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  APBL   



Record Day for Doug Herring, Jr. - by Mike Lee

On February 9th, Doug Herring Jr. (6'3''-G, college: Utica) of the Hudson Valley Kingz had a day that will be remembered in the APBL. Herring Jr. started the day leading the Hudson Valley Kingz to a 154-131 victory over the Brooklyn Firebirds. He led the Kingz in scoring with 42 points in the victory. He also connected on six three-pointers in the game and added 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The Kingz also received solid contributions from Corriche Gaskin (6'5''-F) (37 points), Dayvon Whitaker (21 points, 13 rebounds), Kaheem Davis (6'6''-F, college: Bridgeport) (16 points), Alvin Vivican (14 points, 10 assists, 8 rebounds), and Keenan Belle (6'6''-G/F-87, college: ASA) (14 points, 10 rebounds).

After a fifteen minute break, the Hudson Valley Kingz changed out of their blue road uniforms and into their white home uniforms for a matchup versus the Manhattan Pride. Herring Jr. led the way again with a career-high and APBL record 66 points in a 137-117 win over the Pride. He also finished with 13 rebounds and 10 assists to become the league leader in triple-doubles with five on the season. Herring Jr. also led the team on the defensive end with six steals in the game. Corriche Gaskin of the Kingz also finished with 43 points in the victory.

With the two wins, the Hudson Valley Kingz are now 6-3 on the season and second in the Gateway Conference of the Northern Division of the APBL. They have won their last three games and are currently second in their division behind the Palmieri Jeans Destroyers. The Hudson Valley Kingz will be looking for their fourth straight win on February 16 when they play a road contest versus the Bay Area Shuckers. The Shuckers are currently 8-4 and are at the top of the Colonial Division in the APBLs Southern Conference.



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  ARGENTINA   


Bianchelli to la union, sanchez to Libertad - by Facundo Iatzky

La union Formosa changed its head coach for the second time in the season. they fired Carlos Romano and angreed terms with Juan Javier Bianchelli , who was fired recently of Libertad sunchales. Javier will have the hard mission to take La union out of the last place in the standings.
Libertad replaced Bianchelli with Oscar Sanchez , very experienced coach who already made his debut with two wins in his first two games.



TNA Round 13 - by Facundo Iatzky

Finally san Martin Corrientes lost a game in the season. It was against Estudiantes concordia (82-75), that took advantage to get closer in the standings. Anyway san martin broke the record most consecutive winning games in one season. The resto of the round was kind of predictable, because all the home teams won except Huracan Trelew and San lorenzo that got huge victories on the road.
Best player of the round: Byron Johnson (201-F/C-80, college: Belm.Abbey) of huracan trelew: 28 pts 4 reb 9/10 FG
other remarkable performances:
Pablo Jaworski (184-G-80) of Rocamora: 25 pts 7 reb
Brian Woodward (191-G-81, college: Rhode Island) of La union colon: 25 pts 8 reb
Santiago Arese (196-F-87) of Banda Norte: 28 pts 4 reb
Martin Cequeira (180-G-88) of Alvear: 17 pts 7 as



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

O Standings
 1. Satria Muda 5-2 
 2. Petron Blaze 3-2 
 3. Saigon H. 3-2 
 4. Singapore S. 2-3 
 5. KL Dragons 2-4 
 6. Thailand S. 2-4 

Regular Season: Round 5

Feb. 13: Thailand S. - Petron Blaze 73-77
Feb. 13: Satria Muda - Singapore S. 61-48
Feb. 15: Thailand S. - Satria Muda
Feb. 16: Petron Blaze - KL Dragons
Feb. 17: Singapore S. - Saigon H.



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  AUSTRALIA   


Wildcats vs Crocs Preview - by Hugh McAuliffe

Perth Wildcats coach Rob Beveridge says his team will once again be in for a big challenge when they take on the Townsville Crocodiles tomorrow night at Perth Arena.

When the two teams met four weeks ago it was one of the most exciting games of the season thus far, with Kevin Lisch and Matt Knight hitting big three pointers in crunch time to seal a 62-59 win.

Beveridge says tomorrow night is another danger game.

'Townsville have really stepped it up, and they challenged us big time, they had a massive overtime win last week, they're coming here with an expectation that they're going to beat us. They want to make the play-offs, so they're very hungry and we've spoken to our players about that. We have to be on our game,' he said.

'There are a lot of great teams in this league, they've got (Gary) Ervin, they've got Nevill, Jacob Holmes in now back in the team, they've got shooters, and they're a complete team. They started off poorly, but right now they're showing that they are a very good team, and no team can be underestimated, that's for sure.'

The Wildcats have struggled with their shooting at Perth Arena so far this season, and Beveridge says they've adjusted by getting the ball inside to Matt Knight more often.

The battle between Knight and former Wildcat Luke Nevill looms as key match-up and will help determine the outcome of the game.

'Matty has been outstanding, he will be a focal point to go at Luke again, there's no question about that, but we can't just rely on him inside, we have to knock down open shots. It isn't a crisis yet, but right now we have to improve our shooting, if we don't get that done, we cannot win a championship,' said Beveridge.

Wildcats swingman Cam Tovey will again sit out this round of NBL action as he recovers from a hip injury. The team is hopeful he will return next week.

In their games so far this season, the Wildcats defence has restricted Townsville to an average of just 60 points a game this season, while Kevin Lisch has enjoyed scoring 17.3 points on the Crocs per game - above his season mark of 15.3

Perth have beaten Townsville the last seven times they've met, dating back to the 2010/11 season.



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  AUSTRIA   


ABL Transaction Update - by Stefan Prager

A few last minute transactions were made in the ABL just before the transaction window closed at midnight. From now on teams are not allowed to obtain new players until the championship ends in early June.

The BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers added point guard Janou Rubin (193-G-82, agency: Two Points, college: UCLA) to their roster. Rubin started his season playing for Chomutov in the Czech Republic and last played for Falco Szombathely in Hungary where he appeared in 5 games scoring 9.2 ppg while dishing out 3.6 apg.

The UBC Magnofit Gussing Knights parted ways with center Hamidu Rahman (210-C-87, college: N.Mexico St.) and signed forward Dario Hunt (203-F-89, college: Nevada) in stead. Hunt started his first season overseas playing for BC Odessa in the Ukraine. In 21 games he managed to average 6.2 ppg while grabbing 4.5 rpg and shooting 46% from the field.

The Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions, placed last in the ABL with just one win in 20 games brought back 2011 ABL MVP Fabricio Vay (206-F-86, agency: Interperformances) and signed 18 year old Serbian forward Matija Milin (206-F-95). Pablo Gamalieri therefor loses his roster spot. Vay last played in Switzerland for SAV Vacallo. Milin had a stint with Rimini in Italys Lega Due.



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   

Standings

Balkan League Standings
Group C
 1. Levski Sofia 4-2 
 2. Rilski Sportist 3-3 
 3. Galil Gilboa 3-3 
 4. Kavala 3-3 
 5. Kumanovo 3-3 
 6. Teodo Tivat 2-4 
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 73-77
Feb. 13: Galil Gilboa - Teodo Tivat 102-92

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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  BELARUS   

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

Regular Season: Round 24

Feb. 15: Grodno-93 - Sozh Gomel
Feb. 15: Svisloch - Borisfen
Feb. 15: Impuls BGUIR - Tsmoki-Minsk II


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Kiril SITNIK
  Sozh Gomel
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel22.9 
 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.10.0 
 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. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.4.8 
 5. Kuzmin, Grodno-934.8 
 6. Kamarunas, Svisl.4.2 
 7. Kryukov, Borisfen3.4 
 8. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel3.3 
 9. Dadukin, Sozh G.2.6 
 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. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel2.3 
 5. Malkov, Grodno-932.3 
 6. Shustau, Svisloch2.2 
 7. Tatur, Borisfen2.1 
 8. Dadukin, Sozh G.2.1 
 9. Volodkin, Impuls B.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 


EuroChallenge: EWE Baskets closed Round 4 with the road win - by Eurobasket News

Tsmoki-Minsk - EWE Baskets 66:72

EWE Baskets closed Round 4 with the road win in Minsk. The German side overcame Tsmoki-Minsk in Group L for 4-0 record. The team from Belarus fell at 1-3 record.
EWE Baskets started with 17-16, but the hosts needed a 13-12 rally for 29:29 at the halftime. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Julius Jenkins fired 17 points for the winners. The other American import guard Rickey Paulding chipped in 12 points. Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) delivered 11 points in a win and Robin Smeulders (207-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) brought 9. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau produced 24 points and Pavel Ulyanko (204-F-79) scored 10. Aliaksei Lashkevich added 7 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side, while Dzianis Korshuk (200-PF-78) and Vidas Ginevicius (194-G-78, agency: Interperformances) also scored 7 each.

Tsmoki-Minsk: Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) 24, Pavel Ulyanko 10, Tierre Brown (188-G-79, college: McNeese St.) 9, Lashkevich Aliaksei 7, Dzianis Korshuk 7, Vidas Ginevicius 7
EWE Baskets: Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia South) 17, Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) 12, Adam Chubb 11, Robin Smeulders 9



Premier League Round 23: Leader Grodno-93 gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Premier League is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 5 rounds.

Undefeated leader Grodno-93 delivered the nineteenth consecutive win on Tuesday night. This time they crushed 7th ranked Borisfen (3-17) 59-40 in Mogilev. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 59-40. Grodno-93 dominated on the defensive end, holding Borisfen to just 4 points in third quarter. They also forced 20 Borisfen turnovers and outrebounded them 42-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was point guard Artem Malkov (185-88) who scored 17 points. The former international guard Dzmitry Kuzmin (196-75) chipped in 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Grodno-93's coach Andrei Vasileuka used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Fedor Kryukov (181-88) produced 14 points for the hosts. Undefeated Grodno-93 (19-0) have an impressive series of nineteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 19 victories in a row. Borisfen lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Grodno-93 are looking forward to face league's second-placed Sozh Gomel at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Borisfen will play against Svisloch (#6) in Osipovichi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Gomel. Local Sozh Gomel (15-5) outscored 6th ranked Svisloch (6-14) 96-71. Guard Kiril Sitnik (190-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 4 assists. Sergei Dadukin contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Ukrainian forward Maks Adam Konate (200-91) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds for Svisloch. Svisloch's coach Andrei Olbrecht gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the third consecutive win for Sozh Gomel. They maintain second place with 15-5 record having three points less than leader Grodno-93. Svisloch at the other side keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. Sozh Gomel will play against league's leader Grodno-93 on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Svisloch will play against Borisfen (#7) in Mogilev and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Sozh Gomel - Svisloch 96-71

The game with biggest result difference took place in Gomel. Local Sozh Gomel (15-5) outscored 6th ranked Svisloch (6-14) 96-71. The game without a history. Sozh Gomel led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 25-of-31 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game, while Svisloch only scored eight points from the stripe. Sozh Gomel forced 27 Svisloch turnovers. Svisloch was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Kiril Sitnik (190-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 4 assists. Ukrainian forward Sergei Dadukin (198-83) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Sozh Gomel players scored in double figures. Ukrainian forward Maks Adam Konate (200-91) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Oleksandr Dolenko (191-90) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Svisloch. Svisloch's coach Andrei Olbrecht gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the third consecutive win for Sozh Gomel. They maintain second place with 15-5 record having three points less than leader Grodno-93. Svisloch at the other side keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. Sozh Gomel will play against league's leader Grodno-93 on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Svisloch will play against Borisfen (#7) in Mogilev and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sozh Gomel: K.Sitnik 28+3reb+4ast, S.Miakinin 17+5reb+1ast, S.Dadukin 15+9reb+1ast, S.Charykau 14+1reb+6ast, D.Khodov 7+4reb+1ast, P.Bliznets 6+4reb
Svisloch: M.Adam Konate 19+9reb, A.Hrumiantsau 9+1reb, D.Shilovich 9+3reb, O.Dolenko 9+5reb+4ast, P.Pronin 8+2reb+1ast, N.Polyulyak 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 204757


Borisfen - Grodno-93 40-59

Undefeated leader Grodno-93 delivered the nineteenth consecutive win on Tuesday night. This time they crushed 7th ranked Borisfen (3-17) 59-40 in Mogilev. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 59-40. Grodno-93 dominated on the defensive end, holding Borisfen to just 4 points in third quarter. They also forced 20 Borisfen turnovers and outrebounded them 42-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was point guard Artem Malkov (185-88) who scored 17 points. The former international guard Dzmitry Kuzmin (196-75) chipped in 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Grodno-93's coach Andrei Vasileuka used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Fedor Kryukov (181-88) produced 14 points and point guard Gennadij Usovich (185-90) added 4 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Grodno-93 (19-0) have an impressive series of nineteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 19 victories in a row. Borisfen lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Grodno-93 are looking forward to face league's second-placed Sozh Gomel at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Borisfen will play against Svisloch (#6) in Osipovichi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Grodno-93: A.Malkov 17+4reb+2ast, K.Yafremov 10+6reb+1ast, D.Kuzmin 9+7reb+4ast, A.Mastou 8+4reb, U.Charko 6+5reb+2ast, A.Novikov 5+1reb
Borisfen: F.Kryukov 14+4reb+3ast, E.Batvenkov 7+1reb, E.Kopylov 6+4reb, A.Sharamet 4+5reb, V.Haidukevich 4+3reb, G.Usovich 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 204756



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

Ethias League Standings
 1. Oostende 12-4 
 2. M.Hainaut 10-6 
 3. Aalstar 10-6 
 4. Spirou 9-6 
 5. Antwerp 8-8 
 6. Liege 6-10 
 7. Leuven 5-10 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 3-13 

Regular Season: Round 17

Feb. 12: Spirou - Verviers-Pep. 95-67
Feb. 15: Liege - M.Hainaut
Feb. 15: Spirou - Oostende
Feb. 15: Antwerp - Verviers-Pep.
Feb. 17: Leuven - Aalstar


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Spirou
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Walsh, Spirou18.9 
 2. Thompson, Aalstar18.1 
 3. Mukubu, Liege17.1 
 4. Robinson, Leuven16.3 
 5. Lojeski, Oostende16.2 
 6. Taylor, M.Hainaut16.1 
 7. Green, Verviers.16.0 
 8. Aleksandrov, Vervi.15.5 
 9. Clark, Aalstar15.1 
 10. Aska, Leuven14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Spirou
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Walsh, Spirou9.7 
 2. Wilkinson, Oostende7.2 
 3. Qvale, M.Hainaut7.0 
 4. Thondique, Antwerp6.7 
 5. Tofi, Aalstar6.5 
 6. Young, Aalstar6.5 
 7. Gillet, Liege6.3 
 8. Aska, Leuven6.1 
 9. Mukubu, Liege6.1 
 10. Aleksandrov, Verv.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jerime ANDERSON
  Verviers.
  (187-PG-89)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Anderson, Verviers.5.3 
 2. Marnegrave, Leuven5.2 
 3. Bosco, Liege4.9 
 4. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.6 
 5. Walsh, Spirou3.5 
 6. Raivio, Aalstar3.3 
 7. Thompson, Aalstar3.3 
 8. Lojeski, Oostende3.2 
 9. Black, Antwerp3.2 
 10. Moors, Antwerp3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Niels MARNEGRAVE
  Leuven
  (191-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Marnegrave, Leuven2.5 
 2. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.3 
 3. Mukubu, Liege2.2 
 4. Black, Antwerp2.1 
 5. Iarochevitch, Liege1.8 
 6. Hanavan, Leuven1.7 
 7. Riddick, Spirou1.6 
 8. Thompson, Aalstar1.6 
 9. Anderson, Aalstar1.6 
 10. Green, Verviers.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Wesley WILKINSON
  Oostende
  (207-PF-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Wilkinson, Oostende1.5 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.2 
 3. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.2 
 4. Ferguson, Verviers.1.2 
 5. Dukes, Leuven1.1 
 6. Love, Antwerp0.8 
 7. Thondique, Antwerp0.7 
 8. Young, Aalstar0.7 
 9. Aska, Leuven0.6 
 10. Lojeski, Oostende0.5 



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  BULGARIA   


Balkan League: Kavala surrender against Levski at home court - by Eurobasket News

Kavala - Levski 73:77

Levski clinched a road win in the latest Balkan League encounter. The win allowed Levski jump at 4-2 record on top of First Six pool. Kavala slipped at 3-3 record. Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) nailed 22 points to lead the winners.
Levski had the upper hand in the opening period. The visitors gained an 18:14 lead after ten minutes. Kavala though stopped the rot in the second frame. The Greek team adjusted their defence and bounced back to narrow the deficit at just two-point mark 31:33 at halftime. Levski increased the tempo in the third quarter. The Bulgarian side fired 23 points and cleared off to a 5-point advantage with one quarter remaining. Levski built an 11-point lead midway through the fourth quarter 58:69. But Kavala answered with a 12:1 run to level things up at 70 with under two minutes remaining. Chavdar Kostov and Marinovic nailed timely four points for the visitors as they claimed a 74:72 lead. Tairu put the hosts within one 73:74 but Zlatin Georgiev (195-G-85) capped the regulation with a three-pointer and sealed the victory for Levski. Zlatin Georgiev and Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78) delivered 13 points each for the winners. Igor Milosevic (193-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Kieron Achara (208-F/C-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne) answered with 15 points apiece for Kavala.

Kavala: Igor Milosevic 15, Kieron Achara 15
Levski: Chavdar Kostov 22, Zlatin Georgiev 13, Stefan Georgiev 13



Varna will host Bulgarian Cup Final 8 from Feb 27 - March 1st - by Maria Mitzova

Bulgarian Cup will remain a Final 8 in 2013. This year's edition will be hosted by Cherno More Port Varna, from February 27th till March 1st.
Spartak Pleven and Tesy U20 pulled out of the competition, and the remaining eight teams will participate in the draw on February 23rd.
Lukoil Academic, Levski, Balkan, Rilski sportist, Yambol, Beroe, Chernomorec and the host team Cherno More Port Varna will be part of the draw, conducted with seeded and unseeded teams.
Seeded will be the first four teams in the NBL standings, and the rest will be unseeded. Seeded will continue to be the winners of the quarterfinals of the teams, 1st and 2nd in the standings, for the semifinals draw.
February 27th: Quarterfinals
February 28th: Semifinals
March 1st: Final/3rd place game



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  COLOMBIA   


BUKAROS COMPLETES THEIR ROSTER ADDS SERGIO TROCHA - by Victor Garcia

Bukaros the reigning champion of the pro-basketball in Colombia completes his roster, according team sources they agreed terms with the young colombian center Sergio Trocha (204-C-87, college: Rocky Mountain) (2,05 C, Rocky Mountain NAIA), Trocha played in 2012 with Manizales OC his first pro season, and has been member of several young National Teams, Trocha will bring good rebounding and defense to the Bukaros frontcourt making it deeper.


CARIBBEN HEAT GETS THREE PLAYERS FROM THE ISLAND - by Victor Garcia

The Caribbean Heat has been very quiet in the last days, but today the team agreed terms with thre talented players from the beautiful Island of San Andres , Jorry Downs (192-G/F-89) (1,94 G/F), Edward Steele (1,92 F) and Alfish Henry will join the team soon to start the practices.
Caribbean Heat will play in the Cartagenas Bernardo Caraballo Coliseum as his homecourt, the name of the coach and the full roster has not bee released yet, but players like Gianluca Barandica, Johan Arenas and Doel Forbes could join the team soon.



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  CYPRUS   

Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Keravnos 17-3 
 2. Etha 15-5 
 3. AEK 14-6 
 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. 13: AEK - Etha 73-78
Feb. 12: Apoel - Omonia 70-62
Feb. 12: Keravnos - Apollon 70-58
Feb. 12: AEL - ENAD 62-66

Regular Season: Round 21

Feb. 15: AEK - Apoel
Feb. 15: Etha - AEL
Feb. 15: Apollon - ENAD
Feb. 15: Omonia - Keravnos



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
Group A1
 1. BC Kolin 0-0 
 2. BK Decin 0-0 
 3. BK Pardubice 0-0 
 4. BK Prostejov 0-0 
 5. CEZ Nymburk 0-0 
 6. NH Ostrava 0-0 
Group A2
 1. Usti n/Labem 1-0 
 2. Svitavy 1-0 
 3. Levice 1-0 
 4. USK Praha 0-0 
 5. B&W Opava 0-1 
 6. Chomutov 0-1 
 7. J.Hradec 0-1 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 1

A1

Feb. 23: NH Ostrava - BK Prostejov
Feb. 22: CEZ Nymburk - BK Decin
Feb. 23: BC Kolin - BK Pardubice

A2

Feb. 13: Usti n/Labem - Chomutov 80-68
Feb. 13: J.Hradec - Svitavy 75-92
Feb. 13: Levice - B&W Opava 103-69
Feb. 16: Svitavy - Levice
Feb. 20: Chomutov - J.Hradec
Feb. 20: USK Praha - Usti n/Labem
Feb. 23: J.Hradec - USK Praha
Feb. 23: Levice - Chomutov
Feb. 22: B&W Opava - Svitavy


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Jan TOMANEC
  J.Hradec
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Tomanec, J.Hradec19.3 
 2. Deloach, Svitavy18.9 
 3. Blazek, B&W Opava17.5 
 4. Bolds, BC Kolin17.4 
 5. Zabas, BK Pardubi.17.3 
 6. Meno, USK Praha17.2 
 7. Reese, Usti n.17.2 
 8. Fields, Chomutov16.7 
 9. Dufault, BK Prost.15.7 
 10. Bosak, Chomutov15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Chomutov
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Fields, Chomutov10.3 
 2. Meno, USK Praha9.5 
 3. Tomanec, J.Hradec9.4 
 4. Muirhead, BK Pardu.8.2 
 5. Nuhanovic, Levice7.6 
 6. Wilson, NH Ostrava7.3 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy7.0 
 8. Simmons, Levice6.9 
 9. Blazek, B&W Opava6.8 
 10. Bolds, BC Kolin6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jakub SIRINA
  B&W Opava
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Sirina, B&W Opava5.8 
 2. Ames, NH Ostrava5.6 
 3. Deloach, Svitavy4.8 
 4. Kemp, Levice4.2 
 5. Glover, Chomutov4.1 
 6. Pavkovic, CEZ N.4.0 
 7. Pope, BK Decin3.9 
 8. Sotnar, USK Praha3.8 
 9. Ciz, NH Ostrava3.7 
 10. Sanders, BK Decin3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Chomutov
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Glover, Chomutov2.9 
 2. Sirina, B&W Opava2.2 
 3. Ames, NH Ostrava2.2 
 4. Bolds, BC Kolin2.2 
 5. Nolen, Usti n.2.1 
 6. Reese, Usti n.2.0 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy2.0 
 8. Pope, BK Decin1.8 
 9. Kemp, Levice1.6 
 10. Taylor, CEZ N.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Levice
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Nuhanovic, Levice1.6 
 2. Naymick, CEZ N.1.6 
 3. Fields, Chomutov1.1 
 4. Simmons, Levice1.0 
 5. Miklosik, B&W O.1.0 
 6. Meno, USK Praha0.9 
 7. Kohout, BK Prost.0.9 
 8. Slavik, USK Praha0.9 
 9. Svrdlik, BK Prost.0.8 
 10. Nelson, BK Pardu.0.8 


Chomutov signs Curtis Allen, ex Svit - by Eurobasket News

Levharti Chomutov (NBL) signed 27-year old American guard Curtis Allen (193-98kg-86, college: ORU). He started the season at BK Iskra Svit in Slovakian Extraliga. In 15 games this season he had 14.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.2apg and 1.9spg. The most of last season Allen spent at Tindastoll (Dominos League) in Iceland. In 16 games last year he recorded very impressive stats: 16.9ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.8apg and 2.8spg (in top 2). He helped them to make it to the cup final. Allen also played at Inter Bratislava (Extraliga) in Slovakian league earlier that season. In 13 games he recorded 11.8ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.0apg and 1.1spg (in top 2).
The previous (10-11) season he played at Voru Korvpalliklubi (1.Liiga) in Estonian league. In 11 games that year he recorded also great stats: 19.1ppg, 10.5rpg, 2.8apg, 2.2spg and 1.0bpg.
Allens college team won Summit League Tournament in 2008.
He has played also professionally in Czech Rep., ABA (Music City Stars) and WCBL (Long Beach LO).
Allen attended Oral Roberts University until 2009 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  DENMARK   

Standings - Basketligaen

Ligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 21-2 
 2. Bakken 18-5 
 3. Horsens IC 18-6 
 4. SISU 14-10 
 5. Naestved 12-12 
 6. Randers 11-13 
 7. Horsholm 8-14 
 8. Vaerlose 8-16 
 9. Aarhus BC 6-18 
 10. Aalborg 1-21 

Regular Season: Round 27

Feb. 13: Randers - Horsholm 85-68
Feb. 13: Aalborg - Aarhus BC 77-81
Feb. 13: Naestved - Horsens IC 75-76
Feb. 13: Vaerlose - SISU 59-70

Regular Season: Round 28

Feb. 16: Aarhus BC - Horsholm
Feb. 16: Aalborg - SISU
Feb. 17: Horsens IC - Svendborg
Feb. 17: Vaerlose - Naestved
Feb. 18: Bakken - Randers


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 25.2
 1. Colas, Randers25.2 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.24.0 
 3. Jukic, Horsens IC21.5 
 4. Bowlin, Horsens IC19.8 
 5. Darboe, Svendborg19.2 
 6. Walker, Naestved19.0 
 7. Delk, Vaerlose18.9 
 8. Nielsen, Randers18.8 
 9. Ocana, Randers18.5 
 10. Tomko, Bakken18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. Colas, Randers15.1 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.10.0 
 3. Dezouvre, Aarhus9.4 
 4. Jukic, Horsens IC9.3 
 5. Washington, Svend.8.0 
 6. Baker, Vaerlose8.0 
 7. Walker, Naestved7.8 
 8. Moritz, SISU7.5 
 9. Christoffers., Bak.7.5 
 10. Karason, Vaerlose7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Miguel ORTEGA
  Randers
  (188-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Ortega, Randers7.1 
 2. Bowlin, Horsens IC6.8 
 3. Darboe, Svendborg6.0 
 4. Nielsen, SISU5.4 
 5. Murphy, Naestved4.8 
 6. Nielsen, Randers4.6 
 7. Tomko, Bakken4.5 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.4.4 
 9. Jonsson, Aarhus BC4.0 
 10. Dennis, SISU3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC3.1 
 2. Tomko, Bakken2.4 
 3. Nielsen, SISU2.3 
 4. Darboe, Svendborg2.2 
 5. Delk, Vaerlose2.1 
 6. Ortega, Randers2.0 
 7. Jukic, Horsens IC2.0 
 8. Walker, Naestved1.9 
 9. Rungby, Horsens IC1.8 
 10. Dennis, SISU1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory WASHINGTON
  Svend.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Washington, Svend.2.6 
 2. Colas, Randers2.2 
 3. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.6 
 4. Jukic, Horsholm1.3 
 5. Christoffers., Bak.1.2 
 6. Jukic, Horsens IC1.2 
 7. Delk, Vaerlose1.0 
 8. Jensen, Vaerlose0.9 
 9. Smith, SISU0.9 
 10. Frandsen, Naestv.0.8 


Standings - 1st Division

1st Division Standings
 1. Falcon 13-4 
 2. Lemvig 13-4 
 3. BMS Skovlunde 12-5 
 4. Amager BK 12-5 
 5. Virum 10-7 
 6. Stevnsgade 10-7 
 7. Glostrup 7-9 
 8. Aarhus BF 6-9 
 9. Koge BK 6-11 
 10. ALBA 5-11 
 11. Jonstrup 4-12 
 12. Haderslev 1-15 

Regular Season: Round 17

Feb. 9: Virum - Haderslev 90-88
Feb. 9: Glostrup - Jonstrup 88-97
Feb. 9: Koge BK - Stevnsgade 77-87
Feb. 9: BMS Skovlunde - Amager BK 73-49
Feb. 9: ALBA - Aarhus BF 65-71
Feb. 13: Lemvig - Falcon 62-102

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 20: Falcon - Virum
Feb. 23: Stevnsgade - Lemvig
Feb. 23: Koge BK - Glostrup
Feb. 23: Amager BK - Aarhus BF


Ligaen Round 27: Horsens IC edges Naestved by one point - by Eurobasket News

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

Fifth-ranked Naestved (12-12) made lots of trouble for third ranked Horsens IC (18-6) on Wednesday. The visitors from Horsens managed to secure only one-point victory 76-75. However their fans expected easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Naestved won third quarter 23-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Darko Jukic (198-90) who scored 32 points and 6 rebounds. American center Keane Thomann (211-89, college: Missouri So.) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Joe Benjamin (200-83, college: W.Virginia St.) who recorded 19 points and 8 rebounds. Naestved's coach Geoff Kotila rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Horsens IC maintains third place with 18-6 record having just two points less than leader Svendborg. Naestved at the other side keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. Horsens IC are looking forward to face league's leader Svendborg at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Naestved will play against Vaerlose (#8) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
The game in Vaerlose was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked SISU (14-10) played at the court of 8th ranked Vaerlose (8-16). SISU defeated Vaerlose 70-59. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Vaerlose. SISU maintains fourth place with 14-10 record. Vaerlose at the other side keeps the eighth position with 16 games lost. SISU will play against bottom-ranked Aalborg (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Vaerlose will play against Naestved and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Randers. Local Randers (11-13) beat 7th ranked Horsholm (8-14) 85-68 on Wednesday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Horsholm. Worth to mention a quality performance of Bonell Colas who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 22 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Robert Fields with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Horsholm's coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted Randers maintains sixth place with 11-13 record. Loser Horsholm keeps the seventh position with 14 games lost. Randers will meet league's second-placed Bakken in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Horsholm will play against Aarhus BC (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 27 Aarhus BC defeated Aalborg in a road game 81-77.


Randers - Horsholm 85-68

The game with biggest result difference took place in Randers. Local Randers (11-13) beat 7th ranked Horsholm (8-14) 85-68 on Wednesday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Horsholm. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Randers made 27-of-33 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game, while Horsholm only scored three points from the stripe. They outrebounded Horsholm 45-33 including 16 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward Bonell Colas (205-82, college: Florida) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 22 rebounds. The former international swingman Chris Nielsen (192-85) helped adding 21 points and 4 assists. Four Randers players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Robert Fields (185-88, college: Catawba) with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international forward Casper Hesseldal (198-85, college: Dickinson St., agency: Dynamics Global Management) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Horsholm's coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted Randers maintains sixth place with 11-13 record. Loser Horsholm keeps the seventh position with 14 games lost. Randers will meet league's second-placed Bakken in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Horsholm will play against Aarhus BC (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Horsholm: C.Hesseldal 15+6reb+1ast, R.Fields 14+5reb+5ast, B.Marinkovic 9+4reb+1ast, A.Bak 9+2reb+3ast, A.Kovacs 7+5reb, Z.Jukic 6+9reb+6ast
Randers: B.Colas 36+22reb+1ast, C.Nielsen 21+2reb+4ast, C.Jorgensen 11+9reb+3ast, M.Nielsen 10+4reb+3ast, N.Nielsen 3+4reb+1ast, P.Nielsen 2+2reb
gschID: 195335


Naestved - Horsens IC 75-76

Fifth-ranked Naestved (12-12) made lots of trouble for third ranked Horsens IC (18-6) on Wednesday. The visitors from Horsens managed to secure only one-point victory 76-75. However their fans expected easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Naestved won third quarter 23-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Darko Jukic (198-90) who scored 32 points and 6 rebounds. American center Keane Thomann (211-89, college: Missouri So.) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Joe Benjamin (200-83, college: W.Virginia St.) who recorded 19 points and 8 rebounds and Lithuanian forward Nerijus Brasas (200-85) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Naestved's coach Geoff Kotila rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Horsens IC maintains third place with 18-6 record having just two points less than leader Svendborg. Naestved at the other side keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. Horsens IC are looking forward to face league's leader Svendborg at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Naestved will play against Vaerlose (#8) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Naestved: J.Benjamin 19+8reb+1ast, Q.Doggett 15+3reb, N.Brasas 14+5reb, J.McFarlane 10+6reb+2ast, A.Murphy 7+2reb+5ast, M.Hoirup 6+1reb
Horsens IC: D.Jukic 32+6reb, K.Thomann 15+8reb, S.Bowlin 11+7reb+4ast, M.Sakne 10+2reb+2ast, E.Kvedaravicius 4+2reb+1ast, F.Rungby 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 195334


Aalborg - Aarhus BC 77-81

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Aalborg's (1-21) home loss to ninth ranked Aarhus BC (6-18) 77-81 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 24-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American swingman Randy Dezouvre (195-87, college: Iona) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import forward Charles Funches (203-88, college: Hampton) helped adding 21 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Anthony Jones (208-89, college: Baylor) with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds and Dominican-American guard Luis Guzman (193-87, college: Temple) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals. Aarhus BC maintains ninth place with 6-18 record. Aalborg lost twelfth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Aarhus BC will meet at home higher ranked Horsholm (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aalborg will play against SISU in Copenhagen.
Top scorers:
Aalborg: A.Jones 25+13reb+1ast, M.Rasmussen 16+3reb+1ast, L.Guzman 12+6reb+10ast, S.Sorensen 8+2reb+3ast, S.Hansen 6+1ast, N.Andreasen 4+3reb+2ast
Aarhus BC: R.Dezouvre 32+14reb+4ast, C.Funches 21+5reb, A.Elsner 11+3reb+1ast, R.Soby Dalboge 8+3reb+2ast, J.Wang 5+1reb, R.Laier 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 195333


Vaerlose - SISU 59-70

The game in Vaerlose was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked SISU (14-10) played at the court of 8th ranked Vaerlose (8-16). SISU defeated Vaerlose 70-59. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Vaerlose. SISU maintains fourth place with 14-10 record. Vaerlose at the other side keeps the eighth position with 16 games lost. SISU will play against bottom-ranked Aalborg (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Vaerlose will play against Naestved and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 195336



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  D-LEAGUE   

Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Canton C. 20-12 
 2. Sioux Falls S. 19-12 
 3. Maine RC 19-15 
 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 20-11 
 3. Austin T. 17-13 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 16-15 
 5. Texas L. 14-19 
 6. Los Angeles D. 12-17 
 7. Reno B. 10-17 
 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: Los Angeles D. - Reno B. 115-89
Feb. 13: Austin T. - Maine RC 111-94
Feb. 13: Texas L. - Rio Grande VV 101-99

Regular Season: Round 44

Feb. 18: Reno B. - Maine RC
Feb. 19: Sioux Falls S. - Iowa E.
Feb. 20: Canton C. - Erie Bay H.
Feb. 20: Idaho S. - Springfield A.
Feb. 20: Santa Cruz W. - Los Angeles D.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jeremy LAMB
  Tulsa 66ers
  (195-G/F-92)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Lamb, Tulsa 66ers21.1 
 2. Johnson-Odom, Los21.0 
 3. Goudelock, Sioux F.20.3 
 4. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.20.1 
 5. Mack, Maine RC19.7 
 6. Summers, Maine RC19.6 
 7. Almond, Iowa E.19.5 
 8. Joseph, Austin T.19.4 
 9. Kennedy, Erie B.18.8 
 10. Jones, Rio G.18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luke HARANGODY
  Ft.Wayne.
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.12.3 
 2. Mays, Springfield10.6 
 3. Butch, Bakersfi.10.6 
 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: 8.4
 1. Barrett, Maine RC8.4 
 2. Russell, Reno B.7.7 
 3. Mack, Maine RC7.3 
 4. Wright, Iowa E.7.2 
 5. Fortson, Los A.6.4 
 6. Quinn, Tulsa 66ers6.4 
 7. Machado, Rio G.6.1 
 8. Singletary, Texas6.1 
 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. Holiday, Idaho S.1.8 
 7. Downs, Maine RC1.8 
 8. Gutierrez, Canton1.8 
 9. Saunders, Sioux F.1.8 
 10. Sutton, Tulsa 66.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Fabricio MELO
  Maine RC
  (212-C-90)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Melo, Maine RC3.5 
 2. Jordan, Reno B.2.7 
 3. Eyenga, Texas L.2.3 
 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 


