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December 31, 2011 - Oostende announces Brent Wright
As it was officially announced by the club Brent Wright agreed with Oostande until the end of the season. This will be Wright's second stint with the Belgian club after the 2005-2006 season and he will be replacind Dusan Sakota.

December 31, 2011 - Kirilenko will stay in Moscow
Forward Andrei Kirilenko will stay with CSKA Moscow until the end of the season, it has been confirmed. Kirilenko will join up with his CSKA Moscow team-mates on January 3rd, after failing to agree terms with the NBA teams that he and his party have spoken to.

December 31, 2011 - Goree leaves PAOK
Earlier tonight it was made known that Marcus Goree left Greek club PAOK. The official reason that was leaked by the club is that he had to leave to the US for personal reasons, but the real reason is constant delays in payments, a source told several media outlets.

December 30, 2011 - Repesa back to Cibona's bench
Jasmin Repesa accepted Cibona's proposal and will be returning to the Croatian club for a thrid time in his career. The experienced Croatian coach signed a contract until summer 2014 and this will be the first year in a Croatian club after 9 seasons in Italy.

December 30, 2011 - Aris' players on strike!
Aris' players have not been paid in months and decided not to show up in Friday afternoon's practice session. More specifically the Greek players of the club have not received a single salary since the start of the season, while many of the players that were with Aris since last season are owed money from last season.

December 30, 2011 - Fenerbahce Ulker: Ukic breaks finger
Fenerbahce Ulker will start the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 without one of its most important players, as playmaker Roko Ukic will be sidelined for a month due to a broken finger, the club announced Friday.

December 30, 2011 - Eurocup Last 16 groups breakdown, Group I
It is not a surprise to say that each and every team in Group I has a legitimate reason to expect to reach the Eurocup quarterfinals. Two of them, however, have much more Eurocup experience than the others. Valencia Basket is the original Eurocup champion in 2003 and won a second title in 2010.

December 30, 2011 - Zagreb wins Rome NIJT!
The 2011 edition of the Citta di Roma Tournament saw a new champion celebrate as KK Zagreb CO beat Fenerbache-Ulker 62-52 in the final of the tournament on Thursday night in Rome, Italy. The trophy isn't the only thing Zagreb won but also the first ticket to the 2012 Nike International Junior Tournament that will take place during the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four for the 10th year in a row.

December 29, 2011 - Krka adds Lalic, Lucic & Hansbrough
Krka Novo Mesto will have a fresh look for the Last 16 after signing Jure Lalic, Ben Hansbrough and Uros Lucic. The team has also released three players: Marko Djurkovic, Mustafa Abdul Hamid and Jimmy Baxter. Lalic (2.10 meters, 25 years old) arrives from Cibona, where he averaged 7.5 points in four Eurocup games this season.

December 29, 2011 - Strasbourg announces Ajinca
Strasbourg officially announced the signing of Alexis Ajinca until the end of the season. The 23-year old French center didn't manage to find a contract in the NBA and decided to return to France. Ajinca also played a couple of games for Hyeres-Toulon earlier this season during the lockout averaging 21 points, 10 rebounds and an index rating of 29.

December 29, 2011 - Game of the Nation - new documentary
"The fate of 3 million is in the hands of twelve" - that's how the creators of a new documentary about Lithuanian national team chose to present their movie "Game of the Nation". Lithuania will aim to qualify for London Olympics next summer and if they succeed it will be the 6th straight Olympic appearance for the Baltic nation.

December 29, 2011 - Becirovic on his way to ACB
Apparently, the experienced Slovenian guard Sani Becirovic, currently a player of Italian side Benetton Treviso, has a lucrative offer from an unnamed top Spanish club, in his hands. According to the same, reliable source, the former Slovenian international player could be very interested in playing there.

December 28, 2011 - Maccabi Electra lands Demond Mallet
Maccabi Electra announced that point guard Demond Mallet will arrive in Tel Aviv on Thursday and pending completion of a physical exam, will join the Turkish Airlines Euroleague runner-up for the remainder of the season.

December 28, 2011 - Petravicius joins Azovmash
Marijonas Petravicius returns to action as he agreed with Azovmash Mariupol that was looking to cover the spot that was left empty with the departure of Hasan Rizvic.

