Hristo Nikolic had 21 points (9-10 FG) in 17 minutes as Union Olimpija held off Cibona for the 85-80 victory. Jerrel Blassingame had 14 pts & 11 ast in the defeat. Krka used a strong 3rd quarter run and 31 points from Malcolm Armstead to secure an 8 point victory over Cedevita. Metalac blew a 4th quarter lead to Buducnost who were paced by 20 & 10 from Suad Sehovic. Denver Nuggets 2nd round pick Nikola Jokic had 27 points and 15 rebounds to lead Mega Vizura to a 103-95 win against MZT Skopje. Nenad Miljenovic added 26 pts & 10 ast for the victors while Marko Simonovic had 28 points to lead the Macedonian side.
The week got started with Zepter Vienna nearly blowing a 21-point lead against Arkadia. Stjepan Stazic led the way with 20 pts, 7 reb and 9 ast. Gussing & Wels both picked up their 2nd victories of the season on Saturday with the Knights exacting revenge on Kapfenberg for their Supercup defeat. Vienna recorded its 2nd win of the week by defeating Oberwart. Former San Antonio Spurs draft pick Ryan Richards led the way with 27 points & 9 boards. Arkadia was also victorious on Sunday over Klosterneuburg as Kevin Payton's 23 & 9 (5/6 3pt) went for naught.
BELGIAN SCOOORE LEAGUE
Zabian Dowdell (21 pts) & Will Hudson (17 & 14) paced Spirou's overtime victory over defending champions Oostende on Friday while Limburg United were victorious in their first ever Belgian league game. Rotnei Clarke & Taylor Braun each put up 18-6-5 splits as Aalstar used a 30-9 third quarter run to take out the Leuven Bears. Arizona Reid's monster 32 point, 13 rebound performance gave Pepinster an opening round victory over Willebroek. The last 2 of Ryan Pearson's 18 points came with 7 seconds left to lift Antwerp to a 79-78 victory over Liege.
Week 2 was filled with blowouts in the U.K. Tayo Ogedengbe & Tommy Freeman combined to drop 50 points on Leeds during Friday's rout by Glasgow. Robert Thurman (22 & 14) posted his second double double for Worcester in as many games as the Wolves took out Cheshire. Darius Defoe had 27 points in 27 minutes during Newcastle's dismantling of Durham. Dane Watts (19-8) & Ben Eaves (18-10) helped Manchester overcome a slow start in Sunday's win over the Wolves.
Basketball got started in Croatia over the weekend and it was Ribola Kastela who filled up the stat sheet in their 102-86 win against GKK Sibenik. Damir Rancik led the way with 30 pts, 10 ast & 6 reb while Ante Masic (24-10) and Nikola Dosen (7-10-7) helped cement the victory. Slavonski Brod got a pair of double doubles from Ivan Cubela (18-12) & Bruno Celebija (16-15) in their victory over Darda.
Matej Krusic's 20 point/15 rebound peformance wasn't enough for USK Praha to overcome Prostejov on Monday. Usti nad Labem's trio (Laroche, Pecka & Rahon) sparked the Wednesday's victory over BK Opava while NH Ostrava's 3-headed monster of Dougherty, Rohde & Zbranek smashed BC Kolin. Cory Abercrombie's 17 &12 paced Svitavy's win over J.Hradec on Wednesday but his 19 & 19 weren't enough to overcome Pardubice in Saturday's 7 point overtime loss. BK Opava forced USK Praha to commit 21 turnovers while making 27-32 from the free throw stripe in their 89-84 comeback victory.
Groningen used a 19-point 1st quarter lead to hold off Rotterdam as basketball in the Netherlands began. Thomas Koenis had a monster 18 point, 19 rebound perfromance for the victors. Saturday's other match was ZZ Leiden's 32 point rout against Aris Leeuwarden. Worthy de Jong had 35 points, 11 rebounds & 6 assists in the match for Leiden. Maurice Creek's 25 points led Zwolle's 4th quarter push and eventual victory against Den Helder. Den Bosch smoked Amsterdam by 36 points in the Sunday's finale.