Latest results and stats from around the League - by Eurobasket News

Sioux Falls S. - Iowa E. 96-79
The Sioux Falls Skyforce defeated the Iowa Energy 96-79 Tuesday night. Every player for the Skyforce scored and they never trailed as they won their sixth straight home game. Sioux Falls (19-12) got off to a good start and led 31-16 after one quarter. It was much of the same in the second quarter as the lead increased to as many as 26 points (48-22). Sioux Falls outshot Iowa 55 percent (23-of-42) to 31 percent (16-of-52) in the first half to take a 56-37 lead into the locker room. Iowa (7-23) went on a 9-3 spurt to start the second half to cut the deficit to 13 points (59-46) but Sioux Falls regained control and led by as many as 27 points (85-58) in the final quarter. Mustapha Farrakhan (6'4''-G-88, college: Virginia) posted 15 points and five assists against his former team. Mark Tyndale (6'5''-G-86, college: Temple) and Damian Saunders added 15 and 14 points off the bench, respectively. Jarrid Famous (6'10''-C/F-88, college: S.Florida) scored a game-high 17 points while Paul Harris recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Terrence Jennings scored 11 points in a reserve role. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Los Angeles D. - Reno B. 115-89
The Reno Bighorns (10-17) fell against the Los Angeles D-Fenders (12-17) 115-89 Wednesday night in L.A. The Bighorns trailed much of the game and shot just 39.7% from the field. Tajuan Porter (5'6''-PG-88, college: Oregon) was the high scorer for Reno, with 18 points. Dar Tucker and Desmon Farmer each had 16 points for the Bighorns. The D-Fenders were led by Courtney Fortson (5'11''-PG-88, college: Arkansas)'s 22 points, five rebounds and five assists. Elijah Milsap had 21 points for L.A. The Bighorns were out-scored in the paint 50-32 by L.A. The D-Fenders shot 51.1% from the field on 47-92 shooting. The Bighorns will be off this weekend for the NBA D-League All-Star game. Marcus Landry (6'7''-F-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) and Jerome Jordan will represent Reno in the game on Saturday. Reno returns home next Monday to take on the Maine Red Claws at 7 p.m. at the Reno Events Center. Courtesy of: rgj.com/

Austin T. - Maine RC 111-94
Cory Joseph (6'3''-PG-91, college: Texas) scored 25 points and the Austin Toros pulled away in the second half Wednesday night to earn a 111-94 victory against the Maine Red Claws in a D-League game at Cedar Park Center. Unlike Tuesday night, when the game got away from Maine in the opening minutes, the Red Claws were able to stay with the Toros for the first half. The Toros begain the third quarter with a 55-52 lead, but ended the quarter with an 13-5 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Chris Roberts. Maine was unable to put anything together in the fourth quarter. The Red Claws struggled with their shooting the entire game, making just 35 of 91 field goals, including just 5 of 21 from 3-point range. Shelvin Mack (6'3''-G-90, college: Butler) led the Red Claws (19-15) with a game-high 26 points and four assists. Omar Reed had a double-double on the night with 14 points and 13 rebounds. DaJuan Summers added 17 points and eight rebounds. James Mays scored 18 points and Chris Wright had 10 points as Maine's only other double-digit scorers. The Toros had four players score in double figures: JaMychal Green (6'8''-F-90, college: Alabama) and Rick Jackson both finished the game with double-doubles, scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds, and 19 points and 11 rebounds, respectively. Roberts added 17 points and dished out five assists. Jamarr Sanders also contributed 15 points and six assists. Courtesy of: pressherald.com

Rio Grande VV - Maine RC 139-122
It was difficult to ignore the main storyline in Tuesday's Rio Grande Valley Vipers game against the Maine Red Claws. The contest marked the professional debut (at least in a game that counts) for Royce White, the Houston Rockets forward on assignment to the Vipers. White, who hasn't played in a game since the Rockets preseason, tallied seven points, four assists eight rebounds in 18 minutes, in the Vipers 136-122 victory. 'It felt good to be out there playing,' White said. 'It helped that we won, and we shot so good and played so well. It was a fun experience.' The game was a huge step in putting an ugly chapter between the Rockets and White after they disagreed over ways to best handle concerns he had regarding his generalized anxiety disorder. As a result, he didn't play basketball for 2 1/2 months. Oh, there were the other guys, too. They gave White all the comfort room he needed as the Vipers shot off to a 15-0 start and never trailed in improving to 20-10 on the season and 10-1 at home. White was inserted into the game late in the first quarter with the Vipers holding a commanding lead. 'We didn't put him in until we were up 20,' Vipers coach Nick Nurse said. 'That relaxes everybody- him, me, every body around. We've never really played with him, never really practiced with him. That was a big factor in making him feel comfortable.' The Vipers' biggest contribution came from another Rocket on assignment, Greg Smith (6'10''-C-91, college: Fresno St.), who had a team-high 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting. Smith, who played most of last season with the Vipers last year, was assigned to the Valley on Sunday to kick start his game that had gone stale with the Rockets. He seemed to have received the message. 'I wanted to come out tonight and show a presence for my team, get this win and basically, get my confidence back up and do my thing,' Smith said. Nurse said about Smith's game: 'Greg was really good. He likes to play down here. It looked a lot like what we saw last year.' After the hot start, the Vipers were never really challenged. They led by as much as 31 points. After the initial onslaught, the Red Claws never got closer to nine points. For the Vipers, it was a quality win against a team that had won 19 games. The Vipers set a season-high for points and maintained their lead in the NBA Development League Central Division. 'We're playing really well,' Nurse said. 'Our Viper guys who have been with us from Day One have really progressed. They are really starting to play well and then you mix in two or three or four NBA guys who are super-talented. That's a pretty deep, talented team.' Leading that 15-0 run out the gates was Glen Rice (6'5''-G-91, college: Georgia Tech) Jr. who knocked down two 3-pointers in the first two minutes. That, plus another three by Andrew Goudelock, highlighted that initial scoring spree. Rice finished with 18 points. He made 5 of 6 shots from the 3-point arc. He also had six assists. Vernon Macklin (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) had 18 points. Kyle Fogg had 17 points, making 5 of 7 3-pointers off the bench. White graded his performance an 'F.' 'I didn't play well,' White said. 'I had three turnovers. You always want to keep your ratio a little lower than that. I always thing of myself as a point guard, and that's just not going to cut it.' Nurse wasn't as harsh. 'It was solid,' Nurse said of White's performance. 'It could have been worse, that's for sure. It was nice to get a game where our Vipers guys busted it open early, and we could be pretty liberal with the minutes and let people play there for awhile.' Courtesy of: themonitor.com

Texas L. - Tulsa 66ers 90-123
Six Tulsa players scored in double digits as the 66ers routed the Texas Legends, 123-90, in NBA Development League action Tuesday night in Frisco, Texas. It was Tulsa's highest point total since Dec. 14, 2010 (130 vs. Texas). The 66ers posted season-highs in points scored, points in a half (72 in the first half), 3-point field goals made (13), 3-point field goal percentage (56.5), free-throw percentage (92.9), defensive rebounds (40) and assists (31). All 10 players on Tulsa's roster scored at least two points, led by Rasual Butler (6'7''-F-79, college: La Salle) with 28. Courtesy of: tulsaworld.com

Texas L. - Rio Grande VV 101-99
The Rio Grande Valley Vipers fell by a bucket on Wednesday night as the Texas Legends earned a 101-99 win at home. The Vipers fell to 20-11 on the season. A night after scoring 136 points in a win against Maine at State Farm Arena, the Vipers were bitten by a cold shooting bug, hitting only 36.5 percent of their shots. That included misfiring on a ghastly 21 of 26 3-pointers. Even at the free throw line they could not manage to get much going, hitting 62.1 percent (18 of 29) of their freebies. In his second game as a professional, Royce White played 20 minutes off the bench for Rio Grande Valley. He hit two of his seven shots for six points while managing six rebounds, four assists and two steals as well. He connected on two of his four free throws. Vernon Macklin led Rio Grande Valley with 22 points. Rockets assignee Terrence Jones (6'9''-F-92, college: Kentucky) added 16 points on 7-for-20 shooting, and Tim Ohlbrecht finished with 11. Jones and Ohlbrecht added 10 and 12 rebounds apiece, respectively, to finish with double doubles. Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington), a 6-foot- guard, led all scorers with 32 points for Texas (14-19). He hit 5-of-11 3s and got to the free throw line for 13 attempts, hitting nine. Four other Legends scored in double figures. The Vipers are off for a while through the NBA All-Star break and don't return to action until Friday, Feb. 22 for a back-to-back home slate versus the Legends. Courtesy of: themonitor.com



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Standings - KML

KML Standings
 1. TU/Rock 16-0 
 2. Tarvas 16-5 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 12-5 
 4. TTU 11-9 
 5. Valga 9-12 
 6. Rapla 8-11 
 7. Parnu 7-10 
 8. Tln Kalev 5-17 
 9. Hito/Johvi 1-18 

Regular Season: Round 19

Feb. 13: Tln Kalev - TU/Rock 46-88
Feb. 14: Kalev/Cramo - Parnu
Feb. 15: Tarvas - Tln Kalev
Feb. 16: Rapla - Parnu


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris LAKSA
  Tarvas
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Laksa, Tarvas16.7 
 2. Matulionis, Parnu16.3 
 3. Akenparg, TTU16.2 
 4. Raley-Ross, Tarvas16.1 
 5. Tamm, Tarvas15.9 
 6. Peciukeviciu., Par.15.7 
 7. Lindmets, Tarvas14.4 
 8. Campbell, Tln Kalev14.4 
 9. Pilk, Rapla14.1 
 10. Laur, Hito/Johvi13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Raadik, Parnu11.5 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev10.2 
 3. Lindmets, Tarvas9.0 
 4. Trumm, Hito/Johvi8.0 
 5. Arnold, TTU7.1 
 6. Keedus, TTU6.8 
 7. Ringmets, Rapla6.7 
 8. Grafs, Valga6.7 
 9. Cunda, Valga6.3 
 10. Raley-Ross, Tarv.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.7 
 2. Keedus, TTU5.1 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas4.9 
 4. Cunda, Valga3.8 
 5. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.7 
 6. Laane, Rapla3.7 
 7. Campbell, Tln Kalev3.5 
 8. Rannula, Valga2.8 
 9. Raley-Ross, Tarvas2.6 
 10. Pilk, Rapla2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Laane, Rapla2.7 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas2.4 
 3. Akenparg, TTU1.9 
 4. Keedus, TTU1.9 
 5. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.7 
 6. Campbell, Tln Kalev1.6 
 7. Saage, TU/Rock1.5 
 8. Raley-Ross, Tarvas1.5 
 9. Okoye, Tln Kalev1.5 
 10. Pilk, Rapla1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew ARNOLD
  TTU
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Arnold, TTU1.1 
 2. Saarmets, TTU0.8 
 3. Okoye, Tln Kalev0.7 
 4. Matulionis, Parnu0.7 
 5. Saks, Tarvas0.6 
 6. Grim, Valga0.6 
 7. Tambre, Hito/Johvi0.5 
 8. Raadik, Parnu0.5 
 9. Dimsa, TU/Rock0.4 
 10. Nurger, Rapla0.4 


Siim-Sander Vene selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Siim-Sander Vene
Siim-Sander Vene
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Siim-Sander Vene (203-90, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Baltic League). He led his Lithuanian team Rudupis to a victory against the fourth-ranked Naglis Palangos (0-5) 88-77 in the Baltic League in Saturday night's game. Vene scored 11 points and added 4 passes (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 34 minutes on the court. Rudupis Prienu (3-1) is placed second in group F. There are only two games left until the end of the Baltic League Top 16. So now every game will be critical. It's Vene's first season with the team. This year he averages: 9.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.2apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3FGP: 29.4% and FT: 58.6% in the 13 games he played so far. Vene is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Sten-Timmu Sokk
Sten-Timmu Sokk
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89, currently plays in Georgia). He was the major contributor in Olimpi's victory against the ninth-ranked Sokhumi (3-9) 82-69 in a derby game in the Georgian Superleague last Wednesday. Sokk scored 14 points. Olimpi Tbilisi (9-2) is placed fourth in the Superleague. Sokk is currently third on the league's list of best passers. His overall stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 6.2apg, 2FGP: 45.1%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 79.4%. Sokk has a dual citizenship: Greek and Estonian. Ex-Triobet/Dalkia player is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Gregor Arbet
Gregor Arbet
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Gregor Arbet (195-83, currently plays in Balkan League), who plays in Greece. He could not help Kavala (3-3) to beat Levski Sofia (4-2). Arbet scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 32 minutes. The fourth-placed Kavala lost 73-77 at home to the leading Levski Sofia in the group C of Balkan League. There are only four games left until the end of the Balkan League Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. This year Arbet's overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.0apg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3FGP: 27.3% in the two games. He is also a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Reinar Hallik
Reinar Hallik
   #4. Center Reinar Hallik (208-84, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked CSU Sibiu (10-11) crushing them 90-68 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Saturday night's game. Hallik scored 10 points. SCM CSU Craiova (16-5) is placed second in the Liga Nationala. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Hallik's total stats this season are: 6.3ppg and 2.2rpg. He is also Estonian national team player.

Viljar Veski
Viljar Veski
   #5. Former international center Viljar Veski (215-86, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Palma Air Europa in a 1-point victoryagainst one of league's weakest teams Castello (5-9) 85-84 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. Veski recorded only 4 points in 4 minutes on the court. Palma Air Europa (6-9) is placed eighth in the LEB Silver. This year Veski's total stats are: 7.1ppg and 2.7rpg in the 15 games. He used to play for the Estonian national team three years ago.

Joonas Vaino
Joonas Vaino
   #6. Power forward Joonas Vaino (204-92, currently plays in Finland) was not able to help Namika Lahti (7-22) in their game against Lapuan Korikobrat (9-20) in the Finnish Korisliiga. Vaino did not beat the league record on Friday evening. He scored only 2 points. The bottom-ranked Namika Lahti was crushed 100-72 on their home court in Lahti by the higher-ranked Lapuan_Korikobrat (#9). Vaino has averaged so far 1.8ppg and 1.6rpg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Estonian National Team roster.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

Kristjan Kangur (201-SF-82) plays for Montepaschi Siena in Italian SerieA
Janar Talts (207-PF-83) plays for Cimberio Varese in Italian SerieA
Marko Meimer (200-F-96) plays for Caceres Basket in Spanish LEB Gold
Kent-Kaarel Vene (192-SG-94) plays for Zalgiris-Sabonio in Lithuanian NKL
Reimo Pahn (202-F-87) plays for Kerava Energia Team in Finnish 1st Division
Karl-Robin Jurjens (199-F-96) plays for Cajasol Castilleja in Spanish EBA
Madis Shumanov (207-C-88) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Maert Tralla (177-PG-87) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Sven Kaldre (197-G/F-91) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga

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



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Top former ESL players currently in pro basketball based on last week's performance - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Eurobasket Summer League players who are currently playing pro basketball.

Kyndall Dykes
Kyndall Dykes
   #1. Kyndall Dykes (190-SG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague could not help Hoverla (15-13) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Hoverla lost 79-92 on the road to the leading Budivelnyk. Dykes was the top scorer with 29 points. He also added 5 steals in 33 minutes. It's Dykes' first season with the team. Dykes has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.9ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.8spg in the 28 games he played so far. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. In 2009 Dykes went to the ESL camp in Malaga, Spain playing for Team Naples.

Kyle Lamonte
Kyle Lamonte
   #2. Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, college: William Carey, currently plays in Argentina) was the major contributor in Obras' surprising victory against the sixth-ranked Olimpico de La Banda (20-16) 84-71 in the Argentinian LigaA last Sunday. He scored 22 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Obras Sanitarias Buenos Aires (14-20) is placed 13th in the LigaA. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Lamonte has relatively good stats this season: 12.4ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.6apg. Lamonte attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Gabe Freeman
Gabe Freeman
   #3. Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC, currently plays in ASEAN League), who plays in Philippines could not help Petron Blaze (2-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Petron Blaze were edged in an overtime 98-96 at home by the leading Satria Muda. Freeman had a double-double by scoring 33 points and getting 15 rebounds in 45 minutes. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Freeman belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #4 with 19.5ppg. This year his other stats are: 10.0rpg and 2.0apg in the four games he played so far. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Two years ago Freeman played at the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Monaco.

Eric Dawson
Eric Dawson
   #4. Eric Dawson (206-F-84, college: Midwestern St., currently plays in Philippines) led Meralco Bolts to a victory over the bottom-ranked Talk N Text (0-1) 99-92 in the Filipino PBA in Saturday night's game. Dawson was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 37 points and getting 14 rebounds. Dawson also added 4 blocks. It was his first game for Meralco Bolts this season. His team are placed fourth in Commissioner's Cup group. Dawson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2011 he attended the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Monaco.

James Tyler
James Tyler
   #5. James Tyler (218-C-88, currently plays in Bulgaria) led Chernomorets to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Spartak Pleven (4-12) 90-81 in the Bulgarian NBL last Saturday. He was the best player in that game. Tyler had a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 19 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 29 minutes. Chernomorets Burgas (5-10) is placed eighth in the NBL. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Tyler is currently second on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Tyler averages: 19.1ppg, 13.9rpg and 3.2bpg in the 15 games he played so far. Tyler played in 2010at the Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas for Team Dublin.

Emmanuel Little
Emmanuel Little
   #6. Emmanuel Little (196-F-85, college: N.Dakota, currently plays in Liga Americas) led his Mexican team Fuerza Regia to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Estrellas Occidentales (4-12) 101-85 in the LNBP on Friday night. Little recorded 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Fuerza Regia Monterrey (1-2) is placed third in the LNBP. The Regular Season already ended in the LNBP. Little has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.1ppg, 13.9rpg and 3.2bpg. He attended five years ago the Eurobasket Summer League camp in Chicago.

Nate Linhart
Nate Linhart
   #7. Nate Linhart (201-F-86, college: Akron, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL could not help TBB Trier (10-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance TBB Trier was edged 84-81 on the road by the lower-ranked (#16) New Yorker Phantoms. Linhart had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks (made all of his six free throws) in 28 minutes. It was TBB Trier's third consecutive loss in a row. Linhart is currently fifth on the list of most steals with 1.6spg. He also averaged so far 11.0ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.7apg in the 21 games he played so far. Worth to mention Linhart played also for Team Dublin at the ESL in Las Vegas in 2009.

Vernon Goodridge
Vernon Goodridge
   #8. Vernon Goodridge (206-F-84, college: La Salle, currently plays in Ukraine) led Khimik to an overtime victory against the closely-ranked Cherkasy (15-15) 93-87 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Friday. He scored 12 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (16-12) is placed fifth in the Superleague. Goodridge's overall stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.7bpg. Goodridge played three years ago at the ESL in Las Vegas for Team Dublin.

Stephan Walton
Stephan Walton
   #9. Stephan Walton (178-G-87, college: Valdosta St., currently plays in Canada), who plays in the Canadian university league CIS could not help the Manitoba University (14-7) in their last game. Despite Walton's very good performance the Manitoba University (#3) lost 84-94 on the road to the Huskies. He was the top scorer with 22 points. Walton also added 7 boards, dished 9 assists and stole 3 balls in 40 minutes. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Walton is currently fourth on the list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Walton averages: 17.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 5.2apg and 2.8spg in the 20 games he played so far. He attended in 2010 the ESL camp in Atlanta.

Chad Gray
Chad Gray
   #10. Chad Gray (200-F-85, college: Co.Carolina, currently plays in Germany) led Noerdlingen to a victory over the 12th-ranked TSV Troester (3-15) 92-76 in the German ProB (third division) in Saturday night's game. Gray was the top player that evening. He scored 27 points (!!!) and grabbed 9 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Gray's second season in pro basketball. Giants Noerdlingen (11-7) is placed third in Group South. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Gray has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.0ppg, 11.2rpg, 1.4apg, 2.0bpg and 1.2spg. Worth to mention he played also for Team Helsinki at the ESL in New York two years ago.



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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 4-0 
 2. Telekom Baskets 2-2 
 3. Aalstar 1-3 
 4. Tsmoki-Minsk 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 66-72

Top 16: Round 5

I

Feb. 19: Kataja - Gaz Metan
Feb. 19: Karsiyaka - Ventspils

J

Feb. 19: Szolnok - Hapoel Holon
Feb. 19: Paris-Levallois - Gravelines

K

Feb. 19: Krasnie Krilya - Khimik
Feb. 19: Tofas - Norrkoping

L

Feb. 19: EWE Baskets - Telekom Baskets
Feb. 19: Aalstar - Tsmoki-Minsk


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. Kramer, EWE B.5.2 
 8. Jovanovic, Timisoa.5.2 
 9. Rujak, Kormend5.2 
 10. Kudrautsau, Tsmok.5.0 
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. Hopkins, Antwerp2.0 
 8. Diabate, Nancy2.0 
 9. Johnson, Timisoara2.0 
 10. Millage, Armia2.0 
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. Vasiliev, Krasni.1.3 
 6. Aminu, Karsiyaka1.3 
 7. Love, Antwerp1.3 
 8. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.2 
 9. Elonu, Tofas1.2 
 10. Archie, Timisoara1.2 


Kyle Weems claims EuroChallenge weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Kyle Weems (198-F-89) had a great game in the last round for league's second-best Telekom Baskets and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Top 16).
The 23-year old forward had the game-high 34 points adding three rebounds for Telekom Baskets in his team's victory, helping them to beat Aalstar (#4, 1-3) 85-72. Telekom Baskets is placed at 2nd position in EuroChallenge group L. Telekom Baskets is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 2nd lost game this season out of 4 games. In the team's last game Weems had a remarkable 91.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Telekom Baskets' top player in his first season with the team. Kyle Weems averages this season 13.5ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American power forward Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points) of league's best team Karsiyaka. Thomas impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 28 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Karsiyaka lost that game 69-77 to slightly lower-ranked Gaz Metan (#3, 2-2). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group I. Karsiyaka still maintains its place as the top team in the standings, even despite this loss. His team has currently 3-1 record. Thomas is a newcomer at Karsiyaka and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Frank Hassell (203-F-88) of Hapoel Holon (#4). Hassell got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds . Despite Hassell's great performance Hapoel Holon lost 84-101 to #2 ranked Paris-Levallois. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Hapoel Holon can only dream about fighting for top spots in group J. They have awful Top 16 losing so far all 4 games. Too bad for Hassell he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Hassell has individually a great season in EuroChallenge. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.7ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 11.4rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 59.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87) of Tofas - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jerome Dyson (191-G-87) of Hapoel Holon - 18 points and 6 assists
6. Chester Simmons (196-G-82) of Krasnie Krilya - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Marton Bader (212-C-80) of Szolnok - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. John Tofi (203-F/C-84) of Aalstar - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Omar Thomas (196-F-82) of Krasnie Krilya - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) of Tsmoki-Minsk - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Last 16: Round 4 Results and Stats - by Eurobasket News

Group I
Gaz Metan - Karsiyaka 77-69
Gaz Metan clinched an important home win over Pinar Karsiyaka in the fourth round of EuroChallenge Top 16. The Romanian side celebrated an 8-point victory to improve at 2-2 record in a highly-contestant Group I. Gaz Metan share the second position with Ventspils. Karsiyaka suffered the first defeat at this stage of the tournament to slip at 3-1 record on top of the ladder. Gaz Metan set their ambitions high with a 21:11 rally in the opening quarter. The hosts increased the tempo in the second frame. Gaz Metan recorded a 45:34 halftime lead. Karsiyaka picked up defensive aggressiveness in the third term. The Turkish team limited the hosts to 15 points in the quarter to cut the margin to 8 points with one quarter remaining. Karsiyaka managed to narrow the gap 5-point mark with 33 seconds remaining. But Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) and Ivan Lilov sank three free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Gaz Metan. Ivan Lilov connected for 15 points, while Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points) answered with 28 points and 14 boards for Karsiyaka. Bobby Dixon and Can Mutaf chipped in 11 points each in the loss.

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 who added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Berzins notched 13 points and Zakis had 9. At the losing side Johnell Smith (180-PG-80, college: New Orleans) responded with 12 points and 6 assists and Jonte Flowers scored 11 points. Antti Kanervo (193-SG-89) also scored 12, while Virtanen delivered 10. Four Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures.

Group J
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 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.

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 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.

Group K
Khimik - Tofas 69-62
Khimik gained an important home win in EuroChallenge Top 16 Group K tonight. They held off visiting Tofas to jump at 2-2 record in the second place in the standings. Devoe Joseph (193-G-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon) provided 18 points to lead the winners. Tofas slipped at 1-3 record after the defeat. Tofas led 9:4 early in the game but Khimik quickly denied the deficit and surged ahead. The home team accumulated a 16:13 lead ten minutes into the game. The margin grew quickly to double digits early in the second quarter 25:13. Sava Lesic gave Khimik a 14-point lead late in the first half. They secured a 36:23 halftime lead. Khimik kept Tofas at bay throughout the third term. The home side entered the fourth frame up by 11 points 52:41. But Tofas opened the fourth quarter on a 7:2 run to narrow the deficit. Devoe Joseph came up with timely six points as Khimik regained a 12-point lead. They held on to the advantage throughout the remainder of the contest and got away with the victory at the end. Sava Lesic netted 11 points, while Suad Sehovic and Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) added 10 points each for the winning side. Austin Nichols (200-SF-82, college: Humboldt St.) answered with 14 points for Tofas. Chinemelu Elonu posted 13 points and 12 boards in defeat.

Norrkoping - Krasnie Krilya 68-93
Krasnie Krilya posts the 4th consecutive win in Group K at the Top 16 EuroChallenge. The Russian team sealed a Play-off berth after a 93:68. Krasnie Krilya led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Norrkoping Dolphins' 26. They outrebounded Norrkoping Dolphins 40-28 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Krasnie Krilya especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Andre Smith fired 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Omar Thomas chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. Pavel Ermolinskij (202-G-87, agency: I.D.S. Law) produced 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Christian Maraker (206-PF-82, college: Pacific) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side.

Group L
Telekom Baskets - Aalstar 85-72
Telekom Baskets claimed a crucial win in EuroChallenge Group L tonight. They held off Okapi Aalstar in Bonn behind pivotal performance from Kyle Weems (198-F-89, college: Missouri St.). He exploded with 34 points as Bonn climbed at 2-2 record in the second position in the standings. Bonn overcame a 0-6 start to the game to take a 25:20 lead after ten minutes. The Belgian team used an 8:3 run midway through the second frame to get within one. The visitors surged ahead late in the first half and ensured a 40:39 halftime lead. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the third term before the hosts went on a 10:2 rally to enter the fourth frame up by 9 points 70:61. Kyle Weems opened the final period with five points in a row and Bonn never looked back en route to the win. Robert Vaden chipped in 15 points, while Chris Ensminger added 7 points for the winners. John Tofi answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Okapi Aalstar. Thomas Dreesen (199-F-88, agency: Court Side) and Ryan Thompson had 16 points each in the loss.

Tsmoki-Minsk - EWE Baskets 66-72
EWE Baskets closed Round 4 with the road win in Minsk. The German side overcame Tsmoki-Minsk in Group L for 4-0 record. The team from Belarus fell at 1-3 record. EWE Baskets started with 17-16, but the hosts needed a 13-12 rally for 29:29 at the halftime. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Julius Jenkins fired 17 points for the winners. The other American import guard Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) chipped in 12 points. Chubb Adam delivered 11 points in a win and Smeulders Robin brought 9. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau produced 24 points and Ulyanko Pavel scored 10. Aliaksei Lashkevich added 7 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side, while Korshuk Dzianis and Vidas Ginevicius (194-G-78, agency: Interperformances) also scored 7 each.



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  EUROCUP   

Standings

Eurocup Standings
Group I
 1. Banvit BK 3-2 
 2. Budivelnyk 3-2 
 3. Buducnost 2-3 
 4. Triumph 2-3 
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 5-0 
 2. Spartak SP 3-2 
 3. Stelmet ZG 2-3 
 4. Cajasol 0-5 
Group L
 1. Ratiopharm 3-2 
 2. Unics 3-2 
 3. Crvena Zvezda 2-3 
 4. Galatasaray 2-3 
Stage One Standings

Top 16: Round 5

I

Feb. 13: Banvit BK - Budivelnyk 94-85
Feb. 13: Triumph - Buducnost 76-66

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 77-72

L

Feb. 13: Crvena Zvezda - Ratiopharm 78-92
Feb. 13: Unics - Galatasaray 64-57

Top 16: Round 6

I

Feb. 20: Buducnost - Banvit BK
Feb. 20: Budivelnyk - Triumph

J

Feb. 20: Valencia - CEZ Nymburk
Feb. 20: Gescrap BB - VEF Riga

K

Feb. 20: Cajasol - Spartak SP
Feb. 20: Stelmet ZG - Lokomotiv

L

Feb. 20: Galatasaray - Crvena Zvezda
Feb. 20: Ratiopharm - Unics


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. Davis, Banvit BK19.5 
 4. Rakocevic, Crvena19.5 
 5. Diener, Banco d.19.2 
 6. Thornton, Banco d.18.7 
 7. McKee, Triumph18.0 
 8. Ray, Ratiopharm17.5 
 9. Batista, Le Mans17.2 
 10. Green, Orleans17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.3 
 2. Williams, Cajasol8.8 
 3. Lyons, Budivelnyk7.8 
 4. Maric, Lokomotiv7.6 
 5. Landry, Triumph7.6 
 6. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.5 
 7. Vitkovac, Buducno.7.1 
 8. Stimac, Banvit BK7.1 
 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.7.0 
 3. Everett, Cholet6.3 
 4. McKee, Triumph6.3 
 5. Kalnietis, Lokomot.5.8 
 6. Pellin, Orleans5.7 
 7. Turner, Trefl Sopot5.7 
 8. Wright, Spartak SP5.6 
 9. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.2 
 10. El-Amin, Le Mans5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos PAPPAS
  Panionios
  (195-G-90)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Pappas, Panionios2.7 
 2. McKee, Triumph2.3 
 3. Chatman, Unics2.1 
 4. Pullen, Hapoel J-M1.8 
 5. Fells, Hapoel J-M1.8 
 6. Lojeski, Oostende1.8 
 7. Greene, Orleans1.7 
 8. Pellin, Orleans1.7 
 9. Mejia, Banvit BK1.7 
 10. Hosley, Stelmet1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Charles DAVIS
  Banvit BK
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Davis, Banvit BK1.5 
 2. Lapeta, Stelmet ZG1.5 
 3. Balvin, Cajasol1.3 
 4. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.2 
 5. Naymick, CEZ N.1.2 
 6. Vougioukas, Unics1.1 
 7. Anisimovas, Budiv.1.1 
 8. Fischer, BC Donet.1.0 
 9. Booker, Panionios1.0 
 10. Nankivil, Ratioph.0.9 


EuroCup : Ulm celebrated in hell of "Pionir" - by Igor Obradovic

Crvena Zvezda Telekom - Ratiopharm Ulm 78:92
19:22, 19:24, 18:21, 22:25
Attendance: 7000


In the beautiful atmosphere in "Pionir", Ulm players managed very well. Instead injured DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85, college: Duke) in starting five was young Aleksandar Cvetkovic (183-PG-93).
Through the game Ulm controlled rhythm and held the lead in his hands.
Biggest advantage was in the beginning of the fourth quarter when the German team made a series of 0:7, at which point their advantage was 61:79. however, Crvena zvezda made a last try to return to game - Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) made 3 point with the faul, briefly joined him and Boris Savovic (210-F-87, agency: Beo Basket). After one penalty shoot of Vuk Radivojevic (196-G-83), Crvena zvezda only came to -8 (82:74). However, at just over four minutes to play Ray hit a new trio of very difficult situation and the match solved.

Crvena zvezda : Igor Rakocevic 24pts + 2rbd + 3ast, Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) 11pts, Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) 11pts +3rbd + 1ast + 2st
Ratiopharm Ulm : Steven Esterkamp (198-F-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Ohio) 20pts + 6rbd + 3ast, Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) 26pts + 3rbd + 1ast + 1st, Lance Jeter (190-G-88, college: Nebraska) 15pts + 1rbd + 2ast, Keaton Nankivil (203-F-89, college: Wisconsin) 13pts + 6rbd + 1ast + 1st

Team statistic :

Crvena zvezda : 17/42 2P, 9/26 3P, 17/21 FT, 37 RBD, 15 AST, 11 TO index 77
Ratiopharm Ulm 19/36 2P, 11/27 3P, 21/24 FT, 39 RBD, 15 AST, 9 TO, index 105



Hodge's 31-point game gives him (Top 16) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old point guard Walter Hodge (183-PG-86) had a very impressive game in the last round for Stelmet ZG and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Top 16).
He had the game-high 31 points adding three rebounds and five assists for Stelmet ZG in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Cajasol (#4, 0-5) 85-81. Stelmet ZG maintains the 3rd position in Eurocup group K. Stelmet ZG is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 3rd lost game this season out of 5 games. In the team's last game Hodge had a remarkable 64.3% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Stelmet ZG and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Florida graduate has very impressive stats this year. Hodge is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.4ppg. Hodge is in league's top in assists (9th best: 5.2apg) and averages solid 52.2% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Charles Davis (205-C-84) of top-ranked Banvit BK. He is American-Azerbaijani center in his 4th season at Banvit BK. In the last game Davis recorded impressive 24 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Banvit BK cruised to a 94-85 relatively comfortable win over Budivelnyk (3-2). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group I. Budivelnyk managed to tie with Banvit BK at the very top position in the standings. His team has currently 3-2 record. Davis is one of the most experienced players at Banvit BK and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.5ppg (#3). He also registered 5.4 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Mire Chatman (187-PG-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports) of league's second-best Unics. Chatman showcased his all-around game by recording 12 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in the last round. He was a key player of Unics, leading his team to a 64-57 win against #3 ranked Galatasaray. Unics needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in group L. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Chatman has a very solid season. In 11 games in Eurocup he scored 11.4ppg. He also has 4.5rpg, 4.6apg and 2.1spg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Justin Doellman (206-F-85) of Valencia - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Leo Lyons (206-F-87) of Budivelnyk - 20 points and 11 rebounds
6. Earl Rowland (188-G-83) of VEF Riga - 29 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Aleks Maric (211-C-84) of Lokomotiv - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86) of Triumph - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) of Crvena Zvezda - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Steven Esterkamp (198-F-81) of Ratiopharm - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Results and Stats from Last 16 Round 5 - by Eurobasket News

Group I
Banvit BK - Budivelnyk 94-85
Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) scored 24 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead Banvit to a key victory over Budivelnyk in EuroCup Last 16 Group I. Both teams are now tied at 3-2 record on top of the standings. Budivelnyk lived up to the challenge from the hosts in the opening quarter. The visitors led by a single point at the first intermission 25:24. But Banvit gradually took over. The Turkish team fired 31 points in the second term and gained a 55:45 halftime lead. Budivelnyk did not allow Banvit to clear off in the third quarter. The Ukrainian team went on a 10:0 run to narrow the gap at just 2-point mark 67:69. Budivelnyk entered the fourth frame down by just two points 69:71. Rihards Kuksiks levelled things up at 77 midway through the fourth frame. Leo Lyons (206-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Missouri) followed with a three-pointer to put the visitors in front. But Banvit immediately answered with 9:0 run to surge ahead. The hosts then crowned the regulation with eight points in a row to seal the victory. Kalin Lucas (185-PG-89, college: Michigan St.) provided 14 points, while Sammy Mejia netted 13 points in the win. Leo Lyons answered with 20 points and 11 boards for Budivelnyk. Artur Drozdov chipped in 14 points in the losing case.

Triumph - Buducnost 76-66
Triumph came from behind in the third quarter and rallied to an important home win over Buducnost in EuroCup Last 16 Group I. The Russian team thus improved at 2-3 record and caught up with the Montenegrin champions in the standings. The teams stayed close throughout the first half. Triumph gained a narrow 18:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Buducnost stiffened defensively and erased the deficit in the second quarter. The scoreboard read 30:30 at the interval. Gerald Lee and Marko Popovic (200-SG-85) helped the visitors to a 42:32 lead midway through the third term. However Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) and Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) dragged Triumph in front 51:50 late in the period. Dusko Bunic capped the quarter with a layup as Buducnost ensured a 52:51 lead. Sergey Karasev scored 11 points in a 13:0 run from the hosts as Triumph grabbed a 64:52 lead early in the fourth quarter. Triumph kept their opponents at bay throughout the final stanza and raced to the vital victory at the end. Sergey Karasev provided 24 points to pace the hosts. Tywain McKee added 16 points in the win. Marko Popovic answered with 18 points for Buducnost. Dusko Bunic had 11 points in the loss.

Group J
CEZ Nymburk - Gescrap BB 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 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 had 17 points in the loss.

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 delivered 14 points in the loss.

Group K
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 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 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.

Lokomotiv - Spartak SP 77-72
Lokomotiv Kuban clinched the fifth straight win in EuroCup Top 16 stage. They outgunned Spartak Saint Petersburg in Krasnodar to remain perfect on top of Group K. Spartak suffered the second loss and slipped at 3-2 record. Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) nailed 18 points for the winners. Lokomotiv dominated defensively in the first half. They earned a 16:13 lead after ten minutes. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the second term but Lokomotiv kept it calm and finished the first half up by 5 points 36:31. Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska) gave the hosts a 38:31 lead early in the third term. Lokomotiv used a 9:0 run to stretch the lead to 13 points 48:35. Soon the hosts enjoyed a 59:41 advantage. Darius Johnson-Odom capped the third term with four points in a row to put Spartak within 14 points 45:59. Josh Carter (200-F-88, college: Texas A&M) and Zach Wright made it a six-point game with under five minutes remaining in regulation. However Lokomotiv quickly responded with five points in a row to boost the margin. Josh Carter drained two triples and Dragicevic added a layup as Spartak revived the intrigue at 68:71. Aleks Maric and Calathes stepped up for the hosts in the dying minutes and Lokomotiv snatched the win at the end. Aleks Maric delivered 16 points, while Simas Jasaitis added 15 points for the winners. Josh Carter responded with 20 points for Spartak Saint Petersburg. Loukas Mavrokefalidis posted 12 points in defeat.

