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  ABA   



Jersey Express to host Seven City Knights of Virginia - by Gianni Pascucci

The Jersey Express will host the Seven Cities Knights of Virginia, on Saturday, February 23rd @ 6pm, at Centenary College, 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown, NJ. This will be the only game between these two teams, and a true test for the Express, as the Knights play in the Central Division, and defeated the Express, the only other time the teams have met in Virginia.
The Express are coming off there 2nd loss of the season, 106-98, both to division rival Staten Island Vipers. Devon Young (6'3''-G/F-89, college: Felician) again paced the Express in scoring with 21pts, with Almin Hodzic (6'10''-C-87, agency: FCM, college: Dominican, NY) adding another double-double, with 17pts & 10rbds. I dont think we did the things that made us successful in the past. "We didnt box out and we missed our defensive assignments. With that, we have to make shots" stated Head Coach Ray Ortiz .
The Express are led by Devon Young' s 20ppg, and Jashon Mixon (6'5''-F, college: Monroe CC)'s 18, followed by Almin Hodzic 13pts & 10rbds per game. With seven players averaging double digit points, and three players averaging over nine rebounds, the Express are averaging 117ppg.
For more information on the Jersey Express, please log onto www.jerseyexpress.net Join our Jersey Express Professional Basketball Official Fan Page on Face Book, or follow us on Twitter @jerseyexpress



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  AUSTRALIA   


Brisbane Spartans ink Zach Henifin, ex Miercurea Ciuc - by Eurobasket News

Brisbane Spartans (SEABL) agreed terms with 25-year old American forward Zach Henifin (195-93kg-88, college: W.Washington). He played lately at Miercurea Ciuc in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 15 games this season he had 11.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.9apg and 1.9spg. The last summer Henifin played at Bellingham in U.S. semi-pro league IBL. In 17 games he recorded 9.8ppg, 5.8rpg and 2.1apg. He helped them to win the league title.
Henifin graduated from Western Washington in 2012 and it will be his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   

Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 2

First Six

Feb. 12: Rilski Sportist - Kumanovo 88-75
Feb. 13: Kavala - Levski Sofia 73-77
Feb. 13: Galil Gilboa - Teodo Tivat 102-92

Last Four

Feb. 5: OKK Beograd - Djuro Djakovic 90-99
Feb. 20: Djuro Djakovic - Kozuv 72-89

Second Stage: Round 3

First Six

Mar. 6: Levski Sofia - Teodo Tivat
Mar. 7: Rilski Sportist - Galil Gilboa
Mar. 5: Kavala - Galil Gilboa

Last Four

Mar. 5: Mornar Bar - OKK Beograd


Round 2 (Second Stage): Levski Sofia defeats Kavala - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Second Stage in Balkan League.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Greek Kavala (3-3) at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by Bulgarian Levski Sofia (4-2) 77-73. It was a key game for the top position in Group C as both teams had the same 3-2 record before this meeting. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-14. But Kavala won second period 17-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chavdar Kostov (195-88, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points. Forward Dimitar Dimitrov (203-93, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Serbian-Greek guard Igor Milosevic (193-86, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 15 points and 5 assists for Kavala. Kavala's coach Angelos Koronios tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Levski Sofia keeps a position of Group C leader. Kavala at the other side dropped to the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Levski Sofia are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Teodo Tivat (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Kavala will play against Galil Gilboa in Rosh Pina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game for FYR Macedonian undefeated Kozuv (4-0) which played in Slavonski Brod against top-ranked Croatian Djuro Djakovic (3-1). Top-ranked Kozuv had an easy win 89-72. It was a key game for the top position in Group D. Kozuv keeps a position of Group D leader. Djuro Djakovic at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked FYR Macedonian Kumanovo 2009 (3-3) against fourth ranked Bulgarian Rilski Sportist (3-3) on Tuesday night. Visiting Kumanovo 2009 was defeated by Rilski Sportist in Samokov 88-75. Branko Mirkovic notched 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 26 points and 14 rebounds by Uros Lukovic did not help to save the game for Kumanovo 2009. Kumanovo 2009's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Rilski Sportist moved-up to second place in Group C, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Kumanovo 2009. Rilski Sportist will meet at home Galil Gilboa (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Kumanovo 2009 will have a break next round.
An interesting game for Croatian Djuro Djakovic (3-1) which played road game in Beograd against one of their biggest challengers Serbian OKK Beograd (0-3). First ranked Djuro Djakovic managed to get a 9-point victory 99-90. The best player for the winners was Matej Karlovic who scored 26 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). OKK Beograd's coach Srdjan Jekovic gave the chance to play for eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Djuro Djakovic have a solid three-game winning streak. Despite that victory Djuro Djakovic went down to second position (Group D) due to points difference. OKK Beograd at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Djuro Djakovic will have a break next round. OKK Beograd will play on the road against Mornar Bar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 2
In Group C bottom-ranked Teodo Tivat was beaten by Galil Gilboa on the road 102-92.


Group First Six
Galil Gilboa - Teodo Tivat 102-92

Everything could happen in Rosh Pina at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Israeli Galil Gilboa and 6th ranked Montenegrin Teodo Tivat had identical 2-3 record. This time Galil Gilboa used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Tivat 102-92. The game was mostly controlled by Galil Gilboa. Teodo Tivat was better in third quarter 27-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Galil Gilboa shot 60.9 percent from the field. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: KMG Sports Management) who scored 31 points (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Dagan Yavzuri (193-85) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds. Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. point guard Marko Mijovic (188-87) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 assists and center Savo Djikanovic (211-75, agency: Beo Basket) added 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Galil Gilboa (3-3) moved-up to second place in Group C, which they share with 3 other teams. Teodo Tivat at the other side stay at the bottom position with four games lost. Galil Gilboa's next round opponent will be Kavala (#4) on the road. Teodo Tivat will play against the league's leader Levski Sofia.
Top scorers:
Teodo Tivat: M.Mijovic 27+3reb+11ast, S.Djikanovic 15+6reb+2ast, A.Radulovic 14+3reb, S.Subotic 14+2reb+3ast, M.Johnson 8+3reb, I.Kunjic 5+4reb+2ast
Galil Gilboa: J.Smith 31+1reb+1ast, D.Yavzuri 21+6reb+3ast, R.Sanders 16+6reb+3ast, K.Hayes 12+1reb+7ast, A.Bier-Katz 7+2reb+1ast, B.Bowman 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 231541


Kavala - Levski Sofia 73-77

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Greek Kavala (3-3) at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by Bulgarian Levski Sofia (4-2) 77-73. It was a key game for the top position in Group C as both teams had the same 3-2 record before this meeting. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-14. But Kavala won second period 17-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chavdar Kostov (195-88, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points. Forward Dimitar Dimitrov (203-93, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Serbian-Greek guard Igor Milosevic (193-86, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 15 points and 5 assists and Scottish-Nigerian Kieron Achara (208-83, college: Duquesne, agency: Two Points) added 15 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for Kavala. Kavala's coach Angelos Koronios tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Levski Sofia keeps a position of Group C leader. Kavala at the other side dropped to the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Levski Sofia are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Teodo Tivat (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Kavala will play against Galil Gilboa in Rosh Pina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kavala: I.Milosevic 15+3reb+5ast, K.Achara 15+5reb+2ast, D.Tairu 14+4reb, W.Coleman 8+5reb+1ast, G.Arbet 8+5reb+2ast, D.Kalampakas 4+1reb+1ast
Levski Sofia: C.Kostov 22+4reb+1ast, Z.Georgiev 13, S.Georgiev 13+5reb+2ast, D.Dimitrov 12+8reb+1ast, M.Marinovic 9+2reb+7ast, N.Varbanov 7+7reb
gschID: 231540


Rilski Sportist - Kumanovo 88-75

Very important is a road loss of third ranked FYR Macedonian Kumanovo 2009 (3-3) against fourth ranked Bulgarian Rilski Sportist (3-3) on Tuesday night. Visiting Kumanovo 2009 was defeated by Rilski Sportist in Samokov 88-75. The game without a history. Rilski Sportist led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) notched 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and American point guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) supported him with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Five Rilski Sportist players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 26 points and 14 rebounds by Serbian center Uros Lukovic (212-89) did not help to save the game for Kumanovo 2009. Guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 18 points and 4 assists for the guests. Kumanovo 2009's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Rilski Sportist moved-up to second place in Group C, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Kumanovo 2009. Rilski Sportist will meet at home Galil Gilboa (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Kumanovo 2009 will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Kumanovo: U.Lukovic 26+14reb+2ast, A.Kostoski 18+3reb+4ast, I.Dimcevski 9+2reb+1ast, D.Mikic 6+3reb, A.Lee-Ingram 6+5reb, M.Mladenovic 4+4reb+4ast
Rilski Sportist: B.Mirkovic 21+5reb+6ast, T.Smith 18+9reb+2ast, B.Dupree 16+11reb, H.Zahariev 15+3reb+3ast, T.Gugino 12+6reb, S.Vaklinov 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 231539


Group Last Four
Djuro Djakovic - Kozuv 72-89

Another interesting game for FYR Macedonian undefeated Kozuv (4-0) which played in Slavonski Brod against top-ranked Croatian Djuro Djakovic (3-1). Top-ranked Kozuv had an easy win 89-72. It was a key game for the top position in Group D. It looked good early as Djuro Djakovic took an 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kozuv took control winning two of next three quarters and eventually winning the game that evening by 17 points. Kozuv keeps a position of Group D leader. Djuro Djakovic at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 231557


OKK Beograd - Djuro Djakovic 90-99

An interesting game for Croatian Djuro Djakovic (3-1) which played road game in Beograd against one of their biggest challengers Serbian OKK Beograd (0-3). First ranked Djuro Djakovic managed to get a 9-point victory 99-90. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-16. But OKK Beograd won second period 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Djuro Djakovic players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The best player for the winners was forward Matej Karlovic (200-89) who scored 26 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Power forward Marino Sarlija (207-89) chipped in 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Guard Vuk Malidzan (193-88) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 9 rebounds, 14 assists and 4 steals and guard Vladimir Popovic (190-82) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. Four OKK Beograd players scored in double figures. OKK Beograd's coach Srdjan Jekovic gave the chance to play for eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Djuro Djakovic have a solid three-game winning streak. Despite that victory Djuro Djakovic went down to second position (Group D) due to points difference. OKK Beograd at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Djuro Djakovic will have a break next round. OKK Beograd will play on the road against Mornar Bar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
OKK Beograd: V.Popovic 17+2reb+2ast, N.Jeftic 13+1reb+1ast, M.Pavlovic 12+3reb+2ast, V.Malidzan 12+9reb+14ast, I.Marinkovic 11+1reb+1ast, S.Knezevic 8+6reb+3ast
Djuro Djakovic: M.Karlovic 26+6reb+1ast, M.Sarlija 22+7reb+3ast, H.Puljko 19+5reb+4ast, M.Kolovrat 8+4reb, M.Kljaic 7+1ast, P.Zivkovic 7+1reb
gschID: 233148



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   

Standings - Men

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

Top 16: Round 7

Feb. 19: Juventus - Pieno Zvaigzdes 86-92 OT
Feb. 19: Lietkabelis - Barons kvartals 77-83
Feb. 20: Sakalai - Siauliai 74-92
Feb. 19: Valmiera - TU/Rock 74-73
Feb. 19: Rudupis - Jelgava 109-76

Top 16: Round 8

Feb. 21: Naglis Palangos - Kalev/Cramo
Feb. 21: Barons kvartals - Ventspils
Feb. 22: Sakalai - Valmiera
Feb. 22: Tarvas - Juventus
Feb. 23: Rudupis - Kalev/Cramo
Feb. 23: Parnu - Lietkabelis


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris GULBIS
  Barons k.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Gulbis, Barons k.18.7 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas17.6 
 3. Raadik, Parnu17.5 
 4. Okoye, Tln Kalev17.4 
 5. Orelikas, Rudupis17.2 
 6. Wilkinson, Kalev/C.16.0 
 7. Akenparg, TTU15.9 
 8. Lengvinas, Naglis14.9 
 9. Berzins, Valmiera14.9 
 10. Peciukeviciu., Pa.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Raadik, Parnu10.5 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev9.9 
 3. Berzins, Valmiera7.7 
 4. Fall, Kalev/Cramo7.3 
 5. Zelionis, Barsy A.7.2 
 6. Cipruss, Lietkabel.7.2 
 7. Keedus, TTU7.1 
 8. Bishop, Nevezis6.9 
 9. Chamberlain, Jelga.6.8 
 10. Arnold, TTU6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.8 
 2. Janavicius, Rudupis5.7 
 3. Campbell, Tln Kalev5.0 
 4. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.7 
 5. Maceina, Pieno Z.4.2 
 6. Cunda, Valga4.2 
 7. Tamm, Tarvas4.1 
 8. Dambrauskas, Sakal.3.8 
 9. Viskontas, Juvent.3.8 
 10. Laane, Rapla3.6 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.6 
 2. Janavicius, Rudupis2.1 
 3. Brown, Naglis P.2.1 
 4. Laane, Rapla2.1 
 5. Berzins, Valmiera2.0 
 6. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.9 
 7. Matulionis, Parnu1.8 
 8. Mizis, Jelgava1.8 
 9. Tamm, Tarvas1.8 
 10. Jakovics, Liepaja1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.3 
 2. Kupsas, Lietkabelis1.8 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.7 
 4. Rozitis, Barons k.1.6 
 5. Silinskis, Nevezis1.6 
 6. Gates, Pieno Z.1.1 
 7. Chamberlain, Jelga.1.0 
 8. Meiers, Ventspils0.9 
 9. Zyle, Nevezis0.9 
 10. Valeika, Rudupis0.9 


Round 7 of Top 16 - by Eurobasket News

Sakalai - Siauliai 74-92

The game was mostly controlled by Siauliai. Sakalai was better in third quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Siauliai forced 19 Sakalai turnovers. It was a very good performance for power forward Saulius Kuzminskas (210-82, college: California) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Swiss-Lithuanian guard Rolandas Alijevas (192-85, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Aivaras Kiausas (199-80) answered with 21 points and 5 rebounds and forward Denisas Krestininas (202-94) added 12 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Sakalai. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Sakalai: A.Kiausas 21+5reb+1ast, J.Gintvainis 13+3reb+6ast, D.Krestininas 12+11reb, Z.Sestokas 12+1reb, I.Ramasauskas 9+7reb, E.Seskus 5+3reb+2ast
Siauliai: R.Alijevas 20+7reb+2ast, L.Samenas 18+4reb+1ast, S.Kuzminskas 17+9reb+4ast, V.Liutych 12+3reb+1ast, C.Simon 11+1ast, K.Artamonov 7+4reb+7ast
gschID: 230908


Juventus - Pieno Zvaigzdes 86-92 OT

Juventus were tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in overtime 10-16s. Pieno Zvaigzdes dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Juventus' 36. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Tyrell Biggs (203-86, college: Pittsburgh) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 rebounds. American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Nerijus Varnelis (201-78) answered with 27 points and American guard Darrick Leonard (190-84, college: Aurora) added 15 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Juventus. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Juventus: N.Varnelis 27+4reb+2ast, D.Leonard 15+9reb+2ast, D.Gvezdauskas 14+3reb, P.Morkeliunas 12+12reb+1ast, L.Kisielius 5+3reb+4ast, K.Petrukonis 4+6reb+2ast
Pieno Zvaigzdes: Y.Gates 18+7reb, T.Hughes 18+4reb+4ast, T.Biggs 18+7reb+1ast, J.Sinica 12+3reb+1ast, V.Cepukaitis 9+3reb, M.Ruikis 9+5reb+2ast
gschID: 230907


Valmiera - TU/Rock 74-73

The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 18-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Valmiera dominated on the defensive end, holding TU/Rock to just 7 points in third quarter. It was a very good performance for forward Janis Berzins (202-93, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 rebounds. Center Viktors Iljins (212-91) contributed with 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Center Joosep Toome (208-85) answered with 22 points and American point guard Justin Ingram (188-85, college: Toledo, agency: Two Points) added 16 points in the effort for TU/Rock. TU/Rock's coach Gert Kullamae rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
TU/Rock: J.Toome 22+4reb+1ast, J.Ingram 16+2reb+2ast, V.Kriisa 11+3reb+2ast, S.Leppik 5, R.Veideman 5+2reb+1ast, M.Doronin 5+2reb+1ast
Valmiera: J.Berzins 16+8reb+3ast, R.Gabrans 12+4reb+1ast, V.Iljins 10+8reb+2ast, M.Ziedins 8+5reb+4ast, J.Kaufmanis 8+3ast, A.Butjankovs 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 230906


Rudupis - Jelgava 109-76

The game was mostly controlled by Rudupis. Jelgava was better in second period 27-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Jelgava 55-29 including a 20-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Rudupis looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Jelgava was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for guard Arturas Milaknis (195-86) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Forward Arnas Labuckas (203-87) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Rudupis players scored in double figures. Rudupis' coach Virginijus Seskus felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Kristaps Kanbergs (190-88) answered with 21 points and 4 assists and forward Arturs Duselis (201-89) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Jelgava.
Top scorers:
Jelgava: K.Kanbergs 21+4reb+4ast, A.Duselis 18+5reb+2ast, S.Haynes 10+3reb+1ast, S.Silavs 8+5reb+3ast, K.Chamberlain 7+1reb, G.Justovics 5+4reb+2ast
Rudupis: A.Milaknis 28+3reb+4ast, A.Labuckas 21+10reb+2ast, G.Orelikas 15+8reb+2ast, G.Kadziulis 11+3reb+6ast, A.Urbutis 8+7reb, A.Valeika 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 230905


Lietkabelis - Barons kvartals 77-83

Barons kvartals outrebounded Lietkabelis 36-24 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for American forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Arturs Brunins (198-82) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Barons kvartals' coach Martins Gulbis used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Karolis Babkauskas (186-91) answered with 12 points and 8 assists and Arnas Butkevicius (196-92) added 10 points in the effort for Lietkabelis. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Lietkabelis: V.Volkus 13+2reb+2ast, K.Babkauskas 12+4reb+8ast, M.Kupsas 12+5reb, E.Ulanovas 11+4reb, A.Butkevicius 10+4reb+3ast, L.Aukstikalnis 9+3reb+1ast
Barons kvartals: A.Brunins 19+4reb+1ast, S.Metra 15+2reb+1ast, T.Cain 14+12reb+2ast, I.Bergmanis 12+3reb+3ast, J.Diggs 11+4reb+3ast, J.Rozitis 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 230904



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  BELARUS   


BK Grodno-93 lands Marcus Faison - by Eurobasket News

BK Grodno-93 (Premier League) tabbed 35-year old Belgian ex-international (has also Belgian nationality) guard Marcus Faison (196-90kg-78, college: Siena). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Faison played recently at Esteghlal in Iranian Superleague. He managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year (!!!). Faison also played at Armia (Superleague) in Georgia earlier that season. In 10 games this season he averaged 8.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.7apg and 1.0spg. He also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he had 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg. The last summer Faison played at Petron Blaze (PBA) in Filipino league. In 5 games he had very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.0spg and 1.0bpg. The other team he played that season for was Kryvbasbasket (Superleague) in Ukraine. In 13 games last season he had 8.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg. Another team Faison played that season for was VOO Verviers-Pepinster (Ethias League) in Belgium. In 11 games he had 10.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Base Oostende (Ethias League) in Belgium. In 32 games that year he had 8.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. Faison also played 14 games in EuroChallenge where he had 7.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals.
In 2000 Faison was drafted by Pennsylvania (USBL) in sixth round (59th overall).
The former Siena College staris in his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Faison's team won Ukrainian Superleague Regular Season in 2008. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Honorable Mention award back in 2008. Faison represented Belgium at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 8.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 27.3%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 75.0%.
Faison is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany, Greece (Peristeri GS Athens), Spain (Unicaja Malaga), Turkey (Besiktas) and Ukraine (Dnipro and BC Kyiv).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at BK Grodno-93.
Let's have closer look into Faison's outlook: Very athletic player who has been called upon to utilize that ability. Has played both the point and off guard spot during his time at Siena. An excellent penetrator who has the ability to create his own shot when he gets into the lane. Very dangerous player on the break.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BELGIUM   


BK Grodno-93 lands Marcus Faison - by Eurobasket News

BK Grodno-93 (Premier League) tabbed 35-year old Belgian ex-international (has also Belgian nationality) guard Marcus Faison (196-90kg-78, college: Siena). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Faison played recently at Esteghlal in Iranian Superleague. He managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year (!!!). Faison also played at Armia (Superleague) in Georgia earlier that season. In 10 games this season he averaged 8.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.7apg and 1.0spg. He also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he had 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg. The last summer Faison played at Petron Blaze (PBA) in Filipino league. In 5 games he had very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.0spg and 1.0bpg. The other team he played that season for was Kryvbasbasket (Superleague) in Ukraine. In 13 games last season he had 8.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg. Another team Faison played that season for was VOO Verviers-Pepinster (Ethias League) in Belgium. In 11 games he had 10.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Base Oostende (Ethias League) in Belgium. In 32 games that year he had 8.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. Faison also played 14 games in EuroChallenge where he had 7.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals.
In 2000 Faison was drafted by Pennsylvania (USBL) in sixth round (59th overall).
The former Siena College staris in his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Faison's team won Ukrainian Superleague Regular Season in 2008. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Honorable Mention award back in 2008. Faison represented Belgium at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 8.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 27.3%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 75.0%.
Faison is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany, Greece (Peristeri GS Athens), Spain (Unicaja Malaga), Turkey (Besiktas) and Ukraine (Dnipro and BC Kyiv).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at BK Grodno-93.
Let's have closer look into Faison's outlook: Very athletic player who has been called upon to utilize that ability. Has played both the point and off guard spot during his time at Siena. An excellent penetrator who has the ability to create his own shot when he gets into the lane. Very dangerous player on the break.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BRAZIL   


Lins Basquete add three more players - by Paulo Freire

The Lins Basketball team have agreed with three new players for the 2013 season where they will play the Paulista State A-1 division.
The managers of the team have agreed terms with the point guards Fernando Reis (186-G-81) and Luiz Felipe Soriani (188-G-89) and the guard Rafael Grandelli (92).
Fernando Reis was playing at the Vila Velha team at the NBB, he have been around playing for many teams.
Soriani comes from Rio Claro team, is a quick player that can also play as a second guard.
Rafael Grandelli comes in from a small club the Pindamonhangaba.
The managers of the team also renew the contract of guard Wilton Dos Santos (180-G-89)



Caxias do Sul putting a new roster for Brazil Cup - by Paulo Freire

The Caxias do Sul BasqueteTriches basketball team is looking forward to participate on the Brazil Cup South Region Tournament.
The team coach by Rodrigo Barbosa have agreed with guard Caue Freitas (188-F-88), forward Bruno Ferreira (203-F-89, college: Indian Hills CC) and point guard Felipe Gustavo da Silva (186-G-90).
The team also renew the contract of Dida Bellato (198-F-85).
Sources says the club could bring back by anytime small forward Leo Gomes (194-F-75) and Marcos de Souza (208-C-82)
Caxias do Sul BasqueteTriches will need a few more players to complete their roster, so they can be able to face Campo Mourao and others on the Brazil Cup



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Steve Parillon's #44 Jersey To Be Retired By Iowa College - by David Edole

BVI Platinum News
Iowa's Clinton Community College will retire the #44 basketball jersey worn by BVI national player, Steve Parillon (196-F-78, college: Henderson St.) when he played there.

The ceremony will take place during Clinton's final home game of the season against Iowa Central on Wednesday, February 20. The retirement of jerseys is revered and is only done for players who would have had a positive impact on a basketball program. Once the jersey is retired, no other player at the school will be able to wear the number again.

Speaking to BVI Platinum News during his journey to Clinton, Parillon shared that the #44 he wore was in honour of Trevor 'Floppy' Barzey, who wore the same number while playing for the Disciples. He stated that it was Barzey who taught him the game of basketball.

Parillon played at Clinton between 2000 and 2002, leading the Cougars and the State of Iowa in scoring both years, earning several honours.

"My memory of Clinton was playing with other island boys; they called us the ramada hot boyz, with Halstead 'Jr' Chiverton, Kennedy Bass and Dwayne Penn. This will go down as the best individual moment in my basketball career. To get your jersey retired in Iowa, coming from small BVI...now no other player will wear that # at that college again; that says it all," Parillon stated.

Also on the trip, Parillon, who is the president of BVI Hoop It Up Foundation, will be getting the opportunity to see some of the BVI athletes play for their respective colleges.

"This trip is very special for me to have the opportunity to get my jersey retired at a college that had nine BVI players and to have three players currently playing there that we are responsible for witness this moment with me will be priceless. I will also get a chance to see three of our players at Sauk Valley Community College play a game. From my experience of visiting our players last season, I can tell you the athletes are very excited to see someone from the BVI visit them," Parillon stated.

He thanked Hon. Archibald Christian for helping to make the trip possible.



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  CHILE   


Vecchio signed with Trotamundos - by Daniel Valencia

The Head Coach for the Chilean National Team, Guillermo Vecchio , signed a contract with Trotamundos de Carabobo (Venezuela).

Vecchio worked with the NT in the SouthAmerican championship and then playing friendly games against Argentina and Spain. They NT also travelled to the United States and played against college teams.

It's not sure yet if Vecchio will comeback to the country in order to keep working with the National Team.



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  CHINA   

Standings - CBA

CBA Standings
 1. Guangdong ST 28-4 
 2. Shandong FB 24-8 
 3. Beijing Ducks 21-11 
 4. Xinjiang FT 21-11 
 5. Liaoning H. 19-13 
 6. Guangsha L. 17-15 
 7. DongGuan L. 17-15 
 8. Zhejiang CB 16-16 
 9. Bayi R. 16-16 
 10. Shanxi Zh. 16-16 
 11. Foshan LL 15-17 
 12. Jiangsu D. 13-19 
 13. Fujian QB 11-21 
 14. Shanghai S. 10-22 
 15. Jilin NE T. 10-22 
 16. TianJin S. 10-22 
 17. Qingdao E. 8-24 

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Feb. 27: Guangdong ST - Zhejiang CB
Feb. 27: Xinjiang FT - Liaoning H.
Feb. 27: Shandong FB - DongGuan L.
Feb. 27: Beijing Ducks - Guangsha L.


Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Quincy DOUBY
  Zhejiang CB
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 32.5
 1. Douby, Zhejiang CB32.5 
 2. Randolph, Foshan32.0 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.31.5 
 4. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.9 
 5. Akognon, Liaoning.30.3 
 6. Marbury, Beijing29.5 
 7. Forbes, Guangsha29.4 
 8. Spencer, Jilin N.28.6 
 9. Daniels, Qingdao E.28.6 
 10. Haislip, DongGuan.27.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  TianJin S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Harvey, TianJin S.16.6 
 2. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.15.2 
 3. Randolph, Foshan14.6 
 4. Li, Liaoning H.13.3 
 5. Wang, Fujian QB12.9 
 6. Harris, Jiangsu D.12.4 
 7. Abbas, Shandong FB11.4 
 8. Daniels, Qingdao E.11.3 
 9. Singleton, Xinjian.11.3 
 10. Siler, Jiangsu D.11.2 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  TianJin S.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Daghles, TianJin S.9.1 
 2. Perkins, Foshan LL6.8 
 3. Lu, Shanxi Zh.6.0 
 4. Jeter, Shandong FB5.5 
 5. Marbury, Beijing5.3 
 6. Williams, Shanxi Z.5.2 
 7. McGrady, Qingd.5.1 
 8. Forbes, Guangsha4.9 
 9. Qahwash, Jiang.4.7 
 10. Gaines, Fujian QB4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Doron PERKINS
  Foshan LL
  (188-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Perkins, Foshan LL2.6 
 2. Spencer, Jilin N.2.5 
 3. Jeter, Shandong FB2.4 
 4. Douby, Zhejiang CB2.4 
 5. Abbas, Shandong FB2.3 
 6. Hu, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 7. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.2 
 8. Marbury, Beijing2.2 
 9. Han, Bayi R.2.1 
 10. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Ti.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. N''Diaye, Ti.3.9 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.9 
 3. Siler, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 4. Jones, Liaoning H.1.9 
 5. Yi, Guangdong ST1.8 
 6. Daniels, Qingdao E.1.7 
 7. Morris, Beijing Du.1.7 
 8. Vroman, Shandong.1.5 
 9. Han, Liaoning H.1.5 
 10. Yan, Shanxi Zh.1.4 



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  COLOMBIA   

Standings

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



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  CROATIA   


Balkan League: Kozuv upset Djuro Djakovic in Croatia - by Eurobasket News

Djuro Djakovic - Kozuv 72:89

Kozuv overcame a slow start to knock down Djuro Djakovic at the second stage of the Balkan League tournament. Aleksandar Shterjov (208-C-86, agency: Global Sports Plaza) knocked down 17 points to lead the winners as they improved at 4-0 record on top of Last Four group.
Djuro Djakovic dominated in the first period. They went on an 8:0 run to ensure an 18:9 lead after ten minutes. But Kozuv recovered well in the second quarter. The Macedonian team triggered a 13:0 rally in the period to secure a 43:34 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter. Kozuv entered the fourth frame up by 9 points. The visitors fired 25 points in the fourth stanza and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Miladin Pekovic (197-G/F-83, agency: BeoExcell) provided 16 points, while Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 13 points for the winners. Toni Brnas (201-F-91) answered with 27 points to lead all scorers. Marko Batina (198-F/G-86) netted 16 points for Djuro Djakovic.

Djuro Djakovic: Toni Brnas 27, Marko Batina 16
Kozuv: Aleksandar Shterjov 17, Miladin Pekovic 16, Dimitar Karadzovski 13



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  CUBA   


Capitalinos and Ciego de Avila to fight for LSB title - by Eurobasket News

Capitalinos and Ciego de Avila will clash in the LSB championship series. They overcame Santiago de Cuba and Camaguey in the respective semifinal series.
Capitalinos needed three games to complete the sweep of the semifinal series.
Ciego de Avilla needed all five games to tame Camaguey. They clinched a 63:60 victory in the decider. The final series is scheduled to tip off tonight.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Standings - NBL

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

Second Stage: Round 1

A1

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

A2

Feb. 13: Usti n/Labem - Chomutov 80-68
Feb. 20: USK Praha - Usti n/Labem 77-68
Feb. 16: Svitavy - Levice 76-82
Feb. 13: J.Hradec - Svitavy 75-92
Feb. 20: Chomutov - J.Hradec 112-104
Feb. 13: Levice - B&W Opava 103-69
Feb. 23: J.Hradec - USK Praha
Feb. 23: Levice - Chomutov
Feb. 22: B&W Opava - Svitavy


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Jan TOMANEC
  J.Hradec
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Tomanec, J.Hradec19.5 
 2. Deloach, Svitavy18.8 
 3. Blazek, B&W Opava17.5 
 4. Bolds, BC Kolin17.4 
 5. Zabas, BK Pardubi.17.3 
 6. Fields, Chomutov17.3 
 7. Meno, USK Praha17.2 
 8. Reese, Usti n.17.2 
 9. Dufault, BK Prost.15.7 
 10. Mroz, Svitavy15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Chomutov
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Fields, Chomutov10.2 
 2. Meno, USK Praha9.5 
 3. Tomanec, J.Hradec9.2 
 4. Muirhead, BK Pardu.8.2 
 5. Nuhanovic, Levice7.6 
 6. Wilson, NH Ostrava7.3 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy7.2 
 8. Simmons, Levice6.9 
 9. Blazek, B&W Opava6.8 
 10. Reese, Usti n.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jakub SIRINA
  B&W Opava
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Sirina, B&W Opava5.8 
 2. Ames, NH Ostrava5.6 
 3. Deloach, Svitavy4.7 
 4. Kemp, Levice4.1 
 5. Glover, Chomutov4.1 
 6. Pavkovic, CEZ N.4.0 
 7. Pope, BK Decin3.9 
 8. Sotnar, USK Praha3.8 
 9. Ciz, NH Ostrava3.7 
 10. Sanders, BK Decin3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Chomutov
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Glover, Chomutov2.9 
 2. Sirina, B&W Opava2.2 
 3. Ames, NH Ostrava2.2 
 4. Bolds, BC Kolin2.2 
 5. Nolen, Usti n.2.1 
 6. Reese, Usti n.1.9 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy1.9 
 8. Pope, BK Decin1.8 
 9. Taylor, CEZ N.1.6 
 10. Sanders, BK Decin1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (209-C-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.6 
 2. Nuhanovic, Levice1.5 
 3. Fields, Chomutov1.1 
 4. Simmons, Levice1.0 
 5. Miklosik, B&W O.1.0 
 6. Meno, USK Praha0.9 
 7. Kohout, BK Prost.0.9 
 8. Slavik, USK Praha0.9 
 9. Svrdlik, BK Prost.0.8 
 10. Nelson, BK Pardu.0.8 


Standings - D2

1Liga Standings
 1. Sparta Praha 19-2 
 2. Sokol H.K. 17-4 
 3. Loko Plzen 12-9 
 4. JBC Brno 12-9 
 5. Sokol P. 10-10 
 6. Liberec 10-10 
 7. Litomerice 10-11 
 8. Ostrava 9-12 
 9. Kara Trutnov 9-12 
 10. Proton Zlin 9-12 
 11. Nymburk B 8-13 
 12. Sokol V. 4-17 
 13. U19 2-10 

Regular Season: Round 21

Feb. 18: U19 - Sokol P. 65-80
Feb. 19: U19 - Litomerice 61-76
Feb. 24: Kara Trutnov - Loko Plzen
Feb. 22: Nymburk B - JBC Brno
Feb. 22: Ostrava - Sokol V.
Feb. 24: Proton Zlin - Sokol P.
Feb. 24: Litomerice - Sparta Praha
Feb. 22: Liberec - Sokol H.K.

Round 19

Feb. 26: Liberec - Sokol P.


