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  ABA   


Standings

ABA Standings
Atlantic South
 1. Jacksonville G. 26-1 
 2. Albany S. 10-2 
 3. Atlanta A. 8-3 
 4. Gainesville H. 7-5 
 5. Gulf Coast F. 6-3 
 6. Georgia G. 5-6 
 7. Atlanta W. 4-4 
 8. Birmingham B. 3-5 
 9. E.Point Jaguars 1-2 
 10. SW Fellowship 1-12 
 11. Georgia B. 0-0 
 12. Savannah G. 0-3 
California Northwest
 1. Bay Area M. 8-4 
 2. S.Francisco R. 8-4 
 3. Central Valley T. 3-7 
 4. Sacramento H. 2-5 
 5. Port City P. 0-3 
Mid Atlantic
 1. S.Carolina W. 25-1 
 2. Richmond E. 11-2 
 3. Greenville G. 6-3 
 4. Lynchburg L. 5-8 
 5. Seven Cities K. 3-5 
 6. Palmetto SR 3-6 
 7. Fayetteville F. 3-10 
 8. Tennessee Halos 1-1 
 9. Hampton Stallions 0-7 
Mid Central
 1. Chicago Steam 11-1 
 2. Lima Explosion 11-6 
 3. Detroit Hoops 8-2 
 4. Indiana SW 6-2 
 5. Pontiac F. 6-7 
 6. Michiana M. 1-4 
 7. Peoria P. 0-3 
 8. Oakland CC 0-7 
Northeast
 1. Jersey Expr. 8-2 
 2. Staten Island V. 2-2 
 3. Connecticut T. 0-1 
Pacific Northwest
 1. Seattle M. 13-1 
 2. Calgary C. 11-0 
 3. Alaska Q. 8-1 
 4. Olympia Rise 5-5 
 5. Salem Sabres 2-1 
 6. Alaska 49ers 2-2 
 7. Kitsap Adm. 2-13 
 8. Lakewood P. 1-10 
 9. Washington R. 0-3 
Rocky Mountain
 1. Colorado K. 12-3 
 2. Colorado C. 0-2 
South Central
 1. Conway C. 11-3 
 2. Jackson S. 7-2 
 3. Missouri R. 4-3 
 4. Bluff City R. 1-7 
Southeast
 1. Phenix City B. 4-4 
 2. Bahama PS 0-6 
Southern California
 1. Arizona S. 19-3 
 2. San Diego Surf 11-3 
 3. LA Slam 5-4 
 4. Fresno F. 5-5 
 5. Las Vegas Def. 2-5 
 6. Orange County N. 2-10 
 7. Z*Hollywood M. 0-0 
Southwest Central
 1. N.Dallas V. 17-2 
 2. West Texas W. 14-2 
 3. Texas Fuel 5-4 
 4. Dallas Impact 3-4 
 5. Houston X. 1-0 
 6. Oklahoma S. 1-4 
 7. Aberdeen Attack 0-0 
 8. Louisiana G. 0-1 
Touring Team
 1. Electric C.Lions 6-4 
 2. Cleveland Am-Pro 2-7 
 3. Ill City Beast 1-0 
 4. St.Louis S. 1-1 
 5. Shizuoka G. 1-12 
 6. Chicago F. 0-1 
 7. NYC Thunder 0-1 
 8. Little Rock L. 0-2 


ABA Power Rankings show Top 16 teams - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) today released its Power Rankings for the week ending Sunday, February 24th showing the Top 16 teams instead of the top 32 for the first time. "With the playoffs beginning in mid-March, we've decided to rank the top 16 teams only for the next remainder of the season," stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. These are teams that will definitely qualify for the upcoming playoffs; additional wildcard teams will be added to complete the full roster of teams participating in this year's run for the ABA Championships with the Final Four scheduled to begin in Jacksonville Florida on Thursday, April 11.

1. Jacksonville Giants (26-1)
2. Arizona Scorpions (19-3)
3. South Carolina Warriors (25-1)
4. North Dallas Vandals (17-2)
5. West Texas Whirlwinds (14-2)
6. Chicago Steam (12-1)
7. San Diego Surf (11-3)
8. Calgary Crush (11-0)
9. Richmond Elite (11-2)
10. Colorado Kings (12-3)
11. Conway Cyclones (11-3)
12. Detroit Hoops (8-2)
13. San Francisco Rumble (8-4)
14. Bay Area Matrix (8-4)
15. Atlanta Aliens (8-3)
16. Jersey Express (8-2)

"This season, there will be a total of 26 teams eligible to complete for the championship. Additional details of the playoffs will follow shortly. For more information, visit www.abalive.com



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   

Standings

Adriatic League Standings
 1. Igokea 17-5 
 2. Crvena Zvezda 16-6 
 3. Buducnost 14-8 
 4. Radnicki KG 14-8 
 5. Partizan 13-9 
 6. Cedevita 12-10 
 7. Un.Olimpija 12-10 
 8. MZT Skopje 11-11 
 9. Krka 9-13 
 10. Cibona 8-14 
 11. KK Split 7-15 
 12. Siroki WWin 7-15 
 13. Szolnok 7-15 
 14. Zadar 7-15 

Regular Season: Round 22

Feb. 25: Siroki WWin - Radnicki KG 85-100
Feb. 23: Cibona - KK Split 81-73
Feb. 22: MZT Skopje - Igokea 77-81
Feb. 23: Partizan - Un.Olimpija 71-73
Feb. 23: Szolnok - Cedevita 64-59
Feb. 24: Zadar - Buducnost 60-72
Feb. 24: Krka - Crvena Zvezda 52-57

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 2: MZT Skopje - Zadar
Mar. 2: Igokea - Szolnok
Mar. 2: Cedevita - Partizan
Mar. 2: Un.Olimpija - Krka
Mar. 2: Crvena Zvezda - Cibona
Mar. 2: KK Split - Siroki WWin
Mar. 2: Radnicki KG - Buducnost


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar CAPIN
  Radnicki KG
  (186-PG-82)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Capin, Radnicki KG17.2 
 2. Rakocevic, Crvena15.8 
 3. Planinic, Siroki W.15.7 
 4. Travis, Zadar14.9 
 5. Sutalo, Siroki W.14.4 
 6. White, Radnicki KG14.3 
 7. Gecevski, MZT S.14.0 
 8. Blazic, Un.Olimpija14.0 
 9. Strawberry, Cibona13.9 
 10. Jorovic, Igokea13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Crvena Z.
  (210-F-87)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Savovic, Crvena Z.8.2 
 2. Travis, Zadar7.8 
 3. Bader, Szolnok7.7 
 4. Gordon, Partizan7.5 
 5. Baynes, Un.Olimpija6.8 
 6. Sakic, Siroki WWin6.4 
 7. Planinic, Siroki W.6.1 
 8. Kastropil, Zadar5.8 
 9. Gecevski, MZT S.5.8 
 10. Hamilton, Cibona5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksandar CAPIN
  Radnicki KG
  (186-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Capin, Radnicki KG5.5 
 2. Subotic, KK Split5.0 
 3. Vladovic, Krka4.3 
 4. Simon, Szolnok4.0 
 5. Hammonds, Igokea3.9 
 6. Otasevic, MZT S.3.6 
 7. Markovic, Radnicki.3.5 
 8. Nelson, Crvena Z.3.2 
 9. Rannikko, Un.Olimp.3.1 
 10. Wright, Cedevita3.0 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. STRAWBERRY
  Cibona
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Strawberry, Cibona2.3 
 2. Green, Cedevita1.9 
 3. Hammonds, Igokea1.8 
 4. Salin, Un.Olimpija1.8 
 5. Otasevic, MZT S.1.8 
 6. White, Radnicki KG1.6 
 7. Stojanovski, MZT S.1.5 
 8. Ramljak, Siroki W.1.4 
 9. Joksimovic, Igokea1.4 
 10. Capin, Radnicki KG1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  KK Split
  (212-F-89)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Kraljevic, KK Split1.4 
 2. Musli, Partizan1.2 
 3. Gecevski, MZT S.1.2 
 4. Planinic, Siroki W.1.1 
 5. Baynes, Un.Olimpija0.9 
 6. Lalic, Krka0.8 
 7. Omic, Un.Olimpija0.7 
 8. Bryan-A., Radnicki.0.7 
 9. Gordon, Partizan0.7 
 10. Bertans, Partizan0.5 


Radnicki broke resistance from Siroki - by Igor Obradovic

In a very interesting game, resistance lasted 25 minutes from Siroki players against a team from Kragujevac, but thanks to the excellent Terrico White, Radnicki from "Pecara" Hall leaves with head held high by winning 85:100 (21:24, 24:21, 22:32, 18:23).

Radnicki at the beginning of the game has made noticeable advantage when he led with 11:20 but Siroki returned to the game thanks to a solid shooting percentage.
Half time is finished with the same score, 45:45.
Early in the second half, Siroki was leading 63:58 but thanks to excellent games of Terrico White (196-G-90, college: Mississippi), Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-F-88, agency: Interperformances, college: Washington) and Aleksandar Capin (186-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket), Radnicki returned to the game and made a noticeable advantage against Siroki who was unable to reach a high difference.

2500 people saw a great basketball game, full of nice moves and a lot of points and the best in the this game in the team Siroki was Boris Barac (205-F-92) 25pts, 6rbsd, 4ast, 2steals (6/10 for 2p, 3/5 for 3p) and Dalibor Persic (185-G-85) 20pts , 3rbd, 2ast.
In great Radnicki team best were Terrico White (196-G-90, college: Mississippi) with 29pts, 10rbd, 3ast (8/9 for 2p, 4/7 for3p),
Matthew Bryan-Amaning 14pts, 5rbd, 2ast, Aleksandar Capin 17pts, 2rbd, 5ast.



Round 22: Un.Olimpija beats Partizan by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most exciting game of round 22 in the Adriatic League took place in Beograd. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of one of their biggest challengers Serbian Partizan (13-9) to seventh ranked Slovenian Un.Olimpija (12-10) 73-71 on Saturday evening. Partizan was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 14-8 charge of Un.Olimpija, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Partizan outrebounded Un.Olimpija 38-24 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Dino Muric (200-90) who helped to win the game recording 10 points and 7 rebounds. Finnish guard Sasu Salin (192-91) contributed with 13 points for the winners. French forward Joffrey Lauvergne (210-91, agency: Beo Basket) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for Partizan. Partizan's coach Dusko Vujosevic tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Un.Olimpija moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Cedevita. Defending Serbian champion Partizan dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. Un.Olimpija is looking forward to face Krka (#9) in Novo Mesto in the next round. Partizan will play on the road against Cedevita (#6) in Zagreb and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
One of the most interesting games of round 22 was a derby match between two teams from Croatia. The game took place in Zagreb where eleventh ranked Cibona won against visiting KK Split (7-15) 81-73. American point guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and D.J. Strawberry chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward Vedran Vukusic (206-82, college: Northwestern) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds. KK Split's coach Mladen Erjavec let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Defending Croatian champion (8-14) moved-up to tenth place. KK Split lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with 15 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Cibona will play against league's second-placed Zvezda in Beograd in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. KK Split will play at home against HKK Siroki WWin (#12) in Siroki Brijeg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Hungarian Szolnok managed to get the second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time defending Hungarian champion won against sixth-ranked Croatian Cedevita 64-59. Sead Sehovic notched a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort. Szolnok's coach Neno Asceric used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Even 13 points and 7 assists by Bracey Wright did not help to save the game for Cedevita. Defending Hungarian champion (7-15) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Cedevita at the other side keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. They share it with Un.Olimpija. Szolnok will meet league's leader Igokea in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Cedevita will play against Partizan (#5) in Beograd and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Adriatic League top team - Bosnian Igokea (17-5) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eighth ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (11-11) 81-77. Branko Jorovic fired 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Igokea's coach Dragan Bajic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Igokea maintains first position with 17-5 record. Defending FYR Macedonian champion MZT Skopje keeps the eighth place with 11 games lost. Igokea's next round opponent will be Szolnok (#13) in Szolnok which should be an easy win for them. MZT Skopje will play at home against KK Zadar (#14).
The game between 11th ranked Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin (7-15) and fourth ranked Serbian Radnicki KG (14-8) in Siroki Brijeg on Monday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Kragujevac beat HKK Siroki WWin 100-85. It was a very good performance for Terrico White who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Radnicki KG have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Buducnost. Defending Bosnian champion HKK Siroki WWin keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Radnicki KG will face Buducnost (#3) in Podgorica in the next round, which may be the game of the day. HKK Siroki WWin will play on the road against KK Split (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 22 Buducnost beat Zadar on the road 72-60. Krka lost to Crvena Zvezda on its own court 52-57.


Siroki WWin - Radnicki KG 85-100

The game between 11th ranked Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin (7-15) and fourth ranked Serbian Radnicki KG (14-8) in Siroki Brijeg on Monday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Kragujevac beat HKK Siroki WWin 100-85. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Radnicki KG outrebounded HKK Siroki WWin 36-24 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a very good performance for American guard Terrico White (196-90, college: Mississippi) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds. Slovenian-Serbian point guard Aleksandar Capin (186-82, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 17 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Radnicki KG players scored in double figures. Forward Boris Barac (205-92) replied with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Dalibor Persic (185-85) added 20 points in the effort for HKK Siroki WWin. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Radnicki KG have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Buducnost. Defending Bosnian champion HKK Siroki WWin keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Radnicki KG will face Buducnost (#3) in Podgorica in the next round, which may be the game of the day. HKK Siroki WWin will play on the road against KK Split (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Siroki WWin: B.Barac 25+6reb+4ast, D.Persic 20+3reb+2ast, M.Sutalo 11+3reb+3ast, K.Vragovic 9+2reb+2ast, J.Jones 8+2reb+5ast, R.Freeman 4
Radnicki KG: T.White 29+10reb+3ast, A.Capin 17+2reb+5ast, M.Bryan-Amaning 14+5reb+2ast, S.Bircevic 10+3reb, K.Visser 8+3reb, M.Borisov 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 183774


Zadar - Buducnost 60-72

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (14-8) beat on the road bottom-ranked Croatian KK Zadar (7-15) 72-60 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Buducnost. KK Zadar was better in third quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Quite impressive performance for Aleksa Popovic (201-87) who helped to win the game recording 29 points. Serbian forward Cedomir Vitkovac (201-82, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 10 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Center Franko Kastropil (212-84) replied with 20 points and 7 rebounds and American Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for KK Zadar. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Buducnost have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending Montenegrin champion maintains third position with 14-8 record having just three points less than leader Igokea, which they share with Radnicki KG. KK Zadar lost fourth consecutive game. Loser KK Zadar dropped to the bottom place with 15 games lost. Buducnost will face Radnicki KG (#4) in Kragujevac in the next round. KK Zadar will play on the road against MZT Skopje (#8).
Top scorers:
Zadar: F.Kastropil 20+7reb+2ast, R.Travis 10+9reb+3ast, I.Batur 9+3reb+1ast, J.Brkic 5+1ast, M.Ramljak 5, A.Delas 4+5reb+4ast
Buducnost: A.Popovic 29+3reb, C.Vitkovac 10+5reb, D.Bost 9+4reb+1ast, S.Milosevic 7+6reb+1ast, D.Bunic 6+3reb, N.Ivanovic 6
gschID: 183773


Krka - Crvena Zvezda 52-57

Very expected game when 9th ranked Slovenian Krka (9-13) lost to second ranked Serbian Zvezda (16-6) in Novo Mesto 52-57 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 11 points at the halftime before their 36-20 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Zvezda dominated on the defensive end, holding Krka to just 6 points in third quarter. They also forced 20 Krka turnovers. Krka was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for guard Igor Rakocevic (191-78) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 6 rebounds. American guard DeMarcus Nelson (193-85, college: Duke) contributed with 7 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Jaka Klobucar (198-87) replied with 9 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and Croatian point guard Jakov Vladovic (187-83) added 8 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Krka. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Zvezda have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 16-6 record behind leader Igokea. Defending Slovenian champion Krka keeps the ninth place with 13 games lost. Zvezda will face Cibona (#10) in Zagreb in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Krka will play on the road against Un.Olimpija in Ljubljana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Krka: U.Lucic 11+5reb+1ast, J.Klobucar 9+9reb+5ast, J.Vladovic 8+9reb+1ast, M.Smodis 6+3reb+2ast, D.Lorbek 5+2ast, J.Lalic 5+5reb+1ast
Crvena Zvezda: I.Rakocevic 14+6reb+1ast, R.Katic 12+3reb, B.Savovic 8+5reb, D.Nelson 7+5reb+4ast, M.Simonovic 6+1reb, V.Radivojevic 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 183776


Partizan - Un.Olimpija 71-73

The most exciting game of round 22 in the Adriatic League took place in Beograd. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of one of their biggest challengers Serbian Partizan (13-9) to seventh ranked Slovenian Un.Olimpija (12-10) 73-71 on Saturday evening. Partizan was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 14-8 charge of Un.Olimpija, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Partizan outrebounded Un.Olimpija 38-24 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Dino Muric (200-90) who helped to win the game recording 10 points and 7 rebounds. Finnish guard Sasu Salin (192-91) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Five Un.Olimpija players scored in double figures. French forward Joffrey Lauvergne (210-91, agency: Beo Basket) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and Vladimir Lucic (202-89, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 points in the effort for Partizan. Partizan's coach Dusko Vujosevic tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Un.Olimpija moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Cedevita. Defending Serbian champion Partizan dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. Un.Olimpija is looking forward to face Krka (#9) in Novo Mesto in the next round. Partizan will play on the road against Cedevita (#6) in Zagreb and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Partizan: J.Lauvergne 17+10reb, V.Lucic 11+3reb+1ast, D.Bertans 9+3reb+2ast, D.Milosavljevic 9+5reb, D.Musli 7+2reb, D.Gordon 5+3reb+1ast
Un.Olimpija: S.Salin 13+4reb+2ast, T.Rannikko 12+2reb+2ast, D.Muric 10+7reb+2ast, A.Omic 10+8reb+1ast, J.Blazic 10+1reb+2ast, K.Prepelic 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 183777


Szolnok - Cedevita 64-59

Bottom-ranked Hungarian Szolnok managed to get the second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time defending Hungarian champion won against sixth-ranked Croatian Cedevita 64-59. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 28-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Bosnian-Montenegrin swingman Sead Sehovic (196-89) notched a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) supported him with 15 points. Four Szolnok players scored in double figures. Szolnok's coach Neno Asceric used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Even 13 points and 7 assists by American guard Bracey Wright (191-84, college: Indiana, agency: Priority Sports) did not help to save the game for Cedevita. Center Miro Bilan (215-89) added 10 points and 11 rebounds for lost side. Defending Hungarian champion (7-15) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Cedevita at the other side keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. They share it with Un.Olimpija. Szolnok will meet league's leader Igokea in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Cedevita will play against Partizan (#5) in Beograd and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: B.Wright 13+2reb+7ast, M.Bilan 10+11reb, G.Suton 10+4reb, M.Tomas 7+2reb+1ast, A.Masic 6+3reb, D.Kitchen 5+2reb+2ast
Szolnok: M.Bader 15+4reb, E.Kalve 14+3reb+1ast, S.Sehovic 12+10reb+5ast, J.Florence 10+6reb+3ast, A.Horvath 6+3reb, I.Nemeth 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 183778


Cibona - KK Split 81-73

One of the most interesting games of round 22 was a derby match between two teams from Croatia. The game took place in Zagreb where eleventh ranked Cibona won against visiting KK Split (7-15) 81-73. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But KK Split won third quarter 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cibona made 23-of-28 charity shots (82.1 percent) during the game. KK Split was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard D.J. Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Cibona players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Vedran Vukusic (206-82, college: Northwestern) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). KK Split's coach Mladen Erjavec let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Defending Croatian champion (8-14) moved-up to tenth place. KK Split lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with 15 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Cibona will play against league's second-placed Zvezda in Beograd in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. KK Split will play at home against HKK Siroki WWin (#12) in Siroki Brijeg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KK Split: V.Vukusic 18+8reb+3ast, J.Sobin 17+8reb, F.Kraljevic 13+3reb, I.Mimica 8+2reb+2ast, T.Dijan 7+4reb+3ast, I.Siriscevic 5+2reb+2ast
Cibona: A.Zizic 20+6reb, D.Strawberry 18+5reb+3ast, J.Blassingame 17+5reb+9ast, D.Kus 10+1ast, M.Rozic 9+3reb, P.Marcinkovic 4+1reb
gschID: 183775


MZT Skopje - Igokea 77-81

Adriatic League top team - Bosnian Igokea (17-5) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eighth ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (11-11) 81-77. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-13. But MZT Skopje won second period 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Igokea won last quarter 27-24. They made 27-of-31 charity shots (87.1 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by MZT Skopje helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian forward Branko Jorovic (204-81, agency: Beo Basket) fired 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Corsley Edwards (205-79, college: Cent.Conn.St.) chipped in 20 points (made all of his eight free throws). Igokea's coach Dragan Bajic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Center Todor Gecevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) produced 21 points and 8 rebounds and Montenegrin guard Boris Bakic (193-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Igokea maintains first position with 17-5 record. Defending FYR Macedonian champion MZT Skopje keeps the eighth place with 11 games lost. Igokea's next round opponent will be Szolnok (#13) in Szolnok which should be an easy win for them. MZT Skopje will play at home against KK Zadar (#14).
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: T.Gecevski 21+8reb+3ast, B.Bakic 14+4reb+2ast, N.Otasevic 13+1reb+3ast, D.Stojanovski 11+4reb+2ast, G.Cekovski 9+4reb+2ast, K.Nikolovski 5+1reb
Igokea: C.Edwards 20+2reb, B.Jorovic 16+5reb+2ast, F.Adamovic 13+1reb+2ast, N.Joksimovic 11+3reb+2ast, M.Komatina 9+1reb, C.Hammonds 5+4reb+5ast
gschID: 183779



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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


FIBA Africa launches media accreditation for 27th Afrobasket draw - by Olusegun Ikuesan

FIBA Africa Communication department has launched media accreditation for journalists wishing to cover the draw for the 27th edition of the African Cup of Nations Afrobasket holding in Abidjan, Cote dIvoire from August 20 31, 2013.

The draw for the championship is billed for March 30, 2013 in Abidjan with representatives of the sixteen participating countries in attendance.

Journalists wishing to cover the draw are to download and file out the accreditation form from www.fibaafrica.com and email alongside a passport photograph to communication@fibaafrica.com on or before March 15, 2013.

The sixteen countries that will take part in the continent biggest basketball showpiece which will also serve as 2014 FIBA World Cup billed for Spain include host Cote dIvoire, defending champion Tunisia, Angola and Nigeria.

Others are Morocco (Zone-1); Senegal and Cape Verde (Zone-2); Burkina Faso (Zone-3); Central Africa, Cameroon and Republic of Congo (Zone-4); Egypt (Zone-5); Mozambique (Zone-6) zone-7 qualifier is yet to be held while FIBA Africa Executive and the Central Board will approve who gets the wild-card for the championship.



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  APBL   


Manhattan Pride point guard sets assist record - by Mike Lee

On February 9th, Manhattan Pride point guard, Andrew Gould (6'1''-G) set an APBL record in assists in a 134-131 overtime loss to the New York City 524. Gould tallied 14 assists, along with 29 points and 9 rebounds, in the loss. The Pride were led in scoring by Evander Little and Nate Young, who finished with 38 points and 33 points, respectively. The New York City 524 were led by Kurt Cuffy who finished the game with 33 points and 24 rebounds. Cuffy was named APBL Clutch Performer of the Week with his performance.

Gould followed up his record-breaking performance on Saturday, with another solid performance on Sunday in a 137-117 loss to the Hudson Valley Kingz. Gould finished the game with a triple-double with 15 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists. Nate Young led the Pride in scoring with 49 points. Kingz guard, Doug Herring, was the star of the game, finishing with an APBL record 66 points. Herring also received Player of the Week honors with his performance.

After their most recent loss, a 105-102 loss to Tri State Energy, the Manhattan Pride are currently last in the Gateway Division of the Northern Conference of the APBL. The Prides next game will be on March 2nd versus the Beltway Bombers.



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  ARGENTINA   

Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
 1. Regatas C. 28-11 
 2. Penarol 27-11 
 3. Lanus 25-13 
 4. Boca Jrs 22-16 
 5. Quimsa 22-17 
 6. Argentino 22-18 
 7. Libertad S. 21-17 
 8. Olimpico LB 21-19 
 9. GECR Indalo 20-19 
 10. Wuber-Est.Bahia 19-19 
 11. Sionista 19-21 
 12. Atenas 19-21 
 13. Obras 14-24 
 14. 9 de Julio 12-27 
 15. Union Progr. 10-28 
 16. La Union 10-30 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 28

Feb. 24: Penarol - Olimpico LB 92-86
Feb. 24: Wuber-Est.Bahia - Atenas 92-80 OT
Feb. 24: Quimsa - 9 de Julio 91-83
Feb. 24: Regatas C. - Boca Jrs 85-84
Feb. 24: Lanus - La Union 84-68
Feb. 24: Libertad S. - Argentino 70-77
Feb. 24: GECR Indalo - Union Progr. 101-81

Second Stage: Round 29

Mar. 1: La Union - Sionista
Mar. 1: Olimpico LB - GECR Indalo
Mar. 1: 9 de Julio - Wuber-Est.Bahia
Mar. 1: Boca Jrs - Libertad S.
Mar. 1: Union Progr. - Regatas C.
Mar. 1: Atenas - Lanus
Mar. 1: Argentino - Penarol
Mar. 1: Obras - Quimsa

Round 15

Feb. 28: Boca Jrs - Wuber-Est.Bahia
Feb. 28: Obras - Penarol
Mar. 1: Regatas C. - Quimsa
Mar. 1: Atenas - Union Progr.
Mar. 1: Sionista - Libertad S.
Mar. 1: 9 de Julio - GECR Indalo
Mar. 1: Olimpico LB - La Union
Mar. 1: Argentino - Lanus

Round 16

Feb. 27: Regatas C. - Libertad S.
Mar. 2: Obras - Wuber-Est.Bahia
Mar. 2: Boca Jrs - Penarol
Mar. 3: Sionista - Quimsa
Mar. 3: Atenas - La Union
Mar. 3: 9 de Julio - Lanus
Mar. 3: Olimpico LB - Union Progr.
Mar. 3: Argentino - GECR Indalo


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 Julio18.0 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras17.5 
 4. Jackson, GECR I.17.3 
 5. Lewis, La Union16.8 
 6. DeGroat, Boca Jrs15.7 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.15.4 
 8. Gutierrez, Penarol15.0 
 9. Lytch, Argentino14.9 
 10. Shannon, La Union14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.10.8 
 2. Phillip, Union Pro.10.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.4 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.8.2 
 5. Seawright, GECR I.7.8 
 6. Williams, Quimsa7.4 
 7. Battle, Lanus7.3 
 8. Shannon, La Union7.2 
 9. Sanchez, Libertad.7.0 
 10. Fierro, Atenas7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.8 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.1 
 3. Osimani, Obras4.1 
 4. De los Santo., Arg.4.1 
 5. Labaque, Atenas4.0 
 6. Cajal, Union Progr.4.0 
 7. Laprovittola, Lanus3.9 
 8. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.8 
 9. Treise, Libertad S.3.7 
 10. Cequeira, Sionista3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.4 
 2. Pau, Olimpico LB1.8 
 3. Lescano, Atenas1.8 
 4. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.7 
 5. Lewis, La Union1.7 
 6. Washam, Regatas C.1.6 
 7. Labaque, Atenas1.5 
 8. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.5 
 9. Quinteros, Regat.1.5 
 10. Elsener, Atenas1.3 
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. Santiago, Boca Jrs1.1 
 5. Meyinsse, Regat.1.0 
 6. Humphrey, Obras1.0 
 7. Torres, Wuber-Es.1.0 
 8. Mata, Penarol0.9 
 9. Sanchez, Libertad.0.8 
 10. Weigand, Argentino0.8 


Standings - TNA

TNA Standings
North
 1. San Mart.C. 13-1 
 2. Estudian.Con. 9-4 
 3. Alvear 9-5 
 4. San Isidro 7-7 
 5. Instituto Cor. 7-7 
 6. Obera TC 6-7 
 7. La Union 5-8 
 8. Atl.Echague 5-9 
 9. Sarmiento 5-9 
 10. Union Sunch 2-11 
South
 1. Quilmes MP 10-4 
 2. Huracan 9-5 
 3. Sport Club 9-5 
 4. Ciclista 7-7 
 5. MH Basket 7-7 
 6. San Lorenzo Ch. 7-7 
 7. Banda Norte 6-8 
 8. Alianza Viedma 6-8 
 9. Rocamora 5-9 
 10. Bragado 4-10 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 1: Union Sunch - La Union
Mar. 1: Atl.Echague - Obera TC
Mar. 1: San Mart.C. - San Isidro
Mar. 1: Sarmiento - Alvear
Mar. 1: Estudian.Con. - Instituto Cor.
Mar. 1: Bragado - Huracan
Mar. 1: San Lorenzo Ch. - Ciclista
Mar. 1: MH Basket - Rocamora
Mar. 1: Alianza Viedma - Banda Norte
Mar. 3: Quilmes MP - Sport Club


LigaA Round 28 (Second Stage): Regatas Corrientes defeat Boca Juniors in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Second Stage in LigaA.

Fourth-ranked Boca Juniors (22-16) gave a tough game to first ranked Regatas Corrientes (28-11) on Sunday. Regatas Corrientes managed to secure only one-point victory 85-84. However their fans expected easier game. Boca Juniors was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 23-21 charge of Regatas Corrientes, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Boca Juniors helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Paolo Quinteros (190-79) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 5 assists and naturalized Paraguayan swingman Javier Martinez (189-78, agency: Dream Team Management) who added 11 points and 7 assists during the contest. At the losing side American forward John DeGroat (198-85, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Boca Juniors' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Regatas Corrientes have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 28-11 record. Boca Juniors at the other side keeps the fourth place with 16 games lost. Regatas Corrientes are looking forward to face Union Progresista (#15) in Villa Angela in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Boca Juniors will play at home against Libertad Sunchales (#7) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Wuber-Est.Bahia (19-19) outlasted Atenas (19-21) in overtime by twelve points 92-80. The winners were led by American swingman Jason Williams (197-83, college: UTEP, agency: Two Points) who scored that evening 20 points and 7 rebounds and Hernan Jasen supported him with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Even 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists by the former international center Fabricio Oberto (207-75) did not help to save the game for Atenas. Wuber-Est.Bahia have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to tenth place. Atenas at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with 21 games lost. They share it with Sionista. Wuber-Est.Bahia will play against 9 de Julio (#14) in Rio Tercero in the next round. Atenas will play at home against Lanus in Buenos Aires and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Ninth ranked GECR Indalo (20-19) crushed at home 15th ranked Union Progresista (10-28) by 20 points 101-81, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. David Jackson fired 21 points for the winners. GECR Indalo's coach Miguel Volcan used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Darren Phillip produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. GECR Indalo maintains ninth position with 20-19 record. Union Progresista lost tenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth place with 28 games lost. GECR Indalo will meet higher ranked Olimpico de La Banda (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Union Progresista will play against the league's leader Regatas Corrientes (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 28: Argentino won against Libertad S. on the opponent's court 77-70. Lanus managed to outperform La Union in a home game 84-68. Olimpico LB recorded a loss to Penarol on the road 92-86. Quimsa defeated 9 de Julio on its own court 91-83.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 29 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists by Javier Mojica of Quimsa.


