAA play for the first time in program history NU owns the nation's second-best road winning percentage (9-1, .900); the Huskies are 7-0 in CAA road games Joel Smith scored a team-high 17 points and has either led the team or been second in scoring in 10 straight games Smith moved past NU great Matt Janning into second place at NU in career 3-point field goals made; with 225 Smith trails only Huskies great J.J. Barea (255) Smith tied a career high with six assists Jonathan Lee, a Senior CLASS Award finalist, scored in double figures for the 12th time in 16 games Lee shot a remarkable 80 percent from the floor and was perfect from long range Sophomore standout Quincy Ford scored in double figures for the third straight game and the 19th time in 25 games Reggie Spencer collected a team-best eight rebounds, marking the 14th time he has led the team in that category NU registered 17 assists for its 10th CAA game (in 13) with at least 15 assists the win was NU's first-ever win in six trips to Williamsburg
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Sooners Stifle TCU - by Eurobasket News

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Buddy Hield was right in the middle of the action as Oklahoma celebrated a big upset on its home court, getting carried around on the shoulders of fans who stormed the court.

After another win in the very next game, there was nothing to be happy about for Hield and his Sooners.

Hield broke a bone in his right foot during the second half of Oklahoma's 75-48 rout of TCU on Monday night and will be out indefinitely.

"It'll be a while before Buddy gets back," coach Lon Kruger said. "He loves to play, obviously, and it hurts everyone when that's taken away. So, we're disappointed by that."

A sparkplug who moved into the starting lineup just over a month into his freshman year, Hield was averaging 8.8 points while leading the team in steals and assists during Big 12 play. He was hurt just after making two free throws to put the Sooners up 57-30 with 7:44 left in the game.

Kruger said Hield's fifth metatarsal was broken, and team doctors would have to assess options for treatment before he'd know if Hield would be able to return this season.

"I have no idea," Kruger said. "Any time you have a fracture, it takes time to heal."

Romero Osby scored 12 points and Amath M'Baye (6'9''-F-89) scored 11 as Oklahoma (16-7, 7-4 Big 12) led from start to finish.

The Sooners held TCU scoreless for the first eight minutes, extended their lead to 25 by halftime and led by as much as 36 after Andrew Fitzgerald's three-point play to finish a 13-0 run with 13:17 left in the game.

During that stretch, Kruger put a lineup full of reserves into the game. But he went back to a group including four starters with about 12 minutes left in the middle of a string of nine straight TCU points.

Hield limped up the court and hobbled to the bench after a foul was called against M'Baye. He started to walk toward the tunnel to the locker room, but stopped and returned to the bench and took off his shoe before actually heading up the tunnel.

Hield is one of three freshmen -- and four newcomers -- who have made key contributions to the Sooners as they've put themselves on a trajectory toward the NCAA tournament after missing the postseason the past three years.

The victory pushed the Sooners past their win total from last season.

"I think they're playing as good as anybody in our league and, make no mistake about it, that's an NCAA tournament team. All they've got to do is remain healthy and continue to do what they're doing," said TCU coach Trent Johnson, without knowing the extent of Hield's injury.

"Obviously, we didn't give them any type of fight. We got off to a horrible start. They defended us probably as well as anybody has, and then we had some guys sort of trying to play for themselves."

Devonta Abron led TCU (10-14, 1-10) with 12 points and Kyan Anderson scored 11 on 4-for-19 shooting.

The Horned Frogs missed their first 14 shots, including a pair of air balls, and didn't get on the scoreboard until Adrick McKinney hit one of two free throws with 11:52 left before halftime. Their first basket didn't go in until Connell Crossland scored inside with 8:49 left in the first half.

The Sooners scored the game's first eight points, led 15-1 midway through the first half and were up 36-11 at halftime after TCU missed 20 of its 24 field-goal attempts.

The Horned Frogs came in rated last in the conference in scoring, shooting percentage, rebounds, steals and blocks and played nowhere near the same level as during a stunning upset of then-No. 5 Kansas last week.

On Saturday, the Sooners got their own win against Kansas, their first upset of a top 5 team since 2006.

"We were just trying to step our defensive intensity up and just keep it going from the Kansas game and not have any letdown," Osby said. "They beat Kansas, they're a really good team and we just tried to take them out of their stuff."

Without Hield, fellow freshmen Isaiah Cousins and Je'lon Hornbeak could end up with more playing time. Cameron Clark, who started the past two seasons before moving to a reserve role this season, could also absorb some of Hield's minutes.

"Our depth is good," Kruger said. "You don't like to see injury, of course. It's an unfortunate part of the game. But having good depth helps when you do have injury or foul trouble or whatever."

Kruger has started two freshmen all season long, with Hield in the lineup for the past 13 games. Early on, Hornbeak and Cousins were starting together. Hield has been alongside one or the other since mid-December.

"Buddy is a terrific guy and we all love him to death. I think everybody around campus loved him to death. He was just doing such a great job of giving us energy that we're definitely going to miss it," M'Baye said.

