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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Crvena zvezda Telekom and Andreja Milutinovic part ways - by Igor Obradovic

Red Star Telekom and officially ended contract with the wing players.

Following a half seasons with the end of the bench, Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90) is no longer formally player of Crvena zvezda Telekom.
The unofficial news is that he may go to play in some of the club in Europe.
Wing basketball player, was born in Kragujevac, he started practicing basketball at a local club Kolonac. He arrived to FMP in 2005, and in Zeleznik finished high school-and college. Played in the senior competition in 2008, when he participated in the conquest of Euroleague junior tournament. With Dejan Musli and Bojan Subotic was the most efficient player in the FMP's victory over Barcelona in the final (80:70).
Last season was one of the major players of Svetislav Pesic. However, this did not play a minute for the first team. selector of the national team Duda Ivkovic called him last summer to begin preparing the national team qualified for the European Championship in Slovenia.



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  ARGENTINA   

Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
 1. Regatas C. 26-11 
 2. Penarol 25-11 
 3. Lanus 23-13 
 4. Boca Jrs 21-15 
 5. Argentino 21-17 
 6. Olimpico LB 21-17 
 7. Libertad S. 20-16 
 8. Quimsa 20-17 
 9. Atenas 19-19 
 10. Sionista 19-20 
 11. GECR Indalo 18-19 
 12. Wuber-Est.Bahia 17-19 
 13. Obras 14-23 
 14. 9 de Julio 12-25 
 15. Union Progr. 10-26 
 16. La Union 10-28 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 27

Feb. 22: Sionista - Boca Jrs
Feb. 22: Libertad S. - 9 de Julio
Feb. 22: Wuber-Est.Bahia - Olimpico LB
Feb. 22: GECR Indalo - La Union
Feb. 22: Regatas C. - Obras
Feb. 22: Quimsa - Argentino
Feb. 22: Penarol - Atenas
Feb. 22: Lanus - Union Progr.

Round 21

Feb. 19: Lanus - Quimsa 68-76

Round 28

Feb. 20: Sionista - Obras 79-70


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.19.1 
 2. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.5 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras17.3 
 4. Jackson, GECR I.17.1 
 5. Lewis, La Union16.9 
 6. DeGroat, Boca Jrs15.9 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.15.4 
 8. Lytch, Argentino14.7 
 9. Shannon, La Union14.6 
 10. Gutierrez, Penarol14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 11
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.11.0 
 2. Phillip, Union Pro.10.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.4 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.8.3 
 5. Seawright, GECR I.7.6 
 6. Battle, Lanus7.4 
 7. Williams, Quimsa7.4 
 8. Sanchez, Libertad.7.1 
 9. Shannon, La Union7.1 
 10. Lewis, La Union7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.7 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.0 
 3. Labaque, Atenas4.1 
 4. De los Santo., Arg.4.1 
 5. Osimani, Obras4.0 
 6. Cajal, Union Progr.4.0 
 7. Laprovittola, Lanus3.8 
 8. Cequeira, Sionista3.6 
 9. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.6 
 10. Treise, Libertad3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.4 
 2. Pau, Olimpico LB1.8 
 3. Lewis, La Union1.8 
 4. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.7 
 5. Lescano, Atenas1.7 
 6. Washam, Regatas C.1.6 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.1.5 
 8. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.5 
 9. Ramirez, Olimpico.1.4 
 10. Aguirre, Quimsa1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.1.9 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.4 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 4. Meyinsse, Regat.1.0 
 5. Santiago, Boca Jrs1.0 
 6. Humphrey, Obras1.0 
 7. Mata, Penarol0.9 
 8. Torres, Wuber-Es.0.9 
 9. Espinoza, Obras0.8 
 10. Weigand, Argentino0.8 



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 20-3 
 2. Wildcats 18-5 
 3. Tigers 10-12 
 4. Kings 10-13 
 5. Hawks 10-13 
 6. Crocodiles 8-14 
 7. Taipans 7-14 
 8. 36ers 7-16 

Regular Season: Round 20

Feb. 21: Wildcats - Tigers 78-58
Feb. 22: Taipans - Crocodiles
Feb. 22: Hawks - 36ers
Feb. 24: Kings - Wildcats


Wildcats def. Tigers - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Perth Wildcats increased the gap between the top two and the rest with a dominant 78-58 win over the Melbourne Tigers on Thursday night.

There was plenty of spice to the contest coming out of Sunday's thriller at The Cage and it carried over into a spirited and high-intensity affair at Perth Arena.

However, when reigning NBL MVP Kevin Lisch (188-G-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: St.Louis) decided to take over in the third quarter the Tigers had no answer, back-to-back unsportsmanlike calls not helping their cause as the Wildcats opened up a 15-point three-quarter-time advantage.

The win improves the Wildcats to an 18-5 record on the season to remain just two losses behind the top-placed New Zealand Breakers, but more importantly eight wins clear of the third-placed Tigers.

Shawn Redhage top-scored for the Wildcats (17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists) in a strong all-round game. Lisch had 14 points, seven in the third quarter and Matt Knight 12 and six rebounds.

Adam Ballinger worked hard for the Tigers to finish with 15 points, five rebounds and two assists. Jonny Flynn struggled up against some ferocious defence with 12 points but four turnovers and 4-of-12 shooting.

Greg Hire signalled the Wildcats' intentions with a big block to open the game, while a brilliant Damian Martin steal and basket kept Perth's noses in front.

With Knight unstoppable in the post the Cats edged eight points in front in the second quarter, but thanks to Ballinger's hot hand the Tigers held firm and trailed just 45-39 at half-time.

That was a close as they got, however, Martin (11 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals) making life impossible for Flynn as Melbourne struggled to string a series of passes together and the Wildcats cruised to their 10th straight home victory.



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  AUSTRIA   

Standings - A Bundesliga

A Bundesliga Standings
 1. BC Vienna 16-5 
 2. Gmunden 15-6 
 3. Klosterneub. 15-6 
 4. Kapfenberg 15-6 
 5. Oberwart 12-9 
 6. Gussing 12-9 
 7. Wels 11-9 
 8. UBSC Graz 8-13 
 9. Furstenfeld 7-14 
 10. St.Polten 3-18 
 11. Arkadia 1-20 

Regular Season: Round 23

Feb. 17: St.Polten - Furstenfeld 88-95
Feb. 18: Klosterneub. - Kapfenberg 84-72
Feb. 17: Gussing - BC Vienna 83-79
Feb. 17: Arkadia - UBSC Graz 72-88
Feb. 21: Oberwart - Gmunden 71-68

Regular Season: Round 24

Feb. 25: BC Vienna - Oberwart
Feb. 24: Gmunden - Klosterneub.
Feb. 24: Gussing - Kapfenberg
Feb. 24: UBSC Graz - St.Polten
Feb. 24: Wels - Arkadia


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Oberwart
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Hinson, Oberwart21.4 
 2. Grum, Furstenfeld20.4 
 3. Pearson, Furstenf.19.8 
 4. Tiedeman, Wels19.5 
 5. Spasojevic, Arkadia19.2 
 6. Ray, BC Vienna17.7 
 7. Shaw, Kapfenberg17.4 
 8. Dale, UBSC G.17.4 
 9. Gilchrese, UBSC G.17.4 
 10. Suljanovic, Klost.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice PEARSON
  Furstenf.
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Pearson, Furstenf.12.5 
 2. Sanchez, Kapfenbe.8.0 
 3. Heard, Gussing8.0 
 4. Washington, Wels7.2 
 5. Johnson, Oberwart6.9 
 6. Lamesic, Wels6.8 
 7. Speiser, St.Polten6.7 
 8. Ray, BC Vienna6.4 
 9. Suljanovic, Kloste.6.4 
 10. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ian BOYLAN
  BC Vienna
  (197-G/F-83)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Boylan, BC Vienna6.1 
 2. Woods, Kapfenberg5.9 
 3. Klepeisz, Gussing5.2 
 4. Tiedeman, Wels4.5 
 5. Lanegger, Klostern.4.2 
 6. Danek, BC Vienna3.9 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels3.7 
 8. O''Neal, Furstenfeld3.6 
 9. Zeleznik, Klostern.3.5 
 10. Brown, Gmunden3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  UBSC G.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Gilchrese, UBSC G.2.5 
 2. Hinson, Oberwart1.9 
 3. Boylan, BC Vienna1.8 
 4. Ray, BC Vienna1.8 
 5. Arnold, Gmunden1.6 
 6. Markovic, UBSC G.1.5 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels1.4 
 8. Pryor, Kapfenberg1.4 
 9. Woods, Kapfenberg1.4 
 10. Klepeisz, Gussing1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Blaz CRESNAR
  Furstenf.
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Cresnar, Furstenf.1.2 
 2. Bortolin, Arkadia1.2 
 3. Rakocevic, BC Vi.1.1 
 4. Washington, Wels0.9 
 5. Arnold, Gmunden0.9 
 6. Shaw, Kapfenberg0.8 
 7. Mayer, Gmunden0.6 
 8. Greimeister, Klost.0.6 
 9. Pearson, Furstenf.0.6 
 10. Gant, Oberwart0.6 


A Bundesliga Round 23: #1 BC Vienna is defeated by Gussing Knights - by Eurobasket News

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked BC Vienna (16-5) on the court of seventh ranked Gussing Knights on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Gussing Knights 83-79. The game without a history. Gussing Knights led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great evening for American forward Marcus Heard (201-84, college: De Paul) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 8 rebounds. International forward Sebastian Koch (202-88) helped adding 18 points. Gussing Knights' coach Radomir Mijanovic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. British power forward Ryan Richards (212-91, agency: Interperformances) responded with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. Gussing Knights (12-9) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Oberwart. BC Vienna at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Gussing Knights is looking forward to face higher ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BC Vienna will play against Redwell Gunners Oberwart and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Oberwart. Sixth ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart (12-9) saved a 3-point victory at home edging second-ranked Gmunden Swans (15-6) 71-68 on Thursday evening. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St.) who led the winners and scored 26 points and 9 rebounds. Darnell Hinson accounted for 23 points. American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for Gmunden Swans in the defeat. Redwell Gunners Oberwart have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Gussing. Gmunden Swans at the other side keep the second position with six games lost. They share it with Klosterneub. and Kapfenberg. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will play against league's leader BC Vienna in Wien in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gmunden Swans will play at home against Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (15-6) against fourth ranked Xion Dukes (15-6) on Monday night. Visiting Kapfenberg Bulls were defeated by Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg 84-72. The best player for the winners was Damir Zeleznik who scored 12 points and 4 assists. Xion Dukes' coach Werner Sallomon allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Mark Sanchez produced 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. The victory was the third consecutive win for Xion Dukes. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Gmunden and Kapfenberg. Xion Dukes will meet league's second-placed Gmunden Swans in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against Gussing Knights and hope to secure a win.
11th ranked Arkadia Lions (1-20) were outscored at home by eighth ranked UBSC Graz (8-13) with the biggest margin this round 88-72. Michael Anthony Dale orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 4 assists. UBSC Graz maintains eighth place with 8-13 record. Arkadia Lions lost their tenth game in a row. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. UBSC Graz's next round opponent will be St.Polten (#10) at home. Arkadia Lions will play against Raiffeisen Wels.

In the last game of round 23 Furstenfeld won against St.Polten on the opponent's court 95-88.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 40 points (!!!) and 4 assists by Samo Grum of Furstenfeld.


Oberwart - Gmunden 71-68

Important game to mention about took place in Oberwart. Sixth ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart (12-9) saved a 3-point victory at home edging second-ranked Gmunden Swans (15-6) 71-68 on Thursday evening. Gmunden Swans were ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 18-11 charge of Redwell Gunners Oberwart, which allowed them to win the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Gmunden Swans were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St.) who led the winners and scored 26 points and 9 rebounds. American-Puerto Rican point guard Darnell Hinson (186-80, college: Northeastern St.) accounted for 23 points for the winning side. American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and the former international power forward Matthias Mayer (204-81) added 16 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Gmunden Swans in the defeat. Redwell Gunners Oberwart have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Gussing. Gmunden Swans at the other side keep the second position with six games lost. They share it with Klosterneub. and Kapfenberg. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will play against league's leader BC Vienna in Wien in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gmunden Swans will play at home against Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: D.Oppland 20+10reb, M.Mayer 16+9reb+2ast, J.Brown 15+5reb+4ast, R.Poiger 7+3reb, C.Novas 4+2reb, P.Huetter 2+1reb
Oberwart: S.Boxley 26+9reb+2ast, D.Hinson 23+3reb+3ast, H.Ochsenhofer 10+4reb+1ast, J.Johnson 4+8reb, D.Jandl 3+2reb, L.Linzer 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 233368


Klosterneub. - Kapfenberg 84-72

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (15-6) against fourth ranked Xion Dukes (15-6) on Monday night. Visiting Kapfenberg Bulls were defeated by Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg 84-72. The game was mostly controlled by Xion Dukes. Kapfenberg Bulls managed to win third quarter 19-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Xion Dukes forced 20 Kapfenberg Bulls turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was Bosnian-Slovenian guard Damir Zeleznik (185-80) who scored 12 points and 4 assists. The former international guard Kevin Payton (196-86, college: Minnesota) chipped in 9 points and 6 assists. Xion Dukes' coach Werner Sallomon allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American-Mexican forward Mark Sanchez (201-87, college: Boise St., agency: Court Side) produced 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international guard Deteri Mayes (189-74, college: Murray St., agency: Court Side) added 17 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Four Kapfenberg Bulls players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Xion Dukes. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Gmunden and Kapfenberg. Xion Dukes will meet league's second-placed Gmunden Swans in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against Gussing Knights and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: M.Sanchez 23+8reb+4ast, D.Mayes 17+3reb+4ast, Q.Pryor 13+4reb+3ast, D.Nelson 11+6reb+1ast, J.Dean Shaw 6+3reb+3ast, F.Kramer 2+1reb
Klosterneub.: D.Zeleznik 12+3reb+4ast, R.Suljanovic 11+5reb, J.Chappell 10+7reb, M.Rachar 10+2reb+2ast, K.Payton 9+4reb+6ast, C.Nagler 9+1reb+6ast
gschID: 233362


St.Polten - Furstenfeld 88-95

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked St.Polten's (3-18) home loss to ninth ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (7-14) 88-95. The guests were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 25-20 St.Polten's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 95-88 at the end of the game. Strangely St.Polten outrebounded Furstenfeld Panthers 37-22 including 23 on the defensive glass. Slovenian swingman Samo Grum (193-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 4 assists. American swingman Cor-J Cox (195-90, college: Miss.Valley St.) contributed with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Cox is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The former international forward Martin Speiser (202-83) answered with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds and the former international center Martin Kohlmaier (218-84) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for St.Polten. Four St.Polten players scored in double figures. Furstenfeld Panthers maintains ninth place with 7-14 record. St.Polten lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 18 games lost. Furstenfeld Panthers will have a break next round. St.Polten will play on the road against UBSC Graz (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
St.Polten: M.Speiser 33+12reb+1ast, M.Kohlmaier 16+7reb, M.Kovacevic 14+2reb+2ast, T.Csebits 11+1reb+2ast, A.Worenz 9+6reb+3ast, I.Bozic 4+2reb
Furstenfeld: S.Grum 40+1reb+4ast, C.Cox 21+6reb+4ast, T.Sally 11+7reb, L.O'Neal 9+1reb, B.Cresnar 8+4reb+3ast, S.Leitgeb 6+2ast
gschID: 233361


Arkadia - UBSC Graz 72-88

11th ranked Arkadia Lions (1-20) were outscored at home by eighth ranked UBSC Graz (8-13) with the biggest margin this round 88-72. It looked good early as Arkadia Lions took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then UBSC Graz had a 25-20 second period charge getting the lead and Arkadia Lions were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 72-88. UBSC Graz shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. American swingman Michael Anthony Dale (197-84, college: S.Illinois) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 4 assists. Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (204-81) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Dale is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Five UBSC Graz players scored in double figures. Italian-Argentinian forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, agency: Interperformances) answered with 27 points and 5 assists and Argentinian-Italian center Matias Bortolin (205-93, agency: Interperformances) added 19 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Arkadia Lions. UBSC Graz maintains eighth place with 8-13 record. Arkadia Lions lost their tenth game in a row. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. UBSC Graz's next round opponent will be St.Polten (#10) at home. Arkadia Lions will play against Raiffeisen Wels.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: F.Vay 27+4reb+5ast, M.Bortolin 19+4reb+4ast, R.Spasojevic 12+10reb+1ast, T.Stadelmann 7+6reb+6ast, B.Guettl 3+1ast, F.Duck 2+3reb
UBSC Graz: M.Dale 24+4reb+4ast, M.Stegnjaic 15+6reb+3ast, E.Gilchrese 14+3reb, C.Knor 14+6reb, S.Schaal 10+1reb+3ast, R.Lanegger 6+2reb
gschID: 233360


Gussing - BC Vienna 83-79

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked BC Vienna (16-5) on the court of seventh ranked Gussing Knights on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Gussing Knights 83-79. The game without a history. Gussing Knights led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great evening for American forward Marcus Heard (201-84, college: De Paul) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 8 rebounds. International forward Sebastian Koch (202-88) helped adding 18 points. Heard is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Gussing Knights' coach Radomir Mijanovic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. British power forward Ryan Richards (212-91, agency: Interperformances) responded with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds and American power forward Maurice Pearson (206-89, college: Georgetown, KY) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Gussing Knights (12-9) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Oberwart. BC Vienna at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Gussing Knights is looking forward to face higher ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BC Vienna will play against Redwell Gunners Oberwart and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: R.Richards 33+10reb+1ast, M.Pearson 12+5reb, B.Danek 11+1reb+1ast, S.Stazic 9+2reb+1ast, I.Boylan 5+1reb+2ast, S.Ray 5+3reb+1ast
Gussing: S.Koch 18+3reb+1ast, E.Kadic 17+1reb+2ast, M.Heard 14+8reb+2ast, M.Jandrasits 9, T.Klepeisz 7+7reb+7ast, M.Klepeisz 6+2reb
gschID: 233359



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  AZERBAIJAN   


Gala maintain leading position - by Eurobasket News

Gala-Atena celebrated another victory in D1 championship. They rolled past BGU 145:33 to stay on top of the standings. Gala have 12 points after six games played. NTL-Maxiss remain in the second position with 12 points but after 7 games played.
Gyandzha held off AzTOP 63:59. They claimed their sixth point in the tournament.



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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


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

23-year old center Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for Kumanovo and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 26 points and 14 rebounds, while his team lost the game against Rilski Sportist (3-3) 75-88. Kumanovo moved-up to the 5th position in the Balkan League First Six. Kumanovo is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 3rd lost game this season out of 6 games. Lukovic turned to be Kumanovo's top player in his first season with the team. Lukovic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 16.1ppg) and averages solid 2.6bpg and 63.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Marko Mijovic (188-PG-87) of Teodo Tivat. He is a guard in his second season at Teodo Tivat. In the last game Mijovic recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 11 assists. Bad luck as Teodo Tivat lost that game 92-102 to Galil Gilboa (3-3). The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Mijovic is well-known at Teodo Tivat and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.1ppg (#6). He also recorded 6.9 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Vuk Malidzan (193-G-88) of OKK Beograd (#-2). Malidzan showcased his all-around game by recording 12 points, nine rebounds and fourteen assists (!!!) in the last round. Despite Malidzan's great performance OKK Beograd lost 90-99 to #-4 ranked Djuro Djakovic. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. OKK Beograd can only dream about fighting for top spots in Last Four. They have awful Second Stage losing so far all 3 games. Too bad for Malidzan he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Malidzan has individually a great season in Balkan League. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.0apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marino Sarlija (207-C/F-89) of Djuro Djakovic - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Matej Karlovic (200-F-89) of Djuro Djakovic - 26 points and 6 rebounds
6. Braxton Dupree (203-F-89) of Rilski Sportist - 16 points and 11 rebounds
7. Jamar Smith (191-G-87) of Galil Gilboa - 31 points
8. Dagan Yavzuri (193-SG-85) of Galil Gilboa - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82) of Rilski Sportist - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Hrvoje Puljko (193-G-83) of Djuro Djakovic - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   

Standings - Men

Baltic League Standings
Group E
 1. Ventspils 5-1 
 2. Barons kvartals 5-1 
 3. Lietkabelis 1-4 
 4. Parnu 0-5 
Group F
 1. Kalev/Cramo 5-0 
 2. Rudupis 4-1 
 3. Jelgava 2-4 
 4. Naglis Palangos 0-6 
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 8

Feb. 21: Barons kvartals - Ventspils 60-81
Feb. 21: Naglis Palangos - Kalev/Cramo 51-77
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. Berzins, Valmiera14.9 
 9. Peciukeviciu., Par.14.8 
 10. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Raadik, Parnu10.5 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev9.9 
 3. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.9.7 
 4. Berzins, Valmiera7.7 
 5. Fall, Kalev/Cramo7.6 
 6. Zelionis, Barsy A.7.2 
 7. Cipruss, Lietkabel.7.2 
 8. Keedus, TTU7.1 
 9. Bishop, Nevezis6.9 
 10. Chamberlain, Jelg.6.8 
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. Laane, Rapla2.1 
 3. Janavicius, Rudupis2.1 
 4. Brown, Naglis P.2.1 
 5. Berzins, Valmiera2.0 
 6. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.9 
 7. Matulionis, Parnu1.8 
 8. Tamm, Tarvas1.8 
 9. Mizis, Jelgava1.8 
 10. Jakovics, Liepaja1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.4 
 2. Kupsas, Lietkabelis1.8 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.7 
 4. Silinskis, Nevezis1.6 
 5. Rozitis, Barons k.1.5 
 6. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.1.2 
 7. Gates, Pieno Z.1.1 
 8. Chamberlain, Jelga.1.0 
 9. Meiers, Ventspils0.9 
 10. Valeika, Rudupis0.9 


Milaknis' 28 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old guard Arturas Milaknis (195-G-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Rudupis and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7 (Top 16).
He had the game-high 28 points adding three rebounds and four assists for Rudupis in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Jelgava (#3, 2-4) with 33-point margin 109-76. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Rudupis maintains the 2nd position in Baltic League . They are still close to the very top. Rudupis would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 4-1 record. In the team's last game Milaknis had a remarkable seven three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He turned to be Rudupis' top player in his first season with the team. Arturas Milaknis averages this season 13.6ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Aivaras Kiausas (199-F-80) of Sakalai. He is a forward in his second season at Sakalai. In the last game Kiausas recorded impressive 21 points and 5 rebounds. Bad luck as Sakalai lost that game 74-92 to slightly higher-ranked Siauliai (#2, 4-2). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Sakalai still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. 5 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Kiausas is well-known at Sakalai and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Nerijus Varnelis (201-F-78) of league's leader Juventus. Varnelis scored 27 points. Despite Varnelis' great performance Juventus lost 86-92in overtime to #2 ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Juventus had another "accident". It may be a crucial game and cause dropping from the group of top ranked teams. The record is still good, but 1st lost game is hopefully really an accident. Varnelis' teammates are also very good. That's why having such high stats is even more impressive. Varnelis has a very solid season. In 14 games in Baltic League he scored 12.1ppg. He also has 6.6rpg, FGP: 53.3% and 3PT: 43.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Janis Berzins (202-F-93) of Valmiera - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Joosep Toome (208-C-85) of TU/Rock - 22 points and 4 rebounds
6. Arturs Duselis (201-F-89) of Jelgava - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Arnas Labuckas (203-F-87) of Rudupis - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82) of Siauliai - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) of Rudupis - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Tyler Cain (203-F-88) of Barons kvartals - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

Ethias League Standings
 1. Oostende 12-5 
 2. M.Hainaut 11-6 
 3. Spirou 11-6 
 4. Aalstar 11-6 
 5. Antwerp 9-9 
 6. Liege 6-11 
 7. Leuven 5-11 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 3-14 

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 21: Spirou - Antwerp 77-64
Feb. 22: Oostende - Leuven
Feb. 23: Verviers-Pep. - Liege
Feb. 23: Aalstar - M.Hainaut


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Spirou
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Walsh, Spirou18.9 
 2. Thompson, Aalstar18.1 
 3. Mukubu, Liege17.2 
 4. Lojeski, Oostende16.9 
 5. Taylor, M.Hainaut16.4 
 6. Raivio, Aalstar16.0 
 7. Green, Verviers.16.0 
 8. Robinson, Leuven15.9 
 9. Aleksandrov, Vervi.15.9 
 10. Bostic, M.Hainaut14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Spirou
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Walsh, Spirou9.7 
 2. Wilkinson, Oostende7.3 
 3. Qvale, M.Hainaut7.0 
 4. Thondique, Antwerp6.7 
 5. Tofi, Aalstar6.7 
 6. Young, Aalstar6.6 
 7. Gillet, Liege6.4 
 8. Mukubu, Liege6.1 
 9. Wright, Oostende6.0 
 10. Taylor, M.Hainaut5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jerime ANDERSON
  Verviers.
  (187-PG-89)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Anderson, Verviers.5.6 
 2. Marnegrave, Leuven4.9 
 3. Bosco, Liege4.8 
 4. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.5 
 5. Thompson, Aalstar3.7 
 6. Walsh, Spirou3.5 
 7. Raivio, Aalstar3.5 
 8. Black, Antwerp3.3 
 9. Lojeski, Oostende3.1 
 10. Moors, Antwerp3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Niels MARNEGRAVE
  Leuven
  (191-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Marnegrave, Leuven2.4 
 2. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.3 
 3. Mukubu, Liege2.2 
 4. Black, Antwerp2.0 
 5. Hopkins, Antwerp1.9 
 6. Hanavan, Leuven1.8 
 7. Thompson, Aalstar1.7 
 8. Iarochevitch, Liege1.7 
 9. Anderson, Aalstar1.6 
 10. Riddick, Spirou1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Wesley WILKINSON
  Oostende
  (207-PF-84)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Wilkinson, Oostende1.4 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.3 
 3. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.2 
 4. Ferguson, Verviers.1.2 
 5. Dukes, Leuven1.0 
 6. Love, Antwerp0.8 
 7. Thondique, Antwerp0.7 
 8. Young, Aalstar0.7 
 9. Aska, Leuven0.6 
 10. Williamson, Liege0.5 



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  BRAZIL   


Miguel Palmier will coach the America Rio Preto - by Paulo Freire

The Sao Jose do Rio Preto team knowing as America/Unirp/Rodobens/Smel/Abzil now has a new head coach.
The president of the club have agreed and sign coach Miguel Palmier .
Miguel's last job was at the Tijuca last season when they played the NBB.
The 51-year-old Palmier was already official presented to the remaining athletes from 2012 roster. The managers of the team have renew the contracts of Ygor Viana (208-C-86), Willian Pessoa (202-F-96), Damiao Rodrigues (222-C-84) and Marininho Zacarias (84).