Barton comes back to USK Praha - by Eurobasket News

USK Praha (NBL) added to their roster 33-year old Czech small forward Lubos Barton (202-100kg-80, college: Valparaiso). It is actually his comeback to Praha as he played here before. Barton just played at NY Phantoms in German BBL league. In 5 games this season he recorded 4.4ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.0apg. He also played at USK Praha earlier that season. In 5 NBL games this year he averaged impressive 17.4ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg. Barton ended the last season at FIATC Joventut (ACB) in Spanish league. In 11 games last year he averaged 6.4ppg and 3.7rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (ACB) in Spanish league. In 15 games he averaged 6.1ppg and 4.7rpg. Barton also played 7 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 7.9ppg and 4.9rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team won Spanish ACB Regular Season in 2010. Barton was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Europe Honorable Mention back in 2007. He represented Czech Republic at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 8.1ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 78.6%.
Barton has played previously professionally in Italy (Lottomatica Roma and Biancoblu Basket Bologna) and Spain (Regal FC Barcelona).
He attended Valparaiso University until 2002 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Great athlete. Excellent shooter from various range, but can easily run in the traffic. Good ballhandling skills. Quick. Very useful on defensive end, where can get many rebounds. You can expect many points. Can pass more.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Barton comes back to USK Praha - by Eurobasket News

USK Praha (NBL) added to their roster 33-year old Czech small forward Lubos Barton (202-100kg-80, college: Valparaiso). It is actually his comeback to Praha as he played here before. Barton just played at NY Phantoms in German BBL league. In 5 games this season he recorded 4.4ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.0apg. He also played at USK Praha earlier that season. In 5 NBL games this year he averaged impressive 17.4ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg. Barton ended the last season at FIATC Joventut (ACB) in Spanish league. In 11 games last year he averaged 6.4ppg and 3.7rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (ACB) in Spanish league. In 15 games he averaged 6.1ppg and 4.7rpg. Barton also played 7 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 7.9ppg and 4.9rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team won Spanish ACB Regular Season in 2010. Barton was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Europe Honorable Mention back in 2007. He represented Czech Republic at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 8.1ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 78.6%.
Barton has played previously professionally in Italy (Lottomatica Roma and Biancoblu Basket Bologna) and Spain (Regal FC Barcelona).
He attended Valparaiso University until 2002 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Great athlete. Excellent shooter from various range, but can easily run in the traffic. Good ballhandling skills. Quick. Very useful on defensive end, where can get many rebounds. You can expect many points. Can pass more.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  DENMARK   

Standings - Basketligaen

Ligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 21-3 
 2. Bakken 19-5 
 3. Horsens IC 19-6 
 4. SISU 15-10 
 5. Naestved 12-13 
 6. Randers 11-14 
 7. Horsholm 9-15 
 8. Vaerlose 9-16 
 9. Aarhus BC 6-19 
 10. Aalborg 2-22 

Regular Season: Round 29

Feb. 20: Aalborg - Horsholm 84-83
Feb. 21: Svendborg - Bakken
Feb. 23: Randers - Aarhus BC
Feb. 23: Naestved - Aalborg
Feb. 23: Svendborg - Vaerlose
Feb. 23: Horsholm - Bakken
Feb. 24: SISU - Horsens IC


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Colas, Randers25.4 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.24.4 
 3. Jukic, Horsens IC21.3 
 4. Bowlin, Horsens IC20.1 
 5. Darboe, Svendborg19.0 
 6. Delk, Vaerlose19.0 
 7. Walker, Naestved19.0 
 8. Tomko, Bakken18.5 
 9. Ocana, Randers18.0 
 10. Nielsen, Randers18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Colas, Randers14.9 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.9.9 
 3. Dezouvre, Aarhus9.2 
 4. Jukic, Horsens IC9.2 
 5. Doggett, Naestved8.2 
 6. Baker, Vaerlose8.0 
 7. Washington, Svend.7.9 
 8. Walker, Naestved7.8 
 9. Moritz, SISU7.7 
 10. Christoffers., Ba.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Miguel ORTEGA
  Randers
  (188-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Ortega, Randers7.3 
 2. Bowlin, Horsens IC6.8 
 3. Darboe, Svendborg6.0 
 4. Nielsen, SISU5.2 
 5. Murphy, Naestved4.7 
 6. Tomko, Bakken4.5 
 7. Nielsen, Randers4.3 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.4.3 
 9. Jonsson, Aarhus BC4.0 
 10. Dennis, SISU4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC3.1 
 2. Tomko, Bakken2.4 
 3. Nielsen, SISU2.2 
 4. Darboe, Svendborg2.1 
 5. Ortega, Randers2.0 
 6. Delk, Vaerlose2.0 
 7. Jukic, Horsens IC2.0 
 8. Walker, Naestved1.9 
 9. Rungby, Horsens IC1.8 
 10. Dennis, SISU1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory WASHINGTON
  Svend.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Washington, Svend.2.5 
 2. Colas, Randers2.1 
 3. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.7 
 4. Jukic, Horsholm1.3 
 5. Jukic, Horsens IC1.2 
 6. Christoffers., Bak.1.2 
 7. Delk, Vaerlose1.0 
 8. Smith, SISU0.9 
 9. Jensen, Vaerlose0.9 
 10. Frandsen, Naestv.0.8 


Standings - 1st Division

1st Division Standings
 1. Falcon 13-4 
 2. Lemvig 13-4 
 3. BMS Skovlunde 13-5 
 4. Amager BK 12-5 
 5. Virum 10-7 
 6. Stevnsgade 10-7 
 7. Glostrup 7-9 
 8. Aarhus BF 6-9 
 9. Koge BK 6-11 
 10. ALBA 5-12 
 11. Jonstrup 4-12 
 12. Haderslev 2-16 

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 19: BMS Skovlunde - Haderslev 84-69
Feb. 16: Haderslev - ALBA 80-73
Feb. 20: Falcon - Virum
Feb. 23: Stevnsgade - Lemvig
Feb. 23: Koge BK - Glostrup
Feb. 23: Amager BK - Aarhus BF



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Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Sioux Falls S. 20-12 
 2. Canton C. 20-13 
 3. Santa Cruz W. 19-11 
 4. Maine RC 19-16 
 5. Erie Bay H. 18-14 
 6. Ft.Wayne MA 15-17 
 7. Springfield A. 10-21 
 8. Iowa E. 7-24 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 21-9 
 2. Rio Grande VV 20-11 
 3. Austin T. 17-13 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 16-15 
 5. Texas L. 14-19 
 6. Los Angeles D. 12-18 
 7. Reno B. 11-17 
 8. Idaho S. 10-19 

Regular Season: Round 44

Feb. 20: Santa Cruz W. - Los Angeles D. 98-92
Feb. 20: Canton C. - Erie Bay H. 96-101
Feb. 19: Sioux Falls S. - Iowa E. 117-112
Feb. 18: Reno B. - Maine RC 106-98
Feb. 20: Idaho S. - Springfield A. 105-107

Regular Season: Round 45

Feb. 21: Iowa E. - Austin T.
Feb. 21: Idaho S. - Springfield A.
Feb. 21: Reno B. - Santa Cruz W.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jeremy LAMB
  Tulsa 66ers
  (195-G/F-92)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Lamb, Tulsa 66ers21.1 
 2. Johnson-Odom, Los21.0 
 3. Goudelock, Sioux F.20.3 
 4. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.20.1 
 5. Mack, Maine RC19.7 
 6. Summers, Maine RC19.7 
 7. Almond, Iowa E.19.5 
 8. Joseph, Austin T.19.4 
 9. Kennedy, Erie B.19.0 
 10. Nichols, Sioux F.18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luke HARANGODY
  Ft.Wayne.
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.12.3 
 2. Mays, Springfield10.6 
 3. Butch, Bakersfi.10.6 
 4. Plumlee, Ft.Wayne.10.2 
 5. Jackson, Austin T.10.2 
 6. Onuaku, Canton C.9.7 
 7. Harris, Iowa E.9.5 
 8. Jones, Rio G.9.3 
 9. Evans, Idaho S.9.3 
 10. Wright, Maine RC9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Andre BARRETT
  Maine RC
  (175-PG-82)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Barrett, Maine RC8.5 
 2. Russell, Reno B.7.7 
 3. Mack, Maine RC7.3 
 4. Wright, Iowa E.7.1 
 5. Quinn, Tulsa 66ers6.4 
 6. Fortson, Los A.6.3 
 7. Machado, Rio G.6.1 
 8. Singletary, Texas6.1 
 9. Uzoh, Springfield5.8 
 10. Karl, Idaho S.5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jamario MOON
  Los A.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Moon, Los A.2.3 
 2. Joseph, Austin T.2.0 
 3. Fortson, Los A.1.9 
 4. Greene, Los A.1.9 
 5. McNeal, Bakersfi.1.9 
 6. Hannah, Santa C.1.9 
 7. Sutton, Tulsa 66e.1.8 
 8. Holiday, Idaho S.1.8 
 9. Gutierrez, Canton1.8 
 10. Tyndale, Sioux F.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Fabricio MELO
  Maine RC
  (212-C-90)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Melo, Maine RC3.5 
 2. Jordan, Reno B.2.7 
 3. Eyenga, Texas L.2.3 
 4. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 5. Gladness, Santa C.2.2 
 6. Moon, Los A.2.1 
 7. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 8. Foster, Sioux F.2.1 
 9. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.1 
 10. Plumlee, Ft.Wayne.1.9 


Austin Toros sign Bill Walker - by Eurobasket News

Austin Toros signed 26-year old swingman Bill Walker (198-100kg-87, college: Kansas State, agency: N.E.T.). He has played for the last two seasons at New York Knicks in the NBA. In 32 games last year he had 5.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.2apg.
In 2008 Walker was drafted by Washington Wizards (NBA) in second round (47th overall). He attended Kansas State and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Walker won NBA Atlantic Division championship title in 2009. He was also voted Big 12 All-Freshman Team back in 2008 at his college time.
Walker has played previously professionally in other NBA teams (Boston Celtics) and D-League (Utah F. and Maine Red Claws).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Recap of mid-week action from the League - by Eurobasket News

Reno B. - Maine RC 106-98
The Reno Bighorns (11-17) defeated the Maine Red Claws (19-16) 106-98 Monday night in Reno. The Bighorns were led by Marcus Landry (6'7''-F-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin)'s 20 points. Jerome Jordan (7'0''-C-86, college: Tulsa) and Samardo Samuels (6'9''-F/C-89, college: Louisville) both recorded double-doubles for Reno. Jordan had 14 points and 13 rebounds. Samuels had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Tajuan Porter added 19 points. DaJuan Summers (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgetown) had 22 points to lead Maine. James Mays had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Red Claws. The Bighorns had 58 points in the paint, compared to 46 for Maine. Reno also shot 47.1% from the field, on 41-87 shooting. Reno will face the Santa Cruz Warriors at home on Thursday, February 21 at 7 p.m. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Sioux Falls S. - Iowa E. 117-112
With temperatures freezing on the outside, the Sioux Falls Skyforce looked to extend their current hot streak and did in impressive fashion with a virtuoso performance from forward Demetris Nichols (6'9''-F-84, college: Syracuse) on Tuesday night. Nichols scored a game-high 42 points and added eight assists and seven rebounds, propelling the Skyforce (20-12) to their third straight win and seventh in a row at home in defeating Iowa 117-112 before 2,087 fans. Nichols, who represented the team at the D-League All-Star Game last weekend, became the first Sioux Falls player to score 40 points in a game since Kirk Penney tallied 40 against Bakersfield on April 2, 2011. Nichols deferred his individual performance and expressed his gratitude to teammates. 'My teammates did a great job finding me,' he said. 'Even though I scored 42, I wouldn't be able to do that without my teammates. I just wanted to come out there and be ready to play.' Nichols was one of five Skyforce players in double figures as Mychel Thompson (6'7''-F-88, college: Pepperdine) scored 17 points while Mark Tyndale tallied 15 and Mike Davis and Damian Saunders each scored 10. Every Sioux Falls player that played in the game scored at least four points. Skyforce coach Joel Abelson said the win was a total team effort. 'It's nice when everybody contributes,' he said. 'We responded to the challenge.' The game started went back and forth before Iowa's Jarrid Famous hit a jumper to give the Energy (7-24) a 20-18 lead with 4:35 remaining in the quarter. Iowa increased their lead to 11 at 59-48 in the first half following a 3-pointer from Robert Hite with 2:32 remaining in the second quarter. Sioux Falls closed within four following a 9-2 run as the Energy held a 61-57 halftime lead. The Skyforce outscored Iowa 31-26 in the third quarter, taking an 88-87 lead into the fourth. Iowa scored seven of the first nine points in the fourth to take a 94-90 lead with 9:19 remaining. The lead would be the last of the game for Iowa as Nichols scored eight of the game's next 15 points to put the Skyforce up for good at 104-95 with 4:44 remaining. The Energy outscored Sioux Falls 17-13 the rest of the way as the Force held on for a five-point win. Energy coach Bruce Wilson said his team, who had five players score in double figures led by Chris Wright (6'1''-PG-89, college: Georgetown)t's 25 points, fought hard in the loss. 'I was really happy with the way we played offense,' he said. 'That's what we're kind of all about is just kind of spreading out a little bit and getting some guys going out there.' The Skyforce (20-12), who sit just a half-game behind Central Division leader Rio Grande Valley, will next be in action this weekend hosting the Tulsa 66ers on Friday and Saturday night. Courtesy of: argusleader.com

Santa Cruz W. - Los Angeles D. 98-92
The Santa Cruz Warriors came from behind in the fourth quarter to tame the Los Angeles D-Fenders for the 19th win on the season. The Warriors were down by as many as 10 points at halftime. They slowed down the Warriors in the third quarter but still trailed by 9 with one quarter remaining. But the hosts went on a 33:18 rally in the final ten minutes to rally to the tough win at the end. Hilton Armstrong (6'11''-C/F-84, college: Connecticut) delivered 18 points and 11 boards for the Warriors. Cameron James (6'1''-G) netted 18 points for the winning team. Courtney Fortson (5'11''-PG-88, college: Arkansas) answered with 19 points for the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

Idaho S. - Springfield A. 105-107
Springfield forward Willie Reed (6'9''-F-90, college: St.Louis) made a tip-in off of a missed Kris Joseph shot to propel the Springfield Armor to a 107-105 win against the Idaho Stampede. Reed had 13 points and six rebounds. Idaho (10-19) was led by Durrell Summers (6'5''-G-89, college: Michigan St.), who had 30 points, six rebounds and four steals, including a game-tying three-pointer with 7.8 seconds to go in the game. It was Summers' lone three-point attempt of the night. Justin Holiday (6'6''-F-89, college: Washington) added 21 points, seven rebounds and three steals, while Josh Owens had 12 points and Coby Karl added 11 points. Kris Joseph had 24 points for the Armor in coach Bob MacKinnon's return to Idaho after coaching the Stampede in 2009-10. Dennis Horner had 15 points and Carleton Scott added 14. The game featured four ties in the final 4:42, and saw both teams shot 46 percent or higher. The Armor (10-21) outrebounded Idaho by just one (46-45), while the Stampede made three more free throws (23-20). Overall, there were 12 ties and seven lead changes, with a combined 100 points in the paint and three individual technical fouls in the tightly contested game. Courtesy of: kboi2.com

Canton C. - Erie Bay H. 96-101
The Canton Charge were defeated by the Erie Bayhawks by a score of 101-96 Wednesday night at The Canton Memorial Civic Center. The Charge dropped to 20-13 on the season. The Bayhawks improved their record to 18-14. Erie leads the season series 3-1 with 3 match - ups renaming. The Canton Charge got of to a good start in this game taking a 29-20 lead in the first quarter. Josh Selby scored 8 of his 19 points in the first stanza. Ryan Rossiter (6'9''-F/C-89, college: Siena) added 8 points in the first for the Charge. Canton shot 52.6% (10 of 19) in the first and Erie shot just 25% (5 of 20). The Erie Bayhawks got things going in the second quarter, however. The Charge lead was cut to just four at Halftime. The Bayhawks outscored Canton 32-27 in the second quarter. Kyle Goldcamp scored 9 of his game high 25 points in the second stanza. Cory Higgins added 6 points in the second for the visitors. Ryan Rossiter added 8 points for the Charge in the second quarter. The visitors went on a a 14-6 run in the first 7:49 of the third quarter. The Bayhawks shot 50% from the field during the third. Erie outscored the Charge 29-15 in the third quarter. The visitors led 81-71 heading into the fourth quarter. The Charge used a quick 8-0 surge to cut Erie's 89-77 deficit to just three points. Erie than expanded its lead to 92-85. Canton fought back with a 7-0 run to cut Erie's lead to 3 with just 16 seconds left. D. J. Kennedy made two clutch free throws to ice the game for the Bayhawks. Josh Selby was the leading scorer for the Charge with 19 points,3 assists, 6 rebounds and a steal. Ryan Rossiter scored 18 points with 7 rebounds for the Charge. Kyle Gibson (6'5''-G-87, college: Louisiana Tech) poured in 15 points, dished out 7 assists and grabbed 3 rebounds for the home team. Dominique Johnson dded 10 points in 24 minutes for the Charge. For the Visitor, D.J. Kennedy (6'6''-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances, college: St.John's) scored 23 points, had 4 steals, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished out 6 assists in 40 minutes. In addition to the 25 points by Goldcamp, he added 9 rebounds, 1 assist and a steal. Cory Higgins added 12 points for Erie. After the game Canton Head Coach Alex Jensen was complementary of how Kyle Goldcamp played tonight. 'We started out doing well but you have to give credit to Kyle Goldcamp who played great. I told our guys that I don't think they ran one play for him, but he ended up with 25 (points) and 9 (rebounds) which made him a big difference in the game. Coach Jensen also addressed Canton's rough stretches at the offensive end during tonight's game. 'Offensively, I think we turn to trying to make it happen right away. There's a fine line between staying aggressive and realizing you don't have it. It's unlike us to give away 32 points (in a quarter) and I bet we were around 50 percent (offensively). We got guys running to the three-point line when they can run to the basket for a layup. The worst part about it i.s when you have a turnover and then its two points back (on the other end) if you don't make it then you don't get the rebound. Courtesy of: akronsportsnow.com



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Are Wizards the best minor league team in New York ? - by Gianni Pascucci

The New York Wizards began the season with the intention of promoting EBA minor league basketball in and around the NYC area for the purpose of league expansion and to promote their players for overseas play. And they are doing just that.
In the Wizards first EBA game of the season against the Westchester Flying Dutchmen on Saturday 2/16 the Wizards virtually led from wire to wire finishing the game with an impressive 115-90 victory!
The Wizards were without 3 of their top players in this game, all former Division I stars. Tim Zephyr (6'8''-F-87, college: Norfolk St.) who averaged a double/double in points and rebounds for the Wizards last season had a broken toe, Eric Ferguson (6'1''-G-82, college: Arkansas) was one of the league's best defenders last season, leading the EBA in steals, and among the top 3-pt shooters had the flu, and SaiQuon Stone (6'6''-G/F-87, college: S.Mississippi) who has averaged 13 PPG and 5 SPG in two contests this season was out with a calf injury. The Dutchmen were without Aaron Williams (6'3''-PG-82, college: Delaware St.) and Joseph Dorsett-Jeffreys (7'0''-C-85, college: Norfolk St.).
"Depth is vital in minor league basketball" stated Wizards Head Coach Greg Cerillo Sr "The Dutchmen are a quality club and were great hosts for this contest. As a first year club in any league they are in great shape, and should do great things come playoff time." "We were embarrassed in our last contest against one of the best teams we have faced (The ABA New Jersey Express), and wanted to come out strong here on both ends of the floor for this contest" continued Cerillo "And we did just that"
The Wizards are a suffocating defense man to man club (even without 3 of their best defensive players), and even with the Jersey loss where they gave up 105 points, hold clubs to 93 points per contest.
Jamal Webb (6'5''-G-85, college: SUNY Maritime) paced the Dutchmen with 21 points. The Wizards had 7 of their 10 players in uniform score in double digits paced by former Iona guard Trinity Fields (6'2''-G) with 21 points (3 of 4 from the 3pt line and 3 assists). Jason Romer (6'3''-G, college: Felician) (LIU) added 2o points and 2-time league MVP Aubin Scott (6'2''-G-83, college: LIU Brooklyn) (LIU) had 11 points and 6 assists. Gerald Colds (6'1''-G-89) (Drexel) scored 12 points in 20 minutes of play, and Florida Atlantics Shavar Richardson (6'3''-G-89, college: Florida Atlantic) added 11 points inclusive of 2 long range bombs to increase the Wizards consistent double digit lead.
"We are relatively surprised that many teams we face this season drop into a zone against us" stated Wizards Head Coach Greg Cerillo Sr "It may be match up concerns on our opponents part, and truly it is a complement to our depth if teams feel they have difficulty matching up man to man against us. This has left some shooting lanes open for us and contributed to our increased amount of 3 point makes this year (8 in this contest alone). Our ability to take people inside and dominate the glass has opened up some opportunities for our guards who scored 75 points in this contest."
The inside play Coach Cerillo was referring to was evident in this contest with Anthony Cox (6'9''-C-83, college: Farmingdale St.) scoring 17 points and grabbing 7 rebounds, Brandon Lawley (6'7''-F/C-85, college: Mansfield, PA) (the EBAs 2012 Rebounding Champion) scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 boards, Khalil McDonald (6'6''-F, college: Queens, NY) grabbing 6 rebounds (3 offensive) to go along with 4 points. Chris Abney (6'8''-C, college: Glenville State) came off the bench to contribute 8 points (4 of 4 from the free throw line) and 5 boards.
Up next for the Wizards is a Friday night contest at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage on 2/22 at 7 PM, as a fundraising effort for the Challenger Basketball program, against a team looking for EBA entry in the 2013/2014 season from the Boston area called the Metro West Ballas



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Standings - KML

KML Standings
 1. Tarvas 17-6 
 2. TU/Rock 16-0 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 13-5 
 4. TTU 11-9 
 5. Valga 10-12 
 6. Rapla 9-11 
 7. Parnu 7-12 
 8. Tln Kalev 5-18 
 9. Hito/Johvi 1-18 

Regular Season: Round 20

Feb. 19: Valga - Tarvas 66-59
Feb. 22: Tln Kalev - Rapla
Feb. 22: Hito/Johvi - TU/Rock
Feb. 23: Hito/Johvi - TTU


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris LAKSA
  Tarvas
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Laksa, Tarvas16.4 
 2. Akenparg, TTU16.2 
 3. Matulionis, Parnu15.6 
 4. Tamm, Tarvas15.6 
 5. Peciukeviciu., Par.15.2 
 6. Raley-Ross, Tarvas14.9 
 7. Campbell, Tln Kalev14.4 
 8. Okoye, Tln Kalev14.3 
 9. Pilk, Rapla14.3 
 10. Lindmets, Tarvas14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 11
 1. Raadik, Parnu11.0 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev10.2 
 3. Lindmets, Tarvas8.8 
 4. Trumm, Hito/Johvi8.0 
 5. Arnold, TTU7.1 
 6. Grafs, Valga7.1 
 7. Keedus, TTU6.8 
 8. Ringmets, Rapla6.7 
 9. Cunda, Valga6.1 
 10. Raley-Ross, Tarv.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.8 
 2. Keedus, TTU5.1 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas4.7 
 4. Cunda, Valga3.7 
 5. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.7 
 6. Laane, Rapla3.6 
 7. Campbell, Tln Kalev3.5 
 8. Raley-Ross, Tarvas3.3 
 9. Rannula, Valga2.7 
 10. Pilk, Rapla2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Laane, Rapla2.8 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas2.2 
 3. Akenparg, TTU1.9 
 4. Keedus, TTU1.9 
 5. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.6 
 6. Campbell, Tln Kalev1.6 
 7. Saare, Hito/Johvi1.5 
 8. Saage, TU/Rock1.5 
 9. Raley-Ross, Tarvas1.5 
 10. Pilk, Rapla1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew ARNOLD
  TTU
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Arnold, TTU1.1 
 2. Saarmets, TTU0.8 
 3. Matulionis, Parnu0.7 
 4. Okoye, Tln Kalev0.7 
 5. Saks, Tarvas0.6 
 6. Grim, Valga0.6 
 7. Raadik, Parnu0.5 
 8. Tambre, Hito/Johvi0.5 
 9. Raley-Ross, Tarvas0.5 
 10. Nurger, Rapla0.4 


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

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

Siim-Sander Vene
Siim-Sander Vene
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Siim-Sander Vene (203-90, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Lithuania), who plays in the Lithuanian LKL. He could not help Rudupis (12-2) in their last game. Despite Vene's very good performance the league leader Rudupis lost 81-85 on the road to the second-ranked Neptunas. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Vene also added 6 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 34 minutes on the court. It's Vene's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.9apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 59.6%(59-99), 3FGP: 25.7% and FT: 62.5% in the 13 games he played so far. Vene is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82, currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to a Montepaschi Siena's victory against the fifth-ranked Caja Laboral (4-3) 85-74 in the Euroleague last Friday. Kangur recorded 8 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Montepaschi Siena (6-1) is placed second in group F. This season Kangur averages: 8.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 48.4%, 3FGP: 48.5%(32-66). He is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

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

Sten-Timmu Sokk
Sten-Timmu Sokk
   #4. Point guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89, currently plays in Georgia) helped Olimpi win their game against the ninth-ranked Batumi (3-10) crushing them 105-66 in the Georgian Superleague in Friday night's game. Sokk scored 8 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals. Olimpi Tbilisi (10-2) is placed fourth in the Superleague. Sokk is currently fourth on the league's list of best passers. His total stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.9apg and 1.2spg. Sokk has a dual citizenship: Greek and Estonian. He is also Estonian national team player.

Janar Talts
Janar Talts
   #5. International power forward Janar Talts (207-83, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Cimberio Varese in a victory against the 11th-ranked SAIE3 BO (7-12) 78-61 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Talts recorded only 2 points in 8 minutes on the court. Cimberio Varese (16-3) is placed first in the SerieA. This year Talts' total stats are: 3.2ppg and 2.8rpg in the 19 games. He plays currently for the Estonian national team.

Viljar Veski
Viljar Veski
   #6. Center Viljar Veski (215-86, currently plays in Spain) helped Palma win their game against the second-ranked CB Guadalajara (10-5) 86-72 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Saturday night. Veski scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Palma Air Europa (7-9) is placed seventh in the LEB Silver. It was his team's third 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. Veski has averaged so far 7.1ppg and 2.7rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Estonian senior team three years ago.

Joonas Vaino
Joonas Vaino
   #7. U20 international power forward Joonas Vaino (204-92, currently plays in Finland) was not able to secure a victory for Namika Lahti (7-24) in their game against KTP-Basket (25-6) in the Finnish Korisliiga. Vaino recorded only 4 points in 5 minutes on the court. The bottom-ranked Namika Lahti was crushed 97-73 in Kotka by the leading KTP-Basket. It was Namika Lahti's third consecutive loss in a row. Vaino has averaged so far 1.8ppg and 1.5rpg in the 31 games. He is also Estonian U20 national team player.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

Reinar Hallik (208-C-84) plays for Craiova in Romanian Liga Nationala
Marko Meimer (200-F-96) plays for Caceres Basket in Spanish LEB Gold
Kent-Kaarel Vene (192-SG-94) plays for Zalgiris-Sabonio in Lithuanian NKL
Reimo Pahn (202-F-87) plays for Kerava Energia Team in Finnish 1st Division
Karl-Robin Jurjens (199-F-96) plays for Cajasol Castilleja in Spanish EBA
Sven Kaldre (197-G/F-91) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Maert Tralla (177-PG-87) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Madis Shumanov (207-C-88) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga

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



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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


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

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Eurobasket Summer League players, who play currently pro basketball.

Matija Poscic
Matija Poscic
   #1. Matija Poscic (204-C-85, college: De Paul, currently plays in Croatia) was the major contributor in a KK Zagreb's victory against the closely-ranked Alkar Sinj (9-5) 85-75 in the Croatian A1 in Sunday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds in 32 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. KK Zagreb (11-3) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's third 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. It's Poscic's first season with the team. Poscic belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #6 with 6.2rpg. He also averaged so far 7.8ppg in the 13 games he played so far. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. In 2012 Poscic went to the ESL camp in Torino playing for Team Torino.

Yannick Driesen
Yannick Driesen
   #2. Yannick Driesen (215-C-88, currently plays in Belgium) led Antwerp Giants to an easy victory against the league outsider VOO Verviers-Pepinster (3-14) crushing them 90-68 in the Belgian Ethias League last Friday. Driesen scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Port of Antwerp Giants (9-8) is placed fifth in the Ethias League. This season Driesen averages: 7.3ppg and 4.6rpg. Worth to mention Driesen played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Five years ago he took part in the ESL camp in Chicago playing for London.

Kyle Lamonte
Kyle Lamonte
   #3. Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, college: William Carey, currently plays in Argentina), who plays in the Argentinian LigaA could not help Obras (14-22) in their last game. Despite Lamonte's very good performance Obras lost 77-85 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#5) Argentino. He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Lamonte also added 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. Lamonte has relatively good stats this year: 13.4ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3apg in the nine games he played so far. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Perry Petty
Perry Petty
   #4. Perry Petty (185-G-88, college: UTPA, currently plays in Romania) led Giurgiu to a victory over the closely-ranked Rovinari (11-11) 104-99 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Petty recorded 39 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 5 assists; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. CSS Giurgiu (8-14) is placed 12th in the Liga Nationala. Petty is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Petty averages: 16.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.7apg and 2.0spg. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2011 Petty attended the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Monaco.

Lindsey Hughey
Lindsey Hughey
   #5. Lindsey Hughey (190-G-89, college: Weber St., currently plays in Germany) led Leitershofen to a victory over the seventh-ranked Fraport Skyliners II (10-9) 105-91 in the German ProB (third division) last Saturday. Hughey was the best player in that game. He recorded 35 points (!!!), 6 assists and 5 steals in 32 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Hughey's second season in pro basketball. BG Topstar Leitershofen/Stadtbergen (9-10) is placed eighth in Group South. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Hughey is ranked fourth on the list of the most steals in the league with 2.4spg. This year he also averages: 19.2ppg, 6.5rpg and 3.2apg in the 19 games he played so far. He played in 2011at the Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas for Team Lugano.

Robert Holcomb Faye
Robert Holcomb Faye
   #6. Robert Holcomb Faye (185-G-84, college: Radford, currently plays in Holland) led Leeuwarden to a victory over the eighth-ranked M.Magixx (12-15) 98-82 in the Dutch Eredivisie on Tuesday night. He was the top player that evening. Holcomb Faye recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and making 11 passes. Aris Leeuwarden (15-12) is placed fourth in the Eredivisie. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Holcomb Faye is the league's best passer. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 7.9apg and 1.7spg. Holcomb Faye attended five years ago the Eurobasket Summer League camp in Las Vegas.

Gabe Freeman
Gabe Freeman
   #7. Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC, currently plays in ASEAN League), who plays in Philippines could not help Petron Blaze (3-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Petron Blaze lost 76-82 on the road to the one of league's weakest teams (#5) KL Dragons. Freeman had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals in 40 minutes. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Freeman is ranked fourth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (seventh place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Freeman averages: 20.0ppg, 11.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg in the six games he played so far. Worth to mention Freeman played also for Team Monaco at the ESL in Las Vegas in 2011.

Steve Baker
Steve Baker
   #8. Steve Baker (187-G-90, college: Green Bay, currently plays in Portugal) led Sampaense to a victory over the closely-ranked Ovarense (10-4) 85-80 in the Portuguese LPB last Saturday. Baker was the top player that evening. He recorded 27 points (!!!) and grabbed 4 rebounds. Sampaense Basket (8-6) is placed fifth in the LPB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Baker is ranked sixth on the list of the top scorers in the league. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Baker averages: 16.9ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.4spg. He played last year at the ESL in Atlanta for Team England.

Vernon Goodridge
Vernon Goodridge
   #9. Vernon Goodridge (206-F-84, college: La Salle, currently plays in Ukraine) was the major contributor in Khimik's victory against the closely-ranked Hoverla (16-14) 78-75 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Friday night. Goodridge recorded 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (17-12) is placed fifth in the Superleague. This year Goodridge's overall stats are: 9.7ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.7bpg in the 29 games he played so far. He attended in 2010 the ESL camp in Las Vegas.

Kyndall Dykes
Kyndall Dykes
   #10. Kyndall Dykes (190-SG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Ukraine) faced previously mentioned Vernon Goodridge in the Ukrainian Superleague last game. Dykes, who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague could not help Hoverla (16-14) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Hoverla was edged 78-75 on the road by the higher-ranked Khimik (#5). Dykes recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added and 4 steals. Dykes has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.8spg. Worth to mention he played also for Team Naples at the ESL in Malaga, Spain four years ago.



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  EUROCUP   

Standings

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

Top 16: Round 6

I

Feb. 20: Budivelnyk - Triumph 88-77
Feb. 20: Buducnost - Banvit BK 66-50

J

Feb. 19: Gescrap BB - VEF Riga 76-65
Feb. 19: Valencia - CEZ Nymburk 104-55

K

Feb. 20: Stelmet ZG - Lokomotiv 94-88
Feb. 20: Cajasol - Spartak SP 68-66

L

Feb. 19: Galatasaray - Crvena Zvezda 85-84
Feb. 19: Ratiopharm - Unics 77-79


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG21.1 
 2. Rakocevic, Crvena19.5 
 3. Davis, Banvit BK18.5 
 4. McKee, Triumph17.9 
 5. Ray, Ratiopharm17.4 
 6. Eidson, Unics16.8 
 7. Karasev, Triumph16.1 
 8. Brown, Lokomotiv16.0 
 9. Baron, Lokomotiv15.6 
 10. Delaney, Budiveln.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.3 
 2. Lyons, Budivelnyk7.8 
 3. Maric, Lokomotiv7.6 
 4. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.3 
 5. Landry, Triumph7.1 
 6. Stimac, Banvit BK6.8 
 7. Vitkovac, Buducno.6.8 
 8. Savovic, Crvena Z.6.6 
 9. Hervelle, Gescr.6.5 
 10. Vougioukas, Unics6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Nick CALATHES
  Lokom.
  (198-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Calathes, Lokom.7.3 
 2. McKee, Triumph6.1 
 3. Kalnietis, Lokomot.6.0 
 4. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.6 
 5. Wright, Spartak SP5.4 
 6. Satoransky, Cajasol4.8 
 7. Rowland, VEF Riga4.8 
 8. Markovic, Valencia4.7 
 9. Chatman, Unics4.4 
 10. Welsch, CEZ N.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Triumph
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. McKee, Triumph2.4 
 2. Chatman, Unics1.9 
 3. Mejia, Banvit BK1.6 
 4. Brown, Lokomotiv1.6 
 5. Doellman, Valencia1.6 
 6. Wright, Spartak SP1.6 
 7. Calathes, Lokom.1.6 
 8. Hosley, Stelmet ZG1.5 
 9. Eidson, Unics1.5 
 10. Hodge, Stelmet ZG1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Michailis ANISIMOVAS
  Budiv.
  (214-C-84)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Anisimovas, Budiv.1.4 
 2. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 3. Balvin, Cajasol1.2 
 4. Naymick, CEZ N.1.2 
 5. Theis, Ratiopharm1.0 
 6. Vougioukas, Unics1.0 
 7. Nankivil, Ratiopha.0.9 
 8. Doellman, Valencia0.8 
 9. Ndong, Galatasaray0.8 
 10. Anikiyenko, Budiv.0.8 


Results and Stats from Last 16 Round 6. Quarterfinalists are set - by Eurobasket News

Group I
Budivelnyk - Triumph 88-77
Budivelnyk went on a decisive run in the third quarter to pull from behind in the key clash with Triumph in EuroCup Top 16 Group I. Budivelnyk held on to the gained lead throughout the fourth quarter and posted a crucial victory to finish on top of the ladder. Budivelnyk will now face Spartak Saint Petersburg in the playoffs. Triumph slipped at 2-4 record and finished at the bottom of the standings. The teams went neck and neck throughout the first quarter. The scoreboard read 21:21 at the first intermission. The Russian team pulled ahead in the second frame. Triumph opened the period with 7 points in a row to spur ahead. They held on to the advantage to establish a 43:37 halftime advantage. Kyle Landry gave the visitors a 45:37 advantage early in the third term. However Budivelnyk capped the period on a 15:2 rally to head into the fourth frame up by 5 points 58:53. Sergey Karasev put Triumph within three early in the fourth frame but it was as close as the visitors could get. Budivelnyk stayed calm and raced to the victory at the end. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) netted 26 points and distributed 7 assists to lead the hosts. Michailis Anisimovas (214-C-84) added 16 points for the winners. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) answered with 17 points for Triumph. Sergey Karasev provided 15 points in the loss.

Buducnost - Banvit BK 66-50
Buducnost claimed a necessary victory over Banvit to secure the EuroCup quarterfinal appearance. The Montenegrin champions had to win by at least nine points to advance. They made sure no extra counting would be needed thumping the Turkish team in front of 2700 fans in Podgorica. Dee Bost (187-G-89, college: Mississippi St.) scored 16 points to pace the hosts but it was stifling defence that made difference in this one. Buducnost ensured a 17:14 lead ten minutes into the game. They held Banvit to 7 points in the second quarter to boost the gap. Buducnost enjoyed a 36:21 halftime lead. The hosts kept Banvit at bay in the third quarter. The visitors managed just 14 points to trail by 16 points at the final intermission. The margin grew at 20-point mark and Buducnost eased to the necessary victory at the end. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Milan Milosevic provided 11 points each for the home team. Kalin Lucas (185-PG-89, college: Michigan St.) answered with 12 points for Banvit. Charles Davis chipped in 8 points in the loss.

Group J
Gescrap BB - 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 had 11 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

Valencia - CEZ 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 added 12 points for the winning side. Michael Efevberha (197-G-84, college: CS Northridge) answered with 12 points for Nymburk. Tweety Carter chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Group K
Stelmet ZG - Lokomotiv 94-88
Stelmet Zielona Gora sweetened their overall unsuccessful EuroCup Top 16 campaign with victory in the last round. The Polish team held off visiting Lokomotiv Kuban behind game-high 29 points and 10 assists from Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida). Stelmet occupied the third position in Group K behind Lokomotiv and Spartak SP. Lokomotiv finished at 5-1 record on top of the standings and would now take on Buducnost in playoffs. Lokomotiv fired 27 points in the starting quarter to build a 6-point lead. The visitors stayed on fire in the second frame to pile up a 48:38 advantage at halftime. Stelmet Zielona Gora narrowed the gap at 4-point mark at the final break 64:68. Cesnauskis put the hosts in front 69:68 early in the fourth period. Stelmet Zielona Gora opened an 88:83 lead late in the regulation and hung on to seal the win at the end. Dejan Borovnjak (207-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) notched 23 points and 12 boards, while Marcin Sroka added 13 points for the winners. Richard Hendrix (204-C/F-86, college: Alabama) answered with 20 points and 10 boards for Lokomotiv. Derrick Brown chipped in 19 points and grabbed 7 boards for the visitors.

Cajasol - Spartak SP 68-66
Cajasol finished their EuroCup Top 16 campaign on a high note. They held off Spartak Saint Petersburg in Seville. John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.) scored 23 points to lead the winners as they finished in the fourth position in Group K. Spartak occupied the second position despite the loss and would face Budivelnyk in the quarterfinals. Spartak Saint Petersburg jumped to an early lead. The Russian team enjoyed a 17:9 advantage after the opening quarter. The margin grew in the second frame. Spartak accounted for a 35:21 halftime advantage. But Cajasol refused to surrender. The hosts ignited a 25:13 run in the third period to narrow the deficit at just 2-point mark with ten minutes remaining 46:48. Cajasol eventually surged ahead for a 66:64 lead. Kurbanov dunked for a 66:66 tie. Ondrej Balvin missed his attempt but Satorasnky tipped the ball in to seal the victory for Cajasol. Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91) nailed 11 points, while Ondrej Balvin and Joan Sastre Morro had 9 points apiece for the winners. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) answered with 19 points for Spartak. Vladimir Dragicevic chipped in 14 points in the defeat.

