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  APBL   



Bombers Focused Adds Talent - by Justin Moore

The Beltway Bombers always seem to have some of the most talented players in the East Coast playing for them. Their roster just got that much stronger with the addition of forward Derick Payne (6'6''-F-83, college: Bowie St.), and swing Marcus Fisher (6'4''-G/F-83). Both were former Bombers players and APBL All-Stars. With seven games remaining (six at home), the Bombers sole focus is to end their regular season strong, and win back-to-back APBL championships. "DP and Fish are proven pros and have been very productive for me over the years". Bombers CEO and Head Coach Chaz Dudley adds that "they understand clearly what we're trying accomplish, they know my system, and both play with the swagger and nastiness that matches our attacking style".

Adding Payne (league avg 19 pts and 11 rebs) and Fisher (former APBL leading scorer) to a lineup that has All-Star talent in Hugh Jones, Rogers Barnes, Mike Keyes, Jamaal Wise, Mike Anderson, Evan Martin, Steve Miles and Brian Smith, makes the Bombers one of the most talented and deepest pro teams in the country, When asked how will he blend and manage all that talent, Coach said "it's not just talent, it's unselfish talent that we have. My players understand that more can be accomplished by sacrificing and utilizing each others skills, to reach our goals. When you mix unselfish pro talent, with effort, and the collective sole agenda of winning, you usually win a lot of games and chips".

Because of the Bombers success, they are targeted from every team in the league. "The best place to be as a team is when expectations are high; when you're geting everyone's best. We welcome that, and we feel that if we play at our best, we like our chances against any other team, playing at their best". With 45 team championships and over 550 wins in 19 years, the Bombers know about winning, and are going after back-to-back APBL chips.



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  ARGENTINA   


Levy is back at Lanus - by Eurobasket News

Lanus Buenos Aires (LigaA) signed 30-year old Panamanian international center Jamaal Levy (206-83, college: Wake Forest). Its actually his comeback to Buenos Aires as he played here before. Levy played at Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda (LigaA). In 9 games this season he had 4.8ppg and 4.8rpg. He also played at Libertad Sunchales earlier that season. In 6 LigaA games this year he recorded 6.0ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.7apg. The last summer Levy played at Libertad (National League) in Paraguayan league. He helped them to make it to the final. A very impressive season as he was voted Metropolitan League Defensive Player of the Year. The other team Levy played that season for was Lanus. In 49 LigaA games last season he recorded 8.0ppg and 5.8rpg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Argentinian LigaA All-Star Game.
In 2005 he was drafted by Westchester Wildfire (USBL) as #3 pick overall.
Levy attended Wake Forest University and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
His team won ACCC Regular Season in 2003.
Levy was also a member of Panamanian international program for some years. He played for Panamanian Senior National Team between 1999 and 2009 and previously for U21 National Team in 2000. Levy represented Panama at the Panamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) six years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 5.0ppg, 4.0rpg.
Levy is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Uruguay (Bigua), Venezuela, Paraguay (Sol de America) and Panama (Magnates, Rio Abajo and Chepo).
Levy could be described: A sleek, agile forward with great timing... an excellent shot blocker who can also step out and hit the three-pointer. runs the court well.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 4

Feb. 1: Petron Blaze - Saigon H. 100-74
Feb. 2: KL Dragons - Thailand S.
Feb. 5: Singapore S. - KL Dragons
Feb. 8: Petron Blaze - Satria Muda



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 18-3 
 2. Wildcats 13-5 
 3. Kings 10-10 
 4. Hawks 9-10 
 5. Tigers 7-10 
 6. Taipans 6-11 
 7. Crocodiles 6-12 
 8. 36ers 6-14 

Regular Season: Round 17

Feb. 1: Breakers - Wildcats 98-81
Feb. 1: 36ers - Hawks 78-86
Feb. 2: Crocodiles - Kings
Feb. 3: Tigers - Taipans
Feb. 3: Wildcats - Hawks



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  BARBADOS   


Gills lead Aces to title - by Don Farrell



Gill leads Aces to title

Gill leads Aces to titleSwingman Ian Alexander (with ball) scoring over Kareem Farrell at the ring. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)

JUSTIN MARVILLE

Barbados' best basketballer is back, and seemingly better than ever. Jeremy Gill scored a game-high 28 points through three quarters to lead Ace of Diamonds to a 91-78 win over Run it Red in Saturday's final of theSt Michael South Basketball Championships at Dayrells Road.

It was almost a highlight-reel preview for what the rest of the Premier League could expect for the upcoming season after the multi-skilled Gill missed most of last year, citing personal reasons.

But he surely didn't miss much of anything in the St Michael South title game, scoring off dribble drives via a series of tough contested layups, floaters and even a pair of 30-foot bombs.

And it didn't matter who was guarding him either, as Gill either waltzed past Kareem Farrell, shot over Keefe Birkett or just bullied his way through Akeem Williams to quickly turn the contest into anything but.

Oddly enough, Run it Red enjoyed the early exchanges of the all-Premier League match-up, scoring 11 of the game's first 15 points behind an impressive, albeit brief, explosion from Farrell.

However, Ace of Diamonds rattled off the next 13 points unanswered through a series of buckets from Ian Alexander before Gill ended the quarter hitting a tough runner to cap a lead-changing 17-1 run (21-12).

The best of Gill was yet to come though, as the national combo guard then erupted for 15 second quarter, including three long-range bombs, to turn a nine-point cushion into a 48-28 half-time advantage.

Talented teenage swingman Rico Thorpe provided some punch off the bench with a triple and a couple of lay-ups, but it was Gill who delivered the real knockout blow after drilling shots from just about anywhere on the floor.

To add further insult, Gill started the second half by throwing the ball through Williams' legs to free himself for an off-balanced floater before single-handedly squashing every attempted comeback effort.

Run it Red did manage to make a game of it in the fourth while Gill rested, coming back from down 23 points (73-50) to pull within 13 (88-75) behind Birkett's 12-point performance in the quarter.

It proved too little too late, though, as national point guard Andre Lockhart countered with an 'and-one' play off a spin move in the lane, before Thorpe ultimately crushed the rally with a huge one-handed slam along the baseline.

Alexander assisted Gill with 19 points, Kevin Austin had 13 and Thorpe added ten while Birkett top-scored for Run It Red with 28 points.

In the night's earlier game, Jermaine Reynolds had a game-high 20 points while Corey McDonald and Randy Simmons added 17 apiece as Alliance coasted to a 78-60 victory over Rattle Snakes in the third-place game.




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  BELARUS   

Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
 1. Grodno-93 17-0 
 2. Sozh Gomel 12-5 
 3. Rubon 8-9 
 4. Tsmoki-Minsk II 8-9 
 5. Impuls BGUIR 7-10 
 6. Svisloch 5-12 
 7. Borisfen 3-15 
Play in international cups:
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk

Regular Season: Round 20

Jan. 31: Tsmoki-Minsk II - Borisfen 66-52
Feb. 1: Rubon - Grodno-93 57-67
Feb. 1: Svisloch - Impuls BGUIR 103-69

Regular Season: Round 21

Feb. 5: Svisloch - Rubon
Feb. 5: Sozh Gomel - Impuls BGUIR
Feb. 5: Impuls BGUIR - Grodno-93


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Kiril SITNIK
  Sozh Gomel
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel22.1 
 2. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.21.5 
 3. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.17.9 
 4. Zakhar, Impuls B.16.3 
 5. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.15.3 
 6. Shustau, Svisloch15.0 
 7. Sivalko, Rubon13.3 
 8. Indrikov, Rubon13.3 
 9. Sugonyako, Tsmoki.13.1 
 10. Akulich, Rubon13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ronaldas RUTKAUSKAS
  Tsmoki.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.10.2 
 2. Dadukin, Sozh G.9.9 
 3. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.9.4 
 4. Zakhar, Impuls B.8.8 
 5. Sharamet, Borisfen6.6 
 6. Ilyukevich, Rubon6.4 
 7. Mishukov, Grodn.5.9 
 8. Sugonyako, Tsmoki.5.9 
 9. Sharipov, Svisloch5.9 
 10. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.9 
Assists Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  Sozh G.
  (185-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Charykau, Sozh G.6.8 
 2. Shustau, Svisloch5.3 
 3. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.5.2 
 4. Akulich, Rubon5.1 
 5. Kuzmin, Grodno-934.8 
 6. Kamarunas, Svisl.4.2 
 7. Kryukov, Borisfen3.4 
 8. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel3.4 
 9. Dadukin, Sozh G.2.8 
 10. Sapegin, Rubon2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Dmitri AKULICH
  Rubon
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Akulich, Rubon3.5 
 2. Zakhar, Impuls B.2.6 
 3. Charykau, Sozh G.2.4 
 4. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel2.3 
 5. Malkov, Grodno-932.3 
 6. Shustau, Svisloch2.2 
 7. Tatur, Borisfen2.1 
 8. Volodkin, Impuls B.2.1 
 9. Kamarunas, Svisl.1.9 
 10. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Dzmitry KUZMIN
  Grodno-93
  (196-G-75)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kuzmin, Grodno-930.0 
 2. Kurapau, Tsmoki.0.0 
 3. Zakhar, Impuls B.0.0 
 4. Kryukov, Borisfen0.0 
 5. Volodkin, Impuls B.0.0 
 6. Krisevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 7. Vasilevich, Grodno.0.0 
 8. Korzh, Grodno-930.0 
 9. Usovich, Borisfen0.0 
 10. Korneenkov, Svisl.0.0 


Premier League Round 20: Grodno-93 beats Rubon in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game was played in Vitebsk. Top-ranked Grodno-93 faced 3rd ranked Rubon. Guests from Grodno (17-0) defeated host Rubon (8-9) 67-57. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Dzmitry Kuzmin (196-75) who scored 9 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. point guard Artem Malkov (185-88) chipped in 12 points. Grodno-93's coach Andrei Vasileuka used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Russian guard Anton Indrikov (193-87) produced 16 points for the hosts. Undefeated Grodno-93 have an impressive 17-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-0 record. Rubon lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the third place with nine games lost. They share the position with Tsmoki-Minsk II. Grodno-93 are looking forward to face Impuls BGUIR (#5) in Minsk in the next round. Rubon will play on the road against Svisloch in Osipovichi and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
The game in Osipovichi supposed to be also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Impuls BGUIR (7-10) played at the court of sixth ranked Svisloch (5-12). Svisloch smashed Impuls BGUIR 103-69. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Impuls BGUIR. Ukrainian forward Maks Adam Konate (200-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points and 6 rebounds. Nikola Polyulyak contributed with 21 points and 14 assists for the winners. Henadziy Zakhar (198-92) replied with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Impuls BGUIR. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Svisloch maintains sixth position with 5-12 record. Impuls BGUIR at the other side keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. Svisloch will play against higher ranked Rubon (#3) in Vitebsk in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Impuls BGUIR will play at home against the league's leader Grodno-93 and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last game of round 20 bottom-ranked Borisfen was defeated by Tsmoki-Minsk II in a road game 66-52.


Svisloch - Impuls BGUIR 103-69

The game in Osipovichi supposed to be also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Impuls BGUIR (7-10) played at the court of sixth ranked Svisloch (5-12). Svisloch smashed Impuls BGUIR 103-69. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Impuls BGUIR. The game was mostly controlled by Svisloch. Impuls BGUIR was better in second period 15-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Svisloch dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Impuls BGUIR's 34. Svisloch forced 30 Impuls BGUIR turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Impuls BGUIR's players. Ukrainian forward Maks Adam Konate (200-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points and 6 rebounds. Ukrainian guard Nikola Polyulyak (192-90) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 assists for the winners. Henadziy Zakhar (198-92) replied with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Denis Azaare (196-92) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Impuls BGUIR. Four Impuls BGUIR players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Svisloch maintains sixth position with 5-12 record. Impuls BGUIR at the other side keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. Svisloch will play against higher ranked Rubon (#3) in Vitebsk in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Impuls BGUIR will play at home against the league's leader Grodno-93 and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Svisloch: M.Adam Konate 32+6reb+2ast, N.Polyulyak 21+1reb+14ast, P.Shuleyko 9+3reb+1ast, I.Sharipov 9+5reb+6ast, O.Dolenko 8+8reb+5ast, D.Shilovich 8+4reb
Impuls BGUIR: A.Papruha 13+4reb+1ast, H.Zakhar 12+7reb+4ast, D.Azaare 11+6reb+2ast, N.Fokeev 11+3reb+1ast, Y.Ignatiev 9+6reb, K.Volodkin 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 204749


Rubon - Grodno-93 57-67

An exciting game was played in Vitebsk. Top-ranked Grodno-93 faced 3rd ranked Rubon. Guests from Grodno (17-0) defeated host Rubon (8-9) 67-57. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Dzmitry Kuzmin (196-75) who scored 9 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. point guard Artem Malkov (185-88) chipped in 12 points. Grodno-93's coach Andrei Vasileuka used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Russian guard Anton Indrikov (193-87) produced 16 points and Latvian center Zintis Plivda (206-88) added 8 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Grodno-93 have an impressive 17-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-0 record. Rubon lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the third place with nine games lost. They share the position with Tsmoki-Minsk II. Grodno-93 are looking forward to face Impuls BGUIR (#5) in Minsk in the next round. Rubon will play on the road against Svisloch in Osipovichi and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Grodno-93: A.Malkov 12+3reb+2ast, V.Bliznyuk 11+5reb, V.Korzh 10+3reb+1ast, D.Kuzmin 9+8reb+6ast, Y.Mishukov 8+3reb, U.Charko 8+4reb+1ast
Rubon: A.Indrikov 16+4reb+2ast, Z.Plivda 8+10reb, A.Kachan 8+1reb, E.Ivanov 7+8reb+1ast, S.Sapegin 6+3reb+1ast, Y.Patupchyk 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 204748


Tsmoki-Minsk II - Borisfen 66-52

There was no surprise when 7th ranked Borisfen (3-15) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Tsmoki-Minsk II (8-9) 66-52. The game was mostly controlled by Tsmoki-Minsk II. Borisfen was better in fourth quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Borisfen 54-23 including a 21-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Center Vladimir Krisevich (210-91) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 17 rebounds. Lithuanian point guard Vytautas Kamarunas (179-89) contributed with 18 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Tsmoki-Minsk II's coach Tadas Stockus allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. point guard Fedor Kryukov (181-88) replied with 17 points and 4 steals and center Artsiom Sharamet (207-93) added 7 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Borisfen. Tsmoki-Minsk II moved-up to third place, which they share with Rubon. Newly promoted Borisfen stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Tsmoki-Minsk II: V.Kamarunas 18+8reb+6ast, V.Krisevich 17+17reb+2ast, A.Semianiuk 14+14reb+1ast, Y.Kurapau 8+5reb+3ast, E.Sugonyako 7+7reb+3ast, V.Ignatchik 2+3reb+2ast
Borisfen: F.Kryukov 17+2reb+3ast, A.Aheyenka 8+2reb+1ast, S.Tatur 8+2ast, A.Sharamet 7+10reb, E.Batvenkov 6+1reb, V.Haidukevich 5+2reb
gschID: 204747



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

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

Regular Season: Round 15

Feb. 1: Spirou - Aalstar 97-100
Jan. 31: Leuven - Liege 84-76
Feb. 2: Oostende - Verviers-Pep.
Feb. 2: Antwerp - M.Hainaut


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Spirou
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Walsh, Spirou18.8 
 2. Mukubu, Liege17.7 
 3. Thompson, Aalstar17.6 
 4. Taylor, M.Hainaut16.5 
 5. Robinson, Leuven16.0 
 6. Green, Verviers.16.0 
 7. Lojeski, Oostende15.7 
 8. Aleksandrov, Vervi.15.6 
 9. Bostic, M.Hainaut15.2 
 10. Clark, Aalstar15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Spirou
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Walsh, Spirou9.8 
 2. Qvale, M.Hainaut7.5 
 3. Wilkinson, Oostende6.9 
 4. Thondique, Antwerp6.7 
 5. Wright, Oostende6.4 
 6. Aska, Leuven6.4 
 7. Tofi, Aalstar6.3 
 8. Young, Aalstar6.2 
 9. Gillet, Liege6.2 
 10. Mukubu, Liege6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jerime ANDERSON
  Verviers.
  (187-PG-89)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Anderson, Verviers.5.8 
 2. Marnegrave, Leuven5.2 
 3. Bosco, Liege5.1 
 4. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.8 
 5. Walsh, Spirou3.8 
 6. Moors, Antwerp3.4 
 7. Thompson, Aalstar3.4 
 8. Raivio, Aalstar3.3 
 9. Black, Antwerp3.3 
 10. Lojeski, Oostende3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Niels MARNEGRAVE
  Leuven
  (191-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Marnegrave, Leuven2.5 
 2. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.3 
 3. Mukubu, Liege2.1 
 4. Black, Antwerp2.0 
 5. Hopkins, Antwerp1.8 
 6. Iarochevitch, Liege1.8 
 7. Hanavan, Leuven1.7 
 8. Bostic, M.Hainaut1.7 
 9. Anderson, Verviers.1.6 
 10. Anderson, Aalstar1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Wesley WILKINSON
  Oostende
  (207-PF-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Wilkinson, Oostende1.5 
 2. Ferguson, Verviers.1.3 
 3. Riddick, Spirou1.2 
 4. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.2 
 5. Dukes, Leuven0.8 
 6. Young, Aalstar0.7 
 7. Love, Antwerp0.7 
 8. Thondique, Antwerp0.6 
 9. Aska, Leuven0.6 
 10. Lojeski, Oostende0.5 


Standings - Division II

Division II Standings
 1. Houthalen 14-5 
 2. Kangor.-Boom 13-5 
 3. Sint-Jan Ant. 13-6 
 4. Gembo BBC 11-6 
 5. Gent Dragons 10-7 
 6. St-Niklase 10-8 
 7. Waregem 10-8 
 8. M.Hainaut II 10-9 
 9. CEP Fleurus 9-9 
 10. Excelsior 9-9 
 11. Sprimont 9-9 
 12. Tongeren 8-11 
 13. Oudenaarde 6-14 
 14. Essor Charleroi 3-15 
 15. Giants II 2-16 

Regular Season: Round 21

Feb. 1: Point Chaud - Oudenaarde 100-65
Feb. 2: Gent Dragons - Sint-Jan Ant.
Feb. 2: St-Niklase - CEP Fleurus
Feb. 2: Kangor.-Boom - Tongeren
Feb. 3: Gembo BBC - Essor Charleroi
Feb. 3: Excelsior - Waregem
Feb. 3: Houthalen - M.Hainaut II


Various News - by Peter Buyse

First game of the season for Charleroi's Glen Dandridge after having been out for months with an injury. His team however was not able to beat Aalstar on the road. Matt Walsh played the best game of anyone this season in the Ethias league with 34 pts and 17 rebs for a quote of 49.

Speaking of Aalstar, with 4 players already out with injuries and having recently released Brad Tinsley, this home win against Charleroi was possibly the upset of the season so far. Crucial in the win were the 40 pts scored by 4 of their Belgian players led by Thomas Dreesen with 21 pts.

In other news, Dion Wade (194-SF-93), son of former Michigan player Butch Wade has committed to the Auburn Tigers.
At present he plays high school ball (Findlay Prep) in Henderson Nevada.
His father Buch enjoyed a long and succesful career in Belgium. Dion was born in Antwerp.



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  BULGARIA   

Standings A1

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

Regular Season: Round 15

Feb. 1: Rilski Sportist - Cherno More 100-83
Feb. 2: Rilski Sportist - Tundja Yambol
Feb. 2: Levski Sofia - U20
Feb. 2: Chernomorets - Lukoil Academik
Feb. 2: Balkan - Beroe



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  CHILE   


Espanol and Boston goes for the crown - by Cristian Quiroga

Deportivo Espanol de Talca and CD Boston College Santiago will play Liga Nacional final series, starting this weekend in Talca. Host shows an impressive campaign losing only one of 27 games played. Coached by Carlos Iglesias, Espanol is a good team with a mix of youth and experience, and two americans, Paul David and Dallas Green, that made differences during the season. In the semifinal series imposed over Osorno Basquetbol sweeping the series 3-0.
Meanwhile, Boston had a little more irregular season, but ended national phase and reached playoffs in good shape, playing great games against ABA Ancud and defeating them 3-1. "Eagles" have a good roster too, maybe older than Espanol, with not only a lot of experience but too many tittles in their hands. Is the case of Carrasco, Sepulveda, Campos, Valencia and Madrid. And have two very experienced Spanish players that have been a great support for the team this season: Ismael Torres and Sergio Alvarado.
This way, tomorrow will begin to be written the history of a new league series. In the papers both teams have the same odds, maybe Espanol could have a more faster and intense game, and a great rotation of the bench, but Boston College also have something important to say, even in a 5 game series in which Espanol have field advantage.
Nothing more to say, we'll see who gets the crown..



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  CHINA   

Standings - CBA

CBA Standings
 1. Guangdong ST 25-3 
 2. Shandong FB 21-7 
 3. Beijing Ducks 19-9 
 4. Xinjiang FT 17-11 
 5. Liaoning H. 16-12 
 6. Zhejiang CB 15-13 
 7. DongGuan L. 15-13 
 8. Shanxi Zh. 15-14 
 9. Guangsha L. 15-14 
 10. Bayi R. 13-15 
 11. Foshan LL 12-16 
 12. Jiangsu D. 11-17 
 13. Fujian QB 10-18 
 14. TianJin S. 10-18 
 15. Jilin NE T. 10-19 
 16. Qingdao E. 8-20 
 17. Shanghai S. 8-21 

Regular Season: Round 30

Feb. 1: Shandong FB - Jiangsu D. 130-80
Feb. 1: Xinjiang FT - Shanxi Zh. 129-110
Feb. 1: Qingdao E. - Guangsha L. 122-129
Feb. 1: Zhejiang CB - TianJin S. 118-90
Feb. 1: Foshan LL - Shanghai S. 118-112
Feb. 1: Beijing Ducks - DongGuan L. 118-105
Feb. 1: Jilin NE T. - Fujian QB 113-120
Feb. 1: Guangdong ST - Liaoning H. 112-90

Regular Season: Round 31

Feb. 3: Jiangsu D. - Qingdao E.
Feb. 3: Jilin NE T. - Foshan LL
Feb. 3: Liaoning H. - Fujian QB
Feb. 3: Beijing Ducks - Guangdong ST
Feb. 3: Bayi R. - Shanghai S.
Feb. 3: TianJin S. - DongGuan L.
Feb. 3: Xinjiang FT - Guangsha L.
Feb. 3: Shandong FB - Zhejiang CB


Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Foshan LL
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 33.2
 1. Randolph, Foshan33.2 
 2. Douby, Zhejiang CB32.6 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.31.4 
 4. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.9 
 5. Akognon, Liaoning.30.7 
 6. Daniels, Qingdao E.29.8 
 7. Marbury, Beijing29.3 
 8. Forbes, Guangsha28.9 
 9. Spencer, Jilin N.28.9 
 10. Haislip, DongGuan.28.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  TianJin S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Harvey, TianJin S.16.6 
 2. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.15.2 
 3. Randolph, Foshan14.5 
 4. Li, Liaoning H.12.8 
 5. Harris, Jiangsu D.12.7 
 6. Wang, Fujian QB12.7 
 7. Abbas, Shandong FB12.4 
 8. Daniels, Qingdao E.11.9 
 9. Siler, Jiangsu D.11.6 
 10. Ramos, Guangsha11.3 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  TianJin S.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Daghles, TianJin S.9.6 
 2. Lu, Shanxi Zh.5.7 
 3. Jeter, Shandong FB5.7 
 4. Marbury, Beijing5.4 
 5. Williams, Shanxi Z.5.2 
 6. McGrady, Qingd.5.0 
 7. Forbes, Guangsha4.8 
 8. Qahwash, Jiang.4.7 
 9. Liu, Shanghai S.4.6 
 10. Douby, Zhejiang4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dewarick SPENCER
  Jilin N.
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Spencer, Jilin N.2.6 
 2. Douby, Zhejiang CB2.6 
 3. Hu, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 4. Han, Bayi R.2.2 
 5. Jeter, Shandong FB2.2 
 6. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.1 
 7. Marbury, Beijing2.1 
 8. Co, Xinjiang FT2.0 
 9. Abbas, Shandong FB2.0 
 10. Ding, Zhejiang CB1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Ti.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. N''Diaye, Ti.4.1 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.7 
 3. Siler, Jiangsu D.2.1 
 4. Daniels, Qingdao E.1.9 
 5. Yi, Guangdong ST1.8 
 6. Yan, Shanxi Zh.1.6 
 7. Han, Liaoning H.1.5 
 8. Wang, Bayi R.1.5 
 9. Haislip, DongGuan.1.5 
 10. Morris, Beijing D.1.5 


CBA Round 30: Liaoning Hunters lose to Guandong Tigers in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 4 rounds.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Dongguan. First ranked host Guandong Tigers (25-3) smashed 4th ranked Liaoning Hunters (16-12) 112-90. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Liaoning Hunters. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 64-41 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Liaoning Hunters 50-29 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guandong Tigers looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Liaoning Hunters' players. 24 personal fouls committed by Liaoning Hunters helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Nigerian-American power forward Ike Diogu (204-83, college: Arizona St.) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international FangYu Zhu (201-83) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Nigerian-American point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) with 31 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Guandong Tigers have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 25-3 record. Liaoning Hunters at the other side dropped to the fifth place with 12 games lost. Guandong Tigers are looking forward to face Beijing Ducks (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Liaoning Hunters will play against Fujian in Jinjiang and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Second ranked Shandong Bulls (21-7) crushed at home 12th ranked Jiangsu Dragons (11-17) by 50 points 130-80, which is the biggest margin this round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Jiangsu Dragons. American power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) notched a triple-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists and 5 steals (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Zaid Abbas supported him with 25 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!). Even 21 points and 9 rebounds by American forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) did not help to save the game for Jiangsu Dragons. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shandong Bulls have an impressive 13-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 21-7 record having four points less than leader Guangdong ST. Jiangsu Dragons at the other side keep the twelfth place with 17 games lost. Shandong Bulls will play against Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (#6) in Hangzhou in the next round. Jiangsu Dragons will play at home against Qingdao Eagles (#16) and hope to get back on the winning track.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 30: Guangsha L. won against Qingdao E. on the opponent's court 129-122. Foshan LL managed to outperform Shanghai S. in a home game 118-112. Shanxi Zh. was rolled over Xinjiang FT on the road 129-110. Beijing Ducks defeated DongGuan L. on its own court 118-105. TianJin S. was smashed by Zhejiang CB in Hangzhou 118-90. Jilin NE T. lost to Fujian QB at home 113-120.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 47 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds by Charles Gaines of Shanxi Zh..


Qingdao E. - Guangsha L. 122-129

Very expected game when 16th ranked Qingdao Eagles (8-20) were defeated at home by ninth ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (15-14) 129-122. It looked good early as Qingdao Eagles took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Zhejiang Guangsha Lions had a 35-22 second period charge getting the lead and Qingdao Eagles were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 122-129. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Qingdao Eagles were plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Panamanian-American swingman Gary Forbes (201-85, college: Virginia) notched a double-double by scoring 42 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) supported him with 26 points and 5 rebounds. Even a double-double of 34 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds by American center Chris Daniels (211-84, college: Limoges) did not help to save the game for Qingdao Eagles. His fellow American import swingman Tracy McGrady (203-79) added 22 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Shanxi Zh. Qingdao Eagles at the other side keep the sixteenth position with 20 games lost. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will play against higher ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (#4) in Urumqi in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Qingdao Eagles will play on the road against Jiangsu Dragons (#12) in Nanjing and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Qingdao E.: D.Chris 34+12reb+2ast, M.Tracy 22+10reb+8ast, Z.YongGang 19+2reb, W.Gang 16+4ast, L.Tao 15+2reb+1ast, X.YuYang 6+2reb
Guangsha L.: F.Gary 42+10reb, R.Peter John 26+5reb+1ast, Z.Yongpeng 17+11reb+4ast, S.HoMan 14+2reb+2ast, C.Han Jun 11+8ast, S.Ruoyu 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 228758


Shandong FB - Jiangsu D. 130-80

Second ranked Shandong Bulls (21-7) crushed at home 12th ranked Jiangsu Dragons (11-17) by 50 points 130-80, which is the biggest margin this round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Jiangsu Dragons. The game was mostly controlled by Shandong Bulls. Jiangsu Dragons was better in fourth quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shandong Bulls dominated down low during the game scoring 88 of its points in the paint compared to Jiangsu Dragons' 30. Shandong Bulls forced 23 Jiangsu Dragons turnovers and outrebounded them 43-30 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Shandong Bulls especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Jiangsu Dragons' players. American power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) notched a triple-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists and 5 steals (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas (203-83) supported him with 25 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!). Five Shandong Bulls players scored in double figures. Even 21 points and 9 rebounds by American forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) did not help to save the game for Jiangsu Dragons. International Li Yi (203-85) added 13 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shandong Bulls have an impressive 13-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 21-7 record having four points less than leader Guangdong ST. Jiangsu Dragons at the other side keep the twelfth place with 17 games lost. Shandong Bulls will play against Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (#6) in Hangzhou in the next round. Jiangsu Dragons will play at home against Qingdao Eagles (#16) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu D.: H.Mike 21+9reb+2ast, Y.Li 13+2reb, W.Song 9+2reb, W.Junjie 8+3reb, S.Garret 7+5reb+3ast, H.Yifan 7+2reb+2ast
Shandong FB: J.Pooh 25+3reb+3ast, A.Zaid 25+8reb+1ast, V.Jackson 19+11reb+12ast, S.Ran 17+3reb+4ast, T.HanLin 15+6reb+2ast, L.JingYu 13+2reb+3ast
gschID: 228757


Foshan LL - Shanghai S. 118-112

Very predictable result when eleventh ranked Foshan (12-16) defeated at home bottom-ranked Shanghai Sharks (8-21) 118-112. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Shanghai Sharks were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Foshan shot 37 for 57 from the free-throw line, while Shanghai Sharks only scored sixteen points from the stripe. They outrebounded Shanghai Sharks 59-47 including a 22-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. Shanghai Sharks were plagued by 41 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) notched a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 25 rebounds to lead the effort and Syrian guard Michel Maadanly (194-81) supported him with 29 points and 7 rebounds. Even a double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds by American forward D.J. White (206-86, college: Indiana) did not help to save the game for Shanghai Sharks. His fellow American import guard Gilbert Arenas (192-82, college: Arizona) added 21 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Shanghai Sharks' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Foshan maintains eleventh position with 12-16 record. Shanghai Sharks lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 21 games lost. Foshan will play against Jilin Tigers (#15) in Changchun in the next round. Shanghai Sharks will play on the road against Bayi Rockets in Ningbo and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Shanghai S.: W.D.J. 27+11reb+1ast, A.Gilbert 21+6reb+5ast, L.Ziqui 15+8reb+6ast, W.Yang 14+3reb+2ast, M.Lingyuan 9+1reb+2ast, C.Liang 9+5reb+2ast
Foshan LL: R.Shavlik 38+25reb+2ast, M.Michel 29+7reb+3ast, P.Doron 20+11reb+4ast, R.Junwei 18+1reb, S.KangMing 4+4reb, J.Mingxin 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 228756


Guangdong ST - Liaoning H. 112-90

The game between Top Four teams took place in Dongguan. First ranked host Guandong Tigers (25-3) smashed 4th ranked Liaoning Hunters (16-12) 112-90. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Liaoning Hunters. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 64-41 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Liaoning Hunters 50-29 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guandong Tigers looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Liaoning Hunters' players. 24 personal fouls committed by Liaoning Hunters helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Nigerian-American power forward Ike Diogu (204-83, college: Arizona St.) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international FangYu Zhu (201-83) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Nigerian-American point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) with 31 points and American power forward Solomon Jones (208-84, college: S.Florida, agency: Priority Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds. Five Guandong Tigers and four Liaoning Hunters players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Guandong Tigers have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 25-3 record. Liaoning Hunters at the other side dropped to the fifth place with 12 games lost. Guandong Tigers are looking forward to face Beijing Ducks (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Liaoning Hunters will play against Fujian in Jinjiang and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Liaoning H.: A.Josh-Emmanuel 31+4reb+1ast, G.Ailun 16+2reb+4ast, L.Wei 10+5reb, J.Solomon 10+14reb+1ast, M.Lim 8+1reb+1ast, L.XiaoXu 7+2reb
Guangdong ST: D.Ike 21+14reb, Z.FangYu 19+5reb+3ast, W.Terrence 15+3reb+5ast, C.Jianghua 13+5reb+6ast, Y.Jianlian 11+10reb, Z.Peng 11+2reb
gschID: 228755


Xinjiang FT - Shanxi Zh. 129-110

Not a big story in a game in Urumqi where 7th ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (15-14) was rolled over by fifth ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (17-11) 129-110. Xinjiang Flying Tige forced 19 Shanxi Zhongyu turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Shanxi Zhongyu was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Von Wafer (196-85, college: Florida St.) notched 28 points and 7 assists to lead the effort and the former international point guard Tal Co (191-91) supported him with 25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Five Xinjiang Flying Tige players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 47 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds by American forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) did not help to save the game for Shanxi Zhongyu. International forward JiangPeng Duan (197-90) added 27 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Xinjiang Flying Tige moved-up to fourth place. Shanxi Zhongyu lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Guangsha L.. Xinjiang Flying Tige will play against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#9) in Hangzhou in the next round where they are favorite. Shanxi Zhongyu will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Shanxi Zh.: G.Charles 47+15reb+3ast, D.JiangPeng 27+1reb+3ast, S.TianGui 13+5reb+3ast, Y.PengFei 8+3reb, T.Jermaine 7+1reb+1ast, Z.XueWen 4+5reb+3ast
Xinjiang FT: W.Von 28+1reb+7ast, J.Darnell 25+8reb+1ast, C.Tal 25+5reb+5ast, Z.QinPeng 18+2reb+2ast, T.ZhengDong 11+3reb+2ast, M.Kan 11+2reb+1ast
gschID: 228754


Beijing Ducks - DongGuan L. 118-105

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Beijing Ducks (19-9) beat at home 6th ranked DongGuan Leopards (15-13) 118-105. The game was mostly controlled by Beijing Ducks. DongGuan Leopards was better in second period 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Beijing Ducks dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to DongGuan Leopards' 50 and made 23-of-30 charity shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Beijing Ducks had a 34-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Stephon Marbury (188-77, college: Georgia Tech) notched 48 points (!!!), 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) supported him with 29 points and 7 rebounds. Even 23 points and 9 rebounds by forward Marcus Haislip (208-80, college: Tennessee) did not help to save the game for DongGuan Leopards. point guard Blake Ahearn (188-84, college: Missouri St.) added 22 points. Four Beijing Ducks and five DongGuan Leopards players scored in double figures. Beijing Ducks maintains third position with 19-9 record having six points less than leader Guangdong ST. DongGuan Leopards at the other side keep the sixth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Zhejiang CB. Beijing Ducks will play against league's leader Guandong Tigers in Dongguan in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. DongGuan Leopards will play on the road against TianJin Steel (#14) in Tianjin and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
DongGuan L.: H.Marcus 23+9reb+1ast, A.Blake 22+3reb+1ast, L.Muhao 18+1reb, H.ZhongMian 17+4reb+1ast, S.TongLin 10+9reb+2ast, H.Chih-Shan 6+1ast
Beijing Ducks: M.Stephon 48+5reb+7ast, M.Randolph 29+7reb+2ast, G.Li 13+6reb+4ast, Z.Xiaochuan 11+11reb, J.Zhe 8+3reb+5ast, Z.YanXi 5+1ast
gschID: 228753


Zhejiang CB - TianJin S. 118-90

There was no surprise in Hangzhou where 13th ranked TianJin Steel (10-18) was outplayed by eighth ranked Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (15-13) 118-90. The game was mostly controlled by Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank. TianJin Steel was better in second period 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank dominated down low during the game scoring 86 of its points in the paint compared to TianJin Steel's 60. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank forced 23 TianJin Steel turnovers. American guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) notched 36 points (!!!) and 5 assists to lead the effort and the other American import power forward Eddy Curry (211-82) supported him with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Even a double-double of 18 points, 23 rebounds and 5 assists by American power forward Donnell Harvey (203-80, college: Florida) did not help to save the game for TianJin Steel. Forward Nan Zhang (197-81) added 24 points and 6 rebounds. Four TianJin Steel players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank moved-up to sixth place, which they share with DongGuan L. TianJin Steel lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. They share it with Fujian QB. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank will play against league's second-placed Shandong Bulls in Jinan in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. TianJin Steel will play at home against DongGuan Leopards (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
TianJin S.: Z.Nan 24+6reb+1ast, H.Donnell 18+23reb+5ast, X.Lei 13+2reb, Z.Zhihan 11+3reb, M.XiangLong 9+5reb+1ast, Z.Ji 8+4reb
Zhejiang CB: D.Quincy 36+2reb+5ast, C.Eddy 19+12reb, D.JinHui 13+14reb+2ast, C.Fei 12+1ast, G.SongLin 9+2reb+3ast, T.Hai 6+1reb
gschID: 228752


Jilin NE T. - Fujian QB 113-120

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Changchun where fifteenth ranked Fujian (10-18) won against 14th ranked Jilin Tigers (10-19) 120-113. Jilin Tigers were ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 32-23 charge of Fujian, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Jilin Tigers 57-43 including 20 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists. International Zhelin Wang (215-94) notched a double-double by scoring 24 points, 21 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and American guard Sundiata Gaines (185-86, college: Georgia) supported him with 24 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals. Fujian's coach Thomas Baldwin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by forward Biao Zhang (201-90) did not help to save the game for Jilin Tigers. American guard Dewarick Spencer (193-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Fujian moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with TianJin S. Jilin Tigers lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth position with 19 games lost. Fujian will play against higher ranked Liaoning Hunters (#5) in Yingkou in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Jilin Tigers will play at home against Foshan (#11) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Jilin NE T.: Z.Biao 23+8reb+4ast, S.Dewarick 22+6reb+5ast, Z.Cheng 21+7reb+4ast, H.Samuel 19+5reb+2ast, L.Xudong 15+7reb+5ast, L.Wei 6+5reb+1ast
Fujian QB: Z.TaiLong 30+4reb+3ast, G.Sundiata 24+8reb+6ast, W.Zhelin 24+21reb+6ast, M.Will 19+12reb+4ast, Z.QiXin 11+5reb+6ast, L.Chen 7+1reb
gschID: 228751



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  COLOMBIA   


Antonio Williams close to signing with Once Caldas - by Simas

Once Caldas de Manizales, Colombia is very close to agree terms with 24-year old American forward Antonio Williams (201-F-89, college: Coppin St., Agency: Basketballtransfers) who currently plays in Hudson Valley (APBL). In 30 games last season in College, Williams had 9.0ppg, 8.5pg, 2.4apg and 1.0apg. Ranks third All-Time at Coppin State in career field goal percentage shooting 54.8 (181-of-330) percent. Fourth All-Time in career rebounding averaging 7.6 per gage and Ranked 14th All-Time with 456 career rebounding.


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  COSTA RICA   

Standings - D1

LBS Standings
 1. Barva 10-2 
 2. Sanatura-Escazu 9-2 
 3. Coopenae-USJ 9-3 
 4. Grupo Babel 5-6 
 5. Limon 5-6 
 6. Grecia 2-10 
 7. Liceo 0-11 


Semifinals have started - by Gianni Pascucci

The first four seeded teams of the Regular Season-Apertura advanced to Semifinal Series, with the parings indicate down:
#1 Ferreterias Brenes Barva - #4 Grupo Babel PZ
#2 Sanatura Escazu - #3 Coopenae USJ San Ramon

The series are best of three games, Game 1 ended as follows:
Grupo Babel PZ - Barva 94-91 (1-0)
Coopenae USJ San Ramon - Sanatura Escazu 75-65 (1-0)



Barva ends at the top, signs Carn - by Gianni Pascucci

Ferreteria Brenes Barva ended the Regular Season-Apertura at the top of the table, also adding to roster a towering import in Dale Carn (210-C/F, college: Eckerd). To make room in roster, Barva released Anthony Jackson (195-G-89, college: Florida Tech), who had been suspended from active roster some weeks ago due to disciplinary reasons.


