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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Serbia next year with four teams - by Igor Obradovic

Serbian basketball is after 21 ABA league rounds and definitely secured fourth representative in the 2013-14 season.

In the worst case, or if they lose all the matches until the end, Serbian clubs will have a coefficient of 14, and if Croatian clubs win all, they will have only 12.5.
Serbia after victory Crvena zvezda Telekom and Radnicki Kragujevac in the 21st round has a coefficient of 13.67, Croatia have 8.25.
This means that semifinalists in Serbian Superleague ensure placement in the ABA league next season



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  ALBANIA   

Standings - A1

A1 Standings
 1. Kamza Basket 15-0 
 2. SK Tirana 13-2 
 3. Vllaznia 12-3 
 4. Apolonia 11-4 
 5. Shoqata 10-5 
 6. Elbasani 6-9 
 7. Partizani 5-10 
 8. U.A.T. 5-10 
 9. Flamurtari 4-11 
 10. Teuta 4-11 
 11. Skenderbeu 3-12 
 12. Studenti 2-13 

Regular Season: Round 17

Feb. 24: Apolonia - Skenderbeu
Feb. 24: SK Tirana - Kamza Basket
Feb. 24: Flamurtari - U.A.T.
Feb. 24: Studenti - Vllaznia
Feb. 24: Shoqata - Elbasani
Feb. 24: Partizani - Teuta



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  ARGENTINA   


TNA Round 14 - by Facundo Iatzky

Regular season is coming to an end and teams are looking for their better sharp for the playoffs. In this round all the home teams got their win. In the northern zone, san Martin won at home without problems against Instituto and took advantage of the loss of estudiantes concordia in Resistencia, and it seems that their win regular season.
In the southern zone, things are a lot more even, specially after the gth straight win of Huracan trelew that beat leader sport Club. Quilmes also won and reamins in the third position.
best player of the round: Aaron Williams (203-C/F-83, college: W.Chester) of Echague parana: 32 pts 11 reb 2 bl
other remarkable performances of the round:
Jose Fabio (200-F-77) of Obera TC: 25 pts 9 reb
Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford) of Obera TC: 17 pts 9 reb
Gaston Essengue (203-F-83, college: UNLV) of Quilmes: 19 pts 8 reb
Javier Caceres (201-F-85) of Monte hermoso: 21 pts 10 reb



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VTB League: Tsmoki-Minsk lost to the defending champions - by Eurobasket News

VTB League:
CSKA - Tsmoki-Minsk 68:57


Tsmoki-Minsk lost to the defending champions of VTB League. The team from Belarus however showed a great game and was defeated only by 11 points.
The game was mostly controlled by CSKA Moscow. Tsmoki-Minsk was better in fourth quarter 19-4. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for Zoran Erceg (210-PF-85) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) helped adding 16 points. The best for the losing side was Pavel Ulyanko (204-F-79) with 9 points and 8 rebounds and Vidas Ginevicius (194-G-78, agency: Interperformances) scored 12 points and 4 assists.
Defending Belarusian champion Tsmoki-Minsk keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. CSKA Moscow will face BC Nizhny Novgorod on the road in the next round. Tsmoki-Minsk will play against VEF Riga.

CSKA: Zoran Erceg 19, Sonny Weems 16, Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) 9
Tsmoki-Minsk: Vidas Ginevicius 12, Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) 10, Pavel Ulyanko 9



EuroChallenge: Aalstar beat Tsmoki-Minsk, both are out of the 1/4 Finals - by Eurobasket News

Aalstar - Tsmoki-Minsk 100:76

Aalstar beat Tsmoki-Minsk, while both teams are out of the 1/4 Finals. The Belgian team posted a three-digit number for 100:76 victory but could not make it to the next stage.
The game was mostly controlled by Okapi Aalstar. Tsmoki-Minsk was better in fourth quarter 28-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Okapi Aalstar shot 61.1 percent from the field and made 24-of-25 free shots during the game. Okapi Aalstar had a 28-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Okapi Aalstar especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Derek Raivio (190-SG-84, college: Gonzaga) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 6 assists. Hans VanLangenhove (200-F-80) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Pavel Pavel Ulyanko (204-F-79) answered with 24 points and 5 rebounds and Aliaksei Lashkevich added 11 points in the effort for Tsmoki-Minsk.
In the last round EWE Baskets will take on Aalstar, while Telekom Basket will face Tsmoki-Minsk.

Aalstar: Derek Raivio 20, Thompson 18, Arne Steinbach (182-PG-92, agency: Court Side) 14, Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Michigan) 13
Tsmoki-Minsk: Pavel Ulyanko 24, Lashkevich 11, Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) 10



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  BELGIUM   


EuroChallenge: Aalstar beat Tsmoki-Minsk, both are out of the 1/4 Finals - by Eurobasket News

Aalstar - Tsmoki-Minsk 100:76

Aalstar beat Tsmoki-Minsk, while both teams are out of the 1/4 Finals. The Belgian team posted a three-digit number for 100:76 victory but could not make it to the next stage.
The game was mostly controlled by Okapi Aalstar. Tsmoki-Minsk was better in fourth quarter 28-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Okapi Aalstar shot 61.1 percent from the field and made 24-of-25 free shots during the game. Okapi Aalstar had a 28-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Okapi Aalstar especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Derek Raivio (190-SG-84, college: Gonzaga) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 6 assists. Hans VanLangenhove (200-F-80) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Pavel Pavel Ulyanko (204-F-79) answered with 24 points and 5 rebounds and Aliaksei Lashkevich added 11 points in the effort for Tsmoki-Minsk.
In the last round EWE Baskets will take on Aalstar, while Telekom Basket will face Tsmoki-Minsk.

Aalstar: Derek Raivio 20, Thompson 18, Arne Steinbach (182-PG-92, agency: Court Side) 14, Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Michigan) 13
Tsmoki-Minsk: Pavel Ulyanko 24, Lashkevich 11, Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) 10



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Joe Smith claims Brazilian NBB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Joe Smith (192-SG-77) had a great game in the last round for Pinheiros/Sky and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 35-year old shooting guard had the game-high 38 points adding six assists for Pinheiros/Sky in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Suzano (#18, 3-19) with 26-point margin 91-65. Pinheiros/Sky maintains the 6th position in Brazilian NBB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Pinheiros/Sky will need more victories to improve their 14-6 record. In the team's last game Smith had a remarkable eight three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He turned to be Pinheiros/Sky's top player in his first season with the team. University of Alabama in Huntsville graduate has very impressive stats this year. Smith is in league's top in points (5th best: 19.5ppg), assists (3rd best: 5.3apg) and averages solid 64.6% FGP and 46.8% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old former international Marquinhos Vieira (207-SF-84) of league's best team Flamengo. Vieira impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Flamengo lost that game 86-91 to the lower-ranked Franca (#4, 15-8). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in . Flamengo still maintains its place as the top team in the standings, even despite this loss. His team belongs to top of the standings with 22-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Vieira is a newcomer at Flamengo and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.8ppg (#1). He also registered 5.1 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American guard Larry Taylor (185-G-80, agency: Veracity Sports, LLC) of Bauru (#5). Taylor got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds and four assists. Despite Taylor's great performance Bauru lost 79-90 to the higher-ranked Brasilia (#2, 17-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Bauru needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in Round 23. Their record is 15 victories and 8 lost games. Taylor has a great season in Brazil. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.9apg (6th best). Larry Taylor has also Brazilian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) of Brasilia - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Larry Taylor (185-G-80) of Bauru - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Jhonatan Luz dos Santos (196-F/G-87) of Franca - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Caleb Brown (182-G-87) of Palmeiras - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) of S.Jose/Unimed - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) of Brasilia - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Eric Soares (205-F-86) of Suzano - 16 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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

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

Hilario Nene
Hilario Nene
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Hilario Nene (207-82, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a Washington Wizards' victory against the Milwaukee Bucks (26-25) 102-90 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Nene had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 6 assists in 37 minutes on the court. The Washington Wizards have not so impressive 15-36 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Nene has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 12.9ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.9apg, 2FGP: 49.7% and FT: 73.1% in the 38 games he played so far. Nene is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Tiago Splitter (211-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). He led San Antonio Spurs to a victory against the Chicago Bulls (30-22) 103-89 in the NBA last Monday. Splitter recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists (made all of his six free throws). The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 42-12 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Splitter has relatively good stats this season: 10.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 59.1%(214-362) and FT: 75.1%. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish. Splitter is in the roster of the Brazilian senior national team.

Hatila Passos
Hatila Passos
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Hatila Passos (211-85, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Uruguay), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB. Passos could not help Hebraica (2-5) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the eighth-placed Hebraica was defeated 88-80 on the road by the higher-ranked Aguada (#7) in the Serie 1. Passos recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 11 rebounds. The Second Stage already ended. Passos belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #4. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.5ppg, 10.9rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 67.4%(211-313) and FT: 56.1%. Passos played for the Brazilian national team three years ago.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #4. Center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Assignia Manresa (4-17) crushing them 104-70 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He scored 8 points in only 14 minutes. Real Madrid (20-1) is placed first in the ACB. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Hettsheimer's overall stats are: 4.5ppg and 1.9rpg in the 11 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish. Hettsheimer used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2011.

Marcelinho Huertas
Marcelinho Huertas
   #5. International point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 2-point Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the 16th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (6-15) 72-70 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Regal FC Barcelona (13-8) is placed sixth in the ACB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Huertas belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #6. His total stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.8apg and 1.1spg. Huertas has both Brazilian and Italian nationalities. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Lucas Tischer
Lucas Tischer
   #6. Center Lucas Tischer (208-83, currently plays in Argentina) contributed to Penarol's victory against the league outsider La Union (10-28) 89-82 in the Argentinian LigaA in Sunday night's game. Tischer scored 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 24 minutes. Penarol Mar del Plata (25-11) is placed second in the LigaA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Tischer's total stats are: 5.8ppg and 4.2rpg in the nine games. He is a former international player as he played for the Brazilian senior team seven years ago.

Leandro Barbosa
Leandro Barbosa
   #7. International point guard Leandro Barbosa (190-82, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Boston Celtics (28-24) in their game against the Charlotte Bobcats (12-40) in the NBA. Barbosa cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points and added 3 assists. The Boston Celtics were edged 94-91 in Charlotte by the Bobcats. Barbosa has averaged so far 5.2ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.5apg. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Jonathan Tavernari
Jonathan Tavernari
   #8. Swingman Jonathan Tavernari (198-87, college: BYU, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Givova Scafati's victory against the tenth-ranked AcegasAps TR (8-10) 76-69 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. Tavernari recorded 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 28 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Givova Scafati Basket (10-8) is placed fifth in the Lega2. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. Tavernari has averaged so far 7.7ppg and 3.2rpg in the 18 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2010.

Raul Neto
Raul Neto
   #9. International point guard Raul Neto (186-92, currently plays in Spain) helped Lagun Aro GBC win their game against the 14th-ranked Blancos de Rueda (8-13) 94-78 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. He scored 7 points and added 4 assists in 20 minutes. Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (4-17) is located at the very bottom in the ACB. But the situation may improve as they ended a series of three consecutive loses. Neto has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.2apg and 1.4spg in the 21 games. He is also in the roster of the Brazilian national team.

Marcus Vinicius Toledo
Marcus Vinicius Toledo
   #10. Forward Marcus Vinicius Toledo (203-86, currently plays in Spain) helped Ford Burgos win their game against the league outsider Melilla Baloncesto (4-14) 85-79 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. Toledo scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Autocid Ford Burgos (15-3) is placed second in the LEB Gold. Toledo is currently second on the league's list of most steals. He has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.8spg. Toledo is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

   #11. Former U17 international center Rafael Maia (206-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Brown in their game against the Cornell University in the NCAA. Maia scored 9 points. His team was edged 69-66. This season he has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 9.5rpg and 1.1bpg. Maia used to play for the Brazilian U17 national team six years ago.

   #12. Former international center Lucas Nogueira (213-92, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Asefa Estudiantes Madrid in a victory against the 12th-ranked Unicaja Malaga 82-68 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He scored only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. Nogueira has averaged so far 4.4ppg and 2.8rpg in the 21 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2011.

   #13. Former international guard Carlos Cobos (193-88, currently plays in Spain) helped Leche Rio Breogan win their game against the tenth-ranked Lleida Basquet 83-68 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Saturday night. He scored only 2 points in 22 minutes. Cobos has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg in the 18 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Vitor Faverani (211-C-88, currently plays in Spain) led Valencia Basket to a victory over the 13th-ranked CB Canarias (8-13) crushing them 105-85 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Faverani scored 16 points and added 4 assists in a mere 16 minutes. Valencia Basket (13-8) is placed third in the ACB. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. It's Faverani's fourth season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 8.7ppg and 5.3rpg in the 12 games he played so far.

   #2. Rodrigo de Souza (188-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Pacific's victory against the Cal State - Northridge (4-10) 66-59 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. de Souza scored 15 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). The University of Pacific has a solid 9-4 conference record this season. de Souza has averaged so far 7.7ppg and 3.2rpg.

   #3. Atila Santos (208-C-83, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Minnesota St., currently plays in Bulgaria), who plays in the Bulgarian NBL could not help Balkan (11-6) to beat Lukoil Academik (15-2). He scored 7 points in 25 minutes. Balkan lost 71-82 on the road to the leading Lukoil Academik. It was Balkan's first loss after five consecutive victories. Santos' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Santos is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). This year he has very good stats: 11.1ppg, 9.5rpg and 1.1bpg in the 15 games.

   #4. Kazuya Hatano (192-F-82, currently plays in Japan) contributed to a 1-point Shimane Magic's victory against the leader Okinawa GK (24-8) 68-67 in the Japanese BJ League in Saturday night's game. Hatano scored 6 points. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Western. Shimane Susanoo Magic (23-11) is placed second. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Hatano has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 1.2rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Japanese. Despite Hatano's Brazilian passport, he previously played for the Japanese U22 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Brazilian team.

   #5. Andre Coimbra (205-F-86, agency: SDJ Sports, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in Japan) was not able to help Oita Heat Devils (11-23) in their game against Fukuoka Rizing (22-12) in the Japanese BJ League. Coimbra scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 18 minutes. Oita Heat Devils (#8) were badly defeated 90-71 in Fukuoka by the higher-ranked (#4) Rizing in the Western group. It was Oita Heat Devils' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Coimbra has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.5apg in the four games.

   #6. Rinaldo Mafra (201-F-86, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Jacksonville St. in their game against the Eastern Kentucky University in the NCAA. He scored 5 points. His team was defeated 80-67. Mafra has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.5apg.

   #7. Renan Lenz (206-C-90, is currently at the American university) managed to help University of Utah in a victory against the Arizona State University 60-55 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. He scored only 4 points in 7 minutes on the court. Lenz has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.5apg in the four games.

   #8. Pedro Maciel (185-PG-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Nicholls St. in their game against the Northwestern State University in the NCAA. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Maciel scored only 2 points. His team was defeated 84-79. Maciel has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.5apg.

   #9. Luiz Bidart (183-G-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Seattle in their game against the Louisiana Tech University in the NCAA. Bidart cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. His team was defeated 64-58. Bidart has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg.

   #10. Gabriel Dos Santos (193-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Cleveland State University crushing them 92-62 in the NCAA last Tuesday. He recorded only 1 points in 2 minutes on the court. Dos Santos has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg in the 18 games.



NBB Round 24: Vivo/Franca hands first defeat to Flamengo - by Eurobasket News

There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

Undefeated Flamengo (22-1) recorded its first loss in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Vivo/Franca (15-8) 91-86. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 29-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Vivo/Franca dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Flamengo's 38. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Vivo/Franca made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Jhonatan Luz dos Santos (196-87) who scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. The former international power forward Guilherme Teichmann (204-83, college: Tulsa) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Vivo/Franca's coach Aluisio Xavier Ferreira used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) who recorded 26 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Vivo/Franca moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Bauru. Flamengo at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Vivo/Franca is looking forward to face Joinville (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Flamengo will play against the league's second-placed Brasilia (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Rio de Janeiro. First ranked Flamengo faced 3rd ranked Uberlandia. Host Flamengo (22-1) defeated guests from Uberlandia (16-7) 79-66. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Uberlandia. It was a good game for the former international Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Olivinha Rodriguez contributed with 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Robert Day (197-82, college: W.Oregon) replied with 25 points for Uberlandia. Flamengo maintains first position with 22-1 record. Uberlandia at the other side keeps the third place with seven games lost. Flamengo will play against league's second-placed Brasilia on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Uberlandia will play against Winner/Limeira and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Bauru. Second ranked Brasilia faced 4th ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru. Guests from Brasilia (17-4) defeated host Paschoalotto/Bauru (15-8) 90-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Paschoalotto/Bauru. Worth to mention a great performance of Welington Dos Santos who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 6 assists. Brasilia's coach Jose Carlos Vidal allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was Larry Taylor with 30 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Brasilia have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 17-4 record having seven points less than leader Flamengo. Loser Paschoalotto/Bauru keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Franca. Brasilia will meet at home league's leader Flamengo in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Paschoalotto/Bauru will play against Liga Sorocaba in Sorocabana and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Sao Paulo, where higher ranked Minas (12-11) lost to sixteenth ranked Palmeiras (5-17) in a road game 87-96. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Minas. The winners were led by Caleb Brown who scored that evening 23 points. Palmeiras maintains sixteenth position with 5-17 record. Minas at the other side dropped to the ninth place with 11 games lost. Palmeiras' next round opponent will be higher ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (#7) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Sorocabana. Local Liga Sorocaba (10-13) was outscored by second ranked Brasilia (17-4) 100-70 on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was Welington Dos Santos who scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Brasilia's coach Jose Carlos Vidal felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Brasilia have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 17-4 record having seven points less than leader Flamengo. Liga Sorocaba lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 13 games lost. Brasilia will face league's leader Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Liga Sorocaba will play on the road against Paschoalotto/Bauru (#5).

Rest of the games of round 24 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Uberlandia crushed Tijuca TC in a road game 83-63. Limeira was beaten by Mogi das Cruzes at home 71-79. Basquete Cearense lost to Bauru on the opponent's court 84-95. Bottom-ranked Suzano unfortunately lost to Vila Velha in a home game 88-94. S.Jose/Unimed managed to beat Joinville on the road 93-79. Pinheiros/Sky crushed Suzano on its own court 91-65.
The best stats of 24th round was 38 points (!!!) and 6 assists by Joe Smith of Pinheiros/Sky.


Tijuca TC - Uberlandia 63-83

There was no surprise in Rio de Janeiro where 17th ranked Tijuca TC (4-19) was crushed by third ranked Uberlandia (16-7) 83-63 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Uberlandia. Tijuca TC was better in second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Uberlandia made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was American forward Robert Day (197-82, college: W.Oregon) who scored 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international forward Luis Felipe Gruber (205-85) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Four Uberlandia players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Frederico Lima (180-80) who recorded 15 points and 5 assists and American swingman Rashaun McLemore (195-86, college: CS Northridge) added 12 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Uberlandia have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 16-7 record having six points less than leader Flamengo. Tijuca TC lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth place with 19 games lost. Uberlandia will face Winner/Limeira (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tijuca TC will play against SKY/Basquete (#10) in Aldeota.
Top scorers:
Uberlandia: L.Felipe Gruber 19+6reb+2ast, R.Day 18+7reb+5ast, L.Cipolini 16+5reb+3ast, H.Garcia 12+2reb, V.Silva 8+1reb+8ast, A.Parisotto 8
Tijuca TC: F.Lima 15+1reb+5ast, R.McLemore 12+3reb+1ast, M.Camara 9+3reb, W.Trigueiro 9+4reb, C.Araujo 6+3reb, A.Filho 5+2reb
gschID: 229264


Limeira - Mogi das Cruzes 71-79

There was a small surprise when fourteenth ranked Mogi (8-14) defeated on the road 12th ranked Winner/Limeira (9-13) 79-71 on Saturday. Winner/Limeira trailed by 15 points at halftime and as many as 22 after three quarters before a 29-15 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 71-79 at the end of the game. Mogi made 34-of-43 free shots (79.1 percent) during the game, while Winner/Limeira only scored fourteen points from the stripe. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Mogi made 7 blocks. Winner/Limeira was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was the former international center Babby Araujo (211-80, college: BYU) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Power forward Thomas Gehrke (203-82, college: UTEP) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Omar Carter (195-88, college: Appalachian St.) who recorded 21 points and center Daniel Castellar (202-83) added 5 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mogi moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Joinville. Winner/Limeira lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Mogi will face bottom-ranked Suzano (#18) in Sao Paulo in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Mogi das Cruzes: B.Araujo 17+7reb+2ast, G.Lima 14+3reb+2ast, T.Gehrke 13+6reb+1ast, M.Riddick 8+4reb, C.Ranches 8+1reb, G.Filipin 7+2reb
Limeira: O.Carter 21+4reb+1ast, L.Da Silva 9+2reb, D.Barba 8+1ast, D.Ramos 8+1ast, R.Ramon 7+1reb+6ast, D.Castellar 5+7reb+2ast
gschID: 229271


Liga Sorocaba - Brasilia 70-100

The game with biggest result difference took place in Sorocabana. Local Liga Sorocaba (10-13) was outscored by second ranked Brasilia (17-4) 100-70 on Saturday night. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Brasilia made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Brasilia especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Brasilia made 8 blocks. Liga Sorocaba was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Welington Dos Santos (185-81) who scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. International guard Alex Ribeiro (191-80, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Brasilia's coach Jose Carlos Vidal felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Ricardo de Bem (210-84, college: Oklahoma City) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Kenny Dawkins (175-87, college: Lamar) added 17 points and 4 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Brasilia have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 17-4 record having seven points less than leader Flamengo. Liga Sorocaba lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 13 games lost. Brasilia will face league's leader Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Liga Sorocaba will play on the road against Paschoalotto/Bauru (#5).
Top scorers:
Brasilia: W.Dos Santos 21+6reb+8ast, A.Ribeiro 18+6reb+3ast, G.Giovannoni 13+5reb+2ast, I.Goncalves 11+2reb, P.Prestes 8+8reb+1ast, T.Romualdo 7+1reb+2ast
Liga Sorocaba: K.Dawkins 17+2reb+4ast, R.de Bem 16+10reb+2ast, D.Holloway 16+6reb, A.Neto 14+2ast, E.Soro 4+3reb+1ast, E.Lacerda 2+6reb
gschID: 229270


Bauru - Basquete Cearense 95-84

Very expected game when 10th ranked SKY/Basquete (10-11) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (15-8) 95-84 on Saturday. SKY/Basquete was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Paschoalotto/Bauru made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Paschoalotto/Bauru had a 29-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was international guard Larry Taylor (185-80, college: Missouri Western, agency: Veracity Sports, LLC) who scored 15 points and 9 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Guard Ricardo Fischer (185-91) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists. Five Paschoalotto/Bauru players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international swingman Andre Bresolin (195-87) who recorded 24 points and 5 rebounds and the former international forward Felipe Ribeiro (201-79) added 20 points and 7 rebounds respectively. SKY/Basquete's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Paschoalotto/Bauru maintains fourth position with 15-8 record, which they share with Franca. Loser SKY/Basquete keeps the tenth place with 11 games lost. Paschoalotto/Bauru will face Liga Sorocaba (#11) in Sorocabana in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SKY/Basquete will play at home against Tijuca TC in Rio de Janeiro.
Top scorers:
Bauru: D.Coleman 18+5reb, R.Fischer 17+4reb+5ast, G.Pereira 17+2reb+2ast, L.Taylor 15+4reb+9ast, J.Agba 13+8reb+3ast, J.Detrick 8
Basquete Cearense: A.Bresolin 24+5reb+1ast, F.Ribeiro 20+7reb+1ast, R.Klafke 10+2ast, M.Costa 9+3reb+5ast, W.Drudi 6+3reb+1ast, G.Schneider 5+1reb
gschID: 229269


Flamengo - Franca 86-91

Undefeated Flamengo (22-1) recorded its first loss in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Vivo/Franca (15-8) 91-86. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 29-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Vivo/Franca dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Flamengo's 38. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Vivo/Franca made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Jhonatan Luz dos Santos (196-87) who scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. The former international power forward Guilherme Teichmann (204-83, college: Tulsa) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Vivo/Franca's coach Aluisio Xavier Ferreira used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) who recorded 26 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and international swingman Vitor Benite (190-90) added 15 points respectively. Five Vivo/Franca and four Flamengo players scored in double figures. Vivo/Franca moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Bauru. Flamengo at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Vivo/Franca is looking forward to face Joinville (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Flamengo will play against the league's second-placed Brasilia (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Franca: J.Luz dos Santos 22+5reb+3ast, J.Pablo Figueroa 15+2reb+3ast, G.Teichmann 14+9reb+2ast, L.Mariano 14+5reb, L.Meindl 12+3reb+1ast, D.Kurtz 7+1reb
Flamengo: M.Vieira 26+8reb+6ast, V.Benite 15+3reb+3ast, E.Machado 13+3ast, C.Silveira 12+6reb+1ast, O.Rodriguez 7+1reb+3ast, G.Yeye Torres 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 229268


Suzano - Vila Velha 88-94

Rather predictable result in Sao Paulo where fifteenth ranked Vila Velha (8-15) beat bottom-ranked Suzano (3-19) 94-88 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-88. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Vila Velha made 8 blocks. Suzano was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Benzor Simmons (196-88, college: Tenn-Martin) who scored 29 points. The other American import point guard James Parker (188-81, college: Robert Morris) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Eric Soares (205-86) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds and guard Jefferson Campos (190-91) added 22 points and 5 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Vila Velha maintains fifteenth position with 8-15 record. Suzano lost seventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 19 lost games. Vila Velha will face higher ranked Pinheiros (#6) in Sao Paolo in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Suzano will play on the road against Mogi (#13) in Mogi das Cruzes.
Top scorers:
Vila Velha: B.Simmons 29+3reb, J.Parker 21+5reb, A.Jemmott 14+4reb+4ast, C.Santos 12+6reb+2ast, A.Pinheiro 9+5reb+10ast, D.Costa 4+6reb+2ast
Suzano: J.Campos 22+2reb+5ast, E.Soares 16+15reb+2ast, R.Da Silva 16+4reb+3ast, P.Nery 15+7reb+5ast, R.Fusco 9+2reb+3ast, C.Sebastiao 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 229267


Palmeiras - Minas 96-87

We should mention about the upset which took place in Sao Paulo, where higher ranked Minas (12-11) lost to sixteenth ranked Palmeiras (5-17) in a road game 87-96. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Minas. It looked good early as Minas took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Palmeiras had a 30-22 second period charge getting the lead and Minas was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 87-96. Palmeiras brought some defensive toughness making 12 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by Minas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by American guard Caleb Brown (182-87, college: Austin Peay St.) who scored that evening 23 points and the other American import forward Tyrone Curnell (203-88, college: Valdosta St.) supported him with 22 points and 5 blocks. Five Palmeiras players scored in double figures. Even 27 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) by the former international swingman Betinho Nardi Duarte (195-88) did not help to save the game for Minas. American guard Jermaine Beal (191-87, college: Vanderbilt) added 22 points and 6 assists. Palmeiras maintains sixteenth position with 5-17 record. Minas at the other side dropped to the ninth place with 11 games lost. Palmeiras' next round opponent will be higher ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (#7) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Palmeiras: C.Brown 23+4reb+2ast, T.Curnell 22+1reb+1ast, A.Wiggins 13+8reb+1ast, G.Pereira 13+2reb, T.Lima 10+2reb+1ast, A.Pecos 6+3reb+2ast
Minas: B.Nardi Duarte 27+3reb+3ast, J.Beal 22+3reb+6ast, R.Pinto 14+1reb+1ast, R.Mineiro Rodrigues 8+7reb+1ast, D.Nunes 7+6reb+1ast, P.Crosby 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 229266


Joinville - S.Jose/Unimed 79-93

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Joinville (8-14) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (13-11) 93-79 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Sao Jose/Vinac. Joinville was better in fourth quarter 29-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sao Jose/Vinac looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Joinville's players. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Murilo Becker (210-83) who scored 28 points and 8 rebounds. International swingman Dede Stefanelli (196-84) chipped in 22 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Vinicius Telo (203-85, college: Cameron) who recorded 26 points and 5 rebounds and the former international power forward Ricardo Probst (200-76) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sao Jose/Vinac have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place. Joinville lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Sao Jose/Vinac will face Palmeiras (#16) in Sao Paulo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Joinville will play on the road against Vivo/Franca in Sao Paulo.
Top scorers:
S.Jose/Unimed: M.Becker 28+8reb+1ast, D.Stefanelli 22+4reb+5ast, A.Laws 9+5reb+5ast, A.Calvo 9+3reb+2ast, D.Costa 9+2reb, F.de Assis 7+5reb+9ast
Joinville: V.Telo 26+5reb+2ast, R.Probst 13+5reb+1ast, V.De Souza 12+2reb+3ast, H.Medeiros 8+1reb+1ast, R.Scholz 6+6reb, A.Moreira 4+3reb
gschID: 229265


Round 21
Pinheiros/Sky - Suzano 91-65

Everything went according to plan in Sao Paolo where sixth ranked Pinheiros (14-6) outleveled bottom-ranked Suzano (3-19) 91-65 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Pinheiros. Suzano was better in third quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Pinheiros made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was American Joe Smith (192-77, college: Al.-Huntsville) who scored 38 points (!!!) and 6 assists. Naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (195-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 15 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Paulo Nery (188-81) who recorded 19 points and forward Rafael Da Silva (198-91) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Pinheiros have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 14-6 record. Suzano lost seventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 19 lost games. Pinheiros will face Vila Velha (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Suzano will play against Mogi in Mogi das Cruzes.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros/Sky: J.Smith 38+6ast, S.Stallworth 15+8reb+6ast, M.Dornelles 10+3reb, L.Dias Silva 9+2reb+1ast, A.Bambu 6+5reb, F.Penna 6+1reb+4ast
Suzano: P.Nery 19+2reb+1ast, R.Da Silva 14+5reb+1ast, J.Campos 8+2ast, E.Soares 6+9reb, N.Santana 6+2reb+2ast, R.Gaspar 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 233155


Round 23
Flamengo - Uberlandia 79-66

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Rio de Janeiro. First ranked Flamengo faced 3rd ranked Uberlandia. Host Flamengo (22-1) defeated guests from Uberlandia (16-7) 79-66. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Uberlandia. It looked good early as Uberlandia took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Flamengo had a 21-4 second period charge getting the lead and Uberlandia was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-79. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Uberlandia to just 4 points in second quarter. Flamengo brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. It was a good game for the former international Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 8 rebounds. The former international Olivinha Rodriguez (202-83) contributed with 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Flamengo players scored in double figures. American forward Robert Day (197-82, college: W.Oregon) replied with 25 points and the former international forward Luis Felipe Gruber (205-85) added 18 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Uberlandia. Flamengo maintains first position with 22-1 record. Uberlandia at the other side keeps the third place with seven games lost. Flamengo will play against league's second-placed Brasilia on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Uberlandia will play against Winner/Limeira and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Flamengo: M.Vieira 25+8reb+3ast, E.Machado 11+2reb+1ast, O.Rodriguez 10+8reb+1ast, G.Yeye Torres 10+3reb, C.Silveira 10+4reb, V.Benite 6+5reb+1ast
Uberlandia: R.Day 25+2reb+2ast, L.Felipe Gruber 18+9reb, V.Silva 9+6reb+8ast, L.Klassmann 6+10reb+1ast, L.Cipolini 6+3reb, A.Parisotto 2+5reb+1ast
gschID: 233433


Bauru - Brasilia 79-90

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Bauru. Second ranked Brasilia faced 4th ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru. Guests from Brasilia (17-4) defeated host Paschoalotto/Bauru (15-8) 90-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Paschoalotto/Bauru. The game without a history. Brasilia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Welington Dos Santos (185-81) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 6 assists and the former international center Paulo Prestes (210-88) who added 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. Brasilia's coach Jose Carlos Vidal allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was international guard Larry Taylor (185-80, college: Missouri Western, agency: Veracity Sports, LLC) with 30 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward DeAndre Coleman (201-86, college: S.Alabama) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Brasilia have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 17-4 record having seven points less than leader Flamengo. Loser Paschoalotto/Bauru keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Franca. Brasilia will meet at home league's leader Flamengo in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Paschoalotto/Bauru will play against Liga Sorocaba in Sorocabana and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Brasilia: W.Dos Santos 25+4reb+6ast, P.Prestes 17+7reb+2ast, G.Giovannoni 14+6reb+2ast, A.Silva 11+2ast, A.Ribeiro 9+3reb+3ast, M.Cipriano 9+5reb
Bauru: L.Taylor 30+6reb+4ast, R.Fischer 12+3ast, D.Coleman 12+7reb+1ast, J.Agba 7+8reb+2ast, G.Pereira 6+4reb+4ast, P.Alves 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 233432



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Warner closes out the season Wed 20th.. - by David Edole

LAKE WALES, Fla. - The Warner University mens basketball team took to the court in one of their final home games of the 2012-13 season on Friday night. The Royals welcomed the No. 14 Gyrenes out of Ave Maria University to the Turner Athletic Center for a Sun Conference match-up. The last time the two sides met, the Royals fell to Ave Maria 80-65 back on February 2.

In the opening minutes the tone was set for the game, as the Royals and Gyrenes battled back and forth to a total of six lead changes. Leading the Royals in the first half with 10 points was senior Ray Victor (186-G, college: Warner)r. Victor led all players at the break with four rebounds. The guard was a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. Coming off the bench, Ian Wilhelm helped spark the Royals' offense early with a couple of lay-ups. The senior went into halftime with nine points, going 4-for-6 from the field. Ave Marias Kiel Lewis led all scorers in the first half with 17 points, helping the visitors take a 38-31 lead into the locker room.

Homecoming weekend saw Warners king and queen named during the halftime show. Track and Field athletes Dyrren Barber and Moriah Blanford were voted as the 2013 Homecoming king and queen.

The second half saw a Royals team renewed with hope and tenacity as they took it to the visitors early, quickly closing the gap. Wilhelm and Victor again carried the offensive load for Warner, while Mark St. Fort helped out by dishing five assists in the game. Despite the Royals' consistent scoring, Ave Maria was able to maintain their lead until the waning seconds of the game. After a questionable call against St. Fort, sending the senior forward out of the game with his fifth foul, Victor would lose his man with a quick turnaround as he drove to the hoop to put the Royals up 70-69 with 35 seconds left. The Gyrenes answered converting a free throw to tie the game at 70-70, with Warner controlling the ball for the last possession of the game.

Substitute Mitch Rice got fouled as he went up for a lay-up after the biggest offensive rebound of the game with just 3.5 seconds left on the clock. Rice missed the first attempt, leaving the packed house on their feet waiting for the second. With ice in his veins, Rice knocked down the second to give the Royals the crucial conference win, 71-70. In all of two minutes that Rice played in the game, he came up clutch just when his team needed him to clinch the win.

Ian Wilhelm led all Royals with 19 points off the bench, going an efficient 7-for-13 from the field. Leading the team with 35 minutes played was Ray Victorr who recorded a double-double, with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Victor was perfect from the free throw line going 8-for-8, while also going 66% from the field. Bryce Kachinski had a big nine point second half, to give him a total of 11 points.

The win keeps the Royals ascending up The Sun Conference standings, now sitting in the sixth spot with a 17-12 (6-9 TSC) record. Ave Maria now sits in fourth at 21-6 (8-6 TSC), with their second loss in a row. Warner will close out its regular season next Wednesday, Feb. 20, when the No. 16 Eagles out of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Fla.) come to town. The Royals will be celebrating the careers of Halstead Chiverton (193-G-82, college: Clinton CC (NY)), Bryce Kachinski, Mark St. Fort, Ian Wilhelm, Ray Victor, and Kayo Taylor. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Turner Athletic Center.



Smith scores 13 - by David Edole

The Seward County Saints made school history in two ways Saturday night as they traveled to the United Wireless Arena in Dodge City to take on the Conquistadors in a Jayhawk West Conference battle. The first bit of history was that it was the first ever trip for the Saints inside of United Wireless Arena. The second, a much more impressive feat was accomplished after the game when a 79-64 victory gave Seward its 20th win of the season, marking the sixth straight season of 20 or more wins. The sixth straight 20 win season ties a school record established from the 1997-2003 seasons.

After the Saints whipped the Conqs by 20 in their first matchup in the Greenhouse, Saturdays date was much closer early on as the teams traded a pair of three pointers and were tied at 6-6 three minutes in. Seward picked up their tempo and found their footing as they took their first lead of the contest before stretching their lead to 14-8 on a finish inside from Edson Avila. The Saints once again had a Dodge City team that hangs its hat on offense struggling to score and after another Seward push, led by hot shooting from the outside from Jabari Peters, the Saints led 28-18 with 4:00 left in the half. It was Dodge City who finished the half strong though and after a foul in the waning seconds turned into two Conq freebies, it was just a 34-31 game in favor of the Saints as the teams went to the break. Seward shot 59% in the first half but turned the ball over an uncharacteristic 9 times in the first 20 minutes to allow the Conqs to remain in the game.

The second half was much more one sided as Seward extended their lead to seven right away after pounding the ball into the post for buckets from Avila and Leslee Smith (200-F) to make it 38-31 with 18:31 remaining in the contest. The Saints continued to put pressure on the Dodge City offense, making it tough for the Conq playmakers to get anything going and midway through the period Seward had the game well in hand on top 58-43. Dodge City had no answers for Sewards potent offensive attack as the game marched into its final stretch and as Smith and Avila continued their dominance on the inside the guys in green opened their lead to 72-51 with 5:30 to go. A pair of Smith dunks in the final minutes put an exclamation point on the victory as Seward went on to win 79-64. The second half shooting numbers couldnt have been more uneven. The Saints who outscored Dodge 45-33 in the second half, shot 69% in the final 20 minutes while holding the Conqs to just 29%.

