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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Dusko Vujosevic fined with 6.000 euros due to comments on the work of referees - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

Head coach of BC Partizan MT:S Beograd Dusko Vujosevic (agency: Beo Basket ) gets fined again by the Adriatic basketball league. This time not due to unsportsmanslike behaviour, but because of comments on the work of the referees after the defeat of his team in Kragujevac agains Radnicki Kragujevac.

Vujosevic stated that referees decided the game and that they were paying their debt towards Radnicki Kragujevac Kragujevac. Because of that statement he got fined with 6.000 euros by the Adriatic league. Together with the previous fines, that makes 10.800 euros of fines for Dusko Vujosevic (agency: Beo Basket ) by ABA league this season. Previously he was fined because he physically attacked a referee after the away defeat vs. Szolnoki Olajbanyasz and because he threathened the referees in a game vs. KK Zadar in Belgrade.




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  ARGENTINA   


Argentina U16 posts the initial victory in Turkey - by Eurobasket News

Argentina U16 posts the initial victory in Turkey at the International Tournament.
In Day 3 Germany U16 won over Argentina U16 55:50. The European team won the first period 15-11, but allowed the Argentinean squad to take the lead at the halftime after a 20-8 surge. Germany needed a 14-7 rally in the third period and finished the game with 18-12. Beyschlag Georg and Taras Tibor led the way with 8 points each. Martin Fernandez (193-F-97) replied with 21 points in the losing effort, while Enzo Marcelo Avalos and Jorge Agustn Ms Delfino scored 6 each.
In Day 4 Argentina U16 won over Montenegro U16 64:56. The Latin American representative started the game with 21-9 and led 9 points at the halftime. Montenegro replied with 10-7 in the third period, but failed with 17-19 in the last stanza. Guillermo Aliende (178-PG-97) stepped up with 13 points and Jeffrey Merchant (197-C-97) added 12. Lautaro Riego Vanzella brought 8, while Martin Ariel notched 6. Nikola Lucic (188-F-97) finished the game with 19 points in defeat, while Ognjen Carapic had 12.



TNA Round 12 - by Facundo Iatzky

San Martin Corrientes is still unbeaten after another victory against Sarmiento resistencia. This was a round with many victories on the road. The teams that got it were La union Colon, Alvear, Estudiantes Concordia, Alianza Viedma and Monte hermoso. The last one won in two overtimes against San lorenzo. Sport Club lost and Quilmes took advantage of it winning its game to get closer in the standings of south zone.
MVP of the round: Gaston Essengue (203-F-83, agency: CDM Basketball, college: UNLV) of Quilmes: 31 pts 12 reb 3 bl
other remarkable performances:
Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87, college: Findlay, OH) of Estudiantes: 28 pts 9 reb
Martin Aguirrezabala (200-F/C-80, college: Cisco JC) of alianza viedma: 24 pts 10 reb
Kristian Clarkson (202-F-84, agency: TSS Management, college: Widener) of ciclista juninense: 26 pts 8 reb
Milton Vittar (185-G-91) of union sunchales: 25 pts 6 reb




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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 4

Feb. 5: Singapore S. - KL Dragons 68-67
Feb. 2: KL Dragons - Thailand S. 65-77
Feb. 1: Petron Blaze - Saigon H. 100-74
Feb. 8: Petron Blaze - Satria Muda



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  AUSTRALIA   


Ervin, Lemanis win monthly awards - by Hugh McAuliffe

Townsville Crocodiles star Gary Ervin (183-PG-83, college: Arkansas) and New Zealand Breakers coach Andrej Lemanis have capped off outstanding starts to 2013, respectively taking out the Player of the Month and Coach of the Month for January in the iiNet NBL Championship.

Having also won Player of the Month for December, Ervin carried this amazing form into the New Year, averaging 21.8 points at a remarkable 52.5% from the field in his four games in January, adding 5.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game.

Ervin convincingly topped Januarys voting ahead of Melbourne Tigers star Jonny Flynn and in-form Sydney big man Ian Crosswhite, while 36ers centre Daniel Johnson and Breakers guard Cedric Jackson were also prominent.

Recording his second Coach of the Month honour for the 2012/13 season, Lemanis led his Breakers team to a perfect 6-0 through January, taking a stranglehold on the top spot on the NBL ladder.

Perth Wildcats coach Rob Beveridge also enjoyed a flawless January, posting four wins, while Tigers boss Chris Anstey posted a 3-2 win-loss record during the same period.

The NBLs Player and Coach of the Month for January took into account Rounds 13 through 16 of the iiNet NBL Championship, inclusive. All NBL Head Coaches and accredited media were eligible to vote for the awards.



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  AUSTRIA   

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


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maurice PEARSON
  Furstenf.
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Pearson, Furstenf.19.8 
 2. Spasojevic, Arkadia19.6 
 3. Tiedeman, Wels19.5 
 4. Grum, Furstenfeld19.4 
 5. Gilchrese, UBSC G.18.8 
 6. Shaw, Kapfenberg18.1 
 7. Dale, UBSC G.18.0 
 8. Ray, BC Vienna17.9 
 9. Suljanovic, Kloste.17.5 
 10. Lamesic, Wels16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice PEARSON
  Furstenf.
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Pearson, Furstenf.12.5 
 2. Heard, Gussing8.1 
 3. Sanchez, Kapfenbe.7.8 
 4. Ray, BC Vienna7.0 
 5. Washington, Wels6.9 
 6. Johnson, Oberwart6.9 
 7. Speiser, St.Polten6.7 
 8. Lamesic, Wels6.7 
 9. Suljanovic, Kloste.6.6 
 10. Bortolin, Arkadia6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Giovonne WOODS
  Kapfenberg
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Woods, Kapfenberg6.1 
 2. Boylan, BC Vienna6.1 
 3. Klepeisz, Gussing5.1 
 4. Tiedeman, Wels4.4 
 5. Lanegger, Klostern.4.4 
 6. Danek, BC Vienna4.2 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels3.8 
 8. O''Neal, Furstenfeld3.8 
 9. Schaal, UBSC G.3.7 
 10. Pryor, Kapfenberg3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  UBSC G.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gilchrese, UBSC G.2.6 
 2. Boylan, BC Vienna1.8 
 3. Ray, BC Vienna1.6 
 4. Arnold, Gmunden1.6 
 5. Markovic, UBSC G.1.5 
 6. Farokhmanesh, Wels1.4 
 7. Pryor, Kapfenberg1.4 
 8. O''Neal, Furstenfeld1.3 
 9. Payton, Klostern.1.3 
 10. Oppland, Gmunden1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Blaz CRESNAR
  Furstenf.
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Cresnar, Furstenf.1.2 
 2. Bortolin, Arkadia1.2 
 3. Rakocevic, BC Vi.1.1 
 4. Arnold, Gmunden0.9 
 5. Washington, Wels0.8 
 6. Shaw, Kapfenberg0.8 
 7. Mayer, Gmunden0.7 
 8. Pearson, Furstenf.0.6 
 9. Chappell, Klostern.0.6 
 10. Greimeister, Klos.0.6 


Austrian A Bundesliga round 20 best performance: Mark Sanchez - by Eurobasket News

American-Mexican forward Mark Sanchez (201-F-87, agency: Court Side) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Kapfenberg, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (16 points, seven rebounds and six assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Arkadia (#11, 1-17) with 23-point margin 104-81. Kapfenberg is placed at 2nd position in Austrian A Bundesliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kapfenberg will need more victories to improve their 14-4 record. In the team's last game Sanchez had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Kapfenberg's top player in his first season with the team. Former Boise State University star has very solid stats this year. Sanchez is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 7.8rpg) and averages impressive 68.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Seamus Boxley (201-F-82) of Oberwart. Boxley had a very good evening with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he lead Oberwart to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked St.Polten (#10, 3-16) 97-75. Oberwart's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Boxley is a newcomer at Oberwart, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Oberwart's star - American guard Richard Chaney (196-G-84). Chaney showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was another key player of Oberwart, helping his team with a 97-75 easy win against the lower-ranked St.Polten (#10, 3-16). Oberwart needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 9 lost games. Chaney has a very solid season. In 7 games in Austria he scored 17.6ppg. He also has 6.1rpg, FGP: 55.6% and 3PT: 50.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Maksim Kovacevic (199-G/F-87) of St.Polten - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78) of BC Vienna - 33 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Darnell Hinson (186-PG-80) of Oberwart - 26 points
7. David Gonzalvez (193-G-87) of Wels - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Christoph Nagler (196-G/F-84) of Klosterneub. - 21 points
9. Ramiz Suljanovic (205-F/C-79) of Klosterneub. - 18 points and 6 rebounds
10. Moritz Lanegger (190-PG-90) of Klosterneub. - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 9 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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  BAHRAIN   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 11

Feb. 4: Al Ahli - Muharraq 78-66
Feb. 5: Al Hala - Al Najma 75-74
Feb. 5: Issa Town - Bahrain Club 67-76
Feb. 4: Hidd - Al Manama 67-71
Feb. 6: Al Ittihad - Nuwaidrat
Feb. 6: Sitra - Samaheej



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   

Standings

Balkan League Stage Two Standings
Group C
 1. Levski Sofia 3-2 
 2. Kavala 3-2 
 3. Kumanovo 3-2 
 4. Rilski Sportist 2-3 
 5. Galil Gilboa 2-3 
 6. Teodo Tivat 2-3 
Group D
 1. Djuro Djakovic 3-0 
 2. Kozuv 3-0 
 3. Mornar Bar 0-3 
 4. OKK Beograd 0-3 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 2

First Six

Feb. 12: Rilski Sportist - Kumanovo
Feb. 13: Kavala - Levski Sofia
Feb. 13: Galil Gilboa - Teodo Tivat

Last Four

Feb. 5: OKK Beograd - Djuro Djakovic 90-99
Feb. 19: Mornar Bar - OKK Beograd
Feb. 20: Djuro Djakovic - Kozuv



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   

Standings - Men

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

Top 16: Round 5

Feb. 5: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Juventus 85-86
Feb. 5: Jelgava - Naglis Palangos 114-93
Feb. 5: Ventspils - Parnu 103-76
Feb. 8: Sakalai - TU/Rock
Feb. 8: Siauliai - Valmiera
Feb. 8: Juventus - Tarvas
Feb. 8: Ventspils - Lietkabelis


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris GULBIS
  Barons k.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Gulbis, Barons k.18.8 
 2. Raadik, Parnu18.2 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas17.9 
 4. Okoye, Tln Kalev17.4 
 5. Orelikas, Rudupis17.2 
 6. Akenparg, TTU15.9 
 7. Berzins, Valmiera15.4 
 8. Lengvinas, Naglis15.1 
 9. Leonard, Juventus14.8 
 10. Wilkinson, Kalev/.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Raadik, Parnu10.9 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev9.9 
 3. Chamberlain, Jelga.7.9 
 4. Berzins, Valmiera7.8 
 5. Cipruss, Lietkabel.7.2 
 6. Zelionis, Barsy A.7.2 
 7. Keedus, TTU7.1 
 8. Bishop, Nevezis6.9 
 9. Arnold, TTU6.7 
 10. Matyukevych, Bar.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Zygimantas JANAVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Janavicius, Rudupis5.7 
 2. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.5 
 3. Campbell, Tln Kalev5.0 
 4. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.8 
 5. Tamm, Tarvas4.4 
 6. Maceina, Pieno Z.4.3 
 7. Cunda, Valga4.2 
 8. Viskontas, Juvent.3.9 
 9. Dambrauskas, Sakal.3.8 
 10. Leonard, Juventus3.7 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.8 
 2. Brown, Naglis P.2.2 
 3. Laane, Rapla2.1 
 4. Janavicius, Rudupis2.1 
 5. Berzins, Valmiera2.0 
 6. Tamm, Tarvas1.9 
 7. Leppik, TU/Rock1.8 
 8. Matulionis, Parnu1.8 
 9. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.8 
 10. Jakovics, Liepaja1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.4 
 2. Kupsas, Lietkabelis1.8 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.8 
 4. Rozitis, Barons k.1.7 
 5. Silinskis, Nevezis1.6 
 6. Gates, Pieno Z.1.1 
 7. Chamberlain, Jelga.1.0 
 8. Zyle, Nevezis0.9 
 9. Meiers, Ventspils0.9 
 10. Toome, TU/Rock0.8 



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  BELARUS   

Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
 1. Grodno-93 18-0 
 2. Sozh Gomel 13-5 
 3. Rubon 9-9 
 4. Tsmoki-Minsk II 8-10 
 5. Impuls BGUIR 7-11 
 6. Svisloch 5-13 
 7. Borisfen 3-15 
Play in international cups:
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk

Regular Season: Round 21

Feb. 5: Sozh Gomel - Tsmoki-Minsk II 92-63
Feb. 5: Svisloch - Rubon 72-83
Feb. 5: Impuls BGUIR - Grodno-93 66-92

Regular Season: Round 22

Feb. 8: Impuls BGUIR - Borisfen
Feb. 8: Rubon - Sozh Gomel
Feb. 8: Svisloch - Tsmoki-Minsk II


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Kiril SITNIK
  Sozh Gomel
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel22.6 
 2. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.21.5 
 3. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.17.0 
 4. Zakhar, Impuls B.15.6 
 5. Shustau, Svisloch15.0 
 6. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.15.0 
 7. Indrikov, Rubon13.7 
 8. Sivalko, Rubon13.3 
 9. Sugonyako, Tsmoki.13.1 
 10. Akulich, Rubon12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ronaldas RUTKAUSKAS
  Tsmoki.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.10.2 
 2. Dadukin, Sozh G.10.2 
 3. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.9.4 
 4. Zakhar, Impuls B.8.6 
 5. Sharamet, Borisfen6.6 
 6. Ilyukevich, Rubon6.2 
 7. Krisevich, Tsmoki.6.2 
 8. Kuzmin, Grodno-936.0 
 9. Kurapau, Tsmoki.5.9 
 10. Mishukov, Grodn.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  Sozh G.
  (185-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Charykau, Sozh G.6.7 
 2. Shustau, Svisloch5.3 
 3. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.5.1 
 4. Akulich, Rubon5.1 
 5. Kuzmin, Grodno-934.9 
 6. Kamarunas, Svisl.4.2 
 7. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel3.4 
 8. Kryukov, Borisfen3.4 
 9. Dadukin, Sozh G.2.8 
 10. Sapegin, Rubon2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Dmitri AKULICH
  Rubon
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Akulich, Rubon3.4 
 2. Charykau, Sozh G.2.6 
 3. Zakhar, Impuls B.2.4 
 4. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel2.3 
 5. Malkov, Grodno-932.3 
 6. Shustau, Svisloch2.2 
 7. Tatur, Borisfen2.1 
 8. Volodkin, Impuls B.2.0 
 9. Kamarunas, Svisl.1.9 
 10. Dadukin, Sozh G.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Dzmitry KUZMIN
  Grodno-93
  (196-G-75)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kuzmin, Grodno-930.0 
 2. Aheyenka, Borisfen0.0 
 3. Kurapau, Tsmoki.0.0 
 4. Yafremov, Grodn.0.0 
 5. Kryukov, Borisfen0.0 
 6. Viaroukin, Sozh Go.0.0 
 7. Krisevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 8. Vashkevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 9. Korzh, Grodno-930.0 
 10. Tatur, Borisfen0.0 


Premier League Round 21: Sozh Gomel defeats Tsmoki-Minsk II in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Sozh Gomel (13-5) which hosted in Gomel 4th placed Tsmoki-Minsk II (8-10). Second ranked Sozh Gomel had an easy win 92-63. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Sozh Gomel dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Tsmoki-Minsk II's 28 and made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Sozh Gomel forced 27 Tsmoki-Minsk II turnovers. It was a good game for guard Kiril Sitnik (190-89) who led his team to a victory with 31 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). The former international point guard Siarhei Charykau (185-82, college: Yakima Valley CC) contributed with 22 points, 5 assists and 6 steals for the winners. Center Vladimir Krisevich (210-91) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for Tsmoki-Minsk II. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sozh Gomel maintains second place with 13-5 record having five points less than leader Grodno-93. Tsmoki-Minsk II at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Sozh Gomel are looking forward to face Rubon (#3) in Vitebsk in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tsmoki-Minsk II will play on the road against Svisloch in Osipovichi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Premier League top team - Grodno-93 (18-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Impuls BGUIR (7-11) in Minsk 92-66. Forward Sergej Vasilevich (202-92) stepped up and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and Dzmitry Kuzmin chipped in 9 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was forward Yuriy Ignatiev (198-91) with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Grodno-93 have an impressive series of eighteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-0 record. Impuls BGUIR at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Grodno-93 will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Impuls BGUIR will play at home against Borisfen (#7) in Mogilev and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Osipovichi was also quite interesting. Third ranked Rubon (9-9) played at the court of 6th ranked Svisloch (5-13). Rubon defeated Svisloch 83-72 on Tuesday. Zintis Plivda nailed 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Oleksandr Dolenko came up with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Svisloch in the defeat. Svisloch's coach Andrei Olbrecht rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rubon maintains third place with 9-9 record having nine points less than leader Grodno-93. Loser Svisloch keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. Rubon will meet at home league's second-placed Sozh Gomel in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Svisloch will play against Tsmoki-Minsk II (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Sozh Gomel - Tsmoki-Minsk II 92-63

An interesting game for Sozh Gomel (13-5) which hosted in Gomel 4th placed Tsmoki-Minsk II (8-10). Second ranked Sozh Gomel had an easy win 92-63. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Sozh Gomel dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Tsmoki-Minsk II's 28 and made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Sozh Gomel forced 27 Tsmoki-Minsk II turnovers. It was a good game for guard Kiril Sitnik (190-89) who led his team to a victory with 31 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). The former international point guard Siarhei Charykau (185-82, college: Yakima Valley CC) contributed with 22 points, 5 assists and 6 steals for the winners. Four Sozh Gomel players scored in double figures. Center Vladimir Krisevich (210-91) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and forward Aliaksandr Semianiuk (207-93) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Tsmoki-Minsk II. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sozh Gomel maintains second place with 13-5 record having five points less than leader Grodno-93. Tsmoki-Minsk II at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Sozh Gomel are looking forward to face Rubon (#3) in Vitebsk in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tsmoki-Minsk II will play on the road against Svisloch in Osipovichi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tsmoki-Minsk II: V.Krisevich 15+11reb, E.Sugonyako 12+3reb, A.Semianiuk 11+9reb+1ast, V.Ignatchik 8+2reb+4ast, Y.Kurapau 6+12reb, A.Vashkevich 4+4reb
Sozh Gomel: K.Sitnik 31+4reb+2ast, S.Charykau 22+2reb+5ast, S.Dadukin 12+15reb+2ast, T.Viaroukin 11+1reb+2ast, M.Ozhegov 7+7reb, I.Kaliayev 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 204751


Impuls BGUIR - Grodno-93 66-92

Premier League top team - Grodno-93 (18-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Impuls BGUIR (7-11) in Minsk 92-66. The game was mostly controlled by Grodno-93. Impuls BGUIR was better in fourth quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Grodno-93 forced 22 Impuls BGUIR turnovers and outrebounded them 47-27 including 18 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Impuls BGUIR's players. Forward Sergej Vasilevich (202-92) stepped up and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and the former international guard Dzmitry Kuzmin (196-75) chipped in 9 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Grodno-93 players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Yuriy Ignatiev (198-91) with 14 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Denis Azaare (196-92) scored 13 points. 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. Grodno-93 have an impressive series of eighteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-0 record. Impuls BGUIR at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Grodno-93 will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Impuls BGUIR will play at home against Borisfen (#7) in Mogilev and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Impuls BGUIR: Y.Ignatiev 14+8reb, D.Azaare 13+4reb+2ast, A.Papruha 9+1ast, K.Volodkin 9+5reb+2ast, A.Matveyeu 7+2reb, H.Zakhar 6+6reb
Grodno-93: S.Vasilevich 18+6reb, V.Korzh 18+2reb, A.Malkov 14+4reb+2ast, U.Charko 11+2reb+5ast, D.Kuzmin 9+7reb+6ast, K.Yafremov 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 204752


Svisloch - Rubon 72-83

The game in Osipovichi was also quite interesting. Third ranked Rubon (9-9) played at the court of 6th ranked Svisloch (5-13). Rubon defeated Svisloch 83-72 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Rubon. Svisloch managed to win fourth quarter 23-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Latvian center Zintis Plivda (206-88) nailed 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and Russian guard Anton Indrikov (193-87) accounted for 20 points and 6 rebounds. point guard Oleksandr Dolenko (191-90) came up with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Ukrainian forward Maks Adam Konate (200-91) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Svisloch in the defeat. Svisloch's coach Andrei Olbrecht rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rubon maintains third place with 9-9 record having nine points less than leader Grodno-93. Loser Svisloch keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. Rubon will meet at home league's second-placed Sozh Gomel in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Svisloch will play against Tsmoki-Minsk II (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Svisloch: O.Dolenko 13+7reb+5ast, M.Adam Konate 13+9reb+1ast, P.Shuleyko 9, N.Polyulyak 9+4reb+9ast, D.Shilovich 8+5reb, A.Korneenkov 8+1reb
Rubon: Z.Plivda 22+8reb+1ast, A.Indrikov 20+6reb+1ast, Y.Patupchyk 9+5reb+1ast, A.Kachan 9, S.Sapegin 8+2reb+2ast, D.Akulich 8+1reb+6ast
gschID: 204750



Sitnik's 31-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old guard Kiril Sitnik (190-G-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Sozh Gomel and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had the game-high 31 points adding four rebounds and two assists for Sozh Gomel in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Tsmoki-Minsk II (#4, 8-10) with 29-point margin 92-63. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Sozh Gomel maintains the 2nd position in Belarusian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sozh Gomel will need more victories to improve their 13-5 record. In the team's last game Sitnik had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Sozh Gomel's top player in his first season with the team. Sitnik has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.6ppg. Sitnik is in league's top in assists (7th best: 3.4apg) and averages solid 2.3spg and 63.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Zintis Plivda (206-C-88) of Rubon. He is Latvian center in his first season at Rubon. In the last game Plivda recorded impressive 22 points and 8 rebounds. Of course Rubon cruised to a 83-72 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Svisloch (#6, 5-13). Rubon's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 9-9 record is not bad at all. Plivda is a newcomer at Rubon and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Sergej Vasilevich (202-F-92) of league's leader Grodno-93. Vasilevich scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Grodno-93, leading his team to a 92-66 easy win against the lower-ranked Impuls BGUIR (#5, 7-11). Grodno-93 have amazing season winning all 18 games without a single defeat. Vasilevich turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Vasilevich has a very solid season. In 12 games in Belarus he scored 4.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sergei Dadukin (198-F-83) of Sozh Gomel - 12 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Siarhei Charykau (185-PG-82) of Sozh Gomel - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Vladimir Krisevich (210-C-91) of Tsmoki-Minsk II - 15 points and 11 rebounds
7. Anton Indrikov (193-G-87) of Rubon - 20 points and 6 rebounds
8. Maks Adam Konate (200-F-91) of Svisloch - 13 points and 9 rebounds
9. Artem Malkov (185-PG-88) of Grodno-93 - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Vyacheslau Korzh (192-PG-86) of Grodno-93 - 18 points and 2 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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Okapi Aalstar Roster News - by Peter Buyse

Generali Okapi Aalstar today announced the addition of Lee Cummard (201-SG-85, college: BYU) to their roster. The player is to arrive in Belgium on Wednesday and the team hopes to have him elibible for this weekend's game vs Antwerp Giants.
The former BYU Cougar finished his college career in 2008-2009 averaging 16.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg and 3.4 apg.
Started the 2009-2010 season playing for the Utah Flash in the D-League before heading overseas to France. In January of 2010 he joined French ProB team Fos Ouesyt Provence.
He played the whole of 2010-2011 with Fos Ouest and averaged 12.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg and 2.1 apg. Lee spent most of the 2011-2012 season in Japan playing for Kyoto in the BJ league (2nd league). In 57 games he averaged 10.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 3.1 apg. At the beginning of the present season he moved back to France to play for his old team Fos for 6 games.




Division II - Round Twenty-One - by Bert Larsimont

Gembo BBC vs. Essor Charleroi (Spirou B): 112-56

All Gembo players of coach Stefan Sappe Sappenberghs showed that they were ready for the next important games of the season. All players have played and scored against Essor Charleroi last weekend. Sappe's team definitely remains one tough Division II play-off candidate. The young Spirou squad was like chewy toffee for the home team. The first quarter was quite balanced and Essor managed to remain close. There was nevertheless no problem for Gembo from the second quarter on. Only Boris Penninck (202-C-88) tried to challenge his opponents but he remained very lonely through the whole game. Gembo was too strong and outscored Essor -- twice as much as the guests (112-56). Gembo never faced any problem in this game. Free video highlights on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pt1tAVsKjYE&list=UUoSEPiDqNhOjhQW7eAC-isQ.
Score evolution: 25-22, 50-34, 81-41 and 112-56.

Excelsior Brussels vs. Bent Schoenen Waregem: 74-62

A scoop has recently filtered and was relayed on the official website of BS Waregem: Brecht Guillemyn (192-F-87) will join the Flemish team next season. Moreover, both experienced players Stan Naudts (195-F-86) and Stijn Dhondt (197-F-79, college: Boston U.) have also signed an agreement with BS Waregem for one extra season. It was also announced by the BS Waregem staff that the contract of Ahmet Gueye (203-C/F-82, college: Hawaii) had been broken last week. For professional reasons, Ahmet Gueye decided to put an end to his cooperation with BS Waregem. According to the Flemish press, it also seems that the 2012-13 Division II play-offs are not a priority for coach Sven Declercq and his club. On the other side, Excelsior Brussels remains one of the three applicants willing to join the Ethias League. Last weekend's win over BS Waregem also allows Excelsior Brussels to stay in the play-off race. Special mention to former Ethias League's players of Excelsior in this game: Xavier Collette (185-PG-85, agency: LBM Management) with 12 points, 1 assist and 3 rebounds; Stephane Pelle (205-C/F-80, college: Colorado) with 10 points, 3 assists and 10 rebounds as well as Randy Oveneke (201-F-86) with 14 points, 2 steals, 3 assists and 4 rebounds.
Score evolution: 12-8, 31-25, 50-48 and 74-62.
Best scorers:
Excelsior: X. Collette 12, M. Depuydt 8, J. Van Haevermaet 11, G. De Pooter 2, L. Maesfrancx 11, J. De Schepper 2, S. Pelle 10, R. Oveneke 14, S. Semijejero 4.
BS Waregem: N/A

Cuva Houthalen vs. Belfius Mons Hainaut II: 99-67

Cuva's US player Jason Westrol (191-G-88, college: Bentley) was pretty efficient in assists in this game. The young visitors of coach Patrick Verdun had a real off-day and a rather poor game on the whole. Beside their American squad, Cuva Houthalen could also count on great performances by Chiel Koonings (180-PG-90) and Hans Van Wijn (197-F-95) last Sunday. After a 0-7 run, the young Foxes of Mons Hainaut II came closer at 43-35 in the second quarter but the home team never seemed to have any doubts and eventually won the game by a 32-point margin. Special thanks to Manon Meurant (of Belfius Mons Hainaut) who sent us the statistics of the game. With a rather poor 27/75 (36%) from the field, the Foxes could certainly never win this game.
Score evolution: 35-20, 56-37, 76-51 and 99-67.
Best scorers:
Cuva: C. Koonings 19, B. Maesen 2, R. McCollum 25, S. Delalieux 7, J. Westrol 15, H. Van Wijn 9, B. Tracey 9, G. Camps 2, D. Clemente 5, O. Hodge 6.
Mons Hainaut II: M. Pretto 2, L. Giancaterino 22, E. Lecomte 13, L. Schwartz 12, M. Renard 5, A. Gorgemans 11, K. Tumba 2.

Gent Dragons vs. Sint-Jan Antwerp: 74-82

The Dragons recorded a poor 13/23 from the free-throw line. The home team was ahead by 8 points (42-34) in the first half mainly thanks to a nice presence by Faycal Lait (190-G-88, agency: Promotex), Thomas Van De Vondel (194-F/G-80) and Leigh Enobakhare (206-C-86, agency: Court Side) in offense. Nevertheless, Senne Geukens (190-G-83) was also well present for the Jantjes. After several turnovers by the Dragons, Sint-Jan was in front: 57-64. Faycal Lait and Robin Spaens (180-G-92) reacted efficiently but Senne Geukens helped his team reach a large beneficial margin: 63-75. The last efforts made by the Dragons were not sufficient. A winning streak at 8 is now held by SJBA. Also a special mention to Vinnie Haerbos (180-PG-90) with 17 points for the Jantjes.
The basketball clubs Gent Dragons and Blackhawks Gent Laarne also met with J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell), the quick and athletic ex-guard of BC Oostende, last week. They talked about the possible merging of the two clubs. The aim is to form one single team in the short term which could make the big jump to the Ethias League in the future (2013-14?). The project's name is 'Gent Evolution'. As a matter of fact, the people of the Ethias League would like to get back to a competition with ten teams as soon as possible. Stay tuned for more news on this project.
Score evolution: 24-22, 47-42, 60-64 and 74-82.
Best scorers:
Dragons: J. Jones 7, B. Heinle 4, R. Spaens 3, F. Lait 21, T. Van De Vondel 20, M. Van Gelder 8, L. Enobakhare 10, C. Tshimuanga 1.
Sint-Jan: V. Haerbos 17, B. Hartshorne 7, B. Raes 3, N. El Khounchar 6, A. Druwez 10, S. Geukens 32, L. Anthonis 5, V. Kesteloot 2.

Sint-Niklase Condors vs. CEP Fleurus: 69-61

13/23 from the free-throw line seems to be a common figure in Division II - Round 21 (see previous summary: Gent Dragons vs. Sint-Jan Antwerp): the CEP players have missed too many free-throws again this week. On the other side, the Belgian trio formed by Bjorn De Beukeleer (185-G/F-89), Elias Lasisi (192-G/F-92, agency: Court Side) and Niels Maris (196-F-89) was absolutely complementary and efficient for the Klaasjes. The men of coach Steve Ibens made the difference in the third quarter (won by the Condors: 24-15). Special mention to CEP player Christian Manzanza (193-F-85, college: Peninsula JC) for his second half. A big decision was taken by the CEP staff last week: Ludovic Pourtoit (182-G-88) was cut and released. Local experienced player Jeremy Vanesse (198-F-80) is now back to business until the end of the Division II season and replaces Pourtoit.
Score evolution: 14-15, 30-31, 54-46 and 69-61.
Best scorers:
Condors: B. De Beukeleer 18, E. Lasisi 19, B. Bogaert 5, S. Vermeulen 6, D. Bovoy 4, N. Maris 17.
CEP F: A. Marion 7, K. Jonniaux 7, C. Manzanza 10, T. Bauwens 13, L. Hazard 12, S. Muric 3, C. Ilongo 9.

Kangoeroes Boom vs. BasKet Tongeren: 111-73

After only 3 minutes, the scoreboard already showed 12-2 for the home team. Dieter Souveryns (193-F/G-83) scored 13 points for the Kangoeroes in the first quarter. One anecdote: BK Tongeren's Karim Doukmani (178-G-83) unexpectedly arrived very late for the game (at 58-36) because of a car breakdown. He and his mates were never able to come back on the right track and the Kangoeroes deserved the win. To be noted: Tom Poppe will remain coach of Kangoeroes Boom even if the club is granted the right to compete in the Ethias League next season. The club of Kangoeroes Boom remains one strong candidate (together with Gent Dragons and Excelsior Brussels) for joining the Ethias League in the very near future.
Score evolution: 29-18, 58-36, 92-53 and 111-73.

Point Chaud Sprimont vs. BBC Haantjes Oudenaarde: 100-65

What an amazing start by the home team: 21-1 with Florian Forthomme (194-F) and Gilles Vrancken (192-PF) who were particularly efficient in the first six minutes of the game! Haantje Mikhail Linskens (213-C-87, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Wyoming) had an off-day and did not score one single point in this game. Only Jean Salumu (193-F-90) and Gillis Mestdagh (197-F/C-80, college: Siskiyous JC) could react in a rather challenging way against a very good team of PC Sprimont. The men of Pascal Horrion left no chance to the visitors and even put a last touch in the fourth quarter by hitting shots from all ranges. Also to be mentioned: Gaetan Hertay (195-F-88) and Frederic Delsaute (191-F-86) scored over 20 points again this week.
Score evolution: 28-8, 55-30, 74-49 and 100-65.
Best scorers:
PC Sprimont: R. Delhaye 2, G. Vrancken 16, J.-B. Thome 7, G. Hertay 26, F. Delsaute 21, G. Donnay 10, A. Bousmanne 2, F. Forthomme 5, J. Flagothier 11.
Haantjes: J. Salumu 30, J. Bourdeaux 9, G. Mestdag 18, L. Lhote 3, F. Moerman 3, N. De Lepeleire 2.