December 28, 2011 - Lietuvos Rytas to have a new name next season
Lietuvos Rytas could have a new name next season after Vilnius city municipality became the club's shareholder. Municipality will have 1/4 of all votes in shareholder's meeting which and will participate in the management of the club.

December 28, 2011 - Hairston sidelined for three weeks
Emporio Armani Milano star Malik Hairston will be sidelined for upto three weeks as he rests an achiles tendon injury. Though it is a blow for coach Sergio Scariolo and his side, Hairston should be back in time for the start of the Euroleague Top 16.

December 28, 2011 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 Draw results
The 16 teams still alive in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague learned what the road they must travel to fight for European basketball’s ultimate prize looks like on Wednesday at the Top 16 Draw in Barcelona, Spain.

December 28, 2011 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four 2012 Istanbul logo unveiled
The Top 16 Draw on Wednesday featured the unveiling of the logo for the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Istanbul, the city where a champion will be crowned in five short months. The logo is inspired by the geographic location of the city, its graphic identity, and the art and culture of the country.

December 28, 2011 - CEO and President Jordi Bertomeu Top 16 Draw speech
Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to all the members of the clubs, leagues and a special welcome to the president of the Turkish Basketball Federation, Mr. Turgay Demirel. Thank you very much for being here today for this Top 16 Draw. We have reached this point after two and a half months of competition.

December 28, 2011 - Eurocup Last 16, Group Rundown
In just three weeks, the 16 remaining teams in the hunt for Eurocup glory will begin the second stage of their season in the Last 16. Here is a rundown of the four groups of four teams with a look at what has helped get them this far. Group I features two experienced Eurocup teams and as many Last 16 newcomers, including two-time former champion Valencia Basket.

December 28, 2011 - ZALGIRIS brings Salenga home
Zalgiris Kaunas has reinforced its team with a familiar face, small forward Dainius Salenga, who returns to the team after one year away. Salenga (1.97 meters, 34 years old) and Zalgiris agreed to a contract for the remainder of this season with an option for the 2012-13 campaign.

December 28, 2011 - Besiktas announces Arroyo
With Deron Williams back to NBA, Besiktas was in need of a point guard and found him in Carlos Arroyo as it was officially announced. This will mark the thrid stint for the 32-year old Puerto Rican international after Tau Ceramica in 2002 and Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2008-2009.

December 28, 2011 - 2012 U17 World Championship to be held in Lithuania
The U17 World Championship 2012 will be held in Kaunas, Lithuania as it was announced by FIBA. The fields for the 2012 FIBA U17 Championships for Men and Women are set with the USA back in both competitions to defend their titles from the inaugural events in 2010.

December 28, 2011 - Italian League, Regular Season, Game 12
Montepaschi Siena is back atop the Italian League standings after surviving an overtime thriller against Novipiu Casale Monferrato one day after Bennet Cantu hammered EA7 Emporio Armani Milan.

December 27, 2011 - Valladolid agrees with Samo Udrih
Blancos de Rueda Valladolis announced the agreement with Slovenian International shooting guard Samo Udrih until the end of the season. 32-year old Udrih already has ACB experience as he played in Spain during 2005-2009 for Girona, Granada and Estudiantes.

December 27, 2011 - Krka interested in Hansbrough
Ben Hansbrough was released by Bayern Munich just a few days ago, but he could find a new home in Novo Mesto and Slovenian champs Krka. 24-year old Hansbrough saw limited playing time in Munich and was subsequently released.

December 26, 2011 - Citta Di Roma Tournament
The first event in the10th anniversary season of the Nike International Junior Tournament tips off in Rome, Italy, on Tuesday when eight junior clubs compete to win the Citta di Roma Tournament. The winner will qualify for the NIJT held during the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Istanbul, Turkey, in May.

December 26, 2011 - Polish League, Regular Season, Game 17
PGE Turow Zgorzelec climbed into a tie for first place in the Polish League by downing Zastal Zielona Gora 74-65, while Energa Czarni lost 93-87 at Anwil Wloclawek. Turow trailed Zastal at the end of the first quarter 15-17, but a 19-9 run in the second out the hosts ahead 34-26 at halftime.