Group L
Crvena Zvezda - Ratiopharm 78-92
Ratiopharm Ulm claimed a confident road win in Belgrade tonight. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) scored 26 points to pace Ulm past Crvena Zvezda. The victory propelled Ulm at 3-2 record in Group L. Crvena Zvezda fell at 2-3 record. Ratiopharm Ulm jumped ahead early in the encounter. The German side finished the first quarter up by three points 22:19. The visitors maintained it throughout the second term. Ulm accounted for a 46:38 halftime lead. Ratiopharm Ulm did not allow Crvena Zvezda to turn things around in the third quarter. The visitors stayed ahead and entered the final frame up by 11 points 67:56. Ratiopharm Ulm exploded with 25 points in the final frame and sealed the victory at the end. Steven Esterkamp (198-F-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Ohio) nailed 20 points and grabbed 6 boards, while Lance Jeter accounted for 15 points for the winners. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) answered with 24 points for Crvena Zvezda. Mike Scott and Rasko Katic had 11 points each in the loss.

Unics - Galatasaray 64-57
Unics clinched an important win in EuroCup Top 16 Round 5. They held off visiting Galatasaray to improve at 3-2 record in a highly-contestant L. Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) posted 15 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners. Galatasaray fell at 2-3 record after the loss. Unics opened the game confidently. The hosts went on a 21:14 run in the first term. But Galataray adjusted defensively in the second quarter. The Turkish team limited Unics at 11 points in the period to narrow the deficit at 4-point mark. The teams traded baskets in the third quarter as Unics remained ahead. The hosts entered the final period up by 5 points 47:42. Macvan and Arroyo dragged Galatasaray within one point 47:48 midway through the fourth frame. However Wilkinson, Eidson and Kaimakoglou knocked down eight points in a row to give Unics a 58:49 lead with under four minutes remaining. Kaimakoglou followed with a pair of free throws to make it 60:49 for the hosts. Galatasaray narrowed the gap to 5 points but could not get any closer in the final seconds. Terrell Lyday (191-G-79, college: BYU) produced 14 points and 8 rebounds, while Mire Chatman added 12 points, 8 assists and 8 rebounds for the winners. Engin Atsur (193-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: N.Carolina St.) responded with 12 points for Galatasaray. Manuchar Markoishvili had 11 points in defeat.



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Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. KTP 24-6 
 2. Nilan Bisons 23-6 
 3. Kataja 22-5 
 4. Pyrinto 21-8 
 5. Kauhajoki 19-11 
 6. Kouvot 14-16 
 7. LrNMKY 13-16 
 8. Korihait 10-20 
 9. Lapua 9-21 
 10. Salon Vilpas 8-22 
 11. FoKoPo 7-23 
 12. Namika Lahti 7-23 

Regular Season: Round 31

Feb. 13: KTP - Namika Lahti 97-73
Feb. 13: FoKoPo - Kauhajoki 82-98
Feb. 13: Salon Vilpas - Kouvot 75-77
Feb. 13: Lapua - Nilan Bisons 64-94
Feb. 13: Pyrinto - Korihait 108-73

Regular Season: Round 32

Feb. 15: Pyrinto - Salon Vilpas
Feb. 16: Nilan Bisons - KTP
Feb. 16: Kataja - Lapua
Feb. 16: Kouvot - FoKoPo
Feb. 16: Kauhajoki - LrNMKY
Feb. 17: Korihait - Namika Lahti


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  LrNM.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Conley, LrNM.22.4 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons21.9 
 3. Gibson, LrNM.21.6 
 4. Clavell, Kouvot20.1 
 5. Haanpaa, Lapua18.2 
 6. Logins, LrNM.18.1 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto17.6 
 8. Bullock, Kauhajoki17.6 
 9. Holloway, Namika L.16.6 
 10. Flowers, Kataja16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  LrNM.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Conley, LrNM.9.9 
 2. McDade, Nilan B.9.8 
 3. Ford, Kauhajoki9.0 
 4. Giles, KTP8.5 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto8.4 
 6. Thornton, FoKoPo8.3 
 7. Johnson, Namika L.8.2 
 8. Logins, LrNM.8.1 
 9. Thorpe, FoKoPo8.0 
 10. Ulmer, Pyrinto7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Williams, Pyrinto7.7 
 2. Smith, Kataja5.0 
 3. Coleman, Lapua5.0 
 4. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.9 
 5. Nikkarinen, Kouvot4.6 
 6. Gibson, LrNM.4.5 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons4.4 
 8. Watson, Kauhajoki4.3 
 9. Burgess, FoKoPo4.1 
 10. Sarcevic, KTP3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Flowers, Kataja2.6 
 2. Coleman, Lapua2.6 
 3. Smith, Kataja2.6 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.2.0 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto1.8 
 6. Conley, LrNM.1.8 
 7. Holloway, Namika L.1.8 
 8. Ulmer, Pyrinto1.7 
 9. Barrett, KTP1.6 
 10. Tolbert, Lapua1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Sefton BARRETT
  KTP
  (196-SF-83)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Barrett, KTP1.5 
 2. Ford, Kauhajoki1.1 
 3. Jones, LrNM.1.0 
 4. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.0 
 5. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 6. Ulmer, Pyrinto0.9 
 7. McDade, Nilan B.0.9 
 8. Dyer, Korihait0.9 
 9. Giles, KTP0.9 
 10. Taft, Korihait0.8 


Lapua lands Jeffrey Bonds - by Eurobasket News

Lapuan Korikobrat (Korisliiga) tabbed 31-year old American (has also Spaniard passport) forward Jeffrey Bonds (199-82, college: Cal Poly Pomona). He started the season at LTi 46ers in German BBL league. In 5 games this season he averaged 5.2ppg and 3.0rpg. The last summer Bonds played at LIghtning in U.S. semi-pro league IBA. He also played at CB Clavijo (LEB Gold) in Spanish league earlier that season. In 33 games last season he had 10.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.0apg.
The previous (10-11) season Bonds played at Lobe Huesca (LEB Gold) in Spanish league. In 27 games that year he had 10.6ppg and 4.1rpg.
His team won BBL Cup in 2007.
Bonds has played also professionally in United Kingdom (Birmingham Bullets and Sheffield One Health Sharks), Spain (Basquet Mallorca, Gijon and Basq.Muro) and IBA (L.Angeles L.).
He attended California State Polytechnica Un. Pomona until 2005 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
Lets have closer look into Bonds outlook: A SF who can adapt to any style of play. Can shoot the long 3 ball, also can attack inside... all-around player, very good in rebounds. Has the ability to score in a variety of ways. Take pride in defense.

By Eurobasket Data Center



KORISLIIGA: KTP winning again - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 30: KTP (Kotka) winning tonight again. Now 10 victories in a row. KTP defeated this time YMCA Lahti 97-73 (53-38). KTP (24-6) had no difficulties with YMCA Lahti (7-23). Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Michigan) scored game high 26 points, Devonne Giles (203-F-83, college: Texas Tech) and Timo Heinonen (198-F-81) added 21 pts both. Jordan Hasquet led YMCA Lahti with 18 pts. In Tampere Pyrinto crushed UU-Korihait (Uusikaupunki) by 35 pts 108-73 (58-31). Pyrinto won all four quarters. Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86, college: Rhode Island) led the hosts with 19 pts. Antero Lehto (184-G-84) netted 18 pts.
Bisons from Loimaa visited at Lapua and crushed local Korikobrat 64-94 (28-42). Bisons won also the rebounds: 29-45. Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) scored game high 17 pts. Ryan McDade (201-F-80, college: N.Arizona) had a double-double 14pts/13rbs. Newcomer Jeffrey Bonds (199-F-82, college: Cal Poly Pomona) netted 14 pts in 27:34 minutes. Bonds was replacing Dwight Tolbert (195-F-86, college: Lander).
Karhu (Kauhajoki) was too strong for FoKoPo (Forssa), even on the road. FoKoPo (7-23) lost by 16 pts 82-98 (32-41). Charles Burgess (186-PG-84, college: Texas Tech) scored 28 pts for FoKoPo and J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Cleveland St.) had also 28 pts for Karhu (19-11). The closest contest at Salo, where Vilpas lost by two vs Kouvot (Kouvola): 75-77 (36-41). Jukka Kataja (197-F-82) led Vilpas with his season high 23 pts. LaMarr Greer (196-G-76, college: Florida St.) made 23 pts for Kouvot. Gilberto Clavell (201-F-89, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Sam Houston St.) had this time 22 pts.

KTP - YMCA Lahti 97-73 (53-38). (Sefton Barrett 26/8, Devonne Giles 21/8, Timo Heinonen 21 - Jordan Hasquet 18, Valtteri Makalainen 13, Louis Johnson 10. A: 1014).
Pyrinto - UU-Korihait 108-73 (58-31). Lamonte Ulmer 19, Antero Lehto 18, Kenneth Lowe 17 - TJ Robinson 17/8, Villematti Kopio 13, Pyry Rainamaa 13. A: 872).
Lapua - Bisons 64-94 (28-42). (Jeffrey Bonds 14, Trey Hampton 11, Aleksi Huuskonen 11 - Kimmo Muurinen 17, Ryan McDade 14/13, Matti Nuutinen 13/10).
FoKoPo - Karhu 82-98 (32-41). (Charlie Burgess 28, Andrais Thornton 20, Jahmar Thorpe 14/7 - J'Nathan Bullock 28/8, Ilkka Vuori 13, Giordan Watson 12).
Vilpas - Kouvot 75-77 (36-41). (Jukka Kataja 23, Eero Lehtinen 17, Shawn Atupem 14 - Lamarr Greer 23, Gilberto Clavell 22, Antto Nikkarinen 13. A: 1540).



Petteri Koponen selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in Russia), who plays in the Russian PBL. He could not help Khimky (8-3) to beat Unics Kazan (4-7). Koponen scored 6 points and added 3 assists in 21 minutes on the court. Khimky lost 70-76 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) Unics Kazan. It was Khimky's first loss after nine consecutive victories. This year Koponen averages: 5.8ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 43.8%, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 75.0% in the six games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Roope Ahonen
Roope Ahonen
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, agency: FCM, currently plays in Sweden). Ahonen led Solna Vikings to a victory against the closely-ranked Sodertalje Kings (17-7) 78-70 in the Swedish Basketligan last Tuesday. He scored 16 points and added 3 passes. Solna Vikings (17-10) is placed sixth in the Basketligan. It's Ahonen's first season with the team. Ahonen has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 1.7rpg, 4.3apg, 2FGP: 46.8%, 3FGP: 38.4% and FT: 93.1%(81-87). He is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.

Gerald Lee
Gerald Lee
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU, currently plays in Eurocup). Lee was not able to help Buducnost (2-3) in their game against Triumph Lyubertsy (2-3) in the Eurocup. He scored only 4 points in 22 minutes. The third-placed Buducnost lost 66-76 in Lubertsy to the lower-ranked (#4) Triumph Lyubertsy in the group I of Eurocup. Lee's team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Top 16. And that game will be critical. This year Lee's overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 54.8% and FT: 66.7% in the 11 games. He is a naturalized American. Lee is also a member of the Finnish senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Finland.

Alex Murphy
Alex Murphy
   #4. Forward Alex Murphy (203-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Duke University to win against the North Carolina State University (5-5) 98-85 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Murphy scored only 4 points. The Duke University has a very good 8-2 conference record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Murphy's total stats this season are: 9.5ppg and 3.6rpg. He is a naturalized American. Murphy is also Finnish U20 national team player. Apparently he has never played in Finland.

Joonas Caven
Joonas Caven
   #5. U20 international power forward Joonas Caven (211-93, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Prat Juventud's victory against the league leader CB Guadalajara (10-4) 75-69 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. Caven recorded 8 points in 16 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. CB Prat Juventud (9-6) is placed third in the LEB Silver. This year Caven's total stats are: 7.6ppg and 2.4rpg in the 14 games. He plays currently for the Finnish U20 national team.

Lauri Toivonen
Lauri Toivonen
   #6. Forward Lauri Toivonen (201-91, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the UTPA (3-2) in their game against the University of New Orleans (0-0) in the NCAA. Toivonen recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The UTPA was edged in an overtime 75-73 in New Orleans, LA by the University of New Orleans. Toivonen has averaged so far 7.6ppg and 2.4rpg. He is a former university international player as he played for the Finnish team two years ago.

Other top Finnish players, who play abroad:

Emir Sulejmanovic (204-C/F-95) plays for Un.Olimpija in Slovenian Telemach League
Teemu Rannikko (189-PG-80) plays for Un.Olimpija in Slovenian Telemach League
Sasu Salin (192-G-91) plays for Un.Olimpija in Slovenian Telemach League
Shawn Huff (198-SF-84) plays for Vanoli Cremona in Italian SerieA
Tuukka Kotti (205-PF-81) plays for Vanoli Cremona in Italian SerieA
Kristjan Rinaldo (192-G/F-91) plays for TTU in Estonian KML
Joonatan Torbica (180-G-98) plays for TV 1862 Langen in German ProB
Iikka Maki (191-SF-94) plays for Sant Nicolau in Spanish EBA
Roberto Alexander Mantovani (200-F-94) plays for AEL in Cypriot Division A
Ville Kaunisto (205-F-82) plays for Blois in French NM1



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French ProB round 23 best performance: Lesly Bengaber - by Eurobasket News

Swingman Lesly Bengaber (197-F/G-79) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Antibes, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 33-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Boulogne (#6, 14-9) 87-80. Antibes is placed at 3rd position in French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Antibes will need more victories to improve their 15-8 record. Bengaber has many years of experience at Antibes, through which he has constantly improved. Lesly Bengaber averages this season 5.4ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American Nigel Wyatte (204-C/F-81, agency: Court Side) of Bordeaux. Wyatte had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Bordeaux lost that game 80-85 to the higher-ranked St Vallier (#14, 8-15). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Bordeaux is still at the dead bottom 18th position. 19 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Bordeaux managed to get this year. Wyatte is one of the most experienced players at Bordeaux and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side) of Le Portel (#5). Wilson scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Le Portel, leading his team to a 78-72 win against the lower-ranked Bourg (#8, 13-10). Le Portel needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 8 lost games. Wilson has a very solid season. In 17 games in France he scored 13.4ppg. He also has 5.4rpg and FGP: 56.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcus Kitts (205-C/F-89) of Denain - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jeremiah Wood (200-C/F-85) of Evreux - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Gary Chathuant (195-SF-83) of Rouen - 27 points and 4 rebounds
7. Corey Rouse (204-PF-84) of St Vallier - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Florent Tortosa (196-SF-89) of St Vallier - 23 points and 4 rebounds
9. Jared Newson (195-G/F-84) of Hyeres-Toulon - 18 points and 9 rebounds
10. Clevin Hannah (180-PG-87) of Evreux - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists

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



Tony Parker's 31 points make him top French player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Tony Parker (188-82, currently plays in NBA). He led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves (19-30) 104-94 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Parker was MVP of the game. He scored 31 points (!!!), grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 8 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) in 35 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have a very good 41-12 record this season. It's Parker's 12th year with the team. Parker has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 7.7apg, 2FGP: 54.6%, 3FGP: 39.3% and FT: 82.4% in the 50 games he played so far. Parker is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Nicolas Batum (203-88, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Portland Trail Blazers (25-27) in their last game on Friday. Despite Batum's very good performance the Portland Trail Blazers were defeated 118-103 on the road by the Houston Rockets. He was the second best scorer with 24 points. Batum also added 3 passes. This season Batum has very high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 5.9rpg, 4.9apg, 1.1bpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 49.3%, 3FGP: 37.1% and FT: 85.9%. Batum is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Joakim Noah (211-85, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to a Chicago Bulls' victory against the Utah Jazz (29-24) 93-89 in the NBA on Friday night. Noah had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 3 steals (made all of his six free throws) in 34 minutes. The Chicago Bulls have 30-21 record this season. Noah is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Bulls' roster. Noah belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #6 with 11.3rpg. This year his other stats are: 11.8ppg, 4.1apg, 2.0bpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 46.1% and FT: 75.6% in the 47 games. Noah is a naturalized American. He played for the French national team two years ago. Strangely Noah has never played in France.

Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw
   #4. Power forward Boris Diaw (203-82, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tony Parker. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Diaw helped San Antonio Spurs win their game against the Chicago Bulls (30-21) 103-89. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 41-12 record this season. Diaw's overall stats this year are: 6.0ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.5apg. He is also French national team player.

Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
   #5. International shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-87, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tony Parker. He played also in the last NBA game facing Boris Diaw (above) in the other team. De Colo helped San Antonio Spurs win their game against the Chicago Bulls (30-21) 103-89. He recorded 9 points, 7 assists and 3 steals in 33 minutes. This year De Colo's overall stats are: 3.4ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.9apg in the 45 games. He plays currently for the French national team.

Mickael Gelabale
Mickael Gelabale
   #6. Small forward Mickael Gelabale (201-83, agency: Three Eye Sports, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA was not able to help the Minnesota Timberwolves (19-30) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Gelabale's good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves were badly defeated 105-88 in Memphis by the Grizzlies. He scored 14 points. Gelabale's total stats this season are: 6.9ppg and 3.1rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

Ian Mahinmi
Ian Mahinmi
   #7. Former international power forward Ian Mahinmi (206-86, currently plays in NBA) helped Indiana Pacers win their game against the Atlanta Hawks (28-22) 114-103 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Mahinmi recorded 12 points in a mere 16 minutes. The Indiana Pacers have 31-21 record this season. This year Mahinmi's total stats are: 5.3ppg and 3.9rpg in the 52 games. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

Johan Petro
Johan Petro
   #8. Center Johan Petro (214-86, currently plays in NBA) faced previously mentioned Ian Mahinmi in the NBA last game. Petro, who plays in the NBA was not able to secure a victory for the Atlanta Hawks (28-22) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Atlanta Hawks lost 103-114 in Indianapolis to the Indiana Pacers. Petro recorded 10 points in 15 minutes. Petro has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 1.2rpg in the 13 games. He used to play for the French national team back in 2010.

Rodrigue Beaubois
Rodrigue Beaubois
   #9. Former international point guard Rodrigue Beaubois (186-88, agency: Court Side, currently plays in NBA) helped Dallas Mavericks win their game against the Portland Trail Blazers (25-27) 105-99 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Beaubois scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks have 22-29 record this season. Beaubois has averaged so far 3.8ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.9apg. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

Evan Fournier
Evan Fournier
   #10. Shooting guard Evan Fournier (199-92, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Denver Nuggets (33-20) in their game against the Toronto Raptors (20-32) in the NBA. Fournier scored 6 points in 18 minutes. The Denver Nuggets were edged 109-108 in Toronto by the Raptors. It's Fournier's first season with the team. This year he averages only 3.6ppg in the 22 games. Fournier is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the French senior national team.

   #11. International center Kevin Seraphin (206-89, currently plays in NBA) helped Washington Wizards win their game against the Milwaukee Bucks 102-90 in the NBA on Monday night. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Seraphin has relatively good stats this season: 10.1ppg and 4.8rpg. He plays currently for the French national team.

   #12. Former international power forward Adrien Moerman (203-88, currently plays in Eurocup) managed to help Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket in a victory against the closely-ranked CEZ Nymburk 83-69 in the Eurocup in Tuesday night's game. Moerman scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 17 minutes. He has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 3.2rpg in the nine games. Moerman used to play for the French national team back in 2010.

   #13. International center Ronny Turiaf (208-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in NBA) helped Los Angeles Clippers win their game against the Philadelphia 76ers 107-90 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Turiaf recorded only 3 points. Turiaf has averaged so far 2.0ppg and 2.5rpg. He is also French national team player.

   #14. Former U20 international forward Amath M'Baye (206-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Oklahoma win their game against the Texas Christian University crushing them 75-48 in the NCAA on Monday night. He scored 12 points. M'Baye has averaged so far 2.0ppg and 2.5rpg. He used to play for the French U20 national team back in 2009.

   #15. Former U20 international center Guy-Marc Michel (213-88, college: Indiana, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help KAOD in their game against PAOK in the Greek A1. Michel recorded 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. His team lost 66-77. Michel belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #5) and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has averaged so far 8.5ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.9bpg in the 16 games. Michel used to play for the French U20 national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) was the major contributor in a 3-point Hapoel Jerusalem's victory against the seventh-ranked Bnei Hasharon (7-9) 70-67 in the Israeli Winner League last Monday. Kadir recorded 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem (9-7) is placed third in the Winner League. Kadir has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg. He has a dual citizenship: French and Israeli.

   #2. Bandja Sy (203-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a 2-point N.Mexico St.'s victory against the University of Idaho (5-8) 76-74 in the NCAA last Thursday. He scored 9 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and dished 4 assists. The New Mexico State University has a very good 11-2 conference record this season. It was N.Mexico St.'s 11th consecutive victory in a row. Sy has been at the team for four years. Sy has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 3.2rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French.

   #3. Robert Dozier (206-F-85, college: Memphis, currently plays in Philippines) led Alaska Aces to a 2-point victory over the eighth-ranked Rain or Shine (0-1) 83-81 in the Filipino PBA on Saturday night. Dozier was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 16 rebounds. Dozier also added 3 blocks in 34 minutes. It was his first game for Alaska Aces this season. His team are placed first in Commissioner's Cup group.

   #4. John Wilkins (206-G-89, currently studies in the States) led Illinois St. to a victory against the Drake University (5-7) 94-86 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Wilkins recorded 18 points in 26 minutes. The Illinois State University has 5-7 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Wilkins has averaged so far 2.0ppg and 2.5rpg in the 51 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Wilkins has never played in France.

   #5. Afik Nissim (186-PG-81, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli Winner League could not help Hapoel Eilat (10-6) to beat Hapoel Holon (6-10). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Nissim recorded only 2 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Hapoel Eilat was defeated 74-63 on the road by the much lower-ranked Hapoel Holon (#10). Nissim has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.4apg and 1.5spg. He has both French and Israeli nationalities.

   #6. Mikael Maruotto (203-F/G-91, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Neuchatel crushing them 103-73 in the Swiss LNA on Saturday night. Maruotto scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. Maruotto has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.6apg in the 18 games. He also holds two passports: French and Swiss.

   #7. Experienced David Fergerson (185-G-78, agency: Interperformances, college: St.Louis, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Starwings crushing them 103-79 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game. Fergerson scored 10 points, had 4 boards, dished 7 assists and stole 4 balls. Fergerson has averaged so far 7.2ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.5apg and 1.7spg. He is a naturalized American. Fergerson used to play for Reims Champagne Basket in French league.

   #8. Alfredo Ott (193-G-83, college: Dillard, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 1-point Palencia Baloncesto's victory against the ninth-ranked Lleida Basquet 75-74 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. Ott has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.4spg in the 17 games. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Ott has never played in France.

   #9. Remi Barry (201-F, is currently at the American university) is a teammate of previously mentioned Bandja Sy and both played together in the last NCAA game. Barry contributed to a 2-point N.Mexico St.'s victory against the University of Idaho 76-74. He scored 7 points. Barry has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.4spg.

   #10. Mahmoud Diakite (197-G/F-86, college: Wyoming, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to a London Lions' victory against the closely-ranked Cheshire Phoenix 94-83 in the British BBL in Friday night's game. He scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 19 minutes. Diakite has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 2.3rpg in the four games. He has dual citizenship: Mali and French.



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Nikoloz Tskitishvili's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Georgians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nikoloz Tskitishvili
Nikoloz Tskitishvili
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-83, currently plays in Lebanon). Tskitishvili led Champville to a victory over the closely-ranked Byblos (8-5) 93-86 in the Lebanese Division A last Wednesday. He was MVP of the game. Tskitishvili recorded a double-double by scoring 31 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. Champville (10-4) is placed third in the Division A. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Tskitishvili is currently fifth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Tskitishvili averages: 19.8ppg, 11.0rpg, 2.0apg, 2.9bpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 65.0%(52-80), 3FGP: 42.1% and FT: 78.8%. He played for the Georgian senior national team two years ago.

Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Zaza Pachulia (210-84, currently plays in NBA). Pachulia contributed to an Atlanta Hawks' victory against the Dallas Mavericks (22-29) 105-101 in the NBA on Monday night. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 16 minutes. The Atlanta Hawks have 28-22 record this season. This year Pachulia's overall stats are: 6.1ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.5apg and FT: 73.6% in the 45 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Georgian senior national team.

Manuchar Markoishvili
Manuchar Markoishvili
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Turkey. Markoishvili could not help Galatasaray (2-3) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance the third-placed Galatasaray was defeated 64-57 on the road by the second-ranked Unics Kazan in the group L of Eurocup. Markoishvili was the second best scorer with 11 points. His team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Top 16. And now that game is very crucial. Markoishvili's total stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 2FGP: 12.5%. He is also a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #4. Center Giorgi Shermadini (216-89, currently plays in Greece) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Ikaros (6-10) crushing them 85-63 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. Shermadini recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 11 minutes. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (15-1) is placed first in the A1. This year Shermadini's total stats are: 3.8ppg and 2.8rpg in the five games. He is also Georgian national team player.

Georgi Tsintsadze
Georgi Tsintsadze
   #5. International point guard Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86, currently plays in Eurocup) was not able to help Budivelnyk (3-2) in their game against Banvit BK (3-2) in the Eurocup. Tsintsadze scored 7 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Budivelnyk (#2) was defeated 94-85 in Balikesir by the leading Banvit BK in the group I of Eurocup. His team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Top 16. And now that game is quite important. Tsintsadze has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.8apg and 1.3spg. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Jacob Pullen
Jacob Pullen
   #6. Point guard Jacob Pullen (185-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Israel) contributed to a 3-point Hapoel Jerusalem's victory against the seventh-ranked Bnei Hasharon (7-9) 70-67 in the Israeli Winner League in Monday night's game. Pullen recorded 10 points in 30 minutes. Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem (9-7) is placed third in the Winner League. It's Pullen's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 13.4ppg, 1.4rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg in the 16 games. Pullen is a naturalized American. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster. Strangely Pullen has never played in Georgia.

Beka Burjanadze
Beka Burjanadze
   #7. U20 international power forward Beka Burjanadze (203-94, currently plays in Eurocup) was not able to secure a victory for the league outsider Cajasol (0-5) in their game against Stelmet ZG (2-3) in the Eurocup. Despite his good performance last Tuesday He scored 11 points. Burjanadze's team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Top 16. Burjanadze has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 1.8rpg. He is also Georgian U20 national team player.

Georges Mdivani
Georges Mdivani
   #8. Center Georges Mdivani (204-85, agency: Promotex, currently plays in France) couldn't help Rueil (10-9) in their game against JA Vichy (15-4) in the French NM1 (third division), despite his very good performance on Tuesday night. Mdivani was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 4 rebounds in a mere 15 minutes. But Rueil lost 69-79 at home to the leading JA Vichy. Mdivani has averaged so far 7.9ppg and 4.9rpg in the nine games. He used to play for the Georgian national team back in 2005.

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

   #1. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Turkey could not help Karsiyaka (3-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the first-placed Karsiyaka lost 69-77 on the road to the lower-ranked (#3) Gaz Metan in the group I of EuroChallenge. Thomas had a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 14 rebounds in 38 minutes. It was Karsiyaka's first loss after four consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Top 16. So now every game will be critical. It's Thomas' first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.9apg in the 10 games he played so far. Thomas is a naturalized American. He used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.

   #2. Giga Janelidze (199-F-95, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Assigeco Casalpusterlengo to win against one of league's weakest teams Perugia (5-17) crushing them 84-62 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) in Sunday night's game. Janelidze scored only 2 points. Assigeco Casalpusterlengo (10-10) is placed 11th in the Nazionale A. This season Janelidze averages just 0.5ppg.



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Standings - 1. Bundesliga

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

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 7: Brose Bask. - s.Oliver Baskets 96-75
Jan. 9: TBB Trier - Neckar L'burg 79-73
Jan. 9: Bayreuth - Telekom Baskets 77-61
Feb. 13: s.Oliver Baskets - MBC 76-60
Feb. 13: NY Phantoms - Fraport SKY 73-66
Jan. 9: Walter Tigers - Art.Dragons 72-71
Jan. 30: NY Phantoms - B.Muenchen 70-75
Mar. 3: Fraport SKY - ALBA
Apr. 23: Bremerhaven - Brose Bask.


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. White, Phoenix17.4 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm17.0 
 3. Brooks, LTi 46ers15.9 
 4. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.8 
 5. Peacock, Fraport15.2 
 6. Burrell, Bremerha.15.2 
 7. Thompson, ALBA14.3 
 8. Rice, B.Muenchen14.2 
 9. Redding, Walter T.13.8 
 10. Timberlake, MBC13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.2 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets7.3 
 3. Anderson, s.Oliv.7.3 
 4. Robertson, Fraport7.2 
 5. Burtschi, Bremerha.6.8 
 6. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.7 
 7. King, Art.Dragons6.6 
 8. Gordon, Phoenix6.4 
 9. McGhee, Bayreuth6.4 
 10. Ford, Brose Bask.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.3 
 2. Rice, B.Muenchen4.9 
 3. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.3 
 4. White, Phoenix4.2 
 5. Redding, Walter T.4.0 
 6. Timberlake, MBC3.9 
 7. Burrell, Bremerha.3.7 
 8. Gibson, Fraport SKY3.6 
 9. Wood, ALBA3.4 
 10. Taylor, Neckar L.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (189-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Robertson, Fraport2.0 
 2. Bernard, Neckar L.2.0 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.1.8 
 4. White, Phoenix1.8 
 5. Linhart, TBB Trier1.6 
 6. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.5 
 7. Duggins, Walter T.1.4 
 8. Gibson, Fraport SKY1.4 
 9. Burtschi, Bremerha.1.4 
 10. Halperin, B.Mue.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dino GREGORY
  Phoenix .
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gregory, Phoenix2.0 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.6 
 3. Ford, Brose Bask.1.5 
 4. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.3 
 5. Pantelic, MBC1.2 
 6. Morrison, Bremerha.1.1 
 7. Homan, B.Muenchen1.1 
 8. King, Art.Dragons1.0 
 9. Turek, Neckar L.0.9 
 10. Frease, Walter T.0.9 


Dirk Nowitzki selected the top German playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Dallas Mavericks (22-29) in their last game. Despite Nowitzki's very good performance the Dallas Mavericks lost 101-105 on the road to the Atlanta Hawks. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Nowitzki also added 7 rebounds in 36 minutes on the court. It's Nowitzki's 15th season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Nowitzki averages: 15.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 42.2%, 3FGP: 39.1% and FT: 78.8% in the 22 games he played so far. He played for the German senior national team two years ago.

Christian Standhardinger
Christian Standhardinger
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international forward Christian Standhardinger (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States). Standhardinger led Hawaii to an easy victory against the Long Beach State University (10-2) crushing them 94-73 in the NCAA last Thursday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 13 rebounds. Standhardinger also added 3 assists and 3 steals. The University of Hawaii has a solid 8-4 conference record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This season Standhardinger has very high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 42.2%, 3FGP: 39.1% and FT: 78.8%. Standhardinger has a dual citizenship: Filipino and German. He played for the German U20 national team in 2009.

Elias Harris
Elias Harris
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Elias Harris (203-89, currently studies in the States). He led Gonzaga to an easy victory against the Loyola Marymount University (1-10) 74-55 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Harris recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. The Gonzaga University has a very solid 10-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all ten games in the conference. Harris is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Gonzaga's roster. He has relatively good stats this season: 12.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 64.8%(46-71), 3FGP: 34.0% and FT: 82.7%. Harris is also a member of the German senior national team.

Sebastian Koch
Sebastian Koch
   #4. Guard Sebastian Koch (203-91, is currently at the American university) led Elon to a victory against the Furman University (2-9) 64-60 in the NCAA last Saturday. He recorded 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 33 minutes. The Elon University has a solid 9-3 conference record this season. This year Koch has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.9apg in the 15 games. He used to play for the German U18 national team back in 2009.

Dennis Ogbe
Dennis Ogbe
   #5. Former U20 international forward Dennis Ogbe (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a Tenn Tech's victory against the Jacksonville State University (6-6) 78-64 in the NCAA last Saturday. Ogbe recorded 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Tennessee Tech University has 4-7 conference record this season. Ogbe's overall stats this year are: 10.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.6apg. He used to play for the German U20 national team two years ago.

Dennis Kramer
Dennis Kramer
   #6. Forward Dennis Kramer (211-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped San Diego win their game against the Brigham Young University (8-4) 74-68 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Kramer scored 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 19 minutes. The University of San Diego has 6-5 conference record this season. This year Kramer's overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.6apg in the 16 games. He is a naturalized American. Kramer is a former U20 international player as he played for the German team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in Germany.

Kevin Bright
Kevin Bright
   #7. U20 international swingman Kevin Bright (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Vanderbilt win their game against the The University of Arkansas (5-5) 67-49 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Bright recorded 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Vanderbilt University has not so impressive 3-6 conference record this season. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. Bright's total stats this year are: 10.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.6apg. He is also German U20 national team player.

Maodo Lo
Maodo Lo
   #8. Guard Maodo Lo (190-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Columbia win their game against the Harvard University (3-1) 78-63 in the NCAA last Sunday. Lo scored 12 points in a mere 18 minutes. The Columbia University has 2-2 conference record this season. It's Lo's first year with the team. This year his total stats are: 10.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.6apg in the 16 games. Lo used to play for the German U20 national team back in 2011.

Thomas Reuter
Thomas Reuter
   #9. Former U18 international guard Thomas Reuter (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the E.Washington (5-9) in their game against the Sacramento State University (7-7) in the NCAA. Reuter scored 9 points and added 5 assists. It was his first game for E.Washington this season. But the E.Washington was defeated 61-55 in Sacramento, CA by the Sacramento State University. Reuter used to play for the German U18 national team three years ago.

Tilo Klette
Tilo Klette
   #10. Power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese JBL was not able to secure a victory for Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo (3-27) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Klette's good performance the bottom-ranked Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo was badly defeated 78-61 in Kariya by the leading Aishin Sea Horses. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Klette also added 4 rebounds. Klette has reliable stats this season: 12.3ppg and 6.3rpg. He is a former U22 international player as fourteen years ago he still played for the German national team.

   #11. U20 international point guard Mario Blessing (188-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams USC Upstate in their game against the Stetson University in the NCAA. Blessing scored 5 points. His team was defeated 73-66. Blessing has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 1.7rpg. He plays currently for the German U20 national team.

   #12. Former U16 international guard Max Dileo (185-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Monmouth win their game against the Fairleigh Dickinson University 80-76 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game. Dileo scored 6 points in 21 minutes. Dileo has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 1.7rpg in the 18 games. He is a naturalized American. Dileo used to play for the German U16 national team back in 2009. Apparently he has never played in Germany.

   #13. International shooting guard Patrick Heckmann (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Boston Coll. in their game against the Duke University in the NCAA. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Heckmann scored only 3 points in 7 minutes on the court. His team was edged 62-61. Heckmann averaged so far 11.5ppg and 5.8rpg in the 13 games. He is also German national team player.

   #14. International swingman Niels Giffey (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Connecticut win their game against the Seton Hall University 78-67 in the NCAA on Sunday night. Giffey scored 6 points in 20 minutes. Giffey averaged so far 11.5ppg and 5.8rpg in the 13 games. He plays currently for the German national team.

   #15. Former U16 international center Enosch Wolf (216-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Niels Giffey and both played together in the last NCAA game. Wolf managed to help University of Connecticut to win against the Seton Hall University 78-67. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Wolf's stats this season are: 11.5ppg and 5.8rpg. He used to play for the German U16 national team seven years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Mario Stojic (198-G/F-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 on Friday night. Stojic 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. It's Stojic's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.6ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.9apg in the 15 games he played so far. Stojic has a dual citizenship: Croatian and German.

   #2. Julian Sensley (206-F-82, college: Hawaii, currently plays in South Korea), who plays in the South Korean KBL could not help Dongbu Promy (16-25) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Sensley's very good performance Dongbu Promy was defeated 75-66 on the road by the higher-ranked ET Land Elephants (#3). He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. Sensley also added 3 assists. Sensley has reliable stats this season: 13.6ppg, 5.7rpg and 2.7apg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Sensley has never played in Germany.

   #3. Ben Rice (195-F-90, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli Winner League was not able to help Bnei Hasharon (7-9) in their last game. Despite his good performance Bnei Hasharon was edged 70-67 in Jerusalem by the higher-ranked (#3) Hapoel. Rice was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. Rice has been at the team for five years. This season Rice's overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.6apg in the 16 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Israeli and German.