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Standings - BIH League

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

Regular Season: Round 16

Feb. 2: Varda HE - Kakanj
Feb. 2: Radnik B. - Borac Nektar
Feb. 2: Servitium - Vogosca
Feb. 2: Mladost - Posusje
Feb. 2: Capljina - Leotar
Feb. 7: Bosna - Zrinjski HT


D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Vogosca
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 24
 1. Tuljkovic, Vogosca24.0 
 2. Bakovic, Posusje22.0 
 3. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.20.5 
 4. Hot, Vogosca18.7 
 5. Lalovic, Zrinjski.18.5 
 6. Bijelic, Mladost17.6 
 7. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.17.3 
 8. Aleksic, Leotar17.1 
 9. Bjelica, Capljina16.7 
 10. Peljto, Kakanj16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marko JOSILO
  Varda HE
  (201-G-92)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Josilo, Varda HE9.2 
 2. Tuljkovic, Vogosca8.8 
 3. Jazvin, Zrinjski HT8.0 
 4. Lalovic, Zrinjski.7.6 
 5. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.7.2 
 6. Bijelic, Mladost7.1 
 7. Pavlovic, Borac N.6.6 
 8. Erkic, Radnik B.6.6 
 9. Rizvic, Bosna6.4 
 10. Jovanovic, Radnik6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Hot, Vogosca7.9 
 2. Peljto, Kakanj6.5 
 3. Kascelan, Leotar5.9 
 4. Kovacevic, Capljina5.5 
 5. Radovanovic, Radni.5.3 
 6. Hodzic, Bosna5.2 
 7. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.5.2 
 8. Bakovic, Posusje4.9 
 9. Ivanic, Mladost4.8 
 10. Kastratovic, Vard.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Hot, Vogosca2.9 
 2. Kovacevic, Capljina2.3 
 3. Bjelica, Capljina2.3 
 4. Lovric, Posusje2.2 
 5. Hodzic, Bosna1.6 
 6. Erkic, Radnik B.1.6 
 7. Pavlovic, Borac N.1.5 
 8. Knezevic, Mladost1.5 
 9. Jovanovic, Radnik1.5 
 10. Borovcanin, Radni.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Igor BIJELIC
  Mladost
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Bijelic, Mladost1.5 
 2. Djuranovic, Borac0.6 
 3. Leric, Bosna0.6 
 4. Popovic, Capljina0.6 
 5. Buza, Bosna0.6 
 6. Mustapic, Posusje0.6 
 7. Jurkovic, Capljina0.6 
 8. Loncarevic, Radnik0.5 
 9. Jovanovic, Radnik0.5 
 10. Simic, Radnik B.0.5 



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Marcelo Deschamps picks Monmouth - by Paulo Freire

Lee Academy big man Marcelo Rabelo (202-PF-93) made a verbal commitment to Monmouth University, a NEC school.

Marcelo Deschamps is a Brazilian native currently in his second season at Lee Academy. Hes made consistent strides during his two years in New England.

Lee Academy head coach Deshon Gaither referred to Deschamps as one of his steadiest players on Sunday, noting his work ethic, rebounding presence, and ability to knock down the elbow jumper.

Deschamps is the fourth player to commit to Monmouth head coach King Rice this season joining guard Josh James, forward Greg Noack, and fellow big man Zach Tillman.

The six-foot-ten big man is also the fourth Lee Academy product to commit this year joining Mohamed Bah (Drexel), Kiefer Douse (Vermont), and Stefan Zecevic (Bradley).

Deschamps were in action during the final game of the National Prep School Invitational on Sunday as Lee held off Notre Dames post-graduate team. The player were still uncommitted prior to the game.



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

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

Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Luc Mbah a Moute (200-86, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to a Milwaukee Bucks' victory against the Orlando Magic (14-34) 107-98 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Mbah a Moute recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes on the court. The Milwaukee Bucks have 25-21 record this season. It's Mbah a Moute's fifth year with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 7.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 42.6%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 58.8% in the 32 games he played so far. Mbah a Moute played for the Cameroonian senior national team two years ago.

Kenny Kadji
Kenny Kadji
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Kenny Kadji (211-88, currently plays college basketball in the States). He led Miami, FL to a victory against the Virginia Tech (2-6) 73-64 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Kadji scored 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The University of Miami, Florida has quite an impressive 8-0 conference record this season. So far Miami, FL won all eight games in the conference. This season Kadji averages: 7.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 42.6%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 58.8%. He played for the Cameroonian national team in 2011.

Victor Samnick
Victor Samnick
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international power forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA. He could not help Chorale de Roanne (8-10) in their last game. Despite Samnick's good performance Chorale de Roanne was edged in an overtime 89-87 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#3) Le Mans. He scored 10 points in 15 minutes. It's Samnick's first season with the team. This year Samnick's overall stats are: 8.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 46.5%, 3FGP: 22.7% and FT: 64.8% in the 17 games. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Samnick played for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Harding NaNa
Harding NaNa
   #4. Forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL was not able to help New Yorker Phantoms (6-14) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance New Yorker Phantoms was defeated 75-70 in Muenchen by the much higher-ranked Bayern (#3). NaNa scored 10 points. This season NaNa has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2011.

Arsene Towa
Arsene Towa
   #5. Former international forward Arsene Towa (191-81, currently plays in Finland) helped Kerava Energia Team win their game against the sixth-ranked BC Jyvaskyla (8-13) 98-91 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) in Sunday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds in 34 minutes. Kerava Energia Team (16-5) is placed first in Division B. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Towa is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Kerava Energia Team's roster. Towa is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders with 12.8rpg. He also averaged so far 16.8ppg, 2.6apg and 1.8spg in the 20 games. Towa used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Michel Ipouck
Michel Ipouck
   #6. Forward Michel Ipouck (199-86, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Chartres (7-10) in their game against Quimper UJAP (12-5) in the French NM1 (third division). Despite his very good performance last Saturday He was the top scorer with 14 points. Ipouck also added 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Ipouck has reliable stats this season: 11.8ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.3bpg. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Ipouck is also a former international player as he played for the Cameroonian senior team two years ago.

William Arnaud Adala
William Arnaud Adala
   #7. Former international forward William Arnaud Adala (198-93, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Wake Forest (3-5) in their game against the Duke University (6-2) in the NCAA. He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Wake Forest was defeated 75-70 at home by the Duke University. It was Wake Forest's third consecutive loss in a row. Arnaud Adala's total stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Gaston Moliva
Gaston Moliva
   #8. Forward Gaston Moliva (202-85, college: Richmond, currently plays in Qatar) led Qatar Sports Club to a victory over the closely-ranked Al Wakrah (5-11) crushing them 73-49 in the Qatari D1 on Tuesday night. He was MVP of the game. Moliva recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 5 assists and 3 steals. Qatar Sports Club Doha (4-12) is placed second from the bottom (#8) in the D1. They ended the series of eight consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended. Moliva is ranked eighth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (fifth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Moliva averages: 16.4ppg, 11.0rpg, 2.3apg and 2.1spg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2011.

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

   #1. Experienced Rudolf Mua (201-F/C-80, currently plays in Finland) led Kerava Energia Team to a victory over the seventh-ranked Espoo Basket (5-16) crushing them 105-80 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) on Saturday night. Mua was MVP of the game. He scored 33 points (!!!), grabbed 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 27 minutes. Kerava Energia Team (16-5) is placed first in Division B. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Mua belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #6) and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Mua averages: 20.8ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.2apg, 2.0bpg and 1.8spg in the 18 games he played so far.

   #2. Gedeon Pitard (188-G-89, currently plays in France) contributed to a STB Le Havre's victory against the closely-ranked Entente Orleans 45 (9-9) 92-84 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. He scored 12 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. STB Le Havre (12-3) is placed sixth in the ProA. Pitard has been at the team for six years. Pitard's overall stats this season are: 4.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.4apg. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Despite Pitard's Cameroonian passport, he previously played for the French U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cameroonian team.

   #3. Paul Biligha (200-C-90, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Air Avellino (4-14) in their last game. Despite Biligha's good performance the bottom-ranked Air Avellino was crushed 108-57 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#6) Armani Milano. He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Biligha also added 7 rebounds in 28 minutes. It was Air Avellino's fourth consecutive loss in a row. It's Biligha's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 2.9ppg and 1.4rpg in the 16 games. Biligha is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and Italian. Despite his Cameroonian nationality, Biligha previously played for the Italian U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Cameroonian team.

   #4. Talba Toudjani (201-F-80, currently plays in Georgia) helped Energy Invest win their game against the league outsider STU (0-11) crushing them 112-70 in the Georgian Superleague on Monday night. He scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Energy Invest Rustaviis placed in the Superleague. It's Toudjani's first season with the team. Toudjani's overall stats this year are: 6.8ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg.

   #5. Sama Taku (185-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Pacific win their game against the University of California - Davis (4-5) 77-64 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He scored 15 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 29 minutes. 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. It's Taku's first year with the team. This season Taku's overall stats are: 6.8ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg in the 11 games.

   #6. Michel Enanga (196-F, currently studies in the States) managed to help Coastal Carolina College to win against the Radford University 62-52 in the NCAA last Saturday. He scored only 4 points, had 11 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Enanga's overall stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg.

   #7. Steve Moundou-Missi (201-F, is currently at the American university) helped Harvard win their game against the Yale University 67-64 in the NCAA last Friday. Moundou-Missi scored 12 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 26 minutes. Moundou-Missi has reliable stats this year: 10.1ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.4apg in the 20 games.

   #8. Yannick Atanga (203-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Santa Clara win their game against the University of Portland crushing them 70-46 in the NCAA on Thursday night. He recorded only 4 points, 13 rebounds and 2 blocks. Atanga has reliable stats this season: 10.1ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.4apg.

   #9. William Yengue (193-F, currently plays in Canada) helped Dalhousie University win their game against the Varsity Reds 76-73 in the Canadian university league CIS on Friday night. He recorded 8 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks in 35 minutes. This year Yengue's total stats are: 7.9ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.3apg in the 15 games.

   #10. Theodore Boyomo (206-C, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Howard win their game against the South Carolina State University 57-45 in the NCAA last Monday. Boyomo scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 16 minutes. This year Boyomo's total stats are: 7.9ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.3apg in the 15 games.



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

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

Steve Nash
Steve Nash
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international point guard Steve Nash (190-74, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in NBA). He led Los Angeles Lakers to a victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves (18-27) 111-100 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Nash scored 17 points, had 7 rebounds, passed 7 assists and added 2 blocks in 37 minutes on the court. The Los Angeles Lakers have 22-26 record this season. Nash has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 11.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 7.8apg, 2FGP: 55.7%(78-140), 3FGP: 44.4% and FT: 90.9%(40-44) in the 24 games he played so far. Nash played for the Canadian senior national team ten years ago.

Samuel Dalembert
Samuel Dalembert
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Samuel Dalembert (211-81, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Milwaukee Bucks (25-21) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Dalembert's good performance the Milwaukee Bucks were badly defeated 104-88 on the road by the Chicago Bulls. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 13 rebounds. Dalembert also added 4 blocks. Dalembert's overall stats this season are: 5.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 56.0%(61-109) and FT: 73.3%. He has a dual citizenship: Haitian and Canadian. Dalembert played for the Canadian national team in 2008.

Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U19 international forward Tristan Thompson (203-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He was not able to help the Cleveland Cavaliers (14-34) in their last game. Despite Thompson's very good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers lost 95-108 in Oakland to the Golden State Warriors. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds in 37 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Thompson's second season in pro basketball. Thompson has very impressive stats this year: 11.1ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 49.8% and FT: 63.6% in the 48 games. He played for the Canadian U19 national team four years ago.

Carl English
Carl English
   #4. Guard Carl English (192-81, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Spain) led Asefa Estudiantes to a victory over the closely-ranked CAI Zaragoza (11-9) 82-77 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. English was MVP of the game. He scored 27 points (!!!), made 3 passes and 4 steals. Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (11-9) is placed eighth in the ACB. It's English's first season with the team. English is ranked first on the list of the top scorers in the league. This season he has very high stats. English averages: 19.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.1apg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2011.

Kyle Landry
Kyle Landry
   #5. Former international power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona, currently plays in Eurocup) was the major contributor in a Triumph Lyubertsy's victory against the second-ranked Banvit BK (2-2) 93-89 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 13 rebounds. Triumph Lyubertsy (1-3) is placed fourth in group I. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Landry is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.2ppg and 8.1rpg. Landry used to play for the Canadian national team four years ago.

Jevohn Shepherd
Jevohn Shepherd
   #6. Forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan, currently plays in Romania) was the main contributor in a CSM Bucuresti's victory against the 13th-ranked Timba Timosoara (5-15) crushing them 77-56 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Saturday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Shepherd scored 26 points (!!!), grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. CS Municipal Bucuresti (13-7) is placed seventh in the Liga Nationala. Shepherd is currently third on the league's list of top scorers. This season he has very high stats. Shepherd averages: 19.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.1apg and 1.8spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Canadian senior team two years ago.

Ross Bekkering
Ross Bekkering
   #7. Former University international forward Ross Bekkering (203-87, currently plays in Holland), who plays in the Dutch Eredivisie was not able to secure a victory for Leiden (18-5) in their last game. Despite Bekkering's very good performance Leiden was edged 72-69 on the opponent's court by the one of league's weakest teams (#9) Amsterdam. He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Bekkering also added 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 37 minutes. It was Leiden's first loss after four consecutive victories. Bekkering is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 8.2rpg. This year he also averages: 13.9ppg and 1.4apg in the 23 games. Bekkering used to play for the Canadian university national team four years ago.

Marc Trasolini
Marc Trasolini
   #8. Forward Marc Trasolini (206-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Portland (1-8) crushing them 70-46 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 13 rebounds. Trasolini also added 2 blocks in 32 minutes. The Santa Clara University has 5-4 conference record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Trasolini is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Santa Clara's roster. He has very impressive stats this season: 15.5ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.1apg, 1.5bpg and 1.6spg in the 27 games. Trasolini used to play for the Canadian U19 national team back in 2009.

Sim Bhullar
Sim Bhullar
   #9. Former U19 international center Sim Bhullar (226-92, currently studies in the States) contributed to a N.Mexico St.'s victory against the The Univ.of Texas - San Antonio (1-10) 75-62 in the NCAA last Saturday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 18 rebounds. Bhullar also added 3 assists and 5 blocks. The New Mexico State University has quite an impressive 9-2 conference record this season. It was N.Mexico St.'s ninth consecutive victory in a row. This season Bhullar has very high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.1apg, 1.5bpg and 1.6spg. Bhullar used to play for the Canadian U19 national team two years ago.

Nemanja Mitrovic
Nemanja Mitrovic
   #10. Guard Nemanja Mitrovic (197-90, college: Portland, currently plays in Greece) helped Kavala edge the league outsider Panelefsiniakos (3-12) 68-66 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game. Mitrovic was the top player that evening. He scored 19 points. Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (4-11) is placed second from the bottom (#13) in the A1. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Mitrovic's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg and 2.7rpg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Canadian senior national team.

   #11. Former U18 international forward Kyle Wiltjer (208-92, is currently at the American university) helped Kentucky win their game against the The University of Mississippi 87-74 in the NCAA on Tuesday night. He scored 26 points (!!!), grabbed 7 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls. Wiltjer's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg and 2.7rpg. He used to play for the Canadian U18 national team three years ago.

   #12. Former international forward Kelly Olynyk (213-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Gonzaga edge the University of San Diego 65-63 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Olynyk scored 15 points, had 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 29 minutes. This year Olynyk's overall stats are: 9.0ppg and 2.7rpg in the 15 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2011.

   #13. Former U17 international forward Anthony Bennett (203-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the UNLV (4-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the UNLV lost 72-77 in Boise, ID to the Boise State University. Bennett scored 25 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 33 minutes. This year Bennett's total stats are: 9.0ppg and 2.7rpg in the 15 games. He used to play for the Canadian U17 national team three years ago.

   #14. Former U19 international guard Devoe Joseph (193-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Khimik (15-12) in their last game. Despite Joseph's good performance Khimik lost 72-80 in Lviv to the higher-ranked (#4) Halychyna. He recorded 11 points and added 3 passes in a mere 16 minutes. Joseph has relatively good stats this year: 11.1ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.7apg in the 27 games. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team back in 2007.

   #15. Former international center David Collins (213-85, college: Bradley, currently plays in Slovenia) helped Elektra win their game against the second-ranked Helios 65-48 in the Slovenian Telemach League on Saturday night. Collins recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 2 blocks. Collins is currently fifth on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.5bpg. Collins used to play for the Canadian national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Andrew Nicholson (205-PF-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Orlando Magic (14-34) in their last game. Despite Nicholson's good performance the Orlando Magic lost 84-97 on the road to the Boston Celtics. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. Nicholson also added 2 blocks in 33 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was Magic's tenth consecutive loss in a row. Nicholson has relatively good stats this year: 7.4ppg and 3.3rpg in the 45 games he played so far.

   #2. Omar El Turk (186-SG-81, college: Dawson Coll., currently plays in Lebanon) was the major contributor in a Al Riyadi's victory against one of league's weakest teams Anibal (1-11) 93-79 in the Lebanese Division A in Monday night's game. He scored 21 points and added 5 passes in 33 minutes. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (10-2) is placed second in the Division A. 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. El Turk is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his ninth year in Al Riyadi's roster. This season El Turk's overall stats are: 7.5ppg and 1.9apg in the 11 games. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lebanese.

   #3. Corey Muirhead (197-F-83, college: W.Carolina, currently plays in Czech Republic) led BK Pardubice to a victory over the third-ranked BK Lions Hradec crushing them 88-65 in the Czech Republic NBL last Saturday. Muirhead was the best player in that game. He recorded 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group A1. BK JIP Pardubiceis placed third. Muirhead is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders. This season he has very good stats: 14.0ppg, 8.2rpg, 3.2apg and 1.2spg. Muirhead is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #4. Ali Mahmoud (184-G-83, currently plays in Lebanon) is a teammate of previously mentioned Omar El Turk and both played together in the last Lebanese Division A game. Mahmoud contributed to a Al Riyadi's victory against one of league's weakest teams Anibal (1-11) 93-79. He scored 16 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 8 assists in 33 minutes. Mahmoud is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his ninth year in Al Riyadi's roster. Mahmoud belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #4 with 5.8apg. This year his other stats are: 7.8ppg and 4.3rpg in the 12 games. Mahmoud has both Canadian and Lebanese nationalities.

   #5. Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in Finland) helped KTP-Basket win their game against the sixth-ranked LrNMKY (13-14) 92-76 in the Finnish Korisliiga on Wednesday night. He recorded 21 points and grabbed 9 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). KTP Basket Kotka (21-6) is placed second in the Korisliiga. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Barrett is ranked first on the list of the best blockers in the league. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Barrett averages: 15.5ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.1apg, 1.5bpg and 1.6spg.

   #6. Ali Kanaan (207-C/F-85, college: Mass.-Lowell, currently plays in Lebanon) is a teammate of previously mentioned Omar El Turk. He played also in the last Lebanese Division A game facing Ali Mahmoud (above) in the other team. Kanaan helped Al Riyadi win their game against one of league's weakest teams Anibal 93-79. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 24 minutes. This year Kanaan's overall stats are: 5.0ppg and 6.2rpg in the six games. He also holds two passports: Canadian and Lebanese.

   #7. Daniel Mullings (188-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped N.Mexico St. win their game against the Texas State University at San Marcos 86-72 in the NCAA last Thursday. Mullings recorded 22 points, 5 assists and 3 steals (made all of his ten free throws !!!) in 35 minutes. This year Mullings' overall stats are: 9.0ppg and 2.7rpg in the 15 games.

   #8. Jason Calliste (188-PG, currently studies in the States) helped Detroit Mercy win their game against the Youngstown State University 88-77 in the NCAA last Friday. Calliste scored 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Calliste's total stats this season are: 9.0ppg and 2.7rpg.

   #9. Kyle Johnson (195-G-88, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA was not able to help Sutor Montegranaro (5-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Johnson's very good performance Sutor Montegranaro was edged 83-80 in Bologna by the higher-ranked SAIE3 BO (#11). He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Johnson also added 6 rebounds. Johnson has averaged so far 7.6ppg and 3.4rpg. He has dual citizenship: Canadian and British.

   #10. Experienced Matt Bonner (206-F-80, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) managed to help San Antonio Spurs to win against the Washington Wizards 96-86 in the NBA last Saturday. He recorded only 4 points. Bonner has averaged so far 4.0ppg and 2.0rpg. He is a naturalized American.



Harouna Mutombo signs at Peja - by Greg

KB Peja (SuperLeague) landed Congolese guard Harouna Mutombo (193-91kg, college: W.Carolina) for the remainder of the 2012-2013 season. He has a double citizenship as he also holds Canadian passport.
Dikembe Mutombo's nephew graduated from Western Carolina University in Southern Conference in the NCAA. In 35 games last year he averaged 13.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to make it to the conference final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Southern Conference All-Tournament Team.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - CBA

CBA Standings
 1. Guangdong ST 26-4 
 2. Shandong FB 22-7 
 3. Beijing Ducks 20-9 
 4. Xinjiang FT 18-11 
 5. Liaoning H. 17-12 
 6. DongGuan L. 16-13 
 7. Zhejiang CB 16-14 
 8. Shanxi Zh. 15-14 
 9. Guangsha L. 15-15 
 10. Bayi R. 13-16 
 11. Foshan LL 13-16 
 12. Jiangsu D. 12-17 
 13. Fujian QB 10-19 
 14. Jilin NE T. 10-20 
 15. TianJin S. 10-20 
 16. Shanghai S. 9-21 
 17. Qingdao E. 8-22 

Regular Season: Round 32

Feb. 5: TianJin S. - Guangdong ST 76-110
Feb. 5: Qingdao E. - Zhejiang CB 113-114
Feb. 6: Liaoning H. - Foshan LL
Feb. 6: Guangsha L. - Shanxi Zh.
Feb. 6: DongGuan L. - Shandong FB
Feb. 6: Bayi R. - Jilin NE T.
Feb. 6: Jiangsu D. - Xinjiang FT
Feb. 6: Fujian QB - Beijing Ducks


Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Foshan LL
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 33.3
 1. Randolph, Foshan33.3 
 2. Douby, Zhejiang CB32.3 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.31.4 
 4. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.9 
 5. Akognon, Liaoning.30.6 
 6. Marbury, Beijing29.7 
 7. Forbes, Guangsha29.6 
 8. Daniels, Qingdao E.29.4 
 9. Spencer, Jilin N.28.8 
 10. Haislip, DongGuan.28.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  TianJin S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Harvey, TianJin S.16.6 
 2. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.15.2 
 3. Randolph, Foshan14.5 
 4. Li, Liaoning H.13.1 
 5. Wang, Fujian QB12.6 
 6. Harris, Jiangsu D.12.5 
 7. Abbas, Shandong FB11.8 
 8. Daniels, Qingdao E.11.6 
 9. Siler, Jiangsu D.11.3 
 10. Ramos, Guangsha11.2 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  TianJin S.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Daghles, TianJin S.9.4 
 2. Lu, Shanxi Zh.5.7 
 3. Jeter, Shandong FB5.6 
 4. Marbury, Beijing5.3 
 5. Williams, Shanxi Z.5.2 
 6. McGrady, Qingd.5.2 
 7. Forbes, Guangsha4.8 
 8. Qahwash, Jiang.4.7 
 9. Liu, Shanghai S.4.6 
 10. Gaines, Fujian QB4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Dewarick SPENCER
  Jilin N.
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Spencer, Jilin N.2.6 
 2. Douby, Zhejiang CB2.5 
 3. Hu, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 4. Jeter, Shandong FB2.3 
 5. Han, Bayi R.2.2 
 6. Marbury, Beijing2.2 
 7. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.1 
 8. Abbas, Shandong FB2.1 
 9. Co, Xinjiang FT2.0 
 10. Harris, Jiangsu D.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Ti.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. N''Diaye, Ti.4.0 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.8 
 3. Siler, Jiangsu D.2.0 
 4. Daniels, Qingdao E.1.9 
 5. Yi, Guangdong ST1.8 
 6. Yan, Shanxi Zh.1.6 
 7. Morris, Beijing Du.1.6 
 8. Haislip, DongGuan.1.5 
 9. Han, Liaoning H.1.5 
 10. Wang, Bayi R.1.4 


Sakarya U16 Tournament: Latvia sent China out of the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U16-China U16 71:67

Latvia U16-China U16 out of the Quarterfinals of the Sakarya U16 Tournament. The Baltic State won 71:67 and advanced to Finals with 2-3 record. The Asian team could not make it to the next stage with 1-4 record.
China took 22-19 at the end of the first period but could not keep the winning race. Latvia bounced back with 18-10 rally in the second frame and grabbed 5-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover the European side needed a 20-12 burst to enjoy a bigger lead after 30 minutes. China won the last stanza 23-14, while Latvia triumphed in the game.
Renars Birkans (182-PG-97) paced all the winners with 23 points and Arturs Strautins (192-G-98) nailed 19. Kristers Zoriks (185-SG-98) followed them with 8 points in a win. Zhao Yanhao (191-F-97) replied with 15 points in defeat, while Fu Hao (205-C-98) brought 14. Yuan Zhenliang (206-C-98) delivered 13 and Xu Mingzhi (185-C-97) had 10 in a loss.

Latvia U16: Renars Birkans 23, Arturs Strautins 19, Kristers Zoriks 8
China U16: Zhao Yanhao 15, Fu Hao 14, Yuan Zhenliang 13, Xu Mingzhi 10



Chinese U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Mingzhi Xu
Xu
Zhenliang Yuan
Yuan
Yanhao Zhao
Zhao
Hao Fu
Fu
Xiaolei Zhang
Zhang
#e#5
15 Xu Mingzhi 185-C-97 Guangdong ST China
6 Yuan Zhenliang 206-C-98 Nanjin Army China
8 Zhao Yanhao 191-F-97 Zhejiang CB China
9 Luo Yongxuan 190-F-97 Foshan LL China
16 Liu Chunqing 188-G-97 DongGuan L. China
5 Chen Zanyu 193-F-97 Bayi R. China
10 Chen Rui 196-F-98 Bayi R. China
7 Wang Chengzu 195-F-97 Bayi R. China
12 Zhao Ye 198-F-97 Hebei China
14 Fu Hao 205-C-98 Bayi R. China
11 Fan Ziming 206-C-98 Liaoning H. China
4 Zhang Xiaolei 208-C-97 Jiangsu D. China
13 Wu Yucheng 193-F-97 Jiangsu D. China
14 Mei Yannan 178-G-97 Jiangsu D. China
15 Zhang Siyi 193-F-97 Jiangsu D. China



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MANIZALES OC GETS TWO OF THEIR IMPORTS - by Victor Garcia

Manizales OC gets two of their imports, the americans Moses Dayee (1,72 G, Ft Hayes St Univ) without big experience abroad and Justin Garris (196-F/G-89, college: Ashland) (1,96 F, Ashland ) with previous experience in Canada and Morocco arrived to Manizales and are currently in the pre-season with the team.
The colombians Gerson Pena, Cesar Cortez and Yuber Hinestroza are also currently working with the team and will be part of the roster, Guillermo Moreno is the coach in Manizales for the 2012 season.



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Standings - A2 League

A2 Standings
Group Center
 1. Hermes Anal. 9-0 
 2. Gorica 6-3 
 3. Dubrava 6-4 
 4. Zrinjevac 6-4 
 5. Samobor 5-4 
 6. Sanac Karl. 5-6 
 7. Maksimir 4-5 
 8. Bosco 3-6 
 9. Rudes 2-6 
 10. Kaptol 2-6 
 11. Mladost Z.(C) 2-6 
 12. Sus.-Moslavina 0-0 
Group East
 1. Belisce 11-0 
 2. Vinkovci 10-1 
 3. Meteor D. 6-4 
 4. Vukovar 5-5 
 5. Zupanja 5-5 
 6. Vrijednosnice 4-5 
 7. Pozega 3-7 
 8. Olimp Inspekt 2-10 
 9. Virovitica 0-9 
Group North
 1. Cakovec 12-4 
 2. Mladost D.(N) 12-4 
 3. Graficar 12-4 
 4. Podravac Virje 11-5 
 5. Bjelovar 10-5 
 6. Medjimurje C. 10-6 
 7. Vindija V. 9-6 
 8. Petar Zrinski 7-8 
 9. Ivancica 3-12 
 10. Radnik 3-13 
 11. Rudar-Cimper 3-13 
 12. Koprivnica 0-16 
Group South
 1. GKK Sibenik 13-1 
 2. Puntamika 11-0 
 3. Kastela 11-3 
 4. Policnik 8-6 
 5. Metkovic 6-7 
 6. Sukosan 6-8 
 7. Solin 6-8 
 8. Omis Galeb 6-8 
 9. Jazine 5-9 
 10. Cetina 4-9 
 11. DOSK 3-11 
 12. Trogir 2-11 
Group West
 1. Skrljevo 9-2 
 2. Crikvenica 8-4 
 3. Stoja Pula 7-3 
 4. Kastav 7-4 
 5. Pula 1981 7-4 
 6. Zamet 4-7 
 7. Otocac 3-6 
 8. Ghia Staff 2-9 
 9. Rovinj 1-9 
 10. Ucka 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 17

Center

Feb. 9: Sus.-Moslavina - Samobor
Feb. 9: Mladost Z.(C) - Gorica
Feb. 9: Sanac Karl. - Zrinjevac
Feb. 9: Maksimir - Kaptol
Feb. 9: Rudes - Hermes Anal.
Feb. 9: Bosco - Dubrava

East

Feb. 9: Meteor D. - Belisce
Feb. 9: Olimp Inspekt - Vrijednosnice
Feb. 9: Virovitica - Pozega
Feb. 9: Zupanja - Vukovar

North

Feb. 9: Medjimurje C. - Koprivnica
Feb. 9: Vindija V. - Podravac Virje
Feb. 9: Graficar - Mladost D.(N)
Feb. 9: Rudar-Cimper - Cakovec
Feb. 9: Bjelovar - Petar Zrinski
Feb. 9: Radnik - Ivancica

South

Feb. 9: Metkovic - GKK Sibenik
Feb. 9: Sukosan - Policnik
Feb. 9: Jazine - Puntamika
Feb. 9: Omis Galeb - Trogir
Feb. 9: DOSK - Kastela
Feb. 9: Cetina - Solin

West

Feb. 9: Ghia Staff - Crikvenica
Feb. 9: Skrljevo - Pula 1981
Feb. 9: Zamet - Otocac
Feb. 9: Rovinj - Ucka
Feb. 9: Stoja Pula - Kastav


Balkan League: Djuro Djakovic upset OKK Beograd - by Eurobasket News

OKK Beograd - Djuro Djakovic 90:99

Djuro Djakovic knocked down OKK Beograd on the road to improve at 3-0 record in Balkan League Last Four stage. Matej Karlovic (200-F-89) nailed 26 points to pace the winners. Djuro Djakovic dominated right from the start. The Croatian side erupted for 27 points in the first quarter to take an 11-point lead. OKK Beograd slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. The Serbian team got within 10 points at halftime 38:48. The hosts fired 32 points in the third term to cut the deficit. They got within five points at the final intermission. Djuro Djakovic however picked up the tempo in the fourth term. The visitors dropped 24 points in the final stanza and rolled to the victory at the end. Marino Sarlija (207-C/F-89) notched 22 points, while Hrvoje Puljko (193-G-83) added 19 points for the winners. Vladimir Popovic (190-G-82) answered with 17 points for OKK Beograd. Nikola Jeftic (202-F-85) netted 13 points in the loss.

OKK Beograd: Vladimir Popovic 17, Nikola Jeftic 13
Djuro Djakovic: Matej Karlovic 26, Marino Sarlija 22, Hrvoje Puljko 19



Ante Tomic selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Ante Tomic (217-87, currently plays in Spain). He led Regal FC Barcelona to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Assignia Manresa (4-16) 88-76 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Tomic was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 29 minutes on the court. Regal FC Barcelona (12-8) is placed fifth in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Tomic's first season with the team. Tomic is currently third on the list of best rebounders with 6.5rpg. He also averaged so far 12.4ppg, 1.3apg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 61.0%(105-172) and FT: 77.1% in the 20 games he played so far. Tomic played for the Croatian senior national team two years ago.

Tomislav Zubcic
Tomislav Zubcic
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Tomislav Zubcic (208-90, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Lithuania). He was the main contributor in a Lietuvos rytas' victory against the league outsider Naglis Palangos (0-14) crushing them 87-52 in the Lithuanian LKL last Monday. Zubcic was the best player in that game. He scored 31 points (!!!) and grabbed 9 rebounds. It was his first game for Lietuvos rytas this season. His team is placed eighth in the LKL. Zubcic played for the Croatian national team in 2009.

