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  ABA   


Standings

ABA Standings
Atlantic South
 1. Jacksonville G. 20-1 
 2. Albany S. 9-1 
 3. Atlanta A. 7-2 
 4. Gulf Coast F. 6-3 
 5. Gainesville H. 6-4 
 6. Georgia G. 5-5 
 7. Atlanta W. 4-3 
 8. Birmingham B. 3-5 
 9. E.Point Jaguars 1-2 
 10. SW Fellowship 1-11 
 11. Georgia B. 0-0 
 12. Savannah G. 0-3 
California Northwest
 1. Bay Area M. 8-2 
 2. S.Francisco R. 7-2 
 3. Sacramento H. 2-5 
 4. Central Valley T. 1-7 
 5. Port City P. 0-3 
Mid Atlantic
 1. S.Carolina W. 21-1 
 2. Richmond E. 9-2 
 3. Greenville G. 6-2 
 4. Lynchburg L. 5-6 
 5. Seven Cities K. 4-4 
 6. Palmetto SR 3-6 
 7. Fayetteville F. 3-9 
 8. Tennessee Halos 1-1 
 9. Hampton Stallions 0-7 
Mid Central
 1. Lima Explosion 10-5 
 2. Chicago Steam 9-1 
 3. Detroit Hoops 7-2 
 4. Indiana SW 6-2 
 5. Pontiac F. 5-7 
 6. Michiana M. 1-3 
 7. Peoria P. 0-3 
 8. Oakland CC 0-6 
Northeast
 1. Jersey Expr. 6-1 
 2. Staten Island V. 1-2 
 3. Connecticut T. 0-1 
Pacific Northwest
 1. Seattle M. 11-1 
 2. Calgary C. 10-0 
 3. Alaska Q. 8-1 
 4. Olympia Rise 3-5 
 5. Salem Sabres 2-1 
 6. Alaska 49ers 2-2 
 7. Kitsap Adm. 2-12 
 8. Lakewood P. 1-8 
 9. Washington R. 0-3 
Rocky Mountain
 1. Colorado K. 11-2 
 2. Colorado C. 0-2 
South Central
 1. Conway C. 9-2 
 2. Jackson S. 6-2 
 3. Missouri R. 4-3 
 4. Bluff City R. 1-7 
Southeast
 1. Phenix City B. 4-4 
 2. Bahama PS 0-4 
Southern California
 1. Arizona S. 15-2 
 2. San Diego Surf 8-2 
 3. LA Slam 5-2 
 4. Fresno F. 4-3 
 5. Las Vegas Def. 2-5 
 6. Orange County N. 2-9 
 7. Z*Hollywood M. 0-0 
Southwest Central
 1. West Texas W. 12-2 
 2. N.Dallas V. 11-2 
 3. Texas Fuel 4-4 
 4. Dallas Impact 3-2 
 5. Aberdeen Attack 0-0 
 6. Houston X. 0-0 
 7. Louisiana G. 0-1 
 8. Oklahoma S. 0-4 
Touring Team
 1. Electric C.Lions 5-3 
 2. Cleveland Am-Pro 2-6 
 3. Ill City Beast 1-0 
 4. St.Louis S. 1-1 
 5. Shizuoka G. 1-8 
 6. Chicago F. 0-1 
 7. NYC Thunder 0-1 
 8. Little Rock L. 0-2 


Top three teams hod their positions in ABA Power Rankings - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) has just released its Power Rankings through Sunday, February 3rd and the top three teams held their positions despite a double overtime loss by the Arizona Scorpions to the San Diego Surf (121-115).
"The SoCal Division is a tough one," stated ABA CEO Joe Newman . "And there are several teams there that definitely will be competing for the ABA Championship when the playoffs begin in March." The rankings:

1. Jacksonville Giants (20-1)
2. South Carolina Warriors (21-1)
3. Arizona Scorpions (15-2)
4. Calgary Crush (10-0)
5. Chicago Steam (9-1)
6. Seattle Mountaineers (11-1)
7. West Texas Whirlwinds (12-2)
8. North Dallas Vandals (11-2)
9. San Diego Surf (8-2)
10. Colorado Kings (11-2)
11. Richmond Elite (9-2)
12. Albana Blazers (9-1)
13. Los Angeles Slam (5-2)
14. Conway Cyclones (9-2)
15. Bay Area Matrix (7-2)
16. Detroit Hoops (7-2)
17. San Francisco Rumble (7-2)
18. Atlanta Aliens (7-2)
19. Jersey Express (6-1)
20. Indiana State Warriors (6-2)
21. Jackson Showboats (6-2)
22. Greenville Galaxy (6-2)
23. Gulf Coast Flash (6-3)
24. Lima Explosion (10-5)
25. Gainesville Heat (6-4)
26. Electric City Lions (5-3)
27. Las Vegas Defenders (2-5)
28. Atlanta Wildcats (4-3)
29. Lynchburg Legends (5-6)
30. Phenix City Bombers (4-4)
31. Missouri Rhythm (4-3)
32. Texas FUEL (4-4)

For more information, visit www.abalive.com



San Diego Surf stun ABA Powerhouse Arizona Scorpions in a 2OT Thriller, 121-115 - by Gianni Pascucci

Saturday nights ABA action at the Miramar College Hourglass Arena was nothing short of electrifying! In a matchup between ABA team on the rise #13 The San Diego Surf and ABA powerhouse #3 Arizona Scorpions, the Surf were able to pull off a stunning victory and shock the Arizona Scorpions in double OT, putting the SoCal Division on notice.
The first quarter represented The San Diego Surf basketball well, as the Surf started their game with exemplary intensity both physically and mentally. An early 13-2 run in first few minutes had the Surf feeling very good about what they can get done on the court and as the game would progress, this confidence was something they banked on. The Arizona Scorpions, however, did not shy away from the challenge as they began stepping up their post defense and causing the Surf to take tough shots as they battled their way back into the game. At the end of the 1st quarter, the Surf led by 2, 28-26.
The 2nd quarter was much more of the same with again, the Surf playing very physical and using speed to their advantage to cause turnovers that led to yet another Surf run. After being up, 38-28 early in the 2nd quarter, the #3 ranked ABA team out of over 90 teams, Arizona Scorpions, were again able to slow the Surf down. Coming into the game it was clear that the Arizona Scorpions were known for their size, but on both instances in which they halted the Surf run, they did it with their impressive 3pt shooting. At the half, the Surf only led 51-49.
During halftime, The San Diego Surf Head Coach Shaun Manning had a few words. He said that while he was impressed with the energy the players had brought out, at times, especially during the Scorpion comebacks, the energy seemed scarce. He also reiterated that he was going to stick to his normal rotation until he found pieces that worked well with who the Scorpions were playing. This would later prove easier said than done though. After a huge 25-7 3rd quarter run by the Surf, the game seemed all but over. The Arizona Scorpions on the other hand, felt differently. They were able to go on their own 19-3 run in the waning minutes of the 3rd quarter, which was again sparked by great 3pt shooting and a bully-ball style of defense, due to their size. After 3 quarters of play, the score was again close at 79-75, Surf up.
The 4th quarter could not have been better scripted or staged. Two teams who had been going back and forth all game long. The The San Diego Surf, hungry to prove they belong back in the ABA Top 10 like they started the season, and the Arizona Scorpions looking to maintain the level of dominance theyve had recently in the ABA. As the 4th quarter commenced, Arizona started looking like a team that knew how to close games and the Surf seemed to be inconsistent and inefficient with the ball at multiple moments throughout the quarter. As the Arizona Scorpions took a 97-91 lead with under 3 minutes to play, the Surf had apparently seemed dismantled and demoralized. If it werent for the great guard play from the Surf backcourt as well as some clutch free throws, the Surf would not have won this game. A 12-4 run with 2 minutes left put the Surf up, but after a timeout and fullcourt drive and layup by Arizona guard Vincent Camper (6'3''-G-85, agency: Elite Talent Exchange, college: CS Los Angeles) with 2.8 seconds left, the game was forced to OT.
In OT, the game was excruciatingly close for both teams. Players were diving for loose balls, trapping at halfcourt, and stepping up to hit clutch shots, but none more clutch than the two free throws with only seconds left in the game by Surf guard Roshun Wynne (6'2''-G-89) to tie it up at 109 and take into 2OT. Due to the ABAs 2OT rule, the first team to score 10 more points wins. With the crowd on their feet and chanting for the Surf to win, it could have not ended any other way. An early Surf run sparked by the biggest shot of OT, hit by Anthony Javey (6'1''-G-84, college: Bethany, KS), had the Surf looking in their rearview at the Scorpions with a final layup by Javey as they went on to win the game 121-115.
Aaron Tinsley (6'2''-G, college: CS Dominguez H.), Anthony Javey, and Michael Purdie (6'5''-F-89) all scored in the double digits as they contributed greatly to the success of the backcourt. However, Justin Brownlee (6'7''-F-88, college: St.John's) led the way for the Surf with 24pts and 12reb. David Kinder (6'8''-F/C-86) was also a key factor in the game as he finished with 16pts, 6reb, 2stl, 2blks.



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Todor Gecevski claims Adriatic League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) had a very impressive game in the last round for MZT Skopje and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 35-year old center had the game-high 26 points adding seven rebounds for MZT Skopje as his team lost the game against Un.Olimpija (#7, 11-9) 76-87. MZT Skopje moved-up to the 8th position in the Adriatic League . MZT Skopje is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 10th lost game this season out of 20 games. In the team's last game Gecevski had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range. It's his second year at MZT Skopje and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Gecevski has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (9th best: 13.6ppg) and averages solid 1.3bpg and 60.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old American guard Terrico White (196-G-90) of Radnicki KG. White impressed basketball fans with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Of course he lead Radnicki KG to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Krka (#9, 8-12) 77-52. Radnicki KG's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. White is a newcomer at Radnicki KG and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 13.9ppg (#7). He also registered 4.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Franko Kastropil (212-C-84) of Zadar (#12). Kastropil scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Kastropil's great performance Zadar lost 76-81 to Siroki WWin (7-13). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Zadar not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Kastropil could try to bring Zadar's a little bit higher in the standings. Kastropil has individually a great season in Adriatic League. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 5.6rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marko Sutalo (193-G-83) of Siroki WWin - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Alen Omic (215-C-92) of Un.Olimpija - 16 points and 9 rebounds
6. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) of Crvena Zvezda - 22 points and 2 assists
7. Jure Lalic (210-C-86) of Krka - 13 points and 6 rebounds
8. Romeo Travis (201-PF-84) of Zadar - 14 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Kiril Nikolovski (210-F/C-88) of MZT Skopje - 17 points and 7 rebounds
10. Srdan Subotic (190-G-80) of KK Split - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists

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



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  ALBANIA   

Standings - A1

A1 Standings
1. Kamza Basket 13-0
2. SK Tirana 11-2
3. Vllaznia 10-3
4. Apolonia 9-4
5. Shoqata 8-5
6. Elbasani 6-7
7. Partizani 5-8
8. Flamurtari 4-9
9. U.A.T. 4-9
10. Teuta 4-9
11. Skenderbeu 2-11
12. Studenti 2-11

Regular Season: Round 15

Feb. 10: Apolonia - Flamurtari
Feb. 10: Studenti - SK Tirana
Feb. 10: Shoqata - Skenderbeu
Feb. 10: Partizani - Kamza Basket
Feb. 10: Teuta - U.A.T.
Feb. 10: Elbasani - Vllaznia



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Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
 1. Regatas C. 23-10 
 2. Lanus 21-10 
 3. Penarol 21-11 
 4. Olimpico LB 20-14 
 5. Boca Jrs 18-14 
 6. Libertad S. 18-14 
 7. Argentino 18-16 
 8. Quimsa 17-15 
 9. Sionista 17-17 
 10. Atenas 17-17 
 11. GECR Indalo 16-17 
 12. Wuber-Est.Bahia 15-17 
 13. Obras 12-20 
 14. 9 de Julio 11-22 
 15. Union Progr. 10-22 
 16. La Union 8-26 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 22

Feb. 3: GECR Indalo - Quimsa 98-69
Feb. 3: Atenas - 9 de Julio 86-77
Feb. 3: Olimpico LB - Argentino 84-80 OT
Feb. 3: Wuber-Est.Bahia - Regatas C. 78-69
Feb. 3: Union Progr. - Boca Jrs 76-84
Feb. 3: La Union - Obras 76-83
Feb. 3: Penarol - Sionista 62-81

Second Stage: Round 23

Feb. 8: Sionista - 9 de Julio
Feb. 8: Boca Jrs - Olimpico LB
Feb. 8: Libertad S. - La Union
Feb. 8: Wuber-Est.Bahia - GECR Indalo
Feb. 8: Regatas C. - Argentino
Feb. 8: Obras - Atenas
Feb. 8: Quimsa - Union Progr.
Feb. 8: Penarol - Lanus


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.18.9 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras18.0 
 3. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.4 
 4. Jackson, GECR I.17.1 
 5. Lewis, La Union16.7 
 6. DeGroat, Boca Jrs15.9 
 7. Shannon, La Union15.6 
 8. Gutierrez, Penarol14.9 
 9. Lytch, Argentino14.8 
 10. Pau, Olimpico LB14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.11.2 
 2. Clancy, Olimpico.10.9 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.5 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.8.0 
 5. Seawright, GECR I.7.6 
 6. Fierro, Atenas7.4 
 7. Williams, Quimsa7.4 
 8. Battle, Lanus7.4 
 9. Sanchez, Libertad.7.2 
 10. Lewis, La Union7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.8 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.0 
 3. Labaque, Atenas4.1 
 4. Cajal, Union Progr.4.0 
 5. De los Santo., Arg.3.9 
 6. Osimani, Obras3.8 
 7. Laprovittola, Lanus3.8 
 8. Aguirre, Quimsa3.7 
 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. Aguirre, Quimsa1.5 
 7. Espinoza, Obras1.5 
 8. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.5 
 9. Ramirez, Olimpico.1.5 
 10. Clancy, Olimpico.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 2
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.2.0 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.3 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 4. Humphrey, Obras1.1 
 5. Torres, Wuber-Es.1.0 
 6. Santiago, Boca Jrs0.9 
 7. Meyinsse, Regat.0.9 
 8. Mata, Penarol0.9 
 9. Espinoza, Obras0.8 
 10. Meyinsse, Sionista0.8 


Standings - TNA

TNA Standings
North
 1. San Mart.C. 17-0 
 2. Estudian.Con. 13-4 
 3. Instituto Cor. 9-8 
 4. Obera TC 8-8 
 5. San Isidro 8-8 
 6. Alvear 8-9 
 7. Atl.Echague 6-11 
 8. Sarmiento 6-11 
 9. La Union 5-11 
 10. Union Sunch 4-12 
South
 1. Sport Club 11-6 
 2. Ciclista 11-6 
 3. Alianza Viedma 11-6 
 4. Quilmes MP 10-6 
 5. Huracan 9-8 
 6. MH Basket 8-9 
 7. San Lorenzo Ch. 7-10 
 8. Banda Norte 6-10 
 9. Rocamora 6-11 
 10. Bragado 4-13 

Regular Season: Round 19

Feb. 8: La Union - Sarmiento
Feb. 8: Estudian.Con. - San Mart.C.
Feb. 8: Instituto Cor. - Atl.Echague
Feb. 8: Alvear - Union Sunch
Feb. 8: San Isidro - Obera TC
Feb. 8: Sport Club - MH Basket
Feb. 8: Alianza Viedma - San Lorenzo Ch.
Feb. 8: Banda Norte - Bragado
Feb. 8: Rocamora - Quilmes MP
Feb. 8: Ciclista - Huracan


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

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

Andres Nocioni
Andres Nocioni
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international small forward Andres Nocioni (199-79, currently plays in Spain). He led Caja Laboral to a victory over the closely-ranked Valencia Basket (12-8) 79-75 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Nocioni was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 31 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Caja Laboral Vitoria (17-3) is placed second in the ACB. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. It's Nocioni's first season with the team. Nocioni has relatively good stats this year: 13.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 53.4%(31-58) and FT: 77.6% in the 19 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Italian and Argentinian. Ex-Penarol Mar del Plata player is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Luis Scola
Luis Scola
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Luis Scola (206-80, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Scola could not help the Phoenix Suns (16-32) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the Phoenix Suns were defeated 109-99 at home by the Dallas Mavericks. Scola scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Scola has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 13.2ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 9.1% and FT: 78.0%. Scola is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Spanish. He is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Emanuel Ginobili
Emanuel Ginobili
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Emanuel Ginobili (198-77, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). Ginobili contributed to an easy victory against the Charlotte Bobcats (11-35) crushing them 102-78 in the NBA on Wednesday night. He recorded 9 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in 21 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 38-11 record this season. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Ginobili is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his 11th year in Spurs' roster. Ginobili has very impressive stats this season: 12.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.5apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 50.3%, 3FGP: 37.3% and FT: 82.9% in the 40 games. He has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities. Ginobili is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Carlos Delfino
Carlos Delfino
   #4. Small forward Carlos Delfino (200-82, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Utah Jazz (26-22) crushing them 125-80 in the NBA in Monday night's game. He scored 14 points. The Houston Rockets have 26-23 record this season. This year Delfino has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.2apg. He also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Delfino is also Argentinian national team player.

Pablo Prigioni
Pablo Prigioni
   #5. International point guard Pablo Prigioni (190-77, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Orlando Magic (14-33) 113-97 in the NBA last Wednesday. He recorded 11 points in a mere 16 minutes. The New York Knicks have a solid 30-15 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Prigioni's overall stats are: 3.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.0apg in the 44 games. Similarly like Delfino and Ginobili above he holds both Italian and Argentinian passports. Prigioni plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Juan Pablo Figueroa
Juan Pablo Figueroa
   #6. Point guard Juan Pablo Figueroa (184-86, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Brazil) was the main contributor in Vivo/Franca's victory against the 12th-ranked SKY/Basquete (9-10) 88-87 in the Brazilian NBB on Saturday night. He was the best player in that game. Figueroa scored 19 points and added 6 passes (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Vivo/Franca Basquete Sao Paulo (9-8) is placed third in the NBB. Figueroa is currently fourth on the league's list of best blockers. His total stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.4apg and 2.0bpg. Figueroa is an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez
   #7. International guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a C.de Latte BRE's victory against the tenth-ranked AcegasAps TR (8-8) 80-71 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. He scored 15 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 40 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Fernandez's third season in pro basketball. Centrale del Latte Brescia (10-6) is placed fifth in the Lega2. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Fernandez is currently fourth on the league's list of best passers with 4.4apg. This year his other stats are: 8.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.2spg in the 16 games. Fernandez is also Argentinian national team player.

Nicolas Richotti
Nicolas Richotti
   #8. Point guard Nicolas Richotti (181-86, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help CB Canarias (8-12) in their game against CAI Zaragoza (11-9) in the Spanish ACB. He recorded 7 points and added 4 assists in 16 minutes. CB Canarias lost 67-81 on the road to the higher-ranked (#7) CAI Zaragoza. This year Richotti's total stats are: 7.5ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.2apg in the 20 games. He plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Leonardo Mainoldi
Leonardo Mainoldi
   #9. International forward Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (6-14) in their game against G.Canaria 2014 (13-7) in the Spanish ACB. Mainoldi scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was crushed 99-66 in Las Palmas by the much higher-ranked G.Canaria 2014 (#3). Mainoldi has been at the team for five years. He has reliable stats this season: 10.4ppg and 6.0rpg. Mainoldi is also in the roster of the Argentinian national team.

Antonio Porta
Antonio Porta
   #10. Point guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) couldn't help Givova Scafati (9-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Porta's good performance Givova Scafati was defeated 98-87 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Pall.Trento (#11). He scored 10 points. Porta has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.1apg and 1.7spg. He is a former international player as five years ago he still played for the Argentinian senior national team.

   #11. Former U19 international swingman Patricio Garino (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the G.Washington (4-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Garino's good performance the G.Washington was defeated 80-71 on their home court in Washington, DC by the La Salle University. He scored 11 points. Garino has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.5apg and 1.9spg. He used to play for the Argentinian U19 national team two years ago.

   #12. Former U17 international center Matias Bortolin (205-93, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) couldn't help Arkadia Lions in their game against Kapfenberg Bulls in the Austrian A Bundesliga. Bortolin scored 6 points in 22 minutes. His team were crushed by 23 points 104-81. Bortolin is currently first on the list of best blockers with 1.2bpg. He also averaged so far 9.7ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.6apg in the 17 games. Bortolin used to play for the Argentinian U17 national team back in 2010.

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

   #1. Mario Jose Ghersetti (201-F-81, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help Tezenis VE (8-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Tezenis VE lost 64-71 on the road to the one of league's weakest teams (#14) Fileni BPA Jesi. Ghersetti was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 34 minutes. This year Ghersetti's total stats are: 9.5ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7spg in the 16 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #2. Experienced Manuel Carrizo (198-F/G-80, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) led Latina Basket to a surprising victory over the seventh-ranked Castelletto (12-9) 95-89 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Sunday. Carrizo was the top player that evening. He scored 30 points (!!!), grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 7 assists. A.S.D. Latina Basket (8-14) is placed 16th in the Nazionale A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Carrizo has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 20.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 3.3apg and 2.0spg. Carrizo is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #3. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) was not able to help AcegasAps TR (8-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance AcegasAps TR was defeated 80-71 at home by the higher-ranked C.de Latte BRE (#5). Filloy was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 6 rebounds. Filloy has reliable stats this season: 10.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.6apg and 1.4spg. Similarly like Carrizo and Ghersetti above he has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities. Despite Filloy's Argentinian passport, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Argentinian team.

   #4. Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-G-86, also represented by Players Group, currently plays in Italy) led Matera to a victory over the closely-ranked Bari (12-8) 75-63 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Sunday. Vico was the top player that evening. He scored 19 points and added 3 assists in 32 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Bawer Matera (14-7) is placed second in the Nazionale A. Vico is ranked first on the list of the most steals in the league with 3.1spg. This year he also averages: 13.1ppg, 4.2rpg and 2.1apg in the 20 games. Similarly like three previous players above, Vico also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #5. Pablo Bertone (193-G-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a Florida Atlantic's victory against the University of Louisiana at Monroe (2-10) 76-71 in the NCAA on Thursday night. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Florida Atlantic University has 6-7 conference record this season. Bertone has reliable stats this year: 13.1ppg, 4.2rpg and 2.1apg.

   #6. Albano Chiarastella (196-F-85, currently plays in Italy) helped Agrigento win their game against one of league's weakest teams Perugia 87-80 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) on Sunday night. He scored 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 35 minutes. Chiarastella has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.5spg in the 12 games. He has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #7. Andres Forray (187-PG-86, currently plays in Italy) helped Pall.Trento win their game against the sixth-ranked Givova Scafati 98-87 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. Forray scored 12 points in 23 minutes. Forray has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.5apg and 1.9spg in the 16 games. He holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.

   #8. Juan Ignacio Jasen (196-F-85, currently plays in Spain) managed to help UCAM Murcia in a victory against the 11th-ranked Blusens Monbus 83-77 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Jasen scored only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. Jasen has averaged so far 3.6ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.1apg in the 15 games. Similarly like Forray and Chiarastella above he has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #9. Augustin Fabi (199-G/F-91, currently plays in Italy) helped Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria win their game against the second-ranked Matera 77-69 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Sunday. Fabi scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Fabi has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.1apg and 1.4spg. Similarly like three previous players above, he holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.

   #10. Bernardo Musso (193-G-86, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for LeGamberi Foods Forli in their game against Tuscany Pistoia in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Musso scored 6 points in 20 minutes. His team was edged 79-76. Musso has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.6apg and 1.6spg in the 14 games. He has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.



LigaA Round 22 (Second Stage): Wuber-Est.Bahia defeats leader Regatas Corrientes - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Regatas Corrientes (23-10) in Bahia Blanca on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by twelfth ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (15-17) 78-69. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Regatas Corrientes won third quarter 23-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Regatas Corrientes 39-27 including 24 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of international center Juan Manuel Torres (210-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. American power forward Lee Nailon (205-75, college: TCU) contributed with 20 points for the winners. International power forward Nicolas Romano (199-87) replied with 17 points for Regatas Corrientes. Wuber-Est.Bahia have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain twelfth position with 15-17 record. Regatas Corrientes at the other side still keeps top place with ten games lost. Wuber-Est.Bahia are looking forward to face higher ranked GECR Indalo (#11) in Comodoro R. in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Regatas Corrientes will play at home against Argentino (#7) in Junin and is hoping to win this game.

In the last two games of round 22 Obras beat La Union on the road 83-76. GECR Indalo destroyed Quimsa on its own court 98-69. 9 de Julio unfortunately lost to Atenas in Cordoba 77-86. Union Progr. recorded a loss to Boca Jrs at home 76-84. Sionista crushed Penarol on the opponent's court 81-62.
The most impressive performance of 22th round was 18 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists by Fabricio Oberto of Atenas.


Olimpico LB - Argentino 84-80 OT

Cedric McGowan (200-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Cincinnati) fired 21 points to pace Olimpico de La Banda past Argentino in overtime. The victory propelled the hosts at 20-14 record in the fourth place in the standings. Ariel Pau (186-G/F-84) added 17 points for the winners. Fernando Funes (192-SG-83) answered with 21 points for Argentino. Lytch accounted for 17 points and 7 rebounds in the losing effort.
Top scorers:
Argentino: F.Fernando Funes 21+3reb+2ast, K.Lytch 17+7reb+3ast, N.De los Santos 14+5reb, A.Weigand 12+7reb, C.Amicucci 10+10reb+1ast, G.Luchino 3+1ast
Olimpico LB: C.Cedric McGowan 21+4reb, A.Ariel Pau 17+4reb+1ast, J.Machuca 12+3reb+1ast, F.Calvi 10+11reb+3ast, F.Malara 9+7reb+3ast, H.Salles 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 189546


La Union - Obras 76-83

No shocking result in a game when thirteenth ranked Obras (12-20) beat bottom-ranked La Union (8-26) in Formosa 83-76 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But La Union won fourth quarter 27-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Obras made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Obras had a 34-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for international power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Uruguayan guard Martin Osimani (194-81, college: Duquesne) contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Obras players scored in double figures. The former international guard Nicolas Gianella (186-78) replied with 24 points and 4 assists and American forward Terrence Shannon (203-79, college: Elgin CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 16 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for La Union. Obras have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain thirteenth position with 12-20 record. La Union lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 26 lost games. Obras will face higher ranked Atenas (#10) in Cordoba in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. La Union will play on the road against Libertad Sunchales (#6).
Top scorers:
La Union: N.Gianella 24+2reb+4ast, T.Shannon 16+11reb+1ast, A.Marin 16+3reb, J.Brussino 8+3ast, S.Shorter 7+4reb, G.Lewis 5+2reb+2ast
Obras: J.Gutierrez 27+6reb+4ast, M.Osimani 15+6reb+6ast, P.Espinoza 14+12reb+1ast, J.Mazzaro 10+3reb+1ast, K.Lamonte 7+2reb+1ast, R.Humphrey 6+6reb
gschID: 189545


GECR Indalo - Quimsa 98-69

There was a minor upset when 8th ranked Quimsa (17-15) was smashed by eleventh ranked GECR Indalo (16-17) in Comodoro R. 98-69 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 19-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 98-69. GECR Indalo made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. It was a very good performance for American power forward Kahiem Seawright (203-86, college: Rhode Island, agency: Edge Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). International guard Santiago Scala (187-91) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Naturalized Italian center Damian Tintorelli (204-81) replied with 16 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American center James Williams (204-79, college: Brown Mackie, agency: Dream Team Management) added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Quimsa. Five GECR Indalo and four Quimsa players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. GECR Indalo maintains eleventh position with 16-17 record. Loser Quimsa keeps the eighth place with 15 games lost. GECR Indalo will face Wuber-Est.Bahia (#12) in Bahia Blanca in the next round.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: D.Tintorelli 16+4reb+2ast, G.Deck 11+2reb, D.Lo Grippo 11+4reb+1ast, J.Williams 10+10reb+1ast, J.Baxter 7+3reb+1ast, J.Mojica 5+4reb
GECR Indalo: K.Seawright 19+10reb+2ast, S.Scala 18+3ast, D.Jackson 18+3reb, M.Byro 15+3reb+1ast, P.Orlietti 12+2reb+1ast, D.Romero 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 189544


Wuber-Est.Bahia - Regatas C. 78-69

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Regatas Corrientes (23-10) in Bahia Blanca on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by twelfth ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (15-17) 78-69. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Regatas Corrientes won third quarter 23-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Regatas Corrientes 39-27 including 24 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of international center Juan Manuel Torres (210-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. American power forward Lee Nailon (205-75, college: TCU) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four Wuber-Est.Bahia players scored in double figures. International power forward Nicolas Romano (199-87) replied with 17 points and the former international forward Federico Kammerichs (202-80) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Regatas Corrientes. Wuber-Est.Bahia have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain twelfth position with 15-17 record. Regatas Corrientes at the other side still keeps top place with ten games lost. Wuber-Est.Bahia are looking forward to face higher ranked GECR Indalo (#11) in Comodoro R. in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Regatas Corrientes will play at home against Argentino (#7) in Junin and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: N.Romano 17+2reb+2ast, F.Kammerichs 10+8reb+2ast, P.Quinteros 10+2ast, M.Gerlero 9+1reb, J.Meyinsse 7+3reb, T.Washam 6+8reb+1ast
Wuber-Est.Bahia: L.Nailon 20+4reb, J.Williams 19+3reb+1ast, J.Manuel Torres 17+10reb, J.Ignacio Sanchez 12+3reb+3ast, H.Jasen 6+8reb+1ast, L.Faggiano 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 189543


Atenas - 9 de Julio 86-77

Rather predictable result when tenth ranked Atenas (17-17) won against 14th ranked 9 de Julio (11-22) in Cordoba 86-77 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-77. Atenas dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to 9 de Julio's 34. It was a very good performance for the former international center Fabricio Oberto (207-75) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Power forward Mariano Fierro (201-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Forward Enzo Ruiz (193-88, agency: Dream Team Management) replied with 18 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Italian forward Mariano Garcia (201-86) added 17 points in the effort for 9 de Julio. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. 9 de Julio's coach Sebastian Gonzalez rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Atenas moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Sionista. Loser 9 de Julio keeps the fourteenth position with 22 games lost. Atenas will face Obras (#13) in Buenos Aires in the next round. 9 de Julio will play on the road against Sionista in Parana.
Top scorers:
9 de Julio: E.Ruiz 18+6reb+3ast, M.Garcia 17+4reb, J.Ayarza 12, D.Brezzo 12+3reb, E.Nelson 4+3reb+1ast, L.Blanchard 4+3reb
Atenas: F.Oberto 18+8reb+7ast, M.Lescano 16+4reb+2ast, D.Kante 16+4reb, M.Fierro 14+11reb+1ast, J.Bulfoni 7+1reb+1ast, A.Elsener 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 189542


Union Progr. - Boca Jrs 76-84

Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked Union Progresista (10-22) lost to seventh ranked Boca Juniors (18-14) in Villa Angela 76-84 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Union Progresista won third quarter 24-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Boca Juniors made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Union Progresista was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for the former international power forward Federico Aguerre (202-88) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). International guard Federico Van Lacke (191-80) contributed with 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Boca Juniors players scored in double figures. Boca Juniors' coach Nestor Garcia used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. British-American forward Darren Phillip (201-78, college: Fairfield) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and point guard Victor Hugo Cajal (179-80, agency: Dream Team Management) added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Union Progresista. Boca Juniors moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Libertad S. Union Progresista lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth position with 22 games lost. Boca Juniors will face higher ranked Olimpico de La Banda (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Union Progresista will play against Quimsa (#8) in Santiado Estero.
Top scorers:
Union Progr.: D.Phillip 22+11reb+1ast, C.Avalle 15+2reb, E.Scott 14+2reb+1ast, V.Hugo Cajal 8+5reb+5ast, O.Canton 8+3reb+1ast, A.Zago 4+3reb+1ast
Boca Jrs: F.Aguerre 21+8reb, F.Van Lacke 14+3reb+5ast, J.DeGroat 13+6reb+1ast, P.Hopson 11+3reb+1ast, D.Santiago 11+4reb+2ast, M.Stanic 8+5reb+7ast
gschID: 189541


