Domestic Leagues 2012-13

European domestic leagues review: June 10-16, 2013
Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul wins Turkish League (Photo: Galatasaray) Ante Tomic led FC Barcelona Regal with 18 points plus 11 rebounds as it tied the best-of-five Spanish League finals to 2-2 with a 73-62 win over Real Madrid on Sunday. Brose Baskets Bamberg rallied from a double-digit deficit to sweep the best-of-five German League finals, pulling out a thrilling 91-88 overtime victory over EWE Baskets Oldenburg, claim its fourth consecutive title and earn a place in 2013-14 Turkish Airlines Euroleague. So did Galatasaray Medical Park, the new Turkish League champion. Galatasaray thrashed Banvit BK Bandirma 76-58 in Game 5 of the best-of-seven finals series, winning the series 4-1, claiming its first title in 23 years. Montepaschi Siena made a 21-6 run in the final 4 minutes of the game to edge Acea Roma 89-81 and take 2-1 lead in the Italian League best-of-seven finals. Maccabi Bazan Haifa made history Thursday night by taking down Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 79-86 at Romema Arena in Haifa to win the Israeli League championship for the first time. Panathinaikos Athens regained the Greek League title on Wednesday by sweeping archrival Olympiacos Piraeus. The Greens won the best-of-five finals after Game 3 at the Peace and Friendship Stadium was abandoned in the final minutes.

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European domestic leagues review: June 3-9, 2013
Nanterre Champ french league 2012-13 (photo JSF Nanterre is the French League champion for the first time in its history, after 83-77 win over SIG Strasbourg in Game 4 of the best-of-five final series. The title earns Nanterre a place in the 2013-14 Turkish Airlines Euroleague as David Lighty paced the winners with 21 points. Behind clutch play from Sergio Rodriguez who scored 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, Real Madrid rallied from a double-digit deficit to edge FC Barcelona Regal 76-72 on Sunday, in Game 1 of the best-of-five Spanish League finals. Panathinaikos Athens has taken a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five Greek League finals series after downing the current Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Olympiacos Piraeus 63-52. Roko Ukic once again led the Greens, tallying 17 points on 4 for 7 three-point shooting in only 23 minutes. In the deciding Game 5 of Israeli League semifinals series, Maccabi Haifa downed Hapoel Eilat 71-68 to win the series 3-2, and earn a place in the finals. Haifa’s opponent for the title will be the defending champion Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv. In a tight Game 1 of the German League finals, the defending champion Brose Baskets Bamberg held off EWE Oldenburg 65-63 to take 1-0 lead. Anton Gavel led Bamberg with 14 points.

European domestic leagues review: May 27 - June 2, 2013
Stelmet Zielona Gora Champ Polish League 2012-13 (photo Stelmet Zielona Gora has won its first-ever Polish League title and has earned a spot in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague next season after downing PGE Turow Zgorzelec 87-78 on Sunday, behind 22 points on 5 for 6 three-point shooting from Quinton Hosley. Banvit BK Bandirma has made it to its first ever Turkish League playoffs finals after downing Anadolu Efes Istanbul 76-65 in Game 4 of their best-of-five semifinals series as Chuck Davis led with 23 points. Real Madrid and FC Barcelona Regal have come one win away from reaching Spanish League playoffs finals, after both claimed a 2-0 semifinals series lead over the weekend. Barcelona edged Herbalife Gran Canaria 77-73 behind 22 points from Juan Carlos Navarro, while Jaycee Carroll led Madrid with 18 points on 4 for 5 three-point shooting in 93-65 thrashing of CAI Zaragoza. Both semifinals series in the German League playoffs will be decided in Game 5, after Bayern Muenchen and ratiopharm Ulm defended their home-courts in Game 4. Bayern rallied to beat Brose Baskets Bamberg 80-71 on Sunday, while Ulm held off Oldenburg 81-79 a day earlier. Montepaschi Siena rallied from 17 points down to beat Cimberio Varese 78-77 and take 3-1 lead in the semis of the Italian League, while Lenovo Cantu edged Acea Roma 81-73 to tie their semifinals series at 2-2. In Croatian League finals, Cibona Zagreb took 2-0 lead, and Telenet Oostende won the opener of the Belgian League finals.

European domestic leagues review: May 20-26, 2013
Vladimir Micov - CSKA Moscow - EB12 Both best-of-five semifinals series in the VTB United League are tied at 1-1. In Game 2 on Sunday, CSKA Moscow held on to 72-74 win over BC Khimki Moscow Region as Vladimir Micov led with 16 points. On Saturday, the Eurocup champ Lokomotiv Kuban thrashed Zalgiris Kaunas 63-85 in Game 2 of their series as Derrik Brown collected 23 points on 11-13 two-point shooting, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished out 6 assists. In German League playoffs, both semifinals series are tied at 1-1, as well. Behind Anton Gavel and Alex Renfroe, the defending champs Brose Baskets Bamberg hit 11 three-pointers on a way to down Bayern Muenchen 83-93. EWE Oldenburg never trailed in 60-72 win against ratiopharm Ulm. Anadolu Efes Istanbul and Galatasary Medical Park took care of their home-court in Game 1 of their respective best-of-five Turkish League playoffs semifinals series. Efes rallied late in the game to edge Banvit 72-70, and Galatasaray extended its Turkish League winning streak to 20 games after 70-54 over Pinar Karsiyaka. Real Madrid is the first semifinalist of the Spanish League, while Uxua Bilbao Basket, CAI Zaragoza, and Herbalife Gran Canaria all tied the quarterfinals series at 1-1 in a thrilling fashion. Madrid downed Blusens Monbus 58-74 behind Jaycee Carroll who scored 25 points on 5 for 6 three-point shooting. Bilbao held off Fc Barcelona Regal 90-89, surviving the visitors’ rally from 20 points down. KK Zadar rallied to down Cedevita Zagreb 86-81, and made it to the finals of the Croatian League playoffs for the first time in three years and will face its arch-rival Cibona Zagreb. CEZ Basketball Nymburk took a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Czech League finals series after a dominant defensive performance and 73-49 win over BK Prostejov.

European domestic leagues review: May 12-19, 2013
Georgios Printezis - Olympiacos Piraeus - EB12 The Turkish Airlines Euroleague champs Olympiacos Piraeus finished the Greek League regular season in style, beating Apollon Patras 80-53 behind 18 points and 14 rebounds from Georgios Printezis, and entering the playoffs with 25-1 record. Panathinaikos Athens downed PAOK 61-71 with 19 points from Ramel Curry. In the Spanish League, Real Madrid thrashed Lagun Aro 100-67 to finish the regular season with 30-4 record and 87.8 points per game, the best scoring average of the Spanish League in the last 24 years. FC Barcelona Regal held off Unicaja Malaga 57-50, Valencia Basket crushed Manresa 90-59 to set up playoff pairings Madrid – Blusens Monbus, Laboral Kutxa – Gran Canaria, Barcelona – Uxue Bilbao Basket, Valencia – CAI Zaragoza. In the French League, Elan Chalon and Asvel Lyon Villeurbanne won their decisive quarterfinal Game 3s, completing the match ups for the semifinals. Stelemet Zielona Gora and PGE Turow will face off in the Polish League finals that will start on Sunday, May 26. Union Olimpija Ljubljana stormed back to life in the Slovenian League finals with a 68-73 road win at Krka Novo Mesto. Ukrainian League best-of-seven finals series is tied at 1-1 after BC Azovmash held on late to score a 73-77 road victory over Budivelnik Kiev.

European domestic leagues review: April 30 - May 5, 2013
Jaka Blazic - Union Olimpija - EB12 In their last Spanish League games before they face each other at the Euroleague Final Four in London, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona Regal picked up victories against the local rivals. Barcelona secured a home-court advantage in the first round of playoffs with 80-59 win over FIATC Joventut, while Real Madrid defeated city-rivals Estudiantes 93-82. Unicaja Malaga got a crucial win over rival Blusens Monbus, while Uxua Bilbao Basket, CAI Zaragoza and Herbalife Gran Canaria all clinched playoff berths. The quarterfinal pairings are set for the playoffs in the Israeli League, where Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv plays its city rival Hapoel, while Netanya will have home-court advantage over Hapoel Jerusalem. Playoffs already started throughout Europe. All four home teams recorded double-digit victories in Game 1 of the German League quarterfinals. The defending champions Brose Baskets Bamberg beat Phoenix Hagen 99-74 as Sharrod Ford scored 18 points, while ratiopharm Ulm downed Artland Dragons behind 24 points apiece from John Bryant and Allan Ray. Lokomotiv Kuban, VEF Riga, Krasnya Krilya Samara and Nizhny Novgorod are the winners of the first round of VTB United League playoffs, meanwhile Krka Novo Mesto and Union Olimpija made a first step towards a place in the Slovenian League playoffs final, after comfortably winning Game 1 of their respective semifinals series. In the Lithuanian League finals series, Zalgiris Kaunas is on the verge of defending its title being up 3-0 in the best-of-seven series against its archrival Lietuvos Rytas.