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Marko Popovic (185-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked ALBA Berlin (1-5) crushing them 92-56 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. Popovic was the top player that evening. He scored 22 points and added 5 passes in 20 minutes. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (2-4) is placed fifth in group E. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Popovic has relatively good stats this year: 13.9ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 57.7%(30-52), 3FGP: 47.6%(40-84) and FT: 87.8% in the 16 games. He played for the Croatian national team two years ago.

Drazen Bubnic
Drazen Bubnic
   #4. Forward Drazen Bubnic (206-86, currently plays in Adriatic League) contributed to Un.Olimpija's victory against the closely-ranked MZT Skopje (10-10) 87-76 in the Adriatic League in Saturday night's game. Bubnic was the top player that evening. He scored 20 points. Union Olimpija Ljubljana (11-9) is placed seventh in the Adriatic League. This season Bubnic averages: 4.3ppg and 1.9rpg. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team back in 2006.

Luka Zoric
Luka Zoric
   #5. International center Luka Zoric (211-84, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Spain could not help Unicaja Malaga (2-4) in their last game. Despite Zoric's very good performance the sixth-placed Unicaja Malaga lost 73-78 on the road to the second-ranked Anadolu Efes in the group E of Euroleague. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Zoric also added 5 rebounds in 32 minutes. This year Zoric has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg and 4.4rpg in the 16 games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Roko-Leni Ukic
Roko-Leni Ukic
   #6. Point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, currently plays in Greece) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Aris (6-9) 81-62 in the Greek A1 on Monday night. Ukic was the top player that evening. He scored 12 points and added 3 passes. Panathinaikos Athens (14-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Ukic's overall stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.2apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

Mario Delas
Mario Delas
   #7. Former international power forward Mario Delas (207-90, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Marko Popovic and both played together in the last Euroleague game. Delas contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked ALBA Berlin (1-5) crushing them 92-56. He scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 19 minutes. This year Delas' overall stats are: 2.4ppg and 1.7rpg in the 16 games. He used to play for the Croatian national team four years ago.

Kresimir Loncar
Kresimir Loncar
   #8. Forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, also represented by Alti Sport, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked BC Donetsk (5-8) 84-66 in the VTB United League last Monday. Loncar scored 7 points and added 3 passes. BC Khimky Moscow Region (10-3) is placed second in group A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Loncar's total stats this season are: 7.5ppg and 2.5rpg. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2010.

Tomislav Ruzic
Tomislav Ruzic
   #9. An experienced former international power forward Tomislav Ruzic (207-79, currently plays in Turkey) was the major contributor in Tofas' victory against the fifth-ranked Mersin (11-5) 88-85 in the Turkish TBL on Sunday night. Ruzic scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 36 minutes. Tofas Bursa (7-10) is placed ninth in the TBL. This year Ruzic's total stats are: 8.3ppg and 3.6rpg in the 17 games. He used to play for the Croatian national team thirteen years ago.

Jure Lalic
Jure Lalic
   #10. Center Jure Lalic (210-86, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Slovenia was not able to help Krka (8-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Lalic's good performance Krka was crushed 77-52 at home by the higher-ranked Radnicki KG (#6). He was the top scorer with 13 points. Lalic also added 6 rebounds. Lalic has reliable stats this season: 10.2ppg and 4.1rpg. He is a former U20 international player as seven years ago he still played for the Croatian national team.

   #11. International forward Damjan Rudez (208-86, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to secure a victory for CAI Zaragoza (11-9) in their last game. Despite Rudez's good performance CAI Zaragoza lost 77-82 on their home court in Zaragoza to the lower-ranked (#8) Asefa Estudiantes. He was the second best scorer with 14 points in a mere 19 minutes. Rudez's stats this year are: 11.4ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.1apg in the 20 games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

   #12. Former international center Andrija Stipanovic (209-86, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Enel Brindisi 97-81 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Stipanovic recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 4 steals. Stipanovic is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders. He has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.3spg. Stipanovic used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2007.

   #13. Former international point guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Real Madrid in a victory against the sixth-ranked Gescrap BB crushing them 94-74 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He scored only 3 points in 14 minutes. Draper has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 1.6apg in the 19 games. He is a naturalized American. Draper used to play for the Croatian national team two years ago. He played also for Cedevita Zagreb in Croatian league.

   #14. Former U20 international power forward Dino Erceg (203-85, currently plays in Greece) contributed to an overtime Apollon Patras' victory against the 11th-ranked KAOD 101-88 in the Greek A1 on Saturday night. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 37 minutes. Erceg has averaged so far 7.0ppg and 5.7rpg in the three games. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team back in 2005.

   #15. International swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Luka Zoric. But that was another game of his team in Spanish ACB which we would like to mention. Simon contributed to an Unicaja Malaga's victory against the league outsider Lagun Aro GBC 74-70. He scored 5 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Simon has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.0apg. He is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.

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

   #1. Igor Maric (196-F-85, currently plays in Slovenia), who plays in the Slovenian Telemach League could not help Maribor Messer (10-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Maric's good performance Maribor Messer was defeated 67-57 at home by the lower-ranked Tajfun (#4). He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Maric also added 9 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Maric averaged so far 13.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.4apg.

   #2. Anthony Drmic (198-G/F-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Boise St. to a victory against the University of Nevada - Las Vegas (4-3) 77-72 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Drmic scored 22 points and added 4 passes. The Boise State University has 3-4 conference record this season. Drmic has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.0apg. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Australian.

   #3. Mladen Primorac (210-C-90, currently plays in Slovenia) faced previously mentioned Igor Maric in the Slovenian Telemach League last game. Primorac contributed to Tajfun's victory against the closely-ranked Maribor Messer (10-4) 67-57. He scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 22 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Primorac averaged so far 12.5ppg and 6.9rpg in the 14 games he played so far.

   #4. Experienced Stipe Modric (206-F-79, currently plays in Slovenia) was the major contributor in a Geoplin Slovan's victory against the closely-ranked Grosuplje (2-12) 87-71 in the Slovenian Telemach League in Saturday night's game. He scored 18 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Geoplin Slovan Ljubljana (5-9) is placed eighth in the Telemach League. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Modric has averaged so far 7.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Slovenian.

   #5. Pankracije Barac (196-G-81, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Romania) led Pitesti to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Miercurea Ciuc (3-17) 93-81 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Saturday night's game. Barac was the top player that evening. He scored 21 points and added 3 passes (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) in 30 minutes. BCM U Pitesti (9-11) is placed 11th in the Liga Nationala. Barac is currently fourth on the list of top scorers with 17.7ppg. He also averaged so far 3.3rpg, 3.9apg and 1.8spg in the 20 games.

   #6. Milos Paravinja (212-C/F-79, currently plays in Slovenia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Stipe Modric and both played together in the last Slovenian Telemach League game. Paravinja was the main contributor in a Geoplin Slovan's victory against the closely-ranked Grosuplje 87-71. He was the top player that evening. Paravinja scored 18 points. He has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.2apg. Paravinja has both Croatian and Slovenian nationalities.

   #7. Vjeran Soldo (208-F/C-84, currently plays in Slovenia), who plays in the Slovenian Telemach League was not able to help LTHcast Mercator (5-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance LTHcast Mercator was defeated 73-64 on the road by the lower-ranked Polzela (#10). Soldo was the second best scorer with 16 points. He has averaged so far 9.0ppg and 2.9rpg.

   #8. Ljubisa Vrcelj (210-C-84, college: Jacksonville, currently plays in Bulgaria) was not able to secure a victory for Euroins Cherno More in their game against Rilski Sportist in the Bulgarian NBL. Vrcelj scored 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 26 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 100-83. He averaged so far 11.5ppg and 8.8rpg in the six games. Vrcelj also holds two passports: Croatian and Canadian.

   #9. Marin Petric (190-G-80, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a 2-point Duesseldorf Baskets' victory against the 14th-ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha 77-75 in the German ProA (second division) last Sunday. He scored 11 points in 32 minutes. Petric has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.9apg in the 20 games. He holds both Croatian and German passports.

   #10. Marco Buljevic (197-G-87, also represented by Court Side, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a ETB Wohnbau's surprising victory against the league leader BV Chemnitz 99 93-81 in the German ProA (second division) on Saturday night. Buljevic scored 11 points and added 3 passes. He has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg. Buljevic has Croatian and German nationalities. Despite his Croatian passport, Buljevic previously played for the German U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Croatian team.



Chaisson Allen and Zadar part ways - by Dajana Karl

After Monday's meeting, KK Zadar confirmed parting ways with American PG Chaisson Allen (192-PG-89, college: Northeastern) who played 17 games of Adriatic league with Zadar averaging 4.9 points, 3 rebounds and 2.2 assists with the average of 20 minutes on the court.

Sports director Branko Skroce commented for Zadar list: "Allen is a decent and honest guy, and he saw himself that things were not going as he wished, nor as we would like. We came to a conclusion that it is the best to part our ways. Since returning from the holidays his stats are empty and he did not play nearly as well as before. I spoke with his agent, we are waiting for the proposal of termination of the contract and expect that we will correctly split. Surely, we will not repeat the mistakes from the past, when some players had to be paid even after leaving the team."

They also announced that their current financial situation isn't allowing them to bring anyone so, as for now, they're not interested in signing another PG unless the situation gets better later on.

KK Zadar is playing their semifinal game of "Kresimir Cosic" cup against KK Cibona VIP Zagreb in Zagreb today at 8:15 pm

Besides Allen,we won't be seeing Romeo Travis (201-PF-84, college: Akron) on the court tonight since he's still recovering from his back injury.





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Standings - NBL

NBL Stage Two Standings
Group A1
 1. BC Kolin 0-0 
 2. BK Decin 0-0 
 3. BK Pardubice 0-0 
 4. BK Prostejov 0-0 
 5. CEZ Nymburk 0-0 
 6. NH Ostrava 0-0 
Group A2
 1. B&W Opava 0-0 
 2. Chomutov 0-0 
 3. J.Hradec 0-0 
 4. Levice 0-0 
 5. Svitavy 0-0 
 6. USK Praha 0-0 
 7. Usti n/Labem 0-0 
Stage One Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 1

A1

Feb. 23: NH Ostrava - BK Prostejov
Feb. 22: CEZ Nymburk - BK Decin
Feb. 23: BC Kolin - BK Pardubice

A2

Feb. 13: Usti n/Labem - Chomutov
Feb. 13: J.Hradec - Svitavy
Feb. 13: Levice - B&W Opava
Feb. 16: Svitavy - Levice
Feb. 20: Chomutov - J.Hradec
Feb. 20: USK Praha - Usti n/Labem
Feb. 23: J.Hradec - USK Praha
Feb. 23: Levice - Chomutov
Feb. 22: B&W Opava - Svitavy


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

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

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Spain. He could not help Cajasol (0-4) in their last game. Despite Satoransky's good performance the fourth-placed Cajasol lost 72-83 on the road to the leading Lokomotiv in the group K of Eurocup. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Satoransky also added 5 passes in 24 minutes on the court. So far Cajasol lost 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. It's Satoransky's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 4.1rpg, 5.1apg, 2FGP: 46.2%, 3FGP: 31.6% and FT: 75.0% in the 10 games he played so far. Satoransky is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard David Jelinek (194-90, currently plays in Spain). He managed to help Caja Laboral Vitoria to win against the closely-ranked Valencia Basket (12-8) 79-75 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Jelinek scored only 2 points and blocked 2 shots. It was his first game for Caja Laboral this season. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. His team is placed second in the ACB. It was Caja Laboral's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Jelinek is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Pavel Pumprla
Pavel Pumprla
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Pavel Pumprla (198-86, currently plays in Spain). He was not able to help Blusens Monbus (9-11) in their game against UCAM Murcia (9-11) in the Spanish ACB. Pumprla scored 8 points in 26 minutes. Blusens Monbus lost 77-83 in Murcia to the lower-ranked (#12) UCAM. It was Blusens Monbus' fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Pumprla averages: 6.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 2FGP: 52.5%, 3FGP: 55.6% and FT: 83.8% in the 20 games. He is also a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Lubos Barton
Lubos Barton
   #4. An experienced small forward Lubos Barton (202-80, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL was not able to secure a victory for New Yorker Phantoms (6-14) in their last game. Despite his good performance New Yorker Phantoms lost 70-75 in Muenchen to the much higher-ranked (#3) Bayern. Barton was the second best scorer with 12 points in 23 minutes. It was New Yorker Phantoms' sixth consecutive loss in a row. This year Barton's overall stats are: 7.5ppg and 2.5rpg in the two games. He is also Czech Republic national team player.

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #5. Former international forward Jan Vesely (211-90, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Washington Wizards (12-35) in their game against the Philadelphia 76ers (21-26) in the NBA. Vesely did not beat the league record on Wednesday evening. He recorded only 2 points. The Washington Wizards were defeated 92-84 in Philadelphia by the 76ers. It was Wizards' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Vesely's total stats this season are: 2.7ppg and 2.6rpg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team three years ago.

Ondrej Balvin
Ondrej Balvin
   #6. Center Ondrej Balvin (216-92, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tomas Satoransky and both played together in the last Eurocup game. Balvin couldn't help Cajasol (0-4) in their game against Lokomotiv (4-0). He recorded only 4 points in 15 minutes. Cajasol (#4) lost 72-83 in Kuban to the leading Lokomotiv in the group K of Eurocup. This year Balvin's total stats are: 4.0ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.1bpg in the nine games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Czech Republic National Team roster.

Ales Chan
Ales Chan
   #7. Former international center Ales Chan (216-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Seton Hill, currently plays in Cyprus) contributed to a 2-point Apoel's victory against the closely-ranked Apollon (8-9) 70-68 in the Cypriot Division A on Tuesday night. Chan recorded 9 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 21 minutes. 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. Chan has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 4.3rpg in the 13 games. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team three years ago.

Jiri Hubalek
Jiri Hubalek
   #8. Center Jiri Hubalek (208-82, agency: Two Points, college: Iowa St., 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 in Sunday night's game. Hubalek scored only 2 points. Umana Reyer Venezia (10-8) is placed seventh in the SerieA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Hubalek has averaged so far 0.9ppg and 1.3rpg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2009.

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

   #1. Michal Kremen (200-G/F-81, currently plays in Cyprus) led Apoel to a 2-point victory against the closely-ranked Apollon (8-9) 70-68 in the Cypriot Division A in Tuesday night's game. Kremen recorded 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. 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 will be critical. Kremen's overall stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.6apg and 1.8spg.

   #2. David Steffel (212-C/F-85, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala could not help one of league's weakest teams Rovinari (10-10) to beat Gaz Metan (12-8). Steffel scored 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Rovinari was defeated 75-71 on the road by the higher-ranked Gaz Metan (#8). Steffel is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.8ppg, 8.9rpg and 1.6apg.

   #3. Jaroslav Tyrna (207-F/C-86, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help USC Leipzig (3-17) in their game against BG Goettingen (9-6) in the German ProA (second division). Tyrna scored 7 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 34 minutes. The bottom-ranked USC Leipzig lost 80-92 in Goettingen to the much higher-ranked (#4) BG Goettingen. It was USC Leipzig's ninth consecutive loss in a row. Tyrna has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 4.7rpg in the six games he played so far.



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Rutherford's 39-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old power forward Donald Rutherford (199-F/C-87) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's best team Svendborg and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
He had the game-high 39 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Svendborg in his team's victory, helping them to beat Aalborg (#10, 1-19) 82-71. It allowed Svendborg to consolidate first place in the Danish league. Svendborg has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 20-2. In the team's last game Rutherford had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Svendborg's top player in his first season with the team. Catawba College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Rutherford is in league's top in points (2nd best: 24.2ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 9.8rpg) and averages solid 62.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Mickey Dennis (190-G/F-78) of SISU. He is American swingman in his 3rd season at SISU. In the last game Dennis recorded impressive 25 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Of course SISU cruised to a 89-81 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Aarhus BC (#9, 5-17). SISU's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 13-9 record is not bad at all. Dennis is one of the most experienced players at SISU and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to Axel Karason (194-SF-83) of Vaerlose (#8). Karason scored 18 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Vaerlose, leading his team to a 97-76 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Randers (#6, 10-12). The chances of Vaerlose not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 15 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Karason could try to bring Vaerlose's a little bit higher in the standings. Karason has a very solid season. In 22 games in Denmark he scored 11.4ppg. He also has 7.4rpg and FGP: 54.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Charles Funches (203-F-88) of Aarhus BC - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Adama Darboe (190-G-86) of Svendborg - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Mikael Nielsen (178-PG-90) of SISU - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Anthony Jones (208-F-89) of Aalborg - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Charles Parker (193-G-85) of Bakken - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Caleb Walker (193-G-89) of Naestved - 20 points and 5 rebounds
10. Christian Nielsen (201-F-86) of Randers - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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

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

Jonathan Gilling
Jonathan Gilling
   #1. This week's number one is former U20 international forward Jonathan Gilling (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA. He could not help the Arizona St. (6-3) in their last game. Despite Gilling's very good performance the Arizona St. lost 92-96 on the road to the The University of Washington. He scored 22 points in 36 minutes on the court. It was Arizona St.'s first loss after three consecutive victories. Gilling played for the Danish U20 national team three years ago.

Mathias Seilund
Mathias Seilund
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international forward Mathias Seilund (201-90, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA. He was not able to help the Fair Dickinson (2-8) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Seilund's very good performance the Fair Dickinson was defeated 78-63 at home by the Bryant University. He recorded 16 points and blocked 2 shots. Seilund played for the Danish U20 national team in 2010.

Kevin Larsen
Kevin Larsen
   #3. The Danish player who performed third best last week abroad was U20 international forward Kevin Larsen (208-93, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA. He was not able to secure a victory for the G.Washington (4-3) in their last game. Despite Larsen's good performance the G.Washington lost 71-80 on their home court in Washington, DC to the La Salle University. He scored 10 points in 19 minutes. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. It's Larsen's first season with the team. Larsen is also a member of the Danish U20 national team.

Esben Reinholt
Esben Reinholt
   #4. Guard Esben Reinholt (195-93, currently plays in Adriatic League) couldn't help KK Split (7-13) in their game against Partizan (17-0) in the Adriatic League. His contribution was not very remarkable in Saturday's game. Reinholt scored only 1 points. KK Split was defeated 68-59 in Beograd by the leading Partizan. It was KK Split's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Reinholt has been at the team for four years. This season he averages: 1.6ppg and 1.2rpg. Reinholt is also Danish U20 national team player.

Anton Larsen
Anton Larsen
   #5. Former international power forward Anton Larsen (213-88, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the ODU (0-9) in their game against the George Mason University (6-4) in the NCAA. He did not have that impressive stats last Monday. Larsen scored only 3 points in 7 minutes on the court. The ODU lost 74-85 on their home court in Norfolk, VA to the George Mason University. So far ODU lost all nine games in the conference Larsen plays fourth season for the team. This year his overall stats are: 1.6ppg and 1.2rpg in the 13 games he played so far. Larsen used to play for the Danish national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93, currently plays in Bulgaria), who plays in the Bulgarian NBL could not help the league outsider U20 (0-15) to beat Levski Sofia (12-3). He did not beat the league record on Saturday evening. Tenchev scored only 1 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The bottom-ranked U20 was crushed 84-44 in a derby game by the second-ranked Levski Sofia. So far U20 lost all fifteen games in the Regular Season. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Tenchev has relatively good stats this season: 11.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg. He has a dual citizenship: Danish and Bulgarian.

Other top Danish players, who play abroad:

Chanan Colman (191-G-84) plays for Maccabi Haifa in Israeli Winner League
Alan Voskuil (191-G-86) plays for Chorale de Roanne in French ProA
Rasmus Larsen (212-C-94) plays for Sant Nicolau in Spanish EBA
Thomas Laerke (194-G/F-91) plays for Opentach Pla in Spanish EBA
Jens Hakanowitz (204-F/C-80) plays for Rostock EBC in German Regionalliga
Michael Larsen (84) plays for Racing in Luxembourg N2



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Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. 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. Austin T. 15-12 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 15-13 
 5. Texas L. 11-17 
 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. 91-102
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. Summers, Maine RC19.5 
 8. Almond, Iowa E.19.5 
 9. Jones, Rio G.19.4 
 10. Kennedy, Erie B.18.8 
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.10.5 
 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. Machado, Rio G.6.6 
 5. Singletary, Texas6.6 
 6. Fortson, Los A.6.3 
 7. Uzoh, Springfield5.8 
 8. Karl, Idaho S.5.8 
 9. Kennedy, Erie B.5.3 
 10. Johnson-Odom, Lo.5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jamario MOON
  Los A.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Moon, Los A.2.3 
 2. Downs, Maine RC2.1 
 3. McNeal, Bakersfi.2.0 
 4. Wright, Maine RC1.9 
 5. Greene, Los A.1.9 
 6. Gutierrez, Canton1.9 
 7. Tyndale, Sioux F.1.9 
 8. Fortson, Los A.1.8 
 9. Sutton, Tulsa 66e.1.8 
 10. Holiday, Idaho S.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Fabricio MELO
  Maine RC
  (212-C-90)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Melo, Maine RC3.6 
 2. Jordan, Reno B.2.9 
 3. Eyenga, Texas L.2.5 
 4. Gladness, Santa C.2.3 
 5. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 6. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 7. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.1 
 8. Foster, Sioux F.2.1 
 9. Moon, Los A.2.1 
 10. Plumlee, Ft.Wayne.1.8 


Marcus Landry, Jerome Jordan named to NBA D-League All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News

Marcus Landry (6'7''-F-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) and Jerome Jordan (7'0''-C-86, college: Tulsa) have been selected to play in the seventh annual NBA D-League All-Star Game, the league announced today. The game takes place Feb. 16, at Sprint Arena at NBA All-Star Jam Session at Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center. The game will air live on NBA TV at 3 p.m. ET.
Landry (6-8, 225) is currently averaging 16.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. He placed second in the 2013 NBA D-League Showcase 3-Point Shootout in Reno in January. Landry was also named to the 2011 NBA D-League All-Star team. Jordan (7-0, 253) joined the Bighorns in December via a trade with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. He is averaging 14.3 points and 8.2 rebounds in 16 games with Reno. Jordan is currently ranked first in the D-League in field goal percentage, making 60.1% of his shots.
"The entire Reno Bighorns family is excited and proud that Marcus and Jerome have been selected to play in the 2013 NAB Development League All Star game," said Bighorns owner, Herb Santos, Jr. "Both Marcus and Jerome are not only great leaders on the floor, but they have led by example in our community as good role models for our youth."
Both Landry and Jordan will play for the D-League All-Star Futures Team. They were voted in to the game by the D-League's 16 head coaches and were eligible to be selected based on having played in half of the Bighorns' games through Jan. 27. Players must be on an active NBA D-League roster at the time of the NBA D-League All-Star Game in order to compete.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Spurs Recall Aron Baynes from Austin Toros - by Eurobasket News

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have recalled center Aron Baynes (6'10''-C-86, college: Washington St.) from the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League. Baynes appeared in two games for the Toros after being assigned to Austin on Feb. 1. He averaged 18.0 points and 9.0 rebounds in 27.5 minutes in his first D-League assignment. Signed by the Spurs on January 23, Baynes has appeared in two games for the Silver and Black, averaging 3.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 9.5 minutes.
Courtesy of: chatsports.com



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

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

Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Trevor Ariza (203-85, agency: David Lee services, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). Ariza contributed to a Washington Wizards' victory against the Los Angeles Clippers (34-16) 98-90 in the NBA on Monday night. He scored 10 points, had 6 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots in 25 minutes on the court. The Washington Wizards have rather weak 12-35 record this season. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. It's Ariza's first year with the team. Ariza has relatively good stats this season: 7.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.7apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 41.9%, 3FGP: 29.9% and FT: 82.9% in the 30 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Ariza played for the Dominican Republic senior national team eight years ago. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Turkey. Mejia could not help Banvit BK (2-2) to beat Triumph Lyubertsy (1-3). He recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. But the second-placed Banvit BK was defeated 93-89 on the road by the lower-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (#4) in the group I of Eurocup. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical. It's Mejia's first season with the team. This year Mejia has relatively solid stats: 15.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.9apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 68.0%(51-75), 3FGP: 38.5% and FT: 66.7%. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Mejia played for the Dominican Republic national team in 2005. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Jeff Greer
Jeff Greer
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international swingman Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers, currently plays in France). He was the major contributor in a Strasbourg IG's victory against one of league's weakest teams Poitiers (6-12) 69-63 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. Greer scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. Strasbourg IG (13-5) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Greer is currently third on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best passers (fifth place). This year his overall stats are: 5.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 31.6%, 3FGP: 27.7% and FT: 75.0% in the 18 games. Greer has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. He played for the Dominican Republic national team four years ago. Greer used to play for Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Republic league.

Eulis Baez
Eulis Baez
   #4. Forward Eulis Baez (198-82, college: W.Illinois, currently plays in Spain) helped G.Canaria 2014 win their game against the 16th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (6-14) crushing them 99-66 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. He scored 9 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014 (13-7) is placed third in the ACB. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. This season Baez averages: 8.5ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2009.

Josh Asselin
Josh Asselin
   #5. Former international power forward Josh Asselin (210-78, college: Michigan, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help Assignia Manresa (4-16) in their last game. Despite Asselin's very good performance Assignia Manresa lost 76-88 in Barcelona to the much higher-ranked (#5) Regal FC. He was the second best scorer with 16 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) in 20 minutes. Asselin has reliable stats this year: 11.8ppg and 3.2rpg in the 20 games. He also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Asselin used to play for the Dominican Republic national team seven years ago. He played also for Naco in Dominican Republic league.

Rodrigo Madera
Rodrigo Madera
   #6. Center Rodrigo Madera (208-90, currently plays in Canada) led St.Francis Xavier to a victory against the Panthers (8-6) 92-80 in the Canadian university league CIS in Saturday night's game. Madera scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The St.Francis Xavier has 7-7 record this season. Madera's total stats this year are: 9.9ppg and 4.4rpg. He is a former U17 international player as he played for the Dominican Republic team six years ago.

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

   #1. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) led Atlanta Hawks to a 1-point victory over the Toronto Raptors (17-31) 93-92 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Horford had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 6 assists and 3 blocks in 44 minutes. The Atlanta Hawks have 26-21 record this season. It's Horford's sixth year with the team. Horford has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg, 9.8rpg and 3.2apg in the 44 games he played so far.

   #2. Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers (14-34) 117-99 in the NBA last Friday. Villanueva scored 10 points and blocked 4 blocks. The Detroit Pistons have 18-31 record this season. It's Villanueva's fourth year with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 7.5ppg and 3.4rpg. Villanueva has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Despite his Dominican Republic passport, Villanueva previously played for the USA U21 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Dominican Republic team. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #3. Experienced Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in France) led Strasbourg IG to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Poitiers (6-12) 69-63 in the French ProA last Saturday. Greer scored 12 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 33 minutes. Strasbourg IG (13-5) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Greer belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #3) and also on the list of best passers (fifth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 13.6ppg, 7.8rpg, 5.1apg and 1.4spg in the 17 games. Greer is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Interesting that he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #4. Ronald Ramon (182-G-86, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Brazil) led Winner/Limeira to a victory over the eighth-ranked Paulistano (10-9) crushing them 89-68 in the Brazilian NBB on Thursday night. Ramon was MVP of the game. He recorded 25 points and added 5 assists. Winner/Limeira (9-7) is placed second in the NBB. Ramon has reliable stats this season: 14.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.9apg. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Interesting that Ramon has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #5. Chris Perez (190-G-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Stetson (6-4) in their last game. Despite Perez's very good performance the Stetson was edged 71-70 on the road by the Jacksonville University. He recorded 32 points (!!!) and grabbed 7 rebounds in 38 minutes. This year Perez's total stats are: 8.5ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.5apg in the 18 games.

   #6. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (6-14) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was crushed 99-66 in Las Palmas by the much higher-ranked G.Canaria 2014 (#3). Feldeine was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 5 passes. Feldeine is currently second on the league's list of top scorers. This season he has very high stats. Feldeine averages: 16.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.7apg and 1.1spg. He also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Interesting that Feldeine has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #7. Emmanuel Quezada (188-PG-85, college: USF, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for FIATC Joventut in their game against Blancos de Rueda in the Spanish ACB, despite his good performance last Saturday. He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Quezada also added 3 passes in 20 minutes. But his team was edged 69-67. This year his total stats are: 9.9ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.2apg in the 20 games. Quezada holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Interesting that he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #8. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Sacramento Kings in their game against the Boston Celtics in the NBA. Garcia recorded 6 points. His team were badly defeated by 18 points 99-81 in the NBA. His total stats this season are: 5.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.1apg.

   #9. Adris Deleon (180-G-84, college: E.Washington, currently plays in Australia) couldn't help Wollongong Hawks in their game against Perth Wildcats in the Australian NBL. Despite his very good performance last Sunday Deleon was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 3 assists. Deleon belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #8) and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has very reliable stats this season: 14.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.8apg and 1.4spg.

   #10. Larry Turner (210-C/F-82, college: Tennessee St., currently plays in Greece) contributed to an overtime Apollon Patras' victory against the 11th-ranked KAOD 101-88 in the Greek A1 on Saturday night. Turner scored 8 points and blocked 2 blocks in 24 minutes. This year his total stats are: 6.0ppg and 4.1rpg in the 15 games. Turner holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Interesting that he has never played in Dominican Republic.



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Standings - KML

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

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 5: Tarvas - Valga 75-74
Feb. 4: Tln Kalev - TTU 43-73
Feb. 8: Tln Kalev - Valga
Feb. 10: TTU - Hito/Johvi


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris LAKSA
  Tarvas
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Laksa, Tarvas16.7 
 2. Matulionis, Parnu16.3 
 3. Raley-Ross, Tarvas16.1 
 4. Tamm, Tarvas15.9 
 5. Peciukeviciu., Par.15.7 
 6. Akenparg, TTU15.7 
 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. Keedus, TTU6.7 
 7. Ringmets, Rapla6.7 
 8. Grafs, Valga6.5 
 9. Cunda, Valga6.3 
 10. Raley-Ross, Tarv.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.7 
 2. Keedus, TTU5.0 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas4.9 
 4. Cunda, Valga3.9 
 5. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.7 
 6. Laane, Rapla3.7 
 7. Campbell, Tln Kalev3.5 
 8. Rannula, Valga3.0 
 9. Raley-Ross, Tarvas2.6 
 10. Pilk, Rapla2.5 
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. Saage, TU/Rock1.7 
 6. Keedus, TTU1.7 
 7. Okoye, Tln Kalev1.6 
 8. Campbell, Tln Kalev1.6 
 9. Pilk, Rapla1.5 
 10. Saare, Hito/Johvi1.5 
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. Matulionis, Parnu0.7 
 5. Grim, Valga0.6 
 6. Saks, Tarvas0.6 
 7. Tambre, Hito/Johvi0.5 
 8. Raadik, Parnu0.5 
 9. Nurger, Rapla0.4 
 10. Lindmets, Tarvas0.4 



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  EUROCUP   


Keselj to Le Mans - by Uygar Karaca

According to twitter, Serbian star of Valencia, Marko Keselj (206-SF-88, agency: Beo Basket) went to Le Mans. Keselj, who won Euroleague last year with Olympiakos, struggled to find minutes on court. Possibly, the best moment of his was the monster dunk he made at the Wurzburg game, at Eurocup. Keselj is not the only player who left Valencia this year. He joined Chris Quinn, Joffrey Lauvergne and Mikael Gelebale. Valencia ( 2 W 2 L) has a realistic chance to reach last 8 at Eurocup however they could not keep an important advantage by losing against Bilbao two games in a row.