Seward finished the game shooting 65% from the field and 46% from the three point line, working an inside out offense to near perfection. Dodge City shot just 34% from the floor and 17% from three point land. Four Saints reached double figures in the win as Ransom scored a game high 22 to go with his 6 assists while Avila finished with 18 points and 8 rebounds and Smith and Peters went for 13 and 12 respectively.

The win marked another 20 win campaign for Seward County. The Saints move to 20-7 overall and 11-2 in Jayhawk West play where they are tied for 1st place with Hutchinson with just three games to go. Dodge City falls to .500 overall at 14-14 and drops to 6th place in the league standings at 5-9.

The Saints will start a furious three game in seven day finish on Wednesday when they host the rival Garden City Broncbusters in the Greenhouse for an 8:00 start. The game will be used as a red out for heart health awareness with free tickets still available courtesy of our buyout sponsor Bank of Beaver City at their Tucker Road location.



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Earl Rowland selected the top Bulgarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Latvia. He could not help VEF Riga (3-2) in their last game. Despite Rowland's very good performance the first-placed VEF Riga lost in an overtime 96-103 at home to the second-ranked Valencia Basket in the group J of Eurocup. He was the top scorer with 29 points. Rowland also added 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 38 minutes on the court. It was VEF Riga's first loss after three consecutive victories. His team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Top 16. And that game will be critical. Rowland has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.7apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 53.6%, 3FGP: 42.2% and FT: 73.0% in the 11 games he played so far. Rowland is a naturalized American. He played for the Bulgarian senior national team two years ago. Strangely Rowland has never played in Bulgaria.

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Lithuania. Ivanov was not able to help Lietuvos rytas (8-7) in their last game. Despite his good performance Lietuvos rytas (#6) lost 78-86 on the road to the lower-ranked (#8) PGE Turow in the group A of VTB United League. Ivanov was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 9 rebounds in 29 minutes. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. There are only three games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Ivanov's overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 2FGP: 63.5%(40-63), 3FGP: 14.3% and FT: 66.0% in the 13 games. He played for the Bulgarian national team in 2011.

Jared Homan
Jared Homan
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Germany). He led Bayern Muenchen to a victory against the ninth-ranked s Oliver Baskets (11-12) 80-75 in the German BBL last Saturday. Homan scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 28 minutes. FC Bayern Muenchen (16-7) is placed second in the BBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Homan has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 46.0% and FT: 58.5% in the 22 games. He is a naturalized American. Homan played for the Bulgarian national team three years ago. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #4. Guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to a 2-point Unicaja Malaga's victory against the closely-ranked ALBA Berlin (1-6) 67-65 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. Calloway recorded 10 points. Unicaja Malaga (3-4) is placed sixth in group E. This season Calloway has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Calloway used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2010. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Ivan Lilov
Ivan Lilov
   #5. International shooting guard Ivan Lilov (196-88, currently plays in Romania) led Gaz Metan to a victory over the 14th-ranked Oradea (0-20) 71-64 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Lilov recorded 17 points and had 3 steals. CS Gaz Metan Medias (14-8) is placed eighth in the Liga Nationala. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Lilov has reliable stats this season: 10.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.9spg. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #6. Power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in a Enel Brindisi's victory against the fourth-ranked Cantu (12-7) 69-65 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Simmons recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. Enel Brindisi (10-9) is placed ninth in the SerieA. Simmons is ranked fourth on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.3bpg. This year his other stats are: 8.1ppg and 6.2rpg in the 19 games. Simmons is a naturalized American. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster. However Simmons has never played in Bulgaria.

Filip Videnov
Filip Videnov
   #7. An experienced international small forward Filip Videnov (196-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an Olin Edirne's victory against the league outsider Hacettepe (3-15) 70-62 in the Turkish TBL in Saturday night's game. He scored 16 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Olin Edirne Basketball (4-14) is placed 14th in the TBL. It was his team's first victory after eight consecutive loses. This season Videnov has very high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 3.7rpg and 3.0apg. Videnov is also Bulgarian national team player.

Kaloyan Ivanov
Kaloyan Ivanov
   #8. Forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Air Avellino's victory against the closely-ranked Vanoli Cremona (7-12) 93-81 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 23 minutes. Sidigas Avellino (5-14) is placed second from the bottom (#15) in the SerieA. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. Ivanov's stats this year are: 12.7ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.7spg in the seven games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2011.

Andre Owens
Andre Owens
   #9. Former international guard Andre Owens (193-80, college: Houston, currently plays in Cyprus) helped Keravnos win their game against the fifth-ranked Apollon (9-12) 70-58 in the Cypriot Division A on Tuesday night. Owens scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Keravnos Strovolou (18-3) is placed first in the Division A. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. It's Owens' first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 9.3ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.6apg. Owens is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago. Owens played also for Lukoil Academik Sofia in Bulgarian league.

Roderick Blakney
Roderick Blakney
   #10. Guard Roderick Blakney (184-76, college: S.Carolina St., currently plays in Eurocup) was not able to secure a victory for the league outsider Cajasol (0-5) in their game against Stelmet ZG (2-3) in the Eurocup. He scored 6 points and added 5 assists in 25 minutes. Cajasol (#4) lost 81-85 on their home court in Sevilla to the higher-ranked (#3) Stelmet ZG in the group K of Eurocup. So far Cajasol lost all five games in the Top 16. Blakney's team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Top 16. And now that game is quite important. This year Blakney's total stats are: 5.0ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.6apg in the five games. He is a naturalized American. Blakney is a former international player as six years ago he still played for the Bulgarian senior national team.

   #11. International power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, currently plays in Romania) helped U-Mobitelco win their game against the 13th-ranked Timba Timosoara crushing them 95-72 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Saturday night. He recorded 10 points and added 5 passes in 26 minutes. Nikolov averaged so far 14.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.7apg and 1.6spg in the 21 games. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

   #12. Former international guard Aleksandar Gruev (187-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Romania) helped CSU Sibiu win their game against the 14th-ranked Miercurea Ciuc 82-79 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Saturday. Gruev recorded 11 points and added 4 passes in 23 minutes. He belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #7 with 4.7apg. This year Gruev also averages: 13.2ppg and 2.6rpg in the 20 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2011.

   #13. International forward Aleksandar Georgiev (203-90, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Assignia Manresa in their game against Real Madrid in the Spanish ACB. Georgiev scored only 4 points. His team was crushed by 34 points 104-70. He has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 2.1rpg. Georgiev is also Bulgarian national team player.

   #14. Former U20 international guard Georgi Sirakov (186-92, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Mazzeo San Severo in their game against Lucca in the Italian Nazionale A (third division). Sirakov recorded 8 points in 18 minutes. His team lost 67-72. This year he averages only 7.8ppg in the 23 games. Sirakov used to play for the Bulgarian U20 national team back in 2011.

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

   #1. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague) led his Greek team Olympiacos to a victory against the closely-ranked Khimky (4-3) 87-82 in the Euroleague last Friday. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (4-3) is placed third in group F. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Antic's overall stats this season are: 5.8ppg and 3.8rpg. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.

   #2. Kee Kee Clark (180-PG-84, college: St.Peter's, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Umana Venezia (10-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Clark's very good performance Umana Venezia was crushed 108-84 on the road by the second-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Clark has relatively good stats this season: 13.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.1apg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Clark has never played in Bulgaria.

   #3. Experienced Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in Ukraine) contributed to a 3-point Khimik's victory against the closely-ranked Hoverla (16-14) 78-75 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Friday night's game. Deane recorded 10 points and added 9 assists in 26 minutes. Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (17-12) is placed fifth in the Superleague. Deane has reliable stats this year: 11.5ppg, 3.1rpg and 6.1apg in the 27 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #4. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Vardar (2-9) crushing them 82-60 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga last Saturday. Karadzovski scored 11 points and added 3 assists. Kozuv Gevgelija (9-2) is placed first in the Prva Liga. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Karadzovski is currently fourth on the list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.2ppg, 2.8rpg and 3.5apg. Karadzovski is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian.

   #5. Galin Mihaylov (189-G-80, currently plays in Norway) contributed to Tromso's victory against the closely-ranked Baerum Basket (12-10) 95-88 in the Norwegian BLNO in Sunday night's game. Mihaylov scored 20 points and had 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Tromso Storm (18-4) is placed first in the BLNO. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Mihaylov is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his seventh year in Tromso's roster. He has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.9apg.

   #6. Kristoffer Gafor (194-G-92, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) was not able to help Malbas (10-7) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Malbas (#5) lost 59-68 at home to the second-ranked Brahe Basket in the South group. Gafor was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 29 minutes. Gafor is currently eighth on the list of top scorers with 18.8ppg. He also averaged so far 7.1rpg, 1.4apg and 2.0spg in the 17 games. Gafor has both Swedish and Bulgarian nationalities.

   #7. Dinko Marshavelski (211-F/C-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Northeastern in their game against the University of Delaware in the NCAA. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Marshavelski scored only 2 points. His team was edged in an overtime 76-74. He has averaged so far, 7.1rpg, 1.4apg and 2.0spg.

   #8. Viktor Vladov (202-F-91, currently plays in Germany) managed to help BG Topstar Leitershofen/Stadtbergen to win against the seventh-ranked Fraport Skyliners II 105-91 in the German ProB (third division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Vladov has averaged so far 3.2ppg and 2.8rpg. He also holds two passports: Bulgarian and German.



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

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

Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Luc Mbah a Moute (200-86, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to a 2-point Milwaukee Bucks' victory against the Philadelphia 76ers (22-29) 94-92 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Mbah a Moute scored 10 points, had 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 39 minutes on the court. The Milwaukee Bucks have 26-25 record this season. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. It's Mbah a Moute's fifth year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 7.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 43.0%, 3FGP: 29.2% and FT: 58.8% in the 36 games he played so far. Mbah a Moute played for the Cameroonian senior national team two years ago.

Aldo Curti
Aldo Curti
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Aldo Curti (180-87, currently plays in EuroChallenge). He led his French team Gravelines-Dunkerque to a victory over the third-ranked Szolnok (2-2) 82-78 in the EuroChallenge last Tuesday. Curti was MVP of the game. He recorded 14 points and added 3 passes. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (3-1) is placed first in group J. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Top 16. So now every game will be critical. It's Curti's first season with the team. This year Curti averages: 4.7ppg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 37.5% and FT: 63.2%. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Curti played for the Cameroonian national team in 2011.

Harding NaNa
Harding NaNa
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware, currently plays in Germany). He was the major contributor in a New Yorker Phantoms' victory against the closely-ranked BBC Bayreuth (10-13) crushing them 91-70 in the German BBL in Saturday night's game. NaNa scored 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (9-14) is placed 15th in the BBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season NaNa has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 45.8%, 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 56.7%. He played for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Kenny Kadji
Kenny Kadji
   #4. Power forward Kenny Kadji (211-88, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a 2-point Miami, FL's victory against the Clemson University (4-7) 45-43 in the NCAA last Sunday. Kadji scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. The University of Miami, Florida has quite an impressive 12-0 conference record this season. So far Miami, FL won all twelve games in the conference. Kadji has reliable stats this year: 10.8ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3apg in the 23 games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2011.

Arsene Towa
Arsene Towa
   #5. Former international forward Arsene Towa (191-81, currently plays in Finland) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked JyWe (6-17) crushing them 105-85 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) on Sunday night. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 14 rebounds. Towa also added 5 assists and 8 steals in 37 minutes. Kerava Energia Team (18-5) is placed first in Division B. It was his team's ninth 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. Towa is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Kerava Energia Team's roster. He belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #4 with 12.5rpg. This year Towa's other stats are: 16.5ppg, 2.7apg and 2.0spg in the 22 games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

William Arnaud Adala
William Arnaud Adala
   #6. Forward William Arnaud Adala (198-93, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Wake Forest (4-8) to beat the Georgia Tech (3-8). He scored 8 points. The Wake Forest was edged 57-56 at home by the Georgia Tech. Arnaud Adala's overall stats this season are: 2.0ppg and 2.7rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Cameroonian senior team two years ago.

Steve Tchiengang Noubissie
Steve Tchiengang Noubissie
   #7. Former international forward Steve Tchiengang Noubissie (205-88, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in Qatar) contributed to an Al Jaysh's victory against the closely-ranked Al Arabi (11-5) 73-62 in a derby game in the Qatari D1 on Thursday night. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds in 33 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Tchiengang Noubissie's third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Al Jaysh Army SC Doha (11-5) is placed fourth in the D1. This year Tchiengang Noubissie's overall stats are: 6.3ppg, 10.6rpg and 1.3apg in the nine games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Michel Ipouck
Michel Ipouck
   #8. Forward Michel Ipouck (199-86, currently plays in France) was not able to help Chartres (8-12) in their game against Blois (10-9) in the French NM1 (third division). Ipouck recorded only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Chartres was defeated 65-56 on the road by the higher-ranked Blois (#9). Ipouck averaged so far 11.0ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.6apg and 1.6spg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2011.

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

   #1. Steve Moundou-Missi (201-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Harvard to a victory against the Princeton University (2-2) 69-57 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 25 minutes. The Harvard University has 4-1 conference record this season. This year Moundou-Missi's overall stats are: 4.7ppg and 1.9apg in the nine games he played so far.

   #2. William Yengue (193-F, currently plays in Canada) was the major contributor in a Dalhousie University's victory against the X-Men (11-7) 88-83 in the Canadian university league CIS on Tuesday night. Yengue scored 18 points, had 8 rebounds and made 4 blocks. The Dalhousie University has 10-8 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Yengue is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Dalhousie University's roster. His overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.2apg.

   #3. Experienced Talba Toudjani (201-F-80, currently plays in Georgia) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (8-5) 94-75 in the Georgian Superleague in Friday night's game. Toudjani scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. Energy Invest Rustaviis placed in the Superleague. This year Toudjani's overall stats are: 7.2ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg in the 12 games.

   #4. Sama Taku (185-G, currently studies in the States) contributed to Pacific's victory against the University of Hawaii (8-6) 80-71 in the NCAA last Saturday. He scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). The University of Pacific has a solid 9-4 conference record this season. Taku's overall stats this year are: 7.2ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg.

   #5. Paul Biligha (200-C-90, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Air Avellino's victory against the closely-ranked Vanoli Cremona (7-12) 93-81 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Biligha recorded 6 points. Sidigas Avellino (5-14) is placed second from the bottom (#15) in the SerieA. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. Biligha's overall stats this season are: 3.1ppg and 1.5rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and Italian. Despite Biligha's Cameroonian passport, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cameroonian team.

   #6. Junior MBida (206-C-90, currently plays in France) helped Lille Metropole win their game against the closely-ranked Charleville-Mezieres crushing them 96-71 in the French ProB (second division) last Tuesday. MBida scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes. This year MBida's overall stats are: 2.0ppg and 2.7rpg in the 21 games.

   #7. Michel Enanga (196-F, is currently at the American university) helped Co.Carolina win their game against the Presbyterian College 60-53 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Enanga scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. This year Enanga's overall stats are: 2.0ppg and 2.7rpg in the 21 games.

   #8. Yannick Atanga (203-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Santa Clara University to win against the Pepperdine University 70-60 in the NCAA last Saturday. He scored only 3 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 4 blocks. Atanga's overall stats this season are: 2.0ppg and 2.7rpg.

   #9. Francois Affia (211-C-93, currently plays in Slovenia), who plays in the Slovenian Telemach League could not help Geoplin Slovan to beat Helios. Affia cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 2 minutes on the court. His team lost 72-80. This year Affia's total stats are: 1.3ppg and 2.3rpg in the three games.

   #10. Theodore Boyomo (206-C, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the one of league's weakest teams Howard in their game against the Florida A&M University in the NCAA. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Boyomo scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was edged 46-45. Boyomo's total stats this season are: 1.3ppg and 2.3rpg.



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

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

Samuel Dalembert
Samuel Dalembert
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Samuel Dalembert (211-81, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in NBA). He led Milwaukee Bucks to a 2-point victory against the Philadelphia 76ers (22-29) 94-92 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Dalembert had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 32 minutes on the court. The Milwaukee Bucks have 26-25 record this season. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. Dalembert has relatively good stats this year: 7.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 59.0%(98-166) and FT: 75.0% in the 31 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Haitian and Canadian. Dalembert played for the Canadian senior national team five years ago.

Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson
   #2. Second place goes to former U19 international forward Tristan Thompson (203-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (16-37) in their last game on Monday. Despite Thompson's very good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers were defeated 100-92 on the road by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Thompson also added 9 rebounds and 2 blocks. Thompson has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 11.4ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 50.1% and FT: 65.6%. Thompson played for the Canadian U19 national team in 2009.

Steve Nash
Steve Nash
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international point guard Steve Nash (190-74, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to a Los Angeles Lakers' victory against the Phoenix Suns (17-36) 91-85 in the NBA on Tuesday night. Nash scored 10 points and added 8 passes in 32 minutes. The Los Angeles Lakers have 25-29 record this season. It's Nash's first year with the team. He has very impressive stats this year: 11.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 7.4apg, 2FGP: 55.8%(101-181), 3FGP: 40.5% and FT: 91.9%(57-62) in the 30 games. Nash played for the Canadian national team ten years ago.

Carl English
Carl English
   #4. Guard Carl English (192-81, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Spain) led Asefa Estudiantes to a victory over the 12th-ranked Unicaja Malaga (9-12) 82-68 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. English scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (12-9) is placed eighth in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. English is currently first on the list of top scorers. This season he has very high stats. English averages: 19.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2011.

Levon Kendall
Levon Kendall
   #5. Former international forward Levon Kendall (209-84, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Spain) was the main contributor in a Blusens Monbus' surprising victory against the second-ranked Caja Laboral (17-4) 84-70 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Kendall was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds in 29 minutes. Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (10-11) is placed tenth in the ACB. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. This year Kendall has relatively solid stats: 13.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg in the 21 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Irish. Kendall used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Devoe Joseph
Devoe Joseph
   #6. Guard Devoe Joseph (193-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon, currently plays in EuroChallenge) helped his Ukrainian team Khimik win their game against the fourth-ranked Tofas (1-3) 69-62 in the EuroChallenge in Tuesday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Joseph recorded 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 30 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (2-2) is placed second in group K. There are only two games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Top 16. So now every game will be critical. It's Joseph's first year with the team. Joseph has reliable stats this season: 12.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.5apg and 1.4spg in the 10 games. He is a former U19 international player as he played for the Canadian team six years ago.

Kelly Olynyk
Kelly Olynyk
   #7. Former international forward Kelly Olynyk (213-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Gonzaga win their game against the University of San Francisco (4-9) 71-61 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He scored 26 points (!!!), grabbed 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 33 minutes. The Gonzaga University has a very good 12-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all twelve games in the conference. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Olynyk is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Gonzaga's roster. Olynyk has very impressive stats this season: 16.1ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.1apg, 1.4bpg and 1.5spg in the 31 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Kyle Landry
Kyle Landry
   #8. Power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona, currently plays in Russia), who plays in the Russian PBL was not able to help Triumph Lyubertsy (4-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Landry's good performance Triumph Lyubertsy was defeated 89-78 in Kuban by the higher-ranked Lokomotiv (#3). He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Landry also added 8 rebounds. Landry is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of most steals (fifth place). His overall stats this season are: 9.2ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7spg. Landry used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2009.

Anthony Bennett
Anthony Bennett
   #9. Former U17 international forward Anthony Bennett (203-93, currently studies in the States) helped UNLV edge the San Diego State University (6-5) 72-70 in the NCAA last Saturday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds. Bennett also added 3 blocks. The University of Nevada - Las Vegas have 6-5 conference record this season. It's Bennett's first year with the team. His overall stats this year are: 7.8ppg and 3.6rpg. Bennett used to play for the Canadian U17 national team three years ago.

Ross Bekkering
Ross Bekkering
   #10. Forward Ross Bekkering (203-87, currently plays in Holland) helped Leiden win their game against the league outsider Rotterdam (2-23) crushing them 81-59 in the Dutch Eredivisie on Wednesday night. He was the top player that evening. Bekkering scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 27 minutes. Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (21-5) is placed second in the Eredivisie. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Bekkering is currently fifth on the league's list of best rebounders with 8.4rpg. This year his other stats are: 14.0ppg and 1.3apg in the 26 games. Bekkering is a former university international player as four years ago he still played for the Canadian national team.

   #11. Former international forward Marvell Waithe (205-87, college: Arkansas, currently plays in Denmark) helped Bakken win their game against the sixth-ranked Randers crushing them 110-85 in the Danish Ligaen in Monday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Waithe recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added and 4 steals. This season Waithe has very high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.7spg. Waithe used to play for the Canadian national team four years ago.

   #12. Former U19 international guard Nik Stauskas (198-93, is currently at the American university) helped Michigan win their game against the The Pennsylvania State University 79-71 in the NCAA on Sunday night. He scored 18 points and added 4 assists (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). Stauskas' overall stats this season are: 7.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team back in 2011.

   #13. Former international guard Kevin Pangos (188-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kelly Olynyk. But that was another game of his team in NCAA which we would like to mention. Pangos helped Gonzaga win their game against the Saint Mary's College of California 77-60. He scored 18 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 37 minutes. This year Pangos' overall stats are: 7.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.1spg in the 14 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team four years ago.

   #14. Former U18 international forward Kyle Wiltjer (208-92, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Kentucky (7-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Wiltjer's very good performance the Kentucky was crushed 88-58 in Knoxville, TN by the University of Tennessee. He scored 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). Wiltjer's total stats this season are: 7.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Canadian U18 national team back in 2010.

   #15. Former international guard Brady Heslip (188-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Baylor win their game against the West Virginia University crushing them 80-60 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. Heslip scored 20 points in 33 minutes. This year his total stats are: 7.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.1spg in the 14 games. Heslip used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84, college: Oklah.Baptist, currently plays in Lebanon), who plays in the Lebanese Division A could not help Byblos (8-6) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Byblos was defeated 93-86 on the road by the higher-ranked Champville (#3). Fraser recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 19 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 2 blocks. Fraser's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Fraser is currently first on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Fraser averages: 18.3ppg, 17.3rpg, 1.8apg, 2.3bpg and 1.2spg.

   #2. Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in Finland) led KTP-Basket to a victory over the league outsider Namika Lahti (7-24) crushing them 97-73 in the Finnish Korisliiga last Wednesday. Barrett was the top player that evening. He recorded 26 points (!!!), 8 rebounds, 3 assists and made 3 blocks. KTP Basket Kotka (25-6) is placed first in the Korisliiga. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. Barrett is the league's best blocker. This season he has very high stats. Barrett averages: 16.1ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.1apg, 1.4bpg and 1.5spg.

   #3. Melvin Ejim (198-F-91, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Iowa St. (7-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Iowa St. was edged in an overtime 89-86 in Austin, TX by the The University of Texas. Ejim had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 16 rebounds in 45 minutes. Ejim is currently first on the league's list of best rebounders with 7.0rpg. This year he also averages: 9.2ppg, 1.3apg and 1.7spg in the six games he played so far.

   #4. Omar El Turk (186-SG-81, college: Dawson Coll., currently plays in Lebanon) was the main contributor in a Al Riyadi's victory against the closely-ranked Amchit (9-6) crushing them 94-73 in the Lebanese Division A on Friday night. El Turk was the top player that evening. He scored 22 points and had 3 steals. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (12-2) is placed second in the Division A. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. El Turk has been at the team for nine years. El Turk's overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg and 1.9apg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lebanese.

   #5. Andrew Nicholson (205-PF-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA was not able to secure a victory for the Orlando Magic (15-37) in their last game. Despite Nicholson's good performance the Orlando Magic was crushed 108-76 in Atlanta by the Hawks. He was the top scorer with 10 points. Nicholson also added 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. Nicholson's stats this year are: 7.8ppg and 3.6rpg in the 49 games.

   #6. Ali Mahmoud (184-G-83, currently plays in Lebanon) is a teammate of previously mentioned Omar El Turk. But that was another game of his team in Lebanese Division A which we would like to mention. Mahmoud contributed to a Al Riyadi's victory against the eighth-ranked Hoops Club 91-81 in a derby game. He recorded 12 points, 8 assists and 4 steals in 39 minutes. Mahmoud is currently fifth on the list of best passers with 5.6apg. This year he also averages: 7.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.1spg in the 14 games. Mahmoud is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Lebanese.

   #7. Jason Calliste (188-PG, currently studies in the States) helped Detroit Mercy win their game against the Valparaiso University 84-74 in the NCAA last Saturday. He scored 21 points and added 5 passes in 40 minutes. Calliste has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.1spg in the 14 games.

   #8. Bryson Johnson (188-PG-90, is currently at the American university) helped Bucknell win their game against the Lehigh University 61-55 in the NCAA last Monday. He recorded 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Johnson has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.1spg.

   #9. Renaldo Dixon (208-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped N.Mexico St. win their game against the San Jose State University 67-57 in the NCAA last Thursday. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 14 rebounds. Dixon also added 3 blocks in 34 minutes. He has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.1spg in the 14 games.

   #10. Daniel Mullings (188-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Renaldo Dixon and both played together in the last NCAA game. Mullings helped N.Mexico St. win their game against the San Jose State University 67-57. He scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Mullings has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.1spg.



Maxwell Allin's triple-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

-year old guard Maxwell Allin (193-G) had a very impressive game in the last round for Laurier and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 35.
He recorded a triple-double of 30 points addeding also 10 rebounds and 12 assists, while his team crushed Western (#8, 3-18) with 18-point margin 102-84. Laurier is placed at 4th position in Canadian league. Laurier is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-13 record. In the team's last game Allin had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He has many years of experience at Laurier, through which he has constantly improved. Allin has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 23.2ppg. Allin is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 9.4rpg) and assists (7th best: 4.6apg).

Second best performed player last round was Thomas Scrubb (196-F) of top-ranked Carleton. He is a forward in his 4th season at Carleton. In the last game Scrubb recorded impressive double-double of 31 points and 18 rebounds. It was enough for Carleton to edge slightly lower-ranked Ottawa (#2, 15-5) by 4 points 111-107. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Carleton consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team belongs to top of the standings with 19-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Scrubb is one of the most experienced players at Carleton and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Jimmy Dorsey (188-G) of league's leader Cape Breton. Dorsey got into 30-points club by scoring 37 points in the last round. He went also for eleven rebounds and four assists. He was a key player of Cape Breton, leading his team to a 70-60 win against #2 ranked Acadia. Many experts and fans count Cape Breton as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 17 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Dorsey has a great season in Canada. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.1ppg (6th best) and assists with 5.2apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alexandre Bernard (196-F) of UQAM - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jamar Forde (190-G) of Laurier - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Warren Ward (196-G-89) of Ottawa - 27 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Paul Gareau (201-F) of Regina - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Brandon Dunlop (185-G-88) of Victoria - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Geoff Doane (196-F) of UPEI - 16 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Deontay Smith) of UPEI - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 13 assists

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



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CBA All Star Game - by Robert Wang (T)

CBA all star game would be in Guang Zhou on Feb. 23-24. There are 2 teams would be in the competition, north and south.
Gong Xiao Bin from Shan Dong team will be the head coach of north team and Min Lu Lei from Bei Jing team as the assist coach.
The players are Li Xiao Xu , Guo Ai Lun from Liao ning team, Abaas from Shan Dong team, Marbury from Bei Jing team, Zhang Nan from Tian Jin team.
Bench players are Xi Re Li Jiang and Tang Zheng Dong from Xin Jiang team,Zhong Cheng from Ji Lin team,Duan Jiang peng from Shan Xi team, Jetar Pool and Ding Yan Yu from Shan Dong team and li Gen from Bei Jing team.
The head coach from South team is Unas from Guang Dong team and Wang Fei as the assist from Guang Sha team. The players are Wang Zhi Zhi from Ba Yi team, Yi Jian Lian from Guang Dong team, Yi Li from Jiang Su team, Liu Wei from Shang Hai team, Quincy Douby from Zhe Jiang team. Bench players are Ding Jin Hui from Zhe Jiang team, Marcu Haislip from Dong Guan team, Zhu Fang Yu, Wang ShinPeng from Guang Dong team, Wang Zhe Ln from Fu Jian team, Han Shuo from Ba Yi team and Lin Zhi Jie from Guang Sha team.



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DPB TEAMS PREVIEW:: BAMBUQUEROS DE NEIVA , THE FAVOURITE. - by Victor Garcia

With the largest investment among the eight DPB teams, Bambuqueros in their first season assembled a strong roster leaded by the Colombian star Stalin Ortiz, the team is deep enough and will be full of scorers with Ortiz, Darrin Dorsey who was one of the top scorers in 2012, Enielsen Guevara , Jay Dunn and Joe Manuel, the coach Tomas Diaz trying to get his second pro-championship has the kind of team he likes: a quick and offensive minded team, but his concerns will start trying to find a way to share the shots among his scorers, all them Ortiz, Dorsey, Dunn and Guevara needs the ball to play his best, and in the defensive side also needs to find a way to motivated them enough to play good defense.
The team has good deep with Rodrigo Caicedo, Divier Perez, Adinson Blandon and Jairo Mendoza as role players, with them in the court his defense will improve, no doubt Bambuqueros starts as the main favourite to be the champion in the first edition of the DPB.
Most likely starting lline up:
Dorsey PG
Ortiz SG
Dunn SF
Graham or Manuel PF
Guevara or Perez C.

Bench players: Caicedo, Blandon, Mendoza.




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

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

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Ante Tomic (217-87, currently plays in Spain). He led Regal FC Barcelona to a 2-point victory over the 16th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (6-15) 72-70 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Tomic was MVP of the game. He scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 27 minutes on the court. Regal FC Barcelona (13-8) is placed sixth in the ACB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Tomic is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders with 6.6rpg. He also averaged so far 12.6ppg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 62.4%(113-181) and FT: 75.0% in the 21 games he played so far. Tomic played for the Croatian senior national team two years ago.

Kresimir Loncar
Kresimir Loncar
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Russia. He could not help Khimky (4-3) in their last game on Friday. Despite Loncar's very good performance the fourth-placed Khimky was defeated 87-82 at home by the higher-ranked Olympiacos (#3) in the group F of Euroleague. He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Loncar also added 9 rebounds. This season Loncar averages: 8.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 2FGP: 55.4%(56-101), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 88.6%. He played for the Croatian national team in 2010.

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Euroleague). Popovic led his Lithuanian team Zalgiris to an overtime victory over the eighth-ranked Brose Baskets Bamberg (0-7) 88-87 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. He was the best player in that game. Popovic recorded 21 points in 27 minutes. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (3-4) is placed fifth in group E. Popovic is currently eighth on the league's list of top scorers with 14.4ppg. This year his other stats are: 1.4rpg, 1.9apg, 3FGP: 46.7%(43-92) and FT: 87.5% in the 17 games. Popovic played for the Croatian national team two years ago.

Rok Stipcevic
Rok Stipcevic
   #4. Point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, currently plays in Italy) led VL Pesaro to a surprising victory over the third-ranked Montepaschi Siena (13-6) 78-73 in the Italian SerieA in Monday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Stipcevic recorded 27 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Victoria Libertas Pesaro (5-14) is placed 14th in the SerieA. Stipcevic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.7apg and 1.7spg. Stipcevic is also Croatian national team player.

Zvonko Buljan
Zvonko Buljan
   #5. Former U18 international forward Zvonko Buljan (206-87, college: TCU, currently plays in Cyprus) led Keravnos to a victory over the league outsider Omonia (3-17) 89-84 in the Cypriot Division A last Friday. He was the top player that evening. Buljan scored 19 points, had 9 boards, passed 6 assists and added 6 steals in 32 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Keravnos Strovolou (18-3) is placed first in the Division A. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Buljan is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders with 7.9rpg. This year he also averages: 10.0ppg, 2.6apg and 1.7spg in the 10 games. Buljan used to play for the Croatian U18 national team eight years ago.

Krunoslav Simon
Krunoslav Simon
   #6. Swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague) was the main contributor in a 2-point Unicaja Malaga's victory against the closely-ranked ALBA Berlin (1-6) 67-65 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. He was the top player that evening. Simon recorded 12 points and added 3 assists. Unicaja Malaga (3-4) is placed sixth in group E. Simon has relatively good stats this season: 10.4ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.6apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

Tomislav Ruzic
Tomislav Ruzic
   #7. An experienced former international power forward Tomislav Ruzic (207-79, currently plays in EuroChallenge) contributed to Tofas' victory against the closely-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (1-4) 76-70 in the EuroChallenge in Tuesday night's game. Ruzic was the top player that evening. He scored 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 32 minutes. Tofas Bursa (2-3) is placed third in group K. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Ruzic's team will play only one more game in the EuroChallenge Top 16. And that game will be critical. This year Ruzic's overall stats are: 8.5ppg and 4.5rpg in the 11 games. He used to play for the Croatian national team thirteen years ago.

Roko-Leni Ukic
Roko-Leni Ukic
   #8. Point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help Panathinaikos (4-3) in their game against CSKA Moscow (5-2) in the Euroleague. Ukic recorded 8 points and added 3 assists in 23 minutes. Panathinaikos (#4) was badly defeated 86-69 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) CSKA Moscow in the group E of Euroleague. This year Ukic's total stats are: 8.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.0apg in the 16 games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Leon Radosevic
Leon Radosevic
   #9. Former U20 international center Leon Radosevic (206-90, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Armani Milano's victory against the closely-ranked Lottomatica Roma (12-7) 79-66 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He recorded 7 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in only 12 minutes. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (12-7) is placed fifth in the SerieA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Radosevic has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.3bpg in the three games. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team three years ago.

Mario Delas
Mario Delas
   #10. Power forward Mario Delas (207-90, currently plays in VTB United League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Marko Popovic. But that was another game of his team in VTB United League which we would like to mention. Delas managed to help B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas in a victory against the eighth-ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (5-10) crushing them 86-61. He scored only 4 points and added 3 assists in 15 minutes. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (14-1) is placed first in group B. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Delas has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 3.4rpg in the 14 games. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Croatian senior national team.

   #11. Former international power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to secure a victory for Turk Telekom (5-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Pasalic's very good performance Turk Telekom was badly defeated 84-65 on their home court in Ankara by the much higher-ranked Karsiyaka (#3). He was the top scorer with 18 points. Pasalic also added 8 rebounds. This season Pasalic has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Croatian national team four years ago.

   #12. International center Luka Zoric (211-84, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Krunoslav Simon. However that was another game of his team in Spanish ACB which brought him to that list. Zoric couldn't help Unicaja Malaga in their game against Asefa Estudiantes. He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 17 minutes. His team lost 68-82. Zoric has reliable stats this year: 11.1ppg and 4.4rpg in the 21 games. He is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.

   #13. Former U20 international center Ante Djugum (211-88, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Slovenia) helped Zlatorog win their game against the seventh-ranked LTHcast Mercator 89-78 in the Slovenian Telemach League in Saturday night's game. Djugum scored 14 points. Djugum has averaged so far 9.9ppg and 5.9rpg. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team five years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international center Jure Lalic (210-86, currently plays in Adriatic League) was the major contributor in Krka's victory against one of league's weakest teams KK Split 71-61 in the Adriatic League last Saturday. Lalic scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. Lalic's stats this year are: 10.2ppg and 4.1rpg in the 21 games. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team back in 2006.

   #15. International center Darko Planinic (211-90, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Maccabi T-A in their game against Regal FC Barcelona in the Euroleague. Planinic recorded 7 points. His team was defeated 82-77. Planinic has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 1.7rpg. He is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.

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

   #1. Mladen Primorac (210-C-90, currently plays in Slovenia) led Tajfun to a victory over the tenth-ranked Polzela (2-13) 87-72 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Saturday. Primorac was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds. KK Tajfun Sentjur (10-5) is placed fourth in the Telemach League. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Primorac belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #5. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.9ppg and 7.1rpg.

   #2. Igor Maric (196-F-85, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to a Maribor Messer's victory against the ninth-ranked Grosuplje (2-13) 87-82 in the Slovenian Telemach League in Saturday night's game. Maric scored 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. KK Maribor Messer (11-4) is placed third in the Telemach League. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Maric has relatively solid stats: 13.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg.

   #3. Experienced Igor Milicic (194-G-76, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Poland) was the major contributor in an overtime AZS Koszalin's victory against the league outsider Rosa Radom (4-16) 87-82 in the Polish TBL on Saturday night. Milicic scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). AZS Koszalin (10-9) is placed seventh in the TBL. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Milicic's fifth season with the team. He has averaged so far 5.6ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.0apg. Milicic has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Polish.

   #4. Anthony Drmic (198-G/F-92, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Boise St. (4-6) to beat the University of New Mexico (9-2). Drmic scored 9 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. But the Boise St. was defeated 60-50 on the road by the University of New Mexico. Drmic has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 1.7rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Australian.

   #5. Stipe Modric (206-F-79, currently plays in Slovenia), who plays in the Slovenian Telemach League was not able to help Geoplin Slovan (5-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Modric's good performance Geoplin Slovan was defeated 80-72 in Domzale by the second-ranked Helios. He scored 13 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Modric has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg. He has both Croatian and Slovenian nationalities.

   #6. Sandi Marcius (206-F-90, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Purdue in their game against the Indiana University in the NCAA. Marcius scored 7 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 17 minutes. His team was crushed by 28 points 83-55. Marcius has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg in the seven games he played so far.

