EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/16/2009

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Adriatic-League Round: 25 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Crvena Zvez. - KK Zagreb 95-83
Crvena Zvezda sealed a Final 4 spot with this victory and it is not known yet will it be from the second or third position. Marko Keselj (205-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) demonstrated nice performance in this victory netting 19 points. Andre Owens, Lawernce Roberts and Tadija Dragicevic scored 14 pts each. Ante Tomic had 17 pts and 9 boards in defeat.

FMP - Buducnost 85-93
FMP faced with home loss vs Montenegrin champion falling to 10-15 record. Nemanja Gordic (194-G-88) top-scored in victory with 18, Vladimir Dasic had 15 and Marko Simonovic netted 14 pts. Nemanja Protic posted 18 pts for the hosts. Buducnost jumped to 14-11.

Cibona - Partizan 66-58
Cibona was better than the reigning champion in Zagreb 66-58 staying on the second place with 19-6 record. Partizan is still No.1 with nice 22-3. Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) was a key player for the winners collecting 23 points and 5 rebounds. Nikola Prkacin followed him with 14 points and 8 boards. Milenko Tepic netted 15 points in loss (6/6 FG2, 3/3 FTs).

KK Split - Helios 92-82
Eddie Shannon (180-G-76, college: Florida) stepped up for Split this time draining 22 points and also registering 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Jamon Gordon and Sinisa Stemberger combined 34 pts. Alvin Snow scored 21 points for the guests. Split 10-15, Helios 7-18.

Vojvodina - Hemofarm 66-72
Hemofarm outplayed Vojvodina on the road booking a spot for the Final 4 tournament. Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) once again shined for the winners scoring 5 triples - 20 points in total. Nebojsa Joksimovic had 13 and Boris Savovic netted 11 pts. Jovo Stanojevic answered with 26 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts (11/14 FG2, 4/5 FTs).

U.Olimpija - Zadar 73-67
The Slovenian champion was too strong for the Croatian champ celebrating nice 73-67 victory. It means that Zadar stays out of the Final 4 this season. Saso Ozbolt (188-G-81, agency: World Sport Agency) came up with 18, Jasmin Hukic had 15 pts and 6 rebounds, while Jaka Klobucar helped the hosts with 14 pts. Rok Stipcevic and Desmon Farmer combined 33 pts in loss.

Bosna S. - Krka 89-79
In the opening game of the round Bosna outplayed Krka 89-79 thanks to Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket), who was on fire scoring 29 points. He also pulled down 7 rebounds beside that. Dusan Dordevic scored 14 and handed out impressive 15 assists. Smiljan Pavic had double-double in defeat, 19 pts and 14 rebounds.


Standings
Adriatic L. Standings
 1. Partizan 22-3 
 2. Cibona 19-6 
 3. Crvena Zvez. 19-6 
 4. Hemofarm 18-7 
 5. Zadar 16-9 
 6. Buducnost 14-11 
 7. Bosna S. 11-14 
 8. FMP 10-15 
 9. Olimpija 10-15 
 10. KK Split 10-15 
 11. Krka 8-17 
 12. KK Zagreb 7-18 
 13. Helios 7-18 
 14. Vojvodina 4-21 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Dragan LABOVIC
  FMP
  (207-C/F-87)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Labovic, FMP17.9 
 2. Jacobson, Helios16.0 
 3. Shannon, KK Split15.7 
 4. Shields, Krka15.5 
 5. Ikonic, Bosna S.15.3 
 6. Tomic, KK Zagreb15.2 
 7. Ivanovic, Bosna S.14.7 
 8. Gecevski, Zadar14.4 
 9. Stemberger, KK Sp.13.9 
 10. Simon, KK Zagr.13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante TOMIC
  KK Zagreb
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Tomic, KK Zagreb8.8 
 2. Gecevski, Zadar7.9 
 3. Ivanov, Zadar6.9 
 4. Velickovic, Partizan6.9 
 5. Samardziski, FMP6.9 
 6. Borovnjak, Vojvo.6.8 
 7. Pavic, Krka6.7 
 8. Lasme, Partizan6.5 
 9. Labovic, FMP6.2 
 10. Fisher, Vojvodi.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dusan DORDEVIC
  Bosna S.
  (195-G-83)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Dordevic, Bosna S.4.6 
 2. Ilievski, U.Olimpija4.5 
 3. Stipcevic, Zadar4.4 
 4. Shannon, KK Split4.3 
 5. Mocnik, Helios3.7 
 6. Covic, FMP3.5 
 7. Dixon, Zadar3.3 
 8. Pavkovic, Hemofarm3.3 
 9. Calloway, Cibona3.3 
 10. Marinovic, Crvena.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Eddie SHANNON
  KK Split
  (180-G-76)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Shannon, KK Split2.4 
 2. Calloway, Cibona2.0 
 3. Markovic, Hemofarm1.8 
 4. Ozbolt, U.Olimpija1.7 
 5. Mocnik, Helios1.6 
 6. Stemberger, KK Sp.1.6 
 7. Stipcevic, Zadar1.5 
 8. Roberts, Crvena Z.1.5 
 9. Johnson, Zadar1.4 
 10. Rozic, Cibo.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  U.Olimpija
  (218-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Begic, U.Olimpija2.3 
 2. Vranes, Partizan1.8 
 3. Lasme, Partizan1.8 
 4. Samardziski, FMP1.2 
 5. Bader, Hemofarm1.2 
 6. Bajic, Vojvodina1.0 
 7. Zoric, KK Zagreb1.0 
 8. Zimic, Bosna S.1.0 
 9. Tomic, KK Zagreb1.0 
 10. Gecevski, Zad.1.0 


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  AUSTRALIA   


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Kirk PENNEY
  Breakers
  (194-G-80)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Penney, Breakers23.7 
 2. Ere, Tigers20.7 
 3. Whitehead, Blaze20.4 
 4. Harvey, Blaze20.0 
 5. Redhage, Wildcats19.6 
 6. Williams, Crocodiles18.7 
 7. Ballinger, 36ers18.5 
 8. Franklin, Hawks18.4 
 9. Knight, Spirit18.1 
 10. Anstey, Tige.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luke WHITEHEAD
  Blaze
  (199-F-81)
  Avg: 15
 1. Whitehead, Blaze15.0 
 2. Schenscher, 36ers10.2 
 3. Ellis, Crocodiles10.1 
 4. Anstey, Tigers9.7 
 5. Rychart, Hawks8.3 
 6. Redhage, Wildcats8.2 
 7. Rickert, Breakers7.9 
 8. Ballinger, 36ers7.8 
 9. Saville, Hawks7.8 
 10. Knight, Spir.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Shane HEAL
  Blaze
  (182-G-70)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Heal, Blaze5.1 
 2. Dann, Spirit5.0 
 3. Boucher, Breakers4.6 
 4. Crosswell, Tigers4.6 
 5. Bruce, 36ers4.6 
 6. Franklin, Hawks4.5 
 7. Hinson, Wildcats4.3 
 8. Bruton, Breakers4.3 
 9. Maher, 36ers4.2 
 10. Crawford, Wildca.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Glen SAVILLE
  Hawks
  (197-G/F-76)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Saville, Hawks2.5 
 2. Williams, Taipans2.1 
 3. Ellis, Crocodiles1.8 
 4. Boucher, Breakers1.7 
 5. Crawford, Wildcats1.7 
 6. Bowen, Blaze1.6 
 7. Martin, Spirit1.6 
 8. Bruton, Breakers1.6 
 9. Anstey, Tigers1.5 
 10. Mee, Taipa.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris ANSTEY
  Tigers
  (213-C-75)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Anstey, Tigers1.8 
 2. Mee, Taipans1.4 
 3. Saville, Hawks1.3 
 4. Frank, Blaze1.2 
 5. Bowen, Blaze1.1 
 6. Victor, Wildcats1.0 
 7. Abercrombie, Break.0.9 
 8. Burston, Dragons0.9 
 9. Ere, Tigers0.9 
 10. Darden, Drago.0.9 


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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Group 1
 1. Furstenfeld 17-7 
 2. Gmunden 16-7 
 3. Arkadia 16-7 
 4. Kapfenberg 15-9 
 5. Oberwart 15-9 
 6. Wels 14-10 
Group 2
 1. Klosterneub. 12-11 
 2. St.Polten 10-14 
 3. Gussing 9-14 
 4. Worthersee 8-16 
 5. UBSC Graz 6-17 
 6. Vienna 3-20 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Deven MITCHELL
  Arkadia
  (196-F-84)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Mitchell, Arkadia23.5 
 2. Mayes, Gmunden22.1 
 3. Thomas, Wels19.9 
 4. Burnette, Worth.19.8 
 5. George, Vienna19.8 
 6. Speiser, St.Polten18.9 
 7. Youngblood, Oberw.18.9 
 8. Moric, Oberwart18.7 
 9. Fears, Kapfenberg18.5 
 10. Vay, Arkad.18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicholas RHODES
  Vienna
  (206-C-84)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Rhodes, Vienna11.4 
 2. Chappell, Gussing9.3 
 3. Bakovic, St.Polten9.1 
 4. Grier, UBSC G.8.2 
 5. Johnson, Oberwart7.8 
 6. Ledoux, Gussing7.6 
 7. Strait, Wels7.3 
 8. Lucas, Furstenfeld7.2 
 9. Moric, Oberwart7.2 
 10. Colwell, Gmund.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Polten
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.6.0 
 2. Lanegger, UBSC G.5.7 
 3. Burnette, Worth.5.7 
 4. Boone, Furstenfeld5.2 
 5. Danek, Arkadia4.7 
 6. Mascoll, UBSC G.4.6 
 7. Grum, Furstenfeld4.0 
 8. Thomas, Gussing3.8 
 9. Rowland, Furstenf.3.6 
 10. O'Neal, Vien.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Deven MITCHELL
  Arkadia
  (196-F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Mitchell, Arkadia2.6 
 2. George, Vienna2.2 
 3. Ray, Furstenfeld2.1 
 4. Burnette, Worth.2.0 
 5. Creddle, Klostern.2.0 
 6. Moore, Wels2.0 
 7. Ledoux, Gussing1.8 
 8. Fears, Kapfenberg1.8 
 9. Artner, Oberwart1.8 
 10. Youngblood, Obe.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryan GRIER
  UBSC Graz
  (196-F-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Grier, UBSC G.2.2 
 2. Colwell, Gmunden1.3 
 3. Barbary, Furstenf.1.0 
 4. Mascoll, UBSC G.0.9 
 5. Bakovic, St.Polten0.9 
 6. Speiser, St.Polten0.7 
 7. Mayer, Gmunden0.7 
 8. Hamidovic, Klostern.0.7 
 9. Schranz, Arkadia0.7 
 10. Huffman, Gmund.0.7 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reinis STRUPOVICS
  Keizarmezs
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Strupovics, Keiza.20.8 
 2. Bankevics, Valmiera19.6 
 3. Kolesnikov, VEF R.19.4 
 4. Clark, Valmiera19.1 
 5. Vares, Valga Welg18.8 
 6. Varnelis, Alytus A.18.4 
 7. Alexander, Ba.17.7 
 8. Beard, TU/Rock17.2 
 9. Vasylius, Neptunas17.1 
 10. Runkauskas, Sudu.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanoka BEARD
  TU/Rock
  (205-F/C-71)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Beard, TU/Rock9.8 
 2. Anderson, Valga W.9.5 
 3. Alexander, Ba.8.5 
 4. Jankunas, Zalgiris7.8 
 5. Varnelis, Alytus A.7.7 
 6. Vasylius, Neptunas7.7 
 7. Bambis, Zemgale7.3 
 8. Berzins, Ba.7.1 
 9. Clark, Valmiera7.1 
 10. Cipriano, Norrkopi.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi TSINTSADZE
  TU/Rock
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock5.5 
 2. Gabrans, ASK/.4.6 
 3. Sirsnins, Valmiera4.4 
 4. Hill, Techasas4.4 
 5. Viskontas, Nevezis4.3 
 6. Runkauskas, Suduva4.3 
 7. Grant, Norrkoping4.3 
 8. Jeromanovs, VEF R.4.2 
 9. Eidson, Lietuvos4.1 
 10. Kazevicius, Alytus.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Kalev/Cramo
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Linehan, Kalev/Cr.3.2 
 2. Bolds, Techasas2.6 
 3. Jeromanovs, VEF R.2.2 
 4. Slesers, Keiza.2.2 
 5. Gabrans, ASK/.2.1 
 6. Pilk, TTU K.2.0 
 7. Fox, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
 8. Kolesnikov, VEF R.1.9 
 9. Mazutis, ASK Riga1.9 
 10. Eidson, Lietuv.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Darius SILINSKIS
  Zalgiris
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Silinskis, Nevezis1.9 
 2. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.8 
 3. Woods, Zalgiris1.5 
 4. Anderson, Valga W.1.4 
 5. Berzins, Ba.1.3 
 6. Lyde, Kalev/Cramo1.3 
 7. Selakovs, VEF Riga1.3 
 8. Shukhovtsov, Sakal.1.2 
 9. Talts, TU/Rock1.2 
 10. Elliott, Valmie.1.1 


Standings - Men
BBL Standings
Group 1
 1. Lietuvos 14-4 
 2. Zalgiris 13-5 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 12-6 
 4. ASK Riga 12-6 
 5. Siauliai 10-8 
 6. TU/Rock 8-10 
 7. Barons/LMT 7-11 
 8. Ventspils 7-11 
 9. Valmiera 5-13 
 10. Nevezis 2-16 
Group C
 1. Sakalai 16-4 
 2. VEF Riga 15-5 
 3. Kaunas Tr. 13-7 
 4. Neptunas 13-7 
 5. Norrkoping 11-9 
 6. Aisciai 10-10 
Group D
 1. Liepaja 10-10 
 2. TTU KK 9-10 
 3. Alytus Alita 9-11 
 4. Zemgale 8-12 
 5. Keizarmezs 8-12 
 6. Tallinna Kalev 7-12 


SEB BBL: Bitter victory for BC Kalev/Cramo - by Janar Filippov

BC Kalev/Cramo defeated Ventspils 96:73 and finished on 3rd position in SEB BBL Elite Division. The hosts took a 15-point lead after first half and decided the game with a 23:5 run during five minutes in the middle of the 3rd quarter, going ahead 77:42.

Nate Fox (206-F-77, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Maine) and John Linehan (175-G-78, college: Providence) scored 19 points for Kalev/Cram. Rait Keerles (201-F-80) added 14 and Kevin Lyde 10 points. Ventspils was led by Mareks Jurevicius who scored 15 points. The hosts outrebounded Latvian side 43:27 (offensive rbs - 15:9) and shot much better from the long range - 12/26 versus 4/20.

Despite the firm victory, BC Kalev/Cramo ended the regular season on somewhat disappointing 3rd place because Lietuvos Rytas lost to Zalgiris at home, as actually expected. Rytas and Zalgiris took the two top positions in SEB BBL standings. Kalev/Cramo faces home rivals TU/Rock in SEB BBL quarter-finals.

Due to some especially weird reason, the SEB BBL quarter-finals will be played with a weaker-team advantage: the first game of the home-and-away-series will be played in home court of the higher-positioned team!

Probably, the league officials are trying to make it easier for Lithuanian Siauliai to reach the SEB BBL Final Four. Siauliai ended the regular seaon on the 5th place and will face ASK Riga in quarter-finals.



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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. M.Hainaut 17-5 
 2. Charleroi 15-6 
 3. Aalstar 15-6 
 4. Antwerp 12-10 
 5. Liege 9-12 
 6. Oostende 9-12 
 7. Leuven 8-13 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 7-15 
 9. Gent 4-17 


Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Bree 22-4 
 2. Hasselt 18-6 
 3. Sint-Jan Antw. 16-7 
 4. Waregem 16-8 
 5. Fleurus 15-10 
 6. Willebroek 14-10 
 7. De Westhoek 13-11 
 8. Essor Charleroi 10-14 
 9. Pitzemburg 9-14 
 10. Falco Gent 9-15 
 11. Boom 8-15 
 12. Wevelgem 7-4 
 13. Ninane 7-17 
 14. Carnieres 6-18 
 15. Nivelles 4-21 


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Matt LOJESKI
  Aalstar
  (198-G-85)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Lojeski, Aalstar19.1 
 2. Banks, Verviers.18.0 
 3. Hopkins, Antwerp17.3 
 4. Hill, Liege17.3 
 5. Freeman, Gent17.0 
 6. Miller, Leuven16.7 
 7. Green, M.Hainaut15.6 
 8. Cage, Liege15.0 
 9. Huffman, Aalstar14.8 
 10. Pelle, Aalst.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Damian CANTRELL
  Aalstar
  (200-F-76)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Cantrell, Aalstar9.7 
 2. Brown, Gent8.4 
 3. Ebong, M.Hainaut7.7 
 4. Pelle, Aalstar7.6 
 5. Randle, Gent7.6 
 6. Thomas, Liege6.9 
 7. Melson, Gent6.8 
 8. Beghin, Antwerp6.3 
 9. Sensley, M.Hainaut6.2 
 10. Dove, Verviers-P.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Trevor HUFFMAN
  Aalstar
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Huffman, Aalstar5.5 
 2. Draper, Oostende5.0 
 3. Atkins, Oostende4.1 
 4. Conlan, M.Hainaut3.6 
 5. Black, Antwerp3.3 
 6. Moors, Gent3.2 
 7. Loubry, Gent3.1 
 8. Miller, Leuven2.9 
 9. Wilson, Liege2.8 
 10. Green, Oosten.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher HILL
  Liege
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hill, Liege2.4 
 2. Hopkins, Antwerp2.3 
 3. Atkins, Oostende2.1 
 4. Conlan, M.Hainaut2.0 
 5. Freeman, Gent2.0 
 6. Huffman, Aalstar1.9 
 7. Lojeski, Aalstar1.9 
 8. Dove, Verviers-Pep.1.9 
 9. Owens, Liege1.7 
 10. Black, Antwe.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Matt HARYASZ
  Oostende
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Haryasz, Oostende1.5 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.3 
 3. Pelle, Aalstar1.2 
 4. Sensley, M.Hainaut0.9 
 5. Ibrahim, Leuven0.9 
 6. Wilkinson, Charleroi0.9 
 7. Fields, Liege0.9 
 8. Erwin, Verviers.0.8 
 9. Dove, Verviers-Pep.0.8 
 10. Green, Oosten.0.8 


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  BULGARIA   


The Cup of Bulgaria is in Blue - by Valentin Anguelov

Levski won and took the Cup of Bulgaria after beating the previous holder of the trophy Lukoil Academic. In front of packed stands in 'Balkanstroy' hall in Ple ven the players of Titi Papazov outplayed Lukoil Academic winning 89-81 and are the new winners of 'Ledenika Cup'. For second time this season Levski defeated the champions but this time in a Cup game where there will not be a chance for revenge.

The teams started very nervous the game and there was a low scoring in the first ten minutes. Then in the second quarter the things changed. The scoring was bigger as the teams scored a total of 63 points in this quarter. There were mistakes from both sides but the quality of the basketball played was much better.

With two minutes to play Lukoil Academic took the lead at 81-80 but this was the last basket for the team tonight. From here until the final buzzer Levski scored 9 unanswered points and the Cup was 'Blue'.

Levski won the rebounding battle 36-29 and stopped Lukoil Academic's strength - the three-point shooting. Despite scoring 9 times from the three-point lane for most of the time they couldn't succeed with their shot. Levski even scored 10 threes - more than its opponent.

Marcus Hall (185-G-85, college: Colorado) came in as a substitute and finished with 23 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds to be the Most Valuable Player in his first game from the four day tournament in Pleven. He was a real enigma for Lukoil Academic's defense and they didn't find a way to stop him.

Stefan Georgiev and Dwayne Morton scored 15 apiece despite also starting the game on the bench. Kazlauskas added 13 and Zlatin Georgiev 12 but they both were scoring in very important moments. Boyko Mladenov also played good during his time on the court.

For Lukoil Academic the two Americans Goldwire and Deane finished with game-high 18 points as Todor Stoykov added 14. However they were the only players to score in double figures for their team.

Now with Lukoil Academic losing this Cup final the things in the championship will probably be even more interesting. The confidence of the champions is not as high as before and they will certainly have problems in their bid to retain the title in may.

FULL STATS OF THE LUKOIL ACADEMIC - LEVSKI GAME



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  CANADA   


Ravens Win CIS Final 8 Mens Basketball Championship, 87-77, Over UBC For 6th National Title In 7 Years - by Eurobasket
The Carleton University Ravens Mens Basketball team defeated the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds to win the CIS Final 8 Mens Basketball Championship in front of 8,000 fans at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario. Todays victory marks the 6th national title for the program in 7 years - second only in all-time CIS championships to Victoria who captured 7 consecutive national championships from 1979-1985 and earned their most recent title in the 1996-1997 season.
The Thunderbirds started the game shooting well from the floor to jump out to a 16-6 lead before Kingston native Rob Saunders (191-G-85) would respond by scoring 6 of the Ravens next 12 points to come within 4 points of Victoria. The Ravens Kevin McCleery (203-F) of Ottawa had a strong performance late in the quarter, scoring 5 points, as Victoria led Carleton 24-18 at the end of the first.
Stuart Turnbull (188-G-84) of Kingston, Ontario started the second quarter off strong for the Ravens, sinking a three-pointer to pull closer to the leading Thunderbirds. As Carleton began to dominate on the boards they were able to chip away at Victorias lead coming within two points after a basket by Aaron Doornekamp (198-F-85) of Odessa, Ontario with two minutes remaining in the half. Two successful free throws by Eliot Thompson (191-G-89) of Fredericton, New Brunswick and a single point from Kyle Smendziuk (198-F) of Kanata, Ontario made it 37-36 in favor of Victoria at the halftime break.
McCleery gave the Ravens their first lead of the game on their first possession for a 38-37 advantage to start the third quarter. Carleton would then go on an 8-point run to hold Victoria scoreless for the opening four minutes of play in the second half. The Ravens would retain their lead for the remainder of the third and gain their biggest advantage on the last possession when Turnbull sunk a three to end the quarter ahead 55-48.
Carleton would continue to build on their momentum in the final quarter of play as Ottawa native Mike Kenny (183-G-85) scored the Ravens opening two baskets 60-50 advantage and their most substantial lead of the game. Midway through the quarter Doornekamp added to the Ravens tally with four consecutive points to preserve the 10-point lead. Smendziuk grabbed crucial rebounds in the closing minutes and sunk two free throws to extend the Ravens lead to 12 points with just under two minutes left to play.
Victoria wouldnt let down in the closing minutes as they challenged Carleton for each and every possession. The Ravens stayed composed and hit their foul shots in the final minute of play to secure an 87-77 victory and the CIS Final 8 Championship.
Carleton out-rebounded Victoria 43 26 in todays championship final.
Rob Saunders is honored as the game MVP for the Ravens scoring 18 points and 4 rebounds in the match.
Leading the scoring for the Ravens is Stuart Turnbull who totaled a game-high 22 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Robert Saunders (191-G-85) had an impressive performance with 18 points and 4 rebounds while Kevin McCleery rounded out the Ravens scoring with 15 points and a game-high 8 boards.
The Thunderbirds were led by Chris Dyck (191-G-85) of Winnipeg, Manitoba who scored 21 points and pulled down 5 rebounds. Josh Whyte of Calgary, Alberta added 15 points and 4 rebounds while teammate Labranche Blain of Edmonton, Alberta tallied 13 points and a single rebound in the Thunderbirds loss.

Scoring:
Ravens: 18 18 19 32 = 87
Victoria: 24 13 11 29 = 77

Top Scorers:
Ravens: Turnbull 22 points / Victoria: Dyck 21 points

Team Rebounds:
Ravens: 15 + 28 = 43 / Victoria: 5 + 21 = 26

STUART TURNBULL HONORED AS TOURNAMENT MVP, MCCLEERY NAMED TO TOURNAMENT ALL-STAR TEAM.
Stuart Turnbull is awarded the Jack Donohue Trophy as the CIS Final 8 tournament MVP after leading the scoring in the match with 22 points. Turnbull adds to his stellar performances this weekend after scoring 19 points in yesterdays semi-final match-up with the University of Western Ontario and tallying 23 points in the Ravens quarterfinal victory over St. FX on Friday. Turnbull led the Ravens in scoring in all three matches en route to his 4th national title in 5 years.
Kevin McCleery was named to the CIS Final 8 All-Star team after a spectacular performance in todays final in which he scored 15 points and had a game-high 8 rebounds. McCleery scored 14 points and pulled down 6 rebounds in the semi-final game, adding to the impressive tally of 14 points and a game-high 8 boards in Fridays quarterfinal.
All-CIS Tournament Team
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TOURNAMENT MVP & ALL-STARS:
MVP: Stuart Turnbull of Carleton
All-Stars:
Chris Dyck of UBC
Ross Bekkering (203-F-85) of Calgary
Matthew Curtis (185-G) of Western
Kevin McCleery of Carleton

Carleton has successfully defeated a team from each of the CIS conferences to claim a national title standing at 1-0 with each of the AUS, OUA and QSSF conferences. Todays game marks the third consecutive CIS championship game that Carleton has played against a CWUAA opponent. In 2006 the Ravens defeated University of Victoria 73-67 before defending their national title in 2007 with a 52-49 victory over Brandon University.
The Ravens OUA-CIS regular season and post-season combined record improves to 240-25 for a remarkable winning percentage of 91%.
Aaron Doornekamp, Stuart Turnbull and Rob Saunders all graduate with 4 national titles in their 5 years of competition in the CIS in their final season with the Ravens.

Courtesy of Carleton


CIS All-Canadian Awards
CIS All-Canadian 1st Team 2008-09
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Upshaw

1st Team
Jacob Doerksen (200-F-88) of Trinity
Greg Surmacz (203-F-86) of Windsor
Damian Buckley (186-G) of Concordia
Stuart Turnbull of Carleton
Christian Upshaw (178-G-86) St Francis

2nd Team
Aaron Doornekamp of Carleton
Dany Charlery (191-G-83) of Brandon
Ross Bekkering of Calgary
Phillip Nkrumah (193-G) of Cape Breton
Josh Gibson-Bascombe (193-G-86) of Ottawa

Mike Moser Memorial Trophy (Player of the Year): Jacob Doerksen of Trinity Western
Defensive Player of the Year: Robert Saunders of Carleton Ravens
Ken Shields award (Outstanding Student-Athlete): Jerome Turcotte-Routhier (193-G-86) of Laval
Coach of the Year: Dave Smart of Carleton Ravens



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  CHINA   


Guangdong, Xinjiang Win, Bayi Slips Further from Playoffs - by Arthur Volbert
Guangdong destroyed Fujian 126-80 to raise its record to 43-5. Smush Parker scored 24 points and Jason Dixon had 20. Zhu Fangyu scored 14. Chen Jianghua had 13 points and 8 assists to 3 turnovers in 34 minutes. Wang Shipeng scored 12 and Shao Tiangang had 10. Guangdong led 44-17 after the first quarter, showing its complete dominance. Lin Chenyao scored 17 for Fujian. Shaun Pruitt had 16 points and 14 rebounds. Yang Genglin had 14 points and 6 rebounds. Chris Porter played only 15 minutes and had 7 points.

Xinjiang was just as dominant as Guangdong even though the final score of the game does not show it. It defeated Shanghai 110-103, leading 93-69 after three quarters. But Xinjiang rested its best players in the fourth quarter. Mengke Bateer led Xinjiang with 22 points and Juan Mendez scored 21. Myron Allen had 17 and Xu Guochong had 15. Mai Wulan scored 12. Li Gen led Shanghai with 26 points and Peng Fei had 23. Wu Yang scored 17.

Bayi lost to Dongguan 106-103. At 24-24 it is now two games behind Shandong for the eighth and last playoff slot with 2 games to play. Beijing is in 9th place, one game behind Shandong. Harris Michael (198-F-83, college: Rice) led Dongguan with 46 points and 27 rebounds. Meng Duo had 24 points and 3 assists. Zhang Kai had 18 points and 10 rebounds. Qiu Biao had 11 points and 5 rebounds. Wang Zhizhi led Bayi with 31 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. Li Ke had 20 points and 9 rebounds. Wang Lei had 20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Delehei scored 11 and Li Nan had 9 before fouling out in 23 minutes. Mo Ke did not play.

Third-place Jiangsu lost to last-place Yunnan 105-99. Donnell Harvey, Jameel Watkins and Hu Xuefeng did not play as Jiangsu appears to be resting up for the playoffs. With a 35-13 record, Jiangsu is safely ensconsed in third place. Liu Ziqui led Yunnan with 28 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Li Tao and Hu Guang each scored 14. Qiu Hua had 12 and Yang Huai had 11. Meng Da and Liu Yahui each scored 27 for Jiangsu. Liu added 15 rebounds. Han Shuo had 14 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Yang Li had 15 points and 4 assists. Yi Li had 9 points and 7 rebounds.

Shandong rallied 29-22 in the fourth quarter to defeat Shanxi Zhongyu 29-22 and tighten its hold on the eigth and last playoff slot. Mack Tuck had 29 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Samake Walker had 24 points and 15 rebounds. Guo Lei had 18 points and 6 rebounds. Sun Jie had 13 and Wang Gang had 11. Sui Ran, who may or may not be 16 years old, was the most prominent reserve and played 22 minutes in this vital game. He had 6 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists. Tim Pickett had 24 points and 6 assists for Zhongyu, which is at 24-24 and now tied with Bayi and Liaoning for 10th. Olumide Oyedeji had 20 points, 24 rebounds and 4 blocks. Duan Jiangpeng also scored 20. Ji Le scored 14 and Ba Zichao had 13.

Lee Benson had 65 points, 22 rebounds, and 7 assists as Shaanxi defeated Tianjin 111-96. Zhang Wei had 12 points and 7 rebounds. Chen Zhaosheng had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Brandon Robinson had 9 points, 12 rebounds and 7 steals. Theron Smith had 31 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists for Tianjin. Darryl Watkins had 20 points and 7 rebounds. Liu Hao scored 16 and Wang Hao scored 11.

Qingdao beat Jilin 96-88. Chris Williams had 19 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists, 8 steals and 3 blocks. Liu Mingtao scored 21. Frans Steyn had 18 points and 8 rebounds. Li Guang had 13 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals. Leon Rogers had 26 points for Jilin but only hit 8 of 26 shots. Liu Wei had 19 points and 5 rebounds. Yang Yuming scored 17. Wang Bo had 10 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals.

David Harrison had 39 points and 10 rebounds as Beijing defeated Zhejiang 123-109, keeping its playoff hopes alive. Chen Lei and Xie Libin each scored 22. Ji Zhe scored 19 and Dontae Jones had 14. Kirk Snyder scored 60 for Zhejiang. Deng Li, who seems to be fulfilling his early promise, had 25 points and 12 rebounds. Zhang Dayu had 8 points and 7 rebounds. Luo Zhi scored 3 points on 1 for 12 shooting.

Liaoning defeated Zhejiang Guangsha 107-102. Chris Alexander had 39 points and 21 rebounds. Awvee Storey had 30 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Yang Ming had 14 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals. Li Xiaoxu had 13 points and 14 rebounds. Zhang Qingpeng had 7 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Rodney White had 34 points and 6 rebounds for Guangsha. Jelani McCoy had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. Zhang Nan scored 16, Jin Lipeng scored 14 and Yu Junkai had 12 points and 7 rebounds.


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  CROATIA   


Standings - Ozujsko A1 League
A1 Standings
 1. Cedevita 12-6 
 2. Dubrovnik 11-7 
 3. Sibenka 11-7 
 4. Svjetlost 10-8 
 5. Borik 9-9 
 6. Trogir 8-10 
 7. Kvarner NR 8-10 
 8. Dubrava 8-10 
 9. Alkar Sinj 7-11 
 10. Zabok 6-12 
Will join on later stage:
 1. KK Split
 2. KK Zagreb
 3. Cibona
 4. Zadar


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Nymburk 32-1 
 2. Geofin 24-9 
 3. Decin 19-14 
 4. Prostejov 17-14 
 5. USK Praha 14-18 
 6. Ostrava 14-18 
 7. Liberec 13-19 
 8. Pardubice 12-21 
 9. Opava 11-21 
 10. Kolin 11-21 
 11. Podebrady 11-22 


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Maurice HAMPTON
  Liberec
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Hampton, Liberec20.5 
 2. Arnold, Ostrava18.2 
 3. Pruitt, Prostejov16.4 
 4. Benes, Podebrady16.2 
 5. Hatcher, Decin16.1 
 6. Sarovic, Geofin15.9 
 7. Steffel, Pardubice15.6 
 8. Walker, Geofin15.1 
 9. Beechum, Prostejov14.9 
 10. Sanders, Pardubi.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shaun PRUITT
  Ventspils
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Pruitt, Prostejov9.9 
 2. Rogers, Kolin8.2 
 3. Steffel, Pardubice8.1 
 4. Arnold, Ostrava8.0 
 5. Platt, USK Praha7.9 
 6. Walker, Geofin7.8 
 7. Meno, Liberec7.6 
 8. Sarovic, Geofin7.5 
 9. Bohacik, Ostrava6.4 
 10. Payne, Pardubi.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  Geofin
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Ubilla, Geofin6.2 
 2. Ames, Kolin5.3 
 3. Mitchell, Ostrava4.8 
 4. Sanders, Pardubice4.8 
 5. Hatcher, Decin4.8 
 6. Ames, Prostejov4.7 
 7. Skibniewski, Prost.4.6 
 8. Carnecky, Opava4.6 
 9. Toth, Liberec4.0 
 10. Kotas, USK Pra.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Ian HANAVAN
  Prostejov
  (202-F-80)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hanavan, Prostejov2.8 
 2. Ames, Prostejov2.5 
 3. Soliver, Podebrady2.0 
 4. Kotas, USK Praha2.0 
 5. Hampton, Liberec2.0 
 6. Sanders, Pardubice1.9 
 7. Beechum, Prostejov1.9 
 8. Ubilla, Geofin1.8 
 9. Pumprla, Opava1.8 
 10. Benes, Podebra.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jon ROGERS
  Kolin
  (204-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Rogers, Kolin2.1 
 2. Williams, Decin1.8 
 3. Walker, Geofin1.3 
 4. Miller, Prostejov1.2 
 5. Payne, Pardubice1.2 
 6. Benda, Nymburk1.1 
 7. Hamm, USK Praha1.1 
 8. Meno, Liberec1.0 
 9. Pelikan, Geofin0.8 
 10. Castleberry, Pod.0.8 


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Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 22-15 
 2. Dakota W. 22-17 
 3. Erie BH 22-18 
 4. Sioux Falls S. 21-20 
 5. Ft.Wayne MA 15-26 
Southwest Division
 1. Colorado 14ers 26-11 
 2. Austin T. 26-13 
 3. Albuquerque T. 20-18 
 4. Rio Grande VV 16-25 
 5. Tulsa 66ers 8-30 
West Division
 1. Idaho S. 25-15 
 2. Utah F. 22-14 
 3. Bakersfield J. 21-19 
 4. Reno B. 17-21 
 5. Anaheim A. 15-24 
 6. LA D-Fenders 13-26 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Will CONROY
  Albuquerque
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Conroy, Albuquerque26.1 
 2. White, Anaheim25.9 
 3. Ahearn, Dakota23.8 
 4. Williams, Austin22.8 
 5. Sims, Iowa22.6 
 6. Crawford, Los A.21.3 
 7. Hairston, Austin21.1 
 8. Daniels, Erie21.1 
 9. Johnson, Bakersfi.20.8 
 10. Jeffers, Io.20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Richard HENDRIX
  Dakota
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Hendrix, Dakota11.7 
 2. Sims, Iowa11.0 
 3. Gaines, Austin10.3 
 4. Daniels, Erie10.1 
 5. Monds, Albuquerque9.6 
 6. Hunter, Ft.Wayne9.3 
 7. Jeffers, Iowa9.1 
 8. Johnson, Albuquer.9.0 
 9. Allred, Idaho9.0 
 10. Ewing, Re.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne11.0 
 2. Cleaves, Bakersfield8.5 
 3. Jordan, Rio Grande8.3 
 4. Gill, Colorado8.3 
 5. Stinson, Iowa7.9 
 6. Conroy, Albuquerque7.6 
 7. Parker, Rio Grande7.5 
 8. Johnson, Austin5.6 
 9. Ahearn, Dakota5.6 
 10. Karl, Ida.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Ft.Wayne
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Elliott, Ft.Wayne2.7 
 2. Coleman, Colorado2.7 
 3. Elliott, Sioux Falls2.6 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne2.4 
 5. Noel, Albuquerque2.3 
 6. Parker, Rio Grande2.3 
 7. Major, Dakota2.1 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa2.1 
 9. Robinson, Reno2.1 
 10. Jordan, Rio Gran.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Cheikh SAMB
  Knicks
  (215-C-84)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Samb, Colorado4.1 
 2. Williams, Colorado3.9 
 3. Looby, Rio Grande2.3 
 4. Giles, Los Angeles2.1 
 5. Petway, Idaho2.1 
 6. Sims, Iowa2.1 
 7. Alexander, Sioux F.2.0 
 8. Felix, Anaheim2.0 
 9. Hendrix, Dakota1.8 
 10. Haddadi, Dako.1.6 


Last games - Vipers, Flash and Thunderbirds celebrate - by Eurobasket News
Rio Grande - Idaho 108-106
The Vipers grabbed nice 108-106 win against Idaho mostly owing to Trent Strickland (6'5''-G-84, college: Wake Forest) and Jawad Williams. Strickland came up with 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Williams added 22 pts and 6 rebs. Lance Allred had double-double in defeat, 27 pts and 12 rebounds. Vipers 16-24, Stampede 25-15.

Sioux Falls - Utah 101-107
21-15 for the Flash and 21-20 for the SkyForce after this game. Morris Almond (6'6''-F-85, college: Rice) had 26 and Ronald DuPree helped the winners netting 23 points, including 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Frank Williams and Sean Singletary scored 23 points apiece for the loosing squad.

Colorado - Albuquerque 107-111
Will Conroy (6'2''-G-82, college: Washington) and Antoine Agudio stepped up for the Albuquerque Thunderbirds last night combining 50 points. Jasper Johnson had 17 pts and 9 rebounds, while Antonio Meeking helped with 16 pts and 9 boards. Eddie Gill and Trey Gilder scored 19 pts each in loss. Thunderbirds 20-18, 14ers 25-21.


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  EBA   


Wizards fall to Nova Hawks in last game of the season - by Gianni Pascucci
A depleted New York Wizards squad traveled to Maryland to play the 7-2 NoVa Hawks and almost stole the show before loosing the game in the final 20 seconds, 101-98. The Wizards had only seven players and utilized a 3-guard starting lineup with Leon Pursoo (6'1''-G-82, college: LIU-Southampton), Brandon Butler (6'0''-G-82, college: C.W. Post) and Greg Cerillo (5'10''-G-84, college: Suffolk). Cerillo and Butler put on a shooting display the Maryland fans will not soon forget. As the NovaHawks attempted to double Mike Mosby (6'6''-F-84, college: Adelphi) (17 points and 19 rebounds) and Anthony Cox (6'9''-C-83, college: Farmingdale St.) (27 points and 15 rebounds) Cerillo proceeded to drain 5-7 from the 3-pt line and 2-2 from the field, including 11 points in the first quarter, finishing the game with 19 points. Butler added a 5-8 from the 3-pt line, finishing the game with 23 points. However, this offensive display could not hold off an aggressive NovaHaws offense and a late second goal tending call against the Wizards. In their first year of EBA play the New York Wizards finished the season at 5-5, and prepare to begin a Barnstorming campaign which will help promote the EBA in the Long Island New York area. The Wizards end the 2009 campaign with the leagues top rebounder (Mike Mosby), the leagues top assist man (Leon Pursoo), one of the leagues leading scorers (Gary Williams) and a player in the top 5 in steals and a leading percentage 3-pt shooter (Greg Cerillo)

Standings
EBA Standings
 1. Elmira B. 8-0 
 2. Delaware D. 8-1 
 3. Harrisburg H. 8-1 
 4. Washin. Mad. 8-1 
 5. Nova 8-2 
 6. Alexandria A. 6-3 
 7. Virignia F. 5-4 
 8. New York W. 5-5 
 9. Newark 3-5 
 10. Hampton 2-6 
 11. NJ Lightning 1-5 
 12. Salem M. 1-5 
 13. Cincinnati C. 1-7 
 14. Wilkes-Barre 0-9 
 15. Virginia W. 0-9 


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  ESTONIA   


SEB BBL: Bitter victory for BC Kalev/Cramo - by Janar Filippov

BC Kalev/Cramo defeated Ventspils 96:73 and finished on 3rd position in SEB BBL Elite Division. The hosts took a 15-point lead after first half and decided the game with a 23:5 run during five minutes in the middle of the 3rd quarter, going ahead 77:42.

Nate Fox (206-F-77, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Maine) and John Linehan (175-G-78, college: Providence) scored 19 points for Kalev/Cram. Rait Keerles (201-F-80) added 14 and Kevin Lyde 10 points. Ventspils was led by Mareks Jurevicius who scored 15 points. The hosts outrebounded Latvian side 43:27 (offensive rbs - 15:9) and shot much better from the long range - 12/26 versus 4/20.

Despite the firm victory, BC Kalev/Cramo ended the regular season on somewhat disappointing 3rd place because Lietuvos Rytas lost to Zalgiris at home, as actually expected. Rytas and Zalgiris took the two top positions in SEB BBL standings. Kalev/Cramo faces home rivals TU/Rock in SEB BBL quarter-finals.

Due to some especially weird reason, the SEB BBL quarter-finals will be played with a weaker-team advantage: the first game of the home-and-away-series will be played in home court of the higher-positioned team!

Probably, the league officials are trying to make it easier for Lithuanian Siauliai to reach the SEB BBL Final Four. Siauliai ended the regular seaon on the 5th place and will face ASK Riga in quarter-finals.



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  FINLAND   


1st Division Round: 23 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Honka - Ura Basket 82-77
Honka held off Ura Basket to celebrate the 8th victory. Villematti Kopio (178-G-92) notched 23 points to lead Honka. Olli Nikitin managed 17 points, 5 assists and 4 boards in the win. Armondo Surratt and Tomi Rokala responded with 18 points apiece for Ura Basket.

Salon Vilpas - Jyvaskyla 83-81
Roope Ahonen (186-G-90) nailed 29 points and issued 9 assists to propel Salon Vilpas past Jyvaskyla. Tuomas Tenkanen and Junah Mikone nailed 13 points apiece for the Vikings as they earned the 15th win. Timo Naukkarinen responded with 19 points for Jyvaskyla.

LoKoKo - Lapua 101-107
Brent Ragsdale (192-G-86, college: Kennesaw St.) exploded with 37 points and 10 rebounds as Lapua claimed a tough road win over LoKoKo. Kyle Carhart added 20 points and 6 rebounds as Lapua improved at 12-7 record. Anthony Davis notched 36 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for LoKoKo. Jonathan Heard had 23 points, 11 rebounds in the loss.

Jyvaskyla - LoKoKo 87-83
Jyvaskyla got closer to LoKoKo in the standings edging them narrowly at home court. Joe Jackson (192-G-86, college: Denver) fired 32 points and issued 5 assists to pace the hosts. Johann Collins added 13 points and 10 boards for Jyvaskyla in the victory. Jonathan Heard had 29 points and 13 rebounds for LoKoKo as they suffered the 10th loss.

Lapua - Honka 76-75
Toni Raiski drained a three-pointer late in regulation to propel Lapua to a narrow home victory over Honka. Kyle Carhart scored 24 points to lead Lapua. Marko Piplovic contributed 23 points and 12 rebounds in the winning case. Villematti Kopio and Antti Raami nailed 16 points apiece for Honka in the loss.

HNMKY - Salon Vilpas 67-65
Sauli Silvonen (186-G-83) and Dmitri Kraznotzhon knocked down 3 points in the final and NMKY Helsinki secured the tough victory over Salon Vilpas. Sauli Silvonen scored 16 points to lead the winners. Eetu Nieminen produced 15 points as HNMKY improved at 7-11 record. Lauri Tiainen answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds for the Vikings.

Kauhajoki - HNMKY 120-81
Kauhajoki maintained their leading position in the 1st Division as they raced past HNMKY for the 17th win. Eric Washington (192-F/G-74, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) tallied 29 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists for Kauhajoki. Roni Leimu contributed 21 points in the winning case. Sauli Silvonen answered with 21 points for HNMKY.


KORISLIIGA: Kataja's 10th in a row - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 36: Kataja (Joensuu) is still rolling (27-9). Tonight Kataja visited in Helsinki and crushed hosting Torpan Pojat by 42 pts 74-116 (41-53). Quarters:
16-19, 25-34, 17-35, 16-28. The victory was # 10 in a row for Kataja. Kataja had five players (the starters) in double digits. Larry Blair (183-G-84, college: Liberty) led Kataja with 24 pts and six assists. Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) added 23 pts and Quinnel Brown (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Auburn) 20 pts. Kataja was hitting very well: 1 - 90,0%, 2 - 64,6% and 3 - 50,0%. Kataja won also the rbs 26-35. ToPo had 22 TOs, visitor Kataja only 11. Jean Francois (197-F-80, agency: AMI, college: Georgia Southern) (ToPo) scored game high 27 pts.

Torpan Pojat - Kataja 74-116 (41-53) (Jean Francois 27, Isaac Spencer 14, Ilpo Pehkonen 11 - Larry Blair 24/6a, Jeremiah Wood 23, Quinnel Brown 20).



Korisliiga Round: 36 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
KTP - FoKoPo 73-75
FoKoPo kept their hopes of reaching top eight alive with a hard-fought road win over KTP. Nick Wallery (198-F-81, college: Albany St.) scored 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the visitors. Ray Cunningham had 17 points and 13 rebounds for FoKoPo. Durell Vinson came up with 21 points and 13 rebounds for KTP in defeat.

Korihait - Pyrinto 75-81
Pyrinto grabbed an important away from home victory as they held off Korihait. Chris Hester (192-G-79, college: E.Washington) nailed 22 points, while Kenny Lowe added 18 as Pyrinto improved at 14-22 record just two wins shy of top eight. Josh Gonner accounted for 21 points for Korihait in the losing effort.

Namika Lahti - Honka 87-73
Namika Lahti posted the 24th win in the season as they bear Honka. Ray Nixon (203-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Wisconsin) fired 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Jason Conley contributed 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Tuukka Kotti had 26 points and 9 rebounds for Honka in defeat.

LrNMKY - Kouvot 68-72
Kouvot eked out a road win over Lappeenranta and stayed in the second spot in the ladder. Calvin Walls (201-F-85, agency: Court Side) scored 24 points to lead Kouvot. Brian Swift contributed 15 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds for the visitors. Adrian Penland poured in 26 points for LrNMKY.

ToPo - