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  APBL   



Avengers Ready for action! - by Justin Moore

The Alexandria Avengers roster has been assembled and look to be a force in the apbl which was seen this past weekend with there 134-132 victory over the Bay Area Shuckers who went into the game riding a 4 game win streak. In that victory the avengers were led by scoring guard Ryan Hughes (6'3''-G-83) 28pts 6rebs 6ast Big time wing Joe Posey (6'5''-G-85, college: JMU) fresh from the NBLcanada 27pts 4rebs 3ast and Darnell Dodson (6'7''-F-89, college: S.Mississippi) 28pts 7rebs 1blk it was dodsons putback that gave the avengers the win look out for alexandria as they venture in the bombers home this saturday Feb 16th at Riverdale highschool largo,md Dominic Manuel will be leading the assault the defending APBL champion Beltway Bombers and the Avengers are old rivals from the EBA days checkout the latest news on the avengers at www.alexandriaavengers.com here's there roster below.

Joe Posey 6'5 SF JMU
Kenny Staton 6'4 SG
Ryan Hughes 6'3 G Hampton
Antoine Lesense
Lawrence Felder (6'9''-F/C-76, college: Salem Intern.)
George Johnson (6'4''-G-89, college: Augusta St.)
Mike Battle (6'5''-G, college: Cent.Florida)
Ernie Graham (6'9''-F-81, college: Independence CC)
Ali Djim (6'9''-C-88, college: Bowie St.)
Darnell Dodson 6'7 S.Mississippi
Brandon Sims 5'2 Pg Montgomery CC
Brian Polk (6'4''-F-81, college: Temple)



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  AUSTRALIA   

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Crocodiles
  (183-PG-83)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Ervin, Crocodiles18.5 
 2. Madgen, Kings17.9 
 3. Flynn, Tigers17.7 
 4. Wilson, Taipans16.4 
 5. Jackson, Breakers16.0 
 6. Lisch, Wildcats15.7 
 7. Johnson, 36ers15.7 
 8. Deleon, Hawks14.9 
 9. Redhage, Wildcats14.5 
 10. Knight, Wildcats14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacob HOLMES
  Crocodiles
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Holmes, Crocodiles8.5 
 2. Johnson, 36ers8.1 
 3. Crosswhite, Kings7.5 
 4. Lazare, Kings7.5 
 5. Knight, Wildcats7.2 
 6. Scott, Tigers6.8 
 7. Pledger, Breakers6.8 
 8. Vukona, Breakers6.5 
 9. Forman, Hawks6.4 
 10. Schenscher, 36ers6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Jackson, Breakers7.4 
 2. Flynn, Tigers6.4 
 3. Gibson, 36ers4.7 
 4. Ervin, Crocodiles4.7 
 5. Wilson, Taipans3.8 
 6. Martin, Hawks3.3 
 7. Martin, Wildcats3.2 
 8. Deleon, Hawks3.0 
 9. Bruce, Kings2.9 
 10. Henry, Kings2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.8 
 2. Martin, Wildcats2.1 
 3. Deleon, Hawks1.5 
 4. Ervin, Crocodiles1.3 
 5. Henry, Kings1.2 
 6. Tovey, Wildcats1.1 
 7. Wagstaff, Wildcats1.1 
 8. Martin, Hawks1.1 
 9. Lisch, Wildcats1.1 
 10. Edwards, Taipans1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Breakers
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Pledger, Breakers1.6 
 2. Scott, Tigers0.9 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats0.9 
 4. Forman, Hawks0.9 
 5. Schenscher, 36ers0.9 
 6. Hinder, Crocodiles0.7 
 7. Edwards, Taipans0.7 
 8. Garlepp, Kings0.7 
 9. Blanchfield, Croco.0.7 
 10. Hudson, Breakers0.7 



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  BAHRAIN   


Ghazat Hashem Irbid adds Williams to their roster, ex Issa Town - by BBEH Cokrlija

Ghazat Hashem Irbid (Premier League) added to their roster 31-year old American forward Waki Williams (206-82, college: Memphis). He played last season at Issa Town in Bahrain Premier League. Williams also played at Uhud in Saudi Arabian league that season.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Nuwaidrat in Premier League in Bahrain.
In 2008 (two years after he left the college) Williams was drafted by Albuquerque Thunderbirds (D-League) in third round (46th overall).
He attended University of Memphis until 2006 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
Williams team made it to the Lebanese League Semifinals in 2008.
He is quite experienced player. Williams has played also professionally in Dominican Rep., Japan (Osaka Evessa and Takamatsu Five Arrows), Mexico (Lobos Grises), Qatar (Qatar Sports Club), Lebanon (Blue Stars), Dominican Republic (Capitanes) and PBL (Augusta G.).
On Williams: A spectacular post layer who has a 38" vertical leap and an impressive 85" wingspan. Can score over 50% from the field and over 35% from 3 pts range. Has yet great upside.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BELARUS   


Kiril Sitnik claims Belarusian Premier League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Kiril Sitnik (190-G-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Sozh Gomel and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 23-year old guard had the game-high 28 points adding three rebounds and four assists for Sozh Gomel in his team's victory, helping them to crush Svisloch (#6, 6-14) with 25-point margin 96-71. Sozh Gomel maintains the 2nd position in Belarusian Premier League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sozh Gomel will need more victories to improve their 15-5 record. In the team's last game Sitnik had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Sozh Gomel's top player in his first season with the team. Sitnik has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.9ppg. Sitnik is in league's top in assists (8th best: 3.3apg) and averages solid 2.3spg and 63.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Sozh Gomel's star - 29-year old Ukrainian forward Sergei Dadukin (198-F-83). Dadukin impressed basketball fans with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Of course together with Sitnik he helped Sozh Gomel with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Svisloch (#6, 6-14) 96-71. Sozh Gomel's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 15-5 record is not bad at all. Dadukin is a newcomer at Sozh Gomel and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Sozh Gomel's star - Ukrainian Sergei Miakinin (206-F/C-86). Miakinin scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was another key player of Sozh Gomel, helping his team with a 96-71 easy win against the lower-ranked Svisloch (#6, 6-14). Sozh Gomel needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 5 lost games. Miakinin has a great season in Belarus. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.3ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Artem Malkov (185-PG-88) of Grodno-93 - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Kanstantin Yafremov (202-F-86) of Grodno-93 - 10 points and 6 rebounds
6. Maks Adam Konate (200-F-91) of Svisloch - 19 points and 9 rebounds
7. Dzmitry Kuzmin (196-G-75) of Grodno-93 - 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Pavel Bliznets (210-C-94) of Sozh Gomel - 6 points and 4 rebounds
9. Siarhei Charykau (185-PG-82) of Sozh Gomel - 14 points and 6 assists
10. Fedor Kryukov (181-PG-88) of Borisfen - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Fernando De Favari sign with Xv de Piracicaba - by Paulo Freire

XV/Cosan/BOM Peixe Piracicaba Basketball team hired an additional reinforcement for the Brazil Cup - Southeast Region and other challenges of the 2013 season. This is Fernando De Favari (205-C-88, college: BYU-Hawaii) a center of 24 years old and 112 kg. The athlete born in Bauru is known as Russo and brings the experience of playing abroad.

Russo played at Assis in 2007 and 2008 seasons and in the period of 2009 to 2011 he went to the US to play in the NJCAA, for the Brigham Young University, Hawaii (2011).

Back to Brazil, the big man played the Paulista State of A-1 series by the team of Dracena team and also the Paulista State A-2 series by Pindamonhangaba team.

The new hired said that he is proud to defende the XV/Cosan/BOM Peixe Piracicaba basketball, and it is an opportunity to renew his career and be part of a competitive squad and with the potential to fight for titles in the 2013 season. "I believe I can contribute to the group, I am devoted and I play the game to win. Never abandon my challenges. " said Russo.





Jacarei sign with 5 new players - by Paulo Freire

The Jacarei Basketball/Fibria/JTU/Ativia basketball team who is new with a new coach, have decided to change their roster.
The managers of the team have agreed with 5 new players.
The centers Michel Nascimento (208-C-78) and Paulao Castro (212-C-79).
The forward Fernando Henrique (201-F-84)
The point guard Caue Rico (182-G-82)
The Shooting guard Leonardo Dias (91)

Paulao and Caue came both from the same team of Santos.
Michel is currently playing in Uruguay and his last team in Brazil was the Suzano.
Fernando Henrique was playing at Lins Basquete with coach Brocco.
Leonardo Dias was playing at Sao Caetano and also knows Brocco pretty well.



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  CANADA   

CIS Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 33

Feb. 13: York - Laurentian 93-95
Feb. 12: Acadia - St.Mary's 92-68
Feb. 12: Dalhousie - St.Francis X. 88-83
Feb. 13: Manitoba - Winnipeg 85-89
Feb. 13: Guelph - Laurier 82-96
Feb. 13: Windsor - Western 74-79
Feb. 13: Brock - Waterloo 71-76
Feb. 13: Bishop's - Laval 69-53

Regular Season: Round 34

Feb. 14: Concordia - UQAM
Feb. 14: Calgary - Lethbridge
Feb. 14: TRU - UBC Okanagan
Feb. 15: UPEI - St.Francis X.
Feb. 15: St.Mary''s - Dalhousie
Feb. 15: McMaster - Lakehead
Feb. 15: Toronto Univ. - Ryerson
Feb. 15: Laurentian - York
Feb. 15: Brandon - Regina
Feb. 15: Lethbridge - Calgary
Feb. 15: Saskatchewan - Alberta
Feb. 15: UBC - Victoria
Feb. 15: UFV - TWU
Feb. 15: UNBC - Mount Royal


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stephon LAMAR
  Saskatch.
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Lamar, Saskatch.22.9 
 2. Allin, Laurier22.8 
 3. Freeman, UFV21.2 
 4. Ogungbemi-J., Calg.20.4 
 5. Faulkner, Queen''s19.9 
 6. Fee, New Brunsw.19.8 
 7. Dunn, St.Francis X.19.8 
 8. Otieno, Alberta19.8 
 9. Dorsey, Cape Bret.19.6 
 10. Ratte, Laurentian19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Derek WALDNER
  Lethb.
  (201-C-)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Waldner, Lethb.11.7 
 2. Ezenibe, St.Mary''s11.3 
 3. Klassen, Acadia11.3 
 4. Kamen, UBC10.7 
 5. Salhia, Lakehead10.6 
 6. Phillip, Windsor10.5 
 7. Burns, Regina9.5 
 8. Burns, Saskatch.9.5 
 9. Allin, Laurier9.3 
 10. Eyitayo, Concordia9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew CUNNINGHAM
  Winnipeg
  (186-G-)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Cunningham, Winnip.7.6 
 2. Hebert, Regina5.9 
 3. Dorsey, Cape Bret.5.3 
 4. Walton, Manitoba5.1 
 5. Lamar, Saskatch.4.9 
 6. Pasquale, Laure.4.7 
 7. York, UFV4.5 
 8. Bonhomme, Brandon4.5 
 9. Smith, TWU4.4 
 10. Collins, Windsor4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.3.8 
 2. Evans, Victoria3.3 
 3. Perrin, TWU2.9 
 4. Daley, New Brunsw.2.8 
 5. Walton, Manitoba2.7 
 6. Baker, Alberta2.7 
 7. Parchment, UFV2.7 
 8. Smith, TWU2.6 
 9. Clarke, St.Franc.2.4 
 10. Donkoh, St.Franc.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Mike ANDREWS
  Bishop''s
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Andrews, Bishop''s2.1 
 2. Moses, Calgary2.1 
 3. Eyitayo, Concordia1.9 
 4. Duke, UPEI1.8 
 5. Salhia, Lakehead1.7 
 6. Dewar, Alberta1.6 
 7. Osuntola, Windsor1.4 
 8. Luby, Brock1.4 
 9. Noel, Manitoba1.3 
 10. Ezenibe, St.Mary''s1.3 


CIS Round 33: #1 Lancers are defeated by Mustangs - by Eurobasket News

The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Lancers (15-5) in Windsor, ON on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by eighth ranked Mustangs (3-17) 79-74. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 21-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Mustangs forced 22 Lancers turnovers. Guard Quinn Henderson (193) stepped up and scored 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and forward Greg Morrow (190) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Lien Phillip (203-89) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. Lancers' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Mustangs maintains eighth place with 3-17 record. Lancers at the other side still keep top position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Important game to mention about took place in Toronto, ON. Fourth ranked Voyageurs (11-8) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Lions (7-12) 95-93 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lions. Alex Ratte nailed 27 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and Manny Pasquale accounted for 23 points and 9 assists. Forward Aaron Rados (198) came up with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds for Lions in the defeat. Voyageurs maintains fourth place with 11-8 record. Lions at the other side keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Voyageurs will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Lions will play again on the road against Voyageurs (#4) in Sudbury, ON and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Winnipeg, MB: Wesmen (#4) and Bisons (#3). Bisons were defeated at home 85-89 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The best player for the winners was Andrew Cunningham who scored 33 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 7 assists (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Jonar Huertas who recorded 27 points and 5 rebounds. Wesmen have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Manitoba. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Badgers (#4) were upset in St.Catharines, ON by seventh ranked Warriors 76-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Badgers. It was a good game for Gill Jaspreet who led his team to a victory with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Badgers' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Warriors (5-15) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Badgers at the other side keep the fourth position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
CIS top team - Gaiters (10-4) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they beat fifth ranked Rouge et Or (3-10) in Lennoxville, QC 69-53. Mike Andrews stepped up and scored 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Gaiters' coach Rod Gilpin used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gaiters have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-4 record. Rouge et Or lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 33: Laurier won against Guelph on the opponent's court 96-82. Dalhousie managed to outperform St.Francis X. in a home game 88-83. St.Mary's was rolled over Acadia on the road 92-68.


Manitoba - Winnipeg 85-89

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Winnipeg, MB: Wesmen (#4) and Bisons (#3). Bisons were defeated at home 85-89 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The guests trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 4 points. The best player for the winners was guard Andrew Cunningham (186, college: Redlands CC) who scored 33 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 7 assists (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). American guard Jordan Clennon (183, college: West Plains JC) chipped in 10 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Jonar Huertas (183) who recorded 27 points and 5 rebounds and forward Yigit Ozsayiner (198) added 22 points respectively. Five Wesmen and four Bisons players scored in double figures. Wesmen have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Manitoba. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Winnipeg: A.Cunningham 33+7reb+7ast, T.Krahn 12+2reb, M.McNee 11+4reb, J.Clennon 10+4reb+4ast, B.Iko 10+6reb, N.Gooding 8+5reb
Manitoba: J.Huertas 27+5reb+2ast, Y.Ozsayiner 22+4reb+1ast, D.Joseph 14+8reb+4ast, S.Walton 10+8reb+4ast, W.Anders 6+6reb+1ast, X.Smith 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 190717


Windsor - Western 74-79

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Lancers (15-5) in Windsor, ON on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by eighth ranked Mustangs (3-17) 79-74. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 21-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Mustangs forced 22 Lancers turnovers. Guard Quinn Henderson (193) stepped up and scored 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and forward Greg Morrow (190) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Lien Phillip (203-89) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds and forward Ryan Christie (201-90) scored 9 points and 7 rebounds. Lancers' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Mustangs maintains eighth place with 3-17 record. Lancers at the other side still keep top position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Western: G.Johnson 17+2reb, Q.Henderson 15+7reb+2ast, G.Morrow 13+7reb+3ast, P.Scholtes 8+4reb+2ast, E.Dooley 7+1reb, J.Bernard 6+4reb+6ast
Windsor: L.Phillip 23+14reb+1ast, R.Osuntola 9+3reb+2ast, R.Christie 9+7reb+2ast, M.Petrella 8+1ast, E.Diloreto 8+3reb, J.Collins 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 190716


York - Laurentian 93-95

Important game to mention about took place in Toronto, ON. Fourth ranked Voyageurs (11-8) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Lions (7-12) 95-93 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lions. The guests were ahead by 6 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 28-25 run, which allowed them to win the game. Voyageurs made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Lions turnovers. Alex Ratte nailed 27 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and guard Manny Pasquale (183) accounted for 23 points and 9 assists. Forward Aaron Rados (198) came up with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds and guard Isaac Akeem (190-90) added 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Lions in the defeat. Voyageurs maintains fourth place with 11-8 record. Lions at the other side keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Voyageurs will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Lions will play again on the road against Voyageurs (#4) in Sudbury, ON and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Laurentian: A.Ratte 27+7reb+3ast, M.Pasquale 23+4reb+9ast, G.Serresse 12+7reb+3ast, J.Budd 9+2reb+3ast, T.Carter-Newman 8+4reb+1ast, N.Yengue 8+2reb
York: A.Rados 30+12reb, I.Akeem 26+6reb+4ast, D.Tyndale 22+2reb+7ast, N.Tufegdzich 6+7reb, M.Ziobrowski 4+8reb, R.Isaac 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 190715


Guelph - Laurier 82-96

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Gryphons' (5-15) home loss to fifth ranked Golden Hawks (7-13) 82-96 on Wednesday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Golden Hawks's pressure prevailed and they won that period 27-20 extending their advantage to 14 points. Guard Maxwell Allin (193) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds for the winners and guard William Coulthard (188) chipped in 27 points. The best for the losing side was forward Daniel McCarthy (190) with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and guard Zachary Angus (185) scored 22 points. Five Gryphons players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Golden Hawks maintains fifth place with 7-13 record. Gryphons lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Laurier: M.Allin 34+10reb+2ast, W.Coulthard 27+3reb+3ast, M.Grantis 8+3reb+1ast, J.Forde 8+7reb+1ast, M.Chesson 6+3reb, A.Walters 4+4reb
Guelph: D.McCarthy 22+11reb+1ast, Z.Angus 22+2reb+2ast, J.Beatty 12+3reb+1ast, K.Malcolm 12+1reb+1ast, A.Kemp 12+13reb, S.Cornelissen 2+2reb
gschID: 190714


Brock - Waterloo 71-76

Badgers (#4) were upset in St.Catharines, ON by seventh ranked Warriors 76-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Badgers. Badgers were ahead by 18 points after three quarters before a 29-6 charge of Warriors, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Badgers to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Warriors forced 19 Badgers turnovers. Strangely Badgers outrebounded Warriors 37-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for Gill Jaspreet who led his team to a victory with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Wells Davis (196) contributed with 22 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Michael Williams (188) answered with 22 points and guard Didi Mukendi (183) added 12 points in the effort for Badgers. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Badgers' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Warriors (5-15) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Badgers at the other side keep the fourth position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Waterloo: W.Davis 22+2ast, B.Smith 15+5reb+3ast, M.Glibota 13+1reb, G.Jaspreet 11+8reb+6ast, M.Helsby 6+5reb+4ast, W.Bridge 5+3reb+3ast
Brock: M.Williams 22+4reb, B.Nahimana 12+6reb, D.Mukendi 12+4reb+3ast, C.Smith 10+3reb+2ast, M.Luby 6+5reb, J.Tipping 5+9reb+4ast
gschID: 190713


Bishop's - Laval 69-53

CIS top team - Gaiters (10-4) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they beat fifth ranked Rouge et Or (3-10) in Lennoxville, QC 69-53. The game was mostly controlled by Gaiters. Rouge et Or was better in fourth quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Rouge et Or to just 4 points in first quarter. Center Mike Andrews (208) stepped up and scored 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and forward Jeremy Leonard-Smith (193) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Gaiters' coach Rod Gilpin used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Karl Demers-Belanger with 20 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Bosnian forward Boris Hadzimuratovic (204-91, college: High School) scored 8 points and 11 rebounds. Gaiters have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-4 record. Rouge et Or lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Bishop's: M.Andrews 21+9reb+1ast, J.Leonard-Smith 15+5reb+2ast, J.Bermillo 10+3reb+2ast, T.Hunter 9+3reb+3ast, S.Ring 4+4reb+2ast, M.McLean 4+7reb
Laval: K.Demers-Belanger 20+5reb+3ast, T.Dezutter 9+1reb, B.Hadzimuratovic 8+11reb, R.Mathieu 7, S.Mercier 4+9reb+1ast, A.Beaumier 3+3reb
gschID: 190712


Dalhousie - St.Francis X. 88-83

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Tigers' (9-8) home victory over 5th ranked X-Men (7-9) 88-83 on Tuesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But X-Men won fourth quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Jumol Mullings (185) stepped up and scored 19 points and 7 assists for the winners and Cameroonian forward William Yengue (193) chipped in 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. Tigers' coach John Campbell used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was guard Will Donkoh (185) with 23 points and 8 rebounds and forward Jeremy Dunn (196) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tigers have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 9-8 record. Loser X-Men keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Tigers' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Halifax, NS to the arena Huskies.
Top scorers:
Dalhousie: J.Mullings 19+2reb+7ast, W.Yengue 18+8reb+1ast, K.Robinson 12+1reb+1ast, H.Abdullahi 10+5reb+3ast, D.Stedman 7+3reb+1ast, J.Reid 6+10reb+2ast
St.Francis X.: W.Donkoh 23+8reb+3ast, J.Dunn 21+5reb+2ast, R.Madera 15+11reb+1ast, J.Clarke 11+4reb+7ast, T.Vernon 6+3reb+8ast, S.Coupland 4
gschID: 233292


Acadia - St.Mary's 92-68

Not a big story in a game in Wolfville, NS where 6th ranked Huskies (6-11) were rolled over by second ranked Axemen (13-3) 92-68 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Axemen. Huskies was better in fourth quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Axemen dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Huskies' 28 and made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. The former international forward Owen Klassen (208-91) stepped up and scored 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and guard Anthony Ashe (193) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. Coach Stephen Baur's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was forward Riley Halpin (203) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and forward Kevin Thomas (203-93, college: Fairfield) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Huskies players scored in double figures. Axemen have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 13-3 record behind leader Bishop's. Loser Huskies keep the sixth position with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Acadia: A.Ashe 20+5reb+1ast, O.Klassen 15+7reb+5ast, A.Sears 13+1ast, B.States 9+8reb, S.Smith 8+2reb, T.Scott 8+3reb+1ast
St.Mary's: R.Halpin 15+10reb, K.Thomas 13+7reb, J.McAvoy 11+3reb+4ast, C.Jordan 10+3reb, K.Thompson 7+1reb+4ast, A.Lewis 7+2reb
gschID: 190711



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  CHINA   

Standings - CBA

CBA Standings
 1. Guangdong ST 26-4 
 2. Shandong FB 23-7 
 3. Beijing Ducks 21-9 
 4. Xinjiang FT 19-11 
 5. Liaoning H. 18-12 
 6. Zhejiang CB 16-14 
 7. DongGuan L. 16-14 
 8. Guangsha L. 16-15 
 9. Shanxi Zh. 15-15 
 10. Bayi R. 14-16 
 11. Foshan LL 13-17 
 12. Jiangsu D. 12-18 
 13. Fujian QB 10-20 
 14. TianJin S. 10-20 
 15. Jilin NE T. 10-21 
 16. Shanghai S. 9-21 
 17. Qingdao E. 8-22 

Regular Season: Round 33

Feb. 15: Jiangsu D. - Shanxi Zh.
Feb. 15: Zhejiang CB - Xinjiang FT
Feb. 15: Shanghai S. - Jilin NE T.
Feb. 15: DongGuan L. - Qingdao E.
Feb. 15: Bayi R. - Liaoning H.
Feb. 15: Guangdong ST - Shandong FB
Feb. 15: Foshan LL - Beijing Ducks
Feb. 15: Fujian QB - TianJin S.


Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Foshan LL
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 32.8
 1. Randolph, Foshan32.8 
 2. Douby, Zhejiang CB32.3 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.31.5 
 4. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.9 
 5. Akognon, Liaoning.30.4 
 6. Forbes, Guangsha29.6 
 7. Marbury, Beijing29.5 
 8. Daniels, Qingdao E.29.4 
 9. Spencer, Jilin N.28.7 
 10. Haislip, DongGuan.27.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  TianJin S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Harvey, TianJin S.16.6 
 2. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.15.1 
 3. Randolph, Foshan14.7 
 4. Li, Liaoning H.13.2 
 5. Wang, Fujian QB13.0 
 6. Harris, Jiangsu D.12.5 
 7. Abbas, Shandong FB11.7 
 8. Daniels, Qingdao E.11.6 
 9. Siler, Jiangsu D.11.2 
 10. Ramos, Guangsha11.1 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  TianJin S.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Daghles, TianJin S.9.4 
 2. Lu, Shanxi Zh.6.0 
 3. Jeter, Shandong FB5.6 
 4. Marbury, Beijing5.3 
 5. McGrady, Qingd.5.2 
 6. Williams, Shanxi Z.5.2 
 7. Qahwash, Jiang.4.7 
 8. Forbes, Guangsha4.7 
 9. Gaines, Fujian QB4.7 
 10. Liu, Shanghai S.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Dewarick SPENCER
  Jilin N.
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Spencer, Jilin N.2.6 
 2. Douby, Zhejiang CB2.5 
 3. Hu, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 4. Jeter, Shandong FB2.3 
 5. Abbas, Shandong FB2.2 
 6. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.2 
 7. Marbury, Beijing2.2 
 8. Han, Bayi R.2.1 
 9. Co, Xinjiang FT2.0 
 10. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Ti.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. N''Diaye, Ti.4.0 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.8 
 3. Siler, Jiangsu D.2.0 
 4. Daniels, Qingdao E.1.9 
 5. Yi, Guangdong ST1.8 
 6. Morris, Beijing Du.1.6 
 7. Yan, Shanxi Zh.1.5 
 8. Haislip, DongGuan.1.5 
 9. Vroman, Shandong.1.5 
 10. Han, Liaoning H.1.5 



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  COLOMBIA   

Standings

Copa Federacion Standings
 1. Academia 0-0 
 2. Aguilas 0-0 
 3. Bambuqueros 0-0 
 4. Bucaros 0-0 
 5. Caribbean Heat 0-0 
 6. Halcones 0-0 
 7. Once Caldas 0-0 
 8. Piratas 0-0 


PIRATAS GETS JAMAL JOHNSON - by Victor Garcia

Piratas de Bogot gets their third import player towards the upcoming Professional Basketball Division Tournament, the black team signed the american small forward Jamal Johnson (2,00 Clayton St, NCAA Div2), Johnson is known in Colombia he played the last season in the Manizales OC team replacing Alpha Bangura.
Johson is mostly an ofesnive player with good shooting , and good athletic skils, Johson has played before in Ireland, Portugal, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela Uriguay, Dominican Republic and Ecuador



AGUILAS DE TUNJA SIGNS CURTIS WILLIAMS AND EDDY BARLOW - by Victor Garcia

Aguilas de Tunja keeps putting togoether their roster for the opening of the first Professional Basketball Divison Tournament, and signed the veteran center Curtis WIlliams (2,05 C - Lousiana Tech), Williams has played in Colombia three times with Arrieros, Bukaros and Cucuta Norte, Williams is a solid veteran with big experience to play in the paint.
Also announced the arrival fo Eddy Mayfield (185-G-81, college: Sam Houston St.) Barlow (1,85 G - Sam Houston), who alos has big experience in the international leagues like Mejico, Israel, Hungary and Romania.



CARIBBEAN HEAT TALKING TO WASHINGTON AND CULVER - by Victor Garcia

According information received from the Caribbean Heat manager Javier Gordon, the team is talking to Dervaughn Washington and Patrick Culver (208-C-84, college: W.Texas A&M), trying to close a deal that brings the player to the country to be part of the team in the upcoming Professional Basketball Division Tournament that will be call Liga Directv.
The two americans will join the group of player that already works in Cartagena like Doel Forbes, Jorry Downs, Alfish Henry, Cliff Leon and some local young players,



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Petrolina AEK Larnaca lands Mihalis Kakiouzis - by Eurobasket News

Petrolina AEK Larnaca (Division A) landed 37-year old Greek ex-international forward Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-102kg-76, agency: Interperformances). He started the season at SAV Vacallo in Swiss LNA league. In 12 games this season he averaged impressive 15.5ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.3apg and 2.0spg. The last season Kakiouzis played at Lottomatica Roma (SerieA) in Italian league. In 22 games last year he had 7.9ppg and 4.1rpg. He also played at Vanoli Cremona (SerieA) in Italian league earlier that season. In four games he had 8.5ppg and 5.3rpg. Kakiouzis also spent pre-season at Gescrap (ACB) in Spanish league earlier that year.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Le Mans Sarthe Basket (ProA) in French league. In 21 games he had 9.0ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1apg. Kakiouzis also played 8 games in Eurocup where he had 7.3ppg and 3.9rpg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the ULEB Euroleague Semifinals in 2001 and 2006. Kakiouzis was selected to Italian SerieA All-Star Game back in 2005. He also represented Greece at the Olympic Games in Athens nine years ago.
Kakiouzis is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Turkey (Anadolu Efes), Spain (Regal FC Barcelona, Cajasol and Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket), Greece (Aris and AEK Athens) and Italy (Montepaschi Siena).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Petrolina AEK Larnaca.
Lets have closer look into Kakiouzis outlook: Great skills, a little less ahows on the court. Very big talent. Strong player and very dangerous on the boards. Can rebound and block. Plays both 3-4 positions.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @ip_sport)



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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. Nielsen, Randers18.8 
 8. Delk, Vaerlose18.6 
 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. Baker, Vaerlose8.0 
 6. Washington, Svend.8.0 
 7. Walker, Naestved7.8 
 8. Moritz, SISU7.5 
 9. Christoffers., Bak.7.5 
 10. Thomann, Horse.7.3 
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, SISU5.2 
 5. Murphy, Naestved4.8 
 6. Nielsen, Randers4.6 
 7. Tomko, Bakken4.5 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.4.4 
 9. Jonsson, Aarhus BC4.0 
 10. Dennis, SISU4.0 
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, Vaerlose2.0 
 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. Smith, SISU0.9 
 9. Frandsen, Naestved0.8 
 10. Thomann, Horse.0.8 


Bonell Colas claims Danish Ligaen weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Bonell Colas (205-F-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for Randers and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 30-year old forward had a double-double of 36 points and twenty two rebounds, while his team crushed Horsholm (#7, 8-14) with 17-point margin 85-68. Randers maintains the 6th position in Danish Ligaen. Randers is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 11-13 record. Colas turned to be Randers' top player in his first season with the team. University of Florida graduate has very impressive stats this year. Colas is league's best scorer averaging so far 25.2ppg and leads league in rebounds with 15.1rpg. Colas is in league's top in and averages solid 2.2bpg and 65.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American swingman Randy Dezouvre (195-F/G-87) of Aarhus BC. Dezouvre impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 32 points and 14 rebounds. It was enough for Aarhus BC to edge slightly lower-ranked Aalborg (#10, 1-21) by 4 points 81-77. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Aarhus BC keeps 9th position. 18 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories Aarhus BC managed to get this year. Dezouvre is a newcomer at Aarhus BC 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 Anthony Jones (208-F-89) of Aalborg (#10). Jones scored 25 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Jones' great performance Aalborg lost 77-81 to slightly higher-ranked Aarhus BC (#9, 6-18). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Aalborg can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-21 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Jones he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Jones has a very solid season. In 7 games in Denmark he scored 18.7ppg. He also has 9.1rpg and 1.3bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joe Benjamin (200-F/C-83) of Naestved - 19 points and 8 rebounds
5. Darko Jukic (198-G-90) of Horsens IC - 32 points and 6 rebounds
6. Luis Guzman (193-G-87) of Aalborg - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists
7. Keane Thomann (211-C-89) of Horsens IC - 15 points and 8 rebounds
8. Charles Funches (203-F-88) of Aarhus BC - 21 points and 5 rebounds
9. Casper Hesseldal (198-F-85) of Horsholm - 15 points and 6 rebounds
10. Mikael Nielsen (178-PG-90) of SISU - 20 points and 5 rebounds