GECR Indalo - Union Progr. 101-81

Ninth ranked GECR Indalo (20-19) crushed at home 15th ranked Union Progresista (10-28) by 20 points 101-81, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by GECR Indalo. Union Progresista managed to win fourth quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. GECR Indalo dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Union Progresista's 30. They outrebounded Union Progresista 33-22 including 25 on the defensive glass. American guard David Jackson (196-82, college: Penn St.) fired 21 points for the winners. The former international guard Mariano Byro (195-82) chipped in 17 points. GECR Indalo's coach Miguel Volcan used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. British-American forward Darren Phillip (201-78, college: Fairfield) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and the former international forward Diego Cavaco (200-79) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. GECR Indalo maintains ninth position with 20-19 record. Union Progresista lost tenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth place with 28 games lost. GECR Indalo will meet higher ranked Olimpico de La Banda (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Union Progresista will play against the league's leader Regatas Corrientes (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: D.Jackson 21+3reb+2ast, M.Byro 17+2reb+1ast, D.Romero 12+4reb, D.Ciorciari 11+2reb+6ast, S.Scala 9+5reb+1ast, P.Orlietti 8+4reb+2ast
Union Progr.: D.Phillip 19+10reb+1ast, D.Cavaco 15+3reb+1ast, C.Schoppler 12, E.Scott 11+2reb, V.Hugo Cajal 9+1reb+7ast, C.Avalle 8+1reb
gschID: 189594


Wuber-Est.Bahia - Atenas 92-80 OT

Wuber-Est.Bahia (19-19) outlasted Atenas (19-21) in overtime by twelve points 92-80. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 17-13 run, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 19-7. Wuber-Est.Bahia forced 19 Atenas turnovers and outrebounded them 42-28 including 27 on the defensive glass. Atenas was plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American swingman Jason Williams (197-83, college: UTEP, agency: Two Points) who scored that evening 20 points and 7 rebounds and the former international Hernan Jasen (199-78) supported him with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Even 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists by the former international center Fabricio Oberto (207-75) did not help to save the game for Atenas. The former international guard Alexis Elsener (193-88) added 17 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Five Wuber-Est.Bahia and four Atenas players scored in double figures. Wuber-Est.Bahia have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to tenth place. Atenas at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with 21 games lost. They share it with Sionista. Wuber-Est.Bahia will play against 9 de Julio (#14) in Rio Tercero in the next round. Atenas will play at home against Lanus in Buenos Aires and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Wuber-Est.Bahia: J.Williams 20+7reb+1ast, H.Jasen 19+6reb+2ast, J.Ignacio Sanchez 15+4reb+3ast, J.Manuel Rivero 14+6reb+1ast, D.Davis 12+6reb+1ast, J.Manuel Torres 7+11reb
Atenas: F.Oberto 19+5reb+6ast, A.Elsener 17+8reb+3ast, B.Labaque 13+4reb+1ast, D.Guaita 11+2reb, D.Kante 8+2reb, J.Bulfoni 8+1reb
gschID: 189593


Libertad S. - Argentino 70-77

There was a minor upset when 5th ranked Libertad Sunchales (21-17) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Argentino (22-18) 77-70 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Libertad Sunchales won third quarter 28-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Argentino dominated on the defensive end, holding Libertad Sunchales to just 7 points in second quarter. American forward Kavon Lytch (199-87, college: Oklahoma City, agency: Dream Team Management) fired 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Nicolas De los Santos (180-88) chipped in 5 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. The former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (200-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) produced 15 points and 9 rebounds and American guard DerMarr Johnson (206-80, college: Cincinnati) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Libertad Sunchales players scored in double figures. Libertad Sunchales' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Argentino moved-up to sixth place. Loser Libertad Sunchales dropped to the seventh position with 17 games lost. Argentino will meet at home league's second-placed Penarol in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Libertad Sunchales will play against Boca Juniors (#4) in Buenos Aires and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Argentino: K.Lytch 19+6reb+2ast, F.Funes 13+1reb+2ast, B.Carlwell 12+6reb+1ast, J.Cangelosi 9+6reb, A.Weigand 8+5reb, C.Amicucci 7+3reb
Libertad S.: G.Mikulas 15+9reb+1ast, J.Treise 13+2ast, D.Garcia 11+2reb+4ast, D.Johnson 11+7reb+3ast, J.Vildoza 6, R.Sanchez 6+8reb
gschID: 189592


Lanus - La Union 84-68

Very predictable result in Buenos Aires where third ranked Lanus (25-13) defeated bottom-ranked La Union (10-30) 84-68 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Lanus. La Union managed to win second period 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lanus dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to La Union's 38. Naturalized Italian swingman Adrian Boccia (195-82) fired a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. International point guard Nicolas Laprovittola (187-90) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Lanus players scored in double figures. American forward Terrence Shannon (203-79, college: Elgin CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Nicolas Gianella (186-78) added 20 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lanus maintains third position with 25-13 record having four points less than leader Regatas C. La Union lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 30 lost games. Lanus will meet Atenas (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. La Union will play against Sionista (#11) in Parana and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Lanus: N.Laprovittola 16+5reb+4ast, F.Martina 16+4reb, C.Schattmann 13+1reb+1ast, W.McFarlan 12+6reb+2ast, A.Boccia 11+11reb+3ast, R.Battle 10+6reb+1ast
La Union: N.Gianella 20+2reb+1ast, T.Shannon 15+11reb+1ast, G.Lewis 15+6reb, J.Brussino 7, S.Shorter 4+1reb, R.Wolkowyski 3+6reb
gschID: 189590


Penarol - Olimpico LB 92-86

Not a big story in a game in Mar del Plata where 8th ranked Olimpico de La Banda (21-19) was defeated by second ranked Penarol (27-11) 92-86 on Sunday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. International power forward Leonardo Gutierrez (201-78) fired 24 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. International point guard Facundo Campazzo (179-91) chipped in 19 points and 7 assists. International forward Fabian Ramirez (193-90) produced 25 points and American center Sam Clancy (202-80, college: USC) added 18 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Penarol have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 27-11 record behind leader Regatas C. Olimpico de La Banda lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 19 games lost. Penarol will meet Argentino (#6) in the next round. Olimpico de La Banda will play against GECR Indalo in Comodoro R. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Penarol: L.Gutierrez 24+8reb+3ast, D.Teague 19+4reb+1ast, F.Campazzo 19+4reb+7ast, M.Mata 11+6reb+1ast, M.Leiva 9+4reb+1ast, L.Tischer 8+2reb
Olimpico LB: F.Ramirez 25+4reb+2ast, J.Machuca 18+4reb+2ast, S.Clancy 18+8reb+1ast, A.Pau 14+4reb+2ast, F.Malara 9+9reb+7ast, A.Eslava 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 189589


Quimsa - 9 de Julio 91-83

Everything went according to plan in Santiado Estero where sixth ranked Quimsa (22-17) beat 14th ranked 9 de Julio (12-27) 91-83 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-83. Quimsa outrebounded 9 de Julio 41-24 including a 17-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. American-Puerto Rican guard Javier Mojica (190-84, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Paris Global Sports) fired 29 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists (perfect from downtown making all five shots) for the winners. American guard Jimmy Baxter (198-80, college: S.Florida, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 15 points. American forward Edward Nelson (203-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Dream Team Management) produced 27 points and 5 rebounds and forward Enzo Ruiz (193-88, agency: Dream Team Management) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Four 9 de Julio players scored in double figures. Quimsa have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Loser 9 de Julio keeps the fourteenth position with 27 games lost. Quimsa will meet Obras (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. 9 de Julio will play against Wuber-Est.Bahia in Bahia Blanca and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: J.Mojica 29+9reb+7ast, J.Baxter 15+3reb+2ast, N.Aguirre 11+3reb+2ast, J.Williams 9+6reb+5ast, D.Tintorelli 9+5reb, E.Villares 7+2reb
9 de Julio: E.Nelson 27+5reb+1ast, E.Ruiz 16+4reb+2ast, M.Garcia 12+5reb, J.Ayarza 11+3reb, G.Torre 8+6reb+5ast, B.Barovero 6+1reb
gschID: 189588


Regatas C. - Boca Jrs 85-84

Fourth-ranked Boca Juniors (22-16) gave a tough game to first ranked Regatas Corrientes (28-11) on Sunday. Regatas Corrientes managed to secure only one-point victory 85-84. However their fans expected easier game. Boca Juniors was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 23-21 charge of Regatas Corrientes, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Boca Juniors helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Paolo Quinteros (190-79) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 5 assists and naturalized Paraguayan swingman Javier Martinez (189-78, agency: Dream Team Management) who added 11 points and 7 assists during the contest. At the losing side American forward John DeGroat (198-85, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican center Daniel Santiago (216-76, college: N.Mexico, agency: Priority Sports) scored 21 points (perfect from the field making all six shots). Four Boca Juniors players scored in double figures. Boca Juniors' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Regatas Corrientes have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 28-11 record. Boca Juniors at the other side keeps the fourth place with 16 games lost. Regatas Corrientes are looking forward to face Union Progresista (#15) in Villa Angela in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Boca Juniors will play at home against Libertad Sunchales (#7) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 24+4reb+5ast, J.Meyinsse 12+6reb+1ast, J.Martinez 11+3reb+7ast, T.Washam 8+8reb+3ast, N.Romano 8+2reb, P.I. Calderon 7+1reb+4ast
Boca Jrs: D.Santiago 21+2reb+2ast, J.DeGroat 18+9reb+3ast, F.Aguerre 16+2reb, F.Van Lacke 11+3reb+7ast, P.Hopson 7+4reb+6ast, M.Stanic 4+1reb
gschID: 189587



Carlos Delfino selected the top Argentinian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Carlos Delfino
Carlos Delfino
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Carlos Delfino (200-82, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a Houston Rockets' victory against the Brooklyn Nets (33-24) 106-96 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Delfino scored 22 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 36 minutes on the court. The Houston Rockets have 31-27 record this season. It's Delfino's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 45.0%, 3FGP: 39.3% in the 47 games he played so far. Delfino has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. He is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Emanuel Ginobili
Emanuel Ginobili
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international shooting guard Emanuel Ginobili (198-77, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Ginobili could not help the San Antonio Spurs (45-13) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the San Antonio Spurs were defeated in an overtime 107-101 on the road by the Golden State Warriors. Ginobili scored 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Ginobili is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his 11th year in Spurs' roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Ginobili averages: 12.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.4apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 50.7%, 3FGP: 36.7% and FT: 80.7%. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Ginobili is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Andres Nocioni
Andres Nocioni
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Andres Nocioni (199-79, currently plays in Spain). He led Caja Laboral to a victory over the sixth-ranked G.Canaria 2014 (13-9) 85-74 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Nocioni was MVP of the game. He recorded 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in 28 minutes. Caja Laboral Vitoria (18-4) is placed second in the ACB. It's Nocioni's first season with the team. This year Nocioni has relatively solid stats: 13.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 2FGP: 54.6%, 3FGP: 52.3%(34-65) and FT: 77.1% in the 21 games. Similarly like Ginobili and Delfino above he has both Italian and Argentinian nationalities. Ex-Penarol Mar del Plata player is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Luis Scola
Luis Scola
   #4. Power forward Luis Scola (206-80, currently plays in NBA) was the main contributor in a Phoenix Suns' victory against the Portland Trail Blazers (26-30) 102-98 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Scola was the best player in that game. He scored 18 points and added 3 assists. The Phoenix Suns have not so impressive 18-39 record this season. This year Scola has very high stats. He averages: 12.9ppg, 6.3rpg and 2.3apg. Scola also holds two passports: Argentinian and Spanish. He is also Argentinian national team player.

Pablo Prigioni
Pablo Prigioni
   #5. International point guard Pablo Prigioni (190-77, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the New York Knicks (33-20) in their game against the Indiana Pacers (35-21) in the NBA. Prigioni scored 5 points and added 8 passes in 20 minutes. The New York Knicks were crushed 125-91 in Indianapolis by the Indiana Pacers. It was Knicks' fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Prigioni's overall stats are: 3.4ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.0apg in the 52 games. He holds both Italian and Argentinian passports. Prigioni plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Leonardo Mainoldi
Leonardo Mainoldi
   #6. Forward Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to secure a victory for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (6-16) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Mainoldi's good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was edged 72-70 in Barcelona by the much higher-ranked Regal FC (#3). He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Mainoldi also added 6 rebounds. Mainoldi has been at the team for five years. He has reliable stats this season: 10.5ppg and 5.9rpg. Mainoldi is an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.

Juan Pablo Figueroa
Juan Pablo Figueroa
   #7. International point guard Juan Pablo Figueroa (184-86, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Brazil) contributed to Vivo/Franca's victory against the 12th-ranked Winner/Limeira (10-14) 75-62 in the Brazilian NBB in Saturday night's game. Figueroa scored 9 points and added 7 passes. Vivo/Franca Basquete Sao Paulo (9-8) is placed third in the NBB. Figueroa is ranked third on the list of the best blockers in the league. His total stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.2apg and 1.9bpg. Figueroa is also Argentinian national team player.

Patricio Garino
Patricio Garino
   #8. Swingman Patricio Garino (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams G.Washington (6-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Garino's good performance the G.Washington was defeated 71-59 in Philadelphia, PA by the Saint Joseph's University. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Garino's total stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Argentinian U19 national team back in 2011.

Nicolas Richotti
Nicolas Richotti
   #9. International point guard Nicolas Richotti (181-86, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an CB Canarias' victory against the closely-ranked Blusens Monbus (10-12) 84-77 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Richotti recorded 8 points in 22 minutes. Iberostar Canarias Tenerife (9-13) is placed 13th in the ACB. This year Richotti's total stats are: 7.5ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.1apg in the 22 games. He is also in the roster of the Argentinian national team.

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez
   #10. Guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams C.de Latte BRE (12-7) in their game against Novipiu Casale (13-6) in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Fernandez recorded 7 points and added 6 assists in 30 minutes. C.de Latte BRE lost 87-91 in Casale to the higher-ranked (#3) Novipiu. Fernandez is ranked fourth on the list of the best passers in the league with 4.7apg. This year he also averages: 8.1ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.2spg in the 19 games. Fernandez is an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria), who plays in the Austrian A Bundesliga couldn't help Arkadia Lions (1-21) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Arkadia Lions were defeated 87-74 in Wels by the higher-ranked Raiffeisen (#6). Vay was the second best scorer with 25 points. He also added 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. This season Vay has very high stats. He averages: 26.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.5apg and 2.0spg. Vay used to play for the Argentinian national team four years ago.

   #12. Former U17 international center Matias Bortolin (205-93, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) is a teammate of previously mentioned Fabricio Vay. But that was another game of his team in Austrian A Bundesliga which we would like to mention. Bortolin, who plays in the Austrian A Bundesliga couldn't help Arkadia Lions (1-21) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Arkadia Lions were badly defeated 88-72 in Graz by the higher-ranked (#8) UBSC. Bortolin was the second best scorer with 19 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 29 minutes. Bortolin is currently second on the league's list of best blockers with 1.2bpg. He also averaged so far 10.5ppg, 6.2rpg and 2.7apg in the 20 games. Bortolin used to play for the Argentinian U17 national team back in 2010.

   #13. Former U19 international guard Cristian Cortez (185-90, currently plays in Brazil) managed to help Gremio Mogi das Cruzes/Unip to win against the league outsider Suzano crushing them 86-65 in the Brazilian NBB on Thursday night. Cortez recorded only 3 points. He has averaged so far 7.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.1apg. Cortez used to play for the Argentinian U19 national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-G-86, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) led Matera to a victory over the 11th-ranked Mirandola (11-13) 91-87 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) on Sunday night. He was the top player that evening. Vico recorded 40 points (!!!), 4 assists and 4 steals. Bawer Matera (16-8) is placed second in the Nazionale A. Vico belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #4. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.1apg and 2.9spg. Vico has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #2. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help AcegasAps TR (8-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance AcegasAps TR lost 69-76 on the road to the higher-ranked (#6) Givova Scafati. Filloy was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 34 minutes. It was AcegasAps TR's fifth consecutive loss in a row. Filloy has reliable stats this year: 11.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.6apg and 1.6spg in the 19 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Despite Filloy's Argentinian nationality, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Argentinian team.

   #3. Bernardo Musso (193-G-86, currently plays in Italy) was the main contributor in a LeGamberi Foods Forli's victory against the 13th-ranked FCM Ferentino (7-12) 102-97 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. He was the top player that evening. Musso recorded 17 points and added 3 assists (made all of his six free throws) in 33 minutes. LeGamberi Foods Forli (10-9) is placed seventh in the Lega2. This year Musso's total stats are: 9.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.6spg in the 17 games. Similarly like Filloy and Vico above he has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #4. Augustin Fabi (199-G/F-91, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in a Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria's victory against the closely-ranked Chieti (4-12) 80-76 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Sunday. He scored 20 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 26 minutes. Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria (12-11) is placed tenth in the Nazionale A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Fabi's total stats are: 9.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg in the 23 games. Similarly like three previous players above, he also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #5. Albano Chiarastella (196-F-85, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Agrigento's victory against the closely-ranked Chieti (4-12) 90-83 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Sunday. Chiarastella recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. Moncada Solar Agrigento (13-10) is placed fifth in the Nazionale A. Chiarastella has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4spg. He holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.

   #6. Experienced Manuel Carrizo (198-F/G-80, also represented by Players Group, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) was not able to help Latina Basket (9-16) in their last game. Despite Carrizo's very good performance Latina Basket lost 67-75 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#9) Casalpusterlengo. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Carrizo also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 38 minutes. Carrizo has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.3apg and 1.4spg in the seven games. Similarly like all previous players above, Carrizo has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #7. Franco Prelazzi (205-F/C-79, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Castelletto's victory against one of league's weakest teams Perugia 79-72 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) in Sunday night's game. He scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Prelazzi has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.5spg. He has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #8. Juan Ignacio Jasen (196-F-85, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for UCAM Murcia in their game against Regal FC Barcelona in the Spanish ACB. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Jasen recorded only 1 points. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 79-62. He has averaged so far 3.2ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.1apg. Similarly like all previous players above, Jasen holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.

   #9. Marcos Casini (188-PG-80, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help FCM Ferentino in their game against Sigma Barcellona in the Italian Lega2 (second division). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Casini scored only 3 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 27 minutes. His team lost 71-79. He has averaged so far 3.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.0apg in the two games. Casini has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #10. Andres Forray (187-PG-86, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Pall.Trento in their game against Aget Service IM in the Italian Lega2 (second division). He scored only 4 points. His team was edged 76-74. Forray has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg and 1.9spg. He has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.



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Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 20-3 
 2. Wildcats 19-5 
 3. Tigers 10-12 
 4. Kings 10-14 
 5. Hawks 10-14 
 6. Taipans 8-14 
 7. Crocodiles 8-15 
 8. 36ers 8-16 

Regular Season: Round 20

Feb. 22: Hawks - 36ers 90-91
Feb. 22: Taipans - Crocodiles 78-75
Feb. 21: Wildcats - Tigers 78-58
Feb. 24: Kings - Wildcats 71-97

Regular Season: Round 21

Feb. 28: Breakers - 36ers
Mar. 1: Taipans - Wildcats
Mar. 2: Tigers - Hawks
Mar. 3: Kings - Crocodiles


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Ben MADGEN
  Kings
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 18
 1. Madgen, Kings18.0 
 2. Ervin, Crocodiles17.6 
 3. Flynn, Tigers17.4 
 4. Deleon, Hawks16.3 
 5. Johnson, 36ers16.2 
 6. Wilson, Taipans16.1 
 7. Jackson, Breakers16.1 
 8. Lisch, Wildcats15.3 
 9. Redhage, Wildcats14.3 
 10. Knight, Wildcats14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacob HOLMES
  Crocodiles
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Holmes, Crocodiles8.3 
 2. Johnson, 36ers8.1 
 3. Lazare, Kings7.4 
 4. Crosswhite, Kings7.4 
 5. Pledger, Breakers6.9 
 6. Scott, Tigers6.7 
 7. Knight, Wildcats6.7 
 8. Vukona, Breakers6.5 
 9. Tragardh, Taipans6.3 
 10. Forman, Hawks6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Jackson, Breakers7.1 
 2. Flynn, Tigers6.1 
 3. Gibson, 36ers4.8 
 4. Ervin, Crocodiles4.3 
 5. Wilson, Taipans3.7 
 6. Martin, Hawks3.3 
 7. Martin, Wildcats3.2 
 8. Lisch, Wildcats3.0 
 9. Bruce, Kings3.0 
 10. Henry, Kings2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.6 
 2. Martin, Wildcats2.0 
 3. Deleon, Hawks1.5 
 4. Gliddon, Taipans1.2 
 5. Henry, Kings1.2 
 6. Tovey, Wildcats1.1 
 7. Ervin, Crocodiles1.1 
 8. Martin, Hawks1.1 
 9. Boucher, Breakers1.0 
 10. Lisch, Wildcats1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Breakers
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Pledger, Breakers1.7 
 2. Nevill, Crocodiles1.4 
 3. Scott, Tigers0.9 
 4. Schenscher, 36ers0.9 
 5. Forman, Hawks0.8 
 6. Knight, Wildcats0.7 
 7. Hudson, Breakers0.7 
 8. Garlepp, Kings0.7 
 9. Hinder, Crocodiles0.7 
 10. Redhage, Wildcats0.7 


Patrick Mills selected the top Australian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Patrick Mills
Patrick Mills
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA). Mills was the major contributor in a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Phoenix Suns (18-39) 97-87 in the NBA last Sunday. He recorded 16 points (made all of his five free throws). The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 45-13 record this season. It's Mills' first year with the team. This year Mills averages: 4.4ppg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 37.9% and FT: 93.3%. He played for the Australian senior national team four years ago.

Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Joe Ingles (203-87, agency: Priority Sports, currently plays in Euroleague). Ingles led his Spanish team Regal FC Barcelona to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (2-6) crushing them 99-60 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. He scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (7-1) is placed first in group F. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Ingles' overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 47.2%, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 80.8% in the 17 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Australian senior national team.

David Andersen
David Andersen
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international center David Andersen (212-80, currently plays in Turkey). Andersen led Fenerbahce Ulker to a victory over the closely-ranked Mersin (15-5) 81-77 in the Turkish TBL in Monday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Andersen scored 17 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (16-2) is placed second in the TBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Andersen's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 8.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 60.7%(34-56), 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 95.2%(20-21). Andersen is also a member of the Australian senior national team.

Andrew Bogut
Andrew Bogut
   #4. Center Andrew Bogut (212-84, college: Utah, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Golden State Warriors' victory against the Phoenix Suns (18-39) 108-98 in the NBA last Wednesday. He scored 7 points, had 11 boards, handed out 5 passes and blocked 3 shots in 29 minutes. The Golden State Warriors have 33-23 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Bogut has relatively good stats this year: 7.1ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.6bpg in the 12 games. He used to play for the Australian national team back in 2008.

Brad Newley
Brad Newley
   #5. International swingman Brad Newley (199-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help G.Canaria 2014 (13-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Newley's very good performance G.Canaria 2014 was defeated 78-68 at home by the lower-ranked UCAM Murcia (#12). He was the second best scorer with 16 points. This season Newley has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

Anthony Drmic
Anthony Drmic
   #6. Swingman Anthony Drmic (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Boise St. win their game against the Fresno State University (3-10) 72-63 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Drmic scored 28 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds in 34 minutes. The Boise State University has 6-6 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. Drmic has reliable stats this year: 12.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg in the 22 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Australian senior team two years ago.

Steven Markovic
Steven Markovic
   #7. Former international guard Steven Markovic (190-85, currently plays in Adriatic League) helped his Serbian team Radnicki KG win their double overtime (!!!) game against the tenth-ranked Cibona (8-14) 105-101 in the Adriatic League last Monday. Markovic scored 15 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 7 assists. Radnicki Kragujevac (13-8) is placed fourth in the Adriatic League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Markovic is currently seventh on the list of best passers. His total stats this season are: 5.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.4apg. Markovic used to play for the Australian national team four years ago.

Aleks Maric
Aleks Maric
   #8. Center Aleks Maric (211-84, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Russia) helped Lokomotiv win their game against the closely-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (4-7) 89-78 in the Russian PBL on Sunday night. He recorded 11 points in a mere 18 minutes. Lokomotiv Kuban (7-5) is placed fourth in the PBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Maric is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders with 6.9rpg. This year his other stats are: 12.4ppg and 1.5spg in the 10 games. Maric plays currently for the Australian national team.

Aron Baynes
Aron Baynes
   #9. International center Aron Baynes (208-86, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Patrick Mills. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Baynes helped San Antonio Spurs win their game against the Los Angeles Clippers (40-18) crushing them 116-90. He recorded 6 points. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 45-13 record this season. Baynes' total stats this year are: 1.9ppg and 1.6rpg. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

Matthew Dellavedova
Matthew Dellavedova
   #10. Guard Matthew Dellavedova (193-90, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the St.Mary's, CA (12-2) in their last game. Despite Dellavedova's very good performance the St.Mary's, CA lost 66-74 on the road to the Creighton University. He scored 19 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 40 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Dellavedova has been at the team for four years. This season Dellavedova's total stats are: 1.9ppg and 1.6rpg in the eight games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international power forward Nathan Jawai (208-86, college: Midland CC, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Joe Ingles. However that was another game of his team in Spanish ACB which brought him to that list. Jawai helped Regal FC Barcelona win their game against the 12th-ranked UCAM Murcia 79-62. He recorded 6 points. Jawai has averaged so far 7.0ppg and 4.3rpg. He used to play for the Australian national team four years ago.

   #12. International forward Ryan Broekhoff (201-90, is currently at the American university) helped Valparaiso win their game against the Loyola University of Chicago 85-76 in the NCAA last Tuesday. Broekhoff scored 14 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 34 minutes. Broekhoff has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 4.7rpg in the 26 games. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

   #13. Former U18 international forward Samuel Rowley (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Albany (8-6) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Rowley's very good performance the Albany was defeated 79-69 in Boston, MA by the Boston University. He scored 18 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Rowley has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 4.7rpg. He used to play for the Australian U18 national team four years ago.

   #14. International power forward David Barlow (205-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Nathan Jawai in the Spanish ACB last game. Barlow, who plays in the Spanish ACB couldn't help UCAM Murcia (24-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance his team was badly defeated 79-62 on their home court in Murcia by the lower-ranked Regal FC Barcelona (#3). Barlow recorded 10 points. Barlow has averaged so far 7.2ppg and 4.5rpg. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

   #15. Former international forward Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut, currently plays in EuroChallenge) couldn't help Tsmoki-Minsk in their game against Okapi Aalstar in the EuroChallenge. Majok scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 23 minutes. His team was crushed by 24 points 100-76. Majok has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 4.0rpg in the nine games. He used to play for the Australian national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Kyrie Irving (191-G-92, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA) led Cleveland Cavaliers to a victory over the New Orleans Hornets (20-37) 105-100 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Irving scored 35 points (!!!), had 5 rebounds and dished 7 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in 37 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. The Cleveland Cavaliers have rather weak 18-38 record this season. Irving is currently sixth on the list of top scorers with 23.3ppg. He also averaged so far 3.6rpg, 5.6apg and 1.6spg in the 45 games he played so far. Irving is a naturalized American. Despite his Australian passport, Irving previously played for the USA U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Australian team. Strangely he has never played in Australia.

   #2. Mathiang Muo (196-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Virginia Military Institute (7-6) crushing them 92-69 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. He recorded 23 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Charleston Southern University has a very solid 11-3 conference record this season. It was Charleston So.'s third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Muo averaged so far 12.4ppg and 1.5spg. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Sudanese.

   #3. Joel Naburgs (193-G-90, currently studies in the States) contributed to Stetson's victory against the Florida Gulf Coast University (10-4) 80-71 in the NCAA last Friday. Naburgs scored 27 points (!!!), grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 36 minutes. The Stetson University has a solid 9-5 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Naburgs is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Stetson's roster. He averaged so far 12.4ppg and 1.5spg in the 10 games.

   #4. Adrien Sturt (209-C-86, college: Snow CC, currently plays in United Kingdom) was the main contributor in a London Lions' victory against the closely-ranked Manchester Giants (9-18) 81-64 in the British BBL on Sunday night. Sturt was the best player in that game. He recorded 31 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds in 34 minutes. London Lions (10-16) is placed seventh in the BBL. Sturt is ranked third on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.5bpg. This year his other stats are: 15.5ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.4apg in the 24 games.

   #5. Experienced Michael Kingma (208-C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, currently plays in Holland) contributed to a 2-point Groningen's victory against the closely-ranked Leiden (21-6) 68-66 in the Dutch Eredivisie in Wednesday night's game. Kingma was the best player in that game. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. GasTerra Flames Groningen (18-9) is placed third in the Eredivisie. Kingma has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 4.7rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and Dutch.

   #6. Damon Heuir (188-PG, is currently at the American university) contributed to a 1-point S.Utah's victory against the Cal State - Northridge 73-72 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Heuir scored 18 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 34 minutes. Heuir has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 4.7rpg in the 26 games.

   #7. Chris Patton (208-F-91, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Cal-Riverside (3-11) in their last game. Despite Patton's very good performance the Cal-Riverside lost 58-66 on the road to the Portland State University. He scored 22 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 27 minutes. Patton has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 4.0rpg in the nine games.

   #8. Venky Jois (201-F-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the E.Washington (6-10) in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance the E.Washington was defeated 89-80 in Portland, OR by the Portland State University. Jois recorded 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Jois has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 4.0rpg.

   #9. Lee Jeka (187-G-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Science City Jena's victory against one of league's weakest teams Oettinger Rockets Gotha 97-87 in the German ProA (second division) on Saturday night. He scored 17 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 32 minutes. Jeka averaged so far 12.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.4apg in the 22 games. He has both British and Australian nationalities.

   #10. Triantafillos Tzakopoulos (187-G-85, currently plays in Germany) helped Duesseldorf Baskets win their game against the closely-ranked BG Karlsruhe 80-67 in the German ProA (second division) last Saturday. Tzakopoulos scored 11 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 7 assists. Tzakopoulos has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.5apg. He also holds two passports: Greek and Australian.



Redhage wins Round 20 POTW - by Hugh McAuliffe

Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.) and his Perth Wildcats are biting at the heels of league-leading New Zealand, with the forward inspiring wins over Melbourne and Sydney on his way to NBL Player of the Week for Round 20 of the iiNet NBL Championship.

The veteran of more than 250 NBL games helped the Wildcats extend their unbeaten run to five, then six games, with 17 points and six rebounds in just 20 minutes in Thursday nights 78-58 win over the Tigers.

This was followed up on Sunday by 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting in the 97-71 road win over the Kings.

It was a round of high-quality performances, with Kings star Ben Madgen dropping 28 points on 11-of-16 shooting in the loss to Perth, while Tim Coenraad also had 28 points (9-of-13FG and 4-of-5 3FG) in the Hawks 91-90 home loss to Adelaide.

Anthony Petrie (26 points and eight rebounds) and Adam Gibson (21 points and five assists) were standouts in the 36ers road win, while Alex Loughton (24 points on 5-of-7 3FG) and Jamar Wilson (15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists) excelled in Cairns 78-75 win over Townsville.