The Wizards add Barbosa to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Washington Wizards added to their roster 31-year old Brazilian ex-international point guard Leandro Barbosa (190-92kg-82). He started the season at Boston Celtics. In 38 games this season he recorded 5.2ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.5apg. The last season Barbosa played at the Pacers. In 33 games last year he averaged 7.8ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to make it to the conference semifinals. Barbosa also played at the Raptors earlier that season. In 42 games he averaged 12.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.5apg. The other team he played shortly was Flamengo in Brazilian league. In three Liga Sudamericana games he averaged impressive 17.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 4.0apg (top 5).
In 2003 Barbosa was drafted by San Antonio Spurs in first round (28th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won Carioca League championship title in 2011. Barbosa was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Olympic Games Honorable Mention in 2012.
He was also a member of Brazilian international program for some years. Barbosa played for Brazilian Senior National Team between 2001 and 2012 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2000. He also represented Brazil at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 16.2ppg, 2.2rpg, FGP: 54.3%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 68.8%.
Barbosa has played previously professionally in other NBA teams (Phoenix Suns) and Brazil (Palmeiras and Paschoalotto/Bauru).
On Barbosa: Tremendously long arms for a guard; good upside potential.
has a powerful body, great athletic skills, an incredible control of his body, and a very quick first pace; passes the ball very well, dribbles incredibly well, and can easily hit a 3 pointer; like every International player. Probably the quickest guard in the NBA nowadays
.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  CANADA   

CIS Standings

CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Cape Breton 17-1 
 2. Acadia 15-4 
 3. UPEI 11-7 
 4. Dalhousie 10-9 
 5. St.Francis X. 8-11 
 6. New Brunsw. 6-12 
 7. St.Mary's 6-13 
 8. Memorial 1-17 
CanWest Pacific Division
 1. UBC 18-4 
 2. Victoria 16-6 
 3. TWU 12-10 
 4. UFV 12-10 
 5. TRU 7-15 
 6. UNBC 6-16 
 7. Mount Royal 5-17 
 8. UBC Okanagan 4-18 
CanWest Prairie Division
 1. Saskatchewan 16-6 
 2. Winnipeg 14-8 
 3. Manitoba 14-8 
 4. Alberta 14-8 
 5. Calgary 13-9 
 6. Lethbridge 12-10 
 7. Regina 7-15 
 8. Brandon 6-16 
OUA East
 1. Carleton 19-1 
 2. Ottawa 15-5 
 3. Ryerson 15-5 
 4. Laurentian 11-9 
 5. Queen's 10-10 
 6. York 8-12 
 7. Toronto Univ. 3-17 
 8. RMC 0-0 
OUA West
 1. Windsor 16-5 
 2. Lakehead 14-7 
 3. McMaster 13-8 
 4. Laurier 8-13 
 5. Brock 8-13 
 6. Waterloo 6-15 
 7. Guelph 5-16 
 8. Western 3-18 
Quebec League
 1. McGill 11-4 
 2. Bishop's 10-6 
 3. Concordia 9-6 
 4. UQAM 5-10 
 5. Laval 3-12 

Regular Season: Round 36

Feb. 20: St.Francis X. - Dalhousie 76-71
Feb. 21: Concordia - Bishop''s 72-63
Feb. 21: McGill - Laval 71-70
Feb. 20: St.Mary''s - Acadia 63-96

Regular Season: Round 37

Feb. 22: Memorial - UPEI
Feb. 22: Cape Breton - New Brunsw.
Feb. 23: Memorial - UPEI
Feb. 23: Cape Breton - New Brunsw.
Feb. 23: St.Francis X. - St.Mary''s
Feb. 23: Dalhousie - Acadia
Feb. 23: UQAM - McGill
Feb. 23: Laval - Concordia


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maxwell ALLIN
  Laurier
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Allin, Laurier23.2 
 2. Lamar, Saskatch.22.9 
 3. Freeman, UFV21.6 
 4. Ratte, Laurentian20.7 
 5. Ogungbemi-J., Calg.20.7 
 6. Dunn, St.Francis X.20.5 
 7. Dorsey, Cape Bret.20.1 
 8. Faulkner, Queen''s19.9 
 9. Fee, New Brunsw.19.7 
 10. Coulthard, Laurier19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Derek WALDNER
  Lethb.
  (201-C-)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Waldner, Lethb.11.5 
 2. Ezenibe, St.Mary''s11.3 
 3. Klassen, Acadia10.9 
 4. Phillip, Windsor10.6 
 5. Kamen, UBC10.5 
 6. Salhia, Lakehead10.3 
 7. Burns, Regina9.7 
 8. Allin, Laurier9.4 
 9. Burns, Saskatch.9.2 
 10. Moses, Calgary9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew CUNNINGHAM
  Winnipeg
  (186-G-)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Cunningham, Winnip.7.6 
 2. Hebert, Regina6.2 
 3. Dorsey, Cape Bret.5.2 
 4. Walton, Manitoba5.1 
 5. Lamar, Saskatch.5.0 
 6. Pasquale, Laure.4.8 
 7. Allin, Laurier4.6 
 8. York, UFV4.5 
 9. Smith, TWU4.4 
 10. Daley, New Brunsw.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.3.5 
 2. Evans, Victoria3.0 
 3. Daley, New Brunsw.2.8 
 4. Perrin, TWU2.7 
 5. Baker, Alberta2.7 
 6. Walton, Manitoba2.7 
 7. Parchment, UFV2.6 
 8. Smith, TWU2.4 
 9. Clarke, St.Franc.2.3 
 10. Hunter, Bishop''s2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Thijin MOSES
  Calgary
  (201--)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Moses, Calgary2.1 
 2. Duke, UPEI2.0 
 3. Andrews, Bishop''s1.9 
 4. Eyitayo, Concordia1.7 
 5. Salhia, Lakehead1.6 
 6. Luby, Brock1.4 
 7. Dewar, Alberta1.4 
 8. Osuntola, Windsor1.3 
 9. James, Brandon1.3 
 10. Aubertin, UNBC1.3 


Moncton Miracles add Ferguson to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Moncton Miracles (NBL Canada) added to their roster 32-year old Canadian ex-international power forward Jeffrey Ferguson (211-104kg-81, college: Wayne St., MI). He played last season at Hyogo Storks in Japanese JBL2.
The previous (2011) summer Ferguson played at Edmonton in U.S. semi-pro league IBL. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. Ferguson also played at Saint John Mill Rats that season. In 19 NBL Canada games that year he recorded 6.3ppg and 5.4rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League Defensive Player of the Year back in 2009. Ferguson also represented Canada at the World University Games ten years ago.
He is quite experienced player. Ferguson has played also professionally in Hungary (Marso NYKK), Latvia (Barons kvartals), Turkey (FMV Isik), Uruguay (Paysandu) and Portugal (Fisica).
He attended Wayne State College (MI) until 2008 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.
On Ferguson: Athletic big man who can penetrate, pass and score. He can post up, face up or hit the outside shot. He has a good pull up off dribble that makes him difficult to cover. He can play either the four or five spot effectively. He has a nose for rebounding and playing solid defense.

By Eurobasket Data Center



CIS Round 36: Redmen defeats Rouge et Or in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

Fifth-ranked Rouge et Or (3-12) gave a tough game to first ranked Redmen (11-4) in Montreal, QC on Thursday. Redmen managed to secure only one-point victory 71-70. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 25-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Vincent Dufort (195) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and Bermudas guard Tejour Riley (193-94) who added 15 points and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Antoine Beaumier with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Redmen have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-4 record. Rouge et Or lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 12 games lost. Redmen are looking forward to face Citadines (#4) in Montreal, QC in the next round. Rouge et Or will play at home against Stingers in Montreal, QC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Montreal, QC. Third ranked host Stingers (9-6) defeated second-best Gaiters (10-6) 72-63. The winners were led by the former international point guard the former international point guard Kyle Desmarais (188-87, college: Cent.Conn.St.) (188-87, college: Cent.Conn.St.) who scored that evening 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and Morgan Tajfel supported him with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Even 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists by the former international point guard the former international point guard Kyle Desmarais (188-87, college: Cent.Conn.St.) (188-87, college: Cent.Conn.St.) did not help to save the game for Gaiters. Stingers maintains third position with 9-6 record having fifteen points less than leader McGill. Gaiters at the other side keep the second place with six games lost. Stingers will play against Rouge et Or (#5) in Quebec City, QC in the next round. Gaiters will have a break next round.
The game in Halifax, NS supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Axemen (15-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Huskies (6-13). Axemen smashed Huskies 96-63 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was Anthony Ashe who scored 30 points and 7 rebounds. Axemen's coach Stephen Baur felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Anthony Ashe who recorded 30 points and 7 rebounds. Axemen have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-4 record having five points less than leader McGill. Huskies lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 13 games lost. Axemen will meet Tigers (#4) in the next round. Huskies will have a break next round.
The game in Antigonish, NS was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Tigers (10-9) played at the court of fifth ranked X-Men (8-11). X-Men managed to secure a 5-point victory 76-71. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Tigers. It was a good game for Jeremy Dunn who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Tigers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. X-Men maintains fifth position with 8-11 record. Tigers at the other side keep the fourth place with nine games lost. X-Men's next round opponent will be higher ranked Huskies in Halifax, NS. Tigers will play at home against the league's second-placed Axemen (#2) in Wolfville, NS and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Concordia - Bishop''s 72-63

The game between Top Four teams took place in Montreal, QC. Third ranked host Stingers (9-6) defeated second-best Gaiters (10-6) 72-63. Gaiters were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Gaiters 46-33 including 24 on the offensive glass. The winners were led by the former international point guard the former international point guard Kyle Desmarais (188-87, college: Cent.Conn.St.) (188-87, college: Cent.Conn.St.) who scored that evening 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and guard guard Morgan Tajfel (185) (185) supported him with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Even 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists by the former international point guard the former international point guard Kyle Desmarais (188-87, college: Cent.Conn.St.) (188-87, college: Cent.Conn.St.) did not help to save the game for Gaiters. Guard guard Morgan Tajfel (185) (185) added 18 points and 12 rebounds. Stingers maintains third position with 9-6 record having fifteen points less than leader McGill. Gaiters at the other side keep the second place with six games lost. Stingers will play against Rouge et Or (#5) in Quebec City, QC in the next round. Gaiters will have a break next round.
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McGill - Laval 71-70

Fifth-ranked Rouge et Or (3-12) gave a tough game to first ranked Redmen (11-4) in Montreal, QC on Thursday. Redmen managed to secure only one-point victory 71-70. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 25-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Vincent Dufort (195) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and Bermudas guard Tejour Riley (193-94) who added 15 points and 5 assists during the contest. Four Redmen players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Antoine Beaumier with 19 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Bosnian forward Boris Hadzimuratovic (204-91, college: High School) scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Redmen have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-4 record. Rouge et Or lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 12 games lost. Redmen are looking forward to face Citadines (#4) in Montreal, QC in the next round. Rouge et Or will play at home against Stingers in Montreal, QC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
McGill: T.Riley 15+4reb+5ast, V.Dufort 14+10reb+2ast, A.Mitrovic 13+5reb+2ast, C.McCue 11+4reb+2ast, A.Hynes-Guery 8+3reb, N.Joyal 5+1reb
Laval: A.Beaumier 19+7reb, K.Demers-Belanger 16+3reb+5ast, B.Hadzimuratovic 14+7reb+4ast, H.Ryan 7+3reb, R.Mathieu 7+6reb, K.Amrani 5+1reb
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St.Mary''s - Acadia 63-96

The game in Halifax, NS supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Axemen (15-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Huskies (6-13). Axemen smashed Huskies 96-63 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Axemen. Huskies managed to win second period 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Axemen shot 60.3 percent from the field. Axemen outrebounded Huskies 44-33 including a 36-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. The best player for the winners was guard guard Anthony Ashe (193) (193) who scored 30 points and 7 rebounds. Guard guard Tyler Scott (188) (188) chipped in 15 points. Axemen's coach Stephen Baur felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was guard guard Anthony Ashe (193) (193) who recorded 30 points and 7 rebounds and guard guard Tyler Scott (188) (188) added 15 points respectively. Axemen have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-4 record having five points less than leader McGill. Huskies lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 13 games lost. Axemen will meet Tigers (#4) in the next round. Huskies will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Acadia: A.Ashe 30+7reb, A.Sears 19+1reb+1ast, T.Scott 15+4reb+2ast, S.Stoqua 7+2reb+2ast, K.Arseneault 6+2reb, B.States 6+4reb
St.Mary''s: J.Lee 14+4reb+1ast, M.Pink 14+4reb, K.Thomas 12+3reb+1ast, R.Halpin 8+6reb+2ast, A.Lewis 6+2reb+2ast, K.Scott 4+2reb+1ast
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St.Francis X. - Dalhousie 76-71

The game in Antigonish, NS was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Tigers (10-9) played at the court of fifth ranked X-Men (8-11). X-Men managed to secure a 5-point victory 76-71. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Tigers. It was a good game for forward Jeremy Dunn (196) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Tyrell Vernon (185-88) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Cameroonian forward William Yengue (193) replied with 18 points and 9 rebounds and Jarred Reid added 20 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Tigers. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tigers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. X-Men maintains fifth position with 8-11 record. Tigers at the other side keep the fourth place with nine games lost. X-Men's next round opponent will be higher ranked Huskies in Halifax, NS. Tigers will play at home against the league's second-placed Axemen (#2) in Wolfville, NS and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
St.Francis X.: J.Dunn 27+8reb, T.Vernon 19+3reb+3ast, J.Clarke 14+7reb+3ast, W.Donkoh 11+3reb+1ast, R.Madera 4+5reb+1ast, J.Tyrrell 1+1ast
Dalhousie: J.Reid 20+5reb+2ast, W.Yengue 18+9reb+1ast, S.Marr 10+4reb, K.Lawrence 10+4reb, D.Stedman 6+6reb+2ast, H.Abdullahi 4+2reb+3ast
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  CYPRUS   

Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Keravnos 18-3 
 2. Etha 16-5 
 3. AEK 14-7 
 4. Apoel 12-9 
 5. Apollon 9-12 
 6. ENAD 6-15 
 7. AEL 6-15 
 8. Omonia 3-17 

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Feb. 26: AEK - ENAD
Feb. 26: Apoel - Apollon



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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. Meno, USK Praha17.6 
 4. Blazek, B&W Opava17.5 
 5. Bolds, BC Kolin17.4 
 6. Zabas, BK Pardubi.17.3 
 7. Fields, Chomutov17.3 
 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 Praha9.6 
 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. Kohout, BK Prost.0.9 
 7. Slavik, USK Praha0.9 
 8. Meno, USK Praha0.9 
 9. Svrdlik, BK Prost.0.8 
 10. Nelson, BK Pardu.0.8 



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  DENMARK   

Standings - Basketligaen

Ligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 22-3 
 2. Bakken 19-6 
 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. 21: Svendborg - Bakken 95-90
Feb. 20: Aalborg - Horsholm 84-83
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.24.1 
 3. Jukic, Horsens IC21.3 
 4. Bowlin, Horsens IC20.1 
 5. Darboe, Svendborg19.3 
 6. Walker, Naestved19.0 
 7. Delk, Vaerlose19.0 
 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.9.7 
 3. Dezouvre, Aarhus9.2 
 4. Jukic, Horsens IC9.2 
 5. Doggett, Naestved8.2 
 6. Baker, Vaerlose8.0 
 7. Walker, Naestved7.8 
 8. Washington, Svend.7.8 
 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. Plannthin, Svend.4.3 
 8. Nielsen, Randers4.3 
 9. Dennis, SISU4.0 
 10. Jonsson, Aarhus4.0 
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. Ortega, Randers2.0 
 5. Delk, Vaerlose2.0 
 6. Darboe, Svendborg2.0 
 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: 2.6
 1. Washington, Svend.2.6 
 2. Colas, Randers2.1 
 3. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.7 
 4. Jukic, Horsholm1.3 
 5. Jukic, Horsens IC1.2 
 6. Christoffers., Bak.1.1 
 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 14-4 
 2. Lemvig 13-4 
 3. BMS Skovlunde 13-5 
 4. Amager BK 12-5 
 5. Stevnsgade 10-7 
 6. Virum 10-8 
 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 74-58
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. 19-12 
 4. Maine RC 19-16 
 5. Erie Bay H. 18-14 
 6. Ft.Wayne MA 15-17 
 7. Springfield A. 11-21 
 8. Iowa E. 7-25 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 21-9 
 2. Rio Grande VV 20-11 
 3. Austin T. 18-13 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 16-15 
 5. Texas L. 14-19 
 6. Reno B. 12-17 
 7. Los Angeles D. 12-18 
 8. Idaho S. 10-20 

Regular Season: Round 45

Feb. 21: Reno B. - Santa Cruz W. 113-99
Feb. 21: Idaho S. - Springfield A. 104-109
Feb. 21: Iowa E. - Austin T. 103-105

Regular Season: Round 46

Feb. 22: Erie Bay H. - Ft.Wayne MA
Feb. 22: Sioux Falls S. - Tulsa 66ers
Feb. 22: Iowa E. - Austin T.
Feb. 22: Rio Grande VV - Texas L.
Feb. 22: Bakersfield J. - Maine RC
Feb. 22: Reno B. - Los Angeles D.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jeremy LAMB
  Tulsa 66ers
  (195-G/F-92)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Lamb, Tulsa 66ers21.1 
 2. Johnson-Odom, Los21.0 
 3. Goudelock, Sioux F.20.3 
 4. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.20.1 
 5. Summers, Maine RC19.7 
 6. Mack, Maine RC19.7 
 7. Almond, Iowa E.19.5 
 8. Joseph, Austin T.19.3 
 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. Jackson, Austin T.10.4 
 5. Plumlee, Ft.Wayne.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.7.3 
 5. Quinn, Tulsa 66ers6.4 
 6. Fortson, Los A.6.3 
 7. Machado, Rio G.6.1 
 8. Singletary, Texas6.1 
 9. Karl, Idaho S.5.9 
 10. Uzoh, Springfield5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jamario MOON
  Los A.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Moon, Los A.2.3 
 2. Joseph, Austin T.1.9 
 3. Greene, Los A.1.9 
 4. Fortson, Los A.1.9 
 5. Hannah, Santa C.1.9 
 6. McNeal, Bakersfi.1.9 
 7. Wright, Maine RC1.8 
 8. Downs, Maine RC1.8 
 9. Tyndale, Sioux F.1.8 
 10. Leslie, Santa C.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Fabricio MELO
  Maine RC
  (212-C-90)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Melo, Maine RC3.5 
 2. Jordan, Reno B.2.6 
 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. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.1 
 8. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 9. Foster, Sioux F.2.1 
 10. Plumlee, Ft.Wayne.1.9 


Nichols' 42-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old forward Demetris Nichols (205-F-84) had a great game in the last round for league's best team Sioux Falls S. and receives a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 44.
He had the game-high 42 points adding seven rebounds and eight assists for Sioux Falls S. in his team's victory, helping them to beat Iowa E. (#8, 7-24) 117-112. It allowed Sioux Falls S. to take over top position in the D-League league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sioux Falls S. has a very solid 20-12 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Nichols had a remarkable 73.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Sioux Falls S.'s top player in his first season with the team. Demetris Nichols averages this season 18.7ppg and 5.3rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Durrell Summers (196-G-89) of Idaho S.. He is a guard in his first season at Idaho S.. In the last game Summers recorded impressive 30 points and 6 rebounds. Bad luck as Idaho S. was edged by slightly higher-ranked Springfield A. (#7, 10-21) 107-105. Idaho S. managed to keep the same 8th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-19 record. Summers is a newcomer at Idaho S. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.1ppg (#6). He also registered 4.3 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to Jarrid Famous (209-C/F-88) of Iowa E. (#8). Famous scored 21 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Famous' great performance Iowa E. lost 112-117 to the higher-ranked Sioux Falls S. (#1, 20-12). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Iowa E. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 7-24 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Famous he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Famous has a very solid season. In 7 games in D-L he scored 11.4ppg. He also has 7.6rpg and 1.1bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kyle Goldcamp (208-F-86) of Erie Bay H. - 25 points and 9 rebounds
5. D.J. Kennedy (198-G/F-89) of Erie Bay H. - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Justin Hurtt (194-G-88) of Iowa E. - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Paul Harris (193-F/G-86) of Iowa E. - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Jerome Jordan (213-C-86) of Reno B. - 14 points and 13 rebounds
9. Kris Joseph (200-F-88) of Springfield A. - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Hilton Armstrong (210-C/F-84) of Santa Cruz W. - 18 points and 11 rebounds

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



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Standings - LIDOBA

Santiago League Standings
 1. Capitanes 0-0 
 2. CDP 0-0 
 3. Cupes 0-0 
 4. GUG 0-0 
 5. Plaza 0-0 
 6. Sameji 0-0 



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Standings - Liga Superior

D1 Standings
 1. And1 San Miguel 0-0 
 2. Chaleco 0-0 
 3. Delgadense 0-0 
 4. Denver 0-0 
 5. Leones 0-0 
 6. Roll Royce 0-0 
 7. San Marcos 0-0 
 8. UTEC 0-0 



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Hodge number one in Eurocup for round 6 - by Eurobasket News

U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-PG-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for Stelmet ZG, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Top 16).
The 26-year old player got a double-double of 29 points and 10 assists, while his team beat Lokomotiv (#1, 5-1) 94-88. Stelmet ZG maintains the 3rd position in Eurocup group K. Stelmet ZG is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 3rd lost game this season out of 6 games. In the team's last game Hodge had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It's his second year at Stelmet ZG and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former University of Florida star has very solid stats this year. Hodge is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.1ppg. Hodge is in league's top in assists (4th best: 5.6apg) and averages impressive 52.8% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was another Stelmet ZG's star - 26-year old Serbian Dejan Borovnjak (207-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket). Borovnjak had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for Stelmet ZG to edge slightly higher-ranked Lokomotiv (#1, 5-1) 94-88. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group K. Stelmet ZG consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 3-3 record is not bad at all. Borovnjak is a newcomer at Stelmet ZG, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89) of league's top team Budivelnyk. Delaney scored 26 points and passed seven assists. He was a key player of Budivelnyk, leading his team to a 88-77 win against #4 ranked Triumph. Budivelnyk confirms their top position in group I. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 2 lost games. Delaney has a very solid season. In 12 games in Eurocup he scored 15.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vitor Faverani (211-C-88) of Valencia - 16 points and 7 rebounds
5. Boris Savovic (210-F-87) of Crvena Zvezda - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Chuck Eidson (203-F-80) of Unics - 24 points and 5 rebounds
7. John Holland (195-G/F-88) of Cajasol - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Sertac Sanli (212-C-91) of Galatasaray - 16 points and 10 rebounds
9. Pau Ribas (193-PG-87) of Valencia - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) of Spartak SP - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  EUROLEAGUE   

Standings

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

Top 16: Round 8

E

Feb. 21: Zalgiris - Panathinaikos 73-78
Feb. 21: Brose Bask. - Unicaja 65-68
Feb. 22: Real Madrid - ALBA
Feb. 22: Anadolu Efes - CSKA

F

Feb. 21: Maccabi T-A - Montepaschi 92-61
Feb. 21: Fener.Ulker - FCB Regal 60-99
Feb. 22: Olympiacos - Caja Laboral
Feb. 22: Khimky - Besiktas


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Brown, Montepaschi19.8 
 2. Langford, EA7 A.17.0 
 3. Nachbar, Brose B.16.8 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.16.2 
 5. Schilb, Chalon15.5 
 6. Bogdanovic, Fener..15.4 
 7. Weems, CSKA15.1 
 8. Jerrells, Besiktas14.2 
 9. Popovic, Zalgiris14.1 
 10. Krstic, CSKA13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Un.Olimpija
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Baynes, Un.Olimpija9.8 
 2. Williams, Chalon7.6 
 3. Gordon, Partizan7.5 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA7.1 
 5. Mahalbasic, Asseco6.8 
 6. James, Maccabi T-A6.2 
 7. Lasme, Panathin.6.2 
 8. Thompson, ALBA6.1 
 9. Hines, Olympiacos6.1 
 10. Lampe, Caja L.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panath.
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Diamantidis, Panat.6.4 
 2. Planinic, Khimky6.3 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.4 
 4. Brown, Montepaschi5.3 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA5.1 
 6. Blassingame, Assec.5.1 
 7. Cook, EA7 Armani5.0 
 8. Heurtel, Caja L.4.3 
 9. Tabu-Eboma, Cantu4.2 
 10. Farmar, Anadolu4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jamon Lukas GORDON
  Anadolu .
  (191-SG-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gordon, Anadolu2.0 
 2. Jaaber, Zalgiris1.9 
 3. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.7 
 4. Hickman, Maccabi1.7 
 5. Khryapa, CSKA1.7 
 6. Lucic, Partizan1.6 
 7. Green, Cedevita1.6 
 8. Teodosic, CSKA1.4 
 9. Djedovic, ALBA1.4 
 10. Cook, EA7 Armani1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Panathin.
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Lasme, Panathin.1.9 
 2. James, Maccabi T-A1.7 
 3. Cusin, Cantu1.4 
 4. Tomic, FCB Regal1.4 
 5. Vidmar, Besiktas1.3 
 6. Ress, Montepaschi1.2 
 7. Kaun, CSKA1.2 
 8. Monya, Khimky1.2 
 9. Gordon, Partizan1.1 
 10. Slaughter, Real M.1.1 


CSKA Moscow released Dionte Christmas - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow (PBL) cut 27-year old American guard Dionte Christmas (196-93kg-86, college: Temple). In 6 PBL games he played this season he averaged 3.8ppg and 2.2rpg. Christmas also played 13 games in Euroleague where he had 6.5ppg and 1.1rpg. He also played 8 games in VTB United League where he had 5.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.0apg.
Christmas spent pre-season at the Celtics in NBA earlier last season.
He ended the last season at the Rockets in NBA. But the most of that year Christmas spent at A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (A1) in Greek league. In 26 games he had very impressive stats: 18.6ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.0apg and 1.6spg. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.
The most of previous (10-11) season he spent at PAOK Thessaloniki (A1) in Greece. In 13 games that season he had 9.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The other team Christmas played shortly was CEZ Nymburk (NBL) in Czech Republic league. But in four NBL games he had just 1.3ppg and 1.3rpg. Christmas also played 3 games in Eurocup where he had 6.3ppg. He also played 6 games in Adriatic League where he had 8.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.0apg.
Among other achievements Christmas' team won Czech Rep. Cup in 2011. He received also All-Atlantic 10 Most Improved Player of the Year award and NABC All-NCAA District 3 2nd Team award back in 2007 at his college time.
Christmas has played also professionally in Israel (Hapoel Afula), Turkey (Mersin) and NBA (Philadelphia 76ers).
He attended Temple University until 2009 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @wofbasketball)



Ricky Minard to continue his career in Besiktas - by Eurobasket News

Ricky Minard (196-F/G-82, college: Morehead St.) has finalized his deal with Besiktas. The forward will join the Turkish team this week. Ricky Minard started the season in Italy. He played for SAIE3 Bologna. Minard notched 10.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game in SeriaA. Last season Ricky Minard started with Azovmash in Ukraine. He averaged 16.0 points, 4.0 boards, 2.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game in Superleague. In VTB League his stats read 12.6 points, 3.6 boards, 2.4 assists and 2.1 steals per appearance. Ricky Minard also delivered 16.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists in EuroCup. The forward finished the season with Novipiu Casale Monferrato in Italy. Minard posted 12.4 points, 3.5 boards and 3.4 assists in SeriaA. Previously he had stints in Russia, Italy, NBDL. He was EuroCup winner with Unics Kazan in 2011.