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



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  D-LEAGUE   

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 


Rick Jackson claims D-League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Rick Jackson (206-F-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Austin T. and that's him to receive a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 43.
The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 19 points and eleven rebounds, while his team crushed Maine RC (#3, 19-15) with 17-point margin 111-94. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Austin T. maintains the 3rd position in D-League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Austin T. will need more victories to improve their 17-13 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Jackson as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Syracuse University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jackson is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 10.2rpg) and averages solid 1.4bpg and 53.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old forward Chris Wright (203-F-88) of Maine RC. Wright impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Maine RC lost that game 122-139 to slightly higher-ranked Rio Grande VV (#2, 20-11). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Maine RC still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 19-15 record is not bad at all. Wright is a newcomer at Maine RC and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Austin T.'s star - Canadian Cory Joseph (190-PG-91). Joseph scored 25 points and passed seven assists. He was another key player of Austin T., helping his team with a 111-94 easy win against #3 ranked Maine RC. Austin T. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 17 victories and 13 lost games. Joseph has a great season in D-L. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.4ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chris Quinn (188-PG-83) of Tulsa 66ers - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists
5. Greg Smith (208-C-91) of Rio Grande VV - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Omar Reed (200-F/G-87) of Maine RC - 14 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Melvin Ely (207-C-78) of Texas L. - 17 points and 11 rebounds
8. Lazar Hayward (198-F-86) of Los Angeles D. - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
9. JaMychal Green (203-F-90) of Austin T. - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Dwayne Jones (211-C-83) of Texas L. - 6 points, 19 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  ESTONIA   

Standings - KML

KML Standings
 1. TU/Rock 16-0 
 2. Tarvas 16-5 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 13-5 
 4. TTU 11-9 
 5. Valga 9-12 
 6. Rapla 8-11 
 7. Parnu 7-11 
 8. Tln Kalev 5-17 
 9. Hito/Johvi 1-18 

Regular Season: Round 19

Feb. 14: Kalev/Cramo - Parnu 88-69
Feb. 13: Tln Kalev - TU/Rock 46-88
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, Parnu16.2 
 3. Akenparg, TTU16.2 
 4. Raley-Ross, Tarvas16.1 
 5. Tamm, Tarvas15.9 
 6. Peciukeviciu., Par.15.7 
 7. Lindmets, Tarvas14.4 
 8. Campbell, Tln Kalev14.4 
 9. Pilk, Rapla14.1 
 10. Okoye, Tln Kalev13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 11
 1. Raadik, Parnu11.0 
 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. Pilk, Rapla1.5 
 8. Okoye, Tln Kalev1.5 
 9. Raley-Ross, Tarvas1.5 
 10. Saare, Hito/Johvi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew ARNOLD
  TTU
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Arnold, TTU1.1 
 2. Saarmets, TTU0.8 
 3. Matulionis, Parnu0.7 
 4. Okoye, Tln Kalev0.7 
 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 



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  EUROCUP   

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 



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  EUROLEAGUE   

Standings

Euroleague Standings
Group E
 1. Anadolu Efes 6-1 
 2. Real Madrid 6-1 
 3. CSKA 5-2 
 4. Panathinaikos 4-3 
 5. Zalgiris 3-4 
 6. Unicaja 3-4 
 7. ALBA 1-6 
 8. Brose Bask. 0-7 
Group F
 1. FCB Regal 6-1 
 2. Montepaschi 5-1 
 3. Khimky 4-2 
 4. Caja Laboral 4-2 
 5. Olympiacos 3-3 
 6. Maccabi T-A 2-5 
 7. Fener.Ulker 1-5 
 8. Besiktas 0-6 
Stage One Standings

Top 16: Round 7

E

Feb. 14: Brose Bask. - Zalgiris 87-88 OT
Feb. 14: CSKA - Panathinaikos 86-69
Feb. 14: Anadolu Efes - Real Madrid 74-72
Feb. 14: ALBA - Unicaja 65-67

F

Feb. 14: Maccabi T-A - FCB Regal 77-82
Feb. 15: Montepaschi - Caja Laboral
Feb. 15: Fener.Ulker - Besiktas
Feb. 15: Khimky - Olympiacos


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Brown, Montepaschi20.4 
 2. Langford, EA7 A.17.0 
 3. Nachbar, Brose B.16.8 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.16.1 
 5. Schilb, Chalon15.5 
 6. Weems, CSKA15.1 
 7. Bogdanovic, Fener..14.7 
 8. Popovic, Zalgiris14.4 
 9. Jerrells, Besiktas14.2 
 10. Krstic, CSKA13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Un.Olimpija
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Baynes, Un.Olimpija9.8 
 2. Bourousis, EA7 A.8.3 
 3. Williams, Chalon7.6 
 4. Gordon, Partizan7.5 
 5. Khryapa, CSKA7.1 
 6. Mahalbasic, Asseco6.8 
 7. Lasme, Panathin.6.5 
 8. James, Maccabi T-A6.2 
 9. Hines, Olympiacos6.1 
 10. Thompson, ALBA6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panath.
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Diamantidis, Panat.6.1 
 2. Planinic, Khimky5.9 
 3. Brown, Montepaschi5.4 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.3 
 5. Blassingame, Assec.5.1 
 6. Teodosic, CSKA5.1 
 7. Cook, EA7 Armani5.0 
 8. Ohayon, Maccabi4.2 
 9. Tabu-Eboma, Cantu4.2 
 10. Farmar, Anadolu4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jamon Lukas GORDON
  Anadolu .
  (191-SG-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gordon, Anadolu2.0 
 2. Jaaber, Zalgiris1.9 
 3. Hickman, Maccabi1.8 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA1.7 
 5. Green, Cedevita1.6 
 6. Lucic, Partizan1.6 
 7. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.5 
 8. Djedovic, ALBA1.4 
 9. Teodosic, CSKA1.4 
 10. Cook, EA7 Armani1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Panathin.
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Lasme, Panathin.1.9 
 2. James, Maccabi T-A1.6 
 3. Cusin, Cantu1.4 
 4. Tomic, FCB Regal1.4 
 5. Ress, Montepaschi1.3 
 6. Monya, Khimky1.2 
 7. Kaun, CSKA1.2 
 8. Gordon, Partizan1.1 
 9. Slaughter, Real M.1.1 
 10. Davis, Khimky1.1 


EUROLEAGUE POWER RANKINGS (4) - by Dimitris Katsionis

Let's take a look to the latest Euroleague power rankings, just one game before the end of TOP-16's first round..

1. Real Madrid (6-0): Best defense so far in the TOP-16.. (66.7 PPG), top-offensive rebounding team.. Real showed it can win at both fast and slow pace, although its offense is not so productive. Carrol's performance against CSKA was a classic..

2. Barcelona (5-1): The Catalonians are the top favorite for their group's first place, after their two very convincing wins against the underdogs (Caja Laboral & Montepaschi). Pasqual's style remains the same, based on a very quality post offense which includes high speed in the half court and a very effective defense. They performed bad only in Moscow, against Khimki..

3. CSKA Moscow (4-2): After two straight losses Messina indentified different issues, by the time CSKA was showing improvement, beginning to move in the direction the Italian had carved. The Russians have defensive problems in addition to their productive offense which thrives in the paint and has an improved ball movement (Micov is the key player on that). Christmas is under a silent punishment. CSKA is on 4-2 but i think it will run after groups first place until the end..

4. Montepaschi (5-1): Montepaschi had a tremendous run in the top-16, having it's first loss in Palau Blaugrana.. Banchi's high-octaine offense and low mistake basketball seems that it feets a lot to this group of players but the nature of Montepaschi's style is not the same after Ress got injured as the coaching staff has to play more with Eze on "5" spot. The Italian powerhouse is on the market, looking for a guard

5. Efes Anadolu (5-1): Oktay Mahmuti quietly has unveiled an improved defensive Efes (69.5ppg), which ranks second behind Real Madrid, counting only one defeat, in the first game at Moscow. Offense still wants work, as it has not reached the level of fair and cooperative creation but at 44.1% which forces the opponent to shoot two pointers is definitely flattering. If they win Real next week, they can be (maybe for the first time so seriously this year) in the talks for London.. (?)

6. Caja Laboral (4-2): Started with an impressive 4-0 with a couple amazing performances but now the Basques count two straight losses (one "bad", from Khimky) plus they have to live without Oleson, who was their perimeter's line equalizer. Caja, which seems more comfortable and less stressed in the court with Tabak, places a very good ball movement and an effective transition offense. It's the team with the fewer mistakes in the TOP-16, putting an impressive 158.7% in the assists/turnovers ratio. The wings performance will be critical (Causer has a big chance to show up). It seems they will fight for the post season until TOP-16's last day..

-Khimky (3-3): Khimki performs like a play-off team. This is it's level at least. Very good chemistry and floor spacing in the offensive end, very effective when they attack on the transition or in the half court.. Rivers started shooting better and Paul is on the rise.The Russians have the quality to qualify..

8. Panathinaikos (4-2): The Greens have big offensive problem due to the choices in the point guard position. The team plays good defense, but doesn't performs well on the boards any more. Panathinaikos tries to sign Fotsis but the truth is that in OAKA they need a strong-defensive minded PG..

-Olympiakos (3-3): The champs don't perform well and Mantzaris's injury is crucial to the team's chemistry. Olympiakos seems it lost it's hard caliber. The Reds are on the market for a PG..

10. Zalgiris (2-4): Zalgiris is much better team than its 2-4 record..
Excellent defense -which forces the opponent to many turnovers- with principles. Lets see how the financial problems will affect the team.. Although, I believe that they could be the "dark horse" in the second round..

11. Maccabi (2-4): Bad recruiting from Maccabi this year.. Blatt tries to find a solution but his team simply performs bad with an imbalanced offense (too much inside game which is not supported with effective perimeter shooting. Maccabi needs a big second round..

12. Unicaja (2-4): Unicajas game is like Malagas atmosphere. Allegro.

13. Fenerbahce (1-5): Allows 91.7 ppg on the defensive end, a 63% percentage on the opponents 2pt shots, plus the worst rebounding team in the TOP-16...It can't be worse..

14. Alba Berlin (1-5): Obradovic tries to present a decent team on the court which plays hard nose defense but doesn't have the quality (especially in the guards) to put big numbers on offense. The whole project (a new big market, the arena and the crowd) is very tempting for Euroleague

15. Brose Baskets (0-6): The Germans play much better on the road. Their offense has a continuous motion and they are shooting pretty well behind the arc but theit defense is truly bad. Brose Baskets added J. Massey hoping for a win..

-Besiktas (0-6): Besiktas let me down.. The hard nosed and competitive team of the first months doesn't exist anymore. Daniel Ewing was a bad choice.. The Turkish haven't any motivation and they play ugly basketball, although there no way- the worst TOP-16..




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  FINLAND   


Preserverance - by Brandon Thomas

What up Eurobasket its been some time since I've sat down and wrote a blog. Its only right that I take the time to write this one addressing not only myself and the current status of my career, but just touch on a subject many people dont see when it comes to playing professionally. This year I'm back in the states playing in the new league they started called the ABL (American Basketball League). This is the first professional league in the states to use Fiba rules. Just like any new league it has its ups and downs. Personally I miss you Europe and look forward to getting back over there, but this league isint so bad. I'm close to home so I get to spend more time with friends and family. The talent is pretty good. There are guys looking to go overseas for the first time, and there are guys who have played for yrs overseas. So with the mix of the younger guys and their hunger and the years of experience of the older guys makes up a great dynamic of the league. The refs are trying to learn fiba rules on the fly which makes the games inconsistent at times but with time it will get better. The number of guys looking for jobs overseas has increased, but on the flip side the number of jobs has decreased. Ideally i wanted to be back in europe but it wasnt in gods plan for me this season. I could have looked at this as a set back in my career but I'm blessed to have a great support group around me to remind me this is what the grind is all about. Its not how many times you get knocked down but how may times you get up. This is another step headed towards the top. I get to use the league for great game shape, and still play against some good competition to continue to develop and work on my game. A lot of people see the glam of playing professionally, travleing the world, getting paid to do what you love, but what people dont see is the constant uncertainty. We sacrifice a lot to do this so i want to take the time out to shout out all my dudes out there following their dream. May god continue to bless you all with much success. Everyday is a grind, its all about embracing it. Love what you do and do what you love!! I'm so thankful and so blessed to be apart of something new and i plan to keep and eye on this league for years to come even when i return to europe!! As season begin to wind down, best of luck to my guys out there getting it. Bring back that hardware!! Until next time be blessed, and of course LOVE GOD LOVE LIFE!!! Brandon Thomas (192-G-85, college: Texas St.) Brandon Thomas (192-G-85, college: Texas St.)



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

29-year old forward Devonne Giles (203-F-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team KTP and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
He had the game-high 21 points adding eight rebounds for KTP in his team's victory, helping them to crush Namika Lahti (#12, 7-23) with 24-point margin 97-73. It allowed KTP to consolidate first place in the Finnish league. KTP have a solid 24-6 record. Giles turned to be KTP's top player in his first season with the team. Texas Tech University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Giles is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 8.5rpg) and averages solid 61.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83, agency: Limelight Hoops). He is Canadian in his first season at KTP. In the last game Barrett recorded impressive 26 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course together with Giles he helped KTP with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Namika Lahti (#12, 7-23) 97-73. Of course KTP still keep the league's top spot. His team lost just six games this season, while they won 24 matches. Barrett is a newcomer at KTP and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports) of Kauhajoki (#5). Bullock scored 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Kauhajoki, leading his team to a 98-82 easy win against the lower-ranked FoKoPo (#11, 7-23). Kauhajoki needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 11 lost games. Bullock has a great season in Finland. After 30 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.6ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Charles Burgess (186-PG-84) of FoKoPo - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Timo Heinonen (198-F-81) of KTP - 21 points and 6 rebounds
6. Gilberto Clavell (201-F-89) of Kouvot - 22 points and 4 rebounds
7. Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86) of Pyrinto - 19 points and 4 rebounds
8. Shawn Atupem (200-F-89) of Salon Vilpas - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ryan McDade (201-F-80) of Nilan Bisons - 14 points and 13 rebounds
10. Jukka Kataja (197-F-82) of Salon Vilpas - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Logan STUTZ
  ETB Wohnbau
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau20.3 
 2. Thomas, Cuxhaven20.3 
 3. Nixon, NBC19.4 
 4. Williams, Vechta17.9 
 5. Griffin, Gotha17.3 
 6. Kelly, Cuxhaven16.3 
 7. White, Heidelberg16.3 
 8. Barker, Jena16.0 
 9. Calvin, Ehingen16.0 
 10. Roessler, Karlsru.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Gadley, Leipzig10.5 
 2. Lawson, Chemnitz9.2 
 3. Henley, ETB W.8.1 
 4. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau8.0 
 5. Black, Karlsruhe8.0 
 6. Calvin, Ehingen7.8 
 7. Baker, Gotha7.7 
 8. Smallwood, Kirchhe.7.3 
 9. Livas, Goettingen7.0 
 10. Adomaitis, Jena6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Williams, Vechta7.4 
 2. Aud, Finke Baskets6.2 
 3. Coleman, Crailsheim6.0 
 4. Kelly, Cuxhaven5.1 
 5. Cook, ETB Wohnbau5.1 
 6. Smith, Gotha4.7 
 7. Matthews, Ehingen4.5 
 8. Barker, Jena4.3 
 9. Jeka, Jena4.2 
 10. Barth, Heidelberg4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Vechta3.1 
 2. White, Heidelberg2.4 
 3. Matthews, Ehingen2.3 
 4. Alexander, Kirchhe.1.8 
 5. Johnson, Duesseld.1.8 
 6. Brooks, Kirchheim1.6 
 7. Stockton, Karlsruhe1.6 
 8. Harris, Goettingen1.5 
 9. Lawson, Chemnitz1.5 
 10. Bynum, Chemnitz1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Gadley, Leipzig2.3 
 2. White, Heidelberg2.0 
 3. Flomo, Duesseldorf1.6 
 4. Lawson, Chemnitz1.4 
 5. De Michael, NBC1.3 
 6. Thompson, NBC1.2 
 7. Smallwood, Kirchhe.1.0 
 8. Madrich, Vechta1.0 
 9. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 
 10. Calvin, Ehingen0.8 


The New Yorker Phantoms And Jeremiah Davis Part Ways - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Beko BBL club New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig announced today that Jeremiah Davis (183-PG-81, college: Pacific) will not dress for the team again this season. The 31 year old 183cm point guard from Washington and the team decided to terminate the contract. "He always played for the team and was important for internal team aspects. He was unable to give us the impulses that we had hoped for. Recently he had foot problems, missed practices and fell out of the rottaion. We felt it was fair for both sides to go separate way and give him a chance to find a new team", stressed Phantoms manager Oliver Braun. Davis played 18 games averaging 6,4ppg, 1,5rpg and 1,3apg.

Source: New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig





Teddy Gipson Leaves The Brose Baskets Bamberg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


The Brose Baskets Bamberg announced today that Teddy Gipson (193-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Arkansas) will no longer play for the 5 time Beko BBL champion. Gipson who is a 32 year old was playing only his second season in Germany after getting experience with Paderborn in 2006-2007 and played very well for Bamberg, but wasnt happy with his role and was awaiting another role. The coaching staff and Gipson worked on finding a solution, but couldnt find one. "He is a player that has good chances to play for a well known team", stated Chris Fleming. In the Beko BBL, Gipson played 20 games averaging 10,1ppg, 1,6rpg and 2,2apg. In Euroleague play, he played 16 games averaging 7,6ppg, 1,4rpg and 2,1apg.

Source: Brose Baskets Bamberg



EuroLeague: Unicaja Malaga thump Alba Berlin in O2 World - by Eurobasket News

Alba Berlin - Unicaja Malaga 65:67

Unicaja Malaga thump Alba Berlin in O2 World for 3-4 record in Group E. The Spanish outfit grabbed 67:65 win mostly due to the third period. The German side fell at 1-6 record.
Unicaja Malaga won the first period 22:20, but could not win the half. The hosts erupted with 22-12 and grabbed 42:34 at the halftime. The third period however was decisive in the game as Unicaja Malaga needed a 21-9 rally to take the lead. Je'Kel Foster (191-G-83, college: Ohio St.) later tied the game at 57:57, while Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) gave the hosts 65:63 lead with less than 2 minutes to go. Marcus Williams (191-G-85, college: Connecticut) meanwhile nailed a three-pointer for the guests for the final victory.
Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Fran Vazquez (209-C-83) added 11. Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) nailed 10, while Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) delivered 9. Deon Thompson and Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) finished the game with 16 points each. Je'Kel Foster notched 8 and Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) delivered 6.

Alba Berlin: Deon Thompson 16, Nihad Djedovic 16, Je'Kel Foster 8, Zach Morley 6
Unicaja Malaga: Krunoslav Simon 12, Fran Vazquez 11, Earl Calloway 10, Kosta Perovic 9



EuroLeague: Marko Popovic carries Zalgiris to overtime win in Bamberg - by Eurobasket News

Brose Baskets - Zalgiris 87:88

Zalgiris clinched a last-second overtime victory in Bamberg tonight. They edged Brose Baskets when Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) sank three free throws at the buzzer. Brose Baskets seemed just whisker away from the victory after two free throws from Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) with 15 seconds to go in the extra period. But Anton Gavel committed a crucial mistake on the other end of the floor. He fouled Marko Popovic in the process of a three-point shot at the buzzer putting the Croat on the penalty line with no time remaining on the clock. Marko Popovic calmly sank three free throws and sealed the victory for Zalgiris. The win helped Zalgiris gain 3-4 record in Group E. Brose Baskets suffered the seventh loss in a row.
Zalgiris enjoyed a 38:36 lead at halftime. They remained up by two points heading into the fourth frame. But Bamberg managed to level things up at the end of regulation. Anton Gavel converted four free throws following a technical foul by Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) to send the game into overtime. The visitors led by as many as 5 points midway through the extra frame but Sharrod Ford (206-F/C-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Clemson) and Anton Gavel denied the deficit and put Brose Baskets in front. But the drama of the last seconds allowed Zalgiris came out as winners from this one. Marko Popovic produced 21 points for the visitors. Rimantas Kaukenas (192-SG-77, college: Seton Hall) added 14 points for Zalgiris. Anton Gavel answered with 25 points for Brose Baskets. Sharrod Ford had 20 points in the loss.

Brose Baskets: Anton Gavel 25, Sharrod Ford 20
Zalgiris: Marko Popovic 21 Rimantas Kaukenas 14, Darjus Lavrinovic 11



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EUROLEAGUE POWER RANKINGS (4) - by Dimitris Katsionis

Let's take a look to the latest Euroleague power rankings, just one game before the end of TOP-16's first round..

1. Real Madrid (6-0): Best defense so far in the TOP-16.. (66.7 PPG), top-offensive rebounding team.. Real showed it can win at both fast and slow pace, although its offense is not so productive. Carrol's performance against CSKA was a classic..

2. Barcelona (5-1): The Catalonians are the top favorite for their group's first place, after their two very convincing wins against the underdogs (Caja Laboral & Montepaschi). Pasqual's style remains the same, based on a very quality post offense which includes high speed in the half court and a very effective defense. They performed bad only in Moscow, against Khimki..

3. CSKA Moscow (4-2): After two straight losses Messina indentified different issues, by the time CSKA was showing improvement, beginning to move in the direction the Italian had carved. The Russians have defensive problems in addition to their productive offense which thrives in the paint and has an improved ball movement (Micov is the key player on that). Christmas is under a silent punishment. CSKA is on 4-2 but i think it will run after groups first place until the end..

4. Montepaschi (5-1): Montepaschi had a tremendous run in the top-16, having it's first loss in Palau Blaugrana.. Banchi's high-octaine offense and low mistake basketball seems that it feets a lot to this group of players but the nature of Montepaschi's style is not the same after Ress got injured as the coaching staff has to play more with Eze on "5" spot. The Italian powerhouse is on the market, looking for a guard

5. Efes Anadolu (5-1): Oktay Mahmuti quietly has unveiled an improved defensive Efes (69.5ppg), which ranks second behind Real Madrid, counting only one defeat, in the first game at Moscow. Offense still wants work, as it has not reached the level of fair and cooperative creation but at 44.1% which forces the opponent to shoot two pointers is definitely flattering. If they win Real next week, they can be (maybe for the first time so seriously this year) in the talks for London.. (?)

6. Caja Laboral (4-2): Started with an impressive 4-0 with a couple amazing performances but now the Basques count two straight losses (one "bad", from Khimky) plus they have to live without Oleson, who was their perimeter's line equalizer. Caja, which seems more comfortable and less stressed in the court with Tabak, places a very good ball movement and an effective transition offense. It's the team with the fewer mistakes in the TOP-16, putting an impressive 158.7% in the assists/turnovers ratio. The wings performance will be critical (Causer has a big chance to show up). It seems they will fight for the post season until TOP-16's last day..

-Khimky (3-3): Khimki performs like a play-off team. This is it's level at least. Very good chemistry and floor spacing in the offensive end, very effective when they attack on the transition or in the half court.. Rivers started shooting better and Paul is on the rise.The Russians have the quality to qualify..

8. Panathinaikos (4-2): The Greens have big offensive problem due to the choices in the point guard position. The team plays good defense, but doesn't performs well on the boards any more. Panathinaikos tries to sign Fotsis but the truth is that in OAKA they need a strong-defensive minded PG..

-Olympiakos (3-3): The champs don't perform well and Mantzaris's injury is crucial to the team's chemistry. Olympiakos seems it lost it's hard caliber. The Reds are on the market for a PG..

10. Zalgiris (2-4): Zalgiris is much better team than its 2-4 record..
Excellent defense -which forces the opponent to many turnovers- with principles. Lets see how the financial problems will affect the team.. Although, I believe that they could be the "dark horse" in the second round..

11. Maccabi (2-4): Bad recruiting from Maccabi this year.. Blatt tries to find a solution but his team simply performs bad with an imbalanced offense (too much inside game which is not supported with effective perimeter shooting. Maccabi needs a big second round..

12. Unicaja (2-4): Unicajas game is like Malagas atmosphere. Allegro.

13. Fenerbahce (1-5): Allows 91.7 ppg on the defensive end, a 63% percentage on the opponents 2pt shots, plus the worst rebounding team in the TOP-16...It can't be worse..

14. Alba Berlin (1-5): Obradovic tries to present a decent team on the court which plays hard nose defense but doesn't have the quality (especially in the guards) to put big numbers on offense. The whole project (a new big market, the arena and the crowd) is very tempting for Euroleague

15. Brose Baskets (0-6): The Germans play much better on the road. Their offense has a continuous motion and they are shooting pretty well behind the arc but theit defense is truly bad. Brose Baskets added J. Massey hoping for a win..

-Besiktas (0-6): Besiktas let me down.. The hard nosed and competitive team of the first months doesn't exist anymore. Daniel Ewing was a bad choice.. The Turkish haven't any motivation and they play ugly basketball, although there no way- the worst TOP-16..




EuroLeague: CSKA fire past Panathinaikos in Moscow - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Panathinaikos 86:69

CSKA Moscow snapped two-game losing skid in EuroLeague and handled visiting Panathinaikos. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) scored 20 points and issued 7 assists to lead the winners. The Greens fell at 4-3 record after the defeat.
CSKA started the game aggressively. They looked brisk in the first quarter to take a 25:15 lead after ten minutes. But Panathinaikos managed to slow the game down in the second quarter. The Hellenes opened the period with eight points in a row to narrow the gap. Panathinaikos stayed close throughout the period and trailed by just 4 points at the interval 35:31. But CSKA were back in the drivers seat in the third term. The hosts unloaded 31 points in the quarter to open a 16-point lead before the final frame. CSKA kept Panathinaikos at safe distance throughout the final frame and raced to the victory at the end. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) provided 19 points, while Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) added 13 points in the win. Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) answered with 15 points for Panathinaikos. Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) and James Gist (205-F-86) provided 12 points apiece in the loss.

CSKA: Milos Teodosic 20, Sonny Weems 19, Sasha Kaun 13
Panathinaikos: Jonas Maciulis 15, Stephane Lasme 12, James Gist 12



Petrolina AEK Larnaca lands Mihalis Kakiouzis - by Eurobasket News

Petrolina AEK Larnaca (Division A) landed 37-year old Greek ex-international forward Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-102kg-76, agency: Interperformances). He started the season at SAV Vacallo in Swiss LNA league. In 12 games this season he averaged impressive 15.5ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.3apg and 2.0spg. The last season Kakiouzis played at Lottomatica Roma (SerieA) in Italian league. In 22 games last year he had 7.9ppg and 4.1rpg. He also played at Vanoli Cremona (SerieA) in Italian league earlier that season. In four games he had 8.5ppg and 5.3rpg. Kakiouzis also spent pre-season at Gescrap (ACB) in Spanish league earlier that year.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Le Mans Sarthe Basket (ProA) in French league. In 21 games he had 9.0ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1apg. Kakiouzis also played 8 games in Eurocup where he had 7.3ppg and 3.9rpg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the ULEB Euroleague Semifinals in 2001 and 2006. Kakiouzis was selected to Italian SerieA All-Star Game back in 2005. He also represented Greece at the Olympic Games in Athens nine years ago.
Kakiouzis is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Turkey (Anadolu Efes), Spain (Regal FC Barcelona, Cajasol and Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket), Greece (Aris and AEK Athens) and Italy (Montepaschi Siena).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Petrolina AEK Larnaca.
Lets have closer look into Kakiouzis outlook: Great skills, a little less ahows on the court. Very big talent. Strong player and very dangerous on the boards. Can rebound and block. Plays both 3-4 positions.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @ip_sport)



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Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Leiden 21-5 
 2. Den Bosch 20-4 
 3. Groningen 16-9 
 4. Zwolle 14-12 
 5. Leeuwarden 13-12 
 6. Den Helder K. 12-13 
 7. M.Magixx 12-13 
 8. Weert 11-14 
 9. Amsterdam 4-21 
 10. Rotterdam 2-22 

Regular Season: Round 23

Feb. 9: M.Magixx - Weert 84-87
Feb. 13: Leiden - Rotterdam 81-59
Feb. 10: Amsterdam - Leeuwarden 80-85
Feb. 14: Groningen - Den Bosch 75-83
Feb. 10: Zwolle - Leiden 72-78

Regular Season: Round 24

Feb. 16: Groningen - Rotterdam
Feb. 16: Weert - Amsterdam
Feb. 16: Leeuwarden - Den Helder K.
Feb. 17: Zwolle - Leiden
Feb. 17: Den Bosch - M.Magixx


Former Championship Coach Henny Blom Dies - by Fred Roggen

Former Parker Leiden coach Henny Blom passed away Tuesday, November 12, at the age of 77 in Landsmeer. Henny Blom was born on March 16, 1935.

As a player he played for Landlust and DED. Blom was crowned two-times as topscorer of the Dutch league. Blom coached Parker Leiden for five seasons (1975-80), leading Parker Leiden to a Dutch championship in 1978 and reached the semi-finals of the Korac Cup in 1980.
Blom began his coaching career in 1970 with DED Amsterdam, and then completed his career in 1982 with Black Velvet Canadians.

Carreer:
1970-1971: DED Amsterdam 7 - 15
1971-1972: DED Amsterdam 9 - 23
1972-1973: DED Amsterdam 10 - 22
1973-1974: Haarlem Cardinals 0 - 15
Typsoos Lions 12 - 10
1974-1975: Typsoos Lions 16 - 20
1975-1976: Mercasol Leiden 3 - 33
1976-1977: Mercasol Leiden 6 - 30
1977-1978: Parker Leiden 26 - 10
1978-1979: Parker Leiden 30 - 6
1979-1980: Parker Leiden 37 - 3
1982-1983: Black Velvet Canadians 5 - 19

Achievements:
Dutch Championship in 1978 with Parker Leiden
Semi-final EC III (Korac Cup)in 1980 with Parker Leiden




Eredivisie Round 23: Weert edges M.Magixx by three points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 23 in the Eredivisie took place in Nijmegen. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 5th ranked M.Magixx (12-13) to eighth ranked Weert (11-14) 87-84 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 25-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Weert made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international center Kenneth van Kempen (208-87, college: Ohio, agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. The former international forward Sjors Besseling (198-85, agency: Court Side) chipped in 23 points and 5 rebounds. Indian-Canadian forward Robbie Sihota (198-87) produced a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Weert have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain eighth place with 11-14 record. M.Magixx lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Den Helder K.. Weert are looking forward to face Amsterdam (#9) at home in the next round. M.Magixx will play against the league's second-placed Den Bosch and will have a slim chance for a victory.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Groningen. Second ranked Den Bosch faced 3rd placed Groningen. Guests from Den Bosch (20-4) defeated host Groningen (16-9) 83-75. Defending champion maintains second place with 20-4 record behind leader Leiden. Groningen at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. Den Bosch will play against M.Magixx (#7) in Nijmegen in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Groningen will play at home against Rotterdam (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Zwolle. First ranked Leiden faced 4th placed Zwolle. Guests from Leiden (21-5) defeated host Zwolle (14-12) 78-72. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Zwolle. It was a great evening for Michael Schachtner who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 5 rebounds. Tanner Smith responded with 31 points and 5 rebounds. Leiden have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-5 record. Loser Zwolle keeps the fourth position with 12 games lost. Leiden will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Zwolle will play again against the league's leader Leiden (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Leader Leiden delivered the twentieth first victory. This time they crushed 10th ranked Rotterdam (2-22) 81-59. It was a quality performance for Ross Bekkering who led the winners and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. Rotterdam's coach Randy Wiel gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Leiden have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-5 record. Rotterdam lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. Leiden's next round opponent will be Zwolle (#4) on the road. Rotterdam will play against Groningen (#3) in Groningen.

In the last game of round 23 Leeuwarden defeated Amsterdam in a road game 85-80.