December 26, 2011 - bwin MVP for December: Nikola Mirotic, Real Madrid
December 2011 may go down in history as the month that Nikola Mirotic completed his upgrade from prominent role player to a bonafide ace. The Real Madrid forward has long been seen as a promising talent, hence his choice as the 2011 Rising Star Trophy winner.

December 25, 2011 - Turkish League, Regular Season, Game 11
Anadolu Efes took care of Bandirma Kirmizi without trouble to remain atop the Turkish League standings, however its lead on its rivals grew when defending champion Fenerbahce Ulker and Besiktas both loss, which left Galatasaray Medical park in sole possession of second place.

December 23, 2011 - Zalgiris adds size with Nelson
Zalgiris Kaunas bolstered its frontcourt for the upcoming Top 16 by inking forward Reeves Nelson for the remainder of the season, with an option to extend him for a longer period of time, the club announced Friday. Nelson (2.03 meters, 20 years old) arrives from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

December 23, 2011 - Italian team goes through after a close finish
Partizan mt:s basketball players didn’t manage to qualify for the next phase in Euroleague. In the last round Emporio Armani celebrated with a score 72:66 (18:14, 18:15, 14:22, 16:21).

December 23, 2011 - 33rd edition of L'Hospitalet tournament presented
The annual "Torneig de Básquet Júnior Ciutat de L'Hospitalet" will celebrate its 33rd year this season with a fresh crop of some of the best young basketball players in Spain and Europe next month. On Friday the tournament was officially presented in a press conference attended by Euroleague president and CEO Jordi Bertomeu and other local basketball and political dignitaries and former players of FC Barcelona.

December 23, 2011 - Valencia Basket: Markovic, Ogilvy out mid-term
Valencia Basket keeps facing severe injury problems, as playmaker Stefan Markovic and center AJ Ogilvy will remain sidelined longer than expected, the club announced Friday. Markovic has synovitis in his left ankle and will be out for 4-6 weeks. Ogilvy has a problem in the Achillean zone of his right leg and will be out for at least 3 weeks.

December 23, 2011 - Eurocup Last 16 calendar, released
The calendar for the second phase of the Eurocup, the Last 16, has been released. Sixteen teams will battle from January 17 to February 28 of 2012 and the two best teams in each of the four groups will advance to the Quarterfinals series, en route to the Eurocup Finals - to happen in Khimki, Russia on April 14 and 15 - for the last four survivors.

December 23, 2011 - Week 10 bwin MVP: Pietro Aradori, Montepaschi Siena
For the second week in a row, Montepaschi Siena guard Pietro Aradori took advantage of an opportunity to play extended minutes and proceeded to improve his Euroleague career highs in every major statistical category in leading the Italian champions to victory. What’s more, Aradori’s performance against Asseco Prokom on Wednesday earned him Week 10 bwin MVP honors.

December 22, 2011 - Knocked Out: On Recent Defeat of Croatian Clubs
This article will be about the recent downfall of Croatian Basketball. This year, all of the three European teams that are competing in European cups, finished their respective groups at the last place and say an early goodbye to the European adventure.

December 21, 2011 - Page, Van Oostrum honoured by British Basketball
Great Britain stars Julie Page and Devon van Oostrum have both been honoured by British Basketball with end-of-year awards. Page, who plays for Torun in Poland scooped the British Basketball Player of the Year award, beating Luol Deng, Chantelle Handy and Joel Freeland to the award.

December 21, 2011 - Spanoulis out three weeks
Olympiacos leader Vassilis Spanoulis will miss action for the next three to four weeks due to a sprained ankle he suffered on Tuesday night. The second-ranked scorer in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague season so far was hurt during the practice and he didn’t travel to Nancy for the last game of the regular season, which will take place on Thursday.

December 21, 2011 - Euroleague Game Center, RS Week 10: Four last Top 16 berths decided this week!
The 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season finishes this week and with four spots still available in thre groups, everything can happen. When the dust settles on Thursday night, 16 teams will keep fighting for Euroleague glory, others will leave the competition and everything will be ready for the Top 16 Draw, which takes place in Barcelona, Spain on Wednesday, December 28.

December 21, 2011 - Eurocup Week 6 MVP: Fabien Causeur, Cholet Basket
The last week of the regular season completed the chart of the Last 16 teams and the competition is now ready to move on to the second phase! Among the winning teams on Tuesday, Cholet Basket's Fabien Causeur was the best player of the night with an index rating performance of 33, which earned him MVP of the Week honors in Week 6.