   #4. Bar Timor (190-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a 1-point Hapoel Tel-Aviv's victory against the fourth-ranked Maccabi Haifa (9-7) 78-77 in the Israeli Winner League on Sunday night. He recorded 9 points. Hapoel Tel-Aviv (7-9) is placed ninth in the Winner League. Timor has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg. He has both Israeli and German nationalities.

   #5. Joachim Thoss (201-C-81, currently plays in Philippines) was the major contributor in a 2-point Alaska Aces' victory against the eighth-ranked Rain or Shine (0-1) 83-81 in the Filipino PBA in Saturday night's game. Thoss scored 17 points in 33 minutes. It was his first game for Alaska Aces this season. His team are placed first in Commissioner's Cup group. It's Thoss' first year with the team. He also holds two passports: German and Filipino.

   #6. Kiril Wachsmann (203-C/F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Melilla Baloncesto in their game against River Andorra in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He scored 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 33 minutes. His team lost 72-79. Wachsmann is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 8.6rpg. This year his other stats are: 9.6ppg and 1.3apg in the 17 games.

   #7. Ismar Seferagic (201-F, currently plays in Canada) couldn't help the University of Windsor in their game against the Thunderwolves in the Canadian university league CIS. Seferagic was the second best scorer with 9 points in only 13 minutes. His team lost 64-70. Seferagic has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 1.7rpg in the 18 games. He holds both German and Canadian passports.

   #8. Martin Seiferth (208-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the E.Washington in their game against the Sacramento State University in the NCAA. Seiferth scored only 4 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. His team was defeated 61-55. Seiferth has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 1.7rpg.

   #9. Josh Lockett (203-F/C-89, college: Georgetown, KY, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers in their game against Glasgow Rocks in the British BBL, despite his good performance on Friday night. He scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 23 minutes. But his team was crushed by 39 points 97-58. Lockett averaged so far 11.5ppg and 5.8rpg in the 13 games. He is a naturalized American.

   #10. Till Gloger (203-F-93, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Maine in their game against the Boston University in the NCAA. Gloger scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 79-72. Gloger's stats this season are: 11.5ppg and 5.8rpg.



EuroChallenge: EWE Baskets closed Round 4 with the road win - by Eurobasket News

Tsmoki-Minsk - EWE Baskets 66:72

EWE Baskets closed Round 4 with the road win in Minsk. The German side overcame Tsmoki-Minsk in Group L for 4-0 record. The team from Belarus fell at 1-3 record.
EWE Baskets started with 17-16, but the hosts needed a 13-12 rally for 29:29 at the halftime. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Julius Jenkins fired 17 points for the winners. The other American import guard Rickey Paulding chipped in 12 points. Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) delivered 11 points in a win and Robin Smeulders (207-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) brought 9. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau produced 24 points and Pavel Ulyanko (204-F-79) scored 10. Aliaksei Lashkevich added 7 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side, while Dzianis Korshuk (200-PF-78) and Vidas Ginevicius (194-G-78, agency: Interperformances) also scored 7 each.

Tsmoki-Minsk: Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) 24, Pavel Ulyanko 10, Tierre Brown (188-G-79, college: McNeese St.) 9, Lashkevich Aliaksei 7, Dzianis Korshuk 7, Vidas Ginevicius 7
EWE Baskets: Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia South) 17, Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) 12, Adam Chubb 11, Robin Smeulders 9



EuroCup: Ratiopharm Ulm surprise Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda - Ratiopharm Ulm 78:92

Ratiopharm Ulm claimed a confident road win in Belgrade tonight. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) scored 26 points to pace Ulm past Crvena Zvezda. The victory propelled Ulm at 3-2 record in Group L. Crvena Zvezda fell at 2-3 record.
Ratiopharm Ulm jumped ahead early in the encounter. The German side finished the first quarter up by three points 22:19. The visitors maintained it throughout the second term. Ulm accounted for a 46:38 halftime lead. Ratiopharm Ulm did not allow Crvena Zvezda to turn things around in the third quarter. The visitors stayed ahead and entered the final frame up by 11 points 67:56. Ratiopharm Ulm exploded with 25 points in the final frame and sealed the victory at the end. Steven Esterkamp (198-F-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Ohio) nailed 20 points and grabbed 6 boards, while Lance Jeter (190-G-88, college: Nebraska) accounted for 15 points for the winners. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) answered with 24 points for Crvena Zvezda. Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) and Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) had 11 points each in the loss.

Crvena Zvezda: Igor Rakocevic 24, Mike Scott 11, Rasko Katic 11
Ratiopharm Ulm: Allan Ray 26, Steven Esterkamp 20, Lance Jeter 15



Dennis Schroeder Buries The Fraport Skyliners In The Second Quarter Leading The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig To A 73-66 Victory - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

One thing that is always very interesting and exciting to observe is how a very young German player develops over the years after showing enormous potential at a very young age. In the last years there have been numerous talented players that have gone a healthy route in their development. Who could forget the daring comparison of Stephan Baeck of Tibor Pleiss to Dirk Nowitzki many years ago. Since then the 215cm lanky giant has gone an interesting direction having started with Rhein Energy Cologne where he already played ULEB Cup with 18 years of age. He then went to Bamberg where he won 6 titles, was drafted by the New Jersey Nets and now plays for Caja Laboral Vitoria (Spain-ACB) battling his way to 15 minutes playing time. Another promising German is Robin Benzing who first got some publicity playing for TV Langen and was able to practice with the Frankfurt Skyliners. Instead of playing for Frankfurt, he opted to go to ratiopharm Ulm where he continued to develop under Mike Taylor and was the top german scorer in the 2010-2011 season. Before even playing a single Beko BBL game, he made big strides at the 2009 European championships playing 6 games: 5.5ppg, 1.7rpg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 91.7%. He moved to German tradional team FC Bayern Munich where last season, he seemed a bit lost in a huge rotation, but this season since the arrival of Svetislav Pesic has been reborn and playing superb basketball being a main factor in both wins against Frankfurt. This season a player that has made the biggest strides so far is 19 year old Dennis Schroeder (181-PG-93) of the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. Already last season, one could see the unending potential that was stuck in the 181cm point guard. This season he has leaped as it seems over the Swiss alps in his development and now instead of being a young talented bench player has become one of the most reliable players and is currently their leading scorer and is the best point guard behind German national players Per Guenter, Heiko Schaffartzik and Anton Gavel. His rise is simply amazing as he quickly replaced the experienced Miah Davis in the starting rotation. He had some strong games at the start with 16 points against TBB Trier and BBC Bayreuth, but since registering eight points in a 80-85 loss against Tuebingen on November 17th, he has scored in double figures in 10 of 11 games.In this span, he has averaged 15ppg and nearly 4,0apg. He recently scored 20 points in 29 minutes against the Brose Baskets Bamberg while shooting 7/10 from the field. He is making very wise decisions on the court while playing hard defense. When you see his play, he looks like an NCAA top kid ready to fly to the NBA. Schroeder is getting playing time and getting important experience. As a result of his good play, NBA scouts are looking at him. The question is how well his social competence is in his development as a player. Frank Menz helped to discipline him and how to behave on and off the court. The club has much confidence in him. He plays very boldly and could be a factor for the German national team soon. He needs to keep defense as important as offense, but he is developing in a good way, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss. Schroeder who started many games this season as was top scorer in many as well came from the bench for the second straight game against the Fraport Skyliners, but put his stamp on the game in the second quarter scoring 13 points in six minutes turning a close game into a Sunday stroll in downtown Braunschweig leading the Phantoms to a 73-66 win as well as getting any more NBA scout doubters 100% on his side as scouts from the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers were present. After the game a defeated Quantez Robertson gave an emotionless comment about the 19 year German wunderkind. Schroeder was a huge spark off the bench. His confidence and good shooting were impressive and they were able to keep the lead and win, stressed Quantez Robertson. It seems also that no young German player in the Beko BBL has developed as quickly as he has in the last three months. I think that Dennis was already playing like this when I came at the start of the season. He does great things in practice and it shows in games. He is a leader at his position and always so competitive, commented 2012 Olypmic competitor Eric Boateng. Schroeder hurt us today the same way he did in the game when I was with Giessen. He attacked the high pick and role and has a real advantage against the big man. He reads the defense so well, stays low and knows how to draw contact. He has so much confidence when taking shots and his penetration opens it up, expressed Ryan Brooks. Even young German Johannes Voigtmann of the Fraport Skyliners was in awe of his talent. Schroeder has been top scorer in many games and just leads the team and his coolness on the court is amazing and when he drives to the hoop, he is always aggressive. He is solid on defense and with his long arms makes it very hard for guards, added Johannes Voigtman.

The Fraport Skyliners came into the game desperate for a win as they were riding on a four game losing streak and were in 17th place of the standings. The only good news was that basketball history was on their side as they had won the last seven games in Braunschweig and in the last years had won in so many crazy ways like getting a come from behind win in 2010, Pascal Roller winning the game at the end with a jumper, Dashaun Wood winning the game in the last minute and last season getting a massive 26 point 13 rebound performance form ex NBA player Jermareo Davidson. The Fraport Skyliners entered the game knowing it was a must win, but like so often this season were unable to give a 40 minute performance in that they played well in some phases, but at the end when they cut the Braunschweig lead to five points were unable to make big plays when they w ere needed. We didnt come out with the energy that we needed and that has happened the last three games. We were fighting to come back, but we were in a hole fast. Then when we got back into the game, our execution wasnt good, too much one on one and guys were standing around. We need an all around better flow. Our defense wasnt on the same page in the first half. They did what they wanted to, hitting open shots and in your face shots. In the second quarter, we were more aggressive and forced them to scramble to take quick shots, stressed ex LTi Giessen 46er Ryann Brooks. The New Yorker Phantoms were coming off a big 84-81 win at home against TBB Trier where Jermaine Anderson nailed a buzzer beater and their self confidence was high, but reality was that they were in 16th place and also needed a win against Frankfurt to distance themselves even more in the standings. Braunschweig hit very well all night long and were consistent enough on defense to keep the Fraport Skyliners at bay when they needed to. Defense helped us get this win. We stuck together, stayed aggressive and executed. Every player contributed to the win. Jermaine Anderson kept us organized, Dennis Schoeder was big off the bench and Harding Nana hit big shots, commented Eric Boateng.

A big problem this season for the Fraport Skyliners has been not having the needed energy out of the start block to match the intensity of their opponent, but in Braunschweig they didnt let the Phantoms break out on a big lead, but kept the game close in the first 10 minutes. Boateng got Braunschweig on the scoreboard first with a lay in after getting a perfect lob pass from Immanuel Mcelroy. The Fraport Skyliners scored on their next two possessions as the ex Giessen connection of Zach Peacock and Ryan Brooks connected. Frankfurt held the tight lead as 30 year old Dawan Robinson did what he does best using his powerful body and scoring with a runner in the lane. Peacock then scored inside, but before Frankfurt could react, ex Bamberg guard Jermaine Anderson dropped a three pointer as the score was 8-8. Now both teams traded runs starting with a Sklyiner -0 run as Laquan Prowell tested his 50% three point shooting nailing from downtown and Super Tez going on the fast break and finding the trailer Peacock for a slam dunk. However Braunschweig responded with their own 5-0 run as Robert Kulawick hit a three pointer and Immanuel Mcelroy snuck back door getting slick pass from Harding Nana as the game was knotted at 13-13. Frankfurt then profited on a Boateng technical foul as Dawan Robinson made both free throws and Devin Gibson tested his 17,7% shooting from the parking lot with a jumper as Frankfurt led 18-13. Frankfurt got their rhythm on offense quick, were in control on defense and had not allowed any offensive rebounds, added basketball expert Steven Clauss. Despite the lead, the Phantoms caught Frankfurt sleeping in the last two minutes closing out the first quarter with an 8-2 run to lead 21-20. The Skyliners found their rhythm fast. I was a bit surprised that Lubos Barton and Dennis Schroeder didnt play. The only negative ething by the Skyliners was their turnovers. They had to take better care of the ball, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss. The New Yorker Phantoms were shooting 54% from the field and 54% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 53% from the field and 67% from outside. Frankfurt had the 8-6 rebound edge, but five turnovers while Braunschwieg had two turnovers.

In the second quarter Johannes Vooigtman showed his running qualities for a big man getting ahead of the pack on the fast break as Robertson found him for an easy lay up. However then entered Dennis Schrooeder off the bench and led the Phantoms on a 15-4 run for the 36-24 lead as he steered 13 points in six minutes. Schroeder showed a display of calmness and aggressiveness in one and showed how lethal he can be as a scorer. He scored twice with his quick first step and leaving a Gibson and Robinson in the dust. On one play he dribbled all over the court then decided to shoot and hit over Voigtman. He also nailed two three pointers and a pull up jumper and before the Skyliners knew what had happened, they were staring at a 12 point lead by the Phantoms. They had some easy lay ups, uncontested three pointers and good looks at the rim. They made us pay, said Quantez Robertson. The Phantoms kept up their furious offense and also had some luck as big 221cm Nick Schneiders missed a dunk, but the ball fell through anyway. Courtney Pigram who is playing his fourth professional season and had 12 NBA workouts as a rookie and came from Wurzburg after a short stint scored inside as Braunschweig led 40-25. Frankfurt found some momentum right before halftime going on a mini 4-0 run as Robertson secured an offensive rebound and did a putback and Gibson scored inside as Frankfurt trailed 44-33. After Pigram made two free throws, there were 4.6 seconds left and Gibson went coast to coast and scored changing the ball from his left to right hand as the Fraport Skyliners trailed 46-35. The Skyliners fell apart somewhat. They were still shooting well, but their free throws were miserable. The 10 turnovers by Frankfurt were too much. Frankfurt did do a good job keeping Braunschweig to three offensive rebounds, stressed Steven Clauss. The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig were shooting 55% from the field and 33% from the three point line while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 46% from the field and 33% from the three point line. Frankfurt had the 20-15 rebound lead, but 10 turnovers while Braunschweig had three turnovers.

The Fraport Skyliners were trailing by 11 points and one would of expected a totally different team, but instead of carrying over some of that momentum from Devin Gibsons buzzer beater at halftime, the club came out flat letting the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschwieg jump out on a 10-2 run to lead 56-37. The phantoms continued to hit on a consistent rate as Mcelroy hit over Tez, Nana then nailed a three pointer, Boateng strolled into the lane leaving Peacock and Prowell asking for his license plate, and Nana then connected from downtown again. Frankfurt then halted the Phantoms run going on a 6-0 run to cut the Phantoms lead to 56-44 as Robertson got revenge on Mcelroy dropping a three pointer over the Texas native and Prowell and Robinson hit free throws. Frankfurt was playing for together on offense and got three consecutive stops on defense, expressed Steven Clauss. Both teams traded baskets in the stretch run of the third quarter as Schneiders hauled down an offensive rebound and made a put back and Nana connected on another three pointer while the Skyliners got support from a Gibson lay in and Voigtmann lay in, but after 30 minutes the Fraport Skyliners still trailed 63-48. Frankfurt still had no real rhythm on offense, but were defending well. They still had too many turnovers and were taking too many quick shots, added Steven Clauss. The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig were shooting 53% from the field and 41% from the parking lot while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 44% from the field and 27% from the parking lot. Both teams had 24 rebounds and Frankfurt 13 turnovers while Braunschweig had nine turnovers.

The Fraport Skyliners had one last gasp of energy in the fourth quarter going on a 12-3 run to cut the Braunschweig lead to 66-60. Frankfurt got a lot of support from Johannes Voigtmann who had two offensive rebounds and put backs, Robertson had a steal and lay in on the fast break and Ryan Brooks made a lay up with a hard penetration to the hoop. The Fraport Skyliners had the momentum, but the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig were able to get their offense going to halt the Frankfurt run by going on a 5-0 run to put a claw through their throat to extend their lead to 71-60. Schroeder who had been quiet since his ravage outburst in the second quarter nailed a jumper and Mcelroy snuck inside for a lay. With two minutes to play, the Fraport Skyliners attempted their last comeback with a 6-0 run to cut the Phantoms lead to 71-66. Robertson pitched a seemingly 100 miles fast ball to an open Voigtmann who showed his soft hands and ended the play with a dunk. Gibson then made a jumper and Voigtmann two free throws. Braunschweig seemed a bit scared, but they held their nerves closing out the game in style as Peacock and Gibson missed shots in the last minute to help secure the victory for the Phantoms. We were unable to convert tough shots and they got stops. On the last plays, we werent as organized on offense as we should have been, stressed ex Temple player Ryan Brooks. They made a run at the end, but we played good defense when we needed to and executed our offense. They hit us with full court press, but we still did a good job executing our offense, added Eric Boateng.

The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig were led by Dennis Schroeder with 18 points. Immanuel Mcelroy contributed 16 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Harding Nana produced 10 points and eight rebounds. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Devin Gibson with 13 points. Johannes Voigtmann contributed 12 points. Zach Peacock added 10 points and seven rebounds and Quantez Robertson produced 10 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals. Frankfurt shot solid from the field with 43%, but continue to shoot poorly from outside at 21%. Frankfurt won the rebounding 34-33 and both teams had 14 turnovers a piece. Frankfurt knows what they have to do better in the next game, but if they can turn off the problems is unknown. We havent played bad in the last three games, but it shows it just wasnt enough. We have to stop trailing early, because it hurts us and we use up too much energy. We have to play solid form the start, warned Johannes Voigtmann. The next game is against the Walter Tigers Tuebingen and all the Fraport Skyliners can do is go back to the office and try try again, but not lose hope. When you lose so much, it effects you mentally. We have to keep fighting. We have shown that we can play, but we have to show it for 40 minutes, warned Fraport Skyliner guard Devin Gibson.




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Loukas Mavrokefalidis selected the top Greek playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Loukas Mavrokefalidis
Loukas Mavrokefalidis
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84, currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Russian team Spartak St.Petersburg to a victory over the tenth-ranked Azovmash (2-12) 74-58 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Mavrokefalidis was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. Spartak St.Petersburg (10-3) is placed second in group A. Mavrokefalidis has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 51.6%, 3FGP: 44.0% and FT: 84.1% in the 13 games he played so far. Mavrokefalidis played for the Greek senior national team two years ago.

Kostas Kaimakoglou
Kostas Kaimakoglou
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-83, currently plays in Russia). He was the main contributor in an Unics Kazan's victory against the second-ranked Khimky (8-3) 76-70 in the Russian PBL last Monday. Kaimakoglou was the best player in that game. He scored 21 points, had 6 boards, passed 4 assists and added 4 steals. Unics Kazan (4-7) is placed seventh in the PBL. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Kaimakoglou is currently fifth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has very reliable stats this season: 14.6ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.3apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 66.7%(30-45), 3FGP: 34.6% and FT: 83.3%. Kaimakoglou is in the roster of the Greek senior national team.

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Denver Nuggets (33-21) to beat the Toronto Raptors (21-32). Koufos scored 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 20 minutes. The Denver Nuggets were edged 109-108 on the road by the Raptors. It was Nuggets' third consecutive loss in a row. Koufos has relatively good stats this year: 8.0ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 59.8%(195-326) and FT: 55.9% in the 53 games. He is a naturalized American. Koufos played for the Greek national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Kostas Vasiliadis
Kostas Vasiliadis
   #4. Swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, agency: FCM, currently plays in Eurocup) was the major contributor in a Gescrap BB's victory against the closely-ranked CEZ Nymburk (1-4) 83-69 in the Eurocup in Tuesday night's game. Vasiliadis scored 17 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (3-2) is placed third in group J. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Eurocup Top 16. And that game will be critical. This season Vasiliadis has very high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. Vasiliadis is also Greek national team player.

Nick Calathes
Nick Calathes
   #5. International point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to Lokomotiv's victory against the closely-ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (3-2) 77-72 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. He scored 8 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 40 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group K. Lokomotiv Kuban (5-0) is placed first. So far his team won all five games in the Top 16. They will play only one more game in the Eurocup Top 16. And now that game is very crucial. Calathes is currently second on the league's list of best passers with 7.0apg. This year he also averages: 13.5ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.5spg in the 11 games. Calathes is a naturalized American. He plays currently for the Greek national team. Calathes used to play for 3-year contract with Panathinaikos Athens in Greek league.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #6. Guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kostas Vasiliadis and both played together in the last Eurocup game. Zisis contributed to a Gescrap BB's victory against the closely-ranked CEZ Nymburk (1-4) 83-69. He scored 11 points and added 3 assists. Zisis' overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.9apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #7. International power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in Russia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kostas Kaimakoglou and both played together in the last Russian PBL game. Vougioukas helped Unics Kazan win their game against the second-ranked Khimky (8-3) 76-70. He scored 13 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 24 minutes. This year Vougioukas has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.4apg in the eight games. He is also Greek national team player.

Ioannis Papapetrou
Ioannis Papapetrou
   #8. Swingman Ioannis Papapetrou (203-94, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Texas (2-8) in their last game. Despite Papapetrou's very good performance the Texas lost 59-72 at home to the Oklahoma State University. He recorded 15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and made 2 blocks in 37 minutes. Papapetrou has reliable stats this year: 14.9ppg, 9.4rpg and 2.3apg in the 16 games. He plays currently for the Greek U18 national team.

Stavros Toutziarakis
Stavros Toutziarakis
   #9. Former U20 international center Stavros Toutziarakis (210-87, also represented by FCM, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Solna Vikings (17-10) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Toutziarakis' good performance Solna Vikings was defeated 91-83 in Norrkoping by the higher-ranked Dolphins (#5). He recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Toutziarakis averaged so far 12.2ppg, 7.7rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team six years ago.

Nikos Barlos
Nikos Barlos
   #10. An experienced forward Nikos Barlos (203-79, currently plays in Italy) helped C.de Latte BRE win their game against the closely-ranked Givova Scafati (9-8) 82-72 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Barlos scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Centrale del Latte Brescia (11-6) is placed fourth in the Lega2. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Barlos' first season with the team. His stats this year are: 11.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.9spg. Barlos is a former international player as eight years ago he still played for the Greek senior national team.

   #11. Former U18 international swingman John Sinis (206-91, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the San Diego in their game against the Saint Mary's College of California in the NCAA. He recorded 8 points. His team was defeated 74-64. Sinis' overall stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.4apg. He used to play for the Greek U18 national team four years ago.

   #12. U18 international forward Kyprianos Maragkos (206-94, is currently at the American university) managed to help The George Washington University in a victory against the University of Duquesne crushing them 79-57 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Maragkos recorded only 2 points in 3 minutes on the court. He has very impressive stats this year: 19.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg in the 18 games. Maragkos is also in the roster of the Greek U18 national team.

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

   #1. Pat Calathes (208-G/F-85, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli Winner League could not help Maccabi Haifa (9-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Calathes' very good performance Maccabi Haifa was edged 78-77 at home by the lower-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#9). He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Calathes also added 6 rebounds. It's Calathes' first season with the team. Calathes is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. This season he has very good stats: 14.9ppg, 9.4rpg and 2.3apg. Calathes is a naturalized American. He used to play for Costa Cafe Marousi in Greek league.

   #2. Peter Pappageorge (183-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Long Beach St. to a 3-point victory against the Cal State - Northridge (4-8) 83-80 in the NCAA last Saturday. Pappageorge recorded 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 32 minutes. The Long Beach State University has a very solid 10-2 conference record this season. Pappageorge's stats this year are: 12.2ppg, 7.7rpg and 1.1apg in the 26 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Pappageorge has never played in Greece.

   #3. Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-PG-89, currently plays in Georgia) was the major contributor in Olimpi's victory against the ninth-ranked Sokhumi (3-9) 82-69 in a derby game in the Georgian Superleague on Wednesday night. He scored 14 points. Olimpi Tbilisi (9-2) is placed fourth in the Superleague. It's Sokk's first season with the team. Sokk is ranked third on the list of the best passers in the league. His overall stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 3.1rpg and 6.2apg. Sokk has a dual citizenship: Greek and Estonian.

   #4. Nicholas Livas (198-G-87, college: Ill.-Springfield, currently plays in Germany) led BG Goettingen to a victory over the seventh-ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (11-10) 73-64 in the German ProA (second division) in Saturday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Livas scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. BG Goettingen (16-5) is placed second in the ProA. This year Livas' overall stats are: 9.6ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.4apg in the 17 games. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Livas has never played in Greece.

   #5. Angelo Tsagarakis (190-G-84, currently plays in France) contributed to Chalons-Reims' victory against the closely-ranked ALM Evreux (17-6) 81-74 in the French ProB (second division) last Tuesday. He scored 13 points and added 6 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Chalons-Reims (15-8) is placed fourth in the ProB. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Tsagarakis averaged so far 13.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.6apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Greek and French. Despite Tsagarakis' Greek nationality, he previously played for the French U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.

   #6. Mannos Nakos (179-PG-88, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an Uppsala Basket's victory against the seventh-ranked 08 Stockholm 81-69 in the Swedish Basketligan on Tuesday night. Nakos scored 11 points in 21 minutes. This year Nakos' overall stats are: 6.6ppg and 1.6apg in the 28 games. He has both Greek and Swedish nationalities.

   #7. Corey Petros (208-F/C-93, currently studies in the States) managed to help Oakland University in a victory against the South Dakota State University 88-83 in the NCAA last Saturday. He recorded only 4 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists in 38 minutes. Petros averaged so far 11.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.9spg in the 16 games. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Petros has never played in Greece.

   #8. Triantafillos Tzakopoulos (187-G-85, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProA (second division) was not able to help Duesseldorf Baskets (14-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Duesseldorf Baskets was badly defeated 86-70 on the road by the lower-ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (#4). Tzakopoulos scored 11 points. His overall stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.4apg. Tzakopoulos also holds two passports: Greek and Australian.

   #9. Nick Paulos (201-G/F-91, is currently at the American university) contributed to an easy victory against the Furman University crushing them 88-65 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. He scored 11 points in only a mere 12 minutes. This year Paulos' overall stats are: 7.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.4apg in the 21 games. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Paulos has never played in Greece.

   #10. Alex Hill (196-G-90, college: Cornell, currently plays in Canada) was not able to secure a victory for the University of Toronto in their game against the Gee-Gees in the Canadian university league CIS, despite his good performance on Friday night. Hill was the top scorer with 12 points in 37 minutes. But his team was crushed by 43 points 94-51. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Hill averages: 19.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg in the 18 games. He has Greek and Canadian nationalities.



Balkan League: Kavala surrender against Levski at home court - by Eurobasket News

Kavala - Levski 73:77

Levski clinched a road win in the latest Balkan League encounter. The win allowed Levski jump at 4-2 record on top of First Six pool. Kavala slipped at 3-3 record. Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) nailed 22 points to lead the winners.
Levski had the upper hand in the opening period. The visitors gained an 18:14 lead after ten minutes. Kavala though stopped the rot in the second frame. The Greek team adjusted their defence and bounced back to narrow the deficit at just two-point mark 31:33 at halftime. Levski increased the tempo in the third quarter. The Bulgarian side fired 23 points and cleared off to a 5-point advantage with one quarter remaining. Levski built an 11-point lead midway through the fourth quarter 58:69. But Kavala answered with a 12:1 run to level things up at 70 with under two minutes remaining. Chavdar Kostov and Marinovic nailed timely four points for the visitors as they claimed a 74:72 lead. Tairu put the hosts within one 73:74 but Zlatin Georgiev (195-G-85) capped the regulation with a three-pointer and sealed the victory for Levski. Zlatin Georgiev and Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78) delivered 13 points each for the winners. Igor Milosevic (193-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Kieron Achara (208-F/C-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne) answered with 15 points apiece for Kavala.

Kavala: Igor Milosevic 15, Kieron Achara 15
Levski: Chavdar Kostov 22, Zlatin Georgiev 13, Stefan Georgiev 13



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  HOLLAND   


Stepco BS Weert tabs Gerald Robinson for the remain of the season - by Fred Roggen

Stepco BS Weert has come to terms with Dutch forward Gerald Robinson (202-PF-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tenn-Martin) on a deal for the remain of the season,. Robinson arrives from Cypriot powerhouse ForexTime Apollon, with whom he played in the EuroChallenge earlier this season. Robinson averaged 8 points and 4.3 rebounds in the six EuroChallenge games Apollon played, but his team was unable to reach the last 16. Since then he has posted 3.2 points and 2.3 rebounds for Apollon in the Cypriot Division-A.
Last season Robinson played in Holland for Landstede Zwolle, where he averaged 12.3 points and ranked third in the Dutch League with 8.0 rebounds per game. He has also played for Haukar in Iceland, USC Freiburg in Germany, Airwaves Plymouth Raiders in United Kindom and Alerta Cantabria Lobos in the Spain. Gerald Robinson had an excellent college basketball career at University of Tennessee-Martin. He averaged 14.0 points and 7.9 rebounds in his senior year at Tennessee-Martin.



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  ISRAEL   


Hapoel Tel Aviv inks Brian Randle, Hardy won't come - by Idan Seggev

Hapoel Tel-Aviv signed Brian Randle (203-F-85), which will be his third team in Israel after Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa and Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem. In Galil he was one of the best players in the league with average of 14.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg & 1.5 apg and led the club from the north to win the championship over Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv. When the seaon over, he moved to Jerusalem and finished with average of 11.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg & 1.7 apg but couldn't led them to the final four of the Israeli league. In October 2012 he signed with German side, ALBA Berlin, but was injured and returned to the U.S. for recovery.
Randle was supposed to be the 4th foreign after earlier Hapoel signed Dwight Hardy (188-PG-87, college: St.John's) but now the player decided not to come to Israel because of "personal issues" as he declared. Hapoel management announced that they will think how to act regarding this problem.



Balkan League: Galil Gilboa outgun Teodo Tivat - by Eurobasket News

Galil Gilboa - Teodo Tivat 102:92

Galil Gilboa claimed the first win at the Balkan League Second Stage. They defeated Teodo Tivat for 3-3 record in First Six standings. Teodo Tivat slipped at 2-4 record after the loss.
The Israeli team started the game strong. They erupted for 26 points in the first quarter to post a 12-point lead. The teams stayed on fire throughout the second quarter scoring 27 points each. Galil Gilboa extended the margin to 14 points in the third term but Teodo Tivat managed to cut the deficit at 7-point mark 68:75 with one quarter remaining. But the Israeli team quickly extended the lead to 17 points in the fourth frame and never looked back en route to the victory. Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) knocked down 31 points to lead all scorers. Dagan Yavzuri (193-SG-85) contributed 21 points and 6 boards for the winners. Marko Mijovic (188-PG-87) tallied 27 points and 11 rebounds for Teodo Tivat. Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 15 points in the loss.

Galil Gilboa: Jamar Smith 31, Dagan Yavzuri 21, Rakim Sanders 16
Teodo Tivat: Marko Mijovic 27+11 boards, Savo Djikanovic 15



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  JAPAN   


Dixon's double-double lands him BJ League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

31-year old forward Carlos Dixon (201-F-81, agency: Top Notch Sports) had a great game in the last round for Iwate Big Bulls and receives a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 34.
He had a double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Chiba Jets (#6, 17-13) 88-77. Iwate Big Bulls maintains the 3rd position in Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Iwate Big Bulls will need more victories to improve their 22-10 record. In the team's last game Dixon had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Iwate Big Bulls' top player in his first season with the team. Virginia Tech graduate has very impressive stats this year. Dixon is in league's top in assists (8th best: 3.1apg).

Second best performed player last round was Marcus Cousin (211-C-86) of Kyoto Hannar.. He is American center in his first season at Kyoto Hannar.. In the last game Cousin recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for Kyoto Hannar. to edge the higher-ranked Hamamatsu P. (#3, 21-13) by 2 points 74-72. Kyoto Hannar.'s 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 18-14 record is not bad and everything may still change. Cousin is a newcomer at Kyoto Hannar. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Takanori Goya (190-G-83) of Shinshu BW (#7). Goya scored 25 points and passed eight assists. Despite Goya's great performance Shinshu BW lost 92-100 to the lower-ranked Saitama Bron. (#11, 4-26). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Shinshu BW ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 17 games, recording just fifteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Goya could help Shinshu BW to bring them higher in the standings. Goya has a very solid season. In 29 games in Japan he scored 11.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Bell (206-F-82) of Osaka Evessa - 16 points and 12 rebounds
5. Shingo Okada (186-G/F-83) of Gunma - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Joe Werner (201-C-84) of Chiba Jets - 23 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
7. John Humphrey (188-G/F-80) of Saitama Bron. - 29 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Yuki Nobihura (190-F-87) of Saitama Bron. - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Takuma Yamashiro (167-PG-85) of Saitama Bron. - 19 points and 12 rebounds
10. P.J. Alawoya (203-F-88) of Oita H.Devils - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Standings -D1

D1 Standings
 1. BC Astana 16-0 
 2. Barsy Atyrau 8-4 
 3. Kaspiy Aktau 7-6 
 4. Tobol 5-11 
 5. BK Almaty 4-13 
 6. BK Kapshagay 2-6 

Regular Season: Round 15

Feb. 13: Kaspiy Aktau - BK Almaty 78-69
Feb. 16: Barsy Atyrau - BK Kapshagay
Feb. 17: Barsy Atyrau - BK Kapshagay
Feb. 14: Kaspiy Aktau - BK Almaty



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  KOSOVO   


All transfers in Kosovo - by Dren Shporta

Yesterday was the last day of the winter transfer season in Kosovan basketball and all the teams had made a requests for the registration of new players for respective teams before the start of the second part of BKT Superleague.

Below you can find all the players that the teams had registered in Basketball Federation:

Peja

Harouna Mutombo
Cyril Awere
Ersid Luca
Artin Gashi (loan return)

Sigal Prishtina

Alvin Eugene Snow
Julian Terrell
Akida McLain

Sigkos Bashkimi

Mark Dawson
Kejuan JOhnson
Rokas Uzas
Muhamed Hasani

Trepca

Ryan White
Daniel Milanovski

RTV 21

Urim Zenelaj
Elvan Iljazi
Ardian Krasniqi
Ersan Ozseven
Brendon Roberson
Kendrick Johnes

Vellaznimi

Fisnik Juniku (loan)

Drita

Obinna Agomo
Shawn Garner

Kosova

Anton Maloku (loan)
Arian Tahiri (loan)
Ilir Osmani (free)
Elsen Elvir Karic
Jonathan Mandeldove



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  LATVIA   

LBL Standing

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

Regular Season: Round 26

Feb. 10: LU - Turiba 90-75
Feb. 9: Jekabpils - Liepaja 88-95
Feb. 13: LU - Jurmala 84-77
Feb. 13: Barons kvartals - Valmiera 74-87

Regular Season: Round 27

Feb. 16: Turiba - Jekabpils
Feb. 16: Ventspils - LU
Feb. 16: Barons kvartals - Jelgava
Feb. 17: Valmiera - Jurmala


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (204-G-90)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Peiners, LU20.1 
 2. Gulbis, Barons k.19.9 
 3. Hill jr., Jekabpils16.6 
 4. O''Brien, Jekabpils16.4 
 5. Berzins, Valmiera15.7 
 6. Apsitis, Turiba14.1 
 7. Brown, Jurmala14.1 
 8. Ozols, Jurmala13.9 
 9. Rudmiezis, Turiba13.7 
 10. Aleksejevs, Jekab.13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Todd O''BRIEN
  Jekabpils
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 9
 1. O''Brien, Jekabpils9.0 
 2. Dargais, LU8.5 
 3. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.8.2 
 4. Butjankovs, Valmi.7.8 
 5. Mizis, Jelgava7.5 
 6. Mednis, Jurmala7.5 
 7. Berzins, Valmiera7.2 
 8. Ziedins, Valmiera6.3 
 9. Gulbis, Barons k.6.1 
 10. Hlebowicki, Jekab.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Raimonds GABRANS
  Valmiera
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Gabrans, Valmiera4.1 
 2. Hill jr., Jekabpils3.9 
 3. Bergmanis, Barons3.5 
 4. Metra, Barons k.3.4 
 5. Miezis, Barons k.3.2 
 6. Brown, Jurmala3.1 
 7. Kanbergs, Jelgava3.1 
 8. Silavs, Jelgava3.0 
 9. Peiners, LU3.0 
 10. Plater, Liepaja2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (204-G-90)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Peiners, LU1.9 
 2. Brown, Jurmala1.8 
 3. Miezis, Barons k.1.8 
 4. Rudmiezis, Turiba1.8 
 5. Jakovics, Liepaja1.7 
 6. Mizis, Jelgava1.6 
 7. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.5 
 8. Virsis, Jekabpils1.5 
 9. Ate, Liepaja1.4 
 10. Ozols, Jurmala1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Barons k.
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Rozitis, Barons k.1.4 
 2. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.1.0 
 3. Iljins, Valmiera0.9 
 4. Ziedins, Valmiera0.9 
 5. Hlebowicki, Jekabp.0.8 
 6. O''Brien, Jekabpils0.7 
 7. Mednis, Jurmala0.7 
 8. Leiteris, Liepaja0.7 
 9. Mizis, Jelgava0.6 
 10. Chamberlain, Jelg.0.6 


LBL Round 26: Leader Barons kvartals lose to Valmiera - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Barons kvartals (14-8) in Riga on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by Valmiera (14-8) 87-74. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Barons kvartals. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 13-8 record before this meeting. The game was mostly controlled by Valmiera. Barons kvartals managed to win second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Valmiera made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Barons kvartals helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Janis Berzins (202-93, agency: Players Group) who scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Raimonds Gabrans (185-84) chipped in 15 points and 5 steals. Forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) produced 24 points for the hosts. Barons kvartals' coach Martins Gulbis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Valmiera keeps a position of league leader, which they share with defeated Barons kvartals. Valmiera is looking forward to face Jurmala (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Barons kvartals will play against Jelgava (#6) and are hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Jekabpils (13-9) against ninth ranked Liepaja (8-15) on Saturday night. Host Jekabpils were defeated by Liepaja in a tough game in Jekabpils 88-95. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Jekabpils. Nigerian-Russian center Aleksey Adediran (204-82, college: Binghamton) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points. Pierce Caldwell contributed with 16 points for the winners. Liepaja's coach Guntis Endzels allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international point guard Rinalds Sirsnins (186-85) replied with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Jekabpils. Liepaja maintains ninth position with 8-15 record. Newly promoted Jekabpils keep the third place with nine games lost. Liepaja will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Jekabpils will play on the road against Turiba and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Riga was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Jurmala (9-13) played at the court of eighth ranked Latvijas Universitate (10-14). Latvijas Universitate managed to secure a 7-point victory 84-77 on Wednesday. Zanis Peiners scored 22 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Atis Ozols responded with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Latvijas Universitate moved-up to seventh place. Jurmala lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. Latvijas Universitate will meet higher ranked Ventspils (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Jurmala will play against the league's leader Valmiera (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Riga. Local Latvijas Universitate (10-14) beat 10th ranked Turiba (7-16) 90-75. Zanis Peiners notched 32 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals to lead the effort. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Latvijas Universitate moved-up to seventh place. Turiba at the other side keeps the tenth position with 16 games lost. Latvijas Universitate's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ventspils (#4) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Turiba will play against Jekabpils (#3).