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  CYPRUS   

Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Keravnos 14-3 
 2. AEK 12-4 
 3. Etha 12-5 
 4. Apoel 9-8 
 5. Apollon 8-8 
 6. AEL 5-11 
 7. Omonia 3-13 
 8. ENAD 3-14 

Regular Season: Round 17

Feb. 1: Apoel - ENAD 70-52
Feb. 1: Keravnos - Etha 67-65
Feb. 2: AEK - Apollon
Feb. 2: AEL - Omonia


Easy win for Cytavision APOEL - by Michael Aristidou

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia won Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios 70-52 and find themselves in fourth position in the league. The game started positively for Cytavision Apoel Nicosia having Porter Troupe (196-G-83, college: Portland) in great night. The winning part never looks back in the game, took the lead from the beginning and won easily.
Quarters: 20-11, 39-26, 55-36, 70-52
Cytavision Apoel Nicosia: Vouksevic, Troupe 17 (3), Mokongo 8, Neophytou 2, Chan 4, Kremmen 2, Stiggers 9 (1), Morisson 5, Wells 9, Demetriou, Papacostas 5 (1), Ewing 9
Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios: Hamilton 4, Sims 4, McKiver 1, Anastasiadis, Filippou 2, Razis 7, Kounas 21 (3), Kaskiris 8, Bolden, Mandic 5 (1)



Keravnos took the derby - by Michael Aristidou

Keravnos Strovolou is one step closer from finishing first in regular season. Keravnos Strovolou won Michelin Etha Engomis Nicosia 67-65 in a fantastic game.
Both teams played excellent and tried for the win in the game. At the end Keravnos Strovolou smiled! Just for the records we must add that the teams were tight 16 times in the game and the lead changes 12 times. For the winners Bobby Maze (191-PG-86, college: Tennessee) had 16 points and Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-F/C-80) 13 points with great defense. A lot of help added mostly in defense George Theocharides (203-PF-85). Michelin Etha Engomis Nicosia had Donte Poole (190-G-89, college: Murray St.) with 22 points
Quarters: 19-16, 38-32, 54-53, 67-65
Keravnos Strovolou: Bobby Maze 16 (3), Crocker 7, Demertzis 4 (1), Hampton 3, Buljan 2, Damjanovic 4, Panagiotis Trisokkas 13, George Theocharides 5 (1), Owens 3, Vaughn 10
Michelin Etha Engomis Nicosia: Wyatt 9, Donte Poole 22 (2), Williams 7 (1), Downey 2, Adegboye 6, Cup 10 (2), Johnson, Maras 9



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. CEZ Nymburk 22-1 
 2. NH Ostrava 17-7 
 3. BK Pardubice 15-7 
 4. BK Decin 14-9 
 5. BK Prostejov 14-9 
 6. BC Kolin 13-10 
 7. Levice 11-13 
 8. USK Praha 10-13 
 9. Svitavy 8-15 
 10. Chomutov 8-16 
 11. J.Hradec 7-15 
 12. B&W Opava 6-17 
 13. Usti n/Labem 5-18 

Regular Season: Round 25

Feb. 1: BK Decin - Levice 78-59
Feb. 1: Chomutov - CEZ Nymburk 68-106
Feb. 2: BC Kolin - Svitavy
Feb. 2: BK Prostejov - USK Praha
Feb. 2: BK Pardubice - J.Hradec
Feb. 2: B&W Opava - Usti n/Labem

Round 16

Feb. 5: CEZ Nymburk - J.Hradec


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Jan TOMANEC
  J.Hradec
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 20
 1. Tomanec, J.Hradec20.0 
 2. Deloach, Svitavy18.9 
 3. Zabas, BK Pardubi.17.5 
 4. Bolds, BC Kolin17.5 
 5. Blazek, B&W Opava17.3 
 6. Reese, Usti n.16.8 
 7. Meno, USK Praha16.7 
 8. Fields, Chomutov16.5 
 9. Dufault, BK Prost.15.7 
 10. Bosak, Chomutov15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Chomutov
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Fields, Chomutov10.1 
 2. Meno, USK Praha9.5 
 3. Tomanec, J.Hradec9.5 
 4. Muirhead, BK Pardu.8.0 
 5. Nuhanovic, Levice7.6 
 6. Wilson, NH Ostrava7.3 
 7. Mroz, Svitavy7.0 
 8. Simmons, Levice7.0 
 9. Field, BC Kolin6.9 
 10. Bolds, BC Kolin6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jakub SIRINA
  B&W Opava
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Sirina, B&W Opava5.6 
 2. Ames, NH Ostrava5.6 
 3. Deloach, Svitavy4.7 
 4. Kemp, Levice4.1 
 5. Glover, Chomutov4.1 
 6. Pope, BK Decin4.0 
 7. Pavkovic, CEZ N.4.0 
 8. Sotnar, USK Praha3.8 
 9. Ciz, NH Ostrava3.7 
 10. Sanders, BK Decin3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Chomutov
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Glover, Chomutov2.9 
 2. Sirina, B&W Opava2.3 
 3. Ames, NH Ostrava2.2 
 4. Bolds, BC Kolin2.2 
 5. Nolen, Usti n.2.1 
 6. Deloach, Svitavy1.9 
 7. Reese, Usti n.1.8 
 8. Pope, BK Decin1.7 
 9. Sanders, BK Decin1.6 
 10. Taylor, CEZ N.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (209-C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.7 
 2. Nuhanovic, Levice1.6 
 3. Simmons, Levice1.1 
 4. Miklosik, B&W O.1.1 
 5. Fields, Chomutov1.0 
 6. Slavik, USK Praha1.0 
 7. Kohout, BK Prost.0.9 
 8. Meno, USK Praha0.9 
 9. Nelson, BK Pardu.0.8 
 10. Kramny, J.Hradec0.7 


Standings - D2

1Liga Standings
 1. Sparta Praha 17-2 
 2. Sokol H.K. 16-2 
 3. Loko Plzen 10-9 
 4. JBC Brno 9-9 
 5. Proton Zlin 9-9 
 6. Liberec 9-9 
 7. Litomerice 8-9 
 8. Sokol P. 8-10 
 9. Ostrava 8-11 
 10. Nymburk B 8-11 
 11. Kara Trutnov 7-11 
 12. U19 2-6 
 13. Sokol V. 2-15 

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 1: Sokol P. - Sokol H.K. 74-81
Feb. 1: Loko Plzen - Sparta Praha 73-90
Feb. 1: Nymburk B - Ostrava 72-60
Feb. 3: Sokol V. - Liberec
Feb. 3: JBC Brno - Litomerice
Feb. 3: Kara Trutnov - Proton Zlin


Interview with BK JIP Pardubice Guard Evaldas Zabas - by Surujh Roopnarine

At just 24 years of age BK JIP Pardubice guard Evaldas Zabas (188-PG-88) is the youngest player in the Mattoni NBL's top-five scoring leaders. Currently averaging over 17 points a game, the Lithuanian native leads his third-place Pardubice club in scoring, steals, free-throw percentage and is tied in assists all while shooting an impressive 58% from the field. In his first season in the Czech Republic the 6-2 Zabas has exceeded fans expectations and helped the club maintain its top-of-the-standings reputation, even with the budget related departures of mainstays Marcus Arnold and Maurice Hampton last season.
Despite his age, Zabas arrived in the Czech Republic with an impressive resume, including leading the Swedish Basketligan in scoring in 2011-12 as well as incredibly productive stops in the United Kingdom and Germany.
A former member of the Lithuanian U20 National Team back in 2008, Zabas spent some time to talk with Eurobasket.com about his experiences and success so far with Pardubice.

Q. With the basic stage coming to a close would you say you are satisfied with your and team's performance so far?

A. Yes we are definitely satisfied with what we accomplished so far this season, but I believe that the strongest and the hardest competition is yet to come. Now weve played each team a couple of times and there are no secrets. Everyone knows what plays you are going to run and what your game plan is going to be. So while we are satisfied with our performance thus far, we know that there is a lot of work left to be done.

Q. What factors led you to decide to sign with Pardubice in the off-season?

A. I have always heard good things about Czech basketball so when the opportunity came up I didn't think twice. I think its a great league, with great competition and a lot of high quality players. Also, Pardubice was a Euro Challenge team last year so when they offered me a spot I knew that this organization was serious about winning and they know how to treat their players well.

Q. What did you know about the club and the Czech Republic prior to arriving?

A. I didn't know too much. Like I said, I knew they played in Euro Challenge last year and that they were always near the top of the table in the standings.

Q. What has been your biggest adjustment to life here both on and off the court?

A. I would say communicating with players on and of the court has been the hardest things to get through here and I believe that is part of the reason why we struggled at the beginning of the season. With language barriers it takes longer than usual for a team to gel but everyone has worked really hard to come together and to understand each other. Now we are all on the same page, and it shows!

Q. Your teammate Corey Muirhead (197-F-83, college: W.Carolina) is having one of the best all-around seasons in the entire league, what has it been like playing together with him? In your opinion why has his game developed so much this season?

A. Corey is a great guy and an amazing player. Its been great playing with him and learning from him. His experience really shows in practice and games. His game has developed so much this year because he works so hard for this team. I can tell each and every day how much he cares about winning. No one likes losing but Corey is really one of those guys that would do anything to win - no matter what it takes. He can do everything - defend, rebound, score or whatever else the coach asks of him.

Q. Your scoring prowess has translated to every league you have played in, whether in the UK, Sweden or here. Would you like to share your secrets?

A. It's no secret. Hard work pays off and you get out what you put in. Basketball is a game that can't be perfected but as long as I'm getting better every year, thats all that matters to me. Also, it starts with my love for the game. Without that, I could never put in the work that I do.

Q. When you are off the court, what are some of your hobbies and pastimes?

A. Well its not quite a hobby, but I do like my sleep. Other than that, I love movies, music, video games, and Im always studying the game and figuring out ways to get better. In the Summer, my hobby is getting better at the Athlete Institute at ACTS in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada. Its where I work on my craft with other pro players.

Q. The A1 group stage will of course pit the top teams in the league against each other. What will you and the team need to do in order to secure a top finish?

A. Just keep working hard and playing like weve been playing. At this point, it is about who wants it more. Also, it will be very important for us to keep trusting each other and playing like a team.

Q. What is your status for next season? Will you continue with Pardubice or look to further your career in another country?

A. I can't tell you anything about next season yet. I dont really think that far ahead because the second you start doing that it takes away from what my mission is right now. I will just keep on working hard and let my agent do his job.



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  DENMARK   

Standings - Basketligaen

Ligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 20-2 
 2. Bakken 17-5 
 3. Horsens IC 17-6 
 4. SISU 13-9 
 5. Naestved 11-11 
 6. Randers 10-12 
 7. Horsholm 8-13 
 8. Vaerlose 7-15 
 9. Aarhus BC 5-17 
 10. Aalborg 1-19 

Regular Season: Round 25

Jan. 31: Bakken - Horsens IC 98-79
Jan. 30: Vaerlose - Randers 97-76
Jan. 31: SISU - Aarhus BC 89-81
Jan. 30: Horsholm - Naestved 84-83
Jan. 30: Aalborg - Svendborg 71-82

Regular Season: Round 26

Feb. 5: SISU - Bakken
Feb. 6: Naestved - Randers
Feb. 6: Svendborg - Aarhus BC
Feb. 7: Aalborg - Vaerlose


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Colas, Randers24.7 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.24.2 
 3. Jukic, Horsens IC21.1 
 4. Willen, Aalborg20.2 
 5. Bowlin, Horsens IC20.2 
 6. Ocana, Randers19.2 
 7. Darboe, Svendborg19.0 
 8. Walker, Naestved19.0 
 9. Nielsen, Randers18.9 
 10. Delk, Vaerlose18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Colas, Randers14.8 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.9.8 
 3. Jukic, Horsens IC9.4 
 4. Dezouvre, Aarhus9.2 
 5. Washington, Svend.8.2 
 6. Baker, Vaerlose7.9 
 7. Walker, Naestved7.8 
 8. Moritz, SISU7.7 
 9. Willen, Aalborg7.7 
 10. Iversen, Bakken7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Miguel ORTEGA
  Randers
  (188-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Ortega, Randers7.1 
 2. Bowlin, Horsens IC6.9 
 3. Darboe, Svendborg5.8 
 4. Nielsen, SISU5.3 
 5. Murphy, Naestved4.7 
 6. Plannthin, Svend.4.6 
 7. Nielsen, Randers4.6 
 8. Tomko, Bakken4.5 
 9. Jonsson, Aarhus BC4.0 
 10. Jakobsen, Bakken3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC3.2 
 2. Tomko, Bakken2.4 
 3. Nielsen, SISU2.3 
 4. Delk, Vaerlose2.2 
 5. Ortega, Randers2.1 
 6. Darboe, Svendborg2.0 
 7. Jukic, Horsens IC1.9 
 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, Randers2.4 
 3. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.7 
 4. Jukic, Horsens IC1.3 
 5. Christoffers., Bak.1.3 
 6. Jukic, Horsholm1.1 
 7. Delk, Vaerlose1.0 
 8. Jensen, Vaerlose0.9 
 9. Smith, SISU0.9 
 10. Thomann, Horse.0.8 


Standings - 1st Division

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

Regular Season: Round 16

Feb. 1: Aarhus BF - Virum 81-77
Feb. 2: Amager BK - ALBA
Feb. 2: Stevnsgade - Jonstrup
Feb. 2: Falcon - BMS Skovlunde
Feb. 2: Lemvig - Koge BK
Feb. 3: Haderslev - Glostrup


Ligaen Round 25: Horsholm beats Naestved by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

The most exciting game of round 25 in the Ligaen took place in Horsholm. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Naestved (11-11) to seventh ranked Horsholm (8-13) 84-83 on Wednesday evening. Naestved trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 29-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 83-84 at the end of the game. Horsholm made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Horsholm outrebounded Naestved 40-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Naestved helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Robert Fields (185-88, college: Catawba) who helped to win the game recording 19 points. Serbian center Bojan Marinkovic (209-84) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Horsholm's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Caleb Walker (193-89, college: Nebraska) answered with 20 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) for Naestved. Horsholm have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain seventh place with 8-13 record. Naestved at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Horsholm will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Naestved will play at home against Randers (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Bakken (17-5) which hosted in Aarhus their biggest opponent Horsens IC (17-6). Third ranked Bakken had an easy win 98-79. It was a key game for the second position in the league. American guard Charles Parker (193-85, college: Millersville) stepped up and scored 16 points and 7 assists for the winners and Chris Christoffersen chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Skyler Bowlin (190-89, college: Missouri So.) responded with 15 points and 9 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Horsens IC at the other side dropped to the third position with six games lost. Bakken will play against SISU (#4) in Copenhagen in the next round. Horsens IC will have a break next round.
Ligaen top team - Svendborg (20-2) managed to deliver another win on Wednesday. This time they beat tenth ranked Aalborg (1-19) 82-71. Donald Rutherford nailed 39 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds (on 18-of-20 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Svendborg's coach Craig Pedersen allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Anthony Jones came up with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Aalborg in the defeat. Svendborg have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 20-2 record. Aalborg lost tenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 19 lost games. Svendborg will meet at home Aarhus BC (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aalborg will play against Vaerlose and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Vaerlose supposed to be also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Randers (10-12) played at the court of eighth ranked Vaerlose (7-15). Vaerlose smashed Randers 97-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Randers. Axel Karason fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Vaerlose's coach Thomas Silfen felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Vaerlose maintains eighth place with 7-15 record. Newly promoted Randers keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Vaerlose's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Aalborg (#10) on the road.

In the last game of round 25 Aarhus BC were beaten by SISU on the road 89-81.


Horsholm - Naestved 84-83

The most exciting game of round 25 in the Ligaen took place in Horsholm. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Naestved (11-11) to seventh ranked Horsholm (8-13) 84-83 on Wednesday evening. Naestved trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 29-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 83-84 at the end of the game. Horsholm made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Horsholm outrebounded Naestved 40-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Naestved helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Robert Fields (185-88, college: Catawba) who helped to win the game recording 19 points. Serbian center Bojan Marinkovic (209-84) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Fields is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Horsholm's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Caleb Walker (193-89, college: Nebraska) answered with 20 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) and Lithuanian forward Nerijus Brasas (200-85) added 21 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) in the effort for Naestved. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Horsholm have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain seventh place with 8-13 record. Naestved at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Horsholm will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Naestved will play at home against Randers (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Horsholm: R.Fields 19+3reb+1ast, B.Marinkovic 16+3reb+2ast, A.Kovacs 15+4reb, B.Butler 13+4reb+3ast, Z.Jukic 6+8reb+3ast, A.Bak 6+10reb+4ast
Naestved: N.Brasas 21+2reb, C.Walker 20+5reb, Q.Doggett 12+9reb, J.Benjamin 10+4reb, A.Murphy 8+2reb+3ast, J.McFarlane 8+2ast
gschID: 195325


Bakken - Horsens IC 98-79

An interesting game for Bakken (17-5) which hosted in Aarhus their biggest opponent Horsens IC (17-6). Third ranked Bakken had an easy win 98-79. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Bakken. Horsens IC was better in third quarter 24-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bakken dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Horsens IC's 48. They outrebounded Horsens IC 37-26 including 25 on the defensive glass. Bakken players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American guard Charles Parker (193-85, college: Millersville) stepped up and scored 16 points and 7 assists for the winners and the former international center Chris Christoffersen (218-79, college: Oregon) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Skyler Bowlin (190-89, college: Missouri So.) responded with 15 points and 9 assists and the former international guard Darko Jukic (198-90) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Horsens IC at the other side dropped to the third position with six games lost. Bakken will play against SISU (#4) in Copenhagen in the next round. Horsens IC will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Bakken: C.Parker 16+4reb+7ast, C.Christoffersen 16+8reb+1ast, M.Sahlertz 13+1reb+2ast, M.Waithe 12+5reb, H.Falsvig 10+2reb+1ast, N.Iversen 8+11reb+3ast
Horsens IC: D.Jukic 17+6reb+1ast, S.Bowlin 15+2reb+9ast, K.Thomann 15+9reb, F.Rungby 10+2reb+2ast, D.Friedrich 8+2reb, L.Varga 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 195328


SISU - Aarhus BC 89-81

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked SISU (13-9) beat 9th ranked Aarhus BC (5-17) in Copenhagen 89-81. Aarhus BC was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Aarhus BC 39-27 including 25 on the defensive glass. SISU players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. American swingman Mickey Dennis (190-78, college: JMU) fired 25 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. The former international point guard Mikael Nielsen (178-90) chipped in 27 points and 8 assists. American forward Charles Funches (203-88, college: Hampton) produced 24 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import swingman Randy Dezouvre (195-87, college: Iona) added 19 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Aarhus BC players scored in double figures. SISU maintains fourth place with 13-9 record. Aarhus BC lost their tenth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 17 games lost. SISU's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Bakken in Aarhus and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aarhus BC will play on the road against the league's leader Svendborg (#1).
Top scorers:
SISU: M.Nielsen 27+3reb+8ast, M.Dennis 25+8reb+8ast, Z.Moritz 15+11reb+2ast, D.Smith 8+5reb+2ast, D.Harder 8+8reb+2ast, R.Garlauskas 4+1reb
Aarhus BC: C.Funches 24+5reb+2ast, R.Dezouvre 19+10reb+1ast, R.Laier 10+3reb+2ast, J.Wang 10+2reb+2ast, R.Soby Dalboge 9+2reb+2ast, A.Elsner 7+5reb+7ast
gschID: 195327


Vaerlose - Randers 97-76

The game in Vaerlose supposed to be also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Randers (10-12) played at the court of eighth ranked Vaerlose (7-15). Vaerlose smashed Randers 97-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Randers. The game was mostly controlled by Vaerlose. Randers was better in fourth quarter 26-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Vaerlose outrebounded Randers 48-26 including a 34-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Icelandic Axel Karason (194-83) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Guard Peter Moller (190-94) chipped in 25 points and 4 assists. Five Vaerlose players scored in double figures. Vaerlose's coach Thomas Silfen felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Christian Nielsen (201-86, college: Wagner) produced 28 points and 5 assists and forward Casper Jorgensen (201-92) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Vaerlose maintains eighth place with 7-15 record. Newly promoted Randers keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Vaerlose's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Aalborg (#10) on the road.
Top scorers:
Vaerlose: P.Moller 25+4reb+4ast, A.Karason 18+16reb+2ast, J.Baker 16+8reb+2ast, R.Delk 12+2reb+2ast, R.Norgaard 10+9reb, J.Jensen 8+4reb
Randers: C.Nielsen 28+3reb+5ast, C.Jorgensen 15+4reb, P.Nielsen 11+5reb+1ast, M.Ortega 7+4reb+2ast, N.Nielsen 6+1reb, D.Ocana 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 195326


Aalborg - Svendborg 71-82

Ligaen top team - Svendborg (20-2) managed to deliver another win on Wednesday. This time they beat tenth ranked Aalborg (1-19) 82-71. The game without a history. Svendborg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American power forward Donald Rutherford (199-87, college: Catawba) nailed 39 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds (on 18-of-20 shooting from the field) for the winning side and the former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86) accounted for 22 points and 6 assists. Svendborg's coach Craig Pedersen allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Anthony Jones (208-89, college: Baylor) came up with 18 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian center Milan Bjegovic (211-81) added 11 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for Aalborg in the defeat. Four Aalborg players scored in double figures. Svendborg have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 20-2 record. Aalborg lost tenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 19 lost games. Svendborg will meet at home Aarhus BC (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aalborg will play against Vaerlose and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Svendborg: D.Rutherford 39+8reb+2ast, A.Darboe 22+3reb+6ast, M.Plannthin 6+6reb+8ast, G.Washington 4+11reb+2ast, N.Degn-Andersen 3+2ast, K.Gertz 3+1ast
Aalborg: A.Jones 18+8reb+2ast, R.Lauridsen 12+2reb+2ast, M.Bjegovic 11+8reb+7ast, S.Sorensen 10+7reb+1ast, N.Andreasen 8+1reb, M.Rasmussen 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 195324



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 37

Feb. 1: Sioux Falls S. - Reno B. 117-114
Feb. 1: Bakersfield J. - Austin T. 115-109
Feb. 1: Idaho S. - Los Angeles D. 114-88
Feb. 1: Tulsa 66ers - Erie Bay H. 105-98
Feb. 1: Iowa E. - Springfield A. 105-89
Feb. 1: Texas L. - Santa Cruz W. 102-112

Regular Season: Round 38

Feb. 2: Texas L. - Erie Bay H.
Feb. 2: Maine RC - Rio Grande VV
Feb. 2: Canton C. - Ft.Wayne MA
Feb. 2: Tulsa 66ers - Santa Cruz W.
Feb. 2: Sioux Falls S. - Reno B.
Feb. 2: Iowa E. - Springfield A.
Feb. 2: Idaho S. - Los Angeles D.
Feb. 2: Bakersfield J. - Austin T.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Luke HARANGODY
  Ft.Wayne.
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.21.4 
 2. Lamb, Tulsa 66ers21.1 
 3. Johnson-Odom, Los21.0 
 4. Mack, Maine RC20.5 
 5. Goudelock, Sioux F.20.3 
 6. Joseph, Austin T.19.7 
 7. Almond, Iowa E.19.5 
 8. Summers, Maine RC19.5 
 9. Kennedy, Erie B.18.8 
 10. Downs, Maine RC18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luke HARANGODY
  Ft.Wayne.
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.13.4 
 2. Mays, Springfield10.7 
 3. Onuaku, Canton C.10.5 
 4. Butch, Bakersfi.10.5 
 5. Jackson, Austin T.10.2 
 6. Harris, Iowa E.9.6 
 7. Evans, Idaho S.9.4 
 8. Wilkerson, Austin9.1 
 9. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.8.9 
 10. Kennedy, Erie B.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Reno B.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Russell, Reno B.8.3 
 2. Mack, Maine RC8.0 
 3. Wright, Iowa E.7.3 
 4. Singletary, Texas6.6 
 5. Fortson, Los A.6.3 
 6. Karl, Idaho S.5.8 
 7. Uzoh, Springfield5.6 
 8. Kennedy, Erie B.5.3 
 9. Johnson-Odom, Los5.2 
 10. McNeal, Bakersfi.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jamario MOON
  Los A.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Moon, Los A.2.3 
 2. Downs, Maine RC2.1 
 3. Wright, Maine RC2.0 
 4. McNeal, Bakersfi.2.0 
 5. Gutierrez, Canton1.9 
 6. Hannah, Santa C.1.9 
 7. Greene, Los A.1.9 
 8. Sutton, Tulsa 66e.1.9 
 9. Johnson, Rio G.1.8 
 10. Fortson, Los A.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Fabricio MELO
  Maine RC
  (212-C-90)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Melo, Maine RC3.6 
 2. Jordan, Reno B.3.1 
 3. Eyenga, Texas L.2.5 
 4. Gladness, Santa C.2.4 
 5. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 6. Moon, Los A.2.1 
 7. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.1 
 8. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 9. Foster, Sioux F.1.9 
 10. Eric, Canton C.1.8 


D-League round 36 best performance: Luke Harangody - by Eurobasket News

Forward Luke Harangody (201-F-88, agency: Priority Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for Ft.Wayne MA, receiving a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 36.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Maine RC (#1, 17-11) 115-109. Ft.Wayne MA maintains the 6th position in D-League. Ft.Wayne MA 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 13-14 record. Harangody turned to be Ft.Wayne MA's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Notre Dame star has very solid stats this year. Harangody is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.4ppg and leads league in rebounds with 13.4rpg. Harangody

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Zachary Andrews (203-F/C-85) of Los Angeles D.. Andrews had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Los Angeles D. cruised to a 107-99 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Bakersfield J. (#1, 17-9). Los Angeles D.'s 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-15 record. Andrews is one of the most experienced players at Los Angeles D. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Josh Selby (187-PG-91) of league's second-best Canton C.. Selby showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Selby's great performance Canton C. lost 95-103 to the lower-ranked Erie Bay H. (#5, 14-11). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Canton C. needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 17 victories and 11 lost games. Selby has a very solid season. In 3 games in D-L he scored 18.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Henry Sims (208-C-90) of Erie Bay H. - 19 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Dominique Sutton (195-F-86) of Tulsa 66ers - 19 points and 13 rebounds
6. Kevin Jones (203-F-89) of Canton C. - 18 points and 14 rebounds
7. Anthony Harris (188-G-85) of Ft.Wayne MA - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 17 assists
8. Dennis Horner (206-F-88) of Springfield A. - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Andre Barrett (175-PG-82) of Maine RC - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 15 assists
10. Omar Reed (200-F/G-87) of Maine RC - 16 points and 11 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)



Review of six games on Friday - by Eurobasket News

Bakersfield J. - Austin T. 115-109
Center Brian Butch (6'11''-C/F-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) had team highs of 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Bakersfield Jam to a 115-109 victory over the Austin Toros at the Dignity Health Event Center. Damion James (6'7''-F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas) scored 23 points on 10-of-19 shooting, and Jeremy McNeal added 21 points and 10 assists for the Jam (18-9). Bakersfield rallied from a 61-54 halftime deficit. The Jam committed only seven turnovers. The teams square off again tonight. Courtesy of: bakersfieldcalifornian.com

Idaho S. - Los Angeles D. 114-88
Scoring 10 or more points for the Idaho Stampede helps the NBA Development League team. Adding 10 or more rebounds is twice as nice. That's why coach Mike Peck appreciates Sean Evans (6'8''-F-88, college: St.John's) so much: He's a double-double machine. Evans notched his 11th double-double of the season Friday night against the Los Angeles D-Fenders. Evans, who is tied for second in the league in double-doubles, had 11 points and 10 rebounds in a little more than 20 minutes as Idaho (8-17) won 114-88 at CenturyLink Arena. Evans' numbers are even more impressive when you consider that he's playing out of position. Listed at 6-foot-8, 250 pounds, he'd fit in perfectly as a power forward on most teams. Idaho, however, has played him at center because it has lacked a true big man for most of the season. 'I have to guard bigger guys sometimes, and I have no problem with that,' Evans said. 'I've been doing that my entire career. I have the ability to guard different positions, so I use that to my advantage. And then on offense, I do the same thing. If they're bigger than me, I take them outside.' Every player in the D-League is hoping to make an impression on NBA scouts, and playing out of position could be seen as a detriment. 'I would say it's a gift and a curse,' said Evans, who played four years at St. John's. 'It's showing NBA teams that I can guard bigger guys.' So, while Evans gives up at least a couple of inches to most other centers, Peck has watched Evans find ways to use that to his advantage. 'He's undersized, but playing at the five spot (center), that is helping him showcase what he can do against other fives that aren't as mobile as him,' Peck said. 'I think he's done a heck of a job for us. I think he's flourished and gotten better.' Evans flourished more than any other Stampede player this season Dec. 19 at Bakersfield, when he scored 34 points and corralled 22 rebounds. 'Pretty good, right?' Evans said with a smile. 'Oh, man, it was just one of those games where I was playing out of my mind. Every shot was going in, and rebounds, anything close to me I was catching it and it was sticking to my hands. 'After the game, I thought I was gone (to the NBA),' Evans said half-jokingly. 'I was thinking, I hope I get that call tomorrow.' ' But Evans knows more work needs to be done - and more rebounds need to be pulled down. 'If I can do anything every night, it's going to be rebounding,' Evans said. 'If you look at the NBA, some of the best rebounders are 6-8, 6-9 guys.' 'Charles Barkley comes to mind,' said assistant coach Scott Williams, a longtime NBA big man who has worked extensively with Evans this season. ' (Evans) got after the glass tonight, and he has been all season. With his motor, if he was just 2 inches taller, he'd be up in the league right now. But we'll get him there. We'll get him on to bigger and better things.' That's exactly what drives Evans, day in and day out. 'I know I can play there, so I've just got to stick with it until I get there,' Evans said. Courtesy of: idahostatesman.com

Texas L. - Santa Cruz W. 102-112
The Santa Cruz Warriors defeated the Texas Legends 112-102 Friday night in a game where six Warriors players scored in double-digits and two recorded season-highs. The Santa Cruz Warriors were led by Travis Leslie (6'4''-G-90, college: Georgia), who scored a season-high 31 points on 14-18 shooting off the bench, along with seven rebounds and a season-high six steals. Cameron Jones scored 17 points, while Darington Hobson grabbed a season-high 15 boards and dished out a season-high eight assists in his first start as a Warrior. Edwin Ubiles (6'6''-G/F-86, college: Siena) scored 15 points, Hilton Armstrong and Moe Baker each added 12, and Stefhon Hannah chipped in with 10. The Texas Legends were paced by Rashad McCants (6'4''-G/F-84, college: N.Carolina), who scored 25 points. Melvin Ely had a team-high 10 rebounds, while Jared Cunningham, on assignment from the Dallas Mavericks, scored 15. The contest was tied ten times. Texas came within one point with 2:42 left in the game, but the Warriors went on a 9-0 run to seal the victory. Santa Cruz won the rebound battle (42-30) and outshot their opponent (54.5%-49.4%). The Warriors held the edge on assists (31-21) and outscored the Legends by 30 in the paint. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Iowa E. - Springfield A. 105-89
A slow start gave the Springfield Armor a loss Wednesday night. Friday night, it was their poor finish that left them with a 105-89 setback to the Iowa Energy. Springfield (8-18) opened with a 15-6 run that included a 12-2 rebounding edge, but the Energy were simply tired of losing seven straight over the last three weeks, which also led to a coaching change. A 22-7 run in the fourth quarter gave them their first win of 2013. The Armor were just trying to rebound from a 107-100 loss at Tulsa, but that didn't work out, their early edge on the glass also going up in smoke as Iowa ended up outrebounding them 56-55. 'Springfield was relentless by crashing the boards tonight,' said Bruce Wilson, who was named coach of the Energy Thursday. 'They have some guys down there who are hungry on the glass, and they certainly showed that to start out.' Two Armor players - James Mays and Ben Uzoh - had 10 rebounds, but most came in the first half, Mays snatching seven and Uzoh six. It was certainly the first half the Armor wanted, but not the second they were expecting. Energy guard Othyus Jeffers took offense to some trash talking from a few Armor players, responding with a game-high 20 points. 'They kept calling me old,' Jeffers said. 'I'm not old yet; I can still play with these young guys.' Jeffers has battled knee problems, but after throwing down a flat-footed dunk in the third quarter, he knows where he belongs. 'If I'm healthy, I'll play,' he said. 'I don't need guys telling me I'm old.' Iowa shot 48 percent in the second half while Springfield managed just 28 percent after the break. The Armor also continued their D-League-worst free-throw shooting, converting just 9 of 15. Paul Carter made 5 of 7 to finish with 11 points. Springfield was similarly cold from long distance, making just 4 of 23 from beyond the 3-point arc. Willie Reed (6'9''-F-90, college: St.Louis) led the Armor with 18 points on 8-of-24 shooting, most of his points coming in the fourth quarter. Springfield shot just 36 percent (38 for 105) in the opener of this two-game visit to Iowa, which resumes at 8:05 p.m. Saturday. Courtesy of: masslive.com

Tulsa 66ers - Erie Bay H. 105-98
Andrew Rautins (6'4''-G-86, college: Syracuse) scored 22 points to lead a balanced attack and send the Tulsa 66ers to a 105-98 win over the Erie BayHawks Friday night in an NBA D-League matchup at SpiritBank Event Center. Rasual Butler (6'7''-F-79, college: La Salle) added 19 points and Chris Quinn (6'2''-PG-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) contributed 17 for the 66ers, who beat the BayHawks for the second time in a week. Henry Sims (6'10''-C-90, college: Georgetown) poured in 29 points and grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds to pace Erie, which played without leading scorer D.J. Kennedy. Kennedy, who was averaging nearly 19 points per game, sat out the game because of illness. Erie continues its road swing today against the Texas Legends at Frisco, Texas. The BayHawks, who fell to 14-12 with the loss, led 56-52 at halftime but the 66ers finished the third quarter with an 11-2 run to take an 82-73 lead going into the final quarter. Tulsa extended its lead to 91-77 with 7:42 to play in the game when the BayHawks used an 11-0 run to climb to within 91-88 with just under 4 minutes remaining. The game remained tight the rest of the way, with Erie pulling as close as three with 1:43 to play, but the 66ers held on. Cory Higgins added 22 points for Erie. Courtesy of: goerie.com

Sioux Falls S. - Reno B. 117-114
The Sioux Falls Skyforce defeated the Reno Bighorns 117-114 in overtime Friday night. Donald Sloan (6'3''-G-88, college: Texas A&M) recorded a triple-double with 22 points, 13 rebounds and 14 assists to help Sioux Falls win for the fifth time in six games. Sioux Falls (15-11) jumped out to a quick 12-3 lead but Reno battled back and led 33-24 after the first quarter. Reno (9-13) pushed the lead to as many as 16 points in the second quarter but Sioux Falls cut the deficit to 10 points (61-51) on a Mychel Thompson (6'7''-F-88, college: Pepperdine) 3-pointer in the final seconds of the first half. Reno scored the first two points of the second half before Sioux Falls went on a 12-0 spurt to tie the game at 63 apiece. A 3-point play by Mike Davis gave Sioux Falls an 85-78 lead but Walker Russell, Jr. scored four points in the final minute of the third quarter to make the score 85-82 heading into the final stanza. Demetris Nichols made a 3-pointer with 3:22 to go to give Sioux Falls a 107-101 lead but Reno scored six straight points to tie the game at 107-all with 2:39 remaining in regulation. Neither team scored again and the game went into overtime after Sloan missed an open 3-pointer at the buzzer. Sioux Falls outscored Reno 10-7 in the extra session to pick up its fourth straight home win. Sloan scored six of Sioux Falls' 10 points in overtime. Nichols scored a season-high 34 points including 5-of-6 3-pointers. Thompson scored 21 points while Davis recorded his third straight double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Dar Tucker (6'4''-SF-88, college: De Paul) scored a team-high 28 points and Samardo Samuels contributed 26 points and 16 rebounds. Marcus Landry (21 points, 11 rebounds) and Russell, Jr. (10 points, 14 assists) each recorded double-doubles. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Spurs assign Baynes to Toros - by Eurobasket News

The San Antonio Spurs have assigned center Aron Baynes (6'10''-C-86, college: Washington St.) to their D-League affiliate Austin Toros. Baynes played significant minutes in the Spurs' recent win over the Bobcats finishing with 7 points, 1 block and 9 rebounds in 17 minutes of action. However, seeing how he was added to the team mid-way through the season, without the benefit of a full training camp and preseason, any amount of time learning the Spurs' system is beneficial to his development. Similar to how the Spurs have been sending Nando De Colo back-and-forth to Austin in order to get time on the court and immerse himself in the Spurs' system. Moreover, after the Spurs' win over Charlotte, coach Gregg Popovich commented Baynes was winded and playing with the Toros tonight will help with his conditioning. Also, with Tim Duncan set to make his return to the court tomorrow versus Washington, it could be just a way to make roster space as well.
Courtesy of: projectspurs.com



Energy name Bruce Wilson Head Coach - by Serafim Karaiskakis

The Iowa Energy have named Bruce Wilson head coach for the remainder of the season. Wilson was named interim head coach on January 21st after former head coach Kevin Youngs departure.

Im very thankful for the opportunity the Energy franchise has provided me, said Wilson. I have been a part of some great teams, including our championship season here in Iowa, and Im looking forward to getting back to the winning tradition that this organization is so well known for.

Prior to his stint as an assistant coach with the Energy, Wilson spent 25 years as head coach of Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. He was also an assistant at Gonzaga University where he coached NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton.

Bruce has done a nice job with the transition, and he has earned this opportunity. In a short period of time, he has put his imprint on this team and the players are responding in a very positive manner, said Energy General Manager Chris Makris.

source: http://www.nba.com/dleague/iowa/



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  ESTONIA   

Standings - KML

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

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 29: Kalev/Cramo - Tln Kalev 95-62
Feb. 1: Tarvas - Parnu 90-96
Feb. 1: Valga - Kalev/Cramo 48-70
Feb. 2: Hito/Johvi - Rapla


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris LAKSA
  Tarvas
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. Laksa, Tarvas16.9 
 2. Raley-Ross, Tarvas16.5 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas16.3 
 4. Matulionis, Parnu16.3 
 5. Peciukeviciu., Par.15.7 
 6. Akenparg, TTU15.6 
 7. Okoye, Tln Kalev14.9 
 8. Campbell, Tln Kalev14.5 
 9. Lindmets, Tarvas14.4 
 10. Pilk, Rapla13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Raadik, Parnu11.5 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev10.2 
 3. Lindmets, Tarvas9.0 
 4. Trumm, Hito/Johvi8.3 
 5. Arnold, TTU7.4 
 6. Grafs, Valga6.8 
 7. Ringmets, Rapla6.8 
 8. Keedus, TTU6.4 
 9. Raley-Ross, Tarvas6.3 
 10. Cunda, Valga6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.7 
 2. Keedus, TTU5.1 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas5.0 
 4. Cunda, Valga3.9 
 5. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.7 
 6. Laane, Rapla3.7 
 7. Campbell, Tln Kalev3.5 
 8. Raley-Ross, Tarvas2.8 
 9. Pilk, Rapla2.4 
 10. Raap, Parnu2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Laane, Rapla2.5 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas2.4 
 3. Akenparg, TTU1.9 
 4. Campbell, Tln Kalev1.8 
 5. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.7 
 6. Saage, TU/Rock1.7 
 7. Okoye, Tln Kalev1.6 
 8. Keedus, TTU1.6 
 9. Saare, Hito/Johvi1.5 
 10. Raley-Ross, Tarv.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew ARNOLD
  TTU
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Arnold, TTU1.2 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev0.8 
 3. Saarmets, TTU0.7 
 4. Grim, Valga0.7 
 5. Matulionis, Parnu0.7 
 6. Saks, Tarvas0.6 
 7. Tambre, Hito/Johvi0.5 
 8. Raadik, Parnu0.5 
 9. Grafs, Valga0.4 
 10. Lindmets, Tarvas0.4 



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  EUROLEAGUE   

Standings

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

Top 16: Round 6

E

Jan. 31: Zalgiris - ALBA 92-56
Jan. 31: Real Madrid - CSKA 86-78 OT
Feb. 1: Panathinaikos - Brose Bask. 76-73
Feb. 1: Unicaja - Anadolu Efes 73-78

F

Jan. 31: FCB Regal - Montepaschi 85-66
Jan. 31: Olympiacos - Fener.Ulker 82-71
Feb. 1: Caja Laboral - Khimky 71-83
Jan. 31: Besiktas - Maccabi T-A 55-77

Top 16: Round 7

E

Feb. 14: ALBA - Unicaja
Feb. 14: CSKA - Panathinaikos
Feb. 14: Brose Bask. - Zalgiris
Feb. 14: Anadolu Efes - Real Madrid

F

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


Stats Leaders

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


Top 16 Round 6 Results and Stats - by Eurobasket News

Group E
Real Madrid - CSKA 86-78 OT
Real Madrid earned the sixth straight win in EuroLeague Top 16. They held off CSKA in overtime drama in Madrid to remain on top of Group E at a perfect 6-0 record. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) fired 31 points nailing 6/8 three-pointers to lead all scorers. It was a tough battle from start to finish. CSKA enjoyed a 15:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Real stiffened defensively in the second term. The hosts held CSKA to 12 points in the period and surged ahead for a 33:27 halftime lead. CSKA opened the second half with five points in a row to narrow the deficit. Soon Kaun tied things up at 34. Zoran Zoran Erceg (210-PF-85) capped the period with two free throws as the Moscow team eked out a 44:43 lead at the third break. The lead changed hands for numerous times throughout the fourth quarter. Nikola Mirotic gave Real a 65:62 lead with 93 seconds left in regulation. Sonny Weems answered with four points in a row as CSKA surged ahead 66:65. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) sank a free throw to level things up at 66. Jaycee Carroll and Milos Teodosic exchanged misses from beyond the arc as the teams headed into overtime. Rudy Fernandez opened the extra period with a triple to set the tone. However CSKA quickly erased the deficit as Milos Milos Teodosic knotted things up at 71. Khryapa put the visitors ahead 74:73 with under three minutes to go. Jaycee Carroll immediately answered with a treble to make it 76:74. Kaun put CSKA on level terms at 76 but Rudy Fernandez nailed a free throw for a 77:76 Real lead. Sergio Llull added two free throws to make it 79:76 with 26 seconds remaining. Zoran Erceg missed a crucial three-pointer for CSKA and Jaycee Carroll followed with 7 consecutive points to seal the victory for the hosts. Rudy Fernandez came up with 20 points and 13 boards, while Nikola Mirotic and Sergio Llull had 10 points each for the winners. Zoran Erceg and Milos Teodosic answered with 13 points each for CSKA.