December 21, 2011 - ASVEL got through but is it enough?
Now it happened and the French giants beat the vodoo. They are again at the second stage of a prestigious European basketball; first in 3 years. That was long wait for a team that has a history like ASVEL. The process was not easy though.

December 20, 2011 - Eurocup TV coverage
The sixth and final week of the Eurocup Regular Season action features TV coverage of six games on Tuesday, including two do-or-die showdowns, Aris vs. Rupudis and Asvel Basket vs. Lukoil Academic, on Eurosport 2!

December 20, 2011 - EBI master program graduates new class
The 2010-2011 academic year of the International Master Program in Sports Management & Marketing, part of the Euroleague Basketball Institute, came to an end with a graduation ceremony at Ca' Foscari University in Venice, Italy on Saturday.

December 20, 2011 - Eurocup regular season Week 6: there is no tomorrow!
The 2011-12 Eurocup regular season comes to an end this Tuesday with several teams still fighting for survival and others tying to win their respective groups. As many as 12 teams have already advanced to the next round and nine of them know already their Last 16 groups, but there will be several showdowns all over the competition to keep fighting for Eurocup glory.

December 20, 2011 - Game of the season for Partizan mt:s
At Thursday, December 22, Partizan mt:s will host EA7 Armani in Belgrade in Week 10 of Turkish Airlines Euroleague. This game will decide if Partizan mt:s or EA7 Armani will continue competitions in top 16 phase.

December 20, 2011 - Scoring king Navarro out with foot injury
Juan Carlos Navarro of FC Barcelona Regal will be sidelined for one month due to a foot injury, the club announced Monday. Navarro, the Euroleague's career scoring leader, suffers from plantar fasciitis on his left foot. The injury also caused him to leave the club's most recent Spanish League game.

December 20, 2011 - Stojakovic retires
In a sudden move Predrag Stojakovic has decided to retire from professional basketball, at the age of 34. As the player told ESPN today, he decided to quit basketball due to physical exhaustion, despite having a fair amount of offers on the table.

December 19, 2011 - EA7 Emporio Armani signs Gentile through 2015
One of the most promising swingmen in European basketball switched Italian teams this weekend, when EA7 Emporio Armani Milano announced the arrival of Alessandro Gentile, who signed a contract until the end of the 2014-15 season. Gentile (200, 19) arrives from Benetton Treviso, where he has averaged 15 points and 6.6 rebounds in 5 Eurocup games this season.

December 19, 2011 - Cedevita was better in Zagreb
Cedevita basketball players have beaten Partizan mt:s and deservedly secured another win within 12th round in ABA league. Hosts dictated game tempo from the beginning of the game and won in Zagreb with the score 75:57 (21:12, 20:13, 17:20, 17:14).

December 19, 2011 - Reds' Papadopoulos out 6 weeks
Days after making the Top 16 with its biggest win of the season, Olympiacos announced that starting center Lazaros Papadopoulos will be sidelined until at least after the start of the Top 16 next month. Papadopoulos, 31, underwent left knee surgery on Sunday, three days after he scored 12 points, his season high, in an 86-61 blowout victory over Bennet Cantu that put Olympiacos in the Top 16.

December 19, 2011 - Ukraine and Hungary host the 2015 EuroBaskets
FIBA Europe have awarded Eurobasket 2015 to Ukraine and has also given the women's tournament to Hungary. The board met today in Munich to decide who would host the two events in 2015. Ukraine was an automatic choice for the men's event, following the withdrawal of joint bidders, France/Germany and Italy/Croatia.

December 19, 2011 - Belgian League, Regular Season, Game 13
Belgacom Spirou Charleroi edged Dexia Mons-Hainaut 76-72 to remain atop the Belgian League table with an 8-2 record. Demond Mallet led the way with 23 points plus 4 assists and 2 steals, Caleb Green added 15 points and Jiri Welsch 10.

December 18, 2011 - Adriatic League, Regular Season, Game 12
Maccabi Electra pummeled Helios 94-56 at home on Saturday night to remain atop the Adriatic League with a 10-1 record. The league leaders started and finished strong, outscoring the visitors 52 to 25 in the first and fourth quarters.