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  FINLAND   

Standings - Division I

1st Standings
Division A
 1. Porvoon Tarmo 16-4 
 2. ToPo 14-5 
 3. BC Nokia 11-6 
 4. Tapiolan Honka 11-8 
 5. Oulun NMKY 10-9 
 6. Huima 8-11 
 7. Pyrinto II 6-14 
 8. Ura Basket 6-14 
 9. SayRi 4-15 
Division B
 1. Kerava ET 18-5 
 2. TuNMKY 15-7 
 3. KaU Koris 15-8 
 4. Jarvenpaa 15-9 
 5. BC Jyvaskyla 9-15 
 6. HBA-Marsky 8-14 
 7. Espoo Basket 6-17 
 8. JyWe 6-17 

Regular Season: Round 23

A

Feb. 24: Oulun NMKY - Porvoon Tarmo
Feb. 24: Pyrinto II - Huima
Feb. 24: BC Nokia - ToPo
Feb. 24: SayRi - Tapiolan Honka

B

Feb. 21: BC Jyvaskyla - Jarvenpaa 76-79
Feb. 24: Espoo Basket - JyWe
Feb. 24: KaU Koris - TuNMKY
Feb. 26: Kerava ET - HBA-Marsky


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Nolan RICHARDSON
  Ura B.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Richardson, Ura B.26.2 
 2. Moultrie, BC Nokia25.2 
 3. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.24.3 
 4. Taylor, Porvoon23.7 
 5. Jallow, Jarvenpaa23.6 
 6. Mays, Huima22.7 
 7. Mua, Kerava ET21.3 
 8. Clark, Tapiolan Ho.20.5 
 9. Tate, Porvoon19.6 
 10. Harjula, Pyrinto19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pierre JALLOW
  Jarvenpaa
  (203-F/C-79)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. Jallow, Jarvenpaa15.1 
 2. Moultrie, BC Nokia14.4 
 3. Towa, Kerava ET12.5 
 4. Stephens, Huima11.9 
 5. Keskitalo, JyWe11.8 
 6. Syrjala, KaU Koris11.8 
 7. Young, Porvoon10.9 
 8. Capers, ToPo10.7 
 9. Coleman, ToPo10.6 
 10. Salminen, TuNM.9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Lauri JARVINEN
  KaU Koris
  (185-C-85)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Jarvinen, KaU Koris5.4 
 2. Herrala, HBA-M.5.0 
 3. Ginty, ToPo4.6 
 4. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.4.3 
 5. Mays, Huima4.1 
 6. Kyllonen, Porvoon4.0 
 7. Hanninen, Jarvenp.3.9 
 8. Harjula, Pyrinto II3.8 
 9. Russell, Oulun N.3.7 
 10. Jallow, Jarvenpaa3.6 
Steals Per Game
 La Trice LITTLE
  Kerava ET
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Little, Kerava ET3.0 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.2.8 
 3. Taylor, Porvoon2.2 
 4. Herrala, HBA-M.2.2 
 5. Thomas, SayRi2.1 
 6. Towa, Kerava ET2.0 
 7. Richardson, Ura B.2.0 
 8. Michelsen, HBA-M.1.9 
 9. Mua, Kerava ET1.8 
 10. Ginty, ToPo1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Harri KESKITALO
  JyWe
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Keskitalo, JyWe2.7 
 2. Mua, Kerava ET2.1 
 3. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.2.0 
 4. Woods, BC Nokia1.8 
 5. Jallow, Jarvenpaa1.5 
 6. Capers, ToPo1.4 
 7. Moultrie, BC Nokia1.3 
 8. Young, Porvoon1.3 
 9. Kauhanen, HBA-M.1.2 
 10. Nuolivirta, HBA-M.1.2 


Finnish Korisliiga round 33 best performance: Jason Conley - by Eurobasket News

American guard Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Warren Sports International) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for LrNMKY, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 33.
The 31-year old player had a double-double of 30 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Kouvot (#7, 15-17) 91-78. LrNMKY is placed at 6th position in Finnish Korisliiga. LrNMKY is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 15-16 record. In the team's last game Conley had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be LrNMKY's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Missouri star has very solid stats this year. Conley is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.9ppg and leads league in rebounds with 9.9rpg. Conley is in league's top in and averages impressive 56.4% FGP. Worth to mention Conley played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old former international shooting guard Samuel Haanpaa (203-SG-86) of Lapua. Haanpaa had a very good evening with a double-double of 30 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Lapua lost that game 79-84 to the higher-ranked Kauhajoki (#5, 20-12). This loss caused Lapua to drop to 10th position in the standings. 23 lost games are too many comparing to just nine victories Lapua managed to get this year. Haanpaa is a newcomer at Lapua, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.9ppg (#5). He also registered 7.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Giordan Watson (178-PG-85, agency: Pro One Sports) of Kauhajoki (#5). Watson got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for seven assists. He was a key player of Kauhajoki, leading his team to a 84-79 win against the lower-ranked Lapua (#10, 9-23). Kauhajoki needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 20 victories and 12 lost games. Watson has a great season in Finland. After 32 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.3apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrais Thornton (203-F-85) of FoKoPo - 19 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Ryan McDade (201-F-80) of Nilan Bisons - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Matthew Gibson (196-G-84) of LrNMKY - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Shawn Atupem (200-F-89) of Salon Vilpas - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Gilberto Clavell (201-F-89) of Kouvot - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) of Pyrinto - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Greg Logins (200-F-88) of LrNMKY - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  FRANCE   

Standings - N1

NM1 Standings
 1. Vichy 15-5 
 2. Orchy 14-4 
 3. Quimper 14-5 
 4. Souffel 14-5 
 5. Cognac 13-6 
 6. La Rochelle 12-8 
 7. Monaco 11-8 
 8. Blois 10-9 
 9. Rueil 10-10 
 10. Sorgues 10-10 
 11. Chartres 8-12 
 12. Angers BC 49 7-12 
 13. St Chamond 7-12 
 14. Challans 6-13 
 15. Rennes 4-16 
 16. CFBB 0-20 

Regular Season: Round 23

Feb. 23: Rennes - Blois
Feb. 23: Chartres - Angers BC 49
Feb. 23: Cognac - Challans
Feb. 23: La Rochelle - Quimper
Feb. 23: CFBB - Orchy
Feb. 23: Rueil - St Chamond
Feb. 23: Vichy - Souffel

Round 20

Feb. 21: Monaco - Sorgues 82-68


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Ryan ZAMROZ
  Sorgues
  (192-G/F-87)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Zamroz, Sorgues18.7 
 2. Raji, Quimper18.2 
 3. Kaunisto, Blois17.7 
 4. Petrovic, Orchy17.2 
 5. Herard, Challans16.9 
 6. Hill, Angers BC 4916.8 
 7. Pene, Rennes16.6 
 8. Inglis, CFBB16.5 
 9. Cole, La Rochelle15.8 
 10. Thinon, Sorgues15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.5 
 2. Raji, Quimper9.0 
 3. Calasan, Monaco7.8 
 4. Sall, Rennes7.8 
 5. Inglis, CFBB7.4 
 6. N''Diaye, Souffel7.2 
 7. Diame, Rueil7.1 
 8. Cole, La Rochelle7.0 
 9. Caskill, Cognac7.0 
 10. Tornato, Blois6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony CHRISTOPHE
  Monaco
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Christophe, Monaco7.6 
 2. Cherry, Quimper6.3 
 3. Rathieuville, Chal.5.7 
 4. Barbry, Orchy5.6 
 5. Thomas, Vichy4.8 
 6. Fellah, Angers B.4.8 
 7. Brochard, Blois4.3 
 8. Mouillard, Cognac4.1 
 9. Saounera, Rueil4.1 
 10. Inglis, CFBB4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Rida EL AMRANI
  Vichy
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. El Amrani, Vichy2.8 
 2. Bennett, Monaco2.1 
 3. Lonzieme, Angers B.1.8 
 4. Pene, Rennes1.8 
 5. Lessort, Vichy1.8 
 6. Saounera, Rueil1.8 
 7. Rathieuville, Chal.1.7 
 8. Mouillard, Cognac1.7 
 9. Herard, Challans1.7 
 10. Sall, Rennes1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Moise DIAME
  Rueil
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Diame, Rueil1.5 
 2. N''Diaye, Souffel1.4 
 3. Davis, Blois1.4 
 4. Rinna, St Chamond1.3 
 5. Inglis, CFBB1.3 
 6. Alingue, Souffel1.2 
 7. Tornato, Blois1.1 
 8. Traore, Angers B.1.1 
 9. Kaunisto, Blois0.9 
 10. Smock, CFBB0.8 


Parker scores 31 points in Spurs 116-90 victory over Clippers - by Eurobasket News

LOS ANGELES The aging San Antonio Spurs came out of the All-Star break rested and raring to go.

They notched their second win since the break ended and fifth in a row, beating the Los Angeles Clippers 116-90 on Thursday night behind 31 points from Tony Parker (188-PG-82).

Tonys been a huge part of us playing that well. Hes been the one who is most consistent, said Tim Duncan, who had nine points. Everything kind of clicked together. We made a lot of shots. They just couldnt get their footing.

The Spurs led all the way in beating the Clippers for the first time this season and improving to an NBA-best 22-10 on the road, where theyve also won five in a row.

It was a complete butt-kicking from the start in every way you can count, Clippers coach and former Spurs player Vinny Del Negro said.

Tony Parker had seven assists and no turnovers in 28 minutes and Danny Green added 15 points. The West-leading Spurs tied their season-best with 59-percent shooting, hit eight 3-pointers and made 22 of 28 free throws. They had lost both previous meetings with the Clippers in November.

Were not that good and theyre not that bad, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. I think its because we already played one. Too long of a layoff (for the Clippers).

Matt Barnes scored 18 points, Blake Griffin had 17 and Jamal Crawford 15 as the Clippers four-game winning streak ended in their first game after the break. Chris Paul, MVP in Houston last weekend with 20 points and 15 assists, was held to four points on 1-of-6 shooting and three assists.

Its very humbling, but it happens, Griffin said. Theres going to be games where you feel like nothings going your way, so we need to get back to what made us successful against San Antonio. Weve got to have a good practice tomorrow, go over our mistakes and bounce back against Utah on Saturday.

The Clippers have lost their first game coming out of the break in nine of the last 10 years, including five in a row. They came in trailing the Spurs by 4 1/2 games for the best record in the NBA, but they never got a run going and their defense didnt do much. The biggest excitement during the game was generated by a fan who made a half-court shot during a timeout to win a new car.

They just beat us, beat us bad, Paul said. Luckily it wasnt a Game 7 or our last game of the season. They came out and executed. Tony was in a rocking chair all night. We just let him go wherever he wanted to, and we never really could get going offensively. Its a very humbling loss.

The Spurs led by 28 points to start the fourth quarter, when Tony Parker and most of the other Spurs starters rested while fans hit the exits in droves. The Clippers equaled their worst loss of the season.

Its only one game. It doesnt mean anything, Tony Parker said. You have to look at the big picture. We want to win a championship.

San Antonio put on a free-throw shooting clinic in the third quarter, making 16 of 20, including 12 during a 14-4 run that extended its lead to 81-53.

Popovich said he tried to call a couple plays, but Tony Parker overrode him.

Hes really matured as a player, Popovich said. He just used to be a scoring point guard. Now theres a whole new world out there. Hes a complete player.

Tony Parker said, Hes always trusting me and letting me grow as a point guard and calling plays. Before in my career I was always looking at him. Now I dont look at him.

The Spurs shot 63 percent to lead 58-43 at halftime. Tony Parker scored 17 points in the half, while Griffin was the only Clipper in double figures with 13 points. Paul didnt make his first basket until the final 3 minutes of the second quarter.

San Antonio made its first six shots to start the game and used a 17-4 run, including seven by Manu Ginobili, to close out the first quarter leading 34-21.

NOTES: San Antonio improved to 6-1 on its nine-game rodeo trip. ... The Clippers dropped to 21-6 at home. ... Spurs F-G Stephen Jackson played for the first time since his wife had a miscarriage. He had left the team in Chicago on Feb. 11. ... Spurs F Kawhi Leonard was held out for precautionary reasons because of soreness in his left knee, the same reason he missed 16 games earlier in the season. ... Adam Silver, who will succeed David Stern as NBA commish, attended the game. ... There was a moment of silence for late Lakers owner Jerry Buss, who died Monday.
Courtesy of: Associated Press.



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  FYR MACEDONIA   

Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar KOSTOSKI
  Kumanovo
  (186-G-88)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Kostoski, Kumanovo21.2 
 2. Bogoev, ABA S.19.2 
 3. Jelesijevic, Rabot.17.2 
 4. Dimcevski, Kuman.16.5 
 5. Sharper, Rabotnicki15.6 
 6. Radunovic, Lirija15.3 
 7. Lukovic, Kumanovo14.8 
 8. Sokolov, Feni I.14.6 
 9. Tasovski, Lirija14.5 
 10. Trajkovski, Feni14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dragan KERKEZ
  Vardar
  (--89)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Kerkez, Vardar10.6 
 2. Lukovic, Kumanovo9.8 
 3. Trajkovski, Feni I.8.3 
 4. Radunovic, Lirija7.7 
 5. Knezevic, Feni I.6.9 
 6. Jelesijevic, Rabot.6.8 
 7. Dimcevski, Kuman.6.3 
 8. Kostevski, Vardar6.1 
 9. Zivcevic, Rabotnic.6.1 
 10. Tasovski, Lirija6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Eftim BOGOEV
  ABA S.
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 6
 1. Bogoev, ABA S.6.0 
 2. Mijajlovic, Kozuv4.5 
 3. Samardziev, Feni I.3.6 
 4. Karadzovski, Kozuv3.5 
 5. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.5 
 6. Morban, Lirija3.2 
 7. Petrovski, Rabotni.2.8 
 8. Tasovski, Lirija2.7 
 9. Jelesijevic, Rabot.2.6 
 10. Petrovski, Vardar2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Eftim BOGOEV
  ABA S.
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Bogoev, ABA S.1.8 
 2. Dimcevski, Kuman.1.8 
 3. Stajic, Lirija1.7 
 4. Kostoski, Kumanovo1.5 
 5. Jevdic, ABA S.1.5 
 6. Ugrinovski, Lirija1.5 
 7. Balazs, ABA S.1.4 
 8. Zivcevic, Rabotnic.1.3 
 9. Gocevski, ABA S.1.3 
 10. Pajic, Vardar1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo2.0 
 2. Pavlovski, Kozuv1.3 
 3. Jelesijevic, Rabot.1.1 
 4. Radojevik, Lirija1.0 
 5. Trajkovski, Feni I.0.9 
 6. Simic, Lirija0.7 
 7. Radunovic, Lirija0.6 
 8. Knezevic, Feni I.0.5 
 9. Kerkez, Vardar0.5 
 10. Avramovski, Rabot.0.5 



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  GAMBIA   


Wallidan Maintain 2013 Lead in Basketball League - by Eurobasket News

Wallidan have maintained their position at the top of the table in this year's Basketball League.
They pushed further by beating Sport House by 56 points to 52 at a game played at the Brikama Basketball Lawn.
Wallidan are leading with 12 points after winning all their four games.
In the other encounter, Brikama defeated Saints 28 to 21 points.
Earlier on Friday, YMCA beat Serrekunda West 35-28 points at the Independence Stadium in Bakau. YMCA's victory has made them second with 9 points.
The other game was successful for Serrekunda East, who thrashed Lamin 47 to 33 points.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Markoishvili Is the Best - by Akaki Bakradze

In the last round of Uleb Cup Top-16 Turkish Galatasaray beat Serbian Crvena Zvezda 85:84 but could not go through to the next round. The Georgian guard Manuchar Markoishvili
held the best game.

Manu was in lineup and earned 17 points in 28:54 minutes. The guard of the Georgian national team scored 4 from 9 2 points, 2 from 3 3 points and all three free throws. He had
two turnovers, committed three fouls and three fouls were committed against him.

Like Markoishvili, Ender Arslan earned 17 points in Galatasaray. Sertac Sanli (16 points, 10 rebounds) and Jamont Gordon (12 points) scored more than 10 points.

Galatasaray has 3 wins and 3 losses and is in the 3rd place in Group L. So, the team could not go through to the next round.
Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86)



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  GERMANY   

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. White, Phoenix18.1 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.5 
 3. Bell, Phoenix Hagen16.0 
 4. Brooks, LTi 46ers15.9 
 5. Peacock, Fraport15.4 
 6. Burrell, Bremerha.15.4 
 7. Thompson, ALBA14.6 
 8. Turek, Neckar L.14.1 
 9. Rice, B.Muenchen14.0 
 10. Vaden, Telekom13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.2 
 2. Anderson, s.Oliv.7.4 
 3. Chubb, EWE Baskets7.2 
 4. Robertson, Fraport7.0 
 5. Burtschi, Bremerha.6.6 
 6. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.5 
 7. King, Art.Dragons6.5 
 8. Gordon, Phoenix6.4 
 9. McGhee, Bayreuth6.3 
 10. Ewing Jr., Teleko.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.2 
 2. Rice, B.Muenchen5.0 
 3. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.1 
 4. Hamilton, Bayreuth4.1 
 5. White, Phoenix4.0 
 6. Redding, Walter T.4.0 
 7. Burrell, Bremerha.3.8 
 8. Timberlake, MBC3.7 
 9. Gibson, Fraport SKY3.6 
 10. Wood, ALBA3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (189-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Robertson, Fraport2.0 
 2. Bernard, Neckar L.1.9 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.1.8 
 4. White, Phoenix1.8 
 5. Linhart, TBB Trier1.5 
 6. Hamilton, Bayreuth1.5 
 7. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.5 
 8. Burtschi, Bremerha.1.4 
 9. Wood, ALBA1.4 
 10. Duggins, Walter T.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dino GREGORY
  Phoenix .
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gregory, Phoenix2.0 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.6 
 3. Ford, Brose Bask.1.4 
 4. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.2 
 5. Pantelic, MBC1.2 
 6. Morrison, Bremerha.1.1 
 7. Homan, B.Muenchen1.0 
 8. Frease, Walter T.1.0 
 9. Turek, Neckar L.1.0 
 10. Zirbes, Brose Bas.0.9 


EuroLeague: Unicaja Malaga escaped with the narrow win in Bamberg - by Eurobasket News

Brose Baskets - Unicaja Malaga 65:68

Unicaja Malaga escaped with the narrow win in Bamberg for 4-4 record in Group E. The Spanish team led for the whole game but managed to save only 68:65 victory. Brose Baskets remained winless and fell at 0-8 record.
Unicaja Malaga scored the first 6 points in the game and dominated the first period. They allowed the German team to score 14 points in the opening and the second frame, while taking 38:28 halftime advantage. Moreover Unicaja Malaga won the third period 17-13 and led 15 points in the game. Brose Baskets meanwhile looked better at the very end and narrowly missed the win. The host reduced to 2 points, but allowed the guests to score some final points from the free throw line.
Luka Zoric (211-C-84) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Txemi Urtasun (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances) netted 15. Sergi Vidal (198-F/G-81) delivered 12, whilst Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) brought 5. Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) finished the game with 17 points in the losing effort and Sharrod Ford (206-F/C-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Clemson) scored 13. Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) posted 10 and Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) added 6.

Brose Baskets: Bostjan Nachbar 17, Sharrod Ford 13, Anton Gavel 10, Jeremiah Massey 6
Unicaja Malaga: Luka Zoric 26, Txemi Urtasun 15, Sergi Vidal 12, Earl Calloway 5



The Artland Dragons Reel In Bransilav Rathkovica - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

One thing that Stefan Koch has been amazing at doing the last seasons was hauling in top point guards like Americans Tyrese Rice, David Holston or Demond Mallet and now he has struck again bringing in an ex Beko BBL player with Branislav Ratkovica (192-G-85, agency: Beo Basket). Rathkovica is a 27 year old 192cm guard from Serbia that is a good defender on the perimeter, he's a PG with leadership and court vision that can play even the 2 position if needed, thanks to good scoring skills and size. He started the season at Aliaga Petkim (Turkey-TBL, starting five): EuroChallenge Qualifying Round: 2 games: 13.0ppg, 2.0rpg, Assists-2 (6.0apg), Steals-4 (2.5spg. He then went to Olin Edirne Basketball (Turkey-TBL) playing 13 games avergaing 5,0ppg, 1,5rpg and 1,9apg.

He started his absketball acreer in 2002 with Beopetrol Beograd (1B). He then played for Atlas Banka Novi Beograd from 2003-2006. He then played for BC Mega Ishrana Beograd. In 2007-2008, he came to the Beko BBL playing for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. He remained in the Beko BBL playing for the Walter TIgers Tuebingen from 2008-2011. He led the Beko BBL in assists 2010 and 2011. Last season he played for Aliaga Petkim (Turkey-TBL, starting five): 31 games: 9.5ppg, 2.6rpg, Assists-3 (5.3apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 36.6%, FT: 71.0%. Awards/Achievements in his absketball career have been Serbia and Montenegro U21 National Team -03-04, Dallas Global Games U21 -03, 04, Serbia and Montenegro U20 National Team -04-05, European Championships U20 in Brno -04 (8 games: 3.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 3.5bpg), European Championships U20 in Moscow -05 (Bronze): 8 games: 5.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.4%, 3FGP: 30%, FT: 54.5%, 1B (Serbian Group) Runner-Up -05, German Bundesliga Semifinals -08, Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga Awards All-Bosmans Team -09, Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Bosmans Team -10, German Bundesliga All-Star Game -11, and Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention -11




Frank Robinson Joins The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The injuy bug seems to be a plague for Wurzburg basketball as they recently lost sharp shooter Jimmy slick and suave Mckinney for the season and the team had to react and according to eurobasket sources scooped up Frank Robinson (193-G-84, college: CS Fullerton). Robinson is a 28 year old 193cm guard from Lpos Angeles that is playing his fifth professional season and started the season with Asseco Prokom Gdynia (Poland-TBL), left in Nov.'12: Euroleague: 7 games: 7.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 40.7%, 3FGP: 26.9%, FT: 50.0%; Polish TBL: 8 games: 5.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 23.8%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 68.8%, in Dec.'12 moved to Budivelnyk Kyiv (Ukraine-Superleague). In nine league games he averaged 5,3ppg and 3.8rpg. In Eurocup, he played six games avergaing 3,8ppg, 2,8rpg and 1,0apg.

Robinson played at Cal.St. Fullerton (NCAA) and in his senior year played 32 games: 15.8ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 45.1%, 3Pts: 34.2%, FT: 73.8%. In 2008, he turned professional and played for Atlanta Hawks (NBA), left in Oct.'08, then moved to Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia-Liga UPC, starting five): Adriatic League: 17 games: 4.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.1spg; Euroleague: 8 games: 6.8ppg, 3.3rpg, in Feb.'09 signed at EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 11 games: 11.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 27.0%, FT: 73.5%. In 2009-2010, he once again started the season with the Atlanta Hawks (NBA), only pre-season, in Dec.'09 moved to Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League, starting five): 38 games: 12.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.7apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 24.3%, FT: 69.2%. In 2010-2011, he played for Maccabi Haifa (Israel-Premier League, starting five): EuroChallenge: 14 games: 9.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 59.5%; Israeli League: 28 games: 12.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.7apg, Steals-2 (2.4spg), FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 61.1%. Last season he played for Sokhumi Tbilisi (Georgia-Superleague, starting five): Eurochallenge Qualifying Round: 2 games: 16.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0bpg, in Oct.'11 moved to Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five), in Nov.'11 signed at B.C. Habikaa (Israel-Premier League, starting five): 21 games: 12.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.3apg, Steals-5 (1.8spg), FGP: 53.9%, 3PT: 25.7%, FT: 54.1%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Big West Regular Season Runner-Up -07, Big West Tournament Semifinals -07, All-Big West Honorable Mention -07, All-Big West Defensive Player of the Year -08, All-Big West 2nd Team -08
Big West All-Tournament Team -08, Big West Tournament Winner -08, WCBL Rookie of the Year -08, Slovenian Cup Winner -09, All-WCBL 1st Team -08
Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Defensive Player of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 2nd Team -11, Israeli Cup Semifinals -12, Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention -12, Eurobasket.com Israeli League All-Defensive Team -12, and Polish League Supercup Finalist -13



Defensive Stopper Dino Gregory Not Forgotten In The Phoenix Hagen Offensive Powerhouse - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

When looking at the Phoenix Hagen roster there are numerous names that ring a bell and go click in your mind especially on the offensive end before other players who fulfill the typical role, but are just as important as the scorers, because they help carry the team in many ways. For years Phoenix Hagen head coach Ingo Fryer has crafted and molded teams each season that are very dominant on offense and can score 100 plus points on any night as easily as a 10 year old boy can come up with a music rapper that has resemblance to ex Charlote Bobcat Jermareo Davidson, the Boston Celtics were able to go on an eight game winning streak without their playmaking genius Rajon Rondo or as the ease and grace in which St Louis native Jimmy Mckinney can sit parked behind the three point line in the corner and sink three pointers as if he was playing basketball battle ship. It is no different this season in Hagen that the offense is firing away at all cylinders and scoring over 90 points on a regular basis. On most days the offense is carried and led by Davin White who has shown this season that his high scoring in the last few months in the 2011-2012 season was no fluke. He may have made a name in Mexico and be like a mini Dashaun Wood with his scoring ability, but if he continues at this rate will not need anymore mini Wood comparisons, as his name Davin White be fully accepted as he has shown on a consistent level this season that he belongs to the top players in the Beko BBL as he can also set up his teammates and get 7-8 assists in a game. Another player in the offensive attack is David Bell who looks like a mini copy of a baby Shaq in a guards body, but can fire away all night long and get you down quickly and could possibly even hit from Oakland across the bay to San Franscico. Adam Hess may not score as much and on a consistent rate as three or four years ago, but the Vaughn Duggins look alike can still heat it up on any night and just be carried by the offense by the others. Then there is Larry Gordon who is a 196cm forward, but can guard guards has shown that after three solid seasons in lower leagues in Holland and Austria that he can dominate in the Beko BBL. Gordon may see himself more as a streaky shooter than pure shooter, but has been one of the best three point shooters this season. But it is his rebounding that really stands out as he is a relentless worker on the offensive boards and keeps many plays alive. One should also put Mark Mr fantastic Dorris into the mix as he is a guard that can score 30 one night and dish out 10 plus assists the next night. With the offense flowing as smoothly on most nights like a Budweiser brewery, one tends to forget defensive specialists especially in a team that was giving up 92 points in the last six games. When you hear the word Maryland basketball, the name Len Bias pops up quicker than Dino Gregory (200-F-89, agency: Two Points, college: Maryland) who hails from charm city Baltimore, but the American had a solid senior year and last season played for Sundsvall Dragons (Sweden) playing 40 games: 13.2ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.0apg, Blocks-1 (1.5bpg), FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 73.0%. He had good offensive stats in a lower league and led the league in blocks. He has shown that his blocking skills havent been a fluke as he leads the Beko BBL in blocks. The American has shown that he is as important for his defensive skills as the offensive forces on the team and teams take notice. Teams watch film they know we have a beast down there to defend the rim. Every game we watch how guards change their approach when driving to the basket against Dino. He has been real important to us, because his ability to block shots is huge for us. It makes opposing guards and big man think twice about how to score inside the paint. His role is huge, he guards the paint very well. Our game against Bremerhaven he had 7 blocks, with one he caught it in mid air. It was Crazy, stressed teammate Larry Gordon. With everyone talking about the offense, Gregory has no problem just doing his magic under the basket defending the opponent. I take a lot pride in being the anchor of our defense or the guy who protects the rim. My teammates do an excellent job pressuring their guys to take tough lay ups and im there to clean it up with a block or alter their shot even more. I love being the rim protector, warned Dino Gregory. Gregory also understands that it isnt just him, but it is good team work that makes a team excel on the defensive end. My teammates really appreciate my defense just like I appreciate there's. I allow them to pressure guys more and not worry if their guy sometimes beats them to the basket. They allow me to go for block shots and not worry about my man having an easy lane to the basket. I can guard multiple positions and that makes it easier for my teammates. I think what makes me a good shot blocker is my jumping ability and I have good timing. But people dont understand it not just me sitting in the lane blocking shots its a total team effort when guys like Mark Dorris and Davin White are pressuring their guys, the person they are guarding are so worried about getting there shot off against them they dont even notice me and boom a block shot leading to a fast break, added Dino Gregory. He remembers having eight or nine blocks in high school and recently swatted away seven Bremerhaven shots. When I had 7 blocks in that game that was a great experience as our defense was clicking and everybody was rotating well. I go for a block somebody rotated to box my man out. Our defense was a total team effort and I just did my part, commented Dino Gregory. He may come from Baltimore that is known as charm city, but when he is under the boards, he is anything but charming, but a real defensive beast that wont get any high marks in delighting any opponents with his play.

