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Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 31-9 
 2. Nilan Bisons 28-12 
 3. Pyrinto 28-12 
 4. Kauhajoki 23-17 
 5. ToPo 21-19 
 6. KTP 18-22 
 7. LrNMKY 17-23 
 8. Salon Vilpas 16-24 
 9. Kouvot 14-26 
 10. Korihait 13-27 
 11. Namika Lahti 11-29 
Points Per Game
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Blue, KTP23.2 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons19.7 
 3. Crocker, KTP19.3 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.2 
 5. Durham, Salon Vilp.18.9 
 6. Brooks, Namika L.18.6 
 7. Holloway, Salon V.18.3 
 8. Hannah, Kauhajoki18.3 
 9. Hawkins, ToPo18.1 
 10. Newson, Kataja18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
  Salon Vilpas
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.12.2 
 2. Durham, Salon Vilp.11.2 
 3. Blue, KTP10.4 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto10.1 
 5. Beidler, Kauhajoki9.8 
 6. Newson, Kataja8.6 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.4 
 8. McDade, Nilan B.8.2 
 9. Brown, Kouvot8.1 
 10. Hamm, LrNM.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Malik MOORE
  Namika L.
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Moore, Namika L.5.2 
 2. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.9 
 3. Haynes, LrNM.4.8 
 4. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.5 
 5. Sarcevic, KTP4.3 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto4.1 
 7. Walker, Kataja3.8 
 8. Virtanen, Kataja3.6 
 9. Zeno, Nilan Bisons3.5 
 10. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.4 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.3 
 2. Moore, Korihait2.2 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto2.0 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto1.9 
 5. Holloway, Salon V.1.8 
 6. Haynes, LrNM.1.7 
 7. Sarcevic, KTP1.7 
 8. Jordan, Kouvot1.6 
 9. Newson, Kataja1.6 
 10. Moore, Namika L.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Beidler, Kauhajoki1.9 
 2. Fields, Salon Vilp.1.8 
 3. Blue, KTP1.4 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto1.0 
 5. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 6. Lehtoranta, Kataja0.9 
 7. Mottola, ToPo0.8 
 8. Hamm, LrNM.0.8 
 9. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.7 
 10. Ahvenniemi, Pyrin.0.6 
Season 2011-2012
All Games
List of Players
List of Imports

Nilan Bisons Loimaa wins the Finnish Korisliiga 2011-2012 title (Photo:
Finnish men teams in Euro cups 2011-2012
 VTB United League:

Kataja wins the Finnish Cup again! (Photo:
Nilan Bisons Loimaa 2011-12
Greg Gibson Greg Gibson Gibson
Ryan McDade
Jeb Ivey
Martin Zeno
Jani Kivinen
Clifton Jones
# Name CM (INCH) Pos Bo NAT
24  McDade Ryan 201 (6'7'') F 80 USA
5  Ivey Jeb 190 (6'3'') G 80 USA
11  Zeno Martin 196 (6'5'') G 85 USA
4  Kivinen Jani 185 (6'1'') G 86 Finland
33  Jones Clifton 201 (6'7'') F 78 USA Finland
20  Koivisto Mikko 194 (6'5'') G 87 Finland
6  Nuutinen Matti 200 (6'7'') F 90 Finland
7  Rikkonen Turkka 188 (6'2'') G 85 Finland
8  Latvala Santeri 187 (6'2'') G 91 Finland
12  Aaltonen Eero 196 (6'5'') G/F 90 Finland
10  Karppinen Toni 180 (5'11'') 90 Finland
14  Hypponen Henri 183 (6'0'') G 87 Finland
Head Coach: Greg Gibson
Coach Assistant: Damion Dantzler
Coach Assistant: Petri Kajander
Coach Assistant: Jarno Ala-Nissila All-Finnish Korisliiga Awards 2011-12 - May 11, 2012 All-Finnish Korisliiga 1st Team 2012
Martin Zeno
Jared Newson
Tim Blue
Damon Williams
Sami Lehtoranta

Player of the Year: Martin Zeno (196-G-85) of Nilan Bisons
Guard of the Year: Martin Zeno (196-G-85) of Nilan Bisons
Forward of the Year: Tim Blue (205-F-84) of KTP
Center of the Year: Sami Lehtoranta (205-C/F-79) of Kataja
Import Player of the Year: Martin Zeno (196-G-85) of Nilan Bisons
Domestic Player of the Year: Sami Lehtoranta (205-C/F-79) of Kataja
Defensive Player of the Year: Kelly Beidler (199-F-88) of Kauhajoki
Coach of the Year: Greg Gibson of Nilan Bisons

1st Team
G: Martin Zeno (196-85) of Nilan Bisons
G/F: Jared Newson (195-84) of Kataja
F: Damon Williams (201-73) of Pyrinto
F: Tim Blue (205-84) of KTP
C/F: Sami Lehtoranta (205-79) of Kataja