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Standings - A Bundesliga

A Bundesliga Standings
 1. BC Vienna 17-5 
 2. Gmunden 16-6 
 3. Kapfenberg 16-6 
 4. Klosterneub. 15-7 
 5. Wels 12-9 
 6. Oberwart 12-10 
 7. Gussing 12-10 
 8. UBSC Graz 9-13 
 9. Furstenfeld 7-14 
 10. St.Polten 3-19 
 11. Arkadia 1-21 

Regular Season: Round 24

Feb. 24: Wels - Arkadia 87-74
Feb. 24: Gmunden - Klosterneub. 81-74 OT
Feb. 25: BC Vienna - Oberwart 81-65
Feb. 24: UBSC Graz - St.Polten 79-63
Feb. 24: Gussing - Kapfenberg 73-88

Regular Season: Round 25

Feb. 28: Kapfenberg - Gmunden
Mar. 1: St.Polten - Wels
Mar. 1: Klosterneub. - BC Vienna
Mar. 1: Oberwart - Gussing
Mar. 1: Furstenfeld - UBSC Graz


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Oberwart
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Hinson, Oberwart21.2 
 2. Grum, Furstenfeld20.4 
 3. Pearson, Furstenf.19.8 
 4. Tiedeman, Wels19.6 
 5. Spasojevic, Arkadia19.5 
 6. Shaw, Kapfenberg17.5 
 7. Ray, BC Vienna17.5 
 8. Dale, UBSC G.17.1 
 9. Gilchrese, UBSC G.17.0 
 10. Kovacevic, St.Po.16.7 
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, Wels7.4 
 5. Johnson, Oberwart7.0 
 6. Lamesic, Wels6.9 
 7. Speiser, St.Polten6.7 
 8. Kohlmaier, St.Polt.6.6 
 9. Suljanovic, Kloste.6.5 
 10. Spasojevic, Arkad.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ian BOYLAN
  BC Vienna
  (197-G/F-83)
  Avg: 6
 1. Boylan, BC Vienna6.0 
 2. Woods, Kapfenberg5.8 
 3. Klepeisz, Gussing5.1 
 4. Tiedeman, Wels4.5 
 5. Lanegger, Klostern.4.1 
 6. Danek, BC Vienna4.0 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels3.8 
 8. O''Neal, Furstenfeld3.6 
 9. Zeleznik, Klostern.3.5 
 10. Schaal, UBSC G.3.5 
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 Vienna1.7 
 5. Arnold, Gmunden1.7 
 6. Woods, Kapfenberg1.4 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels1.4 
 8. Pryor, Kapfenberg1.3 
 9. O''Neal, Furstenfeld1.3 
 10. Dale, UBSC G.1.3 
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. Arnold, Gmunden1.0 
 5. Washington, Wels0.9 
 6. Shaw, Kapfenberg0.7 
 7. Pearson, Furstenf.0.6 
 8. Gant, Oberwart0.6 
 9. Mayer, Gmunden0.6 
 10. Koch, Gussing0.5 


Benjamin Ortner selected the top Austrian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Benjamin Ortner
Benjamin Ortner
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Italy). He led Montepaschi Siena to an easy victory against the league outsider Angelico Biella (4-16) crushing them 98-75 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Ortner scored 14 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in a mere 17 minutes on the court. Montepaschi Siena (14-6) is placed third in the SerieA. It's Ortner's first season with the team. This year he averages: 4.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 2FGP: 57.9%(11-19) in the seven games he played so far. Ortner is currently a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Rasid Mahalbasic
Rasid Mahalbasic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Rasid Mahalbasic (211-90, currently plays in Poland). He contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Siarka Jezioro (7-13) crushing them 89-54 in the Polish TBL last Sunday. Mahalbasic scored 10 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Asseco Prokom Gdynia (14-6) is placed third in the TBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Mahalbasic's overall stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 5.3rpg, 2FGP: 57.4%(66-115) and FT: 68.4%. He has a dual citizenship: Austrian and Slovenian. Ex-kelag Worthersee Piraten player is in the roster of the Austrian senior national team.

Matej Kljaic
Matej Kljaic
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U16 international forward Matej Kljaic (193-91, currently plays in Croatia). Kljaic managed to help KK Djuro Djakovic Slavonski Brod in a 3-point victoryagainst the closely-ranked Vrijednosnice OS (7-8) 68-65 in the Croatian A1 on Sunday night. He scored 5 points in 13 minutes. KK Djuro Djakovic Slavonski Brod (8-7) is placed fifth in the A1. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Kljaic has been at the team for four years. This season Kljaic averages only 4.0ppg, 2FGP: 46.7%, 3FGP: 36.4% and FT: 66.7% in the 10 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Austrian and Croatian. Kljaic played for the Austrian U16 national team six years ago.

Thomas Schreiner
Thomas Schreiner
   #4. Point guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a River Andorra's victory against one of league's weakest teams Leyma Basquet (7-12) 71-57 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Sunday night's game. He recorded 7 points. B.C. River Andorra (3-0) is placed in the LEB Gold. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. Schreiner's overall stats this season are: 6.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3spg. He is also Austrian national team player.

Anton Maresch
Anton Maresch
   #5. International shooting guard Anton Maresch (191-91, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Schreiner and both played together in the last Spanish LEB Gold game. Maresch helped River Andorra win their game against one of league's weakest teams Leyma Basquet (7-12) 71-57. He recorded 5 points and added 4 assists in 27 minutes. This year Maresch's overall stats are: 8.7ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.2apg in the 19 games. He plays currently for the Austrian national team.

Jason Detrick
Jason Detrick
   #6. An experienced small forward Jason Detrick (195-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Brazil), who plays in the Brazilian NBB could not help Paschoalotto/Bauru (13-2) to beat Brasilia (19-4). Detrick scored 5 points. The league leader Paschoalotto/Bauru was defeated 90-79 on the road by the second-ranked Brasilia. Detrick's total stats this season are: 4.8ppg and 1.3rpg. He is a naturalized American. Detrick is an international player who is currently on the senior Austrian National Team roster. He used to play for UBC Stahlbau Oberwart Gunners in Austrian league.

Other top Austrian players, who play abroad:

Marc Goetzinger (182-PG-96) plays for s Oliver Baskets in German BBL
Martin-Patrick Pos (198-F-94) plays for BBC Bayreuth in German BBL
Jamie Kohn (195-G-89) plays for Tees Valley Mohawks in British EBL D1
Peter Klemm (197-F-85) plays for Tuebingen II in German Regionalliga
Michael Kaiser (195-G-82) plays for TS Longhorns Herzogenaurach in German Regionalliga
Patrick Churchill (181-SF-98) plays for Muenchen Nord in German NBBL



A Bundesliga Round 24 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Xion Dukes (#3) forced the game against Gmunden Swans (#2) into an overtime, but lost by seven points 74-81 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Xion Dukes. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The best player for the winners was Robert Arnold who had a double-double by scoring 10 points, 17 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Xion Dukes' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Gmunden Swans maintains second position with 16-6 record behind leader BC Vienna, which they share with Kapfenberg. Defending champion Xion Dukes dropped to the fourth place with seven games lost. Gmunden Swans will face Kapfenberg Bulls (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Xion Dukes will play against the league's leader BC Vienna in Wien.

The best stats of 24th round was 22 points and 11 rebounds by Ryan Richards of BC Vienna.


BC Vienna - Oberwart 81-65

There was no surprise in Wien where 5th ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart (12-10) was defeated by first ranked BC Vienna (17-5) 81-65 on Monday. The game without a history. BC Vienna led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. BC Vienna had a 32-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was British power forward Ryan Richards (212-91, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78) chipped in 16 points and 9 assists. BC Vienna's coach Andrea Maghelli used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican point guard Darnell Hinson (186-80, college: Northeastern St.) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively. BC Vienna maintains first position with 17-5 record. Redwell Gunners Oberwart at the other side dropped to the sixth place with ten games lost. BC Vienna will face Xion Dukes (#4) in Klosterneuburg in the next round. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will play at home against Gussing Knights and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: R.Richards 22+11reb+2ast, S.Stazic 16+4reb+9ast, S.Ray 13+3reb, B.Danek 9+1reb+5ast, F.Trmal 7+14reb, J.Francois 6+3reb
Oberwart: D.Hinson 19+5reb+3ast, S.Boxley 17+11reb+1ast, J.Johnson 10+9reb+1ast, H.Artner 9, H.Ochsenhofer 6+2reb+3ast, D.Jandl 2+3reb+3ast
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Wels - Arkadia 87-74

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Raiffeisen Wels (12-9) defeated at home bottom-ranked Arkadia Lions (1-21) 87-74 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Raiffeisen Wels. Arkadia Lions was better in second period 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Arkadia Lions 40-28 including 30 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Tyler Tiedeman (201-85, college: Boise St., agency: Interperformances) who scored 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. Five Raiffeisen Wels players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Montenegrin power forward Radosav Spasojevic (204-92, agency: Interperformances) who recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds and Italian-Argentinian forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, agency: Interperformances) added 25 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Arkadia Lions' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Raiffeisen Wels moved-up to fifth place. Arkadia Lions lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Raiffeisen Wels will face St.Polten (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Wels: T.Tiedeman 22+6reb+6ast, D.Lamesic 18+9reb+1ast, E.Zulic 13+4reb+1ast, A.Farokhmanesh 12+4reb+5ast, D.Washington 10+11reb+2ast, C.Hallett 8+3reb+1ast
Arkadia: F.Vay 25+7reb+2ast, R.Spasojevic 25+12reb+1ast, T.Stadelmann 11+2reb+2ast, F.Duck 4+3reb+3ast, S.Gmeiner 3+1reb+3ast, F.Pelc 3
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UBSC Graz - St.Polten 79-63

Rather expected game when 10th ranked St.Polten (3-19) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked UBSC Graz (9-13) 79-63 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 46-20 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. UBSC Graz forced 19 St.Polten turnovers. The best player for the winners was Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (204-81) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. The former international forward Christoph Knor (194-85) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Four UBSC Graz players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Martin Kohlmaier (218-84) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds and Serbian swingman Maksim Kovacevic (199-87) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively. UBSC Graz maintains eighth position with 9-13 record. St.Polten lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 19 games lost. UBSC Graz will face Furstenfeld Panthers (#9) on the road in the next round. St.Polten will play against Raiffeisen Wels.
Top scorers:
UBSC Graz: C.Knor 19+6reb, C.Bronson 17+7reb, M.Stegnjaic 17+7reb+3ast, M.Dale 12+6reb+6ast, S.Schaal 7+2reb+4ast, E.Gilchrese 7+2reb+3ast
St.Polten: M.Kohlmaier 22+16reb, M.Kovacevic 16+6reb+2ast, M.Speiser 7+5reb+2ast, T.Csebits 7+1reb+1ast, L.Gvozden 4+3reb+4ast, I.Bozic 4+2reb+1ast
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Gussing - Kapfenberg 73-88

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (16-6) beat on the road 6th ranked Gussing Knights (12-10) 88-73 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Kapfenberg Bulls. Gussing Knights was better in fourth quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kapfenberg Bulls made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American-Mexican forward Mark Sanchez (201-87, college: Boise St., agency: Court Side) who scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. American power forward Demetrius Nelson (203-86, college: Citadel, agency: Court Side) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Kapfenberg Bulls players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Marcus Heard (201-84, college: De Paul) who recorded 21 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Dario Hunt (203-89, college: Nevada) added 22 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Gussing Knights' coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kapfenberg Bulls moved-up to second place, which they share with Gmunden. Gussing Knights at the other side keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls will face league's second-placed Gmunden Swans in Gmunden in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gussing Knights will play on the road against Redwell Gunners Oberwart (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: J.Dean Shaw 20+2reb+1ast, D.Nelson 18+6reb+2ast, M.Sanchez 17+8reb+3ast, Q.Pryor 12+3reb, G.Woods 12+5reb+4ast, D.Mayes 5+1reb+1ast
Gussing: D.Hunt 22+6reb+1ast, M.Heard 21+8reb, S.Koch 8+5reb+2ast, M.Jandrasits 7+1ast, T.Klepeisz 6+2reb+3ast, C.Astl 5+2reb+1ast
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Gmunden - Klosterneub. 81-74 OT

Xion Dukes (#3) forced the game against Gmunden Swans (#2) into an overtime, but lost by seven points 74-81 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Xion Dukes. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-15. But Xion Dukes won second period 21-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Xion Dukes used huge pressure winning it 19-15 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 2-9. The best player for the winners was American forward Robert Arnold (198-88, college: Boise St.) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points, 17 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. The other American import point guard Joshua Brown (187-88, college: Towson) chipped in 22 points. Brown is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international swingman Christoph Nagler (196-84) who recorded 19 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American power forward Jason Chappell (208-83, college: Wisconsin) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Xion Dukes' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Gmunden Swans maintains second position with 16-6 record behind leader BC Vienna, which they share with Kapfenberg. Defending champion Xion Dukes dropped to the fourth place with seven games lost. Gmunden Swans will face Kapfenberg Bulls (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Xion Dukes will play against the league's leader BC Vienna in Wien.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: J.Brown 22+3reb+2ast, D.Oppland 19+6reb+2ast, R.Poiger 13+4reb+3ast, M.Oppland 11+3reb+1ast, R.Arnold 10+17reb+7ast, M.Mayer 4+5reb+2ast
Klosterneub.: C.Nagler 19+3reb+5ast, J.Chappell 16+7reb, C.Bobb 10+3reb, R.Suljanovic 8+9reb+2ast, M.Lanegger 7+8reb+2ast, M.Rachar 6
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Vitali Liutych selected the top Belarusian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Vitali Liutych
Vitali Liutych
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-92, currently plays in Baltic League). He led his Lithuanian team Siauliai to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Sakalai (1-5) 92-74 in the Baltic League in Wednesday night's game. Liutych recorded 12 points in 31 minutes on the court. BC Siauliai (4-2) is placed second in group H. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Baltic League Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Liutych has relatively good stats this year: 10.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 2FGP: 58.7%(44-75), 3FGP: 37.1% and FT: 70.3% in the 15 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. Parakhouski could not help Olin Edirne (4-15) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Olin Edirne was defeated 69-59 at home by the much higher-ranked Galatasaray (#4). Parakhouski recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. Parakhouski is currently seventh on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (first place). He has very reliable stats this season: 12.4ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.3apg, 1.8bpg, 2FGP: 65.4%(100-153) and FT: 50.7%. Parakhouski is in the roster of the Belarusian senior national team.

Vladimir Veremeenko
Vladimir Veremeenko
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, currently plays in VTB United League). He contributed to an Unics Kazan's victory against the tenth-ranked Azovmash (2-13) 78-71 in the VTB United League on Sunday night. Veremeenko scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 19 minutes. Unics Kazan (11-4) is placed first in group A. It was his team's third consecutive victory 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. It's Veremeenko's fifth season with the team. This year he averages: 8.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 2FGP: 59.7%(40-67) and FT: 86.5% in the 14 games. Veremeenko has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. He played for the Belarusian national team six years ago.

Mikita Meshcharakou
Mikita Meshcharakou
   #4. Small forward Mikita Meshcharakou (202-88, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) was not able to help AcegasAps TR (8-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Meshcharakou's very good performance AcegasAps TR was defeated 94-88 on their home court in Trieste by the second-ranked Tuscany Pistoia. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Meshcharakou also added 6 rebounds. It's Meshcharakou's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 9.3ppg and 4.4rpg. Meshcharakou is also Belarusian national team player.

Aleh Kojenets
Aleh Kojenets
   #5. An experienced former international center Aleh Kojenets (208-77, college: NC-Wilmington, currently plays in Lithuania) was the major contributor in Mazeikiai's victory against the 15th-ranked Ezerunas-Karys (10-24) crushing them 86-55 in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) last Friday. He scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. Mazeikiai (27-7) is placed first in the NKL. The Regular Season already ended. This year Kojenets has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg and 4.1rpg in the 32 games. He used to play for the Belarusian national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Vladi Yeremishin (201-F/C-84, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (6-12) crushing them 97-70 in the Israeli National League (second division) on Tuesday night. Yeremishin scored 6 points. Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan (10-8) is placed seventh in the National League. Yeremishin's overall stats this season are: 3.3ppg and 2.1rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Israeli. Despite Yeremishin's Belarusian passport, he previously played for the Israeli university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belarusian team.

   #2. Yivgeni Lioutrine (200-C-88, currently plays in Israel) managed to help Elitzur Yavne in a victory against the closely-ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (10-8) 83-78 in the Israeli National League (second division) in Tuesday night's game. Lioutrine scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 12 minutes. Elitzur Yavne (13-5) is placed fourth in the National League. This year Lioutrine's overall stats are: 7.5ppg and 4.1rpg in the 18 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Israeli.

   #3. Igor Suhinin, who plays in the Russian Superleague (second division) could not help Planeta-Universitet Ukhta (6-14) to beat Ural Ekaterinburg (15-4). Suhinin cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Planeta-Universitet Ukhta was defeated 66-58 on the road by the second-ranked Ural Ekaterinburg. It was Planeta-Universitet Ukhta's sixth consecutive loss in a row. Suhinin's overall stats this season are: 5.7ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.9apg and 1.3spg.

Other top Belarusian players, who play abroad:

Valentin Yurchyk (207-F-87) plays for Spartak St.Petersburg in Russian PBL
Dante Stiggers (188-PG-82) plays for Apoel in Cypriot Division A
Mikalai Aliakseyeu (210-C-78) plays for Shahrdari Gorgan in Iranian Superleague
Maksim Shustau (188-G-86) plays for Sojuz Zaretchny in Russian Superleague
Sergey Karpov (200-F-80) plays for Sojuz Zaretchny in Russian Superleague
Anton Astapkovich (200-F-94) plays for CSKA-2 in Russian U23 Youth League
Denis Yarets (190-G-89) plays for Desna Bryansk in Russian Higher League

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



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  BELGIUM   


Jonathan Tabu selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Jonathan Tabu (190-85, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA. He could not help Cantu (13-7) in their last game. Despite Tabu's good performance Cantu lost 65-69 on the road to the lower-ranked (#9) Enel Brindisi. He was the top scorer with 14 points. Tabu also added 4 rebounds in 32 minutes on the court. Tabu has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.0apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 48.1%, 3FGP: 41.9% and FT: 84.8% in the 20 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain). Van Rossom led CAI Zaragoza to a victory over the closely-ranked Valencia Basket (13-9) 76-62 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Van Rossom recorded 17 points and added 3 passes. CAI Zaragoza (13-9) is placed seventh in the ACB. This season Van Rossom averages: 9.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.0apg, 2FGP: 58.5%(38-65), 3FGP: 45.7%(37-81) and FT: 85.3%. He is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain). He managed to help Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket in a victory against the league outsider Lagun Aro GBC (4-18) 91-72 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. Hervelle recorded 5 points in 19 minutes. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (14-8) is placed fourth in the ACB. This year Hervelle's overall stats are: 8.7ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 60.3%(73-121), 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 82.4% in the 21 games. He is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Retin Obasohan
Retin Obasohan
   #4. Point guard Retin Obasohan (185-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Alabama's victory against the Mississippi State University (2-12) 64-56 in the NCAA last Wednesday. He scored only 4 points and had 5 steals. The The University of Alabama has a solid 10-4 conference record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Obasohan's first year with the team. This season Obasohan has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.1apg. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Nigerian. Obasohan is also Belgian U20 national team player.

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

   #1. Tyler Haws (196-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) led BYU to a 2-point victory against the Utah State University (7-5) 70-68 in the NCAA on Tuesday night. Haws scored 27 points (!!!) and had 3 steals in 36 minutes. The Brigham Young University has a solid 9-5 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. It's Haws' fourth year with the team. This season his overall stats are: 9.8ppg, 3.4rpg and 3.0apg in the 22 games he played so far.

   #2. Experienced Ryan Hoover (187-PG-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help Fileni BPA Jesi (7-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Hoover's very good performance Fileni BPA Jesi was defeated in an overtime 94-90 on the road by the much higher-ranked Novipiu Casale (#3). He was the second best scorer with 25 points. Hoover also added 4 passes. This season Hoover has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.7spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Hoover has never played in Belgium.

   #3. Ronrico White (190-PG-92, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Chattanooga (7-9) in their last game on Thursday. Despite White's good performance the Chattanooga (#28) was crushed 94-68 at home by the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists (made all of his eight free throws). There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. White's total stats this season are: 8.7ppg, 4.2rpg and 2.0apg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely White has never played in Belgium.

   #4. Douglas Tshomba (201-F-83, college: Tusculum, currently plays in France) led JA Vichy to a victory over the closely-ranked Souffelweyersheim (14-6) 60-51 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Tshomba scored 13 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 29 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket (16-5) is placed first in the NM1. This year Tshomba has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.1apg in the 16 games.

   #5. Ruphin Tshiabu Kayembe (200-F-92, currently plays in Slovenia) was not able to secure a victory for Maribor Messer (11-5) in their game against Helios (12-4) in the Slovenian Telemach League. He recorded only 4 points in 7 minutes on the court. Maribor Messer lost 73-82 on their home court in Maribor to the leading Helios. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Tshiabu Kayembe's first season with the team. This year Tshiabu Kayembe's total stats are: 3.7ppg and 2.7rpg in the six games. He has a dual citizenship: DR Congolese and Belgian.



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Standings - BIH League

Division Standings
 1. Bosna 13-5 
 2. Capljina 13-5 
 3. Mladost 13-5 
 4. Radnik B. 10-8 
 5. Varda HE 9-9 
 6. Borac Nektar 8-10 
 7. Zrinjski HT 8-10 
 8. Leotar 8-10 
 9. Posusje 7-11 
 10. Kakanj 7-11 
 11. Servitium 6-12 
 12. Vogosca 6-12 
Play in international cups:
 1. Igokea
 2. Siroki WWin

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 23: Radnik B. - Vogosca 85-71
Feb. 23: Capljina - Posusje 81-71
Feb. 24: Bosna - Borac Nektar 78-69
Feb. 23: Mladost - Varda HE 77-59
Feb. 23: Servitium - Kakanj 75-69
Feb. 24: Zrinjski HT - Leotar 72-54

Regular Season: Round 19

Mar. 2: Mladost - Bosna
Mar. 2: Varda HE - Servitium
Mar. 2: Kakanj - Capljina
Mar. 2: Posusje - Radnik B.
Mar. 2: Vogosca - Zrinjski HT
Mar. 2: Leotar - Borac Nektar


D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Vogosca
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 24
 1. Tuljkovic, Vogosca24.0 
 2. Bakovic, Posusje22.2 
 3. Lalovic, Zrinjski.19.5 
 4. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.18.5 
 5. Hot, Vogosca17.6 
 6. Bijelic, Mladost17.4 
 7. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.17.3 
 8. Filipovic, Vogosca16.9 
 9. Aleksic, Leotar16.8 
 10. Bjelica, Capljina16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Vogosca
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Tuljkovic, Vogosca8.8 
 2. Josilo, Varda HE8.8 
 3. Lalovic, Zrinjski.8.2 
 4. Jazvin, Zrinjski HT8.0 
 5. Rizvic, Bosna7.1 
 6. Damjanovic, Servit.6.9 
 7. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.6.7 
 8. Bijelic, Mladost6.6 
 9. Pavlovic, Borac N.6.5 
 10. Goranovic, Radnik6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Hot, Vogosca7.3 
 2. Peljto, Kakanj6.6 
 3. Kascelan, Leotar5.9 
 4. Kovacevic, Capljina5.4 
 5. Hodzic, Bosna5.2 
 6. Radovanovic, Radni.5.2 
 7. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.5.2 
 8. Bakovic, Posusje4.9 
 9. Ivanic, Mladost4.8 
 10. Kastratovic, Vard.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hot, Vogosca2.8 
 2. Lovric, Posusje2.5 
 3. Kovacevic, Capljina2.4 
 4. Bjelica, Capljina2.4 
 5. Borovcanin, Radnik1.6 
 6. Hodzic, Bosna1.6 
 7. Knezevic, Mladost1.6 
 8. Pavlovic, Borac N.1.5 
 9. Erkic, Radnik B.1.5 
 10. Jovanovic, Radnik1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Igor BIJELIC
  Mladost
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Bijelic, Mladost1.4 
 2. Djuranovic, Borac0.6 
 3. Popovic, Capljina0.6 
 4. Suljagic, Kakanj0.6 
 5. Mustapic, Posusje0.6 
 6. Erkic, Radnik B.0.5 
 7. Jovanovic, Radnik0.5 
 8. Jurkovic, Capljina0.5 
 9. Buza, Bosna0.5 
 10. Leric, Bosna0.5 


Adriatic League: Radnicki cruised past Siroki WWin - by Eurobasket News

Siroki WWin - Radnicki 85:100

Rabotnicki capitalized on a sloppy defensive effort from Siroki WWin and breezed to a comfortable road win in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Terrico White (196-G-90, college: Mississippi) unloaded 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the Serbian side. Radnicki improved at 14-8 record dropping Siroki at 7-15.
Radnicki led by just three points after ten minutes of action 24:21. Siroki WWin quite easily denied the deficit. The teams arrived at halftime tied at 45. Radnicki increased the tempo in the third frame. Aleksandar Capin (186-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) drained a bunch of three-pointers and Terrico White stayed red hot offensively as the visitors posted a 77:67 lead heading into the fourth frame. Radnicki quickly boosted the gap to 15 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Aleksandar Capin nailed 17 points, while Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-F-88, agency: Interperformances, college: Washington) added 14 points for the winners. Boris Barac (205-F-92) answered with 25 points for Siroki WWin. Dalibor Persic (185-G-85) had 20 points in the loss.

Siroki WWin: Boris Barac 25, Dalibor Persic 20
Radnicki: Terrico White 29, Aleksandar Capin 17, Matthew Bryan-Amaning 14



Division I Round 18: Servitium tries to escape the last position defeating Kakanj - by Eurobasket News

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

Bottom-ranked Servitium managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the five-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they won against tenth-ranked Kakanj in Gradiska 75-69. Kakanj trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 29-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 69-75 at the end of the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Kakanj helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Igor Damjanovic (190-85) had a triple-double by scoring 12 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and forward Dejan Savic (202-85) chipped in 18 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was Croatian guard Luka Drezga (196-87) with 25 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Servitium (6-12) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Vogosca. Newly promoted Kakanj dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Posusje. Servitium is looking forward to face higher ranked Varda HE (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Kakanj will play against the league's second-placed Capljina Lasta (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Division I top team - Bosna ASA BHT (13-5) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Borac Nektar (8-10) in Sarajevo 78-69. Forward Ramo Rizvic (200-87) notched a double-double by scoring 26 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and Eldin Camdzic supported him with 13 points and 4 assists. Even 25 points and 6 rebounds by Nebojsa Pavlovic (200-87) did not help to save the game for Borac Nektar. Bosna ASA BHT maintains first position with 13-5 record, which they share with Capljina and Mladost. Borac Nektar lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Leotar and Zrinjski HT. Bosna ASA BHT will play against Mladost (#3) in Mrkonjic Grad in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Borac Nektar will play on the road against Leotar in Trebinje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Ninth ranked Zrinjski HT (8-10) crushed at home 7th ranked Leotar (8-10) by 18 points 72-54, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. The best player for the winners was Boris Lalovic who scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. Zrinjski HT's coach Zoran Glomazic used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Dejan Sakotic who recorded 15 points and 6 rebounds. Zrinjski HT moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Borac Nektar and Leotar. Zrinjski HT will meet bottom-ranked Vogosca (#12) in the next round where they are favorite. Leotar will play against Borac Nektar (#6) in Banja Luka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 18: Varda HE lost to Mladost on the opponent's court 59-77. Capljina managed to outperform Posusje in a home game 81-71. Vogosca recorded a loss to Radnik B. on the road 85-71.


Bosna - Borac Nektar 78-69

Division I top team - Bosna ASA BHT (13-5) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Borac Nektar (8-10) in Sarajevo 78-69. Bosna ASA BHT made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Bosna ASA BHT had a 35-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. Forward Ramo Rizvic (200-87) notched a double-double by scoring 26 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and guard Eldin Camdzic (196-90) supported him with 13 points and 4 assists. Even 25 points and 6 rebounds by Nebojsa Pavlovic (200-87) did not help to save the game for Borac Nektar. Power forward Dragan Djuranovic (204-88) added 17 points and 5 rebounds. Bosna ASA BHT maintains first position with 13-5 record, which they share with Capljina and Mladost. Borac Nektar lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Leotar and Zrinjski HT. Bosna ASA BHT will play against Mladost (#3) in Mrkonjic Grad in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Borac Nektar will play on the road against Leotar in Trebinje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bosna: R.Rizvic 26+15reb+6ast, E.Camdzic 13+4reb+4ast, A.Demic 10+4reb+1ast, S.Damjanovic 8+5reb+3ast, N.Buza 7+6reb, E.Mujic 6+2reb+1ast
Borac Nektar: N.Pavlovic 25+6reb+2ast, D.Djuranovic 17+5reb, R.Ivic 9+3ast, S.Loncar 8+7reb+3ast, S.Matic 6+4reb+1ast, M.Vukotic 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 201805


Zrinjski HT - Leotar 72-54

Ninth ranked Zrinjski HT (8-10) crushed at home 7th ranked Leotar (8-10) by 18 points 72-54, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Zrinjski HT. Leotar managed to win second period 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Leotar to just 7 points in third quarter. The best player for the winners was Montenegrin center Boris Lalovic (209-81) who scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. Swingman Ivica Petric (198-88) chipped in 9 points and 9 rebounds. Zrinjski HT's coach Zoran Glomazic used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Dejan Sakotic (194-93) who recorded 15 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Marko Rikalo (185-94) added 14 points respectively. Zrinjski HT moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Borac Nektar and Leotar. Zrinjski HT will meet bottom-ranked Vogosca (#12) in the next round where they are favorite. Leotar will play against Borac Nektar (#6) in Banja Luka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zrinjski HT: B.Lalovic 19+9reb+2ast, D.Zovko 10+2reb+1ast, I.Petric 9+9reb+2ast, A.Hasandic 9+2reb+3ast, M.Djukanovic 8+6reb+5ast, M.Petric 6+3reb+1ast
Leotar: D.Sakotic 15+6reb+3ast, M.Rikalo 14+4reb, P.Gojkovac 8+7reb, D.Ninkovic 6+4reb, V.Aleksic 6+6reb+1ast, D.Markovic 5+7reb+3ast
gschID: 201806


Mladost - Varda HE 77-59

Rather expected game in Mrkonjic Grad where 5th ranked Varda HE (9-9) was defeated by third ranked Mladost (13-5) 77-59 on Saturday. The game without a history. Mladost led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 69.0 percent from the field. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Petar Ivanic (191-85) who scored 14 points and 7 assists. Montenegrin power forward Igor Bijelic (207-88) chipped in 16 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Five Mladost players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Montenegrin point guard Darko Kastratovic (189-88, agency: BeoExcell) who recorded 8 points and point guard Andrija Djeric (177-85) added 9 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Mladost keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Bosna and Capljina. Varda HE at the other side keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. Mladost will meet at home league's leader Bosna ASA BHT in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Varda HE will play against Servitium (#11) in Gradiska and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Mladost: I.Bijelic 16+3reb, N.Milosevic 14+1reb+2ast, D.Knezevic 14+1reb+3ast, P.Ivanic 14+7ast, R.Velimirovic 12+3reb+1ast, M.Kezic 5+1reb
Varda HE: M.Josilo 10+3reb, D.Tresac 9+1reb+2ast, A.Djeric 9+1reb+3ast, D.Kastratovic 8+4reb+3ast, I.Zolotic 6, M.Trikic 6+2reb
gschID: 201810


Servitium - Kakanj 75-69

Bottom-ranked Servitium managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the five-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they won against tenth-ranked Kakanj in Gradiska 75-69. Kakanj trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 29-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 69-75 at the end of the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Kakanj helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Igor Damjanovic (190-85) had a triple-double by scoring 12 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and forward Dejan Savic (202-85) chipped in 18 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Servitium players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Croatian guard Luka Drezga (196-87) with 25 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and forward Ashar Dedic (199-86) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Servitium (6-12) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Vogosca. Newly promoted Kakanj dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Posusje. Servitium is looking forward to face higher ranked Varda HE (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Kakanj will play against the league's second-placed Capljina Lasta (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Servitium: D.Savic 18+4reb, D.Kovacevic 13+3reb, I.Damjanovic 12+15reb+10ast, N.Bilanovic 11+4reb+1ast, O.Vukovic 9+2reb+2ast, S.Damjanovic 8+3reb+1ast
Kakanj: L.Drezga 25+5reb+1ast, A.Dedic 15+6reb+1ast, A.Suljagic 13+6reb+1ast, D.Peljto 8+1reb+11ast, S.Hadzifejzovic 4+2reb+1ast, N.Begovac 2+1reb
gschID: 201809


Capljina - Posusje 81-71

Very predictable result when second ranked Capljina Lasta (13-5) defeated at home 8th ranked Posusje (7-11) 81-71 on Saturday. Posusje was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Posusje 39-21 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Nemanja Kovacevic (194-85) who scored 24 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Serbian guard Krsto Bjelica (192-88) chipped in 11 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Capljina Lasta players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Croatian guard Ivan Bakovic (197-81) who recorded 25 points and 4 assists and point guard Goran Jelcic (182-81) added 15 points respectively. Capljina Lasta have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Bosna and Mladost. Newly promoted Posusje dropped to the ninth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Kakanj. Capljina Lasta will meet Kakanj (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Posusje will play against Radnik B. in Bijeljina and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Capljina: N.Kovacevic 24+2reb+4ast, N.Popovic 12+6reb+1ast, B.Jelcic 12+9reb+1ast, K.Bjelica 11+8reb+7ast, D.Micic 7+3reb+2ast, M.Jurkovic 7+2reb
Posusje: I.Bakovic 25+3reb+4ast, G.Jelcic 15+2reb+2ast, K.Mustapic 11+2reb, A.Leko 6+4reb, M.Lovric 5+3reb+2ast, J.Sakota 4+2reb
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Radnik B. - Vogosca 85-71

Not a big story in a game in Bijeljina where 11th ranked Vogosca (6-12) was defeated by fourth ranked Radnik B. (10-8) 85-71 on Saturday. The game without a history. Radnik B. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Radnik B. outrebounded Vogosca 40-23 including 17 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was swingman Vedran Borovcanin (200-85) who scored 14 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Swingman Nebojsa Erkic (197-89) chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Radnik B. players scored in double figures. Radnik B.'s coach Predrag Jacimovic used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was Montenegrin guard Amin Hot (192-92) who recorded 21 points and 4 assists and forward Faruk Kalamujic (198-87) added 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively. Newly promoted Radnik B. maintains fourth position with 10-8 record. Vogosca at the other side dropped to the bottom place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Servitium. Radnik B. will meet Posusje (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Vogosca will play against Zrinjski HT in Mostar and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Radnik B.: V.Borovcanin 14+9reb+6ast, M.Markovic 11+6reb+2ast, V.Radovanovic 11+1reb+5ast, N.Erkic 11+5reb+4ast, D.Simic 10+4reb, D.Lontos 10+1reb+1ast
Vogosca: A.Hot 21+3reb+4ast, F.Kalamujic 16+6reb, S.Albinovic 9+1reb+1ast, A.Selimovic 8+5reb+1ast, M.Keser 6+4reb, D.Alic 6
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Kenan Bajramovic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Bosnians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Bosnia and Herzegovina players, who play currently abroad.