December 18, 2011 - Lithuanian League, Regular Season, Game 9
BC Rudupis took a thrilling 90-88 win over Lietuvos rytas on Saturday, handing the former Eurocup champions their first loss of the season in the Lithuanian League. Rudupis raised its record to 7-2, while Rytas is now 8-1. Dainius Salenga was the hero for the winners with 27 points and a perfect 5 for 5 from beyond the arc.

December 18, 2011 - German League, Regular Season, Game 13
Brose Baskets remained tied atop the German League standings after pounding Eisbaren Bremerhaven 90-58 on Sunday. In its last game before a must-win Euroleague contest, Marcus Slaughter and PJ Tucker shined for the defending champs, who improved to 10-2 and remain tied atop the standings with ratiopharm Ulm.

December 17, 2011 - Another one disaster for Partizan mt:s
Just few days before the most important game in Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Partizan mt:s lost another one game, this time in ABA Adriatic league. Cedevita Zagreb knocked Partizan mt:s 75:57 in good and interesting game.

December 16, 2011 - Week 9 bwin MVP: Nenad Krstic, CSKA Moscow
One week after he was formally awarded his bwin MVP for November 2011 trophy, CSKA Moscow center Nenad Krstic was back at it. The big man was a force inside in racking his second double-double in as many games against defending champion Panathinaikos to lead CSKA to a convincing 91-75 victory.

December 15, 2011 - Unics sets defensive record
Unics Kazan set a Euroleague record for the fewest points allowed in one half of a regular season game when it stopped Asseco Prokom Gdynia on 11 in the first half of Thursday's game. The dominant defensive presence of head coach Evgeny Pashutin’s side also tied a record for fewest points allowed in the second quarter with 5.

December 14, 2011 - Eurocup Week 5 MVP: Jeremiah Massey, Lokomotiv-Kuban
A well-known big man making his mark with a Eurocup newcomer has taken the Week 5 MVP honor as Jeremiah Massey put Lokomotiv-Kuban on the brink of Last 16 qualification with a huge home win. Massey dominated inside as Lokomotiv walloped visiting Gran Canaria 2014 by 73-51 on Tuesday to take over first place in Group E.

December 14, 2011 - BC Khimki lands veteran forward Gelabale
BC Khimki strengthened its lineup by signing Mickael Gelabale for the remainder of the season. Gelabale (2.01 meters, 28 years old) has yet to play this season after helping the French national team to the silver medal at EuroBasket 2011. He signed with Belgian champion Belgacom Spirou over the summer, but the deal was terminated due to medical reasons. Last season Gelabale suited up for Asvel Basket in his native France.

December 14, 2011 - Rudy Fernandez gets traded to Denver
Spanish international Rudy Fernandez had decided to return to the Dallas Mavericks after initially choosing to stay at Real Madrid, but it has now been confirmed that he has been traded to the Denver Nuggets.

December 13, 2011 - Valencia Basket extends Lishchuk
One of the best defensive centers in Europe is staying put in a Eurocup powerhouse, as Valencia Basket announced a new deal with big man Serhiy Lishchuk, who extended his contract for two more years, until the end of the 2013-14 season. Lishchuk (210, 29) arrived in Valencia in September 2009 and has been an essential player to Valencia's success in recent years.

December 13, 2011 - Eurocup TV coverage
The fifth week of the Eurocup Regular Season action features TV coverage of eight games on Tuesday, including Nymburk vs. Aris, Turow vs. Buducnost and Valencia vs. Asvel on Eurosport 2!

December 12, 2011 - Eurocup regular season Week 5: it's make or break time!
The 2011-12 Eurocup regular season faces a pivotal week in which a lot of teams have the chance to win their respective groups or reach the Last 16, joining 5 squads - Lietuvos Rytas, Gravelines, BC Khimki, Spartak St. Petersburg and Krka Novo Mesto - that already went through. Two of them open this round in an early game on Monday, as L. Rytas (4-0) hosts Krka (3-1) at 18:10 CET.

December 12, 2011 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 Draw set for December 28 in Barcelona
The Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 Draw to determine the groups that make up the second phase of competition will take place on Wednesday, December 28, 2011, at Mediapro Auditorium in Barcelona, Spain. The Top 16 Draw is scheduled to begin at 13:00 CET and will be broadcast by live streaming video on Euroleague Basketball’s official website, Euroleague.net.