Kalev/Cramo knocked off Tartu 68-57 to begin a new season in Estonia. Frank Elegar had 17 points & 9 boards in the victory. Things got more interesting on Sunday as Tarvas narrowly escaped with a 95-93 win against Valga despite 30 points from Reinis Strupovics. Sandis Silvas' 27 points helped spark Parnu's 4th quarter comeback and 2 point victory over Rapla.
Wednesday marked the start of Finland's top division and Lapua got things going with an overtime win against Namika Lahti. Lapua was led by Paul Carter's 22 points & 18 rebounds while Stephen Lumpkins added 23 & 13. Salon Vilpas' William Walker had 29 & 11 in defeat against KTP while Asenso Ampim had 24 & 15 in Pyrinto's opening season victory. On Friday, Jonathan Jones led Kouvot with 21 & 18 in a win against Namika Lahti. Saturday saw 4th quarter comebacks for both Kataja & KTP Basket. Ken Horton's 25 & 11 for Kataja was better than Rotnei Clarke's 26 & 10 for Honka. Paul Carter had another monster performance with 28 points & 15 rebounds but Lapua fell in the end to KTP.
FRENCH PRO A
Dijon overcame a 17 point deficit heading into the 4th quarter and hung on for a 80-79 win against Le Mans on Saturday. The final of Erving Walker's 28 points sealed the deal. Eric Dawson's 21 & 9 led Chalon to victory over Pro A newcomer Chalons-Reims. Ahmad Nivins led Asvel Basket to a win over Cholet with 26 points & 10 boards. Strasbourg had a pair of victories while Limoges held off Gravelines to keep pace atop the standings.
FRENCH PRO B
The recently demoted Roanne came back to beat Poitiers by 6 as France's 2nd division of competition got underway on Friday. Hyeres-Toulon & Orchies were both able to eke out victories while Denain & Evreux found wins much easier in round one. Tim Blue went off for 29-15-6 in Antibes' rout of Lille as the big man absolutely dominated. Markel Humphrey hit the game-winning 3 pointer in overtime to lift Maurienne to a 2 point victory over Fos Ouest and end round one with a bang.
Kerron Johnson was 14 of 17 from the field during his 38 point outburst that led Ludwigsburg to a comeback win over Bonn on Thursday. Thursday's other notable performance came from TreVon Hughes who had 20 points and 13 assists in Bayreuth's victory against Crailsheim. On Friday, the Phoenix Hagen took a wild 1 point win in overtime vs. Frankfurt while Brose Baskets barely managed to hold off Bremerhaven and escaped with a 1 point victory of their own. Bremerhaven & Phoenix Hagen then reversed places on Sunday as the Polar Bears pulled off the 85-84 win. Newly acquired Kyle Visser led Braunschweig to victory over Brose Baskets behind 25 & 11 from the big man. Christian Standhardinger, the rookie out of Hawaii, put up 23 & 9 for MBC who took out TBB Trier 77-74.
GERMAN PRO A
Levi Knutson (33 pts), Andre Calvin (13 pts, 23 reb) & Virgil Matthews (13 pts, 7 reb, 11 asts, 6 stl) led Chemnitz to an 87-82 win over Kirchheim. Meanwhile, this buzzer-beating shot from beyond half court by Kai Behrmann gave Leverkusen the thrilling win over Giessen. On Sunday, Giessen came out on the winning side of an overtime affair with Jena 87-85. Chris Alexander filled up the stat sheet with 23 pts, 6 reb, 7 ast & 5 stl as Essen remained undefeated with a 73-61 win over Leverkusen.
ITALIAN A2 GOLD
Florida State rookie Ian Miller stole the show in round one with a 43 point performance that unfortunately came in defeat. The Jesi guard finished the game 10-15 from 3 point range but it wasn't enough as Brescia, led by Justin Brownlee's 26 points, prevailed for a 82-74 win. Another rookie, De'Mon Brooks out of Davidson, had a nice game for Napoli with 21 points & 14 rebounds but it also came in defeat to Ferentino. Alessandro Piazza had 12 points & 13 assists to lead Agrigento to a 87-74 victory against Casalpusterlengo. Alan Voskuil hit 6 triples, albeit in 15 attempts, and his 28 points helped pace Biella's 20 point victory over Torino.