Kenan Bajramovic
Kenan Bajramovic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Kenan Bajramovic (205-81, currently plays in Turkey). He led Banvit BK to a victory against the seventh-ranked TED Kolejliler (10-9) 81-76 in the Turkish TBL on Sunday night. Bajramovic had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 12 rebounds in 27 minutes on the court. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (17-2) is placed second in the TBL. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. This year Bajramovic averages: 8.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 41.9%, 3FGP: 42.2% and FT: 78.8% in the 18 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Mirza Teletovic
Mirza Teletovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Teletovic could not help the Brooklyn Nets (33-24) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Brooklyn Nets lost 96-106 on the road to the Houston Rockets. Teletovic scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. It's Teletovic's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 3.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 2FGP: 45.2%, 3FGP: 32.4% in the 34 games. Teletovic is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Edin Bavcic
Edin Bavcic
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Edin Bavcic (209-84, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Greece). Bavcic was not able to help KAOD (5-13) in their game against Olympiacos (17-1) in the Greek A1. Despite his very good performance last Monday He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Bavcic also added 4 rebounds. Bavcic's total stats this season are: 6.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 2FGP: 57.9%(11-19), 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 42.5%. He is also a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Nemanja Mitrovic
Nemanja Mitrovic
   #4. Guard Nemanja Mitrovic (197-90, college: Portland, currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for Kavala (5-13) in their game against PAOK (14-4) in the Greek A1, despite his very good performance on Sunday night. Mitrovic was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 31 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Mitrovic's third season in pro basketball. But Kavala lost 69-81 in Thessaloniki to the much higher-ranked (#4) PAOK. This year Mitrovic's total stats are: 9.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.2apg in the 18 games. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mitrovic is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Zlatko Jovanovic
Zlatko Jovanovic
   #5. Former international point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help Timisoara (11-10) in their game against CSU Sibiu (12-11) in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Despite his very good performance on Saturday night He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Jovanovic also added 7 assists. Jovanovic is currently sixth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (third place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Jovanovic averages: 16.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 6.3apg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team four years ago.

Ernest Bremer
Ernest Bremer
   #6. An experienced guard Ernest Bremer (194-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Armani Milano (12-8) in their game against Trenkwalder RE (11-9) in the Italian SerieA. Bremer scored 9 points in 23 minutes. But Armani Milano was badly defeated 79-61 in Reggio Emilia by the lower-ranked (#8) Trenkwalder RE. They ended the series of five consecutive victories. Bremer has averaged so far 5.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg in the nine games. He is a naturalized American. Bremer is a former international player as he played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior team two years ago. He used to play for Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina league.

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #7. Former international guard Marko Popovic (193-84, currently plays in Serbia) was the major contributor in Sloga's victory against one of league's weakest teams Vrsac 104-93 in the Serbian A League last Wednesday. Popovic recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and making 15 passes. KK Sloga Societe Generale Kraljevo (7-15) is placed 13th in the A League. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Popovic is currently second on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (first place). This season he has very high stats. Popovic averages: 17.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 7.8apg and 1.4spg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team four years ago.

Sasa Vasiljevic
Sasa Vasiljevic
   #8. Point guard Sasa Vasiljevic (180-79, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Ukraine) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Kryvbasbasket (13-19) crushing them 90-67 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Sunday night. Vasiljevic scored 12 points and added 6 passes in 26 minutes. Politekhnika-Halychyna Lviv (21-12) is placed third in the Superleague. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Vasiljevic has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 1.6rpg and 4.0apg in the 32 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Muhamed Pasalic
Muhamed Pasalic
   #9. International guard Muhamed Pasalic (192-87, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Aris (10-8) in their game against Panionios (15-3) in the Greek A1. Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game Pasalic was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 4 passes. Pasalic has relatively good stats this season: 12.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Ante Masic
Ante Masic
   #10. Forward Ante Masic (200-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Adriatic League) couldn't help Cedevita (12-10) in their game against Szolnok (7-15) in the Adriatic League. Masic recorded 6 points. Cedevita was defeated 64-59 on the opponent's court by the one of league's weakest teams Szolnok (#13). There are only four games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Masic has averaged so far 5.8ppg and 2.8rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

   #11. International shooting guard Ivan Opacak (201-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to a PGE Turow's victory against the sixth-ranked Lietuvos rytas 86-78 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Opacak scored 9 points in 24 minutes. Opacak has averaged so far 8.0ppg and 3.2rpg in the 14 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #12. International point guard Nemanja Gordic (192-88, currently plays in Adriatic League) couldn't help Partizan in their game against Un.Olimpija in the Adriatic League. Gordic recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. His team was edged 73-71. Gordic has averaged so far 5.8ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.6apg in the 14 games. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #13. Former international power forward Elvir Ovcina (212-76, another player represented by Interperformances, college: Syracuse, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help LTi 46ers in their game against TBB Trier in the German BBL. Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game Ovcina recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 5 assists. Ovcina is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.1ppg, 6.8rpg and 3.4apg. Ovcina used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team eight years ago.

   #14. International center Elmedin Kikanovic (210-88, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in VTB United League) couldn't help Enisey Krasnoyarsk in their game against Zalgiris in the VTB United League, despite his very good performance last Sunday. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Kikanovic also added 8 rebounds in 21 minutes. But his team was crushed by 25 points 86-61. He has averaged so far 8.1ppg and 3.2rpg in the 15 games. Kikanovic plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #15. International guard Zack Wright (195-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in Russia) managed to help Spartak St.Petersburg to win against the eighth-ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod 86-68 in the Russian PBL on Sunday night. He scored only 4 points. Wright has averaged so far 7.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.1apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Wright is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. Strangely he has never played in Bosnia.

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

   #1. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Turkey could not help Fenerbahce Ulker (2-6) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the seventh-placed Fenerbahce Ulker was crushed 99-60 on the road by the leading Regal FC Barcelona in the group F of Euroleague. Bogdanovic was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 2 shots in 36 minutes. Bogdanovic is currently sixth on the list of top scorers with 15.4ppg. He also averaged so far 2.0rpg and 1.2apg in the 18 games he played so far. Bogdanovic has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #2. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82, currently plays in VTB United League) led his Russian team Khimky to a victory over the ninth-ranked Kalev/Cramo (3-12) 65-57 in the VTB United League last Monday. He was MVP of the game. Planinic scored 12 points, made 6 passes and 3 steals. BC Khimky Moscow Region (11-4) is placed third in group A. There are only three games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Planinic is currently fifth on the list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 5.2apg. Planinic is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

   #3. Stanko Barac (216-C-86, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Antalya (4-15) crushing them 96-72 in the Turkish TBL in Sunday night's game. Barac recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (15-4) is placed fifth in the TBL. Barac's overall stats this season are: 4.7ppg and 2.6rpg. Similarly like Planinic and Bogdanovic above he has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian nationalities.

   #4. Damir Markota (209-F-85, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to help Besiktas (12-7) in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance Besiktas was defeated 78-70 in a derby game by the leading Fenerbahce Ulker. Markota was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 6 rebounds. Markota's total stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 5.8rpg and 2.2apg. Similarly like three previous players above, he also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #5. Marko Keselj (206-SF-88, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA was not able to secure a victory for Le Mans (12-8) in their last game. Despite Keselj's good performance Le Mans was edged 71-68 on the opponent's court by the leading Gravelines-Dunkerque. He scored 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 33 minutes. It was his first game for Le Mans this season. Keselj has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian.

   #6. Simo Atanackovic (206-F-90, currently plays in Slovenia), who plays in the Slovenian Telemach League couldn't help Elektra (8-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Elektra was defeated 91-83 in Ljubljana by the lower-ranked Geoplin Slovan (#7). Atanackovic recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 12 rebounds. Atanackovic has relatively good stats this season: 10.8ppg and 5.9rpg. He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian passports. Despite Atanackovic's Bosnia and Herzegovina nationality, he previously played for the Slovenian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina team.

   #7. Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89, currently plays in Adriatic League) contributed to Szolnok's surprising victory against the sixth-ranked Cedevita 64-59 in the Adriatic League on Saturday night. Sehovic had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 5 assists in 34 minutes. Sehovic has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.3apg in the 18 games. He has Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegrin nationalities.

   #8. Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Ukraine couldn't help Khimik (2-3) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Sehovic's good performance the second-placed Khimik was defeated 76-68 in Samara by the leading Krasnie Krilya in the group K of EuroChallenge. He scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Sehovic has relatively good stats this season: 10.5ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.1spg. He has dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

   #9. Matija Ceskovic (192-G-81, currently plays in Romania) was the main contributor in a 2-point Targu Mures' victory against the eighth-ranked CSM Bucuresti 93-91 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Saturday. Ceskovic was MVP of the game. He scored 22 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 31 minutes. Ceskovic has relatively good stats this year: 13.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.6apg in the 18 games. He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian passports.

   #10. Goran Suton (208-C-85, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Adriatic League) faced previously mentioned Sead Sehovic in the Adriatic League last game. Suton, who plays in Croatia couldn't help Cedevita (12-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Cedevita was defeated 64-59 on the opponent's court by the one of league's weakest teams Szolnok (#13). Suton was the second best scorer with 10 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Suton's total stats this season are: 5.1ppg and 2.8rpg. He has Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian nationalities.



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Liga Americas: Sao Jose edge Pioneros, both teams advance - by Eurobasket News

Sao Jose/Vinac - Pioneros de Quintana 100:91

Sao Jose/Vinac earned a crucial win at the Liga Americas Group C. They held off Pioneros de Quintana to improve at 2-1 record meaning both teams advanced into the next round of the competition. Murilo Becker (210-C/F-83) stepped up with 28 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners.
Sao Jose/Vinac exploded with 27 points in the first quarter to pull ahead. They enjoyed a 6-point lead at the first intermission. Pioneros narrowed the deficit in the second frame. The Mexican team got within 2 points at the interval 46:48. The teams stayed close throughout the third term. Sao Jose/Vinac managed to enter the fourth frame up by two points 70:68. The Brazilian team erupted for 30 points in the final period to seal the winning outcome at the end. Andre Laws (188-PG-80, college: San Diego) had 15 points, while Luiz Felipe Lemes (192-G-80, college: BYU) added 14 points for the winners. Jeremiah Dominguez (168-PG-85, college: Portland St.) answered with 24 points for Pioneros. Matt Robertson (206-F-87, agency: Duran International, college: Rollins) added 12 points in the loss.

Sao Jose/Vinac: Murilo Becker 28, Andre Laws 15, Luiz Felipe Lemes 14
Pioneros: Jeremiah Dominguez 24, Matt Robertson 12



Day's 24 points and 6 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

30-year old forward Robert Day (197-F-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for Uberlandia and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had the game-high 24 points adding six rebounds and six assists for Uberlandia in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Joinville (#14, 8-16) with 26-point margin 99-73. Uberlandia maintains the 3rd position in Brazilian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Uberlandia will need more victories to improve their 17-8 record. In the team's last game Day had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Uberlandia's top player in his first season with the team. Western Oregon University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Day is in league's top in points (7th best: 18.9ppg) and averages solid 1.6bpg,55.6% FGP and 48.5% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) of top-ranked Flamengo. He is international swingman in his first season at Flamengo. In the last game Benite recorded impressive 29 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead Flamengo to another comfortable win 101-82 over the lower-ranked Basquete Cearense (#10, 11-12) being unquestionably team leader. Of course Flamengo still keep the league's top spot. His team belongs to top of the standings with 23-2 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Benite is a newcomer at Flamengo and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Felipe Ribeiro (201-F-79) of Basquete Cearense (#10). Ribeiro scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Ribeiro's great performance Basquete Cearense lost 82-101 to the higher-ranked Flamengo (#1, 23-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Basquete Cearense ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ribeiro could help Basquete Cearense to bring them higher in the standings. Ribeiro has a great season in Brazil. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.2rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 55.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. James Parker (188-PG-81) of Vila Velha - 35 points and 7 rebounds
5. Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80) of Brasilia - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Antwaine Wiggins (200-F-88) of Palmeiras - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Benzor Simmons (196-G-88) of Vila Velha - 28 points and 9 rebounds
8. Valtinho Silva (187-G-77) of Uberlandia - 12 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Lucas Cipolini (206-F/C-86) of Uberlandia - 25 points and 6 rebounds
10. Shamell Stallworth (195-SG-80) of Pinheiros/Sky - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists

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



Marcelinho Huertas selected the top Brazilian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Marcelinho Huertas
Marcelinho Huertas
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Spanish team Regal FC Barcelona to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (2-6) crushing them 99-60 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Huertas scored 14 points, grabbed 5 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 3 balls in only a mere 14 minutes on the court. Regal FC Barcelona (7-1) is placed first in group F. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Huertas averages: 8.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 52.1%, 3FGP: 41.3% and FT: 96.6%(28-29) in the 18 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Italian. Huertas is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Tiago Splitter (211-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). He led San Antonio Spurs to a victory against the Phoenix Suns (18-39) 97-87 in the NBA last Sunday. Splitter recorded 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 45-13 record this season. Splitter has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 59.7%(228-382) and FT: 74.2%. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish. Splitter is in the roster of the Brazilian senior national team.

Hilario Nene
Hilario Nene
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Hilario Nene (207-82, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to a Washington Wizards' victory against the Denver Nuggets (36-22) 119-113 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Nene scored 14 points, grabbed 4 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots. The Washington Wizards have rather weak 18-37 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Nene's first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Nene averages: 12.6ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.9apg, 2FGP: 48.8% and FT: 74.2%. He is also a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #4. Center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86, currently plays in Euroleague) helped his Spanish team Real Madrid win their game against the seventh-ranked ALBA Berlin (1-7) 77-72 in the Euroleague last Friday. Hettsheimer scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in only 14 minutes. Real Madrid (7-1) is placed second in group E. It's Hettsheimer's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 4.1ppg and 2.5rpg in the 10 games. Hettsheimer has both Brazilian and Spanish nationalities. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2011.

Hatila Passos
Hatila Passos
   #5. Former international center Hatila Passos (211-85, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Uruguay) helped Hebraica win their game against the third-ranked Sayago (5-5) 92-78 in the Uruguayan LUB on Friday night. Passos recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 16 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 5 blocks. Hebraica Macabi (2-5) is placed eighth in Serie 1. Passos is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.5ppg, 11.1rpg and 1.1apg. Passos used to play for the Brazilian national team three years ago.

Joao Paulo Batista
Joao Paulo Batista
   #6. Power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA could not help Le Mans (12-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Le Mans was edged 71-68 on the road by the leading Gravelines-Dunkerque. Batista was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. Batista is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Le Mans' roster. This season Batista has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.7apg in the 20 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Brazilian senior team three years ago.

Lucas Nogueira
Lucas Nogueira
   #7. Former international center Lucas Nogueira (213-92, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Asefa Estudiantes (12-10) in their game against Cajasol (8-14) in the Spanish ACB. Nogueira recorded 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in only 12 minutes. Asefa Estudiantes lost 78-86 in Sevilla to the lower-ranked (#14) Cajasol. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. This year Nogueira's total stats are: 4.5ppg and 3.0rpg in the 22 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team two years ago.

Marcus Vinicius Toledo
Marcus Vinicius Toledo
   #8. Forward Marcus Vinicius Toledo (203-86, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Ford Burgos (15-4) in their last game on Friday. Despite Toledo's good performance Ford Burgos was defeated 74-68 on the opponent's court by the much lower-ranked Ourense (#11). He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Toledo also added 5 rebounds. Toledo is currently second on the list of most steals. He has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.1apg and 1.8spg. Toledo plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Lucas Tischer
Lucas Tischer
   #9. Former international center Lucas Tischer (208-83, currently plays in Argentina) helped Penarol win their game against the eighth-ranked Olimpico de La Banda (21-19) 92-86 in the Argentinian LigaA last Sunday. He recorded 8 points in only 14 minutes. Penarol Mar del Plata (27-11) is placed second in the LigaA. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Tischer has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 3.9rpg in the 11 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team seven years ago.

Fabricio Melo
Fabricio Melo
   #10. Center Fabricio Melo (212-90, college: Syracuse, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Boston Celtics (30-27) in their game against the Los Angeles Lakers (28-30) in the NBA. Melo cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. The Boston Celtics were defeated 113-99 in Los Angeles by the Lakers. This season Melo averages just 1.3ppg. He is a former university international player as two years ago he still played for the Brazilian national team.

   #11. International point guard Rafael Freire (188-92, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Blusens Monbus in their game against CB Canarias in the Spanish ACB. He recorded 5 points and added 5 passes. His team was defeated 84-77. Freire has averaged so far 2.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.5apg. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

   #12. Former international swingman Jonathan Tavernari (198-87, college: BYU, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Givova Scafati in their game against LeGamberi Foods Forli in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Tavernari scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 29 minutes. His team lost 82-86. Tavernari has averaged so far 7.7ppg and 3.4rpg in the 19 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2010.

   #13. Former U17 international center Rafael Maia (206-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Brown in their game against the Harvard University in the NCAA. Maia scored 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. His team was badly defeated by 18 points 65-47. Maia has averaged so far 7.7ppg and 3.4rpg. He used to play for the Brazilian U17 national team six years ago.

   #14. Former international guard Carlos Cobos (193-88, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Leche Rio Breogan in their game against Meridiano Alicante in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Cobos recorded only 2 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. His team was defeated 70-60. Cobos has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2010.

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

   #1. Vitor Faverani (211-C-88, currently plays in Eurocup) was the major contributor in a Valencia Basket's victory against the fourth-ranked CEZ Nymburk (1-5) crushing them 104-55 in the Eurocup on Tuesday night. He scored 16 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 21 minutes. Valencia Basket (4-2) is placed second in group J. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical. It's Faverani's fourth season with the team. This year Faverani's overall stats are: 7.0ppg and 3.7rpg in the seven games he played so far.

   #2. Atila Santos (208-C-83, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Minnesota St., currently plays in Bulgaria) led Balkan to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Spartak Pleven (4-14) 90-81 in the Bulgarian NBL last Friday. Santos scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Balkan Botevgrad (12-6) is placed fourth in the NBL. Santos is currently second on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). This season he has very good stats: 11.3ppg, 9.3rpg and 1.1bpg.

   #3. Rodrigo de Souza (188-G, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Pacific (9-5) to beat the University of California-Irvine (9-6). de Souza scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 18 minutes. But the Pacific lost 59-68 on the road to the University of California-Irvine. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year de Souza averages only 1.3ppg in the four games.

   #4. Andre Coimbra (205-F-86, agency: SDJ Sports, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in Japan) was not able to help Oita Heat Devils (11-24) in their game against Shimane Magic (24-11) in the Japanese BJ League. Coimbra recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. But the eighth-placed Oita Heat Devils were badly defeated 80-61 in Shimane by the second-ranked Magic in the Western group. It was Oita Heat Devils' fifth consecutive loss in a row. Coimbra has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.6apg in the five games.

   #5. Pedro Maciel (185-PG-89, currently studies in the States) contributed to a Nicholls St.'s victory against the Lamar University (1-13) 74-63 in the NCAA on Tuesday night. He scored 8 points and added 4 assists. The Nicholls State University has 6-8 conference record this season. It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Maciel has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.6apg.

   #6. Rinaldo Mafra (201-F-86, is currently at the American university) helped Jacksonville St. edge the Southeast Missouri State University 67-65 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. He scored 7 points and blocked 2 shots in 21 minutes. Mafra has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.6apg in the five games.

   #7. Renan Lenz (206-C-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Utah in their game against the University of Colorado in the NCAA. Lenz cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 8 minutes on the court. His team lost 50-60. Lenz has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg in the 19 games.

   #8. Arthur Bernardi (206-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Houston Baptist win their game against the University of New Orleans 65-52 in the NCAA in Monday night's game. He scored 14 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Bernardi has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg.



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  BULGARIA   

Standings A1

NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 16-2 
 2. Levski Sofia 15-3 
 3. Rilski Sportist 13-5 
 4. Balkan 12-6 
 5. Tundja Yambol 10-8 
 6. Beroe 7-11 
 7. Cherno More 7-11 
 8. Chernomorets 6-12 
 9. Spartak Pleven 4-14 
 10. U20 0-18 

Regular Season: Round 19

Mar. 9: U20 - Tundja Yambol
Mar. 9: Cherno More - Chernomorets
Mar. 9: Levski Sofia - Beroe
Mar. 9: Rilski Sportist - Balkan
Mar. 9: Spartak Pleven - Lukoil Academik


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reginald HOLMES
  Beroe
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Holmes, Beroe21.4 
 2. Durchev, Tundja Y.19.0 
 3. Tyler, Chernomo.18.8 
 4. Zahariev, Rilski S.18.3 
 5. Smith, Rilski S.18.1 
 6. Lilov, Balkan17.7 
 7. Mirkovic, Rilski S.17.1 
 8. Marinovic, Levski16.7 
 9. Milosevic, Tundja15.9 
 10. Green, Lukoil A.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.13.7 
 2. Santos, Balkan9.3 
 3. Galiotos, Cherno M.9.2 
 4. Milosevic, Tundja9.1 
 5. Ormon, Tundja Y.7.9 
 6. Vrcelj, Cherno M.7.5 
 7. Watkins, Lukoil A.7.2 
 8. Agre, Spartak6.9 
 9. Gugino, Rilski S.6.7 
 10. Dupree, Rilski S.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Will WALKER
  Beroe
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 7
 1. Walker, Beroe7.0 
 2. Mirkovic, Rilski S.5.6 
 3. Heath, Lukoil A.5.6 
 4. Marinovic, Levski4.9 
 5. Rakovic, Chernomo.4.4 
 6. Radionov, Tundja Y.4.3 
 7. Durchev, Tundja Y.4.2 
 8. Velikov, Cherno M.4.0 
 9. Dyakovski, Sparta.3.9 
 10. Lilov, Balkan3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Bozhidar AVRAMOV
  Lukoil A.
  (196-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Avramov, Lukoil A.2.5 
 2. Heath, Lukoil A.2.5 
 3. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.4 
 4. Velikov, Cherno M.2.2 
 5. Green, Lukoil A.2.1 
 6. Walker, Beroe2.1 
 7. Mirkovic, Rilski S.2.0 
 8. Gugino, Rilski S.2.0 
 9. Kostov, Levski S.1.9 
 10. Holmes, Beroe1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.3.1 
 2. Dupree, Rilski S.1.6 
 3. Hart, Beroe1.6 
 4. Watkins, Lukoil A.1.3 
 5. Santos, Balkan1.1 
 6. Banev, Lukoil A.1.0 
 7. Gugino, Rilski S.0.9 
 8. Zahariev, Rilski S.0.9 
 9. Sjekloca, Tundja Y.0.8 
 10. Simeonov, U200.7 


Standings A2

Division A Standings
 1. Spartak MVR 9-2 
 2. UE Varna 8-3 
 3. Thrace Univ. 8-3 
 4. Academik BL 7-4 
 5. Academik PL 5-6 
 6. Dunav 2007 3-7 
 7. Chavdar 2-8 
 8. Vidabasket 1-10 

Regular Season: Round 11

Feb. 24: UE Varna - Academik PL 94-75
Feb. 24: Spartak MVR - Vidabasket 91-66
Feb. 24: Thrace Univ. - Academik BL 70-61

Regular Season: Round 12

Mar. 3: Vidabasket - UE Varna
Mar. 3: Academik PL - Thrace Univ.
Mar. 3: Academik BL - Dunav 2007
Mar. 3: Chavdar - Spartak MVR


Division A Round 11: Academic Blagoevgrad is upset by Thrace Univ. - by Eurobasket News

The game between third ranked Academic Blagoevgrad (7-4) and fourth ranked Thrace Univ. (8-3) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Academic Blagoevgrad was defeated by Thrace Univ. in a tough game in Stara Zagora 61-70. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Thrace Univ. have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with UE Varna. Academic Blagoevgrad at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Thrace Univ. is looking forward to face Academik Plovdiv (#5) on the road in the next round. Academic Blagoevgrad will play against Dunav 2007 in Ruse and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Spartak MVR delivered the ninth win. This time they crushed 8th ranked Vidabasket (1-10) 91-66 in Sofia. Newly promoted Spartak MVR maintains first place with 9-2 record. Vidabasket lost their ninth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Spartak MVR will play against Chavdar (#7) in Troyan in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Vidabasket will play at home against the league's second-placed UE Varna to get more than just one victory in their record.

In the last game of round 11 Academik PL was crushed by UE Varna in a road game 94-75.


Thrace Univ. - Academik BL 70-61

The game between third ranked Academic Blagoevgrad (7-4) and fourth ranked Thrace Univ. (8-3) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Academic Blagoevgrad was defeated by Thrace Univ. in a tough game in Stara Zagora 61-70. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Thrace Univ. have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with UE Varna. Academic Blagoevgrad at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Thrace Univ. is looking forward to face Academik Plovdiv (#5) on the road in the next round. Academic Blagoevgrad will play against Dunav 2007 in Ruse and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Spartak MVR - Vidabasket 91-66

Leader Spartak MVR delivered the ninth win. This time they crushed 8th ranked Vidabasket (1-10) 91-66 in Sofia. Newly promoted Spartak MVR maintains first place with 9-2 record. Vidabasket lost their ninth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Spartak MVR will play against Chavdar (#7) in Troyan in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Vidabasket will play at home against the league's second-placed UE Varna to get more than just one victory in their record.
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UE Varna - Academik PL 94-75

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Academik Plovdiv (5-6) was crushed on the road by second ranked UE Varna (8-3) 94-75. Newly promoted UE Varna maintains second place with 8-3 record behind leader Spartak MVR, which they share with Thrace Univ. Academik Plovdiv at the other side keeps the fifth position with six games lost. UE Varna will play against bottom-ranked Vidabasket (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Academik Plovdiv will play against Thrace Univ. in Stara Zagora and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Earl Rowland selected the top Bulgarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Latvia. Rowland could not help VEF Riga (3-3) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance the third-placed VEF Riga was defeated 76-65 on the road by the leading Gescrap BB in the group J of Eurocup. Rowland scored 10 points and added 5 passes. The Top 16 already ended in the Eurocup. It's Rowland's first season with the team. Rowland is ranked seventh on the list of the best passers in the league. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Rowland averages: 15.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.8apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 53.2%, 3FGP: 40.4% and FT: 73.0%. He is a naturalized American. Rowland played for the Bulgarian senior national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in Bulgaria.

Hristo Nikolov
Hristo Nikolov
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, currently plays in Romania). He led U-Mobitelco to a victory over the 12th-ranked Giurgiu (8-15) 88-69 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Friday. Nikolov was MVP of the game. He scored 22 points, grabbed 5 boards, passed 4 assists and added 5 steals in 31 minutes. CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca (16-7) is placed fourth in the Liga Nationala. Nikolov has relatively good stats this year: 14.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.8apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 61.1%(88-144), 3FGP: 36.9% and FT: 70.6% in the 22 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Bulgarian senior national team.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Italy). Simmons was not able to help Enel Brindisi (10-10) in their game against Umana Venezia (11-9) in the Italian SerieA. Despite his very good performance on Sunday night He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Simmons also added 9 rebounds. Simmons' overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 59.0%(69-117) and FT: 72.5%. He is a naturalized American. Simmons is also a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #4. Guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Unicaja Malaga in a 3-point victoryagainst the eighth-ranked Brose Baskets Bamberg (0-8) 68-65 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Calloway scored 5 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 30 minutes. Unicaja Malaga (4-4) is placed fifth in group E. This year Calloway's overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg in the 18 games. He is a naturalized American. Calloway used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2010. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Ivan Lilov
Ivan Lilov
   #5. International shooting guard Ivan Lilov (196-88, currently plays in EuroChallenge) was not able to secure a victory for Gaz Metan (2-3) in their game against Joensuun Kataja (2-3) in the EuroChallenge. Despite his very good performance last Tuesday Lilov was the top scorer with 18 points. His team will play only one more game in the EuroChallenge Top 16. And that game will be critical. This season Lilov has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.6apg and 1.4spg. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

Roderick Blakney
Roderick Blakney
   #6. An experienced guard Roderick Blakney (184-76, college: S.Carolina St., currently plays in Spain) contributed to Cajasol's surprising victory against the eighth-ranked Asefa Estudiantes (12-10) 86-78 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Blakney recorded 12 points and added 6 passes in a mere 19 minutes. Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (8-14) is placed 14th in the ACB. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. This year Blakney's total stats are: 6.6ppg and 2.6apg in the 11 games. He is a naturalized American. Blakney is a former international player as he played for the Bulgarian senior team six years ago. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

Jared Homan
Jared Homan
   #7. Former international center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Bayern Muenchen (16-8) in their game against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (0-0) in the German BBL. Despite his good performance in Saturday night's game Homan recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. Homan is currently fifth on the league's list of best blockers. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.3ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.1bpg. Homan is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

Aleksandar Gruev
Aleksandar Gruev
   #8. Guard Aleksandar Gruev (187-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Romania) was the major contributor in a CSU Sibiu's victory against the closely-ranked Timisoara (11-10) 82-76 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Saturday night. Gruev scored 17 points and added 8 assists. CSU Atlassib Sibiu (12-11) is placed ninth in the Liga Nationala. Gruev belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #7. This season he has very good stats: 13.4ppg, 2.5rpg and 4.8apg. Gruev used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2011.