December 12, 2011 - Greek League, Regular Season, Game 8
Panathinaikos and Olympiacos registered easy victories against PAOK and Drama respectively over the weekend in the Greek League. The Reds remain atop the standings with 7-1 record after eight games, while the Greens improved to 6-1 and are tied with surprising Kolossos Rhodes.

December 12, 2011 - Spanish League, Regular Season, Game 11
FC Barcelona Regal now stands alone atop the Spanish League with a 10-1 record after longstanding co-leader Real Madrid fell to crosstown rival Asefa Estudiantes on the road Sunday night 90-85. Barcelona made easy work of Euroleague cohort Unicaja 72-62 at home, outgunning the visitors 52-19 in the middle two quarters to put the game out of reach.

December 11, 2011 - Adriatic League, Regular Season, Game 11
KK Zagreb CO handed Adriatic League leader Maccabi Electra its first loss of the season Saturday night in the Croatian capital 81-74. The win lifted Zagreb to the top half of the table with a 6-5 record, while 9-1 Maccabi remains first ahead of Cedevita, which has the same amount of wins, but an additional loss.

December 11, 2011 - Russian League, Regular Season, Game 6
BC Khimki downed 75-65 previously undefeated CSKA Moscow on Saturday to become the exclusive leader of the Russian League with 5-1 record. Sergey Monya led the winners with 19 points and 8 rebounds against his former team.

December 11, 2011 - Turkish League, Regular Season, Game 9
Anadolu Efes and Galatasaray Medical Park tie atop the Turkish League standings each with a 8-1 record, with Fenerbahace Ulker and Besiktas Milangaz right behind at 7-2 apiece. Efes downed Trabzonspor 91-72 at home on Saturday behind 19 points from Dusko Savanovic.

December 10, 2011 - First loss for Maccabi Electra in ABA Adriatic league
When nobody expected it just happened. Maccabi Electra lost their first game in ABA Adriatic league against KK Zagreb CO. KK Zagreb CO hosted Maccabi Electra in Zagreb and prepared the biggest surprise in these 11 games beating Maccabi 81:74 (28:19, 11:19, 19:19, 23:17).

December 10, 2011 - Cholet Basket signs swingman Christopher
Cholet Basket signed swingman Patrick Christopher as a medical replacement for injured forward Roberto Dozier. Christopher (1.96 meters, 23 years old) makes Cholet his second European stop after playing for Turkish club Antalya last season, where he averaged 15.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.

December 10, 2011 - Buducnost Voli tabs big man Tica
Buducnost Voli added big man Vladimir Tica to the roster. He helps fill the void created when Nikola Vucevic left the team. Tica (2.08, 30 years old) agreed to terms to the remainder of the season. He has past Eurocup experience in the form of seasons with Hemofarm Stada and his boyhood club Crvena Zvezda.

December 10, 2011 - BCM Gravelines grabs Reynolds at guard
Last 16-bound BCM Gravelines added some scoring punch to its backcourt by signing point guard J.R. Reynolds, who experience in both the Eurocup and the French League. Reynolds (1.89 meters, 27 years old) spent last season with French club Orleans and helped Asvel Basket with the 2008 French league title.

December 10, 2011 - Benetton brings in shooter Jobey Thomas
Benetton Basket added some serious scoring punch by signing swingman Jobey Thomas, who has been a double-digit scorer in the Euroleague. Thomas (1.94 meters, 31 years old) is known as an elite outside shooter and is familiar with the Italian League.

December 9, 2011 - Union Olimpija signs playmaker Mocnik again
Union Olimpija turned to former player Jan Mocnik to bolster its backcourt. Mocnik (1.76 meters, 24 years old) agreed to terms for the remainder of the season. The playmaker returns to Olimpija, where he spent the 2007-08 season and averaged 1.1 points and 1.3 assists as a reserve in 11 Euroleague games and 2.4 points and 1.6 assists in 20 Adriatic League appearances.

December 9, 2011 - Game finish went to Belgians
Partizan mt:s didn’t used first match ball for going through to Top 16 in Euroleague. Charleroi team won for the first time in their hall with the score 84:79 (13:18, 24:20, 32:23, 15:18).