Penarol - Sionista 62-81

There was a surprise result when ninth ranked Sionista (17-17) outplayed much higher ranked Penarol (21-11) in Mar del Plata 81-62 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Sionista. Penarol was better in fourth quarter 18-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sionista dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Penarol's 24. It was a great shooting night for Sionista especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Penarol's players. It was a very good performance for the former international power forward Matias Sandes (201-84) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international point guard Luis Cequeira (180-85) contributed with 14 points and 7 assists for the winners. Five Sionista players scored in double figures. International power forward Leonardo Gutierrez (201-78) replied with 18 points and 7 rebounds and the former international Marcos Mata (201-86) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Penarol. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Sionista maintains ninth position with 17-17 record, which they share with Atenas. Defending champion Penarol dropped to the third place with 11 games lost. Sionista will face 9 de Julio (#14) in Rio Tercero in the next round where they are favorite. Penarol will play at home against the league's second-placed Lanus (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Penarol: L.Gutierrez 18+7reb+2ast, M.Mata 13+6reb+1ast, D.Teague 9+2reb+1ast, M.Leiva 8+11reb, F.Campazzo 6+2ast, M.Ibarra 3
Sionista: L.Cequeira 14+3reb+7ast, M.Sandes 14+9reb+5ast, D.Hure 13+4reb+1ast, A.Zilli 10+8reb+3ast, J.Pittman 10+3reb+2ast, L.Gonzalez 9+2reb+2ast
gschID: 189539



Liga Americas: Osos hold off Lanus to clinch second spot in Group A - by Eurobasket News

Osos de Jalisco - Lanus 84:78

Osos de Jalisco claimed a crucial win in Liga Americas Group A. They capped their Group A campaign with a tough 6-point success over Lanus. The victory was enough for Osos to occupy the second position and qualify for the semifinal stage of the competition. Lanus remained on top of the ladder despite the loss. Myron Allen (182-PG-79, college: Lee JC) stepped up with 23 points and 5 assists to pace the winners.
Osos eked out a 15:14 lead after ten minutes. They stepped on the gas in the second quarter. The Mexican team dropped 26 points in the period worth a 41:34 halftime lead. Lanus however took over after the big break. The Argentinean side cut the margin to 4 points heading into the fourth frame. But Osos pulled together and executed to perfection claiming a much-needed 6-point victory at the end. Conor Turley (200-F-86, college: Pennsylvania) netted 16 points, while Anthony Pedroza (191-G-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oregon) provided 10 points for the winning side. Robert Battle (204-C-81, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Drexel) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds for Lanus. Fernando Martina (202-F/C-81) chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Osos de Jalisco: Myron Allen 23, Conor Turley 16, Anthony Pedroza 10
Lanus: Robert Battle 19, Fernando Martina 14



Argentinian U16 National Team 2013 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Santiago Cuelho
Cuelho
Lucio Delfino
Delfino
Lautaro Vanzella
Vanzella
Enzo Avalos
Avalos
Guillermo Aliende
Aliende
#e#5
4Enzo Avalos 185-F-97
5Guillermo Aliende 178-PG-97
6Maximo Fjellerup 192-G-97
7Santiago Cuelho 180-G-97 Ferrocarril C. Argentina
8Christian Boudet 193-F-97 Independ.N. Argentina
9Facundo Arens 188-F-97
10Jeffrey Merchant 197-C-97
11Jorge Mas 194-G-97 Atenas Argentina
12Lucio Delfino 196-F-97 Union SF Argentina
13Mario Cristanchi 196-C-97 La Union Argentina
14Martin Fernandez 193-F-97
15Lautaro Vanzella 196-C-97 Independ.N. Argentina
Ayan Carvalho 192-G-97 Atl.Echague Argentina
Nahuel Paciotti 183-PG-97 G.E.V.P. Argentina
Ignacio Onetto 198-C-97




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Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 18-3 
 2. Wildcats 14-5 
 3. Kings 10-11 
 4. Hawks 9-11 
 5. Tigers 8-10 
 6. Crocodiles 7-12 
 7. Taipans 6-12 
 8. 36ers 6-14 

Regular Season: Round 17

Feb. 1: Breakers - Wildcats 98-81
Feb. 2: Crocodiles - Kings 90-78
Feb. 3: Wildcats - Hawks 80-52
Feb. 1: 36ers - Hawks 78-86
Feb. 3: Tigers - Taipans 67-64

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 8: Wildcats - 36ers
Feb. 8: Hawks - Tigers
Feb. 9: Crocodiles - Taipans
Feb. 9: Kings - Breakers
Feb. 10: 36ers - Tigers


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Crocodiles
  (183-PG-83)
  Avg: 18
 1. Ervin, Crocodiles18.0 
 2. Madgen, Kings17.9 
 3. Flynn, Tigers17.3 
 4. Wilson, Taipans16.0 
 5. Jackson, Breakers16.0 
 6. Lisch, Wildcats15.7 
 7. Johnson, 36ers15.7 
 8. Deleon, Hawks14.7 
 9. Redhage, Wildcats14.5 
 10. Knight, Wildcats14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacob HOLMES
  Crocodiles
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Holmes, Crocodiles8.3 
 2. Johnson, 36ers8.1 
 3. Crosswhite, Kings7.5 
 4. Lazare, Kings7.5 
 5. Knight, Wildcats7.2 
 6. Pledger, Breakers6.8 
 7. Scott, Tigers6.6 
 8. Vukona, Breakers6.5 
 9. Schenscher, 36ers6.3 
 10. Tragardh, Taipans6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Jackson, Breakers7.4 
 2. Flynn, Tigers6.3 
 3. Ervin, Crocodiles4.7 
 4. Gibson, 36ers4.7 
 5. Wilson, Taipans3.6 
 6. Martin, Hawks3.3 
 7. Martin, Wildcats3.2 
 8. Bruce, Kings2.9 
 9. Henry, Kings2.9 
 10. Deleon, Hawks2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.8 
 2. Martin, Wildcats2.1 
 3. Deleon, Hawks1.4 
 4. Henry, Kings1.2 
 5. Ervin, Crocodiles1.2 
 6. Tovey, Wildcats1.1 
 7. Wagstaff, Wildcats1.1 
 8. Martin, Hawks1.1 
 9. Gliddon, Taipans1.1 
 10. Edwards, Taipans1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Breakers
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Pledger, Breakers1.6 
 2. Scott, Tigers1.0 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats0.9 
 4. Forman, Hawks0.9 
 5. Schenscher, 36ers0.9 
 6. Hudson, Breakers0.7 
 7. Lazare, Kings0.7 
 8. Blanchfield, Croco.0.7 
 9. Hinder, Crocodiles0.7 
 10. Garlepp, Kings0.7 


Jackson wins Round 17 POTW - by Hugh McAuliffe

New Zealand Breakers star guard Cedric Jackson (191-G-86, college: Cleveland St.) saved his best for the biggest game of the season to date, taking out the National Basketball League Player of the Week for Round 17 of the iiNet NBL Championship.

The stage for Jackson was the highly-anticipated Breakers home clash with the Perth Wildcats and the 26-year-old didnt disappoint, leading the defending NBL Champions to a 98-81 victory.

Jackson was at his electrifying best, finishing the night with 22 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field, 8 assists, 5 assists and 5 steals in one of his most complete games of the season.

This is the fourth time Jackson has claimed the NBL Player of the Week award for the 2012/13 iiNet NBL Championship, receiving the honour in Rounds 6, 9 and 11.

In-form Adelaide 36ers big man Daniel Johnson had another impressive night (21 points on 7-of-13FG and seven rebounds) in the home loss to Wollongong, while Jonny Flynn wowed Melbourne fans again (21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists) in the 67-64 win over Cairns.

Tigers teammate Seth Scott and Taipans Jamar Wilson were also among the standout players of Round 17.



Nathan Jawai's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Australians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nathan Jawai
Nathan Jawai
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Nathan Jawai (208-86, college: Midland CC, currently plays in Spain). Jawai led Regal FC Barcelona to an overtime victory against the closely-ranked Gescrap BB (12-8) 87-85 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 14 rebounds. Jawai also added 2 blocks. Regal FC Barcelona (12-8) is placed fifth in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Jawai averages: 7.3ppg, 4.5rpg and FT: 58.7%. He played for the Australian senior national team four years ago.

David Andersen
David Andersen
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international center David Andersen (212-80, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Turkey. Andersen could not help Fenerbahce Ulker (1-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the seventh-placed Fenerbahce Ulker lost 71-82 on the road to the higher-ranked (#5) Olympiacos in the group F of Euroleague. Andersen scored 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 32 minutes. It's Andersen's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 7.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 44.0%, 3FGP: 38.5% in the 16 games he played so far. Andersen is in the roster of the Australian senior national team.

Andrew Bogut
Andrew Bogut
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Andrew Bogut (212-84, college: Utah, currently plays in NBA). He led Golden State Warriors to a victory against the Toronto Raptors (17-31) 114-102 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Bogut scored 12 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 4 blocks. The Golden State Warriors have a solid 30-17 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Bogut has relatively good stats this season: 7.9ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.9apg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 54.3%. He played for the Australian national team five years ago.

Aleks Maric
Aleks Maric
   #4. Center Aleks Maric (211-84, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to Lokomotiv's victory against the fourth-ranked Cajasol (0-4) 83-72 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. Maric had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds in 27 minutes. Lokomotiv Kuban (4-0) is placed first in group K. So far his team won all four games in the Top 16. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Maric is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders with 8.0rpg. This year he also averages: 11.9ppg and 2.1apg in the 10 games. Maric is also Australian national team player.

Matthew Dellavedova
Matthew Dellavedova
   #5. International guard Matthew Dellavedova (193-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the St.Mary's, CA (8-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the St.Mary's, CA was crushed 77-42 in Portland, OR by the University of Portland. Dellavedova scored 23 points and added 3 passes in 25 minutes. Dellavedova is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in St.Mary's, CA's roster. This season he has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg and 2.1apg in the 10 games. Dellavedova plays currently for the Australian national team.

Daniel Dillon
Daniel Dillon
   #6. Swingman Daniel Dillon (194-86, college: Arizona, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala was not able to secure a victory for Oradea (18-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the league leader Oradea was defeated 63-56 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Timisoara (#7). Dillon was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 9 rebounds. Dillon has reliable stats this season: 11.2ppg, 5.3rpg and 3.2apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Australian senior team four years ago.

Corey Maynard
Corey Maynard
   #7. Former University international guard Corey Maynard (190-91, currently studies in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Fairleigh Dickinson University (2-8) 78-63 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Maynard recorded 16 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in 35 minutes. The Bryant University has a very solid 8-2 conference record this season. Maynard's stats this year are: 11.2ppg, 5.3rpg and 3.2apg in the 20 games. He used to play for the Australian university national team two years ago.

Jorden Page
Jorden Page
   #8. Point guard Jorden Page (185-90, is currently at the American university) is a teammate of previously mentioned Matthew Dellavedova. But that was another game of his team in NCAA which we would like to mention. Page contributed to a St.Mary's, CA's victory against the University of San Francisco (3-7) 67-63. He scored 19 points. The Saint Mary's College of California has quite an impressive 8-1 conference record this season. It was St.Mary's, CA's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Page has been at the team for four years. Page's stats this season are: 11.2ppg, 5.3rpg and 3.2apg. He used to play for the Australian national team back in 2009.

Steven Markovic
Steven Markovic
   #9. Former international guard Steven Markovic (190-85, currently plays in Adriatic League) was the major contributor in a Radnicki KG's victory against the closely-ranked Krka (8-12) crushing them 77-52 in the Adriatic League last Sunday. Markovic scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. Radnicki Kragujevac (12-8) is placed sixth in the Adriatic League. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Markovic's total stats are: 4.8ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.2apg in the 18 games. He used to play for the Australian national team four years ago.

Matt Nielsen
Matt Nielsen
   #10. Forward Matt Nielsen (208-78, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in VTB United League) managed to help BC Khimky Moscow Region to win against the seventh-ranked BC Donetsk (5-8) 84-66 in the VTB United League on Monday night. Nielsen scored 5 points. BC Khimky Moscow Region (9-3) is placed third in group A. Nielsen has averaged so far 3.5ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.7apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international forward Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Belarus couldn't help the league outsider Tsmoki-Minsk (0-13) in their last game. Despite Majok's good performance Tsmoki-Minsk (#10) lost 66-80 in Lubertsy to the higher-ranked (#6) Triumph Lyubertsy in the group B of VTB United League. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Majok also added 8 rebounds and 3 blocks in 26 minutes. Majok is currently fourth on the league's list of best blockers with 1.4bpg. He also averaged so far 4.9ppg and 4.3rpg in the eight games. Majok used to play for the Australian national team three years ago.

   #12. Former international point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA) helped San Antonio Spurs win their game against the Washington Wizards 96-86 in the NBA last Saturday. He recorded only 4 points. This season Mills averages just 4.7ppg. He used to play for the Australian national team back in 2009.

   #13. International swingman Brad Newley (199-85, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain) helped G.Canaria 2014 win their game against the 16th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada crushing them 99-66 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. He scored 7 points. Newley averaged so far 11.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg. He is also Australian national team player.

   #14. Former international swingman Anthony Drmic (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Boise St. win their game against the University of Nevada - Las Vegas 77-72 in the NCAA last Saturday. Drmic scored 22 points and added 4 passes in 39 minutes. Drmic averaged so far 11.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg in the 20 games. He used to play for the Australian national team back in 2011.

   #15. International power forward David Barlow (205-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Spain) helped UCAM Murcia win their game against the 11th-ranked Blusens Monbus 83-77 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Barlow scored 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Barlow has averaged so far 7.1ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.1apg. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

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

   #1. Kyrie Irving (191-G-92, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA) led Cleveland Cavaliers to a victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder (35-12) 115-110 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Irving recorded 35 points (!!!) and added 3 passes (made all of his eight free throws) in 35 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. The Cleveland Cavaliers have rather weak 14-34 record this season. Irving belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #6 with 24.0ppg. He also averaged so far 3.5rpg, 5.4apg and 1.8spg in the 37 games he played so far. Irving is a naturalized American. Despite his Australian passport, Irving previously played for the USA U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Australian team. Strangely he has never played in Australia.

   #2. Damon Heuir (188-PG, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to S.Utah's victory against the Sacramento State University (5-6) 79-67 in the NCAA on Thursday night. He recorded 28 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 7 assists. The Southern Utah University has 7-5 conference record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Heuir is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in S.Utah's roster. This season Heuir has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg and 2.1apg.

   #3. Venky Jois (201-F-93, currently studies in the States) contributed to E.Washington's victory against the Portland State University (3-9) 76-65 in the NCAA on Monday night. Jois had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 5 assists and 3 blocks in 37 minutes. The Eastern Washington University has not so impressive 4-8 conference record this season. This year Jois averages only 4.7ppg in the 39 games.

   #4. Mathiang Muo (196-F, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Charleston So. (7-1) in their last game. Despite Muo's good performance the Charleston So. was edged in an overtime 74-73 at home by the Gardner-Webb University. He scored 14 points in 38 minutes. It was Charleston So.'s first loss after seven consecutive victories. Muo has averaged so far 7.1ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.1apg in the 19 games. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Sudanese.

   #5. Triantafillos Tzakopoulos (187-G-85, currently plays in Germany) was the main contributor in a 2-point Duesseldorf Baskets' victory against the 14th-ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (7-13) 77-75 in the German ProA (second division) last Sunday. Tzakopoulos was MVP of the game. He scored 17 points, made 6 passes and 3 steals. Duesseldorf Baskets (14-6) is placed third in the ProA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Tzakopoulos has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.6apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Australian.

   #6. Peter Hooley (193-G-92, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Albany (6-4) in their last game. Despite Hooley's very good performance the Albany was badly defeated 65-49 on their home court in Albany, GA by the State University of New York,Stony Brook. He scored 17 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 38 minutes. Hooley has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.6apg in the 20 games.

   #7. Experienced Michael Kingma (208-C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, currently plays in Holland) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Weert crushing them 88-67 in the Dutch Eredivisie on Sunday night. He scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Kingma has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 4.3rpg. He has both Australian and Dutch nationalities.

   #8. Lee Jeka (187-G-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProA (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Science City Jena (9-11) in their last game. Despite Jeka's very good performance Science City Jena lost 73-83 on the road to the lower-ranked (#13) Finke Baskets. He was the top scorer with 20 points in 29 minutes. Jeka averaged so far 12.0ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.2apg in the 19 games. He also holds two passports: British and Australian.

   #9. Majok Majok (203-F-92, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Ball St. (2-6) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Majok's very good performance the Ball St. (#6) was defeated 85-78 on their home court in Muncie, IN by the The University of Toledo. He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 15 rebounds. Majok averaged so far 12.0ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.2apg. He has dual citizenship: Australian and Sudanese.

   #10. Adrien Sturt (209-C-86, college: Snow CC, currently plays in United Kingdom) was the major contributor in a London Lions' victory against the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers 88-79 in the British BBL last Friday. Sturt recorded 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 23 minutes. Sturt belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #3 with 1.5bpg. This year he also averages: 14.6ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.5apg in the 20 games.



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Standings - A Bundesliga

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

Regular Season: Round 20

Feb. 2: Oberwart - St.Polten 97-75
Feb. 4: Furstenfeld - Gussing 89-90
Feb. 2: Wels - Klosterneub. 83-90
Feb. 3: BC Vienna - Gmunden 83-70
Feb. 3: Kapfenberg - Arkadia 104-81

Regular Season: Round 21

Feb. 8: UBSC Graz - Furstenfeld
Feb. 8: St.Polten - Kapfenberg
Feb. 8: Gussing - Oberwart
Feb. 8: Wels - BC Vienna
Feb. 8: Arkadia - Gmunden


A Bundesliga Round 20: Gussing Knights defeat Furstenfeld Panthers in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 20 in the A Bundesliga took place in Furstenfeld. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 8th ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (6-12) to sixth ranked Gussing Knights (10-8) 90-89 on Monday evening. Gussing Knights moved-up to fifth place. Furstenfeld Panthers at the other side keep the eighth position with 12 games lost. They share it with UBSC Graz. Gussing Knights are looking forward to face Redwell Gunners Oberwart (#7) at home in the next round. Furstenfeld Panthers will play against UBSC Graz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Wien. First ranked host BC Vienna (15-3) defeated second-ranked Gmunden Swans (14-5) 83-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Gmunden Swans. The winners were led by the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78) who scored that evening 33 points (!!!) and Maurice Pearson supported him with 13 points and 16 rebounds. Even 18 points and 5 rebounds by American forward Robert Arnold (198-88, college: Boise St.) did not help to save the game for Gmunden Swans. BC Vienna maintains first position with 15-3 record. Gmunden Swans at the other side dropped to the third place with five games lost. BC Vienna will play against Raiffeisen Wels (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Gmunden Swans will play against Arkadia Lions in Traiskirchen and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Wels was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Xion Dukes (13-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Raiffeisen Wels (10-9). Xion Dukes managed to secure a 7-point victory 90-83 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Raiffeisen Wels. The best player for the winners was Moritz Lanegger who scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. David Gonzalvez produced 16 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Defending champion maintains fourth position with 13-6 record. Loser Raiffeisen Wels dropped to the sixth place with nine games lost. Xion Dukes will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Raiffeisen Wels will play against the league's leader BC Vienna (#1) in Wien and hope to secure a win.
Third ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (14-4) crushed at home 11th ranked Arkadia Lions (1-17) by 23 points 104-81, which is the biggest margin this round. Mark Sanchez orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kapfenberg Bulls moved-up to second place. Arkadia Lions lost seventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 17 lost games. Kapfenberg Bulls' next round opponent will be St.Polten (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Arkadia Lions will play against Gmunden Swans in Gmunden.

In the last game of round 20 St.Polten was destroyed by Oberwart on the opponent's court 97-75.


Furstenfeld - Gussing 89-90

The most exciting game of round 20 in the A Bundesliga took place in Furstenfeld. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 8th ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (6-12) to sixth ranked Gussing Knights (10-8) 90-89 on Monday evening. Gussing Knights moved-up to fifth place. Furstenfeld Panthers at the other side keep the eighth position with 12 games lost. They share it with UBSC Graz. Gussing Knights are looking forward to face Redwell Gunners Oberwart (#7) at home in the next round. Furstenfeld Panthers will play against UBSC Graz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Kapfenberg - Arkadia 104-81

Third ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (14-4) crushed at home 11th ranked Arkadia Lions (1-17) by 23 points 104-81, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Kapfenberg Bulls led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kapfenberg Bulls outrebounded Arkadia Lions 30-18 including 20 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Kapfenberg Bulls players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Arkadia Lions' players. American-Mexican forward Mark Sanchez (201-87, college: Boise St., agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American guard Giovonne Woods (191-86, college: Cent.Washington, agency: Court Side) contributed with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Five Kapfenberg Bulls players scored in double figures. Montenegrin power forward Radosav Spasojevic (204-92, agency: Interperformances) replied with 22 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Tobias Stadelmann (180-88) added 12 points in the effort for Arkadia Lions. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kapfenberg Bulls moved-up to second place. Arkadia Lions lost seventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 17 lost games. Kapfenberg Bulls' next round opponent will be St.Polten (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Arkadia Lions will play against Gmunden Swans in Gmunden.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: Q.Pryor 18+6ast, M.Sanchez 16+7reb+6ast, F.Kramer 16+5reb+1ast, D.Nelson 15+6reb+1ast, D.Mayes 15+2reb+2ast, G.Woods 12+7reb+7ast
Arkadia: R.Spasojevic 22+5reb+2ast, T.Stadelmann 12+3ast, S.Gmeiner 11+2reb+1ast, M.Pajovic 9+3reb, P.Gamaleri 8+1reb, F.Duck 8+2ast
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BC Vienna - Gmunden 83-70

The game between Top Four teams took place in Wien. First ranked host BC Vienna (15-3) defeated second-ranked Gmunden Swans (14-5) 83-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Gmunden Swans. The game was mostly controlled by BC Vienna. Gmunden Swans was better in third quarter 19-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. BC Vienna outrebounded Gmunden Swans 39-28 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78) who scored that evening 33 points (!!!) and American power forward Maurice Pearson (206-89, college: Georgetown, KY) supported him with 13 points and 16 rebounds. Even 18 points and 5 rebounds by American forward Robert Arnold (198-88, college: Boise St.) did not help to save the game for Gmunden Swans. His fellow American import point guard Joshua Brown (187-88, college: Towson) added 18 points for the guests. Four Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. BC Vienna maintains first position with 15-3 record. Gmunden Swans at the other side dropped to the third place with five games lost. BC Vienna will play against Raiffeisen Wels (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Gmunden Swans will play against Arkadia Lions in Traiskirchen and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: S.Stazic 33+4reb+2ast, M.Pearson 13+16reb+2ast, B.Danek 11+6reb+5ast, I.Boylan 9+7reb+5ast, F.Trmal 8+4reb, J.Francois 7
Gmunden: R.Arnold 18+5reb+2ast, J.Brown 18+2reb+3ast, D.Oppland 12+7reb+1ast, E.Murati 10+5reb+2ast, R.Poiger 8+3reb+2ast, C.Novas 2
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Wels - Klosterneub. 83-90

The game in Wels was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Xion Dukes (13-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Raiffeisen Wels (10-9). Xion Dukes managed to secure a 7-point victory 90-83 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Raiffeisen Wels. The game without a history. Xion Dukes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was international point guard Moritz Lanegger (190-90, agency: Interperformances) who scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (205-79) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. American guard David Gonzalvez (193-87, college: Richmond, agency: Limelight Hoops) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and the former international Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains fourth position with 13-6 record. Loser Raiffeisen Wels dropped to the sixth place with nine games lost. Xion Dukes will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Raiffeisen Wels will play against the league's leader BC Vienna (#1) in Wien and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Klosterneub.: C.Nagler 21+1reb, R.Suljanovic 18+6reb+1ast, D.Zeleznik 16+2reb+3ast, J.Chappell 14+5reb, M.Lanegger 13+7reb+9ast, K.Payton 6+4reb+3ast
Wels: D.Gonzalvez 16+6reb+3ast, D.Washington 15+8reb+1ast, D.Lamesic 14+5reb+5ast, T.Tiedeman 13+3reb+7ast, A.Farokhmanesh 12+3reb+3ast, C.Hallett 7+1reb
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Oberwart - St.Polten 97-75

Rather expected game when 10th ranked St.Polten (3-16) was crushed on the road by seventh ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart (9-9) 97-75. St.Polten was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 49-26 second half run of Redwell Gunners Oberwart. They made 23-of-26 charity shots (88.5 percent) during the game. American forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American-Puerto Rican point guard Darnell Hinson (186-80, college: Northeastern St.) contributed with 26 points and 5 steals for the winners. Four Redwell Gunners Oberwart players scored in double figures. Serbian swingman Maksim Kovacevic (199-87) replied with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international forward Martin Speiser (202-83) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for St.Polten. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Redwell Gunners Oberwart have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 9-9 record. St.Polten at the other side keeps the tenth place with 16 games lost. Redwell Gunners Oberwart's next round opponent will be higher ranked Gussing Knights (#5) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. St.Polten will play against the league's second-placed Kapfenberg Bulls (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: D.Hinson 26+1reb+1ast, S.Boxley 21+6reb+5ast, R.Chaney 15+7reb+5ast, L.Linzer 13+1reb, H.Ochsenhofer 7+2reb+2ast, D.Gant 7+4reb+2ast
St.Polten: M.Kovacevic 20+7reb+4ast, M.Speiser 16+5reb, M.Kohlmaier 11+9reb, M.Pinezich 8+5reb+1ast, A.Worenz 8+1ast, T.Csebits 7+2reb+2ast
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Vladimir Veremeenko selected the top Belarusian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Vladimir Veremeenko
Vladimir Veremeenko
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Russian team Unics Kazan to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Kalev/Cramo (3-10) 70-52 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Veremeenko recorded 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes on the court. Unics Kazan (9-4) is placed fourth in group A. It's Veremeenko's fifth season with the team. This year he averages: 8.6ppg, 5.0rpg and FT: 86.1% in the 12 games he played so far. Veremeenko has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. He played for the Belarusian senior national team six years ago.

Mikalai Aliakseyeu
Mikalai Aliakseyeu
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international center Mikalai Aliakseyeu (210-78, agency: TSS Management, college: Buffalo, currently plays in Iran). Aliakseyeu led Shahrdari Gorgan to a victory over the closely-ranked Zanjan (10-8) 80-73 in the Iranian Superleague last Thursday. He was MVP of the game. Aliakseyeu recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 12 rebounds. Shahrdari Gorgan Municipality (8-10) is placed fifth in the Superleague. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Aliakseyeu's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Aliakseyeu averages: 16.0ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 41.2%. He is in the roster of the Belarusian senior national team.

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. Parakhouski could not help Olin Edirne (3-14) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Olin Edirne was edged 69-67 at home by the second-ranked Banvit BK. Parakhouski was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 26 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Parakhouski's third season in pro basketball. It was Olin Edirne's eighth consecutive loss in a row. Parakhouski is ranked second on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.6bpg. This year his other stats are: 12.2ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 66.4%(89-134) and FT: 48.4% in the 17 games. Parakhouski is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Dante Stiggers
Dante Stiggers
   #4. Point guard Dante Stiggers (188-82, college: S.Mississippi, currently plays in Cyprus) was the main contributor in Apoel's victory against the closely-ranked Apollon (8-9) 70-68 in the Cypriot Division A in Tuesday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Stiggers recorded 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (9-8) is placed fourth in the Division A. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Stiggers is ranked seventh on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (third place). His overall stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.5apg and 2.2spg. Stiggers is a naturalized American. He is also Belarusian national team player. Stiggers used to play for BK Minsk-2006 in Belarusian league.

Mikita Meshcharakou
Mikita Meshcharakou
   #5. International small forward Mikita Meshcharakou (202-88, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) was not able to help AcegasAps TR (8-8) in their last game. Despite his good performance AcegasAps TR lost 71-80 on their home court in Trieste to the higher-ranked (#5) C.de Latte BRE. Meshcharakou scored 11 points in 20 minutes. This year Meshcharakou's overall stats are: 8.9ppg and 4.4rpg in the 16 games. He plays currently for the Belarusian national team.

Maksim Shustau
Maksim Shustau
   #6. Guard Maksim Shustau (188-86, currently plays in Russia) was not able to secure a victory for Sojuz Zaretchny (4-14) in their game against Ruskon-Mordovia (11-7) in the Russian Superleague (second division). Shustau cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 25 minutes. Sojuz Zaretchny was crushed 100-50 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#5) Ruskon-Mordovia. Shustau has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.2apg in the six games. He is a former international player as he played for the Belarusian senior team five years ago.

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

   #1. Yivgeni Lioutrine (200-C-88, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a Elitzur Yavne's victory against the ninth-ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (5-10) 98-86 in the Israeli National League (second division) on Tuesday night. Lioutrine scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Elitzur Yavne (11-4) is placed fourth in the National League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Lioutrine's total stats this season are: 8.5ppg and 4.2rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Israeli. Despite Lioutrine's Belarusian passport, he previously played for the Israeli U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belarusian team.

   #2. Experienced Sergey Karpov (200-F-80, currently plays in Russia), who plays in the Russian Superleague (second division) could not help Sojuz Zaretchny (4-14) in their last game. Despite Karpov's good performance Sojuz Zaretchny was crushed 100-50 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#5) Ruskon-Mordovia. He was the top scorer with 14 points in 21 minutes. This year Karpov's total stats are: 6.9ppg and 1.8rpg in the 17 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Russian.

   #3. Vladi Yeremishin (201-F/C-84, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) was not able to help Ironi Ramat Gan (8-7) in their game against Hod Hasharon (11-4) in the Israeli National League (second division). Yeremishin cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. Ironi Ramat Gan was defeated 92-82 at home by the higher-ranked Hod Hasharon (#5). It was Ironi Ramat Gan's third consecutive loss in a row. Yeremishin's total stats this season are: 3.1ppg and 1.9rpg. He has both Belarusian and Israeli nationalities.



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Standings - Division II

Division II Standings
 1. Houthalen 15-5 
 2. Kangor.-Boom 14-5 
 3. Sint-Jan Ant. 14-6 
 4. Gembo BBC 12-6 
 5. St-Niklase 11-8 
 6. Gent Dragons 10-8 
 7. Excelsior 10-9 
 8. Waregem 10-9 
 9. M.Hainaut II 10-10 
 10. Sprimont 9-9 
 11. CEP Fleurus 9-10 
 12. Tongeren 8-12 
 13. Oudenaarde 6-14 
 14. Essor Charleroi 3-16 
 15. Giants II 2-16 

Regular Season: Round 21

Feb. 3: Houthalen - M.Hainaut II 99-67
Feb. 2: Gent Dragons - Sint-Jan Ant. 74-82
Feb. 3: Excelsior - Waregem 74-62
Feb. 2: St-Niklase - CEP Fleurus 69-61
Feb. 3: Gembo BBC - Essor Charleroi 112-56
Feb. 2: Kangor.-Boom - Tongeren 111-73
Feb. 1: Point Chaud - Oudenaarde 100-65

Regular Season: Round 22

Feb. 8: M.Hainaut II - Giants II
Feb. 8: CEP Fleurus - Gent Dragons
Feb. 9: St-Niklase - Point Chaud
Feb. 9: Tongeren - Waregem
Feb. 9: Kangor.-Boom - Excelsior
Feb. 10: Essor Charleroi - Oudenaarde
Feb. 10: Gembo BBC - Sint-Jan Ant.


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

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

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Gescrap BB (12-8) in their last game. Despite Hervelle's very good performance Gescrap BB was badly defeated 94-74 at home by the leading Real Madrid. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Hervelle also added 5 rebounds in 30 minutes on the court. This year Hervelle averages: 8.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 60.5%(72-119), 3FGP: 18.2% and FT: 82.4% in the 20 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Jonathan Tabu (190-85, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Tabu was not able to help Cantu (12-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Cantu was defeated 65-60 on their home court in Cantu by the lower-ranked Lottomatica Roma (#5). Tabu recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 8 assists. Tabu has relatively good stats this season: 11.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.3apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 48.5%, 3FGP: 44.4% and FT: 87.1%. He is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain). Van Rossom was not able to secure a victory for CAI Zaragoza (11-9) in their game against Asefa Estudiantes (11-9) in the Spanish ACB. Despite his good performance in Sunday night's game He scored 11 points and added 6 passes. Van Rossom's overall stats this season are: 9.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.2apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 57.6%(34-59), 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 86.2%. He is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Aleksander Lichodzijewski
Aleksander Lichodzijewski
   #4. Center Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-84, currently plays in Poland) contributed to Polpharma's victory against the closely-ranked Kotwica (5-14) 68-58 in the Polish TBL last Monday. Lichodzijewski scored 9 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 29 minutes. SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd. (8-11) is placed eighth in the TBL. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Lichodzijewski's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 8.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1apg in the 14 games. Lichodzijewski has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Polish. He used to play for the Belgian national team back in 2008.