Filip Videnov
Filip Videnov
   #9. International small forward Filip Videnov (196-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Olin Edirne (4-15) in their game against Galatasaray (16-3) in the Turkish TBL. Despite his good performance last Saturday Videnov recorded 11 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Videnov has reliable stats this season: 15.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 3.0apg. He is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

Aleksandar Georgiev
Aleksandar Georgiev
   #10. Forward Aleksandar Georgiev (203-90, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Assignia Manresa (4-18) in their game against FIATC Joventut (11-11) in the Spanish ACB, despite his good performance on Sunday night. Georgiev recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. But Assignia Manresa lost 88-92 in Badalona to the much higher-ranked (#9) FIATC Joventut. It was Assignia Manresa's third consecutive loss in a row. Georgiev has averaged so far 5.2ppg and 2.2rpg in the 22 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international center Krum Doychinov (206-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help OFI in their game against Aiolos Trikallon in the Greek A2 (second division). Doychinov scored 6 points in 18 minutes. His team lost 68-83. Doychinov is ranked second on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.1bpg. He also averaged so far 9.1ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.3apg in the 16 games. Doychinov used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international guard Georgi Sirakov (186-92, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Mazzeo San Severo in their game against Omegna in the Italian Nazionale A (third division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Sirakov scored only 3 points. His team was crushed by 27 points 84-57. This season he averages just 7.6ppg. Sirakov used to play for the Bulgarian U20 national team back in 2011.

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

   #1. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Greece) contributed to Olympiacos' victory against one of league's weakest teams KAOD (5-13) 91-81 in the Greek A1 in Monday night's game. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (17-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Antic averages: 5.8ppg and 2.8rpg in the 15 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.

   #2. Kee Kee Clark (180-PG-84, college: St.Peter's, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in an Umana Venezia's victory against the closely-ranked Enel Brindisi (10-10) 76-68 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Clark scored 15 points and added 5 passes in 28 minutes. Umana Reyer Venezia (11-9) is placed seventh in the SerieA. Clark has relatively good stats this year: 13.4ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.3apg in the 16 games. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Clark has never played in Bulgaria.

   #3. Experienced Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague could not help Khimik (17-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Khimik was defeated 82-68 on the road by the higher-ranked Mykolaiv (#3). Deane was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 6 assists. Deane has relatively good stats this season: 11.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 6.1apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #4. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in France) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Chalon/Saor (12-7) in their game against Strasbourg IG (15-5) in the French ProA. He scored 7 points in 21 minutes. Chalon/Saor lost 65-80 in Strasbourg to the second-ranked Strasbourg IG. It was Chalon/Saor's first loss after three consecutive victories. Evtimov has reliable stats this year: 11.7ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.8apg in the 14 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and French.

   #5. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Balkan League) led his FYR Macedonian team Kozuv to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Djuro Djakovic (3-1) 89-72 in the Balkan League in Wednesday night's game. He scored 13 points and added 4 passes in 22 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group D. Kozuv Gevgelija (4-0) is placed first. So far his team won all four games in the Second Stage. There are only two games left until the end of the Balkan League Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Karadzovski has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.6apg and 1.2spg in the 10 games. He has both Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian nationalities.

   #6. Galin Mihaylov (189-G-80, currently plays in Norway) led Tromso to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Froya Basket 97-82 in the Norwegian BLNO in Sunday night's game. Mihaylov recorded 14 points and added 4 assists. Mihaylov has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.0apg.

   #7. Kristoffer Gafor (194-G-92, currently plays in Sweden) led Malbas to a victory against the sixth-ranked Haga Haninge 76-62 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) last Sunday. He recorded 13 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 39 minutes. Gafor has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.4ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.4apg and 1.9spg in the 18 games. Gafor also holds two passports: Swedish and Bulgarian.

   #8. Viktor Vladov (202-F-91, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Leitershofen in their game against TV 1862 Langen in the German ProB (third division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Vladov scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was defeated 84-80. Vladov has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 3.2rpg. He has Bulgarian and German nationalities.



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  CANADA   

CIS Standings

CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Cape Breton 19-1 
 2. Acadia 15-5 
 3. UPEI 13-7 
 4. Dalhousie 11-9 
 5. St.Francis X. 9-11 
 6. New Brunsw. 6-14 
 7. St.Marys 6-14 
 8. Memorial 1-19 
CanWest Pacific Division
 1. UBC 18-4 
 2. Victoria 16-6 
 3. TWU 12-10 
 4. UFV 10-12 
 5. TRU 8-14 
 6. UNBC 6-16 
 7. Mount Royal 5-17 
 8. UBC Okanagan 5-17 
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. Queens 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 11-5 
 2. Bishops 10-6 
 3. Concordia 9-7 
 4. UQAM 6-10 
 5. Laval 4-12 

Regular Season: Round 37

Feb. 22: Cape Breton - New Brunsw. 88-75
Feb. 23: Memorial - UPEI 77-87
Feb. 23: St.Mary's - St.Francis X. 72-95
Feb. 23: New Brunsw. - Cape Breton 70-86
Feb. 23: Acadia - Dalhousie 70-78
Feb. 22: Memorial - UPEI 67-89
Feb. 23: Concordia - Laval 62-84
Feb. 23: McGill - UQAM 44-59


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maxwell ALLIN
  Laurier
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Allin, Laurier23.2 
 2. Lamar, Saskatch.22.7 
 3. Freeman, UFV21.8 
 4. Ogungbemi-J., Calg.20.7 
 5. Ratte, Laurentian20.5 
 6. Fee, New Brunsw.20.4 
 7. Dorsey, Cape Bret.20.3 
 8. Faulkner, Queen''s20.3 
 9. Dunn, St.Francis X.20.2 
 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, Acadia10.8 
 4. Kamen, UBC10.7 
 5. Phillip, Windsor10.6 
 6. Salhia, Lakehead10.3 
 7. Burns, Regina9.7 
 8. Allin, Laurier9.3 
 9. Moses, Calgary9.2 
 10. Burns, Saskatch.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew CUNNINGHAM
  Winnipeg
  (186-G-)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Cunningham, Winnip.7.8 
 2. Hebert, Regina6.2 
 3. Dorsey, Cape Bret.5.6 
 4. Walton, Manitoba5.0 
 5. Lamar, Saskatch.4.9 
 6. Pasquale, Laure.4.8 
 7. Allin, Laurier4.6 
 8. Smith, TWU4.5 
 9. Smith, UPEI4.5 
 10. Bonhomme, Brandon4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.3.5 
 2. Evans, Victoria3.1 
 3. Perrin, TWU2.8 
 4. Walton, Manitoba2.7 
 5. Daley, New Brunsw.2.7 
 6. Parchment, UFV2.6 
 7. Smith, TWU2.4 
 8. Hunter, Bishop''s2.3 
 9. Collins, Windsor2.3 
 10. Smith, UPEI2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Thijin MOSES
  Calgary
  (201--)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Moses, Calgary2.1 
 2. Andrews, Bishop''s1.9 
 3. Duke, UPEI1.9 
 4. Eyitayo, Concordia1.7 
 5. Salhia, Lakehead1.6 
 6. Luby, Brock1.4 
 7. Dewar, Alberta1.4 
 8. Klassen, Acadia1.4 
 9. Halpin, St.Mary''s1.3 
 10. Aubertin, UNBC1.3 


The End of the Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in CIS just ended. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Redmen (11-5) in Montreal, QC on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Citadines (6-10) 59-44. Citadines held Redmen to an opponent 24.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 41.5 percent accuracy of the winners. Citadines forced 25 Redmen turnovers. Power forward Vincent Lanctot-Fortier (203) stepped up and scored 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and forward Alexandre Bernard (196) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. At the losing side guard David Clark (191) responded with 11 points and 5 rebounds. Redmen's coach rotated twelve players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Citadines have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 6-10 record. Redmen at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Stingers (9-7) against fifth ranked Rouge et Or (4-12) on Saturday night. Host Stingers were crushed by Rouge et Or in Montreal, QC 84-62. Antoine Beaumier nailed 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Thibaud Dezutter accounted for 20 points and 6 rebounds. Ivorian forward Kafil Eyitayo (201) came up with 13 points and 8 rebounds for Stingers in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rouge et Or maintains fifth place with 4-12 record. Stingers at the other side keep the third position with seven games lost.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Axemen (15-5) against fourth ranked Tigers (11-9) on Saturday night. Host Axemen was defeated by Tigers in a tough game in Wolfville, NS 70-78. Simon Marr fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Owen Klassen produced 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks for lost side. Tigers maintains fourth place with 11-9 record, which they share with Laurentian. Loser Axemen keeps the second position with five games lost. They share it with Ottawa and Ryerson.
CIS top team - Capers (19-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat sixth ranked Varsity Reds (6-14) in Fredericton, NB 86-70. Worth to mention a great performance of Jimmy Dorsey who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Capers' coach Matt Skinn allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Capers have an impressive series of nineteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 19-1 record, which they share with Carleton. Varsity Reds lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 14 games lost.
CIS top team - Capers (19-1) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat sixth ranked Varsity Reds (6-14) in Sydney, NS 88-75. Meshack Lufile stepped up with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 19 rebounds for the winners. Varsity Reds' coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the nineteenth consecutive win for Capers. They maintain first place with 19-1 record, which they share with Carleton. Varsity Reds lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 14 games lost.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 37: St.Francis X. destroyed St.Mary's on the opponent's court 95-72. Memorial unfortunately lost to UPEI in a home game 77-87. UPEI rolled over Memorial on the road 89-67.


Concordia - Laval 62-84

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Stingers (9-7) against fifth ranked Rouge et Or (4-12) on Saturday night. Host Stingers were crushed by Rouge et Or in Montreal, QC 84-62. Rouge et Or dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Stingers' 32. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Stingers' players. Antoine Beaumier nailed 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Thibaud Dezutter accounted for 20 points and 6 rebounds. Four Rouge et Or players scored in double figures. Ivorian forward Kafil Eyitayo (201) came up with 13 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Adam Chmielewski (182, college: St.Francis, NY) added 19 points respectively for Stingers in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rouge et Or maintains fifth place with 4-12 record. Stingers at the other side keep the third position with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
Concordia: A.Chmielewski 19+2reb, K.Eyitayo 13+8reb+1ast, J.Blake 10+1reb+1ast, E.Laroche 7+8reb+1ast, Z.Brisebois 5+9reb, T.Garner 4+1reb
Laval: T.Dezutter 20+6reb+2ast, A.Beaumier 18+9reb+2ast, H.Ryan 11+1reb+5ast, B.Hadzimuratovic 10+8reb+2ast, R.Mathieu 9+2reb+1ast, K.Amrani 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 233969


McGill - UQAM 44-59

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Redmen (11-5) in Montreal, QC on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Citadines (6-10) 59-44. Citadines held Redmen to an opponent 24.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 41.5 percent accuracy of the winners. Citadines forced 25 Redmen turnovers. Power forward Vincent Lanctot-Fortier (203) stepped up and scored 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and forward Alexandre Bernard (196) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. At the losing side guard David Clark (191) responded with 11 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Adrian Hynes-Guery (190, college: Amer.Internat.) scored 10 points (made all of his eight free throws). Redmen's coach rotated twelve players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Citadines have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 6-10 record. Redmen at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost.
Top scorers:
McGill: D.Clark 11+5reb, A.Hynes-Guery 10+3reb+1ast, R.Imperador 8+4reb, T.Riley 6+2reb, A.Mitrovic 2+5reb+1ast, G.Duffley 2
UQAM: V.Lanctot-Fortier 21+7reb+1ast, A.Bernard 16+5reb+5ast, R.Kwaku Addai 12+2reb+5ast, G.Saint-Amand 4+5reb, P.Tamba 2+3reb, N.Audet 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 233968


Acadia - Dalhousie 70-78

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Axemen (15-5) against fourth ranked Tigers (11-9) on Saturday night. Host Axemen was defeated by Tigers in a tough game in Wolfville, NS 70-78. Tigers outrebounded Axemen 48-36 including 33 on the defensive glass. Forward Simon Marr (203) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Cameroonian forward William Yengue (193) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. Four Tigers players scored in double figures. The former international forward Owen Klassen (208-91) produced 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks and guard Tyler Scott (188) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Tigers maintains fourth place with 11-9 record, which they share with Laurentian. Loser Axemen keeps the second position with five games lost. They share it with Ottawa and Ryerson.
Top scorers:
Acadia: O.Klassen 24+8reb+2ast, T.Scott 14+6reb+1ast, A.Ashe 13+4reb+2ast, B.States 5+6reb+1ast, A.Sears 5+6reb+3ast, S.Smith 4
Dalhousie: S.Marr 19+12reb+2ast, W.Yengue 17+14reb+1ast, J.Reid 15+9reb+1ast, J.Mullings 11+6ast, H.Abdullahi 9+6reb+1ast, J.Traboulsi 5+4reb
gschID: 233967


New Brunsw. - Cape Breton 70-86

CIS top team - Capers (19-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat sixth ranked Varsity Reds (6-14) in Fredericton, NB 86-70. The game was mostly controlled by Capers. Varsity Reds was better in fourth quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jimmy Dorsey (188) who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Guard Kayon Mayers (185) contributed with 22 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Capers' coach Matt Skinn allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard William Mc Fee (190) answered with 32 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Jordan Irvine (193) added 10 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Varsity Reds. Capers have an impressive series of nineteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 19-1 record, which they share with Carleton. Varsity Reds lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
New Brunsw.: W.Mc Fee 32+6reb+4ast, D.Quirion 10+5reb+2ast, J.Irvine 10+12reb+1ast, M.Washburn 7+5reb+3ast, R.Smith 5+2reb, M.Fazzolari 4+7reb+1ast
Cape Breton: J.Dorsey 27+7reb+5ast, K.Mayers 22+2reb+2ast, S.Mccormick 12+13reb, M.Lufile 6+3reb+1ast, K.Devereaux 6+6reb+1ast, S.Locke 5+6reb
gschID: 233965


St.Mary's - St.Francis X. 72-95

Rather expected game in Halifax, NS where 7th ranked Huskies (6-14) were crushed by fifth ranked X-Men (9-11) 95-72 on Saturday. X-Men outrebounded Huskies 46-30 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Huskies' players. Forward Jeremy Dunn (196) stepped up and scored 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Dominican center Rodrigo Madera (208-90) chipped in 13 points and 12 rebounds. Five X-Men players scored in double figures. X-Men's coach Steve Konchalski felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Kadeem Thompson responded with 21 points and forward Kevin Thomas (203-93, college: Fairfield) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. The victory was the third consecutive win for X-Men. They maintain fifth place with 9-11 record. Huskies lost their sixth game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
St.Mary''s: K.Thompson 21+1reb+1ast, K.Scott 17+1ast, K.Thomas 11+8reb+3ast, C.Jordan 9+6reb, H.Ezenibe 6+11reb+1ast, M.Pink 6+2reb+2ast
St.Francis X.: T.Vernon 18+2reb+6ast, W.Donkoh 16+6reb+4ast, J.Dunn 15+9reb+5ast, J.Clarke 15+3reb+3ast, R.Madera 13+12reb+1ast, D.Benoit 6+1reb
gschID: 233966


Memorial - UPEI 77-87

Very predictable result in St.John's, NL where third ranked Panthers (13-7) defeated 8th ranked Sea Hawks (1-19) 87-77 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Panthers. Sea Hawks was better in third quarter 31-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Panthers looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Deontay Smith stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners and forward Geoff Doane (196) chipped in 17 points. Five Panthers players scored in double figures. At the losing side Noel Moffatt responded with 36 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and Vasilije Curcic scored 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Sea Hawks' coach tested eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Panthers. They maintain third place with 13-7 record having six points less than leader Saskatchewan. Sea Hawks lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Memorial: N.Moffatt 36+6reb+3ast, V.Curcic 21+8reb+5ast, C.Henderson 6+2reb, C.Gould 4+6reb+5ast, B.Mendonca 4+2ast, A.Kisusi 2
UPEI: D.Smith 23+9reb+10ast, G.Doane 17+3reb+2ast, L.Parker 12+4reb+1ast, J.Kendrick 10+3reb+4ast, J.Duke 10+9reb+1ast, M.Downey 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 190757


Cape Breton - New Brunsw. 88-75

CIS top team - Capers (19-1) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat sixth ranked Varsity Reds (6-14) in Sydney, NS 88-75. The game was mostly controlled by Capers. Varsity Reds was better in third quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 30-of-38 free shots (78.9 percent) during the game, while Varsity Reds only scored eleven points from the stripe. They outrebounded Varsity Reds 50-25 including a 33-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Capers looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Varsity Reds were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Meshack Lufile (203) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 19 rebounds for the winners and American guard Jimmy Dorsey (188) chipped in 24 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists. At the losing side guard William Mc Fee (190) responded with 32 points and Matthew Daley (175) scored 7 points and 4 assists. Varsity Reds' coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the nineteenth consecutive win for Capers. They maintain first place with 19-1 record, which they share with Carleton. Varsity Reds lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
New Brunsw.: W.Mc Fee 32+3reb+2ast, M.Matheson 11+2reb, J.Irvine 10+2reb+1ast, A.O'Brien 7+2reb, M.Daley 7+4reb+4ast, D.Quirion 2+1reb+6ast
Cape Breton: M.Lufile 30+19reb+1ast, J.Dorsey 24+7reb+12ast, K.Mayers 9+3reb+2ast, C.Kasongo 7+2ast, S.Mccormick 6+15reb+1ast, K.Devereaux 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 190756


Memorial - UPEI 67-89

Not a big story in a game in St.John's, NL where 8th ranked Sea Hawks (1-19) were rolled over by third ranked Panthers (13-7) 89-67 on Friday. The game without a history. Panthers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game, while Sea Hawks only scored six points from the stripe. Panthers forced 26 Sea Hawks turnovers. Deontay Smith stepped up and scored 20 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners and guard Joe Kendrick (193-85) chipped in 19 points and 6 steals. Five Panthers players scored in double figures. At the losing side Caleb Gould responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and Noel Moffatt scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Sea Hawks' coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Panthers. They maintain third place with 13-7 record having six points less than leader Saskatchewan. Sea Hawks lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Memorial: C.Gould 17+13reb+3ast, T.Stanoev 17+2reb+2ast, N.Moffatt 13+6reb+4ast, V.Curcic 8+3reb+2ast, R.Wood 6+1reb+4ast, D.Kinnunen 4
UPEI: D.Smith 20+7reb+8ast, J.Kendrick 19+2reb+2ast, M.Downey 16+3reb+3ast, L.Parker 13+5reb+3ast, S.Otieno 10+6reb, B.Ofori 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 190755



CIS Round 1 of Play-Offs - by Eurobasket News

Group Canada West
Alberta - UBC 67-79

Golden Bears were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Thunderbirds shot 27 for 37 from the free-throw line, while Golden Bears only scored nine points from the stripe. They outrebounded Golden Bears 49-28 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Golden Bears helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Brylle Kamen (201, college: San Jose St.) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Guard O'Brian Wallace (185, college: Miles CC) chipped in 19 points. Four Thunderbirds players scored in double figures. Forward Todd Bergen-Henengouwen (196-91) produced 17 points and 8 rebounds and Youssef Ouahrig added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Golden Bears' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
UBC: O.Wallace 19+4reb, B.Kamen 18+16reb+1ast, J.Jensen-Whyte 11+4reb, I.Solomon 10+3reb+5ast, D.Plumb 8+5reb+2ast, G.Pippus 5+1ast
Alberta: T.Bergen-Henengouwen 17+8reb, N.Crowfoot 12+1reb, Y.Ouahrig 11+5reb+6ast, K.Otieno 9+5reb+3ast, S.Saffa 7+1reb+3ast, A.Weir 5+3reb
gschID: 233977


Group Canada West
Manitoba - Victoria 70-76

The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 6 points. Vikies dominated on the defensive end, holding Bisons to just 7 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Bisons 45-31 including 33 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for Terrell Evans who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Center Chris McLaughlin (208) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Stephan Walton (178-87, college: Valdosta St.) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds and guard Kevin Oliver (201) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Bisons. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Victoria: T.Evans 15+12reb+1ast, C.McLaughlin 15+5reb+2ast, M.Acheampong 12+4reb+3ast, P.Anderson 10+8reb, R.Theil 9+8reb, B.Dunlop 9+1reb+1ast
Manitoba: J.Huertas 16+2reb+2ast, S.Walton 15+6reb+3ast, Y.Ozsayiner 13+5reb, K.Oliver 12+8reb+1ast, X.Smith 5+4reb+1ast, A.Basi 3
gschID: 233976


Group Canada West
UFV - Saskatchewan 83-64

The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-64. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Samuel Freeman (191) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Kyle Grewal (198-88) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Cascades players scored in double figures. American guard Stephon Lamar (185, college: Pacific) answered with 19 points and guard Andrew Henry (188) added 21 points in the effort for Huskies.
Top scorers:
UFV: S.Freeman 26+7reb+2ast, K.Grewal 20+7reb+2ast, K.Parchment 15+9reb+1ast, J.York 10+5reb+4ast, A.Khaira 8+5reb+3ast, L.Morris 2
Saskatchewan: A.Henry 21+2reb+2ast, S.Lamar 19+4reb+2ast, M.Forbes 9+4reb+3ast, B.Baker 8+10reb+2ast, P.Burns 4+6reb+2ast, T.Severinski 3+6reb
gschID: 233975


Group Canada West
TWU - Winnipeg 86-78

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Wesmen won third quarter 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Quite impressive performance for Mark Perrin who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Guard Tonner Jackson (201) contributed with 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Andrew Cunningham (186, college: Redlands CC) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists and American forward Steven Wesley (196, college: E.Washington) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Wesmen. Five Spartans and four Wesmen players scored in double figures. Wesmen's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
TWU: T.Jackson 24+5reb+1ast, M.Perrin 18+10reb+6ast, T.Smith 15+3reb+7ast, T.Linttell 13+9reb, D.McDonald 12+6reb, T.Heinrichs 4+1ast
Winnipeg: A.Cunningham 21+7reb+12ast, S.Wesley 16+7reb+1ast, J.Clennon 15+3reb+1ast, M.McNee 10+7reb, B.Iko 6+3reb+1ast, N.Gooding 5+7reb+3ast
gschID: 233974


Group OUA West
Queen's - Laurentian 80-93

The game was mostly controlled by Voyageurs. Golden Gaels was better in fourth quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Manny Pasquale (183) stepped up and scored 33 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and swingman Georges Serresse (191) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. Five Voyageurs players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Greg Faulkner (193) responded with 26 points and 6 rebounds and guard Sukhpreet Singh (188) scored 22 points.
Top scorers:
Laurentian: M.Pasquale 33+5reb+6ast, G.Serresse 18+8reb+3ast, A.Ratte 16+7reb+3ast, N.Yengue 12+5reb, J.Budd 11+5reb+5ast, J.Weldon 3+1reb
Queen''s: G.Faulkner 26+6reb+1ast, S.Singh 22+4reb+3ast, N.Misljencevic 9+4reb+1ast, R.Roberts 8+2reb+2ast, J.Asefa 5+6reb, M.Paclibar 5
gschID: 233972


Group OUA West
Waterloo - McMaster 60-82

The game was mostly controlled by Marauders. Warriors was better in second period 17-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Warriors 42-30 including a 35-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Marauders looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Warriors' players. Quite impressive performance for guard Joe Rocca (193) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 5 rebounds. Center Nathan Mccarthy (203) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Marauders' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players saving starting five for next games. Gill Jaspreet answered with 21 points and forward Brendan Smith (201-89) added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Warriors.
Top scorers:
McMaster: J.Rocca 27+5reb+1ast, N.Mccarthy 14+11reb, T.Black 13+8reb+1ast, N.Pelech 8+3reb+1ast, A.Redpath 6+7reb+9ast, R.Boney 6+1reb+1ast
Waterloo: G.Jaspreet 21+4reb+3ast, M.Helsby 10+3reb, W.Davis 9+2reb, B.Smith 8+5reb+4ast, W.Bridge 5+7reb+1ast, M.Glibota 5+7reb
gschID: 233973


Group OUA West
York - Ryerson 77-83

The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Rams forced 22 Lions turnovers. The former international point guard Jahmal Jones (183-91) nailed 26 points for the winning side and guard Jordon Gauthier (191) accounted for 20 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Aaron Rados (198) came up with 20 points and 7 rebounds and forward Nick Tufegdzich (201) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Lions in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Ryerson: J.Jones 26+4reb+1ast, J.Gauthier 20+7reb+1ast, A.Best 15+6reb, B.Michaelsen 10+7reb+2ast, Y.Walcott 9+2reb+3ast, J.Ogunnaike-Grannum 3+1reb
York: A.Rados 20+7reb+3ast, D.Tyndale 17+5ast, N.Tufegdzich 14+7reb+2ast, M.Ziobrowski 11+6reb+2ast, I.Akeem 8+3reb, R.Isaac 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 233971


Group OUA West
Brock - Laurier 81-75

Golden Hawks were trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 8-point lead after three quarters before a 29-15 charge of Badgers, which allowed them to win the game. Badgers outrebounded Golden Hawks 47-32 including a 20-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Quite impressive performance for forward Mark Gibson (198) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Jameson Tipping (201, college: W.Kentucky) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Badgers' coach Brad Rootes used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Guard Maxwell Allin (193) answered with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and guard William Coulthard (188) added 18 points in the effort for Golden Hawks. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Brock: M.Gibson 20+7reb, J.Tipping 14+11reb+1ast, T.Kasamba 14+9reb, M.Luby 10+5reb+1ast, D.Mukendi 9+3reb+4ast, C.Smith 6+3reb+1ast
Laurier: M.Allin 23+8reb+5ast, W.Coulthard 18+4reb+3ast, A.Walters 14+7reb+2ast, N.Thompson 12+4reb+1ast, J.Forde 4+5reb+2ast, M.Chesson 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 233970



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South rally past North in CBA All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News

South - North 120:117

Yi Jianlian (212-PF-87) scored 34 points leading the South team to the victory at the CBA All-Star Weekend in Guangzhou at the weekend. He was trumped the MVP after the game.
It was an exciting clash with all necessary ingredients to become a first-class show. Douby Quincy (191-G-84, college: Rutgers) delivered 19 points 6 assists and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Wang ZhiZhi (215-C-77) nailed 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in his 13th All-Star Game. Abbas Zaid (203-F-83) answered with 30 points for the North selection. Marbury Stephon (188-G-77, college: Georgia Tech) netted 24 points and distributed 11 assists for the losing side.
Wang Zhelin (215-PF-94) notched 23 points and 18 rebounds to pace South past North 84:77 in the Rookie Game. Xu JiaHan (190-G-93) answered with 16 points and 6 boards for North.
The game was preceded by the traditional contests. Guo Ailun (192-SF-93) celebrated victory in the Skills Challenge. He overcame Liu XiaoYu (191-G-89) in the Final.
Xi Relijiang bagged Three-Point Shootout Contest crown. He bettered Zhu YanXi (209-C-90) and Douby Quincy in the final stage.
Finally Slam Dunk Contest saw Zhai Yi (200-F-94) clinching the title. He stole the show overcoming Tian Guisen and Gao Shang (198-F/G-94) in the Final Round.



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Philip Brooks: Looking to Lead Bucaros de Bucaramanga to a Successful DPB Season - by Surujh Roopnarine

After the first weekend of the newly formed Colombian DPB, Bucaros de Bucaramanga stand at 1-1 in the eight team league. Philip Brooks (188-G-84, college: Langston), one of three American imports on the team, is a 6-2 Garland, Texas native who has led the team in scoring over the first two games with a 23.5ppg average.
In his fifth professional season, Brooks brings elite athleticism and scoring prowess to a team which needs to gel together after replacing its last three imports who helped carry the club to last season's Federation Cup title.

Q. How have you adapted to life in Colombia so far?
A. So far it has been great. Man the life, the weather and the people are just so beautiful.

Q. What have you had a chance to do or see in Bucaramanga yet?
A. I haven't had a chance to do anything yet because we have a very busy schedule. We play four games a week, from Friday to Monday and have 60 games total in a four month stretch, similar to an NBA schedule. And on the days we don't have games we practice twice daily.

Q. Did you know any of your teammates or other players in the league prior to joining Bucaros?
A. I didn't know anyone before I arrived and I just met all my teammates for the first time including the other American imports Timothy Jennings (193-G-83, college: Gardner-Webb) and Lawrence Gilbert (200-F-86, college: La-Monroe).

Q. What do you feel is your main role for the team and how have you been handling the workload?
A. Well when I was in Europe, most recently with KB Bashkimi Prizren in Kosovo, they had me playing the 1, which I am comfortable with, but here I am more at the shooting guard position with an emphasis on scoring which is easy for me because that's what I've been doing my whole career.

Q. What is the biggest difference you have found so far playing in Columbia versus anywhere else you have played?
A. The biggest difference with this league is probably that it is much more physical than most places I have played (Germany, Spain, Syria, Macedona, Kosovo). Probably the closest in physicality would be Macedonia.



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Standings - A2 League

A2 Standings
Group Center
 1. Hermes Anal. 10-0 
 2. Dubrava 7-4 
 3. Samobor 7-4 
 4. Zrinjevac 7-5 
 5. Gorica 6-4 
 6. Sanac Karl. 5-7 
 7. Maksimir 4-5 
 8. Mladost Z.(C) 4-6 
 9. Bosco 3-7 
 10. Kaptol 2-7 
 11. Rudes 2-8 
 12. Sus.-Moslavina 0-0 
Group East
 1. Belisce 14-0 
 2. Vinkovci 11-2 
 3. Meteor D. 8-5 
 4. Vrijednosnice 6-6 
 5. Zupanja 6-7 
 6. Vukovar 5-7 
 7. Pozega 5-8 
 8. Olimp Inspekt 3-12 
 9. Virovitica 0-11 
Group North
 1. Graficar 14-4 
 2. Podravac Virje 13-5 
 3. Cakovec 13-5 
 4. Mladost D.(N) 13-5 
 5. Bjelovar 11-6 
 6. Medjimurje C. 11-7 
 7. Vindija V. 9-8 
 8. Petar Zrinski 8-9 
 9. Radnik 5-13 
 10. Ivancica 4-13 
 11. Rudar-Cimper 3-15 
 12. Koprivnica 0-18 
Group South
 1. GKK Sibenik 18-1 
 2. Puntamika 14-1 
 3. Kastela 14-5 
 4. Omis Galeb 10-9 
 5. Policnik 10-9 
 6. Sukosan 8-11 
 7. Cetina 7-11 
 8. Jazine 7-11 
 9. Metkovic 7-11 
 10. Solin 7-12 
 11. DOSK 5-14 
 12. Trogir 3-15 
Group West
 1. Skrljevo 11-2 
 2. Crikvenica 10-4 
 3. Stoja Pula 9-3 
 4. Kastav 8-5 
 5. Pula 1981 7-6 
 6. Zamet 5-7 
 7. Otocac 3-8 
 8. Ghia Staff 2-11 
 9. Rovinj 1-10 
 10. Ucka 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 19

Center

Feb. 23: Hermes Anal. - Kaptol
Feb. 23: Maksimir - Dubrava
Feb. 23: Rudes - Samobor
Feb. 23: Bosco - Gorica
Feb. 23: Mladost Z.(C) - Sanac Karl.

East

Feb. 23: Meteor D. - Pozega 97-75
Feb. 23: Zupanja - Vrijednosnice 75-86
Feb. 23: Vinkovci - Belisce 72-73
Feb. 23: Olimp Inspekt - Virovitica 20-1

North

Feb. 23: Petar Zrinski - Cakovec
Feb. 23: Rudar-Cimper - Ivancica
Feb. 23: Bjelovar - Koprivnica
Feb. 23: Radnik - Podravac Virje
Feb. 23: Medjimurje C. - Mladost D.(N)
Feb. 23: Vindija V. - Graficar

South

Feb. 17: GKK Sibenik - Puntamika 90-78
Feb. 17: Omis Galeb - Solin 89-84
Feb. 17: Metkovic - Policnik 89-80
Feb. 17: Sukosan - Trogir 83-69
Feb. 17: DOSK - Cetina 77-62
Feb. 17: Jazine - Kastela 107-83

West

Feb. 23: Ghia Staff - Pula 1981
Feb. 23: Crikvenica - Otocac
Feb. 23: Zamet - Kastav
Feb. 23: Rovinj - Stoja Pula


Veljko Budimir claims Croatian A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Veljko Budimir (199-G/F-85, agency: Court Side) had a very impressive game in the last round for Osjecki Sokol and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 27-year old swingman had the game-high 29 points adding six rebounds and nine assists for Osjecki Sokol in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Dubrovnik (#10, 1-14) with 28-point margin 85-57. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Osjecki Sokol maintains the 9th position in Croatian A1. Osjecki Sokol is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-10 record. In the team's last game Budimir had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Osjecki Sokol, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Veljko Budimir averages this season 14.4ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American guard Ronald Ross (188-G-83) of Jolly. Ross impressed basketball fans with 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Jolly cruised to a 88-79 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Zabok (#7, 6-9). Jolly's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 10-5 record is not bad at all. Ross is well-known by Jolly fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.4ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 5.1rpg and 3.8apg.