European domestic leagues review: April 22-29, 2013
Partizan mt:s champ ABA league 2012-13 (photo ABA League) Real Madrid clinched the Spanish League regular season title, and a home-court playoff advantage that comes with it, after downing FC Barcelona Regal 78-65. Madrid grabbed 18 offensive rebounds, as Felipe Reyes had 19 points plus 8 rebounds in less than 17 minutes on the floor. Laboral Kutxa sealed the second place in the standings with 83-86 win at Fuenlabrada, as Nemanja Bjelica collected 15 points and 11 rebounds. Frank Pilepić bagged 30 points for Uxue Bilbao Basket to pull out 100-90 win over CAI Zaragoza, while Unicaja Malaga stayed in a share of the eighth place after edging Valencia Basket 79-73 behind 17 points from Krunoslav Simon. In the title game of the ABA League Final Four, Partizan mt:s Belgrade held off its arch-rival Crvena Zvezda Telekom 71-63, becoming ABA League champion for the sixth time in seven years. Ben Westerman and Davis Bertans each scored 15 points to lead Partizan. Zalgiris Kaunas and Lietuvos rytas are set to square off again, in another Lithuanian League final. Both teams won respective best-of-three semifinals series 2-0, sealing qualification. Led by 28 points from Dwight Buycks, BCM Gravelines edged Dijon 68-65 to be the French League regular season champion. Strasbourg climbed into share of the second place with Elan Chalon and 18-11 record with 69-79 away win over Nanterre. Oostende keeps the first place atop the Belgian League table after edging Antwerp 73-71. Top scorer was Brent Wright with 15 points. Spirou Charleroi moved into the second place with 65-58 overtime win over Mons Hainaut.

European domestic leagues review: April 15-21, 2013
Sonny Weems - CSKA Moscow - EB12 CSKA Moscow won its twentieth Russian League title. In a thrilling fashion, on a three-pointer from Sonny Weems, CSKA pulled out 66-68 win over Krasnye Krilya Samara to improve to 15-2 record with one game left to play. Second place Khimki Moscow Region is standing at 11-4, meaning CSKA won the Russian national championship title for the 11th time in a row, regardless of the outcome of all remaining games. Sasha Kaun led CSKA in victory with 18 points. It is playoff times in Polish League. Asseco Prokom Gdynia secured a home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs after rallying to down Anwil Wloclawek 90-85, with Rasid Mahalbasic collecting 22 points plus 10 rebounds. The two teams will meet in the quarterfinals. In a clash of the two teams eliminated in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16, Brose Baskets Bamberg defeated Alba Berlin 89-80, clinching the first place in the German League regular season standings, and the home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. Anton Gavel led in victory with 21 points on 5 for 9 three-point shooting. Ratiopharm Ulm still has a chance to grab the second place after edging s.Oliver Basket 84-88 behind 24 points from Allan Ray. Cedevita Zagreb improved to 6-1 with a win over Cibona Zagreb 78-69, as the two city rivals now share the first place at the halfway point of the Croatian League. Predrag Suput and Bracey Wright each scored 19 points in victory. Azovmash Mariupol grabbed a thrilling 97-96 overtime win over the defending champions of BC Donetsk to advance to the Ukrainian League semifinals by winning their series 4-1. Budivelnik also won 4-1, after needing overtime in Game 5 win over Hoverla. In the semis, Budivelnik will play Halychina, while Azovmash faces Ferro-ZNTU.

European domestic leagues review: April 8-14, 2013
Renaldas Seibutis - Lietuvos Rytas - EB12 Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius used overtime to take a 70-73 victory on the road against archrival Zalgiris Kaunas in the feature match of the Lithuanian League. The two teams now have now the same 10-2 records. Eimantas Bendzius led Rytas with 18 points, Renaldas Seibutis added 17. BC Prienai routed Sakalai 61-88 behind 18 points from Arturas Milaknis and 17 from Arminas Urbutis. Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv topped Bnei Hasharon 73-91 in the Israeli League behind Lior Eliyahu’ 16 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds. Win bolstered its confidence before the Game 3 of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs, but Maccabi saw Yogev Ohayon leave the game after hurting his knee. Top teams all picked up victories in the German League. Gravelines-Dunkerque remained atop of the standings, and Elan Chalon jumped into a sole possession of the second place in the French League. Blake Schilb had a monster game with 16 points, 15 assists and 8 rebounds as Chalon thrashed Paris-Leavallois 78-93. Gravelines came from behind to beat Boulazac, while Darius Washington scored 19 points in Le Mans’s 63-59 win over Dijon. Led by 20 points and 9 rebounds from Bryant Dunston, Cimberio Varese routed EA7 Emporio Armani Milano 95-81 to keep the first place in the Italian League. Banco di Sardegna Sassari rolled over Acea Roma with seven players in double figures, Montepaschi Siena trashed Oknoplast Bologna 75-55 as Kristjan Kangur paced Siena with 18 points, and Lenovo Cantu beat Montegranaro 85-61. Follow all the stories, results and standings from around European domestic leagues all season long on and!

European domestic leagues review: April 1-7, 2013
BK Ventspils Champ Baltic 2013 (Photo BBL - Aivars Liepins) Caja Laboral clinched a playoff spot, and FC Barcelona Regal grabbed a firm hold of the third place of the Spanish League standings with close victories ahead of their respective Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoff fixtures. Barcelona pulled out 81-86 overtime victory over Blusens Monbus as Ante Tomic led the way with 16 points plus 8 rebounds. Laboral downed Valladolid 84-80 as Andres Nocioni scored 13 points. Valencia Basket beat Real Madrid 88-79 with Thomas Kelati netting 21 points on 6 for 12 three-point shooting, and Uxue Bilbao Basket held off Murcia 77-80 behind 18 points from Roger Grimau. It was Bilbao’s last game before facing Lokomotiv Kuban in the Eurocup Final next Saturday. Meanwhile, Lokomotiv improved to 9-7, the third-best record of the Russian League with two games remaining in the regular season, after an important 59-72 win over Krasnye Krylia Samara. Richard Hendrix and Aleks Maric each scored 15 points. Ventspils of Latvia is the 2013 Baltic League Champion after winning the final two-game series with BC Prienai. Ventspils took a huge 69-91 away win in Game 1 to put its hands on the trophy with Folarin Campbell amassing 23 points and 8 rebounds. In Game 2, Prienai took slim 70-71 win as Gediminas Orelikas scored 15 points. Kalev/Cramo of Estonia claimed the third place over Barons. In the Czech League, all three away teams picked up victories. Among them, CEZ Nymburk trashed 52-100 BC Kolin to raise its record to the league-beast 31-1 as Petr Benda scored 16 points.

European domestic leagues review: March 25-31, 2013
Sergi Vidal - Unicaja Malaga Real Madrid clinched the home-court advantage in the Spanish League playoff quarterfinals with 84-74 win over Cajasol Seville as Jaycee Carroll scored 14 points. In an all-Euroleague Top 16 clash, Unicaja Malaga rallied from an early double-digit deficit to down Caja Laboral 93-72 with Sergi Vidal scoring 22 points. Galatasaray Medical Park extended its winning streak to 11 games and Anadolu Efes Istanbul won it sixth straight game to move up in the rankings in the Turkish League. Efes beat Ted Ankara Kolilier 85-67 to improve to 20-4, as Josh Shipp led with 21 points. Galatasaray downed Pinar Karsiyaka 94-73 to improve to league-best 21-3. Manuchar Markoishvili netted 19 points on 5 for 8 three-point shooting. Besiktas JK Istanbul defeated Antalya 83-90 with 20 points plus 7 assists from Tutku Acik. Heavy favorites picked up comfortable victories in the first week of the Serbian League. The perennial champions Partizan mt:s Belgrade beat Mega Vizura 95-64 with 21 points from Davis Bertans, while Crvena Zvezda Telekom routed Sloboda Uzice 66-97 with Igor Rakocevic scoring 20 points. Ratiopharm Ulm hit 16 three-pointers in defeating Alba Berlin 92-73, to remain in a sole possession of the third place of the German League. Victory also avenged last week’s loss in the German Cup title game, that Alba won in Berlin. Allan Ray netted 21 points on 5 for 6 three-point shooting in victory. Brose Baskets Bamberg snapped its three-game losing streak by annihilating Giessen 105-54. Philip Neumann had 24 points plus 8 rebounds and Andy Ogilvy had 19 points plus 10 rebounds for Bamberg. Artland Dragons held off Bayern Muenchen 70-66 as Bryce Taylor scored 16 points. Follow all the stories, results and standings from around European domestic leagues all season long on and!