   #7. Pankracije Barac (196-G-81, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala couldn't help Pitesti (10-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance Pitesti lost 67-71 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#7) Ploiesti. Barac was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. Barac is currently fourth on the list of top scorers with 17.6ppg. This year his other stats are: 3.4rpg, 3.6apg and 1.7spg in the 22 games.

   #8. Marco Buljevic (197-G-87, also represented by Court Side, currently plays in Germany) helped ETB Wohnbau win their game against the fifth-ranked Cuxhaven BasCats 75-68 in the German ProA (second division) in Saturday night's game. Buljevic recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. His stats this season are: 10.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.0apg. Buljevic also holds two passports: Croatian and German. Despite his Croatian nationality, Buljevic previously played for the German U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Croatian team.

   #9. Milos Paravinja (212-C/F-79, currently plays in Slovenia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Stipe Modric and both played together in the last Slovenian Telemach League game. Paravinja couldn't help Geoplin Slovan in their game against Helios. Despite his good performance on Saturday night He scored 10 points. Paravinja has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.1apg. He has Croatian and Slovenian nationalities.

   #10. Vjeran Soldo (208-F/C-84, currently plays in Slovenia) couldn't help LTHcast Mercator in their game against Zlatorog in the Slovenian Telemach League, despite his good performance in Saturday night's game. Soldo scored 10 points in 19 minutes. But his team lost 78-89. He has averaged so far 9.1ppg and 2.8rpg in the 15 games.



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

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

Pavel Pumprla
Pavel Pumprla
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Pavel Pumprla (198-86, currently plays in Spain). He was the major contributor in a Blusens Monbus' surprising victory against the second-ranked Caja Laboral (17-4) 84-70 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Pumprla scored 16 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 27 minutes on the court. Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (10-11) is placed tenth in the ACB. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. This year Pumprla averages: 7.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 2FGP: 54.5% and FT: 82.1% in the 21 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Ondrej Balvin
Ondrej Balvin
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Ondrej Balvin (216-92, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Balvin could not help Cajasol (7-14) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Cajasol was defeated 75-67 at home by the much higher-ranked CAI Zaragoza (#7). Balvin was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Balvin's overall stats this season are: 3.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 70.6%(24-34) and FT: 57.1%. He is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ondrej Balvin. But that was another game of his team in Eurocup which we would like to mention. Satoransky. He was not able to help the league outsider Cajasol (0-5) in their game against Stelmet ZG (2-3). Satoransky scored 6 points in 18 minutes. The fourth-placed Cajasol lost 81-85 on their home court in Sevilla to the higher-ranked (#3) Stelmet ZG in the group K of Eurocup. Satoransky is ranked seventh on the list of the best passers in the league with 4.7apg. This year his other stats are: 10.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 45.7%, 3FGP: 31.6% and FT: 79.2% in the 11 games. Satoransky is also a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Jiri Hubalek
Jiri Hubalek
   #4. Center Jiri Hubalek (208-82, agency: Two Points, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Umana Venezia (10-9) in their game against Banco di Sardegna Sassari (15-4) in the Italian SerieA. He recorded only 4 points. Umana Venezia was crushed 108-84 on the road by the second-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. Hubalek's overall stats this season are: 1.3ppg and 1.5rpg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2009.

Ondrej Starosta
Ondrej Starosta
   #5. An experienced former international center Ondrej Starosta (215-79, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Planasa NV (8-10) in their game against CB Clavijo (8-10) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Starosta scored 7 points, had 10 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Planasa NV was defeated 95-89 in Logrono by the higher-ranked CB Clavijo (#6). Starosta is ranked fourth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Starosta averages: 15.1ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1bpg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team five years ago.

Ales Chan
Ales Chan
   #6. Center Ales Chan (216-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Seton Hill, currently plays in Cyprus) led Apoel to a victory against the closely-ranked AEK (14-7) 75-62 in the Cypriot Division A in Friday night's game. Chan scored 12 points in only a mere 10 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (12-9) is placed fourth in the Division A. The Regular Season already ended. This year Chan's overall stats are: 6.8ppg and 3.9rpg in the 16 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Czech Republic senior team three years ago.

Marek Soucek
Marek Soucek
   #7. Former U20 international power forward Marek Soucek (213-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Texas Tech University (2-10) crushing them 91-67 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Soucek scored 6 points. The Oklahoma State University has a solid 9-3 conference record this season. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Soucek's total stats this season are: 6.8ppg and 3.9rpg. He used to play for the Czech Republic U20 national team three years ago.

Tomas Hampl
Tomas Hampl
   #8. Center Tomas Hampl (215-88, currently plays in Spain) managed to help B.C. River Andorra in a victory against the 11th-ranked Ourense (2-10) crushing them 81-60 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. Hampl scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 16 minutes. B.C. River Andorra (3-0) is placed in the LEB Gold. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. It's Hampl's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 7.4ppg and 4.0rpg in the 18 games. Hampl plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

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

   #1. Michal Kremen (200-G/F-81, currently plays in Cyprus) led Apoel to a victory against the league outsider Omonia (3-17) 70-62 in a derby game in the Cypriot Division A last Tuesday. Kremen scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (12-9) is placed fourth in the Division A. The Regular Season already ended. It's Kremen's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 7.2ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.6spg in the 16 games he played so far.

   #2. David Steffel (212-C/F-85, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala could not help Rovinari (11-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Rovinari was defeated 104-99 on the road by the lower-ranked Giurgiu (#12). Steffel recorded 11 points. Steffel is ranked third on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.1ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.5apg.

   #3. Jaroslav Tyrna (207-F/C-86, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help USC Leipzig (3-19) in their game against NBC (10-12) in the German ProA (second division), despite his good performance last Saturday. Tyrna recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. But the bottom-ranked USC Leipzig was edged 87-84 in Nurnberg by the much higher-ranked (#9) NBC. It was USC Leipzig's 11th consecutive loss in a row. Tyrna has averaged so far 5.5ppg and 5.5rpg in the eight games.

   #4. Jan Kratochvil (200-F-82, currently plays in Slovakia) was not able to secure a victory for Komarno (19-6) in their game against Levice (1-18) in the Slovakian Extraliga. He cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. Kratochvil scored only 2 points. Komarno was defeated 83-76 at home by the much lower-ranked Levice (#10). It was Komarno's first loss after four consecutive victories. Kratochvil has averaged so far 6.0ppg and 3.1rpg.



EuroCup: Valencia thrash Nymburk to clinch top spot in Group J - by Eurobasket News

Valencia - Nymburk 104:55

Valencia capped their EuroCup Top 16 campaign with victory. They knocked down Nymburk at home court in Group J. Valencia awaits now for the result of Bilbao versus VEF Riga game to know from which place in the pool they qualified. Pau Ribas (193-PG-87) nailed 20 points to lead the winners.
Valencia dropped 29 points in the starting quarter to take a 7-point lead. Valencia thumped their opponents with a 26:10 run in the second frame. The Spaniards piled up a 23-point halftime lead. Valencia continued their onslaught with a 24:10 rally in the third period. Nymburk never recovered afterwards as Valencia coasted to the victory at the end. Vitor Faverani (211-C-88) netted 16 points, while Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) added 12 points for the winning side. Michael Efevberha (197-G-84, college: CS Northridge) answered with 12 points for Nymburk. Tweety Carter (180-PG-86, college: Baylor) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Valencia: Pau Ribas 20, Vitor Faverani 16, Rafael Martinez 12
Nymburk: Michael Efevberha 12, Tweety Carter 11



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Khimky hand Kalev/Cramo another loss - by Eurobasket News

VTB League

Kalev/Cramo - Khimky 57:65


Khimky hand Kalev/Cramo another loss in VTB League. The Russian team overcame Estonian representative 65:57 last night.
The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 41-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for Zoran Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) who led his team to a victory scoring 12 points and 6 assists. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) helped adding 11 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Armands Armands Skele (192-G-83) with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Senegalese center Bamba Bamba Fall (217-C-86, college: SMU) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks.
Khimky moved-up to second place, which they share with Unics and Lokomotiv. Kalev/Cramo lost fourth consecutive game. Khimky will face Lietuvos rytas in Vilnius in the next round. Kalev/Cramo will play at home against Azovmash in Mariupol.

Khimky: Zoran Planinic 12, Paul Davis 11, Egor Vyaltsev (192-PG-85) 10, Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) 8
Kalev/Cramo: Armands Skele 20+9rebs, Bamba Fall 11+10rebs, Gary Wilkinson (205-F/C-82, college: Utah St.) 9



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

Group I
Kataja - Gaz Metan 79-75
Kataja defeat Gaz Metan in Finland as three teams have now 2-3 record and will compete for the last spot to the next stage. The Finnish team posted a 79:75 victory. Gaz Metan was ahead by 13 points after three quarters before a 30-13 charge of Joensuun Kataja, which allowed them to win the game. Joensuun Kataja forced 19 Gaz Metan turnovers. Daniel Coleman (206-F-85, college: Minnesota) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Jonte Flowers chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. Four Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. Ivan Lilov (196-SG-88) responded with 18 points and Slobodan Dundjerski (188-G-88, agency: Alti Sport)djerski scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. In the last round Kataja will face Karsiyaka that already advanced to the next stage at home. Gaz Metan will take on Ventspils.

Karsiyaka - Ventspils 84-75
Karsiyaka wins Group I of EuroChallenge Top 16 Stage with 1 round remaining. The team improved to 4-1 record on top of the group and secured the first place after an 84:75 victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ventspils won third quarter 25-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Karsiyaka shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Alade Aminu who scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) produced 16 points and 6 assists and Arturs Berzins added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.

Group J
Paris-Levallois - Gravelines 86-87
Gravelines beat Paris-Levallois in the French thriller of EuroChallenge Group J. The guests needed an 87:86 overtime win to take 4-1 record on top. Paris-Levallois fell at 3-2 record but also have good chances to advance. Gravelines won the first period 22-18, but Paris-Levallois replied with 17-12 rally in the second frame. Both teams scored 23 points each in the third period and then Gravelines posted 19-18 in the fourth quarter to tie the game after 40 minutes. Yannick Bokolo (188-SG-85)'s buzzer-beating basket put BCM Gravelineslater into the EuroChallenge play-offs as his team won the extra time 87:86. Kennedy Winston (198-F/G-84, college: Alabama) saved the victory by scoring 25 points. Yannick Bokolo contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists and Giovan Oniangue (196-F-91) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Paris-Levallois.

Szolnok - Hapoel Holon 81-66
Szolnok remains alive for the Quarter-finals of the EuroChallenge. The Hungarian team overcame Hapoel Holon 81:66 for 3-2 record. In the last round they will need to beat Paris-Levallois in a do-or-die game. The game was mostly controlled by Szolnok. Hapoel Holon was better in fourth quarter 24-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Hapoel Holon to just 7 points in second quarter. Szolnok had a 38-27 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. James Florence (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mercer) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 5 rebounds. Miklos Szabo (205-F/C-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group, college: Hofstra) contributed with 9 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Szolnok's coach Neno Asceric used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Frank Hassell answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds and Lawrence Hill (203-F-87, college: Stanford) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel Holon.

Group K
Krasnie Krilya - Khimik 76-68
Krasnie Krilya improved to undefeated 5-0 record in Group K. The Russian team overcame Khimik 76:68 and sent them to 2-3 record. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 24-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Krasnie Krilya forced 21 Khimik turnovers. Khimik was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Evgeniy Kolesnikov (195-G-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds. Omar Thomas (196-F-82, college: UTEP) contributed with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Devoe Joseph (193-G-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon) answered with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Khimik. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Khimik's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. In the last round Khimik will host Norrkoping in Ukraine, while Krasnie Krilya will take on Tofas.

Tofas - Norrkoping 76-70
Tofas keeps the chances alive for the Quarterfinals of the EuroChallenge. The Turkish side overcame Norrkoping 76:70 for 2-3 record in Group K. The Swedish team dropped at 1-4 record. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-14. But Norrkoping Dolphins won second period 15-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tomislav Ruzic nailed 19 points for the winning side and Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M) accounted for 12 points and 10 rebounds. Christian Maraker (206-PF-82, college: Pacific) came up with 22 points and Joakim Kjellbom (213-C-79, college: N.Arizona) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Norrkoping Dolphins in the defeat. Jeromanovs and Mikael Lindquist (193-SG-83, agency: Court Side) followed them with 9 points apiece. In the last round Khimik will host Norrkoping in Ukraine, while Krasnie Krilya will take on Tofas.

Group L
EWE Baskets - Telekom Baskets 88-92
Telekom Baskets Bonn will join EWE Baskets in the quarter-finals after the win in the German battle of EuroChallenge. Telekom Baskets grabbed 92:88 win for 3-2 record. EWE Baskets is on top with 4-1 record. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Telekom Baskets made 32-of-40 free shots during the game, while EWE Baskets only scored fourteen points from the stripe. Jamel McLean orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 5 rebounds. Kyle Weems contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Chris Kramer (191-G-88, college: Purdue) answered with 19 points and Dru Joyce added 12 points and 8 assists in the effort for EWE Baskets. Jenkins netted 14 and Chubb brought 10. In the last round EWE Baskets will take on Aalstar, while Telekom Basket will face Tsmoki-Minsk.

Aalstar - Tsmoki-Minsk 100-76
Aalstar beat Tsmoki-Minsk, while both teams are out of the 1/4 Finals. The Belgian team posted a three-digit number for 100:76 victory but could not make it to the next stage. The game was mostly controlled by Okapi Aalstar. Tsmoki-Minsk was better in fourth quarter 28-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Okapi Aalstar shot 61.1 percent from the field and made 24-of-25 free shots during the game. Okapi Aalstar had a 28-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Okapi Aalstar especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Derek Raivio (190-SG-84, college: Gonzaga) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 6 assists. Hans VanLangenhove (200-F-80) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Pavel Ulyanko answered with 24 points and 5 rebounds and Aliaksei Lashkevich added 11 points in the effort for Tsmoki-Minsk. In the last round EWE Baskets will take on Aalstar, while Telekom Basket will face Tsmoki-Minsk.



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EUROCHALLENGE: Kataja never gave up! - by Rauno Hurmalainen

EuroChallenge, Last 16, Group I: CS Gaz Metan Medias, # 8 in Top League in Romania right now, was ahead by 13 points (49-62) vs Kataja (Finland) at Joensuu, when the 4th quarter got started, but Kataja never gave up. 17-0 run in six minutes for Kataja and digits 54-64 were changed into 71-64! Kataja had to win by three or more and 79-75 victory was a sweet one for the hosts. Metan Medias was leading during the half time 26-39. Quarters: 17-22, 9-17, 23-23, 30-13.
Kataja made the Romanian Pro Team seem during the last quarter like a bunch of nervous beginners on the basketball court. Turnovers after turnovers and even time outs didn't help much. Kataja was leading already 72-66 (time 37:28) and 76-72 (39:26), but the visitors made the contest a 2-point-game 76-74 with 10 seconds on the clock. Metan Medias had won over Kataja by two at home, but obviously a two-point loss was not enough and Metan Medias made still some fouls. Kataja enlarged the victory then into four points from the charity stripe.
Johnell Smith (180-PG-80, college: New Orleans) scored nine points for Kataja already during the opening quarter. Later Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Winona St.), Antti Kanervo (193-SG-89), Daniel Coleman (206-F-85, college: Minnesota) and Sami Lehtoranta (205-PF-79) were Kataja's key players, who arranged the important win for the hosts.
CS Gaz Metan Medias had 20 turnovers, American G Kyle Shiloh (191-PG-85, college: Nevada) scored only three points in 28:25 minutes, Serbian Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84, agency: BeoExcell) played only 23:36 minutes and sharpshooter Ivan Lilov (196-SG-88) from Bulgaria was in foul troubles at the end. Very important victory for Kataja and now the door is still open to the Final 8.

Kataja - Metan Medias 79-75 (26-39). (Jonte Flowers 16, Dan Coleman 14/11, Antti Kanervo 14, Sami Lehtoranta 11. 1 - 68,4% (13/19), 2 - 50,0% (21/42), 3 - 42,1% (8/19). R: 24+8=32. TO: 16. - Ivan Lilov 18, Aleksandar Mladenovic 12, Slobodan Dundjerski 11. 1 - 54,5% (6/11), 2 - 73,0% (27/37), 3 - 22,7% (5/22). R: 25+6=31. TO: 20).


19.2.: Pinar Karsiyaka - BK Ventspils 84-75 (51-34). (PK: Abdul Aminu 16, Robert Dixon 15 - V: Donald Sims 16, Arturs Berzins 12).
1) Pinar Karsiyaka (Turkey) 4-1, 2) BK Ventspils (Latvia) 2-3, 3) Kataja (Finland) 2-3, 4) CS Gaz Metan Medias (Romania) 2-3. The last games (26.2.): Kataja - Pinar Karsiyaka and Metan Medias - BK Ventspils.



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Justin Gray leaves Poitiers - by Eurobasket News (T)

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 recorded 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 averaged 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 averaged impressive 16.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 3.5apg.
The previous (2011) summer Gray played at Guangzhou (NBL) in Chinese league. In 9 games he averaged impressive 24.4ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.0apg and 2.1spg. He also played at BC Donetsk (Superleague) in Ukraine that season. In 16 games he averaged 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 averaged 11.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg. He contributed to his team making it to the Greek Cup Semifinals. Gray also played 6 games in Eurocup where he averaged 11.5ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.3apg.
He was selected to Polish League All-Star Game back in 2010. Gray represented USA at the Dell College Three Point Championships seven years ago.
He is a very experienced player. Gray has played also professionally in Belgium (VOO Verviers-Pepinster and Belfius Mons-Hainaut), Czech Rep., Poland (PGE Turow) and China (Guangzhou Free Man).
He attended Wake Forest University until 2006 and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.
Gray's game is described as: 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 team's vocal leaders ... possesses great quickness ... an exceptional perimeter shooter.

By Eurobasket Data Center



EuroChallenge: Gravelines beat Paris-Levallois in French thriller after Yannick Bokolo's buzzer-beater - by Eurobasket News

Paris-Levallois - Gravelines 86:87 OT

Gravelines beat Paris-Levallois in the French thriller of EuroChallenge Group J. The guests needed an 87:86 overtime win to take 4-1 record on top. Paris-Levallois fell at 3-2 record but also have good chances to advance.
Gravelines won the first period 22-18, but Paris-Levallois replied with 17-12 rally in the second frame. Both teams scored 23 points each in the third period and then Gravelines posted 19-18 in the fourth quarter to tie the game after 40 minutes. Yannick Bokolo (188-SG-85)'s buzzer-beating basket put BCM Gravelineslater into the EuroChallenge play-offs as his team won the extra time 87:86
Kennedy Winston (198-F/G-84, college: Alabama) saved the victory by scoring 25 points. Yannick Bokolo contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists and Giovan Oniangue (196-F-91) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Paris-Levallois.

Gravelines: Kennedy Winston 25, Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette) 13, Yannick Bokolo 11, Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) 10
Paris-Levallois: John Cox (196-G-81, college: USF) 16, Andrew Albicy 14, N'Doye 14, Jonathan Aka (203-PF-86) 13, Giovan Oniangue 11



Parker has 30 points and 11 assists to lead Spurs in 108-102 win over Kings - by Eurobasket News

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Tony Parker (188-PG-82) had 30 points and 11 assists to lead San Antonio to a 108-102 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night, giving the Spurs their 15th win in their last 16 games.

Danny Green scored 21 points, including 5-for-8 shooting on 3-pointers, for the Spurs, who have the top overall record in the NBA (43-12) as well as the best road mark (21-10). Kawhi Leonard added 15 points and Manu Ginobili 12 as San Antonio won at Sacramento for the 10 straight time.

Brois Diaw had 10 points and Tim Duncan added nine points and 14 rebounds for the Spurs.

Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points for the Kings, who have dropped three straight. Tyreke Evans had 20 points, Marcus Thornton added 16, and Jason Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins had 11 each.
Courtesy of: http://www.timescolonist.com



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EuroChallenge: Telekom Baskets Bonn will join EWE Baskets in the quarter-finals - by Eurobasket News

EWE Baskets - Telekom Baskets 88:92

Telekom Baskets Bonn will join EWE Baskets in the quarter-finals after the win in the German battle of EuroChallenge. Telekom Baskets grabbed 92:88 win for 3-2 record. EWE Baskets is on top with 4-1 record.
The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Telekom Baskets made 32-of-40 free shots during the game, while EWE Baskets only scored fourteen points from the stripe. Jamel McLean (203-F-88, college: Xavier) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 5 rebounds. Kyle Weems (198-F-89, college: Missouri St.) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Chris Kramer (191-G-88, college: Purdue) answered with 19 points and Dru Joyce (183-PG-85, college: Akron) added 12 points and 8 assists in the effort for EWE Baskets. Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia South) netted 14 and Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) brought 10.
In the last round EWE Baskets will take on Aalstar, while Telekom Basket will face Tsmoki-Minsk.

Telekom Baskets: Jamel McLean 28, Kyle Weems 14, Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) 12
EWE Baskets: Chris Kramer 19, Julius Jenkins 14, Dru Joyce 12, Adam Chubb 10



Terrell Everett Back In Bremerhaven For A Second Time - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber (T)

The second time could be the sweetest for Terrell Everett (193-G-84, college: Oklahoma) as he returns back to a familiar setting with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and will try to help them reach the playoffs. The club also announced that they have terminated the contract of American Kevin Kruger. Everett is a 28 year old 193cm guard from Charleston, South Carolina that can fill up the stat sheet like Fraport Skyliner Quantez Robertson. Everett is a heady left-handed wing with solid ball skills, can play the point if the need arises, regarded as a slasher, excels at penetration and getting the ball to the rim, is a savvy player who boasts tremendous court awareness and is an excellent passer and ossesses a soft touch on his jump shot. Last season for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 33 games: 11.3ppg, 4.5rpg, Assists-3 (4.9apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 47.3%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 61.0%. He started this season for Cholet Basket (France-ProA) averaging 9,3ppg, 3,6rpg and 3,9apg. In Eurocup play he averaged 9,0ppg, 4,0rpg and 6,3apg.

Everett started his basketball career in 2003 at SW Missouri St. - West Plains JC. He then played at Oklahoma (NCAA) from 2004-2006. In 2006 he started his professional basketball career at ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-ProA): 34 games: 11.6ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-5 (5.2apg), 1.8spg, FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 20.9%, FT: 68.0%. In 2007-2008, he played at CEZ Basketball Nymburk (Czech Republic-NBL, starting five): 2 games: 8.5ppg, 3.5apg, 1.5spg, released in Oct.''07, next month moved to JDA Dijon Bourgogne (France-ProA, starting five): 22 games: 11.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 20.4%, FT: 73.9%. In 2008-2009, he played for Tulsa 66ers (D-League): 2 games: 4.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.0apg; left in Dec.''08, at the end of Jan.''09 signed at Bakersfield Jam (D-League): 26 games: 7.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 70.0%. In 2009-2010, he played for Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA): 6 games: 5.7ppg, 3.3apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 35.7%, 3PT: 54.5%; in Dec.''09 moved to ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-ProA): French League: 17 games: 10.5ppg, 3.6rpg, Assists-3 (6.4apg), Steals-2 (2.0spg), FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 20.6%, FT: 75.0%; EuroChallenge: 8 games: 8.3ppg, 3.1rpg, Assists-1 (7.4apg), Steals-5 (1.9spg), FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 23.8%, FT: 64.7%. Two seasons ago, he played for Iraklis Thessaloniki (Greece-A1, starting five): 7 games: 13.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.4apg, 2.4spg, FGP: 39.7%, 3PT: 26.3%, FT: 65.1%; left in Dec.''10, next month moved to KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (Croatia-A1): Adriatic League: 3 games: 2.7ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.7spg, left next month, in March''11 signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 12.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 42.6%, 3PT: 26.5%, FT: 80.4%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been second-team NJCAA All-American -04, JUCO Region 16 Player of the Year -04, Big 12 Regular Season Champion -05, Big 12 Tournament Semifinals -05 , All-Big 12 Honorable Mention -05, All-Big 12 2nd Team -06, USBWA All-NCAA District VI Team -06
French ProA All-Star Game -07, Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 2nd Team -07, French ProA Semifinals -07, and Croatian Cup (Kresimir Cosic Cup) Semifinals -11



Justin Gray To Return Back To Germany? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Beko BBL has been busy today with the transfer deadline not far off, a few teams made some changes like Alba Berlin bringing in French national player Ali Traor, or the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven hooking up with American Terrell Everett who returned back for a second tour of duty. The Beko BBL might still see some more changes soon and an interesting development happened in the French Pro A as it was announced that American Justin Gray (188-G-84, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Wake Forest) left Poiters Basket 86. There the North Carolina native averaged 8,9ppg, 1,6rpg and 3,0apg. Last season, Gray played in the Beko BBL for the Fraport Skyliners playing only 8 games due to injury and averaged 16.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.5apg, FGP: 41.8%, 3PT: 29.3%, FT: 93.9%. Gray is a type of player that can quickly get comfortable with a new surrounding, and he would be a very interesting player for playoff teams for the stretch run. It will be interesting to see if Gray lands back in Germany. Wurzburg fans and Frankfurt fans wont have forgotten his amazing buzzer beater in 2011 and he might just create some nice new memories with a Beko BBL team in the next months.


Terrell Everett returns to Bremerhaven, while Kruger leaves - by Moritz Korff (T)

BBL team Eisbaeren Bremerhaven has signed Terrell Everett (193-G-84, college: Oklahoma) for the remainder of the current season, while Kevin Kruger (186-PG-83, college: UNLV) will leave the Polar Bears, effective immediately.
Everett will serve his second stint in Bremerhaven, he already played 46 games for the Eisbaeren squad from March 2011 until May 2012. He started this current campaign with French Pro A team Cholet Basket, but was released in December, after not living up to expectations of the coaching staff. He appeared in 14 Pro A games, averaging 9.3 points, 3.9 assists and 3.6 rebounds per contest.



BG Dorsten to bring back Blake Poole - by Moritz Korff (T)

Injury plagued Blake Poole (195-C-88, college: St.Martin's) will return to BG Dorsten for the second time within this season, according to derwesten.de. Poole had suffered a broken bone in his foot in pre-season and therefore was unable to play for BG Leitershofen/Stadtbergen, the team he initially had signed with for the 2012-13 season. He returned to Dorsten in late october, but suffered an injury setback in December and returned home in January. NowPoole feels that his foot has healed well enough to play again. "I just think it was an unfortunate setback. I was ready to come back, but landing wrong on the same foot just caused another injury. [...] my X-rays clearly showed a slight fracture in my 5th metatarsal. I wouldn't say my career is in jeopardy, just another setback", Poole told Eurobasket.com in January.
As the Dorsten team has been struggling as of late, including seven losses within the last ten games, and as Justin Eller (203-C-87, college: Sacramento St.) is having a difficult time to replace Poole, BG coach Torsten Schierenbeck would like to bring him back rather today than tomorrow. It remains to be seen when exactly Poole will be back playing in a Dorsten uniform.



Artland Dragons: Bryce Taylor out until mid March - by Moritz Korff

Bryce Taylor (196-SG-86) has suffered a knee injury in Saturday's win over the LTi Giessen 46ers and will be unable to play for a couple of weeks. The Artland Dragons expect him to be out until mid March. The Quakenbrueck team is currently exploring the possibility of signing another player to make up for the temporary loss of their forward. The BBL transfer window will close on February 28. Taylor is averaging 12.7 points and 3.3 boards a contest (22 games) for the Artland Dragons this season.


EuroCup: Unics steal win in Ulm, clinch top place in Group L - by Eurobasket News

Ratiopharm Ulm - Unics 77:79

Chuck Eidson (203-F-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Carolina) nailed two late free throws to give Unics a road win over Ratiopharm Ulm in the final round of action at EuroCup Top 16. The victory meant the Kazan team clinched the top position in Group L. They will now take on Valencia in the quarterfinal series. Ulm finished second in the standings and would take on Uxue Bilbao in the next round.
Ulm led by three points after the starting quarter 22:19. Unics slowed the hosts down in the second frame. The Russian team got within just two points at the interval 35:37. Ratiopharm Ulm limited their opponents to 14 points in the third term and opened a 7-point advantage with ten minutes to go. The hosts still led by seven points midway through the fourth frame but Unics ignited a 7:0 run to deny the deficit. The visitors eventually pulled ahead 77:75 within the final minute. Schwethelm however was able to sink two free throws with just two seconds remaining to make it 77:77. Unics handed the ball to Chuck Eidson for a buzzer-beater attempt but he got fouled in the process and calmly hit two from the line to seal the victory for Unics. Eidson finished with 24 points to lead the winners. Terrell Lyday (191-G-79, college: BYU) added 20 points for the visitors. Lance Jeter (190-G-88, college: Nebraska) responded with 18 points for Ratiopharm Ulm. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) notched 16 points in the loss.

Ratiopharm Ulm: Lance Jeter 18, Allan Ray 16
Unics: Chuck Eidson 24, Terrell Lyday 20, Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) 12



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EuroChallenge: Szolnok remains alive for the Quarter-finals - by Eurobasket News

Szolnok - Hapoel Holon 81:66

Szolnok remains alive for the Quarter-finals of the EuroChallenge. The Hungarian team overcame Hapoel Holon 81:66 for 3-2 record. In the last round thye will need to beat Paris-Levallois in a do-or-die game.
The game was mostly controlled by Szolnok. Hapoel Holon was better in fourth quarter 24-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Hapoel Holon to just 7 points in second quarter. Szolnok had a 38-27 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. James Florence (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mercer) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 5 rebounds. Miklos Szabo (205-F/C-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group, college: Hofstra) contributed with 9 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Szolnok's coach Neno Asceric used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Frank Hassell (203-F-88, college: ODU) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds and Lawrence Hill (203-F-87, college: Stanford) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel Holon.

Szolnok: James Florence 20, Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89) 13, Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) 11, Miklos Szabo 9+12rebs,
Hapoel Holon: Frank Hassell 24+16rebs, Lawrence Hill 18, Shlomi Harush (185-G-87) 7



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Henifin signs with Australia's Brisbane Spartans - by Kip Leonetti

Former Bellingham Slam and Western Washington forward Zack Henifin (6'5''-F-88, college: W.Washington) is on his way to Australia to play professionally, the team announced today.

The 6-foot-5 Bellingham native has signed with the Brisbane Spartans, which competes as a member of the South East Australia Basketball League.

Henifin is the second Slam player to sign with an Australian team recently, after forward Michael Duty signed with the Mackay Meteors of the Queensland Basketball League last week.

Henifin was a two-time champion in 2012, capturing the NCAA Division-II National Championship as a senior for the Vikings last March, and followed that with an IBL Championship in his rookie season with the Slam in July.

This will be Henifin's second foray into overseas basketball after playing in Romania last fall. He averaged 11.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest for the Perla Harghitei Basketball Club before leaving the team in December.

Henifin appeared in 17 games for the Slam last season, starting nine, and averaged 9.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. He twice scored a season-high of 19 points and posted consecutive double-doubles in games against Olympia Reign and Japan Tornadoes last May.

For the Vikings, Henifin averaged 10.1 points and 5.3 rebounds as a senior, scoring in double figures in 22 games. He was instrumental in helping earn the Vikings first mens national championship and was named to the NCAA West Regional all-tournament team after averaging 10.3 points and 8 rebounds in WWU's three regional tournament games.

Born and raised in Bellingham, Henifin starred for the Red Raiders at Bellingham High School before enrolling at Whatcom Community College. He suited up for the Orcas for two seasons before transferring to WWU.

"I'm very excited for this new opportunity," commented Henifin. "Australia is an amazing place and I cant wait to get there."




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NBL Round 21: Satria Muda crushes Pacific Caesar by record 42 points - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The game with biggest result difference took place in Jakarta. Local Satria Muda (10-3) outscored 9th ranked Pacific Caesar (3-10) 91-49 on Monday night. The game without a history. Satria Muda led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Pacific Caesar to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Satria Muda dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Pacific Caesar's 22. Satria Muda forced 25 Pacific Caesar turnovers and outrebounded them 46-28 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Satria Muda looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Pacific Caesar's players. The best player for the winners was Galank Gunawan (194-87) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds. Frida Susanto (195-86) chipped in 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Gege Nagata (185-88) who recorded 19 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. Satria Muda have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain third place with 10-3 record behind leader Pelita Jaya. Pacific Caesar lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with ten games lost. Satria Muda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pacific Caesar will play at home against the league's leader Pelita Jaya (#1) in Jakarta and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Jakarta: Stadium Jakarta (#6) and Tonga BSC (#12). Stadium Jakarta (7-5) crushed visiting Tonga BSC (1-12) by 17 points 79-62. It was a good game for point guard Fanny Budianto (170-83) who led his team to a victory with 11 points and 4 steals. Dino Leonardo contributed with 9 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Muhammad Hardian Wicaksono (189-93) answered with 10 points and 7 rebounds for Tonga BSC. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Stadium Jakarta maintains sixth place with 7-5 record. Tonga BSC lost their eighth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Stadium Jakarta will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tonga BSC will play at home against CLS Knights (#5) in Surabaya to get more than just one victory in their record.

In the last game of round 21 NSH GMC Riau was crushed by Hangtuah in Pandang 86-65.


Group Malang
Stadium Jak. - Tonga BSC 79-62

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Jakarta: Stadium Jakarta (#6) and Tonga BSC (#12). Stadium Jakarta (7-5) crushed visiting Tonga BSC (1-12) by 17 points 79-62. The game without a history. Stadium Jakarta led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Stadium Jakarta forced 19 Tonga BSC turnovers and outrebounded them 44-33 including 16 on the offensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. It was a good game for point guard Fanny Budianto (170-83) who led his team to a victory with 11 points and 4 steals. Dino Leonardo (188-86) contributed with 9 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Muhammad Hardian Wicaksono (189-93) answered with 10 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Richardo Orlando Uneputty (163-87) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Tonga BSC. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Stadium Jakarta maintains sixth place with 7-5 record. Tonga BSC lost their eighth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Stadium Jakarta will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tonga BSC will play at home against CLS Knights (#5) in Surabaya to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Stadium Jak.: M.Ferdiansyah 11+1reb+4ast, I.Budianto 11+3reb, F.Budianto 11+4reb+3ast, D.Leonardo 9+5reb+2ast, R.Ruslan 9+4reb, M.Wicaksono 7+1reb
Tonga BSC: R.Ongkowijoyo 13+4reb, A.Hermawan 11+1reb+1ast, M.Hardian Wicaksono 10+7reb+3ast, R.Orlando Uneputty 9+6reb+2ast, H.Herlusdityo 8+2reb, A.Rahmat 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 231890


Hangtuah - NSH GMC Riau 86-65

There was no surprise in Pandang where 11th ranked NSH GMC Riau (1-11) was crushed by seventh ranked Hangtuah (7-6) 86-65. The game without a history. Hangtuah led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to NSH GMC Riau's 34. They outrebounded NSH GMC Riau 49-38 including a 36-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Hangtuah brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. NSH GMC Riau was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for point guard H Hardianus (175-92) who led his team to a victory with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Swingman Tri Wilopo (180-86) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Yunus Efendi (186-83) answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds and Ryan Febriyan (194-87) added 18 points in the effort for NSH GMC Riau. NSH GMC Riau's coach Tri Adnyanaadi gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Hangtuah maintains seventh place with 7-6 record. NSH GMC Riau lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Hangtuah: T.Wilopo 16+4reb+4ast, H.Hardianus 14+7reb+5ast, E.Bukit 12, M.Joni 10+11reb+1ast, A.Sigar 10+2reb, A.Prasetyo 8+7reb
NSH GMC Riau: R.Febriyan 18+4reb+2ast, Y.Efendi 17+7reb+2ast, L.Alfian Eka Koswara 13+1reb+1ast, R.Israelli 4+2reb+1ast, R.Azzaryan Pradhitya 3+6reb+2ast, D.Riansyah 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 231889


Satria Muda - Pacific Caesar 91-49

The game with biggest result difference took place in Jakarta. Local Satria Muda (10-3) outscored 9th ranked Pacific Caesar (3-10) 91-49 on Monday night. The game without a history. Satria Muda led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Pacific Caesar to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Satria Muda dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Pacific Caesar's 22. Satria Muda forced 25 Pacific Caesar turnovers and outrebounded them 46-28 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Satria Muda looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Pacific Caesar's players. The best player for the winners was Galank Gunawan (194-87) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds. Frida Susanto (195-86) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Satria Muda players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Gege Nagata (185-88) who recorded 19 points and Airlangga Sabara (190-85) added 7 points and 6 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Satria Muda have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain third place with 10-3 record behind leader Pelita Jaya. Pacific Caesar lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with ten games lost. Satria Muda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pacific Caesar will play at home against the league's leader Pelita Jaya (#1) in Jakarta and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: G.Gunawan 23+13reb, B.Siregar 19+4reb+2ast, F.Julius Ahmad 12+2reb+1ast, F.Susanto 12+11reb+4ast, R.Gunawan 10+4reb+3ast, A.Seputra 5+2reb+1ast
Pacific Caesar: G.Nagata 19+3reb, H.Listiyono 7+3reb+2ast, A.Sabara 7+6reb+1ast, H.Suharsono 4+5reb+1ast, M.Fauzia 4+1reb+1ast, E.Subiantoro Hidayat 3+1reb
gschID: 231888



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Hapoel Eilat inks Larry O'banon and released Washington - by Idan Seggev

Hapoel Eilat changed their roster by released the shooting guard Darius Washington (188-PG-85, college: Memphis) to French side, Le Mans, according the player's request. Washington joined Eilat almost two months ago as a replacement for Freeman and placed an average of 11 ppg, 2.8 rpg & 1.3 apg in 6 matches. Eilat released the player and already found another replacement, the guard-forward Larry O'Bannon (194-G-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Louisville) who already played in Israel with Maccabi Bazan Haifa & Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion. O'banon graduated in 2005 and since then played with the Red Star Belgrade, Udine, Napoli & Academic Sofia. On January 2009 he signed with Rishon and had an amazing averages of 17.3 ppg & 4.9 rpg. He continued another year with the club, placing average of 16 ppg & 2.8 rpg. A year later he signed with Maccabi Bazan Haifa and placed 12.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg & 2.4 apg in 8 matches, before he was released due to an injury. In the last two years he played with Argentine side, Boca Juniors and this year he started with Swiss side Vacallo, with average of 17.8 ppg, 3/1 rpg & 3/2 apg before joining to Oded Kattash's club.