Gael Hulsen
Gael Hulsen
   #5. Former U20 international swingman Gael Hulsen (193-90, agency: LBM Management, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers (0-21) in their game against London Lions (8-14) in the British BBL. Despite his very good performance last Friday Hulsen was the second best scorer with 18 points. He also added 4 rebounds and 3 assists. This season Hulsen has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.2apg. He used to play for the Belgian U20 national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Tyler Haws (196-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) led BYU to an easy victory against the Santa Clara University (5-4) 96-79 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Haws scored 24 points and added 5 passes in 35 minutes. The Brigham Young University has quite an impressive 8-2 conference record this season. It was BYU's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Haws' fourth year with the team. This season he has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg in the 18 games he played so far.

   #2. Ronrico White (190-PG-92, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Chattanooga (3-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite White's very good performance the Chattanooga (#6) was defeated 77-69 on the road by the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. White's total stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1apg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely White has never played in Belgium.

   #3. Ruphin Tshiabu Kayembe (200-F-92, currently plays in Slovenia) was not able to help Maribor Messer (10-4) in their game against Tajfun (9-5) in the Slovenian Telemach League. He scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 16 minutes. Maribor Messer lost 57-67 at home to the lower-ranked (#4) Tajfun. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Tshiabu Kayembe's total stats are: 3.6ppg and 3.0rpg in the five games. He has a dual citizenship: DR Congolese and Belgian.

   #4. Experienced Ryan Hoover (187-PG-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Fileni BPA Jesi's victory against the ninth-ranked Tezenis VE (8-8) 71-64 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. Hoover scored 8 points in 25 minutes. Fileni BPA Jesi (6-10) is placed second from the bottom (#14) in the Lega2. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Hoover has reliable stats this year: 12.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.0apg and 2.0spg in the 16 games. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Hoover has never played in Belgium.



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Standings - BIH League

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

Regular Season: Round 16

Feb. 2: Servitium - Vogosca 70-84
Feb. 2: Bosna - Zrinjski HT
Feb. 2: Radnik B. - Borac Nektar
Feb. 2: Capljina - Leotar
Feb. 2: Mladost - Posusje
Feb. 2: Varda HE - Kakanj


Zack Wright selected the top Bosnian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Zack Wright
Zack Wright
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Zack Wright (195-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in Eurocup). Wright led his Russian team Spartak St.Petersburg to a victory over the closely-ranked Stelmet ZG (1-3) crushing them 81-54 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. He was MVP of the game. Wright recorded 17 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Spartak St.Petersburg (3-1) is placed second in group K. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical. It's Wright's first season with the team. Wright is currently seventh on the league's list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.6apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 77.2%(44-57), 3FGP: 35.7% and FT: 68.4%. Wright is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team. Strangely Wright has never played in Bosnia.

Ognjen Kuzmic
Ognjen Kuzmic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Ognjen Kuzmic (215-90, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Kuzmic could not help FIATC Joventut (10-10) in their last game. Despite his very good performance FIATC Joventut was edged 69-67 on the road by the lower-ranked (#14) Blancos de Rueda. Kuzmic had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 29 minutes. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. This year Kuzmic averages: 7.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 2FGP: 54.3% and FT: 75.9% in the 19 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Ernest Bremer
Ernest Bremer
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international guard Ernest Bremer (194-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy). Bremer contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked SAIE3 BO (7-11) crushing them 91-68 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He scored 10 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 20 minutes. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (11-7) is placed sixth in the SerieA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Bremer's overall stats are: 5.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, 3FGP: 22.6% in the seven games. He is a naturalized American. Bremer played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team two years ago. He used to play for Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina league.

Mirza Teletovic
Mirza Teletovic
   #4. Forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Brooklyn Nets (28-19) in their game against the Miami Heat (30-14) in the NBA. Teletovic recorded 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in only 14 minutes. The Brooklyn Nets were badly defeated 105-85 in Miami by the Heat. This year Teletovic's total stats are: 3.5ppg and 1.5rpg in the 26 games. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Kenan Bajramovic
Kenan Bajramovic
   #5. International center Kenan Bajramovic (205-81, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to a 2-point Banvit BK's victory against the league outsider Olin Edirne (3-14) 69-67 in the Turkish TBL on Sunday night. Bajramovic scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (15-2) is placed second in the TBL. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Bajramovic has averaged so far 8.0ppg and 4.7rpg. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Ivan Opacak
Ivan Opacak
   #6. Shooting guard Ivan Opacak (201-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a PGE Turow's victory against one of league's weakest teams Start Gdynia (5-14) 78-64 in the Polish TBL in Sunday night's game. Opacak scored 13 points in 35 minutes. PGE Turow Zgorzelec (14-4) is placed first in the TBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Opacak has averaged so far 9.1ppg and 2.8rpg in the 17 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

Aleksej Nesovic
Aleksej Nesovic
   #7. International point guard Aleksej Nesovic (189-85, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Serbia), who plays in the Serbian A League was not able to secure a victory for OKK Beograd (9-10) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Nesovic's very good performance OKK Beograd was defeated 77-71 at home by the higher-ranked Metalac (#3). He was the top scorer with 17 points. Nesovic also added 4 boards, dished 9 assists and stole 4 balls. Nesovic is ranked fifth on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (second place). This season he has very good stats: 13.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.2apg and 2.1spg. Nesovic is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Muhamed Pasalic
Muhamed Pasalic
   #8. Guard Muhamed Pasalic (192-87, currently plays in Greece), who plays in the Greek A1 couldn't help Aris (8-7) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Aris was badly defeated 81-62 in Athens by the second-ranked Panathinaikos. Pasalic was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 3 steals in 31 minutes. Pasalic has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg in the 15 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #9. Former international guard Marko Popovic (193-84, currently plays in Serbia), who plays in the Serbian A League couldn't help Sloga (6-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Popovic's very good performance Sloga was edged 74-72 on their home court in Kraljevo by the lower-ranked Vojvodina (#14). He was the top scorer with 24 points. Popovic also added 6 assists. Popovic belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #2) and also on the list of best passers (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Popovic averages: 18.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 7.3apg and 1.6spg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team four years ago.

Elvir Ovcina
Elvir Ovcina
   #10. Power forward Elvir Ovcina (212-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Syracuse, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL couldn't help LTi 46ers (4-16) in their last game. Despite Ovcina's very good performance the bottom-ranked LTi 46ers was crushed 107-71 on their home court in Giessen by the much higher-ranked (#10) Walter Tigers. He was the top scorer with 26 points. Ovcina also added 8 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 2 blocks in 40 minutes. It was LTi 46ers' sixth consecutive loss in a row. Ovcina is currently seventh on the league's list of best rebounders with 6.6rpg. This year he also averages: 13.2ppg and 3.3apg in the 16 games. Ovcina is a former international player as eight years ago he still played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

   #11. International guard Nemanja Mitrovic (197-90, college: Portland, currently plays in Greece) was the main contributor in Kavala's victory against the league outsider Panelefsiniakos 68-66 in the Greek A1 on Saturday night. He was the best player in that game. Mitrovic scored 19 points. He has averaged so far 9.0ppg and 2.7rpg. Mitrovic plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #12. Former international point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Romania) was the major contributor in Timisoara's victory against the 14th-ranked Oradea 63-56 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Saturday night's game. He scored 18 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 39 minutes. Jovanovic belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #6) and also on the list of best passers (third place). He has very impressive stats this year: 16.8ppg, 2.4rpg and 6.3apg in the 20 games. Jovanovic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team back in 2009.

   #13. International forward Ante Masic (200-85, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Adriatic League) helped his Croatian team Cedevita win their game against the league leader Igokea 64-56 in the Adriatic League on Sunday night. He scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 19 minutes. Masic has averaged so far 5.8ppg and 2.8rpg in the five games. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

   #14. Former U18 international forward Dejan Jeftic (200-89, currently plays in Serbia) helped Vrsac win their game against the 14th-ranked KK Jagodina 101-87 in the Serbian A League on Sunday night. Jeftic recorded 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. This season he has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg and 3.8rpg. Jeftic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team back in 2007.

   #15. U18 international swingman Armin Bilic (195-94, currently plays in Montenegro) helped Lovcen win their double overtime (!!!) game against the closely-ranked Sutjeska 89-82 in the Montenegrin 1A in Saturday night's game. He scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 40 minutes. Bilic has averaged so far 7.1ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1spg in the 11 games. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team.

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

   #1. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89, currently plays in Turkey) led Fenerbahce Ulker to a victory over the eighth-ranked Erdemir (7-10) 82-77 in the Turkish TBL in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Bogdanovic recorded 26 points (!!!), 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 30 minutes. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (15-2) is placed first in the TBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Bogdanovic has relatively good stats this year: 14.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.6apg in the 17 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #2. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to Khimky's victory against the closely-ranked Caja Laboral (4-2) 83-71 in the Euroleague on Friday night. He scored 13 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 28 minutes. BC Khimky Moscow Region (4-2) is placed third in group F. Planinic is currently second on the list of best passers with 5.9apg. This year his other stats are: 13.5ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.3spg in the 15 games. Planinic is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

   #3. Mirza Begic (217-C-85, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Gescrap BB (12-8) crushing them 94-74 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Real Madrid (19-1) is placed first in the ACB. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This season Begic averages: 5.4ppg and 2.9rpg. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian nationalities.

   #4. Miroslav Todic (205-F-85, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help LeGamberi Foods Forli (8-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Todic's very good performance LeGamberi Foods Forli was edged 79-76 on the road by the higher-ranked Tuscany Pistoia (#4). He recorded a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 18 rebounds. Todic also added and 3 steals. Todic belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #2. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Todic averages: 15.4ppg and 9.9rpg. He also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian.

   #5. Damir Markota (209-F-85, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Turk Telekom (5-12) crushing them 85-59 in the Turkish TBL in Monday night's game. Markota recorded 7 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists in 25 minutes. Besiktas Istanbul (11-6) is placed sixth in the TBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Markota's overall stats are: 7.6ppg, 5.6rpg and 2.2apg in the 17 games. He has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #6. Stanko Barac (216-C-86, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Hacettepe crushing them 91-61 in the Turkish TBL last Monday. Barac scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Barac's overall stats this season are: 3.9ppg and 2.1rpg. He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian passports.

   #7. Goran Suton (208-C-85, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Adriatic League) contributed to Cedevita's victory against the league leader Igokea 64-56 in the Adriatic League in Sunday night's game. Suton scored 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Suton's total stats this season are: 4.7ppg and 2.7rpg. Similarly like Barac and Markota above he has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #8. Toni Bizaca (202-F-82, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan was not able to help Sodertalje Kings (16-6) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Sodertalje Kings was defeated 78-71 in Norrkoping by the lower-ranked Dolphins (#6). Bizaca was the second best scorer with 19 points. Bizaca is currently seventh on the list of top scorers. This season he has very high stats. Bizaca averages: 16.8ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.5apg.

   #9. Nikola Jeftic (202-F-85, currently plays in Serbia) was the major contributor in an OKK Beograd's victory against the closely-ranked Borac crushing them 85-60 in the Serbian A League in Sunday night's game. Jeftic recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 5 assists. This season Jeftic has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.4spg. He has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian.

   #10. Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Khimik (15-12) in their last game. Despite Sehovic's good performance Khimik lost 72-80 in Lviv to the higher-ranked (#4) Halychyna. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 30 minutes. This year Sehovic has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.2apg in the 27 games. He holds both Montenegrin and Bosnia and Herzegovina passports.



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Standings - BNL

NBB Standings
 1. Flamengo 20-0 
 2. Brasilia 15-4 
 3. Uberlandia 13-6 
 4. Bauru 13-6 
 5. Franca 12-7 
 6. Pinheiros/Sky 11-6 
 7. Liga Sorocaba 10-9 
 8. Paulistano 10-9 
 9. S.Jose/Unimed 10-10 
 10. Limeira 9-9 
 11. Minas 9-10 
 12. Basquete Cearense 9-10 
 13. Joinville 8-10 
 14. Mogi das Cruzes 6-13 
 15. Vila Velha 5-14 
 16. Palmeiras 3-15 
 17. Suzano 3-15 
 18. Tijuca TC 3-16 

Regular Season: Round 20

Feb. 2: Flamengo - Minas 90-77
Feb. 2: Basquete Cearense - Franca 87-88
Feb. 2: Bauru - Mogi das Cruzes 87-84
Feb. 2: Tijuca TC - Vila Velha 82-74
Feb. 2: Liga Sorocaba - S.Jose/Unimed 66-65
Feb. 2: Joinville - Paulistano 63-71
Feb. 2: Brasilia - Uberlandia 102-80

Regular Season: Round 21

Feb. 5: Pinheiros/Sky - Suzano
Feb. 5: Basquete Cearense - Brasilia
Feb. 5: Uberlandia - Bauru
Feb. 5: Franca - Liga Sorocaba
Feb. 5: S.Jose/Unimed - Flamengo
Feb. 5: Mogi das Cruzes - Tijuca TC
Feb. 5: Vila Velha - Limeira
Feb. 5: Minas - Joinville
Feb. 5: Paulistano - Palmeiras


Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Vieira, Flamengo22.6 
 2. Holloway, Liga S.20.4 
 3. Boracini, Pinheiro.20.2 
 4. Simmons, Vila Velha20.0 
 5. Antonio, S.Jose/U.19.3 
 6. Day, Uberlandia18.5 
 7. Giovannoni, Brasil.18.1 
 8. Nardi Duarte, Min.17.5 
 9. Dos Santos, Brasil.17.3 
 10. Smith, Pinheiro.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (202-PF-83)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.9.6 
 2. Ribeiro, Basque.8.9 
 3. Araujo, Mogi d.8.8 
 4. Giovannoni, Brasil.8.0 
 5. Castellar, Limeira7.7 
 6. Agba, Bauru7.7 
 7. Antonio, S.Jose/U.7.4 
 8. Costa, S.Jose/U.7.2 
 9. Silveira, Flamengo7.1 
 10. Toyloy, Paulistano6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (186-PG-81)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.8.1 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.6.6 
 3. Smith, Pinheiro.5.7 
 4. Boracini, Pinheiro.5.3 
 5. Dawkins, Liga S.4.9 
 6. Garcia, Uberlandia4.9 
 7. Taylor, Bauru4.8 
 8. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.4.8 
 9. Lima, Limeira4.7 
 10. Collum, Uberlandia4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Shamell STALLWORTH
  Pinhei.
  (195-SG-80)
  Avg: 0.2
 1. Stallworth, Pinhei.0.2 
 2. Benite, Flamengo0.2 
 3. Froehlich, Franca0.2 
 4. Boracini, Pinheiro.0.2 
 5. Luz dos Sant., Fra.0.2 
 6. Collum, Uberlandia0.1 
 7. Garcia, Uberlandia0.1 
 8. Lima, Limeira0.1 
 9. Castellar, Limeira0.1 
 10. Machado, Flamengo0.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Arlindo NETO
  Liga Sorocaba
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Neto, Liga Soroca.2.3 
 2. Dawkins, Liga S.2.2 
 3. Campos, Suzano2.2 
 4. Figueroa, Franca2.0 
 5. de Assis, S.Jose/U.1.9 
 6. Boracini, Pinheiro.1.8 
 7. Nardi Duarte, Min.1.8 
 8. Simmons, Vila Velha1.8 
 9. Dos Santos, Brasil.1.7 
 10. Lima, Limeira1.7 


Atila Santos 17 points and 8 rebounds in Bulgaria - by Paulo Freire

The brazilian center Atila Santos (208-C-83, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Minnesota St.) has another huge game last weekend, as his team the Balkan beat the Beroe 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.
It was a great evening for the big man Atila Santos who help his team adding 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field).
Atila is having a great season in bulgaria as he is averaging 10.3 rebounds a game and been a strong presence offensively for Balkan.



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

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

Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Tiago Splitter (211-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). He led San Antonio Spurs to an easy victory against the Charlotte Bobcats (11-36) crushing them 102-78 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Splitter recorded 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 30 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 38-11 record this season. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Splitter has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 60.1%(196-326) and FT: 74.3% in the 49 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish. Splitter is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Hilario Nene
Hilario Nene
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Hilario Nene (207-82, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Washington Wizards (12-35) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Nene's very good performance the Washington Wizards were defeated 92-84 on the road by the Philadelphia 76ers. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Nene also added 8 rebounds (made all of his six free throws). Nene has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 12.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 47.2% and FT: 73.8%. Nene is in the roster of the Brazilian senior national team.

Marcelinho Huertas
Marcelinho Huertas
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports, currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Montepaschi Siena (5-1) 85-66 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. Huertas scored 10 points and added 5 passes in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group F. Regal FC Barcelona (5-1) is placed first. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Huertas' overall stats are: 8.8ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.1apg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 38.1% and FT: 96.6%(28-29) in the 16 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Italian. Huertas is also a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Leandro Barbosa
Leandro Barbosa
   #4. Point guard Leandro Barbosa (190-82, currently plays in NBA) led Boston Celtics to a 2-point victory against the Los Angeles Clippers (34-16) 106-104 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. He scored 14 points. The Boston Celtics have 24-23 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Barbosa's total stats this season are: 5.2ppg and 1.4apg. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #5. Former international center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Gescrap BB (12-8) crushing them 94-74 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Hettsheimer scored 8 points in 16 minutes. Real Madrid (19-1) is placed first in the ACB. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Hettsheimer's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 4.1ppg and 1.9rpg in the 10 games. Hettsheimer has both Brazilian and Spanish nationalities. He used to play for the Brazilian national team two years ago.

Hatila Passos
Hatila Passos
   #6. Center Hatila Passos (211-85, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Uruguay) led Hebraica to a 2-point victory against the seventh-ranked Bigua (1-3) 84-82 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB in Saturday night's game. Passos had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds in 29 minutes. Hebraica Macabi (2-2) is placed fourth in Serie 1. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Passos belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #4 with 11.0rpg. He also averaged so far 14.5ppg and 1.1apg in the 31 games. Passos is a former international player as he played for the Brazilian senior team three years ago.

Joao Paulo Batista
Joao Paulo Batista
   #7. Former international power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in France) contributed to an overtime Le Mans' victory against the tenth-ranked Chorale de Roanne (8-10) 89-87 in the French ProA last Monday. He scored 9 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (12-6) is placed third in the ProA. Batista is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Le Mans' roster. This season Batista has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.7apg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team three years ago.

Rafael Freire
Rafael Freire
   #8. Point guard Rafael Freire (188-92, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help Blusens Monbus (9-11) in their last game. Despite Freire's good performance Blusens Monbus lost 77-83 in Murcia to the lower-ranked (#12) UCAM. He scored 12 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 29 minutes. It was Blusens Monbus' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Freire has averaged so far 2.6ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.3apg in the 20 games. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Rafael Maia
Rafael Maia
   #9. Former U17 international center Rafael Maia (206-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Brown to a victory against the Dartmouth College (1-2) 62-50 in the NCAA in Friday night's game. Maia scored 21 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. The Brown University has 1-2 conference record this season. Maia has averaged so far 2.6ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.3apg. He used to play for the Brazilian U17 national team six years ago.

Lucas Nogueira
Lucas Nogueira
   #10. Center Lucas Nogueira (213-92, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Asefa Estudiantes Madrid to win against the closely-ranked CAI Zaragoza (11-9) 82-77 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Nogueira scored only 4 points. Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (11-9) is placed eighth in the ACB. Nogueira has averaged so far 4.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.1bpg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Brazilian senior national team.

   #11. Former international center Lucas Tischer (208-83, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to secure a victory for Penarol in their game against Sionista in the Argentinian LigaA. Tischer cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 1 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 14 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 19 points 81-62. Tischer has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 5.0rpg in the six games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team seven years ago.

   #12. Former international center Michel Nascimento (208-78, currently plays in Uruguay) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Allavena 87-71 in the Uruguayan LUB last Wednesday. Nascimento recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Nascimento has reliable stats this season: 13.2ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2004.

   #13. Former University international center Andre Almeida (211-88, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Nebraska in their game against the Ohio State University in the NCAA. Almeida scored only 4 points, had 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 21 minutes. His team lost 56-63. Almeida's stats this year are: 13.2ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.2apg in the six games. He used to play for the Brazilian university national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Atila Santos (208-C-83, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Minnesota St., currently plays in Bulgaria) led Balkan to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Beroe (6-9) 84-68 in the Bulgarian NBL on Saturday night. Santos scored 17 points, had 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Balkan Botevgrad (10-5) is placed fourth in the NBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Santos is currently second on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 11.9ppg, 10.3rpg, 1.3bpg and 1.1spg.

   #2. Vitor Faverani (211-C-88, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Spain could not help Valencia Basket (2-2) to beat Gescrap BB (2-2). Faverani recorded only 4 points in 11 minutes. The third-placed Valencia Basket was edged 61-60 on the road by the second-ranked Gescrap BB in the group J of Eurocup. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game is very crucial. Faverani has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far 6.0ppg and 3.4rpg in the five games he played so far.

   #3. Rodrigo de Souza (188-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help University of Pacific to win against the University of California - Davis (4-5) 77-64 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. de Souza scored 5 points. The University of Pacific has quite an impressive 7-2 conference record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. de Souza averaged so far 13.2ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.2apg.

   #4. Renan Lenz (206-C-90, currently studies in the States) contributed to a 3-point Utah's victory against the University of Colorado (4-5) 58-55 in the NCAA last Saturday. He scored only 3 points in 18 minutes. The University of Utah has rather weak 2-7 conference record this season. Lenz averaged so far 13.2ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.2apg in the six games.

   #5. Luiz Bidart (183-G-90, is currently at the American university) was not able to help the Seattle (2-9) in their game against the Utah State University (6-4) in the NCAA. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Seattle was crushed 68-46 at home by the Utah State University. Bidart averaged so far 13.2ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.2apg.

   #6. Rinaldo Mafra (201-F-86, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a Jacksonville St.'s victory against the Morehead State University 70-59 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He scored only 4 points in 10 minutes. Mafra averaged so far 13.2ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.2apg in the six games.

   #7. Gerson Santo (206-C-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Colorado St. win their game against the Boise State University crushing them 77-57 in the NCAA last Wednesday. He scored only 2 points. Santo averaged so far 13.2ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.2apg.

   #8. Arthur Bernardi (206-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Houston Baptist to a victory against the New Jersey Institute of Technology 66-57 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 12 rebounds in 37 minutes. Bernardi averaged so far 13.2ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.2apg in the six games.



Marquinhos Vieira claims Brazilian NBB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Former international Marquinhos Vieira (207-SF-84) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's leader Flamengo and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 28-year old had the game-high 30 points adding two rebounds for Flamengo in his team's victory, helping them to beat Minas (#11, 9-10) 90-77. It allowed Flamengo to consolidate first place in the Brazilian NBB. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is already in a full swing and Flamengo still have not lost a single game, getting all 20 victories. In the team's last game Vieira had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Flamengo's top player in his first season with the team. Vieira has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.6ppg. Vieira is in league's top in and averages solid 1.5bpg,67.6% FGP and 45.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American guard Kenny Dawkins (175-G-87) of Liga Sorocaba. Dawkins impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists. It was enough for Liga Sorocaba to edge slightly lower-ranked S.Jose/Unimed (#9, 10-10) by 1 point 66-65. This victory allowed Liga Sorocaba to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Dawkins is one of the most experienced players at Liga Sorocaba and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Caio Ranches (192-F-87) of Mogi das Cruzes (#14). Ranches scored 22 points and passed four assists. Despite Ranches' great performance Mogi das Cruzes lost 84-87 to the higher-ranked Bauru (#4, 13-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Mogi das Cruzes not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ranches could try to bring Mogi das Cruzes' a little bit higher in the standings. Ranches has a very solid season. In 19 games in Brazil he scored 8.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Larry Taylor (185-G-80) of Bauru - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Paulo Prestes (210-C-88) of Brasilia - 17 points and 6 rebounds
6. Paul Crosby (203-C) of Minas - 18 points and 8 rebounds
7. Guilherme Giovannoni (203-F-80) of Brasilia - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Olivinha Rodriguez (202-PF-83) of Flamengo - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Juan Pablo Figueroa (184-PG-86) of Franca - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
10. William Drudi (206-C/F-81) of Basquete Cearense - 18 points and 4 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)



Liga Americas: Pinheiros/Sky roll past Estrellas, not enough to qualify directly - by Eurobasket News

Pinheiros/Sky - Estrellas Orientales 121:70

Pinheiros/Sky clinched the second win at the Liga Americas Group A. They knocked down Estrellas Orientales behind 22 points and 16 boards from Mineiro Ferreira (208-C/F-88). But it was not enough for a direct qualification into the next round. Pinheiros/Sky finished in the third position in the group and await the results from two other pools for a possible qualification.
Pinheiros/Sky gave little chance for the Venezuelan side. The Brazilians went on a 34:20 run in the opening quarter. They held Estrellas to 11 points in the second quarter to gain a 52:31 halftime lead. Pinheiros/Sky fired 32 points in the third term to ensure a 34-point lead before the fourth term. Pinheiros added 37 points in the final period to breeze to the victory. Joe Smith (192-SG-77, college: Al.-Huntsville) delivered 22 points, while Marcio Dornelles (194-SF-75) added 21 points for the winners. Jose Vargas (195-G/F-82) answered with 14 points for Estrellas. Jose Juan Bravo (202-C-86) and Kevin Rogers (206-F-86, college: Baylor) netted 11 points each in the loss.

Pinheiros/Sky: Mineiro Ferreira 22+16 boards, Joe Smith 22, Marcio Dornelles 21
Estrellas Orientales: Jose Vargas 14, Jose Juan Bravo 11, Kevin Rogers 11



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Earl Calloway selected the top Bulgarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana, currently plays in Spain). He led Unicaja Malaga to a victory over the league outsider Lagun Aro GBC (3-17) 74-70 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Calloway was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 30 minutes on the court. Unicaja Malaga (9-11) is placed tenth in the ACB. It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses. It's Calloway's first season with the team. This year Calloway averages: 7.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 49.0%, 3FGP: 27.9% and FT: 85.2% in the 20 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Calloway played for the Bulgarian senior national team three years ago. Strangely he has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Eurocup). Rowland was the major contributor in a VEF Riga's victory against the fourth-ranked CEZ Nymburk (1-3) crushing them 81-59 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. He recorded 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. VEF Riga (3-1) is placed first in group J. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Rowland has relatively good stats this season: 14.5ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.7apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3FGP: 44.1% and FT: 72.7%. He is a naturalized American. Rowland played for the Bulgarian national team in 2011. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Italy). Simmons contributed to a Enel Brindisi's victory against the third-ranked Montepaschi Siena (13-5) 94-84 in the Italian SerieA on Monday night. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds in 31 minutes. Enel Brindisi (9-9) is placed eighth in the SerieA. This year Simmons' overall stats are: 7.9ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 58.8%(60-102) and FT: 71.9% in the 18 games. He is a naturalized American. Simmons is also a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #4. Power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in VTB United League) helped his Lithuanian team Lietuvos rytas win their game against the closely-ranked BC Astana (7-6) crushing them 93-60 in the VTB United League last Sunday. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 20 minutes. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (7-6) is placed fifth in group A. This year Ivanov's total stats are: 8.4ppg and 5.8rpg in the 11 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2011.

Jared Homan
Jared Homan
   #5. Former international center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Germany) helped Bayern Muenchen win their game against the 16th-ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (6-14) 79-72 in the German BBL on Saturday night. Homan scored 16 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. FC Bayern Muenchen (14-7) is placed third in the BBL. This season Homan has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1bpg. He is a naturalized American. Homan used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

Hristo Nikolov
Hristo Nikolov
   #6. Power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, currently plays in Romania) helped U-Mobitelco win their game against the closely-ranked Ploiesti (13-7) 97-88 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Saturday. Nikolov scored 20 points. CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca (14-6) is placed third in the Liga Nationala. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Nikolov has reliable stats this season: 14.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.7spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

Roderick Blakney
Roderick Blakney
   #7. An experienced former international guard Roderick Blakney (184-76, college: S.Carolina St., currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Cajasol (7-13) in their last game. Despite Blakney's good performance Cajasol lost 68-77 on the road to the higher-ranked (#13) CB Canarias. He scored 13 points in a mere 15 minutes. Blakney has averaged so far 6.4ppg and 2.0apg in the nine games. He is a naturalized American. Blakney used to play for the Bulgarian national team six years ago.

Andre Owens
Andre Owens
   #8. Guard Andre Owens (193-80, college: Houston, currently plays in Cyprus) helped Keravnos win their game against the sixth-ranked AEL (6-11) crushing them 70-46 in the Cypriot Division A in Wednesday night's game. Owens recorded 13 points and added 5 passes. Keravnos Strovolou (14-3) is placed first in the Division A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Owens has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Owens used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2009. He played also for Lukoil Academik Sofia in Bulgarian league.

Filip Videnov
Filip Videnov
   #9. International small forward Filip Videnov (196-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to help Olin Edirne (3-14) in their last game. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Olin Edirne was edged 69-67 at home by the second-ranked Banvit BK. Videnov scored 12 points and added 5 assists in 34 minutes. It was Olin Edirne's eighth consecutive loss in a row. Videnov has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.5apg in the two games. Videnov is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

Ivan Lilov
Ivan Lilov
   #10. Shooting guard Ivan Lilov (196-88, currently plays in EuroChallenge) was not able to secure a victory for Gaz Metan (1-2) in their game against Ventspils (1-2) in the EuroChallenge. He scored 8 points. The fourth-placed Gaz Metan was crushed 96-64 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Ventspils in the group I of EuroChallenge. There are only three games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Top 16. So now every game will be important. Lilov's stats this season are: 10.7ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international guard Aleksandar Gruev (187-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Romania) helped CSU Sibiu win their game against the league outsider CS Dinamo Bucuresti crushing them 110-46 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Saturday night. Gruev scored 12 points, made 8 passes and 4 steals in 24 minutes. Gruev belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #7 with 4.8apg. This year his other stats are: 13.5ppg and 2.6rpg in the 18 games. Gruev used to play for the Bulgarian national team two years ago.

   #12. International forward Aleksandar Georgiev (203-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Assignia Manresa in their game against Regal FC Barcelona in the Spanish ACB. He scored 7 points in 16 minutes. His team lost 76-88. Georgiev has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 2.1rpg in the 20 games. He is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

   #13. Former U20 international guard Georgi Sirakov (186-92, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Mazzeo San Severo in their game against Casalpusterlengo in the Italian Nazionale A (third division). He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Sirakov recorded only 3 points in 17 minutes. His team lost 63-69. This year he averages just 7.7ppg in the 21 games. Sirakov used to play for the Bulgarian U20 national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague could not help one of league's weakest teams Khimik (15-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Deane's good performance Khimik was defeated 80-72 on the road by the higher-ranked Halychyna (#4). He recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and making 14 passes. Deane also added 7 rebounds. This season Deane has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 3.2rpg and 6.0apg. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #2. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus in a victory against the seventh-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (1-5) 82-71 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Antic scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (3-3) is placed fifth in group F. Antic has averaged so far 5.5ppg and 3.6rpg in the 16 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.

   #3. Kee Kee Clark (180-PG-84, college: St.Peter's, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a 3-point Umana Venezia's victory against one of league's weakest teams VL Pesaro (4-14) 71-68 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Clark scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 27 minutes. Umana Reyer Venezia (10-8) is placed seventh in the SerieA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Clark's stats this year are: 13.1ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.1apg in the 14 games. He is a naturalized American.

   #4. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Balkan League) led his FYR Macedonian team Kozuv to a victory against the fourth-ranked Mornar Bar (0-2) 72-64 in the Balkan League on Tuesday night. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Kozuv Gevgelija (2-0) is placed first in group D. There are only three games left until the end of the Balkan League Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Karadzovski is currently seventh on the list of best passers. He has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.6apg and 1.1spg. Karadzovski is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian.

   #5. Galin Mihaylov (189-G-80, currently plays in Norway) was the major contributor in Tromso's victory against the fifth-ranked Gimle BBK (9-13) 75-65 in the Norwegian BLNO in Saturday night's game. He recorded 19 points and had 3 steals. Tromso Storm (15-4) is placed first in the BLNO. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Mihaylov is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his seventh year in Tromso's roster. Mihaylov has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.8apg.

   #6. Viktor Vladov (202-F-91, currently plays in Germany) contributed to Leitershofen's victory against the fourth-ranked Noerdlingen 96-92 in the German ProB (third division) on Saturday night. Vladov scored only 3 points. He has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 1.7rpg. Vladov has both Bulgarian and German nationalities.