European domestic leagues review: March 18-24, 2013
Mindaugas Kuzminskas - Zalgiris Kaunas Zalgiris Kaunas picked up 69-62 win over Nizhny Novgorod to finish the regular season of the VTB United League with the league-best 16-2 record, securing the home court advantage throughout the playoffs. CSKA Moscow took second place of Group B with 15-3 record after defeating Triumph 62-82. Sonny Weems scored 17 in victory. In Group A, Unics Kazan thrashed Turow 80-48 behind 15 points apiece from Chuck Eidson and Ian Vougioukas. BC Donetsk claimed the last playoff spot beating Spartak St. Petersburg 88-80 with Ramel Curry netting 22 points, and D’Or Fischer collecting 19 points plus 12 rebounds. Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 team Alba Berlin used a big fourth quarter performance on the home floor of O2 Arena to down ratiopharm Ulm 85-67 and win its seventh German Cup. In the title game of Beko BBL Top Four, Zach Morley led Alba with 24 points plus 8 rebounds, and Deon Thompson scored 20. The defending champions Elan Chalon sur Saone picked up its third win in last four French League matches to climb up to 16-8 record, matching the number of victories with league-best Gravelines-Dunkerque and Strasbourg. Shelden Williams had 18 points plus 11 rebounds in only 19 minutes on the floor. Le Mans moved into sole possession of the fourth place with a comfortable 77-69 win over Limoges as Darius Washington netted 19. Orleans downed Strasbourg 89-81 behind 28 points from Brian Greene. Partizan mt:s Belgrade claimed the last remaining spot at the Adriatic League Final Four after downing Szolnoki Olaj 83:69 in the last round of the regular season. In the Final Four semis, Partizan will play Igokea, the team with the best record, while second place Crvena Zvezda Telekom will clash with Radnicki Kragujevac.

European domestic leagues review: March 11-17, 2013
Pero Antic - Olympiacos PiraeusThe defending champions Olympiacos Piraeus held off visiting Kolossos VAP 70-65 to improve to 19-1 atop of the Greek League standings. Pero Antic Antic finished with 15 points plus 6 rebounds, while Josh Powell amassed 12 points plus 10 rebounds. Panionios BC Athens remained in the third-place tie after defeating Ilysiakos 77-62 as Nikos Pappas had 18 points and 7 rebounds. Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv snapped its two-game losing streak in the Israeli League by downing Maccabi Ashdod 71-90. Shawn James had 19 points plus 7 rebounds, and Lior Eliyahu collected 12 points plus 10 rebounds. There is a three-way-tie atop the Belgian League table after 21 games with Mons-Hainaut, Okapi Aalstar and Telenet Oostende all sharing 14-7 records. Mons-Hainaut trashed last-place Verviers-Pepinster 99-60 as Jonathan Wallace scored 6 of his 9 three-pointers to lead in victory with 20 points. Okapi Aalstar edged Oostende 82-77 with 22 points form Derek Raivio, and 21 from Ryan Thompson, who also pulled down 11 boards. KK Igokea has clinched its first-ever Adriatic League regular season title, becoming the first team from Bosna and Herzegovina to do so. Igokea downed Krka 84-75 and secured the first place in the standings a week before the end of the regular season. Branko Jorovic led in historic victory with 24 points and 6 rebounds. Crvena Zvezda Telekom downed Buducnost 79-63 to clinch the second place in the standings with 16 points from Igor Rakocevic, while Cedevita Zagreb beat its city rival Cibona 92-78 as Miro Bilan scored 22 points in 20 minutes on the floor. Follow all the stories, results and standings from around European domestic leagues all season long on and!

European domestic leagues review: March 4-10, 2013
Jamon Lucas - Anadolu Efes Istanbul Anadolu Efes Istanbul picked up its third consecutive Turkish League victory and moved into a sole possession of the fourth place in the standings with 74-69 win over Turk Telekom as Jamon Lucas led the way with 16 points plus 7 rebounds. Galatasaray Medical Park beat TED Ankara Kolejliler 86-94 win behind 25 points from Ender Arslan, while on Monday, Banvit BK Bandirma will have a chance to jump into a sole possession of the first place when it visits Besiktas JK Istanbul. Euroleague powerhouse CSKA Moscow thrashed Eurocup contender Lokomotiv Kuban 83-56 to improve to 13-3 and secure the second place in Group B of the VTB United League, which brings a first-round playoff bye. Sonny Weems led CSKA in victory with 17 points. In Group A, Eurocup quarterfinalists Unics Kazan and Spartak St. Petersburg picked up victories that left them in the hunt for the first place and playoff byes. Spartak held off Turow 76-74 as Zach Wright finished with 18 points, while Unics thrashed Astana 62-80 with Mire Chatman netting 19. Ventpsils, Prienai and Barons are the first three teams qualified to the Baltic League semifinals after winning their two-games series. Ventspils eliminated Siauliai, Prienai swept the series against Tarvas, while Barons got past TU/Rock after overtime in the Game 2. In the last round of the Polish League regular season, Stelmet Zielon Gora took a thrilling 89-91 away success over PGE Turow thanks to the three-pointer nailed by Marcin Sroka at the buzzer, while Asseco Prokom ended its regular season by routing Polpharma 88-64. In the end, three teams finished with 15-7 records, but after tiebreakers were applied, PGE Turow was the regular season champ while Stelmet Zielona Gora finished second and Asseco Prokom Gdynia third. Follow all the stories, results and standings from around European domestic leagues all season long on and!

European domestic leagues review: February 25 - March 3, 2013
Fabien Causeur - Caja Laboral In a clash of two Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 teams, Caja Laboral edged FC Barcelona Regal 67-69 to improve to 19-4 in the second place of the Spanish League standings as Fabien Causeur scored 18 and Maciej Lampe finished with 16 points. Unicaja Malaga edged Uxue Bilbao Basket 63-59 with Krunoslav Simon scoring 17. League leader Real Madrid thrashed Murcia 86-69 as Nikola Mirotic collected 17 points plus 8 rebounds. Cajasol Seville rallied to beat Eurocup quarterfinalist Valencia Basket 66-72 as Tomas Satoransky scored 16 points. Partizan mt:s Belgrade rallied to shock Cedevita Zagreb 76-77 in an all-Euroleague clash of the Adriatic League. Dragan Milosavljevic made a game-winning layup with 1.3 seconds remaining, while Davis Bertans and Vladimir Lucic each scored 18 points in victory. Crvena Zvezda Telekom improved to 17-6 with a nail-biting 97-95 win over Cibona Zagreb. Igor Rakocevic led in victory with 21 points plus 9 assists. Union Olimpija Ljubljana defeated Krka 76-63 as Klemen Prepelic and Jasmin Perkovic each scored 14 points. Eurocup quarterfinalist Unics Kazan improved to 6-7 in the Russian League after downing Krasnye Krylya 74-66 with Ian Vougioukas scoring 18 points and Chuck Eidson piling up 14 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds. Triumph Lyubertsy edged Enisey 74-78 behind 22 points from Kyle Landry. VEF Riga raised its record to 12-1 in the Latvian League after downing Ventspils 61-73 in the clash of two teams with best records. Antanas Kavaliauskas led the way in victory with 24 points on 9 for 10 two-point shooting.