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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProB

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

Regular Season: Round 21

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

Regular Season: Round 22

Feb. 8: Lille - Antibes
Feb. 8: Chalons-Reims - Bordeaux
Feb. 8: St Quentin - Fos Ouest
Feb. 8: Evreux - Rouen
Feb. 9: Bourg - Maurienne
Feb. 8: Le Portel - Pau-Lacq-Orthez
Feb. 9: St Vallier - Boulogne
Feb. 8: Nantes - Hyeres-Toulon
Feb. 8: Denain - Charleville


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Wilbert BROWN
  Maurienne
  (200-PF-84)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Brown, Maurienne24.1 
 2. Flowers, Denain20.4 
 3. Blue, Antibes20.0 
 4. Booker, St Vallier19.1 
 5. Wood, Evreux18.5 
 6. Siggers, Lille18.5 
 7. Hilliard, Antibes17.6 
 8. Sanders, Charlevil.17.4 
 9. Hannah, Evreux17.4 
 10. Gay, Le Portel16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Evreux
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 10
 1. Wood, Evreux10.0 
 2. Jaiteh, Boulogne9.9 
 3. Kitts, Denain9.9 
 4. Bing, Maurienne9.8 
 5. Lesieu, St Quentin9.4 
 6. McKines, Rouen8.7 
 7. Jackson, Pau-La.8.6 
 8. Rouse, St Vallier8.1 
 9. Blue, Antibes7.8 
 10. Mathis, Nantes7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Craven, St Vallier7.0 
 2. Rowland, Boulogne6.7 
 3. Taylor, Le Portel6.2 
 4. Dumas, Bourg5.8 
 5. McIntosh, Hyeres-.5.4 
 6. Huffman, Antibes5.3 
 7. Calvez, Charleville5.1 
 8. Hannah, Evreux5.0 
 9. Julien, Hyeres-Tou.4.9 
 10. Da Silva, Rouen4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Fabien CALVEZ
  Charleville
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Calvez, Charleville2.6 
 2. Craven, St Vallier2.5 
 3. Flowers, Denain2.2 
 4. Mullins, Chalons-.2.0 
 5. Brown, Maurienne1.9 
 6. Hannah, Evreux1.9 
 7. Siggers, Lille1.9 
 8. Sonko, Bourg1.8 
 9. Rowland, Boulogne1.8 
 10. Mendy, Pau-Lacq.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Badiane, Antibes2.0 
 2. Gay, Le Portel1.8 
 3. Coleman, Bordeaux1.2 
 4. Johnson, Chalons-.1.2 
 5. Taccoen, Lille1.0 
 6. Chism, Maurienne1.0 
 7. Jaiteh, Boulogne0.9 
 8. Burrell, Chalons-.0.9 
 9. Blue, Antibes0.9 
 10. Simmons, St Qu.0.9 


Standings - N1

NM1 Standings
 1. Vichy 14-4 
 2. Orchy 13-4 
 3. Quimper 13-5 
 4. Souffel 12-5 
 5. Cognac 12-5 
 6. La Rochelle 11-7 
 7. Monaco 9-7 
 8. Blois 9-8 
 9. Sorgues 9-8 
 10. Rueil 9-9 
 11. Chartres 7-11 
 12. St Chamond 6-11 
 13. Angers BC 49 6-12 
 14. Challans 6-12 
 15. Rennes 4-14 
 16. CFBB 0-18 

Regular Season: Round 20

Feb. 5: St Chamond - CFBB 96-69
Feb. 5: Challans - Angers BC 49 79-65
Feb. 5: Quimper - Rennes 70-63
Feb. 5: Rueil - Vichy 69-79
Feb. 5: Cognac - La Rochelle 68-74
Feb. 5: Orchy - Chartres 62-54

Regular Season: Round 21

Feb. 9: Sorgues - Blois
Feb. 9: Chartres - Monaco
Feb. 9: La Rochelle - St Chamond
Feb. 9: Rennes - Orchy
Feb. 9: Vichy - Cognac
Feb. 9: CFBB - Souffel
Feb. 9: Rueil - Challans


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Ryan ZAMROZ
  Sorgues
  (192-G/F-87)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Zamroz, Sorgues19.9 
 2. Raji, Quimper18.0 
 3. Kaunisto, Blois17.7 
 4. Petrovic, Orchy17.1 
 5. Herard, Challans17.0 
 6. Cole, La Rochelle17.0 
 7. Inglis, CFBB16.8 
 8. Hill, Angers BC 4916.7 
 9. Pene, Rennes16.6 
 10. Ocokoljic, Rueil16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.5 
 2. Raji, Quimper9.1 
 3. Calasan, Monaco7.9 
 4. Inglis, CFBB7.9 
 5. Sall, Rennes7.8 
 6. Diame, Rueil7.4 
 7. Caskill, Cognac7.4 
 8. N''Diaye, Souffel7.1 
 9. Cole, La Rochelle7.1 
 10. Tornato, Blois7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony CHRISTOPHE
  Monaco
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Christophe, Monaco7.2 
 2. Cherry, Quimper6.3 
 3. Rathieuville, Chal.5.8 
 4. Barbry, Orchy5.6 
 5. Fellah, Angers B.4.8 
 6. Thomas, Vichy4.6 
 7. Brochard, Blois4.4 
 8. Saounera, Rueil4.1 
 9. Inglis, CFBB4.1 
 10. Tillon, St Chamond4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Rida EL AMRANI
  Vichy
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. El Amrani, Vichy2.8 
 2. Bennett, Monaco2.0 
 3. Lessort, Vichy1.9 
 4. Saounera, Rueil1.9 
 5. Lonzieme, Angers B.1.8 
 6. Pene, Rennes1.8 
 7. Herard, Challans1.7 
 8. Rathieuville, Chal.1.7 
 9. Thibedore, Quimper1.6 
 10. Mouillard, Cognac1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Daviin DAVIS
  Blois
  (193-F-85)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Davis, Blois1.5 
 2. Diame, Rueil1.4 
 3. N''Diaye, Souffel1.4 
 4. Alingue, Souffel1.3 
 5. Tornato, Blois1.2 
 6. Rinna, St Chamond1.2 
 7. Inglis, CFBB1.2 
 8. Traore, Angers B.1.0 
 9. Kaunisto, Blois0.9 
 10. Doucoure, Cognac0.8 


NM1 Round 20: Cognac is defeated by La Rochelle - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Cognac between third ranked Cognac (12-5) and sixth ranked La Rochelle (11-7) on Tuesday night. Cognac was defeated by La Rochelle in a tough game at home 68-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cognac. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 23-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. La Rochelle made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Cognac helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jarryd Cole (204-88, college: Iowa) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds and British forward Andrew Thomson (205-84, college: Catawba) who added 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. La Rochelle's coach Gregory Thielin used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Miguel Buval (208-90) responded with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Newly promoted La Rochelle maintains sixth position with 11-7 record. Cognac at the other side dropped to the fourth place with five games lost. They share the position with Souffel. La Rochelle are looking forward to face Saint Chamond (#12) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Cognac will play against the league's leader JA Vichy (#1) and is hoping to win this game.
NM1 top team - JA Vichy (14-4) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked Rueil (9-9) 79-69. The winners were led by point guard Rida El Amrani (180-86) who scored that evening 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and Gregory Lessort supported him with 11 points and 9 rebounds. JA Vichy's coach Fabien Romeyer allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 17 points by Serbian forward Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-80, college: Weber St., agency: TSS Management) did not help to save the game for Rueil. JA Vichy have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-4 record. Rueil at the other side dropped to the tenth place with nine games lost. JA Vichy will play against Cognac (#5) at home in the next round. Rueil will play against Vendee Challans (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked CFBB (0-18) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 18th consecutive match to thirteenth ranked Saint Chamond (6-11) 96-69 on Tuesday evening. The best player for the winners was Tyray Pearson who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Damien Inglis produced 18 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Saint Chamond moved-up to twelfth place. Loser CFBB still closes the standings. Saint Chamond will meet higher ranked La Rochelle (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. CFBB will play against Souffelweyersheim (#4) and will have a slim chance for a victory.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 20: Chartres lost to Orchy on the opponent's court 54-62. Quimper managed to outperform Rennes in a home game 70-63. Angers BC 49 recorded a loss to Challans on the road 79-65.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 22 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists by Carlos Cherry of Quimper.


Orchy - Chartres 62-54

Very expected game in Orchies where 11th ranked Chartres (7-11) was defeated by third ranked Orchesien BC (13-4) 62-54 on Tuesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Chartres won third quarter 14-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Serbian power forward Djordje Petrovic (204-84) who scored 11 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). American guard Russell Carter (196-85, college: Notre Dame) chipped in 9 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Naturalized Cameroonian forward Michel Ipouck (199-86) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and forward Guillaume Merie (198-83) added 7 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Orchesien BC moved-up to second place. Loser Chartres keeps the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Orchesien BC will meet Union Rennes (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Chartres will play against Monaco (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Orchy: D.Petrovic 11+7reb, O.Gouez 10+5reb, T.Stanley 10+2reb, R.Carter 9+7reb+1ast, J.Verbeke 8+5reb, R.Brocheray 7+7reb+2ast
Chartres: M.Ipouck 21+10reb+4ast, A.Barakaou 9+4reb+2ast, G.Merie 7+8reb+3ast, A.Hergott 4+5reb, G.Lemon 4+3reb, V.Mendy 3+3reb
gschID: 186237


Quimper - Rennes 70-63

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Quimper UJAP (13-5) defeated at home 15th ranked Union Rennes (4-14) 70-63 on Tuesday. Union Rennes trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 18-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 63-70 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was Spanish point guard Carlos Cherry (184-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who scored 22 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Nigerian forward Corey Raji (198-88, college: Boston Coll., agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Omar Sall (195-80) produced 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Senegalese guard El Kabir Pene (190-84) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Union Rennes' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Quimper UJAP moved-up to third place. Union Rennes lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted Union Rennes keeps the fifteenth position with 14 games lost. Quimper UJAP will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Union Rennes will play against the league's second-placed Orchesien BC (#2) in Orchies and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Quimper: C.Cherry 22+8reb+9ast, C.Raji 18+9reb+1ast, W.Molas 7+5reb, O.Kolb 6+5reb+1ast, A.Thimon 6, J.Moupegnou 5+5reb+2ast
Rennes: E.Kabir Pene 15+3reb+1ast, S.Ben Driss 14+5reb, O.Sall 13+7reb+4ast, A.Okafor 7+8reb+3ast, B.M'Poy 6+5reb+1ast, E.Esneu Doguet 3+2reb
gschID: 186236


St Chamond - CFBB 96-69

Bottom-ranked CFBB (0-18) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 18th consecutive match to thirteenth ranked Saint Chamond (6-11) 96-69 on Tuesday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Saint Chamond. CFBB managed to win third quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Saint Chamond outrebounded CFBB 45-25 including a 31-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by CFBB's players. The best player for the winners was American forward Tyray Pearson (201-80, college: Iowa St.) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). point guard Romain Tillon (180-82, agency: ACMT) chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Saint Chamond players scored in double figures. Damien Inglis (203-95) produced 18 points and 9 rebounds and Paul Rigot (201-95) added 17 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Saint Chamond moved-up to twelfth place. Loser CFBB still closes the standings. Saint Chamond will meet higher ranked La Rochelle (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. CFBB will play against Souffelweyersheim (#4) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
St Chamond: T.Pearson 22+11reb+1ast, I.Bankevics 15+2reb+2ast, R.Tillon 12+6reb+5ast, N.Wachowiak 10+3reb+3ast, B.Rey 8+6reb+3ast, R.Jacon 8+4reb+2ast
CFBB: D.Inglis 18+9reb+3ast, P.Rigot 17+2reb+2ast, C.Pontens 9+3reb+2ast, Y.Smock 8+2reb, L.Dussoulier 4, C.Eliezer-Vanerot 4+4reb
gschID: 186235


Rueil - Vichy 69-79

NM1 top team - JA Vichy (14-4) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked Rueil (9-9) 79-69. It looked good early as Rueil took an 12-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then JA Vichy took control winning next two quarters and eventually winning the game that evening by 10 points. JA Vichy outrebounded Rueil 46-32 including a 36-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by point guard Rida El Amrani (180-86) who scored that evening 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and power forward Gregory Lessort (197-85) supported him with 11 points and 9 rebounds. JA Vichy's coach Fabien Romeyer allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 17 points by Serbian forward Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-80, college: Weber St., agency: TSS Management) did not help to save the game for Rueil. Georgian center Georges Mdivani (204-85, agency: Promotex) added 13 points for the hosts. Four Rueil players scored in double figures. JA Vichy have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-4 record. Rueil at the other side dropped to the tenth place with nine games lost. JA Vichy will play against Cognac (#5) at home in the next round. Rueil will play against Vendee Challans (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Vichy: D.Tshomba 14+1reb+2ast, J.Reynolds 11+4reb, G.Lessort 11+9reb, R.El Amrani 10+8reb+5ast, B.Thomas 9+4reb+5ast, G.Pons 9+6reb+4ast
Rueil: S.Ocokoljic 17+3reb+2ast, G.Mdivani 13+4reb+1ast, D.Gentil 11+4reb, A.Desespringalle 11+4reb+3ast, S.Ricard 6, K.Gourari 5+8reb+4ast
gschID: 186234


Cognac - La Rochelle 68-74

The most important game in the last round took place in Cognac between third ranked Cognac (12-5) and sixth ranked La Rochelle (11-7) on Tuesday night. Cognac was defeated by La Rochelle in a tough game at home 68-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cognac. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 23-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. La Rochelle made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Cognac helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jarryd Cole (204-88, college: Iowa) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds and British forward Andrew Thomson (205-84, college: Catawba) who added 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. La Rochelle's coach Gregory Thielin used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Miguel Buval (208-90) responded with 12 points and 6 rebounds and American center Ian Caskill (207-81, college: JMU) scored 8 points and 8 rebounds. Newly promoted La Rochelle maintains sixth position with 11-7 record. Cognac at the other side dropped to the fourth place with five games lost. They share the position with Souffel. La Rochelle are looking forward to face Saint Chamond (#12) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Cognac will play against the league's leader JA Vichy (#1) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
La Rochelle: J.Cole 31+11reb, J.Dalmat 16+4reb, A.Thomson 15+7reb, F.Sahraoui 3+2reb+5ast, P.Bonnelalbay 3+1reb, L.Iglesias 2+1reb+4ast
Cognac: C.Bertorelle 13+1reb+1ast, M.Buval 12+6reb+3ast, D.Sencanski 10+2reb+2ast, S.Doucoure 9+7reb, J.Ludon 9+3reb+2ast, I.Caskill 8+8reb+1ast
gschID: 186232


Challans - Angers BC 49 79-65

There was a minor upset when 12th ranked Angers BC 49 (6-12) was defeated on the road by fourteenth ranked Vendee Challans (6-12) 79-65 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 39-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Vendee Challans made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Vendee Challans outrebounded Angers BC 49 38-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was point guard Samir Mekdad (188-86) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Lithuanian power forward Petras Balocka (205-86, college: Hawaii) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Five Vendee Challans players scored in double figures. Swingman Pierre-Etienne Drouault (194-90) produced 16 points and forward SyPir Traore (204-85) added 11 points respectively for the guests. Angers BC 49's coach Vincent Lavandier rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Vendee Challans moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with defeated Angers BC 49. Vendee Challans will meet higher ranked Rueil (#10) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Angers BC 49 will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Challans: P.Balocka 16+7reb+1ast, F.Herard 12+5reb+1ast, S.Mekdad 12+11reb+2ast, J.Rathieuville 12+5reb+6ast, J.Geay 11+2reb+3ast, J.Zapha 8+2reb
Angers BC 49: P.Drouault 16+4reb, S.Traore 11+4reb+1ast, A.Hill 10+4reb+2ast, L.Gunnarsson 9+1reb+2ast, A.Fellah 8+3ast, T.Lonzieme 8+4reb+3ast
gschID: 186231



ProB Round 21: Chalons-Reims are upset by SPO Rouen - by Eurobasket News

The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game between third ranked Chalons-Reims (14-7) and tenth ranked SPO Rouen (11-10) was the most important one in the last round on Tuesday night. Chalons-Reims was defeated by SPO Rouen in a tough game in Rouen 75-83. Chalons-Reims trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 26-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 75-83 at the end of the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Chalons-Reims helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Wendell McKines (198-88, college: N.Mexico St.) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import guard O'Darien Bassett (191-86, college: Troy) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Justin Burrell (206-88, college: St.John's) who recorded 24 points and 9 rebounds. Chalons-Reims' coach Nikola Antic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. SPO Rouen moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Maurienne. Chalons-Reims at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Antibes and Le Portel. SPO Rouen is looking forward to face league's second-placed ALM Evreux on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chalons-Reims will play against Bordeaux and is hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Antibes. Second ranked ALM Evreux faced 3rd placed Olympique Antibes. Guests from Evreux (16-5) defeated host Olympique Antibes (14-7) 94-88. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Clevin Hannah contributed with 23 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. point guard Jason Fontenet (178-82, college: Oregon St.) answered with 24 points and 8 assists for Olympique Antibes. ALM Evreux have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 16-5 record behind leader Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Olympique Antibes at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Chalons-Reims and Le Portel. ALM Evreux will play against SPO Rouen (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Olympique Antibes will play against Lille Metropole (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Bordeaux managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of ten consecutive loses on Friday night. This time they edged fifth-ranked Le Portel 68-65. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Le Portel. Nigel Wyatte stepped up and scored 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The best for the losing side was Sherman Gay with 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Le Portel's coach Eric Girard tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Bordeaux maintains eighteenth place with 3-18 record. Loser Le Portel dropped to the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Antibes and Chalons-Reims. Bordeaux will meet higher ranked Chalons-Reims (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Le Portel will play against the league's leader Pau-Lacq-Orthez where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Leader Pau-Lacq-Orthez delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they beat 12th ranked Nantes (8-13) 86-80. Antoine Mendy nailed 18 points for the winning side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Pau-Lacq-Orthez. They maintain first place with 17-4 record. Nantes at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's next round opponent will be Le Portel (#5) on the road. Nantes will play against Hyeres-Toulon (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Sixteenth ranked Denain Voltaire won an overtime thriller against higher ranked Aix-Maurienne by one point 87-86 on Friday night. The game took place in Aix-les-Bains. But the guests from Denain were better at the end. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Aix-Maurienne. The best player for the winners was John Flowers who scored 31 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Denain Voltaire's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Denain Voltaire maintains sixteenth place with 6-15 record. Loser Aix-Maurienne dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. Denain Voltaire will face Charleville-Mezieres (#17) at home in the next round.

Other games of round 21 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
St Quentin was defeated by Boulogne in a road game 101-83. Charleville was beaten by Bourg at home 71-75. Lille won against Hyeres-Toulon on the opponent's court 76-70. Fos Ouest managed to outperform St Vallier in a home game 74-69.


Rouen - Chalons-Reims 83-75

The game between third ranked Chalons-Reims (14-7) and tenth ranked SPO Rouen (11-10) was the most important one in the last round on Tuesday night. Chalons-Reims was defeated by SPO Rouen in a tough game in Rouen 75-83. Chalons-Reims trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 26-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 75-83 at the end of the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Chalons-Reims helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Wendell McKines (198-88, college: N.Mexico St.) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import guard O'Darien Bassett (191-86, college: Troy) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Five SPO Rouen players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Justin Burrell (206-88, college: St.John's) who recorded 24 points and 9 rebounds and American-Irish point guard Bryan Mullins (185-87, college: S.Illinois) added 12 points respectively. Chalons-Reims' coach Nikola Antic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. SPO Rouen moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Maurienne. Chalons-Reims at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Antibes and Le Portel. SPO Rouen is looking forward to face league's second-placed ALM Evreux on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chalons-Reims will play against Bordeaux and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: J.Burrell 24+9reb+2ast, B.Mullins 12+4reb+1ast, A.Tsagarakis 10+2reb+4ast, P.Poupet 9+2reb+1ast, R.Mels 7, P.Beye 6+5reb+3ast
Rouen: W.McKines 17+11reb, F.Ateba 15+2reb+2ast, O.Bassett 13+5reb+5ast, M.Diarra 11+4reb, T.Wesley 10+4reb+1ast, G.Chathuant 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 179412


Boulogne - St Quentin 101-83

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Saint-Quentin (10-11) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (13-8) 101-83 on Saturday. The game without a history. SO Maritime Boulogne led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. SO Maritime Boulogne outrebounded Saint-Quentin 39-27 including a 29-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. SO Maritime Boulogne looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American point guard Austen Rowland (186-81, college: Lehigh, agency: Court Side) who scored 25 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Power forward Mickael Var (205-90) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Julien Lesieu (201-83) who recorded 16 points and 6 rebounds and Bahamas power forward Lavar Simmons (201-83, college: Master's) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. SO Maritime Boulogne maintains sixth place with 13-8 record. Newly promoted Saint-Quentin keeps the eleventh position with 11 games lost. SO Maritime Boulogne will face Saint Vallier (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Saint-Quentin will play against Fos Ouest.
Top scorers:
St Quentin: J.Lesieu 16+6reb+1ast, L.Simmons 13+6reb+1ast, K.Bichard 12+1reb+4ast, J.Ball 12+4reb+2ast, A.Saaka 11+1reb, D.Williams 9+4reb
Boulogne: A.Rowland 25+5reb+8ast, J.Rousselle 23+4reb+1ast, K.Cunningham 18+3reb+1ast, M.Var 15+12reb+2ast, C.McCray 6+3reb+5ast, Z.Bah 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 179415


Charleville - Bourg 71-75

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked JL Bourg (12-9) defeated on the road 17th ranked Charleville-Mezieres (5-16) 75-71 on Friday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-12. But Charleville-Mezieres won second period 26-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. JL Bourg looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was Gambian forward Moses Sonko (197-83, college: Co.Carolina, agency: Two Points) who scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. American power forward David Monds (205-83, college: Oklahoma St.) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. JL Bourg's coach Frederic Sarre used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84) who recorded 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and American-British power forward Tafari Toney (203-86) added 20 points and 8 rebounds respectively. The victory was the third consecutive win for JL Bourg. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Fos Ouest. Charleville-Mezieres lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the seventeenth position with 16 games lost. JL Bourg will face Aix-Maurienne (#9) in Aix-les-Bains in the next round. Charleville-Mezieres will play on the road against Denain Voltaire (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Charleville: V.Pridotkas 22+8reb+4ast, T.Toney 20+8reb+1ast, D.Pistre 10+2reb+1ast, F.Calvez 9+3reb+10ast, F.Bourdillon 6+2reb+1ast, N.Racon 2+2reb+4ast
Bourg: M.Sonko 20+9reb+3ast, D.Monds 16+8reb+3ast, P.Braud 14+4reb+1ast, A.Tanghe 8+2reb, J.Sanchez 6+2reb+3ast, J.Delhomme 5+2ast
gschID: 179420


Hyeres-Toulon - Lille 70-76

Rather expected game when 15th ranked Hyeres-Toulon (7-14) was defeated at home by thirteenth ranked Lille Metropole (9-12) 76-70 on Friday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hyeres-Toulon won fourth quarter 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Steve Smith (200-81, college: Iona) who scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. Jason Siggers (188-85, college: Albany) chipped in 16 points. Lille Metropole's coach Abdourahmane N’Diaye used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and power forward Terence Dials (206-83, college: Ohio St.) added 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively. Four Hyeres-Toulon players scored in double figures. Lille Metropole moved-up to twelfth place. Loser Hyeres-Toulon dropped to the fourteenth position with 14 games lost. Lille Metropole will face higher ranked Olympique Antibes (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Nantes (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: R.Wright 16+2reb+2ast, T.Dials 15+7reb, J.Newson 12+10reb+1ast, G.Radonjic 12+3reb+1ast, L.Sane 8+4reb+3ast, A.Julien 5+2reb+4ast
Lille: S.Smith 22+7reb+1ast, J.Siggers 16+3reb+3ast, S.Bradford 9+10reb, L.Akono 9+1reb+3ast, B.Gillet 9+1reb+2ast, M.Camara 6+3ast
gschID: 179419


Fos Ouest - St Vallier 74-69

Very predictable result when ninth ranked Fos Ouest (12-9) beat at home 14th ranked Saint Vallier (7-14) 74-69 on Friday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Saint Vallier trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 23-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 69-74 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Saint Vallier 34-22 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was naturalized Algerian swingman Karim Atamna (194-80) who scored 22 points and 4 assists. The former international power forward Sacha Giffa (202-77) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Jonathan Hoyaux (192-88) who recorded 15 points and American Corey Rouse (204-84, college: E.Carolina, agency: Court Side) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Four Saint Vallier players scored in double figures. Fos Ouest moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Bourg. Saint Vallier lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with 14 games lost. Fos Ouest will face Saint-Quentin (#11) on the road in the next round. Saint Vallier will play against SO Maritime Boulogne.
Top scorers:
St Vallier: J.Hoyaux 15+4reb+3ast, C.Rouse 15+5reb+2ast, E.Craven 14+4reb+4ast, D.Diarra 10+3reb, F.Tortosa 9+1reb+1ast, I.Koma 4+2reb
Fos Ouest: K.Atamna 22+3reb+4ast, C.Davis 13+5reb+2ast, S.Giffa 13+5reb+2ast, A.Toto N'Kote 11+3reb+1ast, J.Williamson 9+6reb, M.Hachad 6+7reb+3ast
gschID: 179418


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Nantes 86-80

Leader Pau-Lacq-Orthez delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they beat 12th ranked Nantes (8-13) 86-80. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-17. But Nantes won second period 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pau-Lacq-Orthez forced 22 Nantes turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Nantes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized Senegalese forward Antoine Mendy (198-83) nailed 18 points for the winning side and American forward Brian Boddicker (204-81, college: Texas) accounted for 19 points. American guard LaMarshall Corbett (190-88, college: Angelo St.) came up with 20 points and the other American import power forward James Mathis (200-84, college: Niagara, agency: Court Side) added 11 points and 5 assists respectively for Nantes in the defeat. Five Pau-Lacq-Orthez and four Nantes players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Pau-Lacq-Orthez. They maintain first place with 17-4 record. Nantes at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's next round opponent will be Le Portel (#5) on the road. Nantes will play against Hyeres-Toulon (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nantes: L.Corbett 20+2reb+2ast, N.Gayon 13+6reb, J.Mathis 11+4reb+5ast, W.Soliman 11+2reb, T.Henry 6+8reb, K.Idomenee 6+1reb+2ast
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: B.Boddicker 19+3reb, A.Mendy 18+3reb+3ast, J.Morency 13+6reb+1ast, R.Lesca 12+3ast, I.Ordin 10+2reb+4ast, D.Denave 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 179417


Antibes - Evreux 88-94

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Antibes. Second ranked ALM Evreux faced 3rd placed Olympique Antibes. Guests from Evreux (16-5) defeated host Olympique Antibes (14-7) 94-88. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 30-20. But Olympique Antibes won third quarter 29-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ALM Evreux shot 66.7 percent from the field and made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Olympique Antibes was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). point guard Clevin Hannah (180-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Court Side) contributed with 23 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four ALM Evreux players scored in double figures. point guard Jason Fontenet (178-82, college: Oregon St.) answered with 24 points and 8 assists and forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for Olympique Antibes. ALM Evreux have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 16-5 record behind leader Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Olympique Antibes at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Chalons-Reims and Le Portel. ALM Evreux will play against SPO Rouen (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Olympique Antibes will play against Lille Metropole (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Antibes: J.Fontenet 24+1reb+8ast, A.Hilliard 16, T.Blue 14+3reb+4ast, L.Bengaber 9+8reb+1ast, M.Badiane 8+2reb+2ast, R.Desroses 6+5reb+1ast
Evreux: J.Wood 23+7reb+5ast, C.Hannah 23+2reb+4ast, S.Ho You Fat 16+3reb+3ast, D.Reed 12+5reb+2ast, G.Florimont 9+2reb+2ast, L.Konate 6
gschID: 179416


Bordeaux - Le Portel 68-65

Bottom-ranked Bordeaux managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of ten consecutive loses on Friday night. This time they edged fifth-ranked Le Portel 68-65. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Le Portel. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-15. But Le Portel won second period 16-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American power forward Nigel Wyatte (204-81, college: Wagner, agency: Court Side) stepped up and scored 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import forward Markel Humphrey (198-87, college: Marshall, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 8 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Jamaican-American Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) with 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and American point guard Ronnie Taylor (188-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) scored 11 points and 7 assists. Le Portel's coach Eric Girard tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Bordeaux maintains eighteenth place with 3-18 record. Loser Le Portel dropped to the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Antibes and Chalons-Reims. Bordeaux will meet higher ranked Chalons-Reims (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Le Portel will play against the league's leader Pau-Lacq-Orthez where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Le Portel: S.Gay 22+8reb, C.Bronchard 14+2reb, R.Taylor 11+4reb+7ast, B.Mangin 7+9reb+4ast, A.Charles 5+2reb+1ast, D.Wilson 4+4reb
Bordeaux: N.Wyatte 17+6reb+1ast, M.Guichard 13+2ast, B.Elisabeth-Mesnager 10+3reb+1ast, K.Thalien 9+2reb+2ast, M.Humphrey 8+7reb, R.Chery 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 179414


Maurienne - Denain 86-87 OT

Sixteenth ranked Denain Voltaire won an overtime thriller against higher ranked Aix-Maurienne by one point 87-86 on Friday night. The game took place in Aix-les-Bains. But the guests from Denain were better at the end. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Aix-Maurienne. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 16-13 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 1-point victory in overtime. Denain Voltaire made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward John Flowers (200-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: KMG Sports Management) who scored 31 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Xavier Gaillou (192-89) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Denain Voltaire's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American Wilbert Brown (200-84, college: Niagara, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who recorded a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds and Meredis Houmounou (188-88) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Five Denain Voltaire and four Aix-Maurienne players scored in double figures. Denain Voltaire maintains sixteenth place with 6-15 record. Loser Aix-Maurienne dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. Denain Voltaire will face Charleville-Mezieres (#17) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Maurienne: W.Brown 31+11reb, M.Houmounou 13+7reb+3ast, S.Darnauzan 13+4reb+6ast, T.Yvrande 12+6reb+2ast, E.Bing 8+5reb+2ast, W.Chism 4+7reb+3ast
Denain: J.Flowers 31+7reb+4ast, X.Gaillou 13+5reb+7ast, M.Kitts 11+10reb, L.Humphrey 11+2reb+2ast, C.Cairo 10+5reb+1ast, R.Lopez 5+6reb
gschID: 179413



Cuthbert Victor claims French ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

U.S. Virgin Islands Cuthbert Victor (197-F-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Le Mans and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 29-year old forward had the game-high 23 points adding four rebounds and two assists for Le Mans in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Roanne (#10, 8-10) in overtime 89-87. Le Mans is placed at 3rd position in French ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Le Mans will need more victories to improve their 12-6 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Victor as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Cuthbert Victor averages this season 10.1ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old American guard Bernard King (196-G-81) of Le Havre. King impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists. Of course Le Havre cruised to a 92-84 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Orleans (#7, 9-9). This victory allowed Le Havre to move up to 14th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-11 record. King is a newcomer at Le Havre 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 15.8ppg (#6). He also recorded 6.4 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was Ivorian Souleyman Diabate (183-PG-87, agency: Beo Basket) of Nancy (#13). Diabate scored 18 points and passed four assists. Despite Diabate's great performance Nancy lost 73-75 to the lower-ranked Boulazac (#16, 5-13). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Nancy not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Diabate could try to bring Nancy's a little bit higher in the standings. Diabate has individually a great season in France. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.7apg (best passer). Souleyman Diabate has also French passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Coleman Collins (206-C/F-86) of Roanne - 17 points and 5 rebounds
5. Amara Sy (202-F-81) of ASVEL - 11 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Cyril Akpomedah (203-PF-79) of Gravelines - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Tyler Smith (201-F-86) of Boulazac - 6 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
8. J.K. Edwards (202-C/F-82) of Gravelines - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Pape Sy (201-G/F-88) of Le Mans - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Ferdinand Prenom (205-C-91) of Dijon - 10 points and 6 rebounds

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



Sakarya U16 Tournament: France rout Sweden for 4-1 record - by Eurobasket News

France U16- Sweden U16 73:57

France rout Sweden for 4-1 record in Group A of the Sakarya U16 Tournament. The French side advanced to the Quarterfinals after a 73:57 win. Sweden finished last in the group with 1-4 record.
France was the favorite of the game and started with 18-14 in the first period. They scored another 18 points in the second frame and led 6 points at the halftime. Moreover France won the third quarter 22-12 and increased the lead to 16 points after 30 minutes. Both sides posted 15 points each in the last stanza for the final result in the game.
Stephane Gombauld (201-PF-97) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Ona Embo Renathan added 16. Luc Loubaki (189-G-97) notched 9 and Maxence Mussard (191-G-97) as well as Kevin Hangoue (197-PF-97) had 6 each. Samuel Berkelund (201-SF-97) answered with 14 points in the losing effort, whilst Craig Lecesne (196-PG-97) added 13. Tobias Sjoberg (201-C-97) collected 6 points and 10 rebounds, while Theodore Silveira Ovrebo and Gustav Malmstrom (197-PF-97) had 5 apiece.