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  CANADA   

CIS Standings

CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Cape Breton 15-0 
 2. Acadia 11-3 
 3. UPEI 8-6 
 4. St.Francis X. 7-7 
 5. Dalhousie 7-8 
 6. St.Mary's 6-9 
 7. New Brunsw. 4-11 
 8. Memorial 1-15 
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. Mount Royal 3-15 
 8. UBC Okanagan 3-16 
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 14-2 
 3. Ottawa 13-4 
 4. Queen's 10-8 
 5. Laurentian 9-8 
 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: Ryerson - Laurentian 89-84
Feb. 2: Saskatchewan - Winnipeg 89-65
Feb. 2: Memorial - Acadia 88-105
Feb. 3: St.Mary's - New Brunsw. 86-72
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. 3: Memorial - Acadia 63-84
Feb. 2: Western - McMaster 59-91

Regular Season: Round 30

Feb. 6: Dalhousie - St.Mary''s
Feb. 6: McMaster - Guelph
Feb. 6: Laurier - Brock
Feb. 6: Waterloo - Western
Feb. 7: St.Francis X. - Acadia
Feb. 7: Laval - McGill


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maxwell ALLIN
  Laurier
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Allin, Laurier22.5 
 2. Lamar, Saskatch.22.2 
 3. Freeman, UFV21.4 
 4. Ogungbemi-J., Calg.20.4 
 5. Dorsey, Cape Bret.20.3 
 6. Otieno, Alberta20.2 
 7. Hill, Toronto Univ.20.1 
 8. Faulkner, Queen''s19.9 
 9. Perrin, TWU19.8 
 10. Dunn, St.Francis19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Derek WALDNER
  Lethb.
  (201-C-)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Waldner, Lethb.11.5 
 2. Ezenibe, St.Mary''s11.5 
 3. Klassen, Acadia11.3 
 4. Kamen, UBC10.5 
 5. Phillip, Windsor10.4 
 6. Salhia, Lakehead10.1 
 7. Burns, Saskatch.9.6 
 8. Eyitayo, Concordia9.5 
 9. Allin, Laurier9.3 
 10. Burns, Regina9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew CUNNINGHAM
  Winnipeg
  (186-G-)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Cunningham, Winnip.7.6 
 2. Hebert, Regina5.7 
 3. Dorsey, Cape Bret.5.4 
 4. Lamar, Saskatch.4.9 
 5. Walton, Manitoba4.9 
 6. York, UFV4.8 
 7. Bonhomme, Brandon4.6 
 8. Allin, Laurier4.5 
 9. Collins, Windsor4.4 
 10. Daley, New Brunsw.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, Manitoba2.8 
 4. Parchment, UFV2.8 
 5. Baker, Alberta2.7 
 6. Daley, New Brunsw.2.7 
 7. Perrin, TWU2.7 
 8. Donkoh, St.Franc.2.6 
 9. Baker, Saskatch.2.4 
 10. Hunter, Bishop''s2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Thijin MOSES
  Calgary
  (201--)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moses, Calgary2.0 
 2. Andrews, Bishop''s1.9 
 3. Eyitayo, Concordia1.8 
 4. Dewar, Alberta1.6 
 5. Duke, UPEI1.6 
 6. O''Brien, New B.1.4 
 7. Ezenibe, St.Mary''s1.4 
 8. Salhia, Lakehead1.4 
 9. Chesson, Laurier1.4 
 10. Osuntola, Windsor1.3 


Canadian CIS round 29 best performance: Warren Ward - by Eurobasket News

Former international guard Warren Ward (196-G-89) had a great game in the last round for Ottawa, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 28 points and 12 rebounds, while his team crushed Queen's (#4, 10-8) with 19-point margin 99-80. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Ottawa maintains the 3rd position in Canadian CIS. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Ottawa will need more victories to improve their 13-4 record. In the team's last game Ward had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Ottawa, through which he has constantly improved. Warren Ward averages this season 17.8ppg and 7.6rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old Alexandre Bernard (196-F) of UQAM. Bernard had a very good evening with 31 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as UQAM was edged by the higher-ranked Bishop's (#1, 8-4) 75-74. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. UQAM still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-8 record. Bernard is a newcomer at UQAM, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Owen Klassen (208-F-91) of league's second-best Acadia. Klassen got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for ten rebounds . He was a key player of Acadia, leading his team to a 105-88 easy win against the lower-ranked Memorial (#8, 1-15). Acadia needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 3 lost games. Klassen has a great season in Canada. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.3rpg (3rd best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 57.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Matthew Forbes (198-F) of Saskatchewan - 30 points and 10 rebounds
5. Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (175-G-91) of Calgary - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Harry Ezenibe (190-G-87) of St.Mary's - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Terrell Evans) of Victoria - 23 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Derek Waldner (201-C) of Lethbridge - 18 points and 20 rebounds
9. Tyler Scott (188-G) of Acadia - 28 points and 5 rebounds
10. Nick Tufegdzich (201-F) of York - 17 points, 15 rebounds and 5 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)



JULIUS HODGE TAKING HIS TALENTS TO THE MISPEC BEACH - by John Gary

courtesy oursportscentral.com The saint John Mil Rats presented by Rodgers, are pleased to announce the addition of 1st round NBA Draft pick juluis Hodge. Hodge, a 6-7 do it all swingman, was a first round selection of the DENVER NUGGETS in the 2005 NBA Draft, after a standout career at NC STATE. At NCSTATE, he was named all-acc 1st team both his junior and senior years. As a senior, he averaged 17 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 4.8 assits per bame.


CIS Round 29: #1 Golden Bears are defeated by Bisons - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Golden Bears (14-4) in Edmonton, AB on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Bisons (13-6) 85-75. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning next two quarters and won the game by 10 points. 25 personal fouls committed by Golden Bears helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Jonar Huertas (183) stepped up and scored 25 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and forward Yigit Ozsayiner (198) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds. Naturalized Kenyan guard Kenneth Otieno (188) responded with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Golden Bears' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bisons maintains third place with 13-6 record having just -2 points less than leader UBC. Golden Bears at the other side still keep top position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Important game to mention about took place in Montreal, QC. First ranked Gaiters (8-4) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 4th placed Citadines (4-8) 75-74 on Saturday evening. Forward Jeremy Leonard-Smith (193) nailed 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and Matt McLean accounted for 15 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Alexandre Bernard (196) came up with 31 points and 6 rebounds (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field) for Citadines in the defeat. Gaiters maintains first place with 8-4 record. Citadines at the other side keep the fourth position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Toronto, ON: Lions (#6) and Blues (#7). Blues were defeated at home 77-84 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The best player for the winners was Nick Tufegdzich who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Arun Kumar produced 30 points for the hosts. Lions (6-11) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Brock. Blues lost twelfth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Waterloo, ON: Golden Hawks (#6) and Warriors (#7). Golden Hawks (5-12) won against visiting Warriors (3-14) 84-75. Maxwell Allin orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Golden Hawks' coach Peter Campbell used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Golden Hawks moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Guelph. Warriors lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. Golden Hawks' next round opponent will be higher ranked Badgers (#4) in St.Catharines, ON and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Warriors will play at home against Mustangs in London, ON and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Cascades (10-8) against eighth ranked Heat (3-16) on Saturday night. Visiting Cascades were defeated by Heat in Kelowna, BC 68-58. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Cascades. Mitch Goodwin stepped up and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Cascades' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Heat moved-up to seventh place. Loser Cascades keep the third position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 29: New Brunsw. lost to St.Mary's on the opponent's court 72-86. Memorial was outscored by Acadia in a home game 63-84. Laurentian recorded a loss to Ryerson on the road 89-84. Queen's was crushed by Ottawa on its own court 80-99. Mount Royal were smashed by UBC in Vancouver, BC 95-68. Victoria won against UNBC at home 72-61. Brandon unfortunately lost to Lethbridge on the opponent's court 75-82. Saskatchewan rolled over Winnipeg in a home game 89-65. Regina was defeated by Calgary on the road 74-82. Guelph was beaten by Lakehead on its own court 66-79. Laval lost to Concordia in Montreal, QC 59-74. St.Francis X. managed to outperform UPEI at home 92-80. McMaster rolled over Western on the opponent's court 91-59. Windsor crushed Brock in a home game 96-71. Acadia beat Memorial on the road 105-88.


St.Mary's - New Brunsw. 86-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Varsity Reds' (4-11) road loss to sixth ranked Huskies (6-9) 72-86 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Huskies. Varsity Reds was better in fourth quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Huskies shot 25 for 34 from the free-throw line, while Varsity Reds only scored seven points from the stripe. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Huskies made 7 blocks. Forward Kevin Thomas (203-93, college: Fairfield) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and Nigerian guard Harry Ezenibe (190-87) chipped in 19 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four Huskies players scored in double figures. Guard Daniel Quirion (183) responded with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and guard William Mc Fee (190) scored 23 points. Huskies have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 6-9 record. Varsity Reds lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
New Brunsw.: W.Mc Fee 23+4reb, D.Quirion 20+5reb+6ast, M.Daley 10+7reb+4ast, J.Irvine 8+1reb, M.Fazzolari 6+7reb+1ast, M.Washburn 3+1reb
St.Mary's: K.Thomas 21+14reb+2ast, H.Ezenibe 19+9reb+5ast, M.Pink 15+3reb+1ast, J.Lee 11+6reb+1ast, J.McAvoy 9+1reb+6ast, K.Thompson 6
gschID: 190672


Memorial - Acadia 63-84

Very predictable result in St.John's, NL where second ranked Axemen (11-3) smashed 8th ranked Sea Hawks (1-15) 84-63 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Axemen. Sea Hawks was better in third quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Axemen forced 23 Sea Hawks turnovers. Sea Hawks were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Tyler Scott (188) stepped up and scored 28 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners and forward Bradley States (198) chipped in 17 points. Guard Theodore Stanoev (180) responded with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Caleb Gould scored 9 points and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Axemen have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 11-3 record having five points less than leader UBC. Loser Sea Hawks keep the eighth position with 15 games lost. Axemen will face X-Men (#4) in Antigonish, NS in the next round.
Top scorers:
Memorial: T.Stanoev 13+6reb+4ast, R.Wood 10+2ast, B.Mendonca 10+3reb, C.Gould 9+2reb+4ast, C.Henderson 5+5reb, V.Curcic 5+6reb+1ast
Acadia: T.Scott 28+5reb+1ast, B.States 17+3reb+3ast, J.Tull 10+4reb, O.Klassen 9+6reb+2ast, S.Stoqua 5+5reb+6ast, L.Gale 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 190671


Ryerson - Laurentian 89-84

Not a big story in a game in Toronto, ON where 5th ranked Voyageurs (9-8) were defeated by second ranked Rams (14-2) 89-84 on Saturday. Voyageurs trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 30-24 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 84-89 at the end of the game. Rams made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. Voyageurs were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international point guard Jahmal Jones (183-91) stepped up and scored 21 points and 5 assists for the winners and guard Aaron Best (193) chipped in 20 points. Five Rams players scored in double figures. Guard Manny Pasquale (183) responded with 36 points (!!!) (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and Alex Ratte scored 22 points. Rams have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 14-2 record behind leader UBC. Loser Voyageurs keep the fifth position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Laurentian: M.Pasquale 36+3reb+3ast, A.Ratte 22+4reb, G.Serresse 8+6reb+1ast, T.Carter-Newman 6+9reb+2ast, R.Bennett 6+1reb, N.Yengue 5+6reb+1ast
Ryerson: J.Jones 21+4reb+5ast, A.Best 20+4reb+2ast, O.Choliy 13+2reb+1ast, B.Michaelsen 12+7reb+1ast, J.Ogunnaike-Grannum 11+9reb, J.Gauthier 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 190659


Queen's - Ottawa 80-99

The game between closely ranked teams ended with third ranked Gee-Gees' (13-4) road victory over 4th placed Golden Gaels (10-8) 99-80 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 99-80. Gee-Gees had a 31-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 58.3 percentage. Gee-Gees looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The former international guard Warren Ward (196-89) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and guard Johnny Berhanemeskel (185) chipped in 23 points. Gee-Gees' coach James DeRouin let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Cy Samuels (195) responded with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Sukhpreet Singh (188) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gee-Gees maintains third place with 13-4 record having just 0 points less than leader UBC which they share with defeated Golden Gaels. Loser Golden Gaels dropped to the third position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Queen''s: N.Misljencevic 15+1reb+1ast, C.Samuels 14+7reb+4ast, R.Roberts 12+2reb+1ast, S.Singh 11+5reb+3ast, A.Mavety 10+2reb+1ast, J.Asefa 9+4reb+2ast
Ottawa: W.Ward 28+12reb+7ast, J.Berhanemeskel 23+4reb+1ast, M.Ismail 15+4reb, G.Gonthier-Dubue 10+8reb+3ast, M.L'Africain 8+3reb+7ast, V.Gill 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 190663


UQAM - Bishop's 74-75

Important game to mention about took place in Montreal, QC. First ranked Gaiters (8-4) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 4th placed Citadines (4-8) 75-74 on Saturday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-18. But Citadines won second period 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Jeremy Leonard-Smith (193) nailed 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and forward Matt McLean (203) accounted for 15 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Gaiters players scored in double figures. Forward Alexandre Bernard (196) came up with 31 points and 6 rebounds (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field) and forward Philippe Tamba added 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Citadines in the defeat. Gaiters maintains first place with 8-4 record. Citadines at the other side keep the fourth position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
UQAM: A.Bernard 31+6reb+2ast, P.Tamba 26+8reb+4ast, R.Kwaku Addai 6+1reb+4ast, N.Audet 6+3reb+1ast, V.Lanctot-Fortier 4+5reb, M.Bazile 1+3reb+1ast
Bishop''s: J.Leonard-Smith 17+5reb+3ast, M.McLean 15+4reb, T.Hunter 12+3reb+1ast, S.Ring 11+3reb, M.Andrews 8+4reb, J.Abiad 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 190658


UBC - Mount Royal 95-68

There was no surprise in Vancouver, BC where 7th ranked Mount Royal (3-15) was outplayed by first ranked Thunderbirds (16-2) 95-68 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Thunderbirds. Mount Royal was better in fourth quarter 28-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Mount Royal to just 6 points in first quarter. Thunderbirds forced 21 Mount Royal turnovers. Mount Royal was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Tommy Nixon (198) stepped up and scored 14 points for the winners and American forward Brylle Kamen (201, college: San Jose St.) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Five Thunderbirds players scored in double figures. Guard Jalen Gardener (188) responded with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Nick Loewen (196) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Thunderbirds have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-2 record. Loser Mount Royal dropped to the eighth position with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Mount Royal: N.Loewen 11+5reb, M.Akwl 9+1reb, J.Gardener 9+7reb+5ast, J.Lefebvre 8+8reb, A.Callaghan 7+1reb+1ast, N.Lewis 6
UBC: T.Nixon 14+4reb+3ast, G.Pippus 13+2reb+1ast, D.Plumb 13+5reb+2ast, B.Kamen 12+8reb+1ast, J.Jensen-Whyte 12+6reb+2ast, C.Morgan 9+5reb+1ast
gschID: 190670


UBC Okanagan - UFV 68-58

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Cascades (10-8) against eighth ranked Heat (3-16) on Saturday night. Visiting Cascades were defeated by Heat in Kelowna, BC 68-58. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Cascades. The game was mostly controlled by Heat. Cascades was better in fourth quarter 18-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Cascades to just 5 points in second quarter. Guard Mitch Goodwin (188) stepped up and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and guard Landry Ndayitwayeko (190) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Samuel Freeman (191) responded with 20 points and 5 assists and Kevon Parchment scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. Cascades' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Heat moved-up to seventh place. Loser Cascades keep the third position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
UFV: S.Freeman 20+4reb+5ast, K.Parchment 12+9reb+2ast, J.York 6+2reb+4ast, N.Kendall 5+3reb+1ast, A.Khaira 4+2reb, S.Ashkenazy 4+1reb
UBC Okanagan: M.Goodwin 17+9reb+2ast, L.Ndayitwayeko 16+5reb+2ast, G.Gill 9+3reb+2ast, Y.Ghomari 8+1reb+3ast, D.Mackay 7+4reb+1ast, A.Faza 5+5reb+5ast
gschID: 190669


Victoria - UNBC 72-61

No shocking result in a game in Victoria, BC where second ranked Vikies (13-5) won against 6th ranked Timberwolves (5-13) 72-61 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-61. Vikies dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Timberwolves' 26. They outrebounded Timberwolves 54-28 including a 18-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Timberwolves were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Terrell Evans stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and Michael Acheampong chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Four Vikies players scored in double figures. Vikies' coach Craig Beaucamp used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Swingman Sam Raphael (188) responded with 19 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Francis Rowe (178) scored 11 points. Vikies have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 13-5 record having just -1 points less than leader UBC, which they share with Saskatchewan. Timberwolves lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
UNBC: S.Raphael 19+9reb, J.Araujo 12+1reb, F.Rowe 11+3reb+2ast, C.Barton 7+2reb+1ast, B.Cheng 5+2reb+3ast, J.Rybachuk 4+2reb+3ast
Victoria: T.Evans 23+12reb+3ast, M.Acheampong 14+8reb+2ast, C.McLaughlin 14+8reb, K.Peterson 11+1reb+1ast, P.Anderson 6+7reb, R.Theil 2+10reb+1ast
gschID: 190668


Alberta - Manitoba 75-85

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Golden Bears (14-4) in Edmonton, AB on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Bisons (13-6) 85-75. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning next two quarters and won the game by 10 points. 25 personal fouls committed by Golden Bears helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Jonar Huertas (183) stepped up and scored 25 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and forward Yigit Ozsayiner (198) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds. Naturalized Kenyan guard Kenneth Otieno (188) responded with 25 points and 5 rebounds and forward Todd Bergen-Henengouwen (196-91) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Golden Bears' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bisons maintains third place with 13-6 record having just -2 points less than leader UBC. Golden Bears at the other side still keep top position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Alberta: K.Otieno 25+5reb+1ast, T.Bergen-Henengouwen 18+10reb+2ast, A.Weir 9+1reb, R.Dewar 8+4reb, S.Saffa 7+2reb+2ast, T.Watson 3+3reb
Manitoba: J.Huertas 25+5reb+1ast, Y.Ozsayiner 22+5reb+1ast, K.Oliver 17+5reb+5ast, S.Walton 8+1reb+2ast, D.Joseph 6+3reb+1ast, B.Speer 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 190667


Lethbridge - Brandon 82-75

Rather expected game in Lethbridge, AB where 8th ranked Bobcats (4-14) were defeated by sixth ranked Pronghorn (9-9) 82-75 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 25-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Center Derek Waldner (201) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 20 rebounds for the winners and guard Julian Chief-Morris (193-89) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. Five Pronghorn players scored in double figures. Pronghorn's coach Dave Adams used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Jordan Reaves responded with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds and Kenonte Ramsey scored 14 points. Pronghorn moved-up to fourth place, which they share with TWU. Loser Bobcats keep the eighth position with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Brandon: J.Reaves 30+11reb+1ast, K.Ramsey 14+4reb+1ast, I.Bonhomme 8+3reb+4ast, R.Smith 7+4reb+5ast, T.Scott 6+3reb, J.Molin 4+1reb+1ast
Lethbridge: J.Chief-Morris 20+8reb+1ast, D.Waldner 18+20reb+1ast, M.Duce 17+3reb+5ast, L.Reiter 10+2reb+4ast, C.Johnson 10+3reb+3ast, A.Fletcher 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 190666


Saskatchewan - Winnipeg 89-65

Rather predictable result in Saskatoon, SK where second ranked Huskies (13-5) smashed 4th placed Wesmen (11-8) 89-65 on Saturday. The game without a history. Huskies led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Huskies outrebounded Wesmen 48-28 including 16 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Wesmen's players. Forward Matthew Forbes (198) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and guard Patrick Burns (198) chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Benny Iko (198) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import guard Jordan Clennon (183, college: West Plains JC) scored 17 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Huskies maintains second place with 13-5 record having just -1 points less than leader UBC, which they share with Victoria. Wesmen lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Winnipeg: J.Clennon 17+2reb+1ast, B.Iko 10+13reb, S.Wesley 8+3reb, N.Gooding 7+2reb, J.Farley 5, T.Krahn 5+2reb
Saskatchewan: M.Forbes 30+10reb+1ast, P.Burns 14+10reb+3ast, S.Lamar 14+3reb+5ast, T.Severinski 9+6reb, B.Baker 9+11reb+6ast, E.Ostertag 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 190665


Calgary - Regina 82-74

Not a big story in a game in Calgary, AB where 7th ranked Cougars (6-12) were defeated by fifth ranked Dinos (11-7) 82-74 on Saturday. Cougars trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 21-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-82 at the end of the game. Dinos dominated on the defensive end, holding Cougars to just 6 points in second quarter. They also forced 19 Cougars turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Dinos made 7 blocks. Guard Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (175-91) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Thijin Moses (201) chipped in 24 points, 8 rebounds and 6 blocks. Forward Paul Gareau (201) responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds and forward Connor Burns (201) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. Dinos have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Loser Cougars keep the seventh position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Regina: P.Gareau 31+10reb+1ast, C.Burns 21+12reb+1ast, T.Sylvester 7+3reb+1ast, F.Brown 5+6reb+3ast, D.Mole 4+3reb+1ast, S.Nostedt 4+3reb
Calgary: J.Ogungbemi-Jackson 27+10reb+4ast, T.Moses 24+8reb+3ast, M.Letkeman 11+10reb, Y.Anissovets 7+1reb, D.Karch 6+10reb+6ast, J.Gill 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 190664


Toronto Univ. - York 77-84

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Toronto, ON: Lions (#6) and Blues (#7). Blues were defeated at home 77-84 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-19. But Blues won second period 12-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was forward Nick Tufegdzich (201) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Raheem Isaac (190) chipped in 27 points. Four Lions players scored in double figures. Guard Arun Kumar (183) produced 30 points and naturalized Greek guard Alex Hill (196-90, college: Cornell) added 20 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) respectively for the hosts. Lions (6-11) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Brock. Blues lost twelfth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Toronto Univ.: A.Kumar 30+3reb+1ast, A.Hill 20+4reb+2ast, B.Garvin 13+5reb+1ast, D.Laurin 6+5reb, A.Plummer 4+7reb+2ast, N.Irvine 4+8reb+2ast
York: R.Isaac 27+3reb+1ast, A.Rados 21+10reb, N.Tufegdzich 17+15reb+5ast, D.Tyndale 11+4reb+6ast, I.Akeem 4+1reb+1ast, M.Ziobrowski 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 190662


Guelph - Lakehead 66-79

Everything went according to plan in Guelph, ON where second ranked Thunderwolves (12-5) beat 5th ranked Gryphons (5-12) 79-66 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Thunderwolves. Gryphons was better in third quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Gryphons 33-16 including a 23-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Center Ryan Thomson (201-90) stepped up and scored 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and naturalized Egyptian forward Yoosrie Salhia (198-87) chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Ahmed Haroon (196) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) and forward Daniel McCarthy (190) scored 17 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Thunderwolves have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 12-5 record having just one points less than leader UBC. Gryphons lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. Thunderwolves will have a break next round. Gryphons will play on the road against Marauders (#3) in Hamilton, ON and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guelph: A.Haroon 19+6reb, D.McCarthy 17+4reb+2ast, J.Beatty 11+1ast, Z.Angus 7+2ast, M.Clark 6+3reb+1ast, T.Thompson 3+1reb
Lakehead: R.Thomson 22+5reb+1ast, Y.Salhia 10+11reb, B.Johnson 10+5reb, M.Schmidt 9+2reb+2ast, J.Hart 9+1reb, G.Carter 9+2reb+5ast
gschID: 190661


Concordia - Laval 74-59

There was no surprise in Montreal, QC where 5th ranked Rouge et Or (3-8) was defeated by third ranked Stingers (7-5) 74-59 on Saturday. The game without a history. Stingers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Stingers outrebounded Rouge et Or 51-27 including a 26-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international point guard Kyle Desmarais (188-87, college: Cent.Conn.St.) stepped up and scored 20 points and 7 steals for the winners and center Taylor Garner (201) chipped in 8 points and 10 rebounds. Thibaud Dezutter responded with 26 points and 5 rebounds and Antoine Beaumier scored 7 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Stingers maintains third place with 7-5 record having eleven points less than leader UBC. Loser Rouge et Or keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Stingers will have a break next round. Rouge et Or will play at home against the league's second-placed Redmen (#2) in Montreal, QC.
Top scorers:
Laval: T.Dezutter 26+5reb, B.Hadzimuratovic 9+4reb+1ast, R.Mathieu 7+2reb, A.Beaumier 7+7reb+3ast, L.Beaulac-Dufresne 5+1reb, K.Demers-Belanger 3+2reb+5ast
Concordia: K.Desmarais 20+4reb+3ast, E.Laroche 14+3reb+1ast, M.Tajfel 10+4reb, A.Chmielewski 9+4reb+3ast, T.Garner 8+10reb+1ast, E.Gill 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 190660


St.Francis X. - UPEI 92-80

There was a small surprise in Antigonish, NS where fifth ranked X-Men (7-7) won against 3rd placed Panthers (8-6) 92-80 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by X-Men. Panthers was better in fourth quarter 31-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Panthers 41-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. X-Men looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Panthers' players. Forward Jeremy Dunn (196) stepped up and scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and Australian forward Shane Coupland (196-89) chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds. Five X-Men players scored in double figures. X-Men's coach Steve Konchalski used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Deontay Smith responded with 27 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and guard Joe Kendrick (193-85) scored 14 points. X-Men moved-up to fourth place. Panthers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the third position with six games lost. X-Men will face league's second-placed Axemen in Wolfville, NS in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
UPEI: D.Smith 27+7reb+4ast, J.Kendrick 14+4reb, S.Otieno 9+1reb, G.Doane 8+6reb+2ast, L.Parker 7, A.Robbins 5+1reb
St.Francis X.: J.Dunn 21+7reb+6ast, T.Vernon 17+4reb+4ast, W.Donkoh 15+4reb+3ast, S.Coupland 13+10reb+3ast, J.Clarke 11+5reb+5ast, R.Madera 11+7reb
gschID: 190656


Western - McMaster 59-91

Very expected game in London, ON where 8th ranked Mustangs (2-15) were crushed by third ranked Marauders (10-7) 91-59 on Saturday. The game without a history. Marauders led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Mustangs to just 7 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Mustangs 43-26 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Marauders shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 63.2 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Mustangs' players. Mustangs were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Joe Rocca (193) stepped up and scored 21 points for the winners and guard Rohan Boney (193) chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Marauders players scored in double figures. Guard Ryan Higgins (193) responded with 13 points and forward Peter Scholtes (196) scored 5 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. Marauders have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 10-7 record having three points less than leader UBC. Loser Mustangs keep the eighth position with 15 games lost. Marauders will face Gryphons (#5) in Guelph, ON in the next round. Mustangs will play on the road against Warriors in Waterloo, ON and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Western: R.Higgins 13+4reb, A.Van Camp 7+4reb, G.Johnson 7+1reb+1ast, Q.Henderson 6+1ast, A.Spiridis 6, G.Morrow 5+2reb
McMaster: J.Rocca 21+4reb+1ast, T.Black 16+5reb+1ast, R.Boney 15+7reb+4ast, S.Laws 12+2reb+1ast, N.Mccarthy 8+12reb+3ast, N.Pelech 6+4reb
gschID: 190654


Windsor - Brock 96-71

Rather predictable result in Windsor, ON where first ranked Lancers (14-3) smashed 4th placed Badgers (6-11) 96-71 on Saturday. The game without a history. Lancers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Lancers forced 30 Badgers turnovers. Guard Josh Collins (185-90) stepped up and scored 24 points for the winners and point guard Enrico Diloreto (185-90) chipped in 20 points and 5 assists. Four Lancers players scored in double figures. American guard Jameson Tipping (201, college: W.Kentucky) responded with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Mark Gibson (198) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lancers have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-3 record. Loser Badgers keep the fourth position with 11 games lost. Lancers will have a break next round. Badgers will play on the road against Golden Hawks (#6) in Waterloo, ON and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Brock: J.Tipping 20+8reb+4ast, M.Gibson 18+8reb+2ast, T.Kasamba 11+5reb+1ast, D.Mukendi 7+4reb+2ast, M.Luby 6+3reb+2ast, C.Smith 4+1reb+1ast
Windsor: J.Collins 24+3reb+3ast, E.Diloreto 20+4reb+5ast, L.Phillip 16+12reb+1ast, E.Matthews 14+5reb+3ast, N.Ntim 8+2reb, M.Petrella 8+1reb+4ast
gschID: 190653


Memorial - Acadia 88-105

Not a big story in a game in St.John's, NL where 8th ranked Sea Hawks (1-15) were defeated by second ranked Axemen (11-3) 105-88 on Saturday. Axemen dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Sea Hawks' 34. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. Axemen looked well-organized offensively handing out 36 assists. The former international forward Owen Klassen (208-91) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and point guard Sean Stoqua (180) chipped in 21 points and 7 assists. Vasilije Curcic responded with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Noel Moffatt scored 27 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Axemen have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 11-3 record having five points less than leader UBC. Loser Sea Hawks keep the eighth position with 15 games lost. Axemen will face X-Men (#4) in Antigonish, NS in the next round.
Top scorers:
Memorial: N.Moffatt 27+3reb+2ast, V.Curcic 23+7reb+4ast, R.Wood 14+5reb+6ast, T.Stanoev 11+1reb+2ast, D.Moore 8+4reb, B.Mendonca 3+3reb+5ast
Acadia: O.Klassen 31+10reb+3ast, S.Stoqua 21+7ast, B.States 14+3reb+3ast, A.Sears 11+3reb+4ast, K.Arseneault 9+3reb+2ast, T.Scott 6+6reb+3ast
gschID: 190657


Laurier - Waterloo 84-75

Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Waterloo, ON: Golden Hawks (#6) and Warriors (#7). Golden Hawks (5-12) won against visiting Warriors (3-14) 84-75. Guard Maxwell Allin (193) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Guard William Coulthard (188) contributed with 34 points (!!!) for the winners. Golden Hawks' coach Peter Campbell used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gill Jaspreet answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds and Denham Buchanan added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Warriors. Golden Hawks moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Guelph. Warriors lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. Golden Hawks' next round opponent will be higher ranked Badgers (#4) in St.Catharines, ON and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Warriors will play at home against Mustangs in London, ON and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Waterloo: G.Jaspreet 22+8reb+3ast, D.Buchanan 17+6reb, B.Smith 10+11reb, B.Davis 9+3reb+1ast, M.Helsby 7+4reb, M.Glibota 5+2reb
Laurier: W.Coulthard 34+4reb+2ast, M.Allin 23+8reb+9ast, G.Thomas 11+6reb, A.Walters 6+6reb, N.Lau 3+1reb+1ast, J.Forde 3+3reb+3ast
gschID: 190655



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China U16 lost another two games in Sakarya - by Eurobasket News

China U16 lost another two games in Sakarya. In Day 3 China U16 lost to France U16 62:67. The European team started with 20-16 lead but allowed the Chinese squad to take the lead at the halftime due to 21-11 surge in the second frame. France needed 12-11 in the third period and then won the game due to 24-14 in the last stanza. Stephane Gombauld (201-PF-97) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Luc Loubaki (189-G-97) notched 12. Hao Fu replied with 26 points in the losing effort and Yanhao Zhao posted 10.
In Day 4 Turkey U16 won over China U16 65:63. The hosts of the competition started with 13-10 lead but led 2 points at the halftime. The battle continued in the court in the second half as both teams posted 23-23 and 15-15 respectively in the third and the last stanzas. Furkan Korkmaz (193-SG-97) stepped up with 18 points for the winners, while Furkan Korkmaz collected 14 points and 10 rebounds. Hao Fu replied with 14 points in defeat, whilst Xiaolei Zhang, Xiaolei Zhang and Xiaolei Zhang added 10 apiece.



Shavlik Randolph claims Chinese CBA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Shavlik Randolph (208-F-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for Foshan LL and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
The 29-year old forward had a double-double of 35 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team edged out Jilin NE T. (#15, 10-20) 122-119. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Foshan LL maintains the 11th position in Chinese CBA. Foshan LL is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 13-16 record. In the team's last game Randolph had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Foshan LL's top player in his first season with the team. Duke University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Randolph is league's best scorer averaging so far 33.3ppg. Randolph is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 14.5rpg) and averages solid 53.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old Panamanian swingman Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85) of Guangsha L.. Forbes impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 46 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Guangsha L. lost that game 101-119 to the higher-ranked Xinjiang FT (#4, 18-11). Guangsha L. managed to keep the same 9th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-15 record is not bad and everything may still change. Forbes is one of the most experienced players at Guangsha L. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 29.6ppg (#7). His other stats are also decent: 7.9rpg and 4.8apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports) of Jilin NE T. (#15). Hoskin got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for thirteen rebounds . Despite Hoskin's great performance Jilin NE T. lost 119-122 to the higher-ranked Foshan LL (#11, 13-16). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Jilin NE T. not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 20 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Hoskin could try to bring Jilin NE T.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Hoskin has a very solid season. In 26 games in China he scored 21.6ppg. He also has 10.5rpg and FGP: 55.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. D.J. White (206-F-86) of Shanghai S. - 33 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
5. XiaoXu Li (206-C-90) of Liaoning H. - 18 points, 21 rebounds and 3 assists
6. HanLin Tao (206-C-91) of Shandong FB - 20 points and 19 rebounds
7. Stephon Marbury (188-G-77) of Beijing Ducks - 41 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. XueFeng Hu (185-PG-80) of Jiangsu D. - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Doron Perkins (188-PG-83) of Foshan LL - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Mike Harris (198-F-83) of Jiangsu D. - 23 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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CARIBBEAN HEAT WILL PLAY IN THE 2013 PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION - by Victor Garcia

Cartagena will have a team playing in the upcoming Professional Basketall Division, the Caribbean Heat (formerly located in San Andres), has been moved to the historical city and will be the only team from the Colombian North Coast in the first edition of the Professional Basketball Division.
The organization will have a meeting with the teams on February 7 and the official launching of the tournament will be made on February 14, the tournament is schedulled to start on February 22.