LU - Jurmala 84-77

The game in Riga was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Jurmala (9-13) played at the court of eighth ranked Latvijas Universitate (10-14). Latvijas Universitate managed to secure a 7-point victory 84-77 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 25-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Latvijas Universitate outrebounded Jurmala 44-26 including a 32-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Zanis Peiners (204-90, agency: Interperformances) scored 22 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Kristaps Dargais (198-90) chipped in 12 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Forward Atis Ozols (199-81) responded with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Davis Coders (188-92) scored 15 points and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Latvijas Universitate moved-up to seventh place. Jurmala lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. Latvijas Universitate will meet higher ranked Ventspils (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Jurmala will play against the league's leader Valmiera (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
LU: Z.Peiners 22+7reb+1ast, K.Strazdins 20+5reb+1ast, K.Dargais 12+12reb+3ast, M.Vitols 8+3ast, H.Rubenis 8+7reb+2ast, R.Zebergs 7+6reb
Jurmala: D.Coders 15+3reb+5ast, A.Ozols 14+6reb+4ast, E.Jonats 14+4reb+2ast, R.Mednis 9+5reb+1ast, U.Vilums 7+1reb+1ast, R.Stumbris 6+2reb
gschID: 232689


Barons kvartals - Valmiera 74-87

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Barons kvartals (14-8) in Riga on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by Valmiera (14-8) 87-74. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Barons kvartals. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 13-8 record before this meeting. The game was mostly controlled by Valmiera. Barons kvartals managed to win second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Valmiera made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Barons kvartals helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Janis Berzins (202-93, agency: Players Group) who scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Raimonds Gabrans (185-84) chipped in 15 points and 5 steals. Four Valmiera players scored in double figures. Forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) produced 24 points and American forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Barons kvartals' coach Martins Gulbis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Valmiera keeps a position of league leader, which they share with defeated Barons kvartals. Valmiera is looking forward to face Jurmala (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Barons kvartals will play against Jelgava (#6) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: J.Berzins 20+8reb+3ast, R.Gabrans 15+4reb+3ast, S.Amolins 14+4reb+1ast, V.Iljins 14+5reb, J.Kaufmanis 10+3reb+6ast, M.Ziedins 8+8reb+4ast
Barons kvartals: M.Gulbis 24+2reb+3ast, T.Cain 17+8reb+2ast, I.Bergmanis 15+1reb+3ast, S.Metra 8+5reb+3ast, A.Brunins 3+3reb+1ast, A.Epners 3+2reb
gschID: 232688


LU - Turiba 90-75

The game with biggest result difference took place in Riga. Local Latvijas Universitate (10-14) beat 10th ranked Turiba (7-16) 90-75. The game was mostly controlled by Latvijas Universitate. Turiba was better in second period 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Latvijas Universitate made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Latvijas Universitate outrebounded Turiba 39-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. Guard Zanis Peiners (204-90, agency: Interperformances) notched 32 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals to lead the effort and guard Kristaps Dargais (198-90) supported him with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Even 12 points and 6 rebounds by center Guntis Sipolins (206-93) did not help to save the game for Turiba. Forward Karlis Apsitis (200-92) added 14 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Latvijas Universitate moved-up to seventh place. Turiba at the other side keeps the tenth position with 16 games lost. Latvijas Universitate's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ventspils (#4) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Turiba will play against Jekabpils (#3).
Top scorers:
LU: Z.Peiners 32+7reb+6ast, M.Vitols 16+2reb+3ast, K.Dargais 11+8reb+3ast, R.Zebergs 10+5reb+2ast, H.Rubenis 7+6reb+3ast, K.Strazdins 7+3reb
Turiba: M.Sokolovs 15+2reb+2ast, M.Rudmiezis 15+4reb+1ast, K.Apsitis 14+6reb, G.Sipolins 12+6reb+2ast, M.Steinbergs 7+3reb+1ast, M.Motivans 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 232687


Jekabpils - Liepaja 88-95

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Jekabpils (13-9) against ninth ranked Liepaja (8-15) on Saturday night. Host Jekabpils were defeated by Liepaja in a tough game in Jekabpils 88-95. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Jekabpils. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Liepaja forced 21 Jekabpils turnovers. Strangely Jekabpils outrebounded Liepaja 36-24 including 24 on the defensive glass. Jekabpils were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Nigerian-Russian center Aleksey Adediran (204-82, college: Binghamton) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points. American guard Pierce Caldwell (191-88, college: Incarnate Word, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Caldwell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Liepaja's coach Guntis Endzels allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international point guard Rinalds Sirsnins (186-85) replied with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and American center Todd O'Brien (213-89, college: UAB) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Jekabpils. Four Liepaja and five Jekabpils players scored in double figures. Liepaja maintains ninth position with 8-15 record. Newly promoted Jekabpils keep the third place with nine games lost. Liepaja will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Jekabpils will play on the road against Turiba and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: A.Adediran 17+3reb, P.Caldwell 16+2reb+2ast, A.Ate 15+1reb+3ast, I.Jakovics 14+2reb+1ast, A.Helmanis 10+5reb+1ast, G.Plater 9+4reb+6ast
Jekabpils: R.Sirsnins 27+7reb+5ast, P.Hill jr. 16+3reb+5ast, M.Hlebowicki 14+6reb, T.O'Brien 14+8reb+3ast, O.Virsis 11+2reb, J.Aleksejevs 5+8reb
gschID: 232686



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  LEBANON   

Standings - Division A

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

Regular Season: Round 15

Feb. 10: Antranik - Anibal 99-89
Feb. 13: Anibal - Hoops 97-94
Feb. 13: Champville - Byblos 93-86
Jan. 30: Moutahed - Hoops 88-76
Feb. 13: Bejjeh - Sagesse 70-118
Feb. 15: Al Riyadi - Amchit


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Amchit
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 38.8
 1. Emmett, Amchit38.8 
 2. Harper, Sagesse28.9 
 3. Gray, Anibal27.8 
 4. Khatib, Champville25.8 
 5. Gadson, Antranik25.5 
 6. Blair, Hoops25.4 
 7. Ampim, Antranik23.6 
 8. Youngblood, Byblos23.4 
 9. Williams, Bejjeh22.7 
 10. Sims, Sagesse21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Byblos
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Fraser, Byblos17.2 
 2. Ampim, Antranik12.9 
 3. Bagaric, Amchit12.1 
 4. Johnson, Anibal11.7 
 5. Tskitishvili, Cham.11.0 
 6. Woods, Al Riyadi10.6 
 7. Sims, Sagesse10.4 
 8. Emmett, Amchit9.4 
 9. Bawji, Moutahed9.4 
 10. Salyers, Moutahed9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rodrigue AKL
  Sagesse
  (187-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Akl, Sagesse6.1 
 2. Chatfield, Mouta.6.0 
 3. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.8 
 4. Blair, Hoops5.8 
 5. Fahed, Moutahed5.8 
 6. Zaloum, Antranik5.4 
 7. Khatib, Champville5.2 
 8. Ismail, Al Riyadi5.2 
 9. Youngblood, Byblos5.2 
 10. Emmett, Amchit5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jasmon YOUNGBLOOD
  Byblos
  (195-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Youngblood, Byblos2.8 
 2. Williams, Bejjeh2.8 
 3. Blair, Hoops2.7 
 4. Harper, Sagesse2.1 
 5. Gray, Anibal1.8 
 6. Zaloum, Antranik1.7 
 7. Fahed, Moutahed1.5 
 8. Emmett, Amchit1.5 
 9. Terry, Champville1.4 
 10. Mneimneh, Byblos1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Anibal
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Johnson, Anibal3.1 
 2. Tskitishvili, Cham.2.9 
 3. Fraser, Byblos2.4 
 4. Woods, Al Riyadi2.4 
 5. Bagaric, Amchit2.3 
 6. Fakhreddine, Hoops1.5 
 7. Ampim, Antranik1.2 
 8. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.1 
 9. Gadson, Antranik0.9 
 10. Bawji, Moutahed0.9 



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  LITHUANIA   

Standings - NKL

NKL Standings
 1. Mazeikiai 24-6 
 2. Dzukija 22-8 
 3. Olimpas 21-9 
 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. 13: Olimpas - Dzukija 80-93
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

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, Olimpas20.2 
 3. Kleiza, Birstono19.4 
 4. Linkevicius, Triob.16.6 
 5. Gaidamaviciu., Mer.16.6 
 6. Giedraitis, Mazeik.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, Olimpas2.6 
 4. Stanionis, Zanav.2.6 
 5. Sabeckis, Birstono2.4 
 6. Harrison, Dzukija2.2 
 7. Paliukenas, Staty.2.2 
 8. Mazutis, Mazeikiai2.1 
 9. Pelss, Zanavykas2.0 
 10. Kleiza, Birstono1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  Dzukija
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Trybanski, Dzukija3.3 
 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 


Toney McCray agreed terms with Olimpas, ex Toros - by Eurobasket News

Olimpas Plunge (NKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American guard Toney McCray (198-89, college: Nebraska, agency: Interperformances). He started the season at Toros in Mexican LNBP. The last season McCray played at the University of Nebraska in Big Ten Conference in the NCAA. In 30 games last year he recorded 9.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg.
He graduated from University of Nebraska in 2012 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  MEXICO   


Toney McCray agreed terms with Olimpas, ex Toros - by Eurobasket News

Olimpas Plunge (NKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American guard Toney McCray (198-89, college: Nebraska, agency: Interperformances). He started the season at Toros in Mexican LNBP. The last season McCray played at the University of Nebraska in Big Ten Conference in the NCAA. In 30 games last year he recorded 9.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg.
He graduated from University of Nebraska in 2012 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  MONTENEGRO   


Balkan League: Galil Gilboa outgun Teodo Tivat - by Eurobasket News

Galil Gilboa - Teodo Tivat 102:92

Galil Gilboa claimed the first win at the Balkan League Second Stage. They defeated Teodo Tivat for 3-3 record in First Six standings. Teodo Tivat slipped at 2-4 record after the loss.
The Israeli team started the game strong. They erupted for 26 points in the first quarter to post a 12-point lead. The teams stayed on fire throughout the second quarter scoring 27 points each. Galil Gilboa extended the margin to 14 points in the third term but Teodo Tivat managed to cut the deficit at 7-point mark 68:75 with one quarter remaining. But the Israeli team quickly extended the lead to 17 points in the fourth frame and never looked back en route to the victory. Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) knocked down 31 points to lead all scorers. Dagan Yavzuri (193-SG-85) contributed 21 points and 6 boards for the winners. Marko Mijovic (188-PG-87) tallied 27 points and 11 rebounds for Teodo Tivat. Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 15 points in the loss.

Galil Gilboa: Jamar Smith 31, Dagan Yavzuri 21, Rakim Sanders 16
Teodo Tivat: Marko Mijovic 27+11 boards, Savo Djikanovic 15



EuroCup: Triumph hold off Buducnost in Lyubertsy - by Eurobasket News

Triumph - Buducnost 76:66

Triumph came from behind in the third quarter and rallied to an important home win over Buducnost in EuroCup Last 16 Group I. The Russian team thus improved at 2-3 record and caught up with the Montenegrin champions in the standings.
The teams stayed close throughout the first half. Triumph gained a narrow 18:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Buducnost stiffened defensively and erased the deficit in the second quarter. The scoreboard read 30:30 at the interval. Gerald Lee and Marko Popovic (200-SG-85) helped the visitors to a 42:32 lead midway through the third term. However Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) and Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) dragged Triumph in front 51:50 late in the period. Dusko Bunic (206-C-89, agency: Beo Basket) capped the quarter with a layup as Buducnost ensured a 52:51 lead. Sergey Karasev scored 11 points in a 13:0 run from the hosts as Triumph grabbed a 64:52 lead early in the fourth quarter. Triumph kept their opponents at bay throughout the final stanza and raced to the vital victory at the end. Sergey Karasev provided 24 points to pace the hosts. Tywain McKee added 16 points in the win. Marko Popovic answered with 18 points for Buducnost. Dusko Bunic had 11 points in the loss.

Triumph: Sergey Karasev 24, Tywain McKee 16, Yuval Naimy (188-PG-85) 8
Buducnost: Marko Popovic 18, Dusko Bunic 11



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  MOROCCO   

Standings - Men

D1 Standings
Group A
 1. CRA Hoceima 1-0 
 2. RSB Berkane 1-0 
 3. RST Tanger 0-0 
 4. MCO 0-1 
 5. MAF Fes 0-1 
Group B
 1. CMC 0-0 
 2. ASS Sale 0-0 
 3. FUS Rabat 0-0 
 4. PCS Plazza C. 0-0 
 5. WAC 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Feb. 11: CRA Hoceima - MAF Fes 92-89
Feb. 11: RSB Berkane - MCO 68-59



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 32-18 
 2. Brooklyn N. 31-22 
 3. Boston C. 28-24 
 4. Philadelph.76 22-29 
 5. Toronto R. 21-32 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 32-21 
 2. Chicago B. 30-22 
 3. Milwaukee B. 26-25 
 4. Detroit P. 21-33 
 5. Cleveland C. 16-37 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 35-14 
 2. Atlanta H. 29-22 
 3. Washington W. 15-36 
 4. Orlando M. 15-37 
 5. Charlotte B. 12-40 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 39-13 
 2. Denver N. 33-21 
 3. Utah Jazz 30-24 
 4. Portland TB 25-28 
 5. Minnesota T. 19-31 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 38-17 
 2. Golden St.W. 30-22 
 3. LA Lakers 25-28 
 4. Sacramento K. 19-35 
 5. Phoenix Suns 17-36 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 42-12 
 2. Memphis G. 33-18 
 3. Houston R. 29-26 
 4. Dallas M. 23-29 
 5. N.Orleans H. 19-34 

Regular Season: Round 105

Feb. 13: N.Orleans H. - Portland TB 99-63
Feb. 13: Detroit P. - Washington W. 96-85
Feb. 13: Cleveland C. - San Antonio S. 95-96
Feb. 13: Milwaukee B. - Philadelph.76 94-92
Feb. 13: Minnesota T. - Utah Jazz 93-97
Feb. 13: New York K. - Toronto R. 88-92
Feb. 13: Orlando M. - Atlanta H. 76-108
Feb. 13: Boston C. - Chicago B. 71-69
Feb. 13: Dallas M. - Sacramento K. 123-100
Feb. 13: Brooklyn N. - Denver N. 119-108
Feb. 13: LA Clippers - Houston R. 106-96
Feb. 13: Indiana P. - Charlotte B. 101-77

Regular Season: Round 106

Feb. 14: LA Lakers - LA Clippers
Feb. 14: Oklah.City T. - Miami Heat


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-SF-88)
  Avg: 29
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.29.0 
 2. Anthony, New Y.28.6 
 3. James, Miami Heat27.1 
 4. Bryant, LA Lakers27.0 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.1 
 6. Irving, Cleveland23.5 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..22.5 
 8. Wade, Miami Heat21.1 
 9. Curry, Golden S.21.0 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.20.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anderson VAREJAO
  Clevelan.
  (205-C-82)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Varejao, Clevelan.14.4 
 2. Howard, LA Lakers11.9 
 3. Vucevic, Orlan.11.5 
 4. Randolph, Memph.11.5 
 5. Asik, Houston R.11.5 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.11.4 
 7. Chandler, New Y.11.1 
 8. Lee, Golden St.W.10.8 
 9. Hickson, Portland.10.3 
 10. Cousins, Sacramen.10.0 
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.9.4 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.9 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..8.0 
 6. Parker, San A.7.6 
 7. Williams, Brooklyn7.6 
 8. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
 9. Calderon, Toron.7.4 
 10. Nash, LA Lakers7.4 
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. George, Indiana P.1.8 
 10. Leonard, San A.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. Noah, Chicago B.2.0 
 9. McGee, Denver N.1.9 
 10. Davis, N.Orleans1.9 


Hedo Turkoglu suspended 20 games for violating NBA anti-drug program - by Eurobasket News

Hidayet Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79) of the Orlando Magic has been suspended without pay for twenty games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program by testing positive for methenolone, it was announced today by the NBA. Hidayet Turkoglus suspension will begin tonight when the Magic play host to the Atlanta Hawks at Amway Center.
Statement from Hidayet Turkoglu: While I was back home in Turkey this past summer, I was given a medication by my trainer to help recover more quickly from a shoulder injury. I didnt know that this was a banned substance and didnt check before taking it. I take full responsibility for anything that goes into my body. This was a complete error in judgment on my part and I apologize to the Orlando Magic organization, the league, my teammates, and the Magic fans. I know I have let down a lot of people and I am truly sorry for my mistake.
Statement from Orlando Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan: Hedo unknowingly took a banned substance. There are more than 125 banned substances on the NBA List, and we spend a lot of time educating our players on the contents of that list and will certainly continue to do so moving forward. We believe this was an honest mistake. According to the Associated Press, Hidayet Turkoglu is making about $11.8 million this season. He has one more year remaining on his current deal. He was picked as the NBAs most improved player in 2008 while with Orlando.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Twelve games recap from Wednesday - by Eurobasket News

LA Clippers - Houston R. 106-96
Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut) scored 17 of his 19 points in the opening quarter when the Clippers shot 77 percent and Los Angeles led all the way in beating the Houston Rockets 106-96 on Wednesday night for their third win in a row. Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Chauncey Billups had 19 points, Jamal Crawford scored 13 points and Chris Paul had 10 points and 11 assists as the Clippers started all their regulars after the lineup had been hit by injuries during their recent Grammy road trip. Chandler Parsons (6'9''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) scored 17 points, Jeremy Lin added 14 points and James Anderson had a season-high 14 for the Rockets, who have lost five straight to the Clippers and three of five overall. James Harden missed the game with a sprained right ankle and sore left knee after stepping on David Lee's left shoe in the fourth quarter against Golden State. Harden is the Rockets' lone All-Star selection. With the Clippers' powerful starters reunited and shooting their highest percentage in a quarter this season, it wasn't enough that the Rockets shot 50 percent in the first. They still trailed 46-28 as the Clippers scored their most points in a period since 1986. Los Angeles cooled off in the second but still led 69-49 at the break. Crawford's 3-pointer pushed the Clippers' lead to 23 points early in the second before the Rockets cut it to 11 points on a basket by Lin. Then Los Angeles closed on a 10-2 run to end the half, punctuated by DeAndre Jordan's one-handed dunk off Paul's alley-oop pass. Griffin's hook put the Clippers ahead by 22 points early in the third and the Rockets trailed 88-72 heading into the fourth. The Rockets got within 11 points on two free throws by Anderson early in the fourth before the Clippers' starters returned and stretched their lead. Butler and Billups were game-time decisions after both had sore lower backs. Paul recently returned after missing 12 games with a bruised right knee cap, while Griffin came back after missing a couple games with a strained left hamstring. Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com

New York K. - Toronto R. 88-92
No big shots from Rudy Gay on this night. He hardly made any shots at all. Neither did Carmelo Anthony, bothered by what he called a dead arm after being hit in the biceps early in the game. Toronto won the battle of supporting casts, and the game. Reserve Alan Anderson (6'6''-G/F-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) scored 26 points in one of the few good offensive performances for either team, and the Raptors beat the New York Knicks 92-88 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight victory. Demar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) added 20 points for the Raptors, who overcame a 4-for-21 performance from Gay because Anthony was just as bad. "It feels good, the fact that my teammate Double-A stepped up. And DeMar does what DeMar does," Gay said. "But on a night where I couldn't throw a fish in the water, it feels good to still get a win." Anthony finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds but shot 5 of 24 for the Knicks, who dropped their final two games leading into the All-Star break. "He got hurt early in the game, he caught an elbow to his biceps and he really couldn't shoot the ball the way he really wanted to," J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) said. "I think that affected our game because we're not used to seeing Melo go through slumps like that, but at the same time we've still got to play defense." Smith led the Knicks with 26 points. Raymond Felton had 16 but shot 3 of 9, while Amare Stoudemire was 4 of 13 and had one particularly ghastly miss from right at the basket on his way to 10 points. Anthony said he was hurt early in the game when he was hit by DeRozan's elbow, causing a deep contusion that caused numbness. He said he will wait to see how it feels before determining if he can start as scheduled in Sunday's All-Star game. Gay finished with 11 points one night after hitting the go-ahead basket with 4.9 seconds left in a victory over Denver. That was his second such basket in three games since his trade from Memphis, but the Raptors had to look elsewhere this time for someone to pick them up in a game that was poorly played and poorly officiated. They found it in Anderson, who finished a point shy of his career high. "Rudy's a gamer," Anderson said. "Any time, any second in a game he can get off and start running buckets off. Once teams try to focus on him, that opens up for me, DeMar, everybody." Kyle Lowry and John Lucas III both had 12 points, Lucas playing most of the second half after Lowry was ejected. The Knicks shot 35 percent and settled for an ugly finish to their best first half in 16 years. They lost three of their final four games and take a 32-18 mark to the All-Star break. It's the first time the Knicks have had 30 wins before the break since the 1996-97 season - well beyond the usual expectations, since they never won more than 33 in an entire season from 2004-05 through 2009-10. But this was a disappointing effort, blowing a double-digit lead at home against a sub-.500 team that was playing on the second of back-to-back nights. "I really can't pinpoint it. We just haven't been playing our game the way we know how to play offensively, some games it's defensively," Anthony said. "We seem that we can't put a whole 48 minutes together the last couple of games." The biggest problem was Anthony, who scored 42 points Sunday against the Clippers in his fifth 40-point game of the season. He looked frustrated and lethargic at times, and just couldn't make anything even when he appeared into the game. "As a team, we concentrated on him, made sure we close out," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "We did a good job of sprinting out." The Knicks led 18-14 after one, then scored 10 straight midway through the second to take a 38-27 lead. Toronto cut it to five at halftime, then outscored New York 28-18 during a marathon third quarter, when five technical fouls were called. Lowry picked up two of them for arguing and was ejected. The Knicks were 4 for 21 (19 percent) in the third and made only 9 of 16 at the free throw line. Courtesy of: csnphilly.com

Brooklyn N. - Denver N. 119-108
Joe Johnson (6'7''-G-81, college: Arkansas) scored 26 points, including five 3-pointers, C.J. Watson (6'2''-G-84, college: Tennessee) added 25 points and five 3s, and the Brooklyn Nets came away with a 119-108 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night. All-Star center Brook Lopez had 23 points and eight rebounds and Kris Humphries chipped in 14 points for Brooklyn. The 119 points were a season high for the Nets. They also tied a season-high with 16 3-pointers. Brooklyn is now 2-1 in games played without star point guard Deron Williams, who has sat out the last two games due to sore ankles. Ty Lawson (5'11''-PG-87, college: N.Carolina) led the Nuggets with 26 points and hit all of his five 3-point attempts. Denver has lost three in a row after winning a season-high seven straight games. Jordan Hamilton had 15 points and JaVale McGee added 14 points for the Nuggets. Andre Miller scored eight points and had 10 assists. Brooklyn almost blew a 20-point lead it built in the third quarter. Corey Brewer's layup made it 101-96 after Miller stole the ball from Lopez. Brooklyn then went on a 14-3 run started by a 3-pointer from Watson that made it 104-96. McGee then answered with a put back slam dunk to make it 104-98. Watson hit a free throw that made it 105-95 and added a floater off the glass that made it 107-98. After Miller missed a jumper, Tyshawn Taylor hit a 3 that made it 110-98. McGee was then fouled and made one of two from the free throw line. The teams traded baskets in the first half. Denver shot 23 for 41 (56.1 percent) from the field and hit 4 of 5 behind the 3-point line while the Nets made 20 of 40 from the field (50 percent) while hitting 9-of-14 3-point attempts. Courtesy of: miamiherald.com

Boston C. - Chicago B. 71-69
Celtics coach Doc Rivers offered Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F/C-76) the night off to get him the rest he's losing by playing in this weekend's All-Star game. Good thing for the Celtics that Garnett turned it down. The All-Star center scored eight of his 12 points in the fourth quarter and added 11 rebounds to help the Celtics overcome historically poor shooting and beat the Chicago Bulls 71-69 on Wednesday night. "I'm seeing everybody in here playing through everything. I'm no different from that," said Garnett, who played 26 minutes. "Everybody's tired. I felt like that was unfair. If he wasn't going to give everybody the night off, then that wasn't an option. I just came out and gave what I could." Paul Pierce went only 2 for 12 from the floor, but he hit a 3-pointer that bounced around the rim and in to give Boston a five-point lead with 3 minutes to play. The Celtics shot just 36.8 percent but still had the advantage over the Bulls, who made just 36.5 percent of their shots. "I told them before the game I wasn't going to play Kevin much and there was a chance I may not play him," said Rivers, who had wanted to leave Garnett home for Monday's game in Charlotte but got talked into playing him there. "I told them it's going to be an ugly game. ... And this is before the game. Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida) had 10 points and 16 rebounds, and Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) had 11 and 11 for Chicago. Reserve Marco Belinelli added 12 points in under 20 minutes for the Bulls. The Celtics scored 19 points in the second and third quarters combined, tying for third-lowest in NBA history and setting a franchise record for the fewest points in consecutive quarters since the shot clock era began. Their 71 points was the third-least in a win since the 24-second clock was added in 1954-55. The teams now break for All-Star weekend, then the Celtics begin a five-game road trip and do not return to TD Garden until March 1. The Bulls resume their season Tuesday night at New Orleans. "The last game before the All-Star break is a strange game," Rivers said. "You've got half the guys who are tired, you've got a group of guys who are already in the Dominican Republic. And then you have banged-up guys. So you have a lot of things going on in that game, and you could see it." Garnett made a turnaround bank shot to give Boston a 67-62 lead, then he went to the floor for a steal as both teams got sloppy. Three misses later, Luol Deng scored from the lane with 49 seconds left then Chicago forced a five-second call on Boston's attempt to inbound from a timeout. Belinelli came off a screen for a layup that made it a one-point game, and the Chicago defense almost forced a shot-clock violation but Brandon Bass (6'8''-F-85, college: LSU) dished to Garnett in the final seconds and he quickly put up a jumper that made it 69-66. Boozer tipped in Nate Robinson's missed 3-pointer, then Pierce hit a pair of free throws to again make it a three-point game. Robinson went to the foul line with 6.2 seconds to play, making the first and missing the second on purpose. Belinelli got the rebound and put up a 3-point attempt that was blocked by Jason Terry. Taj Gibson grabbed it and fired up another 3 that fell short as the buzzer sounded. "We definitely need a break right now," Noah said. "It's been a long first half of the season, and we just need to regroup because we're not playing very well right now." The Celtics opened a 20-9 lead in the first quarter but gave up 10 of the first 13 points in the second to cut a nine-point lead to a basket. Chicago went ahead midway through the second and had a 36-35 lead at the half. Boston scored just eight points in the third quarter while hitting four of 21 shots, staying close because the Bulls had only six baskets and 13 points in the period. That gave Chicago a 49-43 lead after three. After Noah's tip-in put Chicago up 54-47, Boston responded with 12 straight points while holding the Bulls scoreless from 10:35 left to play until Jimmy Butler converted a three-point play with 4:50 to get Chicago back within 59-57. Courtesy of: timesunion.com

Indiana P. - Charlotte B. 101-77
No Danny Granger or David West? No problem for the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. Despite the absence of two former All-Stars having injury issues - Granger (knee) and West (scratched eye) - coach Frank Vogel's team still won because, well, it played the NBA's worst team. It didn't hurt that Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) played at an All-Star level either. George keyed the 101-77 victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse with his first professional triple-double: 23 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists, with stellar defense mixed in. "A beast of a triple-double," Vogel said. The coach repeated the numbers for effect. "And only one turnover," he said. "Very, very proud of how he's growing." George's outburst came on the heels of a 1-of-10 shooting night in the Pacers' most recent game. He had only five points in the home loss to Brooklyn on Monday. "I knew I needed a big game," George said of bouncing back. "I didn't play well at all (Monday) and didn't help to win that game. "I wasn't having intentions of coming out and having a triple-double, but I knew I had to be more aggressive." George's reward for a half-season of strong play comes this weekend when he represents the franchise in Sunday's All-Star Game in Houston. It will be his first appearance in the event. "He's impressive in so many ways, but he's truly a team-first guy," Vogel said. "He tries to make the right basketball play every time he has the ball. "So many young players try to force and get their own, and he doesn't do that." Vogel also raved about the power forwards who replaced West. Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85, college: N.Carolina) played extended minutes as a starter for the first time this season, and the former North Carolina star delivered 19 points and 10 rebounds. Jeff Pendergraph was more than solid, too, adding 10 points and eight rebounds. Add their numbers: 29 points and 18 rebounds on 13-of-21 shooting. West would take those. "I didn't try to be D. West. I tried to be Pendy," the third-string Pendergraph said. Pendergraph, arguably the most popular Pacer within the locker room, compared his line of post-game interview requests to a busy day at Disney World. "Splash Mountain without fast passes," he said. Vogel described the glut of quality power forwards as "a good problem to have." "Tyler Hansbrough is a starting power forward in this league (but) he's playing behind David West, so it's an unfortunate deal for him," he said. "But he proves every chance he gets what he can do. " (Pendergraph) is better than a non-rotation player, so we've got three really good power forwards." Granger hasn't played this season, but there was optimism he'd be ready to return for a break-in prior to the All-Star break. But after only two full practices, Vogel felt this team's most decorated player needed more time to regain strength and confidence. Granger's season debut is expected to be next Wednesday when the New York Knicks visit. Charlotte has the NBA's worst record at 12-40 and has lost 35 of its past 40 games, but it hung with the Eastern Conference's third-best team - at least record-wise - for most of the first half. But the second half got away from the Bobcats. They scored only 14 points in the third quarter. Indiana improved to 32-21. George Hill had 11 points and two others - Roy Hibbert and Ian Mahinmi - joined Pendergraph with 10 each. Hansbrough might have had the highlight play of the night when he swiped the ball and sailed in for a two-handed dunk with 1:44 left in the period. But George had a better slam after outhustling Ben Gordon for a loose ball, then circling the goal for a left-handed dunk. Gerald Green will represent the Pacers in this weekend's All-Star dunk contest, but it's George who more frequently wows the home crowd. Triple-doubles tend to do that. Courtesy of: usatoday.com

Cleveland C. - San Antonio S. 95-96
Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) made a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds remaining to give the San Antonio Spurs a 96-95 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. Leonard's clutch basket came after Dion Waiters' jump shot with 9.5 seconds remaining put Cleveland ahead 95-93. The Spurs, who have won 14 of 15, had stars Tim Duncan, Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) and Manu Ginobili on the floor together for the first time since Jan. 13. Kyrie Irving, who was held to a season-low six points, missed a desperation runner from the top of the key as time expired. Tony Parker led the Spurs with 24 points while Gary Neal scored 15. Waiters scored 20 points to lead Cleveland, which has dropped three straight after winning a season-high three in a row. San Antonio called timeout after Waiters' shot put Cleveland ahead. The Cavaliers had a foul to give and grabbed Duncan with 8.8 seconds remaining. The ensuing inbounds pass went to Parker, who missed San Antonio's win in Chicago with a sore ankle. The Spurs' All-Star guard drove into the lane and found a wide-open Leonard in the right corner. Leonard drilled the clutch shot, giving the Spurs a two-point lead. Cleveland called timeout and inbounded the ball to Irving, who drove past the 3-point line. Parker's tight defense forced the Cavaliers' All-Star guard to put up a tough shot, which hit the off the rim and fell off. Irving, who rolled his left ankle Monday against Minnesota, was 2 of 15 from the field with seven assists. Tyler Zeller (7'0''-PF-90, college: N.Carolina), who was scoreless in 25 minutes Monday, had 16 points, including 12 in the first half, for Cleveland. Cleveland, playing its sixth straight home game, was coming off its worst loss of the season Monday to Minnesota, a 100-92 loss. The Timberwolves played without several injured players, including All-Star forward Kevin Love, but the Cavaliers turned in a lackluster effort from start to finish. Cleveland looked like a different team against the club with the best record in the NBA in the final game before the All-Star break for both games. The Cavaliers built a 10-point lead in the second quarter and was ahead 54-46 at halftime. San Antonio led briefly twice in the third quarter. Duncan, who had missed eight of the last nine games with a sore left knee, scored 13 points in 25 minutes. Parker, who didn't play Monday because of swelling in his right knee, was 8 of 14 from the field, and had seven assists in 34 minutes. Ginobili, who had missed nine of the last 13 games with a tight left hamstring, had five points in nine minutes off the bench. Leonard sustained a cut above his right eye in the third quarter and left briefly. He returned wearing a bandage above the eye, scoring 13 points with 10 rebounds. The Cavaliers used an 11-0 run in the second quarter to take a 37-30 lead. Cleveland led by eight at halftime after Danny Green hit two foul shots throws with 1.1 seconds remaining - the Spurs' only made free throws of the half. Spurs swingman Stephen Jackson missed his second straight game because of personal reasons. Courtesy of: lubbockonline.com

Orlando M. - Atlanta H. 76-108
Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) had 30 points and 10 rebounds and Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) added 26 points and 12 rebounds as the Atlanta Hawks blew past the Orlando Magic 108-76 on Wednesday night. The Hawks led by as many as 38 points and decimated the Magic defense on the way to earning their ninth consecutive regular-season win over their division rivals. Jameer Nelson (6'0''-PG-82, college: St.Joseph's) and Andrew Nicholson (6'9''-PF-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) led the Magic with 10 points apiece. No other Orlando players reached double-figures. The Magic have now lost 24 of their last 27 games. It was the last game for both teams before the All-Star break. Orlando heads to Charlotte on Feb. 19 and Atlanta next plays at Miami on Feb. 20. Horford and Smith scored at will both inside and from the outside, and had a combined point total that equaled the Magic's team total after three quarters. It was Smith's third 30-point game this season and 22nd double-double of the year. He now has 200 double-doubles for his career. The Magic entered the night having already seen nine players miss time this season because of injury. They were dealt a different kind of blow Wednesday when the NBA announced that forward Hedo Turkoglu would be suspended 20 games for taking a steroid. Turkoglu, who had already missed 31 games this season because of injury and illness, will be out until late March. It didn't seem like it would be such a lopsided night early on. The Hawks' started the game just 1 for 10 from the field and had just a six-point cushion after one. They erupted in the second, though, outscoring the Magic 32-17 as they built a 21-point halftime lead. Orlando never recovered. Horford and Smith combined for 30 points and 17 rebounds in the half, just a shade under the 36 points and 18 rebounds the Magic had as a team. Courtesy of: heraldtribune.com