Group L
Ratiopharm - 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 notched 16 points in the loss.

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 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.



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Olympiacos' appeal was dismissed - by Kostas Papadopoulos

Olympiacos faced negative developments regarding the appeal it had made to the Euroleague for the home game against Siena at Peace and Friendship Hall, as this appeal was dismissed.
The result was the same as the one of the initial objection the Reds made after the defeat against Siena (18/01), since the Euroleague did not accept at its yesterday's relevant announcement what the Reds provided regarding the last ten seconds of this game.
Thus Olymiacos remains at 4-3 record and Siena at 6-1.



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  FINLAND   

Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. KTP 25-6 
 2. Nilan Bisons 24-7 
 3. Kataja 23-5 
 4. Pyrinto 23-8 
 5. Kauhajoki 20-12 
 6. LrNMKY 15-16 
 7. Kouvot 15-17 
 8. Korihait 11-21 
 9. Salon Vilpas 9-23 
 10. Lapua 9-23 
 11. FoKoPo 7-25 
 12. Namika Lahti 7-25 

Regular Season: Round 33

Feb. 20: LrNMKY - Kouvot 91-78
Feb. 20: Lapua - Kauhajoki 79-84
Feb. 20: FoKoPo - Pyrinto 74-102
Feb. 20: Namika Lahti - Nilan Bisons 69-93
Feb. 20: Korihait - Salon Vilpas 61-72

Regular Season: Round 34

Feb. 22: Pyrinto - LrNMKY
Feb. 23: Salon Vilpas - FoKoPo
Feb. 23: Kouvot - Lapua
Feb. 23: Nilan Bisons - Korihait
Feb. 23: Kauhajoki - KTP
Feb. 26: Kataja - Namika Lahti


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  LrNM.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Conley, LrNM.22.9 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons21.7 
 3. Gibson, LrNM.21.4 
 4. Clavell, Kouvot20.3 
 5. Haanpaa, Lapua18.9 
 6. Logins, LrNM.18.4 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto17.9 
 8. Bullock, Kauhajoki17.1 
 9. Burgess, FoKoPo16.5 
 10. Flowers, Kataja16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  LrNM.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Conley, LrNM.9.9 
 2. McDade, Nilan B.9.6 
 3. Ford, Kauhajoki9.0 
 4. Giles, KTP8.6 
 5. Thornton, FoKoPo8.6 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto8.5 
 7. Logins, LrNM.8.1 
 8. Johnson, Namika L.8.0 
 9. Ulmer, Pyrinto7.9 
 10. Thorpe, FoKoPo7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Williams, Pyrinto7.6 
 2. Coleman, Lapua5.1 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.0 
 4. Smith, Kataja4.9 
 5. Nikkarinen, Kouvot4.8 
 6. Gibson, LrNM.4.6 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons4.4 
 8. Watson, Kauhajoki4.3 
 9. Burgess, FoKoPo4.1 
 10. Sarcevic, KTP3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Flowers, Kataja2.6 
 2. Coleman, Lapua2.6 
 3. Smith, Kataja2.5 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.2.1 
 5. Holloway, Namika L.1.9 
 6. Conley, LrNM.1.8 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto1.7 
 8. Ulmer, Pyrinto1.7 
 9. Tolbert, Lapua1.6 
 10. Barrett, KTP1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sefton BARRETT
  KTP
  (196-SF-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Barrett, KTP1.4 
 2. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.2 
 3. Ford, Kauhajoki1.1 
 4. Jones, LrNM.1.0 
 5. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 6. Giles, KTP0.9 
 7. Dyer, Korihait0.9 
 8. McDade, Nilan B.0.8 
 9. Hampton, Lapua0.8 
 10. Ulmer, Pyrinto0.8 


KORISLIIGA: Kauhajoki better than Lapua - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 32: Five contests tonight and only one home victory. And that happened at Lappeenranta, where local YMCA beat Kouvot (Kouvola) in TV-game 91-78 (48-39). Top League leading scorer Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Missouri) netted again 30 points (1 - 5/5, 2 - 8/13, 3 - 3/6) and grabbed 12 rebounds. Matthew Gibson (196-G-84) and Greg Logins (200-F-88, college: Canisius) combined 40 pts and that was then already 70/91 pts. Aleksi Akpaso (192-SG-92) led Kouvot (15-17) with 21 pts, which is his season maybe career best on top level. Gilberto Clavell (201-F-89, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Sam Houston St.) had a double-double 17pts/11rbs, though he fouled out of the game early.
Karhu from Kauhajoki visiting the neighbour town Lapua and defeating Korikobrat the third time this season. This time the difference was only five points: 79-84 (32-40). Karhu lost three players during the game because of five fouls, J'Nathan Bullock was still on injured list, but Karhu was able to win in front of 700 spectators. Lapua's sharpshooter Samuel Haanpaa (203-SG-86) 30pts/12rbs (1 - 7/7, 2 - 7/13, 3 - 3/9) was again too alone, but got anyway some help from Trey Hampton and Dominique Coleman (190-G-84, college: Colorado). Giordan Watson (178-PG-85, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Cent.Michigan) led Karhu with 30 pts (1 - 3/4, 2 - 12/15, 3 - 1/4). Newcomer Haminn Quaintance (201-F-85, college: Kent St.) scored 14 pts in 17:57 minutes.

UU-Korihait (Uusikaupunki) surprised this time by scoring only 61 points at home court. Visitor Vilpas (Salo) made 11 pts more and won 61-72 (29-38). Korihait had only two players over 10 points. Alain Laroche (198-F-83, college: N.Florida) led the hosts with 22 pts. Even Mikko Jalonen (186-PG-82), who is averaging this season 14,9 ppg, had tiny three (3) pts (1 - 0/3, 2 - 0/1, 3 - 1/2) in 36:06 minutes. Shawn Atupem (200-F-89, college: Mt.St.Mary's) led Vilpas (9-23) with 20 pts. FoKoPo (Forssa) upset Pyrinto from Tampere in November 85-78, but this time Pyrinto was controlling the contest especially during the second half: 74-102 (43-44). Andrais Thornton (203-F-85, college: NW Missouri St.) led FoKoPo (7-25) with a double-double 19pts/15rbs. Antero Lehto (184-G-84) and Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) netted both 23 pts for Pyrinto (23-8). And in Lahti local YMCA lost vs Bisons (Loimaa) 69-93 (38-50). Emmanuel Holloway (185-G-86, college: Illinois St.) led YMCA Lahti (7-25) with 18 pts and Ryan McDade (201-F-80, college: N.Arizona) was Bisons (24-7) leading scorer/rebounder: 19/7.

YMCA LPR - Kouvot 91-78 (48-39). (Jason Conley 30/12, Matt Gibson 21/6a, Greg Logins 19 - Aleksi Akpaso 21, Gilberto Clavell 17/11, Lamarr Greer 14/5a. A: 712).
Lapua - Kauhajoki 79-84 (32-40). (Samuel Haanpaa 30/12, Trey Hampton 17, Dominique Coleman 13 - Giordan Watson 30/7a, Haminn Quaintance 14, Eldar Skamo 12. A:685).
UU-Korihait - Vilpas 61-72 (29-38). (Alain Laroche 22, Pyry Rainamaa 12, T.J.Robinson 9/11 - Shawn Atupem 20, Eero Lehtinen 17/8, Jukka Kataja 17. A: 781).
FoKoPo - Pyrinto 74-102 (43-4). (Andrais Thornton 19/15, Sami Ikavalko 19/5a, Olli Kaunomaki 10 - Antero Lehto 23/5a, Carl Lindbom 23, Lamonte Ulmer 14/9. A: 348).
YMCA Lahti - Bisons 69-93 (38-50). (Emmanuel Holloway 18, Louis Johnson 14, Jordan Hasquet 13/7 - Ryan McDade 19/7, Jeb Ivey 16/7a, Martin Zeno 16. A: 672).

In Division 1 A one contest tonight. Honka (Tapiola) defeated BC Nokia by 18 points: 102-84 (50-37). Ronnie Clark (195-F/G-81) was again the "spark plug" for Honka (12-8) with 33pts/11rbs. Malik Moore (192-G-77, college: Amer.Internat.) added 24 pts. Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) led BC Nokia (11-7) with 25 pts, but had this time just three rebounds.
Honka - BC Nokia 102-84 (50-37). (Ronnie Clark 33/11, Malik Moore 24/5a, Tuomas Iisalo 20 - Brian Moultrie 25; Ville Tuominen 20; Kraidon Woods 13. A: 315).



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

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

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in VTB United League). He contributed to Khimky's victory against the ninth-ranked Kalev/Cramo (3-12) 65-57 in the VTB United League in Monday night's game. Koponen scored 8 points in 26 minutes on the court. BC Khimky Moscow Region (11-4) is placed second in group A. There are only three games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Koponen averages: 7.2ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 57.9%(22-38), 3FGP: 46.7%(14-30) and FT: 88.9% in the 13 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Gerald Lee
Gerald Lee
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU, currently plays in Adriatic League). Lee contributed to Buducnost's victory against the tenth-ranked HKK Siroki WWin (7-14) 65-57 in the Adriatic League last Saturday. He scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica (13-8) is placed fifth in the Adriatic League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Lee has relatively good stats this season: 11.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 2FGP: 61.0%(97-159) and FT: 62.0%. He is a naturalized American. Lee is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Finland.

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Sasu Salin (192-91, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Slovenia. Salin could not help Un.Olimpija (11-10) to beat Szolnok (6-15). He scored 7 points in 30 minutes. Un.Olimpija was badly defeated 89-72 on the road by the league outsider (#14) Szolnok. Salin is ranked fourth on the list of the most steals in the league with 1.8spg. This year his other stats are: 6.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 2FGP: 42.5%, 3FGP: 32.6% and FT: 65.4% in the 20 games. Salin is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Teemu Rannikko
Teemu Rannikko
   #4. An experienced point guard Teemu Rannikko (189-80, currently plays in Adriatic League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sasu Salin and both played together in the last Adriatic League game. Rannikko was not able to help Un.Olimpija (11-10) in their game against Szolnok (6-15). He scored 5 points. Un.Olimpija was badly defeated 89-72 on the opponent's court by the league outsider Szolnok (#14). Rannikko's overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 1.1rpg and 3.2apg. He is also Finnish national team player.

Roope Ahonen
Roope Ahonen
   #5. International guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, agency: FCM, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Solna Vikings (19-10) in their game against Norrkoping Dolphins (19-9) in the Swedish Basketligan. Ahonen scored 7 points and added 7 assists in 30 minutes. Solna Vikings lost 83-91 in Norrkoping to the higher-ranked (#5) Dolphins. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Ahonen has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg, 1.7rpg and 4.3apg in the 29 games. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Alex Murphy
Alex Murphy
   #6. Forward Alex Murphy (203-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Duke (9-3) in their game against the University of Maryland (6-7) in the NCAA. Murphy scored only 4 points. The Duke was edged 83-81 in College Park, MD by the University of Maryland. They ended the series of six consecutive victories. Murphy has reliable stats this season: 11.2ppg, 1.7rpg and 4.3apg. He is a naturalized American. Murphy is U20 international player who is currently on the Finnish National Team roster. Apparently he has never played in Finland.

Joonas Caven
Joonas Caven
   #7. U20 international power forward Joonas Caven (211-93, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Prat Juventud's victory against the ninth-ranked Cafes Aitona (5-10) 74-67 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. Caven scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. CB Prat Juventud (10-6) is placed third in the LEB Silver. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Caven's overall stats are: 7.6ppg and 2.5rpg in the 15 games. He is also Finnish U20 national team player.

Tuukka Kotti
Tuukka Kotti
   #8. Power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Vanoli Cremona (7-12) in their game against Air Avellino (5-14) in the Italian SerieA. Kotti cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 1 points. Vanoli Cremona was defeated 93-81 in Avellino by the one of league's weakest teams Air Avellino (#15). Kotti's total stats this season are: 5.6ppg and 5.9rpg. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Lauri Toivonen
Lauri Toivonen
   #9. Former University international forward Lauri Toivonen (201-91, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the UTPA (3-3) in their game against the Houston Baptist University (2-3) in the NCAA. Toivonen scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. The UTPA lost 48-53 at home to the Houston Baptist University. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. It's Toivonen's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 5.6ppg and 5.9rpg in the 17 games. Toivonen used to play for the Finnish university national team two years ago.



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Tony Parker's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among French playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Tony Parker (188-82, currently plays in NBA). He led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Sacramento Kings (19-36) 108-102 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Parker was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 30 points and making 11 passes. Parker also added 4 rebounds and 3 steals in 35 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have a very good 43-12 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Parker's 12th year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Parker averages: 21.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 7.7apg, 2FGP: 54.7%, 3FGP: 37.9% and FT: 83.0% in the 52 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Joakim Noah (211-85, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA). Noah contributed to a Chicago Bulls' victory against the New Orleans Hornets (19-35) 96-87 in the NBA last Tuesday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 17 rebounds. Noah also added 5 assists and 3 blocks. The Chicago Bulls have 31-22 record this season. Noah is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Bulls' roster. He is currently third on the list of best rebounders. This season Noah has very high stats. He averages: 11.8ppg, 11.5rpg, 4.1apg, 2.0bpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 46.1% and FT: 75.7%. Noah is a naturalized American. He played for the French national team in 2011. Strangely Noah has never played in France.

Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Nicolas Batum (203-88, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Portland Trail Blazers (25-29) in their last game. Despite Batum's very good performance the Portland Trail Blazers lost 98-102 on the road to the Phoenix Suns. He scored 15 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 41 minutes. It was Trail Blazers' sixth consecutive loss in a row. Batum has very impressive stats this year: 15.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 4.9apg, 1.1bpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 48.1%, 3FGP: 36.9% and FT: 85.6% in the 53 games. He is also a member of the French senior national team.

Adrien Moerman
Adrien Moerman
   #4. Power forward Adrien Moerman (203-88, currently plays in Eurocup) helped his Spanish team Gescrap BB win their game against the third-ranked VEF Riga (3-3) 76-65 in the Eurocup in Tuesday night's game. Moerman scored 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (4-2) is placed first in group J. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. The Top 16 already ended in the Eurocup. It's Moerman's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 5.2ppg and 3.8rpg. Moerman used to play for the French national team back in 2010.

Ian Mahinmi
Ian Mahinmi
   #5. Former international power forward Ian Mahinmi (206-86, currently plays in NBA) helped Indiana Pacers win their game against the Charlotte Bobcats (13-40) crushing them 101-77 in the NBA last Wednesday. He scored 10 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 26 minutes. The Indiana Pacers have a solid 32-21 record this season. This year Mahinmi's overall stats are: 5.4ppg and 3.9rpg in the 53 games. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw
   #6. Power forward Boris Diaw (203-82, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tony Parker and both played together in the last NBA game. Diaw helped San Antonio Spurs win their game against the Sacramento Kings (19-36) 108-102. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). Diaw's total stats this season are: 6.0ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.5apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

Yakhouba Diawara
Yakhouba Diawara
   #7. International forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA was not able to help Umana Venezia (10-9) in their last game. Despite Diawara's very good performance Umana Venezia was crushed 108-84 in Sassari by the second-ranked Banco di Sardegna. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Diawara also added 5 rebounds in 35 minutes. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. Diawara has relatively good stats this year: 15.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2spg in the 18 games. He is also French national team player.

Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel
   #8. Guard Thomas Heurtel (188-89, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to secure a victory for Caja Laboral (4-3) in their game against Montepaschi Siena (6-1) in the Euroleague. Heurtel recorded 6 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists. The fifth-placed Caja Laboral was defeated 85-74 in Siena by the second-ranked Montepaschi in the group F of Euroleague. It was Caja Laboral's third consecutive loss in a row. Heurtel's total stats this season are: 6.4ppg, 2.4rpg and 4.3apg. He used to play for the French U20 national team back in 2009.

Leo Westermann
Leo Westermann
   #9. U20 international guard Leo Westermann (198-92, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Serbia couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Partizan (13-8) in their last game. Despite Westermann's good performance Partizan lost 76-84 in a derby game to the second-ranked Zvezda. He scored 10 points and added 6 assists in 29 minutes. This year Westermann's total stats are: 7.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg in the 21 games. He is also in the roster of the French U20 national team.

Tariq Kirksay
Tariq Kirksay
   #10. Forward Tariq Kirksay (199-79, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) helped Asefa Estudiantes win their game against the 12th-ranked Unicaja Malaga (9-12) 82-68 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Kirksay scored 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (12-9) is placed eighth in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Kirksay belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #3. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.3apg and 1.8spg. Kirksay is a naturalized American. He is a former international player as five years ago he still played for the French senior national team. Kirksay used to play for Mulhouse in French league.

   #11. Former U20 international forward Joffrey Lauvergne (210-91, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Adriatic League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Leo Westermann and both played together in the last Adriatic League game. Lauvergne couldn't help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Partizan in their game against Zvezda. He scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His team was defeated 84-76. Lauvergne has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 2.2rpg. He used to play for the French U20 national team two years ago.

   #12. Former international shooting guard Evan Fournier (199-92, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Denver Nuggets in their game against the Toronto Raptors in the NBA. Fournier scored 6 points in 18 minutes. His team were edged 109-108 in the NBA. This year Fournier averages only 3.7ppg in the 23 games. He used to play for the French national team back in 2011.

   #13. International shooting guard Fabien Causeur (193-87, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Heurtel and both played together in the last Euroleague game. Causeur couldn't help Caja Laboral in their game against Montepaschi Siena. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 85-74. Causeur has averaged so far 6.1ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.4apg. He is also French national team player.

   #14. International forward Florent Pietrus (202-81, currently plays in Eurocup) managed to help Valencia Basket to win against the fourth-ranked CEZ Nymburk crushing them 104-55 in the Eurocup on Tuesday night. Pietrus scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Pietrus has averaged so far 3.8ppg and 3.8rpg. He plays currently for the French national team.

   #15. Former international point guard Rodrigue Beaubois (186-88, agency: Court Side, currently plays in NBA) helped Dallas Mavericks win their game against the Sacramento Kings crushing them 123-100 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Beaubois scored only 4 points and added 3 assists in 14 minutes. Beaubois has averaged so far 3.8ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.9apg in the 39 games. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) led Hapoel Jerusalem to a 1-point victory against the tenth-ranked Hapoel Holon (6-11) 83-82 in the Israeli Winner League last Sunday. He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem (10-7) is placed second in the Winner League. This year Kadir has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.2apg in the 13 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: French and Israeli.

   #2. Robert Dozier (206-F-85, college: Memphis, currently plays in Philippines) led Alaska Aces to a victory over the eighth-ranked Meralco Bolts (1-3) 85-81 in the Filipino PBA on Wednesday night. Dozier was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 14 rebounds. Dozier also added 6 blocks in 44 minutes. Alaska Aces (3-0) are placed first in Commissioner's Cup group. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. Dozier belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #5) and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Dozier averages: 22.3ppg, 16.7rpg, 3.3bpg and 1.3spg in the three games.

   #3. Bandja Sy (203-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a N.Mexico St.'s victory against the San Jose State University (3-9) 67-57 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. He scored 13 points, had 9 boards, handed out 5 passes and blocked 2 shots (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). The New Mexico State University has quite an impressive 12-3 conference record this season. It was N.Mexico St.'s 12th consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Sy has been at the team for four years. This season Sy has very high stats. He averages: 22.3ppg, 16.7rpg, 3.3bpg and 1.3spg. Sy is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French.

   #4. Mohamed Kone (211-C-81, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Iran) helped Foolad Mahan win their game against the seventh-ranked Petrochimi Mahshahr (5-13) crushing them 96-74 in the Iranian Superleague last Monday. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Kone also added 3 assists and 2 blocks in 28 minutes. Foolad Mahan Esfahan (15-3) is placed second in the Superleague. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Kone has averaged so far 7.0ppg and 7.0rpg in the four games. He has both Ivorian and French nationalities.

   #5. Remi Barry (201-F, currently studies in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Bandja Sy. But that was another game of his team in NCAA which we would like to mention. Barry, who plays in the NCAA could not help the N.Mexico St. (12-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the N.Mexico St. lost 69-73 on the road to the Utah State University. Barry scored 15 points in 20 minutes. Barry has averaged so far 3.8ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.9apg in the 39 games.

   #6. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain) helped UCAM Murcia win their game against the fifth-ranked G.Canaria 2014 78-68 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He scored 9 points in only 9 minutes. Tillie has averaged so far 7.5ppg and 3.6rpg in the 21 games. He also holds two passports: Dutch and French.

   #7. Afik Nissim (186-PG-81, currently plays in Israel) was not able to help Hapoel Eilat in their game against Maccabi T-A in the Israeli Winner League. Nissim scored only 4 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 19 minutes. His team was edged 72-70. Nissim has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.4apg and 1.4spg in the 17 games. He has dual citizenship: French and Israeli.

   #8. Mari Konate (203-F-88, college: McNeese St., currently plays in Lithuania) was not able to secure a victory for the league outsider Naglis Palangos in their game against Juventus in the Lithuanian LKL. Konate scored 7 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 36 minutes. His team lost 76-91. Konate has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.1spg in the nine games.

   #9. Roy Samaha (205-F/C-84, currently plays in Lebanon) couldn't help the league outsider one of league's weakest teams Al Moutahed in their game against Champville in the Lebanese Division A. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 16 minutes. His team lost 94-98. Samaha has averaged so far 7.5ppg and 4.9rpg in the 14 games. He has dual citizenship: French and Lebanese.

   #10. John Wilkins (206-G-89, is currently at the American university) helped Illinois St. win their game against the Bradley University crushing them 79-59 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Wilkins scored 7 points and blocked 2 blocks. Wilkins has averaged so far 7.5ppg and 4.9rpg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Wilkins has never played in France.



Dominic James agreed terms with Poitiers, ex Trenkwalder RE - by Eurobasket News

Union Poitiers Basket 86 (ProA) inked 27-year old American point guard Dominic James (180-81kg-86, college: Marquette). He started the season at Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia in Italian SerieA. In 19 games this season he recorded 7.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.7spg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Italian SerieA All-Star Game Slam Dunk Contest. The last season James played at Partizan (A League) in Serbia. In 20 games last year he averaged 9.2ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.6apg and 1.8spg. He helped them to win the league title. It was a very successful season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 2nd Team. James also played 7 games in Adriatic League where he averaged 12.0ppg, 1.4rpg, 3.6apg and 1.1spg. He also played at Aris (A1) in Greek league earlier that season. In 14 games he averaged 14.5ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.1apg and 1.9spg. James also played 7 games in Eurocup where he averaged 14.7ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Lukoil Academik (NBL) in Bulgarian league. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and James had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 24 NBL games he averaged 13.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.9apg and 1.9spg. He contributed to his team winning the league title and the cup. Indeed an impressive season as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Honorable Mention. James also played 14 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 13.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 4.0apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. James also played 2 games in Eurocup where he averaged 9.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 6.5apg (top 5) and 2.0spg (in top 5).
He received NABC All-NCAA District 11 1st Team award back in 2007 at his college time.
James has played previously professionally in Turkey (Mersin) and NBA (Milwaukee Bucks).
He attended Marquette University until 2009 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
James' game is described as: An energetic player with a strong body and great court vision. He is a good playmaker, but he's even better at the defensive side of the court.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Balkan League: Kozuv upset Djuro Djakovic in Croatia - by Eurobasket News

Djuro Djakovic - Kozuv 72:89

Kozuv overcame a slow start to knock down Djuro Djakovic at the second stage of the Balkan League tournament. Aleksandar Shterjov (208-C-86, agency: Global Sports Plaza) knocked down 17 points to lead the winners as they improved at 4-0 record on top of Last Four group.
Djuro Djakovic dominated in the first period. They went on an 8:0 run to ensure an 18:9 lead after ten minutes. But Kozuv recovered well in the second quarter. The Macedonian team triggered a 13:0 rally in the period to secure a 43:34 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter. Kozuv entered the fourth frame up by 9 points. The visitors fired 25 points in the fourth stanza and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Miladin Pekovic (197-G/F-83, agency: BeoExcell) provided 16 points, while Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 13 points for the winners. Toni Brnas (201-F-91) answered with 27 points to lead all scorers. Marko Batina (198-F/G-86) netted 16 points for Djuro Djakovic.

Djuro Djakovic: Toni Brnas 27, Marko Batina 16
Kozuv: Aleksandar Shterjov 17, Miladin Pekovic 16, Dimitar Karadzovski 13



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Giorgi Shermadini selected the top Georgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Giorgi Shermadini (216-89, currently plays in Greece). He was the major contributor in Olympiacos' victory against one of league's weakest teams KAOD (5-12) 91-81 in the Greek A1 last Monday. Shermadini scored 11 points (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (16-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Shermadini averages: 5.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 2FGP: 56.3%(9-16) and FT: 92.3%. He is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Nikoloz Tskitishvili
Nikoloz Tskitishvili
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-83, currently plays in Lebanon). Tskitishvili led Champville to a victory over the closely-ranked Byblos (8-6) 93-86 in the Lebanese Division A on Wednesday night. He was MVP of the game. Tskitishvili had a double-double by scoring 31 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 36 minutes. Champville (11-4) is placed third in the Division A. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Tskitishvili is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Tskitishvili averages: 19.4ppg, 11.2rpg, 1.9apg, 2.8bpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 61.5%(56-91), 3FGP: 41.9% and FT: 75.7% in the 10 games he played so far. He played for the Georgian national team in 2011.

Manuchar Markoishvili
Manuchar Markoishvili
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86, currently plays in Eurocup). Markoishvili was the main contributor in Galatasaray's victory against the closely-ranked Zvezda (2-4) 85-84 in the Eurocup in Tuesday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Markoishvili scored 17 points. Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (3-3) is placed third in group L. The Top 16 already ended in the Eurocup. Markoishvili has relatively good stats this season: 12.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 2FGP: 29.4%, 3FGP: 53.8%(7-13). He is also a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Viktor Sanikidze
Viktor Sanikidze
   #4. Small forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Montepaschi Siena (13-6) to beat VL Pesaro (5-14). Sanikidze recorded 7 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in 25 minutes. Montepaschi Siena lost 73-78 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#14) VL_Pesaro. This year Sanikidze's overall stats are: 7.1ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.2apg in the 19 games. He is also Georgian national team player.

Georgi Tsintsadze
Georgi Tsintsadze
   #5. International point guard Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to Budivelnyk's victory against the fourth-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (2-4) 88-77 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. Tsintsadze scored 14 points and added 6 passes. Budivelnyk Kyiv (4-2) is placed first in group I. The Top 16 already ended in the Eurocup. It's Tsintsadze's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.0apg and 1.2spg. Tsintsadze plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
   #6. Center Zaza Pachulia (210-84, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Orlando Magic (15-38) crushing them 108-76 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 17 minutes. The Atlanta Hawks have 29-22 record this season. This year Pachulia's total stats are: 6.2ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.5apg in the 46 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster.

Jacob Pullen
Jacob Pullen
   #7. International point guard Jacob Pullen (185-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Israel) contributed to a 1-point Hapoel Jerusalem's victory against the tenth-ranked Hapoel Holon (6-11) 83-82 in the Israeli Winner League last Sunday. Pullen scored 13 points and added 3 assists. Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem (10-7) is placed second in the Winner League. Pullen has reliable stats this season: 13.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.2apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Pullen is also Georgian national team player. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.

Corey Fisher
Corey Fisher
   #8. Point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help FIATC Joventut (10-11) in their last game. Despite his good performance FIATC Joventut lost 70-81 at home to the higher-ranked (#4) Gescrap BB. Fisher was the second best scorer with 14 points in 25 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Fisher's stats this year are: 13.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.8apg in the 20 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Fisher played previously for the USA university national team, he is currently in the Georgian national team roster. Apparently Fisher has never played in Georgia.

Beka Burjanadze
Beka Burjanadze
   #9. U20 international power forward Beka Burjanadze (203-94, currently plays in Eurocup) was not able to secure a victory for Cajasol (1-5) in their game against Stelmet ZG (3-3) in the Eurocup. Despite his good performance on Tuesday night He scored 11 points. The Top 16 already ended in the Eurocup. Burjanadze has averaged so far 2.1ppg and 1.7rpg. He is also in the roster of the Georgian U20 national team.

Georges Mdivani
Georges Mdivani
   #10. Center Georges Mdivani (204-85, agency: Promotex, currently plays in France) couldn't help Rueil (10-10) in their game against Cognac (13-6) in the French NM1 (third division). Mdivani recorded 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 26 minutes. Rueil was badly defeated 79-60 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#5) Cognac. Mdivani has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.1apg in the 10 games. He is a former international player as eight years ago he still played for the Georgian senior national team.

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

   #1. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Turkey could not help Karsiyaka (4-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the first-placed Karsiyaka lost 69-77 on the road to the lower-ranked (#4) Gaz Metan in the group I of EuroChallenge. Thomas had a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 14 rebounds in 38 minutes. His team will play only one more game in the EuroChallenge Top 16. And that game will be critical. It's Thomas' first season with the team. Thomas has relatively good stats this year: 12.7ppg, 7.2rpg and 2.0apg in the 11 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.

   #2. Melvin Sanders (196-F/G-81, college: Oklahoma St., currently plays in Italy) led Sigma Barcellona to a 1-point victory over the ninth-ranked Tezenis VE (8-10) 74-73 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. Sanders was the top player that evening. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 31 minutes. Sigma Barcellona (13-5) is placed first in the Lega2. Sanders has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.5apg in the 15 games. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Sanders has never played in Georgia.

   #3. Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St., currently plays in Poland) was not able to help Stelmet ZG (14-6) in their game against Polpharma (9-11) in the Polish TBL. He scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Stelmet ZG was defeated 102-88 in Starogard by the lower-ranked Polpharma (#8). It was Stelmet ZG's first loss after five consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Hosley is currently fifth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (second place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hosley averages: 15.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.7apg and 2.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Hosley has never played in Georgia.



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Alba Berlin Secure German Talent Ismet Akpinar For 4 Years - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It is always interesting to see where the top German talents end up in the Beko BBL as recently FC Bayern Munich got the services of Paul Zipser and today 8 time Beko BBL champion Alba Berlin secured Ismet Akpinar (190-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) for four years. Akpinar is a 17 year old 190cm guard from Hamburg. He is curently playing for PRO B team SC Rist Wedel in his second year and also for the Piraten Hamburg (NBBL). Akpinar will have a double license to play for the pro team and the youth team in Berlin. Currently for SC Rist Wedel, he is averaging 6,8ppg, 2,1rpg and 2,1apg in 22 minutes per game. "I love the challenge and am happy that I can develop my game with Alba Berlin one of the best basketball programs in Germany", stressed Ismet Akpinar. He started his basketball career in 2009 for Bc Hamburg Piraten (JBBL). Last season for SC Rist Wedel, he played SC Rist Wedel (ProB, starting five): 24 games: 5.9ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 35.2%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 68.2%. "Ismet isn't only talented, but already brings a lot of important qualities like strength of purpose, Hard work and ambition. We will lead him to the pro's with patience", stressed Alba Berlin sport director Mithat Demirel. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career German U16 National Team -10-11
German U15 National Team -10, European Championships U16 in Czech Republic -11: 9 games: 13.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 63.9%
German 2.Regionalliga (North-North Group) Runner-Up -11, German NBBL All-Star Game -12, German U18 National Team -12, Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim (Germany) -12, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Newcomer of the Year -12, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Newcomers Team -12, and European Championships U18 in Lithuania -12: 8 games: 6.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 29.7%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 62.5%

Source: Alba Berlin






Ryan De Michael (I Was Always Honest, Played For My Teammates, And Always had a passion for The Game) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Ryan De Michael (205-F/C-77, college: Tenn-Martin) is a 35 year old 205cm power forward/center that recently announced his retirement. He played at Tenn.-Martin (NCAA). He turned professional in 1999 and played for Pussihukat Vantaa (Finland). He then came to Germany for his first stint playing with SG Sechtem until 2002. He then played for AB Contern (Luxembourg-N1) until 2004. He then returned to Germany in 2004 and played the next eights easons here. He played in the Beko BBL from 2005-2008 for Nurnberg and Tuebingen. He laso played for teams like Jena, Kirchheim and Lich. He played the last two seasons for NBC. Last season he played 28 games: 11.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.4apg, Blocks-2 (1.4bpg), FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 69.6%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball and retiring.

Recently you announced your retirement from professional basketball. You did this in the middle of the season with NBC. What were the main reasons for doing this?

It was time for me to get out. I am 35 and I looked in the mirror and knew it was time to get serious with my life. To start working a normal 9 to 5 job, and to be home with my family. Working during the day, practicing at night, spending my weekends on the road and/or practicing are not something that I could afford to do anymore. I have a new daughter, building a new home, and will be getting married in the summer. My life was heading away from sport. Plus, I was heading for a burn out and because of this my health was starting to suffer.

How difficult was it making this decision hanging up the sneakers?

The decision was very easy after my consultation with my doctor. I want to be healthy and enjoy my life after sport!

NBC is in no mans land in the middle of the pack with a record of 5-7. Is the tendency for the team going more up or down in the future?

NBC should have a bright future. The talent is there and they have a very good coach. All they need is that one game to click and then I think it will be hard to stop them.

You are three years older than head coach Martin Ides and you played with him last season. How did he take the decision of you wanting to retire?

Martin respected my decision. Whether or not he liked my decision, you will have to ask him.

How were the first few days as a retired basketball player? Have you missed anything in general?

My days were exactly the same after I retired. I went to work and went home. Except I didnt have to run off during dinner to go to practice.

What do you think will you miss the most from professional basketball?

I have played basketball so long that I was lucky enough to experience a lot. I believe I wont miss anything.

You played at Tennesse-Martin (NCAA2) in the 90s. Did you ever think that you would have such a long professional career?

UTM is a D1 school changed from D2 a year before I came. The idea was to play in Europe for 3 years and then go back to the states to finish my studies. I had never imagined that I would last so long.


What were your fondest memories from your college days on the court at Tennesse-Martin?

When we played Ohio State University. OSU is my favorite college team and got to play against my dream university.

Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA that later went on to the NBA or Europe?

I played against many future NBA players. Scoonie Penn, Michael Redd, Marcus Brown, Brad Miller, and a bunch more.

You started your professional basketball career in Finland for Pussihukat Vantaa . What was your wakeup call to the professional ranks there?

That was very strange. I am by nature a team player. I was not used to the "you the man" type basketball. I had to learn to be more selfish. Sometimes it is better to drop 30 than win.

How long could you last in a classic Finish sauna? Lol

The sauna was crazy! I lasted maybe 5 mins!

You then came to Germany in 2000 where you played two strong seasons for SG Sechtem. The next season you went to the Luxemburg league. Didnt you have some offers from the BBL then or was the AB Contern offer the best then?

I had some nice seasons in Sechtem, but at that time I wasnt really represented. It was a good thing though because I was then able to go to Contern and meet a lot of nice people and experience living in another country.

In Luxemburg you were player of the year and won the league title in 2004. WAs these two years another step in your development that got Germans teams more interested in your basketball talent?

Actually many German teams look down on players who play in small leagues in Europe. I had a very hard time getting back over to Germany. Michael Millz actually deserves the credit that I made it back over.

In 2004, you came back to Germany and would never leave again except for a short preseason stint in Hungry. What did Germany have in general that kept you here for 8 straight seasons?

Germany became my home. After 2004 I began to integrate into the German way of life. It wasnt anything in particular, I just felt at home.


You played three years in the Beko BBL from 2005-2008. Are you sad that you werent able to play longer in the Beko BBL.

Not at all. Everything happens for a reason
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You played a season with a young Heiko Schaffartzik in 2005-2006. What was your impression of him then? Did you think that he could become such a great player?

I played against him also when he was younger. He was good then, and better when we played together. He always worked hard on the court and I am very happy he finally got his chance to show exactly what kind of player he is.

In all you played four years in Nurnberg. What got you too love this town so very much?

My family. Nrnberg is where some of my best memories off the court are. I feel at home here in Franken.

You then played for the Walter TIgers Tuebingen. What will you never forget from AJ Moye on and off the court?

AJ was a good person and a hard worker. I enjoyed playing with him.


You also played with current Tigers head coach Igor Perovic. Did he already have the coaching in his blood as a player?

Yeah, Igor is just that kind of person. If you listen, you can learn a lot. Igor is doing a wonderful job and I am very happy for his success.

What is your fondest memory of playing in the 2007 BBL Allstar game?

It was just a nice feeling to be selected from Nrnberg. It could have been anyone from that team. It helped make that season easier to remember considering the outcome.

You played for Science City Jena in 2008-2009 after the team had played a season in the Beko BBL. Do you think that they will ever return back to the BBL?

I hope so. Jena is a great city with great people in the organization. Plus they try to develop their young players. Something that all Clubs need to start concentrating on more.

You played two seasons at Kirchheim and practiced often with German Philipp Heyden who is playing for MBC. Will the Beko BBL still see him become a late bloomer in the first league?

Phil is a good big man. Has a nice touch even though he is a strong guy. He has all the potential in the world and I hope to see him become more.

Who was the toughest opponent (player) that you had to play against in your career in Germany?