On Wednesday, Marcis Vitols was the hero in the final seconds of Valmiera's 90-89 win against Jekabpils while the team was led by Karlis Apsitis' 26 & 8. VEF Riga survived Valmiera's furious comeback on Saturday to stay perfect in the early part of the season. Ervins Jonats (20-10) led Jurmala's 87-65 thumping of Barons Kvartals on Saturday.
A late 3 pointer by Lukas Lekavicius brought Zalgiris within a point but Juventus prevailed with a 76-75 upset victory on Tuesday. Mustafa Shakur had 26 points on 11-13 shooting to lead Neptunas to a 90-80 victory over Siauliai on Thursday. Siauliai bounced back on Saturday with a 110-97 victory over LKL newcomers Mazeikiai despite 31 points from Paulius Beliavicius. On Sunday, Lietkabelis finally put a 1 in the win column thanks to 30 point blowout over Nevezis and 20 points & 11 rebounds from Zygimantas Jonusas.
Sean Denison's 19 point, 13 rebound performance gave newly promoted Torun an 11-point victory over Anwil to open the TBL season on Friday night. Steven Burtt led Stelmet Zielona to victory over Start Lublin with 25 points while shooting 10-13 from the floor. Bryon Allen had 27 (5-6 3pt) in the defeat. Evan Ravenel had 25 points (14-16 FT) & 13 points to pace Polpharma to a 10 point win over Jezioro. Qyntel Woods had 26 points to lead AZS Koszalin over Asseco. PGE Turow pulled away late against Energa Czarni thanks to 17 & 8 off the bench from Damian Kulig.
ROMANIAN DIVIZIA A
Daniel Dillon dished out 12 assists and was a perfect 7-7 from the field & 5-5 from the FT line, good enough for 19 points in Oradea's blowout victory over Universitatae Cluj. Nikola Siladji had 27 pts, 9 reb & 5 ast for Gaz Metan, however Targu Mures took off with a 89-68 win. On Sunday, Travis Bureau scored the go-ahead basket to give Craiova a 73-72 victory over Rovinari.
Luka Igrutinovic had 23 points & 12 rebounds as Levice held onto a 65-64 victory over Prievidza. Nenad Milosevic's 23 points & 7 assists held up over Dave Coley's 28 points & 7 rebounds as Inter Bratislava won 98-92 against Iskra Svit.
Barcelona shot 10-13 from 3 pt range and 63% overall in a blowout victory over Laboral Kutxa. Luke Sikma (23-6) & Blagota Sekulic (15-9-5) led Canarias to an upset victory at Sevilla. Bilbao is back and opened with a 19 point win against Fuenlabrada behind Axel Hervelle's 17 & 8. Augusto Cesar Lima went 10-11 from the field and finished with 22 points & 7 boards as Murcia shocked Valencia. Gustavo Ayon debuted with 10 & 13 to lead Real Madrid to victory over Gran Canaria 70-57. Fran Vazquez had 20 points and was a perfect 9-9 from the floor in Unicaja's win against Andorra. Goran Suton had 18 points & 9 rebounds as Joventut came from behind in the 4th quarter for a 79-74 win over Zaragoza.
SPANISH LEB GOLD
Aleksandar Petrovic's 19 points & 9 rebounds led Coruna to a 71-64 victory over Lleida. Oviedo overcame a 27 point performance by Prat's Alex Padilla, pulling away in the final stanza for the 81-77 victory. Melilla, Ourense & Palma all had extremely impressive blowout victories to start the season.
Sodertalje's balanced attack saw 7 players score in double figures as the Kings prevailed for a 92-85 victory over Norrkoping. Joakim Kjellbom paced the Dolphins with 19 points & 15 rebounds. J.J. Miller had 22 points to lead Boras Basket to an opening round victory over Nassjo.