The third best performed player last round was Marino Sarlija (207-C/F-89) of Djuro Djakovic (#5). Sarlija scored 16 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Djuro Djakovic, leading his team to a 68-65 win against slightly lower-ranked Darda (#6, 7-8). Djuro Djakovic needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 7 lost games. Sarlija has a great season in Croatia. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.9rpg (4th best). He also has 1.8bpg and FGP: 65.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Karlo Zganec (205-F/C-95) of KK Zagreb - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Ivan Mikulic (191-G-91) of Dubrovnik - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Antonio Vlaic (204-C-91) of Zabok - 21 points and 7 rebounds
7. Ivan Cvjetkovic (205-C-85) of Krizevci - 17 points and 8 rebounds
8. Aljosa Sarac (190-G-89) of Osjecki Sokol - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Marin Zrnic (200-F-88) of Krizevci - 18 points and 8 rebounds
10. Dino Cinac (198-F-88) of Kvarner 2010 - 15 points and 6 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 - D2

1Liga Standings
 1. Sparta Praha 20-2 
 2. Sokol H.K. 17-5 
 3. Loko Plzen 13-9 
 4. JBC Brno 13-9 
 5. Liberec 11-10 
 6. Sokol P. 10-11 
 7. Proton Zlin 10-12 
 8. Ostrava 10-12 
 9. Litomerice 10-12 
 10. Kara Trutnov 9-13 
 11. Nymburk B 8-14 
 12. Sokol V. 4-18 
 13. U19 2-10 

Regular Season: Round 21

Feb. 22: Ostrava - Sokol V. 85-66
Feb. 24: Litomerice - Sparta Praha 78-79
Feb. 24: Proton Zlin - Sokol P. 72-61
Feb. 18: U19 - Sokol P. 65-80
Feb. 24: Kara Trutnov - Loko Plzen 61-92
Feb. 19: U19 - Litomerice 61-76
Feb. 22: Nymburk B - JBC Brno 59-76
Feb. 22: Liberec - Sokol H.K. 100-75

Round 19

Feb. 26: Liberec - Sokol P.


The Start of the Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

The Second Stage in NBL just started.

The game had a very big importance for fifth-ranked CEZ Nymburk as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Group A1. CEZ Nymburk defeated much higher ranked BK Decin at home 79-66. It was a key game for the top position in Group A1. Worth to mention a great performance of Slovakian power forward Radoslav Rancik (207-79, college: St.Cloud St., agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Nigerian-American guard Michael Efevberha (197-84, college: CS Northridge) contributed with 17 points for the winners. CEZ Nymburk's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Levell Sanders (189-75, college: Seton Hall, agency: Stanley International) answered with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for BK Decin. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with NH Ostrava. BK Decin at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with BK Prostejov. BK Decin will play next round against strong BC Kolin trying to get back on the winning streak. CEZ Nymburk will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked NH Ostrava on the road.
The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated BK Prostejov (0-1) on the court of leader NH Ostrava. Visitors were defeated by NH Ostrava 103-94. It was a key game for the top position in Group A1 as both teams had the same 0-0 record before this meeting. American forward Austin Dufault (205-90, college: Colorado) stepped up and scored 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and Rahsaan Ames chipped in 13 points and 9 assists. NH Ostrava's coach Dusan Medvecky allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side the former international guard Pavel Slezak (186-84) responded with 22 points. NH Ostrava (1-0) keeps a position of Group A1 leader, which they share with CEZ Nymburk. BK Prostejov at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with BK Decin. NH Ostrava will play against league's leader CEZ Nymburk at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Prostejov will play against BK Pardubice (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game was also a 17-point home defeat of 7th ranked BK Lions Hradec in a game in J.Hradec versus Basketbal Svitavy (#3) 92-75. Michael Deloach nailed 18 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winning side. Matej Venta came up with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for BK Lions Hradec in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Despite that victory Basketbal Svitavy went down to sixth position (Group A2) due to points difference. It was BK Lions Hradec's third loss in a row. They still closes the standings with three games lost. Basketbal Svitavy will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. BK Lions Hradec will play against BK Usti nad Labem (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Basketbal Svitavy (1-2) against sixth ranked B&W Opava (1-1) on Friday night. Visiting Basketbal Svitavy was defeated by B&W Opava in Opava 90-72. Jakub Blazek fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. B&W Opava left bottom position moving up to third place in Group A2, which they share with Usti n/Labem and Chomutov. Basketbal Svitavy at the other side dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. B&W Opava's next round opponent will be Levharti Chomutov (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day.
An interesting game for USK Praha (2-0) which hosted in Praha much higher ranked BK Usti nad Labem (1-1). Leader USK Praha managed to get a 9-point victory 77-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BK Usti nad Labem. It was a key game for the top position in Group A2. It was a very good performance for Boris Meno who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds. BK Usti nad Labem's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. USK Praha keeps a position of Group A2 leader, which they share with Levice. Loser BK Usti nad Labem dropped to the third place with one game lost. USK Praha will face league's second-placed Levice at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Usti nad Labem will play against BK Lions Hradec in J.Hradec.

Other games in round 1 were not that significant.
In Group A2 USK Praha smashed J.Hradec on the road 109-90. Chomutov won against J.Hradec on its own court 112-104. Levice managed to outperform Svitavy in a road game 82-76. Levice rolled over B&W Opava at home 103-69. Chomutov was defeated by Usti n/Labem on the opponent's court 80-68.


Group A1
NH Ostrava - BK Prostejov 103-94

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated BK Prostejov (0-1) on the court of leader NH Ostrava. Visitors were defeated by NH Ostrava 103-94. It was a key game for the top position in Group A1 as both teams had the same 0-0 record before this meeting. NH Ostrava made 26-of-33 charity shots (78.8 percent) during the game. BK Prostejov was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Austin Dufault (205-90, college: Colorado) stepped up and scored 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import point guard Rahsaan Ames (184-78, college: Shaw) chipped in 13 points and 9 assists. NH Ostrava's coach Dusan Medvecky allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side the former international guard Pavel Slezak (186-84) responded with 22 points and Slovakian Dusan Pandula (196-84) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Four NH Ostrava and five BK Prostejov players scored in double figures. NH Ostrava (1-0) keeps a position of Group A1 leader, which they share with CEZ Nymburk. BK Prostejov at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with BK Decin. NH Ostrava will play against league's leader CEZ Nymburk at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Prostejov will play against BK Pardubice (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: A.Dufault 23+5reb+2ast, J.Stehlik 20+4reb, C.Barnes 20+3reb+1ast, R.Ames 13+3reb+9ast, J.Greene 10+3reb, R.Pelikan 6+2reb
BK Prostejov: P.Slezak 22+1reb, K.Svrdlik 15+5reb+1ast, J.Prasil 14+2reb, O.Kohout 14+7reb, D.Pandula 13+8reb+2ast, R.Marko 12+6reb+2ast
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CEZ Nymburk - BK Decin 79-66

The game had a very big importance for fifth-ranked CEZ Nymburk as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Group A1. CEZ Nymburk defeated much higher ranked BK Decin at home 79-66. It was a key game for the top position in Group A1. Worth to mention a great performance of Slovakian power forward Radoslav Rancik (207-79, college: St.Cloud St., agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Nigerian-American guard Michael Efevberha (197-84, college: CS Northridge) contributed with 17 points for the winners. CEZ Nymburk's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Levell Sanders (189-75, college: Seton Hall, agency: Stanley International) answered with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import guard Patrick Pope (183-81, college: St.Augustine) added 11 points and 4 assists in the effort for BK Decin. Four BK Decin players scored in double figures. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with NH Ostrava. BK Decin at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with BK Prostejov. BK Decin will play next round against strong BC Kolin trying to get back on the winning streak. CEZ Nymburk will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked NH Ostrava on the road.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: R.Rancik 22+5reb+4ast, M.Efevberha 17+4reb, P.Benda 16+3reb+1ast, T.Pomikalek 7+10reb+2ast, J.Welsch 6+7reb+7ast, V.Hruban 6+1ast
BK Decin: L.Stria 14+2reb, R.Landa 12+4reb, P.Pope 11+4reb+4ast, G.Kinter 10+3reb, L.Sanders 8+5reb+6ast, M.Soukup 5+3reb+1ast
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Group A2
J.Hradec - USK Praha 90-109

No shocking result in a game when leader USK Praha (2-0) crushed bottom-ranked BK Lions Hradec (0-3) in J.Hradec 109-90 on Saturday. USK Praha shot 64.6 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. USK Praha looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a very good performance for center Viktor Cvek (200-89) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson, agency: Two Points) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Center Jan Tomanec (205-85) answered with 22 points and 6 rebounds and Slovenian point guard Matej Venta (188-84) added 18 points and 7 assists in the effort for BK Lions Hradec. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. USK Praha keeps a position of Group A2 leader, which they share with Levice. Loser BK Lions Hradec still closes the standings with three games lost. USK Praha will face league's second-placed Levice at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Lions Hradec will play against BK Usti nad Labem (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: S.Votroubek 26+5reb+2ast, V.Cvek 25+5reb+3ast, B.Meno 20+10reb+3ast, M.Mares 17+2reb+5ast, M.Sotnar 14+4reb+8ast, M.Vocetka 5
J.Hradec: J.Tomanec 22+6reb+1ast, M.Venta 18+1reb+7ast, T.Voslajer 17+8reb, O.Dygryn 10+2reb+3ast, J.Pavlik 10+2ast, L.Kraus 8+3reb
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B&W Opava - Svitavy 90-72

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Basketbal Svitavy (1-2) against sixth ranked B&W Opava (1-1) on Friday night. Visiting Basketbal Svitavy was defeated by B&W Opava in Opava 90-72. B&W Opava dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Basketbal Svitavy's 34. Forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Phil Martin (193, college: Cal-Riverside) chipped in 19 points. Slovakian swingman Martin Sykora (192-81) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and Polish center Pawel Mroz (215-84) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five B&W Opava and four Basketbal Svitavy players scored in double figures. B&W Opava left bottom position moving up to third place in Group A2, which they share with Usti n/Labem and Chomutov. Basketbal Svitavy at the other side dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. B&W Opava's next round opponent will be Levharti Chomutov (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day.
Top scorers:
B&W Opava: J.Blazek 24+10reb+1ast, P.Martin 19+2reb+2ast, P.Dokoupil 16+2reb+1ast, J.Sirina 10+4reb+5ast, R.Kramny 10+7reb+2ast, L.Toth 8+4reb+1ast
Svitavy: M.Sykora 16+6reb, P.Milos 12+2reb, M.Deloach 12+4reb+2ast, T.Macela 12+3reb+2ast, P.Mroz 9+7reb+2ast, L.Moravec 5+3reb+1ast
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USK Praha - Usti n/Labem 77-68

An interesting game for USK Praha (2-0) which hosted in Praha much higher ranked BK Usti nad Labem (1-1). Leader USK Praha managed to get a 9-point victory 77-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BK Usti nad Labem. It was a key game for the top position in Group A2. USK Praha made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson, agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds. Center Viktor Cvek (200-89) contributed with 16 points for the winners. American forward Brad Reese (199-88, college: Texas Tech) answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds and American-Polish forward Robert Lewandowski (208-89, college: Texas Tech) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for BK Usti nad Labem. BK Usti nad Labem's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. USK Praha keeps a position of Group A2 leader, which they share with Levice. Loser BK Usti nad Labem dropped to the third place with one game lost. USK Praha will face league's second-placed Levice at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Usti nad Labem will play against BK Lions Hradec in J.Hradec.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: B.Meno 27+12reb, V.Cvek 16+3reb+3ast, J.Krivanek 8+2reb+1ast, M.Sotnar 8+4reb+5ast, L.Festr 8+1reb+1ast, J.Slavik 5+3reb
Usti n/Labem: B.Reese 18+8reb, R.Lewandowski 16+7reb, S.Licartovsky 8+2reb+1ast, L.Horak 7+1reb+2ast, A.Pistecky 7+4reb+2ast, J.Krakovic 5+3reb
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Chomutov - J.Hradec 112-104

The game between closely ranked teams ended with bottom-ranked BK Lions Hradec's (0-3) road loss to sixth ranked Levharti Chomutov (1-1) 104-112 on Wednesday. Levharti Chomutov dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to BK Lions Hradec's 46. It was a great shooting night for Levharti Chomutov especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 71.4 percentage. Quite impressive performance for American guard Curtis Allen (193-86, college: ORU) who helped to win the game recording 31 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). His fellow American import forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) contributed with 28 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Roman Zachrla (200-87) answered with 32 points and Slovenian point guard Matej Venta (188-84) added 19 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for BK Lions Hradec. Five Levharti Chomutov and four BK Lions Hradec players scored in double figures. Levharti Chomutov left bottom position moving up to third place in Group A2, which they share with Usti n/Labem and B&W Opava. Loser BK Lions Hradec still closes the standings with three games lost. Levharti Chomutov will face B&W Opava (#4) at home in the next round. BK Lions Hradec will play against BK Usti nad Labem and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chomutov: C.Allen 31+6reb+4ast, J.Fields 28+8reb, L.Pecka 14+9reb+2ast, V.Honomichl 13+1reb+9ast, P.Bosak 12+4reb+1ast, P.Stanek 10+3reb
J.Hradec: R.Zachrla 32+4reb+2ast, J.Tomanec 23+6reb+1ast, M.Venta 19+10reb+6ast, J.Pavlik 14+2reb, L.Kraus 9+5reb+2ast, T.Voslajer 5+1reb
gschID: 233070


Svitavy - Levice 76-82

There was a small surprise when leader Levice (2-0) won against on the road 3rd placed Basketbal Svitavy (1-2) 82-76 on Saturday. Basketbal Svitavy was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for Slovenian center Salih Nuhanovic (208-82) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Jeremy Simmons (204-89, college: Charleston, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Michael Deloach (183-86, college: Norfolk St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and Polish center Pawel Mroz (215-84) added 19 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Basketbal Svitavy. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Levice keeps a position of Group A2 leader, which they share with USK Praha. Loser Basketbal Svitavy dropped to the sixth place with two games lost. Levice will face league's leader USK Praha on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Levice: S.Nuhanovic 16+8reb+4ast, J.Simmons 15+8reb+1ast, W.Kemp 13+2reb+2ast, R.Grznar 11+6reb+4ast, B.Fields 10+2reb+4ast, B.Addison 7+2reb
Svitavy: P.Mroz 19+8reb, M.Deloach 15+11reb+2ast, P.Milos 12+1reb+2ast, T.Macela 12+2reb+6ast, M.Sykora 10+7reb, T.Teply 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 233069


Levice - B&W Opava 103-69

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both leader Levice and 6th ranked B&W Opava had identical 1-0 record. This time Levice used a home court advantage and outscored the opponent from Opava 103-69 on Wednesday night. It was a key game for the top position in Group A2. Levice dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to B&W Opava's 42. Levice forced 23 B&W Opava turnovers and outrebounded them 33-21 including 26 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. B&W Opava was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for Slovakian Tomas Mrvis (200-91) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Brandon Fields (193-88, college: Nevada) contributed with 13 points and 5 assists for the winners. Five Levice players scored in double figures. Forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) answered with 16 points and guard Petr Dokoupil (191-88) added 14 points in the effort for B&W Opava. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Levice (2-0) keeps a position of Group A2 leader, which they share with USK Praha. Loser B&W Opava dropped to the third place with one game lost. Levice will face league's leader USK Praha on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. B&W Opava will play against Levharti Chomutov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Levice: T.Mrvis 16+6reb+3ast, B.Addison 14+4reb+2ast, R.Grznar 14+3reb+4ast, J.Simmons 14+5reb, B.Fields 13+3reb+5ast, M.Marchyn 8
B&W Opava: J.Blazek 16+3reb+2ast, P.Dokoupil 14+1reb, M.Kvapil 14, L.Toth 8+4reb, L.Sokolovsky 6+4reb, K.Vlcek 4+1ast
gschID: 233068


J.Hradec - Svitavy 75-92

An interesting game was also a 17-point home defeat of 7th ranked BK Lions Hradec in a game in J.Hradec versus Basketbal Svitavy (#3) 92-75. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Basketbal Svitavy made 7 blocks. American point guard Michael Deloach (183-86, college: Norfolk St.) nailed 18 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winning side and Polish center Pawel Mroz (215-84) accounted for 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Five Basketbal Svitavy players scored in double figures. Slovenian point guard Matej Venta (188-84) came up with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and center Jan Tomanec (205-85) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for BK Lions Hradec in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Despite that victory Basketbal Svitavy went down to sixth position (Group A2) due to points difference. It was BK Lions Hradec's third loss in a row. They still closes the standings with three games lost. Basketbal Svitavy will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. BK Lions Hradec will play against BK Usti nad Labem (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Svitavy: P.Mroz 21+6reb+1ast, M.Deloach 18+9reb+7ast, T.Macela 17+1reb+3ast, T.Teply 15+4reb+1ast, J.Jelinek 12+6reb+1ast, L.Moravec 5+2ast
J.Hradec: M.Venta 27+8reb+6ast, J.Tomanec 15+8reb, L.Kraus 11+3reb+2ast, J.Pavlik 8+2ast, M.Frohde 6+1reb, T.Voslajer 4+4reb
gschID: 233067


Usti n/Labem - Chomutov 80-68

Everything went according to plan when second ranked BK Usti nad Labem (1-1) defeated at home 6th ranked Levharti Chomutov (1-1) 80-68 on Wednesday. BK Usti nad Labem made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. BK Usti nad Labem had a 19-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Quite impressive performance for American guard Thaddeus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St.) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import forward Brad Reese (199-88, college: Texas Tech) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Reese is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. BK Usti nad Labem's coach Peter Balint used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and forward Ladislav Pecka (197-91) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Levharti Chomutov. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Despite that victory BK Usti nad Labem went down to third position (Group A2) due to points difference, which they share with Chomutov and B&W Opava. BK Usti nad Labem will face BK Lions Hradec (#7) in J.Hradec in the next round. Levharti Chomutov will play at home against B&W Opava (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Usti n/Labem: T.McFadden 17+5reb+4ast, B.Reese 17+7reb+2ast, R.Lewandowski 14+7reb+4ast, J.Krakovic 11+2reb, S.Licartovsky 6+2reb+2ast, A.Pistecky 5+6reb+1ast
Chomutov: J.Fields 20+13reb, C.Allen 14+4reb, L.Pecka 13+7reb+2ast, S.Glover 12+5reb+4ast, F.Halada 5+1reb, V.Honomichl 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 233066

gschID: 233073



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Danish Ligaen round 29 best performance: Bonell Colas - by Eurobasket News

American forward Bonell Colas (205-F-82) had a great game in the last round for Randers, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 16 rebounds, while his team beat Aarhus BC (#9, 6-20) 98-87. Randers maintains the 6th position in Danish Ligaen. Randers is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-14 record. Colas turned to be Randers' top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Florida star has very solid stats this year. Colas is league's best scorer averaging so far 25.6ppg and leads league in rebounds with 15.0rpg. Colas is in league's top in and averages impressive 2.2bpg and 65.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Canadian Marvell Waithe (205-F-87) of league's second-best Bakken. Waithe had a very good evening with a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Bakken lost that game 90-95 to slightly higher-ranked Svendborg (#1, 22-4). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Bakken still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 20-6 record is not bad at all. Waithe is one of the most experienced players at Bakken and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Anthony Jones (208-F-89) of Aalborg (#10). Jones scored 22 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Aalborg, leading his team to a 84-83 win against slightly higher-ranked Horsholm (#8, 9-16). Aalborg can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-23 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Jones he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Jones has a very solid season. In 10 games in Denmark he scored 17.9ppg. He also has 9.9rpg and 1.4bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Justin Baker (203-F-89) of Vaerlose - 31 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Adama Darboe (190-G-86) of Svendborg - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Darko Jukic (198-G-90) of Horsens IC - 33 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Gregory Washington (208-C/F-84) of Svendborg - 28 points and 5 rebounds
8. Quinton Doggett (203-F) of Naestved - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Keane Thomann (211-C-89) of Horsens IC - 14 points and 13 rebounds
10. Soren Sorensen (196-F/C-88) of Aalborg - 23 points, 10 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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Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Santa Cruz W. 20-12 
 2. Canton C. 20-14 
 3. Sioux Falls S. 20-14 
 4. Erie Bay H. 19-15 
 5. Maine RC 19-18 
 6. Ft.Wayne MA 16-18 
 7. Springfield A. 12-21 
 8. Iowa E. 7-27 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 23-9 
 2. Austin T. 20-13 
 3. Rio Grande VV 20-13 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 18-15 
 5. Texas L. 16-19 
 6. Los Angeles D. 14-19 
 7. Reno B. 13-18 
 8. Idaho S. 10-22 

Regular Season: Round 48

Feb. 24: Austin T. - Iowa E. 113-102
Feb. 25: Los Angeles D. - Idaho S. 107-94
Feb. 24: Reno B. - Idaho S. 102-100 OT
Feb. 26: Ft.Wayne MA - Erie Bay H.
Feb. 26: Tulsa 66ers - Iowa E.
Feb. 26: Santa Cruz W. - Reno B.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin DENTMON
  Texas L.
  (182-G-85)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. Dentmon, Texas L.25.8 
 2. Lamb, Tulsa 66ers21.1 
 3. Mack, Maine RC20.4 
 4. Goudelock, Sioux F.20.3 
 5. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.20.1 
 6. Almond, Iowa E.19.5 
 7. Joseph, Austin T.19.4 
 8. Goudelock, Rio G.18.9 
 9. Kennedy, Erie B.18.8 
 10. Summers, Maine RC18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luke HARANGODY
  Ft.Wayne.
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.12.3 
 2. Butch, Bakersfi.10.8 
 3. Mays, Springfield10.6 
 4. Plumlee, Ft.Wayne.10.2 
 5. Jackson, Austin T.10.2 
 6. Samuels, Reno B.9.8 
 7. Onuaku, Canton C.9.4 
 8. Jones, Rio G.9.3 
 9. Evans, Idaho S.9.3 
 10. Harris, Iowa E.9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Andre BARRETT
  Maine RC
  (175-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Barrett, Maine RC7.7 
 2. Russell, Reno B.7.7 
 3. Mack, Maine RC7.4 
 4. Wright, Iowa E.7.1 
 5. Quinn, Tulsa 66ers6.4 
 6. Fortson, Los A.6.2 
 7. Singletary, Texas6.2 
 8. Machado, Rio G.6.1 
 9. Karl, Idaho S.6.1 
 10. Uzoh, Springfield5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jamario MOON
  Los A.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Moon, Los A.2.3 
 2. Hannah, Santa C.2.0 
 3. Joseph, Austin T.1.9 
 4. Sutton, Tulsa 66e.1.9 
 5. Fortson, Los A.1.9 
 6. Holiday, Idaho S.1.9 
 7. Leslie, Santa C.1.8 
 8. Wright, Maine RC1.8 
 9. Singletary, Texas1.8 
 10. Gutierrez, Canton1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Fabricio MELO
  Maine RC
  (212-C-90)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Melo, Maine RC3.5 
 2. Jordan, Reno B.2.5 
 3. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 4. Gladness, Santa C.2.2 
 5. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 6. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.1 
 7. Eyenga, Texas L.2.1 
 8. Moon, Los A.2.1 
 9. Foster, Sioux F.2.1 
 10. Plumlee, Ft.Wayne.1.9 


Charge send JaJuan Johnson to Idaho in trade - by Eurobasket News

Well, that was quick. JaJuan Johnson (6'10''-F-89, college: Purdue)'s tenure with the Charge lasted all of 17 games. Canton traded the former Big Ten Player of the Year and Purdue All-American to Idaho on Monday as part of a four-team deal. The Charge get guard Kyle Weaver (6'6''-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St.) from Austin. Canton Director of Development League Operations Mike Gansey hopes the versatile 6-foot-6 Weaver fills a void on the wing from Alex Ruoffs departure. Johnsons head must be spinning after being traded for the second time in less than two months, third time in seven months and for the fourth time overall in his 20-month pro career. Picked in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft, 27th overall by the Nets, the 6-10 forward was subsequently traded to Boston, where he spent all of his rookie season. He was traded to Houston this summer and cut in training camp. He was picked No. 1 overall by Fort Wayne in Novembers D-League Draft, then shipped to Canton on Dec. 28 in the Luke Harangody deal. The rail-thin Johnson never delivered the scoring punch the Charge expected, averaging 8.2 points. Gansey said Mondays move was about a lack of minutes for Johnson and Canton getting better on the wing. JaJuan was awesome, Gansey said. He worked his butt off. He did everything we asked him to do. We have a lot of bigs, and with Kevin Jones being assigned on occasion, there arent a lot of minutes to go around. If Johnson wants revenge, he wont have to wait long. The Charge host Idaho on Thursday at 11 a.m.
Weaver, 27, basically spent the first month of the season on the inactive list because of back spasms. In 21 games with the Toros, he averaged 9.2 points and 3.5 rebounds while shooting 45.1 percent from the field. Austin recently acquired Cincinnati North College Hill product and former NBA small forward Bill Walker, who was expected to cut into Weavers playing time. Said Gansey about Weaver, He doesnt do anything great, but he does everything fairly well. The former Washington State guard was the first player in Pac-10 history to total 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 400 assists, 175 steals and 75 blocks. A second-round NBA Draft pick by Charlotte in 2008, Weaver has 73 games of NBA experience with Oklahoma City and Utah. The other parts of Mondays trade are Idaho getting Sioux Falls guard Mustapha Farrakhan (6'4''-G-88, college: Virginia), Austin getting a 2013 third-round draft pick from Sioux Falls and Sioux Falls getting Idaho forward Seth Tarver (6'5''-G/F-88, college: Oregon St.).
Courtesy of: cantonrep.com



D-Fenders acquire center Jerome Jordan - by Eurobasket News

The D-Fenders made a trade Monday to acquire center Jerome Jordan (7'0''-C-86, college: Tulsa), sending Ronald DuPree (6'7''-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) and Orien Greene (6'4''-G-82, college: La-Lafayette) to the Reno Bighorns. Jordan has legitimate NBA size, 7 feet and 253 pounds. Drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2010 (44th overall), Jordan found his way to the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets, playing 21 games. Operating as the D-League affiliate for the Lakers, the D-Fenders are run by General Manager Glenn Carraro, also the assistant general manager of the Lakers. There was a recent report from Sports Interactive Network Philippines that former Lakers center DJ Mbenga was offered a contract by Ginebra of the PBA to replace Jordan, who was off to the Lakers on a 10-day contract. The Lakers have denied having a contract in place with Jordan, but the move by the D-Fenders suggests the team might have at least a cursory interest in the 26-year-old Jamaican center. With 14 players on the roster, the Lakers have one spot available for a free agent. Pau Gasol is sidelined because of a foot injury (torn plantar fascia) but Coach Mike D'Antoni has turned to a smaller lineup when starter Dwight Howard goes to the bench, using Metta World Peace, Earl Clark and Antawn Jamison. Rookie Robert Sacre hasn't gotten much time. Would the Lakers look to bring in another center to develop? That's one advantage of the D-League. Jordan will get the opportunity to showcase his skills under the Lakers' watchful eye.
Courtesy of: latimes.com



D-Fenders acquire Jerome Jordan from Reno for Dupree, Greene - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles D-Fenders have acquired center Jerome Jordan (7'0''-C-86, college: Tulsa) from the Reno Bighorns in exchange for forward Ronald DuPree (6'7''-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) and guard Orien Greene (6'4''-G-82, college: La-Lafayette).
A 2013 NBA Development League All-Star, Jordan appeared in 24 games with the Bighorns this season, averaging 13.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 30.4 minutes. Jordan has averaged 13.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 29 career NBA D-League games.


Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



Tim Ohlbrecht of Rio Grande Valley' Vipers Signs with Houston Rockets - by Surujh Roopnarine

German National Team center Tim Ohlbrecht (6'11''-F/C-88) is the 18th NBA call-up of the season from the NBA Development League as he was signed by the Houston Rockets on Monday. Ohlbrecht has appeared in 32 games, 29 starts, for the Vipers this season, averaging 13.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks while leading the league in field goal percentage at 60.5% (164-271 FG). Selected as a 2013 NBA D-League All-Star, the 24-year old native of Wuppertal, Germany, scored 12 points on 6-9 shooting to go with a game-high 12 rebounds as his Prospects squad defeated the Futures team 139-125 in Houston earlier this month.
Prior to joining the D-League, Ohlbrecht played exclusively in his native Germany for top clubs such as Brose Baskets Bamberg, Telekom Baskets Bonn and most recently last season with the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt.
Ohlbrecht is expected to be available when the Rockets hosts the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, Feb. 27.



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  EBA   

Standings

EBA Standings
Northern Division
 1. Harrisburg H. 3-1 
 2. New Jersey B. 2-0 
 3. N.Y. Wizards 1-0 
 4. Westchester D. 1-2 
 5. N.Y.Primetime 0-1 
Southern Division
 1. Maryland B. 1-1 
 2. Bad News B. 1-3 
 3. Washington M. 0-0 
 4. Richmond R. 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 5

Feb. 24: N.Y.Primetime - Harrisburg H. 92-118
Feb. 23: Washington M. - New Jersey B.
Feb. 23: Maryland B. - Westchester D.


Harrisburg Horizon Breeze Past Primetime - by EBA Media

Harrisburg Horizon continued their home court over-powering dominance of EBA opponents, as they breezed to a 118-92 victory over the N.Y. Primetime.

Anthony Trautman, former Lebanon Valley College star, led the scoring parade with 31 points. Dominique Asbury added 23. Trey Sharpe recorded his second straight double-double since returning to the lineup with 18 points that included 5 3s and 10 assists.

Josh Smith , doing most of the scoring for the 7 man Primetime roster, had a game high 48 points.

In the Hoffman Ford Celebrity Game, contested at halftime, the Harrisburg Police and Firemen beat the Celebrity team 23-19.

Catch up with all your favorite players and teams by visiting the Eastern Basketball Alliance website.



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Liga Americas: Capitanes de Arecibo roll past Mavort, into semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Capitanes de Arecibo - Mavort 102:88

Capitanes de Arecibo registered the second win at the Liga Americas in Group C. They knocked down hosting Mavort in Quito to clinch the semifinal ticket. Windi Graterol (204-C-86) paced well-balanced effort from the Puerto Rican team with 19 points.
Capitanes de Arecibo led by four points after ten minutes of action 24:20. They poured in 25 points in the second frame to boost the lead at 10-point mark 49:39. Mavort raised the tempo in the third quarter but Capitanes easily matched the effort. The teams traded baskets as the visitors maintained the advantage. Capitanes went on a 25:21 run in the fourth frame to seal the winning outcome at the end. Carlos Escalera (190-G-79, college: Missouri So.) netted 18 points, while Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-G/F-86, college: Virginia Tech) contributed 16 points for Capitanes. Richard Jeter (198-G/F-82, college: Atlanta Metro JC) responded with 31 points for Mavort. Rafael Barthelemy (81) chipped in 20 points in the loss.

Capitanes de Arecibo: Windi Graterol 19, Carlos Escalera 18, Angel Daniel Vassallo 16
Mavort: Richard Jeter 31, Rafael Barthelemy 20



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  EGYPT   


Sporting clinch tow cups in one day - by Sherif Soliman

Sporting celebrates the great win over Al Ahli 79-61 in the final of the Egyptian cup with the attendance of MR Ameri Farooq and Minister of State for Sport.