EuroChallenge: Szolnok remains alive for the Quarter-finals - by Eurobasket News

Szolnok - Hapoel Holon 81:66

Szolnok remains alive for the Quarter-finals of the EuroChallenge. The Hungarian team overcame Hapoel Holon 81:66 for 3-2 record. In the last round thye will need to beat Paris-Levallois in a do-or-die game.
The game was mostly controlled by Szolnok. Hapoel Holon was better in fourth quarter 24-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Hapoel Holon to just 7 points in second quarter. Szolnok had a 38-27 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. James Florence (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mercer) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 5 rebounds. Miklos Szabo (205-F/C-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group, college: Hofstra) contributed with 9 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Szolnok's coach Neno Asceric used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Frank Hassell (203-F-88, college: ODU) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds and Lawrence Hill (203-F-87, college: Stanford) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel Holon.

Szolnok: James Florence 20, Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89) 13, Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) 11, Miklos Szabo 9+12rebs,
Hapoel Holon: Frank Hassell 24+16rebs, Lawrence Hill 18, Shlomi Harush (185-G-87) 7



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

29-year old swingman Devin Smith (196-G/F-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Maccabi T-A and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
He had a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out Hapoel Eilat (#3, 10-7) 72-70. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Maccabi T-A to consolidate first place in the Israeli league. Maccabi T-A has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 16-1. In the team's last game Smith had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Maccabi T-A and it's hard to imagine this team without him. The University of Virginia graduate has very impressive stats this year. Smith is in league's top in points (8th best: 14.6ppg), assists (2nd best: 2.1apg) and averages solid 65.2% FGP and 60.3% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Julien Mills (193-G/F-85) of Elizur Ashkelon. He is American swingman in his first season at Elizur Ashkelon. In the last game Mills recorded impressive double-double of 28 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Elizur Ashkelon lost that game 95-103 to the higher-ranked Bnei Hasharon (#7, 8-9). This loss caused Elizur Ashkelon to slide to the very bottom (12) position in the standings. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Elizur Ashkelon managed to get this year. Mills is a newcomer at Elizur Ashkelon and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Frank Hassell (203-F-88) of Hapoel Holon (#10). Hassell scored 22 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Hassell's great performance Hapoel Holon lost 82-83 to the higher-ranked Hapoel J-M (#2, 10-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Hapoel Holon not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Hassell could try to bring Hapoel Holon's a little bit higher in the standings. Hassell has individually a great season in Israel. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.3ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 12.8rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.8bpg and FGP: 50.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Julian Wright (203-F-87) of Maccabi Rishon - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Adrian Uter (200-F/C-84) of Maccabi Rishon - 19 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Josh Duncan (203-PF-86) of Hapoel J-M - 19 points and 12 rebounds
7. Willie Warren (193-PG-89) of Maccabi Rishon - 19 points and 10 assists
8. Jerome Dyson (191-G-87) of Hapoel Holon - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 11 assists
9. Jumaine Jones (203-F-79) of Bnei Hasharon - 11 points, 18 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Pat Calathes (208-G/F-85) of Maccabi Haifa - 11 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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

30-year old point guard Travis Diener (184-PG-82) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Banco di Sard. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
He got a double-double of 17 points and 14 assists, while his team crushed Umana VE (#7, 10-9) with 24-point margin 108-84. Banco di Sard. maintains the 2nd position in Italian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Banco di Sard. will need more victories to improve their 15-4 record. In the team's last game Diener had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Banco di Sard., through which he has constantly improved. Marquette University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Diener. Diener is in league's top in points (5th best: 16.8ppg) and averages solid 52.5% FGP and 44.7% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Bryant Dunston (202-F/C-86) of top-ranked Cimberio VA. He is American forward in his first season at Cimberio VA. In the last game Dunston recorded impressive 20 points and 6 rebounds. Of course he lead Cimberio VA to another comfortable win 78-61 over the lower-ranked SAIE3 BO (#11, 7-12) being unquestionably team leader. Of course Cimberio VA still keep the league's top spot. His team lost just three games this season, while they won 16 matches. Dunston is a newcomer at Cimberio VA and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.4ppg (#9). He also registered 7.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Jeleel Akindele (216-C-83) of JuveCaserta (#10). Akindele scored 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Akindele's great performance JuveCaserta lost 76-97 to the lower-ranked Sutor MGR (#13, 6-13). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of JuveCaserta ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Akindele could help JuveCaserta to bring them higher in the standings. Akindele has a great season in Italy. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.7rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jonathan Gibson (188-PG-87) of Enel Brindisi - 29 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Greg Brunner (201-PF-83) of Trenkwalder RE - 26 points and 8 rebounds
6. Rok Stipcevic (185-PG-86) of Pesaro - 27 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Christian Burns (203-F-85) of Sutor MGR - 24 points and 9 rebounds
8. Kevinn Pinkney (207-F-83) of Angelico BI - 24 points and 5 rebounds
9. Drake Diener (196-G-81) of Banco di Sard. - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Gani Lawal (205-C/F-88) of Acea Virtus RM - 24 points and 8 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)



Danilo Gallinari scores 26 points to lead Nuggets past Celtics, 97-90 - by Eurobasket News

They questioned it. Folks in the front office. Folks across the Front Range. Should Denver trade Danilo Gallinari (205-SF-88, agency: Players Group)? It was in late November, and the sharpshooter wasn't even shooting 40 percent.

The Nuggets received calls about the 24-year-old forward, but the front office decided to wait. Let Gallo grow. Let Gallo find gall.

Well, the trade deadline is Thursday, and Gallinari is likely to stay. He spearheaded Denver's 97-90 home win Tuesday against Boston, scoring 26 points while making 4-of-9 3-point attempts. In efforts to make up for teammate Andre Iguodala, who scored one point, Gallinari stuffed the stat sheet with a Dre-like night, tallying five rebounds and five assists, along with a plus-20, best of the

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night.

" (Gallinari) has been working on his shot. It's a confidence thing. He's more confident," teammate Ty Lawson said. "Some people tell you not to shoot (in a slump) and just drive all the time, but defenders can read you easier and it messes with your confidence. But now he's been playing within himself and taking care of business. We need him to keep playing like that."

And after the game, Gallinari said in an interview played in the arena: "I'm sorry for Boston fans. They got to get out of here."

The Pepsi Center was bubbling all night due to the fact that hundreds of loud and proud (annoying and brash?) Bostonians were in the building. At halftime at the Tuaca Chill Zone in Section 140, a passionate "Let's go, Cel-tics!" chant broke out. Later, it happened in the actual arena.

The Nuggets were seeking revenge, a la the Sith or the nerds, following Denver's heartbreaking triple-overtime loss at Boston this month.

"They started our losing streak, and we wanted to come out and show we've gotten better," said Denver forward Kenneth Faried, who had 16 rebounds. "And we took that to heart."

While the game was played at a slower pace, benefiting the visitors, the home squad took advantage

of the whistle. Denver got to the line 36 times, making 24, which isn't a good percentage (.667), but Denver tallied more points from the line than Boston (13-for-16).

Meanwhile, Lawson? On fire.

The speedy point guard entered Tuesday averaging 21.2 points and 7.9 assists in the past 13 games, while shooting over 50 percent from both the field and from 3. Well, by halftime against the Celtics, Lawson already had 12 points, and did so on 5-for-5 shooting.

He finished with 26, just like Gallinari, along with six rebounds and six assist (and was 8-for-13 from the field). And Lawson made one of the game's bigger plays, somehow snatching an offensive rebound in the paint with around five minutes left, making the put-back,

As for Gallinari, he entered the night averaging 19.6 points in the past 18 games. He looks like a keeper.

"Early in the season, between Gallo and Ty (Lawson) and Andre (Iguodala), we were having trouble getting two of them playing well at the same time," Nuggets coach George Karl said. "Ty and Gallo now are playing great, and it makes a foundation of your team, when you have two guys taking a lot of responsibility every night. It makes it easier for everybody else."
Courtesy of:http://www.denverpost.com/termsofuse



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Big contributions from post players, as bench propel B-Corsairs past Brave Warriors - by Emeka Eke


Senegalese-born center Pape Faye Mour scored a season-high 21 points, including 9-for-10 at the free-throw line, and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the visiting Yokohama B-Corsairs to a 97-83 victory over the Shinshu Brave Warriors on Saturday night.

The B-Corsairs (23-8) climbed into first place in the 11-team Eastern Conference, and now sit just a few winning percentage points ahead of the Niigata Albirex BB, .742 to .727.

Yokohama, playing only its third game this month, converted 25 of 30 free throws in the series opener in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture. Mour has struggled at the line, but capitalized on his scoring chances there in this game. For the season, hes a 55 percent free-throw shooter.

Shawn Malloy had 17 points and six rebounds, Thomas Kennedy scored 16 points and Masayuki Kabaya added 15 for the B-Corsairs. Takeshi Hotta and Kenji Yamada each scored eight points, with Yamada also contributing five assists and three steals. All-Star Draelon Burns added nine points and four assists, while Kabaya dished out five assists.

Good road win tonight in a tough environment, Yokohama coach Reggie Geary told The Japan Times. We did a better job of limiting our mistakes in the second half to gain some distance.

Received real nice performances by our two post players, Pape Mour and Shawn Malloy, who combined for 38 points and 17 rebounds to go with a strong performance coming from our bench players led by Takeshi Hotta.

The B-Corsairs took a 71-63 advantage into the fourth quarter.

Jermaine Green led Shinshu (15-18) with 16 points and Edward Morris pumped in 15. Takanori Goya and Takato Saito each had 10 points. Saito handed out six assists. Big man Michael Fey grabbed 10 rebounds to go along with six points

Big Bulls 75, Albirex BB 70

In Mizusawa, Iwate Prefecture, Lawrence Blackledge swatted five shots, making a big difference in a narrow win over Niigata.

Dillion Sneed had 17 points for the Big Bulls (23-10), but continues to struggle at the free-throw line (1-for-6). Reggie Okosa added 15 points, five boards, six assists and five steals and Masato Tsukino scored 14 points. Blackledge had 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Iwate forward Carlos Dixon served the first game of his four-game ban, getting reprimanded for untying Chiba star Marquin Chandlers shoe while both waited for a free throw to be taken last Sunday.

Nile Murry had 20 points for the Albirex (24-9).

Rodney Webb scored 12 with nine rebounds and Shuhei Komatsu added 10. Chris Holm had eight points and 16 rebounds in the loss.

Susanoo Magic 68, Golden Kings 67

In Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, Koki Yabuuchi had a team-best 16 points and Michael Parker and B.J. Puckett both scored 14 as the hosts defeated the defending champions for the third time in as many games this season.

Center Jeral Davis finished with 10 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots for Shimane (22-11). Parker contributed seven rebounds and two blocks. Kazuya J. Hatano had six points in just under 11 minutes playing time.

The two teams combined for only 23 3-pointers, taking 104 shots from inside the arc.

Terrance Woodbury and Dzaflo Larkai both scored 14 points for Ryukyu (24-7), Naoto Kosuge had nine and Anthony McHenry and Narito Namizato eight apiece.

The game was tied at 37-37 at halftime.

Rizing 90, HeatDevils 71

In Fukuoka, Reggie Warrens double-double, Josh Peppers 19-point outing and the hosts strong rebounding effort carried them to a lopsided win over Oita.

Warren scored 16 points and pounded the boards for 14 rebounds. As a team, Fukuoka had 53 rebounds to Oitas 36.

Julius Ashby and Satoshi Ishitai both scored 14 points for the Rizing (21-12) and Justin Jones had 11. Jun Nakanishi chipped in with seven points, four boards and four assists. Akitomo Takeno was sidelined with an injury.

For the HeatDevils (11-22), Taishiro Shimizu topped the scoring chart with 18 points.

Phoenix 90, Evessa 77

In Osaka, Hamamatsu Higashimikawa dominated the fourth quarter en route to a victory over the hosts.

The Phoenix outscored the Evessa 29-13 in the final period, improving to 22-13 on the season.

Osaka slipped to 9-22 overall, 4-3 under new coach Bill Cartwright, the longtime NBA center and ex-Chicago Bulls bench boss.

Former bj-league MVP Wendell White had a splendid all-around game for the Phoenix, finishing with 20 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists. Jeffrey Parmer, another ex-league MVP, had 20 points and seven rebounds. Shoji Nakanishi, a battle-tested veteran who has played in championship games for the now-defunct Tokyo Apache and for Hamamatsu last season, canned 4 of 9 3s in a 14-point performance off the bench.

The Evessa shot 31-for-76 from the field and snapped a two-game win streak.

Mike Bell paced Osaka with 22 points and hauled in seven rebounds. Rick Rickert had 19 points, 16 boards and three steals, Dwayne Lathan scored 10 points and Taizo Kawabe had nine. Veteran guard Masashi Obuchi missed his first game since suffering a dislocated right shoulder last Sunday. Hes expected to be sidelined for six weeks, a team official told The Japan Times on Friday.

Cartwright told reporters after the game that he thought the Evessa defense was strong, but Hamamatsu took control over the final seven minutes of the game.

In the second half, I wanted us to go with the flow from the first half, but we could not match our opponents play, he said.

Lakestars 74, Hannaryz 67

In Moriyama, Shiga Prefecture, balanced scoring and tight perimeter defense paid dividends for Lakestars coach Al Westovers club in a triumph over Kansai rival Kyoto.

Dionisio Gomez, former Arkansas Razorback, energized Shiga (20-13) with 17 points, 15 rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block. Post player Shelton Colwell added 13 points, eight boards and two blocks, Jumpei Nakama scored 12 points and Yutaka Yokoe had 11.

For Kyoto (18-15), Marcus Cousin had 17 points and 13 rebounds. David Palmer scored 14 points, Yu Okada tallied 10 and Jermaine Boyette and Sunao Murakami had eight.

The Hannaryz missed 15 of 19 3-pointers.

Crane Thunders 102, Broncos 81

In Saitama, Jermaine Dixon rebounded from a zero-point performance last Sunday and scored a game-high 30, leading Gunma to a runaway win over the Broncos.

Dominique Keller added 25 points for the expansion Crane Thunders (8-25) and Lewis Witcher scored 16. Shingo Okada (eight points, 11 rebounds, six assists, two steals) and Yuto Okumoto (eight points) made an impact for Gunma, as did Kenya Tomori, who had six assists and two steals.

Dixon also filled the stat sheet with 11 rebounds, six assists and two steals.

John Helicopter Humphrey was Saitamas top scorer with 22 points on 8-for-23 shooting, including 2-for-11 on 3s. Yuki Kitamuki (3-for-15 on 3s) and Wayne Oliver both had 13 points for the Broncos (4-27). Saitama was 31-for-89 from the field.

Today we played a complete game on both ends for the most part, Gunma coach Ryan Blackwell said. We had a season high in points (102) and assists (26), and we shot the ball well from the field 42.3 3-point percentage and 53.3 3-point percentage and the free-throw line at 82.4 percent.

Jermaine and Shingo both had great all-around games and Kenya did a good job controlling things and making plays, the coach added.

Saitama didnt shoot the ball that well, especially their main guys, Yuki and Helicopter. We did a good job forcing them into some tough shots on D, but we cant expect them to shoot that tomorrow.

Jets 81, Grouses 72

In Toyama, Joe Werner scored 33 points and raked in 16 rebounds and Marquise Gray had 23 points and 15 boards for Chiba in big win on the road.

DAndre Bell contributed 16 points and two blocks for the Jets (18-13), who out-rebounded Toyama 50-37.

Ira Brown paced the Grouses (21-12) with 18 points, Takeshi Mito scored 12 and Angel Garcia 11.

89ers 78, Northern Happinets 71

In Akita, T.J. Cummings scored a game-high 20 points and Takuya Komoda poured in 16 as Sendai beat the hosts, giving former Happinets coach Bob Pierce a win against his ex-club.

Sam Willard had 13 points and 15 rebounds and Takuya Komoda scored 16 points with seven rebounds and five assists. Takehiko Shimura added nine points, seven rebounds and 10 assists with zero turnovers for the 89ers (12-19), and Maurice Hargrow scored 12 points with four assists.

Anthony Kent led Akita (17-14) with 16 points and Marshall Brown had 13. Mike Anderson scored 12 in his Happinets debut, as did Yuki Kikuchi. Rookie Yuki Togashi added 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

We did a good job sharing the ball, and stayed focused on defense and rebounding, said Pierce. But the game was really won in the practices last week, in the rebounding and defensive drills, and by a player like Spike (Atsushi Nogami), who showed he deserved to be on the court.

Shining Suns 83, Five Arrows 81

In Miyazaki, Yuto Otsuka buried 5 of 8 3-pointers and scored 21 points and Larriques Cunningham had 18 as the Shining Suns snapped a seven-game losing streak and made a winner of acting head coach Kimitoshi Sano for the first time.

Dexter Lyons paced Takamatsu (12-21) with 24 points and Paul Williams had 20.

Miyazaki improved to 5-28.



Best players of Japanese BJ League round 36 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Reginald Warren (204-F-81, agency: Top Notch Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for Fukuoka Rizing and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 36.
The 31-year old forward had a double-double of 20 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat Oita H.Devils (#8, 11-23) 94-82. Fukuoka Rizing maintains the 4th position in Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Fukuoka Rizing will need more victories to improve their 22-12 record. In the team's last game Warren had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Fukuoka Rizing's top player in his first season with the team. University of West Florida graduate has very impressive stats this year. Warren is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 12.7rpg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old American swingman Dexter Lyons (198-F/G-81, agency: I.D.S. Law) of Takamatsu FA. Lyons impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Takamatsu FA to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Miyazaki SS (#10, 5-29) 84-61. Takamatsu FA'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 12-21 record. Lyons is a newcomer at Takamatsu FA and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Dillion Sneed (203-C-84, agency: Top Notch Sports) of Iwate Big Bulls (#3). Sneed scored 25 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Sneed's great performance Iwate Big Bulls lost 72-86 to #1 ranked Niigata Albirex. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Iwate Big Bulls needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 23 victories and 11 lost games. Sneed has a very solid season. In 31 games in Japan he scored 16.7ppg. He also has 6.4rpg and FGP: 61.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Edward Morris (205-C/F-84) of Shinshu BW - 19 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. John Humphrey (188-G/F-80) of Saitama Bron. - 30 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Chris Holm (212-C-84) of Niigata Albirex - 14 points and 13 rebounds
7. Michael Bell (206-F-82) of Osaka Evessa - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Michael Parker (202-F-81) of Shimane SM - 20 points and 10 rebounds
9. Rodney Webb (200-F-83) of Niigata Albirex - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Ray Nixon (203-F-84) of Shiga L-Stars - 33 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Abbas in the CBA Chinese All Stars Game - by Omar Shafaamri

Jordanian Basktball Star Abbas Zaid (203-F-83) will attend the CBA All Star game during the upcoming weekend in Guang Zhou City, Abbas was chosen by the Fans of the Chinese League though it's official website.

Zaid will be in the Starting 5 Lineup of the North team which will play against the South team on Sunday, Abbas finished the regular season in the 2nd place with his team Shandong averaging 17.8 pts, 11.4 reb in 29 games, Shandong will play Dongguan in the Playoffs starting from Feb. 27.





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VTB League: BC Astana edge BC Donetsk in overtime - by Eurobasket News

BC Astana - BC Donetsk 96:90 OT

BC Astana edge BC Donetsk in overtime for 8-6 record at VTB League. The team from Kazakhstan won 96:90 after a great game of Branko Cvetkovic (200-F/G-84, agency: Beo Basket).
Ukrainian BC Donetsk forced the game against Kazakhstan BC Astana into an overtime, but lost by six points 90:96. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Donetsk. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 23-21 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 6-point victory in overtime. BC Astana shot 30 for 44 from the free-throw line, while BC Donetsk only scored fourteen points from the stripe. They outrebounded BC Donetsk 43-28 including a 33-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for Branko Cvetkovic who led his team to a victory scoring 31 points and 8 rebounds. David Simon (208-C-82, college: IPFW) helped adding 20 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Darius Songaila (204-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) with 24 points and 8 rebounds and Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) scored 20 points and 5 assists.
Defending Kazakhstan champion moved-up to fifth place. BC Donetsk keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. BC Astana will face higher ranked Spartak St.Petersburg on the road in the next round.BC Donetsk will play against PGE Turow in Zgorzelec.

BC Astana: Branko Cvetkovic 31, David Simon 20, Anton Ponomaryov (210-C/F-88, agency: Beo Basket) 13+10rebs, Marshall 10
BC Donetsk: Darius Songaila 24, Ramel Curry 20, Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) 17, Ivan Radenovic (209-F-84, college: Arizona) 10



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D1 Round 37: Al Yarmook beats Al Arabi by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 37 in the D1 took place in Kuwait City. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 6th ranked Al Arabi (13-11) to seventh ranked Al Yarmook (11-13) 82-79 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Al Arabi. Al Yarmook maintains seventh place with 11-13 record. Al Arabi at the other side keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost.
D1 top team - Al Kuwait (22-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked Al Tadhamon (3-20) in Kuwait City 92-47. Al Kuwait have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 22-2 record. Al Tadhamon lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with 20 games lost.

In the last two games of round 37 bottom-ranked Al Shabab was beaten by Al Salmiyah on the road 56-47. Kazma destroyed Al Sulaibikhat on its own court 78-52.


Al Salmiyah - Al Shabab 56-47

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eleventh ranked Al Salmiyah's (4-21) home victory over bottom-ranked Al Shabab (2-22) 56-47. Al Salmiyah moved-up to tenth place. Al Shabab lost tenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games.
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Al Arabi - Al Yarmook 79-82

The most exciting game of round 37 in the D1 took place in Kuwait City. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 6th ranked Al Arabi (13-11) to seventh ranked Al Yarmook (11-13) 82-79 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Al Arabi. Al Yarmook maintains seventh place with 11-13 record. Al Arabi at the other side keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost.
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Kazma - Al Sulaibikhat 78-52

Very expected game when 8th ranked Al Sulaibikhat (10-15) was smashed by fourth ranked Kazma (18-5) in Kuwait City 78-52. Kazma maintains fourth place with 18-5 record. Al Sulaibikhat at the other side keeps the eighth position with 15 games lost.
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Al Kuwait - Al Tadhamon 92-47

D1 top team - Al Kuwait (22-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked Al Tadhamon (3-20) in Kuwait City 92-47. Al Kuwait have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 22-2 record. Al Tadhamon lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with 20 games lost.
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EuroChallenge: Karsiyaka wins Group I - by Eurobasket News

Karsiyaka - Ventspils 84:75

Karsiyaka wins Group I of EuroChallenge Top 16 Stage with 1 round remaining. The team improved to 4-1 record on top of the group and secured the first place after an 84:75 victory.
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ventspils won third quarter 25-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Karsiyaka shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Alade Aminu (210-C-87, college: Georgia Tech) who scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) produced 16 points and 6 assists and Arturs Berzins (204-PF-88, agency: FCM) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.

Karsiyaka: Alade Aminu 16, Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) 15, Soner Senturk (194-G-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) 13, Jon Diebler (198-G-88, college: Ohio St.) 10, Will Thomas 10+11rebs
Ventspils: Donald Sims 16, Arturs Berzins 12, Martins Meiers (208-C-91) 11, Campbell 10, Sandis Valters (193-G-78) 10



EuroCup: Uxue Bilbao take down VEF Riga to win Group J - by Eurobasket News

Uxue Bilbao - VEF Riga 76:65

Uxue Bilbao held off VEF Riga in the decisive game in EuroCup Top 16 Group J. The Spaniards clinched the top spot in the ladder after the victory. VEF Riga were left outside the next round of action with the loss.
VEF Riga had to win in this one and they stormed into the game. The Latvian powerhouse enjoyed a 22:13 lead after ten minutes of action. But the Basque team reacted quickly. They organized a 24:14 run in the second frame to take a 37:36 halftime lead. VEF Riga stopped the rot in the third period. They ignited a 7:0 run and eventually entered the fourth frame up by two points 53:51. The teams were tied at 60 midway through the final period. But Bilbao capped the regulation on a 10:0 run to seal the crucial win. Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) and Raul Lopez (183-PG-80) scored 15 points apiece to pace Bilbao. Adrien Moerman (203-F/C-88) added 14 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) answered with 12 points and 8 rebounds for VEF Riga. Kaspars Berzins (213-PF-85) had 11 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

Uxue Bilbao: Alex Mumbru 15, Raul Lopez 15, Adrien Moerman 14
VEF Riga: Antanas Kavaliauskas 12, Kaspars Berzins 11



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Best players of Lebanese Division A round 16 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Egyptian Ahmad Ismail (205-F/C-76) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Al Riyadi and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 36-year old power forward had a double-double of 30 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team beat Hoops (#8, 3-12) 91-81. Al Riyadi maintains the 2nd position in Lebanese Division A. They are still close to the very top. Al Riyadi would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 12-2 record. In the team's last game Ismail had a remarkable 78.6% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Al Riyadi and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Ismail has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 11.5rpg), assists (3rd best: 5.2apg) and averages solid 2.3spg and 75.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American swingman Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82) of Amchit. Emmett impressed basketball fans with 43 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he lead Amchit to another comfortable win 101-82 over the lower-ranked Antranik (#10, 2-13) being unquestionably team leader. Amchit's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Emmett is a newcomer at Amchit and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 38.5ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 9.1rpg and 4.7apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Jesse Perry (200-F) of Hoops (#8). Perry got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for eleven rebounds . Despite Perry's great performance Hoops lost 81-91 to the higher-ranked Al Riyadi (#2, 12-2). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Hoops can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-12 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Perry he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Perry has a very solid season. In 6 games in Lebanon he scored 27.5ppg. He also has 10.3rpg, 1.2bpg and FGP: 57.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Harold Jamison (204-C-76) of Bejjeh - 26 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84) of Byblos - 16 points, 19 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81) of Sagesse - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Corey Williams (191-G-77) of Bejjeh - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists
8. Tarek Ammoury (196-G) of Anibal - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84) of Byblos - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Elie Moutran) of Bejjeh - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Zalgiris continue their winning streak - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris continue their winning streak in VTB League and improved to 14-1 record. Zalgiris won over Enisey 86:61. It was a great evening for Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 8 rebounds. Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) helped adding 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) with 14 points and 8 rebounds and Davon Jefferson scored 16 points.
Neptunas lost to BC Nizhny Novgorod 72:90. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-72. It was a great shooting night for BC Nizhny Novgorod especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Obie Trotter led his team to a victory scoring 17 points, 7 assists and 5 steals. Pavel Korobkov (206-C-90) helped adding 17 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was forward Valdas Vasylius with 16 points and 5 rebounds and Vytautas Sarakauskas scored 14 points and 8 rebounds.
PGE Turow surprise Lietuvos rytas in VTB League. The Polish side won 86:78 for 4-11 record. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 50-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Lietuvos rytas were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for David Jackson who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 6 rebounds. Michal Chylinski (190-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 14 points. The best for the losing side was Dejan Ivanov with 14 points and 9 rebounds and Renaldas Seibutis (198-SG-85) scored 13 points and 4 steals.



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Wurtz's double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

29-year old forward Trenton Wurtz (203-F-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Musel Pikes and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Residence (#5, 11-9) 68-63. Musel Pikes is placed at 4th position in Luxembourg league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Musel Pikes will need more victories to improve their 12-9 record. In the team's last game Wurtz had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Musel Pikes' top player in his first season with the team. Indiana State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Wurtz is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 10.0rpg) and averages solid 54.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Ryan Sharry (203-F-89, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) of T71. He is American forward in his first season at T71. In the last game Sharry recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as T71 was edged by Sparta (16-4) 84-83. The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Sharry is a newcomer at T71 and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another T71's star - swingman Denell Stephens (190-F/G-86). Stephens scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Stephens' great performance T71 lost 83-84 to Sparta (#1, 16-4). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The last thing T71 needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 11 victories and 10 lost games. Stephens has a great season in Luxembourg. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.9rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anthony Simpson (203-C/F-87) of Etzella - 21 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Kasey Ulin (181-PG-82) of Sparta - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Larrie Smith (198-F-75) of Sparta - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Brandon Gary (202-F/C-83) of Musel Pikes - 19 points and 9 rebounds
8. Tom Schumacher (190-PG-87) of T71 - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Lee Fisher (195-F-89) of Amicale - 9 points and 11 rebounds
10. Eric Jeitz (191-G-86) of Amicale - 18 points and 7 rebounds

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



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LNBP Round 2 of Finals. Toros bounce back to tie things up - by Eurobasket News

Halc.Xalapa - Toros 60-64

Toros levelled things up in the LNBP title series. They overcame Halcones Xalapa in a low-scoring affair on the road. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Halcones UV Xalapa won third quarter 17-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American-Puerto Rican point guard Wilfredo Pagan (184-76) who scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. American swingman Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV, agency: ProSportsCareers) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Four Toros players scored in double figures. International guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-86, college: W.Kentucky) produced 18 points and 4 assists and the former international center Lorenzo Mata (205-86) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Halc.Xalapa: O.Mendez-Valdez 18+3reb+4ast, L.Mata 13+10reb+1ast, K.Sowell 10+6reb+1ast, L.Hickerson 5+8reb+3ast, P.Meza 4+2reb, D.Pearson 4+11reb+1ast
Toros: I.Ofoegbu 15+7reb+1ast, R.Rougeau 14+8reb+1ast, W.Pagan 13+8reb+3ast, B.Angley 10+4reb+6ast, J.Lopez 7+3reb+2ast, L.Ellis Vasquez 5
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Damjan Kandic left Teodo and joined Targu Mures - by Darko Pekic (T)

The experienced Montenegrin forward Damjan Kandic (208-F-84) reached a mutual agreement with Teodo Tivat and left the Balkan League member yesterday. But he was not a free agent for a long time. Kandic decided to accept the offer from Targu Mures and return to Romania. Targu Mures is a Division A club that hold position #3 along with several other clubs. The club is coached by Serbian coach Srecko Sekulovic (agency: Beo Basket ), former coach of Spartak Subotica and many Hungarian clubs.

Damjan Kandic started the season in CS Municipal Bucuresti but he left the team in December due to the lack of payments. In January he had a short stint in Montenegro playing for Teodo Tivat in both domestic and Balkan league. He has started his career in Buducnost Podgorica but became well known in Lovcen when his former team made the Finals of Balkan League in 2010.



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Standings - Men

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



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The action resumes with 9 games after the All Star - by Eurobasket News

N.Orleans H. - Chicago B. 87-96
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Luol Deng (6'9''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke)ng scored 20 points and the Chicago Bulls snapped a two-game skid with a 96-87 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday night. The Bulls took the lead for good late in the first quarter, but didn't put the Hornets away until Deng's clutch jumper from the top of the key with 44.8 seconds left put Chicago up 94-87 after the Hornets had pulled within five points on Eric Gordon's 3-pointer. Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Joakim Noah had 15 points and 17 rebounds for Chicago, which outrebounded New Orleans 47-39 and had 15 second-chance points. Gordon finished with 20 and Anthony Davis had 15 points and 10 rebounds for New Orleans, which saw its two-game winning streak snapped after committing nine of its 15 turnovers in the final quarter. Greivis Vasquez had 11 points and 10 assists for the Hornets. Courtesy of: http://chicago.cbslocal.com

Portland TB - Phoenix Suns 98-102
PORTLAND, Ore. - Goran Dragic (6'3''-PG-86) had 16 points and a career-high 18 assists and the Phoenix Suns snapped a four-game losing streak with a 102-98 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night. Wesley Johnson came off the bench to score a season-high 14 points for the Suns, who led by as many as 19 points and survived a late Portland rally. J.J. Hickson (6'9''-F/C-88, college: N.Carolina St.) had 25 points and 16 rebounds for his 28th double-double of the season for the Blazers, who lost their sixth straight to match their season-high The Blazers pulled to within 96-92 on rookie Damian Lillard's 3-pointer with 3:57 left in the game. Marcin Gortat's dunk and Luis Scola's layup slowed the rally, but Nicolas Batum made a 3-pointer to close the Blazers within 100-95 with 2:35 to go. Courtesy of: http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Sacramento K. - San Antonio S. 102-108
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Tony Parker had 30 points and 11 assists to lead San Antonio to a 108-102 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night, giving the Spurs their 15th win in their last 16 games. Danny Green (6'6''-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) scored 21 points, including 5-for-8 shooting on 3-pointers, for the Spurs, who have the top overall record in the NBA (43-12) as well as the best road mark (21-10). Kawhi Leonard added 15 points and Manu Ginobili 12 as San Antonio won at Sacramento for the 10 straight time. Brois Diaw had 10 points and Tim Duncan added nine points and 14 rebounds for the Spurs. Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points for the Kings, who have dropped three straight. Tyreke Evans had 20 points, Marcus Thornton added 16, and Jason Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins had 11 each. Courtesy of: http://www.timescolonist.com

Detroit P. - Memphis G. 91-105
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Mike Conley (6'1''-PG-87, college: Ohio St.) scored 19 points, Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) had his 31st double-double and Memphis won its fourth straight game Tuesday night, 105-91 at Detroit. Enlarge Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) shoots against Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe (10) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson) Randolph had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the Grizzlies rode a strong second half to win in both teams' first game since the All Star break. Brandon Knight and Jonas Jerebko (6'9''-PF-87) each scored 13 points and Jose Calderon added 10 points and seven assists for the Pistons, who have lost two of their last three at home. The Grizzlies trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half, but ended it on a 23-3 run to lead 53-42 at intermission. The Pistons managed just one basket in the final eight minutes of the half and had twice as many turnovers as field goals (8-4) in the second quarter. Quincy Pondexter, who was whistled for a technical foul midway through the period, had all eight first-half points during the decisive run. He and Tony Allen each finished with 10 points. Detroit's energy seemed to disappear in the second half. The lead passed the 20-point plateau after a 13-0 Memphis run midway through the third quarter and stayed there until the final minutes. Ed Davis came off the bench to score 14 points for the Grizzlies, who broke a two-game skid away from home. NOTES: Grizzlies F Tayshaun Prince drew a loud ovation from the small crowd before his first game at the Palace of Auburn Hills since the trade that sent him to Memphis. He was the final member of the Pistons' 2004 NBA championship team to leave Detroit. ... Official David Guthrie called technical fouls on Memphis coach Lionel Hollins and Pondexter, as well as Detroit G Will Bynum, during a 2-minute stretch of the second quarter. . The teams observed a moment of silence for Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss, who died Monday. Courtesy of: http://www.dailycomet.com

Brooklyn N. - Milwaukee B. 113-111 OT
NEW YORK - Joe Johnson does not remember his first game-winning shot. It was most likely as a youth while playing in the Boys' Club in Arkansas, he assumes. Quiet and low key, his personality is marked by a lack of bragging. Instead, he produces highlights that resound for him - this season they have often come late in games and under high stakes. There was the buzzer-beater to beat Detroit in double-overtime in December. A month later, with a clinching shot in Washington with 0.7 seconds remaining in double-overtime, he proved his mettle again. Last night, in a 113-111 victory over Milwaukee, Johnson made his point again. With 5.2 seconds remaining in overtime, Johnson received the ball near midcourt, the Bucks' Luc Mbah a Moute draped all over him. He made a hard crossover dribble, then elevated above the foul line. His form was as pure as the shot, which hit nothing but the net. Johnson ran toward his bench, and the Nets went off into the night with a victory. It was his second serving of heroics, the last of his team-high 24 points. He first saved the Nets from a potentially dreary beginning to the second half of the season by nailing a 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime. They had allowed a 15-point lead to slip away, and seen Brandon Jennings repeatedly burn them on the way to a 34-point game. Brook Lopez and Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) added 19 points each as the Nets snapped a 13-game skid against the Bucks dating back to March 30, 2009. Johnson, as he has in his first season with the Nets, made the final seconds of regulation his own. Though Williams may have been the Nets' beacon upon their arrival in Brooklyn, Johnson has made these game-winning moments his own. With 10 seconds left in overtime, after the Nets had called a timeout, Johnson said he was plainly told to "go get a bucket" while in the huddle. He has been entrusted with these moments, more-so than Williams. "It means a lot," Johnson told The Star-Ledger afterward. "The coaches and the players really look forward to me in those clutch situations. My thing is I want to do the best job possible in not letting those guys down. I really try and focus to make the big shots. Don't get me wrong, we do play through Deron in those late game stretches as well. You never know who is going to take the game-winning shot here to be honest." Often enough, it has been him - and he has succeeded in high volume. Johnson has hit eight of nine shot attempts in games divided by three points or less and with 30 seconds remaining or less, according to NBA.com. In those same situations, Williams is just 1-of-8. The philosophy in these moments is simple, he relies on instinct. In overtime, Johnson was not trying to get to a point on the floor but looking just to read and react. Once Johnson gets into an isolation with his defender, as he did with Mbah a Moute, he feels the play is in his hands. "In this league, it's hard to stop a guy without help," Johnson said. "In those late-game situations nobody's leaving their man to come and double team a guy. I just try to take advantage of it." For the Nets, the buildup to the glittery finish was marred by their own undoing. Lopez's return from his first All-Star game went by unceremoniously as he sat for all but a few seconds in the fourth quarter, admitting that he was mentally out of it once he returned in overtime. Williams dished out nine assists but was outplayed by his counterpart, Jennings, and was called for an offensive foul with 10 seconds remaining in regulation and the Nets down one. In the end it all came down to Johnson. After the Nets called that final timeout, Johnson coolly sank a shot from approximately 40-feet away that didn't count before walking to the bench. Once there, the plan was succinct. "Get the ball to Joe and get out of the way," said his coach, P.J. Carlesimo. Courtesy of: http://www.nj.com