France U16: Stephane Gombauld 20+12 rebs, Ona Embo Renathan 16, Luc Loubaki 9, Maxence Mussard 6, Kevin Hangoue 6
Sweden U16: Samuel Berkelund 14, Craig Lecesne Jr 13, Tobias Sjoberg 6+10 rebs, Theodore Silveira Ovrebo 5, Gustav Malmstrom 5



Hoverla welcomes back Tiggs, ex Dijon - by Eurobasket News

Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk (Superleague) tabbed 29-year old American swingman Kevin Tiggs (196-100kg-84, college: East Tennessee State). It's actually his comeback to Frankivsk as he played here before. Tiggs supposed to play at Dijon in French ProA. In 6 games this season he averaged 6.3ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.2apg. The last season he played at Hoverla. In 42 Superleague games last year he had 14.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.6spg.
The previous (10-11) season Tiggs played at Apoel (Division A) in Cypriot league. In 12 games that season he had 14.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.8apg and 2.5spg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Defensive Player of the Year and selected to All-Defensive Team. Tiggs also played at Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye earlier that season. In 5 Superleague games that year he had 8.4ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.8apg.
Among other achievements his team won Ukrainian Cup in 2010. Tiggs received also NJCAA Coaches Association Division II National Player of the Year award back in 2006 at his college time.
Tiggs is a very experienced player.
He graduated from East Tennessee State in 2009 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.
Lets have closer look into Tiggs outlook: Kevin has an unorthodox but efficient offensive game. He is a crafty slasher with great body control and a soft touch around the basket. Kevin can also shoot behind the 3pt line or use his mid-range game. He is a decent defender with good rebounding skills. Kevin's primary position is the 3. Very athletic and plays every game like its his last!.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Germany U16 remains undefeated in Sakarya - by Eurobasket News

Germany U16 remains undefeated in Sakarya and improved to 4-0 record.
In Day 3 Germany U16 won over Argentina U16 55:50. The European team won the first period 15-11, but allowed the Argentinean squad to take the lead at the halftime after a 20-8 surge. Germany needed a 14-7 rally in the third period and finished the game with 18-12. Georg Beyschlag (179-G-97) and Tibor Taras (188-SG-97) led the way with 8 points each. Martn Ariel Fernndez replied with 21 points in the losing effort, while Enzo Marcelo Avalos and Jorge Agustn Ms Delfino scored 6 each.
In Day 4 Germany U16 grabbed a 69:67 win over Slovenia U16. Both teams scored 19 points in the first period and then Germany posted 23-15 rally to take 8-point halftime advantage. Slovenia bounced back with 22-16, but could not win the game. Moritz Sanders (204-PF-98) poured in 14 points for the winners and Tibor Taras scored 12. Blaz Mesicek (187-PG-97) ended up with 15 points in the losing effort and Blaz Mesicek notched 14.



Gotha Rockets facing more injury trouble: Mitchell out for the season - by Moritz Korff

The Gotha Rockets (2. Bundesliga Pro A) have suffered another injury setback with the loss of Dustin Mitchell (206-F/C-87, college: UW-Whitew.). An MRI exam today revealed that the 25-year-old has torn his right Achilles' tendon. Mitchell, who was injured in Sunday's loss against Duesseldorf, will undergo surgery tomorrow and is lost for the remainder of the season. By the time he suffered the injury, Mitchell had scored eight points, shooting 4-for-4 from the floor in less than seven minutes. The native of Lac de Flambeau, Wisconsin, who transferred from KB Bashkimi Prizren of Kosovo to Gotha in January, saw action in four games, averaging 6.5 points for the Rockets.
To make matters worse, Robbie Jackson (213-C-85, college: UMBC) asked to opt out of his contract to return to the United States due to family reasons. The Rockets decided to let him go.
Jan Lipke (193-G-83, agency: Court Side) is currently suffering from a calf injury, while Joleik Schaffrath (206-C-88) has been sidelined since the first game of the season.
As the transfer window slammed shut on January 31, the Rockets will not be able to sign new players to bolster their roster. The coaches have decided to call up Sebastian Rauch (198-G/F-87) from the club's second team. The 25-year-old forward already played one single Pro A game for the Rockets this season.



Dion Dowell Heads Back To Israel - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Sometimes it is simply the best to be where one feels most comfortable and that is what Dion Dowell (200-F/G-85, college: Houston) will do. It was announced today that American Dion Dowell will go back to Israel to play basketball and leave the Fraport Skyliners where he was under contract. Dowell and the club came to an agreement to terminate his contract. In 19 games the Texas native averaged 8,7rpg and 3,7rpg. Dowell who played his first four seasons in Israel will play for Hapoel Eilat. "I want to thank the fans. It was great that they always supported us even in not so good phases. It was the first time that I played in front of such great fans at home games. I had a good time here, but wished I could of played better and help get more wins. However sometimes things don't work the way you want. I wish that the team keeps working hard, stay healthy and win games. I am sure that they will since they have so much talent. I wish the fans and employes of the Fraport Skyliners all the best", stressed Dion Dowell.


Source: Fraport Skyliners




Brian Cusworth Departs From ratiopharm Ulm - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Brian Cusworth (213-C-84, college: Harvard) lasted only 6 days with ratiopharm Ulm, but in that time he did witness one of the prettiest cities in Germany with Ulm and got a weekend road trip to Trier to help in his story telling from Germany. The club announced that the 28 213cm center has returned back to the States as he isnt completly fit to play and cant help the team the way he would like to. "Even though I was happy to come to Ulm and gry to help the team win games, my body has told me to do something else. I can only say positive things about my teammates, coaching staff and management of Ulm. Everyone treated me good. I wish them all the best against Trier and for the rest of the season", explained Brian Cusworth.

Source:ratiopharm Ulm




Dijuan Harris (BC Prievidza, Slovakia) I Learned How To Handle A Situation You Cant Win, No Matter What You Do - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Dijuan Harris (175-PG-86, college: Charlotte) is a 175cm guard from Charlotte, North Carolina that started the season with the LTi Giessen 46ers and now moved to BC Prievidza. He is a guard that is super fast and strong point guard. Pushes the ball quick in transition and scores in a variety of ways. Uses ball screens well, and finishes in the lane with his strength. Creates open looks for all his teammates and puts a lot of pressure on the defense when on the fast break. He is a great defender because of his quickness, and beats the offense to the spot because of his great anticipation.Last season, he played for Usak Universitesi Belediyespor (Turkey-TB2L, starting five): 36 games: 14.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 23.4%, FT: 72.9%. He played at Charlotte in the NCAA breaking various school records. In his rookies eason in 2010, he played for Salon Vilpas Vikings (Finland-Korisliiga, starting five), left in Nov.'10: 11 games: 19.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.4apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 75.0%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

Germany was your third station in Europe. After a strong start to the season where you scored in double figures in three of the first four games, you now are no longer playing for the LTi Giessen 46ers. Would you have thought that it would come to this?

No I never thought it would come to this, but in life sometimes things happen that you don't plan. It's not that it happened It's How I respond to it now that it has.

How disappointed are you not being able to finish the season with the LTi Giessen 46ers? Would you have liked to finish the season under other circumstances? The club was effected by their financial problems throughout the season?

I would have loved to finish season here, but do to the situation at hand it was best to move on.

You averaged over 30 minutes in the first six games and then your minutes went down drastically. Why do you think this happened? Perhaps with the emergence of Achmadschah Zazai?

I'm not the coach and I don't make those decisions. Still to this day I don't know why it happened. There was never a conversation as to why it happened. I felt like I was backed up against the wall and had nowhere to go, but I wish them nothing but the best in their ongoing effort to finish the season strong


Do you believe that head coach Matthias Fischer lost confidence in you?

Honestly Yes I do, and when it gets to that point It's nothing you can do. I'm not so sure why though. I was playing well, but then the light switched and I wasn't playing hardly at all, and that was tough. This was the toughest situation I have been in as a player. I wish things could of worked out differently. I felt like I could of helped the team more if given the same opportunity as in the beginning. There was never a reason, conversation, explanation as to why. This has made me so much stronger, and hungrier to prove that I belong.

Do you think that you could have showed more of your talent had you had more playing time?

Yes, I feel that would be any player. If I was given more time I would have been able to showcase my talent a lot more.


How difficult was it as a professional basketball player playing with a team where no one knew what would happen next on account of the financial difficulties?

IN THAT SITUATION YES IT CAN BE DIFFICULT TO PLAY NOT KNOWING, BUT I WAS FINE BECAUSE UP UNTO THAT POINT EVERYTHING WAS ON TIME FINANCIALLY SO AS A PLAYER YOU MUST JUST DO YOUR JOB AND CONTINUE ON.

How intense was the on court rivalry with Achmadschah Zazai? Was the guard competition one of the most intense that you have experienced in your basketball career so far?

IT WAS NO ON COURT RIVALRY WITH ME AND CHA CHA.


Giessen let Americans Ryan Brooks and Laquan Prowell go to the Fraport Skyliners to free up money to save their season, but then brought in Sharaud Curry. Does that make sense? They could of gone with Zazai and Jonas Wiesner in the guard rotation.

I know Curry, he is a great guy. First and foremost, and he played for Mathias last season, so I feel it was the connection they had and him being right here in Giessen.

What did you learn from your experience with the LTi Giessen 46ers that will help you down the road?

I learned a lot, most importantly I LEARNED HOW TO HANDLE A SITUATION YOU CAN'T WIN, NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO.

I saw your best game against the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven where you scored 23 points and dished out four assists. What was your most fond game memory with Giessen?

The first game against Hagen. We won at their place. I had 13pts 9ass. Bremerhaven statistically was best game, but Hagen was best performance. We played together and had fun and got a win. Oh, yeah on one particular play I threw Ryan Brooks an alley-op and then did the CAM NEWTON. That was funny to back and see it on tape,

What is the next step for Dijuan Harris? Would you like to play for another team in Germany?

The next step for Dijuan Harris, is to continue on with my career in a different country. I know already Where I'm going just can't announce it yet. If there were a team in need of a pg Yes, I like Germany and the BBL is a great competitive league.

Who was your most difficult player opponent that you played against on the court in Germany?

There were a lot of very good players here. The most difficult is a tough question. I would probably say Rice from Munich, or Burrell from Bremerhaven. LAST BUT NOT LEAST, I WANT TO THANK HEIKO AND MANAGEMENT FOR THE OPPORTUNITY AND THE FANS OF GIESSEN WERE GREAT. ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO PLAY IN BBL. THINGS DON'T ALWAYS GO AS PLANNED, BUT YOU MUST BE READY WHEN SITUATION COMES UP THAT YOU AS A PLAYER CAN'T CONTROL. IN MY CASE ADVERSITY STRUCK, BUT IT'S HOW I REACT TO IT THAT WILL MAKE ME A BETTER PERSON, AND PLAYER. I AM CONFIDENT IN MYSELF, AND MY ABILITY TO GET THE JOB DONE ON THE FLOOR. I WILL BOUNCE BACK FROM THIS, IT'S JUST A SMALL SETBACK TO MY AMAZING COMEBACK. AGAIN, I WISH GIESSEN NOTHING BUT THE BEST IN THEIR FUTURE ENDEAVORS. I HAD A GREAT TIME WHILE IT LASTED, BUT THE NEW SITUATION WILL GIVE ME A NEW MINDSET.

Who will win the Superbowl?

I am going with Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Taken 2.

Thanks Dijuan for the chat.




German U20 National Team 2013 - by Simas

German U20 National Team 2013
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Paul Albrecht
Albrecht
Kevin Bryant
Bryant
Robin Jorch
Jorch
Dominic Lockhart
Lockhart
Malik Mueller
Mueller
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Paul Albrecht 205-F-93 Oldenburg Germany
Kevin Bryant 193-SG-94 Ehingen Germany
Alexander Engel 188-G-93 TSV Troester Germany
Robin Jorch 208-PF-94 Stahnsdorf Germany
Dominic Lockhart 197-F-94 Giessen Germany
Malik Mueller 189-G-94 Ehingen Germany
Kenneth Ogbe 197-SG-94 Ehingen Germany
Johannes Richter 206-PF-93 Brose Bask. Germany
Dennis Schroeder 181-PG-93 NY Phantoms Germany
Sid Marlon Theis 204-F/C-93 Ehingen Germany
Leon Tolksdorf 203-F-93 Connecticut USA
Tim Unterluggauer 208-C-93 Ehingen Germany
Julius Wolf 202-F-93 Muenchen B. II Germany
Paul Zipser 201-PG-94 B.Muenchen Germany
Fabian Bleck 198-F-93 Phoenix Hagen Germany
Viktor Frankl-Maus 186-PG-93 Dragons Germany
Jonathan Malu 198-PF-93 Bremerhaven Germany
Max Merz 183-PG-94 Fraport SKY II Germany
Cameron Neubauer 202-PF-94 Stahnsdorf Germany
Bogdan Radosavljevic 211-C-93 B.Muenchen Germany
Stefan Wess 203-SF-94 Muenster Germany

Frank Menz Head Coach



German U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

4 Georg Beyschlag 179-G-97 Noerdlingen Germany
5 Moritz Haebner 196-F-97 Ehingen Germany
6 Luis Figge 188-PG-97 Paderborn III Germany
7 Menzel Johannes 188-G-97 Goettingen Germany
8 Tibor Taras 188-SG-97 Koeln 99ers Germany
9 Philipp Sausmikat 190-F/G-97 Hamburg Piraten Germany
10 Jan Moritz Overdick 205-C-97 Langen Germany
13 Daniel Keppeler 199-F-97 TSV Troester Germany
14 Niklas Kiel 202-SF-97 Herford Germany
15 Leon Kratzer 205-C-97 TSV Troester Germany
15 Moritz Sanders 204-PF-98 Phoenix Hagen Germany
22 Till Pape 198-F-97 Finke Baskets Germany



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Standings - A2

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

Regular Season: Round 15

Feb. 2: Pagrati - Lavrio 90-75
Feb. 2: Trikalla - Filathlitikos 90-57
Feb. 2: Koroivos - Arkadikos 81-59
Feb. 2: Ikaroi Serron - Agia Paraskevis 74-73
Feb. 2: Ermis Lagkada - Niki Volou 74-66
Feb. 2: Doxa Lefkadas - Irakleio 48-47
Feb. 3: Nea Kifisia - OFI 128-68

Regular Season: Round 16

Feb. 9: Filathlitikos - Pagrati
Feb. 9: Agia Paraskevis - Trikalla
Feb. 9: OFI - Ikaroi Serron
Feb. 9: Arkadikos - Nea Kifisia
Feb. 9: Niki Volou - Koroivos
Feb. 9: Doxa Lefkadas - Ermis Lagkada
Feb. 9: Lavrio - Irakleio


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Kostas TOTSIOS
  Ikaroi S.
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Totsios, Ikaroi S.21.2 
 2. Anagnostopou., Erm.20.3 
 3. Giannakopoul., Lav.18.9 
 4. Karaboulas, Nea K.18.6 
 5. Kitsoulis, OFI18.0 
 6. Vranjes, Pagrati17.7 
 7. Simeonidis, Ikaroi16.1 
 8. Psileas, Agia P.15.8 
 9. Adetokoubo, Filath.14.9 
 10. Karydas, Koroivos14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Giannis PAPACHRISTOS
  Trika.
  (194-F-80)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Papachristos, Trik.8.7 
 2. Noeas, Koroivos8.6 
 3. Anagnostopou., Erm.8.5 
 4. Manousos, Doxa L.7.5 
 5. Sklavos, Pagrati7.5 
 6. Simeonidis, Ikaroi7.4 
 7. Cubrilo, Arkadikos7.4 
 8. Koutroulias, Pagra.7.4 
 9. Pelkic, Irakleio7.2 
 10. Vardavas, Agia P.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Athanasios KARYDAS
  Koroivos
  (182-G-79)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Karydas, Koroivos5.7 
 2. Vasilopoulos, Pagr.5.6 
 3. Gikas, Filathlitik.5.5 
 4. Moschovitis, Nea K.5.4 
 5. Papadakis, OFI4.1 
 6. Giannakopoul., Lav.3.9 
 7. Tsiotras, Arkadikos3.8 
 8. Katsares, Trikalla3.6 
 9. Govas, Arkadikos3.5 
 10. Mavrogiannis, Nik.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos KATSARES
  Trikalla
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Katsares, Trikalla2.4 
 2. Vranjes, Pagrati2.2 
 3. Tsiotras, Arkadikos2.2 
 4. Karydas, Koroivos2.1 
 5. Psileas, Agia P.1.9 
 6. Giannakopoul., Lav.1.9 
 7. Gikas, Filathlitik.1.8 
 8. Ioakeimidis, Ermis1.7 
 9. Maltesios, Niki Vo.1.6 
 10. Kapiniaris, Ikaro.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Thanasis ADETOKOUBO
  Filath.
  (200-F-93)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Adetokoubo, Filath.1.2 
 2. Doychinov, OFI1.1 
 3. Papachristos, Trik.0.9 
 4. Anagnostopou., Erm.0.8 
 5. Vagenas, Doxa L.0.8 
 6. Charismidis, Trika.0.7 
 7. Nikoloudis, Ikaroi0.7 
 8. Pelkic, Irakleio0.7 
 9. Sioutis, Nea Kifis.0.7 
 10. Sigounas, Arkadik.0.7 


Div.B Standing

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

Regular Season: Round 16

North

Feb. 10: Egaleo - Metamorfosi
Feb. 10: Iraklis - Anatolia
Feb. 10: Aias Evosmou - Marousi
Feb. 10: Ionikos N.F. - MENT
Feb. 10: Doxa Pefkon - Periko/Arhelaos
Feb. 10: Stratoni - Ionikos Ionias

South

Feb. 10: Halkidas - Diagoras
Feb. 10: Amyntas Dafnis - Esperos Patras
Feb. 10: Near East - Enosi
Feb. 10: Panerythraikos - Doukas
Feb. 10: Perama Ermis - Holargos
Feb. 10: Aetos - Psyhiko


Greek A1 round 15 best performance: Nikos Pappas - by Eurobasket News

Former international guard Nikos Pappas (195-G-90, agency: FCM) had a very impressive game in the last round for Panionios, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 22-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, nine rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Peristeri GS (#10, 5-10) with 22-point margin 91-69. Panionios maintains the 3rd position in Greek A1. They are still close to the very top. Panionios would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 12-3 record. In the team's last game Pappas had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Panionios' top player in his first season with the team. Nikos Pappas has solid league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 18.7ppg. Pappas is in league's top in assists (9th best: 3.3apg) and averages impressive 50.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Serbian Uros Duvnjak (190-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) of AGOR. Duvnjak had a very good evening with 36 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for AGOR to edge slightly lower-ranked Aris (#7, 6-9) 73-71. AGOR's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Duvnjak is a newcomer at AGOR, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Keaton Grant (193-SG-86) of Apollon Patras (#6). Grant scored 28 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Apollon Patras, leading his team to a 101-88overtime win against the lower-ranked KAOD (#11, 5-10). The chances of Apollon Patras ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 8 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Grant could help Apollon Patras to bring them higher in the standings. Grant has a great season in Greece. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.2ppg (9th best). He also has 2.3spg and FGP: 55.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Errick McCollum (185-PG-88) of Apollon Patras - 31 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
5. William Coleman (206-F-88) of Kavala - 15 points and 14 rebounds
6. Mihalis Tsairelis (207-F/C-88) of PAOK - 20 points and 7 rebounds
7. Vladimir Jankovic (202-F-90) of Panionios - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. LaRon Dendy (205-C-88) of Kolossos - 21 points and 6 rebounds
9. Kostas Haralampidis (189-PG-76) of PAOK - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Stelios Ioannou (200-F-87) of KAOD - 17 points and 8 rebounds

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



Greece U16 continue their winning streak - by Eurobasket News

Greece U16 continue their winning streak at the International Tournament tin Turkey.
In Day 3 Greece U16 smashed Montenegro U16 80:49. They started with 22-12 and added 19-17 rally in the second frame. Moreover the second half also belonged to the favorites that won the third and the last quarters for the final result. Vasilis Charalampopoulos top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Antonis Koniaris (183-PG-97) posted 13. Dionisis Skoulidas delivered 12, while George Papagiannis added 10. Milos Popovic (196-F-98) and Nikola Lucic (188-F-97) answered with 8 points each in the losing effort.
In Day 4 Greece U16 won over Ukraine U16 81:67 and reached 4-0 record. Greece erupted with 30-11 in the first period and but then needed a strong half to win the game. George Papagiannis stepped up with 20 points for the winners and Vasilis Charalampopoulos added 17. Giannis Mihaloutsos (204-F-97) and Antonis Koniaris delivered 10 points apiece in a win. Kirill Marchenko replied with 10 points in the losing effort and Svyatoslav Mikhayliuk brought 9.



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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 12-12 
 7. Den Helder K. 12-12 
 8. Weert 10-14 
 9. Amsterdam 3-20 
 10. Rotterdam 2-20 

Regular Season: Round 22

Feb. 5: Weert - Leeuwarden 82-79
Feb. 6: Leiden - M.Magixx
Feb. 7: Rotterdam - Amsterdam
Feb. 7: Zwolle - Den Helder K.


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

-year old center Antwan Carter (198-C, agency: Court Side) had an amazing evening in the last round for Weert and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds, while his team edged out Rotterdam (#10, 2-20) 83-79. Weert maintains the 8th position in Dutch league. Weert is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-14 record. Carter turned to be Weert's top player in his first season with the team. Longwood College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Carter is in league's top in points (8th best: 15.6ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 8.9rpg) and averages solid 51.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Rahmon Fletcher (177-PG-88, agency: Court Side). He is American guard in his second season at Weert. In the last game Fletcher recorded impressive 23 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists. It was enough for Weert to edge slightly lower-ranked Rotterdam (#10, 2-20) by 4 points 83-79. Weert's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-14 record. Fletcher is well-known at Weert and together with Antwan Carter he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.3ppg (#9). He also recorded 3.9 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Marcel Aarts (213-C-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy) of M.Magixx (#5). Aarts scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Aarts' great performance M.Magixx lost 64-80 to slightly higher-ranked Zwolle (#4, 13-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing M.Magixx needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 12 victories and 11 lost games. Aarts has a very solid season. In 22 games in Holland he scored 7.2ppg. He also has 4.9rpg, 1.1bpg and FGP: 60.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Samme Givens (195-F) of Leeuwarden - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Stefan Wessels (203-F-84) of Den Bosch - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Bryquis Perine (190-G-88) of Weert - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Daniel Jones (200-F-79) of Rotterdam - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Josh Magette (185-G-90) of Zwolle - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Andre Young (175-G-90) of Den Bosch - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Anthony Miles (182-G-89) of Rotterdam - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 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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Iranian National Team 2013 - by Simas

Iranian National Team 2013
#s#
Mahdi Kamrani
Kamrani
Hamed Afagh
Afagh
Amir Sedighi
Sedighi
Hamed Sohrabnejad
Sohrabnejad
Rouzbeh Arghavan
Arghavan
#e#5
Mahdi Kamrani 186-PG-82 Mahram Iran
Hamed Afagh 190-SG-83 Petrochimi Iran
Amir Sedighi 203-F-93 Mahram Iran
Hamed Sohrabnejad 203-PF-83 Petrochimi Iran
Rouzbeh Arghavan 214-C/F-88 Petrochimi Iran
Behnam Yakhchali 191-G-95 Petrochimi Iran
Aren Davoudichegani 185-PG-86 Zanjan Iran
Oshin Sahakian 200-F-86 Foolad Mahan Iran
Javad Davari 185-G-83 Foolad Mahan Iran
Asghar Kardoust 212-C-86 Foolad Mahan Iran
Mohammad Jamshidi 197-SF-91 Azad Iran
Vahid Dalirzahan 199-SF-95 Azad Iran
Saleh Foroutannik 203-F/C-94 Azad Iran
Yonas Lalehzadeh 195-G-89 Petrochimi Mahshahr Iran
Mohammad Yousefvand Al Badr Iran
Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami 199-F-83 Mahram Iran

Mehmed Becirovic Head Coach Mahram Iran



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  IRELAND   

Standings - EBS Superleague

Superleague Standings
 1. UL Eagles 13-3 
 2. UCC Demons 11-4 
 3. B.Gais Neptune 11-5 
 4. DCU Saints 7-8 
 5. Ballon Inter 6-9 
 6. Killester 6-11 
 7. Moycullen 5-10 
 8. UCD Marian 3-12 

Regular Season: Round 15

Feb. 2: Moycullen - UCD Marian 90-78
Feb. 1: Ballon Inter - Killester 82-76
Feb. 2: B.Gais Neptune - DCU Saints 81-72
Feb. 3: UCC Demons - UL Eagles 73-86
Feb. 3: Moycullen - Ballon Inter 65-83

Regular Season: Round 16

Feb. 7: DCU Saints - UCD Marian
Feb. 9: Killester - Moycullen
Feb. 9: UL Eagles - B.Gais Neptune
Feb. 9: UCD Marian - UCC Demons
Feb. 9: DCU Saints - Ballon Inter


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Patrick SULLIVAN
  Moycullen
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Sullivan, Moycullen23.5 
 2. Townes, B.Gais N.22.1 
 3. Galvin, UCD Marian21.8 
 4. Taylor, UL Eagles20.7 
 5. Walker, UCC Demons20.1 
 6. Killeen, UL Eagles16.2 
 7. Glover, DCU Saints15.0 
 8. Coughlan, UCC D.13.8 
 9. O''Sullivan, UCC D.13.5 
 10. Summers, Killester13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John GALVIN
  UCD Marian
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Galvin, UCD Marian17.4 
 2. Walker, UCC Demons12.8 
 3. Townes, B.Gais N.12.1 
 4. Killeen, UL Eagles11.6 
 5. Sullivan, Moycullen11.5 
 6. Noonan, B.Gais N.8.6 
 7. Quill, DCU Saints7.8 
 8. Foley, UCD Marian7.5 
 9. Tummon, Moycullen7.2 
 10. Rudak, B.Gais N.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Gerard NOONAN
  B.Gais N.
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 8
 1. Noonan, B.Gais N.8.0 
 2. Coughlan, UCC D.4.8 
 3. Kinevane, UL Eagl.4.5 
 4. Taylor, UL Eagles4.4 
 5. Walsh, B.Gais N.3.9 
 6. O''Sullivan, UCC D.3.3 
 7. Donnelly, DCU S.3.3 
 8. Anderson, DCU S.3.0 
 9. O''Reilly, UCC D.3.0 
 10. McGinn, B.Gais N.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Robert TAYLOR
  UL Eagles
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Taylor, UL Eagles2.6 
 2. McGinn, B.Gais N.2.4 
 3. Summers, Killester2.1 
 4. Anderson, DCU S.2.1 
 5. Townes, B.Gais N.2.1 
 6. Drumm, UCD Marian2.0 
 7. Donnelly, DCU S.2.0 
 8. Kinevane, UL Eagl.1.9 
 9. Noonan, B.Gais N.1.8 
 10. Quill, DCU Saints1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 John GALVIN
  UCD Marian
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Galvin, UCD Marian2.9 
 2. Walker, UCC Demons2.5 
 3. Stapleton, B.Gais2.1 
 4. Rudak, B.Gais N.1.8 
 5. Townes, B.Gais N.1.7 
 6. Trimmer, DCU S.1.7 
 7. Killeen, UL Eagles1.4 
 8. O''Brien, Killester0.9 
 9. Quigley, UL Eagles0.9 
 10. Sullivan, Moycull.0.6 



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  ISRAEL   


Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv and Bazan Haifa reach the Cup Final - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv and Bazan Haifa reach the Cup Final. Both teams won their Semifinal clashes tonight. The Final game is scheduled for Thursday night at 20:50.
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv overcame Maccabi Yachad Habonim Ashdod 85:80 at Nokia Arena. Yogev Ohayon (187-PG-87) led Maccabi's scorers with 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists. Sylven Landesberg (198-F/G-90, college: Virginia) nailed 15 points, while Nik Caner-Medley scored 13. Devin Smith also had a great game, with 9 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. Diamon Simpson replied with 26 points and 14 rebounds, while Mardy Collins (198-G-84, college: Temple) scored 24.
Bazan Haifa won over Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem 80:61. They won all the quarters of the game and rightfully celebrated the victory. Donte Smith poured in 20 points and James Thomas had 16. Gal Mekel (190-PG-88, college: Wichita St.) notched 12, while Ido Kozikaro delivered 11 points. Josh Duncan (203-PF-86) finished the game with 18 points in the losing effort.



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  ITALY   


Gallinari, Lawson each score 22 to lead Nuggets past Bucks 112-104 - by Eurobasket News

Danilo Gallinari (205-SF-88, agency: Players Group) and Ty Lawson each scored 22 points and the Denver Nuggets rallied past the Milwaukee Bucks 112-104 on Tuesday night for their seventh straight victory.

The Nuggets withstood Samuel Dalembert's career-high 35 points and trailed by 17 points in the first half before coming back to beat the Bucks for the fifth time in a row and get their longest winning streak overall in more than two years.

Corey Brewer added 20 points and Kenneth Faried 13 points and rebounds for the Nuggets, who didn't lead in the game until late in the fourth quarter.

Dalembert finished 17 for 21 from the floor in surpassing his previous career high of 27 points on March 14, 2011, against Golden State while with Sacramento. Luc Mbah a Moute, Larry Sanders, Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings added 12 points apiece for the Bucks.
Courtesy of: http://www.foxnews.com



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  JORDAN   


Jordanian National Team -13 - by Simas

Wesam Al Sous
Mahmoud Abdeen
Fadel Al-Najjar
Rasheim Wright
Mousa Alawadi
Ahmed Al-Hamarsheh
Mohammad Hadrab
Ayman Idais
Abdalla AbuQoura
Mohammad Shaher
Ahmad Al Dwairi
Ali Jamal

Murad Barakat
Sameer Morcos



Jordanian National Team 2013 - by Simas

Jordanian National Team 2013
#s#
Wesam Al-Sous
Al-Sous
Mahmoud Abdeen
Abdeen
Fadel Al-Najjar
Al-Najjar
Rasheim Wright
Wright
Mousa Alawadi
Alawadi
#e#5
Wesam Al-Sous 183-PG-83 ASU Jordan
Mahmoud Abdeen 189-PG-87 Ittihad Schools Jordan
Fadel Al-Najjar 192-G-85 Kofer Yoba Jordan
Rasheim Wright 192-G-81 Al Gharafa Qatar
Mousa Alawadi 188-G-85 ASU Jordan
Ahmed Al-Hamarsheh 200-F-86 Kofer Yoba Jordan
Mohammad Hadrab 202-PF-84 ASU Jordan
Ayman Idais 205-C-78 Orthodox Jordan
Abdallah AbuQoura 205-F/C-84 ASU Jordan
Mohammad Shaher 210-C-90 ASU Jordan
Ahmad Al Dwairi 210-C-93 Al Riyadi Jordan
Ali Jamal 205-C/F-88 Al Riyadi Jordan

Murad Barakat Head Coach
Sameer Morcos Assistant



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  KAZAKHSTAN   

Standings -D1

D1 Standings
 1. BC Astana 14-0 
 2. Barsy Atyrau 8-4 
 3. Tobol 5-9 
 4. Kaspiy Aktau 4-6 
 5. BK Almaty 4-12 
 6. BK Kapshagay 2-6 

Regular Season: Round 14

Feb. 4: Barsy Atyrau - BK Almaty 79-63
Feb. 5: Barsy Atyrau - BK Almaty 108-60
Feb. 6: BC Astana - Tobol
Feb. 7: BC Astana - Tobol
Feb. 9: Kaspiy Aktau - BK Kapshagay
Feb. 10: Kaspiy Aktau - BK Kapshagay


Barsy edge Almaty twice - by Eurobasket News

Barsy Atyrau claimed back-to-back victories over BK Almaty.
The first game ended with Barsy clinching a 79:63 success. Edgaras Zelionis (207-F-89) stepped up with 15 points to pace the hosts. Barsy led by six after the opening quarter. BK Almaty cut the deficit and trailed by five at halftime 37:32. Barsy stepped on the gas in the third term. The hosts posted a 62:48 advantage heading into the fourth frame. Barsy Atyrau kept their opponents at bay throughout the final period and sealed the victory at the end. Endropov delivered 12 points in the winning case. Aleksandr Kuznetsov (192-G-84) answered with 20 points for BK Almaty.
The next game was an easier challenge for the home team. Barsy used a 31:18 run in the second frame to take a 47:33 halftime lead. They stretched the margin to 21 points in the third term and never looked back en route to a 108:60 victory. Chris McEachin (198-G/F-89, college: Norfolk St.) came up with 24 points for Barsy. Endropov delivered 16 points in the winning effort. Vadym Norenko (204-F-88) responded with 18 points for BK Almaty.



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  KOSOVO   


Peja parts roads with Garnett - by Dren Shporta



The leader of BKT Superleague, Peja, has parted roads with american center, Christopher Garnett.

The yellow club and the player were not adapted to the conditions and they have decided to go different ways.

Peja that shined during the first part of the season is looking seriously to take much wanted title. They have recently signed Haruna Mutombo and Ersid Ljuca. Peja has lost only one match during this season.