December 9, 2011 - Week 8 bwin MVP: Nikola Mirotic, Real Madrid
With the bright lights upon him in a primetime Game of the Week showdown for first place in Group C, reigning Euroleague Rising Star Award winner Nikola Mirotic shined brighter than ever in leading Real Madrid to a convincing 88-64 victory over Maccabi Electra at Caja Magica on Thursday night.

December 8, 2011 -
Turkish Airlines Euroleague, regular season, Week 8
The first half of Week 8 games produced two more Top 16 berths – including one from a team that didn’t play, a new Euroleague record and a buzzer-beating game-winner for the ages.

December 8, 2011 - Partizan mt:s step closer to top 16 of Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Last night in Game 8 of Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Anadolu Efes beat EA7 Emporio Armani 84:70 and qualified for top 16 of Turkish Airlines Euroleague. Congratulations to Anadolu Efes, but even more important is that with this win Anadolu Efes helped a lot to Partizan mt:s to come one step closer to top 16 phase.

December 8, 2011 - Motiejunas sets defensive rebounding record
Donatas Motiejunas etched his name in the Euroleague record book on Wednesday by hauling in 18 defensive rebounds in Asseco Prokom Gdynia's 67-52 victory over Union Olimpija Ljubljana. The promising young big man more than doubled his previous rebounding high of 10 as he posted 11 points and 21 boards to lead the Polish champs to their first Turkish Airlines Euroleague win of the season.

December 7, 2011 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague, regular season, Week 8
The regular season enters its decisive phase with six games Wednesday, as more teams aim for the Top 16. Action starts at 17:15 CET with CSKA Moscow vs. KK Zagreb and ends at 21:00 CET with SLUC Nancy vs. Fenerbahce Ulker. Six more games Thursday.

December 7, 2011 - Sluc Nancy fills roster with veteran Gregory
French champion SLUC Nancy turned to a familiar face by signing Kenny Gregory to shore up its hole at small forward as it tries to advance to the Top 16. Gregory (1.97 meters, 33 years old) has played three Euroleague seasons with three different teams.

December 7, 2011 - Siena calls on Thornton again
In the face of several recent injuries, Montepaschi Siena has reached into its past to bring back classic swingman Bootsy Thornton for a third stint with the club. Thornton (1.95 meters, 34 years old) made the Final Four with Montepasch in two of his previous three seasons with the club, including his first one, 2003-04, and his last, 2007-08.

December 7, 2011 - Belgacom Spirou – Partizan mt:s, Thursday 20:30
Partizan mt:s players are traveling to Belgium on Wednesday where they will have another Euroleague meeting with team from Charleroi. Eight round Euroleague game is scheduled for Thursday 8th December with a beginning at 20:30.

December 7, 2011 - Exodus from Union Olimpija
Dany Freen and Ben Woodside were just the start of the exodus from Union Olimpija. The Slovenian Euroleague team faced new problems on Monday, when Ratko Varda moved to Azovmash. Union Olimpija players may all leave the club since they didn't receive their salaries for months, which is also one of reasons for defeats in recent weeks.

December 7, 2011 - Eurocup Week 4 MVP: Nikola Vucevic, KK Buducnost Voli
With Week 4 in the regular season arrived the first teams to advance to the Last 16. Despite winning its game however, KK Buducnost Voli still could not advance to the next round, but Nikola Vucevic emerged as the leader of the team on court and earned MVP of the Week honors thanks to an index rating performance of 36, the most among players in winning teams and, this week, also of any team.

December 6, 2011 - Eurocup Week 4, TV coverage
The fourth week of the Eurocup regular season action features TV coverage of eight games on Tuesday, including Lietuvos Rytas vs. Le Mans at 18:10 CET and Asvel Basket vs. Telenet Oostende at 20:00 CET on Eurosport 2!

December 5, 2011 - Bennet Cantu tabs Gianella
Bennett Cantu has improved its backcourt by inking point guard Nico Gianella until the end of the season, the club announced Monday. Gianella (1.87 meters, 33 years old) arrives from CB Granada, where he played for the last six seasons. He averaged 9.8 points and 2.7 assists in 30 Spanish League games last season.