Washington W. - Toronto R. 88-96
WASHINGTON -- DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) scored 24 points apiece, and the Toronto Raptors won a matchup between slow-starting, coming-on-lately teams Tuesday night with a 96-88 victory over the Washington Wizards. Playing with an improvised scoreboard, horn, game clock and 24-second clock because of a malfunction in the scoring system, the Raptors took the lead for good in the second quarter and won their fifth straight game, putting them one victory shy of last season's total. The Raptors have also won three in a row on the road for the first time since 2007 and are 6-2 since Gay arrived last month from the Memphis Grizzlies in a three-team trade. AP Photo - Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (6'11''-C-92), left, from Lithuania, and Washington Wizards center Nene (42), from Brazil, vie for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 in Washington. A jump ball was called on the play. Rookie Bradley Beal, back in the starting lineup for the first time since taking time off to heal a sprained right wrist, scored 25 points for the Wizards, who had won eight of nine at home. John Wall had an off night, shooting 1 for 12 from the field for nine points and committing seven of Washington's 17 turnovers. The teams began the post-All-Star break portion of the season with similar tales of woes and promise. The Raptors started 4-19 and are 18-13 since, aided by the addition of Gay. The Wizards were once 4-28 and have since gone 11-9, helped out by the return of Wall from a knee injury. There's still quite a hill to climb before either team could be considered a contender for the playoffs. Tuesday's game had an unusual vibe because of the malfunctioning scoreboard. Officials rigged up a replacement that looked like something borrowed from a middle school gymnasium and placed it in front of the scorer's table, and 24-second clocks were placed on the floor at the corners. An air horn purchased from a sporting goods store as an emergency backup became the official horn. It all had an effect on the game. The Raptors took some rushed shots as if the shot clock was close to zero when it actually wasn't. Toronto's players yelled the final seconds of both the first and second quarters from the bench - the crowd was so quiet, it was easy to hear - and DeRozan rose to the occasion both times, making buzzer-beaters with 0.6 and 1.2 seconds left. In the second half, the public address announcer started blurting out "10" and "five" during possessions to let the players know the shot clock was counting down. He later counted down "four, three, two ..." during some possessions. Gay started getting his stride in the second quarter, when he scored 12 points to help the Raptors to a 55-46 halftime lead. He got a technical for jawing at length with an official over a traveling call early in the third quarter, and his baseline drive and dunk turned into a three-point play that pushed the lead to 11 a few minutes later. The Wizards stayed close, pulling within four twice early in the fourth quarter and within five on Martell Webster's 3-pointer with 5:16 to play. Gay responded with a 3-pointer with 2:24 remaining to get the lead back to 11. NOTES: Washington's Jordan Crawford, who didn't play for the fourth straight game, took off his jersey and flung it into the stands as he walked off the court after the final whistle. ... The Raptors' win ended a nine-game winning streak for the home team in the series. ... Toronto's Terrence Ross won the NBA's slam dunk contest Saturday, but it's not an accomplishment that translated into playing time. He played 3 minutes and didn't score. Courtesy of: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com

Orlando M. - Charlotte B. 92-105
Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson (6'0''-PG-82, college: St.Joseph's) couldn't stomach another half like the one the Orlando Magic played early Tuesday night. The entire team failed to communicate on defense, resulting in one easy shot after another for the Charlotte Bobcats, one of the worst teams in the entire NBA. Afflalo spoke at halftime. So did Nelson. Their words helped. Just not enough. The Magic improved on defense in the second half, but not enough to stop the Bobcats from leaving Amway Center with a 105-92 win. "I was really proud of the guys in the second half," Afflalo said. "We came in here at halftime down 20 and we made a commitment to be more vocal on defense, to help each other out. We cut the lead to two. We didn't win tonight. But, in my eyes, we grew tonight." It would be understandable if the announced crowd of 17,037 didn't share Afflalo's rosy outlook. Some of them booed as the final seconds ticked off the clock. The Magic now have lost 25 of their last 28 games, and with the trade deadline looming Thursday afternoon, the team might return from its two-game road trip to Dallas and Memphis without fan favorite and free agent-to-be J.J. Redick, who has drawn interest from contending teams. One fan posted a "KEEP JJ" sign on the railing behind one of the stanchions. A few others waved signs imploring team officials not to trade him. If Tuesday's game was Redick's last home game as an Orlando player, it was a sad ending. He finished with 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting. And although he had five assists, he also had four of the Magic's 14 turnovers. Redick has spent his entire seven-year career with Orlando, and in that entire time, it's difficult to recall the Magic having a worse first half defensively. They allowed the Bobcats - who entered Tuesday having made a league-worst 42.1 percent of their shots - to make 59.1 percent of their shots in the first half. "Bad basketball, bad defense," Redick said. "[The Bobcats] didn't seem to have a problem with energy or the layoff or anything like that. It was bad." Afflalo and Nelson felt the same way. "We had some inspiring words by Arron," said power forward Andrew Nicholson. "He just basically got our hopes up and told us we had to communicate better to get stops and be basically one unit on the floor." The defense limited the Bobcats to 32.4 percent shooting in the second half. The Magic cut the Bobcats' lead to 90-88 with three minutes left on three consecutive free throws by Afflalo. But Charlotte's Kemba Walker (6'1''-PG-90, college: Connecticut) responded on the ensuing possession by swishing a pull-up jumper from 20 feet. A short while later, Walker grabbed an off-target pass by Afflalo, dribbled halfway down the court and made a layup to put Charlotte ahead 94-88. "I don't like to pinpoint one play," Afflalo said later, "but I have to do a much better job of taking care of the ball that play with a few minutes left in the game." Despite their victory, the Bobcats (13-40) still have the NBA's worst record. The Magic (15-38) are now just two games ahead of them. If Tuesday's game had been a college football game, you could've called it the "Lottery Bowl." Afflalo scored 18 points, while Nik Vucevic added 18 points and 11 rebounds. "We played two different halves," Vucevic said. "In the first half, we played with no energy. They were getting whatever they wanted and they scored 63 points." Will Afflalo's and Nelson's words continue to resonate the rest of the season? If not, it'll be a long, rough 29 games between now and the season finale. Courtesy of: http://www.orlandosentinel.com

Denver N. - Boston C. 97-90
They questioned it, folks in the front office, folks across the Front Range. Should Denver trade Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-SF-88, agency: Players Group)? It was in late November, and the sharpshooter wasn't even shooting 40 percent. The Nuggets received calls about the 24-year-old forward, but the front office decided to wait. Let Gallo grow. Let Gallo find gall. Well the trade deadline is Thursday, and Gallo's likely to stay. He spearheaded Denver's 97-90 home win Tuesday against Boston, scoring 26 points while making four of his nine 3-point attempts. In efforts to make up for teammate Andre Iguodala, who scored one point, Gallinari stuffed the stat sheet with a Dre-like night, tallying five boards and five assists, along with a plus-20, best on the night. And Blog: Nuggets Ink The Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman posts analysis, notes and more on this blog focusing on the Denver Nuggets. after the game, Gallinari said in an interview played in the arena: "I'm sorry for Boston fans. They got to get out of here." The Pepsi Center was bubbling all night due to the fact that hundreds of loud and proud (annoying and brash?) Bostonians were in the building. At halftime at the Tuaca Chill Zone in Section 140, a passionate "Let's go, Cel-tics!" chant broke out. Later, it happened in the actual arena. The Nuggets were seeking revenge, a la the Sith or the nerds, following Denver's heartbreaking triple-overtime loss at Boston this month. "I think our guys know we should have won that game in Boston," Nuggets coach George Karl said at Tuesday's shootaround, "and we have a loss because of it, and we're on a three-game losing streak because of it. There will be some pride for us tonight." Karl said this game wasn't an end-all, be-all game, but instead the start of a series of games in which Denver can rediscover its stride, considering the two road games are at Washington and Charlotte. Well, this win was powerful, still. While the game was played at a slower pace, benefiting the visitors, the home squad took advantage of the whistle. Denver got to the line 36 times, making 24, which isn't a good Meanwhile, Ty Lawson (5'11''-PG-87, college: N.Carolina)? On fire. The speedy point guard entered Tuesday averaging 21.2 points and 7.9 assists in the past 13 games, while shooting over 50 percent from both the field and from 3. Well, by halftime against the Celtics, Lawson already had 12 points, and did so on 5-for-5 shooting. He finished with 26, just like Gallinari, along with six and six (and was 8-for-13 from the field). And Lawson made one of the game's bigger plays, somehow snatching an offensive rebound in the paint, with around five minutes left, making the put-back, giving Denver a five-point lead - and forcing a Celtics timeout. As for Gallo, he entered the night averaging 19.6 points in the past 18 games. He looks like a keeper. Courtesy of: http://www.denverpost.com

Utah Jazz - Golden St.W. 115-101
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah Jazz managed to come out on top in a close game against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night, winning 115-101. Al Jefferson was the top scorer for Utah, but it was a huge night for the Jazz bench. Gordon Hayward had 17 points, and Derrick Favors and Alec Burks (6'6''-G-91, college: Colorado) both hit double figures, with 14 and 13 points respectively. The Jazz only shot 50 percent from the field, but it was enough to beat the Warriors, who only made 47 percent of their field goal attempts. Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) was the top scorer for the Warriors. This win puts Utah at 31-24 for the season. Courtesy of: http://www.deseretnews.com



Will J.J. Redick be moved before Thursday? - by Bryan Floyd

A source told Ken Berger of CBS Sports that the Magic have an offer from the Bucks of Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and a future first-round pick for J.J. Redick (6'4''-G-84, college: Duke). The Magic have been rumored to be one of the teams that could be very active before Thursday's trade deadline. This is just one potential option and the Magic will likely explore all of their possible deals before coming to a decision. Either way, I would very much expect Orlando to make some kind of move before Thursday afternoon.


Hawks Looking At Smith For Ellis Package - by Eurobasket News

The Milwaukee Bucks are considered one of the stronger contenders to trade for Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85). For the Bucks, the biggest risk will be whether they can re-sign Smith. The Hawks' interest in doing a trade with the Bucks is believed to center on acquiring Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85). Ellis, however, is expected to opt out of his contract for the 13-14 season.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



Andrew Bynum still expected to play for 76ers this season - by Eurobasket News

When Coach Doug Collins mentions getting healthy, he is referring to center Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services), who has been sidelined all season. Bynum is expected to make his debut with the team in the final 31 games, 19 of which will be played away from the Wells Fargo Center. Bynum, recovering from bone bruises and what he calls weakened cartilage in both knees, has said he would play for the team after the all-star break. On Monday, when reporters were permitted to watch the Sixers practice, Bynum was on the floor participating in non-contact drills with his teammates. Still, Collins spoke cautiously about Bynums return. Hes s still where hes been, so theres nothing thats changed with that, Collins said of Bynum, whom all-star Jrue Holiday described as looking like a beast. The question is just going to be at some point and time with him getting out there, Collins said, and right now hes not done anything with contact.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



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

Center Isaac Butts (208-C, agency: Pro One Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Moncton M. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 18 rebounds, while his team edged out Summerside S. (#2, 19-12) 110-106. Moncton M. maintains the 6th position in NBLCanada league. Moncton M. 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 16-20 record. Butts turned to be Moncton M.'s top player in his first season with the team. Appalachian State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Butts is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 9.6rpg) and averages solid 1.2bpg and 60.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was J.R. Harrison (197-F-84) of Montreal J.. He is American forward in his first season at Montreal J.. In the last game Harrison recorded impressive double-double of 36 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Montreal J. lost that game 91-105 to slightly higher-ranked Windsor Exp. (#7, 14-16). Montreal J. are still at the very bottom. 30 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Montreal J. managed to get this year. Harrison is a newcomer at Montreal J. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Kevin Loiselle (198-F) of Windsor Exp. (#7). Loiselle scored 19 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Windsor Exp., leading his team to a 95-81 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Montreal J. (#8, 2-30). The chances of Windsor Exp. ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just fourteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Loiselle could help Windsor Exp. to bring them higher in the standings. Loiselle has a great season in NBL. After 30 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.0rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kevin Loiselle (198-F) of Windsor Exp. - 22 points and 17 rebounds
5. Antonio Ballard (193-G/F) of Summerside S. - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
6. J.R. Harrison (197-F-84) of Montreal J. - 31 points and 5 rebounds
7. Jonas Pierre (209-C-80) of Montreal J. - 9 points and 10 rebounds
8. Manix Auriantal (187-G-80) of Montreal J. - 33 points and 8 rebounds
9. Omari Johnson (205-F-89) of Summerside S. - 20 points and 7 rebounds
10. Darrell Wonge (199-F-86) of Moncton M. - 19 points, 10 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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Wildcats Post 10th Conference Victory - by Eurobasket News

MANHATTAN, Kan. Will Spradling tied a career-high 19 points, grabbed four rebounds and hit a perfect 7-of-7 from the charity stripe to lead the Wildcats to a 71-61 win over West Virginia.

With the win, K-State (21-5, 10-3 Big 12) remains on top of the Big 12 standings and marks the sixth time in the last seven years the Wildcats have earned 10 or more conference wins. It is the 14th time since 1973.

K-State dominated in the first half hitting 11-of-22 from the field and 4-of-9 from behind the arc. The Wildcats got off to a hot start outscoring the Mountaineers 11-4 in the first five minutes. West Virginia was held scoreless for more than five minutes while the Wildcats went on a 12-0 run until a layup from Aaric Murray with 10:58 left in the half made it 18-6 in favor of K-State, but an Omari Lawrence (6'3''-G-90) jumper pushed the Wildcats back up to a 20-6 lead. It was back-and-forth scoring for the remaining minutes, but K-State would find itself with a 33-20 lead headed into halftime.

Despite foul trouble early on, K-State held West Virginia to its lowest score in the first half since the Mountaineers season opener at Gonzaga when they put up 18 points in an 84-50 loss.

Spradling opened up the second half with an old-fashioned three-point play, and a Nino Williams jumper would extend the lead to 38-20. A technical foul at the 16:25 mark put Spradling at the free-throw line to give K-State its largest lead of the game at 21 points. West Virginia bounced back to come within 14, but Rodriguez hit a 3-pointer to give the Wildcats another spark.

The Mountaineers acquired a second technical foul along with a personal foul at the 9:24 mark resulting in four flawless Spradling free throws. With the clock winding down, West Virginia got within 10, but the Wildcats held on to claim a 71-61 victory over the Mountaineers.

Rodriguez dished out seven assists in the game, marking the 14th time this season the sophomore has had five or more assists in a game. Rodriguez also added 11 points and hit a perfect 3-of-3 from the free-throw line. Thomas Gipson and Williams were solid off of the bench combining for a total of 24 points. Gipson played 11 minutes in the first half and outscored the Mountaineer starters 9-7.

Rodney McGruder (6'4''-G-91) added 10 points and five rebounds, while Jordan Henriquez played solid defensively grabbing seven rebounds and tallying four blocks.

The Wildcats shot 50-percent on the night (23-of-46) marking the seventh time this season K-State has shot 50-percent or better. The Wildcats are 6-1 in those games.

K-State is back in action on Saturday as the Wildcats travel to Austin, Texas, to take on the Texas Longhorns. The game will be aired on the Longhorn Network at 7 p.m.
Courtesy of: http://www.kstatesports.com



Notre Dame Overcomes Slow Start, Upends No. 20 Pittsburgh, 51-42 - by Eurobasket News

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Jerian Grant (6'5''-G-92) and Jack Cooley (6'9''-F-91) scored 13 points each and No. 25 Notre Dame overcome a horrendous shooting start and beat No. 20 Pittsburgh 51-42 on Monday night.

The Irish missed 18 of their first 19 shots and trailed 19-3 as late as 13:54 into the game. However, they rallied to take the lead in the second half and won going away.

Eric Atkins (6'2''-PG-91) added 10 points and seven assists for Notre Dame (21-6, 9-5 Big East), which has won five in a row over Pittsburgh (20-7, 8-6) and snapped a tie with the Panthers for fourth place in the conference. The top four teams get a double-bye in next month's league tournament.

Tray Woodall had 11 points to lead the Panthers, who lost for the second time in three days since winning seven of eight.

The Irish missed their first 12 shots and did not have a field goal until 9:14 had elapsed in the game and they were trailing 11-1.

The drought continued for another 4 minutes until a technical foul called on Irish coach Mike Brey swung the momentum - in a big way.

After Woodall made the resultant free throws to give the Panthers a 19-3 lead, Notre Dame closed out the first half on a 16-3 run.

The spurt began with Pat Connaughton's 3-pointer from the left corner with 6:06 left in the first half. Thirty-five seconds later on the Irish's next possession, Connaughton hit another 3, drawing a timeout from Pitt coach Jamie Dixon and an enthusiastic fist pump from Brey as he sprinted onto the court.

Notre Dame appeared to feed off that, making five of its final eight shots of the first half.

Panthers forward Lamar Patterson - the team's scoring leader during Big East play - had the first basket after halftime, his only points of the game. Steven Adams' layup followed to give Pitt a 26-19 lead.

But Brey called another timeout - and it again led to a momentum shift. The Irish scored 12 of the next 14 points to take their first lead since 1-0.

Grant's 3-pointer bounced on the rim twice and in to give Notre Dame a 29-28 lead, and the Irish went up by three when Cooley tipped in a rebound of a miss by Grant less than a minute later.

Baskets by Cameron Wright and James Robinson gave Pitt a 32-31 lead with 12 minutes remaining.

Robinson missed a 3 nearly a minute later, and Atkins' layup on the ensuing possession put Notre back ahead - and started a 12-2 run that put the Irish ahead 43-34 with 4:48 to go - and they never trailed again.

Notre Dame shot 60.7 percent (17 for 28) after missing 18 of its first 19 shots and limited Pitt to 30-percent shooting (9 for 30) over the final 27 minutes of the game. The Irish improved to 4-1 against ranked teams.

With a game-high nine rebounds, Cooley narrowly missed out on his seventh straight double-double. He had three of Notre Dame's 13 offensive rebounds, and the Irish held a 40-25 advantage on the boards overall.

Pitt was without freshman forward Durand Johnson, who had a stomach virus.
Courtesy of: http://www.und.com



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Postseason begins on Wednesday for No. 11 Cardinals - by Eurobasket News

WASHINGTON - The postseason gets underway Wednesday night when No. 11 and top-seed CUA welcomes No. 4 seed Merchant Marine Academy to the DuFour Center for a Landmark Conference Tournament semifinal. The Cardinals wrapped up their regular season with a convincing 86-70 win over Moravian this past weekend, and will now host their first Landmark playoff game in school history.

The Cardinals are a perfect 12-0 inside the DuFour Center this season. CUA is holding opponents to 55.8 points on 35.8% shooting from the field and 29.5% from three at home.

Only three current Cardinals have appeared in the Landmark Conference Tournament. Shawn Holmes has the most experience, with three appearances, including a 17-point performance in CUA's semifinal win over Drew in 2011. Chris Kearney posted a double-double (11 pts, 11 rebs) in that win vs. Drew, while Nate Koenig played five minutes off the bench.

Freshman Bryson Fonville has done a terrific job at the point guard spot all season, averaging 8.3 points on 54.2 percent shooting and an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.4 (2nd in Landmark Conference). Fonville, who is averaging 29.2 minutes, has scored a season-high 16 points in his last two games, and has not turned the ball over more than twice in five straight contests.

CUA's 22 wins this season are its most since winning 23 games during the 2006-07 campaign. It also marks just the third time in 102 seasons of CUA basketball in which the Cardinals have won 22 regular season games. The other seasons were 2001-02 and 2002-03.

After closing out the regular season with three straight wins, USMMA enters the Landmark Conference Tournament as the No. 4 seed. The Mariners are led by Reed Buck, the conference's leading scorer at 18.8 points per game. Nick Sergio (9.7) and Andrew Williams (9.2) are next in line in scoring, while Sergio is the top rebounder at 7.8 per game.

USMMA was last in the conference tournament in 2011, when the Mariners fell to eventual champion Scranton in overtime, in the semifinals.

In two wins vs. Merchant Marine Academy this season, CUA has held the Mariners to 49.5 points on 31.7 percent shooting from the floor. The Cards own a +10 turnover margin in the two games. Shawn Holmes was CUA's top scorer, averaging 18.5 points.

CUA meets USMMA for the 22nd time on Wednesday with the Cardinals leading the series 12-9. CUA won both meetings during the regular season, including a 74-57 victory in Washington on January 5. The Mariners last win came on February 4, 2012 in Washington by a score of 68-66.

CUA and USMMA will get things started at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Check cuacardinals.com for links to live video and stats.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Charney Guides Panthers to Third 20 Win Season in Four Years - by Eurobasket News

Purchase, NY (Feb. 18, 2013) Purchase head coach Jeff Charney has won two championship rings, secured three Skyline Conference Tournament appearances, enjoyed back-to-back trips to March Madness, and can now add another milestone to his resume after Saturday's overwhelming win over SJC-LI.

Charney, a coaching legend in Westchester at both the high school and college levels, has skipped the Panthers to three 20 win seasons in four full years, including two regular-season 20 win campaigns. In the process, Purchase has established itself as one of the premier DIII programs in the Northeast under his leadership. Purchase reached the league final for a third straight year last winter, but came up short against FSC after winning consecutive tournament crowns in each of the two previous seasons, punching a ticket to the NCAA's.

Charney took over a program five years ago midseason that went from three to 15 wins in his first full year. Within two full seasons, the Panthers were Skyline champions. The next season, Purchase won 20 regular-season games a first in the program's return to the NCAA taking another league crown and heading back to the NCAA tournament again. Along the way, the program has received numerous honors, both individually and as a team.

No. 2 seeded Purchase, which has enjoyed another special campaign, winning tournaments at Springfield and Regis earlier in the year, will look to make it four straight trips to the championship game Thursday night, when they host the league semifinal.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Emory's Alex Greven Named UAA Player Of The Week; Earns A Spot On D3hoops.com Team Of The Week - by Eurobasket News

Emory University senior Alex Greven (6'3''-G-90) (Winston-Salem, NC) has been selected by the University Athletic Association as Men's Basketball Player of the Week following his performances at home against Case Western and Carnegie Mellon. It marks the second time this season and fourth time in his career that Greven has been selected for the honor. In addition, Greven was tabbed for a berth on the D3hoop.com Team of the Week for the first time during his four-year tenure on the team.

Greven put together a pair of back-to-back season-high tying 26 point contests as the Eagles defeated Case Western, 106-87, and Carnegie Mellon, 84-61. Greven tied for game-high scoring honors against CWRU, hitting nine-of-16 from the floor including a career-best six-of-nine from three-point range. Against Carnegie Mellon, he led all players in scoring, continuing his hot-shooting ways by converting eight-of-11 from the field while tying his career best with another six trey-performance in nine tries.

In the two games combined, he shot .630 (17-of-27) from the floor including .667 (12-of-18) from distance. He now has eight outings of 20 or more points this year.

A double-figure scorer in 21 games, he has either led or shared for team scoring honors on seven occasions this year. Alex ranks second on the squad and third among University Athletic Association players in scoring with a 16.9 per-game average. He has knocked down a team-high 60 three-point field goals and his mark of 2.6 triples per game ranks second in the league.

Emory, 17-6 overall, hosts Covenant College on Tuesday (Feb. 19) in a home contest before battling Rochester on Saturday at the Woodruff PE Center at 4:00 pm.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



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Best players of Norwegian BLNO round 24 - by Eurobasket News

American Jonathan Jones (196-F-88) had a great game in the last round for league's leader Tromso and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 37 points and twenty rebounds, while his team beat Baerum Basket (#3, 12-10) 95-88. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Tromso to consolidate first place in the Norwegian BLNO. Tromso have a solid 18-4 record. Jones turned to be Tromso's top player in his first season with the team. Kean University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jones is league's best scorer averaging so far 23.2ppg and leads league in rebounds with 15.2rpg. Jones is in league's top in and averages solid 56.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old former international forward Frank Nyborg (197-F-83) of second-ranked Centrum. Nyborg impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Centrum cruised to a 85-75 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Asker Aliens (#6, 7-14). Centrum's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 14-7 record is not bad at all. Nyborg is well-known by Centrum fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Ronald Timus (197-G/F-84) of Ammerud Bskt (#7). Timus scored 24 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Timus' great performance Ammerud Bskt lost 67-76 to the higher-ranked Tromso (#1, 18-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Ammerud Bskt can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 5-17 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Timus he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Timus has individually a great season in Norway. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.2ppg (5th best), rebounds with 7.6rpg (5th best) and assists with 3.3apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Espen Stien (186-G-86) of Asker Aliens - 33 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Phillip Holm (175-PG-80) of Baerum Basket - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Gary Wallace (187-G-88) of Tromso - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Gary Wallace (187-G-88) of Tromso - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Stian Mjos (182-PG-89) of Baerum Basket - 28 points and 5 assists
9. Marko Lepovic (194-F-94) of Centrum - 7 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Baguio is PBA's Player of the Week - by Aris Ignacio

Cyrus Baguio (188-G-80), the phenomenal 2-guard of the Alaska Aces, earned Player of the Week honors during the period of February 11-17 of the ongoing Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner's Cup. During the two games that the Aces won that earned him the honors, Baguio averaged only 13.5 points in wins over the Petron Blaze Boosters and erstwhile leader Barako Bull Energy. Most notably on those wins are the crunch/clutch shots and plays that the "Skyrus" had delivered, often doing it in the closing and key moments of the game.

Currently, the Aces lead with a 3-0 win-loss and the only unblemished record in the tournament. With praises coming from coach Luigi Trillo, team manager Joaqui Trillo, and his Aces' teammates, more will be expected from Baguio in the upcoming games especially when they gun for their fourth straight win in an out-of-town matchup against Barangay Ginebra San Miguel on February 23.



2013 ASEAN Basketball League Roundup: February 17-19, 2013 - by Enzo Flojo

The Malaysia Dragons bounced back into the win column after beating the Beermen this past weekend to stay within striking distance of the top teams in the 2013 ABL.

New recruit and former Gilas Pilipinas cadet pool player Justin Melton poured in 19 points on 7-of-11 FG shooting to go along with 3 assists and 2 steals to help lead the Dragons in only their third win this season. Sammy Monroe, Malaysias new import, also debuted with aplomb, registering 32 points, 8 steals, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists in a great all-around performance. Gavin Edwards added a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds, while dead-shot Patrick Cabahug tossed in 10 markers.

On the other end of the floor, Gabe Freeman and Chris Banchero combined for 42 points to lead the Beermen, who dropped their third game in six matches.

In the weekends other game, Singapore was led by Rashad Jones-Jenningss 24 points and 23 rebounds as the Slingers upended the Singapore Slingers. Local player Wei Long Wong added 20 points on the strength of 4 triples and 4 assists, while Kyle Jeffers pumped in 16 markers and grabbed 17 boards.

This was a bit of an upset as the Slingers won just their second game of the season, while Saigon dropped to 3 wins and 2 losses. Pint-sized Jai Reyes spearheaded the Heats losing charge with 22 points, while David Palmer finished with 20 points and 16 rebounds.

Game Recaps:
WESTPORTS MALAYSIA DRAGONS over SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN, 82-76
The Westports Malaysia Dragons head coach Ariel Vanguardia would have to be very pleased with his two new players, Sammy Monroe, Jr. and Justin Melton. Monroe and Melton showed off their skills this afternoon as they inspired the Dragons to snap a four-game skid by with a 82-76 defeat of the San Miguel Beermen at MABA Stadium, Malaysia.

The main story line before the game was Brian Williams first return to MABA Stadium, however it was Monroe and Melton who stole the show as they both put up an impressive debut. Monroe filled it up with 32 points and also included 6 three pointers, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 8 steals. Melton also showed his class with 19 points. Gavin Edwards added a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

After an excellent debut, Monroe hopes that he can help the team win more games. "I came here to work hard and get this team more wins," said Monroe after the game. The Dragons were without their captain Guga Batumalai, who was not fit to play in todays game.

The pace of the game was very high from the tip-off. The Beermen attacked early and took an 18-11 lead on a fadeaway shot from Gabe Freeman and a three-point shot from Chris Banchero with 1:04 left in the first quarter.

The Dragons started to gain momentum in the second quarter however. Melton made a three-point shot and a mid-range jumper which gave the Dragons a 27-24 lead with 5:55 left before halftime. Then, Monroe hit a three to beat the shotclock which added up the Dragons lead to 30-24. But Freeman made sure that his team remained within striking distance as he made 4 points before halftime to cut his team's deficit 39-38.

The third quarter was action-packed and the pace of the game was very entertaining for the fans. A 6-0 run for the Beermen gave them back the lead. A lay-up from Williams and Leo Avenido gave the Beermen a 44-39 lead with 7:41 left in the third quarter. But the Beermen were not able to keep their lead as the Dragons took over the lead at 59-56 at the end of the third quarter on a three-pointer from Monroe.

There was a scary moment for the Beermen early in the fourth quarter when Williams bumped knees with a Dragons player and he was in pain as he needed to be carried off the court. Fortunately Williams was able to return to the game after a few minutes.

Monroe's dunk and Edwards' tip-in gave the Dragons a 79-70 lead with 1:08 left. The Beermen tried to rally after a lay-up from Banchero and a dunk from Freeman but it was a little too late.

In his return to MABA, Williams finished with 12 points and 16 rebounds. Freeman led the Beermen with 22 points and 16 rebounds, while Banchero added 20 points. With this loss, the Beermen are now at .500 with a 3 wins and 3 losses record.

JOBSTREET.COM SINGAPORE SLINGERS over SAIGON HEAT, 82-76
It was a special game this afternoon as the JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers welcomed the Saigon Heat wearing special edition pink jerseys in a bid to raise awareness for the Singapore Cancer Society.

"We have actually worked with a few charity organisations in Singapore over the past six years but cancer is a disease that has touched several members of the Slingers organisation and their families, so cancer awareness has a special place in our hearts." Michael Johnson, General Manager of the Slingers said in an interview before the game. Sport has always had the ability to bring people together, especially team sports. No matter race, religion or cultures, sport has shown an innate ability to bring communities together.

Rashad Jones-Jennings topped the leaderboard in this game with an impressive double-double of 24 points and 23 rebounds. Wong Wei Long also put in a solid performance and ended with 20 points which included 5 three-pointers. Kyle Jeffers also recorded a double-double with 16 points and 17 rebounds.

Although the Heats Dior Lowhorn travelled to support his team at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, he has been sidelined from the game with a hamstring injury and was replaced by Ben Wisniewski who started off the bench. Wisniewski had a decent debut as he finished with 11 points.

Jai Reyes was solid again for the Heat as he finished with 22 points. David Palmer grabbed his own double-double with 20 points and 16 rebounds as Larry Tieu rounded up the Heats top three with 12 points.

A slow start to the game saw the Slingers take an early lead before Jai Reyes kick started the Heats efforts and scored their first 5 points to pull in just behind the hosts at 5 to 6. For the Slingers, Kyle Jeffers was perfect in the first quarter as he converted all of his attempts from both the field and the free throw line. The teams kept the game close and were deadlocked at 16 all going into the second quarter.

Wong had a good shooting game this afternoon and he gave his team a boost after sinking a three at the start of the second quarter. The Slingers continued to extend their lead after a Jeffers steal was converted by Desmond Oh to put them up 23 to 18. The Heat were cold in the first two minutes of this period as the Slingers went on a 15-5 run which gave them their first double digit lead at 31 to 21 at the mid-way point.

The Heat struggled under the rim in the first half as the Slingers outrebounded them 28 to 18. To make matters worse, Reyes left the court due to a dislocated finger. Fortunately, he was able to step back into the game after receiving treatment. At the end of the quarter, a solid performance from Wong who led all scoring in the first half with 13 points saw the Slingers head into the halftime break 44 to 32.

Wong continued his shooting into the second half as he opened up scoring yet again with another huge three before intercepting a pass by Palmer which was converted by Jones-Jennings. The Heat continued to struggle in this period and found themselves down 19 points at the mid-way point. Karl Dehesa then picked up fifth foul of the game late in the quarter and was sent to the bench. At the end of the third, the Slingers maintained their lead 64 to 49 as the teams go into the final ten minutes of the game.

The Slingers continued to drive a wedge between the teams and earned themselves a 68 to 51 lead within the first two minutes of play. Despite the deficit, the Heat continued to slowly chip into the Slingers lead and Larry Tieu managed to put in an important three pointer that brought the Slingers down to just 10 points with five minutes remaining in the game. Reyes then put in a three to put the Heat back to within 4 with two minutes on the clock.

The Slingers were determined not to let this one go however and put the game to bed at 80 to 69 to bring them back to .500 and up to third on the ABL standings with a record of 3 wins and 3 losses.

These two teams will play the reverse fixture of this game in just five days time when the JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers head over to Tan Binh Stadium on Friday the 22nd of February. This will also be the ABL Friday Basketball game for this week and will be live on Fox Sports Asia regionally. Please check your local listings for details.

Source: Game recaps were compressed and compiled from AseanBasketballLeague.com.




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VTB League: PGE Turow surprise Lietuvos rytas - by Eurobasket News

PGE Turow - Lietuvos rytas 86:78

PGE Turow surprise Lietuvos rytas in VTB League. The Polish side won 86:78 for 4-11 record.
The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 50-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Lietuvos rytas were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for David Jackson (193-G-86, college: W.Illinois) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 6 rebounds. Michal Chylinski (190-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 14 points. The best for the losing side was Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) with 14 points and 9 rebounds and Renaldas Seibutis (198-SG-85) scored 13 points and 4 steals.
PGE Turow moved-up to eighth place. Lietuvos rytas at the other side keep the fifth position with seven games lost. PGE Turow will face higher ranked BC Donetsk on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lietuvos rytas will play against Khimky.

PGE Turow: David Jackson 19, Russell Robinson (185-PG-86) 14, Michal Chylinski 14, Ivan Zigeranovic (212-C-84, agency: BeoExcell) 12
Lietuvos rytas: Dejan Ivanov 14+9rebs, Renaldas Seibutis 13, Janis Blums (191-SG-82) 11, Nemanja Nedovic (191-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) 10



Greek stirring with Stelmet ZG players - by Maciej Paszyn

After last Stelmet Zielona Gora league game, on Polish basketball web portals information appeared that two players from team Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) and Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St.) wont play in All-Star game. Official reason: awful refereeing by Polish referees, which allegedly was unfair in view of the mentioned two.
However, the meaning of the entire matter seems to lie somewhere else. According to unofficial info an author of entire confusion is Mr. Tarek Khrais Hodge and Hosley sport agent. Mr. Kharis accessed into the dispute with Polish league authorities, after an unsuccessful attempt of other transfer of his player Alexander Franklin (196-PF-88, college: Siena), which had to sign up contract with AZS Koszalin. In the face of the lack of the set of documents, in this lack of the free letter from the previous club (Soles de Mexicali) , the league refused the issuance of the license. Moreover a few days later information came from Mexico that a document hadn't been issued. In relation to above facts the Koszalin club decided to resign from Franklin, whereas is planning burdening the agent with all costs.

Meanwhile management of Stelmet Zielona Gora gave their opinion brightly in this matter: There is no possibility that players don't appear in the All-Star game said club chairman Mr. Czarkowski.

One should add, that in case of the lack of players on the All-Star game, the Zastal club can be burdened by the league with serious consequences so as suspending this two or even hanging the entire team.

What is interesting the entire case is being carefully kept up in.... Greece where supposedly a few clubs would see Hodge in their rosters.

The next episode of this story will follow probably after the All-Star Game which will be played on this Sunday.




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Capitanes start their journey to the title in Quito - by Luis Modestti

Capitanes de Arecibo has many goals this year and one of them includes winning the FIBA-Americas League.

Arecibo started to practice last month with a solid group of native players under head coach David Rosario. They also added imports Lamayn Wilson, Windi Graterol and the Graham brothers Stephen and Joey.

The roster includes natives like Guillermo Diaz (188-G-85, college: Miami, FL), Rafael Cruz, Josue Soto, Carlos Escalera, David Cortes, Jesus Verdejo, Angel Vassallo, Edgar Ramirez and Angel Rosa. This depth gives them a better chance to win it all.

After all the hard work Arecibo made the trip to Quito and there they will define the final roster for the first phase of the tournament.

Their first game is on Friday against defending champions Pioneros de Cancun (Mexico). Then they play Sao Jose (Brazil) and finish with host Mavort. The top two teams qualify for the next stage and Arecibo is the favorite to finish in first place.

Arecibo has participated in all the editions of the FIBA-Americas League and their best finish was in 2011-2012 where they ended in second place.



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EuroChallenge: Kataja defeat Gaz Metan in Finland - by Eurobasket News

Kataja - Gaz Metan 79:75

Kataja defeat Gaz Metan in Finland as three teams have now 2-3 record and will compete for the last spot to the next stage. The Finnish team posted a 79:75 victory.
Gaz Metan was ahead by 13 points after three quarters before a 30-13 charge of Joensuun Kataja, which allowed them to win the game. Joensuun Kataja forced 19 Gaz Metan turnovers. Daniel Coleman (206-F-85, college: Minnesota) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Winona St.) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. Four Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. Ivan Lilov (196-SG-88) responded with 18 points and Slobodan Dundjerski (188-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds.
In the last round Kataja will face Karsiyaka that already advanced to the next stage at home. Gaz Metan will take on Ventspils.