Harouna Mutombo signs at Peja - by Greg

KB Peja (SuperLeague) landed Congolese guard Harouna Mutombo (193-91kg, college: W.Carolina) for the remainder of the 2012-2013 season. He has a double citizenship as he also holds Canadian passport.
Dikembe Mutombo's nephew graduated from Western Carolina University in Southern Conference in the NCAA. In 35 games last year he averaged 13.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to make it to the conference final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Southern Conference All-Tournament Team.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  KUWAIT   

Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Al Kuwait 19-2 
 2. Al Sahel 18-3 
 3. Al Qadsia 17-3 
 4. Kazma 16-4 
 5. Al Jahraa 12-9 
 6. Al Arabi 11-9 
 7. Al Yarmook 10-12 
 8. Al Sulaibikhat 9-13 
 9. Al Nasar 5-15 
 10. Al Tadhamon 3-17 
 11. Al Salmiyah 3-18 
 12. Al Shabab 2-20 

Regular Season: Round 32

Feb. 3: Al Yarmook - Al Sulaibikhat 78-63
Feb. 3: Kazma - Al Nasar 77-59
Feb. 3: Al Qadsia - Al Kuwait 74-85
Feb. 3: Al Shabab - Al Tadhamon 61-70

Regular Season: Round 33

Feb. 15: Al Tadhamon - Kazma
Feb. 15: Al Jahraa - Al Qadsia


D1 Round 32: Al Qadsia is defeated by Al Kuwait in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Kuwait City: Al Kuwait (#1) and Al Qadsia (#3). Al Qadsia was defeated at home 74-85 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Al Qadsia. Al Kuwait have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-2 record. Al Qadsia at the other side keeps the third place with three games lost.
The game in Yarmouk was also worth to mention about. 7th ranked Al Sulaibikhat (9-13) played at the court of eighth ranked Al Yarmook (10-12). Al Yarmook defeated Al Sulaibikhat 78-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Al Sulaibikhat. Al Yarmook moved-up to seventh place. Al Sulaibikhat at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost.
Fourth ranked Kazma (16-4) crushed at home 9th ranked Al Nasar (5-15) by 18 points 77-59, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. Kazma maintains fourth position with 16-4 record. Al Nasar lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 15 games lost.

In the last game of round 32 Al Tadhamon won against Al Shabab on the opponent's court 70-61.


Al Shabab - Al Tadhamon 61-70

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 12th ranked Al Shabab's (2-20) home loss to eleventh ranked Al Tadhamon (3-17) 61-70 on Sunday. Al Tadhamon moved-up to tenth place. Al Shabab lost eighth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games.
gschID: 233145


Al Qadsia - Al Kuwait 74-85

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Kuwait City: Al Kuwait (#1) and Al Qadsia (#3). Al Qadsia was defeated at home 74-85 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Al Qadsia. Al Kuwait have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-2 record. Al Qadsia at the other side keeps the third place with three games lost.
gschID: 233144


Al Yarmook - Al Sulaibikhat 78-63

The game in Yarmouk was also worth to mention about. 7th ranked Al Sulaibikhat (9-13) played at the court of eighth ranked Al Yarmook (10-12). Al Yarmook defeated Al Sulaibikhat 78-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Al Sulaibikhat. Al Yarmook moved-up to seventh place. Al Sulaibikhat at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost.
gschID: 233143


Kazma - Al Nasar 77-59

Fourth ranked Kazma (16-4) crushed at home 9th ranked Al Nasar (5-15) by 18 points 77-59, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. Kazma maintains fourth position with 16-4 record. Al Nasar lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 15 games lost.
gschID: 233142



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  LATVIA   


VEF Riga defeat Enisey for 9-4 record - by Eurobasket News

VTB League
VEF Riga - Enisey 85:69


VEF Riga defeat Enisey for 9-4 record in VTB League. The Latvian side celebrated a 85:69 win at home on Monday.
The game was mostly controlled by VEF Riga. Enisey Krasnoyarsk was better in fourth quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for VEF Riga especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Enisey Krasnoyarsk's players. Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) fired 10 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Davon Jefferson (204-F-86, college: USC) produced 16 points and 5 rebounds and Jason Rich (191-G-86) added 12 points respectively for lost side.
Defending Latvian champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Unics and Lokomotiv. Enisey Krasnoyarsk lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with eight games lost. VEF Riga will face Zalgiris in Kaunas in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Enisey Krasnoyarsk will play at home against Lokomotiv in Kuban.



Sakarya U16 Tournament: Latvia sent China out of the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U16-China U16 71:67

Latvia U16-China U16 out of the Quarterfinals of the Sakarya U16 Tournament. The Baltic State won 71:67 and advanced to Finals with 2-3 record. The Asian team could not make it to the next stage with 1-4 record.
China took 22-19 at the end of the first period but could not keep the winning race. Latvia bounced back with 18-10 rally in the second frame and grabbed 5-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover the European side needed a 20-12 burst to enjoy a bigger lead after 30 minutes. China won the last stanza 23-14, while Latvia triumphed in the game.
Renars Birkans (182-PG-97) paced all the winners with 23 points and Arturs Strautins (192-G-98) nailed 19. Kristers Zoriks (185-SG-98) followed them with 8 points in a win. Zhao Yanhao (191-F-97) replied with 15 points in defeat, while Fu Hao (205-C-98) brought 14. Yuan Zhenliang (206-C-98) delivered 13 and Xu Mingzhi (185-C-97) had 10 in a loss.

Latvia U16: Renars Birkans 23, Arturs Strautins 19, Kristers Zoriks 8
China U16: Zhao Yanhao 15, Fu Hao 14, Yuan Zhenliang 13, Xu Mingzhi 10



Latvian U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Ralfs Gulans
Gulans
Renars Birkans
Birkans
Dzeiks-Eduards Krumins
Krumins
Arturs Strautins
Strautins
Zigmars Raimo
Raimo
#e#5
4 Pauls Berzins 196-SF-97 DSN Latvia
5 Ralfs Gulans 194-SF-97 DSN Latvia
6 Kristers Zoriks 185-SG-98 DSN Latvia
7 Renars Birkans 182-PG-97 DSN Latvia
8 Madars Kokins 192-F-97 Saldus Latvia
9 Zanis Jankovskis 187-G-97 Ventspils Latvia
10 Dzeiks-Eduards Krumins 186-G-97 Keizarmezs Latvia
11 Rihards Berzins 198-C-97 VEF skola Latvia
12 Arturs Strautins 192-G-98 DSN Latvia
13 Miks Antoms 198-C-97 DSN Latvia
14 Zigmars Raimo 190-PF-97 Madona Latvia
Marcis Saulitis 202-C-97 DSN Latvia
Reinis Morics 197-PF-97 VEF skola Latvia
Verners Kohs 198-F-97 Ventspils Latvia

Martins Fomins Head Coach DSN Latvia
Edgars Toms Assistant Sigulda Latvia



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  LITHUANIA   


Zalgiris and Lietuvos rytas improve in VTB league - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris and Lietuvos rytas improve in VTB league. Zalgiris closed the round with the road win over Triumph Lyubertsy 70:69. Paulius Jankunas (205-PF-84, agency: Alti Sport) stepped up and scored 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) chipped in 7 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side Sergey Karasev responded with 23 points and Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Lietuvos rytas meanwhile rout BC Astana in Vilnius as the team from Kazakhstan fell at 7-6 record. Lietuvos rytas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 60.7 percentage. Janis Blums fired 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. Tomislav Zubcic chipped in 14 points. Branko Cvetkovic (200-F/G-84, agency: Beo Basket) produced 9 points and David Simon added 11 points respectively for lost side. Earlier BC Astana beat PGE Turow 81:61. Anton Ponomaryov (210-C/F-88, agency: Beo Basket) fired 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Rawle Marshall (201-SF-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Oakland) chipped in 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. David Jackson produced 10 points and Michal Chylinski added 12 points respectively for lost side.



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  MALAYSIA   


ASEAN League: Slingers eke out win over Dragons - by Eurobasket News

Singapore Slingers - KL Dragons 68:67

The Singapore Slingers claimed a narrow home win over the Westports KL Dragons. The victory propelled the hosts at 2-2 record in the ladder. Jeffers Kyle (207-C-85, college: Oregon St.) stepped up with 24 points and 13 boards to pace the winners. The Dragons slipped at 2-4 record after the loss.
The Malaysian team earned a narrow 16:14 lead after ten minutes of action. But the Slingers turned things around in the second frame. The hosts went on a 23:13 run to take a 37:29 halftime lead. The Slingers kept the Dragons at distance throughout the third quarter. The Singapore outfit accounted for a 53:44 advantage heading into the fourth frame. The Dragons stayed in the game as they cut the deficit at 3-point mark in the fourth quarter. Tautuaa tied things up at 59 later on. Cedric Bozeman (198-G-83, college: UCLA) however suffered a knee injury moments later and the Slingers capitalized. They held on to a narrow win at the end. Wong Wei Long (172-G-88) produced 13 points, while Jones-Jennings Rashad (203-F/C-84, college: UALR) added 18 rebounds for the winners. Cedric Bozeman answered with 16 points for the Dragons. Shee Fai Loh (192-G/F-89) contributed 14 points in the loss.



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  MONTENEGRO   


Montenergo U16 still unable to win - by Eurobasket News

Montenergo U16 still unable to win at the International Tournament in Turkey.
In Day 3 Greece U16 smashed Montenegro U16 80:49. They started with 22-12 and added 19-17 rally in the second frame. Moreover the second half also belonged to the favorites that won the third and the last quarters for the final result. Vasilis Charalampopoulos top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Antonis Koniaris (183-PG-97) posted 13. Dionisis Skoulidas delivered 12, while George Papagiannis added 10. Milos Popovic (196-F-98) and Nikola Lucic (188-F-97) answered with 8 points each in the losing effort.
In Day 4 Argentina U16 won over Montenegro U16 64:56. The Latin American representative started the game with 21-9 and led 9 points at the halftime. Montenegro replied with 10-7 in the third period, but failed with 17-19 in the last stanza. Guillermo Alfonzo Aliende stepped up with 13 points and Jeffrey Andrew Merchant Rigo added 12. Lautaro Riego Vanzella brought 8, while Martin Ariel notched 6. Nikola Lucic finished the game with 19 points in defeat, while Ognjen Carapic (178-PG-98) had 12.



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 31-15 
 2. Brooklyn N. 28-20 
 3. Boston C. 24-23 
 4. Philadelph.76 21-26 
 5. Toronto R. 17-31 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 30-19 
 2. Chicago B. 29-19 
 3. Milwaukee B. 25-22 
 4. Detroit P. 18-31 
 5. Cleveland C. 14-34 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 31-14 
 2. Atlanta H. 26-21 
 3. Orlando M. 14-34 
 4. Washington W. 12-35 
 5. Charlotte B. 11-36 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 36-12 
 2. Denver N. 31-18 
 3. Utah Jazz 27-22 
 4. Portland TB 25-23 
 5. Minnesota T. 18-27 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 34-16 
 2. Golden St.W. 30-18 
 3. LA Lakers 23-26 
 4. Phoenix Suns 17-32 
 5. Sacramento K. 17-33 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 38-11 
 2. Memphis G. 30-17 
 3. Houston R. 27-23 
 4. Dallas M. 20-28 
 5. N.Orleans H. 15-33 

Regular Season: Round 96

Feb. 4: Miami Heat - Charlotte B. 99-94
Feb. 4: New York K. - Detroit P. 99-85
Feb. 4: Utah Jazz - Sacramento K. 98-91 OT
Feb. 4: Washington W. - LA Clippers 98-90
Feb. 4: Minnesota T. - Portland TB 98-100
Feb. 4: Philadelph.76 - Orlando M. 78-61
Feb. 4: Oklah.City T. - Dallas M. 112-91
Feb. 4: Indiana P. - Chicago B. 111-101

Regular Season: Round 98

Feb. 6: Toronto R. - Boston C.
Feb. 6: Philadelph.76 - Indiana P.
Feb. 6: Washington W. - New York K.
Feb. 6: Orlando M. - LA Clippers
Feb. 6: Cleveland C. - Charlotte B.
Feb. 6: Atlanta H. - Memphis G.
Feb. 6: Miami Heat - Houston R.
Feb. 6: Detroit P. - Brooklyn N.
Feb. 6: N.Orleans H. - Phoenix Suns
Feb. 6: Oklah.City T. - Golden St.W.
Feb. 6: Dallas M. - Portland TB
Feb. 6: Minnesota T. - San Antonio S.
Feb. 6: Utah Jazz - Milwaukee B.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-SF-88)
  Avg: 29.4
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.29.4 
 2. Anthony, New Y.28.4 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.6 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.7 
 5. Harden, Houston R.25.6 
 6. Irving, Cleveland24.0 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..22.6 
 8. Curry, Golden S.20.8 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.20.6 
 10. Wade, Miami Heat20.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anderson VAREJAO
  Clevelan.
  (205-C-82)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Varejao, Clevelan.14.4 
 2. Howard, LA Lakers11.9 
 3. Randolph, Memph.11.8 
 4. Asik, Houston R.11.5 
 5. Vucevic, Orlan.11.3 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.11.3 
 7. Chandler, New Y.11.2 
 8. Lee, Golden St.W.11.0 
 9. Hickson, Portland.10.7 
 10. Cousins, Sacramen.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.7 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.4 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.9.0 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..8.2 
 6. Nash, LA Lakers7.8 
 7. Williams, Brooklyn7.7 
 8. Parker, San A.7.6 
 9. Calderon, Toron.7.4 
 10. Nelson, Orlando M.7.2 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.6 
 2. Conley, Memphis G.2.3 
 3. Lin, Houston R.2.0 
 4. Walker, Charlott.1.9 
 5. Jennings, Milwauke.1.9 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..1.9 
 7. Ellis, Milwaukee B.1.9 
 8. Harden, Houston R.1.9 
 9. George, Indiana P.1.8 
 10. Irving, Cleveland1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Larry SANDERS
  Milwauke.
  (211-F-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Sanders, Milwauke.3.1 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.8 
 3. Duncan, San A.2.7 
 4. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.6 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 6. Smith, Atlanta H.2.2 
 7. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.2 
 8. Noah, Chicago B.2.1 
 9. McGee, Denver N.1.9 
 10. Davis, N.Orleans1.8 


Metta World Peace suspended one game for foul on Brandon Knight - by Eurobasket News

Metta World Peace (6'7''-G/F-79, college: St.John's) of the Los Angeles Lakers has been suspended one game without pay for grabbing Brandon Knight (6'3''-G-91, college: Kentucky) of the Detroit Pistons around the neck and striking him in the jaw, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. The incident occurred with 1:43 remaining in the 2nd period, of the Lakers 98-97 win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, Feb. 3 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. World Peace will serve his suspension tonight when the Lakers visit the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Spurs Recall Aron Baynes from Austin Toros - by Eurobasket News

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have recalled center Aron Baynes (6'10''-C-86, college: Washington St.) from the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League. Baynes appeared in two games for the Toros after being assigned to Austin on Feb. 1. He averaged 18.0 points and 9.0 rebounds in 27.5 minutes in his first D-League assignment. Signed by the Spurs on January 23, Baynes has appeared in two games for the Silver and Black, averaging 3.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 9.5 minutes.
Courtesy of: chatsports.com



Tuesday recap of five games - by Eurobasket News

Denver N. - Milwaukee B. 112-104
DENVER - Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-SF-88, agency: Players Group) and Ty Lawson each scored 22 points and the Denver Nuggets rallied past the Milwaukee Bucks 112-104 on Tuesday night for their seventh straight victory. The Nuggets withstood Samuel Dalembert's career-high 35 points and trailed by 17 points in the first half before coming back to beat the Bucks for the fifth time in a row and get their longest winning streak overall in more than two years. Corey Brewer added 20 points and Kenneth Faried 13 points and rebounds for the Nuggets, who didn't lead in the game until late in the fourth quarter. Dalembert finished 17 for 21 from the floor in surpassing his previous career high of 27 points on March 14, 2011, against Golden State while with Sacramento. Luc Mbah a Moute, Larry Sanders, Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings (6'0''-PG-89) added 12 points apiece for the Bucks. Courtesy of: Associated Press

Memphis G. - Phoenix Suns 90-96
As we've seen more often than not in recent games, the Suns came out ready to play and got off to a great start. They went inside to Marcin Gortat (6'11''-C-84) early and often in the first quarter, and he made his first seven shots including a variety of moves from dunks to jumpers to hooks. He missed his next shot but went hit one more to close out the first half with 17 points on 8-10 shooting. The Suns built up a lead in the first but Memphis made a run when Dragic and Gortat took a seat. However, the run against the bench couldn't be blamed on Kendall Marshall, who recorded his career-high in points in the first half alone with eight on three long jumpers (two 3-pointers, one toe-on-the-tape 2-pointer). Zach Randolph, who has been in a major slump fro the Grizzlies, got off to a good start as well, putting up 12 and seven in the first two quarters, while Jerryd Bayless was allowed to take a handful of open free-throw line jumpers to get himself going, and he finished the half with 14 points on 6-9 shooting. Most of the statistical catagories were a wash in the first half and the Suns found themselves down just two at the break at 52-50. The third quarter was an absolute mess, as the two teams couldn't throw it in the ocean. Phoenix and Memphis combined to make just 15 field goals in the period and the Suns lost the quarter 15-19. Phoenix trailed 71-65 heading into the fourth quarter and it looked like the same old story was going to play itself out. But Goran Dragic, who only scored two points in the first three quarters after getting into foul trouble, refused to let that happen. The sloppy play continued into the fourth quarter, but the Dragon bared his fangs and put the team on his back. Beginning at the 7:07 mark with the Suns down 77-76, Dragic proceeded to go off and was responsible for the next 17 of the final 19 points for the Suns. He kicked it off with back-to-back 3-point plays on drives to the basket, hit Marshall for his third 3-ball of the game and then pulled off another old-fashioned 3-point play. Then he found Jermaine O'Neal (6'11''-F/C-78) for a dunk, used some fancy footwork and great patience to get a bunny, got to the free-throw line for a pair and then hit a pull-up jumper after a sick crossover. Courtesy of: http://www.brightsideofthesun.com

Brooklyn N. - LA Lakers 83-92
Kobe Bryant scored 21 points and had eight rebounds as the shorthanded Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Brooklyn Nets 92-83 in the National Basketball Association. The Lakers (23-26) are third in the Western Conference's five-team Pacific Division, 10 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Clippers, after winning six of their past seven games. Steve Nash had 17 points and Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) scored 15 before leaving the game at Barclays Center in Brooklyn four minutes from the end. Gasol was diagnosed with a ligament strain in his foot and will have a scan today in Boston. The Lakers limited the Nets to 35 percent shooting even though they were missing former NBA defensive players of the year Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace. Howard has missed three games with a torn labrum in his right shoulder joint. World Peace was suspended last night for punching a player in a game three days ago in Detroit. Brook Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) had 30 points and 11 rebounds, and Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) added 15 points, for the Nets (28-20), who are second in the Eastern Conference's five-team Atlantic Division, four games behind the New York Knicks (31-15). Courtesy of: http://www.bloomberg.com

Indiana P. - Atlanta H. 114-103
INDIANAPOLIS-Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) scored 29 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to their 15th straight home win, 114-103 over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night. David West had 15 points and seven rebounds and George Hill added 15 points and eight assists to help the Pacers to their fourth straight victory overall and their longest home win streak in 13 years. Jeff Teague had 24 points and eight assists and Al Horford had 15 points and eight rebounds to lead the Hawks, who have lost three of their last four. The Pacers went on a 7-2 run midway through the fourth quarter. Lance Stephenson scored on a layup before Hill hit a 3-pointer with 6:28 left to play to give the Pacers a 100-84 lead, their largest advantage of the game. George made two free throws to give the Pacers a 93-80 lead before Johan Petro scored for Atlanta. Then George scored two more free throws to put the Pacers up 13 again with 7:17 left to play. The Pacers then pulled away for good when Hill's 3 gave Indiana its 16-point lead. George hit a 3 with 2:39 left in the third quarter to put the Pacers up 75-67. The Hawks missed a layup and D.J. Augustin (5'11''-PG-87, college: Texas), who had 10 points, drove to the basket and the officials spend eight minutes reviewing the play to determine that Horford committed a flagrant foul on the play and Augustin was called for a technical. Augustin scored two free throws and John Jenkins scored the technical free throw to give the Pacers a 79-68 lead. The Pacers led 81-70 at the end of the third quarter. Teague dunked off a steal at the start of the fourth quarter and George answered with a 3 to extend the lead again and Mike Scott scored on a putback to make it 84-76. Later, Stephenson hit a 3 to give the Pacers an 89-78 lead with 9:20 left in the game. After the Hawks jumped out to a 7-3 lead, the Pacers scored the next eight points. Hibbert scored in the paint and later hit a jumper. Then when George missed a jumper, Hibbert grabbed the rebound and passed it under the basket to George, who scored on a reverse dunk to give the Pacers the 11-7 lead with 6:56 left in the first quarter. Kyle Korver's 3 gave the Hawks a 43-31 lead with 5:15 left in the second quarter. The Pacers then went on an 13-2 run. Stephenson scored a layup and later a 3, and Hill made two free throws and a jumper. Stephenson scored two more free throws to pull Indiana to 45-44 with 2:48 left in the second quarter. Later, Hill made 1 of 2 from the line to tie the score at 47. The Hawks missed a shot and then George hit a 3 to give the Pacers a 50-47 lead with 1:10 left in the first half. The Pacers led 50-49 at halftime. NOTES: Teague returned to his hometown where he graduated from Pike High School in Indianapolis. ... Korver tied Clifford Robinson for 33rd on the league's all-time 3-pointers made list after going 2 of 9 against the Pacers. Courtesy of: Associated Press

Houston R. - Golden St.W. 140-109
HOUSTON -- Well, if the Warriors can take any consolation from the 140-109 thrashing they took Tuesday, it was that history was not made on their watch. The Warriors did everything they could, including intentionally fouling three times in the final minute of a blowout, to prevent the Rockets from setting an NBA record for most threes in a game. But the 23 Houston made, on 40 attempts, was damage enough. The Rockets tied the mark set by Orlando in January 2009. Golden State had its four-game win streak snapped in embarrassing fashion. The Warriors gave up the most points in a game since Denver dropped 140 on visiting Golden State on November 2006. The Rockets shot 50.5 percent and had eight players with at least 11 points. Bay Area native Jeremy Lin led the way with 28 points and nine assists. Houston didn't even need much from All-Star guard James Harden, who had 18 points on 11 shots. But Golden State's apparent eagerness to keep Lin and Harden from penetrating gave Houston a buffet of open looks. And the Rockets feasted. They hit 3s off the drive-and-dish. They hit 3s off quick ball reversals. They hit 3s in transition. Golden State, despite all its offensive weapons, simply couldn't keep up. Guard Jarrett Jack (6'3''-PG-83, college: Georgia Tech) led the Warriors with 20 points off the bench. Forward David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) had 18 points and seven rebounds in just 27 minutes. Golden State's backcourt duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 13 points on 6 of 17 shooting, including 1-for-6 from 3-point range. The Warriors were blown out to start a road trip for the second time in two weeks. Their last four-games-in-five-nights roadie began without a blowout loss at Chicago on Jan. 25. The Rockets put up 77 points in the first half, the most allowed by Golden State in any half this season, on 55.3 percent shooting. It was powered by a historic shooting performance from Houston. They made 14 of 18 from 3-point range in the first half, tying an NBA record for 3-pointers in a half. The Warriors actually had a great first half of offense. They shot 57.8 percent, had four players in double figures and turned the ball over just five times. After a driving layup by Lee and a pull-up by Jack, the Warriors trailed 52-49 and seemed to have weathered the 3-point storm. But it was just beginning. Curry sagged too far in the lane to be prepared to help on the drive. After one pass, Douglas took advantage by dropping in the 3. After a pair misses by Jack, Harden walked into a 3-pointer from the right wing in transition. Curry tried to answer with a 3-pointer but clanked. Seconds later, Houston -- with a cross-court pass -- had buried another 3-pointer. This time from Patterson in the left corner. Just like that, Golden State was down 61-49. The Rockets went on to make five of their next six from deep in mounting a 25-10 run that pushed their lead to 77-59. Curry banked in a buzzer-beater from just beyond half-court. But with the way Golden State got abused by the Rockets offense, it was merely a consolation prize. Curry hardly mustered a celebration. The Rockets finally began to cool down from 3 in the third quarter. But first, they turned it into a laugher. Lee opened the third quarter by posting up Patterson and banking in a turnaround hook. The Warriors trailed 77-64. But any hopes Golden State had of making it a tight game were vanquished by a 14-2 Houston run. Lin started it with a layup, then he and Parsons traded 3-pointers. Not even two minutes later, Parsons found himself wide open in the corner in front of the Warriors' bench. Of course he made it. Parsons let out a scream before running back on defense. Perhaps it was in response to Lee, who didn't get there in time to contest the shot so he screamed to try to distract Parsons. Or maybe Parsons screamed because he knew he'd knocked down a franchise-record 17th 3-pointer. Or maybe he knew what most everyone watching knew -- the game was over. Courtesy of: http://www.contracostatimes.com



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  NCAA1   

Top 25 - Men

ACC Standings
 1. Miami, FL 9-0 (16-2) 
 2. Duke (8) 6-2 (18-2) 
 3. N.Carolina (12) 6-3 (16-6) 
 4. Virginia 5-2 (14-5) 
 5. Florida St. (24) 5-4 (13-9) 
 6. N.Carolina St. (6) 4-4 (14-6) 
 7. Maryland 4-5 (15-6) 
 8. Clemson 3-4 (10-7) 
 9. Wake Forest 3-6 (10-11) 
 10. Virginia Tech 2-6 (11-9) 
 11. Boston Coll. 2-7 (9-12) 
 12. Georgia Tech 1-7 (11-8) 

Regular Season: Round 87

Feb. 5: E.Kentucky - Crowley Ridge 97-31
Feb. 5: N.Carolina - Wake Forest 87-62
Feb. 5: Valparaiso - Ill.-Chicago 86-61
Feb. 5: Arkansas - Florida 80-69
Feb. 5: Boston U. - Maine 79-72
Feb. 5: Kentucky - S.Carolina 77-55
Feb. 5: Michigan - Ohio St. 76-74 OT
Feb. 5: Bradley - Evansville 76-70
Feb. 5: Liberty - Radford 75-70
Feb. 5: Miami, FL - Boston Coll. 72-50
Feb. 5: De Paul - Villanova 71-94
Feb. 5: Akron - Cent.Michigan 68-56
Feb. 5: Cleveland St. - Youngstown St. 66-60
Feb. 5: S.Illinois - Wichita St. 64-62
Feb. 5: Texas Tech - Kansas St. 59-68
Feb. 5: Georgia Tech - Florida St. 54-56
Feb. 5: Penn St. - Purdue 49-58
Feb. 5: N.Iowa - Missouri St. 48-37

Regular Season: Round 88

Feb. 6: Dayton - St.Joseph's
Feb. 6: Temple - Charlotte
Feb. 6: N.Mexico - Air Force
Feb. 6: Arizona - Stanford
Feb. 6: Butler - St.Bonaventure
Feb. 6: Presbyterian - Gardner-Webb
Feb. 6: Colgate - NJIT
Feb. 6: E.Michigan - Buffalo
Feb. 6: Toledo - Miami, OH
Feb. 6: Massachusetts - Rhode Island
Feb. 6: Vermont - New Hampshire
Feb. 6: NC-Asheville - Winthrop
Feb. 6: Ball St. - Ohio
Feb. 6: Co.Carolina - Charleston So.
Feb. 6: Duquesne - G.Washington
Feb. 6: St.John's - Connecticut
Feb. 6: Hofstra - Northeastern
Feb. 6: Binghamton - Hartford
Feb. 6: Oklahoma St. - Baylor
Feb. 6: Cent.Florida - S.Mississippi
Feb. 6: Robert Morris - St.Francis, PA
Feb. 6: S.Florida - Marquette
Feb. 6: JMU - William & Mary
Feb. 6: Michigan St. - Minnesota
Feb. 6: W.Michigan - Kent St.
Feb. 6: Longwood - VMI
Feb. 6: Campbell - High Point
Feb. 6: Providence - Cincinnati
Feb. 6: Towson - Delaware
Feb. 6: UMBC - Albany
Feb. 6: Wagner - Mt.St.Mary's
Feb. 6: NC-Wilmington - Georgia St.
Feb. 6: Indiana St. - Creighton
Feb. 6: Rutgers - Louisville
Feb. 6: New Orleans - UTPA
Feb. 6: LSU - Vanderbilt
Feb. 6: Auburn - Alabama
Feb. 6: Tennessee - Georgia
Feb. 6: Tulane - Marshall
Feb. 6: N.Illinois - Bowling Green
Feb. 6: SMU - Memphis
Feb. 6: Fordham - St.Louis
Feb. 6: Houston Baptist - UMKC
Feb. 6: Tulsa - UAB
Feb. 6: Drake - Illinois St.
Feb. 6: TCU - Kansas
Feb. 6: UTEP - Rice
Feb. 6: Mississippi - Mississippi St.
Feb. 6: Wisconsin - Iowa
Feb. 6: Fresno St. - UNLV
Feb. 6: CSU Bakersfield - Wyoming
Feb. 6: Oregon St. - Utah
Feb. 6: Nevada - Colorado St.
Feb. 6: San Diego St. - Boise St.


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Erick GREEN
  Virginia Tech
  (190-PG-91)
  Avg: 25
 1. Green, Virginia Te.25.0 
 2. Plumlee, Duke17.7 
 3. Curry, Duke16.3 
 4. Leslie, N.Caroli.15.7 
 5. Harris, Virginia15.3 
 6. Anderson, Boston15.3 
 7. McAdoo, N.Carolina15.3 
 8. Eddie, Virginia Te.14.7 
 9. McKie, Wake Forest14.5 
 10. Harris, Wake F.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Richard HOWELL
  N.Caroli.
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Howell, N.Caroli.10.9 
 2. Plumlee, Duke10.9 
 3. Mitchell, Virginia9.1 
 4. Anderson, Boston9.0 
 5. McAdoo, N.Carolina8.4 
 6. Len, Maryland8.2 
 7. Booker, Clemson7.8 
 8. McKie, Wake Forest7.6 
 9. Leslie, N.Caroli.7.5 
 10. Thomas, Wake F.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo BROWN
  N.Caroli.
  (196-G-)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Brown, N.Caroli.6.9 
 2. Cook, Duke6.1 
 3. Paige, N.Carolina4.5 
 4. Howard, Maryland4.4 
 5. Green, Virginia Te.4.3 
 6. Larkin, Miami, FL4.1 
 7. Strickland, N.Car.4.0 
 8. Hall, Clemson3.6 
 9. Rahon, Boston Coll.3.3 
 10. Wells, Maryland3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Shane LARKIN
  Miami, FL
  (180-PG-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Larkin, Miami, FL2.3 
 2. Brown, N.Caroli.2.1 
 3. Cook, Duke1.8 
 4. Scott, Miami, FL1.7 
 5. Strickland, N.Car.1.5 
 6. McKie, Wake Forest1.5 
 7. McAdoo, N.Carolina1.5 
 8. Shannon, Florida1.4 
 9. Green, Virginia Te.1.4 
 10. McDaniels, Clemson1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 K.J. MCDANIELS
  Clemson
  (198-G/F-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. McDaniels, Clemson2.1 
 2. Miller, Georgia Te.2.1 
 3. Len, Maryland1.9 
 4. Gamble, Miami, FL1.8 
 5. Plumlee, Duke1.7 
 6. Atkins, Virginia1.5 
 7. Kadji, Miami, FL1.4 
 8. Thomas, Wake F.1.4 
 9. Kelly, Duke1.4 
 10. White, Florida St.1.2 


Blaine Taylor out as head coach at Old Dominion - by Eurobasket News

Blaine Taylor has been relieved of his duties as head coach of Old Dominion. Old Dominion is currently on a 10-game losing streak. Taylor had been at Old Dominion since the 01-02 season and led the school to NCAA Tournament berths in 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2011.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



Home Streak Reaches 36 In SU Win - by Eurobasket News

SYRACUSE In a BIG EAST Conference battle that featured brothers Jerami and Jerian Grant (6'5''-G-92) on opposite sides, #9/9 Syracuse (19-3, 7-2) emerged with the nation's longest home-court winning streak intact in a 63-47 victory against #25/rv Notre Dame (18-5, 6-4) in the Carrier Dome.

The Orange victory was the program's 36th straight at home -- the best active home run in the Division I ranks.

"Obviously Notre Dame beat us last year out there and when you lose two in a row in this league you get nervous everybody does -- so this was a really good bounce-back win for us," said SU coach Jim Boeheim .

C.J. Fair (6'8''-F-91) led the Orange with a double-double (18 points and 10 rebounds) and Grant posted a career-best 14 points in his second collegiate start.

Sophomore Rakeem Christmas also contributed double-digit scoring, tallying 12 points, and added four blocks.

Syracuse jumped out of the blocks with the game's first 10 points, a stretch keyed by Brandon Triche (6'4''-G-91) and Grant, who each had four points. The Irish responded in kind, tallying 11 unanswered points that featured back-to-back three-pointers from Eric Atkins.