Groningen - Den Bosch 75-83

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Groningen. Second ranked Den Bosch faced 3rd placed Groningen. Guests from Den Bosch (20-4) defeated host Groningen (16-9) 83-75. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Groningen won third quarter 23-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Defending champion maintains second place with 20-4 record behind leader Leiden. Groningen at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. Den Bosch will play against M.Magixx (#7) in Nijmegen in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Groningen will play at home against Rotterdam (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 193710


Leiden - Rotterdam 81-59

Leader Leiden delivered the twentieth first victory. This time they crushed 10th ranked Rotterdam (2-22) 81-59. Rotterdam was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 49-23 second half run of Leiden. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Rotterdam's 16. They outrebounded Rotterdam 40-25 including a 35-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a quality performance for Canadian forward Ross Bekkering (203-87) who led the winners and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized Moroccan forward Mohamed Kherrazi (200-90, agency: R.H.Consultancy) accounted for 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Four Leiden players scored in double figures. American guard Anthony Miles (182-89, college: Lamar) came up with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international forward Daniel Jones (200-79) added 14 points respectively for Rotterdam in the defeat. Rotterdam's coach Randy Wiel gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Leiden have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-5 record. Rotterdam lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. Leiden's next round opponent will be Zwolle (#4) on the road. Rotterdam will play against Groningen (#3) in Groningen.
Top scorers:
Rotterdam: A.Miles 16+7reb+4ast, D.Jones 14+3reb, I.Filipan 11+1reb+1ast, H.Addow 7+1reb, C.Echols 4+4reb, D.Rigters 4+3reb
Leiden: R.Bekkering 17+9reb+2ast, M.Schachtner 16+3reb+2ast, A.Young 15+3reb+3ast, M.Kherrazi 13+10reb+1ast, P.Hilliman 8+5reb, A.Slagter 7+6reb+8ast
gschID: 193709


Amsterdam - Leeuwarden 80-85

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Amsterdam (4-21) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Leeuwarden (13-12) 85-80. It looked good early as Amsterdam took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Leeuwarden had a 24-17 second period charge getting the lead and Amsterdam was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 80-85. Leeuwarden dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Amsterdam's 32. They outrebounded Amsterdam 38-27 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Samme Givens (195, college: Drexel) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eleven shots !!!). Naturalized Moroccan forward Hicham Kherrazi (195-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) accounted for 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Center Berend Weijs (208, college: Maryland) came up with 18 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Aaron Roye (185-88) added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Amsterdam in the defeat. Four Amsterdam players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Leeuwarden maintains fifth place with 13-12 record. Amsterdam at the other side keeps the ninth position with 21 games lost. Leeuwarden's next round opponent will be Den Helder K. (#6) at home. Amsterdam will play against Weert and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Amsterdam: B.Weijs 18+8reb+3ast, P.Balm 17+3reb, A.Roye 17+5reb+4ast, J.Ormskerk 15+2reb+3ast, J.Brandt 8, J.Roodheuvel 3+1reb+1ast
Leeuwarden: S.Givens 23+12reb+1ast, H.Kherrazi 12+5reb, D.Michaels 12+3reb+1ast, J.Williams 11+3reb, S.Poels 8+8reb+1ast, R.Holcomb Faye 7+2reb+6ast
gschID: 193708


Zwolle - Leiden 72-78

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Zwolle. First ranked Leiden faced 4th placed Zwolle. Guests from Leiden (21-5) defeated host Zwolle (14-12) 78-72. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Zwolle. Leiden dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Zwolle's 28. It was a great evening for American forward Michael Schachtner (206-86, college: Green Bay) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 5 rebounds. Canadian forward Ross Bekkering (203-87) helped adding 18 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Tanner Smith (195-90, college: Clemson) responded with 31 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import guard Josh Magette (185-90, college: Al.-Huntsville, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 20 points and 6 assists. Leiden have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-5 record. Loser Zwolle keeps the fourth position with 12 games lost. Leiden will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Zwolle will play again against the league's leader Leiden (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Zwolle: T.Smith 31+5reb+2ast, J.Magette 20+4reb+6ast, D.Webb 6+9reb+1ast, Z.Novak 6+1reb, N.Hulzebos 4+7reb+2ast, L.Williams 2+4reb+3ast
Leiden: M.Schachtner 25+5reb, R.Bekkering 18+9reb, S.Cunningham 18+1reb+4ast, A.Slagter 6+4reb+8ast, P.Hilliman 5+12reb, M.Kherrazi 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 233245


M.Magixx - Weert 84-87

The most exciting game of round 23 in the Eredivisie took place in Nijmegen. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 5th ranked M.Magixx (12-13) to eighth ranked Weert (11-14) 87-84 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 25-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Weert made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international center Kenneth van Kempen (208-87, college: Ohio, agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. The former international forward Sjors Besseling (198-85, agency: Court Side) chipped in 23 points and 5 rebounds. Indian-Canadian forward Robbie Sihota (198-87) produced a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds and American-Italian guard Roman Nardi (186-85, college: Villanova) added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Weert have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain eighth place with 11-14 record. M.Magixx lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Den Helder K.. Weert are looking forward to face Amsterdam (#9) at home in the next round. M.Magixx will play against the league's second-placed Den Bosch and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
M.Magixx: R.Sihota 29+10reb, H.Bekkering 15+2reb, N.Oudendag 12+7reb+2ast, R.Nardi 11+6reb+7ast, T.Vermeulen 11+3reb+3ast, A.Dawson 6+7reb+4ast
Weert: S.Besseling 23+5reb+3ast, A.Carter 17+4reb, B.Perine 15+1reb+5ast, K.van Kempen 15+15reb+2ast, R.Fletcher 13+1reb+4ast, S.De Haas 4+1reb+1ast
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Jakob Sigurdarson's 31 points make him top Icelandic player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jakob Sigurdarson
Jakob Sigurdarson
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern, currently plays in Sweden). He led Sundsvall Dragons to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Eco Orebro (5-22) 82-76 in the Swedish Basketligan in Tuesday night's game. Sigurdarson was MVP of the game. He scored 31 points (!!!), had 5 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 2 blocks in 41 minutes on the court. Sundsvall Dragons (23-4) is placed first in the Basketligan. It's Sigurdarson's fourth season with the team. Sigurdarson is ranked fifth on the list of the top scorers in the league with 18.2ppg. He also averaged so far 3.3rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3FGP: 36.8% and FT: 91.3%(115-126) in the 26 games he played so far. Sigurdarson is currently a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Hlynur Baeringsson
Hlynur Baeringsson
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82, currently plays in Sweden) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jakob Sigurdarson and both played together in the last Swedish Basketligan game. Baeringsson contributed to a Sundsvall Dragons' victory against one of league's weakest teams Eco Orebro (5-22) 82-76. He scored 11 points, had 8 boards, passed 5 assists and added 4 steals. Baeringsson is currently first on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.1ppg, 10.3rpg, 3.7apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 58.6%(116-198), 3FGP: 35.2% and FT: 75.2%. Baeringsson is in the roster of the Icelandic senior national team.

Pavel Ermolinskij
Pavel Ermolinskij
   #3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87, agency: I.D.S. Law, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Sweden. He could not help Norrkoping Dolphins (1-3) to beat Krasnie Krilya (4-0). Ermolinskij recorded 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in 27 minutes. But the third-placed Norrkoping Dolphins was crushed 93-68 on the road by the leading Krasnie Krilya in the group K of EuroChallenge. There are only two games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Top 16. So now every game will be critical. It's Ermolinskij's first season with the team. This year he averages: 5.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 4.2apg, 2FGP: 44.7%, 3FGP: 11.1% and FT: 56.3% in the 10 games. Ermolinskij is also a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Axel Karason
Axel Karason
   #4. Small forward Axel Karason (194-83, currently plays in Denmark) helped Vaerlose win their game against the league outsider Aalborg (1-21) 88-73 in the Danish Ligaen in Thursday night's game. He scored 9 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Vaerlose BBK (8-10) is placed fifth in the Ligaen. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Karason has relatively good stats this season: 11.3ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.7apg. He is also Icelandic national team player.

Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson
Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson
   #5. International point guard Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson (194-88, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels in a victory against the fourth-ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven 74-64 in the German BBL last Sunday. Vilhjalmsson recorded only 2 points in 17 minutes. Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (9-13) is placed 14th in the BBL. This year Vilhjalmsson's overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.1apg in the 22 games. He plays currently for the Icelandic national team.

Gudni Valentinusson
Gudni Valentinusson
   #6. Center Gudni Valentinusson (204-85, currently plays in Denmark) was not able to help Aarhus BC (6-18) in their game against Svendborg (21-2) in the Danish Ligaen. Valentinusson did not beat the league record on Wednesday evening. He scored only 2 points. Aarhus BC was badly defeated 86-67 on the opponent's court by the leading Svendborg. It was Aarhus BC's 11th consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Valentinusson's total stats this season are: 3.6ppg and 2.0rpg. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Icelandic team eight years ago.

Other top Icelandic players, who play abroad:

Jon Stefansson (196-G-82) plays for CAI Zaragoza in Spanish ACB
Haukur Palsson (197-SF-92) plays for Assignia Manresa in Spanish ACB
Logi Gunnarsson (192-SG-81) plays for Angers BC 49 in French NM1
Arnar Jonsson (183-G-83) plays for Aarhus BC in Danish Ligaen



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ASEAN League: Warriors defeat Slingers for fifth straight win - by Eurobasket News

Indonesia Warriors - Singapore Slingers 61:48

Indonesia Warriors clinched the fifth straight win in the ASEAN League season. They held off visiting Singapore Slingers to improve at 5-2 record on top of the standings. Jerick Canada (170-G) and John Smith (188-G-86, college: Hawaii-Hilo) knocked down 11 points each to lead well-balanced effort from the hosts.
The Warriors dominated in the first half courtesy of an aggressive and well-built defence. The hosts piled up a 16:12 lead after ten minutes. The Warriors stretched the margin in the second quarter. The hosts ensured a 36:23 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the low-scoring third quarter. The Warriors kept the visitors at safe distance throughout the final period and raced to the victory at the end. Mario Wuysang (176-PG-79) and Chris Daniels (200-PF-82, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Georgia) provided 10 points each for the winners. Jones-Jennings Rashad (203-F/C-84, college: UALR) answered with 19 points and 14 boards for the Slingers. Cabatu Junjun (193-F-84) and Jeffers Kyle (207-C-85, college: Oregon St.) chipped in 9 points each in the loss.

Indonesia Warriors: Jerick Canada 11, John Smith 11, Mario Wuysang 10, Chris Daniels 10
Singapore Slingers: Jones-Jennings Rashad 19+14 boards, Cabatu Junjun 9, Jeffers Kyle 9



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EuroLeague: Barcelona with victory in Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Tel-Aviv - Barcelona 77:82

FC Barcelona Regal confirmed their impressive current form with a road win in Tel-Aviv tonight. The Spanish team fired past Maccabi to gain 6-1 record on top of Group F. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) scored 18 points and pulled down 6 boards to pace the winners.
Maccabi stayed confident supported by the cheerful home crowd. The Israeli team eked out a 22:20 lead after ten minutes. But the Spanish powerhouse gradually took over in the second frame. The visitors accumulated a 41:39 halftime lead. Barcelona opened the second half with 9 points in a row to boost the gap. The visitors maintained the lead and piled up a 67:53 lead with one quarter remaining. The Spaniards led by as many as 13 points with just over two minutes remaining 80:67. However the hosts went on a 9:0 run to narrow the gap at 3-point mark with 15 seconds remaining. Ante Tomic went perfect from the stripe and Ohayon missed a three-pointer as Barcelona got away with victory. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) and Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-PG-76, college: Maryland) provided 14 points each for the visitors. Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) answered with 19 points for Maccabi. Shawn James (207-C-83, college: Northeastern) had 16 points in the loss.

Maccabi Tel-Aviv: Ricky Hickman 19, Shawn James 16
Barcelona: Ante Tomic 18, Juan Carlos Navarro 14, Sarunas Jasikevicius 14



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Adjehi Baru's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Ivorians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Adjehi Baru
Adjehi Baru
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Adjehi Baru (206-91, currently plays college basketball in the States). He led Charleston to a victory against the Samford University (6-6) 69-65 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Baru had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds in 35 minutes on the court. The College of Charleston has a very good 10-3 conference record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Baru is currently a member of the Ivorian senior national team.

Errick Craven
Errick Craven
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC, currently plays in France). Craven contributed to a Saint Vallier's victory against the league outsider Bordeaux (4-19) 85-80 in the French ProB (second division) in Tuesday night's game. He scored 13 points, grabbed 7 boards, passed 7 assists and added 3 steals. Saint Vallier Basket Drome (8-15) is placed 14th in the ProB. They ended the series of six consecutive loses. Craven is the league's best passer and also on the list of most steals (second place). He has very reliable stats this season: 14.6ppg, 5.3rpg, 7.0apg, 2.5spg, 2FGP: 50.5%, 3FGP: 27.7% and FT: 73.8%. Craven has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and American. He played for the Ivorian national team in 2011.

Pape-Philippe Amagou
Pape-Philippe Amagou
   #3. The Ivorian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in France). Amagou helped Chorale de Roanne win their game against the closely-ranked JDA Dijon (9-10) 63-56 in the French ProA last Saturday. He recorded 6 points and added 3 assists in 27 minutes. Chorale de Roanne Basket (9-10) is placed eighth in the ProA. Amagou has relatively good stats this year: 11.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.4apg, 2FGP: 37.7%, 3FGP: 37.8% and FT: 71.6% in the 19 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French. Despite Amagou played previously for the French U20 national team, he is currently a member of the Ivorian senior national team.

Herve Toure
Herve Toure
   #4. Forward Herve Toure (202-82, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA could not help Sluc Nancy (7-12) to beat Strasbourg IG (14-5). Toure recorded 7 points. Sluc Nancy was edged 74-73 on the road by the second-ranked Strasbourg IG. It was Sluc Nancy's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This season Toure averages: 5.6ppg and 3.6rpg. He has both Ivorian and French nationalities. Toure used to play for the Ivorian national team back in 2010.

Charles Abouo
Charles Abouo
   #5. Former international swingman Charles Abouo (195-89, college: BYU, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) was not able to help Lobe Huesca (7-10) in their last game. Despite his good performance Lobe Huesca lost 49-63 in Lugo to the higher-ranked (#5) Leche Rio Breogan. Abouo was the second best scorer with 10 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 36 minutes. This year Abouo's overall stats are: 9.2ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.6spg in the 17 games. He used to play for the Ivorian national team three years ago.

Jonathan Kale
Jonathan Kale
   #6. Forward Jonathan Kale (203-85, college: Providence, currently plays in Spain) helped Leyma Basquet win their game against the closely-ranked CB Clavijo (7-10) 79-72 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. Kale scored 8 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Leyma Basquet Coruna (7-10) is placed seventh in the LEB Gold. It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses. This season Kale has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.1apg. He also holds two passports: Ivorian and American. Kale is a former international player as he played for the Ivorian senior team two years ago.

Souleyman Diabate
Souleyman Diabate
   #7. International point guard Souleyman Diabate (183-87, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Herve Toure and both played together in the last French ProA game. Diabate was not able to secure a victory for Sluc Nancy (7-12) in their game against Strasbourg IG (14-5). He cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. Diabate recorded only 2 points and added 5 assists in 28 minutes. Sluc Nancy was edged 74-73 in Strasbourg by the second-ranked Strasbourg IG. Diabate is ranked first on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (first place). This year he has very good stats: 13.7ppg, 4.5rpg, 6.6apg and 2.1spg in the 19 games. Diabate is also Ivorian national team player.

Wilfrid Aka
Wilfrid Aka
   #8. An experienced swingman Wilfrid Aka (192-79, currently plays in France) couldn't help Blois (9-9) in their game against Sorgues (10-8) in the French NM1 (third division). Despite his good performance in Saturday night's game He scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Aka's total stats this season are: 5.1ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.2apg. He plays currently for the Ivorian national team.

Ismael N'Diaye
Ismael N'Diaye
   #9. International forward Ismael N'Diaye (197-82, college: FIU, currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help Boncourt (6-12) in their game against SAM Massagno (4-14) in the Swiss LNA, despite his very good performance last Saturday. N'Diaye scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 30 minutes. But Boncourt lost 68-75 at home to the one of league's weakest teams (#9) SAM Massagno. It was Boncourt's fifth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year N'Diaye's total stats are: 9.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg in the 18 games. He is also in the roster of the Ivorian national team.

Frejus Zerbo
Frejus Zerbo
   #10. Center Frejus Zerbo (205-89, currently plays in France) managed to help Limoges CSP Elite to win against the seventh-ranked Entente Orleans 45 (9-10) 72-67 in the French ProA on Saturday night. Zerbo recorded only 2 points. Limoges CSP Elite (3-13) is placed 11th in the ProA. Zerbo has averaged so far 2.8ppg and 2.4rpg. He is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Ivorian senior national team.

   #11. Former international forward Issife Soumahoro (197-88, currently plays in France) helped Fos Ouest win their game against the 12th-ranked Saint-Quentin 71-64 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. Soumahoro recorded 5 points. This season he averages only 1.9ppg. Soumahoro used to play for the Ivorian national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Patrick Konan (198-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) led New Hampshire to an overtime victory against the University of Maryland -Baltimore County 92-86 in the NCAA last Wednesday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds. The University of New Hampshire has not so impressive 3-8 conference record this season.

   #2. Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA could not help Le Mans (12-7) to beat JSF Nanterre (9-10). It was not Koffi's best game last Saturday. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 17 minutes. Le Mans lost 81-91 at home to the lower-ranked (#10) JSF Nanterre. This year Koffi averages: 6.8ppg and 3.8rpg in the 19 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French.

   #3. Kafil Eyitayo (201-F, currently plays in Canada) was not able to help the Concordia University (9-4) in their game against the Gaiters (10-4) in the Canadian university league CIS. Eyitayo cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points and blocked 3 shots in 25 minutes. The Concordia University (#2) lost 71-84 on the road to the Gaiters. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Eyitayo's fifth season with the team. Eyitayo is currently third on the list of best blockers with 1.9bpg. He also averaged so far 8.7ppg and 9.0rpg in the 13 games.

   #4. Rolic Medenouvo (194-F-90, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Vendee Challans (6-13) in their game against Rueil (10-9) in the French NM1 (third division). He scored only 4 points in 15 minutes. Vendee Challans lost 66-80 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#8) Rueil. Medenouvo has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 1.8rpg in the 18 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French.



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Roy Hibbert's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Jamaicans playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Roy Hibbert
Roy Hibbert
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Roy Hibbert (218-86, college: Georgetown, currently plays in NBA). He led Indiana Pacers to a victory over the Philadelphia 76ers (22-29) 88-69 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Hibbert was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 14 rebounds. Hibbert also added 5 blocks in 34 minutes on the court. The Indiana Pacers have a solid 32-21 record this season. It's Hibbert's fifth year with the team. He belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #4 with 2.7bpg. Hibbert also averaged so far 10.0ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 41.5% and FT: 68.7% in the 53 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Hibbert played for the Jamaican senior national team three years ago.

Kevin Young
Kevin Young
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Kevin Young (206-84, college: Missouri, currently plays in Japan). Young was the main contributor in an Aishin Sea Horses' victory against the league outsider Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo (3-27) crushing them 86-65 in the Japanese JBL on Saturday night. He was the best player in that game. Young scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 20 minutes. Aishin Sea Horses (25-5) are placed first in the JBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Young averages: 10.0ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 57.1%(125-219) and FT: 61.5% in the 29 games. He played for the Jamaican national team in 2006.

Ronald Yates
Ronald Yates
   #3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Ronald Yates (201-83, college: St.Peter's, currently plays in Switzerland). He contributed to Fribourg's victory against the closely-ranked Lugano Tigers (10-8) 74-62 in the Swiss LNA on Wednesday night. Yates scored 13 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Benetton Fribourg Olympic (16-2) is placed first in the LNA. It was his team's fourth 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. Yates has relatively good stats this season: 12.2ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 48.3%, 3FGP: 18.2% and FT: 61.8%. He is a naturalized American. Yates played for the Jamaican national team three years ago.

Ryan Reid
Ryan Reid
   #4. Power forward Ryan Reid (203-86, college: Florida St., currently plays in France) managed to help Chorale de Roanne Basket to win against the closely-ranked JDA Dijon (9-10) 63-56 in the French ProA last Saturday. Reid recorded only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Chorale de Roanne Basket (9-10) is placed eighth in the ProA. Reid's overall stats this season are: 5.4ppg and 4.1rpg. He is a naturalized American. Reid used to play for the Jamaican national team back in 2011.

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

   #1. Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan, currently plays in Romania) led CSM Bucuresti to a victory over the 12th-ranked Giurgiu (7-14) crushing them 94-74 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Saturday. He was the best player in that game. Shepherd scored 24 points. CS Municipal Bucuresti (14-7) is placed fifth in the Liga Nationala. Shepherd belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #3. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Shepherd averages: 19.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.1apg and 1.9spg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #2. Adrian Uter (200-F/C-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli Winner League could not help Maccabi Rishon (7-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Uter's good performance Maccabi Rishon was edged 75-73 at home by the higher-ranked GreenTops Netanya (#5). He recorded 14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks. Uter is ranked third on the list of the best blockers in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.4ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.6bpg. Uter is a naturalized American.

   #3. Experienced Bryan Bailey (185-SG-80, college: Bucknell, currently plays in Germany) was the main contributor in a BBC Bayreuth's victory against one of league's weakest teams Deutsche Bank Skyliners (6-16) 75-69 in the German BBL last Saturday. He was the top player that evening. Bailey recorded 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. BBC Bayreuth (10-12) is placed 12th in the BBL. It's Bailey's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.6apg in the 21 games he played so far. Bailey is a naturalized American.

   #4. Sherman Gay (201-PF-82, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in a Le Portel's victory against the closely-ranked JL Bourg (13-10) 78-72 in the French ProB (second division) in Tuesday night's game. He scored 15 points and blocked 3 blocks in 23 minutes. ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (15-8) is placed fifth in the ProB. Gay is currently second on the league's list of best blockers with 1.7bpg. He also averaged so far 16.3ppg and 6.1rpg in the 23 games. Gay is a naturalized American.

   #5. Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a 3-point New Yorker Phantoms' victory against the tenth-ranked TBB Trier (10-11) 84-81 in the German BBL last Saturday. He recorded 12 points and added 6 passes. New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (8-14) is placed 15th in the BBL. It's Anderson's first season with the team. Anderson's overall stats this year are: 7.5ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.5apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #6. Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St., currently plays in Lebanon), who plays in the Lebanese Division A was not able to help Bejjeh (4-10) in their last game. Despite Williams' good performance Bejjeh was crushed 118-70 on their home court in Bejjeh by the leading Sagesse. He scored 13 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 28 minutes. Williams is ranked ninth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of most steals (second place). He has very impressive stats this year: 22.7ppg, 7.4rpg, 5.0apg and 2.8spg in the 14 games. Williams is a naturalized American.

   #7. Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond, currently plays in Germany) faced previously mentioned Jermaine Anderson in the German BBL last game. Bucknor was not able to secure a victory for TBB Trier in their game against New Yorker Phantoms. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was edged 84-81. Bucknor's overall stats this season are: 8.0ppg and 2.5rpg. He has both Jamaican and Canadian nationalities.

   #8. Garry Gallimore (192-G-84, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help Timisoara in their game against Pitesti in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Gallimore scored 8 points in 21 minutes. His team lost 65-76. This year Gallimore's overall stats are: 9.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.3apg in the seven games. He also holds two passports: Jamaican and Canadian. Despite Gallimore's Jamaican nationality, he previously played for the Canadian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Jamaican team.

   #9. Neveij Walters (198-F, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Idaho St. (3-11) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Walters' good performance the Idaho St. was edged in an overtime 81-79 on their home court in Pocatello, ID by the Southern Utah University. He scored 11 points. Walters' overall stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.3apg.

   #10. Sebastian Douglas (193-G-91, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Cleveland St. in their game against the University of Detroit Mercy in the NCAA. He recorded 8 points in 31 minutes. His team was crushed by 30 points 92-62. This year Douglas' overall stats are: 9.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.3apg in the seven games. He is a naturalized American.



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Christopher Garnett is a newcomer at Kulliyeh, ex Peja - by BBEH Cokrlija

Kulliyeh Amman (Premier League) strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old American center Christopher Garnett (211-113kg-80, college: Indiana SE). He replaced Nathaniel Roche, who was previously tested. He played last month at Peja in Kosovan SuperLeague. Garnett ended the last season at Thailand Slammers in Thailand league. In 7 ASEAN League games last year he recorded very impressive stats: 16.7ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.0apg. But the most of that year he spent at Tochigi Brex (JBL) in Japanese league. In 17 games he averaged 3.5ppg and 3.5rpg.
Among other achievements Garnetts team was regular season runner-up in Qatar League in 2011. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-ASEAN League Honorable Mention award in 2011.
Garnett is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Bahrain (Al Manama and Nuwaidrat), Bulgaria, Chile, Dominican Rep., Korea (SK Knights and Sonic Boom KT), Romania, Syria (Al Jaish), Turkey (TED Istanbul), Qatar (Al Sadd) and Brunei (Barracudas).
Garnett attended Indiana University Southeast until 2004 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: An extremely agile and athletic BIG MAN who has great size, impressive post moves, great ball-handling as well as good defensive skills, range on his jump shot (out to the NBA 3 pointer), and dominates in the post. He excels in "facing up" to the basket and utilizes his passing ability in a variety of ways. He has great hands, a tremendous work ethic (spends summers training with NBA trainers) excellent footwork, and runs the floor extremely well for a big man. He is one of the BEST PASSERS FOR HIS SIZE AND POSITION IN BASKETBALL RIGHT NOW. His high basketball IQ and tremendous work ethic make him a player that changes opponents strategy night in and night out. After averaging 20 ppg and 10+ rebounds per game consistently, he is arguably one of the Best BIG MEN IN THE ASIAN ZONE Possessing four professional championships, his on court savvy demeanor makes him "a coach on the floor" as well as a foundation in the middle. A TREMENDOUS ASSET TO ANY TEAM THAT SIGNS HIM.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Ghazat Hashem Irbid adds Williams to their roster, ex Issa Town - by BBEH Cokrlija

Ghazat Hashem Irbid (Premier League) added to their roster 31-year old American forward Waki Williams (206-82, college: Memphis). He played last season at Issa Town in Bahrain Premier League. Williams also played at Uhud in Saudi Arabian league that season.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Nuwaidrat in Premier League in Bahrain.
In 2008 (two years after he left the college) Williams was drafted by Albuquerque Thunderbirds (D-League) in third round (46th overall).
He attended University of Memphis until 2006 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
Williams team made it to the Lebanese League Semifinals in 2008.
He is quite experienced player. Williams has played also professionally in Dominican Rep., Japan (Osaka Evessa and Takamatsu Five Arrows), Mexico (Lobos Grises), Qatar (Qatar Sports Club), Lebanon (Blue Stars), Dominican Republic (Capitanes) and PBL (Augusta G.).
On Williams: A spectacular post layer who has a 38" vertical leap and an impressive 85" wingspan. Can score over 50% from the field and over 35% from 3 pts range. Has yet great upside.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Orthodox signs Derrick Tarver, ex Al Sadd - by BBEH Cokrlija

Orthodox Amman (Premier League) signed 33-year old American guard Derrick Tarver (192-80, college: Akron). He played last season at Al Sadd in Qatari D1 league. He helped them to win the cup. Tarver also played at Antranik (Division A) in Lebanese league that season. In four games last year he had very impressive stats: 21.3ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5apg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Shiraz a.s Pipe (D1) in Iranian league. Tarver also spent pre-season at ASU that year. The other team he played shortly was Al Riyadi (Division A) in Lebanese league. In two games he recorded also great stats: 15.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.5apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Tarver was voted Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League 1st Team back in 2008.
He is quite experienced player. Tarver has played also professionally in Cyprus (Apoel), France, Israel, Italy, Kuwait (Kazma), Russia, Sweden, Syria (Al Jalaa), Turkey, Lebanon (Blue Stars) and Iran (Shahrdari Gorgan).
He attended University of Akron until 2004 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.
Tarver could be described: A scoring machine who can produce points in any way. Very athletic, can guard higher opponents, but gives his best at the offensive side. Scored 59 points in a single game in Swedish league (no overtime in that game...).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Christopher Garnett is a newcomer at Kulliyeh, ex Peja - by BBEH Cokrlija

Kulliyeh Amman (Premier League) strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old American center Christopher Garnett (211-113kg-80, college: Indiana SE). He replaced Nathaniel Roche, who was previously tested. He played last month at Peja in Kosovan SuperLeague. Garnett ended the last season at Thailand Slammers in Thailand league. In 7 ASEAN League games last year he recorded very impressive stats: 16.7ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.0apg. But the most of that year he spent at Tochigi Brex (JBL) in Japanese league. In 17 games he averaged 3.5ppg and 3.5rpg.
Among other achievements Garnetts team was regular season runner-up in Qatar League in 2011. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-ASEAN League Honorable Mention award in 2011.
Garnett is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Bahrain (Al Manama and Nuwaidrat), Bulgaria, Chile, Dominican Rep., Korea (SK Knights and Sonic Boom KT), Romania, Syria (Al Jaish), Turkey (TED Istanbul), Qatar (Al Sadd) and Brunei (Barracudas).
Garnett attended Indiana University Southeast until 2004 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: An extremely agile and athletic BIG MAN who has great size, impressive post moves, great ball-handling as well as good defensive skills, range on his jump shot (out to the NBA 3 pointer), and dominates in the post. He excels in "facing up" to the basket and utilizes his passing ability in a variety of ways. He has great hands, a tremendous work ethic (spends summers training with NBA trainers) excellent footwork, and runs the floor extremely well for a big man. He is one of the BEST PASSERS FOR HIS SIZE AND POSITION IN BASKETBALL RIGHT NOW. His high basketball IQ and tremendous work ethic make him a player that changes opponents strategy night in and night out. After averaging 20 ppg and 10+ rebounds per game consistently, he is arguably one of the Best BIG MEN IN THE ASIAN ZONE Possessing four professional championships, his on court savvy demeanor makes him "a coach on the floor" as well as a foundation in the middle. A TREMENDOUS ASSET TO ANY TEAM THAT SIGNS HIM.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Janis Blums selected the top Latvian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Janis Blums
Janis Blums
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Janis Blums (191-82, currently plays in VTB United League). He was the major contributor in a Lietuvos rytas' victory against the eighth-ranked Kalev/Cramo (3-11) crushing them 95-73 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Blums scored 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes on the court. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (8-6) is placed fifth in group A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Blums' first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 39.1%, 3FGP: 44.9% and FT: 86.8% in the 12 games he played so far. Blums is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Janis Strelnieks
Janis Strelnieks
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89, currently plays in VTB United League). He managed to help Spartak St.Petersburg to win against the tenth-ranked Azovmash (2-12) 74-58 in the VTB United League last Sunday. Strelnieks scored 5 points and added 6 passes. Spartak St.Petersburg (10-3) is placed second in group A. This season Strelnieks averages: 6.1ppg, 1.2rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 39.5%, 3FGP: 37.1% and FT: 76.9%. He is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.

Andris Biedrins
Andris Biedrins
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Andris Biedrins (213-86, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Biedrins could not help the Golden State Warriors (30-22) to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder (39-13). It was not his best game last Wednesday. Biedrins scored only 2 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 12 minutes. The Golden State Warriors were crushed 119-98 on the road by the Thunder. It was Golden State Warriors' fifth consecutive loss in a row. Biedrins has been at the team for nine years. This season his overall stats are: 0.5ppg, 3.1rpg and FT: 36.4% in the 41 games. Biedrins played for the Latvian national team four years ago.

Rihards Kuksiks
Rihards Kuksiks
   #4. Small forward Rihards Kuksiks (197-88, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Eurocup) was not able to help Budivelnyk (3-2) in their game against Banvit BK (3-2) in the Eurocup. He scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was his first game for Budivelnyk this season. But the second-placed Budivelnyk was defeated 94-85 in Balikesir by the leading Banvit BK in the group I of Eurocup. Kuksiks' team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Top 16. And now that game is very crucial. Kuksiks is also Latvian national team player.

Armands Skele
Armands Skele
   #5. International guard Armands Skele (192-83, currently plays in VTB United League) faced previously mentioned Janis Blums in the VTB United League last game. Skele, who plays in Estonia was not able to secure a victory for Kalev/Cramo (3-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Kalev/Cramo (#8) was crushed 95-73 in Vilnius by the higher-ranked (#5) Lietuvos rytas in the group A of VTB United League. Skele was the second best scorer with 16 points in 25 minutes. It was Kalev/Cramo's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Skele's total stats are: 9.3ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.8apg in the eight games. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Raitis Grafs
Raitis Grafs
   #6. Center Raitis Grafs (208-81, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Estonia), who plays in the Estonian KML couldn't help Valga (9-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Grafs' very good performance Valga was defeated 69-56 in Tallinn by the one of league's weakest teams Tln Kalev (#8). He recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 11 rebounds. This season Grafs has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.4apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Latvian senior team three years ago.