Last season, Phoenix Hagen were forced to do a sort of house cleaning simply because guys like Jacob Burtschi, Mark Dorris and Quentin Pryor were to expensive to hold. With costs on making more seating capacity possible in their old arena Ischeland arena, the team had hug expenses which didnt help for the player budget for last season. It also isnt easy when players see Hagen as a town where they can make a name for themselves and then get better offers from other teams the next season. Eight players left the club including scoring guard David Bell as well as young German talents Andreas Buchert and Malte Schwarz. Important was that the team was able to hold three important players with experienced German Bernd Kruel, versatile inside out player Zygimantas Jonusas and inside beast Edward Seward. The club knew that money was scarce, so they had a lot of home work to do that summer in getting the best possible players for the cheapest price. The team returned two ex Beko BBL players with Brandon Brooks who got his feet wet with the Eisbaeren playing a solid rookie season under Doug Spradley learning the ropes from starting point guard Louis Campbell and Marc Carter who had played in Duesseldorf and on any night can light up scoreboards in the Beko BBL with the best of them. The team also brought in Tristian Blackwood who made a name for himself in Holland, second year man Jordan Hasquet who is there to help under the boards and veteran Jason Crowe who was playing his 13th professional season and Germany was the 11th country where he had played. Crowe left the team earlier in the season. The team then picked up Davin White who brings experience to the point guard position at 30 years old and 186cm. The team had ex Tuebingen player Patrick Sparks earlier, but released him as he couldnt find his rhythm White who played preseason for the Phoenix Suns years ago had shown in his first 7 games that he can play point guard averaging 16,4ppg and 5,4apg. He had shown that he can score in the weaker Mexican league where he averaged 28,0ppg recently for Mineros de Cananea (Mexico-CIBACOPA):

Last season wasnt been pretty for Phoenix Hagen as they show glimpses of brilliance, but then again played horrible basketball finishing the season in 15th place with a record of 11-23. They had a 3-7 record as the two teams met for the first time in December and defense continued to be a problem as they allowed an average of 93 points in the first ten games. It seems to be the norm for years for Phoenix Hagen, that the team is content just to outscore their opponents with defense being out on the back burner. Hagen seemed to have a major focus on the offensive end and not so much on the defensive end. There isnt much help side and their pick and role defense isnt great either. If their quick shots dont fall, it can lead to easy fast break points for the opponent. Due to their athleticism, they should be able to get more steals, warned Tiger guard Josh Young last season. Ingo Freyer prides offense and that is something that works most of the time for the team. They were an extremely dangerous offensive team. They had so many weapons. They were great in transition and very good on one on one. Their biggest strength was their three point shooting, offensive rebounding and speeding up the game. You had to watch Carter and Jonusas very much, warned Josh Young. Since the loss to Frankfurt in December, nothing had really gone right as the team had a good span around Christmas winning three in a row including against the always tough s.Oliver baskets Wurzburg, but since then have a 2-12 record until their return visit to Frankfurt which they lost. They ended the season with a strong 3-0 record including their biggest win of the season beating the LTi Giessen 46ers at home on the last game day to stay in the beko BBL. Their other biggest win was against Alba Berlin which they have beaten twice in a row at home in the last two seasons.

AS is so often the case, Phoenix Hagen made a house cleaning as 11 players went and eight new players came. The team had more budget this season than last and did the best that they could despite the circumstances. The biggest heartache was losing Zgyimantas Jonusas who smelt the euros in Italy going to Juve Caserta. The club was able to hold German dinosaur Bernd Kruel that is palying his 16th season there and scoring point guard David White that can also pull a Dashaun Wood when the shooting isnt on and focus on the playmaking. Oliver Herkelmann brought in a mix of experience, young guns from the NCAA and two familiar faces to round out a competitive roster. Two smart moves was bringing back David Bell for a second tour of duty as he can shoot out the lights in any arena and fan favourite Mark Dorris who had an unspectacular season in Ludwigsburg and comes back with a lot of ambition and his fantastic play. Another big signing was versatile Adam Hess who recently got the German citizenship. Hess is a team player that will need to help the team in scoring. Larry Gordon was brought in to give scoring nd rebounding aid. The American had a strong season in Austria and is ready to make the next step. Two risky transactions were bringing in Abe Lodwick and Dino Gregory, but both have proved that they can play in the Beko BBL. Lodwick has been consistent and preforms his role well from the bench while Gregory has shown his defensive eagerness and talent in the early going. Young German Ole Wendt was also hauled in and promised to receive minutes to help further his development. The strength of Phoenix Hagen as always will be their offense. They are a team that loves to score and also practice that run and gun game. Weakness are their defense as when they cant score a lot of points then they have problems to score. They have given up 80 or more points in six of the first ten games. A weakness also could be their rebounding as they have no dominant big man. After 10 games, their rebounding has been more than solid as they have averaged 36 rebounds per game, but 196cm forward Larry Gordon is their top rebounder. They need help from eact player on the boards in each game.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners swept the season series in 2009-2010 with Phoenix Hagen stomping all over them in Hagen 93-64 as Derrick Allen led all scorers with 22 points, Aubrey Resse chipped in with 18 points and Grayson Moyer had one of his best games as a Skyliner with 15 points and five assists. In the return game in Frankfurt, Phoenix Hagen lost 89-76. Skyliner captain Pascal Roller led Frankfurt with 18 points and five assists and Derrick Allen produced 17 points. Last season, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners outrebounded Phoenix Hagen 66-49 in both games. Last season, the Skyliners also won the season series with a 90-85 win as Jermaine Bucknor led the team with 19 points and six rebounds and 92-53 romp at home getting 24 points and eight rebounds from Roger Powell and only six points and seven assists from Dashaun Wood. In the first game this season, the Fraport Skyliners romped Phoenix Hagen 83-65 as fans saw the last Beko BBL game of Jon Leuer who erupted for 27 points and Jimmy Mckinney had 21 points. In the return game, the Fraport Skyliners stomped all over Phoenix Hagen 92-47. Five players scored in double figures as the team was led by Devin Gibson with 16 points. The Fraport Skyliners lost the first game against Phoenix Hagen in their own living room in embarrassing fashion 107-102 as they their opponent gave them a display of how to play run and gun basketball. Phoenix Hagen shot an amazing 51% from the field and 60% from the three point line. Currently Hagen is resting on a playoff seat in eighth place with a record of 11-11 and are coming off a huge home win against 2012 Beko BBL finalist ratiopharm Ulm. They continue to play with a lot self confidence and are always hard to beat at home as Alba Berlin has seen twice in last two seasons. The Fraport Skyliners are coming off a huge home win against Tuebingen snapping their five game losing streak. They will travel to Hagen this time knowing what not to do wrong this time. We have to take Hagen out of their rhythm. In Frankfurt they found their rhythm fast and we cant let them do that again. When they get going then it is hard to stop them if your playing defense or not, warned Devin Gibson. The key for Frankfurt will be the transition game. Frankfurt will have to get back fast each time they miss a shot and focus on them in the first seconds after they get possession, stressed Vaughn Duggins.

Phoenix Hagen is led by 30 year old 186cm point guard Davin White who is playing his second season in Hagen. The Phoenix, Arizona native played at Chandler-Gilbert Community College (NJCAA) before transferring to Cal.St.-Northridge (NCAA) in 2003 and playing there until 2005. In his senior year he played 31 games: 12.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.3apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 43.4%, 3FGP: 38%. He played in the ABA and D-league briefly and also gained European experience in Serbia, but he has gotten most of his experience in Mexico. There he made a name for himself with his scoring. Last season he played for Halcones UV Xalapa (Mexico-LNBP, starting five): 39 games: 12.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.6apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 71.3%, in Mar.'12 moved to Phoenix Hagen (Germany-BBL, starting five): 11 games: 17.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 5.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 44.7%, FT: 75.4%. David Bell is a 31 year old 186cm guard from Oakland, California that is playing his second season for Phoenix Hagen. He is a A 1/2 guard who simply assaults any game he plays. He is an outstanding 3 pt. shooter, can penetrate and dish with the best. Offensively can carry a team, also is a top defender. He played at Montana (NCAA) and in his senior year played Montana (NCAA) 30 games: 17.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.7apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 41.5%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 83.6%. He started his professional basketball career in 2003 and played in Switzerland, Finland and France before spending the last years in the D-league. In 2010-2011, he played for Phoenix Hagen (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: Score-3 (16.5ppg), 2.2rpg, 3.5apg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 78.1%. Last season he played for GasTerra Flames Groningen (Holland-Eredivisie): EuroCup: 6 games: 15.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 40.5%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 88.2%; Dutch League: 36 games: 13.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT-3 (84.3%).

Larry Gordon is a 25 year old 196cm forward that is playing his first season for Phoenix Hagen. He played at Cal Poly Pomona (NCAA2) from 2005-2009. He turned professional in 2009 and played for Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 36 games: 14.0ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 75.8%. He played for ECE Bulls Kapfenberg (Austria-A Bundesliga) the last two seasons and last season played 38 games: 14.7ppg, Reb-3 (8.4rpg), 1.8apg, FGP-3 (65.2%), 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 77.1%. Gordon is the leading rebounder on the team despite his only 196cm frame and he fits well into the style of Ingo Freyer. I think it fits perfectly, I love the concept coach is teaching us. I love the fast break and to score easy buckets off of it. That kind of pace to the game is great and it makes us more of a threat. My rebounding ability is perfect for this team, we have a lot of talented rebounders and Im just going to add on to that with my strong rebounding, stressed Larry Gordon. RE bounding has always been a strength in his game. I cant really explain it, its just something that is embedded into my game. Its a lot of heart and relentless effort to get the rebound that makes me so good at it. When the ball goes up you will always see me near the rim no matter what. That is just what I do, added Larry Gordon. Abe Lodwick is a 24 year old 201cm swingman from Bend, Oregon that withstood a try out with Phoenix Hagen and has solidified a position on the roster. He played at Washington State from 2007-2012 including with Euroleague player Taylor Rochestie. In hiss enior year, he played Washington St. (NCAA): 21 games: 5.2ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 23.5%, 3PT: 45.1%, FT: 66.7%. It isnt only his offense that he wants people to remember this season in the Beko BBL. My defense is something I take a lot of pride in. It bothers me when my man scores and I think it is invaluable to have players who lock up on defense. I know Phoenix Hagen likes to run and shoot, so I am hoping my defense will stand-out at times and help us, stressed Abe Lodwick.

Adam Hess started his third tour of duty for the Artland Dragons last, but this season moved to Phoenix Hagen. The trend the last years has always shown that Hess cant stay away for more than two years from Artland as He played the first time with the Dragons in 2006 and the second time in 2008 and the third in 2011-2012. Hess is a 31 year old 201cm forward from Michigan. He is a quick forward with not so great athletic skills, but very effective at the scoring department. He's a tough player, however, and knows how to battle inside for a rebound and he defends well and has a great attitude. He played at William & Mary and also has gained experience playing in Italy, Czech Republic, France and Spain. In the Czech republic he won the league title twice with Nymburk and the Czech Rep. League All-Star Game -05 (3-Points Shootount Winner) in 2006. In 20092010, he played for C.B. Tarragona 2016 (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 34 games: 14.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 88.1%. He had much success in the Czech Republic winning the league title in 2005 and 2006 and showing his shooting ability winning the 2005 Allstar game three point shooting contest. Last season for the Artland Dragons he played EuroCup Qualifications: 2 games: 3.0ppg, 1.5rpg; EuroChallenge: 11 games: 10.2ppg, 2.9rpg, FGP: 57.7%, 3PT: 51.3%, FT: 84.6%; German League: 39 games: 6.2ppg, 1.9rpg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 86.5%. 36 year old 210 cm center Bernd Kruel has played most of his career in Hagen starting with Brandt in 1993, but leaving in January 2004 as the team folded. He got rewarded by winning a BBL title with the Opel Skyliners. After playing some years in Frankfurt and Bonn, he came back to Hagen in 2008-2009 helping the team get back into the BEKO BBL. He may not be the youngest anymore, but he will bang with anyone and can still play at a very high level. In 2009-2010 he played 32 games averaging 7.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 8.3%, FT: 69.0%.His quickness, leaping ability, shot selection and rebounding are his main strength. He is a good athlete, can shoot, can dribble and plays inside and outside. He played in the BEKO BBL Allstar game in 2000, reached the BEKO BBL Cup final in 2002 and 2004 and was a BEKO BBL finalist in 2005 and 2008 with The Telekom Baskets Bonn. Last season, he played 33 games: 6.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 59.3%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 75.6%.

Dino Gregory is a 23 year old 200cm forward from Baltimore, Maryland that is playing hiss econd professional season. He played at Maryland (NCAA) from 2007-2011 playing a total of 107 NCAA games. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 9.1ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 76.4%. Last season he was a rookie playing for Sundsvall Dragons (Sweden-Basketligan, starting five): 40 games: 13.2ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.0apg, Blocks-1 (1.5bpg), FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 73.0%. . Mark Dorris is a 27 year old 188 cm guard that returned back to Hagen after playing last season for EnBW Ludwigsburg.. He was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and visited Princeton high school. He then attended St. Catharine College for a year before transfering to Marshall where he played from 2005-2008. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging 13.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 39.1%, 3Pts: 34.3%, FT: 75.9%.For Cuxhaven, he played 29 games: 18.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.7apg, Steals-3 (2.3spg), FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 77.3%. In 2010-2011 for Phoenix Hagen, he was invited to the Beko BBL Allstar game and for Hagen played 34 games: 15.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.6apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 24.4%, FT: 72.8%. Last season for Ludwigsburg he played 33 games: 9.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.9apg, Steals-4 (1.4spg), FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 84.5%. The team also brought in 20 year old 190cm point guard Ole Wendt that was born in Kiel, Germany. He started his basketball career in 2007 for Itzehoe Eagles (Regionalliga). He then played for Paderborn Baskets II (Germany-2.Regionalliga) and Benslips Baskets Salzkotten. He played for the Webmoebel Baskets Paderborn (ProA) the last two seasons and last season played 32 games: 6.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.8apg, FGP: 57.8%, 3PT: 24.5%, FT: 69.0%. He recently played at the European Championships U20 in Slovenia -12: 6 games: 2.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.3apg. The team also brought bulk under the basket with Bjorn SChoo who is a 31 year old 213cm center that is playing his first season with Phoenix Hagen. He has a lot of experience having played in the NCAA for Northern St. (NCAA2), Greece, France and Hagen is his seventh station in Germany. He played for USC Heidelberg (ProA) the last two years and last season played 25 games: 8.8ppg, 6.2rpg, FGP: 55.8%, FT: 81.8%





Ratiopharm Ulm Bring Haul In Omar Samhan - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After American Brian Cusworth didnt work out, ratiopharm Ulm continued to observe the player market and today announced the arrival of Omar Samhan (211-C-88, college: St.Mary's, CA). Samhan is a 24 year old 211cm center from San Ramon Valley, California that has the American and Egypian citzenship. Last season he played for B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania-LKL), left in Oct.'11, in Feb.'12 moved to Talk N Text Tropang Texters (Philippines-PBA, starting five): Commissioner's Cup: 2 games: 15.0ppg, 11.5rpg, 4.0bpg. "Omar is a strong center that that has very good technical skills and had an amazing college career", added ratiopharm Ulm head coach Thorsten Leibenath. Samhan has had misfortune suffering a rupture of the cruciate ligament. The big man who is planned as a back up to John Bryant played at St Marys from 2006.2010 playing a total of 133 NCAA games and in his senior year played 34 games: 21.3ppg, 10.9rpg, 1.0apg, 2.9bpg, FGP: 55.3%, FT: 72.7%. "After an injury like his, one always has to see how he will get back to playing shape. I am sure Omar will help us. with his prasence and rebounding", stressed Ulm manager Thomas Stoll. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been WCC All-Freshman Team -07, WCC Tournament Semifinals -07, 08, WCC Regular Season Runner-Up -08, 09, 10, All-WCC Honorable Mention -08, WCC Tournament Finalist -09, All-WCC 1st Team -09, 10
NIT Elite Eight -09, WCC Tournament Winner -10, WCC All-Tournament Team -10, All-WCC Defensive Player of the Year -10, USBWA All-District IX Team -10
NABC Division I All-District 9 1st Team -10, AP NCAA All-America Honorable Mention -10, NCAA Sweet 16 -10, Baltic League Champion -11, Lithuanian League Regular Season Champion -11, and Lithuanian League Champion -11


Source: ratiopharm Ulm




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EuroLeague: Panathinaikos Athens sent Zalgiris down the ladder - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris Kaunas - Panathinaikos Athens 73:78

Panathinaikos Athens sent Zalgiris down the ladder in Group E. The Greek side grabbed 5-3 record after a thrilling 78:73 victory. The Lithuanian team suffered their fifth loss and dropped at 3-5 record.
It was a real thriller in the court. The teams often traded leads, and no team had a lead bigger than 6 points throughout the entire game. Zalgiris started with 22-19 and led 3 points at the halftime. The hosts went up 61-56 in the fourth quarter, but Michael Bramos and Diamantidis tied the game before Ukic made his run that secured victory for Panathinaikos. The latter needed a 22-15 surge to take the final win for 5-3 record.
Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) stepped up with 21 points for the winners and Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) collected 13 points and 10 assists. James Gist (205-F-86) notched 12, while Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) added 9. Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) produced 15 points in the losing effort and Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) netted 11. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) scored 10, while Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) had 9 in a loss.

Zalgiris Kaunas: Oliver Lafayette 15, Ksistof Lavrinovic 11, Marko Popovic 10, Tremmell Darden 9
Panathinaikos Athens: Roko-Leni Ukic 21, Dimitris Diamantidis 13+10 ast, James Gist 12, Stephane Lasme 9



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Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Den Bosch 22-4 
 2. Leiden 21-6 
 3. Groningen 18-9 
 4. Leeuwarden 15-12 
 5. Zwolle 14-12 
 6. Den Helder K. 13-14 
 7. Weert 12-14 
 8. M.Magixx 12-15 
 9. Amsterdam 4-23 
 10. Rotterdam 2-24 

Regular Season: Round 25

Feb. 19: Leeuwarden - M.Magixx 98-82
Feb. 20: Leiden - Groningen 66-68
Feb. 21: Rotterdam - Den Bosch 64-84
Feb. 21: Amsterdam - Den Helder K. 59-85

Regular Season: Round 26

Feb. 26: Groningen - Leeuwarden
Feb. 27: M.Magixx - Amsterdam
Feb. 27: Den Helder K. - Leiden
Feb. 28: Zwolle - Rotterdam
Feb. 28: Den Bosch - Weert


Eredivisie Round 25: Groningen beats Leiden by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 25 in the Eredivisie took place in Leiden. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of their biggest opponent Leiden (21-6) to third ranked Groningen (18-9) 68-66 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Leiden. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Leiden won third quarter 18-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Groningen won last quarter 21-20. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Michael Kingma (208-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Jamal Boykin (203-87, college: California) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Canadian forward Ross Bekkering (203-87) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for Leiden. Groningen maintains third place with 18-9 record having three points less than leader Den Bosch. Leiden at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Groningen are looking forward to face Leeuwarden (#4) at home in the next round. Leiden will play against Den Helder K. and is hoping to win this game.
Eredivisie top team - Den Bosch (22-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked Rotterdam (2-24) 84-64. American forward Wil Carter (203-88, college: San Jose St.) stepped up and scored 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Andre Young chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. At the losing side the former international forward Daniel Jones (200-79) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Den Bosch have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 22-4 record. Rotterdam lost fifth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Den Bosch will play against Weert (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Rotterdam will play against Zwolle and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between 9th ranked Amsterdam (4-23) and sixth ranked Den Helder K. (13-14) in Amsterdam on Thursday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Den Helder outscored Amsterdam 85-59. Phillip Bach nailed 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Aaron Roye came up with 15 points and 4 assists for Amsterdam in the defeat. Amsterdam's coach Tyronne Marioneaux gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Den Helder K. maintains sixth place with 13-14 record. Amsterdam lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 23 games lost. Den Helder K. will meet at home league's second-placed Leiden in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Amsterdam will play against M.Magixx (#8) in Nijmegen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 25 M.Magixx was beaten by Leeuwarden on the road 98-82.


Rotterdam - Den Bosch 64-84

Eredivisie top team - Den Bosch (22-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked Rotterdam (2-24) 84-64. The game without a history. Den Bosch led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Rotterdam's 32. American forward Wil Carter (203-88, college: San Jose St.) stepped up and scored 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import guard Andre Young (175-90, college: Clemson) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Four Den Bosch players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international forward Daniel Jones (200-79) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American guard Anthony Miles (182-89, college: Lamar) scored 9 points and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Den Bosch have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 22-4 record. Rotterdam lost fifth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Den Bosch will play against Weert (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Rotterdam will play against Zwolle and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Den Bosch: W.Carter 21+8reb+1ast, M.Bauscher 16+3reb+3ast, A.Young 14+5reb+5ast, S.Wessels 10+4reb+3ast, D.Wright 6+5reb+1ast, K.Akerboom 6+1reb+2ast
Rotterdam: D.Jones 20+6reb, D.Rigters 12+1reb+1ast, A.Miles 9+3reb+5ast, C.Echols 6+7reb+1ast, M.Otten 5+2reb+1ast, H.Addow 5+2reb
gschID: 193718


Amsterdam - Den Helder K. 59-85

The game between 9th ranked Amsterdam (4-23) and sixth ranked Den Helder K. (13-14) in Amsterdam on Thursday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Den Helder outscored Amsterdam 85-59. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 47-18 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Den Helder K. outrebounded Amsterdam 43-17 including a 18-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Naturalized American guard Phillip Bach (193, college: Santa Clara, agency: Court Side) nailed 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and forward Quincy Treffers (202-91) accounted for 12 points and 9 rebounds. Five Den Helder K. players scored in double figures. The former international guard Aaron Roye (185-88) came up with 15 points and 4 assists and the former international guard Jeremy Ormskerk (190-82, agency: Court Side) added 10 points respectively for Amsterdam in the defeat. Amsterdam's coach Tyronne Marioneaux gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Den Helder K. maintains sixth place with 13-14 record. Amsterdam lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 23 games lost. Den Helder K. will meet at home league's second-placed Leiden in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Amsterdam will play against M.Magixx (#8) in Nijmegen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Den Helder K.: P.Bach 16+5reb+4ast, S.Warren 14+3reb+2ast, Q.Treffers 12+9reb, M.Hill 11+1reb+4ast, J.van der Kooij 10+6reb, S.Mladenovic 8+2reb+2ast
Amsterdam: A.Roye 15+2reb+4ast, M.Pieper 10+2reb, J.Ormskerk 10+1reb+1ast, B.Weijs 8+3reb+1ast, P.Balm 5+2reb+1ast, H.Van Stein 4+1reb
gschID: 193719


Leiden - Groningen 66-68

The most exciting game of round 25 in the Eredivisie took place in Leiden. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of their biggest opponent Leiden (21-6) to third ranked Groningen (18-9) 68-66 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Leiden. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Leiden won third quarter 18-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Groningen won last quarter 21-20. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Michael Kingma (208-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Jamal Boykin (203-87, college: California) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Canadian forward Ross Bekkering (203-87) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and international guard Arvin Slagter (191-85, agency: Court Side) added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for Leiden. Four Leiden players scored in double figures. Groningen maintains third place with 18-9 record having three points less than leader Den Bosch. Leiden at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Groningen are looking forward to face Leeuwarden (#4) at home in the next round. Leiden will play against Den Helder K. and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Groningen: M.Kingma 13+9reb, J.Boykin 11+8reb+3ast, T.Koenis 9+7reb, T.Theeuwkens 9+1reb+3ast, R.Jansen 8+3reb+1ast, J.Dourisseau 7+5reb+2ast
Leiden: A.Slagter 14+4reb+4ast, A.Young 14+1reb+1ast, R.Bekkering 12+11reb, M.Kherrazi 11+3reb+1ast, M.Schachtner 8+6reb+2ast, S.Cunningham 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 193717


Leeuwarden - M.Magixx 98-82

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Leeuwarden (15-12) beat at home 7th ranked M.Magixx (12-15) 98-82 on Tuesday. Leeuwarden looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by M.Magixx's players. American guard Robert Holcomb Faye (185-84, college: Radford) nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Samme Givens (195, college: Drexel) accounted for 15 points and 13 rebounds. Holcomb Faye is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Indian-Canadian forward Robbie Sihota (198-87) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds and British forward Shane Walker (208-87, college: Loyola, MD) added 17 points and 13 rebounds respectively for M.Magixx in the defeat. Five Leeuwarden and four M.Magixx players scored in double figures. Leeuwarden have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. M.Magixx lost eighth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 15 games lost. Leeuwarden will meet higher ranked Groningen (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. M.Magixx will play against Amsterdam (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leeuwarden: R.Holcomb Faye 20+2reb+11ast, S.Givens 15+13reb+1ast, J.Williams 14+4reb+4ast, D.Michaels 12+4reb+1ast, H.Kherrazi 12+5reb, C.Osaikhwuwuomwan 10+3reb+2ast
M.Magixx: R.Sihota 23+12reb+1ast, S.Walker 17+13reb, R.Nardi 14+2reb+2ast, T.Vermeulen 14+6reb, A.Dawson 9+7reb+5ast, K.Biesters 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 193716



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Kevin Smith bought out and traded to Albacomp - by Levente Szabo

The fans of Factum Sport Debrecen live this year as a nightmare as the club is having big financial issues which force them to let players walk away. First Naturtex-SZTE-Szedeak Szeged/64680">Stefan Fekete (188-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) departed to join Naturtex-SZTE-Szedeak Szeged, than their big man Sean Carter (205-F/C-88, college: Massachusetts) left for turkey after which the team decided to send away the rookie guard, Earl Pettis (195-G-87, college: La Salle) too. When the season was buried for the team the hopes were brought back by the signing of two new imports: Brian Stafford (193-G-90, college: Denver) and Kevin Smith (195-F-89, college: Richmond). But still dealing with financial problems Dejan Mladenovic left to play for Jaszbereny while Brian Stafford joined a few weeks ago Falco-Szova KC-Szombathely. The latest player leaving is Kevin Smith, but at least he was bought off of his contract, plus the deal involved a player exchange as Mate Medve (197-G-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) will replace Kevin Smith in the roster of Factum Sport Debrecen.

Kevin Smiths is already practicing with the top team of the league, Albacomp. The 6'5" forward played 11 games in Debrecen where he averaged 20.4ppg and grabbed 7.5rpg in 33.5 minutes of action.