Panathinaikos - Brose Bask. 76-73
Panathinaikos left it late but eventually eked out a narrow home win over Brose Baskets tonight. The win helped the Athens team improve at 4-2 record in Group E. Brose Baskets remained winless at 0-6. Michael Bramos (197-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH) accounted for 16 points to lead the home side. The teams stayed on level terms throughout the starting quarter. The scoreboard read 19:19 after ten minutes. Panathinakos managed to pull ahead in the second frame. The hosts ensured a narrow 36:33 halftime lead. Marcus Banks and Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) gave the hosts a 5-point advantage midway through the third term. Later the Athens team gained a 9-point lead but Bamberg stayed in the game. Sharrod Ford capped the period with a dunk to put Brose Baskets within two 49:51. Gipson and Zirbes gave Brose Baskets a 59:57 advantage midway through the fourth period. Michael Bramos, Marcus Banks and Diamantidis put the home team back in charge. Panathinaikos accounted for a 69:63 lead with 83 seconds remaining in regulation. Goldsberry drained a triple to keep Bamberg hopeful. Sharrod Ford put the visitors within three 70:73 with 11 seconds to go. Marcus Banks nailed just one free throw, while Gipson dropped another long bomb as Brose Baskets got within one 73:74. But Maciulis went deadly from the stripe to make it 76:73. Gipson got fouled and missed both his attempts as Panathinaikos secured a tough home win. Stephane Lasme had 15 points, while Marcus Banks added 13 points for the winning side. Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) responded with 16 points for Brose Baskets. Sharrod Ford added 15 points and 14 boards in the loss.

Unicaja - Anadolu Efes 73-78
Anadolu Efes led throughout the bigger part of the game to clinch a road win in Malaga tonight. The victory propelled the Turkish team at 5-1 record in the second place in Group E. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) nailed 15 points and issued 5 assists to lead the visitors. Unicaja could not carry the momentum after a terrific in Moscow into this one. Anadolu Efes started strong and rallied to a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew at 10-point mark in the second frame. Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) capped the half with a layup to make it 38:28 for the visitors. The gap grew at 16-point mark midway through the third term. Unicaja answered with an 11:1 run to narrow the margin at 6-point mark. The hosts got even closer as they trailed by a single point heading into the fourth period 54:55. Earl Calloway put the hosts in front 56:55 at the start of the final period. The lead changed hands for several times before Jordan Farmar nailed crucial four points in a row to give the visitors a 74:69 lead with 49 seconds remaining. Luka Zoric (211-C-84) answered with two free throws to narrow the gap. Shipp turned the ball over but Txemi Urtasun answered with a turnover at the end other end and Vujacic punished Unicaja with a dunk. Kerem Gonlum followed with two free throws and Anadolu Efes got away with a comfortable win at the end. Kerem Gonlum provided 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Semih Erden added 11 points for the winners. Luka Zoric answered with 20 points for Unicaja. Earl Calloway and Marcus Williams netted 15 points each in the loss.

Zalgiris - ALBA 92-56
Zalgiris stun ALBA in Top 16 Round 6 opener. The Lithuanian team recovered from last losses and won 92:56. Zalgiris opened the game with 26-21 and continued their dominance later in the game. The hosts added 18-16 rally in the second frame for 7-point lead at the halftime. The third period was a nightmare for the German side that lost the frame 9-26. Zalgiris managed to added 22-10 in the last stanza for an easy success. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Darden Tremmell nailed 17. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) delivered 14, while Delas Mario and Lavrinovic Ksistof had 8 each. Yassin Idbihi (209-C-83, college: Buffalo) answered with 12 points in the losing case and Byars Derrick netted 10. Thompson Deon and Foster Je'Kel finished the game with 8 points each in a loss.

Group F
FCB Regal - Montepaschi 85-66
Barcelona Regal pummels Montepaschi Siena in Spain for 5-1 record. The Spanish team handed the Italian side their first 85:66 loss and tied both records at 5-1. Barcelona Regal started with 20-13 and never looked behind in the game. They added massive 28-16 in the second frame and enjoyed a 48:29 halftime advantage. Moreover the hosts posted a 20-18 rally in the third quarter and reached 68:47 after three quarters. Montepaschi Siena managed to win the last period 19-17 and reduced to final 19 points. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) paced all the winners with 20 points and Xavier Rabaseda (198-G/F-89) notched 16. Nathan Jawai delivered 11, while Marcelinho Huertas had 10. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) replied with 19 points in the losing effort and Daniel Hackett scored 14. Benjamin Eze notched 12, whilst Aleksandar Rasic brought 6.

Olympiacos - Fener.Ulker 82-71
Olympiacos Piraeus outgun Fenerbahce Ulker 82:71 in EuroLeague Top 16 Round 6. The Greek side improved to 3-3 record and sent the Turkish team to 1-5 record. Fenerbahce Ulker had nothing to lose in this game and started with 24-23 lead. The Turkish team tried hard to win also the first half, but failed in the second quarter. Olympiacos Piraeus needed 20-13 in it for 43:37 halftime advantage. Moreover the Greek titan won the third period 25-12 and enjoyed the bigger lead after three quarters. Although Fenerbahce Ulker won the last stanza 22-14 they could only reduce to 11 final points. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) had 13. Acie Law added 12, while Kyle Hines delivered 10. Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans) and Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) answered with 20 points each, while David Andersen had 18. Uros Tripkovic followed them with 5 points in a loss.

Caja Laboral - Khimky 71-83
Khimky completed a successful trip to Vitoria tonight. They edged Caja Laboral for the fourth win in EuroLeague Top 16 Group F. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) nailed 20 points to pace the visitors. Caja Laboral in the meantime suffered the second straight home loss at the tournament and fell at 4-2 record in the standings. Caja Laboral led throughout the main part of the opening quarter. But Khimky pulled closer late in the period and Kopenen finally made it 19:18 heading into the second quarter. Caja Laboral quickly regained the lead in the second frame. The hosts went on an 11:2 run to take a 29:21 lead. Caja Laboral stayed in front though Khimky were able to narrow the gap at 2-point mark at halftime 43:45. K.C. Rivers quickly gave the Russian team a lead at the start of the second half. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the quarter however Khimky were able to pull out a 62:56 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Paul Davis, Monya and K.C. Rivers made it 70:58 for the visitors early in the final frame. Bjelica and Fabien Causeur (193-SG-87) put Caja Laboral within five points from the visitors 69:74 with just 90 seconds remaining. But Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) scored five points in the dying moments to win the game for Khimky. K.C. Rivers accounted for 16 points, while Zoran Planinic added 13 points for the winning team. Fabien Causeur responded with 15 points for Caja Laboral. Maciej Lampe had 13 points in defeat.

Besiktas - Maccabi T-A 55-77
Maccabi T-A keep Besiktas winless in Euroleague Top 16 Group F. The Israeli team won 77:55 away from home and sent the hosts to 0-6 record. The winners meanwhile improved to 2-4 record. Maccabi T-A did not waste time and started the game with 21-12 in the first period. The Israeli team added 22-10 in the second frame and solved their task already at the end of the first half. Besiktas started to play better in the second half but was too far to come closer. Maccabi T-A won the third period 14-13 and led 57:35 after 30 minutes. Both sides scored 20 points in the last stanza for the final result in the game. Lior Eliyahu (206-SF-85) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Niklas Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Maryland) notched 12. Logan David netted 10, while Hickman Ricky scored 9. Serhat Cetin (197-G/F-86) answered with 13 points in the losing effort and Christopher Patrick notched 12. Vidmar Gasper delivered 11 and Markota Damir added 5.



Fernandez's double-double lands him (Top 16) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team Real Madrid and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Top 16).
He had a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat CSKA (#3, 4-2) in overtime 86-78. It allowed Real Madrid to consolidate first place in the Euroleague group E. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Real Madrid already had a very good start winning all 6 without losing a single one. Fernandez turned to be Real Madrid's top player in his first season with the team. Rudy Fernandez averages this season 13.5ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Ante Tomic (217-C-87) of top-ranked FCB Regal. He is Croatian center in his first season at FCB Regal. In the last game Tomic recorded impressive 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he lead FCB Regal to another comfortable win 85-66 over Montepaschi (5-1) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group F. Montepaschi managed to tie with FCB Regal at the very top position in the standings. His team lost just one game this Top 16, while they won 5 matches. Tomic is a newcomer at FCB Regal and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport) of Zalgiris (#5). Popovic scored 22 points and passed five assists. He was a key player of Zalgiris, leading his team to a 92-56 easy win against slightly lower-ranked ALBA (#7, 1-5). The chances of Zalgiris not to end season at such low position in group E, however are less than slim as they have already lost 4 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Popovic could try to bring Zalgiris' a little bit higher in the standings. Popovic has a very solid season. In 16 games in Euroleague he scored 13.9ppg. He also has FGP: 57.7% and 3PT: 47.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83) of Real Madrid - 31 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) of Fener.Ulker - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) of Anadolu Efes - 13 points and 10 rebounds
7. Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85) of Fener.Ulker - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Paul Davis (211-C-84) of Khimky - 20 points and 5 rebounds
9. Sharrod Ford (206-F/C-82) of Brose Bask. - 15 points and 14 rebounds
10. Lior Eliyahu (206-SF-85) of Maccabi T-A - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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The Friday Preview - by Paul Nilsen

There's the usual BBL Championship action on the menu this weekend, but it's the BBL Trophy which continues to capture the imagination.

The second quarter-final takes place tonight and it promises to be an absolute cracker at Surrey Sports Park as the hometown Heat welcome Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders, with the visitors looking to continue in their quest to add to the BBL Cup which they recently tucked safely away in the cabinet.

The title-chasing duo should serve up a treat, with the motivation for Creon Raftopoulos and the Heat very much concerned with getting back to the Final and trying to make-up for when they lost to Mersey Tigers at the O2 Arena a couple of seasons ago.

Riders' play-caller and recently crowned Molten BBL Coach of the Month Rob Paternostro can't wait, reiterating this kind of winner-takes-all contest as exactly what players, coaches and fans should relish. As well as the BBL Trophy clash, Riders also entertain Mersey Tigers tomorrow in the BBL Championship in a top versus bottom encounter.

Their main rivals for the title and defending BBL Champions Newcastle Eagles, will certainly have to be at their best on Sunday. They will line-up in the north-east derby game when they make the short trip down the A1 to Newton Aycliffe where they will face an in-form Durham Wildcats. It's a tricky game for the leaders since most Durham players all seem to have hit top gear at once and especially Ralph Bucci who has taken back-to-back Molten BBL Player of the Month Awards. With Wildcats securing three wins in their last four games, the Eagles can't afford any kind of complacency.

And, Dave Elderkin will be hoping his players can make it four wins in five games by the time they face the Eagles. That's because this evening, Durham will step out at One Health Sharks Sheffield with both clubs currently two of four teams sat with seven wins and engaged in a monumental battle for a play-off spot. Sharks have been boosted by their recent passage through to the BBL Trophy semi-finals and Wildcats' guard Keith Page has admitted trying to contain and shackle Mike Tuck will be the key for the visitors.

The other two teams sat on seven wins are Manchester Giants and London Lions, with both in action over the weekend. The former host Worcester Wolves tonight in a tough looking home game, whilst Lions can look forward to moving to eight victories for the season if they can avoid the banana skin of the visiting and still winless Mersey Tigers.

However, if Vince Macaulay wants to watch his team harvest two wins, it's going to be tough, since Lions make the long trek up to Glasgow on Sunday to face the Rocks, with the Scottish club also welcoming Cheshire Phoenix to the Emirates Arena tonight.

The Phoenix are sat on eight wins and therefore looking over their shoulders with the play-off chasing pack all bunched up right behind them. As well as heading north of the border, they will also lock horns with UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders at the Northgate Arena in the last BBL game of the weekend on Sunday night.



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Standings - Division I

1st Standings
Division A
 1. Porvoon Tarmo 14-4 
 2. ToPo 13-5 
 3. BC Nokia 10-6 
 4. Tapiolan Honka 10-8 
 5. Oulun NMKY 9-7 
 6. Huima 6-10 
 7. Ura Basket 5-12 
 8. Pyrinto II 5-12 
 9. SayRi 4-12 
Division B
 1. Kerava ET 14-5 
 2. KaU Koris 14-7 
 3. TuNMKY 13-7 
 4. Jarvenpaa 12-8 
 5. BC Jyvaskyla 8-12 
 6. HBA-Marsky 8-12 
 7. Espoo Basket 5-14 
 8. JyWe 5-14 

Regular Season: Round 20

A

Feb. 1: ToPo - Porvoon Tarmo 90-71
Feb. 2: Oulun NMKY - Pyrinto II
Feb. 3: BC Nokia - Huima
Feb. 3: SayRi - Ura Basket

B

Jan. 31: TuNMKY - Jarvenpaa 108-95
Feb. 2: JyWe - KaU Koris
Feb. 2: Kerava ET - Espoo Basket
Feb. 3: BC Jyvaskyla - Kerava ET
Feb. 3: Jarvenpaa - JyWe
Feb. 3: Espoo Basket - TuNMKY


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Nolan RICHARDSON
  Ura B.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 26.9
 1. Richardson, Ura B.26.9 
 2. Moultrie, BC Nokia25.6 
 3. Jallow, Jarvenpaa23.8 
 4. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.23.7 
 5. Taylor, Porvoon23.0 
 6. Mays, Huima22.1 
 7. Clark, Tapiolan Ho.20.7 
 8. Mua, Kerava ET19.7 
 9. Harjula, Pyrinto II19.5 
 10. Tate, Porvoon19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael CORPENING
  BC Jyvas.
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Corpening, BC Jyva.14.8 
 2. Jallow, Jarvenpaa14.8 
 3. Moultrie, BC Nokia14.1 
 4. Towa, Kerava ET13.1 
 5. Stephens, Huima12.0 
 6. Syrjala, KaU Koris11.8 
 7. Keskitalo, JyWe11.7 
 8. Young, Porvoon11.0 
 9. Capers, ToPo10.8 
 10. Coleman, ToPo10.7 
Assists Per Game
 Lauri JARVINEN
  KaU Koris
  (185-C-85)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Jarvinen, KaU Koris5.6 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.4.6 
 3. Ginty, ToPo4.6 
 4. Herrala, HBA-M.4.4 
 5. Hanninen, Jarvenp.4.2 
 6. Viita, Jarvenpaa3.9 
 7. Kyllonen, Porvoon3.9 
 8. Russell, Oulun N.3.8 
 9. Mays, Huima3.8 
 10. Harjula, Pyrinto3.8 
Steals Per Game
 La Trice LITTLE
  Kerava ET
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Little, Kerava ET2.9 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.2.8 
 3. Taylor, Porvoon2.3 
 4. Corpening, BC Jyva.2.2 
 5. Herrala, HBA-M.2.2 
 6. Thomas, SayRi2.1 
 7. Viita, Jarvenpaa1.9 
 8. Richardson, Ura B.1.9 
 9. Michelsen, HBA-M.1.9 
 10. Andersen, Espoo1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Harri KESKITALO
  JyWe
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Keskitalo, JyWe2.6 
 2. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.2.0 
 3. Woods, BC Nokia1.9 
 4. Mua, Kerava ET1.9 
 5. Jallow, Jarvenpaa1.7 
 6. Corpening, BC Jyva.1.7 
 7. Capers, ToPo1.4 
 8. Moultrie, BC Nokia1.3 
 9. Young, Porvoon1.3 
 10. Nuolivirta, HBA-M.1.2 


1.DIVISION: ToPo is rolling - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Division 1 A, round 18: It seems Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) is the toughest team on this level right now. Last Sunday ToPo crushed Honka (Tapiola) in Espoo by 28 points and tonight ToPo defeated at home Tarmo (Porvoo) by 19 pts 90-71 (40-38). Quarters: 23-16, 17-22, 25-17, 25-16. ToPo (13-5) is 8-1 at home and 4-1 this year. ToPo had 23 turnovers vs Tarmo, but the visitors were shooting terrible way. Tarmo's leading scorer Vernon Taylor (190-G-87, college: Troy) was 4/20 from the field and first time this season Taylor didn't get a single FT. Taylor scored only nine pts. Elias Kajander (196-F-80) led ToPo with 23 pts. Marcus Capers (193-G-89, college: Washington St.) added 21 pts, HL Coleman (202-F-74, college: Wyoming) had a double-double 17pts/17rbs and Devin Ginty (188-G-89, agency: SDJ Sports, college: San Diego) gave nine assists. Isaiah Tate (192-G-89, college: George Mason) scored 21 pts for Tarmo (14-4) and Jarkko Kyllonen (186-PG-87), who was on ToPo roster last season, added 14 pts.
ToPo - Tarmo 90-71 (40-38). (Elias Kajander 23, Marcus Capers 21, HL Coleman 17/17 - Isaiah Tate 21, Jarkko Kyllonen 14, Jerrah Young 10/6).



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Standings - ProB

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

Regular Season: Round 21

Feb. 1: Antibes - Evreux 88-94
Feb. 1: Maurienne - Denain 86-87 OT
Feb. 1: Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Nantes 86-80
Feb. 1: Fos Ouest - St Vallier 74-69
Feb. 1: Charleville - Bourg 71-75
Feb. 1: Hyeres-Toulon - Lille 70-76
Feb. 1: Bordeaux - Le Portel 68-65
Feb. 5: Rouen - Chalons-Reims
Feb. 2: Boulogne - St Quentin


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Wilbert BROWN
  Maurienne
  (200-PF-84)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Brown, Maurienne24.1 
 2. Flowers, Denain20.4 
 3. Blue, Antibes20.0 
 4. Booker, St Vallier19.1 
 5. Wood, Evreux18.5 
 6. Siggers, Lille18.5 
 7. Hilliard, Antibes17.6 
 8. Sanders, Charlevil.17.4 
 9. Hannah, Evreux17.4 
 10. Bassett, Rouen16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Evreux
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 10
 1. Wood, Evreux10.0 
 2. Jaiteh, Boulogne9.9 
 3. Kitts, Denain9.9 
 4. Bing, Maurienne9.8 
 5. Lesieu, St Quentin9.6 
 6. Jackson, Pau-La.8.6 
 7. McKines, Rouen8.6 
 8. Rouse, St Vallier8.1 
 9. Blue, Antibes7.8 
 10. Mathis, Nantes7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Craven, St Vallier7.0 
 2. Rowland, Boulogne6.6 
 3. Taylor, Le Portel6.2 
 4. Dumas, Bourg5.8 
 5. McIntosh, Hyeres-.5.4 
 6. Huffman, Antibes5.3 
 7. Calvez, Charleville5.1 
 8. Hannah, Evreux5.0 
 9. Julien, Hyeres-Tou.4.9 
 10. Da Silva, Rouen4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Fabien CALVEZ
  Charleville
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Calvez, Charleville2.6 
 2. Craven, St Vallier2.5 
 3. Flowers, Denain2.2 
 4. Mullins, Chalons-.2.0 
 5. Brown, Maurienne1.9 
 6. Hannah, Evreux1.9 
 7. Siggers, Lille1.9 
 8. Sonko, Bourg1.8 
 9. Mendy, Pau-Lacq.1.8 
 10. Taylor, Le Portel1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Badiane, Antibes2.0 
 2. Gay, Le Portel1.8 
 3. Coleman, Bordeaux1.2 
 4. Johnson, Chalons-.1.2 
 5. Taccoen, Lille1.0 
 6. Chism, Maurienne1.0 
 7. Jaiteh, Boulogne0.9 
 8. Ho You Fat, Evreux0.9 
 9. Wesley, Rouen0.9 
 10. Burrell, Chalons-.0.9 


Justin Gray left Poitiers - by Eurobasket News

29-year old American guard Justin Gray (188-93kg-84, college: Wake Forest, agency: Higher Vision Sports) left Union Poitiers Basket 86 (ProA). In 17 games he played this season he had 8.9ppg, 1.5rpg and 3.0apg.
Gray ended the last season at Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (A1) in Greek league. In two games last year he recorded 4.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.5spg. But the most of that year he spent at Deutsche Bank Skyliners (BBL) in German league. In 8 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 3.5apg.
The previous (2011) summer Gray played at Guangzhou (NBL) in Chinese league. In 9 games he recorded also great stats: 24.4ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.0apg and 2.1spg. He also played at BC Donetsk (Superleague) in Ukrainian league that season. In 16 games he recorded 6.4ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.4apg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. The other team Gray played that season for was PAOK Thessaloniki (A1) in Greek league. In 18 games he recorded 11.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg. He contributed to his team making it to the Greek Cup Semifinals.
Gray was selected to Polish League All-Star Game back in 2010. He represented USA at the Dell College Three Point Championships seven years ago.
Gray is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (VOO Verviers-Pepinster and Belfius Mons-Hainaut), Czech Rep., Poland (PGE Turow) and China (Guangzhou Free Man).
Gray attended Wake Forest University until 2006 and it is his seventh season as a professional player.
On Gray: Versatile enough to excel at point guard as well as big guard. An enthusiastic, high-energy guard who brings a swagger to the team. Gray is one of the teams vocal leaders ... possesses great quickness ... an exceptional perimeter shooter.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Bo McCalebb selected the top FYR Macedonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Turkey. He could not help Fenerbahce Ulker (1-5) in their last game. Despite McCalebb's very good performance the seventh-placed Fenerbahce Ulker lost 71-82 on the road to the higher-ranked (#5) Olympiacos in the group F of Euroleague. He was the top scorer with 20 points. McCalebb also added 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 40 minutes on the court. It's McCalebb's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 13.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.3apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 56.6%(64-113), 3FGP: 26.3% and FT: 77.6% in the 15 games he played so far. McCalebb is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Strangely McCalebb has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Pero Antic (210-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague) faced previously mentioned Bo McCalebb in the Euroleague last game. Antic managed to help Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus to win against the seventh-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (1-5) 82-71. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. This season Antic averages: 5.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 39.4%, 3FGP: 26.9% and FT: 87.0%. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Antic is in the roster of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

Vlado Ilievski
Vlado Ilievski
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international point guard Vlado Ilievski (190-80, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Adriatic League). He contributed to a 1-point Cedevita's victory against the 12th-ranked KK Zadar (7-12) 74-73 in the Adriatic League last Saturday. Ilievski recorded 8 points and added 4 assists in 29 minutes. KK Cedevita Zagreb (11-8) is placed fourth in the Adriatic League. This year Ilievski's overall stats are: 5.1ppg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 39.4%, 3FGP: 36.4% and FT: 66.7% in the 19 games. He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Slovenian. Ilievski is also a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

Vojdan Stojanovski
Vojdan Stojanovski
   #4. Guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-87, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Ukraine was not able to help BC Donetsk (4-8) in their last game on Monday. Despite his good performance BC Donetsk (#7) was badly defeated 84-66 at home by the higher-ranked Khimky (#3) in the group A of VTB United League. Stojanovski scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Stojanovski's total stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg. He is also FYR Macedonian national team player.

Marques Green
Marques Green
   #5. Former international point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked SAIE3 BO (6-11) crushing them 91-68 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Green scored 6 points and added 7 assists in 26 minutes. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (10-7) is placed sixth in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Green's total stats are: 9.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 5.5apg in the four games. He is a naturalized American. Green used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team three years ago. Apparently he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Jeremiah Massey
Jeremiah Massey
   #6. Forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Germany) contributed to a 2-point Brose Baskets Bamberg's victory against the 14th-ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (8-11) 58-56 in the German BBL last Saturday. Massey scored 7 points. Brose Baskets Bamberg (17-2) is placed first in the BBL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Massey has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7spg. He is a naturalized American. Massey is a former international player as he played for the FYR Macedonian senior team four years ago. Interesting that he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Predrag Samardziski
Predrag Samardziski
   #7. International center Predrag Samardziski (215-86, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to Zvezda's victory against the fourth-ranked Unics Kazan (2-2) 81-73 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. Samardziski recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes. It was his first game for Zvezda this season. His team is placed first in group L. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Samardziski is also FYR Macedonian national team player.

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

   #1. Darius Washington (188-PG-85, college: Memphis, currently plays in Israel) led Hapoel Eilat to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Galil Gilboa (5-10) 79-66 in the Israeli Winner League last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Washington scored 20 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Hapoel Eilat (10-5) is placed second in the Winner League. This season Washington averages: 10.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.0apg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Washington has never played in FYR Macedonia.

   #2. Kennedy Winston (198-F/G-84, college: Alabama, currently plays in France) contributed to Gravelines-Dunkerque's victory against the 11th-ranked Sluc Nancy (7-10) 83-79 in the French ProA on Saturday night. He scored 11 points in a mere 18 minutes. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (12-5) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Winston averages: 9.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.0apg in the three games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Winston has never played in FYR Macedonia.

   #3. Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Russia could not help Unics Kazan (2-2) to beat Zvezda (2-2). He recorded 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Unics Kazan (#4) was defeated 81-73 on the road by the leading Zvezda in the group L of Eurocup. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Wilkinson has averaged so far 9.8ppg and 2.8rpg. He is a naturalized American. However Wilkinson has never played in FYR Macedonia.

   #4. Experienced Jovan Zdravevski (197-F-80, currently plays in Iceland), who plays in the Icelandic Dominos League was not able to help Stjarnan (5-1) in their last game. Despite his good performance Stjarnan was edged 89-88 at home by the lower-ranked (#3) Snaefell. Zdravevski scored 12 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 31 minutes. Zdravevski is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Stjarnan's roster. This season he has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg in the 13 games. Zdravevski has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Icelandic.

   #5. Cedi Osman (195-SG-95, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to a 2-point Pertevniyal's victory against one of league's weakest teams Istanbulspor (3-15) 73-71 in a derby game in the Turkish TB2L (second division) on Sunday night. He scored 8 points and had 3 steals. Pertevniyal Istanbul (7-11) is placed 14th in the TB2L. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. This season Osman has relatively solid stats: 13.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg. He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Turkish. Despite Osman's FYR Macedonian nationality, he currently plays for the Turkish U18 national team and is not eligible to play for the FYR Macedonian team.



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The s.OLiver Baskets Wurzburg Keep Mike Lenzly - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


The injury woes have been immense in the last months and Beko BBL team s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg have done their best and playing successful despite the many new players coming in and out. The team announced today that they will keep try-out player Mike Lenzly (189-G-81, college: Wofford) and the contract extension of Osiris Eldridge will be announced at the end of the weekend, but not Courtney Pigram. "After the difficult injury problems thiss eason, we have decided to keep 7 international players this season. It wasnt easy as it was a difficult decision that we discussed with head coach Marcel Schroeder. We would have liked to have kept all three players, but financially it wasnt possible. Mike Lenzly showed that he has expereince and qualities in the playmaking as seen against TBB Trier. Osiris Eldridge showed what he can do in practice after his knee injury. He will help us with his athletic ability and defense. If his knee holds then we want to keep him also until teh end of the season", stated s.Oliver baskets Wurzburg CEO Steffen Liebler.





Lawrence Westbrook Heads To The Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

John Patrick made a double strike for the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg today bringing in Eric Coleman and also Lawrence Westbrook (183-G-88, college: Minnesota). Westbrook is a 24 year old 183cm guard form Chandler, Arizona. This is his second stay in Europe after starting the season for Kazrin/Galil (Israel-National League). He palyed 14 games avergaing 21,1ppg, 3,6rpg and 3,6apg. Last season he played for Frisco Texas Legends (D-League), left in Dec.'11: 7 games: 6.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 48.7%, FT: 90.0%. He played at Minnesota (NCAA) from 2006-2010. In hiss enior year he played 34 games: 12.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 41.1%, FT: 83.7%. He played a total of 121 NCAA games. In 2010-2011 as a rookie he played for Maine Red Claws (D-League): 9 games: 4.9ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.2apg; left in Jan.'11, later that month moved to Dakota Wizards (D-League): 8 games: 9.8ppg, 1.8rpg, FGP: 34.1%, 3PT: 64.7%, FT:94.4%, Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Big Ten Tournament Semifinals -08, All-Big Ten Honorable Mention -09, 10, and Big Ten Tournament Finalist -10.

Source: Neckar riesen Ludwigsburg



Marqus Blakely Departs From The Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Germany seems to be a place where Marqus Blakely (196-F-89, college: Vermont) has not had much luck on the basketball court. He no longer will strap on the Neckar Riesen jersey. The Beko BBL club announced today that Marqus Blakely has decided to leave the club on account of family reasons. Blakely is a 196cm forward from New Jersey that was acquired by the Telekom Baskets Bonn recently, but didnt stay there either. H ethen went to Ludwigsburg. With Ludwigsburg the American played two games averaging 9,0ppg, 5,5rpg and 2,5apg.

Source: Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg





Svetislav Pesic Is A Special Kind Of Mid Season Fireman - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

A fireman is someone who saves lives and can also be defined as a member of a fire department who tries to extinguish fires. A fireman not only is vital to fighting fires and saving people, but the term fireman is also seen in professional sports. In the sport of baseball, a fireman is a relief pitcher who can protect a lead in the last inning or two of the game and with guys like Mariano Riveria or Francisco Rodriguez who could put out fires best in late innings getting out of a jam or just retiring the side with no men on base. Firemen have also been as usual in the German Bundesliga soccer league in the last years as head coaches like Peter Neururer, Jorg Berger or Rolf Schafstall coming to poor teams and saving them from rotting away in the cellar. The most well known fireman in Germansoccer has to be Hans Meyer who is like a nomad just seemingly waiting for that next job somewhere where a fire of balls are falling from the sky with no help in sight. Even the Beko BBL, there have been firemen even as players as Michael Hakim Jordan did it twice saving the Phoenix Hagen season and LTi Giessen 46ers season as his play, leadership and spirit helped the teams remain in the Beko BBL. A special mid season fireman recently also came to FC Bayern Munich with Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ). It is understood that FC Bayern is nowhere near the end of the standings, but the club had a record of 5-5 at the start of December 2012 which was like as if they were sinking in the Isar river as the traditional and most famous sports team is only used to winning and being at the top and there average record was keeping everyone affiliated and close to the team more than depressed. Pesic has come in and has had a more than immaculate record of 8-1. Since the 82-70 loss in Berlin, the team had a 7 game winning streak including winning four games in a row with 100 plus points. Pesic has turned the team around 180 degrees since taking over for the Greek Yannis Christopolous. Pesic that prides an organized defense is still looking for that consistency on the defensive end, but he cant be disappointed with the potent offense of his team as they have averaged 93 points per game since the arrival of Pesic. Pesic also has in a short time, got the roles untangled as the players are playing with ease and have accepted their responsibilities and come together as a team as the next months will be interesting to see how much more potent this team will get and if they will be able to challenge the Brose Baskets Bamberg for the title in June 2013. The team has scored well and the defense will also be come, but it takes time to grow. I believe FC Bayern Munich is a candidate for at least the semi final or final, warned basketball expert Steven Clauss.

For all those that were born after the first man stepped on the moon, a memory of FC Bayern Munich playing in the first German basketball league will be absent. The last time FC Bayern Munich won a German first division basketball title, the Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl 2, Martin Luther King was assassinated, famous American TV show 60 minutes made its debut on CBS and is still on today, Led Zeppelin make their first Live performance in England and famous Croatian basketball player Toni Kukoc was born as was lovable American actor who you talking about Willis Gary Coleman. The year was 1968 as Bayern Munich won their last title which was a cup. They were also Bundesliga champion in 1954 and 1955. Since the Bundesliga cup win, basketball has been in the shadow of the soccer team moving down and back up in 1974 and then going back to the second Bundesliga in 1982. They were back in the top division in 1987, but returned back down in 1989. Then in 1993, the team was in the Regionaliga. In 1995, 1999 and 2004, the team found itself back in the second Bundesliga, but they never were able to get back into the first Bundesliga as money and quality players were missing. In 2009-2010, 23,000 members from the club Bayern Munich voted and agreed that the basketball department had to be financially supported so that they could return back to the BEKO BBL. In the 2010-2011 PRO A season Bayern Munich plowed through the competition with new head coach Dirk Bauermann, German national players Steffen Hamann and Demond Greene and locker room motivation magnate Darius Hall.

Last season FC Bayern Munich not only brought in experienced basketball players, but with head coach Dirk Bauermann as the Beko BBL version of Phil Jackson who has won 9 Beko BBL titles, seven with Bayer Leverkusen and two with the Brose Baskets Bamberg. And one should not forget his experience that he brought with his coaching duty as German national coach from 2003-2011 leading Germany to a Silver medal at the 2005 European championships. With a budget of seven million Euro, Bauermann had that kid feeling of being able to go into Fao Schwartz in New York city and shop until he drops for the right players. Bauermann knew that he would have a new kind of pressure that he never felt before. There is nothing less accepted than success with FC Bayern Munich. We want to be in the top four teams. We want to play our best basketball when it counts. Titles arent won in October, warned Dirk Bauermann in his rookie season in Munich. The club did a good job not doing a total house cleaning, but keeping a core of guys from the 2011 PRO A championship team. German national players Steffen Hamann and Demond Greene were kept. They may not be the youngest, but still possess special Beko BBL quality. Aleksandar Nadjfeji is 35, but with four Beko BBL titles wanted to add some more with Munich, Darius Hall can still give that big smile and sneer to dazzle you and can give valuable minutes from the bench and young German Bastian Doreth who is being groomed to take over for Steffen Hamann down the road. The club added six top players with three German national players. Jan Jagla returns back to the Beko BBL after playing shortly for the Artland Dragons in 2005, Phillip Schwethelm continues to develop and shines with his defense and shooting and German wunder kind Robin Benzing who is looking to make a further step in the Beko BBL in his third season after not being drafted by the NBA. The team also added Je Kel Foster who is their best one on one player and can be explosive and is a very consistent and reliable player. Ben Hansborough is a Beko BBL rookie and should have some stories about his NBA brother Tyler Hansborough. Fc Bayern Munich already suffered some growing pains as ex NBA player Ruben Boumtje Boumtje declared his retirement on account of heart disease and Sharod Ford left the team because of personal reasons. However the team hauled in Chevon Mr chevy Troutman who didnt need much time to adjust as he belongs to the top centers in the league after only 8 games. We had a roster that could beat any team in Germany. Key was to form a team out of good individual players, warned FC Bayern Munich sport director Marko Pesic.

Last season, The club started off with a tough 80-76 loss in Bonn, but then found their rhythm winning four games in a row against some lesser teams, but were able to beat Braunschweig. The team lost two of the last three games against playoff aspiring teams Oldenburg and Artland Dragons before playing against the Fraport Skyliners in November. Bayern Munich averaged 81 points in the first eight games and held their opponents to 80 points. The offense seemed to be rocking, but not their defense yet. Their strength was shooting the ball. They have so many guys that can fill it up with Greene, Wallace, Schwethelm and Foster. Their defense is ok, but the best bet for a team is too run on them, because they have bigs that dont come back quick enough. They had problems with their pick and roll defense, but we played them before Chevon Troutman came, warned Josh Young. Even though Foster was out done in Overtime by David Holston in the loss at Artland, Foster belongs to the top players in the Beko BBL and lead FC Bayern Munich in tough times. Foster impressed me the most on that team. He is a smart and great shooter and solid on defense. He is just as tough as nails. You have to put Foster in the same trio of Brown, Wood and Holston, warned Josh Young. After the big 58-57 win against the Fraport Skyliners, that Frankfurt should have won, but let Foster get hot in the last minute, the team continued to be up and down into February having a 6-7 record. and their next meeting against the Fraport Skyliners in Frankfurt which they lost 68-49 and Jimmy Mckinney dropped 18 points in the win. The loss in Frankfurt was a huge wake up call as they came out storming in the last 11 games winning ten of the games. There only loss was in Berlin and they had huge wins against Artland, Wurzburg and Bamberg. The strong stretch run helped them reach a position of five with a record of 22-12. They lost a hard fought five games series against the Artland Dragons.

This season, the already high expectations got even greater as now a title is something that the big bosses want to see. The club has one of the biggest budgets in the league and anything but winning titles would be a major disappointment as one is seeing more and more that Uli Hoennes is slowly getting a basketball mentality to match his already huge soccer mentality that will never be surpassed by basketball. The team wanted to keep some of the team chemistry by keeping eight players. Five Germans were kept with captain Steffen Hamann who isnt getting younger, but is a back up player that any team would die for, Demond Greene who can still give a mean defensive presence, Robin Benzing who will strive under new coach Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ), Jan Jagla who also will strive more under father in law Sveitislav Pesic and young big man Bogdan Radosavljevic who will prosper from daily practices with the experienced players. The club also kept the inside duo of Jared Homan who might be the fiercest player in the league and Chevon Troutman who continues to dazzle with his athletic ability. The team also held Aleksandar Nadjfeji that will end his carrer in Munich. The team added 4 high class players starting with top Israel player Yotam Halperin who has such a versatile game and brings 140 Euroleague games to the table. Lawrence Roberts is an all around solid big man that played 88 games in the NBA. The team also hauled in top point guard Tyrese Rice who can decide a game at anytime and role player Brandon Thomas that could be a top scorer for almost any other team. Before any of these players had even played a minute in the new season, FC Bayern Munich showed their FC Hollywood face releasing a press release that might of even had an eskimo reading it in Alaska as they dismissed Dirk Bauermann. What exactly happened will never be known, but the timing couldnt have been more unusual or untimely. The team stuck with assistant coach Yannis Christopolous who didnt fare well shaping a team of stars. The team then got their wish candidate with Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ) that won 7 titles with Alba Berlin including the Korac Cup in 1995, the 1993 European championships with Germany and 2001 European championships with Yugoslavia and 2003 Euroleague with FC Barcelona. Pesic is a winner that preaches defense like Bauermann and likes a structured offense. He will bring chemistry to this team. The strength of the team is the deep rotation and that many players stayed form last season. They might also have the best three man inside trio with Homan, Roberts and Troutman and not too forget Jagla who also helps down low. There biggest enemy will be themselves. The pressure will continue to rise as soon as a losing streak rises, but there is no better coach than Pesic to douse the fire when Bayern Munich gets dark red.

Last season the two teams split the season series. FC Bayern Munich won in Munich 58-57 a game that the Fraport Skyliners had as good as won, but let Je Kel Foster get hot in crunch time securing the win. In the return date in Frankfurt, The Fraport Skyliners humiliated FC Bayern Munich 68-49 as they limited them to nine points in the first quarter and 22 points in the second half. Frankfurt showed a strong defensive performance for 40 minutes and was led by Jimmy Mckinney with 18 points and Jermareo Davidson chipped in with 12 points. Since Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ) took over the team it has a 7-2 record and early on averaged an amazing 109 points in four games. Pesic has quickly made FC Bayern Munich from an average team into an NBA type scoring team. He has given certain players the needed self confidence and needed freedom. The Fraport Skyliners will have to live off their bread and butter defense to have any chance, but steal add a few gears to their win against BBC Bayreuth. Their defense still needs improvement since they have given up 84 points in the five games under Pesic, but their scoring power is so potent, that they can afford to give up points at the moment. In the first game, FC Bayern Munich beta the Fraport Skyliners shortly before the new year 73-59. Frankfurt was down by five points at halftime, but FC Bayern kept pouring it on on offense never losing their rhythm while Frankfurt as so often in this season had big difficulty finding a groove on offense. FC Bayern Munich was led by Robin Benzing with 21 points and Tyrese Rice added 14 points. Peacock, Tez and Scott all hit in double figures and know that this time that they will have to find a rhythm on offense and rebound better. Munich is a big team. We have to outwork them and box out better an dhope for fast break points, warned Dawan Robinson. Frankfurt has brought in two LTi Giessen player with Ryan Brooks and Quantez Robertson friend Laquan Prowell to help with scoring punch. One Skyliner is looking forward to the game. I am looking forward to playing against my ex teammate Jared Homan. Key to winning will be defense, rotations and executing on offense. I have already been doing some trash talking with Homan, smiled Dwan Robinson. Munich knows that their strength isnt on individual defense at some positions, but their offense is so much stronger because they have the freedom and when a player finds an option right away then he is allowed to shoot. They play with the motto that offense is their best defense. If you want to stop Munich then you have to begin under the basket which is tough to do with their many talented individuals. You have to begin at the defensive end and control the boards. One can see that Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ) is playing the same style as in the German national team, stressed Telekom Baskets Bonn guard Andrej Mangold. Artland Dragon Bryce Taylor has sweet memories of the Audi dome winning a game on a buzzer beater an dhas the perfect three step plan of success for Frankfurt. Frankfurt has to focus on rebounding, play aggressive defense and knock down shots, warned Bryce Taylor.