Dallas M. - Sacramento K. 123-100
Move over, Larry Legend. Vinsanity still has a few special moments in him. Vince Carter (6'6''-G/F-77, college: N.Carolina) scored 26 points to pass Larry Bird on the NBA's career scoring list, and the Dallas Mavericks headed into the All-Star break with a 123-100 victory against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. Carter earned his nickname with circus dunks but can't quite rattle the rim like he used to. He's more dangerous these days from one of the places where Bird did plenty of damage: the 3-point line. The 14-year veteran turned aside a Sacramento rally in the third quarter by going 5 of 7 from long range and scoring 17 of Dallas' last 21 points in the period. He ended the night with 21,796 career points for 29th on the all-time list, five ahead of Bird. "There were open shots and I was shooting them to make them. I wasn't shooting to get attention," said Carter, who also became the 11th NBA player with at least 1,600 3-pointers. "I've talked to Larry before. He is a legend and one of the greatest to play the game." Tyreke Evans (6'6''-PG-89, college: Memphis) scored 23 for the Kings, who lost their 18th straight regular season game in Dallas dating back almost 10 years. The 3-pointer that pushed Carter past Bird came from a couple of feet behind the line with 2.9 seconds left in the third quarter and gave Dallas a 92-77 lead. "It seems like every night, one of our guys is breaking a record," said Shawn Marion, one year shy of Carter in NBA experience. "It's cool what we've accomplished in this league. And we got a 'W.' All that stacked on top of each other is good." Carter was 6 of 9 from beyond the arc, and the Mavericks made six straight from long range spanning the third and fourth quarters. Dallas finished 13 of 34 from 3-point range. "It speaks to how well he's taken care of himself and longevity," said Dallas coach Rick Carlisle, who played with Bird in Boston. "You don't pass Larry Bird on the scoring list unless you've been in it a long time." Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) finished with 17 points, including a 3-pointer to put Dallas ahead 100-79 early in the fourth quarter. Nowitzki also had eight rebounds, six assists and three steals. The Mavericks were up 18 early in the third quarter before Sacramento went on a 17-6 run to get within seven. Nine of the points came on free throws, and DeMarcus Cousins had a pair of baskets early in the run. The Mavericks, who rallied from 17 down for an overtime win in Sacramento last month, didn't let the Kings do the same thing on their home court, thanks to Carter. He hit consecutive 3-pointers to end Sacramento's surge and start the Mavericks on a 19-11 run over the final five minutes of the third quarter. The Kings, playing their fourth game in five nights before the All-Star break, didn't get closer than 17 in the fourth quarter. Cousins and Jason Thompson had 17 apiece, and James Johnson had 16 off the bench. Cousins, who had a game-high 13 rebounds, stayed out of trouble for Sacramento after his previous two meetings with Dallas were marred by incidents. He was suspended for a game in December for hitting O.J. Mayo in the groin area during a game in Dallas, and was ejected for a flagrant foul after elbowing Carter last month in Sacramento. The foul helped the Mavericks clinch the overtime win. Cousins, who insisted the contact was incidental both times, exchanged handshakes and hugs with Mayo and Carter after the game. "He's going to figure it out," Sacramento coach Keith Smart said. "Believe me, whether it's going to here with the Kings or with anyone else. It's going to happen for the young man. Life is going to settle down and all his game is going to come together." Neither team led by more than six before the Mavericks went on an 18-4 run for a 57-40 lead late in the first half. Darren Collison had eight points, including a three-point play when he took a feed from Marion for a layup after Marion jumped over diminutive Sacramento guard Isaiah Thomas to catch an entry pass from Nowitzki. Collison finished with 18 points and nine of Dallas' 27 assists. The Dallas spurt included the first points from Mayo, whose dunk on an assist from Collison ended an 0-for-4 shooting start for the Mavericks' leading scorer. Mayo finished with 10 points but was 0 of 7 from long range. It was an efficient first half for the Mavericks, who had 15 assists and just two turnovers while shooting 49 percent and taking a 59-44 lead. Courtesy of: kansascity.com

Minnesota T. - Utah Jazz 93-97
Al Jefferson (6'10''-F/C-85) had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Paul Millsap (6'7''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) scored 21 points to power the Utah Jazz to a 97-93 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. Jefferson helped the Jazz overcome a sluggish start against his former team to pick up a rare road win against a Western Conference opponent. The Jazz now have four wins in 17 road games in the West. Derrick Williams (6'8''-F-91, college: Arizona) had 24 points and a career-high 16 rebounds and Ricky Rubio had 18 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds for the Timberwolves, who shot a season-low 34 percent. Nikola Pekovic had 19 points and 13 rebounds and Luke Ridnour scored 18 points for Minnesota, which lost for the 16th time in 19 games. The Jazz trailed 17-10 after a lifeless first quarter, shooting just 25 percent from the field. But Jefferson and Millsap started flexing their muscle to gradually take control of the game. Big Al spent three seasons in Minnesota after being traded from Boston as part of a package for Kevin Garnett, and he endeared himself to the long-suffering fan base here with his creative low post game. He was traded to Utah in 2010, partly so the Wolves could make room for Kevin Love in the frontcourt. Love is out with a right hand that is broken for the second time this season, and Jefferson had his way with the rest of the Wolves down low. The Jazz outscored Minnesota 54-30 in the paint and 43-12 off the bench. In addition to his pump fakes and odd-angle jumpers, Jefferson ripped the ball away from Ridnour and took it the length of the court for a layup to give the Jazz a 60-59 lead in the third quarter. That seemed to jumpstart the Jazz, who went on a 16-6 run over the next six minutes. Enes Kanter scored six points early in the fourth quarter and Utah led 81-67 midway through the final period. As they have done so many times this season, the Wolves went on a late run, ripping off nine straight points to pull within 90-86 with 50 seconds to go. Millsap fouled Williams on a 3-pointer 30 seconds later, and he hit all three shots to make it 93-91. But another former Timberwolves player, Randy Foye, hit four free throws down the stretch to put the game away. Both teams were playing the final game before the All-Star break, and just about everyone appeared to have one eye on the game and one eye on their flight out of town in the early going. Shooting percentages were in the high 20s well into the second quarter and turnovers were rampant. The break will do both teams a ton of good. The Wolves have suffered through major injuries all season long. Kevin Love (broken hand), Chase Budinger (knee) and Brandon Roy (knee) have missed most of the season, while Andrei Kirilenko (bruised quad) missed his fifth straight game. J.J. Barea played with a sprained foot that could use a few days off and Ridnour has taken a beating all season long while playing out of position at shooting guard. The Jazz missed forward Gordon Hayward for the 10th straight game with a sprained right shoulder. Courtesy of: myrtlebeachonline.com

Milwaukee B. - Philadelph.76 94-92
The 76ers had to play 48 minutes of basketball before they were allowed to embark on their much-anticipated All-Star break. They played 24 really good ones to begin the game, then 24 oh-so-average ones to end the game and their unofficial first half of the season with a 94-92 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, the team they are directly chasing for a playoff spot. Milwaukee (26-25) improved to four games over the Sixers (22-29) for the eighth and final playoff spot and is now 3-0 against the Sixers this season with one more game remaining between the two. The Bucks' guard duo of Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) (27 points) and Brandon Jennings (21) sped through and around the Sixers all night. They did a very nice job of disrupting the Sixers offensively when they ran after Jrue Holiday, who had five of the Sixers' 15 turnovers, but also produced 16 points and 12 assists. Samuel Dalembert pitched in 17 points and 14 rebounds for Milwaukee. "They trapped hard," an obviously frustrated Doug Collins said. "We've worked on that." At times, the trap forced bad passes, because no one was cutting hard to the basket when Holiday was doubled. Other times, it allowed wide-open jumpers, but the Sixers couldn't consistently bury them. Summed up, what it led to was a second-half scoring slump for the Sixers that produced only 42 points on 15-for-42 (35.7 percent) shooting. With the All-Star break awaiting them room after the game, the hyped-up Sixers put forth one of their better first-half efforts in a while. It was like a kid being good the night before Christmas, even though Santa's naughty and nice lists had already been completed. The Sixers played with a confident, somewhat loose style at the offensive end, particularly to begin the game, when they shot 56 percent from the floor in the first half in building a lead that got to as many as 13 at one point. And while the offensive was productive, the defense was even better, limiting the Bucks to only 35.6 percent shooting in the opening 24 minutes when the Sixers pulled out to a 50-43 lead. But the second half was much different, and, for the first time in 21 games, the Sixers were unable to hold a lead after three quarters. The Sixers were spurred in the first half by Nick Young, who made all but one of his five shots en route to 14 points. But, for some reason, he got only one shot in the second half, late in the game, and didn't score again. Evan Turner led the Sixers with 20 points, while Spencer Hawes had 19 and nine rebounds. "Turnovers, even at the start that's what was hurting us," Hawes said. "They ended up with [16] points off turnovers, and it's hard to win when you're giving up easy points. "And then they adjusted [to Young], and I think his foul trouble kind of got him out of rhythm. He's a guy when he's rolling, you have to keep him going. That's on all of us. We have to get him shots. We need him to score, we depend on him. That's on all of us when he's not getting attempts. He's got to worry about makes, but we have to help him get them up." Young did pick up two fouls in the first 8 minutes of the game, but only one after. While sitting on the bench for a long period in the first half might have gotten him a little off his game, his getting only one shot attempt in the second half is pretty inexplicable. As is the team's inability to take advantage when Holiday gets constantly double-teamed. "It was disappointing, but we have to move on from it," Holiday said. "I think they turned it up in the second half [defensively]. I do think that we got some good shots where they were double-teaming, and we swung [the ball], and Spencer got open shots. Those are times that we just have to convert." With all of the second-half deficiencies, the Sixers still had a chance to pull out a win, with a jump ball in their offensive end with 5 seconds left. Holiday won the tap over Luc Mbah a Moute and got the ball to Royal Ivey. Though the Sixers still had two timeouts remaining, Ivey tried to get the ball back to Holiday. It was tipped out to the midcourt sideline, where Jennings ran it down and lightly tapped the ball safely inbounds as the clock ran out and the much-awaited break began - on a sour note. Courtesy of: philly.com

Detroit P. - Washington W. 96-85
It hasn't been much of a season for the Detroit Pistons. They lost their first eight games, their most exciting player -- Andre Drummond -- is sidelined with a back injury and they are limping into the All-Star break playing in front of sparse crowds at the Palace of Auburn Hills. At least they'll go into the long weekend with something positive. Will Bynum and Jose Calderon combined for 18 points in the fourth quarter, and the Pistons beat the Washington Wizards 96-85 Wednesday night. "Jose is the type of point guard who knows that when the time is right to pass up some open shots in order to keep the ball moving, and when the time is right to try to knock those shots down," Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said. "Because of that, and because he's such a good shooter, I can play him in the backcourt with a lot of different guys. Tonight, things were working with he and Will, but on other nights, I'll have him out there with Brandon (Knight) or Rodney (Stuckey)." Wednesday was only Calderon's seventh game with the Pistons, but Bynum said that his outstanding passing and 45-percent 3-point shooting has made him a perfect fit for Detroit's backcourt. "I think there's chemistry now that we've played a couple games together," said Bynum, who scored 20 points. "We cause match-up problems for just about whatever team we are going to play, and it is going to continue to get better the more we play together. I'm loving this." Calderon was acquired for Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye in a three-way trade, giving the Pistons another player who is primarily a point guard, like Bynum. "I was never concerned about competition from Jose or anything like that," Bynum said. "It's all about getting the team wins. We were great in the fourth quarter, because we played pretty good defense and we made the right reads on offense." With the game tied at 76, Bynum scored six straight points to give Detroit a 82-76 lead with 3:23 to play. Calderon made it nine points with a 3-pointer, and the margin was 11 before John Wall broke Detroit's surge. "We didn't have an answer for Calderon or Bynum, especially in the fourth quarter," Washington coach Randy Wittman said. "They kind of did whatever they wanted to do, and that's disappointing, because this was a game going into the fourth quarter, and we've been winning games like this." Calderon led the Pistons with 24 points, while Greg Monroe finished with 16 points and 18 rebounds as Detroit rebounded from a lopsided home loss Monday to New Orleans. Monroe became the first Piston to have eight straight double-double since Grant Hill had 10 straight in March of 1996. "Greg was very good again tonight," Frank said. "We had a big night from him, along with both Jose and Will." Emeka Okafor had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Wizards, while John Wall finished with 16 points and nine assists as Washington had a four-game winning streak snapped. "We just didn't do the things we've been doing in the last few games," said Trevor Ariza, who had 10 points. "We didn't take care of our business, and we let this one slip away." Monroe had 13 points and 11 rebounds in the first half, but the Wizards held a 45-44 lead. They quickly expanded the margin in the third quarter. Wall attacked the basket, and both Calderon and Brandon Knight struggled to stay in front of him. Wall didn't score much on his own, but he set up Okafor and Nene for easy baskets at the rim. Calderon and Monroe, though, were able to keep the Pistons in touch on the offensive end, and the Wizards led 68-65 going into the fourth. Courtesy of: dailycomet.com

N.Orleans H. - Portland TB 99-63
Anthony Davis had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and the New Orleans Hornets handed the Portland Trail Blazers their fifth straight loss, 99-63 on Wednesday night. Davis, who missed all seven of his field goal attempts on Monday night in Detroit, was 10 of 17 against Portland, scoring on an array of dunks, tip-shots and even jumpers from as deep as 20 feet. Ryan Anderson added 14 points and Jason Smith 13, both in reserve roles. Greivis Vasquez had 10 points and eight assists in 26 minutes. Damian Lillard had 12 points and Victor Claver 11 for Portland, which lost starting guard Wesley Matthews to a sprained right ankle early in the game and played poorly throughout, shooting 32.4 percent (24 of 74) and turning the ball over 18 times. New Orleans, whose record was once as bad as 5-22, heads into the All-Star break having won four of five and 14 of its last 26 games. The Hornets led by 12 at halftime and then took total control in the second half, when they outshot Portland 56.8 percent (25 of 44) to 34.2 percent (13 of 38) and outscored the Blazers 61-37. The Hornets also outrebounded Portland 26-14 during the final two periods on their way to a lead as large as 39 points. By the fourth quarter, the only drama in the arena concerned whether New Orleans would reach 100 points, a mark at which fans could get free french fries. But reserve Lance Thomas missed a free throw with 11.6 seconds left and was roundly booed. The Hornets regained possession once more in the final seconds and Brian Roberts dribbled the ball in the back court with a bemused expression on his face as more boos rained down. Portland's hopes of ending its recent skid took an early hit when Matthews, who averages 15.2 points per game, collided with Austin Rivers, hurting his ankle as he fell awkwardly. Team officials quickly ruled him out of the remainder of the game. The way the Blazers were shooting, they could ill afford to lose him. Portland shot 30.6 percent (11 of 36) in the opening half and turned the ball over 11 times, leading to 10 Hornets points. That allowed the Hornets to build a double-digit lead even as they shot only 37.2 percent (16 of 43). New Orleans opened the second quarter with an 11-2 run that included a pair of jumpers by Smith and Darius Miller's 3. Davis closed the run with a dunk and a tip-in, putting the Hornets up 30-16. The Hornets still led by 14 late in the second period when LaMarcus Aldridge's steal led to Claver's layup, cutting New Orleans' lead to 38-26 at halftime. Courtesy of: miamiherald.com



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  NBLCANADA   

NBLC Standings

NBL Canada Standings
 1. London L. 25-4 
 2. Summerside S. 18-11 
 3. Oshawa P. 17-12 
 4. Halifax R. 16-15 
 5. St.John M.R. 15-16 
 6. Moncton M. 15-20 
 7. Windsor Exp. 13-16 
 8. Montreal J. 2-27 

Regular Season: Round 28

Feb. 13: Windsor Exp. - Montreal J. 105-91
Feb. 14: Summerside S. - Moncton M.
Feb. 17: Montreal J. - Oshawa P.
Feb. 17: Halifax R. - St.John M.R.
Feb. 18: Summerside S. - St.John M.R.
Feb. 15: Montreal J. - Windsor Exp.



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  NCAA1   

Top 25 - Men

B12 Standings
 1. Kansas (7) 8-3 (20-4) 
 2. Oklahoma St. 8-3 (18-5) 
 3. Kansas St. 8-3 (19-5) 
 4. Oklahoma 8-4 (16-7) 
 5. Baylor (18) 7-4 (16-8) 
 6. Iowa St. 6-5 (15-8) 
 7. W.Virginia 5-7 (11-11) 
 8. Texas (25) 3-8 (11-13) 
 9. Texas Tech 2-9 (9-13) 
 10. TCU 1-10 (10-14) 

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 96

Feb. 14: Lipscomb - Stetson
Feb. 14: Santa Clara - San Diego
Feb. 14: Pepperdine - Loyola Mary
Feb. 14: USF - Portland
Feb. 14: Elon - Appalachian St.
Feb. 14: Georgia Tech - Clemson
Feb. 14: Tennessee St. - Belmont
Feb. 14: Morehead St. - Jacksonville St.
Feb. 14: Rider - St.Peter's
Feb. 14: N.Kentucky - Florida Gulf Coast
Feb. 14: Florida Atlantic - W.Kentucky
Feb. 14: S.Carolina - LSU
Feb. 14: Chattanooga - Furman
Feb. 14: Monmouth - LIU Brooklyn
Feb. 14: Wagner - Cent.Conn.St.
Feb. 14: Ohio St. - Northwestern
Feb. 14: Sacred Heart - St.Francis, PA
Feb. 14: Charleston - Davidson
Feb. 14: E.Tenn.St. - Kennesaw St.
Feb. 14: Temple - Duquesne
Feb. 14: NC-Greensboro - W.Carolina
Feb. 14: Quinnipiac - Robert Morris
Feb. 14: Drexel - George Mason
Feb. 14: Fair Dickinson - St.Francis, NY
Feb. 14: Minnesota - Wisconsin
Feb. 14: Tenn Tech - E.Kentucky
Feb. 14: Mt.St.Mary's - Bryant
Feb. 14: Citadel - Georgia South
Feb. 14: Loyola, MD - Canisius
Feb. 14: Samford - Wofford
Feb. 14: N.Dakota St. - W.Illinois
Feb. 14: SIU Edwardsville - Murray St.
Feb. 14: E.Illinois - Austin Peay St.
Feb. 14: UTPA - CSU Bakersfield
Feb. 14: N.Dakota - Sacramento St.
Feb. 14: S.Dakota - Oakland
Feb. 14: Arkansas St. - UALR
Feb. 14: S.Dakota St. - IUPUI
Feb. 14: S.Alabama - La-Lafayette
Feb. 14: UMKC - IPFW
Feb. 14: SE Louisiana - Northwestern St.
Feb. 14: Nicholls St. - SF Austin
Feb. 14: ORU - Sam Houston St.
Feb. 14: La-Monroe - N.Texas
Feb. 14: Fairfield - Siena
Feb. 14: Troy - FIU
Feb. 14: Cent.Arkansas - Texas A&M-CC
Feb. 14: USC Upstate - Mercer
Feb. 14: Weber St. - Montana
Feb. 14: Louisville - St.John's
Feb. 14: California - UCLA
Feb. 14: Penn St. - Iowa
Feb. 14: VCU - Massachusetts
Feb. 14: Utah St. - Denver
Feb. 14: Idaho St. - Montana St.
Feb. 14: N.Colorado - N.Arizona
Feb. 14: Cal-Davis - Hawaii
Feb. 14: Pacific - CS Northridge
Feb. 14: Colorado - Arizona
Feb. 14: San Jose St. - N.Mexico St.
Feb. 14: Seattle - Louisiana Tech
Feb. 14: Idaho - Texas Arlington
Feb. 14: Portland St. - S.Utah
Feb. 14: St.Mary's, CA - Gonzaga
Feb. 14: Stanford - USC


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Pierre JACKSON
  Baylor
  (178-PG-91)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Jackson, Baylor18.9 
 2. McLemore, Kansas16.8 
 3. Brown, Oklahoma.15.9 
 4. McGruder, Kansas S.15.2 
 5. Clyburn, Iowa St.15.0 
 6. McClellan, Texas14.5 
 7. Smart, Oklahoma.14.5 
 8. Osby, Oklahoma13.8 
 9. Austin, Baylor13.6 
 10. Withey, Kansas13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Melvin EJIM
  Iowa St.
  (198-F-91)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Ejim, Iowa St.9.7 
 2. Austin, Baylor9.3 
 3. Withey, Kansas8.3 
 4. Jefferson, Baylor8.3 
 5. Clyburn, Iowa St.7.2 
 6. Crockett, Texas T.6.9 
 7. Holmes, Texas6.8 
 8. Jurick, Oklahoma.6.8 
 9. Young, Kansas6.8 
 10. Osby, Oklahoma6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Pierre JACKSON
  Baylor
  (178-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Jackson, Baylor6.2 
 2. Lucious, Iowa St.5.8 
 3. Felix, Texas5.4 
 4. Rodriguez, Kansas4.8 
 5. Smart, Oklahoma.4.5 
 6. Johnson, Kansas4.5 
 7. Walton, Baylor3.9 
 8. Staten, W.Virginia3.2 
 9. Anderson, TCU3.0 
 10. Gray, Texas Tech3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus SMART
  Oklahoma.
  (193-G-94)
  Avg: 3
 1. Smart, Oklahoma.3.0 
 2. Gray, Texas Tech2.0 
 3. Walton, Baylor1.9 
 4. Jackson, Baylor1.7 
 5. Forte, Oklahoma.1.5 
 6. Anderson, TCU1.4 
 7. Rodriguez, Kansas1.4 
 8. Felix, Texas1.3 
 9. Releford, Kansas1.3 
 10. Hield, Oklahoma1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeff WITHEY
  Kansas
  (213-C-90)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Withey, Kansas4.1 
 2. Jefferson, Baylor2.0 
 3. Henriquez, Kansas1.8 
 4. Ridley, Texas1.8 
 5. Austin, Baylor1.5 
 6. Murray, W.Virginia1.5 
 7. Kravic, Texas Tech1.4 
 8. Cobbins, Oklahoma.1.3 
 9. Jurick, Oklahoma.1.1 
 10. Ibeh, Texas1.0 


No. 7 Florida routs No. 25 Kentucky; Nerlens Noel injures knee - by Rick Ross

Courtesy of ESPN.COM

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- If there were any questions about Florida's status in the Southeastern Conference after a loss at Arkansas last week,
the Gators put those to rest Tuesday night.

With another lopsided win in league play.

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And against defending national champion Kentucky, which had freshman star Nerlens Nerlens Noel (6'10''-F-94) go down with a knee injury.

Scottie Wilbekin had 14 points and eight assists, Patric Young recorded his sixth double-double of the season and
No. 7 Florida handled the 25th-ranked Wildcats 69-52.

The Gators (20-3, 10-1 SEC) snapped a five-game losing streak in the series and improved to 12-0 at home.

This one solidified Florida's spot atop the SEC.

They're an outstanding basketball team,Kentucky coach John Calipari said. They were last year. They are this year. They're well coached, they're talented, they're very physical. Their guards are just jerking balls out of our guys' hands. We couldn't get near the basket on Young. He just physically took away the rim. And they're very active."

The Wildcats (17-7, 8-3) lost for the first time in six games, and it may have been costly.

Nerlens Noel, the nation's leading shot-blocker, injured his left knee in the second half and was taken to a campus hospital for tests.

Nerlens Noel, a forward who averages 10.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and 4.5 blocks a game, landed awkwardly on his leg with about 8 minutes to play. He screamed in pain as trainers rushed to his side. Teammates carried him to the locker room. After the game, trainers pushed him through the halls of the O'Connell Center in a wheelchair and with his left leg in a brace.

I'm physically sick right now for him, Calipari said. What I'm hoping is it's not the extreme. I'm hoping it's some sort of twist, but we don't know."

Florida had a comfortable lead before the injury.

The Gators opened a double-digit lead, 31-19, in the first half on consecutive 3-pointers by Wilbekin, Mike Rosario and Kenny Boynton
backbreaking shots that frustrated Calipari and had his players looking dazed and confused.

Florida extended it to 16 points on Rosario's layup. It was the biggest deficit the Wildcats had faced all season.

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And they did little to erase it.

Young and fellow big man Erik Murphy, in early foul trouble, carried the load in the second half.

Young made a basket with a nifty up-and-under move, had a reverse layup and added a sweet left-handed hook. He finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.

When he gives incredible effort and plays with a really good motor, he's capable of getting double-doubles every night, said Florida coach Billy Donovan , who improved to 2-7 against Calipari. "He rebounded. He made great effort plays, kept balls alive. He did a really good job."

Murphy drained a 3-pointer after taking a charge on the other end. He also had three blocks.

The Gators needed big games from Young and Murphy considering they played a second game without forward Will Yeguete and were undersized against the Wildcats.

Nonetheless, the difference was guard play.

Wilbekin sliced through the lane at will, creating open shots for teammates and getting Kentucky's players out of position. Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin and Willie Cauley-Stein spent time on the bench in foul trouble.

I really thought he played an all-around, very, very good game," Donovan said of Wilbekin, who was benched to start Saturday's win against Mississippi State.

Fellow guard Rosario finished with 12 points for Florida, which has won every conference game by double digits. Murphy chipped in 10 points, and Casey Prather added 12 points and two blocks and took several charges, proving again to be a capable replacement for Yeguete.

Cauley-Stein and Julius Mays led Kentucky with 10 points apiece.

The Wildcats shot 42 percent from the field and had 17 turnovers.

We just played soft, scared, uptight," Mays said. "We let the pressure get to us. Usually, we're really good with the press. I don't know what it was today, but we just weren't tough enough.

Calipari warned reporters Monday that beating Florida would be a difficult task, especially since the Gators have played so well at home and have a much more experienced roster.

The most significant disparities came in the paint and off turnovers. The Gators scored 36 points in the paint and 20 points off turnovers; the Wildcats had 26 points down low and just five off Florida's 11 turnovers.

Afterward, though, all the talk was about Nerlens Noel's injury.

I don't know what ended up happening, but it was clear from him moaning in pain that he was struggling," Donovan said. I admire the way he plays and I admire his energy. I don't know how badly he's hurt, but the energy came from a hustle play. It kind of embodies who he is as a player. He's a hustle-play guy, and you just feel sad if there's any kind of length or duration that he's out because everybody admires in this league, coaches-wise, how he plays the game."



Crusaders Reach 20 Wins With Victory at Wright State - by Eurobasket News

Seniors Matt Kenney (6'4''-G-91) (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville) and Kevin Van Wijk (Hoofddorp, Netherlands/Katholieke Scholengemeenschap Hoofddorp) combined for 25 of Valparaisos 34 second-half points as the Crusaders never trailed in a tight 68-61 road win at Wright State Tuesday evening in Horizon League play.

We knew coming in what a challenge this would be tonight, because of how good Wright State is, said Crusader head coach Bryce Drew . We knew they execute well on offense and play very good defense. We knew every possession would be valuable tonight, and Im really proud of our guys. We were able to keep the lead and I thought that was big Wright State kept getting close, but somebody always came up with a big shot.

With the win, the Crusaders remain 1.5 games up on Detroit in the league standings, which also won on Tuesday night, and are now 2.5 games clear of Wright State while also holding the tiebreaker over the Raiders. The win also was the 20th of the season for Valpo, which now owns a 20-6 overall record and has won at least 20 games in 13 of the last 20 seasons, including each of the last three years.

Just like Saturdays game at Cleveland State, Valpo led start-to-finish on Tuesday against the Raiders, but in a much tighter game. The Crusaders held just a three-point advantage as the game ticked under the four-minute mark, but got a pair of defensive stops as Wright State attempted to cut the lead further, as senior Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) blocked a shot and then grabbed a defensive board on the next possession.

Following Broekhoffs defensive board, the Crusaders ran some clock before Kenney fed Van Wijk in the post for a layup with 2:30 to play to make it 62-57. WSU responded with a second-chance basket on its next possession, closing to within 62-59 with 1:56 remaining, but Valpo again got the ball to Van Wijk underneath. The senior was fouled with 1:29 to play and calmly stepped to the free throw line, hitting both attempts to increase the lead to 64-59.

Broekhoff then came up with another big defensive play, blocking AJ Pachers layup attempt with 1:19 to go to give the Crusaders possession with the five-point advantage. Following a timeout, Valpo ran the shot clock most of the way down. Kenney ended up with the ball in his hands in its waning seconds, bringing the ball left to right across the top of the key before squaring up a jumper from the right elbow. The senior drilled the 16-footer, pushing Valpos edge to 66-59 with 44.7 seconds to play.

Pacher converted an inside basket for the Raiders with 32 seconds left to move WSU back within five points, and the Raiders regained possession following a Valpo turnover seven ticks later. But the Raiders missed their next effort, and Kenney grabbed the board and hit two free throws with 14 seconds to play for the final margin as Valpo improved to 5-1 on the road within Horizon League play this year.

The Crusaders got off to another quick start Tuesday, as Broekhoff opened the scoring with a 3-pointer and then had a putback 6:26 into the game to give Valpo an 11-4 lead. After the Raiders closed back within two at 11-9, Van Wijk scored four points and senior Ben Boggs (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley [Virginia Tech]) five in a 9-1 spurt which put the Crusaders ahead 20-10 just over ten minutes in.

Wright State rallied, making it 22-19 with 7:17 left in the first half, but the Crusaders reeled off ten straight points over nearly a five-minute stretch to make it 32-19. Four different Crusaders scored during the run, including a 3-pointer from fifth-year senior Will Bogan (6'1''-G-89) (Boise, Idaho/Vallivue [Ole Miss]) and an old-fashioned 3-point play by fifth-year senior Erik Buggs (Memphis, Tenn./Mitchell). Valpo still led 34-22 with 2:09 to play in the opening period after a basket by Buggs, but the Raiders scored the final six points of the first half to make it a six-point Crusader lead at the break.

An inside hoop from Van Wijk and a baseline jumper by Bogan made it a double-digit lead once again less than two minutes into the second half, but most of the final 20 minutes was played within single digits. Four times during the middle stages of the half, Wright State would rally to within one possession, but each time Valpo was up to the challenge.

Kenney answered a Reggie Arceneaux 3-pointer with a trifecta of his own with 11:24 to play, making it 51-45 Crusaders. After Wright State scored on each of its next two trips, Van Wijk drew a foul and converted both free throws to push the lead back to four points with 9:48 remaining. After a second-chance basket by the Raiders, Broekhoff drilled two free throws to again make it a four-point lead, and Kenney got to the line once Wright State made it again a two-point game with under six minutes to play, knocking down both free throws as the final stretch approached.

Van Wijk led the Crusaders with a stellar inside effort on Tuesday, finishing with 20 points and matching his season high with nine rebounds. It marked the fourth 20+ point game of the year for the senior. Kenney added 15 points off the bench, 13 of which came in the second half, as well as five rebounds and three assists. Despite a rough night from the field, Broekhoff also finished in double figures with 10 points.

I thought Kevin was sensational tonight, said Drew. Wright State plays some of the better defense in the country, but Kevin hit some tough shots and really posted up hard. He also grabbed nine rebounds for us - it was definitely one of his best efforts of the year for an all-around game.

Valpo out-rebounded the Raiders 31-27, led by Van Wijks nine boards and seven rebounds from redshirt junior Bobby Capobianco (Loveland, Ohio/Loveland [Indiana]). The Crusaders overcame a 4-of-16 effort from behind the arc, going 19-of-31 (61.3%) from 2-point range and 18-of-20 (90%) from the foul line.

Wright State (17-9, 8-5 Horizon) received a career-high 23 points off the bench from Pacher, while Miles Dixon was the only other Raider in double figures, also coming off the bench with 13 points. The Crusader defense limited WSU to just 3-of-13 (23.1%) shooting from 3-point range as the Raiders were 23-of-55 (41.8%) overall from the floor.

Valparaiso (20-6, 10-2 Horizon) looks to clinch at least a share of its second consecutive Horizon League regular season championship on Saturday as the Crusaders host Detroit at the ARC. The game is slated for a 5 p.m. tip and will be broadcast live nationwide on ESPN2 as part of Rivalry Week. As always, the game can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network as well, with links to both, as well as live stats, available through ValpoAthletics.com.

ValpoGameday.com will also be open, featuring a live interactive chat as the game is played. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online by visiting http://www.valpoathletics.com/tickets/ or by calling the Valpo ticket off ice at 1-877-MY-VU-TIX.
Courtesy of: http://www.valpoathletics.com



No. 8 MSU Grabs Rivalry Win Over No. 4 Michigan, 75-52 - by Eurobasket News

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan State turned a highly anticipated, historic matchup into a showcase of what its proud program is capable of doing this season.

Gary Harris scored 17 points and Derrick Nix had 14 to help the eighth-ranked Spartans rout No. 4 Michigan 75-52 on Tuesday night in the rivalry's first matchup of top 10 teams.

''It was the perfect storm,'' Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. ''We played about as well as we can.''

The Spartans (21-4, 10-2 Big Ten) broke a first-place tie in the conference with No. 1 Indiana, which plays at Michigan State next Tuesday after the Spartans try to avoid a letdown Saturday night at Nebraska.

Michigan State's Keith Appling (6'1''-PG-92) acknowledged he was a little bit surprised by the lopsided victory - the school's largest since beating Michigan by 27 points in 2002 - but shrugged off the significance of it with much of the regular season remaining.

''We just have to take it for what it is and prepare for our next game,'' Appling said.

The Wolverines (21-4, 8-4) have lost three of four, but the closely contested setbacks on the road against the Hoosiers and at Wisconsin were nothing like the latest when they were held to a season-low point total.

''It was an embarrassing loss,'' guard Trey Burke (6'0''-PG-92) said.

Michigan State didn't trail once, led by as many as 16 points in the first half and enjoyed 30-point leads in the second. The game was so lopsided that both coaches filled the court with reserves during the final minutes.

''We probably played our best game in three years,'' Izzo said. ''And, they probably played one of their worst.''

Michigan coach John Beilein agreed.

''That was the worst we've played in a long, long time and credit Michigan State for that,'' he said.

Burke scored 18 points for the Wolverines and didn't get much help from his teammate offensively, or defensively.

Tim Hardaway Jr. was held scoreless until making a layup in the opening minute of the second half - after turning down Beilein's suggestion to work on his shot during halftime warmups - and didn't score again. Hardaway was 1 of 11 from the field and scored a season-low two points.

''They bullied us - point blank,'' he said. ''I've got nothing else to say.''

Glen Robinson III was 1 of 4 and scored two points to match his season low.

The Wolverines, who pride themselves on taking care of the basketball, had a season-high 16 turnovers and didn't have much success getting the ball away from the turnover-prone Spartans. Michigan made fewer than 40 percent of its shots and scored one fewer point than it did in a three-point loss at Ohio State.

''We couldn't get anywhere we wanted to and when we had open looks, we didn't hit anything,'' Beilein said. ''Somehow, we did not play with poise that we need to have to make shots.''

Everything went right for Michigan State, which had just eight turnovers and made 48-plus percent of its shots.

Harris scored from the outside, making five 3-pointers, and Nix had his way on the inside as part of a balanced offense.

Appling had 11 points and Branden Dawson scored 10 before leaving the court late in the game because Michigan's Mitch McGary hit him in the face inadvertently with his right arm..

Izzo said Dawson got hit in the nose and had a cut on his lip.

''I do think he's going to be OK,'' Izzo said.

Matt Costello scored a season-high eight points and fellow freshman Denzel Valentine had seven points to help Michigan State win its second straight in the series after losing three in a row following a run of dominance for the Spartans.

The highly anticipated game drew Gov. Rick Snyder, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio, who mingled with Michigan football coach Brady Hoke, as they stood near ex-Wolverines football coach Lloyd Carr.

The white-clad fans in the stands were fired up before the game even started and they stayed enthusiastic, standing for much of the game, because the home team gave them plenty of reasons to cheer from start to finish.

''The crowd was just awesome,'' Izzo said. ''It kind of reminded me of back in the day.''

In the first matchup of 20-win teams in Division I basketball this season, Michigan State showed it might not be a rebuilding this season.

''I'm not sure we're as good as we played, but I'll take it,'' Izzo said. ''It was a big win for Michigan State.''
Courtesy of: http://www.msuspartans.com



Rutgers Defeats Rival Seton Hall 57-55 - by Eurobasket News

PISCATAWAY N.J. Behind double-digit scoring efforts by sophomore guards Eli Carter (Paterson, N.J) and Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) Rutgers (13-10, 4-8) outlasted Seton Hall (13-12, 2-10), 57-55, in a wild finish in part I of the annual Turnpike Tussle at the Rutgers Athletic Center.

Carter finished with 10 points, while Mack contributed 10. The duo complemented the play of seniors Dane Miller (Rochester, N.Y.) and Austin Johnson (Elkins Park, Pa.), who both turned-in solid evenings. Miller, who became the 39th player in RU mens basketball history to reach the 1,000-point plateau, had seven points, four assists, four rebounds and two blocks. Johnson, who earned the annual Joe Calabrese Player of the Game Award, shot 4-of-7 to score eight points with four rebounds.

The Pirates were down by as many as 12 in the second half, but rallied back with a 15-4 run that began with 3:58 remaining in regulation.

A three-pointer by SHUs Fuquan Edwin (6'6''-G/F), who led all scorers with 18 points, made it a 56-55 game with three seconds remaining in regulation, but after Carter knocked down one-of-two free throws, the Pirates half-court heave went off the top of the backboard, concluding the contest.