Fair answered with two free throws and the Orange never trailed again. With Syracuse clinging to an 18-17 advantage with 7:20 left in the opening period, the Orange scored six straight points -- three by Fair -- to go up by seven. Grant scored twice in the final 1:32 and SU headed into the intermission with a 30-24 advantage.

Syracuse opened the second half by scoring 13 of the first 17 points. Christmas had six of the 13 and the Orange led, 43-28, with 11:08 remaining. Notre Dame shaved the advantage back down to eight but a jumper by Grant had the home team ahead 15 again, 52-37.

SU made all six of its free throws in the final 2:02 of the game and Fair wrapped up the scoring with a three-pointer with 11 seconds left to clinch the 63-47 decision.

SU will return to action this Sunday, Feb. 10th when it hosts St. John's at 3 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The conference matchup will be broadcast live on ESPN.
Courtesy of: http://www.suathletics.com



Wright State Rally for 62-59 Win Over Loyola - by Eurobasket News

Down 14 early in the second half and 11 with 5:43 to play, the Wright State men's basketball team closed the game with an 18-4 run, including the final eight points of the contest, to pull out a 62-59 win over Loyola Monday night at WSU's Nutter Center.

WSU led twice in the early going, the second time at 5-4 on a Cole Darling three-pointer, but it was Loyola that was in control for most of the period as the Ramblers tallied seven straight points to take the lead and extended the margin to as much as 13 on two occasions before going into the halftime break up 34-22.

Loyola hit 11 of 19 shots in the first half, including all four three-point attempts, and was eight of 10 from the line while the Raiders shot just 30 percent.

The lead grew to 14 on a Christian Thomas (6'5''-G/F) dunk to start the second half and despite Wright State cutting the deficit to 37-31 with a 9-1 burst and later drawing to within three at 39-36 on a Joe Bramanti triple, the Loyola margin was 55-44 on a Jeff White layup at the 5:43 mark.

Eight straight points, including three from Jerran Young (6'6''-F-91) and Miles Dixon, started WSU on its comeback and a 5-0 run, capped off by two Dixon free throws, tied the game at 59 with 2:12 to play.

A Darling fadeaway jumper from the left gave the Raiders the lead for good with 1:18 left and, despite Loyola having four attempts to tie the game in the final minute, that stood up until Dixon hit one of two foul shots with eight seconds remaining.

The Ramblers had one final chance, but could not come up with a shot as Darling forced a turnover.

Loyola shot 50 percent for the game, five of eight from three, and hit 18 of 22 free throws while Wright State shot 45 percent from the floor thanks to a 14 of 22 second half, was seven of 17 from behind the arc and made 11 of 19 foul shots.

Turnovers, though, proved to be key as WSU forced 24 while committing 13, resulting in a 31-11 differential in points off turnovers.

Darling led all scorers with 17 points for the Raiders while the bench added 37 as Young had 11, AJ Pacher nine and Dixon eight. Kendall Griffin also had eight points along with seven assists.

Thomas paced Loyola (13-10, 3-7 Horizon) with 13 points and eight rebounds while Devno Turk had 11 and Cully Payne 10 off the bench.

Wright State (15-8, 6-4 Horizon) heads to Wisconsin for two key games this weekend, taking on Green Bay on Thursday, February 7, and Milwaukee on Saturday, February 9, with both contests starting at 8:00 Dayton time.
Courtesy of: WSU Athletic Media Relations



No. 23 Men's Basketball Downs Seton Hall, 56-46 - by Eurobasket News

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh basketball coach Jamie Dixon isn't much on style points.

Good thing, because there weren't many to go around in the 23rd-ranked Panthers' 56-46 win over Seton Hall on Monday night.

Pitt shot a season-low 35 percent (16 of 46), turned it over 13 times and let the undermanned Pirates hang around for far too long. Yet it didn't stop the surging Panthers (19-5, 7-4 Big East) from winning for the sixth time in seventh games to give their turnaround season another welcome shot of momentum.

"There's not a lot of teams with 19 wins in the country, that's first and foremost," Dixon said. "You've got to find different ways. We're not going to win every game the same way."

Barely 48 hours after an emotional upset of Syracuse, Pitt slogged its way past Seton Hall by shutting down the Pirates over the game's final 10 minutes.

Lamar Patterson (6'5''-G/F-91) scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and freshman center Steven Adams (7'0''-C/F-93) added eight points, 15 rebounds and two blocks for the Panthers, who survived on grit on a night they struggled to get into any sort of rhythm.

"When your shots aren't falling, it does get frustrating, but it's a good sign," Patterson said. "We fought through some things and faced a little adversity. We've just got to get our legs back."

Cameron Wright scored six of his eight points during a game-ending 18-8 surge that prevented Pitt from stubbing its toe after taking down the Orange.

"I just try to bring a lot of energy to the table, when I try to get an opportunity to score, I try to be aggressive," Wright said.

Fuquan Edwin led the Pirates (13-10, 2-8) with 23 points but was slowed after injuring his right ankle midway through the second half. Seton Hall shot just 33 percent (14 of 42) from the field and made just two baskets over the final 10:37.

"I'm kind of proud of our guys and way able to shuffle around and do different things," Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said. "I thought other guys stepped up and kept fighting."

Pitt finally found some breathing room midway through the second half after Seton Hall took a 39-38 lead. Patterson hit a layup off a nice feed from Adams to put the Panthers in front for good and Adams followed with a nifty spin move for a dunk.

The quickly developing 7-footer hung on the rim, however, and received a technical foul for his efforts. Seton Hall's Kyle Smyth hit both free throws to pull the Pirates back within 42-41, but things changed for Seton Hall after Edwin landed awkwardly on his right ankle while battling for a rebound with 7:38 remaining.

Edwin hobbled to the bench and returned to the game a minute later after a quick examination, but he wasn't the same.

Neither were the Pirates.

Though Edwin would somehow make a lay-up while basically playing on one foot, it marked Seton Hall's only bucket for a 10-minute span until Haralds Karlis put home a meaningless dunk in the waning seconds.

Pitt outrebounded Seton Hall 40-28, including a 20-10 edge in the second half.

"The rebounding has improved, there's no question about it," Dixon said. "But I think our defense has improved too. We've got to win with that."

The Panthers vaulted back into the rankings following a 65-55 upset of the Orange over the weekend, the kind of victory Pitt needed to give its steady but hardly spectacular resume a boost.

Barely 48 hours after the season's biggest triumph, the Panthers flirted with giving away all of the goodwill they built.

The Pirates came in losers of seven of their last eight and were playing without sophomore guard Aaron Crosby, who missed the game for personal reasons. Minus its third-leading scorer, Seton Hall relied heavily on Edwin to handle most of the scoring and a frenetic, borderline out-of-control defense to force Pitt into a series of rushed shots and sloppy turnovers.

"It was a typical Big East game, we just didn't shoot the ball well," Pitt guard Tray Woodall said. "I think they did a good job of switching up their defenses and sending a bunch of junk defenses at us."

The Panthers took a quick seven-point lead then went more than 6 minutes without a field goal. The team that began the night second in assist/turnover ratio had just six assists on six turnovers in a disjointed opening 20 minutes that ended with an ugly 24-all .

Pitt quickly built another seven-point advantage early in the second half but Seton Hall scratched its way back in front 39-38 on a free throw by Edwin with 9:44 to go. It would be the Pirates' last hurrah on a night Pitt found a way even if it wasn't particularly pretty.
Courtesy of: http://www.pittsburghpanthers.com



Towson_MBB Handles UNC Wilmington, 81-68 - by Eurobasket News

TOWSON, Md. Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon (6'8''-F) scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for his 16th double-double of the season as the Tigers evened their overall record at 12-12 with an 81-68 Colonial Athletic Association victory over UNC Wilmington on Monday night.

The Tigers second win in a row enabled Towson to reach the .500 mark. This is the Tigers best 24-game record since 2006-07 when Towson was also 12-12.

The victory also enabled Towson to move into a tie for third-place in the CAA standings with a 7-4 league record. The Tigers seven CAA wins are their highest total since they went 7-11 in league games five years ago.

Benimon, who shot 8-for-10 from the floor, led the Tigers to their second-best shooting performance of the season. Towson made 30 of 57 shots from the field for a .526 percentage against the Seahawks.

The Tigers, who never trailed in the second half, used an 11-0 run midway through the final period to put the game out of reach. With the Tigers leading 54-48 with 12:45 remaining, junior Marcus Damas sparked the 11-0 spurt by scoring five straight points. That gave Towson a 65-48 advantage with 8:52 left to play.

Towson gradually extended its lead to 77-53 with 4:54 remaining on a layup by Damas, who scored 12 points, all in the second half. From that point on, Coach Pat Skerry emptied his bench as UNCW scored the final six points of the contest.

The Tigers closed out the first half with a 7-0 run that was capped off by a buzzer beater by freshman guard Jerome Hairston (6'3''-G) that gave Towson a 42-32 advantage at the intermission. Led by Hairstons 14 first-half points, the Tigers shot 57.1 percent from the floor in the opening period.

Benimon was one of four Tigers to score in double figures. Hairston shot 7-for-15 from the field as he netted a career-high 18 points while Damas added 12 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots. Junior guard Rafriel Guthrie (6'3''-G) came off the bench to add 14 points as he shot 4-for-5 from the field and connected on both of his three-point attempts.

Senior Keith Rendleman led the Seahawks (8-14, 3-7 CAA) with 19 points and 12 rebounds. The loss was UNCWs third in a row. It also marked the Seahawks third consecutive loss to Towson.

The Tigers return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 6 when they host second-place Delaware in the Towson Center at 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.
Courtesy of: http://www.towsontigers.com



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Penguins Punch Lancers - by Eurobasket News

RIVERSIDE --- California Baptist University put four in double figures but couldn't overcome 21 turnovers and 20 second-chance points by Dominican as the Penguins escaped the Van Dyne Gym with a 68-65 victory in an entertaining game Monday night.
The loss snaps the Lancers' three-game winning streak as they fall to 12-7 overall, 6-5 PacWest.

The Penguins improve to 12-8, 8-4.

Luke Evans (6'8''-C-91) led all players with 15 points to go along with four rebounds and four assists. Kyle Wong had 14 points.

Though the Lancers out-rebounded the Penguins 37-33, the Penguins were able to get 17 offensive rebounds. They also turned 21 Lancer turnovers into 22 points and were a perfect 14 for 14 from the free throw line, while the Lancers shot just 8 for 16, including 5 for 12 in the second half.

Dominican led 60-52 with 6:02 to play when the Lancers scored eight straight, capped by two free throws from Wong, to tie the game with 1:59 to play. The Penguins responded with four straight, converting off a key turnover on the break by the Lancers, and led 66-62 with 11 seconds left.

Anthony Cosentino (6'6''-F-90) drilled a 3-pointer with 6.2 seconds left to get the Lancers within 66-65, and Myles Carrillo made two free throws on the ensuing possession. The Lancers had a chance but couldn't get off a game-tying attempt.

Andrew Fisk finished with 12 points and nine rebounds. Anthony Romero added seven points off the bench.

Jammall Clark led Dominican with 13 points.

The Lancers opened the game with a 16-8 spurt, but Clark's putback right before the buzzer gave Dominican a 35-33 lead. The Lancers led 43-41 when the Penguins used a 12-1 run to open their largest lead 53-44 with 10:22 to play.

Dominican shot just 37.7 percent from the floor and missed 12 of 14 3-point attempts but only committed nine turnovers and didn't miss a free throw.
Courtesy of: http://www.cbulancers.com



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Baruch Falls to Brooklyn (74-58) - by Eurobasket News

The Baruch College Bearcats suffered a 74-58 CUNYAC defeat to the Bulldogs of Brooklyn College on Monday night in Brooklyn, New York.

With the result, the Bearcats drop to 15-7 overall and 11-3 in CUNYAC (2nd Place), while Brooklyn improves to 9-12 overall and 7-6 (4th place) in the CUNYAC.

Granville Gittens, the CUNYAC Player of the Week, connected on a 3-point play to cut Brooklyn's lead to 32-31 with just under 16 minutes remaining, but Brooklyn responded with a 9-0 run to build a 41-31 advantage.

The Bearcats never recovered and were unable to cut the lead under eight points the rest of the game to watch their seven-game winning streak come to an end.

The Bearcats shot 50 percent (13-for-26) in the second half, but Brooklyn was better at 58 percent (15-for-26). The Bearcats also committed 21 turnovers that led to 27 points scored by Brooklyn, which in the end proved to be the biggest difference of the conference game.

Gittens led the team again with 13 points (5-9 fg), while Raymond De La Cruzand Joshua Vitalfinished with 10 points each.

Brian McMahontied a career-high with three blocked shots and scored on all three of his field goal attempts in the game.

Kavon Baker led Brooklyn College with 26 points, five assists and three steals.

Baruch will return to action on Wednesday, February 6, with an 8:00 pm non-conference home contest against the Stevens Institute of Technology in the popular "Battle of Lexington".
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Tufts Shakes Free From Cougars In OT, 65-64 - by Eurobasket News

Worcester, Mass. In a game that featured seven ties and 13 lead changes, visiting Tufts University escaped with a thrilling 65-64 overtime win over Clark University in non-league men's basketball action on Monday evening.

Ben Ferris (Essex Junction, Vt.) dropped in a three-pointer with exactly three minutes left to play in the extra session for the final lead change, putting the Jumbos up for good at 65-63.

After Brian Vayda (Sturbridge, Mass.) connected on his third three-pointer of the game to give the Cougars a 63-60 lead less than a minute into overtime, Clark only scored one more point a Jonathan Phillips (Shrewsbury, Mass.) free throw the rest of the game.

That being said, the Cougars still had a chance to win the game in the waning seconds. An inbounds pass found Nicholas DaPrato (Marshfield, Mass.) at the free throw line, but his turnaround jumper as time expired was a hair long and bounced away giving Tufts their ninth win in their last ten games.

Most of regulation was a back-and-forth affair with the Clark lead peaking in the opening minutes of the game as they scored the contest's first five points. The Jumbos regrouped and took a six-point lead after a Scott Anderson (Sudbury, Mass.) finish off a feed from Oliver Cohen (Penn Valley, Pa.).

The Cougars ran off five straight points to get within one after a Jake Gubitose (Fiskdale, Mass.) three-pointer and a D.J. Bailey (Palmer, Mass.) hoop, but Tufts went into the intermission ahead, 28-26.

Clark took another five-point lead in the opening minutes of the second half as Vayda scored inside and Marcus Armstrong (Malden, Mass.) rolled in a hoop on the break.

Ferris and Tom Palleschi (Haverhill, Mass.) each had a pair of baskets during an 8-2 run that gave Tufts a lead they would hold on to for the next nine minutes.

After a three minute stretch late in the second half where neither team scored, Travis Curley (Trumbull, Conn.) dropped in a three-pointer that brought Clark to within one at 54-53 with 5:19 left.

Tufts' scoring drought continued for three more minutes and the Cougars took advantage, as Phillips scored inside and Vayda split a pair from the free throw line, giving Clark a56-54 lead with less than three minutes to play.

Ferris answered for the Jumbos with a jumper that knotted the score at 56-56, but Vayda fired back with a long-range two-pointer that put Clark back in front.

Palleschi made one of two from the free throw line and the Cougars seemed to be in good shape after Bailey muscled inside for a basket, making the score 60-57 with 1:23 to go.

Kwame Firempong (Inglewood, Calif.) seemed to be in trouble on Tufts' next possession as the shot clock wore down, but he calmly sank the game-tying three-pointer with 52 seconds to play.

Vayda had a chance to put the Cougars ahead but his jumper was long and the ball bounced right to Bailey. Ferris, however, was able towrestle the ball away from Bailey and launch a half court heave that was online but just short, grazing the bottom of the net on its way to the floor sending the game into the extra session.

Clark held slight edges in rebounds (39-37) and on points in the paint (30-26), while shooting 46 percent from the floor, including connecting on 63 percent in the final 20 minutes.

Both teams had 16 assists, 14 turnovers and four fast break points, but the Jumbos were better from the charity stripe, going 11-for-17, while Clark went just 5-for-10.

Ferris led Tufts with 17 points and seven boards and Anderson coming off of a career-high 35 in a 100-89 loss at Amherst on Saturday finished with 15 points and four boards. Palleschi, meanwhile added 14 points and eight rebounds and Firempong chipped in with six points, four rebounds and five assists in 37 minutes.

Vayda led all scorers, recording his sixth double-double of the season with 22 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. Bailey added 12 points, eight rebounds and four blocks moving into second-place on the school's all-time rejection list with 113 in just 70 games.

Clark (11-10) returns to NEWMAC action on Wednesday when they host Coast Guard at 7:00 p.m., while the Jumbos (15-8) close out their regular season on Friday night with a home contest against NESCAC rival Hamilton.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Brooklyn's Egzon Gjonbalaj Earns Second Straight CUNYAC Rookie of the Week Award - by Eurobasket News

Flushing, NY --- For the second week in a row, Brooklyn College freshman guard/forward Egzon Gjonbalaj has been named the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC)/Con Edison Men's Basketball Rookie of the Week, for the week ending February 3rd.

Gjonbalaj played a major role in helping guide the Bulldogs to a perfect 3-0 week with wins over York College (81-80), Medgar Evers College (75-67) and Lehman College (85-78), as the rookie from Franklin D. Roosevelt High School stated in all three contests averaging 18.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.7 steals, 2.3 blocks and 2.0 assists per game, while logging in 36.0 minutes per game. For the week, he shot 44.4% (20-45) from the field, 42.9% (9-21) from three and 53.8% (7-13) from the free throw line.

Coming against York on Monday, January 28th, Gjonbalaj chipped in with 18 points, six rebounds, four blocks and two steals, while playing in all 40 minutes.

Just a few days later, on Wednesday, January 30th, Gjonbalaj contributed with 14 points and six rebounds.

To finish off the week, on Friday, February 1st, Gjonbalaj had his best game, pouring in a game-high 24 points, to go with five steals, two blocks and three rebounds.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



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National U14 basketball qualifiers update - by Dinesh Thapa

Trungram International Academy (TIA) beat Saptagandaki 27-22 on Tuesday in the qualifying rounds of the north zone of Kathmandu Valley for the Second U-14 Inter-school National Basketball Championship. Nawang Dorje scored 15 points for TIA. Nepal-Japan beat Bhadrakali 13-10 and Forward Academy edged past Dibyajyoti 15-10. Likewise, Nawajeevan beat HHCA 27-21 but lost to Angels Heart 20-23. Rehdon defeated BST 16-11.


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Ervin, Lemanis win monthly awards - by Hugh McAuliffe

Townsville Crocodiles star Gary Ervin (183-PG-83, college: Arkansas) and New Zealand Breakers coach Andrej Lemanis have capped off outstanding starts to 2013, respectively taking out the Player of the Month and Coach of the Month for January in the iiNet NBL Championship.

Having also won Player of the Month for December, Ervin carried this amazing form into the New Year, averaging 21.8 points at a remarkable 52.5% from the field in his four games in January, adding 5.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game.

Ervin convincingly topped Januarys voting ahead of Melbourne Tigers star Jonny Flynn and in-form Sydney big man Ian Crosswhite, while 36ers centre Daniel Johnson and Breakers guard Cedric Jackson were also prominent.

Recording his second Coach of the Month honour for the 2012/13 season, Lemanis led his Breakers team to a perfect 6-0 through January, taking a stranglehold on the top spot on the NBL ladder.

Perth Wildcats coach Rob Beveridge also enjoyed a flawless January, posting four wins, while Tigers boss Chris Anstey posted a 3-2 win-loss record during the same period.

The NBLs Player and Coach of the Month for January took into account Rounds 13 through 16 of the iiNet NBL Championship, inclusive. All NBL Head Coaches and accredited media were eligible to vote for the awards.



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Standings - Proliga

Proliga Standings
 1. Oliveirense 13-1 
 2. Electrico FC 12-2 
 3. Maia Basket 11-3 
 4. Sangalhos 8-6 
 5. Guifoes 7-6 
 6. Illiabum 7-7 
 7. Angra 5-8 
 8. Terceira 4-10 
 9. Ginasio 3-10 
 10. Benfica B 3-10 
 11. Leca 1-11 

Regular Season: Round 15

Feb. 3: Maia Basket - Benfica B 99-63
Feb. 2: Oliveirense - Leca 94-55
Feb. 3: Electrico FC - Ginasio 70-56

Round 13

Feb. 3: Guifoes - Terceira 52-65

Regular Season: Round 16

Feb. 9: Sangalhos - Illiabum
Feb. 9: Maia Basket - Electrico FC
Feb. 9: Ginasio - Benfica B
Feb. 9: Leca - Guifoes
Feb. 9: Terceira - Angra


Proliga Round 15: No surprise as #1 Oliveirense defeats Leca - by Eurobasket News

Proliga top team - Oliveirense (13-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Leca (1-11) in Oliveira 94-55. The game was mostly controlled by Oliveirense. Leca managed to win fourth quarter 11-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Oliveirense forced 24 Leca turnovers and outrebounded them 35-20 including 22 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Leca's players. It was a great evening for the former international center Nuno Cortez (205-82) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). The former international guard Joao Reveles (187-80) helped adding 11 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. The best for the losing side was naturalized Angolan forward Paulo Ferreira (187-80) with 8 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. Oliveirense have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-1 record. Leca lost eleventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Oliveirense will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Leca will play at home against Guifoes (#5) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
An interesting game took place in Guifoes where higher ranked Guifoes (7-6) were upseton its own court by tenth ranked Terceira (4-10) 65-52. It was an exceptional evening for forward Frederico Tavares (194-88) who led the winners and scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Joao Torrie accounted for 10 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Fabio Fernandes (201-86) came up with 13 points and 5 rebounds for Guifoes in the defeat. Terceira moved-up to eighth place. Guifoes at the other side keep the fifth position with six games lost. Terceira will play against higher ranked Angrabasket (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Guifoes will play against Leca and hope to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 15 Ginasio lost to Electrico FC on the opponent's court 56-70. Maia Basket outscored Benfica B in a home game 99-63.


Electrico FC - Ginasio 70-56

Very expected game in Ponte de Sor where 8th ranked Ginasio (3-10) was defeated by second ranked Electrico FC (12-2) 70-56. The game was mostly controlled by Electrico FC. Ginasio was better in second period 11-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Electrico FC dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Ginasio's 20. They outrebounded Ginasio 38-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. Ginasio was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for naturalized Cape Verdean swingman Mario Neves (190-77) who led the winners and scored 9 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Tiago Pinto (183-88) accounted for 16 points and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winning side. Guard Tiago Barreiro (187-83) came up with 20 points and guard Alexandre Nuno (187) added 11 points respectively for Ginasio in the defeat. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Electrico FC. They maintain second place with 12-2 record behind leader Oliveirense. Ginasio lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with Benfica B. Electrico FC will play against Maia Basket (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Ginasio will play against Benfica B (#10) in Lisboa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ginasio: T.Barreiro 20+2reb+1ast, A.Nuno 11+2reb+1ast, P.Rocha 9+2reb, J.Vieira 5+2reb+2ast, M.Rosa 3+1reb, P.Marques 3+1reb+2ast
Electrico FC: T.Pinto 16+3reb+5ast, A.Medeiros 14+6reb+2ast, J.Lanzinha 13+5reb+3ast, M.Neves 9+13reb+4ast, P.Afonso 8+7reb+1ast, F.Pinto 4+2reb
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Maia Basket - Benfica B 99-63

Very predictable result when third ranked Maia Basket (11-3) smashed at home 9th ranked Benfica B (3-10) 99-63. Maia Basket maintains third place with 11-3 record having just two points less than leader Oliveirense. Benfica B lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with Ginasio. Maia Basket will play against league's second-placed Electrico FC in Ponte de Sor in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Benfica B will play on the road against Ginasio (#9) in Figueira da Foz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 186168


Oliveirense - Leca 94-55

Proliga top team - Oliveirense (13-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Leca (1-11) in Oliveira 94-55. The game was mostly controlled by Oliveirense. Leca managed to win fourth quarter 11-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Oliveirense forced 24 Leca turnovers and outrebounded them 35-20 including 22 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Leca's players. It was a great evening for the former international center Nuno Cortez (205-82) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). The former international guard Joao Reveles (187-80) helped adding 11 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Four Oliveirense players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was naturalized Angolan forward Paulo Ferreira (187-80) with 8 points and 5 rebounds and Vasco Lobato scored 11 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. Oliveirense have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-1 record. Leca lost eleventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Oliveirense will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Leca will play at home against Guifoes (#5) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Leca: V.Lobato 11+3reb+1ast, M.Toreia 9+2reb+2ast, P.Ferreira 8+5reb+2ast, H.Gomes 7+2reb, F.Pinto 7+2reb+2ast, D.Ramos 5+2reb
Oliveirense: N.Cortez 24+9reb+2ast, R.Azevedo 18+4reb+2ast, A.Pereira 16+5reb+2ast, J.Reveles 11+8reb+6ast, J.Abreu 8+1reb+7ast, N.Costa 6+1reb
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Round 13
Guifoes - Terceira 52-65

An interesting game took place in Guifoes where higher ranked Guifoes (7-6) were upseton its own court by tenth ranked Terceira (4-10) 65-52. Guifoes were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Guifoes 41-28 including a 34-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for forward Frederico Tavares (194-88) who led the winners and scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Power forward Joao Torrie (200-91) accounted for 10 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. Four Terceira players scored in double figures. Forward Fabio Fernandes (201-86) came up with 13 points and 5 rebounds and guard Pedro Silva (178-82) added 11 points and 5 steals respectively for Guifoes in the defeat. Terceira moved-up to eighth place. Guifoes at the other side keep the fifth position with six games lost. Terceira will play against higher ranked Angrabasket (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Guifoes will play against Leca and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Guifoes: F.Fernandes 13+5reb+3ast, P.Silva 11+4reb+2ast, J.Pereira 10+3reb+1ast, J.Almeida 8+7reb+2ast, J.Moreira 6+5reb, F.Ramos 2+3reb
Terceira: F.Tavares 19+6reb+2ast, T.Tomassi 11+2reb+3ast, L.Tomassi 10+6reb+3ast, J.Torrie 10+13reb, F.Ferreira 6+4reb, C.Rashiduddin 6+7reb+2ast
gschID: 231677



Marko Loncovic gets MVP of the Week award for Portuguese LPB - by Eurobasket News

Talented Montenegrin Marko Loncovic (200-F-91) had a great game in the last round for Barcelos and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 21-year old forward had a double-double of 27 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team beat Galitos-Tley (#11, 2-11) 90-75. Barcelos maintains the 7th position in Portuguese LPB. Barcelos 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 6-7 record. In the team's last game Loncovic had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Barcelos' top player in his first season with the team. Loncovic has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.5ppg. Loncovic is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 9.5rpg) and averages solid 2.3spg and 59.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 34-year old Cape Verdean center Elvis Evora (205-C-78) of league's best team Benfica. Evora impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Benfica to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Alges (#10, 2-11) 99-51. Of course Benfica still keep 's top spot. His team belongs to top of the standings with 11-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Evora is one of the most experienced players at Benfica and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Barcelos' star - international guard Nuno Oliveira (186-PG-89). Oliveira showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, six rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was another key player of Barcelos, helping his team with a 90-75 easy win against the lower-ranked Galitos-Tley (#11, 2-11). The chances of Barcelos ranking at the top of , however are very questionable as they have already lost 7 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Oliveira could help Barcelos to bring them higher in the standings. Oliveira has a great season in Portugal. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.4ppg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Arnette Hallman (199-F-88) of Academica - 17 points and 10 rebounds
5. Pedro Pinto (188-PG-88) of Galitos-Tley - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Heshimu Evans (198-F-75) of Benfica - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Ivan Almeida (198-G-89) of Vitoria SC - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Charlie Swiggett (185-G-86) of Vitoria SC - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Jose Ferreira (198-C-78) of Galitos-Tley - 18 points and 3 rebounds
10. Joao Gomes (201-SG-85) of Benfica - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Santurce signs Randolph - by Luis Modestti


Cangrejeros de Santurce signed forward/center Randolph Shavlik (208-F-83, college: Duke) for this season. He is expected to join the team after he finishes in China.

Randolph is currently playing with Foshan and averages 33.3 points and 14.5 rebounds in 21 games.

He made his BSN debut in 2011 with Isabela where he was selected as the best import. He then played for Quebradillas in 2012.

Santurce will be coached by Paco Olmos and has some good native talent with players like Ricky Sanchez and Walter Hodge.



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Al Rayyan battle El Jaish, Al Sadd duel Al Arabi in best-of-three QML semifinals - by Eurobasket News

League-leaders Al Rayyan and Al Sadd plunge into battle against separate opponents as the semifinal stage of the Qatar Mens League unfolds tonight at the Al Gharafa Indoor Arena.

The QML defending champions Al Rayyan, who topped the elimination round with 13-3 win-loss card, continue their quest for an unprecedented four-peat as they begin their best-of-three duel with fourth finisher El Jaish quintet for a slot in the finals in the first game tonight at 5:00 pm.

Coach Brian Rowsom and his wards are facing a tough squad in Army with Fadi Abilmona, Mohammad Bakir, Turki Ali and Mohammad Yussuf expected to give out their best playing against the defending champions. Coach Rowsom will continue to bank on American Harold Boney Watson but must draw consistent performance as well from national team stalwarts Targuy Ngombo, Yaseen Mousa and Erfan Saeed to swing the advantage to their side.

Al Sadd, who ranked second after the eliminations will engage third placer Al Arabi in their own best-of-three series for the other finals slot in the main game at 7:00 pm.

Michael Benjamin Southall is the backbone of Al Sadds offense and defense and will surely have his hands full on both ends of the floor against Arabis twin towers in the hulking Alvin Mofunanya and the lanky but gutsy William Byrd.

In the backcourt, Al Sadd may seem to have the edge on paper with Chris dela Rosa reinforcing the already potent tandem of Mousa Daoud and Saad Abdulrahman but Arabi will not be left behind with the prolific duo of the hardworking Abdulai Jalloh and the youthful and wily Mansour Elhadary, who on any given night can shut the lights out of the arena.

Meanwhile, Al Wakrah won over Qatar Sports Club, 56-39 in their first game on Monday, and 78-65 last night, to sweep their own best-of-three playoffs and notch the first berth for the battle for 5th place.

On the other hand, Al Gharafa likewise won two straight against newcomers Al Shamal, 78-70 and 65-43, to grab the right to face Al Wakrah in the do-or-die showdown for 5th place. Qatar and Shamal will contest 7th place.