Kataja: Jonte Flowers 16, Antti Kanervo (193-SG-89) 14, Daniel Coleman 14+11rebs, Lehtoranta 11
Gaz Metan: Ivan Lilov 18, Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84, agency: BeoExcell) 12, Slobodan Dundjerski 11



Petty's 39-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old guard Perry Petty (185-G-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for Giurgiu and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had the game-high 39 points adding six rebounds and five assists for Giurgiu in his team's victory, helping them to beat Rovinari (#9, 11-11) 104-99. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Giurgiu maintains the 12th position in Romanian league. Giurgiu is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-14 record. In the team's last game Petty had a remarkable 68.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Giurgiu's top player in his first season with the team. University of Texas-Pan American graduate has very impressive stats this year. Petty is in league's top in points (9th best: 16.0ppg) and averages solid 51.7% FGP. Worth to mention Petty played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Second best performed player last round was Bryson McKenzie (211-C-83). He is American center in his first season at Giurgiu. In the last game McKenzie recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for Giurgiu to edge the higher-ranked Rovinari (#9, 11-11) by 5 points 104-99. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Giurgiu keeps 12th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-14 record. McKenzie is a newcomer at Giurgiu and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Jaytonah Wisseh (185-G-88) of Rovinari (#9). Wisseh showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, five rebounds and eight assists in the last round. Despite Wisseh's great performance Rovinari lost 99-104 to the lower-ranked Giurgiu (#12, 8-14). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Rovinari needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 11 victories and 11 lost games. Wisseh has a very solid season. In 6 games in Romania he scored 21.3ppg. He also has 4.2rpg, 7.5apg, FGP: 52.1% and 3PT: 56.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zlatko Jovanovic (181-PG-84) of Timisoara - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Christopher Lee (206-C-84) of CSU Sibiu - 24 points and 6 rebounds
6. Stefan Nikolic (193-G-87) of Rovinari - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Franjo Bubalo (194-G-88) of Miercurea Ciuc - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Ionut Dragusin (221-C-85) of Craiova - 17 points and 12 rebounds
9. Marijo Hajdic (206-F/C-89) of Miercurea Ciuc - 17 points and 15 rebounds
10. Virgil Stanescu (208-C/F-77) of Ploiesti - 11 points and 10 rebounds

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



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EuroChallenge: Krasnie Krilya improved to undefeated 5-0 record - by Eurobasket News

Krasnie Krilya - Khimik 76:68

Krasnie Krilya improved to undefeated 5-0 record in Group K. The Russian team overcame Khimik 76:68 and sent them to 2-3 record.
The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 24-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Krasnie Krilya forced 21 Khimik turnovers. Khimik was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Evgeniy Kolesnikov (195-G-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds. Omar Thomas (196-F-82, college: UTEP) contributed with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Devoe Joseph (193-G-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon) answered with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Khimik. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
In the last round Khimik will host Norrkoping in Ukraine, while Krasnie Krilya will take on Tofas.

Krasnie Krilya: Evgeniy Kolesnikov 19, Miles 14, Omar Thomas 13, Chester Simmons (196-G-82, college: Washington) 12
Khimik: Devoe Joseph 16, Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) 16, Suad Sehovic 14, Miroslav Todic (205-F-85) 10



Latest victories for CSKA, Khimky, Unics, BC Nizhny Novgorod and Lokomotiv - by Eurobasket News

CSKA, Khimky, Unics, BC Nizhny Novgorod and Lokomotiv won their latest games in VTB League.

Khimky hand Kalev/Cramo another loss in VTB League. The Russian team overcame Estonian representative 65:57 last night.
The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 41-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) who led his team to a victory scoring 12 points and 6 assists. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) helped adding 11 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Armands Skele (192-G-83) with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Senegalese center Bamba Fall produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks.
Tsmoki-Minsk lost to the defending champions of VTB League. The team from Belarus however showed a great game and was defeated only by 11 points.
The game was mostly controlled by CSKA Moscow. Tsmoki-Minsk was better in fourth quarter 19-4. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for Zoran Erceg who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) helped adding 16 points. The best for the losing side was Pavel Ulyanko with 9 points and 8 rebounds and Vidas Ginevicius scored 12 points and 4 assists.
Triumph was beaten by Lokomotiv 78:89. Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) led his team to a victory scoring 19 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Mantas Kalnietis helped adding 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was Sergey Karasev with 20 points and Kyle Landry scored 14 points and 8 rebounds.
Neptunas lost to BC Nizhny Novgorod 72:90. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-72. It was a great shooting night for BC Nizhny Novgorod especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Obie Trotter led his team to a victory scoring 17 points, 7 assists and 5 steals. Pavel Korobkov helped adding 17 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was forward Valdas Vasylius with 16 points and 5 rebounds and Vytautas Sarakauskas scored 14 points and 8 rebounds.
Azovmash meanwhile lost to Unics 71:78. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game. It was a great evening for Chuck Eidson who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Terrell Lyday helped adding 16 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Lynn Greer (186-PG-79, college: Temple) with 18 points and 7 assists and Oleksiy Pecherov scored 17 points and 7 rebounds.
Zalgiris won over Enisey 86:61. It was a great evening for Mindaugas Kuzminskas who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 8 rebounds. Adas Juskevicius helped adding 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) with 14 points and 8 rebounds and Davon Jefferson (204-F-86, college: USC) scored 16 points.



EuroCup: Unics steal win in Ulm, clinch top place in Group L - by Eurobasket News

Ratiopharm Ulm - Unics 77:79

Chuck Eidson (203-F-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Carolina) nailed two late free throws to give Unics a road win over Ratiopharm Ulm in the final round of action at EuroCup Top 16. The victory meant the Kazan team clinched the top position in Group L. They will now take on Valencia in the quarterfinal series. Ulm finished second in the standings and would take on Uxue Bilbao in the next round.
Ulm led by three points after the starting quarter 22:19. Unics slowed the hosts down in the second frame. The Russian team got within just two points at the interval 35:37. Ratiopharm Ulm limited their opponents to 14 points in the third term and opened a 7-point advantage with ten minutes to go. The hosts still led by seven points midway through the fourth frame but Unics ignited a 7:0 run to deny the deficit. The visitors eventually pulled ahead 77:75 within the final minute. Schwethelm however was able to sink two free throws with just two seconds remaining to make it 77:77. Unics handed the ball to Chuck Eidson for a buzzer-beater attempt but he got fouled in the process and calmly hit two from the line to seal the victory for Unics. Eidson finished with 24 points to lead the winners. Terrell Lyday (191-G-79, college: BYU) added 20 points for the visitors. Lance Jeter (190-G-88, college: Nebraska) responded with 18 points for Ratiopharm Ulm. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) notched 16 points in the loss.

Ratiopharm Ulm: Lance Jeter 18, Allan Ray 16
Unics: Chuck Eidson 24, Terrell Lyday 20, Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) 12



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EuroCup: Galatasaray eke out win over Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News

Galatasaray - Crvena Zvezda 85:84

Galatasaray and Crvena Zvezda came up with quite an interesting battle in Istanbul tonight. Both team had to chances of qualifying to the next stage of the competition heading into the clash but performed well in front of supportive Turkish fans. Galatasaray managed to run away with a narrow victory at the end. Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86) and Ender Arslan (190-PG-83) delivered 17 points each to pace the winners.
Galatasaray jumped to quick start. The hosts dropped 27 points in the opening stanza to take a 7-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame as Galatasaray remained in charge. The hosts ensured a 49:42 halftime advantage. Crvena Zvezda refused to surrender and put up a comeback rally in the third term. The Serbian side erased the deficit and put their noses in front for a 65:67 lead with ten minutes remaining. Boris Savovic (210-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) gave Crvena Zvezda a 7-point lead early in the fourth frame. But the hosts answered with six points in a row to stay close. Ender Arslan finally tied things up at 80 with under three minutes remaining. Jamont Gordon put the hosts in front with a three-pointer moments later. DeMarcus Nelson and Sertac Sanli (212-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) exchanged baskets and then Vuk Radivojevic (196-G-83) nailed a jumper to put the visitors within one 84:85. But Boris Savovic and Vuk Radivojevic missed their attempts late in regulation and Galatasaray got away with a narrow win at the end. Sertac Sanli netted 16 points, while Jamont Gordon added 12 points for the winners. Boris Savovic answered with 20 points and 13 boards for Crvena Zvezda. Vuk Radivojevic chipped in 17 points and issued 8 assists in the loss.

Galatasaray: Manuchar Markoishvili 17, Ender Arslan 17, Sertac Sanli 16
Crvena Zvezda: Boris Savovic 20+13 boards, Vuk Radivojevic 17



Crvena zvezda undermanned in Istanbul - by Ivan Milenkovic

Crvena zvezda Telekom is eliminated from Eurocup before final round of Last 16 phase.
"Red and whites" traveled to Istanbul for final European game against Galatasaray without three players - veterans Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) and Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) are rested, while Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) has small problems with his back. Crvena zvezda will have 11 players available for tonight's game, Luka Mitrovic (204-F/C-93) and Milan Milovanovic (205-C/F-91) will have chance to play, while Ivan Smiljanic (199-F-89) is sick, stayed in Belgrade and won't have chance to make his debut.



Mladen Djordjevic gets MVP of the Week award for Serbian B League - by Eurobasket News

Talented Mladen Djordjevic (187-G-94) put on an amazing game in the last round for Partizan II and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com B League Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 18-year old guard had the game-high 32 points adding four rebounds and four assists for Partizan II in his team's victory, helping them to beat Mladost Zemun (8-9) 90-85. Partizan II is placed at 7th position in Serbian B League. Partizan II is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-9 record. Djordjevic turned to be Partizan II's top player in his first season with the team. Djordjevic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 16.6ppg) and assists (5th best: 4.4apg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old Vladimir Radojcic of Radnicki OB. Radojcic impressed basketball fans with 29 points and 6 assists. Of course Radnicki OB cruised to a 84-74 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Spartak (#14, 3-14). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Radnicki OB keeps 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-10 record. Radojcic is one of the most experienced players at Radnicki OB and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Slobodan Gugleta (C-83) of Zeleznicar (#5). Gugleta scored 21 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Zeleznicar, leading his team to a 81-70 win against slightly higher-ranked Napredak K. (#3, 11-6). Zeleznicar needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 7 lost games. Gugleta has a great season in Serbia. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.0rpg (7th best). He also has 2.7bpg and FGP: 53.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nemanja Knezevic (201-F-92) of Plana - 23 points and 10 rebounds
5. Milos Jankovic (203-C-94) of Mladost Cacak - 19 points and 18 rebounds
6. Miroslav Radic (195-G-84) of Plana - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Nebojsa Knezevic (196-F/G-87) of Proleter Naftagas - 33 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Vlatko Ilic) of Radnicki OB - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Sasa Mihajlovic (203-C-75) of Napredak K. - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Nenad Stojanovic (200-F-88) of Morava - 20 points and 6 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)



Crvena zvezda Telekom : Elton Brown on the transfer list - by Igor Obradovic

Crvena zvezda Telekom staff no longer count on Elton Brown (206-C-83, college: Virginia), it was announced on the official website of the club.

American center been placed on the transfer list no longer compete for the first team and will be free to leave the club in the event of tempting offers.
Brown will not travel with the team to 6th match in Istanbul L round group stage of the Eurocup Last 16 with Galatasaray.
Brown came to the club as a high gain, initially played well, but then fell sharply in shape.
After Samardiski arrival he became the third center, minutes decreased rapidly, so this is a logical move from Crvena zvezda.
In the Adriatic league Brown scores averaged 8.7 points and 4.2 rebounds, while the Euro Cup had 10.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.



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Fields number one in Slovakia for round 29 - by Eurobasket News

American guard Brandon Fields (193-G-88) had a great game in the last round for top-ranked Levice, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, three rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Komarno (19-6) 83-76. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Levice to take over top position in the Slovakian Extraliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Levice has a very solid 19-6 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Fields turned to be Levice's top player in his first season with the team. Brandon Fields averages this season 18.5ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Alando Tucker (198-F-84, agency: Priority Sports) of Inter Bratislava. Tucker had a very good evening with 30 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Inter Bratislava cruised to a 83-72 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Svit (#8, 7-20). Inter Bratislava's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-14 record. Tucker is one of the most experienced players at Inter Bratislava and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Enique Clemons (180-PG-80) of B.Bystrica (#7). Clemons scored 18 points. He was a key player of B.Bystrica, leading his team to a 106-73 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Handlova (#9, 6-19). The chances of B.Bystrica ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Clemons could help B.Bystrica to bring them higher in the standings. Clemons has a very solid season. In 7 games in Slovakia he scored 11.7ppg. He also has 5.9apg and and 3PT: 41.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Noah Dahlman (199-F-89) of B.Bystrica - 11 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Justin Graham (193-G-88) of Inter Bratislava - 7 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Maurice Acker (178-PG-87) of Nova Ves - 19 points and 9 assists
7. N'Gai Evans (188-PG-88) of Nova Ves - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Kevin Thompson (205-F-89) of Komarno - 8 points and 12 rebounds
9. James Hughes (211-C-83) of B.Bystrica - 14 points and 6 rebounds
10. Dwight Burke (202-C/F-86) of Nova Ves - 23 points and 6 rebounds

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



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Goran Dragic had 16 points and a career-high 18 assists - by Eurobasket News

PORTLAND, Ore. Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) had 16 points and a career-high 18 assists and the Phoenix Suns snapped a four-game losing streak with a 102-98 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night.

Wesley Johnson came off the bench to score a season-high 14 points for the Suns, who led by as many as 19 points and survived a late Portland rally.

J.J. Hickson had 25 points and 16 rebounds for his 28th double-double of the season for the Blazers, who lost their sixth straight to match their season-high

The Blazers pulled to within 96-92 on rookie Damian Lillard's 3-pointer with 3:57 left in the game. Marcin Gortat's dunk and Luis Scola's layup slowed the rally, but Nicolas Batum made a 3-pointer to close the Blazers within 100-95 with 2:35 to go.
Courtesy of: http://www.huffingtonpost.com



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EuroCup: Uxue Bilbao take down VEF Riga to win Group J - by Eurobasket News

Uxue Bilbao - VEF Riga 76:65

Uxue Bilbao held off VEF Riga in the decisive game in EuroCup Top 16 Group J. The Spaniards clinched the top spot in the ladder after the victory. VEF Riga were left outside the next round of action with the loss.
VEF Riga had to win in this one and they stormed into the game. The Latvian powerhouse enjoyed a 22:13 lead after ten minutes of action. But the Basque team reacted quickly. They organized a 24:14 run in the second frame to take a 37:36 halftime lead. VEF Riga stopped the rot in the third period. They ignited a 7:0 run and eventually entered the fourth frame up by two points 53:51. The teams were tied at 60 midway through the final period. But Bilbao capped the regulation on a 10:0 run to seal the crucial win. Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) and Raul Lopez (183-PG-80) scored 15 points apiece to pace Bilbao. Adrien Moerman (203-F/C-88) added 14 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) answered with 12 points and 8 rebounds for VEF Riga. Kaspars Berzins (213-PF-85) had 11 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

Uxue Bilbao: Alex Mumbru 15, Raul Lopez 15, Adrien Moerman 14
VEF Riga: Antanas Kavaliauskas 12, Kaspars Berzins 11



EuroCup: Valencia thrash Nymburk to clinch top spot in Group J - by Eurobasket News

Valencia - Nymburk 104:55

Valencia capped their EuroCup Top 16 campaign with victory. They knocked down Nymburk at home court in Group J. Valencia awaits now for the result of Bilbao versus VEF Riga game to know from which place in the pool they qualified. Pau Ribas (193-PG-87) nailed 20 points to lead the winners.
Valencia dropped 29 points in the starting quarter to take a 7-point lead. Valencia thumped their opponents with a 26:10 run in the second frame. The Spaniards piled up a 23-point halftime lead. Valencia continued their onslaught with a 24:10 rally in the third period. Nymburk never recovered afterwards as Valencia coasted to the victory at the end. Vitor Faverani (211-C-88) netted 16 points, while Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) added 12 points for the winning side. Michael Efevberha (197-G-84, college: CS Northridge) answered with 12 points for Nymburk. Tweety Carter (180-PG-86, college: Baylor) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Valencia: Pau Ribas 20, Vitor Faverani 16, Rafael Martinez 12
Nymburk: Michael Efevberha 12, Tweety Carter 11



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EuroChallenge: Tofas keeps the chances alive - by Eurobasket News

Tofas - Norrkoping 76:70

Tofas keeps the chances alive for the Quarterfinals of the EuroChallenge. The Turkish side overcame Norrkoping 76:70 for 2-3 record in Group K. The Swedish team dropped at 1-4 record.
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-14. But Norrkoping Dolphins won second period 15-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tomislav Ruzic (207-F/C-79) nailed 19 points for the winning side and Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M) accounted for 12 points and 10 rebounds. Christian Maraker (206-PF-82, college: Pacific) came up with 22 points and Joakim Kjellbom (213-C-79, college: N.Arizona) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Norrkoping Dolphins in the defeat. Edgars Jeromanovs (186-PG-86) and Mikael Lindquist (193-SG-83, agency: Court Side) followed them with 9 points apiece.
In the last round Khimik will host Norrkoping in Ukraine, while Krasnie Krilya will take on Tofas.

Tofas: Tomislav Ruzic 19, Austin Nichols (200-SF-82, college: Humboldt St.) 15, Chinemelu Elonu 12+10rebs, Inanc Koc (202-F-79) 10
Norrkoping: Christian Maraker 22, Joakim Kjellbom 12, Edgars Jeromanovs 9, Mikael Lindquist 9



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

27-year old forward Jaraun Burrows (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) had a great game in the last round for Starwings and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
He had a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Fribourg (#1, 16-3) 93-83. Starwings is placed at 7th position in Swiss league. Starwings is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-13 record. In the team's last game Burrows had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Starwings and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ.-Ft.Wayne graduate has very impressive stats this year. Burrows is in league's top in points (9th best: 17.3ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 9.4rpg) and averages solid 1.3bpg and 54.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Justin Dobbins (203-C/F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management). He is American in his first season at Starwings. In the last game Dobbins recorded impressive 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course Starwings cruised to a 93-83 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Fribourg (#1, 16-3). This victory allowed Starwings to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-13 record. Dobbins is a newcomer at Starwings and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.7ppg (#6). He also registered 7.4 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Justin Rutty (200-F-89) of BBC Nyon (#9). Rutty scored 23 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of BBC Nyon, leading his team to a 88-80 win against SAM Massagno (4-15). BBC Nyon can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-15 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Rutty he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Rutty has individually a great season in Switzerland. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.0ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 12.2rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jules Aw (200-F-86) of Neuchatel - 23 points and 7 rebounds
5. Srdjan Zivkovic (200-G/F-86) of BBC Nyon - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76) of Lugano Tigers - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Pape Badji (206-F/C-92) of Neuchatel - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Dusan Mladjan (198-SG-86) of Lugano Tigers - 23 points and 5 rebounds
9. Jean-Richard Volcy (203-F-82) of BBC Nyon - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Clint Chapman (208-F/C-89) of SAM Massagno - 17 points and 12 rebounds

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



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Maloney crush Laventille in Hoop of Life - by Albert-Lee Young

Maloney is Wee Basketball Team scored a convincing 95-66 home win over Laventille in the Hoop of Life Community Basketball Tournament on Sunday.

In a match-up which was considered as a final between the two previously unbeaten teams, Maloney surprisingly dominated the pre-tournament favourite from jump ball. Playing without their star player, Steven Lighter Lewis, for the first quarter Laventille felt behind 30-13.

Led by 6-9 centre Shawn Lawrence with a game-high 31 points, Maloney controlled the game tempo from the jump ball. Lawrence was in a dominant mood thrilling the partisan fans with some high flying dunks and an amazing overall display. He was ably assisted by small forward Kennyatta Alfred with 18 pts, forward Wayne Richards 13 and promising shooting guard Chris Nelson with11 points.

In the knock out phase of the tournament for the first prize of $1 million much was expected of the contest. Surprisingly Laventille performance was a disappointment and with the return match carded for today they must win by more than 30pts in order to advance to the semi final round.

However with this huge margin of victory, Lawrence and his teammates will be hard pressed to stop with Maloney retaining the advantage in the home and away series.

For Laventille, national standout Steven Lewis led with 18pts despite only playing from the second quarter. With his heroics, Laventille was inspired, at least for a short period. They staged a comeback to reduce the defecit to 34-43 by the end of the first half. However that was as close as Laventille got as Maloney outscored them to finish the third period 66-45.

For the losers, national point guard Sheldon Christian added 17 pts.

In another game, home team La Romaine man-handled Cocorite 121-69, while Valencia forfeited their encounter against Canaan Bon Accord.



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EuroChallenge: Tofas keeps the chances alive - by Eurobasket News

Tofas - Norrkoping 76:70

Tofas keeps the chances alive for the Quarterfinals of the EuroChallenge. The Turkish side overcame Norrkoping 76:70 for 2-3 record in Group K. The Swedish team dropped at 1-4 record.
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-14. But Norrkoping Dolphins won second period 15-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tomislav Ruzic (207-F/C-79) nailed 19 points for the winning side and Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M) accounted for 12 points and 10 rebounds. Christian Maraker (206-PF-82, college: Pacific) came up with 22 points and Joakim Kjellbom (213-C-79, college: N.Arizona) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Norrkoping Dolphins in the defeat. Edgars Jeromanovs (186-PG-86) and Mikael Lindquist (193-SG-83, agency: Court Side) followed them with 9 points apiece.
In the last round Khimik will host Norrkoping in Ukraine, while Krasnie Krilya will take on Tofas.

Tofas: Tomislav Ruzic 19, Austin Nichols (200-SF-82, college: Humboldt St.) 15, Chinemelu Elonu 12+10rebs, Inanc Koc (202-F-79) 10
Norrkoping: Christian Maraker 22, Joakim Kjellbom 12, Edgars Jeromanovs 9, Mikael Lindquist 9



EuroChallenge: Karsiyaka wins Group I - by Eurobasket News

Karsiyaka - Ventspils 84:75

Karsiyaka wins Group I of EuroChallenge Top 16 Stage with 1 round remaining. The team improved to 4-1 record on top of the group and secured the first place after an 84:75 victory.
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ventspils won third quarter 25-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Karsiyaka shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Alade Aminu (210-C-87, college: Georgia Tech) who scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) produced 16 points and 6 assists and Arturs Berzins (204-PF-88, agency: FCM) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.

Karsiyaka: Alade Aminu 16, Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) 15, Soner Senturk (194-G-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) 13, Jon Diebler (198-G-88, college: Ohio St.) 10, Will Thomas 10+11rebs
Ventspils: Donald Sims 16, Arturs Berzins 12, Martins Meiers (208-C-91) 11, Campbell 10, Sandis Valters (193-G-78) 10



Aliaga targets Hakan Demir - by Ugur Turker (T)

Updated - Despite earlier reports claimed that Aliaga Petkim was so close to sign with Ahmet Kandemir, General Menager Birtan Saka said " We could not agree in details with Ahmet Kandemir which i don't want to mention right now". New target in Aliaga Petkim is experienced coach Hakan Demir who is left Erdemir in December. GM Saka announced " Hakan Demir said "yes" in principles for our offer and we invited him Aliaga to discuss further details". Hakan Demir previously worked in Pinar Karsiyaka, Izmir




EuroCup: Galatasaray eke out win over Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News

Galatasaray - Crvena Zvezda 85:84

Galatasaray and Crvena Zvezda came up with quite an interesting battle in Istanbul tonight. Both team had to chances of qualifying to the next stage of the competition heading into the clash but performed well in front of supportive Turkish fans. Galatasaray managed to run away with a narrow victory at the end. Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86) and Ender Arslan (190-PG-83) delivered 17 points each to pace the winners.
Galatasaray jumped to quick start. The hosts dropped 27 points in the opening stanza to take a 7-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame as Galatasaray remained in charge. The hosts ensured a 49:42 halftime advantage. Crvena Zvezda refused to surrender and put up a comeback rally in the third term. The Serbian side erased the deficit and put their noses in front for a 65:67 lead with ten minutes remaining. Boris Savovic (210-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) gave Crvena Zvezda a 7-point lead early in the fourth frame. But the hosts answered with six points in a row to stay close. Ender Arslan finally tied things up at 80 with under three minutes remaining. Jamont Gordon put the hosts in front with a three-pointer moments later. DeMarcus Nelson and Sertac Sanli (212-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) exchanged baskets and then Vuk Radivojevic (196-G-83) nailed a jumper to put the visitors within one 84:85. But Boris Savovic and Vuk Radivojevic missed their attempts late in regulation and Galatasaray got away with a narrow win at the end. Sertac Sanli netted 16 points, while Jamont Gordon added 12 points for the winners. Boris Savovic answered with 20 points and 13 boards for Crvena Zvezda. Vuk Radivojevic chipped in 17 points and issued 8 assists in the loss.

Galatasaray: Manuchar Markoishvili 17, Ender Arslan 17, Sertac Sanli 16
Crvena Zvezda: Boris Savovic 20+13 boards, Vuk Radivojevic 17



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David Brown's 30 points lands him Player of the Week honors - by David Walls

David Walls Reports:
2/19/2013

Generals guard "Downtown" David Brown (6'5''-F-88, college: Clark Atlanta) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for 5th-ranked Atlanta Titans and receives a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.

Brown led the Generals to there 2nd victories over the weekend. He had a career high 30 points and 6 rebounds, while his team crushed Atlanta Titans (#4, 1-6) with 8-point margin 102-94. The Generals are now 2-5 in the Southern Conference and look to move pass the Georgia Spartans next month for the final playoff spot.

He is currently averaging 25.0ppg (1), 4.0rpg, 3.0apg while shooting an amazing 48.0% from the three. Brown played his college ball at Clark Atlanta University where he won two SIAC titles. As a senior he was the top scorer in the conference and was named Player of the Year in the SIAC National Tournament.



Weekend full recap in the UBA - by David Walls


2/16/2013
Georgia PRIME- GIE Maile Matrix 100-91

Atlanta, GA -- Not much has gone wrong for the PRIME this season. Their now 9-0 behind the great play of DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Jacksonville St.). Saturday Bray scored 7 points and dished out 12 assists. Rahshon Turner (6'7''-F/C-75, college: Fair Dickinson) added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the PRIME. Michael Davis is off to a great start leading the PRIME. "They had us on the ropes but I'm proud that we fought through", says Davis. The Matrix dominated this game until late in the 4th quarter. "I take the blame for my team", said coach Douglas. This will never happen again. Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Point, GA) scored 23 points and pulled down 6 rebounds in a losing effort. Chris Vanlandingham (6'4''-G-89, college: Armstr.Atlantic) added 18 points and 7 assists in the loss.

Southern Generals- Atlanta Titans 102-94
Atlanta (AP) - The Generals roll pass the Titans 102-94. Downtown David Brown (6'5''-F-88, college: Clark Atlanta) was a scoring machine for the Generals ranking up a career high 30 points and grabbing 6 rebounds. Will De La Cruz (6'2''-G-80, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Point) added 22 points and 7 assists. Omar Malcolm (6'2''-G, college: W.Georgia) was lights out for the Generals also going 12-13 from the field scoring a season high 26 points. Tony Omotayo (6'5''-F-85, college: Ft.Valley St.) added 24 points for the Titans in a lossing effort.

1/17/2013
GIE Maile Matrix- Georgia Spartans 82-77

Atlanta (AP) - The Matrix get back to doing what they do best. WIN. The Spartans controlled the game from start to finish but failed to close the game. Jermaine Barnes led his team to victory behind an impressive 11 assists along with 22 points. "The Spartans did such a great job doubling me last time so I just wanted to adjust and get my teammates the ball", said Barnes. Brian Kelly (6'8''-F-85, college: Clayton St.) added another double double pulling down 10 rebounds and scoring 16 points. Ransom Antoine (6'5''-F-82, college: Columbus St.) added 22 points and 10 rebounds in a losing effort. GIE is now 6-3 in the UBA and rank 2nd in the Southern Conference. They will face the Titans Saturday at 5pm.




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BC Donetsk and Azovmash continue their downfall - by Eurobasket News

BC Donetsk and Azovmash continue their downfall in VTB League. Both Ukrainian teams lost their latest games.
BC Astana edge BC Donetsk in overtime for 8-6 record at VTB League. The team from Kazakhstan won 96:90 after a great game of Branko Cvetkovic. Ukrainian BC Donetsk forced the game against Kazakhstan BC Astana into an overtime, but lost by six points 90:96. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Donetsk. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 23-21 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 6-point victory in overtime. BC Astana shot 30 for 44 from the free-throw line, while BC Donetsk only scored fourteen points from the stripe. They outrebounded BC Donetsk 43-28 including a 33-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for Branko Cvetkovic who led his team to a victory scoring 31 points and 8 rebounds. David Simon (208-C-82, college: IPFW) helped adding 20 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Darius Songaila (204-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) with 24 points and 8 rebounds and Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) scored 20 points and 5 assists.
Defending Kazakhstan champion moved-up to fifth place. BC Donetsk keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. BC Astana will face higher ranked Spartak St.Petersburg on the road in the next round.BC Donetsk will play against PGE Turow in Zgorzelec.
Azovmash meanwhile lost to Unics 71:78. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game. It was a great evening for Chuck Eidson who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Terrell Lyday (191-G-79, college: BYU) helped adding 16 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Lynn Greer (186-PG-79, college: Temple) with 18 points and 7 assists and Oleksiy Pecherov scored 17 points and 7 rebounds.



EuroChallenge: Krasnie Krilya improved to undefeated 5-0 record - by Eurobasket News

Krasnie Krilya - Khimik 76:68

Krasnie Krilya improved to undefeated 5-0 record in Group K. The Russian team overcame Khimik 76:68 and sent them to 2-3 record.
The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 24-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Krasnie Krilya forced 21 Khimik turnovers. Khimik was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Evgeniy Kolesnikov (195-G-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds. Omar Thomas (196-F-82, college: UTEP) contributed with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Devoe Joseph (193-G-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon) answered with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Khimik. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
In the last round Khimik will host Norrkoping in Ukraine, while Krasnie Krilya will take on Tofas.

Krasnie Krilya: Evgeniy Kolesnikov 19, Miles 14, Omar Thomas 13, Chester Simmons (196-G-82, college: Washington) 12
Khimik: Devoe Joseph 16, Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) 16, Suad Sehovic 14, Miroslav Todic (205-F-85) 10



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Deng Leads Bulls Over Hornets 96-87 - by Eurobasket News

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Luol Deng (206-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) scored 20 points and the Chicago Bulls snapped a two-game skid with a 96-87 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday night.

The Bulls took the lead for good late in the first quarter, but didnt put the Hornets away until Dengs clutch jumper from the top of the key with 44.8 seconds left put Chicago up 94-87 after the Hornets had pulled within five points on Eric Gordons 3-pointer.

Carlos Boozer added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Joakim Noah had 15 points and 17 rebounds for Chicago, which outrebounded New Orleans 47-39 and had 15 second-chance points.

Gordon finished with 20 and Anthony Davis had 15 points and 10 rebounds for New Orleans, which saw its two-game winning streak snapped after committing nine of its 15 turnovers in the final quarter. Greivis Vasquez had 11 points and 10 assists for the Hornets.
Courtesy of: http://chicago.cbslocal.com



BBL Team Of The Week - Week 22 - by Paul Nilsen

There are some familiar names in our line-up this week, including a couple of players who feature for the fourth time.

Chez Marks (191-G-80, college: Morehead St.) (Cheshire Phoenix)

There could barely have been a better way for the Phoenix guard to rack up a third appearance in our starting five than by conjuring up a fast-break score to hand his team an outstanding buzzer-beating win at Sport Central against reigning league champions Newcastle Eagles. Marks accumulated 31 points in the 94-92 victory, one of best results of the season for Phoenix. Marks didn't just do the damage offensively with his points production, he also claimed four rebounds and most impressively of all, four steals to help inflict a gut-wrenching and potentially costly defeat on the title chasing home side.

Michael Ojo (195-G-89, college: Lehigh) (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders)

The Raiders' guard leads the BBL in scoring after a stunning season and he's back for an impressive fourth time in the BBL Team of the Week, courtesy of his game-winning contribution last Saturday night in a dramatic home success against Surrey Heat. Ojo poured in 31 points, including five baskets from behind the three-point line. He also dished up five assists to continue his scorching form, although his weekend was subsequently marred after being suffocated by the Eagles' defence less than 24 hours later, as Raiders suffered a home defeat.

Andrew Sullivan (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders)

There's no doubt the Great Britain forward is warming up in a big way for Riders now and driving them towards more silverware. This is the fourth time Sullivan has made the starting five and the third time during the last six weeks. His all-round skill-set, in addition to the intangibles he also offers are of absolute importance to Riders as they continue to lead the title race at the top of the table. And, he was on-song in the win against Manchester Giants, adding 25 points, six assists and five rebounds in a typically influential offering.

Mike Tuck (One Health Sharks Sheffield)

It's a third slot for Sharks' forward Mike Tuck, the only one of our five players to grab a double-double this week. He was central to his team grabbing a vital win against play-off rivals Manchester Giants, proving far too hot to handle in the paint by harvesting 22 points and 13 rebounds. He was particularly important in restricting Giants' second chance opportunities, pulling down ten rebounds and also doing more stellar defensive work with three vital stops, via a couple of blocked shots and a steal to help his team lock seventh spot in the table.

Sterling Davis (200-F-77, college: Tulane) (Glasgow Rocks; pictured)

The Rocks' player-coach led the way for his team in more ways than one last Sunday as his MVP performance took the Scottish club back into third place in the league table. His magnificent 30 points, six assists and four rebounds contributed to the best performance of the weekend as he helped to put a sizeable dent in the play-off hopes of Durham Wildcats. Davis produced a terrific inside-outside shooting display. He was potent in the paint, managing to score with 9 of his 12 attempts, whilst also sinking three of four from long-range, to complete a super night of work. This was his second appearance in our line-up.

Off The Bench - Charles Smith (Newcastle Eagles), Kareem Maddox (Newcastle Eagles), Pavol Losonsky (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders), Jerome Gumbs (Cheshire Phoenix), Darius Defoe (Newcastle Eagles), Sam Cricelli (Surrey Heat), Andrew Keister (Durham Wildcats).



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Aguada, Bohemios and Hebraica took a 2-0 lead - by Hector Lopez

Aguada, Bohemios and Hebraica took a 2-0 lead after defeating Olimpia, Montevideo and Sayago, at the beginning of the Uruguayan League playoff and the winners need only one more point to advance to the quarter finals. The winners began the playoff with a 1-0 advantage because they had a better position during the regular season.
Aguada 94 - Alejandro Muro (187-G-74, agency: Players Group) 19 pts, Gregory Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) 11 pts 11 reb.
Olimpia 74 - Marcus Elliott (191-G-84, college: Louisiana Tech) 28 pts. 6 reb. Bernard Toombs (208-C-87, college: Troy) 14 pts. 10 reb.
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Bohemios 97 - Rodrigo Trelles (191-F-88) 19 pts, Brian Craig 25 pts 7 reb. Jaleel Nelson (196-G-87, college: Chowan) 24 pts 5 reb. Dwayne Curtis 7 pts 11 reb.
Montevideo 93 - Anthony Danridge (196-G/F-86, college: N.Mexico) 28 pts 6 reb. 5 assists, Terrell Taylor (203-C-81, college: Virginia Tech) 18 pts 10 reb.
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Hebraica 92 - Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) 28 pts. Darius Rice (208-F-82, college: Miami, FL) 20 pts. 8 reb. Hatila Passos (211-C-85, college: N.Mexico St.) 8 pts. 7 reb.
Sayago 66 - Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, college: Lewis) 14 pts. 11 reb. Stanley Jones (208-C-86, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Francis Marion) 13 pts 7 reb. Terence Shellman (198-F-78) 11 pts 9 reb.
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Defensor Sporting is 1-0 over Maldonado and they will be playgin on Tuesday 19
Union Atletica, Trouville, Malvin and Bigua are already classified to play quarter finals.




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Women News

Standings - Women

A1 Standings
 1. Tirana 14-1 
 2. Flamutari 13-2 
 3. Apolonia 12-3 
 4. Kamza Basket 9-6 
 5. Vllaznia 5-10 
 6. Skenderbeu 4-11 
 7. Studenti 2-13 
 8. Elbasani 1-14 

Regular Season: Round 17

Feb. 22: Kamza Basket - Flamutari
Feb. 22: Apolonia - Tirana
Feb. 22: Vllaznia - Elbasani
Feb. 22: Skenderbeu - Studenti



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Womens D1 News - by Peter Buyse (T)

Spirou Monceau has added American center Nicolette Smith to its roster according to basketfeminin.com. Smith finished her college career this past season at Oklahoma City winning the 2012 NAIA Championship. She averaged 19 mpg, 10.3 ppg and 4.2 rpg. Her first 3 seasons of college basketball she played at Kansas.

Another coaches change at Houthalen, who at present are in last place in D1; Thomas Roijakkers who took over in November 2012, is replaced by a former Houthalen coach Dirk D'Haese. Together with Rudi Bollen and Jeroen Bijnens he will form the coaches trio.



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LBF Round 4: Maranhao defeats Sao Jose in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in LBF.