2nd Team
PG: Clevin Hannah (180-87) of Kauhajoki
G: Jeb Ivey (190-80) of Nilan Bisons
F: Antwine Williams (192-75) of Pyrinto
F: Kelly Beidler (199-88) of Kauhajoki
F/C: Antti Nikkila (210-78) of Pyrinto

Honorable Mention
B.A. Walker (188-G-84) of Kataja
Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80) of Pyrinto
Chase Griffin (188-G-83) of ToPo
Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87) of KTP
Lawrence Hamm (198-F-84) of LrNMKY
Allen Durham (198-F-88) of Salon Vilpas
John Fields (205-F-88) of Salon Vilpas
Anthony Brown (203-F-86) of Kouvot
Malik Moore (192-G-77) of Namika Lahti

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Mikko Koivisto (194-87) of Nilan Bisons
G: Antero Lehto (184-84) of Pyrinto
F: Matti Nuutinen (200-90) of Nilan Bisons
F/C: Antti Nikkila (210-78) of Pyrinto
C/F: Sami Lehtoranta (205-79) of Kataja

All-Imports Team
G: Martin Zeno (196-85) of Nilan Bisons
G/F: Jared Newson (195-84) of Kataja
F: Tim Blue (205-84) of KTP
F: Damon Williams (201-73) of Pyrinto
F: Kelly Beidler (199-88) of Kauhajoki

All-Defensive Team
Kelly Beidler (199-F-88) of Kauhajoki
Damon Williams (201-F-73) of Pyrinto
Tim Blue (205-F-84) of KTP
John Fields (205-F-88) of Salon Vilpas
Nigel Moore (195-F/G-81) of Korihait

KORISLIIGA: Panther Trophy for the Bisons - May 9, 2012

Korisliiga, Finals, Game # 4: The season 2011-12 is over. Top League newcomer Bisons (Loimaa) playing first time ever in Top League and winning with the first try Finnish Championship. Tonight Bisons defeated Kataja (Joensuu) 83-66 (45-30) and winning by the same the Finals 3-1. Quarters: 16-15, 29-15, 17-22, 21-14. Bisons (37-15) was better in everything: Better shooting, more rebounds, better defense and much better American players.
When Kataja (38-13) had suffered a bitter OT loss at home on Monday, tonight's result is no surprise. Bisons was mentally and probably also physically much stronger. Bisons captain Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.), winning his first championship in Finland after the third try, told the media two big reasons, why Bisons is # 1 in Finland: 'We are a TEAM and there is the real TRUST between all people in and around the Team'. No wonder, Ivey will continue his basketball career at least two more years at Loimaa.

Bisons American Head Coach Greg Gibson, 43, led Korikonkarit (Loimaa) last season from Division 1 into top level and now into Finnish Championship! Gibson, who almost lost his voice during the Finals, gave credits to his team and players: 'I'm so happy for these guys! They never missed a practise, they always pushed eachother!'
Petri Virtanen (183-G-80) was the only Kataja-player, who reached own level. Bisons had anyway five players in double digits, though Kataja's Head Coach Jukka Toijala, 40 yo today, pushed his players not to walk and defense harder on the court. Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) (Bisons) scored game high 22 points. Ivey added 16 pts and Clifton Jones (201-F-78, college: Oregon St.) 14 pts. Jones finally won it all when playing his 12th season in Finland.
Bisons - Kataja 83-66 (45-30). (Martin Zeno 22/6a, Jeb Ivey 16/6a, Clifton Jones 14, Ville Makalainen 13/7, Mikko Koivisto 10. 1 - 70,8% (17/24), 2 - 63,6% (21/33), 3 - 34,7% (8/23). R: 33+4=37. TO: 14. - Petri Virtanen 20, Sami Lehtoranta 14, B.A.Walker 13. 1 - 61,5% (8/13), 2 - 48,5% (17/35), 3 - 28,5% (8/28). R: 24+8=32. TO: 14. A: 1300).

FINNISH CUP: Kataja winning again - Jan 22, 2012

The Finnish Cup winner 2011 and 2012 is the same Team: Kataja (Joensuu). True, even the Cup Final took today place in Tampere and the opponent was Pyrinto (Tampere). Kataja won 68-78 (27-39). Quarters: 14-19, 13-20, 15-17, 26-22. Last spring Finnish Top League finalists Pyrinto and Kataja met eachother then three times at Pyrinto home court, and Kataja lost all those contests. Now it seems, that Kataja has learned how to play and win at Pyynikki sport hall. Even Sami Lehtoranta (205-C/F-79) got early in foul trouble. Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Tenn-Martin), Jeremy Price (203-F-88, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Georgia) and Petri Virtanen (183-G-80) led Kataja with combined 48 points. Also B.A. Walker (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: VCU) and Antti Kanervo (193-G/F-89) scored in double figures. Pyrinto was led by Antero Lehto (184-G-84) and Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo).
Pyrinto - Kataja 68-78 (27-39). (Antero Lehto 17, Damon Williams 16/17/5a/5s, Kenneth Lowe 14, Antwine Williams 13 - Jared Newson 18/11, Jeremy Price 15, Petri Virtanen 15, BA Walker 14, Antti Kanervo 10).

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