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Winner League Standings
 1. Bnei Hertzeliyya 0-0 
 2. Galil Gilboa 0-0 
 3. Hapoel Eilat 0-0 
 4. Hapoel Holon 0-0 
 5. Hapoel J-M 0-0 
 6. Hapoel T-A 0-0 
 7. Ironi Nahariya 0-0 
 8. Ironi Nes-Ziona 0-0 
 9. Maccabi Ashdod 0-0 
 10. Maccabi Haifa 0-0 
 11. Maccabi Rishon 0-0 
 12. Maccabi T-A 0-0 
National League Standings
 1. Elitzur Yavne 0-0 
 2. Galil Elion 0-0 
 3. Hap.Haifa 0-0 
 4. Hap.R/G Givat. 0-0 
 5. Hapoel Afula 0-0 
 6. Hapoel B/S 0-0 
 7. Hapoel K/S 0-0 
 8. Hapoel Migd.H. 0-0 
 9. Ironi K-A 0-0 
 10. Macc.Rehovot 0-0 
 11. Maccabi H/H 0-0 
 12. Maccabi K/G 0-0 
 13. Maccabi K/M 0-0 
 14. Maccabi Raanana 0-0 
Artzit Standings
 1. Elitzur Ironi 22-2 
 2. Maccabi K/M 20-4 
 3. Hapoel Acre 18-6 
 4. Hapoel E/H 14-10 
 5. Beitar K/Y 13-11 
 6. Hapoel Maa lot 13-11 
 7. Hapoel Jat 12-12 
 8. Hapoel Zefat 11-13 
 9. Maccabi P/T 10-14 
 10. Macc.Hadera 9-15 
 11. Wingate Acad. 7-17 
 12. Hapoel Nesher 6-18 
 13. Hapoel L/H 1-23 
 1. Maccabi B/Y 17-5 
 2. Elitzur Yavne 16-6 
 3. Maccabi M/S 15-7 
 4. Elitzur Ramla 13-9 
 5. Maccabi M/A 13-9 
 6. Elitzur Ashkelon 11-11 
 7. Hapoel H/A 11-11 
 8. Hapoel H/M 11-11 
 9. Hapoel Lod 9-13 
 10. Ironi K/O 9-13 
 11. Hapoel B/T 8-14 
 12. Elitzur Macc. A 1-21 
Euroleague Standings
 1. Anadolu Efes 0-0 
 2. Baskonia 0-0 
 3. Brose Bask. 0-0 
 4. Crvena Zvezda 0-0 
 5. CSKA 0-0 
 6. EA7 Armani 0-0 
 7. FC Barcelona 0-0 
 8. Fenerbahce 0-0 
 9. Khimki 0-0 
 10. Maccabi T-A 0-0 
 11. Olympiacos 0-0 
 12. Panathinaikos 0-0 
 13. Real Madrid 0-0 
 14. Unicaja 0-0 
 15. Valencia 0-0 
 16. Zalgiris 0-0 
Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. Andorra 0-0 
 2. Cedevita 0-0 
 3. Darussafaka 0-0 
 4. Fiat TO 0-0 
 5. Paris-Levallois 0-0 
 6. Unics 0-0 
Group B
 1. B.Muenchen 0-0 
 2. Buducnost 0-0 
 3. Galatasaray 0-0 
 4. Grissin Bon RE 0-0 
 5. Hapoel J-M 0-0 
 6. Lietkabelis 0-0 
Group C
 1. ALBA 0-0 
 2. Lietuvos rytas 0-0 
 3. Limoges 0-0 
 4. Lokomotiv 0-0 
 5. Partizan NIS 0-0 
 6. RETAbet BB 0-0 
Group D
 1. ASVEL 0-0 
 2. Dolomiti En. TR 0-0 
 3. Gran Canaria 0-0 
 4. Ratiopharm 0-0 
 5. Tofas 0-0 
 6. Zenit 0-0 
Basketball Champions League Standings
Group A
 1. Banco di Srd 0-0 
 2. Enisey 0-0 
 3. EWE Baskets 0-0 
 4. Hapoel Holon 0-0 
 5. Monaco 0-0 
 6. UCAM Murcia 0-0 
Group B
 1. Chalon 0-0 
 2. Gaziantep 0-0 
 3. Iberostar Tener. 0-0 
 4. Neptunas 0-0 
 5. PAOK 0-0 
 6. Ventspils 0-0 
Group C
 1. AEK Athens 0-0 
 2. Banvit BK 0-0 
 3. Bayreuth 0-0 
 4. Strasbourg 0-0 
 5. Umana VE 0-0 
 6. Un.Olimpija 0-0 
Group D
 1. Aris 0-0 
 2. Besiktas 0-0 
 3. CEZ Nymburk 0-0 
 4. Oostende 0-0 
 5. Scandone AV 0-0 
 6. Stelmet ZG 0-0 
FIBA Europe Cup Stage Two Standings
Group K
 1. Chalon 5-1 
 2. Gaziantep 5-1 
 3. Sodertalje 1-5 
 4. Targu Mures 1-5 
Group L
 1. Demir IBB 5-1 
 2. Antwerp 4-2 
 3. Gravelines 2-4 
 4. Prievidza 1-5 
Group M
 1. Telekom Bsk 5-1 
 2. Vytautas 4-2 
 3. Oberwart 2-4 
 4. Apoel 1-5 
Group N
 1. Kormend 4-2 
 2. Nanterre 4-2 
 3. Tsmoki-Minsk 3-3 
 4. Bnei Hertzeliyya 1-5 
Group O
 1. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 4-2 
 2. Alba 4-2 
 3. UBT Cluj Napoca 2-4 
 4. BK Pardubice 2-4 
Group P
 1. Groningen 4-2 
 2. Lukoil Acad. 3-3 
 3. Enisey 0-0 
 4. Benfica 0-6 
Group Q
 1. Cibona 0-0 
 2. Ironi Nahariya 0-0 
 3. Kataja Basket 0-0 
 4. Oostende 0-0 
 5. Oradea 0-0 
 6. Spirou 0-0 
 7. Stelmet ZG 0-0 
 8. Usak 0-0 
Stage One Standings
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Hapoel T-A
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Lyons, Hapoel T-A20.1 
 2. Wyatt, Hapoel H.18.8 
 3. Selby, Maccabi K/G17.5 
 4. Simon, Maccabi .17.2 
 5. Siggers, Galil Gilboa17.1 
 6. Holloway, Hapoel H.16.6 
 7. Bowman, Maccabi .16.1 
 8. Milbourne, Hapoel E.16.0 
 9. Hopson, Ironi N.15.9 
 10. Holloway, Galil G.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
  Bnei H.
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Mashour, Bnei H.10.1 
 2. Holloway, Galil G.10.0 
 3. Atkins, Hapoel Holon8.3 
 4. Adrien, Bnei H.7.9 
 5. Howell, Hapoel J-M7.9 
 6. Cohen, Maccabi .7.7 
 7. Carmichael, Maccabi .7.1 
 8. Griffin, Galil Gilboa7.1 
 9. Iverson, Maccabi .7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory VARGAS
  Maccabi .
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Vargas, Maccabi .6.7 
 2. Henry, Hapoel Eilat6.0 
 3. Kitchen, Ironi N.5.6 
 4. Blatt, Hapoel T-A5.4 
 5. Mekel, Maccabi T-A5.0 
 6. Lyons, Hapoel T-A4.8 
 7. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .4.7 
 8. Ewing, Maccabi .4.5 
 9. Limonad, Hapoel T.4.4 
 10. Selby, Maccabi K/G4.4 
Steals Per Game
  Galil G.
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Shuchman, Galil G.2.1 
 2. Long, Maccabi .2.0 
 3. Kinsey, Hapoel J-M1.9 
 4. Henry, Hapoel Eilat1.8 
 5. Vargas, Maccabi .1.8 
 6. Carter, Maccabi .1.8 
 7. Taylor, Maccabi .1.7 
 8. DiBartolomeo, Maccabi .1.7 
 9. Howell, Hapoel T-A1.7 
 10. Dennis, Bnei H.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
  Galil Gilboa
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Griffin, Galil Gilboa1.8 
 2. Buckner, Hapoel Eilat1.3 
 3. Stoudemire, Hapoel J.1.2 
 4. Jones, Hapoel J-M1.2 
 5. Mitchell, Maccabi .1.1 
 6. Adrien, Bnei H.1.0 
 7. McCrea, Maccabi .0.9 
 8. Kelly, Maccabi K/G0.9 
 9. Daniels, Hapoel Eilat0.9 
 10. Carter, Maccabi .0.9 

First Round Schedule
Khimki 56% Oct.13 Valencia
Zalgiris 57% Oct.13 Crvena Zvezd
FC Barcelona 56% Oct.13 Panathinaiko
Anadolu Efes 54% Oct.12 Real Madrid
CSKA 54% Oct.12 EA7 Armani
Brose Bask. 58% Oct.12 Maccabi T-A
Olympiacos 58% Oct.12 Baskonia
Unicaja 58% Oct.12 Fenerbahce
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First Round Schedule
Group A
Cedevita 57% Oct.11 Fiat TO
Andorra 57% Oct.11 Unics
Paris-Levall 57% Oct.11 Darussafaka
Group B
Buducnost 57% Oct.11 Grissin Bon
Galatasaray 57% Oct.11 B.Muenchen
Lietkabelis 57% Oct.11 Hapoel J-M
Group C
Limoges 57% Oct.11 Lokomotiv
ALBA 57% Oct.11 Partizan NI
Lietuvos ryt 57% Oct.11 RETAbet BB
Group D
Ratiopharm 57% Oct.11 Tofas
Gran Canaria 57% Oct.11 Zenit
Dolomiti En 57% Oct.11 ASVEL
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First Round Schedule
Din.Tbilisi 50% Sep.19 Joventut
Keravnos 50% Sep.19 Avtodor
Bosna-Royal 50% Sep.19 Ludwigsburg
Karpos Sokol 50% Sep.19 TLU/Kalev
Groningen 50% Sep.19 Vytautas
Sigal Prisht 50% Sep.19 Tsmoki-Minsk
Kapfenberg 50% Sep.19 Benfica
BC Lulea 50% Sep.19 Antwerp
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Special interview with Oded Brandwein - Mar 25, 2013