Mareks Mejeris
Mareks Mejeris
   #7. International forward Mareks Mejeris (208-91, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams CB Clavijo (7-10) in their last game. Despite Mejeris' very good performance CB Clavijo lost 72-79 in Coruna to the higher-ranked (#7) Leyma Basquet. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Mejeris also added 9 rebounds in 31 minutes. Mejeris has averaged so far 8.3ppg and 5.1rpg in the 17 games. He is also Latvian national team player.

Edgars Jeromanovs
Edgars Jeromanovs
   #8. Point guard Edgars Jeromanovs (186-86, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan couldn't help Norrkoping Dolphins (20-2) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Jeromanovs' very good performance Norrkoping Dolphins was defeated 78-73 in Uppsala by the second-ranked Basket. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Jeromanovs also added 3 assists. Jeromanovs belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #6. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.4apg and 1.5spg. Jeromanovs plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Kaspars Kambala
Kaspars Kambala
   #9. An experienced former international center Kaspars Kambala (206-78, agency: Alti Sport, college: UNLV, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TB2L (second division) couldn't help Pi Koleji (6-15) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Pi Koleji was crushed 85-62 in Giresun by the much higher-ranked (#4) Yesilgiresun. Kambala had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 12 rebounds in 30 minutes. Kambala has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 22.3ppg, 12.0rpg and 1.3apg in the four games. Kambala used to play for the Latvian national team four years ago.

Maris Laksa
Maris Laksa
   #10. Forward Maris Laksa (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Baltic League), who plays in Estonia couldn't help BC Rakvere (3-2) in their last game. Despite Laksa's good performance BC Rakvere (#3) lost 79-88 in Utena to the leading Juventus in the group G of Baltic League. He scored 10 points in 31 minutes. Laksa's team will play only one more game in the Baltic League Top 16. And now that game is quite important. Laksa has reliable stats this year: 12.9ppg and 4.1rpg in the 15 games. He is a former international player as ten years ago he still played for the Latvian senior national team.

   #11. Former University international guard Martins Kravcenko (192-85, currently plays in Ukraine) led Mykolaiv to a victory against the closely-ranked Cherkasy 82-75 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Sunday night. Kravcenko scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Kravcenko has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.6apg. He used to play for the Latvian university national team four years ago.

   #12. Former international swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79, currently plays in Baltic League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Maris Laksa and both played together in the last Baltic League game. Umbrasko couldn't help BC Rakvere in their game against Juventus. He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Umbrasko scored only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was defeated 88-79. Umbrasko's stats this season are: 12.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2008.

   #13. Former U20 international center Zintis Plivda (206-88, currently plays in Belarus), who plays in the Belarusian Premier League couldn't help Rubon (9-10) in their last game. Despite Plivda's good performance Rubon lost 69-77 at home to the lower-ranked (#4) Sozh Gomel. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 12 rebounds in 25 minutes. Plivda's stats this year are: 12.1ppg and 9.4rpg in the seven games. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team five years ago.

   #14. Former international center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, currently plays in Ukraine) contributed to a BC Odessa's surprising victory against the third-ranked Mykolaiv 77-76 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Friday night's game. Cipruss scored 5 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 3 blocks. Cipruss has averaged so far 5.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2bpg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2008.

   #15. Former international forward Janis Porzingis (201-82, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) helped Palencia Baloncesto edge the ninth-ranked Lleida Basquet 75-74 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. Porzingis scored 9 points in 24 minutes. Porzingis averaged so far 11.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.6spg in the five games. He used to play for the Latvian national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Gary Gandel (203-G/F-80, currently plays in Israel) was the major contributor in a 1-point Hod Hasharon's victory against the closely-ranked Hapoel Afula (11-6) 81-80 in the Israeli National League (second division) in Tuesday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds. Gandel also added 5 assists and 3 steals. Maccabi Hod Hasharon (13-4) is placed third in the National League. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Gandel has reliable stats this season: 12.5ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.8apg. He has a dual citizenship: Latvian and Israeli.

   #2. Matiss Sakne (191-G-91, currently plays in Denmark) contributed to a 1-point Horsens IC's victory against the closely-ranked Naestved (12-12) 76-75 in the Danish Ligaen in Wednesday night's game. Sakne scored 10 points in 34 minutes. Horsens IC (18-6) is placed third in the Ligaen. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Sakne has averaged so far 4.1ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.2apg in the 22 games he played so far.

   #3. Martins Provizors (202-C-87, currently plays in Ireland), who plays in the Irish Superleague could not help DCU Saints (7-9) in their last game. Despite Provizors' very good performance DCU Saints was edged 66-65 in a derby game by the league outsider (#8) UCD Marian. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 12 rebounds. Provizors also added 4 blocks in 30 minutes. It was DCU Saints' third consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Provizors is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in DCU Saints' roster. He averaged so far 13.5ppg, 12.1rpg, 2.4apg and 1.9bpg in the eight games.

   #4. Edmunds Tukiss (200-SF-89, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Dragons Rhoendorf in a victory against the seventh-ranked TV 1862 Langen (10-8) 64-52 in the German ProB (third division) in Saturday night's game. Tukiss scored 5 points in 17 minutes. Dragons Rhoendorf (16-2) is placed first in Group South. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Tukiss has averaged so far 8.2ppg and 2.5rpg in the 16 games.

   #5. Ugis Promolds (190-G-88, currently plays in Denmark) was not able to help SISU (17-0) in their game against Bakken (18-5) in the Danish Ligaen. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Promolds scored only 2 points. The league leader SISU was crushed 93-68 at home by the second-ranked Bakken. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Promolds has averaged so far 1.8ppg and 1.1rpg.

   #6. Martins Abele (216-C-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Duquesne in their game against the The George Washington University in the NCAA. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Abele recorded only 1 points. His team was crushed by 22 points 79-57. Abele has averaged so far 1.8ppg and 1.1rpg.



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Detours - by Chudney Gray

The mirror only reflects what is seen on the surface. The inner dwellings are layers, clothed by the emotions that are forever worn on my sleeve. The challenges that I face, have nonetheless, served as an everlasting reminder to understanding life's spectrum. A wake up call, that carries a steady annoying buzz, that can not be snoozed within arms reach. It's a longstanding battle to overcome the doubters, naysayers and a slew of demons that surround failure. Success, well ....it's perspective based, a clear indication of where you are and where you would like to be.
In essence, the sound off, the grind, is founding for me. It's forever embedded. It's a suit that I wear proudly and confidently. It's something that keeps me behind the wheel of life as I drive for a better me. In terms of winning and loosing, there's a balance that must be maintained. There has to be a destination in mind. There has to be a set of directions in place that you are willing to follow, only to avoid getting lost along the way.
This season has been an uphill battle. I've never experienced losing in a way that I have this year. On a personal level, I've been extremely productive, currently 3rd in the league in scoring (27.8) but that doesn't necessarily fulfill my purpose. In fact, It's only made it harder to maintain. Digging deep for motives that aren't always there. It's been tough, but in totality this experience has made me a better player, hence, a better person. It's allowed me the opportunity to work on myself in terms of slowing life down and assessing things in a better light. It's been unwavering. I've remained emotionally and mentally dedicated to my task. My focus still stands. I've learned many valuable lessons, one of which helps me understand the "green grass theory" and having the PATIENCE in watching it grow.
With that, I'm truly set. All gassed up with my windshields perfectly spotless. Nothing to impair my vision and or sight while in pursuit of reaching wherever it is that I set out to be.
Facts remain...In life there there will always be main roads. There will always be short cuts and back blocks. The road less traveled ins't always ideal but that's just a part of life.. Take what you have and go from there.......
Pedal to the floor... turn up!!!


Chudney Gray (188-G-78, college: St.John's)
WWW.CHUDNEYGRAY.COM




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Standings - LKL

LKL Standings
 1. Rudupis 12-2 
 2. Neptunas 11-3 
 3. Zalgiris 7-0 
 4. Siauliai 7-5 
 5. Pieno Zvaigzdes 7-6 
 6. Juventus 7-6 
 7. Nevezis 6-7 
 8. Lietuvos rytas 5-2 
 9. Lietkabelis 5-9 
 10. LSU-Baltai 4-10 
 11. Sakalai 4-11 
 12. Naglis Palangos 0-14 

Regular Season: Round 20

Feb. 6: LSU-Baltai - Lietkabelis 90-64
Feb. 14: Neptunas - Rudupis 85-81
Feb. 6: Siauliai - Neptunas 81-82
Feb. 14: Sakalai - LSU-Baltai 69-67
Feb. 15: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Siauliai
Feb. 15: Lietkabelis - Nevezis
Feb. 15: Naglis Palangos - Juventus


Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Gediminas ORELIKAS
  Rudupis
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 19
 1. Orelikas, Rudupis19.0 
 2. Hughes, Pieno Z.16.1 
 3. Gailius, Neptunas15.4 
 4. Samenas, Siauliai15.1 
 5. Milaknis, Rudupis13.5 
 6. Kadziulis, Rudupis13.4 
 7. Kieza, Siauliai13.4 
 8. Brown, Naglis P.13.0 
 9. Sinica, Sakalai12.9 
 10. Mazeika, Neptunas12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Siauliai
  (202-PF-82)
  Avg: 10
 1. Kieza, Siauliai10.0 
 2. Bishop, Nevezis8.4 
 3. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai7.7 
 4. Sarakauskas, Nept.7.6 
 5. Varnelis, Juventus6.8 
 6. Sinica, Sakalai6.5 
 7. Gates, Pieno Z.6.2 
 8. Vene, Rudupis6.2 
 9. Dia, Siauliai6.0 
 10. Kiausas, Sakalai5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Lewis JACKSON
  Siauliai
  (178-PG-89)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Jackson, Siauliai5.1 
 2. Stasys, LSU-Baltai4.4 
 3. Janavicius, Rudupis4.0 
 4. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.0 
 5. Dainys, Neptunas3.9 
 6. Viskontas, Juvent.3.7 
 7. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.2 
 8. Ginevicius, Lietka.3.1 
 9. Broadus, Neptunas3.1 
 10. Orelikas, Rudupis3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Parrish BROWN
  Naglis P.
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Brown, Naglis P.2.0 
 2. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.0 
 3. Ginevicius, Lietka.1.7 
 4. Stasys, LSU-Baltai1.7 
 5. Butkevicius, Lietk.1.6 
 6. Vene, Rudupis1.6 
 7. Vingelis, LSU-B.1.6 
 8. Lengvinas, Naglis1.5 
 9. Sinica, Sakalai1.5 
 10. Kieza, Siauliai1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LSU-Baltai
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai2.8 
 2. Silinskis, Nevezis1.6 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.3 
 4. Kieza, Siauliai1.0 
 5. McClure, Neptunas0.9 
 6. Kupsas, Lietkabelis0.9 
 7. Ramasauskas, Saka.0.8 
 8. Vene, Rudupis0.8 
 9. Dia, Siauliai0.8 
 10. Valeika, Rudupis0.8 


Mantas Kalnietis' 35 points make him top Lithuanian player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Mantas Kalnietis
Mantas Kalnietis
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Russia). He led Lokomotiv to a victory over the closely-ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (12-8) 94-87 in the Russian PBL in Sunday night's game. Kalnietis was MVP of the game. He scored 35 points (!!!), had 5 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 34 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lokomotiv Kuban (6-5) is placed fourth in the PBL. Kalnietis has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.4apg and FT: 69.0% in the seven games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Jonas Valanciunas
Jonas Valanciunas
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Jonas Valanciunas (211-92, currently plays in NBA). Valanciunas contributed to an overtime Toronto Raptors' victory against the Indiana Pacers (32-21) 100-98 in the NBA last Friday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 13 rebounds. Valanciunas also added 2 blocks. The Toronto Raptors have 21-32 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Valanciunas' first year with the team. This season he has relatively solid stats: 7.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 52.9% and FT: 73.0%. Valanciunas is in the roster of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Jonas Maciulis
Jonas Maciulis
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Jonas Maciulis (199-85, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Greece. He could not help Panathinaikos (4-3) in their last game. Despite Maciulis' very good performance the fourth-placed Panathinaikos was badly defeated 86-69 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) CSKA Moscow in the group E of Euroleague. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Maciulis also added 6 rebounds in 29 minutes. Maciulis has reliable stats this year: 10.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 2FGP: 56.7%(34-60), 3FGP: 39.7% and FT: 74.3% in the 17 games. He is also a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Sarunas Jasikevicius
Sarunas Jasikevicius
   #4. An experienced point guard Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-76, college: Maryland, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to a Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the sixth-ranked Maccabi T-A (2-5) 82-77 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Jasikevicius recorded 14 points and added 3 assists. Regal FC Barcelona (6-1) is placed first in group F. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Jasikevicius' overall stats this season are: 4.9ppg and 1.6apg. He is also Lithuanian national team player.

Simas Jasaitis
Simas Jasaitis
   #5. International small forward Simas Jasaitis (202-82, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mantas Kalnietis. But that was another game of his team in Eurocup which we would like to mention. Jasaitis helped his Russian team Lokomotiv win their game against the closely-ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (3-2) 77-72. He scored 15 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 37 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. Jasaitis' stats this year are: 12.2ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.7apg in the 11 games. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

Darius Songaila
Darius Songaila
   #6. Power forward Darius Songaila (204-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague was not able to help BC Donetsk (15-15) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Songaila's very good performance BC Donetsk was defeated 78-71 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Cherkasy (#6). He was the top scorer with 23 points. Songaila also added 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Songaila has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.6ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg. Songaila is an international player who is currently on the senior Lithuanian National Team roster.

Donatas Motiejunas
Donatas Motiejunas
   #7. Former international power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA was not able to secure a victory for the Houston Rockets (29-26) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Houston Rockets lost 96-106 in Los Angeles to the Clippers. Motiejunas scored 13 points in a mere 16 minutes. This year Motiejunas averages only 2.6ppg in the 18 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team two years ago.

Michailis Anisimovas
Michailis Anisimovas
   #8. Center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84, currently plays in Ukraine) was the major contributor in Budivelnyk's victory against the seventh-ranked Hoverla (15-13) 92-79 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Sunday night. He scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. Budivelnyk Kyiv (22-7) is placed first in the Superleague. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Anisimovas is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Budivelnyk's roster. This season Anisimovas' overall stats are: 9.9ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.2apg in the 29 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team back in 2007.

Egidijus Dimsa
Egidijus Dimsa
   #9. Former University international center Egidijus Dimsa (205-85, currently plays in Baltic League) couldn't help TU/Rock (4-1) in their game against Siauliai (3-2) in the Baltic League. Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game Dimsa recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. The Top 16 already ended in the Baltic League. It's Dimsa's first season with the team. He averaged so far 10.1ppg and 5.9rpg. Dimsa used to play for the Lithuanian university national team four years ago.

Donatas Zavackas
Donatas Zavackas
   #10. Forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Eurocup) couldn't help VEF Riga (3-2) in their game against Valencia Basket (3-2) in the Eurocup, despite his good performance last Tuesday. He scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 39 minutes. But VEF Riga lost in an overtime 96-103 at home to the second-ranked Valencia Basket in the group J of Eurocup. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Zavackas' team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Top 16. And that game will be critical. This year Zavackas' total stats are: 7.8ppg and 3.6rpg in the 11 games. He is a former U20 international player as thirteen years ago he still played for the Lithuanian national team.

   #11. Former University international guard Augustas Peciukevicius (192-91, currently plays in Baltic League) couldn't help the league outsider KK Parnu in their game against Barons kvartals in the Baltic League. Despite his very good performance on Saturday night Peciukevicius recorded a double-double by scoring 32 points and making 10 passes. He also added 7 rebounds. Peciukevicius averaged so far 14.8ppg, 5.4rpg, 5.8apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team two years ago.

   #12. International guard Tomas Delininkaitis (190-82, currently plays in Ukraine) couldn't help the league outsider one of league's weakest teams Cherkasy in their game against Khimik in the Ukrainian Superleague, despite his very good performance in Friday night's game. Delininkaitis scored 19 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 34 minutes. But his team lost in an overtime 87-93. Delininkaitis averaged so far 14.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.4apg and 1.1spg in the 18 games. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

   #13. International center Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-84, another player represented by Interperformances, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Donatas Zavackas and both played together in the last Eurocup game. Kavaliauskas couldn't help VEF Riga in their game against Valencia Basket. He scored 8 points and added 3 assists. His team was defeated in an overtime 103-96. Kavaliauskas has averaged so far 9.5ppg and 4.3rpg. He is also Lithuanian national team player.

   #14. Former international forward Dainius Salenga (197-77, currently plays in Ukraine) is a teammate of previously mentioned Michailis Anisimovas. However that was another game of his team in Ukrainian Superleague which brought him to that list. Salenga helped Budivelnyk win their game against the closely-ranked Halychyna crushing them 95-65. He scored 10 points and had 3 steals in only 13 minutes. Salenga has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg in the 28 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team back in 2005.

   #15. Former U21 international guard Gediminas Navickas (180-84, currently plays in Romania) was the main contributor in a Targu Mures' victory against one of league's weakest teams CS Farul Constanta crushing them 83-55 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Saturday night's game. Navickas was the best player in that game. He scored 16 points, made 7 passes and 3 steals. Navickas averaged so far 10.2ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U21 national team eight years ago.

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

   #1. Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in a Telekom Baskets' victory against the third-ranked ratiopharm Ulm (14-7) 99-94 in the German BBL last Saturday. Veikalas recorded 24 points. Telekom Baskets Bonn (11-10) is placed seventh in the BBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Veikalas averaged so far 11.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.2apg.

   #2. Experienced Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, college: Michigan, currently plays in Belgium) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Antwerp Giants (8-8) 75-57 in the Belgian Ethias League in Saturday night's game. Young recorded 7 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 28 minutes. Generali Okapi Aalstar (10-6) is placed third in the Ethias League. Young belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #6 with 6.5rpg. He also averaged so far 7.3ppg in the 14 games he played so far. Young is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Lithuania.

   #3. Gintaras Leonavicius (194-G-83, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Spain) led Leche Rio Breogan to a victory against the tenth-ranked Lobe Huesca (7-10) 63-49 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Saturday night. Leonavicius scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 25 minutes. Leche Rio Breogan Lugo (9-8) is placed fifth in the LEB Gold. Leonavicius has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg in the 17 games.

   #4. Nik Stauskas (198-G-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Michigan (8-4) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance the Michigan was crushed 75-52 on the road by the Michigan State University. Stauskas recorded 10 points. Stauskas has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lithuanian. Despite Stauskas' Lithuanian passport, he previously played for the Canadian U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Lithuanian team.

   #5. Vytautas Kamarunas (179-PG-89, currently plays in Belarus) was not able to help Tsmoki-Minsk II (8-11) in their game against Svisloch (6-14) in the Belarusian Premier League, despite his very good performance in Friday night's game. Kamarunas was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 5 passes (made all of his six free throws) in 40 minutes. But Tsmoki-Minsk II lost 69-74 in Osipovichi to the lower-ranked (#6) Svisloch. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Kamarunas averaged so far 14.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.8apg and 2.7spg in the six games.

   #6. Deividas Busma (212-C-87, agency: Two Points, college: Idaho St., currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams CB Clavijo in their game against Leyma Basquet in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division), despite his very good performance on Friday night. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Busma also added 7 rebounds in 31 minutes. But his team lost 72-79. Busma has averaged so far 8.4ppg and 4.3rpg in the 10 games.

   #7. Nerijus Brasas (200-F-85, currently plays in Denmark) couldn't help Naestved in their game against Horsens IC in the Danish Ligaen, despite his very good performance on Wednesday night. He scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. But his team was edged 76-75. Brasas has averaged so far 9.1ppg and 3.6rpg in the 24 games.

   #8. Gabas Maldunas (203-F-93, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Dartmouth in their game against the Cornell University in the NCAA. He scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was crushed by 23 points 79-56. Maldunas has averaged so far 9.1ppg and 3.6rpg.

   #9. Rokas Garlauskas (198-F-92, currently plays in Denmark) couldn't help SISU in their game against Bakken in the Danish Ligaen. He scored 7 points in 17 minutes. His team was crushed by 25 points 93-68. This year Garlauskas averages only 2.9ppg in the 12 games.

   #10. Edgaras Kvedaravicius (191-G-92, currently plays in Denmark) faced previously mentioned Nerijus Brasas in the Danish Ligaen last game. Kvedaravicius managed to help Horsens IC to win against the closely-ranked Naestved 76-75. He scored only 4 points. Kvedaravicius has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 2.0rpg.



EuroLeague: Marko Popovic carries Zalgiris to overtime win in Bamberg - by Eurobasket News

Brose Baskets - Zalgiris 87:88

Zalgiris clinched a last-second overtime victory in Bamberg tonight. They edged Brose Baskets when Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) sank three free throws at the buzzer. Brose Baskets seemed just whisker away from the victory after two free throws from Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) with 15 seconds to go in the extra period. But Anton Gavel committed a crucial mistake on the other end of the floor. He fouled Marko Popovic in the process of a three-point shot at the buzzer putting the Croat on the penalty line with no time remaining on the clock. Marko Popovic calmly sank three free throws and sealed the victory for Zalgiris. The win helped Zalgiris gain 3-4 record in Group E. Brose Baskets suffered the seventh loss in a row.
Zalgiris enjoyed a 38:36 lead at halftime. They remained up by two points heading into the fourth frame. But Bamberg managed to level things up at the end of regulation. Anton Gavel converted four free throws following a technical foul by Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) to send the game into overtime. The visitors led by as many as 5 points midway through the extra frame but Sharrod Ford (206-F/C-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Clemson) and Anton Gavel denied the deficit and put Brose Baskets in front. But the drama of the last seconds allowed Zalgiris came out as winners from this one. Marko Popovic produced 21 points for the visitors. Rimantas Kaukenas (192-SG-77, college: Seton Hall) added 14 points for Zalgiris. Anton Gavel answered with 25 points for Brose Baskets. Sharrod Ford had 20 points in the loss.

Brose Baskets: Anton Gavel 25, Sharrod Ford 20
Zalgiris: Marko Popovic 21 Rimantas Kaukenas 14, Darjus Lavrinovic 11



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LNBP Round 6 of Semi-Finals. Soles and Toros stay alive with road wins - by Eurobasket News

Halc.Rojos - Toros 73-80

Toros clinched the third victory against Halcones Rojos and forced the decisive seventh game in the semifinal series. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-11. But Halcones Rojos won second period 27-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Toros made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Toros especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 62.5 percentage. It was a good game for American forward Adrian Henning (203-82, college: Austin Peay St.) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 7 rebounds. American-Nigerian forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Venezuelan power forward Luis Bethelmy (200-86) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Curtis Stinson (191-83, college: Iowa St.) added 15 points and 5 assists in the effort for Halcones Rojos. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Halcones Rojos' coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Halc.Rojos: C.Stinson 15+1reb+5ast, F.Cruz 13+1ast, L.Bethelmy 12+11reb+2ast, N.Alonzo 10+5reb+1ast, L.Davis 10+4reb+1ast, A.Solares 5+1reb
Toros: A.Henning 15+7reb+3ast, I.Ofoegbu 14+8reb, R.Rougeau 13+2reb+4ast, B.Angley 12+1reb+2ast, Q.Gonzalez 11+4reb+3ast, W.Pagan 8+1reb+3ast
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Halc.Xalapa - Soles 91-94

Soles stayed alive in the semifinal against Halcones Xalapa. They knocked down their opponents on the road to level things up at 3-3. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 25-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Soles looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington, agency: SportsTalent) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points, 5 rebounds and 13 assists. The former international forward Roman Martinez (201-88, college: N.Mexico) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) who recorded 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international center Lorenzo Mata (205-86) added 13 points and 15 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively. Five Soles and four Halcones UV Xalapa players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Halc.Xalapa: L.Hickerson 27+6reb+5ast, K.Sowell 15+5reb+6ast, O.Mendez-Valdez 14+2reb+11ast, L.Mata 13+15reb+1ast, D.Pearson 8+5reb+3ast, V.Avila 6+1reb
Soles: J.Griffin 20+1reb+2ast, R.Martinez 19+6reb+2ast, J.Horne 17+6reb+2ast, K.Gransberry 11+8reb+2ast, C.Elliott 10+5reb+13ast, J.Luis Bucio 10+5reb+5ast
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Brandon Roberson joined RTV 21 (Kosovo) - by Darko Pekic

MVP of first part of the 2012/2013 Erste Basketball League seeason Brandon Roberson (180-PG, college: Missouri Baptist) signed today a contract with RTV 21, a club from Prishtina (Kosovo). He joined them in jJanuary, after he left Ibar Rozaje, but due to administrative difficulties he was not able to sign a contract because his former club Ibar denied him the letter of clearance. But after the long negotiations all three sides reached a financial agreemend and solved the case.

Brandon Roberson started the season Ibar and led them to some important wins this season. He averaged 21.7 ppg and 2.3 apg and was the best scorer of D1 as well.



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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 36-14 
 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. 39-14 
 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 39-17 
 2. Golden St.W. 30-22 
 3. LA Lakers 25-29 
 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 106

Feb. 14: LA Lakers - LA Clippers 101-125
Feb. 14: Oklah.City T. - Miami Heat 100-110

Regular Season: Round 107

Feb. 19: Washington W. - Toronto R.
Feb. 19: Orlando M. - Charlotte B.
Feb. 19: Brooklyn N. - Milwaukee B.
Feb. 19: Detroit P. - Memphis G.
Feb. 19: N.Orleans H. - Chicago B.
Feb. 19: Denver N. - Boston C.
Feb. 19: Utah Jazz - Golden St.W.
Feb. 19: Sacramento K. - San Antonio S.
Feb. 19: Portland TB - Phoenix Suns


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-SF-88)
  Avg: 29.2
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.29.2 
 2. Anthony, New Y.28.6 
 3. James, Miami Heat27.3 
 4. Bryant, LA Lakers26.8 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.1 
 6. Irving, Cleveland23.5 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..22.6 
 8. Wade, Miami Heat21.0 
 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 Lakers11.8 
 3. Randolph, Memph.11.5 
 4. Vucevic, Orlan.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 Clippers9.6 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.4 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.9 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..8.1 
 6. Parker, San A.7.6 
 7. Williams, Brooklyn7.6 
 8. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
 9. Nash, LA Lakers7.4 
 10. Calderon, Toron.7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.6 
 2. Conley, Memphis G.2.2 
 3. Ellis, Milwaukee B.1.9 
 4. Walker, Charlott.1.9 
 5. Lin, Houston R.1.9 
 6. Harden, Houston R.1.9 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..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.2.9 
 3. Duncan, San A.2.7 
 4. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.7 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.3 
 6. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.2 
 7. Smith, Atlanta H.2.1 
 8. Noah, Chicago B.2.0 
 9. Davis, N.Orleans H.1.9 
 10. McGee, Denver N.1.9 


Carmelo May Skip ASG With Arm Contusion - by Eurobasket News

Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) suffered a "deep" right arm contusion on Wednesday and may skip the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday. Anthony said he felt numbness throughout the game and called the contusion "kind of deep." "I'm not going to force it, definitely not going to force it," Anthony said. "As bad as I would want to play in the All-Star Game, participate, if I can't go, I can't go. Nothing I can do about that."
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



Heat and Clippers win as the League heads into All-Star Game break - by Eurobasket News

Oklah.City T. - Miami Heat 100-110
With LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) playing at his best level yet, the Miami Heat powered into the All-Star break with a reminder to the Oklahoma City Thunder that the NBA championship still resides on South Beach. James had 39 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, and narrowly missed extending his record-setting streak of high-scoring games combined with top-notch accuracy, as the Heat trampled Oklahoma City 110-100 in a Thursday night showcase. James was in position to continue his NBA record run of games with at least 30 points and 60 percent shooting to seven, but missed from a couple steps beyond the 3-point line as the shot clock ran down with just over a minute left and Miami up 10. That dropped him to 14 for 24 in the game, or 58 percent. All that mattered to him, though, was that Miami's winning streak reached a season-best seven straight games - and the Heat beat the Thunder for the sixth time in a row, dating to last year's NBA Finals. "Winning is hard to come by in professional sports. That's what it's about," James said. "Sixty percent doesn't matter. Winning is all that matters." Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat, who won the last four games of last season's Finals after losing Game 1 in Oklahoma City and continued their dominance in the series after winning on their home court on Christmas Day. "I thought we imposed our will, playing our style of basketball," said Dwyane Wade, who had 13 points and eight assists before fouling out with 3:29 to play. "But have their number? No, we're not feeling that way. We've just won two games against them. That's it." Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) had 40 points and eight rebounds, but missed his first seven shots as Oklahoma City fell hopelessly behind. After the slow start, he wound up making half of his 24 shots - going 8 for 10 in the fourth quarter to get Oklahoma City within 108-100 after trailing by as much as 23. It wasn't enough to measure up against James, who beat him in last year's MVP race and then the Finals before the two won a gold medal together at the London Olympics. "It's fun. I take on the challenge every time we're playing," Durant said. "He had a great game. He was making some tough shots, man - one-leggers, fadeaways in corners, 3s. So, you've got to tip your hat to that. "I just wanted to keep putting pressure on him. I missed a few and then I started to hit in the fourth. I just tried to will my team back in the game, but it didn't work." Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) had 26 points and 10 assists, with six turnovers, for the Thunder. He had 20 points in the first half to keep Oklahoma City from getting run out of its own gym. Despite playing without injured starting forward Udonis Haslem (leg) and then losing two starters to foul trouble in the first 6 minutes, the Heat took control by scoring 11 straight points midway through the first period and went up 28-13 when Ray Allen made the free throw after Durant drew his 11th technical foul of the season. "That was the game, that first quarter," said Durant, who surmised that the Thunder came out too nervous or too excited. "We just kept fighting and we kept fighting, battling uphill. That's tough to do against a championship-caliber team." Miami never trailed, held Oklahoma City to just two baskets over a 12-minute stretch and eventually widened its lead to as much as 79-56 when James put back a missed jumper by Bosh with 5:07 left in the third quarter. That matched the largest deficit of the season for the Thunder, who also were down 23 in a home loss against Brooklyn last month. Oklahoma City fell to 23-4 at home and suffered back-to-back losses for only the second time all season - with the Heat responsible for the second loss on both occasions. The defeat also dropped the Thunder (39-14) to even in the loss column with Miami (36-14) as the two potentially jockey for home-court advantage if there's a Finals rematch. San Antonio has the best record in the league, and is the only team ahead of Miami and Oklahoma City. "We always have to be sharp. We can't ever let our guard down," James said. "We can't ever come in lackadaisical. We have to come in with a great mindset." James finished the first half with a flurry, hitting a pair of 3-pointers and a pair of jumpers from the left wing on four straight possessions. He said it all started with a fan who taunted him. "He said, 'Shoot it. You can't shoot.' So, I said, 'OK,' and I shot it. I made it and then I made another one and then I made another one and then I made another one, and he stopped talking to me," James said. The first 3 came when James was left wide open, then the Thunder tried to send Durant, Thabo Sefolosha and finally Kendrick Perkins at him - all to no avail. Westbrook spent most of the second half guarding James. The only frustration for James came because of the officials, who whistled him for two fouls within two-tenths of a second - and within the final 6 seconds of the half. James tried to restrain himself but eventually let his emotions boil over enough that Dan Crawford hit him with a technical foul, too. Still, Miami bumped its lead to 63-46 when Bosh got open for a layup at the halftime buzzer off of a half-court inbound bounce pass from Shane Battier. Courtesy of: thenewstribune.com

LA Lakers - LA Clippers 101-125
Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) had 24 points and 13 assists, Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) scored 18 of his 22 points in a spectacular first quarter, and the Clippers cemented their supremacy in Los Angeles with a 125-101 victory over the Lakers on Thursday night. Chauncey Billups (6'3''-PG-76, college: Colorado) hit five 3-pointers while scoring 21 points for the Clippers, who never trailed as they roared into the All-Star break by clinching the season series in their city rivalry for the first time in 20 years. The Clippers have won the Staples Center co-tenants' first three games of the year, with Los Angeles' longtime underdogs burying the 16-time champions in this latest meeting under a wave of 16 3-pointers. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) had 20 points and 11 assists for the Lakers, who head to the break in 10th place in the Western Conference. Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut) had 13 points and eight rebounds for the Clippers, who lead Golden State by seven games atop the Pacific Division standings after their fourth straight victory heading into what could be a memorable All-Star game for Los Angeles' teams, which are contributing four of the West's five starters this weekend in Houston. And though the Clippers don't have any banners on the wall or in the rafters to match the Lakers' huge collection, CP3 and Griffin are running Staples Center this season. The Clippers hadn't won this series in a season since taking three of five from the Lakers in 1992-93 - but on April 7, they'll go for the franchise's first season sweep of the Lakers since 1975. The Lakers had won eight of 11 overall heading into this meeting, but the Clippers scored the first 15 points and never trailed. Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) had 18 points and eight rebounds for the Lakers, who missed their first nine shots and never got closer than 13 points in the second half. Bryant rebounded from his four-point performance Tuesday against Phoenix with a solid game, but the Lakers' defense couldn't keep up with the Clippers' perimeter shooters. Paul, Butler and Matt Barnes hit three 3-pointers apiece. The Clippers appear to be cruising toward the first division title in the woebegone club's 43-year history, dominating the lackluster Pacific and establishing themselves as a legitimate threat to Oklahoma City and San Antonio in the West. They'll need only nine wins after the break to secure the best season in the club's Los Angeles history, and 11 victories for the best year in franchise history, surpassing the 49-win Buffalo Braves in 1974-75. The Lakers are mired in one of the most disappointing years in their history, stumbling into the break at four games below .500 under their third head coach of the season despite adding veteran stars Howard and Steve Nash to their roster last summer. "Enjoy the break, and let's get ready for a big push in the second half of the season," Bryant said to the Lakers' crowd before the game. Instead, Griffin roared out of the gate for the Clippers, scoring their first 10 points and 12 during their 15-0 run to start the game. He outscored the Lakers 18-17 by himself in the first quarter, making nine of his 10 shots. The Lakers erased much of the Clippers' early 16-point lead with a second-quarter rally led by Antawn Jamison, who scored 13 of his 17 points in the period while the Lakers pulled within three points. But Billups led an 11-0 rally late in the period, staking the Clippers to a 64-52 halftime lead. Billups hit three more 3-pointers early in the second half while the Clippers' lead ballooned. The Lakers couldn't keep up, missing 10 of their first 11 3-pointers. Nash scored his 17,000th career point among his seven points on a poor shooting night for the Lakers. He also had five assists to pull within four of matching Magic Johnson for fourth place on the NBA's career list. Courtesy of: miamiherald.com



Miami 110, Oklahoma City 100 - by Milord Nikolic

The only thing that can slow LeBron James and the Miami Heat down at this point is the All-Star break. James fell short of continuing his unprecedented shooting stretch, but was dominant nonetheless in totaling 39 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists as the Heat dismantled the Oklahoma City Thunder in their own building, 110-100, en route to their seventh straight win. In Miami's previous six victories, James accomplished what no player had ever done in NBA history, scoring at least 30 points each game while making 60- percent from the field or better. The three-time league MVP was on pace to keep the streak going, but missed a late 3-pointer to finish 14-of-24 (58 percent) from the field. Chris Bosh chipped in 20 points and 12 rebounds, while fellow All-Star Dwyane Wade had 13 points and eight assists for the Heat, who virtually led by double digits the last three quarters to sweep the season series from last season's NBA Finals opponent. Oklahoma City dropped back-to-back games for the second time this season and had its Chesapeake Energy Arena winning streak snapped at seven games. Kevin Durant logged 40 points on 12-of-24 shooting, while Russell Westbrook donated 26 points, 10 assists and five boards in the loss.