MIKE DODD WILL PLAY IN MANIZALES - by Victor Garcia

The American with Colombian Passport Forward Mike Dodd inked a contract with the Manizales OC organization and will be his player for the 2013 season, Dodd is coming to play his second season in Colombia, he previously played in Patriotas on 2012.
Dodd has played in the Dominican Republic and in the UK, usually filling the small forward spot and the shooting guard spot.
Manizales OC will be one the favourites for the upcoming Professional Basketball Division.



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  CROATIA   

A1 Standings

A1 Standings
 1. KK Zagreb 10-3 
 2. Kvarner 2010 10-3 
 3. Alkar Sinj 9-4 
 4. Jolly 8-5 
 5. Djuro Djakovic 7-6 
 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. 3: Djuro Djakovic - KK Zagreb 91-96 OT
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

Regular Season: Round 14

Feb. 16: Dubrovnik - Darda
Feb. 16: Kvarner 2010 - Djuro Djakovic
Feb. 16: KK Zagreb - Alkar Sinj
Feb. 16: Jolly - Krizevci
Feb. 16: Osjecki Sokol - Zabok



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Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. CEZ Nymburk 23-1 
 2. BK Pardubice 17-7 
 3. NH Ostrava 17-7 
 4. BK Prostejov 15-9 
 5. BK Decin 14-10 
 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 7-17 
 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 82-60


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Jan TOMANEC
  J.Hradec
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Tomanec, J.Hradec19.5 
 2. Deloach, Svitavy19.0 
 3. Blazek, B&W Opava17.6 
 4. Bolds, BC Kolin17.4 
 5. Zabas, BK Pardubi.17.3 
 6. Meno, USK Praha17.2 
 7. Reese, Usti n.17.2 
 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.Hradec9.4 
 4. Muirhead, BK Pardu.8.2 
 5. Nuhanovic, Levice7.6 
 6. Wilson, NH Ostrava7.3 
 7. Blazek, B&W Opava7.0 
 8. Simmons, Levice7.0 
 9. Deloach, Svitavy6.9 
 10. Reese, Usti n.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. Pavkovic, CEZ N.4.0 
 7. Pope, BK Decin3.9 
 8. Sotnar, USK Praha3.8 
 9. Ciz, NH Ostrava3.7 
 10. Sanders, BK Decin3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Chomutov
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Glover, Chomutov2.9 
 2. Sirina, B&W Opava2.3 
 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 Decin1.8 
 9. Taylor, CEZ N.1.6 
 10. Pistecky, Usti n.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Levice
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Nuhanovic, Levice1.6 
 2. Naymick, CEZ N.1.6 
 3. Simmons, Levice1.1 
 4. Miklosik, B&W O.1.1 
 5. Fields, Chomutov1.0 
 6. Meno, USK Praha0.9 
 7. Kohout, BK Prost.0.9 
 8. Slavik, USK Praha0.9 
 9. Svrdlik, BK Prost.0.8 
 10. Houska, BK Decin0.8 


Standings - D2

1Liga Standings
 1. Sparta Praha 17-2 
 2. Sokol H.K. 17-2 
 3. Loko Plzen 10-9 
 4. Liberec 10-9 
 5. JBC Brno 10-9 
 6. Proton Zlin 9-10 
 7. Litomerice 8-10 
 8. Sokol P. 8-10 
 9. Ostrava 8-11 
 10. Nymburk B 8-11 
 11. Kara Trutnov 8-11 
 12. U19 2-7 
 13. Sokol V. 2-16 

Regular Season: Round 19

Feb. 4: U19 - Sokol H.K. 67-76
Feb. 8: Nymburk B - Loko Plzen
Feb. 8: Ostrava - Kara Trutnov
Feb. 10: Proton Zlin - JBC Brno
Feb. 10: Litomerice - Sokol V.
Feb. 8: Liberec - Sokol P.
Feb. 10: Sokol H.K. - Sparta Praha
Feb. 18: U19 - Sokol V.


NBL Round 25: CEZ Nymburk wins the Regular Season with 23-1 record - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NBL just ended.

Bottom-ranked BK Usti nad Labem managed to get the second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they won against twelfth-ranked B&W Opava 76-68. 29 personal fouls committed by B&W Opava helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Brad Reese (199-88, college: Texas Tech) fired 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Antonin Pistecky (195-84) chipped in 12 points and 4 steals. Forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BK Usti nad Labem (6-18) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with defeated B&W Opava. B&W Opava lost ninth consecutive game.
Leader CEZ Nymburk delivered the twentieth third victory. This time they crushed 10th ranked Levharti Chomutov (8-16) 106-68. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Tweety Carter (180-86, college: Baylor) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 5 assists. Radoslav Rancik contributed with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. CEZ Nymburk's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Ladislav Pecka (197-91) answered with 18 points for Levharti Chomutov. CEZ Nymburk (23-1) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. Levharti Chomutov lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Svitavy.
Leader CEZ Nymburk recorded the twentieth third victory on Monday night. This time they crushed 11th ranked BK Lions Hradec (7-17) 82-60. Petr Benda stepped up and scored 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. At the losing side Matej Venta responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for CEZ Nymburk. Defending champion maintains first place with 23-1 record. BK Lions Hradec at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 17 games lost.

Other games of round 25 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
USK Praha was defeated by BK Prostejov in a road game 94-76. BC Kolin beat Svitavy at home 85-80. J.Hradec was destroyed by BK Pardubice on the opponent's court 88-65. BK Decin outscored Levice in a home game 78-59.
The best stats of 25th round was 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists by Michael Deloach of Svitavy.


BK Prostejov - USK Praha 94-76

There was no surprise when 8th ranked USK Praha (10-14) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked BK Prostejov (15-9) 94-76 on Saturday. The game without a history. BK Prostejov led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Forward Ondrej Kohout (204-91) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and naturalized Slovakian Roman Marko (194-86) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Five BK Prostejov players scored in double figures. At the losing side Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson, agency: Two Points) responded with 29 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Michal Sotnar (189-92) scored 13 points and 4 assists. USK Praha's coach Ken Scalabroni rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. BK Prostejov moved-up to fourth place. USK Praha at the other side keeps the eighth position with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: D.Pandula 20+2reb+1ast, K.Svrdlik 14+8reb, R.Marko 14+7reb+3ast, P.Slezak 13+5reb+2ast, J.Prasil 12+3reb+1ast, O.Kohout 11+12reb+1ast
USK Praha: B.Meno 29+9reb+1ast, M.Sotnar 13+1reb+4ast, J.Slavik 12+4reb+1ast, S.Votroubek 7+8reb, M.Mares 6+5reb+2ast, V.Cvek 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 183077


BC Kolin - Svitavy 85-80

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked BC Kolin (14-10) defeated at home 9th ranked Basketbal Svitavy (8-16) 85-80 on Saturday. Basketbal Svitavy was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 27-20 charge of BC Kolin, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Demarius Bolds (190-84, college: Missouri Western, agency: I.D.S. Law) stepped up and scored 15 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and power forward Stanislav Zuzak (203-80, college: Cal-Irvine) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. Bolds is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side American point guard Michael Deloach (183-86, college: Norfolk St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Jiri Jelinek (203-87) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Basketbal Svitavy's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BC Kolin moved-up to fifth place, which they share with BK Decin. Basketbal Svitavy at the other side keeps the ninth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Chomutov.
Top scorers:
BC Kolin: D.Machac 21+6reb, S.Zuzak 20+6reb+2ast, D.Bolds 15+8reb+6ast, R.Field 11+3reb+1ast, M.Kriz 8+5reb+2ast, E.Ubilla 6+2reb+8ast
Svitavy: M.Deloach 20+11reb+5ast, J.Jelinek 18+6reb, T.Macela 14+2ast, P.Mroz 12+1reb, M.Sykora 6+4reb+1ast, P.Milos 3+2reb
gschID: 183075


B&W Opava - Usti n/Labem 68-76

Bottom-ranked BK Usti nad Labem managed to get the second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they won against twelfth-ranked B&W Opava 76-68. 29 personal fouls committed by B&W Opava helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Brad Reese (199-88, college: Texas Tech) fired 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Antonin Pistecky (195-84) chipped in 12 points and 4 steals. Reese is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four BK Usti nad Labem players scored in double figures. Forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Ladislav Sokolovsky (200-77) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BK Usti nad Labem (6-18) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with defeated B&W Opava. B&W Opava lost ninth consecutive game.
Top scorers:
Usti n/Labem: B.Reese 25+8reb+1ast, R.Lewandowski 12+6reb, A.Pistecky 12+4reb+3ast, T.McFadden 12+1ast, J.Krakovic 9+5reb+2ast, T.Hruby 5+3reb
B&W Opava: J.Blazek 24+10reb+1ast, L.Sokolovsky 13+8reb+2ast, P.Strnisko 8+3reb, P.Dokoupil 7+1reb+3ast, K.Vlcek 7+2reb+2ast, M.Miklosik 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 183079


BK Pardubice - J.Hradec 88-65

Very expected game when 11th ranked BK Lions Hradec (7-17) was rolled over on the road by third ranked BK Pardubice (17-7) 88-65 on Saturday. BK Pardubice made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Canadian-Jamaican forward Corey Muirhead (197-83, college: W.Carolina) stepped up and scored 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Lithuanian point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists. Four BK Pardubice players scored in double figures. At the losing side center Jan Tomanec (205-85) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds and the former international forward Lucas Kraus (201-84) scored 9 points and 11 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. The victory was the third consecutive win for BK Pardubice. They moved-up to second place, which they share with NH Ostrava. BK Lions Hradec at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: C.Muirhead 22+9reb+4ast, T.Nelson 15+7reb+1ast, E.Zabas 14+4reb+5ast, P.Bohacik 11+8reb, S.Faifr 7+2reb, L.Kotas 7+2reb+3ast
J.Hradec: J.Tomanec 22+9reb, M.Venta 12+5reb+2ast, J.Pavlik 11+4reb+3ast, L.Kraus 9+11reb, T.Voslajer 5+4reb, O.Dygryn 4
gschID: 183078


BK Decin - Levice 78-59

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked BK Decin (14-10) outscored at home 7th ranked Levice (11-13) 78-59 on Friday. BK Decin made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Levell Sanders (189-75, college: Seton Hall, agency: Stanley International) stepped up and scored 12 points, 8 assists and 4 steals for the winners and guard Patrick Pope (183-81, college: St.Augustine) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side forward Jeremy Simmons (204-89, college: Charleston, agency: Interperformances) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Willie Kemp (188-87, college: Memphis) scored 13 points and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for BK Decin. They maintain fifth place with 14-10 record, which they share with BC Kolin. Levice at the other side keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: A.Alic 15+2reb+1ast, P.Pope 13+5reb+4ast, L.Sanders 12+3reb+8ast, M.Soukup 8+3reb, L.Stria 8+5reb, R.Landa 7+6reb+1ast
Levice: J.Simmons 13+10reb+3ast, W.Kemp 13+4reb+4ast, T.Mrvis 11+4reb+2ast, B.Fields 8+3reb+5ast, S.Bilic 7+3reb, M.Marchyn 5+1reb
gschID: 183080


Chomutov - CEZ Nymburk 68-106

Leader CEZ Nymburk delivered the twentieth third victory. This time they crushed 10th ranked Levharti Chomutov (8-16) 106-68. CEZ Nymburk shot 60.6 percent from the field. CEZ Nymburk outrebounded Levharti Chomutov 39-23 including a 33-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Tweety Carter (180-86, college: Baylor) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 5 assists. Slovakian power forward Radoslav Rancik (207-79, college: St.Cloud St., agency: Beo Basket) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. CEZ Nymburk's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Ladislav Pecka (197-91) answered with 18 points and power forward Pavel Stanek (203-76, agency: Court Side) added 14 points in the effort for Levharti Chomutov. CEZ Nymburk (23-1) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. Levharti Chomutov lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Svitavy.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: T.Carter 18+4reb+5ast, L.Palyza 16+3reb+2ast, J.Welsch 14+4reb+2ast, M.Efevberha 13+1ast, R.Rancik 11+10reb+2ast, P.Houska 9+6reb
Chomutov: L.Pecka 18+4reb+3ast, P.Stanek 14+2reb, S.Glover 10+3reb+1ast, A.Zampach 8+1reb+1ast, F.Halada 6+2reb+1ast, V.Honomichl 5+3ast
gschID: 183076


Round 16
CEZ Nymburk - J.Hradec 82-60

Leader CEZ Nymburk recorded the twentieth third victory on Monday night. This time they crushed 11th ranked BK Lions Hradec (7-17) 82-60. CEZ Nymburk dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to BK Lions Hradec's 28. They outrebounded BK Lions Hradec 45-34 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international center Petr Benda (203-82, agency: Court Side) stepped up and scored 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Slovakian power forward Radoslav Rancik (207-79, college: St.Cloud St., agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 11 points. Four CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. At the losing side Slovenian point guard Matej Venta (188-84) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds and the former international forward Lucas Kraus (201-84) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for CEZ Nymburk. Defending champion maintains first place with 23-1 record. BK Lions Hradec at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: V.Hruban 13+3reb+1ast, P.Benda 13+8reb+2ast, R.Rancik 11+4reb+3ast, A.Naymick 10+5reb, T.Carter 9+4reb+4ast, L.Palyza 8+2reb
J.Hradec: M.Venta 17+5reb+3ast, L.Kraus 13+5reb+1ast, T.Voslajer 11+7reb, J.Tomanec 7+7reb+2ast, R.Zachrla 5+6reb+2ast, J.Pavlik 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 230410



Corey Muirhead claims Czech Republic NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Canadian-Jamaican Corey Muirhead (197-F-83) had a very impressive game in the last round for BK Pardubice and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 29-year old forward had the game-high 22 points adding nine rebounds and four assists for BK Pardubice in his team's victory, helping them to crush J.Hradec (#11, 7-17) with 23-point margin 88-65. BK Pardubice maintains the 3rd position in Czech Republic NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. BK Pardubice will need more victories to improve their 17-7 record. In the team's last game Muirhead had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. It's his second year at BK Pardubice and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Western Carolina University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Muirhead is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 8.2rpg) and averages solid 54.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American point guard Michael Deloach (183-PG-86) of Svitavy. Deloach impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Svitavy lost that game 80-85 to the higher-ranked BC Kolin (#5, 14-10). Svitavy is still in a red zone at 9th spot in . His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-16 record. Deloach is a newcomer at Svitavy and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.0ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 6.9rpg and 4.7apg.

The third best performed player last round was Congolese Boris Meno (203-F-83, agency: Two Points) of USK Praha (#8). Meno scored 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Meno's great performance USK Praha lost 76-94 to the higher-ranked BK Prostejov (#4, 15-9). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of USK Praha ranking at the top of , however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Meno could help USK Praha to bring them higher in the standings. Meno has a great season in Czech Republic. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.2ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 9.5rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jakub Blazek (203-F-80) of B&W Opava - 24 points and 10 rebounds
5. Brad Reese (199-F-88) of Usti n/Labem - 25 points and 8 rebounds
6. Tweety Carter (180-PG-86) of CEZ Nymburk - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Jeremy Simmons (204-F-89) of Levice - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Kamil Svrdlik (206-PF-86) of BK Prostejov - 14 points and 8 rebounds
9. Levell Sanders (189-G-75) of BK Decin - 12 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
10. David Machac (205-F-80) of BC Kolin - 21 points and 6 rebounds

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



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Standings - 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 7-8 
 8. Koge BK 6-10 
 9. Aarhus BF 5-9 
 10. ALBA 5-10 
 11. Jonstrup 3-12 
 12. Haderslev 1-14 

Regular Season: Round 16

Feb. 2: Stevnsgade - Jonstrup 98-83
Feb. 3: Haderslev - Glostrup 84-90
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

Regular Season: Round 17

Feb. 9: Glostrup - Jonstrup
Feb. 9: ALBA - Aarhus BF
Feb. 9: Virum - Haderslev
Feb. 9: Koge BK - Stevnsgade
Feb. 9: BMS Skovlunde - Amager BK
Feb. 13: Lemvig - Falcon



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Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Canton C. 18-12 
 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 14-15 
 7. Springfield A. 9-19 
 8. Iowa E. 7-19 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 19-9 
 2. Rio Grande VV 17-9 
 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 39

Feb. 4: Springfield A. - Rio Grande VV 97-112
Feb. 4: Ft.Wayne MA - Canton C. 94-81
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: 21.2
 1. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.21.2 
 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. Almond, Iowa E.19.5 
 8. Summers, Maine RC19.5 
 9. Jones, Rio G.19.4 
 10. Downs, Maine RC18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luke HARANGODY
  Ft.Wayne.
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.12.7 
 2. Plumlee, Ft.Wayne.11.1 
 3. Mays, Springfield10.8 
 4. Butch, Bakersfi.10.5 
 5. Jackson, Austin T.10.2 
 6. Onuaku, Canton C.10.0 
 7. Jones, Rio G.9.6 
 8. Evans, Idaho S.9.5 
 9. Harris, Iowa E.9.4 
 10. Wilkerson, Austin9.1 
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. Machado, Rio G.6.6 
 6. Fortson, Los A.6.3 
 7. Uzoh, Springfield5.8 
 8. Karl, Idaho S.5.8 
 9. Kennedy, Erie B.5.3 
 10. Goudelock, Rio G.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. Greene, Los A.1.9 
 6. Tyndale, Sioux F.1.9 
 7. Gutierrez, Canton1.9 
 8. Sutton, Tulsa 66e.1.8 
 9. Holiday, Idaho S.1.8 
 10. Singletary, Texas1.8 
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. Foster, Sioux F.2.1 
 9. Moon, Los A.2.1 
 10. Plumlee, Ft.Wayne.1.8 


Red Claws lead All-Star selections with four - by Eurobasket News

The Maine Red Claws, presented by Unum, today announced that four Red Claws players have been selected to participate in the 2013 NBA Development League All-Star Game: guard Shelvin Mack (6'3''-G-90, college: Butler), forward DaJuan Summers (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgetown), forward Chris Wright (6'8''-F-88, college: Dayton) and guard/forward Micah Downs (6'8''-G/F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga). The Prospects and Futures All-Star teams take to the court at Sprint Arena at NBA All-Star Jam Session at Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center at 3 PM (ET) on Saturday, February 15.
The Red Claws led the NBA Development League with four selections, and the Red Claws players will be on the Futures team that will be coached by Red Claws Head Coach Mike Taylor (agency: Pro One Sports ). Taylor will be joined by assistant coaches Tunde Adekola and J.P. Clark, as well as the Red Claws' athletic trainer Jessica Kendall.
Shelvin Mack, 22, is currently with the Philadelphia 76ers, having signed his first 10-day contract with the team on January 17 and second on January 28. He signed an earlier 10-day contract with the Washington Wizards. In ten total games for Washington and Philadelphia, he is averaging 3.9 points, 2.3 assists and 1.6 rebounds in 14.6 minutes per game. At the time he left the Maine Red Claws to join the Sixers, Mack ranked third in the D-League in scoring (20.5 ppg) and first in assists (8.0 apg). In order to participate in the 2013 NBA Development League All-Star Game, Mack would need to be on an NBADL team's roster.
Micah Downs, 26, is averaging 18.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in 29 games played this season for the Red Claws. Downs also leads the team in steals, with 2.1 per game. Downs ranks 8th in the NBADL is scoring and second in steals. The fourth year pro out of Gonzaga took part in the NBA Pro Summer League with the Boston Celtics and was invited to the team's 2012 training camp.
DaJuan Summers, 25, was a 2009 2nd round draft selection of the Detroit Pistons and has 81 career NBA games to his credit with Detroit and New Orleans. Summers, who is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, has appeared in 20 games with the Red Claws this season, averaging 19.5 ppg and 8.6 rpg. The fourth year pro out of Georgetown attended the Charlotte Bobcats 2012 training camp before joining the Red Claws in early December.
Chris Wright, 24, spent much of his rookie season last year in the NBA, earning an early season contract from the Golden State Warriors after just four games with the Red Claws in 2011-12. Wright returned to the Red Claws this season, with the high-flying forward picking up where he left off. The second year pro out of Dayton has averaged 16.5 ppg and 8.7 rpg in 19 games while electrifying the Maine crowds with his athleticism and acrobatic dunks.
"I am extremely proud of our team this season," said Red Claws Head Coach Mike Taylor (agency: Pro One Sports ). "We have faced some adversity, with call ups and injuries to some key players, and we have persevered as a team. Shelvin Mack, DaJuan Summers, Chris Wright and Micah Downs have been at the forefront of that. They have continually stepped up where and when they were needed, and while I wish I could be coaching all ten of my players in Houston, I am thrilled that these four as well as our coaching staff will represent the Red Claws' organization at this year's All-Star Game."



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Standings - KML

KML Standings
 1. TU/Rock 15-0 
 2. Tarvas 15-5 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 12-5 
 4. TTU 10-9 
 5. Valga 9-10 
 6. Rapla 8-11 
 7. Parnu 7-10 
 8. Tln Kalev 4-16 
 9. Hito/Johvi 1-17 

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 4: Tln Kalev - TTU 43-73
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. Akenparg, TTU15.7 
 6. Peciukeviciu., Par.15.7 
 7. Okoye, Tln Kalev14.6 
 8. Lindmets, Tarvas14.4 
 9. Campbell, Tln Kalev14.4 
 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, TTU7.1 
 6. Grafs, Valga6.8 
 7. Ringmets, Rapla6.7 
 8. Keedus, TTU6.7 
 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. Tamm, Tarvas5.0 
 3. Keedus, TTU5.0 
 4. Cunda, Valga3.9 
 5. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.7 
 6. Laane, Rapla3.7 
 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, TTU1.8 
 4. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.7 
 5. Keedus, TTU1.7 
 6. Saage, TU/Rock1.7 
 7. Okoye, Tln Kalev1.6 
 8. Campbell, Tln Kalev1.6 
 9. Saare, Hito/Johvi1.5 
 10. Pilk, Rapla1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew ARNOLD
  TTU
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Arnold, TTU1.1 
 2. Saarmets, TTU0.7 
 3. Okoye, Tln Kalev0.7 
 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 


Kalev/Cramo and Rapla trade players - by Janar

BC Kalev/Cramo has sent PG Martin Dorbek to the TYCO/Rapla in exchange for PF Indrek Kajupank (200-F-88).

Dorbek has averaged 1.3 pts and 0.9 steals this season in BBL, VTB and Estonian league, while playing 15 minutes per game. He was Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Most Improved Player of the Year, last season.

Kajupank who played in Kalev/Cramo three seasons ago, has averaged 9.6 pts and 2.7 rbs in BBL and Estonian league so far.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nikos PAPPAS
  Panionios
  (195-G-90)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Pappas, Panionios19.8 
 2. Hodge, Stelmet ZG19.3 
 3. Diener, Banco d.19.2 
 4. Rakocevic, Crvena19.1 
 5. Davis, Banvit BK19.0 
 6. Thornton, Banco d.18.7 
 7. McKee, Triumph18.2 
 8. Batista, Le Mans17.2 
 9. Green, Orleans17.0 
 10. Eidson, Unics17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.8 
 2. Williams, Cajasol8.8 
 3. Landry, Triumph8.1 
 4. Maric, Lokomotiv8.0 
 5. Lyons, Budivelnyk7.5 
 6. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.5 
 7. Stimac, Banvit BK7.4 
 8. Vitkovac, Buducno.7.0 
 9. Hervelle, Gescr.6.8 
 10. Fells, Hapoel J-M6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Diener, Banco d.8.5 
 2. Calathes, Lokom.7.2 
 3. Everett, Cholet6.3 
 4. McKee, Triumph6.1 
 5. Pellin, Orleans5.7 
 6. Turner, Trefl Sopot5.7 
 7. Wright, Spartak SP5.6 
 8. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.2 
 9. Satoransky, Cajasol5.1 
 10. El-Amin, Le Mans5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos PAPPAS
  Panionios
  (195-G-90)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Pappas, Panionios2.7 
 2. McKee, Triumph2.3 
 3. Chatman, Unics2.0 
 4. Fells, Hapoel J-M1.8 
 5. Pullen, Hapoel J-M1.8 
 6. Mejia, Banvit BK1.8 
 7. Lojeski, Oostende1.8 
 8. Calathes, Lokom.1.7 
 9. Brown, Lokomotiv1.7 
 10. Greene, Orleans1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LAPETA
  Stelmet ZG
  (217-C-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Lapeta, Stelmet ZG1.5 
 2. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 3. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.2 
 4. Naymick, CEZ N.1.2 
 5. Vougioukas, Unics1.1 
 6. Balvin, Cajasol1.1 
 7. Fischer, BC Donet.1.0 
 8. Theis, Ratiopharm1.0 
 9. Booker, Panionios1.0 
 10. Anisimovas, Budiv.1.0 



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Lior Eliyahu to sit out at least two weeks - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Tel-Aviv suffered a heavy blow as they lost Lior Eliyahu (206-SF-85) to the injury. The forward is expected to miss around two weeks of action after he sustained a knee injury. Lior Eliyahu suffered an injury during a weekend Cup game against Hapoel Holon. He strained his knee ligaments. Lior Eliyahu averages 12.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game in the Winner League this season. His stats also read 10.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game in EuroLeague.


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Standings - Division I

1st Standings
Division A
 1. Porvoon Tarmo 14-4 
 2. ToPo 13-5 
 3. BC Nokia 11-6 
 4. Oulun NMKY 10-7 
 5. Tapiolan Honka 10-8 
 6. Huima 6-11 
 7. Ura Basket 6-12 
 8. Pyrinto II 5-13 
 9. SayRi 4-13 
Division B
 1. Kerava ET 16-5 
 2. KaU Koris 15-7 
 3. TuNMKY 14-7 
 4. Jarvenpaa 13-8 
 5. HBA-Marsky 8-12 
 6. BC Jyvaskyla 8-13 
 7. Espoo Basket 5-16 
 8. JyWe 5-16 

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 71-69
Feb. 3: SayRi - Ura Basket 104-109

B

Feb. 3: BC Jyvaskyla - Kerava ET 91-98
Feb. 3: Jarvenpaa - JyWe 88-71
Feb. 3: Espoo Basket - TuNMKY 71-90
Feb. 2: JyWe - KaU Koris 65-79
Jan. 31: TuNMKY - Jarvenpaa 108-95
Feb. 2: Kerava ET - Espoo Basket 105-80

Regular Season: Round 21

A

Feb. 8: Porvoon Tarmo - SayRi
Feb. 10: Huima - Oulun NMKY
Feb. 10: Ura Basket - Pyrinto II
Feb. 10: Tapiolan Honka - BC Nokia

B

Feb. 8: HBA-Marsky - BC Nokia
Feb. 10: HBA-Marsky - JyWe
Feb. 10: Kerava ET - Jarvenpaa
Feb. 10: BC Jyvaskyla - TuNMKY
Feb. 10: Espoo Basket - KaU Koris


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Nolan RICHARDSON
  Ura B.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Richardson, Ura B.27.4 
 2. Moultrie, BC Nokia25.2 
 3. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.23.8 
 4. Jallow, Jarvenpaa23.6 
 5. Mays, Huima22.0 
 6. Mua, Kerava ET20.8 
 7. Clark, Tapiolan Ho.20.7 
 8. Harjula, Pyrinto II19.5 
 9. Tate, Porvoon19.3 
 10. Coleman, Oulun N.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pierre JALLOW
  Jarvenpaa
  (203-F/C-79)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Jallow, Jarvenpaa14.9 
 2. Corpening, BC Jyva.14.8 
 3. Moultrie, BC Nokia14.4 
 4. Towa, Kerava ET12.8 
 5. Stephens, Huima12.3 
 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.4.7 
 3. Ginty, ToPo4.6 
 4. Herrala, HBA-M.4.4 
 5. Hanninen, Jarvenp.4.0 
 6. Russell, Oulun N.3.9 
 7. Kyllonen, Porvoon3.9 
 8. Mays, Huima3.8 
 9. Harjula, Pyrinto II3.8 
 10. Viita, Jarvenpaa3.7 
Steals Per Game
 La Trice LITTLE
  Kerava ET
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Little, Kerava ET3.2 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.2.7 
 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. Mua, Kerava ET1.8 
 9. Towa, Kerava ET1.8 
 10. Viita, Jarvenpaa1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Harri KESKITALO
  JyWe
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Keskitalo, JyWe2.6 
 2. Mua, Kerava ET2.0 
 3. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.2.0 
 4. Woods, BC Nokia1.8 
 5. Corpening, BC Jyva.1.7 
 6. Jallow, Jarvenpaa1.5 
 7. Capers, ToPo1.4 
 8. Young, Porvoon1.3 
 9. Moultrie, BC Nokia1.3 
 10. Kauhanen, HBA-M.1.2 


KORISLIIGA: Jonte Flowers The Player of January - by Rauno Hurmalainen

American F/G Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Winona St.), playing his first season in Finland on Kataja (Joensuu) roster, has been named the Player of January. Kataja (20-5), was 6-1 in January and Flowers was team's key player in all six contests, team Kataja won last month. Flowers was averaging 16,7 ppg, 4,3 rpg, 4,0 apg and 2,8 spg. Flowers is a real sharpshooter and made his shots with high accuracy (1 - 83,3%, 2 - 59,6%, 3 - 54,2%). Damon Williams (October), Matthew Gibson (November) and Martin Zeno (December) have been named as player of the month before Flowers.


Finnish 1st Division round 20 best performance: Antonio Hester - by Eurobasket News

American forward Antonio Hester (198-F) had a very impressive game in the last round for TuNMKY, receiving a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 20.
The -year old player had a double-double of 30 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Jarvenpaa (#4, 13-8) 108-95. TuNMKY maintains the 3rd position in Finnish 1st Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. TuNMKY will need more victories to improve their 14-7 record. Hester turned to be TuNMKY's top player in his first season with the team. Antonio Hester averages this season 21.1ppg and 16.6rpg. Worth to mention Hester played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second best player in last round's games was 33-year old Gambian Pierre Jallow (203-F/C-79) of Jarvenpaa. Jallow had a very good evening with a double-double of 35 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Jarvenpaa lost that game 95-108 to slightly higher-ranked TuNMKY (#3, 14-7). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group B. Jarvenpaa still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 13-8 record is not bad at all. Jallow is well-known at Jarvenpaa and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.6ppg (#4). His other stats are also decent: 14.9rpg and 3.7apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Jarvenpaa's star - Gambian forward Pierre Jallow (203-F/C-79). Jallow showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, sixteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was another key player of Jarvenpaa, helping his team with a 88-71 easy win against the lower-ranked JyWe (#8, 5-16). Jarvenpaa needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in group B. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 8 lost games. Jallow has a great season in Finland. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.6ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 14.9rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 57.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rudolf Mua (201-F/C-80) of Kerava ET - 33 points and 9 rebounds
5. Eryk Thomas (200-C/F-85) of SayRi - 23 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Nolan Richardson (188-G-84) of Ura Basket - 36 points and 3 assists
7. Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87) of BC Nokia - 19 points and 18 rebounds
8. Rolando Little (206-F-86) of SayRi - 29 points and 6 rebounds
9. Nafis Ricks (188-G) of BC Jyvaskyla - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Elias Kajander (196-F-80) of ToPo - 23 points, 6 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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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Gravelines 13-5 
 2. Strasbourg 13-5 
 3. Le Mans 12-6 
 4. Chalon 11-6 
 5. ASVEL 10-8 
 6. Paris-Levallois 10-8 
 7. Orleans 9-9 
 8. Dijon 9-9 
 9. Cholet 8-10 
 10. Roanne 8-10 
 11. Nanterre 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. 4: Roanne - Le Mans 87-89 OT
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

Regular Season: Round 19

Feb. 9: Nancy - Strasbourg
Feb. 9: Cholet - Gravelines
Feb. 9: Chalon - Boulazac
Feb. 9: ASVEL - Le Havre
Feb. 9: Roanne - Dijon
Feb. 9: Poitiers - Paris-Levallois
Feb. 9: Le Mans - Nanterre
Feb. 9: Orleans - Limoges


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. May, Paris-Levallo.7.3 
 6. Collins, Roanne7.2 
 7. Dobbins, Poitiers7.1 
 8. Sommerville, Nancy6.9 
 9. Nsonwu-Amadi, AS.6.9 
 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. Greer, Strasbourg5.1 
 6. Tchicamboud, Cha.5.1 
 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. Eldridge, Boulazac1.6 
 8. Thompson, Le Havre1.6 
 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. Collins, Roanne0.8 


French U16 National Team 2013 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Gregory Bengaber
Bengaber
Luc Loubaki
Loubaki
Bryian Diayandibeni
Diayandibeni
Stephane Gombauld
Gombauld
Darel Poirier
Poirier
#e#5
4Gregory Bengaber 177-PG-97 CFBB France
5Jonathan Jeanne 207-C-97 CFBB France
6Luc Loubaki 189-G-97 CFBB France
7Maxence Mussard 191-G-97 CFBB France
8Arthur Leboeuf 172-PG-97 CFBB France
9Renathan Ona Embo 185-PG-98 CFBB France
10Kevin Hangoue 197-PF-97 CFBB France
11Hugo Bianco 198-F-97 CFBB France
12Bryian Diayandibeni 199-F-97 CFBB France
13Gauthier Denis 197-F/G-97 CFBB France
14Stephane Gombauld 201-PF-97 CFBB France
15Darel Poirier 203-C-97 CFBB France
Amine Noua 196-PF-97 ASVEL France
Olivier Cortale 202-PF-97 CFBB France
Bathiste Tchouaffe 193-F/G-98 CFBB France




Tokyo Cinq Reves tab Lee Cummard, ex Fos Ouest - by Eurobasket News

Tokyo Cinq Reves (BJ League) inked 28-year old American shooting guard Lee Cummard (201-86kg-85, college: BYU, agency: Priority Sports). He started the season at Fos Ouest in French ProB. In 6 games this season he recorded 6.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg. The last season Cummard played at Kyoto Hannaryz. In 57 BJ League games last year he averaged 10.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 3.1apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements Cummard received All-MWC 1st Team award back in 2008 and 2009 at his college time.
Cummard has played previously professionally in Germany (ALBA Berlin) and D-League (Utah F.).
He attended Brigham Young University until 2009 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Cummards game is described as: All-around abilities. Known as a fierce competitor, Cummard has good ball-handling skills, excellent shooting range and the toughness to rebound and finish in traffic.

