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  ABA   



Cleveland Am Pro'ers Jackson 42 pts Mcpherson 39 pts and Diontez Mays 19 pts is enough to defeat Lima Explosion 134 to 123 - by Vance Marbury

In the 5th and final matchup of the season between the Cleveland Am Pro'ers and the Lima Explosion, Cleveland edges Lima 134 to 123. Cleveland Am Pro'ers Ricky Jackson (6'7''-F-87, college: Walsh, OH) was an unstoppable interior presence. This combined with Eric McPherson (6'3''-G-86, college: Lindsey Wilson)scoring punch, Nate Barnes (5'10''-G-90) great point guard play, Diontez May spark off the bench, Darrell Parker (6'2''-G-87) and Caleb Chen (5'10''-G-90) defense, and Darvel Harris (5'6''-G-83) and John Starks playmaking ability proved to be too much for Lima.

Ricky Jackson (6'7''-F-87, college: Walsh, OH) to the tune of 42 pts 26 rebs was a beast. Ricky hit 3's, blocked shots, grabbed rebounds, and played great defense. Eric McPherson (6'3''-G-86, college: Lindsey Wilson) 39 pts 10 rebs was freed up alot due to Ricky Jackson post play. Mcpherson was able to grab several offensive rebounds. Mcpherson also was the offensive player that everyone had to key in on, which made for a great performance by Mcpherson.

Nate Barnes (5'10''-G-90)didn't score 49 pts like he did the last game vs Lima, but he did completely control the game, and score when need be. Barnes had 18 pts 6 ast. Barnes also played great defense and made 2 crucial buckets down the stretch in the 4th quarter that sealed the game for Cleveland.

Caleb Chen (5'10''-G-90), John Starks, and Darvel Harris all played great defense for Cleveland. Chen who provided a huge scoring punch the last time Cleveland played Lima, played excellent on ball defense against Lima guards. John Starks a 6'3" combo guard, played great defense, grabbed rebounds, and due to his great shooting ability, Lima had to close out hard, and John took what the defense gave him, which was making the extra pass. Darvel Harris (5'6''-G-83) only 5'6" tall, but his heart, defensive intensity and rebounding was tremendous. Harris grabbed 7 rebounds to go along with 7 pts and 6 ast.

Darrell Parker (6'2''-G-87) a tough combo guard, played out of position and played great interior post defense. Parker defense made it tough on Lima two great post players Meyer's and Gillette. Parker added 13 pts.

Diontez May, a young man who just joined the team after making a few mistakes in the past, came off the bench to provide Cleveland with 19 pts. The impressive part about May scoring effort is that he has not played competitive basketball in over 3 years.

Lima was led by Kyle Gillette (6'8''-F-86, college: NW Ohio) 32 pts, Kyle Meyer (6'6''-F-88, college: Ohio Northern) 26 pts, Lemar Pughsley (6'3''-G-88) 19 pts, Willie Tisdale (5'9''-G-85, college: Cameron) 14 pts

You can watch the game below:

ABA Cleveland Am Pro'ers vs Lima Explosion Game #5 2/26/12
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JqqFnRQsY4

For more information in regards to the Cleveland Am Pro'ers visit there website www.clevelandakronampro.com








Express Bill McDonough headed to Australia - by Gianni Pascucci

The Jersey Express are proud to announce that player Bill McDonough (6'7''-F, college: Richard Stockton) has been offered an opportunity to play for the PSM All Star tour in Brisbane, and Melbourne Australia. Averaging 14pts & 5rebounds per game, Bill is a true power forward, with a very high basketball IQ. "Thank you to the coaching staff, and the front office and especially my teammates for helping me begin my professional basketball career. Playing with the Express was the best decision Ive made to further my career, and I hope to make the organization proud" stated William.
Jersey Express Owner, Marsha Blount stated "I am truly proud and happy for this young man. He has all the attributes, to make a career overseas. He has the size, athletic ability, and the basketball IQ to play anywhere. Bill is a versatile power player, who runs the floor well, and can finish with contact. Hes a fierce competitor, whos hungrythat makes him an asset to any organization! Well miss him, and wish him success with this wonderful opportunity. With so much talent on this years team, my next thought is whos next".
The remainder of the 2012-2013 seasons is dedicated to Head Coach Ray Ortiz , who is recovering from surgery, and will not be with the team. The players are determined to finish strong, and go as far as they can, in hopes of making coach proud. Team Owner Marsha Blount takes over the coaching responsibilities during his recovery.



San Diego Surf put on a show against the ABAs Shizouka GymRats - by Gianni Pascucci

(By Henry Fuentes Jr) Saturday nights action in the Hourglass Arena gave The San Diego Surf fans an opportunity to witness the ABAs Japanese traveling team, the Shizuoka Gymrats. Though it was a lop-sided game, fans got to see plenty of amazing highlights by the Surf and outstanding 3-point shooting by the GymRats.
The 1st quarter was a complete offensive domination by the Surf, as their size, speed, and athleticism were working heavily in their favor. With the game started on a 22-2 run by the Surf, the GymRats were never really able to overcome that deficit throughout the course of the game. However, after a 6 minute slump, the Shizuoka Gymrats began to show why they belong in the ABA. Great passing and 3-point shooting were a major part in the GymRats offensive production as they finished the 1st quarter down 31 points, 49-18.
As the 2nd quarter commenced, so did the GymRats 3pt shooting barrage. It seemed almost automatic whenever the GymRats were able to release a shot from behind the arc and while they struggled to cut into the big lead the Surf built in the 1st quarter, the Surf struggled defensively to slow them down as well, as the half ended with a score of 89-53. David Kinder (6'8''-F/C-86) ended the half with 20pts-9reb-1blk and Anthony Javey (6'1''-G-84, college: Bethany, KS) and Mike Purdie added 16 and 15 pts. respectively.
During the halftime break, Surf Co-Coach Mark Smith reiterated that he didnt want the players to become comfortable on the court, because of the big lead. He said frequent rotations, pushing for better effort on defense, and maintain team dignity were going to be his focus as the Surf looked to finish strong, not just for the fans, but for themselves as well, and thats exactly what happened in the 2nd half. While both teams remained playing hard till the final buzzer, the Surf again went on a run in the 3rd quarter, building the lead to 50 and from there it was a coast. With a few high-flying dunks by Michael Purdie (6'5''-F-89), and a great effort in the backcourt as they recorded more than ten 3D plays, the Surf were able to finish strong, defeating the Shizuoka Gymrats 171-111. David Kinder finished with 34 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocked shots. Anthony Javey also contributed 23 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists. Jamel McGuire (6'5''-G-87, college: CSU San Marcos), Aaron Tinsley (6'2''-G, college: CS Dominguez H.), and Michael Purdie (6'5''-F-89) also all contributed over 20 points each. Purdie also had 6 steals and Roshun Wynne 7.
After the game, Jun Iwasa (6'2''-G-80), GymRats Guard and 3-year veteran, had this to say about the opportunity to play Pro Basketball in the United States and against teams like the The San Diego Surf. Sometimes its a struggle for some of our players to adjust to the American Culture coming from Japan. But overall, the players that play for us and travel with us love basketball and love having the opportunity to play in the United States against great competition. He also went on to mention that the Shizuoka Gymrats vision is to provide young Japanese basketball players with a strong foundation to build their game and one day make it to the next level, whether its the NBA Developmental League or the NBA. By instilling in their young players a love and passion for the game, just like they personified against the The San Diego Surf, the GymRats are coming closer to realizing their dream every day.
Next Saturdays game will be against the ABAs #2 Arizona Scorpions, as the Surf look to improve their record against one of the ABAs best to 3-1. The The San Diego Surf, currently ranked #7 out of over 90 teams, will not only be looking to finish the regular season with a strong record and ranking, but to go into the playoffs with plenty of momentum. A win against the Arizona Scorpions can definitely do that. For more The San Diego Surf news, schedules, ticket discounts, and other Surf-related information, please visit the The San Diego Surf homepage @ SurfBasketball.com



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   

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 


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

22-year old guard Terrico White (196-G-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for Radnicki KG and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Siroki WWin (#12, 7-15) 100-85. Radnicki KG maintains the 4th position in Adriatic League . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Radnicki KG will need more victories to improve their 14-8 record. In the team's last game White had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Radnicki KG's top player in his first season with the team. The University of Mississippi graduate has very impressive stats this year. White is in league's top in points (6th best: 14.3ppg) and averages solid 52.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Boris Barac (205-F-92) of Siroki WWin. He is a forward in his 3rd season at Siroki WWin. In the last game Barac recorded impressive 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Siroki WWin lost that game 85-100 to the higher-ranked Radnicki KG (#4, 14-8). This loss caused Siroki WWin to drop to 12th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-15 record. Barac is one of the most experienced players at Siroki WWin and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) of Buducnost (#3). Popovic scored 29 points. He was a key player of Buducnost, leading his team to a 72-60 win against the lower-ranked Zadar (#14, 7-15). Buducnost needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 8 lost games. Popovic has a very solid season. In 22 games in Adriatic League he scored 11.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Franko Kastropil (212-C-84) of Zadar - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Todor Gecevski (209-C-77) of MZT Skopje - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85) of Cibona - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89) of Szolnok - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) of KK Split - 17 points and 8 rebounds
9. Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91) of Partizan - 17 points and 10 rebounds
10. Jaka Klobucar (198-G-87) of Krka - 9 points, 9 rebounds and 5 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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  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. 8: La Union - Sionista
Mar. 8: Olimpico LB - GECR Indalo
Mar. 8: 9 de Julio - Wuber-Est.Bahia
Mar. 8: Boca Jrs - Libertad S.
Mar. 8: Union Progr. - Regatas C.
Mar. 8: Atenas - Lanus
Mar. 7: Argentino - Penarol
Mar. 8: 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

Round 22

Mar. 6: Lanus - Libertad S.


Standings - TNA

TNA Standings
North
 1. San Mart.C. 13-1 
 2. Estudian.Con. 10-4 
 3. Alvear 9-5 
 4. San Isidro 7-7 
 5. Instituto Cor. 7-7 
 6. Obera TC 6-7 
 7. Atl.Echague 5-9 
 8. La Union 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 21

Feb. 22: Sport Club - Alianza Viedma 82-75
Feb. 22: San Isidro - Atl.Echague 78-74
Feb. 22: Banda Norte - MH Basket 78-66
Feb. 22: Huracan - Quilmes MP 77-79
Feb. 22: Instituto Cor. - Sarmiento 77-73
Feb. 22: Obera TC - Union Sunch 74-69
Feb. 22: Alvear - San Mart.C. 73-76
Feb. 25: La Union - Estudian.Con. 71-85
Feb. 22: Ciclista - Bragado 70-69
Feb. 22: Rocamora - San Lorenzo Ch. 101-81

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


Argentinian LigaA round 28 (Second Stage) best performance: Javier Mojica - by Eurobasket News

American-Puerto Rican guard Javier Mojica (190-G-84, agency: Paris Global Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Quimsa, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28 (Second Stage).
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, nine rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat 9 de Julio (#14, 12-27) 91-83. Quimsa is placed at 5th position in Argentinian LigaA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Quimsa will need more victories to improve their 22-17 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Mojica as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Javier Mojica averages this season 10.8ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Edward Nelson (203-F-82, agency: Dream Team Management) of 9 de Julio. Nelson had a very good evening with 27 points and 5 rebounds. Bad luck as 9 de Julio lost that game 83-91 to the higher-ranked Quimsa (#5, 22-17). 9 de Julio is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-27 record. Nelson is a newcomer at 9 de Julio, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.0ppg (#2). He also registered 6.4 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was British forward Darren Phillip (201-F-78) of Union Progr. (#15). Phillip scored 19 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Phillip's great performance Union Progr. lost 81-101 to the higher-ranked GECR Indalo (#9, 20-19). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Union Progr. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 10-28 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Phillip he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Phillip has individually a great season in Argentina. After 36 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.1ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 10.8rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Daniel Santiago (216-C-76) of Boca Jrs - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jason Williams (197-G/F-83) of Wuber-Est.Bahia - 20 points and 7 rebounds
6. Sam Clancy (202-C-80) of Olimpico LB - 18 points and 8 rebounds
7. Kavon Lytch (199-F-87) of Argentino - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Paolo Quinteros (190-G-79) of Regatas C. - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Gabriel Mikulas (200-F-80) of Libertad S. - 15 points and 9 rebounds
10. David Teague (196-G-83) of Penarol - 19 points and 4 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)



Jonathan Durley (ex Wuber-Est.Bahia) signs at Palencia - by Eurobasket News

Palencia Baloncesto (LEB Gold) landed 25-year old American power forward Jonathan Durley (203-111kg-88, college: Wichita State). He supposed to play at Wuber-Est.Bahia in Argentinian LigaA, but left the team Oct.'12. In 5 games he averaged 8.8ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.0apg this season. The last season Durley played at Baloncesto Leon (EBA). In 34 games he had 12.0ppg and 4.4rpg.
Among other achievements he won NIT championship title in 2011. Durley received also NABC Division I All-District 16 1st Team award in 2011 at his college time.
Durley graduated from Wichita State in 2011 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  AUSTRALIA   

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
 1. Madgen, Kings18.1 
 2. Flynn, Tigers17.6 
 3. Ervin, Crocodiles17.6 
 4. Johnson, 36ers16.4 
 5. Wilson, Taipans16.2 
 6. Deleon, Hawks15.9 
 7. Jackson, Breakers15.9 
 8. Lisch, Wildcats15.0 
 9. Knight, Wildcats14.3 
 10. Redhage, Wildcats14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacob HOLMES
  Crocodiles
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Holmes, Crocodiles8.3 
 2. Johnson, 36ers8.1 
 3. Crosswhite, Kings7.5 
 4. Lazare, Kings7.2 
 5. Knight, Wildcats6.7 
 6. Pledger, Breakers6.6 
 7. Scott, Tigers6.5 
 8. Forman, Hawks6.3 
 9. Vukona, Breakers6.2 
 10. Tragardh, Taipans6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Jackson, Breakers7.3 
 2. Flynn, Tigers5.9 
 3. Gibson, 36ers5.0 
 4. Ervin, Crocodiles4.3 
 5. Wilson, Taipans3.6 
 6. Martin, Hawks3.3 
 7. Martin, Wildcats3.1 
 8. Deleon, Hawks3.0 
 9. Bruce, Kings3.0 
 10. Lisch, Wildcats3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.7 
 2. Martin, Wildcats2.0 
 3. Deleon, Hawks1.5 
 4. Henry, Kings1.1 
 5. Martin, Hawks1.1 
 6. Ervin, Crocodiles1.1 
 7. Boucher, Breakers1.1 
 8. Tovey, Wildcats1.1 
 9. Gliddon, Taipans1.1 
 10. Lisch, Wildcats1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Breakers
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Pledger, Breakers1.6 
 2. Nevill, Crocodiles1.4 
 3. Schenscher, 36ers0.9 
 4. Forman, Hawks0.8 
 5. Scott, Tigers0.8 
 6. Blanchfield, Croco.0.7 
 7. Hinder, Crocodiles0.7 
 8. Redhage, Wildcats0.7 
 9. Garlepp, Kings0.7 
 10. Edwards, Taipans0.7 



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  AUSTRIA   


Ryan Richards claims Austrian A Bundesliga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Talented British Ryan Richards (212-C/F-91, agency: Interperformances) had a great game in the last round for league's leader BC Vienna and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 21-year old had a double-double of 22 points and eleven rebounds, while his team crushed Oberwart (#6, 12-10) with 16-point margin 81-65. It allowed BC Vienna to consolidate first place in the Austrian A Bundesliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. BC Vienna has a very solid 17-5 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Richards just recently signed at BC Vienna and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Ryan Richards averages just after two games 27.5ppg and 10.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old former international center Martin Kohlmaier (218-C-84) of St.Polten. Kohlmaier impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as St.Polten lost that game 63-79 to slightly higher-ranked UBSC Graz (#8, 9-13). St.Polten is still in a red zone at 10th spot in the standings. 19 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories St.Polten managed to get this year. Kohlmaier is a newcomer at St.Polten and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Montenegrin Radosav Spasojevic (204-F/C-92, agency: Interperformances) of Arkadia (#11). Spasojevic scored 25 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Spasojevic's great performance Arkadia lost 74-87 to the higher-ranked Wels (#5, 12-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Arkadia can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-21 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Spasojevic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Spasojevic has individually a great season in Austria. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.5ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Robert Arnold (198-F-88) of Gmunden - 10 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Fabricio Vay (206-F-86) of Arkadia - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Dario Hunt (203-F-89) of Gussing - 22 points and 6 rebounds
7. Mark Sanchez (201-F-87) of Kapfenberg - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Seamus Boxley (201-F-82) of Oberwart - 17 points and 11 rebounds
9. Demetrius Nelson (203-F/C-86) of Kapfenberg - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Tyler Tiedeman (201-F-85) of Wels - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 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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Djikanovic leaves Teodo Tivat - by Eurobasket News

38-year old center Savo Djikanovic (211-75, agency: Beo Basket) left KK Teodo Tivat (1A). In 14 games he averaged 13.6ppg, 9.4rpg (#2 in the league) and 1.6apg this season. He helped them to make it to the Montenegrin Cup Semifinals. Djikanovic also played 9 games in Balkan League where he was ninth best scorer with impressive 15.2ppg and recorded 6.6rpg (#6 in the league), 2.2apg and 1.6spg (in top 8).
He ended the last season at Etha (Division A) in Cypriot league. He contributed to his team winning the league title. But the most of that year Djikanovic spent at Marousi BC (A1) in Greek league. In two games he had 4.0ppg and 4.0rpg.
Djikanovic ended the previous (10-11) season at Ikaros (A1) in Greek league. But in 7 games he had just 1.3ppg and 2.0rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Achilleas (Division A) in Cypriot league. In 12 games he had 14.8ppg, 10.3rpg (leader !!!) and 1.3apg.
Among other achievements Djikanovic received Eurobasket.com Bosnia and Herzegovina League All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2010.
He has played also professionally in Greece (Olympiacos, Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas and Trikalla), Serbia (Vrsac) and Bosnia (Igokea).
Djikanovic is described as: Very movable player. Good shot for the free throw distance. Great blocker.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DjordjeMatic)



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   

Standings - Men

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

Top 16: Round 8

Feb. 23: Rudupis - Kalev/Cramo 84-63
Feb. 22: Sakalai - Valmiera 61-55
Feb. 21: Barons kvartals - Ventspils 60-81
Feb. 21: Naglis Palangos - Kalev/Cramo 51-77
Feb. 26: Parnu - Lietkabelis 101-75
Feb. 22: Tarvas - Juventus 100-85

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Mar. 4: Siauliai - Ventspils
Mar. 4: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Kalev/Cramo
Mar. 4: TU/Rock - Barons kvartals
Mar. 4: Tarvas - Rudupis


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris GULBIS
  Barons k.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Gulbis, Barons k.18.7 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev17.4 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas17.4 
 4. Raadik, Parnu17.4 
 5. Orelikas, Rudupis17.3 
 6. Wilkinson, Kalev/C.16.3 
 7. Akenparg, TTU15.9 
 8. Peciukeviciu., Par.15.1 
 9. Brown, Naglis P.14.6 
 10. Hughes, Pieno Z.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Raadik, Parnu10.8 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev9.9 
 3. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.9.8 
 4. Berzins, Valmiera7.9 
 5. Fall, Kalev/Cramo7.3 
 6. Cipruss, Lietkabel.7.2 
 7. Zelionis, Barsy A.7.2 
 8. Keedus, TTU7.1 
 9. Varnelis, Juventus7.0 
 10. Bishop, Nevezis6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.7 
 2. Janavicius, Rudupis5.7 
 3. Campbell, Tln Kalev5.0 
 4. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.5 
 5. Cunda, Valga4.2 
 6. Tamm, Tarvas4.2 
 7. Maceina, Pieno Z.4.2 
 8. Raley-Ross, Tarvas4.0 
 9. Viskontas, Juvent.3.8 
 10. Dambrauskas, Saka.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.6 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.1 
 3. Brown, Naglis P.2.1 
 4. Janavicius, Rudupis2.1 
 5. Berzins, Valmiera1.9 
 6. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.9 
 7. Matulionis, Parnu1.8 
 8. Mizis, Jelgava1.8 
 9. Tamm, Tarvas1.8 
 10. Jakovics, Liepaja1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.2 
 2. Petrukonis, Juven.1.8 
 3. Kupsas, Lietkabelis1.7 
 4. Silinskis, Nevezis1.6 
 5. Rozitis, Barons k.1.5 
 6. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.1.2 
 7. Gates, Pieno Z.1.1 
 8. Chamberlain, Jelga.1.0 
 9. Meiers, Ventspils0.9 
 10. Valeika, Rudupis0.9 


Round 8 of Top 16. Quarterfinalists are set - by Eurobasket News

Parnu - Lietkabelis 101-75

The game was mostly controlled by KK Parnu. Lietkabelis was better in third quarter 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KK Parnu dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Lietkabelis' 32 and made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. KK Parnu players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Center Rain Raadik (208-89) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. Lithuanian guard Augustas Peciukevicius (192-91) contributed with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five KK Parnu players scored in double figures. Forward Vaidotas Volkus (202-85, college: Redlands CC) replied with 27 points and 8 rebounds and Arnas Butkevicius (196-92) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Lietkabelis. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Lietkabelis: V.Volkus 27+8reb+1ast, K.Babkauskas 11+1reb+1ast, A.Butkevicius 9+5reb+1ast, E.Ulanovas 8+3reb+2ast, K.Vecvagars 7+4reb+2ast, L.Aukstikalnis 6+3reb+1ast
Parnu: A.Peciukevicius 19+8reb+4ast, O.Matulionis 16+2reb+3ast, R.Raadik 16+14reb+2ast, R.Raap 15+6reb+6ast, K.Evart 14+5reb+2ast, K.Kitsing 13+2reb+4ast
gschID: 230914


Rudupis - Kalev/Cramo 84-63

The game was mostly controlled by Rudupis. Kalev/Cramo managed to win fourth quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Rudupis forced 19 Kalev/Cramo turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Kalev/Cramo helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Gintaras Kadziulis (192-80) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 assists and swingman Gediminas Orelikas (200-90) who added 18 points and 4 assists during the contest. Four Rudupis players scored in double figures. American power forward Gary Wilkinson (205-82, college: Utah St.) responded with 19 points and U.S. Virgin Islands center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel) scored 6 points and 11 rebounds. Kalev/Cramo's coach Alar Varrak gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: G.Wilkinson 19+4reb, R.Keerles 17+1reb, F.Elegar 6+11reb+3ast, T.Abbott 6+4reb+2ast, T.Sokk 4+3reb+3ast, B.Fall 4+3reb
Rudupis: G.Kadziulis 22+1reb+6ast, G.Orelikas 18+4reb+4ast, A.Milaknis 13+5reb+1ast, A.Urbutis 10+5reb+5ast, A.Valeika 7+10reb+1ast, P.Ivanauskas 6+4ast
gschID: 230913


Tarvas - Juventus 100-85

It looked good early as Juventus took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then BC Rakvere had a 21-16 second period charge getting the lead and Juventus were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 85-100. BC Rakvere forced 19 Juventus turnovers. Juventus were plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists and point guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) supported him with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Even a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds by forward Nerijus Varnelis (201-78) did not help to save the game for Juventus. Center Karolis Petrukonis (212-87, college: Clemson) added 14 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Juventus: N.Varnelis 20+13reb+1ast, K.Petrukonis 14+6reb+2ast, L.Kisielius 12+2reb+3ast, D.Gvezdauskas 12+2ast, P.Morkeliunas 12+5reb+2ast, A.Cepulis 6+4reb+2ast
Tarvas: M.Laksa 23+2reb, B.Raley-Ross 19+13reb+9ast, J.Umbrasko 16+7reb+1ast, R.Tamm 15+6reb+5ast, A.Stewart 12+3reb, R.Lindmets 11+5reb+1ast
gschID: 230912


Sakalai - Valmiera 61-55

The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 61-55. Sakalai dominated on the defensive end, holding Valmiera to just 4 points in second quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Aivaras Kiausas (199-80) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and center Ignas Ramasauskas (211-93) who added 8 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Center Viktors Iljins (212-91) responded with 8 points and 11 rebounds and forward Janis Berzins (202-93, agency: Players Group) scored 9 points and 10 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: J.Kaufmanis 13+2reb, J.Berzins 9+10reb+1ast, V.Iljins 8+11reb+2ast, M.Ziedins 8+3reb, R.Gabrans 8+2reb+2ast, A.Butjankovs 8+5reb
Sakalai: A.Kiausas 21+12reb+5ast, J.Gintvainis 8+5reb+2ast, I.Ramasauskas 8+9reb+1ast, R.Matulis 8+5reb+1ast, Z.Sestokas 6+2reb, E.Seskus 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 230911


Naglis Palangos - Kalev/Cramo 51-77

Kalev/Cramo forced 21 Naglis Palangos turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of U.S. Virgin Islands center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and Senegalese center Bamba Fall (217-86, college: SMU) who added 10 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Guard Mantas Mockevicius (189-93, college: Olney Central CC) responded with 14 points and 6 assists and American center Ryan Olander (213-90, college: Fairfield, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Naglis Palangos: M.Mockevicius 14+3reb+6ast, R.Olander 14+9reb, M.Kumpys 9+3reb, O.Kushnirov 6+6reb+1ast, E.Lengvinas 4+2reb+1ast, M.Konate 2+12reb+1ast
Kalev/Cramo: F.Elegar 20+11reb, T.Abbott 15+3reb+2ast, B.Fall 10+11reb+3ast, I.Kajupank 10+1reb+1ast, K.McLeod 9+6reb+3ast, T.Sokk 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 230909


Barons kvartals - Ventspils 60-81

The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 21 points. Ventspils dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Barons kvartals' 24. The best player for the winners was Arturs Berzins (204-88, agency: FCM) who scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Akselis Vairogs (195-85, agency: Players Group) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Four Ventspils players scored in double figures. Latvian forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Jamar Diggs (187-88, college: Wofford, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Barons kvartals: M.Gulbis 19+5reb, J.Diggs 16+6reb+2ast, A.Epners 9+2reb, D.Zonne 7+1reb, T.Cain 4+7reb+3ast, A.Brunins 2+2reb+1ast
Ventspils: A.Berzins 15+6reb+3ast, A.Vairogs 12+5reb+3ast, F.Campbell 11+4reb+4ast, D.Sims 10+4reb+3ast, M.Meiers 9+1reb, J.Timma 8+4reb+3ast
gschID: 230910



Baltic League round 8 (Top 16) best performance: Brandis Raley-Ross - by Eurobasket News

American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-G-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Tarvas, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8 (Top 16).
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Juventus (4-2) 100-85. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Tarvas is placed at 2nd position in Baltic League . They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Top 16. Tarvas will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. Raley-Ross turned to be Tarvas' top player in his first season with the team. Former University of South Carolina star has very solid stats this year. Raley-Ross is in league's top in assists (8th best: 4.0apg) and averages impressive 60.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old Aivaras Kiausas (199-F-80) of Sakalai. Kiausas had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for Sakalai to edge slightly higher-ranked Valmiera (#3, 3-3) 61-55. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Sakalai consolidated its place in top 4 of the standings. 5 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Sakalai managed to get this Top 16. Kiausas is well-known at Sakalai and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Rain Raadik (208-C-89) of Parnu (#3). Raadik scored 16 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Parnu, leading his team to a 101-75 easy win against #4 ranked Lietkabelis. Parnu can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Raadik he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Raadik has individually a great season in Baltic League. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.4ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 10.8rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Frank Elegar (208-C-86) of Kalev/Cramo - 20 points and 11 rebounds
5. Vaidotas Volkus (202-F-85) of Lietkabelis - 27 points and 8 rebounds
6. Gintaras Kadziulis (192-G-80) of Rudupis - 22 points and 6 assists
7. Nerijus Varnelis (201-F-78) of Juventus - 20 points and 13 rebounds
8. Augustas Peciukevicius (192-G-91) of Parnu - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Jamar Diggs (187-G-88) of Barons kvartals - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Rannar Raap (188-G/F-92) of Parnu - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
 1. Grodno-93 21-1 
 2. Sozh Gomel 17-6 
 3. Rubon 10-11 
 4. Tsmoki-Minsk II 9-12 
 5. Svisloch 8-14 
 6. Impuls BGUIR 8-14 
 7. Borisfen 4-19 
Play in international cups:
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk

Regular Season: Round 26

Feb. 26: Sozh Gomel - Borisfen 99-79
Feb. 26: Rubon - Impuls BGUIR 78-62
Feb. 26: Svisloch - Grodno-93 66-58

Regular Season: Round 27

Mar. 5: Impuls BGUIR - Svisloch
Mar. 5: Grodno-93 - Rubon
Mar. 5: Borisfen - Tsmoki-Minsk II


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Kiril SITNIK
  Sozh Gomel
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel22.2 
 2. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.21.5 
 3. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.16.0 
 4. Shustau, Svisloch15.0 
 5. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.14.9 
 6. Zakhar, Impuls B.14.6 
 7. Indrikov, Rubon13.4 
 8. Sivalko, Rubon13.3 
 9. Sugonyako, Tsmoki.13.0 
 10. Akulich, Rubon12.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ronaldas RUTKAUSKAS
  Tsmoki.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.10.2 
 2. Dadukin, Sozh G.10.2 
 3. Zakhar, Impuls B.8.9 
 4. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.8.8 
 5. Sharamet, Borisfen6.4 
 6. Krisevich, Tsmoki.6.3 
 7. Kuzmin, Grodno-936.1 
 8. Sugonyako, Tsmoki.6.0 
 9. Kurapau, Tsmoki.5.9 
 10. Ilyukevich, Rubon5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  Sozh G.
  (185-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Charykau, Sozh G.6.9 
 2. Shustau, Svisloch5.3 
 3. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.0 
 4. Akulich, Rubon4.8 
 5. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.4.6 
 6. Kamarunas, Svisl.4.2 
 7. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel3.3 
 8. Kryukov, Borisfen3.3 
 9. Dadukin, Sozh G.2.7 
 10. Sapegin, Rubon2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Dmitri AKULICH
  Rubon
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Akulich, Rubon3.2 
 2. Charykau, Sozh G.2.5 
 3. Zakhar, Impuls B.2.4 
 4. Malkov, Grodno-932.3 
 5. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel2.2 
 6. Shustau, Svisloch2.2 
 7. Tatur, Borisfen2.1 
 8. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.2.0 
 9. Volodkin, Impuls B.2.0 
 10. Dadukin, Sozh G.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Aliaksandr KUZMITSKI
  Impuls B.
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kuzmitski, Impuls0.0 
 2. Kuzmin, Grodno-930.0 
 3. Zakhar, Impuls B.0.0 
 4. Kurapau, Tsmoki.0.0 
 5. Volodkin, Impuls B.0.0 
 6. Kryukov, Borisfen0.0 
 7. Vasilevich, Grodno.0.0 
 8. Krisevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 9. Usovich, Borisfen0.0 
 10. Korzh, Grodno-930.0 


Premier League Round 26: Svisloch hands first defeat to Grodno-93 - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Premier League.

Undefeated Grodno-93 (21-1) recorded its first loss in Osipovichi on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by sixth ranked Svisloch (8-14) 66-58. It ended at the same time the 21-game winning streak of Grodno-93. Grodno-93 was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 30-16 charge of Svisloch, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Ukrainian forward Maks Adam Konate (200-91) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. point guard Oleksandr Dolenko (191-90) chipped in 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international guard Dzmitry Kuzmin (196-75) produced 11 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the guests. Svisloch moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Impuls BGUIR. Grodno-93 at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Svisloch is looking forward to face Impuls BGUIR (#6) in Minsk in the next round. Grodno-93 will play at home against Rubon (#3) in Vitebsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Gomel. Local Sozh Gomel (17-6) outscored 7th ranked Borisfen (4-19) 99-79. Ukrainian forward Sergei Dadukin (198-83) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds. Sergei Miakinin contributed with 23 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners. Sozh Gomel's coach Aleksander Poderachev allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Vadzim Haidukevich (193-93) replied with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for Borisfen. Sozh Gomel maintains second position with 17-6 record having three points less than leader Grodno-93. Newly promoted Borisfen stay at the bottom place with 19 games lost. Sozh Gomel will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Borisfen will play at home against Tsmoki-Minsk II (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last game of round 26 Impuls BGUIR was defeated by Rubon in Vitebsk 78-62.


Sozh Gomel - Borisfen 99-79

The game with biggest result difference took place in Gomel. Local Sozh Gomel (17-6) outscored 7th ranked Borisfen (4-19) 99-79. The game was mostly controlled by Sozh Gomel. Borisfen was better in third quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Sozh Gomel outrebounded Borisfen 46-33 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Ukrainian forward Sergei Dadukin (198-83) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds. Ukrainian power forward Sergei Miakinin (206-86) contributed with 23 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners. Five Sozh Gomel players scored in double figures. Sozh Gomel's coach Aleksander Poderachev allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Vadzim Haidukevich (193-93) replied with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Evgeniy Kopylov (199-91) added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Borisfen. Sozh Gomel maintains second position with 17-6 record having three points less than leader Grodno-93. Newly promoted Borisfen stay at the bottom place with 19 games lost. Sozh Gomel will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Borisfen will play at home against Tsmoki-Minsk II (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Sozh Gomel: S.Miakinin 23+6reb, S.Dadukin 20+16reb+2ast, K.Sitnik 18+4reb+6ast, S.Charykau 12+4reb+8ast, M.Ozhegov 11+4reb, T.Viaroukin 5+4reb+1ast
Borisfen: V.Haidukevich 24+9reb+4ast, A.Aheyenka 18+2reb+3ast, E.Kopylov 17+6reb+4ast, F.Kryukov 9+3reb+2ast, A.Sharamet 9+5reb+2ast, S.Tatur 2+3reb+1ast
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Svisloch - Grodno-93 66-58

Undefeated Grodno-93 (21-1) recorded its first loss in Osipovichi on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by sixth ranked Svisloch (8-14) 66-58. It ended at the same time the 21-game winning streak of Grodno-93. Grodno-93 was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 30-16 charge of Svisloch, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Ukrainian forward Maks Adam Konate (200-91) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. point guard Oleksandr Dolenko (191-90) chipped in 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Svisloch players scored in double figures. The former international guard Dzmitry Kuzmin (196-75) produced 11 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and the former international forward Kanstantin Yafremov (202-86, agency: Promotex) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Svisloch moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Impuls BGUIR. Grodno-93 at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Svisloch is looking forward to face Impuls BGUIR (#6) in Minsk in the next round. Grodno-93 will play at home against Rubon (#3) in Vitebsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Svisloch: O.Dolenko 17+7reb+4ast, P.Shuleyko 14+7reb+1ast, M.Adam Konate 13+13reb+3ast, M.Dabravolski 11+6reb, D.Shilovich 6+1reb, A.Hrumiantsau 4+2reb
Grodno-93: K.Yafremov 14+4reb, D.Kuzmin 11+7reb+4ast, I.Konuyshenko 9+3reb+1ast, Y.Mishukov 9+8reb, A.Malkov 6, V.Korzh 4+3reb
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Rubon - Impuls BGUIR 78-62

There was no surprise in Vitebsk where 5th ranked Impuls BGUIR (8-14) was defeated by third ranked Rubon (10-11) 78-62. Rubon outrebounded Impuls BGUIR 44-22 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Russian guard Anton Indrikov (193-87) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals. Guard Siarhei Sapegin (195-84) contributed with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Rubon's coach Ruslan Baidakov used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Henadziy Zakhar (198-92) replied with 16 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Denis Azaare (196-92) added 11 points in the effort for Impuls BGUIR. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rubon maintains third position with 10-11 record having twelve points less than leader Grodno-93. Impuls BGUIR lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Svisloch. Rubon will play against league's leader Grodno-93 on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Impuls BGUIR will play against Svisloch (#5) in Osipovichi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rubon: A.Indrikov 15+11reb+4ast, S.Sapegin 12+8reb+5ast, E.Ivanov 12+4reb+3ast, D.Akulich 11+3reb+3ast, Z.Plivda 8+10reb+1ast, I.Aladka 8
Impuls BGUIR: H.Zakhar 16+9reb+2ast, A.Papruha 12+2reb+2ast, Y.Ignatiev 11+4reb, D.Azaare 11+3reb+2ast, K.Volodkin 7+1reb+1ast, K.Stsiapanau 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 204765



EuroChallenge: Telekom Baskets roll over Tsmoki-Minsk - by Eurobasket News

Telekom Baskets - Tsmoki-Minsk 86:72

Telekom Baskets roll over Tsmoki-Minsk to clinch the second place in Group L. The German side advanced to the Quarter-Final after a 86:72 win. Tsmoki-Minsk finished with 1-5 record.
The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-72. Telekom Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (208-C-90, agency: Court Side) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Kyle Weems (198-F-89, college: Missouri St.) chipped in 15 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was Tierre Brown (188-G-79, college: McNeese St.) with 18 points and Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-SF-85) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds.
In the Quarter-Final Play-Off Pairings Telekom Baskets will face Krasnye Krylia. The games will take place on 12 and 14 March, with the third game scheduled for 19 March if it is needed.

Telekom Baskets: Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann 15+11rebs, Kyle Weems 15, Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) 10, Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) 10
Tsmoki-Minsk: Tierre Brown 18, Aliaksandr Pustahvar 14+8rebs, Dzianis Korshuk (200-PF-78) 14



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EuroChallenge: EWE Baskets conquered Group L - by Eurobasket News

EWE Baskets - Aalstar 82:74

EWE Baskets conquered Group L of the EuroChallenge. The German team won it with 5-1 record after 82:74 victory over Aalstar. The team from Belgium finished the group with 2-4 record.
The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-74. EWE Baskets made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Chris Kramer (191-G-88, college: Purdue) scored 9 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Konrad Wysocki (201-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton) chipped in 12 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was John Tofi (203-F/C-84, college: UTEP) with 15 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) and Derek Raivio (190-SG-84, college: Gonzaga) scored 14 points and 5 assists. Five Okapi Aalstar players scored in double figures.
In the Quarter-Final Play-Off Pairings EWE Baskets will take on Khimik. The games will take place on 12 and 14 March, with the third game scheduled for 19 March if it is needed.

EWE Baskets: Konrad Wysocki 12, Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) 11, Ronnie Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) 10, Chris Kramer 9
Aalstar: John Tofi 15, Derek Raivio 14, Arne Steinbach (182-PG-92, agency: Court Side) 11, Noah Hartsock (203-F-87, college: BYU) 11



Division II - Round Twenty-Three and Twenty-Four - by Bert Larsimont

Here are the boxscores (when available) of the last two rounds in the Belgian Division II competition:

Division II - Round Twenty-Three

Port of Antwerp Giants II vs. CEP Fleurus: 83-86
Score evolution: 22-24, 38-44, 61-67 and 83-86.
Best scorers:
Giants II: D. Donkor 31, A. Rojas Palma 2, O. Kanda Kanyinda 3, A. Van Vliet 4, Y. Schoepen 10, M. Rademakers 11, D. Marchant 22.
CEP F: A. Marion 8, K. Jonniaux 20, C. Manzanza 9, T. Bauwens 10, L. Hazard 16, C. Ilongo 23.

Excelsior Brussels vs. Gembo BBC: 75-98
Free video highlights posted on tvbrussel.be (see http://www.tvbrussel.be/nl/video/8/basketbal-excelsior-brussels-gembo-borgerhout) and on YouTube (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UydXq8Z5wV4&list=UUoSEPiDqNhOjhQW7eAC-isQ&index=9).
Score evolution: 14-24, 35-44, 60-70 and 75-98.
Best scorers:
Excelsior: E. Mampuya 4, X. Collette 9, N. Verrept 3, M. Depuydt 4, J. Van Haevermaet 5, G. De Pooter 12, L. Maesfrancx 9, J. De Schepper 24, S. Pelle 2, J. Kabangu 1, R. Oveneke 2.
Gembo: D. Loubry 23, N. Celis 8, T. Goethaert 2, A. Goetgeluck 9, E. Van Aken 8, T. Marien 2, W. Lemaire 17, M. Swinnen 6, L. Jansen 10, A. Vermeersch 6, P. Van Rillaer 6.

Cuva Houthalen vs. Kangoeroes Boom: 86-96
Score evolution
: 18-26, 44-47, 63-67 and 86-96.
Best scorers:
Cuva: B. Maesen 4, R. McCollum 16, J. Westrol 22, B. Tracey 14, D. Clemente 4, C. Koonings 1, J. Delalieux 6, H. Vanwijn 9, O. Hodge 10.
Kangoeroes: S. Bellin 17, W. Dobbelaere 13, D. Souveryns 9, W. Van Schil 24, M. Gorremans 22, D. Dhaens 11.

BBC Haantjes Oudenaarde vs. Union Mons Hainaut II: 78-73
Score evolution
: 19-18, 35-44, 49-61 and 78-73.
Best scorers:
Haantjes: N. Delepeleire 3, G. Delepeleire 4, J. Bourdeaux 20, F. Moerman 3, J. Salumu 16, G. Mestdag 16, M. Linskens 8, L. Lhote 8.
Mons Hainaut II: N/A

Bent Schoenen Waregem vs. Essor Charleroi (Spirou B): 80-65
Score evolution: 19-12, 42-35,61-47 and 80-65.
Best scorers:
BS Waregem: A. Steinbach 10, O. Foucart 20, T. Foucart 17, S. Dhondt 4, A. Gueye 3, S. Naudts 12, H. Loontiens 3, B. Samaey 11.
Essor: N/A

Gent Dragons vs. BasKet Tongeren: 73-77
Score evolution: 21-24, 37-45, 56-62 and 73-77.
Best scorers:
Dragons: J. Jones 4, B. Heinle 7, R. Spaens 2, L. Tielens 2, F. Lait 9, T. Van De Vondel 22, M. Van Gelder, L. Enobakhare 19.
BK Tongeren: J. Van Hoecke 2, M. Hendrix 7, K. Doukmani 3, J. Delva 7, P. Pipeleers 19, H. Baert 13, J. Moonen 19, J. Eskens 7.

Sint-Jan Antwerp vs. Sint-Niklase Condors: 67-59
Score evolution
: 21-11, 31-27, 53-44 and 67-59.
Best scorers:
Sint-Jan: V. Haerbos 2, B. Hartshorne 10, V. Verbeeck 3, B. Raes 4, N. El Khounchar 5, A. Druwez 9, S. Geukens 24, L. Anthonis 6, M. Brown 4.
Condors: B. De Beukeleer 10, E. Lasisi 12, B. Bogaert 3, S. Vermeulen 12, D. Bovoy 5, N. Maris 2, J. Gerlo 15.

Division II - Round Twenty-Four

BasKet Tongeren vs. Port of Antwerp Giants II: 91-85

Essor Charleroi (Spirou B) vs. Gent Dragons: 53-70
Score evolution
: 9-22, 19-35, 37-51 and 53-70.
Best scorers:
Essor: N/A
Dragons: J. Jones 7, B. Heinle 12, R. Spaens 10, L. Tielens 6, F. Lait 5, T. Van De Vondel 11, Van Gelder 5, L. Enobakhare 13, C. Tshimuanga 1.

Gembo BBC vs. Bent Schoenen Waregem: 102-87
Free video highlights on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vqq9JSLUomg&list=UUoSEPiDqNhOjhQW7eAC-isQ&index=1.
Score evolution: 26-20, 36-41, 65-64 and 102-87.
Best scorers:
Gembo: N/A
BS Waregem: A. Steinbach 4, O. Foucart 30, T. Foucart 24, A. Gueye 13, Loontiens 3, S. Naudts 7, S. Dhondt 66.

Cuva Houthalen vs. Point Chaud Sprimont: 78-65
Best scorers:
Cuva: N/A
PC Sprimont: G. Vrancken 7, J.-B. Thome 11, F. Manset 9, Dispa 4, F. Delsaute 10, J. Flagothier 10, G. Donnay 14.

Sint-Niklase Condors vs. Excelsior Brussels: 74-69
Free video highlights on tvbrussel.be: http://www.tvbrussel.be/nl/video/4/basketbal-sint-niklaas-excelsior.
Score evolution: 20-19, 42-39, 55-56 and 74-69.
Best scorers:
Condors: N/A
Excelsior: N. Verrept 4, M. Depuydt 6, J. Van Haevermaet 9, G. De Pooter 10, L. Maesfrancx 14, J. De Schepper 13, S. Pelle 6, R. Oveneke 7.

Kangoeroes Boom vs. BBC Haantjes Oudenaarde: 102-76
Best scorers
:
Kangoeroes: S. Bellin 9, S. Hemeleers 8, W. Dobbelaere 23, D. Souverijns 22, W. Van Schil 9, M. Gorremans 18, D. Dhaens 6, M. Bessems 3, E. Derby 4.
Haantjes: N/A

CEP Fleurus vs. Union Mons Hainaut II: 82-73
Score evolution
: 26-20, 37-47, 60-64 and 82-73.
Best scorers:
CEP F: A. Marion 5, K. Jonniaux 11, T. Bauwens 17, L. Hazard 16, S. Muric 4, C. Ilongo 29.
Mons Hainaut II: E. Lecomte 27, G. Vlamynck 5, L. Schwartz 17, D. Walasiak 2, M. Renard 5, A. Gorgemans 17.

Point Chaud Sprimont vs. Bent Schoenen Waregem: 70-79
Score evolution
: 19-27, 44-46, 60-60 and 70-79.
Best scorers:
PC Sprimont: F. Delsaute 19, J.-B. Thome 8, G. Vrancken 16, F. Forthomme 5, G. Hertay 20, Dispa 2.
BS Waregem: A. Steinbach 13, S. Naudts 13, O. Foucart 15, S. Dhondt 6, A. Gueye 8, N. Destadsbader 4, B. Samaey 9, T. Foucart 11.



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Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I round 18 best performance: Ramo Rizvic - by Eurobasket News

Forward Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Bosna, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Borac Nektar (#6, 8-10) 78-69. It allowed Bosna to consolidate first place in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bosna has a very solid 13-5 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Rizvic had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Bosna and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Ramo Rizvic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 7.1rpg) and averages impressive 70.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Igor Damjanovic (190-G-85) of Servitium. Damjanovic had a very good evening with a triple-double of 12 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists. It was enough for Servitium to edge slightly higher-ranked Kakanj (#10, 7-11) 75-69. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Servitium managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 11th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-12 record. Damjanovic is one of the most experienced players at Servitium and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Serbian guard Nemanja Kovacevic (194-G-85) of league's second-best Capljina. Kovacevic scored 24 points and passed four assists. He was a key player of Capljina, leading his team to a 81-71 win against the lower-ranked Posusje (#9, 7-11). Capljina needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 5 lost games. Kovacevic has a great season in Bosnia. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.4apg (4th best). He also has 2.4spg and FGP: 62.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nebojsa Pavlovic (200-SG-87) of Borac Nektar - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Ivan Bakovic (197-G-81) of Posusje - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Luka Drezga (196-G-87) of Kakanj - 25 points and 5 rebounds
7. Boris Lalovic (209-C-81) of Zrinjski HT - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Vedran Borovcanin (200-G/F-85) of Radnik B. - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Dejan Savic (202-F-85) of Servitium - 18 points and 4 rebounds
10. Ninoslav Milosevic (196-SF-79) of Mladost - 14 points and 2 assists

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



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Standings - BNL

NBB Standings
 1. Flamengo 23-2 
 2. Brasilia 20-4 
 3. Uberlandia 17-8 
 4. Franca 17-8 
 5. Pinheiros/Sky 15-7 
 6. Bauru 15-9 
 7. Paulistano 14-10 
 8. S.Jose/Unimed 14-11 
 9. Minas 13-12 
 10. Basquete Cearense 11-13 
 11. Liga Sorocaba 11-13 
 12. Limeira 10-14 
 13. Mogi das Cruzes 9-15 
 14. Joinville 8-16 
 15. Vila Velha 8-17 
 16. Palmeiras 6-18 
 17. Tijuca TC 4-21 
 18. Suzano 3-20 

Regular Season: Round 26

Feb. 23: Uberlandia - Joinville 99-73
Feb. 23: Brasilia - Tijuca TC 90-79
Feb. 23: Palmeiras - Mogi das Cruzes 86-77 OT
Feb. 23: Basquete Cearense - Flamengo 82-101
Feb. 23: Franca - Limeira 75-62
Feb. 23: Vila Velha - Paulistano 120-126
Feb. 23: Minas - Pinheiros/Sky 101-75

Round 20

Feb. 27: Limeira - Pinheiros/Sky

Round 21

Feb. 26: Basquete Cearense - Brasilia 100-104 OT


Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Vieira, Flamengo21.8 
 2. Holloway, Liga S.20.4 
 3. Simmons, Vila Velha20.2 
 4. Boracini, Pinheiro.20.2 
 5. Smith, Pinheiro.19.6 
 6. Antonio, S.Jose/U.18.9 
 7. Day, Uberlandia18.9 
 8. Dos Santos, Brasil.18.8 
 9. Nardi Duarte, Min.18.0 
 10. Giovannoni, Brasi.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Felipe RIBEIRO
  Basque.
  (201-F-79)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Ribeiro, Basque.9.2 
 2. Araujo, Mogi d.9.0 
 3. Rodriguez, Flame.8.8 
 4. Agba, Bauru7.7 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasil.7.6 
 6. Antonio, S.Jose/U.7.5 
 7. Castellar, Limeira7.2 
 8. Silveira, Flamengo7.0 
 9. Soares, Suzano6.9 
 10. Toyloy, Paulistano6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (186-PG-81)
  Avg: 8
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.8.0 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.6.5 
 3. Boracini, Pinheiro.5.3 
 4. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.5.2 
 5. Taylor, Bauru4.9 
 6. Smith, Pinheiro.4.8 
 7. Garcia, Uberlandia4.7 
 8. Dawkins, Liga S.4.6 
 9. Campos, Suzano4.4 
 10. Lima, Limeira4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Paulinho BORACINI
  Pinheiro.
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 0.2
 1. Boracini, Pinheiro.0.2 
 2. Castellar, Limeira0.1 
 3. Giovannoni, Brasil.0.1 
 4. Ribeiro, Brasilia0.1 
 5. Ribeiro, Basque.0.1 
 6. Teichmann, Franca0.1 
 7. Alves, Brasilia0.1 
 8. Mensah, Flamengo0.1 
 9. Froehlich, Franca0.1 
 10. Silva, Brasilia0.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Arlindo NETO
  Liga Sorocaba
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Neto, Liga Soroca.2.0 
 2. Campos, Suzano2.0 
 3. Figueroa, Franca1.9 
 4. Nardi Duarte, Min.1.9 
 5. Boracini, Pinheiro.1.8 
 6. Dawkins, Liga S.1.8 
 7. Brown, Palmeiras1.7 
 8. Taylor, Bauru1.6 
 9. Teichmann, Franca1.6 
 10. Pinheiro, Vila Ve.1.6 


Rio Claro agreed with Sammy Emile - by Paulo Freire

The Rio Claro basketball team has announced the agreement with the american Sammy Emile (198-G/F-89).
The player already arrived in Rio Claro and start training with the team.
Sammy is fresh of college, and Rio Claro will be his first Pro experience.
He was graduate at Mars Hill a second division school of the NCAA.
Sammy is a top score player, very tall guard that can make shots. In Rio Claro he is expect to lead the team on the offensive.



Macae sign Greg Hamlin - by Paulo Freire

The CD Macae Sports basketball team has agreed terms with american Greg Hamlin (201-F-86, college: E.Tenn.St.)
The forward will help the team with his athleticism
The managers of the team also renew the contract of Leo Crucillo (F-85) and Pablo Vilela (F).
THe coachs also promote from the junior team the young player Lucas De Oliveira Rodrigues who was born on Jul, 7, 1993.
CD Macae Sports will play the Brazil Cup on the Southeast Region against Fluminense, Rio Claro, Ginastico and Xv de Piracicaba.



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Smith with a double-double - by David Edole

The Seward County Saints were winners of five straight going into their Saturday night matchup in the Power Plant against a Butler team that was winners of their past six games. Something had to give between the two red hot squads in El Dorado and it did as Seward took an early lead and opened it up late to come out with the victory over the Grizzlies to remain in 1st place in the Jayhawk West standings with two league games to go.
The Seward defense that has helped them rise to the top of the league standings and given them five straight wins showed up early on in their Saturday night road test at 3rd place Butler. The Saints held Butler without a field goal for the first 3:55 of the game, building a 6-1 lead before finally the Grizzlies put one in the basket to make it a 6-3 game. An offensive rebound and putback from Leslee Smith (200-F) made it 8-3 Seward but the Saints went cold over the next two minutes and a 5-0 Butler run tied the game before a Smith free throw gave the Saints the lead once again 9-8 with 12:42 to go in the half. In front of an amped up home crowd, the Grizzlies continued to put the pressure on Seward and as the first half ticked under the 10 minute mark it was a 15-9 game in favor of Butler. Consecutive layups from Briston White, Kaheem Ransom, and Smith tied the game at 15 moments later and the game remained nip and tuck with under four minutes to go, still deadlocked at 19. Ransom scored seven straight for the Saints to push Seward in front by one 28-27 and a three point play from Brian Bridgeforth off the Seward bench put the Saints up 31-27 as the teams broke for half. Both teams shot the ball well in the first 20 minutes, Butler 48% and Seward 45%, but the Saints forced 15 first half Butler turnovers to help carry the four point lead into the half.
A power move from Smith and a three from Ransom gave Seward their largest lead of the game to that point at 36-30 as the second half opened up and they remained up by six until a White drive and score pushed their advantage to eight, 43-35, with 15:21 to go in the game. After a pair of Butler baskets made it 43-39, a rare four point play from Ransom put the Saints back up by eight 47-39 and that was the score as the game ticked under the 13:00 mark in the second half. The Grizzlies scored the next four points but once again the Saints had an answer. Three free throws pushed their lead back to 50-43 and a fast break score from Jabari Peters put Seward up 52-43 with 9:41 to go. Butler closed the gap to 55-51 at the 7:00 mark and the Grizzlies had it to one possession at 57-54 with 5:22 remaining until big baskets from the sophomores Smith and Ransom quickly had the Saints back on top 61-54. The Grizzlies cut it to four once more after a three pointer from Trent Richardson made it 61-57, but down the stretch it was all Seward County as the Saints outscored Butler 12-3 in the final 2:46 to come away with a clutch 73-60 road win.
The Saints shot 53% in the second half and were 18 for 25 at the free throw line in the final 20 minutes to secure the win. Ransom led Seward with 26 points in the victory while Smith posted his first career double double with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Saints. White and Bridgeforth both pitched in 7 for Seward off the bench.
Seward wins its 6th straight game while snapping Butlers winning streak at 6. The Saints move to 21-7 overall and 12-2 in Jayhawk West play while Butler falls to 22-7 and 10-5. Seward remains tied with Hutchinson for first place with two games to go while Butler drops to 4th place in the league race with just one game left on their schedule.
Following the long trip home from Butler, the Saints will have just one day to get ready for rival Garden City who comes to the Greenhouse on Monday after the game between the Saints and Busters originally scheduled for Wednesday was moved because of weather. Free tickets are still available courtesy of the buyout sponsor, Bank of Beaver City, at their Liberal, Turpin, and Beaver locations.



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  CAMEROON   


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

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

Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Luc Mbah a Moute (200-86, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Milwaukee Bucks (26-28) to beat the Brooklyn Nets (33-24). Mbah a Moute scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 37 minutes on the court. But the Milwaukee Bucks were edged in an overtime 113-111 on the road by the Nets. It was Bucks' third consecutive loss in a row. It's Mbah a Moute's fifth season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 7.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 41.9%, 3FGP: 29.2% and FT: 58.4% in the 39 games he played so far. Mbah a Moute played for the Cameroonian senior national team two years ago.

Victor Samnick
Victor Samnick
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown, currently plays in France). He was the major contributor in a Chorale de Roanne's victory against the 11th-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (3-13) 90-77 in the French ProA last Saturday. Samnick scored 15 points and blocked 3 shots. Chorale de Roanne Basket (10-10) is placed seventh in the ProA. It's Samnick's first season with the team. This year he averages: 8.4ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 45.9%, 3FGP: 26.1% and FT: 65.6%. Samnick has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. He played for the Cameroonian national team in 2011.

Harding NaNa
Harding NaNa
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware, currently plays in Germany). He led New Yorker Phantoms to a surprising victory over the sixth-ranked Artland Dragons (13-11) 81-68 in the German BBL in Saturday night's game. NaNa was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points. New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (10-14) is placed 13th in the BBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season NaNa has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 38.2% and FT: 58.9%. He played for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Kenny Kadji
Kenny Kadji
   #4. Power forward Kenny Kadji (211-88, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Miami, FL (13-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the Miami, FL was defeated 80-65 in Winston-Salem, NC by the Wake Forest University. Kadji scored 10 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Kadji's overall stats this season are: 4.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2011.

Aldo Curti
Aldo Curti
   #5. Former international point guard Aldo Curti (180-87, currently plays in EuroChallenge) managed to help BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral to win against the closely-ranked Paris-Levallois (3-2) 87-86 in the EuroChallenge in Tuesday night's game. He scored only 2 points. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group J. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (4-1) is placed first. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the EuroChallenge Top 16. And now that game is very crucial. Curti's overall stats this season are: 4.4ppg and 1.7apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and French. Curti used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Michel Ipouck
Michel Ipouck
   #6. Forward Michel Ipouck (199-86, currently plays in France) led Chartres to a victory against the closely-ranked Angers BC 49 (7-13) 69-58 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. He scored 15 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Union Basket Chartres Metropole (9-12) is placed 11th in the NM1. Ipouck has reliable stats this season: 11.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.6spg. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Ipouck is also a former international player as he played for the Cameroonian senior team two years ago.

William Arnaud Adala
William Arnaud Adala
   #7. Former international forward William Arnaud Adala (198-93, currently studies in the States) faced previously mentioned Kenny Kadji in the NCAA last game. Arnaud Adala contributed to an Wake Forest's shocking victory against the University of Miami, Florida (13-1) 80-65. He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. Arnaud Adala's stats this year are: 11.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.6spg in the eight games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
   #8. Shooting guard Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (187-77, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Aix-Maurienne (12-12) in their game against Lille Metropole (12-12) in the French ProB (second division). He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Ekanga-Ehawa scored only 2 points in 24 minutes. Aix-Maurienne lost 63-72 in Lille to the lower-ranked (#11) Metropole. Ekanga-Ehawa averaged so far 11.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.6spg in the 12 games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2011.

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

   #1. Steve Moundou-Missi (201-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Harvard to a victory against the Yale University (3-3) 72-66 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Moundou-Missi scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 30 minutes. The Harvard University has quite an impressive 5-1 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. This year Moundou-Missi's overall stats are: 8.4ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.5apg in the 19 games he played so far.

   #2. Gedeon Pitard (188-PG-89, currently plays in France) contributed to a STB Le Havre's victory against the 14th-ranked Sluc Nancy (7-13) 85-78 in the French ProA last Saturday. Pitard scored 15 points (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 25 minutes. STB Le Havre (12-3) is placed sixth in the ProA. Pitard has been at the team for six years. This season his overall stats are: 4.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.4apg in the 20 games. Pitard has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Despite his Cameroonian passport, Pitard previously played for the French U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cameroonian team.

   #3. William Yengue (193-F, currently plays in Canada) was the major contributor in a Dalhousie University's victory against the Axemen (15-5) 78-70 in the Canadian university league CIS in Saturday night's game. Yengue had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 14 rebounds in 39 minutes. The Dalhousie University has 11-9 record this season. The Regular Season already ended. Yengue is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Dalhousie University's roster. This season his overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.2apg in the 20 games.

   #4. Experienced Talba Toudjani (201-F-80, currently plays in Georgia), who plays in the Georgian Superleague could not help Energy Invest to beat MIA (12-2). Toudjani scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. his team was defeated 96-92 on the road by the leading MIA. Toudjani's overall stats this season are: 7.2ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg.

   #5. Sama Taku (185-G, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Pacific (9-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Pacific lost 62-67 in Kalamazoo, MI to the Western Michigan University. Taku scored 10 points and added 3 assists in 29 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Taku's overall stats are: 7.2ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg in the 13 games.

   #6. Michel Enanga (196-F, is currently at the American university) was not able to secure a victory for the Co.Carolina in their game against the Western Carolina University in the NCAA. He scored 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 32 minutes. His team lost 70-80. This year Enanga's overall stats are: 4.4ppg and 1.7apg in the 10 games.

   #7. Yannick Atanga (203-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Santa Clara University in a victory against the University of Portland 75-63 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in 28 minutes. Atanga's stats this year are: 11.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.6spg in the eight games.

   #8. James Siakam (198-F-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Vanderbilt win their game against the Mississippi State University crushing them 72-31 in the NCAA last Saturday. He scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Siakam averaged so far 11.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.6spg.

   #9. Junior MBida (206-C-90, currently plays in France) helped Lille Metropole win their game against the closely-ranked Aix-Maurienne 72-63 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. MBida scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. MBida's overall stats this season are: 2.0ppg and 2.8rpg.

   #10. Saidou Njoya (186-PG-89, currently plays in France) couldn't help JL Bourg in their game against Pau-Lacq-Orthez in the French ProB (second division). Njoya cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and added 3 passes. His team was defeated 96-85. Njoya's overall stats this season are: 2.4ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.9apg.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stephon LAMAR
  Saskatch.
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Lamar, Saskatch.23.5 
 2. Allin, Laurier23.2 
 3. Freeman, UFV21.2 
 4. Ogungbemi-J., Calg.20.7 
 5. Fee, New Brunsw.20.4 
 6. Dorsey, Cape Bret.20.3 
 7. Faulkner, Queen''s20.3 
 8. Ratte, Laurentian20.2 
 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. Phillip, Windsor10.7 
 5. Kamen, UBC10.6 
 6. Salhia, Lakehead10.0 
 7. Burns, Regina9.7 
 8. Allin, Laurier9.3 
 9. Moses, Calgary9.2 
 10. Burns, Saskatch.9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew CUNNINGHAM
  Winnipeg
  (186-G-)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Cunningham, Winnip.8.4 
 2. Hebert, Regina6.2 
 3. Dorsey, Cape Bret.5.6 
 4. Pasquale, Laure.4.8 
 5. Lamar, Saskatch.4.8 
 6. Walton, Manitoba4.8 
 7. Smith, TWU4.8 
 8. Allin, Laurier4.6 
 9. Smith, UPEI4.5 
 10. Daley, New Brunsw.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.3.5 
 2. Evans, Victoria3.0 
 3. Perrin, TWU2.8 
 4. Walton, Manitoba2.7 
 5. Daley, New Brunsw.2.7 
 6. Parchment, UFV2.6 
 7. Carter, Lakehead2.5 
 8. Smith, TWU2.4 
 9. Collins, Windsor2.4 
 10. Hunter, Bishop''s2.3 
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, Lakehead1.5 
 6. Klassen, Acadia1.4 
 7. Luby, Brock1.4 
 8. Noel, Manitoba1.3 
 9. Halpin, St.Mary''s1.3 
 10. Dewar, Alberta1.3 


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

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

Steve Nash
Steve Nash
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international point guard Steve Nash (190-74, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a Los Angeles Lakers' victory against the Dallas Mavericks (25-30) 103-99 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. Nash recorded 20 points and added 4 passes in 34 minutes on the court. The Los Angeles Lakers have 28-30 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Nash's first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Nash averages: 12.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 7.1apg, 2FGP: 55.2%(116-210), 3FGP: 43.2% in the 34 games he played so far. He played for the Canadian senior national team ten years ago.

Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson
   #2. Second place goes to former U19 international forward Tristan Thompson (203-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (18-38) in their last game. Despite Thompson's good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers lost 105-109 on the road to the Miami Heat. He had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 12 rebounds in 30 minutes. Thompson has very impressive stats this year: 11.2ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 49.2% and FT: 63.4% in the 56 games. He played for the Canadian U19 national team in 2009.

Devoe Joseph
Devoe Joseph
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U19 international guard Devoe Joseph (193-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Ukraine. He was not able to help Khimik (2-3) in their last game. Despite Joseph's very good performance the second-placed Khimik lost 68-76 in Samara to the leading Krasnie Krilya in the group K of EuroChallenge. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Joseph also added 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 30 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Joseph's team will play only one more game in the EuroChallenge Top 16. And that game will be critical. Joseph has relatively good stats this year: 12.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.6apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 45.9%, 3FGP: 34.0% and FT: 78.6% in the 11 games. He played for the Canadian U19 national team six years ago.

Marvell Waithe
Marvell Waithe
   #4. Forward Marvell Waithe (205-87, college: Arkansas, currently plays in Denmark), who plays in the Danish Ligaen was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Bakken (20-6) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance Bakken was defeated 95-90 on the opponent's court by the leading Svendborg. Waithe recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. Waithe's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This season Waithe has very high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.6apg. Waithe used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2009.

Olivier Hanlan
Olivier Hanlan
   #5. Former U19 international point guard Olivier Hanlan (193-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Boston Coll. to a victory against the University of Maryland (7-7) 69-58 in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game. Hanlan scored 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Boston College has not so impressive 4-10 conference record this season. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This season Hanlan has very high stats. He averages: 18.1ppg, 17.2rpg, 2.1apg, 2.1bpg and 1.1spg. Hanlan used to play for the Canadian U19 national team two years ago.

Kai Williams
Kai Williams
   #6. Forward Kai Williams (190-88, college: S.Dakota St., currently plays in United Kingdom) led Worcester Wolves to a victory over the closely-ranked Surrey Heat (14-9) 99-81 in the British BBL last Friday. He was MVP of the game. Williams recorded 24 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 30 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Worcester Wolves (15-9) is placed fifth in the BBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Williams has very impressive stats this year: 15.4ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.8apg in the 10 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Canadian senior team four years ago.

Samuel Dalembert
Samuel Dalembert
   #7. Former international center Samuel Dalembert (211-81, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Milwaukee Bucks (26-28) in their game against the Atlanta Hawks (32-23) in the NBA. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 16 minutes. The Milwaukee Bucks were edged 103-102 in Atlanta by the Hawks. It was Bucks' third consecutive loss in a row. This year Dalembert's overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.4bpg in the 34 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team five years ago.

Myck Kabongo
Myck Kabongo
   #8. Point guard Myck Kabongo (185-93, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Texas (3-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Kabongo's very good performance the Texas were defeated 81-69 at home by the Kansas State University. He scored 24 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. Kabongo's total stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.4bpg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2009.

Nemanja Mitrovic
Nemanja Mitrovic
   #9. Former international guard Nemanja Mitrovic (197-90, college: Portland, currently plays in Greece), who plays in the Greek A1 couldn't help Kavala (5-13) in their last game. Despite Mitrovic's very good performance Kavala lost 69-81 in Thessaloniki to the much higher-ranked (#4) PAOK. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Mitrovic also added 4 rebounds in 31 minutes. It's Mitrovic's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 9.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.2apg in the 18 games. Mitrovic used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Jevohn Shepherd
Jevohn Shepherd
   #10. Forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala couldn't help CSM Bucuresti (15-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance CSM Bucuresti was edged 93-91 on their home court in Bucuresti by the lower-ranked Targu Mures (#11). Shepherd was the top scorer with 24 points. Shepherd belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #3. This season he has very high stats. Shepherd averages: 19.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.8spg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Canadian senior national team.

   #11. Former international forward Kelly Olynyk (213-91, is currently at the American university) contributed to an easy victory against the University of San Diego crushing them 81-50 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He scored 14 points, had 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 20 minutes. This year Olynyk has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg and 7.4rpg in the 21 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

   #12. Former University international forward Ross Bekkering (203-87, currently plays in Holland), who plays in the Dutch Eredivisie couldn't help Leiden (21-6) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Bekkering's good performance Leiden was edged 68-66 on their home court in Leiden by the lower-ranked Groningen (#3). He recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds. Bekkering also added 2 blocks. Bekkering is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.9ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.3apg. Bekkering used to play for the Canadian university national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former international guard Kevin Pangos (188-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kelly Olynyk and both played together in the last NCAA game. Pangos contributed to an easy victory against the University of San Diego crushing them 81-50. He scored 18 points in 28 minutes. Pangos has reliable stats this year: 13.9ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.3apg in the 27 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team four years ago.

   #14. Former international forward Mangisto Arop (198-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Indiana St. (9-7) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Arop's very good performance the Indiana St. was defeated 66-62 on their home court in Terre Haute, IN by the Wichita State University. He scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Arop averaged so far 13.9ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2011.

   #15. Former U18 international forward Khem Birch (205-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Wyoming crushing them 65-42 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Birch recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 14 rebounds. He averaged so far 13.9ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.3apg. Birch used to play for the Canadian U18 national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Andrew Nicholson (205-PF-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Orlando Magic (15-41) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Nicholson's good performance the Orlando Magic was defeated 105-92 on the road by the Charlotte Bobcats. He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 12 rebounds. Nicholson has relatively good stats this season: 8.1ppg and 3.7rpg.

   #2. Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in Finland) led KTP-Basket to a victory over the closely-ranked Joensuun Kataja (23-6) 92-78 in the Finnish Korisliiga in Friday night's game. Barrett was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 11 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. KTP Basket Kotka (26-7) is placed first in the Korisliiga. It was his team's 12th consecutive victory in a row. It's Barrett's first season with the team. Barrett is currently first on the league's list of best blockers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Barrett averages: 16.2ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.1apg, 1.4bpg and 1.5spg.

   #3. Melvin Ejim (198-F-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an Iowa St.'s victory against the Baylor University (7-7) 87-82 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. Ejim recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. The Iowa State University has 9-6 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Ejim is ranked first on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.5spg.

   #4. Experienced Matt Bonner (206-F-80, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Los Angeles Clippers (40-18) crushing them 116-90 in the NBA in Thursday night's game. Bonner recorded 7 points in only 14 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 45-13 record this season. Bonner has been at the team for seven years. This year his overall stats are: 4.0ppg and 1.9rpg in the 50 games he played so far. Bonner is a naturalized American.

   #5. Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklah.Baptist, currently plays in Lebanon) was the main contributor in Byblos' victory against one of league's weakest teams Anibal (2-14) crushing them 81-48 in the Lebanese Division A on Thursday night. He was MVP of the game. Fraser had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 19 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 25 minutes. Byblos (9-6) is placed fifth in the Division A. The Regular Season already ended. Fraser is currently first on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). He has very impressive stats this year: 18.1ppg, 17.2rpg, 2.1apg, 2.1bpg and 1.1spg in the 14 games.

   #6. Ali Mahmoud (184-G-83, currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to a Al Riyadi's victory against the eighth-ranked Hoops Club 91-81 in a derby game in the Lebanese Division A on Monday night. Mahmoud recorded 12 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Mahmoud is ranked seventh on the list of the best passers in the league. His overall stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.6apg and 1.2spg. Mahmoud has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lebanese.

   #7. Chris Johnson (196-G/F, currently studies in the States) helped St.Bonaventure win their game against the University of Massachusetts 99-94 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Johnson scored 22 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 38 minutes. He has very impressive stats this year: 19.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.8spg in the 22 games.

   #8. Robbie Sihota (198-F-87, currently plays in Holland), who plays in the Dutch Eredivisie was not able to help M.Magixx (12-15) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Sihota's very good performance M.Magixx was badly defeated 98-82 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Leeuwarden (#4). He recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 12 rebounds. Sihota also added and 3 steals. Sihota belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #7. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.9ppg and 7.4rpg. Sihota is another player who holds two passports: Indian and Canadian.

   #9. Bryson Johnson (188-PG-90, is currently at the American university) helped Bucknell win their game against the Lehigh University 61-55 in the NCAA last Monday. Johnson recorded 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 38 minutes. His stats this year are: 13.9ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.3apg in the 27 games.

   #10. Stephen Sir (195-G-82, college: N.Arizona, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala was not able to secure a victory for CSM Bucuresti (15-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance CSM Bucuresti was edged 93-91 at home by the lower-ranked (#11) Targu Mures. Sir was the second best scorer with 20 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. Sir's stats this year are: 10.7ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.1apg in the 21 games.



CIS Round 2 of Play-Offs - by Eurobasket News

UFV - Saskatchewan 92-76

The game was mostly controlled by Cascades. Huskies managed to win third quarter 19-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Kyle Grewal (198-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Klaus Figueiredo contributed with 22 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. Five Cascades players scored in double figures. American guard Stephon Lamar (185, college: Pacific) replied with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Patrick Burns (198) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Huskies.
Top scorers:
Saskatchewan: S.Lamar 28+7reb+6ast, P.Burns 12+7reb, A.Henry 9+1reb+2ast, B.Baker 9+4reb+2ast, M.Forbes 9+5reb, J.Karwacki 9+2reb+1ast
UFV: K.Figueiredo 22+6reb+1ast, K.Grewal 19+9reb+5ast, A.Khaira 14+5reb, M.Dulay 14+3reb+1ast, K.Parchment 13+9reb+5ast, J.York 10+2reb+3ast
gschID: 234112


Alberta - UBC 67-96

The game was mostly controlled by Thunderbirds. Golden Bears managed to win third quarter 27-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Golden Bears to just 7 points in second quarter. Thunderbirds dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Golden Bears' 28 and made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Golden Bears 41-20 including a 34-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Thunderbirds looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Golden Bears' players. American forward Brylle Kamen (201, college: San Jose St.) notched a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and guard Isaiah Solomon (183) supported him with 7 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Four Thunderbirds players scored in double figures. Even 20 points and 6 rebounds by naturalized Kenyan guard Kenneth Otieno (188) did not help to save the game for Golden Bears. Forward Adam Weir (201) added 17 points for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Alberta: K.Otieno 20+6reb+3ast, A.Weir 17+3reb, Y.Ouahrig 9+4reb+3ast, S.Saffa 8+1ast, L.Annetts 5+1reb, T.Watson 3
UBC: B.Kamen 19+12reb+2ast, G.Pippus 13+1reb+2ast, O.Wallace 13+2reb+3ast, D.Wagner 11+10reb, D.Plumb 10+2reb+2ast, T.Nixon 9+1reb+2ast
gschID: 234111


TWU - Winnipeg 76-101

The game was mostly controlled by Wesmen. Spartans was better in second period 26-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Wesmen shot 64.5 percent from the field. They also forced 19 Spartans turnovers. They shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 59.3 percentage. Wesmen players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Spartans' players. The best player for the winners was guard Andrew Cunningham (186, college: Redlands CC) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 assists. point guard Travis Krahn (183) chipped in 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Mark Perrin produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and American point guard Tristan Smith (183-86) added 17 points and 6 assists respectively for the hosts. Five Wesmen and four Spartans players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
TWU: J.Bakuteka 19+1reb, T.Smith 17+3reb+6ast, M.Perrin 11+11reb+6ast, T.Jackson 11+8reb+1ast, D.McDonald 9+6reb, T.Linttell 7+1reb+1ast
Winnipeg: S.Wesley 19+5reb+3ast, J.Clennon 16+3reb+2ast, T.Krahn 16+7reb+4ast, B.Iko 15+7reb+3ast, A.Cunningham 14+4reb+13ast, N.Gooding 11+1reb+2ast
gschID: 234110


Alberta - UBC 81-68

The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-68. Naturalized Kenyan guard Kenneth Otieno (188) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points and 8 rebounds. Youssef Ouahrig contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Tommy Nixon (198) replied with 14 points and 7 rebounds and forward David Wagner (206-92) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Thunderbirds. Four Thunderbirds players scored in double figures. Thunderbirds' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
UBC: T.Nixon 14+7reb+2ast, O.Wallace 13+3reb+1ast, D.Wagner 11+5reb+2ast, I.Solomon 10+3reb+1ast, D.Plumb 9+3reb+3ast, J.Jensen-Whyte 4+1reb
Alberta: K.Otieno 29+8reb+2ast, Y.Ouahrig 17+10reb+5ast, R.Dewar 11+5reb+1ast, N.Crowfoot 9+1reb, S.Saffa 9+7reb+2ast, T.Bergen-Henengouwen 4+8reb+2ast
gschID: 234109


UFV - Saskatchewan 58-78

The game was mostly controlled by Huskies. Cascades was better in fourth quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Cascades 41-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. American guard Stephon Lamar (185, college: Pacific) orchestrated the victory by scoring 37 points (!!!). Guard Ben Baker (191) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Huskies' coach Barry Rawlyk used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Kevon Parchment replied with 10 points and 6 rebounds and James York added 10 points and 5 assists in the effort for Cascades.
Top scorers:
UFV: M.Dulay 12+2reb+1ast, K.Parchment 10+6reb+3ast, J.York 10+2reb+5ast, S.Freeman 9+3reb, L.Morris 8+1reb, K.Grewal 4+3reb
Saskatchewan: S.Lamar 37+4reb+3ast, B.Baker 13+6reb+3ast, P.Burns 7+13reb, N.Foth 7+4reb, M.Forbes 6+5reb+2ast, T.Severinski 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 234107


Manitoba - Victoria 70-86

Vikies made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Vikies outrebounded Bisons 48-27 including a 26-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Center Chris McLaughlin (208) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Terrell Evans contributed with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Vikies players scored in double figures. Vikies' coach Craig Beaucamp used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Stephan Walton (178-87, college: Valdosta St.) replied with 26 points and guard Jonar Huertas (183) added 19 points and 6 steals in the effort for Bisons.
Top scorers:
Manitoba: S.Walton 26+4reb, J.Huertas 19+2reb+2ast, X.Smith 11+9reb+1ast, K.Oliver 5+3reb+1ast, Y.Ozsayiner 5+4reb+1ast, W.Anders 4+4reb+1ast
Victoria: T.Evans 21+8reb, V.Dhillon 15+2reb+1ast, C.McLaughlin 14+13reb+2ast, B.Dunlop 11+2reb+5ast, K.Peterson 7+3reb+2ast, R.Theil 7+7reb+2ast
gschID: 234108


TWU - Winnipeg 68-77

The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Spartans won third quarter 26-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Wesmen looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Guard Andrew Cunningham (186, college: Redlands CC) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 assists. American forward Steven Wesley (196, college: E.Washington) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Tonner Jackson (201) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and American point guard Tristan Smith (183-86) added 13 points and 9 assists in the effort for Spartans. Four Spartans players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
TWU: T.Jackson 15+10reb, D.McDonald 14+6reb+1ast, T.Smith 13+9ast, J.Bakuteka 12+5reb+2ast, M.Perrin 9+7reb+5ast, T.Linttell 5+8reb+1ast
Winnipeg: A.Cunningham 16+3reb+17ast, S.Wesley 14+6reb+2ast, T.Krahn 14+1reb, J.Clennon 10+3reb+2ast, N.Gooding 9+4reb+3ast, B.Iko 9+6reb+1ast
gschID: 234106


Ryerson - Ottawa 70-74

The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 42-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Gee-Gees made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Forward Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue (198) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points and 7 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). The former international guard Warren Ward (196-89) contributed with 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Guard Aaron Best (193) replied with 20 points and 8 rebounds and the former international point guard Jahmal Jones (183-91) added 19 points and 5 assists in the effort for Rams.
Top scorers:
Ryerson: A.Best 20+8reb, J.Jones 19+1reb+5ast, J.Gauthier 12+10reb+2ast, Y.Walcott 6+4reb+1ast, J.Ogunnaike-Grannum 4+1reb, B.Michaelsen 4+7reb+1ast
Ottawa: G.Gonthier-Dubue 31+7reb, W.Ward 19+9reb+3ast, J.Berhanemeskel 11+3reb+4ast, V.Gill 7+4reb+1ast, M.L'Africain 4+3reb+1ast, M.Tihani 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 234105


Laurentian - Carleton 75-95

The game was mostly controlled by Ravens. Voyageurs was better in third quarter 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ravens dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Voyageurs' 30 and made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Voyageurs 39-19 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Forward Thomas Scrubb (196) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 8 rebounds. The former international forward Tyson Hinz (198-91) contributed with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Ravens players scored in double figures. Guard Manny Pasquale (183) replied with 33 points (!!!) and Alex Ratte added 16 points in the effort for Voyageurs. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Laurentian: M.Pasquale 33+3reb+3ast, A.Ratte 16+3reb+2ast, N.Yengue 10+8reb+1ast, J.Budd 8+2reb+1ast, T.Carter-Newman 4+1reb+3ast, G.Serresse 4+1reb+1ast
Carleton: T.Scrubb 22+8reb+3ast, T.Hinz 18+9reb+4ast, C.Springer-Williams 17+5reb, K.Churchill 16+5reb+1ast, P.Scrubb 10+4reb+4ast, D.Penner 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 234104


Brock - Windsor 61-85

The game without a history. Lancers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Badgers' 28. The former international forward Lien Phillip (203-89) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Evan Matthews (206-92) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Mark Gibson (198) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Jameson Tipping (201, college: W.Kentucky) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Badgers. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Brock: M.Gibson 17+6reb+1ast, J.Tipping 15+7reb+2ast, M.Luby 12+5reb, C.Smith 11+1reb, T.Kasamba 4+8reb+1ast, I.Egueh 2+2reb+1ast
Windsor: L.Phillip 21+13reb+1ast, I.Seferagic 15+3reb, E.Matthews 15+7reb+2ast, E.Diloreto 10+5reb, J.Collins 8+1reb+2ast, M.Petrella 3+1reb+4ast
gschID: 234103


McMaster - Lakehead 76-81

The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Guard Greg Carter (178-90) scored 12 points, 9 assists and 9 steals to lead the charge for the winners and guard Dwayne Harvey chipped in 17 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Thunderwolves' coach Scott Morrison used entire bench in such tough game. Center Taylor Black (201) responded with 29 points and 7 rebounds and guard Aaron Redpath (193) scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
Top scorers:
McMaster: T.Black 29+7reb+2ast, A.Redpath 16+5reb+5ast, N.Pelech 10+2reb+1ast, J.Rocca 9+2reb, R.Boney 8+1reb+4ast, S.Laws 4+6reb+2ast
Lakehead: D.Harvey 17+3reb+5ast, B.Johnson 13+6reb, G.Carter 12+4reb+9ast, J.Jones 9, R.Thomson 8+5reb+5ast, J.Nitychoruk 6+1reb
gschID: 234102



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Pickett comes back to Guaiqueries, ex Xinjiang FT - by Eurobasket News

Guaiqueries de Margarita (LPB) inked 32-year old American swingman Tim Pickett (192-90kg-81, college: Florida State). It is actually his comeback to Porlamar as he played here before. Pickett played most recently at Xinjiang Flying Tigers in Chinese CBA league. Part of previous (2011) summer he spent at Guaiqueries. Pickett also spent pre-season at Meralco Bolts (PBA) in Filipino league that year. The most of previous (10-11) season he spent at Jilin Tigers (CBA) in China. In 17 games he recorded very impressive stats: 27.1ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.5apg and 2.3spg. The other team Pickett played shortly was Elizur Ashkelon (Winner League) in Israel. In 7 games he averaged 10.4ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.0apg.
In 2004 he was drafted by Dodge City Legend (USBL) in fourth round (41st overall).
Pickett attended Florida State and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball. His team made it to the Chinese CBA Semifinals.
Among other achievements Pickett received Latinbasket.com Puerto Rican BSN All-Imports Team award back in 2010.
He is a very experienced player. Pickett has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Lukoil Academik), France, Italy, Jordan (ASU), Israel (Ironi Ashkelon), Puerto Rico (Capitanes).
His game is described as: Tim is a very talented basketball player who is a great shooter and strong ball handler. He always plays with great intensity and was our most talented player. He has an NBA body, is fast and attacks the basket.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 3

Feb. 25: Piratas - Halcones 87-74
Feb. 25: Bucaros - Caribbean Heat 81-72
Feb. 25: Aguilas - Once Caldas 80-78
Feb. 25: Academia - Bambuqueros 79-85

Regular Season: Round 5

Mar. 1: Caribbean Heat - Academia
Mar. 1: Halcones - Aguilas
Mar. 1: Bambuqueros - Bucaros
Mar. 1: Once Caldas - Piratas


PROFFESIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 3 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Piratas defeated the Halcones del Norte 87 74, Piratas had control of the game in the first half and specially the second quarter in wich after the disqualification of Halcones coach Ibsen Castrillo achieved a 16 points lead, Piratas moved its bench try to save the legs of his main players Moreno, Fanbulleh and Johnson.
Halcones enters the third quarter with more energy on defense and based of their hustle tied the game in the middle of the quarter but finished the third just 5 points behind, in the last quarter Halcones could keep the level just 5 minutes but Piratas Jamal Johnson (201-F-81, college: Clayton St.) took the lead of his team get the game .
For Piratas Jamal Johnson (201-F-81, college: Clayton St.) had 30 points and Jeff Fahnbulleh 16 , Halcones had in Jose Lopez his main performer with 23 pts. Omar Sanders 16 and 13 rebounds.
Piratas 87 J. Johnson 30, J. Fahnbulleh 16
Halcones del Norte J. Lopez 23, O. Sanders 16 + 13 rebs.

Bambuqueros got his second win on the road defeating Academia 85 79, the game belong to the Neivas team from the second quarter, Academia struggled from the 3 points line making just 3 of 20 shots and from the free throw line with just 15 baskets made in 33 attempts.
Stalin Ortiz keeps leading the Bambuqueros adding 21 points to his stats, Enielsen Guevara and Joe Manuel added 14 points each, Manuel also grabbed 1o rebounds, Academias Cesar Chaves and Norbey Aragon got the offensive load of their team finishing with 19 points each.
Bambuqueros 85 S. Ortiz 21 pts, J. Manuel 14 + 10 rebs.
Academia de la Montana 79 C. Chaves 19 pts, N. Aragon 19 + 10 rebs

One more time Lawrence and Brooks guided the Bukaros to the victory , this time the Caribbean heat did not found a way to stop the yellow squad that reached a 13 points lead at the middle of the game, but looks relaxed in the second half allowing a strong reaction of the Cartagenas team that.
The Bukaros defense over Cory Bradford was the key of the game, Bradford was limited just to 12 points, Gilbert Lawrence scored 23 points leading Bukaros while Phillip Brooks scored 20, Patrick Culver had 24 points and 9 rebounds in the Caribbean Heat, Doel Forbes added 16.
Bukaros 81 G. Lawrence 23 pts, P. Brooks 20
Caribbean Heat P. Cuver 24, D. Forbes 16

In a long range shooters fight the Aguilas de Tunja defeated Manizales OC 80 78, Brandon Rayson bucket with 12 second left gives the final lead to the Aguilas.
The fourth quarter was very exciting for the Tunjas attendance, Manizales OC enters the quarter with a 9 point lead but his defense collapsed allowing a 28 points quarter to the locals, while failed 8 free free throws in the quarter.
Aguilas knocked 7 of 12 3 pointes (58%) and Manizales 11 of 18 (61%), but teams combined for a poor 44% from the free throws, Aguilas Eddy Mayfield had 22 points and Brandon Rayson 20, Manizales Cesar Ordonez had 19 and Mosses Dayee 16.
Aguilas is the surprising leader of the DPB.
Aguilas de Tunja 80 E. Mayfield 22 pts, B. Rayson 20
Manizales OC 78 C. Ordonez 19, M. Dayee 16.




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Standings - A2 League

A2 Standings
Group Center
 1. Hermes Anal. 11-0 
 2. Dubrava 7-4 
 3. Samobor 7-4 
 4. Zrinjevac 7-5 
 5. Gorica 6-5 
 6. Sanac Karl. 5-7 
 7. Maksimir 4-5 
 8. Mladost Z.(C) 4-6 
 9. Bosco 4-7 
 10. Rudes 2-8 
 11. Kaptol 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. Stoja Pula 10-3 
 3. Crikvenica 10-4 
 4. Kastav 9-5 
 5. Pula 1981 8-6 
 6. Zamet 5-8 
 7. Otocac 3-8 
 8. Ghia Staff 2-12 
 9. Rovinj 1-11 
 10. Ucka 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 20

Center

Mar. 2: Kaptol - Mladost Z.(C)
Mar. 2: Sanac Karl. - Sus.-Moslavina
Mar. 2: Zrinjevac - Bosco
Mar. 2: Gorica - Rudes
Mar. 2: Samobor - Maksimir
Mar. 2: Dubrava - Hermes Anal.

East

Mar. 2: Belisce - Olimp Inspekt
Mar. 2: Vrijednosnice - Vinkovci
Mar. 2: Virovitica - Meteor D.
Mar. 2: Pozega - Zupanja

North

Mar. 2: Cakovec - Vindija V.
Mar. 2: Graficar - Medjimurje C.
Mar. 2: Mladost D.(N) - Radnik
Mar. 2: Podravac Virje - Bjelovar
Mar. 2: Koprivnica - Rudar-Cimper
Mar. 2: Ivancica - Petar Zrinski

South

Feb. 24: Solin - Jazine 99-107
Feb. 24: Puntamika - Policnik 92-66
Feb. 24: Trogir - GKK Sibenik 86-112
Feb. 24: Cetina - Omis Galeb 78-80
Feb. 24: Kastela - Sukosan 74-80
Feb. 24: DOSK - Metkovic 106-92

West

Mar. 2: Rovinj - Ghia Staff
Mar. 2: Stoja Pula - Zamet
Mar. 2: Kastav - Skrljevo
Mar. 2: Ucka - Crikvenica
Mar. 2: Otocac - Pula 1981


Ante Tomic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Croatians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Ante Tomic (217-87, currently plays in Spain). He led Regal FC Barcelona to a victory over the 12th-ranked UCAM Murcia (10-12) 79-62 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Tomic was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds in 30 minutes on the court. Regal FC Barcelona (14-8) is placed third in the ACB. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Tomic's first season with the team. Tomic belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #3 with 6.8rpg. He also averaged so far 12.9ppg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 63.0%(121-192) and FT: 71.2% in the 22 games he played so far. Tomic played for the Croatian senior national team two years ago.

Roko-Leni Ukic
Roko-Leni Ukic
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the main contributor in Panathinaikos' victory against the sixth-ranked Zalgiris (3-5) 78-73 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Ukic was the best player in that game. He scored 21 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Panathinaikos Athens (5-3) is placed fourth in group E. This season Ukic averages: 9.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 49.4%, 3FGP: 34.1% and FT: 65.8%. He is in the roster of the Croatian senior national team.

Luka Zoric
Luka Zoric
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Luka Zoric (211-84, currently plays in Euroleague). Zoric contributed to a 3-point Unicaja Malaga's victory against the eighth-ranked Brose Baskets Bamberg (0-8) 68-65 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. He was the top player that evening. Zoric scored 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds in 32 minutes. Unicaja Malaga (4-4) is placed fifth in group E. Zoric has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 4.5rpg, 2FGP: 55.2%(79-143) and FT: 75.7% in the 18 games. He is also a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Damir Rancic
Damir Rancic
   #4. Guard Damir Rancic (199-83, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to Helios' victory against the closely-ranked Maribor Messer (11-5) 82-73 in the Slovenian Telemach League in Saturday night's game. Rancic was the top player that evening. He recorded 26 points (!!!), 4 rebounds and 5 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Helios Domzale (12-4) is placed first in the Telemach League. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Rancic has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.3apg. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2009.

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #5. Former international guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Euroleague) faced previously mentioned Roko-Leni Ukic in the Euroleague last game. Popovic, who plays in Lithuania could not help Zalgiris (3-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance the sixth-placed Zalgiris lost 73-78 at home to the higher-ranked (#4) Panathinaikos in the group E of Euroleague. Popovic scored 10 points and added 3 passes in 25 minutes. Popovic is currently ninth on the list of top scorers with 14.1ppg. This year he also averages: 1.4rpg and 1.9apg in the 18 games. Popovic used to play for the Croatian national team two years ago.

Rok Stipcevic
Rok Stipcevic
   #6. Point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a VL Pesaro's surprising victory against the third-ranked Montepaschi Siena (14-6) 78-73 in the Italian SerieA on Monday night. He was the top player that evening. Stipcevic recorded 27 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Victoria Libertas Pesaro (5-15) is placed second from the bottom (#15) in the SerieA. Stipcevic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.7apg and 1.4spg. Stipcevic is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

Kresimir Loncar
Kresimir Loncar
   #7. Former international forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Euroleague) helped his Russian team Khimky win their game against the eighth-ranked Besiktas (0-8) crushing them 87-56 in the Euroleague last Friday. Loncar scored 10 points. BC Khimky Moscow Region (5-3) is placed fourth in group F. Loncar's overall stats this season are: 8.7ppg and 3.7rpg. He used to play for the Croatian national team three years ago.

Tomislav Ruzic
Tomislav Ruzic
   #8. An experienced power forward Tomislav Ruzic (207-79, currently plays in EuroChallenge) helped his Turkish team Tofas win their game against the closely-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (1-5) 76-70 in the EuroChallenge on Tuesday night. Ruzic was the top player that evening. He scored 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 32 minutes. Tofas Bursa (2-4) is placed third in group K. The Top 16 already ended in the EuroChallenge. This year Ruzic's overall stats are: 8.5ppg and 4.5rpg in the 11 games. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2000.

Zoran Vrkic
Zoran Vrkic
   #9. Former international guard Zoran Vrkic (200-87, currently plays in Greece) helped Ikaros win their game against one of league's weakest teams KAOD (5-13) 80-74 in the Greek A1 on Monday night. He was the top player that evening. Vrkic scored 19 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Ikaros Kallitheas (7-11) is placed eighth in the A1. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. Vrkic has reliable stats this season: 11.1ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.6apg. He used to play for the Croatian national team two years ago.

Andrija Stipanovic
Andrija Stipanovic
   #10. Center Andrija Stipanovic (209-86, currently plays in Italy) helped Vanoli Cremona edge the closely-ranked Sutor Montegranaro (6-14) 89-87 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Stipanovic had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 13 rebounds in 34 minutes. Vanoli Cremona (8-12) is placed 11th in the SerieA. Stipanovic is currently second on the list of best rebounders with 8.1rpg. He also averaged so far 9.0ppg and 1.5spg in the 20 games. Stipanovic is a former international player as six years ago he still played for the Croatian senior national team.

   #11. International forward Damjan Rudez (208-86, currently plays in Spain) helped CAI Zaragoza win their game against the closely-ranked Valencia Basket 76-62 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He recorded 12 points. Rudez averaged so far 11.1ppg and 1.8rpg. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

   #12. Former international point guard Jakov Vladovic (187-83, currently plays in Adriatic League) was not able to help Krka in their game against Zvezda in the Adriatic League. Vladovic recorded 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 28 minutes. His team lost 52-57. Vladovic is currently third on the list of best passers with 4.3apg. This year his other stats are: 8.0ppg and 4.0rpg in the 22 games. Vladovic used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former international power forward Tomislav Zubcic (208-90, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Lithuania) helped Lietuvos rytas win their game against the closely-ranked Juventus crushing them 102-68 in the Lithuanian LKL in Tuesday night's game. He scored 7 points. This season Zubcic has very high stats. He averages: 19.0ppg and 5.5rpg. Zubcic used to play for the Croatian national team four years ago.

   #14. International swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Luka Zoric. But that was another game of his team in Spanish ACB which we would like to mention. Simon helped Unicaja Malaga win their game against the 15th-ranked Blancos de Rueda 89-84. He recorded 7 points in 22 minutes. This year Simon's total stats are: 9.2ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.9apg in the 22 games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

   #15. Former U18 international center Ivan Krolo (217-83, currently plays in Greece) helped Apollon Patras win their game against the closely-ranked Kolossos 78-66 in the Greek A1 on Saturday night. Krolo scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. He has averaged so far 4.4ppg and 2.8rpg. Krolo used to play for the Croatian U18 national team thirteen years ago.

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

   #1. Mladen Primorac (210-C-90, currently plays in Slovenia) led Tajfun to a victory over the closely-ranked Zlatorog (12-4) 79-72 in the Slovenian Telemach League in Saturday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Primorac recorded 23 points in 34 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. KK Tajfun Sentjur (11-5) is placed third in the Telemach League. It was his team's eighth 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. Primorac belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #6 with 6.9rpg. He also averaged so far 13.5ppg in the 16 games he played so far.

   #2. Anthony Drmic (198-G/F-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a Boise St.'s victory 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. 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 is very crucial. Drmic's total stats this season are: 8.5ppg and 4.5rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Australian.

   #3. Igor Maric (196-F-85, currently plays in Slovenia), who plays in the Slovenian Telemach League could not help Maribor Messer (11-5) in their last game. Despite Maric's very good performance Maribor Messer lost 73-82 at home to the leading Helios. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Maric also added 5 rebounds in 32 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Maric has reliable stats this year: 13.4ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg in the 16 games.

   #4. Experienced Stipe Modric (206-F-79, currently plays in Slovenia) was the major contributor in a Geoplin Slovan's victory against the closely-ranked Elektra (8-8) 91-83 in the Slovenian Telemach League in Saturday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds. Modric also added 3 assists. Geoplin Slovan Ljubljana (6-10) is placed seventh in the Telemach League. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Modric has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Slovenian.

   #5. Marin Petric (190-G-80, currently plays in Germany) was the main contributor in a Duesseldorf Baskets' victory against the closely-ranked BG Karlsruhe (2-0) 80-67 in the German ProA (second division) in Saturday night's game. Petric was the top player that evening. He scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Duesseldorf Baskets (16-7) is placed third in the ProA. Petric has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.7apg in the 22 games. He has both Croatian and German nationalities.

   #6. Pankracije Barac (196-G-81, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala was not able to help Pitesti (10-13) in their last game. Despite Barac's good performance Pitesti was badly defeated 71-55 on their home court in Pitesti by the higher-ranked (#6) Gaz Metan. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Barac also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 37 minutes. Barac is ranked fourth on the list of the top scorers in the league with 17.3ppg. This year he also averages: 3.4rpg, 3.6apg and 1.7spg in the 23 games.

   #7. Ljubisa Vrcelj (210-C-84, college: Jacksonville, currently plays in Bulgaria), who plays in the Bulgarian NBL was not able to secure a victory for Euroins Cherno More (5-1) in their last game on Friday. Despite Vrcelj's good performance the league leader Euroins Cherno More was defeated 84-71 on the road by the lower-ranked Tundja Yambol (#5). He scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Vrcelj is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.2ppg and 7.5rpg. Vrcelj also holds two passports: Croatian and Canadian.

   #8. Milos Paravinja (212-C/F-79, currently plays in Slovenia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Stipe Modric and both played together in the last Slovenian Telemach League game. Paravinja helped Geoplin Slovan win their game against the closely-ranked Elektra 91-83. He recorded 9 points and added 3 passes in 32 minutes. Paravinja has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3apg in the 15 games. He has Croatian and Slovenian nationalities.

   #9. Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-81, currently plays in Austria) helped UBSC Graz win their game against one of league's weakest teams St.Polten 79-63 in the Austrian A Bundesliga in Sunday night's game. Stegnjaic scored 17 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Stegnjaic averages: 15.5ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.2apg.

   #10. Sandi Marcius (206-F-90, currently studies in the States) managed to help Purdue University to win against the Northwestern University crushing them 74-43 in the NCAA last Sunday. He recorded only 4 points and blocked 2 shots. This season Marcius has very high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.2apg.



Josip Glavinic leaves Darda - by Darko Hudina

Vrijednosnice OS Darda terminated contract with their 30years old play Josip Glavinic (192-G-82). His records this season was 8,3ppg 3,8apg and 3,8rpg and with that numbers he was one of leader of Vrijednosnice OS Darda. His position is playmaker and he came in Vrijednosnice OS Darda from Prigorje Financije Krizevci where he was also one of best player. Official explanation is that they realesed Glavinic because of familiy problems. In his carrer he playing for Prigorje Financije Krizevci, KK Dubrovnik, KK Kvarner 2010 Rijeka, HKK Capljina Lasta,PVSK Pannonpower Pecs, MBK Banik Handlova.


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Standings - LSB

LSB Standings
 1. Capitalinos 23-5 
 2. Ciego de Avila 21-7 
 3. Camaguey 17-11 
 4. Santiago 15-13 
 5. Matanzas 15-13 
 6. Guantanamo 9-19 
 7. Artemisa 7-21 
 8. Villa Clara 5-23 

Finals: Round 4

Feb. 26: Ciego de Avila - Capitalinos 78-74

Finals: Round 5

Feb. 28: Capitalinos - Ciego de Avila


Ciego de Avila step away from the title - by Eurobasket News

Ciego de Avila are close to defending their LSB title. They celebrated the third straight victory in the championship series against Capitalinos. Ciego de Avila are now looking forward to closing out the series on Thursday.
The defending champions earned a tough 78:74 overtime victory on Tuesday to gain 3-1 lead. The teams were tied at 67 at the end of regulation. However Ciego de Avila went on an 11:7 rally in the extra period to seal the winning outcome. Yasser Rodriguez (187-PG-88) stepped up with 21 points to pace the winners. Joan Luis Haiti (200-C-82) added 19 points, while William Granda (189-SG-85) had 13 points for Ciego de Avila. William Valdes (192-F-93) answered with game-high 28 points for Capitalinos. Eliezer Lima (202-C/F-75) notched 15 points in the losing effort.



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Second Phase: Preliminary Round-1st Game Results - by Chris Mammides

As expected the favorite teams won their first games and they are both ready sweep their opponents in the second game in three days from now.
In more Analysis the games were as follows:
CytaVision Apoel Nicosia - Time Forex Apollon Limassol 85-69
Petrolina AEK Larnakas - Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD 73-45

The team of Coach Konstantinidis had no problem over the team of Coach Chougaz which is entirely new team without its top scorer Brandon Brown who is currently in the Italian league, and with the newcomer Ken Horton (199-F-89, college: Cent.Conn.St.) not being able to cover the scoring of his compatriot even though from his first game showed that is a team-player and is no coinsidence at all his double - double figures in his first game with the blue jersey of Apollon.
The home team of Apoel showed from the early begging its mood since with good defence and solid basketball having as a leading figure first Isaac Isaac Wells (203-F-85, college: Arkansas St.) and then Mike Morrison (205-F-89, agency: Interperformances, college: George Mason) dominated in both edges of the court and by the end of the first half the score was allready double figures for the Nicosia team (26-13)
The second period was more defensive for the two teams with Jefferson trying to cut the deficit but with Apoel finding some crucial assistance from Troupe and Stiggers with the four Americans creating a solid quartet for Apoel. The first half found the home team leading the game with 43-28 and already giving an early end to the game.

The third and fourth period was more or less like the second period since the two teams were stepping basket to basket with the only difference being that Apoel build up a solid difference of 18-20 points mainly due to the first very strong period. The final 85-69 shaped up with a three pointer by Ken Horton.

Top scorers:
Apoel: Isaac Wells 22, Mike Morrison 21, Troupe 13 and Stiggers 11
Apollon: Marvin Jefferson (206-C-86, college: Idaho) 23, Ken Horton 12 points and 10 rebounds and Luke 10


In the premier of the ex captain of the Greek NT, Michalis Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-F-76) with AEK Larnakas's jersey the home team thrashed the visting site of Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD with 28 points difference in a game which needs no further analysis since ENAD played the game without its top scorer Sims who left the team and with just one American in the roster as the rest of the non Cypriots allready went back home or transfered to other teams.
The periods were: 18-13 41-22, 58-34 and the final 73-45
Michalis Mihalis Kakiouzis in the 23 minutes in the court scored 10 points and dashed down 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
AEK: Charron Fisher (193-G/F-85, college: Niagara) 13, Cvetinovic 10 and Mihalis Kakiouzis 10
ENAD: Christopher Razis (194-PG-89) 12 and Kaskiris 10



Nancy tabs Brandon Brown, ex Apollon - by Eurobasket News

Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (ProA) inked 28-year old American forward Brandon Brown (201-109kg-85, college: Cal State - San Bernardino). He started the season at Apollon in Cypriot Division A. In 14 games he was the best scorer with impressive 18.6ppg and recorded 7.2rpg (leader !!!), 1.9apg, 1.7spg and 1.1bpg this season. Brown also played 5 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged remarkable 22.2ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg. The last summer he was tested by Mavort (National League) in Ecuador. The last (11/12) season Brown played at Lanus (LigaA) in Argentinian league. In 13 games he had 8.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg. He also played at Trouville (LUB) in Uruguayan league earlier that season. In 21 games he was the best scorer with great 24.0ppg and averaged 9.1rpg, 2.0apg and 2.1spg. Brown also spent the start of the season at Halcones UV Xalapa (LNBP) in Mexican league earlier that year. In four games he was the best scorer with 8.5ppg and averaged 2.5rpg and 1.3spg.
The previous (2011) summer he played at Mineros de Cananea (CIBACOPA) in Mexican league. In 29 games he had very great stats: 24.1ppg, 10.9rpg (leader !!!), 1.2apg, 1.6spg (in top 5) and 1.0bpg. He helped them to win the league title. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Forward of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team.
Brown is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Iceland (Fjolnir), Lithuania, Poland, Portugal (Vitoria SC/M.Couto Alves Guimaraes) and France (Saint Vallier).
Worth to mention Brown played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball.
He attended Cal State - San Bernardino until 2009 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.
Brown's game is described as: complete Power Forward. He has a big body, bigger then his height might tell you. An extreme athlete who jumps out of the gym, for thunderous dunks, highflying dunks and gets up very high on rebounds
The good things about his games is that he is very athletic, he can rebound, offensive rebound put backs, running the floor hard in transition, can catch alley hoops, playing hard, and blocking shotsBrandon earned all-California Collegiate Athlete Association first-team honors and was voted the CCAA 'Newcomer of the year'' by the conference coaches. He was NABC all-West Region first team and Daktronics all-West Region first team and voted to the CCAA all-tournament team as the tournament MVP. He was selected as the CCAA player of the week four times out of ten. Brandon was also athlete of the year at Cal State San Bernardino. He led the CCAA in scoring (21.8) and was the conference second best rebounder (9.7)
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By Eurobasket Data Center



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

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

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, currently plays in Eurocup). He was the major contributor in Cajasol's victory against the second-ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (3-3) 68-66 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Satoransky scored 11 points and added 5 passes in 20 minutes on the court. Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (1-5) is placed fourth in group K. It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses. The Top 16 already ended in the Eurocup. It's Satoransky's first season with the team. Satoransky belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #6 with 4.8apg. He also averaged so far 10.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 47.7% and FT: 76.9% in the 12 games he played so far. Satoransky is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Ondrej Starosta
Ondrej Starosta
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international center Ondrej Starosta (215-79, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He could not help Planasa NV (8-11) in their last game on Friday. Despite Starosta's very good performance Planasa NV was defeated 76-70 at home by the higher-ranked FCB Regal II (#6). He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds. Starosta also added 3 assists and 2 blocks. Starosta is currently third on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Starosta averages: 15.3ppg, 9.9rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 58.1%(125-215) and FT: 42.3%. He played for the Czech Republic national team in 2008.

Ondrej Balvin
Ondrej Balvin
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Ondrej Balvin (216-92, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tomas Satoransky and both played together in the last Eurocup game. Balvin contributed to a 2-point Cajasol's victory against the second-ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (3-3) 68-66. He scored 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 29 minutes. Balvin is currently third on the list of best blockers with 1.2bpg. This year his other stats are: 4.8ppg, 3.5rpg and FT: 54.2% in the 11 games. Balvin is also a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Pavel Pumprla
Pavel Pumprla
   #4. Shooting guard Pavel Pumprla (198-86, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Blusens Monbus (10-12) in their game against CB Canarias (9-13) in the Spanish ACB. He recorded 6 points. Blusens Monbus was defeated 84-77 on the road by the lower-ranked CB Canarias (#13). Pumprla's overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg and 2.7rpg. He is also Czech Republic national team player.

Tomas Hampl
Tomas Hampl
   #5. International center Tomas Hampl (215-88, 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) last Sunday. Hampl recorded 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 16 minutes. B.C. River Andorra (3-0) is placed in the LEB Gold. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. This year Hampl's overall stats are: 7.5ppg and 4.1rpg in the 19 games. He plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

Radovan Kouril
Radovan Kouril
   #6. Point guard Radovan Kouril (180-95, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Lucentum Alicante in a victory against the closely-ranked Leche Rio Breogan (10-9) 70-60 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. He recorded only 3 points in 6 minutes on the court. Lucentum Alicante (12-7) is placed third in the LEB Gold. This year Kouril averages just 0.4ppg in the eight games. He is U18 international player who is currently on the Czech Republic National Team roster.

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

   #1. David Steffel (212-C/F-85, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala could not help Rovinari (11-12) to beat CS Farul Constanta (4-20). Steffel scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Rovinari was defeated 76-71 at home by the lower-ranked CS Farul Constanta (#14). Steffel is currently third on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.9ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.6apg.

   #2. Jan Kratochvil (200-F-82, currently plays in Slovakia) was not able to help Komarno (19-7) in their game against Nitra (17-10) in the Slovakian Extraliga. Kratochvil scored 7 points in only 12 minutes. Komarno lost 98-111 on the road to the lower-ranked (#3) Nitra. This year Kratochvil's total stats are: 6.0ppg and 3.0rpg in the 25 games he played so far.

   #3. Jaroslav Tyrna (207-F/C-86, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for USC Leipzig (3-20) in their game against BV Chemnitz 99 (18-0) in the German ProA (second division). He scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The bottom-ranked USC Leipzig was badly defeated 88-69 in Chemnitz by the leading BV 99. It was USC Leipzig's 12th consecutive loss in a row. Tyrna's total stats this season are: 5.8ppg and 5.7rpg.

   #4. Jaromir Fohler (211-C-85, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Lan Mobel ISB (1-0) in their game against Castello (6-10) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Fohler cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. his team was edged in an overtime 91-90 in Castellon by the much lower-ranked Castello (#8). There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Fohler's total stats this season are: 1.3ppg and 1.8rpg.



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Kevin Larsen selected the top Danish playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kevin Larsen
Kevin Larsen
   #1. This week's number one is U20 international forward Kevin Larsen (208-93, currently plays college basketball in the States). He led G.Washington to a victory against the Fordham University (2-11) 68-60 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Larsen scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 30 minutes on the court. The The George Washington 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. It's Larsen's first year with the team. He is currently a member of the Danish U20 national team.

Jonathan Gilling
Jonathan Gilling
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international forward Jonathan Gilling (201-91, currently studies in the States). Gilling contributed to an Arizona St.'s victory against the Washington State University (2-12) 69-57 in the NCAA last Wednesday. He scored 8 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. The Arizona State University has 9-6 conference record this season. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Gilling played for the Danish U20 national team in 2010.

Mathias Seilund
Mathias Seilund
   #3. The Danish player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international forward Mathias Seilund (201-90, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA. Seilund could not help the the league outsider one of league's weakest teams Fair Dickinson (2-14) to beat the St.Francis College (PA) (5-11). He recorded 6 points and had 3 steals. The Fair Dickinson was defeated 69-63 on the road by the St.Francis College (PA). It was Fair Dickinson's 12th consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Seilund has relatively good stats this season: 11.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 31.5% and FT: 46.3%. He played for the Danish U20 national team three years ago.

Alan Voskuil
Alan Voskuil
   #4. Guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to help Olin Edirne (4-15) in their game against Galatasaray (16-3) in the Turkish TBL. Voskuil did not have that impressive stats last Saturday. He recorded only 1 points in 12 minutes. The bottom-ranked Olin Edirne lost 59-69 at home to the much higher-ranked (#4) Galatasaray. This year Voskuil averages: 4.5ppg in the two games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Voskuil used to play for the Danish national team back in 2009. He played also for Horsens IC in Danish league.

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

   #1. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Bulgaria), who plays in the Bulgarian NBL could not help the league outsider U20 (0-18) in their last game. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked U20 was crushed 92-55 in a derby game by the leading Lukoil Academik. Tenchev was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. So far U20 lost all eighteen games in the Regular Season. Tenchev has relatively good stats this year: 11.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg in the 17 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Danish and Bulgarian. Despite Tenchev's Danish passport, he currently plays for the Bulgarian U20 national team and is not eligible to play for the Danish team.

Other top Danish players, who play abroad:

Chanan Colman (191-G-84) plays for Maccabi Haifa in Israeli Winner League
Esben Reinholt (195-G-93) plays for KK Split in Croatian A1
Rasmus Larsen (212-C-94) plays for Sant Nicolau in Spanish EBA
Thomas Laerke (194-G/F-91) plays for Opentach Pla in Spanish EBA
Jens Hakanowitz (204-F/C-80) plays for Rostock EBC in German Regionalliga
Michael Larsen (84) plays for Racing in Luxembourg N2



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Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Santa Cruz W. 21-12 
 2. Canton C. 20-14 
 3. Sioux Falls S. 20-14 
 4. Erie Bay H. 20-15 
 5. Maine RC 19-18 
 6. Ft.Wayne MA 16-19 
 7. Springfield A. 13-21 
 8. Iowa E. 7-28 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 23-10 
 2. Austin T. 20-13 
 3. Rio Grande VV 20-13 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 19-15 
 5. Texas L. 16-19 
 6. Los Angeles D. 14-19 
 7. Reno B. 13-19 
 8. Idaho S. 10-22 

Regular Season: Round 48

Feb. 26: Springfield A. - Bakersfield J. 98-89
Feb. 26: Santa Cruz W. - Reno B. 94-90
Feb. 24: Austin T. - Iowa E. 113-102
Feb. 25: Los Angeles D. - Idaho S. 107-94
Feb. 26: Ft.Wayne MA - Erie Bay H. 104-112
Feb. 26: Tulsa 66ers - Iowa E. 102-89
Feb. 24: Reno B. - Idaho S. 102-100 OT

Regular Season: Round 49

Feb. 27: Austin T. - Sioux Falls S.
Feb. 27: Santa Cruz W. - Reno B.
Feb. 28: Canton C. - Idaho S.
Feb. 28: Austin T. - Iowa E.


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. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.0 
 9. Kennedy, Erie B.18.9 
 10. Goudelock, Rio G.18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luke HARANGODY
  Ft.Wayne.
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.12.3 
 2. Butch, Bakersfi.11.0 
 3. Mays, Springfield10.6 
 4. Samuels, Reno B.10.4 
 5. Jackson, Austin T.10.2 
 6. Plumlee, Ft.Wayne.10.2 
 7. Onuaku, Canton C.9.4 
 8. Jones, Rio G.9.3 
 9. Evans, Idaho S.9.3 
 10. Wright, Maine RC9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Andre BARRETT
  Maine RC
  (175-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Barrett, Maine RC7.7 
 2. Russell, Reno B.7.7 
 3. Mack, Maine RC7.4 
 4. Wright, Iowa E.7.0 
 5. Quinn, Tulsa 66ers6.4 
 6. Singletary, Texas6.2 
 7. Fortson, Los A.6.2 
 8. Machado, Rio G.6.1 
 9. Karl, Idaho S.6.1 
 10. Joseph, Austin T.5.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jamario MOON
  Los A.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Moon, Los A.2.3 
 2. Fortson, Los A.1.9 
 3. Hannah, Santa C.1.9 
 4. Holiday, Idaho S.1.9 
 5. Joseph, Austin T.1.9 
 6. McNeal, Bakersfi.1.8 
 7. Downs, Maine RC1.8 
 8. Dentmon, Texas L.1.8 
 9. Wright, Maine RC1.8 
 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 


Latest results and stats from around the League - by Eurobasket News

Reno B. - Idaho S. 102-100 OT
The Reno Bighorns took hold of a back-and-forth game in overtime, defeating the Idaho Stampede, 102-100, on Sunday at the Reno Events Center. Marcus Landry (6'7''-F-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) nailed a 3-pointer to open the extra period to buoy the Bighorns (13-18). With 10 seconds left, the Stampede's Seth Tarver missed a jump shot to seal the Bighorns' victory. There were 15 lead changes and 12 ties in the game. Jerome Jordan (7'0''-C-86, college: Tulsa) and Samardo Samuels (6'9''-F/C-89, college: Louisville) each had double-doubles. Jordan led the way with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Samuels recorded his fourth straight with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Dar Tucker and Tajuan Porter each scored 18, and Landry had 17. The Bighorns travel to Santa Cruz for a pair of games on Tuesday and Wednesday. Courtesy of: rgj.com

Austin T. - Iowa E. 113-102
The Austin Toros overcame turnover-plagued second and third quarters and drained the Iowa Energy in the fourth quarter to win their fifth straight game 113-102 Sunday afternoon at Cedar Park Center. The victory moved the Toros (20-13) into a tie for first place in the NBA D-League's Central Division. Iowa (7-27) lost its third game in a row against the Toros. Austin led 29-26 after the first quarter but committed 19 turnovers in the second and third quarters combined to find themselves down by as many as 12 points. Jamarr Sanders (6'4''-G-88, college: UAB) led the fourth-quarter charge for the Toros. He made all four of his shots and scored nine points. As a team, the Toros shot 14 for 20 in the quarter. Sanders soared above the Energy defense for a thunderous one-handed dunk with seven minutes left to give the Toros a 93-92 lead. 'It seemed like we got the momentum after that dunk,' he said. 'The fans got into it, and we started playing more together on defense.' JaMychal Green led the Toros with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Green's double-double comes after back-to-back games at Iowa in which he made the winning shot. 'I think it was a big win for us,' Green said. 'We had to fight through adversity, and we came together as a team at the end of the game and got stops when we needed it, which lead to transition.' Patrick Sullivan's turnaround jumper with nine minutes left gave the Toros their first lead of the second half at 90-89. Sullivan finished with 16 points and was one of six Toros in double figures. The Energy's Chris Wright (6'1''-PG-89, college: Georgetown) led all scorers with 21 points, and Paul Harris (6'4''-F/G-86, college: Syracuse) contributed 19 points. With 17 games left, the Toros are tied with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers atop the Central Division. 'It's a good barometer to have,' coach Taylor Jenkins said. 'But our focus right now is not even about records; it's about getting better each day and accepting the challenge ahead of you.' The Toros' next game will be against Sioux Falls at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Cedar Park Center. Courtesy of: statesman.com

Los Angeles D. - Idaho S. 107-94
The Los Angeles D-Fenders never trailed and were tied only twice with the Idaho Stampede in a 107-94 win at Toyota Sports Center on Monday night. Los Angeles (14-19) started the game with one of its best quarters all season, scoring 25 points and limiting the Stampede to just 15 points (opponent first quarter low). Leading by as many as 20 points in the second quarter, the D-Fenders drove their lead to 58-43 at halftime and gripped to a 13-point advantage heading in the final frame. After beginning the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run to go up by 21, the D-Fenders were able to hold on down the stretch for the victory. Morris Almond (6'6''-F/G-85, college: Rice) tallied his most points since getting traded to the D-Fenders (33 points, 7 rebounds), Courtney Fortson (5'11''-PG-88, college: Arkansas) nearly missed the fifth triple-double in team history (22 points, 9 rebounds, 10 assists), and Elijah Millsap scored in double-figures (17 points, 6 rebounds) on the evening. Additionally, Gary Flowers pitched in a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, and newly acquired center Jerome Jordan posted 10 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks for the D-Fenders. Idaho (10-22) was guided by Justin Holiday (31 points, 12 rebounds, 5 steals), Durrell Summers (20 points, 6 rebounds) and Sean Evans (19 points, 13 rebounds [13th double-double of season]). Coby Karl also contributed 14 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for the Stampede, which shot 2-of-21 from three-point range. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Santa Cruz W. - Reno B. 94-90
The Reno Bighorns (13-19) lost a close game to the Santa Cruz Warriors (21-12) 94-90 Tuesday night in Santa Cruz. The two teams kept it close throughout the game, but Santa Cruz pulled away at the end of the fourth quarter. The Bighorns were led by another double-double from Samardo Samuels, his ninth in the last 10 games. Samuels had 26 points and a team season-high 19 rebounds. Newly-acquired guard Ronald DuPree (6'7''-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) added 14 points. Dar Tucker and Tajuan Porter each had 12 points for Reno. The Warriors were led by Cameron Jones (6'4''-G-89, college: N.Arizona)' season-high 30 points. D-League All-Star game MVP Travis Leslie had 17 points and 14 rebounds. The Bighorns and Warriors will play again tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Reno returns home on March 7 to face the Idaho Stampede. Courtesy of: rgj.com

Tulsa 66ers - Iowa E. 102-89
The Tulsa 66ers topped the Iowa Energy, 102-89, on Tuesday night at the SpiritBank Event Center with six Tulsa players scoring in double figures. The 66ers were led by NBA veterans Chris Quinn (6'2''-PG-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) (20 points, three rebounds, six assists), Andy Rautins (19 points, two rebounds, four assists) and Rasual Butler (15 points, four rebounds, four assists). Ron Anderson collected a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Tony Taylor and Dominique Sutton scored 13 and 12 points, respectively. Tulsa is 14-2 this season when five or more players score in double figures, a feat its accomplished in eight of the last 10 games. With the win, Tulsa now holds a season-best four game winning streak. The streak has been defined by balanced scoring and strong defense. The 66ers have held their opponents to 90 or less points in four consecutive games - a first in program history. During the four-game streak, Tulsa's opponents have averaged 83.5 points per game. "Our defensive effort was really good tonight and the last couple of games," said Tulsa Head Coach Darko Rajakovic. "The guys are doing a great job of playing together. When you have five guys working together on the defensive end you get a lot of defensive stops and a lot of chances to run in fast break." Tulsa (19-15) outrebounded the Energy 41-30, marking the third-straight game the 66ers have grabbed 10 or more rebounds than their opponent. Iowa (7-28) was led by Paul Harris with 24 points and six boards. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Springfield A. - Bakersfield J. 98-89
The Springfield Armor, presented by MGM Springfield, defeated the Bakersfield Jam 98-89 tonight at the MassMutual Center. The win extended the Armor's season-best winning streak to four and snapped the Jam's six-game winning streak. The Armor (13-21) got off to a fast start tonight, jumping out to a quick 6-2 advantage. Just 2:27 into the first, Armor point guard Ben Uzoh suffered an eye injury that ended his night. With Uzoh on the sideline, the Jam outscored the Armor 23-15 to take a 25-21 lead at the end of the first, led by Brian Butch's 10 points. Bakersfield shot 10-of-19 in the quarter for 52.6%, while holding Springfield to 9-of-21 for 42.9%. In the second, the Armor ratcheted up the intensity on defense. Springfield held Bakersfield scoreless for five minutes and 52 seconds in the period to turn a four-point deficit (30-26) into a six-point advantage (38-32). The Armor held the Jam to a season-quarter-low 13 points on 4-of-21 shooting (19.0%) to take a 44-38 lead into intermission. Carleton Scott (6'8''-F-88, college: Notre Dame) led the Armor with 10 first-half points, while Butch and James Nunnally tallied 10 points apiece for the Jam. The third quarter was closely contested, as Bakersfield tied the game five times in the first five minutes of the period. The Armor broke a 54-54 tie at the 6:59 mark of the quarter on a Willie Reed (6'9''-F-90, college: St.Louis) slam dunk and pushed the lead to five on a three-pointer from Kris Joseph. The Jam managed to trim the deficit to three (59-56) on a Butch layup, but Springfield responded with a 14-6 run to close the quarter, capped by a Reed put-back dunk with 0.7 seconds remaining, to give the Armor a 73-62 lead after three. The Armor buried 12-of-22 shots for 54.5% in the quarter and held the Jam to 6-of-21 for 28.6%. The Armor led wire-to-wire in the fourth, leading by as many as 13 points in the period. The Jam made one last gasp run at the Armor, cutting the lead to four (91-87) on a pair of Adam Koch free throws with 2:33 to go, but Springfield finished the game on a 7-2 run to topple Bakersfield. Justin Johnson (6'2''-PG-88, college: Concordia Irvine) led the Armor with his best performance of the season tonight in place of the injured Uzoh. Johnson recorded season-highs in points (17), rebounds (nine) and assists (six) while turning the ball over just twice in a season-high 37 minutes. Reed posted his sixth double-double of the season with 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting and 12 rebounds in 28 minutes. Reed buried 5-of-5 second-half shots and has now scored 36 points on 15-of-16 shooting in the second halves of the last two games. Kris Joseph chipped in 16 points with season-highs in assists (five) and steals (five) in 35 minutes, Scott added 13 points in 21 minutes and Christian Polk pitched in 10 points in 21 minutes. The Armor bench combined for 51 points, but the story of the night was Springfield's defense. The Armor held the Jam, who entered tonight's game averaging 106.7 points per game, to their third-lowest point total of the season, and limited Bakersfield to just 20-of-64 for 31.3% from the field over the final three quarters. Nunnally led all scorers with 20 points in 29 minutes for Bakersfield. Butch contributed 19 points and 15 rebounds, Stephen Dennis tallied 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in 37 minutes and Koch and Damion James scored 10 points apiece in 32 and 36 minutes respectively. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Ft.Wayne MA - Erie Bay H. 104-112
The Mad Ants' second-half comeback fell short in their 112-104 loss to the Erie BayHawks on Tuesday at Memorial Coliseum. The Ants (16-19) fell behind by as many as 26 points in the first half, then spent the rest of the game trying to catch up to Erie (20-15). Ron Howard (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Valparaiso)'s free throw with 3:03 remaining got the Ants within 104-99, but Erie was able to hold on for the win. Howard led the Ants with 28 points, and Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-92, college: Alabama) added 25. Courtesy of: journalgazette.net



Red Claws acquire Mark Tyndale from Skyforce - by Eurobasket News

The Maine Red Claws, presented by Unum, today announced that they have acquired guard Mark Tyndale (6'5''-G-86, college: Temple) from the Sioux Falls Skyforce in a trade that will send veteran point guard Andre Barrett (5'9''-PG-82, college: Seton Hall) to Sioux Falls.
Selected by the Skyforce in the second round (18th overall) of the 2012 NBA D-League Draft, Tyndale, 27, averaged 10.1 points and 3.8 assists in 34 games played with Sioux Falls this season. Tyndale also has NBA Development League experience with the Iowa Energy where he played 66 games over two seasons from 2008-10, averaging 12.0 points and 3.8 rebounds. The 6-5, 210 lbs. guard out of Temple University spent the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons overseas with teams in Germany, Ukraine and Sweden before returning to the NBADL this season.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Sammy Mejia selected the top Dominican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul, currently plays in Turkey). He led Banvit BK to a victory over the seventh-ranked TED Kolejliler (10-9) 81-76 in the Turkish TBL last Sunday. Mejia was MVP of the game. He recorded 18 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (17-2) is placed second in the TBL. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Mejia has relatively good stats this season: 12.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.1apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 59.5%(75-126), 3FGP: 51.5%(17-33). He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Mejia played for the Dominican Republic senior national team eight years ago. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Trevor Ariza (203-85, agency: David Lee services, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). Ariza was the major contributor in a 2-point Washington Wizards' victory against the Houston Rockets (31-27) 105-103 in the NBA on Saturday night. He scored 18 points, had 4 boards, passed 6 assists and added 4 steals in 33 minutes. The Washington Wizards have not so impressive 18-37 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Ariza has relatively solid stats: 8.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.8apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3FGP: 31.6% and FT: 83.9% in the 38 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Ariza played for the Dominican Republic national team in 2005. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Eulis Baez
Eulis Baez
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Eulis Baez (198-82, college: W.Illinois, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Baez could not help G.Canaria 2014 (13-9) to beat Caja Laboral (18-4). He recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. G.Canaria 2014 was defeated 85-74 on the road by the second-ranked Caja Laboral. It's Baez's first season with the team. Baez's overall stats this year are: 8.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 61.4%(51-83), 3FGP: 38.5% and FT: 75.6%. He played for the Dominican Republic national team four years ago.

Rodrigo Madera
Rodrigo Madera
   #4. Center Rodrigo Madera (208-90, currently plays in Canada) contributed to an easy victory against the Huskies (6-14) crushing them 95-72 in the Canadian university league CIS last Saturday. Madera had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 12 rebounds in 26 minutes. The St.Francis Xavier has a solid 13-7 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This year Madera's overall stats are: 9.9ppg and 6.1rpg in the 16 games. He used to play for the Dominican Republic U17 national team back in 2007.

Jeff Greer
Jeff Greer
   #5. An experienced former international swingman Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers, currently plays in France) managed to help Strasbourg IG to win against the closely-ranked Chalon/Saor (12-7) 80-65 in the French ProA on Monday night. Greer scored only 2 points and blocked 2 shots. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Strasbourg IG (15-5) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Greer is ranked third on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best passers (fifth place). This season he averages: 5.6ppg and 3.1rpg. Greer has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team four years ago. Greer played also for Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Republic league.

Josh Asselin
Josh Asselin
   #6. Power forward Josh Asselin (210-78, college: Michigan, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Assignia Manresa (4-18) in their game against FIATC Joventut (11-11) in the Spanish ACB. Asselin recorded 6 points in 27 minutes. 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. Asselin has reliable stats this year: 11.5ppg and 3.0rpg in the 22 games. He also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Asselin is a former international player as he played for the Dominican Republic senior team seven years ago. He used to play for Naco in Dominican Republic league.

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

   #1. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in an Atlanta Hawks' victory against the Detroit Pistons (22-37) 114-103 in the NBA in Monday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 22 rebounds. Horford also added 3 assists and 2 blocks in 40 minutes. The Atlanta Hawks have 32-23 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Horford's sixth year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Horford averages: 16.8ppg, 10.0rpg, 3.2apg and 1.1bpg in the 52 games he played so far.

   #2. Experienced Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in France) led Strasbourg IG to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Chalon/Saor (12-7) 80-65 in the French ProA in Monday night's game. Greer recorded a triple-double by scoring 16 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and passing 11 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Strasbourg IG (15-5) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Greer is ranked third on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best passers (fifth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 13.4ppg, 7.7rpg, 5.1apg and 1.3spg. Greer has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Interesting that he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #3. Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Detroit Pistons' victory against the Charlotte Bobcats (13-44) 105-99 in the NBA last Wednesday. Villanueva scored 7 points, had 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 26 minutes. The Detroit Pistons have 22-37 record this season. It's Villanueva's fourth year with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 7.5ppg and 3.8rpg in the 48 games. Villanueva is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Despite his Dominican Republic nationality, Villanueva previously played for the USA U21 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Dominican Republic team. Interesting that he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #4. Ronald Ramon (182-G-86, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Brazil) led Winner/Limeira to a victory over the closely-ranked Uberlandia (17-8) 96-86 in the Brazilian NBB on Thursday night. Ramon was the best player in that game. He recorded 22 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Winner/Limeira (9-7) is placed second in the NBB. Ramon has reliable stats this season: 14.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 3.6apg. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Interesting that Ramon has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #5. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (6-16) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was crushed 88-65 in a derby game by the leading Real Madrid. Feldeine was the top scorer with 16 points in 31 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's third consecutive loss in a row. It's Feldeine's first year with the team. Feldeine is currently second on the list of top scorers with 16.4ppg. He also averaged so far 2.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg in the 22 games. Feldeine also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Interesting that he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #6. Chris Perez (190-G-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Stetson win their game against the Florida Gulf Coast University 80-71 in the NCAA on Friday night. Perez scored 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 35 minutes. This year his overall stats are: 8.3ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.4apg in the 20 games.

   #7. Emmanuel Quezada (188-PG-85, college: USF, currently plays in Spain) managed to help FIATC Joventut Badalona to win against one of league's weakest teams Assignia Manresa 92-88 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Quezada recorded 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. This season he averages: 9.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.0apg. Quezada holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Interesting that he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #8. Larry Turner (210-C/F-82, college: Tennessee St., currently plays in Greece) helped Apollon Patras win their game against the closely-ranked Kolossos 78-66 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game. He scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 19 minutes. This year Turner's total stats are: 6.2ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.1bpg in the 18 games. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Interesting that Turner has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #9. Will De La Cruz (188-G-80, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Point, currently plays in UBA), who plays in the UBA was not able to help the Southern Generals (2-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the Southern Generals (#4) were crushed 89-65 on the road by the Georgia Spartans. De La Cruz was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 8 assists. De La Cruz is currently seventh on the league's list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 5.8apg and 1.2spg.

   #10. Sean Ogirri (188-PG-86, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Leche Rio Breogan (10-9) in their last game on Friday. Despite Ogirri's good performance Leche Rio Breogan was defeated 70-60 in Alicante by the higher-ranked Meridiano (#3). He recorded 10 points. Ogirri's total stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.8apg. He has dual citizenship: Nigerian and Dominican Republic.



Dago Pena (ex Maldonado) joins Plaza - by Eurobasket News

Plaza Fernando Valerio (Santiago League) agreed terms with 25-year old Dominican Rep. swingman Dago Pena (198-88, college: Marshall). He just played at Maldonado in Uruguayan LUB league. In two games he had very impressive stats: 23.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 6.5apg and 2.5spg this season. The last season Pena played at Marshall University in Conference USA in the NCAA. In 34 games he recorded 6.0ppg and 1.5rpg. He helped them to make it to the final.
Pena just graduated from Marshall University and it is his first season as a pro.
He was voted All-C-USA Co-Sixth Man of the Year back in 2010 at his college time.
On Pena: Dago is a Strong, Athletic Forward. Able to score in bunches and is at his best when slashing towards the bucket. Possesses astounding jumping ability and great finishing capabilities at the rim. Is very skilled offensively and can put up big numbers at any time. Has decent defensive capabilities to guard bigger players in the low post. Great three point shooter.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Dago Pena (ex Maldonado) joins Plaza - by Eurobasket News

Plaza Fernando Valerio (Santiago League) agreed terms with 25-year old Dominican Rep. swingman Dago Pena (198-88, college: Marshall). He just played at Maldonado in Uruguayan LUB league. In two games he had very impressive stats: 23.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 6.5apg and 2.5spg this season. The last season Pena played at Marshall University in Conference USA in the NCAA. In 34 games he recorded 6.0ppg and 1.5rpg. He helped them to make it to the final.
Pena just graduated from Marshall University and it is his first season as a pro.
He was voted All-C-USA Co-Sixth Man of the Year back in 2010 at his college time.
On Pena: Dago is a Strong, Athletic Forward. Able to score in bunches and is at his best when slashing towards the bucket. Possesses astounding jumping ability and great finishing capabilities at the rim. Is very skilled offensively and can put up big numbers at any time. Has decent defensive capabilities to guard bigger players in the low post. Great three point shooter.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  EUROCHALLENGE   

Standings

EuroChallenge Standings
Group I
 1. Karsiyaka 4-2 
 2. Kataja 3-3 
 3. Gaz Metan 3-3 
 4. Ventspils 2-4 
Group J
 1. Gravelines 5-1 
 2. Paris-Levallois 4-2 
 3. Szolnok 3-3 
 4. Hapoel Holon 0-6 
Group K
 1. Krasnie Krilya 6-0 
 2. Khimik 3-3 
 3. Tofas 2-4 
 4. Norrkoping 1-5 
Group L
 1. EWE Baskets 5-1 
 2. Telekom Baskets 4-2 
 3. Aalstar 2-4 
 4. Tsmoki-Minsk 1-5 

Top 16: Round 6

I

Feb. 26: Kataja - Karsiyaka 87-79
Feb. 26: Gaz Metan - Ventspils 67-58

J

Feb. 26: Hapoel Holon - Gravelines 79-85
Feb. 26: Szolnok - Paris-Levallois 74-80

K

Feb. 26: Krasnie Krilya - Tofas 86-65
Feb. 26: Khimik - Norrkoping 81-51

L

Feb. 26: Telekom Baskets - Tsmoki-Minsk 86-72
Feb. 26: EWE Baskets - Aalstar 82-74

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Mar. 12: Karsiyaka - Paris-Levallois
Mar. 12: Gravelines - Kataja
Mar. 12: Krasnie Krilya - Telekom Baskets
Mar. 12: EWE Baskets - Khimik


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Sean MAY
  Paris-Levallois
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. May, Paris-Levallo.20.5 
 2. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.20.2 
 3. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.18.8 
 4. Dixon, Karsiyaka18.6 
 5. Flowers, Kataja18.1 
 6. Burtt, Tofas17.3 
 7. Williams, Paris-.16.3 
 8. Raivio, Aalstar16.3 
 9. Kudrautsau, Tsmoki.15.4 
 10. Bader, Szolnok15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.11.6 
 2. Bader, Szolnok9.8 
 3. Elonu, Tofas9.0 
 4. Hill, Hapoel Holon8.2 
 5. May, Paris-Levallo.7.9 
 6. Thomas, Karsiyaka7.3 
 7. Young, Aalstar7.2 
 8. Lashkevich, Tsmoki.7.0 
 9. Camara, Gravelines6.7 
 10. Ensminger, Teleko.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.6.7 
 2. Albicy, Paris-Le.6.6 
 3. Jordan, Telekom5.8 
 4. Deane, Khimik5.3 
 5. Dixon, Karsiyaka5.2 
 6. Burtt, Tofas4.8 
 7. Kudrautsau, Tsmoki.4.7 
 8. Kramer, EWE B.4.7 
 9. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.6 
 10. Raivio, Aalstar4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Flowers, Kataja3.8 
 2. Albicy, Paris-Le.2.3 
 3. Miles, Krasnie Kri.1.9 
 4. Mandache, Gaz M.1.9 
 5. Diot, Paris-Levall.1.7 
 6. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.1.5 
 7. Paulding, EWE B.1.5 
 8. Smith, Kataja1.5 
 9. Joseph, Khimik1.3 
 10. Aminu, Karsiyaka1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Vernon GOODRIDGE
  Khimik
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Goodridge, Khimik1.5 
 2. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.4 
 3. Aminu, Karsiyaka1.3 
 4. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.2 
 5. Vasiliev, Krasni.1.2 
 6. May, Paris-Levallo.1.1 
 7. Elonu, Tofas1.1 
 8. Balashov, Krasni.1.1 
 9. Majok, Tsmoki-M.1.1 
 10. Hassell, Hapoel H.1.0 


EuroChallenge round 6 (Top 16) best performance: Jonte Flowers - by Eurobasket News

American swingman Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, agency: Warren Sports International) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Kataja, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Top 16).
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, six rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Karsiyaka (#1, 4-2) 87-79. Kataja is placed at 2nd position in EuroChallenge group I. Kataja is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 3rd lost game this season out of 6 games. In the team's last game Flowers had a remarkable 76.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Kataja's top player in his first season with the team. Former Winona State University star has very solid stats this year. Flowers is in league's top in points (5th best: 18.1ppg) and averages impressive 3.8spg and 60.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Lawrence Hill (203-F-87) of Hapoel Holon. Hill had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Hapoel Holon lost that game 79-85 to the higher-ranked Gravelines (#1, 5-1). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group J. Hapoel Holon still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. 6 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Hill is a newcomer at Hapoel Holon, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Jonathan Aka (203-PF-86) of league's second-best Paris-Levallois. Aka scored 16 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Paris-Levallois, leading his team to a 80-74 win against #3 ranked Szolnok. Paris-Levallois needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in group J. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 2 lost games. Aka has a very solid season. In 7 games in EuroChallenge he scored 8.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (208-C-90) of Telekom Baskets - 15 points and 11 rebounds
5. Sean May (206-F-84) of Paris-Levallois - 26 points and 6 rebounds
6. Frank Hassell (203-F-88) of Hapoel Holon - 21 points and 9 rebounds
7. Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88) of Gravelines - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Sergei Popov (194-G-88) of Khimik - 9 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Sava Lesic (205-C/F-88) of Khimik - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Will Thomas (203-PF-86) of Karsiyaka - 14 points and 9 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)



The End of the Group Stage - by Eurobasket News

Group I
Gaz Metan - Ventspils 67-58
Gaz Metan capped their EuroChallenge Top 16 campaign with victory but failed to reach the next stage of the competition. The Romanian side overcame Ventspils but received no help from Pinar Karsiyaka in another game of the group and could not advance into the quarterfinal stage of the tournament. Gaz Metan led by two points after ten minutes of action 12:10. The hosts remained aggressive defensively in the second quarter and stretched the lead. They accumulated a 26:20 halftime advantage. Gaz Metan cleared off even further in the third quarter. The hosts piled up a 9-point advantage heading into the fourth frame. The tempo grew in the fourth frame as the teams scored much more freely but Gaz Metan held on to the victory. Kyle Shiloh (191-PG-85, college: Nevada) nailed 15 points to pace the winners. Zoran Krstanovic (204-C-82, agency: TSS Management) added 13 points for the home team. Ventspils answered with 14 points from Martins Meiers. Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) connected for 12 points in the loss.

Kataja - Karsiyaka 87-79
Kataja will play in the EuroChallenge quarterfinals. It became clear after they knocked down Pinar Karsiyaka in the last game in Group I. Pinar Karsiyaka finished on top of the standings, while Kataja occupied the second position. Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Winona St.) stepped up with 26 points to lead the winners. Kataja started the game pretty strong. The Finnish team gained a 27:19 lead at the first intermission. Kataja dominated throughout the second period. They posted a 52:37 halftime advantage. Pinar Karsiyaka narrowed the deficit in the third term. They entered the final period down by 13 points 58:71. But Kataja quickly regained a 19-point advantage in the fourth frame and never looked back en route to the win. Petri Virtanen (183-PG-80) chipped in 19 points, while Daniel Coleman (206-F-85, college: Minnesota) added 17 points for the hosts. Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) answered with 18 points for Pinar Karsiyaka. Will Thomas netted 14 points in the loss.

Group J
Hapoel Holon - Gravelines 79-85
Gravelines wins Group J of the EuroChallenge and advanced to the Quarter-Finals. The French side needed a 85:79 win over Hapoel Holon for 5-1 record. In the next stage they will face Joensuun Kataja from Finland. Hapoel finished the campaign with 0-6 record. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-11. But Hapoel Holon won second period 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gravelines-Dunkerque made 16-of-20 charity shots during the game. It was a good game for Kennedy Winston (198-F/G-84, college: Alabama) who led his team to a victory with 17 points. Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) contributed with 15 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. American forward Lawrence Hill replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and his fellow American import forward Frank Hassell (203-F-88, college: ODU) added 21 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel Holon.

Szolnok - Paris-Levallois 74-80
Paris-Levallois advanced to the Quarter-Finals of the EuroChallenge. The French side won over Szolnok 80:74 away from home and took 4-2 record on the second place. The Hungarian team finished third in the group. Szolnok was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 46-36 second half run of Paris-Levallois. They made 16-of-20 charity shots during the game. Sean May notched 26 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and Jonathan Aka (203-PF-86) supported him with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Even 12 points and 8 rebounds by Miklos Szabo (205-F/C-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group, college: Hofstra) did not help to save the game for Szolnok. Latvian forward Ernests Kalve (200-F-87) added 11 points and 7 rebounds. Four Szolnok players scored in double figures. In the Quarter-Final Play-Off Pairings Paris-Levallois will take on Pinar Karsiyaka. The games will take place on 12 and 14 March, with the third game scheduled for 19 March if it is needed.

Group K
Khimik - Norrkoping 81-51
Khimik romped past Norrkoping in Yuzny tonight to seal their EuroChallenge quarterfinal ticket. The victory propelled the hosts at 3-3 record in the second place in Group K. The Dolphins slipped at 1-5 record at the bottom of the ladder. Khimik quickly cleared off in the opening quarter. The hosts built a 23:12 lead after ten minutes. The gap kept on growing throughout the second frame. Khimik ensured a 49:23 halftime lead. The pressure from the home team only raised in the third term. Khimik gained a 30-point advantage at the final break. Khimik and Norrkoping exchanged baskets throughout the final stanza as the home team coasted to the key victory at the end. Sava Lesic netted 14 points to pace Khimik. Stanislav Zavadsky (213-C-87) added 12 points, while Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87) nailed 11 points for the winners. Pierre Hampton (202-F-91) and Christian Maraker responded with 9 points apiece for Norrkoping.

Krasnie Krilya - Tofas 86-65
Krasnye Krylia kept their unbeaten record in EuroChallenge and won Group K with 6-0 record. In the last game the Russian team overcame Tofas SC 86:65. The team from Turkey finished third with 2-4 record and could not make it to the next stage. Krasnye Krylia started the game with 23-14 and never looked behind after. They added 19-14 rally in the second frame and enjoyed 14-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover the favorites won the third period 25-23 and added 19-14 in the lasts stanza. Omar Thomas top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Viktor Zaryazhko (194-G-92) netted 15. Kulagin brought 9 and Nikita Balashov (207-F-91) scored 8. Heytvelt was Tofas' sole player in double figures with 13 points. In the Quarter-Final Play-Off Pairings Krasnye Krylia will face Telekom Baskets. The games will take place on 12 and 14 March, with the third game scheduled for 19 March if it is needed.

Group L
Telekom Baskets - Tsmoki-Minsk 86-72
Telekom Baskets roll over Tsmoki-Minsk to clinch the second place in Group L. The German side advanced to the Quarter-Final after a 86:72 win. Tsmoki-Minsk finished with 1-5 record. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-72. Telekom Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (208-C-90, agency: Court Side) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Kyle Weems chipped in 15 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was Tierre Brown (188-G-79, college: McNeese St.) with 18 points and Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-SF-85) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. In the Quarter-Final Play-Off Pairings Telekom Baskets will face Krasnye Krylia. The games will take place on 12 and 14 March, with the third game scheduled for 19 March if it is needed.

EWE Baskets - Aalstar 82-74
EWE Baskets conquered Group L of the EuroChallenge. The German team won it with 5-1 record after 82:74 victory over Aalstar. The team from Belgium finished the group with 2-4 record. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-74. EWE Baskets made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Chris Kramer (191-G-88, college: Purdue) scored 9 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Konrad Wysocki chipped in 12 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was John Tofi with 15 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) and Derek Raivio (190-SG-84, college: Gonzaga) scored 14 points and 5 assists. Five Okapi Aalstar players scored in double figures. In the Quarter-Final Play-Off Pairings EWE Baskets will take on Khimik. The games will take place on 12 and 14 March, with the third game scheduled for 19 March if it is needed.



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  FINLAND   

Standings - Division I

1st Standings
Division A
 1. Porvoon Tarmo 17-4 
 2. ToPo 15-5 
 3. Tapiolan Honka 12-8 
 4. BC Nokia 11-7 
 5. Oulun NMKY 10-10 
 6. Huima 8-12 
 7. Pyrinto II 7-14 
 8. Ura Basket 6-14 
 9. SayRi 4-16 
Division B
 1. Kerava ET 19-5 
 2. TuNMKY 16-7 
 3. KaU Koris 15-9 
 4. Jarvenpaa 15-9 
 5. BC Jyvaskyla 9-15 
 6. HBA-Marsky 8-15 
 7. Espoo Basket 7-17 
 8. JyWe 6-18 

Regular Season: Round 23

A

Feb. 24: Pyrinto II - Huima 91-84
Feb. 24: Oulun NMKY - Porvoon Tarmo 83-93
Feb. 24: SayRi - Tapiolan Honka 81-83
Feb. 24: BC Nokia - ToPo 73-95

B

Feb. 24: Espoo Basket - JyWe 95-84
Feb. 26: Kerava ET - HBA-Marsky 92-84
Feb. 21: BC Jyvaskyla - Jarvenpaa 76-79
Feb. 24: KaU Koris - TuNMKY 75-97

Regular Season: Round 24

A

Mar. 2: Oulun NMKY - SayRi
Mar. 3: Huima - Tapiolan Honka
Mar. 3: Pyrinto II - BC Nokia
Mar. 3: Ura Basket - ToPo

B

Mar. 1: JyWe - BC Jyvaskyla
Mar. 3: HBA-Marsky - Espoo Basket
Mar. 3: TuNMKY - Kerava ET
Mar. 3: Jarvenpaa - KaU Koris


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Nolan RICHARDSON
  Ura B.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Richardson, Ura B.26.2 
 2. Moultrie, BC Nokia24.3 
 3. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.24.3 
 4. Jallow, Jarvenpaa23.6 
 5. Taylor, Porvoon23.6 
 6. Mays, Huima22.1 
 7. Mua, Kerava ET21.5 
 8. Clark, Tapiolan Ho.20.7 
 9. Harjula, Pyrinto II19.7 
 10. Tate, Porvoon19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pierre JALLOW
  Jarvenpaa
  (203-F/C-79)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. Jallow, Jarvenpaa15.1 
 2. Moultrie, BC Nokia13.9 
 3. Towa, Kerava ET12.3 
 4. Syrjala, KaU Koris11.8 
 5. Keskitalo, JyWe11.8 
 6. Stephens, Huima11.6 
 7. Young, Porvoon10.8 
 8. Capers, ToPo10.5 
 9. Coleman, ToPo10.5 
 10. Salminen, TuNM.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Lauri JARVINEN
  KaU Koris
  (185-C-85)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Jarvinen, KaU Koris5.2 
 2. Herrala, HBA-M.5.0 
 3. Ginty, ToPo4.5 
 4. Mays, Huima4.3 
 5. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.4.3 
 6. Harjula, Pyrinto II4.1 
 7. Hanninen, Jarvenp.3.9 
 8. Kyllonen, Porvoon3.8 
 9. Russell, Oulun N.3.7 
 10. Humalamaki, TuNM.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 La Trice LITTLE
  Kerava ET
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Little, Kerava ET3.0 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.2.8 
 3. Herrala, HBA-M.2.2 
 4. Taylor, Porvoon2.1 
 5. Thomas, SayRi2.1 
 6. Richardson, Ura B.2.0 
 7. Michelsen, HBA-M.1.9 
 8. Towa, Kerava ET1.9 
 9. Mua, Kerava ET1.9 
 10. Russell, Oulun N.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Harri KESKITALO
  JyWe
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Keskitalo, JyWe2.7 
 2. Mua, Kerava ET2.1 
 3. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.2.0 
 4. Woods, BC Nokia1.8 
 5. Jallow, Jarvenpaa1.5 
 6. Capers, ToPo1.3 
 7. Moultrie, BC Nokia1.3 
 8. Nuolivirta, HBA-M.1.2 
 9. Young, Porvoon1.2 
 10. Kauhanen, HBA-M.1.1 


Suotamo's double-double lands him 1st Division Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old power forward Joonas Suotamo (209-F/C-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Espoo Basket and receives a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 23.
He had a double-double of 18 points and 16 rebounds, while his team beat JyWe (#8, 6-18) 95-84. Espoo Basket maintains the 7th position in Finnish 1st Division. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 17 games and recorded just seven victories. It's Suotamo's second year at Espoo Basket and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Joonas Suotamo averages this season 17.2ppg and 9.4rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Cory Abercrombie (201-PF-85) of Huima. He is American forward in his first season at Huima. In the last game Abercrombie recorded impressive double-double of 31 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Huima lost that game 84-91 to slightly lower-ranked Pyrinto II (#7, 7-14). Huima managed to keep the same 6th spot in group A. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-12 record. Abercrombie is one of the most experienced players at Huima and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) of Pyrinto II (#7). Lindbom scored 29 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Pyrinto II, leading his team to a 91-84 win against slightly higher-ranked Huima (#6, 8-12). The chances of Pyrinto II not to end season at such low position in group A, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Lindbom could try to bring Pyrinto II's a little bit higher in the standings. Lindbom has a very solid season. In 2 games in Finland he scored 31.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nafis Ricks (188-G) of BC Jyvaskyla - 31 points and 12 rebounds
5. Rudolf Mua (201-F/C-80) of Kerava ET - 26 points and 10 rebounds
6. Eryk Thomas (200-C/F-85) of SayRi - 21 points and 11 rebounds
7. Jerrah Young (203-F-85) of Porvoon Tarmo - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Joni Harjula (189-G-83) of Pyrinto II - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Janne Kinnunen (180-PG-87) of KaU Koris - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Marcus Capers (193-G-89) of ToPo - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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



EUROCHALLENGE: Kataja continues among Top-8 - by Rauno Hurmalainen

EuroChallenge, Last 16, Group I: Kataja from Joensuu has qualified for the EuroChallenge Quarter-Finals, when beating tonight Pinar Karsiyaka from Turkey 87-79 (52-37). Quarters: 27-19, 25-18, 19-21, 16-21. (5min 10-11, 10min 27-19, 15min 41-30, 20min 52-37, 25min 61-47, 30min 71-58, 35min 83-67 and 40min 87-79). In the same time or 30 minutes earlier CS Gaz Metan Medias (Romania) defeated BK Ventspils (Latvia) 67-58 (26-20), Quarters: 12-10, 14-10, 18-15, 23-23 and that was meaning Pinar Karsiyaka and Kataja were the two top teams in Group I.
Pinar Karsiyaka, the # 3 Team in Turkey right now, had already won Group I before coming to Finland, but for Kataja this contest was very important. The hosts run away first time already during the opening quarter, when Karsiyaka's PG Soner Senturk (194-G-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) had three turnovers in a row and Kataja made a 9-0 run into digits 19-11. During the half time Kataja was leading by 15 points, after 30 minutes by 13 pts (71-58) and after 35 minutes by 16 pts (83-67). Kataja was then securing the important home victory and Pinar Karsiyaka was saved from a real crush.

Three Americans and Petri Virtanen (183-PG-80) were Kataja's key players tonight. Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Winona St.) led Kataja with 26pts/6rbs. Virtanen netted 19 pts. Kataja lost the rebounds 26-36, but had less (11-16) turnovers. Kataja was also shooting better, especially from FT-line and behind the arc. Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) led the visitors with 18 pts. Thomas Williams (201-F) added 14 pts and grabbed nine rbs.


Kataja - Pinar Karsiyaka 87-79 (52-37). (Jonte Flowers 26/6, Petri Virtanen 19, Dan Coleman 17, Johnell Smith 11. 1 - 66,7% (6/9), 2 - 61,5% (24/39), 3 - 42,3% (11/26). R: 15+11=26. TO: 11. - Robert Dixon 18, William Thomas 14/9, Abdul Aminu 11, Evren Buker 11. 1 - 53,3% (8/15), 2 - 62,5% (25/40), 3 - 36,8% (7/19). R: 21+15=36. TO: 16. A: 2221).

The Final Standings: 1) Pinar Karsiyaka (Turkey) 4-2, 2) Kataja (Finland) 3-3, 3) CS Gaz Metan Medias (Romania) 3-3, 4) BK Ventspils (Latvia) 2-4.


Quarter-Finals: Kataja (Joensuu) will meet next the winner of Group J: BCM Gravelines-Dunkerque (France). BCM Gravelines record was 5-1 in Group J.
Kataja and Gravelines will play two or three games starting in France:
March 12 Gravelines - Kataja,
March 14 Kataja - Gravelines and
March 19 Gravelines - Kataja (if needed).



Eric Hicks (ex Bordeaux) signs at Kauhajoki - by Greg

Karhu Kauhajoki (Korisliiga) landed 30-year old American forward Eric Hicks (198-109kg-83, college: Cincinnati, agency: KMG Sports Management). He recently played at JSA Bordeaux Basket in French ProB, but left the team shortly. In three games he averaged 8.7ppg and 4.0rpg this season. Hicks also spent the begining of the season at Fuerza Regia (LNBP) in Mexican league. In 10 games he had 11.8ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.0bpg.
Hicks is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Base Oostende), Russia (Krasnie Krilya), Ukraine (Halychyna), Poland (KK Swiecie, Anwil) and China (Guangzhou Liu Sui Whampoa).
Hicks attended University of Cincinnati until 2006 and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Palencia part ways with Koffi - by Eurobasket News

Palencia Baloncesto (LEB Gold) split ways with 32-year old Ivory Coast ex-international forward Francis Koffi (202-81, college: Fresno State). He has a double citizenship as he also holds French passport. But in two LEB Gold games he did not score anything. He also spent pre-season at Blancos de Rueda (ACB) earlier that year.
The last season Koffi played at Ourense (LEB Silver). In 36 games he recorded 11.9ppg and 5.7rpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Silver All-Bosmans Team.
The previous (10-11) season Koffi played at Caceres Basket. In 10 LEB Gold games he averaged just 2.0ppg and 2.1rpg. He was a member of Ivory Coast Senior National Team in 2010.
Koffi has played previously professionally in France (Paris-Levallois) and Spain (Leche Rio Breogan, Melilla Baloncesto, Gijon and La Palma).
He attended Fresno State until 2004 and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Ricardo Greer's triple-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

American-Dominican Rep. swingman Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Strasbourg, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 34-year old player recorded a triple-double of 16 points addeding also 10 rebounds and 11 assists, while his team beat Chalon (#3, 12-7) 80-65. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Strasbourg maintains the 2nd position in French ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Strasbourg will need more victories to improve their 15-5 record. Greer has many years of experience at Strasbourg, through which he has constantly improved. Former University of Pittsburgh star has very solid stats this year. Greer is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 7.7rpg), assists (5th best: 5.1apg) and averages impressive 54.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Ivorian Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) of Roanne. Amagou had a very good evening with 23 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course he lead Roanne to another comfortable win 90-77 over the lower-ranked Limoges (#12, 8-11) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Roanne to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Amagou is a newcomer at Roanne, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Dominic James (180-PG-86) of Poitiers (#15). James got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He was a key player of Poitiers, leading his team to a 86-78 win against the higher-ranked ASVEL (#5, 11-9). The chances of Poitiers not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, James could try to bring Poitiers' a little bit higher in the standings. The season just started for James as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Darryl Monroe (202-C/F-86) of Boulazac - 17 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Bernard King (196-G-81) of Le Havre - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Louis Campbell (190-PG-79) of Strasbourg - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Graham Brown (205-C-84) of Le Havre - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) of ASVEL - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Brian Greene (204-F-81) of Orleans - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Souleyman Diabate (183-PG-87) of Nancy - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 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)



Nancy tabs Brandon Brown, ex Apollon - by Eurobasket News

Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (ProA) inked 28-year old American forward Brandon Brown (201-109kg-85, college: Cal State - San Bernardino). He started the season at Apollon in Cypriot Division A. In 14 games he was the best scorer with impressive 18.6ppg and recorded 7.2rpg (leader !!!), 1.9apg, 1.7spg and 1.1bpg this season. Brown also played 5 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged remarkable 22.2ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg. The last summer he was tested by Mavort (National League) in Ecuador. The last (11/12) season Brown played at Lanus (LigaA) in Argentinian league. In 13 games he had 8.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg. He also played at Trouville (LUB) in Uruguayan league earlier that season. In 21 games he was the best scorer with great 24.0ppg and averaged 9.1rpg, 2.0apg and 2.1spg. Brown also spent the start of the season at Halcones UV Xalapa (LNBP) in Mexican league earlier that year. In four games he was the best scorer with 8.5ppg and averaged 2.5rpg and 1.3spg.
The previous (2011) summer he played at Mineros de Cananea (CIBACOPA) in Mexican league. In 29 games he had very great stats: 24.1ppg, 10.9rpg (leader !!!), 1.2apg, 1.6spg (in top 5) and 1.0bpg. He helped them to win the league title. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Forward of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team.
Brown is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Iceland (Fjolnir), Lithuania, Poland, Portugal (Vitoria SC/M.Couto Alves Guimaraes) and France (Saint Vallier).
Worth to mention Brown played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball.
He attended Cal State - San Bernardino until 2009 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.
Brown's game is described as: complete Power Forward. He has a big body, bigger then his height might tell you. An extreme athlete who jumps out of the gym, for thunderous dunks, highflying dunks and gets up very high on rebounds
The good things about his games is that he is very athletic, he can rebound, offensive rebound put backs, running the floor hard in transition, can catch alley hoops, playing hard, and blocking shotsBrandon earned all-California Collegiate Athlete Association first-team honors and was voted the CCAA 'Newcomer of the year'' by the conference coaches. He was NABC all-West Region first team and Daktronics all-West Region first team and voted to the CCAA all-tournament team as the tournament MVP. He was selected as the CCAA player of the week four times out of ten. Brandon was also athlete of the year at Cal State San Bernardino. He led the CCAA in scoring (21.8) and was the conference second best rebounder (9.7)
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By Eurobasket Data Center



EuroChallenge: Paris-Levallois advanced to the Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Szolnok - Paris-Levallois 74:80

Paris-Levallois advanced to the Quarter-Finals of the EuroChallenge. The French side won over Szolnok 80:74 away from home and took 4-2 record on the second place. The Hungarian team finished third in the group.
Szolnok was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 46-36 second half run of Paris-Levallois. They made 16-of-20 charity shots during the game. Sean May (206-F-84, college: N.Carolina) notched 26 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and Jonathan Aka (203-PF-86) supported him with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Even 12 points and 8 rebounds by Miklos Szabo (205-F/C-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group, college: Hofstra) did not help to save the game for Szolnok. Latvian forward Ernests Kalve (200-F-87) added 11 points and 7 rebounds. Four Szolnok players scored in double figures.
In the Quarter-Final Play-Off Pairings Paris-Levallois will take on Pinar Karsiyaka. The games will take place on 12 and 14 March, with the third game scheduled for 19 March if it is needed.

Paris-Levallois: Sean May 26, Jonathan Aka 16, John Cox (196-G-81, college: USF) 12, Antoine Diot (191-PG-89) 9
Szolnok: Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) 13, Miklos Szabo 12, Ernests Kalve 11



EuroChallenge: Gravelines wins Group J - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Holon - Gravelines 79:85

Gravelines wins Group J of the EuroChallenge and advanced to the Quarter-Finals. The French side needed a 85:79 win over Hapoel Holon for 5-1 record. In the next stage they will face Joensuun Kataja from Finland. Hapoel finished the campaign with 0-6 record.
The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-11. But Hapoel Holon won second period 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gravelines-Dunkerque made 16-of-20 charity shots during the game. It was a good game for Kennedy Winston (198-F/G-84, college: Alabama) who led his team to a victory with 17 points. Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) contributed with 15 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. American forward Lawrence Hill (203-F-87, college: Stanford) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and his fellow American import forward Frank Hassell (203-F-88, college: ODU) added 21 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel Holon.

Gravelines: Kennedy Winston 17, Ludovic Vaty 15, Johnson 12, J.K. Edwards (202-C/F-82, college: UNLV) 12
Hapoel Holon: Frank Hassell 21, Lawrence Hill 18+11rebs, Jerome Dyson (191-G-87, college: Connecticut) 9, Zack Rosen (185-PG-89, college: Pennsylvania) 9



Eric Hicks (ex Bordeaux) signs at Kauhajoki - by Greg

Karhu Kauhajoki (Korisliiga) landed 30-year old American forward Eric Hicks (198-109kg-83, college: Cincinnati, agency: KMG Sports Management). He recently played at JSA Bordeaux Basket in French ProB, but left the team shortly. In three games he averaged 8.7ppg and 4.0rpg this season. Hicks also spent the begining of the season at Fuerza Regia (LNBP) in Mexican league. In 10 games he had 11.8ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.0bpg.
Hicks is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Base Oostende), Russia (Krasnie Krilya), Ukraine (Halychyna), Poland (KK Swiecie, Anwil) and China (Guangzhou Liu Sui Whampoa).
Hicks attended University of Cincinnati until 2006 and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Ivan Jelenic (ex Timisoara) signs at Rabotnicki - by Eurobasket News

KK Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje (Prva Liga) landed 28-year old shooting guard Ivan Jelenic (192-90kg-85, agency: BeoExcell). He started the season at BC Timisoara in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 16 games he averaged 9.9ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.3apg this season. Jelenic also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he had 7.5ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.2apg. The last season he played at Mornar Bar (1A) in Montenegrin league. In 28 games he had 12.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Guard of the Year and selected to 1st Team. Jelenic also played 12 games in Balkan League where he was fourth best scorer with impressive 17.1ppg and recorded 2.0rpg and 2.8apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League 2nd Team.
Jelenic played in the final of Montenegrin League in 2011.
He has played previously professionally in Greece (Xanthi) and Serbia (Vojvodina Srbijagas, Prva Petoletka Trstenik and Radnicki Kragujevac).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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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 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 had 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





The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig Keep Courtney Pigram Until The End Of The Season - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It has been a whirlwind last few months for Courtney Pigram (185-G-85, college: E.Tenn.St.), but he now has found security until the end of the season as the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig have announced that they will keep him until the end of the season. Pigram is a 27 year old 185cm guard from Memphis, Tennesse that played at E Tennesse State and is playing in his fourth season as a professional. He played with the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg recently averaging 9,6ppg, 1,9rpg and 3,9apg, but then left joining the Phantoms where he left a lasting impression as he averaged 6,0ppg, 1,3rpg and 1,3apg. "He gives us a lot of energy in the games and practice. He helps us a lot. We are convinced that his role will get bigger as soon as he gets more integrated in the team"", stressed Phantoms head coach Kostas Flevarakis.

Source: New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig



Derrick Parker (TSV Troester Breitengussbach) My Leadership Gets Unnoticed - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Derrick Parker (198-F, college: LSU-Shreveport) is playing his first season for TSV Troester Breitenguessbach (Germany-Pro B). He is a 198cm forward from Louisiana that played at LSU-Shreveport (NAIA) from 2008-2012. In his senior year he played 35 games: 19.2ppg, 11.5rpg, 3.1bpg, FGP: 49.5%, FT: 63.9%. He spoke to eurobasket after the 71-49 loss.

A tough 71-49 loss to the Fraport Skyliners juniors. What was the main reason for the loss?

They played well for 40 minutes and we did for 30 minutes and we just couldnt come back.

How did if feel blocking a Taylor Brown dunk?

It is part of the game. I have had blocks like that before.

You came late to TSV Troester Breitengussbach. How difficult was the player market for you?

It was a tough time waiting. My agent just told me to stay ready and then I got this offer in January.

Do you think coming from NAIA that professional teams shy away from giving those players a fair chance?

Yes I think it is that way, but it is understandable. There are many talented players in division one and teams look for them first.

You had 19,2ppg and 11,5rpg as a senior. Do you think that 25ppg and 14rpg would have made getting a job easier?

Yes of course. Better stats always help you more.

You are from Louisiana and now play in Breitengussbach. What are the biggest geographical differences?

The area is similar to home. My town in the States is German made. The weather is a lot colder here. It is 75 degrees now at home.

How happy are you with your current stats in the PRO B of 12,4ppg and ,7rpg?

I am not happy, because I know that I can give more. It is a work in progress. I just came to the team recently and still need to come together with them.

On what areas of your game do you still need to work on?

I need to work on everything. Shooting, dribbling and post moves.

What is a strength in your game that doesnt get noticed right way?

My leadership abilities.


When you see the Brose Baskets Bamberg play, do you dream of being on the court?

Yes I do, but I still need to improve my game a lot to be able to play at that level.

You were on the court with Casey Jacobson once. What kind of experience was that for you?

It was great, but I dont think he knew who I was. He is a great player that plays with real poise and he is a real professional. I like his calmness on the court.


You play with German talent Daniel Schmidt. What is your impression of him?

He is a very talented player. I played with him once before and he was the reason we won the game.


How does Ivan Pavic make you laugh?

He is an old school dude. He is a smooth guy. He is a leader and will talk to you about things when you need advice.

What was the most important thing that Chad Mcdowell taught you?

He taught me too have passion for the game and and always compete and go as hard as I can in every game.


Where do you see yourself in five years?

I hope I am still playing professional ball.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Friday.

Thanks Derrick for the chat.




Michael Thompson (Asvell) It Was Really An Easy Transition Coming To France From Germany - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern) is a 23 year old 177cm point guard from Chicago, Illinois that is playing his first season in France for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (France-ProA, and hiss econd season as a professional. He played at Northwestern from 2007-2011. In his senior year, he played : 34 games: 16.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 82.5%. Awards/Achievements in his career have been HS: Chicago Public League All-Academic Team -07, All-Big Ten Honorable Mention -10, All-Big Ten 3rd Team -11, Big Ten All-Tournament Team -11, and NIT Elite Eight -11. Last season he played for the Fraport Skyliners playing EuroCup: 6 games: 7.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 34.8%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 83.3%; German League: 27 games: 8.5ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 76.1%. This past summer he played NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas (New Orleans Hornets): 4 games: 4.0ppg, 1.3apgHe took some time to talk to Eurobasket about his current season in France.

Your playing your first season in France for Asvel Villurbane. How do you like it there?

I really am enjoying my time here in France. It was really an easy transition coming to France from Germany. I have to give a lot of credit to my teammates in Frankfurt and coaching staff that got me prepared to play here.

You play in Lyon now. It is an old city. Is the biggest difference to Frankfurt not having skyscrapers?

Yes that is the biggest difference, but there also is no mall here where I live. But I still live close enough that I can walk to practice just like I did in France. Lyon is a nice city and second biggest in France.

Was there a chance last summer that you would of remained with the Fraport Skyliners?

There was some talk in early summer with my agent and Fraport Skyliners, but they didnt know how their budget was going to be so I waited a bit, but as the summer progressed I decided to sign with the team in France.

How were you able to improve as a rookie with the Fraport Skyliners?

I got a lot better as a rookie with Frankfurt. I played with very good players and had a good coaching staff where I could learn a lot from. Justin Gray also helped me a lot who is playing in France now as well. I was always asking him questions and I really learned a lot from him.


What was the most spectacular thing that you saw Quantez Robertson do last season?

I just recently watched the highlight film against ratiopharm Ulm from last season. I remember that Tez was under the basket and the opponent had the ball at center court and he chased him down and stripped the ball from him. You could see just how fast and athletic he was on that play.


Who was your best opponent last season in the Beko BBL?

Bobby Brown was the toughest guy that I played against. He is a great player. He was always tough to guard and you always had to be watching him.

How would you make Jermareo Davidson laugh?

If you go up to him and do his rhymes and raps then he would smile.

What do you miss most from Frankfurt?

I miss living in the mall. It really was a luxury to be able to shop and eat whenever I wanted to and just having it in walking distance.


You played for the New Orleans Hornets Summer league team in 2012. What is your fondest memory of this time?

Just being able to experience it all. It was great playing with and against great NBA players. It was also great to see how NBA player act on and off the court.

What was your impression of Anthony Davis? Do you think that he can become an impact big man like Blake Griffin of Kevin Love in the future?

Yes I think that he can. I didnt have the opportunity to play with him, because he was already preparing for the Olympics with the Dream team 2012.


You havent needed any time to adjust in the French Pro A. How have you been able to make the transition so smooth?

The Fraport Skyliners prepared me well, but also the style of play is very athletic and reminds me of playing during the summer in pick up games. It is very much up and down the style in France.

What is the biggest strength within the team?

We are very versatile as the players can do many different things. We also make the opponent work hard for their shots.


There are only two Americans on the team with you and Tim Abromatis. How are you adjusting to the French way of life?

The transition really has been easy as everyone speaks English. Me and Tim Abromatis are very close and we played against each other in college. I am also learning French now.

What has been the most spectacular thing that you have seen Amara Sy do?

He can do so much, shoot the three, pass or penetrate. He also makes many crazy fade away jumpers that I sometimes have to say wow how did he make that shot with a guy in his face.

Asvel Villurbane had a spectacular victory in the first game of the season beating 2012 France champion Chalon. What will you remember most from his game?

Schilb is a great player. I remember him playing at Loyola here in Chicago. He can do it all, scoring, rebounding and finding the open man. He really knows how to stuff the stat sheet.

Have you found a favorite French food yet?

I havent found a favorite French food yet. It is still the same like in Germany. I go eat at Vaipiano which has great pasta.

How will the Chicago Bulls do this season?

They had a good start and have many good veterans back and I am awaiting the return of Derrick Rose.

Were you surprised how well the New York Knicks started?

I am not surprised with their start. Everyone knew that they can play offense, but they are showing that they play defense this season.

Can we see you in Frankfurt sometime this season?

I want to return and will. We usually have games on Fridays and have the weekend off. I want to come back and watch Tez and support the guys.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

In Time with Justin Timberlake.

Thanks Juice for the chat.





EuroChallenge: EWE Baskets conquered Group L - by Eurobasket News

EWE Baskets - Aalstar 82:74

EWE Baskets conquered Group L of the EuroChallenge. The German team won it with 5-1 record after 82:74 victory over Aalstar. The team from Belgium finished the group with 2-4 record.
The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-74. EWE Baskets made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Chris Kramer (191-G-88, college: Purdue) scored 9 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Konrad Wysocki (201-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton) chipped in 12 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was John Tofi (203-F/C-84, college: UTEP) with 15 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) and Derek Raivio (190-SG-84, college: Gonzaga) scored 14 points and 5 assists. Five Okapi Aalstar players scored in double figures.
In the Quarter-Final Play-Off Pairings EWE Baskets will take on Khimik. The games will take place on 12 and 14 March, with the third game scheduled for 19 March if it is needed.

EWE Baskets: Konrad Wysocki 12, Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) 11, Ronnie Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) 10, Chris Kramer 9
Aalstar: John Tofi 15, Derek Raivio 14, Arne Steinbach (182-PG-92, agency: Court Side) 11, Noah Hartsock (203-F-87, college: BYU) 11



EuroChallenge: Telekom Baskets roll over Tsmoki-Minsk - by Eurobasket News

Telekom Baskets - Tsmoki-Minsk 86:72

Telekom Baskets roll over Tsmoki-Minsk to clinch the second place in Group L. The German side advanced to the Quarter-Final after a 86:72 win. Tsmoki-Minsk finished with 1-5 record.
The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-72. Telekom Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (208-C-90, agency: Court Side) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Kyle Weems (198-F-89, college: Missouri St.) chipped in 15 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was Tierre Brown (188-G-79, college: McNeese St.) with 18 points and Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-SF-85) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds.
In the Quarter-Final Play-Off Pairings Telekom Baskets will face Krasnye Krylia. The games will take place on 12 and 14 March, with the third game scheduled for 19 March if it is needed.

Telekom Baskets: Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann 15+11rebs, Kyle Weems 15, Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) 10, Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) 10
Tsmoki-Minsk: Tierre Brown 18, Aliaksandr Pustahvar 14+8rebs, Dzianis Korshuk (200-PF-78) 14



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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 


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

27-year old guard Spyros Magounis (200-G-85, agency: FCM) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Panelefsiniakos and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat AGOR (#5, 11-7) 90-80. Panelefsiniakos maintains the 14th position in Greek league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 14 games and recorded just four victories. It's Magounis' second year at Panelefsiniakos and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Spyros Magounis averages this season 10.9ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Zoran Vrkic (200-G-87) of Ikaros. He is Croatian guard in his first season at Ikaros. In the last game Vrkic recorded impressive 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for Ikaros to edge the lower-ranked KAOD (#13, 5-13) by 6 points 80-74. Ikaros' 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-11 record. Vrkic is a newcomer at Ikaros and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Kostas Tsartsaris (209-F-79) of league's second-best Panathinaikos. Tsartsaris scored 20 points. He was a key player of Panathinaikos, leading his team to a 87-62 easy win against the lower-ranked Ilysiakos (#10, 5-13). Panathinaikos is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 15-3 record is not that bad... Tsartsaris has a very solid season. In 17 games in Greece he scored 6.6ppg. He also has 4.6rpg and FGP: 74.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marc Antonio Carter (191-G-85) of AGOR - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85) of Panelefsiniakos - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Stratos Perperoglou (203-F-84) of Olympiacos - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Nikos Liakopoulos (189-PG-83) of Panelefsiniakos - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Kostas Haralampidis (189-PG-76) of PAOK - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Nikos Pappas (195-G-90) of Panionios - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Landon Milbourne (201-F-87) of Panionios - 21 points and 8 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)



Ashton Gibbs (ex Panionios) signs at Ourense - by Eurobasket

Club Ourense Baloncesto SAD (LEB Gold) landed 23-year old American point guard Ashton Gibbs (188-86kg-90, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Dynamics Global Management). He supposed to play at Panionios in Greek A1 league, but left the team Dec.'12. In 8 games he averaged 6.3ppg and 2.3rpg this season. Gibbs also played 4 games in Eurocup where he had 4.5ppg and 1.3rpg. The last season he played at the University of Pittsburgh in Big East Conference in the NCAA. In 33 games he had very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.2apg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 3rd Team, All-Big East Honorable Mention and All-Portsmouth Invitational Tournament Team (best scorer with 19.7ppg).
Among other achievements Gibbs' team won Big East Regular Season in 2011. He received also All-Big East Most Improved Player of the Year award back in 2010 at his college time. Gibbs represented USA at the World Championships U19 in New Zealand four years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 9 games: 9.8ppg, 1.1rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 39.2%, 3PT: 46.3%, FT: 31.6%.
Gibbs graduated from University of Pittsburgh in 2012 and it is his first season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A shooter with great personality, who earned the nickname 'Microwave,' after he continuously came off the bench to hit 3-pointers during his first year of college ball. He's again working on his conditioning, ball-handling and shooting, has huge upside.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Den Bosch 22-4 
 2. Leiden 21-6 
 3. Groningen 19-9 
 4. Leeuwarden 15-13 
 5. Zwolle 14-12 
 6. Den Helder K. 13-14 
 7. Weert 12-14 
 8. M.Magixx 12-15 
 9. Amsterdam 4-23 
 10. Rotterdam 2-24 

Regular Season: Round 26

Feb. 26: Groningen - Leeuwarden 90-87
Feb. 27: M.Magixx - Amsterdam
Feb. 27: Den Helder K. - Leiden
Feb. 28: Zwolle - Rotterdam
Feb. 28: Den Bosch - Weert


South All Stars beat North All Stars in Den Helder - by Eurobasket News

North All Stars - South All Stars 118:129

South All Stars beat North All Stars in Den Helder. Both teams showed an excellent show that finished with 129:118 result. Stefan Wessels (203-F-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) was named MVP of the game.
South All Stars started the game with 39:24 rally. They could not however dominate the first half as the opponents replied with 37-24 surge in the second frame and reduced to 2 points at the halftime. The second half however belonged to the team from the South. The latter posted a 35-32 rally in the third period and finished the game with 31-25 in the last stanza.
Dejuan Wright (190-G-88, agency: Court Side, college: FIU) and Stefan Wessels top-scored for the winners with 19 points each. Ross Bekkering (203-F-87) notched 15, while Andre Young (175-G-90, college: Clemson) and Rahmon Fletcher (177-PG-88, agency: Court Side, college: Green Bay) delivered 14 each. Samme Givens (195-F, college: Drexel) and Storm Warren (200-F-88, college: LSU) answered with 18 points in the losing effort. Darryl Webb (198-F-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Indiana, PA) and Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83, college: Nebraska) followed them with 17 points apiece.

North All Stars: Samme Givens 18, Storm Warren 18, Darryl Webb 17, Jason Dourisseau 17
South All Stars: Dejuan Wright 19, Stefan Wessels 19, Ross Bekkering 15, Andre Young 14, Rahmon Fletcher 14



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EuroChallenge: Paris-Levallois advanced to the Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Szolnok - Paris-Levallois 74:80

Paris-Levallois advanced to the Quarter-Finals of the EuroChallenge. The French side won over Szolnok 80:74 away from home and took 4-2 record on the second place. The Hungarian team finished third in the group.
Szolnok was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 46-36 second half run of Paris-Levallois. They made 16-of-20 charity shots during the game. Sean May (206-F-84, college: N.Carolina) notched 26 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and Jonathan Aka (203-PF-86) supported him with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Even 12 points and 8 rebounds by Miklos Szabo (205-F/C-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group, college: Hofstra) did not help to save the game for Szolnok. Latvian forward Ernests Kalve (200-F-87) added 11 points and 7 rebounds. Four Szolnok players scored in double figures.
In the Quarter-Final Play-Off Pairings Paris-Levallois will take on Pinar Karsiyaka. The games will take place on 12 and 14 March, with the third game scheduled for 19 March if it is needed.

Paris-Levallois: Sean May 26, Jonathan Aka 16, John Cox (196-G-81, college: USF) 12, Antoine Diot (191-PG-89) 9
Szolnok: Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) 13, Miklos Szabo 12, Ernests Kalve 11



Savo Djikanovic (ex Teodo Tivat) is a newcomer at Jaszberenyi - by Eurobasket News

TOP COP Security Jaszbereny (A Division) strengthened their roster with addition of 38-year old Montenegrin center Savo Djikanovic (211-75, agency: Beo Basket). He started the season at Teodo Tivat in Montenegrin 1A league. In 14 1A games he recorded 13.6ppg, 9.4rpg and 1.6apg this season. Djikanovic also played 9 games in Balkan League where he averaged impressive 15.2ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.2apg and 1.6spg. He ended the last season at Etha (Division A) in Cypriot league. He helped them to win the league title. But the most of that year Djikanovic spent at Marousi BC (A1) in Greek league. In two games he averaged 4.0ppg and 4.0rpg.
Djikanovic ended the previous (10-11) season at Ikaros (A1) in Greek league. But in 7 games he averaged just 1.3ppg and 2.0rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Achilleas (Division A) in Cypriot league. In 12 games he averaged 14.8ppg, 10.3rpg (leader !!!) and 1.3apg.
Among other achievements Djikanovic received Eurobasket.com Bosnia and Herzegovina League All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2010.
He has played also professionally in Greece (Olympiacos, Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas and Trikalla), Serbia (Vrsac) and Bosnia (Igokea).
Djikanovic is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Jaszberenyi.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Very movable player. Good shot for the free throw distance. Great blocker.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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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 12-6 
 5. Stjarnan 11-7 
 6. KR 10-8 
 7. Njardvik 9-9 
 8. Skallagrimur 7-11 
 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. 25: Skallagrimur - Keflavik 75-68
Feb. 24: Stjarnan - Grindavik 104-82

Regular Season: Round 19

Feb. 28: Grindavik - KR
Feb. 28: IR - KFI
Feb. 28: Njardvik - Fjolnir
Feb. 28: Thor Thorl - Tindastoll
Feb. 28: Snaefell - Keflavik
Feb. 28: Stjarnan - Skallagrimur


Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Damier PITTS
  KFI
  (177-PG-89)
  Avg: 34.6
 1. Pitts, KFI34.6 
 2. Palm, IR26.7 
 3. Smith, Thor Thorl26.5 
 4. Medlock, Skallagri.25.1 
 5. Jackson, Thor Thorl22.7 
 6. Craion, Keflavik22.6 
 7. Broussard, Grind.22.5 
 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. Valentine, Tindast.10.0 
 5. Virijevic, KFI10.0 
 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: 9.4
 1. Threatt, Snaefell9.4 
 2. Shouse, Stjarnan8.7 
 3. Pitts, KFI7.3 
 4. Zeglinski, Grindav.6.6 
 5. Gibson, Tindastoll6.2 
 6. Williams, IR6.2 
 7. Smith, Thor Thorl5.5 
 8. Fridriksson, Njard.4.8 
 9. Valsson, Keflavik4.7 
 10. Bjornsson, KR4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Haminn QUAINTANCE
  Skalla.
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Quaintance, Skalla.2.8 
 2. Moore, Njardvik2.5 
 3. Medlock, Skallagri.2.5 
 4. Broussard, Grind.2.4 
 5. Williams, IR2.3 
 6. Pitts, KFI2.2 
 7. Threatt, Snaefell2.1 
 8. Viggosson, Tindast.2.1 
 9. Jonsson, Thor Thorl1.9 
 10. Craion, Keflavik1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Keflavik
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Craion, Keflavik2.3 
 2. Mills, Stjarnan2.3 
 3. Quaintance, Skalla.1.7 
 4. Bradshaw, KFI1.5 
 5. Acox, KR1.3 
 6. Van, Njardvik1.3 
 7. Magnusson, KR1.2 
 8. Valentine, Tindast.1.2 
 9. Thorsteinsso., Gri.1.0 
 10. Eiriksson, Skalla.0.8 


Junior Hairston (ex Thor Thorl) agreed terms with Final Genclik - by Greg

Final Spor Genclik Bursa (TB2L) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American forward Junior Hairston (203-84, college: Towson, agency: KMG Sports Management). He played most recently at Thor Thorl in Icelandic Dominos League. In 16 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 12.3rpg (#2 in the league), 1.9apg, 1.1spg and 3.7bpg last season. Great year indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League Defensive Player of the Year and voted to All-Defensive Team. Hairston also played at Salon Vilpas (Korisliiga) in Finnish league that season. In 10 games he averaged 13.3ppg, 8.7rpg (#2 in the league), 1.4apg and 1.3bpg.
Hairston attended Towson University until 2009 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Dominos League Round 18: Leader Grindavik loses to Stjarnan - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Express L. is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Grindavik (14-4) recorded its fourth loss on the court of fifth ranked Stjarnan on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by Stjarnan 104-82. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Grindavik. The game without a history. Stjarnan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. Stjarnan looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Stjarnan made 8 blocks. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was swingman Jarrid Frye (194-85, college: Sacred Heart) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. Forward Brian Mills (203-88, college: Mercer, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 25 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was forward Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle) who recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 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. Stjarnan maintains fifth position with 11-7 record. Defending champion Grindavik still keeps top place with four games lost. Stjarnan are looking forward to face Skallagrimur (#8) in Borgarnes in the next round. Grindavik will play at home against KR (#6) in Reykjavik and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Sauoarkrokur. Ninth ranked Tindastoll (6-12) saved a 2-point victory at home edging second-best Snaefell (13-5) 81-79 on Monday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Snaefell. It was a good game for swingman Helgi Viggosson (189-83) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 6 rebounds. George Valentine contributed with 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American guard Jay Threatt (180-89, college: Delaware St., agency: Pro One Sports) replied with 30 points and 5 assists for Snaefell. Tindastoll maintains ninth position with 6-12 record. Snaefell at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. They share the position with Thor Thorl. Tindastoll will play against league's second-placed Thor Thorl in Thorlakshofn in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Snaefell will play at home against Keflavik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game was played in Borgarnes where host Skallagrimur (#8) won against higher ranked Keflavik 75-68 on Monday evening. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Keflavik. Carlos Medlock scored 27 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Michael Craion with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Newly promoted Skallagrimur maintains eighth position with 7-11 record. Loser Keflavik keeps the fourth place with six games lost. Skallagrimur will meet higher ranked Stjarnan (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Keflavik will play against Snaefell in Stykkisholmur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in . Local KFI (5-13) was outscored by seventh ranked Njardvik (9-9) 119-93. Nigel Moore notched 34 points (!!!), 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Njardvik have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 9-9 record. KFI lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the tenth place with 13 games lost. Njardvik's next round opponent will be Fjolnir (#11) in Reykjavik. KFI will play on the road against IR in Reykjavik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Reykjavik: KR (#6) and IR (#11). KR (10-8) smashed visiting IR (4-14) by 18 points 85-67. The best player for the winners was Finnur Magnusson who scored 23 points and 7 rebounds. KR's coach Helgi Magnusson used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. KR maintains sixth position with 10-8 record. IR lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with 14 games lost. KR will face league's leader Grindavik on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. IR will play against KFI (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 18 Thor Thorl defeated Fjolnir in Thorlakshofn 105-93.
The best stats of 18th round was 45 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 8 assists by Damier Pitts of KFI.


Skallagrimur - Keflavik 75-68

An interesting game was played in Borgarnes where host Skallagrimur (#8) won against higher ranked Keflavik 75-68 on Monday evening. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Keflavik. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-68. Skallagrimur looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American guard Carlos Medlock (183-87, college: E.Michigan) scored 27 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international swingman Pall Axel Vilbergsson (197-78) chipped in 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Michael Craion (195-89, college: ORU) with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international guard Darrel Lewis (192-76, college: Lincoln, MO, agency: Two Points) scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Newly promoted Skallagrimur maintains eighth position with 7-11 record. Loser Keflavik keeps the fourth place with six games lost. Skallagrimur will meet higher ranked Stjarnan (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Keflavik will play against Snaefell in Stykkisholmur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Keflavik: M.Craion 25+13reb+4ast, D.Lewis 19+6reb+5ast, B.Baptist 7+8reb+3ast, A.Gudbrandsson 5+5reb, H.Brynjarsson 4+2reb+3ast, V.Valsson 4+3reb+3ast
Skallagrimur: C.Medlock 27+7reb+6ast, P.Axel Vilbergsson 19+9reb+4ast, H.Hreidarsson 8+4reb+5ast, S.Egilsson 7+7reb+1ast, D.Asgeirsson 6+3reb, T.Eiriksson 4+9reb+2ast
gschID: 180266


KR - IR 85-67

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Reykjavik: KR (#6) and IR (#11). KR (10-8) smashed visiting IR (4-14) by 18 points 85-67. The game was mostly controlled by KR. IR was better in fourth quarter 12-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to IR's 34. They outrebounded IR 49-29 including a 36-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. KR looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by IR's players. The best player for the winners was international center Finnur Magnusson (208-85, college: Catawba) who scored 23 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Kristofer Acox (195-93, college: High School) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. KR's coach Helgi Magnusson used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Eric Palm (188-87, college: McKendree) who recorded 28 points and forward Vilhjalmur Jonsson (198-91) added 16 points respectively. KR maintains sixth position with 10-8 record. IR lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with 14 games lost. KR will face league's leader Grindavik on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. IR will play against KFI (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
IR: E.Palm 28+4reb+2ast, V.Jonsson 16+4reb, T.Viggoson 6+1reb, E.Arnarson 5+2reb+4ast, H.Fridriksson 4+2reb, S.Claessen 4+3reb+4ast
KR: F.Magnusson 23+7reb+2ast, K.Acox 17+7reb, H.Magnusson 13+5reb+4ast, E.Johannsson 9+4reb+1ast, B.Richardson 7+7reb+9ast, B.Bjornsson 6+3reb+5ast
gschID: 180264


Tindastoll - Snaefell 81-79

Important game to mention about took place in Sauoarkrokur. Ninth ranked Tindastoll (6-12) saved a 2-point victory at home edging second-best Snaefell (13-5) 81-79 on Monday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Snaefell. Snaefell was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 42-33 second half run of Tindastoll. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Snaefell's 32. Tindastoll forced 21 Snaefell turnovers. Strangely Snaefell outrebounded Tindastoll 40-28 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a good game for swingman Helgi Viggosson (189-83) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 6 rebounds. American forward George Valentine (203, college: Winthrop) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American guard Jay Threatt (180-89, college: Delaware St., agency: Pro One Sports) replied with 30 points and 5 assists and American-Italian forward Ryan Amoroso (205-85, college: San Diego St.) added 16 points and 16 rebounds in the effort for Snaefell. Tindastoll maintains ninth position with 6-12 record. Snaefell at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. They share the position with Thor Thorl. Tindastoll will play against league's second-placed Thor Thorl in Thorlakshofn in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Snaefell will play at home against Keflavik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Snaefell: J.Threatt 30+4reb+5ast, R.Amoroso 16+16reb+2ast, S.Thorvaldsson 10+3reb+3ast, J.Olafur Jonsson 8+2reb+1ast, P.Sigurgeirsson 8+5reb+4ast, S.Davidsson 4+4reb+1ast
Tindastoll: H.Viggosson 23+6reb+2ast, T.Johnson 21+3reb+2ast, G.Valentine 12+11reb+3ast, D.Gibson 8+1reb+6ast, H.Birgisson 5+1reb+2ast, S.Birgisson 5+1ast
gschID: 180261


Fjolnir - Thor Thorl 93-105

There was no surprise in Reykjavik where 11th ranked Fjolnir (4-14) was defeated by third ranked Thor Thorl (13-5) 105-93 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Thor Thorl. Fjolnir was better in second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American forward David Jackson (201-88, college: Penn St.) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds. The other American import guard Benjamin Smith (178-87, college: Jacksonville) chipped in 26 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American Christopher Smith (204-82, college: St.Edward's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who recorded 28 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks and the former international forward Ingvaldur Hafsteinsson (200-81) added 23 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Thor Thorl moved-up to second place, which they share with Snaefell. Fjolnir lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Thor Thorl will face Tindastoll (#9) in Sauoarkrokur in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fjolnir will play on the road against Njardvik in Njardvik.
Top scorers:
Fjolnir: C.Smith 28+9reb+1ast, I.Hafsteinsson 23+11reb+2ast, I.Miles 15+8reb+8ast, A.Gudmundsson 11+5reb+2ast, T.Tomasson 8+3reb+2ast, G.Olafsson 8+2reb
Thor Thorl: D.Jackson 27+15reb+1ast, B.Smith 26+5reb+2ast, G.Jonsson 17+5reb+3ast, D.Flake 10+8reb+1ast, B.Ragnarsson 8+2reb, G.Erlendsson 8+2reb
gschID: 180262


Stjarnan - Grindavik 104-82

Top ranked Grindavik (14-4) recorded its fourth loss on the court of fifth ranked Stjarnan on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by Stjarnan 104-82. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Grindavik. The game without a history. Stjarnan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. Stjarnan looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Stjarnan made 8 blocks. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was swingman Jarrid Frye (194-85, college: Sacred Heart) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. Forward Brian Mills (203-88, college: Mercer, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was forward Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle) who recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and point guard Sammy Zeglinski (182-88, college: Virginia) added 18 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Stjarnan maintains fifth position with 11-7 record. Defending champion Grindavik still keeps top place with four games lost. Stjarnan are looking forward to face Skallagrimur (#8) in Borgarnes in the next round. Grindavik will play at home against KR (#6) in Reykjavik and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: A.Broussard 21+10reb+6ast, S.Zeglinski 18+13reb+3ast, T.Olafsson 16+6reb+2ast, J.Olafsson 13+6ast, S.Thorsteinsson 8+3reb+3ast, O.Saevarsson 2+1reb+1ast
Stjarnan: B.Mills 25+10reb+3ast, J.Frye 24+11reb+9ast, J.Shouse 23+7reb+5ast, J.Zdravevski 15+5reb+4ast, D.Jonsson 6+3reb+2ast, K.Kjartansson 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 180265


KFI - Njardvik 93-119

The game with biggest result difference took place in . Local KFI (5-13) was outscored by seventh ranked Njardvik (9-9) 119-93. The game was mostly controlled by Njardvik. KFI was better in third quarter 28-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 51.7 percentage. Njardvik players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) notched 34 points (!!!), 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and the other American import power forward Marcus Van (201-85, college: Cent.Michigan) supported him with 15 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Five Njardvik players scored in double figures. Even 45 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 8 assists by American point guard Damier Pitts (177-89, college: Marshall) did not help to save the game for KFI. The former international forward Mirko Virijevic (201-81, college: Freed-Hardeman) added 12 points and 14 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Njardvik have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 9-9 record. KFI lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the tenth place with 13 games lost. Njardvik's next round opponent will be Fjolnir (#11) in Reykjavik. KFI will play on the road against IR in Reykjavik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KFI: D.Pitts 45+8reb+8ast, T.Bradshaw 15+6reb+1ast, M.Virijevic 12+14reb+1ast, K.Andresson 8+5reb, J.H. Baldvinsson 6+1reb+1ast, H.Hreinsson 3+2reb+1ast
Njardvik: N.Moore 34+8reb+6ast, E.Fridriksson 20+3ast, O.Jonsson 16+3reb+3ast, M.Van 15+10reb+1ast, A.Orrason 13+1reb, M.Baginski 10+2reb
gschID: 180263



Best players of Icelandic Express L. round 18 - by Eurobasket News

American Brian Mills (203-F-88, agency: Pro One Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Stjarnan and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 25 points and ten rebounds, while his team crushed Grindavik (#1, 14-4) with 22-point margin 104-82. Stjarnan maintains the 5th position in Icelandic Express L.. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Stjarnan will need more victories to improve their 11-7 record. In the team's last game Mills had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Stjarnan's top player in his first season with the team. Mercer University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Mills is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 9.7rpg) and averages solid 2.3bpg and 58.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American point guard Damier Pitts (177-PG-89) of KFI. Pitts impressed basketball fans with 45 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as KFI lost that game 93-119 to the higher-ranked Njardvik (#7, 9-9). This loss caused KFI to drop to 10th position in the standings. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories KFI managed to get this year. Pitts is a newcomer at KFI and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 34.6ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 5.9rpg and 7.3apg. Marshall University alumni Pitts played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was another Stjarnan's star - American Jarrid Frye (194-G/F-85). Frye showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and nine assists in the last round. He was another key player of Stjarnan, helping his team with a 104-82 easy win against the higher-ranked Grindavik (#1, 14-4). Stjarnan needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 7 lost games. Frye has a very solid season. In 8 games in Iceland he scored 22.3ppg. He also has 7.4rpg, 4.3apg, 2.1spg and FGP: 59.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nigel Moore (195-F/G-81) of Njardvik - 34 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Christopher Smith (204-PF-82) of Fjolnir - 28 points and 9 rebounds
6. Ingvaldur Hafsteinsson (200-F-81) of Fjolnir - 23 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Benjamin Smith (178-G-87) of Thor Thorl - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. David Jackson (201-F-88) of Thor Thorl - 27 points and 15 rebounds
9. Eric Palm (188-G-87) of IR - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Michael Craion (195-F-89) of Keflavik - 25 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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

27-year old center Ponsianus Indrawan (191-C-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Pelita Jaya and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
He had a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Stadium Jak. (#7, 8-8) 84-74. Pelita Jaya maintains the 2nd position in Indonesian league. They are still close to the very top. Pelita Jaya would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 15-2 record. Indrawan has many years of experience at Pelita Jaya, through which he has constantly improved. Ponsianus Indrawan averages this season 8.4ppg and 6.0rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Diftha Pratama (186-SG-89) of Garuda. He is a guard in his first season at Garuda. In the last game Pratama recorded impressive 29 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Garuda was edged by slightly lower-ranked CLS Knights (#5, 12-5) 66-63. Garuda managed to keep the same 3rd spot in the standings. His team's 12-4 record is not bad at all. Pratama is a newcomer at Garuda and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Mohammad Wicaksono (189-SG-89) of Stadium Jak. (#7). Wicaksono showcased his all-around game by recording 14 points, five rebounds and seven assists in the last round. Despite Wicaksono's great performance Stadium Jak. lost 74-84 to the higher-ranked Pelita Jaya (#2, 15-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Stadium Jak. needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 8 victories and 8 lost games. Wicaksono has a great season in Indonesia. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 2.9apg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andi Poedjakesuma (187-F-80) of Pelita Jaya - 13 points and 11 rebounds
5. Rudolfo Ongkowijoyo (185-F-90) of Tonga BSC - 8 points and 10 rebounds
6. Saleh Afriatna (180-SG-93) of Tonga BSC - 13 points and 6 rebounds
7. I.G.N Teguh Teguh (189-G-88) of Hangtuah - 9 points and 11 rebounds
8. Vinton Nolland (194-PF-82) of Garuda - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Dimas Aryo Dewanto (180-F-86) of Pelita Jaya - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. H Hardianus (175-PG-92) of Hangtuah - 9 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Petrochimi and Mahram take 2-0 Semifinal leads - by Eurobasket News

Petrochimi and Mahram take 2-0 Semifinal leads over their opponents.
Petrochimi won over Gorgan 96:68 as Afagh top-scored for the winners with 35 points in Game 1. In the second game Petrochimi celebrated a 107:53 victory.
Mahram meanwhile edged Foolad Mahan 96:89 in the opener. Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) erupted with 38 points for the winners and Marko Milic (201-F-77) posted 15. Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) replied with 19 points in the losing effort. In Game 2 Mahram overcame Foolad Mahan 84:76. Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami stepped up with 28 points and Marko Milic added 18 points. Saman Veisi (189-G-82) scored 16 points in defeat and Mehdi Shirjang (191-F-90) had 12.



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Standings - National League

National League Standings
 1. Ironi Nes-Ziona 16-3 
 2. Ironi Nahariya 15-4 
 3. Hod Hasharon 15-4 
 4. Hapoel Afula 13-6 
 5. Elitzur Yavne 13-6 
 6. Ironi Ramat Gan 11-8 
 7. Hapoel Kazrin 10-9 
 8. Ironi K-A 10-9 
 9. Elitzur Ramla 8-11 
 10. Hapoel K/S 6-13 
 11. Macc.B.Yaakov 6-13 
 12. Kiryat Tivon 4-15 
 13. Maccabi K/B 3-16 
 14. Maccabi K/G 3-16 

Regular Season: Round 19

Feb. 26: Elitzur Ramla - Hapoel K/S 93-65
Feb. 26: Maccabi K/B - Ironi Nahariya 86-88
Feb. 26: Hapoel Kazrin - Ironi K-A 84-77
Feb. 26: Hapoel Afula - Maccabi K/G 82-77
Feb. 26: Kiryat Tivon - Hod Hasharon 69-88
Feb. 26: Macc.B.Yaakov - Ironi Ramat Gan 67-82
Feb. 26: Elitzur Yavne - Ironi Nes-Ziona 104-113

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 5: Ironi Nahariya - Kiryat Tivon
Mar. 5: Hapoel K/S - Macc.B.Yaakov
Mar. 5: Ironi Ramat Gan - Hapoel Afula
Mar. 5: Maccabi K/G - Maccabi K/B
Mar. 5: Hod Hasharon - Elitzur Yavne
Mar. 5: Ironi Nes-Ziona - Hapoel Kazrin
Mar. 5: Ironi K-A - Elitzur Ramla


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Elitzur Ramla
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Teel, Elitzur Ramla23.6 
 2. Daniel, Maccabi23.6 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.21.4 
 4. Westbrook, Hapoel20.9 
 5. Laing, Macc.B.Y.20.5 
 6. Odiakosa, Hod H.20.0 
 7. Johnson, Hapoel K.19.8 
 8. Zelkovits, Ironi N.19.7 
 9. Iram, Macc.B.Y.19.4 
 10. Murray, Kiryat T.19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.14.1 
 2. Odiakosa, Hod H.13.4 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.12.8 
 4. Daniel, Maccabi10.5 
 5. McGhee, Elitzur10.1 
 6. Ramsey, Ironi R.9.9 
 7. Teel, Elitzur Ramla9.8 
 8. Joyner, Maccabi9.7 
 9. Constantine, Hapoe.9.5 
 10. Johnson, Hapoel9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan NANIKASHVILI
  Ironi K.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Nanikashvili, Iron.6.4 
 2. Teel, Elitzur Ramla6.2 
 3. Fisher, Hapoel Afu.6.1 
 4. Farchi, Elitzur Ya.5.9 
 5. Golan, Ironi Nahar.4.7 
 6. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.4.4 
 7. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.4.4 
 8. Benn, Ironi N.4.3 
 9. Gordon, Hapoel K.4.3 
 10. Dunne, Ironi N.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Elitzur Ramla
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Teel, Elitzur Ramla3.5 
 2. Alexander, Maccabi3.0 
 3. Benn, Ironi N.2.8 
 4. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.2.5 
 5. Ramsey, Ironi R.2.5 
 6. Hofman, Elitzur2.3 
 7. Laing, Macc.B.Y.2.0 
 8. Gordon, Hapoel K.2.0 
 9. Paelay, Elitzur Ya.1.9 
 10. Zelkovits, Ironi1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.3.7 
 2. Daniel, Maccabi1.9 
 3. Clark, Ironi K-A1.9 
 4. Buchman, Kiryat T.1.4 
 5. Constantine, Hapoe.1.4 
 6. Blair, Ironi N.1.4 
 7. Labanowski, Macca.1.3 
 8. Ramsey, Ironi R.1.3 
 9. Durham, Hapoel A.1.2 
 10. Odiakosa, Hod H.1.0 


EuroChallenge: Gravelines wins Group J - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Holon - Gravelines 79:85

Gravelines wins Group J of the EuroChallenge and advanced to the Quarter-Finals. The French side needed a 85:79 win over Hapoel Holon for 5-1 record. In the next stage they will face Joensuun Kataja from Finland. Hapoel finished the campaign with 0-6 record.
The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-11. But Hapoel Holon won second period 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gravelines-Dunkerque made 16-of-20 charity shots during the game. It was a good game for Kennedy Winston (198-F/G-84, college: Alabama) who led his team to a victory with 17 points. Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) contributed with 15 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. American forward Lawrence Hill (203-F-87, college: Stanford) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and his fellow American import forward Frank Hassell (203-F-88, college: ODU) added 21 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel Holon.

Gravelines: Kennedy Winston 17, Ludovic Vaty 15, Johnson 12, J.K. Edwards (202-C/F-82, college: UNLV) 12
Hapoel Holon: Frank Hassell 21, Lawrence Hill 18+11rebs, Jerome Dyson (191-G-87, college: Connecticut) 9, Zack Rosen (185-PG-89, college: Pennsylvania) 9



National League Round 19: Ironi Nahariya defeats Maccabi Kiryat Bialik in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

Thirteenth-ranked Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (3-16) gave a tough game to second ranked Ironi Nahariya (15-4) on Tuesday. The visitors from Nahariya managed to secure only two-point victory 88-86. However their fans expected much easier game. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 26-22 charge of Ironi Nahariya, which allowed them to win the game. They made 29-of-37 free shots (78.4 percent) during the game, while Maccabi Kiryat Bialik only scored thirteen points from the stripe. 27 personal fouls committed by Maccabi Kiryat Bialik helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American guard Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green, agency: KMG Sports Management) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Aviram Zelkovits (193-89) helped adding 20 points and 4 assists. Ironi Nahariya's coach Shay Minister used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side guard Dror Davidi (190-84) responded with 31 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Ironi Nahariya maintains second place with 15-4 record behind leader Ironi Nes-Ziona, which they share with Hod Hasharon. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Maccabi K/G. Ironi Nahariya is looking forward to face Kiryat Tivon (#12) in Kiryat Tivon in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik will play on the road against Maccabi K/G in Kiryat Gat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Yavne. 4th placed host Elitzur Yavne (13-6) lost to first ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (16-3) 113-104. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Elitzur Yavne. It was an exceptional evening for naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 10 rebounds. Bilal Benn accounted for 26 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) came up with 23 points and 6 assists for Elitzur Yavne in the defeat. Ironi Nes-Ziona maintains first place with 16-3 record. Elitzur Yavne at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with Hapoel Afula. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play against Hapoel Kazrin (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Elitzur Yavne will play against Hod Hasharon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Kazrin was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (10-9) played at the court of eighth ranked Hapoel Kazrin (10-9). Hapoel Kazrin managed to secure a 7-point victory 84-77 on Tuesday. Anton Kazarnovski fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Darrin Govens produced 23 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hapoel Kazrin moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Ironi K-A. Hapoel Kazrin will meet league's leader Ironi Nes-Ziona in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ironi Kiryat Ata will play against Elitzur Ramla (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Ninth ranked Elitzur Ramla (8-11) crushed at home 10th ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (6-13) by 28 points 93-65, which is the biggest margin this round. Worth to mention a great performance of Vernon Teel who helped to win the game recording a triple-double by scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds and 11 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. Elitzur Ramla maintains ninth place with 8-11 record. Hapoel Kfar Saba lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 13 games lost. Elitzur Ramla's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (#8) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play against Beer Yaakov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 19: Hod Hasharon destroyed Kiryat Tivon on the opponent's court 88-69. Macc.B.Yaakov unfortunately lost to Ironi Ramat Gan in a home game 67-82. Bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G recorded a loss to Hapoel Afula on the road 77-82.


Kiryat Tivon - Hod Hasharon 69-88

Very expected game when 12th ranked Kiryat Tivon (4-15) was crushed at home by third ranked Hod Hasharon (15-4) 88-69. Kiryat Tivon was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Kiryat Tivon 43-26 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 18 rebounds. American guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: VCU, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Four Hod Hasharon players scored in double figures. Swingman Tomer Ber-Aven (196-92) answered with 18 points and American forward Greg Murray (195-89, college: Point Loma) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Kiryat Tivon. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hod Hasharon have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Ironi Nahariya. Kiryat Tivon lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Hod Hasharon's next round opponent will be Elitzur Yavne (#5) at home. Kiryat Tivon will play against the league's second-placed Ironi Nahariya (#2).
Top scorers:
Hod Hasharon: B.Walker 22+3reb+3ast, C.Odiakosa 21+18reb+1ast, E.Asante Asare 18+7reb+3ast, O.Hover 13+4reb+2ast, I.Stolero 9+1reb+3ast, G.Gandel 5+4reb+5ast
Kiryat Tivon: T.Ber-Aven 18+2reb+3ast, T.Darby 15+3reb, G.Murray 14+6reb, S.Farine 9+3reb+3ast, I.Raguan 6+2reb+1ast, C.Bouchman 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 197875


Macc.B.Yaakov - Ironi Ramat Gan 67-82

Rather predictable result when seventh ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (11-8) defeated on the road 11th ranked Beer Yaakov (6-13) 82-67. The game was mostly controlled by Ironi Ramat Gan. Beer Yaakov was better in second period 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Tyrone Kent (196-86, college: Toledo) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international power forward Amit Tamir (208-79, college: California) contributed with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Kent is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Ironi Ramat Gan players scored in double figures. American forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) answered with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import guard Joshua Alexander (193-87, college: SF Austin) added 12 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Beer Yaakov. Beer Yaakov's coach rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ironi Ramat Gan have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place. Beer Yaakov at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. Ironi Ramat Gan's next round opponent will be higher ranked Hapoel Afula (#4) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Beer Yaakov will play against Hapoel Kfar Saba (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ramat Gan: A.Tamir 23+11reb, T.Kent 23+7reb+5ast, K.Ramsey 14+12reb+5ast, I.Grinboim 12+4reb+4ast, I.Mayor 5+5reb+3ast, T.Havkin 3
Macc.B.Yaakov: J.Hall 27+13reb+1ast, A.Eliyahu 12+3reb+2ast, J.Alexander 12+11reb+1ast, O.Ida 4, I.Iram 4+2ast, L.Hason 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 197874


Hapoel Afula - Maccabi K/G 82-77

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked Maccabi K/G (3-16) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Hapoel Afula (13-6) 82-77. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 20-13 Maccabi K/G's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 82-77 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Oz Blayzer (199-92) contributed with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Durham is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Four Hapoel Afula players scored in double figures. American forward Lenny Daniel (203-87, college: CS Northridge) answered with 23 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import forward Damon Peterson (201-68, college: Oklahoma, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Maccabi K/G. Maccabi K/G's coach Roni Tzukerman rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hapoel Afula moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Elitzur Yavne. Maccabi K/G lost tenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Hapoel Afula's next round opponent will be Ironi Ramat Gan (#6) on the road. Maccabi K/G will play against Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Afula: A.Durham 20+6reb+4ast, O.Blayzer 19+8reb+1ast, E.Eliyah 17+5reb, A.Fisher 17+3reb+3ast, S.Brener 7+5reb+10ast, L.Ariely 2
Maccabi K/G: L.Daniel 23+5reb+2ast, D.Peterson 15+6reb+1ast, H.Gonshor 14+2reb+1ast, T.Pisecki 9+2reb+1ast, O.Ron 6+5reb+3ast, M.El Amin 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 197873


Maccabi K/B - Ironi Nahariya 86-88

Thirteenth-ranked Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (3-16) gave a tough game to second ranked Ironi Nahariya (15-4) on Tuesday. The visitors from Nahariya managed to secure only two-point victory 88-86. However their fans expected much easier game. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 26-22 charge of Ironi Nahariya, which allowed them to win the game. They made 29-of-37 free shots (78.4 percent) during the game, while Maccabi Kiryat Bialik only scored thirteen points from the stripe. 27 personal fouls committed by Maccabi Kiryat Bialik helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American guard Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green, agency: KMG Sports Management) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Aviram Zelkovits (193-89) helped adding 20 points and 4 assists. Ironi Nahariya's coach Shay Minister used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side guard Dror Davidi (190-84) responded with 31 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and American forward Dallis Joyner (203-90, college: Stony Brook) scored 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ironi Nahariya maintains second place with 15-4 record behind leader Ironi Nes-Ziona, which they share with Hod Hasharon. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Maccabi K/G. Ironi Nahariya is looking forward to face Kiryat Tivon (#12) in Kiryat Tivon in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik will play on the road against Maccabi K/G in Kiryat Gat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: N.Miller 24+5reb+2ast, R.Clemente 20+5reb, A.Zelkovits 20+2reb+4ast, R.Pitshon 10+10reb+1ast, N.Golan 6+2ast, J.Baze 3+1reb
Maccabi K/B: D.Davidi 31+7reb+7ast, D.Joyner 21+8reb+5ast, M.Shamis 11+2reb+2ast, A.Barak 11+2reb, Z.Tavor 6+2ast, S.Labanowski 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 197872


Hapoel Kazrin - Ironi K-A 84-77

The game in Kazrin was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (10-9) played at the court of eighth ranked Hapoel Kazrin (10-9). Hapoel Kazrin managed to secure a 7-point victory 84-77 on Tuesday. Ironi Kiryat Ata trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 24-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-84 at the end of the game. Hapoel Kazrin made 32-of-41 free shots (78.0 percent) during the game. Naturalized Russian power forward Anton Kazarnovski (205-85) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American guard Mike James (185-90, college: Lamar) chipped in 17 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) produced 23 points and 6 rebounds and the former international power forward Chris Watson (200-75, college: Niagara) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hapoel Kazrin moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Ironi K-A. Hapoel Kazrin will meet league's leader Ironi Nes-Ziona in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ironi Kiryat Ata will play against Elitzur Ramla (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Kazrin: A.Gordon 20+2reb+3ast, A.Kazarnovski 20+13reb+2ast, M.James 17+6reb+7ast, R.Sabag 11+1reb, S.Salz 9+2reb+1ast, L.Shvarzvald 6+5reb+2ast
Ironi K-A: D.Govens 23+6reb+3ast, C.Watson 17+5reb, K.Izik 15+6reb+1ast, G.Halamish 8+5reb+1ast, I.Clark 7+8reb+4ast, N.Laish 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 197870


Elitzur Ramla - Hapoel K/S 93-65

Ninth ranked Elitzur Ramla (8-11) crushed at home 10th ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (6-13) by 28 points 93-65, which is the biggest margin this round. Hapoel Kfar Saba was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 58-27 second half run of Elitzur Ramla. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel Kfar Saba's 26. They outrebounded Hapoel Kfar Saba 49-30 including a 40-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Elitzur Ramla players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. 24 personal fouls committed by Hapoel Kfar Saba helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary, agency: FCM) who helped to win the game recording a triple-double by scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. His fellow American import power forward Johndre Jefferson (207-88, college: S.Carolina) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 23 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks for the winners. Four Elitzur Ramla players scored in double figures. American forward Maurice McNeil (205-87, college: Houston) answered with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 6 blocks and Orel Lev (195-93) added 12 points in the effort for Hapoel Kfar Saba. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Elitzur Ramla maintains ninth place with 8-11 record. Hapoel Kfar Saba lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 13 games lost. Elitzur Ramla's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (#8) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play against Beer Yaakov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Ramla: V.Teel 29+10reb+11ast, O.Cohen 20+6reb+3ast, J.Jefferson 18+23reb+4ast, A.Fogel 16+4reb+1ast, A.Guterman 5+2reb, T.Simchony 2+2reb+2ast
Hapoel K/S: M.McNeil 14+9reb+1ast, A.Harush 13+2reb+2ast, O.Lev 12+2reb+3ast, H.Karni 7+3reb+2ast, R.Elbaz 6+3reb+2ast, A.McCoy 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 197869


Elitzur Yavne - Ironi Nes-Ziona 104-113

The game between Top Four teams took place in Yavne. 4th placed host Elitzur Yavne (13-6) lost to first ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (16-3) 113-104. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Elitzur Yavne. Ironi Nes-Ziona made 27-of-35 charity shots (77.1 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Elitzur Yavne 49-30 including a 37-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Ironi Nes-Ziona players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Elitzur Yavne was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 10 rebounds. American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) accounted for 26 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Benn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) came up with 23 points and 6 assists and American swingman Brian Laing (195-85, college: Seton Hall, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 25 points and 4 steals respectively for Elitzur Yavne in the defeat. Four Ironi Nes-Ziona and five Elitzur Yavne players scored in double figures. Ironi Nes-Ziona maintains first place with 16-3 record. Elitzur Yavne at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with Hapoel Afula. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play against Hapoel Kazrin (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Elitzur Yavne will play against Hod Hasharon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nes-Ziona: T.Michael Dunne 32+10reb+3ast, B.Benn 26+13reb+5ast, T.Karpels 20+5reb+5ast, C.Tate 18+12reb, R.Zehavian 7+4reb+4ast, G.Amitay 7+1reb+1ast
Elitzur Yavne: B.Laing 25+4reb+3ast, E.Hofman 23+3reb+6ast, M.McGhee 17+8reb+5ast, I.Nesterenko 13+6reb, N.Matalon 13+2reb+1ast, O.Farchi 9+2reb+3ast
gschID: 197871



Israeli Winner League round 18 best performance: James Thomas - by Eurobasket News

American power forward James Thomas (205-F/C-80) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Maccabi Haifa, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 32-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Maccabi Ashdod (#10, 7-11) 95-85. Maccabi Haifa maintains the 4th position in Israeli Winner League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Maccabi Haifa will need more victories to improve their 11-7 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Thomas as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Former The University of Texas star has very solid stats this year. Thomas is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 10.1rpg) and averages impressive 55.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Frank Hassell (203-F-88) of Hapoel Holon. Hassell had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Hapoel Holon lost that game 66-73 to the higher-ranked Maccabi T-A (#1, 17-1). This loss caused Hapoel Holon to drop to 11th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-12 record. Hassell is a newcomer at Hapoel Holon, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.8ppg (#6). He also registered 13.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Julian Wright (203-F-87) of Maccabi Rishon (#6). Wright scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Maccabi Rishon, leading his team to a 88-82 win against slightly lower-ranked Bnei Hasharon (#7, 8-10). Maccabi Rishon needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 9 lost games. Wright has a great season in Israel. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.8ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 9.8rpg (4th best). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 58.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dagan Yavzuri (193-SG-85) of Galil Gilboa - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Diamon Simpson (201-F-87) of Maccabi Ashdod - 19 points and 11 rebounds
6. Kenny Hayes (188-PG-87) of Galil Gilboa - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Mardy Collins (198-G-84) of Maccabi Ashdod - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Marco Killingsworth (203-F/C-82) of Netanya - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Julien Mills (193-G/F-85) of Elizur Ashkelon - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Derrick Caracter (206-F-88) of Bnei Hasharon - 18 points and 15 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)



Galil Gilboa adds Taggart to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (Winner League) added to their roster 28-year old American forward Shawn Taggart (207-104kg-85, college: Memphis). He was tested at Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League) in the U.S., but was not approved after all. Taggart also spent the start of the season at Springfield Armor in D-League earlier that year. In 13 games he recorded 8.1ppg and 4.8rpg this season. The last season he played at TED Istanbul (TB2L) in Turkish league. In 21 games he averaged impressive 16.3ppg and 7.9rpg.
The previous (10-11) season Taggart played at Shanxi Zhongyu (CBA) in Chinese league. In 8 games he averaged remarkable 27.5ppg, 11.5rpg, 1.1spg and 1.4bpg. He was tried-out by UCAM Murcia (ACB) in Spanish league earlier that season. In 9 games he averaged 6.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.2apg. Taggart was tried-out by Dnipro (Superleague) in Ukraine earlier that season.
Last year (three years after he left the college) Taggart was drafted by Springfield Armor (D-League) in fifth round (78th overall).
The former University of Memphis standoutis in his fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Taggart's college team won C-USA Tournament for two years in a row (2008 and 2009).
He has played also professionally in Spain (Caceres Basket), Israel (Ironi Nahariya) and China (Henan Jiyuan).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Brandon Bowman signs at Netanya - by Eurobasket News

GreenTops Netanya (Winner League) landed 29-year old American forward Brandon Bowman (204-84, college: Georgetown). He played recently at Galil Gilboa (Winner League). Bowman managed to play in three leagues in two countries this season (!!!). In four Winner League games he averaged 5.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3spg this season. He also played 2 games in Balkan League where he had 10.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.5apg and 1.0spg. Bowman also played at Samsung Thunders (KBL) in South Korean league earlier that season. In four games he had 13.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.5apg and 1.0bpg. The other team he played shortly was Dongbu Promy (KBL) in South Korean league. In four games he had 11.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.8apg, 1.5spg and 1.0bpg. The last season Bowman played at Maccabi Rishon. In 30 Winner League games he had 14.5ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg. He helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. The most of previous (10-11) season Bowman spent at Zvezda (A League) in Serbia. In 17 games he had 10.8ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.2apg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Another team Bowman played briefly was Le Mans Sarthe Basket (ProA) in French league. In 5 games he had 4.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.0apg. He also played 3 games in Eurocup where he had 8.3ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.0apg.
In 2006 Bowman was drafted by Yakama Sun Kings (CBA) in third round (30th overall).
The former Georgetown University standoutis in his seventh season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Bowman played in the final of German Bundesliga in 2009. He received also NABC All-NCAA District 4 1st Team award back in 2005 at his college time.
Bowman was a member of USA U18 National Team in 2003.
He is a very experienced player. Bowman has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Lukoil Academik), Italy, Turkey (Tofas), NBA (Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers) and D-League (Bakersfield Jam).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A very versatile player who can spend time in either forward slot. Good shooter and quick runner, can score in traffic or create his shot from the dribble. Goes well to the offensive rebounds, has a great leaping ability. Above all, he' s a very good defender on every kind of opponent, with a relentless mentality that makes him a very good player for the European leagues.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Hapoel Tel-Aviv signs Anthony Goods, ex BC Kyiv - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Tel-Aviv (Winner League) signed 26-year old American guard Anthony Goods (191-91kg-87, college: Stanford). He started the season in BC Kyiv in Ukraine. In 30 Superleague games he had very impressive stats: 17.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.8apg and 1.0spg this season. The last season Goods played at Fort Wayne Mad Ants in D-League. In 10 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.4apg. He also played at BancaTercas (SerieA, starting five) in Italian league earlier that season. In 5 SerieA, starting five games he recorded 9.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.0spg. Goods also spent the start of the season at Santa Cruz Warriors (previous name Dakota Warriors) in D-League earlier that year. In 8 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 17.1ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.5apg.
The previous (2011) summer he was tested by Trotamundos (LPB) in Venezuelan league.
In 2009 Goods was drafted by Bakersfield Jam (D-League) in third round (36th overall).
He attended Stanford University and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Goods played in the final of Pac-10 Tournament in 2008. He was also voted All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention back in 2008 and 2009 at his college time.
Goods could be described: A versatile guard who can score a lot in few minutes. Plays in the 2 position with energy, can help his team even at the defensive side.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Enel Brindisi adds Alibegovic to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Enel Brindisi (SerieA) added to their roster 21-year old naturalized American guard Mirza Alibegovic (197-85kg-92). He played for Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia (Lega2), but left the team Jan.'13. In 15 Lega2 games he recorded 3.4ppg and 2.3rpg this season. The last season Alibegovic played at Victoria Libertas Pesaro (previous name Scavolini PS). But in 6 SerieA games he averaged just 0.5ppg.
He has played previously for two other Italy teams: Biancoblu Basket Bologna and Udinese.
On Alibegovic: Has yet a very good outside touch, but needs to improve his defensive skills and his 1-vs-1 at the offensive side.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)



Enel Brindisi adds Alibegovic to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Enel Brindisi (SerieA) added to their roster 21-year old naturalized American guard Mirza Alibegovic (197-85kg-92). He played for Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia (Lega2), but left the team Jan.'13. In 15 Lega2 games he recorded 3.4ppg and 2.3rpg this season. The last season Alibegovic played at Victoria Libertas Pesaro (previous name Scavolini PS). But in 6 SerieA games he averaged just 0.5ppg.
He has played previously for two other Italy teams: Biancoblu Basket Bologna and Udinese.
On Alibegovic: Has yet a very good outside touch, but needs to improve his defensive skills and his 1-vs-1 at the offensive side.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)



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Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba21.9 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi18.8 
 3. Watkins, Panasoni.17.2 
 4. Kanamaru, Panasoni.16.7 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin SH15.7 
 6. Smith, Hitachi SR15.3 
 7. Rolle, Mitsubis.13.9 
 8. Orimo, Hokkaido L.13.9 
 9. Gibbs, Toyota A.13.6 
 10. Hale, Mitsubis.13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH12.7 
 2. Watkins, Panasoni.12.3 
 3. Fazekas, Toshiba12.1 
 4. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.6 
 5. Gibbs, Toyota A.8.7 
 6. Smith, Hitachi SR8.0 
 7. Takeuchi, Toyota7.5 
 8. Hale, Mitsubis.7.2 
 9. Young, Aishin SH6.7 
 10. Ricci, Toyota Alv.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH4.3 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi3.8 
 3. Abe, Hokkaido L.3.5 
 4. Shinoyama, Toshi.3.3 
 5. Tsuji, Toshiba BT3.2 
 6. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.1 
 7. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.0 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.8 
 9. Igarashi, Mitsubis.2.7 
 10. Tabuse, Tochigi2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Tomokazu ABE
  Hokkaido L.
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Abe, Hokkaido L.2.0 
 2. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.7 
 3. Gibbs, Toyota A.1.4 
 4. Hirose, Panasoni.1.4 
 5. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.2 
 6. Kawamura, Tochigi1.2 
 7. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.1 
 8. Catron, Hokkaido L.1.1 
 9. Sakurai, Hokkaido.1.1 
 10. Tashiro, Mitsubis.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Jameel WATKINS
  Panasoni.
  (211-C/F-77)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Watkins, Panasoni.2.2 
 2. Covile, Aishin SH1.3 
 3. Rolle, Mitsubis.1.2 
 4. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.1 
 5. Takeuchi, Toyota1.0 
 6. Fazekas, Toshiba0.9 
 7. Young, Aishin SH0.8 
 8. Hale, Mitsubis.0.7 
 9. Smith, Hitachi SR0.6 
 10. Moss, Toshiba BT0.5 


Standings - BJ League

BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Niigata Albirex 26-10 
 2. Yokohama BC 25-9 
 3. Iwate Big Bulls 24-12 
 4. Toyama Grouses 23-13 
 5. Akita NH 19-15 
 6. Chiba Jets 18-16 
 7. Shinshu BW 16-20 
 8. Sendai 89ers 14-22 
 9. Tokyo Cinq R. 13-22 
 10. Gunma 9-27 
 11. Saitama Bron. 7-27 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 26-8 
 2. Shimane SM 25-11 
 3. Fukuoka Rizing 24-12 
 4. Hamamatsu P. 23-15 
 5. Shiga L-Stars 22-14 
 6. Kyoto Hannar. 19-17 
 7. Takamatsu FA 13-22 
 8. Oita H.Devils 11-25 
 9. Osaka Evessa 10-24 
 10. Miyazaki SS 5-31 

Regular Season: Round 38

Feb. 24: Takamatsu FA - Shiga L-Stars 93-80
Feb. 24: Tokyo Cinq R. - Shinshu BW 78-69
Feb. 24: Chiba Jets - Akita NH 77-79
Feb. 25: Sendai 89ers - Gunma 77-69
Feb. 24: Fukuoka Rizing - Miyazaki SS 77-63
Feb. 24: Niigata Albirex - Toyama Grouses 75-81
Feb. 26: Sendai 89ers - Gunma 75-78
Feb. 24: Hamamatsu P. - Okinawa GK 69-78
Feb. 24: Iwate Big Bulls - Yokohama BC 62-75
Feb. 24: Oita H.Devils - Shimane SM 61-75
Feb. 24: Kyoto Hannar. - Osaka Evessa 53-69

Regular Season: Round 39

Mar. 2: Akita NH - Shimane SM
Mar. 2: Shinshu BW - Shiga L-Stars
Mar. 2: Gunma - Fukuoka Rizing
Mar. 2: Tokyo Cinq R. - Chiba Jets
Mar. 2: Osaka Evessa - Saitama Bron.
Mar. 2: Takamatsu FA - Iwate Big Bulls
Mar. 2: Oita H.Devils - Niigata Albirex
Mar. 2: Miyazaki SS - Toyama Grouses
Mar. 2: Okinawa GK - Yokohama BC


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 John HUMPHREY
  Saitama .
  (188-G/F-80)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Humphrey, Saitama24.5 
 2. Cummings, Sendai23.4 
 3. Brown, Akita NH22.1 
 4. Chandler, Chiba J.22.0 
 5. Keller, Miyazaki.21.3 
 6. Burns, Yokohama BC20.6 
 7. Werner, Chiba Jets20.2 
 8. Jones, Tokyo C.19.7 
 9. Parker, Shimane SM19.6 
 10. Woods, Miyazaki19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.1 
 2. White, Oita H.13.2 
 3. Willard, Sendai 89.13.0 
 4. Warren, Fukuoka12.5 
 5. Bell, Osaka Evessa11.6 
 6. Kuso, Miyazaki SS11.3 
 7. Rickert, Osaka E.11.2 
 8. Werner, Chiba Jets10.7 
 9. Sato, Tokyo Cinq10.1 
 10. Jones, Tokyo C.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Takehiko SHIMURA
  Sendai
  (160-G-83)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Shimura, Sendai6.2 
 2. Galloway, Hamamats.5.8 
 3. Namizato, Okina.5.8 
 4. Kensuke, Chiba Je.5.7 
 5. Burns, Yokohama BC4.9 
 6. Humphrey, Saitama4.0 
 7. Tomori, Gunma4.0 
 8. Dixon, Gunma3.9 
 9. Harris, Akita NH3.7 
 10. Shimizu, Oita H.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Draelon BURNS
  Yokohama BC
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Burns, Yokohama BC2.2 
 2. Masato, Iwate B.2.1 
 3. Brown, Toyama G.2.1 
 4. McHenry, Okina.2.0 
 5. Lyons, Takamats.2.0 
 6. Galloway, Hamamats.1.9 
 7. Parker, Shimane SM1.9 
 8. Bell, Chiba Jets1.9 
 9. Woods, Miyazaki SS1.8 
 10. Dixon, Gunma1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.7 
 2. Blackledge, Iwate2.7 
 3. Marshall, Shins.2.0 
 4. Carter, Tokyo C.1.9 
 5. Fairley, Miyazaki.1.8 
 6. Parker, Shimane SM1.6 
 7. Williams, Takamats.1.5 
 8. Kent, Akita NH1.5 
 9. Brown, Toyama G.1.4 
 10. Newton, Okinawa1.3 


BJ League Round 38: #1 Niigata Albirex is defeated by Toyama Grouses - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Niigata Albirex (26-10) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (23-13) 81-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Niigata Albirex. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-75. Toyama Grouses outrebounded Niigata Albirex 38-27 including 25 on the defensive glass. American forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Takeshi Mito (184-85) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. point guard Hirotaka Kondo (187-82) responded with 15 points and 7 assists. Toyama Grouses maintains fourth position with 23-13 record. Niigata Albirex at the other side still keeps top place with ten games lost. Toyama Grouses are looking forward to face Miyazaki Shining Suns (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Niigata Albirex will play against Oita Heat Devils (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Very significant was Akita Happinets' (#5) just 2-point road victory against 6th ranked Chiba Jets 79-77. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Marshall Brown (199-85, college: Missouri) notched a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and Mike Anderson supported him with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Even a double-double of 35 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 5 assists by forward Marquin Chandler (202-82, college: San Jose St.) did not help to save the game for Chiba Jets. Akita Happinets maintains fifth position with 19-15 record. Chiba Jets lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 16 games lost. Akita Happinets will play against league's second-placed Shimane Magic at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Chiba Jets will play against Tokyo Cinq R. (#9) and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Mikawa. 4th ranked host Hamamatsu Phoenix (23-15) lost to first ranked Okinawa GK (26-8) 78-69. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was Anthony McHenry who scored 15 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. Jeffrey Parmer produced 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the hosts. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Okinawa GK maintains first position with 26-8 record. Loser Hamamatsu Phoenix keeps the fourth place with 15 games lost. Okinawa GK will meet at home league's second-placed Yokohama BC in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next round.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Iwate. One of their biggest challengers host Iwate Big Bulls (24-12) lost to second ranked Yokohama BC (25-9) 75-62. Pape Faye orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Yokohama BC maintains second position with 25-9 record behind leader Niigata Albirex. Iwate Big Bulls at the other side keep the third place with 12 games lost. Yokohama BC's next round opponent will be league's leader Okinawa GK on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Iwate Big Bulls will play against Takamatsu FA.
The game in Oita was also quite interesting. Second ranked Shimane Magic (25-11) played at the court of 8th ranked Oita Heat Devils (11-25). Shimane Magic defeated Oita Heat Devils 75-61 on Sunday. Edward Yamamoto scored 11 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Shimane Magic's coach Zeljko Pavlicevic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shimane Magic have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 25-11 record behind leader Niigata Albirex. Oita Heat Devils lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 25 games lost. Shimane Magic will face Akita Happinets (#5) on the road in the next round. Oita Heat Devils will play against the league's leader Niigata Albirex.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 38: Gunma won against Sendai 89ers on the opponent's court 78-75. Sendai 89ers managed to outperform Gunma in a home game 77-69. Miyazaki SS recorded a loss to Fukuoka Rizing on the road 77-63. Takamatsu FA defeated Shiga L-Stars on its own court 93-80. Shinshu BW were beaten by Tokyo Cinq R. in a road game 78-69. Kyoto Hannar. lost to Osaka Evessa at home 53-69.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 27 points, 19 rebounds and 4 blocks by Paul Williams of Takamatsu FA.


Sendai 89ers - Gunma 75-78

There was a minor upset when 8th ranked Sendai 89ers (14-22) were edged at home by tenth ranked Gunma (9-27) 78-75 on Tuesday. American guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh) scored 28 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Kenya Tomori (177-84) chipped in 10 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals during the contest. American forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 21 rebounds and his fellow American import forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA, agency: Top Notch Sports) scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Gunma maintains tenth position with 9-27 record. Loser Sendai 89ers keep the eighth place with 22 games lost. Gunma will face higher ranked Fukuoka Rizing (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: T.Cummings 21+6reb+1ast, Y.Arai 15+1reb+2ast, S.Willard 14+21reb+3ast, M.Hargrow 12+4reb+1ast, H.Kusaka 5+1ast, T.Shimura 4+1reb+7ast
Gunma: J.Dixon 28+7reb+2ast, L.Witcher 13+4reb+2ast, D.Keller 11+8reb+3ast, K.Tomori 10+8reb+6ast, S.Okada 7+4reb+4ast, Y.Okumoto 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 200703


Sendai 89ers - Gunma 77-69

Rather predictable result when eighth ranked Sendai 89ers (14-22) defeated at home 10th ranked Gunma (9-27) 77-69 on Monday. Gunma trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 16 after three quarters before a 32-24 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 69-77 at the end of the game. Sendai 89ers forced 19 Gunma turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA, agency: Top Notch Sports) scored 35 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific) chipped in 7 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. Forward Dominique Keller (203-88, college: Illinois) responded with 30 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Lewis Witcher (207-87, college: Virginia Tech) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Gunma's coach Ryan Blackwell tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Sendai 89ers maintains eighth position with 14-22 record. Newly promoted Gunma keeps the tenth place with 27 games lost. Sendai 89ers will have a break next round. Gunma will play at home against Fukuoka Rizing (#3).
Top scorers:
Gunma: D.Keller 30+9reb+2ast, L.Witcher 12+7reb+3ast, S.Okada 10+8reb+3ast, J.Dixon 6+1reb+4ast, Y.Okumoto 5+4ast, K.Tomori 3+6reb+1ast
Sendai 89ers: T.Cummings 35+7reb+3ast, A.Nogami 8+5reb, S.Willard 7+13reb+2ast, T.Shimura 6+4reb+6ast, H.Kusaka 6+2reb+4ast, D.Takaoka 6+6reb+5ast
gschID: 200702


Oita H.Devils - Shimane SM 61-75

The game in Oita was also quite interesting. Second ranked Shimane Magic (25-11) played at the court of 8th ranked Oita Heat Devils (11-25). Shimane Magic defeated Oita Heat Devils 75-61 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Shimane Magic. Oita Heat Devils was better in fourth quarter 12-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shimane Magic looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shimane Magic made 7 blocks. Point guard Edward Yamamoto (173-86) scored 11 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Five Shimane Magic players scored in double figures. Shimane Magic's coach Zeljko Pavlicevic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Thomas Granado (208-88, college: Concordia Irvine) responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Nigerian-American forward P.J. Alawoya (203-88, college: McNeese St.) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Shimane Magic have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 25-11 record behind leader Niigata Albirex. Oita Heat Devils lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 25 games lost. Shimane Magic will face Akita Happinets (#5) on the road in the next round. Oita Heat Devils will play against the league's leader Niigata Albirex.
Top scorers:
Oita H.Devils: T.Granado 16+6reb+2ast, S.Umemiya 11+1reb+6ast, P.Alawoya 10+10reb+3ast, A.Coimbra 8+3reb, Y.Taka Kura 6+1reb, V.Jones III 5+3reb+1ast
Shimane SM: J.Davis 16+4reb+1ast, B.Puckett 14+6reb+2ast, B.Freeman 12+2ast, M.Parker 12+9reb+2ast, E.Yamamoto 11+8reb+8ast, S.Nakama 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 200701


Fukuoka Rizing - Miyazaki SS 77-63

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (5-31) were defeated on the road by third ranked Fukuoka Rizing (24-12) 77-63 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Fukuoka Rizing. Miyazaki Shining Suns was better in second period 16-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida, agency: Top Notch Sports) scored 22 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds and American power forward Thomas Fairley (206-82, college: Lamar) scored 5 points and 13 rebounds. Fukuoka Rizing have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 24-12 record having just 0 points less than leader Niigata Albirex, which they share with Iwate Big Bulls. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 31 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will face Gunma (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play against Toyama Grouses.
Top scorers:
Miyazaki SS: H.Otsuka 17+2reb+1ast, A.Kuso 16+16reb+1ast, Y.Kojima 12+1reb+3ast, K.Ito 7+2reb+4ast, M.Takahashi 6+1ast, T.Fairley 5+13reb+3ast
Fukuoka Rizing: R.Warren 22+7reb+3ast, J.Peppers 14+6reb+3ast, J.Ashby 11+4reb+1ast, J.Nakanishi 9+9reb, S.Ishitani 8+1reb+3ast, A.Takeno 7+2reb+5ast
gschID: 200700


Takamatsu FA - Shiga L-Stars 93-80

There was a small surprise when seventh ranked Takamatsu FA (13-22) beat at home 5th ranked Shiga L-Stars (22-14) 93-80 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Takamatsu FA. Shiga L-Stars was better in second period 28-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Takamatsu FA made 23-of-26 free shots (88.5 percent) during the game. American power forward Paul Williams (208-83, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: I.D.S. Law) had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 19 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) chipped in 22 points and 5 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) during the contest. Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) responded with 23 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin, agency: Top Notch Sports) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Takamatsu FA maintains seventh position with 13-22 record, which they share with Tokyo Cinq R. Loser Shiga L-Stars keep the fifth place with 14 games lost. Takamatsu FA will face higher ranked Iwate Big Bulls (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Shiga L-Stars will play against Shinshu BW in Nagano and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: D.Gomez Camargo 23+8reb+1ast, R.Nixon 13+8reb, S.Colwell 12+2reb+1ast, T.Fujiwara 12+2reb+2ast, S.Ogawa 6+1reb+2ast, D.Terashita 5+1reb
Takamatsu FA: P.Williams 27+19reb, D.Lyons 22+3reb+5ast, D.Tamura 15, H.Kikuchi 10+3reb+2ast, B.Penn 10+3reb, M.Suzuki 9+4reb+2ast
gschID: 200699


Hamamatsu P. - Okinawa GK 69-78

The game between Top Four teams took place in Mikawa. 4th ranked host Hamamatsu Phoenix (23-15) lost to first ranked Okinawa GK (26-8) 78-69. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Okinawa GK made 7 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) who scored 15 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. Center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. Four Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. Forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Top Notch Sports) produced 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV, agency: Top Notch Sports) added 16 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Okinawa GK maintains first position with 26-8 record. Loser Hamamatsu Phoenix keeps the fourth place with 15 games lost. Okinawa GK will meet at home league's second-placed Yokohama BC in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: J.Parmer 23+6reb+2ast, W.White 16+9reb+1ast, O.Shinnosuke 9+5reb+3ast, S.Nakanishi 6+1ast, E.Fuqua 4+3reb, A.Ohta 4+2reb+1ast
Okinawa GK: J.Newton 18+8reb+1ast, A.McHenry 15+8reb+4ast, T.Woodbury 15+4reb, N.Namizato 11+7reb+6ast, N.Kosuge 8+4reb+4ast, M.Yamauchi 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 200697


Chiba Jets - Akita NH 77-79

Very significant was Akita Happinets' (#5) just 2-point road victory against 6th ranked Chiba Jets 79-77. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Chiba Jets won third quarter 21-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Akita Happinets won last quarter 19-19. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Marshall Brown (199-85, college: Missouri) notched a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Mike Anderson (201-86, college: VCU, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) supported him with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Anderson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even a double-double of 35 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 5 assists by forward Marquin Chandler (202-82, college: San Jose St.) did not help to save the game for Chiba Jets. Center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) added 18 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts. Akita Happinets maintains fifth position with 19-15 record. Chiba Jets lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 16 games lost. Akita Happinets will play against league's second-placed Shimane Magic at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Chiba Jets will play against Tokyo Cinq R. (#9) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: M.Chandler 35+13reb+5ast, J.Werner 18+12reb+1ast, T.Kensuke 10+5reb+7ast, H.Sato 6+1ast, R.Itakura 5+8reb+3ast, D.Bell 3+4reb+1ast
Akita NH: M.Brown 22+10reb+3ast, M.Anderson 18+6reb+2ast, Y.Togashi 13+1reb+2ast, S.Taguchi 8+3reb+1ast, R.Mizumachi 5+3reb+2ast, D.Harris 5+3reb+3ast
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Iwate Big Bulls - Yokohama BC 62-75

The game between Top Four teams took place in Iwate. One of their biggest challengers host Iwate Big Bulls (24-12) lost to second ranked Yokohama BC (25-9) 75-62. It was a great shooting night for Yokohama BC especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. Senegalese center Pape Faye (200-87) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. American power forward LaShawn Malloy (209-84, college: New Orleans) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle, agency: Top Notch Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and American center Dillion Sneed (203-84, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Top Notch Sports) added 16 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Iwate Big Bulls. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Yokohama BC maintains second position with 25-9 record behind leader Niigata Albirex. Iwate Big Bulls at the other side keep the third place with 12 games lost. Yokohama BC's next round opponent will be league's leader Okinawa GK on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Iwate Big Bulls will play against Takamatsu FA.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: R.Okosa 20+10reb+4ast, D.Sneed 16+9reb+2ast, T.Masato 12+6reb+1ast, K.Takahashi 12+2reb+3ast, N.Takushi 2+1reb+1ast, M.Sawaguchi 0+1reb+2ast
Yokohama BC: P.Faye 19+13reb+1ast, M.Kabaya 17+2reb+5ast, T.Kennedy 16+4reb+2ast, L.Malloy 12+10reb+2ast, K.Yamada 4+2reb+4ast, O.Kimura 4+2reb+2ast
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Niigata Albirex - Toyama Grouses 75-81

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Niigata Albirex (26-10) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (23-13) 81-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Niigata Albirex. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-75. Toyama Grouses outrebounded Niigata Albirex 38-27 including 25 on the defensive glass. American forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Takeshi Mito (184-85) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. point guard Hirotaka Kondo (187-82) responded with 15 points and 7 assists and American guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) scored 15 points. Toyama Grouses maintains fourth position with 23-13 record. Niigata Albirex at the other side still keeps top place with ten games lost. Toyama Grouses are looking forward to face Miyazaki Shining Suns (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Niigata Albirex will play against Oita Heat Devils (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: N.Murry 15+4reb+3ast, H.Kondo 15+1reb+7ast, K.Sato 14+2reb+1ast, C.Holm 8+7reb+3ast, S.Komatsu 6+1reb, R.Webb 6+5reb
Toyama Grouses: T.Mito 19+7reb+3ast, M.Joho 18+2reb+2ast, I.Brown 18+11reb+2ast, A.Garcia 11+7reb+1ast, J.Jacob 6+3reb, B.Cole 5+4reb+2ast
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Tokyo Cinq R. - Shinshu BW 78-69

There was a minor upset when 7th ranked Shinshu BW (16-20) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (13-22) 78-69 on Sunday. Tokyo Cinq R. made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Tokyo Cinq R. outrebounded Shinshu BW 45-31 including 17 on the offensive glass. The game was dominated by American players. Swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) had a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 14 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Power forward Edward Morris (205-84, college: Pittsburg St.) responded with 22 points and power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Tokyo Cinq R. moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Takamatsu FA. Loser Shinshu BW keeps the seventh position with 20 games lost. Tokyo Cinq R. will face higher ranked Chiba Jets (#6) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: E.Morris 22+4reb+2ast, M.Fey 12+7reb+2ast, J.Green 11+6reb+2ast, S.Yosuke 8+3reb+2ast, T.Goya 6+1reb+6ast, T.Saito 6+5reb+2ast
Tokyo Cinq R.: R.Woods 33+14reb+4ast, J.Jones 18+7reb, C.Aoki 12+3reb, A.Inoue 9+1reb, H.Takada 4+6ast, K.Sato 2+3reb
gschID: 200696


Kyoto Hannar. - Osaka Evessa 53-69

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Osaka Evessa (10-24) won against on the road 6th ranked Kyoto Hannar. (19-17) 69-53 on Sunday. They outrebounded Kyoto Hannar. 36-24 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import power forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. American forward David Palmer (201-82, college: S.Utah, agency: Top Notch Sports) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds and American-Panamanian forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego, agency: Top Notch Sports) scored 9 points and 5 rebounds. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Osaka Evessa maintains ninth position with 10-24 record. Loser Kyoto Hannar. keeps the sixth place with 17 games lost. Osaka Evessa will face Saitama Broncos (#11) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: D.Palmer 17+5reb+3ast, J.Boyette 9+3reb, L.Pomare 9+5reb, M.Cousin 7+2reb, M.Kataoka 5+3reb+2ast, H.Kantake 3+1reb
Osaka Evessa: M.Bell 19+13reb+4ast, N.Walkup 12+3reb, R.Rickert 10+9reb+3ast, S.Watanuki 9+4reb+2ast, T.Kawabe 8+1reb, S.Konno 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 200698



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  JORDAN   


JPL Round 5 Best Player: Moore's 33-points gives him the Award - by Omar Shafaamri

Kofer Yoba's Center Christopher Moore (205-F-82, college: Virginia Union) continues his good performance, nevertheless his team recieved the 5th consecutive loss against Orthodox (120-64) in the 5th Round. Christopher had 33 pts, 9 reb and 2 assists from the losing side.

In the top game of the Round, ASU snapped their 5th consecutive win and this time over Cup titleholder Riyadi 82-79, Austin Johnson (191-G-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oklahoma) was the best from ASU with 27 pts and 7 assists while Round 4 best player Sani Sakakini (204-C-88)'s 27 pts did not prevent the 2nd loss in a row for Riyadi.





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  KUWAIT   

Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Al Kuwait 22-2 
 2. Al Qadsia 21-3 
 3. Al Sahel 21-4 
 4. Kazma 18-5 
 5. Al Jahraa 15-9 
 6. Al Arabi 13-12 
 7. Al Yarmook 12-13 
 8. Al Sulaibikhat 10-16 
 9. Al Nasar 6-19 
 10. Al Salmiyah 4-21 
 11. Al Tadhamon 3-21 
 12. Al Shabab 2-22 

Regular Season: Round 38

Feb. 25: Al Jahraa - Al Arabi 80-64
Feb. 25: Al Qadsia - Al Tadhamon 79-40
Feb. 25: Al Sahel - Al Sulaibikhat 71-60
Feb. 25: Al Nasar - Al Yarmook 58-59

Regular Season: Round 39

Feb. 27: Al Kuwait - Al Shabab
Feb. 27: Al Sahel - Al Nasar
Feb. 27: Kazma - Al Yarmook
Feb. 27: Al Jahraa - Al Salmiyah


D1 Round 38 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in D1.

Ninth-ranked Al Nasar (6-19) gave a tough game to seventh ranked Al Yarmook (12-13) in An Nasr on Monday. The visitors from Yarmouk managed to secure only one-point victory 59-58. However their fans expected easier game. Al Yarmook maintains seventh position with 12-13 record. Al Nasar at the other side keeps the ninth place with 19 games lost. Al Yarmook are looking forward to face higher ranked Kazma (#4) in Kuwait City in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Al Nasar will play on the road against Al Sahel (#3) in Abu Halifa and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Second ranked Al Qadsia (21-3) crushed at home 11th ranked Al Tadhamon (3-21) by 39 points 79-40, which is the biggest margin this round. Al Qadsia have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 21-3 record behind leader Al Kuwait. Al Tadhamon lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 21 games lost.

In the last two games of round 38 Al Sulaibikhat lost to Al Sahel on the opponent's court 60-71. Al Jahraa managed to outperform Al Arabi in a home game 80-64.


Al Nasar - Al Yarmook 58-59

Ninth-ranked Al Nasar (6-19) gave a tough game to seventh ranked Al Yarmook (12-13) in An Nasr on Monday. The visitors from Yarmouk managed to secure only one-point victory 59-58. However their fans expected easier game. Al Yarmook maintains seventh position with 12-13 record. Al Nasar at the other side keeps the ninth place with 19 games lost. Al Yarmook are looking forward to face higher ranked Kazma (#4) in Kuwait City in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Al Nasar will play on the road against Al Sahel (#3) in Abu Halifa and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
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Al Qadsia - Al Tadhamon 79-40

Second ranked Al Qadsia (21-3) crushed at home 11th ranked Al Tadhamon (3-21) by 39 points 79-40, which is the biggest margin this round. Al Qadsia have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 21-3 record behind leader Al Kuwait. Al Tadhamon lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 21 games lost.
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Al Sahel - Al Sulaibikhat 71-60

Very expected game in Abu Halifa where 8th ranked Al Sulaibikhat (10-16) was defeated by third ranked Al Sahel (21-4) 71-60. Al Sahel maintains third position with 21-4 record behind leader Al Kuwait. Al Sulaibikhat lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 16 games lost. Al Sahel will play against Al Nasar (#9) in An Nasr in the next round where they are favorite. Al Sulaibikhat will have a break next round.
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Al Jahraa - Al Arabi 80-64

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Al Jahraa's (15-9) home victory over 6th ranked Al Arabi (13-12) 80-64. Al Jahraa have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 15-9 record. Al Arabi at the other side keeps the sixth place with 12 games lost. Al Jahraa will play against Al Salmiyah (#10) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Al Arabi will have a break next round.
gschID: 234133



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EuroChallenge: Gaz Metan edge Ventspils to no avail - by Eurobasket News

Gaz Metan Medias - Ventspils 67:58

Gaz Metan capped their EuroChallenge Top 16 campaign with victory but failed to reach the next stage of the competition. The Romanian side overcame Ventspils but received no help from Pinar Karsiyaka in another game of the group and could not advance into the quarterfinal stage of the tournament.
Gaz Metan led by two points after ten minutes of action 12:10. The hosts remained aggressive defensively in the second quarter and stretched the lead. They accumulated a 26:20 halftime advantage. Gaz Metan cleared off even further in the third quarter. The hosts piled up a 9-point advantage heading into the fourth frame. The tempo grew in the fourth frame as the teams scored much more freely but Gaz Metan held on to the victory. Kyle Shiloh (191-PG-85, college: Nevada) nailed 15 points to pace the winners. Zoran Krstanovic (204-C-82, agency: TSS Management) added 13 points for the home team. Ventspils answered with 14 points from Martins Meiers (208-C-91). Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) connected for 12 points in the loss.

Gaz Metan: Kyle Shiloh 15, Zoran Krstanovic 13, Slobodan Dundjerski (188-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) 10
Ventspils: Martins Meiers 14, Donald Sims 12



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  LEBANON   

Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Sagesse 14-2 
 2. Al Riyadi 14-2 
 3. Champville 11-5 
 4. Amchit 10-6 
 5. Byblos 9-7 
 6. Moutahed 9-7 
 7. Bejjeh 5-11 
 8. Hoops 4-12 
 9. Anibal 2-14 
 10. Antranik 2-14 

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 26: Byblos - Al Riyadi 65-72
Feb. 27: Hoops - Bejjeh
Feb. 28: Moutahed - Antranik
Mar. 1: Amchit - Byblos
Mar. 1: Anibal - Sagesse
Mar. 2: Al Riyadi - Champville


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Amchit
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 37.4
 1. Emmett, Amchit37.4 
 2. Harper, Sagesse28.6 
 3. Gray, Anibal26.3 
 4. Blair, Hoops26.0 
 5. Khatib, Champville25.1 
 6. Ampim, Antranik22.8 
 7. Youngblood, Byblos22.6 
 8. Williams, Bejjeh22.3 
 9. Sims, Sagesse21.3 
 10. Terry, Champville20.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Byblos
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Fraser, Byblos17.5 
 2. Ampim, Antranik12.1 
 3. Johnson, Anibal11.7 
 4. Woods, Al Riyadi11.5 
 5. Bagaric, Amchit11.2 
 6. Tskitishvili, Cham.11.2 
 7. Sims, Sagesse10.5 
 8. Ismail, Al Riyadi9.4 
 9. Jamison, Bejjeh8.8 
 10. Emmett, Amchit8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Eric CHATFIELD
  Mouta.
  (191-G-79)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Chatfield, Mouta.6.2 
 2. Blair, Hoops5.9 
 3. Akl, Sagesse5.8 
 4. Youngblood, Byblos5.7 
 5. Williams, Bejjeh5.6 
 6. Zaloum, Antranik5.5 
 7. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.4 
 8. Ismail, Al Riyadi5.4 
 9. Fahed, Moutahed5.4 
 10. Khatib, Champville4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jasmon YOUNGBLOOD
  Byblos
  (195-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Youngblood, Byblos2.8 
 2. Blair, Hoops2.8 
 3. Williams, Bejjeh2.7 
 4. Harper, Sagesse2.1 
 5. Emmett, Amchit2.1 
 6. Zaloum, Antranik1.9 
 7. Gray, Anibal1.7 
 8. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi1.6 
 9. Fakhreddine, Hoops1.4 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Anibal
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Johnson, Anibal3.1 
 2. Tskitishvili, Cham.2.7 
 3. Bagaric, Amchit2.4 
 4. Woods, Al Riyadi2.4 
 5. Fraser, Byblos2.1 
 6. Khazzouh, Sagesse1.7 
 7. Fakhreddine, Hoops1.5 
 8. Ampim, Antranik1.1 
 9. Ismail, Al Riyadi0.9 
 10. Freije, Amchit0.8 



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  LITHUANIA   

Standings - LKL

LKL Standings
 1. Rudupis 12-2 
 2. Neptunas 12-3 
 3. Zalgiris 8-0 
 4. Pieno Zvaigzdes 8-6 
 5. Juventus 8-7 
 6. Nevezis 7-7 
 7. Siauliai 7-7 
 8. Lietuvos rytas 6-2 
 9. Lietkabelis 5-10 
 10. LSU-Baltai 4-11 
 11. Sakalai 4-11 
 12. Naglis Palangos 0-15 

Regular Season: Round 21

Feb. 26: LSU-Baltai - Neptunas 80-102
Feb. 25: Siauliai - Zalgiris 68-78
Feb. 26: Juventus - Lietuvos rytas 68-102

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 2: Siauliai - Sakalai
Mar. 2: Nevezis - Naglis Palangos
Mar. 2: Rudupis - Lietkabelis
Mar. 2: Juventus - Pieno Zvaigzdes


Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Gediminas ORELIKAS
  Rudupis
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 19
 1. Orelikas, Rudupis19.0 
 2. Hughes, Pieno Z.16.4 
 3. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.16.3 
 4. Samenas, Siauliai15.4 
 5. Gailius, Neptunas15.2 
 6. Milaknis, Rudupis13.5 
 7. Skucas, LSU-Baltai13.4 
 8. Kadziulis, Rudupis13.4 
 9. Sinica, Sakalai12.9 
 10. Brown, Naglis P.12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Siauliai
  (202-PF-82)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Kieza, Siauliai9.6 
 2. Bishop, Nevezis8.6 
 3. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai7.4 
 4. Sarakauskas, Nept.7.3 
 5. Varnelis, Juventus6.9 
 6. Gates, Pieno Z.6.6 
 7. Sinica, Sakalai6.5 
 8. Konate, Naglis P.6.3 
 9. Vene, Rudupis6.2 
 10. Skucas, LSU-Balt.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Lewis JACKSON
  Siauliai
  (178-PG-89)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Jackson, Siauliai4.8 
 2. Stasys, LSU-Baltai4.7 
 3. Dainys, Neptunas4.1 
 4. Janavicius, Rudupis4.0 
 5. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.0 
 6. Viskontas, Juvent.3.9 
 7. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.2 
 8. Mockevicius, Nagli.3.1 
 9. Ginevicius, Lietka.3.1 
 10. Maceina, Pieno Z.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.1.9 
 2. Stasys, LSU-Baltai1.9 
 3. Brown, Naglis P.1.9 
 4. Butkevicius, Lietk.1.8 
 5. Ginevicius, Lietka.1.7 
 6. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.1.6 
 7. Malasauskas, LSU-.1.6 
 8. Vene, Rudupis1.6 
 9. Kieza, Siauliai1.5 
 10. Kadziulis, Rudupis1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LSU-Baltai
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai2.6 
 2. Silinskis, Nevezis1.7 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.4 
 4. McClure, Neptunas0.9 
 5. Kupsas, Lietkabelis0.9 
 6. Gates, Pieno Z.0.9 
 7. Vene, Rudupis0.8 
 8. Dia, Siauliai0.8 
 9. Kieza, Siauliai0.8 
 10. Valeika, Rudupis0.8 


Lithuanian NKL round 34 best performance: Giedrius Staniulis - by Eurobasket News

Giedrius Staniulis (205-C/F-91) had a great game in the last round for S.Marciulionio, receiving a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 34.
The 21-year old player had a double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds, while his team outclassed Silute (#16, 10-24) with 29-point margin 99-70. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. S.Marciulionio maintains the 9th position in Lithuanian NKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. S.Marciulionio will need more victories to improve their 19-15 record. Staniulis turned to be S.Marciulionio's top player in his first season with the team. Giedrius Staniulis averages this season 12.6ppg and 6.8rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was young Antanas Udras (202-F-92) of Perlas-MRU. Udras had a very good evening with a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Perlas-MRU was edged by slightly higher-ranked Radviliskis (#11, 15-18) 83-81. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Perlas-MRU dropped in the standings to 13th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 14-20 record. Udras is one of the most experienced players at Perlas-MRU and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another S.Marciulionio's star - guard Robertas Bitinas (182-PG-84). Bitinas got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for four assists. He was another key player of S.Marciulionio, helping his team with a 99-70 easy win against the lower-ranked Silute (#16, 10-24). S.Marciulionio needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 15 lost games. Bitinas has a very solid season. In 28 games in Lithuania he scored 11.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marijus Uzupis (197-F-93) of Zanavykas - 15 points and 15 rebounds
5. Martynas Linkevicius (197-F-85) of Triobet - 17 points and 17 rebounds
6. Rokas Giedraitis (198-SF-92) of Mazeikiai - 18 points and 6 rebounds
7. Paulius Klemas (186-G-91) of Delikatesas - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Vitalis Pancerevas (185-G-87) of Radviliskis - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Tomas Dimsa (195-G/F-94) of Zalgiris-Sabonio - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Audrius Mineikis (201-F-77) of Suduva-Mantinga - 12 points and 12 rebounds

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



LKL Round 21: Juventus lose to Lietuvos rytas in the biggest upset of the week - by Eurobasket News

What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

The most shocking disappointment of round 21 was a home defeat of 5th ranked Juventus (8-7) by eighth ranked Lietuvos rytas (6-2) who outscored them by 34 points 102-68. It ended the three-game winning streak of Juventus. The game was mostly controlled by Lietuvos rytas. Juventus managed to win third quarter 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lietuvos rytas shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Lietuvos rytas made 7 blocks. Guard Dovydas Redikas (195-92) stepped up and scored 8 points and 9 assists for the winners and Latvian Janis Blums (191-82) chipped in 16 points. The best for the losing side was point guard Darius Gvezdauskas (191-88) with 18 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lietuvos rytas maintains eighth place with 6-2 record. Juventus at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Lietuvos rytas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Juventus will play at home against Pieno Zvaigzdes (#4) in Pasvalys and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Siauliai was also worth to mention about. Leader Zalgiris (8-0) played at the court of 6th ranked Siauliai (7-7). Zalgiris defeated Siauliai 78-68. American center Jeff Foote (212-88, college: Cornell) nailed 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and Mindaugas Kuzminskas accounted for 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Zalgiris' coach Joan Plaza used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Chase Simon (198-89, college: Detroit Mercy) came up with 19 points and 5 rebounds for Siauliai in the defeat. Undefeated Zalgiris have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Siauliai lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with seven games lost. They share it with Nevezis. Zalgiris will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Siauliai will play at home against Sakalai (#11) in Vilnius and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last game of round 21 Neptunas destroyed LSU-Baltai on the opponent's court 102-80.


LSU-Baltai - Neptunas 80-102

Very expected game in Kaunas where 10th ranked LSU-Baltai (4-11) was crushed by second ranked Neptunas (12-3) 102-80. Neptunas dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to LSU-Baltai's 28. Neptunas forced 28 LSU-Baltai turnovers and outrebounded them 33-21 including 24 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. The former international point guard Evaldas Dainys (180-82, college: Cent.Florida CC) nailed 16 points and 6 assists (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winning side and center Vytautas Sarakauskas (204-82) accounted for 15 points. Four Neptunas players scored in double figures. Zygimantas Skucas (200-92) came up with 19 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Mindaugas Stasys (180-86) added 12 points, 8 assists and 4 steals respectively for LSU-Baltai in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Neptunas have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They maintain second place with 12-3 record having just -1 point less than leader Rudupis. LSU-Baltai at the other side keeps the tenth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Sakalai. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
LSU-Baltai: Z.Skucas 19+5reb+2ast, T.Tamosiunas 15+3reb+2ast, M.Stasys 12+3reb+8ast, E.Alunderis 8+2reb+1ast, V.Sragauskis 7+1reb+2ast, P.Malasauskas 7+1reb+3ast
Neptunas: E.Dainys 16+3reb+6ast, V.Sarakauskas 15+4reb+1ast, D.Gailius 12+5reb+2ast, V.Vasylius 10+3reb+2ast, R.Broadus 9+3reb+2ast, R.Danys 9+3reb
gschID: 194345


Juventus - Lietuvos rytas 68-102

The most shocking disappointment of round 21 was a home defeat of 5th ranked Juventus (8-7) by eighth ranked Lietuvos rytas (6-2) who outscored them by 34 points 102-68. It ended the three-game winning streak of Juventus. The game was mostly controlled by Lietuvos rytas. Juventus managed to win third quarter 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lietuvos rytas shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Lietuvos rytas made 7 blocks. Guard Dovydas Redikas (195-92) stepped up and scored 8 points and 9 assists for the winners and Latvian Janis Blums (191-82) chipped in 16 points. Four Lietuvos rytas players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was point guard Darius Gvezdauskas (191-88) with 18 points and 5 rebounds and guard Arvydas Cepulis (197-79) scored 17 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. Lietuvos rytas maintains eighth place with 6-2 record. Juventus at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Lietuvos rytas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Juventus will play at home against Pieno Zvaigzdes (#4) in Pasvalys and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Juventus: D.Gvezdauskas 18+5reb+2ast, A.Cepulis 17+3reb, P.Morkeliunas 13+6reb, K.Petrukonis 8+3reb+2ast, A.Viskontas 7+5reb+7ast, N.Varnelis 3+7reb+1ast
Lietuvos rytas: J.Blums 16+2reb+2ast, T.Lydeka 15+2reb, S.Babrauskas 12+3reb, R.Seibutis 11+2reb+4ast, M.Katelynas 10+7reb, D.Redikas 8+4reb+9ast
gschID: 194344


Siauliai - Zalgiris 68-78

The game in Siauliai was also worth to mention about. Leader Zalgiris (8-0) played at the court of 6th ranked Siauliai (7-7). Zalgiris defeated Siauliai 78-68. The game was mostly controlled by Zalgiris. Siauliai was better in fourth quarter 24-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zalgiris shot 60.9 percent from the field. Zalgiris outrebounded Siauliai 34-20 including a 28-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American center Jeff Foote (212-88, college: Cornell) nailed 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and the former international forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-89) accounted for 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Zalgiris' coach Joan Plaza used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Chase Simon (198-89, college: Detroit Mercy) came up with 19 points and 5 rebounds and guard Laurynas Samenas (192-88) added 17 points respectively for Siauliai in the defeat. Zalgiris have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Siauliai lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with seven games lost. They share it with Nevezis. Zalgiris will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Siauliai will play at home against Sakalai (#11) in Vilnius and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: C.Simon 19+5reb+2ast, L.Samenas 17+1reb+1ast, R.Alijevas 10+4reb+3ast, S.Kuzminskas 9+2reb+2ast, V.Liutych 6+3ast, A.Kieza 4+3reb+1ast
Zalgiris: M.Kuzminskas 14+5reb+4ast, J.Foote 13+9reb+4ast, A.Juskevicius 12+4reb+2ast, R.Javtokas 8+1reb+2ast, D.Lavrinovic 8+2reb, D.McGrath 6+1reb+6ast
gschID: 194343



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  MEXICO   


CIBACOPA 2013 Results - by Alejandro Martinez

The following are the results from CIBACOPA's 2nd round of the 2013 Draft:
Round 2:
1.
Garra Canera de Navolato selected: Ronald Selleaze (197-F-76, agency: Dream Team Management, college: CSU Bakersfield)from Mazatlan
2. Trigueros de Cd Obregon selected: KEVIN SOWELL from Culiacan
3. Frayles de Guasave selected ROBERT ROBINSON from Culiacan
4. Mineros de Cananea selected: QUENTIN GONZALEZ from Culiacan
5. Fuerza Guinda de Nogales selected: ALBERTO GONZALEZ from Mexicali
6. Pioneros de Los Mochis selected GUSTAVO AYN from Culiacan
7. Zonkeys de Tijuana selected ELVIS MEDINA from Mexicali
8. Ostioneros de Guaymas selected ADRIAN HENNING from Culiacan
9. Rayos de Hermosillo selected: BRANDON HEREDIA from Navojoa



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Dragan Kostic is the new Head Coach of Ibar Rozaje - by Darko Pekic

After a long losing streak which started after the departure of its best player Brandon Roberson (180-PG, college: Missouri Baptist) and team captain Mersudin Kosuta at the season break in January, the newcomer in Erste Basketball League, Ibar Rozaje decided to make some changes and hire a new coach. Their new coach will be Dragan Kostic , former coach of Sloga Societe Generale Kraljevo who is expected to help the club from Northern Montenegro to avoid relegation in the upcoming Play-Out League.


Slavko Vranes close to sign with Metalac - by Darko Pekic

Montenegrin big man and former player of Partizan Belgrade, Slavko Vranes (230-C-83, agency: Beo Basket) has joined Metalac and will probably sign the contract with the club from Valjevo for the upcoming Serbian Superleague and try to help the ambitious Serbian club to book a ticket for the next Adriatic League season. One of the tallest players in world did not have a club in the first part of 2012/2013 season but is expected to be a great force in defense for the club coached by Dragan Nikolic . Last season he played in Iran for Sanaye Petrochimi Mahshahr.

Vranes has started his career in FMP Zeleznik youth team but he became well known during Partizan's Euroleague adventures when he established himself as one of the top shot blockers in Europe. He also had a brief stint in NBA with New York Knicks.



Ivan Jelenic moved from Romania to Macedonia and signed with Rabotnicki - by Darko Pekic

KK Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje (Prva Liga) landed 28-year old shooting guard Ivan Jelenic (192-SG-85, agency: BeoExcell). He started the season at BC Timisoara in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 16 games he averaged 9.9ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.3apg this season. Jelenic also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he had 7.5ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.2apg. The last season he played at Mornar Bar (1A) in Montenegrin league. In 28 games he had 12.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Guard of the Year and selected to 1st Team. Jelenic also played 12 games in Balkan League where he was fourth best scorer with impressive 17.1ppg and recorded 2.0rpg and 2.8apg and was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League 2nd Team.

He has played previously professionally in Greece (Xanthi) and Serbia (Vojvodina Srbijagas and Radnicki Kragujevac).



Djikanovic leaves Teodo Tivat - by Eurobasket News

38-year old center Savo Djikanovic (211-75, agency: Beo Basket) left KK Teodo Tivat (1A). In 14 games he averaged 13.6ppg, 9.4rpg (#2 in the league) and 1.6apg this season. He helped them to make it to the Montenegrin Cup Semifinals. Djikanovic also played 9 games in Balkan League where he was ninth best scorer with impressive 15.2ppg and recorded 6.6rpg (#6 in the league), 2.2apg and 1.6spg (in top 8).
He ended the last season at Etha (Division A) in Cypriot league. He contributed to his team winning the league title. But the most of that year Djikanovic spent at Marousi BC (A1) in Greek league. In two games he had 4.0ppg and 4.0rpg.
Djikanovic ended the previous (10-11) season at Ikaros (A1) in Greek league. But in 7 games he had just 1.3ppg and 2.0rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Achilleas (Division A) in Cypriot league. In 12 games he had 14.8ppg, 10.3rpg (leader !!!) and 1.3apg.
Among other achievements Djikanovic received Eurobasket.com Bosnia and Herzegovina League All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2010.
He has played also professionally in Greece (Olympiacos, Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas and Trikalla), Serbia (Vrsac) and Bosnia (Igokea).
Djikanovic is described as: Very movable player. Good shot for the free throw distance. Great blocker.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DjordjeMatic)



Savo Djikanovic (ex Teodo Tivat) is a newcomer at Jaszberenyi - by Eurobasket News

TOP COP Security Jaszbereny (A Division) strengthened their roster with addition of 38-year old Montenegrin center Savo Djikanovic (211-75, agency: Beo Basket). He started the season at Teodo Tivat in Montenegrin 1A league. In 14 1A games he recorded 13.6ppg, 9.4rpg and 1.6apg this season. Djikanovic also played 9 games in Balkan League where he averaged impressive 15.2ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.2apg and 1.6spg. He ended the last season at Etha (Division A) in Cypriot league. He helped them to win the league title. But the most of that year Djikanovic spent at Marousi BC (A1) in Greek league. In two games he averaged 4.0ppg and 4.0rpg.
Djikanovic ended the previous (10-11) season at Ikaros (A1) in Greek league. But in 7 games he averaged just 1.3ppg and 2.0rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Achilleas (Division A) in Cypriot league. In 12 games he averaged 14.8ppg, 10.3rpg (leader !!!) and 1.3apg.
Among other achievements Djikanovic received Eurobasket.com Bosnia and Herzegovina League All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2010.
He has played also professionally in Greece (Olympiacos, Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas and Trikalla), Serbia (Vrsac) and Bosnia (Igokea).
Djikanovic is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Jaszberenyi.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Very movable player. Good shot for the free throw distance. Great blocker.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Brooklyn N. 34-24 
 2. New York K. 33-20 
 3. Boston C. 30-27 
 4. Toronto R. 23-34 
 5. Philadelph.76 22-33 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 36-21 
 2. Chicago B. 32-25 
 3. Milwaukee B. 27-28 
 4. Detroit P. 22-37 
 5. Cleveland C. 19-38 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 41-14 
 2. Atlanta H. 32-23 
 3. Washington W. 18-37 
 4. Orlando M. 16-41 
 5. Charlotte B. 13-44 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 41-15 
 2. Denver N. 36-22 
 3. Utah Jazz