Alexander Nadjfeji. The man could just make you look stupid when you played against him!

What was something that you would have liked to have possessed in your game that you didnt have?

I was happy with what I am born with... but if I had to make a choice, then LeBrons game

What would you like to have fans remember from the game of Ryan De Michael?

I was always honest, played for my teammates, and always had a passion for the game.

What is next for Ryan De Michael? You have a German wife. Will you stay here or return back to the States?

My fiance and I are staying here in Franken. We are building a home and have started our family. I became German because I wanted to, not because of my job.

Could you envision yourself staying in the basketball field?

I have thrown around a lot of ideas about the future of basketball in my life. For now I will concentrate on my family and maybe in the future there will be something for me.

What was the last movie DVD that you saw?

Almanya-Willkommen in Deutschland.


Thanks Ryan for the chat!!All the best in your future.




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

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

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA). He led Dallas Mavericks to an easy victory against the Sacramento Kings (19-36) crushing them 123-100 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Nowitzki scored 17 points, had 8 boards, passed 6 assists and added 3 steals in 30 minutes on the court. The Dallas Mavericks have 23-29 record this season. It's Nowitzki's 15th year with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Nowitzki averages: 15.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 42.9% and FT: 79.8% in the 23 games he played so far. He played for the German senior national team two years ago.

Tibor Pleiss
Tibor Pleiss
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Tibor Pleiss (215-89, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Caja Laboral (17-4) to beat Blusens Monbus (10-11). Pleiss scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 16 minutes. Caja Laboral lost 70-84 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#10) Blusens Monbus. They ended the series of ten consecutive victories. This year Pleiss' overall stats are: 5.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 54.4%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 83.3% in the 18 games. He is in the roster of the German senior national team.

Elias Harris
Elias Harris
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Elias Harris (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States). Harris led Gonzaga to a victory against the University of San Francisco (4-9) 71-61 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 13 rebounds. 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 will be critical. Harris has been at the team for four years. Harris' total stats this season are: 5.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 54.4%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 83.3%. He is also a member of the German senior national team.

Christian Standhardinger
Christian Standhardinger
   #4. Forward Christian Standhardinger (203-89, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Hawaii (8-6) in their last game. Despite Standhardinger's very good performance the Hawaii lost 71-80 in Stockton, CA to the University of Pacific. He scored 20 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 35 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Standhardinger's total stats are: 5.8ppg and 4.9rpg in the 18 games. He has a dual citizenship: Filipino and German. Standhardinger used to play for the German U20 national team back in 2009.

Sebastian Koch
Sebastian Koch
   #5. Former U18 international guard Sebastian Koch (203-91, is currently at the American university) contributed to an overtime Elon's victory against the Western Carolina University (8-7) 80-73 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He scored 16 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The Elon University has a very good 11-3 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Koch has averaged so far 5.8ppg and 4.9rpg. He used to play for the German U18 national team four years ago.

Patrick Heckmann
Patrick Heckmann
   #6. Shooting guard Patrick Heckmann (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a 3-point Boston Coll.'s victory against the Wake Forest University (4-8) 66-63 in the NCAA last Wednesday. He scored 14 points, made 3 passes and 4 steals in 27 minutes. The Boston College has not so impressive 4-9 conference record this season. Heckmann has relatively good stats this year: 13.2ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.5apg in the 32 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior German National Team roster.

Tilo Klette
Tilo Klette
   #7. Former U22 international power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese JBL was not able to secure a victory for Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo (3-29) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo lost 66-70 in Osaka to the higher-ranked (#3) Panasonic Trians. Klette had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds in 25 minutes. It was Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo's 12th consecutive loss in a row. This year Klette has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg and 6.4rpg in the 30 games. He used to play for the German U22 national team fourteen years ago.

Dennis Ogbe
Dennis Ogbe
   #8. Forward Dennis Ogbe (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Tenn Tech (4-9) in their last game. Despite Ogbe's very good performance the Tenn Tech (#6) lost 69-80 in Richmond, KY to the Eastern Kentucky University. He scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 32 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Ogbe has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 1.6rpg in the 20 games. He used to play for the German U20 national team back in 2011.

Kevin Bright
Kevin Bright
   #9. U20 international swingman Kevin Bright (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Vanderbilt (4-7) in their game against the University of Tennessee (7-5) in the NCAA. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Bright scored only 3 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The Vanderbilt was defeated 58-46 at home by the University of Tennessee. Bright has reliable stats this season: 11.6ppg and 2.1rpg. He is also in the roster of the German U20 national team.

Maodo Lo
Maodo Lo
   #10. Guard Maodo Lo (190-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Columbia (2-3) in their game against the Brown University (1-4) in the NCAA. Lo recorded 5 points and had 3 steals in 36 minutes. The Columbia was edged 58-55 in Providence, RI by the Brown University. Lo has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.3apg and 1.2spg in the 17 games. He is a former U20 international player as two years ago he still played for the German national team.

   #11. Former U18 international forward Davis Martens (206-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Siena in their game against the Loyola College in the NCAA. Martens scored 9 points in only 14 minutes. His team was crushed by 23 points 80-57. Martens has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.3apg and 1.2spg in the 17 games. He used to play for the German U18 national team six years ago.

   #12. Former U18 international guard Thomas Reuter (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to E.Washington's surprising victory against the Southern Utah University 86-72 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Reuter scored 7 points. Reuter has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.3apg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the German U18 national team back in 2010.

   #13. Former U16 international guard Max Dileo (185-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Monmouth in their game against the Long Island University in the NCAA. Dileo cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. His team lost 66-80. Dileo has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.3apg and 1.2spg in the 17 games. He is a naturalized American. Dileo used to play for the German U16 national team four years ago. Strangely he has never played in Germany.

   #14. International swingman Niels Giffey (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Connecticut (6-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Giffey's good performance the Connecticut was defeated 70-61 on their home court in Storrs, CT by the Villanova University. He scored 11 points. Giffey has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.3apg and 1.2spg. He plays currently for the German national team.

   #15. U20 international forward Leon Tolksdorf (203-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Niels Giffey and both played together in the last NCAA game. Tolksdorf couldn't help the Connecticut in their game against the Villanova University. He scored 6 points in only 6 minutes. His team lost 61-70. Tolksdorf has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.3apg and 1.2spg in the 17 games. He is also in the roster of the German U20 national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Federico Kammerichs (202-F-80, currently plays in Argentina) was the major contributor in a Regatas Corrientes' victory against the tenth-ranked GECR Indalo (18-19) 80-71 in the Argentinian LigaA last Sunday. Kammerichs recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 21 rebounds. Regatas Corrientes (26-11) is placed first in the LigaA. It's Kammerichs' first season with the team. Kammerichs is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. His overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.6apg. Kammerichs has a dual citizenship: German and Argentinian.

   #2. Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Belgium), who plays in the Belgian Ethias League could not help Base Oostende (12-5) to beat Spirou Charleroi (10-6). Stojic scored 9 points in 29 minutes. But the league leader Base Oostende lost 65-77 on the road to the lower-ranked (#4) Spirou Charleroi. It was Base Oostende's first loss after eight consecutive victories. Stojic has relatively good stats this year: 12.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg in the 16 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and German.

   #3. Ben Rice (195-F-90, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, currently plays in Israel) led Bnei Hasharon to a victory against the league outsider Ironi Ashkelon (5-12) 103-95 in the Israeli Winner League last Sunday. Rice scored 14 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Bnei Eshet Tours Hasharon (8-9) is placed seventh in the Winner League. Rice is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Bnei Hasharon's roster. He has relatively good stats this season: 10.2ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.6apg. Rice has both Israeli and German nationalities.

   #4. Robert Sarovic (205-F-78, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider CS Dinamo Bucuresti (1-21) crushing them 112-63 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Friday night. He recorded 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 20 minutes. BC Timisoara (15-7) is placed sixth in the Liga Nationala. It's Sarovic's first season with the team. Sarovic has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.5apg in the 20 games. He also holds two passports: Serbian and German.

   #5. Julian Sensley (206-F-82, college: Hawaii, currently plays in South Korea) led Dongbu Promy to a victory over the league outsider KCC Egis (11-33) 79-73 in the South Korean KBL in Wednesday night's game. Sensley was MVP of the game. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Dongbu Promy (17-27) is placed second from the bottom (#9) in the KBL. It was his team's first victory after eight consecutive loses. It's Sensley's first season with the team. Sensley has relatively good stats this year: 13.2ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.5apg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Sensley has never played in Germany.

   #6. Martin Seiferth (208-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the E.Washington (6-10) in their last game on Monday. Despite Seiferth's very good performance the E.Washington was defeated 89-80 in Portland, OR by the Portland State University. He recorded 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks. This season Seiferth has relatively solid stats: 13.2ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.5apg.

   #7. Ismar Seferagic (201-F, currently plays in Canada) contributed to an University of Windsor's victory against the Badgers 84-77 in the Canadian university league CIS last Saturday. Seferagic scored 18 points. Seferagic has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 1.6rpg. He holds both German and Canadian passports.

   #8. Kiril Wachsmann (203-C/F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Melilla Baloncesto (4-14) in their last game on Friday. Despite Wachsmann's good performance the bottom-ranked Melilla Baloncesto was defeated 85-79 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Ford_Burgos. He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 13 rebounds. Wachsmann also added 5 assists. Wachsmann is currently second on the league's list of best rebounders. He has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 8.8rpg and 1.5apg.

   #9. Phillip Holm (175-PG-80, currently plays in Norway), who plays in the Norwegian BLNO couldn't help Baerum Basket (12-10) in their last game. Despite Holm's very good performance Baerum Basket lost 88-95 at home to the leading Tromso. He was the second best scorer with 26 points. Holm also added 7 passes in 36 minutes. Holm is currently fourth on the list of best passers with 3.8apg. This year he also averages: 11.6ppg and 2.1rpg in the 22 games. Holm holds both Uruguayan and German passports.

   #10. Bar Timor (190-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Hapoel Tel-Aviv in their game against Galil Gilboa in the Israeli Winner League. Timor scored 7 points in 29 minutes. His team lost 67-82. Timor has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.3apg and 1.2spg in the 17 games. He has dual citizenship: Israeli and German.



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

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

Nick Calathes
Nick Calathes
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida, currently plays in Russia). He led Lokomotiv to a victory over the seventh-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (4-7) 89-78 in the Russian PBL in Sunday night's game. Calathes was MVP of the game. He recorded 19 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals in 32 minutes on the court. Lokomotiv Kuban (7-5) is placed third in the PBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Calathes' first season with the team. Calathes is currently fifth on the list of best passers with 3.9apg. He also averaged so far 13.4ppg, 5.0rpg, 2FGP: 56.5%(39-69), 3FGP: 38.9% and FT: 51.2% in the nine games he played so far. Calathes is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Greek senior national team. Calathes used to play for 3-year contract with Panathinaikos Athens in Greek league.

Antonis Fotsis
Antonis Fotsis
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Antonis Fotsis (209-81, currently plays in Italy). He was the main contributor in a Armani Milano's victory against the closely-ranked Lottomatica Roma (12-7) 79-66 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Fotsis was the best player in that game. He recorded 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (12-7) is placed fifth in the SerieA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This season Fotsis averages: 8.0ppg, 4.2rpg, 2FGP: 55.8%(24-43), 3FGP: 47.8%(32-67) and FT: 66.7%. He is in the roster of the Greek senior national team.

Loukas Mavrokefalidis
Loukas Mavrokefalidis
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Russia. Mavrokefalidis could not help Spartak St.Petersburg (3-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Spartak St.Petersburg was edged 68-66 on the road by the lower-ranked (#4) Cajasol in the group K of Eurocup. Mavrokefalidis was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 30 minutes. The Top 16 already ended in the Eurocup. Mavrokefalidis has relatively good stats this year: 13.8ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 53.0%, 3FGP: 44.4% and FT: 76.3% in the 12 games. He played for the Greek national team two years ago.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #4. Guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a Gescrap BB's victory against the ninth-ranked FIATC Joventut (10-11) 81-70 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Zisis scored 14 points and added 6 assists. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (13-8) is placed fourth in the ACB. Zisis' overall stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.5apg. He is also Greek national team player.

Kostas Vasiliadis
Kostas Vasiliadis
   #5. International swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, agency: FCM, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nikolaos Zisis. But that was another game of his team in Eurocup which we would like to mention. Vasiliadis contributed to a Gescrap BB's victory against the fourth-ranked CEZ Nymburk (1-5) 83-69. He scored 17 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) in 27 minutes. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (4-2) is placed first in group J. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Vasiliadis has relatively solid stats: 14.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg in the 10 games. He plays currently for the Greek national team.

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #6. Center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Denver Nuggets (34-21) in their game against the Toronto Raptors (22-33) in the NBA. Koufos scored 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets were edged 109-108 in Toronto by the Raptors. It was Nuggets' third consecutive loss in a row. Koufos has reliable stats this season: 8.0ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.4bpg. He is a naturalized American. Koufos is a former international player as he played for the Greek senior team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #7. International power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in Eurocup) helped his Russian team Unics Kazan edge the closely-ranked ratiopharm Ulm (3-3) 79-77 in the Eurocup in Tuesday night's game. Vougioukas scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group L. Unics Kazan (4-2) is placed first. The Top 16 already ended in the Eurocup. Vougioukas' stats this year are: 14.0ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.5apg in the 11 games. He is also Greek national team player.

Dusan Sakota
Dusan Sakota
   #8. Small forward Dusan Sakota (209-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Italy) helped Cimberio Varese win their game against the 11th-ranked SAIE3 BO (7-12) 78-61 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Sakota recorded 11 points in 20 minutes. Cimberio Varese (16-3) is placed first in the SerieA. This year Sakota's overall stats are: 6.7ppg and 2.4rpg in the 18 games. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team back in 2006.

Kostas Kaimakoglou
Kostas Kaimakoglou
   #9. International power forward Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-83, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ian Vougioukas. However that was another game of his team in Eurocup which brought him to that list. Kaimakoglou helped his Russian team Unics Kazan win their game against the third-ranked Galatasaray (3-3) 64-57. He scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Unics Kazan (4-2) is placed first in group L. Kaimakoglou averaged so far 12.1ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.8apg. He is also in the roster of the Greek national team.

Christos Tapoutos
Christos Tapoutos
   #10. Forward Christos Tapoutos (203-82, currently plays in Turkey) helped Olin Edirne win their game against the league outsider Hacettepe (3-15) 70-62 in the Turkish TBL last Saturday. Tapoutos was the top player that evening. He scored 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 33 minutes. Olin Edirne Basketball (4-14) is placed 14th in the TBL. They ended the series of eight consecutive loses. Tapoutos averaged so far 10.8ppg and 4.3rpg in the 15 games. He is a former international player as eight years ago he still played for the Greek senior national team.

   #11. Former international power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (205-83, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Bulgaria) helped Lukoil Academik win their game against the closely-ranked Balkan 82-71 in the Bulgarian NBL on Saturday night. Haritopoulos scored 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. It was his first game for Lukoil Academik this season. Haritopoulos used to play for the Greek national team eight years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international center Stavros Toutziarakis (210-87, also represented by FCM, currently plays in Sweden) helped Solna Vikings win their game against the league outsider Eco Orebro 81-67 in the Swedish Basketligan in Friday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Toutziarakis recorded 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. Toutziarakis averaged so far 12.6ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.2apg in the 28 games. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team back in 2007.

   #13. An experienced former international forward Nikos Barlos (203-79, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams C.de Latte BRE (11-7) in their last game. Despite his very good performance C.de Latte BRE lost 87-91 in Casale to the higher-ranked (#3) Novipiu. Barlos was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 6 rebounds (made all of his six free throws) in 28 minutes. Barlos averaged so far 11.3ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.8spg in the 17 games. He used to play for the Greek national team eight years ago.

   #14. Former University international center Giorgos Galiotos (213-86, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Bulgaria) helped Euroins Cherno More win their game against the league outsider U20 crushing them 84-55 in the Bulgarian NBL in Friday night's game. Galiotos recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 18 rebounds. He also added 4 blocks. Galiotos is currently second on the list of best rebounders. His total stats this season are: 9.2ppg and 9.5rpg. Galiotos used to play for the Greek university national team back in 2009.

   #15. U18 international swingman Ioannis Papapetrou (203-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Texas win their n overtime game against the Iowa State University 89-86 in the NCAA last Wednesday. He scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 43 minutes. This year Papapetrou's total stats are: 9.2ppg and 9.5rpg in the 13 games. He is also in the roster of the Greek U18 national team.

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

   #1. Pat Calathes (208-G/F-85, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Israel) led Maccabi Haifa to a victory against the closely-ranked GreenTops Netanya (9-8) 79-68 in the Israeli Winner League last Monday. Calathes recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 2 blocks. Maccabi Bazan Haifa (10-7) is placed fourth in the Winner League. Calathes is currently sixth on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.6ppg, 9.6rpg and 2.4apg. Calathes is a naturalized American. He used to play for Costa Cafe Marousi in Greek league.

   #2. Corey Petros (208-F/C-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a 1-point Oakland's victory against the University of South Dakota (4-10) 76-75 in the NCAA last Thursday. Petros recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. The Oakland University has a solid 10-4 conference record this season. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Petros averaged so far 12.6ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.2apg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Petros has never played in Greece.

   #3. Angelo Tsagarakis (190-G-84, currently plays in France) contributed to Chalons-Reims' victory against the closely-ranked ALM Evreux (17-6) 81-74 in the French ProB (second division) in Tuesday night's game. Tsagarakis scored 13 points and added 6 assists in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Chalons-Reims (15-8) is placed fourth in the ProB. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Tsagarakis averaged so far 13.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.6apg in the 23 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and French. Despite Tsagarakis' Greek passport, he previously played for the French U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.

   #4. Peter Pappageorge (183-G, currently studies in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the California State University, Fullerton (5-8) crushing them 85-65 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Pappageorge scored 12 points. The Long Beach State University has a very good 12-2 conference record this season. It was Long Beach St.'s third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Pappageorge averaged so far 13.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.6apg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Pappageorge has never played in Greece.

   #5. Mannos Nakos (179-PG-88, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an Uppsala Basket's victory against the seventh-ranked 08 Stockholm (13-16) 81-69 in the Swedish Basketligan on Tuesday night. He scored 11 points in 21 minutes. Uppsala Basket (21-8) is placed second in the Basketligan. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Nakos has been at the team for four years. Nakos has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 1.6apg in the 28 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Swedish.

   #6. Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-PG-89, currently plays in Georgia) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Batumi crushing them 105-66 in the Georgian Superleague in Friday night's game. Sokk scored 8 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals. He is ranked fourth on the list of the best passers in the league. Sokk has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.9apg and 1.2spg. He has both Greek and Estonian nationalities.

   #7. Nick Paulos (201-G/F-91, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA could not help the NC-Greensboro (5-8) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Paulos' very good performance the NC-Greensboro (#6) was edged 70-68 at home by the Western Carolina University. He scored 16 points. Paulos has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.9apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Paulos has never played in Greece.

   #8. Giannis Demertzis (194-PG-83, currently plays in Cyprus) contributed to Keravnos' victory against the league outsider Omonia 89-84 in the Cypriot Division A in Friday night's game. He scored 8 points in 21 minutes. Demertzis is currently sixth on the league's list of best passers with 3.4apg. He also averaged so far 5.5ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.4spg in the 16 games.

   #9. Experienced Alexey Savrasenko (215-C-79, currently plays in Eurocup) was not able to help Lokomotiv in their game against Stelmet ZG in the Eurocup. Savrasenko cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. His team was defeated 94-88. Savrasenko has averaged so far 1.6ppg and 2.0rpg. He also holds two passports: Greek and Russian.

   #10. Alex Hill (196-G-90, college: Cornell, currently plays in Canada) was the major contributor in an University of Toronto's victory against the Rams 67-61 in a derby game in the Canadian university league CIS in Friday night's game. Hill recorded 15 points and added 3 passes. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hill averages: 18.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg. He has dual citizenship: Greek and Canadian.



Olympiacos' appeal was dismissed - by Kostas Papadopoulos

Olympiacos faced negative developments regarding the appeal it had made to the Euroleague for the home game against Siena at Peace and Friendship Hall, as this appeal was dismissed.
The result was the same as the one of the initial objection the Reds made after the defeat against Siena (18/01), since the Euroleague did not accept at its yesterday's relevant announcement what the Reds provided regarding the last ten seconds of this game.
Thus Olymiacos remains at 4-3 record and Siena at 6-1.



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Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Den Bosch 21-4 
 2. Leiden 21-6 
 3. Groningen 18-9 
 4. Leeuwarden 15-12 
 5. Zwolle 14-12 
 6. Den Helder K. 12-14 
 7. Weert 12-14 
 8. M.Magixx 12-15 
 9. Amsterdam 4-22 
 10. Rotterdam 2-23 

Regular Season: Round 25

Feb. 19: Leeuwarden - M.Magixx 98-82
Feb. 20: Leiden - Groningen 66-68
Feb. 21: Rotterdam - Den Bosch
Feb. 21: Amsterdam - Den Helder K.



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Back on track: Alex Legion - by Levente Szabo

Kecskemet hosts Pecs for the second leg of the Hungarian Cup quarterfinals after they've lost the first leg by 6 points. The hosts are up by 9 points with 19 seconds left from the game. The guests are bringing up the ball for the last possession. They need a 3 pointer to cut down the lead to 6 points which would mean overtime.
The redactor of the broadcasting channel feels something and the camera is showing #6 of the visitor team for a bit. With 10 seconds on the clock he gets the ball just outside the three point line. The pass isn't too good and the ball is almost slipping out of his hands, but somehow he is managing to take control over it. The clock is ticking while #6 does a pump fake on which his defender jumps in the air but stays in front of him. With a man in his face, with no room to take the normal route for his shoot #6 puts up a deep and weird fade-away three. As he falls to the ground and the ball swishes through the net, the camera is showing the guest bench where you can see the assistant coach smiling to the young head coach with the expression "we knew he can do that..."

Right now everybody knows that in Hungary. Everybody knows that Alex Legion (195-G-88, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group, college: FIU) is a lights out shooter who can make shoots from anywhere on the court anytime he wants. The 6'5" shooting guard with that clutch-three saved the game to a double overtime where his team advanced to the Final Four of the Hungarian Cup. His team, Pecs is supposed to be the lowest budget team in the country and wasn't predicted to advance so far in the Cup. Of course considering their budget they shouldn't be standing at the 6th place in the league neither and considering his talent level Alex Legion isnt supposed to play for them. But he is, and he is doing great, averaging 20.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.6spg while shooting: FGP: 53%, 3PT: 32% and FT: 88%.

If we jump back in the time when you played at Oak Hill Academy, who was the one who could take the big shoots: Brandon Jennings (183-PG-89), Nolan Smith (187-PG-88, college: Duke) or yourself?

Well we all had our fair share of big shots. Some games it was Brandon other games Nolan but Brandon was the pg so he made great decisions at the end of the game.

But you always had a better shooting touch than both of them, am I right?

Yes I've been known for being a shooter all my life. What separated me from most high school players scouts said I was one of the few who had a mid-range game which I pride myself on.

You had a really strong senior year at Oak Hill with scholarship offers from big programs like Michigan, Kansas, UCLA and Kentucky. Could you tell us a little bit about the process, how did you come down to Kentucky?

I had a very long recruiting process in high school. I was originally committed to Michigan but they fired Coach Tommy Amaker who is now the coach for Harvard. This was a real shock to me for two reasons. I was a senior at Oak Hill ready to start my college career coming back home to restore the Michigan program and they fire the main reason why I recommitted there. So once I opened my recruitment back up I became one of the top prospects left that was unsigned. Coach Gillispe had just became the head Coach of a great program: Kentucky. I like what he did with Acie Law and wanted to be a part of the tradition.

You decided to leave the program and transfer to Illinois after just 6 games into the season. What was the reason of that?

I didn't feel that I would develop there as a player under the coaching style and methods of Coach Gillispe. He's a great coach who knows the game inside and out but it just wasn't a great fit for me socially. It was hard to communicate with him and I didn't want to spend the next 4 years not being able to have a healthy relationship with my college coach.

As we heard at Illinois you worked really hard on your game but still couldn't find major minutes on the court. How hard were those 2 years there for you?

I've always been one to work on my game and put in the work necessary to get better. But my time at Illinois was very discouraging for me as a basketball player because I wasn't seeing any results from my hard work. At times I felt like giving up on the game I love and dedicated my life to.

You were so low that you wanted to quit basketball during that time?

Yes I did. When you work hard at something and you don't seeing any positive results it can wear on you physically and mentally. People around, family and friends had notice a change in me. I wasn't excited about the game anymore. This is why I decided to give it one more shot with Coach Isaiah Thomas down at FIU.

You choose to transfer to FIU just to play under his hands?

Yes, he's an NBA Hall of Famer and knows a lot about the game and developing players so I wanted to see what I could learn from him and see what he thinks about my situation at the time.

Was he a big influence for you?

He worked me out my entire year off and though I was just a kid who wanted to have an opportunity to showcase his talent I learned all my basic fundamentals which I use today in my games from Coach Thomas. Of course I added new things to my game here and there but the foundation was planted by him.

You finished up an average year individually with FIU, so you didn't had a realistic chance to get drafted to the NBA. What supposed to be your next move?

Well that year was also the year of the lockout which made it twice as hard to get a look at. I tried to head overseas which was very difficult for me. Most agents didn't want to take chance on me because my rsum wasn't solid enough, and teams weren't impressed with all the colleges I had been to either, so I was stuck to just workout and pray for and opportunity.

You ended up not playing any kind of professional basketball, was there any point when you were thinking that you wont be able to work your path to the professional level? Did you feelings of hanging up the shoes return?

Yes. I was 1 year out of college and basketball was fading away from my life. So I decided to give back to kids in the Metro Detroit area. I begin working in the Black Caucus Foundation as a Public Speaker encouraging kids to stay in school and stay away from drugs and alcohol. Although I was signed, I always made a point to keep working on my game it was a part of who I was as a person.

How did you feel when you finally signed a contract to play in Hungary?

I felt grateful that God finally gave me chance to play of the pro level and rebuild my resume. This time I was more determined to do things the right way and not take one day for granted.

What was your mindset coming in? Proving the doubters wrong or you didn't care about them just came in humble, embracing the opportunity?

My mindset coming was to prove to myself that I was ready to dominate the game that I loved and played my entire life. At first I wanted to prove everyone wrong but in the end I realize that they are human and it was only going to make me bitter. I choose to be humble and embrace this opportunity because not everyone is blessed to do what they really love as a job.

In you first two games you were lets say ...modest (12 points in each game). Than you exploded against Albacomp the top team in the league with a 27 point performance and since then you had more games over 20 points than under and your team, Pecs is one of the big surprises of this season. How comfortable are you playing for them and playing in Hungary? How do you see the competition level?

I love my teammates, we are very young but we work really hard and try to play for each other every game. But to answer your first to question my first couple of games it was a long time since I had played in over a year far as high level competition so I had to shake the rust off. Once I calmed myself down I start to play my game and the rest is history. The level of competition in Hungary is pretty good. I look at this league as a grind hard working league not a lot of flashy players but hard defense with no fouls being called hahahaha.

As one of the best (if not the best) SG in Hungary you probably will get interest from many teams throughout Europe. What are your plans for next year?

I plan to look at all my options in each country and see what club has the best situation for me and my family. If its coming back to Hungary playing for Pecs I can't say but I will take my time, talk with my people and we will do what's in my best interest.

Where do you see yourself in 3 years from now?

Well I should be 27 by then. God willing I will have good health and still playing this game they call basketball. Since I have no kids and not married maybe start to settle down and think about a family one day.

If you could jump back in time what would you do different?

To be honest if you would have asked me this question while I was still in college I would have giving you an answer like I would have stayed at this school. But I wouldn't do anything different. Now that I am older I realize that things happen in our life for a reason God doesn't allow anything to happen to us that we can't handle or get through. All the ups and downs I've experience has only made me a better person and I have learn to embrace the hard times and fight and get through adversity.

Averaging almost 20ppg playing alongside Brandon Jennings and Nolan Smith, and leading Oak Hill Academy to an almost perfect season (40-1), Alex Legion was considered as a legit NBA-prospect coming out from high school. He had scholarships offers from big time programs and decided to play at Kentucky... than he transferred to Illinois... than he transferred to FIU to play for Coach Isiah Thomas... than he found himself after college not playing any type of professional basketball and being claimed by many as another wasted talent. Sure, you can argue about playing professional in Hungary is a waste of talent or not, but if you get to watch him in his element, on the court, doing what he knows the best, you can clearly see that this is only the beginning of a long road back to where he belongs talent-wise. Nobody can predict what will be the end of his road, but one thing is for sure: he is a rough diamond mined out in Hungary, which in proper hands will be a bright shining one for a long time.



Obie Trotter selected the top Hungarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Obie Trotter
Obie Trotter
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Obie Trotter (188-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M, currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Russian team BC Nizhny Novgorod to a victory over the ninth-ranked Neptunas (2-13) 90-72 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Trotter was MVP of the game. He scored 17 points, made 7 passes and 5 steals (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) in 29 minutes on the court. BC Nizhny Novgorod (8-7) is placed fifth in group B. There are only three games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Trotter averages: 9.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.2apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 48.2%, 3FGP: 37.7% and FT: 83.3% in the 14 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Trotter is currently a member of the Hungarian senior national team. He used to play for Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungarian league.

Adam Hanga
Adam Hanga
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Adam Hanga (200-89, agency: TSS Management, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Hanga could not help Assignia Manresa (4-17) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Assignia Manresa was crushed 104-70 on the road by the leading Real Madrid. Hanga was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Hanga has relatively good stats this season: 10.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 45.6%, 3FGP: 31.9% and FT: 69.3%. He is in the roster of the Hungarian senior national team.

Peter Lorant
Peter Lorant
   #3. The Hungarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Peter Lorant (206-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group, currently plays in Italy). Lorant was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Lottomatica Roma (12-7) in their game against Armani Milano (12-7) in the Italian SerieA. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in only 14 minutes. Lottomatica Roma lost 66-79 in Milano to the higher-ranked (#5) Armani. This year Lorant's overall stats are: 3.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 2FGP: 43.5%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 85.7% in the 19 games. He is also a member of the Hungarian senior national team.

Gergely Somogyi
Gergely Somogyi
   #4. Center Gergely Somogyi (216-89, college: UCSB, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Leyma Basquet (7-11) in their game against FCB Regal II (8-10) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He did not have that impressive stats last Sunday. Somogyi scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 11 minutes. Leyma Basquet was edged 67-66 in Barcelona by the higher-ranked (#8) FCB Regal II. It's Somogyi's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 2.7ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.7bpg in the six games. Somogyi is also Hungarian national team player.

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

   #1. Attila Kovacs (203-F-85, currently plays in Denmark), who plays in the Danish Ligaen could not help Horsholm (10-9) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Kovacs' very good performance Horsholm was edged 84-83 on the road by the league outsider Aalborg (#10). He was the top scorer with 20 points. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Kovacs has relatively solid stats: 14.4ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.1apg.

   #2. Rosco Allen (206-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Stanford (5-7) in their game against the University of Southern California (6-6) in the NCAA. He did not beat the league record on Thursday evening. Allen scored only 2 points. The Stanford was edged 65-64 at home by the University of Southern California. Allen has averaged so far 2.7ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.7bpg.

Other top Hungarian players, who play abroad:

Gyorgy Kinter (213-C-88) plays for Oviedo CB in Spanish LEB Silver
Daniel Deri (91) plays for Gussing Knights in Austrian A Bundesliga
Laszlo Dobos (220-C-93) plays for El Olivar in Spanish EBA
Tamas Markus (180-G-89) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Gyorgy Polya (195-G-88) plays for Goeppingen in German Oberliga
David Balaton (188-G-90) plays for Stevnsgade in Danish 1st Division
Mate Kovacs (190-G/F-96) plays for GC Zurich in Swiss LNB
Bence Supola (84) plays for Muenchen DJK in German 2.Regionalliga
Bojan Sormaz (187-G-86) plays for TSG Schwaebisch Hall in German 2.Regionalliga
Tamas Halmai (202-F/C-87) plays for Oberelchingen in German 2.Regionalliga

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



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  INDONESIA   

Standings - IBL

NBL Standings
 1. Dell Aspac 12-1 
 2. Pelita Jaya 12-2 
 3. Garuda 10-3 
 4. Satria Muda 10-3 
 5. CLS Knights 10-4 
 6. Hangtuah 7-6 
 7. Stadium Jak. 7-6 
 8. Bimasakti 5-9 
 9. Pacific Caesar 3-11 
 10. Satya Wacana 3-11 
 11. NSH GMC Riau 1-12 
 12. Tonga BSC 1-13 

Regular Season: Round 22

Feb. 19: Dell Aspac - Satya Wacana 86-56
Feb. 19: Garuda - Bimasakti 71-52
Feb. 19: Tonga BSC - CLS Knights 44-61
Feb. 19: Pacific Caesar - Pelita Jaya 41-90

Regular Season: Round 24

Feb. 21: Pelita Jaya - Tonga BSC
Feb. 21: Garuda - Pacific Caesar
Feb. 21: Hangtuah - Dell Aspac
Feb. 21: NSH GMC Riau - CLS Knights


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andakara Prastawa DHYAKSA
  Dell Aspac
  (177-G-92)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.15.1 
 2. Prawiro, Dell Aspac13.9 
 3. Rizky Ardian., Bim.13.4 
 4. Utomo, CLS Knights13.3 
 5. Pamungkas, Satya13.2 
 6. Sabara, Pacific12.5 
 7. Regowo, Dell Aspac12.3 
 8. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.11.6 
 9. Efendi, NSH G.11.3 
 10. Budianto, Stadium10.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Airlangga SABARA
  Pacific .
  (190-PF-85)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Sabara, Pacific9.9 
 2. Gunawan, Satria M.9.3 
 3. Regowo, Dell Aspac9.0 
 4. Gunawan, Satria M.8.5 
 5. Nolland, Garuda7.7 
 6. Sucipto, NSH G.7.5 
 7. Nugroho, Satya W.7.3 
 8. Rizky Ardian., Bim.6.5 
 9. Nasution, Satya W.6.3 
 10. Thoyib, Dell Aspac6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.4.6 
 2. Gerungan, Dell A.4.1 
 3. Muharri, CLS K.3.9 
 4. Sartika, Bimasakti3.7 
 5. Wijaya, Garuda3.5 
 6. Sucipto, Satya W.3.4 
 7. Indra, Pacific3.2 
 8. Ramadhani, Dell As.3.1 
 9. Uneputty, Tonga B.2.9 
 10. Abraham, Satya W.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.6 
 2. Muharri, CLS K.3.0 
 3. Sucipto, NSH G.2.7 
 4. Uneputty, Tonga B.2.4 
 5. Wijaya, Garuda2.4 
 6. Nolland, Garuda2.2 
 7. Michel, Satria Muda2.2 
 8. Pratama, Garuda2.1 
 9. Prasetyo, Tonga B.2.1 
 10. Ramadhani, Dell A.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Rony GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.2.0 
 2. Teguh, Hangtuah1.7 
 3. Prasetyo, Hangtuah1.7 
 4. Thoyib, Dell Aspac1.6 
 5. Ruslan, Stadium1.6 
 6. Nugroho, Satya W.1.4 
 7. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.3 
 8. Gunawan, Satria M.1.3 
 9. Junaidi, Hangtuah1.1 
 10. Nasution, Satya1.1 


NBL Round 22: Leader Pelita Jaya gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

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

Leader Pelita Jaya delivered the twelfth win on Tuesday night. This time they crushed 10th ranked Pacific Caesar (3-11) 90-41 in Surabaya. The game without a history. Pelita Jaya led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Pacific Caesar's 24. Pelita Jaya forced 28 Pacific Caesar turnovers and outrebounded them 45-34 including 33 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The former international center Ponsianus Indrawan (191-85) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Dimas Aryo Dewanto (180-86) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Center Hery Listiyono (191-86) produced 8 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Pelita Jaya (12-1) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Pacific Caesar lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Rest of the games of round 22 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Satya Wacana was crushed by Dell Aspac in Jakarta 86-56. Bottom-ranked Tonga BSC was beaten by CLS Knights at home 44-61. Bimasakti was destroyed by Garuda on the opponent's court 71-52.
The best stats of 22th round was 19 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists by Vinton Nolland of Garuda.