Ahly was able to finish the first period leading by one point; Sporting started the second period controling the game and imposing the team style scoring 36 points to 26 for Ahly.

In the third period, Ahly players tried hardly to reduce the gap but Sporting kept the lead to finish the third period with 58 versus 40 points for Ahly.

In the fourth and final period Coach Ahmed Marei was able to translate a clear control of the match to end it with a big lead , 79 versus 61 to clinch the men's basketball Egyptian cup .

On the other hand, the ladies Sporting crowned earlier the Ladies Egyptian cup wining over Gezira 62- 55 points, This made this day a great day for Alexandria winning tow cups in one day.



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Last First Division results - by Jaime Arevalo

San Marcos largely defeated Leones 102-56, at the end of a game led all time long. The team coached by Arturo Mata ended first half ahead, 52-22 and never looked back. With 22 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals Oscar Rivera (190-F-80) was the man of the game. Fabio Molina (195-G/F-81) added 10 pts and 16 rebs at the winnig side, Isaac Figueroa (191-F) led Leones with 16 points.
Ei another game of the same round, Roll Royce/Fundemospaz prevailed 73-70 over Chaleco/Exsal/Santa Tecla led by Cesar Gonzalez (G-94) who scored 22. Kevin Mejia performed for 11 pts and 12 rebs at the losing side.
Utec/San Miguel defeated And1 84-64. Edgar Ramirez (191-F) scored 12 pts and grabbed 10 rebounds in And1 San Miguel



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bryan HOPKINS
  Antwerp
  (183-PG-83)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Hopkins, Antwerp22.2 
 2. Buljan, Kormend21.7 
 3. Shaw, Kormend21.3 
 4. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.20.1 
 5. May, Paris-Levallo.20.0 
 6. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.19.6 
 7. Dixon, Karsiyaka18.6 
 8. Flowers, Kataja17.4 
 9. Burtt, Tofas17.3 
 10. Bizaca, Sodertalje17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.11.9 
 2. Bader, Szolnok10.4 
 3. Qvale, M.Hainaut9.7 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto9.5 
 5. Elonu, Tofas9.0 
 6. Thondique, Antwerp8.8 
 7. Wilson, Armia8.5 
 8. Simms, Sodertalje8.3 
 9. May, Paris-Levallo.8.1 
 10. Hill, Hapoel Holon7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew ALBICY
  Paris-Le.
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 7
 1. Albicy, Paris-Le.7.0 
 2. Miles, Krasnie Kri.6.7 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto5.7 
 4. Jordan, Telekom5.7 
 5. Dixon, Karsiyaka5.4 
 6. Deane, Khimik5.4 
 7. Rujak, Kormend5.2 
 8. Jovanovic, Timisoa.5.2 
 9. Kramer, EWE B.5.0 
 10. Joyce, EWE Baske.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Flowers, Kataja3.7 
 2. Harris, Dijon2.8 
 3. Clark, Aalstar2.7 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.2.4 
 5. Barac, Pitesti2.2 
 6. Crocker, Keravnos2.2 
 7. Diabate, Nancy2.0 
 8. Johnson, Timisoara2.0 
 9. Hopkins, Antwerp2.0 
 10. Millage, Armia2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Sodertalje
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Simms, Sodertalje2.2 
 2. Vaughn, Keravnos1.8 
 3. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.7 
 4. Goodridge, Khimik1.6 
 5. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.3 
 6. Aminu, Karsiyaka1.3 
 7. Love, Antwerp1.3 
 8. Vasiliev, Krasni.1.2 
 9. Archie, Timisoara1.2 
 10. May, Paris-Levall.1.2 



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  EUROLEAGUE   

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.15.8 
 5. Schilb, Chalon15.5 
 6. Bogdanovic, Fener..15.4 
 7. Weems, CSKA14.4 
 8. Jerrells, Besiktas14.2 
 9. Popovic, Zalgiris14.1 
 10. Wright, Cedevita13.9 
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. Lasme, Panathin.6.2 
 7. James, Maccabi T-A6.2 
 8. Thompson, ALBA6.1 
 9. Hines, Olympiacos5.9 
 10. Lampe, Caja L.5.8 
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.4.6 
 9. Tabu-Eboma, Cantu4.2 
 10. Ohayon, Maccabi4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Ibrahim JAABER
  Zalgiris
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Jaaber, Zalgiris1.9 
 2. Gordon, Anadolu1.9 
 3. Khryapa, CSKA1.7 
 4. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.7 
 5. Hickman, Maccabi1.7 
 6. Lucic, Partizan1.6 
 7. Green, Cedevita1.6 
 8. Cook, EA7 Armani1.4 
 9. Diamantidis, Panat.1.3 
 10. Teodosic, CSKA1.3 
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. Monya, Khimky1.3 
 7. Ress, Montepaschi1.2 
 8. Kaun, CSKA1.2 
 9. Gordon, Partizan1.1 
 10. Slaughter, Real M.1.0 


Defensive-stopper Doron Perkins, the ideal fit for Olympiakos (?) - by Dimitris Katsionis

Yes, he probably is.. . Doron Perkins (188-PG-83, college: Santa Clara) seems the perfect "quarterback-style" guard to pair with Spanoulis in Olympiakos' backourt. After Mantzaris' injury, the Reds were looking for a pass first point guard with high defensive abilities to make their chemistry work. Actually, Perkins is a real doberman in the defensive end. Very good body, great wingspan, strong legs. Probably the best rebounding PG in Europe and one of the best ball defenders today. Back in 2010, David Blatt's strategy was based in the hard-caliber backourt of Perkins & Pargo, who exert much ball-pressure, reminding us the legendary Ariel McDonald-Derrick Sharp duo on this element. However, his outside shooting is questionable and that's a problem since Mantzaris was very reliable behind the arc. This year Perkins' performance in 3's and FT's is the worst in his his career but don't forget the fact that he is a player who thrives in transition offense. So, Olympiakos has to rise his tempo in the offensive end and maybe this can start from Perkins' terrific ball pressure. The 29 year old guard can compete in the half court offense too since he's very smart with a high basketball IQ (plus a quick desicioner), a very good ball remover who can benefit the -ball dominated from Spanoulis- Olympiakos offense. Perkins sign with the Reds till the end of the season..


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Standings Div.A (Men)

Standings
Group A
1. Belgium0-0
2. U.Kingdom0-0
3. France0-0
4. Germany0-0
5. Israel0-0
6. Ukraine0-0
Group B
1. Bosnia0-0
2. Latvia0-0
3. Lithuania0-0
4. FYR Macedon.0-0
5. Montenegro0-0
6. Serbia0-0
Group C
1. Croatia0-0
2. Czech Rep.0-0
3. Spain0-0
4. Georgia0-0
5. Poland0-0
6. Slovenia0-0
Group D
1. Finland0-0
2. Greece0-0
3. Italy0-0
4. Russia0-0
5. Sweden0-0
6. Turkey0-0

Preliminary Round: Round 1

A

Sep. 4: ISR - ENG
Sep. 4: BEL - UKR
Sep. 4: FRA - GER

B

Sep. 4: LAT - BIH
Sep. 4: MKD - MNT
Sep. 4: SRB - LTU

C

Sep. 4: GEO - POL
Sep. 4: ESP - CRO
Sep. 4: CZE - SLO

D

Sep. 4: TUR - FIN
Sep. 4: SWE - GRE
Sep. 4: RUS - ITA



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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Gravelines 15-5 
 2. Strasbourg 15-5 
 3. Chalon 12-7 
 4. Le Mans 12-8 
 5. ASVEL 11-9 
 6. Paris-Levallois 11-9 
 7. Roanne 10-10 
 8. Dijon 10-10 
 9. Nanterre 10-10 
 10. Cholet 9-11 
 11. Orleans 9-11 
 12. Limoges 8-11 
 13. Le Havre 8-12 
 14. Nancy 7-13 
 15. Poitiers 7-13 
 16. Boulazac 5-15 

Regular Season: Round 20

Feb. 23: Nanterre - Orleans 93-78
Feb. 23: Le Havre - Nancy 85-78
Feb. 25: Strasbourg - Chalon 80-65
Feb. 23: ASVEL - Poitiers 78-86
Feb. 23: Limoges - Roanne 77-90
Feb. 23: Boulazac - Cholet 75-86
Feb. 23: Gravelines - Le Mans 71-68
Feb. 23: Paris-Levallois - Dijon 70-78

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 2: Chalon - Gravelines
Mar. 2: Poitiers - Boulazac
Mar. 2: Cholet - ASVEL
Mar. 2: Dijon - Orleans
Mar. 2: Roanne - Strasbourg
Mar. 2: Le Mans - Paris-Levallois
Mar. 2: Nancy - Nanterre
Mar. 2: Le Havre - Limoges


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Sean MAY
  Paris-Levallois
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. May, Paris-Levallo.18.7 
 2. Buycks, Gravelines18.4 
 3. Williams, Paris-.16.8 
 4. Fitch, Strasbourg16.2 
 5. Jackson, AS.16.2 
 6. Nivins, Poitiers16.0 
 7. King, Le Havre15.9 
 8. Ajinca, Strasbourg15.8 
 9. Sommerville, Nancy15.5 
 10. Green, Orleans15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jon BROCKMAN
  Limoges
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Brockman, Limoges10.3 
 2. Monroe, Boulazac8.6 
 3. Greer, Strasbourg7.7 
 4. May, Paris-Levallo.7.6 
 5. Williams, Chalon7.4 
 6. Collins, Roanne7.3 
 7. Sommerville, Nancy7.3 
 8. Dobbins, Poitiers7.1 
 9. Nsonwu-Amadi, AS.6.8 
 10. Marquis, Nancy6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Bernard KING
  Le Havre
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. King, Le Havre6.8 
 2. Diabate, Nancy6.6 
 3. Pellin, Orleans6.3 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.5.7 
 5. Greer, Strasbourg5.1 
 6. Tchicamboud, Cha.5.1 
 7. Schilb, Chalon4.9 
 8. Bokolo, Gravelines4.8 
 9. Campbell, Stras.4.7 
 10. Sangare, Roanne4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Souleyman DIABATE
  Nancy
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Diabate, Nancy2.0 
 2. Leloup, Dijon2.0 
 3. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.9 
 4. Williams, Paris-.1.8 
 5. Campbell, Stras.1.7 
 6. Jomby, Cholet1.6 
 7. Eldridge, Boulazac1.6 
 8. Pellin, Orleans1.6 
 9. Diot, Paris-Levall.1.6 
 10. Greene, Orleans1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Cholet
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gobert, Cholet2.1 
 2. Akpomedah, Grave.1.5 
 3. Ajinca, Strasbourg1.4 
 4. Sy, AS.1.3 
 5. Walker, Limoges1.2 
 6. Badiane, Poitiers1.2 
 7. Williams, Chalon1.1 
 8. Vaty, Gravelines0.9 
 9. Goree, Cholet0.9 
 10. Fofana, Le Havre0.9 


ProA Round 20: Gravelines-Dunkerque defeats Le Mans in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 20 in the ProA took place in Gravelines. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 4th ranked Le Mans (12-8) to first ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (15-5) 71-68 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 41-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Dwight Buycks (190-89, college: Marquette) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and American-FYR Macedonian swingman Kennedy Winston (198-84, college: Alabama) who added 14 points during the contest. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Cam Long (193-88, college: George Mason, agency: KMG Sports Management) responded with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Gravelines-Dunkerque have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-5 record, which they share with Strasbourg. Le Mans at the other side keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque is looking forward to face Chalon/Saor (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Le Mans will play against Paris-Levallois and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Strasbourg. Second ranked host Strasbourg IG (15-5) defeated 3rd ranked Chalon/Saor (12-7) 80-65. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Chalon/Saor. The winners were led by American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) who had that evening a triple-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists and Louis Campbell supported him with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Even 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists by American swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) did not help to save the game for Chalon/Saor. Strasbourg IG have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Gravelines. Defending champion Chalon/Saor keeps the third place with seven games lost. Strasbourg IG will play against Chorale de Roanne (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Chalon/Saor will play against the league's leader Gravelines-Dunkerque (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Nanterre where 7th ranked Entente Orleans 45 (9-11) was upset on the court of tenth ranked JSF Nanterre (10-10) 93-78 on Saturday. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Chris Warren who scored 23 points. Brian Greene produced 24 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. JSF Nanterre have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Dijon and Roanne. Entente Orleans 45 lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Cholet. JSF Nanterre will meet Sluc Nancy (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Entente Orleans 45 will play against JDA Dijon (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Levallois where 6th ranked Paris-Levallois (11-9) was upset on its own court by ninth ranked JDA Dijon (10-10) 78-70. Andre Harris orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 6 rebounds. JDA Dijon's coach Jean-Louis Borg allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. JDA Dijon moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Roanne and Nanterre. Paris-Levallois at the other side dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. JDA Dijon's next round opponent will be Entente Orleans 45 (#11) at home. Paris-Levallois will play against Le Mans (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Villeurbanne where higher ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (11-9) was upset on its own court by fifteenth ranked Poitiers (7-13) 86-78 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of Dominic James who helped to win the game recording 34 points (!!!). ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Poitiers moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Nancy. Loser ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Poitiers will face bottom-ranked Boulazac Basket (#16) at home in the next round. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play against Cholet (#10).

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 20: Roanne won against Limoges on the opponent's court 90-77. Le Havre managed to outperform Nancy in a home game 85-78. Cholet managed to beat Boulazac on the road 86-75.


Strasbourg - Chalon 80-65

The game between Top Four teams took place in Strasbourg. Second ranked host Strasbourg IG (15-5) defeated 3rd ranked Chalon/Saor (12-7) 80-65. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Chalon/Saor. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Strasbourg IG's pressure prevailed and they won that period 25-13 extending their advantage to 15 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Chalon/Saor's 36. Strasbourg IG players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Chalon/Saor's players. The winners were led by American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) who had that evening a triple-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists and American point guard Louis Campbell (190-79, college: Buffalo, agency: Pro One Sports) supported him with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Four Strasbourg IG players scored in double figures. Even 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists by American swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) did not help to save the game for Chalon/Saor. His fellow American import forward Shelden Williams (206-83, college: Duke) added 11 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Strasbourg IG have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Gravelines. Defending champion Chalon/Saor keeps the third place with seven games lost. Strasbourg IG will play against Chorale de Roanne (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Chalon/Saor will play against the league's leader Gravelines-Dunkerque (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chalon: B.Schilb 22+6reb+4ast, S.Williams 11+6reb+1ast, K.Houston 10+1reb+4ast, M.Denmon 9+1reb+2ast, I.Evtimov 7+2reb, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 4+3reb
Strasbourg: R.Greer 16+10reb+11ast, L.Campbell 16+6reb+9ast, A.Ajinca 16+5reb+1ast, R.Duport 12+6reb, A.Toupane 6+1reb+1ast, J.Shurna 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 178998


Limoges - Roanne 77-90

Rather expected game when 11th ranked Limoges CSP Elite (8-11) was defeated at home by eighth ranked Chorale de Roanne (10-10) 90-77 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Chorale de Roanne. Limoges CSP Elite was better in second period 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chorale de Roanne made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Chorale de Roanne especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Chorale de Roanne made 7 blocks. Limoges CSP Elite was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Ivorian guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-85, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 7 assists and American power forward Coleman Collins (206-86, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Interperformances) who added 14 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. American forward Jon Brockman (201-87, college: Washington) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and the former international point guard Joseph Gomis (180-78) scored 14 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Chorale de Roanne moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Dijon and Nanterre. Newly promoted Limoges CSP Elite dropped to the twelfth position with 11 games lost. Chorale de Roanne will face league's second-placed Strasbourg IG at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Limoges CSP Elite will play against STB Le Havre (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Limoges: J.Gomis 14+2reb+2ast, J.Brockman 13+11reb+1ast, K.McAlarney 12+3ast, J.Mipoka 11+2reb+3ast, T.Plaisted 10+5reb, B.Wanamaker 8+4reb+5ast
Roanne: P.Amagou 23+2reb+7ast, V.Samnick 15+3reb+2ast, C.Collins 14+8reb, W.Gradit 13+3reb+2ast, M.Howard 8+4reb, S.Gray 6+2reb
gschID: 179003


Nanterre - Orleans 93-78

An interesting game took place in Nanterre where 7th ranked Entente Orleans 45 (9-11) was upset on the court of tenth ranked JSF Nanterre (10-10) 93-78 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 54-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. JSF Nanterre shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 53.3 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was point guard Chris Warren (178-88, college: Mississippi) who scored 23 points. Forward Chris Oliver (198-85, college: Radford) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Brian Greene (204-81, college: Colorado St.) produced 24 points and 7 rebounds and guard Christopher Hill (191-83, college: Michigan St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four JSF Nanterre and five Entente Orleans 45 players scored in double figures. JSF Nanterre have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Dijon and Roanne. Entente Orleans 45 lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Cholet. JSF Nanterre will meet Sluc Nancy (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Entente Orleans 45 will play against JDA Dijon (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Orleans: B.Greene 24+7reb+2ast, C.Hill 18+5reb+3ast, B.Hunter 10+3reb, D.Viney 10+2reb+1ast, J.Young 10+1reb+1ast, M.Lebrun 4+1reb
Nanterre: C.Warren 23+1reb+3ast, C.Oliver 16+6reb, J.Palacios 11+4reb, T.Meacham 10+3reb+3ast, J.Nzeulie 9+3reb+2ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 9+1reb+2ast
gschID: 179002


Le Havre - Nancy 85-78

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourteenth ranked STB Le Havre and 13th ranked Sluc Nancy had identical 7-12 record. This time STB Le Havre used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Nancy 85-78 on Saturday night. Sluc Nancy trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 28-22 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 78-85 at the end of the game. STB Le Havre shot 60.7 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Graham Brown (205-84, college: Michigan) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and Romanian forward Vlad Moldoveanu (209-88, college: the other American import) who added 19 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four STB Le Havre players scored in double figures. Naturalized Ivorian point guard Souleyman Diabate (183-87, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and American forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley) scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Sluc Nancy's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. STB Le Havre (8-12) moved-up to thirteenth place. Sluc Nancy lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 13 games lost. STB Le Havre will face higher ranked Limoges CSP Elite (#12) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sluc Nancy will play against JSF Nanterre.
Top scorers:
Nancy: S.Diabate 20+6reb+7ast, M.Sommerville 19+7reb+1ast, J.Shuler 19+3reb+2ast, A.Kader Sylla 7+3reb+1ast, B.Merriex 5+1reb, J.Linehan 4+4reb+1ast
Le Havre: G.Brown 19+8reb+2ast, V.Moldoveanu 19+6reb+3ast, G.Pitard 15+3reb+1ast, B.King 13+5reb+10ast, M.Kouguere 7+3reb+3ast, B.Smith 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 179001


Paris-Levallois - Dijon 70-78

An interesting game took place in Levallois where 6th ranked Paris-Levallois (11-9) was upset on its own court by ninth ranked JDA Dijon (10-10) 78-70. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-13. But Paris-Levallois won second period 25-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American power forward Andre Harris (201-85, college: Fair Dickinson) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 6 rebounds. The other American import forward Zach Moss (201-81, college: Mountain St.) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. JDA Dijon's coach Jean-Louis Borg allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international point guard Andrew Albicy (178-90) replied with 15 points, 7 assists and 5 steals and the former international point guard Antoine Diot (191-89) added 15 points and 5 assists in the effort for Paris-Levallois. Five JDA Dijon and four Paris-Levallois players scored in double figures. JDA Dijon moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Roanne and Nanterre. Paris-Levallois at the other side dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. JDA Dijon's next round opponent will be Entente Orleans 45 (#11) at home. Paris-Levallois will play against Le Mans (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: A.Albicy 15+4reb+7ast, A.Diot 15+4reb+5ast, J.Cox 10+2reb+2ast, S.May 10+9reb+1ast, G.Oniangue 7+5reb+1ast, L.Labeyrie 6+4reb+2ast
Dijon: D.Melody 14+4reb+2ast, A.Harris 14+6reb+3ast, T.Campbell 13+2reb+6ast, Z.Moss 11+8reb+3ast, J.Leloup 10+5reb+3ast, L.Owens 9
gschID: 179000


Boulazac - Cholet 75-86

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked Boulazac Basket (5-15) was defeated at home by twelfth ranked Cholet (9-11) 86-75 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Cholet. Boulazac Basket was better in fourth quarter 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard A.J. Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 5 assists and forward Marcus Goree (201-77, college: W.Virginia) who added 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Power forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agency: SportsTalent) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds and Amadi McKenzie (201-86, college: Tenn Tech) scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. Four Boulazac Basket players scored in double figures. Cholet moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Orleans. Newly promoted Boulazac Basket stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Cholet will face higher ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#5) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Boulazac Basket will play against Poitiers (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Boulazac: D.Monroe 17+15reb+3ast, A.McKenzie 17+9reb+1ast, T.Dubiez 14+3reb+2ast, Y.Gaillou 12+1reb+1ast, D.Harris 9+1reb, A.Acker 4+1reb+4ast
Cholet: A.Slaughter 24+1reb+5ast, M.Goree 18+6reb+2ast, D.Obasohan 12+4reb, R.Jomby 8+3reb+3ast, L.Vebobe 7+1reb, K.Souchu 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 178999


ASVEL - Poitiers 78-86

An interesting game took place in Villeurbanne where higher ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (11-9) was upset on its own court by fifteenth ranked Poitiers (7-13) 86-78 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-11. But ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket won second period 22-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Poitiers won last quarter 27-21. They made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Poitiers outrebounded ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket 31-20 including a 25-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Dominic James (180-86, college: Marquette) who helped to win the game recording 34 points (!!!) and the other American import forward Ahmad Nivins (206-87, college: St.Joseph's) who added 13 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The former international guard Edwin Jackson (191-89) responded with 25 points and Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, college: Wyoming, agency: Beo Basket) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Poitiers moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Nancy. Loser ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Poitiers will face bottom-ranked Boulazac Basket (#16) at home in the next round. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play against Cholet (#10).
Top scorers:
ASVEL: E.Jackson 25+2reb+2ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 21+5reb+1ast, M.Thompson 7+1reb+1ast, T.Larrouquis 7+3reb+5ast, P.Morlende 7+2ast, A.Sy 5+5reb+5ast
Poitiers: D.James 34+3reb+3ast, A.Nivins 13+7reb, L.Kante 9+1reb+1ast, A.Smith 8+1reb+2ast, A.Grant 7+3reb+2ast, A.Dobbins 6+7reb+2ast
gschID: 178997


Gravelines - Le Mans 71-68

The most exciting game of round 20 in the ProA took place in Gravelines. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 4th ranked Le Mans (12-8) to first ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (15-5) 71-68 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 41-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Dwight Buycks (190-89, college: Marquette) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and American-FYR Macedonian swingman Kennedy Winston (198-84, college: Alabama) who added 14 points during the contest. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Cam Long (193-88, college: George Mason, agency: KMG Sports Management) responded with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Bosnian-Serbian Marko Keselj (206-88, agency: Beo Basket) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Four Le Mans players scored in double figures. Gravelines-Dunkerque have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-5 record, which they share with Strasbourg. Le Mans at the other side keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque is looking forward to face Chalon/Saor (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Le Mans will play against Paris-Levallois and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: C.Long 15+5reb+5ast, J.Paulo Batista 15+5reb+2ast, C.Victor 15+3reb+2ast, M.Keselj 14+9reb+1ast, D.Washington 5+5reb+4ast, A.Koffi 4+4reb+2ast
Gravelines: J.Johnson 15+2reb+1ast, D.Buycks 14+3reb+2ast, K.Winston 14+3reb+1ast, L.Vaty 8+4reb+1ast, J.Edwards 6+6reb+1ast, Y.Bokolo 5+3reb+6ast
gschID: 178996



Darryl Hudson (ex Jamtland) agreed terms with Charleville - by Eurobasket News

Etoile Charleville-Mezieres (ProB) inked 28-year old American guard Darryl Hudson (195-85, college: Howard, agency: R.H.Consultancy). He started the season at KFUM Jamtland Basket in Swedish Basketligan. In 20 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.7ppg, 4.7rpg and 3.0apg this season. The last summer Hudson played at Taranaki (NBL) in New Zealand league. In 16 games he averaged remarkable 20.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.8apg and 1.3spg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Gold Coast Blaze (NBL) in Australian league. In 23 games he averaged 8.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.8apg.
Among other achievements Hudson's team made it to the Hungarian League Semifinals in 2009. He received also Australiabasket.com New Zealand NBL All-Imports Team award back in 2010.
Hudson is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Finland (UU-Korihait and Kauhajoen Karhu), Germany (Walter Tigers), New Zealand (Hub Jets and Wellington Exodus Saints) and Hungary (Falco-Szova).
Hudson attended Howard University until 2007 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: Athletic combo guard, that is very quick, explosive and can finish around the basket. His normal position is the point guard but played the 2 and 3 position his last two years in college. He is a long 6' 4' guard that allows him to distract his opponents when he is defending smaller guards. A natural leader and a HARD worker.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - 1. Bundesliga

BBL Standings
 1. Brose Bask. 21-2 
 2. B.Muenchen 16-8 
 3. EWE Baskets 15-7 
 4. Ratiopharm 15-8 
 5. ALBA 14-7 
 6. Art.Dragons 13-11 
 7. Telekom Baskets 12-11 
 8. Walter Tigers 12-12 
 9. TBB Trier 11-12 
 10. Phoenix Hagen 11-12 
 11. s.Oliver Baskets 11-13 
 12. Bremerhaven 10-13 
 13. NY Phantoms 10-14 
 14. Bayreuth 10-14 
 15. MBC 9-15 
 16. Neckar L'burg 8-16 
 17. Fraport SKY 8-16 
 18. LTi 46ers 4-19 

Regular Season: Round 24

Feb. 23: Walter Tigers - MBC 93-80
Feb. 23: Ratiopharm - Bayreuth 88-72
Feb. 25: Brose Bask. - Neckar L'burg 88-68
Feb. 23: NY Phantoms - Art.Dragons 81-68
Feb. 23: Phoenix Hagen - Fraport SKY 78-81
Feb. 24: EWE Baskets - s.Oliver Baskets 76-65
Feb. 23: Bremerhaven - B.Muenchen 74-72
Feb. 23: LTi 46ers - TBB Trier 72-77
Feb. 24: Telekom Baskets - ALBA 60-71

Round 25

Feb. 27: ALBA - Walter Tigers


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 18
 1. White, Phoenix18.0 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.7 
 3. Brooks, LTi 46ers15.9 
 4. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.8 
 5. Burrell, Bremerha.15.6 
 6. Peacock, Fraport15.1 
 7. Thompson, ALBA14.9 
 8. Turek, Neckar L.14.1 
 9. Vaden, Telekom13.9 
 10. Redding, Walter T.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.3 
 2. Anderson, s.Oliv.7.2 
 3. Chubb, EWE Baskets7.1 
 4. Robertson, Fraport6.9 
 5. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.8 
 6. Burtschi, Bremerha.6.6 
 7. McGhee, Bayreuth6.5 
 8. Gordon, Phoenix6.3 
 9. King, Art.Dragons6.3 
 10. Linhart, TBB Trier6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.0 
 2. Rice, B.Muenchen5.0 
 3. Hamilton, Bayreuth4.2 
 4. White, Phoenix4.1 
 5. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.0 
 6. Redding, Walter T.4.0 
 7. Burrell, Bremerha.3.9 
 8. Timberlake, MBC3.7 
 9. Gibson, Fraport SKY3.5 
 10. Zazai, LTi 46ers3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (189-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Robertson, Fraport2.0 
 2. White, Phoenix1.9 
 3. Bernard, Neckar L.1.8 
 4. Kramer, EWE B.1.7 
 5. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.6 
 6. Linhart, TBB Trier1.6 
 7. Burtschi, Bremerha.1.5 
 8. Hamilton, Bayreuth1.5 
 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. Pantelic, MBC1.2 
 5. Homan, B.Muenchen1.1 
 6. Morrison, Bremerha.1.1 
 7. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.1 
 8. Frease, Walter T.1.0 
 9. Turek, Neckar L.1.0 
 10. King, Art.Dragons0.9 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Logan STUTZ
  ETB Wohnbau
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 20
 1. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau20.0 
 2. Thomas, Cuxhaven19.8 
 3. Nixon, NBC18.7 
 4. Williams, Vechta17.6 
 5. Griffin, Gotha17.4 
 6. Calvin, Ehingen16.3 
 7. Barker, Jena16.3 
 8. Kelly, Cuxhaven16.2 
 9. White, Heidelberg16.0 
 10. Roessler, Karlsru.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Gadley, Leipzig10.5 
 2. Lawson, Chemnitz9.5 
 3. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau8.1 
 4. Black, Karlsruhe8.1 
 5. Baker, Gotha8.0 
 6. Henley, ETB W.8.0 
 7. Smallwood, Kirchhe.7.6 
 8. Calvin, Ehingen7.6 
 9. Adomaitis, Jena6.8 
 10. Moore, Crailsheim6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Williams, Vechta7.3 
 2. Aud, Finke Baskets6.1 
 3. Coleman, Crailsheim6.0 
 4. Kelly, Cuxhaven5.1 
 5. Cook, ETB Wohnbau5.0 
 6. Smith, Gotha4.7 
 7. Matthews, Ehingen4.6 
 8. Jeka, Jena4.4 
 9. Barker, Jena4.3 
 10. Barth, Heidelberg4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Williams, Vechta3.0 
 2. White, Heidelberg2.3 
 3. Matthews, Ehingen2.2 
 4. Johnson, Duesseld.1.7 
 5. Alexander, Kirchhe.1.7 
 6. Brooks, Kirchheim1.6 
 7. Bynum, Chemnitz1.5 
 8. Stockton, Karlsruhe1.5 
 9. Lawson, Chemnitz1.5 
 10. Harris, Goettingen1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Gadley, Leipzig2.3 
 2. White, Heidelberg1.8 
 3. Lawson, Chemnitz1.4 
 4. Flomo, Duesseldorf1.4 
 5. Thompson, NBC1.2 
 6. Smallwood, Kirchhe.1.1 
 7. Madrich, Vechta1.0 
 8. Harris, Cuxhaven1.0 
 9. Menck, Karlsruhe0.7 
 10. Henley, ETB W.0.7 


Tim Ohlbrecht signed with the Houston Rockets of the NBA! - by Daniel Poerschke

It was a rumor in the last couple of days and it was finally announced officially last night: german big man Tim Ohlbrecht signed a multi-year contract with the Houston Rockets of the NBA. Ohlbrecht played for the Rockets D-League affiliate Team Rio Grande Valley Vipers this season after spending the Last years with various clubs in the german BBL and the german national team. He was selected to play in the 2013 D-League All Star Game, where he scored 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Ohlbrecht is expected to make his NBA debut this week for Houston. Eurobasket Germany wishes Tim the best of luck and is happy about another german hoopster in the NBA!


Tim Ohlbrecht Becomes Third German In NBA This Season Signing With The Houston Rockets - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It is no secret that reaching the NBA often has to do with finding the right situation and having some lady luck and that is exactly what happened to Tim Ohlbrecht (210-F/C-88) as he was signed by NBA team the Houston Rockets to a multi year deal. The career of Tim Ohlbrecht who is a 24 year old 210 power forward/center hasnt been a cinderella story as some has predicted years ago. Being compared to Dirk Nowitzki at a young age probably didnt help him, but he always stuck with his game getting ample experience with teams like Bamberg, Bonn and Frankfurt. Last summer, people were already critcising him for not having found a Beko BBL team and many were wondering what was wrong with the soft spoken big man, but Ohlbrecht always had a plan and that was to start something new which was playing in the D-league. He trained last summer in New Jersey which he has done the last years and there came the contact to the D-league. He got taken by the Springfield Armour and was traded to the Rio Grande Vipers. There he slowly matured and got to learn the ropes of the D-league and put up solid stats playing 32 games in which he started 29 games averaging 13,4ppg, 7,4rpg and 1,6bpg. Ohlbrecht who has been a member of the German national team now will be able to make every players dream of playing in the NBA true. After so much critcism in the past, Ohlbrecht has the last laugh now and will be playing with future NBA legend James Harden and play pick and role with Jeremy Lin. Some dreams do come true for the good boys.