European domestic leagues review: February 18-24, 2013
Stratos Perperoglou - Olympiacos Powerhouses Panathinaikos Athens and Olympiacos Piraeus built on their Euroleague Top 16 success, picking up convincing victories in the Greek League. Olympiacos smashed Peristeri 105-57 to improve to a league-best 16-1 as Stratos Perperoglou netted 20 points to lead six scorers in double figures. Panathinaikos used a big third quarter to beat Ilisiakos 62-87 with Kostas Tsartsaris scoring 20 points in 19 minutes. In the Italian League classic, Pallacanestro Cantu held off league leading Cimberio Varese 67-60 with Pietro Aradoris scoring 20 points. That allowed Banco di Sardegna Sassari to climb into a share of the the first place after downing Scavolini Pesaro 87-67. Drake Diener bagged 28 points and Michal Ignerski had 21. Montepaschi Siena trashed Angelico Biella 98-75 to stay in the third place of the Italian League standings with 14-6 record. After reaching the Eurocup quarterfinals, Budivelnik continued to stay atop the Ukrainian League standing Cherkasy 90-75. Leo Lyon contributed with 23 points as Budivelnik now holds 25-7 record. The defending champions of BC Donetsk improved their record to 16-15 beating 94-87 BC Odessa, behind 21 points from Vojdan Stojanovski. Oostende stays atop of the Belgian League table with a 13-5 record after winning 80-72 over the weekend against next-to-last-place Leuven. Matt Lojeski and Brent Wright nailed 15 points apiece to push their side to victory. Spirou Charleroi raised its record to 11-6 by downing Antwerp 77-64 in come-from-behind fashion. Devin Green netted 24 points and Jerome Randle 14 for Charleroi.

European domestic leagues review: February 11-17, 2013
Rasko Katic - Crvena Zvezda Crvena Zvezda Telekom rallied from 15 points down to beat arch rival Partizan mt:s 84-76 and continue its pursue of ABA League leader Igokea which plays on Monday. Zvezda improved to 15-6 as Rasko Katic finished with 20 points against his former team, while Igor Rakocevic also scored 20 points along with 6 assists and 5 rebounds. Buducnost VOLI Podogrica moved into a share of the third place after defeating Siroki 65-57. Aleksa Popovic led Buducnost with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Brose Baskets Bamberg consolidated its position atop the German League standings by downing TBB Trier 84-96 to raise its record to 20-2. Casey Jacobsen led the winners with 23 points while making 6 of 8 three-point shots. Alba Berlin edged Eisbaeren Bremerhaven 81-76 as Deon Thompson nailed 19 points. Artland Dragons blasted Lti 46ers 107-65 behind 19 points from Johannes Strasser. Eurocup teams had a successful week in the Turkish League, as Galatasaray Medical Park beat its city rival and a Euroleague contender Anodolu Efes 77-70 with Boniface Ndong leading in victory with 16 points plus 13 rebounds. Banvit BK Bandirma improved to a league-best 16-2 record comfortably downing Erdemir 92-68, with Erol Can Cinko netting 15 points in 13 minutes. Beskitas JK Istanbul defeated Tofas 62-74 as Damir Markota had 13 points plus 9 rebounds, while on Monday Fenerbahce Ulker will try to re-join Banvit atop of the standings with a win at Mersin. In the Polish League, Asseco Prokom Gdynia thrashed Jezioro Tarnobrzeg 89-54 to move into a share of second place as Mateusz Ponitka paced the winners with 13 points. Trefl Sopot routed Anwil Wloclawek 91-74 behind 23 points from Adam Waczynski. Follow all the stories, results and standings from around European domestic leagues all season long on and!

European domestic leagues review: February 4-10, 2013
Montepaschi Siena Champ Italian Cup 2013 (photo The Turkish Airlines Euroleague and Eurocup teams took central stage this past weekend as Domestic cup competitions were played out throughout Europe. Montepaschi Siena lifted its fifth Italian Cup trophy in a row by outlasting Cimberio Varese 77-74 at Mediolanum Forum of Milan on Sunday as Daniel Hackett was named the MVP. Bobby Brown paced the winners by nailing 25 points, including 5-for-7 three-pointers, while Hackett added 17. FC Barcelona Regal won its 23rd Spanish King's Cup in dominant fashion by outgunning Valencia Basket 85-69 before 14,120 fans in Vitoria, Spain. The victors had six scorers in double figures, led by 14 from Pete Mickeal, who was voted MVP of the tournament. Panathinaikos Athens defended the Greek Cup crown by holding off hard-charging Olympiacos Piraeus for 81-78 win. It was the 14th national cup title for the Greens as Dimitris Diamantidis had 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists, while MVP Roko Ukic scored 18 points on 3-for-4 three-point shooting. Fenerbahce Ulker grabbed its first trophy of 2013 by edging archrival Galatasaray Medical Park 63-57 in the final to win the Turkish Cup title on Sunday in Eskisehir, Turkey. It is FB Ulker's third national cup title in four years after having won also in 2009 and 2010. David Andersen led the way to victory with 21 points. Trefl Sopot defended its Polish Cup title Sunday by beating the tournament hosts AZS Koszalin 64-59, as tournament MVP Adam Waczynski led in victory with 15 points plus 8 rebounds. Union Olimpija Ljubljana has won it sixth consecutive Slovenian Cup crown. In the title game of the Pokal Spar tournament played in Dvorana Golovec in Celje, Olimpija downed Helios Domzale 73-61. Dino Muric led Olimpija with 16 points and was honored as finals’ MVP.

European domestic leagues review: January 28 - February 3, 2013
Darjus Lavrinovic - Zalgiris Kaunas Zalgiris Kaunas came from behind to shock CSKA Moscow and claim 68-74 win in the Russian capital. Win moved Zalgiris into the first place of Group B in the VTB United League, and improved the club to a league best 11-1 record. Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Darjus Lavrinovic each scored 12 points for Zalgiris. Three Last 16 Eurocup teams, Triumph Lyubertsy, Lokomotiv Kuban and Unics Kazan all picked up victories. Unics with a new coach Stanislav Eremin handled Kalev Tallin 52-70, Lokomotiv pulled out 75-74 win over Nizhny Novgorod with Nick Caltahes leading the way with 22 points plus 9 rebounds, while Triumph came from behind to beat Minsk 80-66 with Sergey Karasev scoring 18. Eurocup Last 16 team Budivelnik Kiev remains atop of the Ukrainian League standings with a 72-62 win over the city rivals BC Kyiv. Rihards Kuksiks led in victory with 15 points, Leo Lyons had 14 points plus 8 rebounds. Montepaschi Siena routed league leaders Cimberio Varese 89-75 in the Italian League to improve its record to 13-5 as Bobby Brown bagged 23 points leading Siena. Chebolletta Cantu downed Banco di Sardegna Sassari 94-80 behind 21 points from Pietro Aradori. In the final week of Spanish League games before the King’s Cup, all four Turkish Airlines Euroleague teams picked up victories. Real Madrid improved to 19-1 after crushing Uxue Bilbao Basket 74-94. Sergio Llull scored 21 points for victors. In antoher clash between a Euroleague and a Eurocup team, Caja Laboral downed Valencia Basket 79-75 as Andres Nocioni led with 20 points plus 8 rebounds. Unicaja Malaga snapped its 5-game losing skid by edging Lagun Aro GBC 74-70 with Earl Calloway netting 19 points, and FC Barcelona Regal beat Manresa 76-88 behind 24 points plus 8 rebounds from Ante Tomic. Follow all the stories, results and standings from around European domestic leagues all season long on and!

European domestic leagues review: January 21-27, 2013
Matthew Lojeski - Telenet Oostende  (photo Turkish Airlines Euroleague power FC Barcelona Regal never led in regulation, but rallied in the fourth quarter and then used an extra session to edge Eurocup Last 16 team Uxue Bilbao Basket 87-85 in a dramatic Spanish League clash. Marcelinho Huertas had 19 points and Erazem Lorbek scored 18 in victory. Real Madrid improved to 18-1, and Caja Laboral extended its Spanish League winning streak to 11 games. Madrid beat Valladolid 87-75 as Sergio Llull led in victory with 21 points, while Maciej Lampe collected 20 points plus 9 rebounds as Laboral held on for 82-86 win at Last 16 team Cajasol Seville. Eurcup Last 16 team Banvit BK Bandirma and Euroleague Top 16 team Fenerbahce Ulker improved to 14-2 record, sharing the first place in Turkish League. Banvit snapped 6-game winning streak of Anadolu Efes Istanbul with a hard-fought 82-76 win. Sammy Mejia scored 20 points, and Vladimir Stimac amassed 15 points plus 12 rebounds in victory. Fenerbahce rallied in the second half to defeat Erdemir 82-77 behind 26 points from Bojan Bogdanovic. Galatasaray Medical Park won comfortably over Antalya 85-65 as Carlos Arroyo had 20 points while Besiktas JK Istanbul plays on Moday. CSKA Moscow bounced back from its first Top 16 loss and improved to 10-1 record atop of the Russian League standings with a comfortable 69-87 victory over Spartak St. Petersburg. Nenad Krstic led the way with 18 points. Telenet Oostende remained in the sole possession of the first place in the Belgium League standings after 73-63 win over Okapi Aalstar. Matthew Lojeski scored 18 points while Brent Wright had 12 points plus 11 rebounds for Oostende. Follow all the stories, results and standings from around European domestic leagues all season long on and!

