Overseas League Updates January 16th

Polish League Round 15 January 11th-16th

The last game from Round 10 was made up on Wednesday with Alexis Jones getting help from Aleksandra Pszczolarska in Torun’s 88-62 win over Polonia Warszawa. This round started on Saturday with the two teams at the top of the standings meeting and Artemis Spanou and Stephanie Mavunga helped Polkowice send a message by using a fast start to hand Alanna Smith, Lindsay Allen, and Gorzow their first loss 90-75. Sunday’s first game was Poznan’s 82-65 win over Stephanie Jones and Sleza Wroclaw. A big lead early for Arka Gdynia gave them plenty of time to play their young players and Magdalena Szymkiewicz paced them in a 95-69 win over Torun. Batabe Zempare and Miroslava Mistinova teamed up to help Zaglebie Sosnowiec edge Sparkle Taylor and Lublin 71-69 to end the day. On Monday, Magdalena Parysek-Bochniak and Pruszkow took advantage of Bydgoszcz’s struggles and climbed out of last place with an 86-75 win over Karina Michalek and company.

January 11

Torun [88]: Jones 25/6a A. Pszczolarska 21/14r Stankiewicz 14 Grays 10/11r/6a
Polonia Warszawa [62]: Jackson 16/8r Keys 16 Leszczynska 13/11r

January 14

Polkowice [90]: Spanou 21 Mavunga 20 Wheeler 17/7a Friskovec 12/6r Puter 10
Gorzow [75]: Smith 21/6r Allen 21/8a Wadoux 13 Horvat 10/11r

January 15

Sleza Wroclaw [65]: Jones 21/9r Stefanczyk 16 Kurach 10 Jaworska 6/6a
Poznan [82]: Dodson 19/11r Sutton 17/14a Pokk 16/7r Skobel 13 Zukowska 10

Arka Gdynia [95]: Szymkiewicz 22 Borkowska 16/7r Kastanek 16 Higgins 13/8r Vuckovic 7/6r Fontaine 6 Gorecki 4
Torun [69]: Jones 17 Stankiewicz 17 Podkanska 10 Adebayo 4/7r Grays 3

Zaglebie Sosnowiec [71]: Zempare 22/10r Mistinova 21/9r Coleman 11/10r/8a Dornstauder 4
Lublin [69]: Taylor 27 Yurkevichus 11/9r Zec 7 Mack 6/10r

January 16

Pruszkow [86]: Parysek-Bochniak 21/7r Berezowska 17 Papiernik 16/6r/11a Marciniak 13/13r Maslowska 11
Bydgoszcz [75]: Michalek 29/6r Krupa 13/6r Wieczynska 10/6a W. Sobiech 10

World of Basketball


The regular season resumed in South Korea on Saturday with Woori Bank extending their lead in the standings with a 68-56 win over BNK. At the other end of the standings, the Stars defeated Hana Bank 85-76 on Sunday and BNK prevented the Blue Minx from pulling way ahead of them with a 72-71 win. All of the games scheduled in Japan were played and the Antelopes are the leaders right now as they survived an overtime game that featured a 22 rebound effort from Izoje Uche for the Magic. Four more rounds of play were completed in Taiwan and Taiyuan Textile leads in the standings, followed by Cathay Life, Chunghwa Telecom, and Taiwan Power as none of the teams are undefeated or winless. Lin Yu-Ting had the biggest scoring game with 31 points for Chunghwa Telecom in a game where they scored 121 points.


The season resumed in Argentina with some teams coming off a very large holiday break after not qualifying for first inter-conference tournament. There is not much suspense in either conference right now as the teams that met to compete for the first trophy figure to have their halves of the league sewn up already. Quimsa has a four game lead in the loss column in the north. Obras, which won that first competition, holds a five game lead in the loss column in the south.

Around Europe

More games were played in the European League this week, starting on Thursday when Frankivsk’s latest travels brought them to Ostrava and they left with a 74-63 win. Chomutov hosted the weekend games and Polonia Warszawa won the first game 73-70 over Frankivsk. Saturday’s other game had the hosts winning 74-58 over Siauliai. Polonia Warszawa stayed perfect on Sunday with a 67-61 over Siauliai and then Chomutov won 93-62 against Frankivsk. The first week of the second stage of Adriatic play offered no upsets, but Andzelika Mitrasinovic did record a triple-double. Riga got 30 points from Kate Vilka in a Baltic League game to just get back up to an even record as all the teams continue to trail Riga Stradins University in the loss column.

Games in various cup competitions were played over the course of the week. In Iceland, Cheah Rael-Whitsitt had 33 points in Snaefell’s loss while Daniela Wallen had a triple-double to help Keflavik advance, but a 30 point game for her on Saturday was not enough to prevent Haukur from winning. In Finland, Ilmar’I Thomas had 30 points to get Torpan Pojat to the final and then had 34 points to lead her team past Peli-Karhut and to the trophy. There was a double-overtime thriller in Cyprus as Styliana Velinova and Cassidy Mihalko had 30 points each to get Anagennisi Yermasogias a 96-95 win over AEL Limassol, which got 31 points from Hailey Leidel. There was no drama in Austria after Klosterneuburg captured the trophy with a 97-45 win over Graz.

The Chase for Promotion

Karsiyaka’s games were officially stricken from the record in the Turkish second division with no real effect on the standings. Sasha Goodlett had 30 points for league leading Tarsus, but the biggest scoring game of the weekend was from Aliyah Maczyk, who had 43 points, while Zakyia Weathersby grabbed 20 rebounds in her game. The teams tied at the top of the standings in Spain’s second division met and Ferrol restored their sole lead with an 80-66 win at Joventut Badalona. The top four teams played amongst themselves in the northern section of Italy’s second division and Milano is now at the top after their win over Udine and Costa Masnaga’s win over Scrivia. Charnay is alone in the lead in France’s second division at the halfway point as they managed to edge a Mondeville team battling at the other end of the standings in overtime.

League play resumed in Serbia’s second division and Natasa Bucevac had 34 points in her game while Jovana Jevtovic grabbed 20 rebounds. Jelena Maksimovic had a 31 point, 21 rebound effort while her teammate Tamara Kerezovic dished out 15 assists. Rakia Lane had the top scoring game in Portugal’s second division with 40 points, but Becca Wann-Taylor did have her usual eye-popping statline with 31 points and 32 rebounds.

Notable Individual Performances

The split in the standings in Slovakia happened before the games this weekend and Lucia Kasperanova had 34 points in Kosice’s first game. Katarina Knezevic had 33 points in a tough loss in Serbia. Julie McCarthy had a 21 rebound game in Norway. Sam Logic had a 19 point, 11 rebound, 21 assist triple-double, but there some other big scorelines in Luxembourg as Julie Mangen had 31 points and Amanda Cahill had 33 points. Kosovo resumed play after a long break and Khadija Brown-Haywood debuted with a 42 point game. The British League returned from a break and McKenzie Johnston made sure she recorded a triple-double with a 10 point, 10 rebound, 10 assist statline. Erin McGarrachan had 31 points while Sam Keltos had 32 points. Maddi Utti had a 21 rebound game in Finland. In the Czech Republic, NaJai Pollard had a 31 point game and then Brionna Jones had 35 points over the weekend. Teodora Dineva had a 30 point game in Bulgaria. Young Nastja Claessens was impressive with 30 points for Waregem in Belgium.


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