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  ICELAND   

Standings - Iceland Express League

Express L. Standings
 1. Grindavik 14-3 
 2. Snaefell 13-4 
 3. Thor Thorl 11-5 
 4. Keflavik 11-5 
 5. Stjarnan 10-7 
 6. KR 9-8 
 7. Njardvik 8-9 
 8. Skallagrimur 6-11 
 9. KFI 5-11 
 10. Tindastoll 5-11 
 11. Fjolnir 4-13 
 12. IR 4-13 

Regular Season: Round 17

Feb. 21: Njardvik - KR 88-77
Feb. 21: IR - Stjarnan 88-100
Feb. 21: Snaefell - Fjolnir 108-77
Feb. 21: Grindavik - Skallagrimur 107-65
Feb. 22: Thor Thorl - KFI
Feb. 22: Keflavik - Tindastoll


Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Damier PITTS
  KFI
  (177-PG-89)
  Avg: 32.9
 1. Pitts, KFI32.9 
 2. Smith, Thor Thorl26.9 
 3. Palm, IR26.6 
 4. Medlock, Skallagri.25.0 
 5. Broussard, Grind.22.6 
 6. Craion, Keflavik22.4 
 7. Shouse, Stjarnan21.9 
 8. Zeglinski, Grindav.21.9 
 9. Jackson, Thor Thorl21.5 
 10. Quaintance, Skall.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Njardvik
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Van, Njardvik14.9 
 2. Craion, Keflavik13.8 
 3. Quaintance, Skalla.12.9 
 4. Spicer, Fjolnir10.1 
 5. Valentine, Tindast.9.9 
 6. Virijevic, KFI9.8 
 7. McQueen, Snaefell9.7 
 8. Mills, Stjarnan9.6 
 9. Broussard, Grind.9.1 
 10. Jackson, Thor Tho.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Snaefell
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Threatt, Snaefell9.7 
 2. Shouse, Stjarnan8.9 
 3. Pitts, KFI7.4 
 4. Zeglinski, Grindav.6.8 
 5. Gibson, Tindastoll6.3 
 6. Williams, IR6.2 
 7. Smith, Thor Thorl5.7 
 8. Valsson, Keflavik5.0 
 9. Fridriksson, Njard.4.9 
 10. Quaintance, Skall.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Haminn QUAINTANCE
  Skalla.
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Quaintance, Skalla.2.8 
 2. Medlock, Skallagri.2.6 
 3. Broussard, Grind.2.5 
 4. Pitts, KFI2.3 
 5. Moore, Njardvik2.3 
 6. Williams, IR2.3 
 7. Viggosson, Tindast.2.2 
 8. Jonsson, Thor Thorl2.1 
 9. Threatt, Snaefell2.1 
 10. Valentine, Tindas.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Keflavik
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Craion, Keflavik2.4 
 2. Mills, Stjarnan2.2 
 3. Quaintance, Skalla.1.7 
 4. Bradshaw, KFI1.5 
 5. Van, Njardvik1.4 
 6. Magnusson, KR1.3 
 7. Valentine, Tindast.1.2 
 8. Acox, KR1.2 
 9. Thorsteinsso., Gri.1.1 
 10. Eiriksson, Skalla.0.8 


Jakob Sigurdarson's 30 points make him top Icelandic player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jakob Sigurdarson
Jakob Sigurdarson
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern, currently plays in Sweden). He led Sundsvall Dragons to a victory over the eighth-ranked LF Basket (12-16) 89-83 in the Swedish Basketligan in Friday night's game. Sigurdarson was MVP of the game. He recorded 30 points (!!!), 4 rebounds and 6 assists in 38 minutes on the court. Sundsvall Dragons (25-4) is placed first in the Basketligan. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Sigurdarson's fourth season with the team. Sigurdarson is currently fifth on the list of top scorers with 18.5ppg. He also averaged so far 3.3rpg, 3.0apg, 2FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 38.6% and FT: 91.8%(123-134) in the 28 games he played so far. Sigurdarson is currently a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Hlynur Baeringsson
Hlynur Baeringsson
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82, currently plays in Sweden) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jakob Sigurdarson. But that was another game of his team in Swedish Basketligan which we would like to mention. Baeringsson was the main contributor in a Sundsvall Dragons' victory against the ninth-ranked KFUM Jamtland (7-22) 108-90. He was the best player in that game. Baeringsson recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals. Sundsvall Dragons (25-4) is placed first in the Basketligan. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Baeringsson is the league's best rebounder. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.4ppg, 10.4rpg, 3.5apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 58.6%(123-210) and FT: 73.3%. Baeringsson is in the roster of the Icelandic senior national team.

Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson
Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson
   #3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson (194-88, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL. He could not help Mitteldeutscher BC (9-14) in their last game. Despite Vilhjalmsson's very good performance Mitteldeutscher BC lost 67-75 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#3) EWE Baskets. He was the top scorer with 21 points in 22 minutes. This year Vilhjalmsson averages: 9.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 43.8%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 76.2% in the 23 games. He is also a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Jon Stefansson
Jon Stefansson
   #4. Guard Jon Stefansson (196-82, currently plays in Spain) managed to help CAI Zaragoza to win against the 15th-ranked Cajasol (7-14) 75-67 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Stefansson scored only 2 points and added 4 assists. CAI Zaragoza (12-9) is placed seventh in the ACB. Stefansson's overall stats this season are: 6.3ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.6apg. He is also Icelandic national team player.

Axel Karason
Axel Karason
   #5. International small forward Axel Karason (194-83, currently plays in Denmark) contributed to a 3-point Vaerlose's victory against the closely-ranked Naestved (12-13) 85-82 in the Danish Ligaen last Sunday. Karason recorded 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 31 minutes. Vaerlose BBK (9-10) is placed fifth in the Ligaen. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Karason has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.6apg in the 25 games. He plays currently for the Icelandic national team.

Haukur Palsson
Haukur Palsson
   #6. Small forward Haukur Palsson (197-92, college: Maryland, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Assignia Manresa (4-17) in their game against Real Madrid (20-1) in the Spanish ACB. Palsson did not beat the league record on Sunday evening. He scored only 2 points. Assignia Manresa was crushed 104-70 in Madrid by the leading Real. Palsson's overall stats this season are: 1.5ppg and 1.1rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Icelandic National Team roster.

Gudni Valentinusson
Gudni Valentinusson
   #7. Former U20 international center Gudni Valentinusson (204-85, currently plays in Denmark) was not able to secure a victory for Aarhus BC (6-19) in their game against Horsholm (10-9) in the Danish Ligaen. Valentinusson cannot count it as his best performance. He recorded only 2 points in 11 minutes. Aarhus BC lost 81-86 at home to the higher-ranked (#4) Horsholm. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Valentinusson's overall stats are: 3.5ppg and 2.0rpg in the 22 games. He used to play for the Icelandic U20 national team eight years ago.

Other top Icelandic players, who play abroad:

Pavel Ermolinskij (202-G-87) plays for Norrkoping Dolphins in Swedish Basketligan
Logi Gunnarsson (192-SG-81) plays for Angers BC 49 in French NM1
Arnar Jonsson (183-G-83) plays for Aarhus BC in Danish Ligaen



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  INDONESIA   

Standings - IBL

NBL Standings
 1. Dell Aspac 13-1 
 2. Pelita Jaya 13-2 
 3. Garuda 11-3 
 4. Satria Muda 11-3 
 5. CLS Knights 11-4 
 6. Stadium Jak. 8-6 
 7. Hangtuah 8-7 
 8. Bimasakti 5-10 
 9. Pacific Caesar 3-12 
 10. Satya Wacana 3-12 
 11. NSH GMC Riau 1-14 
 12. Tonga BSC 1-14 

Regular Season: Round 24

Feb. 21: Pelita Jaya - Tonga BSC 95-51
Feb. 21: Garuda - Pacific Caesar 80-35
Feb. 21: Hangtuah - Dell Aspac 60-71
Feb. 21: NSH GMC Riau - CLS Knights 49-86

Regular Season: Round 25

Feb. 22: Satya Wacana - Bimasakti
Feb. 22: CLS Knights - Pelita Jaya
Feb. 22: Stadium Jak. - Satria Muda


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andakara Prastawa DHYAKSA
  Dell Aspac
  (177-G-92)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.15.1 
 2. Rizky Ardian., Bim.14.0 
 3. Prawiro, Dell Aspac13.9 
 4. Utomo, CLS Knights13.3 
 5. Pamungkas, Satya13.2 
 6. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.12.6 
 7. Sabara, Pacific12.5 
 8. Regowo, Dell Aspac12.3 
 9. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.11.3 
 10. Efendi, NSH G.11.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Airlangga SABARA
  Pacific .
  (190-PF-85)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Sabara, Pacific9.9 
 2. Gunawan, Satria M.9.6 
 3. Regowo, Dell Aspac9.0 
 4. Gunawan, Satria M.8.4 
 5. Nugroho, Satya W.7.7 
 6. Nolland, Garuda7.7 
 7. Sucipto, NSH G.7.4 
 8. Rizky Ardian., Bim.6.7 
 9. Nasution, Satya W.6.3 
 10. Prasetyo, Hangtu.6.2 
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. Indra, Pacific3.2 
 7. Ramadhani, Dell As.3.1 
 8. Sucipto, Satya W.3.1 
 9. Abraham, Satya W.2.9 
 10. Uneputty, Tonga2.9 
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.2.6 
 4. Wijaya, Garuda2.4 
 5. Uneputty, Tonga B.2.4 
 6. Nolland, Garuda2.2 
 7. Michel, Satria Muda2.1 
 8. Pratama, Garuda2.1 
 9. Prasetyo, Tonga B.2.1 
 10. Dewanto, Pelita J.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Rony GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.2.0 
 2. Prasetyo, Hangtuah1.7 
 3. Teguh, Hangtuah1.6 
 4. Thoyib, Dell Aspac1.6 
 5. Ruslan, Stadium1.5 
 6. Nugroho, Satya W.1.5 
 7. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.3 
 8. Gunawan, Satria M.1.3 
 9. Junaidi, Hangtuah1.1 
 10. Nasution, Satya1.1 


NBL Round 23 of Regular Season - 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 game in Sakti was quite interesting. Sixth ranked Hangtuah (8-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Bimasakti (5-10). Hangtuah managed to secure a 4-point victory 81-77 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 31-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Hangtuah made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Bimasakti helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Agustinus Sigar (180-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. Center Adhi Prasetyo (194-93) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) answered with 22 points and 9 rebounds for Bimasakti. Bimasakti's coach Bill McCammon tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Hangtuah maintains sixth place with 8-6 record, which they share with Stadium Jak. Bimasakti at the other side keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Hangtuah is looking forward to face league's leader Dell Aspac in Jakarta in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bimasakti will have a break next round.
The game between fourth ranked Satria Muda (11-3) and 11th ranked NSH GMC Riau (1-13) in Jakarta ended with biggest points difference. Satria Muda outscored guests from Riau 92-68. Worth to mention a quality performance of Galank Gunawan (194-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Frida Susanto helped adding 10 points and 10 rebounds. Center Max Yanto (215-83) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Satria Muda have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. NSH GMC Riau lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 13 games lost. They share it with Tonga BSC. Satria Muda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. NSH GMC Riau will play at home against CLS Knights (#5) in Surabaya to get more than just one victory in their record.

In the last game of round 23 Stadium Jak. beat Satya Wacana on the road 62-49.
The most impressive performance of 23th round was 17 points and 14 rebounds by Firman Nugroho of Satya Wacana.


Group Malang
Satya Wacana - Stadium Jak. 49-62

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Stadium Jakarta (8-6) beat 10th ranked Satya Wacana (3-12) in Salatiga 62-49. The game was mostly controlled by Stadium Jakarta. Satya Wacana was better in fourth quarter 14-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Stadium Jakarta held Satya Wacana to an opponent 25.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 25.9 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Satya Wacana 59-40 including a 25-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. Stadium Jakarta brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was a great evening for Evin Hadi (188-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Indra Budianto (181-83) helped adding 13 points and 10 rebounds. Stadium Jakarta's coach Abdurrachman Padang used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Firman Nugroho (201-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds and guard Yo Sua (180-91) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Stadium Jakarta moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Hangtuah. Satya Wacana lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Stadium Jak.: I.Budianto 13+10reb+1ast, M.Ferdiansyah 12+6reb+1ast, E.Hadi 12+10reb+2ast, D.Iskandar 7+7reb, D.Leonardo 6+11reb+1ast, A.Arizki 6+5reb+1ast
Satya Wacana: F.Nugroho 17+14reb, Y.Sua 14+6reb+1ast, B.Sucipto 8+3reb, T.Hartanto 4+8reb+2ast, L.Gunawan 3+2reb, J.Lolowang 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 231897


Bimasakti - Hangtuah 77-81

The game in Sakti was quite interesting. Sixth ranked Hangtuah (8-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Bimasakti (5-10). Hangtuah managed to secure a 4-point victory 81-77 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 31-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Hangtuah made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Bimasakti helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Agustinus Sigar (180-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. Center Adhi Prasetyo (194-93) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) answered with 22 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Heryanto Gunawan (177-88) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Bimasakti. Four Bimasakti players scored in double figures. Bimasakti's coach Bill McCammon tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Hangtuah maintains sixth place with 8-6 record, which they share with Stadium Jak. Bimasakti at the other side keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Hangtuah is looking forward to face league's leader Dell Aspac in Jakarta in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bimasakti will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Hangtuah: A.Sigar 20+2reb+3ast, T.Wilopo 12+1reb+5ast, A.Prasetyo 11+8reb, M.Joni 9+9reb+1ast, I.Teguh Teguh 8+3reb+1ast, H.Hardianus 8+3reb+2ast
Bimasakti: B.Rizky Ardiansyah 22+9reb+1ast, H.Gunawan 13+5reb+2ast, H.Julyanggi 11+6reb, G.Virgian 10+4reb+1ast, B.Setiawan 9+3reb, Y.Dwi Priasmoro 7+3reb+6ast
gschID: 231896


Satria Muda - NSH GMC Riau 92-68

The game between fourth ranked Satria Muda (11-3) and 11th ranked NSH GMC Riau (1-13) in Jakarta ended with biggest points difference. Satria Muda outscored guests from Riau 92-68. Satria Muda forced 26 NSH GMC Riau turnovers and outrebounded them 52-38 including a 24-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. NSH GMC Riau was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a quality performance of Galank Gunawan (194-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Frida Susanto (195-86) helped adding 10 points and 10 rebounds. Center Max Yanto (215-83) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds and forward Juliano Sucipto (188-82) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Satria Muda have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. NSH GMC Riau lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 13 games lost. They share it with Tonga BSC. Satria Muda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. NSH GMC Riau will play at home against CLS Knights (#5) in Surabaya to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: B.Siregar 18+1reb, G.Gunawan 17+13reb+2ast, K.Argadiba 10+4reb, F.Susanto 10+10reb+1ast, B.Anggara 10+2reb+2ast, V.Michel 8+7reb
NSH GMC Riau: M.Yanto 16+8reb, Y.Efendi 10+4reb, J.Sucipto 9+6reb+2ast, R.Israelli 7+3reb+1ast, R.Azzaryan Pradhitya 6+3reb+5ast, A.Amier 5+6reb
gschID: 231895



Best players of Indonesian NBL round 22 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Vinton Nolland (194-PF-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for Garuda and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 30-year old power forward had a double-double of 19 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team crushed Bimasakti (#8, 5-9) with 19-point margin 71-52. Garuda is placed at 3rd position in Indonesian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Garuda will need more victories to improve their 10-3 record. In the team's last game Nolland had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Garuda and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Nolland has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 7.7rpg) and averages solid 2.2spg and 53.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old former international center Ponsianus Indrawan (191-C-85) of second-ranked Pelita Jaya. Indrawan impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Pelita Jaya to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Pacific Caesar (#9, 3-11) 90-41. Despite this victory Pelita Jaya slide down in the standings to 2nd position. His team lost just two games this season, while they won 12 matches. Indrawan is one of the most experienced players at Pelita Jaya and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Pelita Jaya's star - former international forward Dimas Aryo Dewanto (180-F-86). Dewanto scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was another key player of Pelita Jaya, helping his team with a 90-41 easy win against the lower-ranked Pacific Caesar (#9, 3-11). Pelita Jaya is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 12-2 record is not that bad... Dewanto has a very solid season. In 14 games in Indonesia he scored 9.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Firman Nugroho (201-C-90) of Satya Wacana - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. A. A. Ngurah Budidharma (179-G-90) of CLS Knights - 12 points and 8 rebounds
6. Xaverius Prawiro (184-G/F-86) of Dell Aspac - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Christ Gideon (188-F-84) of Garuda - 15 points and 7 rebounds
8. Ary Chandra (182-F-84) of Pelita Jaya - 13 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
9. H Herman (193-C-89) of CLS Knights - 8 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa (177-G-92) of Dell Aspac - 19 points and 2 assists

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



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  IRAQ   


Travis Taylor signed with Nift Al-Janoub !! - by Ahmad Madwar

The american center Travis Taylor (206-F/C-86, college: Cape Fear CC) agreed terms with Nift Al-Janoub to play with them for the rest of season ..
this is Travis's first experience out of USA .. and he had good experience in ABA, PBL, TRBL leagues in America before .. and this is his Awards/Achievements:
South Carolina H.S. State Champion -04
South Carolina's "Mr. Basketball" -04
NJCAA All-Freshmen Team -05
PBL Eastern Division Runner-Up -09
PBL Semifinals -09
Eurobasket Summer League in Atlanta All-Tournament 2nd Team -10
USBasket.com All-TRBL 2nd Team -12

We wish all the best for Travis in his new experience in Iraq



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  IRELAND   


Conor Grace selected the top Irish playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Conor Grace
Conor Grace
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Conor Grace (210-82, college: Davidson, currently plays in Sweden). Grace was the major contributor in a LF Basket's victory against the closely-ranked 08 Stockholm (13-16) 70-61 in the Swedish Basketligan last Tuesday. He scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 34 minutes on the court. It was his first game for LF Basket this season. His team is placed eighth in the Basketligan. Former DCU St.Vincents Dublin starter played for the Irish senior national team four years ago.

Colin O'Reilly
Colin O'Reilly
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Colin O'Reilly (200-84, college: Post, currently plays in United Kingdom). O'Reilly contributed to a 2-point Plymouth Raiders' victory against the closely-ranked Surrey Heat (14-7) 91-89 in the British BBL on Saturday night. He scored 6 points. UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders (15-8) is placed fourth in the BBL. It's O'Reilly's first season with the team. O'Reilly has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 58.2%(78-134), 3FGP: 35.2% and FT: 78.9%. He played for the Irish national team in 2009.

Sean McCarthy
Sean McCarthy
   #3. The Irish player who performed third best last week abroad was former U16 international center Sean McCarthy (208-93, currently plays college basketball in the States). McCarthy managed to help New Jersey Institute of Technology to win against the Utah Valley University (2-4) 63-55 in the NCAA last Saturday. He scored only 4 points. The New Jersey Institute of Technology has a very good 5-1 conference record this season. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season McCarthy has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 49.5%, 3FGP: 34.2% and FT: 74.4%. He played for the Irish U16 national team four years ago.

Mark Reynolds
Mark Reynolds
   #4. Forward Mark Reynolds (197-84, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL could not help Durham Wildcats (8-16) to beat Glasgow Rocks (16-8). Reynolds cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 2 minutes on the court. Durham Wildcats was crushed 99-73 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#3) Glasgow Rocks. This year Reynolds averages: 1.0ppg in the 21 games he played so far. He used to play for the Irish national team back in 2007.

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

   #1. Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Spain) led Blusens Monbus to a surprising victory over the second-ranked Caja Laboral (17-4) 84-70 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Kendall had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds in 29 minutes. Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (10-11) is placed tenth in the ACB. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. Kendall has relatively good stats this year: 13.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg in the 21 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Irish.

   #2. Will Hanley (200-G/F-90, agency: Duran International, college: Bowdoin, currently plays in Spain) led Oviedo CB to a 2-point victory against one of league's weakest teams Castello (5-10) 81-79 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. Hanley recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 16 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 5 steals; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Hanley's third season in pro basketball. Oviedo Club Baloncesto (11-4) is placed first in the LEB Silver. Hanley belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #2) and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hanley averages: 18.3ppg, 11.7rpg and 1.5spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Hanley has never played in Ireland.

   #3. Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Germany could not help the league outsider Brose Baskets Bamberg (0-7) to beat Zalgiris (3-4). He recorded only 4 points in 5 minutes on the court. The eighth-placed Brose Baskets Bamberg was edged in an overtime 88-87 on the road by the higher-ranked (#5) Zalgiris in the group E of Euroleague. So far Brose Baskets Bamberg lost all seven games in the Top 16. This year Ogilvy averages: 3.6ppg and 1.9rpg in the nine games. He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and Irish.

   #4. Mihajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81, agency: Three Eye Sports, currently plays in Cyprus), who plays in the Cypriot Division A was not able to help AEL (6-15) in their last game on Friday. Despite Pesic's very good performance AEL was defeated 73-66 in Nicosia by the second-ranked Etha. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Pesic also added 8 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. Pesic is currently fourth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). This season he has very high stats. Pesic averages: 16.6ppg, 8.6rpg and 1.3apg. He has both Irish and Serbian nationalities.

   #5. Experienced Tony McCrory (199-G/F-77, college: Simon Fraser, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to Starwings' victory against the league leader Fribourg (16-3) 93-83 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game. McCrory recorded 6 points in 33 minutes. Starwings Basket Regio Basel (6-13) is placed sixth in the LNA. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. McCrory is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Starwings' roster. This season McCrory has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.5apg in the 18 games. He also holds two passports: Canadian and Irish.



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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. Odiakosa, Hod H.19.9 
 7. Johnson, Hapoel K.19.8 
 8. Zelkovits, Ironi N.19.7 
 9. Murray, Kiryat T.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. Teel, Elitzur Ramla9.8 
 8. Joyner, Maccabi9.8 
 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. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.4.4 
 6. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.4.4 
 7. Benn, Ironi N.4.3 
 8. Dunne, Ironi N.4.3 
 9. Gordon, Hapoel K.4.3 
 10. Grinboim, Ironi R.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Elitzur Ramla
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Teel, Elitzur Ramla3.5 
 2. Alexander, Maccabi2.9 
 3. Benn, Ironi N.2.8 
 4. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.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 


Oded Brandwein selected the top Israeli playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Oded Brandwein
Oded Brandwein
   #1. This week's number one is former U20 international guard Oded Brandwein (186-88, agency: N.E.T., currently plays in Poland). He led Energa Czarni to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Start Gdynia (5-15) crushing them 97-64 in the Polish TBL in Saturday night's game. Brandwein was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points and added 7 passes in 25 minutes on the court. Energa Czarni Slupsk (11-9) is placed sixth in the TBL. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Brandwein's first season with the team. This year Brandwein averages: 9.4ppg, 3.6apg, 2FGP: 42.2%, 3FGP: 39.2% and FT: 85.2% in the 17 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Israeli and Polish. Former Elitzur Yavne starter played for the Israeli U20 national team five years ago.

Yuval Naimy
Yuval Naimy
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85, currently plays in Russia), who plays in the Russian PBL. Naimy could not help Triumph Lyubertsy (4-7) to beat Lokomotiv (7-5). He recorded 9 points. But Triumph Lyubertsy was defeated 89-78 on the road by the higher-ranked Lokomotiv (#3). Naimy's overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.5%, 3FGP: 39.3%. He is in the roster of the Israeli senior national team.

Alex Tyus
Alex Tyus
   #3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Alex Tyus (205-88, college: Florida, currently plays in Italy). Tyus was not able to help Cantu (12-7) in their game against Enel Brindisi (10-9) in the Italian SerieA. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 16 minutes. Cantu lost 65-69 in Brindisi to the lower-ranked (#9) Enel. This year Tyus' overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 73.0%(73-100) and FT: 61.0% in the 18 games. He is a naturalized American. Tyus is also a member of the Israeli senior national team. He used to play for Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli league.

Robert Rothbart
Robert Rothbart
   #4. Center Robert Rothbart (217-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in Poland) faced previously mentioned Oded Brandwein in the Polish TBL last game. Rothbart, who plays in the Polish TBL was not able to secure a victory for Start Gdynia (5-15) in their last game. Despite his good performance Start Gdynia was crushed 97-64 at home by the higher-ranked (#6) Energa Czarni. Rothbart scored 10 points in 20 minutes. It was Start Gdynia's fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Rothbart has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg and 6.9rpg in the 19 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Israeli. Rothbart is also Israeli national team player.

Jeremiah Kreisberg
Jeremiah Kreisberg
   #5. Former U20 international center Jeremiah Kreisberg (208-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Yale University to win against the Columbia University (2-3) 75-56 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He scored only 4 points and added 3 passes. The Yale University has 3-2 conference record this season. This year Kreisberg has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg and 6.9rpg. He is a naturalized American. Kreisberg used to play for the Israeli U20 national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in Israel.

Tom Maayan
Tom Maayan
   #6. Point guard Tom Maayan (185-93, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Seton Hall (2-12) in their game against the Marquette University (9-2) in the NCAA. He cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. Maayan scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. The Seton Hall was crushed 67-46 on their home court in South Orange, NJ by the Marquette University. It was Seton Hall's eighth consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Maayan has reliable stats this year: 10.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 6.0apg and 1.1spg in the 21 games. He is a former U18 international player as he played for the Israeli team two years ago.

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

   #1. Jason Thomas (191-G-82, college: American, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to a Boras Basket's victory against the ninth-ranked KFUM Jamtland (7-22) 93-84 in the Swedish Basketligan in Saturday night's game. Thomas recorded 7 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists. Boras Basket (20-9) is placed fourth in the Basketligan. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Thomas has relatively good stats this season: 11.6ppg, 6.6rpg and 2.1apg. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan in Israeli league.

   #2. Omar Wattad (195-G-88, college: Chattanooga, currently plays in Georgia) managed to help Energy Invest Rustavi in a victory against the sixth-ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (8-5) 94-75 in the Georgian Superleague in Friday night's game. Wattad scored only 3 points in 8 minutes on the court. Energy Invest Rustaviis placed in the Superleague. Wattad has reliable stats this year: 10.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg in the three games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Wattad has never played in Israel.

   #3. Guy Aud (188-G-89, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProA (second division) could not help Finke Baskets (9-13) to beat SC Rasta Vechta (17-5). Aud recorded 5 points and added 3 passes. Finke Baskets was crushed 104-62 on the road by the leading SC Rasta Vechta. Aud is currently second on the league's list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 6.0apg and 1.1spg. Aud has a dual citizenship: Israeli and German. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.