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NBLC Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 28

Feb. 14: Summerside S. - Moncton M. 106-110
Feb. 13: Windsor Exp. - Montreal J. 105-91
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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Top 25 - Men

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

Regular Season: Round 96

Feb. 14: Portland St. - S.Utah 90-69
Feb. 14: Cal-Davis - Hawaii 89-65
Feb. 14: S.Alabama - La-Lafayette 88-64
Feb. 14: Weber St. - Montana 87-63
Feb. 14: Idaho St. - Montana St. 87-51
Feb. 14: VCU - Massachusetts 86-68
Feb. 14: Arkansas St. - UALR 86-62
Feb. 14: Morehead St. - Jacksonville St. 85-81
Feb. 14: La-Monroe - N.Texas 85-73
Feb. 14: Florida Atlantic - W.Kentucky 84-78
Feb. 14: Mt.St.Mary''s - Bryant 84-70
Feb. 14: Temple - Duquesne 83-84
Feb. 14: Chattanooga - Furman 83-49
Feb. 14: S.Dakota St. - IUPUI 82-45
Feb. 14: Tennessee St. - Belmont 80-69
Feb. 14: E.Kentucky - Tenn Tech 80-69
Feb. 14: UTPA - CSU Bakersfield 79-73 OT
Feb. 14: E.Tenn.St. - Kennesaw St. 79-70
Feb. 14: SE Louisiana - Northwestern St. 76-79
Feb. 14: N.Colorado - N.Arizona 76-68
Feb. 14: S.Dakota - Oakland 75-76
Feb. 14: ORU - Sam Houston St. 74-64
Feb. 14: Fairfield - Siena 74-52
Feb. 14: Penn St. - Iowa 72-74
Feb. 14: Louisville - St.John''s 72-58
Feb. 14: Rider - St.Peter''s 72-57
Feb. 14: Troy - FIU 69-61
Feb. 14: Ohio St. - Northwestern 69-59
Feb. 14: Cent.Arkansas - Texas A&M-CC 68-75
Feb. 14: Idaho - Texas Arlington 68-71
Feb. 14: NC-Greensboro - W.Carolina 68-70
Feb. 14: Loyola, MD - Canisius 68-64
Feb. 14: Monmouth - LIU Brooklyn 66-80
Feb. 14: Lipscomb - Stetson 66-76
Feb. 14: Pacific - CS Northridge 66-59
Feb. 14: Florida A&M - Savannah St. 65-67
Feb. 14: SIU Edwardsville - Murray St. 65-60
Feb. 14: E.Illinois - Austin Peay St. 64-71
Feb. 14: Quinnipiac - Robert Morris 63-61
Feb. 14: Drexel - George Mason 62-68
Feb. 14: Fair Dickinson - St.Francis, NY 61-85
Feb. 14: Elon - Appalachian St. 61-58
Feb. 14: UMKC - IPFW 60-65
Feb. 14: Sacred Heart - St.Francis, PA 60-64
Feb. 14: Utah St. - Denver 60-63 OT
Feb. 14: Charleston - Davidson 59-75
Feb. 14: USC Upstate - Mercer 59-70
Feb. 14: Seattle - Louisiana Tech 58-64
Feb. 14: Minnesota - Wisconsin 58-53 OT
Feb. 14: Citadel - Georgia South 57-78
Feb. 14: San Jose St. - N.Mexico St. 57-67
Feb. 14: N.Kentucky - Florida Gulf Coast 53-60
Feb. 14: Georgia Tech - Clemson 53-56
Feb. 14: Nicholls St. - SF Austin 51-63
Feb. 14: N.Dakota - Sacramento St. 49-48
Feb. 14: S.Carolina - LSU 46-64
Feb. 14: Samford - Wofford 40-33
Feb. 14: N.Dakota St. - W.Illinois 36-49
Feb. 14: Wagner - Cent.Conn.St. 101-82
Feb. 14: USF - Portland 76-78
Feb. 14: California - UCLA 76-63
Feb. 14: Colorado - Arizona 71-58
Feb. 14: Stanford - USC 64-65
Feb. 14: Santa Clara - San Diego 61-52
Feb. 14: St.Mary's, CA - Gonzaga 60-77
Feb. 14: Pepperdine - Loyola Mary 52-50

Regular Season: Round 97

Feb. 15: Dartmouth - Princeton
Feb. 15: Manhattan - Iona
Feb. 15: Jacksonville - N.Florida
Feb. 15: Yale - Cornell
Feb. 15: Brown - Columbia
Feb. 15: Harvard - Pennsylvania
Feb. 15: Stony Brook - Vermont
Feb. 15: Youngstown St. - Wisc.-Milwaukee
Feb. 15: Marist - Niagara
Feb. 15: Cleveland St. - Green Bay
Feb. 15: Cincinnati - Georgetown


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Jones LAMONT
  Iona
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Lamont, Iona22.9 
 2. Mason, Niagara18.9 
 3. Armand, Iona17.9 
 4. Baron, Canisius16.8 
 5. Cormier, Loyol.16.7 
 6. Green, Niagara16.5 
 7. Lewis, Marist15.8 
 8. Needham, Fairfield15.1 
 9. Etherly, Loyol.15.1 
 10. Washington, St.Pe.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 O.D. ANOSIKE
  Siena
  (203-F-91)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Anosike, Siena11.7 
 2. Laury, Iona11.0 
 3. Manhertz, Canisius8.8 
 4. Kemp, Marist8.6 
 5. Stewart, Rider7.1 
 6. Brown, Manhattan6.8 
 7. Winbush, Loyol.6.7 
 8. Heath, Canisius6.4 
 9. Etherly, Loyol.6.1 
 10. Tanksley, Niagara6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Billy BARON
  Canisius
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Baron, Canisius5.3 
 2. Green, Niagara5.2 
 3. Ffrench, St.Peter''s4.8 
 4. Wade, Fairfield3.9 
 5. Lamont, Iona3.8 
 6. Morton, Marist3.6 
 7. Hymes, Siena3.5 
 8. Sledge, Iona3.4 
 9. Needham, Fairfield3.4 
 10. Thompson, Rider3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Chavaughn LEWIS
  Marist
  (196-G-)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Lewis, Marist2.1 
 2. Brookins, Siena2.0 
 3. Green, Niagara1.9 
 4. Cormier, Loyol.1.9 
 5. Nickerson, Fairfie.1.8 
 6. Raymond, St.Pe.1.5 
 7. Etherly, Loyol.1.5 
 8. Ffrench, St.Peter''s1.5 
 9. Washington, St.Pe.1.4 
 10. Thompson, Rider1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Rhamel BROWN
  Manhattan
  (201-F/C-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Brown, Manhattan2.8 
 2. Kemp, Marist2.0 
 3. Laury, Iona1.6 
 4. Heath, Canisius1.5 
 5. Latham, Loyola, MD1.2 
 6. Nd-Ezuma, Rider1.2 
 7. Etherly, Loyol.1.1 
 8. White, Niagara1.1 
 9. Manhertz, Canisius1.0 
 10. Silas, Siena1.0 


Kentucky's Nerlens Noel out for season with torn ACL - by Eurobasket News

Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel (6'10''-F-94) will be out for the rest of the season after a torn ACL injury suffered during Tuesday night's game at Florida, according to a release from the university's athletic department. The release also states that according to the UK medical staff, surgery should be expected in the next two to three weeks. The normal timetable for recovery is estimated at six to eight months.
The 6-foot-10 forward was hurt during No. 25 Kentucky's 69-52 loss at No. 7 Florida on Tuesday night. Noel ran into the padded basket support with about eight minutes remaining after blocking Mike Rosario (6'3''-G-90, college: Florida)'s layup from behind. He landed awkwardly on the leg, dropped to the floor and started screaming while clutching his knee. The top recruit left the arena in a wheelchair with his leg in a brace and was taken to a hospital for X-rays Tuesday night. Noel returned home with the team. The nation's leading shot blocker at 4.5 per game coming in, Noel had eight points, six rebounds and three blocks before getting hurt. Noel's injury comes just as defending national champion Kentucky (17-7, 8-3 Southeastern Conference) appeared to be gaining some footing after a lackluster start. The Wildcats began the week ranked for the first time since falling out Dec. 3 following consecutive losses to Notre Dame and Baylor.
Kentucky struggled early on in SEC play, losing to Texas A&M and Alabama, but had recovered to win a season-best five straight before Tuesday. Noel's stellar defense was a big reason for the Wildcats' surge. He entered the game with three consecutive double-doubles and on a four-week run as the conference's top freshman. In his previous five games, Noel had blocked 26 shots. Considered the nation's top recruit last season, Noel led a four-man freshman class also including Archie Goodwin (6'4''-G-94) and Alex Poythress (6'7''-F-93) that was expected to pick up where last year's championship team left off. Noel has often been compared to national player of the year Anthony Davis because of his size and shot-blocking ability. While Noel downplayed the comparison, he made clear his pursuit of breaking Davis' single-season school record of 186 blocks set last year. A Kentucky-record 12 blocks during an 87-74 victory at Mississippi on Jan. 29 put him slightly ahead of Davis' pace, which was set over 40 games.
Courtesy of: tennessean.com



Buckeyes use late 12-0 run to slip past Northwestern - by Milord Nikolic

Deshaun Thomas scored 22 points and No. 13 Ohio State used a late 12-0 run to beat Northwestern 69-59 on Thursday night, the Buckeyes' 32nd consecutive home win against the Wildcats. Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 12 points - all in the first half - with Sam Thompson adding 11 and Amir Williams a career-high 10 for the Buckeyes (18-6, 8-4 Big Ten). Pesky Northwestern (13-12, 4-8) led throughout the second half despite having only seven scholarship players due to injuries. Tre Demps led the Wildcats with 16 points, Reggie Hearn had 12 and Dave Sobolewski 10. No one would have been surprised to see the Buckeyes blow out the Wildcats. They held a 111-45 upper hand all-time against Northwestern, including 65-14 in home games. The last time a Northwestern team had won in Columbus was Feb. 24, 1977 - when the original Star Wars was up for best picture and the Cincinnati Reds reigned as World Series champs.


Brooks: Buffs Throw A Blanket Of D Over Wildcats - by Eurobasket News

BOULDER - On a cold, snowy Colorado night, if the guys from the desert needed a blanket, their hosts were happy to oblige. The Buffaloes draped themselves over No. 9 Arizona, smothering the Pac-12 Conference's highest-scoring team and leaving a delirious Coors Events Center with a 71-58 win.

As good as CU's defense was in limiting Arizona to its lowest point total of the season, the offense provided by sophomore Spender Dinwiddie and freshman Xavier Johnson was just as good for the Buffs. Dinwiddie finished with a game-high 21, Johnson with a career-high 19.

Sophomore guard Askia Booker (6'1''-PG-93) added 10 points, and junior Andre Roberson (6'7''-F-91) contributed seven points and a game-best 13 rebounds.

The Wildcats came into the game averaging 76.2 points a game and featured two of the league's top nine scorers in Mark Lyons (17.5) and Solomon Hill (15.4). Lyons got 11 points, Hill 12 on Thursday night as the Wildcats were limited to 42.3 percent from the field.

The Buffs, meanwhile, checked in at 50 percent, including 59.1 percent in the second half when the Wildcats were trying desperately to rally.

In winning its fourth straight and sixth of its last seven games, CU (17-7, 7-5) avenged its 92-83 overtime loss in Tucson on Jan. 3. Arizona (20-4, 8-4) lost its second consecutive game and dropped out of a first-place Pac-12 tie with UCLA and Oregon.

The Buffs, defeating a Top 25 team for the second time in three games, improved to 11-1 in the CED this season and went to 42-5 at home under third-year coach Tad Boyle.

The CEC was the place to be on Valentine's Night. The sellout crowd included John Elway and former Buffs linebacker Matt Russell, now Elway's right hand man with the Broncos; former CU kicker Mason Crosby (Green Bay) and his wife; and former Buffs hoopsters Alec Burks (6'6''-G-91, college: Colorado) (Utah Jazz) and Shannon Sharpe.

With the building's decibel level cranked past deafening, they watched a first half that saw CU start by missing consecutive layups on consecutive possessions, then settle in and stifle Arizona. The Buffs held the Wildcats to 34.5 percent shooting, limiting them to one three-pointer in 10 attempts and 10-of-29 from the field.

By halftime, CU had matched its largest lead of the first 20 minutes, with its 30-23 advantage produced by a 10-3 run over the half's last 6:12. Johnson and Booker got the surge started with back-to-back treys, followed by Shane Harris-Tunks' baby hook and a Roberson stuff.

Johnson (12) was CU's only player in double figures, but the Buffs' defense allowed the offense any slack it needed. No Arizona player reached double figures in the first 20 minutes, with Mark Lyons and Angelo Chol managing six points each.

The second-half start was nothing like the first for the Buffs. Scoring the half's first eight points - three free throws by Spencer Dinwiddie, a Dinwiddie stuff and a trey by Roberson - they went up by 15 (38-23) with 17:52 to play.

The Wildcats needed a timeout - and maybe it helped. They got their first points of the half on a trey by Lyons, then another by Nick Johnson and cut the Buffs' lead to 38-29 with 16:05 remaining.

CU's answer: a long triple by Dinwiddie as the shot clock wound down and a step-back jumper by Booker. The Buffs' lead went to 14 (43-29), but the Wildcats got two of three free throws from Grant Jerrett and a Lyons layup to close to 43-33.

Arizona pulled as close as six points (45-39) before sub Xavier Talton drained a trey, Dinwiddie following with a spinning layup, then adding a triple to restore a 14-point (53-39) Buffs advantage with just under 10 minutes to play.

A layup by Talton 2 minutes later pushed CU ahead by 15 (56-41), giving the Buffs their largest lead of the night. Over the final 7 minutes, Arizona cut its deficit to nine points twice, but Johnson answered the second surge with back-to-back treys.

And when Booker hit a one-handed leaner, CU had another 15-point lead (68-53) with 2:38 remaining. No way the Buffs would lose this lead. All that remained was for the CU student body to rush court - and this time it was justified.
Courtesy of: http://www.cubuffs.com



No. 12 Louisville Outlasts St. John's, 72-58 - by Eurobasket News

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Russ Smith (6'0''-G-91) has seen enough valleys in his Louisville career to know the importance of returning to the peak in the next game.
Thursday night provided another example of the heights the Cardinals guard can reach when his game is on.

Smith scored 21 second-half points, including 12 straight over a 3:03 stretch that put No. 12 Louisville ahead for good and helped the Cardinals beat St. John's 72-58. He finished with a game-high 24, a huge recovery from Saturday night's 104-101, five-overtime loss at Notre Dame that included several ill-advised shots.

The performance stuck with Smith for a couple of days but he was able to put it behind him with a hot stretch including consecutive 3-pointers.

In a game of spurts for both teams - who traded the lead five times - Smith led the last and crucial one for Louisville. The junior guard's dozen points led the Cardinals' 14-5 run for a 46-38 lead.

"It felt really good," said Smith, who shot 5 of 13 from the field but was 12 of 14 from the free throw line. "It felt like I was young again. On the first one, it felt good coming off. But then I came off the screen and they sagged and I said I'm going to take it again, and that went in. And then I drove, ball faked, and (D'Angelo) Harrison jumped and I'm going to take the banker.

"I just took what they gave me. In the first half, I didn't do a good job of reading the defense."

Peyton Siva (6'0''-PG-90) added 12 points, Chane Behanan (6'6''-F-92) 10 and Gorgui Dieng 10 with a career-high 17 rebounds as the Cardinals (20-5, 8-4) climbed into a three-way tie for second place in the Big East Conference. Louisville dominated the paint 32-16 and outrebounded St. John's 45-37.

"Coach said if we learn our lesson from the game against Notre Dame and it helps us to win a lot of games, then it was worth it," Dieng said of Louisville's inside game.

Phil Greene IV scored 21 points for St. John's (15-10, 7-6), losers of three of four. Harrison finished with 18.

Both teams shot 23 of 62 from the field (37 percent). But Louisville's inside dominance, Smith's offensive lift and some timely turnovers forced by the Cardinals helped them pull away in a rough and sometimes uneven game.

Right now, Louisville needs to win every game it can to keep pace in the conference. And Cardinals coach Rick Pitino, who said beforehand that his team needs to win their seven remaining games to claim the regular season title, was glad that his mercurial guard provided it.

"I thought he gave us the spurt we needed," Pitino said. "Now we've got to get him to play that way on the road."

St. John's was coming off a 77-58 loss at Syracuse, but the Red Storm had built momentum over their previous eight games. They had averaged nearly 72 points per game in their six wins compared to just 57 in losses to the Orange and Georgetown.

That latter statistic was telling as St. John's failed to break 60 points again.

"We just didn't execute down the stretch," said Red Storm assistant coach Rico Hines, who ran the team for a second game while head coach Steve Lavin was away following the death of his father last weekend.

"Russ Smith did a good job of taking over the game. That was it."

Midway through the first half, however, Louisville failed to contain Red Storm shooters Greene and Harrison, who combined for 13 points during a 16-6 run that put them ahead 19-16. Louisville's combination of bad shots and bad passes helped spark St. John's transition game and those two finished them off with jumpers including one each from behind the arc.

Louisville responded with an 8-0 run ignited by a couple of turnovers and three jumpers by Siva, who had eight points in the half along with Behanan. The senior guard finished another 8-0 spurt by the Cardinals over the final 1:41 of the half by driving the length of the court and slicing through for a layup at the horn to provide a 32-23 lead.

"I just tried to get our team going," Siva said of his first half. "We weren't having a lot of rhythm at the time executing our plays, getting to the end of our plays. So I tried to take it upon myself to really push the pace and really get it going and get my teammates confidence back up. They were sagging I just took my open jump shots."

Despite shooting just 39 percent (14 of 36), the Cardinals dominated the lane 20-2 mostly on dunks by Behanan and Wayne Blackshear.

Harrison had 13 and Greene seven in the half for St. John's, which hit just 9 of 26 from the field (35 percent). Unfazed, the Red Storm scored the first 10 points of the second half to go back ahead before Louisville answered with yet another spurt (12-4) led by Smith, who scored 10 straight to put the Cardinals back up 44-35.
Courtesy of: http://www.gocards.com



No. 13 Ohio State Survives Northwestern, 69-59 - by Eurobasket News

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Deshaun Thomas (6'7''-F-91) scored 22 points and No. 13 Ohio State used a late 12-0 run to beat Northwestern 69-59 on Thursday night, the Buckeyes' 32nd consecutive home win against the Wildcats.

Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 12 points - all in the first half - with Sam Thompson getting 11 and Amir Williams had a career-high 10 for the Buckeyes (18-6, 8-4 Big Ten).

Pesky Northwestern (13-12, 4-8) led throughout the second half despite having only seven scholarship players due to injuries.

Tre Demps led the Wildcats with 16 points, Reggie Hearn (6'6''-F) had 12 and Dave Sobolewski (6'1''-PG) 10.

No one would have been surprised to see the Buckeyes blow out the Wildcats. They held a 111-45 upper hand all-time against Northwestern, including 65-14 in home games.

The last time a Northwestern team had won in Columbus was Feb. 24, 1977 - when the original Star Wars was up for best picture and the Cincinnati Reds reigned as World Series champs.

Also, the Wildcats were wounded. They recently lost starter Jared Swopshire, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee after being hurt Feb. 9 at Iowa. Drew Crawford, who is on the cover of the media guide after averaging 16.1 points a game last season, has missed the entire season with a shoulder injury. Also sidelined are Sanjay Lumpkin (wrist), 7-foot-2 Chier Ajou (knee) and 7-0 Alex Olah (upper body).

Only seven scholarship players were available to coach Bill Carmody due to the injuries and another player lost to a disciplinary problem.

But the Wildcats led by four points for several minutes down the stretch. They led 54-52 on a three-point play by Kale Abrahamson, who had driven the left baseline and then tossed in the layup while being fouled with 5:15 left.

Ohio State countered with Thomas, who had struggled with his shot and with sticky defensive coverage all night, getting fouled after he muscled in a bucket. His three-point play put the Buckeyes ahead 55-54. The lead grew to three moments later when, after a Northwestern miss, Thompson scored on a layup.

But Demps, who was 4 of 6 behind the arc, drilled one from the right wing to tie it again with 3:24 remaining as an uneasy crowd of 15,842 at Value City Arena took a break.

And the Buckeyes took over.

Thomas scored in traffic and drew the fifth foul on Abrahamson with 3:03 left.

Hearn drove from the left side and his shot, which could have tied it, instead sat on the back of the iron for a full two seconds before finally falling.

Aaron Craft, who had seven points, three rebounds and six assists, then drove through the heart of the Northwestern zone and, shifting hands in mid-air, flipped in a left-handed layup to push the lead to 61-57 with 1:52 remaining.

Now the Wildcats, who had frustrated Ohio State's offense all night, could not find the range. After another miss, Thomas was fouled - Mike Turner's fifth - and banged in both free throws. Thomas then added baskets in the final minute before Thomas made two more foul shots to complete the 12-point assault.

Thomas and Craft were playing in their 100th career games for the Buckeyes. Their record improved to 83-17.

Ohio State was in the rare situation of having to come back from a two-game losing skid. They had not lost consecutive games before last week's setbacks to No. 3 Michigan and No. 1 Indiana in three years - a string of 122 games.

The Buckeyes had difficulty with the Wildcats throughout the first half but forged a late 30-27 lead on a 3-pointer by Smith and a Williams dunk. But Northwestern hurried the ball up the court in the final seconds and Demps tossed in a frantic 3 from just inside midcourt to send the teams into the locker room tied at 30.
Courtesy of: http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com



Bulldogs Move Closer To Reclaiming WCC Regular-Season Crown - by Eurobasket News

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) - Gary Bell (6'1''-PG) Jr., Kevin Pangos (6'2''-G-93) and the Gonzaga Bulldogs took a big step toward taking back the conference title that Saint Mary's wrestled away from them a year ago.

Bell scored 20 points and helped fuel a fast start to the second half that helped No. 5 Gonzaga take a stranglehold on the West Coast Conference race with a 77-60 victory over Saint Mary's on Thursday night.

Pangos added 18 points and Kelly Olynyk (7'0''-F-91) scored 17 for the Bulldogs (24-2, 11-0), who have a two-game lead over the Gaels (21-5, 10-2) in the loss column after sweeping the season series. Saint Mary's ended Gonzaga's 11-year run at the top of the conference by winning both the regular season and tournament titles last year.

''It means a lot to me and the guys who haven't gotten one yet since we've been here,'' Pangos said. ''It was huge for us. Now we're that much closer to getting that conference title we didn't get last year when they took it away from us.''

Matthew Dellavedova (6'4''-G-90) scored 19 of his 22 points in the first half and Stephen Holt added 17 for the Gaels, who are still looking for that signature win to boost their chances to make the NCAA tournament in consecutive seasons for the first time in school history. Saint Mary's has won 13 of 15 games but both losses have come against Gonzaga.

''It's tough right now but we just have to flip the page,'' Holt said.

The Bulldogs took control early in the second half, getting a 3-pointer from Bell to start a 7-0 run in the opening 1:06 to take the lead for good. They extended the advantage to 46-37 when Bell hit a 3-pointer after Gonzaga got two offensive rebounds on the trip and Olynyk's 3-pointer as the shot clock ran down made it 52-37 with under 15 minutes to go to cap the 20-4 run to open the half.

''You just can't do that,'' Gaels coach Randy Bennett said. ''You can't come out in a game like that against a good team and spot them 10 points to start the half. It's a tough way to get a win.''

After rallying from 20 points down to have a chance to win the first meeting in Spokane, the Gaels were never able to get the deficit under four points the rest of the way.

Bell's third 3-pointer of the second half gave the Bulldogs a 10-point lead with about 4 minutes left and the Bulldogs went on to hand the Gaels their most lopsided home loss in eight years.

''The thing about Gary is he takes them if they're there but he does not force a lot of things,'' coach Mark Few said. ''Today it was there. They were really collapsing down on our bigs and that opened up some jump shots. One thing he can do is he can knock down jump shots.''

This proved to be another intense meeting between these fierce rivals who are tied for the most wins among any programs on the West Coast over the past six seasons. After spending years chasing the Bulldogs in the WCC, the Gaels had won four of the past eight meetings heading into this game, including two conference tournament titles.

This was one of the most anticipated meetings between the schools with Gonzaga chasing the top spot in the polls and Saint Mary's looking to bolster its case for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament if the Gaels fail to repeat in next month's conference tournament in Las Vegas.

The Bulldogs are the highest-ranked team to visit Moraga since No. 3 DePaul beat Saint Mary's 76-74 in 1984-85. But the Gaels dropped to 0-9 all-time against teams ranked in the top 5 and have just one win in 23 games against top 10 teams.

Gonzaga started off fast, using its strong inside game led by Olynyk to take a 26-17 lead with less than 6 minutes left in the opening half.

Then Dellavedova shot Saint Mary's right back into the game to the delight of the boisterous crowd. Dellavedova hit three 3-pointers, including a deep one over 6-foot-8 Sam Dower that gave him 19 points in the half and tied the game at 30.

Walk-on Jordan Giusti gave the Gaels their first lead since scoring the first basket when he hit a 3 from the corner with 5 seconds left. Mitchell Young then fouled Pangos on the inbounds pass 90 feet from the basket with 1.5 seconds left and Pangos hit both free throws to cut Saint Mary's lead to 33-32.

''They were hitting some crazy shots,'' Olynyk said. ''Kudos to them for hitting them. But we knew they wouldn't be able to beat us on those shots all game.''
Courtesy of: http://www.gozags.com



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Endicott eliminated from playoff contention after home loss to Curry - by Eurobasket News

BEVERLY, Mass. After a 88-68 loss at home to the CCC's top ranked Curry Colonels and with Western New England victory over Eastern Nazarene, the Endicott men's basketball team's hopes for another run at a conference championship were subdued.

After playing some of their best basketball of the season in the first half against the Colonels (17-7, 14-3 CCC), Endicott (9-15, 4-13 CCC) fell flat against a pair of double-double performances by Curry senior guard Sedale Jones (Pittsfield, Mass.) and junior forward A.J. Stephens (Stamford, Conn.). Jones, already the league's second-leading scorer, dropped 29 points and hauled in 12 boards while tallying three assists, three steals, and a block. Stephens finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds for his double-double.

Jones and Stephens combined for 10 of Curry's 19 offensive rebounds as the Colonels totaled a rebounding edge of 48-29 in the road victory.

Endicott was paced offensively by sophomore guard John Henault (Lunenburg, Mass.) who scored 18 points on 8-of-15 from the floor. Henault continued his quest to be the nation's top free throw shooter with another 2-for-2 effort at the free throw line and now sits at 94.0% efficiency with one regular season game remaining.

Although the Gulls got double-digit games out of junior Lachlan Magee (Melbourne, Australia), whose 12-point effort brought him to within 23 points of 1,000 for his career, and 11 points off the bench by junior Bennett Knowlton (Shrewsbury, Mass.), the Blue and Green struggled to contain a Curry offense that shot 54.3% from the floor in the second half to erase a six-point halftime deficit.

In the first half, Endicott made 47.1% of their shots and saw Knowlton drain three three-pointers off the bench to build a lead as large as 18 points 37-19 with 5:58 to go in the opening half. Sophomore forwards Andre Makris (Southbury, Conn.) and Matt Kneece (Shrewsbury, Mass.) were also factors with six points and four rebounds apiece with Makris adding three assists and two blocked shots.

Over the final 5:58 of the first half, however, Curry used a balance scoring attack from Stephens and Jones as well as junior guard Lambros Papalambros (Quincy, Mass.) and sophomore guard Matt Russell (South Portland, Maine) to climb back into the game. Papalambros and Russell netted 10 and nine points, respectively, in the first half.

In the second half, Jones and Stephens took over the game with sophomore guard Antonio Jones (Boston, Mass.) adding nine points in 14 second period minutes. Jones netted 17 of his 29 points on 7-of-12 shooting while Stephens connected on 4-of-7 shots with 5-of-6 makes at the free throw line.

Endicott plays their final game of the season on Saturday, February 16th at home against Eastern Nazarene starting at 3:00 pm. The Gulls will take time before the game to honor senior captain and one of Endicott's all-time leading scorers Lance Greene (Dorchester, Mass.) with a pre-game Senior Day ceremony. Curry hits the road Saturday to face Wentworth before seeding for the CCC Tournament is officially released.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



UMHB men fall to Howard Payne 75-73 - by Eurobasket News

Belton, TX The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men's basketball team stormed back from a double-digit second half deficit only to see the comeback fall just short in the final seconds in a 75-73 loss to Howard Payne Thursday night in Belton. The loss snaps the Cru's 11-game winning streak and drops the UMHB men to 20-4 overall and 16-2 in American Southwest Conference play. Howard Payne improves to 8-16 overall and 6-12 in the ASC with the victory.