By Eurobasket Data Center



ProA Round 18: Last-ranked Boulazac Basket beats Sluc Nancy - by Eurobasket News

There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Bottom-ranked Boulazac Basket managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the seven-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time newly promoted Boulazac Basket edged eleventh-ranked Sluc Nancy 75-73. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 26-20. But Sluc Nancy won second period 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Boulazac Basket won last quarter 18-18. It was a great shooting night for Boulazac Basket especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. The best player for the winners was American guard Anthony Roberson (189-83, college: Florida) who scored 21 points. The other American import forward Tyler Smith (201-86, college: Tennessee) chipped in 6 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Ivorian point guard Souleyman Diabate (183-87, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded 18 points and 4 assists. Sluc Nancy's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Boulazac Basket maintains sixteenth position with 5-13 record. Sluc Nancy lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Le Havre. Boulazac Basket are looking forward to face higher ranked Chalon/Saor (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sluc Nancy will play against the league's second-placed Strasbourg IG (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Leader Gravelines-Dunkerque delivered the thirteenth victory. This time they beat 6th ranked Paris-Levallois (10-8) 81-70. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for point guard Dwight Buycks (190-89, college: Marquette) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. J.K. Edwards contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Jawad Williams (204-83, college: N.Carolina) replied with 24 points and 7 rebounds for Paris-Levallois. Gravelines-Dunkerque (13-5) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position, which they share with Strasbourg. Paris-Levallois lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost. They share the position with ASVEL. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Cholet (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Paris-Levallois will play against Poitiers (#15) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Chorale de Roanne (#9) forced the game against Le Mans (#4) into an overtime, but lost by two points 87-89 on Monday night. The game took place in Roanne. But the guests from Le Mans were better at the end. Cuthbert Victor scored 23 points to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was William Gradit with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Chorale de Roanne's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Le Mans (12-6) moved-up to third place. Chorale de Roanne at the other side keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with Cholet and Nanterre. Le Mans will meet at home JSF Nanterre (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Chorale de Roanne will play against JDA Dijon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in JDA Dijon. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of higher ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-8) to ninth ranked JDA Dijon (9-9) 63-60 on Saturday evening. Jeremy Leloup notched 14 points, 7 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort. JDA Dijon's coach Jean-Louis Borg used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. JDA Dijon moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Orleans. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket at the other side keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. JDA Dijon's next round opponent will be Chorale de Roanne (#10) on the road. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play against STB Le Havre (#14).
We should mention about the upset which took place in Le Havre, where higher ranked Entente Orleans 45 (9-9) lost to fifteenth ranked STB Le Havre (7-11) in a road game 84-92 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Entente Orleans 45. The best player for the winners was Bernard King who scored 22 points and 9 assists. Entente Orleans 45's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. STB Le Havre moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Nancy. Loser Entente Orleans 45 keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. STB Le Havre will face higher ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

In the last two games of round 18 Cholet was defeated by Nanterre in a road game 84-77. Strasbourg beat Poitiers at home 69-63.


Roanne - Le Mans 87-89 OT

Chorale de Roanne (#9) forced the game against Le Mans (#4) into an overtime, but lost by two points 87-89 on Monday night. The game took place in Roanne. But the guests from Le Mans were better at the end. The guests trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 23-12 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 2-point victory in overtime. Le Mans made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. U.S. Virgin Islands forward Cuthbert Victor (197-83, college: Murray St.) scored 23 points to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Pape Sy (201-88) chipped in 18 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international William Gradit (197-82, college: Hill JC) with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized Ivorian guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-85, agency: Beo Basket) scored 12 points and 9 assists. Five Chorale de Roanne players scored in double figures. Chorale de Roanne's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Le Mans (12-6) moved-up to third place. Chorale de Roanne at the other side keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with Cholet and Nanterre. Le Mans will meet at home JSF Nanterre (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Chorale de Roanne will play against JDA Dijon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: C.Victor 23+4reb+2ast, P.Sy 18+3reb+2ast, C.Kahudi 14+7reb+1ast, J.Paulo Batista 9+4reb+3ast, A.Drevo 9+1reb+1ast, K.El-Amin 7+4ast
Roanne: C.Collins 17+5reb, W.Gradit 16+6reb+4ast, S.Gray 12+5reb+2ast, P.Amagou 12+2reb+9ast, M.Howard 11+6reb, V.Samnick 10+3reb
gschID: 178981


Nanterre - Cholet 84-77

There was a minor upset when higher ranked Cholet (8-10) was defeated on the road by twelfth ranked JSF Nanterre (8-10) 84-77 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-77. JSF Nanterre forced 20 Cholet turnovers. The best player for the winners was American swingman David Lighty (195-88, college: Ohio St.) who scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. The other American import forward Chris Oliver (198-85, college: Radford) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard A.J. Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky) who recorded 15 points and 4 assists and the former international forward Karim Souchu (198-79, college: Furman, agency: Prossin Sports Management) added 16 points respectively. Cholet's coach Jean Manuel Sousa let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. JSF Nanterre moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Cholet and Roanne. JSF Nanterre will face higher ranked Le Mans (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: D.Lighty 17+6reb+3ast, C.Oliver 16+5reb+1ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 14+3reb+3ast, C.Warren 9+3reb+1ast, T.Meacham 8+2reb+4ast, S.Brun 6+2reb+2ast
Cholet: K.Souchu 16+3reb+1ast, A.Slaughter 15+4reb+4ast, R.Gobert 13+6reb, L.Vebobe 8+1reb, T.Bryant 8+8reb, P.Pierce 7
gschID: 178987


Boulazac - Nancy 75-73

Bottom-ranked Boulazac Basket managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the seven-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time newly promoted Boulazac Basket edged eleventh-ranked Sluc Nancy 75-73. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 26-20. But Sluc Nancy won second period 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Boulazac Basket won last quarter 18-18. It was a great shooting night for Boulazac Basket especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. The best player for the winners was American guard Anthony Roberson (189-83, college: Florida) who scored 21 points. The other American import forward Tyler Smith (201-86, college: Tennessee) chipped in 6 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Ivorian point guard Souleyman Diabate (183-87, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded 18 points and 4 assists and American swingman Torrell Martin (196-85, college: Winthrop) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Sluc Nancy's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Boulazac Basket maintains sixteenth position with 5-13 record. Sluc Nancy lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Le Havre. Boulazac Basket are looking forward to face higher ranked Chalon/Saor (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sluc Nancy will play against the league's second-placed Strasbourg IG (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Boulazac: A.Roberson 21+4reb+1ast, A.McKenzie 15+3reb+2ast, T.Dubiez 12+1reb+2ast, D.Monroe 8+4reb+3ast, A.Kerckhof 7+8reb+3ast, T.Smith 6+9reb+6ast
Nancy: S.Diabate 18+4reb+4ast, T.Martin 15+6reb+2ast, J.Shuler 12+2reb+1ast, M.Sommerville 8+3reb, C.Marquis 8+5reb+1ast, H.Toure 4+2reb
gschID: 178986


Gravelines - Paris-Levallois 81-70

Leader Gravelines-Dunkerque delivered the thirteenth victory. This time they beat 6th ranked Paris-Levallois (10-8) 81-70. Paris-Levallois was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 42-24 second half run of Gravelines-Dunkerque. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Paris-Levallois to just 6 points in third quarter. They outrebounded Paris-Levallois 43-29 including 28 on the defensive glass. Gravelines-Dunkerque brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for point guard Dwight Buycks (190-89, college: Marquette) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward J.K. Edwards (202-82, college: UNLV) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Jawad Williams (204-83, college: N.Carolina) replied with 24 points and 7 rebounds and forward Sean May (206-84, college: N.Carolina) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Paris-Levallois. Gravelines-Dunkerque (13-5) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position, which they share with Strasbourg. Paris-Levallois lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost. They share the position with ASVEL. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Cholet (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Paris-Levallois will play against Poitiers (#15) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Gravelines: D.Buycks 17+5reb+4ast, L.Vaty 15+3reb+1ast, J.Edwards 14+8reb+2ast, C.Akpomedah 13+8reb+2ast, K.Winston 11+9reb, Y.Bokolo 4+6reb+8ast
Paris-Levallois: J.Williams 24+7reb, S.May 13+6reb+1ast, J.Cox 9+5reb+1ast, A.Diot 8+3reb+5ast, A.Albicy 8+7ast, G.Oniangue 6+1reb
gschID: 178985


Le Havre - Orleans 92-84

We should mention about the upset which took place in Le Havre, where higher ranked Entente Orleans 45 (9-9) lost to fifteenth ranked STB Le Havre (7-11) in a road game 84-92 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Entente Orleans 45. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 25-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. STB Le Havre shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 66.7 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Bernard King (196-81, college: Texas A&M) who scored 22 points and 9 assists. The other American import Bryant Smith (196-77, college: Auburn, agency: SportsTalent) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international point guard Marc-Antoine Pellin (169-87) who recorded 16 points and 5 assists and naturalized Chadian forward Mael Lebrun (198-91) added 7 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Entente Orleans 45's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. STB Le Havre moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Nancy. Loser Entente Orleans 45 keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. STB Le Havre will face higher ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Le Havre: B.King 22+2reb+9ast, B.Smith 18+5reb+2ast, M.Kouguere 15+1reb, G.Pitard 12+4reb+4ast, V.Moldoveanu 9+8reb+3ast, F.Paschal 8+1ast
Orleans: M.Pellin 16+2reb+5ast, C.Hill 15+2reb+1ast, F.Raposo Laurencio 14+2reb+1ast, B.Greene 13+1reb, J.Young 10+3reb+1ast, M.Lebrun 7+9reb+3ast
gschID: 178984


Strasbourg - Poitiers 69-63

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Strasbourg IG (13-5) defeated at home 14th ranked Poitiers (6-12) 69-63 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 19-10. But Poitiers won second period 20-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American guard Gerald Fitch (191-82, college: Kentucky, agency: Pro One Sports) who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Strasbourg IG players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Anthony Smith (196-86, college: Liberty) who recorded 22 points and American-Italian guard Anthony Dobbins (194-81, college: Richmond) added 5 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Strasbourg IG have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Gravelines. Loser Poitiers dropped to the fifteenth place with 12 games lost. Strasbourg IG will face Sluc Nancy (#13) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Poitiers will play against Paris-Levallois.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: G.Fitch 19+6reb+3ast, J.Greer 13+5reb, A.Ajinca 13+5reb+2ast, R.Greer 12+5reb+4ast, L.Campbell 10+6reb+3ast, H.Invernizzi 2+1ast
Poitiers: A.Smith 22+2reb, L.Kante 12+3reb, P.Guillard 8+7reb, A.Grant 7+5reb, B.Dallo 7+5reb+2ast, A.Dobbins 5+8reb+2ast
gschID: 178983


Dijon - ASVEL 63-60

A very interesting game took place in JDA Dijon. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of higher ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-8) to ninth ranked JDA Dijon (9-9) 63-60 on Saturday evening. The hosts were already 21 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 26-8 ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 63-60 at the end of the game. Forward Jeremy Leloup (202-87) notched 14 points, 7 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and American point guard T.J. Campbell (175-88, college: Portland) supported him with 12 points and 4 assists. Four JDA Dijon players scored in double figures. JDA Dijon's coach Jean-Louis Borg used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Even 11 points and 8 rebounds by naturalized Mali forward Amara Sy (202-81) did not help to save the game for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, college: Wyoming, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points and 6 rebounds. JDA Dijon moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Orleans. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket at the other side keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. JDA Dijon's next round opponent will be Chorale de Roanne (#10) on the road. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play against STB Le Havre (#14).
Top scorers:
Dijon: J.Leloup 14+3reb+7ast, A.Harris 14+1reb+1ast, T.Campbell 12+2reb+4ast, F.Prenom 10+6reb+1ast, L.Owens 9+6reb, Z.Moss 4+4reb
ASVEL: M.Thompson 16+1ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 13+6reb+1ast, A.Sy 11+8reb+2ast, E.Jackson 9+2reb+3ast, T.Abromaitis 7+5reb+1ast, L.Jean-Charles 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 178980



France U16 added two more victories in Sakarya - by Eurobasket News

France U16 added two more victories in Sakarya for 3-1 record in Group A. In Day 3 France U16 beat China U16 67:62. The European team started with 20-16 lead but allowed the Chinese squad to take the lead at the halftime due to 21-11 surge in the second frame. France needed 12-11 in the third period and then won the game due to 24-14 in the last stanza. Stephane Gombauld (201-PF-97) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Luc Loubaki (189-G-97) notched 12. Hao Fu replied with 26 points in the losing effort and Yanhao Zhao posted 10.
In Day 4 France U16 edged Latvia U16 69:67. It was a real European battle in the court. Latvia won the first period 15-14 and led 1 point at the halftime. Moreover the Baltic side added 22-20 in the third period, but could not seal the victory. France replied with 19-14 surge in the last stanza and won the game. Stephane Gombauld collected 27 points and 11 rebounds, while Luc Loubaki had 17. Renars Birkans (180-PG-97) answered with 17 points in defeat, whilst Arturs Strautins (192-G-98) and Zigmars Raimo (190-PF-97) delivered 15 points each.



Brad Tinsley agreed terms with St Vallier - by Eurobasket News

Saint Vallier Basket Drome (ProB) inked 24-year old American guard Brad Tinsley (190-95kg-89, college: Vanderbilt, agency: Limelight Hoops). He started the season at Aalstar in Belgian Ethias League. In four games this season he recorded 4.5ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.0apg. The last season Tinsley played at Vanderbilt University in Southeastern Conference in the NCAA. In 36 games last year he averaged 9.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 4.1apg. He helped them to win SEC Tournament.
Tinsley graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2012 and it is his first season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: Combo guard who played both guard positions as a freshman and sophomore and started afterwards all games at the point guard position for Vanderbilt as a Junior and senior...Brad led the SEC in assists (4,5) in his junior season and was 3rd (4,1) in his senior season... led the SEC in assist to turnover ratio (2,5) as a senior... his Vanderbilt teams recorded a 91-43 win/los record over his 4-year career, most wins in a career in Vanderbilt history... never missed a game in his college career... only player to score 1,000 points and 450 assists in Vanderbilt history...

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  GAMBIA   


Saints Take On Serrekunda West in the Basketball League - by Eurobasket News

Saints will tomorrow 1 February 2013 compete with Serrekunda West Basketball team in the 2013 National Basketball League.
The game will be played at the Independence Stadium in Bakau at 4:30pm.
YMCA will also challenge Serrekunda East team in the same venue at 5:30pm.
On Saturday 2 February, Wallidan will clash with Brikama at the Brikama Basketball Court at 4:00pm which will be followed by Sport House, who will play against Lamin at 5:00pm the same day and venue.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Highest League Standing

Superleague Standings
 1. MIA Academy 9-2 
 2. Rustavi 9-2 
 3. Armia 8-2 
 4. Olimpi 8-2 
 5. Kutaisi 6-4 
 6. Dinamo Tbilisi 6-4 
 7. TSU Tbilisi 4-6 
 8. Sokhumi 3-7 
 9. Batumi 3-8 
 10. Samedicino 1-9 
 11. STU Tbilisi 0-11 

Regular Season: Round 12

Feb. 4: Batumi - MIA Academy 56-89
Feb. 4: Rustavi - STU Tbilisi 112-70
Feb. 6: TSU Tbilisi - Dinamo Tbilisi
Feb. 6: Samedicino - Kutaisi
Feb. 6: Sokhumi - Olimpi


Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Irakli CHLAIDZE
  Sokhumi
  (199-F-89)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Chlaidze, Sokhumi23.2 
 2. Bowie, Rustavi20.7 
 3. Archibeque, MIA A.20.3 
 4. Matiashvili, Kutai.19.6 
 5. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.17.8 
 6. Kadaria, Sokhumi15.7 
 7. Bakradze, TSU T.15.3 
 8. Fatsatsia, Olimpi15.3 
 9. Revazashvili, Same.15.1 
 10. Nelson, Rustavi15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vakhtang KADARIA
  Sokhumi
  (205-C-89)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Kadaria, Sokhumi12.9 
 2. Archibeque, MIA A.12.7 
 3. Milosevic, Olimpi12.5 
 4. Matiashvili, Kutai.12.0 
 5. Keshelava, Batumi9.2 
 6. Aselaini, TSU T.8.6 
 7. Nelson, Rustavi8.3 
 8. Revazashvili, Same.8.3 
 9. Prewitt, MIA A.7.9 
 10. Wilson, Armia7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Deonta VAUGHN
  MIA A.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Vaughn, MIA A.6.8 
 2. Sokk, Olimpi6.6 
 3. Gamqrelidze, Armia6.4 
 4. Gaprindashvi., Sam.5.7 
 5. Pashayev, Kutaisi5.6 
 6. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.5.2 
 7. Lezhava, Dinamo T.4.7 
 8. Bakradze, TSU T.4.4 
 9. Bowie, Rustavi4.2 
 10. Ramishvili, Batumi4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Bowie, Rustavi3.6 
 2. Vaughn, MIA A.2.8 
 3. Millage, Armia2.3 
 4. Ramishvili, Batumi2.2 
 5. Beruashvili, TSU T.2.1 
 6. Chochua, Rustavi1.9 
 7. Chikviladze, Dinam.1.7 
 8. Gabisonia, Samedic.1.7 
 9. Machaladze, STU T.1.7 
 10. Barbakadze, Kutai.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Vakhtang KADARIA
  Sokhumi
  (205-C-89)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kadaria, Sokhumi1.5 
 2. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.3 
 3. Kjellbom, Armia1.3 
 4. Milosevic, Olimpi1.1 
 5. Aselaini, TSU T.0.9 
 6. Kobidze, TSU T.0.9 
 7. Kvelashvili, Batumi0.9 
 8. Eliashvili, Batumi0.9 
 9. Wilson, Armia0.9 
 10. Toudjani, Rustavi0.9 



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  GERMANY   

Standings - 1. Bundesliga

BBL Standings
 1. Brose Bask. 18-2 
 2. Ratiopharm 14-6 
 3. B.Muenchen 14-7 
 4. EWE Baskets 13-6 
 5. ALBA 12-6 
 6. Art.Dragons 12-9 
 7. Telekom Baskets 10-10 
 8. Phoenix Hagen 10-10 
 9. TBB Trier 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. Fraport SKY 6-14 
 17. NY Phantoms 6-14 
 18. LTi 46ers 4-16 

Regular Season: Round 21

Feb. 2: Phoenix Hagen - Bremerhaven 95-88
Feb. 4: Brose Bask. - NY Phantoms 93-74
Feb. 2: Art.Dragons - MBC 90-86
Feb. 3: TBB Trier - Ratiopharm 82-86
Feb. 3: EWE Baskets - ALBA 82-67
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

Regular Season: Round 22

Feb. 9: B.Muenchen - ALBA
Feb. 9: s.Oliver Baskets - Art.Dragons
Feb. 9: Bayreuth - Fraport SKY
Feb. 9: NY Phantoms - TBB Trier
Feb. 9: Telekom Baskets - Ratiopharm
Feb. 9: LTi 46ers - Neckar L'burg
Feb. 9: Walter Tigers - Phoenix Hagen
Feb. 10: MBC - Bremerhaven
Feb. 10: Brose Bask. - EWE Baskets


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. White, Phoenix17.4 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.5 
 3. Bell, Phoenix Hagen16.4 
 4. Brooks, LTi 46ers15.9 
 5. Peacock, Fraport15.7 
 6. Burrell, Bremerha.15.4 
 7. Thompson, ALBA14.8 
 8. Timberlake, MBC13.8 
 9. Redding, Walter T.13.8 
 10. Turek, Neckar L.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.2 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets7.5 
 3. Robertson, Fraport7.3 
 4. Anderson, s.Oliv.7.2 
 5. Burtschi, Bremerha.6.7 
 6. King, Art.Dragons6.7 
 7. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.6 
 8. Boateng, NY Phant.6.4 
 9. Ford, Brose Bask.6.4 
 10. McGhee, Bayreuth6.4 
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. Burrell, Bremerha.3.7 
 9. Wood, ALBA3.6 
 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. Kramer, EWE B.1.9 
 4. White, Phoenix1.8 
 5. Linhart, TBB Trier1.6 
 6. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.5 
 7. Burtschi, Bremerha.1.4 
 8. Wood, ALBA1.4 
 9. Duggins, Walter T.1.4 
 10. Gibson, Fraport S.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dino GREGORY
  Phoenix .
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gregory, Phoenix2.1 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.7 
 3. Ford, Brose Bask.1.5 
 4. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.3 
 5. Morrison, Bremerha.1.2 
 6. Pantelic, MBC1.2 
 7. Homan, B.Muenchen1.1 
 8. Turek, Neckar L.1.0 
 9. Frease, Walter T.1.0 
 10. Zirbes, Brose Bas.0.9 


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. Griffin, Gotha16.5 
 5. Calvin, Ehingen16.3 
 6. Kelly, Cuxhaven16.3 
 7. White, Heidelberg16.3 
 8. Barker, Jena16.0 
 9. Roessler, Karlsruhe16.0 
 10. Alexander, Kirchh.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Gadley, Leipzig10.5 
 2. Lawson, Chemnitz9.5 
 3. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau8.1 
 4. Henley, ETB W.8.1 
 5. Black, Karlsruhe8.0 
 6. Calvin, Ehingen7.8 
 7. Baker, Gotha7.6 
 8. Smallwood, Kirchhe.7.6 
 9. Livas, Goettingen7.2 
 10. Adomaitis, Jena6.8 
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, Ehingen4.7 
 7. Smith, Gotha4.7 
 8. Barker, Jena4.3 
 9. Jeka, Jena4.2 
 10. Phillips, Goettin.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Williams, Vechta2.9 
 2. White, Heidelberg2.4 
 3. Matthews, Ehingen2.4 
 4. Johnson, Duesseld.1.8 
 5. Alexander, Kirchhe.1.8 
 6. Brooks, Kirchheim1.7 
 7. Bynum, Chemnitz1.6 
 8. Stockton, Karlsruhe1.5 
 9. Lawson, Chemnitz1.4 
 10. Blackwood, Heidel.1.4 
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. Dorsten 7-10 
 7. MTV Wolfenbuettel 7-10 
 8. Hannover 7-10 
 9. Wulfen 7-10 
 10. BSW Sixers 7-10 
 11. SU Medien 6-11 
 12. Stahnsdorf 5-12 
Group South
 1. Dragons 15-2 
 2. Weissenhorn 11-6 
 3. Bayer Giants 10-7 
 4. Noerdlingen 10-7 
 5. Langen 10-7 
 6. Fraport SKY II 9-8 
 7. Licher Baeren 9-8 
 8. Leitershofen 8-9 
 9. Hanau 7-10 
 10. Dresden 6-11 
 11. Konstanz 4-13 
 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. 3: Stahnsdorf - BSW Sixers 85-69
Feb. 2: Dorsten - Oldenburg 78-72
Feb. 2: Wulfen - Rist Wedel 75-73
Feb. 2: Herten Lions - Schwelm 70-74

South

Feb. 2: Leitershofen - Noerdlingen 96-92
Feb. 3: Weissenhorn - Hanau 91-78
Feb. 2: Dragons - Dresden 82-69
Feb. 2: Langen - Fraport SKY II 81-74
Feb. 3: Konstanz - Licher Baeren 73-86
Feb. 2: TSV Troester - Bayer Giants 70-74

Regular Season: Round 18

North

Feb. 9: Stahnsdorf - Herten Lions
Feb. 9: BSW Sixers - Dorsten
Feb. 9: Recklinghausen - Schwelm
Feb. 9: Rist Wedel - SU Medien
Feb. 9: Hannover - Wulfen
Feb. 9: Oldenburg - MTV Wolfenbuettel

South

Feb. 9: Licher Baeren - Leitershofen
Feb. 9: Hanau - Dresden
Feb. 9: Langen - Dragons
Feb. 9: Bayer Giants - Weissenhorn
Feb. 9: Noerdlingen - TSV Troester
Feb. 10: Fraport SKY II - Konstanz


Nicholas Livas claims German ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Greek-American Nicholas Livas (198-G-87) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's second-best Goettingen and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 25-year old guard had a double-double of 16 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Leipzig (#16, 3-17) 92-80. Goettingen maintains the 2nd position in German ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Goettingen will need more victories to improve their 15-5 record. In the team's last game Livas had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. University of Illinois at Springfield graduate has very impressive stats this year. Livas is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 7.2rpg) and averages solid 50.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American power forward Joey Henley (196-PF-85) of ETB Wohnbau. Henley impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds. Of course ETB Wohnbau cruised to a 93-81 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Chemnitz (#6, 11-9). ETB Wohnbau's 11th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-11 record. Henley is a newcomer at ETB Wohnbau 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 Ahmad Smith (194-G-84) of NBC (#9). Smith showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of NBC, leading his team to a 85-84 win against the higher-ranked Vechta (#1, 15-5). The chances of NBC ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Smith could help NBC to bring them higher in the standings. Smith has a great season in Germany. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 8.8apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeremy Black (203-F-85) of Karlsruhe - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Marcus Smallwood (198-F-82) of Kirchheim - 10 points and 18 rebounds
6. Dirk Madrich (211-C-83) of Vechta - 20 points and 7 rebounds
7. Adam Waleskowski (204-F-82) of Duesseldorf - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Stevie Johnson (198-F/C-78) of Crailsheim - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Adam Sollazzo (198-G-90) of Leipzig - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Chase Griffin (188-G-83) of Gotha - 22 points, 5 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)



Robin Benzing Burns The Fraport Skyliners Again Leading FC Bayern Munich To The 79-72 Win - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

There are numerous exciting aspects that happen during basketball games like a crushing Larry Gordon dunk, a twisting cross over from Demond Mallett or a sweet catch and pop jumper from the Bremerhaven polar bear cage by Jacob Burtschi, but one thing that cant ever be avoided is when ex teammates jostle again on the court. Back in the 2007-2008 season, it was the last time Alba Berlin won the German championship, Robin Benzing (209-SF-89) was a 18 year old kid with huge potential playing for TV Langen and dreaming of the Beko BBL and Quantez Robertson (Auburn) was still tangling with friend MarK Dorris (Marshall) on the play ground courts during the summer and displaying their dunking talent. In the 2007-2008 season, also showed two Americans Dawan Robinson (Fraport Skyliners) and Jared Homan (FC Bayern Munich) pursuing the same goal with ASCO Slask Wroclaw (Poland-DBE) trying to win as many games and at the same time develop their game more as they had been playing as professionals only a few years. Robinson had a very solid season for the Polish squad playing ULEB Cup: 12 games: 13.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.8apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 51.5%, 3FGP: 31.8%, FT: 78.3%; Polish League: 34 games: 11.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.6apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 27.1%, FT: 73.9%. His teammate Jared Homan also had a solid season playing Polish League: 28 games: 12.1ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.1apg, Blocks-2 (1.1bpg), 2FGP: 45.8%, FT: 62.0%; ULEB Cup: 12 games: 11.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.0spg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 47.2%, 3FGP: 0%, FT: 45.7%. Both guys were key figures for their team and five years later they duel in a span of a little more than one month for a second time. Both players got further experience in the last years playing in countries like Italy, Croatia, Greece and in the D-league. In the first encounter in Frankfurt, FC Bayern was able to defeat the Fraport Skyliners 73-59 as Frankfurt played a solid game, but the Bavarian team was simply a class better. Homan finished with nine points and grabbed four rebounds while Dwan Robinson had six points and two assists. It was the second meeting between the two Americans and Robinson was highly motivated and sought revenge, but he lost for the second time to his ex teammate Jared Homan 79-72 registering 12 points, to rebounds and two assists while Homan produced 16 points and five rebounds. Ex LTi Giessen 46er Jeffrey Bonds who played five games earlier in the season for the Hessen club who is practicing with FC Bayern Munich looking for a new team enjoyed the game and could relate to ex teammates squaring off again. When two ex teammates like Robinson and Homan play against each other it is always very competitive and each guy always wants the upperhand. Both guys have mutual respect, but you always wants to win. Homan now has bragging rights, smiled Jeffery Bonds.

The Fraport Skyliners were looking to break their two game losing streak and climb from their 15th position and came into the Audi dome in Munich very motivated without head coach Muli Katzurin who was in Israel on account of the death of his father. The Fraport Skyliners looked like reborn from their less than satisfactory effort against the Artland Dragons and played wonder team basketball for the first three quarters, but were unable to complete it for 40 minutes falling apart in the fourth quarter letting FC Munich back into the game from 12 down and give them their seventh win in a row in their living room. We didnt hit our shots in the fourth quarter after hitting well in the first three quarters. I feel that their coach Pesic influenced the refs a bit. We played well on offense, but had some misfortune on defense at the end. We got tired in the fourth quarter. Our captain Marius Nolte was sick and that hurt us under the boards, reflected Fraport Skyliner guard Konstantin Klein. For FC Bayern Munich, they continue to roll with new head coach Svetislav Pesic winning their second game in a row after a satisfying 76-70 win over the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig three days ago. The club had played without Americans Tyrese Rice and Brandon Thomas the last two games and didnt seem to miss them. FC Bayern Munich now is 8-2 under new head coach Pesic and showed a lot of courage and fighting spirit rallying from 12 points down to come back in the fourth quarter for the win. This was a great energy performance from us. I think that the Steffen Hamann lay up and steal to start the third quarter changed the game. It was a very tough game for us. Frankfurt played great and were well coached. We had a sick coach and two sick players, but we still needed to win this game and the club pulled through. It wasnt a pretty win, but more exciting for the fans and just a well fought win from us, stressed FC Bayern Munich youth coordinator Volker Stix.