December 5, 2011 - Spanish League, Regular Season, Game 10
Euroleague powers FC Barcelona Regal and Real Madrid kept pace with each other atop the Spanish League as both teams advanced to 9-1. Barcelona took care of Gran Canaria 65-49 at home on Sunday afternoon in a game it led from start to finish, while Madrid dispatched Valencia 81-64 at home on Sunday night.

December 5, 2011 - Italian League, Regular Season, Game 9
Defending champion Montepaschi Siena survived an All-Euroleague showdown with Bennet Cantu to maintain possession of the top spot in the Italian League. Siena held Cantu to just 8 second-quarter points in building a 40-24 halftime advantage and holding on for a 73-64 victory.

December 4, 2011 - Caja Laboral signs Golubovic at center
Caja Laboral turned to a familiar face to help bolster its frontline by signing center Vladimir Golubovic two a two-month contract – pending a physical. Golubovic (2.12 meters, 25 years old) played briefly for Laboral in the past when he signed a short-term deal in February 2010 to help the club when it faced injury problems.

December 4, 2011 - Adriatic League, Regular Season, Game 10
Maccabi Electra kept its grip on first place in the Adriatic League with a tightly fought road win over Crvena Zvezda 76-83 on Saturday night to remain unbeaten at 9-0. Maccabi went infront 17-25 in the opening quarter, but the hosts battled hard, won the second quarter and tied the fourth to keep things close.

December 4, 2011 - Montepaschi loses Lavrinovic, too
For the second time in a week, Montepaschi Siena has announced that one of its Lithuanian stars, center Ksistof Lavrinovic in this instance, will need surgery that will keep him off the court indefinitely. Lavrinovic (2.12 meters, 32 years old) missed the team's last Turkish Airlines Euroleague game, a victory over Union Olimpija in Slovenia, due to back problems.

December 4, 2011 - Third loss for Partizan mt:s in ABA Adriatic league
In fantastic atmosphere in Moraca hall in Podgorica, Montenegro, Buducnost beat Partizan mts: in Game 10 of ABA Adriatic league. Can’t remember that Moraca hall was so crowded like today. Domestic fans, but at same time a lot of Partizan mt:s fans as well, created fantastic atmosphere in “Game of the week”.

December 4, 2011 - French League, Regular Season, Game 9
SLUC Nancy and BCM Gravelines remain tied atop the French League table with 8-1 records after respective wins on Saturday. Nancy edged Le Havre 74-72, while Gravelines downed fellow Eurocup side Le Mans 94-76.

December 2, 2011 - Zalgiris brings back Butkevicius
Zalgiris Kaunas announced on Friday the comeback of forward Povilas Butkevicius for the remainder of the season. Butkevicius (2.03 meters, 24 years old) arrives from Rudupis of Lithuania. In the Eurocup, Butkevicius averaged 7.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in over 18 minutes per game during the regular season.

December 2, 2011 - Krka switches coaches, inks guard
In a surprise move announced Friday, KRKA Novo Mesto appointed assistsnt Aleksandar Sekulic head coach of the team, as Nenad Trajkovic stepped down. Trajkovic arrived this summer to the KRKA bench and led the team to a current 2-1 record in Group F, good enough for a temporary second place in the standings.

December 2, 2011 - Another big victory for black and whites!
In fantastic atmosphere in full “Pionir “ hall, leading team in group C in Euroleague laid down their weapons. Partizan mt:s won against Maccabi in seventh round with the score 74:71 and that was theirs 4th win in Europe strongest competition.

December 2, 2011 - Week 7 bwin co-MVPs: Erazem Lorbek, FC Barcelona Regal and Milan Macvan, Partizan mt:s
For the first time this season the Euroleague’s weekly MVP honor is shared by two players. And it couldn’t be more fitting. Two-time All-Euroleague selection Erazem Lorbek of FC Barcelona Regal and Milan Macvan of Partizan mt:s are two of the best big man in the game and both starred in important wins for their respective teams en route to sharing Week 7 bwin MVP honors.

December 2, 2011 - Unicaja swingman Darden out 2-3 months
Unicaja with be without swingman Tremmell Darden for some time after the player suffered a broken finger during Wednesday’s Turkish Airlines Euroleague game against Zalgiris in Kaunas, Lithuania. Darden, who has averaged 8.6 points and 3.7 rebounds in this, his debut Euroleague season, injured the finger on his left hand after he fell during the game.

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