The Cru trailed 59-45 with 11:56 left to play before starting to chip away. Back-to-back steals led to four straight points from Antonie Chaney and a Layton Zinsmeister three-pointer cut the gap to seven points. UMHB tied the game at 67 on a pair of Kitrick Bell free throws with 3:18 remaining. Brandon Gould and Chaney traded buckets before the Yellow Jackets opened up a four-point edge at 75-71 with 1:38 to go. Brian Todd hit one free throw and Bell added another with five seconds left to cut it to 75-73. Bell missed the second free throw and Ja'Kalan Gayden pulled down the rebound and was fouled with 3.2 seconds left. Gayden missed the front end of the one-and-one and Bell snared the rebound to give UMHB one last chance with 2.2 on the clock. But Thomas Orr's three-pointer from just inside the half court stripe was just left as the buzzer sounded. Howard Payne led 37-34 at halftime after five ties and six lead changes in the half.

Bell led the Cru with 14 points and 14 rebounds and Chaney added 13 points off the bench. Orr chipped in 12 and Zinsmeister scored a season-high 10 for UMHB. The Cru shot just 39 percent from the field and went 5-25 from three-point range. UMHB was also just 14-26 from the free throw line.

Gould had a huge night for HPU, pouring in 31 points on 5-9 shooting from beyond the arc. Christian Davis added 17 points for Howard Payne. The Yellow Jackets out rebounded the Cru 45-39 and shot 45 percent from the field. HPU hit 9-24 from long range and went 14-19 from the stripe in the victory.

The UMHB men will now close out the regular season with a 3:00 PM home game against Sul Ross State on Saturday. The Cru has already clinched the ASC West Division title and will be a #1 seed in next week's ASC Championship Tournament.
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Eastern Men's Basketball Prevails in OT - by Eurobasket News

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team scored 16 of its 22 overtime points from the free throw line to post its fourth straight Little East Conference win, 93-84, over Keene State College Wednesday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.
In overtime, Eastern (17-7, 11-2 Little East), scored eight consecutive points to break the fifth and final tie of the game and junior guard Brian Salzillo (6'0''-G) (North Haven) and junior forward Mike Garrow (6'4''-F) (Terryville) combined to sink 12 free throws over the five-minute extra session.
With its tenth win in its last 12 games, Eastern equals its conference regular-season win total of a year ago by downing Keene State (15-9, 9-4 Little East) - the pre-season LEC favorite for the ninth time in last ten meetings.
With one regular-season LEC game left, Eastern continues to trail Rhode Island College by one game. The Anchormen defeated host Western Connecticut, 69-60, Wednesday night.
Keene, which lost for only the third time in 12 games on its opponents' home court this year, remains in third place in the conference, two games back of Eastern and one ahead of the University of Southern Maine.
Garrow (9-for-10 from the foul line) led all players with 25 points and added seven rebounds and two steals, while freshman guard Trachone Preston (Enfield) had 20 points and six assists, Salzillo 17 points (7-for-8 from the foul line in the final 45 seconds of overtime)and senior forward Chris Robitaille (Canton) 15 points and a career-tying 14 rebounds.
Preston's jumper had given Eastern a three-point lead with 1:19 left in regulation but the Warriors gave the ball back with a missed shot and freshman guard Tre' Tipton tied the game with 14 seconds left with a corner three-pointer. The Warriors couldn't convert two shots in the paint as the horn ending regulation sounded.
The LEC leader in three-point field goal percentage, the Warriors experienced a rare off-night from downtown, which played a large part in their inability to distance themselves from Keene until overtime. Eastern missed 17 of 20 from long range in the game, including all 11 of their bombs after the break.
Salzillo's tossed in his first three-pointer late in the first half to cut a four-point Keene lead to one -- giving him at least one in his last 29 games -- and he hit another three minutes later to put the hosts in front until just 4:22 remained in regulation.
Sophomore guard Tom Doyle led Keene with 20 points and a team-high ten rebounds, and senior forward Eric Fazio 18 points (8-for-10 from the foul line). Fazio's free throw with 13:25 left in regulation represented his 1,000th career point, but he was forced to leave the game for good with 4:15 left in regulation after being flattened while drawing a charge from Garrow in the paint.
Eastern hosts Massachusetts Boston Saturday at 3 p.m. in is final game of the regular season.
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All is set for Ochei Wheelchair championship, as Team-Lagos move into close camp - by Olusegun Ikuesan

The stage is set for the 2nd edition of the Honourable Victor Ochei Wheelchair Basketball Championship, three West African countries have confirmed participation at the championship scheduled to run from the 18th-23rd February, 2013 at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium.

The three countries according to the technical director, Wheelchair Basketball Federation of Nigeria, (WBFN), OBrien Adoki include Togo, Benin Republic and Ghana.

Adoki, while speaking on the forthcoming championship which is expected to attract wheelchair Basketball team and clubs from the thirty-six states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja disclosed that the foreign participating countries will arrive the country on Sunday while the pre-match meeting for all teams holds Monday at the championship venue the Indoor Sports Hall.


The WBFN technical director further informed that, the following states have confirmed their participation at the championship which attracts five million naira as price money and the states are; Lagos, Oyo, Ondo, Delta, Ogun, Bayelsa, Edo, Rivers, Imo, Kwara, Niger and Kaduna, adding that, ''there are rooms for more states to register for the championship on Monday in order to encourage more participation of states and clubs.

The winner of the championship will go home with two million naira, while the second place team gets One million five hundred thousand naira with the third placed team pocketing One million naira while the remaining 500,000 naira would be shared among the best behaved team, most valuable player, best dressed team among others.


Meanwhile Team-Lagos who finished second last year have since moved into close camping at the hostel of the Teslim Balogun Stadium so as to be hundred percent focus for the championship.



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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


PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Meralco .
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 26
 1. Dawson, Meralco26.0 
 2. Balkman, Petron B.25.5 
 3. Dozier, Alaska Aces24.0 
 4. David, Novi Z.23.5 
 5. Yap, San M.22.0 
 6. Brock, Barako Bull21.5 
 7. Urbiztondo, Barako20.5 
 8. Aguilar, Novi Z.19.5 
 9. Mercado, Novi Z.18.0 
 10. Villanueva, Barak.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Novi Z.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 21
 1. Williams, Novi Z.21.0 
 2. Dozier, Alaska Aces15.0 
 3. Brock, Barako Bull15.0 
 4. Balkman, Petron B.14.5 
 5. Dawson, Meralco13.5 
 6. Abueva, Alaska Ac.11.0 
 7. Aguilar, Novi Z.9.5 
 8. Devance, San M.8.0 
 9. Simon, San M.8.0 
 10. Washington, Petro.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Solomon MERCADO
  Novi Z.
  (181-PG-84)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Mercado, Novi Z.13.5 
 2. Cabagnot, Petron7.0 
 3. Villanueva, Barako5.5 
 4. Ross, Meralco5.5 
 5. Devance, San M.5.5 
 6. Casio, Alaska Aces4.5 
 7. Urbiztondo, Barako4.0 
 8. Mallari, San M.3.0 
 9. Balkman, Petron B.3.0 
 10. Baguio, Alaska A.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jonas VILLANUEVA
  Barako B.
  (184-G-83)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Villanueva, Barako1.5 
 2. Barroca, San M.1.5 
 3. Pingris, San M.1.5 
 4. Dawson, Meralco1.5 
 5. Ross, Meralco1.5 
 6. Lanete, Petron B.1.5 
 7. Urbiztondo, Barako1.5 
 8. Maliksi, Barako Bu.1.5 
 9. Brock, Barako Bull1.5 
 10. Hugnatan, Meralco1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert DOZIER
  Alaska Aces
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Dozier, Alaska Aces4.5 
 2. Balkman, Petron B.4.0 
 3. Williams, Novi Z.3.0 
 4. Aguilar, Novi Z.2.0 
 5. Dawson, Meralco2.0 
 6. Espinas, Alaska A.1.5 
 7. Reyes, Meralco1.5 
 8. Pennisi, Barako Bu.1.5 
 9. Baguio, Alaska Ac.1.5 
 10. Dela Cruz, Alaska1.0 


All Roads Lead to Manila: The TOP FIVE FIBA Asia Point Guards Outside of the Philippines - by Enzo Flojo

This has been a long delayed post, simply because the past couple of weeks have been interesting, to say the least. In the previous post in this series, we looked at the TOP FIVE FIBA Asia Shooting Guards. These are the players usually tasked to take the open trey (and drain it) and generally help spread the floor. Sometimes, these SGs also function as supplementary playmakers.

In this post, however, we will focus our attention on the primary playmakers the best ones that is in our corner of this big blue planet. We will look at a position that pretty much dictates the tempo of a game a position on which the fortunes of a team usually hinge.

In this, the last of a five-part series, I present to you the TOP FIVE FIBA Asia Point Guards OUTSIDE OF THE PHILIPPINES:

Ali Mahmoud Lebanon, 30 years old, 6'1
Current club & stats: Al Riyadi (FLB); 5.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.0apg, 2.4spg, 42.9 3pt%
2011 Pan Arab Games stats: 5.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.2apg, 1.8spg, 61.5 FG%
Strengths: Mahmoud has been on the wish list of practically every coach who has steered the Lebanese NT in the past few years, but a slew of injuries just made it tough for him to compete. Not this time, though, as hes dead set on getting back in the FIBA Asia game. His reliable perimeter shooting should open up opposing defenses and make it even easier for him to make plays for the many scorers of the Cedars. Hes also not too shabby in terms of on-ball D, which is considered one of his specialties in the FLB.
Weaknesses: Perhaps because his team doesnt need him to score in bunches, Mahmoud isnt the take-over-scorer other guys on this list can be. He is also not exactly the most reliable free throw shooter, and his 4-year hiatus from any FIBA Asia tourney might give him a considerable period of adjustment.

Mahdi Kamrani Iran, 31 years old, 6'1
Current club & stats: Mahram (IBL); 14.4ppg, 4.8apg, 2.2spg, 62.5 FG%, 45.0 3pt%
2011 FIBA Asia Championships stats: 10.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.0apg, 1.4spg, 55.9 FG%
Strengths: Kamrani has been Irans quintessential and great all-around PG in terms of scoring, playmaking, and defense ever since they made that historic title run in 2007. In fact, he just might be the best pure PG in Asia right now. His great upper body strength helps him take lots of contact when he penetrates, and his great vision enables him to become a threat in terms of making plays for Irans many weapons.
Weaknesses: In truth, Kamrani hardly has any weaknesses, save, perhaps, for his size. If one will force the issue, however, then maybe he is a little inconsistent from the perimeter and from the line. Also, hes not exactly the most cool-headed dude youll meet on the hardwood. He tends to really blow it when his teammates muff easy shots or fail to get him the ball to start plays.

Trey Johnson Qatar, 29 years old, 6'5
Current club & stats: Angelico Biella (Italy); 16.4ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.6spg, 49.6 FG%, 45.5 3pt%
2012 FIBA Asia Cup stats: 17.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 4.3apg
Strengths: Johnson is probably the closest FIBA Asia will get to a Dwyane Wade type of player. At least at this level, he is perhaps the most explosive and agro scorer at this position. He has great size for a combo-guard, not to mention a high level of athleticism. I remember him making life really tough for the Pinoys in the 2012 FIBA Asia Cup battle for third place, where he scored 16 points and dished out 4 dimes. Hes a pretty good facilitator when he needs to be, and his rebounding numbers are great, considering hes a guard.
Weaknesses: Johnson is really the kind of player who likes to break down the defense and make a beeline to the basket because he knows he is inconsistent from beyond the arc (25% during the FIBA Asia Cup). He is also quite prone to fouls (2.7 per game in Italy) and turnovers (3.7 per game in Italy and 2.8 in the 2012 FIBA Asia Cup).

Yang Dong-Geun South Korea, 32 years old, 5'11
Current club & stats: Ulsan Mobis Phoebus (KBL); 10.5ppg, 3.0apg, 2.5rpg, 1.7spg, 50.3 FG%
2011 FIBA Asia Championships stats: 10.4ppg, 3.9apg, 2.3rpg, 1.3spg, 71.9 FG%
Strengths: Based on his skill set and his demeanor, Yang should remind Pinoy hoop nuts of someone like Jimmy Alapag. Like our very own Mighty Mouse, Yang is a prototypical pass-first point guard, but, also like Jimmy, Yang can take over a game if he needs to. Thats exactly what he did against Lebanon in 2011, when he dropped 20 points, had 7 assists, and got 5 steals. Hes a great all-around playmaker and good defender. He takes good care of the ball and is very efficient on offense a truly dangerous point guard.
Weaknesses: As dangerous as Yang is from practically anywhere, his three-point percentage isnt very high (36% in the KBL and 38% in the 2011 tourney). He is also prone to committing silly reach-in fouls, and, well, at 32 years old, this might be his last FIBA Asia tournament. Younger talented Korean PGs are waiting in the wings, like Park Chan-Hee, Kim Sun-Hyung, and Kim Tae-Sool.

Ryota Sakurai Japan 30 years old, 6'5
Current club & stats: Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo (JBL); 7.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2spg
2012 FIBA Asia Cup stats: 8.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.7apg, 1.4spg, 48.6 FG%
Strengths: If Yang is SKs Jimmy Alapag, then perhaps Ryota Sakurai is Japans version of Gabe Norwood. He really has the potential to create a slew of match-up problems because of his great size at the PG spot. Combining that with his athleticism makes Sakurai as dangerous a playmaker as they come. In the 2012 FIBA Asia Cup, Sakurai showed marked improvement in his playmaking and, despite matching up with smaller and quicker foes, he displayed respectable defense. All this while playing PG practically for the first time in his FIBA Asia career. His past two trips with the Japan NT in 2007 and 2009 saw him as a back-up to the likes of Takuya Kawamura, Tomoo Amino, and timeless ace sniper Takehiko Orimo.
Weaknesses: All his merits aside, Sakurai is far from being a world-beater. His outside shot is inconsistent at best, and, like Yang, he is prone to fouls (3.3 per game in the JBL). Hes also clearly still adjusting to being a primary playmaker, norming nearly 3 turnovers per game for Levanga Hokkaido.

Unsolicited Recommendation:
Even in the international game, the traditional point guard has seemingly been replaced by hybrids like Johnson and Sakurai. Our very own Gilas Pilipinas pool can boast of a couple of these multi-positional players, but, by and large, the small and speedy playmakers like Mahmoud, Kamrani and Yang still thrive in these parts.

The five guys whom I think can best serve as Gilas Pilipinass point guards are (arranged from highest-priority to lowest-priority):
Jayson Castro (The Blur can, as his name implies, just blow by anyone ANYONE. Hes also versatile enough make plays for his teammates or nail the long shot)
LA Tenorio (his showing in the 2012 FIBA Asia Cup may have been a tad forgettable, but his awesomeness in the 2012 Jones Cup was surely memorable)
JV Casio (great shooter, great playmaker, and about 2 years worth of FIBA Asia experience)
Jimmy Alapag (might be over the hump, but he can still pack a punch)
Alex Cabagnot (too good to NOT have played in any national team)

Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com



ASEAN League: Petron Blaze steal win in Thailand - by Eurobasket News

Thailand Slammers - Petron Blaze 73:77

Petron Blaze registered a tough road win over Thailand Slammers tonight. Chris Banchero (185-PG-90, college: Seattle Pacific) provided 26 points to lead the winning team to the third success in the ASEAN League season.
The Slammers reeled off to a 20:17 lead after ten minutes. The teams traded exchanged baskets throughout the second quarter. The hosts secured a 39:36 halftime advantage. But the Beermen turned things around in the third quarter. The Filipino team went on a 20:13 run to surge ahead. The visitors managed to take a 7-point lead midway through the fourth frame. The Slammers got within striking distance on several occasions but Chris Banchero sealed the victory for the Blaze from the stripe in the dying seconds. Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) accounted for 20 points and 13 boards, while Pauliasi Taulava (208-C-73) added 11 points for the winners. Michael Earl (203-F-85, college: Utah St.) answered with 16 points for the Slammers. Jonathan Fernandez (187-G-84) had 13 points in defeat.

Thailand Slammers: Michael Earl 16, Jonathan Fernandez 13
Petron Blaze: Chris Banchero 26, Gabe Freeman 20+13 boards, Pauliasi Taulava 11



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Standings - DBE

TBL Standings
 1. PGE Turow 14-5 
 2. Stelmet ZG 14-5 
 3. Asseco Prok. 13-6 
 4. Anwil 12-7 
 5. Trefl Sopot 12-7 
 6. Energa Czarni 10-9 
 7. AZS Koszalin 9-9 
 8. Polpharma 8-11 
 9. Siarka Jezioro 7-12 
 10. Kotwica 6-14 
 11. Start Gdynia 5-14 
 12. Rosa Radom 4-15 

Regular Season: Round 20

Feb. 14: Kotwica - PGE Turow 75-73
Feb. 16: Polpharma - Stelmet ZG
Feb. 16: AZS Koszalin - Rosa Radom
Feb. 16: Start Gdynia - Energa Czarni
Feb. 16: Trefl Sopot - Anwil
Feb. 17: Asseco Prok. - Siarka Jezioro


DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG20.5 
 2. Dloniak, Siarka J.20.3 
 3. McCauley, Polph.18.1 
 4. Hosley, Stelmet ZG16.1 
 5. Mosley, Kotwica15.8 
 6. Dylewicz, Trefl So.15.5 
 7. Carter, Polpharma15.2 
 8. Blassingame, Assec.14.5 
 9. Chylinski, PGE T.14.2 
 10. Robinson, AZS K.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicchaeus DOAKS
  Siarka J.
  (202-F-87)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Doaks, Siarka J.8.5 
 2. Harris, AZS K.8.4 
 3. Adams, Rosa Radom8.0 
 4. McCauley, Polph.7.8 
 5. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.8 
 6. Gadri-N., Energa C.7.5 
 7. Cel, PGE Turow7.3 
 8. Rothbart, Start G.7.2 
 9. Dylewicz, Trefl So.6.9 
 10. Boykin, Anwil6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Szubarga, Anwil6.8 
 2. Turner, Trefl Sopot6.4 
 3. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.6 
 4. Blassingame, Assec.5.4 
 5. Jefferson, Kotwica4.8 
 6. Abernethy, Energa4.7 
 7. Koszarek, Asseco4.4 
 8. Skibniewski, AZS K.3.9 
 9. Carter, Polpharma3.6 
 10. Chylinski, PGE T.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG2.2 
 2. Hosley, Stelmet ZG2.0 
 3. Mosley, Kotwica1.8 
 4. Alexander, Siarka1.7 
 5. Jefferson, Kotwica1.7 
 6. Szubarga, Anwil1.7 
 7. Koszarek, Asseco1.6 
 8. Jackson, PGE Turow1.5 
 9. Tiller, Siarka J.1.4 
 10. Stevic, Stelmet1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Bertengeh GADRI-NICHOLSON
  Energa C.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Gadri-N., Energa C.1.6 
 2. Kulig, PGE Turow1.4 
 3. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.4 
 4. Lapeta, Stelmet ZG1.3 
 5. Doaks, Siarka J.1.3 
 6. Harris, AZS K.1.3 
 7. Rothbart, Start G.0.9 
 8. Zigeranovic, PGE T.0.9 
 9. Alexander, Siarka0.9 
 10. Boykin, Anwil0.9 



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Orthodox signs Derrick Tarver, ex Al Sadd - by BBEH Cokrlija

Orthodox Amman (Premier League) signed 33-year old American guard Derrick Tarver (192-80, college: Akron). He played last season at Al Sadd in Qatari D1 league. He helped them to win the cup. Tarver also played at Antranik (Division A) in Lebanese league that season. In four games last year he had very impressive stats: 21.3ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5apg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Shiraz a.s Pipe (D1) in Iranian league. Tarver also spent pre-season at ASU that year. The other team he played shortly was Al Riyadi (Division A) in Lebanese league. In two games he recorded also great stats: 15.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.5apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Tarver was voted Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League 1st Team back in 2008.
He is quite experienced player. Tarver has played also professionally in Cyprus (Apoel), France, Israel, Italy, Kuwait (Kazma), Russia, Sweden, Syria (Al Jalaa), Turkey, Lebanon (Blue Stars) and Iran (Shahrdari Gorgan).
He attended University of Akron until 2004 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.
Tarver could be described: A scoring machine who can produce points in any way. Very athletic, can guard higher opponents, but gives his best at the offensive side. Scored 59 points in a single game in Swedish league (no overtime in that game...).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - D2

Liga Standings
Group I
 1. CSU Galati 1-0 
 2. Steaua 1-0 
 3. Vabova 0-0 
 4. Brasov 0-1 
 5. Ploiesti II 0-1 
Group II
 1. Concordia 1-0 
 2. Stiinta B. 1-0 
 3. Politehnica 0-0 
 4. Phoenix Corona 0-1 
 5. Rapid B. 0-1 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 2

Group I

Feb. 16: Vabova - CSU Galati
Feb. 16: Ploiesti II - Brasov

Group II

Feb. 16: Politehnica - Stiinta B.
Feb. 16: Phoenix Corona - Rapid B.



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EuroLeague: CSKA fire past Panathinaikos in Moscow - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Panathinaikos 86:69

CSKA Moscow snapped two-game losing skid in EuroLeague and handled visiting Panathinaikos. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) scored 20 points and issued 7 assists to lead the winners. The Greens fell at 4-3 record after the defeat.
CSKA started the game aggressively. They looked brisk in the first quarter to take a 25:15 lead after ten minutes. But Panathinaikos managed to slow the game down in the second quarter. The Hellenes opened the period with eight points in a row to narrow the gap. Panathinaikos stayed close throughout the period and trailed by just 4 points at the interval 35:31. But CSKA were back in the drivers seat in the third term. The hosts unloaded 31 points in the quarter to open a 16-point lead before the final frame. CSKA kept Panathinaikos at safe distance throughout the final frame and raced to the victory at the end. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) provided 19 points, while Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) added 13 points in the win. Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) answered with 15 points for Panathinaikos. Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) and James Gist (205-F-86) provided 12 points apiece in the loss.

CSKA: Milos Teodosic 20, Sonny Weems 19, Sasha Kaun 13
Panathinaikos: Jonas Maciulis 15, Stephane Lasme 12, James Gist 12



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Protic comes back to Borac - by Eurobasket News

KK Borac Mozzart Cacak (A League) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Serbian guard Nemanja Protic (182-77kg-86). It is actually his comeback to Cacak as he played here before. Protic supposed to play at Olin Edirne in Turkish TBL league. In three games this season he recorded 4.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.7spg. The last season he played at BC Nizhny Novgorod (PBL) in Russian league. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Protic was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 18 PBL games last year he averaged 6.8ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.7apg. He also played 12 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 10.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg. Protic also played 18 games in VTB United League where he averaged 7.9ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.2apg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (10-11) season Protic played at Khimik (Superleague) in Ukraine. In 15 games that season he averaged 8.5ppg, 1.3rpg, 3.2apg and 1.1spg. He also played 1 game in EuroChallenge where he had 4 points, 2 assists and 3 steals. Protic also played at EWE Baskets (BBL) in German league earlier that season. In 12 games he averaged 6.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.9apg. He also played 2 games in Eurocup where he averaged 6.5ppg.
Protics team made it to the Russian Cup final in 2011. He represented Serbia at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) four years ago. Protics team won Gold and his stats at that event were 7 games: 7.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 38.9%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 69.2%.
Protic has played previously for two other Serbia teams: Zvezda and FMP II Beograd.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DjordjeMatic)



Center Uros Lukovic with valuation 46 in Balkan league - by Zoran Popovic

Serbian center Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) continues with impressive performance this season. In the latest Balkan league game Lukovic reached valuation 46. He had 26 points, 14 rebounds shooting 11/15 from the field and 4/7 from the FT line. Also 9 fouls were made on him and he made 3 blocks. His Kumanovo lost the game on the road 88-75 to Rilski.
Uros Lukovic is currently MVP of the Balkan league with 23.3 valuation per game. He averages 16.1 points, 11.3 rebounds (No.1) and 2.6 blocks (No.1) after 9 games. In FYROM, the center added 14 ppg, 9.5 rpg and 1.8 bpg (No.1) after 8 appearances.



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ASEAN League: Warriors defeat Slingers for fifth straight win - by Eurobasket News

Indonesia Warriors - Singapore Slingers 61:48

Indonesia Warriors clinched the fifth straight win in the ASEAN League season. They held off visiting Singapore Slingers to improve at 5-2 record on top of the standings. Jerick Canada (170-G) and John Smith (188-G-86, college: Hawaii-Hilo) knocked down 11 points each to lead well-balanced effort from the hosts.
The Warriors dominated in the first half courtesy of an aggressive and well-built defence. The hosts piled up a 16:12 lead after ten minutes. The Warriors stretched the margin in the second quarter. The hosts ensured a 36:23 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the low-scoring third quarter. The Warriors kept the visitors at safe distance throughout the final period and raced to the victory at the end. Mario Wuysang (176-PG-79) and Chris Daniels (200-PF-82, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Georgia) provided 10 points each for the winners. Jones-Jennings Rashad (203-F/C-84, college: UALR) answered with 19 points and 14 boards for the Slingers. Cabatu Junjun (193-F-84) and Jeffers Kyle (207-C-85, college: Oregon St.) chipped in 9 points each in the loss.

Indonesia Warriors: Jerick Canada 11, John Smith 11, Mario Wuysang 10, Chris Daniels 10
Singapore Slingers: Jones-Jennings Rashad 19+14 boards, Cabatu Junjun 9, Jeffers Kyle 9



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Standings - D1

Extraliga Standings
 1. Komarno 19-5 
 2. Levice 18-6 
 3. Nitra 16-10 
 4. Nova Ves 13-12 
 5. Inter Bratislava 12-14 
 6. Prievidza 11-13 
 7. B.Bystrica 10-15 
 8. Svit 7-19 
 9. Handlova 6-18 

Regular Season: Round 28

Feb. 13: Nitra - Handlova 98-85
Feb. 13: B.Bystrica - Inter Bratislava 95-101
Feb. 13: Prievidza - Svit 76-79
Feb. 13: Nova Ves - Komarno 75-84

Round 26

Feb. 11: Levice - Inter Bratislava 91-82

Regular Season: Round 29

Feb. 16: Nova Ves - Prievidza
Feb. 16: Komarno - Levice
Feb. 16: Handlova - B.Bystrica
Feb. 16: Inter Bratislava - Svit


Ex NBA player Alando Tucker will play in Slovakia - by Michal Duchovic

BK Inter Bratislava is seriously thinking about winning the championship, so they brought Alando Tucker (198-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wisconsin) who played 51 games in the best league in the world - NBA. Tucker has started his career on Wisconsin University, where he ended as the Wisconsin's all-time leading scorer and also holding seven other school records, including games played, games started, minutes played, field goals, free throws, free throw attempts and offensive rebounds. After that he was drafted by Phoenix Suns. In his first NBA season he pendled between Phoenix and D-League. In Phoenix Alando was two full season, than the team changed him to Minnesota Timberwolves, where he play only 4 games. With Minnesota he ended his NBA journey and he moved to Europe. In Europe he was member of the teams of Lokomotiv Kuban and Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014. But in Gran Canaria he played only 7 games with 3.3ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.0spg, then he moved back to States. This season he trained in pre-season with Milwaukee Bucks, but they didnt offered him a contract. Alando will play his first game on saturady against Svit at Home. Rumor is that Inter will cut some players before the close of transfer window.


Prievidza is trying to save their chances to sustain the championship - by Michal Duchovic

BC Prievidza has decided to make a second coach change this season. Raul Jimenez (agency: Dynamics Global Management ) was sacked due to unconstintent performances. BC Prievidza is right now far away from their pre-season expectations, they are on 6th place with 11 wins and 13 losses. And who is the lucky one to save BC Prievidza?

His name is Krunoslav Krajnovic . Krajnovic has coached almost his whole career in Slovakia, he was in REALPLUS Lucenec, Spisska Nova Ves, Zilina and Komarno. In 2006 he won with REALPLUS Lucenec both Slovak Cup and Slovakian League. This season he coached first time outside the Slovakia, in Croatia he was in charge of Djuro Djakovic Slavonski Brod. There he was until December, when he left. Now Krajnovic will have a hard job, because the fans have high expectations. First test will be against Spisska Nova Ves.



Extraliga Round 28: Komarno defeats Nova Ves in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Komarno (19-5) which played road game in Nova Ves against 4th ranked Nova Ves (13-12). First ranked Komarno managed to get a 9-point victory 84-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Nova Ves. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-18. But Nova Ves won second period 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Nova Ves 42-29 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Chris Lowe (182-87, college: Massachusetts, agency: KMG Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Vincent Simpson (185-88, college: Hampton, agency: R.H.Consultancy) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. Power forward Dwight Burke (202-86, college: Marquette) replied with 23 points and 9 rebounds for Nova Ves. Nova Ves' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Komarno have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-5 record. Nova Ves at the other side keep the fourth place with 12 games lost. Komarno are looking forward to face league's second-placed Levice at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Nova Ves will play against Prievidza and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Svit managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they edged fifth-ranked Prievidza 79-76. American players dominated also this game. Worth to mention a great performance of center Tyronne McNeal (211-87, college: Miami Dade CC) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and Sean Smith who added 22 points during the contest. At the losing side forward Joseph Harris (196-87, college: Co.Carolina) responded with 27 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Svit (7-19) moved-up to eighth place. Defending champion Prievidza dropped to the sixth position with 13 games lost. Svit will play against higher ranked Inter Bratislava (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Prievidza will play against Nova Ves and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Banska Bystrica was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Inter Bratislava (12-14) played at the court of 7th ranked SKP Banska Bystrica (10-15). Inter Bratislava managed to secure a 6-point victory 101-95 on Wednesday. The winners were led by Martin Rancik who scored that evening 29 points and 7 rebounds. Even 17 points by Enique Clemons did not help to save the game for SKP Banska Bystrica. SKP Banska Bystrica's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Inter Bratislava moved-up to fifth place. SKP Banska Bystrica lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 15 games lost. Inter Bratislava will meet at home Svit (#8) in the next round. SKP Banska Bystrica will play against Handlova and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between third ranked Nitra (16-10) and 8th ranked Handlova (6-18) in Nitra ended with biggest points difference. Nitra beat guests from Handlova 98-85. Branislav Tomek fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Nitra maintains third position with 16-10 record having just one points less than leader Komarno. Handlova lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with 18 games lost. Nitra will have a break next round. Handlova will play at home against SKP Banska Bystrica (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 28 Inter Bratislava was beaten by Levice on the road 91-82.