FC Bayern Munich is led by Chevon Troutman is a 29 year old 202cm forward from Williamsport, Pennsylvania that is playing his second season in Munich. He is a tough, talented rebounder, athletic defender, tough offensive player and fierce competitor who plays with much passion. He has contributed primarily in the low-post but also can play on the perimeter. His high school coach also coached NBA star Allen Iverson. Troutman played at Pittsburgh (NCAA) from 2001-2005 where he reached the NCAA Sweet 16 three years in a row from 2002-2004. As a professional basketball player he has played three years in Italy and three years in France for Adecco ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne (France-ProA). He was a French All Star twice and won the cup in 2008 and was French PRO A champion in 2009. In 2010-2011, he played for Air Avellino (Italy-SerieA, starting five), injured in Jan.'11 and was off for 4 months: 16 games: 14.6ppg, Reb-3 (8.3rpg), Steals-3 (2.7spg), FGP: 61.1%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 69.0. Last season he played German League: 35 games: 13.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.1apg, FGP-3 (64.8%), 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 73.1%; EuroCup: 6 games: 13.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.2apg, 1.5spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 59.6%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 70.8%. Tyrese Rice is a 25 year old 185cm point guard that is playing his second season in Germany and first with FC Bayern Munich. He played at Boston College form 2005-2009 playing a total of 132 NCAA games. In 2009-2010, he was a rookie playing for Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (Greece) averaging 11.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 81.4%. In 2010-2011 he played for the Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): EuroChallenge Qualifying Round: 2 games: 5.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.0apg; German League: 43 Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (Lithuania-LKL, starting five): Lithuanian League: 25 games: 9.7ppg, 1.4rpg, Assists-3 (4.4apg), 1.0spg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 75.9%; VTB League: 21 games: 13.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.7apg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 44.1%, FT: 79.8%; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 3 games: 14.3ppg, 1.0rpg, Assists-4 (5.3apg), FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 75.0%; EuroCup: 15 games: 11.1ppg, 1.5rpg, Assists-4 (4.7apg), 1.0spg, FGP: 42.6%, 3PT: 24.4%, FT: 87.9%; Baltic League: 4 games: 12.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.5apggames: Score-2 (17.2ppg), 2.8rpg, Assists-4 (5.1apg), FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 81.0%.

Jared Homan is a 29 year old 206cm center from Iowa that is a fierce competitor and battles inside and blocks shots and is playing his seventh professional season. He played at Iowa State from 2001-2005. The American has had a solid professional career having played in countries like Greece, Korea, Turkey, Croatia, Poland and Italy. He played at Canadian Solar Bologna (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 4 games: 15.3ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.0apg, 1.8spg; left in Nov.'11, later that month moved to FC Bayern Muenchen (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): German League: 30 games: 14.5ppg, Reb-3 (7.8rpg), 1.9apg, Blocks-5 (1.5bpg), FGP: 46.4%, FT: 49.7%; EuroCup: 4 games: 12.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg. . Jan Jagla also returned back to the Beko BBL last season after playing in other countries for six years and is playing his second season for FC Bayern Munich. Jagla is a 31 year old 213cm forward from Berlin Germany. A seven-foot power forward with the skill set of a guard. Can post up and score inside and is a great three point shooter as well. Was compared too much times to Dirk Nowitzki at his teenage days, and this limited his maturation. He started his basketball career at Lichterfelde and then went to the States to play NCAA ball at Penn St. He then played for Panellinios Athens (Greece-A1): 3 games: 2.3ppg, 1.0rpg: released in Nov.'04 and joined Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (1.Bundesliga): 26 games: 6.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 55.6%, 3FGP: 30.2%. In 2005-2006, he had a taste of the NBA playing with the Los Angeles Clippers (NBA), waived in Oct.'05, then signed at Drac Inca Mallorca (Spain-LEB, starting five): 28 games: 11.3ppg, Reb-5 (7.8rpg), 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 77.1%. From 2006-2011, he played for top tams in Europe including Turk Telekom Ankara, DKV Joventut Badalona (Spain-ACB,) from 2007-2009 where he played with Demond Mallet and Ricky Rubio and helped win the ULEB Cup in 2008. The last two years, he played for Polish Euroleague team Asseco Prokom Gdynia . He has played 40 Euroleague games and has been part of the German national team since 2006. In 2010-2011 he played for Asseco Prokom Gdynia (Poland-PLK, starting five): Polish League: 2 games: 4.0ppg, 5.0rpg; Polish League: Euroleague: 10 games: 5.6ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 40.7%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 66.7%; VTB League: 4 games: 11.0ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 60.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 66.7%, in Dec.'10 moved to Turk Telekom Ankara (Turkey-TBL): 16 games: 4.5ppg, 2.4rpg. Currently, he is averaging 8,4ppg and 4,5rpg. Last season he played EuroCup: 6 games: 8.8ppg, 3.5rpg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 70.0%; German League: 36 games: 5.0ppg, 2.8rpg. Brandon Thomas is a 27 year old 198 cm shooting guard/small that is playing his first season for FC Bayern. Even though, he only played sparingly at UMASS in his senior year averaging 4,0ppg and 1,1rpg in the 2006-2007 season, he came to Europe in 2007 and exploded in the leagues in Norway and Austria. In Norway, he led the league in scoring with Fog Naestved averaging 24,5ppg, 4,6rpg, 3,2apf, 2,0spg and 1,0bpg. He was the Danish player of the year in 2008 and was MVP of the 2008 Allstar game. In 2008-2009, in Austria, he played for Kraftwerk Wels averaging 20,2ppg, 3,2rpg, 2,5apg. He has a great basketball IQ, can defend anyone and likes to finish around the rim. In 2009-2010 for Braunschweig, he played 40 games: 10.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 74.6%. In 2010-2011 for the Phantoms he played : 37 games: 14.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 60.5%, 3PT: 41.2%, FT: 78.7%. Last season he played for Vanoli-Braga Cremona (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 7 games: 4.1ppg, 2.7rpg; in Dec.'11 moved to Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (Germany-BBL, starting five): German League: 31 games: 11.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 62.1%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 71.1%; EuroChallenge: 9 games: 14.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 58.5%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 88.0%

Robin Benzing is playing his second season in Bavaria and is a 2 year old 208cm forward from Seeheim-Jugenheim south of Frankfurt, Germany. He is a big forward who can play in both positions (if he works on the physical department) as he has the size and the shooting skills too. His game looks like his country-mate Jan Jagla, he is a bit lighter than the German international, and is playing mostly within the wing. He is amazingly good ball handler for his size and he can attack the basket going both ways. He started his basketball career for TV Langen in 2004 and played there until 2009. He played for ratiopharm Ulm the last two seasons playing a total of 66 Beko BBL games. In 2010-2011 season, he was the top scoring German in the Beko BBL averaging 15.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 77.2%. he also has been a member of the German national team since 2009 and played at the European Championships in Lithuania -11: 8 games: 9.1ppg, 1.4rpg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 52.6%, FT: 78.6%. Last season he played EuroCup: 6 games: 8.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 84.6%; German League: 35 games: 8.0ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 71.4%. Yotam Halperin is a 28 year old 193cm shooting guard that is a player with phenomenal personal abilities, although he bases much of his game on movement without the ball and team play. A great shot beyond the rim, fast, clever, good passer. Gifted drawer of fouls. H has great passing skills, knows how to move in traffic and how to draw fouls. He played his first league games for Macabbi Tel Aviv with 17 and Euroleague with 18. He was drafted by the NBA Seattle Supersonics in 2006 in the second round. He never played in the NBA, but continued to paly for Macabbi Tel Aviv and three seasons for Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (Greece-A1). He won five Israel league titles with Macabbi Tel Aviv and two Euroleague titles in 2004 and 2005. He also won two cups with Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (Greece-A1)and has been a member of the Israel national team for many years. Lawrence Roberts is a 30 year old 206cm power forward from Houston, Texas. He is fundamentally sound at every aspect of the game for his position. Not too many holes or weaknesses to speak of. A born leader and an excellent team player that is always looking to do what's best for the team. Great contributor on the boards. Averaged a double-double in his sophomore year at Baylor and his junior year at MSU. Possesses a good jump shot and solid post up moves. Hard worker that is constantly looking to improve his game. He played at Baylor from 2001-2003 and at Mississippi State from 2003-2005. He was drafted by the Seattle Supersonics in 2005. He played for the Memphis Grizzlies from 2005-2007. He came to Europe in 2007 and played in only three countries with Sebia, Turkey and Lithuania. Last season he played for Efes Pilsen Istanbul (Turkey-TBL), loaned to Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (Lithuania-LKL, starting five): Lithuanian League: 25 games: 6.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 55.9%, 3PT: 21.6%, FT: 58.6%; VTB League: 21 games: 8.4ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 52.7%; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 3 games: 5.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.0apg; EuroCup: 16 games: 7.0ppg, Reb-4 (6.4rpg), 1.1spg, FGP: 40.5%, 3PT: 44.8%, FT: 59.1%; Baltic League: 3 games: 7.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0bpg.

Demond Greene is playing his third season for FC Bayern Munich and is a 33 year old 185cm guard that was born in Fort Hood Texas. He is spectacular point guard or shooting guard, great athlete, not very tall but he can jump and dunk, good shooter and is a former long-jumper. He started his career at TuS Aschaffenburg in 1996. He then played together with Dirk Nowirzki,Robert Garrett and Marvin Willoughby at DJK S.Oliver Wurzburg. Greene played for DJK S.Oliver Wurzburg from 1997 to 2002. He then played for Bayer 04 Giants Leverkusen from 2002-2005. He then played for ALBA Berlin from 2005-2007. He then played for the Brose Baskets Bamberg from 2007-2009. In 2009-2010, he played for Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas (Greece-A2). In 2010-2011, for FC Bayern Munich, he played 5 games: 6.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 80.0%. Greene is a four time Beko BBL All Star, won the Beko BBL cup in 2006 with Alba Berlin and has been a member of the German national team in 2000-2001 and from 2004 until present winning the Silver at the 2005 European championships. Last season he played : EuroCup: 6 games: 2.0ppg, 1.0rpg; German League: 39 games: 4.9ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.0apg. German national player Steffen Hamann returns for a third season to Munich. Hamann is a 31 year old 194cm guard from Bamberg. He started his career at Bamberg in 1997 and played there until 2008. He was Beko BBL champion twice with Bamberg. He played for Alba Berlin from 2008-2010 winning the Beko BBL cup in 2009. In 2010-2011for FC Bayern Munich, he played 20 games: 10.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 85.9%. Before coming to Munich, he has played 88 FIBA international club games. He has been a member of the German national team since 2003 winning the silver at the 2005 European championships. Last season, he played : EuroCup: 6 games: 6.5ppg, 1.0rpg, 3.8apg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 90.0%; German League: 39 games: 7.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 4.5apg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 69.0%. Aleksandar Nadjfeji is playing his 11th season in the Beko BBL and third with FC Bayern Munich and is a 36 year old 203cm forward from Serbia that is has excellent athletic skills. Can run and jump. Very impressive dunker. Can shot. Also good defender. He played for The Telekom Baskets Bonn from 2001-2005 where he never averaged less than 13,8ppg a season in the German league. He then played for RheinEnergie Koln from 2005-2008 where he helped win the Beko BBL title in 2006 and helped win a cup. As Cologne was having problems financially, he went to Alba Berlin in the middle of the 2007-2008 season helping them win the championship in 2008 and cup in 2009. He then played for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen and in 2010-2011 season with FC Bayern Munich played 30 games: 12.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.0apg, FGP-3 (66.4%), 3PT: 18.8%, FT: 58.0%. Last season he played EuroCup: 6 games: 3.5ppg; German League: 35 games: 5.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 54.6%, FT: 59.0%.





The Neckar Riesen Bring In Eric Coleman - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

There had been speculation in the last 24 hours that Eric Coleman (200-C-85, college: N.Iowa) was on his way to Ludwigsburg. Today the club Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg made it official announcing the arrival of the American. Coleman is a 27 year old 200cm big man form Maplewood, Minnesota. Last season he palyed for Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk (Ukraine-Superleague): EuroChallenge: 5 games: 11.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 52.5%, FT: 57.7%; Ukrainian League: 39 games: 11.6ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 55.1%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 58.2%. Thiss eason he had a try-out with : MBC Mykolaiv (Ukraine-Superleague), but never played a minute there. There is no surprise that there might be some connection to N.Iowa (NCAA) where he played, becuase head coach John Patrick had goten Americans Ben Jacobsen and John Little in the past as players and both played there. He played at N.Iowa from 2004-2008. In hiss enior year, he played 32 games: 12.3ppg, RebMVC-1 (8.8rpg), 2.0apg, BlocksMVC-3 (1.3bpg), FGPMVC-2 (55.1%), FT: 64.9%: Finished=2 0career at Northern Iowa ranked sixth all-time in scoring (1,522 points), sixth in field goals made (586), ninth in field goals attempted (1,048), fifth in field goal percentage (.559), third in rebounding (997), third in blocked shots (115) and first in games played (128). In 2008-2009 as a rookie he played for SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd. (Poland-DBE): 31 games: 12.1ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.3spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 61.6%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 57.2%. In 2009-2010, he played for Leche Rio Breogan Lugo (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 38 games: 13.5ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 54.9%, FT: 60.0%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been MVC All-Newcomer Team -05, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, All-MVC Freshman of the Year -05, MVC Tournament Semifinals -06, 08, All-MVC Honorable Mention -06, All-MVC 2nd Team -07, 08,USA University National Team -07, World University Championships in Bangkok -07, Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention -10, Ukrainian Superleague All-Star Game -11, Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Honorable Mention -11, Ukrainian Superleague Semifinals -11, and Ukrainian Cup Semifinals -13.

Source: Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg



EuroLeague: Panathinaikos hold off Brose Baskets - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos - Brose Baskets 76:73

Panathinaikos left it late but eventually eked out a narrow home win over Brose Baskets tonight. The win helped the Athens team improve at 4-2 record in Group E. Brose Baskets remained winless at 0-6. Michael Bramos (197-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH) accounted for 16 points to lead the home side.
The teams stayed on level terms throughout the starting quarter. The scoreboard read 19:19 after ten minutes. Panathinakos managed to pull ahead in the second frame. The hosts ensured a narrow 36:33 halftime lead. Marcus Banks (188-G-81, college: UNLV) and Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) gave the hosts a 5-point advantage midway through the third term. Later the Athens team gained a 9-point lead but Bamberg stayed in the game. Sharrod Ford (206-F/C-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Clemson) capped the period with a dunk to put Brose Baskets within two 49:51. Gipson and Zirbes gave Brose Baskets a 59:57 advantage midway through the fourth period. Michael Bramos, Marcus Banks and Diamantidis put the home team back in charge. Panathinaikos accounted for a 69:63 lead with 83 seconds remaining in regulation. Goldsberry drained a triple to keep Bamberg hopeful. Sharrod Ford put the visitors within three 70:73 with 11 seconds to go. Marcus Banks nailed just one free throw, while Gipson dropped another long bomb as Brose Baskets got within one 73:74. But Maciulis went deadly from the stripe to make it 76:73. Gipson got fouled and missed both his attempts as Panathinaikos secured a tough home win. Stephane Lasme had 15 points, while Marcus Banks added 13 points for the winning side. Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) responded with 16 points for Brose Baskets. Sharrod Ford added 15 points and 14 boards in the loss.

Panathinaikos: Michael Bramos 16, Stephane Lasme 15, Marcus Banks 13
Brose Baskets: Bostjan Nachbar 16, Sharrod Ford 15+14 boards



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EuroLeague: Panathinaikos hold off Brose Baskets - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos - Brose Baskets 76:73

Panathinaikos left it late but eventually eked out a narrow home win over Brose Baskets tonight. The win helped the Athens team improve at 4-2 record in Group E. Brose Baskets remained winless at 0-6. Michael Bramos (197-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH) accounted for 16 points to lead the home side.
The teams stayed on level terms throughout the starting quarter. The scoreboard read 19:19 after ten minutes. Panathinakos managed to pull ahead in the second frame. The hosts ensured a narrow 36:33 halftime lead. Marcus Banks (188-G-81, college: UNLV) and Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) gave the hosts a 5-point advantage midway through the third term. Later the Athens team gained a 9-point lead but Bamberg stayed in the game. Sharrod Ford (206-F/C-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Clemson) capped the period with a dunk to put Brose Baskets within two 49:51. Gipson and Zirbes gave Brose Baskets a 59:57 advantage midway through the fourth period. Michael Bramos, Marcus Banks and Diamantidis put the home team back in charge. Panathinaikos accounted for a 69:63 lead with 83 seconds remaining in regulation. Goldsberry drained a triple to keep Bamberg hopeful. Sharrod Ford put the visitors within three 70:73 with 11 seconds to go. Marcus Banks nailed just one free throw, while Gipson dropped another long bomb as Brose Baskets got within one 73:74. But Maciulis went deadly from the stripe to make it 76:73. Gipson got fouled and missed both his attempts as Panathinaikos secured a tough home win. Stephane Lasme had 15 points, while Marcus Banks added 13 points for the winning side. Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) responded with 16 points for Brose Baskets. Sharrod Ford added 15 points and 14 boards in the loss.

Panathinaikos: Michael Bramos 16, Stephane Lasme 15, Marcus Banks 13
Brose Baskets: Bostjan Nachbar 16, Sharrod Ford 15+14 boards



Chrysikopoulos to PAOK for 2.5 years - by Giorgos Diploidis

Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (205-SF-92) has agreed in terms with the team of PAOK Thessaloniki for the next 2.5 years. The player was making trainings with the club of Soulis Markopoulos the last 15 days and today (01/02) he was officially announced. One of the greatest Greek talents returns to Greece after trying his luck away, in Italy with the team of Angelico Biella.

The important issue to be referred is that his last Greek team was the rival's of PAOK Thessaloniki in Thessaloniki, Aris Thessaloniki. So in the second round of Basketleague he will host his ex-club in PAOK Sports Arena.




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Francisco Elson's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Dutchs playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Francisco Elson
Francisco Elson
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international center Francisco Elson (211-76, college: California, currently plays in Iran). He was the major contributor in Mahram's victory against the league outsider Naft Sepahan (4-14) 81-68 in a derby game in the Iranian Superleague in Monday night's game. Elson had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 12 rebounds in 24 minutes on the court. Mahram Tehran (14-3) is placed third in the Superleague. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Elson averages: 9.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 43.8%, 3FGP: 33.3% in the two games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Robin Smeulders
Robin Smeulders
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Robin Smeulders (207-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland, currently plays in EuroChallenge). Smeulders led his German team EWE Baskets to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Okapi Aalstar (1-2) crushing them 103-80 in the EuroChallenge last Tuesday. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. EWE Baskets Oldenburg (3-0) is placed first in group L. So far his team won all three games in the Top 16. There are only three games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Top 16. So now every game is very crucial. Smeulders' overall stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 2FGP: 56.3%(27-48) and FT: 68.2%. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and German. Smeulders is in the roster of the Dutch senior national team.

Henk Norel
Henk Norel
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Henk Norel (214-87, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to a CAI Zaragoza's victory against the 14th-ranked CB Canarias (7-12) 81-67 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Norel recorded 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 21 minutes. CAI Zaragoza (11-8) is placed seventh in the ACB. Norel has relatively good stats this year: 12.1ppg, 6.1rpg, 2FGP: 59.2%(100-169) and FT: 54.7% in the 19 games. He is also a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Kevin van Wijk
Kevin van Wijk
   #4. Forward Kevin van Wijk (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Valparaiso (6-2) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Valparaiso lost 68-80 on the road to the Youngstown State University. van Wijk scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 28 minutes. They ended the series of six consecutive victories. This year van Wijk has relatively solid stats: 13.3ppg, 9.3rpg and 1.4apg in the 18 games. He used to play for the Dutch U16 national team back in 2005.

Roeland Schaftenaar
Roeland Schaftenaar
   #5. Former international power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Spain) helped Leche Rio Breogan win their game against the closely-ranked Ford Burgos (13-3) 85-77 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. Schaftenaar recorded 10 points and added 3 passes in 19 minutes. Leche Rio Breogan Lugo (8-8) is placed fifth in the LEB Gold. It's Schaftenaar's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 6.8ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.9apg in the 15 games. Schaftenaar used to play for the Dutch national team three years ago.

Charlon Kloof
Charlon Kloof
   #6. Point guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, currently studies in the States) was not able to help the St.Bonaventure (2-4) in their game against the Saint Louis University (4-2) in the NCAA. Despite his good performance last Saturday He scored 11 points and had 3 steals. Kloof's total stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.9apg. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Dutch team three years ago.

Jito Kok
Jito Kok
   #7. U18 international center Jito Kok (206-94, is currently at the American university) was not able to secure a victory for the San Diego (4-3) in their game against the Saint Mary's College of California (12-7) in the NCAA. Kok scored only 4 points. The San Diego was crushed 81-48 in Moraga, CA by the Saint Mary's College of California. It was San Diego's third consecutive loss in a row. Kok's total stats this season are: 7.3ppg and 3.7rpg. He is also Dutch U18 national team player.

Thomas van der Mars
Thomas van der Mars
   #8. Center Thomas van der Mars (208-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Portland (1-7) in their game against the Brigham Young University (7-2) in the NCAA. van der Mars scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Portland was badly defeated 85-67 at home by the Brigham Young University. It was Portland's fifth consecutive loss in a row. van der Mars' total stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.2apg. He used to play for the Dutch U20 national team back in 2010.

Robert Krabbendam
Robert Krabbendam
   #9. Former international center Robert Krabbendam (213-86, also represented by Court Side, college: Virginia Tech, currently plays in Cyprus) couldn't help Apollon (8-8) in their game against Omonia (3-13) in the Cypriot Division A. Krabbendam scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. Apollon was edged 78-75 in Nicosia by the one of league's weakest teams (#7) Omonia. This year Krabbendam's total stats are: 4.3ppg and 2.5rpg in the eight games. He used to play for the Dutch national team three years ago.

Gerald Robinson
Gerald Robinson
   #10. Power forward Gerald Robinson (202-84, college: Tenn-Martin, currently plays in Cyprus) is a teammate of previously mentioned Robert Krabbendam and both played together in the last Cypriot Division A game. Robinson couldn't help Apollon (8-8) in their game against Omonia (3-13). He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Robinson scored only 1 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 11 minutes. Apollon was edged 78-75 in Nicosia by the one of league's weakest teams (#7) Omonia. Robinson has averaged so far 3.2ppg and 2.3rpg in the 13 games. He is a naturalized American. Robinson is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Dutch senior national team. He used to play for Landstede Basketbal Zwolle in Dutch league.

   #11. U18 international forward Shane Hammink (201-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the LSU in their game against the University of Kentucky in the NCAA. Hammink cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. His team was defeated 75-70. Hammink has averaged so far 3.2ppg and 2.3rpg. He is a naturalized American. Hammink plays currently for the Dutch U18 national team. Strangely he has never played in Holland.

   #12. Former U18 international center Olaf Schaftenaar (206-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams Oregon St. in their game against the Washington State University in the NCAA. Schaftenaar cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points in 12 minutes. His team was edged 71-68. Schaftenaar has averaged so far 3.2ppg and 2.3rpg in the 13 games. He used to play for the Dutch U18 national team back in 2011.

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

   #1. Experienced Stanley Ocitti (203-F/C-80, college: Binghamton, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL could not help Worcester Wolves (10-9) to beat Surrey Heat (14-5). Ocitti scored 9 points, had 12 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 4 blocks. But Worcester Wolves was defeated 97-91 on the road by the higher-ranked Surrey Heat (#3). Ocitti is currently fifth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 13.3ppg, 9.3rpg and 1.4apg. Ocitti is a naturalized American.

   #2. Jonah Callenbach (194-F/G-93, currently plays in Spain) led Fontedoso Carrefour to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Cafes Aitona (5-9) crushing them 112-71 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Saturday night. Callenbach scored 16 points. Grupo Eule Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila (6-8) is placed seventh in the LEB Silver. It was Fontedoso Carrefour's first victory after four consecutive loses. This season Callenbach averages only 3.5ppg. He has a dual citizenship: Portuguese and Dutch. Despite Callenbach's Dutch passport, he currently plays for the Portuguese U20 national team and is not eligible to play for the Dutch team.

   #3. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain) managed to help UCAM Murcia in a 2-point victoryagainst the closely-ranked Valencia Basket (12-7) 96-94 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. Tillie recorded only 4 points in 16 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. UCAM Murcia (24-6) is placed in the ACB. This year Tillie's total stats are: 7.3ppg and 3.7rpg in the 19 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Dutch and French.

   #4. Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 3-point Caceres Basket's victory against the 12th-ranked Leyma Basquet (6-10) 66-63 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Sunday. Van Oostrum recorded 5 points and added 3 passes in 19 minutes. Caceres Basket (7-9) is placed eighth in the LEB Gold. This year Van Oostrum's total stats are: 8.8ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.2apg in the 16 games. He has both Dutch and British nationalities.

   #5. Joey van Zegeren McAdam (208-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Virginia Tech (2-5) in their game against the University of Miami, Florida (7-0) in the NCAA. van Zegeren McAdam cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Virginia Tech was defeated 73-64 at home by the University of Miami, Florida. It was Virginia Tech's third consecutive loss in a row. van Zegeren McAdam has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 2.5rpg.



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  HUNGARY   

Standings - A Division

A Division Standings
 1. Albacomp 14-4 
 2. Atomeromu 13-5 
 3. Kaposvari 13-5 
 4. Soproni 11-8 
 5. Jaszberenyi 10-8 
 6. ZTE KK 8-9 
 7. PVSK Pannon 8-10 
 8. Falco-Szova 8-10 
 9. Szedeak 8-11 
 10. Kormend 7-10 
 11. Marso NYKK 7-11 
 12. FS Debrecen 1-17 
 13. Szolnok 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 19

Feb. 1: Szedeak - Soproni 79-56
Feb. 2: FS Debrecen - Kormend
Feb. 2: Jaszberenyi - Albacomp
Feb. 2: PVSK Pannon - ZTE KK
Feb. 2: Falco-Szova - Kaposvari
Feb. 2: Marso NYKK - Atomeromu


A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Alex LEGION
  PVSK P.
  (195-G-88)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Legion, PVSK P.21.2 
 2. Spica, Kaposvari21.2 
 3. Nelson, Marso N.21.0 
 4. Swanston, Kapos.20.7 
 5. Dunn, Kaposvari20.4 
 6. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.20.2 
 7. Buljan, Kormend20.1 
 8. Wood, Albacomp20.1 
 9. Shaw, Kormend18.8 
 10. Copeland, ZTE K.18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rastko DRAMICANIN
  Jaszbere.
  (207-C-86)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.9.4 
 2. Davis, Marso N.9.3 
 3. Simovic, ZTE K.9.1 
 4. Csorvasi, Szedeak8.3 
 5. Barovic, Soproni8.1 
 6. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.0 
 7. Buljan, Kormend7.8 
 8. Keller, Albacomp7.8 
 9. Toth, PVSK P.7.6 
 10. Markovic, Jaszber.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Albacomp
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Moore, Albacomp6.8 
 2. Williams, Atomeromu6.5 
 3. Dunn, Kaposvari5.9 
 4. Thomas, Soproni5.8 
 5. Copeland, ZTE K.5.6 
 6. Rakic, Jaszberenyi5.4 
 7. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.2 
 8. Nelson, Marso N.4.8 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.4.6 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Nelson, Marso N.3.1 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari2.8 
 3. Moore, Albacomp2.5 
 4. Buljan, Kormend2.3 
 5. Davis, Marso N.2.1 
 6. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.0 
 7. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.1.8 
 8. Swanston, Kapos.1.7 
 9. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.1.6 
 10. Williams, Atomero.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Akos KELLER
  Albacomp
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Keller, Albacomp1.2 
 2. Barovic, Soproni1.1 
 3. Davis, Marso N.1.0 
 4. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 5. Shaw, Kormend0.7 
 6. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.0.7 
 7. Levy, Falco-Szova0.6 
 8. Toth, Atomeromu0.6 
 9. Fey, Falco-Szova0.6 
 10. Lekli, Albacomp0.5 


Stojan Ivkovic is the new head coach of the NT - by Tamas Deri

Stojan Ivkovic (207-C-66) got elected to the head coach of our senior national team again! The 46 years old coach is a very well known person in our country as he has been playing and coaching here almost for 20 years. Last summer he worked as an assistant coach of the Montenegrin National Team and helped to the team to attend the European Championship. Since 2009 he has been working for Kecskemet, this season the team is playing and leading the 2nd division.


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  ICELAND   

Standings - Iceland Express League

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

Regular Season: Round 14

Feb. 1: KFI - Tindastoll 92-85
Jan. 31: Grindavik - Thor Thorl 89-87
Jan. 31: Stjarnan - Snaefell 88-89
Jan. 31: Skallagrimur - Fjolnir 85-83
Feb. 1: KR - Keflavik 85-100
Jan. 31: IR - Njardvik 81-98

Regular Season: Round 15

Feb. 7: Njardvik - Grindavik
Feb. 7: Thor Thorl - Stjarnan
Feb. 7: Snaefell - KR
Feb. 7: Keflavik - KFI
Feb. 7: Tindastoll - Fjolnir
Feb. 7: IR - Skallagrimur


Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Damier PITTS
  KFI
  (177-PG-89)
  Avg: 31.8
 1. Pitts, KFI31.8 
 2. Palm, IR27.1 
 3. Smith, Thor Thorl25.3 
 4. Medlock, Skallagri.25.2 
 5. Broussard, Grind.23.8 
 6. Zeglinski, Grindav.21.9 
 7. Shouse, Stjarnan21.9 
 8. Craion, Keflavik21.9 
 9. Jackson, Thor Thorl21.5 
 10. Quaintance, Skall.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Njardvik
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Van, Njardvik14.9 
 2. Craion, Keflavik13.4 
 3. Quaintance, Skalla.12.9 
 4. Valentine, Tindast.10.6 
 5. Spicer, Fjolnir10.1 
 6. Mills, Stjarnan9.8 
 7. McQueen, Snaefell9.7 
 8. Virijevic, KFI9.7 
 9. Jackson, Thor Thorl9.4 
 10. Broussard, Grind.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Snaefell
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Threatt, Snaefell9.6 
 2. Shouse, Stjarnan9.0 
 3. Pitts, KFI7.0 
 4. Gibson, Tindastoll7.0 
 5. Zeglinski, Grindav.6.9 
 6. Williams, IR6.4 
 7. Smith, Thor Thorl5.6 
 8. Fridriksson, Njard.4.9 
 9. Hermannsson, KR4.8 
 10. Valsson, Keflavik4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Haminn QUAINTANCE
  Skalla.
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Quaintance, Skalla.2.8 
 2. Broussard, Grind.2.5 
 3. Medlock, Skallagri.2.4 
 4. Williams, IR2.3 
 5. Viggosson, Tindast.2.3 
 6. Moore, Njardvik2.2 
 7. Hilmarsson, Thor T.2.1 
 8. Jonsson, Thor Thorl2.1 
 9. Threatt, Snaefell2.1 
 10. Valentine, Tindas.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Keflavik
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Craion, Keflavik2.1 
 2. Mills, Stjarnan2.1 
 3. Bradshaw, KFI1.8 
 4. Quaintance, Skalla.1.7 
 5. Magnusson, KR1.4 
 6. Valentine, Tindast.1.3 
 7. Acox, KR1.2 
 8. Thorsteinsso., Gri.1.2 
 9. Van, Njardvik1.2 
 10. Valdimarsson, Stj.0.9 


Standings - 1 Division

D1 Standings
 1. Valur 10-0 
 2. Hamar 8-3 
 3. Haukar 8-3 
 4. Hottur 7-4 
 5. Thor AK 5-5 
 6. FSU 5-6 
 7. Breidablik 5-6 
 8. Augnablik 2-9 
 9. IA 2-9 
 10. Reynir S. 2-9 

Regular Season: Round 12

Feb. 1: IA - FSU 70-68
Feb. 1: Thor AK - Haukar 60-108
Feb. 1: Hamar - Reynir S. 109-88
Feb. 3: Augnablik - Breidablik


Dominos League Round 14: Thor Thorl loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News

Round 14 in Express L. means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Grindavik where host Grindavik (11-3) edged league's leader Thor Thorl (10-4) 89-87 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Thor Thorl. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Grindavik dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Thor Thorl's 44. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle) who had a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. The former international center Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (204-88) chipped in 16 points and 10 rebounds. Grindavik's coach Sverrir Sverrisson used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Benjamin Smith (178-87, college: Jacksonville) produced 26 points and 7 assists for the guests. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Thor Thorl at the other side dropped to the second place with four games lost. They share the position with Snaefell. They were replaced at the leadership position by Grindavik. Thor Thorl will play next round against strong Stjarnan trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Grindavik will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Njardvik in Njardvik.
Another exciting game was played in Reykjavik between sixth ranked Keflavik and 5th ranked KR where Keflavik (9-5) beat KR (8-6) on the road with 15-point difference 100-85. American forward Michael Craion (195-89, college: ORU) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. Darrel Lewis contributed with 30 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners. American forward Darshawn McClellan (200-89, college: La-Lafayette) replied with 21 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) for KR. Keflavik have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Stjarnan. KR lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Keflavik will play against KFI (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. KR will play against Snaefell in Stykkisholmur and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game where third ranked Snaefell (10-4) edged by one point one of their biggest challengers Stjarnan (9-5) 89-88 on Thursday night. Jay Threatt scored 28 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Jarrid Frye responded with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Snaefell moved-up to second place, which they share with Thor Thorl. Loser Stjarnan keeps the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Keflavik. Snaefell will meet at home KR (#6) in the next round. Stjarnan will play against the league's second-placed Thor Thorl in Thorlakshofn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Borgarnes. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 9th ranked Fjolnir (4-10) to eighth ranked Skallagrimur (6-8) 85-83 on Thursday evening. Carlos Medlock notched 40 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Skallagrimur moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Njardvik. Fjolnir lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with ten games lost. Skallagrimur's next round opponent will be IR (#11) in Reykjavik. Fjolnir will play on the road against Tindastoll in Sauoarkrokur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Reykjavik. Local IR (3-11) lost to seventh ranked Njardvik (6-8) 98-81 on Thursday night. The best player for the winners was Marcus Van who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 18 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Njardvik maintains seventh position with 6-8 record, which they share with Skallagrimur. IR lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 11 games lost. Njardvik will face league's leader Grindavik at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. IR will play against Skallagrimur (#8) in Borgarnes.

In the last game of round 14 Tindastoll was defeated by KFI in a road game 92-85.


KR - Keflavik 85-100

Another exciting game was played in Reykjavik between sixth ranked Keflavik and 5th ranked KR where Keflavik (9-5) beat KR (8-6) on the road with 15-point difference 100-85. It looked good early as KR took an 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Keflavik took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 15 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to KR's 40 and made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They outrebounded KR 46-31 including a 19-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Keflavik brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. KR was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Michael Craion (195-89, college: ORU) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. The former international guard Darrel Lewis (192-76, college: Lincoln, MO, agency: Two Points) contributed with 30 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners. American forward Darshawn McClellan (200-89, college: La-Lafayette) replied with 21 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) and the former international guard Brynjar Bjornsson (191-88, college: Francis Marion) added 12 points and 7 assists in the effort for KR. Four Keflavik and five KR players scored in double figures. Keflavik have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Stjarnan. KR lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Keflavik will play against KFI (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. KR will play against Snaefell in Stykkisholmur and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
KR: D.McClellan 21+8reb+2ast, F.Magnusson 12+4reb+1ast, B.Bjornsson 12+3reb+7ast, M.Hermannsson 11+1reb+6ast, K.Acox 11+5reb, B.Richardson 10+5reb+2ast
Keflavik: D.Lewis 30+8reb+2ast, M.Craion 27+13reb+2ast, B.Baptist 21+14reb+3ast, M.Gunnarsson 11+1reb+1ast, V.Valsson 6+3reb+7ast, S.Hrafnkelsson 4+3reb
gschID: 180238


KFI - Tindastoll 92-85

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Tindastoll (3-11) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked KFI (5-9) 92-85 on Friday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was American point guard Damier Pitts (177-89, college: Marshall) who scored 33 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international forward Mirko Virijevic (201-81, college: Freed-Hardeman) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds. Pitts is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard Roburt Sallie (196-86, college: Memphis) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals and his fellow American import forward George Valentine (203, college: Winthrop) added 12 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted KFI maintains ninth position with 5-9 record. Loser Tindastoll dropped to the bottom place with 11 games lost. KFI will face higher ranked Keflavik (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Tindastoll will play against Fjolnir (#10) in Reykjavik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tindastoll: T.Johannsson 25+3reb, R.Sallie 24+13reb+6ast, G.Valentine 12+11reb+5ast, H.Viggosson 10+5reb+2ast, S.Birgisson 5+3reb, A.Bjornsson 3+1reb+2ast
KFI: D.Pitts 33+8reb+5ast, K.Andresson 20+5reb+1ast, T.Bradshaw 19+6reb, M.Virijevic 17+15reb+3ast, H.Hreinsson 3+2ast, J.H. Baldvinsson 0+3reb+1ast
gschID: 180237


Skallagrimur - Fjolnir 85-83

A very interesting game took place in Borgarnes. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 9th ranked Fjolnir (4-10) to eighth ranked Skallagrimur (6-8) 85-83 on Thursday evening. It looked good early as Fjolnir took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Skallagrimur had a 25-11 second period charge getting the lead and Fjolnir was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 83-85. American guard Carlos Medlock (183-87, college: E.Michigan) notched 40 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and center Hordur Hreidarsson (203-88) supported him with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 23 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists by American Christopher Smith (204-82, college: St.Edward's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) did not help to save the game for Fjolnir. The former international forward Ingvaldur Hafsteinsson (200-81) added 16 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Skallagrimur moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Njardvik. Fjolnir lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with ten games lost. Skallagrimur's next round opponent will be IR (#11) in Reykjavik. Fjolnir will play on the road against Tindastoll in Sauoarkrokur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fjolnir: C.Smith 23+16reb+4ast, I.Hafsteinsson 16+8reb+1ast, T.Tomasson 15+1reb+3ast, A.Gudmundsson 9+4reb+3ast, G.Olafsson 8+2reb+1ast, I.Miles 8+5reb+6ast
Skallagrimur: C.Medlock 40+5reb+4ast, D.Asgeirsson 13+4reb+1ast, H.Hreidarsson 11+5reb+4ast, S.Egilsson 8+3reb+2ast, P.Axel Vilbergsson 7+7reb+1ast, O.Jonsson 3+2ast
gschID: 180242


IR - Njardvik 81-98

The game with biggest result difference took place in Reykjavik. Local IR (3-11) lost to seventh ranked Njardvik (6-8) 98-81 on Thursday night. The game without a history. Njardvik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Njardvik outrebounded IR 45-31 including 32 on the defensive glass. IR was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American power forward Marcus Van (201-85, college: Cent.Michigan) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 18 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). point guard Elvar Fridriksson (180-94) chipped in 23 points and 6 assists. Five Njardvik players scored in double figures. American guard Dandre Williams (177-90, college: UALR) produced 27 points and 9 assists and his fellow American import guard Eric Palm (188-87, college: McKendree) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Njardvik maintains seventh position with 6-8 record, which they share with Skallagrimur. IR lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 11 games lost. Njardvik will face league's leader Grindavik at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. IR will play against Skallagrimur (#8) in Borgarnes.
Top scorers:
IR: D.Williams 27+4reb+9ast, E.Palm 18+5reb+2ast, S.Claessen 10+2reb+1ast, N.Sovic 8+9reb+1ast, V.Jonsson 8+6reb+4ast, H.Fridriksson 6+4reb+1ast
Njardvik: E.Fridriksson 23+4reb+6ast, N.Moore 21+8reb+4ast, M.Van 20+18reb, M.Baginski 15+2reb+1ast, O.Jonsson 10+8reb+3ast, A.Orrason 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 180241


Grindavik - Thor Thorl 89-87

Round 14 in Express L. means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Grindavik where host Grindavik (11-3) edged league's leader Thor Thorl (10-4) 89-87 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Thor Thorl. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Grindavik dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Thor Thorl's 44. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle) who had a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. The former international center Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (204-88) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Grindavik's coach Sverrir Sverrisson used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Benjamin Smith (178-87, college: Jacksonville) produced 26 points and 7 assists and his fellow American import forward David Jackson (201-88, college: Penn St.) added 23 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Thor Thorl at the other side dropped to the second place with four games lost. They share the position with Snaefell. They were replaced at the leadership position by Grindavik. Thor Thorl will play next round against strong Stjarnan trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Grindavik will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Njardvik in Njardvik.
Top scorers:
Thor Thorl: B.Smith 26+3reb+7ast, D.Jackson 23+10reb+1ast, D.Hilmarsson 14+5reb+2ast, D.Flake 11+10reb+2ast, G.Jonsson 6+2reb+2ast, B.Ragnarsson 5+4reb+1ast
Grindavik: A.Broussard 35+10reb+1ast, S.Zeglinski 19+2reb+6ast, S.Thorsteinsson 16+10reb+3ast, T.Olafsson 12+4reb+3ast, J.Olafsson 5+3reb+4ast, B.Brynjolfsson 2
gschID: 180240


Stjarnan - Snaefell 88-89

An interesting game where third ranked Snaefell (10-4) edged by one point one of their biggest challengers Stjarnan (9-5) 89-88 on Thursday night. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 42-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Snaefell made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Snaefell outrebounded Stjarnan 43-32 including 28 on the defensive glass. American guard Jay Threatt (180-89, college: Delaware St., agency: Pro One Sports) scored 28 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Palmi Sigurgeirsson (190-78) chipped in 16 points during the contest. American swingman Jarrid Frye (194-85, college: Sacred Heart) responded with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized American guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) scored 19 points and 6 assists. Four Snaefell and five Stjarnan players scored in double figures. Snaefell moved-up to second place, which they share with Thor Thorl. Loser Stjarnan keeps the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Keflavik. Snaefell will meet at home KR (#6) in the next round. Stjarnan will play against the league's second-placed Thor Thorl in Thorlakshofn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Stjarnan: J.Frye 27+9reb+5ast, J.Shouse 19+2reb+6ast, B.Mills 13+7reb+3ast, J.Zdravevski 12+4reb+2ast, F.Helgason 10+7reb+1ast, D.Jonsson 4+2reb+3ast
Snaefell: J.Threatt 28+6reb+9ast, S.Thorvaldsson 18+2reb, P.Sigurgeirsson 16+4reb+2ast, A.McQueen 10+4reb, S.Davidsson 7+1reb+1ast, O.Torfason 6+12reb+4ast
gschID: 180239



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Air Avellino lands Jimmy Hunter - by Eurobasket News

Sidigas Avellino (SerieA) tabbed 36-year old American guard Jimmy Hunter (197-88kg-77, college: Life, agency: Two Points). He started the season at Prima Veroli (Lega2). In 12 games this season he averaged 12.4ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.3apg. The last season Hunter played at Enel Brindisi (Lega2). In 24 games last year he had very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.6apg and 2.0spg. He helped them to win the cup.
The previous (10-11) season Hunter played at Givova Scafati (Lega2). In 32 games that season he had also great stats: 15.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.3apg and 2.3spg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Honorable Mention.
In 2000 he was drafted by Sioux Falls Skyforce (CBA) in sixth round (58th overall).
Hunter attended Life University (NAIA) and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season in pro basketball.
He received All-USBL 1st Team award back in 2004.
Hunter is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Slovenia (Luka Koper), Spain (UCAM Murcia, CB Granada, Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014 and Meridiano Alicante), NBA (Indiana Pacers) and IBL (Gary S.).
Hunter is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career.
Lets have closer look into Hunters outlook: The consumate scorer.
(by Ed Koziol): Point. Thin body, needs weight, penetrator but can dish, likes jump shot out front for 3, offensive minded, likes baseline drive from right side
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By Eurobasket Data Center



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Men's Basketball Players of the Week: Jan. 21-27 - by Eurobasket News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Jordan Johnson (East Georgia State), Bryant Fultz (Highland CC, Kan.) and Tommie Starkes (Rockland CC, N.Y.) have been named NJCAA mens basketball players of the week for games Jan. 21-27.