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In the last two seasons, Oded Brandwein (186-G-88, agency: N.E.T.) is one of the best point guards in the Polish league but in spite of this fact he still doesn't get too much recognition in his homeland. 2 years ago, The young Israeli decided to leave his place of birth and used his Polish roots to get a Polish passport and move to Poland. His first stop in Poland was Kotwica Kolobrzeg and after a successful season he moved last summer to Energa Czarni Slupsk. Brandwein started the season as a backup point guard but since the management brought coach Andrej Urlep he became the leader of his team and established himself as one of the best guards in Poland. On passover evening Brendwein sat with Eurobasket for a special interview.

How does it feel like being an Israeli in Poland?

"To live here as an Israeli for sure its something that has a special meaning. There is so much history for the jewish people in Poland and i feel that its a big respect to live here. That is my second season here and i feel much more comfortable. i feel loose and i like what im doing and m teammates and its definitely a very positive experience for me. I even learned to speak a little bit Polish and i understand the language".

How did you adjust to the life in Poland?

"It wasnt an easy thing to do cause there is a big difference between lifestyle in Israel and Poland. I think that the true character and nature of a person discovered when he is out of his comfort zone and needs to handle situation he is not use to. If you wand to succeed in this kind of transition you need to be strong and patient and to work hard each and every day. I love the game and love to work hard and get better. For me its a big privilege to get up in the morning and go to a job that i love and no matter in which country im doing it. Its just a question of how much you willing to sacrifice for your goal and dreams and im willing to sacrifice a lot for it".