The most exciting game of round 4 in the LBF took place in Maranho. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Sao Jose (2-2) to fourth ranked Maranhao (3-2) 64-61 in the game for the third place. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sao Jose won third quarter 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maranhao dominated on the defensive end, holding Sao Jose to just 7 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Sao Jose 53-37 including a 40-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of international swingman Iziane Castro Marques (182-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and the former international center Kelly Santos (192-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who added 15 points and 16 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side swingman Patricia Ribeiro (176-90) responded with 27 points. Maranhao moved-up to third place. Sao Jose at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. Maranhao are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Ourinhos (#7) at home in the next round. Sao Jose will play against Santo Andre and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
LBF top team - Recife (5-0) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fifth ranked Santo Andre (2-3) 65-58. The winners were led by international center Erika De Souza (197-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds and Adriana Pinto supported her with 17 points. Even 19 points and 5 rebounds by the former international forward Micaela Martins (180-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas) did not help to save the game for Santo Andre. Recife have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-0 record. Santo Andre at the other side keeps the fifth place with three games lost. Recife will play against Guarulhos (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Santo Andre will play against Sao Jose and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Guarulhos (0-4) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to second ranked Americana (4-1) 70-50 on Sunday evening. Sandora Irvin fired 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Joice Coelho produced 16 points for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Americana have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 4-1 record behind leader Recife. Loser Guarulhos still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Ourinhos. Americana will meet Sao Jose (#4) on the road in the next round. Guarulhos will play against the league's leader Recife and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Ourinhos (0-4) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to second ranked Americana (4-1) 74-56. It was a very good performance for Karla da Costa who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Americana have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 4-1 record behind leader Recife. Ourinhos at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Americana's next round opponent will be Sao Jose (#4) on the road. Ourinhos will play against Maranhao in Maranho and looks forward to get finally their first victory.



Maranhao - Sao Jose 64-61

The most exciting game of round 4 in the LBF took place in Maranho. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Sao Jose (2-2) to fourth ranked Maranhao (3-2) 64-61 in the game for the third place. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sao Jose won third quarter 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maranhao dominated on the defensive end, holding Sao Jose to just 7 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Sao Jose 53-37 including a 40-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of international swingman Iziane Castro Marques (182-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and the former international center Kelly Santos (192-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who added 15 points and 16 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side swingman Patricia Ribeiro (176-90) responded with 27 points and swingman Ariadna Felipe (179-83) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Maranhao moved-up to third place. Sao Jose at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. Maranhao are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Ourinhos (#7) at home in the next round. Sao Jose will play against Santo Andre and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maranhao: I.Castro Marques 20+12reb, K.Santos 15+16reb, D.Do Amaral 11+8reb+1ast, P.Ferreira 9+6reb+2ast, Y.Plutin 5+5reb, B.Vasconcelos 2+5reb
Sao Jose: P.Ribeiro 27+4reb, A.Felipe 11+7reb+1ast, N.Calhado 10+9reb, T.Nascimento 5+1reb, F.Santos 4+7reb+1ast, C.Sousa 2+7reb
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Guarulhos - Americana 50-70

Bottom-ranked Guarulhos (0-4) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to second ranked Americana (4-1) 70-50 on Sunday evening. The game without a history. Americana led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Guarulhos to just 5 points in second quarter. Americana forced 23 Guarulhos turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Guarulhos' players. American forward Sandora Irvin (191-82, college: TCU) fired 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international Karla da Costa (173-78) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Joice Coelho (175-93) produced 16 points and power forward Maria da Silva (188-80) added 6 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Americana have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 4-1 record behind leader Recife. Loser Guarulhos still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Ourinhos. Americana will meet Sao Jose (#4) on the road in the next round. Guarulhos will play against the league's leader Recife and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Americana: S.Irvin 12+8reb+2ast, C.Felippus 12+6reb, K.da Costa 12+5reb+3ast, R.Hodges 10+2reb+1ast, K.Gustavo 9+1reb+5ast, F.Caetano De Souza 6+2reb+1ast
Guarulhos: J.Coelho 16+3reb, M.Pereyra 7+3reb+1ast, I.Ramona 7+5reb+1ast, M.da Silva 6+9reb+2ast, T.Frediani 5+2reb, Y.Rodriguez 4+9reb+2ast
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Recife - Santo Andre 65-58

LBF top team - Recife (5-0) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fifth ranked Santo Andre (2-3) 65-58. It looked good early as Santo Andre took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Recife had a 16-7 second period charge getting the lead and Santo Andre was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 58-65. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Santo Andre to just 7 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Santo Andre 39-25 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by international center Erika De Souza (197-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds and international Adriana Pinto (170-78) supported her with 17 points. Four Recife players scored in double figures. Even 19 points and 5 rebounds by the former international forward Micaela Martins (180-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas) did not help to save the game for Santo Andre. Guard Fernanda Santana (180-84) added 16 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Recife have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-0 record. Santo Andre at the other side keeps the fifth place with three games lost. Recife will play against Guarulhos (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Santo Andre will play against Sao Jose and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Recife: A.Pinto 17+4reb+2ast, A.Montgomery 16+4reb, P.Marcal 11+4reb+2ast, E.De Souza 10+12reb+3ast, S.Collins 5, V.Gattei 2+1ast
Santo Andre: M.Martins 19+5reb, F.Santana 16+5reb, E.Garvao 9+5reb+1ast, J.Silvestre 8, S.Lima 6+7reb, V.Brandao 0
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Americana - Ourinhos 74-56

Bottom-ranked Ourinhos (0-4) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to second ranked Americana (4-1) 74-56. The game without a history. Americana led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Americana forced 22 Ourinhos turnovers. It was a very good performance for the former international Karla da Costa (173-78) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. American guard Roneeka Hodges (180-82, college: Florida St., agency: Josep and Nicolas) contributed with 16 points for the winners. International point guard Joice Rodrigues (168-86) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists and the former international center Silvia Valente (186-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Ourinhos. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Americana have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 4-1 record behind leader Recife. Ourinhos at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Americana's next round opponent will be Sao Jose (#4) on the road. Ourinhos will play against Maranhao in Maranho and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Americana: K.da Costa 23+5reb+6ast, R.Hodges 16+4reb+3ast, C.Felippus 11+2reb+1ast, C.Dos Santos 9+9reb, G.Justino 6+3reb, S.Irvin 3+3reb
Ourinhos: S.Valente 14+7reb+1ast, J.Rodrigues 12+6reb+10ast, K.Jacob 9+10reb, F.Bibiano 8+3reb, L.de Sousa 7+3reb+2ast, N.15 4+2reb
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Doneeka Hodges-Lewis selected the top Bulgarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Doneeka Hodges-Lewis
Doneeka Hodges-Lewis
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Doneeka Hodges-Lewis (175-82, agency: LBM Management, college: LSU, currently plays in Turkey). She was the major contributor in a Canik Bld's surprising victory against the third-ranked Samsun crushing them 102-77 in a derby game in the Turkish TKBL in Wednesday night's game. Hodges-Lewis scored 21 points, made 4 passes and 7 steals in 34 minutes on the court. Canik Belediyesi (7-12) is placed 11th in the TKBL. It's Hodges-Lewis' first season with the team. Hodges-Lewis belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #8) and also on the list of best passers (seventh place). She has individually a very good year with high stats. Hodges-Lewis averages: 15.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.7apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 42.4%, 3FGP: 39.8% and FT: 72.5% in the 16 games she played so far. She is a naturalized American. Hodges-Lewis played for the Bulgarian senior national team two years ago. Strangely she has never played in Bulgaria.

Evelina Guneva
Evelina Guneva
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international forward Evelina Guneva (183-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain). Guneva led Gernika to a victory against the ninth-ranked Segle XXI (5-11) 68-63 in the Spanish LF2 (12th division) last Saturday. She recorded 12 points and added 3 passes. Gernika KESB (8-8) is placed sixth in Group B. Guneva has relatively good stats this season: 11.6ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.5apg, 3FGP: 17.5% and FT: 56.3%. She played for the Bulgarian national team in 2006.

Stefka Miteva
Stefka Miteva
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Stefka Miteva (190-89, currently plays in Belgium). Miteva contributed to a Blue Cats' victory against the closely-ranked Tulikivi (6-12) 58-52 in the Belgian Division I on Sunday night. She recorded 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 25 minutes. Crack Blue Cats Ieper (4-14) is placed second from the bottom (#11) in the Division I. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Miteva is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). This year her overall stats are: 8.9ppg, 7.9rpg, 2FGP: 50.5% and FT: 67.7% in the 17 games. Miteva is also a member of the Bulgarian senior national team.

Daniela Georgieva
Daniela Georgieva
   #4. Swingman Daniela Georgieva (184-86, currently plays in Italy) helped Marghera win their game against the 14th-ranked Biassono (1-20) 63-48 in the Italian A2 (12th division) in Saturday night's game. She scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Sernavimar Marghera (12-9) is placed sixth in North group. Georgieva's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This season Georgieva has relatively solid stats: 13.3ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.0apg and 3.0spg. She is also Bulgarian national team player.

Marieta Karchovska
Marieta Karchovska
   #5. International guard Marieta Karchovska (171-86, currently plays in Sweden) helped Visby Ladies win their game against the closely-ranked Sallen (7-15) 74-65 in the Swedish Damligan last Wednesday. Karchovska scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 24 minutes. Visby Ladies (7-15) is placed eighth in the Damligan. The Regular Season already ended. This year Karchovska's total stats are: 7.2ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.2apg in the six games. She plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

Roksana Yordanova
Roksana Yordanova
   #6. Forward Roksana Yordanova (184-84, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian A2 (12th division) could not help San Salvatore (8-13) to beat Milano (4-9). Yordanova did not beat the league record on Saturday evening. She scored only 3 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. The ninth-placed San Salvatore was crushed 83-47 at home by the lower-ranked Milano (#14) in the North group. Yordanova's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Yordanova has reliable stats this season: 13.2ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg. She is a former international player as she played for the Bulgarian senior team two years ago.

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

   #1. Dayana Gechkova (173-G, currently plays in Canada) contributed to a Ryerson College's victory against the Toronto (10-9) 65-61 in a derby game in the Canadian university league CIS in Saturday night's game. Gechkova recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. The Ryerson College has a solid 15-5 record this season. It was her team's first victory after three consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended. Gechkova has been at the team for four years. She has averaged so far 5.9ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.2apg in the 20 games she played so far.

   #2. Ana Petrova (170-F-82, currently plays in Luxembourg) led Etzella to an easy victory against the second-ranked Amicale (14-7) crushing them 89-64 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League last Saturday. Petrova scored 15 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Etzella Ettelbruck (15-2) is placed second. It was her team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Petrova has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.6apg and 1.8spg. She has a dual citizenship: Bulgarian and Luxembourg.

Other top Bulgarian players, who play abroad:

Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) plays for Rivas Ecopolis in Spanish LFB
Hristina Tyutyundzhieva (189-C-93) plays for Tarbes in French LFB
Viktoria Mircheva (190-C-87) plays for Nantes Reze in French LFB
Gergana Simeonov (186-F-79) plays for Parma in Italian A1
Elena Ivanova (183-F/C-93) plays for Satu Mare in Romanian Liga Nationala
Noelle Quinn (183-G-85) plays for Mondeville in French LFB
Ekaterina Dimitrova (182-G-87) plays for Charleville-Mezieres in French LFB
Vera Perostiyska (195-C-82) plays for Valosun Brno in Czech Republic ZBL
Dimana Georgieva (190-C-88) plays for Priolo in Italian A1
Anna Rimpova (183-F-82) plays for Marghera in Italian A2
Aleksandra Delcheva (202-C-87) plays for DSK Karlin in Czech Republic ZBL

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



The semifinals for the Women Cup of Bulgaria are now set - by Christomir Rackov

The finals of Women's Cup of Bulgaria are going to be played at the end of this week. After the end of the quarterfinal round the teams that will battle it out for the first trophy of the season are already known. The Finals of the Cup will be played in Ruse on Saturday and Sunday like it happened a year ago. The semifinals are all set as the leaders Neftochimic 2010 meet Levski while the hosts and current Cup holders Dunav 8806 play Montana 2003.

Neftochimic 2010 missed the quarterfinal stage as the team is the leader in the NBL. In the other games there were no surprises as the favourites won them all. Dunav 8806 had no problems in ousting Rilski Sportist, being victorious in both games, away and at home, 74-35 and 83-45 respectively. Montana 2003 had the better of Haskovo 2012 winning 74-57 away and 66-43 at home. Levski also qualified via two wins after 71-51 versus Beroe away and 72-67 at home.

All the games from the final four of the Cup will be broadcast LIVE on Sportmedia.tv.



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Janelle Bekkering selected the top Canadian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Janelle Bekkering
Janelle Bekkering
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Janelle Bekkering (181-88, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Belgium). She led BBC Kangoeroes-Boom to a victory over the sixth-ranked Castors Braine (11-8) 84-65 in the Belgian Division I in Saturday night's game. Bekkering was MVP of the game. She recorded 20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals in 31 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Bekkering's second season in pro basketball. BBC Kangoeroes-Boom (16-2) is placed second in the Division I. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Bekkering is ranked sixth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of most steals (second place). She has individually a very good year with high stats. Bekkering averages: 16.9ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.6apg, 2.7spg, 2FGP: 56.5%(109-193), 3FGP: 36.7% and FT: 81.8% in the 18 games she played so far. She has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Dutch. Bekkering is currently a member of the Canadian senior national team.

Tamara Tatham
Tamara Tatham
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Tamara Tatham (185-85, college: Massachusetts, currently plays in Germany). Tatham was the main contributor in a SV Halle Lions' victory against the league outsider Wildcats Wolfenbuettel (0-3) crushing them 75-54 in the German DBBL on Saturday night. She was the best player in that game. Tatham scored 26 points (!!!), grabbed 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 35 minutes. SV Halle Lions (11-6) is placed second in the DBBL. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Tatham is ranked second on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). She has very impressive stats this year: 18.5ppg, 10.2rpg, 2.4apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 47.9% and FT: 71.8% in the 17 games. Tatham is in the roster of the Canadian senior national team.

Stephany Skrba
Stephany Skrba
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Stephany Skrba (188-87, college: Michigan, currently plays in France). Skrba managed to help Cercle Jean Mace Bourges to win against the closely-ranked Perpignan (13-6) 56-47 in the French LFB on Wednesday night. She scored only 3 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (15-4) is placed second in the LFB. It was her team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. It's Skrba's first season with the team. Skrba's overall stats this year are: 5.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 2FGP: 45.1% and FT: 79.2%. She played for the Canadian national team seven years ago.

Zara Huntley
Zara Huntley
   #4. Center Zara Huntley (188-89, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LF2 (12th division) could not help the league outsider Arxil Pontevedra (0-15) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Huntley's very good performance the 11th-placed Arxil Pontevedra was defeated 66-61 on the road by the higher-ranked Universidad de Valladolid (#9) in the Group A. She was the second best scorer with 20 points. Huntley also added 8 rebounds. Huntley has relatively good stats this season: 12.5ppg and 6.9rpg. She used to play for the Canadian university national team back in 2009.

Chelsea Aubry
Chelsea Aubry
   #5. International forward Chelsea Aubry (188-84, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Australia) contributed to a Bendigo Spirit's victory against the closely-ranked Townsville Fire (13-11) 66-57 in the Australian WNBL in Saturday night's game. She recorded 6 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Bendigo Spirit (21-3) is placed first in the WNBL. The Regular Season already ended. Aubry's overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2apg. She plays currently for the Canadian national team.

Krista Phillips
Krista Phillips
   #6. Center Krista Phillips (198-88, college: Michigan, currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Dandenong Rangers (19-5) in their game against Adelaide Lightning (18-6) in the Australian WNBL. She cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Phillips recorded only 3 points in 12 minutes. Dandenong Rangers were edged 71-69 in Adelaide by the lower-ranked (#3) Lightning. It was Dandenong Rangers' first loss after four consecutive victories. The Regular Season already ended. Phillips is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). This year her overall stats are: 8.3ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.1bpg in the 18 games. Phillips is an international player who is currently on the senior Canadian National Team roster.

Katie Donovan
Katie Donovan
   #7. Former U20 international guard Katie Donovan (178-82, currently plays in Luxembourg) helped Etzella win their game against the second-ranked Amicale (14-7) crushing them 89-64 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League in Saturday night's game. She scored 11 points in only a mere 7 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Etzella Ettelbruck (15-2) is placed second. It was her team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Donovan is currently first on the league's list of best passers with 4.9apg. She also averaged so far 16.8ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.7spg in the 16 games. Donovan used to play for the Canadian U20 national team ten years ago.

Miranda Ayim
Miranda Ayim
   #8. Power forward Miranda Ayim (191-88, college: Pepperdine, currently plays in Turkey) helped Orduspor win their game against the sixth-ranked Mersin Uiversitesi (7-9) 76-60 in the Turkish TKB2L (12th division) last Sunday. She was the top player that evening. Ayim scored 16 points, had 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks; not bad, considering it's only her third season in pro basketball. Orduspor (15-1) is placed first in Group B. It was her team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This season Ayim has very high stats. She averages: 18.4ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.2apg, 1.3bpg and 2.0spg. Ayim plays currently for the Canadian national team.

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

   #1. Jenifer Nadalin (186-F/C-83, college: Furman, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Familia Schio's victory against the fifth-ranked Umbertide (8-7) 63-55 in the Italian A1 last Sunday. She scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Famila Wuber Schio (13-1) is placed first in the A1. It was her team's 13th 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. Nadalin's overall stats this season are: 7.6ppg and 4.6rpg. She has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Italian.

   #2. Emma Duinker (182-G/F-89, currently plays in Germany) led Speyer / Schifferstadt to a victory over the 12th-ranked TG Chooza Ladybaskets (1-2) crushing them 84-63 in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) in Sunday night's game. She was the top player that evening. Duinker recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 13 rebounds. TSV TOWERS Speyer / Schifferstadt (9-6) is placed fifth in South group. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. Duinker is currently sixth on the list of top scorers. She has individually a very good season with high stats. Duinker averages: 19.8ppg and 5.0rpg.

   #3. Melissa Dalembert (191-F-87, college: S.Florida, currently plays in Germany) helped TSV 1880 Wasserburg win their game against the ninth-ranked Oberhausen (7-10) 73-58 in the German DBBL last Sunday. She had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds in 27 minutes. TSV 1880 Wasserburg (15-2) is placed first in the DBBL. It was her team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Dalembert is currently fifth on the league's list of best blockers with 0.9bpg. This year she also averages: 5.1ppg and 6.7rpg in the 14 games she played so far.

   #4. Brittany Moore (168-G-89, currently plays in Germany) was the main contributor in a Quakenbrueck Dragons' victory against the 11th-ranked Dolphins Bielefeld (4-13) 65-50 in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) in Saturday night's game. Moore was the top player that evening. She scored 23 points and added 4 assists in 35 minutes. TSV Quakenbrueck Dragons (8-9) is placed eighth in North group. It was her team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Moore is ranked seventh on the list of the top scorers in the league with 19.8ppg. She also averaged so far 2.2rpg and 1.9apg in the 17 games.

   #5. Hannah Sunley-Paisley (186-C, currently plays in Germany) is a teammate of previously mentioned Brittany Moore and both played together in the last German 2.Bundesliga game. Sunley-Paisley was the major contributor in a Quakenbrueck Dragons' victory against the 11th-ranked Dolphins Bielefeld (4-13) 65-50. She scored 14 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 3 blocks in 23 minutes. This year Sunley-Paisley has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg in the 17 games.

   #6. Rhea Pascal (180-F, college: Amer.Internat., currently plays in Germany) helped Friendsfactory Germering win their game against the leader TV Saarlouis Royals 68-58 in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) last Sunday. Pascal scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 26 minutes. This year Pascal's overall stats are: 8.1ppg and 7.3rpg in the 15 games.

   #7. Brittany Hedderson (175-G-90, college: Buffalo, currently plays in Finland) helped TuRi win their game against the third-ranked BC Nokia 58-53 in the Finnish SM-sarja on Sunday night. She recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds. Hedderson also added 4 assists and 2 blocks. This season Hedderson has relatively solid stats: 14.5ppg, 6.1rpg, 3.0apg and 2.3spg.

   #8. Matteke Hutzler (188-C, currently plays in Germany) managed to help TG 1889 Sandhausen to win against the second-ranked Gruner Stern Keltern crushing them 82-58 in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) last Sunday. She scored 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Hutzler belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #4. She has very reliable stats this season: 14.1ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.4apg and 2.5spg.

   #9. Kathryn Verboom (179-F-86, currently plays in Germany) is a teammate of previously mentioned Emma Duinker and both played together in the last German 2.Bundesliga game. Verboom helped Speyer / Schifferstadt win their game against the 12th-ranked TG Chooza Ladybaskets crushing them 84-63. She scored 6 points in only 14 minutes. Verboom has very impressive stats this year: 16.1ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg in the 13 games.

   #10. Lauren Taal (175-G, currently plays in Germany) helped KuSG Leimen win their game against the tenth-ranked Trier crushing them 89-59 in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) in Saturday night's game. She scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. This season Taal has relatively solid stats: 13.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.6spg.



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Sonja Kireta's double-double lands her Player of the Week award among Croatians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Sonja Kireta
Sonja Kireta
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international center Sonja Kireta (198-76, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian A1. She could not help one of league's weakest teams Parma (10-4) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Kireta's good performance Parma was edged 51-48 on the road by the second-ranked Lucca. She recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Kireta's first season with the team. Kireta is ranked sixth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (fourth place). She has very reliable stats this season: 14.9ppg, 9.4rpg, 2FGP: 51.0% and FT: 69.1%. Kireta played for the Croatian senior national team six years ago.

Sandra Mandir
Sandra Mandir
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Sandra Mandir (177-77, currently plays in Turkey). She was the major contributor in an Istanbul Universitesi's victory against the closely-ranked TED Ankara (7-12) 71-66 in the Turkish TKBL on Sunday night. Mandir recorded 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 36 minutes. Istanbul Universitesi SK (9-10) is placed seventh in the TKBL. This year Mandir averages: 8.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 36.7%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 83.3% in the four games she played so far. She is in the roster of the Croatian senior national team.

Marija Rezan
Marija Rezan
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Marija Rezan (198-89, currently plays in Euroleague). Rezan was not able to help Perfumerias Avenida (5-7) in their game against Good Angels (9-3) in the Euroleague. She recorded only 4 points. The fourth-placed Perfumerias Avenida was defeated 82-68 in Kosice by the leading Good Angels in the group C of Euroleague. Rezan's overall stats this season are: 5.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.7bpg, 2FGP: 48.4%. She is also a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Iva Ciglar
Iva Ciglar
   #4. Point guard Iva Ciglar (168-85, agency: Data Plus Group, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Perpignan (13-6) in their game against Bourges (15-4) in the French LFB. She scored only 4 points. Perpignan was defeated 56-47 at home by the second-ranked Bourges. Ciglar is currently fifth on the league's list of best passers. Her overall stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.3apg. Ciglar is also Croatian national team player.

Jelena Ivezic
Jelena Ivezic
   #5. International swingman Jelena Ivezic (182-84, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Ceyhan Bld (9-10) in their game against Antakya (8-11) in the Turkish TKBL. She recorded 7 points in 15 minutes. Ceyhan Bld lost 64-78 in Hatay to the lower-ranked (#9) Antakya. Ivezic has relatively good stats this year: 12.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.6spg in the 19 games. She plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Dina Sesnic
Dina Sesnic
   #6. Center Dina Sesnic (188-87, currently plays in Adriatic League) contributed to Vojvodina's victory against the eighth-ranked Sloboda (6-12) 77-67 in the Adriatic League last Saturday. Sesnic scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Vojvodina Nis Novi Sad (12-6) is placed fourth in group T. It was her team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the Adriatic League. Sesnic's overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1spg. She is a former U16 international player as she played for the Croatian team ten years ago.

Lisa Karcic
Lisa Karcic
   #7. International power forward Lisa Karcic (185-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Villanova, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Hondarribia-Irun (5-11) in their game against Argon Uni Girona (11-4) in the Spanish LFB. Karcic scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 38 minutes. Hondarribia-Irun lost 42-49 in Girona to the much higher-ranked (#3) Argon Uni. It was Hondarribia-Irun's fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Karcic is currently second on the league's list of most steals with 2.3spg. This year her other stats are: 8.4ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.3apg in the 16 games. Karcic is a naturalized American. She is also Croatian national team player. Strangely Karcic has never played in Croatia.

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

   #1. Experienced Suzy Batkovic-Brown (195-C-80, currently plays in Australia) led Adelaide Lightning to a 2-point victory over the closely-ranked Dandenong Rangers (19-5) 71-69 in the Australian WNBL in Saturday night's game. She was MVP of the game. Batkovic-Brown had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 12 rebounds. She also added 4 blocks in 32 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Adelaide Link Lightning (18-6) is placed third in the WNBL. The Regular Season already ended. Batkovic-Brown has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 21.3ppg, 9.8rpg, 2.2apg, 2.7bpg and 1.5spg in the 19 games she played so far. Batkovic-Brown has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Australian.

   #2. Jelena Radic (190-C-87, currently plays in Adriatic League) contributed to a Radivoj Korac's victory against the closely-ranked PEAC-PECS (14-5) 72-60 in the Adriatic League last Monday. Radic had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 11 rebounds in 17 minutes. Radivoj Korac Beograd (15-4) is placed second in group T. It was her team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the Adriatic League. This year Radic's overall stats are: 8.3ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.1apg in the 18 games.



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EuroLeague: Galatasaray sneak past USK Praha in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Galatasaray - USK Praha 49:48

Galatasaray managed just pull away from USK Praha in the EuroLeague playoff opener in Istanbul tonight. Lindsey Harding (173-G-84, college: Duke) stepped up with a late jumper to give Galatasaray a vital win at home. The game saw numerous lead changes and it all came down to the final seconds where Galatasaray proved the strength. Saziye Ivegin (183-F-82) and Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU) scored 9 points each to pace the hosts.
Galatasaray enjoyed a 12:8 lead after ten minutes of action. USK Praha however erased it in the second frame. They went on a 15:3 run to take a 25:19 lead late in the first half. USK Praha arrived at the big break up by three points 26:23. The lead changed hands throughout the see-saw third quarter. USK Praha remained in front as they entered the fourth stanza up by three points 42:39. The hosts went on a 7:0 run early in the final stanza to surge ahead. However Viteckova and Kia Vaughn (193-C-87, college: Rutgers) gave the visitors a 48:46 lead with 62 seconds remaining. Sylvia Fowles hit just one out of two free throws to put Galatasaray within one. Skerovic then missed a three-pointer and Lindsey Harding punished the Czech team on the other end. She converted a jumper at the fast break and sealed the victory for the home team. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) and Lindsey Harding provided 8 points each for the winners. Kia Vaughn answered with 15 points for USK Praha. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) netted 8 points in the loss.

Galatasaray: Saziye Ivegin 9, Sylvia Fowles 9, Lindsey Harding 8, Sancho Lyttle 8
USK Praha: Kia Vaughn 15, Jelena Dubljevic 8



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Results and Stats from Playoff openers - by Eurobasket News

Bourges - Wisla Can-Pak 54-57
Wisla Can-Pack got closer to the EuroLeague Final Eight beating Bourges Basket away from home. Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) came up with crucial points late in the game to seal the victory for Wisla as they look forward to close out the series at home court. Bourges looked in charge in the opening quarter. The French side posted a 20:8 lead after ten minutes of action. But Wisla lived up to the challenge. The visitors held the French side to just 8 points in the second period cutting the deficit at 5-point mark at halftime 23:28. Wisla erased the deficit in the third term. The teams entered the fourth frame tied at 40. Wisla opened the final period with six points in a row to surge ahead. But Bourges stayed close. Dumerc tied it at 54 with just 4 seconds remaining in regulation. However Tina Charles converted a three-point play in the final possession of the visitors to seal the win for Wisla. She accounted for 24 points and 11 boards to pace the winners. Paulina Pawlak (170-PG-84, agency: Data Plus Group) added 14 points for the Polish side. Styliani Kaltsidou (188-F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with 15 points for Bourges. Emmeline Ndongue had 11 points and 14 boards in defeat.

Good Angels - Perfumerias 82-68
Good Angels opened win count against Perfumerias Avenida in the Euroleague playoffs. Plenette Pierson (188-PF-81, college: Texas Tech) scored 23 points to lead the Slovakian champions to a comfortable win in Kosice in the opener. Good Angels started the game with eight unanswered points to set the tone. They rallied to a 24:17 lead after ten minutes. Good Angels maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. They registered a 43:35 advantage heading into the second half. The margin grew at 17-point mark in the third quarter. Good Angels entered the final frame up by 13 points 63:50. The hosts kept Perfumerias Avenida at safe distance throughout the fourth quarter and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) notched 21 points, while Tijana Krivacevic added 14 points for the winners. Monique Currie (183-G/F-83, college: Duke) and Egle Sulciute responded with 15 points each for the visitors.

Familia Schio - Rivas Ecopolis 69-63
Jantel Lavender (190-C-88, college: Ohio St.) scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead Schio past Rivas Ecopolis in the first game of the EuroLeague playoff series. The teams will now meet again on Friday in Spain. Schio held on to a slender 17:15 lead after ten minutes. The gap grew deeper in the second quarter. The Italian side accumulated a 38:29 halftime advantage. Rivas Ecopolis picked up the defensive aggressiveness in the third term. The Spanish team held the hosts to 13 points in the period and narrowed the gap at just three points 48:51. Morrison put the visitors within one early in the fourth frame. Schio however held on to the advantage. Laura Macchi (188-F-79) sank four free throws in a row in the dying minutes to help Schio gain a vital home win at the end. Laura Macchi delivered 10 points, while Danielle McCray added 9 for the winning side. Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) answered with 23 points and 9 rebounds for Rivas Ecopolis. Queralt Casas chipped in 12 points in defeat.

Nadezhda O. - CCC Polkowice 71-74
CCC Polkowice grabbed a valuable road win over Nadezhda in the EuroLeague playoff series opener. CCC will now look to close out the series at home court. Nnemkadi Ogwumike (189-F/C-90, college: Stanford) stepped up with 20 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Polish team to the success. CCC dominated in the first half. They eked out a 24:22 lead at the first break. Belinda Snell (181-SF-81) sparked the second quarter. She drained three treys and led CCC to a 45:32 advantage. The visitors headed into the second half up by 9 points 49:40. Nadezhda thougg were not done just yet. The hosts went on a 15:2 run in the third quarter to level things up. Nadezhda pulled in front 64:62 early in the final frame. CCC Polkowice answered with six unanswered points to surge ahead. Natalia Zhedik (184-SF-88) dragged Nadezhda within one but Skorek and Nnemkadi Ogwumike posted four points in a row to make it 74:69 for CCC. Montgomery just narrowed the gap hovever Sapova missed a three-pointer that could have sent the game into overtime. Belinda Snell and Laia Palau delivered 16 points apiece for CCC. DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) answered with 22 points and 10 rebounds for Nadezhda. Natalia Zhedik chipped in 17 points in the losing effort.

Spartak V MR - Targoviste 91-84
Spartak Moscow Region clinched the opening win in the EuroLeague playoff series versus Targoviste. Becky Hammon (175-PG-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) stepped up with 23 points to pace the hosts. The Romanian team jumped to an early lead in the game. Targoviste unloaded 26 points in the first ten minutes to take a 4-point lead. Spartak though quickly erased the deficit and tied things up at 46 at halftime. Spartak were back to their more recognizable style in the third quarter. The Russian team took over and ignited a 26:14 run to secure a 12-point advantage at the final intermission. Targoviste did not give it up easily as they as they capped the regulation on an 8:2 run but stopped still way short of victory. Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) nailed 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, while Seimone Augustus added 16 points, 6 assists and 6 boards for the winners. Matee Ajavon (170-PG-86, college: Rutgers) answered with 22 points for Targoviste. Gabriela Marginean chipped in 19 points in the loss.

Galatasaray - USK Praha 49-48
Galatasaray managed just pull away from USK Praha in the EuroLeague playoff opener in Istanbul tonight. Lindsey Harding (173-G-84, college: Duke) stepped up with a late jumper to give Galatasaray a vital win at home. The game saw numerous lead changes and it all came down to the final seconds where Galatasaray proved the strength. Saziye Ivegin and Sylvia Fowles scored 9 points each to pace the hosts. Galatasaray enjoyed a 12:8 lead after ten minutes of action. USK Praha however erased it in the second frame. They went on a 15:3 run to take a 25:19 lead late in the first half. USK Praha arrived at the big break up by three points 26:23. The lead changed hands throughout the see-saw third quarter. USK Praha remained in front as they entered the fourth stanza up by three points 42:39. The hosts went on a 7:0 run early in the final stanza to surge ahead. However Viteckova and Kia Vaughn (193-C-87, college: Rutgers) gave the visitors a 48:46 lead with 62 seconds remaining. Sylvia Fowles hit just one out of two free throws to put Galatasaray within one. Skerovic then missed a three-pointer and Lindsey Harding punished the Czech team on the other end. She converted a jumper at the fast break and sealed the victory for the home team. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) and Lindsey Harding provided 8 points each for the winners. Kia Vaughn answered with 15 points for USK Praha. Jelena Dubljevic netted 8 points in the loss.

Fenerbahce - UNI Gyor 93-61
Fenerbahce registered a comfortable home win over Uni Gyor in the first game of the EuroLeague playoff series. Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) nailed 28 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 4 assists to lead the winners. Fenerbahce got to an aggressive start to the game. The hosts fired 27 points in the opening quarter to take a 9-point lead. Fenerbahce stayed red hot offensively in the second quarter. They exploded with 27 points and established a 19-point halftime advantage 54:35. The home team maintained the lead throughout the third term. Fenerbahce accounted for a 73:49 advantage heading into the fourth period. Uni Gyor scored only 12 points in the final period and had to surrender at the end. Angel McCoughtry (187-SF-86, college: Louisville) provided 16 points, while Agnieszka Bibrzycka and Ieva Kublina delivered 10 points each for the hosts. Natalie Hurst (164-PG-83) answered with 17 points and 6 assists for Gyor. Cindy Lima had 16 points and 11 boards in defeat.



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EuroLeague: Tina Charles leads Wisla to victory in Bourges - by Eurobasket News

Bourges Basket - Wisla Can-Pack 54:57

Wisla Can-Pack got closer to the EuroLeague Final Eight beating Bourges Basket away from home. Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) came up with crucial points late in the game to seal the victory for Wisla as they look forward to close out the series at home court.
Bourges looked in charge in the opening quarter. The French side posted a 20:8 lead after ten minutes of action. But Wisla lived up to the challenge. The visitors held the French side to just 8 points in the second period cutting the deficit at 5-point mark at halftime 23:28. Wisla erased the deficit in the third term. The teams entered the fourth frame tied at 40. Wisla opened the final period with six points in a row to surge ahead. But Bourges stayed close. Dumerc tied it at 54 with just 4 seconds remaining in regulation. However Tina Charles converted a three-point play in the final possession of the visitors to seal the win for Wisla. She accounted for 24 points and 11 boards to pace the winners. Paulina Pawlak (170-PG-84, agency: Data Plus Group) added 14 points for the Polish side. Styliani Kaltsidou (188-F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with 15 points for Bourges. Emmeline Ndongue (192-C-83) had 11 points and 14 boards in defeat.

Bourges Basket: Styliani Kaltsidou 15, Emmeline Ndongue 11+14 boards
Wisla: Tina Charles 24+11 boards, Paulina Pawlak 14, Anke De Mondt 10



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EuroLeague: Fenerbahce steamroll past Uni Gyor - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce - Uni Gyor 93:61

Fenerbahce registered a comfortable home win over Uni Gyor in the first game of the EuroLeague playoff series. Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) nailed 28 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 4 assists to lead the winners.
Fenerbahce got to an aggressive start to the game. The hosts fired 27 points in the opening quarter to take a 9-point lead. Fenerbahce stayed red hot offensively in the second quarter. They exploded with 27 points and established a 19-point halftime advantage 54:35. The home team maintained the lead throughout the third term. Fenerbahce accounted for a 73:49 advantage heading into the fourth period. Uni Gyor scored only 12 points in the final period and had to surrender at the end. Angel McCoughtry (187-SF-86, college: Louisville) provided 16 points, while Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Abil.Christian) and Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) delivered 10 points each for the hosts. Natalie Hurst (164-PG-83) answered with 17 points and 6 assists for Gyor. Cindy Lima (196-C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 16 points and 11 boards in defeat.

Fenerbahce: Ivana Matovic 28, Angel McCoughtry 16, Agnieszka Bibrzycka 10, Ieva Kublina 10
Uni Gyor: Natalie Hurst 17, Cindy Lima 16+11 boards



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D1 Round 19: Maccabi Ramat Hen loses to Ramat Hasharon - by Eurobasket News

The game between third ranked Maccabi Ramat Hen (8-9) and fourth ranked Ramat Hasharon (8-9) was the most important one in the last round on Monday night. Maccabi Ramat Hen was crushed by Ramat Hasharon in Ramat Hen 58-81. The game was mostly controlled by Ramat Hasharon. Maccabi Ramat Hen managed to win fourth quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Maccabi Ramat Hen 49-28 including a 35-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Ramat Hasharon especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Briann January (173-87, college: Arizona St., agency: Josep and Nicolas) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Amisha Carter (186-82, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: Josep and Nicolas) contributed with 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Ramat Hasharon's coach Orna Ostfeld felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Ivory Latta (168-84, college: N.Carolina) answered with 22 points for Maccabi Ramat Hen. Ramat Hasharon moved-up to third place, which they share with Maccabi R.Hen. Ramat Hasharon will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Maccabi Ramat Hen will play on the road against Elitzur Holon and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Elitzur Netanya managed to get a sixth victory. This time they edged seventh-ranked Galil Elion in Kfar Blum 83-82. It was a great evening for American forward Courtney Hurt (185-90, college: VCU) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Maurita Reid helped adding 19 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. At the losing side American forward Adaora Elonu (185-90, college: Texas A&M) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds (made all of her seven free throws). Elitzur Netanya (6-11) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Hap.Petah Tikva and Galil Elion. Elitzur Netanya will play against bottom-ranked Hap.Petah Tikva (#9) on the road in the next round. Galil Elion will play against Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 19 Hap.Petah Tikva was smashed by H.R. Le-Zion on the road 72-53. Elitzur Ramla won against Elitzur Holon on its own court 79-63.
The most impressive performance of 19th round was 23 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals by Shey Peddy of H.R. Le-Zion.