The Scarlet Knights watched their lead diminish to a one possession game with :24 seconds remaining after a three-pointer by SHUs Kyle Smyth. It was the first time since 14:26 was left to play in the second half that the Pirates were within one score.

A three-pointer by SHUs Aaron Cosby (6'3''-PG-92) cut the RU lead to 52-46 with 2:30 left in regulation after the Pirates trailed by double-digits for most of the period. But Carter responded by sinking two free throws in the following possession, building the Scarlet Knights lead back up to eight.

RU led by as many as six points early in the second half before SHU cut the lead to three with 14:26 remaining. From there, the Scarlet Knights would mount a 10-0 run, with five of those points coming from Miller. He surpassed 1,000 career points on a put-back layup with 9:33 to go in the contest, giving RU a comfortable 47-34 lead.

Carter knocked down two three-pointers in the first 10 minutes of the second half, as sophomore Derrick Randall (Brooklyn, N.Y.) provided valuable minutes for RU. A Randall layup at the 12:24 mark bumped the Scarlet Knights lead to 40-34 and forced SHU into a timeout.

After a strong offensive start to the contest, RU relied on stifling half-court defense to keep the Pirates at bay in the first half. The Scarlet Knights held SHU to 30.4 percent shooting from the field, while Mack led the team with 10 first half points.

Sophomore forward Kadeem Jack (Queens, N.Y.) provided 10 key minutes in the first half, snatching five boards and scoring four points. He finished the contest with four points and led RU with eight rebounds.

The Scarlet Knights stormed out of the gates to begin the contest, converting three of their four attempts from the field to take an 8-0 lead and force Seton Hall into an early timeout. Mack and Carter, who knocked down his first shot attempt for the second straight game, each drilled three-pointers in the games opening minutes.

RU travels to Rosemont, Ill., this Saturday (Feb. 16) to take on DePaul at Allstate Arena in a 1 p.m. tip-off. The game will be televised live nationally on ESPNU. The Scarlet Knights have won four of their last five contests against the Blue Demons, but lost, 69-64, in the most recent matchup last season at the RAC.
Courtesy of: http://www.scarletknights.com



Offense and defense combine to lead Stony Brook over Bearcats - by Eurobasket News

Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook men's basketball team exhibited balanced offense and a gritty defense that held Binghamton to 29.4 percent shooting as the Seawolves cruised to a 73-47 victory over the Bearcats Tuesday night at Pritchard Gymnasium.

Seven different Seawolves scored at least six points, led by junior Dave Coley (6'2''-G) (Brooklyn, N.Y.), who had 15 points. Junior Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) and freshman Carson Puriefoy (6'0''-G) (Wenonah, N.J.) each added 12 points. Stony Brook had a season high 19 assists against just 11 turnovers.

Stony Brook improves to 18-6 overall and 9-2 in America East. The Seawolves hold a half-game edge over Vermont for first place in the conference. The Seawolves have now won 15 consecutive home conference games, dating back to February 2011.

Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction
"It's good to be at home; we had another great crowd tonight. I loved my backcourt today; they did a good job of bouncing back. We played Stony Brook defense tonight and we rebounded. It was a great team effort all the way around."

Turning Point
The Seawolves were already leading Binghamton at halftime by 13 points, 39-26, but they put the game comfortably in their favor with a 9-0 run to open the second half that ultimately became a 20-5 run. Jackson drained a pair of threes during the 9-0 run and then senior Marcus Rouse (Upper Marlboro, Md.) banged home back-to-back triples at the 12:55 and 12:33 marks that made it a 56-31 game.

Binghamton took a timeout to regroup, but it was then Puriefoy who took advantage of a Rouse steal to sprint up the court, split two defender and finish with a strong layup and draw the foul. He converted the three-point play to give Stony Brook a 59-31 lead with 11:34 to play.

The Seawolves lead grew to as much as 34 points before settling on a 26-point victory margin.
Courtesy of: http://www.goseawolves.org



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Ale Ignites Big Second-Half Surge as Seasiders Win - by Eurobasket News

Laie, HIBrigham Young University Hawaii senior guard Junior Ale scored 11 of his game-high 26 points during a 16-0 run to open the second half to propel the BYU-Hawaii mens basketball team to a 75-49 win over Point Loma Nazarene tonight in a Pacific West Conference game. Ale drained two three-pointers, a layup, a jumper, and a free throw in the run that vaulted the Seasiders from a 31-29 halftime lead to a 47-29 margin that effectively put the game away as BYU-Hawaii improved to 11-10 for the season and 8-5 in the PacWest.

Two three-pointers in the last 45 seconds of the first half had closed an eight-point BYU-Hawaii cushion to just two points and given Point Loma Nazarene the momentum heading into the break. But the Seasiders hit six of their first nine shots in the first 4:09 of the second period while holding the Sea Lions to 0-4 from the field and forcing five turnovers to race away with the game.

Ale played just 23 minutes but tied his career high with 26 points on 8-12 shooting. He went 5-6 from long range and 5-5 from the free throw line. Bracken Funk, who nearly had a double-double by halftime added 13 points and 12 rebounds in just 22 minutes of play. Pablo Coro chipped in with 12 points and five assists for the Seasiders. Brady Hurst played a solid game off the bench with five points and five rebounds and freshman Justin Park went 3-3 from the field and tallied seven points, including a highlight reel, one-handed dunk off a missed shot.

A.J. Ussery had 14 points and ten rebounds to lead Point Loma Nazarene, now 4-17 for the season and 1-11 in the conference.

BYU-Hawaii will play Cal Baptist on Wednesday at 7:30 pm HST in Laie in a Pacific West Conference game.
Courtesy of: http://sports.byuh.edu



Central State Defeats Notre Dame in Overtime - by Eurobasket News

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio Central State University came from behind in regulation to tie the game Tuesday, February 5 in regulation at 82-82 then outscored the host Notre Dame College Falcons in the overtime period to post a 96-89 non-conference victory.

Notre Dame (7-12) and Central State (13-6) played 40 minutes to an 82-82 standstill, but the Marauders played a strong overtime session into an eventual 96-89 victory. The high-scoring duel included the Falcon's Eric Dummermuth (21 points), Tyree Gaiter (20) and Lawrence Dearmond (6'1''-G-92) being outgunned by the Marauders' Demarkus Isom-Jones (23), Lee Tab (21), Phillip Gates (5'8''-PG) (20) and Ledonte Body (19).

The Marauders outshot the Falcons, 54 percent to 45 percent, in a game that saw 187 points flash on the scoreboard.

Central State (13-6) controlled the action in the early going, making 10 of their first 11 shots, as Phillip Gates drained a three at 12:37 to create a 29-15 lead. Notre Dame countered with 16-0 run to take the lead at 31-29. The Falcons then led by as much as 6 points, but the Marauders closed out the half on a 6-0 run and the two teams went into halftime knotted up, at 42-42.

Notre Dame worked its way to another 6-point advantage in the early minutes of the second half, but the Marauders battled back to take a two-point lead (68-66) by the nine-minute mark.

The next several minutes of game play resulted in a see-saw exchange of buckets, and at 1:08 mark extended the Falcons lead back to three. The Marauders were forced to foul and Notre Dame's Tyree Gaiter went to the line, but he missed two straight.

With 17 seconds remaining in regulation Demarkus Isom-Jones knocked down a three-ball from the left corner for the Marauders. That would be the last shot of regulation, as Central State put up a strong defensive stand.

Notre Dame scored the first four points of overtime. Isom-Jones was fouled while scoring and made the free throw to bring the Marauders to within one, at 86-85. Two more free throws by Isom-Jones at 2:21 put Central State in the lead to stay.

The Marauders return home for an important G-MAC contest as Central State hosts Trevecca Nazarene University for a men's and women's double header beginning at 530 p.m. Monday, February 11, in Beacom/Lewis Gym. Central State, Trevecca and Cedarville University share the conference lead with 3-1 records.
The week could go a long way toward settling the conference championship race as Trevecca will play at Cedarville on Wednesday, February 13. Central State and Cedarville will meet for the final time in regular season action in Wilberforce on Saturday, February 19.
Courtesy of: http://www.maraudersports.com



Queens falls short against Crusaders - by Eurobasket News

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Queens University of Charlotte (11-10) dropped tonights home contest with the Belmont Abbey College Crusaders (17-6), 85-79. The Royals fall to 8-7 in the league, while the Crusaders improve 10-5.

Brandon Nichols (6'1''-G-91) (Fayetteville, N.C., Jack Britt) and Antonio Stabler (Garner, N.C., Wakefield) led the Royals offensively with 21 and 19 points, respectively. David Mason (Decatur, Ga., Chamblee) added 12 points, while Nate Blackburn (Burlington, N.C., Graham) chipped in with 11.

The Crusaders got off to a 6-0 start before the Royals went on an 8-2 run to tie things up at 8-8 five minutes into play. The Royals first lead would come at 12:25 on a three-pointer from Ben Richter (6'3''-G) (Charlotte, N.C., Charlotte Christian) Eleven lead changes would follow as the Royals headed to the locker room trailing by two, 36-34, at the half.

The game of runs would continue into the second as Queens opened with a 10-2 spurt to go up by six almost three minutes into action. A 9-0 swing would allow the Crusaders to take a narrow three-point lead just two minutes later. Both teams traded baskets over the next five minutes before the Crusaders went ahead for good on a three-point basket at 12:16.

Belmont Abbey shot 14-14 from the foul line in the final 12 minutes of play to hold on to their lead.

The Royals shot 59.3 percent from the floor this evening and outscored the Crusaders 48-26 in the paint.

Despite being held to 4-of-12 shooting, the nations leading scorer, Tyshawn Good, recorded 21 points after shooting a perfect 11-of-11 from the foul line. Darryl Durham also scored 21 points, while Terrone Sheffey added 18 points. Jay Council scored 14 points.

Queens returns to action on Saturday against Erskine College at 7:30 p.m. for Homecoming.
Courtesy of: http://www.queensathletics.com



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Amherst survives 3OT barnburner - by Eurobasket News

Willy Workman (6'6''-F) made what could be the play of the year in Division III men's basketball in the second overtime and Aaron Toomey capped it off with a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds left in the third OT as No. 2 Amherst won a barnburner at No. 3 Middlebury 104-101 in triple overtime on Tuesday night.
Toomey's shot redeemed him for a night in which he shot 5-for-24 and just 2-for-11 from 3-point range. He missed shots late in regulation and the first overtime that would have won the game for the Lord Jeffs, who improve to 22-2, 10-0 in the NESCAC and claim the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament.

Amherst had led by as many as 14 in the second half and was up by double digits as late as with 6:50 left in regulation before the Lord Jeffs went cold from the field. Middlebury went on a 13-1 run, a span in which Jake Wolfin made two 3-pointers and Joey Kizel added one of his own. Nolan Thompson made one of two free throws with 33 seconds left to give the Panthers (21-2, 8-2) a 68-67 lead, and after a Peter Kaasila putback, Kizel made one of two with six seconds left to force overtime.

Wolfin scored 10 points in the first overtime for Middlebury and Workman went 5-for-6 from the line in the first overtime to provide most of the offense for Amherst. In the second extra session, Thompson hit a 3-pointer with 26 seconds left to give the Panthers an 88-87 lead and Hunter Merryman added two free throws to make it a three-point lead with nine seconds left. Middlebury fouled Toomey with six seconds left, just after he crossed midcourt and he missed one of two to leave the Jeffs down by a pair. Wolfin missed one of two free throws on the other end with five seconds left to make it a three-point game.

Workman was fouled on the floor with 1.8 to go in the second OT. He made the first free throw, then missed the second intentionally, throwing a line drive that kissed the rim and hit the glass. Workman then got the rebound and tipped it in to tie the game with 0.4 seconds left and send it to a third overtime.

Replays showed Workman clearly waited for the ball to hit the rim before crossing the foul line.

With Wolfin fouled out, Amherst led by as many as four in the third overtime before Toomey missed a pair of jumpers, sandwiched around a Kizel 3-pointer. James Jensen made one of two three throws with 11 seconds left to tie the game at 101-101, but Toomey answered with a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds left for the lead. A desperation heave at the horn by Kizel missed, giving Amherst the win.

Workman led Amherst with 30 points and 13 rebounds, while Kaasila added 29 to go with 11 rebounds. Allen Williamson added 17 points and eight boards, while Toomey finished with 16.

Kizel had 30 on 8-for-17 shooting, 5-for-10 from beyond the arc to lead Middlebury. Nolan Thompson played all 55 minutes and had 17 points, all of them after halftime, while Wolfin added 17 of his own and Peter Lynch fouled out with 12. The teams combined for just 25 turnovers in 55 minutes, with Middlebury committing 13 of them.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Suffolk's Matt Pepdjonovic Becomes GNAC's All-Time Leading Rebounder - by Eurobasket News

Suffolk University Men's Basketball senior Matt Pepdjonovic (6'7''-F) (Quincy, Mass.) continued his milestone career becoming the all-time career leader in rebounds for the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) during the Rams' 78-65 victory over the Mount Ida College Mustangs on Tuesday evening.

Matt Pepdjonovic recorded his 56th career double-double Tuesday night scoring 16 points and collecting 19 rebounds as he surpassed the 1,192 career total of Albertus Magnus College's Raymond Askew ('12) to become the league's top rebounder.

In 99 career games Matt Pepdjonovic now has 1,208 career boards. He entered Tuesday's contest needing four to surpass the mark and reached it six minutes into the game with an offensive rebound. In fitting fashion Matt Pepdjonovic scored a layup on the play. He already holds the GNAC's record for rebounds within conference games with a career total of 856.

Matt Pepdjonovic already also holds Suffolk's all-time career rebound record, a mark he set on November 20 of this season passing Christos Tsiotos' ('77) total of 1,015. The pair are the only two players in Suffolk's 65-year program history to score at least 1,000 career points while also collecting 1,000 career rebounds. Matt Pepdjonovic is one of three GNAC players to reach the grand total in both categories during a career, Askew and Rivier University's Jeff Carpenter '08 are the others.

The 6'6 senior forward set the league's career mark earlier this year on January 21 for blocked shots (previously 209) as he now has 231 through Tuesday.

He is currently ranked eighth in Suffolk's program history with 1,419 career points, while his 585 field-goals made ranked seventh among all-time Rams scorers.

Matt Pepdjonovic has been a force among NCAA Division-III Men's Basketball players in his first three seasons. He was named GNAC Rookie of the Year for the 2009-10 season as finished the year ranking 10th among all players with an 11.6 rebounds per game average. As a sophomore he ranked third nationally with a 13.3 rebounds per game average earning first team All-Conference GNAC honors. He had his best season statistically as junior as he ranked second in the nation in double-doubles recording 21 in 25 games averaging 17 points per game, and held Division-III's second highest average in rebounds with 13.6 per game.

In four seasons Matt Pepdjonovic holds averages of 14.3 points per game and 12.2 rebounds per game.

Through Tuesday night, Matt Pepdjonovic is averaging 9.9 points per game and 10.1 rebounds in 23 games on the season.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Ward's Career Night Helps Oswego State Clinch Playoff Spot - by Eurobasket News

Hayden Ward (6'6''-F) (Sr., Montauk, N.Y.) had everything going for him on Senior Night, tallying career highs in points (33) and rebounds (18), as the Oswego State men's basketball team (17-6, 10-6 SUNYAC) held off a late Oneonta (4-20, 3-14 SUNYAC) charge in a 79-75 win on Tuesday night at Max Ziel Gymnasium. With the win, the Lakers have clinched a spot in the State University of New York Athletic Conference Playoffs.

Ward established his dominance in the post early on, as he grabbed eight rebounds of his own in the stanza, compared to 14 for the entire Oneonta team. He also hit two three-pointers en route to 16 points in the period.

The game went back and forth for the whole half, with the lead changing hands five times. The Red Dragons ripped off an 11-0 run to gain a 29-22 lead with 8:31 left in the half, but the Lakers never let the lead reach double digits. Trailing 38-31 with just over four minutes remaining, Oswego State went on a 9-0 run to gain a 40-38 halftime edge. Four different Lakers scored during the stretch.

Oswego State carried its momentum into the second half, scoring nine more points before Oneonta scored again. The 18-0 run spanned 8:27, and was the turning point of the game for the Lakers.

Ward's presence down low was too much for the Red Dragons, as he scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double in the second half alone. He also buried four of his eight attempts from beyond the arc, showing off a true all-around game.

Senior Alex Mirabito (6'0''-G) (Oneonta, N.Y.) hit a jumper with 2:57 left to give the Lakers a 76-63 edge, but that would be the last shot from the field Oswego State would make. The Lakers missed five of eight free throws down the stretch to keep the Red Dragons within striking distance.

A desperation three by Oneonta's Jack Dignan with 11 seconds left missed, but he was fouled during the shot and would make all three foul shots to cut the deficit down to five. After a missed free throw by Ward, the Red Dragons got a quick layup and called a quick timeout with the score at 78-75.

Sean Michele (Gr., East Rochester, N.Y.) received an inbounds pass and ran the clock down to under a second before he was fouled. He missed his first attempt, but made his second to seal the victory for Oswego State.

The Lakers out-rebounded the opposition 42-24 in the contest and had four players score in double figures. The Red Dragons also had four double-digit scorers, led by Zach Mager's 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting.

Prior to the game, the program recognized the contributions of its five seniors: Ward, Mirabito, Michele, Chris Gilkes (Sr., Syracuse, N.Y.) and Brenden Nollet (Sr., Hannibal, N.Y.)

The Lakers travel to Potsdam and Plattsburgh on Friday and Saturday, respectively, to finalize their playoff positioning for the upcoming SUNYAC Championships.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



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Standings - 1Div.

1Div. Standings
 1. Miners 12-0 
 2. Fyllingen BBK 6-6 
 3. Persbraaten 6-6 
 4. Hoybraten 6-6 
 5. Varden 4-9 
 6. Sverresborg 4-11 

Regular Season: Round 14

Feb. 16: Persbraaten - Fyllingen BBK
Feb. 17: Varden - Hoybraten
Feb. 17: Miners - Fyllingen BBK


1Div. Round 13: Sverresborg edges Persbraaten by two points - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in 1Div. is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds.

The most exciting game of round 13 in the 1Div. took place in Trondheim. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of much higher ranked Persbraaten (6-6) to sixth ranked Sverresborg (4-11) 81-79 on Sunday evening. Newly promoted Sverresborg maintains sixth place with 4-11 record. Persbraaten lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with six games lost. They share it with Fyllingen BBK and Hoybraten. Sverresborg will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Persbraaten will play at home against the league's second-placed Fyllingen BBK and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Hoybraten (6-6) against fourth ranked Fyllingen BBK (6-6) on Sunday night. Visiting Hoybraten was crushed by Fyllingen BBK in Fyllingen 87-57. Fyllingen BBK moved-up to second place, which they share with Persbraaten and Hoybraten. Fyllingen BBK will play against league's leader Miners in Kongsberg in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hoybraten will play on the road against Varden in Tromso and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Undefeated leader Miners delivered the twelfth consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time they crushed 5th ranked Varden (4-9) 78-39 in Tromso. Undefeated Miners (12-0) have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 12 victories in a row. Varden lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with nine games lost. Miners will meet at home league's second-placed Fyllingen BBK in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Varden will play against Hoybraten in Oslo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Varden - Miners 39-78

Undefeated leader Miners delivered the twelfth consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time they crushed 5th ranked Varden (4-9) 78-39 in Tromso. Miners (12-0) have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 12 victories in a row. Varden lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with nine games lost. Miners will meet at home league's second-placed Fyllingen BBK in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Varden will play against Hoybraten in Oslo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Sverresborg - Persbraaten 81-79

The most exciting game of round 13 in the 1Div. took place in Trondheim. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of much higher ranked Persbraaten (6-6) to sixth ranked Sverresborg (4-11) 81-79 on Sunday evening. Newly promoted Sverresborg maintains sixth place with 4-11 record. Persbraaten lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with six games lost. They share it with Fyllingen BBK and Hoybraten. Sverresborg will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Persbraaten will play at home against the league's second-placed Fyllingen BBK and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Fyllingen BBK - Hoybraten 87-57

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Hoybraten (6-6) against fourth ranked Fyllingen BBK (6-6) on Sunday night. Visiting Hoybraten was crushed by Fyllingen BBK in Fyllingen 87-57. Fyllingen BBK moved-up to second place, which they share with Persbraaten and Hoybraten. Fyllingen BBK will play against league's leader Miners in Kongsberg in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hoybraten will play on the road against Varden in Tromso and hopes to get back on the winning track.
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Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

PBA Standings
 1. Alaska Aces 2-0 
 2. Barako Bull 2-0 
 3. Air21 Express 1-0 
 4. Global Port 1-1 
 5. Meralco Bolts 1-1 
 6. Petron Blaze 1-1 
 7. Barangay Ginebra 0-1 
 8. Rain or Shine 0-1 
 9. Talk N Text 0-1 
 10. San Mig Coffee 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 4

Feb. 13: Petron Blaze - San Mig Coffee 98-73
Feb. 13: Meralco Bolts - Alaska Aces 81-85

Regular Season: Round 5

Feb. 15: Air21 Express - Talk N Text
Feb. 15: Global Port - Barangay Ginebra
Feb. 16: Rain or Shine - Meralco Bolts


Aces wins, takes share of lead - by Aris Ignacio

The Alaska Aces showed steady nerves down the stretch to hack out a close 85-81 decision over the Meralco Bolts to grab a share of the lead in the PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Leading by double digits several times during the third period, the Aces found themselves under siege when Bolts came within 81-83 as Ronjay Buenafe (188-G-83) knocked down his second straight three-pointer in a one-minute span.

But Anthony Dela Cruz (193-F-78, college: Cal-Irvine) put the game away with two pressure-packed free throws, while Meralco Bolts rookie Vic Manuel (193-F-87) lost possession on a drive on the other end to seal the Bolts fate.

Import Robert Dozier (206-F-85, college: Memphis) came up with a splendid performance for the Aces, finishing with 27 points, 17 rebounds and 6 shot blocks to outplay Bolts reinforcement Eric Dawson (206-F-84, college: Midwestern St.), who struggled against Alaska Aces center Joachim Thoss' (201-C-81) defense.

Aces' super rookie Calvin Abueva (191-F-88) collected out 20 points and 8 rebounds to support Dozier, while Cyrus Baguio (188-G-80) added 16.

Manuel, meantime, led the Bolts with 18 points and 8 rebounds, while Dawson was held to just 15 points as he failed to follow up on his 37-point debut performance in Meralco Boltss 99-92 win against the Talk N Text Tropang Texters.

Alaska Aces tied with idle Barako Bull Energy at 2-0, while Meralco Bolts drops to 1-1 win-loss record. The Aces lead their season-series against the Bolts, 3-1.

The scores:

Alaska Aces 85 - Dozier 27, Abueva 20, Baguio 16, Casio 8, Espinas 6, Thoss 6, Dela Cruz 2, Ramos 0, Jazul 0, Eman 0, Hontiveros 0, Belasco 0

Meralco Bolts 81 - Manuel 18, Dawson 15, Buenafe 14, Cardona 11, Ross 6, Hugnatan 5, Hodge 4, Artadi 4, Guevara 2, Borboran 2, Reyes 0, Timberlake 0

Quarterscores: 26-21, 47-39, 63-62, 85-81

Some credits goes to Richard Dy of spin.ph



Boosters back on track - by Aris Ignacio

The Petron Blaze Boosters outlasted defending champion San Mig Coffee Mixers, 98-73, in the latest PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Drawing the energy and hustle from import Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina), the Boosters turned a six-point advantage into a sizeable 26-point halftime bubble as their defense held the Mixers to just 22 points on 29.4 percent shooting in the first 24 minutes of play.

There was no let-up from there for the Boosters, who tore apart Mixers' defense both from inside and outside to hand the defending champions their second successive defeat.

Petron Blaze Boosters, which dropped a heartbreaking 92-94 loss to Global Port Batang Pier in the kick-off game of the mid-season conference, drew 28 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks from Balkman.

San Mig import Matthew Rogers (211-C-87, college: SW Baptist), who missed its initial encounter with the Barako Bull Energy game due to food poisoning, had a quiet game of 20 points on 7-of-19 shooting, along with 9 rebounds in his PBA debut.

James Yap (191-F/G-82) led the struggling Mixers with 25 points.

The scores:

Petron Blaze Boosters 98 - Balkman 28, Wasington 17, Cabagnot 15, Lassiter 9, Fajardo 8, Miranda 8, Santos 7, Tubid 4, Faundo 2, Lanete 0, Pena 0

San Mig Coffee Mixers 73 - Yap 25, Rogers 20, Simon 8, Devance 7, Pingris 7, Najorda 3, Barroca 2, Mallari 1, Alvarez 0, Reavis 0, De Ocampo 0

Quarterscores: 20-14, 48-22, 70-49, 98-73

Some credits goes to Richard Dy of spin.ph




Ginebra interested with former Laker Mbenga - by Aris Ignacio

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is now looking at enlisting the services of former Los Angeles Lakers' backup center Mbenga Ilunga (214-C-80) as the team had already sent a formal offer to the said player. The Kings, who got a non-impressive performance from current import, Herbert Hill (208-F-84, college: Providence), lost its initial outing against the Air21 Express, 74-70, in the ongoing PBA Commissioner's Cup.

Hill had a 17-point, 18-rebound game while his counterpart, Express' Michael Dunigan (208-C-89, agency: N.E.T., college: Oregon) provided energy and impact en-route game highs to 30-points and 19-rebounds.

According to reports, Mbenga, the original choice import of the Alaska Aces, expressed mutual interest in joining the most popular ballclub, even requesting for tapes of games of possible teammates such as guards LA Tenorio (177-PG-84) and Mark Caguioa (188-G-79, college: Glendale CC (AZ)). In case of an agreement and contract signing, the former NBA player will be suiting up when the Kings play Global Port Batang Pier on February 15.

Mbenga, an 8-year NBA veteran, was part of the 2009 and 2010 back-to-back championship team of the Lakers playing alongside superstars Kobe Bryant (198-SG-78), Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80) and Andrew Bynum (213-C-87, agency: David Lee services). He also played with the Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, and the New Orleans Hornets with career averages of 1.35 points and 1.25 rebounds. Recently, he had graced the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) with the Qingdao Double Star Eagles alongside former NBA star, Tracy McGrady (203-G/F-79).



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Standings - 1 Liga

1Liga Standings
 1. Slask Wroclaw 22-1 
 2. AZS Kutno 16-6 
 3. MOSiR Krosno 14-9 
 4. MKS DG 14-9 
 5. Sokol Lancut 14-9 
 6. Stal Ostrow 12-11 
 7. Spojnia 12-11 
 8. Polonia 12-11 
 9. P.Cukier SIDEn 12-11 
 10. Start Lublin 12-11 
 11. Znicz Basket 11-12 
 12. AZS Radex 11-12 
 13. Astoria Bydg. 9-14 
 14. SKK Siedlce 5-17 
 15. UMKS Kielce 4-20 
 16. AZS PP 3-19 

Regular Season: Round 23

Feb. 9: Sokol Lancut - Stal Ostrow 88-85
Feb. 13: MKS DG - Slask Wroclaw 78-87
Feb. 9: P.Cukier SIDEn - Polonia 77-79
Feb. 9: Start Lublin - SKK Siedlce 75-64
Feb. 9: AZS Kutno - MOSiR Krosno 72-76
Feb. 9: Spojnia - UMKS Kielce 67-62
Feb. 13: Znicz Basket - Astoria Bydg. 58-74
Feb. 10: AZS PP - AZS Radex 58-62

Regular Season: Round 24

Feb. 16: AZS Radex - P.Cukier SIDEn
Feb. 16: Spojnia - AZS Kutno
Feb. 16: MOSiR Krosno - AZS PP
Feb. 16: Slask Wroclaw - Znicz Basket
Feb. 16: Astoria Bydg. - UMKS Kielce
Feb. 16: Start Lublin - Sokol Lancut
Feb. 16: Stal Ostrow - MKS DG
Feb. 16: Polonia - SKK Siedlce


Stats Leaders - 1Liga

Points Per Game
 Mateusz BIERWAGEN
  Astori.
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Bierwagen, Astori.18.1 
 2. Celej, Start Lublin17.4 
 3. Dluski, AZS Kutno15.9 
 4. Pacocha, AZS Radex15.7 
 5. Kikowski, Slask W.15.4 
 6. Wilczek, Start Lub.15.1 
 7. Kukielka, Polonia14.9 
 8. Szymanski, Znicz B.14.1 
 9. Stepien, Spojnia13.8 
 10. Klima, Sokol Lanc.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Adam METELSKI
  AZS P.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Metelski, AZS P.11.8 
 2. Wilczek, Start Lub.11.2 
 3. Zurawski, Stal O.9.4 
 4. Dluski, AZS Kutno8.9 
 5. Lisewski, P.Cuk.8.1 
 6. Diduszko, Slask W.7.4 
 7. Wyka, Polonia7.1 
 8. Szymanski, Znicz B.7.1 
 9. Szyttenholm, Astor.7.0 
 10. Mielczarek, AZS R.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Grzegorz GROCHOWSKI
  MKS D.
  (178-PG-93)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Grochowski, MKS D.6.7 
 2. Laczynski, MOSiR K.6.5 
 3. Wilczek, Start Lub.6.5 
 4. Baran, Sokol Lanc.5.7 
 5. Hybiak, AZS P.5.3 
 6. Basinski, SKK S.5.2 
 7. Lewandowski, Astor.5.0 
 8. Szumelda-K., Stal4.9 
 9. Pacocha, AZS Radex4.6 
 10. Brek, AZS Kutno4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Grzegorz GROCHOWSKI
  MKS D.
  (178-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Grochowski, MKS D.2.8 
 2. Hybiak, AZS P.2.5 
 3. Klima, Sokol Lancut2.1 
 4. Basinski, SKK S.2.1 
 5. Szymanski, Znicz B.2.0 
 6. Lewandowski, Astor.2.0 
 7. Baran, Sokol Lanc.2.0 
 8. Laczynski, MOSiR K.1.9 
 9. Sikora, Start Lubl.1.7 
 10. Sikora, P.Cuk.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Dariusz WYKA
  Polonia
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Wyka, Polonia1.8 
 2. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.5 
 3. Lisewski, P.Cuk.1.4 
 4. Metelski, AZS P.1.3 
 5. Wrobel, UMKS K.1.1 
 6. Fras, Astoria Bydg.1.1 
 7. Olejnik, Stal Ostr.1.0 
 8. Glabas, AZS Kutno1.0 
 9. Grudzinski, Spojnia1.0 
 10. Klima, Sokol Lanc.0.9 


Standings - 2 Liga

2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. Wilki Morskie 13-1 
 2. SMS PZKosz 10-4 
 3. Ksiezak Lowicz 8-5 
 4. Trefl II Sopot 7-6 
 5. Korsarz Gdansk 7-7 
 6. Basket Pila 6-8 
 7. MKS Skierniew. 6-8 
 8. GTK Gdynia 5-9 
 9. Notec 5-9 
 10. Suchy Las 2-12 
Group B
 1. AZS AWF K-ce 13-3 
 2. Pogon Prudnik 12-3 
 3. WKK Wroclaw 11-4 
 4. Tychy 10-5 
 5. GTK Gliwice 9-5 
 6. Sudety 8-6 
 7. Alba Chorzow 6-10 
 8. Mickiewicz 5-11 
 9. HK Zory 4-10 
 10. Nysa Klodzko 4-12 
 11. Wschowa 1-14 
Group C
 1. MCKiS Jaworz. 13-0 
 2. PWiK Piaseczno 9-4 
 3. Rosa II Radom 7-6 
 4. Tur Bielsk Pdl. 7-7 
 5. Legia 6-7 
 6. Pulaski Warka 6-8 
 7. Handlopex AZS 5-8 
 8. AZS AGH Alstom 5-9 
 9. Wisla AWF Kr. 4-9 

Regular Season: Round 17

A

Feb. 13: SMS PZKosz - GTK Gdynia 92-69
Feb. 9: Korsarz Gdansk - Basket Pila 80-89
Feb. 13: Notec - Suchy Las 76-74
Feb. 9: MKS Skierniew. - Wilki Morskie 74-97

B

Feb. 9: Alba Chorzow - Sudety 92-99
Feb. 9: Pogon Prudnik - Wschowa 83-81
Feb. 13: AZS AWF K-ce - WKK Wroclaw 82-100
Feb. 9: Tychy - Nysa Klodzko 78-65
Feb. 10: Mickiewicz - HK Zory 76-73

C

Feb. 10: Handlopex AZS - PWiK Piaseczno 78-66
Feb. 9: Tur Bielsk Pdl. - Pulaski Warka 70-74
Feb. 13: Wisla AWF Kr. - Rosa II Radom 56-69
Feb. 9: AZS AGH Alstom - MCKiS Jaworz. 51-66

Regular Season: Round 18

A

Feb. 16: Suchy Las - Trefl II Sopot
Feb. 16: Wilki Morskie - Notec
Feb. 16: MKS Skierniew. - SMS PZKosz
Feb. 16: Basket Pila - GTK Gdynia
Feb. 16: Ksiezak Lowicz - Korsarz Gdansk

B

Feb. 16: Mickiewicz - Tychy
Feb. 16: Sudety - HK Zory
Feb. 16: WKK Wroclaw - Pogon Prudnik
Feb. 16: Wschowa - Alba Chorzow
Feb. 16: Nysa Klodzko - GTK Gliwice

C

Feb. 16: AZS AGH Alstom - Wisla AWF Kr.
Feb. 16: MCKiS Jaworz. - Tur Bielsk Pdl.
Feb. 16: Legia - PWiK Piaseczno
Feb. 16: Handlopex AZS - Rosa II Radom

Round 16

Feb. 13: Sudety - Pogon Prudnik


2Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Lukasz NIESOBSKI
  Sudety
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Niesobski, Sudety22.4 
 2. Grod, Notec21.3 
 3. Piotrkowski, AZS A.18.4 
 4. Pawlowski, Pogon P.18.2 
 5. Przyborowski, Pula.18.1 
 6. Gospodarek, Novum17.6 
 7. Niesobski, Sudety17.5 
 8. Kolka, GTK Gdynia17.4 
 9. Zadecki, HK Zory17.4 
 10. Nitsche, Korsarz17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Piotr MIS
  Handlopex AZS
  (204-F/C-77)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Mis, Handlopex AZS10.2 
 2. Konsek, Korsarz10.2 
 3. Pawlowski, Pogon P.9.8 
 4. Michalek, Basket P.9.7 
 5. Wojdyr, Wilki Mors.9.6 
 6. Wysocki, Tur B.9.2 
 7. Cetnar, Rosa I.8.8 
 8. Bzdyra, Tychy8.7 
 9. Grod, Notec8.4 
 10. Kapturski, Pulask.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Dawid MIECZKOWSKI
  Pulask.
  (198-G-89)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Mieczkowski, Pulas.8.2 
 2. Stoklosa, Wilki M.7.8 
 3. Grzelinski, WKK W.7.2 
 4. Gospodarek, Novum6.1 
 5. Paszkiewicz, PWiK5.7 
 6. Ecka, AZS A.5.6 
 7. Jarosz, MKS S.5.4 
 8. Schenk, Rosa I.5.1 
 9. Kozak, Sudety5.1 
 10. Wluczynski, Ksiez.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Michael GOSPODAREK
  Novum L.
  (186-PG-91)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Gospodarek, Novum3.4 
 2. Kapturski, Pulask.2.9 
 3. Paszkiewicz, PWiK2.7 
 4. Kolka, GTK Gdynia2.7 
 5. Wojcik, MKS S.2.7 
 6. Grod, Notec2.6 
 7. Schenk, Rosa I.2.6 
 8. Brembly, Trefl I.2.6 
 9. Wluczynski, Ksieza.2.5 
 10. Kucia, Pogon P.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Lukasz SOBUTA
  Rosa I.
  (209-C-92)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Sobuta, Rosa I.1.8 
 2. Nowerski, Legia1.8 
 3. Mis, Handlopex AZS1.8 
 4. Wysocki, Tur B.1.4 
 5. Michalek, Basket P.1.4 
 6. Milewski, AZS A.1.3 
 7. Nedzi, Legia1.3 
 8. Wojdyr, Wilki Mors.1.2 
 9. Rudnik, Basket Pila1.2 
 10. Markowicz, Tychy1.1 


1Liga Round 23: Sokol Lancut edges Stal Ostrow by three points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 23 in the 1Liga took place in Lancut. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Stal Ostrow (12-11) to fifth ranked Sokol Lancut (14-9) 88-85 on Saturday evening. Stal Ostrow was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 21-17 charge of Sokol Lancut, which allowed them to win the game. They made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game, while Stal Ostrow only scored seven points from the stripe. 26 personal fouls committed by Stal Ostrow helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Damian Pieloch (195-89) who scored 28 points. Forward Kacper Mlynarski (200-92) chipped in 21 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Marcin Kalowski (191-80) produced 31 points (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) for the guests. Sokol Lancut moved-up to third place, which they share with MOSiR Krosno and MKS DG. Newly promoted Stal Ostrow keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Sokol Lancut is looking forward to face WIKANA Start (#10) in Lublin in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Stal Ostrow will play at home against MKS DG (#4) in Dabrowa Gornicza and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked AZS Kutno (16-6) against fourth ranked MOSiR Krosno (14-9) on Saturday night. Host AZS Kutno was defeated by MOSiR Krosno in a tough game in Kutno 72-76. Point guard Dariusz Oczkowicz (183-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 7 rebounds. Kamil Laczynski contributed with 14 points and 8 assists for the winners. MOSiR Krosno's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Jakub Dluski (200-87) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for AZS Kutno. MOSiR Krosno moved-up to third place, which they share with Sokol Lancut and MKS DG. AZS Kutno at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. MOSiR Krosno will play against bottom-ranked AZS PP (#16) in Pozoan in the next round which should be an easy win for them. AZS Kutno will play on the road against Spojnia (#7) in Stargard and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Dabrowa Gornicza. First ranked Slask Wroclaw faced 3rd placed MKS DG. Guests from Wroclaw (22-1) defeated host MKS DG (14-9) 87-78. It was a great evening for Marcin Flieger who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 4 assists. Mateusz Dziemba responded with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Slask Wroclaw have an impressive series of twenty two victories in a row. They maintain first place with 22-1 record. Loser MKS DG keeps the third position with nine games lost. They share it with Sokol Lancut and MOSiR Krosno. Slask Wroclaw will meet at home Znicz Basket (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. MKS DG will play against Stal Ostrow (#6) in Ostrow Wlkp. and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Torun. It ended with only two-point home defeat of higher ranked P.Cukier SIDEn (12-11) to eleventh ranked Polonia (12-11) 79-77 in the fight for the sixth place. It was an exceptional evening for Grzegorz Kukielka who led the winners and scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. P.Cukier SIDEn's coach Eugeniusz Kijewski tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Polonia moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated P.Cukier SIDEn. Polonia's next round opponent will be SKK Siedlce (#14) at home and are hoping to win another game.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Pruszkow. Local Znicz Basket (11-12) lost to thirteenth ranked Astoria Bydg. (9-14) 74-58 on Wednesday night. The best player for the winners was Mateusz Bierwagen who had a double-double by scoring 31 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Astoria Bydg. maintains thirteenth place with 9-14 record. Loser Znicz Basket keeps the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Astoria Bydg. will face UMKS Kielce (#15) at home in the next round.