Source: Houston Rockets





German ProA round 23 best performance: Scott Thomas - by Eurobasket News

American forward Scott Thomas (200-F-89, agency: I.D.S. Law) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Cuxhaven, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Vechta (#1, 17-6) 98-91. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Cuxhaven is placed at 4th position in German ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Cuxhaven will need more victories to improve their 14-9 record. In the team's last game Thomas had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Cuxhaven's top player in his first season with the team. Former Bowling Green State University star has very solid stats this year. Thomas is in league's top in points (2nd best: 19.8ppg) and averages impressive 59.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Donald Lawson (208-C-88) of Chemnitz. Lawson had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Chemnitz to another comfortable win 88-69 over the lower-ranked Leipzig (#16, 3-20) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Chemnitz to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Lawson is one of the most experienced players at Chemnitz and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Marcus Smallwood (198-F-82, agency: Court Side) of Kirchheim (#13). Smallwood scored 19 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Kirchheim, leading his team to a 70-59 win against slightly higher-ranked ETB Wohnbau (#12, 10-13). The chances of Kirchheim not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Smallwood could try to bring Kirchheim's a little bit higher in the standings. Smallwood has individually a great season in Germany. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.6rpg (7th best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 58.2%. Smallwood attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Leo Niebuhr (208-F-86) of Gotha - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Stevie Johnson (198-F/C-78) of Crailsheim - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ronald Thompson (208-F/C-81) of NBC - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Akeem Vargas (191-G-90) of Goettingen - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Josten Crow (193-F-87) of Crailsheim - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Vincent Kittmann (201-F-88) of Finke Baskets - 13 points and 11 rebounds
10. Evan Harris (206-F/C-86) of Cuxhaven - 19 points and 6 rebounds

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



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Standings - A1

A1 Standings
 1. Olympiacos 17-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 15-3 
 3. Panionios 15-3 
 4. PAOK 14-4 
 5. AGOR 11-7 
 6. Apollon Patras 9-9 
 7. Aris 8-10 
 8. Ikaros 7-11 
 9. Kolossos 6-12 
 10. Ilysiakos 5-13 
 11. Kavala 5-13 
 12. Peristeri GS 5-13 
 13. KAOD 5-13 
 14. Panelefsiniakos 4-14 

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 24: Panelefsiniakos - AGOR 90-80
Feb. 23: Panionios - Aris 82-75
Feb. 24: PAOK - Kavala 81-69
Feb. 25: Ikaros - KAOD 80-74
Feb. 23: Apollon Patras - Kolossos 78-66
Feb. 24: Ilysiakos - Panathinaikos 62-87
Feb. 24: Olympiacos - Peristeri GS 105-57

Regular Season: Round 19

Mar. 2: Aris - Apollon Patras
Mar. 2: Kolossos - PAOK
Mar. 2: Kavala - Olympiacos
Mar. 2: Peristeri GS - Ikaros
Mar. 2: Panathinaikos - KAOD
Mar. 2: AGOR - Panionios
Mar. 2: Ilysiakos - Panelefsiniakos


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Ilysiakos
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Stoglin, Ilysiakos24.7 
 2. Pappas, Panionios18.8 
 3. Kiritsis, Ikaros17.1 
 4. Liakopoulos, Panel.16.2 
 5. McCollum, Apollo.15.6 
 6. Dendy, Kolossos14.9 
 7. Gibson, Ikaros14.2 
 8. Printezis, Olympia.14.2 
 9. Coleman, Kavala13.9 
 10. Grant, Apollon13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Palmer, KAOD8.8 
 2. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.5 
 3. Jankovic, Panionios7.4 
 4. Faye, Ikaros7.3 
 5. Coleman, Kavala6.7 
 6. Michel, KAOD6.5 
 7. Jones, Ilysiakos6.2 
 8. Kanonidis, Periste.6.1 
 9. Haritopoulos, PAOK5.9 
 10. Lasme, Panathin.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.4 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.4.9 
 3. Petroulas, Periste.4.3 
 4. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.3 
 5. Grundy, Kavala3.9 
 6. Papantoniou, Peris.3.8 
 7. McGrath, PA.3.8 
 8. Kiritsis, Ikaros3.6 
 9. Hatten, Kolossos3.4 
 10. Papadopoulos, PA.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony GRUNDY
  Kavala
  (189-PG-79)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Grundy, Kavala2.6 
 2. Palmer, KAOD2.5 
 3. Grant, Apollon2.4 
 4. Pappas, Panionios2.1 
 5. Knowles, KAOD1.6 
 6. McCollum, Apollo.1.6 
 7. Klaiber, Apollon1.5 
 8. Petway, AGOR1.5 
 9. Pelekanos, Aris1.4 
 10. Mantzaris, Olympi.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Petway, AGOR2.8 
 2. Michel, KAOD1.7 
 3. Coleman, Kavala1.4 
 4. Faye, Ikaros1.2 
 5. Lasme, Panathin.1.2 
 6. Turner, Apollon1.1 
 7. Powell, Olympiacos1.0 
 8. Jankovic, Panionios0.9 
 9. Papadopoulos, PAOK0.9 
 10. Wyatt, Ikaros0.8 


Standings - A2

A2 Standings
 1. Filathlitikos 14-3 
 2. Nea Kifisia 14-3 
 3. Trikalla 13-4 
 4. Koroivos 12-5 
 5. Ikaroi Serron 11-6 
 6. Lavrio 10-7 
 7. Pagrati 9-8 
 8. Agia Paraskevis 8-9 
 9. Ermis Lagkada 6-11 
 10. Arkadikos 6-11 
 11. Irakleio 5-12 
 12. Doxa Lefkadas 4-13 
 13. OFI 4-13 
 14. Niki Volou 3-14 

Regular Season: Round 17

Feb. 23: Pagrati - Agia Paraskevis 92-82
Feb. 23: Trikalla - OFI 83-68
Feb. 23: Koroivos - Doxa Lefkadas 80-64
Feb. 23: Nea Kifisia - Niki Volou 79-51
Feb. 23: Ikaroi Serron - Arkadikos 65-60
Feb. 23: Irakleio - Ermis Lagkada 63-69
Feb. 23: Lavrio - Filathlitikos 62-75

Regular Season: Round 18

Mar. 2: OFI - Pagrati
Mar. 2: Arkadikos - Trikalla
Mar. 2: Niki Volou - Ikaroi Serron
Mar. 2: Doxa Lefkadas - Nea Kifisia
Mar. 2: Ermis Lagkada - Koroivos
Mar. 2: Filathlitikos - Irakleio
Mar. 2: Agia Paraskevis - Lavrio


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Kostas TOTSIOS
  Ikaroi S.
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Totsios, Ikaroi S.20.6 
 2. Anagnostopou., Erm.20.1 
 3. Karaboulas, Nea K.18.3 
 4. Kakiouzis, Lavrio18.2 
 5. Giannakopoul., Lav.18.1 
 6. Vranjes, Pagrati16.7 
 7. Kitsoulis, OFI16.6 
 8. Psileas, Agia P.15.7 
 9. Simeonidis, Ikaroi15.4 
 10. Karydas, Koroivos14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petros NOEAS
  Koroivos
  (204-F-87)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Noeas, Koroivos9.4 
 2. Papachristos, Trik.8.7 
 3. Kakiouzis, Lavrio8.4 
 4. Anagnostopou., Erm.8.3 
 5. Manousos, Doxa L.7.7 
 6. Sklavos, Pagrati7.6 
 7. Koutroulias, Pagra.7.4 
 8. Cubrilo, Arkadikos7.2 
 9. Pelkic, Irakleio7.1 
 10. Simeonidis, Ikaro.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Fotis VASILOPOULOS
  Pagrati
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Vasilopoulos, Pagr.5.6 
 2. Karydas, Koroivos5.6 
 3. Gikas, Filathlitik.5.6 
 4. Moschovitis, Nea K.5.0 
 5. Papadakis, OFI4.1 
 6. Katsares, Trikalla3.8 
 7. Giannakopoul., Lav.3.8 
 8. Tsiotras, Arkadikos3.6 
 9. Mavrogiannis, Niki3.5 
 10. Govas, Arkadikos3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Thodoris TSIOTRAS
  Arkadikos
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Tsiotras, Arkadikos2.5 
 2. Katsares, Trikalla2.4 
 3. Vranjes, Pagrati2.1 
 4. Karydas, Koroivos2.0 
 5. Ioakeimidis, Ermis1.9 
 6. Gikas, Filathlitik.1.9 
 7. Giannakopoul., Lav.1.8 
 8. Psileas, Agia P.1.8 
 9. Saloustros, Filath.1.7 
 10. Mavrogiannis, Nik.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Thanasis ADETOKOUBO
  Filath.
  (200-F-93)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Adetokoubo, Filath.1.2 
 2. Doychinov, OFI1.1 
 3. Papachristos, Trik.0.9 
 4. Charismidis, Trika.0.8 
 5. Vagenas, Doxa L.0.8 
 6. Pelkic, Irakleio0.7 
 7. Sakellarakis, Irak.0.7 
 8. Anagnostopou., Erm.0.7 
 9. Nikoloudis, Ikaroi0.7 
 10. Noeas, Koroivos0.6 


Div.B Standing

B Standings
North Group
 1. Filippos Veroias 13-3 
 2. Iraklis 13-4 
 3. Stratoni 11-5 
 4. Egaleo 10-6 
 5. Doxa Pefkon 9-7 
 6. Marousi 9-8 
 7. Aias Evosmou 9-8 
 8. Ionikos N.F. 7-10 
 9. Metamorfosi 6-10 
 10. Anatolia 6-11 
 11. Periko/Arhelaos 6-11 
 12. MENT 4-12 
 13. Ionikos Ionias 4-12 
South Group
 1. Psyhiko 15-1 
 2. AEK Athens 14-2 
 3. Amyntas Dafnis 11-6 
 4. Aetos 10-5 
 5. Panerythraikos 10-7 
 6. Holargos 9-8 
 7. Doukas 8-8 
 8. Enosi 8-9 
 9. Near East 7-10 
 10. Kronos AD 5-11 
 11. Halkidas 5-12 
 12. Esperos Patras 5-12 
 13. Perama Ermis 0-17 

Regular Season: Round 18

North

Feb. 24: Ionikos N.F. - Anatolia 84-70
Feb. 24: Stratoni - MENT 84-58
Feb. 24: Aias Evosmou - Metamorfosi 81-75
Feb. 24: Doxa Pefkon - Marousi 71-64
Feb. 24: Iraklis - Filippos Veroias 67-72
Feb. 24: Ionikos Ionias - Periko/Arhelaos 63-56

South

Feb. 24: Near East - Kronos AD 78-74
Feb. 24: Psyhiko - Holargos 76-74
Feb. 24: Perama Ermis - Enosi 71-86
Feb. 24: Amyntas Dafnis - AEK Athens 69-75
Feb. 24: Panerythraikos - Esperos Patras 58-54

Regular Season: Round 19

North

Mar. 3: Metamorfosi - Ionikos N.F.
Mar. 3: Anatolia - Doxa Pefkon
Mar. 3: Marousi - Stratoni
Mar. 3: MENT - Ionikos Ionias
Mar. 3: Filippos Veroias - Aias Evosmou
Mar. 3: Egaleo - Iraklis

South

Mar. 3: Diagoras - Panerythraikos
Mar. 3: Esperos Patras - Perama Ermis
Mar. 3: Enosi - Aetos
Mar. 3: Doukas - Psyhiko
Mar. 3: AEK Athens - Near East
Mar. 3: Halkidas - Amyntas Dafnis


A1 Round 18: Bottom-ranked Panelefsiniakos win against AGOR - by Eurobasket News

Bottom-ranked Panelefsiniakos managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the three-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time newly promoted Panelefsiniakos won against fifth-ranked AGOR in Eleusina 90-80. The hosts trailed by 12 points at the halftime before their 48-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Panelefsiniakos had a 30-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Panelefsiniakos especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. It was a good game for guard Spyros Magounis (200-85, agency: FCM) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). point guard Nikos Liakopoulos (189-83, agency: FCM) contributed with 21 points and 6 assists for the winners. Panelefsiniakos' coach Giorgos Skarafingas used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Marc Antonio Carter (191-85, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Limelight Hoops) replied with 26 points and 4 assists for AGOR. Newly promoted Panelefsiniakos maintains fourteenth position with 4-14 record. AGOR at the other side keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Panelefsiniakos are looking forward to face higher ranked Ilysiakos (#10) in Athens in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. AGOR will play at home against Panionios (#3) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
A1 top team - Olympiacos (17-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Peristeri GS (5-13) in Athens 105-57. The former international forward Stratos Perperoglou (203-84) scored 20 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Dimitrios Mavroeidis chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was point guard Nontas Papantoniou (190-90) with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Olympiacos have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 17-1 record. Peristeri GS lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Olympiacos will play against Kavala (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Peristeri GS will play against Ikaros in Kalitheas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Athens: Panathinaikos (#3) and Ilysiakos (#10). Ilysiakos was smashed at home by 25 points 62-87 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Kostas Tsartsaris notched 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the effort. Even 23 points by Terrell Stoglin did not help to save the game for Ilysiakos. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Panathinaikos have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Panionios. Ilysiakos lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 13 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Panathinaikos will meet at home KAOD (#13) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Ilysiakos will play against Panelefsiniakos in Eleusina and hope to secure a win.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 18: KAOD was beaten by Ikaros on the road 80-74. PAOK won against Kavala on its own court 81-69. Kolossos unfortunately lost to Apollon Patras in a road game 66-78. Panionios managed to beat Aris at home 82-75.


Ikaros - KAOD 80-74

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Ikaros (7-11) beat 10th ranked KAOD (5-13) in Kalitheas 80-74 on Monday. KAOD trailed by 21 points after 3 quarters before a 28-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-80 at the end of the game. Ikaros dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to KAOD's 26. Croatian guard Zoran Vrkic (200-87) notched 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Alexis Kiritsis (198-82) supported him with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 20 points and 4 assists by American guard Preston Knowles (185-89, college: Louisville) did not help to save the game for KAOD. His fellow American import guard Jason Rowe (178-78, college: Loyola, MD, agency: Two Points) added 13 points. Four KAOD players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ikaros maintains eighth position with 7-11 record. KAOD lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Ikaros will meet Peristeri GS (#12) in the next round. KAOD will play against the league's second-placed Panathinaikos where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Ikaros: Z.Vrkic 19+9reb+3ast, M.Faye 16+10reb, A.Kiritsis 14+7reb+5ast, D.Gibson 9+2reb+4ast, M.Pantic 9+2reb+1ast, V.Symtsak 6+4reb+1ast
KAOD: P.Knowles 20+4reb+4ast, J.Rowe 13+3reb+2ast, K.Kakaroudis 12+1reb+4ast, E.Bavcic 10+8reb, T.Zaras 5+1reb, K.Palmer 5+8reb+1ast
gschID: 203813


Panelefsiniakos - AGOR 90-80

Bottom-ranked Panelefsiniakos managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the three-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time newly promoted Panelefsiniakos won against fifth-ranked AGOR in Eleusina 90-80. The hosts trailed by 12 points at the halftime before their 48-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Panelefsiniakos had a 30-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Panelefsiniakos especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. It was a good game for guard Spyros Magounis (200-85, agency: FCM) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). point guard Nikos Liakopoulos (189-83, agency: FCM) contributed with 21 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four Panelefsiniakos players scored in double figures. Panelefsiniakos' coach Giorgos Skarafingas used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Marc Antonio Carter (191-85, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Limelight Hoops) replied with 26 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Brent Petway (204-85, college: Michigan) added 19 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for AGOR. Newly promoted Panelefsiniakos maintains fourteenth position with 4-14 record. AGOR at the other side keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Panelefsiniakos are looking forward to face higher ranked Ilysiakos (#10) in Athens in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. AGOR will play at home against Panionios (#3) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Panelefsiniakos: N.Liakopoulos 21+3reb+6ast, S.Magounis 21+14reb+2ast, C.Eziukwu 17+10reb+2ast, N.Papanikolopoulos 10+1reb+2ast, G.Tsiakos 7+4reb+2ast, D.Avramidis 6+3reb+2ast
AGOR: M.Antonio Carter 26+4reb+4ast, B.Petway 19+7reb+1ast, D.Latovic 8+3reb+2ast, P.Horne 8+2reb+2ast, U.Duvnjak 6+7reb+2ast, N.Kommatos 5+8reb+1ast
gschID: 203815


Ilysiakos - Panathinaikos 62-87

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Athens: Panathinaikos (#3) and Ilysiakos (#10). Ilysiakos was smashed at home by 25 points 62-87 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The game without a history. Panathinaikos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Ilysiakos' players. The former international forward Kostas Tsartsaris (209-79) notched 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Lithuanian swingman Jonas Maciulis (199-85) supported him with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. Even 23 points by American point guard Terrell Stoglin (185-91, college: Maryland) did not help to save the game for Ilysiakos. His fellow American import forward Travis Garrison (203-84, college: Maryland) added 7 points and 7 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Panathinaikos have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Panionios. Ilysiakos lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 13 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Panathinaikos will meet at home KAOD (#13) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Ilysiakos will play against Panelefsiniakos in Eleusina and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: K.Tsartsaris 20+3reb+3ast, J.Maciulis 12+9reb+2ast, S.Lasme 12+6reb+1ast, J.Kapono 11, M.Banks 8+1reb+2ast, H.Giannopoulos 8
Ilysiakos: T.Stoglin 23+1reb, N.Chatzis 9+2reb, A.Anagonye 8+4reb, T.Garrison 7+7reb+2ast, A.Spanos 7+4reb, M.Paragios 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 203814


Olympiacos - Peristeri GS 105-57

A1 top team - Olympiacos (17-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Peristeri GS (5-13) in Athens 105-57. The game without a history. Olympiacos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Peristeri GS's 30. They outrebounded Peristeri GS 41-29 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Olympiacos shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 32 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Peristeri GS's players. The former international forward Stratos Perperoglou (203-84) scored 20 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international center Dimitrios Mavroeidis (208-85, agency: FCM) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Five Olympiacos players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was point guard Nontas Papantoniou (190-90) with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and American point guard Dwight Thorne (190-88, college: Colorado) scored 12 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Olympiacos have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 17-1 record. Peristeri GS lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Olympiacos will play against Kavala (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Peristeri GS will play against Ikaros in Kalitheas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Olympiacos: S.Perperoglou 20+7reb+3ast, M.Gecevicius 19+2ast, G.Printezis 13+5reb+2ast, D.Mavroeidis 12+9reb+1ast, K.Sloukas 11+3reb+1ast, D.Katsivelis 10+4reb+2ast
Peristeri GS: N.Papantoniou 13+5reb+5ast, D.Thorne 12+3reb+2ast, A.Mantzaris 9, F.Zoumpos 7+3reb, T.Hines 7+9reb, A.Kanonidis 4+2reb
gschID: 203812


PAOK - Kavala 81-69

Very expected game when 11th ranked Kavala (5-13) lost to fourth ranked PAOK (14-4) in Thessaloniki 69-81 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by PAOK. Kavala managed to win third quarter 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Power forward Mihalis Tsairelis (207-88) notched 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and point guard Kostas Haralampidis (189-76) supported him with 19 points. Even 18 points by Canadian-Bosnian guard Nemanja Mitrovic (197-90, college: Portland) did not help to save the game for Kavala. Naturalized American center Steve Panos (206-88, college: Weber St.) added 12 points. Kavala's coach Angelos Koronios rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. PAOK have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 14-4 record. Loser Kavala dropped to the tenth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. PAOK will meet Kolossos (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. Kavala will play against the league's leader Olympiacos in Athens and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
PAOK: M.Tsairelis 20+7reb+4ast, K.Haralampidis 19+2reb+3ast, G.Dedas 12+2reb, L.Papadopoulos 9+10reb+3ast, L.Kaselakis 8+1reb+2ast, W.Hatcher 8+1reb+5ast
Kavala: N.Mitrovic 18+4reb+1ast, S.Panos 12+2reb+1ast, K.Achara 8+5reb, C.Stefanidis 7+2reb, W.Coleman 7+5reb, D.Tairu 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 203811


Apollon Patras - Kolossos 78-66

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked Apollon Patras (9-9) won against at home 9th ranked Kolossos (6-12) 78-66 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-66. Apollon Patras made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Kolossos turnovers. American point guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) notched 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and Guyanese-American forward Gordon Klaiber (206-83, college: Fair Dickinson) supported him with 17 points. Even 14 points by the former international guard Giannis Kalambokis (195-78, agency: FCM) did not help to save the game for Kolossos. American point guard Marcus Hatten (186-80, college: St.John's) added 12 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Newly promoted Apollon Patras maintains sixth position with 9-9 record. Loser Kolossos keeps the ninth place with 12 games lost. Apollon Patras will meet Aris (#7) in the next round. Kolossos will play against PAOK in Thessaloniki and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Apollon Patras: G.Klaiber 17+2reb+2ast, E.McCollum 13+5reb+5ast, I.Krolo 12+5reb, N.Argyropoylos 9+4reb+4ast, V.Petrovic-Stergiou 8+5reb+2ast, K.Grant 6+1reb+3ast
Kolossos: G.Kalambokis 14+4reb+3ast, M.Hatten 12+4reb+2ast, K.Langford 9+6reb, B.Osby 8+6reb+1ast, F.Koumpouras 8+5reb+1ast, G.Kalaitzis 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 203810


Panionios - Aris 82-75

Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked Aris (8-10) lost to third ranked Panionios (15-3) in Athens 75-82 on Saturday. Aris trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 24-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 75-82 at the end of the game. Panionios made 30-of-33 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game, while Aris only scored fourteen points from the stripe. They outrebounded Aris 40-21 including a 25-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland, agency: Three Eye Sports) notched 21 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and naturalized Serbian forward Vladimir Jankovic (202-90, agency: FCM) supported him with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Even 20 points by guard Dimitris Verginis (193-87, agency: FCM) did not help to save the game for Aris. Bosnian guard Muhamed Pasalic (192-87) added 15 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Panionios have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Panathinaikos. Loser Aris keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Panionios will meet AGOR (#5) in the next round. Aris will play against Apollon Patras and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Panionios: L.Milbourne 21+8reb, N.Pappas 20+4reb+3ast, V.Jankovic 14+14reb, G.Bogris 8+2reb, V.Kavvadas 5+1reb, G.Athanasoulas 4+1ast
Aris: D.Verginis 20+1reb+2ast, M.Pasalic 15+1reb+4ast, J.Hunt 9+3reb, M.Pelekanos 7+3reb, K.Charissis 6+5reb+1ast, A.Asimakopoulos 6+3reb
gschID: 203809



Defensive-stopper Doron Perkins, the ideal fit for Olympiakos (?) - by Dimitris Katsionis

Yes, he probably is.. . Doron Perkins (188-PG-83, college: Santa Clara) seems the perfect "quarterback-style" guard to pair with Spanoulis in Olympiakos' backourt. After Mantzaris' injury, the Reds were looking for a pass first point guard with high defensive abilities to make their chemistry work. Actually, Perkins is a real doberman in the defensive end. Very good body, great wingspan, strong legs. Probably the best rebounding PG in Europe and one of the best ball defenders today. Back in 2010, David Blatt's strategy was based in the hard-caliber backourt of Perkins & Pargo, who exert much ball-pressure, reminding us the legendary Ariel McDonald-Derrick Sharp duo on this element. However, his outside shooting is questionable and that's a problem since Mantzaris was very reliable behind the arc. This year Perkins' performance in 3's and FT's is the worst in his his career but don't forget the fact that he is a player who thrives in transition offense. So, Olympiakos has to rise his tempo in the offensive end and maybe this can start from Perkins' terrific ball pressure. The 29 year old guard can compete in the half court offense too since he's very smart with a high basketball IQ (plus a quick desicioner), a very good ball remover who can benefit the -ball dominated from Spanoulis- Olympiakos offense. Perkins sign with the Reds till the end of the season..


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Standings - Promotie Divisie

Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Orcas Urk 18-1 
 2. De Groene 16-2 
 3. Cangeroes 13-6 
 4. Binnenland 11-6 
 5. De Hoppers 11-8 
 6. Red Giants 10-9 
 7. Rotterdam 2 9-9 
 8. Almonte 9-11 
 9. MSV/Zeemacht 8-11 
 10. Leiden 2 8-12 
 11. Punch 8-12 
 12. Almere P. 5-15 
 13. BC Apollo 2 5-15 
 14. UBALL 3-17 

Regular Season: Round 20

Feb. 23: Red Giants - Leiden 2 81-77
Feb. 23: Binnenland - De Hoppers 80-69
Feb. 23: De Groene - MSV/Zeemacht 76-60
Feb. 23: Almonte - UBALL 67-60
Feb. 23: BC Apollo 2 - Orca's Urk 59-82
Feb. 23: Punch - Almere P. 48-44

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 2: Leiden 2 - Binnenland
Mar. 2: Almere P. - Almonte
Mar. 2: UBALL - BC Apollo 2
Mar. 2: MSV/Zeemacht - Red Giants
Mar. 2: Cangeroes - Punch
Mar. 2: De Hoppers - Rotterdam 2
Mar. 2: Orca''s Urk - De Groene


PromotieDivisie Scores Round 19: Orca's keeps on winning - by Terry Cooper

Orca's of Urk have changed the game of the regular teams winning in the promotiedivisie as they are making a stand on winning the regular season as the season is nearing the end. They proved their dominace winning over BC Apollo2 82-59 on the road. Binnenland defeated De Hoppers 80-69 taking over fourth place while the Red Giants won 81-77 over Z&Z Leiden2. Punch won at home over Almere in a close physical game 48-44 while Almonte edged UBALL 67-60 at home. Finally second place Groene Uilen won over MSV/Zeemacht 76-60 ending week 19. The changing of the guard has taken place as you see new teams battling for the Final Four and the traditional teams fighting to stay the league. Just sad to see teams like Coach Burhan Alibegovic's Z&Z2, BC Apollo not doing well and Coach Jan Sikking and Punch Delft doing just enough to stay in. Is that really good for the image of the league when new teams come in to make noise? Maybe time for a change. Stay tuned!!!

Round 19 Scores:

BC APOLLO 2 59-82 Martho Flexwerk / Orca's
Binnenland 80-69 De Hoppers
Red Giants 81-77 ZZ Leiden 2
Punch 48-44 Almere Pioneers
Almonte 67-60 UBALL
Groene Uilen 76-60 MSV/Zeemacht



Prom.Divisie Round 20: Top-ranked Orca's Urk wins another game - by Eurobasket News

The round 20 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

Prom.Divisie top team - Orca's Urk (17-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked BC Apollo 2 (4-14) in Amsterdam 82-59. Orca's Urk have an impressive 12-game winning streak. Newly promoted Orca's Urk maintains first position with 17-1 record. BC Apollo 2 lost tenth consecutive game. BC Apollo 2 at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the thirteenth place with 14 games lost. Orca's Urk will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. BC Apollo 2 will play on the road against UBALL (#14) in Utrecht and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Barendrecht was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers De Hoppers (10-7) played at the court of fifth ranked Binnenland (11-6). Binnenland defeated De Hoppers 80-69. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of De Hoppers. Binnenland have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. De Hoppers at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Binnenland will play against Leiden 2 (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. De Hoppers will play against Rotterdam 2 (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 20: Leiden 2 was beaten by Red Giants on the road 81-77. Punch won against Almere P. on its own court 48-44. Bottom-ranked UBALL unfortunately lost to Almonte in Eindhoven 60-67. De Groene managed to beat MSV/Zeemacht at home 76-60.


BC Apollo 2 - Orca's Urk 59-82

Prom.Divisie top team - Orca's Urk (17-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked BC Apollo 2 (4-14) in Amsterdam 82-59. Orca's Urk have an impressive 12-game winning streak. Newly promoted Orca's Urk maintains first position with 17-1 record. BC Apollo 2 lost tenth consecutive game. BC Apollo 2 at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the thirteenth place with 14 games lost. Orca's Urk will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. BC Apollo 2 will play on the road against UBALL (#14) in Utrecht and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 193911


Binnenland - De Hoppers 80-69

The game in Barendrecht was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers De Hoppers (10-7) played at the court of fifth ranked Binnenland (11-6). Binnenland defeated De Hoppers 80-69. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of De Hoppers. Binnenland have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. De Hoppers at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Binnenland will play against Leiden 2 (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. De Hoppers will play against Rotterdam 2 (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 193910


Red Giants - Leiden 2 81-77

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Red Giants (10-8) beat 9th ranked Leiden 2 (8-11) in Meppel 81-77. Red Giants maintains sixth position with 10-8 record. Leiden 2 at the other side dropped to the tenth place with 11 games lost. Red Giants will play against MSV/Zeemacht (#9) on the road in the next round. Leiden 2 will play against Binnenland in Barendrecht and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 193909


Punch - Almere P. 48-44

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 12th ranked Almere P.'s (5-14) road loss to eleventh ranked Punch (7-12) in Delft 44-48. Punch maintains eleventh position with 7-12 record. Newly promoted Almere P. keeps the twelfth place with 14 games lost. Punch will play against higher ranked Cangeroes (#3) in Utrecht in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Almere P. will play at home against Almonte (#8) in Eindhoven and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 193908


Almonte - UBALL 67-60

Rather predictable result when tenth ranked Almonte (8-10) won against bottom-ranked UBALL (3-16) in Eindhoven 67-60. Almonte moved-up to eighth place, which they share with MSV/Zeemacht. UBALL lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Almonte will play against Almere P. (#12) on the road in the next round. UBALL will play against BC Apollo 2 in Amsterdam and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 193907


De Groene - MSV/Zeemacht 76-60

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked MSV/Zeemacht (8-10) lost to second ranked De Groene (15-2) in Groningen 60-76. De Groene have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-2 record having just three points less than leader Orca's Urk. MSV/Zeemacht lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Almonte. De Groene will play against higher ranked Orca's Urk on the road in the next round. MSV/Zeemacht will play against Red Giants (#6) in Meppel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 193906



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Standings - Iceland Express League

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

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 24: KFI - Njardvik 93-119
Feb. 24: Fjolnir - Thor Thorl 93-105
Feb. 25: KR - IR 85-67
Feb. 25: Tindastoll - Snaefell 81-79
Feb. 24: Stjarnan - Grindavik 104-82
Feb. 25: Skallagrimur - Keflavik


Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Damier PITTS
  KFI
  (177-PG-89)
  Avg: 34.6
 1. Pitts, KFI34.6 
 2. Palm, IR26.6 
 3. Smith, Thor Thorl26.5 
 4. Medlock, Skallagri.25.0 
 5. Jackson, Thor Thorl22.7 
 6. Broussard, Grind.22.5 
 7. Craion, Keflavik22.4 
 8. Shouse, Stjarnan21.9 
 9. Zeglinski, Grindav.21.7 
 10. Quaintance, Skall.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Njardvik
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Van, Njardvik14.6 
 2. Craion, Keflavik13.7 
 3. Quaintance, Skalla.12.9 
 4. Virijevic, KFI10.0 
 5. Valentine, Tindast.9.9 
 6. McQueen, Snaefell9.7 
 7. Mills, Stjarnan9.7 
 8. Jackson, Thor Thorl9.3 
 9. Broussard, Grind.9.2 
 10. Flake, Thor Thorl8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Snaefell
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Threatt, Snaefell9.7 
 2. Shouse, Stjarnan8.7 
 3. Pitts, KFI7.3 
 4. Zeglinski, Grindav.6.6 
 5. Gibson, Tindastoll6.3 
 6. Williams, IR6.2 
 7. Smith, Thor Thorl5.5 
 8. Fridriksson, Njard.4.8 
 9.