DIVISION I PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jordan Johnson East Georgia State College
Guard Hinesville, Ga. First Presbyterian High School

In the Bobcats lone game last week, Johnson put up impressive numbers in a 102-92 upset of No. 9 Chattahoochee Tech (Ga.). The sophomore led all scorers with a career-high 38 points, hitting 12-of-21 shots from the field and draining eight 3-pointers. Johnson spread the ball around with five assists and pulled down six rebounds in the effort. On the defensive end, Johnson picked away three steals.


DIVISION II PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Bryant Fultz Highland Community College, Kan.
Forward Alexandria, Va. West Potomac High School

Despite falling in their first game of last week, the Scotties pulled it together around Fultz and ended their four-game losing streak. In a narrow 77-74 loss to Coffeyville CC (Kan.), Fultz posted a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Highland earned their first victory in two weeks with an 81-71 win over Independence CC (Kan.) as Fultz registered another double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds. The freshman notched his third double-double of the week against York JV with 25 points and 16 rebounds as the Scotties cruised to a 107-52 victory.


DIVISION III PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tommie Starkes Rockland Community College, N.Y.
Guard Bronx, N.Y. Tidewater Academy

Earning his second consecutive player of the week nod and third of the 2012-13 season, Starkes drove the Hawks to two more victories last week. Rockland pulled out a 74-70 win over Suffolk County CC (N.Y.) behind Starkes game-high 33 points and 12 rebounds. The performance put Starkes over the 1,000-point mark for the season. The sophomore continued to pile up the points against Borough of Manhattan CC (N.Y.), scoring a game-high 40 to go along with 14 rebounds.
Courtesy of: http://www.njcaa.org



Mustangs outlast Globe in OT thriller - by Eurobasket News

Like a boxer who can't get out of the way of his own right hand but still has enough power to punch his way to victory, the Monroe Mustangs men's basketball team survived an overtime thriller, defeating Globe 99-94 on Thursday evening at the Gauchos Gym in the South Bronx. Monroe looked strong early, led for much of the second half, but especially because they didn't protect the ball in crunch time, found themselves nearly smitten by a game-tying four-point play by Globe sharpshooter Devon Walker with :10 left in regulation. But in an overtime session where niether team could get their offense going, Monroe got points from each member of their starting front line and a couple of free throws from Nehemias Morillo-Lajara to get the win. Box score

"This game showed some of the best of Monroe basketball with powerful play from our front line," said head coach Jeff Brustad, "but at the end of regulation and into the extra period we didn't take care of the ball and it could have cost us. Happily, it didn't."

Monroe's 22 turnovers - to Globe's 16 - led to 22 points for the Knights, while Monroe only got 16 off Globe's miscues. In a close game, that could have been fatal, but largely because of the Mustangs' great front line, it wasn't.

AJ West was Monroe's high scorer with 28 points and 10 boards. Despite having an off shooting night (5/16), Maurice Ndour continues to excel at all phases of the game, including team leadership. On his off shooting night 'Mo' still tallied 18 points and 16 rebounds. Though Stephane Manga was the chief turnover culprit with a team-high seven, he poured in 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.

One of the most fascinating story lines turned in by the Mustangs was by Morillo-Lajara. Getting his first start of the season at point guard, the 6'6 Dominican freshman forward had 10 assists and 13 points.

Monroe will go at it again on Saturday at the MAC in a just-added game against Princeton Day Academy beginning at 4:00pm. Then they'll play the final stretch of the season with seven games, four against conference opponents. They remain the team to beat in the region with a 4-0 record, 18-5 overall.
Courtesy of: http://www.monroecollegemustangs.com



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Feb. 1: Lanus - Pinheiros/Sky 86-74
Feb. 1: Osos - Estrellas Or. 118-94

Regular Season: Round 2

Feb. 2: Estrellas Or. - Lanus
Feb. 2: Pinheiros/Sky - Osos



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Amara Sy's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Malians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Amara Sy
Amara Sy
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Amara Sy (202-81, currently plays in France). He led ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket to a 3-point victory over the 12th-ranked JSF Nanterre (7-10) 87-84 in the French ProA in Monday night's game. Sy was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 12 rebounds. Sy also added 4 assists in 37 minutes on the court. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-7) is placed fifth in the ProA. Sy has relatively good stats this year: 12.1ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.9apg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 48.2%, 3FGP: 45.0% and FT: 68.9% in the 17 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Sy played for the Mali senior national team two years ago.

Oumar Sylla
Oumar Sylla
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Oumar Sylla (201-84, college: Richmond, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProB (third division). Sylla could not help ifm Baskets Konstanz (4-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the 11th-placed ifm Baskets Konstanz was crushed 88-66 on the road by the much higher-ranked Noerdlingen (#3) in the Group South. Sylla was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 4 rebounds. This season Sylla has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 47.0%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 73.3%. He played for the Mali national team in 2009.

Sambou Traore
Sambou Traore
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international power forward Sambou Traore (199-79, currently plays in France). Traore was not able to help Limoges CSP Elite (3-11) in their game against Cholet (8-9) in the French ProA. He scored 6 points in 22 minutes. Limoges CSP Elite lost 67-75 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#8) Cholet. It was Limoges CSP Elite's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Traore averages: 2.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 42.9% and FT: 47.1% in the 13 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. Traore played for the Mali national team two years ago.

Dramane Diarra
Dramane Diarra
   #4. Power forward Dramane Diarra (203-80, college: Kansas St., currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProB (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Saint Vallier (7-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Saint Vallier was edged 71-70 in Antibes by the much higher-ranked Olympique (#3). Diarra scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Diarra's overall stats this season are: 4.3ppg and 2.4rpg. He has both Mali and French nationalities. Diarra used to play for the Mali national team back in 2011.

Ibrahim Saounera
Ibrahim Saounera
   #5. Former international point guard Ibrahim Saounera (178-87, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked CFBB (2-13) 78-61 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 8 points and added 5 passes in 28 minutes. Rueil Athletic Club (9-7) is placed ninth in the NM1. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Saounera's first season with the team. Saounera is currently third on the list of most steals with 2.0spg. He also averaged so far 11.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 4.3apg in the 16 games. Similarly like Diarra and Traore above Saounera also holds two passports: Mali and French. He used to play for the Mali national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Bandja Sy (203-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) led N.Mexico St. to a victory against the Texas State University at San Marcos (3-7) 86-72 in the NCAA last Thursday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 13 rebounds. The New Mexico State University has a very solid 8-2 conference record this season. It was N.Mexico St.'s eighth consecutive victory in a row. It's Sy's fourth year with the team. Sy is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.1ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4bpg. Sy has a dual citizenship: Mali and French.

   #2. Yohann Sangare (193-G-83, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in a Chorale de Roanne's victory against the sixth-ranked Paris-Levallois (10-7) 87-71 in the French ProA on Saturday night. He scored 16 points in 31 minutes. Chorale de Roanne Basket (8-9) is placed tenth in the ProA. This year Sangare averages: 6.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 3.6apg in the 17 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French.

   #3. Bakary Konate (208-C/F-93, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) could not help La Palma (3-11) to beat Aurteneche Maquinaria Euskadi (7-7). Konate cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. The bottom-ranked La Palma was badly defeated 90-70 on the road by the higher-ranked Aurteneche Maquinaria Euskadi (#6). It was La Palma's third consecutive loss in a row. Konate's overall stats this season are: 5.3ppg and 5.6rpg.

Other top Mali players, who play abroad:

Ibrahima Sidibe (180-PG-95) plays for Entente Orleans 45 in French ProA
Drissa Ballo (198-F-95) plays for JDA Dijon in French ProA
Issa Coulibaly (198-F-95) plays for JDA Dijon in French ProA
Mohamed Tangara (208-F/C-84) plays for Libolo in Angolan Division I
Mamoutou Diarra (200-F-80) plays for JSF Nanterre in French ProA
Nianta Diarra (200-F/C-93) plays for STB Le Havre in French ProA
Mamadou Sy (200-F-85) plays for SO Maritime Boulogne in French ProB
Mahamadou Drame (188-SG-86) plays for Nantes in French ProB
Negueba Samake (211-C-90) plays for Bordeaux in French ProB

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



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Fuerza Regia is ready to extend the series. - by Carlos Chapa

After trailing in the LNBP quarter final series 3-0 against Halcones Rojos de Veracruz, Fuerza Regia Monterrey is ready to tie the series.

The momentum has shifted in favor of Fuerza Regia Monterrey, last game proved that the 2-3 zone is effective against Veracruz, a team that has shot 25.4% from three-point land in the last four games (26/102).

Another key for both of Fuerza Regia Monterreys victories is the ability to neutralize Halcones role players, making Coach Eddie Casiano shorten his roster in order to give his starters more playing time.

Former NBA guard Mario West will return to action tonight, after missing one game due to a right knee swelling.

Probable starters:
Fuerza Regia Monterrey - Steve Monreal, Mario West, Emmanuel Little, Mo Charlo, Lance Allred
Halcones Rojos - Curtis Stinson, Francisco Cruz, Danilo Pinnock, Luis Bethelmy, Hugo Carrillo

The game will begin at 20:30 CT.




Romel Beck's 32 points make him top Mexican player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Romel Beck
Romel Beck
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Romel Beck (201-82, agency: Interperformances, college: UNLV, currently plays in Israel). He led Bnei Hasharon to a victory over the league outsider Hapoel Holon (5-10) crushing them 103-77 in the Israeli Winner League in Sunday night's game. Beck was MVP of the game. He scored 32 points (!!!), made 3 passes and 3 steals in 37 minutes on the court. Bnei Eshet Tours Hasharon (7-8) is placed seventh in the Winner League. Beck is ranked first on the list of the top scorers in the league with 20.5ppg. He also averaged so far 3.1rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 64.0%(87-136), 3FGP: 30.6% and FT: 79.7% in the 15 games he played so far. Beck is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Mexican senior national team. Beck used to play for Correcaminos Victoria in Mexican league.

Earl Watson
Earl Watson
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international point guard Earl Watson (185-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). He managed to help Utah Jazz to win in overtime against the Indiana Pacers (27-19) 114-110 in the NBA last Saturday. Watson scored only 2 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. The Utah Jazz has 25-21 record this season. This year Watson averages: 1.9ppg, 1.7rpg, 4.1apg, 2FGP: 33.3%, 3FGP: 18.2% and FT: 66.7%. He is a naturalized American. Watson played for the Mexican national team in 2007. Strangely he has never played in Mexico.

Paul Stoll
Paul Stoll
   #3. The Mexican player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Paul Stoll (180-85, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli Winner League. Stoll could not help Maccabi Haifa (9-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance Maccabi Haifa lost 64-76 on the road to the leading Maccabi T-A. Stoll scored 11 points and added 3 assists in 37 minutes. Stoll is currently sixth on the league's list of best passers with 4.5apg. This year his other stats are: 15.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 44.8%, 3FGP: 40.2% and FT: 86.1% in the 15 games. Stoll is a naturalized American. He is also a member of the Mexican senior national team. Stoll used to play for Algodoneros de La Comarca - Torreon in Mexican league.

Gustavo Ayon
Gustavo Ayon
   #4. Power forward Gustavo Ayon (209-85, college: San Jose St., currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Orlando Magic (14-31) in their game against the Toronto Raptors (16-30) in the NBA. He recorded only 4 points. The Orlando Magic was edged 97-95 in Toronto by the Raptors. It was Magic's seventh consecutive loss in a row. Ayon's overall stats this season are: 3.6ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.4apg. He is also Mexican national team player.

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

   #1. Diego Gonzalez (175-PG-84, currently plays in Uruguay) contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked Trouville (2-2) 86-71 in the Uruguayan LUB last Saturday. Gonzalez scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Serie 1. Atletico Aguadais placed first. This year Gonzalez's overall stats are: 5.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.0apg and 1.2spg in the 30 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Mexican and Uruguayan.

   #2. Jaime Serna (205-F-89, college: UCSB, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a CB Clavijo's victory against the 11th-ranked Ourense (1-9) 75-71 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. Serna recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. CB Clavijo (7-9) is placed sixth in the LEB Gold. It's Serna's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 4.7ppg and 4.1rpg. Serna is another player who holds two passports: Mexican and Spanish.

   #3. Juan Anderson (198-F-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Marquette University in a victory against the University of South Florida (1-7) 63-50 in the NCAA in Monday night's game. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. The Marquette University has a very solid 5-1 conference record this season. This year Anderson's overall stats are: 4.7ppg and 4.1rpg in the 15 games. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Anderson has never played in Mexico.

Other top Mexican players, who play abroad:

Juan Alvarez (200-F-92) plays for Bigua in Uruguayan LUB
Mark Sanchez (201-F-87) plays for Kapfenberg Bulls in Austrian A Bundesliga
Gabriel Sandoval (198-G/F-81) plays for Arizona Scorpions in the ABA
Daniel Villanueva (F-89) plays for Zamora in Spanish EBA
Manuel Gutierrez (182-G-84) plays for Quilmes MP in Argentinian TNA
Isiah Martinez (185-G-90) plays for Colorado Cougars in the ABA
Ricardo Soto (92) plays for Puente Alto in Chilean Liga Nacional
Kevin Gonzalez plays for Deportivo Valdivia in Chilean Liga Nacional



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Nikola Vucevic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Montenegrins playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nikola Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Nikola Vucevic (210-90, college: USC, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Vucevic could not help the Orlando Magic (14-31) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance the Orlando Magic was edged 97-95 on the road by the Toronto Raptors. Vucevic recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks. Vucevic belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #6. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Vucevic averages: 11.9ppg, 11.2rpg, 1.6apg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 52.8% and FT: 67.2%. He is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Nikola Pekovic
Nikola Pekovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Nikola Pekovic (209-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Pekovic was not able to help the Minnesota Timberwolves (17-25) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves lost 90-96 in Los Angeles to the Clippers. Pekovic had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 12 rebounds in 37 minutes. It was Timberwolves' fifth consecutive loss in a row. Pekovic has very impressive stats this year: 16.0ppg, 8.7rpg, 2FGP: 51.1% and FT: 74.2% in the 35 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Vladimir Dragicevic
Vladimir Dragicevic
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86, currently plays in Eurocup). Dragicevic was the major contributor in a Spartak St.Petersburg's victory against the closely-ranked Stelmet ZG (1-3) crushing them 81-54 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Spartak St.Petersburg (3-1) is placed second in group K. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Dragicevic has relatively good stats this season: 10.6ppg, 4.7rpg and FT: 84.6%. He is also a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Milko Bjelica
Milko Bjelica
   #4. Power forward Milko Bjelica (205-84, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain) led Caja Laboral to a victory against the 13th-ranked Cajasol (7-12) 86-82 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. Bjelica recorded 11 points in a mere 16 minutes. Caja Laboral Vitoria (16-3) is placed second in the ACB. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. This year Bjelica's overall stats are: 5.2ppg and 2.5rpg in the 17 games. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Montenegrin. Bjelica is also Montenegrin national team player.

Milovan Savic
Milovan Savic
   #5. Former U21 international center Milovan Savic (205-87, currently plays in Serbia) led Konstantin to a victory over the closely-ranked Borac (8-10) 75-68 in the Serbian A League in Wednesday night's game. Savic was MVP of the game. He scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. KK Konstantin Nis (10-8) is placed fifth in the A League. It's Savic's first season with the team. Savic's total stats this year are: 9.8ppg and 4.1rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Montenegrin and Serbian. Savic used to play for the Montenegrin U21 national team six years ago.

Ivan Ivanovic
Ivan Ivanovic
   #6. An experienced forward Ivan Ivanovic (205-80, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Romania) was the main contributor in a Gaz Metan's victory against the closely-ranked CSM Bucuresti (12-7) 85-67 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Saturday. He was the best player in that game. Ivanovic recorded 17 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 26 minutes. CS Gaz Metan Medias (11-8) is placed eighth in the Liga Nationala. This year Ivanovic has relatively solid stats: 13.4ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.9apg in the 19 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Montenegrin senior team five years ago.

Omar-Sharif Cook
Omar-Sharif Cook
   #7. International point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (188-82, another player represented by Beo Basket, college: St.John's, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Milko Bjelica. But that was another game of his team in Euroleague which we would like to mention. Cook was not able to secure a victory for Caja Laboral (4-1) in their game against Regal FC Barcelona (5-1). He scored 6 points. The third-placed Caja Laboral was defeated 90-79 at home by the leading Regal FC Barcelona in the group F of Euroleague. Cook's total stats this season are: 3.2ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.6apg. He is a naturalized American. Cook is also Montenegrin national team player. Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.

Nemanja Radovic
Nemanja Radovic
   #8. Power forward Nemanja Radovic (206-91, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to Vrsac's victory against the 12th-ranked Smederevo Vizura (6-12) 72-65 in the Serbian A League on Wednesday night. Radovic was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds. Radovic also added 3 blocks in 32 minutes. KK Vrsac (9-9) is placed sixth in the A League. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. Radovic is currently fourth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has very impressive stats this year: 15.7ppg, 8.9rpg and 1.1bpg in the 18 games. Radovic used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team back in 2011.

Bojan Bakic
Bojan Bakic
   #9. International shooting guard Bojan Bakic (195-83, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to Metalac's victory against the ninth-ranked OKK Beograd (8-10) 77-71 in the Serbian A League in Wednesday night's game. He scored 14 points. Vujic Metalac Valjevo (12-6) is placed third in the A League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Bakic has reliable stats this season: 14.9ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.0apg. He is also in the roster of the Montenegrin national team.

Sead Sehovic
Sead Sehovic
   #10. Swingman Sead Sehovic (196-89, currently plays in Adriatic League) contributed to Szolnok's victory against the tenth-ranked KK Split (7-12) 70-62 in the Adriatic League last Saturday. Sehovic recorded 7 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals in 28 minutes. Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (5-14) is located at the very bottom in the Adriatic League. But the situation may improve as they ended a series of four consecutive loses. Sehovic averaged so far 12.0ppg, 4.7rpg and 2.2apg in the 15 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.

   #11. International center Blagota Sekulic (209-82, agency: FCM, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB couldn't help CB Canarias (7-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Sekulic's good performance CB Canarias was defeated 81-67 in Zaragoza by the much higher-ranked CAI Zaragoza (#7). He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Sekulic also added 8 rebounds. Sekulic's total stats this season are: 8.3ppg and 5.0rpg. He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

   #12. Former U20 international guard Milorad Sutulovic (196-90, currently plays in Serbia), who plays in the Serbian A League couldn't help OKK Beograd (8-10) in their last game. Despite Sutulovic's very good performance OKK Beograd lost 68-83 in Uzice to the higher-ranked (#4) Sloboda. He scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. Sutulovic averaged so far 11.1ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.2apg in the 17 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team back in 2010.

   #13. Former U20 international power forward Nemanja Milosevic (204-87, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in Bulgaria), who plays in the Bulgarian NBL couldn't help Tundja Yambol (7-7) in their last game on Friday. Despite Milosevic's very good performance Tundja Yambol was crushed 100-69 on their home court in Yambol by the leading Lukoil Academik. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Milosevic also added 9 rebounds. Milosevic is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders. This season he has very high stats. Milosevic averages: 15.3ppg and 9.2rpg. He used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team five years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international power forward Filip Barovic (208-90, currently plays in Hungary) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked PVSK Pannon 80-61 in the Hungarian A Division on Saturday night. Barovic scored 12 points, had 8 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls in 29 minutes. Barovic belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #4) and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has very impressive stats this year: 17.1ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1bpg and 1.3spg in the 18 games. Barovic used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team back in 2010.

   #15. Former international swingman Sasha Pavlovic (200-83, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Portland Trail Blazers to win against the Dallas Mavericks 106-104 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. He scored only 4 points. Pavlovic's total stats this season are: 2.2ppg and 1.4rpg. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a Real Madrid's victory against the 15th-ranked Blancos de Rueda (7-12) 87-75 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) in a mere 18 minutes. Real Madrid (18-1) is placed first in the ACB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Mirotic has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg and 5.2rpg in the 19 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Spanish. Despite Mirotic's Montenegrin passport, he previously played for the Spanish U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Montenegrin team.

   #2. Radomir Marojevic (207-C-81, currently plays in Serbia) led Vojvodina to a victory over the 11th-ranked BKK Radnicki (6-12) 82-74 in the Serbian A League on Wednesday night. He was MVP of the game. Marojevic scored 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. KK Vojvodina Novi Sad (14-4) is placed second in the A League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Marojevic's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 9.1ppg and 3.2rpg.

   #3. Petar Despotovic (194-G-88, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Serbia) was the main contributor in Konstantin's victory against one of league's weakest teams Vrsac 71-61 in the Serbian A League in Saturday night's game. Despotovic was MVP of the game. He scored 17 points, grabbed 4 boards, passed 5 assists and added 4 steals in 32 minutes. KK Konstantin Nis (10-8) is placed fifth in the A League. This year Despotovic has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.9apg and 1.5spg in the 18 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Montenegrin and Serbian. Despite Despotovic's Montenegrin nationality, he previously played for the Serbian university national team and probably cannot be called to the Montenegrin team.

   #4. Experienced Branko Cuic (197-G-78, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Timba Timosoara (5-14) crushing them 98-71 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Saturday. Cuic was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds. Cuic also added 7 assists. BC Mures Targu-Mures (14-5) is placed second in the Liga Nationala. Cuic belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #4. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.7ppg, 6.6rpg and 5.6apg.

   #5. Mensud Julevic (200-PF-85, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to Elektra's victory against the closely-ranked Grosuplje (2-11) 77-71 in the Slovenian Telemach League on Saturday night. Julevic was MVP of the game. He recorded 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 35 minutes. KK Elektra Sostanj (7-6) is placed sixth in the Telemach League. This year Julevic has relatively solid stats: 13.4ppg, 5.7rpg and 2.2apg in the 12 games. He has both Montenegrin and Slovenian nationalities. Despite Julevic's Montenegrin passport, he previously played for the Slovenian U21 national team.

   #6. Bojan Subotic (203-F-90, currently plays in Adriatic League) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked MZT Skopje 87-72 in the Adriatic League in Sunday night's game. Subotic recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 19 minutes. This year Subotic's total stats are: 4.3ppg and 2.1rpg in the 17 games.

   #7. Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Czech Republic) contributed to a CEZ Nymburk's victory against the closely-ranked BK Prostejov 81-71 in the Czech Republic NBL last Friday. He scored 12 points. Pavkovic is currently seventh on the league's list of best passers. His total stats this season are: 5.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.0apg and 1.1spg.

   #8. Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Belgium) helped Base Oostende win their game against the closely-ranked Okapi Aalstar 73-63 in the Belgian Ethias League last Friday. Djordjevic scored 7 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 25 minutes. Djordjevic is currently fourth on the list of best passers with 4.8apg. This year he also averages: 8.5ppg and 3.3rpg in the 13 games. Djordjevic also holds two passports: Serbian and Montenegrin.

   #9. Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87, college: UCLA, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Air Avellino (4-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance Air Avellino was edged in an overtime 83-82 on the road by the leading Cimberio Varese. Dragovic scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. This year his total stats are: 9.9ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.4spg in the 17 games. Dragovic has dual citizenship: Serbian and Montenegrin. Despite his Montenegrin passport, Dragovic previously played for the Serbian university national team.

   #10. Dragomir Marojevic (207-C-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Serbia) helped Metalac win their game against the eighth-ranked Borac crushing them 76-56 in the Serbian A League in Saturday night's game. He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Marojevic's total stats this season are: 3.4ppg and 2.9rpg.



Stojan Ivkovic is the new head coach of Hungary - by Darko Pekic

The first assistant of Luka Pavicevic (agency: Beo Basket ) in Montenegrin National Team last summer, coach Stojan Ivkovic (207-C-66) , signed a contract with Hungarian National Team. Ivkovic, who was raised in Kotor, built up a name for himself in Hungary where he has been living, playing and coaching for 20 years. He is also the head coach of Kecskemet, a 2nd Division club, and is trying to help them win promotion this season.


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Westminster basketball: Griffins take down Rocky for sixth straight win - by Eurobasket News

SALT LAKE CITY The 19th-ranked Westminster College mens basketball team earned a season sweep of Rocky Mountain (Mont.) with an 85-71 win on Thursday evening in the Behnken Field House.

Westminster is now 19-4 on the season and has won six straight games. The Griffins mprove to 6-3 in Frontier Conference action and into a tie for second place with Montana State-Northern. Rocky Mountain drops to 13-11 overall and 4-6 in the Frontier.

Trailing 11-10 a little over five minutes into the game, the Griffins put together a 10-2 run that gave them a lead that they wouldnt surrender the rest of the night. Rocky got back to within 33-29 with 6:07 to play in the half before a 16-5 run over the next four minutes helped Westminster to a 49-35 lead at halftime.

The Griffins shot 55.9 percent from the floor in the first half and made 19 baskets to just eight from the visitors. Rocky stayed in the game by going 16-of-20 at the foul line in the first half. Rocky mounted a 17-7 run midway through the second half to cut the Griffin lead to 63-58 with 9:37 remaining. Westminster put the game away with a 13-2 run over the next 4:30.

Westminster finished the game at 49.2 percent from the floor and outscored Rocky 50-28 in the paint. The Griffins had 12 offensive rebounds which resulted in 13 second chance points and they had a 25-18 advantage in bench scoring. Rocky shot just 38.8 percent from the floor and had 17 turnovers which resulted in 20 Griffin points.

Alex Drecksel (6'4''-F) came up with his second consecutive double-double as he finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds. He grabbed five boards on the offensive end and also had three blocks and one steal. Jake Orchard and Tallon Robertson (6'6''-F) finished with 17 points apiece and combined to shoot 15-of-25 from the floor. Orchard added three assists and three steals with Robertson grabbing six rebounds. Jordan Pryor made two triples and finished with 12 points off the bench.

Joel Barndt led Rocky with 17 points and nine rebounds. Jeremy Nicolas added 16 points and seven boards while Matt Strickland added 11 points.

The Griffins now move to a Saturday showdown with No. 3 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho). The action will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Behnken Field House.
Courtesy of: http://www.deseretnews.com



No. 8 CSUSM Blows Out La Sierra, 111-71 - by Eurobasket News

OCEANSIDE, Calif. Quincy Lawson (6'6''-F-91) scored 18 points and Jacob Ranger registered his first double-double of the season as the No. 8 Cal State San Marcos men's basketball team pummeled visiting La Sierra 111-71 in Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) play on Thursday night at MiraCosta College.

Lawson finished 9-of-13 from the field while Ranger added 15 points and 10 boards, helping CSUSM (19-4) break the 100-point threshold for the first time in program history, and more importantly, igniting the team for its 11th-straight victory.

CSUSM has also won 14 of its last 15.

Six Cougars in all finished in double figures, including AJ Gasporra (17), Adam Alfaro (15), Jose Rivera (12) and Hakeem Washington (11). Alfaro went 5-of-8 from behind the arc, including a spree of four 3-pointers in a row midway through the second half.

The Cougars shot 52 percent as a team, contributed 26 assists on 39 made baskets, and forced 21 turnovers while holding La Sierra (4-21) to 33 percent from the floor.

Point guard Danny Redmon finished with nine assists.

CSUSM matches its win total from a year ago, when the Cougars finished 19-12 overall.
Courtesy of: http://www.csusmcougars.com



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Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 29-15 
 2. Brooklyn N. 28-19 
 3. Boston C. 23-23 
 4. Philadelph.76 20-26 
 5. Toronto R. 17-30 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 28-18 
 2. Indiana P. 28-19 
 3. Milwaukee B. 24-21 
 4. Detroit P. 18-29 
 5. Cleveland C. 13-34 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 29-14 
 2. Atlanta H. 26-19 
 3. Orlando M. 14-32 
 4. Charlotte B. 11-34 
 5. Washington W. 11-34 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 35-11 
 2. Denver N. 30-18 
 3. Utah Jazz 26-21 
 4. Portland TB 23-23 
 5. Minnesota T. 17-26 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 34-14 
 2. Golden St.W. 29-17 
 3. LA Lakers 21-26 
 4. Sacramento K. 17-31 
 5. Phoenix Suns 16-31 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 37-11 
 2. Memphis G. 30-16 
 3. Houston R. 25-23 
 4. Dallas M. 20-27 
 5. N.Orleans H. 15-32 

Regular Season: Round 93

Feb. 1: Phoenix Suns - Dallas M. 99-109
Feb. 1: Toronto R. - LA Clippers 98-73
Feb. 1: Boston C. - Orlando M. 97-84
Feb. 1: New York K. - Milwaukee B. 96-86
Feb. 1: Brooklyn N. - Chicago B. 93-89
Feb. 1: Philadelph.76 - Sacramento K. 89-80
Feb. 1: Utah Jazz - Portland TB 86-77
Feb. 1: Memphis G. - Washington W. 85-76
Feb. 1: Detroit P. - Cleveland C. 117-99
Feb. 1: Denver N. - N.Orleans H. 113-98
Feb. 1: Indiana P. - Miami Heat 102-89
Feb. 1: Minnesota T. - LA Lakers 100-111

Regular Season: Round 94

Feb. 2: Atlanta H. - Chicago B.
Feb. 2: New York K. - Sacramento K.
Feb. 2: Cleveland C. - Oklah.City T.
Feb. 2: Houston R. - Charlotte B.
Feb. 2: Minnesota T. - N.Orleans H.
Feb. 2: Milwaukee B. - Orlando M.
Feb. 2: San Antonio S. - Washington W.
Feb. 2: Portland TB - Utah Jazz
Feb. 2: Golden St.W. - Phoenix Suns


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-SF-88)
  Avg: 29.6
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.29.6 
 2. Anthony, New Y.29.0 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.9 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.5 
 5. Harden, Houston R.25.9 
 6. Irving, Cleveland23.7 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..22.5 
 8. Curry, Golden S.21.0 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat20.6 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anderson VAREJAO
  Clevelan.
  (205-C-82)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Varejao, Clevelan.14.4 
 2. Howard, LA Lakers11.9 
 3. Randolph, Memph.11.7 
 4. Noah, Chicago B.11.3 
 5. Asik, Houston R.11.3 
 6. Vucevic, Orlan.11.2 
 7. Lee, Golden St.W.11.0 
 8. Chandler, New Y.10.8 
 9. Hickson, Portland.10.8 
 10. Cousins, Sacramen.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.7 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.4 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.9 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..8.3 
 6. Williams, Brooklyn7.7 
 7. Nash, LA Lakers7.7 
 8. Parker, San A.7.5 
 9. Calderon, Toron.7.4 
 10. Nelson, Orlando M.7.2 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.6 
 2. Conley, Memphis G.2.3 
 3. Lin, Houston R.2.0 
 4. Westbrook, Oklah..1.9 
 5. Walker, Charlott.1.9 
 6. Ellis, Milwaukee B.1.9 
 7. Harden, Houston R.1.9 
 8. George, Indiana P.1.8 
 9. Rondo, Boston C.1.8 
 10. Jennings, Milwauk.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Larry SANDERS
  Milwauke.
  (211-F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Sanders, Milwauke.3.0 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.9 
 3. Duncan, San A.2.7 
 4. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.6 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 6. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.2 
 7. Smith, Atlanta H.2.2 
 8. Noah, Chicago B.2.1 
 9. McGee, Denver N.1.9 
 10. Gasol, Memphis G.1.8 


Spurs assign Baynes to Toros - by Eurobasket News

The San Antonio Spurs have assigned center Aron Baynes (6'10''-C-86, college: Washington St.) to their D-League affiliate Austin Toros. Baynes played significant minutes in the Spurs' recent win over the Bobcats finishing with 7 points, 1 block and 9 rebounds in 17 minutes of action. However, seeing how he was added to the team mid-way through the season, without the benefit of a full training camp and preseason, any amount of time learning the Spurs' system is beneficial to his development. Similar to how the Spurs have been sending Nando De Colo back-and-forth to Austin in order to get time on the court and immerse himself in the Spurs' system. Moreover, after the Spurs' win over Charlotte, coach Gregg Popovich commented Baynes was winded and playing with the Toros tonight will help with his conditioning. Also, with Tim Duncan set to make his return to the court tomorrow versus Washington, it could be just a way to make roster space as well.
Courtesy of: projectspurs.com



Recap from full of action Friday - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota T. - LA Lakers 100-111
The Los Angeles Lakers answered some prayers Friday and finally won a road game in 2013, breaking an eight-game drought away from home. Just as relieving as the win, the Lake Show played another vintage 'Kobe Johnson' game. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78), once again, flirted with a triple-double and finished with 17 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists. Again, the scoring was balanced with Bryant not forcing shots, even down the stretch. The Lakers won a game on the road, they played well, and it felt good. Sure, the Lakers fell in love with the three in the first half and had a serious problem turning her away when she just was not working out. LA clung on to the feeling of starting 9-11 from behind the arc, but the magic was gone for the last two-thirds of the relationship. The Lakers only made three of their final 21 shots from distance to finish 12-32 from behind the arc. Predictably, the Lakers were in a game by the time the fourth quarter came around. The Lakers found themselves up by a mere four points with less than six minutes to play, and Dwight Howard was in another state. Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80), Howard's replacement, stepped up. He immediately converted a three-point play to put the Lakers up by seven. Then, he followed that up with a short jumper and a defensive rebound. Gasol finished with a team-high 22 points and his 12 rebounds were tied for a team-high with Bryant. 'We definitely finished the game much much better,' Gasol said after the game. 'We moved the ball well. We felt good as a team tonight.' The team finished with five or more players in double figures in points for the fourth game in a row. On Friday night, the Lakers actually finished with six players reaching double figures, something that has happened twice in the 'Kobe Johnson' era. In Minnesota, the Lakers broke their road curse and took another massive step forward to salvaging the season. Courtesy of: nbclosangeles.com

Phoenix Suns - Dallas M. 99-109
O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) scored 20 points to lead six Dallas players in double figures and the Mavericks, despite the absence of Dirk Nowitzki, added to their mastery of Phoenix with a 109-99 victory over the Suns on Friday night. Darren Collison (6'0''-PG-87, college: UCLA) added 19 points and Vince Carter 17 for the Mavericks, minus Nowitzki for the second game in as many nights because of a sore right hip. Shannon Brown (6'4''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) scored 20 and Goran Dragic added 19 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Suns, 0-3 against Dallas this season and losers of 11 of the last 12 in the series. The Suns lost at home for the first time in four games since interim coach Lindsey Hunter took over from the fired Alvin Gentry. After scoring a season-high 27 points in Wednesday night's win over the Lakers and averaging 18.2 points in his first six games under Hunter, the Suns' Michael Beasley was 2-of-13 shooting for four points. The Mavericks trailed most of the night before Carter's 3-pointer put them up for good, 84-81, with 8:51 to play. The basket was part of a 12-4 run that gave Dallas a 92-85 lead on Jae Crowder's 3 with 6 1/2 minutes to go. Phoenix never got closer than five again. Dallas' only lead of the first half was at 2-0 but the Suns never were up by more than seven in the first two quarters and it was tied at 54 at the break. Dragic had 10 points, four rebounds and four assists in the first quarter, with the Suns holding a 31-29 lead. Brown opened the second quarter with a pair of 21-footers to make it 35-29, then capped an 11-4 run with a 3-pointer to put Phoenix up 40-33 with 9:10 left in the half. The Mavericks caught the Suns with a 15-8 surge, trying it at 50 on Mayo's 3-pointer 2:16 before the break. The Mavs went nearly 4 1/2 minutes without a point as the Suns scored 11 straight to go up 71-61 on Marcin Gortat (6'11''-C-84)'s layup with an assist from Dragic with 4:45 left in the third quarter. But Dallas responded with a 13-2 run to take the lead for just the third time of the night, 74-73, on Brandan Wright's inside basket with 1:12 left in the period. Brown's basket 20 seconds later put Phoenix up 75-74 entering the fourth. Courtesy of: theintelligencer.com

Utah Jazz - Portland TB 86-77
Al Jefferson (6'10''-F/C-85) had 21 points, including two one-handed shots in the lane to clinch the victory, and the Utah Jazz beat the Portland Trail Blazers 86-77 on Friday night. Paul Millsap (6'7''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) added 15 points for the Jazz, who have won eight of their last nine home games. After trailing most of the game, LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas), who had 16 points and 10 rebounds, made a putback to cap nine consecutive points by the Blazers and draw Portland within six at 78-72 with 5:28 remaining. Alec Burks finally snapped the string of seven straight missed shots by Utah with a tip-in, but Damian Lilliard hit a 3-pointer make it 80-75 with 3:57 to play. But that's all the Blazers could muster down the stretch. Though the Jazz struggled to score, the Blazers came up empty on six straight possessions with two turnovers and four missed shots. Lilliard, who played collegiately at Weber State in nearby Ogden, finished with 26 points. The Blazers held the Jazz without a point for a span of 5:32 in the middle of the fourth quarter, but the Jazz made the shots down the stretch. Utah finally clinched it on two free throws by Randy Foye and Jefferson's back-to-back push shots in the lane. Jefferson, who also grabbed 10 rebounds, finally found the net as the Jazz suffered through a 5-of-19 performance in the fourth quarter and still came away with the win. Wes Matthews rolled his right ankle on a drive to the hoop in the third quarter and had to be helped off the court. He did not return. Locker room X-rays were negative, but it was not immediately known if he will miss any games. The Blazers were on an upswing after a season-worst six-game losing streak. But they didn't have the offense this time to duplicate the 21-point comeback they had in a 106-104 victory over Dallas on Tuesday. Utah's only blemish in the last nine games at home was a record-setting 125-80 loss to Houston. Like the Jazz, the Blazers are a different team away from home. Portland has averaged 102.3 points in three straight home wins, but has scored 90.7 points per game in dropping five of seven on the road. The Jazz and Blazers play all four of their season matchups in a two-month span, which may be good news for Utah's playoff hopes. Utah swept Portland last season and the same two teams face off Saturday night in Portland. The Blazers are banged up and it's getting more dismal. Nicolas Batum scored just five points and often rubbed his sore right wrist in each stoppage of play. While the Jazz fed Millsap and Jefferson in the post to the tune of 25 first-half points, the Blazers launched a bevy of errant jumpshots. The Jazz shot 61 percent on their way to a 51-36 advantage at the break. Courtesy of: readingeagle.com

Denver N. - N.Orleans H. 113-98
Nuggets coach George Karl insists he doesn't pay attention to records more than quality of play. Therefore, his team's loss to Washington: Not as bad as it seemed. His team's game Friday night against New Orleans: Tougher than the Hornets' 15-31 record made it look. Karl was right. The Nuggets and Hornets slugged it out before the home team pulled out a 113-98 victory at the Pepsi Center. For how they operate this season, it was vintage Nuggets - which is to say the Hornets hung around until they were put away in the fourth quarter. As a result, just like that the Nuggets won their sixth consecutive game and their 13th in the last 16 games. It was said that being home would help after a road-heavy start to the season and, boy, has it. Buried at the bottom of the playoff race at the start of the new year, the Nuggets are now percentage points out of the fourth slot in the Western Conference. And there are still two home games remaining before a four-game road trip leading into the NBA all-star break. Friday's victory was powered by Denver's defense, though the numbers were a bit odd. New Orleans hit 52.8 percent of its shots, a disconcerting number for any team, except Friday the Nuggets had turnovers on their side. Denver forced 22 New Orleans miscues and cashed in on them all game long. When the dust settled, the Nuggets had scored a season-high 32 points off those turnovers and had 32 fast- break points to go with it, meaning those turnovers were being pushed up the court on a regular basis. Defensively, Ty Lawson took the challenge of guarding Hornets guard Greivis Vasquez (6'6''-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Maryland) - a player improving at such a rapid rate, the Nuggets made him priority No. 1 in their plan to slow New Orleans. "Coach wanted me to pick up Greivis early," Lawson said, "then everybody else came in and started picking up. Corey (Brewer) came in and got three steals or three deflections early and that led to our break. We started getting easy baskets and that fueled us to the win." Lawson and others hounded Vasquez all game long. Vasquez had a decent night - 13 points and nine assists - but defending him is only partly about limiting production. It's more about getting him and the New Orleans offense off schedule. For the most part, the Nuggets got it done. And while the Nuggets were causing all kinds of mistakes by the Hornets on the defensive end, Lawson continued his steady improvement in the second half of the season on offense. He poured in 21 points and also had 13 assists, his fifth double-double of the season. It also was his third 20-point, 10-assist game of the season. "I was just trying to be aggressive and take what they gave me," Lawson said. "If they gave me a shot, I was shooting it. If not, I was taking it to the basket and finding Gallo in the corner or a big (on the block). And when I did that, my teammates were knocking down big shots." Courtesy of: denverpost.com Andre Iguodala (6'6''-SF-84, college: Arizona) led the Nuggets with 24 points and Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-SF-88, agency: Players Group) contributed 18. Brewer led all Denver scorers off the bench with 17 points. "The turnovers got us playing up and down the court a little bit," Karl said. "The points off of turnovers gave us the confidence to win the game."