Other games of round 23 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
AZS Radex defeated AZS PP in Szczecin 62-58. Start Lublin beat SKK Siedlce at home 75-64. UMKS Kielce lost to Spojnia on the opponent's court 62-67.


MKS DG - Slask Wroclaw 78-87

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Dabrowa Gornicza. First ranked Slask Wroclaw faced 3rd placed MKS DG. Guests from Wroclaw (22-1) defeated host MKS DG (14-9) 87-78. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-78. Slask Wroclaw made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for point guard Marcin Flieger (182-84, agency: Promotex) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 4 assists. The former international guard Pawel Kikowski (193-86, agency: Limelight Hoops) helped adding 21 points. Guard Mateusz Dziemba (194-92) responded with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Lukasz Grzegorzewski (192-84) scored 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Slask Wroclaw and five MKS DG players scored in double figures. Slask Wroclaw have an impressive series of twenty two victories in a row. They maintain first place with 22-1 record. Loser MKS DG keeps the third position with nine games lost. They share it with Sokol Lancut and MOSiR Krosno. Slask Wroclaw will meet at home Znicz Basket (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. MKS DG will play against Stal Ostrow (#6) in Ostrow Wlkp. and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Slask Wroclaw: P.Kikowski 21+2reb+1ast, M.Flieger 20+4reb+4ast, T.Ochonko 13+3reb, M.Gabinski 12+5reb+2ast, L.Diduszko 10+11reb, R.Hyzy 9+10reb+1ast
MKS DG: M.Woloszyn 17+1reb+1ast, P.Zielinski 14+4reb+2ast, M.Dziemba 13+8reb+4ast, L.Grzegorzewski 12+5reb+4ast, M.Piechowicz 10+4reb+2ast, M.Maj 5+5reb
gschID: 191541


Znicz Basket - Astoria Bydg. 58-74

The game with biggest result difference took place in Pruszkow. Local Znicz Basket (11-12) lost to thirteenth ranked Astoria Bydg. (9-14) 74-58 on Wednesday night. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 42-24 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Astoria Bydg. dominated on the defensive end, holding Znicz Basket to just 7 points in third quarter. They outrebounded Znicz Basket 49-33 including a 34-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Znicz Basket was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was guard Mateusz Bierwagen (194-88) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Dorian Szyttenholm (194-83) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Lukasz Bonarek (198-93) produced 12 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Marcin Matuszewski (194-82) added 9 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Astoria Bydg. maintains thirteenth place with 9-14 record. Loser Znicz Basket keeps the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Astoria Bydg. will face UMKS Kielce (#15) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Astoria Bydg.: M.Bierwagen 31+16reb+5ast, F.Malgorzaciak 13+1reb, D.Szyttenholm 10+10reb+1ast, S.Laydych 8+8reb, P.Lewandowski 7+4reb+3ast, P.Robak 3+1reb
Znicz Basket: L.Bonarek 12+7reb+1ast, G.Malewski 11+2reb, T.Pisarczyk 9+2reb+1ast, M.Matuszewski 9+3reb+3ast, P.Szymanski 5+6reb, M.Kwiatkowski 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 191538


AZS PP - AZS Radex 58-62

There was no surprise in Pozoan where 16th ranked AZS PP (3-19) was defeated by twelfth ranked AZS Radex (11-12) 62-58 on Sunday. AZS PP trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 18-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 58-62 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was center Karol Pytys (202-85) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. point guard Lukasz Pacocha (182-82, agency: Promotex) chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Four AZS Radex players scored in double figures. Center Adam Metelski (208-83, college: Cal-Irvine) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard Tomasz Gierwazik (187-88) added 16 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for AZS Radex. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Znicz Basket. AZS PP lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 19 lost games. AZS Radex will face higher ranked P.Cukier SIDEn (#9) in Torun in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. AZS PP will play on the road against MOSiR Krosno (#3) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
AZS Radex: K.Pytys 13+10reb, M.Raczynski 12+1reb+2ast, M.Majcherek 11+4reb+1ast, L.Pacocha 11+5reb+6ast, L.Biela 5+6reb, A.Linowski 4+2reb
AZS PP: A.Metelski 16+9reb, T.Gierwazik 16+4reb+2ast, P.Hybiak 12+2reb+5ast, P.Gacek 8+4reb, M.Szydlowski 2+3reb+1ast, M.Rostalski 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 191544


Start Lublin - SKK Siedlce 75-64

No shocking result in a game in Lublin where ninth ranked WIKANA Start (12-11) defeated 14th ranked SKK Siedlce (5-17) 75-64 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by WIKANA Start. SKK Siedlce was better in third quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded SKK Siedlce 39-28 including 25 on the defensive glass. SKK Siedlce was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was point guard Lukasz Wilczek (189-86) who had a triple-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Swingman Tomasz Celej (198-78, agency: Promotex) chipped in 24 points and 5 rebounds. point guard Radoslaw Basinski (188-78) produced 6 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists and Kamil Sulima (192-80) added 15 points respectively for the guests. The victory was the third consecutive win for WIKANA Start. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. SKK Siedlce lost their ninth game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with 17 games lost. WIKANA Start will face higher ranked Sokol Lancut (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SKK Siedlce will play against Polonia (#8) in Przemysl.
Top scorers:
Start Lublin: T.Celej 24+5reb, M.Wilczek 15+9reb, L.Wilczek 13+10reb+11ast, P.Kowalski 8+4reb+2ast, P.Luszczewski 7+6reb, S.Szymanski 6+2reb
SKK Siedlce: P.Lewandowski 16+1reb, K.Sulima 15+4reb+2ast, M.Chodkiewicz 11+3reb+2ast, T.Deja 7+9reb, M.Rapucha 6+1reb, R.Basinski 6+5reb+11ast
gschID: 191545


AZS Kutno - MOSiR Krosno 72-76

Very important is a home loss of second ranked AZS Kutno (16-6) against fourth ranked MOSiR Krosno (14-9) on Saturday night. Host AZS Kutno was defeated by MOSiR Krosno in a tough game in Kutno 72-76. AZS Kutno was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 22-12 charge of MOSiR Krosno, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to AZS Kutno's 18. Point guard Dariusz Oczkowicz (183-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 7 rebounds. point guard Kamil Laczynski (180-89) contributed with 14 points and 8 assists for the winners. MOSiR Krosno's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Jakub Dluski (200-87) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Dawid Brek (185-89, agency: Promotex) added 20 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for AZS Kutno. Four AZS Kutno players scored in double figures. MOSiR Krosno moved-up to third place, which they share with Sokol Lancut and MKS DG. AZS Kutno at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. MOSiR Krosno will play against bottom-ranked AZS PP (#16) in Pozoan in the next round which should be an easy win for them. AZS Kutno will play on the road against Spojnia (#7) in Stargard and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
MOSiR Krosno: D.Oczkowicz 25+7reb+1ast, K.Laczynski 14+2reb+8ast, L.Paul 9+3reb, M.Salamonik 7+6reb+1ast, A.Misiewicz 5+6reb+1ast, R.Glapinski 5+3reb+1ast
AZS Kutno: D.Brek 20+5reb+1ast, K.Jakobczyk 16+3reb+5ast, J.Dluski 15+11reb, W.Glabas 13+3reb+3ast, A.Kobus 5+5reb+1ast, K.Maciejewski 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 191543


P.Cukier SIDEn - Polonia 77-79

A very interesting game took place in Torun. It ended with only two-point home defeat of higher ranked P.Cukier SIDEn (12-11) to eleventh ranked Polonia (12-11) 79-77 in the fight for the sixth place. The guests were already 18 points ahead at halftime and as many as 20 after three quarters before a 25-7 last quarter charge of P.Cukier SIDEn cut the lead to 79-77 at the end of the game. Strangely P.Cukier SIDEn outrebounded Polonia 41-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Polonia especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. It was an exceptional evening for the former international guard Grzegorz Kukielka (192-83, agency: Promotex) who led the winners and scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Tomasz Zablocki (202-78, agency: Promotex) accounted for 24 points for the winning side. Four Polonia players scored in double figures. The former international guard Lukasz Zytko (181-81) came up with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and forward Aleks Perka (201-87, college: Rice, agency: Stanley International) added 15 points and 10 rebounds respectively for P.Cukier SIDEn in the defeat. P.Cukier SIDEn's coach Eugeniusz Kijewski tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Polonia moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated P.Cukier SIDEn. Polonia's next round opponent will be SKK Siedlce (#14) at home and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Polonia: T.Zablocki 24+2reb+1ast, G.Kukielka 19+5reb+3ast, R.Partyka 14+3reb+4ast, A.Mikolajko 10+5reb+1ast, G.Plocica 10+2reb+2ast, T.Przewrocki 2+9reb+4ast
P.Cukier SIDEn: A.Perka 15+10reb, L.Zytko 15+5reb+8ast, B.Bochno 12+3reb+2ast, A.Lisewski 9+4reb, P.Smigielski 8+1reb, J.Jarecki 7+3reb+4ast
gschID: 191542


Sokol Lancut - Stal Ostrow 88-85

The most exciting game of round 23 in the 1Liga took place in Lancut. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Stal Ostrow (12-11) to fifth ranked Sokol Lancut (14-9) 88-85 on Saturday evening. Stal Ostrow was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 21-17 charge of Sokol Lancut, which allowed them to win the game. They made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game, while Stal Ostrow only scored seven points from the stripe. 26 personal fouls committed by Stal Ostrow helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Damian Pieloch (195-89) who scored 28 points. Forward Kacper Mlynarski (200-92) chipped in 21 points and 9 rebounds. Four Sokol Lancut players scored in double figures. Guard Marcin Kalowski (191-80) produced 31 points (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) and power forward Wojciech Zurawski (199-76) added 8 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Sokol Lancut moved-up to third place, which they share with MOSiR Krosno and MKS DG. Newly promoted Stal Ostrow keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Sokol Lancut is looking forward to face WIKANA Start (#10) in Lublin in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Stal Ostrow will play at home against MKS DG (#4) in Dabrowa Gornicza and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sokol Lancut: D.Pieloch 28+3reb+2ast, K.Mlynarski 21+9reb+2ast, M.Baran 13+10ast, B.Dubiel 10+7reb, J.Balawender 9+4reb+2ast, B.Czerwonka 7+3reb
Stal Ostrow: M.Kalowski 31+4reb+1ast, M.Dymala 12+4reb+2ast, W.Szawarski 12+1reb+4ast, J.Dryjanski 10+6reb, L.Olejnik 9+6reb+2ast, W.Zurawski 8+10reb+1ast
gschID: 191540


Spojnia - UMKS Kielce 67-62

Very expected game in Stargard where 15th ranked UMKS Kielce (4-20) was defeated by eighth ranked Spojnia (12-11) 67-62 on Saturday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 67-62. The best player for the winners was forward Hubert Pabian (202-89, agency: Promotex) who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Tomasz Stepien (193-86) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Spojnia players scored in double figures. Forward Lukasz Fafara (194-84) produced 14 points and 4 assists and forward Rafal Krol (198-87) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Spojnia. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. UMKS Kielce lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth position with 20 games lost. Spojnia will face league's second-placed AZS Kutno at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. UMKS Kielce will play against Astoria Bydg. (#13) in Bydgoszcz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spojnia: H.Pabian 19+5reb+3ast, T.Stepien 13+7reb+2ast, L.Ratajczak 12, A.Parzych 10+3reb, B.Szczepaniak 5+1reb+2ast, P.Trepka 3+3ast
UMKS Kielce: L.Fafara 14+4reb+4ast, R.Krol 13+5reb+1ast, A.Busz 10+2reb+1ast, H.Makuch 9+5reb, P.Bacik 7+2reb, M.Wrobel 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 191539



2Liga Round 17: Leader AZS AWF K-ce loses to WKK Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News

The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked AZS AWF K-ce (13-3) recorded its third loss in Katowice on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked WKK Wroclaw (11-4) 100-82. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of AZS AWF K-ce. WKK Wroclaw dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to AZS AWF K-ce's 30. 27 personal fouls committed by AZS AWF K-ce helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was point guard Jan Grzelinski (178-94) who scored 34 points (!!!) and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). The former international power forward Miroslaw Lopatka (213-77, agency: Promotex) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. WKK Wroclaw's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Mariusz Piotrkowski (197-84) produced 30 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the hosts. WKK Wroclaw maintains third place in Group B with 11-4 record having just one points less than leader Wilki Morskie. AZS AWF K-ce at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. WKK Wroclaw are looking forward to face league's second-placed Pogon Prudnik at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. AZS AWF K-ce will have a break next round.
Eleventh-ranked Wschowa (1-14) made lots of trouble for second ranked Pogon Prudnik (12-3). Pogon Prudnik managed to secure only two-point victory 83-81. However their fans expected much easier game. Tomasz Madziar (195-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Tomasz Lakis contributed with 15 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Forward Pawel Jaworski (200-86) answered with 32 points and 8 rebounds for Wschowa. Pogon Prudnik maintains second place in Group B with 12-3 record behind leader Wilki Morskie. Wschowa lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Pogon Prudnik will play against Sudety (#6) in Jelenia Gora in the next round. Wschowa will play at home against Alba Chorzow (#7) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked PWiK Piaseczno (9-4) against eighth ranked Handlopex AZS (5-8) on Sunday night. Visiting PWiK Piaseczno was defeated by Handlopex AZS in Rzeszow 78-66. Piotr Mis stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Handlopex AZS's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Damian Zapert responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Handlopex AZS moved-up to seventh place in Group C. Loser PWiK Piaseczno keeps the second position with four games lost. Handlopex AZS will meet at home higher ranked Rosa II Radom (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. PWiK Piaseczno will play against Legia in Warszawa and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Tur Bielsk Pdl. (7-7) against sixth ranked Pulaski Warka (6-8) on Saturday night. Host Tur Bielsk Pdl. was defeated by Pulaski Warka in a tough game in Bielsk Podlaski 70-74. Dawid Mieczkowski nailed 9 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists for the winning side. Pulaski Warka maintains sixth place in Group C with 6-8 record. Tur Bielsk Pdl. at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. Pulaski Warka will have a break next round. Tur Bielsk Pdl. will play on the road against the league's leader MCKiS Jaworz. (#1) in Jaworzno.
Leader Wilki Morskie delivered the thirteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked MKS Skierniew. (6-8) 97-74 in Skierniewice. The best player for the winners was Piotr Wojdyr who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. MKS Skierniew.'s coach Lukasz Makolski gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Wilki Morskie (13-1) have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group A. Loser MKS Skierniew. keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Wilki Morskie will face Notec (#9) in Inowroclaw in the next round and are hoping to win another game. MKS Skierniew. will play at home against the league's second-placed SMS PZKosz in Wladyslawowo.

Other games of round 17 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Group A Suchy Las was defeated by Notec in Inowroclaw 76-74. SMS PZKosz smashed GTK Gdynia at home 92-69. Basket Pila won against Korsarz Gdansk on the opponent's court 89-80.
In Group B Mickiewicz managed to outperform HK Zory in a home game 76-73. Sudety managed to beat Alba Chorzow on the road 99-92. Tychy defeated Nysa Klodzko on its own court 78-65.
In Group C Rosa II Radom beat Wisla AWF Kr. in a road game 69-56. AZS AGH Alstom lost to undefeated MCKiS Jaworz. at home 51-66.


Group A
Notec - Suchy Las 76-74

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Suchy Las' (2-12) road loss to ninth ranked Notec (5-9) 74-76 on Wednesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Suchy Las won third quarter 17-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Notec forced 19 Suchy Las turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Mikolaj Grod (194-89) who scored 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Artur Gliszczynski (178-81) chipped in 16 points. Four Notec players scored in double figures. Center Filip Pruefer (208-96) produced 10 points and Michal Wielechowski (193-94) added 12 points respectively for the guests. Suchy Las' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Notec moved-up to eighth place in Group A, which they share with GTK Gdynia. Suchy Las lost fifth consecutive game. Suchy Las at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keep the tenth position with 12 games lost. Notec will face league's leader Wilki Morskie in Szczecin in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Suchy Las will play at home against Trefl II Sopot (#4).
Top scorers:
Suchy Las: J.Fiszer 13+2reb, M.Wielechowski 12+2reb+2ast, F.Pruefer 10+4reb+2ast, P.Wieloch 9+1reb+5ast, M.Brek 7+3reb+1ast, A.Krawiec 7+2reb
Notec: A.Gliszczynski 16+1reb+3ast, M.Grod 16+9reb+6ast, W.Pagacz 11+6reb+1ast, A.Wlodarski 10+2reb+1ast, T.Tlalka 9+3reb+1ast, H.Wierzbicki 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 192060


SMS PZKosz - GTK Gdynia 92-69

No shocking result in a game in Wladyslawowo where second ranked SMS PZKosz (10-4) smashed 8th ranked GTK Gdynia (5-9) 92-69 on Wednesday. The game without a history. SMS PZKosz led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to GTK Gdynia's 38. SMS PZKosz forced 24 GTK Gdynia turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was Damian Jeszke (202-95) who scored 29 points and 6 rebounds. Power forward Kacper Borowski (203-94) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Bartosz Wrobel (186-95) produced 14 points and guard Robert Kolka (184-93) added 12 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. SMS PZKosz maintains second place in Group A with 10-4 record having just three points less than leader Wilki Morskie. Newly promoted GTK Gdynia keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. SMS PZKosz will face MKS Skierniew. (#7) in Skierniewice in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. GTK Gdynia will play on the road against Basket Pila and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
GTK Gdynia: B.Wrobel 14+1reb+1ast, R.Kolka 12+1ast, P.Zolnierewicz 11+2reb, W.Nalecz 6+1reb+4ast, B.Szycik 6+2reb+1ast, M.Zolnierewicz 6+1reb+1ast
SMS PZKosz: D.Jeszke 29+6reb+1ast, K.Borowski 13+9reb+3ast, N.Sirijatowicz 9+4reb+5ast, R.Stefanik 9+4reb+1ast, J.Garbacz 8+5reb+2ast, L.Kaczmarski 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 192058


MKS Skierniew. - Wilki Morskie 74-97

Leader Wilki Morskie delivered the thirteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked MKS Skierniew. (6-8) 97-74 in Skierniewice. The game was mostly controlled by Wilki Morskie. MKS Skierniew. was better in third quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Wilki Morskie dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to MKS Skierniew.'s 32. They outrebounded MKS Skierniew. 38-26 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Wilki Morskie looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was center Piotr Wojdyr (217-90, agency: Promotex) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Karol Nowacki (194-91) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Mariusz Wojcik (197-79) produced 16 points and forward Radoslaw Jarosz (196-83) added 11 points and 6 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. MKS Skierniew.'s coach Lukasz Makolski gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Wilki Morskie (13-1) have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group A. Loser MKS Skierniew. keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Wilki Morskie will face Notec (#9) in Inowroclaw in the next round and are hoping to win another game. MKS Skierniew. will play at home against the league's second-placed SMS PZKosz in Wladyslawowo.
Top scorers:
MKS Skierniew.: M.Wojcik 16+2reb+1ast, M.Krawiec 12+2ast, M.Krajewski 12+2reb+1ast, R.Jarosz 11+2reb+6ast, M.Zelislawski 6+4reb, L.Makolski 5+7reb+1ast
Wilki Morskie: P.Pluta 22+1reb, P.Wojdyr 17+11reb+3ast, P.Kowalczuk 15+6reb+4ast, K.Nowacki 15+6reb+7ast, R.Bojko 8+7reb, M.Adamkiewicz 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 192059


Korsarz Gdansk - Basket Pila 80-89

There was a minor upset when 5th ranked Korsarz Gdansk (7-7) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Basket Pila (6-8) 89-80 on Saturday. Basket Pila shot 61.4 percent from the field. The best player for the winners was forward Lukasz Krzeminski (200-80) who scored 27 points. The former international guard Dawid Witos (190-83, agency: Promotex) chipped in 23 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Four Basket Pila players scored in double figures. Forward Marcin Chudy (200-86) produced 19 points and 6 assists and guard Jakub Zalucki (194-89) added 26 points respectively for the hosts. Korsarz Gdansk's coach Andrzej Kwasniewski rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Basket Pila moved-up to sixth place in Group A, which they share with MKS Skierniew. Korsarz Gdansk lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Basket Pila will face GTK Gdynia (#8) at home in the next round. Korsarz Gdansk will play against Ksiezak Lowicz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Korsarz Gdansk: J.Zalucki 26+2reb+1ast, M.Chudy 19+4reb+6ast, J.Golebiewski 10+5reb, D.Grujic 9+2reb+2ast, W.Specyalski 6+1reb+2ast, P.Konsek 5+9reb+2ast
Basket Pila: L.Krzeminski 27+3reb+2ast, D.Witos 23+3reb, G.Przewozniak 12+1reb, W.Rogacewicz 12+1reb+1ast, M.Rudnik 8+5reb+1ast, M.Zajac 2+3reb
gschID: 192057


Group B
AZS AWF K-ce - WKK Wroclaw 82-100

Top ranked AZS AWF K-ce (13-3) recorded its third loss in Katowice on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked WKK Wroclaw (11-4) 100-82. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of AZS AWF K-ce. WKK Wroclaw dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to AZS AWF K-ce's 30. 27 personal fouls committed by AZS AWF K-ce helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was point guard Jan Grzelinski (178-94) who scored 34 points (!!!) and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). The former international power forward Miroslaw Lopatka (213-77, agency: Promotex) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Five WKK Wroclaw players scored in double figures. WKK Wroclaw's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Mariusz Piotrkowski (197-84) produced 30 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and guard Marceli Dziemba (190-92) added 7 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the hosts. WKK Wroclaw maintains third place in Group B with 11-4 record having just one points less than leader Wilki Morskie. AZS AWF K-ce at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. WKK Wroclaw are looking forward to face league's second-placed Pogon Prudnik at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. AZS AWF K-ce will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
AZS AWF K-ce: M.Piotrkowski 30+5reb+3ast, K.Wojciak 16+1reb+1ast, B.Stawowski 7+1reb+1ast, M.Dziemba 7+5reb+6ast, K.Nowak 6+3reb+1ast, P.Jurczynski 6+3ast
WKK Wroclaw: J.Grzelinski 34+2reb+4ast, M.Lopatka 16+6reb+2ast, B.Diduszko 11+5reb+1ast, J.Koelner 10+5ast, T.Nowakowski 10+6reb+1ast, J.Trojan 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 192244


Mickiewicz - HK Zory 76-73

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Katowice where ninth ranked Mickiewicz (5-11) edged 8th ranked HK Zory (4-10) 76-73 on Sunday. HK Zory cut a 16-point first quarter deficit to three at the end of the game. Mickiewicz dominated on the defensive end, holding HK Zory to just 7 points in first quarter. Mickiewicz had a 31-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. HK Zory was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was power forward Maciej Strzelecki (204-87, agency: Promotex) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. Power forward Dawid Kolakowski (207-93) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Mickiewicz's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Grzegorz Zadecki (193-83) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and forward Lukasz Ochodek (195-82) added 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Mickiewicz moved-up to eighth place in Group B. HK Zory lost their seventh game in a row. They dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. Mickiewicz will face higher ranked Tychy (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. HK Zory will play against Sudety (#6) in Jelenia Gora.
Top scorers:
HK Zory: G.Zadecki 23+11reb+1ast, L.Ochodek 17+5reb+3ast, J.Rduch 10+4reb+2ast, K.Zielinski 8+5reb, K.Kupczak 5+3reb+2ast, A.Andula 4+4reb+1ast
Mickiewicz: M.Strzelecki 22+11reb+2ast, D.Kolakowski 12+10reb, M.Strzelecki 10+3reb+1ast, M.Batorski 8+6reb+2ast, R.Sebrala 7+2reb+2ast, M.Moralewicz 7+2ast
gschID: 192243


Alba Chorzow - Sudety 92-99

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Alba Chorzow's (6-10) home loss to sixth ranked Sudety (8-6) 92-99 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 7 points. Sudety shot 61.3 percent from the field and made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was guard Lukasz Niesobski (185-85) who scored 32 points and 4 assists. point guard Michal Kozak (179-92) chipped in 17 points and 6 assists. Guard Krzysztof Morawiec (192-74) produced 21 points and 5 rebounds and Przemyslaw Tradecki added 16 points and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sudety maintains sixth place in Group B with 8-6 record. Loser Alba Chorzow keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Sudety will face league's second-placed Pogon Prudnik at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Alba Chorzow will play against Wschowa (#11).
Top scorers:
Alba Chorzow: K.Morawiec 21+5reb+3ast, P.Tradecki 16+1reb+5ast, T.Gembus 15+1ast, M.Weselak 11+7reb+1ast, F.Czyznielewski 10+5reb+2ast, L.Wojcik 9+2reb+7ast
Sudety: L.Niesobski 32+2reb+4ast, R.Niesobski 19+2reb+3ast, J.Czech 17+7reb+2ast, M.Kozak 17+3reb+6ast, K.Wojciul 6+2reb+2ast, P.Minciel 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 192245


Tychy - Nysa Klodzko 78-65

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Tychy (10-5) won against at home 10th ranked Nysa Klodzko (4-12) 78-65 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Tychy. Nysa Klodzko was better in third quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was guard Radoslaw Lemanski (185-89) who scored 24 points. Swingman Grzegorz Remin (192-82) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Tychy players scored in double figures. Center Jaroslaw Bartkowiak (202-85) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds and forward Jakub Gadomski (202-87, college: USC Aiken) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tychy moved-up to fourth place in Group B. Loser Nysa Klodzko keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. Tychy will face Mickiewicz (#8) in Katowice in the next round. Nysa Klodzko will play at home against GTK Gliwice.
Top scorers:
Nysa Klodzko: J.Bartkowiak 15+8reb+1ast, J.Gadomski 12+8reb+1ast, M.Kowalski 11+2reb+4ast, M.Weiss 7+2reb+4ast, P.Magdziarz 7+3reb+1ast, R.Ciesla 5
Tychy: R.Lemanski 24+2ast, G.Remin 15+5reb+5ast, L.Bodych 11+6reb+1ast, T.Bzdyra 10+9reb+3ast, P.Olczak 6+4reb+3ast, D.Malek 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 192242


Pogon Prudnik - Wschowa 83-81

Eleventh-ranked Wschowa (1-14) made lots of trouble for second ranked Pogon Prudnik (12-3). Pogon Prudnik managed to secure only two-point victory 83-81. However their fans expected much easier game. Pogon Prudnik dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Wschowa's 32. They outrebounded Wschowa 39-20 including a 31-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Pogon Prudnik players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Tomasz Madziar (195-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Tomasz Lakis (194-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Forward Pawel Jaworski (200-86) answered with 32 points and 8 rebounds and guard Przemyslaw Matuszewski (192-83) added 12 points and 6 assists in the effort for Wschowa. Four Wschowa players scored in double figures. Pogon Prudnik maintains second place in Group B with 12-3 record behind leader Wilki Morskie. Wschowa lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Pogon Prudnik will play against Sudety (#6) in Jelenia Gora in the next round. Wschowa will play at home against Alba Chorzow (#7) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Wschowa: P.Jaworski 32+8reb+3ast, J.Jankowiak 14+1reb+4ast, K.Kaptur 13+4reb+1ast, P.Matuszewski 12+2reb+6ast, J.Chalupka 4+3reb+1ast, M.Zgrzebnicki 3+2reb+2ast
Pogon Prudnik: T.Madziar 29+7reb+5ast, M.Lepczynski 21+5reb+3ast, T.Lakis 15+14reb+8ast, B.Trytek 8+2reb+3ast, K.Bolibrzuch 8+6reb+1ast, M.Lipinski 2+3reb+3ast
gschID: 192246


Group C
Wisla AWF Kr. - Rosa II Radom 56-69

There was no surprise in Krakow where 9th ranked Wisla AWF Kr. (4-9) was defeated by fourth ranked Rosa II Radom (7-6) 69-56 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 69-56. Rosa II Radom forced 25 Wisla AWF Kr. turnovers. The best player for the winners was point guard Jakub Schenk (184-94) who scored 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Robert Cetnar (197-88) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. point guard Jakub Dwernicki (180-86) produced 21 points and power forward Lukasz Pajak (205-86) added 8 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Rosa II Radom. They moved-up to third place in Group C. Wisla AWF Kr. lost their third game in a row. They keep the ninth position with nine games lost. Rosa II Radom will face Handlopex AZS (#7) in Rzeszow in the next round. Wisla AWF Kr.'s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Krakow to the arena AZS AGH Alstom.
Top scorers:
Wisla AWF Kr.: J.Dwernicki 21+2reb+3ast, J.Sulowski 8+2reb+2ast, L.Pajak 8+11reb+2ast, J.Krawczyk 6+4reb+2ast, S.Czepiec 4+3reb, M.Ejiofor 3+4reb
Rosa II Radom: J.Schenk 14+9reb+5ast, R.Cetnar 12+8reb+2ast, J.Stanios 10+5reb+1ast, K.Mamcarczyk 9+1reb, K.Labedz 7+2reb, L.Sobuta 4+5reb
gschID: 192146


Handlopex AZS - PWiK Piaseczno 78-66

Very important is a road loss of second ranked PWiK Piaseczno (9-4) against eighth ranked Handlopex AZS (5-8) on Sunday night. Visiting PWiK Piaseczno was defeated by Handlopex AZS in Rzeszow 78-66. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 47-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Power forward Piotr Mis (204-77) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and swingman Szymon Skop (191-82) chipped in 19 points. Handlopex AZS's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Damian Zapert (196-84) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and guard Andrzej Paszkiewicz (180-79) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Handlopex AZS moved-up to seventh place in Group C. Loser PWiK Piaseczno keeps the second position with four games lost. Handlopex AZS will meet at home higher ranked Rosa II Radom (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. PWiK Piaseczno will play against Legia in Warszawa and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
PWiK Piaseczno: A.Paszkiewicz 15+4reb+4ast, S.Okola 13+4reb+1ast, D.Zapert 12+11reb, G.Jankowski 7+4reb+6ast, W.Bocianowski 7, T.Borkowski 6+3reb+1ast
Handlopex AZS: S.Skop 19+3reb+2ast, P.Mis 14+17reb+4ast, D.Kielar 13+2reb+2ast, S.Biela 9+4reb+4ast, M.Osiniak 8+6reb+1ast, K.Banys 6+1ast
gschID: 192145


AZS AGH Alstom - MCKiS Jaworz. 51-66

No shocking result in a game in Krakow where leader MCKiS Jaworz. (13-0) defeated 7th ranked AZS AGH Alstom (5-9) 66-51 on Saturday. They outrebounded AZS AGH Alstom 41-24 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. AZS AGH Alstom was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was center Lukasz Bak (209-81, agency: Promotex) who scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Tomasz Ejsmont (190-90) chipped in 18 points. Center Fabian Mroz (198-88) produced 8 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Lukasz Warmuz (187-83) added 13 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the thirteenth consecutive win for MCKiS Jaworz.. They maintain first place in Group C with 13-0 record. AZS AGH Alstom lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. MCKiS Jaworz. will face Tur Bielsk Pdl. (#4) in Bielsk Podlaski in the next round. AZS AGH Alstom's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Krakow Wisla AWF Kr..
Top scorers:
AZS AGH Alstom: L.Warmuz 13+3ast, F.Mroz 8+8reb+2ast, G.Dudzik 7+4reb+1ast, P.Ostrowski 5+2reb, M.Szewczyk 4+1reb+2ast, M.Hajduk 4+1reb+1ast
MCKiS Jaworz.: L.Bak 19+8reb+1ast, T.Ejsmont 18+2reb+1ast, D.Goldammer 9+9reb+1ast, D.Janiak 6+2reb+3ast, S.Klocek 5+7reb, J.Musijowski 3+4reb+5ast
gschID: 192144


Tur Bielsk Pdl. - Pulaski Warka 70-74

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Tur Bielsk Pdl. (7-7) against sixth ranked Pulaski Warka (6-8) on Saturday night. Host Tur Bielsk Pdl. was defeated by Pulaski Warka in a tough game in Bielsk Podlaski 70-74. Tur Bielsk Pdl. was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 20-14 charge of Pulaski Warka, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 20 Tur Bielsk Pdl. turnovers. Strangely Tur Bielsk Pdl. outrebounded Pulaski Warka 41-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. Guard Dawid Mieczkowski (198-89) nailed 9 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists for the winning side and forward Maciej Piatek (198-83) accounted for 16 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Kordian Jozwiuk (188-91) came up with 17 points and 6 assists and forward Arkadiusz Zabielski (195-84) added 15 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Tur Bielsk Pdl. in the defeat. Pulaski Warka maintains sixth place in Group C with 6-8 record. Tur Bielsk Pdl. at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. Pulaski Warka will have a break next round. Tur Bielsk Pdl. will play on the road against the league's leader MCKiS Jaworz. (#1) in Jaworzno.
Top scorers:
Tur Bielsk Pdl.: K.Jozwiuk 17+4reb+6ast, A.Zabielski 15+10reb+2ast, A.Weres 14+6reb+3ast, M.Wysocki 8+11reb, K.Zakrzewski 6+3reb, M.Komenda 5+3reb+1ast
Pulaski Warka: M.Piatek 16+7reb, P.Piros 16+2reb+2ast, P.Przyborowski 16+2reb, D.Mieczkowski 9+7reb+10ast, K.Kapturski 5+7reb, M.Gazarkiewicz 5
gschID: 192142



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EuroCup: Triumph hold off Buducnost in Lyubertsy - by Eurobasket News

Triumph - Buducnost 76:66

Triumph came from behind in the third quarter and rallied to an important home win over Buducnost in EuroCup Last 16 Group I. The Russian team thus improved at 2-3 record and caught up with the Montenegrin champions in the standings.
The teams stayed close throughout the first half. Triumph gained a narrow 18:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Buducnost stiffened defensively and erased the deficit in the second quarter. The scoreboard read 30:30 at the interval. Gerald Lee and Marko Popovic (200-SG-85) helped the visitors to a 42:32 lead midway through the third term. However Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) and Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) dragged Triumph in front 51:50 late in the period. Dusko Bunic (206-C-89, agency: Beo Basket) capped the quarter with a layup as Buducnost ensured a 52:51 lead. Sergey Karasev scored 11 points in a 13:0 run from the hosts as Triumph grabbed a 64:52 lead early in the fourth quarter. Triumph kept their opponents at bay throughout the final stanza and raced to the vital victory at the end. Sergey Karasev provided 24 points to pace the hosts. Tywain McKee added 16 points in the win. Marko Popovic answered with 18 points for Buducnost. Dusko Bunic had 11 points in the loss.