"Knowing Buddy, I know that from the court or from the bench he's still going to have the same production energy-wise to get us going."
Courtesy of: http://www.soonersports.com



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Urbiztondo named PBA's Player of the Week - by Aris Ignacio

Barako Bull Energy's Joshua Urbiztondo (183-PG-83, college: Fresno Pacific) is named the Philippine Basketball Association's (PBA) Player of the Week during the opening week of the Commissioner's Cup. The spitfire guard, who earned the monicker "Fireball", averaged 20.5 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists leading the Energy Colas to an unblemished and league leading 2-0 win-loss slate in the tournament despite the absence of guard Roger Yap (186-G-77), forwards Sean Anthony (193-F-86) and JC Intal (195-C-83) and starting center Enrico Villanueva (196-C-80).

Barako won its initial outing against the San Mig Coffee Mixers, 79-75, where the Energy Cola's starting guard tallied 17 points, 9 rebounds and distributed 4 assists then followed it with a remarkable 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists outing during a nail-biting overtime win against opening day winner, Global Port Batang Pier, 98-88.



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  POLAND   


EuroCup: Stelmet Zielona Gora bring win from Seville - by Eurobasket News

Cajasol - Stelmet ZG 81:85

Stelmet Zielona Gora revived their EuroCup campaign with a road win in Seville tonight. The Polish team came from behind late in the game to steal the victory over Cajasol. Stelmet ZG improved at 2-3 record in the third position in Group K. Cajasol suffered the fifth straight loss in Last 16 stage. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) stepped up with 31 points to pace the visitors.
Cajasol started the game strong. They rallied off to a 26:16 lead after ten minutes. Stelmet Zielona Gora stopped the rot pretty quickly though. The Polish side outscored the hosts 23:17 in the second stanza to get within 4 points at the big break 43:39. The visitors maintained the pressure throughout the third term. Stelmet trailed by just three points heading into the final frame 58:61. Walter Hodge tied things up at 72 with just under five minutes to go. Luka Bogdanovic answered with a three-pointer and Brian Asbury (200-SF-86, college: Miami, FL) followed with a layup to put Cajasol up by 5 points 77:72. However Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) and Walter Hodge dragged the Polish team within one 80:81 with 68 seconds remaining. Marcin Sroka followed with a layup and then Walter Hodge sank two free throws to seal the victory for Stelmet Zielona Gora. Oliver Stevic provided 18 points, while Dejan Borovnjak (207-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 points in the winning case. John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.) answered with 15 points for Cajasol. Brian Asbury delivered 12 points in the loss.

Cajasol: John Holland 15, Brian Asbury 12
Stelmet ZG: Walter Hodge 31, Oliver Stevic 18, Dejan Borovnjak 11



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  PORTUGAL   

Standings - Proliga

Proliga Standings
 1. Oliveirense 13-1 
 2. Maia Basket 12-3 
 3. Electrico FC 12-3 
 4. Sangalhos 9-6 
 5. Guifoes 7-7 
 6. Illiabum 7-8 
 7. Angra 6-8 
 8. Benfica B 4-10 
 9. Terceira 4-11 
 10. Ginasio 3-11 
 11. Leca 2-11 

Regular Season: Round 16

Feb. 10: Sangalhos - Illiabum 69-62
Feb. 9: Maia Basket - Electrico FC 65-54
Feb. 9: Ginasio - Benfica B 60-71
Feb. 9: Leca - Guifoes 59-56
Feb. 9: Terceira - Angra 52-55

Regular Season: Round 17

Feb. 16: Guifoes - Illiabum
Feb. 16: Leca - Sangalhos
Feb. 16: Ginasio - Terceira
Feb. 16: Benfica B - Angra
Feb. 16: Oliveirense - Electrico FC



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  PUERTO RICO   


Vaqueros add Guzman - by Luis Modestti


Vaqueros de Bayamon signed point guard Ansel Guzman (174-PG-84, agency: Paris Global Sports) for the 2013 season. He is already practicing under coach Flor Melendez.

Guzman averaged 11.07 points and 5.7 assists last season with Guaynabo. He asked for his release after Mets signed Christian Dalmau. Like Dalmau, Guzman was a league MVP.

Now Bayamon has Guzman along with Miguel Ali Berdiel and Donald Copeland as their point guards.



Cangrejeros sign Goudelock: - by Marcos Carlo

In the need of a good shooter Cangrejeros signed Andrew Goudelock (190-G-88, college: Charleston).

Goudelock had a great college career in Charleston and played for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2011-2012 season.

This season in the D-League he has played for Sioux Falls and Rio Grande. He now posts 19.1 points per game with the Vipers.

They already sign american power forward Shavlick Randolph.

Santurce already started their practices with Paco Olmos.



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  QATAR   

D1 Stats

Points Per Game
 Chauncey LESLIE
  Qatar
  (183-G/F-81)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Leslie, Qatar24.6 
 2. Ayeni, Al Wakrah24.1 
 3. Jalloh, Al Arabi22.8 
 4. Nwigwe, Al