Memphis G. - Washington W. 85-76
Mike Conley (6'1''-PG-87, college: Ohio St.) scored 18 points and Tayshaun Prince (6'9''-F-80, college: Kentucky) added 14 in his Memphis debut, including a pair of key fourth-quarter jumpers, as the Grizzlies defeated the Washington Wizards 85-76 on Friday night. Marc Gasol added 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Grizzlies, while Tony Allen and Jerryd Bayless finished with 11 points each. Allen also grabbed eight rebounds, and Conley also had six assists. Prince hit his first three shots of the game, finishing 7 of 11 from the field. Hilario Nene (6'10''-C-82) was the only Wizards player to reach double figures with 14 points, while handing out six assists. Emeka Okafor had eight points and 10 rebounds as Washington lost its third straight after winning seven of 10. The game marked the first appearance for Prince, Ed Davis and Austin Daye, acquired in a three-team trade this week that sent Memphis leading scorer Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) to Toronto. Washington rookie guard Bradley Beal missed his second straight game with a right wrist injury. Memphis put the game away in the final 4 minutes, part of outscoring the Wizards 46-36 in the second half. The Grizzlies overtook the Wizards in the middle stages of the third quarter as Washington had trouble controlling the basketball. The Wizards had a handful of turnovers through the first eight minutes of the period. The Grizzlies built the lead to five points helped by the Wizards' miscues, which would reach seven in the third. That led to Memphis carrying a 61-56 lead into the fourth quarter although the game was hardly an offensive display of efficiency. Both were shooting between 41 and 42 percent and things seemed out of sync for both. Memphis ended the night hitting 45 percent, while the Wizards were at 41 percent. Memphis couldn't extend the advantage enough to get comfortable in the early part of the fourth, and Trevor Ariza's 3-pointer with 8:22 left pulled Washington within 67-66. Memphis eventually took the lead to 10 points, its biggest lead of the game, when Prince connected on consecutive jumpers for a 72-62 lead with 1:11 remaining. Prince made an immediate impact, connecting on his first three shots after the Memphis faithful gave him a standing ovation when he entered the game in the first quarter. But both teams struggled from the field in the second quarter, including Washington missing 16 of its first 18 shots in the frame. Memphis was 6 of 20 in the second, while the Wizards were 5 of 23. Memphis outscored Washington 16-10 in the second quarter. Neither team had a player in double figures at halftime, and Memphis matched its poor shooting with 10 turnovers to seven miscues for the Wizards. Courtesy of: startribune.com

Detroit P. - Cleveland C. 117-99
Brandon Knight (6'3''-G-91, college: Kentucky) had 20 points and 10 assists, and the Detroit Pistons never trailed Friday night in a 117-99 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Greg Monroe (6'11''-C-90, college: Georgetown) added 18 points and 16 rebounds for the Pistons, who played without newly acquired point guard Jose Calderon. After being traded from Toronto to Detroit earlier this week, the Spanish-born Calderon needed to resolve visa issues before he could play. Knight, himself a point guard, might play off the ball more once Calderon is in the lineup. He made his first four shots against Cleveland, more than holding his own against Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving. Tristan Thompson (6'8''-F-91, college: Texas) led Cleveland with 19 points. Knight was a lottery pick two years ago, so Calderon's arrival won't necessarily mean a reduced role for the 6-foot-3 guard. He may be asked to become more of a scorer, though. Knight was sharp Friday, and the Pistons opened an early 21-11 lead on a dunk by Monroe. Cleveland shot only 22 percent from the field in the first quarter. The Cavaliers finished at 40 percent. Detroit led 54-47 at the half and extended its advantage in the third quarter. Knight made a 3-pointer followed by a pair of free throws to make it 79-64. A jumper by Knight gave the Pistons their largest lead at 85-66 late in the quarter. Detroit is 3-0 against Cleveland this season. Irving didn't play in either of the first two meetings, and now the Cavaliers are without center Anderson Varejao for the rest of the season. Varejao was treated recently for a blood clot in his right lung. Irving scored 14 points Friday. Cleveland managed 20 offensive rebounds in each of the first two losses to the Pistons. Without Varejao, the Cavaliers had only 13 this time. Cleveland had won three of four entering the game, and the Cavaliers had outscored each of those opponents in the fourth quarter. That streak ended Friday, when Detroit won the fourth 32-31. Cleveland cut the deficit to nine at 99-90 in the fourth when C.J. Miles made a 3-pointer following a pair of missed free throws by Detroit rookie Andre Drummond. The Pistons took Drummond out, so the Cavaliers began fouling Charlie Villanueva intentionally. Villanueva went 3 of 6 from the line during that stretch, but Cleveland couldn't take advantage. Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com

Philadelph.76 - Sacramento K. 89-80
Make it a double for the Philadelphia 76ers. Yes, the Sixers really can string together a winning streak. Thaddeus Young (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgia Tech) had 23 points and 15 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday (6'3''-PG-90, college: UCLA) scored 21 to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to an 89-80 win over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night. Nick Young scored 20 points to help the Sixers win consecutive games for the first time since they had a three-game winning streak from Nov. 25-30. "Two in a row. Finally," coach Doug Collins said. It was a long wait for the Sixers-62 days since they last went 2 for 2. The Sixers beat Washington and the Kings this week for the rare winning streak. The Sixers won for only the fifth time in 14 games and eighth in 25. The Sixers beat Phoenix, Dallas and Charlotte in the last three games of November the last time they had a streak. They go for three straight Monday against Orlando. "We're just coming out with all kinds of energy," Nick Young said. "We made that one of our priorities. But when we get up, we've got to keep the lead." The Sixers blew a 17-point lead in a loss to Memphis on Monday night and nearly wasted a 19-point cushion against the Kings. Early in the fourth, Thomas took advantage of Nick Young's foul on his 3-point attempt, sinking all three from the free-throw line and giving the Kings their first lead of the game, 73-72. Thaddeus Young, their most valuable player this season behind Holiday, pushed back the Kings with consecutive jumpers that sparked a 10-0 run and put the Sixers back in control. Nick Young's three-point play made it a 12-point game and the Sixers had a double-digit lead they would not waste. The Sixers had two five-game losing streaks since they last won back-to-back games. "I guess we like to make it hard on ourselves," Holiday said. Tyreke Evans (6'6''-PG-89, college: Memphis) scored 29 points and Isaiah Thomas had 24 for the Kings. DeMarcus Cousins had 12 points and 12 rebounds. The Kings have lost six of seven and fell to 1-3 on a six-game road trip. "We've got great talent, we know we can play with anybody," Evans said. "We've just got to be ready every night." So in control in third, the Kings missed 11 of their first 12 shots in the fourth, costing them their chance at their biggest comeback win of the season. The Kings started running in the third-and nearly ran away with a big rally. Cousins and Evans did most of the damage, hitting short jumpers around the basket or dunking the Kings from the big deficit to only five down. Spencer Hawes made an ill-advised pass into the paint that was picked by Francisco Garcia and fed to a streaking Evans for a dunk, cutting it to 66-63. Evans scored 13 points in the third and Thomas had 10 that whipped an 18-point hole early in the quarter to only a 72-68 game at the end. Cousins, averaging a double-double on the season, had gone the last four games without one. Evans and Thomas combined to shot 18 for 36 from the floor. But Kings missed nine of 10 3-point attempts and had no answer for Thaddeus Young on the boards. The Kings made 11 of 20 shots in the third, only to miss 15 of 18 in the fourth, hardly a recipe for victory. "We got back into the game, but didn't control it," Kings coach Keith Smart said. The Sixers continued their run of fast starts, making 12 of 20 shots to open the game and build a lead they would keep until the early fourth. Thaddeus Young and Holiday each scored 13 in the first half to help the Sixers stretch the lead to 19 and take a 54-39 lead into halftime. "Sometimes the game comes too easy, you start missing shots, and before you know it, they're back in the game," Nick Young said. Courtesy of: orovillemr.com

New York K. - Milwaukee B. 96-86
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) scored 25 points, Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) had 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench, and the New York Knicks extended their winning streak to three games with a 96-86 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night. J.R. Smith had 17 points and Tyson Chandler pulled down 20 rebounds in New York's fourth straight win over Milwaukee. Ersan Ilyasova (6'10''-F-87) led the Bucks with 19 points and seven rebounds. Monta Ellis added 16 points and Brandon Jennings had 14. The Knicks trailed for the majority of the game until late in the third quarter when they stormed back. With 4:02 remaining in the period, New York was down 70-63 after a turnaround jumper by Ellis. But the Knicks went on an 8-0 run as Anthony hit a 3-pointer and Raymond Felton connected on an alley-oop with Chandler, who finished with nine points. Smith then hit a 3-pointer to make it 71-70 with 2:04 left. Ilyasova drove to the basket and was fouled by Chandler before making a free throw that tied it at 71. Samuel Dalembert briefly gave the Bucks a 73-71 lead with a tip-in after Ilyasova stole the ball from Anthony. But the Knicks answered right back. Anthony scored on a drive and was fouled, converting a three-point play that put New York ahead for good with 42.5 seconds left in the third. The Knicks opened the fourth quarter with another run. Stoudemire made a pair of free throws and a hook shot in the lane to give the Knicks a 78-73 lead before Milwaukee called a timeout after Pablo Prigioni drew a charge on Mike Dunleavy with 9:35 left. After Jennings' layup made it 78-75, the Knicks went on an 8-2 run and never looked back. Iman Shumpert scored on a layup and Chandler followed with a dunk to make it 82-75. Marquis Daniels answered with a layup for Milwaukee but Shumpert made another basket and Felton followed with a 3-pointer to make it 87-77 before the Bucks called timeout with 4:58 to go. Courtesy of: sanluisobispo.com

Brooklyn N. - Chicago B. 93-89
Brook Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) scored 20 points through three quarters, then the Brooklyn Nets turned to their bench to beat the short-handed Chicago Bulls 93-89 on Friday night. Andray Blatche scored all of his 11 points in the fourth quarter and Marshon Brooks (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Providence) had nine of his 13 as the reserves scored the Nets' first 20 points. A starter didn't score until Joe Johnson's 3-pointer gave Brooklyn an 86-80 lead with 2 minutes to play. Johnson finished with 13 points for the Nets, who bounced back from a loss to Miami on Wednesday by beating another top Eastern Conference team. Luol Deng (6'9''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) scored 18 points and Taj Gibson had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Bulls, who played without starters Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer and Kirk Hinrich while losing for just the third time in 11 games. Nate Robinson had 12 points and 11 assists but shot just 4 of 16 in place of Hinrich, who returned to Chicago to get his right elbow examined. Marco Belinelli scored 18 points and Jimmy Butler had 12 off Chicago's bench. Noah had an undisclosed foot injury and Boozer was bothered by a sore right hamstring. But the Bulls have been without Derrick Rose all season and are as good as anyone at playing without a full deck. They had a lead into the early fourth quarter before perhaps running out of gas as the deeper Nets surged by them. Brooks' jumper gave the Nets the lead for good at 74-73 with 7:39 left and former Bulls backup CJ Watson hit a 3-pointer before Blatche's basket made it 79-73 with 6:09 to go. Brooklyn stayed ahead from there, though Chicago got within two with 15 seconds left before Watson closed it out with two free throws. Even with Chicago's injuries, Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said going from the Heat on Wednesday to the Bulls on Friday was like "going for a root canal a couple of times in a week" because of how tough both teams make it to run an offense. Notoriously cautious Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau termed Noah's ailment a "lower-body injury." Pressed further, Thibodeau simply said Noah was "nicked up." The Bulls almost got by without the All-Star while playing with just eight players but had their two-game winning streak snapped. The Nets jumped out to a 12-point lead in the first quarter, but Chicago battled back to take a 42-39 lead on Deng's 3-pointer with 51 seconds left in the first half, and the Bulls led by one at the break. Deron Williams had 11 points for the Nets. He limped off with an apparent ankle injury late in the half, but was back to start the third quarter. Courtesy of: galvestondailynews.com

Boston C. - Orlando M. 97-84
Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) and Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F/C-76) each had a double-double, and the Boston Celtics responded to yet another blow to their lineup with a 97-84 win Friday night over the Orlando Magic, who lost their eighth straight game. Pierce had 14 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists despite sitting out the fourth quarter. Garnett finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who learned early in the day that promising rookie Jared Sullinger will miss the rest of the season following back surgery. The short-handed Celtics also lost All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo this week, yet won their third straight and got back to .500 at 23-23. Courtney Lee had 14 points and five assists for Boston. Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown) scored 17 points. J.J. Redick had 15 points and five assists and Nikola Vucevic had 14 points and 14 rebounds to lead Orlando, which is dealing with injury problems that rival those of the Celtics. The Magic were without their top two scorers in Aaron Afflalo (calf) and Glen Davis (broken left foot), then lost point guard Jameer Nelson to a bruised left forearm. Nelson, who averages 7.4 assists and is third on the team in scoring at 15.3 points per game, did not play in the second half. The depleted Magic still managed to push the Celtics through much of the game, taking advantage of 15 turnovers and some shaky free throw shooting as Boston went 9 for 14 from the foul line. Orlando had been chipping away at the lead in the third quarter, pulling to 57-54 on E'Twaun Moore's three-point play with 5:04 left in the period. Boston slowly rebuilt the lead with a few short runs, then broke open the game in the fourth when the weary Magic wilted defensively. Pierce scored the last four points of the third quarter, putting the Celtics up 72-59 and starting a 10-0 run for Boston. The Celtics opened the fourth quarter 7 for 9, including a series of dunks by Lee and Green during an 8-2 spurt that extended the lead to 86-63. Jason Terry and Leandro Barbosa scored 12 each for the Celtics, who had six players in double figures. Andrew Nicholson and Moore finished with 14 apiece for the Magic. Courtesy of: miamiherald.com

Indiana P. - Miami Heat 102-89
Indiana did it again Friday night. And this time, the Pacers beat Miami at its own game. David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) scored 30 points, Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) added 17 and Indiana became the second team to beat the defending champs twice this season with a 102-89 victory. The Pacers (28-19) have won 13 in a row at home and two straight since ending a three-game losing streak earlier this week. They've also won three straight regular-season games over the Heat and have not lost to Miami since the Heat swept the final three games of the Eastern Conference semifinal series last spring. For Miami (29-14), it was a frustrating night. While players and coaches promised to play a more physical game than the first one, the 87-77 loss on Jan. 8 also at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, it didn't make much difference. The Heat still got outrebounded, and allowed the Pacers to shoot a season-high 55.7 percent from the field. During one stretch, West made 11 straight baskets. How frustrating was it? Three different Miami players and coach Erik Spoelstra drew technical fouls. And after Miami put up a season-low 77 points in the first trip to Indiana, this time it nearly allowed Indiana to finish with its highest points total in a non-overtime game all season. The season high was 105 against Houston two weeks earlier. It was that kind of night in Indy. Lance Stephenson had 15 points and George Hill 12 before leaving briefly late in the game with a left shoulder injury. Meanwhile, the only other Miami players to reach double figures were Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) with 13 and Shane Battier with 11. Indiana took control of the game with a 13-0 run that turned a 23-20 deficit into a 33-23 lead early in the second quarter. Miami never led again. The Pacers, meanwhile, methodically extended the margin. They closed the first half on an 8-4 mini-run to make it 53-45, then opened the second half by scoring the first six points to take a 59-45 lead. They weren't even close to being finished. When Miami got within 64-54 on two free throws by Mario Chalmers with 7:13 to go in the third quarter, Indiana answered with a 12-3 run that made ended with two free throws from West. That made it 76-57 with 3:16 left in the quarter. Miami only got as close as 12 the rest of the way. Courtesy of: salon.com

Toronto R. - LA Clippers 98-73
It took all of couple of minutes for Rudy Gay to breathe new hope into Toronto Raptors fans. Two minutes after the team's newest player checked in to the Raptors' 98-73 rout of the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, the explosive small forward took flight for a huge alley-oop dunk from DeMar DeRozan. Twenty seconds later, DeRozan found a sprinting Gay again. Another big dunk, another roar of approval from the capacity crowd of 19,800 at the Air Canada Centre. "DeMar is a great player, he's by far the best two-guard I've ever played with," Gay said in the post-game dressing room. "I think for us to be really good, we have to have that kind of interaction together and it's just the start of it. The more practice, the better we'll get." Gay poured in a game-high 20 points in 33 minutes in his Raptors' debut, mere hours after he touched down in Toronto. "You've seen it tonight. No practices," said DeRozan. "A player of his calibre can do nothing but help us." Amir Johnson (6'9''-F/C-87) scored 19 points and tied his career-high of 16 rebounds for Toronto (17-30), DeRozan finished with 19 points, John Lucas added 17 points, and Kyle Lowry had eight assists. "It's just fun," DeRozan said. "I've known Rudy for a couple of years now. . . It's just crazy, he knows my game, and I know his game, it's as simple as that. We're not going to make it difficult, we know each other's game." Blake Griffin scored 17 points to top the Clippers (34-14), who were playing without all-star guard Chris Paul for the eighth time in 10 games (bruised right kneecap). Jamal Crawford added 14. Gay's debut came two days after the trade that sent point guard Jose Calderon to Detroit and forward Ed Davis to Memphis for the explosive small forward that general manager Bryan Colangelo has long coveted. Red neon signs were posted throughout the arena concourse -- "The Toronto Raptors Welcome Rudy Gay." Welcome him they did. The crowd was on its feet cheering before he even entered the game, when a highlight video of his time with the Grizzlies was played on the Jumbotron. Turns out, it was a sneak peak of what was to come. While he had some shaky moments -- an early air ball, a bad turnover -- he came virtually as advertised, draining long jumpers and streaking down the court for fast-break baskets in what was easily one of Toronto's most entertaining game this season. "He is one of the best in the league at getting his own shot," said Raptors coach Dwane Casey. "He frees up DeMar, Kyle, and everyone else so they can get their shot. Teams cannot just concentrate on DeMar now which will open him up." He looked completely at ease by the time he drained a three-pointer with 4:15 to go in the fourth quarter, slapping his hand on his thigh as Lowry -- not only his new teammate but his best friend -- shot him a raised-eyebrows "I'm impressed" look. "Great teammates. They all helped me, they helped me get in the right spots and make sure I didn't look too bad out there," Gay said. Asked if he can remember the last time he's had several standing ovations in a game, Gay said: "No. Um. . . no." The Raptors took a 72-45 lead into the fourth, and continued to pour it on in the final 12 minutes, a three by Lucas giving Toronto a 31-point lead with 3:30 to go, its biggest of the night. The game ended on a sour note when Jonas Valanciunas was stripped of the ball by Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut) with 2.8 seconds on the clock. Valanciunas fouled Butler, who made two pointless free throws. The game also marked Valanciunas's return after he missed 18 games with a broken right ring finger. The Lithuanian forward played just 13 minutes, grabbing three rebounds but picking up five fouls. Gay's seven points led all scorers in the first quarter as the Raptors took a 22-17 advantage into the second. The Clippers tied it up at 27-27 midway through the second, but Toronto ended the half with a 19-3 run to take a 46-30 lead into the dressing room at the break. The Raptors didn't slow down in the third, Gay's three-pointer at the buzzer to end the quarter giving the home team a 72-45 lead with a quarter left to play. "I love Rudy's game," Griffin said. "He's going to be great for the Raptors." Gay tugged on his No. 22 Raptors jersey just a few hours after he was introduced to the media at a packed lunchtime news conference -- six-and-a-half years late, he joked. "I like when players call me out occasionally," Colangelo said, with a grin. "When I first spoke with Rudy the other night after the trade had been consummated, he asked me point blank: 'Why didn't you just draft me in the first place?' "Well, we got you. One way or the other, we got you." The University of Connecticut product was taken eighth overall in the 2006 draft -- seven spots after the Raptors selected Andrea Bargnani instead. "It's just good to be wanted and to start over in an organization where they reached out, to try to get you," Gay said. "I feel like I've been drafted again. I get on (Colangelo) because he didn't draft me but it's almost like another draft. Almost." The Maryland native was asked about whether he's ready to be a franchise player coming from a Grizzlies team where he was often the fourth or fifth option on offence. "I think more than anything, a franchise person needs to understand it's a team game," Gay said, as Colangelo and Casey nodded in approval -- they clearly liked the answer. "I'm not coming here to score a lot of points, I'm coming here to make my teammates better, I'm not coming here to lessen anybody's role, I'm here to make this team better. Some nights it might be scoring a lot of points, some nights it might be assisting, some nights it might be rebounding. As long as those Ws keep happening." Gay was averaging 17.2 points as the Grizzlies' leading scorer -- plus 5.9 rebounds per game -- in what hasn't been his strongest season. He'd been the subject of trade rumours for some time as Memphis looked to unload his hefty max contract. The six-foot-eight player is due US$16.5 million this season with $37 million more over the next two years. Colangelo said perhaps the stress of the trade speculation led to his lower performance level this season. Gay admitted the uncertainty hasn't been easy. "Of course it (wears on you)," he said. "It's my livelihood, it's basketball, it's what I do for a living. Professionally I tried to go out there and be the best professional I could be but it is a lot of relief that comes with being here, talking to (Colangelo), and talking to coach Casey and them reassuring me that they're going to make sure I'm comfortable here, and that means a lot to me." Playing alongside Lowry should make for an easier transition to Toronto. Lowry grew up in Philadelphia, a 90-minute drive from Gay. They first played against each other in Grade 8, and eventually became friends "by default," Gay said, through all the tournaments they played together. Lowry was the first person Gay called when the deal went down. "He said that if you come here, we can do some big things," Gay said. "It's going to help so much. Me and Kyle are like brothers. Just as much as I want to see him succeed, he wants to see me succeed, so (it's good) to have someone in your corner like that." The Raptors also acquired Hamed Haddadi from Memphis in the deal, but are expected to waive the centre. Courtesy of: cp24.com



Billy Hunter placed on paid leave of absence - by Eurobasket News

Billy Hunter has been placed on a paid leave of absence from the NBPA. NBPA counsel Ron Klempner has been made interim executive director. The union's leadership has retained outside counsel to help it through the suspension of Hunter, and plans to push the membership to oust Hunter, sources said.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



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NBLC Standings

NBL Canada Standings
 1. London L. 23-4 
 2. Summerside S. 18-11 
 3. Oshawa P. 17-11 
 4. Halifax R. 15-15 
 5. St.John M.R. 15-15 
 6. Moncton M. 15-19 
 7. Windsor Exp. 11-16 
 8. Montreal J. 2-25 

Regular Season: Round 27

Feb. 2: Montreal J. - Summerside S. 95-116
Feb. 6: Windsor Exp. - Oshawa P.
Feb. 7: Moncton M. - London L.
Feb. 8: Montreal J. - Halifax R.
Feb. 8: St.John M.R. - London L.



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Top 25 - Men

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

Regular Season: Round 81

Jan. 30: USF - St.Mary''s, CA 63-67
Jan. 30: Creighton - Missouri St. 91-77
Jan. 30: Buffalo - Cent.Michigan 91-73
Jan. 30: High Point - Longwood 88-60
Jan. 30: Kansas St. - Texas 83-57
Jan. 30: Youngstown St. - Valparaiso 80-68
Jan. 30: St.John''s - De Paul 79-74 OT
Jan. 30: Rice - Houston 79-69
Jan. 30: Ball St. - Toledo 78-85
Jan. 30: Oklahoma St. - Iowa St. 78-76
Jan. 30: UAB - UTEP 78-72 OT
Jan. 30: Colorado St. - Boise St. 77-57
Jan. 30: Wright St. - Detroit Mercy 76-83
Jan. 30: Loyola, IL - Wisc.-Milwaukee 76-65
Jan. 30: Stanford - Oregon 76-52
Jan. 30: Florida - S.Carolina 75-36
Jan. 30: Presbyterian - NC-Asheville 74-77
Jan. 30: Georgetown - Seton Hall 74-52
Jan. 30: Northeastern - Georgia St. 73-78
Jan. 30: Charleston So. - Gardner-Webb 73-74 OT
Jan. 30: Florida St. - Maryland 73-71
Jan. 30: LSU - Missouri 73-70
Jan. 30: Charleston - Appalachian St. 72-59
Jan. 30: UCLA - USC 71-75 OT
Jan. 30: Baylor - Oklahoma 71-74
Jan. 30: Temple - Richmond 71-64
Jan. 30: Wake Forest - Duke 70-75
Jan. 30: Radford - VMI 69-70
Jan. 30: Lafayette - Colgate 69-40
Jan. 30: E.Carolina - Memphis 68-75
Jan. 30: Miami, OH - W.Michigan 68-72
Jan. 30: Michigan - Northwestern 68-46
Jan. 30: N.Illinois - Kent St. 67-65
Jan. 30: Holy Cross - Army 66-80
Jan. 30: ODU - Towson 66-68
Jan. 30: Xavier - Dayton 66-61
Jan. 30: Delaware - William & Mary 66-56
Jan. 30: Notre Dame - Villanova 65-60
Jan. 30: Virginia Tech - Miami, FL 64-73
Jan. 30: Rhode Island - VCU 64-70
Jan. 30: Fordham - St.Joseph''s 62-66
Jan. 30: Cincinnati - Rutgers 62-54
Jan. 30: Air Force - Fresno St. 62-50
Jan. 30: Winthrop - Co.Carolina 61-48
Jan. 30: Purdue - Indiana 60-97
Jan. 30: S.Carolina St. - Hampton 60-64
Jan. 30: La Salle - Massachusetts 60-61
Jan. 30: Wyoming - N.Mexico 59-63
Jan. 30: Binghamton - UMBC 58-61
Jan. 30: Marshall - SMU 57-68
Jan. 30: Long Beach St. - UCSB 57-55
Jan. 30: Georgia - Auburn 57-49
Jan. 30: S.Illinois - Drake 56-61
Jan. 30: Bowling Green - Akron 55-68
Jan. 30: American - Bucknell 55-56
Jan. 30: Maine - New Hampshire 54-57
Jan. 30: Cal-Irvine - Cal Poly - SLO 52-45
Jan. 30: Tulane - Cent.Florida 50-58
Jan. 30: Navy - Lehigh 49-71
Jan. 30: Mississippi St. - Texas A&M 49-55 OT
Jan. 30: Hartford - Vermont 43-49
Jan. 30: McNeese St. - SF Austin 39-59
Jan. 30: NJIT - Fisher 108-69

Regular Season: Round 84

Feb. 2: Seton Hall - Cincinnati
Feb. 2: Akron - Ohio
Feb. 2: Boston Coll. - Clemson
Feb. 2: N.Carolina - Virginia Tech
Feb. 2: Northwestern - Purdue
Feb. 2: Pittsburgh - Syracuse
Feb. 2: William & Mary - Hofstra
Feb. 2: LIU Brooklyn - St.Francis, PA
Feb. 2: Murray St. - Austin Peay St.
Feb. 2: Alcorn St. - Jackson St.
Feb. 2: Missouri - Auburn
Feb. 2: Texas Tech - W.Virginia
Feb. 2: S.Carolina - Georgia
Feb. 2: Delaware - NC-Wilmington
Feb. 2: BYU - Santa Clara
Feb. 2: American - Lafayette
Feb. 2: Maryland - Wake Forest
Feb. 2: G.Washington - La Salle
Feb. 2: Colgate - Holy Cross
Feb. 2: De Paul - Notre Dame
Feb. 2: St.Louis - Dayton
Feb. 2: Florida St. - Duke
Feb. 2: Marshall - Cent.Florida
Feb. 2: Memphis - Tulsa
Feb. 2: Winthrop - Liberty
Feb. 2: Charlotte - Massachusetts
Feb. 2: Texas St. - Denver
Feb. 2: Texas A&M-CC - Sam Houston St.
Feb. 2: Loyola, IL - Green Bay
Feb. 2: Bowling Green - Ball St.
Feb. 2: Nebraska-Omaha - Oakland
Feb. 2: Georgia St. - ODU
Feb. 2: Utah - Colorado
Feb. 2: SMU - Houston
Feb. 2: N.Dakota - Idaho St.
Feb. 2: Air Force - San Diego St.
Feb. 2: IUPUI - W.Illinois
Feb. 2: St.Mary's, CA - Portland
Feb. 2: Pepperdine - USF
Feb. 2: Niagara - Loyola, MD
Feb. 2: Missouri St. - Evansville
Feb. 2: Creighton - Bradley
Feb. 2: Houston Baptist - NJIT
Feb. 2: Jacksonville - Florida Gulf Coast
Feb. 2: Campbell - NC-Asheville
Feb. 2: E.Tenn.St. - Lipscomb
Feb. 2: Georgetown - St.John's
Feb. 2: Vanderbilt - Alabama
Feb. 2: New Hampshire - Stony Brook
Feb. 2: St.Bonaventure - Duquesne
Feb. 2: Kansas - Oklahoma St.
Feb. 2: Butler - Rhode Island
Feb. 2: Mt.St.Mary's - Sacred Heart
Feb. 2: Howard - Savannah St.
Feb. 2: N.Carolina St. - Miami, FL
Feb. 2: Beth.-Cookman - Florida A&M
Feb. 2: Morgan St. - Hampton
Feb. 2: Coppin St. - Norfolk St.
Feb. 2: Delaware St. - N.C.Central
Feb. 2: JMU - George Mason
Feb. 2: Arkansas - Tennessee
Feb. 2: N.Illinois - Toledo
Feb. 2: Md-E Shore - N.Carolina A&T
Feb. 2: Wagner - Quinnipiac
Feb. 2: Colorado St. - Wyoming
Feb. 2: St.Francis, NY - Robert Morris
Feb. 2: Appalachian St. - W.Carolina
Feb. 2: Furman - Citadel
Feb. 2: California - Oregon
Feb. 2: N.Florida - Stetson
Feb. 2: USC Upstate - N.Kentucky
Feb. 2: Cent.Arkansas - Nicholls St.
Feb. 2: Southern - Grambling St.
Feb. 2: Illinois St. - S.Illinois
Feb. 2: S.Dakota St. - UMKC
Feb. 2: Mississippi St. - LSU
Feb. 2: Jacksonville St. - Morehead St.
Feb. 2: Texas A&M - Kentucky
Feb. 2: Princeton - Columbia
Feb. 2: Richmond - Xavier
Feb. 2: Oklahoma - Kansas St.
Feb. 2: Alabama St. - Ark.-Pine Bluff
Feb. 2: St.Joseph's - Temple
Feb. 2: SE Missouri St. - E.Kentucky
Feb. 2: Kent St. - E.Michigan
Feb. 2: Florida - Mississippi
Feb. 2: UMBC - Maine
Feb. 2: Canisius - Iona
Feb. 2: Harvard - Brown
Feb. 2: W.Michigan - Buffalo
Feb. 2: Wofford - Davidson
Feb. 2: Dartmouth - Yale
Feb. 2: Fair Dickinson - Cent.Conn.St.
Feb. 2: VCU - Fordham
Feb. 2: Hartford - Boston U.
Feb. 2: Nebraska - Ohio St.
Feb. 2: Gardner-Webb - Longwood
Feb. 2: Elon - Samford
Feb. 2: UTSA - N.Mexico St.
Feb. 2: Bucknell - Navy
Feb. 2: Charleston - NC-Greensboro
Feb. 2: Alabama A&M - Miss.Valley St.
Feb. 2: High Point - Presbyterian
Feb. 2: Lamar - SF Austin
Feb. 2: Pennsylvania - Cornell
Feb. 2: Florida Atlantic - Middle Tenn.St.
Feb. 2: Radford - Co.Carolina
Feb. 2: Monmouth - Bryant
Feb. 2: Cent.Michigan - Miami, OH
Feb. 2: Long Beach St. - Cal Poly - SLO
Feb. 2: Albany - Binghamton
Feb. 2: Georgia South - Chattanooga
Feb. 2: FIU - La-Monroe
Feb. 2: Ill.-Chicago - Cleveland St.
Feb. 2: N.Mexico - Nevada
Feb. 2: Northeastern - Drexel
Feb. 2: UAB - S.Mississippi
Feb. 2: Louisiana Tech - Texas Arlington
Feb. 2: Iowa St. - Baylor
Feb. 2: SIU Edwardsville - E.Illinois
Feb. 2: Texas - TCU
Feb. 2: Boise St. - UNLV
Feb. 2: UALR - S.Alabama
Feb. 2: N.Dakota St. - S.Dakota
Feb. 2: Rice - E.Carolina
Feb. 2: UTPA - Chicago St.
Feb. 2: Drake - Indiana St.
Feb. 2: Arkansas St. - N.Texas
Feb. 2: Troy - La-Lafayette
Feb. 2: ORU - SE Louisiana
Feb. 2: Belmont - Tenn Tech
Feb. 2: Indiana - Michigan
Feb. 2: Texas Southern - Prairie View A&M
Feb. 2: Washington - Arizona St.
Feb. 2: UTEP - Tulane
Feb. 2: N.Colorado - Weber St.
Feb. 2: CS Fullerton - Hawaii
Feb. 2: S.Utah - N.Arizona
Feb. 2: E.Washington - Montana
Feb. 2: CSU Bakersfield - Utah Valley
Feb. 2: Washington St. - Arizona
Feb. 2: N.Iowa - Wichita St.
Feb. 2: Cal-Riverside - CS Northridge
Feb. 2: Cal-Irvine - UCSB
Feb. 2: Seattle - Utah St.
Feb. 2: Idaho - San Jose St.
Feb. 2: Pacific - Cal-Davis
Feb. 2: Portland St. - Montana St.
Feb. 2: San Diego - Gonzaga


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Jones LAMONT
  Iona
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Lamont, Iona22.3 
 2. Mason, Niagara18.7 
 3. Armand, Iona18.0 
 4. Cormier, Loyol.17.4 
 5. Green, Niagara16.5 
 6. Baron, Canisius16.0 
 7. Lewis, Marist15.0 
 8. Needham, Fairfield14.8 
 9. Etherly, Loyol.14.7 
 10. Laury, Iona14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 O.D. ANOSIKE
  Siena
  (203-F-91)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Anosike, Siena11.7 
 2. Laury, Iona10.8 
 3. Manhertz, Canisius9.0 
 4. Kemp, Marist8.1 
 5. Brown, Manhattan6.8 
 6. Etherly, Loyol.6.7 
 7. Winbush, Loyol.6.6 
 8. Stewart, Rider6.6 
 9. Tanksley, Niagara6.0 
 10. Heath, Canisius6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Billy BARON
  Canisius
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Baron, Canisius5.7 
 2. Ffrench, St.Peter''s5.2 
 3. Green, Niagara5.2 
 4. Hymes, Siena3.9 
 5. Wade, Fairfield3.9 
 6. Lamont, Iona3.7 
 7. Sledge, Iona3.5 
 8. Needham, Fairfield3.4 
 9. Armand, Iona3.3 
 10. Thompson, Rider3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Rakeem BROOKINS
  Siena
  (178-G-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Brookins, Siena2.1 
 2. Lewis, Marist2.0 
 3. Green, Niagara2.0 
 4. Nickerson, Fairfie.1.8 
 5. Cormier, Loyol.1.8 
 6. Ffrench, St.Peter''s1.7 
 7. Raymond, St.Pe.1.6 
 8. Thompson, Rider1.5 
 9. Etherly, Loyol.1.4 
 10. Washington, St.Pe.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Rhamel BROWN
  Manhattan
  (201-F/C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Brown, Manhattan2.6 
 2. Laury, Iona1.8 
 3. Kemp, Marist1.7 
 4. Heath, Canisius1.5 
 5. Latham, Loyola, MD1.3 
 6. Etherly, Loyol.1.2 
 7. Nd-Ezuma, Rider1.1 
 8. Manhertz, Canisius1.0 
 9. White, Niagara0.9 
 10. Silas, Siena0.9 


No. 8 Arizona Edges Washington, 57-53 - by Eurobasket News

SEATTLE (AP) - Nick Johnson got the credit for finding a way to score needed points in the closing minutes for Arizona.

Only after everyone got done raving about the defensive effort Johnson put forth against Washington's C.J. Wilcox, the leading scoring in the Pac-12 in conference games.

"I was looking forward to it coming in," Johnson said. "I feel like I played hard. I think I did a good job. He's a great player. He can score with the best of them."

Johnson had 15 points, five in the final 2 minutes, and No. 8 Arizona rallied from an early deficit for a 57-53 victory over Washington on Thursday night, snapping a three-game losing streak to the Huskies.