Maccabi R.Hen - Ramat Hasharon 58-81

The game between third ranked Maccabi Ramat Hen (8-9) and fourth ranked Ramat Hasharon (8-9) was the most important one in the last round on Monday night. Maccabi Ramat Hen was crushed by Ramat Hasharon in Ramat Hen 58-81. The game was mostly controlled by Ramat Hasharon. Maccabi Ramat Hen managed to win fourth quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Maccabi Ramat Hen 49-28 including a 35-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Ramat Hasharon especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Briann January (173-87, college: Arizona St., agency: Josep and Nicolas) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Amisha Carter (186-82, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: Josep and Nicolas) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Ramat Hasharon's coach Orna Ostfeld felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Ivory Latta (168-84, college: N.Carolina) answered with 22 points and center Jenna Smith (191-88, college: Illinois) added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Maccabi Ramat Hen. Ramat Hasharon moved-up to third place, which they share with Maccabi R.Hen. Ramat Hasharon will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Maccabi Ramat Hen will play on the road against Elitzur Holon and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Maccabi R.Hen: I.Latta 22+1reb+3ast, J.Smith 11+10reb+2ast, S.Porat 9+1reb+1ast, K.Christmas 9+10reb+1ast, K.Rushdan 4+5reb, R.Ben Nun 3+1reb
Ramat Hasharon: B.January 22+8reb+6ast, A.Clark 15+5reb+2ast, A.Carter 14+12reb+3ast, A.Gray-Lawson 9+6reb+4ast, J.Breland 7+8reb, Y.Aharonov 5
gschID: 233515


H.R. Le-Zion - Hap.Petah Tikva 72-53

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion and 8th ranked Hap.Petah Tikva had identical 6-10 record. This time Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Petah Tikva 72-53. The game without a history. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Hap.Petah Tikva's 18. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was a great evening for American point guard Shey Peddy (170-88, college: Temple) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. Her fellow American import point guard Riquna Williams (170-90, college: Miami, FL) helped adding 18 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American point guard Porsche Poole (172-89, college: Michigan St.) responded with 18 points and Jamaican power forward Vanessa Gidden (193-85, college: Hofstra) scored 9 points and 12 rebounds. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (7-10) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Elitzur Holon. Hap.Petah Tikva lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 11 games lost. They share it with Elitzur Netanya and Galil Elion. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion will play against Galil Elion (#8) in Kfar Blum in the next round. Hap.Petah Tikva will play at home against Elitzur Netanya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hap.Petah Tikva: P.Poole 18+3ast, H.Levi 15+1ast, V.Gidden 9+12reb, R.Gardner 5+12reb+3ast, M.Isarov 3+1reb, T.Washington 2+2reb
H.R. Le-Zion: S.Peddy 23+10reb+8ast, R.Williams 18+7reb+2ast, R.Ros 9+1reb+2ast, S.Levi 6+2ast, J.Childs 5+3reb+1ast, J.Lawson 5+14reb
gschID: 233513


Elitzur Ramla - Elitzur Holon 79-63

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Elitzur Holon (7-10) lost on the road to second ranked Elitzur Ramla (12-5) 79-63. The game was mostly controlled by Elitzur Ramla. Elitzur Holon was better in fourth quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Elitzur Ramla made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Elitzur Holon turnovers. Strangely Elitzur Holon outrebounded Elitzur Ramla 37-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. American players dominated also this game. It was a great evening for guard Allison Hightower (178-88, college: LSU, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who led her team to a victory scoring 18 points and 8 assists. Swingman Tamara James (178-84, college: Miami, FL) helped adding 17 points and 4 assists. Four Elitzur Ramla players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Avery Warley (190-87, college: Liberty) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and guard Alexis Hornbuckle (180-85, college: Tennessee) scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Elitzur Ramla have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 12-5 record having three points less than leader Maccabi Ashdod. Elitzur Holon at the other side keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. They share it with H.R. Le-Zion. Elitzur Ramla will play against league's leader Maccabi Ashdod on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Elitzur Holon will play against Maccabi Ramat Hen (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Holon: A.Hornbuckle 21+7reb+4ast, A.Warley 16+17reb, L.Peleg 11+2reb+1ast, K.Gardin 5+10reb+7ast, B.Lazmi 4+1reb+1ast, S.Sarig 4+1ast
Elitzur Ramla: A.Hightower 18+1reb+8ast, T.James 17+4reb+4ast, B.Johnson 14+3reb+5ast, M.Epstein 12+5reb+2ast, K.Chones 9+2reb+1ast, O.Oren 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 233512


Galil Elion - Elitzur Netanya 82-83

Bottom-ranked Elitzur Netanya managed to get a sixth victory. This time they edged seventh-ranked Galil Elion in Kfar Blum 83-82. Elitzur Netanya made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Galil Elion turnovers. It was a great evening for American forward Courtney Hurt (185-90, college: VCU) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Jamaican-American point guard Maurita Reid (173-85, college: Miami, FL) helped adding 19 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. At the losing side American forward Adaora Elonu (185-90, college: Texas A&M) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds (made all of her seven free throws) and the other American import point guard Sydney Carter (167-90, college: Texas A&M) scored 25 points and 4 steals. Four Elitzur Netanya and five Galil Elion players scored in double figures. Elitzur Netanya (6-11) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Hap.Petah Tikva and Galil Elion. Elitzur Netanya will play against bottom-ranked Hap.Petah Tikva (#9) on the road in the next round. Galil Elion will play against Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Galil Elion: S.Carter 25+2reb+2ast, A.Elonu 17+11reb+2ast, I.Lev Ron 14+2reb+2ast, C.Flores 12+13reb+3ast, B.Carter 11+4reb+3ast, C.Zel-Zion 3+4reb+6ast
Elitzur Netanya: C.Hurt 21+11reb+2ast, M.Reid 19+7reb+7ast, C.Reed 18+9reb+4ast, K.Redmon 11+4reb, I.Mizrachi 7+2ast, L.Kenig 7+3reb+4ast
gschID: 233514



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EuroLeague: Jantel Lavender carries Schio past Rivas Ecopolis - by Eurobasket News

Schio - Rivas Ecopolis 69:63

Jantel Lavender (190-C-88, college: Ohio St.) scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead Schio past Rivas Ecopolis in the first game of the EuroLeague playoff series. The teams will now meet again on Friday in Spain.
Schio held on to a slender 17:15 lead after ten minutes. The gap grew deeper in the second quarter. The Italian side accumulated a 38:29 halftime advantage. Rivas Ecopolis picked up the defensive aggressiveness in the third term. The Spanish team held the hosts to 13 points in the period and narrowed the gap at just three points 48:51. Morrison put the visitors within one early in the fourth frame. Schio however held on to the advantage. Laura Macchi (188-F-79) sank four free throws in a row in the dying minutes to help Schio gain a vital home win at the end. Laura Macchi delivered 10 points, while Danielle McCray (186-SG-87, college: Kansas) added 9 for the winning side. Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) answered with 23 points and 9 rebounds for Rivas Ecopolis. Queralt Casas (178-G/F-92) chipped in 12 points in defeat.

Schio: Jantel Lavender 19, Laura Macchi 10, Danielle McCray 9
Rivas Ecopolis: Olexandra Kurasova 23, Queralt Casas 12



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Conicelli's double-double lands her (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old forward Jessilyn Conicelli (177-F-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Etzella and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage).
She had a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds, while her team crushed Amicale (#4, 7-10) with 25-point margin 89-64. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Etzella maintains the 2nd position in Luxembourg Diekirch League. They are still close to the very top. Etzella would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 15-2 record. Conicelli turned to be Etzella's top player in her first season with the team. Biola University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Conicelli is in league's top in points (4th best: 20.3ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 13.3rpg) and averages solid 2.9spg.

Second best performed player last round was Iasia Hemingway (180-F-89, agency: Merit Sports) of T71 Dudelange. She is American forward in her first season at T71 Dudelange. In the last game Hemingway recorded impressive double-double of 28 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as T71 Dudelange lost that game 74-89 to Sparta (7-10). The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Hemingway is a newcomer at T71 Dudelange and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Amanda Stowe (186-F/C-79) of league's leader Musel Pikes. Stowe scored 21 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of Musel Pikes, leading her team to a 69-55 easy win against #3 ranked AB Contern in a game of the week. Many experts and fans count Musel Pikes as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 16 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Stowe has a great season in Luxembourg. After 16 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.1rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Esmeralda Skrijelj (180-G/F-95) of Sparta - 28 points and 9 rebounds
5. Petra Manakova (195-F/C-82) of Amicale - 28 points and 6 rebounds
6. Larrie Williams (187-C-90) of T71 Dudelange - 20 points and 10 rebounds
7. Latoya Drake (188-F/C-86) of Sparta - 23 points and 9 rebounds
8. Bridget Yoerger (180-F/C-87) of AB Contern - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Cathy Schmit (17-G-90) of Musel Pikes - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Annick Neiertz (183-F-92) of Etzella - 19 points and 7 rebounds

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



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Hartwick Set to Host Empire 8 Womens Basketball Tournament This Weekend - by Eurobasket News

ONEONTA, NY For the first time in program history, the Hartwick College women's basketball program will be on home floor for the Empire 8 Conference Tournament. The Hawks, who clinched a playoff berth on February 9 in a victory over Elmira, secured the right to host after securing the second seed on Friday night. Top-seeded Ithaca is unable to host the event due to construction on its facility.
The semifinal round, which begins on Friday, February 22, will feature Ithaca (23-2, 13-1 E8) against fourth-seeded St. John Fisher (12-13, 7-7 E8) at 6 p.m. at Lambros Arena.
The host Hawks then square off against third-seeded Stevens (14-11, 8-6 E8) at 8 p.m. This season, the Hawks and Ducks have gone down to the wire twice with Hartwick battling back from late deficits in both games to secure two victories.
The Empire 8 Championship is scheduled for Saturday, February 23 at 3 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students (with valid ID) and senior citizens. Children 12 years of age and under will gain free admittance.
The full schedule for the weekend can be found below.

2013 Empire 8 Conference Women's Basketball Tournament
Oneonta, NY - Lambros Arena


Friday, February 22
#1 Ithaca vs. #4 St. John Fisher 6 p.m.
#2 Hartwick vs. #3 Stevens Institute of Technology 8 p.m.

Saturday, February 23
Championship 3 p.m.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Hornet Women Advance 83-70 over Randolph in ODAC Tournament - by Eurobasket News

LYNCHBURG, VA The fifth-seeded Lynchburg College women's basketball team defeated a pesky Randolph College squad Monday evening 83-70 in the first round of the 2013 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championship Tournament. The Hornets advance into the second round, where LC will face #4 Bridgewater College Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. at the Salem Civic Center.

The game was a historic one for LC, giving Lynchburg 17 wins on the season, the most for the program since the 1989-90 campaign (18-7).
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Suggs nets CCC Player of the Week accolade - by Eurobasket News

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- University of New England women's basketball player Beth Suggs (Bath, Maine) has been named the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Player of the Week for the period ending February 17. League Commissioner Gregg Kaye announced the weekly award recipients early Monday afternoon (Feb. 18).



It mark the third time this season that the senior forward has received the honor.

After a 13-point, 11-rebound effort (with four assists) versus Endicott, Suggs posted her 15th double-double at Western New England in the regular-season finale. She scored a career-high 27 points in the contest against the Golden Bears, going 8-of-12 from the floor and 11-for-11 at the line. She accounted for 45% of her team's offense in the win that finished off UNE's perfect CCC season (18-0), and extended the Nor'easters' school-record 16-game winning streak.


For the week, she averaged 17.0 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals, shot 51.5 percent (17-for-33) from the field, and shot 89.5 percent (17 of 19) from the line.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



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Kristiansen's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

37-year old guard Kristine Kristiansen (173-G-75) had a great game in the last round for league's best team Ullern and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
She had a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, while her team beat Ulriken (#4, 9-10) 69-57. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Ullern to take over top position in the Norwegian Kvinneligaen. Ullern have a solid 15-2 record. Kristiansen has many years of experience at Ullern, through which he has constantly improved. Kristiansen has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in points (8th best: 21.0ppg), rebounds (5th best: 6.0rpg) and averages solid 9.0spg.

Second best performed player last round was Stine Austgulen (179-G-94) of Ulriken. She is a guard in her 5th season at Ulriken. In the last game Austgulen recorded impressive 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course she lead Ulriken to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked BC Asker (#5, 3-15) 78-53. Ulriken's 4th position in the standings has not changed. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-10 record. Austgulen is one of the most experienced players at Ulriken and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Sara Grindelid (183-F-82) of Ammerud (#3). Grindelid scored 8 points and grabbed ten rebounds. She was a key player of Ammerud, leading her team to a 87-36 easy win against the lower-ranked Oslo Tigers (#6, 1-16). Ammerud needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 8 lost games. The season just started for Grindelid as she played only first game. But it already looks like she can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kristina Kroge (177-F-87) of Ammerud - 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Tina Nesse (183-C-84) of Ammerud - 19 points and 7 rebounds
6. Tina Moen (181-G-86) of Ullern - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Anna Hammer (180-G-89) of Ammerud - 10 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Rebekka Tyssoy (G-87) of Ulriken - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Stine Austgulen (179-G-94) of Ulriken - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Anita Grimstad (177-F-88) of Ulriken - 5 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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EuroLeague: Tina Charles leads Wisla to victory in Bourges - by Eurobasket News

Bourges Basket - Wisla Can-Pack 54:57

Wisla Can-Pack got closer to the EuroLeague Final Eight beating Bourges Basket away from home. Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) came up with crucial points late in the game to seal the victory for Wisla as they look forward to close out the series at home court.
Bourges looked in charge in the opening quarter. The French side posted a 20:8 lead after ten minutes of action. But Wisla lived up to the challenge. The visitors held the French side to just 8 points in the second period cutting the deficit at 5-point mark at halftime 23:28. Wisla erased the deficit in the third term. The teams entered the fourth frame tied at 40. Wisla opened the final period with six points in a row to surge ahead. But Bourges stayed close. Dumerc tied it at 54 with just 4 seconds remaining in regulation. However Tina Charles converted a three-point play in the final possession of the visitors to seal the win for Wisla. She accounted for 24 points and 11 boards to pace the winners. Paulina Pawlak (170-PG-84, agency: Data Plus Group) added 14 points for the Polish side. Styliani Kaltsidou (188-F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with 15 points for Bourges. Emmeline Ndongue (192-C-83) had 11 points and 14 boards in defeat.

Bourges Basket: Styliani Kaltsidou 15, Emmeline Ndongue 11+14 boards
Wisla: Tina Charles 24+11 boards, Paulina Pawlak 14, Anke De Mondt 10



EuroLeague: CCC upset Nadezhda in Orenburg, step closer to Final Eight - by Eurobasket News

Nadezhda - CCC 71:74

CCC Polkowice grabbed a valuable road win over Nadezhda in the EuroLeague playoff series opener. CCC will now look to close out the series at home court. Nnemkadi Ogwumike (189-F/C-90, college: Stanford) stepped up with 20 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Polish team to the success.
CCC dominated in the first half. They eked out a 24:22 lead at the first break. Belinda Snell (181-SF-81) sparked the second quarter. She drained three treys and led CCC to a 45:32 advantage. The visitors headed into the second half up by 9 points 49:40. Nadezhda thougg were not done just yet. The hosts went on a 15:2 run in the third quarter to level things up. Nadezhda pulled in front 64:62 early in the final frame. CCC Polkowice answered with six unanswered points to surge ahead. Natalia Zhedik (184-SF-88) dragged Nadezhda within one but Skorek and Nnemkadi Ogwumike posted four points in a row to make it 74:69 for CCC. Montgomery just narrowed the gap hovever Sapova missed a three-pointer that could have sent the game into overtime. Belinda Snell and Laia Palau (176-G-79) delivered 16 points apiece for CCC. DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) answered with 22 points and 10 rebounds for Nadezhda. Natalia Zhedik chipped in 17 points in the losing effort.

Nadezhda: DeWanna Bonner 22+10 boards, Natalia Zhedik 17
CCC: Nnemkadi Ogwumike 20, Belinda Snell 16, Laia Palau 16



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EuroLeague: Spartak MR rally past Targoviste in opener - by Eurobasket News

Spartak MR - Targoviste 91:84

Spartak Moscow Region clinched the opening win in the EuroLeague playoff series versus Targoviste. Becky Hammon (175-PG-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) stepped up with 23 points to pace the hosts.
The Romanian team jumped to an early lead in the game. Targoviste unloaded 26 points in the first ten minutes to take a 4-point lead. Spartak though quickly erased the deficit and tied things up at 46 at halftime. Spartak were back to their more recognizable style in the third quarter. The Russian team took over and ignited a 26:14 run to secure a 12-point advantage at the final intermission. Targoviste did not give it up easily as they as they capped the regulation on an 8:2 run but stopped still way short of victory. Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) nailed 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, while Seimone Augustus (183-SF-84, college: LSU) added 16 points, 6 assists and 6 boards for the winners. Matee Ajavon (170-PG-86, college: Rutgers) answered with 22 points for Targoviste. Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87, college: Drexel) chipped in 19 points in the loss.

Spartak MR: Becky Hammon 23, Candice Dupree 20, Seimone Augustus 16
Targoviste: Matee Ajavon 22, Gabriela Marginean 19



Diaconu number one in Romania for round 23 - by Eurobasket News

Former international guard Florina Diaconu (170-G-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Rapid, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 30-year old player was the main contributor (37 points, eight rebounds) to as her team Rapid maintains the 13th position in Romanian Liga Nationala. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 16 games and recorded just four victories. In the team's last game Diaconu had a remarkable 84.6% from 2-point range. She just recently signed at Rapid, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Florina Diaconu averages this season 22.0ppg, 6.8rpg and 4.2apg.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old Serbian Biljana Pesovic (180-G-83) of Timisoara. Pesovic had a very good evening with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Timisoara lost that game 69-76 to the lower-ranked Targu Mures (#11, 7-14). Timisoara managed to keep the same 7th spot in . Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Pesovic is well-known at Timisoara and is a proven leader in her second season with the team. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.4ppg (#4). She also registered 5.1 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Chantel Hilliard (187-F/C-90) of Targu Mures (#11). Hilliard scored 26 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of Targu Mures, leading her team to a 76-69 win against the higher-ranked Timisoara (#7, 11-9). The chances of Targu Mures not to end season at such low position in , however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Hilliard could try to bring Targu Mures' a little bit higher in the standings. Hilliard has individually a great season in Romania. After 21 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.2ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 10.1rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Flavia Ferenczi (175-F-91) of Cluj Napoca - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Chrissy Givens (180-F-85) of ICIM Arad - 25 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jence Rhoads (180-G-88) of Sf.Gheorghe - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
7. Danielle Walker (178-G-86) of Targu Mures - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ivanka Matic (193-F/C-79) of Targoviste - 18 points and 8 rebounds
9. Takesha Riggs (173-G) of Targu Mures - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Rebecca Tobin (195-F-88) of Alba Iulia - 12 points and 10 rebounds

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



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EuroLeague: CCC upset Nadezhda in Orenburg, step closer to Final Eight - by Eurobasket News

Nadezhda - CCC 71:74

CCC Polkowice grabbed a valuable road win over Nadezhda in the EuroLeague playoff series opener. CCC will now look to close out the series at home court. Nnemkadi Ogwumike (189-F/C-90, college: Stanford) stepped up with 20 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Polish team to the success.
CCC dominated in the first half. They eked out a 24:22 lead at the first break. Belinda Snell (181-SF-81) sparked the second quarter. She drained three treys and led CCC to a 45:32 advantage. The visitors headed into the second half up by 9 points 49:40. Nadezhda thougg were not done just yet. The hosts went on a 15:2 run in the third quarter to level things up. Nadezhda pulled in front 64:62 early in the final frame. CCC Polkowice answered with six unanswered points to surge ahead. Natalia Zhedik (184-SF-88) dragged Nadezhda within one but Skorek and Nnemkadi Ogwumike posted four points in a row to make it 74:69 for CCC. Montgomery just narrowed the gap hovever Sapova missed a three-pointer that could have sent the game into overtime. Belinda Snell and Laia Palau (176-G-79) delivered 16 points apiece for CCC. DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) answered with 22 points and 10 rebounds for Nadezhda. Natalia Zhedik chipped in 17 points in the losing effort.

Nadezhda: DeWanna Bonner 22+10 boards, Natalia Zhedik 17
CCC: Nnemkadi Ogwumike 20, Belinda Snell 16, Laia Palau 16



EuroLeague: Spartak MR rally past Targoviste in opener - by Eurobasket News

Spartak MR - Targoviste 91:84

Spartak Moscow Region clinched the opening win in the EuroLeague playoff series versus Targoviste. Becky Hammon (175-PG-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) stepped up with 23 points to pace the hosts.
The Romanian team jumped to an early lead in the game. Targoviste unloaded 26 points in the first ten minutes to take a 4-point lead. Spartak though quickly erased the deficit and tied things up at 46 at halftime. Spartak were back to their more recognizable style in the third quarter. The Russian team took over and ignited a 26:14 run to secure a 12-point advantage at the final intermission. Targoviste did not give it up easily as they as they capped the regulation on an 8:2 run but stopped still way short of victory. Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) nailed 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, while Seimone Augustus (183-SF-84, college: LSU) added 16 points, 6 assists and 6 boards for the winners. Matee Ajavon (170-PG-86, college: Rutgers) answered with 22 points for Targoviste. Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87, college: Drexel) chipped in 19 points in the loss.

Spartak MR: Becky Hammon 23, Candice Dupree 20, Seimone Augustus 16
Targoviste: Matee Ajavon 22, Gabriela Marginean 19



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EuroLeague: Good Angels too good for Perfumerias Avenida - by Eurobasket News

Good Angels - Perfumerias Avenida 82:68

Good Angels opened win count against Perfumerias Avenida in the Euroleague playoffs. Plenette Pierson (188-PF-81, college: Texas Tech) scored 23 points to lead the Slovakian champions to a comfortable win in Kosice in the opener.
Good Angels started the game with eight unanswered points to set the tone. They rallied to a 24:17 lead after ten minutes. Good Angels maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. They registered a 43:35 advantage heading into the second half. The margin grew at 17-point mark in the third quarter. Good Angels entered the final frame up by 13 points 63:50. The hosts kept Perfumerias Avenida at safe distance throughout the fourth quarter and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) notched 21 points, while Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) added 14 points for the winners. Monique Currie (183-G/F-83, college: Duke) and Egle Sulciute (190-PF-85) responded with 15 points each for the visitors.

Good Angels: Plenette Pierson 23, Allie Quigley 21, Tijana Krivacevic 14
Perfumerias Avenida: Monique Currie 15, Egle Sulciute 15



BAT decides Good Angels Kosice has to pay Iveta Salkauske 41.250 EUR - by Barbora Stuchlikova

Basketball Arbitral Trinubal (BAT) published details on case Iveta Salkauske, Martin v/ BC Good Angels Kosice and decided that the club should pay the player 41. 250 EUR as a compensation for unpaid salaries. Salkauske signed with Good Angels Kosice at the beginning of season 2011/2012, but left the team in November as the club hadn't been paying her full salary during several months.

Good Angels claimed that the player hadn't arrived in a good physical condition to the club although she had agreed to do so. As BAT states, the player wasn't subjected to any physical examination by the club even though it was club's responsibility to do so during the first three days after her arrival. In the wake of Salkauske poor physical condition and health problems, the club suspended her payment of 50% of her monthly salary (7.500 EUR). The player with her agent demanded full salary to be paid. As it didn't happen, both parties begun discussing termination of the contract. No settlement was reached and BAT request for arbitration was introduced.

After BAT's investigation the arbitrator decides following:
1. BC Good Angels Kosice (Dannax Sport spol. s.r.o.) shall pay Ms. Iveta Salkauske the following amounts as compensation for unpaid salaries:
EUR 7,500 plus interest at 5% p.a. from 6 November 2011 onwards;
EUR 7,500 plus interest at 5% p.a. from 6 December 2011 onwards;
EUR 7,500 plus interest at 5% p.a. from 6 January 2012 onwards;
EUR 7,500 plus interest at 5% p.a. from 6 February 2012 onwards;
EUR 7,500 plus interest at 5% p.a. from 6 March 2012 onwards;
EUR 3,750 plus interest at 5% p.a. from 1 May 2012 onwards;
2. BC Good Angels Kosice (Dannax Sport spol. s.r.o.) is ordered to immediately deliver to Ms. Iveta Salkauske a signed document indicating the amount of tax it paid on her behalf at the end of the 2011/2012 season.
3. BC Good Angels Kosice (Dannax Sport spol. s.r.o.) shall pay Mr. Josep Martin an amount of EUR 3,000 as compensation for unpaid agency fees, plus interest at 5% per annum on such amount from 26 November 2011 onwards.
4. BC Good Angels Kosice (Dannax Sport spol. s.r.o.) shall pay Ms. Iveta Salkauske and Mr. Josep Martin an amount of EUR 9,000 as reimbursement for their arbitration costs.
5. BC Good Angels Kosice (Dannax Sport spol. s.r.o.) shall pay Ms. Iveta Salkauske and Mr. Josep Martin an amount of EUR 6,000 as reimbursement for their legal fees and expenses.
The full award is available here.



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Sin's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

32-year old Jung-Ja Sin (185-C/F-80) had a very impressive game in the last round for Winnus and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
She had a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds, while her team crushed KB Stars (#4, 14-19) with 19-point margin 87-68. Winnus maintains the 6th position in South Korean WKBL. Winnus is bottom ranked team in the standings. They need more victories to leave last spot and improve bad 12-21 record. Sin has many years of experience at Winnus, through which he has constantly improved. Sin has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 10.8rpg) and assists (3rd best: 5.0apg).

Second best performed player last round was Lynetta Kizer (193-C-90) of KB Stars. She is American center in her first season at KB Stars. In the last game Kizer recorded impressive double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as KB Stars lost that game 68-87 to slightly lower-ranked Winnus (#6, 12-21). KB Stars is still second from the bottom in the standings. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 14-19 record. Kizer is a newcomer at KB Stars and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.1ppg (#4). She also registered 11.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Nakia Sanford (194-C-76, agency: LBM Management) of One FX (#5). Sanford scored 17 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of One FX, leading her team to a 62-56 win against the higher-ranked Woori Hansae (#1, 23-10). The chances of One FX not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 21 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Sanford could try to bring One FX's a little bit higher in the standings. Sanford has individually a great season in South Korea. After 23 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.2ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 12.3rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Amber Harris (195-C/F-88) of Bichumi - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Cathrine Kraayeveld (193-F-81) of Winnus - 20 points and 9 rebounds
6. Youn-Joo Kim (178-F-86) of S-Birds - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Chae-Jin Han (174-G/F-84) of Winnus - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Hye-Jin Park (178-G-90) of Woori Hansae - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Danbi Kim (180-F-90) of S-Birds - 20 points and 3 rebounds
10. Youn-Hoa Lee (178-F-83) of Winnus - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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EuroLeague: Jantel Lavender carries Schio past Rivas Ecopolis - by Eurobasket News

Schio - Rivas Ecopolis 69:63

Jantel Lavender (190-C-88, college: Ohio St.) scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead Schio past Rivas Ecopolis in the first game of the EuroLeague playoff series. The teams will now meet again on Friday in Spain.
Schio held on to a slender 17:15 lead after ten minutes. The gap grew deeper in the second quarter. The Italian side accumulated a 38:29 halftime advantage. Rivas Ecopolis picked up the defensive aggressiveness in the third term. The Spanish team held the hosts to 13 points in the period and narrowed the gap at just three points 48:51. Morrison put the visitors within one early in the fourth frame. Schio however held on to the advantage. Laura Macchi (188-F-79) sank four free throws in a row in the dying minutes to help Schio gain a vital home win at the end. Laura Macchi delivered 10 points, while Danielle McCray (186-SG-87, college: Kansas) added 9 for the winning side. Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) answered with 23 points and 9 rebounds for Rivas Ecopolis. Queralt Casas (178-G/F-92) chipped in 12 points in defeat.

Schio: Jantel Lavender 19, Laura Macchi 10, Danielle McCray 9
Rivas Ecopolis: Olexandra Kurasova 23, Queralt Casas 12



EuroLeague: Good Angels too good for Perfumerias Avenida - by Eurobasket News

Good Angels - Perfumerias Avenida 82:68

Good Angels opened win count against Perfumerias Avenida in the Euroleague playoffs. Plenette Pierson (188-PF-81, college: Texas Tech) scored 23 points to lead the Slovakian champions to a comfortable win in Kosice in the opener.
Good Angels started the game with eight unanswered points to set the tone. They rallied to a 24:17 lead after ten minutes. Good Angels maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. They registered a 43:35 advantage heading into the second half. The margin grew at 17-point mark in the third quarter. Good Angels entered the final frame up by 13 points 63:50. The hosts kept Perfumerias Avenida at safe distance throughout the fourth quarter and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) notched 21 points, while Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) added 14 points for the winners. Monique Currie (183-G/F-83, college: Duke) and Egle Sulciute (190-PF-85) responded with 15 points each for the visitors.

Good Angels: Plenette Pierson 23, Allie Quigley 21, Tijana Krivacevic 14
Perfumerias Avenida: Monique Currie 15, Egle Sulciute 15



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EuroLeague: Fenerbahce steamroll past Uni Gyor - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce - Uni Gyor 93:61

Fenerbahce registered a comfortable home win over Uni Gyor in the first game of the EuroLeague playoff series. Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) nailed 28 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 4 assists to lead the winners.
Fenerbahce got to an aggressive start to the game. The hosts fired 27 points in the opening quarter to take a 9-point lead. Fenerbahce stayed red hot offensively in the second quarter. They exploded with 27 points and established a 19-point halftime advantage 54:35. The home team maintained the lead throughout the third term. Fenerbahce accounted for a 73:49 advantage heading into the fourth period. Uni Gyor scored only 12 points in the final period and had to surrender at the end. Angel McCoughtry (187-SF-86, college: Louisville) provided 16 points, while Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Abil.Christian) and Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) delivered 10 points each for the hosts. Natalie Hurst (164-PG-83) answered with 17 points and 6 assists for Gyor. Cindy Lima (196-C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 16 points and 11 boards in defeat.

Fenerbahce: Ivana Matovic 28, Angel McCoughtry 16, Agnieszka Bibrzycka 10, Ieva Kublina 10
Uni Gyor: Natalie Hurst 17, Cindy Lima 16+11 boards



EuroLeague: Galatasaray sneak past USK Praha in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Galatasaray - USK Praha 49:48

Galatasaray managed just pull away from USK Praha in the EuroLeague playoff opener in Istanbul tonight. Lindsey Harding (173-G-84, college: Duke) stepped up with a late jumper to give Galatasaray a vital win at home. The game saw numerous lead changes and it all came down to the final seconds where Galatasaray proved the strength. Saziye Ivegin (183-F-82) and Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU) scored 9 points each to pace the hosts.
Galatasaray enjoyed a 12:8 lead after ten minutes of action. USK Praha however erased it in the second frame. They went on a 15:3 run to take a 25:19 lead late in the first half. USK Praha arrived at the big break up by three points 26:23. The lead changed hands throughout the see-saw third quarter. USK Praha remained in front as they entered the fourth stanza up by three points 42:39. The hosts went on a 7:0 run early in the final stanza to surge ahead. However Viteckova and Kia Vaughn (193-C-87, college: Rutgers) gave the visitors a 48:46 lead with 62 seconds remaining. Sylvia Fowles hit just one out of two free throws to put Galatasaray within one. Skerovic then missed a three-pointer and Lindsey Harding punished the Czech team on the other end. She converted a jumper at the fast break and sealed the victory for the home team. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) and Lindsey Harding provided 8 points each for the winners. Kia Vaughn answered with 15 points for USK Praha. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) netted 8 points in the loss.

Galatasaray: Saziye Ivegin 9, Sylvia Fowles 9, Lindsey Harding 8, Sancho Lyttle 8
USK Praha: Kia Vaughn 15, Jelena Dubljevic 8



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Ragin's Triple-Double lands her Player of the Week honors - by David Walls

David Walls Reports:

26-year old forward Shantel Ragin (5'10''-F/G-86, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Clayton St.) had an amazing evening in the last round for the Lady Dragons and receives a USbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.

She racked up her second career triple-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for her team's victory, helping them to beat the Sparks 82-69. The Tennessee Dragons are now placed at 2nd position in the WUBA. The Lady Dragons started the season slow with a 0-1 record, but the leadership of Ragin has led to a 3 game winning streak.

Ragin is currently averaging 15.5 points per game and 5th ranked 9.2 rebounds. Her assist total has her currently ranked 2nd in the league but more important 1st in team placement.

The Lady Dragons are now 3-1 and look to be the hottest team in the league



Weekend full recap in the WUBA - by David Walls


2/17/2013
Atlanta Assault- GIE Lady Matrix 74-83

Atlanta (AP) - The Matrix make it pass the Assault 83-74. Patechia Hartman (5'7''-G-83, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Georgia St.) was a animal for GIE racking up another double-double with 19 points and dishing out 11 assist. Tonique Frazier (6'0''-F-86, college: Newberry) added 21 points and 7 rebounds. Sherida Triggs (6'1''-F/C-85, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: ODU) added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Matrix. The Matrix are tied for 2nd place in the WUBA. La'Keisha Sutton (5'9''-G, college: S.Carolina) scoring 20 points and dissing out 5 assists in a losing effort.

2/17/2013
Tennessee Dragons- Metro Atlanta Sparks 82-69

The Dragons dominated the glass once again behind Hardeman. Shanrika Hardeman (5'9''-F-87, college: Clayton St.) ripped down 20 rebounds and a career high 26 points. Shantel Ragin (5'10''-F/G-86, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Clayton St.) was unstoppable for the Dragons racking up her second career triple double (20 points, 10 rebound, 10 assists) in the win. Aubany Thomas scored 25 points in a losing effort for the Sparks. The Dragons are now on a 3 game winning streak and it has to be credited to the efforts of Ragin and Hardeman. Hardeman is leading the WUBA in rebounds with 18 a game and Ragin ranks 2nd in the league in assists.




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McCarville, Libs out to Shock foes - by Eurobasket News

Janel McCarville (6'2''-C-82, college: Minnesota) did not recognize opportunity when it first presented itself. The No.1 draft pick out of Minnesota in 2005 by the now-defunct Charlotte Sting, the 6-2 center spent her first two years in the WNBA battling a back injury and being frustrated with her diminished role. Even with a fresh start this spring, after the Sting folded and she was picked up by the Liberty, McCarville did not really see New York as a chance to relaunch her career. "I was excited to start over with a new team and to put Charlotte aside," McCarville said. "I was happy to be here, I was welcomed, but I guess, I kind of fell into that rut I was in in Charlotte." Less than three months later, McCarville is no longer in a rut and she has pulled the young Liberty out with her. After filling a leadership role on a rebuilding squad, McCarville will be named the league's Most Improved Player before tonight's playoff opener against the Detroit Shock at the Garden. She has also led the Liberty, the second-youngest team in the league, to a surprise spot in the postseason.
McCarville, who led the WNBA in field-goal percentage (55%) during the regular season, is an emotional, physical player who can drive the Liberty tonight against the defending WNBA champion. Against the physically intimidating Shock, McCarville - who averaged 10.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in 21.2 minutes per game this season - figures to be a crucial player in the best-of-three series. "Janel is a really emotional player, she won't back down from anyone," Liberty coach Pat Coyle said. "I think she's finding her way again. It took awhile, but she's playing so well now, we couldn't keep her out of the lineup." McCarville has come a long way from her days with the Sting. Playing with the nagging back injury, she averaged about 13 minutes and 3.2 points per game in her first two seasons with Charlotte. Despite having success overseas in Slovakia last winter and being healthy and 25 pounds lighter, McCarville initially struggled to fit in with the Liberty. She was buried on the bench for most of the first month. "It took me awhile to find my niche," she said, "but now, it's good."
Courtesy of: nydailynews.com



Atlanta Dream get Jasmine Thomas in trade with Washington Mystics - by Eurobasket News (T)

The Atlanta Dream have secured the services of Jasmine Thomas (5'9''-G-89, college: Duke) in the trade with the Washington Mystics. The Mystics have also given up the rights for their 13th Draft pick to the Dream. The Mystics on the other hand gained the rights for the seventh and nineteenth draft picks.
Jasmine Thomas is currently playing with Chevakata in Russia. The guard notches 7.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in PBL. In EuroCup her stats read 10.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per appearance. Jasmine Thomas averaged 8.2 points, 2.8 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game with the Mystics last season. The Duke graduate was picked by the Seattle Storm in the first round of the 2011 Draft. She was then traded to the Mystics. Jasime Thomas was named All-ACC All-Tournament MVP in 2011. She was named also to Capital One Academic All-America 2nd Team in 2011.