In the last week, there had been much happening with the Fraport Skyliners with the departure of American Ted Scott, the arrival of two LTi Giessen 46er players Americans Ryan Brooks and Laquan Prowell, the death of Muli katzurins father as assistant coach Klaus Perwass had to step in as head coach for the game and the quiet departure of Dion Dowell who didnt make the trip. Nobody was really sure how the Fraport Skyliners would react to all the hoopla and how the two new players would play, but all in all the team looked very much different than last weekend against the Artland Dragons. The two new players Ryan Brooks and Laquan Prowell played as if they had already been with the club for months. Both averaged 27 points combined for Giessen and tonight combined for 21 points and gave the Fraport Skyliners a huge boost on the offensive and defensive end. Both of them were integrated. This showed how professional they are and how they can adapt to a different situation quickly. They always play hard won or loose and I should know since I played with them this season, added Jeffery Bonds. Fraport Sklyiner rookie Konstantin Klein had only high regard to the attitude of Brooks and Prowell. They are very well integrated. None of them forced anything, but just did what they could. Brooks played very strong defense. I am so happy that we have a real team now and we can build on this. We have a much stronger team than before, warned Konstantin Klein. Ryan Brooks who had a long chat after the game with his agent Patrick King not only played focused on the court, but also spoke as if he still wanted to accomplish a lot with the Fraport Skyliners this season. It felt good today. I competed hard and had fun. I thought that we could win. We hit shots, played good defense and if we could of hit a few more shots could of won. I think that with this team, I can show so much more than just my scoring ability. We have a Peacock who cans core and a great defender in Tez. My aggressive play on offense opens up the court for other players. I have to continue to defend well. The staple of the Skyliners is defense and my athletic ability can only help there, warned ex Temple player Ryan Brooks.

FC Bayern Munich got on the scoreboard first with a nice pick and roll play as Steffen Hamann found Jared Homan for easy points. Quantez Robertson then tested his 29% three point shooting with a three point bomb and the 3-2 Frankfurt lead. FC Bayern Munich then slowly glided away from the Fraport Skyliners with a 6-0 run scoring inside three times with a Robin Benzing lay up, Hamann lay up and Chevon Troutman lay up. Frankfurt didnt sink their heads, but matched the intensity of FC Bayern Munich going on a 5-0 run to knot the game at 8-8. Dawan Robinson penetrated by Homan for an easy bucket and Robertson dropped his second three pointer of the night. Benzing then nailed a three pointer for the 11-8 advantage. The runs kept happening as the Fraport Skyliners regained the lead with a 6-0 run and wouldnt lose it until late in the fourth quarter. Prowell made a dunk and Robertson and Gibson followed with easy buckets inside and the 14-11 lead. Prowell then tested his league leading 52% from the parking lot with a three pointer and Robinson scored again inside as the Fraport Skyliners led 19-16 after one quarter. Frankfurt found a good rhythm on offense quickly. They were shooting well from outside while Munich was only 1/5 form outside. Frankfurt was defending very well and playing well against the Munich high low trying not to get wrapped up in the mismatches. Brooks and Prowell were integrated quickly, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 47% from the field and 60% from outside while FC Bayern Munich was shooting 44% from the field and 20% from outside. Munich had the 9-8 rebound edge and two turnovers while Frankfurt had one turnover.

In the Second quarter, the Fraport Skyliners remained having the lead, but FC Bayern Munich stayed on their heels until the visitors could slowly pull away at the end of the second quarter. Konstantin Klein played only four minutes getting three fats fouls, but continued to show his self confidence not hesitating to release shots hitting a three pointer for the 22-16 lead. FC Bayern Munich continued to make use of their height and body advantage by pounding the ball inside as ex Memphis Grizzlies Lawrence Roberts scored and three time NCAA Sweet 16 with Pittsburgh participant Chevon Troutman hit a reverse layup as FC Bayern Munich trailed 23-20. However whenever Munich threatened to retake the lead, it was the consistent offense of Frankfurt that really was working as Peacock hit free throws and Robinson made a mid distance shot for the 27-20 lead. Troutman continued to be a menace hitting shots and drawing fouls as he made five points cutting the Frankfurt lead to 29-27. The Fraport Skyliners now with the help of a Munich technical foul make a run to close out the second quarter with a 11-4 jaunt and lead at halftime 40-31. It was the ex Giessen 46ers making the damage as peacock hit free throws, scored inside as well as a mid distance shot and Brooks made a slam dunk as Tez found him as the trailer. With a second to go Hamann made a slick ally-op pass to Troutman for the last points of the second quarter. The Frankfurt defense continued to be excellent. Keeping Munich to 31 points is a great effort. Frankfurt continued to paly calm on offense and hit their shots. They were simply playing their game, added Steven Clauss. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 38% from the field and 40% from the three point line while FC Bayern Munich was shooting 46% from the field and only 11% from the three point line. Frankfurt was leading the rebound duel 20-16 and had only four turnovers while Munich had six turnovers.

Despite a lightening 4-0 run by FC Bayern Munich to start the third quarter, the Fraport Skyliners were still able to control the game and lead comfortably heading into the fourth quarter. Hamann who played at Bamberg from 1997-2008 and learned many tricks form Dirk Bauermann and lives off his fierce defense and almost unstoppable drive to the hoop started with a lay in and then made a steal at the center line and fed Benzing for a dunk as FC Bayern Munich trailed only 40-35. Hamann that despite coming from the bench for Tyrese Rice this season, has really stepped up in the last two games and is still a very feared point guard in the Beko BBL with 31 years of age. Hamann led the team like a captain should. I always knew that he could flourish in a situation like this. These are the kinds of games where he is most highly concentrated. I saw enough of it when he played at Bamberg, stressed ex Bamberg assistant coach Volker Stix. Hamann did a good job to turn game around. He made his lay ups and hustled on defense, stressed Konstantin Klein. Brooks then connected for a three pointer and Hamann once again used that quick first step sneaking by Robinson for a quick bucket as Frankfurt still led 43-37. Frankfurt then may have played their three best consecutive offense and defense plays getting three straight steals two from Robertson and one by Peacock that led to easy points. Robinson, Peacock and Prowell all benefited from the quick change from defense to offense with lay ups. Frankfurt continued to play for revenge after the loss in Frankfurt at the end of December leading 49-37. Despite the continued hard play by Hamann who scored free throws and an off balance shot to cut the lead to 49-41, Frankfurt continued to run their plays and hit shots. Frankfurt went on a 7-2 run to lead 56-43 very much in control of the game as Prowell hit a jumper, Robinson a step back jumper and Tez snuck in the lane for an easy bucket. Danilo Barthel and and Troutman traded baskets at the end of the third quarter and the Fraport Skyliners still led 59-47. FC Bayern Munich continued to be unable to break the Skyliners rhythm. Frankfurt continued to defend well keeping Munich to 2/13 from outside. The Frankfurt offense continued to play calm and hit their shots, added Steven Clauss. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 42% from the field and 35% from the parking lot while FC Bayern Munich was shooting 43% from the field and only 15% from the parking lot. Munich had the rebound edge 28-26, but 13 turnovers while Frankfurt had eight turnovers.

It was no secret that keeping up this performance for 40 minutes wouldnt be easy for the Fraport Skyliners and FC Bayern Munich got stronger and started to make a comeback. Brooks started the fourth quarter with a free throw, but FC Bayern Munich made a bang with a 6-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 60-53. Troutman continued to get to the line making four free throws and Homan hit a mid distance jumper. FC Bayern Munich never quit and slowly realized that Frankfurt was getting tired and upped the intensity. After a Troutman lay in, it was Brooks who made a lay in and free throw and Frankfurt still had a nice 65-55 advantage. FC Bayern Munich went to work showing how dangerous they can be even when they have been behind for most of the game surprising Frankfurt with a 12-2 run to tie the game at 67-67. All Germans contributed to the 12 points as Hamann made a seemingly impossible off balance shot with a tough angle, Demond Greene who ahd been fairly quiet on offense now poured it on with a lay in, Benzing made a running hook shot and Greene a three pointer to tie the game. Benzing then connected on three free throws giving FC Bayern Munich the lead which they would never lose again. Benzing hit big free throws and took care of the mismatches. He is a big three man. Even if his shot wasnt falling in the first half, he stayed mentally focused and connected at the end, expressed Jeffery Bonds. Homann then made a dunk as he was fed with a bullet pass from Benzing as Frankfurt trailed 74-69. Peacock then missed two consecutive free throws. Benzing and Troutman made free throws sealing the victory for FC Bayern Munich as they closed out the game with a back breaking 24-7 run. Frankfurt seemed tired in the fourth quarter. Munich went inside, hit their shots and the crowd got loud. Munich increased intensity on defense holding Frankfurt to one shot and Frankfurt let up 32 points in the last quarter. They got over the penalty early and might have been a bit more timid on defense, added Jeffery Bonds. This game got away from us. We are happy with the effort. We need to continue to fight and play hard, warned Ryan Brooks.

FC Bayern Munich was led by Chevon Troutman with 26 points and nine rebounds. Jared Homan added 16 points. Steffen hamann produced 13 points, eight assists and six rebounds and Robin Benzing added 13 points. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Zach Peacock with 16 points. Quantez Robertson had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Dawan Robinson added 12 points. Ryan Brooks scored 11 points and Laquan Prowell 10 points. After shooting very well for three quarters, the Fraport Skyliners ended up with poor shooting stats with 38% from the field and 20% from the three point line while FC Bayern Munich ended with 50% from the field and 20% from the three point line. Munich ended up winning the rebound battle39-31. FC Bayern Munich had 15 turnovers and Frankfurt 13 turnovers. Despite the loss, it was a well team effort by the club with a new spark on offense and as always solid defense. It was not difficult to see what the biggest strength was of the team. We played as a team tonight. We were in the huddle more than usual and played more as a team than in other games, warned Konstantin Klein. Frankfurt did a good job controlling the tempo of the game, added Jeffery Bonds. Now the Fraport Skyliners have three games in a row against beatable opponents BBC Bayreuth, New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig and the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. Wins will need to come in order not to sink further into the cellar swamp.





Jeffery Bonds (I Can Help A Team With My Versatility And Defense) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jeffrey Bonds (199-F-82, college: Cal Poly Pomona) is a 30 year old 199cm small forward that can adapt to any style of play. Can shoot the long 3 ball, also can attack inside, all-around player, very good in rebounds. Has the ability to score in a variety of ways. Take pride in defense. He played at Cal-Poly Pomona (NCAA2) from 2001-2005. He started his professional basketball career in 2005-2006 for the Birmingham Bullets (United Kingdom-BBL): 34 games: 17.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.1apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 31.7%, 3FT: 70.9%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Sheffield Sharks (United Kingdom-BBL, starting five): 36 games: 21.7ppg, 9.9rpg, 1.7apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 47.4%, 3Pts: 34.4%. From 2007-2012, he played in Spain for teams like Basquet Muro (Spain-LEB Silver), Calefacciones Farho Gijon (Spain-LEB Silver), Basquet Mallorca (Spain-LEB Gold) and CB Lobe Huesca (Spain-LEB Gold). Last season he played 27 games: 10.6ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 50.7%, 3PT. This season he played for the LTi Giessen 46ers playing 5 games averaing 5,2ppg and 3,0rpg. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

You came very late to the LTi Giessen 46ers in December. How tough has the job market been this season? Does it seem to be getting tougher in the last years?

I cant speak for all the players but for me the market has been somewhat difficult this year. The players that I know personally that have played in Europe seem to feel the same also. Some have jobs but some dont at this moment. I think its becoming a little more difficult because players are willing to sacrifice certain things just so they can play.

You played the last six years in Spain. Did you just want to make a change of scenary or why didnt you remain in Spain?

Spain was a wonderful experience but I felt in my heart it was time for a change in my career. Plus, I wanted to see other parts of Europe and the lifestyle it brings.

Was it a big adjustment coming to Germany? You played the last four seasons in the strong LEB Gold league?

I think the biggest adjustment was playing with more Americans and the game being more physical.

Did you know coming to the LTI Giessen 46ers that the club was having financial problems?

I wasnt aware of the financial problems Giessen had at the moment and in the past until I arrived.

How tough was your stay in general with the club as they were going through their financial woes?

My stay in Giessen was fine, met some great people. We as players still remained professional during the financial issues that were present at the moment because we understood we just had a job at the moment.

You averaged 30 minutes in your first three games with Giessen. How happy were you with your preformances in those games?

I am my biggest critic when it comes to the game. I felt I could have played better but out of the first 3 games we won 2 and so that made things somewhat better on my part. I also understood that I was getting in game shape for the long run and that it may take a little time for the change to develop.

What was the most difficult thing that you had to adjust to on the court in the German Beko BBL?

The biggest adjustment was the up and down pace of the game. Majority of the teams like to run and gun over here.

What were you able to learn from your short experience with the LTi Giessen 46ers on and off the court?

On the court I felt that my knowledge of the game was already great being an eight year pro. Off the court there was more team bonding, such as pregame lunch at home games, etc.

You are staying in shape with FC Bayern Munich. How ready are you to be on the court again?

I always treat my body with respect because at the end of the day this is my job, and Im a true professional but I understand that the only way to get in game shape is to play games5 on 5 for example.

How could you help a team right away. What is your most important attributes as a player?

I think I can help a team with my versatility and defense on the court, and positive attitudes. At the end of the day I just want to win and I am willing to do whatever it requires for that.

What is a strength in your game that doesnt get noticed right away and gets overlooked?

Strengths in my game that doesnt get noticed are the fact that I can defend several positions, 2-4. A lot of times I am classified as just a small forward/3, but I have always considered myself as just a basketball player.

You played many years in Spain. What is an experience that you will always remember on and off the court?

The fans are very passionate and supportive towards the teams, people in general being very helpful towards the transition from US to Europe that all Americans go through. I also feel there was more fundamental tactics that were implemented in Spain.


Who was the toughest player that you played against in the NCAA that might be in the NBA now?

Coming from a Division II school (Cal Poly Pomona) during the season there werent many players I played against that I remember. However, during my time in school I had great battles with Brad Oleson (FCB Barcelona) in the regional playoffs. We actually became good friends after all the games we played against each other.


How well will Ryan Brooks and Laquan Prowell help the Fraport Skyliners now? How do they compliment ecah other best?

I think Ryan and Laquan will help the Skyliners because they are team first players and treat every game as if it was their last. I think they will complement each other because theyre not selfish and they understand how the extra pass works, which is key in this game.


Where would you rate the Baltimore Ravens 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers in terms of best games ever?

I didnt get a chance to watch the entire game, only the first half. But, I heard it was a great game at least during the 2nd half.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The last movie I saw was Zero Dark Thirty, and thought it was ok.

Thanks Jeff for the chat.




Lindsey Hughey's triple-double lands him ProB Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

American guard Lindsey Hughey (190-G-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for Leitershofen, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 23-year old player recorded a triple-double of 24 points addeding also 13 rebounds and 11 assists, while his team edged out Noerdlingen (#4, 10-7) 96-92. Leitershofen maintains the 8th position in German ProB. Leitershofen is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-9 record. In the team's last game Hughey had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Leitershofen's top player in his first season with the team. Lindsey Hughey averages this season 18.2ppg and 6.4rpg. Worth to mention Hughey played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second best player in last round's games was another Leitershofen's star - 25-year old American James Washington (182-G-87, agency: FCM). Washington had a very good evening with 36 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for Leitershofen to edge the higher-ranked Noerdlingen (#4, 10-7) 96-92. Leitershofen's 8th position in South has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-9 record. Washington is a newcomer at Leitershofen, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Geddes Robinson (195-PF-87, agency: SDJ Sports) of league's top team Dragons. Robinson scored 18 points and grabbed twenty one rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Dragons, leading his team to a 82-69 easy win against the lower-ranked Dresden (#10, 6-11). Dragons confirms their top position in South Robinson has a great season in Germany. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.8rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Till-Joscha Joenke (190-PG-92) of Weissenhorn - 32 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Lamonte Thomas (187-G) of MTV Wolfenbuettel - 38 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Taylor Brown (198-F-89) of Fraport SKY II - 24 points and 18 rebounds
7. Robert Franklin (195-F-81) of Recklinghausen - 24 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Julius Coles (193-SG-89) of Schwelm - 29 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Derrick Parker (198-F) of TSV Troester - 13 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Steven Bennett (173-PG-88) of SU Medien - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 7 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)



BBL Round 21: Top-ranked Brose Bask. wins another game - by Eurobasket News

BBL top team - Brose Bask. (18-2) had no problems winning another game on Monday. This time they crushed sixteenth ranked New Yorker Phantoms (6-14) in Bamberg 93-74. The game was mostly controlled by Brose Bask.. New Yorker Phantoms managed to win second period 25-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American-FYR Macedonian forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St.) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized Slovakian point guard Anton Gavel (188-84, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. International point guard Dennis Schroeder (181-93) answered with 20 points and 4 assists for New Yorker Phantoms. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Brose Bask. have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 18-2 record. New Yorker Phantoms lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Fraport SKY. Brose Bask. are looking forward to face EWE Baskets (#4) in Oldenburg in the next round. New Yorker Phantoms will play at home against TBB Trier (#9) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
The game in Oldenburg was also worth to mention about. 4th placed ALBA Berlin (12-6) played at the court of fifth ranked EWE Baskets (13-6). EWE Baskets defeated ALBA Berlin 82-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ALBA Berlin. American guard Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri, agency: Pro One Sports) stepped up and scored 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and Chris Kramer chipped in 16 points and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was international point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84) with 18 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. EWE Baskets moved-up to fourth place. ALBA Berlin at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. EWE Baskets will play against league's leader Brose Bask. in Bamberg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ALBA Berlin will play on the road against Bayern Muenchen (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Trier was also quite interesting. Third ranked ratiopharm Ulm (14-6) played at the court of 7th ranked TBB Trier (10-10). ratiopharm Ulm managed to secure a 4-point victory 86-82 on Sunday. American players dominated the game. John Bryant nailed a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. Nate Linhart came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for TBB Trier in the defeat. TBB Trier's coach Henrik Roedl rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for ratiopharm Ulm. They moved-up to second place. Loser TBB Trier keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Telekom Baskets and Phoenix Hagen. ratiopharm Ulm will meet Telekom Baskets (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. TBB Trier will play against New Yorker Phantoms in Braunschweig and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Ludwigsburg. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of higher ranked BBC Bayreuth (9-12) to seventeenth ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (7-14) 70-69 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Eric Coleman who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). BBC Bayreuth's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. EnBW Ludwigsburg moved-up to fifteenth place. BBC Bayreuth at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. EnBW Ludwigsburg's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked LTi 46ers (#18) in Giessen.
The game between 18th ranked LTi 46ers (4-16) and thirteenth ranked Walter Tigers (10-11) in Giessen on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Tuebingen outscored LTi 46ers 107-71. It was a good game for Reggie Redding who led his team to a victory with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Walter Tigers' coach Igor Perovic felt very confident that he used 10 players saving starting five for next games. Walter Tigers moved-up to tenth place. LTi 46ers lost their sixth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Walter Tigers will face higher ranked Phoenix Hagen (#8) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. LTi 46ers will play against EnBW Ludwigsburg (#15).

There were no big surprises in other games of round 21: MBC were beaten by Art.Dragons on the road 90-86. Phoenix Hagen won against Bremerhaven on its own court 95-88. Telekom Baskets managed to outperform s.Oliver Baskets in Bonn 74-58. B.Muenchen managed to beat Fraport SKY at home 79-72.
The most impressive performance of 21th round was 26 points and 8 rebounds by Elvir Ovcina of LTi 46ers.


Brose Bask. - NY Phantoms 93-74

BBL top team - Brose Bask. (18-2) had no problems winning another game on Monday. This time they crushed sixteenth ranked New Yorker Phantoms (6-14) in Bamberg 93-74. The game was mostly controlled by Brose Bask.. New Yorker Phantoms managed to win second period 25-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American-FYR Macedonian forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St.) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized Slovakian point guard Anton Gavel (188-84, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Brose Bask. players scored in double figures. International point guard Dennis Schroeder (181-93) answered with 20 points and 4 assists and Canadian guard Jermaine Anderson (188-83, college: Fordham) added 11 points and 6 assists in the effort for New Yorker Phantoms. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Brose Bask. have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 18-2 record. New Yorker Phantoms lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Fraport SKY. Brose Bask. are looking forward to face EWE Baskets (#4) in Oldenburg in the next round. New Yorker Phantoms will play at home against TBB Trier (#9) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Brose Bask.: J.Massey 17+7reb+2ast, T.Gipson 13, M.Zirbes 12+5reb, A.Gavel 10+5reb+6ast, C.Jacobsen 10+3reb+3ast, J.Goldsberry 9+1reb+5ast
NY Phantoms: D.Schroeder 20+1reb+4ast, R.Kulawick 13+1reb, J.Anderson 11+4reb+6ast, N.Schneiders 8+5reb, I.McElroy 7+4reb+1ast, E.Land 6
gschID: 184050


EWE Baskets - ALBA 82-67

The game in Oldenburg was also worth to mention about. 4th placed ALBA Berlin (12-6) played at the court of fifth ranked EWE Baskets (13-6). EWE Baskets defeated ALBA Berlin 82-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ALBA Berlin. The game without a history. EWE Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American guard Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri, agency: Pro One Sports) stepped up and scored 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import guard Chris Kramer (191-88, college: Purdue) chipped in 16 points and 4 steals. Four EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was international point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84) with 18 points and the former international center Yassin Idbihi (209-83, college: Buffalo) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. EWE Baskets moved-up to fourth place. ALBA Berlin at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. EWE Baskets will play against league's leader Brose Bask. in Bamberg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ALBA Berlin will play on the road against Bayern Muenchen (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 22+5reb+2ast, C.Kramer 16+4reb+3ast, J.Jenkins 14+1reb+1ast, R.Smeulders 10+3reb, A.Chubb 8+3reb+4ast, R.Burrell 5+2ast
ALBA: H.Schaffartzik 18+3reb+3ast, Y.Idbihi 14+6reb, D.Wood 10+2reb+1ast, D.Thompson 7+1reb, J.Foster 6+3reb, Z.Morley 5+8reb+1ast
gschID: 184048


TBB Trier - Ratiopharm 82-86

The game in Trier was also quite interesting. Third ranked ratiopharm Ulm (14-6) played at the court of 7th ranked TBB Trier (10-10). ratiopharm Ulm managed to secure a 4-point victory 86-82 on Sunday. TBB Trier trailed by 20 points after 3 quarters before a 32-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 82-86 at the end of the game. ratiopharm Ulm made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. ratiopharm Ulm had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. American players dominated the game. Center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) nailed a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and guard Lance Jeter (190-88, college: Nebraska) accounted for 17 points and 4 assists. Forward Nate Linhart (201-86, college: Akron) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Jarrett Howell (180-84, college: Texas Arlington) added 10 points and 4 assists respectively for TBB Trier in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. TBB Trier's coach Henrik Roedl rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for ratiopharm Ulm. They moved-up to second place. Loser TBB Trier keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Telekom Baskets and Phoenix Hagen. ratiopharm Ulm will meet Telekom Baskets (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. TBB Trier will play against New Yorker Phantoms in Braunschweig and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: L.Jeter 17+3reb+4ast, K.Nankivil 16+7reb, A.Ray 13+1reb+1ast, J.Bryant 12+13reb+2ast, P.Schwethelm 11+1ast, S.Esterkamp 10+6reb+1ast
TBB Trier: J.Bucknor 14+1reb+1ast, N.Linhart 13+11reb+4ast, B.Harper 12+2reb+1ast, A.Seiferth 12+1reb, J.Howell 10+2reb+4ast, V.Chikoko 9+4reb
gschID: 184047


Art.Dragons - MBC 90-86

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Artland Dragons (12-9) beat 14th ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (8-12) in Quakenbrueck 90-86 on Saturday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-11. But Mitteldeutscher BC won third quarter 24-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Artland Dragons made 26-of-33 free shots (78.8 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Artland Dragons especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Mitteldeutscher BC was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American Bryce Taylor (196-86) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 6 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). His fellow American import guard Demond Mallet (186-78, college: McNeese St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) contributed with 16 points for the winners. American guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fair Dickinson) answered with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and Serbian forward Djordje Pantelic (204-84) added 16 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) in the effort for Mitteldeutscher BC. Five Artland Dragons and four Mitteldeutscher BC players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Artland Dragons maintains sixth place with 12-9 record. Newly promoted Mitteldeutscher BC keeps the fourteenth position with 12 games lost. Artland Dragons will face s Oliver Baskets (#11) in Wuerzburg in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Mitteldeutscher BC will play at home against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Art.Dragons: B.Taylor 18+6reb+1ast, D.Mallet 16+2reb+3ast, B.Buckman 12+2reb, P.Popovic 11+3reb+1ast, M.Haynes 10+2reb+5ast, J.Strasser 10+1reb+3ast
MBC: C.Timberlake 21+5reb+7ast, D.Pantelic 16+1reb, D.Uskoski 11+5reb, P.Heyden 10+5reb+2ast, O.Jeanty 9+1reb, K.Beidler 6+6reb
gschID: 184049


LTi 46ers - Walter Tigers 71-107

The game between 18th ranked LTi 46ers (4-16) and thirteenth ranked Walter Tigers (10-11) in Giessen on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Tuebingen outscored LTi 46ers 107-71. The game without a history. Walter Tigers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to LTi 46ers' 38. It was a great shooting night for Walter Tigers especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. It was a good game for American Reggie Redding (196-88, college: Villanova) who led his team to a victory with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. His fellow American import point guard Joshua Young (185-88, college: Drake, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Four Walter Tigers players scored in double figures. Walter Tigers' coach Igor Perovic felt very confident that he used 10 players saving starting five for next games. Bosnian power forward Elvir Ovcina (212-76, college: Syracuse, agency: Interperformances) answered with 26 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized Afghani point guard Achmadschah Zazai (175-86) added 16 points, 5 assists and 5 steals in the effort for LTi 46ers. Walter Tigers moved-up to tenth place. LTi 46ers lost their sixth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Walter Tigers will face higher ranked Phoenix Hagen (#8) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. LTi 46ers will play against EnBW Ludwigsburg (#15).
Top scorers:
Walter Tigers: J.Young 18+4reb+2ast, R.Redding 16+7reb+7ast, J.Lischka 14+4reb, C.Wells 13+1reb+5ast, V.Duggins 13+1reb+1ast, K.Frease 12+5reb+1ast
LTi 46ers: E.Ovcina 26+8reb+3ast, A.Zazai 16+4reb+5ast, A.Buechert 12+6reb+2ast, M.Curry 8+1reb+1ast, O.Fassler 5+3reb+4ast, R.Pfluger 2+1ast
gschID: 184046


Neckar L'burg - Bayreuth 70-69

A very interesting game took place in Ludwigsburg. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of higher ranked BBC Bayreuth (9-12) to seventeenth ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (7-14) 70-69 on Saturday evening. BBC Bayreuth was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Strangely BBC Bayreuth outrebounded EnBW Ludwigsburg 36-24 including 27 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American center Eric Coleman (200-85, college: N.Iowa) who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). His fellow American import power forward John Turek (206-83, college: Nebraska) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Italian-American forward Joe Trapani (203-88, college: Boston Coll.) who recorded 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American forward Jason Cain (208-85, college: Virginia) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Four BBC Bayreuth players scored in double figures. BBC Bayreuth's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. EnBW Ludwigsburg moved-up to fifteenth place. BBC Bayreuth at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. EnBW Ludwigsburg's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked LTi 46ers (#18) in Giessen.
Top scorers:
Neckar L'burg: E.Coleman 21+6reb+1ast, J.Turek 11+5reb, L.Westbrook 9+2reb+2ast, I.Elliott 9+1reb+2ast, L.Staiger 9+3reb+1ast, D.Jackson 6+3reb+3ast
Bayreuth: J.Trapani 17+9reb+2ast, J.Cain 13+5reb, B.Bailey 12+2reb+3ast, N.Simon 10+2reb+1ast, G.McGhee 9+8reb, K.Hamilton 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 184045


Phoenix Hagen - Bremerhaven 95-88

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Phoenix Hagen and 11th ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven had identical 9-10 record. This time Phoenix Hagen used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Bremerhaven 95-88 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 14 points after three quarters before their 42-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Phoenix Hagen shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Phoenix Hagen made 8 blocks. It was a good game for American guard Davin White (186-81, college: CS Northridge) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 4 assists. Naturalized American swingman Adam Hess (201-81, college: William & Mary) contributed with 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international Philip Zwiener (201-85) answered with 17 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) added 17 points and 7 assists in the effort for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Phoenix Hagen (10-10) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with TBB Trier and Telekom Baskets. Loser Eisbaeren Bremerhaven keeps the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Phoenix Hagen will face Walter Tigers (#10) in Tuebingen in the next round. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play on the road against Mitteldeutscher BC in Weissenfels.
Top scorers:
Phoenix Hagen: D.White 23+4reb+4ast, D.Bell 21+4reb+2ast, A.Hess 20+8reb+1ast, L.Gordon 17+6reb+1ast, M.Dorris 7+2reb, A.Lodwick 5+2reb+1ast
Bremerhaven: S.Burrell 19+4reb, P.Zwiener 17+9reb+2ast, S.Jackson 17+3reb+7ast, K.Waleskowski 12+4reb+1ast, J.Burtschi 6+4reb, A.Harris 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 184044


s.Oliver Baskets - Telekom Baskets 58-74

Everything could happen in Wuerzburg at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Telekom Baskets and 8th ranked s Oliver Baskets had identical 9-10 record. But s Oliver Baskets were not able to use a home court advantage and were defeated by the opponent from Bonn 74-58 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Telekom Baskets. s Oliver Baskets was better in second period 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded s Oliver Baskets 43-32 including a 36-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American point guard Jared Jordan (188-84, college: Marist) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Robert Vaden (196-85, college: UAB) contributed with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. British-American guard Mike Lenzly (189-81, college: Wofford) answered with 8 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Osiris Eldridge (191-88, college: Illinois St.) added 7 points and 4 assists in the effort for s Oliver Baskets. s Oliver Baskets' coach let to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the third consecutive win for Telekom Baskets. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with TBB Trier and Phoenix Hagen. Loser s Oliver Baskets dropped to the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Telekom Baskets will face league's second-placed ratiopharm Ulm at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. s Oliver Baskets will play against Artland Dragons (#6) in Quakenbrueck.
Top scorers:
Telekom Baskets: J.Jordan 20+5reb+2ast, K.Weems 13+7reb+3ast, R.Vaden 12+8reb+4ast, B.Veikalas 8+8reb+4ast, J.McLean 7+7reb+2ast, C.Ensminger 4+3reb+2ast
s.Oliver Baskets: M.Stuckey 8, M.Lenzly 8+7reb+3ast, O.Eldridge 7+4reb+4ast, D.Anderson 6+7reb+1ast, J.Boone 6+2reb, C.McNaughton 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 184043


B.Muenchen - Fraport SKY 79-72

Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (6-14) lost on the road to third ranked Bayern Muenchen (14-7) 79-72 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their 32-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Bayern Muenchen made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners were plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American Chevon Troutman (202-81, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 9 rebounds. International guard Steffen Hamann (194-81) contributed with 13 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American guard Quantez Robertson (189-84, college: Auburn) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import forward Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro One Sports) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Four Bayern Muenchen and five Deutsche Bank Skyliners players scored in double figures. Bayern Muenchen maintains third place with 14-7 record having three points less than leader Brose Bask. Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the sixteenth position with 14 games lost. Bayern Muenchen will face ALBA Berlin (#5) at home in the next round. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play against BBC Bayreuth (#13).
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: C.Troutman 26+9reb+1ast, J.Homan 16+5reb, R.Benzing 13+3reb+1ast, S.Hamann 13+6reb+8ast, D.Greene 7+1reb+2ast, L.Roberts 4+3reb
Fraport SKY: Z.Peacock 16+6reb, Q.Robertson 13+10reb+3ast, D.Robinson 12+2reb+2ast, R.Brooks 11+2reb+4ast, L.Prowell 10+2reb, K.Klein 4
gschID: 184042



Troutman's 26 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

31-year old power forward Chevon Troutman (202-PF-81, agency: Beo Basket) had an amazing evening in the last round for B.Muenchen and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had the game-high 26 points adding nine rebounds for B.Muenchen in his team's victory, helping them to beat Fraport SKY (#16, 6-14) 79-72. B.Muenchen maintains the 3rd position in German league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. B.Muenchen will need more victories to improve their 14-7 record. In the team's last game Troutman had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at B.Muenchen and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Chevon Troutman averages this season 13.2ppg and 5.4rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Elvir Ovcina (212-F/C-76, agency: Interperformances) of LTi 46ers. He is Bosnia and Herzegovina forward in his 3rd season at LTi 46ers. In the last game Ovcina recorded impressive 26 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as LTi 46ers lost that game 71-107 to the higher-ranked Walter Tigers (#10, 10-11). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. LTi 46ers is still at the dead bottom 18th position. 16 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories LTi 46ers managed to get this year. Ovcina is one of the most experienced players at LTi 46ers and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Eric Coleman (200-C-85) of Neckar L'burg (#15). Coleman scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Neckar L'burg, leading his team to a 70-69 win against slightly higher-ranked Bayreuth (#13, 9-12). The chances of Neckar L'burg not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Coleman could try to bring Neckar L'burg's a little bit higher in the standings. The season just started for Coleman as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Reggie Redding (196-SF-88) of Walter Tigers - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Bryce Taylor (196-SG-86) of Art.Dragons - 18 points and 6 rebounds
6. Joe Trapani (203-F-88) of Bayreuth - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. John Bryant (208-C-87) of Ratiopharm - 12 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Chad Timberlake (194-G-84) of MBC - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82) of Brose Bask. - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Stefon Jackson (196-G-85) of Bremerhaven - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 7 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)



Joey Fuca: The coach on the floor - by Moritz Korff

It was one of those games that will be talked about for a while. Dirk Dippold (190-G-92) who hit the game winner at the buzzer will probably never forget it, while for Joey Fuca (182-G-89, college: Master's) the memory might be painful. The 24-year-old point guard did everything in his power to help the Baskets Vilsbiburg down RLSO leader FC Baunach, but ended up on the losing end of a thrilling nail-biter. The game was tied at 80 with six seconds left to play, when Fuca was fouled on his way to the rim. Vilsbiburg's leading scorer showed no nerves and converted his two free-throws, putting his team up by two. "Baunach called timeout to advance the ball to midcourt allowing them for a desperate heave of a shot that went in", Fuca said, who finished the game with 25 points, hitting 5-of-7 attempts from long distance, while adding four rebounds and three assists. "I will give credit to a scrappy Baunach team who is in first place for a reason, but we definitely let a great opportunity slip thru our hands. Now we have to shift our focus to Deisenhofen who sits in second place behind Baunach", he added.