Group Malang
Pacific Caesar - Pelita Jaya 41-90

Leader Pelita Jaya delivered the twelfth win on Tuesday night. This time they crushed 10th ranked Pacific Caesar (3-11) 90-41 in Surabaya. The game without a history. Pelita Jaya led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Pacific Caesar's 24. Pelita Jaya forced 28 Pacific Caesar turnovers and outrebounded them 45-34 including 33 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The former international center Ponsianus Indrawan (191-85) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Dimas Aryo Dewanto (180-86) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Center Hery Listiyono (191-86) produced 8 points and 6 rebounds and center Hari Suharsono (198-77) added 2 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Pelita Jaya (12-1) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Pacific Caesar lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Pelita Jaya: P.Indrawan 17+11reb+2ast, A.Chandra 13+2reb+2ast, D.Aryo Dewanto 13+6reb+2ast, F.Dini 9+2reb+1ast, A.Poedjakesuma 7+6reb+2ast, F.Damanik 7+4reb
Pacific Caesar: D.Kurniawan 8+1reb+2ast, H.Listiyono 8+6reb, E.Sasmito 7+4reb+2ast, M.Fauzia 5+2reb, A.Sabara 4+5reb+1ast, M.Aryo Rastomo Wicaksono 3+1reb
gschID: 231892


Dell Aspac - Satya Wacana 86-56

There was no surprise in Jakarta where 9th ranked Satya Wacana (3-10) was crushed by second ranked Dell Aspac (11-1) 86-56 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Dell Aspac. Satya Wacana managed to win third quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dell Aspac forced 28 Satya Wacana turnovers and had a 18-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international swingman Xaverius Prawiro (184-86) fired 18 points for the winners. Guard Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa (177-92) chipped in 19 points. Dell Aspac's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Firman Nugroho (201-90) produced 17 points and 7 rebounds and forward Luthfianes Gunawan (181-89) added 7 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Dell Aspac maintains second position with 11-1 record behind leader Pelita Jaya. Satya Wacana at the other side keeps the ninth place with ten games lost. Dell Aspac will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Satya Wacana will play at home against Stadium Jakarta (#6) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Dell Aspac: A.Prastawa Dhyaksa 19+2ast, X.Prawiro 18+3reb+3ast, O.Wira Sanjaya 11+4reb+2ast, S.Carsera 9+6reb+2ast, H.Santosa 7+1reb+1ast, R.Effendi 6+5reb+2ast
Satya Wacana: F.Nugroho 17+7reb+2ast, Y.Sua 14+2reb+2ast, T.Hartanto 8+9reb+1ast, L.Gunawan 7+10reb+1ast, M.Ramadhan 5+3reb+2ast, A.Abraham 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 231891


Tonga BSC - CLS Knights 44-61

No shocking result in a game in Jakarta where fifth ranked CLS Knights (9-4) defeated bottom-ranked Tonga BSC (1-13) 61-44 on Tuesday. CLS Knights held Tonga BSC to an opponent 22.9 percent shooting from the field compared to 42.9 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Tonga BSC 53-25 including a 39-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard A. A. Ngurah Budidharma (179-90) fired 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Center H Herman (193-89) chipped in 8 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Haritsa Herlusdityo (180-89) produced 16 points and point guard Richardo Orlando Uneputty (163-87) added 6 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. CLS Knights maintains fifth position with 9-4 record. Tonga BSC lost ninth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
CLS Knights: A.A. Ngurah Budidharma 12+8reb+1ast, A.Ekayana 8+4reb+2ast, H.Herman 8+9reb+2ast, D.Heryadi 7+3reb+1ast, W.Saputra 6+5reb, S.Febiansyakh 5+3reb
Tonga BSC: H.Herlusdityo 16+2reb+1ast, R.Ongkowijoyo 7+4reb+1ast, R.Orlando Uneputty 6+3reb+4ast, S.Afriatna 5+1reb+1ast, A.Rahmat 4+5reb, M.Hardian Wicaksono 2+3reb
gschID: 231894


Garuda - Bimasakti 71-52

Very expected game in Bandung where 8th ranked Bimasakti (4-9) was rolled over by fourth ranked Garuda (9-3) 71-52 on Tuesday. Garuda outrebounded Bimasakti 38-26 including 25 on the defensive glass. Vinton Nolland (194-82) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Forward Christ Gideon (188-84) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) produced 11 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Sugiharto Cahyadi (176-85) added 10 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Garuda have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 9-3 record. Bimasakti at the other side keeps the eighth place with nine games lost. Garuda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Bimasakti will play at home against Hangtuah (#7) in Pandang and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Garuda: V.Nolland 19+14reb+6ast, C.Gideon 15+7reb+1ast, C.Pranatyo 9+3reb+2ast, H.Ramli 9+2ast, W.Wijaya 7+4reb+5ast, J.Elyaday 6+2reb+2ast
Bimasakti: B.Rizky Ardiansyah 11+5reb+1ast, S.Cahyadi 10+3reb+1ast, Y.Dwi Priasmoro 8+1reb, H.Julyanggi 4+1ast, R.Dwi Purnomo 4+4reb, B.Sugianto 4+3reb
gschID: 231893



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  IRELAND   

Standings - EBS Superleague

Superleague Standings
 1. UL Eagles 14-3 
 2. UCC Demons 13-5 
 3. B.Gais Neptune 11-7 
 4. DCU Saints 7-10 
 5. Killester 7-12 
 6. Ballon Inter 6-10 
 7. Moycullen 6-11 
 8. UCD Marian 6-12 

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 23: UL Eagles - UCD Marian
Feb. 23: B.Gais Neptune - Ballon Inter
Feb. 23: Moycullen - UCC Demons
Feb. 24: Moycullen - DCU Saints


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Patrick SULLIVAN
  Moycullen
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Sullivan, Moycullen23.1 
 2. Galvin, UCD Marian21.8 
 3. Taylor, UL Eagles21.4 
 4. Townes, B.Gais N.21.4 
 5. Walker, UCC Demons19.8 
 6. Killeen, UL Eagles16.1 
 7. Glover, DCU Saints14.8 
 8. O''Sullivan, UCC D.13.6 
 9. Cuffe, UCC Demons13.5 
 10. Summers, Killester13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John GALVIN
  UCD Marian
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Galvin, UCD Marian17.4 
 2. Walker, UCC Demons12.7 
 3. Sullivan, Moycullen11.8 
 4. Townes, B.Gais N.11.8 
 5. Killeen, UL Eagles11.3 
 6. Noonan, B.Gais N.8.3 
 7. Foley, UCD Marian7.8 
 8. Quill, DCU Saints7.6 
 9. Tummon, Moycullen7.2 
 10. Trimmer, DCU S.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Gerard NOONAN
  B.Gais N.
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Noonan, B.Gais N.7.9 
 2. Camps, Moycullen7.6 
 3. Taylor, UL Eagles4.6 
 4. Coughlan, UCC D.4.6 
 5. Kinevane, UL Eagl.4.1 
 6. Walsh, B.Gais N.3.7 
 7. Donnelly, DCU S.3.3 
 8. O''Reilly, UCC D.3.3 
 9. O''Sullivan, UCC D.3.1 
 10. Anderson, DCU S.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Robert TAYLOR
  UL Eagles
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Taylor, UL Eagles2.7 
 2. Camps, Moycullen2.6 
 3. McGinn, B.Gais N.2.2 
 4. Townes, B.Gais N.2.2 
 5. Summers, Killester2.1 
 6. Anderson, DCU S.2.1 
 7. Donnelly, DCU S.1.8 
 8. Drumm, UCD Marian1.7 
 9. Noonan, B.Gais N.1.7 
 10. Kinevane, UL Eag.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 John GALVIN
  UCD Marian
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Galvin, UCD Marian2.9 
 2. Walker, UCC Demons2.2 
 3. Stapleton, B.Gais2.1 
 4. Rudak, B.Gais N.1.8 
 5. Trimmer, DCU S.1.7 
 6. Townes, B.Gais N.1.7 
 7. Killeen, UL Eagles1.3 
 8. O''Brien, Killester0.9 
 9. Quigley, UL Eagles0.8 
 10. Kelly, UCD Marian0.6 



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  ISRAEL   

Standings - BSL

Winner League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 16-1 
 2. Hapoel J-M 10-7 
 3. Hapoel Eilat 10-7 
 4. Maccabi Haifa 10-7 
 5. Netanya 9-8 
 6. Maccabi Rishon 8-9 
 7. Bnei Hasharon 8-9 
 8. Maccabi Ashdod 7-10 
 9. Hapoel T-A 7-10 
 10. Hapoel Holon 6-11 
 11. Galil Gilboa 6-11 
 12. Elizur Ashkelon 5-12 

Regular Season: Round 17

Feb. 17: Hapoel J-M - Hapoel Holon 83-82
Feb. 17: Maccabi Ashdod - Maccabi Rishon 80-100
Feb. 17: Maccabi T-A - Hapoel Eilat 72-70
Feb. 18: Netanya - Maccabi Haifa 68-79
Feb. 18: Hapoel T-A - Galil Gilboa 67-82
Feb. 17: Bnei Hasharon - Elizur Ashkelon 103-95

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 24: Hapoel Eilat - Hapoel T-A
Feb. 24: Elizur Ashkelon - Hapoel J-M
Feb. 24: Maccabi Haifa - Maccabi Ashdod
Feb. 24: Maccabi Rishon - Bnei Hasharon
Feb. 24: Galil Gilboa - Netanya
Feb. 24: Maccabi T-A - Hapoel Holon


Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Romel BECK
  Bnei Hasharon
  (201-G/F-82)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Beck, Bnei Hashar.19.8 
 2. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.19.8 
 3. Hopson, Hapoel Eil.19.1 
 4. Simpson, Maccabi18.0 
 5. Killingswort., Net.17.6 
 6. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.17.3 
 7. Collins, Maccabi17.2 
 8. Smith, Maccabi Hai.17.1 
 9. Wright, Maccabi16.5 
 10. Stitt, Hapoel T-A16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.12.8 
 2. Jones, Bnei H.10.6 
 3. Thomas, Maccabi9.9 
 4. Wright, Maccabi9.9 
 5. Holman, Hapoel Eil.9.9 
 6. Calathes, Maccabi9.6 
 7. Uter, Maccabi9.4 
 8. Washington, Netan.9.1 
 9. Dove, Elizur Ashke.9.1 
 10. Simpson, Maccabi8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Gal MEKEL
  Maccabi Haifa
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Mekel, Maccabi Hai.5.5 
 2. Smith, Maccabi Hai.5.3 
 3. Ohayon, Maccabi5.2 
 4. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.4.6 
 5. Collins, Maccabi4.5 
 6. Bradley, Netanya4.4 
 7. Perry, Elizur A.4.4 
 8. Berkowitz, Bnei H.4.3 
 9. Pullen, Hapoel J-M4.2 
 10. Israeli, Maccabi4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Deron WASHINGTON
  Netan.
  (201-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Washington, Netan.2.4 
 2. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.3 
 3. Ohayon, Maccabi2.3 
 4. Berkowitz, Bnei H.2.3 
 5. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.2.2 
 6. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.2.1 
 7. Wright, Maccabi1.9 
 8. Jones, Bnei H.1.8 
 9. Smith, Maccabi T-A1.8 
 10. Fells, Hapoel J-M1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. James, Maccabi T-A2.6 
 2. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.1.8 
 3. Uter, Maccabi1.6 
 4. Wright, Maccabi1.5 
 5. Caracter, Bnei H.1.5 
 6. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.4 
 7. Kelly, Hapoel T-A1.4 
 8. Simpson, Maccabi1.2 
 9. Holman, Hapoel Eil.1.2 
 10. Thomas, Maccabi1.2 


Standings - National League

National League Standings
 1. Ironi Nes-Ziona 15-3 
 2. Ironi Nahariya 14-4 
 3. Hod Hasharon 14-4 
 4. Elitzur Yavne 13-5 
 5. Hapoel Afula 12-6 
 6. Ironi K-A 10-8 
 7. Ironi Ramat Gan 10-8 
 8. Hapoel Kazrin 9-9 
 9. Elitzur Ramla 7-11 
 10. Hapoel K/S 6-12 
 11. Macc.B.Yaakov 6-12 
 12. Kiryat Tivon 4-14 
 13. Maccabi K/B 3-15 
 14. Maccabi K/G 3-15 

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 19: Hod Hasharon - Maccabi K/B 97-75
Feb. 19: Elitzur Ramla - Hapoel Kazrin 92-73
Feb. 19: Ironi Nes-Ziona - Kiryat Tivon 91-83
Feb. 19: Ironi Nahariya - Hapoel Afula 83-84
Feb. 19: Maccabi K/G - Macc.B.Yaakov 79-92
Feb. 19: Ironi K-A - Elitzur Yavne 78-83
Feb. 19: Hapoel K/S - Ironi Ramat Gan 70-97

Regular Season: Round 19

Feb. 26: Elitzur Ramla - Hapoel K/S
Feb. 26: Hapoel Kazrin - Ironi K-A
Feb. 26: Elitzur Yavne - Ironi Nes-Ziona
Feb. 26: Maccabi K/B - Ironi Nahariya
Feb. 26: Hapoel Afula - Maccabi K/G
Feb. 26: Macc.B.Yaakov - Ironi Ramat Gan
Feb. 26: Kiryat Tivon - Hod Hasharon


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Lenny DANIEL
  Maccabi .
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Daniel, Maccabi23.6 
 2. Teel, Elitzur Ramla23.1 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.21.4 
 4. Westbrook, Hapoel20.9 
 5. Laing, Macc.B.Y.20.5 
 6. Murray, Kiryat T.19.9 
 7. Odiakosa, Hod H.19.9 
 8. Johnson, Hapoel K.19.8 
 9. Zelkovits, Ironi N.19.7 
 10. Iram, Macc.B.Y.19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.13.5 
 2. Odiakosa, Hod H.13.2 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.12.8 
 4. Daniel, Maccabi10.5 
 5. McGhee, Elitzur10.2 
 6. Ramsey, Ironi R.9.9 
 7. Joyner, Maccabi9.8 
 8. Teel, Elitzur Ramla9.8 
 9. Constantine, Hapoe.9.5 
 10. Johnson, Hapoel9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony FISHER
  Hapoel Afula
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Fisher, Hapoel Afu.6.1 
 2. Nanikashvili, Iron.6.1 
 3. Teel, Elitzur Ramla5.7 
 4. Golan, Ironi Nahar.4.9 
 5. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.4.4 
 6. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.4.4 
 7. Dunne, Ironi N.4.3 
 8. Gordon, Hapoel K.4.3 
 9. Grinboim, Ironi R.4.2 
 10. Assaf, Ironi R.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Elitzur Ramla
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Teel, Elitzur Ramla3.5 
 2. Alexander, Maccabi2.9 
 3. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.2.7 
 4. Benn, Ironi N.2.6 
 5. Ramsey, Ironi R.2.5 
 6. Hofman, Elitzur2.4 
 7. Laing, Macc.B.Y.2.0 
 8. Gordon, Hapoel K.2.0 
 9. Watson, Ironi K-A1.9 
 10. Paelay, Elitzur Y.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.3.6 
 2. Clark, Ironi K-A2.0 
 3. Daniel, Maccabi1.9 
 4. Constantine, Hapoe.1.4 
 5. Buchman, Kiryat T.1.4 
 6. Blair, Ironi N.1.4 
 7. Ramsey, Ironi R.1.3 
 8. Labanowski, Macca.1.3 
 9. Durham, Hapoel A.1.2 
 10. Odiakosa, Hod H.1.1 


National League Round 18: Ironi Nes-Ziona keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Ironi Nes-Ziona defeated 12th ranked Kiryat Tivon in Nes Ziyona 91-83. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-14. But Kiryat Tivon won second period 24-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ironi Nes-Ziona made 29-of-36 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 28 personal fouls committed by Kiryat Tivon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) contributed with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Greg Murray (195-89, college: Point Loma) replied with 17 points and 9 rebounds for Kiryat Tivon. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Kiryat Tivon lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 14 games lost. Kiryat Tivon will play next round against strong Hod Hasharon trying to get back on the winning streak. Ironi Nes-Ziona will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Elitzur Yavne on the road.
Leading Ironi Nahariya (14-4) recorded its fourth loss at the home court. Hosts were edged by fifth ranked Hapoel Afula (12-6) 84-83. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Ironi Nahariya. American forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Anthony Fisher chipped in 26 points and 6 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Hapoel Afula maintains fifth position with 12-6 record. Ironi Nahariya at the other side dropped to the second place with four games lost. They share the position with Hod Hasharon. Hapoel Afula will play against bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G (#14) in Kiryat Gat in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ironi Nahariya will play on the road against Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Kiryat Ata was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Elitzur Yavne (13-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (10-8). Elitzur Yavne managed to secure a 5-point victory 83-78 on Tuesday. American players dominated the game. Monta McGhee notched a double-double by scoring 19 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 24 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks by Ivory Clark did not help to save the game for Ironi Kiryat Ata. Elitzur Yavne maintains fourth position with 13-5 record. Loser Ironi Kiryat Ata keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Ironi Ramat Gan. Elitzur Yavne will meet at home league's leader Ironi Nes-Ziona in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Ironi Kiryat Ata will play against Hapoel Kazrin (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between 9th ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (6-12) and seventh ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (10-8) in Kfar Saba ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Ramat Gan outscored Hapoel Kfar Saba 97-70. The best player for the winners was Amit Tamir who scored 24 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Hapoel Kfar Saba's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Ironi Ramat Gan moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Ironi K-A. Hapoel Kfar Saba at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 12 games lost. Ironi Ramat Gan's next round opponent will be Beer Yaakov (#11) on the road where they are favorite. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play against Elitzur Ramla and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 18: Hapoel Kazrin was smashed by Elitzur Ramla on the road 92-73. Hod Hasharon destroyed Maccabi K/B on its own court 97-75. Macc.B.Yaakov managed to outperform Maccabi K/G in Beer Yaakov 92-79.
The most impressive performance of 18th round was 31 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists by Vernon Teel of Elitzur Ramla.


Elitzur Ramla - Hapoel Kazrin 92-73

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Elitzur Ramla (7-11) crushed at home 8th ranked Hapoel Kazrin (9-9) 92-73. The game was mostly controlled by Elitzur Ramla. Hapoel Kazrin was better in second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Elitzur Ramla dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel Kazrin's 38. They outrebounded Hapoel Kazrin 37-22 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary, agency: FCM) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. Power forward Johndre Jefferson (207-88, college: S.Carolina) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds. Five Elitzur Ramla players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Mike James (185-90, college: Lamar) who recorded 23 points and forward Gary Johnson (198-88, college: Texas) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Elitzur Ramla moved-up to ninth place. Newly promoted Hapoel Kazrin keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. Elitzur Ramla's next round opponent will be Hapoel Kfar Saba (#10) at home.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Kazrin: M.James 23+1reb+2ast, G.Johnson 13+9reb, A.Kazarnovski 12+4reb+2ast, R.Sabag 9+1reb+4ast, A.Gordon 8+1reb+1ast, L.Shvarzvald 6+2reb+2ast
Elitzur Ramla: V.Teel 31+11reb+9ast, J.Jefferson 20+14reb, O.Cohen 14+6reb+2ast, O.Zinderman 12+2reb, A.Fogel 11+3reb+2ast, T.Simchony 2+1reb
gschID: 197868


Ironi K-A - Elitzur Yavne 78-83

The game in Kiryat Ata was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Elitzur Yavne (13-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (10-8). Elitzur Yavne managed to secure a 5-point victory 83-78 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 22-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American players dominated the game. Forward Monta McGhee (198-79, college: Lewis, agency: I.D.S. Law) notched a double-double by scoring 19 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and swingman Brian Laing (195-85, college: Seton Hall, agency: I.D.S. Law) supported him with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Four Elitzur Yavne players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 24 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks by forward Ivory Clark (198-85) did not help to save the game for Ironi Kiryat Ata. point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Elitzur Yavne maintains fourth position with 13-5 record. Loser Ironi Kiryat Ata keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Ironi Ramat Gan. Elitzur Yavne will meet at home league's leader Ironi Nes-Ziona in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Ironi Kiryat Ata will play against Hapoel Kazrin (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ironi K-A: I.Clark 24+14reb+3ast, K.Izik 15+5reb, D.Govens 9+6reb+6ast, N.Laish 8+2reb, C.Watson 8+5reb+1ast, A.Nanikashvili 6+4reb+1ast
Elitzur Yavne: B.Laing 22+7reb+2ast, M.McGhee 19+15reb+5ast, O.Farchi 17+5reb+3ast, E.Hofman 13+4reb+4ast, N.Matalon 6+1ast, I.Nesterenko 4+3reb
gschID: 197867


Hod Hasharon - Maccabi K/B 97-75

Very expected game when 13th ranked Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (3-15) was smashed on the road by third ranked Hod Hasharon (14-4) 97-75. The game was mostly controlled by Hod Hasharon. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik was better in third quarter 31-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Maccabi Kiryat Bialik to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded Maccabi Kiryat Bialik 40-19 including a 29-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Hod Hasharon shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. The best player for the winners was American guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: VCU, agency: Pro One Sports) who scored 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Swingman Eran Asante Asare (194-88, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Dallis Joyner (203-90, college: Stony Brook) who recorded 17 points and 4 assists and guard Dror Davidi (190-84) added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Four Hod Hasharon and five Maccabi Kiryat Bialik players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hod Hasharon have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Ironi Nahariya. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. Hod Hasharon's next round opponent will be Kiryat Tivon (#12) in Kiryat Tivon and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik will play at home against the league's second-placed Ironi Nahariya.
Top scorers:
Maccabi K/B: D.Joyner 17+4reb+4ast, M.Alexander 14+4reb+1ast, S.Labanowski 12+1reb, D.Davidi 10+7reb+4ast, A.Barak 10+2reb+1ast, M.Shamis 8+3ast
Hod Hasharon: B.Walker 25+6reb+5ast, C.Odiakosa 19+7reb, E.Asante Asare 17+7reb+2ast, O.Hover 15+5reb+1ast, I.Stolero 9+1reb+1ast, G.Gandel 7+4reb+5ast
gschID: 197866


Ironi Nahariya - Hapoel Afula 83-84

Leading Ironi Nahariya (14-4) recorded its fourth loss at the home court. Hosts were edged by fifth ranked Hapoel Afula (12-6) 84-83. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Ironi Nahariya. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-15. But Ironi Nahariya won second period 28-26. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Afula dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Ironi Nahariya's 42. American forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Anthony Fisher (191-86, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 26 points and 6 assists during the contest. Durham is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Hapoel Afula players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green, agency: KMG Sports Management) scored 22 points. Hapoel Afula maintains fifth position with 12-6 record. Ironi Nahariya at the other side dropped to the second place with four games lost. They share the position with Hod Hasharon. Hapoel Afula will play against bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G (#14) in Kiryat Gat in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ironi Nahariya will play on the road against Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: N.Miller 22+4reb+2ast, R.Clemente 19+14reb+4ast, A.Zelkovits 19+3reb+1ast, E.Saudai 11, Y.Deri 5+2reb+5ast, R.Pitshon 4+9reb+1ast
Hapoel Afula: A.Fisher 26+3reb+6ast, A.Durham 25+11reb, O.Blayzer 12+6reb, L.Ariely 10+1reb+1ast, S.Brener 6+6reb+9ast, E.Eliyah 3+2reb
gschID: 197865


Maccabi K/G - Macc.B.Yaakov 79-92

Rather predictable result when eleventh ranked Beer Yaakov (6-12) won against bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G (3-15) in Kiryat Gat 92-79. The game was mostly controlled by Beer Yaakov. Maccabi K/G was better in fourth quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Beer Yaakov especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. The best player for the winners was American guard Joshua Alexander (193-87, college: SF Austin) who scored 24 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Inan Iram (194-88, agency: Avi Zilberman) chipped in 24 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Four Beer Yaakov players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Lenny Daniel (203-87, college: CS Northridge) who recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Muhammad El Amin (196-87, college: Stony Brook, agency: Two Points) added 24 points and 4 assists respectively. Maccabi K/G's coach Roni Tzukerman rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Beer Yaakov moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Hapoel K/S. Maccabi K/G lost ninth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Beer Yaakov's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (#7) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Maccabi K/G will play against Hapoel Afula (#5).
Top scorers:
Maccabi K/G: M.El Amin 24+4reb+4ast, L.Daniel 21+12reb+1ast, H.Gonshor 11+2reb, O.Ron 8+1reb, T.Pisecki 8+1ast, E.Knafo 4+5reb
Macc.B.Yaakov: I.Iram 24+3reb+1ast, J.Alexander 24+5reb, I.Simin 16+8reb+4ast, J.Hall 13+5reb+1ast, A.Eliyahu 8+2reb+3ast, S.Kleimintz 3+3reb+5ast
gschID: 197864


Hapoel K/S - Ironi Ramat Gan 70-97

The game between 9th ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (6-12) and seventh ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (10-8) in Kfar Saba ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Ramat Gan outscored Hapoel Kfar Saba 97-70. The game was mostly controlled by Ironi Ramat Gan. Hapoel Kfar Saba was better in second period 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ironi Ramat Gan shot 66.7 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Ironi Ramat Gan especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Amit Tamir (208-79, college: California) who scored 24 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. American power forward Keith Ramsey (205-87, college: Missouri) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Four Ironi Ramat Gan players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Adir Harush (187-90) who recorded 17 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and American forward Maurice McNeil (205-87, college: Houston) added 15 points respectively. Hapoel Kfar Saba's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Ironi Ramat Gan moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Ironi K-A. Hapoel Kfar Saba at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 12 games lost. Ironi Ramat Gan's next round opponent will be Beer Yaakov (#11) on the road where they are favorite. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play against Elitzur Ramla and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel K/S: A.Harush 17+1ast, M.McNeil 15+2reb+1ast, E.Rotemberg 9+4reb+2ast, Y.Amiram 8+2reb+1ast, O.Cohen 6+3reb+4ast, H.Karni 5+4reb
Ironi Ramat Gan: A.Tamir 24+8reb+6ast, T.Kent 22+4reb+2ast, K.Ramsey 20+9reb+1ast, I.Grinboim 13+2reb+3ast, T.Havkin 8+1reb+2ast, V.Yeremishin 6+1reb
gschID: 197863


Ironi Nes-Ziona - Kiryat Tivon 91-83

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Ironi Nes-Ziona defeated 12th ranked Kiryat Tivon in Nes Ziyona 91-83. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-14. But Kiryat Tivon won second period 24-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ironi Nes-Ziona made 29-of-36 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 28 personal fouls committed by Kiryat Tivon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) contributed with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Benn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Greg Murray (195-89, college: Point Loma) replied with 17 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized Canadian guard Simon Farine (188-87) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Kiryat Tivon. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Kiryat Tivon lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 14 games lost. Kiryat Tivon will play next round against strong Hod Hasharon trying to get back on the winning streak. Ironi Nes-Ziona will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Elitzur Yavne on the road.
Top scorers:
Kiryat Tivon: S.Farine 19+6reb+3ast, G.Murray 17+9reb+3ast, C.Bouchman 14+8reb+2ast, T.Darby 11+8reb+2ast, I.Raguan 10+1reb, T.Ber-Aven 6+4reb+6ast
Ironi Nes-Ziona: T.Michael Dunne 21+8reb+5ast, B.Benn 21+10reb+7ast, R.Zehavian 15+8reb+2ast, B.Sharoni 11, E.Engel 10+2reb+2ast, T.Karpels 7+6reb+4ast
gschID: 197862



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Ricky Minard announces he's joining Besiktas - by Giovanni Bargna

Rumors denied, rumors confirmed, that's what happened today about 'the Ricky Ricky Minard (196-F/G-82, college: Morehead St.)' case in Bologna.
Someone said the player was leaving the team and going to join Besiktas Istanbul in Turkey, but the owner of SAIE3 Bologna Sabatini denied this rumor early today.
"Ricky Minard is not on the market, he's a very important player for our team and we're not considering any offer" Sabatini said this afternoon.
The case is not closed anyway as the player gave his personal announce via twitter.
"I will really miss my teammates,coaching staff, and fans here in bologna. I appreciate the experience and understanding in this situation" and then "Thanks for all the welcome tweets besiktas fans! It will be a great experience for all of us!"

So Besiktas Istanbul will announce Ricky Minard tomorrow unless we will be given any other news in the next hours, but it seems unlikely actually.



Dominic James agreed terms with Poitiers, ex Trenkwalder RE - by Eurobasket News

Union Poitiers Basket 86 (ProA) inked 27-year old American point guard Dominic James (180-81kg-86, college: Marquette). He started the season at Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia in Italian SerieA. In 19 games this season he recorded 7.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.7spg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Italian SerieA All-Star Game Slam Dunk Contest. The last season James played at Partizan (A League) in Serbia. In 20 games last year he averaged 9.2ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.6apg and 1.8spg. He helped them to win the league title. It was a very successful season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 2nd Team. James also played 7 games in Adriatic League where he averaged 12.0ppg, 1.4rpg, 3.6apg and 1.1spg. He also played at Aris (A1) in Greek league earlier that season. In 14 games he averaged 14.5ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.1apg and 1.9spg. James also played 7 games in Eurocup where he averaged 14.7ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Lukoil Academik (NBL) in Bulgarian league. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and James had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 24 NBL games he averaged 13.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.9apg and 1.9spg. He contributed to his team winning the league title and the cup. Indeed an impressive season as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Honorable Mention. James also played 14 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 13.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 4.0apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. James also played 2 games in Eurocup where he averaged 9.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 6.5apg (top 5) and 2.0spg (in top 5).
He received NABC All-NCAA District 11 1st Team award back in 2007 at his college time.
James has played previously professionally in Turkey (Mersin) and NBA (Milwaukee Bucks).
He attended Marquette University until 2009 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
James' game is described as: An energetic player with a strong body and great court vision. He is a good playmaker, but he's even better at the defensive side of the court.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - Premier League

Premier League Round 2 Standings
 1. ASU 3-0 
 2. Al Riyadi 3-0 
 3. Ittihad Schools 3-0 
 4. Orthodox 2-1 
 5. Kulliyeh 1-2 
 6. Al Wehdat 0-3 
 7. Kofer Yoba 0-3 
 8. Ghazat Hash. 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 3

Feb. 20: Orthodox - Al Wehdat 98-86
Feb. 20: Ittihad Schools - Kofer Yoba 84-62
Feb. 20: ASU - Ghazat Hash. 113-44
Feb. 20: Al Riyadi - Kulliyeh 106-72

Regular Season: Round 4

Feb. 22: Ghazat Hash. - Ittihad Schools
Feb. 22: Kofer Yoba - Al Wehdat
Feb. 22: Kulliyeh - ASU
Feb. 22: Al Riyadi - Orthodox



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  KOSOVO   


BKT Superleague starts this weekend - by Dren Shporta

Kosova BKT Superleague will start this weekend. This is the last decision of Basketball Federation of Kosovo, after most of the teams requested the delaying of the start date for the weekend.

After a great first part of the season with Peja leader, and Sigal Prishtina joint one, the second part of the season should be more interesting with the enforcements made from the most of the teams during the winter transfer window.





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  LATVIA   


Barons kvartals and Valmiera achieve the victories - by Eurobasket News

Barons kvartals and Valmiera achieve the victories in Baltic league.
Valmiera won over TU/Rock 74:73. It was a very good performance for Janis Berzins who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 rebounds. Viktors Iljins contributed with 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Joosep Toome answered with 22 points and Justin Ingram (188-PG-85, agency: Two Points, college: Toledo) added 16 points in the effort for TU/Rock.
Rudupis overcame Jelgava 109:76. It was a very good performance for Arturas Milaknis (195-G-86) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Arnas Labuckas (203-F-87) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Kristaps Kanbergs answered with 21 points and 4 assists and forward Arturs Duselis added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Jelgava.
Lietkabelis lost to Barons kvartals 77:83. Tyler Cain (203-F-88, college: S.Dakota) helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Arturs Brunins contributed with 19 points for the winners. Karolis Babkauskas (186-PG-91) answered with 12 points and 8 assists and Arnas Butkevicius added 10 points in the effort for Lietkabelis.



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  LITHUANIA   


Lietuvos rytas land Tautvydas Lydeka - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) tabbed 30-year old former Lithuanian international power forward Tautvydas Lydeka (208-115kg-83). He started the season at Krasnie Krilya in Russian PBL league. Lydeka managed to play in three leagues this year (!!!). In three PBL games this season he averaged just 2.7ppg and 1.7rpg. He also played 4 games in EuroChallenge where he had only 2.3ppg and 2.8rpg. Lydeka also played 8 games in VTB United League where he had 7.0ppg and 2.9rpg. The last season he played at Victoria Libertas Pesaro (SerieA) in Italian league. In 41 games he had 7.5ppg and 4.6rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements Lydeka received Eurobasket.com Bosnia and Herzegovina League All-Imports Team award back in 2008. He also represented Lithuania at the World University Games in Izmir eight years ago.
Lydeka is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (Olimpiada), Holland (Groningen), Ukraine (Mykolaiv and Dnipro), Italy (Cantu), Bosnia (Igokea) and Lithuania (LKKA-Atletas).
Lydeka is described as: A tough front court player, who loves to bang inside and can help a lot his team at the defensive side.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @lithuaniabasket)



Siauliai, Pieno Zvaigzdes and Rudupis taste latest victories - by Eurobasket News

Siauliai, Pieno Zvaigzdes and Rudupis taste latest victories in Baltic League.
Sakalai was beaten by Siauliai 74:92. It was a very good performance for Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82, college: California) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Rolandas Alijevas (192-G-85, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Aivaras Kiausas (199-F-80) answered with 21 points and 5 rebounds and Denisas Krestininas added 12 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Sakalai.
Pieno Zvaigzdes grabbed an overtime 92:86 win over Juventus. Juventus were tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. Tyrell Biggs helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 rebounds. TreVon Hughes (183-PG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. Nerijus Varnelis answered with 27 points and Darrick Leonard (190-G-84, college: Aurora) added 15 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Juventus.
Rudupis overcame Jelgava 109:76. It was a very good performance for Arturas Milaknis (195-G-86) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Arnas Labuckas contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Kristaps Kanbergs answered with 21 points and 4 assists and forward Arturs Duselis added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Jelgava.
Lietkabelis lost to Barons kvartals 77:83. Tyler Cain (203-F-88, college: S.Dakota) helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Arturs Brunins contributed with 19 points for the winners. Karolis Babkauskas answered with 12 points and 8 assists and Arnas Butkevicius added 10 points in the effort for Lietkabelis.



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EuroCup: Buducnost edge Banvit by 15 to qualify into quarterfinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Buducnost - Banvit 66:50

Buducnost claimed a necessary victory over Banvit to secure the EuroCup quarterfinal appearance. The Montenegrin champions had to win by at least nine points to advance. They made sure no extra counting would be needed thumping the Turkish team in front of 2700 fans in Podgorica. Dee Bost (187-G-89, college: Mississippi St.) scored 16 points to pace the hosts but it was stifling defence that made difference in this one. Buducnost ensured a 17:14 lead ten minutes into the game. They held Banvit to 7 points in the second quarter to boost the gap. Buducnost enjoyed a 36:21 halftime lead. The hosts kept Banvit at bay in the third quarter. The visitors managed just 14 points to trail by 16 points at the final intermission. The margin grew at 20-point mark and Buducnost eased to the necessary victory at the end. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Milan Milosevic (205-F-85, agency: Interperformances) provided 11 points each for the home team. Kalin Lucas (185-PG-89, college: Michigan St.) answered with 12 points for Banvit. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) chipped in 8 points in the loss.

Buducnost: Dee Bost 16, Cedomir Vitkovac 11, Milan Milosevic 11
Banvit: Kalin Lucas 12, Charles Davis 8



Tough times don't last, Tough people do! - by Kristin Joyner

So I know I missed a week, so I have a lot to touch base on. On another note we took two more tough losses. The toughest thing for me is losing this much;coming from successful programs in the united states. Losing is something I will never settle for or sit right with me.

I'm learning that each game has a valued lesson in it for me as I continue my pro career. Dealing with many trails and tribulations adjusting to life here, I use basketball as an escape goat. Games here have been interesting for me, a lot of my opponents are allowed to play dirty and do anything to extra to get and edge on me. It's almost like I I can't retaliate because I am so vocal and aggressive on the floor. The referees are always watching me but are blind to what other do to me down low in the paint. Growing up and playing basketball in Brooklyn if you were soft you were called out immediately ; and you had a long summer in the park or long season on the hardwood. I honestly I love a physical game but it's really getting out of hand because games are not called fair at all, it just making me more aggressive and hungrier.

Sundays home game great turn out . Fans are really getting into basketball now. It's like I give them a since of hope for our ball club. Although I didn't have the strongest outing because of two early fouls sat me out early. Which really messed up my rhythm and makes me passive for the entire first half. But also being doubled in the post every time I touched the ball. I never been doubled like that in the post but obviously I take the double team and make the smart pass and re post. It's more of me finding other ways to score the ball and be effective on the offensive end. I have to find that good balance of aggression and playing smart.

My goal here is to at least get wins a game and be apart of team history before I depart Montenegro after the season.

HUNGRY,HUMBLE,NEVER SATISFIED,

Kristin Joyner (208-F/C-89, college: Texas Coll.)
Gusinje Strljen
Kristin.joyner12@gmail.com



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Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Brooklyn N. 33-22 
 2. New York K. 32-19 
 3. Boston C. 28-26 
 4. Philadelph.76 22-30 
 5. Toronto R. 22-33 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 33-21 
 2. Chicago B. 31-22 
 3. Milwaukee B. 26-27 
 4. Detroit P. 22-34 
 5. Cleveland C. 17-37 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 37-14 
 2. Atlanta H. 29-23 
 3. Washington W. 15-37 
 4. Orlando M. 15-39 
 5. Charlotte B. 13-41 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 39-15 
 2. Denver N. 34-21 
 3. Utah Jazz 31-24 
 4. Portland TB 25-29 
 5. Minnesota T. 20-31 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 39-17 
 2. Golden St.W. 31-23 
 3. LA Lakers 26-29 
 4. Sacramento K. 19-36 
 5. Phoenix Suns 18-37 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 43-12 
 2. Memphis G. 35-18 
 3. Houston R. 30-26 
 4. Dallas M. 24-29 
 5. N.Orleans H. 19-36 

Regular Season: Round 108

Feb. 20: Charlotte B. - Detroit P. 99-105
Feb. 20: Milwaukee B. - Brooklyn N. 94-97
Feb. 20: Minnesota T. - Philadelph.76 94-87
Feb. 20: Atlanta H. - Miami Heat 90-103
Feb. 20: Toronto R. - Memphis G. 82-88
Feb. 20: Indiana P. - New York K. 125-91
Feb. 20: Houston R. - Oklah.City T. 122-119
Feb. 20: LA Lakers - Boston C. 113-99
Feb. 20: Dallas M. - Orlando M. 111-96
Feb. 20: Golden St.W. - Phoenix Suns 108-98
Feb. 20: Cleveland C. - N.Orleans H. 105-100

Regular Season: Round 109

Feb. 21: Chicago B. - Miami Heat
Feb. 21: LA Clippers - San Antonio S.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-SF-88)
  Avg: 29
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.29.0 
 2. Anthony, New Y.28.3 
 3. James, Miami Heat27.2 
 4. Bryant, LA Lakers26.6 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.5 
 6. Irving, Cleveland23.7 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..22.7 
 8. Curry, Golden S.21.1 
 9. Parker, San A.21.0 
 10. Wade, Miami Heat20.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anderson VAREJAO
  Clevelan.
  (205-C-82)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Varejao, Clevelan.14.4 
 2. Howard, LA Lakers11.8 
 3. Randolph, Memph.11.6 
 4. Noah, Chicago B.11.5 
 5. Vucevic, Orlan.11.5 
 6. Asik, Houston R.11.5 
 7. Chandler, New Y.11.1 
 8. Lee, Golden St.W.10.8 
 9. Hickson, Portland.10.4 
 10. Cousins, Sacramen.9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.6 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.4 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.8 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..8.1 
 6. Parker, San A.7.7 
 7. Williams, Brooklyn7.6 
 8. Nash, LA Lakers7.4 
 9. Calderon, Toron.7.4 
 10. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.6 
 2. Conley, Memphis G.2.2 
 3. Walker, Charlott.1.9 
 4. Lin, Houston R.1.9 
 5. Ellis, Milwaukee B.1.9 
 6. Harden, Houston R.1.9 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..1.9 
 8. Jennings, Milwauke.1.9 
 9. George, Indiana P.1.8 
 10. Leonard, San A.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Larry SANDERS
  Milwauke.
  (211-F-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Sanders, Milwauke.3.2 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.0 
 3. Duncan, San A.2.8 
 4. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.7 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.3 
 6. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.2 
 7. Smith, Atlanta H.2.1 
 8. Noah, Chicago B.2.0 
 9. Davis, N.Orleans H.1.9 
 10. McGee, Denver N.1.9 


Adelman Not Expecting Return Of Roy - by Eurobasket News

Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) has not worked out with the Minnesota Timberwolves and doesn't know where he stands with his ailing right knee, and Rick Adelman admits the team does not expect the veteran guard to return this season. "If he does play, it will be a pleasant surprise," Adelman said before the Wolves' game Wednesday night, Feb. 20, against Philadelphia at Target Center. "I don't expect him at this point." The Timberwolves reportedly are pursuing a settlement with Roy if they are unable to trade him by Thursday's trade deadline.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



Kings trade Thomas Robinson to Rockets - by Eurobasket News

The Sacramento Kings today acquired forward Patrick Patterson (6'9''-F-89, college: Kentucky), center Cole Aldrich (6'11''-C-88, college: Kansas), guard Toney Douglas (6'1''-PG-86, college: Florida St.) and cash considerations from the Houston Rockets in exchange for forwards Francisco Garcia (6'7''-F/G-81, college: Louisville), Thomas Robinson (6'9''-PF-91, college: Kansas) and Tyler Honeycutt (6'8''-F-90, college: UCLA), according to Kings President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie. We are excited about the addition of Patrick, Toney and Cole, said Petrie. They will add skill and depth along with the potential for a different look to our roster. We all want to thank Francisco, Thomas and Tyler for their efforts and contributions. In Patterson, the Kings receive the 14 th overall selection of the 2010 NBA Draft (Kentucky) who averaged 11.6 points (.519 FGs, .365 3FGs, .755 FTs), 4.7 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game in 47 outings with the Rockets this season (started 38). The 6-9, 235-pound forward has posted career numbers of 8.4 points (.495 FGs, .347 3FGs, .723 FTs), 4.3 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game in 163 contests with Houston (started 45).
Aldrich is a 6-11, 240-pound center selected by Oklahoma City with the 11th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft (Kansas) and is averaging 1.7 points (.530 FGs, .704 FTs) and 1.9 rebounds in 74 career games with both the Thunder and Rockets.
Douglas is a third-year pro who tallied 8.1 points (.395 FGs, .377 3FGs, .882 FTs), 1.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.8 steals in 49 games with the Rockets this season. The 6-2, 185-pound guard was drafted by the New York Knicks out of Florida State and has notched career averages of 8.8 points (.406 FGs, .357 3FGs, .825 FTs), 2.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 0.9 steals in 224 career contests.
Garcia, whose years with the Kings (8th season) made him the longest-tenured player on the roster, was selected by the Sacramento as an early entry candidate out of Louisville with the 23rd overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft and is averaging 5.2 points (.376 FGs, .367 3FGs, .857 FTs), 1.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 17.8 minutes per game in 40 contests (started 15) this season. He has amassed career averages of 8.3 points (.433 FGs, .360 3FGs, .809 FTs), 2.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 22.2 minutes per game in 460 outings (started 128).
Robinson is averaging 4.8 points (.424 FGs, .577 FTs), 4.7 rebounds and 15.9 minutes per game in 51 contests as a rookie this season. He has scored in double-figures in seven games and grabbed 10 or more rebounds on five occasions. Robinson was selected by the Kings as an undergraduate (junior) out of Kansas with the fifth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Honeycutt, currently in his second NBA season, is averaging 0.9 points (.273 FGs, 0-2 3FGs, 2-2 FTs), 1.1 rebounds and 3.6 minutes per game in nine contests off the bench for Sacramento. He has recorded career averages of 1.2 points (.314 FGs, .200 3FGs, .714 FTs), 1.0 rebounds and 5.0 minutes per game in 24 outings. Honeycutt was selected by the Kings as a sophomore out of UCLA with the 35th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Review from 11-game Wednesday - by Eurobasket News

Golden St.W. - Phoenix Suns 108-98
Mark Jackson couldn't wait any longer. More than two hours before Wednesday night's game against Phoenix, the Warriors' head coach laid down a pressure-laden gauntlet for his team. "To me, this is the biggest game of the season for us," Jackson said. "It will tell a lot about us. I'm not hiding. I'm not going to hold that until the postgame press conference. This is the biggest game of the year for us." Jackson was essentially admitting that if there are going to be bigger things to come - such as postseason games - for the Warriors, they needed to beat lowly Phoenix, and that's exactly what they did. The Warriors led for all but 1:22 against the Western Conference's worst team, got back to valuing offensive possessions and making multiple-effort plays on defense. Most importantly, they broke a season-long, six-game losing streak with a 108-98 victory in front of the 15th consecutive sellout crowd at Oracle Arena. Klay Thompson (6'6''-G-90, college: Washington St.) led the way with 28 points on 10-of-18 shooting, eight rebounds and four assists, David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) had 19 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, and Stephen Curry added 20 points and 10 assists. Jarrett Jack had 21 points and four assists off the bench, and Andrew Bogut (7'0''-C-84, college: Utah) had seven points, 11 rebounds, five assists, three blocked shots and two steals in his first back-to-back game of the season. They all came together on a night that could be enough to stifle some of the panic that had been building during the losing spiral and with the trade deadline looming. Though there are unsubstantiated rumors linking the Warriors to deals for big names, like Kevin Garnett, Eric Gordon, Danny Granger, Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) and Josh Smith, the Warriors are much more liable to stand pat at Thursday's noon deadline and see how their young core meshes with Andrew Bogut during the season's final 28 games. They could be involved in lesser deals that shed the high salaries of Andris Biedrins or Richard Jefferson or trade a combination of Kent Bazemore, Draymond Green, Charles Jenkins or Jeremy Tyler to get under to under the NBA luxury tax threshold, but team sources said nothing was imminent late Wednesday. The Warriors (31-23) won for the first time since Feb. 2, when they also beat Phoenix. They moved 1/2 game ahead of Utah for sixth place in the Western Conference and maintained a two game lead over eighth-place Houston and a 5 1/2-game lead on the ninth-place Lakers. They got back on the winning track by limiting their mistakes and regaining some of the defensive grit that made them one of the surprise teams of the NBA's first half. The Warriors committed only 10 turnovers - something they hadn't done since Jan. 18, and they limited the Suns to 98 points after yielding 117.5 points a game to their past six opponents. The changes came from within. A night after saying it might be time "shake things up," Jackson clarified that he never entertained changing the starting lineup. He said players who aren't playing with the requisite energy, who miss assignments or who make careless turnovers will be on shorter leashes. "Our margin for error is different right now, because we're not playing the same way," Jackson said. "That's it. No threats. I believe in my guys, but we've got to get out of this funk that we're in right now." They've got to hope the victory over Phoenix fixes the funk, because another tough stretch awaits. The Warriors host NBA-leading San Antonio on Friday, and then they set out on their last extended trip of the season. After a five-game roadie through Minnesota, Indiana, New York, Boston and Philadelphia, the Warriors will finally return to Oracle for 16 of their final 22 games. Phoenix made three three-pointers early in the third quarter to push their long-range percentage to 8-for-10 on the game, and their accuracy ignited an 18-9 run that cut the Warriors' lead to 68-67 with 6:15 remaining in the third. It was the closest the Suns had been since a 2-2 tie in the game's opening minute. But Thompson got it going again with the Warriors leading 70-69. After missing six of his nine shots during a mid-game stretch, the shooting guard made a three-pointer from the top of the arc, acted as a cross-court decoy on a Curry jumper, went coast to coast to find Carl Landry for a layup, and then capped the run with a pair of free throws and a 79-71 lead with 2:42 left in the third. The Suns had trimmed to the deficit to as little as four points in the second quarter, but Andrew Bogut sparked a 12-5 run with one of his best all-around stretches since returning from injury. The big man blocked two shots, stole two passes and dished out two assists during a 4:08 span that gave the Warriors a 53-42 lead with about two minutes remaining in the half. Thompson, who was celebrating his bobblehead night at Oracle Arena, connected on his first six shots from the floor, including a 12-point outburst without a miss during a 4:54, first-quarter stretch. During the span, the Warriors pushed their three-point lead to 29-19 with an 18-11 run. The Warriors shot 73.7 percent from the floor and 66.7 percent from three-point range during the opening quarter. They dished out 11 assists on their 14 made field goals and raced out to 10 fastbreak points. They had only 12 assists and eight fastbreak points in the entire game when they lost at Dallas three games earlier. Courtesy of: sfgate.com

LA Lakers - Boston C. 113-99
Dwight Howard had 24 points and 12 rebounds in helping the Los Angeles Lakers to an emotional 113-99 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night in their first game since the death of owner Jerry Buss. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) added 16 points, Steve Nash (6'3''-PG-74, college: Santa Clara) and Earl Clark (6'10''-F-88, college: Louisville) had 14 apiece, and Metta World Peace 12 in a game that surely would have delighted Buss, who always loved to win but especially liked beating the Celtics. The Lakers won their most recent NBA championship - and last under Buss - in 2010, defeating the Celtics 4-3 in the finals. Buss died Monday at 80 after an 18-month struggle with cancer that had forced him to watch his team's games on TV or an iPad instead of from his suite above the Staples Center court. Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) scored 26 points for the Celtics, who fell to 8-17 on the road and lost their third in a row away from home. Courtney Lee (6'5''-G/F-85, college: W.Kentucky) added 20 points and Kevin Garnett had 12 on 6-of-14 shooting. Howard's performance in the Lakers' first game since the All-Star break came on the eve of the NBA trade deadline. He has been the subject of rumors, but general manager Mitch Kupchak said this week that Howard wouldn't be going anywhere. He was among seven Lakers in double figures on a night when they shot 51 percent, dominated the paint 54-30 and were 22 of 31 from the free throw line for one of the most complete games they've played in months. Clark had a career-high 16 rebounds, and Antawn Jamison added 15 points off the bench for Los Angeles. The Lakers improved to 26-29 and gained a split in the season series, having avenged a 116-95 loss to the Celtics on Feb. 7 when they trailed by 32 points. Boston trailed by nine at the end of the first two quarters before the Lakers opened up a 75-57 lead early in the third. Typical of their balanced scoring throughout the game, World Peace, Bryant, Nash, Howard and Clark each contributed baskets in the 11-2 run. Nash had seven assists, giving him 10,144 while passing Magic Johnson for sole possession of fourth place on the career list. The Lakers shot 51 percent in the first half and had four players in double figures, helping them to a 64-55 lead. Howard was energetic in scoring 15 points and setting screens reminiscent of his days with Orlando. Bryant had 14 points, Nash 12 and World Peace 10. Pierce carried the Celtics with 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting in the half, when they shot 49 percent. Buss was remembered in a pregame video tribute featuring photos of him as a child all the way through him hoisting trophies marking the team's 10 NBA championships won under his ownership. Bryant fittingly spoke on behalf of the Lakers' players, having been acquired by the Lakers as a 17-year-old. "He was a brilliant, incredible owner but an even better person," Bryant said of Buss. "His innovation transcended the game and we are all, all spoiled by his vision and his drive to win year after year after year." There was a moment of silence in the darkened arena before the crowd broke up the quiet with chants of "Jerry, Jerry." A memorial service for invited guests will be held Thursday at Nokia Theatre across the street from Staples Center. Buss will be buried in a private service on Friday. Courtesy of: abcnews.go.com

Dallas M. - Orlando M. 111-96
Vince Carter (6'6''-G/F-77, college: N.Carolina) energized the crowd with his dunking and shooting. He put away the Orlando Magic with his passing. Carter had 14 points and a major role in two key surges, Shawn Marion and Elton Brand led Dallas with 17 points apiece, and the Mavericks overcame a third-quarter rally from the reeling Magic for a 111-96 victory Wednesday night. The Mavericks were down 79-73 after leading by as many as 16 in a game they really couldn't afford to lose in their scramble to extend a 12-year playoff streak when Carter dunked on an alley-oop and hit a 3-pointer during a wild minute-long sequence that ended with Dallas in front by one. Dallas was clinging to a 94-90 lead when Carter started a decisive 17-0 run with another 3-pointer and added three of his season-high eight assists to assure that Dallas didn't lose to a team that a night earlier lost for the 25th time in 28 games, to lowly Charlotte no less. "We had to have that one," Brand said. "Vince has been playing great. When you put the ball in his hands, good things happen all the time. So he's finding guys diving to the rim and he's hitting his shots also." Dirk Nowitzki had 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds for Dallas in the victory, which snapped a nine-game winning streak for the road team in the series. O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) added 13 points and Darren Collison (6'0''-PG-87, college: UCLA) had nine points and nine assists. Arron Afflalo (6'5''-G-85, college: UCLA) led Orlando with 21 points, Maurice Harkness added 20, and Nikola ucevic had 16 points and 13 rebounds. Dallas' surge to retake the lead early in the fourth actually started with a miss by Collison, and Carter tipped the ball toward midcourt, where a scramble ensued. Jameer Nelson took the ball from Mayo with a nifty move and fed J.J. Redick, but Mayo scrambled back to block Redick's layup. Mayo went the other way and threw a long alley-oop to Carter for a dunk that woke up a crowd wondering if Dallas' faint playoff hopes were fading for good. After a miss by Redick, Collison found Carter in transition for a 3-pointer from the right wing that generated an even louder roar, and Collison took it himself after another Orlando miss, got fouled on a drive and hit both free throws to put Dallas ahead 80-79 with 1:06 left in the third. "O.J. made it all happen," Carter said. "It was a great recovery. We need those multiple efforts if we want to win." E'Twaun Moore hit a 3-pointer to put Orlando ahead 82-80, but Carter answered with another from long range to put Dallas in front for good. "I thought the timing of it couldn't have been more key to the game," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "We were down six at the time and it was going to be eight. That's a huge swing." After Carter's fourth 3-pointer put Dallas ahead 97-90, Nelson and Darren Collison got tangled up on a jump ball on the other end. Nelson ended up leaving the game for good with a left knee injury, Collison easily won the jump and Carter assisted on a short jumper by Brandan Wright. After a miss by Afflalo, Carter had another assist on a dunk by Wright for a 101-90 Dallas lead. Carter had his third assist on the run when he stole a pass in the backcourt after an Orlando rebound and flipped the ball behind his back to Marion for a dunk and a 106-90 lead. Carter finished with a season-high eight assists, and the Mavericks had 32, one shy of their best this season. The Magic closed a 16-point deficit in the second quarter to two, capitalizing on a 1-of-16 shooting stretch by the Mavericks after Dallas shot 64 percent in a 42-point first quarter, its highest-scoring quarter of the season. Redick had a three-point play and another jumper to start Orlando's 21-7 run to get back in the game, but the Magic didn't score again in the first half after two free throws by Vucevic pulled them within 55-53 with 1:06 remaining. With his name surfacing in trade rumors, Redick blew off a little steam after scoring 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting. He was 1 of 5 from 3-point range. "For me, it's just annoying, if anything," Redick said. "No matter what happens, I want to play and not deal with this. It comes with the territory I guess. It's for the birds, though." He did try to have a little fun with it, though. "Three-way trade, Cincinnati Reds, Ravens and the Magic," Redick joked. "We're getting Flacco in a three-way trade. ... I'm going to the Reds to play second base." marinij.com

Minnesota T. - Philadelph.76 94-87
Before Wednesday's game at Target Center between Minnesota and Philadelphia started, Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman insisted that pushing for a Western Conference playoff spot was not out of the question for his team. It was just a matter of finding some momentum. The Wolves took a tentative step in that direction. In the first game for both teams coming out of the All Star break, the Wolves led from start to finish in a wire-to-wire 94-87 victory over the 76ers that was probably a little tighter than it should have been. The 76ers, who lost their third straight game overall and their seventh straight on the road, fell behind by 19 in the second quarter and by 13 early in the fourth. Philadelphia fought back to within 89-85 on Spencer Hawes (7'0''-C-88, college: Washington)' two free throws with 1:42 left but could get no closer. Ultimately the 76ers (22-30) couldn't handle the Wolves' frontcourt of Nikola Pekovic, Derrick Williams (6'8''-F-91, college: Arizona) and Andrei Kirilenko. Pekovic had 27 points and he tied his career high with 18 rebounds. Williams scored 17 points, and Kirilenko added 15. Ricky Rubio managed 11 points, six assists and six rebounds despite playing the much of the final quarter with five fouls. Philadelphia was led by Evan Turner's 17 points and Jrue Holiday's 16. Minnesota (20-31) entered the game having lost 16 of 19, but left it with a modicum of momentum it hopes will carry over to Oklahoma City on Friday. The Wolves scored the first four points of the fourth quarter, pushing their lead to 13. But the 76ers worked themselves back to within seven three times, then to within 86-80 on Wilkins' jumper with 4:45 left, then to within four on Hawes' dunk with 2:46 left. Hawes made it a four-point game again with his free throws in the final two minutes, but Philadelphia couldn't get over the hump. Free throws by Rubio and Luke Ridnour down the stretch iced the game. Williams scored 10 points and Pekovic had nine in the first quarter -- they combined to hit on eight of 13 shots -- which ended with the Wolves up 35-15. It was the most first-quarter points for the Wolves this season. Philadelphia scored the first three points of the second quarter, then the Wolves responded with a 13-2 run -- with five players scoring -- to go up 48-30 on two free throws by Mickael Gelabale. The Sixers cut their deficit to 54-41 before Rubio fed Kirilenko for a jam at the end of the half to give the Wolves a 56-41 lead. The Wolves continued to use their advantage down low in the third quarter. Pekovic had eight points as the Wolves' lead grew to 74-57 on two Kirilenko free throws with just under four minutes left in the period. But then the Sixers woke up. Philadelphia ran off a 10-0 run against the Timberwolves' reserves, with Turner scoring six of those, including two free throws with 1:12 left in the quarter to cut the Wolves' lead to seven. Dante Cunningham hit a jumper to end the run and give Minnesota a 76-67 lead entering the fourth. Courtesy of: mcall.com

Houston R. - Oklah.City T. 122-119
James James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) finally beat his former team on Wednesday night. It took the best game of his career to get it done. James Harden scored a career-high 46 points and Jeremy Lin added 29 as the Houston Rockets mounted a furious fourth-quarter comeback for a 122-119 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. "I just told the guys on the court that we've got to do whatever it takes, we've got to get some stops together and make some shots," James Harden said. "It's not going to be easy, they're a very good team. But we got some stops at the right time and guys made good shots." Houston was down by 14 points with about seven minutes left. The Rockets used a 21-4 run to erase the deficit and take a 114-111 lead with 1:46 remaining. James Harden stepped back under heavy pressure from Serge Ibaka to sink a 3 to tie it, before Lin connected on one seconds later to give the Rockets their first lead of the second half. James Harden, traded from Oklahoma City to Houston before the season, made a bucket before Ibaka made two free throws. Then came another 3 by Lin to extend the lead to 119-113. A 3-pointer by Russell Westbrook got Oklahoma City within three points, but Lin made one of two free throws to secure the win. It was Houston's first win this season over the Thunder, who won both previous meetings, including a 30-point win in the last matchup. The loss extended Oklahoma City's skid to three games. "He's a phenomenal offensive force," Houston coach Kevin McHale said of James Harden. "He can drive it. He's got the ability to shoot it ... to beat you off the bounce. I think he's almost unguardable off the catch." Kevin Durant summed up the fourth quarter succinctly. "They got hot, we got cold," Durant said. "They played defence, we didn't." Thabo Sefolosha led the Thunder with 28 points and had six 3-pointers, both career highs. His previous career high was 22, which he reached twice, most recently in 2008. Westbrook also scored 28 points and added 10 rebounds and eight assists. Kevin Durant had 16 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for his second career triple-double. James Harden had struggled in the two previous games against his former team. He averaged 21 points in those games, but went only 9 for 33 from the field and made just four 3-pointers. On Wednesday, James Harden was 11 of 12 from the free throw line, made a career-best seven 3-pointers, had eight rebounds and six assists. "He hit some tough shots," Durant said. "That's what great players do. He rode them to victory. He passed the ball well, he shot the ball well." Thunder coach Scott Brooks didn't want to make too much out of James Harden beating his former team. "He wanted to win the game, just like we wanted to beat him and their team," Brooks said. "It was about us against them, not James against us or us against James." Lin grabbed a steal from Westbrook and dished to James Harden, who made a shot from beyond halfcourt at the third-quarter buzzer to cut Oklahoma City's lead to 92-87 entering the fourth. The Thunder then extended the lead to 107-93 after Kevin Martin and Sefolosha hit back-to-back 3-pointers before Houston rallied. Lin raved about James Harden's performance. "If he is not up for MVP consideration, I don't know what else he needs to do," Lin said. "He made every single big play down the stretch, and even the shots that I was able to have, they were created because of him." Oklahoma City was up by seven points midway through the third quarter when Chandler Parsons scored six points in less than a minute to get Houston within 73-72. He made a pair of free throws before adding consecutive dunks. On the first one, Carlos Delfino stole the ball from Durant and passed to Parsons for the dunk. Lin stepped in front of a pass from Ibaka a few seconds later and found Parsons alone for the two-handed slam. Oklahoma City was up by eight points with about 1 1/2 minutes left in the first half when Lin was given a technical for arguing a call. Durant made the free throw on the technical to put Oklahoma City's lead at 60-51. James Harden took over after that, scoring all of Houston's points in a 6-2 run to end the quarter and cut the lead to 62-57 at halftime. James Harden made four 3-pointers early to help Houston build a 34-22 lead in the first quarter. Oklahoma City scored seven straight points after that, before James Harden added a pair of free throws to lead the Rockets up 36-29 at the end of the first quarter. "I hadn't made four 3s all season in one game," James Harden said. "I took some extra shots last night, that kind of helped me out with my confidence a little bit, just to get it going early - not trying to force it, but get my teammates involved and everything else was going to open up." Parsons was helped off the court and into the locker room after twisting his right ankle near the end of the third quarter. He returned with about 6 1/2 minutes left in the game. Courtesy of: globaltvbc.com

Milwaukee B. - Brooklyn N. 94-97
Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) scored 23 points and Brooklyn escaped with a 97-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night after Monta Ellis missed a chance to tie the game with three foul shots in the final seconds. The Bucks got to within 96-94 with 6 seconds left on a pair of baskets by Brandon Brandon Jennings (6'0''-PG-89). Gerald Wallace inbounded to Williams, but Brandon Jennings was draped over his right side. The contact shook the ball loose and it appeared to hit Williams' foot before rolling out of bounds. After review, the Nets had possession. Williams was fouled and made one of two free throws to make it 97-94 with 3.4 seconds left. Williams then fouled Ellis on a hurried 3. Ellis missed the first two shots, and intentionally missed the third. Brandon Jennings scored 31 points and had 11 assists for Milwaukee. C.J. Watson (6'2''-G-84, college: Tennessee) had 17 off the bench for Brooklyn which took both games of the home-and-home set that started with the Nets' 113-111 overtime win on Tuesday night. Joe Johnson won the game in Brooklyn with a late game-winning jumper. It was the Nets' fourth consecutive win, all against teams currently holding a playoff spot. With the Knicks losing to Indiana 125-91, the Nets pulled to within one game of first-place New York in the Atlantic Division. Andray Blatche (6'11''-F/C-86) scored 12 points and had 12 rebounds for the Nets. Williams, who had 19 points and nine assists Tuesday after sitting out the previous two games with inflammation in his ankles, played 33 minutes. He had eight assist and one steal. The Nets took advantage of the Bucks' inability to hit shots in the fourth quarter with a 19-5 run. Williams' 3 at 1:50 gave Brooklyn its biggest lead at 94-83 lead. The Bucks held the Nets scoreless for the next 1:35. The Nets used a 16-1 run spanning the third and fourth quarters and took the lead 77-76 on Blatche's layup with 10:11 left to play and MarShon Brooks made two free throws to push the lead to 79-76. Ellis that stopped a Bucks' scoring drought that lasted a little less than seven minutes. He made one of two free throws with 8:11 to go, but Johnson hit a jumper to put Brooklyn up by four. The Nets trailed 54-42 at the half, but used a 7-0 run in the third quarter to pull to 66-61 with 4:25 left. Williams made a 3 and Watson a layup before Wallace's dunk off a miss by Brandon Jennings, who was nine of 10 until Brook Lopez blocked his shot. The Bucks were 21 of 34 (61.8 percent) the first half while the Nets struggled and made 15 of 46 shots (32.6 percent). Brandon Jennings had 18 points before the break, making all seven of his shots, and seven assists. Ersan Ilyasova had 10 points and seven of Milwaukee's 23 rebounds. Courtesy of: adn.com

Atlanta H. - Miami Heat 90-103
Miami scored the first 13 points of the fourth quarter to erase Atlanta's 10-point lead and the Heat, led by LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84)' 24 points, beat the Hawks 103-90 on Wednesday night to extend their season-best winning streak to eight games. Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) scored 20 points and Shane Battier had 17, hitting three 3-pointers in the final period. James had 11 assists and six rebounds but could not extend his franchise-record streak of seven straight games with at least 30 points. Miami outscored Atlanta 40-17 in the final period after trailing 73-63 through three quarters. Al Horford led the Hawks with 27 points and nine rebounds. Kyle Korver (6'7''-F/G-81, college: Creighton) had 12 points, all on 3-pointers. Josh Smith had 10 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in what could be his final game with the Hawks. Smith has been one of the league's most prominent names in reports leading to Thursday's 3 p.m. trade deadline. The Heat are 3-0 against the Hawks this season and have won six straight in the series. After trailing 43-38, the Hawks took the lead with an 11-0 run, capped by a three-point play by Devin Harris with 4.3 seconds remaining in the first half. James then launched a buzzer-beating jumper over Horford to cut Atlanta's halftime lead to 49-45. Following a review, officials ruled the shot was not a 3-pointer. The Heat trailed only 57-56 early in the third period before the Hawks stretched the lead with 10 straight points. Korver had two 3-pointers before Smith's two-handed jam capped the run, giving Atlanta its biggest lead at 67-56. Ray Allen, who had a three-point play after Battier's first 3-pointer of the fourth quarter, gave Miami its first lead of the second half at 74-73 with a layup. Two free throws by James capped the 13-0 run. Allen had 15 points and Mario Chalmers had 14. Courtesy of: kansascity.com

Indiana P. - New York K. 125-91
The Indiana Pacers looked ready for the playoffs. The New York Knicks looked like they wanted a longer All-Star break. Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) scored 27 points and the Pacers powered their way closer to the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference by beating the Knicks 125-91 on Wednesday night. "We were focused, since day one coming back," George said. "I think we really showed it tonight." David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Lance Stephenson added 14 points for Indiana (33-21), which pulled within a half-game of the Knicks for second place in the East. The Pacers shot 53 percent from the field, scored a season-high point total and had a season-best 28 assists against the Atlantic Division leaders. It was Indiana's largest margin of victory this season and New York's worst loss. "We didn't show up," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. "They whipped our (expletive) from beginning to end. It was nothing pretty about tonight's game. It's unacceptable. I mean, we didn't compete. That's on all of us." Tyson Chandler (7'1''-C-82) led New York (32-19) with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony, the league's No. 2 scorer, finished with 15 points on 7-for-21 shooting. George, fresh off a strong performance in his first All-Star Game appearance, made 11 of 19 shots, grabbed eight rebounds and played solid defense against Anthony. Because of the blowout, Pacers coach Frank Vogel tried to downplay it afterward. "We have to understand it's just one win," Vogel said. "The Knicks didn't have it tonight. Every team in the league has nights like this." The Knicks didn't just play poorly, they lost their cool. New York was called for three individual technical fouls and a flagrant foul, and J.R. Smith was ejected. Anthony appeared to be trying to send George a message early in the game, using his strength to overpower the more slender George near the basket. But George remained calm, played his game and made it his night. Chandler, the only Knicks starter who played well, was frustrated the entire game as the Pacers hammered him with the physical style that has helped them lead the league in scoring defense. "I think we got under their skin a little bit, but we can only control what's in this locker room and I think we came out with an edge tonight," George said. Indiana held the Knicks to 34 percent shooting, and New York was shooting just under 30 percent after three quarters. "We man up and hold each other accountable each possession, and then when things do go wrong, your teammate has your back," Indiana point guard George Hill said. "We have a special team and a special group where 1 through 5, no matter if it's our starters or our bench, everybody can guard their man. You have to tip your hat to having such great defensive players on this team." The Pacers led 37-21 in the second quarter when Amare Stoudemire picked up his third foul and was called for a technical. As Indiana's lead grew, the Knicks unraveled. Kurt Thomas committed four fouls in six minutes, in the second quarter, then argued with fans when he went to the bench. Raymond Felton was called for a flagrant foul for elbowing Jeff Pendergraph. Smith and Stephenson were jawing for much of the final minute of the first half, and they were called for double-technicals right after the halftime buzzer. Indiana shot 60 percent from the field and led 74-44 at the break. George led the Pacers with 20 points in the first half, including a dynamic two-handed jam through traffic with 21 seconds left in the second quarter. Indiana's bench scored 27 points before the break and the Pacers made 23 of 29 free throws in the first half. "You can't give up 44 points in the second quarter, that's unacceptable," Chandler said. "When you give up 74 points in the first half to a team that doesn't even score that much, you're asking for a loss." New York continued to fall apart in the second half. Smith was ejected in the third quarter, and the Pacers hit the 100-point mark with just over two minutes left in the third quarter. Indiana's largest lead was 39 points. "We've got to get it together if we want to accomplish the things that we've talked about," Chandler said. "We've got to play a lot better than this. When you get beat like this, it's everybody from the top down." Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com

Cleveland C. - N.Orleans H. 105-100
Ninety minutes before tip-off Wednesday night, a bleary-eyed Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) pulled a T-shirt over his head and stood up in front of his locker. He said he was still tired from All-Star weekend and looked as if he needed a nap. 'I'm just trying to wake up,' he said. By the middle of the fourth quarter, Irving was growling at mid-court, both fists clenched and biceps flexed as his teammates swarmed around him. Irving was sensational again in the fourth quarter, scoring 20 of his 35 points in the game's final seven minutes in the Cavs' 105-100 win over the New Orleans Hornets. For nearly two years, Irving has quietly grumbled about the Cavs' lack of national television appearances. So in his first prime-time game in front of the nation, Irving woke up when the lights were the brightest in the fourth quarter. 'Kyrie was making shots everywhere,' Cavs coach Byron Scott said. 'They really didn't have an answer for him.' The Cavs' plan was to keep Irving in the middle of the floor in part to identify any double-teams early. He had a relatively quiet first half with seven points, four assists and three turnovers, but he immediately took charge when he returned to the game in the fourth quarter with the Cavs trailing 78-74 and 7:08 left. Irving scored 11 consecutive points late in the fourth quarter and 18-of-20 during a five-minute stretch. His step-back jumper with 4:23 left gave the Cavs an 85-83 lead, then his 3-pointer with 3:54 left extended the lead to 88-83 and brought the crowd roaring to its feet as Irving howled near mid-court in delight. 'You can kind of see it coming,' Scott said. 'He gets a little bit of a gleam in his eye. He hits one or two and he kind of gets going. You could see in the fourth quarter he was just really aggressive. He just kind of put us on his back.' Irving scored 28 points in the second half to stave off a Hornets team that managed to cut the lead to 97-93 on a 3-pointer from Ryan Anderson in the game's final minute. The Cavs struggled miserably from the line most of the night, but Irving, Dion Waiters (6'4''-G-91, college: Syracuse) and Wayne Ellington (6'4''-G-87, college: N.Carolina) combined to make all eight attempts in the final minute to stave off another comeback. Equally important, the Cavs didn't have a turnover in the fourth quarter. 'In that fourth quarter, especially when it's winning time, obviously I want to win and my teammates want to win,' Irving said. 'The opportunities that are there in the first three quarters that I don't exploit, I went into the fourth quarter and luckily some shots went in for me.' The Cavs squandered a 10-point lead late in the third quarter when the Hornets scored 12 consecutive points to take a 69-68 lead into the fourth. But the Hornets didn't have anyone to match Irving over the game's final seven minutes. In the process, he soundly answered questions about how tired he was beginning the second half of the season. 'I think he's all right,' Scott joked. 'I don't think he's that tired.' Courtesy of: ohio.com

Charlotte B. - Detroit P. 99-105
Greg Monroe (6'11''-C-90, college: Georgetown) scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, stepping up with Brandon Knight (6'3''-G-91, college: Kentucky) on the bench nursing a hyperextended right knee, to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 105-99 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night. Knight had 21 points before injuring his knee late in the third quarter. Monroe then took over, finishing with seven rebounds and seven assists as the Pistons denied the Bobcats their first back-to-back wins since November. Jose Manuel Calderon (6'4''-PG-81) finished with 17 points for Detroit. Kemba Walker (6'1''-PG-90, college: Connecticut) led Charlotte with 24 points, and Ramon Sessions had 18 points and eight assists. Byron Mullens added 15 points for the Bobcats, who have the worst record in the NBA. The Pistons opened an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter, but the Bobcats cut it to one before Monroe scored on a spinning inside move. Calderon put away the game with a pair of free throws with 21 seconds left. The Bobcats are now 20-100 since the start of the 2011-12 season. The Pistons were coming off a 14-point loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night, a defeat that coach Lawrence Frank called "a real stinker." The Pistons led 77-74 with 1:45 left in the third quarter when Knight was tripped up by Walker after he lost control of the ball in the lane. Walker was called for a foul and Knight remained on the court for several minutes while being attended to by trainers before gingerly walking to the bench. Knight would return briefly in the fourth quarter for one possession before walking to the bench with a noticeable limp. He did not return. Monroe and Calderon accounted for Detroit's final 15 points. The Bobcats entered the fourth quarter down 78-77 but the Pistons quickly built a double-digit lead after Kyle Singler's follow shot with seven minutes left in the game. The Bobcats clawed back behind a pair of 3-pointers from Mullens and two nasty dunks by rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. But Charlotte could never seize the lead and dropped to 7-20 at home on the season. Detroit hasn't looked sharp on the road, carrying a 6-18 record into the game. Frank was clearly worried about the Bobcats before the game, saying they posed similar problems as the Grizzlies, who beat them the night before. But the Pistons looked sharp early, jumping out to an 11-point, first-quarter lead behind 11 points from Knight and three 3-pointers from Calderon. The Bobcats came back to take a 56-55 lead at halftime on a turnaround jumper in the lane by Jeff Adrien. Sessions came up big for the Bobcats early with 14 points in the first half. Rodney Stuckey added 12 points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Pistons. Tyrus Thomas, one of Charlotte's highest-paid players, was inactive for the fourth straight game. Courtesy of: kansascity.com