Nova Ves - Komarno 75-84

An interesting game for Komarno (19-5) which played road game in Nova Ves against 4th ranked Nova Ves (13-12). First ranked Komarno managed to get a 9-point victory 84-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Nova Ves. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-18. But Nova Ves won second period 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Nova Ves 42-29 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Chris Lowe (182-87, college: Massachusetts, agency: KMG Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Vincent Simpson (185-88, college: Hampton, agency: R.H.Consultancy) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Komarno players scored in double figures. Power forward Dwight Burke (202-86, college: Marquette) replied with 23 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Maurice Acker (178-87, college: Marquette) added 22 points and 4 assists in the effort for Nova Ves. Nova Ves' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Komarno have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-5 record. Nova Ves at the other side keep the fourth place with 12 games lost. Komarno are looking forward to face league's second-placed Levice at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Nova Ves will play against Prievidza and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Komarno: V.Simpson 18+3reb+4ast, C.Lowe 17+10reb+4ast, M.Bilik 16+6reb+2ast, A.Stevens 16+5reb+1ast, K.Thompson 9+15reb+1ast, M.Kozlik 3+1ast
Nova Ves: D.Burke 23+9reb+1ast, M.Acker 22+2reb+4ast, A.Mandic 9+7reb+3ast, V.Hovanak 8+4reb+3ast, S.Baldovsky 8+6reb+3ast, B.Kovalik 3
gschID: 195190


Nitra - Handlova 98-85

The game between third ranked Nitra (16-10) and 8th ranked Handlova (6-18) in Nitra ended with biggest points difference. Nitra beat guests from Handlova 98-85. The game was mostly controlled by Nitra. Handlova was better in fourth quarter 26-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Handlova 45-26 including a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international center Branislav Tomek (205-83) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American center Anthony McClain (213-88, college: Cincinnati) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. American point guard Kevin Bridgewaters (175-84, college: Chattanooga, agency: TSS Management) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals and his fellow American import center Zack Crimmins (213-89, college: Columbia) added 22 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Handlova players scored in double figures. Nitra maintains third position with 16-10 record having just one points less than leader Komarno. Handlova lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with 18 games lost. Nitra will have a break next round. Handlova will play at home against SKP Banska Bystrica (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nitra: A.McClain 22+11reb, B.Tomek 22+13reb+3ast, J.Cadot 17+4reb+2ast, D.Geiger 9+6reb+2ast, J.Hasan 7+5reb+1ast, V.Kosa 7+2reb+1ast
Handlova: Z.Crimmins 22+6reb, K.Bridgewaters 16+5reb+10ast, W.Dunston 15+2reb, R.Vido 12+8reb, M.Golian 9+1reb, O.Haviar 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 195189


B.Bystrica - Inter Bratislava 95-101

The game in Banska Bystrica was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Inter Bratislava (12-14) played at the court of 7th ranked SKP Banska Bystrica (10-15). Inter Bratislava managed to secure a 6-point victory 101-95 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 50-43 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Inter Bratislava made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. The winners were led by the former international power forward Martin Rancik (204-78, college: Iowa St.) who scored that evening 29 points and 7 rebounds and Montenegrin guard Goran Bulatovic (184-88) supported him with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Even 17 points by American point guard Enique Clemons (180-80, college: Missouri) did not help to save the game for SKP Banska Bystrica. Bosnian guard Mirza Ahmetbasic (193-87, college: Abil.Christian) added 15 points for lost side. Four Inter Bratislava and five SKP Banska Bystrica players scored in double figures. SKP Banska Bystrica's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Inter Bratislava moved-up to fifth place. SKP Banska Bystrica lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 15 games lost. Inter Bratislava will meet at home Svit (#8) in the next round. SKP Banska Bystrica will play against Handlova and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Inter Bratislava: M.Rancik 29+7reb+1ast, G.Bulatovic 15+6reb+3ast, P.Sedmak 15+2reb+1ast, N.Milosevic 11+1reb+2ast, J.Graham 10+4reb+2ast, J.Musil 9
B.Bystrica: E.Clemons 17+2reb+1ast, M.Ahmetbasic 15+2reb+2ast, J.Hughes 12+2reb+1ast, P.Dorazil 10+5reb, S.Jankovic 10+5reb+1ast, S.Gavran 10+4reb
gschID: 195188


Prievidza - Svit 76-79

Bottom-ranked Svit managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they edged fifth-ranked Prievidza 79-76. It looked good early as Prievidza took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Svit had a 26-21 second period charge getting the lead and Prievidza was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 76-79. Svit shot 66.7 percent from the field. Svit had a 23-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. American players dominated also this game. Worth to mention a great performance of center Tyronne McNeal (211-87, college: Miami Dade CC) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Sean Smith (201-85, college: N.Illinois) who added 22 points during the contest. McNeal is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Five Svit players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Joseph Harris (196-87, college: Co.Carolina) responded with 27 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and point guard Dijuan Harris (175-86, college: Charlotte) scored 12 points and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Svit (7-19) moved-up to eighth place. Defending champion Prievidza dropped to the sixth position with 13 games lost. Svit will play against higher ranked Inter Bratislava (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Prievidza will play against Nova Ves and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Svit: T.McNeal 22+11reb, S.Smith 22+1reb+1ast, H.Bond 11+3reb, R.Findura 11+3reb+1ast, W.Channels 10+2reb+4ast, J.Mascoll 2+2reb+1ast
Prievidza: J.Harris 27+5reb+1ast, M.Batka 12+1reb, D.Harris 12+4reb+6ast, D.Godbold 7+3reb+1ast, S.Mijajlovic 6+1reb, B.Falkner 6+10reb
gschID: 195187


Round 26
Levice - Inter Bratislava 91-82

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Levice (18-6) beat at home 6th ranked Inter Bratislava (12-14) 91-82. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 25-22 Inter Bratislava's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 91-82 at the end of the game. Levice made 23-of-26 charity shots (88.5 percent) during the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. 26 personal fouls committed by Inter Bratislava helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Slovenian center Salih Nuhanovic (208-82) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. American point guard Willie Kemp (188-87, college: Memphis) chipped in 25 points. Serbian point guard Nenad Milosevic (190-83) produced 16 points and Croatian power forward Nenad Delic (210-84) added 10 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Levice have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 18-6 record behind leader Komarno. Inter Bratislava at the other side dropped to the fifth place with 14 games lost. Levice's next round opponent will be league's leader Komarno on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Inter Bratislava will play against Svit (#8).
Top scorers:
Levice: W.Kemp 25+1reb+2ast, S.Nuhanovic 20+11reb, T.Mrvis 13+4reb, B.Fields 12+5reb+2ast, J.Simmons 9+7reb, R.Grznar 6+4ast
Inter Bratislava: N.Milosevic 16+3reb+2ast, D.Kyles 11+3reb+4ast, N.Delic 10+9reb+1ast, G.Bulatovic 10+1reb+4ast, M.Rancik 10+7reb+3ast, J.Graham 9+6reb+1ast
gschID: 232447



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Standings

KBL Standings
 1. SK Knights 33-7 
 2. Mobis Phoebus 28-13 
 3. ET Land 23-17 
 4. Anyang KGC 23-19 
 5. Goyang Orions 20-21 
 6. Samsung Th. 17-24 
 7. Sonic Boom KT 17-25 
 8. LG Sakers 16-25 
 9. Dongbu Promy 16-25 
 10. KCC Egis 10-31 

Regular Season: Round 32

Feb. 13: SK Knights - Sonic Boom KT 89-77
Feb. 14: Goyang Orions - Mobis Phoebus 73-63
Feb. 13: LG Sakers - Samsung Th. 69-95
Feb. 14: Anyang KGC - KCC Egis 60-72
Feb. 15: Sonic Boom KT - Dongbu Promy
Feb. 15: ET Land - SK Knights



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Stats Leaders - LEB Gold

Points Per Game
 Nick BARBOUR
  Ourense
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 16.2
 1. Barbour, Ourense16.2 
 2. Winchester, Breog.16.1 
 3. Samuels, Lobe H.15.9 
 4. Starosta, Plana.15.6 
 5. Ruiz de Gala., Cla.15.4 
 6. Zengotitaben., Cor.15.2 
 7. Blanch, Andorra14.9 
 8. Sanchez, Melilla14.9 
 9. Hezonja, FCB R.14.5 
 10. Otegui, Palencia13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ondrej STAROSTA
  Plana.
  (215-C-79)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Starosta, Plana.9.8 
 2. Wachsmann, Melilla8.6 
 3. Sikma, A.Ford B.8.4 
 4. Samuels, Lobe H.7.8 
 5. Diouf, Breogan7.5 
 6. Ogide, Ourense6.9 
 7. McDermott, Palen.6.9 
 8. Thompson, Forca L.6.0 
 9. Otegui, Palencia5.9 
 10. Rejon, Lucentum5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Daniel PEREZ
  Andorra
  (188-PG-90)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Perez, Andorra5.5 
 2. Uriz, Clavijo5.4 
 3. Marco, Melilla4.8 
 4. Rodriguez, Forca L.4.6 
 5. Forcada, Palencia4.3 
 6. Lopez, A.Ford B.4.2 
 7. Sanz, Planasa NV3.7 
 8. Gonzalez, Ourense3.7 
 9. Creus, FCB R.3.5 
 10. Lopez, Ourense3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Mario HEZONJA
  FCB R.
  (202-G/F-95)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hezonja, FCB R.2.1 
 2. Hobbs, Caceres1.9 
 3. Toledo, A.Ford B.1.8 
 4. Sikma, A.Ford B.1.7 
 5. Otegui, Palencia1.7 
 6. Castro, Melilla1.7 
 7. Samuels, Lobe H.1.7 
 8. Perez, Andorra1.7 
 9. Blanch, Andorra1.7 
 10. Abouo, Lobe Hues.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Michel DIOUF
  Breogan
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Diouf, Breogan1.7 
 2. Flis, Andorra1.3 
 3. Sikma, A.Ford B.1.1 
 4. Mbaye, FCB R.1.1 
 5. Starosta, Plana.1.1 
 6. Samuels, Lobe H.1.1 
 7. Thompson, Forca L.1.0 
 8. Busma, Clavijo0.9 
 9. Hezonja, FCB R.0.8 
 10. Hampl, Andorra0.8 


EuroLeague: Barcelona with victory in Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Tel-Aviv - Barcelona 77:82

FC Barcelona Regal confirmed their impressive current form with a road win in Tel-Aviv tonight. The Spanish team fired past Maccabi to gain 6-1 record on top of Group F. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) scored 18 points and pulled down 6 boards to pace the winners.
Maccabi stayed confident supported by the cheerful home crowd. The Israeli team eked out a 22:20 lead after ten minutes. But the Spanish powerhouse gradually took over in the second frame. The visitors accumulated a 41:39 halftime lead. Barcelona opened the second half with 9 points in a row to boost the gap. The visitors maintained the lead and piled up a 67:53 lead with one quarter remaining. The Spaniards led by as many as 13 points with just over two minutes remaining 80:67. However the hosts went on a 9:0 run to narrow the gap at 3-point mark with 15 seconds remaining. Ante Tomic went perfect from the stripe and Ohayon missed a three-pointer as Barcelona got away with victory. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) and Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-PG-76, college: Maryland) provided 14 points each for the visitors. Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) answered with 19 points for Maccabi. Shawn James (207-C-83, college: Northeastern) had 16 points in the loss.

Maccabi Tel-Aviv: Ricky Hickman 19, Shawn James 16
Barcelona: Ante Tomic 18, Juan Carlos Navarro 14, Sarunas Jasikevicius 14



EuroLeague: Anadolu Efes down Real Madrid in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes Istanbul - Real Madrid 74:72

Anadolu Efes down Real Madrid in Istanbul to hand them their first loss in EuroLeague Top 16. The Turkish side tied both records at 6-1 and grabbed the first place in Group E after a 74:72 win.
Real looked miserable from the start of the game and had so many mistakes in defense. The Spanish team trailed 4 points after the first quarter and then lost the first half 36:46. Anadolu Efes slowed down a bit in the third period and allowed the guests to reduce to 5 points after 30 minutes. Real even took the lead early in the fourth, but could not win the game. Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) scored 3 out of 4 last free throws and gave them 74:72 lead. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) had a chance to bring the win, but missed a three-pointer.
Jamon Lukas Gordon top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Dusko Savanovic added 13. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) delivered 10, while Sasha Vujacic (201-SG-84) posted 9. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) replied with 14 points in the losing effort and Felipe Reyes (206-PF-80) as well as Jaycee Carroll posted 11 points apiece. Mirza Begic (217-C-85) followed them with 10 points in a loss.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul: Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-SG-84, college: Virginia Tech) 16, Dusko Savanovic 13, Jordan Farmar 10, Sasha Vujacic 9
Real Madrid: Rudy Fernandez 14, Felipe Reyes 11, Jaycee Carroll 11, Mirza Begic 10



EuroLeague: Unicaja Malaga thump Alba Berlin in O2 World - by Eurobasket News

Alba Berlin - Unicaja Malaga 65:67

Unicaja Malaga thump Alba Berlin in O2 World for 3-4 record in Group E. The Spanish outfit grabbed 67:65 win mostly due to the third period. The German side fell at 1-6 record.
Unicaja Malaga won the first period 22:20, but could not win the half. The hosts erupted with 22-12 and grabbed 42:34 at the halftime. The third period however was decisive in the game as Unicaja Malaga needed a 21-9 rally to take the lead. Je'Kel Foster (191-G-83, college: Ohio St.) later tied the game at 57:57, while Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) gave the hosts 65:63 lead with less than 2 minutes to go. Marcus Williams (191-G-85, college: Connecticut) meanwhile nailed a three-pointer for the guests for the final victory.
Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Fran Vazquez (209-C-83) added 11. Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) nailed 10, while Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) delivered 9. Deon Thompson and Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) finished the game with 16 points each. Je'Kel Foster notched 8 and Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) delivered 6.

Alba Berlin: Deon Thompson 16, Nihad Djedovic 16, Je'Kel Foster 8, Zach Morley 6
Unicaja Malaga: Krunoslav Simon 12, Fran Vazquez 11, Earl Calloway 10, Kosta Perovic 9



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  SWEDEN   

Standings - BasketEttan

Basketettan Standings
North
 1. Taby 14-2 
 2. Akropol 14-3 
 3. LF Future 11-4 
 4. Blackeberg 11-5 
 5. Umea 11-6 
 6. Solna Branten 8-8 
 7. Uppsala KFUM 8-10 
 8. Alvik Basket 6-9 
 9. Orongo 6-11 
 10. Fryshuset 6-11 
 11. BG Lulea 2-13 
 12. Jarva Devils 1-16 
South
 1. Eos 13-3 
 2. Brahe Basket 11-4 
 3. Jarfalla 11-6 
 4. Malbas 10-6 
 5. Boras II 9-5 
 6. Haga Haninge 9-7 
 7. Eskilstuna 8-9 
 8. Talje 7-8 
 9. Hoganas 7-9 
 10. Hogsbo 5-10 
 11. Helsingborg 5-11 
 12. Sanda 0-17 

Regular Season: Round 18

North

Feb. 14: Blackeberg - Uppsala KFUM 64-62
Feb. 16: LF Future - Fryshuset
Feb. 16: Orongo - Taby
Feb. 16: Alvik Basket - Akropol
Feb. 17: BG Lulea - Fryshuset
Feb. 17: Umea - Jarva Devils

Round 16

Feb. 16: Hoganas - Brahe Basket

Round 22

Feb. 17: Hogsbo - Haga Haninge

Round 7

Feb. 16: Boras II - Haga Haninge

South

Feb. 16: Eos - Sanda
Feb. 16: Hogsbo - Jarfalla
Feb. 17: Malbas - Brahe Basket
Feb. 17: Talje - Helsingborg


Stats Leaders - BasketEttan

Points Per Game
 Markus LENNGREN
  Hogsbo
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Lenngren, Hogsbo23.4 
 2. Alix, Jarfalla22.3 
 3. Dawit, Fryshuset21.7 
 4. Ronnqvist, LF Fu.20.7 
 5. Nagwere, Fryshuset20.1 
 6. Hartmann, Akropol19.7 
 7. Gafor, Malbas19.0 
 8. Andersson, Taby18.9 
 9. Sellin, Helsingborg18.5 
 10. Cavalieri, Brahe18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jesper ELIASSON
  Solna B.
  (204-F-94)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Eliasson, Solna B.11.3 
 2. Ukhagbe, Brahe B.10.4 
 3. Lenngren, Hogsbo10.1 
 4. Alix, Jarfalla9.8 
 5. Saleman, Umea9.5 
 6. Hartmann, Akropol9.4 
 7. Nagwere, Fryshuset9.3 
 8. Sellin, Helsingborg9.2 
 9. Hult, Eos9.1 
 10. Sinani, Helsingbo.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Christian KOUTRAS
  Akropol
  (189-G-88)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Koutras, Akropol10.5 
 2. Lundin, Taby5.7 
 3. Blazevic, Talje5.5 
 4. Nystrom, Eos5.3 
 5. Bankhead, Malbas5.1 
 6. Pierre, Umea4.9 
 7. Panghulan, Black.4.5 
 8. Kebedom, Brahe B.4.5 
 9. Gjorup, Eos4.3 
 10. Catrinin, Jarfalla4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Nathan DAWIT
  Fryshuset
  (189-SG-94)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Dawit, Fryshuset3.1 
 2. Urban, Eskilstuna2.9 
 3. Maraker, Boras II2.8 
 4. Bankhead, Malbas2.7 
 5. Baltrokonis, Hogan.2.6 
 6. Strazdauskas, Hog.2.6 
 7. Nystrom, Eos2.6 
 8. Hansson, Alvik B.2.5 
 9. Alix, Jarfalla2.5 
 10. Koutras, Akropol2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Hugh ROBINSON
  Brahe B.
  (202-C-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Robinson, Brahe B.2.4 
 2. Kuksta, Hoganas1.8 
 3. Urban, Eskilstuna1.4 
 4. Sinani, Helsingborg1.3 
 5. Saleman, Umea1.3 
 6. Bergstrom, Black.1.2 
 7. Hult, Eos1.1 
 8. Soderman, Haga H.1.1 
 9. Ismaili, Boras II1.1 
 10. Williams, Orongo1.1 



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  SWITZERLAND   

Standings - LNB

LNB Standings
 1. BC AKA 16-1 
 2. Vevey 14-4 
 3. Pully 11-7 
 4. Swiss Central 10-7 
 5. Bern 9-8 
 6. Acad.Fribourg 9-8 
 7. Meyrin Geneve 9-8 
 8. Lausanne 7-10 
 9. GC Zurich 7-10 
 10. Villars 7-10 
 11. Kusnacht-Erl. 4-13 
 12. Blonay Basket 0-17 

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 13: Vevey - Pully 60-96
Feb. 15: Swiss Central - Acad.Fribourg
Feb. 16: BC AKA - Blonay Basket
Feb. 16: Villars - Meyrin Geneve
Feb. 16: Lausanne - Bern
Feb. 16: Kuesnacht-Erl. - GC Zurich


Dusan Mladjan gets MVP of the Week award for Swiss LNA - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized Serbian shooting guard Dusan Mladjan (198-SG-86, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Lugano Tigers and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 26-year old shooting guard had the game-high 33 points adding six rebounds and four assists for Lugano Tigers in his team's victory, helping them to crush Starwings (#8, 5-13) with 24-point margin 103-79. Lugano Tigers is placed at 4th position in Serbian LNA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Lugano Tigers will need more victories to improve their 10-8 record. In the team's last game Mladjan had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Lugano Tigers, through which he has constantly improved. Mladjan has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 19.9ppg) and averages solid 66.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American guard Brandon Jenkins (190-G-85) of Starwings. Jenkins impressed basketball fans with 27 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists. Bad luck as Starwings lost that game 79-103 to the higher-ranked Lugano Tigers (#4, 10-8). Starwings is still second from the bottom in the standings. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Starwings managed to get this year. Jenkins is well-known by Starwings fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Rickey Gibson (191-G-84) of SAV Vacallo (#3). Gibson scored 23 points and passed twelve assists (!!!). He was a key player of SAV Vacallo, leading his team to a 94-84 win against the lower-ranked BBC Nyon (#10, 3-15). SAV Vacallo needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 5 lost games. Gibson has a great season in Switzerland. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 7.3apg (2nd best). He also has 2.9spg and FGP: 52.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Hakeem Rollins (202-F/C-83) of SAV Vacallo - 14 points and 13 rebounds
5. Marvin Owens (196-G/F-86) of BBC Nyon - 27 points and 10 rebounds
6. Clint Chapman (208-F/C-89) of SAM Massagno - 22 points and 11 rebounds
7. Andrej Stimac (204-F/C-79) of Geneve Lions - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Richie Gordon (203-F-89) of Lugano Tigers - 23 points and 12 rebounds
9. Justin Dobbins (203-C/F-87) of Starwings - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Juwann James (198-F/C-87) of Geneve Lions - 21 points and 4 rebounds

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



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ASEAN League: Petron Blaze steal win in Thailand - by Eurobasket News

Thailand Slammers - Petron Blaze 73:77

Petron Blaze registered a tough road win over Thailand Slammers tonight. Chris Banchero (185-PG-90, college: Seattle Pacific) provided 26 points to lead the winning team to the third success in the ASEAN League season.
The Slammers reeled off to a 20:17 lead after ten minutes. The teams traded exchanged baskets throughout the second quarter. The hosts secured a 39:36 halftime advantage. But the Beermen turned things around in the third quarter. The Filipino team went on a 20:13 run to surge ahead. The visitors managed to take a 7-point lead midway through the fourth frame. The Slammers got within striking distance on several occasions but Chris Banchero sealed the victory for the Blaze from the stripe in the dying seconds. Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) accounted for 20 points and 13 boards, while Pauliasi Taulava (208-C-73) added 11 points for the winners. Michael Earl (203-F-85, college: Utah St.) answered with 16 points for the Slammers. Jonathan Fernandez (187-G-84) had 13 points in defeat.

Thailand Slammers: Michael Earl 16, Jonathan Fernandez 13
Petron Blaze: Chris Banchero 26, Gabe Freeman 20+13 boards, Pauliasi Taulava 11



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  TURKEY   


Bill Clark's triple-double lands him TB2L Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

American Bill Clark (195-SF-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Selcuk Univ., receiving a Eurobasket.com TB2L Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 24-year old player recorded a triple-double of 15 points addeding also 11 rebounds and 11 assists, while his team beat Pertevniyal (#15, 7-14) 77-66. It allowed Selcuk Univ. to consolidate first place in the Turkish TB2L. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Selcuk Univ. has a very solid 16-5 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Clark turned to be Selcuk Univ.'s top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Duquesne star has very solid stats this year. Clark is in league's top in assists (9th best: 3.9apg) and averages impressive 60.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old American Jermaine Dearman (202-F/C-80) of Gelisim. Dearman had a very good evening with a double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Gelisim to another comfortable win 96-78 over the lower-ranked Izmir BSB (#18, 1-20) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Gelisim to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Dearman is a newcomer at Gelisim, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Tyrone Nelson (206-F-85) of Akhisar Bld (#5). Nelson scored 26 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). Despite Nelson's great performance Akhisar Bld lost 79-87 to the lower-ranked Pi Koleji (#16, 6-15). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Akhisar Bld needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 13 victories and 8 lost games. Nelson has a great season in Turkey. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.9ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 10.8rpg (3rd best). He also has 2.7spg and FGP: 59.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vincent Grier (195-G/F-83) of Pi Koleji - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Jurica Zuza (207-C-78) of Trabzonspor - 21 points and 9 rebounds
6. Michael Porrini (187-G-89) of Gelisim - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Aubrey Reese (183-G-78) of Baskent Genclik - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Arthur Johnson (206-F/C-81) of Istanbul B.B. - 27 points and 4 rebounds
9. Alex Gordon (184-G-85) of Yesilgiresun - 34 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Dogukan Sonmez (206-C-92) of Istanbulspor - 17 points and 15 rebounds

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



EuroLeague: Anadolu Efes down Real Madrid in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes Istanbul - Real Madrid 74:72

Anadolu Efes down Real Madrid in Istanbul to hand them their first loss in EuroLeague Top 16. The Turkish side tied both records at 6-1 and grabbed the first place in Group E after a 74:72 win.
Real looked miserable from the start of the game and had so many mistakes in defense. The Spanish team trailed 4 points after the first quarter and then lost the first half 36:46. Anadolu Efes slowed down a bit in the third period and allowed the guests to reduce to 5 points after 30 minutes. Real even took the lead early in the fourth, but could not win the game. Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) scored 3 out of 4 last free throws and gave them 74:72 lead. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) had a chance to bring the win, but missed a three-pointer.
Jamon Lukas Gordon top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Dusko Savanovic added 13. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) delivered 10, while Sasha Vujacic (201-SG-84) posted 9. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) replied with 14 points in the losing effort and Felipe Reyes (206-PF-80) as well as Jaycee Carroll posted 11 points apiece. Mirza Begic (217-C-85) followed them with 10 points in a loss.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul: Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-SG-84, college: Virginia Tech) 16, Dusko Savanovic 13, Jordan Farmar 10, Sasha Vujacic 9
Real Madrid: Rudy Fernandez 14, Felipe Reyes 11, Jaycee Carroll 11, Mirza Begic 10



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Walter Hodge's 31 points make him top U.S. Virgin Islands player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing U.S. Virgin Islands players, who play currently abroad.

Walter Hodge
Walter Hodge
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida, currently plays in Eurocup). He led his Polish team Stelmet ZG to a victory over the closely-ranked Cajasol (0-5) 85-81 in the Eurocup in Tuesday night's game. Hodge was MVP of the game. He scored 31 points (!!!), made 5 passes and 3 steals in 35 minutes on the court. Stelmet Zielona Gora (2-3) is placed third in group K. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. They will play only one more game in the Eurocup Top 16. And that game will be critical. Hodge is currently first on the league's list of top scorers with 20.4ppg. He also averaged so far 1.8rpg, 5.2apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 52.2% and FT: 81.6% in the 11 games he played so far. Hodge has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican. He is currently a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Cuthbert Victor
Cuthbert Victor
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Cuthbert Victor (197-83, college: Murray St., currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA. Victor could not help Le Mans (12-7) in their last game. Despite his good performance Le Mans lost 81-91 at home to the lower-ranked (#10) JSF Nanterre. Victor recorded 13 points, 3 assists and 3 steals in 30 minutes. Victor has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.5apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 64.5%(71-110), 3FGP: 27.6% and FT: 63.0% in the 19 games. He played for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team in 2011.

Ivan Aska
Ivan Aska
   #3. The U.S. Virgin Islands player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Ivan Aska (200-90, college: Murray St., currently plays in Belgium). Aska was not able to help Leuven Bears (5-10) in their game against Belfius Mons-Hainaut (10-6) in the Belgian Ethias League. Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game He was the top scorer with 21 points. It's Aska's first season with the team. This year Aska has relatively solid stats: 14.9ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 49.1% and FT: 73.2%. He is another player who holds two passports: U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican. Aska is also a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Frank Elegar
Frank Elegar
   #4. Center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel, currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to secure a victory for Kalev/Cramo (3-11) in their game against Lietuvos rytas (8-6) in the VTB United League, despite his good performance last Sunday. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. But the eighth-placed Kalev/Cramo was crushed 95-73 on the road by the higher-ranked (#5) Lietuvos rytas in the group A of VTB United League. It was Kalev/Cramo's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Elegar's overall stats are: 7.7ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.8spg in the 12 games. He used to play for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team back in 2010.

Jerome Gumbs
Jerome Gumbs
   #5. Former international forward Jerome Gumbs (194-82, college: USF, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help Cheshire Phoenix (8-15) in their game against London Lions (9-15) in the British BBL. Despite his very good performance on Friday night Gumbs was the second best scorer with 23 points. He also added 8 rebounds. Gumbs is currently ninth on the list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Gumbs averages: 16.8ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team two years ago.

Gregory Washington
Gregory Washington
   #6. Power forward Gregory Washington (208-84, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Denmark) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Aarhus BC (6-18) 86-67 in the Danish Ligaen in Wednesday night's game. Washington scored 12 points, grabbed 5 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 2 shots in 30 minutes. Svendborg Rabbits (21-2) is placed first in the Ligaen. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Washington is currently sixth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (first place). He has very reliable stats this year: 14.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.5apg and 2.6bpg in the 23 games. Washington is an international player who is currently on the senior U.S. Virgin Islands National Team roster.

The list of other players, who all have U.S. Virgin Islands passport but never been selected to any of U.S. Virgin Islands national teams:

   #1. Experienced Tim Duncan (211-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in NBA) led San Antonio Spurs to a 1-point victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers (16-37) 96-95 in the NBA last Wednesday. Duncan scored 13 points, had 6 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 5 blocks. The San Antonio Spurs have quite an impressive 42-12 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Duncan's 16th year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Duncan averages: 17.2ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.8apg and 2.7bpg. He has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and American.

   #2. Julius Hodge (201-G-83, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in NBLCanada), who plays in the NBL Canada could not help the Saint John Mill Rats (15-16) to beat the London Lightning (25-4). He scored 7 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 8 assists. The Saint John Mill Rats were edged 100-97 on the road by the leading London Lightning. It was Saint John Mill Rats' first loss after four consecutive victories. Hodge has reliable stats this season: 14.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.5apg and 2.6bpg. He is another player who holds two passports: U.S. Virgin Islands and Antiguan.

   #3. Antonin Galaya (196-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help N.Carolina Central in a victory against the Florida A&M University (3-7) 51-43 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Galaya recorded only 4 points in 11 minutes. The N.Carolina Central has a very solid 10-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all ten games in the conference. Galaya has reliable stats this year: 14.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.5apg and 2.6bpg in the 23 games he played so far. He has both U.S. Virgin Islands and French nationalities.

   #4. Rakeem Christmas (206-F/C-91, currently studies in the States) was not able to help the Syracuse (8-3) in their game against the University of Connecticut (6-3) in the NCAA. Christmas cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 3 blocks. The Syracuse was defeated 66-58 in Storrs, CT by the University of Connecticut. Christmas has reliable stats this season: 14.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.5apg and 2.6bpg.



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  UBA   


Briggs named UBA Player of the Week - by David Walls

David Walls Reports:
2/14/2013

Havok forward Stephen Briggs (6'9''-F-84, college: Robert Morris) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Houston Express and receives a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.

Briggs led the Havok to 2 victories over the weekend. He had a of 22 points and 12 rebounds, while his team passed the Houston Express (#1, 6-1) with 6-point margin 96-90. The following game Briggs posted 25 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists passing the Texas Cyclones. The Havok are now 8-1 in the Western Conference and look to move pass the Houston Express next month.

He is currently averaging 19.6ppg (7), 10.3rpg, 2.0apg while shooting an amazing 50.8% from the field. Briggs has also played in Belarus-Premier League where he averaged 13.3ppg and 6 rebounds.