Teel's double-double lands him National League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old guard Vernon Teel (193-G-87, agency: FCM) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Elitzur Ramla and receives a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had a double-double of 31 points and 11 rebounds, while his team crushed Hapoel Kazrin (#8, 9-9) with 19-point margin 92-73. Elitzur Ramla is placed at 9th position in Israeli National League. Elitzur Ramla is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-11 record. In the team's last game Teel had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He turned to be Elitzur Ramla's top player in his first season with the team. Loyola Marymount University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Teel is in league's top in points (2nd best: 23.1ppg), rebounds (7th best: 9.8rpg), assists (3rd best: 5.7apg) and averages solid 3.5spg and 53.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Ivory Clark (198-F-85) of Ironi K-A. He is American forward in his first season at Ironi K-A. In the last game Clark recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Ironi K-A lost that game 78-83 to slightly higher-ranked Elitzur Yavne (#4, 13-5). Ironi K-A managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Clark is a newcomer at Ironi K-A and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Allen Durham (198-F-88) of Hapoel Afula (#5). Durham scored 25 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Hapoel Afula, leading his team to a 84-83 win against the higher-ranked Ironi Nahariya (#2, 14-4). Hapoel Afula needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 6 lost games. Durham has a great season in Israel. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.4ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 12.8rpg (3rd best). He also has 1.2bpg and FGP: 55.8%. Durham attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Johndre Jefferson (207-C/F-88) of Elitzur Ramla - 20 points and 14 rebounds
5. Monta McGhee (198-F-79) of Elitzur Yavne - 19 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Lenny Daniel (203-F-87) of Maccabi K/G - 21 points and 12 rebounds
7. Ramon Clemente (200-PF-85) of Ironi Nahariya - 19 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Keith Ramsey (205-C/F-87) of Ironi Ramat Gan - 20 points and 9 rebounds
9. Tal Michael Dunne (197-F-87) of Ironi Nes-Ziona - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Anthony Fisher (191-G-86) of Hapoel Afula - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists

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



Winner League Round 17 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The biggest surprise of round 17 was guest Maccabi Haifa's (10-7) road victory over GreenTops Netanya (#5) 79-68 on Monday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of GreenTops Netanya. GreenTops Netanya was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 24-12 charge of Maccabi Haifa, which allowed them to win the game. They made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Maccabi Haifa outrebounded GreenTops Netanya 42-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by GreenTops Netanya helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was power forward James Thomas (205-80, college: Texas) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. Maccabi Haifa's coach Brad Greenberg used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Deron Washington (201-85, college: Virginia Tech) produced 16 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Maccabi Haifa moved-up to second place, which they share with Hapoel J-M and Hapoel Eilat. GreenTops Netanya at the other side keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Maccabi Haifa is looking forward to face Maccabi Ashdod (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. GreenTops Netanya will play against Galil Gilboa in Rosh Pina and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Another exciting game was between eighth ranked Maccabi Rishon and 6th ranked Maccabi Ashdod where Maccabi Rishon (8-9) crushed Maccabi Ashdod (7-10) on the road with 20-point difference 100-80. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Maccabi Ashdod. Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (200-84, college: Hofstra, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds. Julian Wright contributed with 16 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks for the winners. Maccabi Rishon's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Jamie Skeen (205-88, college: VCU) answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds for Maccabi Ashdod. Maccabi Rishon moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Bnei Hasharon. Maccabi Ashdod at the other side dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. They share it with Hapoel T-A. Maccabi Rishon will play against Bnei Hasharon (#7) in Hod Hasharon in the next round. Maccabi Ashdod will play on the road against Maccabi Haifa and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Second-ranked Hapoel Eilat (10-7) made lots of trouble for first ranked Maccabi T-A (16-1) in Tel-Aviv on Sunday. Maccabi T-A managed to secure only two-point victory 72-70. However their fans expected easier game. Devin Smith stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Oriya Mizrahi responded with 18 points. Maccabi T-A have an impressive series of fourteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 16-1 record. Newly promoted Hapoel Eilat keeps the second position with seven games lost. They share it with Hapoel J-M and Maccabi Haifa. Maccabi T-A will meet at home Hapoel Holon (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Eilat will play against Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#9) and hope to secure a win.
Tenth-ranked Hapoel Holon (6-11) made lots of trouble for third ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (10-7). Hapoel Jerusalem managed to secure only one-point victory 83-82. However their fans expected much easier game. Josh Duncan nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Hapoel Jerusalem moved-up to second place, which they share with Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel Eilat. Hapoel Holon at the other side keeps the tenth position with 11 games lost. Hapoel Jerusalem's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Ironi Ashkelon (#12) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Holon will play against the league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Tel-Aviv, where 8th ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (7-10) lost at home to eleventh ranked Galil Gilboa (6-11) 67-82 on Monday. The best player for the winners was Rakim Sanders who scored 25 points and 8 rebounds. Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Galil Gilboa moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Hapoel Holon. Newly promoted Hapoel Tel-Aviv keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Galil Gilboa will face higher ranked GreenTops Netanya (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last game of round 17 Elizur Ashkelon was defeated by Bnei Hasharon in Hod Hasharon 103-95.
The best stats of 17th round was 28 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists by Julien Mills of Elizur Ashkelon.


Bnei Hasharon - Elizur Ashkelon 103-95

There was no surprise in Hod Hasharon where 11th ranked Ironi Ashkelon (5-12) was defeated by seventh ranked Bnei Hasharon (8-9) 103-95 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 53-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Bnei Hasharon looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Jumaine Jones (203-79, college: Georgia) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 18 rebounds and 8 assists. American-Mexican swingman Romel Beck (201-82, college: UNLV, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 25 points. Five Bnei Hasharon players scored in double figures. American swingman Julien Mills (193-85, college: Ball St.) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import swingman Jarvis Hayes (201-81, college: Georgia, agency: David Lee services) added 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Bnei Hasharon moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Maccabi Rishon. Ironi Ashkelon lost their sixth game in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with 12 games lost. Bnei Hasharon will face Maccabi Rishon (#6) in Rishon Le-Zion in the next round. Ironi Ashkelon will play at home against the league's second-placed Hapoel Jerusalem (#2).
Top scorers:
Elizur Ashkelon: J.Hayes 33+7reb+1ast, J.Mills 28+11reb+4ast, M.Dove 12+6reb+1ast, M.Perry 8+6ast, D.Shamriz 6+1reb+1ast, G.Porat 4+3reb+2ast
Bnei Hasharon: R.Beck 25+3reb+2ast, D.Caracter 17+3reb+1ast, B.Rice 14+4reb+3ast, N.Berkowitz 14+4reb+2ast, J.Reynolds 14+6reb+7ast, J.Jones 11+18reb+8ast
gschID: 193012


Netanya - Maccabi Haifa 68-79

The biggest surprise of round 17 was guest Maccabi Haifa's (10-7) road victory over GreenTops Netanya (#5) 79-68 on Monday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of GreenTops Netanya. GreenTops Netanya was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 24-12 charge of Maccabi Haifa, which allowed them to win the game. They made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Maccabi Haifa outrebounded GreenTops Netanya 42-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by GreenTops Netanya helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was power forward James Thomas (205-80, college: Texas) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. Maccabi Haifa's coach Brad Greenberg used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Deron Washington (201-85, college: Virginia Tech) produced 16 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Marco Killingsworth (203-82, college: Indiana, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Maccabi Haifa moved-up to second place, which they share with Hapoel J-M and Hapoel Eilat. GreenTops Netanya at the other side keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Maccabi Haifa is looking forward to face Maccabi Ashdod (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. GreenTops Netanya will play against Galil Gilboa in Rosh Pina and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Netanya: D.Washington 16+8reb+2ast, M.Killingsworth 15+8reb, E.Shulman 10+5ast, R.Bradley 10+5reb+2ast, Y.Orland 8+1reb+3ast, E.Gueta 5+1reb+1ast
Maccabi Haifa: D.Smith 20+5reb+3ast, J.Thomas 12+14reb+3ast, P.Stoll 12+6ast, P.Calathes 11+13reb+4ast, G.Mekel 9+1reb+3ast, A.Chubrevich 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 193010


Hapoel T-A - Galil Gilboa 67-82

We should mention about the upset which took place in Tel-Aviv, where 8th ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (7-10) lost at home to eleventh ranked Galil Gilboa (6-11) 67-82 on Monday. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 47-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Rakim Sanders (193-89, college: Fairfield) who scored 25 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Mitchell Watt (208-89, college: Buffalo) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks. Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Brian Randle (203-85) produced 14 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized Swedish power forward Jonathan Skjoldebrand (204-83) added 7 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Galil Gilboa moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Hapoel Holon. Newly promoted Hapoel Tel-Aviv keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Galil Gilboa will face higher ranked GreenTops Netanya (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: B.Randle 14+9reb+2ast, C.Kelly 14+3reb, D.Stitt 10+5reb+1ast, M.Naor 7+4reb+2ast, B.Timor 7+1reb+2ast, J.Skjoldebrand 7+9reb+2ast
Galil Gilboa: R.Sanders 25+8reb+1ast, D.Yavzuri 14+2reb+4ast, M.Watt 13+7reb+1ast, N.Tishman 9+1reb+2ast, K.Hayes 6+5reb+2ast, J.Smith 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 193009


Hapoel J-M - Hapoel Holon 83-82

Tenth-ranked Hapoel Holon (6-11) made lots of trouble for third ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (10-7). Hapoel Jerusalem managed to secure only one-point victory 83-82. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hapoel Holon won third quarter 25-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Hapoel Jerusalem won last quarter 19-20. They made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Hapoel Holon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American Josh Duncan (203-86) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and American-Georgian point guard Jacob Pullen (185-89, college: Kansas St.) accounted for 13 points. American guard Jerome Dyson (191-87, college: Connecticut) came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 assists and the other American import forward Frank Hassell (203-88, college: ODU) added 22 points and 13 rebounds respectively for Hapoel Holon in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel Jerusalem moved-up to second place, which they share with Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel Eilat. Hapoel Holon at the other side keeps the tenth position with 11 games lost. Hapoel Jerusalem's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Ironi Ashkelon (#12) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Holon will play against the league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Holon: J.Dyson 25+4reb+11ast, F.Hassell 22+13reb, D.Waters 16+3reb+4ast, L.Hill 10+9reb+1ast, S.Harush 6+1ast, Z.Rosen 3+2reb+1ast
Hapoel J-M: J.Duncan 19+12reb+1ast, E.Kadir 13+4reb, J.Pullen 13+2reb+3ast, C.Fells 10+2reb+3ast, R.Limonad 10+3reb+4ast, C.Smith 8+6reb+3ast
gschID: 193013


Maccabi Ashdod - Maccabi Rishon 80-100

Another exciting game was between eighth ranked Maccabi Rishon and 6th ranked Maccabi Ashdod where Maccabi Rishon (8-9) crushed Maccabi Ashdod (7-10) on the road with 20-point difference 100-80. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Maccabi Ashdod. It looked good early as Maccabi Ashdod took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Maccabi Rishon had a 30-27 second period charge getting the lead and Maccabi Ashdod was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 80-100. Maccabi Rishon shot 61.8 percent from the field. They outrebounded Maccabi Ashdod 41-27 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Maccabi Rishon players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Maccabi Ashdod's players. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (200-84, college: Hofstra, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds. American forward Julian Wright (203-87, college: Kansas) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks for the winners. Four Maccabi Rishon players scored in double figures. Maccabi Rishon's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Jamie Skeen (205-88, college: VCU) answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Mardy Collins (198-84, college: Temple) added 20 points in the effort for Maccabi Ashdod. Maccabi Rishon moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Bnei Hasharon. Maccabi Ashdod at the other side dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. They share it with Hapoel T-A. Maccabi Rishon will play against Bnei Hasharon (#7) in Hod Hasharon in the next round. Maccabi Ashdod will play on the road against Maccabi Haifa and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: J.Skeen 21+9reb, M.Collins 20+4reb+3ast, A.Freeman 12+4reb+2ast, M.Mizrahi 9+2reb+1ast, D.Simpson 9+6reb+1ast, D.Hagag 9+1reb+4ast
Maccabi Rishon: A.Uter 19+15reb+2ast, W.Warren 19+1reb+10ast, J.Wright 16+12reb+3ast, N.Hanochi 15+6reb+4ast, N.Cohen 9+2reb, A.Ben David 9+4reb+4ast
gschID: 193011


Maccabi T-A - Hapoel Eilat 72-70

Second-ranked Hapoel Eilat (10-7) made lots of trouble for first ranked Maccabi T-A (16-1) in Tel-Aviv on Sunday. Maccabi T-A managed to secure only two-point victory 72-70. However their fans expected easier game. American swingman Devin Smith (196-83, college: Virginia) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners and American-Polish guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis) chipped in 16 points. Guard Oriya Mizrahi (188-88) responded with 18 points and FYR Macedonian-American point guard Darius Washington (188-85, college: Memphis) scored 18 points. Maccabi T-A have an impressive series of fourteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 16-1 record. Newly promoted Hapoel Eilat keeps the second position with seven games lost. They share it with Hapoel J-M and Maccabi Haifa. Maccabi T-A will meet at home Hapoel Holon (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Eilat will play against Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#9) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Eilat: O.Mizrahi 18+2reb+2ast, D.Washington 18+4reb, E.Holman 10+2reb, E.Skverer 7+1reb+2ast, J.Tillman 6+7reb+1ast, D.Dowell 5+3reb
Maccabi T-A: D.Smith 23+10reb+4ast, D.Logan 16+4reb+1ast, S.Landesberg 11+5reb, S.James 9+7reb+2ast, N.Caner-Medley 5+5reb+1ast, Y.Ohayon 4+2reb+5ast
gschID: 193014



EuroLeague: Maccabi Electra thumb Montepaschi Siena in front of 10500 fans - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Electra - Montepaschi Siena 92:61

Maccabi Electra thumb Montepaschi Siena in front of 10500 fans in EuroLeague. The team improved to 3-5 record after a comfortable 92:61 win. The Italian side fell at 6-2 record on the second place.
Both teams scored 22 points in the first period, while the hosts pushed the tempo before the halftime. They erupted with a 24-12 burst and led 12 points after 20 minutes in the court. The second half also belonged to Maccabi Electra that scored 23 points in the third as well as the last period. Montepaschi Siena posted 19 points in the third frame and scored only 8 points in the last stanza.
Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) and Yogev Ohayon (187-PG-87) top-scored for the winners with 19 points each, while Guy Pnini (200-SF-83) added 15. David Logan (185-G-82, college: Indianapolis) and Shawn James (207-C-83, college: Northeastern) followed them with 14 points each. Kristjan Kangur (201-SF-82) and Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) ended up with 13 points each in the losing effort. Benjamin Eze (207-C/F-81, college: S.Idaho JC) scored 9, whilst Matt Janning (193-G-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) MATTHEW and Daniel Hackett (200-PG-87, agency: Two Points, college: USC) brought 7.

Maccabi Electra: Devin Smith 19, Yogev Ohayon 19, Guy Pnini 15, David Logan 14, Shawn James 14
Montepaschi Siena: Kristjan Kangur 13, Bobby Brown 13, Benjamin Eze 9, Matt Janning 7, Daniel Hackett 7



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EuroLeague: Maccabi Electra thumb Montepaschi Siena in front of 10500 fans - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Electra - Montepaschi Siena 92:61

Maccabi Electra thumb Montepaschi Siena in front of 10500 fans in EuroLeague. The team improved to 3-5 record after a comfortable 92:61 win. The Italian side fell at 6-2 record on the second place.
Both teams scored 22 points in the first period, while the hosts pushed the tempo before the halftime. They erupted with a 24-12 burst and led 12 points after 20 minutes in the court. The second half also belonged to Maccabi Electra that scored 23 points in the third as well as the last period. Montepaschi Siena posted 19 points in the third frame and scored only 8 points in the last stanza.
Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) and Yogev Ohayon (187-PG-87) top-scored for the winners with 19 points each, while Guy Pnini (200-SF-83) added 15. David Logan (185-G-82, college: Indianapolis) and Shawn James (207-C-83, college: Northeastern) followed them with 14 points each. Kristjan Kangur (201-SF-82) and Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) ended up with 13 points each in the losing effort. Benjamin Eze (207-C/F-81, college: S.Idaho JC) scored 9, whilst Matt Janning (193-G-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) MATTHEW and Daniel Hackett (200-PG-87, agency: Two Points, college: USC) brought 7.

Maccabi Electra: Devin Smith 19, Yogev Ohayon 19, Guy Pnini 15, David Logan 14, Shawn James 14
Montepaschi Siena: Kristjan Kangur 13, Bobby Brown 13, Benjamin Eze 9, Matt Janning 7, Daniel Hackett 7



Danilo Gallinari selected the top Italian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Danilo Gallinari
Danilo Gallinari
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Danilo Gallinari (205-88, agency: Players Group, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a Denver Nuggets' victory against the Boston Celtics (28-26) 97-90 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Gallinari scored 26 points (!!!), grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 39 minutes on the court. The Denver Nuggets have a solid 34-21 record this season. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Gallinari has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 45.6%, 3FGP: 37.8% and FT: 80.8% in the 52 games he played so far. Gallinari is currently a member of the Italian senior national team.

Marco Belinelli
Marco Belinelli
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Marco Belinelli (196-86, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Chicago Bulls (31-22) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Belinelli's good performance the Chicago Bulls were edged 71-69 on the road by the Boston Celtics. He was the top scorer with 12 points. Belinelli has relatively good stats this season: 9.6ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 35.9% and FT: 83.2%. He played for the Italian national team in 2011.

Andrea Bargnani
Andrea Bargnani
   #3. The Italian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Andrea Bargnani (209-85, currently plays in NBA). Bargnani contributed to a Toronto Raptors' victory against the Washington Wizards (15-37) 96-88 in the NBA on Tuesday night. He scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. The Toronto Raptors have 22-33 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Bargnani's seventh year with the team. Bargnani has very impressive stats this season: 14.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 29.5% and FT: 83.6% in the 27 games. He played for the Italian national team two years ago.

Amedeo Della Valle
Amedeo Della Valle
   #4. Guard Amedeo Della Valle (196-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Ohio St. win their game against the University of Minnesota (5-8) crushing them 71-45 in the NCAA last Wednesday. He scored 6 points in only 7 minutes. The Ohio State University has a solid 9-5 conference record this season. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Della Valle's first year with the team. This season Della Valle has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg in the 30 games. He used to play for the Italian U18 national team back in 2010.

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

   #1. Experienced Nestoras Kommatos (203-F-77, currently plays in Greece) led AGOR to a victory over the tenth-ranked Ilysiakos (5-12) crushing them 95-68 in the Greek A1 last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Kommatos scored 24 points. A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (11-6) is placed fifth in the A1. Kommatos' overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg and 3.9rpg.

   #2. Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Uruguay) was the main contributor in Hebraica's victory against the third-ranked Sayago (5-5) crushing them 92-66 in the Uruguayan LUB on Monday night. He was MVP of the game. Aguiar recorded 28 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 6 assists in 36 minutes. Hebraica Macabi (2-5) is placed eighth in Serie 1. Aguiar has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.5apg in the 32 games he played so far. Aguiar has a dual citizenship: Italian and Uruguayan.

   #3. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 2-point Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the 16th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (6-15) 72-70 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Huertas scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (13-8) is placed sixth in the ACB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Huertas is currently sixth on the league's list of best passers with 3.8apg. This year he also averages: 8.8ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.1spg in the 21 games. Huertas is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Italian.

   #4. Fulvio de Assis (186-PG-81, currently plays in Brazil) contributed to an Sao Jose/Vinac's victory against the 12th-ranked Winner/Limeira (9-13) 83-79 in the Brazilian NBB on Thursday night. He was MVP of the game. de Assis scored 19 points and added 8 assists. A.E. Sao Jose/Unimed/Vinac (14-5) is placed second in the NBB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's de Assis' fourth season with the team. He is currently first on the list of best passers. de Assis has very reliable stats this season: 11.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 8.0apg and 1.5bpg. He has both Italian and Brazilian nationalities.

   #5. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-PG-80, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Uruguay) contributed to Aguada's victory against the eighth-ranked Hebraica (2-5) 88-80 in the Uruguayan LUB in Friday night's game. Garcia Morales was MVP of the game. He recorded 36 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws) in 35 minutes. Atletico Aguadais placed first in Serie 1. Garcia Morales has very impressive stats this year: 26.2ppg, 6.5rpg, 5.1apg and 1.7spg in the 31 games. He also holds two passports: Italian and Uruguayan.

   #6. Samuel Cricelli (200-F-85, college: Caldwell, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL could not help one of league's weakest teams Surrey Heat (14-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Cricelli's very good performance Surrey Heat was edged 91-89 on the road by the higher-ranked Plymouth Raiders (#4). He was the top scorer with 26 points. Cricelli also added 7 boards, handed out 5 passes and blocked 4 shots. This season Cricelli has relatively solid stats: 14.5ppg, 8.1rpg and 2.6apg. He holds both Italian and British passports.

   #7. Guilherme Giovannoni (203-F-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Brazil) contributed to Brasilia's victory against the closely-ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru 90-79 in the Brazilian NBB in Monday night's game. Giovannoni scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. He is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of most steals (third place). This season Giovannoni has very high stats. He averages: 17.6ppg, 7.8rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1bpg. Giovannoni has dual citizenship: Italian and Brazilian.

   #8. Luis Felipe Gruber (205-F-85, currently plays in Brazil) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Tijuca TC crushing them 83-63 in the Brazilian NBB last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Gruber scored 19 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 31 minutes. He has very impressive stats this year: 15.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.5apg in the 23 games. Gruber holds both Italian and Brazilian passports.

   #9. Federico Bavosi (185-G-81, currently plays in Uruguay) was the major contributor in an Union Atletica's victory against the second-ranked Trouville 84-73 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB on Friday night. He recorded 22 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Bavosi belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #3. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.0ppg, 5.1rpg, 6.3apg and 1.1spg. Bavosi has Italian and Uruguayan nationalities. Despite his Italian passport, Bavosi previously played for the Uruguayan U21 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Italian team.

   #10. Daniel Werner (203-F-87, college: Florida, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague was not able to help Ferro-ZNTU (19-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Ferro-ZNTU lost 68-75 at home to the leading Budivelnyk. Werner was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. This year Werner has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg in the 30 games. He is a naturalized American. Werner used to play for Canadian Solar Bologna in Italian league.



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

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

Mohamed Kone
Mohamed Kone
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Iran). He led Foolad Mahan to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Petrochimi Mahshahr (5-13) crushing them 96-74 in the Iranian Superleague in Monday night's game. Kone had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 2 blocks in 28 minutes on the court. Foolad Mahan Esfahan (15-3) is placed second in the Superleague. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. It's Kone's first season with the team. This year Kone averages: 7.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 2FGP: 42.9% and FT: 71.4% in the four games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French. Kone is currently a member of the Ivorian senior national team.

Jonathan Kale
Jonathan Kale
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Jonathan Kale (203-85, college: Providence, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He could not help Leyma Basquet (7-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Kale's very good performance Leyma Basquet was edged 67-66 on the road by the higher-ranked FCB Regal II (#8). He was the top scorer with 21 points. Kale also added 7 rebounds. Kale has relatively good stats this season: 12.2ppg, 5.8rpg, 2FGP: 53.0%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 67.3%. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and American. Kale played for the Ivorian national team in 2011.

Adjehi Baru
Adjehi Baru
   #3. The Ivorian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Adjehi Baru (206-91, currently plays college basketball in the States). He led Charleston to a victory against the Georgia Southern University (5-9) 69-60 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Baru recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. The College of Charleston has a solid 12-4 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Baru has relatively solid stats: 12.2ppg, 5.8rpg, 2FGP: 53.0%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 67.3%. He is also a member of the Ivorian senior national team.

Wilfrid Aka
Wilfrid Aka
   #4. An experienced swingman Wilfrid Aka (192-79, currently plays in France) contributed to Blois' victory against the closely-ranked Chartres (8-12) 65-56 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. Aka recorded 12 points in 24 minutes. ADA Blois Basket (10-9) is placed eighth in the NM1. This year Aka's overall stats are: 5.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.2apg in the 18 games. He has both Ivorian and French nationalities. Aka is also Ivorian national team player.

Guy Landry Edi
Guy Landry Edi
   #5. International forward Guy Landry Edi (198-86, currently studies in the States) managed to help Gonzaga University to win against the Santa Clara University (7-6) crushing them 85-42 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. He scored only 1 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Gonzaga University has quite an impressive 13-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all thirteen games in the conference. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Edi's total stats this season are: 5.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.2apg. He plays currently for the Ivorian national team.

Charles Abouo
Charles Abouo
   #6. Swingman Charles Abouo (195-89, college: BYU, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Lobe Huesca (7-11) in their game against Meridiano Alicante (11-7) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Abouo scored only 4 points in 25 minutes. Lobe Huesca was edged 64-61 at home by the much higher-ranked (#3) Meridiano Alicante. This year Abouo's total stats are: 8.9ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.5spg in the 18 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Ivorian senior team three years ago.

Ismael N'Diaye
Ismael N'Diaye
   #7. International forward Ismael N'Diaye (197-82, college: FIU, currently plays in Switzerland), who plays in the Swiss LNA was not able to secure a victory for Boncourt (6-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance Boncourt was crushed 92-51 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#5) Neuchatel. N'Diaye was the second best scorer with 12 points in 27 minutes. It was Boncourt's sixth consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. N'Diaye has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.7apg and 1.5spg in the 19 games. He is also Ivorian national team player.

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

   #1. Patrick Konan (198-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) led New Hampshire to an overtime victory against the University of Maryland -Baltimore County 92-86 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds in 41 minutes. The University of New Hampshire has not so impressive 3-10 conference record this season. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Konan has relatively solid stats: 12.2ppg and 5.8rpg in the 18 games he played so far.

   #2. Kafil Eyitayo (201-F, currently plays in Canada) managed to help Concordia University to win against the Citadines (8-7) 82-76 in a derby game in the Canadian university league CIS last Thursday. Eyitayo recorded only 2 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. The Concordia University has a solid 10-4 record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Eyitayo is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Concordia University's roster. He is currently fourth on the league's list of best blockers. Eyitayo has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 8.8rpg and 1.8bpg.



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Roy Hibbert selected the top Jamaican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Roy Hibbert
Roy Hibbert
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Roy Hibbert (218-86, college: Georgetown, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to an easy victory against the Charlotte Bobcats (13-41) crushing them 101-77 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Hibbert scored 10 points, had 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 18 minutes on the court. The Indiana Pacers have a solid 33-21 record this season. It's Hibbert's fifth year with the team. He is currently fourth on the league's list of best blockers with 2.7bpg. Hibbert also averaged so far 9.9ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 41.9% and FT: 68.7% in the 54 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Hibbert played for the Jamaican senior national team three years ago.

Ronald Yates
Ronald Yates
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Ronald Yates (201-83, college: St.Peter's, currently plays in Switzerland), who plays in the Swiss LNA. He could not help Fribourg (16-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Yates' very good performance the league leader Fribourg was defeated 93-83 on the road by the lower-ranked Starwings (#6). He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Yates also added 8 rebounds. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Yates has relatively good stats this season: 12.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 49.2%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 62.8%. He is a naturalized American. Yates played for the Jamaican national team in 2010.

Patrick Ewing Jr.
Patrick Ewing Jr.
   #3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Patrick Ewing Jr. (203-84, college: Georgetown, currently plays in Spain). Ewing Jr. was not able to help Blancos de Rueda (8-13) in their game against Lagun Aro GBC (4-17) in the Spanish ACB. He scored 7 points and had 3 steals in 16 minutes. Blancos de Rueda was badly defeated 94-78 in San Sebastian by the league outsider (#18) Lagun Aro GBC. This year Ewing Jr. averages: 6.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 2FGP: 37.5%, 3FGP: 57.1% and FT: 75.0% in the five games. He is a naturalized American. Ewing Jr. is also a member of the Jamaican senior national team.

Kevin Young
Kevin Young
   #4. Center Kevin Young (206-84, college: Missouri, currently plays in Japan) contributed to an Aishin Sea Horses' victory against the fifth-ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (17-15) 64-54 in the Japanese JBL in Friday night's game. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Aishin Sea Horses (26-6) are placed first in the JBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Young's first season with the team. Young's overall stats this year are: 9.7ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Jamaican national team back in 2006.

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

   #1. Adrian Uter (200-F/C-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Israel) led Maccabi Rishon to a victory over the league leader Maccabi Ashdod (17-0) crushing them 100-80 in the Israeli Winner League last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Uter recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (8-9) is placed sixth in the Winner League. Uter belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #7) and also on the list of best blockers (third place). He has very reliable stats this season: 13.8ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.9apg and 1.6bpg. Uter is a naturalized American.

   #2. Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan, currently plays in Romania) was the main contributor in a 3-point CSM Bucuresti's victory against one of league's weakest teams CS Farul Constanta (3-19) 74-71 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Shepherd recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 30 minutes. CS Municipal Bucuresti (15-7) is placed third in the Liga Nationala. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Shepherd's first season with the team. Shepherd is currently third on the list of top scorers with 19.1ppg. This year his other stats are: 4.4rpg, 2.2apg and 1.8spg in the 21 games he played so far. Shepherd has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #3. Experienced Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St., currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to a 2-point Bejjeh's victory against one of league's weakest teams Anibal (2-13) 83-81 in the Lebanese Division A in Sunday night's game. He recorded a triple-double by scoring 15 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and passing 12 assists. Bejjeh (5-10) is placed seventh in the Division A. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Williams' first season with the team. Williams is ranked ninth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best passers (seventh place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Williams averages: 22.2ppg, 7.6rpg, 5.5apg and 2.7spg. He is a naturalized American.

   #4. Garry Gallimore (192-G-84, 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 last Friday. Gallimore recorded 13 points and had 4 steals in a mere 19 minutes. BC Timisoara (15-7) is placed sixth in the Liga Nationala. It's Gallimore's first season with the team. This year he averages: 10.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.3apg in the eight games. Gallimore is another player who holds two passports: Jamaican and Canadian. Despite his Jamaican nationality, Gallimore previously played for the Canadian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Jamaican team.