Toronto R. - Memphis G. 82-88
Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) had 17 points and 18 rebounds, Mike Conley (6'1''-PG-87, college: Ohio St.) scored 17 points and the Memphis Grizzlies won their fifth straight game Wednesday, beating the Toronto Raptors 88-82. Toronto's Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) came up short against his former team as the Raptors had their five-game winning streak ended. Acquired from Memphis in a three-team trade on Jan. 30, Gay had 13 points and nine rebounds but struggled with his shooting, making just five of 15 attempts. He also had a game-high five turnovers. Tony Allen scored 12 points and Tayshaun Prince had 11 as the Grizzlies won for the eighth time in nine meetings with the Raptors and posted their fourth straight win in Toronto. Alan Anderson (6'6''-G/F-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) scored 15 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter as the Raptors erased a nine-point deficit to tie the game, but couldn't take the lead. Amir Johnson scored 16 points and Kyle Lowry had 12 for the Raptors. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Anderson brought Toronto within four at 70-66 with 9:26 left, and he hit another at 8:02 to make it 73-71. Memphis responded with consecutive layups by Darrell Arthur and Quincy Pondexter, putting them up 77-71, but Anderson hit another 3 and was fouled by Randolph, converting the four-point play to make it 77-75 with 6:33 left. No one scored again until 4:09, when Johnson tied it at 77-all on a driving layup. Just over a minute later, Randolph restored the lead by making a pair of free throws. Conley stole the ball from Gay on the next possession and Randolph was fouled again, making one of two to put Memphis up 80-77 with 2:25 left. After a missed shot by Gay, Conley made a 3 to increase the lead to six at 83-77. Lowry gave the Raptors hope by cutting it to 85-82 on a four-point play with 20 seconds left, but Prince rebounded a missed free throw by Conley and Allen sealed it by making a pair at the line. The Grizzlies missed their first eight field goal attempts of the game, but it was Toronto who struggled most with its shooting in the opening quarter, making just four of 20 shots. Gay missed all four of his attempts in the first against his former team as Memphis led 19-14 after one. Randolph had six points in the second and Jerryd Bayless and Prince added five each as Memphis took a 43-32 lead after two. The half ended with a frustrated DeMar DeRozan hurling the ball skyward, only to have it get stuck inside the scoreboard hanging over center court. Johnson had 10 points in the third, including an emphatic dunk over Randolph, and Gay added seven for the Raptors, but Conley scored six points for the Grizzlies and Memphis had a 66-57 lead into the final quarter. Courtesy of: postbulletin.com



Kevin Garnett will not waive his no-trade clause - by Eurobasket News

The Boston Celtics can discuss a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers or any other NBA team all they want, but Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F/C-76) says it wont matter. Asked Saturday if there was any circumstance or team that could entice him to give up his no-trade clause and leave Boston, Garnett said, No. Even so, the Clippers still believe they can get Garnett to accept a trade if the Celtics tell him they want to make a deal, a source told Yahoo! Sports. If Boston came to him with the trade and he knew they wanted to do it, he would change his mind, the source said. Publicly, at least, Garnett was pretty clear about his desire to stay in Boston. If its up to me, Garnett said, I will live and die green all day.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Marcus Morris traded to Phoenix Suns for future second-round pick - by Eurobasket News

After a long stalemate between NBA teams waiting for the first shoe to drop with the deadline looming, we finally have some trade movement. The Houston Rockets have traded forward Marcus Morris (6'8''-F-89, college: Kansas) to the Phoenix Suns for a future second-round pick, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports. It seemed more than apparent Morris would be dealt soon after he was declared unavailable for Wednesday's game against the Thunder. When asked why the team did this, coach Kevin McHale said to ask GM Daryl Morey. Shortly afterwards, ESPN's Marc Stein reported that Houston had two separate deals prepared and they held Morris out as a precaution as they decided between which deal they preferred. About an hour later, the deal was reported. Morris has been much improved this season, showcasing a versatile skill set in Houston after a rather underwhelming rookie season. Through 54 games, he is averaging 8.6 points and 6.8 rebounds on 42.8 percent shooting and 38.1 percent from behind the arc. The Rockets have a bit of a logjam at power forward, having a stockpile of young big men, including Terrence Jones, Thomas Robinson (traded for Patrick Patterson and other tonight) and Donatas Motiejunas, not to mention Royce White, who finally came to an agreement with the organization and is playing in the D-League. Moving Morris permits Houston to spread the minutes out some more to see what else the others can contribute. But most importantly, this reunites the Morris brothers, as Marcus joins Markieff on the Suns.
Courtesy of: sbnation.com



Hornets interested in Klay Thompson should Gordon talks with Warriors progress - by Eurobasket News

The New Orleans Hornets are interested in Klay Thompson (6'6''-G-90, college: Washington St.) should trade talks with the Golden State Warriors on Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana) advance. The Hornets matched Gordon's four-year, $58 million offer sheet with the Phoenix Suns last offseason. Gordon remains on restriction in playing back-to-back games. "I dont really get caught up to it, Gordon said Tuesday night about trade rumors. "But you just never know your situation. Thats part of the process but at the end of the day, you cant worry about that as a player. If it happens, it happens. Im definitely not worried about it.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



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  NBLCANADA   

NBLC Standings

NBL Canada Standings
 1. London L. 26-4 
 2. Summerside S. 19-12 
 3. Oshawa P. 18-13 
 4. Halifax R. 16-16 
 5. St.John M.R. 16-16 
 6. Moncton M. 16-20 
 7. Windsor Exp. 15-16 
 8. Montreal J. 2-31 

Regular Season: Round 29

Feb. 20: Windsor Exp. - Montreal J. 94-83
Feb. 20: Oshawa P. - London L. 103-115
Feb. 21: Oshawa P. - Moncton M.
Feb. 21: St.John M.R. - Summerside S.
Feb. 21: London L. - Windsor Exp.
Feb. 23: Halifax R. - Montreal J.
Feb. 23: Windsor Exp. - Moncton M.
Feb. 23: London L. - Summerside S.


The Storm adds Spears to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Summerside Storm (NBL Canada) added to their roster 27-year old American forward Shamari Spears (198-107kg-86, college: Charlotte). He was tested at London Lightning (NBL Canada), but was not approved after all. Spears also played at Instituto Profesional Virginio Gomez (DIMAYOR) in Chilean league earlier this season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won NBL Canada championship title in 2012. Spears was also voted NABC Division I All-District 4 2nd Team back in 2010 at his college time.
Spears graduated from University of North Carolina - Charlotte in 2011 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  NCAA1   

Top 25 - Men

TOP25 Standings
 1. Indiana 11-1 (23-2) 
 2. Louisville 8-4 (20-5) 
 3. Kentucky 8-4 (17-8) 
 4. Ohio St. 9-5 (19-6) 
 5. Michigan 9-4 (21-4) 
 6. N.Carolina St. 7-5 (17-7) 
 7. Kansas 10-3 (22-4) 
 8. Duke 9-3 (21-3) 
 9. Syracuse 10-3 (22-4) 
 10. Florida 11-2 (21-4) 
 11. Arizona 10-4 (21-4) 
 12. N.Carolina 8-5 (18-8) 
 13. UCLA 9-4 (19-7) 
 14. Michigan St. 11-3 (22-4) 
 15. Creighton 9-5 (20-6) 
 16. Memphis 12-0 (23-3) 
 17. Missouri 8-5 (19-7) 
 18. Baylor 7-6 (16-10) 
 19. UNLV 7-5 (20-7) 
 20. San Diego St. 7-5 (18-6) 
 21. Wisconsin 8-4 (17-7) 
 22. Gonzaga 13-0 (26-2) 
 23. Notre Dame 9-4 (21-5) 
 24. Florida St. 6-7 (14-12) 
 25. Texas 3-9 (11-14) 

Regular Season: Round 102

Feb. 20: St.Bonaventure - Massachusetts 99-94
Feb. 20: Drake - Bradley 92-84 OT
Feb. 20: Georgetown - De Paul 90-66
Feb. 20: Gonzaga - Santa Clara 85-42
Feb. 20: ODU - NC-Wilmington 84-61
Feb. 20: Syracuse - Providence 84-59
Feb. 20: Baylor - Iowa St. 82-87
Feb. 20: Memphis - Houston 81-74
Feb. 20: CSU Bakersfield - S.Dakota St. 79-78 2OT
Feb. 20: Boston U. - Albany 79-69
Feb. 20: Evansville - Illinois St. 79-62
Feb. 20: Appalachian St. - Citadel 77-80 OT
Feb. 20: IPFW - Oakland 77-71
Feb. 20: Boise St. - Air Force 77-65
Feb. 20: Army - Colgate 77-63
Feb. 20: CS Fullerton - Cal Poly - SLO 77-60
Feb. 20: Holy Cross - Lafayette 76-79
Feb. 20: Kentucky - Vanderbilt 74-70
Feb. 20: SIU Edwardsville - Tennessee St. 73-83
Feb. 20: Vermont - Maine 73-61
Feb. 20: Davidson - Furman 73-36
Feb. 20: Texas Tech - Oklahoma 71-86
Feb. 20: Long Beach St. - Cal-Davis 71-65
Feb. 20: Ohio St. - Minnesota 71-45
Feb. 20: Cent.Florida - Marshall 70-82
Feb. 20: Arizona - Washington 70-52
Feb. 20: Arizona St. - Washington St. 69-57
Feb. 20: St.John's - S.Florida 69-54
Feb. 20: G.Washington - Fordham 68-60
Feb. 20: Cal-Irvine - Pacific 68-59
Feb. 20: Oklahoma St. - Kansas 67-68 3OT
Feb. 20: Jacksonville St. - SE Missouri St. 67-65
Feb. 20: Northeastern - JMU 66-64
Feb. 20: W.Carolina - Charleston 65-67
Feb. 20: Alabama - Mississippi St. 64-56
Feb. 20: Wisc.-Milwaukee - Ill.-Chicago 64-53
Feb. 20: Tulsa - E.Carolina 63-72
Feb. 20: S.Carolina - Mississippi 63-62
Feb. 20: Texas Arlington - UTPA 63-48
Feb. 20: N.Colorado - N.Dakota 62-64
Feb. 20: UNLV - Colorado St. 61-59
Feb. 20: Md-E Shore - Hampton 59-63
Feb. 20: Auburn - Texas A&M 56-65
Feb. 20: Cal-Riverside - UCSB 54-45
Feb. 20: Austin Peay St. - E.Kentucky 53-91
Feb. 20: Hofstra - George Mason 50-79
Feb. 20: Navy - American 50-44
Feb. 20: E.Illinois - Belmont 49-80
Feb. 20: Hartford - New Hampshire 49-44
Feb. 20: S.Mississippi - UTEP 45-39
Feb. 20: Sam Houston St. - SF Austin 44-50
Feb. 20: Rhode Island - Xavier 42-55
Feb. 20: Northwestern - Wisconsin 41-69
Feb. 20: Cleveland St. - Wright St. 41-50
Feb. 20: Louisiana Tech - Cent.Baptist 118-48
Feb. 20: Morehead St. - Murray St. 100-106 2OT

Regular Season: Round 103

Feb. 21: Portland - San Diego
Feb. 21: Loyola Mary - USF
Feb. 21: Delaware - Drexel
Feb. 21: Kennesaw St. - N.Kentucky
Feb. 21: N.Florida - E.Tenn.St.
Feb. 21: Robert Morris - Monmouth
Feb. 21: Bowling Green - New Orleans
Feb. 21: Chattanooga - NC-Greensboro
Feb. 21: Connecticut - Cincinnati
Feb. 21: Sacred Heart - Quinnipiac
Feb. 21: Georgia South - Wofford
Feb. 21: Mercer - Lipscomb
Feb. 21: St.Francis, PA - Fair Dickinson
Feb. 21: Arkansas - Georgia
Feb. 21: St.Francis, NY - Wagner
Feb. 21: Temple - La Salle
Feb. 21: Bryant - Cent.Conn.St.
Feb. 21: Jacksonville - USC Upstate
Feb. 21: Mt.St.Mary's - LIU Brooklyn
Feb. 21: FIU - UALR
Feb. 21: Charleston So. - VMI
Feb. 21: Tenn Tech - Tenn-Martin
Feb. 21: Middle Tenn.St. - S.Alabama
Feb. 21: N.Texas - Florida Atlantic
Feb. 21: W.Kentucky - La-Monroe
Feb. 21: E.Illinois - Belmont
Feb. 21: Samford - Elon
Feb. 21: La-Lafayette - Troy
Feb. 21: Illinois - Penn St.
Feb. 21: Nebraska - Iowa
Feb. 21: Virginia Tech - Duke
Feb. 21: Oregon - California
Feb. 21: Colorado - Utah
Feb. 21: St.Mary's, CA - BYU
Feb. 21: Oregon St. - Stanford


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Jordan REED
  Binghamton
  (193-G-94)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Reed, Binghamton16.5 
 2. Edwards, Maine16.3 
 3. Black, Albany15.2 
 4. Nwakamma, Hartford15.1 
 5. Cook, UMBC14.7 
 6. Irving, Boston U.14.4 
 7. Fraser, Maine13.4 
 8. Myrick, New H.13.3 
 9. Iati, Albany12.4 
 10. Warney, Stony B.12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordan REED
  Binghamton
  (193-G-94)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Reed, Binghamton9.2 
 2. Voelkel, Vermont9.0 
 3. Fraser, Maine8.4 
 4. Brenton, Stony B.8.2 
 5. Warney, Stony B.7.5 
 6. Allison, Maine7.3 
 7. Pelcher, New H.6.6 
 8. Plummer, UMBC6.5 
 9. Rowley, Albany6.5 
 10. Morris, Boston U.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Maurice WATSON
  Boston U.
  (178-PG-93)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Watson, Boston U.5.5 
 2. Voelkel, Vermont4.8 
 3. Brenton, Stony B.4.7 
 4. Pollard, Maine4.6 
 5. Irving, Boston U.3.8 
 6. Edwards, Maine3.5 
 7. Gray, Binghamton3.5 
 8. Rhoads, New H.3.4 
 9. Hooley, Albany3.1 
 10. Morgan, UMBC2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Justin EDWARDS
  Maine
  (190-PG-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Edwards, Maine2.0 
 2. Plummer, UMBC1.9 
 3. Watson, Boston U.1.6 
 4. Brenton, Stony B.1.6 
 5. Cooper, Hartford1.6 
 6. Gray, Binghamton1.5 
 7. Irving, Boston U.1.5 
 8. Nwakamma, Hartford1.5 
 9. Rhoads, New H.1.5 
 10. Voelkel, Vermont1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Mike ALLISON
  Maine
  (206-F/C-90)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Allison, Maine1.6 
 2. Warney, Stony B.1.6 
 3. Fraser, Maine1.5 
 4. Pelcher, New H.1.4 
 5. Roseboro, UMBC1.2 
 6. O''Day, Vermont1.2 
 7. Freeman, Bingh.1.0 
 8. Mayo, Stony Brook0.9 
 9. Nwakamma, Hartford0.8 
 10. Reed, Binghamton0.7 


No. 1/1 Indiana Edges No. 4/5 Michigan State, 72-68 - by Eurobasket News

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Victor Oladipo (6'5''-G-92) shook off a sprained left ankle with a spectacular performance to lift top-ranked Indiana to a 72-68 victory against No. 4 Michigan State on Tuesday night.

Oladipo's go-ahead putback, dunk and free throws in the final minute gave him 19 points to go along with nine rebounds, five steals and a block. Not bad for a guy who didn't play after halftime of his previous game, just three days earlier, because of the injury.

Hoosiers coach Tom Crean insisted that the junior shooting guard "wasn't even close" to 100 percent healthy.

"There's no doubt his foot hurt," Crean said. "That mind was right, and that was the biggest thing."

Indiana (24-3, 12-2 Big Ten) broke a first-place tie in the conference -- with four games left in the regular season -- and moved a step closer toward earning top seeding next month in the NCAA tournament.

"It was a huge win for us," Oladipo said. "We've come a long way."

The Hoosiers had lost 17 straight -- since 1991 -- on the road against the Spartans.

"Most of those guys weren't alive," Crean said. "It didn't affect them."

Michigan State (22-5, 11-3) blew opportunities at the line.

Trailing by three with 3.7 seconds left, Harris was fouled on a 3-point attempt. He missed the first one -- setting off sighs in the sold-out arena -- and after making the second, he deliberately missed the third.

Indiana got the rebound -- Oladipo grabbed it, of course -- and he hit two free throws to seal the win.

"We were right there," Gary Harris said somberly. "And, we could've won."

Keith Appling had missed the front end of a one and one with a little more than a minute left.

"I'd say I was more upset than surprised," he said.

Cody Zeller had 17 points -- nearly doubling what he had in the previous matchup against Michigan State -- while Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford scored 12 each for the Hoosiers.

Oladipo and Zeller went over the 1,000-point mark of their careers in the game, joining Hulls and Watford in the club, to give the storied program four players with that many points on the same team for the first time.

"They've got a lot of weapons," Izzo said. "They've got a lot of experience."

Harris, Indiana's Mr. Basketball last year, missed a layup in a crowded lane with 16 seconds left and finished with 19 points. Adreian Payne scored 17 and the rest of their teammates struggled offensively.

Appling, Michigan State's leading scorer, was held to six points on 1-of-8 shooting.

"My quarterback struggled a little bit," Izzo said.

Branden Dawson had eight points and Derrick Nix scored eight and some of his contributions offensively late in the game looked like they were going to help the school win its second game in the regular season against a No. 1 team.

Nix made a go-ahead shot -- after grabbing rebounds off two of his misses -- to put Michigan State ahead 64-63 lead with 3:08 left and scored again in the post on its next possession.

Harris made one of two free throws with 1:38 remaining to give the Spartans a game-high, four-point lead.

Watford responded with a three-point play on the ensuing possession to pull Indiana within a point and Oladipo did the rest.

Michigan State had won five straight and 11 of 12 with its only loss during the stretch at Indiana. In last month's five-point loss at Indiana, Oladipo had 21 points, seven rebounds, six steals and three blocks.

The rematch marked the first time two top-five teams have met at the Breslin Center.

It was the third matchup of top-four teams in college basketball this season -- the second for Indiana, which beat then top-ranked Michigan -- and was just the fourth with a pair of Big Ten teams since 1997.

"Nothing rattles us too much," Zeller said.

The highly anticipated and hyped game lived up to the billing with end-to-end action, scrambles for loose balls, 3-point shots, blocks in the lane and plenty of physical play.

And, a banged-up Oladipo was the star of the showdown.

"Oladipo is just a refuse-to-lose guy," Izzo said. "Winning time, he made the plays."
Courtesy of: http://www.iuhoosiers.com



Clarke, Marshall lead Bulldogs past Duquesne - by Eurobasket News

INDIANAPOLIS - Senior guard Rotnei Clarke (6'0''-G-89) led the Butler men's basketball team to a 68-49 win over Atlantic 10 rival Duquesne Tuesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Clarke finished the game with 16 points, a rebound and an assist despite only taking two shots in the second half. He shot 50 percent from behind the arc and 45 percent from the floor.

The Bulldogs improved to 14-0 when junior forward Khyle Marshall scores more than 10 points. Marshall finished the night with 14 points, two rebounds and two steals.

"It was good for me to see him have that success," coach Brad Stevens said. "I like the fact that we got him the ball and I like what he can with that ball. Khyle has always risen to the occasion as the season has progressed."

Butler's swarming defense gave the Dukes problems all game long, holding them to 37 percent shooting from the field and a mere 23 percent from behind the arc.

"I think collectively we're guarding better," Marshall said. "We held a great three-point shooting team to only 49 points so I think that's a pretty big accomplishment on our part."

The Bulldogs took advantage of their size advantage inside and out-rebounded the Dukes 36-28. Senior center Andrew Smith led the team with 10 rebounds and sophomore forward Roosevelt Jones added eight.

"Our guys were really locked in defensively and I thought we played at a much better pace offensively. " Stevens said.

Freshman guard Kellen Dunham (6'6''-G) came off the bench in the first half to score eight points in 83 seconds. He finished the game with 11 points and made three of his five shots from behind the arc.

Butler next faces Saint Louis on Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. inside Hinkle Fieldhouse. Saint Louis won the first meeting between the teams this season by a score of 75-58.
Courtesy of: http://www.butlersports.com



No. 2 MBB Stays Undefeated in ACC - by Eurobasket News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Reggie Johnson (6'10''-C-89) made a tie-breaking layup with 5.7 seconds left Tuesday night, and the No. 2-ranked Miami Hurricanes overcame a ragged offensive performance for the second game in a row to beat Virginia 54-50 and remain unbeaten in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Durand Scott added two clinching free throws with four seconds to go for the Hurricanes, who earned their 14th consecutive victory. The win came two nights after they rallied late to beat Clemson 45-43.

The Hurricanes (22-3, 13-0 ACC) improved to 12-0 at home. They hold a 3 1/2-game edge over second-place Duke in the ACC as they chase their first league basketball championship.

Virginia (18-8, 8-5) fell to 0-6 in Miami. The Cavaliers led only once, at 29-28, but Evan Nolte tied the game at 50 by sinking a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left.

After a timeout, Miami's Shane Larkin (5'11''-PG-92) spotted Johnson open under the basket, and the senior center made a reverse layup. Paul Jesperson's inbounds pass was intercepted by Scott, who was fouled and made both free throws.

Defense kept the Hurricanes in front on a night when went 1 for 7 from 3-point range and struggled against a Virginia defense ranked fourth in the nation.

Miami held the Cavaliers to 39-percent shooting and blocked seven shots. Julian Gamble (6'10''-F/C-89) had four blocks, including three on one possession.

Joe Harris, one of the nation's top outside shooters, had 16 points for Virginia but only one 3-pointer. He extended his streak of treys to 16 consecutive games by sinking one in the final minute.

The Hurricanes held a league opponent to 50 points or less for the sixth time. They're 4-0 in ACC play in games decided by four points or less.

Miami climbed on Monday to No. 2 in the rankings, best in the program's history. For two weeks the Hurricanes have been the only unbeaten team in league play among the major conferences.

Their ACC start is the best since Duke went 16-0 and won the conference in 1999.

Larkin had 11 points, including four in the final 42 seconds, and six assists. Rion Brown added 10 points off the bench in 25 minutes. Gamble had eight points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes.

The Hurricanes started fast on offense, working the ball inside and shooting 5 for 5 in the first 3:21. But points were tough to come by after that.

Instead it was Miami's defense that had a sellout crowd roaring, especially when Gamble blocked three consecutive shots by Akil Mitchell.

The Cavaliers trailed by seven points early and took their only lead seven minutes into the second half. Brown answered by making three consecutive free throws after being fouled on a long attempt, then sank a 3-point shot to put the Hurricanes ahead 36-29. That matched their largest lead.
Courtesy of: http://www.hurricanesports.com



Bowers' Double-Double Leads Mizzou to 63-60 Upset of No. 5 Florida - by Eurobasket News

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Laurence Bowers (6'8''-F) had 17 points plus 10 rebounds and Missouri erased a 13-point deficit midway through the second half to rally past No. 5 Florida 63-60 on Tuesday night.

Phil Pressey (5'11''-PG-91) added 10 assists, seven points, six rebounds and three steals for Missouri (19-7, 8-5 SEC). The Tigers didn't have Bowers a month ago in a 31-point blowout loss at Florida.

Mike Rosario (6'3''-G-90, college: Florida) had 14 points for Florida (21-4, 11-2) but missed a 3-point try at the buzzer. The Gators had won 13 of 14 and led 49-36 with 10:51 left, then hurt themselves at the foul line.

Florida missed five straight free throws in the second half, three times on the front end of one-and-ones. The slump ended when Rosario hit the second of two with 5:10 to go for a 54-50 lead.

The Gators made six of 12 foul shots overall. Missouri was 12 of 15.

The Tigers improved to 15-0 at home this season. They are 30-1 the last two seasons under coach Frank Haith.

Florida trailed by a point when Kenny Boynton (6'2''-PG-91) missed a 3 with about eight seconds to go. Missouri's Keion Bell came up with the ball after it was tipped around and made two free throws with 3.1 seconds left.

Bowers' jumper from the key put Missouri up for good at 61-60 with 1:15 to go. Pressey's three-point play with 2:51 to go gave Missouri its first lead at 59-57. Scottie Wilkekin's 3 put Florida back up with about 1 1/2 minutes to go.

Pressey didn't take a shot in the first half while getting two assists and three turnovers. He made his first shot from the wing with just over 14 minutes to go.

Two dazzling assists by Pressey, the second wrapping around a defender to set up Bowers' dunk, capped a 12-0 run that cut Florida's lead to 49-48 with 8:02 to go.

Florida, averaging an SEC-leading 10 3-pointers in conference play, was 4 for 6 the first 7 1/2 minutes while grabbing an 18-6 lead. The Gators made just one of their last 11 3-point attempts of the half, going scoreless the final 4:39 while Missouri ended with an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to 29-26.
Courtesy of: http://www.mutigers.com



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Tigers Pick Up Key South Division Victory; Defeats Chestnut Hill 67-49 - by Eurobasket News

Philadelphia, Pa. - The Holy Family University men's basketball team won its fourth straight game after defeating visiting Chestnut Hill College by the score of 67-49 in a key Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) contest Tuesday night at the Campus Center Gym.

Holy Family improves to 16-9 overall and 12-4 in the CACC, while Chestnut Hill is now 12-12 overall and 8-7 in conference play. The win helped secure a home game for the Tigers in the upcoming CACC Quarterfinals scheduled for March 2. Holy Family still holds a one-half game lead over cross-town rival Philadelphia University (11-4) in the CACC South Division. With a win on Saturday at Goldey-Beacom College, Holy Family will at the very least earn a share of the Regular Season Title and the top-seed from the South Division.

Senior Angel Ayala (6'4''-G) (Allentown, Pa./William Allen) led Holy Family with his second straight double-double and third of the season. Ayala scored a game-high 20 points for the third straight game tying his career-high. He also led the team with a game-high 13 rebounds, which also ties a career-high set last season. Junior Alberto Munoz (6'5''-G) (Morrisville, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) recorded his first double-double of the season after scoring ten points and grabbing 11 rebounds.

Junior Ervin Ezell (Deptford, N.J./Deptford High) also scored in double-figures as he tallied 16 points to go along with a game-high seven assists. Freshman Tuhran Griffin (Philadelphia, Pa./Franklin Learning Center) added nine points (6-6 FT), while fellow classmate Isaiah Gans (Philadelphia, Pa./Redemption Christian Academy) chipped in eight points and 11 rebounds. Gans also blocked four shots on the defensive end.

For Chestnut Hill, senior Mark DiRugeris, Jr. and sophomore Alssene Saintilus each scored eight points to lead the Griffins' offense. Junior Jakeem Bogans added six points and dished out a team-high four assists.

After leading 29-21 at halftime, Holy Family began building its double-digit lead in the second stanza. The Tigers used an 11-2 run to do so after Chestnut Hill cut the Tigers' lead to 44-35 at the 11:49 mark of the half.

Over the next four-plus minutes Holy Family increased its lead to as many as 18-points after Ayala capped the run with a layup with 8:07 left on the clock to make the score 55-37.

Holy Family maintained its double-digit lead the rest of the way, however Chestnut Hill made a run to cut the Tigers' lead to 11 points after sophomore Luke Dickson drained a three-pointer to make the score 60-49 with 2:04 to play.

That would be as close as Chestnut Hill would get as Holy Family converted 7-of-8 from the free throw line in the final two minutes, including 6-of-6 by Griffin.

Holy Family shot 41.4-percent from the field in the second half to help fuel its offense, while the defense limited Chestnut Hill to only 20.0-percent shooting in the second half.

Holy Family is back in action on Saturday, Feb. 23 as the Tigers travel to face Goldey-Beacom College in the regular season finale. Game time is slated for 3 p.m.
Courtesy of: http://athletics.holyfamily.edu



Bloomfield Edges Caldwell in Men's Basketball, 76-71 - by Eurobasket News

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. The Caldwell College men's basketball team dropped a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference game at Bloomfield College, 76-71 Tuesday evening at the Bloomfield Gym. The Cougars are now 7-19 overall and 3-14 in league play, while the Deacons improve to 13-12, 11-6 CACC.

Bloomfield took an early 15-7 lead before Caldwell used four points apiece from sophomore forward Michael Balkovic (Neptune, NJ/St. John Vianney) and sophomore guard Wyatt Polk (Haddonfield, NJ/Haddonfield) in a 10-1 run to lead 17-16. The Cougars still led, 30-29 at the 5:20 mark before the Deacons closed out the half with an 11-6 run to take a 40-36 halftime advantage. Balkovic had 13 points and eight rebounds in the first half, while Kevin Udo (6'7''-F) tallied four of Bloomfield's seven blocks in the period.

Caldwell made a push early in the second half, tying the game at 44-44 following three-pointers from Polk and freshman guard Dawan Lighty (Paterson, NJ/Kennedy). The threes sparked a 15-6 Caldwell run over the first six minutes of the second half that gave the Cougars a 51-46 lead with 14:05 to play. The Deacons fought back and regained the lead with a 10-2 spree. The game remained close over the next 5:30, with Caldwell coming within one point four times. Leading 63-62, Bloomfield earned some breathing room with a basket by Matt Hall and two Marvin Williams (6'0''-G) free throws for a 67-62 bulge with 4:47 left. The Cougars came within three points twice but were unable to get any closer the rest of the way.

Polk led all players with 18 points, while Balkovic finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Lighty added 11 points and senior forward Kairo Rochford (Brooklyn, NY/James Madison) contributed 10 points and five rebounds off the bench. Williams had 16 points and Erik Sanders scored 15 points to pace Bloomfield, which made six threes compared to two for Caldwell for the game.

Caldwell concludes conference play at Concordia College on Saturday, Feb. 23. The game is set to begin at 3:00 p.m. in Bronxville, N.Y.
Courtesy of: http://caldwellathletics.com



Yellow Jackets claim G-MAC regular season crown - by Eurobasket News

WILBERFORCE, Ohio - Zimmy Nwogbo (6'7''-F-91) erupted for 25 points, including a pair of key back-to-back three-pointers, as Cedarville clinched the Great Midwest Athletic Conference regular season title with a 74-69 decision at Central State.

The outcome gives the Yellow Jackets the No. 1 seed in the first-ever G-MAC Tournament which they will host in the Callan Athletic Center on March 8-9.

Nwogbo stepped up big time, especially in the second half. His thunderous dunk gave CU a 36-24 bulge early in the frame, but the host Marauders charged back to take their only lead in the final period, 48-47, on consecutive threes with 5:55 left.

Then, it was Nwogbo's turn. Having come into the contest with just two baskets from outside the arc all season long, he swished two straight from deep to give the Jackets the advantage for good.

Central made another brief charge, but back-to-back bombs from Daniel Hickman calmed the threat. Zach Brown hit 7-of-8 free throws in the final minute to ice it for the Yellow Jackets, 17-8 overall and 5-1 G-MAC, who won for the eighth time in a row.

Zimmy was huge to say the least, proclaimed Head Coach Pat Estepp . He hit some big shots as did Hickman. But, our team defense was the key because this is such a tough place to win. I'm proud of how the guys responded.

Nwogbo tacked on nine rebounds and two assists to his night. Brown tallied 17 points and four assists, Hickman came off the bench with 11 points, and Brian Grant chipped in 10 to go along with eight boards.

Central State dips to 15-9 and 3-2 G-MAC. The result snapped the Marauders' seven-game homecourt winning streak.
Courtesy of: http://yellowjackets.cedarville.edu



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Roadrunners advance to NJAC Finals, 83-58 - by Eurobasket News

Mahwah, NJ: The #1 seeded Ramapo College men's basketball team, advances to the 2012-2013 New Jersey Athletic Conference Championship game after defeating the Pioneers of William Paterson University, 83-58 tonight at the Bradley Center. With the victory the Roadrunners improve to 22-4 overall. Ramapo will face off with the Scarlet Raiders of Rutgers Newark, #3 seed, on Friday evening at 7pm at the Bradley Center.

Senior Stephon Treadwell (6'5''-F) led all scorers with 21 points shooting 9-12 from the floor while Elgin Brown collected 17 points and John Martens netted 13. The Roadrunners combined hitting 31-57 (54%). Treadwell pulled down a team high 13 rebounds and Patrick O'Connell dished out a team high five assists.

Brown got the Roadrunners on the board to open the game and William Paterson's Terik Bridgeman netted a tip-in to tie the game for the first time of many, as the Roadrunners jumped out to a 45-36 halftime lead. Over the first five plus minutes of the half, the two teams traded baskets, until a three-point goal from Anthony LoRusso, followed by a three-point basket from Garret Thiel, put the Roadrunners ahead, 18-13 with 13:43 on the clock. Jaques Conceicao answered with a three-pointer of his own to cut the lead to two, 16-18. With 11:08 to go in the half, Will Sanborn netted two points, sparking a 6-0 run, to push the Roadrunners ahead, 26-18, before Julio Rosario and Lance Brown hit back-to-back threes to close the gap, 24-26, with just under nine minutes to play. LoRusso gave Ramapo a two-point advantage with two good free throws, before two straight baskets from the Pioneers tied the game for the sixth time, 28-28. Treadwell gave the Roadrunners a five-point, 35-30 lead with four minutes left in the half, before a jump shot from Martens with 2:03 on the clock, put Ramapo ahead, 37-30. A final three from Rick DeStefano put the Pioneers within four points, 33-37, with 1:44 to play, before the Roadrunners closed out the half out scoring the Pioneers, 8-3, for a 45-36 halftime advantage. Brown led the Roadrunners with 12 first half points and seven rebounds and Martens collected 11 points, as the team shot 17-35 (49%) in the half. Conceicao recorded 13 points for the Pioneers. The team combined hitting 13-32 (41%).

Ramapo quickly jumped out to a double-digit lead at the start of the second half, after Treadwell sunk a jump shot to take a 47-36 advantage in the opening minute. With 17:29 on the clock, Rosario netted a two-point goal to come within 12, 40-52, before Thiel sparked a 5-0 run, capped off with an and-one play from Brown, to give Ramapo a 57-40 lead with 15:19 to play. Thomas Goubadia hit a jump shot for the Pioneers to come within 15, 42-57, with 14:45 to play, before Ramapo spent the next three and a half minutes climbing to a 20-point, 69-49 lead, with a two-point goal from Treadwell. Martens scored two points with 9:31 to play to go up, 71-49, and the Roadrunners took a 26-point, 79-53 lead, at 3:28, when O'Connell drained a three-point goal. Ramapo's biggest lead came at 1:43 when Treadwell laid the ball in to go ahead, 81-53. The Roadrunners closed out the game with two free throws from LoRusso earning the 83-58 victory in Mahwah. Treadwell recorded a double-double with 14 points and ten rebounds as the team went 14-22 (64%) from the floor. James McLane led the Pioneers in the second half with five points. The team combined hitting 10-28 (36%)

Conceicao led the Pioneers with 13 points and Brown and Rosario each netted ten as the team combined hitting 23-60 (38%) from the floor. Conceicao pulled down nine rebounds and DeStefano assisted on three baskets.

With the loss, #4 seeded William Paterson, falls to 17-10 overall.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Bethany Upset in PAC Quarterfinals by W&J 70-64 - by Eurobasket News

Fifth-seeded Washington & Jefferson used a 14-0 run over the final five minutes of the game to rally for a 70-64 upset victory over the fourth-seeded Bethany College men's basketball team Tuesday night in a PAC Tournament Quarterfinal match-up.

The beginning of the game also featured a huge run by the Presidents (9-17). A 23-5 blitz, which saw W&J make nine of their first 11 shots, was capped by a trey from Doug Johnson with 14:30 to go in the first half. Bethany called timeout and immediately turned the tables. The Bison outscored the visitors 28-4 over the next 11 minutes, ending with a string of five consecutive treys to lift BC to a 33-27 lead. The Presidents scored four straight but a triple by senior James Barton sent the Green and White into halftime with a 36-31 lead.


It took awhile for the offenses to get going in the second half, as the first bucket came on a lay-up by W&J's Ben Cecchini two and half minutes into the period. Senior Reece Mabery then hit for five points in a row to ignite a 9-0 spurt that gave the Bison their largest lead of the game at 45-33with 14:45 to go.


The Presidents made a move to get within two but Bethany (16-10) responded with 12-6 push and a three-pointer by senior Brady Pacific had the Bison in front 64-56 with five minutes to play. But that would be the final point of the game for BC, as they missed their final nine shots while W&J rallied. A three-pointer by Nate Bellhy tied the game at 64 with three minutes left and the Presidents used lay-ups from Johnson, Ben Cecchini and Bellhy to finish the scoring and complete the upset.