What made you stay in Poland for another season?

" I had a great time at Kotwica last year. It was a strong experience for me and it made me stronger. I learned a lot about myself and im thankful for the trust that they had in me and for the opportunity to get the exposure in the Polish league. Czarni saw me play last season and showed interest in me".

You started this season as a backup point guard but now you are the leader of the team. How did it happen?

"Some coaches decides who will be the leader point guard just because of the resume of the players and others are much more open minded and looks on the present and the abilities of the players. The old coach decide that i wont be starting point guard no matter what, because that another player on the roster had better resume and he wasnt even looking who is better. It was very frustrating for me. Its hard to do your best at practice when you know that your coach dont care how much you work and fight for your place on that team. In spite of that, i didnt let my head down and fight as much as i could. Coach Urlep is different and he is always aware of his players shape. Im going to each practice with full motivation and a player that doesnt do that will suffer cause here no one is safe and everybody fights for his position on the team. Its good and healthy competition that keeps everyone alerts and with best shape. Our season has changed for the best since Coach Urlep came and he is not only a very high level coach, he is a person that people respect and honor. He is our undisputed leader and the best coach i ever played for".

How do you compare the level between Israeli and Polish league?

" The polish league is in good level and very competitive. the teams are well coached and coming to win in each and every game. There are a lot of good players and all the conditions that can bring success. Its less than the quality of the Spanish and Russian leagues but i have no doubt that the difference are less than everyone thinks. There are 4 teams that plays in European cups and did good. Since i left Israel i can say that im getting more focused and know better how to be a professional basketball player and im gaining more tools. Its starts already in the summer, that for me is very intense and includes a lot of hard work ,physically and also on improving my basketball skills. Im pushing myself knowing that if i wont do it no one will do it for me. My philosophy is to focus on the present and do the maximum".

Do you think that there are too many foreigners in the Israeli league?

" Its not a matter of number, its the attitude. In Israel the Americans status is stronger than the teams and i think that there is no chance that my case here could happen in Israel, when the head coach prefers a local player over an American. No way that an Israeli coach will let me play and put the American on the bench. Thats the attitude. If i will be better than the foreigner the Israeli team will bring someone instead of him and i will stay on the bench as a substitute".

How much it effected your decision to stay in europe?

" I didnt even thought about getting back to Israel. I came here because i wanted more exposure in a competitive league. In Poland there are four teams that can give you the exposure and in Israel there are only Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Jerusalem. I think that the exposure i get in Poland is better than what i could get in Israel and it can lead to big contract in a big league. This summer i already got offers from the spanish LEB gold and from Greece, Holland and Cyprus. Most of Israeli players leaving Israel because they think they can earn more money and they dont understand that if you not a Maccabi player or national team player, you have to prove yourself before you get the big money. I have spent a lot of money on personal training. I had a great advisor name Uri Barnea and an American agent that helped me getting a tryout in Poland while i was playing in Israeli second division. Im sure that next season i will play in a team that plays in Europe and has great ambitious. I dont think about getting back to Israel and it will take a very special offer to make me consider getting back".

Did you keep in touch with the other Israeli that playing this year at Poland- Robert Rothbart

"Off course that me and Robert are in touch and i can say he is a great player and also a fun guy to be with. He is having a great season so far personally and everybody is aware to his abilities. After that we won his team he came to congratulate me. I wish him and his team all the best"

How would you describe the relations with your teammates?

"Many of my teammates are best friends of mine and i have good relations with the polish players and also with the Americans. There is a great atmosphere in our locker-room".

What do you like to do in your free time?

" I dedicate most of my free time for rest cause we have very intense practices so we need to rest and eat when we have free time. I use Skype to keep in touch with my family and my girlfriend from Israel".

Israel national team will play this summer in the European championship. Do you think you deserve to play there?

"I dont see it happen. Im realistic and know that i need to improve my game first".   

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