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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 20

Feb. 2: Szolnok - Crvena Zvezda 83-96
Feb. 2: MZT Skopje - Un.Olimpija 76-87
Feb. 2: Zadar - Siroki WWin 76-81
Feb. 2: Partizan - KK Split 68-59
Feb. 2: Cibona - Buducnost 60-73
Feb. 3: Krka - Radnicki KG
Feb. 3: Igokea - Cedevita


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar CAPIN
  Radnicki KG
  (186-PG-82)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Capin, Radnicki KG16.6 
 2. Planinic, Siroki W.15.7 
 3. Rakocevic, Crvena15.7 
 4. Travis, Zadar15.2 
 5. Sutalo, Siroki W.15.0 
 6. Blazic, Un.Olimpija14.7 
 7. Strawberry, Cibona13.9 
 8. White, Radnicki KG13.7 
 9. Gecevski, MZT S.13.6 
 10. Jorovic, Igokea13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Crvena Z.
  (210-F-87)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Savovic, Crvena Z.8.4 
 2. Gordon, Partizan8.0 
 3. Bader, Szolnok7.9 
 4. Travis, Zadar7.7 
 5. Baynes, Un.Olimpija6.8 
 6. Sakic, Siroki WWin6.7 
 7. Planinic, Siroki W.6.1 
 8. Hamilton, Cibona5.6 
 9. Kastropil, Zadar5.6 
 10. Vitkovac, Buducn.5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksandar CAPIN
  Radnicki KG
  (186-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Capin, Radnicki KG5.4 
 2. Subotic, KK Split4.9 
 3. Vladovic, Krka4.5 
 4. Hammonds, Igokea3.9 
 5. Otasevic, MZT S.3.7 
 6. Simon, Szolnok3.6 
 7. Rannikko, Un.Olimp.3.3 
 8. Markovic, Radnicki.3.2 
 9. Nelson, Crvena Z.3.2 
 10. Sutalo, Siroki W.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. STRAWBERRY
  Cibona
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Strawberry, Cibona2.2 
 2. Otasevic, MZT S.1.9 
 3. Green, Cedevita1.9 
 4. Salin, Un.Olimpija1.8 
 5. Hammonds, Igokea1.7 
 6. White, Radnicki KG1.6 
 7. Stojanovski, MZT S.1.5 
 8. Joksimovic, Igokea1.4 
 9. Worthington, Radni.1.4 
 10. Travis, Zadar1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  KK Split
  (212-F-89)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Kraljevic, KK Split1.4 
 2. Gecevski, MZT S.1.3 
 3. Musli, Partizan1.2 
 4. Planinic, Siroki W.1.1 
 5. Baynes, Un.Olimpija0.9 
 6. Lalic, Krka0.8 
 7. Gordon, Partizan0.8 
 8. Bryan-A., Radnicki.0.7 
 9. Omic, Un.Olimpija0.6 
 10. Sobin, KK Split0.5 



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  APBL   


Metropolitan All-Stars defeat the Rockville Victors - by Calvin Brown

The Metropolitan All-Stars, down by six (6) points with 17.5 seconds remaining in regulation, pulled out a miraculous victory by scoring 8 straight point to hand the Rockville Victors their first defeat of the season 108 to 106. The All-Stars were led in scoring by Cedric Steward and Antwon 'The Hawk' Hawkins with 20 points each, followed by Elyon Bush with 19, Curtis Massey with 18 and Curtis Crews with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Coach Al Brown said " it's always good to see how your team responds to adversity early in the season, especially when you have several new players to fit into your rotation." One of those new players, Cutis Massey, had an excellent debut with the All-Stars. Playing limited minutes, Massey made the most of his time on the court scoring 18 point and getting several key offensive rebounds to help secure the victory for the All-Stars. Antwon Hawkins and Cedrick Stewart both had steals and lay-ups in the final seconds of the game to lead their team to their first win of the new season. Our guys never give up, they always believe that they can win no matter what the situation, that's what I love about this team" says Brown, "they believe in themselves when nobody else in the gym does, and they play for 48 minutes, that's our motto (48 GRIND)". The All-Stars were also playing without several of their key players, including Eric Poole, Terrance Carter, Andrew Harding and Calvin Brown. These four players accounted for over 55 points and over 30 rebounds and over 15 assists last season, all of them will be in action next week with the exception of Calvin Brown, who is just stating the play-offs in Lima Peru. The All-Stars play the APBL defending champions, the Beltway Bombers, on Saturday, November 10, 2012 @ 1:00pm @ Central High School, 200 Cabin Branch Road, Capitol Height, MD 20743 and the All-Stars also play this Sunday, November 11, 2012 @ 1:00 against the Capital City Express @ the Benning Road Recreation Center on Benning Road in North East Washington, DC. Anthony Williams 21 points, Tavares Cooper 18 points, Armond Hill 17 points and Pierre Johnson 14 led the Victors in scoring in defeat. The victors made (9) 3 point baskets and led most of the game, but the All-Stars defense down the stretch made the difference in the games outcome.


Metropolitan All-Stars's Terrance Carter Player of the month for December - by Calvin Brown

Congratulations to Terrance Carter of the Metropolitan All-Stars for being named the APBLs player of the month for December. Carter averaged 26.2 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game for the month of December to help the All-Stars go undefeated for the month. Carter had been on a tear all season long since being snubbed by the EBA last year by not being recognized for his excellent seasons the last two years. Carter was the one of the best players on the best team and was left off all post season awards in the EBA the last two years. I believe the APBL knows better!

Antwon Hawkins is making a statement also in the APBL this year. Hawkins is having a MVP type year himself. Last game Hawkins scored 33 points in a victory over the Alexandria Avengers and has been playing a great all-around game all season long. Hawkins is part of the All-Stars three guard, high scoring offence that combined for over 80 points against the Avengers in their last came. Hawkins is currently third on the team in scoring, very close behind Carter and Stewart. Hawkins worth to the team cannot be measured by scoring alone as he is usually called on to defend against the opponents best offensive guard.

The real story for the All-Stars this year is that of a relatively unknown point guard named Cedrick Stewart. Stewart is quietly having a Rajon Rhondo type of season, flirting with a triple double virtually every game. Stewart is leading the team in rebounds and assists and is second on the team in scoring, behind Carter. Stewart is one of the main reasons that the All-Stars are the best team in the APBL and he should definitely be in the running, along with Carter and Hawkins, for the leagues MVP honors. Stewart has had 6 double doubles and two triple doubles this season and twice he had 12 rebounds, not bad for a 61 point guard.

Terrance Carter (6'5''-F-84, college: JMU)



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  ARGENTINA   

Standings - LigaA

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

Second Stage: Round 21

Feb. 1: GECR Indalo - Libertad S. 99-79
Feb. 1: Penarol - Regatas C. 90-77
Feb. 1: Atenas - Argentino 82-59
Feb. 1: Union Progr. - Obras 82-102
Feb. 1: Wuber-Est.Bahia - Sionista 80-71
Feb. 1: Olimpico LB - 9 de Julio 76-63
Feb. 1: La Union - Boca Jrs 74-86

Round 1

Jan. 30: Wuber-Est.Bahia - Libertad S. 86-84

Round 19

Jan. 29: Argentino - Union Progr. 77-56

Second Stage: Round 22

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


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.18.8 
 2. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras17.7 
 4. Lewis, La Union17.1 
 5. Jackson, GECR I.17.1 
 6. DeGroat, Boca Jrs16.0 
 7. Lytch, Argentino14.8 
 8. Gutierrez, Penarol14.7 
 9. Pau, Olimpico LB14.6 
 10. Quinteros, Regat.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.11.2 
 2. Clancy, Olimpico.11.1 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.7 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.8.0 
 5. Seawright, GECR I.7.6 
 6. Battle, Lanus7.4 
 7. Fierro, Atenas7.3 
 8. Williams, Quimsa7.3 
 9. Lewis, La Union7.2 
 10. Sanchez, Libertad.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Campazzo, Penarol7.0 
 2. Martinez, Regat.4.8 
 3. Labaque, Atenas4.1 
 4. De los Santo., Arg.4.0 
 5. Cajal, Union Progr.4.0 
 6. Laprovittola, Lanus3.8 
 7. Aguirre, Quimsa3.7 
 8. Osimani, Obras3.7 
 9. Treise, Libertad S.3.7 
 10. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.4 
 2. Pau, Olimpico LB2.0 
 3. Lescano, Atenas1.9 
 4. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.7 
 5. Washam, Regatas C.1.6 
 6. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.5 
 7. Ramirez, Olimpico.1.5 
 8. Espinoza, Obras1.5 
 9. Lewis, La Union1.5 
 10. Aguirre, Quimsa1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.2.1 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.3 
 3. Humphrey, Obras1.2 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 5. Torres, Wuber-Es.1.0 
 6. Santiago, Boca Jrs0.9 
 7. Meyinsse, Regat.0.9 
 8. Mata, Penarol0.9 
 9. Kammerichs, Regat.0.8 
 10. Meyinsse, Sionista0.8 


Liga Americas: Lanus open campaign with win over Pinheiros - by Eurobasket News

Lanus - Pinheiros/Sky 86:74

Lanus clinched the opening win in Liga Americas Group A. William McFarlan (201-F-76, agency: Dream Team Management, college: St.Thomas Aquinas) nailed 20 points to pace the winners to the victory in Guadalajara.
Pinheiros/Sky led by a single point after the starting frame 22:21. But Lanus stiffened defensively and erased the deficit for a 35:35 tie. The Argentinean team pulled ahead in the third term. They fired 23 points to gain a narrow 3-point lead into the fourth stanza. Lanus quickly cleared off to a 10-point lead in the fourth frame. They maintained it throughout the reminder of the contest celebrating the initial win at the end. Robert Battle (204-C-81, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Drexel) delivered 13 points and 7 rebounds, while Carlos Schattmann (194-G/F-87) had 11 points in the victory. Joe Smith (193-G-77, college: Al.-Huntsville) answered with 23 points for Pinheiros/Sky. Shamell Stallworth (196-SG-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) topscored with 26 points in defeat.

Lanus: William McFarlan 20, Robert Battle 13, Carlos Schattmann 11
Pinheiros/Sky: Shamell Stallworth 26, Joe Smith 23



LigaA Round 21 (Second Stage): Leader Regatas Corrientes lose to Penarol - by Eurobasket News

The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Regatas Corrientes (23-9) recorded its ninth loss in Mar del Plata on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked Penarol (21-10) 90-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Regatas Corrientes. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Penarol. Regatas Corrientes managed to win fourth quarter 29-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Penarol forced 20 Regatas Corrientes turnovers. The best player for the winners was international power forward Leonardo Gutierrez (201-78) who scored 25 points and 5 rebounds. International point guard Facundo Campazzo (179-91) chipped in 22 points, 5 assists and 6 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Federico Kammerichs (202-80) who recorded 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Lanus. Regatas Corrientes at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost. Penarol is looking forward to face Sionista (#9) in Parana in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Regatas Corrientes will play on the road against Wuber-Est.Bahia (#12) in Bahia Blanca and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Bahia Blanca. Twelfth ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (14-17) saved a 2-point victory at home edging higher ranked Libertad Sunchales (18-14) 86-84 on Wednesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It was a good game for the former international guard Juan Ignacio Sanchez (192-77, college: Temple) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 5 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Juan Manuel Torres contributed with 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Diego Garcia (190-79) answered with 23 points for Libertad Sunchales. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Wuber-Est.Bahia maintains twelfth place with 14-17 record. Libertad Sunchales lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 14 games lost. Wuber-Est.Bahia will play against league's leader Regatas Corrientes at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Libertad Sunchales will play against Lanus (#3) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Cordoba, where higher ranked Argentino (18-15) was outleveled in a road game by tenth ranked Atenas (16-17) 82-59 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Argentino. Matias Lescano stepped up and scored 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. The best for the losing side was Kavon Lytch with 8 points and 9 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. Atenas moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Sionista. Newly promoted Argentino dropped to the sixth position with 15 games lost. Atenas will meet at home 9 de Julio (#14) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Argentino will play against Olimpico de La Banda (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Comodoro R., where higher ranked Libertad Sunchales (18-14) was outleveled in a road game by eleventh ranked GECR Indalo (15-17) 99-79. Diego Ciorciari nailed 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Libertad Sunchales' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. GECR Indalo maintains eleventh place with 15-17 record. Libertad Sunchales lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 14 games lost. GECR Indalo's next round opponent will be higher ranked Quimsa (#8) in Santiado Estero and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Libertad Sunchales will play on the road against Lanus where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
An interesting game took place in Bahia Blanca, where 9th ranked Sionista (16-17) lost to twelfth ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (14-17) in a road game 71-80 on Friday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sionista. The best player for the winners was Devin Davis who had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Sionista's coach Sebastian Svetliza let to play ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Wuber-Est.Bahia maintains twelfth place with 14-17 record. Loser Sionista keeps the ninth position with 17 games lost. Wuber-Est.Bahia will face league's leader Regatas Corrientes at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

Other games of round 21 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Obras crushed Union Progr. in Buenos Aires 102-82. Olimpico LB beat 9 de Julio at home 76-63. Boca Jrs won against La Union on the opponent's court 86-74. Argentino outscored Union Progr. in a home game 77-56.
The best stats of 21th round was 31 points by Federico Van Lacke of Boca Jrs.


Atenas - Argentino 82-59

We should mention about the upset which took place in Cordoba, where higher ranked Argentino (18-15) was outleveled in a road game by tenth ranked Atenas (16-17) 82-59 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Argentino. The game was mostly controlled by Atenas. Argentino managed to win third quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-25 free shots (92.0 percent) during the game. Atenas outrebounded Argentino 42-31 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international swingman Matias Lescano (196-79) stepped up and scored 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners and the former international guard Alexis Elsener (193-88) chipped in 17 points. Four Atenas players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Kavon Lytch (199-87, college: Oklahoma City, agency: Dream Team Management) with 8 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Cristian Amicucci (202-85) scored 12 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Atenas moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Sionista. Newly promoted Argentino dropped to the sixth position with 15 games lost. Atenas will meet at home 9 de Julio (#14) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Argentino will play against Olimpico de La Banda (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Atenas: M.Lescano 19+9reb+5ast, A.Elsener 17+3reb+1ast, D.Kante 13+6reb+1ast, J.Bulfoni 11+3reb+2ast, F.Barroso 6+6reb, B.Labaque 5+4reb+4ast
Argentino: C.Amicucci 12+3reb, B.Carlwell 8+5reb, K.Lytch 8+9reb+1ast, N.De los Santos 8+2reb+3ast, G.Luchino 7+3reb+1ast, A.Weigand 7+5reb
gschID: 189538


Union Progr. - Obras 82-102

Everything could happen in Villa Angela at the game between two tied teams. Both fifteenth ranked Obras and 14th ranked Union Progresista had identical 10-20 record. But Union Progresista was not able to use a home court advantage and was crushed by the opponent from Buenos Aires 102-82 on Friday night. The game was mostly controlled by Obras. Union Progresista was better in fourth quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Obras dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Union Progresista's 40. Obras had a 27-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was international power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) who scored 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). American power forward Ryan Humphrey (203-79, college: Notre Dame, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Obras' coach Gabriel Picatto used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was British-American forward Darren Phillip (201-78, college: Fairfield) who recorded 18 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Ariel Zago (201-85) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Five Obras and four Union Progresista players scored in double figures. Obras have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to thirteenth place. Union Progresista lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fifteenth position with 21 games lost. Obras will face bottom-ranked La Union (#16) in Formosa in the next round. Union Progresista will play at home against Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires.
Top scorers:
Obras: R.Humphrey 17+10reb, A.Konsztadt 17+4reb+2ast, J.Gutierrez 16+7reb+4ast, K.Lamonte 14+2reb+2ast, J.Mazzaro 13+1reb+3ast, M.Osimani 12+1reb+5ast
Union Progr.: D.Phillip 18+8reb+3ast, E.Scott 14+2reb, A.Zago 12+5reb, D.Cavaco 11+1reb+1ast, O.Canton 8+2reb, C.Avalle 7+2ast
gschID: 189537


Penarol - Regatas C. 90-77

Top ranked Regatas Corrientes (23-9) recorded its ninth loss in Mar del Plata on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked Penarol (21-10) 90-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Regatas Corrientes. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Penarol. Regatas Corrientes managed to win fourth quarter 29-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Penarol forced 20 Regatas Corrientes turnovers. The best player for the winners was international power forward Leonardo Gutierrez (201-78) who scored 25 points and 5 rebounds. International point guard Facundo Campazzo (179-91) chipped in 22 points, 5 assists and 6 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Federico Kammerichs (202-80) who recorded 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American center Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia, agency: Dream Team Management) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Four Regatas Corrientes players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Lanus. Regatas Corrientes at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost. Penarol is looking forward to face Sionista (#9) in Parana in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Regatas Corrientes will play on the road against Wuber-Est.Bahia (#12) in Bahia Blanca and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Penarol: L.Gutierrez 25+5reb+1ast, F.Campazzo 22+1reb+5ast, D.Teague 11+4reb+1ast, S.Safar 9+1reb, M.Mata 8+4reb+1ast, M.Leiva 6+7reb+2ast
Regatas C.: F.Kammerichs 15+6reb+1ast, J.Meyinsse 13+7reb, M.Gerlero 12+1reb+1ast, N.Brussino 11+3reb, P.Quinteros 7+2reb+6ast, T.Washam 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 189535


Olimpico LB - 9 de Julio 76-63

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (19-14) defeated at home 13th ranked 9 de Julio (11-21) 76-63 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 48-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Cedric McGowan (200-85, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Ariel Pau (186-84) chipped in 19 points. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Enzo Ruiz (193-88, agency: Dream Team Management) who recorded 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and American forward LaVell Blanchard (201-81, college: Michigan) added 9 points and 10 rebounds respectively. 9 de Julio's coach Sebastian Gonzalez let to play ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Olimpico de La Banda moved-up to fourth place. Loser 9 de Julio dropped to the fourteenth position with 21 games lost. Olimpico de La Banda will face Argentino (#6) in Junin in the next round. 9 de Julio will play on the road against Atenas (#10) in Cordoba.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: C.McGowan 20+6reb+1ast, A.Pau 19+2reb+3ast, F.Malara 10+6reb+1ast, J.Machuca 9+2ast, F.Calvi 7+4reb, S.Clancy 4+12reb
9 de Julio: E.Ruiz 15+9reb+4ast, E.Nelson 15+2reb, L.Blanchard 9+10reb, J.Ayarza 9+2reb+1ast, D.Gerbaudo 8+3reb+2ast, D.Brezzo 5+6reb
gschID: 189534


La Union - Boca Jrs 74-86

Very expected game in Formosa where 16th ranked La Union (8-25) was defeated by eighth ranked Boca Juniors (17-14) 86-74 on Friday. The guests trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 53-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Boca Juniors shot 67.4 percent from the field. La Union was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was international guard Federico Van Lacke (191-80) who scored 31 points. American forward John DeGroat (198-85, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Boca Juniors players scored in double figures. Boca Juniors' coach Nestor Garcia used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Gregory Lewis (200-78, college: Winthrop, agency: Dream Team Management) who recorded 17 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Nicolas Gianella (186-78) added 21 points respectively. Boca Juniors moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Quimsa. La Union lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. Boca Juniors will face Union Progresista (#15) in Villa Angela in the next round and are hoping to win another game. La Union will play at home against Obras in Buenos Aires.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: F.Van Lacke 31+3reb+2ast, J.DeGroat 17+6reb+1ast, D.Santiago 13+4reb+2ast, P.Hopson 11+1ast, J.Coleman 7+1reb, M.Stanic 4+3reb+6ast
La Union: N.Gianella 21+1reb+1ast, G.Lewis 17+7reb+1ast, T.Shannon 12+6reb+2ast, J.Brussino 9+1reb, R.Wolkowyski 6+6reb+1ast, J.Aprea 4+2reb
gschID: 189533


GECR Indalo - Libertad S. 99-79

An interesting game took place in Comodoro R., where higher ranked Libertad Sunchales (18-14) was outleveled in a road game by eleventh ranked GECR Indalo (15-17) 99-79. Libertad Sunchales was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. It was a great shooting night for GECR Indalo especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. Naturalized Italian point guard Diego Ciorciari (184-80, agency: Interperformances) nailed 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and American guard David Jackson (196-82, college: Penn St.) accounted for 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Puerto Rican center Ricardo Sanchez (212-87) came up with 17 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and point guard Jonatan Treise (186-85) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively for Libertad Sunchales in the defeat. Five GECR Indalo and four Libertad Sunchales players scored in double figures. Libertad Sunchales' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. GECR Indalo maintains eleventh place with 15-17 record. Libertad Sunchales lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 14 games lost. GECR Indalo's next round opponent will be higher ranked Quimsa (#8) in Santiado Estero and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Libertad Sunchales will play on the road against Lanus where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: D.Ciorciari 24+7reb+3ast, K.Seawright 18+6reb+1ast, D.Jackson 18+6reb+5ast, J.Robinson 14+3reb+3ast, M.Byro 11+1reb+1ast, P.Orlietti 7+3reb
Libertad S.: R.Sanchez 17+4reb+2ast, G.Mikulas 13+3reb, D.Garcia 13+3reb, J.Treise 12+1reb+4ast, A.Alloatti 7+2reb, D.Johnson 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 189532


Wuber-Est.Bahia - Sionista 80-71

An interesting game took place in Bahia Blanca, where 9th ranked Sionista (16-17) lost to twelfth ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (14-17) in a road game 71-80 on Friday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sionista. The best player for the winners was American-Spanish forward Devin Davis (202-74, college: Miami, OH) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. International center Juan Manuel Torres (210-84) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Four Wuber-Est.Bahia players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Panamanian power forward Jose Lloreda (203-80, college: LSU, agency: Paris Global Sports) who recorded 19 points and 8 rebounds and the former international point guard Luis Cequeira (180-85) added 20 points respectively. Sionista's coach Sebastian Svetliza let to play ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Wuber-Est.Bahia maintains twelfth place with 14-17 record. Loser Sionista keeps the ninth position with 17 games lost. Wuber-Est.Bahia will face league's leader Regatas Corrientes at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Wuber-Est.Bahia: D.Davis 13+12reb+4ast, J.Manuel Torres 12+5reb+3ast, L.Faggiano 11+1reb+2ast, H.Jasen 10+5reb+1ast, L.Nailon 8+2reb+1ast, J.Manuel Rivero 8+2reb+2ast
Sionista: L.Cequeira 20+4reb+2ast, J.Lloreda 19+8reb, M.Sandes 10+10reb+1ast, D.Hure 8, J.Pittman 4+6reb+2ast, A.Zilli 4+6reb
gschID: 189531


Round 1
Wuber-Est.Bahia - Libertad S. 86-84

Important game to mention about took place in Bahia Blanca. Twelfth ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (14-17) saved a 2-point victory at home edging higher ranked Libertad Sunchales (18-14) 86-84 on Wednesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. Libertad Sunchales was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 23-20 charge of Wuber-Est.Bahia, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for the former international guard Juan Ignacio Sanchez (192-77, college: Temple) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 5 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). International center Juan Manuel Torres (210-84) contributed with 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Diego Garcia (190-79) answered with 23 points and American guard DerMarr Johnson (206-80, college: Cincinnati) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Libertad Sunchales. Four Libertad Sunchales players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Wuber-Est.Bahia maintains twelfth place with 14-17 record. Libertad Sunchales lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 14 games lost. Wuber-Est.Bahia will play against league's leader Regatas Corrientes at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Libertad Sunchales will play against Lanus (#3) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Wuber-Est.Bahia: J.Ignacio Sanchez 25+2reb+5ast, J.Manuel Torres 24+7reb, J.Williams 14+3reb+2ast, L.Nailon 8+3reb, J.Manuel Rivero 6+1ast, H.Jasen 5+3reb
Libertad S.: D.Garcia 23+3reb+2ast, J.Treise 13+5reb+1ast, D.Johnson 12+8reb+1ast, G.Mikulas 11+3reb+2ast, R.Sanchez 8+4reb+3ast, A.Alloatti 6+3reb
gschID: 232782


Round 19
Argentino - Union Progr. 77-56

Very predictable result in Junin where fifth ranked Argentino (18-15) outscored 14th ranked Union Progresista (10-21) 77-56 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Argentino led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was the former international center Axel Weigand (200-85) who scored 20 points. Power forward Cristian Amicucci (202-85) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Argentino's coach Adrian Capelli felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was British-American forward Darren Phillip (201-78, college: Fairfield) who recorded 18 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Ernest Scott (201-82, college: Valdosta St.) added 6 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Despite that victory Argentino went down to sixth position due to points difference. Union Progresista lost third consecutive game. Union Progresista at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the fifteenth place with 21 games lost. Argentino will face higher ranked Olimpico de La Banda (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Union Progresista will play against Boca Juniors (#7) in Buenos Aires.
Top scorers:
Argentino: A.Weigand 20+3reb+3ast, C.Amicucci 16+7reb, F.Funes 9+10reb+2ast, N.De los Santos 9+4reb+2ast, G.Luchino 6+1reb, A.Carabajal 6+1reb+1ast
Union Progr.: D.Phillip 18+6reb+3ast, V.Hugo Cajal 7+3reb+3ast, A.Zago 7+5reb, O.Canton 6+6reb, E.Scott 6+7reb, C.Schoppler 5+4reb
gschID: 232444



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

O Standings
 1. Saigon H. 3-2 
 2. Satria Muda 3-2 
 3. Petron Blaze 2-1 
 4. Thailand S. 2-3 
 5. KL Dragons 2-3 
 6. Singapore S. 1-2 

Regular Season: Round 4

Feb. 2: KL Dragons - Thailand S. 65-77
Feb. 1: Petron Blaze - Saigon H. 100-74
Feb. 5: Singapore S. - KL Dragons
Feb. 8: Petron Blaze - Satria Muda



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  AUSTRALIA   


Wildcats def. Hawks - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Perth Wildcats shook off a determined Wollongong Hawks in the second half on Sunday at the Perth Arena to come away 80-52 winners to top off the club's 30th anniversary celebrations.

With many club legends in the house including James Crawford, Cal Bruton and Mike Ellis who took part in a celebratory game before hand, the Wildcats had a lot to live up to but the Hawks gave them all they could handle in the first half.

Coming off a big win in Adelaide on Friday to maintain their hold on fourth spot, the Hawks did well in the first half especially in the second quarter thanks to two three-point bombs apiece from Oscar Forman and Adris Deleon to lead by as much as nine.

However, the Wildcats whittled the deficit down to three by half-time and then came out and scored the first 11 points of the third period and were up by 11 at three quarter-time, and never were headed in the last quarter to win by a thumping 28.

After scoring 38 in the first half, Wollongong managed just seven points in the third quarter and then only seven in the last with just three of those coming in the opening eight minutes.

Damian Martin was remarkable at both ends, collecting an incredible seven offensive rebounds to go with six steals as he almost single-handedly dominated the possession game.

Martin added nine points and four assists for good measure as Shawn Redhage top-scored for the Wildcats with 19 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Matt Knight added 13 points and seven boards while an aggressive Everard Bartlett (193-G-86) nailed 11 points.

Things fell away for the Hawks in the second half with Deleon finishing with 14 points and new import Malcolm Grant 12.

The Hawks still cling to fourth spot at 9-11 to be just ahead of Melbourne (8-10) with the two teams to clash over that position this coming Friday night.



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  AUSTRIA   

Standings - A Bundesliga

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

Regular Season: Round 20

Feb. 2: Oberwart - St.Polten 97-75
Feb. 2: Wels - Klosterneub. 83-90
Feb. 3: Kapfenberg - Arkadia
Feb. 3: BC Vienna - Gmunden
Feb. 4: Furstenfeld - Gussing


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maurice PEARSON
  Furstenf.
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Pearson, Furstenf.19.8 
 2. Tiedeman, Wels19.5 
 3. Spasojevic, Arkadia19.4 
 4. Grum, Furstenfeld18.9 
 5. Gilchrese, UBSC G.18.8 
 6. Shaw, Kapfenberg18.1 
 7. Dale, UBSC G.18.0 
 8. Ray, BC Vienna17.9 
 9. Suljanovic, Kloste.17.5 
 10. Lamesic, Wels16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice PEARSON
  Furstenf.
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Pearson, Furstenf.12.5 
 2. Heard, Gussing8.1 
 3. Sanchez, Kapfenbe.7.8 
 4. Ray, BC Vienna7.0 
 5. Washington, Wels6.9 
 6. Johnson, Oberwart6.9 
 7. Speiser, St.Polten6.7 
 8. Lamesic, Wels6.7 
 9. Bortolin, Arkadia6.6 
 10. Suljanovic, Klost.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Ian BOYLAN
  BC Vienna
  (197-G/F-83)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Boylan, BC Vienna6.1 
 2. Woods, Kapfenberg6.0 
 3. Klepeisz, Gussing5.0 
 4. Tiedeman, Wels4.4 
 5. Lanegger, Klostern.4.4 
 6. Danek, BC Vienna4.2 
 7. O''Neal, Furstenfeld3.9 
 8. Farokhmanesh, Wels3.8 
 9. Schaal, UBSC G.3.7 
 10. Brown, Gmunden3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  UBSC G.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gilchrese, UBSC G.2.6 
 2. Boylan, BC Vienna1.7 
 3. Ray, BC Vienna1.6 
 4. Arnold, Gmunden1.6 
 5. Pryor, Kapfenberg1.5 
 6. Markovic, UBSC G.1.5 
 7. O''Neal, Furstenfeld1.4 
 8. Farokhmanesh, Wels1.4 
 9. Payton, Klostern.1.3 
 10. Oppland, Gmunden1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Matias BORTOLIN
  Arkadia
  (205-C-93)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Bortolin, Arkadia1.2 
 2. Rakocevic, BC Vi.1.1 
 3. Cresnar, Furstenf.1.1 
 4. Arnold, Gmunden1.0 
 5. Washington, Wels0.8 
 6. Shaw, Kapfenberg0.8 
 7. Mayer, Gmunden0.7 
 8. Greimeister, Klost.0.6 
 9. Koch, Gussing0.6 
 10. Pearson, Furstenf.0.6 



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  BAHRAIN   

Standings

Premier League Standings
 1. Al Manama 8-2 
 2. Muharraq 8-2 
 3. Al Ahli 8-2 
 4. Al Hala 8-2 
 5. Sitra 7-3 
 6. Hidd 5-5 
 7. Issa Town 4-5 
 8. Bahrain Club 3-6 
 9. Nuwaidrat 3-6 
 10. Al Najma 2-8 
 11. Al Ittihad 2-8 
 12. Samaheej 0-9 

Regular Season: Round 10

Feb. 1: Hidd - Al Hala 80-97
Jan. 31: Sitra - Al Ahli 72-61
Jan. 31: Muharraq - Al Manama 63-80
Feb. 1: Al Najma - Al Ittihad 59-56
Feb. 2: Nuwaidrat - Bahrain Club
Feb. 2: Issa Town - Samaheej


Sow leads Manama to victory - by Yousef Ahmed


Pape Sow (207-F-81, college: CS Fullerton) inspired Manama to a resounding 80-63 demolition of defending champions Muharraq last night to send out a stern warning to their title rivals in the Zain Bahrain Basketball League.

Sow registered a game-high 28 points to spearhead the victors in the highly anticipated contest. The six-foot, 10-inch centre from Senegal scored 24 of his points in the opening half alone, when he led Manama to a commanding lead which they never relinquished.

Muharraq battled back to within three points in the second half, but Manama were just too good in the end and they pulled away for a lopsided victory.

Hassan Nairouz chipped in with 11 points, while Mohammed Hassan added another 10 for Manama. Ahmed Mutawa and Ahmed Abdulaziz contributed nine points apiece.

American import CJ Giles paced Muharraq in yesterday's loss. He scored 25 points, but received little help from elsewhere. Bader Abdulla Malabes finished with nine markers, and Ahmed Al Durazi had eight, while the usually high-scoring Mohammed Abdulmajeed was held to just six markers.

With the result, Manama improved to an 8-2 win-loss record to move into a three-way tie with Muharraq and Al Ahli.

Ahli lost in last night's other game to a resurgent Sitra, who were impressive in their 72-61 triumph.

Quwayed brothers Mohammed and Younes combined for an outstanding 49 points in the game, with Mohammed leading all scorers with 28.

Six-foot, 11-inch Ahli import Aaron Pettway from the US paced his team with 22 points in a losing effort, while court general Hussain Shaker had 15.

Sitra claimed their seventh win after 10 games, and they have now become the only team in the league to have beaten Manama, Muharraq and Ahli so far this season.

In Manama's big win over Muharraq, Sow was a one-man wrecking crew in the early stages of the contest.

Sow helped his team take a comfortable 22-13 lead with two free-throws after being inadvertently tripped while leading a fast-break - the play was ruled as an intentional foul on Muharraq forward Mohmmaed Aziz. Retaining possession, Sow helped Manama gain their first double-digit lead of the night after finding a cutting Mohammed Hussain for an easy lay-up.

Early in the second period, Sow demonstrated his offensive skills by burying a three-pointer to make it 31-15 for Manama. He later made fired in another triple to give them a 40-27 lead while taking his personal tally to 24 before half-time. Manama enjoyed a 47-36 lead heading into the locker rooms.

In the third, Muharraq began to gradually make a run and an Al Durazi three-pointer cut their deficit to single digits, 47-55, late in the quarter. Malabes then scored with a driving lay-up to make it a one-possession game, 52-55, before Nairouz sank one of two free-throws to put Manama narrowly ahead by four with the final canto left to play.

After Malabes made another charity shot to start the fourth, Manama sharp-shooters Hussain and Hassan buried back-to-back baskets from beyond the arc, once again extending the gap to nine and effectively halting any Muharraq resurgence.

The winners cruised from there, and they led by as many as 18 points in garbage time.

League action continues tonight with Al Hala facing Hidd at 6pm, followed by Al Ettihad taking on Al Najma at 7.45pm.


Source GDN By PATRICK SALOMON , Posted on Friday, February 01, 2013




Salman stars as Al Hala down Hidd - by Yousef Ahmed



AL HALA powered past Al Hidd 97-80 last night in the Zain Bahrain Basketball League.

Hussain Salman scored a game-high 29 points to lead Hala to the big win.

The result earned them their eighth victory in 10 games. That moved them into a thrilling four-way tie for first place on the league standings, alongside Manama, Muharraq and Al Ahli.

American professional Trello Galloway (201-G/F-79, college: Georgia St.) added 19 points for the victors before fouling out, while Ahmed Mirza scored 16 and Ali Abbas 12.

Hidd import Boris Siakam from Cameroon paced Hidd with 28 points in the loss. Ebrahim Al Khabaaz chipped in with 14 while Sabah Hussain finished the game with 12.

Hala were in control of the contest from the very tip-off, and they enjoyed a commanding 52-29 lead at the half-time break.

After three quarters, they continued to dominate the opposition and had a 74-50 advantage. They cruised in the final canto as both teams cleared their benches for the remainder of the game.

With the result, Hala bounced back from a humiliating 34-point loss to Manama in their previous game. Hidd suffered their second straight defeat and now own a 5-5 win-loss mark in the middle of the table. They are currently in position to advance to the league's six-team play-off round.

Games continue tonight with battles in the bottom-half of the table. At 6pm, Nuwaidrat and Bahrain Club face off, to be followed at 7.45pm by Isa Town taking on winless Samaheej.

Tomorrow is a rest day and league action will once again resume on Monday.

Source GDN Posted on Saturday, February 02, 2013



Osos tab Jamar Brown, ex Al Manama - by Eurobasket

Osos de Guadalajara (LNBP) inked 33-year old American power forward Jamar Brown (206-109kg-80, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo). He supposed to help them in their Liga Americas campaign. He supposed to play at Al Manama in Bahrain Premier League. Brown also spent pre-season at Springfield Armor in D-League earlier this season. Last year he also played for the Armor (5.4ppg and 4.5rpg).
Brown is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Argentina (Atenas), Canada, Japan (Toyama Grouses), New Zealand, Philippines (Meralco Bolts), Spain (Fontedoso Carrefour), Turkey (Antalya) and D-League (Frisco Texas Legends).
Brown attended Colorado State-Pueblo until 2003 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: A rapidly improving PF, who runs the court like a guard, has an athletic body, quick hands and good ball handling. Knows how to score, even from mid-range, and is a good shot-blocker. Could become top league material soon.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BELARUS   


Maks Adam Konate claims Belarusian Premier League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Talented Ukrainian Maks Adam Konate (200-F-91) had a very impressive game in the last round for Svisloch and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 21-year old forward had the game-high 32 points adding six rebounds and two assists for Svisloch in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Impuls BGUIR (#5, 7-10) with 34-point margin 103-69. Svisloch maintains the 6th position in Belarusian Premier League. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Svisloch have already lost 12 games and recorded just five victories. In the team's last game Konate had a remarkable 76.5% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Svisloch, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Maks Adam Konate averages this season 18.0ppg and 10.4rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Svisloch's star - 22-year old Ukrainian guard Nikola Polyulyak (192-G-90). Polyulyak impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 14 assists. Of course together with Konate he helped Svisloch with another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Impuls BGUIR (#5, 7-10) 103-69. Svisloch's 6th position in the standings has not changed. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Svisloch managed to get this year. Polyulyak is one of the most experienced players at Svisloch and similarly like Maks Adam Konate has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Lithuanian Vytautas Kamarunas (179-PG-89) of Tsmoki-Minsk II (#4). Kamarunas showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Tsmoki-Minsk II, leading his team to a 66-52 easy win against the lower-ranked Borisfen (#7, 3-15). The chances of Tsmoki-Minsk II ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Kamarunas could help Tsmoki-Minsk II to bring them higher in the standings. Kamarunas has a great season in Belarus. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.5apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aliaksandr Semianiuk (207-F-93) of Tsmoki-Minsk II - 14 points and 14 rebounds
5. Vladimir Krisevich (210-C-91) of Tsmoki-Minsk II - 17 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Vitaliy Bliznyuk (206-C-79) of Grodno-93 - 11 points and 5 rebounds
7. Fedor Kryukov (181-PG-88) of Borisfen - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Anton Indrikov (193-G-87) of Rubon - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Denis Azaare (196-G/F-92) of Impuls BGUIR - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Kanstantin Yafremov (202-F-86) of Grodno-93 - 7 points and 6 rebounds

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



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

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

Regular Season: Round 15

Feb. 2: Oostende - Verviers-Pep. 99-71
Feb. 1: Spirou - Aalstar 97-100
Jan. 31: Leuven - Liege 84-76
Feb. 2: Antwerp - M.Hainaut 56-49

Regular Season: Round 16

Feb. 8: Verviers-Pep. - Spirou
Feb. 8: Liege - Oostende
Feb. 9: M.Hainaut - Leuven
Feb. 9: Aalstar - Antwerp


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Spirou
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Walsh, Spirou18.8 
 2. Mukubu, Liege17.7 
 3. Thompson, Aalstar17.6 
 4. Taylor, M.Hainaut16.2 
 5. Robinson, Leuven16.0 
 6. Green, Verviers.16.0 
 7. Aleksandrov, Vervi.15.4 
 8. Lojeski, Oostende15.3 
 9. Clark, Aalstar15.1 
 10. Bostic, M.Hainaut14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Spirou
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Walsh, Spirou9.8 
 2. Qvale, M.Hainaut7.3 
 3. Wilkinson, Oostende6.9 
 4. Thondique, Antwerp6.7 
 5. Aska, Leuven6.4 
 6. Tofi, Aalstar6.3 
 7. Young, Aalstar6.2 
 8. Gillet, Liege6.2 
 9. Wright, Oostende6.1 
 10. Aleksandrov, Verv.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jerime ANDERSON
  Verviers.
  (187-PG-89)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Anderson, Verviers.5.6 
 2. Marnegrave, Leuven5.2 
 3. Bosco, Liege5.1 
 4. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.6 
 5. Walsh, Spirou3.8 
 6. Thompson, Aalstar3.4 
 7. Lojeski, Oostende3.4 
 8. Black, Antwerp3.4 
 9. Raivio, Aalstar3.3 
 10. Moors, Antwerp3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Niels MARNEGRAVE
  Leuven
  (191-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Marnegrave, Leuven2.5 
 2. Black, Antwerp2.2 
 3. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.2 
 4. Mukubu, Liege2.1 
 5. Iarochevitch, Liege1.8 
 6. Hanavan, Leuven1.7 
 7. Hopkins, Antwerp1.6 
 8. Bostic, M.Hainaut1.6 
 9. Anderson, Aalstar1.6 
 10. Thompson, Aalstar1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Wesley WILKINSON
  Oostende
  (207-PF-84)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Wilkinson, Oostende1.6 
 2. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.3 
 3. Riddick, Spirou1.2 
 4. Ferguson, Verviers.1.2 
 5. Dukes, Leuven0.8 
 6. Love, Antwerp0.7 
 7. Young, Aalstar0.7 
 8. Thondique, Antwerp0.7 
 9. Aska, Leuven0.6 
 10. Iarochevitch, Lie.0.5 


Ethias League Round 15: Okapi Aalstar beats Spirou Charleroi by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 15 in the Ethias League took place in Charleroi. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 4th placed Spirou Charleroi (7-6) to third ranked Okapi Aalstar (9-6) 100-97 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Spirou Charleroi. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 30-23 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Okapi Aalstar made 31-of-40 free shots (77.5 percent) during the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Spirou Charleroi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 7 assists. The former international forward Thomas Dreesen (199-88, agency: Court Side) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Matt Walsh (197-82, college: Florida) answered with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 17 rebounds and 6 assists for Spirou Charleroi. Okapi Aalstar moved-up to second place, which they share with M.Hainaut. Spirou Charleroi at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Okapi Aalstar is looking forward to face Antwerp Giants (#4) at home in the next round. Spirou Charleroi will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (9-6) against fifth ranked Antwerp Giants (8-7) on Saturday night. Visiting Belfius Mons-Hainaut was defeated by Antwerp Giants in a tough game in Antwerp 49-56. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for point guard Timothy Black (178-81, college: Barton, NC, agency: Limelight Hoops) who led his team to a victory scoring 9 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Jason Love helped adding 7 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) with 13 points. Belfius Mons-Hainaut's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Antwerp Giants moved-up to fourth place. Belfius Mons-Hainaut at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. They share it with Aalstar. Antwerp Giants will play against higher ranked Okapi Aalstar (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play against Leuven Bears and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Ethias League top team - Base Oostende (11-4) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed eighth ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (3-11) 99-71. It was a quality performance for Wesley Wilkinson who led the winners and scored 20 points and 7 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Base Oostende's coach Dario Gjergja felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nemanja Aleksandrov came up with 12 points and 8 rebounds for VOO Verviers-Pepinster in the defeat. Base Oostende have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 11-4 record. VOO Verviers-Pepinster lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Base Oostende will meet Liege Basket (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Spirou Charleroi and hope to secure a win.
The game in Leuven was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Liege Basket (6-9) played at the court of seventh ranked Leuven Bears (5-9). Leuven Bears managed to secure a 8-point victory 84-76. The best player for the winners was Gerald Robinson who scored 27 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Leuven Bears maintains seventh place with 5-9 record. Liege Basket lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with nine games lost. Leuven Bears' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Belfius Mons-Hainaut in Quaregnon and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.



Antwerp - M.Hainaut 56-49

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (9-6) against fifth ranked Antwerp Giants (8-7) on Saturday night. Visiting Belfius Mons-Hainaut was defeated by Antwerp Giants in a tough game in Antwerp 49-56. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 10-6 Belfius Mons-Hainaut's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 56-49 at the end of the game. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for point guard Timothy Black (178-81, college: Barton, NC, agency: Limelight Hoops) who led his team to a victory scoring 9 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Power forward Jason Love (206-87, college: Xavier) helped adding 7 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) with 13 points and power forward Monwell Randle (203-83, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) scored 7 points and 8 rebounds. Belfius Mons-Hainaut's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Antwerp Giants moved-up to fourth place. Belfius Mons-Hainaut at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. They share it with Aalstar. Antwerp Giants will play against higher ranked Okapi Aalstar (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play against Leuven Bears and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: R.Moors 11+1reb+1ast, B.Hopkins 9+2reb, T.Black 9+3reb+5ast, J.Love 7+9reb, G.Thondique 7+7reb, J.Mwema 7+6reb+1ast
M.Hainaut: Q.Taylor 13+3reb+1ast, J.Wallace 8+2reb, B.Qvale 7+4reb+1ast, J.Bostic 7+5reb+2ast, M.Randle 7+8reb, A.Gorgemans 3+4reb
gschID: 187294


Oostende - Verviers-Pep. 99-71

Ethias League top team - Base Oostende (11-4) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed eighth ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (3-11) 99-71. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 55-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Base Oostende made 27-of-30 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Base Oostende outrebounded VOO Verviers-Pepinster 36-24 including a 27-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a quality performance for American Wesley Wilkinson (207-84, college: Nebraska) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 7 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Serbian-Montenegrin guard Dusan Djordjevic (195-83, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 18 points for the winning side. Base Oostende's coach Dario Gjergja felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian power forward Nemanja Aleksandrov (210-87) came up with 12 points and 8 rebounds and American point guard Jerime Anderson (187-89, college: UCLA) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for VOO Verviers-Pepinster in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Base Oostende have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 11-4 record. VOO Verviers-Pepinster lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Base Oostende will meet Liege Basket (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Spirou Charleroi and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Oostende: W.Wilkinson 20+7reb, D.Djordjevic 18+4reb+2ast, D.Drobnjak 13+5reb+3ast, B.Wright 11+2reb+1ast, M.Lojeski 10+3reb+5ast, J.Salumu 8+3reb+1ast
Verviers-Pep.: D.Tubak 14+1reb, N.Aleksandrov 12+8reb, C.Ferguson 12+2reb, S.Moris 11+1reb, J.Anderson 11+5reb+4ast, B.Lemaire 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 187293


Spirou - Aalstar 97-100

The most exciting game of round 15 in the Ethias League took place in Charleroi. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 4th placed Spirou Charleroi (7-6) to third ranked Okapi Aalstar (9-6) 100-97 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Spirou Charleroi. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 30-23 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Okapi Aalstar made 31-of-40 free shots (77.5 percent) during the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Spirou Charleroi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 7 assists. The former international forward Thomas Dreesen (199-88, agency: Court Side) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Okapi Aalstar players scored in double figures. American swingman Matt Walsh (197-82, college: Florida) answered with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 17 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import point guard Jerome Randle (178-87, college: California) added 25 points in the effort for Spirou Charleroi. Okapi Aalstar moved-up to second place, which they share with M.Hainaut. Spirou Charleroi at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Okapi Aalstar is looking forward to face Antwerp Giants (#4) at home in the next round. Spirou Charleroi will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: R.Thompson 25+1reb+7ast, T.Dreesen 21+5reb+3ast, J.Tofi 19+7reb, C.Young 16+10reb+2ast, A.Steinbach 8+2reb+2ast, N.El Khounchar 8+3reb
Spirou: M.Walsh 34+17reb+6ast, J.Randle 25+3reb+3ast, D.Allen 14+8reb, A.Jadin 8+1ast, S.Massot 6+1reb+1ast, C.Beghin 5+2reb
gschID: 187292


Leuven - Liege 84-76

The game in Leuven was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Liege Basket (6-9) played at the court of seventh ranked Leuven Bears (5-9). Leuven Bears managed to secure a 8-point victory 84-76. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 33-24. But Liege Basket won third quarter 18-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American point guard Gerald Robinson (185-89, college: Georgia) who scored 27 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Naturalized American forward Ian Hanavan (202-80, college: Evansville, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international forward Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB, agency: SportsTalent) who recorded 17 points and international point guard Geoffrey Hockins (188-88) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Four Liege Basket players scored in double figures. Leuven Bears maintains seventh place with 5-9 record. Liege Basket lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with nine games lost. Leuven Bears' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Belfius Mons-Hainaut in Quaregnon and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Leuven: G.Robinson 27+8reb+6ast, I.Hanavan 17+6reb+2ast, I.Aska 14+4reb+5ast, T.Deroover 9+1ast, B.Burgess 9+8reb+4ast, J.Dukes 4+3reb+1ast
Liege: W.Boss Mukubu 17+2reb+1ast, P.Gillet 12+4reb, B.Monteiro 12+4reb+1ast, G.Hockins 10+5reb+3ast, I.Iarochevitch 8+6reb, A.Williamson 7+4reb
gschID: 187291



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Adriatic League: Siroki WWin bring win from Zadar - by Eurobasket News

Zadar - Siroki WWin 76:81

Siroki WWin earned a tough road win against Zadar tonight. The win helped the Bosnian team jump at 7-13 record in the Adriatic League standings. Marko Sutalo (193-G-83, agency: BeoExcell) dropped 22 points to lead all scorers.
Siroki WWin set the tone early in the game. The visitors outscored the home team 23:15 in the starting quarter. Zadar slowed the visitors down a bit in the second quarter. The Croatian team however still trailed by 8 at the interval 32:40. Zadar knocked down 25 points in the third quarter to cut the deficit. The home team entered the fourth term down by just 2 points. Romeo Travis levelled things up at 60 early in the fourth frame. Goran Vrbanc (194-G-84) nailed five points in a row to put Zadar in front 65:60. Zadar led by a single point entering the final minute of regulation 76:75. But Marko Sutalo dropped a jumper and then followed with four consecutive free throws to seal the victory. Karlo Vragovic (192-G-89) chipped in 17 points for the visitors. Franko Kastropil (212-C-84) answered with 19 points for Zadar. Goran Vrbanc totalled 17 points in the loss.

Zadar: Franko Kastropil 19, Goran Vrbanc 17
Siroki WWin: Marko Sutalo 22, Karlo Vragovic 17, Rashaun Freeman 9



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  BRAZIL   


Liga Americas: Lanus open campaign with win over Pinheiros - by Eurobasket News

Lanus - Pinheiros/Sky 86:74

Lanus clinched the opening win in Liga Americas Group A. William McFarlan (201-F-76, agency: Dream Team Management, college: St.Thomas Aquinas) nailed 20 points to pace the winners to the victory in Guadalajara.
Pinheiros/Sky led by a single point after the starting frame 22:21. But Lanus stiffened defensively and erased the deficit for a 35:35 tie. The Argentinean team pulled ahead in the third term. They fired 23 points to gain a narrow 3-point lead into the fourth stanza. Lanus quickly cleared off to a 10-point lead in the fourth frame. They maintained it throughout the reminder of the contest celebrating the initial win at the end. Robert Battle (204-C-81, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Drexel) delivered 13 points and 7 rebounds, while Carlos Schattmann (194-G/F-87) had 11 points in the victory. Joe Smith (193-G-77, college: Al.-Huntsville) answered with 23 points for Pinheiros/Sky. Shamell Stallworth (196-SG-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) topscored with 26 points in defeat.

Lanus: William McFarlan 20, Robert Battle 13, Carlos Schattmann 11
Pinheiros/Sky: Shamell Stallworth 26, Joe Smith 23



Brazilian NBB round 19 best performance: Caio Silveira - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized Spanish center Caio Silveira (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances) had a great game in the last round for top-ranked Flamengo, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 31 points and 17 rebounds, while his team crushed Vila Velha (#15, 5-13) with 19-point margin 96-77. It allowed Flamengo to consolidate first place in the Spanish NBB. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and Flamengo keeps perfect 19 -0 record. It's Silveira's second year at Flamengo and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Caio Silveira has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 7.2rpg) and averages impressive 67.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old American guard Larry Taylor (185-G-80, agency: Veracity Sports, LLC) of Bauru. Taylor had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Bauru to edge the lower-ranked S.Jose/Unimed (#7, 10-9) 87-82. This victory allowed Bauru to move up to 4th position in . His team's 12-6 record is not bad at all. Taylor is one of the most experienced players at Bauru and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Marcellus Camara (190-G-88) of Tijuca TC (#18). Camara scored 25 points and passed six assists. Despite Camara's great performance Tijuca TC lost 65-75 to the higher-ranked Minas (#10, 9-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Tijuca TC can only dream about fighting for top spots in . They have extremely bad season and 2-16 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Camara he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Camara has a very solid season. In 18 games in Brazil he scored 10.8ppg. He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 63.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lucas Cipolini (206-F/C-86) of Uberlandia - 17 points and 13 rebounds
5. Luis Felipe Gruber (205-F-85) of Uberlandia - 25 points and 7 rebounds
6. Ronald Ramon (182-G-86) of Limeira - 25 points and 5 assists
7. Fulvio de Assis (187-G-81) of S.Jose/Unimed - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Caleb Brown (182-G-87) of Palmeiras - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Paulo Prestes (210-C-88) of Brasilia - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jeferson Froehlich (193-PG-91) of Franca - 16 points, 6 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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Standings A1

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

Regular Season: Round 15

Feb. 2: Balkan - Beroe 84-68
Feb. 2: Levski Sofia - U20 84-44
Feb. 2: Chernomorets - Lukoil Academik 80-88
Feb. 2: Spartak Pleven - Tundja Yambol 69-73
Feb. 1: Rilski Sportist - Cherno More 100-83

Regular Season: Round 16

Feb. 8: Beroe - Lukoil Academik
Feb. 9: Cherno More - Levski Sofia
Feb. 9: Chernomorets - Spartak Pleven
Feb. 9: Tundja Yambol - Rilski Sportist
Feb. 9: U20 - Balkan


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reginald HOLMES
  Beroe
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Holmes, Beroe19.5 
 2. Tyler, Chernomo.18.6 
 3. Durchev, Tundja Y.18.6 
 4. Smith, Rilski S.18.3 
 5. Zahariev, Rilski S.18.2 
 6. Lilov, Balkan17.7 
 7. Mirkovic, Rilski S.17.3 
 8. Marinovic, Levski17.0 
 9. Milosevic, Tundja15.9 
 10. Petrovic, Balkan15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.13.5 
 2. Santos, Balkan10.3 
 3. Milosevic, Tundja9.7 
 4. Galiotos, Cherno M.8.8 
 5. Ormon, Tundja Y.7.5 
 6. Agre, Spartak7.3 
 7. Watkins, Lukoil A.6.9 
 8. Dupree, Rilski S.6.9 
 9. Simeonov, U206.7 
 10. Gugino, Rilski S.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Will WALKER
  Beroe
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Walker, Beroe6.9 
 2. Heath, Lukoil A.6.1 
 3. Mirkovic, Rilski S.5.6 
 4. Marinovic, Levski5.2 
 5. Rakovic, Chernomo.4.4 
 6. Radionov, Tundja Y.4.3 
 7. Velikov, Cherno M.4.3 
 8. Durchev, Tundja Y.4.1 
 9. Massamba, Lukoil A.3.9 
 10. Karamfilov, U203.9 
Steals Per Game
 Bozhidar AVRAMOV
  Lukoil A.
  (196-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Avramov, Lukoil A.2.9 
 2. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.8 
 3. Heath, Lukoil A.2.6 
 4. Walker, Beroe2.2 
 5. Gugino, Rilski S.2.2 
 6. Velikov, Cherno M.2.1 
 7. Green, Lukoil A.2.1 
 8. Zahariev, Rilski S.2.0 
 9. Holmes, Beroe2.0 
 10. Rakovic, Chernomo.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.3.2 
 2. Hart, Beroe1.8 
 3. Dupree, Rilski S.1.5 
 4. Santos, Balkan1.3 
 5. Gugino, Rilski S.1.1 
 6. Zahariev, Rilski S.1.0 
 7. Watkins, Lukoil A.0.9 
 8. Banev, Lukoil A.0.8 
 9. Sjekloca, Tundja Y.0.8 
 10. Varbanov, Levski0.7 


NBL Round 15: Leader Lukoil Academik gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NBL is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds.

Leader Lukoil Academik delivered the thirteenth win on Saturday night. This time they beat 8th ranked Chernomorets (4-10) 88-80 in Burgas. Chernomorets trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 30-24 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 80-88 at the end of the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Chernomorets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American center Darryl Watkins (211-84, college: Syracuse) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. The former international point guard Bozhidar Avramov (196-90, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Bogdan Boev (196-82) who recorded 14 points and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lukoil Academik have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 13-2 record. Chernomorets lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with ten games lost. Lukoil Academik are looking forward to face Beroe (#7) in Stara Zagora in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Chernomorets will play at home against Spartak Pleven and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked U20 (0-15) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 84-44 loss to second ranked Levski Sofia (12-3) in Sofia. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. It was a good game for international Chavdar Kostov (195-88, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 6 steals. Marko Marinovic contributed with 17 points for the winners. Forward Aleks Simeonov (200-93) answered with 11 points and 8 rebounds for U20. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Levski Sofia maintains second place with 12-3 record behind leader Lukoil Academik. Newly promoted U20 still closes the standings with 15 games lost. Levski Sofia will play against Euroins Cherno More (#6) in Varna in the next round. U20 will play at home against Balkan (#4) in Botevgrad and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Pleven was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Tundja Yambol (8-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Spartak Pleven (4-11). Tundja Yambol managed to secure a 4-point victory 73-69 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Nemanja Milosevic who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was Dimitar Marintchechki with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Tundja Yambol maintains fifth place with 8-7 record. Spartak Pleven lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. Tundja Yambol will meet at home higher ranked Rilski Sportist (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Spartak Pleven will play against Chernomorets (#8) in Burgas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 15 Beroe was defeated by Balkan in Botevgrad 84-68. Rilski Sportist beat Cherno More at home 100-83.


Spartak Pleven - Tundja Yambol 69-73

The game in Pleven was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Tundja Yambol (8-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Spartak Pleven (4-11). Tundja Yambol managed to secure a 4-point victory 73-69 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 38-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for Montenegrin power forward Nemanja Milosevic (204-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Montenegrin point guard Zoran Kascelan (188-86) helped adding 24 points. The best for the losing side was power forward Dimitar Marintchechki (201-90, agency: Dynamics Global Management) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and forward Veselin Georgiev (196-86) scored 18 points. Four Spartak Pleven players scored in double figures. Tundja Yambol maintains fifth place with 8-7 record. Spartak Pleven lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. Tundja Yambol will meet at home higher ranked Rilski Sportist (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Spartak Pleven will play against Chernomorets (#8) in Burgas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tundja Yambol: Z.Kascelan 24+4reb+2ast, N.Milosevic 21+14reb+4ast, S.Govedarov 9+9reb+8ast, I.Marchev 7+4reb+2ast, S.Petkov 6+7reb, S.Cholakov 4+4reb
Spartak Pleven: V.Georgiev 18+2reb, D.Marintchechki 13+13reb, A.Dyakovski 12+2reb+2ast, I.Stankov 11+3reb, D.Agre 6+10reb+2ast, R.Sofroniev 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 230599


Balkan - Beroe 84-68

There was no surprise in Botevgrad where 6th ranked Beroe (6-9) was defeated by fourth ranked Balkan (10-5) 84-68 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Balkan. Beroe managed to win second period 21-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for the former international guard Jordan Bozov (191-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 9 rebounds. Brazilian center Atila Santos (208-83, college: Minnesota St., agency: Warren Sports International) helped adding 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four Balkan players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Reginald Holmes (193-87, college: Morgan St.) with 16 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Sergey Tsvetkov (196-88, agency: Interperformances) scored 15 points. Balkan have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 10-5 record. Newly promoted Beroe dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Balkan will meet bottom-ranked U20 (#10) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Beroe will play against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Balkan: U.Petrovic 20+6reb+1ast, J.Bozov 18+9reb+3ast, A.Santos 17+8reb+2ast, V.Panic 12+5reb+3ast, S.Marinov 9+5reb+5ast, S.Slaveykov 3+1reb
Beroe: R.Holmes 16+5reb, S.Tsvetkov 15+2reb+2ast, A.Radev 10+6reb+1ast, W.Walker 7+4reb+5ast, M.Hart 6+5reb, V.Aleksandrov 6+2reb
gschID: 230602


Chernomorets - Lukoil Academik 80-88

Leader Lukoil Academik delivered the thirteenth win on Saturday night. This time they beat 8th ranked Chernomorets (4-10) 88-80 in Burgas. Chernomorets trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 30-24 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 80-88 at the end of the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Chernomorets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American center Darryl Watkins (211-84, college: Syracuse) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. The former international point guard Bozhidar Avramov (196-90, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Bogdan Boev (196-82) who recorded 14 points and 6 assists and Serbian guard Petar Rakovic (190-89) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Four Chernomorets players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lukoil Academik have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 13-2 record. Chernomorets lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with ten games lost. Lukoil Academik are looking forward to face Beroe (#7) in Stara Zagora in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Chernomorets will play at home against Spartak Pleven and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: D.Watkins 19+11reb+2ast, B.Avramov 16+7reb+5ast, B.Heath 12+6reb+3ast, V.Veselinov 8+4reb+3ast, N.Kolev 7+3reb, B.Popovic 6+4reb+2ast
Chernomorets: B.Boev 14+4reb+6ast, P.Rakovic 13+5reb+5ast, J.Tyler 13+7reb, I.Slavchev 11+2reb+1ast, K.Hristov 9+3reb+1ast, T.Zahariev 8+3reb
gschID: 230601


Levski Sofia - U20 84-44

Bottom-ranked U20 (0-15) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 84-44 loss to second ranked Levski Sofia (12-3) in Sofia. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. The game without a history. Levski Sofia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding U20 to just 3 points in third and fourth quarters. Levski Sofia dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to U20's 16. Levski Sofia forced 25 U20 turnovers and had a 24-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. U20 was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for international Chavdar Kostov (195-88, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 6 steals. Serbian point guard Marko Marinovic (183-83) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Forward Aleks Simeonov (200-93) answered with 11 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Nikolay Grozev (199-94) added 8 points in the effort for U20. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Levski Sofia maintains second place with 12-3 record behind leader Lukoil Academik. Newly promoted U20 still closes the standings with 15 games lost. Levski Sofia will play against Euroins Cherno More (#6) in Varna in the next round. U20 will play at home against Balkan (#4) in Botevgrad and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: M.Marinovic 17+2reb+1ast, C.Kostov 15+4reb+2ast, D.Dimitrov 10+5reb, N.Varbanov 9+8reb+2ast, S.Georgiev 8+5reb+2ast, P.Ivanov 6+4ast
U20: A.Simeonov 11+8reb+1ast, N.Grozev 8+3reb+2ast, K.Kirilov 6+2reb, V.Galabov 5+2reb, A.Natskin 4+2reb+2ast, G.Krastev 3+1reb
gschID: 230600


Rilski Sportist - Cherno More 100-83

No shocking result in a game in Samokov where third ranked Rilski Sportist (11-4) defeated 6th ranked Euroins Cherno More (6-8) 100-83 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Rilski Sportist. Euroins Cherno More managed to win second period 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rilski Sportist had a 32-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American point guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 8 rebounds. International Hristo Zahariev (197-90) helped adding 20 points. The best for the losing side was international Tihomir Zhelev (193-90) with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Vasil Kyosev (195-90) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Rilski Sportist have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 11-4 record having just two points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Euroins Cherno More at the other side keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Rilski Sportist will meet Tundja Yambol (#5) on the road in the next round. Euroins Cherno More will play against the league's second-placed Levski Sofia and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: T.Smith 22+8reb+1ast, H.Zahariev 20+4reb+3ast, B.Mirkovic 16+2reb+8ast, B.Dupree 13+9reb, T.Gugino 11+2reb+3ast, L.Kirov 9+1reb+1ast
Cherno More: T.Zhelev 16+9reb+4ast, M.Borisov 15+1reb, S.Tsonkov 13+2reb, V.Kyosev 11+5reb+3ast, L.Vrcelj 8+10reb, G.Galiotos 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 230598



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  CANADA   

CIS Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 29

Feb. 2: Windsor - Brock 96-71
Feb. 2: UBC - Mount Royal 95-68
Feb. 2: St.Francis X. - UPEI 92-80
Feb. 2: Saskatchewan - Winnipeg 89-65
Feb. 2: Memorial - Acadia 88-105
Feb. 2: Laurier - Waterloo 84-75
Feb. 2: Lethbridge - Brandon 82-75
Feb. 2: Calgary - Regina 82-74
Feb. 2: Queen''s - Ottawa 80-99
Feb. 2: Toronto Univ. - York 77-84
Feb. 2: Alberta - Manitoba 75-85
Feb. 2: UQAM - Bishop''s 74-75
Feb. 2: Concordia - Laval 74-59
Feb. 2: Victoria - UNBC 72-61
Feb. 2: UBC Okanagan - UFV 68-58
Feb. 2: Guelph - Lakehead 66-79
Feb. 2: Western - McMaster 59-91
Feb. 2: Regina - Laurentian
Feb. 3: Memorial - Acadia
Feb. 3: St.Mary''s - New Brunsw.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stephon LAMAR
  Saskatch.
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Lamar, Saskatch.22.8 
 2. Allin, Laurier22.4 
 3. Freeman, UFV21.5 
 4. Dorsey, Cape Bret.20.3 
 5. Hill, Toronto Univ.20.1 
 6. Ogungbemi-J., Calg.20.0 
 7. Faulkner, Queen''s19.9 
 8. Otieno, Alberta19.9 
 9. Perrin, TWU19.8 
 10. Dunn, St.Francis19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Harry EZENIBE
  St.Mary''s
  (190-G-87)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Ezenibe, St.Mary''s11.7 
 2. Waldner, Lethb.11.0 
 3. Kamen, UBC10.7 
 4. Phillip, Windsor10.4 
 5. Salhia, Lakehead10.0 
 6. Burns, Saskatch.9.6 
 7. Allin, Laurier9.4 
 8. Eyitayo, Concordia9.1 
 9. Burns, Regina9.0 
 10. Moses, Calgary8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew CUNNINGHAM
  Winnipeg
  (186-G-)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Cunningham, Winnip.7.8 
 2. Hebert, Regina5.7 
 3. Dorsey, Cape Bret.5.4 
 4. Walton, Manitoba5.1 
 5. Lamar, Saskatch.4.9 
 6. York, UFV4.8 
 7. Bonhomme, Brandon4.6 
 8. Collins, Windsor4.4 
 9. Jones, Ryerson4.3 
 10. Pasquale, Laure.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.3.9 
 2. Evans, Victoria3.4 
 3. Walton, Manitoba2.9 
 4. Daley, New Brunsw.2.8 
 5. Parchment, UFV2.8 
 6. Baker, Alberta2.7 
 7. Perrin, TWU2.7 
 8. Hunter, Bishop''s2.5 
 9. Baker, Saskatch.2.5 
 10. Donkoh, St.Franc.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Mike ANDREWS
  Bishop''s
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Andrews, Bishop''s2.1 
 2. Moses, Calgary1.8 
 3. Duke, UPEI1.8 
 4. Dewar, Alberta1.7 
 5. O''Brien, New B.1.5 
 6. Eyitayo, Concordia1.5 
 7. Chesson, Laurier1.5 
 8. Salhia, Lakehead1.4 
 9. Halpin, St.Mary''s1.3 
 10. Aubertin, UNBC1.3 


Lien Phillip claims Canadian CIS weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized Vincentian forward Lien Phillip (203-F-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader Windsor and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 18 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team outclassed Western (#8, 2-14) with 28-point margin 89-61. It allowed Windsor to consolidate first place in the Vincentian CIS. Windsor have a solid 13-3 record. Phillip has many years of experience at Windsor, through which he has constantly improved. Phillip has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 10.5rpg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old Gill Jaspreet of Waterloo. Jaspreet impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Waterloo was edged by the higher-ranked Brock (#4, 6-10) 72-68. Waterloo managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Waterloo managed to get this year. Jaspreet is a newcomer at Waterloo 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 Taylor Black (201-C) of McMaster (#3). Black scored 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of McMaster, leading his team to a 90-65 easy win against the lower-ranked Laurier (#6, 4-12). McMaster needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 7 lost games. Black has a very solid season. In 16 games in Canada he scored 15.0ppg. He also has 6.9rpg, 1.1bpg and FGP: 54.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mark Gibson (198-F) of Brock - 21 points and 11 rebounds
5. William Coulthard (188-G) of Laurier - 28 points and 4 rebounds
6. Kyrie Coleman (F) of Waterloo - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Nathan Mccarthy (203-C) of McMaster - 19 points and 9 rebounds
8. Rohan Boney (193-G) of McMaster - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Jameson Tipping (201-G) of Brock - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Tonner Jackson (201-G) of TWU - 21 points, 6 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)



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

-year old Terrell Evans put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Victoria and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
He had a double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat UNBC (#6, 5-12) 89-80. Victoria maintains the 2nd position in Canadian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Victoria will need more victories to improve their 12-5 record. In the team's last game Evans had a remarkable 90.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Victoria and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Terrell Evans averages this season 17.3ppg and 7.4rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Matthew Forbes (198-F) of league's second-best Saskatchewan. He is a forward in his second season at Saskatchewan. In the last game Forbes recorded impressive 40 points and 4 rebounds. Of course he lead Saskatchewan to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Winnipeg (#4, 11-7) 95-74. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Saskatchewan consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team's 12-5 record is not bad at all. Forbes is well-known at Saskatchewan and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to another Saskatchewan's star - guard Ben Baker (191-G). Baker showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was another key player of Saskatchewan, helping his team with a 95-74 easy win against #4 ranked Winnipeg. Saskatchewan needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 5 lost games. Baker has a very solid season. In 17 games in Canada he scored 13.3ppg. He also has 7.2rpg, 3.8apg and 2.5spg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Connor Burns (201-F) of Regina - 26 points and 16 rebounds
5. Derek Waldner (201-C) of Lethbridge - 25 points and 14 rebounds
6. Kenneth Otieno (188-G) of Alberta - 36 points and 5 rebounds
7. Jordan Reaves (F) of Brandon - 31 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Georges Serresse (191-G/F) of Laurentian - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Jimmy Dorsey (188-G) of Cape Breton - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Aaron Best (193-G) of Ryerson - 21 points and 11 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)



CIS Round 28 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Eighth-ranked Heat (2-16) used its home court advantage to challenge third ranked Cascades (10-7) in Kelowna, BC on Friday. The visitors from Abbotsford, BC managed to secure only five-point victory 85-80. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of Kevon Parchment who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 rebounds. Cascades' coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. They have a solid three-game winning streak. Cascades maintains third position with 10-7 record having five points less than leader Alberta, which they share with Calgary and Queen's. Heat lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 16 games lost. Cascades will have a break next round. Heat will play again at home against Cascades (#3) in Abbotsford, BC.

Other games in round 28 were not that significant. Mount Royal were smashed by UBC on the road 96-71. TRU lost to TWU on its own court 75-83. UNBC unfortunately lost to Victoria in Victoria, BC 80-89. Alberta managed to beat Manitoba at home 92-83. Brandon was defeated by Lethbridge on the opponent's court 82-86. Saskatchewan smashed Winnipeg in a home game 95-74. Regina lost to Calgary on the road 75-85. Guelph was outscored by Lakehead on its own court 55-87. Laurentian rolled over Toronto Univ. in Sudbury, ON 84-65. McGill defeated Concordia at home 63-61. York was beaten by Ryerson on the opponent's court 73-69. Queen's was destroyed by Carleton in a home game 57-99. UPEI lost to undefeated Cape Breton on the road 69-77. New Brunsw. recorded a loss to Dalhousie on its own court 73-76.
The most impressive performance of 28th round was 40 points (!!!) by Matthew Forbes of Saskatchewan.


UBC - Mount Royal 96-71

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Thunderbirds (15-2) crushed 7th ranked Mount Royal (2-14) in Vancouver, BC 96-71 on Friday. The game without a history. Thunderbirds led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Thunderbirds forced 32 Mount Royal turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Mount Royal was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of forward David Wagner (206-92) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Doug Plumb (193, college: Minnesota St.) contributed with 14 points and 4 assists for the winners. Five Thunderbirds players scored in double figures. Forward Nick Loewen (196) replied with 12 points and 7 rebounds and Nigerian forward Olawafemi Ogun (195) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Mount Royal. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Thunderbirds have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-2 record. Mount Royal lost eleventh consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 14 games lost. Thunderbirds will face again Mount Royal (#7) in Calgary, AB in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Mount Royal: N.Loewen 12+7reb+1ast, A.Abraha 11+2reb+3ast, J.Lefebvre 10+2reb, O.Ogun 9+5reb+3ast, A.Callaghan 8+2reb, J.Gardener 8+6reb+1ast
UBC: D.Wagner 19+5reb, D.Plumb 14+4reb+4ast, O.Wallace 11+5reb+3ast, I.Solomon 11+1reb+3ast, B.Kamen 10+5reb+4ast, T.Nixon 10+6reb+4ast
gschID: 190652


TRU - TWU 75-83

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Wolfpack's (6-13) home loss to fourth ranked Spartans (9-9) in Kamloops, BC 75-83 on Friday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-11. But Wolfpack won second period 24-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Tristan Smith (183-86) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Mark Perrin contributed with 13 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Troy Grant replied with 16 points and 6 rebounds and guard Brett Rouault (193) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Wolfpack. Five Spartans and four Wolfpack players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Spartans have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 9-9 record. Wolfpack lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
TRU: K.Pribilsky 18+2reb+1ast, T.Grant 16+6reb+1ast, B.Rouault 11+9reb+2ast, W.Ondrik 10+6reb+2ast, I.Bozinovic 8+7reb+1ast, B.Bozinovic 8+10reb+1ast
TWU: T.Smith 18+7reb+5ast, T.Jackson 17+5reb, T.Linttell 15+4reb+3ast, J.Bakuteka 14+5reb+2ast, M.Perrin 13+8reb+4ast, D.McDonald 3+6reb
gschID: 190651


UBC Okanagan - UFV 80-85 OT

Eighth-ranked Heat (2-16) used its home court advantage to challenge third ranked Cascades (10-7) in Kelowna, BC on Friday. The visitors from Abbotsford, BC managed to secure only five-point victory 85-80. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 19-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 13-8. Cascades made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Cascades especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Heat was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Kevon Parchment who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Nathan Kendall (196) contributed with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Cascades players scored in double figures. Cascades' coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Yassine Ghomari (185) replied with 21 points and 5 assists and guard Mitch Goodwin (188) added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Heat. They have a solid three-game winning streak. Cascades maintains third position with 10-7 record having five points less than leader Alberta, which they share with Calgary and Queen's. Heat lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 16 games lost. Cascades will have a break next round. Heat will play again at home against Cascades (#3) in Abbotsford, BC.
Top scorers:
UBC Okanagan: Y.Ghomari 21+4reb+5ast, M.Goodwin 19+5reb+4ast, D.Mackay 16+6reb, A.Fahandeg-Sadi 8+2reb+1ast, G.Gill 5+14reb+4ast, A.Faza 5+3reb+3ast
UFV: K.Parchment 19+7reb+1ast, N.Kendall 16+7reb+4ast, S.Freeman 15+6reb+2ast, J.York 11+4reb+2ast, A.Khaira 10+2reb+1ast, K.Grewal 7
gschID: 190650


Victoria - UNBC 89-80

Rather predictable result when second ranked Vikies (12-5) won against 6th ranked Timberwolves (5-12) in Victoria, BC 89-80 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-80. Vikies outrebounded Timberwolves 45-32 including 30 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for Terrell Evans who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Michael Acheampong contributed with 24 points and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Navjot Bains (198) replied with 12 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Sam Raphael (188) added 15 points in the effort for Timberwolves. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vikies have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-5 record having just three points less than leader Alberta, which they share with Saskatchewan. Timberwolves lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 12 games lost. Vikies will face again Timberwolves (#6) in Prince George, BC in the next round.
Top scorers:
UNBC: S.Raphael 15+3reb+1ast, F.Rowe 13+1reb+1ast, J.Araujo 12+4reb, N.Bains 12+7reb, C.Barton 12+4reb, J.Rybachuk 7+4reb+5ast
Victoria: T.Evans 29+11reb+3ast, M.Acheampong 24+4reb+5ast, P.Anderson 14+4reb, C.McLaughlin 10+15reb, K.Peterson 4+2reb+1ast, T.Neilson 3+1reb
gschID: 190649


Alberta - Manitoba 92-83

The game between closely ranked teams ended with their biggest opponent Bisons' (12-6) road loss to first ranked Golden Bears (14-3) in Edmonton, AB 83-92 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-83. Golden Bears made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Bisons were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for naturalized Kenyan guard Kenneth Otieno (188) who helped to win the game recording 36 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!). Forward Sahr Saffa (191-90) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Jonar Huertas (183) replied with 23 points and American guard Stephan Walton (178-87, college: Valdosta St.) added 18 points and 8 assists in the effort for Bisons. Four Golden Bears and five Bisons players scored in double figures. Golden Bears maintains first position with 14-3 record. Bisons at the other side dropped to the third place with six games lost. Golden Bears will face again Bisons (#3) in Winnipeg, MB in the next round, which may be the game of the day.
Top scorers:
Manitoba: J.Huertas 23+4reb+2ast, S.Walton 18+3reb+8ast, Y.Ozsayiner 13+1reb+1ast, D.Joseph 10+2reb+2ast, K.Oliver 10+4reb, X.Smith 5+3reb
Alberta: K.Otieno 36+5reb+1ast, S.Saffa 15+5reb+3ast, Y.Ouahrig 12+1reb+6ast, T.Bergen-Henengouwen 10+9reb+2ast, R.Dewar 8+3reb, A.Weir 6+3reb
gschID: 190648


Lethbridge - Brandon 86-82

Everything went according to plan when sixth ranked Pronghorn (8-9) defeated 8th ranked Bobcats (4-13) in Lethbridge, AB 86-82 on Friday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Bobcats won third quarter 27-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a very good performance for center Derek Waldner (201) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Alex Fletcher (185) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Jordan Reaves replied with 31 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and Reggie Smith added 19 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Bobcats. Bobcats' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Pronghorn maintains sixth position with 8-9 record. Bobcats at the other side keep the eighth place with 13 games lost. Pronghorn will face again Bobcats (#8) in Brandon, MB in the next round.
Top scorers:
Brandon: J.Reaves 31+8reb+2ast, R.Smith 19+5reb+1ast, I.Bonhomme 11+9reb+4ast, K.Ramsey 8+4reb, T.Scott 5+2reb, I.James 5+7reb
Lethbridge: D.Waldner 25+14reb+1ast, A.Fletcher 18+6reb+3ast, J.Chief-Morris 17+1reb+2ast, L.Reiter 9+4reb+3ast, M.Duce 8+8reb+4ast, A.Fridon 6+4reb
gschID: 190647


Saskatchewan - Winnipeg 95-74

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 4th ranked Wesmen's (11-7) road loss to third ranked Huskies (12-5) in Saskatoon, SK 74-95 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Huskies. Wesmen was better in fourth quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Huskies shot 63.0 percent from the field and made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Huskies outrebounded Wesmen 41-19 including a 36-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a very good performance for forward Matthew Forbes (198) who helped to win the game recording 40 points (!!!) (on 13-of-14 shooting from the field). Guard Ben Baker (191) contributed with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Mark McNee (198) replied with 19 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Steven Wesley (196, college: E.Washington) added 14 points in the effort for Wesmen. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Huskies moved-up to second place, which they share with Victoria. Wesmen lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with seven games lost. Huskies will face again Wesmen (#4) in Winnipeg, MB in the next round.
Top scorers:
Winnipeg: M.McNee 19+5reb, S.Wesley 14+1reb+2ast, T.Krahn 8+1ast, J.Clennon 7+1reb, N.Gooding 7, D.Brown 6+4reb
Saskatchewan: M.Forbes 40+4reb+1ast, B.Baker 23+12reb+5ast, S.Lamar 9+4reb+9ast, A.Henry 8+3reb, P.Burns 8+8reb+3ast, T.Severinski 3+4reb+2ast
gschID: 190646


Calgary - Regina 85-75

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Dinos (10-7) beat 7th ranked Cougars (6-11) in Calgary, AB 85-75 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Dinos. Cougars was better in second period 13-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dinos forced 20 Cougars turnovers. It was a very good performance for Thijin Moses (201) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (175-91) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Forward Connor Burns (201) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 16 rebounds and forward Paul Gareau (201) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Cougars. Four Cougars players scored in double figures. Dinos have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Queen's and UFV. Cougars at the other side keep the seventh position with 11 games lost. Dinos will face again Cougars (#7) in Regina, SK in the next round. Cougars will play at home against Voyageurs in Sudbury, ON and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Regina: C.Burns 26+16reb, F.Brown 16+3reb+2ast, P.Gareau 14+7reb, B.Hebert 10+6reb+4ast, D.Mole 4+1reb+3ast, J.Zver 2+2reb
Calgary: T.Moses 26+8reb+1ast, J.Ogungbemi-Jackson 19+10reb+3ast, J.Owen-Thomas 16+6reb+3ast, M.Letkeman 7+7reb+2ast, D.Karch 7+7reb+3ast, J.Gill 5+2reb
gschID: 190645


Guelph - Lakehead 55-87

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Gryphons (5-11) were smashed by second ranked Thunderwolves (11-5) in Guelph, ON 87-55 on Friday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-55. It was a very good performance for center Ryan Thomson (201-90) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. Naturalized Egyptian forward Yoosrie Salhia (198-87) contributed with 7 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Guard Zachary Angus (185) replied with 7 points and 4 assists and forward Daniel McCarthy (190) added 4 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Gryphons. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Thunderwolves have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 11-5 record having five points less than leader Alberta. Gryphons lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 11 games lost. Thunderwolves will have a break next round. Gryphons will play again at home against the league's second-placed Thunderwolves (#2) in Thunder Bay, ON.
Top scorers:
Guelph: T.Thompson 8+3reb, M.Clark 7+3reb+1ast, K.Malcolm 7+2reb, Z.Angus 7+2reb+4ast, D.Thompson 7, A.Haroon 6+3reb
Lakehead: R.Thomson 22+3reb+1ast, M.Schmidt 12+4reb, B.Johnson 10+4reb, G.Carter 9+2reb+7ast, N.Wainwright 8+4reb+2ast, Y.Salhia 7+11reb+3ast
gschID: 190644


Toronto Univ. - Laurentian 65-84

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Voyageurs (9-7) rolled over 7th ranked Blues (2-13) in Toronto, ON 84-65 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Voyageurs. Blues was better in second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Voyageurs forced 20 Blues turnovers. It was a very good performance for swingman Georges Serresse (191) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Jamie Weldon (193) contributed with 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Voyageurs players scored in double figures. Naturalized Greek guard Alex Hill (196-90, college: Cornell) replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds and German forward Laszlo Schuetz (196) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Blues. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Voyageurs moved-up to third place, which they share with McMaster. Blues lost eleventh consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 13 games lost. Voyageurs will face Cougars (#7) in Regina, SK in the next round. Blues' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Toronto, ON Lions.
Top scorers:
Toronto Univ.: A.Hill 18+5reb+3ast, L.Schuetz 9+7reb+2ast, N.Irvine 9+5reb, A.Kumar 7+2ast, D.Laurin 5+3reb, M.Pajovic 4
Laurentian: G.Serresse 19+7reb+4ast, A.Ratte 14+3reb+3ast, M.Pasquale 11+2reb+3ast, J.Weldon 10+9reb+3ast, T.Carter-Newman 8+3reb+1ast, N.Yengue 8+7reb+2ast
gschID: 190643


McGill - Concordia 63-61

Everything could happen in Montreal, QC at the game between two tied teams. Both third ranked Redmen and their biggest opponent Stingers had identical 6-4 record. This time Redmen used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Montreal, QC 63-61 on Friday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Stingers trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 19-8 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 61-63 at the end of the game. It was a very good performance for forward Vincent Dufort (195) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Simon Bibeau (188-91) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Evens Laroche (193) replied with 13 points and 5 rebounds and the former international point guard Kyle Desmarais (188-87, college: Cent.Conn.St.) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Stingers. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Redmen (7-4) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Bishop's. Stingers at the other side dropped to the third place with five games lost. Redmen will have a break next round. Stingers will play at home against Rouge et Or in Quebec City, QC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Concordia: E.Laroche 13+5reb+2ast, J.Blake 13+5reb, K.Desmarais 11+5reb+2ast, M.Tajfel 9+3reb+1ast, J.Moussignac 5, K.Eyitayo 4+7reb
McGill: S.Bibeau 14+5reb+3ast, A.Mitrovic 13+5reb+2ast, V.Dufort 11+10reb+3ast, T.Riley 7+4reb+3ast, C.McCue 5+1ast, D.Clark 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 190642


Ryerson - York 73-69

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Rams (13-2) defeated 6th ranked Lions (5-11) in Toronto, ON 73-69 on Friday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Rams made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for guard Aaron Best (193) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Bjorn Michaelsen (201) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Rams players scored in double figures. Rams' coach Roy Rana allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Nick Tufegdzich (201) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and forward Aaron Rados (198) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Lions. Rams have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 13-2 record having 2 victories less than leader Alberta. Lions lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with 11 games lost. Rams will have a break next round. Lions' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Toronto, ON to the arena Blues.
Top scorers:
York: A.Rados 17+6reb+2ast, N.Tufegdzich 14+10reb+1ast, D.Tyndale 12+2reb+5ast, R.Isaac 9+4reb, M.Ziobrowski 8+11reb+2ast, I.Akeem 3+1reb
Ryerson: A.Best 21+11reb+1ast, B.Michaelsen 13+6reb, J.Jones 11+3reb+2ast, O.Choliy 11+2reb, J.Ogunnaike-Grannum 10+2reb, G.Osawe 4+3reb
gschID: 190641


Queen''s - Carleton 57-99

There was no surprise when 4th ranked Golden Gaels (10-7) were outleveled by first ranked Ravens (16-1) in Kingston, ON 99-57 on Friday. The game without a history. Ravens led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for the former international forward the former international forward Tyson Hinz (198-91) (198-91) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard guard Kewyn Blain (185) (185) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Ravens' coach Dave Smart felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward the former international forward Tyson Hinz (198-91) (198-91) replied with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and guard guard Kewyn Blain (185) (185) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Golden Gaels. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Ravens have an impressive 16-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-1 record. Golden Gaels at the other side dropped to the third place with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Queen''s: R.Roberts 12+3reb, S.Singh 9+3reb+4ast, A.Mavety 7+1ast, N.Misljencevic 7+4reb+1ast, C.Samuels 4+4reb+1ast, M.Paclibar 4+2ast
Carleton: T.Hinz 18+5reb+6ast, K.Blain 12+7reb+1ast, T.Scrubb 11+4reb+2ast, D.Penner 10+8reb+1ast, C.Springer-Williams 10+6reb+2ast, C.Wood 10+4reb
gschID: 190640


Cape Breton - UPEI 77-69

No shocking result in a game when top-ranked Capers (15-0) beat 3rd ranked Panthers (8-5) in Sydney, NS 77-69 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 46-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Capers looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Panthers' players. It was a very good performance for guard Shaquille Keith (196) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. American guard Jimmy Dorsey (188) contributed with 12 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Four Capers players scored in double figures. Deontay Smith replied with 25 points and 7 rebounds and guard Joe Kendrick (193-85) added 17 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Panthers. Capers have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-0 record. Panthers lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with five games lost. Capers will have a break next round. Panthers will play on the road against X-Men in Antigonish, NS and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UPEI: D.Smith 25+7reb+2ast, J.Kendrick 17+7reb+1ast, G.Doane 7+9reb+1ast, J.Duke 7+9reb+1ast, T.Brown 6+6reb+3ast, B.Ofori 4+6reb
Cape Breton: A.Geugjes 19+7reb+2ast, S.Mccormick 14+11reb+1ast, S.Keith 14+10reb+8ast, J.Dorsey 12+7reb+9ast, M.Lufile 9+2reb, C.Kasongo 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 190639


New Brunsw. - Dalhousie 73-76

Rather expected game when 7th ranked Varsity Reds (4-10) were edged by fifth ranked Tigers (7-8) in Fredericton, NB 76-73 on Friday. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 25-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Tigers made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for guard Jumol Mullings (185) who helped to win the game recording 15 points. Cameroonian forward William Yengue (193) contributed with 8 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Tigers' coach John Campbell used entire bench in such tough game. Guard William Mc Fee (190) replied with 21 points and guard Daniel Quirion (183) added 15 points in the effort for Varsity Reds. Four Varsity Reds players scored in double figures. Tigers moved-up to fourth place. Varsity Reds lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with ten games lost. Tigers will have a break next round. Varsity Reds will play on the road against Huskies in Halifax, NS.
Top scorers:
New Brunsw.: W.Mc Fee 21+2reb+1ast, D.Quirion 15+4reb+3ast, M.Daley 12+1reb+5ast, M.Fazzolari 10+5reb+1ast, J.Irvine 9+8reb+4ast, R.Smith 4+2reb
Dalhousie: J.Mullings 15+2reb+3ast, J.Traboulsi 11+4reb, D.Stedman 10+6reb, W.Yengue 8+8reb, D.Norris 8+2reb+2ast, S.Marr 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 190638



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Chinese CBA round 30 best performance: Stephon Marbury - by Eurobasket News

American guard Stephon Marbury (188-G-77) had a very impressive game in the last round for Beijing Ducks, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 35-year old player was the main contributor (48 points, five rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat DongGuan L. (#7, 15-13) 118-105. Beijing Ducks maintains the 3rd position in Chinese CBA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Beijing Ducks will need more victories to improve their 19-9 record. In the team's last game Marbury had a remarkable 68.8% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 7 attempts. It's his second year at Beijing Ducks and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former Georgia Tech star has very solid stats this year. Marbury is in league's top in points (7th best: 29.3ppg), assists (4th best: 5.4apg) and averages impressive 2.1spg and 61.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American Charles Gaines (201-F-81) of Shanxi Zh.. Gaines had a very good evening with a double-double of 47 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Shanxi Zh. lost that game 110-129 to the higher-ranked Xinjiang FT (#4, 17-11). This loss caused Shanxi Zh. to drop to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-14 record is not bad and everything may still change. Gaines is well-known at Shanxi Zh. and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 31.4ppg (#3). He also registered 15.2 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81) of league's second-best Shandong FB. Vroman showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and twelve assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Shandong FB, leading his team to a 130-80 easy win against the lower-ranked Jiangsu D. (#12, 11-17). Shandong FB needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 21 victories and 7 lost games. Vroman has a very solid season. In 27 games in China he scored 10.0ppg. He also has 8.9rpg, 1.4bpg and FGP: 54.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shavlik Randolph (208-F-83) of Foshan LL - 38 points, 25 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Zhelin Wang (215-PF-94) of Fujian QB - 24 points, 21 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85) of Guangsha L. - 42 points and 10 rebounds
7. Tracy McGrady (203-G/F-79) of Qingdao E. - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Donnell Harvey (203-F/C-80) of TianJin S. - 18 points, 23 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Quincy Douby (191-G-84) of Zhejiang CB - 36 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Chris Daniels (211-C-84) of Qingdao E. - 34 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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INDERVALLE WILL NOT PLAY THE PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION 2013 - by Victor Garcia

The upcoming Profesional Basketball Division had its first withdrawal, Indervalle did not pay the inscription fee on the deadline and now are 7 the teams confirmed to play in the first edition of the Colombian DPB from February 22 , 2013, the teams are:
Bukaros
Manizalez OC
Piratas
Bambuqueros
Eagles
Halcones del Norte
Academia de Medellin.
The organization is now looking its options for the eight team, the candidates are: Hormigueros, Guerreros, Islanders and Cafeteros.



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A1 Standings

A1 Standings
 1. Kvarner 2010 10-3 
 2. KK Zagreb 9-3 
 3. Alkar Sinj 9-4 
 4. Jolly 8-5 
 5. Djuro Djakovic 7-5 
 6. Zabok 6-7 
 7. Darda 6-7 
 8. Krizevci 5-8 
 9. Osjecki Sokol 3-10 
 10. Dubrovnik 1-12 
Play in international cups:
 1. Cedevita
 2. Cibona
 3. KK Split
 4. Zadar

Regular Season: Round 13

Feb. 2: Zabok - Dubrovnik 86-61
Feb. 2: Krizevci - Osjecki Sokol 73-75
Feb. 2: Darda - Kvarner 2010 63-62
Feb. 2: Alkar Sinj - Jolly 100-76
Feb. 3: Djuro Djakovic - KK Zagreb


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Ross, Jolly23.1 
 2. Mrva, Jolly19.9 
 3. James, KK Zagreb19.1 
 4. Batina, Djuro D.18.7 
 5. Lez, Zabok17.2 
 6. Rembert, Krizevci16.1 
 7. Skific, Kvarner15.0 
 8. Peric, Dubrovnik14.8 
 9. Krapic, KK Zagreb14.7 
 10. Peraica, Darda14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mate MRVA
  Jolly
  (195-F-83)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Mrva, Jolly8.7 
 2. Radic, Kvarner 20108.2 
 3. Sarlija, Djuro D.7.2 
 4. Jakolis, Dubrovnik6.9 
 5. Massamba, Djuro D.6.5 
 6. Krapic, KK Zagreb5.9 
 7. Poscic, KK Zagreb5.8 
 8. Skific, Kvarner5.5 
 9. Ross, Jolly5.3 
 10. Peraica, Darda5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Bojan KRIVEC
  Kvarner .
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Krivec, Kvarner5.2 
 2. Tomeljak, Osjecki4.6 
 3. Ross, Jolly3.8 
 4. Glavinic, Darda3.8 
 5. Rembert, Krizevci3.2 
 6. Jugo, Alkar Sinj3.2 
 7. Blajic, Djuro D.3.1 
 8. Pesut, Zabok3.0 
 9. Panduric, Darda3.0 
 10. Segaric, KK Zagreb2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Mike JAMES
  KK Zagreb
  (185-G-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. James, KK Zagreb2.3 
 2. Ross, Jolly2.2 
 3. Peric, Dubrovnik1.7 
 4. Mrva, Jolly1.7 
 5. Krstanovic, Krizev.1.6 
 6. Batina, Djuro D.1.5 
 7. Krivec, Kvarner1.5 
 8. Krapic, KK Zagreb1.5 
 9. Pesut, Zabok1.4 
 10. Surina, Kvarner1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Djuro D.
  (207-C/F-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Sarlija, Djuro D.1.8 
 2. Bubalo, Jolly1.0 
 3. Cakarun, Jolly0.9 
 4. Najev, Dubrovnik0.8 
 5. Bakovic, Djuro D.0.8 
 6. Hrncic, Darda0.8 
 7. Vlaic, Zabok0.7 
 8. Zupic, Alkar Sinj0.7 
 9. Cvjetkovic, Krizev.0.6 
 10. Bundovic, Zabok0.6 


Adriatic League: Siroki WWin bring win from Zadar - by Eurobasket News

Zadar - Siroki WWin 76:81

Siroki WWin earned a tough road win against Zadar tonight. The win helped the Bosnian team jump at 7-13 record in the Adriatic League standings. Marko Sutalo (193-G-83, agency: BeoExcell) dropped 22 points to lead all scorers.
Siroki WWin set the tone early in the game. The visitors outscored the home team 23:15 in the starting quarter. Zadar slowed the visitors down a bit in the second quarter. The Croatian team however still trailed by 8 at the interval 32:40. Zadar knocked down 25 points in the third quarter to cut the deficit. The home team entered the fourth term down by just 2 points. Romeo Travis levelled things up at 60 early in the fourth frame. Goran Vrbanc (194-G-84) nailed five points in a row to put Zadar in front 65:60. Zadar led by a single point entering the final minute of regulation 76:75. But Marko Sutalo dropped a jumper and then followed with four consecutive free throws to seal the victory. Karlo Vragovic (192-G-89) chipped in 17 points for the visitors. Franko Kastropil (212-C-84) answered with 19 points for Zadar. Goran Vrbanc totalled 17 points in the loss.

Zadar: Franko Kastropil 19, Goran Vrbanc 17
Siroki WWin: Marko Sutalo 22, Karlo Vragovic 17, Rashaun Freeman 9



Adriatic League: Buducnost stun Cibona in Zagreb - by Eurobasket News

Cibona - Buducnost 60:73

Buducnost left their midweek EuroCup home loss behind to come up with an impressive road success in the Adriatic League championship. They overcame Cibona in Zagreb to gain 12-8 record. Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90) scored 23 points to pace the winners.
Buducnost were quick out of the blocks firing 26 points in the opening quarter. They grabbed a 10-point lead ten minutes into the game. Cibona slowed their opponents down in the second quarter but still trailed by 10 at halftime 34:44. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third term. Buducnost entered the fourth frame up by 10 points 58:48. The Montenegrin side held the hosts to 12 points in the fourth period and eked out a tough victory at the end. Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) nailed 10 points in the winning case. Andrija Zizic (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 13 points for Cibona. Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81, college: UNLV) had 13 points in the loss.

Cibona: Andrija Zizic 13, Jerel Blassingame 13
Buducnost: Vladimir Mihailovic 23, Aleksa Popovic 10, Gerald Lee 9, Milan Milosevic 9



Adriatic League: Partizan better visiting Split - by Eurobasket News

Partizan - Split 68:59

Partizan recorded the 13th victory in the Adriatic League season. They knocked down visiting Split in Belgrade tonight. Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 16 points to lead the hosts as they jumped at 13-7 record.
The teams looked well-matched in the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 17:17 after ten minutes. Partizan held their opponents to just 5 points in the next period to take a 32:22 halftime lead. Split picked up the tempo after the big break. They dropped 20 points in the third term to narrow the gap at 7-point mark at the final intermission. Partizan however did not allow a single chance for the Croatian team. Partizan wisely kept their opponents at bay throughout the fourth period and rallied to the victory. Djordje Gagic (210-C-90, agency: Interperformances) and Dejan Musli (213-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 12 points each for the hosts. Srdan Subotic (190-G-80) answered with 18 points and 7 assists for Split. Toni Dijan (205-F-83) and Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) had 8 points apiece in the loss.

Partizan: Vladimir Lucic 16, Djordje Gagic 12, Dejan Musli 12
Split: Srdan Subotic 18, Toni Dijan 8, Josip Sobin 8



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Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. CEZ Nymburk 22-1 
 2. NH Ostrava 17-7 
 3. BK Pardubice 16-7 
 4. BK Prostejov 15-9 
 5. BK Decin 14-9 
 6. BC Kolin 14-10 
 7. Levice 11-13 
 8. USK Praha 10-14 
 9. Svitavy 8-16 
 10. Chomutov 8-16 
 11. J.Hradec 7-16 
 12. B&W Opava 6-18 
 13. Usti n/Labem 6-18 

Regular Season: Round 25

Feb. 2: BK Prostejov - USK Praha 94-76
Feb. 2: BK Pardubice - J.Hradec 88-65
Feb. 2: BC Kolin - Svitavy 85-80
Feb. 1: BK Decin - Levice 78-59
Feb. 2: B&W Opava - Usti n/Labem 68-76
Feb. 1: Chomutov - CEZ Nymburk 68-106

Round 16

Feb. 4: CEZ Nymburk - J.Hradec


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Jan TOMANEC
  J.Hradec
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 20
 1. Tomanec, J.Hradec20.0 
 2. Deloach, Svitavy19.0 
 3. Blazek, B&W Opava17.6 
 4. Bolds, BC Kolin17.4 
 5. Zabas, BK Pardubi.17.3 
 6. Reese, Usti n.17.2 
 7. Meno, USK Praha17.2 
 8. Fields, Chomutov16.5 
 9. Dufault, BK Prost.15.7 
 10. Bosak, Chomutov15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Chomutov
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Fields, Chomutov10.1 
 2. Meno, USK Praha9.5 
 3. Tomanec, J.Hradec9.5 
 4. Muirhead, BK Pardu.8.0 
 5. Nuhanovic, Levice7.6 
 6. Wilson, NH Ostrava7.3 
 7. Blazek, B&W Opava7.0 
 8. Simmons, Levice7.0 
 9. Deloach, Svitavy6.9 
 10. Kohout, BK Prost.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jakub SIRINA
  B&W Opava
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Sirina, B&W Opava5.6 
 2. Ames, NH Ostrava5.6 
 3. Deloach, Svitavy4.7 
 4. Kemp, Levice4.1 
 5. Glover, Chomutov4.1 
 6. Pope, BK Decin4.0 
 7. Pavkovic, CEZ N.4.0 
 8. Sotnar, USK Praha3.8 
 9. Ciz, NH Ostrava3.7 
 10. Sanders, BK Decin3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Chomutov
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Glover, Chomutov2.9 
 2. Sirina, B&W Opava2.3 
 3. Bolds, BC Kolin2.2 
 4. Ames, NH Ostrava2.2 
 5. Nolen, Usti n.2.1 
 6. Reese, Usti n.2.0 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy1.9 
 8. Pope, BK Decin1.7 
 9. Sanders, BK Decin1.6 
 10. Taylor, CEZ N.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (209-C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.7 
 2. Nuhanovic, Levice1.6 
 3. Simmons, Levice1.1 
 4. Miklosik, B&W O.1.1 
 5. Fields, Chomutov1.0 
 6. Nelson, BK Pardu.0.9 
 7. Slavik, USK Praha0.9 
 8. Meno, USK Praha0.9 
 9. Kohout, BK Prost.0.9 
 10. Svrdlik, BK Prost.0.8 



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  DENMARK   

Standings - 1st Division

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

Regular Season: Round 16

Feb. 2: Stevnsgade - Jonstrup 98-83
Feb. 2: Amager BK - ALBA 83-84
Feb. 1: Aarhus BF - Virum 81-77
Feb. 2: Lemvig - Koge BK 80-57
Feb. 2: Falcon - BMS Skovlunde 65-72
Feb. 3: Haderslev - Glostrup



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  D-LEAGUE   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 38

Feb. 2: Maine RC - Rio Grande VV 95-113
Feb. 2: Texas L. - Erie Bay H. 92-93
Feb. 2: Idaho S. - Los Angeles D. 92-100
Feb. 2: Iowa E. - Springfield A. 91-98
Feb. 2: Canton C. - Ft.Wayne MA 90-85
Feb. 2: Tulsa 66ers - Santa Cruz W. 90-105
Feb. 2: Bakersfield J. - Austin T. 107-83
Feb. 2: Sioux Falls S. - Reno B. 105-87

Regular Season: Round 39

Feb. 3: Ft.Wayne MA - Canton C.
Feb. 4: Springfield A. - Rio Grande VV
Feb. 5: Texas L. - Austin T.
Feb. 6: Erie Bay H. - Rio Grande VV
Feb. 6: Ft.Wayne MA - Sioux Falls S.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Luke HARANGODY
  Ft.Wayne.
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.21.3 
 2. Lamb, Tulsa 66ers21.1 
 3. Johnson-Odom, Los21.0 
 4. Mack, Maine RC20.5 
 5. Goudelock, Sioux F.20.3 
 6. Joseph, Austin T.19.8 
 7. Jones, Rio G.19.7 
 8. Almond, Iowa E.19.5 
 9. Summers, Maine RC19.5 
 10. Downs, Maine RC18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luke HARANGODY
  Ft.Wayne.
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.13.4 
 2. Mays, Springfield10.9 
 3. Butch, Bakersfi.10.5 
 4. Jackson, Austin T.10.2 
 5. Onuaku, Canton C.10.1 
 6. Jones, Rio G.9.6 
 7. Evans, Idaho S.9.5 
 8. Harris, Iowa E.9.4 
 9. Wilkerson, Austin9.1 
 10. Sims, Erie Bay H.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Reno B.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Russell, Reno B.8.3 
 2. Mack, Maine RC8.0 
 3. Wright, Iowa E.7.3 
 4. Singletary, Texas6.7 
 5. Fortson, Los A.6.3 
 6. Karl, Idaho S.5.8 
 7. Uzoh, Springfield5.7 
 8. Kennedy, Erie B.5.3 
 9. Harris, Ft.Wayne.5.2 
 10. Johnson-Odom, Lo.5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jamario MOON
  Los A.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Moon, Los A.2.3 
 2. Downs, Maine RC2.1 
 3. McNeal, Bakersfi.2.0 
 4. Wright, Maine RC1.9 
 5. Tyndale, Sioux F.1.9 
 6. Gutierrez, Canton1.9 
 7. Greene, Los A.1.9 
 8. Johnson, Rio G.1.8 
 9. Fortson, Los A.1.8 
 10. Sutton, Tulsa 66.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Fabricio MELO
  Maine RC
  (212-C-90)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Melo, Maine RC3.6 
 2. Jordan, Reno B.2.9 
 3. Eyenga, Texas L.2.5 
 4. Gladness, Santa C.2.3 
 5. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 6. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 7. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.1 
 8. Moon, Los A.2.1 
 9. Foster, Sioux F.2.1 
 10. Eric, Canton C.1.9 


Eight games on Saturday - by Eurobasket News

Bakersfield J. - Austin T. 107-83
The Bakersfield Jam handed the second straight loss to the Austin Toros in back-to-back series at the weekend. Renaldo Major (6'7''-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: Fresno St.) and Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette) stepped up with 20 points each to pace the Jam to the second win. James Nunnally (6'7''-G/F-90, college: UCSB) contributed 19 points as Bakersfield improved at 19-9 record on top of the Western Conference. Cory Joseph (6'3''-PG-91, college: Texas) answered with 21 points for the Toros. Chris Roberts and Patrick Sullivan netted 14 points each in the losing effort.

Idaho S. - Los Angeles D. 92-100
Durrell Summers (6'5''-G-89, college: Michigan St.) had 23 points and eight rebounds and Sean Evans (6'8''-F-88, college: St.John's) had 15 points and 12 rebounds, but the Idaho Stampede lost to the Los Angeles D-Fenders 100-92. Justin Harper added 20 points off the bench before fouling out. Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB) had 21 points and Gary Flowers had 19 points and 13 rebounds for L.A. (10-16). The D-Fenders shot 51.4 percent from the field and made 21-of-29 free throws in the win. Idaho shot just 42.9 percent and made only 5-of-24 three-pointers. The Stampede never led in the second half as they made only 1 three-pointer in the final two quarters. Coby Karl had 12 points and six assists and Justin Holiday had 10 points, but the two combined to make just 1-of-10 three-point attempts for Idaho (8-18). The Stampede play their next game at home against the Santa Cruz Warriors on Feb. 9 before a Sunday matinee at 3:30 the next day. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Iowa E. - Springfield A. 91-98
Slow starts have been the Iowa Energy's worst nightmare all season. Saturday night, the Springfield Armor took full advantage of another abysmal Iowa first quarter to set themselves up for their first win this week, 98-91. Iowa started out 3 of 25 from the field, scoring just four points in the first 10 minutes and finishing the first quarter with 10. And just like it did Friday night, Springfield came out determined to break its three-game skid, racing to a 22-10 edge after one. 'That win was definitely needed,' Armor coach Bob MacKinnon said. 'We've been struggling with finishing games.' MacKinnon gave the players some simple yet poignant advice during a time-out in the fourth quarter. 'I told them we really needed to come together and pull this thing through,' he said. 'I'm glad they did.' It wasn't as if Springfield was the dominant team throughout. Iowa came back to tie it at 70 with 8:39 left, but the Armor weren't about to see a big early lead fizzle for the second straight night. Springfield needed less than two minutes to respond with a 9-1 run after the game was knotted. After falling behind by double digits and seeing the air leave Wells Fargo Arena on their biggest promotion night of the season, the Energy answered with a 9-2 run that did little but pad the score. One area where the Armor have excelled this season is rebounding, and after losing that battle by one Friday night, Springfield made the margin much wider Saturday. The Armor outrebounded the Energy 61-48, including 21-14 on the offensive glass. After its 12 percent performance in the first quarter, Iowa staggered to a 33-of-90 showing. Springfield wasn't much better at 38 for 95, including just 6 of 21 from long distance, but Carleton Scott (6'8''-F-88, college: Notre Dame) drained three 3-pointers en route to 17 points, matching the totals of teammates James Mays (6'9''-F-86, college: Clemson) and Dennis Horner (6'9''-F-88, college: N.Carolina St.). Willie Reed (6'9''-F-90, college: St.Louis) led the Armor with 19 while Mays chipped in 15 rebounds. MacKinnon likes the growth he's seen from Reed as of late. 'He's coming in and working hard, and tonight was a result of that, definitely,' he said. The Armor return to host the Rio Grande Valley Vipers Monday at 7:05 p.m. at the MassMutual Center. Courtesy of: masslive.com

Sioux Falls S. - Reno B. 105-87
The Reno Bighorns (9-14) dropped a second-straight game to the Sioux Falls Skyforce (16-11) 105-87 Saturday night in South Dakota. The Bighorns were led by Marcus Landry (6'7''-F-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin)'s 21 points. Jerome Jordan (14 points, 17 rebounds) and Samardo Samuels (6'9''-F/C-89, college: Louisville) (18 points, 10 rebounds) each recorded a double-double. Sioux Falls was paced by Demetris Nichols (6'9''-F-84, college: Syracuse)' 26 points. One night after posting a triple-double, Donald Sloan had 14 points and five assists. The Bighorns shot just 29.4% from the 3-point line, compared to Sioux Falls' 40% from beyond the arc. Reno trailed the entire game, at one time falling behind by 30 points in the fourth quarter. The Bighorns scored just 11 points in the third quarter. The Bighorns will return home to Reno after a month on the road this Thursday, February 7 as they take on the Santa Cruz Warriors. The team plays the Los Angeles D-Fenders on Friday and Sunday. Friday is Military and Veteran Recognition Night, while Sunday is Superhero Day. On Sunday, the first 1500 fans to the game will receive a Bruno Superhero Bobblehead. Courtesy of: ktvn.com

Tulsa 66ers - Santa Cruz W. 90-105
The Santa Cruz Warriors defeated the Tulsa 66ers 105-90 Saturday night, closing out a back-to-back road swing with another double-digit victory. The Warriors (17-9) were paced by Darington Hobson (6'7''-G/F-87, college: N.Mexico), who recorded a season-high 16 points and dished out a team-high five assists. Hilton Armstrong (6'11''-C/F-84, college: Connecticut) had the only double-double of the night with 14 points and a season-high 14 rebounds, along with a game-high three blocks. Stefhon Hannah (6'1''-PG-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Missouri) also scored 16 points, while Edwin Ubiles and Travis Leslie each chipped in with 15. The 66ers (15-13) were led by Rasual Butler (6'7''-F-79, college: La Salle), who scored a game-high 22 points. Dominique Sutton grabbed 11 rebounds, while Chris Quinn had a game-high nine assists. Tulsa held its largest lead at 14 with 4:09 left to play in the second quarter, but the Warriors went on a 12-0 run to close the half and cut the deficit to two. A strong third quarter, powered by Hobson who scored 11 of his 16 points in that frame, helped propel the Warriors to the lead. A 14-0 run in the fourth quarter sealed the game for Santa Cruz. The Warriors held the edge on shooting percentage (51.3 percent to 40.5) and points in the paint (54-36). Each team had 41 rebounds. The Warriors travel to Reno to take on the Bighorns on Thursday at 7 p.m. Courtesy of: santacruzsentinel.com

Canton C. - Ft.Wayne MA 90-85
The Canton Charge withstood a late push from the Mad Ants to gain a 90-85 win over Fort Wayne Saturday night. The Ants held a brief lead in the third quarter and then in the fourth went on a 12-3 run to tie the game in the final minute at 85-85, berfore Canton rebounded to pull in front to stay. Kyle Gibson (6'5''-G-87, college: Louisiana Tech) led Canton with 20 points, while Luke Harangody (6'7''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) finished with a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds in 42 minutes for the Mad Ants, with Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-92, college: Alabama) netting a game-high 23 points in 41 minutes. The Charge and Mad Ants will meet again on Monday night at the Memorial Coliseum. Courtesy of: indianasnewscenter.com

Maine RC - Rio Grande VV 95-113
As if the third quarter could not get worse for the Maine Red Claws, high-scoring guard Micah Downs limped his way to the bench after spraining a foot. The Red Claws were running out of ways to catch up. And they didn't. The Rio Grande Valley Vipers dominated the second half for a 113-95 victory before 2,882 at the Expo. Maine dropped to 17-12. The Red Claws fell out of first place in the NBA D-League East Division, as Canton (18-11) beat Fort Wayne Saturday. Rio Grande Valley, affiliate of the Houston Rockets, improved to 16-9 and continues to lead the Central Division. Not only did Maine lose Downs in the third quarter, but point guard Andre Barrett was hobbled with a tweaked hamstring muscle, playing only 26 minutes. "It went from a difficult situation to a more compounded one," Red Claws Coach Mike Taylor said. Maine was again without the services of two of its post players, DaJuan Summers (strained hamstring) and Fab Melo, who remained with the Boston Celtics after being called up earlier in the week. "We just have to keep ourselves moving and keep positive and get the most out of the guys who are healthy," Taylor said. Guard Omar Reed (6'7''-F/G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Bluefield) came off the bench to lead Maine with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Downs still scored 20 in 29 minutes. Chris Wright added 18 points and nine rebounds. Xaxier Silas scored 16. Rio Grande Valley featured 6-foot-9 Rocket rookie forward Terrence Jones (6'9''-F-92, college: Kentucky) from Kentucky. A first-round pick, Jones scored 27, adding seven rebounds. "He did a pretty good job," Vipers Coach Nick Nurse said. "Our focus is getting him on the glass and scoring more inside." Maine led 59-52 at halftime. The Vipers began the third quarter with a 7-0 run to tie it. Down 64-63, Rio Grande Valley streaked again for 11 straight points and a lead it would not surrender. Then Downs got hurt. The early diagnosis is a sprained foot. He will be re-evaluated. The Red Claws travel to familiar foe Springfield this Thursday. Courtesy of: pressherald.com

Texas L. - Erie Bay H. 92-93
The Erie BayHawks completed a stunning rally in the final 5 minutes to upset the Texas Legends 93-92 late Saturday night before 6,840 fans at The Dr. Pepper Arena. Trailing by 17 points with 5 minutes, 10 seconds left, the BayHawks' Cory Higgins (6'5''-G-89, college: Colorado) hit a jump shot to start a 15-0 run, which included two 3-pointers from Demetri McCamy and one each from Higgins and Demonte Harper (6'4''-G-89, college: Morehead St.). After Vernon Lewis hit a jumper with 1:31 remaining to give the Legends (11-16) a 90-86 lead, McCamy answered with another 3-pointer with 1:18 to play. A Rashad McCants turnover led to a Henry Sims hook shot, giving Erie (15-12) a 91-90 lead. Harper fouled Luther Head (6'3''-G-82, college: Illinois), sending the Legends' guard to the line, where he converted on both free throws. Sims returned the favor with a pair of free throws with 19 seconds left to give Erie a 93-92 lead. The BayHawks held on after Head's jumper at the buzzer rimmed out. It was the second time in the game the BayHawks rallied from a big deficit. Texas held a 18-point lead late in the second quarter before Erie went on a big run to end the half trailing by five, 53-48. Erie's Harper led all scorers with 21 points on 9-for-15 shooting. Sims posted a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds while Mike Singletary and Higgins had 16 and 14 points, respectively. Head led the Legends with 20 points while Justin Dentmon and McCants each added 19. The BayHawks' D.J. Kennedy did not play because of an illness. Erie outrebounded Texas 46-38. Courtesy of: goerie.com



Travis Leslie claims D-League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Travis Leslie (193-G-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for Santa Cruz W. and that's him to receive a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 37.
The 22-year old guard had the game-high 31 points adding seven rebounds and three assists for Santa Cruz W. in his team's victory, helping them to beat Texas L. (#5, 11-15) 112-102. Santa Cruz W. maintains the 3rd position in D-League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Santa Cruz W. will need more victories to improve their 16-9 record. In the team's last game Leslie had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Santa Cruz W.'s top player in his first season with the team. Travis Leslie averages this season 15.6ppg and 7.3rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old guard Donald Sloan (191-G-88) of Sioux Falls S.. Sloan impressed basketball fans with a triple-double of 22 points, 13 rebounds and 14 assists. It was enough for Sioux Falls S. to edge slightly lower-ranked Reno B. (#6, 9-13) by 3 points 117-114. Sioux Falls S.'s 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 15-11 record is not bad at all. Sloan is one of the most experienced players at Sioux Falls S. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Brian Butch (211-C/F-84, agency: Edge Sports) of top-ranked Bakersfield J.. Butch scored 26 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Bakersfield J., leading his team to a 115-109 win against #4 ranked Austin T. in a game of the week. Bakersfield J. confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 18 victories and 9 lost games. Butch has a great season in D-L. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.5rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Damion James (201-F-87) of Bakersfield J. - 23 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Henry Sims (208-C-90) of Erie Bay H. - 29 points and 17 rebounds
6. Samardo Samuels (206-F/C-89) of Reno B. - 26 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Othyus Jeffers (196-F-85) of Iowa E. - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Dar Tucker (193-SF-88) of Reno B. - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Jerome Jordan (213-C-86) of Reno B. - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Aron Baynes (208-C-86) of Austin T. - 30 points and 10 rebounds

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



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Standings - KML

KML Standings
 1. TU/Rock 15-0 
 2. Tarvas 15-5 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 12-5 
 4. TTU 9-9 
 5. Valga 9-10 
 6. Rapla 8-11 
 7. Parnu 7-10 
 8. Tln Kalev 4-15 
 9. Hito/Johvi 1-17 

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 29: Kalev/Cramo - Tln Kalev 95-62
Feb. 1: Tarvas - Parnu 90-96
Feb. 2: Hito/Johvi - Rapla 68-88
Feb. 1: Valga - Kalev/Cramo 48-70

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 4: Tln Kalev - TTU
Feb. 5: Tarvas - Valga
Feb. 8: Tln Kalev - Valga
Feb. 10: TTU - Hito/Johvi


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris LAKSA
  Tarvas
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. Laksa, Tarvas16.9 
 2. Raley-Ross, Tarvas16.5 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas16.3 
 4. Matulionis, Parnu16.3 
 5. Peciukeviciu., Par.15.7 
 6. Akenparg, TTU15.6 
 7. Okoye, Tln Kalev14.9 
 8. Campbell, Tln Kalev14.5 
 9. Lindmets, Tarvas14.4 
 10. Pilk, Rapla14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Raadik, Parnu11.5 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev10.2 
 3. Lindmets, Tarvas9.0 
 4. Trumm, Hito/Johvi8.1 
 5. Arnold, TTU7.4 
 6. Grafs, Valga6.8 
 7. Ringmets, Rapla6.7 
 8. Keedus, TTU6.4 
 9. Raley-Ross, Tarvas6.3 
 10. Cunda, Valga6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.7 
 2. Keedus, TTU5.1 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas5.0 
 4. Cunda, Valga3.9 
 5. Laane, Rapla3.7 
 6. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.7 
 7. Campbell, Tln Kalev3.5 
 8. Raley-Ross, Tarvas2.8 
 9. Pilk, Rapla2.5 
 10. Raap, Parnu2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Laane, Rapla2.7 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas2.4 
 3. Akenparg, TTU1.9 
 4. Campbell, Tln Kalev1.8 
 5. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.7 
 6. Saage, TU/Rock1.7 
 7. Okoye, Tln Kalev1.6 
 8. Keedus, TTU1.6 
 9. Saks, Tarvas1.5 
 10. Saare, Hito/Johvi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew ARNOLD
  TTU
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Arnold, TTU1.2 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev0.8 
 3. Saarmets, TTU0.7 
 4. Grim, Valga0.7 
 5. Matulionis, Parnu0.7 
 6. Saks, Tarvas0.6 
 7. Tambre, Hito/Johvi0.5 
 8. Raadik, Parnu0.5 
 9. Nurger, Rapla0.4 
 10. Grafs, Valga0.4 


KML Round 17: Derby game ends with Kalev/Cramo's defeat of Tln Kalev - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tallinn: Kalev/Cramo (#3) and Tln Kalev (#8). Kalev/Cramo (12-5) crushed visiting Tln Kalev (4-15) by 33 points 95-62. The game was mostly controlled by Kalev/Cramo. Tln Kalev managed to win third quarter 27-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Tln Kalev 52-18 including a 20-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Ty Abbott (192-88, college: Arizona St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Latvian guard Armands Skele (192-83) contributed with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Mario Paiste (184-89) answered with 13 points for Tln Kalev. Tln Kalev's coach Kalle Klandorf gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Kalev/Cramo have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains third place with 12-5 record having just one points less than leader TU/Rock. Tln Kalev lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 15 games lost. Kalev/Cramo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tln Kalev will play at home against Valga (#5) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked BC Rakvere (15-5) against seventh ranked KK Parnu (7-10) on Friday night. Host BC Rakvere was defeated by KK Parnu in a tough game in Rakvere 90-96. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of BC Rakvere. Lithuanian guard Augustas Peciukevicius (192-91) stepped up and scored 31 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners and Rain Raadik chipped in 19 points and 14 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) responded with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. KK Parnu maintains seventh place with 7-10 record. BC Rakvere at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. KK Parnu will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. BC Rakvere will play at home against Valga and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Valga supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Kalev/Cramo (12-5) played at the court of 5th ranked Valga (9-10). Kalev/Cramo smashed Valga 70-48 on Friday. Gary Wilkinson nailed 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Veljo Vares came up with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for Valga in the defeat. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Kalev/Cramo. Defending champion maintains third place with 12-5 record having just one points less than leader TU/Rock. Loser Valga keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Kalev/Cramo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Valga will play against Tln Kalev (#8) in Tallinn and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 17 Rapla smashed Hito/Johvi on the road 88-68.


Hito/Johvi - Rapla 68-88

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Rapla (8-11) crushed on the road bottom-ranked Hito/Johvi (1-17) 88-68 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Rapla. Hito/Johvi managed to win third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rapla forced 20 Hito/Johvi turnovers. Forward Indrek Kajupank (200-88) nailed 25 points for the winning side and forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) accounted for 19 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Siim Laur (189-87) came up with 23 points and 7 rebounds and guard Aleksis Anijarv (186-94) added 8 points and 4 assists respectively for Hito/Johvi in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Rapla moved-up to sixth place. Hito/Johvi lost their seventeenth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 17 lost games. Rapla will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hito/Johvi will play against TTU (#4) in Tallinn.
Top scorers:
Hito/Johvi: S.Laur 23+7reb+2ast, J.Saar 9+1reb+2ast, A.Anijarv 8+4reb+4ast, T.Uuekula 7+1reb, E.Trumm 6+6reb+2ast, A.Saariste 6+4reb+1ast
Rapla: I.Kajupank 25+2reb+2ast, I.Pilk 19+5reb+3ast, R.Laane 13+1reb+3ast, R.Ringmets 9+6reb+1ast, M.Paasoja 8+8reb, A.Parn 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 231158


Tarvas - Parnu 90-96

Very important is a home loss of second ranked BC Rakvere (15-5) against seventh ranked KK Parnu (7-10) on Friday night. Host BC Rakvere was defeated by KK Parnu in a tough game in Rakvere 90-96. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of BC Rakvere. BC Rakvere was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 32-19 third quarter run of KK Parnu. They outrebounded BC Rakvere 37-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. Lithuanian guard Augustas Peciukevicius (192-91) stepped up and scored 31 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners and international center Rain Raadik (208-89) chipped in 19 points and 14 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Four KK Parnu players scored in double figures. American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) responded with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international point guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) scored 18 points and 4 assists. KK Parnu maintains seventh place with 7-10 record. BC Rakvere at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. KK Parnu will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. BC Rakvere will play at home against Valga and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Tarvas: B.Raley-Ross 26+5reb+5ast, M.Laksa 19+4reb, R.Tamm 18+3reb+4ast, R.Lindmets 8+4reb+1ast, A.Stewart 7+4reb, J.Umbrasko 5+3reb+1ast
Parnu: A.Peciukevicius 31+5reb+9ast, O.Matulionis 19+6reb+1ast, R.Raadik 19+14reb+1ast, K.Kitsing 13+4reb+1ast, K.Evart 7, R.Raap 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 231157


Valga - Kalev/Cramo 48-70

The game in Valga supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Kalev/Cramo (12-5) played at the court of 5th ranked Valga (9-10). Kalev/Cramo smashed Valga 70-48 on Friday. The game without a history. Kalev/Cramo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Kalev/Cramo outrebounded Valga 40-24 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. American power forward Gary Wilkinson (205-82, college: Utah St.) nailed 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and Latvian guard Armands Skele (192-83) accounted for 15 points and 8 rebounds. The former international swingman Veljo Vares (200-81) came up with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Latvian center Raitis Grafs (208-81, college: Valparaiso) added 12 points respectively for Valga in the defeat. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Kalev/Cramo. Defending champion maintains third place with 12-5 record having just one points less than leader TU/Rock. Loser Valga keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Kalev/Cramo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Valga will play against Tln Kalev (#8) in Tallinn and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Valga: V.Vares 12+5reb+5ast, R.Grafs 12+4reb, E.Cunda 11+2reb+1ast, R.Petersonig 8, H.Rannula 3+5reb+3ast, J.Jarvelainen 2+2reb
Kalev/Cramo: G.Wilkinson 20+8reb, A.Skele 15+8reb+2ast, T.Abbott 13+4reb+1ast, R.Keerles 8+4reb, F.Elegar 4+8reb+1ast, K.Mangelsoo 4+1reb
gschID: 231156


Kalev/Cramo - Tln Kalev 95-62

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tallinn: Kalev/Cramo (#3) and Tln Kalev (#8). Kalev/Cramo (12-5) crushed visiting Tln Kalev (4-15) by 33 points 95-62. The game was mostly controlled by Kalev/Cramo. Tln Kalev managed to win third quarter 27-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Tln Kalev 52-18 including a 20-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Ty Abbott (192-88, college: Arizona St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Latvian guard Armands Skele (192-83) contributed with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Mario Paiste (184-89) answered with 13 points and guard Raido Roos (187-84) added 10 points and 4 assists in the effort for Tln Kalev. Tln Kalev's coach Kalle Klandorf gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Kalev/Cramo have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains third place with 12-5 record having just one points less than leader TU/Rock. Tln Kalev lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 15 games lost. Kalev/Cramo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tln Kalev will play at home against Valga (#5) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Tln Kalev: M.Paiste 13+2reb+3ast, R.Roos 10+3reb+4ast, I.Okoye 7+7reb+1ast, M.Parn 6+1reb+1ast, I.Tulit 6+1reb, J.Vahter 5+1reb+1ast
Kalev/Cramo: T.Abbott 22+6reb+4ast, G.Wilkinson 22+7reb+1ast, A.Skele 17+9reb+5ast, K.Mangelsoo 9+2reb+2ast, M.Dorbek 9+1reb+2ast, T.Raadik 8+10reb+1ast
gschID: 231155



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  FINLAND   

Standings - Division I

1st Standings
Division A
 1. Porvoon Tarmo 14-4 
 2. ToPo 13-5 
 3. BC Nokia 10-6 
 4. Oulun NMKY 10-7 
 5. Tapiolan Honka 10-8 
 6. Huima 6-10 
 7. Ura Basket 5-12 
 8. Pyrinto II 5-13 
 9. SayRi 4-12 
Division B
 1. Kerava ET 15-5 
 2. KaU Koris 15-7 
 3. TuNMKY 13-7 
 4. Jarvenpaa 12-8 
 5. BC Jyvaskyla 8-12 
 6. HBA-Marsky 8-12 
 7. Espoo Basket 5-15 
 8. JyWe 5-15 

Regular Season: Round 20

A

Feb. 2: Oulun NMKY - Pyrinto II 90-75
Feb. 1: ToPo - Porvoon Tarmo 90-71
Feb. 3: BC Nokia - Huima
Feb. 3: SayRi - Ura Basket

B

Feb. 2: JyWe - KaU Koris 65-79
Jan. 31: TuNMKY - Jarvenpaa 108-95
Feb. 2: Kerava ET - Espoo Basket 105-80
Feb. 3: BC Jyvaskyla - Kerava ET
Feb. 3: Jarvenpaa - JyWe
Feb. 3: Espoo Basket - TuNMKY


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Nolan RICHARDSON
  Ura B.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 26.9
 1. Richardson, Ura B.26.9 
 2. Moultrie, BC Nokia25.6 
 3. Jallow, Jarvenpaa23.8 
 4. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.23.7 
 5. Mays, Huima22.1 
 6. Clark, Tapiolan Ho.20.7 
 7. Mua, Kerava ET20.5 
 8. Harjula, Pyrinto II19.5 
 9. Tate, Porvoon19.3 
 10. Coleman, Oulun N.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael CORPENING
  BC Jyvas.
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Corpening, BC Jyva.14.8 
 2. Jallow, Jarvenpaa14.8 
 3. Moultrie, BC Nokia14.1 
 4. Towa, Kerava ET12.8 
 5. Stephens, Huima12.0 
 6. Syrjala, KaU Koris11.8 
 7. Keskitalo, JyWe11.5 
 8. Young, Porvoon11.0 
 9. Capers, ToPo10.8 
 10. Coleman, ToPo10.7 
Assists Per Game
 Lauri JARVINEN
  KaU Koris
  (185-C-85)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Jarvinen, KaU Koris5.6 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.4.6 
 3. Ginty, ToPo4.6 
 4. Herrala, HBA-M.4.4 
 5. Viita, Jarvenpaa3.9 
 6. Kyllonen, Porvoon3.9 
 7. Mays, Huima3.8 
 8. Russell, Oulun N.3.8 
 9. Harjula, Pyrinto II3.8 
 10. Jallow, Jarvenpaa3.6 
Steals Per Game
 La Trice LITTLE
  Kerava ET
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Little, Kerava ET3.1 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.2.8 
 3. Corpening, BC Jyva.2.2 
 4. Herrala, HBA-M.2.2 
 5. Thomas, SayRi2.1 
 6. Michelsen, HBA-M.1.9 
 7. Richardson, Ura B.1.9 
 8. Viita, Jarvenpaa1.9 
 9. Mua, Kerava ET1.8 
 10. Towa, Kerava ET1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Harri KESKITALO
  JyWe
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Keskitalo, JyWe2.6 
 2. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.2.0 
 3. Woods, BC Nokia1.9 
 4. Mua, Kerava ET1.9 
 5. Corpening, BC Jyva.1.7 
 6. Jallow, Jarvenpaa1.7 
 7. Capers, ToPo1.4 
 8. Young, Porvoon1.3 
 9. Moultrie, BC Nokia1.3 
 10. Kauhanen, HBA-M.1.2 


FINNISH CUP: Bisons and Pyrinto to the Final - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Finnish Cup, semifinals: Bisons (Loimaa) defeated today KTP (Kotka) 100-91 (44-46) and then Pyrinto (Tampere) won over Karhu (Kauhajoki) 78-73 (42-30). So, Bisons and Pyrinto made the way to Finnish Cup Final Game, which will be in Tampere on Sunday, Feb 3. Bisons crushed KTP during the third quarter by 19 points (32-13) and that helped a lot to a nine-point-victory. Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) scored game high 35 pts. Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) added 21 and Matti Nuutinen (200-PF-90) 17 pts. Antwine Williams (192-F-75, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: N.Colorado) led KTP with 28 pts.
Pyrinto got a good start, when beating Karhu 26-8 during the opening quarter. Karhu won then the rest three quarters, but not enough. Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86, college: Rhode Island) and Antero Lehto (184-G-84) netted 16 pts each for Pyrinto. J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Cleveland St.) led Karhu with 20 pts.

Bisons - KTP 100-91 (44-46). Q: 27-23, 17-23, 32-13, 24-32: (Martin Zeno 35/6, Jeb Ivey 21/5a, Matti Nuutinen 17 - Antwine Williams 28, Devonne Giles 26/9, Bojan Sarcevic 19. A: 249).
Pyrinto - Karhu 78-73 (42-30). Q: 26-8, 16-22, 20-25, 16-18. (Lamonte Ulmer 16, Antero Lehto 16, Damon Williams 15/9 - J'Nathan Bullock 20, Giordan Watson 16, Tremaine Ford 11/11. A: 594).



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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProA

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

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 2: Le Havre - Orleans 92-84
Feb. 2: Nanterre - Cholet 84-77
Feb. 2: Gravelines - Paris-Levallois 81-70
Feb. 2: Boulazac - Nancy 75-73
Feb. 2: Strasbourg - Poitiers 69-63
Feb. 2: Dijon - ASVEL 63-60
Feb. 4: Roanne - Le Mans


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Sean MAY
  Paris-Levallois
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. May, Paris-Levallo.19.2 
 2. Buycks, Gravelines18.8 
 3. Williams, Paris-.17.3 
 4. Fitch, Strasbourg16.8 
 5. Nivins, Poitiers16.1 
 6. King, Le Havre15.8 
 7. Jackson, AS.15.7 
 8. Ajinca, Strasbourg15.4 
 9. Green, Orleans15.2 
 10. Sommerville, Nancy15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jon BROCKMAN
  Limoges
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Brockman, Limoges9.4 
 2. Monroe, Boulazac8.4 
 3. Greer, Strasbourg7.8 
 4. Williams, Chalon7.6 
 5. Collins, Roanne7.4 
 6. May, Paris-Levallo.7.3 
 7. Dobbins, Poitiers7.1 
 8. Nsonwu-Amadi, AS.6.9 
 9. Sommerville, Nancy6.9 
 10. Howard, Roanne6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Souleyman DIABATE
  Nancy
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Diabate, Nancy6.7 
 2. King, Le Havre6.4 
 3. Pellin, Orleans6.3 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.5.6 
 5. Tchicamboud, Cha.5.1 
 6. Greer, Strasbourg5.1 
 7. Schilb, Chalon4.7 
 8. Bokolo, Gravelines4.5 
 9. Campbell, Stras.4.3 
 10. Diot, Paris-Leval.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Souleyman DIABATE
  Nancy
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Diabate, Nancy2.1 
 2. Leloup, Dijon2.0 
 3. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.7 
 4. Pellin, Orleans1.7 
 5. Campbell, Stras.1.7 
 6. Williams, Paris-.1.7 
 7. Thompson, Le Havre1.6 
 8. Eldridge, Boulazac1.6 
 9. Jomby, Cholet1.5 
 10. Diot, Paris-Leval.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Cholet
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gobert, Cholet2.1 
 2. Akpomedah, Grave.1.4 
 3. Sy, AS.1.4 
 4. Walker, Limoges1.2 
 5. Ajinca, Strasbourg1.1 
 6. Badiane, Poitiers1.1 
 7. Williams, Chalon1.0 
 8. Vaty, Gravelines0.9 
 9. Fofana, Le Havre0.9 
 10. Williams, Paris-.0.8 


Standings - ProB

ProB Standings
 1. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 17-4 
 2. Evreux 16-5 
 3. Chalons-Reims 14-6 
 4. Antibes 14-7 
 5. Le Portel 14-7 
 6. Boulogne 13-8 
 7. Bourg 12-9 
 8. Fos Ouest 12-9 
 9. Maurienne 11-10 
 10. Rouen 10-10 
 11. St Quentin 10-11 
 12. Lille 9-12 
 13. Nantes 8-13 
 14. St Vallier 7-14 
 15. Hyeres-Toulon 7-14 
 16. Denain 6-15 
 17. Charleville 5-16 
 18. Bordeaux 3-18 

Regular Season: Round 21

Feb. 1: Antibes - Evreux 88-94
Feb. 1: Maurienne - Denain 86-87 OT
Feb. 1: Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Nantes 86-80
Feb. 1: Fos Ouest - St Vallier 74-69
Feb. 1: Charleville - Bourg 71-75
Feb. 1: Hyeres-Toulon - Lille 70-76
Feb. 1: Bordeaux - Le Portel 68-65
Feb. 2: Boulogne - St Quentin 101-83
Feb. 5: Rouen - Chalons-Reims


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Wilbert BROWN
  Maurienne
  (200-PF-84)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Brown, Maurienne24.1 
 2. Flowers, Denain20.4 
 3. Blue, Antibes20.0 
 4. Booker, St Vallier19.1 
 5. Wood, Evreux18.5 
 6. Siggers, Lille18.5 
 7. Hilliard, Antibes17.6 
 8. Hannah, Evreux17.4 
 9. Sanders, Charlevil.17.4 
 10. Gay, Le Portel16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Evreux
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 10
 1. Wood, Evreux10.0 
 2. Kitts, Denain9.9 
 3. Jaiteh, Boulogne9.9 
 4. Bing, Maurienne9.8 
 5. Lesieu, St Quentin9.4 
 6. Jackson, Pau-La.8.6 
 7. McKines, Rouen8.6 
 8. Rouse, St Vallier8.1 
 9. Blue, Antibes7.8 
 10. Mathis, Nantes7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Craven, St Vallier7.0 
 2. Rowland, Boulogne6.7 
 3. Taylor, Le Portel6.2 
 4. Dumas, Bourg5.8 
 5. McIntosh, Hyeres-.5.4 
 6. Huffman, Antibes5.3 
 7. Calvez, Charleville5.1 
 8. Hannah, Evreux5.0 
 9. Da Silva, Rouen4.9 
 10. Julien, Hyeres-To.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Fabien CALVEZ
  Charleville
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Calvez, Charleville2.6 
 2. Craven, St Vallier2.5 
 3. Flowers, Denain2.2 
 4. Mullins, Chalons-.2.0 
 5. Brown, Maurienne1.9 
 6. Hannah, Evreux1.9 
 7. Siggers, Lille1.9 
 8. Sonko, Bourg1.8 
 9. Rowland, Boulogne1.8 
 10. Mendy, Pau-Lacq.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Badiane, Antibes2.0 
 2. Gay, Le Portel1.8 
 3. Coleman, Bordeaux1.2 
 4. Johnson, Chalons-.1.2 
 5. Taccoen, Lille1.0 
 6. Chism, Maurienne1.0 
 7. Jaiteh, Boulogne0.9 
 8. Ho You Fat, Evreux0.9 
 9. Burrell, Chalons-.0.9 
 10. Simmons, St Qu.0.9 


Standings - N1

NM1 Standings
 1. Vichy 13-4 
 2. Orchy 12-4 
 3. Cognac 12-4 
 4. Quimper 12-5 
 5. Souffel 12-5 
 6. La Rochelle 10-7 
 7. Monaco 9-7 
 8. Rueil 9-8 
 9. Blois 9-8 
 10. Sorgues 9-8 
 11. Chartres 7-10 
 12. Angers BC 49 6-11 
 13. St Chamond 5-11 
 14. Challans 5-12 
 15. Rennes 4-13 
 16. CFBB 0-17 

Regular Season: Round 19

Feb. 2: La Rochelle - Rueil 76-65
Feb. 2: Rennes - Souffel 73-75
Feb. 2: Vichy - Challans 71-54
Feb. 2: CFBB - Cognac 69-96
Feb. 2: Chartres - Quimper 61-79
Feb. 2: Angers BC 49 - Blois 61-60
Feb. 2: Sorgues - Orchy 119-115 OT


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Ryan ZAMROZ
  Sorgues
  (192-G/F-87)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Zamroz, Sorgues19.9 
 2. Raji, Quimper18.0 
 3. Kaunisto, Blois17.7 
 4. Petrovic, Orchy17.5 
 5. Herard, Challans17.3 
 6. Hill, Angers BC 4917.1 
 7. Inglis, CFBB16.7 
 8. Ocokoljic, Rueil16.6 
 9. Pene, Rennes16.6 
 10. Cole, La Rochelle16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.5 
 2. Raji, Quimper9.1 
 3. Calasan, Monaco7.9 
 4. Sall, Rennes7.9 
 5. Inglis, CFBB7.8 
 6. Diame, Rueil7.6 
 7. Caskill, Cognac7.4 
 8. N''Diaye, Souffel7.1 
 9. Tornato, Blois7.1 
 10. Cole, La Rochelle6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony CHRISTOPHE
  Monaco
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Christophe, Monaco7.2 
 2. Cherry, Quimper6.2 
 3. Barbry, Orchy5.8 
 4. Rathieuville, Chal.5.8 
 5. Fellah, Angers B.4.9 
 6. Thomas, Vichy4.6 
 7. Brochard, Blois4.4 
 8. Saounera, Rueil4.2 
 9. Inglis, CFBB4.1 
 10. Tillon, St Chamond4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Rida EL AMRANI
  Vichy
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. El Amrani, Vichy2.8 
 2. Bennett, Monaco2.0 
 3. Lonzieme, Angers B.1.9 
 4. Saounera, Rueil1.9 
 5. Lessort, Vichy1.9 
 6. Pene, Rennes1.8 
 7. Mouillard, Cognac1.8 
 8. Thibedore, Quimper1.7 
 9. Herard, Challans1.7 
 10. Rathieuville, Cha.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Daviin DAVIS
  Blois
  (193-F-85)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Davis, Blois1.5 
 2. Diame, Rueil1.5 
 3. N''Diaye, Souffel1.4 
 4. Rinna, St Chamond1.3 
 5. Alingue, Souffel1.3 
 6. Tornato, Blois1.2 
 7. Inglis, CFBB1.2 
 8. Traore, Angers B.0.9 
 9. Kaunisto, Blois0.9 
 10. Doucoure, Cognac0.8 


NM1 Round 19: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

NM1 round 19 caused change at the leadership position. Fourth defeat of league's leader Orchesien BC (12-4) against tenth ranked Sorgues (9-8) 119-115 in overtime was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Orchesien BC. Orchesien BC was tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in overtime 10-14s. Sorgues forced 20 Orchesien BC turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 51.7 percentage. Sorgues looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. 29 personal fouls committed by Orchesien BC helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American Quincy Hankins-Cole (203-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. American-Italian swingman Ryan Zamroz (192-87, college: Master's) contributed with 28 points and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Russell Carter (196-85, college: Notre Dame) answered with 25 points and 9 rebounds for Orchesien BC. Orchesien BC's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sorgues moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Blois and Rueil. Orchesien BC at the other side dropped to the second position with four games lost. They share it with Cognac. They were replaced at the leadership position by Vichy. Orchesien BC will play next round against Chartres trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Sorgues will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Monaco on the road.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked JA Vichy as it allowed them to take a leadership position. JA Vichy defeated 13th ranked Vendee Challans at home 71-54. It was a great evening for point guard Rida El Amrani (180-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Gregory Lessort helped adding 13 points and 5 rebounds. JA Vichy's coach Fabien Romeyer allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side forward Fabien Herard (198-79) responded with 10 points. JA Vichy (13-4) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Vendee Challans lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth place with 12 games lost. Vendee Challans will play next round against Angers BC 49 trying to get back on the winning streak. JA Vichy will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Rueil on the road.

In the last two games of round 19 Rueil was beaten by La Rochelle on the road 76-65. Rennes lost to Souffel on its own court 73-75. Quimper managed to outperform Chartres in a road game 79-61. Winless CFBB was rolled over Cognac at home 69-96. Blois was defeated by Angers BC 49 on the opponent's court 61-60.
The most impressive performance of 19th round was 23 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists by Corey Raji of Quimper.


Vichy - Challans 71-54

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked JA Vichy as it allowed them to take a leadership position. JA Vichy defeated 13th ranked Vendee Challans at home 71-54. It looked good early as Vendee Challans took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then JA Vichy had a 24-12 second period charge getting the lead and Vendee Challans was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 54-71. JA Vichy dominated on the defensive end, holding Vendee Challans to just 7 points in third quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Vendee Challans' 22. JA Vichy forced 19 Vendee Challans turnovers and outrebounded them 39-24 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for point guard Rida El Amrani (180-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Power forward Gregory Lessort (197-85) helped adding 13 points and 5 rebounds. Four JA Vichy players scored in double figures. JA Vichy's coach Fabien Romeyer allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side forward Fabien Herard (198-79) responded with 10 points and naturalized Ivorian forward Rolic Medenouvo (194-90) scored 7 points. JA Vichy (13-4) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Vendee Challans lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth place with 12 games lost. Vendee Challans will play next round against Angers BC 49 trying to get back on the winning streak. JA Vichy will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Rueil on the road.
Top scorers:
Vichy: R.El Amrani 15+13reb+2ast, J.Reynolds 13+5reb+1ast, G.Lessort 13+5reb+1ast, O.Da Silveira 10+6reb+2ast, G.Pons 8+4reb+1ast, N.Faye Djobo 3+1reb+1ast
Challans: F.Herard 10+3reb+1ast, S.Cherasse 9+1reb+2ast, R.Medenouvo 7+3reb+2ast, J.Zapha 6+2reb, P.Balocka 6+4reb, N.Gouacide 4+2reb
gschID: 186228


La Rochelle - Rueil 76-65

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked La Rochelle and 9th ranked Rueil had identical 9-7 record. This time La Rochelle used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Rueil 76-65 on Saturday night. Rueil was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 21-8 charge of La Rochelle, which allowed them to win the game. It was a very good performance for naturalized Madagascar swingman Amy M'Boma (199-83) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 4 assists. British forward Andrew Thomson (205-84, college: Catawba) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five La Rochelle players scored in double figures. La Rochelle's coach Gregory Thielin used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian forward Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-80, college: Weber St., agency: TSS Management) answered with 17 points and 9 rebounds and forward Karim Gourari (201-89) added 15 points in the effort for Rueil. La Rochelle (10-7) moved-up to sixth place. Loser Rueil dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. La Rochelle will face higher ranked Cognac (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rueil will play against the league's leader JA Vichy (#1).
Top scorers:
La Rochelle: A.M'Boma 22+3reb+4ast, J.Cole 13+3reb, A.Thomson 12+5reb+1ast, D.Sylla 11+2reb+1ast, J.Dalmat 10+2reb+1ast, H.Jannel 4+3reb+1ast
Rueil: S.Ocokoljic 17+9reb+1ast, K.Gourari 15+2reb, M.Diame 9+1ast, G.Mdivani 8+3reb, S.Ricard 7+3reb, D.Gentil 4+3reb
gschID: 186227


Rennes - Souffel 73-75

Very expected game when 15th ranked Union Rennes (4-13) was edged at home by fifth ranked Souffelweyersheim (12-5) 75-73 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Union Rennes was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for guard Jeremy Tschamber (192-84) who helped to win the game recording 21 points. Senegalese power forward Abdoulaye N'Diaye (210-84, college: USC) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Souffelweyersheim players scored in double figures. American forward Alex Okafor (202-87, college: Princeton) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds and center Said Ben Driss (206-85) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Union Rennes. Union Rennes' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Souffelweyersheim moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Quimper. Union Rennes lost their sixth game in a row. Newly promoted Union Rennes keeps the fifteenth position with 13 games lost. Souffelweyersheim will have a break next round. Union Rennes will play on the road against Quimper UJAP (#4).
Top scorers:
Souffel: J.Tschamber 21+4reb+2ast, F.Minet 15+4reb+2ast, A.N'Diaye 13+10reb, J.Alingue 11+6reb+1ast, J.Bach 9+1reb, M.M'Bodji 3+1reb+1ast
Rennes: S.Ben Driss 16+5reb, A.Okafor 15+6reb+1ast, E.Kabir Pene 12+5reb+3ast, B.M'Poy 7+2ast, O.Sall 6+6reb+4ast, J.Dessart 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 186226


Sorgues - Orchy 119-115 OT

NM1 round 19 caused change at the leadership position. Fourth defeat of league's leader Orchesien BC (12-4) against tenth ranked Sorgues (9-8) 119-115 in overtime was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Orchesien BC. Orchesien BC was tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in overtime 10-14s. Sorgues forced 20 Orchesien BC turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 51.7 percentage. Sorgues looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. 29 personal fouls committed by Orchesien BC helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American Quincy Hankins-Cole (203-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. American-Italian swingman Ryan Zamroz (192-87, college: Master's) contributed with 28 points and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Russell Carter (196-85, college: Notre Dame) answered with 25 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian power forward Djordje Petrovic (204-84) added 28 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Orchesien BC. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Orchesien BC's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sorgues moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Blois and Rueil. Orchesien BC at the other side dropped to the second position with four games lost. They share it with Cognac. They were replaced at the leadership position by Vichy. Orchesien BC will play next round against Chartres trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Sorgues will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Monaco on the road.
Top scorers:
Sorgues: R.Zamroz 28+2reb+4ast, Q.Hankins-Cole 27+10reb+5ast, A.Thinon 17+2reb+3ast, X.Pasut 14+5reb+4ast, C.Mansare 11+2reb+5ast, W.Gueye 8+7reb+4ast
Orchy: D.Petrovic 28+6reb+1ast, R.Carter 25+9reb+2ast, T.Stanley 19+4reb+2ast, O.Gouez 17+4reb, J.Verbeke 11+5reb+2ast, R.Brocheray 6+1ast
gschID: 186225


Chartres - Quimper 61-79

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Quimper UJAP (12-5) won against on the road 11th ranked Chartres (7-10) 79-61 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Quimper UJAP. Chartres was better in fourth quarter 18-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a very good performance for Nigerian forward Corey Raji (198-88, college: Boston Coll., agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Spanish point guard Carlos Cherry (184-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. Naturalized Cameroonian forward Michel Ipouck (199-86) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Nicolas Arnolin (200-89) added 9 points in the effort for Chartres. Chartres' coach Raphael Gaume tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Quimper UJAP maintains fourth place with 12-5 record, which they share with Souffel. Loser Chartres keeps the eleventh position with ten games lost. Quimper UJAP will face Union Rennes (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Chartres will play against the league's second-placed Orchesien BC (#2) in Orchies.
Top scorers:
Quimper: C.Raji 23+10reb+5ast, C.Cherry 14+2reb+5ast, F.Thibedore 11+2reb+6ast, O.Kolb 7+1ast, R.Gregoire 6+1reb, E.Plateau 5+5reb+3ast
Chartres: M.Ipouck 14+8reb+3ast, A.Barakaou 10, N.Arnolin 9+4reb+2ast, G.Lemon 9+2reb+2ast, G.Merie 5+1reb+2ast, A.Boivin 5+2reb+6ast
gschID: 186224


CFBB - Cognac 69-96

Not a big story in a game when bottom-ranked CFBB (0-17) was outscored by third ranked Cognac (12-4) in Paris 96-69 on Saturday. The game without a history. Cognac led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to CFBB's 28 and made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for guard Romain Hillotte (197-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. American center Ian Caskill (207-81, college: JMU) contributed with 19 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Cognac players scored in double figures. Damien Inglis (203-95) answered with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and Paul Rigot (201-95) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for CFBB. CFBB's coach Jacques Commeres gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Cognac moved-up to second place, which they share with Orchy. CFBB lost their seventeenth game in a row. They still closes the standings. Cognac will face La Rochelle (#6) at home in the next round. CFBB will play against Saint Chamond (#13) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Cognac: I.Caskill 19+2reb+1ast, D.Sencanski 17+2reb+3ast, M.Buval 14+3reb, R.Hillotte 13+12reb+1ast, J.Ludon 11+2reb+1ast, C.Bertorelle 7+2reb+3ast
CFBB: P.Rigot 12+5reb+3ast, D.Inglis 10+5reb+6ast, C.Pontens 9+2reb+4ast, C.Eliezer-Vanerot 8+1reb+1ast, L.Paoletti 8+6reb, O.Yao-Delon 6+2reb
gschID: 186222


Angers BC 49 - Blois 61-60

There was a surprise result when twelfth ranked Angers BC 49 (6-11) edged at home higher ranked Blois (9-8) 61-60 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Blois won third quarter 23-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Angers BC 49 won last quarter 11-11. Angers BC 49 outrebounded Blois 41-27 including 30 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for Icelandic Logi Gunnarsson (192-81) who helped to win the game recording 18 points. Forward SyPir Traore (204-85) contributed with 9 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Angers BC 49's coach Vincent Lavandier used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Daviin Davis (193-85, college: Weber St.) answered with 18 points and 6 rebounds and center Jonathan Tornato (210-89) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Blois. Angers BC 49 maintains twelfth place with 6-11 record. Loser Blois keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. Angers BC 49 will face Vendee Challans (#14) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Angers BC 49: L.Gunnarsson 18+4reb+3ast, A.Hill 17+4reb+1ast, T.Lonzieme 11+7reb+4ast, S.Traore 9+14reb+1ast, P.Drouault 3+6reb, M.Chupin 2+4reb
Blois: D.Davis 18+6reb+2ast, G.Staelens 10+1reb+2ast, J.Tornato 9+7reb, W.Aka 7+1reb, K.Morlende 6+4reb+3ast, P.Brochard 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 186220



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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Adriatic League: Union Olimpija surprise MZT Skopje - by Eurobasket News

MZT Skopje - Union Olimpija 76:87

Union Olimpija posted a valuable road win over MZT Skopje tonight. Drazen Bubnic (206-F-86) stepped up with 20 points to lead the Slovenian powerhouse to the 11th win in the Adriatic League tournament.
The visitors looked confident in the opening quarter. Union Olimpja recorded a 21:19 lead after ten minutes of action. MZT Skopje picked up the tempo in the second frame. The Macedonian side pulled ahead for a 42:36 halftime lead. But Union Olimpija unleashed 28 points in the third term to retain the lead. The visitors entered the fourth period up by two points 64:62. Bakic put MZT Skopje within three midway through the fourth period 71:74. But Union Olimpija capped the regulation on a 10:3 run to seal the victory. Jaka Blazic (196-G-90) and Alen Omic (215-C-92) finished with 16 points each for the winning side. Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) notched 26 points for MZT Skopje. Kiril Nikolovski (210-F/C-88) had 17 points in defeat.

MZT Skopje: Todor Gecevski 26, Kiril Nikolovski 17
Union Olimpija: Drazen Bubnic 20, Jaka Blazic 16, Alen Omic 16



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  GABON   


Startup activities in Gabon - by Rodrigue Olivier Kassa

the basketball season slow to start but everything should go very quickly from 16 and 17 February 2013. Indeed, these two dates respectively mark the beginning of the 2013 National Championship Elite and the Ordinary General Meeting of the Federation and Elective Basketball Gabon in Libreville. Basketball leagues taking part in this great and important meeting are those of Upper Ogoou Woleu-Ntem Middle Ogoou, Ogoou-Maritime and the Estuary. The National Association of Coaches will also present ... It is hoped that the spirit of sport is the priority of delegations and that good decisions will be made for basketball so radiant...


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  GERMANY   

Standings - 1. Bundesliga

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

Regular Season: Round 21

Feb. 2: Phoenix Hagen - Bremerhaven 95-88
Feb. 2: Art.Dragons - MBC 90-86
Feb. 2: B.Muenchen - Fraport SKY 79-72
Feb. 2: LTi 46ers - Walter Tigers 71-107
Feb. 2: Neckar L'burg - Bayreuth 70-69
Feb. 2: s.Oliver Baskets - Telekom Baskets 58-74
Feb. 3: TBB Trier - Ratiopharm
Feb. 3: EWE Baskets - ALBA
Feb. 3: Brose Bask. - NY Phantoms


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. White, Phoenix17.4 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.7 
 3. Bell, Phoenix Hagen16.4 
 4. Brooks, LTi 46ers15.9 
 5. Peacock, Fraport15.7 
 6. Burrell, Bremerha.15.4 
 7. Thompson, ALBA15.2 
 8. Redding, Walter T.13.8 
 9. Timberlake, MBC13.8 
 10. Turek, Neckar L.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.0 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets7.8 
 3. Robertson, Fraport7.3 
 4. Anderson, s.Oliv.7.2 
 5. King, Art.Dragons6.7 
 6. Burtschi, Bremerha.6.7 
 7. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.6 
 8. Ford, Brose Bask.6.5 
 9. McGhee, Bayreuth6.4 
 10. Boateng, NY Phan.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.2 
 2. Rice, B.Muenchen4.9 
 3. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.4 
 4. White, Phoenix4.2 
 5. Redding, Walter T.4.0 
 6. Timberlake, MBC3.8 
 7. Gibson, Fraport SKY3.8 
 8. Wood, ALBA3.7 
 9. Burrell, Bremerha.3.7 
 10. Zazai, LTi 46ers3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Wayne BERNARD
  Neckar L.
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bernard, Neckar L.2.0 
 2. Robertson, Fraport2.0 
 3. White, Phoenix1.8 
 4. Linhart, TBB Trier1.6 
 5. Wood, ALBA1.5 
 6. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.5 
 7. Burtschi, Bremerha.1.4 
 8. Duggins, Walter T.1.4 
 9. Gibson, Fraport SKY1.4 
 10. Halperin, B.Mue.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dino GREGORY
  Phoenix .
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gregory, Phoenix2.1 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.6 
 3. Ford, Brose Bask.1.4 
 4. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.3 
 5. Pantelic, MBC1.2 
 6. Morrison, Bremerha.1.2 
 7. Homan, B.Muenchen1.1 
 8. Turek, Neckar L.1.0 
 9. Frease, Walter T.1.0 
 10. Zirbes, Brose Bas.0.9 


Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Vechta 15-5 
 2. Goettingen 15-5 
 3. Duesseldorf 13-6 
 4. Karlsruhe 13-7 
 5. Cuxhaven 12-8 
 6. Chemnitz 11-9 
 7. Ehingen 10-9 
 8. Heidelberg 9-10 
 9. Jena 9-10 
 10. NBC 9-11 
 11. ETB Wohnbau 9-11 
 12. Kirchheim 8-12 
 13. Finke Baskets 7-12 
 14. Gotha 7-12 
 15. Crailsheim 7-13 
 16. Leipzig 3-17 

Regular Season: Round 20

Feb. 2: ETB Wohnbau - Chemnitz 93-81
Feb. 2: Vechta - NBC 84-85
Feb. 2: Leipzig - Goettingen 80-92
Feb. 2: Crailsheim - Karlsruhe 72-88
Feb. 2: Kirchheim - Cuxhaven 107-77
Feb. 3: Duesseldorf - Gotha
Feb. 3: Ehingen - Heidelberg
Feb. 3: Jena - Finke Baskets


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Logan STUTZ
  ETB Wohnbau
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau20.5 
 2. Thomas, Cuxhaven20.3 
 3. Williams, Vechta17.9 
 4. Kelly, Cuxhaven16.3 
 5. Barker, Jena16.3 
 6. White, Heidelberg16.2 
 7. Calvin, Ehingen16.2 
 8. Griffin, Gotha16.1 
 9. Roessler, Karlsruhe16.0 
 10. Khartchenkov, Lei.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Gadley, Leipzig10.5 
 2. Lawson, Chemnitz9.5 
 3. Henley, ETB W.8.1 
 4. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau8.1 
 5. Black, Karlsruhe8.0 
 6. Calvin, Ehingen7.7 
 7. Smallwood, Kirchhe.7.6 
 8. Baker, Gotha7.4 
 9. Livas, Goettingen7.2 
 10. Dennis, Finke B.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Williams, Vechta7.5 
 2. Aud, Finke Baskets6.3 
 3. Coleman, Crailsheim5.9 
 4. Cook, ETB Wohnbau5.2 
 5. Kelly, Cuxhaven5.0 
 6. Matthews, Ehingen4.8 
 7. Smith, Gotha4.7 
 8. Barker, Jena4.4 
 9. Barth, Heidelberg4.3 
 10. Jeka, Jena4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Williams, Vechta2.9 
 2. Matthews, Ehingen2.5 
 3. White, Heidelberg2.3 
 4. Alexander, Kirchhe.1.8 
 5. Johnson, Duesseld.1.8 
 6. Brooks, Kirchheim1.7 
 7. Bynum, Chemnitz1.6 
 8. Stockton, Karlsruhe1.5 
 9. Blackwood, Heidelb.1.5 
 10. Lawson, Chemnitz1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Gadley, Leipzig2.3 
 2. White, Heidelberg1.8 
 3. Flomo, Duesseldorf1.7 
 4. Lawson, Chemnitz1.4 
 5. Thompson, NBC1.3 
 6. De Michael, NBC1.3 
 7. Smallwood, Kirchhe.1.0 
 8. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 
 9. Madrich, Vechta0.9 
 10. Calvin, Ehingen0.8 


Standings - Pro B

ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Schwelm 16-1 
 2. Rist Wedel 12-5 
 3. Herten Lions 11-6 
 4. Oldenburg 9-8 
 5. Recklinghausen 8-9 
 6. BSW Sixers 7-9 
 7. MTV Wolfenbuettel 7-10 
 8. Hannover 7-10 
 9. Dorsten 7-10 
 10. Wulfen 7-10 
 11. SU Medien 6-11 
 12. Stahnsdorf 4-12 
Group South
 1. Dragons 15-2 
 2. Weissenhorn 10-6 
 3. Bayer Giants 10-7 
 4. Noerdlingen 10-7 
 5. Langen 10-7 
 6. Fraport SKY II 9-8 
 7. Licher Baeren 8-8 
 8. Leitershofen 8-9 
 9. Hanau 7-9 
 10. Dresden 6-11 
 11. Konstanz 4-12 
 12. TSV Troester 3-14 

Regular Season: Round 17

North

Feb. 2: MTV Wolfenbuettel - Hannover 99-92 OT
Feb. 2: SU Medien - Recklinghausen 91-93
Feb. 2: Dorsten - Oldenburg 78-72
Feb. 2: Wulfen - Rist Wedel 75-73
Feb. 2: Herten Lions - Schwelm 70-74
Feb. 3: Stahnsdorf - BSW Sixers

South

Feb. 2: Leitershofen - Noerdlingen 96-92
Feb. 2: Dragons - Dresden 82-69
Feb. 2: Langen - Fraport SKY II 81-74
Feb. 2: TSV Troester - Bayer Giants 70-74
Feb. 3: Weissenhorn - Hanau
Feb. 3: Konstanz - Licher Baeren



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Standings - A1

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

Regular Season: Round 15

Feb. 2: KAOD - Apollon Patras 88-101 OT
Feb. 2: Aris - AGOR 71-73
Feb. 2: Kolossos - Ilysiakos 71-63
Feb. 2: Peristeri GS - Panionios 69-91
Feb. 2: Kavala - Panelefsiniakos 68-66
Feb. 3: Ikaros - PAOK
Feb. 4: Olympiacos - Panathinaikos


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Nikos PAPPAS
  Panionios
  (195-G-90)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Pappas, Panionios18.7 
 2. Gagaloudis, Kavala17.4 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.17.1 
 4. Kiritsis, Ikaros17.0 
 5. McCollum, Apollo.15.9 
 6. Dendy, Kolossos15.6 
 7. Printezis, Olympia.15.2 
 8. Gibson, Ikaros14.4 
 9. Grant, Apollon14.2 
 10. McGrath, PA.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Palmer, KAOD8.7 
 2. Faye, Ikaros7.6 
 3. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.4 
 4. Jankovic, Panionios7.0 
 5. Coleman, Kavala6.8 
 6. Michel, KAOD6.6 
 7. Haritopoulos, PAOK6.3 
 8. Jones, Ilysiakos6.2 
 9. Asimakopoulo., Aris6.1 
 10. Dendy, Kolossos6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.3 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.4.9 
 3. Petroulas, Periste.4.6 
 4. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.3 
 5. Gagaloudis, Kavala4.3 
 6. Grundy, Kavala3.9 
 7. McGrath, PA.3.7 
 8. Hatten, Kolossos3.6 
 9. Pappas, Panionios3.3 
 10. Kiritsis, Ikaros3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony GRUNDY
  Kavala
  (189-PG-79)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Grundy, Kavala2.6 
 2. Palmer, KAOD2.5 
 3. Grant, Apollon2.3 
 4. Pappas, Panionios2.0 
 5. Klaiber, Apollon1.7 
 6. Petway, AGOR1.5 
 7. McCollum, Apollo.1.5 
 8. Papanikolaou, Olym.1.5 
 9. Hatten, Kolossos1.4 
 10. Pelekanos, Aris1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Petway, AGOR2.9 
 2. Michel, KAOD1.9 
 3. Coleman, Kavala1.7 
 4. Faye, Ikaros1.4 
 5. Lasme, Panathin.1.2 
 6. Scott, Ilysiakos1.2 
 7. Turner, Apollon1.0 
 8. Hines, Olympiacos0.9 
 9. Papadopoulos, PAOK0.9 
 10. Horne, AGOR0.9 


Standings - A2

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

Regular Season: Round 15

Feb. 2: Pagrati - Lavrio 90-75
Feb. 2: Trikalla - Filathlitikos 90-57
Feb. 2: Koroivos - Arkadikos 81-59
Feb. 2: Ikaroi Serron - Agia Paraskevis 74-73
Feb. 2: Ermis Lagkada - Niki Volou 74-66
Feb. 2: Doxa Lefkadas - Irakleio 48-47
Feb. 3: Nea Kifisia - OFI


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Kostas TOTSIOS
  Ikaroi S.
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Totsios, Ikaroi S.21.2 
 2. Anagnostopou., Erm.20.3 
 3. Giannakopoul., Lav.18.9 
 4. Karaboulas, Nea K.18.6 
 5. Kitsoulis, OFI18.0 
 6. Vranjes, Pagrati17.7 
 7. Simeonidis, Ikaroi16.1 
 8. Psileas, Agia P.15.8 
 9. Adetokoubo, Filath.14.9 
 10. Karydas, Koroivos14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Giannis PAPACHRISTOS
  Trika.
  (194-F-80)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Papachristos, Trik.8.7 
 2. Noeas, Koroivos8.6 
 3. Anagnostopou., Erm.8.5 
 4. Manousos, Doxa L.7.5 
 5. Sklavos, Pagrati7.5 
 6. Simeonidis, Ikaroi7.4 
 7. Cubrilo, Arkadikos7.4 
 8. Koutroulias, Pagra.7.4 
 9. Pelkic, Irakleio7.1 
 10. Vardavas, Agia P.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Athanasios KARYDAS
  Koroivos
  (182-G-79)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Karydas, Koroivos5.7 
 2. Vasilopoulos, Pagr.5.6 
 3. Gikas, Filathlitik.5.5 
 4. Moschovitis, Nea K.5.4 
 5. Papadakis, OFI4.1 
 6. Giannakopoul., Lav.3.9 
 7. Tsiotras, Arkadikos3.8 
 8. Katsares, Trikalla3.6 
 9. Govas, Arkadikos3.5 
 10. Mavrogiannis, Nik.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos KATSARES
  Trikalla
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Katsares, Trikalla2.4 
 2. Vranjes, Pagrati2.2 
 3. Tsiotras, Arkadikos2.2 
 4. Karydas, Koroivos2.1 
 5. Psileas, Agia P.1.9 
 6. Giannakopoul., Lav.1.9 
 7. Gikas, Filathlitik.1.8 
 8. Ioakeimidis, Ermis1.7 
 9. Kapiniaris, Ikaroi1.6 
 10. Onasoglou, Ermis1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Thanasis ADETOKOUBO
  Filath.
  (200-F-93)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Adetokoubo, Filath.1.2 
 2. Doychinov, OFI1.1 
 3. Papachristos, Trik.0.9 
 4. Anagnostopou., Erm.0.8 
 5. Vagenas, Doxa L.0.8 
 6. Pelkic, Irakleio0.7 
 7. Nikoloudis, Ikaroi0.7 
 8. Charismidis, Trika.0.7 
 9. Sioutis, Nea Kifis.0.7 
 10. Sigounas, Arkadik.0.7 


A2 league - Week 17: Trikala BC thrashed the top seated Filathlitikos with +33 points!! - by Chris Mammides

An amazing game by the duet Giannis Papachristos (194-F-80) and Nikos Kaklamanos (189-G-81, agency: FCM) proved the old saying that its very good to be young but is even better to be mature, in this case the mature and veteran players of Coach Tzimas thrashed the younster and energetic players of Coach Zivas and the team of Filathlitikos fell to the second place of the league..The team of Filathlitikos was in teh worst feasible day since the behind the arc shots and even worst the two pointers, which used to be one of their top tools in the previous games, tonight they simply betray them since the 14/42 in the two point shots and 7/31 in the three pointers!
Pagrati beat easily the team of Lavrio as Coach Serelis for another one week had more or less three players in his injury list one of them being the top performer of the team Kakiouzis. Pagrati dominated in the rebounding area and the 90-75 came obviously much easier after losing the one and only center of the team (the veteran Pashalis collapsed int eh second period). Top performer and MVP of the game was Dimos Fotiou (197-F-82) who ended up the game with 28 points and 9 rebounds followed by Sklavos who scored 23 points and dashed down 18 rebounds. On the other games, Ikaroi Serron beat very difficult the team of Agia Paraskevi in the most thrilling game of the week, with 74-73 while Doxa Lefkads beat also very difficult the team of Irakleio with the childish 48-47. Finally, Koroivos Amaliadas thrashed the team of Arkadikos with 81-59, climbing to the third place of the league. While Ermis Lgkada after many weeks without win, the team of Coach Xouridas stopped its negative series after the win over Niki Volou with 74-66.


The results in numbers were as follows:

Trikala BC - Filathlitikos 90-57
Periods: 23-13, 46-29, 70-38, 90-57
Top scorers:
Trikala BC: Gioulekas 10, Nikos Kaklamanos 28, Aggelakopoulos 15, Charismidis 10, Giannis Papachristos 14 and 16 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 block shots.
Filathlitikos: Giannis Adetokoubo 12, Nikos Gikas (186-PG-91, agency: FCM) 13

Ikaroi Serron - Agia Paraskevi 74-73
Periods: 15-14, 28-32, 54-47, 74-73
Top scorers:


Ikaroi Serron: Koukas 12, Kapiniaris 11, Kostas Totsios (191-G-78) 20, Milicevic 10, Nikoloudis 13

KAP: Sinnis 12, Tsiakas 14, Matos 10, Kostas Vardavas (193-G-81) 15 and 11 rebounds.

Pagrati - Lavrio 90-75
Periods: 18-27, 38-40, 66-53, 90-75
Top scorers:
Pagrati: Dimos Fotiou 28, Sklavos 23, Vranjes 20, Georgaros 11.
Lavrio: Pagonis 12, Dionysios Giannakopoulos (195-G/F-82) 16, Perrakis 10, Psomaderis 15, Pashalis 13.

Doxa Lefkadas - Irakleio 48-47
Periods: 14-10, 30-20, 39-33, 48-47
Top scorers:
Doxa: Koukounias 10, Matic 15 (1).
Irakleio: Bojan Pelkic (206-F-83) 17

Ermis Lagkada - Niki Volou 74-66
Periods: 15-13, 35-27, 55-41, 74-66
Top scorers:
Ermis: Plioukas 13, Giorgos Anagnostopoulos (207-C-80) 21
Niki: Mavrogiannis 13, Maltesios 13, Grigoris Mistiliadis (195-G-88) 19.

Koroivos Amaliadas - Arkadikos 81-59
Periods: 24-12, 54-29, 63-47, 81-59
Top scorers:
Koroivos: Nieas 16, Karidas 10, Branislav Tomic (205-F/C-80) 16
Arkadikos: Thodoris Tsiotras (198-G-87) 17, Sigkounas 12



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Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Leiden 18-4 
 2. Den Bosch 18-4 
 3. Groningen 16-8 
 4. Zwolle 13-11 
 5. Leeuwarden 12-11 
 6. M.Magixx 12-11 
 7. Den Helder K. 12-11 
 8. Weert 9-14 
 9. Amsterdam 2-20 
 10. Rotterdam 2-20 

Regular Season: Round 21

Feb. 2: Leeuwarden - Groningen 84-74
Feb. 2: Weert - Rotterdam 83-79
Feb. 2: M.Magixx - Zwolle 64-80
Feb. 3: Den Bosch - Den Helder K.
Feb. 3: Amsterdam - Leiden



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Adriatic League: Crvena Zvezda celebrate in Hungary - by Eurobasket News

Szolnoki - Crvena Zvezda 83:96

Crvena Zvezda clinched the 14th win in the Adriatic League season. They overwhelmed Szolnoki on the road tonight. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) led all scorers with 22 points.
It was a well-matched first half. The Serbian team eked out a 21:19 lead after ten minutes. Szolnoki quickly bounced back. The Hungarian side unloaded 30 points in the second quarter to ensure a 49:46 halftime lead. Crvena Zvezda picked up the defensive aggressiveness in the second half. The visitors limited Szolnoki to 17 points in the third term to spur ahead for a 4-point lead. Crvena Zvezda went on a 26:17 rally in the fourth period to seal the winning outcome at the end. Boris Savovic (210-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) had 17 points, while Marko Simonovic (201-F-86, agency: Beo Basket), Vuk Radivojevic (196-G-83) and DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85, college: Duke) netted 10 points each for the winners. Akos Horvath (193-SG-81) answered with 13 points for Szolnoki. Rashad Bell (201-F-82, college: Boston U.) and Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89) banked 11 points apiece for the home team.

Szolnoki: Akos Horvath 13, Rashad Bell 11, Sead Sehovic 11
Crvena Zvezda: Igor Rakocevic 22, Boris Savovic 17, Marko Simonovic 10, Vuk Radivojevic 10, DeMarcus Nelson 10



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Best players of Icelandic Express L. round 14 - by Eurobasket News

American Aaron Broussard (195-F-90) had a great game in the last round for league's leader Grindavik and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 22-year old forward had a double-double of 35 points and ten rebounds, while his team edged out Thor Thorl (#2, 10-4) 89-87. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Grindavik to jump to the first place in the Icelandic Express L.. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Grindavik has a very solid 11-3 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Broussard had a remarkable 59.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be Grindavik's top player in his first season with the team. Seattle University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Broussard is in league's top in points (5th best: 23.8ppg) and averages solid 2.5spg and 52.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American guard Jay Threatt (180-G-89, agency: Pro One Sports) of Snaefell. Threatt impressed basketball fans with 28 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. It was enough for Snaefell to edge slightly lower-ranked Stjarnan (#4, 9-5) by 1 point 89-88. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Snaefell consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 10-4 record is not bad at all. Threatt is a newcomer at Snaefell and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American guard Darrel Lewis (192-G-76, agency: Two Points) of Keflavik (#5). Lewis got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds . He was a key player of Keflavik, leading his team to a 100-85 easy win against slightly lower-ranked KR (#6, 8-6). Keflavik needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 5 lost games. Lewis has a very solid season. In 14 games in Iceland he scored 19.3ppg. He also has 7.3rpg and FGP: 56.9%. Darrel Lewis has also Icelandic passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Carlos Medlock (183-G-87) of Skallagrimur - 40 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Marcus Van (201-F/C-85) of Njardvik - 20 points and 18 rebounds
6. Michael Craion (195-F-89) of Keflavik - 27 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jarrid Frye (194-G/F-85) of Stjarnan - 27 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Christopher Smith (204-PF-82) of Fjolnir - 23 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Roburt Sallie (196-G-86) of Tindastoll - 24 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Billy Baptist (196-F-87) of Keflavik - 21 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Standings - Superleague

Superleague Standings
 1. Petrochimi 17-1 
 2. Foolad Mahan 15-3 
 3. Mahram 14-3 
 4. Zanjan 10-8 
 5. Gorgan 8-10 
 6. Azad 7-10 
 7. Petrochimi Mahshahr 5-13 
 8. Al Badr 5-13 
 9. Esteghlal 4-14 
 10. Naft Sepahan 4-14 

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 31: Petrochimi Mahshahr - Naft Sepahan 85-86
Jan. 31: Gorgan - Zanjan 80-73
Jan. 31: Azad - Mahram 77-96
Jan. 31: Esteghlal - Petrochimi 63-82
Jan. 31: Al Badr - Foolad Mahan 55-71

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Feb. 14: Gorgan - Zanjan
Feb. 14: Al Badr - Petrochimi
Feb. 14: Petrochimi Mahshahr - Foolad Mahan
Feb. 14: Azad - Mahram



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Standings - EBS Superleague

Superleague Standings
 1. UL Eagles 12-3 
 2. UCC Demons 11-3 
 3. B.Gais Neptune 10-5 
 4. DCU Saints 7-7 
 5. Killester 6-11 
 6. Ballon Inter 5-9 
 7. Moycullen 4-9 
 8. UCD Marian 3-11 

Regular Season: Round 15

Feb. 1: Ballon Inter - Killester 82-76
Feb. 2: B.Gais Neptune - DCU Saints
Feb. 2: Moycullen - UCD Marian
Feb. 3: Moycullen - Ballon Inter
Feb. 3: UCC Demons - UL Eagles


Basketball Ireland Weekend Preview - by Patrick Maher


Basketball Ireland Weekend Preview

Fresh off their stunning SuperLeague Cup victory last weekend, Bord Gais Neptune will now be looking to mount a challenge for the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague crown as they play DCU Saints in Cork on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, the two teams directly ahead of Neptune, UL Eagles and UCC Demons, meet on Sunday afternoon at the Mardyke Arena in perhaps the biggest game to date in the 2012-13 season.

Elsewhere, the battle for fourth spot and a place in the Champions Trophy end-of-year competition heats up as Moycullen face UCD Marian while Dublin Inter play Killester. Moycullen and Inter then make it a double weekend for their sides as they meet in Galway on Sunday.

In the Nivea Womens SuperLeague, Liffey Celtics have the unenviable task taking on both DCU Mercy and Team Montenotte Hotel Cork over the weekends action while Ulster Rockets host Singleton SuperValu Brunell as Killester and Meteors play off in an all-Dublin derby game.

The two pre-season favourites UL Eagles and UCC Demons have controlled the top two positions in the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague from the very first weekend of action. This is their third meeting of 2012-13 with both teams having beaten each other once.

Presently tied on losses with just an extra game played and won by Eagles separating them in the table, a positive result for either team on Sunday will go a long way to determining the eventual champions.

This is a crucial game for both teams on Sunday next. It really is a must win for both of us, said Eagles head coach Mark Keenan, whose side lost to Bord Gais Neptune last weekend in the Mens SuperLeague Cup final.

We need to prove to ourselves that we can play better than what we showed last weekend in the cup final, so its game on for us.

While Demons head coach Paul Kelleher recognises the importance of the game, he said it would be disrespectful to the rest of the league to think that Sundays clash will decide the title.

Every team this year has been capable of beating everyone else. There will be another month of games and to think that the winner of Sunday has the league is disrespectful to all the other teams.

One team that certainly isnt handing over the league to Demons and Eagles are Bord Gais Neptune, who will be hoping momentum from last weekends cup victory can carry them to a win against DCU Saints on Saturday and put them in position to challenge for the league.

The one thing this team has is hunger and depth. A few seasons ago UCD Marian won the cup then didnt win a league game after that. That definitely wont be happening to us.

Just two games behind Eagles in the standings, the Neptune boss knows that a successful run-in would put his team in contention.

DCU will be a huge test. They have a great team but we have to win every home game if we are to challenge for the league. If we can win out, considering we have two games left against UL and one against Demons, I feel like it is still in our hands so to speak.

With the league title likely to land in either Cork or Limerick, the rest of the teams in the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague will be eyeing up fourth spot and a place in the end-of-season Champions Trophy.

Currently in fifth spot position and trailing DCU Saints by just one game, Killester will be eager to notch a win against a surging Dublin Inter outfit on Friday night at the National Basketball Arena.

Having quickly acclimatised to life in the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague, Dublin Inter are not out of making a run on fourth themselves and Killester head coach Tom Doherty is well aware of the threat they pose.

They ran Neptune close and have beaten Saints, Marian and Moycullen this year so they are an excellent, hard-working and tough team, said Doherty.

After the break in action for the cup, all the players want to play and the hunger is there to which will be important Friday night.

Another team with an eye on fourth place will be Moycullen of Galway. Their young side have faltered slightly of late and will need a strong finish to make the Champions Trophy. With two games this weekend against UCD Marian and then Dublin Inter, they have a perfect chance to rise up the table.

In the Nivea Womens SuperLeague the hunt for playoff spots is well and truly on as just two games separate five teams. While the top three of DCU Mercy, Team Montenotte Hotel Cork and UL Huskies all seem guaranteed of a play-off berth, only three out of Killester, Ulster Rockets, Singleton SuperValu Brunell, WIT Wildcats and Meteors will join them.

The meeting of Rockets and Brunell in Belfast on Saturday pits two of these teams against one another with both teams sitting on four wins and six losses so far.

Rockets head coach Breda Dick is hoping the fact that her side has not played a game since January will not be a hindrance.

A lot of the Brunell team were involved in the U20 National Cup win last weekend and will be on a high with that success. They are an excellent shooting side but I think we have the players to handle that and well have to use our height advantage to gain an edge.

The all-Dublin clash of Meteors and Killester Saturday night takes on increased significance as the two teams jostle for playoff spots.

In the last five meetings between the teams, I dont think that there has been more than four points between us and Saturday is likely to be the very same and come right down to the wire, said Meteors head coach Hugh Kilbride.

Its a crucial game for both of us and whoever loses is very likely to then miss playoffs so its a big game.

Elsewhere in the Nivea Womens SuperLeague Liffey Celtics, still searching for their first win of the season, face a daunting weekend schedule that has them playing both DCU Mercy and Team Montenotte Hotel Cork while champions UL Huskies enjoy a weekend off.

Basketball Ireland Upcoming Fixtures

Friday February 1st

Nivea For Men's SuperLeague

Dublin Inter v Killester, National Basketball Arena, 19:45

Saturday February 2nd

Nivea For Men's SuperLeague

Moycullen v UCD Marian, NUI Galway, 15:45; Bord Gais Neptune v DCU Saints, Neptune Stadium, 19:00

Nivea Womens SuperLeague

Ulster Rockets v Singleton SuperValu Brunell, De La Salle, 18:30 ; Meteors v Killester, Colaiste Iosagain, 19:00 ; Liffey Celtics v DCU Mercy, Leixlip Centre, 19:30

Basketball Ireland Men's Division One

Donegal Town v Templeogue Azzurri, CC Ballyshannon, 15:00 ; Maree v Team Garveys St Marys, Calasanctius College, 17:00 ; Fr Mathews v Team Left Bank Kilkenny, Colaiste Chriost Ri, 20:00

Basketball Ireland Women's Division One

NUIG Mystics v Portlaoise Panthers, NUI Galway, 13:30 ; Team Tom McCarthys St Marys v UL Huskies, Castleisland, 19:45 ; Brittons Insurance Donegal Town v Tralee Imperials, Abbey VS, 20:00

Sunday February 3rd

Nivea For Men's SuperLeague

UCC Demons v UL Eagles, Mardyke, 15:30 ; Moycullen v Dublin Inter, NUI Galway, 16:45

Nivea Womens SuperLeague

Team Montenotte Hotel Cork v Liffey Celtics, Upper Glanmire Sports Centre, 15:00

Basketball Ireland Men's Division One

Blue Demons v Fr Mathews, Mardyke, 13:00 ; Ulster Elks v Matt OFlahertys Chemists Titans, UUJ, 14:45

Courtesy ....Cian Nihill....www.basketballireland.ie

Gerard Noonan (180-G-82)



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Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv and Malcolm Thomas part ways - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Winner League) waived 25-year old American center Malcolm Thomas (206-98kg-88, college: San Diego State). In 12 Winner League games he played this season he recorded 7.4ppg, 5.3rpg (#7 in the league), 1.6apg and 1.3bpg (#8 in the league).
The last season Thomas played at D-Fenders in D-League. In 26 games last year he averaged 14.9ppg, 10.1rpg (#5 in the league), 1.7apg and 1.8bpg. He helped them to win the West Conference title. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected USBasket.com All-D-League Forward of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to Gatorade All-D-League 1st Team. Thomas also played at Rio Grande Valley Vipers in D-League that season. In two games he averaged impressive 19.0ppg, 11.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg and 4.0bpg. He also spent pre-season at the Rockets in NBA that year. The other team Thomas played shortly was Austin Toros in D-League. In four games he averaged 9.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.3apg and 2.5bpg. Another team he played briefly were the Spurs in NBA. But in three games he averaged just 0.3ppg and 1.0rpg.
Thomas has played previously for three other NBA teams: Houston Rockets, LA Lakers and San Antonio Spurs.
He attended San Diego State until 2011 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - JBL

JBL Standings
 1. Aishin SH 22-5 
 2. Toyota Alvark 21-6 
 3. Panasonic T. 16-11 
 4. Hitachi SR 15-12 
 5. Toshiba BT 15-12 
 6. Tochigi Brex 8-19 
 7. Mitsubishi DD 8-19 
 8. Hokkaido L. 3-24 

Regular Season: Round 14

Feb. 2: Panasonic T. - Tochigi Brex 81-74
Feb. 2: Hitachi SR - Toshiba BT 64-76
Feb. 2: Mitsubishi DD - Aishin SH 63-85
Feb. 2: Hokkaido L. - Toyota Alvark 59-70
Feb. 3: Hokkaido L. - Toyota Alvark
Feb. 3: Hitachi SR - Toshiba BT
Feb. 3: Mitsubishi DD - Aishin SH
Feb. 3: Panasonic T. - Tochigi Brex


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba22.5 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi18.2 
 3. Watkins, Panasoni.17.4 
 4. Sakuragi, Aishin SH16.6 
 5. Smith, Hitachi SR16.5 
 6. Kanamaru, Panasoni.16.4 
 7. Orimo, Hokkaido L.14.4 
 8. Rolle, Mitsubis.13.7 
 9. Gibbs, Toyota A.13.4 
 10. Hale, Mitsubis.12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba12.8 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin SH12.3 
 3. Watkins, Panasoni.11.7 
 4. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.4 
 5. Gibbs, Toyota A.8.7 
 6. Smith, Hitachi SR8.3 
 7. Takeuchi, Toyota7.5 
 8. Young, Aishin SH6.9 
 9. Hale, Mitsubis.6.8 
 10. Klette, Hokkaido6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi4.0 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin SH4.0 
 3. Tsuji, Toshiba BT3.4 
 4. Shinoyama, Toshi.3.4 
 5. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.1 
 6. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.1 
 7. Abe, Hokkaido L.3.1 
 8. Kashiwakura, Hitac.2.7 
 9. Shonaka, Toyota A.2.7 
 10. Igarashi, Mitsubi.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Tomokazu ABE
  Hokkaido L.
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Abe, Hokkaido L.2.1 
 2. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.8 
 3. Hirose, Panasoni.1.5 
 4. Gibbs, Toyota A.1.4 
 5. Kawamura, Tochigi1.2 
 6. Tashiro, Mitsubis.1.2 
 7. Shinoyama, Toshi.1.1 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.1 
 9. Sakurai, Hokkaido.1.1 
 10. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Jameel WATKINS
  Panasoni.
  (211-C/F-77)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Watkins, Panasoni.2.1 
 2. Covile, Aishin SH1.3 
 3. Rolle, Mitsubis.1.2 
 4. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.1 
 5. Takeuchi, Toyota1.0 
 6. Fazekas, Toshiba1.0 
 7. Young, Aishin SH0.8 
 8. Smith, Hitachi SR0.7 
 9. Hale, Mitsubis.0.7 
 10. Moss, Toshiba BT0.5 


Standings - BJ League

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

Regular Season: Round 31

Feb. 2: Shinshu BW - Gunma 85-74
Feb. 2: Takamatsu FA - Hamamatsu P. 81-80
Feb. 2: Kyoto Hannar. - Shimane SM 78-89
Feb. 2: Toyama Grouses - Akita NH 78-88
Feb. 2: Okinawa GK - Osaka Evessa 78-65
Feb. 2: Tokyo Cinq R. - Fukuoka Rizing 71-99
Feb. 2: Iwate Big Bulls - Sendai 89ers 69-75
Feb. 2: Miyazaki SS - Chiba Jets 68-85
Feb. 2: Oita H.Devils - Shiga L-Stars 57-83
Feb. 2: Yokohama BC - Saitama Bron. 101-85


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Dominique KELLER
  Miyazaki.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Keller, Miyazaki.21.3 
 2. Chandler, Chiba J.21.0 
 3. Burns, Yokohama BC20.9 
 4. Parker, Shimane SM20.1 
 5. Werner, Chiba Jets20.0 
 6. Jones, Tokyo C.19.7 
 7. Woods, Miyazaki SS19.6 
 8. Kennedy, Yokohama.18.5 
 9. Woodbury, Okina.17.9 
 10. Thomas, Hamamats.17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.13.9 
 2. White, Oita H.13.2 
 3. Willard, Sendai 89.12.6 
 4. Warren, Fukuoka12.4 
 5. Bell, Osaka Evessa11.8 
 6. Rickert, Osaka E.11.3 
 7. Sato, Tokyo Cinq11.0 
 8. Werner, Chiba Jets10.5 
 9. Parker, Shimane SM10.2 
 10. McHenry, Okina.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Takehiko SHIMURA
  Sendai
  (160-G-83)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Shimura, Sendai6.2 
 2. Namizato, Okina.5.8 
 3. Kensuke, Chiba Je.5.8 
 4. Galloway, Hamamats.5.7 
 5. Burns, Yokohama BC4.8 
 6. Harris, Akita NH4.2 
 7. Tomori, Gunma4.0 
 8. Lyons, Takamats.3.6 
 9. Mito, Toyama G.3.6 
 10. Takushi, Oita H.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Draelon BURNS
  Yokohama BC
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Burns, Yokohama BC2.3 
 2. McHenry, Okina.2.2 
 3. Masato, Iwate B.2.2 
 4. Bell, Chiba Jets2.0 
 5. Brown, Toyama G.2.0 
 6. Parker, Shimane SM1.9 
 7. Lyons, Takamats.1.9 
 8. Bell, Osaka Evessa1.9 
 9. Shimura, Sendai1.9 
 10. Galloway, Hamamat.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.7 
 2. Blackledge, Iwate2.8 
 3. Fairley, Miyazaki.2.0 
 4. Marshall, Shins.2.0 
 5. Carter, Tokyo C.1.8 
 6. Parker, Shimane SM1.6 
 7. Brown, Toyama G.1.5 
 8. Williams, Takamats.1.5 
 9. Newton, Okinawa GK1.4 
 10. Ashby, Fukuoka1.3 


BJ League Round 31: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

BJ League round 31 caused change at the leadership position. Eleventh defeat of league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix (20-11) against seventh ranked Takamatsu FA (11-17) 81-80 was the most important game of the last round. 26 personal fouls committed by Hamamatsu Phoenix helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Paul Williams (208-83, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: I.D.S. Law) contributed with 8 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Top Notch Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists for Hamamatsu Phoenix. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Takamatsu FA maintains seventh place with 11-17 record. Hamamatsu Phoenix at the other side dropped to the second position with 11 games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Okinawa GK. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Takamatsu FA will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Okinawa GK as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Okinawa GK defeated 9th ranked Osaka Evessa at home 78-65. American players dominated also this game. It was a great evening for center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) who led his team to a victory scoring 9 points and 16 rebounds. Anthony McHenry helped adding 16 points. At the losing side forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 17 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Osaka Evessa at the other side keeps the ninth place with 20 games lost. Osaka Evessa will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Okinawa GK will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Osaka Evessa at home.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Iwate Big Bulls (20-9) against ninth ranked Sendai 89ers (11-16) on Saturday night. Host Iwate Big Bulls were defeated by Sendai 89ers in a tough game in Iwate 69-75. It was an exceptional evening for T.J. Cummings who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 15 rebounds. Reggie Okosa came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 19 rebounds for Iwate Big Bulls in the defeat. Sendai 89ers have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain ninth place with 11-16 record. Loser Iwate Big Bulls keep the third position with nine games lost. Sendai 89ers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Iwate Big Bulls will play again against Sendai 89ers and hope to secure a win.
The game in Oita supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Shiga L-Stars (18-11) played at the court of 8th ranked Oita Heat Devils (10-19). Shiga L-Stars smashed Oita Heat Devils 83-57. Dionisio Gomez Camargo fired 25 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Shiga L-Stars' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Shiga L-Stars have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 18-11 record, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing and Toyama Grouses. Oita Heat Devils at the other side keep the eighth position with 19 games lost. Shiga L-Stars will have a break next round. Oita Heat Devils will play again at home against Shiga L-Stars (#5).
The game in Kyoto was also quite interesting. Third ranked Shimane Magic (19-10) played at the court of 6th ranked Kyoto Hannar. (15-14). Shimane Magic defeated Kyoto Hannar. 89-78 on Saturday. It was a very good performance for Michael Parker who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks. Shimane Magic maintains third place with 19-10 record having four points less than leader Okinawa GK. Loser Kyoto Hannar. keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. Shimane Magic will have a break next round. Kyoto Hannar. will play again at home against Shimane Magic (#3).

Other games in round 31 were not that significant. Chiba Jets beat Miyazaki SS on the road 85-68. Yokohama BC won against Saitama Bron. on its own court 101-85. Fukuoka Rizing outscored Tokyo Cinq R. in a road game 99-71. Toyama Grouses recorded a loss to Akita NH at home 78-88. Gunma were defeated by Shinshu BW on the opponent's court 85-74.
The most impressive performance of 31th round was 30 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists by Thomas Kennedy of Yokohama BC.


Miyazaki SS - Chiba Jets 68-85

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Chiba Jets (15-12) beat on the road 10th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (4-25) 85-68 on Saturday. The game without a history. Chiba Jets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Miyazaki Shining Suns' 26 and made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for American forward Marquin Chandler (202-82, college: San Jose St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) contributed with 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and forward Hiroshi Otsuka (188-87) added 20 points in the effort for Miyazaki Shining Suns. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Chiba Jets have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 15-12 record. Loser Miyazaki Shining Suns keep the tenth position with 25 games lost. Chiba Jets will have a break next round. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play again at home against Chiba Jets (#6).
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: M.Chandler 24+10reb+3ast, J.Werner 21+9reb+3ast, D.Bell 15+2reb+1ast, M.Gray 8+8reb, T.Kensuke 8+2reb+7ast, H.Sato 5+1reb+1ast
Miyazaki SS: H.Otsuka 20+1reb+2ast, A.Kuso 12+12reb+2ast, L.Cunningham 10+5reb+2ast, T.Fairley 9+7reb+2ast, R.Woods 8+5reb+4ast, K.Ito 7+5reb+3ast
gschID: 200626


Oita H.Devils - Shiga L-Stars 57-83

The game in Oita supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Shiga L-Stars (18-11) played at the court of 8th ranked Oita Heat Devils (10-19). Shiga L-Stars smashed Oita Heat Devils 83-57. The game without a history. Shiga L-Stars led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Oita Heat Devils helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) fired 25 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. American forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin, agency: Top Notch Sports) chipped in 20 points and 7 assists. Shiga L-Stars' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa) produced 17 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized Brazilian forward Kazuya Hatano (192-82) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Shiga L-Stars have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 18-11 record, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing and Toyama Grouses. Oita Heat Devils at the other side keep the eighth position with 19 games lost. Shiga L-Stars will have a break next round. Oita Heat Devils will play again at home against Shiga L-Stars (#5).
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: D.Gomez Camargo 25+8reb+2ast, R.Nixon 20+4reb+7ast, W.Arnold 15+3reb+2ast, B.Yokoe 7+3ast, J.Nakama 7+7reb+1ast, T.Fujiwara 4+1reb+7ast
Oita H.Devils: K.Hatano 18+5reb+1ast, C.Tate 17+9reb, I.Kersulyte 10+2reb+3ast, T.Granado 6+3reb, M.Ohara 2+1reb, P.Alawoya 2+1reb
gschID: 200625


Kyoto Hannar. - Shimane SM 78-89

The game in Kyoto was also quite interesting. Third ranked Shimane Magic (19-10) played at the court of 6th ranked Kyoto Hannar. (15-14). Shimane Magic defeated Kyoto Hannar. 89-78 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 53-41 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Shimane Magic made 20-of-21 free shots (95.2 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shimane Magic made 9 blocks. It was a very good performance for American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks. point guard Kouki Yamabuchi (183-84) contributed with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Shimane Magic players scored in double figures. American forward David Palmer (201-82, college: S.Utah, agency: Top Notch Sports) answered with 23 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Kyoto Hannar.Shimane Magic maintains third place with 19-10 record having four points less than leader Okinawa GK. Loser Kyoto Hannar. keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. Shimane Magic will have a break next round. Kyoto Hannar. will play again at home against Shimane Magic (#3).
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: M.Parker 20+9reb+1ast, J.Davis 17+5reb+3ast, K.Yamabuchi 16+5reb+6ast, B.Freeman 12+1reb+2ast, B.Puckett 9+6reb, S.Nakama 8+2ast
Kyoto Hannar.: D.Palmer 23+8reb+2ast, M.Cousin 15+7reb+1ast, Y.Okada 14+3reb+3ast, J.Boyette 7+1reb+2ast, M.Kataoka 7+4ast, L.Pomare 7+6reb+3ast
gschID: 200623


Yokohama BC - Saitama Bron. 101-85

Very expected game when 11th ranked Saitama Broncos (3-24) lost on the road to second ranked Yokohama BC (21-8) 101-85 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 101-85. Yokohama BC outrebounded Saitama Broncos 40-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. Quite impressive performance for American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who helped to win the game recording 30 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his seven free throws). His fellow American import guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with 23 points and 4 assists for the winners. point guard Takuma Yamashiro (167-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and guard Yuki Kitamuki (184-85) added 20 points and 6 assists in the effort for Saitama Broncos. Five Yokohama BC and four Saitama Broncos players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Yokohama BC maintains second place with 21-8 record behind leader Okinawa GK. Saitama Broncos lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 24 games lost. Yokohama BC will face again Saitama Broncos (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: T.Kennedy 30+9reb+5ast, D.Burns 23+3reb+4ast, M.Kabaya 19+2reb+3ast, L.Malloy 13+9reb, P.Faye 11+7reb, T.Hotta 3+1reb
Saitama Bron.: Y.Kitamuki 20+3reb+6ast, W.Oliver 18+8reb+1ast, T.Yamashiro 18+12reb, J.Humphrey 14+2reb+7ast, M.Haraguchi 7+1reb, D.Baker 6+1ast
gschID: 200622


Tokyo Cinq R. - Fukuoka Rizing 71-99

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (18-11) rolled over on the road 8th ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (12-18) 99-71 on Saturday. The game without a history. Fukuoka Rizing led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Quite impressive performance for American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida, agency: Top Notch Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 20 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Justin Johnson (198-86, college: Iowa, agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. American center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and guard Kenji Sato (180-79) added 9 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Tokyo Cinq R.The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Fukuoka Rizing moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Toyama Grouses and Shiga L-Stars. Loser Tokyo Cinq R. keeps the eighth position with 18 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will have a break next round. Tokyo Cinq R. will play again at home against Fukuoka Rizing (#4).
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: R.Warren 19+20reb+3ast, J.Johnson 18+10reb, J.Peppers 17+4reb+2ast, J.Ashby 13+5reb+3ast, J.Nakanishi 11+3reb+4ast, M.Kano 9+1reb
Tokyo Cinq R.: J.Jones 17+13reb+2ast, C.Aoki 16+1reb+3ast, C.Sasaki 11+4reb+2ast, K.Sato 9+9reb+2ast, A.Inoue 9+1reb, J.Carter 8+7reb+1ast
gschID: 200621


Toyama Grouses - Akita NH 78-88

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 4th placed Toyama Grouses (18-11) lost at home to fifth ranked Akita Happinets (16-11) 88-78 on Saturday. Toyama Grouses were trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 28-17 charge of Akita Happinets, which allowed them to win the game. Quite impressive performance for American forward Marshall Brown (199-85, college: Missouri) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. The former international point guard Yuki Togashi (170-93) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 assists for the winners. Puerto Rican power forward Angel Garcia (209-88, college: Memphis) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and American forward Jeremy Jacob (203-87, college: Oregon) added 20 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Toyama Grouses. Four Akita Happinets and five Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. Akita Happinets maintains fifth place with 16-11 record. Loser Toyama Grouses keep the fourth position with 11 games lost. Akita Happinets will have a break next round. Toyama Grouses will play again at home against Akita Happinets (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: M.Brown 38+11reb+2ast, Y.Togashi 15+3reb+11ast, D.Harris 14+5reb+1ast, A.Kent 11+9reb, S.Taguchi 8+6reb+1ast, M.Kato 2+1reb+1ast
Toyama Grouses: J.Jacob 20+5reb, M.Kamezaki 15+4reb, A.Garcia 15+10reb+6ast, M.Joho 14+3reb+5ast, B.Cole 10+10reb+3ast, T.Mito 4+5reb+8ast
gschID: 200619


Iwate Big Bulls - Sendai 89ers 69-75

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Iwate Big Bulls (20-9) against ninth ranked Sendai 89ers (11-16) on Saturday night. Host Iwate Big Bulls were defeated by Sendai 89ers in a tough game in Iwate 69-75. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Iwate Big Bulls won fourth quarter 27-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for American forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA, agency: Top Notch Sports) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 15 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific) accounted for 10 points and 20 rebounds for the winning side. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle, agency: Top Notch Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 19 rebounds and American forward Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Top Notch Sports) added 13 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Iwate Big Bulls in the defeat. Four Iwate Big Bulls players scored in double figures. Sendai 89ers have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain ninth place with 11-16 record. Loser Iwate Big Bulls keep the third position with nine games lost. Sendai 89ers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Iwate Big Bulls will play again against Sendai 89ers and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: T.Cummings 28+15reb+1ast, M.Hargrow 15+3reb+3ast, S.Willard 10+20reb, T.Shimura 9+1reb+4ast, T.Komoda 5+1ast, Y.Arai 5+2reb
Iwate Big Bulls: R.Okosa 23+19reb+2ast, L.Blackledge 16+4reb, C.Dixon 13+11reb+5ast, K.Takahashi 12+3reb+1ast, N.Nakamura 3+2reb+1ast, D.Sneed 1+1reb
gschID: 200618


Takamatsu FA - Hamamatsu P. 81-80

BJ League round 31 caused change at the leadership position. Eleventh defeat of league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix (20-11) against seventh ranked Takamatsu FA (11-17) 81-80 was the most important game of the last round. 26 personal fouls committed by Hamamatsu Phoenix helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Paul Williams (208-83, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: I.D.S. Law) contributed with 8 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Top Notch Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV, agency: Top Notch Sports) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Hamamatsu Phoenix. Five Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Takamatsu FA maintains seventh place with 11-17 record. Hamamatsu Phoenix at the other side dropped to the second position with 11 games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Okinawa GK. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Takamatsu FA will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa.
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: D.Lyons 20+8reb+2ast, R.Johnson 15+7reb, H.Kikuchi 14+3reb+2ast, B.Penn 9+2reb, M.Suzuki 9+5reb+5ast, P.Williams 8+11reb+5ast
Hamamatsu P.: W.White 19+6reb, J.Parmer 14+14reb+5ast, K.Galloway 12+5reb+5ast, Y.Tsubasa 11+1reb+3ast, O.Shinnosuke 10+7reb+2ast, E.Fuqua 8+5reb
gschID: 200624


Okinawa GK - Osaka Evessa 78-65

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Okinawa GK as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Okinawa GK defeated 9th ranked Osaka Evessa at home 78-65. The game was mostly controlled by Okinawa GK. Osaka Evessa was better in third quarter 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American players dominated also this game. It was a great evening for center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) who led his team to a victory scoring 9 points and 16 rebounds. Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) helped adding 16 points. At the losing side forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 17 rebounds and power forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Osaka Evessa at the other side keeps the ninth place with 20 games lost. Osaka Evessa will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Okinawa GK will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Osaka Evessa at home.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: N.Kosuge 19+4reb, A.McHenry 16+4reb+3ast, N.Namizato 10+11ast, J.Newton 9+16reb+1ast, Y.Sugawara 9+5reb+1ast, D.Larkai 7+3reb+2ast
Osaka Evessa: M.Bell 15+17reb+2ast, D.Lathan 14+4reb+2ast, R.Rickert 12+15reb+2ast, T.Kawabe 8, S.Watanuki 8+1reb, S.Konno 4+2reb
gschID: 200627


Shinshu BW - Gunma 85-74

Everything went according to plan when seventh ranked Shinshu BW (14-15) defeated 10th ranked Gunma (5-24) in Nagano 85-74 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Shinshu BW. Gunma was better in second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shinshu BW looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Gunma was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. Quite impressive performance for power forward Edward Morris (205-84, college: Pittsburg St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Jermaine Green (203-80, college: N.Texas) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Shinshu BW players scored in double figures. Guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Lewis Witcher (207-87, college: Virginia Tech) added 12 points in the effort for Gunma. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Shinshu BW maintains seventh place with 14-15 record. Gunma lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 24 games lost. Shinshu BW will face again Gunma (#10) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: E.Morris 18+14reb+4ast, J.Green 17+6reb+3ast, M.Fey 15+8reb+1ast, T.Goya 13+2reb+5ast, S.Yosuke 12+1reb+2ast, T.Utsunomiya 5+1reb+1ast
Gunma: J.Dixon 19+8reb+2ast, L.Witcher 12+4reb+2ast, Y.Suzuki 11+2reb, Y.Okumoto 10+3reb+2ast, D.Keller 9+6reb+3ast, N.Williams 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 200620



Tochigi Brex adds Oyedeji to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Link Tochigi Brex (JBL) added to their roster 32-year old Nigerian ex-international center Olumide Oyedeji (210-111kg-81). He is a dual citizen owning also British passport. Oyedeji played last season at Qingdao Double Star Eagles in Chinese CBA league. In 22 games last year he recorded 12.5ppg, 13.1rpg (#5 in the league) and 4.3apg. He also played at LG Sakers (KBL) in South Korean league that season. In 11 games he averaged 10.9ppg, 15.5rpg (#5 in the league), 1.8apg and 1.4bpg. The most of previous (2010-11) season Oyedeji spent at Foshan (CBA) in China. In 32 games that year he averaged 14.7ppg, 13.2rpg, 1.5spg and 1.0bpg. The other team he played shortly was Juvecaserta in Italian league. In two Euroleague Qualifying Round games he averaged 3.0ppg and 3.0rpg.
In 2000 Oyedeji was drafted by Seattle Supersonics (NBA) in second round (42nd overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team won Jordanian League Regular Season in 2010. Oyedeji was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 2nd Team back in 2010. He represented Nigeria at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 2.0ppg, 3.3rpg.
Oyedeji is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece, Hungary, Israel, Kuwait, Puerto Rico (Vaqueros), Russia, Slovenia, Spain (CB Granada), NBA (Atlanta Hawks) and Jordan (ASU Sports Club).
On Oyedeji: Very athletic. Can run, jump and get physical with the best. Has an NBA body. Has matured into a dominating force as shown in German League competition. Considered a potential first round NBA draft choice. Has won every slam dunk contest he has entered. Speaks five different foreign languages.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  JORDAN   


College Sports Club inks Nathaniel Roche, ex Regatas - by Eurobasket News

College Sports Club (Premier League) signed 25-year old American forward Nathaniel Roche (203-104kg-88, college: Belhaven). Roche managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year (!!!). He played last summer at Regatas in Peruvian Superior. He also played at Quimper UJAP (ProB) in French league that season. In 12 games last season he had 8.3ppg and 6.5rpg. The other team Roche played shortly was Pioneros (LNBP) in Mexican league. In two games he recorded 3.0ppg and 3.0rpg. Another team he played briefly was Universitario (LUB) in Uruguayan league. In two games he recorded 3.0ppg and 3.0rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Roches team won Sun Belt West Division Regular Season in 2007. He was also voted All-NAIA D1 Honorable Mention in 2010 and 2011 at his college time.
Roche has played also professionally in Uruguay (Universitario Salto).
He attended Belhaven College until 2011 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  LATVIA   

LBL Standing

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

Regular Season: Round 25

Feb. 2: Jelgava - Turiba 87-80
Feb. 2: Liepaja - Ventspils 67-107
Feb. 3: LU - Valmiera
Feb. 4: U18 - Barons kvartals


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris GULBIS
  Barons k.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Gulbis, Barons k.19.6 
 2. Peiners, LU19.3 
 3. Hill jr., Jekabpils16.7 
 4. O''Brien, Jekabpils16.5 
 5. Berzins, Valmiera14.9 
 6. Brown, Jurmala14.1 
 7. Apsitis, Turiba14.1 
 8. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.14.0 
 9. Ozols, Jurmala13.9 
 10. Rudmiezis, Turiba13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Todd O''BRIEN
  Jekabpils
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 9
 1. O''Brien, Jekabpils9.0 
 2. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.8.2 
 3. Dargais, LU8.2 
 4. Butjankovs, Valmi.7.9 
 5. Mednis, Jurmala7.6 
 6. Mizis, Jelgava7.5 
 7. Berzins, Valmiera7.3 
 8. Ziedins, Valmiera6.3 
 9. Gulbis, Barons k.6.3 
 10. Hlebowicki, Jekab.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Raimonds GABRANS
  Valmiera
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Gabrans, Valmiera4.1 
 2. Hill jr., Jekabpils3.9 
 3. Sims, Ventspils3.8 
 4. Bergmanis, Barons3.5 
 5. Metra, Barons k.3.5 
 6. Miezis, Barons k.3.2 
 7. Brown, Jurmala3.1 
 8. Kanbergs, Jelgava3.1 
 9. Plavnieks, U183.0 
 10. Peiners, LU3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (204-G-90)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Peiners, LU1.9 
 2. Brown, Jurmala1.8 
 3. Miezis, Barons k.1.7 
 4. Rudmiezis, Turiba1.7 
 5. Mizis, Jelgava1.6 
 6. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.5 
 7. Ate, Liepaja1.5 
 8. Virsis, Jekabpils1.5 
 9. Sims, Ventspils1.5 
 10. Jakovics, Liepaja1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Barons k.
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Rozitis, Barons k.1.6 
 2. Meiers, Ventspils1.3 
 3. Iljins, Valmiera1.0 
 4. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.1.0 
 5. Ziedins, Valmiera1.0 
 6. Hlebowicki, Jekabp.0.8 
 7. O''Brien, Jekabpils0.8 
 8. Leiteris, Liepaja0.7 
 9. Mednis, Jurmala0.7 
 10. Chamberlain, Jelg.0.6 



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  LIGA AMERICAS   

Standings

Liga Americas Standings
Group A
 1. Lanus 2-0 
 2. Pinheiros/Sky 1-1 
 3. Osos 1-1 
 4. Estrellas Or. 0-2 
Group B
 1. Brasilia 0-0 
 2. Estrellas 0-0 
 3. Flamengo 0-0 
 4. Fuerza Regia 0-0 
Group C
 1. Arecibo 0-0 
 2. Mavort 0-0 
 3. Pioneros 0-0 
 4. S.Jose/Unimed 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 2

Feb. 2: Pinheiros/Sky - Osos 84-75
Feb. 2: Estrellas Or. - Lanus 75-107

Regular Season: Round 3

Feb. 3: Pinheiros/Sky - Estrellas Or.
Feb. 3: Osos - Lanus


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Shamell STALLWORTH
  Pinhei.
  (195-SG-80)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Stallworth, Pinhei.24.5 
 2. Smith, Pinheiro.23.0 
 3. Pedroza, Osos21.5 
 4. Gainous, Osos21.0 
 5. Turley, Osos15.0 
 6. Allen, Osos14.5 
 7. Araujo, Pinheiro.12.0 
 8. Dornelles, Pinhei.9.0 
 9. Williams, Osos8.0 
 10. Ferreira, Pinhe.7.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Guillermo ARAUJO
  Pinheiro.
  (204-C-82)
  Avg: 9
 1. Araujo, Pinheiro.9.0 
 2. Turley, Osos8.5 
 3. Allen, Osos7.0 
 4. Gainous, Osos5.5 
 5. Ferreira, Pinheiro.5.5 
 6. Stallworth, Pinhei.4.5 
 7. Pedroza, Osos4.0 
 8. Bambu, Pinheiro.4.0 
 9. Cuen, Osos3.0 
 10. Penna, Pinhei.2.5 
Assists Per Game
 Myron ALLEN
  Osos
  (182-PG-79)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Allen, Osos10.5 
 2. Smith, Pinheiro.4.5 
 3. Turley, Osos3.5 
 4. Camacho, Osos3.0 
 5. Dornelles, Pinhei.2.5 
 6. Stallworth, Pinhei.2.0 
 7. Penna, Pinheiro.2.0 
 8. Durazo, Osos2.0 
 9. Williams, Osos1.5 
 10. Araujo, Pinhei.1.5 
Steals Per Game
 Myron ALLEN
  Osos
  (182-PG-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Allen, Osos3.0 
 2. Smith, Pinheiro.2.5 
 3. Stallworth, Pinhei.2.0 
 4. Pedroza, Osos2.0 
 5. Cuen, Osos1.0 
 6. Williams, Osos1.0 
 7. Ferreira, Pinheiro.0.5 
 8. Araujo, Pinheiro.0.5 
 9. Turley, Osos0.5 
 10. Zuniga, Osos0.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Guillermo ARAUJO
  Pinheiro.
  (204-C-82)
  Avg: 1
 1. Araujo, Pinheiro.1.0 
 2. Ferreira, Pinheiro.1.0 
 3. Dornelles, Pinhei.0.5 
 4. Gainous, Osos0.5 
 5. Allen, Osos0.5 
 6. Bambu, Pinheiro.0.5 
 7. Cuen, Osos0.0 
 8. Stallworth, Pinhei.0.0 
 9. Turley, Osos0.0 
 10. Durazo, Osos0.0 


Day 1 in Guadalajara - by Eurobasket News

Osos - Estrellas Or. 118-94
Osos de Jalisco got to the winning start of the Liga Americas campaign. They knocked down Estrellas Orientales at home court for 1-0 record in Group A. Marquise Gainous (206-F-76, college: TCU) stepped up with 31 points and 8 rebounds to lead the Mexican team. Estrellas got to a storming start. The Venezuelan team erupted for 30 points in the first quarter to ensure an 8-point lead. Osos needed some defensive arrangements to take over in the next quarter. The hosts held their opponents to 17 points in the period and surged ahead for a 48:47 halftime lead. The third term became decisive in this one. Osos went on a stunning 36:17 rally to secure a 20-point lead heading into the final term. The home team dropped 34 points in the fourth frame giving no chance for Estrellas to recover. Anthony Pedroza (191-G-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oregon) and Conor Turley (200-F, college: Pennsylvania) provided 18 points each in the victory. Rafael Guevara answered with 17 points for Estrellas. Kevin Rogers had 14 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

Lanus - Pinheiros/Sky 86-74
Lanus clinched the opening win in Liga Americas Group A. William McFarlan (201-F-76, agency: Dream Team Management, college: St.Thomas Aquinas) nailed 20 points to pace the winners to the victory in Guadalajara. Pinheiros/Sky led by a single point after the starting frame 22:21. But Lanus stiffened defensively and erased the deficit for a 35:35 tie. The Argentinean team pulled ahead in the third term. They fired 23 points to gain a narrow 3-point lead into the fourth stanza. Lanus quickly cleared off to a 10-point lead in the fourth frame. They maintained it throughout the reminder of the contest celebrating the initial win at the end. Robert Battle (204-C-81, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Drexel) delivered 13 points and 7 rebounds, while Carlos Schattmann had 11 points in the victory. Joe Smith (193-G-77, college: Al.-Huntsville) answered with 23 points for Pinheiros/Sky. Shamell Stallworth topscored with 26 points in defeat.



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  LITHUANIA   

Standings - LKL

LKL Standings
 1. Rudupis 12-1 
 2. Neptunas 9-3 
 3. Zalgiris 7-0 
 4. Siauliai 7-4 
 5. Pieno Zvaigzdes 7-6 
 6. Juventus 7-6 
 7. Nevezis 6-7 
 8. Lietuvos rytas 5-2 
 9. Lietkabelis 5-8 
 10. LSU-Baltai 3-9 
 11. Sakalai 3-11 
 12. Naglis Palangos 0-14 

Regular Season: Round 19

Feb. 2: Naglis Palangos - Pieno Zvaigzdes 70-85
Feb. 2: Sakalai - Juventus 62-82
Feb. 2: Rudupis - Nevezis 108-87

Regular Season: Round 20

Feb. 14: Neptunas - Rudupis
Feb. 15: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Siauliai
Feb. 15: Lietkabelis - Nevezis
Feb. 15: Naglis Palangos - Juventus
Feb. 15: Sakalai - LSU-Baltai
Feb. 6: Siauliai - Neptunas
Feb. 6: LSU-Baltai - Lietkabelis


Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Gediminas ORELIKAS
  Rudupis
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Orelikas, Rudupis19.4 
 2. Hughes, Pieno Z.16.1 
 3. Gailius, Neptunas15.8 
 4. Samenas, Siauliai15.6 
 5. Mazeika, Neptunas13.6 
 6. Kadziulis, Rudupis13.3 
 7. Milaknis, Rudupis13.1 
 8. Brown, Naglis P.13.0 
 9. Butkevicius, Lietk.12.9 
 10. Sinica, Sakalai12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Siauliai
  (202-PF-82)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Kieza, Siauliai10.1 
 2. Bishop, Nevezis8.4 
 3. Sarakauskas, Nept.8.0 
 4. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai7.7 
 5. Varnelis, Juventus6.8 
 6. Sinica, Sakalai6.5 
 7. Gates, Pieno Z.6.2 
 8. Vene, Rudupis6.2 
 9. Dia, Siauliai6.1 
 10. Konate, Naglis P.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Lewis JACKSON
  Siauliai
  (178-PG-89)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Jackson, Siauliai5.3 
 2. Stasys, LSU-Baltai4.4 
 3. Janavicius, Rudupis4.0 
 4. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.0 
 5. Dainys, Neptunas3.7 
 6. Viskontas, Juvent.3.7 
 7. Broadus, Neptunas3.6 
 8. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.3 
 9. Ginevicius, Lietka.3.1 
 10. Maceina, Pieno Z.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Parrish BROWN
  Naglis P.
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Brown, Naglis P.2.0 
 2. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.0 
 3. Vene, Rudupis1.8 
 4. Stasys, LSU-Baltai1.8 
 5. Ginevicius, Lietka.1.7 
 6. Broadus, Neptunas1.6 
 7. Butkevicius, Lietk.1.6 
 8. Sinica, Sakalai1.5 
 9. Tamosiunas, LSU-B.1.5 
 10. Kieza, Siauliai1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LSU-Baltai
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai2.7 
 2. Silinskis, Nevezis1.6 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.3 
 4. Kieza, Siauliai1.1 
 5. McClure, Neptunas1.0 
 6. Kupsas, Lietkabelis1.0 
 7. Ramasauskas, Saka.0.9 
 8. Vene, Rudupis0.8 
 9. Kuzminskas, Siauli.0.8 
 10. Valeika, Rudupis0.8 


LKL Round 19: Leader Rudupis get another victory - by Eurobasket News

Leader Rudupis delivered the twelfth win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 5th ranked Nevezis (6-7) 108-87 in Prienai. The game was mostly controlled by Rudupis. Nevezis managed to win fourth quarter 28-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rudupis shot 64.1 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Swingman Gediminas Orelikas (200-90) fired 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Arturas Valeika (207-85, college: Midland CC) chipped in 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American forward Tony Bishop (201-89, college: Texas St., agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) produced 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for lost side. Nevezis' coach Darius Sirtautas gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Rudupis maintains first place with 12-1 record. Nevezis at the other side dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. Rudupis are looking forward to face league's second-placed Neptunas in Klaipeda in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Nevezis will play on the road against Lietkabelis (#9) in Panevezys and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Naglis Palangos (0-14) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 85-70 loss to seventh ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes (7-6) in Palanga. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 7 rebounds. Gediminas Maceina contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Parrish Brown (185-84, college: Maryland) answered with 29 points and 7 rebounds for Naglis Palangos. Pieno Zvaigzdes have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Juventus. Naglis Palangos at the other side still closes the standings with 14 games lost. Pieno Zvaigzdes will play against higher ranked Siauliai (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Naglis Palangos will play against Juventus (#6) in Utena and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 19 Juventus crushed Sakalai in Utena 82-62.


Sakalai - Juventus 62-82

There was no surprise in Vilnius where 11th ranked Sakalai (3-11) was crushed by sixth ranked Juventus (7-6) 82-62. The game was mostly controlled by Juventus. Sakalai was better in fourth quarter 14-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Juventus dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Sakalai's 38. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Nerijus Varnelis (201-78) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Guard Arvydas Cepulis (197-79) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Jokubas Gintvainis (191-94) answered with 17 points and 8 assists and swingman Zygimantas Sestokas (196-86, college: Hofstra, agency: Players Group) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Sakalai. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Juventus moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Pieno Zvaigzdes. Sakalai lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Juventus will play against bottom-ranked Naglis Palangos (#12) in Palanga in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sakalai will play at home against LSU-Baltai in Kaunas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sakalai: J.Gintvainis 17+3reb+8ast, Z.Sestokas 15+5reb, A.Kiausas 12+7reb, I.Ramasauskas 12+5reb+1ast, R.Matulis 6+6reb+1ast, P.Dambrauskas 0
Juventus: N.Varnelis 21+9reb+2ast, A.Cepulis 21+1reb+3ast, P.Morkeliunas 15+2reb+2ast, G.Matulis 11+4reb+1ast, D.Leonard 8+5reb+2ast, L.Kisielius 2+5reb+1ast
gschID: 194337


Naglis Palangos - Pieno Zvaigzdes 70-85

Bottom-ranked Naglis Palangos (0-14) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 85-70 loss to seventh ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes (7-6) in Palanga. The game was mostly controlled by Pieno Zvaigzdes. Naglis Palangos was better in third quarter 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pieno Zvaigzdes dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Naglis Palangos' 34. They outrebounded Naglis Palangos 40-29 including a 30-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 7 rebounds. The former international point guard Gediminas Maceina (188-84) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Parrish Brown (185-84, college: Maryland) answered with 29 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and French forward Mari Konate (203-88, college: McNeese St.) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Naglis Palangos. Pieno Zvaigzdes have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Juventus. Naglis Palangos at the other side still closes the standings with 14 games lost. Pieno Zvaigzdes will play against higher ranked Siauliai (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Naglis Palangos will play against Juventus (#6) in Utena and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Naglis Palangos: P.Brown 29+7reb+2ast, M.Konate 14+9reb+1ast, E.Lengvinas 10+3reb+2ast, M.Kumpys 8+6reb+1ast, G.Wright 5+1reb, M.Mockevicius 4+2reb+4ast
Pieno Zvaigzdes: T.Hughes 24+7reb+2ast, T.Biggs 18+3reb+1ast, G.Maceina 12+7reb+3ast, P.Beliavicius 10+2reb+1ast, M.Ruikis 9+2reb+4ast, Y.Gates 6+11reb+1ast
gschID: 194336


Rudupis - Nevezis 108-87

Leader Rudupis delivered the twelfth win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 5th ranked Nevezis (6-7) 108-87 in Prienai. The game was mostly controlled by Rudupis. Nevezis managed to win fourth quarter 28-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rudupis shot 64.1 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Swingman Gediminas Orelikas (200-90) fired 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Arturas Valeika (207-85, college: Midland CC) chipped in 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Four Rudupis players scored in double figures. American forward Tony Bishop (201-89, college: Texas St., agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) produced 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and the former international point guard Vytenis Jasikevicius (187-85) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Nevezis' coach Darius Sirtautas gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Rudupis maintains first place with 12-1 record. Nevezis at the other side dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. Rudupis are looking forward to face league's second-placed Neptunas in Klaipeda in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Nevezis will play on the road against Lietkabelis (#9) in Panevezys and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nevezis: T.Bishop 22+6reb, V.Jasikevicius 14+1reb+2ast, T.Cerneckis 10+1reb+1ast, D.Silinskis 10+1reb, G.Zyle 7+2reb+2ast, R.Jakstas 6+5reb+1ast
Rudupis: G.Orelikas 25+5reb+5ast, A.Valeika 22+7reb+3ast, A.Milaknis 20+1ast, S.Vene 17+5reb+3ast, A.Urbutis 8+5reb+1ast, P.Ivanauskas 7+3reb+9ast
gschID: 194334



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ASEAN League: Slammers upset Dragons - by Eurobasket News

KL Dragons - Thailand Slammers 65:77

The Thailand Slammers registered the second win in the ASEAN League season. They rallied past Westports KL Dragons away from home to catch up with their opponents at 2-3 record in the ladder. Christien Charles (216-F/C-81, college: Villanova) stepped up with massive 29 points and 27 rebounds to pace the Slammers.
KL Dragons stayed dominant in the starting quarter. They registered an 18:8 lead after ten minutes. But the Slammers turned things around in the second quarter. The visitors went on a 27:10 run to take a 35:28 halftime lead. The Dragons stopped the rot in the third term. The hosts cut the deficit to five points with one quarter to go 47:52. However the Thai team exploded with 25 points in the fourth quarter and sealed a confident win at the end. Froilan Baguion (170-G-80) notched 23 points, while Wutipong Dawsom and Chanachon Klahan (190-F-84) chipped in 6 points each for the winners. Patrick Cabahug (186-G) answered with 14 points for the Dragons. Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88, college: Connecticut) had 13 points in defeat.

KL Dragons: Patrick Cabahug 14, Gavin Edwards 13
Thailand Slammers: Christien Charles 29+27 boards, Froilan Baguion 23, Wutipong Dawsom 6, Chanachon Klahan 6



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  MALTA   

Standings

Powerade League Standings
 1. Athleta 5-1 
 2. Floriana 5-2 
 3. Siggiewi 3-3 
 4. Bupa 3-3 
 5. Depiro 3-4 
 6. Loyola 0-6 



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Osos tab Jamar Brown, ex Al Manama - by Eurobasket

Osos de Guadalajara (LNBP) inked 33-year old American power forward Jamar Brown (206-109kg-80, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo). He supposed to help them in their Liga Americas campaign. He supposed to play at Al Manama in Bahrain Premier League. Brown also spent pre-season at Springfield Armor in D-League earlier this season. Last year he also played for the Armor (5.4ppg and 4.5rpg).
Brown is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Argentina (Atenas), Canada, Japan (Toyama Grouses), New Zealand, Philippines (Meralco Bolts), Spain (Fontedoso Carrefour), Turkey (Antalya) and D-League (Frisco Texas Legends).
Brown attended Colorado State-Pueblo until 2003 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: A rapidly improving PF, who runs the court like a guard, has an athletic body, quick hands and good ball handling. Knows how to score, even from mid-range, and is a good shot-blocker. Could become top league material soon.

By Eurobasket Data Center



AZS Koszalin signs Alexander Franklin, ex Soles - by Eurobasket News

AZS Koszalin (TBL) signed 25-year old American power forward Alexander Franklin (196-103kg-88, college: Siena). He just played at Soles in Mexican LNBP. In 13 games this season he had 14.0ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg. Franklin also spent pre-season at Deutsche Bank Skyliners (BBL) in German league earlier that year. He ended the last season at Titanes (LNB) in Dominican Rep. league. But the most of that year Franklin spent at Indios (BSN) in Puerto Rican league. In 21 games he recorded 6.4ppg and 3.6rpg. He helped them to win the league title. The other team Franklin played that season for was Lobe_Huesca (LEB Gold) in Spanish league. In 19 games last year he was fifth best scorer with impressive 16.2ppg and averaged 6.4rpg, 2.7apg and 2.5spg (leader !!!). Another team he played that season for was JA Vichy (ProB) in French league. In 10 games he was fifth best scorer with 13.5ppg and had 5.6rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg (leader !!!).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Franklin was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention in 2011. He represented Puerto Rico at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. His stats at that event were 2 games: 5.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.0apg.
Franklin has played previously professionally in France and Spain (Lobe Huesca and CB Tarragona 2017).
He attended Siena College until 2010 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Liga Americas: Osos cruise past Estrellas in opener - by Eurobasket News

Osos de Jalisco - Estrellas Orientales 118:94

Osos de Jalisco got to the winning start of the Liga Americas campaign. They knocked down Estrellas Orientales at home court for 1-0 record in Group A. Marquise Gainous (206-F-76, college: TCU) stepped up with 31 points and 8 rebounds to lead the Mexican team.
Estrellas got to a storming start. The Venezuelan team erupted for 30 points in the first quarter to ensure an 8-point lead. Osos needed some defensive arrangements to take over in the next quarter. The hosts held their opponents to 17 points in the period and surged ahead for a 48:47 halftime lead. The third term became decisive in this one. Osos went on a stunning 36:17 rally to secure a 20-point lead heading into the final term. The home team dropped 34 points in the fourth frame giving no chance for Estrellas to recover.