Mark Lyons (6'1''-G-89) and Solomon Hill (6'7''-F) both added 10 points for the Wildcats, who won their second straight after losing at home to UCLA. It's a victory that won't be remembered for the quality of play, but a gritty effort from Sean Miller's club that easily could have found itself in a major hole after a sloppy first half.

Instead, they will head to Washington State on Saturday just one game behind Oregon in the conference standings and having escaped Seattle with a win for the first time since 2007.

"To win on the road when you don't play offense well or have a half like we did, I think is a telling sign that hopefully our future is filled with some good moments," Miller said.

Arizona won despite committing 17 turnovers, shooting just 35 percent and making only three 3-pointers. But their defensive effort made the game just as ugly for the Huskies, who finished 1 of 12 on 3-pointers and committed 17 turnovers.

Arizona trailed 48-46 with 4:34 left after Wilcox hit Washington's first 3-pointer of the game. The Wildcats (18-2, 6-2 Pac-12) then closed on an 11-5 run -- that featured big shots from Johnson and Hill -- and got plenty of help from the careless Huskies.

Wilcox and Scott Suggs both scored 11 points to lead Washington (12-9, 4-4), which has lost four straight for the first time since 2008. Wilcox sat for a large chunk of the second half after picking up his fourth foul, but was hounded all game by Johnson and finished nine points below his average in conference play.

"Right now, tonight, our guys are really down. Our guys know that we came out ready to play. When you come out and you realize you didn't give it your all, that's tough," Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. "But when you fight like we did tonight and you come up short, it takes more than a couple hours to get over that.

Wilcox re-entered the game with 7:23 left and Washington's offense immediately improved. Suggs scored four straight points followed by a driving layup by Abdul Gaddy and finally the Huskies' first 3-pointer after missing their first 10 attempts. Gaddy recovered his dribble in the lane and found Wilcox open in the corner for the 3 to put Washington up by two.

Lyons answered with a driving layup as the shot clock expired and Hill scored off a careless Washington turnover to put the Wildcats back ahead. Wilcox was fouled by Johnson shooting a 3-pointer and after a timeout, hit two of three to tie the game at 50-50 with 3:05 left.

Shawn Kemp Jr., split free throws before Johnson scored on a runner in the lane to put the Wildcats up 52-51 with 2 minutes left. Aziz N'Diaye was fouled, but the 46 percent free-throw shooter missed both and Hill knocked down a jumper, only to have Suggs quickly answer on a drive with 1:08 left.

Miller decided to regroup and called a timeout with 51 seconds left. Off the inbounds pass, Johnson quickly got into the lane and was fouled with 41 seconds left. His first free throw rattled in and out and he made the second to put Arizona up 55-53. Washington tried to run a backdoor lob for Wilcox but Gaddy's pass was too high and the turnover forced Washington to foul with 26.8 seconds left. Johnson hit both this time and after N'Diaye missed a desperation 3, the Wildcats dribbled out the clock.

"We have to learn to trust each other," Hill said. "It was a factor of wearing them down in the second half and playing together and that's when we started getting easy ones and Nick made a bunch of defensive stops and we just stayed with them."

Kaleb Tarczewski added 10 points for the Wildcats, all in the first half, while N'Diaye finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Huskies.

"For us to win it means a lot," Miller said. "This is one of the hardest places we come to each season."
Courtesy of: http://www.arizonawildcats.com



Grinz On Green: Spartans Resourceful In Comeback Win - by Eurobasket News

If the only good thing you can say about a team is that it figured out a way to win despite a lackluster performance, then at least you know it's resourceful.

That's about all Michigan State was applauding after coming back from a 10-point halftime deficit to defeat Illinois, 80-75, Thursday night in the Breslin Center.

Thanks to the re-emergence of junior point guard Keith Appling (6'1''-PG-92) from a one-game disappearance in Sunday's loss at Indiana and freshman guard Denzel Valentine (6'5''-G-93) from a Big Ten-season-long fog, the Spartans were able to overcome injury and apathy with their contender's status hanging in the balance.

Appling did his best imitation of former MSU star guard Steve Smith by taking over the game in the second half, scoring 19 of 24 points and handing out all but one of his seven assists after intermission.

Spurred on by the advice of another Spartan player -- his dad Carlton -- Denzel Valentine filled in the gaps created when Travis Trice left the game for good late in the first half after apparently aggravating the facial injury he sustained in the season opener, and Gary Harris bowed out with back spasms in the second half.

Denzel Valentine produced 12 of his career-high 14 points - six more than his total from the previous six games, including three scoreless showings -- in the final 19:24.

Michigan State's disinterested approach to Illinois (15-7, 2-6 Big Ten) was difficult to decipher given the way it gave the Hoosiers all they could handle in splendid five-point battle royale, even though foul trouble limited Appling to a season-low three points.

No one was more grateful for the way Appling and Denzel Valentine came through to help prevent one loss from becoming two than forward Branden Dawson, who felt like he let the team down while scoring 12 points and pulling down nine rebounds.
Afterward, Dawson addressed his teammates and coach Tom Izzo in the lockerroom.

"I just told the team I was sorry for the way I came out," he said. "Coach has been talking about us taking steps forward and how tonight we took a monster step back. I think we kind of took Illinois for granted because of their record, and we said 'OK, this is going to be an easy win at home.'

"I just told the team that I came out without energy and thanked the guys for picking me up."

The Fighting Illini backed the Spartans up onto the ropes with 3-point baskets and superior effort and toughness while going after the ball. Illinois scored 12 points off the nine MSU turnovers it forced in the first half.

Appling said he didn't make a point of atoning for what happened at Indiana or make a conscious decision to put the team on his shoulders down the stretch. His competitive instincts just kicked in.

"I didn't realize (Trice and Harris) were injured until a media timeout when I looked around and didn't see them," Appling said. "I really don't have to get motivated for crunch time. You should always be motivated, but when it's winning time, I feel like that's the time when I focus in most."

Appling did "Smitty from Detroit City" proud by drawing fouls, making plays and scoring in the clutch. The Spartans regained a five-point lead with 1:45 remaining when Appling, though stumbling through the lane, had the presence of mind to loft the ball toward the basket for a Dawson dunk.

A minute later, his dribble-drive across the foul-line, spin move around a defender and take-off to the basket for a 74-68 advantage was vintage Smith.

"Going into the second half, we kind of got an earful from all the coaches and we just wanted to come out and play as hard as we could, and I tried to do everything I could on the offensive and defensive ends to put us ahead," Appling said. "It was real tough for us because a lot of guys had to play extended minutes, but I thought Denzel did a good job of stepping up and taking on some of the challenge."

Denzel Valentine admittedly had been pressing to match the personal success that came so effortlessly to him while leading Lansing Sexton High School to back-to-back state championships the previous two seasons. His father, who played for Jud Heathcote from 1984-88, was also his coach at Sexton.

"That was Denzel Valentine's best game and I'm going to give his dad some credit," Izzo said. "I asked his dad to come over the other day just to talk and see how we can help him because he's been struggling. His dad was a true coach and an awesome guy.

"I think Denzel did some goofy things off the bat, but really beared down. I was proud of the job he did, even defensively. He earned it."

Carlton's counsel to his son wasn't particularly profound, except perhaps in the way it gave him permission to lighten up on himself.

His second-half-opening layup sparked the 14-0 run that erased the deficit and put the Spartans ahead the remainder of the game.

"I just came out relaxed and didn't put any pressure on myself," Denzel Valentine said. "When (Izzo) brought my dad in for a meeting I was happy because it showed that coach really cared and would do whatever it takes to see what's going on with me and to help me out.

"He's my dad and he said I'm a good player, and if I just go out there and play, the game's going to come to me. My dad knows what he's talking about, and finally today I got tired of putting pressure on myself. It was so stressful, and I just let it go."

Izzo refused to be impressed by the way MSU made 87.5 percent of its second-half shots (14 of 16) for ridiculously good 59.5-percent accuracy (25 of 42) in the game, and outrebounded the Illini 33-24.

To do that while "playing that poorly, the numbers lie," said Izzo.

If the Spartans have to shoot like they did against Illinois to win on regular basis, Izzo knows they're in trouble because it's unsustainable.

But if the simple truth coming out of the way they won is that they're resourceful, there are worse things for the way a team can be.
Courtesy of: Steve Grinczel, MSUSpartans.com On-Line Columnist



Billikens Dismantle No. 9 Butler, 75-58 - by Eurobasket News

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Up 17 points late in the first half, Saint Louis only intensified the pressure. Never a time to let up against No. 9 Butler.
"We were just thinking 'Step on it. Make the lead go bigger," guard Jordair Jett said. "That's how we play."

Jett matched his career best with 19 points in 23 minutes, but the reserve realized the school's biggest upset in nine years was decided on the other end of the court. Butler was hounded into a season-worst 23 turnovers in Saint Louis' 75-58 victory Thursday night that ended with fans storming the court to celebrate.

"The guys really work on deflections and things like that," said center Robert Loe (6'11''-F-91), who had 12 points. "We heard before the game that Butler hadn't really been pressured too much, and we wanted to get them out of their comfort zone."

Butler coach Brad Stevens had only admiration for the way his team was manhandled.

"I absolutely loved the way they moved the ball," Stevens said. "It was an absolute joy to watch one team play. The problem was, it wasn't the team I coached."

Dwayne Evans (6'5''-F) added 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting for the Billikens (15-5, 4-2 Atlantic-10), who fed off a record crowd of 10,612 at Chaifetz Arena. Saint Louis shot 50 percent and the 17-point lead was the school's best-ever against a ranked opponent.

Rotnei Clarke (6'0''-G-89) had 17 points for Butler (17-4, 4-2) but also had six turnovers. Andrew Smith added 12 points and six rebounds for the Bulldogs, who have lost four games this season, three by 15 or more points.

"We pretty much got punked," Clarke said. "End of story. There's not really much to say about it. We got outclassed and we got punked."

The win is the Billikens' first win against a top 10 foe since knocking off No. 2 Louisville on Feb. 13, 2003.

"Everyone was just focused. 'Let's not waste a possession," Crews said. "I think our guys did a nice job of sustaining that mentality."

Jett, who was 8 for 12 with two 3-pointers, also scored 19 points against Villanova on Nov. 25, 2011.
Saint Louis leads the conference in scoring defense, allowing 57.8 points.

After Clarke, the other four Butler starters totaled 21 points. Khyle Marshall was held to two points and played just 10 minutes due to foul woes.

Stevens hadn't seen this coming.

"We've got to bounce back from this," he said. "This was going to be a really hard place to win if we played well, and we knew that.

"The disappointing thing is they made us not play well."

Butler was saddled with 16 turnovers in the first half, only two shy of its season worst against North Carolina and Indiana, combined with 37.5 percent shooting that added up to a 34-23 halftime lead for Saint Louis. Clarke had nine points and four turnovers and Marshall was held to two points with five turnovers.

On its first 29 possessions, Butler had six baskets and 16 turnovers. Down 17 points late in the half, the Bulldogs finally woke up with nine quick points in a stretch of 1:07 before Jett answered with a 3-pointer with 7 seconds left to make it 34-23.

Butler was down 14-12 when Clarke scored off a drive with 8:14 to go. The Bulldogs had just one more basket over the 7 1/2 minutes and not that many chances, either, with an uncharacteristic rash of mistakes forced by Saint Louis' aggressive, overplaying defense.

Jett had a layup and 3-pointer in a 14-0 run capped by Loe's 3-pointer with 3:20 to go that put the Billikens up 31-14.
Courtesy of: http://www.slubillikens.com



Gary Rings LMU's Bell With 3-Point Explosion In 88-43 Win - by Eurobasket News

LOS ANGELES (AP) - No. 7 Gonzaga could do no wrong against Loyola Marymount.

Gary Bell Jr. scored 15 points, including five of Gonzaga's season-high 13 3-pointers, and the seventh-ranked Zags won 88-43 on Thursday night for their sixth straight win over the Lions.

Kelly Olynyk (7'0''-F-91) added 15 points, and Sam Dower (6'9''-C) and Drew Barham (6'6''-G-89) had 13 each for the Zags (20-2, 7-0 West Coast), ensuring coach Mark Few his 14th consecutive season with at least 20 victories. The Zags become the second team in the country to hit the 20-win plateau, Michigan reaching the magical number Wednesday.

''This allowed us to really show our depth,'' Few said.

Anthony Ireland made five 3-pointers while scoring 19 points to lead the Lions (8-13, 1-7), who have lost five straight and seven of eight.

It was the Zags' fourth consecutive blowout conference victory, and they got the rout going early as the highest-ranked opponent to visit Gersten Pavilion since being here as the No. 5 team in February 2006. They led by 28 points at halftime and gradually expanded the margin even as Few substituted liberally.

''They're a well-oiled machine,'' Ireland said. ''After a while it snowballed. Things weren't going our way possession after possession. We didn't overcome the challenges.''

Gonzaga stretched its lead to 81-34 with a 21-5 run midway through the second half. The Zags hit five 3-pointers, three by Barham, and David Stockton, son of Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer John, added a 3-pointer and two free throws.

Bell had been averaging 8.6 points and shooting just 32 percent from 3-point range, but the Zags' big men got him the ball.

''I was wide-open a lot,'' he said. ''You can't leave a shooter open. You hear the coaches and guys keep telling you to keep shooting.''

The Lions were outclassed in every category while being held to their fewest points of the season. They shot 25 percent from the field and committed 14 turnovers.

''I'm sure they were frustrated,'' Olynyk said. ''They weren't playing very well and we made it tough on them.''

The Lions' zone didn't slow down the Zags.

''Their zone was to get a breather,'' Bell said. ''They keyed on the bigs so much.''

Gonzaga shot 54 percent for the game, controlled the boards 46-31, and its bench outscored the Lions' reserves 47-4. The Zags owned a 30-10 edge in points in the paint and shot 50 percent from the free throw line.

''They're good, but that's embarrassing,'' Lions coach Max Good said. ''I've covered and covered for our inside guys, but they've got to rebound the ball.''

The Zags have won three straight since losing to then-No. 13 Butler by one point on Jan. 19.

''The Butler loss was tough, but we've bounced back and we've been improving every game,'' Olynyk said. ''Everyone played real well, the guards shot the ball well, the big men rebounded.''

They shot 57 percent from the field in the first half, when the Zags led 46-18. They made eight 3-pointers, including four straight during a 15-0 run while the Lions went 6:25 without a basket. The Lions got as close as six points when Ireland and Ashley Hamilton combined to score 10 straight points before Gonzaga cranked up its long-range shooting. Hamilton had the Lions' only basket over the final 9:52 of the half.

Seventeen NBA scouts were on hand, including ones from the Lakers and Clippers.
Courtesy of: Associated Press



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Tigers Down UCO - by Eurobasket News

HAYS, Kan. (Jan. 30) Two final-minute turnovers helped curtail a late rally and Central Oklahoma dropped a 78-71 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association decision to Fort Hays State here Wednesday night at Gross Memorial Coliseum.

The Bronchos chopped an 11-point second-half deficit to two at 71-69 on Joshua Gibbs (6'5''-F-90) ' 3-pointer from the top of the key with 1:12 left to play, but UCO threw the ball away on its next two possessions and the Tigers made 7-of-8 free throws over the final 42.3 seconds to secure the win.

The loss ended UCO's four-game road conference winning streak, dropping the Bronchos to 7-11 on the year and 5-5 in the MIAA. FHSU improved to 12-6 and 6-4.

Spencer Smith (6'6''-F-91) came up big for UCO, hitting four 3-pointers and all eight free throws in a game-high 24-point outing while adding a game-best eight rebounds. Jamell Cormier had three treys in scoring 14 points and Gibbs finished with 13.

The Bronchos trailed 37-35 at halftime and were still within a bucket at 43-41 after a Smith layup before FHSU scored nine unanswered points to open up a 52-31 lead as UCO missed seven shots and had four turnovers.

It was still a nine-point hole (58-49) with 7:27 left, but Smith scored seven points in a three-minute span to pull the Bronchos within 64-60 and Cormier followed a FHSU bucket with a 3-pointer from the wing to make it 65-63 at the 3:00 mark.

Cormier came back with another trey a minute later to answer a FHSU 3-pointer that kept UCO within a bucket (68-66) and Gibbs' long-distance shot after a three-point play by the Tigers still had the Bronchos within two before the late turnovers ruined the comeback.

Gibbs and Smith had consecutive 3-pointers in the opening minute to stake UCO to a quick 6-2 lead before the Tigers came back to move in front 17-12 after five minutes. Treys by Jamell Cormier and Jacob Strassle in an 8-0 run put the Bronchos back on top 20-17 and another long-distance shot by Smith made it 25-22 at the 8:01 mark.

The lead was 31-29 after two Smith free throws with 4:24 left, but FHSU used an 8-1 run to grab its biggest lead of the half at 37-32 in the final minute before Seth Heckart pulled the Bronchos within 37-35 at the break with UCO's sixth 3-pointer of the half.

The Bronchos stay on the road for another MIAA contest Friday, taking on Nebraska-Kearney at 7:30 p.m. in Kearney, Neb.
Courtesy of: http://www.bronchosports.com



Trojans Fall at Lenoir-Rhyne - by Eurobasket News

HICKORY, N.C. The Anderson mens basketball team wrapped up the first half of its South Atlantic Conference schedule with a 75-58 road setback to Lenoir-Rhyne Wednesday night at Shuford Gymnasium.

Anderson (11-6, 7-2 SAC) was unable to keep pace with league front-runners Wingate and Lincoln Memorial and slipped into third place in the conference standings. Lenoir-Rhyne improved to 13-4 overall and 6-3 in the conference by earning a split of the regular-season series. The Bears won their third straight contest and are 9-3 since dropping their conference opener to Anderson in late November

Lenoir-Rhyne scored the first 10 points of the game and never trailed throughout the contest, as junior guard Mark Terrell sandwiched a pair of layups around back-to-back 3-pointers from sophomore guard Denzail Dillingham.

Anderson, which was without the services of reigning SAC Player of the Year, Denzail Jones (5'9''-PG-90), for the second consecutive contest, responded with seven unanswered points of its own. Junior guard Chandler Hash (6'0''-G-92) opened the Trojan scoring with a 3-pointer and added two free throws following a layup by junior forward Kyle Sledge.

The Bears B.J. Beasley added a pair of free throws from the line and Dillingham added another trey to push L-Rs edge back to 15-7 with 14:00 left in the opening half. But again the Trojans inched back, countering with a 9-2 run to get within 17-16 midway through the half. Sophomore guard Myson Jones fueled the run with five of his seven first-half points.

But Lenoir-Rhyne answered with a 15-5 run of its own to gain their largest lead of the first half, at 32-21, with 3:04 remaining and took a 34-27 lead to intermission.

The Trojans trimmed the deficit to 34-32 on a Hash jumper and another trey from Jones, but the Bears quickly answered with a 3-pointer from Dillingham and a traditional three-point play by Beasley.

AU again trimmed Lenoir-Rhynes lead to just 42-40 with 15:01 remaining and again pulled within two at the 10:23 mark on a jumper by forward Bo Holston, but was unable to overtake the Bears.

Hash and Jones each tallied 14 points for the Trojans, with Jones adding a team-high five assists. Holston netted 13 points and pulled down a team-best eight rebounds.

Dillingham led all scorers with 30 points on 6-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc, while R.J. McClure added 13 points and Beasley notched 10 points. Jarvis Perry handed out a game-high 10 assists.

Anderson starts the second half of the South Atlantic Conference schedule by playing host to Mars Hill on Saturday, with tip-off scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturdays contest marks the first meeting of the season between the Trojans and Lions.
Courtesy of: http://www.autrojans.com



No. 11 UAH Travels To Livingston To Face UWA - by Eurobasket News

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. The 11th-ranked University of Alabama in Huntsville men's basketball will conclude a three-game road swing on Saturday as it travels to face West Alabama. The contest between the Chargers (15-3, 8-2 Gulf South Conference) and the Tigers (7-10, 3-7 GSC) is slated to start at 4 p.m.

After hitting 10 more 3-pointers in the team's 59-42 victory at West Georgia on Thursday, the Chargers continue to rank among the best in the nation in 3-pointers per game as the squad is third with an average of 10.7 treys per contest.

UAH has hit 192 shots from beyond the arc and is chasing the program record set by last year's team that hit 291 triples.

Hitting four more 3-pointers in the West Georgia game, Ronnie Mack has gone 46-for-85 from 3-point land on the season, and his 54.1 percent success rate on long-range shots ranks him as the top 3-point shooter in Division II.

One of 16 games in which Mack has hit multiple 3-pointers, Mack scored 11 to be one of four Chargers who scored in double figures when West Alabama visited Huntsville earlier this season. Led by Jaime Smith's 20 points, the Chargers defeated UWA 69-60.

UAH owns a 43-19 advantage in the all-time series between the two programs, and the last time that the Blue and White dropped a game in the series was in Livingston during the 2005-06 season.

West Alabama has fallen in three of its last four, including a 73-68 setback to Shorter at home on Thursday evening. Steven Samuels (6'5''-G-90) scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds in the contest, and he currently sits second on the team with a scoring average of 16.0 points per game while Sandy Underwood paces the Tigers with 16.6 points per contest.

Live stats and video for the contest will be available at uwaathletics.com, and the game can be heard in the Tennessee Valley on 97.7 The Zone.

Fans are encouraged to follow the Chargers on Facebook (facebook.com/uahchargers) and on Twitter (@uahchargers), and supporters of the Blue and White may sign up for text and e-mail updates at uahchargers.com.
Courtesy of: http://www.uahchargers.com



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La Roche's Frantz Hits 9 Three-Pointers in Win Over Mt. Aloysius - by Eurobasket News

CRESSON, PA Ryan Frantz hit a school-record 9 three-pointers and scored a career-high 31 points in a huge conference win for La Roche on Wednesday night. The Redhawks (12-8, 10-3) beat Mt. Aloysius (13-7, 9-4) 94-78 to sweep the season series.

La Roche took control of the game midway through the first half with a 10-0 run. Tough team defense by the Redhawks sparked the run and a three-point play by Lionel Perkins and a deep three-pointer from David Jackson highlighted it.

Frantz and the Redhawk offense continued to click in the second half. La Roche shot 58% from the field and made 6 of 12 threes in the final frame.

Frantz led all scorers with 31 points and he went 11 for 20 from the field. His 9 three-pointers broke his own record of 8 which he set last season against Penn State Altoona. Jackson chipped in 9 points and finished with 12 rebounds to move into second place on La Roche's all-time rebounding list. Andre Flanigan contributed 11 points, 5 assists, and 4 steals and Daron Tabronadded 4 assists. Perkins scored 16 points in the win.

The Redhawks had their best shooting night of the season hitting 51% (32 of 63) of their shots from the field, 52% (14 of 27) from behind the arc, and 94% (16 of 17) from the free throw line. La Roche's 94 points in the most they have scored this season and the most Mt. Aloysius has allowed in a non-overtime game.

La Roche men's basketball will travel to Pitt-Bradford on Saturday for a 3:00PM tip-off. The Panthers currently sit one game out of a playoff spot but are coming off a 65-53 win over D'Youville.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Hopkins Rallies for 64-59 Win over Gettysburg - by Eurobasket News

BALTIMORE, MD The Johns Hopkins men's basketball team rallied for a 17-point deficit with 13:25 to play to beat visiting Gettysburg, 64-59, Thursday night in Centennial Conference action. The Blue Jays win their fourth straight and improve to 13-7 overall and 9-4 in the conference. The Bullets see their three-game win streak snapped as they fall to 11-9 overall and 7-6 in the conference.



Derek Brooks scored on a fast-break layup to put Gettysburg on top 46-29 with 13:25 to play in the game. The bucket capped an 11-3 spurt by the Bullets that spanned halftime as they took their biggest lead of the game at 17 points. On a fast break after a Bullets' turnover, sophomore Jimmy Hammer found junior Daniel Corbett in traffic under the basket for a reverse layup at 12:35. That bucket ignited an 18-4 that saw Hopkins trim that 17-point deficit to just three with 5:35 to go. It also ended a nearly seven-minute scoreless drought for the Blue Jays.



Hopkins pulled the within single digits on a Corbett three-pointer at 9:51 making it an eight-point game. Alex Zurn got one point back with a free throw for the Bullets, but the Jays came right back with six unanswered points and Gettysburg's lead was 50-47 at 5:35. Gettysburg called timeout and coming out of the break got a bucket from Benjamin Constable. The Blue Jays answered with a 12-0 run to turn a five-point deficit into a seven-point lead. Senior Adam Spengler layup to cut it to three, followed by a baseline jumper from junior Connor McIntyre, and the deficit was one. Spengler then drained a pair of free throws and the Blue Jays had their first lead since 15:36 in the first half.



Hopkins capped the run with four straight free throws from Hammer and Spengler, staking the Blue Jays to a 59-52 lead with 51 ticks on the clock. Sango Amolo pulled the Bullets within five with a drive and finish with 33 seconds to play. Hammer once again converted two shots from the line but Gettysburg answered with a three-pointer from Derek Brooks and it was a 61-57 game with 24 seconds still to play. Spengler went to the line on the ensuing possession and knocked them both down. Amolo kept the Bullets hopes alive with another bucket but they had to send Bugarinovic to the line. He hit the first but missed the second. Constable controlled the rebound with 12 seconds to play, but the Bullets weren't able to get a shot off until the final second and Brooks shot missed the mark.



The Blue Jays came out of the game with a 7-2 lead but the Bullets responded with a 14-2 run that gave the visitors a 16-9 lead. Connor Poston put the punctuation on the run with an old-fashioned three-point play at the 13:36 mark. Hopkins got back within three just 90 seconds later with four points from senior Alex Pandrangi and two from freshman Matt Chiusano, but a 12-4 spurt by Gettysburg pushed the lead back to 11 with 4:49 to go in the half. The teams traded buckets over the remainder of the half and the Bullets took a 39-26 lead into the locker room on Constable's basket at the buzzer.



Senior Mike Rhoads hit a three-pointer to open the second-half scoring for the Blue Jays, but the Bullets came back with seven unanswered points to push their lead to 17. Hopkins, who was just 1-of-9 to star the second half, went 10-of-15 (.667) in the final 12:35 to fuel the rally.



Spengler led the Blue Jays with 12 points, going 6-of-6 from the free throw line, with two assists and one steal. Bugarinovic also finished in double figures and just missed a double-double with 11 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Amolo led all scorers with 17 points for Gettsyburg while Zurn finished with 11 points.



Hopkins returns to action on Saturday, February 2 against Swarthmore in the 12th annual Wall-O'Mahony Game. Tip off is set for 1:00 pm at Goldfarb Gymnasium.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Mount Saint Marys Valdez Drafted to Puerto Ricos Baloncesto Superior Nacional - by Eurobasket News

NEWBURGH, N.Y. Mount Saint Mary College alumnus Carlos Valdez (Carolina, Puerto Rico), a member of the class of 2012, has been drafted to play in Puerto Rico's top professional league, the Baloncesto Superior Nacional (BSN). Valdez was drafted with the second pick in the second round, 12th overall, by the Guaynabo Mets.

"I'm very excited and humbled by the opportunity to play in Puerto Rico," said Valdez. "I grew up watching the teams in the league, so it hasn't really hit me yet that I'm now getting the chance to play for one of them."

Players drafted ahead of Valdez include Renaldo Balkman, a former first round pick of the New York Knicks who has played in the NBA for six seasons. Also drafted was Mike Rosario, a starting guard at the University of Florida and an NBA prospect.

"As a program, we're extremely proud of Carlos," said Mount head coach Ryan Kadlubowski . "He has worked incredibly hard throughout his career and is very deserving of this opportunity. We all wish him the best of luck."

Valdez, a four-year standout at Mount Saint Mary College, became the first player in school history to record 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. He ranks fourth all-time in scoring at the College with 1,391 points and is the all-time leading rebounder with 1,046. A Skyline Conference first team selection and a D3hoops.com Atlantic Region second team selection as a senior, Valdez led the Knights to a program-best record of 23-7 and the school's first-ever ECAC Metro Region championship in 2011-12.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



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Kirk Penney selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kirk Penney
Kirk Penney
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international guard Kirk Penney (196-80, agency: Duran International, college: Wisconsin, currently plays in Turkey). He led TED Kolejliler to a victory over the closely-ranked Tofas (6-10) 93-80 in the Turkish TBL in Sunday night's game. Penney was MVP of the game. He recorded 26 points (!!!) in 28 minutes on the court. TED Kolejliler Ankara (9-7) is placed seventh in the TBL. It's Penney's first season with the team. Penney is currently third on the list of top scorers with 18.1ppg. He also averaged so far 3.5rpg, 2.9apg, 2FGP: 57.1%(48-84), 3FGP: 45.5%(45-99) and FT: 82.0% in the 15 games he played so far. Penney played for the New Zealand senior national team two years ago.

Leon Henry
Leon Henry
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Leon Henry (200-85, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Australia). Henry was the major contributor in a New Zealand Breakers' victory against the closely-ranked Wollongong Hawks (9-10) 91-74 in the Australian NBL on Saturday night. He recorded 14 points in only a mere 14 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. New Zealand Breakers (18-3) are placed first in the NBL. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. This year Henry averages: 3.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 55.6%(15-27), 3FGP: 34.2% in the 18 games. He is in the roster of the New Zealand senior national team.

Alex Pledger
Alex Pledger
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Alex Pledger (213-87, college: Belm.Abbey, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Leon Henry and both played together in the last Australian NBL game. Pledger contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Wollongong Hawks (9-10) 91-74. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Pledger is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in New Zealand Breakers' roster. Pledger is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (first place). His overall stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.6bpg, 2FGP: 46.3% and FT: 58.2%. Pledger is also a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Thomas Abercrombie
Thomas Abercrombie
   #4. Swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St., currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Leon Henry. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Alex Pledger (above) in the other team. Abercrombie contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Wollongong Hawks (9-10) 91-74. He recorded 11 points and added 3 passes in 26 minutes. Abercrombie has been at the team for five years. Abercrombie has relatively good stats this season: 10.3ppg and 4.2rpg in the 19 games. He used to play for the New Zealand national team back in 2011.

Isaac Fotu
Isaac Fotu
   #5. International forward Isaac Fotu (203-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Hawaii (5-4) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Fotu's good performance the Hawaii was crushed 88-59 on the road by the Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo. He scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. This season Fotu has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg and 4.2rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Tongan and New Zealand. Fotu plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

Mika Vukona
Mika Vukona
   #6. Forward Mika Vukona (198-82, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Leon Henry. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Thomas Abercrombie (above) in the other team. Vukona contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Wollongong Hawks (9-10) 91-74. He recorded 10 points in 19 minutes. This year Vukona's overall stats are: 7.5ppg, 6.5rpg and 2.3apg in the 19 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior New Zealand National Team roster.

Everard Bartlett
Everard Bartlett
   #7. International guard Everard Bartlett (193-86, currently plays in Australia) contributed to a 3-point Perth Wildcats' victory against one of league's weakest teams Townsville Crocodiles (6-12) 62-59 in the Australian NBL last Friday. Bartlett recorded 7 points. Perth Wildcats (13-5) are placed second in the NBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Bartlett's total stats this season are: 5.9ppg and 1.7rpg. He is also New Zealand national team player.

Dillon Boucher
Dillon Boucher
   #8. Forward Dillon Boucher (196-75, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Leon Henry. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Mika Vukona (above) in the other team. Boucher managed to help New Zealand Breakers in a victory against the closely-ranked Wollongong Hawks (9-10) 91-74. He recorded only 2 points, 5 assists and 3 steals in 18 minutes. Boucher plays fifth season for the team. This year Boucher's total stats are: 2.8ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.2apg in the 19 games. He used to play for the New Zealand national team back in 2007.

Robert Loe
Robert Loe
   #9. International forward Robert Loe (211-91, currently studies in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Butler University (4-3) 75-58 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Loe recorded 12 points. The Saint Louis University has a solid 4-2 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Loe has averaged so far 2.8ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.2apg. He is also in the roster of the New Zealand national team.

Jeremiah Trueman
Jeremiah Trueman
   #10. Power forward Jeremiah Trueman (204-87, college: Alaska-Anch., currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Everard Bartlett and both played together in the last Australian NBL game. Trueman contributed to a 3-point Perth Wildcats' victory against one of league's weakest teams Townsville Crocodiles (6-12) 62-59. He recorded only 4 points in 9 minutes on the court. Trueman has averaged so far 3.5ppg and 2.1rpg in the 17 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior New Zealand National Team roster.

   #11. Former international power forward Steven Adams (213-93, is currently at the American university) was not able to help the Pittsburgh in their game against the University of Louisville in the NCAA. Adams recorded 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. His team was edged 64-61. Adams has averaged so far 3.5ppg and 2.1rpg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Charlotte Bobcats (11-34) crushing them 102-78 in the NBA last Wednesday. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 37-11 record this season. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. This season Baynes averages: 3.5ppg and 4.5rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and New Zealand.



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Mykolaiv let Adediran go - by Eurobasket News

MBC Mykolaiv (Superleague) cut 31-year old Russian-Nigerian center Aleksey Adediran (204-110kg-82, college: Binghamton). In 23 Superleague games he played this season he averaged 9.5ppg and 4.0rpg. Adediran also played at Valga/Maks&Moorits (KML) in Estonian league earlier that season. In only one game this year he had very impressive stats: 21 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block.
The last season he played at Dynamo Kursk (Higher League) in Russian league. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Russian Higher League Player of the Year, Center of the Year and selected to 1st Team.

Adediran ended the previous (10-11) season at Kamit-Universitet Tver (Higher League) in Russian league. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. But the most of that year he spent at Severstal in Russian league. In 16 Superleague games he had 6.7ppg and 4.3rpg.
Adediran is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Russia (Novosybirsk), Dominican Republic (La Cancha), ABA (Georgia Gwizzlies) and WBA East Division (Knoxville N.).
Adediran attended Binghamton University until 2005 and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.
Lets have closer look into His outlook: Throughout his career Alex has proven to be a monster rebounder who is extremely difficult to defend as well as a top scorer with great offensive and defensive skills. He earned "Mr. Offense" honors for the ANBL Georgia Gwizzlies team. As a rebounder, he is a beast on the weak side rebound. Alex has strong hands too, if he gets his hands on the ball no one will take it from him.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Alade Aminu selected the top Nigerian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Alade Aminu
Alade Aminu
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Alade Aminu (210-87, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Turkey). Aminu led Karsiyaka to a victory against the closely-ranked Mersin (10-5) 84-78 in the Turkish TBL last Sunday. He recorded 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (13-3) is placed fourth in the TBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Aminu's first season with the team. Aminu has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 69.0%(87-126) and FT: 62.0%. He is currently a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Josh-Emmanuel Akognon
Josh-Emmanuel Akognon
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton, currently plays in China). He led Liaoning Hunters to a victory over the 12th-ranked Jiangsu Dragons (11-17) crushing them 127-101 in the Chinese CBA in Friday night's game. Akognon was MVP of the game. He scored 33 points (!!!) and grabbed 4 rebounds. Liaoning Jiebao Hunters (16-12) are placed fifth in the CBA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Akognon belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #5. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Akognon averages: 30.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.3apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 36.0% and FT: 86.0%. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American. Akognon played for the Nigerian national team in 2009.

Benjamin Eze
Benjamin Eze
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Benjamin Eze (207-81, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Italy. He could not help Montepaschi Siena (5-1) in their last game. Despite Eze's good performance the second-placed Montepaschi Siena was badly defeated 85-66 on the road by the leading Regal FC Barcelona in the group F of Euroleague. He scored 12 points in 21 minutes. They ended the series of five consecutive victories. This year Eze's overall stats are: 5.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 42.9% and FT: 66.7% in the nine games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and Italian. Eze played for the Nigerian national team four years ago.

Ebi Ere
Ebi Ere
   #4. Swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an overtime Cimberio Varese's victory against one of league's weakest teams Air Avellino (4-13) 83-82 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Cimberio Varese (15-2) is placed first in the SerieA. Ere is currently seventh on the list of top scorers. This season he has very high stats. Ere averages: 15.9ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4spg. He has both American and Nigerian nationalities. Ere used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2009.

Ike Diogu
Ike Diogu
   #5. International power forward Ike Diogu (204-83, college: Arizona St., currently plays in China) was the main contributor in a Guandong Tigers' victory against the fifth-ranked Liaoning Hunters (16-12) crushing them 112-90 in the Chinese CBA on Friday night. He was the best player in that game. Diogu had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 14 rebounds in 35 minutes. Guangdong Southern Tigers (25-3) are placed first in the CBA. It was his team's 15th consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Diogu has very impressive stats this year: 16.2ppg and 9.9rpg in the 27 games. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Diogu plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

Michael Efevberha
Michael Efevberha
   #6. Guard Michael Efevberha (197-84, college: CS Northridge, currently plays in Czech Republic) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Levharti Chomutov (8-16) crushing them 106-68 in the Czech Republic NBL last Friday. Efevberha recorded 13 points. CEZ Basketball Nymburk (22-1) is placed first in the NBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This season Efevberha has relatively solid stats: 14.0ppg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Efevberha is a former international player as he played for the Nigerian senior team four years ago.

Ike Ofoegbu
Ike Ofoegbu
   #7. Former international forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU, currently plays in Mexico) contributed to Toros' victory against the closely-ranked Pioneros (28-12) 92-87 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) last Thursday. He scored 18 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 33 minutes. Toros Nuevo Laredo (31-9) is placed fourth in the LNBP. Ofoegbu has very impressive stats this year: 16.8ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.7apg in the 41 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Ofoegbu used to play for the Nigerian national team two years ago.

Jeleel Akindele
Jeleel Akindele
   #8. Center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in Juvecaserta's victory against the closely-ranked Vanoli Cremona (6-11) 74-73 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. Co.Fi.Ba JuveCaserta (8-9) is placed tenth in the SerieA. Akindele is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 7.4rpg. He also averaged so far 12.1ppg and 1.1spg in the 17 games. Akindele used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2009.

Abdullahi Kuso
Abdullahi Kuso
   #9. Former international forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese BJ League was not able to help Miyazaki Shining Suns (4-24) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Miyazaki Shining Suns (#10) were defeated 83-73 in Osaka by the higher-ranked Evessa (#9) in the Western group. Kuso recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 4 blocks. This season Kuso has very high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 11.3rpg and 1.6bpg. Kuso used to play for the Nigerian national team six years ago.

Michael Umeh
Michael Umeh
   #10. Point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, agency: Two Points, college: UNLV, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Pall.Trento's victory against the sixth-ranked Givova Scafati (9-7) 98-87 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. He scored 15 points and added 6 assists in 33 minutes. Pallacanestro Trento 2009 (7-9) is placed 11th in the Lega2. Umeh has very impressive stats this year: 16.1ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.9apg in the 16 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Umeh is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Nigerian senior national team.

   #11. Former U22 international power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Illinois St., currently plays in Israel) contributed to a Hod Hasharon's victory against the closely-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan 92-82 in the Israeli National League (second division) on Tuesday night. He was the top player that evening. Odiakosa scored 19 points, had 8 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 2 blocks in 35 minutes. Odiakosa is currently fifth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has very impressive stats this year: 20.4ppg, 14.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1bpg in the 15 games. Odiakosa used to play for the Nigerian U22 national team nine years ago.

   #12. Former international forward Aloysius Anagonye (203-81, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Greece) helped Ilysiakos win their n overtime game against one of league's weakest teams Kavala 82-78 in the Greek A1 in Sunday night's game. He scored 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 24 minutes. Anagonye has reliable stats this year: 11.8ppg and 9.5rpg in the four games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Anagonye used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former U19 international guard Ayodeji Egbeyemi (193-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Loyola Mary (1-7) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his good performance the Loyola Mary was edged 60-57 at home by the Pepperdine University. Egbeyemi scored 11 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists. His stats this season are: 11.8ppg and 9.5rpg. Egbeyemi used to play for the Nigerian U19 national team six years ago.

   #14. International forward Andy Ogide (204-87, college: Colorado St., currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Ourense in their game against CB Clavijo in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Despite his good performance last Friday He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Ogide also added 4 rebounds. Ogide is currently seventh on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.1ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.3spg. Ogide plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

   #15. International forward Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (210-85, college: Maryland, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Lagun Aro GBC in their game against Asefa Estudiantes in the Spanish ACB. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Ibekwe recorded only 2 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. His team was edged 79-77. Ibekwe is the league's best blocker. His total stats this season are: 7.2ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.7bpg. Ibekwe holds both American and Nigerian passports. He is also in the roster of the Nigerian national team.

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

   #1. Emeka Okafor (206-F/C-82, college: Connecticut, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Washington Wizards (11-33) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Washington Wizards were edged 96-94 on the road by the Sacramento Kings. Okafor had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 33 minutes. Okafor has relatively good stats this year: 8.9ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3bpg in the 44 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American.