The second game of the semifinal duels will be played on Friday, February 8 with Al Sadd and Arabi taking centre-stage at 5:00 pm and Rayyan and Jaish going against each other in the main game at 7:00 pm.
Courtesy of: http://www.qatarbasketball.qa



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Standings - Superleague A

PBL Standings
 1. CSKA 10-1 
 2. Khimky 8-2 
 3. Spartak SP 7-5 
 4. Lokomotiv 5-5 
 5. Krasnie Krilya 4-3 
 6. N.Novgorod 4-7 
 7. Spartak-Prim. 3-5 
 8. Unics 3-6 
 9. Triumph 3-6 
 10. Enisey 1-8 

Regular Season: Round 14

Feb. 3: Lokomotiv - N.Novgorod 75-74
Feb. 4: Khimky - Spartak SP 72-60
Feb. 6: Krasnie Krilya - Spartak-Prim.
Feb. 7: CSKA - Unics


Stats Leaders - Superleague A

Points Per Game
 Vitaliy FRIDZON
  Khimky
  (195-G-85)
  Avg: 19
 1. Fridzon, Khimky19.0 
 2. Karasev, Triumph18.7 
 3. Gillenwater, Spart.17.6 
 4. Kaimakoglou, Unics15.0 
 5. Krstic, CSKA14.7 
 6. Delaney, Spartak-.14.1 
 7. Planinic, Khimky14.0 
 8. Beverley, Spart.14.0 
 9. Calathes, Lokom.13.8 
 10. McKee, Triumph13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Khryapa, CSKA8.3 
 2. Gillenwater, Spart.8.1 
 3. Maric, Lokomotiv7.6 
 4. Landry, Triumph7.4 
 5. Panin, N.Novgorod6.4 
 6. Karasev, Triumph6.3 
 7. Monya, Khimky6.2 
 8. Kaimakoglou, Unics6.0 
 9. Antonov, N.Novgor.5.5 
 10. Calathes, Lokom.5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Zoran PLANINIC
  Khimky
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Planinic, Khimky5.7 
 2. Teodosic, CSKA5.6 
 3. Khryapa, CSKA4.3 
 4. Calathes, Lokom.3.8 
 5. McKee, Triumph3.8 
 6. Eidson, Unics3.7 
 7. Beverley, Spart.3.5 
 8. Trotter, N.Novgorod3.4 
 9. Delaney, Spartak-.3.4 
 10. Wright, Spartak SP3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Aleksei SUROVTSEV
  Sparta.
  (202-G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Surovtsev, Sparta.2.3 
 2. Beverley, Spart.2.0 
 3. Kaimakoglou, Unics1.8 
 4. Landry, Triumph1.6 
 5. Maric, Lokomotiv1.6 
 6. McKee, Triumph1.6 
 7. Samoylenko, Unics1.5 
 8. Fridzon, Khimky1.5 
 9. Augustine, Khimky1.4 
 10. Teodosic, CSKA1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Artem ZABELIN
  Spartak-.
  (215-F/C-88)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Zabelin, Spartak-.1.4 
 2. Kaun, CSKA1.3 
 3. Monya, Khimky1.2 
 4. Lazarev, Triumph1.0 
 5. Davis, Khimky1.0 
 6. Mavrokefalid., Spa.0.8 
 7. Vougioukas, Unics0.8 
 8. Panin, N.Novgorod0.6 
 9. Veremeenko, Unics0.6 
 10. Kaimakoglou, Unics0.6 


Superleague Round 19: Top-ranked Universitet-Yugra wins another game - by Eurobasket News

The round 19 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

Superlaegue top team - Universitet-Yugra (16-2) had no problems winning another game on Monday. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked Severstal (4-14) in Cherepovec 84-53. Universitet-Yugra made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game, while Severstal only scored three points from the stripe. Universitet-Yugra forced 20 Severstal turnovers and outrebounded them 39-28 including 24 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian point guard Linas Lekavicius (186-84, college: American) who helped to win the game recording 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Ilia Aleksandrov (194-81) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Universitet-Yugra's coach Sergei Olhov felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Artem Pisarchuk (205-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) answered with 7 points and 11 rebounds for Severstal. Universitet-Yugra have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-2 record. Severstal at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Sojuz Zaretchny. Universitet-Yugra are looking forward to face Ruskon-Mordovia (#5) in Saransk in the next round. Severstal will play on the road against Volgograd (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between fifth ranked Ruskon-Mordovia (11-7) and 13th ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (4-14) in Saransk ended with biggest points difference. Ruskon-Mordovia outscored guests from Zaretchny 100-50. Worth to mention a quality performance of power forward Alexei Kuznetsov (203-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 32 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Stanislav Sotnikov helped adding 13 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side forward Denis Novikov (200-85) responded with 12 points and 9 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ruskon-Mordovia maintains fifth place with 11-7 record, which they share with Ryazan. Sojuz Zaretchny at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Severstal. Ruskon-Mordovia will play against league's leader Universitet-Yugra in Surgut in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sojuz Zaretchny will play at home against Ataman (#4) in Rostov and hopes to get back on the winning track.

Other games in round 19 were not that significant. Dynamo MO was smashed by Ural Ekaterinb. on the road 78-59. Bottom-ranked Spartak V. lost to Ryazan on its own court 58-75. Avtodor was outscored by Novosybirsk in a road game 60-100. Ataman managed to beat TEMP-SUMZ at home 90-75.


Ural Ekaterinb. - Dynamo MO 78-59

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Ural Ekaterinburg (13-3) crushed at home 9th ranked Dynamo Moscow (8-9) 78-59. They outrebounded Dynamo Moscow 42-18 including a 29-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. Dynamo Moscow was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American guard Chris Monroe (191-81, college: G.Washington) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points. Forward Dmitri Nikolaev (200-83) helped adding 14 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side guard Gleb Plotnikov (190-91, agency: Interperformances) responded with 11 points and 5 assists and guard Artur Urazmanov (186-87) scored 11 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ural Ekaterinburg moved-up to second place. Newly promoted Dynamo Moscow keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. Ural Ekaterinburg will play against Novosybirsk (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Dynamo Moscow will play against AltajBasket (#7) in Barnau and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ural Ekaterinb.: C.Monroe 20+2reb+3ast, D.Nikolaev 14+7reb+2ast, A.Fedyushin 10+6reb, V.Ionov 10+4reb, O.Baranov 7+7reb, D.Arteshin 6+7reb
Dynamo MO: G.Plotnikov 11+2reb+5ast, A.Urazmanov 11+4ast, A.Karpeko 10+2reb+1ast, N.Morgunov 8+1reb, A.Altunin 8+1reb, E.Karpeko 6+4reb
gschID: 193508


Ruskon-Mord. - Sojuz Zaretchny 100-50

The game between fifth ranked Ruskon-Mordovia (11-7) and 13th ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (4-14) in Saransk ended with biggest points difference. Ruskon-Mordovia outscored guests from Zaretchny 100-50. The game without a history. Ruskon-Mordovia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Ruskon-Mordovia outrebounded Sojuz Zaretchny 45-32 including a 35-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. Sojuz Zaretchny was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a quality performance of power forward Alexei Kuznetsov (203-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 32 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Forward Stanislav Sotnikov (200-85, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) helped adding 13 points and 8 rebounds. Four Ruskon-Mordovia players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Denis Novikov (200-85) responded with 12 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized Belarusian forward Sergey Karpov (200-80) scored 14 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. Ruskon-Mordovia maintains fifth place with 11-7 record, which they share with Ryazan. Sojuz Zaretchny at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Severstal. Ruskon-Mordovia will play against league's leader Universitet-Yugra in Surgut in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sojuz Zaretchny will play at home against Ataman (#4) in Rostov and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ruskon-Mord.: A.Kuznetsov 32+10reb+2ast, Y.Cherniavskiy 13+6reb+4ast, S.Sotnikov 13+8reb+2ast, F.Klyuchnikov 11+6reb+3ast, P.Krykov 10+4reb+1ast, N.Gresev 9+4reb+2ast
Sojuz Zaretchny: S.Karpov 14+2reb, D.Novikov 12+9reb, P.Khomyakov 8+6reb, G.Andreev 4+1reb+4ast, S.Chudinovskich 4+1reb, V.Balyakin 3+1reb
gschID: 193506


Spartak V. - Ryazan 58-75

Very expected game when 15th ranked Spartak Vidnoye (3-15) lost to sixth ranked Ryazan (11-7) in Moscow 58-75. The game was mostly controlled by Ryazan. Spartak Vidnoye was better in second period 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ryazan forced 22 Spartak Vidnoye turnovers. Spartak Vidnoye was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for guard Aleksei Vzdykhalkin (190-85, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 6 rebounds. Center Nikita Stepanenkov (208-87) helped adding 9 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side forward Vladislav Trushkin (201-93) responded with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and swingman Gleb Goldyrev (200-93) scored 14 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ryazan moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Ruskon-Mord. Spartak Vidnoye lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Ryazan will play against TEMP-SUMZ Revda (#8) at home in the next round. Spartak Vidnoye will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Ryazan: A.Vzdykhalkin 24+6reb+3ast, N.Stepanenkov 9+7reb+2ast, M.Polyakov 9+5reb+1ast, A.Tsvetkov 8+3reb, O.Bartunov 6+5reb+4ast, A.Isakov 6+1reb+1ast
Spartak V.: G.Goldyrev 14+2reb+1ast, E.Marinin 10+2reb+2ast, V.Trushkin 9+7reb+5ast, D.Zakharov 8+4reb+4ast, A.Chernysh 7+5reb, S.Makushkin 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 193505


Severstal - Univ.Surgut 53-84

Superlaegue top team - Universitet-Yugra (16-2) had no problems winning another game on Monday. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked Severstal (4-14) in Cherepovec 84-53. Universitet-Yugra made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game, while Severstal only scored three points from the stripe. Universitet-Yugra forced 20 Severstal turnovers and outrebounded them 39-28 including 24 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian point guard Linas Lekavicius (186-84, college: American) who helped to win the game recording 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Ilia Aleksandrov (194-81) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Four Universitet-Yugra players scored in double figures. Universitet-Yugra's coach Sergei Olhov felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Artem Pisarchuk (205-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) answered with 7 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Pavel Zhukanenko (194-86) added 13 points in the effort for Severstal. Universitet-Yugra have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-2 record. Severstal at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Sojuz Zaretchny. Universitet-Yugra are looking forward to face Ruskon-Mordovia (#5) in Saransk in the next round. Severstal will play on the road against Volgograd (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Univ.Surgut: I.Aleksandrov 18+1reb+2ast, A.Rindin 13+6reb+1ast, L.Lekavicius 12+7reb+5ast, V.Shevel 10+5reb+3ast, A.Ageev 10+3reb+1ast, V.Dyachok 7+6reb+3ast
Severstal: P.Zhukanenko 13+3reb+3ast, A.Borisov 11+2reb+4ast, E.Voytyuk 9+5reb+1ast, V.Grin 7+2reb, A.Pisarchuk 7+11reb+2ast, A.Kondrashin 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 193504


Novosybirsk - Avtodor 100-60

Very predictable result when third ranked Novosybirsk (13-4) rolled over at home 10th ranked Avtodor (7-10) 100-60. The game without a history. Novosybirsk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Novosybirsk forced 20 Avtodor turnovers. They shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 59.3 percentage. Novosybirsk players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Avtodor's players. Avtodor was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for swingman Pavel Zakamov (192-80, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 5 steals. Guard Aleksandr Anisimov (186-86, agency: Alti Sport) helped adding 19 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). At the losing side power forward Alexander Lavnikov (205-91) responded with 10 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Sergey Toropov (206-89) scored 10 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Novosybirsk. Newly promoted Novosybirsk maintains third place with 13-4 record having just -8 point less than leader Univ.Surgut. Avtodor at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. Novosybirsk will play against league's second-placed Ural Ekaterinburg on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Avtodor will play against Planeta-Univ. (#11) in Ukhta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Novosybirsk: P.Zakamov 24+3reb, A.Anisimov 19+2reb+4ast, E.Shatokhin 14, I.Novikov 11+1reb+5ast, P.Podkolzin 9+8reb+3ast, A.Sayapin 7+6reb+4ast
Avtodor: A.Lavnikov 10+6reb+1ast, S.Toropov 10+3reb+1ast, O.Filin 9+2reb+2ast, A.Karpukhin 8+2reb, A.Mateyunas 7+3reb+3ast, A.Pushkin 6+1reb
gschID: 193503


Ataman - TEMP-SUMZ 90-75

Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (9-9) lost to fourth ranked Ataman (12-6) in Rostov 75-90. It looked good early as TEMP-SUMZ Revda took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Ataman had a 34-14 second period charge getting the lead and TEMP-SUMZ Revda was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 75-90. Ataman forced 20 TEMP-SUMZ Revda turnovers. It was a great evening for center Alexey Kurtsevich (209-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Pavel Aleksandrov (196-89) helped adding 19 points and 5 assists. Ataman's coach Boris Livanov allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side forward Sergei Khlopov (198-78) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and center Aleksey Komarov (206-81) scored 20 points. Four TEMP-SUMZ Revda players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Ataman. They maintain fourth place with 12-6 record. TEMP-SUMZ Revda at the other side dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Ataman will play against Sojuz Zaretchny (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. TEMP-SUMZ Revda will play against Ryazan (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ataman: P.Aleksandrov 19+1reb+5ast, A.Kurtsevich 17+8reb+1ast, A.Nesterov 9+8reb, D.Zagnoyko 9+2reb, P.Agapov 9+5reb+1ast, A.Amirkhanov 8+5reb+4ast
TEMP-SUMZ: A.Komarov 20+2reb+1ast, S.Khlopov 12+11reb, M.Baranov 11+3reb+1ast, A.Pavlov 10+5reb+1ast, M.Kiryanov 7+1reb+6ast, V.Kuznetsov 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 193507



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Prince Faisal Basketball Cup 2012/2013: Quarterfinal Stage - by Eurobasket News

Uhud, Al-Ittihad, Al-Nahdha and Al-Ansar won the Quarterfinals of the Prince Faisal Basketball Cup 2012/2013. Uhud overcame Al-Ahli 72:59, while Al-Ittihad beat Al-Hilal 82:56. Al-Nahdha grabbed a 64:60 win over Al-Fath and Al-Ansar won over Al-Wehda 63:58.


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U16 Basketball tournament in Sakarya and Serbian players statistic - by Zoran Popovic

After 5 games on U16 Basketball tournament in Sakarya in groups, few Serbian prospecst are on the lists of top 10 top scorers, rebounders, assistants, etc. On the 2nd place of most efficient players is Milos Glisic (200-PF-98) with 93 scored points and 18.6 per game. On the 1st place of top assistants is Stefan Peno (193-SG-97) with 21 assists, 4.2 per game. On the 7th place of the most blocked shots is Filip Anicic (210-C-97) with 5 blocs, average 1 block per game and on 10th place David Miladinovic (205-C-97) with 4 blocks, 0,9 per game.

Total statistic for all Serbian players after first 5 games in the group:

4. Stefan Peno, 10,8 points, 5,8 boards, 4.2 assists
5. Stefan Nikolic, 5.4 points, 4.4 boards, 2.4 assists
6. Vanja Marinkovic, 4.0 points, 3.0 boards, 2.2 assists
7. Milos Glisic, 18.6 points, 5.6 boards, 1.4 assists
8. Nikola Spasov, 3.2 points, 1.2 boards, 1.6 assists
9. Vojislav Stojanovic, 7.0 points, 4.0 boards, 1.4 assists
10. Slobodan Jovanovic, 5.33 points, 1.0 board, 2.0 assists
11. Filip Anicic, 5.4 points, 4.4 boards, 0.2 assist
12. Luka Radovic, 3.0 points, 1.0 board
13. Stefan Kenjic, 4.8 points, 2.8 boards, 0.4 assist
14. Dimitrije Spasojevic, 4.2 points, 2.0 boards, 0.6 assist
15. David Miladinovic, 5.4 points, 6.0 boards. 1.2 assists



U16 Basketball tournament in Sakarya: Turkey - Serbia 45:67 - by Zoran Popovic

Serbian U16 National team made another victory on tournament in Sakarya. This time Serbian team beats Turkey 45:67 (9:17, 17:13, 8:18, 11:19). In the first quarter Serbian team made advantage of 10 points, but in the second Turkish youth team answered and finish first half with only 6 points advantages for Serbian team. After half time Serbian team continue in high rhythm and very aggressive and after third period had advantage of 16 points. Last period of the match Serbian prospects continued and finish match with 22 points advantage. This game showed three new names in Serbian roster. Except standard top scorer Milos Glisic (200-PF-98), rebounder and assistant Stefan Peno (193-SG-97), in this game Stefan Nikolic (198-F-97), Filip Anicic (210-C-97) and Vojislav Stojanovic (196-G-97) show their talent. Glisic made 14 points, 3 boards, Stefan Nikolic 13 points, 7 boards, 3 assists, Filip Anicic 11 points, 3 boards, Vojislav Stojanovic 10 points, 5 boards, Stefan Peno 9 points, 6 boards and 6 assists. In Turkish team the most efficient player was Basdan with 7 points.


Milan Mitrovic on the bench of BKK Radnicki - by Zoran Popovic

Day after coach Icelic and BKK Radnicki part ways, Management of Belgrade team decides to give chance to young coach Milan Mitrovic. Mitrovic came in BKK Radnicki last season as assistant coach of Dragan Nikolic and this year continues his work as assistant of former head coach Marko Icelic. Before BKK Radnicki Milan Mitrovic was coach in KK Torlak. Coach Mitrovic takes BKK Radnicki with score 6 wins and 13 lost games and his first match as head coach he will have this weekend against KK Vrsac February 16.


Radnicki back down, will play with 4 foreigners - by Ivan Milenkovic

Although Ivan Grujin, president of Radnicki, said that his club "will go to regular court, the Court of Arbitration at the Olympic Committee of Serbia, FIBA..." if that is what it takes for them to use all of their foreign players in final tournament of Serbian Cup, they stepped down.
Radnicki will play with only 4 out of their 8 foreign players in Radivoj Korac Cup, according to the rules of Basketball Federation of Serbia. Their coach Miroslav Muta Nikolic decided not to use Steven Markovic (190-G-85) and Kyle Visser (211-C-85, college: Wake Forest), besides injured Ratko Varda (215-C/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) and Mark Worthington (202-PF-83, college: Metro St.). Team from Kragujevac - hosts of final tournament - will have Aleksandar Capin (186-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket), Terrico White (196-G-90, college: Mississippi), Milos Borisov (198-G/F-85) and Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-F-88, agency: Interperformances, college: Washington) in their Cup roster.



Balkan League: Djuro Djakovic upset OKK Beograd - by Eurobasket News

OKK Beograd - Djuro Djakovic 90:99

Djuro Djakovic knocked down OKK Beograd on the road to improve at 3-0 record in Balkan League Last Four stage. Matej Karlovic (200-F-89) nailed 26 points to pace the winners. Djuro Djakovic dominated right from the start. The Croatian side erupted for 27 points in the first quarter to take an 11-point lead. OKK Beograd slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. The Serbian team got within 10 points at halftime 38:48. The hosts fired 32 points in the third term to cut the deficit. They got within five points at the final intermission. Djuro Djakovic however picked up the tempo in the fourth term. The visitors dropped 24 points in the final stanza and rolled to the victory at the end. Marino Sarlija (207-C/F-89) notched 22 points, while Hrvoje Puljko (193-G-83) added 19 points for the winners. Vladimir Popovic (190-G-82) answered with 17 points for OKK Beograd. Nikola Jeftic (202-F-85) netted 13 points in the loss.

OKK Beograd: Vladimir Popovic 17, Nikola Jeftic 13
Djuro Djakovic: Matej Karlovic 26, Marino Sarlija 22, Hrvoje Puljko 19



Serbian U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Stefan Peno
Peno
Vanja Marinkovic
Marinkovic
Milos Glisic
Glisic
Vojislav Stojanovic
Stojanovic
David Miladinovic
Miladinovic
#e#5
4 Stefan Peno 193-SG-97 FCB Regal Spain
5 Stefan Nikolic 198-F-97 Crvena Zvezda Serbia
6 Vanja Marinkovic 194-G-97 Partizan Serbia
7 Milos Glisic 200-PF-98 Partizan Serbia
8 Nikola Spasov 194-G-97 Nibac Nis Serbia
9 Vojislav Stojanovic 196-G-97 Crvena Zvezda Serbia
10 Slobodan Jovanovic 192-SG-97 Zemun Serbia
11 Filip Anicic 210-C-97 Partizan Serbia
12 Luka Radovic 202-F-97 Borac Serbia
13 Stefan Kenic 198-F-97 Crvena Zvezda Serbia
14 Dimitrije Spasojevic 205-F-97 Crvena Zvezda Serbia
15 David Miladinovic 205-C-97 Crvena Zvezda Serbia
99 Borisa Simanic 200-C-98 Buducnost BN Bosnia
Nikola Rakicevic 192-G-97 Crvena Zvezda Serbia
Nikola Cirkovic 190-G-97 Zemun Serbia
Mladen Grusanovic 194-G-97 KK Ub Serbia



Jankovic's double-double lands him B League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

18-year old center Milos Jankovic (203-C-94) had a very impressive game in the last round for Mladost Cacak and receives a Eurobasket.com B League Player of the Week award for round 15.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 17 rebounds, while his team crushed Spartak (#14, 3-12) with 24-point margin 84-60. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Mladost Cacak is placed at 11th position in Serbian B League. Mladost Cacak is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-9 record. Jankovic has many years of experience at Mladost Cacak, through which he has constantly improved. Jankovic has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 11.1rpg. Jankovic is in league's top in and averages solid 56.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Aleksandar Miladinovic of Napredak A.. He is a in his 3rd season at Napredak A.. In the last game Miladinovic recorded impressive 29 points and 3 rebounds. Of course he lead Napredak A. to another comfortable win 74-61 over the lower-ranked Plana (#13, 5-10) being unquestionably team leader. Napredak A.'s 6th 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. Miladinovic is one of the most experienced players at Napredak A. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Milos Andrejevic (198-F-89) of Morava (#4). Andrejevic scored 23 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Morava, leading his team to a 75-68 win against the lower-ranked Partizan II (#8, 7-8). Morava needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 6 lost games. Andrejevic has a very solid season. In 3 games in Serbia he scored 12.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vladimir Radojcic) of Radnicki OB - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Zoran Majkic (207-C-78) of Proleter Naftagas - 16 points and 10 rebounds
6. Srdjan Stojanovic) of Crnokosa - 20 points and 5 rebounds
7. Perica Mitic (184-G-85) of Morava - 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Nebojsa Knezevic (196-F/G-87) of Proleter Naftagas - 20 points and 3 assists
9. Milos Riboskic (195-G-89) of Beovuk 72 - 28 points
10. Sasa Mihajlovic (203-C-75) of Napredak K. - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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ASEAN League: Slingers eke out win over Dragons - by Eurobasket News

Singapore Slingers - KL Dragons 68:67

The Singapore Slingers claimed a narrow home win over the Westports KL Dragons. The victory propelled the hosts at 2-2 record in the ladder. Jeffers Kyle (207-C-85, college: Oregon St.) stepped up with 24 points and 13 boards to pace the winners. The Dragons slipped at 2-4 record after the loss.
The Malaysian team earned a narrow 16:14 lead after ten minutes of action. But the Slingers turned things around in the second frame. The hosts went on a 23:13 run to take a 37:29 halftime lead. The Slingers kept the Dragons at distance throughout the third quarter. The Singapore outfit accounted for a 53:44 advantage heading into the fourth frame. The Dragons stayed in the game as they cut the deficit at 3-point mark in the fourth quarter. Tautuaa tied things up at 59 later on. Cedric Bozeman (198-G-83, college: UCLA) however suffered a knee injury moments later and the Slingers capitalized. They held on to a narrow win at the end. Wong Wei Long (172-G-88) produced 13 points, while Jones-Jennings Rashad (203-F/C-84, college: UALR) added 18 rebounds for the winners. Cedric Bozeman answered with 16 points for the Dragons. Shee Fai Loh (192-G/F-89) contributed 14 points in the loss.



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Dragic helps Suns rally past Grizzlies - by Eurobasket News

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) scored 15 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Phoenix Suns past the Memphis Grizzlies 96-90 on Tuesday night.

Goran Dragic, who had just two points on 1-for-6 shooting through three quarters, was 5 for 6 in the fourth, including converting three three-point plays to help the Suns snap a two-game losing streak.

After the score was tied at 88, Goran Dragic scored six straight points to put the game away.

Marcin Gortat led the Suns with 20 points on 8-for-10 shooting from the field, while Jermaine O'Neal had 14 points. Kendall Marshall added 11 points and Luis Scola finished with 10.

Jerryd Bayless scored a season-high 29 points on 11-for-15 shooting, including 3 of 4 on 3-pointers, to lead the Grizzlies. Zach Randolph had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Tayshaun Princescored 11 points.

Phoenix, which outscored Memphis 31-19 in the fourth, was able to hang on despite committing a season-high 22 turnovers, partly offset by shooting 51 percent. In addition to Gortat, O'Neal was 5 of 7 from the field, and Goran Dragic finished 6 for 12.
The Suns outscored the Grizzlies 52-40 in the paint.

The start of the second half was full of poor shooting. The Suns started 1 of 8, and Memphis was 2 of 17 during one stretch - with many of those rebound tips that rolled off the rim.

The shooting percentages, which were so good in the first half, decreased to a more normal number.

Neither team was able to get much of a buffer, but Memphis did make a push behind Bayless late in the period, and a tip-in by Prince at the horn provided Memphis with a 71-65 lead entering the fourth.

That lead wouldn't hold up as Goran Dragic converted consecutive three-point plays near the midpoint of the fourth, putting Phoenix up 80-79 with 5:50 remaining.

Goran Dragic converted another three-point play when he was fouled on a 10-footer in the lane for an 86-82 lead. Bayless, meanwhile, was still connecting from the top of the key, and despite Goran Dragic's production, the Suns' lead never reached more than six.

The Suns opened the second quarter hitting their first three shots for a 12-2 run and the first double-digit lead of the game.

But Mike Conley's drive with 3 seconds remaining gave the Grizzlies a 52-50 lead at halftime.

Bayless had 14 points on 6-for-9 shooting in the opening half, while Randolph had 12 points on 7-for-8 shooting.

Gortat hit his first seven shots, part of Phoenix hitting 60 percent until the latter stages of the half. They ended the half at 53 percent, Gortat going 8 of 10 from the field.

He would not take a shot in the second half.

The Suns backcourt, featuring Dudley and Goran Dragic, two of the Suns three leading scorers, were a combined 1 of 7 in the half for two points at halftime.

NOTES: Suns F Jermaine O'Neal returned to the lineup after missing the last seven games due to personal medical reasons. ... The officials reviewed a last-second tip-in by Prince at the end of the third before finally ruling that it came before the buzzer. The review was so close that all three officials looked at the shot on replay all the way through the break between the third and the fourth periods. ... Jared Dudley, who averages 12.2.points, third-best on the Suns, was scoreless in 17 minutes, missing all five of his shots. ... Bayless' previous season high was 23 at Oklahoma City on Jan. 31.
Courtesy of: philstar.com



Blaz Mesicek shines for Slovenia U16 in Turkey - by Eurobasket News

Blaz Mesicek (187-PG-97) shines for Slovenia U16 in Turkey at the International Tournament.
In Day 3 Slovenia U16 edged Ukraine U16 80:77. Slovenia won the first three quarters of the game and led 9 points after 30 minutes. The Ukrainian squad bounced back with 20-14 rally in the last period but could not seal the win. Blaz Mesicek paced all the winners with 23 points, while Urban Durnik (201-PF-97) added 16. Gaber Ozegovic (195-F-98) scored 13 and Zan Mark Siskohad 7. Svyatoslav Mikhayliuk erupted with 30 points in the losing case and Rostislav Lunskiy followed him with 14.
In Day 4 Germany U16 grabbed a 69:67 win over Slovenia U16. Both teams scored 19 points in the first period and then Germany posted 23-15 rally to take 8-point halftime advantage. Slovenia bounced back with 22-16, but could not win the game. Moritz Sanders (204-PF-98) poured in 14 points for the winners and Tibor Taras (188-SG-97) scored 12. Blaz Mesicek ended up with 15 points in the losing effort and Blaz Mesicek notched 14.



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Standings

KBL Standings
 1. SK Knights 30-7 
 2. Mobis Phoebus 27-11 
 3. ET Land 21-16 
 4. Anyang KGC 21-17 
 5. Goyang Orions 17-20 
 6. Sonic Boom KT 17-21 
 7. LG Sakers 16-21 
 8. Dongbu Promy 16-22 
 9. Samsung Th. 13-24 
 10. KCC Egis 7-30 

Regular Season: Round 30

Feb. 5: Anyang KGC - Dongbu Promy 91-72
Feb. 6: Goyang Orions - LG Sakers
Feb. 6: KCC Egis - Sonic Boom KT
Feb. 7: Dongbu Promy - Samsung Th.
Feb. 7: ET Land - Anyang KGC
Feb. 8: LG Sakers - Anyang KGC
Feb. 8: Mobis Phoebus - SK Knights



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Standings - Basketligan

Basketligan Standings
 1. Sundsvall 21-4 
 2. Uppsala 18-6 
 3. Boras 17-8 
 4. Solna 17-9 
 5. Sodertalje 16-7 
 6. Norrkoping 16-8 
 7. 08 12-13 
 8. LF Basket 10-14 
 9. Jamtland 7-17 
 10. Eagles 5-21 
 11. Eco Orebro 5-21 
 12. Nassjo 5-21 

Regular Season: Round 26

Feb. 5: Nassjo - Norrkoping 88-91
Feb. 5: Jamtland - Eco Orebro 86-81
Feb. 5: LF Basket - Eagles 82-63
Feb. 5: Sodertalje - Solna 70-78
Feb. 5: Sundsvall - 08
Feb. 7: Boras - Uppsala


Stats Leaders - Basketligan

Points Per Game
 James MILLER
  Boras
  (180-PG-79)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Miller, Boras23.2 
 2. Wesby, Sundsvall19.4 
 3. Dugat, LF Basket19.2 
 4. Palm, Boras18.6 
 5. Sigurdarson, Sunds.17.7 
 6. Oglesby, Boras17.6 
 7. Bizaca, Sodertalje17.1 
 8. Hudson, Jamtland16.7 
 9. Castle, Eco Orebro16.7 
 10. Augustus, 0816.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Sodertalje
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Simms, Sodertalje10.3 
 2. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.3 
 3. Palm, Boras9.9 
 4. Walker, Nassjo8.5 
 5. Johnson, Solna8.3 
 6. Wright, Uppsala8.1 
 7. McKnight, Boras8.0 
 8. Toutziarakis, Solna7.5 
 9. Lalugba, Jamtland7.4 
 10. Santee, Eco Oreb.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 James MILLER
  Boras
  (180-PG-79)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Miller, Boras5.8 
 2. Castle, Eco Orebro5.6 
 3. Ermolinskij, Norrk.4.7 
 4. Dugat, LF Basket4.4 
 5. Levin, Solna4.4 
 6. Ilunga, 084.3 
 7. Jeromanovs, Norrk.4.3 
 8. Ahonen, Solna4.2 
 9. Carter, Uppsala4.1 
 10. Hellgren, Jamtland4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nenad STEFANOVIC
  Eagles
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Stefanovic, Eagles2.0 
 2. Ruach, Nassjo2.0 
 3. Castle, Eco Orebro1.9 
 4. Dugat, LF Basket1.9 
 5. Carter, Uppsala1.8 
 6. Jackson, Uppsala1.7 
 7. McKnight, Boras1.7 
 8. Wesby, Sundsvall1.5 
 9. Ilunga, 081.5 
 10. Hellgren, Jamtland1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kodi AUGUSTUS
  08
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Augustus, 081.9 
 2. Simms, Sodertalje1.8 
 3. Wright, Uppsala1.6 
 4. Hughes, Norrkoping1.6 
 5. Palm, Boras1.4 
 6. Henderson, LF Ba.1.3 
 7. Johnson, Solna1.1 
 8. Toutziarakis, Solna0.9 
 9. Brown, 080.9 
 10. Nilsson, Sundsvall0.8 


Swedish U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Henrik Sjolin
Sjolin
Gustav Ericson
Ericson
Craig Lecesne
Lecesne
Samuel Berkelund
Berkelund
Tobias Sjoberg
Sjoberg
#e#5
4 Henrik Sjolin 178-G-97 Sodertalje Sweden
5 Gustav Ericson 187-PG-97 Norrkoping Sweden
6 John Brandmark 192-SG-97 Boras Sweden
7 Marcus Larsson 191-SG-97 Sanda Sweden
8 Theodore Silveira 192-SF-97 Lidingo Sweden
9 Craig Lecesne 196-PG-97 Malbas Sweden
10 Nils Johansson 195-SG-97 Taby Sweden
11 Erik Busk 197-SF-97 Taby Sweden
12 Erik Joelsson 195-F-97 Helsingborg Sweden
13 Gustav Malmstrom 197-PF-97 Norrkoping Sweden
14 Samuel Berkelund 201-SF-97 Sodertalje Sweden
15 Tobias Sjoberg 201-C-97 Malbas Sweden
Ludvig Saldh 198-PF-97 Hogsbo Sweden
Daniel Hansson 185-PG-97 Alvik Basket Sweden

Panagiotis Nikolaidis Head Coach Eco Orebro Sweden
Christer Stjernborg Assistant Solna Vikings Sweden



Sakarya U16 Tournament: France rout Sweden for 4-1 record - by Eurobasket News

France U16- Sweden U16 73:57

France rout Sweden for 4-1 record in Group A of the Sakarya U16 Tournament. The French side advanced to the Quarterfinals after a 73:57 win. Sweden finished last in the group with 1-4 record.
France was the favorite of the game and started with 18-14 in the first period. They scored another 18 points in the second frame and led 6 points at the halftime. Moreover France won the third quarter 22-12 and increased the lead to 16 points after 30 minutes. Both sides posted 15 points each in the last stanza for the final result in the game.
Stephane Gombauld (201-PF-97) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Ona Embo Renathan added 16. Luc Loubaki (189-G-97) notched 9 and Maxence Mussard (191-G-97) as well as Kevin Hangoue (197-PF-97) had 6 each. Samuel Berkelund (201-SF-97) answered with 14 points in the losing effort, whilst Craig Lecesne (196-PG-97) added 13. Tobias Sjoberg (201-C-97) collected 6 points and 10 rebounds, while Theodore Silveira Ovrebo and Gustav Malmstrom (197-PF-97) had 5 apiece.

France U16: Stephane Gombauld 20+12 rebs, Ona Embo Renathan 16, Luc Loubaki 9, Maxence Mussard 6, Kevin Hangoue 6
Sweden U16: Samuel Berkelund 14, Craig Lecesne Jr 13, Tobias Sjoberg 6+10 rebs, Theodore Silveira Ovrebo 5, Gustav Malmstrom 5



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Standings - D1

Division Standings