European domestic leagues review: January 14-20, 2013
Jonas Maciulis - Panathinaikos Athens Panathinaikos Athens used a fourth-quarter blast to maintain its hold on second place in the Greek League by stopping third-place PAOK 71-61 over the weekend. PAOK had led a close game 50-51 heading into the last quarter before the Panathinaikos defense took over and ensured the victory. Jonas Maciulis was again the big gun for Panathinaikos with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Panathinaikos raised its record to 11-2, behind only archrival Olympiacos in the standings. Partizan mt:s Belgrade moved into a second-place tie in the Adriatic League by stopping fourth-place Buducnost VOLI with a 63-50 win at home. Partizan ruled the first half 38-21 and never looked back as Vladimir Lucic scored 12 points. Russian powers CSKA Moscow and Spartak St. Petersburg continued leading their respective VTB League groups after victories over the weekend. CSKA raised its record to 11-1 in Group B with an 83-75 home win over VEF Riga of Latvia, as Viktor Khryapa posted a triple-double of 13 rebounds, 10 points and 10 assists. In Group A, Spartak led from the tipoff to the final buzzer to defeat visiting Kalev of Estonia 80-59 as Zach Wright had 14 points. Real Madrid continued dominating the Spanish League with an impressive 67-91 road win over fellow Euroleague team Unicaja Malaga thanks to an 8-25 final quarter. Sergio Rodriguez led the winners with 14 points, Second-place Caja Laboral Vitoria used a 6-0 game-ending run to edge Zaragoza 74-73 at home behind 14 points from Maciej Lampe and 13 from Brad Oleson. A thrilling battle for first place in the Polish League saw the leader until now, Turow Zgorzelec, hold on for a 77-75 home win over Trefl Sopot as Piotr Stelmach drilled a three-pointer with 6 seconds left. . Follow all the stories, results and standings from around European domestic leagues all season long on and!

European domestic leagues review: January 7-13, 2013
Zach Wright - Spartak SPB  (photo Spartak St. Petersburg) Turkish Airlines Euroleague power CSKA Moscow and Eurocup Last 16 team Spartak St. Petersburg jumped into sole possession of the first place in their respective groups after Week 11 of the VTB United League. CSKA rallied from a 9-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat Enisey 64-73 and improve to 10-1, as Nenad Krstic scored 16 points while Milos Teodosic had 14 points plus 10 assists. In an all-Eurocup Last 16 clash, Spartak downed Unics Kazan 84-68 to improve to 8-2. Zach Wright had 15 point plus 7 assists while Joshua Carter netted 16 on 4 for 5 three-point shooting in victory. In another game between Last 16 teams, Lokomotiv Kuban beat Nymburk 75-54 behind 17 points from Simas Jasaitis. At the halfway point of the French League regular season, three teams are in a share of the first place with 10-5 record, Gravelines, Paris-Levallois and Strasbourg. Gravelines trashed Elan Chalon 102-69, as Dwight Buyscks led the winners with 22 points, shooting 5 for 8 from downtown, while Juby Johnson added 21 with 6 for 10 from long distance. Strasbourg downed Entente Orelans 81-70 with 22 points from Ricardo Greer, and Paris-Levallois beat Cholet Basket 82-94 with Sean May and John Cox each finishing with 16 points. Eurocup Last 16 teams Crvena zvezda Telekom and Buducnost Voli Podogrica continued their hot streak and a climb up the standings of the Adriatic League. Crvena zvezda trashed Cedevita Zagreb 90-65 for eleventh win in last 12 games in the competition. Boris Savovic lead in victory with 14 points. Buducnost crushed Szolnoki Olaj 88-63 to move into sole possession of the fourth place with Vladimir Mihailovic and Strahinja Milosevic each scoring 15. League leaders Igokea improved to 14-3 with 60-68 win over Split behind 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals from Branko Jorovic. Turkish Airlines Euroleague team Union Olimpija beat visiting Zadar 88-81 as Jaka Blazic scored 26 points shooting triples 4 for 9, while Teemu Rannikko had 17 point on 5 for 7 three-point shooting. Follow all the stories, results and standings from around European domestic leagues all season long on and!

European domestic leagues review: December 31, 2012 - January 6, 2013
Pietro Aradori - Mapooro Cantu In the Italian League classic, Cantu escaped with a 76-84 road win over EA7 Emporio Armani to climb into the third place as Pietro Aradori led the winners with 25 points. CEZ Nymburk raised its record atop the Czech League to 19-1 by rolling to a 64-89 away win at B&W Opava. Three players led the perennial Czech champions by scoring 12 points each – Vojtech Hruban, Radek Necas and Rado Rancik. Euroleague champ Olympiacos remained undefeated in the Greek League with a 76-94 victory at Panelefsiniakos behind 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists from Georgios Printezis. Panathinaikos cruised to a 91-60 win over Apollon Patras to stay two games behind at 9-2 as Stephane Lasme and Sofoklis Schortsanitis both tallied 14 points. Eurocup side Stelmet Zielona Gora defeated perennial Polish League champion Asseco Prokom 83-74 as newcomer Dejan Borovnjak scored 26 points. Real Madrid rebounded from its only Spanish League loss so far by stopping FIATC Joventut 88-77 as Rudy Fernandez scored 15 points and Sergio Rodriguez 13. Second-placed Caja Laboral continued its fine form with a 68-72 victory at Estudiantes as Brad Oleson and Maciej Lampe both scored 15 points. Seven players reached double digits as FC Barcelona Regal trounced Lagun Aro 98-50 as Juan Carlos Navarro returned to the lineup to score 10 points. Euroleague Top 16 team Brose Baskets Bamberg extended its lead atop the German League with an 85-74 victory over local rivals BBC Bayreuth. Casey Jacobsen scored 18 points to lead six players in double figures. Germany’s other Euroleague Top 16 side Alba Berlin moved to third place with an 11-5 record after beating New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig 80-58 with Nihad Djedovic scoring 19 points.

European domestic leagues review: December 24-30, 2012
Juan Carlos Navarro - FC Barcelona Regal Behind a brilliant performance by Juan Carlos Navarro, and with team making 12 three-pointers in 21 attempts, FC Barcelona Regal beat arch-rival Real Madrid 96-89 to snap Madrid’s unbeaten run in the Spanish League. Navarro finished the game with 33 points, going perfect 5 for 5 behind the arc, and 7 for 8 inside the arc. Navarro also had 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Caja Laboral improved to 12-3 with its seventh consecutive league victory, downing Fuenlabrada 84-77, as Fernando San Emeterio had 20 points. Eurocup contender Valencia Basket crushed Unicaja Malaga 82-64 behind stiff defense as well as 24 points from Justin Doellman. Another Eurocup Last 16 team was victorious, as Cajasol Seville trashed Valladolid 94-57 with Luka Bogdanovic scoring 20. Euroleague Top 16 team Brose Baskets Bamberg cruised to 67-83 win over New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig and improved to a German League best 13-2 record. Sharrod Ford led in victory with 21 points plus 8 rebounds. Eurocup Last 16 team Ratiopharm Ulm beat Tuebingen 67-80 with Steven Michael Esterkamp and Dane Watts each scoring 15 points, while Artland Dragons defeated Bremerhaven 51-73, with Bryce Taylor and Demond Mallet scoring 16 apiece. In a clash between two Eurocup Last 16 teams of the Turkish League, Banvit BK Bandirma downed Galatasaray Medical Park 74-67 to move into sole possession of the second place in the standings. Chuck Davis finished with 17 points for Banvit. Euroleague Last 16 teams Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul and Besiktas JK Istanbul recorded comfortable victories. Fenerbahce crushed Aliaga 85-61 to remain atop of the standings with 12-1 record as Romain Sato led with 18 points. Besiktas beat Eremir 73-62 with 13 points plus 7 rebounds from Gasper Vidmar. Follow all the stories, results and standings from around European domestic leagues all season long on and!