Regardless of the loss, the game was proof once again that Fuca is the engine of the Vilsbiburg team that is fifth in the standings of the 1. Regionalliga South-East (10-7) following the Baunach defeat. He is pacing the league's best offensive team with just under 22 points a contest, ranks third in the league in triples made (41 in 16 games played), pulls down a solid 4.3 rebounds per outing and dishes out 2.2 assists a game. To call him a RLSO standout is redundant. In his first year in Germany, the Danville, California, native embraced his role as a leader of his team with zeal and without hesitation. Having been dubbed "the clubs undisputed leader" while running the point for the Master's College Mustangs might have something to do with it: "As the point guard I am responsible for being the leader of our team", Fuca told Eurobasket.com, "every team is different, but I feel its my job to motivate my teammates vocally and with my play. Whether its practice or a game its vital to get the most out of every player by creating a competitive atmosphere."

A coach couldn't have said it any better. Or to be more precise, Joey Fuca IS a coach. On and off the court. "Back in Northern California I have my own training business and serve as a coach for an AAU team", he said. Teaching the game of basketball requires to master its fundamentals and to break it down to the most simple level, which inevitably will result in further developing your basketball IQ. Coaching is a passion of mine ever since my dad introduced me to basketball at an early age. I enjoy helping kids reach their potential by sharing all my knowledge of the game", Fuca said. The California kids may expect some international flavor in the future, as Fuca is playing the European game since graduating from college. Even though his first attempt did not produce the desired result, he kept believing: "It has been a rollercoaster, but it has definitely been worth the wait and hard work put in", he said. "After graduating in 2011, I was invited to a summer league in the Gran Canaria Islands. I didnt receive much interest from the camp, so I started my own training business. After not playing for a year, a lot of prayer and thought went into making a return."

From 2007 to 2011 Fuca attended NAIA Division 1 school Master's and became one of the premier point guards in the Golden State Athletic Conference, taking home All-GSAC team honors following his junior season. Thanks to the competitive nature of the conference, he was prepared to take the next step and wanted to follow in the footsteps of former Mustang players who pursued a professional career, such as Master's all-time scoring leader Mike Penberthy (191-G-74, college: Master's) who was part of the LA Lakers 2000-01 championship team and played for German powerhouse ALBA Berlin later in his career, or 2005 graduate Joe Deister (187-G-83, college: Master's) who spent three years with RSV Eintracht and was named the Eurobasket.com 1. Regionalliga North Player of the Year in 2007. "[The GSAC] is rated the number one NAIA league in the country", Fuca said. "There are numerous amounts of Division 1 transfers every year, making the conference competitive. From my team alone four guys have played professionally while other players in the league have been in Europe, Asia, or the NBA D League."

When Canadian Ryan Barbeau (178-G) left the Baskets Vilsbiburg in pre-season, Fuca was picked to do the playmaking and turned out to be the perfect fit for the Bavaria-based team. "Germany has been an awesome experience for me as this is my first season in Europe", he said. "The town of Vilsbiburg although small, has embraced me with kindness and showed great support for our basketball team. My teammates, coaches, and management have acted first class to me. Though it has taken me time to adjust from the California Sun to the German snow, its all a part of a new culture."
As far as the snow and the transition from North America to Germany was concerned, his teammate Justin Halleran (186-G-84) from Trepassey, Newfoundland and Labrador, provided some advice. Fuca and Halleran create the best backcourt squad in the 1. Regionalliga South-East, combining for 43.2 points per contest, with both players ranking amongst the most effective players of the league. "Justin has been a great teammate and leads by his work ethic. This is his third season in Vilsbiburg and he knows what it takes to win in this league", Fuca said.

Up next for the Baskets Vilsbiburg will be a road trip against second ranked team TSV OH Deisenhofen on February 17. In their previous game earlier this season Fuca poured in 23 points on 6-for-13 shooting to help power his team to a 96-90 victory.



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Standings - A1

A1 Standings
 1. Olympiacos 14-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 12-3 
 3. Panionios 12-3 
 4. PAOK 11-4 
 5. AGOR 10-5 
 6. Apollon Patras 7-8 
 7. Aris 6-9 
 8. Ikaros 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. 3: Ikaros - PAOK 80-85
Feb. 4: Olympiacos - Panathinaikos 72-67
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

Regular Season: Round 16

Feb. 9: Ilysiakos - Aris
Feb. 9: Panelefsiniakos - Kolossos
Feb. 9: Panionios - Kavala
Feb. 9: Apollon Patras - Peristeri GS
Feb. 9: PAOK - KAOD
Feb. 9: Olympiacos - Ikaros
Feb. 9: AGOR - Panathinaikos


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Nikos PAPPAS
  Panionios
  (195-G-90)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Pappas, Panionios18.7 
 2. Kiritsis, Ikaros17.5 
 3. Gagaloudis, Kavala17.4 
 4. Liakopoulos, Panel.17.1 
 5. Dendy, Kolossos16.1 
 6. McCollum, Apollo.15.9 
 7. Gibson, Ikaros15.0 
 8. Printezis, Olympia.14.9 
 9. Grant, Apollon14.2 
 10. McGrath, PA.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Palmer, KAOD8.7 
 2. Faye, Ikaros7.5 
 3. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.3 
 4. Jankovic, Panionios7.0 
 5. Coleman, Kavala6.8 
 6. Michel, KAOD6.6 
 7. Jones, Ilysiakos6.2 
 8. Dendy, Kolossos6.1 
 9. Asimakopoulo., Aris6.1 
 10. Kanonidis, Perist.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.4 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.0 
 3. Petroulas, Periste.4.6 
 4. Gagaloudis, Kavala4.3 
 5. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.3 
 6. Grundy, Kavala3.9 
 7. McGrath, PA.3.9 
 8. Hatten, Kolossos3.6 
 9. Pappas, Panionios3.3 
 10. Papantoniou, Peri.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony GRUNDY
  Kavala
  (189-PG-79)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Grundy, Kavala2.6 
 2. Palmer, KAOD2.5 
 3. Grant, Apollon2.3 
 4. Pappas, Panionios2.0 
 5. Klaiber, Apollon1.7 
 6. McCollum, Apollo.1.5 
 7. Petway, AGOR1.5 
 8. Papanikolaou, Olym.1.4 
 9. Pelekanos, Aris1.4 
 10. Mantzaris, Olympi.1.4 
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. Powell, Olympiacos1.4 
 5. Faye, Ikaros1.3 
 6. Lasme, Panathin.1.2 
 7. Scott, Ilysiakos1.2 
 8. Turner, Apollon1.0 
 9. Charissis, Aris0.9 
 10. Papadopoulos, PA.0.9 


Karaboulas' 26 points and 7 rebounds give him A2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

31-year old forward Vaggelis Karaboulas (198-F-81, agency: FCM) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Nea Kifisia and receives a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 15.
He had the game-high 26 points adding seven rebounds and three assists for Nea Kifisia in his team's victory, helping them to outclass OFI (#14, 3-12) with 60-point margin 128-68. Nea Kifisia maintains the 2nd position in Greek A2. They are still close to the very top. Nea Kifisia would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 12-3 record. Karaboulas turned to be Nea Kifisia's top player in his first season with the team. Karaboulas has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 18.6ppg) and averages solid 53.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Vaggelis Sklavos (202-F-77) of Pagrati. He is a forward in his first season at Pagrati. In the last game Sklavos recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 18 rebounds. Of course he lead Pagrati to another comfortable win 90-75 over slightly higher-ranked Lavrio (#6, 9-6) being unquestionably team leader. Pagrati's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Sklavos is a newcomer at Pagrati and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Giannis Papachristos (194-F-80) of Trikalla (#3). Papachristos showcased his all-around game by recording 14 points, sixteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Trikalla, leading his team to a 90-57 easy win against #1 ranked Filathlitikos in a game of the week. Trikalla needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 4 lost games. Papachristos has a great season in Greece. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.7rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Spyros Diamantopoulos (195-F-81) of Nea Kifisia - 12 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Dimos Fotiou (197-F-82) of Pagrati - 28 points and 9 rebounds
6. Giorgos Mourikis (205-PF-90) of Nea Kifisia - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Petros Noeas (204-F-87) of Koroivos - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Branislav Tomic (205-F/C-80) of Koroivos - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Kostas Vardavas (193-G-81) of Agia Paraskevis - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Giorgos Anagnostopoulos (207-C-80) of Ermis Lagkada - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists

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



A1 Round 15: Olympiacos edges Panathinaikos 72-67 - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with extra overtimes, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 15 in the A1 took place in Thessaloniki. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 7th ranked Aris (6-9) to fifth ranked AGOR (10-5) 73-71 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 24-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for Serbian guard Uros Duvnjak (190-86, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory scoring 36 points (!!!). American forward Brent Petway (204-85, college: Michigan) helped adding 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 blocks. AGOR's coach Stergios Koufos used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was forward Antonis Asimakopoulos (203-76) with 12 points and 6 rebounds. AGOR have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 10-5 record. Aris at the other side keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Ikaros. AGOR are looking forward to face league's second-placed Panathinaikos in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aris will play on the road against Ilysiakos (#12) in Athens and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Athens: Olympiacos (#1) and Panathinaikos (#2). Olympiacos (14-1) won against visiting Panathinaikos (12-3) 72-67. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Panathinaikos. It was an exceptional evening for international guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: Beo Basket) who led the winners and scored 11 points and 7 assists. Georgios Printezis accounted for 11 points and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Dimitris Diamantidis (196-80) came up with 17 points and 6 assists for Panathinaikos in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending champion maintains first place with 14-1 record. Panathinaikos at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with Panionios. Olympiacos will play against Ikaros (#8) in Kalitheas in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Panathinaikos will play on the road against AGOR (#5) in Rethymno and hopes to get back on the winning track.
KAOD (#11) forced the game against Apollon Patras (#6) into an overtime, but lost by thirteen points 88-101 on Saturday night. The game took place in Dramas. But the guests from Patra were better at the end. The best player for the winners was Errick McCollum who scored 31 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Preston Knowles who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. KAOD's coach Giorgos Kalafatakis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Apollon Patras maintains sixth place with 7-8 record. Loser KAOD dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Apollon Patras will meet at home Peristeri GS (#10) in the next round. KAOD will play against PAOK in Thessaloniki and hope to secure a win.
The game in Kalitheas was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked PAOK (11-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Ikaros (6-9). PAOK managed to secure a 5-point victory 85-80. It was a good game for Mihalis Tsairelis who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). PAOK maintains fourth place with 11-4 record. Ikaros lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with nine games lost. PAOK's next round opponent will be KAOD (#11) in Dramas and are hoping to win another game. Ikaros will play on the road against the league's leader Olympiacos (#1) in Athens.
Important game to mention about took place in Kavala. Thirteenth ranked Kavala (4-11) saved a 2-point derby victory at home edging 14th ranked Panelefsiniakos (3-12) 68-66 in the fight for the thirteenth place. It was a great evening for William Coleman who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Kavala maintains thirteenth place with 4-11 record. Newly promoted Panelefsiniakos stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Kavala will face higher ranked Panionios (#3) in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Panelefsiniakos will play at home against Kolossos (#9) in Rodou.

In the last two games of round 15 Ilysiakos lost to Kolossos on the opponent's court 63-71. Peristeri GS was outscored by Panionios in a home game 69-91.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists by Nikos Pappas of Panionios.


Olympiacos - Panathinaikos 72-67

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Athens: Olympiacos (#1) and Panathinaikos (#2). Olympiacos (14-1) won against visiting Panathinaikos (12-3) 72-67. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Panathinaikos. Panathinaikos was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for international guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: Beo Basket) who led the winners and scored 11 points and 7 assists. The former international forward Georgios Printezis (206-85, agency: FCM) accounted for 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. The former international guard Dimitris Diamantidis (196-80) came up with 17 points and 6 assists and Gabonese forward Stephane Lasme (203-82, college: Massachusetts) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Panathinaikos in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending champion maintains first place with 14-1 record. Panathinaikos at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with Panionios. Olympiacos will play against Ikaros (#8) in Kalitheas in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Panathinaikos will play on the road against AGOR (#5) in Rethymno and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Olympiacos: A.Law 12+2reb+3ast, V.Spanoulis 11+2reb+7ast, G.Printezis 11+6reb+1ast, S.Perperoglou 10+2reb, K.Papanikolaou 9+3reb+2ast, K.Hines 6+6reb
Panathinaikos: D.Diamantidis 17+3reb+6ast, S.Schortsanitis 14+1ast, S.Lasme 11+5reb, K.Tsartsaris 5+2reb+1ast, V.Xanthopoulos 4+1reb+1ast, J.Maciulis 4+2reb
gschID: 203794


Kolossos - Ilysiakos 71-63

There was a minor upset in Rodou where 9th ranked Ilysiakos (5-10) was defeated by twelfth ranked Kolossos (5-10) 71-63 on Saturday. Ilysiakos was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 24-14 charge of Kolossos, which allowed them to win the game. They made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Ilysiakos was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American center LaRon Dendy (205-88, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: David Lee services) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Marcus Hatten (186-80, college: St.John's) helped adding 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was American point guard Terrell Stoglin (185-91, college: Maryland) with 21 points and Nigerian-American forward Aloysius Anagonye (203-81, college: Michigan St.) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Ilysiakos' coach Giorgos Zeugolis tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Kolossos moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Ilysiakos. Kolossos will face bottom-ranked Panelefsiniakos (#14) in Eleusina in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Kolossos: L.Dendy 21+6reb, G.Kalambokis 15+3reb, M.Hatten 10+9reb+4ast, F.Koumpouras 8+2reb+1ast, K.Langford 6+6reb+2ast, S.Nadjfeji 6+2reb
Ilysiakos: T.Stoglin 21+3reb+2ast, A.Anagonye 12+5reb, G.Apostolidis 11+2reb, T.Garrison 7+5reb, P.Kafkis 4+5reb+1ast, N.Chatzis 3+1reb
gschID: 203789


Ikaros - PAOK 80-85

The game in Kalitheas was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked PAOK (11-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Ikaros (6-9). PAOK managed to secure a 5-point victory 85-80. Ikaros was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. PAOK made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Ikaros helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for power forward Mihalis Tsairelis (207-88) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). point guard Kostas Haralampidis (189-76) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Five PAOK players scored in double figures. Guard Alexis Kiritsis (198-82) answered with 23 points and 5 rebounds and American point guard Danny Gibson (180-84, college: S.Indiana) added 23 points in the effort for Ikaros. PAOK maintains fourth place with 11-4 record. Ikaros lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with nine games lost. PAOK's next round opponent will be KAOD (#11) in Dramas and are hoping to win another game. Ikaros will play on the road against the league's leader Olympiacos (#1) in Athens.
Top scorers:
PAOK: K.Haralampidis 21+2reb+3ast, M.Tsairelis 20+7reb+1ast, G.Dedas 14+4reb, D.McGrath 11+5reb+6ast, L.Papadopoulos 10+6reb+3ast, L.Kaselakis 7+6reb+2ast
Ikaros: D.Gibson 23+4reb+2ast, A.Kiritsis 23+5reb+2ast, M.Pantic 10+4reb, Z.Vrkic 8+5reb+1ast, M.Giannakidis 5+1ast, V.Symtsak 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 203793


KAOD - Apollon Patras 88-101 OT

KAOD (#11) forced the game against Apollon Patras (#6) into an overtime, but lost by thirteen points 88-101 on Saturday night. The game took place in Dramas. But the guests from Patra were better at the end. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 20-11 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 25-12. Apollon Patras made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game. Strangely KAOD outrebounded Apollon Patras 52-40 including a 22-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American point guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) who scored 31 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) chipped in 28 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Preston Knowles (185-89, college: Louisville) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and forward Stelios Ioannou (200-87) added 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) respectively. Four Apollon Patras and five KAOD players scored in double figures. KAOD's coach Giorgos Kalafatakis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Apollon Patras maintains sixth place with 7-8 record. Loser KAOD dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Apollon Patras will meet at home Peristeri GS (#10) in the next round. KAOD will play against PAOK in Thessaloniki and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Apollon Patras: E.McCollum 31+5reb+5ast, K.Grant 28+6reb+3ast, V.Petrovic-Stergiou 14+5reb+2ast, D.Erceg 13+13reb, L.Turner 8+3reb+2ast, N.Argyropoylos 5+5reb+4ast
KAOD: P.Knowles 18+11reb+3ast, S.Ioannou 17+8reb+1ast, K.Palmer 14+8reb+2ast, K.Kakaroudis 12+10reb+1ast, J.Rowe 11+3ast, T.Zaras 4+2reb
gschID: 203792


Peristeri GS - Panionios 69-91

Very predictable result in Athens where third ranked Panionios (12-3) smashed 10th ranked Peristeri GS (5-10) 91-69 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Panionios. Peristeri GS was better in fourth quarter 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Panionios looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for the former international guard Nikos Pappas (195-90, agency: FCM) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland, agency: Three Eye Sports) helped adding 24 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was point guard Nontas Papantoniou (190-90) with 14 points and 5 assists and American point guard Dwight Thorne (190-88, college: Colorado) scored 12 points. Five Peristeri GS players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Panionios have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Panathinaikos. Peristeri GS lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. Panionios will face Kavala (#13) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Peristeri GS will play against Apollon Patras (#6).
Top scorers:
Panionios: N.Pappas 25+9reb+4ast, L.Milbourne 24+5reb, V.Jankovic 18+3reb+3ast, W.Keys 6+2reb, M.Payne 5+3reb+2ast, G.Bogris 4+4reb+1ast
Peristeri GS: N.Papantoniou 14+3reb+5ast, D.Thorne 12+4reb+3ast, A.Mantzaris 11+3reb+4ast, A.Kanonidis 10+4reb+2ast, T.Hines 10+5reb, P.Melissaratos 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 203791


Kavala - Panelefsiniakos 68-66

Important game to mention about took place in Kavala. Thirteenth ranked Kavala (4-11) saved a 2-point derby victory at home edging 14th ranked Panelefsiniakos (3-12) 68-66 in the fight for the thirteenth place. Panelefsiniakos was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 19-13 charge of Kavala, which allowed them to win the game. Kavala outrebounded Panelefsiniakos 33-22 including 23 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American forward William Coleman (206-88, college: Memphis) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Canadian-Bosnian guard Nemanja Mitrovic (197-90, college: Portland) helped adding 19 points. The best for the losing side was forward Nikolaos Papanikolaou (209-85) with 17 points and 6 rebounds and guard Spyros Magounis (200-85, agency: FCM) scored 15 points. Four Panelefsiniakos players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Kavala maintains thirteenth place with 4-11 record. Newly promoted Panelefsiniakos stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Kavala will face higher ranked Panionios (#3) in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Panelefsiniakos will play at home against Kolossos (#9) in Rodou.
Top scorers:
Kavala: N.Mitrovic 19+3reb, W.Coleman 15+14reb, G.Arbet 10+2reb+2ast, C.Stefanidis 9+3reb+1ast, K.Achara 5+6reb+2ast, I.Milosevic 4+1reb+4ast
Panelefsiniakos: N.Papanikolaou 17+6reb+1ast, S.Magounis 15+4reb+1ast, N.Liakopoulos 14+3reb+2ast, C.Eziukwu 14+5reb, G.Kyriakopoulos 2+1reb+2ast, X.Gibson 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 203790


Aris - AGOR 71-73

The most exciting game of round 15 in the A1 took place in Thessaloniki. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 7th ranked Aris (6-9) to fifth ranked AGOR (10-5) 73-71 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 24-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for Serbian guard Uros Duvnjak (190-86, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory scoring 36 points (!!!). American forward Brent Petway (204-85, college: Michigan) helped adding 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 blocks. AGOR's coach Stergios Koufos used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was forward Antonis Asimakopoulos (203-76) with 12 points and 6 rebounds and Bosnian guard Muhamed Pasalic (192-87) scored 13 points and 5 assists. Four Aris players scored in double figures. AGOR have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 10-5 record. Aris at the other side keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Ikaros. AGOR are looking forward to face league's second-placed Panathinaikos in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aris will play on the road against Ilysiakos (#12) in Athens and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
AGOR: U.Duvnjak 36+3reb+2ast, B.Petway 14+5reb, C.Colimon 8+3reb+1ast, M.Antonio Carter 8+5reb+1ast, N.Kommatos 5+1reb+3ast, A.Tsochlas 2+2reb+2ast
Aris: M.Pasalic 13+3reb+5ast, A.Vezenkov 13+6reb, A.Asimakopoulos 12+6reb+3ast, M.Pelekanos 12+3reb, J.Hunt 9+3reb+6ast, D.Verginis 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 203788



Greek U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Dionysis Skoulidas
Skoulidas
Georgios Papagiannis
Papagiannis
Vasileios Charalampopoulos
Charalampopoulos
Georgios Dospras
Dospras
#e#4
4 Antonis Koniaris 183-PG-97 PAOK Greece
5 Thanassis Douzidis 180-PG-97 Halkida Greece
6 Nikos Ntiplaros 97
7 Dimitris Flionis 186-PG-97 Aris Greece
8 Giannis Mihaloutsos 204-F-97
9 Ilias Theodoridis 190-G-97 Irakleio Greece
10 Dionysis Skoulidas 200-PF-97 Peristeri GS Greece
11 Dimitris Papadimitriou 200-F-97 Halkidas Greece
12 Leonidas Kontopoulos 97
13 Vassilis Mouratos 193-F-97 Ag. Anargiroi Greece
14 Georgios Papagiannis 214-C-97 Peristeri GS Greece
15 Vasileios Charalampopoulos 203-F-97 Panathinaikos Greece
Alexandros Karampelas 197-F-97
Georgios Dospras 196-SF-97
Antonis Pefanis 179-G-97 Proteas Greece



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Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Den Bosch 19-4 
 2. Leiden 18-5 
 3. Groningen 16-8 
 4. Zwolle 13-11 
 5. M.Magixx 12-11 
 6. Leeuwarden 12-11 
 7. Den Helder K. 12-12 
 8. Weert 9-14 
 9. Amsterdam 3-20 
 10. Rotterdam 2-20 

Regular Season: Round 21

Feb. 2: Leeuwarden - Groningen 84-74
Feb. 2: Weert - Rotterdam 83-79
Feb. 3: Den Bosch - Den Helder K. 82-66
Feb. 3: Amsterdam - Leiden 72-69
Feb. 2: M.Magixx - Zwolle 64-80

Regular Season: Round 22

Feb. 5: Weert - Leeuwarden
Feb. 6: Leiden - M.Magixx
Feb. 7: Rotterdam - Amsterdam
Feb. 7: Zwolle - Den Helder K.


Eredivisie Round 21: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News

Eredivisie round 21 caused change at the leadership position. Fifth defeat of league's leader Leiden (18-5) against ninth ranked Amsterdam (3-20) 72-69 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Leiden. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-69. It was a good game for forward Pascal Balm (200-84) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Jeremy Ormskerk (190-82, agency: Court Side) contributed with 16 points and 5 assists for the winners. Canadian forward Ross Bekkering (203-87) answered with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Leiden. Amsterdam maintains ninth place with 3-20 record. Leiden at the other side dropped to the second position with five games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Den Bosch. Leiden will play next round against M.Magixx trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Amsterdam will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Rotterdam on the road.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Den Bosch as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Den Bosch defeated 7th ranked Den Helder K. at home 82-66. The former international forward Stefan Wessels (203-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) stepped up and scored 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Matt Bauscher chipped in 14 points and 5 assists. Den Bosch's coach Raoul Korner allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was the former international center Jeroen van der List (213-89, college: Indian Hills CC, agency: Court Side) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Den Helder K. at the other side keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost. Den Helder K. will play next round against strong Zwolle trying to get back on the winning streak. Den Bosch will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Groningen (16-8) against seventh ranked Leeuwarden (12-11) on Saturday night. Visiting Groningen was defeated by Leeuwarden in Leeuwarden 84-74. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Groningen. David Michaels nailed 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Jamal Boykin came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for Groningen in the defeat. Groningen's coach Ivica Skelin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Leeuwarden moved-up to fifth place, which they share with M.Magixx. Loser Groningen keeps the third position with eight games lost. Leeuwarden will meet Weert (#8) on the road in the next round. Groningen will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 21 Rotterdam was beaten by Weert on the road 83-79. M.Magixx lost to Zwolle on its own court 64-80.
The most impressive performance of 21th round was 23 points and 8 assists by Rahmon Fletcher of Weert.


Amsterdam - Leiden 72-69

Eredivisie round 21 caused change at the leadership position. Fifth defeat of league's leader Leiden (18-5) against ninth ranked Amsterdam (3-20) 72-69 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Leiden. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-69. It was a good game for forward Pascal Balm (200-84) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Jeremy Ormskerk (190-82, agency: Court Side) contributed with 16 points and 5 assists for the winners. Canadian forward Ross Bekkering (203-87) answered with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and international Worthy de Jong (194-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 12 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Leiden. Amsterdam maintains ninth place with 3-20 record. Leiden at the other side dropped to the second position with five games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Den Bosch. Leiden will play next round against M.Magixx trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Amsterdam will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Rotterdam on the road.
Top scorers:
Leiden: M.Schachtner 21+2reb, R.Bekkering 18+8reb+4ast, W.de Jong 12+11reb+3ast, M.Kherrazi 8+8reb+2ast, S.Cunningham 6+6reb+2ast, T.Gallo 4+2reb
Amsterdam: P.Balm 16+6reb+2ast, J.Ormskerk 16+1reb+5ast, J.Van Der Laan 9+1reb, A.Roye 8+2reb+5ast, J.Brandt 7+4reb+3ast, B.Weijs 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 193702


Den Bosch - Den Helder K. 82-66

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Den Bosch as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Den Bosch defeated 7th ranked Den Helder K. at home 82-66. The game was mostly controlled by Den Bosch. Den Helder K. was better in third quarter 29-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 24-of-31 charity shots (77.4 percent) during the game. Den Bosch forced 20 Den Helder K. turnovers. Den Helder K. was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international forward Stefan Wessels (203-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) stepped up and scored 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and American guard Matt Bauscher (188-85, college: Boise St.) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists. Five Den Bosch players scored in double figures. Den Bosch's coach Raoul Korner allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was the former international center Jeroen van der List (213-89, college: Indian Hills CC, agency: Court Side) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Mark Hill (180-87, college: CS Northridge, agency: Three Eye Sports) scored 16 points. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Den Helder K. at the other side keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost. Den Helder K. will play next round against strong Zwolle trying to get back on the winning streak. Den Bosch will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Den Helder K.: M.Hill 16+2reb+3ast, J.van der List 13+10reb+2ast, S.Warren 10+6reb, E.Kloos 8+1reb, P.Bach 6+3reb+4ast, M.Van Schaik 5+3reb
Den Bosch: S.Wessels 18+7reb+4ast, A.Young 14+3reb+5ast, M.Bauscher 14+4reb+5ast, W.Carter 13+6reb, D.Wright 10+4reb+2ast, P.Van Paassen 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 193701


Leeuwarden - Groningen 84-74

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Groningen (16-8) against seventh ranked Leeuwarden (12-11) on Saturday night. Visiting Groningen was defeated by Leeuwarden in Leeuwarden 84-74. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Groningen. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 50-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American David Michaels (201-90, college: Whitman, agency: Pro One Sports) nailed 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Samme Givens (195, college: Drexel) accounted for 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward Jamal Boykin (203-87, college: California) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Rogier Jansen (188-84, agency: Court Side) added 13 points and 7 assists respectively for Groningen in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Groningen's coach Ivica Skelin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Leeuwarden moved-up to fifth place, which they share with M.Magixx. Loser Groningen keeps the third position with eight games lost. Leeuwarden will meet Weert (#8) on the road in the next round. Groningen will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Groningen: J.Boykin 15+10reb+1ast, J.Voorn 13+1reb+1ast, R.Jansen 13+2reb+7ast, J.Dourisseau 12+6reb+1ast, M.Kingma 9+2reb, N.Rohnert 5+5reb+8ast
Leeuwarden: D.Michaels 23+5reb+1ast, S.Givens 14+8reb+6ast, J.Williams 13+5reb+1ast, R.Holcomb Faye 12+3reb+7ast, S.Poels 8+6reb+1ast, V.Lietmeijer 7+1reb
gschID: 193700


Weert - Rotterdam 83-79

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked Weert's (9-14) home victory over bottom-ranked Rotterdam (2-20) 83-79 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 22-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American center Antwan Carter (198, college: Longwood, agency: Court Side) nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import point guard Rahmon Fletcher (177-88, college: Green Bay, agency: Court Side) accounted for 23 points and 8 assists. The former international forward Daniel Jones (200-79) came up with 23 points and 4 assists and American guard Anthony Miles (182-89, college: Lamar) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Rotterdam in the defeat. Weert maintains eighth place with 9-14 record. Loser Rotterdam dropped to the bottom. Weert will meet at home higher ranked Leeuwarden (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rotterdam will play against Amsterdam (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rotterdam: D.Jones 23+4reb+4ast, A.Miles 19+5reb+3ast, C.Echols 12+10reb+1ast, M.Otten 9+2reb+2ast, H.Addow 8+7reb, D.Rigters 6+3reb
Weert: A.Carter 24+13reb+2ast, R.Fletcher 23+2reb+8ast, B.Perine 19+5reb+5ast, K.van Kempen 9+8reb+3ast, S.Besseling 7+5reb+1ast, S.De Haas 1+3reb
gschID: 193699


M.Magixx - Zwolle 64-80

There was a minor upset when 4th placed M.Magixx (12-11) lost to sixth ranked Zwolle (13-11) in Nijmegen 64-80 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Zwolle. M.Magixx managed to win second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Josh Magette (185-90, college: Al.-Huntsville, agency: Pro One Sports) nailed 15 points and 7 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Zack Novak (193-90, college: Michigan, agency: Priority Sports) accounted for 20 points. Four Zwolle players scored in double figures. The former international center Marcel Aarts (213-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy) came up with 18 points and 8 rebounds and Indian-Canadian forward Robbie Sihota (198-87) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for M.Magixx in the defeat. Zwolle have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. M.Magixx lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Leeuwarden. Zwolle will meet at home Den Helder K. (#7) in the next round. M.Magixx will play against the league's second-placed Leiden and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
M.Magixx: M.Aarts 18+8reb+2ast, R.Sihota 15+8reb, T.Vermeulen 10+2reb+4ast, H.Bekkering 9+3reb+5ast, A.Dawson 8+4reb+4ast, N.Oudendag 4+3reb+1ast
Zwolle: Z.Novak 20+2reb, J.Magette 15+4reb+7ast, D.Webb 15+5reb, T.Smith 13+6reb+2ast, K.Zondervan 7+8reb, N.Hulzebos 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 193698



Matrixx Magixx lands point guard Roman Nardi - by Fred Roggen

Matrixx Magixx bolstered its backcourt by signing Roman Nardi (186-G-85, college: Villanova), a point guard arriving from Italian side MarcoPoloShop.it Forli. Nardi, an American-Italian, signed a contract for the remain of the season with the Magixx's.
Matrixx Magixx will be Nardis eighth team in two countries since finishing a standout college basketball career at Villanova University. He first signed for Agricola Gloria Montecatini, Basket Napoli, Air Avellino, Scavolini Spar Pesaro, Edimes Pavia, Armani Jeans Milano and then spent two seasons with MarcoPoloShop.it Forli, all in Italy, before joining Matrixx Magixx this season. AT Villanova, Nardi was member of the squad that reach the NCAA Sweet 8 in 2006 and the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in 2005.





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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kyle SWANSTON
  Kapos.
  (201-G/F-86)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Swanston, Kapos.