   #2. Experienced Jefferson Agba (209-F/C-80, college: Embry Riddle, currently plays in Brazil) led Paschoalotto/Bauru to a victory over the 15th-ranked Vila Velha (5-13) 85-70 in the Brazilian NBB on Thursday night. Agba was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 33 minutes. Paschoalotto/Bauru (13-2) is placed first in the NBB. Agba is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Paschoalotto/Bauru's roster. Agba is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 7.8rpg. This year his other stats are: 12.7ppg in the 17 games. Agba is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American.

   #3. Gani Lawal (205-C/F-88, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in an Lottomatica Roma's victory against the closely-ranked Cantu (11-6) 65-60 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He scored 14 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 32 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Lawal's third season in pro basketball. Acea Virtus Roma (12-5) is placed fourth in the SerieA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Lawal is currently first on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 13.2ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.4bpg in the 17 games. Lawal has both American and Nigerian nationalities.

   #4. Stan Okoye (198-F-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a 1-point VMI's victory against the Radford University (4-4) 70-69 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 15 rebounds. The Virginia Military Institute has a solid 5-3 conference record this season. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Okoye is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in VMI's roster. This season Okoye has relatively solid stats: 13.2ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.4bpg.

   #5. Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87, college: Baylor, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Detroit Pistons (17-29) crushing them 117-90 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. He scored 8 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The Milwaukee Bucks have 24-20 record this season. Udoh's total stats this year are: 4.2ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.2bpg.

   #6. Alex Owumi (196-G-84, college: Alcorn St., currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL was not able to help Worcester Wolves (10-9) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Worcester Wolves lost 91-97 in Guildford to the higher-ranked (#3) Surrey Heat. Owumi was the top scorer with 30 points. He also added 5 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 2 blocks in 39 minutes. Owumi is ranked sixth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best passers (seventh place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Owumi averages: 17.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 4.2apg and 1.1spg in the 18 games. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American.

   #7. Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to secure a victory for Tofas (6-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Elonu's good performance Tofas was defeated 93-80 at home by the higher-ranked TED Kolejliler (#7). He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds. Elonu also added 2 blocks. Elonu is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). His total stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.1bpg.

   #8. Festus Ezeli (210-C-89, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Golden State Warriors in a victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-95 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Ezeli scored 5 points and blocked 3 shots in 23 minutes. This year his total stats are: 2.7ppg and 4.0rpg in the 43 games.

   #9. Amos Olatayo (193-G-91, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the La-Monroe (2-9) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the La-Monroe (#5) lost 71-76 in Boca Raton, FL to the Florida Atlantic University. Olatayo recorded 25 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 30 minutes. Olatayo has reliable stats this year: 14.0ppg in the two games.

   #10. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming, currently plays in France) contributed to a 3-point ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's victory against the 12th-ranked JSF Nanterre 87-84 in the French ProA in Monday night's game. He scored 8 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Nsonwu-Amadi has reliable stats this season: 10.8ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.9apg.



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Gary Forbes' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Panamanians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Gary Forbes
Gary Forbes
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Gary Forbes (201-85, college: Virginia, currently plays in China). He led Zhejiang Guangsha Lions to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Qingdao Eagles (8-20) 129-122 in the Chinese CBA in Friday night's game. Forbes was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 42 points and getting 10 rebounds. Forbes also added and 3 steals in 36 minutes on the court. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (15-14) are placed ninth in the CBA. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Forbes belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #8) and also on the list of best passers (seventh place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Forbes averages: 28.9ppg, 7.8rpg, 4.8apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 75.3% in the 21 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Forbes played for the Panamanian senior national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in Panama.

Josimar Ayarza
Josimar Ayarza
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi, currently plays in Argentina). He was the major contributor in a 9 de Julio's victory against the closely-ranked Union Progresista (10-20) 105-98 in the Argentinian LigaA on Sunday night. Ayarza scored 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 32 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. 9 de Julio Rio Tercero (11-20) is placed 13th in the LigaA. It's Ayarza's first year with the team. Ayarza has relatively good stats this season: 14.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3FGP: 34.0% and FT: 68.1% in the 20 games. He is in the roster of the Panamanian senior national team.

Antonio Garcia
Antonio Garcia
   #3. The Panamanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international power forward Antonio Garcia (203-76, college: Ky Wesleyan, currently plays in Mexico), who plays in the Mexican LNBP (second division). Garcia could not help Panteras (28-12) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance Panteras was defeated 87-83 at home by the higher-ranked Soles (#3). Garcia was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 9 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Garcia is currently first on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.2ppg, 10.4rpg, 3.8apg, 2FGP: 62.6%(211-337) and FT: 61.1%. Garcia played for the Panamanian national team two years ago.

Jose Lloreda
Jose Lloreda
   #4. Power forward Jose Lloreda (203-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU, currently plays in Argentina) was the main contributor in Sionista's victory against the closely-ranked Atenas (15-17) 74-69 in the Argentinian LigaA last Sunday. He was the best player in that game. Lloreda scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 25 minutes. Centro Juventud Sionista de Parana (16-16) is placed ninth in the LigaA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Lloreda's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg and 5.8rpg in the 18 games. Lloreda used to play for the Panamanian national team back in 2011.

Joel Munoz
Joel Munoz
   #5. International point guard Joel Munoz (179-80, currently plays in Brazil) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Tijuca TC (2-16) crushing them 74-52 in the Brazilian NBB on Saturday night. He scored 12 points, had 4 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 4 shots. Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo (13-5) is placed third in the NBB. Munoz's overall stats this season are: 8.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.0apg and 2.7bpg. He plays currently for the Panamanian national team.

Dionisio Gomez Camargo
Dionisio Gomez Camargo
   #6. Forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas, currently plays in Japan) contributed to a Shiga L-Stars' victory against the second-ranked Okinawa GK (20-6) 80-69 in the Japanese BJ League in Saturday night's game. Gomez Camargo was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 10 rebounds. Gomez Camargo also added 3 assists in 27 minutes. Shiga Lakestars (17-11) are placed fourth in Western group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Gomez Camargo has reliable stats this year: 13.8ppg, 8.6rpg and 1.5apg in the 28 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Panamanian senior team two years ago.

Danilo Pinnock
Danilo Pinnock
   #7. International guard Danilo Pinnock (196-83, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Mexico), who plays in the Mexican LNBP (second division) was not able to help Halcones Rojos (32-8) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Pinnock's good performance Halcones Rojos was edged in an overtime 81-80 on the road by the lower-ranked Fuerza Regia (#7). He scored 14 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Pinnock averaged so far 13.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Pinnock is also Panamanian national team player. He used to play for Toros de Chorrillo in Panamanian league.

Leonardo Pomare
Leonardo Pomare
   #8. Forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: San Diego, currently plays in Japan) helped Kyoto Hannaryz win their game against the fifth-ranked Fukuoka Rizing (17-11) 96-81 in the Japanese BJ League on Sunday night. Pomare had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 16 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 34 minutes. Kyoto Hannaryz (15-13) is placed sixth in Western group. Pomare's stats this year are: 12.8ppg, 10.0rpg and 1.6apg in the 28 games. He is a naturalized American. Pomare used to play for the Panamanian national team back in 2011. He played also for Fieras de Cocle in Panamanian league.

Anell Alexis
Anell Alexis
   #9. International forward Anell Alexis (198-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Marist (2-9) in their game against the St.Peter's College (32-8) in the NCAA. Alexis cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. The Marist was edged in an overtime 70-68 in Jersey City, NJ by the St.Peter's College. It was Marist's third consecutive loss in a row. Alexis has been at the team for four years. Alexis' overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.5apg. He is a naturalized American. Alexis is also in the roster of the Panamanian national team. Apparently he has never played in Panama.

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

   #1. Jamelle Horne (200-F-88, college: Arizona, currently plays in Mexico) led Soles to a victory over the closely-ranked Panteras (28-12) 92-82 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) last Friday. Horne was the best player in that game. He scored 28 points (!!!) and had 3 steals; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Horne's second season in pro basketball. Soles de Mexicali (31-9) is placed third in the LNBP. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. It's Horne's first year with the team. Horne is ranked seventh on the list of the top scorers in the league. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Horne averages: 21.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.6spg.

   #2. Jordan Henriquez (211-F-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the The University of Texas (1-6) crushing them 83-57 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Henriquez scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Kansas State University has a solid 5-2 conference record this season. Henriquez is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Kansas St.'s roster. He averaged so far 12.8ppg, 10.0rpg and 1.6apg. Henriquez is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in Panama.

   #3. Gabriel Giron (192-G-88, currently plays in Mexico) contributed to an overtime Fuerza Regia's victory against the second-ranked Halcones Rojos (32-8) 81-80 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) last Tuesday. Giron scored 8 points in 17 minutes. Fuerza Regia Monterrey (25-15) is placed seventh in the LNBP. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Giron's overall stats are: 6.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.5apg in the 43 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Panamanian and Mexican.



Levy is back at Lanus - by Eurobasket News

Lanus Buenos Aires (LigaA) signed 30-year old Panamanian international center Jamaal Levy (206-83, college: Wake Forest). Its actually his comeback to Buenos Aires as he played here before. Levy played at Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda (LigaA). In 9 games this season he had 4.8ppg and 4.8rpg. He also played at Libertad Sunchales earlier that season. In 6 LigaA games this year he recorded 6.0ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.7apg. The last summer Levy played at Libertad (National League) in Paraguayan league. He helped them to make it to the final. A very impressive season as he was voted Metropolitan League Defensive Player of the Year. The other team Levy played that season for was Lanus. In 49 LigaA games last season he recorded 8.0ppg and 5.8rpg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Argentinian LigaA All-Star Game.
In 2005 he was drafted by Westchester Wildfire (USBL) as #3 pick overall.
Levy attended Wake Forest University and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
His team won ACCC Regular Season in 2003.
Levy was also a member of Panamanian international program for some years. He played for Panamanian Senior National Team between 1999 and 2009 and previously for U21 National Team in 2000. Levy represented Panama at the Panamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) six years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 5.0ppg, 4.0rpg.
Levy is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Uruguay (Bigua), Venezuela, Paraguay (Sol de America) and Panama (Magnates, Rio Abajo and Chepo).
Levy could be described: A sleek, agile forward with great timing... an excellent shot blocker who can also step out and hit the three-pointer. runs the court well.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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ASEAN League: Petron Blaze roll past Saigon Heat - by Eurobasket News

Petron Blaze - Saigon Heat 100:74

Petron Blaze registered the second win in the ASEAN League season. They thumped visiting Saigon Heat for 2-1 record. Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) nailed 21 points to pace the winners.
Petron Blaze fired 25 points in the opening frame to jump ahead. They secured a 5-point lead after ten minutes. The hosts boosted the lead in the second quarter. Petron Blaze ensured a 55:35 halftime advantage. The home team stretched the margin even more in the third quarter. The Beermen ensured a comfortable 27-point lead heading into the fourth stanza. The Heat outscored the home team in the final quarter but could not escape the loss at the end. Brian Williams (208-C-87, college: Tennessee) delivered 18 points and 6 boards, while Pauliasi Taulava (208-C-73) and Chris Banchero (185-G, college: Seattle Pacific) added 14 points each for the winners. Dior Lowhorn (201-F-87, college: USF) answered with 29 points for the Heat. David Palmer (206-F/C-86, college: N.Kentucky) provided 18 points and 12 boards in defeat.

Petron Blaze: Gabe Freeman 21, Brian Williams 18, Pauliasi Taulava 14, Chris Banchero 14
Saigon Heat: Dior Lowhorn 29, David Palmer 18+1 boards



All Roads Lead to Manila The TOP FIVE FIBA Asia Power Forwards Outside of the Philippines - by Enzo Flojo

In the previous post in this series, we looked at the TOP FIVE FIBA Asia Centers. These are the beanpoles who are expected to anchor the interior offenses of their respective teams and serve as the last line of defense in case the perimeter defense cracks.

In this issue, well look at maybe the most peculiar position in basketball the power forward position. Ive always felt that his position was a little too overstated. I mean, just look at its name POWER FORWARD. The first time I heard that term was way back in fourth grade when one of my classmates announced that he was officially the class basketball teams POWER FORWARD. What the hell did that mean that he could never step back over the timeline on defense? And what kind of power did he actually have? Could he leap from one free throw line to the other in a single bound?

In reality, however, playing PF might seem absolutely confusing, if not utterly schizophrenic. A PF, in the traditional sense, is smaller than the center, but a little bigger than any of the wingmen. He is not really supposed to man the middle, but he should be inside. Typically, he is not the first option in the low block, but he would do well NOT to shoot from way out, too. In short, many times, a PF is neither here nor there. Its a position built for people who like impersonating headless chickens whose main goal in life is to just jump and get repossessions. Dennis Rodman, Reggie Evans, Jalen Rose ring any bells?

Of course, there have been a plethora of basketball greats who were PFs, like Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, Kevin McHale, Kevin Garnett, and Othella Harrington (What? He isnt on your list? Youre kidding, right?). Still, its perhaps one of the toughest positions to fill simply because a PF, again, is expected to possess the skills of both a center and a small forward without being too much of either position. This is, I guess, why guys like Keith Van Horn and Tim Thomas never really could find their identity, because PFs, by nature, have nebulous roles.

It is no surprise, then, that these muddled responsibilities and varying skill sets are present in Asian PFs. It is with this context that, here in Part 2 of our series, we look at the TOP FIVE FIBA Asia Power Forwards, and then make some recommendations for which locals could be viable match-ups against these marquee Asian cagers. Please take note that some of these 4s actually play either the small forward or center spot at times for their respective teams. Again, this should not really come as a surprise.

Ali Jamal Zaghab Jordan, 25 years old, 6'9
Current club & stats: Al Riyadi Aramex (JPBL); 7.3ppg, 4.3rpg
FIBA 2011 Championship stats: 5.6ppg, 5.4rpg 1.7bpg
Strengths: Zaghab is the Anderson Varejao or Joakim Noah of Jordan. Hes not a big time scorer, but hes a scrappy fellow who gets down and dirty in the trenches. He doesnt really have polished post moves, nor can he face up to hit the mid-range J, but what he lacks in offensive prowess, he makes up for in spades with his big man D and hustle. Despite being an aggressive defender, he also rarely gets into foul trouble.
Weaknesses: Given his skills, Zaghab is far from someone who can take over a basketball. He tends to have trouble from the line, too he averages under 50% in most of his stints with the Jordan NT. He is also not as versatile as former Jordan stalwarts Zaid Al-Khas and Ayman Idais.

Arsalan Kazemi Iran, 23 years old, 6'7
US NCAA stats: Oregon Ducks; 8.9ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.2spg, 60.2 FG%
FIBA 2011 Championship stats: 12.0ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.3spg, 66.1 FG%
Strengths: Kazemi is an explosive power forward who served as the perfect complement to Hamed Haddadi up front for Iran in the 2011 FIBA Asia tourney. He transferred from Rice University to the University of Oregon this year in US NCAA, and, despite the higher level of competition, he still averages a near double-double for the Ducks. He is an extremely efficient big man, norming great numbers in Wuhan by just playing barely over 20 minutes per game. And, yeah, hes just 23 years old!!!
Weaknesses: The biggest knocks on Kazemi are his free throw accuracy and around-the-basket defense. He shot under 60% from the line in the 2011 FIBA Asia joust, and shoots just a little over it in the NCAA. For a guy gifted with his size and athleticism, he also doesnt block a lot of shots, though one may argue its because Iran has Haddadi for that anyway.

Tseng Wen-Ting Taiwan, 29 years old, 6'8
Current club & stats: Shanghai Sharks (CBA); 5.8ppg, 3.5rpg
FIBA 2011 Championship stats: 10.6ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.1apg, 1.2spg, 45.5 3pt%
Strengths: Tseng is the classic international big guy who possesses great low post play and great outside shooting. Hes like Taiwans Tim Duncan, if Duncan added a dangerous shot from beyond the arc. His stats with Shanghai arent impressive, but thats really because the Sharks have two other bigs ahead of Tseng in the rotation DJ White and Chinese NT slotman Zhang Zhaoxu. Tseng has always been a thorn on our side, and his great combo of shooting and mobility should continue to serve the Taiwanese well this year.
Weaknesses: Tseng didnt shoot well from the floor in Wuhan (under 40%), but he rebounded from that by shooting nearly 60% in the 2012 Jones Cup. Whats consistently awful about him, though, is his inconsistency from the free throw line. He norms around 60% from the stripe, and that is definitely not good for a guy who likes to operate down low and who gets hacked pretty often. He has decent on-ball post defense, but hes not exactly the most intimidating shot-blocker out there. Also, hes already on the wrong side of his 20s.

Kosuke Takeuchi Japan, 28 years old, 6'9
Current club & stats: Toyota Alvark (JBL) 9.0ppg, 7.4rpg,
2012 FIBA Asia Cup stats: 13.0ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.1bpg
Strengths: Takeuchi has always been known as a versatile big man. He is capable of operating from the low block either with his back to the basket or facing his defender. Like Tseng, Takeuchi can also hit the occasional jumper and is a pretty good passer.
Weaknesses: One big weakness for Takeuchi, however, and this is one big reason JR Sakuragi was called up to the NT again, is that hes a little soft. Takeuchi has enough athleticism to get rebounds and block shots, but hes not exactly a guy who can impose his will on either end of the floor. He has also been known to fade if things get a little too physical down low (like what happened when Gilas faced Japan in Wuhan). Another weakness is his inconsistent free throw shooting he shot 90% in the 2012 FIBA Asia Cup, but is currently hitting at a dismal 52% clip for Toyota Alvark in the JBL.

Oh Se-Keun South Korea, 26 years old, 6'7
Current club & stats: Anyang KGC (KBL); 15.1ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.5spg, 1.1bpg, 55.8 FG% (2011-2012 stats)
FIBA 2011 Championship stats: 9.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 54.1 FG%
Strengths: Many people can still remember how Oh, as a spry 22-year old, dropped 31 points on Powerade Team Pilipinas during the battle for 7th place in the 2009 FIBA Asia tourney in Tianjin, China. Not much has changed with Oh in terms of his skill set. Hes still the most dangerous interior operator for the Koreans, despite the fact hes probably their smallest PF/C guy. Hes actually just as tall as most of our own big men in the Philippines, but he just seems to utilize his gifts of quickness, shiftiness, and timing a little better than most other Asian forwards. Oh is dangerous from as far as 20 feet out and is famous for finding openings in opposing teams defenses.
Weaknesses: Other than his inconsistent free throw shooting, Oh really has no statistical weakness. One thing that might slow him down, however, is the fact that he is still recovering from his lingering knee and ankle injuries. He has missed practically the entire 2012-2013 KBL season so far, and it looks like he might not return anytime in the next couple of months. Still, if, indeed, Oh does make a comeback, then he will almost definitely be a prime spot in the National Team reserved for him.

Unsolicited Recommendation:
There are really two general kinds of Asian PFs those who are physical and really fight like mad dogs underneath the basket (Zaghab and Kazemi), and those who prefer the finesse game by utilizing their quickness and midrange game (Tseng and Takeuchi). Of course, theres also the anomalous PF who is a fair combination of both power and finesse, and thats why Oh Se-Keun is, by far, the most dangerous power forward out there. That is, of course, if he is in the pink of health.

I feel that, at least in terms of skill set, most of our own prototype local big men can match-up pretty well with any of the guys mentioned above, but one factor that will really make Gilas Pilipinas a little dehado when it comes to the 4 position is size. Whereas other countries can afford to have guys standing 68 or taller to play power forward, coach Chot Reyes will probably have to make do with guys standing 64 to 67 only. One can make the argument, of course, that Marcus Douthit can slide into the 4 position with the addition of both Greg Slaughter and June Mar Fajardo to the team.

The prospective power forwards of Gilas should be players gifted with the kind of grit and physicality we Pinoys are known to have. Ideally, however, that should be balanced out by the capability to spread the floor by virtue of polished perimeter shooting or well-timed cutting.

In this regard, the five guys whom I think can best serve as Gilas Pilipinass power forwards are (arranged from highest-priority to lowest-priority):
Japeth Aguilar (yes, Mr. I Want More Playing Time is my top choice based solely on his skill set if we base it on his effort and desire, then well, Id like to think the jurys still out on that)
Ranidel De Ocampo (RaniDirk has all the skills to be a great FIBA Asia power forward now if only he could play with 2-3-inch high heels)
Kelly Williams (Machine Gun Kelly is as scrappy and as athletic as they come, I cringe whenever he hoists a shot beyond 15 feet)
Marc Pingris (if Ping were 67, he might be the best PF in Asia bar none but hes just 64)
Jay Washington (great size, great shooting undecided about his desire)

In PART THREE, we shall take a look at the TOP FIVE FIBA Asia Small Forwards.

Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com



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EuroLeague: Khimky hand Caja Laboral second straight loss - by Eurobasket News

Caja Laboral - Khimky 71:83

Khimky completed a successful trip to Vitoria tonight. Trip to Spain is always for the visitor teams as big gamble as betting on super bowl. They edged Caja Laboral for the fourth win in EuroLeague Top 16 Group F. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) nailed 20 points to pace the visitors. Caja Laboral in the meantime suffered the second straight home loss at the tournament and fell at 4-2 record in the standings.
Caja Laboral led throughout the main part of the opening quarter. But Khimky pulled closer late in the period and Kopenen finally made it 19:18 heading into the second quarter. Caja Laboral quickly regained the lead in the second frame. The hosts went on an 11:2 run to take a 29:21 lead. Caja Laboral stayed in front though Khimky were able to narrow the gap at 2-point mark at halftime 43:45. K.C. Rivers (196-G-87, college: Clemson) quickly gave the Russian team a lead at the start of the second half. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the quarter however Khimky were able to pull out a 62:56 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Paul Davis, Monya and K.C. Rivers made it 70:58 for the visitors early in the final frame. Bjelica and Fabien Causeur (193-SG-87) put Caja Laboral within five points from the visitors 69:74 with just 90 seconds remaining. But Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) scored five points in the dying moments to win the game for Khimky. K.C. Rivers accounted for 16 points, while Zoran Planinic added 13 points for the winning team. Fabien Causeur responded with 15 points for Caja Laboral. Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) had 13 points in defeat.

Caja Laboral: Fabien Causeur 15, Maciej Lampe 13
Khimky: Paul Davis 20, K.C. Rivers 16, Zoran Planinic 13



Coach Konovalov leaves Enisey - by Eurobasket News

39-year old coach Vladislav Konovalov (agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) left Enisey Krasnoyarsk (PBL).
Konovalovs team won Russian Cup in 2012.
He has coached also professionally in Kazakhstan (Tobol). Pavel Dergachev will take over the team in the position of interim coach.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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U16 Tournament in Sakarya; Serbia Vs France 65:57 - by Zoran Popovic

Serbian U16 National team beats France U16 National team on tournament in Sakarya 65:57. During the most of all four periods of the match Serbian team had advantage and not allowed any possible break to France team. The most efficient player in Serbian team were Milos Glisic (200-PF-98) with 19 points, 4 boards and Stefan Peno (193-SG-97) with 17 points, 7 boards and 5 assists. The most efficient player in France team was Gombauld Stephane with 25 scored points and 9 boards.


Crvena Zvezda lands Nikola Rebic - by Eurobasket News

KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd (A League) tabbed 18-year old point guard Nikola Rebic (186-95). He started the season at Radnicki Basket (A League). In 15 games this season he averaged 7.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.7apg. The last season Rebic played at Zvezda.
Despite young age Rebic had impressive career. He received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 2nd Team award in 2011. He represented Serbia at the European Championships U18 in Lithuania last year. Rebics team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 8 games: 2.4ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.4apg.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @yugobasket)



Crvena Zvezda lands Nikola Rebic - by Eurobasket News

KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd (A League) tabbed 18-year old point guard Nikola Rebic (186-95). He started the season at Radnicki Basket (A League). In 15 games this season he averaged 7.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.7apg. The last season Rebic played at Zvezda.
Despite young age Rebic had impressive career. He received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 2nd Team award in 2011. He represented Serbia at the European Championships U18 in Lithuania last year. Rebics team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 8 games: 2.4ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.4apg.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @yugobasket)



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Standings

KBL Standings
 1. SK Knights 29-7 
 2. Mobis Phoebus 25-11 
 3. ET Land 20-16 
 4. Anyang KGC 19-17 
 5. Goyang Orions 17-19 
 6. LG Sakers 16-20 
 7. Dongbu Promy 16-20 
 8. Sonic Boom KT 16-20 
 9. Samsung Th. 13-23 
 10. KCC Egis 7-29 

Regular Season: Round 28

Jan. 30: Goyang Orions - KCC Egis 87-73
Jan. 30: LG Sakers - ET Land 86-77
Jan. 31: Mobis Phoebus - Sonic Boom KT 86-76
Feb. 1: Goyang Orions - ET Land 73-67
Jan. 31: Dongbu Promy - SK Knights 60-75
Feb. 1: Samsung Th. - Anyang KGC 47-62

Regular Season: Round 29

Feb. 2: KCC Egis - Mobis Phoebus
Feb. 2: SK Knights - Dongbu Promy
Feb. 2: Sonic Boom KT - LG Sakers
Feb. 3: ET Land - Goyang Orions
Feb. 3: Mobis Phoebus - Sonic Boom KT
Feb. 3: Anyang KGC - Samsung Th.


KBL Round 28: ET Land Elephants are defeated by Goyang Orions - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Daegu between third ranked ET Land Elephants (20-16) and fifth ranked Goyang Orions (17-19) on Friday night. ET Land Elephants were defeated by Goyang Orions in a tough game on the road 67-73. ET Land Elephants were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Belizean-American power forward Leon Williams (203-86, college: Ohio) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and naturalized American guard Tony Akins (180-80, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Court Side) who added 14 points and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side American forward Carlos Powell (199-83, college: S.Carolina) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Goyang Orions maintains fifth position with 17-19 record. ET Land Elephants lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with 16 games lost. Goyang Orions are again looking forward to face higher ranked ET Land Elephants (#3) in Inchon in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. ET Land Elephants will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked ET Land Elephants (20-16) against eighth ranked LG Sakers (16-20) on Wednesday night. Visiting ET Land Elephants were defeated by LG Sakers in a tough game in Changwon 77-86. The winners were led by American power forward Ira Clark (203-75, college: Texas) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds and Chang Young Jung supported him with 16 points and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots). Even 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists by American forward Carlos Powell (199-83, college: S.Carolina) did not help to save the game for ET Land Elephants. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. LG Sakers moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Sonic Boom KT and Dongbu Promy. ET Land Elephants lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with 16 games lost. LG Sakers will play against Sonic Boom KT (#8) in Busan in the next round. ET Land Elephants will play at home against Goyang Orions (#5) in Daegu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
KBL top team - SK Knights (29-7) managed to deliver another win on Thursday. This time they beat fifth ranked Dongbu Promy (16-20) in Wonju 75-60. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Dongbu Promy. Aaron Haynes fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Julian Sensley produced 24 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. SK Knights maintains first position with 29-7 record. Dongbu Promy at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 20 games lost. They share the position with LG Sakers and Sonic Boom KT. SK Knights will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Dongbu Promy will play again against the league's leader SK Knights (#1) in Seoul and hope to secure a win.
9th ranked Samsung Thunders (13-23) were defeated at home by fourth ranked Anyang KGC (19-17) with the biggest margin this round 62-47. It was a very good performance for Juan Pattillo who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Samsung Thunders' coach rotated eleven players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Anyang KGC maintains fourth position with 19-17 record. Samsung Thunders at the other side keep the ninth place with 23 games lost. Anyang KGC will have a break next round. Samsung Thunders will play again on the road against Anyang KGC (#4).

In the last two games of round 28 Sonic Boom KT lost to Mobis Phoebus on the opponent's court 76-86. Goyang Orions managed to outperform KCC Egis in a home game 87-73.


Samsung Th. - Anyang KGC 47-62

9th ranked Samsung Thunders (13-23) were defeated at home by fourth ranked Anyang KGC (19-17) with the biggest margin this round 62-47. Anyang KGC outrebounded Samsung Thunders 46-35 including 31 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for American forward Juan Pattillo (201-88, college: W.Kentucky) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Kibwe Trim (208-84, college: Sacred Heart, agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Daniel Sandrin (200-80, college: Seattle Pacific) replied with 19 points and 6 rebounds and American power forward Darian Townes (208-84) added 7 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Samsung Thunders. Samsung Thunders' coach rotated eleven players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Anyang KGC maintains fourth position with 19-17 record. Samsung Thunders at the other side keep the ninth place with 23 games lost. Anyang KGC will have a break next round. Samsung Thunders will play again on the road against Anyang KGC (#4).
Top scorers:
Anyang KGC: J.Pattillo 23+10reb, K.Trim 13+10reb, H.Yang 7+8reb+1ast, H.Choi 5+6reb+2ast, J.Lee 5+7reb+6ast, T.Kim 4+2reb+4ast
Samsung Th.: D.Sandrin 19+6reb, O.Blankson 8+8reb, D.Townes 7+10reb, D.Lim 6+2reb, K.Lee 3+2reb, S.Park 2+1ast
gschID: 194419


Goyang Orions - ET Land 73-67

The most important game in the last round took place in Daegu between third ranked ET Land Elephants (20-16) and fifth ranked Goyang Orions (17-19) on Friday night. ET Land Elephants were defeated by Goyang Orions in a tough game on the road 67-73. ET Land Elephants were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Belizean-American power forward Leon Williams (203-86, college: Ohio) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and naturalized American guard Tony Akins (180-80, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Court Side) who added 14 points and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side American forward Carlos Powell (199-83, college: S.Carolina) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and the former international forward Tae-Jong Moon (199-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Goyang Orions maintains fifth position with 17-19 record. ET Land Elephants lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with 16 games lost. Goyang Orions are again looking forward to face higher ranked ET Land Elephants (#3) in Inchon in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. ET Land Elephants will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Goyang Orions: L.Williams 24+11reb+2ast, T.Akins 14+1reb+6ast, J.Choi 14+6reb+1ast, D.Kim 9+6reb+4ast, S.Cho 8, S.Hong 4
ET Land: C.Powell 25+10reb+1ast, T.Moon 10+7reb+3ast, B.Cha 10+1reb+5ast, J.Han 6+5reb, B.Chung 5+1ast, D.Casto 5+1reb
gschID: 194418


Mobis Phoebus - Sonic Boom KT 86-76

Very expected game in Ulsan where 7th ranked Sonic Boom KT (16-20) was defeated by second ranked Mobis Phoebus (25-11) 86-76. The game was mostly controlled by Mobis Phoebus. Sonic Boom KT was better in second period 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mobis Phoebus players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Quite impressive performance for American forward Ricardo Ratliffe (203-89, college: Missouri) who helped to win the game recording 12 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Naturalized American forward Gregory Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond) contributed with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Mobis Phoebus players scored in double figures. American forward Jasper Johnson (203-83, college: Delta St.) replied with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international forward Sung-Min Cho (197-83) added 16 points and 4 steals in the effort for Sonic Boom KT. Sonic Boom KT's coach let to play ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion maintains second position with 25-11 record having four points less than leader SK Knights. Sonic Boom KT at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 20 games lost. Mobis Phoebus' next round opponent will be again Sonic Boom KT (#8) in Busan where they are favorite. Sonic Boom KT will play at home against LG Sakers in Changwon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mobis Phoebus: J.Lee 17+3reb+1ast, D.Yang 15+4reb+4ast, G.Stevenson 13+8reb+4ast, J.Ham 13+4reb+7ast, R.Ratliffe 12+9reb+5ast, J.Park 7+1reb+1ast
Sonic Boom KT: J.Johnson 24+7reb+6ast, S.Cho 16+3reb+2ast, D.Kim 12+3reb+1ast, D.Cho 7+2reb+3ast, J.Jang 6+2reb+1ast, H.Kim 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 194417


Dongbu Promy - SK Knights 60-75

KBL top team - SK Knights (29-7) managed to deliver another win on Thursday. This time they beat fifth ranked Dongbu Promy (16-20) in Wonju 75-60. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Dongbu Promy. The game was mostly controlled by SK Knights. Dongbu Promy managed to win second period 17-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Min-Soo Kim (200-82) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. German-American forward Julian Sensley (206-82, college: Hawaii) produced 24 points and 8 rebounds and international power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) added 12 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. SK Knights maintains first position with 29-7 record. Dongbu Promy at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 20 games lost. They share the position with LG Sakers and Sonic Boom KT. SK Knights will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Dongbu Promy will play again against the league's leader SK Knights (#1) in Seoul and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
SK Knights: A.Haynes 18+11reb+1ast, M.Kim 17+11reb, C.Sims 11+2reb, D.Kim 9+1ast, S.Park 7+3reb, B.Kyung Choi 6+6reb+1ast
Dongbu Promy: J.Sensley 24+8reb+3ast, E.Sandrin 12+13reb+1ast, B.Kim 6+1reb, R.Roby 5+2reb, J.Park 4+3reb+4ast, K.Lee 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 194416


LG Sakers - ET Land 86-77

Very important is a road loss of third ranked ET Land Elephants (20-16) against eighth ranked LG Sakers (16-20) on Wednesday night. Visiting ET Land Elephants were defeated by LG Sakers in a tough game in Changwon 77-86. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But ET Land Elephants won third quarter 24-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The winners were led by American power forward Ira Clark (203-75, college: Texas) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds and guard Chang Young Jung (192-88) supported him with 16 points and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots). Even 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists by American forward Carlos Powell (199-83, college: S.Carolina) did not help to save the game for ET Land Elephants. The former international forward Tae-Jong Moon (199-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) added 17 points for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. LG Sakers moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Sonic Boom KT and Dongbu Promy. ET Land Elephants lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with 16 games lost. LG Sakers will play against Sonic Boom KT (#8) in Busan in the next round. ET Land Elephants will play at home against Goyang Orions (#5) in Daegu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LG Sakers: I.Clark 24+14reb+1ast, C.Young Jung 16+4reb+4ast, J.Un Lee 9+2reb+1ast, C.Withers 9, R.Park 9+3reb+1ast, W.Yaung 8+2reb
ET Land: T.Moon 17+4reb+3ast, D.Casto 15+2reb+1ast, C.Powell 15+5reb+6ast, B.Chung 8+1reb+4ast, H.Kang 8+2reb+3ast, J.Kim 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 194414


Goyang Orions - KCC Egis 87-73

Very predictable result in Daegu where fifth ranked Goyang Orions (17-19) defeated bottom-ranked KCC Egis (7-29) 87-73. It looked good early as KCC Egis took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Goyang Orions had a 27-16 second period charge getting the lead and KCC Egis were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 73-87. 24 personal fouls committed by KCC Egis helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Quite impressive performance for Belizean-American power forward Leon Williams (203-86, college: Ohio) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 7 rebounds. The former international forward Dong-Uk Kim (194-81) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Goyang Orions players scored in double figures. Yeong-Sang Bakg (-90) replied with 21 points and American power forward John Thomas (206-75, college: Minnesota) added 13 points in the effort for KCC Egis. KCC Egis' coach let to play ten players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Goyang Orions maintains fifth position with 17-19 record. KCC Egis at the other side stay dead last with 29 lost games. Goyang Orions' next round opponent will be higher ranked ET Land Elephants (#3) in Inchon and it may be quite challenging game. KCC Egis will play at home against the league's second-placed Mobis Phoebus (#2) in Ulsan.
Top scorers:
Goyang Orions: L.Williams 28+7reb+1ast, D.Kim 18+2reb+4ast, J.Choi 16+5reb+1ast, T.Akins 11+3reb+8ast, S.Hong 6+4reb+1ast, H.Cho 4+1reb+1ast
KCC Egis: Y.Bakg 21+3reb+1ast, J.Thomas 13+3reb+3ast, A.Brown 10+3reb, C.Alexander 8+10reb, W.Kim 6+3ast, J.Lim 6
gschID: 194415



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EuroLeague: Khimky hand Caja Laboral second straight loss - by Eurobasket News

Caja Laboral - Khimky 71:83

Khimky completed a successful trip to Vitoria tonight. Trip to Spain is always for the visitor teams as big gamble as betting on super bowl. They edged Caja Laboral for the fourth win in EuroLeague Top 16 Group F. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) nailed 20 points to pace the visitors. Caja Laboral in the meantime suffered the second straight home loss at the tournament and fell at 4-2 record in the standings.
Caja Laboral led throughout the main part of the opening quarter. But Khimky pulled closer late in the period and Kopenen finally made it 19:18 heading into the second quarter. Caja Laboral quickly regained the lead in the second frame. The hosts went on an 11:2 run to take a 29:21 lead. Caja Laboral stayed in front though Khimky were able to narrow the gap at 2-point mark at halftime 43:45. K.C. Rivers (196-G-87, college: Clemson) quickly gave the Russian team a lead at the start of the second half. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the quarter however Khimky were able to pull out a 62:56 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Paul Davis, Monya and K.C. Rivers made it 70:58 for the visitors early in the final frame. Bjelica and Fabien Causeur (193-SG-87) put Caja Laboral within five points from the visitors 69:74 with just 90 seconds remaining. But Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) scored five points in the dying moments to win the game for Khimky. K.C. Rivers accounted for 16 points, while Zoran Planinic added 13 points for the winning team. Fabien Causeur responded with 15 points for Caja Laboral. Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) had 13 points in defeat.

Caja Laboral: Fabien Causeur 15, Maciej Lampe 13
Khimky: Paul Davis 20, K.C. Rivers 16, Zoran Planinic 13



EuroLeague: Anadolu Efes with confident win in Malaga - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja - Anadolu Efes 73:78

Anadolu Efes led throughout the bigger part of the game to clinch a road win in Malaga tonight. The victory propelled the Turkish team at 5-1 record in the second place in Group E. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) nailed 15 points and issued 5 assists to lead the visitors.
Unicaja could not carry the momentum after a terrific in Moscow into this one. Anadolu Efes started strong and rallied to a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew at 10-point mark in the second frame. Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) capped the half with a layup to make it 38:28 for the visitors. The gap grew at 16-point mark midway through the third term. Unicaja answered with an 11:1 run to narrow the margin at 6-point mark. The hosts got even closer as they trailed by a single point heading into the fourth period 54:55. Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) put the hosts in front 56:55 at the start of the final period. The lead changed hands for several times before Jordan Farmar nailed crucial four points in a row to give the visitors a 74:69 lead with 49 seconds remaining. Luka Zoric (211-C-84) answered with two free throws to narrow the gap. Shipp turned the ball over but Txemi Urtasun answered with a turnover at the end other end and Vujacic punished Unicaja with a dunk. Kerem Gonlum followed with two free throws and Anadolu Efes got away with a comfortable win at the end. Kerem Gonlum provided 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) added 11 points for the winners. Luka Zoric answered with 20 points for Unicaja. Earl Calloway and Marcus Williams (191-G-85, college: Connecticut) netted 15 points each in the loss.

Unicaja: Luka Zoric 20, Earl Calloway 15, Marcus Williams 15
Anadolu Efes: Jordan Farmar 15, Kerem Gonlum 13+10 boards, Semih Erden 11



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Standings - Basketligan

Basketligan Standings
 1. Sundsvall 21-4 
 2. Uppsala 18-6 
 3. Boras 17-8 
 4. Sodertalje 16-6 
 5. Solna 16-9 
 6. Norrkoping 15-8 
 7. 08 12-13 
 8. LF Basket 9-14 
 9. Jamtland 6-17 
 10. Eagles 5-20 
 11. Eco Orebro 5-20 
 12. Nassjo 5-20 

Regular Season: Round 25

Feb. 1: 08 - Eagles 94-92
Jan. 31: Solna - Jamtland 82-79
Feb. 1: Nassjo - Sundsvall 81-76
Feb. 1: Norrkoping - Sodertalje 78-71
Jan. 31: Uppsala - LF Basket 75-74
Jan. 30: Boras - Eco Orebro 110-88

Regular Season: Round 26

Feb. 5: Sundsvall - 08
Feb. 5: Jamtland - Eco Orebro
Feb. 5: Sodertalje - Solna
Feb. 5: LF Basket - Eagles
Feb. 5: Nassjo - Norrkoping
Feb. 7: Boras - Uppsala


Stats Leaders - Basketligan

Points Per Game
 James MILLER
  Boras
  (180-PG-79)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Miller, Boras23.2 
 2. Dugat, LF Basket19.4 
 3. Wesby, Sundsvall19.4 
 4. Palm, Boras18.6 
 5. Sigurdarson, Sunds.17.7 
 6. Oglesby, Boras17.6 
 7. Bizaca, Sodertalje16.8 
 8. Hudson, Jamtland16.7 
 9. Cuffee, Sundsvall16.5 
 10. Augustus, 0816.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Sodertalje
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Simms, Sodertalje10.5 
 2. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.3 
 3. Palm, Boras9.9 
 4. Walker, Nassjo8.6 
 5. Johnson, Solna8.2 
 6. Wright, Uppsala8.1 
 7.