   #5. Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL could not help TBB Trier (10-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance TBB Trier lost 84-96 at home to the leading Brose Baskets Bamberg. Bucknor was the top scorer with 15 points in a mere 19 minutes. It was TBB Trier's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Bucknor averages: 8.3ppg and 2.5rpg in the 22 games. He has both Jamaican and Canadian nationalities.

   #6. Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked BBC Bayreuth crushing them 91-70 in the German BBL last Saturday. Anderson scored 11 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 7 assists. This season Anderson averages: 7.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.9apg. Similarly like Bucknor and Gallimore above he also holds two passports: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #7. Sebastian Douglas (193-G-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Cleveland St. in their game against the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay in the NCAA. Douglas recorded 9 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes. His team lost 59-66. This year Douglas' overall stats are: 9.7ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.2apg in the 31 games. He is a naturalized American.

   #8. Hugh Robinson (202-C-83, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to a Brahe Basket's victory against the fifth-ranked Malbas 68-59 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) on Sunday night. Robinson was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Robinson is currently first on the league's list of best blockers. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.0ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.3bpg and 1.3spg.

   #9. Neveij Walters (198-F, currently studies in the States) helped Idaho St. win their game against the Montana State University crushing them 87-51 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Walters scored 9 points in 18 minutes. This year he has relatively solid stats: 14.0ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.3bpg and 1.3spg in the 17 games.

   #10. Bryan Bailey (185-SG-80, college: Bucknell, currently plays in Germany) faced previously mentioned Jermaine Anderson in the German BBL last game. Bailey was not able to secure a victory for BBC Bayreuth in their game against New Yorker Phantoms. He scored only 4 points. His team was crushed by 21 points 91-70. This season Bailey has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.6apg. He is a naturalized American.



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Standings - BJ League

BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Niigata Albirex 25-9 
 2. Yokohama BC 24-8 
 3. Iwate Big Bulls 23-11 
 4. Toyama Grouses 22-12 
 5. Chiba Jets 18-14 
 6. Akita NH 17-15 
 7. Shinshu BW 15-19 
 8. Sendai 89ers 13-20 
 9. Tokyo Cinq R. 12-21 
 10. Gunma 8-26 
 11. Saitama Bron. 6-27 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 24-8 
 2. Shimane SM 23-11 
 3. Hamamatsu P. 23-13 
 4. Fukuoka Rizing 22-12 
 5. Shiga L-Stars 21-13 
 6. Kyoto Hannar. 18-16 
 7. Takamatsu FA 12-21 
 8. Oita H.Devils 11-23 
 9. Osaka Evessa 9-23 
 10. Miyazaki SS 5-29 

Regular Season: Round 37

Feb. 21: Sendai 89ers - Saitama Bron. 87-97
Feb. 22: Sendai 89ers - Saitama Bron.
Feb. 23: Iwate Big Bulls - Yokohama BC
Feb. 23: Niigata Albirex - Toyama Grouses
Feb. 23: Chiba Jets - Akita NH
Feb. 23: Tokyo Cinq R. - Shinshu BW
Feb. 23: Hamamatsu P. - Okinawa GK
Feb. 23: Kyoto Hannar. - Osaka Evessa
Feb. 23: Takamatsu FA - Shiga L-Stars
Feb. 23: Fukuoka Rizing - Miyazaki SS
Feb. 23: Oita H.Devils - Shimane SM


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 John HUMPHREY
  Saitama .
  (188-G/F-80)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. Humphrey, Saitama24.9 
 2. Cummings, Sendai23.0 
 3. Keller, Miyazaki.21.3 
 4. Chandler, Chiba J.20.9 
 5. Burns, Yokohama BC20.7 
 6. Werner, Chiba Jets20.4 
 7. Parker, Shimane SM20.0 
 8. Jones, Tokyo C.19.5 
 9. Woods, Miyazaki SS19.1 
 10. Kennedy, Yokoham.18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.1 
 2. White, Oita H.13.2 
 3. Willard, Sendai 89.13.0 
 4. Warren, Fukuoka12.7 
 5. Bell, Osaka Evessa11.5 
 6. Rickert, Osaka E.11.3 
 7. Kuso, Miyazaki SS10.9 
 8. Werner, Chiba Jets10.6 
 9. Sato, Tokyo Cinq10.3 
 10. Jones, Tokyo C.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Takehiko SHIMURA
  Sendai
  (160-G-83)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Shimura, Sendai6.1 
 2. Galloway, Hamamats.5.8 
 3. Namizato, Okina.5.7 
 4. Kensuke, Chiba Je.5.6 
 5. Burns, Yokohama BC5.0 
 6. Tomori, Gunma4.1 
 7. Dixon, Gunma3.9 
 8. Humphrey, Saitama3.8 
 9. Harris, Akita NH3.8 
 10. Mito, Toyama G.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Draelon BURNS
  Yokohama BC
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Burns, Yokohama BC2.2 
 2. Brown, Toyama G.2.1 
 3. Masato, Iwate B.2.1 
 4. McHenry, Okina.2.0 
 5. Lyons, Takamats.2.0 
 6. Bell, Chiba Jets1.9 
 7. Galloway, Hamamats.1.9 
 8. Parker, Shimane SM1.8 
 9. Woods, Miyazaki SS1.8 
 10. Dixon, Gunma1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.6 
 2. Blackledge, Iwate2.7 
 3. Marshall, Shins.2.0 
 4. Carter, Tokyo C.1.9 
 5. Fairley, Miyazaki.1.8 
 6. Parker, Shimane SM1.6 
 7. Williams, Takamats.1.5 
 8. Kent, Akita NH1.5 
 9. Ashby, Fukuoka1.4 
 10. Brown, Toyama G.1.4 



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LBL Standing

LBL Standings
 1. Barons kvartals 15-8 
 2. Valmiera 14-9 
 3. Jekabpils 14-9 
 4. Ventspils 12-1 
 5. VEF Riga 10-1 
 6. Jelgava 10-11 
 7. Jurmala 10-13 
 8. LU 10-15 
 9. Liepaja 9-15 
 10. Turiba 7-18 
 11. U18 1-12 

Regular Season: Round 28

Feb. 21: Liepaja - Turiba 93-79
Feb. 24: Jelgava - Jekabpils
Feb. 24: LU - VEF Riga
Feb. 24: Valmiera - Barons kvartals
Feb. 24: U18 - Ventspils


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (204-G-90)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Peiners, LU20.1 
 2. Gulbis, Barons k.19.7 
 3. Hill jr., Jekabpils16.3 
 4. O''Brien, Jekabpils16.3 
 5. Berzins, Valmiera15.5 
 6. Sirsnins, Jekabpils14.8 
 7. Brown, Jurmala14.1 
 8. Ozols, Jurmala13.9 
 9. Apsitis, Turiba13.9 
 10. Rudmiezis, Turiba13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Todd O''BRIEN
  Jekabpils
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. O''Brien, Jekabpils9.1 
 2. Dargais, LU8.4 
 3. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.8.2 
 4. Butjankovs, Valmi.7.9 
 5. Mizis, Jelgava7.7 
 6. Mednis, Jurmala7.3 
 7. Berzins, Valmiera7.2 
 8. Hlebowicki, Jekabp.6.3 
 9. Ziedins, Valmiera6.3 
 10. Gulbis, Barons k.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rinalds SIRSNINS
  Jekabpils
  (186-PG-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Sirsnins, Jekabpils6.2 
 2. Gabrans, Valmiera4.2 
 3. Hill jr., Jekabpils4.0 
 4. Sims, Ventspils3.5 
 5. Bergmanis, Barons3.3 
 6. Metra, Barons k.3.3 
 7. Miezis, Barons k.3.2 
 8. Plater, Liepaja3.1 
 9. Brown, Jurmala3.1 
 10. Peiners, LU3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (204-G-90)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Peiners, LU1.9 
 2. Brown, Jurmala1.8 
 3. Miezis, Barons k.1.8 
 4. Rudmiezis, Turiba1.8 
 5. Jakovics, Liepaja1.7 
 6. Mizis, Jelgava1.7 
 7. Virsis, Jekabpils1.5 
 8. Sirsnins, Jekabpils1.5 
 9. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.4 
 10. Plater, Liepaja1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Barons k.
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Rozitis, Barons k.1.4 
 2. Meiers, Ventspils1.2 
 3. Ziedins, Valmiera0.9 
 4. Iljins, Valmiera0.9 
 5. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.0.9 
 6. Hlebowicki, Jekabp.0.8 
 7. Leiteris, Liepaja0.7 
 8. O''Brien, Jekabpils0.7 
 9. Mednis, Jurmala0.7 
 10. Mizis, Jelgava0.6 


Standings - LBAL

LBL2 Standings
 1. BK VEF-LSPA 19-4 
 2. Saldus 17-3 
 3. Jelgava/LLU 17-4 
 4. RSU 15-7 
 5. VeA 14-7 
 6. Ogres 12-10 
 7. ViA Riga 12-10 
 8. Kvele 11-11 
 9. VEF skola 9-10 
 10. Livani 7-16 
 11. Gulbene 6-14 
 12. Liepaja-2 6-14 
 13. DSN 6-16 
 14. Ridzene 5-15 
 15. Valmiera BSS 3-18 

Regular Season: Round 28

Feb. 20: RSU - Liepaja-2 98-60
Feb. 19: VEF skola - Gulbene 94-60
Feb. 15: Livani - RSU 85-93
Feb. 19: Kvele - BK VEF-LSPA 76-85
Feb. 20: Ridzene - Livani 75-82
Feb. 20: DSN - VeA 71-96
Feb. 18: Liepaja-2 - Ogres 63-67


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

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

Davis Bertans
Davis Bertans
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Davis Bertans (203-92, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Serbia. He could not help one of league's weakest teams Partizan (13-8) in their last game. Despite Bertans' very good performance Partizan lost 76-84 in a derby game to the second-ranked Zvezda. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Bertans also added 5 rebounds in 34 minutes on the court. This year Bertans averages: 9.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 2FGP: 45.1%, 3FGP: 45.5%(40-88) and FT: 74.2% in the 21 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Janis Strelnieks
Janis Strelnieks
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Russia. Strelnieks was not able to help Spartak St.Petersburg (10-4) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed Spartak St.Petersburg was defeated 75-70 on the road by the leading Krasnie Krilya in the group A of VTB United League. Strelnieks was the top scorer with 17 points. There are only four games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Strelnieks' overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 1.3rpg, 3.1apg, 3FGP: 43.9% and FT: 76.9%. He is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.

Armands Skele
Armands Skele
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Armands Skele (192-83, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Estonia. Skele was not able to secure a victory for Kalev/Cramo (3-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Kalev/Cramo (#9) lost 57-65 at home to the second-ranked Khimky in the group A of VTB United League. Skele was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 9 rebounds in 30 minutes. It was Kalev/Cramo's fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Skele has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 52.4% and FT: 44.4% in the nine games. He is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Edgars Jeromanovs
Edgars Jeromanovs
   #4. Point guard Edgars Jeromanovs (186-86, currently plays in Sweden) led Norrkoping Dolphins to a victory over the league outsider Eco Orebro (5-24) crushing them 94-70 in the Swedish Basketligan in Sunday night's game. Jeromanovs was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points and added 7 assists. Norrkoping Dolphins (20-2) is placed second in the Basketligan. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Jeromanovs is currently sixth on the list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.5apg and 1.5spg. Jeromanovs is also Latvian national team player.

Janis Blums
Janis Blums
   #5. International shooting guard Janis Blums (191-82, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Lithuania couldn't help Lietuvos rytas (8-7) in their last game. Despite his good performance Lietuvos rytas (#6) lost 78-86 in Zgorzelec to the lower-ranked (#8) PGE Turow in the group A of VTB United League. Blums scored 11 points in a mere 18 minutes. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. There are only three games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. This year Blums has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.1apg in the 13 games. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Maris Laksa
Maris Laksa
   #6. Forward Maris Laksa (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Estonia) was the main contributor in a BC Rakvere's victory against one of league's weakest teams Tln Kalev (5-18) 82-66 in the Estonian KML on Friday night. Laksa was the best player in that game. He recorded 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. BC Rakvere Tarvas (17-6) is placed first in the KML. Laksa is currently first on the list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Laksa averages: 16.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Latvian senior team ten years ago.

Ernests Kalve
Ernests Kalve
   #7. Former international forward Ernests Kalve (200-87, currently plays in Adriatic League) contributed to an Szolnok's surprising victory against the seventh-ranked Un.Olimpija (11-10) 89-72 in the Adriatic League in Saturday night's game. Kalve scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (6-15) is located at the very bottom in the Adriatic League. This year Kalve's overall stats are: 8.9ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.1spg in the 21 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team three years ago.

Rihards Kuksiks
Rihards Kuksiks
   #8. Small forward Rihards Kuksiks (197-88, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Eurocup) couldn't help Budivelnyk (4-2) in their game against Banvit BK (3-3) in the Eurocup. Kuksiks scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. But Budivelnyk was defeated 94-85 in Balikesir by the lower-ranked Banvit BK (#3) in the group I of Eurocup. The Top 16 already ended in the Eurocup. Kuksiks' total stats this season are: 5.5ppg and 3.5rpg. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Raitis Grafs
Raitis Grafs
   #9. Former international center Raitis Grafs (208-81, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Estonia) contributed to Valga's victory against the league leader BC Rakvere (17-6) 66-59 in the Estonian KML on Tuesday night. Grafs was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 13 rebounds in 36 minutes. Valga/Maks&Moorits (10-12) is placed fifth in the KML. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. It's Grafs' first season with the team. Grafs is currently sixth on the list of best rebounders with 7.1rpg. This year his other stats are: 11.6ppg and 1.4apg in the 20 games. Grafs used to play for the Latvian national team three years ago.

Andris Biedrins
Andris Biedrins
   #10. Center Andris Biedrins (213-86, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Golden State Warriors (31-23) in their game against the Utah Jazz (31-24) in the NBA. He cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. Biedrins scored only 2 points. The Golden State Warriors were defeated 115-101 in Salt Lake City by the Utah Jazz. It was Golden State Warriors' sixth consecutive loss in a row. Biedrins has been at the team for nine years. His total stats this season are: 0.6ppg and 3.1rpg. Biedrins is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Latvian senior national team.

   #11. An experienced former international swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Maris Laksa and both played together in the last Estonian KML game. Umbrasko contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Tln Kalev 82-66. He recorded 9 points and added 4 assists in 35 minutes. Umbrasko has reliable stats this year: 12.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg in the 19 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team five years ago.

   #12. Former international center Kaspars Kambala (206-78, agency: Alti Sport, college: UNLV, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to a Pi Koleji's shocking victory against the league leader Usak 91-78 in the Turkish TB2L (second division) on Sunday night. Kambala recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. This season he has very high stats. Kambala averages: 21.8ppg and 11.8rpg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2009.

   #13. International forward Oto Osenieks (203-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Minnesota in their game against the Ohio State University in the NCAA, despite his good performance in Wednesday night's game. Osenieks scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 27 minutes. But his team was crushed by 26 points 71-45. He has very impressive stats this year: 21.8ppg and 11.8rpg in the five games. Osenieks is also Latvian national team player.

   #14. Former international guard Kristaps Valters (190-81, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in their game against Regal FC Barcelona in the Spanish ACB. Despite his good performance last Sunday He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Valters' total stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.8apg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2009.

   #15. Former international swingman Mareks Jurevicus (197-85, currently plays in Italy) helped Prima Veroli win their game against one of league's weakest teams Upea CdO crushing them 90-66 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. Jurevicus recorded 14 points and added 3 assists in 36 minutes. His stats this year are: 13.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.4spg in the 18 games. Jurevicus used to play for the Latvian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Edmunds Tukiss (200-SF-89, currently plays in Germany) led Dragons Rhoendorf to a victory against the ninth-ranked Hanau (8-11) 85-72 in the German ProB (third division) last Saturday. He recorded 15 points in a mere 17 minutes. Dragons Rhoendorf (17-2) is placed first in Group South. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Tukiss' total stats are: 8.6ppg and 2.5rpg in the 17 games he played so far.

   #2. Martins Berkis (198-F-85, agency: TSS Management, currently plays in Hungary), who plays in the Hungarian A Division could not help Marso NYKK (7-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance Marso NYKK was edged 77-75 at home by the higher-ranked (#6) Falco-Szova. Berkis scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 40 minutes. It was Marso NYKK's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Berkis has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg in the 20 games.

   #3. Matiss Sakne (191-G-91, currently plays in Denmark) contributed to a 1-point Horsens IC's victory against the closely-ranked Naestved (12-13) 76-75 in the Danish Ligaen in Wednesday night's game. Sakne scored 10 points. Horsens IC (19-6) is placed third in the Ligaen. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Sakne's total stats this season are: 4.3ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.1apg.

   #4. Experienced Gary Gandel (203-G/F-80, currently plays in Israel) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (3-15) crushing them 97-75 in the Israeli National League (second division) last Tuesday. He scored 7 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 32 minutes. Maccabi Hod Hasharon (14-4) is placed third in the National League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Gandel averaged so far 11.4ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.2apg and 1.2spg in the five games. He has a dual citizenship: Latvian and Israeli.

   #5. Martins Provizors (202-C-87, currently plays in Ireland) was not able to help DCU Saints (7-10) in their game against Killester (7-12) in the Irish Superleague, despite his very good performance on Saturday night. Provizors had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in a mere 18 minutes. But DCU Saints lost 71-76 in a derby game to the lower-ranked (#5) Killester. It was DCU Saints' fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Provizors is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in DCU Saints' roster. Provizors averaged so far 14.0ppg, 11.9rpg, 2.2apg and 2.0bpg in the nine games.



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Amchit inks Herbert Hill - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

Amchit inked Herbert HILL as a replacement for Dalibor BAGARIC who suffered a foot injury , Hill who played in South Korea, France , NBA D-League , was in the Philippines lately with Ginebra San Miguel averaging 18.3 points ,16 rebounds and 2,7 block shots.
Amchit whos suffering form lot of injuries is now in the 5th position tied with Moutahed with 9 wins and 6 losses, last win came against Antranik in the previous round on the score of 101-82.
Herbert Hill (208-F-84, college: Providence) first game should be vs Bejjeh on Saturday February 23rd 2013.



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Standings - NKL

NKL Standings
 1. Mazeikiai 25-7 
 2. Dzukija 25-8 
 3. Olimpas 23-10 
 4. Suduva-Mantinga 21-11 
 5. Triobet 21-11 
 6. Statyba 20-12 
 7. Zalgiris-Sabonio 20-13 
 8. Zanavykas 19-13 
 9. S.Marciulionio 18-15 
 10. Meresta 15-17 
 11. Perlas-MRU 14-18 
 12. Radviliskis 13-18 
 13. Delikatesas 13-19 
 14. Birstono 12-20 
 15. Ezerunas-Karys 10-22 
 16. Silute 10-22 
 17. Gargzdai 6-27 
 18. Nafta Universitetas 6-27 

Regular Season: Round 33

Feb. 21: Nafta Universitetas - Olimpas 91-83
Feb. 21: Dzukija - Zalgiris-Sabonio 85-71
Feb. 22: Ezerunas-Karys - Mazeikiai
Feb. 22: Triobet - Birstono
Feb. 22: Zanavykas - Statyba
Feb. 22: Gargzdai - S.Marciulionio
Feb. 22: Silute - Radviliskis
Feb. 22: Meresta - Delikatesas
Feb. 22: Perlas-MRU - Suduva-Mantinga


Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Edgaras STANIONIS
  Zanav.
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Stanionis, Zanav.23.9 
 2. Valukonis, Suduva.20.8 
 3. Kleiza, Birstono19.4 
 4. Maneikis, Olimpas19.4 
 5. Giedraitis, Mazeik.17.1 
 6. Linkevicius, Triob.16.9 
 7. Gaidamaviciu., Mer.16.7 
 8. Tarvydas, Statyba16.4 
 9. Macernis, Mazeikiai16.3 
 10. Gudaitis, Zalgir.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  Dzukija
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Trybanski, Dzukija10.4 
 2. Linkevicius, Triob.10.2 
 3. Virbalas, Perla.8.9 
 4. Gudaitis, Zalgir.8.7 
 5. Udras, Perlas-MRU8.5 
 6. Valukonis, Suduva.8.1 
 7. Montrimavici., Rad.7.4 
 8. Tarolis, Gargzdai7.4 
 9. Kazakauskas, Olimp.7.3 
 10. Norkus, Nafta U.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Dzukija
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Harrison, Dzukija7.6 
 2. Gaidamaviciu., Mer.7.5 
 3. Varanauskas, Stat.4.7 
 4. Razutis, Olimpas4.7 
 5. Kelys, Perlas-MRU4.6 
 6. Kuklierius, Suduva.4.6 
 7. Mazutis, Mazeikiai4.4 
 8. Kutra, Radviliskis4.3 
 9. Pelss, Zanavykas4.1 
 10. Rakauskas, S.Marc.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Zydrunas KELYS
  Perlas-MRU
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Kelys, Perlas-MRU2.8 
 2. Macernis, Mazeikiai2.7 
 3. Razutis, Olimpas2.6 
 4. Stanionis, Zanav.2.6 
 5. Sabeckis, Birstono2.4 
 6. Harrison, Dzukija2.3 
 7. Paliukenas, Staty.2.3 
 8. Mazutis, Mazeikiai2.1 
 9. Pelss, Zanavykas2.0 
 10. Giedraitis, Mazei.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  Dzukija
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Trybanski, Dzukija3.2 
 2. Krestinin, S.Marc.1.9 
 3. Gudaitis, Zalgir.1.5 
 4. Jucikas, Meresta1.4 
 5. Virbalas, Perla.1.3 
 6. Macernis, Mazeikiai1.2 
 7. Tarolis, Gargzdai1.2 
 8. Kaubrys, Silute1.1 
 9. Zvinklys, Nafta U.1.0 
 10. Milinskas, Triobet0.9 


Naglis Palangos sign Oleksandr Kushnirov, ex Mykolaiv - by Eurobasket News

Naglis Palangos (LKL) signed 21-year old Ukrainian center Oleksandr Kushnirov (208-92). He started the season at MBC Mykolaiv in Ukrainian Superleague. But in 7 games this year he had just 1.0ppg.
Last season the centre posted 1.4 points per game in Superleague.
The previous (10-11) season Kushnirov played at Mykolaiv (Superleague) in Ukraine. In only one game that year he recorded 6 points, 3 rebounds and 2 blocks. Kushnirov represented Ukraine at the European Championships U18 in Metz (France) four years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 2.0ppg, 1.5rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



EuroLeague: Panathinaikos Athens sent Zalgiris down the ladder - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris Kaunas - Panathinaikos Athens 73:78

Panathinaikos Athens sent Zalgiris down the ladder in Group E. The Greek side grabbed 5-3 record after a thrilling 78:73 victory. The Lithuanian team suffered their fifth loss and dropped at 3-5 record.
It was a real thriller in the court. The teams often traded leads, and no team had a lead bigger than 6 points throughout the entire game. Zalgiris started with 22-19 and led 3 points at the halftime. The hosts went up 61-56 in the fourth quarter, but Michael Bramos and Diamantidis tied the game before Ukic made his run that secured victory for Panathinaikos. The latter needed a 22-15 surge to take the final win for 5-3 record.
Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) stepped up with 21 points for the winners and Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) collected 13 points and 10 assists. James Gist (205-F-86) notched 12, while Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) added 9. Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) produced 15 points in the losing effort and Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) netted 11. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) scored 10, while Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) had 9 in a loss.

Zalgiris Kaunas: Oliver Lafayette 15, Ksistof Lavrinovic 11, Marko Popovic 10, Tremmell Darden 9
Panathinaikos Athens: Roko-Leni Ukic 21, Dimitris Diamantidis 13+10 ast, James Gist 12, Stephane Lasme 9



Jonas Maciulis selected the top Lithuanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jonas Maciulis
Jonas Maciulis
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Jonas Maciulis (199-85, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Greece. He could not help Panathinaikos (5-3) in their last game. Despite Maciulis' very good performance the fourth-placed Panathinaikos was badly defeated 86-69 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) CSKA Moscow in the group E of Euroleague. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Maciulis also added 6 rebounds in 29 minutes on the court. Maciulis has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 2FGP: 56.3%(36-64), 3FGP: 37.2% and FT: 74.3% in the 18 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Sarunas Jasikevicius
Sarunas Jasikevicius
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international point guard Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-76, college: Maryland, currently plays in Euroleague). Jasikevicius was the major contributor in a Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the sixth-ranked Maccabi T-A (3-5) 82-77 in the Euroleague last Thursday. He recorded 14 points and added 3 assists. Regal FC Barcelona (7-1) is placed first in group F. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This season Jasikevicius averages: 4.9ppg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 65.8%(25-38), 3FGP: 32.0%. He is in the roster of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Darius Songaila
Darius Songaila
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Darius Songaila (204-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Ukraine. Songaila was not able to help BC Donetsk (5-9) in their last game. Despite his very good performance BC Donetsk (#7) lost in an overtime 90-96 in Astana to the higher-ranked (#5) BC Astana in the group A of VTB United League. Songaila was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 38 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Songaila is currently fifth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (seventh place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Songaila averages: 15.9ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.3apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 58.7%(84-143) and FT: 88.6% in the 13 games. He is also a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Mantas Kalnietis
Mantas Kalnietis
   #4. Point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Russia) led Lokomotiv to a victory against the seventh-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (4-7) 89-78 in the Russian PBL in Sunday night's game. Kalnietis recorded 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Lokomotiv Kuban (7-5) is placed third in the PBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Kalnietis' first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.4apg. Kalnietis is also Lithuanian national team player.

Michailis Anisimovas
Michailis Anisimovas
   #5. Former University international center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to Budivelnyk's victory against the fourth-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (2-4) 88-77 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. He scored 16 points, had 4 rebounds and made 4 blocks in 27 minutes. Budivelnyk Kyiv (4-2) is placed first in group I. The Top 16 already ended in the Eurocup. Anisimovas is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Budivelnyk's roster. Anisimovas is the league's best blocker with 1.4bpg. This year he also averages: 9.8ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.2apg in the 11 games. Anisimovas has a dual citizenship: Lithuanian and Ukrainian. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team six years ago.

Antanas Kavaliauskas
Antanas Kavaliauskas
   #6. Center Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-84, also represented by Interperformances, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Latvia was not able to secure a victory for VEF Riga (3-3) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Kavaliauskas' good performance VEF Riga (#3) was defeated 76-65 in Bilbao by the leading Gescrap BB in the group J of Eurocup. He was the top scorer with 12 points. Kavaliauskas also added 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The Top 16 already ended in the Eurocup. Kavaliauskas' overall stats this season are: 9.8ppg and 4.6rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Lithuanian National Team roster.

Jonas Valanciunas
Jonas Valanciunas
   #7. International center Jonas Valanciunas (211-92, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Toronto Raptors' victory against the Washington Wizards (15-37) 96-88 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Valanciunas scored 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 21 minutes. The Toronto Raptors have 22-33 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Valanciunas has reliable stats this year: 7.2ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.1bpg in the 37 games. He is also Lithuanian national team player.

Martynas Pocius
Martynas Pocius
   #8. Shooting guard Martynas Pocius (196-86, another player represented by Interperformances, college: Duke, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Real Madrid in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Assignia Manresa (4-17) crushing them 104-70 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He scored 5 points in 18 minutes. Real Madrid (20-1) is placed first in the ACB. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Pocius' overall stats are: 5.9ppg and 1.9rpg in the 14 games. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

Mantas Cesnauskis
Mantas Cesnauskis
   #9. Former U20 international guard Mantas Cesnauskis (191-81, currently plays in Eurocup) helped his Polish team Stelmet ZG win their game against the leader Lokomotiv (5-1) 94-88 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Cesnauskis scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Stelmet Zielona Gora (3-3) is placed third in group K. The Top 16 already ended in the Eurocup. Cesnauskis' total stats this season are: 4.8ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.1apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team thirteen years ago.