European domestic leagues review: December 18-23, 2012
Fran Vazquez - Unicaja Malaga With Regular Season behind us in both Turkish Airlines Euroleague and Eurocup, clubs around Europe engaged in domestic action during the weekday and through to the weekend. In the Spanish League, Marcus Williams hit a three-pointer with 3 seconds to go, and Fran Vasquez made a game-saving block on Pete Mickeal’s put-back attempt as Unicaja Malaga held on to a 71-69 win over the reigning champions FC Barcelona Regal. Williams finished with 15 points in victory. Eurocup contender Valencia Basket sneaked past Manresa 86-87 on a last second three-pointer from Joffrey Lauvergne while Real Madrid remained undefeated atop of the standings with 71-85 win over Lagun Aro GBC. Sergio Llull shot triples 6 for 11 and finished with 24 points. Caja Laboral continued its winning streak with a comfortable 81-62 win over CB Canarias. Bilbao Basket and Gran Canaria also improved to 10-4, and remained in a share of the third place. Montepaschi Siena remain in a share of the second place with a 10-2 record after downing SAIE3 Bologna 66-77. Matt Janning and David Moss each scored 15 points in victory. Cimberio Varese edged EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 77-83 in a sold out Mediolanum Forum to remain atop the Italian League table with an amazing 11-1 record. Adrian Banks led the winners scoring 26 points. Chebolletta Cantu routed Sutor Montegranaro 79-100 as Pietro Aradori drilled 24 points, while Banco di Sardegna Sassari escaped from Rome with a slim 81-83 win. Drake Diener who led the winners with 22. BC Led by 20 points from Gintaras Kadziulis, BC Prienai picked up a slim 82-76 win over Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius to stay atop the Lithuanian League table with a perfect 10-0 record. The defending champions Zalgiris Kaunas are also undefeated with 5-0 record after trouncing LSU Baltai 71-121. Mindaugas Kuzminskas led seven players in double figures with 25 points. Follow all the stories, results and standings from around European domestic leagues all season long on and!

European domestic leagues review: December 11-17, 2012
Deon Thompson  - Alba Berlin In a battle of couple of Euroleague Top 16 teams in German League, Alba Berlin led from start to finish to beat the league leading Brose Baskets Bamberg 90-75. Alba improved to 9-2 record as Deon Thompson amassed 19 points plus 11 rebounds and Nihad Djedovic had 17 points. With Eurocup Last 16 ratiopharm Ulm idle, another Eurocup team s.Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg downed Telekom Bonn 72-85 to improve to 6-7, with Courtney Pigram scoring 17 points. Turkish Airlines Euroleague powers Olympiacos Piraeus and Panathinaikos Athens cruised to victories in Game 10 of the Greek League while Panionios BC Athens picked up a 93-99 double-overtime win at Apollon Patras to stay in the second place of the standings. Nikos Pappas scored 31 points in victory for Panionios and Vlantimir Giankovits amassed 24 points plus 16 rebounds. Olympiacos crushed Iliysiakos 113-75 as Georgios Printezis led the defending champs in victory with 24 points in 24 minutes while Martynas Gecevicius shot 4 for 4 from inside the arc and 3 for 3 from downtown to finish with 17 points for Reds. Panathinaikos beat Kavala 71-97 with Michael Bramos hitting 4 of 6 shots behind the arc for 22 points in less than 23 minutes, while Charis Giannopoulos scored 13 points on 3 for 3 three-pointers. Budivelnyk raised its record to 16-5 atop the Ukrainian League table by downing Mykolaiv 82-73 on Sunday. The guests led 55-63 after 30 minutes, but the leader of the table embarked on a 27-10 last quarter to ensure the win. Malcolm Delany bagged 22 points, Artur Drozdov 12 and Michali Anisimovas 11 for the winners. Eurocup Ladt 16 team Budivelnyk raised its record to 16-5 atop the Ukrainian League table by downing Mykolaiv 82-73 on Sunday. Malcolm Delany bagged 22 points and Artur Drozdov had 12 for the winners. Earlier, Donetsk trashed Kryvbasbasket 59-88 to even its record at 8-8 as Denys Lukashov and Darius Songaila netted 15 points apiece.

European domestic leagues review: December 3-10, 2012
Omer Onan - Fenerbahce UlkerFenerbahce Ulker Istanbul climbed into a share of the first place, and Anadolu Efes will have a chance to do the same on Monday in the last game of the Week 9, as there are no undefeated teams left in the Turkish League. Fenerbahce used a big first half to beat Banvit BK Bandirma 89-69 as Omer Onan had a perfect day from the field, scoring 22 points while shooting 6 for 6 for two points, and 3 for 3 behind the arc. Besiktas JK Istanbul had 6 players in double figures in a comfortably win over Antalya 86-69. Cevher Ozer led the way with 17 points. In Polish League, Asseco Prokom Gdynia rallied from a 15-point second quarter deficit, and after being down 72-79 down with less than 40 seconds remaining, to defeat Trefl Sopot 82-81. The defending champions edged the visitors with a pair of free throws from Jerel Blassingame with 1 second remaining. Blassingame and Lukasz Koszarek finished with 18 points apiece. Stelmet Zielona Gora built on its Eurocup success to move to 7-4 record with 92-110 win over Rosa Radom. Six players were in double figures for Zielona Gora, as Quinton Hosley led the way with 24 points. A Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 hopeful, Partizan mt: Belgrade, stayed in a sole possession of the second place in the Adriatic League with a routine 68-58 win over MZT Skopje. Drew Gordon amassed 15 points and 16 rebounds in victory. Promising young star Dario Saric made a long-expected debut for Cibona Zagreb and his new team snapped its four-game Adriatic League losing streak downing city rivals Cedevita 73-64. In an all-Eurocup tie, Buducnost Podgorica downed Crvena Zvezda Diva Belgrade 72-63 and snapped Zvezda’s 11-game winning streak in all competitions. Gerald Lee scored 22 points for the victors. Follow all the stories, results and standings from around European domestic leagues all season long on and!

European domestic leagues review: November 26 - December 2, 2012
Anton Gavel - Brose BasketsTurkish Airlines Euroleague team Brose Baskets Bamberg stayed a top of German League standings after rallying from an 18-point third quarter deficit before downing rathiopharm Ulm in overtime 83-85. Anton Gavel led Bamberg, scoring 14 of his 30 points in the third quarter. Alba Berlin moved to a league’s second-best 7-2, comfortably beating FC Bayern Munchen 82-70. Yassin Idbihih led Berliners with 20 points. Eurocup team S.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg hang on to a 55-59 win over Fraport Skyliners with John Little scoring 15 points. Panathinaikos Athens picked up fourth win in a row in Greek League. Greens crushed Peristeri 41-76 as Michael Bramos scored 14 points and Dimitris Diamantidis chipped in with 10 plus 6 assists. Eurocup representative Panionios BC Athens downed Panelefsiniakos 81-73 to record its seventh win in 8 matches and stay in sole possession of the second place. With five players scoring in double figures, Mark Payne led the way with 12. The defending champions and unbeaten league leaders Olympiacos Piraeus play on Monday. All four Turkish Airlines Euroleague teams picked up victories in Week 10 of the Spanish League, as well as the Eurocup contenders Gescrap Bilbao Basket and Valencia Basket. Caja Laboral pulled out an improbable 69-71 win over Lagun Aro GBC on Nemanja Bjelica game-winning basket and with Andres Nocioni amassing 21 points plus 14 rebounds. Real Madrid remained unbeaten after 94-79 win over Zaragoza and Jaycee Carroll leading the way with 18 points. Unicaja Malaga crushed Murcia 85-58 while FC Regal Barcelona downed Cajasol Sevilla 78-64. Follow all the stories, results and standings from around European domestic leagues all season long on and!