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  UKRAINE   

Standings - Superleague

Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 22-7 
 2. Azovmash 21-8 
 3. Halychyna 18-11 
 4. Ferro-ZNTU 18-11 
 5. Khimik 16-12 
 6. Cherkasy 16-15 
 7. Hoverla 15-13 
 8. BC Donetsk 15-15 
 9. Mykolaiv 14-17 
 10. Kryvbasbasket 11-17 
 11. DniproAzot 11-18 
 12. BC Odessa 10-18 
 13. Dnipro 10-18 
 14. BC Kyiv 6-23 

Regular Season: Round 43

Feb. 14: Azovmash - Mykolaiv 90-88
Feb. 14: Cherkasy - BC Donetsk 78-71
Feb. 15: Khimik - Hoverla
Feb. 15: Ferro-ZNTU - BC Kyiv
Feb. 15: BC Odessa - Halychyna
Feb. 15: Kryvbasbasket - Dnipro


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Randy CULPEPPER
  Fe.
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Culpepper, Fe.19.4 
 2. Dykes, Hoverla17.9 
 3. Kickert, Dnipro17.4 
 4. Mitchell, Halychyna17.1 
 5. Love, BC Odessa17.1 
 6. Thomas, Cherkasy17.0 
 7. Goods, BC Kyiv16.8 
 8. Songaila, BC Do.16.6 
 9. Mayo, Mykolaiv16.4 
 10. Vukosavljevi., Ha.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladan VUKOSAVLJEVIC
  Halych.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Vukosavljevi., Hal.9.8 
 2. Moore, Fe.9.1 
 3. Jones, BC Kyiv8.7 
 4. Wiggins, DniproAzot8.0 
 5. Eziukwu, Kryvbasb.7.9 
 6. Muldrow, Dnipr.7.7 
 7. Pearson, Hoverla7.2 
 8. Lyons, Budivelnyk7.1 
 9. Fischer, BC Donet.6.7 
 10. Harris, Azovmash6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Eugene LAWRENCE
  Hoverla
  (184-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Lawrence, Hoverla6.7 
 2. Low, Dnipro6.5 
 3. Greer, Azovmash6.4 
 4. Florence, Kryvbasb.6.3 
 5. Deane, Khimik6.0 
 6. Zimmerman, Dnipr.6.0 
 7. Perkins, BC Donet.5.4 
 8. Culpepper, Fe.5.1 
 9. Mitchell, Halychyna5.1 
 10. Shavies, Mykolaiv4.9 
Steals Per Game
 James FLORENCE
  Kryvbasb.
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Florence, Kryvbasb.2.0 
 2. Shavies, Mykolaiv2.0 
 3. Chappell, Fe.1.9 
 4. Perkins, BC Donet.1.9 
 5. Zimmerman, Dnipr.1.9 
 6. Dykes, Hoverla1.8 
 7. Frazier, Kryvbasb.1.8 
 8. Culpepper, Fe.1.8 
 9. Lawrence, Hoverla1.7 
 10. Tsintsadze, Budiv.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Dnipr.
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Muldrow, Dnipr.3.0 
 2. Fischer, BC Donet.2.1 
 3. Eziukwu, Kryvbasb.1.8 
 4. Goodridge, Khimik1.7 
 5. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.4 
 6. Balashov, BC Odes.1.3 
 7. Gumeniuk, Mykolaiv1.3 
 8. Hunter, Cherkasy1.2 
 9. Ivshyn, Cherkasy1.1 
 10. Bobrov, BC Kyiv1.0 



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  URUGUAY   


Keenan number one in Uruguay for round 6 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

American power forward Justin Keenan (202-F/C-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Trouville, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Second Stage).
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 37 points and 18 rebounds, while his team edged out Bigua (#6, 2-4) 99-95. Trouville maintains the 3rd position in Uruguayan LUB. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Second Stage. Trouville will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. In the team's last game Keenan had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Trouville's top player in his first season with the team. Former Ferris State University star has very solid stats this year. Keenan is league's best scorer averaging so far 26.9ppg. Keenan is in league's top in and averages impressive 54.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Rodrigo Trelles (191-F-88) of Bohemios. Trelles had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Bohemios cruised to a 96-89 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Aguada (#8, 1-5). This victory allowed Bohemios to move up to 5th position in SERIE 1. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Trelles is one of the most experienced players at Bohemios and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Honduran center Jerry Echenique (201-C-79) of Allavena (#-3). Echenique got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for eleven rebounds . Despite Echenique's great performance Allavena lost 90-93 to #-4 ranked Maldonado. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of Allavena not to end season at such low position in SERIE 2, however are less than slim as they have already lost 6 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Echenique could try to bring Allavena's a little bit higher in the standings. Echenique has a very solid season. In 7 games in Uruguay he scored 24.3ppg. He also has 10.6rpg and FGP: 54.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nakiea Miller (204-C-79) of Maldonado - 22 points and 16 rebounds
5. Demian Alvarez (192-F-84) of Sayago - 32 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Marcus Elliott (191-G-84) of Olimpia - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Bernard Toombs (208-C-87) of Olimpia - 23 points and 13 rebounds
8. Jerry Echenique (201-C-79) of Allavena - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Dwayne Curtis (203-C-85) of Bohemios - 20 points and 13 rebounds
10. Anthony Danridge (196-G/F-86) of Montevideo - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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  VENEZUELA   

Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
 1. Marinos 8-2 
 2. Cocodrilos 7-3 
 3. Gigantes 5-3 
 4. Bucaneros 5-4 
 5. Panteras 5-5 
 6. Guaros 4-5 
 7. Trotamundos 4-6 
 8. Guaiqueries 3-6 
 9. Toros 3-6 
 10. Gaiteros 2-6 

Regular Season: Round 7

Feb. 10: Bucaneros - Toros 93-95
Feb. 13: Gigantes - Panteras 93-77
Feb. 10: Marinos - Trotamundos 91-86
Feb. 12: Marinos - Cocodrilos 87-88
Feb. 11: Guaiqueries - Panteras 81-72
Feb. 10: Guaiqueries - Panteras 80-88
Feb. 13: Trotamundos - Bucaneros 67-74
Feb. 10: Gigantes - Cocodrilos 67-59

Regular Season: Round 8

Feb. 14: Trotamundos - Bucaneros
Feb. 14: Guaros - Toros
Feb. 14: Gaiteros - Marinos
Feb. 15: Cocodrilos - Guaiqueries
Feb. 16: Trotamundos - Gigantes
Feb. 16: Guaros - Marinos
Feb. 16: Gaiteros - Toros




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Women News


Partizan gains twice more points than defending runner-up - by Zeljko Zule

Partizan crushed Celik, 101-57, in the rematch of last year's Adriatic League title game. Kristina Baltic (190-F/C-90, agency: Regeneracom Sports) came off the bench for 22 points and 13 rebounds, Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82) scored 21 points, Marina Mandic (191-G-83) collected 12 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, Sasa Cadjo (178-G-89) posted 12 points and Brooke Queenan (188-F-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Boston Coll.) added 11 points. Partizan shot 55-percent (46-of-84) from the field, they had more offensive (21) than defensive (19) rebounds and handed out 30 assists. Serbian team lead by 61-27 at the break and the outscored Celik 31-9 in the third quarter. Celik used just six players who commited only 9 fouls and 30 turnovers. Natasa Mikic (181-G-84) scored 22 points, Nikolina Popovic (184-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) added 15 and Zivana Jankovic (174-G-83) scored 10 points.


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  BELARUS   

Standings - Women

Premier Standings
Group A
 1. Olimpia 15-1 
 2. Tsmoki-Minsk 12-4 
 3. Gorizont 10-6 
 4. Sozh Gomel 6-10 
Group B
 1. Victoria 7-9 
 2. Berezina 6-8 
 3. Junior U-16 0-4 
 4. BrGU 0-14 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 4

Group A

Feb. 13: Sozh Gomel - Tsmoki-Minsk 96-84
Feb. 13: Gorizont - Olimpia 55-73

Group B

Feb. 13: Victoria - Junior U-16 68-44
Feb. 14: Victoria - Junior U-16 55-50

Second Stage: Round 5

Group A

Feb. 16: Olimpia - Sozh Gomel
Feb. 16: Tsmoki-Minsk - Gorizont

Group B

Feb. 16: Berezina - BrGU
Feb. 17: Berezina - BrGU


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Olga KOPYLOVA
  Sozh G.
  (187-F-82)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Kopylova, Sozh G.17.8 
 2. Anufryienka, Goriz.15.9 
 3. Kiriyenko, Sozh Go.14.9 
 4. Papova, Olimpia14.4 
 5. Adamik, BrGU13.8 
 6. Filonchyk, Olimpia13.3 
 7. Shapochkina, Olimp.13.3 
 8. Alyoshkina, Olimpia12.3 
 9. Chubkavets, Berez.12.2 
 10. Istseliatsov., Ts.11.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lyubov ALYOSHKINA
  Olimpia
  (203-C-81)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Alyoshkina, Olimpia10.6 
 2. Khomenchuk, Goriz.10.3 
 3. Kiriyenko, Sozh Go.9.0 
 4. Kopylova, Sozh G.8.8 
 5. Haponava, Berezina7.5 
 6. Kress, Gorizont7.4 
 7. Filonchyk, Olimpia7.2 
 8. Papova, Olimpia6.9 
 9. Kiuliak, Victoria6.8 
 10. Iordan, Tsmoki-M.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Nadzeya DROZD
  Olimpia
  (174-G-83)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Drozd, Olimpia6.1 
 2. Anufryienka, Goriz.3.0 
 3. Tsiruleva, Tsmoki-.2.4 
 4. Kopylova, Sozh G.2.3 
 5. Papova, Olimpia2.2 
 6. Shapochkina, Olimp.2.1 
 7. Rannaveski, Olimpia2.1 
 8. Pantsiukh, Tsmoki-.2.1 
 9. Turomsha, Berezina2.0 
 10. Istseliatsov., Ts.1.9 
Steals Per Game
 Nadzeya DROZD
  Olimpia
  (174-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Drozd, Olimpia3.0 
 2. Shapochkina, Olimp.2.9 
 3. Anufryienka, Goriz.2.6 
 4. Turomsha, Berezina2.5 
 5. Voishal, Victoria2.4 
 6. Charikova, Sozh G.2.2 
 7. Padshyvalava, Vict.2.0 
 8. Tsiruleva, Tsmoki-.2.0 
 9. Papova, Olimpia1.9 
 10. Kalikh, Berezina1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Darya LIPINSKAYA
  Gorizont
  (180-SG-93)
  Avg: 0
 1. Lipinskaya, Gorizo.0.0 
 2. Adamik, BrGU0.0 
 3. Lednik, Berezina0.0 
 4. Voishal, Victoria0.0 
 5. Lalovich, Tsmoki-M.0.0 
 6. Urbanovich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 7. Kulbitskaya, Goriz.0.0 
 8. Tsiruleva, Tsmoki-.0.0 
 9. Kress, Gorizont0.0 
 10. Styapanava, Bere.0.0 


Premier League Round 4 (Second Stage): Victoria-UOR keeps a leadership position in their group - by Eurobasket News

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Victoria-UOR as it allowed them to take a leadership position in League. Victoria-UOR defeated 3rd ranked Junior U-16 in Grodno 55-50. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 22-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Victoria-UOR forced 20 Junior U-16 turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Viyaleta Kiuliak (181-96) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Natallia Pratskaila (184-94) contributed with 9 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Victoria-UOR's coach Valentina Navoichyk used entire bench in such tough game. Center Hanna Brych (183-97) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for Junior U-16. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Newly promoted Junior U-16 still closes the standings with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Tsmoki-Minsk (12-4) against fourth ranked Sozh Gomel (6-10) on Wednesday night. Visiting Tsmoki-Minsk was defeated by Sozh Gomel in Gomel 96-84. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Olga Kopylova (187-82) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Anna Kiriyenko who added 21 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side international power forward Volha Istseliatsova (189-88) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Tsmoki-Minsk's coach Nikolay Buzlyakov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sozh Gomel maintains fourth position in League with 6-10 record. Tsmoki-Minsk at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. Sozh Gomel will play against league's leader Olimpia GrGAU in Grodno in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Tsmoki-Minsk's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Minsk Gorizont.
An interesting game for Olimpia GrGAU (15-1) which played road game in Minsk against 3rd ranked Gorizont (10-6). First ranked Olimpia GrGAU had an easy win 73-55. The winners were led by Nadzeya Drozd who scored that evening 16 points, 9 assists and 5 steals. Even a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds by Aleksandra Khomenchuk did not help to save the game for Gorizont. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Olimpia GrGAU maintains first position in League with 15-1 record. Defending champion Gorizont keeps the third place with six games lost. Olimpia GrGAU will meet at home Sozh Gomel (#4) in the next round. Gorizont's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Minsk to the arena Tsmoki-Minsk.
An interesting game for Victoria-UOR (7-9) which hosted in Grodno 3rd ranked Junior U-16 (0-4). Second ranked Victoria-UOR had an easy win 68-44. Valiantsina Myshapud fired 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Victoria-UOR keeps a position of League leader. Newly promoted Junior U-16 still closes the standings with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

The most impressive performance of 4th round was 19 points and 17 rebounds by Alina Iordan of Tsmoki-Minsk.


Group Group A
Sozh Gomel - Tsmoki-Minsk 96-84

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Tsmoki-Minsk (12-4) against fourth ranked Sozh Gomel (6-10) on Wednesday night. Visiting Tsmoki-Minsk was defeated by Sozh Gomel in Gomel 96-84. Tsmoki-Minsk was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 30-13 third quarter run of Sozh Gomel. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Tsmoki-Minsk's 46 and made 24-of-31 charity shots (77.4 percent) during the game. Sozh Gomel forced 20 Tsmoki-Minsk turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Olga Kopylova (187-82) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Ukrainian center Anna Kiriyenko (190-93) who added 21 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side international power forward Volha Istseliatsova (189-88) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and the former international guard Zhanna Horodetskaya (180-79) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Tsmoki-Minsk's coach Nikolay Buzlyakov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sozh Gomel maintains fourth position in League with 6-10 record. Tsmoki-Minsk at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. Sozh Gomel will play against league's leader Olimpia GrGAU in Grodno in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Tsmoki-Minsk's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Minsk Gorizont.
Top scorers:
Sozh Gomel: O.Kopylova 26+6reb+4ast, A.Kiriyenko 21+5reb+2ast, E.Staschuk 16+6reb+4ast, T.Ilkovich 15+7reb, E.Charikova 12+2reb+3ast, A.Kolotilschikova 5
Tsmoki-Minsk: V.Istseliatsova 19+12reb+2ast, Z.Horodetskaya 13+5reb+2ast, T.Tsiruleva 12+3reb+4ast, A.Lalovich 12+4reb, Y.Panevina 10+2reb+2ast, V.Pantsiukh 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 233117


Gorizont - Olimpia 55-73

An interesting game for Olimpia GrGAU (15-1) which played road game in Minsk against 3rd ranked Gorizont (10-6). First ranked Olimpia GrGAU had an easy win 73-55. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-55. Olimpia GrGAU dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Gorizont's 26. Olimpia GrGAU forced 21 Gorizont turnovers. The winners were led by the former international guard Nadzeya Drozd (174-83) who scored that evening 16 points, 9 assists and 5 steals and Maryia Papova (186-94) supported her with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Four Olimpia GrGAU players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds by Russian-Ukrainian center Aleksandra Khomenchuk (202-89) did not help to save the game for Gorizont. Forward Tatsiana Khatsko (187-89) added 14 points for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Olimpia GrGAU maintains first position in League with 15-1 record. Defending champion Gorizont keeps the third place with six games lost. Olimpia GrGAU will meet at home Sozh Gomel (#4) in the next round. Gorizont's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Minsk to the arena Tsmoki-Minsk.
Top scorers:
Olimpia: M.Papova 18+5reb+3ast, N.Drozd 16+4reb+9ast, K.Voishal 13+6reb+1ast, T.Shapochkina 12+5reb+3ast, L.Alyoshkina 7+6reb, M.Filonchyk 5+7reb+2ast
Gorizont: A.Khomenchuk 15+10reb+1ast, T.Khatsko 14+4reb, E.Kulbitskaya 7+2reb, G.Shylovich 7+1reb+1ast, N.Nadzezhka 6+4reb, N.Anufryienka 4+4reb+7ast
gschID: 233116


Group Group B
Victoria - Junior U-16 55-50

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Victoria-UOR as it allowed them to take a leadership position in League. Victoria-UOR defeated 3rd ranked Junior U-16 in Grodno 55-50. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 22-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Victoria-UOR forced 20 Junior U-16 turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Viyaleta Kiuliak (181-96) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Natallia Pratskaila (184-94) contributed with 9 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Victoria-UOR's coach Valentina Navoichyk used entire bench in such tough game. Center Hanna Brych (183-97) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Anastasiya Sushchyk (160-97) added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Junior U-16. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Newly promoted Junior U-16 still closes the standings with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Victoria: V.Kiuliak 12+11reb+1ast, A.Holubeva 10+6reb, H.Tsarevich 9+3reb+1ast, N.Pratskaila 9+7reb, K.Padshyvalava 6+5reb+1ast, M.Myasnikova 4+5reb
Junior U-16: V.Smarshko 16+5reb+3ast, H.Brych 15+11reb, A.Sushchyk 13+10reb+2ast, Y.Inkina 4+5reb+1ast, A.Lappo 2+3reb, A.Tsiarenia 0+5reb+1ast
gschID: 233119


Victoria - Junior U-16 68-44

An interesting game for Victoria-UOR (7-9) which hosted in Grodno 3rd ranked Junior U-16 (0-4). Second ranked Victoria-UOR had an easy win 68-44. The game without a history. Victoria-UOR led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Junior U-16 to just 4 points in second quarter. Victoria-UOR held Junior U-16 to an opponent 25.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 45.0 percent accuracy of the winners. Victoria-UOR forced 27 Junior U-16 turnovers and outrebounded them 37-24 including 22 on the defensive glass. Valiantsina Myshapud (182-94) fired 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Viyaleta Kiuliak (181-96) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Four Victoria-UOR players scored in double figures. Yanina Inkina (183-97) produced 8 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Anastasiya Sushchyk (160-97) added 10 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Victoria-UOR keeps a position of League leader. Newly promoted Junior U-16 still closes the standings with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Victoria: V.Kiuliak 11+10reb+1ast, V.Myshapud 11+9reb+3ast, A.Holubeva 11+4reb+5ast, N.Pratskaila 10+6reb, M.Rashchenia 6+2reb+3ast, H.Tsarevich 6+2reb+3ast
Junior U-16: A.Sushchyk 10+2reb, Y.Inkina 8+6reb+2ast, H.Brych 7+5reb, Y.Gurina 6+1reb+3ast, E.Karchevskaya 5+6reb, A.Lappo 3+1reb
gschID: 233118



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  BOSNIA   


Elizabeth-Basket adds Vidovic to their roster, ex Celik - by Eurobasket News

Elizabeth-Basket Kirovograd (Higher League) added to their roster 34-year old Bosnian guard Rada Vidovic (177-79). She started the season at Celik in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. In 14 Adriatic League games this year she recorded 7.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.1apg and 1.0spg.
The previous (10-11) season Vidovic played at Celik in Bosnia and Herzegovina league. In 11 Adriatic League games that year she averaged 14.9ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.9spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as she won Bosnia and Herzegovina League championship title in 2010 and 2012. Vidovic was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 1st Team back in 2010.
She is quite experienced player. Vidovic has played also professionally in Israel (Ramat Hasharon, Maccabi Ramat Hen and Hapoel Tel-Aviv), Italy (Priolo), Serbia (Vojvodina and Spartak).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  CANADA   

CIS Standings

CIS Standings
AUS
 1. St.Mary's 16-1 
 2. Acadia 12-4 
 3. St.Francis X. 9-7 
 4. Dalhousie 9-8 
 5. Memorial 8-8 
 6. UPEI 5-11 
 7. Cape Breton 4-12 
 8. New Brunsw. 2-14 
CanWest Pacific Division
 1. UBC 17-4 
 2. UFV 16-4 
 3. Victoria 15-5 
 4. TRU 14-6 
 5. TWU 7-13 
 6. UNBC 6-14 
 7. UBC Okanagan 5-15 
 8. Mount Royal 5-15 
CanWest Prairie Division
 1. Calgary 17-3 
 2. Regina 17-3 
 3. Saskatchewan 13-7 
 4. Alberta 12-8 
 5. Lethbridge 10-10 
 6. Winnipeg 7-15 
 7. Manitoba 2-20 
 8. Brandon 0-20 
QSSF
 1. McGill 10-3 
 2. Concordia 9-4 
 3. UQAM 8-5 
 4. Laval 6-7 
 5. Bishop's 0-14 
UOA East
 1. Carleton 15-4 
 2. Ottawa 15-4 
 3. Toronto Univ. 10-7 
 4. Queen's 7-13 
 5. Ryerson 6-12 
 6. York 5-14 
 7. Laurentian 5-14 
 8. RMC 0-0 
UOA West
 1. Windsor 20-0 
 2. Brock 18-2 
 3. McMaster 11-9 
 4. Western 11-10 
 5. Laurier 10-10 
 6. Lakehead 7-12 
 7. Guelph 6-14 
 8. Waterloo 0-20 

Regular Season: Round 32

Feb. 13: Windsor - Western 94-64
Feb. 12: Acadia - St.Mary's 91-84
Feb. 13: York - Laurentian 82-55
Feb. 13: Brock - Waterloo 77-56
Feb. 12: Dalhousie - St.Francis X. 73-83
Feb. 12: McMaster - Western 65-60
Feb. 13: Manitoba - Winnipeg 63-65
Feb. 13: Guelph - Laurier 51-68
Feb. 13: Bishop's - Laval 51-58
Feb. 14: Concordia - UQAM
Feb. 14: TRU - UBC Okanagan
Feb. 14: Calgary - Lethbridge


CIS Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justine COLLEY
  St.Mary''s
  (175-G-91)
  Avg: 29
 1. Colley, St.Mary''s29.0 
 2. Brown, Dalhousie20.7 
 3. Vaughan, Western19.5 
 4. Strom, TWU19.3 
 5. Moore, Acadia18.6 
 6. Polishchuk, Laure.18.3 
 7. Schuetze, TRU18.1 
 8. Emmerson, Saskatc.18.0 
 9. Clemencon, Windsor18.0 
 10. Yeboah, Victoria17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Diane SCHUETZE
  TRU
  (191-C-)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Schuetze, TRU11.7 
 2. Milligan, McMaster11.3 
 3. Stephen, Ottawa11.1 
 4. Nadeau, Laval10.4 
 5. Von Maltzahn, Dalh.9.9 
 6. Sylla, McGill9.7 
 7. Read, Regina9.6 
 8. Wierks, UFV9.5 
 9. Rosenkranz, Brock9.3 
 10. Emmerson, Saskat.9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Cassandra GOODIS
  Victoria
  (170-G-)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Goodis, Victoria6.5 
 2. Langlois, Windsor6.0 
 3. Duxbury, TRU5.7 
 4. Luyken, UFV4.7 
 5. Bonomo, McMaster4.6 
 6. Ring, Ottawa4.5 
 7. Clarke, Regina4.5 
 8. Colley, St.Mary''s4.4 
 9. Roach, Carleton4.2 
 10. Nofuente, Ryerson4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Justine COLLEY
  St.Mary''s
  (175-G-91)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Colley, St.Mary''s4.1 
 2. Clarke, Regina3.3 
 3. Langlois, Windsor3.2 
 4. Nofuente, Ryerson3.0 
 5. Jarrett, Calgary2.9 
 6. Duxbury, TRU2.9 
 7. Goodhoofd, Guelph2.9 
 8. Van Koughnet., UN.2.8 
 9. Polishchuk, Laure.2.7 
 10. Luyken, UFV2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Marie-Pascale NADEAU
  Laval
  (188-C-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Nadeau, Laval2.5 
 2. Duinker, Acadia1.8 
 3. Ellenor, Laurier1.7 
 4. Clemencon, Windsor1.6 
 5. Cole, Calgary1.6 
 6. Strom, TWU1.6 
 7. Schuetze, TRU1.6 
 8. Rosenkranz, Brock1.6 
 9. Traer, Ottawa1.5 
 10. Coppola, Regina1.4 



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Shavonte ZELLOUS
  Mersin
  (178-G-86)
  Avg: 20
 1. Zellous, Mersin20.0 
 2. Maltsi, Kayseri19.4 
 3. Johnson, Chevakata18.5 
 4. Dotson, VS Praha16.5 
 5. Langhorne, Dynamo16.5 
 6. Papova, Olimpia15.9 
 7. Prince, Dynamo K.15.7 
 8. Toliver, Dynamo M.15.4 
 9. Salagnac, Tarbes15.0 
 10. Snytsina, Chevak.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Glory JOHNSON
  Chevakata
  (191-F-90)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Johnson, Chevakata13.2 
 2. Alyoshkina, Olimpia11.5 
 3. Robinson, Tarbes9.9 
 4. Langhorne, Dynamo9.4 
 5. Sanders, Kayseri8.4 
 6. Snow, Dynamo K.8.4 
 7. Kiseleva, Chevaka.8.3 
 8. Reisingerova, VS P.8.3 
 9. Dotson, VS Praha8.1 
 10. Perostiyska, Unio.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Temeka JOHNSON
  Dynamo K.
  (160-PG-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Johnson, Dynamo K.6.0 
 2. Aubert, Nantes4.7 
 3. Toliver, Dynamo M.4.7 
 4. Bartakova, VS Pra.4.4 
 5. Tarasava, VS Praha4.0 
 6. Turner, Dy.4.0 
 7. Mincikova, MBK R.3.8 
 8. Michel, Nantes3.6 
 9. Drozd, Olimpia3.5 
 10. Lawson-Wade, Lat.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Nadzeya DROZD
  Olimpia
  (174-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Drozd, Olimpia2.9 
 2. Robert, Lattes M.2.5 
 3. Maltsi, Kayseri2.5 
 4. Michel, Nantes2.5 
 5. Prince, Dynamo K.2.4 
 6. Turner, Dy.2.3 
 7. Cherepanova, Dyna.2.3 
 8. Johnson, Chevakata2.1 
 9. Garcia, Union Hain.2.1 
 10. Arrondo, Nantes2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Lyubov ALYOSHKINA
  Olimpia
  (203-C-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Alyoshkina, Olimpia2.6 
 2. Lisina, Dynamo K.2.5 
 3. Myasoedova, Dynam.1.6 
 4. Vidmer, Dynamo M.1.3 
 5. Reisingerova, VS P.1.3 
 6. Sanders, Kayseri1.2 
 7. Dotson, VS Praha1.0 
 8. Vodopiyanova, Dyn.1.0 
 9. Snow, Dynamo K.1.0 
 10. Loginova, Dy.0.9 


Dynamo Moscow and Kayseri to fight for title - by Eurobasket News

Chevakata - Dynamo M. 62-68
Dynamo Moscow became the first EuroCup finalists this season. They handed Chevakata the second straight loss in the semifinal series and booked their ticket to the championship game. Kristi Toliver (170-PG-87, college: Maryland) stepped up with impressive 28 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists to pace the Moscow team to the decisive win in Chevakata. Dynamo entered the game with a 9-point buffer from the home encounter. Chevakata however started the game aggressively and surged ahead for an 18:16 lead after ten minutes. The gap grew at 6-point mark early in the second quarter. Katerina Snytsina gave Chevakata a 33:26 advantage midway through the period. They entered the second half up by 6 points 35:29. The hosts looked confident as they enlarged their lead to 8 points 39:31 early in the third period. It all looked quite hopeful for the Vologda team as they entered the final period up by 7 points 50:43. Glory Johnson (191-F-90, college: Tennessee) made it 56:47 for the home team midway through the fourth stanza. However Dynamo quickly answered with 7 points in a row to narrow the deficit. Soon Kristi Toliver and Tatiana Vidmer (191-C-86) gave Dynamo a sigh of relief putting the visitors in front 59:58. Dynamo capped the regulation with 7 straight points and raced to the win at the end. Tatiana Vidmer delivered 12 points for Dynamo Moscow. Nadezhda Grishaeva had 10 points in the win. Chevakata answered with 24 points from Glory Johnson. Katerina Snytsina netted 14 points in defeat.

Kayseri - MBK Ruzomb. 73-65
Kayseri clinched the second straight win over MBK Ruzomberok to claim the spot in the EuroCup Final for the second season in a row. The Turkish team entered the home encounter after a comfortable 19-point road win. MBK Ruzomberok however challenged the hosts with a 20:16 run in the first quarter. But Kayseri quickly calmed things down. The hosts outscored MBK Ruzomberok in the second period and got within just one point at halftime 35:36. The Turkish team took over totally in the second half. The hosts went on a 27:17 rally in the third quarter and surged ahead for good. They kept MBK Ruzomberok at distance throughout the final frame and raced to the victory at the end. Asjha Jones (191-F/C-80, college: Connecticut) and Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: Josep and Nicolas) netted 18 points each for the winners. Katarina Tetemondova (188-F-88) answered with 20 points and 9 rebounds for MBK Ruzomberok. Eva Kmetova had 11 points in the loss.



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

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

Petra Glaser
Petra Glaser
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Petra Glaser (196-81, college: Long Beach St., currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Damligan. She could not help Kvarnby (9-13) in their last game. Despite Glaser's very good performance Kvarnby was edged 77-76 at home by the leading Telge. She was the second best scorer with 18 points in 31 minutes on the court. It was Kvarnby's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. It's Glaser's first season with the team. Glaser has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 48.0%, 3FGP: 7.7% and FT: 82.9% in the 22 games she played so far. She played for the German senior national team two years ago.

Lea Mersch
Lea Mersch
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Lea Mersch (170-87, currently plays in Czech Republic). Mersch contributed to a DSK Karlin's victory against the sixth-ranked VS Praha (10-11) 67-56 in the Czech Republic ZBL last Saturday. She recorded 8 points. DSK Basketball Karlin (5-17) is placed second from the bottom (#11) in the ZBL. The Regular Season already ended. This season Mersch averages: 5.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 33.9% and FT: 62.0%. She played for the German national team in 2011.

Mara Greunke
Mara Greunke
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international power forward Mara Greunke (185-91, currently plays in Canada). Greunke managed to help Western Ontario in a victory against the Waterloo (4-15) crushing them 73-30 in the Canadian university league CIS on Wednesday night. She scored only 4 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in 26 minutes. The Western Ontario has 11-9 record this season. It was her team's third 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. This year Greunke's overall stats are: 5.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 2FGP: 50.6% and FT: 66.7% in the 19 games. She played for the German U20 national team three years ago.

Christiane Fischer
Christiane Fischer
   #4. Guard Christiane Fischer (168-90, currently plays in Canada) was not able to help the Manitoba University (14-7) in their game against the Saskatchewan (14-6) in the Canadian CIS. Fischer scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Manitoba University (#3) was defeated 72-62 on the road by the Saskatchewan. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Fischer's total stats this season are: 3.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4spg. She used to play for the German U20 national team back in 2010.

Nadine Grieb
Nadine Grieb
   #5. Former U20 international center Nadine Grieb (184-87, currently plays in Luxembourg) was the major contributor in an AB Contern's victory against the second-ranked Amicale (14-6) 69-59 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League last Friday. Grieb had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds. She also added 4 assists and 3 steals in 40 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. AB Contern (11-5) is placed third. Grieb belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #6 with 18.4ppg. This year she also averages: 9.1rpg, 2.5apg and 1.7spg in the 15 games. Grieb used to play for the German U20 national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Melina Muller (175-F-81, currently plays in Hungary), who plays in the Hungarian A Division could not help MBK Eurl.Vasas (2-23) to beat BSE-FCSM (9-15). She did not beat the league record on Sunday evening. Muller scored only 2 points. The sixth-placed MBK Eurl.Vasas was badly defeated 62-45 in a derby game by the higher-ranked BSE-FCSM (#5) in the Places 9-14 group. It was MBK Eurl.Vasas' eighth consecutive loss in a row. Muller's total stats this season are: 1.8ppg and 1.1rpg.

Other top German players, who play abroad:

Romy Baer (187-F-87) plays for Lyon in French LFB
Anna-Maria Georgiou (180-G-95) plays for NBA in Cypriot A1
Eva Schonecker (180-G/F-81) plays for AB Contern in Luxembourg Diekirch League
Anna Kraus (93) plays for BC Vienna in Austrian AWBL
Shakila Joyner (182-C-92) plays for BC Vienna in Austrian AWBL
Sarah Siebert (87) plays for Basket Flames in Austrian AWBL
Angelica Partyka (183-F/C-96) plays for Basel in Swiss LNA
Adriana Cavojska plays for Charnay in French NF1



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  GREECE   


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

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

Styliani Kaltsidou
Styliani Kaltsidou
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Styliani Kaltsidou (188-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas, currently plays in Euroleague). She led her French team Bourges to a victory over the seventh-ranked IMOS Brno (2-10) crushing them 85-60 in the Euroleague in Wednesday night's game. Kaltsidou was MVP of the game. She scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 30 minutes on the court. Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (9-3) is placed second in group A. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Kaltsidou's fourth season with the team. This year Kaltsidou averages: 8.1ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 36.7%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 81.5% in the eight games she played so far. She played for the Greek senior national team two years ago.

Zoi Dimitrakou
Zoi Dimitrakou
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Zoi Dimitrakou (188-87, also represented by Josep and Nicolas, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TKBL. Dimitrakou could not help Kayseri (13-4) in their last game on Sunday. Despite her very good performance Kayseri was defeated 84-71 on the road by the much lower-ranked Besiktas (#12). Dimitrakou was the second best scorer with 18 points. She also added 5 rebounds. Dimitrakou has individually a very good season with high stats. She averages: 15.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 66.7%(14-21), 3FGP: 44.4% and FT: 46.2%. Dimitrakou played for the Greek national team in 2009.

Evanthia Maltsi
Evanthia Maltsi
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international forward Evanthia Maltsi (180-78, another player represented by Josep and Nicolas, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Zoi Dimitrakou. But that was another game of her team in Eurocup which we would like to mention. Maltsi contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked MBK Ruzomberok (2-2) 79-60. She recorded 13 points in 34 minutes. Pankup TED Kayseri Kolejspor (3-1) is placed first in group E. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. Maltsi is ranked second on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of most steals (second place). She has very impressive stats this year: 19.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.4apg, 2.7spg, 2FGP: 42.0%, 3FGP: 48.1%(26-54) and FT: 92.3%(24-26) in the nine games. Maltsi is also a member of the Greek senior national team.

Anna Spyridopoulou
Anna Spyridopoulou
   #4. Forward Anna Spyridopoulou (184-88, currently plays in Sweden) was the main contributor in a Solna Vikings' victory against the closely-ranked 08 Stockholm (12-15) crushing them 84-43 in the Swedish Damligan in Wednesday night's game. She was the best player in that game. Spyridopoulou recorded 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Solna Vikings (15-7) is placed fourth in the Damligan. It was her team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. It's Spyridopoulou's first season with the team