Bethany finished the game shooting 40 percent from the field, but hit only 30 percent from the arc (11-36). Mabery led the Bethany offense with 18 points and he added five steals and four assists. Pacific was the only other Bison to reach double digits with a dozen.


For the Presidents, who advanced to the PAC semifinals Thursday night at #1 Saint Vincent, four players finished the game with double figures, led by Johnson with 19, Nate Bellhy with 18 and Cecchini with 16.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



UMF advances to NAC Tourney semis - by Eurobasket News

FARMINGTON, Maine Four University of Maine at Farmington players scored in double figures to lead the top-seeded Beavers to an 85-66 win over eighth-seeded New England College, in Tuesday night's North Atlantic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal at Dearborn Gymnasium.

UMaine-Farmington improved to 21-5 with the victory, matching the program record for most wins in a season last set in the 1999-2000 campaign. The Beavers advance to Friday's NAC Tournament Semifinals, where they will host fourth-seeded Castleton State College. Castleton State knocked off Lyndon State, 91-81, in the quarterfinals.

New England College closes the books on its 2012-13 campaign with a 3-23 record.

Junior Andrew Dickey (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth) paced UMaine-Farmington with 26 points, largely on his 10-of-15 effort from the field. Junior Garrett Clemmer (Windham, Maine/Windham) notched 16 points, while junior Ben Johnson (Manchester, Maine/Maranacook) finished with 15 points. Yusuf Iman (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) rounded out the list of double-digit scorers with 13 points and four assists.

Johnson charted nine rebounds, leading a UMF squad that outrebounded NEC, 40-33. Nate Carson (Orrington, Maine/Brewer) finished with no points, but dished out a team-high six assists.

New England College senior Abdirahman Mohamed (Biddeford, Maine/Biddeford) scored a team-high 19 points on 7-of-19 shooting, while Dezron Wilson (Hartford, Conn.) came off the bench to chip in 11 points.

Farmington jumped out to an early lead on NEC, building a double-digit margin as early as the 11:51 mark of the first half on a Clemmer 3-pointer. The Beavers went into the locker room at halftime with a 51-33 advantage, after shooting 68.0 percent (17-of-25) in the opening stanza. UMF held the Pilgrims to just 36.1 percent shooting (13-of-36) in the first half.

The second half was more of the same for UMaine-Farmington. The Beavers shooting cooled to 46.4 percent, but New England College managed just nine field goals in the half.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



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Ghana, Delta, Lagos others book last-8 ticket of intl Wheelchair championship - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Two West African countries Ghana and Benin have booked their place in the quarter-final of the ongoing second edition of Hon. Victor Ochei International Wheelchair Basketball Championship holding at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

Also in the quarterfinal is the defending champions Delta State. Other quarter-finalists include first edition runner-up Lagos, Bayelsa, Imo, Kwara, and Edo states.

Togo, the third West African country at championship been sponsored by the Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Ochei were unlucky to advance to the next stage having lost two matches to Bayelsa and Delta

Confirming this to our correspondent, technical director, Wheelchair Basketball Federation of Nigeria WBFN, Adoki Tamuno who described the level of the championship as high adding that the federation has been able to shortlist some players for the national U-23 team to the African Championship billed for South Africa later in the year.



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Isaac St.Rose will return to Costa Rica - by Robert OConnell

Panamanian swingman Isaac St.Rose (190-G/F-83, college: John Brown) is getting close to return to the Costa Rican professional league, he is been approached by Sanatura
Escazu to become their new import player.

According to Costa Rican news he will be departing to Central American country this week to finish the deal and ink with the Sanatura-Escazu team, if he inks with them he will be starting the preseason training the week after. He was approached by other teams like Super Cable Grecia and also from other professional leagues in the region, but he picked the actual Championship finalist Sanatura.

This league is not new for the Panamanian swingman, he played for Ferreteria Brenes Barva the actual tournament champions and won 6 championships with them, he also played with the Panamanian senior team in the last Centrobasket in Puerto Rico. He played for John Brown University in the NIAA division. He will be joining other 2 Panamanians that play in that league, his brother Darrel St. Rose and international forward Amir Alvarado.



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Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Feb. 20: Talk N Text - Global Port 99-79
Feb. 20: Petron Blaze - Meralco Bolts 88-86

Regular Season: Round 8

Feb. 22: Barako Bull - Air21 Express
Feb. 22: San Mig Coffee - Rain or Shine
Feb. 23: Barangay Ginebra - Alaska Aces


PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Renaldo BALKMAN
  Petron B.
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 27.8
 1. Balkman, Petron B.27.8 
 2. Benson, Talk N Te.25.0 
 3. Dawson, Meralco24.8 
 4. Caguioa, Barang.23.3 
 5. Dozier, Alaska Aces22.3 
 6. David, Global Port20.0 
 7. Urbiztondo, Barako18.7 
 8. Brock, Barako Bull18.3 
 9. Hill, Barangay.18.3 
 10. Williams, Global18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Global Port
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Williams, Global P.21.7 
 2. Dozier, Alaska Aces16.7 
 3. Hill, Barangay.16.0 
 4. Benson, Talk N Te.16.0 
 5. Brock, Barako Bull15.0 
 6. Dawson, Meralco14.8 
 7. Balkman, Petron B.12.5 
 8. Abueva, Alaska Ac.10.0 
 9. Aguilar, Global Po.8.7 
 10. Fajardo, Petron B.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Solomon MERCADO
  Global P.
  (181-PG-84)
  Avg: 11
 1. Mercado, Global P.11.0 
 2. Cabagnot, Petron6.7 
 3. Ross, Meralco6.5 
 4. Villanueva, Barako5.0 
 5. Alapag, Talk N Te.4.7 
 6. Tenorio, Barang.4.0 
 7. Casio, Alaska Aces4.0 
 8. Caguioa, Barang.4.0 
 9. Fonacier, Talk N.3.7 
 10. Urbiztondo, Barak.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 LA TENORIO
  Barang.
  (177-PG-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Tenorio, Barang.3.3 
 2. Dawson, Meralco2.5 
 3. Villanueva, Barako2.0 
 4. Ross, Meralco2.0 
 5. Thoss, Alaska Aces2.0 
 6. Balkman, Petron B.1.8 
 7. Baguio, Alaska Ac.1.7 
 8. Urbiztondo, Barako1.7 
 9. Brock, Barako Bull1.3 
 10. Lanete, Petron B.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Global Port
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Williams, Global P.4.7 
 2. Balkman, Petron B.3.8 
 3. Dozier, Alaska Aces3.3 
 4. Dawson, Meralco3.3 
 5. Benson, Talk N Te.3.0 
 6. Hill, Barangay.2.7 
 7. Aguilar, Global Po.1.7 
 8. Reyes, Meralco1.3 
 9. Brock, Barako Bull1.3 
 10. Baguio, Alaska A.1.3 



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EuroCup: Walter Hodge paces Stelmet ZG past Lokomotiv - by Eurobasket News

Stelmet ZG - Lokomotiv Kuban 94:88

Stelmet Zielona Gora sweetened their overall unsuccessful EuroCup Top 16 campaign with victory in the last round. The Polish team held off visiting Lokomotiv Kuban behind game-high 29 points and 10 assists from Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida). Stelmet occupied the third position in Group K behind Lokomotiv and Spartak SP. Lokomotiv finished at 5-1 record on top of the standings and would now take on Buducnost in playoffs.
Lokomotiv fired 27 points in the starting quarter to build a 6-point lead. The visitors stayed on fire in the second frame to pile up a 48:38 advantage at halftime. Stelmet Zielona Gora narrowed the gap at 4-point mark at the final break 64:68. Cesnauskis put the hosts in front 69:68 early in the fourth period. Stelmet Zielona Gora opened an 88:83 lead late in the regulation and hung on to seal the win at the end. Dejan Borovnjak (207-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) notched 23 points and 12 boards, while Marcin Sroka (200-F-81, agency: Promotex) added 13 points for the winners. Richard Hendrix (204-C/F-86, college: Alabama) answered with 20 points and 10 boards for Lokomotiv. Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) chipped in 19 points and grabbed 7 boards for the visitors.

Stelmet ZG: Walter Hodge 29+10 assists, Dejan Borovnjak 23+12 boards, Marcin Sroka 13
Lokomotiv Kuban: Richard Hendrix 20+10 boards, Derrick Brown 19



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Angel Buster Figueroa signs with Guayama Brujos - by Eurobasket News

International forward Angel Luis Figueroa (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Dowling) sign a deal with the Brujos de Guayama for the upcoming season. After a terrible 2012 season in which he was traded from the Mets de Guaynabo to the Pirates de Quebradillas the 6'5 forward comes back with a lot to prove and what better team than the Brujos which need a special who can bring solid rebounding and a perimeter shooter which is Buster's atributes. The former member of the PR national team has a career average of 16.9 ppg and 5.9 rbg in 14 seasons.


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Brisbane Spartans ink Zach Henifin, ex Miercurea Ciuc - by Eurobasket News

Brisbane Spartans (SEABL) agreed terms with 25-year old American forward Zach Henifin (195-93kg-88, college: W.Washington). He played lately at Miercurea Ciuc in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 15 games this season he had 11.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.9apg and 1.9spg. The last summer Henifin played at Bellingham in U.S. semi-pro league IBL. In 17 games he recorded 9.8ppg, 5.8rpg and 2.1apg. He helped them to win the league title.
Henifin graduated from Western Washington in 2012 and it will be his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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EuroCup: Cajasol defeat Spartak SP in Seville - by Eurobasket News

Cajasol - Spartak SP 68:66

Cajasol finished their EuroCup Top 16 campaign on a high note. They held off Spartak Saint Petersburg in Seville. John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.) scored 23 points to lead the winners as they finished in the fourth position in Group K. Spartak occupied the second position despite the loss and would face Budivelnyk in the quarterfinals.
Spartak Saint Petersburg jumped to an early lead. The Russian team enjoyed a 17:9 advantage after the opening quarter. The margin grew in the second frame. Spartak accounted for a 35:21 halftime advantage. But Cajasol refused to surrender. The hosts ignited a 25:13 run in the third period to narrow the deficit at just 2-point mark with ten minutes remaining 46:48. Cajasol eventually surged ahead for a 66:64 lead. Kurbanov dunked for a 66:66 tie. Ondrej Balvin (216-C-92) missed his attempt but Satorasnky tipped the ball in to seal the victory for Cajasol. Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91) nailed 11 points, while Ondrej Balvin and Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91) had 9 points apiece for the winners. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) answered with 19 points for Spartak. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) chipped in 14 points in the defeat.

Cajasol: John Holland 23, Tomas Satoransky 11, Ondrej Balvin 9, Joan Sastre Morro 9
Spartak SP: Loukas Mavrokefalidis 19, Vladimir Dragicevic 14



EuroCup: Walter Hodge paces Stelmet ZG past Lokomotiv - by Eurobasket News

Stelmet ZG - Lokomotiv Kuban 94:88

Stelmet Zielona Gora sweetened their overall unsuccessful EuroCup Top 16 campaign with victory in the last round. The Polish team held off visiting Lokomotiv Kuban behind game-high 29 points and 10 assists from Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida). Stelmet occupied the third position in Group K behind Lokomotiv and Spartak SP. Lokomotiv finished at 5-1 record on top of the standings and would now take on Buducnost in playoffs.
Lokomotiv fired 27 points in the starting quarter to build a 6-point lead. The visitors stayed on fire in the second frame to pile up a 48:38 advantage at halftime. Stelmet Zielona Gora narrowed the gap at 4-point mark at the final break 64:68. Cesnauskis put the hosts in front 69:68 early in the fourth period. Stelmet Zielona Gora opened an 88:83 lead late in the regulation and hung on to seal the win at the end. Dejan Borovnjak (207-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) notched 23 points and 12 boards, while Marcin Sroka (200-F-81, agency: Promotex) added 13 points for the winners. Richard Hendrix (204-C/F-86, college: Alabama) answered with 20 points and 10 boards for Lokomotiv. Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) chipped in 19 points and grabbed 7 boards for the visitors.

Stelmet ZG: Walter Hodge 29+10 assists, Dejan Borovnjak 23+12 boards, Marcin Sroka 13
Lokomotiv Kuban: Richard Hendrix 20+10 boards, Derrick Brown 19



EuroCup: Budivelnyk tame Triumph to reach quarterfinal - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnyk - Triumph 88:77

Budivelnyk went on a decisive run in the third quarter to pull from behind in the key clash with Triumph in EuroCup Top 16 Group I. Budivelnyk held on to the gained lead throughout the fourth quarter and posted a crucial victory to finish on top of the ladder. Budivelnyk will now face Spartak Saint Petersburg in the playoffs. Triumph slipped at 2-4 record and finished at the bottom of the standings.
The teams went neck and neck throughout the first quarter. The scoreboard read 21:21 at the first intermission. The Russian team pulled ahead in the second frame. Triumph opened the period with 7 points in a row to spur ahead. They held on to the advantage to establish a 43:37 halftime advantage. Kyle Landry gave the visitors a 45:37 advantage early in the third term. However Budivelnyk capped the period on a 15:2 rally to head into the fourth frame up by 5 points 58:53. Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) put Triumph within three early in the fourth frame but it was as close as the visitors could get. Budivelnyk stayed calm and raced to the victory at the end. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) netted 26 points and distributed 7 assists to lead the hosts. Michailis Anisimovas (214-C-84) added 16 points for the winners. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) answered with 17 points for Triumph. Sergey Karasev provided 15 points in the loss.

Budivelnyk: Malcolm Delaney 26, Michailis Anisimovas 16, Georgi Tsintsadze (192-PG-86) 14
Triumph: Tywain McKee 17, Sergey Karasev 15



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Standings - A Liga

A Standings
 1. Mega Vizura 17-4 
 2. Vojvodina 16-5 
 3. Metalac 14-7 
 4. Konstantin 12-9 
 5. Sloboda Uzice 12-9 
 6. Vrsac 11-10 
 7. Radnicki Basket 11-10 
 8. OKK Beograd 10-11 
 9. Tamis 10-11 
 10. Borac 9-12 
 11. Smederevo 7-14 
 12. Sloga 7-14 
 13. BKK Radnicki 6-15 
 14. Jagodina 5-16 
Play in international cups:
 1. Crvena Zvezda
 2. Partizan
 3. Radnicki KG

Regular Season: Round 21

Feb. 20: Jagodina - Smederevo 90-74
Feb. 20: Sloboda Uzice - Mega Vizura 80-55
Feb. 20: Radnicki Basket - Borac 79-62
Feb. 20: OKK Beograd - Tamis 76-72
Feb. 20: Metalac - Vojvodina 70-67
Feb. 20: BKK Radnicki - Konstantin 66-74
Feb. 20: Sloga - Vrsac 104-93

Regular Season: Round 22

Feb. 23: Borac - Jagodina
Feb. 23: Smederevo - BKK Radnicki
Feb. 23: Konstantin - Sloga
Feb. 23: Vrsac - Sloboda Uzice
Feb. 23: Mega Vizura - Metalac
Feb. 23: Vojvodina - OKK Beograd
Feb. 23: Tamis - Radnicki Basket


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Mladen SLJIVANCANIN
  Borac
  (200-G/F-85)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Sljivancanin, Borac18.2 
 2. Popovic, Sloga18.1 
 3. Marjanovic, Mega V.17.6 
 4. Radovic, Vrsac15.7 
 5. Igrutinovic, BKK R.14.7 
 6. Popadic, Smederevo14.7 
 7. Bakic, Metalac14.1 
 8. Popovic, OKK B.13.9 
 9. Kljajevic, Jagodina13.9 
 10. Nesovic, OKK B.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boban MARJANOVIC
  Mega V.
  (222-C-88)
  Avg: 12
 1. Marjanovic, Mega V.12.0 
 2. Radovic, Vrsac8.9 
 3. Zekovic, Vojvodina6.5 
 4. Kljajevic, Jagodina6.3 
 5. Radenkovic, Smede.6.0 
 6. Knezevic, OKK B.5.9 
 7. Miceta, Tamis5.9 
 8. Jevtovic, Sloboda5.7 
 9. Marelja, Sloga5.5 
 10. Todorovic, Borac5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Marko POPOVIC
  Sloga
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Popovic, Sloga7.8 
 2. Jereminov, Tamis5.8 
 3. Sljivancanin, Borac4.7 
 4. Micic, Mega Vizura4.7 
 5. Nesovic, OKK B.4.2 
 6. Malidzan, OKK B.4.1 
 7. Vasic, Sloboda Uzi.3.8 
 8. Dangubic, Mega V.3.7 
 9. Milosevic, Vrsac3.7 
 10. Velickovic, Konst.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Stanoje KNEZEVIC
  OKK B.
  (202-PF-89)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Knezevic, OKK B.2.6 
 2. Kuzeta, Vojvodina2.2 
 3. Nesovic, OKK B.2.1 
 4. Gacic, BKK Radnicki1.8 
 5. Zivanovic, Metalac1.8 
 6. Vasic, Sloboda Uzi.1.8 
 7. Bozic, Metalac1.6 
 8. Seferovic, Jagodina1.6 
 9. Sljivancanin, Borac1.6 
 10. Boltic, BKK R.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Maksim STURANOVIC
  Radnic.
  (209-C-88)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Sturanovic, Radnic.1.5 
 2. Marjanovic, Mega V.1.4 
 3. Filipovic, Jagodina1.3 
 4. Radovic, Vrsac1.0 
 5. Maravic, Vrsac0.9 
 6. Radenkovic, Smede.0.8 
 7. Jevtovic, Sloboda0.8 
 8. Marinkovic, OKK B.0.8 
 9. Mijovic, Metalac0.7 
 10. Bezbradica, BKK R.0.7 


Stats Leaders - 1B

Points Per Game
 Mihajlo ANDRIC
  Partizan II
  (200-SF-94)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Andric, Partizan II21.5 
 2. Stanojevic, Crnok.18.9 
 3. Savic, Meridian.18.0 
 4. Stanojevic, Meridi.17.5 
 5. Djordjevic, Partiz.17.5 
 6. Stanojevic, Zelez.17.5 
 7. Glisovic, Plana17.2 
 8. Vucicevic, Mlados.16.3 
 9. Knezevic, Prolet.15.6 
 10. Mitic, Morava14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos JANKOVIC
  Mladost .
  (203-C-94)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Jankovic, Mladost11.3 
 2. Majkic, Prolet.9.3 
 3. Grujic, Morava9.0 
 4. Vukovic, Mladost8.0 
 5. Sikman, Napredak.7.4 
 6. Milincic, Napredak7.1 
 7. Gugleta, Zeleznicar7.0 
 8. Boricic, Radnicki.6.7 
 9. Tasic, Radnicki OB6.3 
 10. Radic, Plana6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Perica MITIC
  Morava
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Mitic, Morava6.2 
 2. Mukanovic, Crnok.5.6 
 3. Boricic, Radnicki.4.9 
 4. Socanac, Mladost4.7 
 5. Djordjevic, Partiz.4.4 
 6. Vukotic, Plana4.2 
 7. Savic, Meridian.4.1 
 8. Kuntic, Spartak4.1 
 9. Stamenkovic, Radni.4.1 
 10. Stanojevic, Merid.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Milan STANOJEVIC
  Meridi.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Stanojevic, Meridi.3.1 
 2. Kuntic, Spartak2.7 
 3. Savic, Meridian.2.6 
 4. Mukanovic, Crnok.2.5 
 5. Mitic, Morava2.4 
 6. Boricic, Radnicki.2.3 
 7. Milisavljevi., Spa.2.2 
 8. Prlja, Spartak2.2 
 9. Stojanovic, Crnok.2.0 
 10. Djordjevic, Parti.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Slobodan GUGLETA
  Zeleznicar
  (-C-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Gugleta, Zeleznicar2.7 
 2. Majkic, Prolet.1.7 
 3. Sikman, Napredak.1.4 
 4. Stojanovic, Morava1.2 
 5. Grujic, Morava1.0 
 6. Martinovic, Prolet.0.8 
 7. Prlja, Spartak0.6 
 8. Tomic, Prolet.0.6 
 9. Davidovac, Meridia.0.6 
 10. Kesar, Plana0.6 


A League Round 21: Sloboda defeats leader Mega Vizura - by Eurobasket News

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

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Mega Vizura (17-4) in Uzice on Wednesday night. Visitors were rolled over by fifth ranked Sloboda (12-9) 80-55. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Mega Vizura. The game was mostly controlled by Sloboda. Mega Vizura managed to win fourth quarter 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sloboda dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Mega Vizura's 24. Sloboda forced 21 Mega Vizura turnovers. It was a good game for swingman Marko Ljubojevic (202-84) who led his team to a victory with 10 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Branko Andjic (201-82) contributed with 10 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Sloboda's coach Vladimir Djokic felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Nemanja Dangubic (196-93) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds for Mega Vizura. Sloboda moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Konstantin. Mega Vizura at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. Sloboda is looking forward to face Vrsac (#6) on the road in the next round. Mega Vizura will play against Metalac (#3) in Valjevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Valjevo. Third ranked Metalac (14-7) saved a 3-point victory at home edging second-best Vojvodina (16-5) 70-67 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Vojvodina. Swingman Dragan Kruscic (198-86) stepped up and scored 19 points for the winners and Stefan Zivanovic chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was forward Nikola Kalinic (202-91) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Vojvodina's coach Sinisa Matic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Metalac maintains third place with 14-7 record having just three points less than leader Mega Vizura. Vojvodina at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. Metalac will play against league's leader Mega Vizura on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Vojvodina will play against OKK Beograd and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked KK Jagodina managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of eight consecutive loses on Wednesday night. This time newly promoted KK Jagodina won against eleventh-ranked Smederevo Vizura 90-74. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 16-point difference proves that KK Jagodina was well-prepared to that game. Marko Puzic nailed 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Danilo Sibalic came up with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Smederevo Vizura in the defeat. Smederevo Vizura's coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted KK Jagodina maintains fourteenth place with 5-16 record. Loser Smederevo Vizura keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. They share it with Sloga. KK Jagodina will meet higher ranked Borac (#10) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Smederevo Vizura will play against BKK Radnicki in Beograd and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Vrsac (11-10) and Sloga (7-14), which took place in Kraljevo. Higher ranked Vrsac lost to thirteenth ranked Sloga in a road game 93-104. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Vrsac. The best player for the winners was Aleksandar Marelja who scored 25 points and 8 rebounds. Sloga's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Sloga moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Smederevo. Vrsac at the other side keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Sloga's next round opponent will be higher ranked Konstantin (#4) in Nis and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 21: Konstantin beat BKK Radnicki on the road 74-66. OKK Beograd won against Tamis on its own court 76-72. Borac unfortunately lost to Radnicki Basket in Beograd 62-79.


Jagodina - Smederevo 90-74

Bottom-ranked KK Jagodina managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of eight consecutive loses on Wednesday night. This time newly promoted KK Jagodina won against eleventh-ranked Smederevo Vizura 90-74. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 16-point difference proves that KK Jagodina was well-prepared to that game. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 46-24 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. KK Jagodina forced 20 Smederevo Vizura turnovers. Marko Puzic (198-85) nailed 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and swingman Adam Mirkovic (199-91) accounted for 20 points and 10 rebounds. Five KK Jagodina players scored in double figures. Power forward Danilo Sibalic (204-88) came up with 23 points and 8 rebounds and guard Vladimir Vlaskovic (197-77) added 9 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Smederevo Vizura in the defeat. Smederevo Vizura's coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted KK Jagodina maintains fourteenth place with 5-16 record. Loser Smederevo Vizura keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. They share it with Sloga. KK Jagodina will meet higher ranked Borac (#10) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Smederevo Vizura will play against BKK Radnicki in Beograd and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jagodina: M.Puzic 24+5reb+4ast, A.Mirkovic 20+10reb+2ast, N.Vujicic 16+7reb+3ast, N.Celebic 14+4reb+1ast, V.Gagovic 10+4reb+4ast, N.Kostic 5+4reb+2ast
Smederevo: D.Sibalic 23+8reb, M.Popadic 15+1reb+1ast, S.Djordjevic 9+2reb, V.Vlaskovic 9+9reb+1ast, V.Svilar 7+3reb+2ast, M.Dimitrijevic 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 198618


BKK Radnicki - Konstantin 66-74

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Konstantin (12-9) beat 12th ranked BKK Radnicki (6-15) in Beograd 74-66. Konstantin dominated on the defensive end, holding BKK Radnicki to just 6 points in second quarter. 32 personal fouls committed by BKK Radnicki helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was naturalized Montenegrin center Milovan Savic (205-87) who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. Filip Dumic chipped in 13 points. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Nemanja Bezbradica (204-93, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded 10 points and 6 rebounds and Montenegrin forward Marko Ilic (203-76) added 5 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Newly promoted Konstantin maintains fourth place with 12-9 record, which they share with Sloboda Uzice. BKK Radnicki lost ninth consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. Konstantin's next round opponent will be Sloga (#12) in Kraljevo and are hoping to win another game. BKK Radnicki will play on the road against Smederevo Vizura and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Konstantin: M.Savic 21+7reb, F.Dumic 13+2reb+2ast, I.Cvetkovic 9+3reb+3ast, V.Velickovic 8+3reb+3ast, F.Pejovic 7+7reb+2ast, M.Trailovic 5+3reb
BKK Radnicki: M.Tomic 13+2reb, L.Igrutinovic 10+2reb+2ast, N.Bezbradica 10+6reb+1ast, N.Siladji 8+4reb, B.Vujosevic 7+1reb+3ast, B.Riznic 5
gschID: 198617


Sloga - Vrsac 104-93

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Vrsac (11-10) and Sloga (7-14), which took place in Kraljevo. Higher ranked Vrsac lost to thirteenth ranked Sloga in a road game 93-104. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Vrsac. The game was mostly controlled by Sloga. Vrsac was better in third quarter 29-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They shot 62.9 percent from the field. Sloga players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists. The best player for the winners was power forward Aleksandar Marelja (207-92) who scored 25 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized Bosnian guard Marko Popovic (193-84) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 assists. Sloga's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Montenegrin power forward Nemanja Radovic (206-91, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and swingman Djordje Milosevic (198-93) added 16 points and 7 assists respectively. Five Sloga and four Vrsac players scored in double figures. Sloga moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Smederevo. Vrsac at the other side keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Sloga's next round opponent will be higher ranked Konstantin (#4) in Nis and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Sloga: A.Marelja 25+8reb+2ast, M.Popovic 17+2reb+15ast, M.Trivunovic 16+4reb+3ast, D.Vuletic 10+5reb, N.Otovic 10+2reb+8ast, M.Blagojevic 10+4reb+1ast
Vrsac: A.Mitrovic 18+2reb+1ast, D.Cvetkovic 18+1reb+1ast, N.Radovic 18+14reb+3ast, D.Milosevic 16+2reb+7ast, J.Novak 8+2reb+3ast, D.Jeftic 6+5reb
gschID: 198616


Sloboda Uzice - Mega Vizura 80-55

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Mega Vizura (17-4) in Uzice on Wednesday night. Visitors were rolled over by fifth ranked Sloboda (12-9) 80-55. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Mega Vizura. The game was mostly controlled by Sloboda. Mega Vizura managed to win fourth quarter 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sloboda dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Mega Vizura's 24. Sloboda forced 21 Mega Vizura turnovers. It was a good game for swingman Marko Ljubojevic (202-84) who led his team to a victory with 10 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Branko Andjic (201-82) contributed with 10 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Sloboda players scored in double figures. Sloboda's coach Vladimir Djokic felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Nemanja Dangubic (196-93) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds and the former international center Boban Marjanovic (222-88, agency: Beo Basket) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Mega Vizura. Sloboda moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Konstantin. Mega Vizura at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. Sloboda is looking forward to face Vrsac (#6) on the road in the next round. Mega Vizura will play against Metalac (#3) in Valjevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sloboda Uzice: N.Arnautovic 13+1ast, S.Stefanovic 12+1reb+1ast, N.Jevtovic 10+4reb+1ast, M.Ljubojevic 10+8reb+1ast, B.Andjic 10+5reb+1ast, I.Cosovic 5+2reb
Mega Vizura: N.Dangubic 15+6reb+1ast, A.Bojic 9+4reb, B.Marjanovic 9+7reb+1ast, N.Krstic 7+1reb+1ast, M.Lukovic 6+2reb+1ast, V.Micic 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 198615


Metalac - Vojvodina 70-67

Important game to mention about took place in Valjevo. Third ranked Metalac (14-7) saved a 3-point victory at home edging second-best Vojvodina (16-5) 70-67 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Vojvodina. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-17. But Vojvodina won second period 18-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vojvodina was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Swingman Dragan Kruscic (198-86) stepped up and scored 19 points for the winners and guard Stefan Zivanovic (196-89) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was forward Nikola Kalinic (202-91) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and power forward Dragan Zekovic (210-87, agency: Beo Basket) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Vojvodina's coach Sinisa Matic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Metalac maintains third place with 14-7 record having just three points less than leader Mega Vizura. Vojvodina at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. Metalac will play against league's leader Mega Vizura on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Vojvodina will play against OKK Beograd and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Metalac: D.Kruscic 19+4reb+2ast, S.Zivanovic 16+5reb+3ast, S.Balmazovic 12+8reb+1ast, D.Djukanovic 9+4reb+2ast, A.Tanaskovic 6+2reb, F.Dedijer 4
Vojvodina: N.Kalinic 16+11reb, D.Zekovic 11+7reb+1ast, F.Covic 10+2reb+1ast, R.Marojevic 9+3reb+2ast, O.Kuzeta 7+2reb+2ast, R.Markovic 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 198614


OKK Beograd - Tamis 76-72

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 8th ranked Tamis (10-11) lost on the road to ninth ranked OKK Beograd (10-11) 76-72. Tamis were ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 26-15 third quarter run of OKK Beograd. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Tamis helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Stanoje Knezevic (202-89) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Vladimir Popovic (190-82) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. Four OKK Beograd players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Branko Jereminov (187-87) who recorded 17 points and 6 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and Slovenian point guard Mirza Sarajlija (187-91) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Tamis' coach Nebojsa Biro let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. OKK Beograd moved-up to eighth place, which they share with defeated Tamis. OKK Beograd's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Vojvodina in Novi Sad and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
OKK Beograd: S.Knezevic 17+7reb+3ast, V.Popovic 14+2reb+4ast, N.Jeftic 13+3reb+1ast, M.Sutulovic 11+5reb+3ast, M.Pavlovic 9+6reb+1ast, V.Malidzan 8+4reb+8ast
Tamis: B.Jereminov 17+1reb+6ast, I.Miceta 14+2reb+2ast, M.Sarajlija 10+5reb+3ast, N.Stefanovic 8+2reb+2ast, L.Campara 6+3reb, D.Majstorovic 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 198613


Radnicki Basket - Borac 79-62

Rather predictable result when seventh ranked Radnicki Basket (11-10) won against 10th ranked Borac (9-12) in Beograd 79-62. It looked good early as Borac took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Radnicki Basket had a 22-16 second period charge getting the lead and Borac was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 62-79. The best player for the winners was guard Pedja Stamenkovic (190-88, agency: Interperformances) who scored 17 points. Power forward Nikola Markovic (208-89) chipped in 7 points and 6 rebounds. Radnicki Basket's coach Milos Pejic let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Milivoje Bozovic (210-85, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds and guard Nemanja Protic (182-86) added 24 points and 5 assists respectively. Radnicki Basket moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Vrsac. Borac at the other side keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. Radnicki Basket's next round opponent will be Tamis (#9) in Pancevo. Borac will play at home against KK Jagodina.
Top scorers:
Radnicki Basket: P.Stamenkovic 17+3reb+1ast, M.Bojovic 12+1reb+2ast, D.Ristic 9+3reb, M.Vasilic 8+3reb, N.Markovic 7+6reb+3ast, D.Djokic 7+2ast
Borac: N.Protic 24+1reb+5ast, M.Bozovic 16+16reb+1ast, N.Prolovic 7+2reb+3ast, M.Radisavljevic 6+5reb+1ast, N.Todorovic 4+2reb, D.Radovic 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 198612



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  SEYCHELLES   


Seychellois National Team 2013 - by Simas

Bernard Bristol G Hawks Seychelles
Alex Baron
Amadou Sylla Cobras Seychelles
Neddy Fanchette C Hawks Seychelles
Arnaud Arissol
Dominic Pillay Cobras Seychelles
Pascal Bibi Rockers Seychelles
Faizal Naiken BAYA Seychelles
Keven Morel
Barry Dubignon Angels Seychelles

Tony Juliette Head Coach
Alix Allisop Assistant



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  SLOVAKIA   

Standings - D1

Extraliga Standings
 1. Levice 20-6 
 2. Komarno 19-7 
 3. Nitra 17-10 
 4. Nova Ves 14-13 
 5. Inter Bratislava 14-14 
 6. Prievidza 11-15 
 7. B.Bystrica 11-15 
 8. Svit 8-20 
 9. Handlova 6-20 

Regular Season: Round 30

Feb. 20: Prievidza - Inter Bratislava 90-93
Feb. 20: Levice - Nova Ves 76-60
Feb. 20: Nitra - Komarno 111-98
Feb. 20: Svit - Handlova 100-78

Regular Season: Round 31

Feb. 27: Levice - Prievidza
Feb. 27: Nova Ves - Nitra
Feb. 27: Komarno - B.Bystrica
Feb. 27: Handlova - Inter Bratislava


Kyles and Jackson fired from Bratislava - by Michal Duchovic

Yesterday the official site of BK Inter Bratislava has released a statement, that David Kyles (190-G-89, college: Wichita St.) and Clarence Jackson (193-G-89, college: Siena) are no longer members of their squad. The reason why was these two players released is breach of discipline after the game against Levice. Jackson was in Bratislava just from january, he played 6 games with an average of 10.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game. For Kyles was Bratislava his second slovak basketball station, he played here only 3 games, but his stats were pretty good - 12.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 3.0 apg. Inter has won without these two players last two games.


Extraliga Round 30: Inter Bratislava edges Prievidza by three points - by Eurobasket News

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

The most exciting game of round 30 in the Extraliga took place in Prievidza. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 6th ranked Prievidza (11-15) to fifth ranked Inter Bratislava (14-14) 93-90 in the game for the fifth place. Inter Bratislava have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 14-14 record. Prievidza lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the sixth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with B.Bystrica. Inter Bratislava are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Handlova (#9) on the road in the next round. Prievidza will play against the league's leader Levice and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Levice. First ranked Levice faced 4th ranked Nova Ves. Host Levice (20-6) defeated guests from Nova Ves (14-13) 76-60. It was a good game for Slovenian center Salih Nuhanovic (208-82) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Brandon Fields contributed with 10 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Dwight Burke (202-86, college: Marquette) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds for Nova Ves. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Levice have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 20-6 record. Nova Ves at the other side keep the fourth place with 13 games lost. Levice will play against Prievidza (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Nova Ves will play against Nitra in Nitra and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Nitra. Third ranked Nitra faced second-best Komarno. Host Nitra (17-10) defeated guests from Komarno (19-7) 111-98. Nitra maintains third position with 17-10 record having just two points less than leader Levice. Loser Komarno keeps the second place with seven games lost. Nitra will meet Nova Ves (#4) on the road in the next round. Komarno will play against SKP Banska Bystrica and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Svit. Local Svit (8-20) outscored 9th ranked Handlova (6-20) 100-78. Tyronne McNeal notched a double-double by scoring 27 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Svit maintains eighth position with 8-20 record. Handlova lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 20 games lost. Svit will have a break next round. Handlova will play at home against Inter Bratislava (#5).


Levice - Nova Ves 76-60

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Levice. First ranked Levice faced 4th ranked Nova Ves. Host Levice (20-6) defeated guests from Nova Ves (14-13) 76-60. The game without a history. Levice led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Levice outrebounded Nova Ves 40-29 including 28 on the defensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. It was a good game for Slovenian center Salih Nuhanovic (208-82) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). American guard Brandon Fields (193-88, college: Nevada) contributed with 10 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Dwight Burke (202-86, college: Marquette) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Maurice Acker (178-87, college: Marquette) added 15 points in the effort for Nova Ves. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Levice have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 20-6 record. Nova Ves at the other side keep the fourth place with 13 games lost. Levice will play against Prievidza (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Nova Ves will play against Nitra in Nitra and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Levice: S.Nuhanovic 17+8reb+3ast, T.Mrvis 11+2reb, B.Fields 10+5reb+3ast, W.Kemp 9+1reb+3ast, R.Grznar 8+4reb+1ast, J.Simmons 8+9reb
Nova Ves: D.Burke 19+14reb+1ast, M.Acker 15+2reb+2ast, N.Evans 10+1reb+2ast, A.Mandic 8+4reb, V.Hovanak 6+5reb+1ast, S.Becarik 2
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Svit - Handlova 100-78

The game with biggest result difference took place in Svit. Local Svit (8-20) outscore