Valdas Dabkus
Valdas Dabkus
   #10. Power forward Valdas Dabkus (204-84, currently plays in Poland) helped Energa Czarni win their game against one of league's weakest teams Start Gdynia (5-15) crushing them 97-64 in the Polish TBL on Saturday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 12 rebounds. Dabkus also added 2 blocks. Energa Czarni Slupsk (11-9) is placed sixth in the TBL. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Dabkus' total stats this season are: 9.1ppg and 7.0rpg. He is a former U21 international player as ten years ago he still played for the Lithuanian national team.

   #11. Former international forward Dainius Salenga (197-77, currently plays in Ukraine) is a teammate of previously mentioned Michailis Anisimovas. But that was another game of his team in Ukrainian Superleague which we would like to mention. Salenga helped Budivelnyk win their game against the closely-ranked Ferro-ZNTU 75-68. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Salenga's total stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.0apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team eight years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Antanas Kavaliauskas and both played together in the last Eurocup game. Zavackas couldn't help VEF Riga in their game against Gescrap BB. He scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. His team was defeated 76-65. Zavackas' total stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2000.

   #13. Former University international guard Vaidotas Peciukas (199-82, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala couldn't help Targu Mures (15-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Targu Mures was defeated 88-82 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Craiova (#10). Peciukas was the second best scorer with 18 points. He also added 6 rebounds. Peciukas averaged so far 12.9ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.1apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team eight years ago.

   #14. Former international guard Martynas Gecevicius (193-88, currently plays in Greece) helped Olympiacos win their game against one of league's weakest teams KAOD 91-81 in the Greek A1 in Monday night's game. Gecevicius scored only 3 points in 13 minutes. This year Gecevicius' total stats are: 7.8ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.2apg in the 14 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team back in 2011.

   #15. International small forward Simas Jasaitis (202-82, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mantas Kalnietis. He played also in the last Eurocup game facing Mantas Cesnauskis (above) in the other team. Jasaitis couldn't help Lokomotiv in their game against Stelmet ZG. He scored 6 points. His team was defeated 94-88. Jasaitis averaged so far 11.7ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.7apg. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

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

   #1. Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in a Telekom Baskets' victory against the 16th-ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (8-15) 75-68 in the German BBL last Saturday. Veikalas scored 17 points. Telekom Baskets Bonn (12-10) is placed seventh in the BBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Veikalas averaged so far 11.5ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.1apg.

   #2. Experienced Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, college: Michigan, currently plays in EuroChallenge) led his Belgian team Okapi Aalstar to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Tsmoki-Minsk (1-4) crushing them 100-76 in the EuroChallenge last Tuesday. Young scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes. Generali Okapi Aalstar (2-3) is placed third in group L. His team will play only one more game in the EuroChallenge Top 16. And that game will be critical. This year Young's total stats are: 9.4ppg and 7.3rpg in the 10 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Young has never played in Lithuania.

   #3. Nik Stauskas (198-G-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Michigan to a victory against the The Pennsylvania State University (0-14) 79-71 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game. Stauskas scored 18 points and added 4 assists (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 34 minutes. The University of Michigan has a solid 9-4 conference record this season. This year Stauskas' total stats are: 9.1ppg and 7.0rpg in the 20 games. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lithuanian. Despite Stauskas' Lithuanian passport, he previously played for the Canadian U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Lithuanian team.

   #4. Zygimantas Jonusas (200-F-82, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Juvecaserta (8-11) in their last game. Despite Jonusas' very good performance Juvecaserta was crushed 97-76 on the road by the lower-ranked (#13) Sutor Montegranaro. He was the second best scorer with 17 points in a mere 18 minutes. This year Jonusas' total stats are: 9.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg in the 18 games.

   #5. Gintaras Leonavicius (194-G-83, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Spain) led Leche Rio Breogan to a victory over the tenth-ranked Lleida Basquet (7-11) 83-68 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Saturday. Leonavicius was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points in 28 minutes. Leche Rio Breogan Lugo (10-8) is placed fifth in the LEB Gold. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Leonavicius' total stats are: 9.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg in the 18 games.

   #6. Gabas Maldunas (203-F-93, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Dartmouth (1-4) in their last game. Despite Maldunas' very good performance the Dartmouth lost 57-67 at home to the University of Pennsylvania. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. Maldunas also added 3 blocks in 31 minutes. Maldunas' stats this year are: 11.7ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.7apg in the 12 games.

   #7. Deividas Busma (212-C-87, agency: Two Points, college: Idaho St., currently plays in Spain) was the main contributor in a CB Clavijo's victory against the closely-ranked Planasa NV 95-89 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. He was MVP of the game. Busma scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 20 minutes. Busma has averaged so far 9.4ppg and 4.7rpg in the 11 games.

   #8. Arturas Masiulis (210-C-80, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to a Worcester Wolves' victory against the closely-ranked London Lions 98-91 in the British BBL on Saturday night. He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Masiulis is currently fifth on the league's list of best blockers. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.3ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.2apg.

   #9. Evaldas Juozapaitis (189-G-84, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Hoganas (7-10) in their last game. Despite Juozapaitis' very good performance Hoganas (#9) lost 75-86 on their home court in Hoganas to the second-ranked Brahe Basket in the South group. He was the top scorer with 30 points. Juozapaitis also added 6 rebounds in 32 minutes. His stats this year are: 15.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.9apg and 1.5spg in the 16 games.

   #10. Vytautas Kamarunas (179-PG-89, currently plays in Belarus) helped Tsmoki-Minsk II win their game against the closely-ranked Impuls BGUIR 71-62 in a derby game in the Belarusian Premier League in Friday night's game. Kamarunas scored 11 points, had 7 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 4 balls in 32 minutes. His stats this year are: 13.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 5.6apg and 2.9spg in the seven games.



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Eurobasket.com Honors Depiro's Shawn Morgan with Player of the Week - by Steve Dolan

Stats Provided by C.Schembri

Eurobasket.com Honors Depiro's Shawn Morgan (198-GF-86, college: Arkansas St.) with Player of the Week for the week of February 9, 2013. Shawn Morgan and Depiro came away with a big victory against Luxol after trailing at the half but 8 but Depiro stepped it up in the 2nd half and pulled out a 4 point victory. Depiro currently is sitting in 3rd place behind Floriana and Athleta. Morgan is favored to come away with Player of the Year Honors this year. Morgan earned player of the week honors with his 30points, 15rebs, 4stls, 1ast, 1blk. Morgan is currently in the top 5 in scoring, rebs, steals, and assist in the league this season.



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CIBACOPA Draft 2013 - by Alejandro Martinez

CIBACOPA will hold its 2013 draft on Friday February 22nd. The draft consists of players from the inactive franchises. This season, players from the following franchises will be included in the draft: Culiacan, Tepic, Agua Prieta, Navojoa and Mexicali. Each of the nine 2013 participants will take a turn in the draft, starting with returning franchise Obregon, followed by Navolato, Guasave, Cananea, Nogales, Los Mochis, Tijuana, Guaymas and 2012 Champ Hermosillo. There will be two rounds. Whoever is selected will be allowed to play for the franchise, only to have his rights returned to the original team after this season ends. Whoever is NOT selected will be considered a free agent for this season.


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Predrad Milovic is the new head coach of LOGO Grosuplje - by Darko Pekic

Montenegrin coach Predrag Milovic joined LOGO Grosuplje, a club from Slovenian Telemach League (Divsion 1). He will replace Serbian coach Miroslav Dobrican who took over newly promoted Grosuplje in December 2012 but failed to improve the team's record.

Milovic is an experienced coach who spent last four seasons in KD Postojna and achieved good results with the young team. (3rd place at the end of 2011-2012 season in Divsion II). He also coached many other teams from Montenegro and Slovenia including Lovcen, Krka and Primorka Bar.



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  NBA   

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. 31-23 
 3. Milwaukee B. 26-27 
 4. Detroit P. 22-34 
 5. Cleveland C. 17-37 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 38-14 
 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 39-18 
 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. 44-12 
 2. Memphis G. 35-18 
 3. Houston R. 30-26 
 4. Dallas M. 24-29 
 5. N.Orleans H. 19-36 

Regular Season: Round 109

Feb. 21: LA Clippers - San Antonio S. 90-116
Feb. 21: Chicago B. - Miami Heat 67-86

Regular Season: Round 110

Feb. 22: Toronto R. - New York K.
Feb. 22: Washington W. - Denver N.
Feb. 22: Charlotte B. - Chicago B.
Feb. 22: Indiana P. - Detroit P.
Feb. 22: Brooklyn N. - Houston R.
Feb. 22: Atlanta H. - Sacramento K.
Feb. 22: Memphis G. - Orlando M.
Feb. 22: N.Orleans H. - Dallas M.
Feb. 22: Oklah.City T. - Minnesota T.
Feb. 22: Phoenix Suns - Boston C.
Feb. 22: LA Lakers - Portland TB
Feb. 22: Golden St.W. - 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. Parker, San A.21.2 
 9. Curry, Golden S.21.1 
 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. Vucevic, Orlan.11.5 
 5. Asik, Houston R.11.5 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.11.4 
 7. Chandler, New Y.11.1 
 8. Lee, Golden St.W.10.8 
 9. Hickson, Portland.10.4 
 10. Cousins, Sacramen.9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.4 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers9.4 
 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. Jennings, Milwauke.1.9 
 4. Walker, Charlott.1.9 
 5. Ellis, Milwaukee B.1.9 
 6. Harden, Houston R.1.9 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..1.9 
 8. Lin, Houston R.1.9 
 9. Rondo, Boston C.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.2.7 
 4. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.7 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.3 
 6. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.2 
 7. Smith, Atlanta H.2.1 
 8. Noah, Chicago B.2.0 
 9. Davis, N.Orleans H.1.9 
 10. McGee, Denver N.1.9 


Spurs and Heat cruise to victories on Thursday - by Eurobasket News

LA Clippers - San Antonio S. 90-116
Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) scored 31 points and the San Antonio Spurs led all the way in beating the Los Angeles Clippers 116-90 on Thursday night for their fifth straight victory and first over the Clippers this season. The Spurs improved to an NBA-best 22-10 on the road, where they've also won five in a row. Parker had seven assists and no turnovers in 28 minutes and Danny Green (6'6''-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) added 15 points. The West-leading Spurs tied their season-best with 59-percent shooting, hit eight 3-pointers and made 22 of 28 free throws. They had lost both previous meetings with the Clippers in November. Matt Barnes (6'7''-F-80, college: UCLA) scored 18 points, Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) had 17 points and Jamal Crawford 15 points as the Clippers' four-game winning streak ended in their first game after the All-Star break. Chris Paul, MVP in Houston last weekend with 20 points and 15 assists, was held to four points on 1-of-6 shooting and three assists. The Clippers have lost their first game coming out of the break in nine of the last 10 years, including five in a row. They came in trailing the Spurs by 4 1/2 games for the best record in the NBA, but they never got a run going and their defense didn't do much. The biggest excitement during the game was generated by a fan who made a half-court shot during a timeout to win a new car. The Spurs led by 28 points to start the fourth quarter, when Parker rested and fans hit the exits in droves. The Clippers equaled their worst loss of the season. San Antonio put on a free-throw shooting clinic in the third quarter, making 16 of 20, including 12 during a 14-4 run that extended its lead to 81-53. The Spurs shot 63 percent to lead 58-43 at halftime. Parker scored 17 points in the half, while Griffin was the only Clipper in double figures with 13 points. Paul didn't make his first basket until the final 3 minutes of the second quarter. San Antonio made its first six shots to start the game and used a 17-4 run, including seven by Manu Ginobili, to close out the first quarter leading 34-21. Courtesy of: longisland.news12.com

Chicago B. - Miami Heat 67-86
Just in case the message isn't getting through, the Miami Heat are more than happy to repeat it. The championship still is in their hands and good luck trying to pry it away. The Heat won their season-high ninth straight Thursday night with an 86-67 win over the Chicago Bulls behind LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84)' 26 points, and supplied more evidence that they're ready to put away the rest of the Eastern Conference. More important, they're looking like a team that's poised to defend their championship. "We all had a vision of how this team was going to really operate together, but there is no limit," Chris Bosh said. "We can continue to get better. We can continue to play better together. Our defense can continue to improve. If we want to win in the postseason, it's going to have to." They sure are looking good at the moment. They blew out Oklahoma City on the road before the All-Star break and followed it up with a win at Atlanta on Wednesday before taking out the Bulls. James also had 12 rebounds and seven assists in another big performance after ending his franchise-record 7-game streak of scoring at least 30 the previous night. Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) added 17 points, and the Heat took control in the first half, sending the Bulls to their fifth loss in seven games on a night when the Derrick Rose recovery story took another twist. After saying last week that he wouldn't rush back from his knee injury to play this season if he wasn't ready, Chicago's sidelined superstar had to go into damage control mode after his older brother Reggie blasted the organization in an ESPNChicago.com article for not making a move before Thursday's trade deadline. Things didn't get much better for the Bulls once the game started. They set a season low for points while committing a season-high 27 turnovers, the most for the Bulls since they had 29 against Washington on Dec. 4, 2004. "We're putting together some good basketball right now," James said. "We're defending. We're creating turnovers. We're winning the turnover game offensively. We're the best shooting team in the league ... so if we don't turn the ball over, we get good shots at the rim, we could also have a good chance to win." Nate Robinson scored 14 points for Chicago but also committed five fouls with Kirk Hinrich sitting out because of ongoing trouble with his right elbow. That explains some of the Bulls' problems hanging onto the ball, although general sloppiness and Miami's athleticism certainly played a role. Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida) added 11 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, but he also had four turnovers. Chicago was particularly bad in the first half, coughing it up 17 times as the Heat built a 45-35 lead, and the Bulls came up short after winning at Miami last month. This time, the Heat took control in the second quarter, scoring 13 straight points during a 4 1/2-minute stretch to turn a 2-point deficit into an 11-point advantage even though James was on the bench for much of the run. It started after a soaring right-handed dunk by Taj Gibson to give Chicago a 28-26 lead with 8:16 remaining. Allen answered with a driving layup, Wade followed with two jumpers and the Bulls turned it over five times as the Heat built a 39-28 lead. Marco Belinelli ended the scoring drought for Chicago with a free throw, and Boozer then nailed a jumper after Bosh buried a 20-footer. But it was a rough night all around for Chicago, even before the Bulls took to the court. Rose, recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, found himself at the center of attention after his brother went off, and he wound up releasing this statement in response: "I have always felt that the Bulls organization's goals have been the same as mine and that is to bring another championship to this city." That comment came after Reggie Rose ripped the Bulls, telling ESPNChicago.com they don't have the talent to compete for a championship and that their decision to stand pat before the trade deadline could be a "big factor" in whether Derrick plays at all this season. "It's frustrating to see my brother play his heart and soul out for the team and them not put anything around him," said Reggie Rose, Derrick's manager. Coach Tom Thibodeau brushed off his comments, saying they're "no big deal. "We all want the same things," he added. "We want Derrick's health. Obviously we're trying to pursue a championship. We share that in common." Courtesy of: tucsonnewsnow.com



Hawks deal Morrow to Mavericks - by Eurobasket News

The Atlanta Hawks have traded guard Anthony Morrow (6'5''-G-85) to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for forward Dahntay Jones (6'5''-F/G-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Duke). Morrow was averaging 5.2 points in 24 games for Atlanta this season. He played his previous two seasons with the Nets and had career bests in points (13.2) and minutes played (32.0) per game in the 2010-11 season.
Jones, a 10-year veteran, was averaging 3.5 points and 1.4 rebounds in 50 games, including 15 starts, for the Mavericks this year. The 30-year-old is coming off his worst season since 2007-08, when he played just 25 games with Sacramento.
Courtesy of: ksdk.com



Warriors trade Charles Jenkins to 76ers - by Eurobasket News

The Philadelphia 76ers announced today that they have completed a trade with the Golden State Warriors. The Sixers acquire second-year guard Charles Jenkins (6'3''-PG-89, college: Hofstra) and cash considerations from the Warriors in exchange for a protected second round pick. Jenkins (6-3, 215) was originally selected by Golden State with the 44th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. In 98 games with 28 starts for the Warriors, Jenkins averaged 3.9 points and 2.0 assists in 12.1 minutes per game. As a rookie last season, Jenkins started 28 games for the Warriors, averaging 8.6 points, 5.1 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 24.9 minutes per game. He also posted an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.23 in those starts. A native of Queens, N.Y., Jenkins attended Hofstra University and is the schools all-time leading scorer with 2,513 points. He was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year as both a junior and a senior.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Bucks Acquire J.J. Redick From Magic - by Eurobasket News

The Milwaukee Bucks have acquired J.J. Redick (6'4''-G-84, college: Duke) from the Orlando Magic, according to a source. The Bucks had also been pursuing a trade for Josh Smith, but are out of those talks. The Bucks will send Doron Lamb (6'4''-G-91, college: Kentucky), Tobias Harris (6'8''-F-92, college: Tennessee) and Beno Udrih (6'5''-PG-82) to the Magic. Orlando will send Gustavo Ayon (6'10''-F/C-85, agency: Duran International, college: San Jose St.) and Ishmael Smith (6'0''-PG-88, college: Wake Forest), along with Redick, to Milwaukee. In a related but separate trade, Hakim Warrick (6'9''-F-82, college: Syracuse) going to the Magic from the Charlotte Bobcats for Josh McRoberts (6'10''-F-87, college: Duke).
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



The Grizzlies sign Dexter Pittman - by Eurobasket News

Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) signed 25-year old center Dexter Pittman (208-143kg-88, college: Texas). He just played at Sioux Falls Skyforce. In 14 games this season he had 12.2ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.0spg and 1.4bpg. Pittman was called during the season by the Miami Heat. But in four games this year he recorded only 1.5ppg and 1.8rpg. The last season he played also at the Heat. In 38 games last year he recorded only 2.8ppg and 1.9rpg.
Three years ago he was drafted by Miami Heat in second round (32nd overall). The former University of Texas star is in his third season in pro basketball.
Pittman was voted Big 12 All-Academic 2nd Team back in 2009 at his college time.
Pittman could be described: (by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2010)
Very efficient scorer ... He has a very strong and wide frame and he is able to create room and muscle his way around the hoop … Operating on the low block he is able to establish terrific position and is also very capable of making tough catches in traffic ... He uses his strength to force his way to the hoop, overpowering defenders for easy finishes inside. Has no ability to step out and shoot jumpers or put it on the floor, which limits him strictly to the center position and at 6'10 he is a bit undersized
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By Eurobasket Data Center



The Wizards add Barbosa to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Washington Wizards added to their roster 31-year old Brazilian ex-international point guard Leandro Barbosa (190-92kg-82). He started the season at Boston Celtics. In 38 games this season he recorded 5.2ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.5apg. The last season Barbosa played at the Pacers. In 33 games last year he averaged 7.8ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to make it to the conference semifinals. Barbosa also played at the Raptors earlier that season. In 42 games he averaged 12.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.5apg. The other team he played shortly was Flamengo in Brazilian league. In three Liga Sudamericana games he averaged impressive 17.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 4.0apg (top 5).
In 2003 Barbosa was drafted by San Antonio Spurs in first round (28th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won Carioca League championship title in 2011. Barbosa was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Olympic Games Honorable Mention in 2012.
He was also a member of Brazilian international program for some years. Barbosa played for Brazilian Senior National Team between 2001 and 2012 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2000. He also represented Brazil at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 16.2ppg, 2.2rpg, FGP: 54.3%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 68.8%.
Barbosa has played previously professionally in other NBA teams (Phoenix Suns) and Brazil (Palmeiras and Paschoalotto/Bauru).
On Barbosa: Tremendously long arms for a guard; good upside potential.
has a powerful body, great athletic skills, an incredible control of his body, and a very quick first pace; passes the ball very well, dribbles incredibly well, and can easily hit a 3 pointer; like every International player. Probably the quickest guard in the NBA nowadays
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By Eurobasket Data Center



The Trail Blazers sign Eric Maynor - by Eurobasket News

Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) signed 26-year old ex-international point guard Eric Maynor (188-77kg-87, college: VCU). He started the season at Oklahoma City Thunder. In 37 games this year he had just 2.8ppg and 2.0apg.
The previous (09-10) season Maynor played at the Thunder. In 61 games that year he recorded 4.4ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.2apg.
In 2009 he was drafted by Utah Jazz in first round (20th overall). The former Virginia Commonwealth University standout is in his fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won NBA Northwest Division championship title in 2011. Maynor was also voted All-CAA Player of the Year and All-CAA 1st Team back in 2007,2008 and 2009 at his college time. Maynor represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) six years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 0pts.
Maynor could be described: (by Matthew Maurer for NBADraft.net in 2009)
Extremely patient on the offensive end, allowing plays to unfold- no predetermined decisions ... Tremendous basketball IQ and understanding of court geometry. Foot speed and explosiveness are not optimal
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By Eurobasket Data Center (via @SpearsNBAYahoo)



The Raptors sign Sebastian Telfair - by Eurobasket News

Toronto Raptors signed 28-year old point guard Sebastian Telfair (183-77kg-85). He started the season at Phoenix Suns. In 46 games this year he had 6.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.5apg. The last season Telfair played also at the Suns. In 60 games last year he recorded 6.1ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.3apg.
The previous (10-11) season he was tested by the Cavaliers.
In 2004 Telfair was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers in first round (13th overall). He has never attended the college and entered pro basketball just after his high school.
Telfair was selected to McDonald’s All-American All-Star Game back in 2004.
He has played previously for three other NBA teams: Boston Celtics, LA Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Telfair could be described: A very good guard, with fantastic scoring skills, quickness and good court vision; needs to improve his quarterbacking, because his future is at the point; the best scorer in the history of New York High School basketball; he's the cousin of NBA star Stephon Marbury.
Outlook (by NBADraft.TK):
Positives: Amazing court vision and ball handling skills. Telfair is lightning quick and his speed with the ball is as fast as any guard in the NBA. A very exciting player who can make flashy passes, and has a devastating crossover dribble. He is a great passer and one of the rare players who makes his teammates better. Telfair is without a doubt a pure point guard.
Negatives: Lacks the ideal size for a NBA player. His jumper is inconsistent and needs more range. Sometimes tries to do too much with the ball and can make bad decisions
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By Eurobasket Data Center



Jordan Crawford is a newcomer at The Celtics - by Eurobasket News

Boston Celtics strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old guard Jordan Crawford (193-89kg-88, college: Xavier). He started the season at Washington Wizards. In 43 games this year he recorded 13.2ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.6apg.
The previous (10-11) season Crawford played at the Wizards. In 26 games that year he averaged impressive 16.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.9apg and 1.4spg.
Three years ago he was drafted by New Jersey Nets in first round (27th overall). Crawford attended Xavier University until 2010 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team made it to the Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals in 2010. Crawford was also voted NABC Division I All-District 4 1st Team back in 2010 at his college time.
Crawford has played previously professionally in other NBA team (Atlanta Hawks) and Spain (Caceres Basket).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Jonathan Wasserman for NBADraft.net in 2010)
At 6'4, he uses a nice first step plus excellent elevation on his jumper to allow him to create shots for himself on almost any possession ... He is excellent in isolation, can shoot with hands in his face while barely needing an inch to get off his shot ... His midrange and long range game have both become quite efficient, showing he can shoot off the dribble from inside and behind the arch ... When spotting up, he looks much more under control and his motion tends to be more fluent. Often fades away on his shot instead of going up straight ... He gets frustrated when his defender face-guards him and tries to deny him the ball
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By Eurobasket Data Center (via @WojYahooNBA)



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NBLC Standings

NBL Canada Standings
 1. London L. 27-4 
 2. Summerside S. 19-13 
 3. Oshawa P. 18-14 
 4. St.John M.R. 17-16 
 5. Moncton M. 17-20 
 6. Halifax R. 16-16 
 7. Windsor Exp. 15-17 
 8. Montreal J. 2-31 

Regular Season: Round 29

Feb. 21: London L. - Windsor Exp. 99-92
Feb. 20: Windsor Exp. - Montreal J. 94-83
Feb. 20: Oshawa P. - London L. 103-115
Feb. 21: Oshawa P. - Moncton M. 102-113
Feb. 21: St.John M.R. - Summerside S. 100-89
Feb. 23: Halifax R. - Montreal J.
Feb. 23: Windsor Exp. - Moncton M.
Feb. 23: London L. - Summerside S.


Moncton Miracles add Ferguson to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Moncton Miracles (NBL Canada) added to their roster 32-year old Canadian ex-international power forward Jeffrey Ferguson (211-104kg-81, college: Wayne St., MI). He played last season at Hyogo Storks in Japanese JBL2.
The previous (2011) summer Ferguson played at Edmonton in U.S. semi-pro league IBL. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. Ferguson also played at Saint John Mill Rats that season. In 19 NBL Canada games that year he recorded 6.3ppg and 5.4rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League Defensive Player of the Year back in 2009. Ferguson also represented Canada at the World University Games ten years ago.
He is quite experienced player. Ferguson has played also professionally in Hungary (Marso NYKK), Latvia (Barons kvartals), Turkey (FMV Isik), Uruguay (Paysandu) and Portugal (Fisica).
He attended Wayne State College (MI) until 2008 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.
On Ferguson: Athletic big man who can penetrate, pass and score. He can post up, face up or hit the outside shot. He has a good pull up off dribble that makes him difficult to cover. He can play either the four or five spot effectively. He has a nose for rebounding and playing solid defense.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Top 25 - Men

ACC Standings
 1. Miami, FL 13-0 (20-2) 
 2. Duke (8) 10-3 (22-3) 
 3. Virginia 8-4 (17-7) 
 4. N.Carolina (12) 8-5 (18-8) 
 5. N.Carolina St. (6) 7-5 (17-7) 
 6. Florida St. (24) 6-7 (14-12) 
 7. Maryland 6-7 (17-8) 
 8. Clemson 4-7 (11-10) 
 9. Wake Forest 4-8 (11-13) 
 10. Boston Coll. 4-9 (11-14) 
 11. Georgia Tech 3-9 (13-10) 
 12. Virginia Tech 2-11 (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 104

Feb. 22: Columbia - Princeton
Feb. 22: Butler - St.Louis
Feb. 22: Yale - Dartmouth
Feb. 22: Brown - Harvard
Feb. 22: Stetson - Florida Gulf Coast
Feb. 22: Cornell - Pennsylvania


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Erick GREEN
  Virginia Tech
  (190-PG-91)
  Avg: 25.2
 1. Green, Virginia Te.25.2 
 2. Plumlee, Duke17.5 
 3. Curry, Duke17.2 
 4. Harris, Virginia16.7 
 5. Leslie, N.Caroli.15.7 
 6. Hanlan, Boston Col.14.9 
 7. Harris, Wake F.14.8 
 8. McAdoo, N.Carolina14.7 
 9. Anderson, Boston14.4 
 10. McKie, Wake Fore.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Richard HOWELL
  N.Caroli.
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Howell, N.Caroli.10.9 
 2. Plumlee, Duke10.5 
 3. Mitchell, Virginia8.7 
 4. Anderson, Boston8.5 
 5. Johnson, Miami, FL8.3 
 6. McAdoo, N.Carolina8.3 
 7. Len, Maryland8.0 
 8. Booker, Clemson7.9 
 9. Thomas, Wake F.7.8 
 10. Leslie, N.Caroli.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo BROWN
  N.Caroli.
  (196-G-)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Brown, N.Caroli.6.8 
 2. Cook, Duke5.5 
 3. Evans, Virginia5.1 
 4. Paige, N.Carolina4.3 
 5. Larkin, Miami, FL4.3 
 6. Howard, Maryland4.2 
 7. Green, Virginia Te.4.1 
 8. Strickland, N.Car.4.0 
 9. Rahon, Boston Coll.3.3 
 10.