European domestic leagues review: November 19-25, 2012
Dragan Milosavljevic - Partizan mts BelgradeIn a clash between two Turkish Airlines Euroleague teams, Partizan mt:s Belgrade rallied to grind out a tough 58-55 win over Cedevita Zagreb to remain in the first-place tie of the Adriatic League standings. Drew Gordon and Dragan Milosavljevic each scored 10 points in victory. Eurocup representatives Crvena Zvezda Diva and Buducnost Podgorica moved up into third place tie in the standings after Zvezda downed Cibona Zagreb 63-71 to record eight consecutive win in all competition while Buducnost pulled out 80-78 victory over Radnicki behind 20 points from Gerald Lee. In Turkish League, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul and Galatasaray Medical Park recorded comfortable home wins while Andolu Efes Istanbul and Banvit BK Bandirma pulled out tough away victories, as these four teams now occupy first four places in the standings. Galatasaray remains unbeaten after 84-73 win over Mersin, Fenerbahce beat Turk Telekom 103-81 behind 18 points from Bojan Bogdanovic, Andolu Efes without Jordan Farmar and Sasha Vujacic left it late to down Olin Edirne 66-72 while Banvit squeezed past Pinar Karsiyaka 66-68 with Kalin Lucas netting 14 points and Keith Simmon finishing with 13 points plus 10 rebounds. Real Madrid stayed unbeaten on top of Spanish League standings downing Cajasol Sevilla 63-71 with Rudy Fernandez scoring 14 points. Zan Tabak got his first win as Caja Laboral head coach with his team downing Unicaja Malaga 90-79 behind 17 points plus 7 rebounds from Maciej Lampe and 14 points from Brad Oleson, while Eurocup contender Valencia Basket rallied from an early 12-point deficit to pull out win over FC Regal Barcelona 81-78. Follow all the stories, results and standings from around European domestic leagues all season long on and!

European domestic leagues review: November 12-18, 2012
Anton Gavel - Brose Baskets - EB12_41605Turkish Airlines Euroleague powers Real Madrid and FC Barcelona Regal left it late but recorded new wins, while Caja Laboral and Unicaja Malaga were shocked at home in the Spanish League this weekend. Madrid remained the only undefeated team after beating Assignia Manresa 84-97 while Barcelona pulled out 76-79 win at Fuenlabrada with Juan Carlos Navarro, Pete Mickeal and Erazem Lorbek each scoring 16 points. On the other hand, Blusens Monbus handed Caja Laboral 69-77 loss, after which long-time head coach Dusko Ivanovic was fired, and Unicaja suffered their first home loss in the competition to the hands of Estudiantes 74-85. Elan Chalon-sur-Saone got back to the winning ways and Eurocup contender Le Mans Sarthe remained in the sole possession of the first place after Game 7 of the French League. Chalon hit 17 triples on 32 attempts in 99-95 victory over Eurocup team Cholet Basket. Le Mans beat Dijon 61-67 with Victor Cuthbert scoring 14 points while Orleans Loiret Basket built on their Eurocup success downing Le Havre 89-75 behind 33 points on 8 for 11 three-point shooting from Jahmar Young. Turkish Airlines Euroleague team Brose Baskets Bamberg picked up its seventh win in eight German League matches after downing FC Bayern Munich 76-68 and Alba Berlin had third consecutive win crushing Fraport Skyliners 91-65. In the battle of two Eurocup teams in the Russian League, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar came from an early 9-point deficit to beat Triumph 74-65 and record their fourth win in the competition while Eurocup contender Spartak St.Petersburg suffered a rare home loss, Krasnye Krylia Samara won in overtime 61-63. Game 8 of the Polish league offered lots of shockers. League leader Trefl Sopot lost, so did Turkish Airlines Euroleague team Asseco Prokom Gdynia and Eurocup team Stelmet Zielona Gora. Trefl Sopot lost at Energa Czarni Slupsk 78-72 as two teams are now tied for the first place in the standings. Belgium League leaders Okapi Aalstar downed Eurocup team Telenet Oostende 95-89 and extended its lead atop of the standings. Another Belgian Eurocup representative Belgacom Spirou Charleroi also suffered a loss, at Leuven Bears 88-79.

European domestic leagues review: November 5-11, 2012
Walter Hodge - Zastal Zielona Gora (Photo: PLK) Domestic competitions around Europe heated up over the weekend with Turkish Airlines Euroleague and Eurocup teams in the thick of things. All four Turkish Airlines Euroleague recorded victories in the Spanish League action. Caja Laboral rallied from an 18-point deficit to defeat Eurocup contender Valencia Basket 75-79 behind 22 points in less than 24 minutes from Fabien Causeur. FC Barcelona, Unicaja Malaga as well as league leader Real Madrid all won comfortably. Madrid beat Gescrap 98-84 to stay unbeaten with Rudy Fernandez scoring 20 points, Barcelona crushed Manresa 89-47 behind 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 18 minutes from Ante Tomic while Unicaja beat Lagun Aro GBC 54-67 with Krunoslav Simon scoring 15 points and Luka Zoric collecting 13 points and 11 rebounds. Turkish Airlines Euroleague representative Alba Berlin picked up second win in as many weeks in German League with a comfortable victory at Mitteldeutscher 68-91. Nihad Djedovic led the way with 15 points. Eurocup teams Artland Dragons and Oliver Basket Wuerzburg picked up important away victories, as Artland held on to victory over Giessen 46ers 82-86 while Wuerzburg downed Tubingen 62-72. League-leaders Ratiopharm Ulm was upset at home after overtime by Telekom Bonn 103-107. Eurocup representative Crvena zvezda Diva beat their arch-rival and a Turkish Airlines Euroleague team Partizan mt:s Belgrade 78-92 and moved up to the fourth-place tie in the ABA League standings. Crvena zvezda never trailed as DeMarcus Nelson led them with 20 points. Davis Bertans scored 23 points in defeat. Cedevita Zagreb remains in the third-place after losing at MZT Skopje 74-61, while Olimpija cruised to a victory over Szolnoki Olaj 83-63 as Aron Baynes scored 24 points. With Turkish Airlines Euroleague team Elan Chalon playing on Monday, Eurocup representative Le Mans Sarthe grabbed a sole possession of the first place in French League downing BCM Gravelines 76-61 as Charles Kahudi scored 18 points. Polish Eurocup representatives Prokom Trefl and Stelmet Zielona Gora picked up victories that launched them to top two positions in the Polish League standings as defending champions Asseco Prokom Gdynia play on Monday. Zielona Gora trailed by 16 points at halftime and rallied from 8 points down in the final 2 minutes to down AZS Koszalin 75-74 while Trefl Sopot beat Rosa Radom 65-77 to remain in the sole position of the first place. Adam Waczynski led the league leaders in victory with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Eurocup representatives Belgacom Spirou Charleroi and Telenet Oostende remain in the second place tie of the Belgium League standings after 6 weeks. Charleroi rallied from a double-digit deficit to pull out 74-72 win over Liege while the defending champions Oostende cruised to 81-54 win over Belfius Mons-Hainaut. Follow all the stories, results and standings from around European domestic leagues all season long on and!

European domestic leagues review: Oct. 30 - Nov. 4, 2012
Georgios Printezis - Olympiacos Piraeus As the month of November knocked on the door, the Turkish Airlines Euroleague and Eurocup teams continue to hold top spots in the standings of their domestic competitions across Europe. In the clash of two Turkish Airlines Euroleague powers in Spanish League, Caja Laboral rallied from an early 9-point deficit to beat FC Barcelona Regal 80-69 as Fernando San Emeterio and Maciej Lampe scored 15 points apiece while Erazem Lorbek led visitors with 17. Real Madrid remained the only undefeated team in the competition with a comfortable 64-79 win at Murcia while two Eurocup contenders, Gescrap Bilbao Basket and Valencia Basket are in the second-place tie. Bilbao recorded fifth straight victory beating Unicaja Malaga 82-65 behind 19 points plus 7 rebounds from Lamont Hamilton while Valencia downed Cajasol Sevilla 73-82 in an all-Eurocup match. Turkish Airlines Euroleague powers Olympiacos Piraeus and Panathinaikos Athens came out of Week 4 of the Greek League in different moods. While Greens were shocked at Ikaros 72-68, squandering a 16-point third-quarter lead, Olympiacos remained undefeated, and in the first-place tie, crushing KAOD 103-67 behind 20 points plus 8 rebounds from Georgios Printezis. Reds share the first place in the standings with a Eurocup representative Panionios Athens which beat Kolossos 89-77 with Nikos Pappas scoring 31 points. Turkish Airlines Euroleague team Asseco Prokom Gdynia held on against Rosa Radom for a 72-67 victory, their fourth win in five Polish League matches while Eurocup representative Trefl Sopot grabbed the sole possession of the first place in the standings pulling out 80-76 victory against PGE Turow Zgorzelec. After playing five games in the Belgium League, Eurocup representatives Belgacom Spirou Charleroi and Telnet Oostende hold a 3-2 record in a four-team tie for the second place in the standings. Oostende won at Antwerp 61-74 as Matthew Lojeski scored 15 points while Spirou Charleroi suffered second loss of the season, 91-63 defeat at Mons-Hainaut. Follow all the stories, results and standings from around European domestic leagues all season long on and!

European domestic leagues review: October 23-29, 2012
Nikola Mirotic - Real Madrid While counting last days of October, the Turkish Airlines Euroleague and Eurocup teams have played some important game in the domestic competitions. In a battle of two Turkish Airlines Euroleague powers, Real Madrid needed overtime to down Caja Laboral 83-81 and remain the only undefeated team in the Spanish League. Nikola Mirotic had a game-winning dunk and led Madrid with 16 points while Nemanja Bjelica scored game-high 25 points for Caja Laboral. FC Barcelona Regal and Unicaja Malaga cruised to easy home victories. Barcelona dismantled CB Canarias 100-75 behind 21 points plus 8 assist from Juan Carlos Navarro while Unicaja beat Murcia 88-70 with Zoran Dragic scoring 20 points. Turkish Airlines Euroleague teams Brose Baskets Bamberg and Alba Berlin came away with different outcomes in Week 6 of the German League. Bamberg picked up fourth win in five games downing Giessen 65-87 while Alba suffered second straight defeat, this time in overtime at the hands of Ludwigsburg 93-84. Eurocup representative Ratiopharm Ulm climbed into sole possession of the first place with a comfortable 90-78 win over Phoenix Hagen. Partizan mt:s jumped into a sole possession of the second place in Adriatic League standings after a comfortable win over Radnicki Kragujevac 91-80. On the other hand, Cedevita Zagreb dropped into third place with a surprising home loss to Zadar 67-83. Pero Antic scored 13 points in less than 15 minutes and the defending champions Olympiacos Piraeus pounded on Ikaros 53-97 to remain one of three undefeated teams in tie for the first place of the Greek League after three games. Fenerbahce Ulker remained unbeaten and in a first place tie on top of the Turkish League standings where they will be joined by either Anadolu Efes or Galatasaray Medical Park who play their battle of the undefeated on Monday. Fenerbahce cruised to 74-50 victory over Mersin led by 17 points and 10 rebounds from Ilkan Karaman. The other Turkish Airlines Euroleague team in action, the defending champions Besiktas Istanbul, downed Tofas 72-55 behind 20 points from Patrick Christopher. Follow all the stories, results and standings from around European domestic leagues all season long on and!

European domestic leagues review: October 16-22, 2012
JP Batista - Le Mans (Photo: Le Mans) Turkish Airlines Euroleague and Eurocup clubs have seized leading roles all around Europe as all domestic competitions are now up and running. Real Madrid kept its perfect Spanish League record intact with an improbable 86-88 come-from-behind victory at Laguna Canarias. Jaycee Carroll scored 10 of his game-high 26 points in final three minutes to help Madrid overcome 12-point deficit. Spain’s other three Euroleague teams also recorded victories, but without much drama. FC Barcelona Regal won at Zaragoza 50-65, Unicaja Malaga notched a third Spanish League win in a row against Fuenlabrada 58-73 and Caja Laboral downed Joventut 92-76. Defending Greek League champion Olympiacos Piraeus took the great Athens derby 60-64 over archrival Panathinaikos at OAKA in the Greek League on Monday. Former Greens Vassilis Spanoulis and Stratos Perperoglou led the way for the Reds with 19 and 12 points, respectively. In a challenge between Eurocup teams in the French League, Le Mans took a 71-64 home win against Orleans to share first place with seven other teams at 2-1. JP Batista and Kahlid El-Amin led the way scoring 12 points apiece. In the Polish League, Rashid Mahalbasic was the hero for Asseco Prokom Gdynia with late back-to-back baskets in a thrilling 73-70 win over Eurocup team Stelmet Zielona Gora to force a second-place tie between them at 3-1 each. PGE Turow remains the only unbeaten team after four games. Eurocup representative Lukoil Academic Sofia opened the title defense in Bulgarian League by crushing Spartak Pleven 100-74 with Darryl Watkins leading the way with 24 points. Follow all the stories, results and standings from around European domestic leagues all season long on and!

European domestic leagues review: October 8-15, 2012
Heiko Schaffartzik - Alba Berlin - EB12-13The European domestic competitions keep starting all around the continent, and of course Turkish Airlines Euroleague and Eurocup clubs are shining early. All three Euroleague clubs started the Turkish League with wins, though some had to work harder than others. Defending champion Besiktas JK Istanbul pulled out a 61-60 win over Turk Telekom; Fenerbahce Ulker won at Erdemir 78-83 and Anadolu Efes bested Banvit 79-69. The Greek League also started this weekend with few surprises. Olympiacos opened its first title defense in 15 years with a 89-64 win over PAOK behind 17 points from Acie Law. Panathinaikos downed Aris Thessaloniki on the road 56-71. Dimitris Diamantidis paced the winners with 11 points. Nothing changed in the Spanish League, as Real Madrid stayed atop the standings with a comfortable 100-79 win over Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada. Felipe Reyes led five players in double digits with 18 points and 11 rebounds. FC Barcelona Regal beat UCAM Murcia 87-68 for their first win in the competition. In a big showdown in the German League, Artland Dragons defeated Brose Baskets 78-72 behind 21 points from Bryce Taylor. Alba Berlin overwhelmed Phoenix Hagen 109-67 to stay undefeated. Heiko Schaffartzik led the way with 19 points. Follow all the stories, results and standings from around European domestic leagues all season long on and!

European domestic leagues review: October 1-7, 2012
Matt Lojeski - Telenet BC Oostende (photo: calendar turned to October, which ushered in a host of domestic leagues into action throughout Europe, with Turkish Airlines Euroleague and Eurocup teams leading the charge in many of them. The first week of games in the German League featured two rounds of games, after which powerhouses Brose Baskets Bamberg and Alba Berlin remain undefeated. Berlin’s second game was postponed to allow for its participation in NBA Europe Live. With the Berliners out, Bamberg bested EWE Baskets Oldenburg 68-75 on the road behind Bostjan Nachbar’s 19 points. BBC Bayreuth and Neckar RIESEN Ludwigsburg share the top spot in the standings with Bamberg at 2-0. The French League got underway with Asvel Basket tripping up defending champ Chalon on opening night. Making matters worse for Chalon was an injury to Marcus Denmon. Le Havre was the big winner with a 20-point rout at Boulazac. Telenet Oostende started the Belgian League with a hard-fourth 71-68 victory over Veirviers-Pepinster. Matt Lojeski had 17 points to lead the champs. And the newest Euroleague team, qualifying rounds winner Mapoorp Cantu, joined the ranks of the 2-0 teams in the Italian league by downing Virtus Roma 70-84 as Alex Tyus and Pietro Aradori netted 18 points apiece. Follow all the stories, results and standings from around European domestic leagues all season long on and!

European domestic leagues review: September 24-30, 2012
Jerel Blassingame - Asseco Prokom GdyniaThe 2012-13 basketball season in Europe got off to an official start this week as various domestic leagues around the continent held the first formal games whose results count in the season-long standings. The debut weekend in the Spanish League included one super-clash between Turkish Airlines Euroleague teams, with host Real Madrid pulling away to beat Unicaja Malaga 79-64. Nikola Mirotic led the winners with 14 points, while a trio of fourth-quarter triples by Dontaye Draper and Sergio Rodriguez ended Unicaja's last threat. Whereas Madrid was the only Euroleague team to win in Spain, all three in the Adriatic League - Partizan mt:s Belgrade, Union Olimpija Ljubljana and Cedevita Zagreb - started with victories, although two had to rally for them. Partizan came back from 10 down to beat Zadar 81-74 while Olimpija squeezed out a 65-71 away victory in Kragujevac after trailing by 13 and Cedevita downed Eurocup team Buducnost VOLI on the road in Podgorica 74-78 behind 18 points from Mickael Gelabale. Similarly, all three Eurocup teams in the Ukranian League got victories to start their domestic campaign. Azovmash had a handy 80-61 win over visiting Odessa, as did host Budyvelnik, 77-61 over Kyiv. Donetsk played Odessa two days after Azovmash did, winning 82-59 on Sunday. Perennial champion Asseco Prokom Gdynia started the Polish League strong again by downing city rivals Start 76-60 behind Jerel Blassingame's 18 points. Follow all the stories, results and standings from around European domestic leagues all season long on and!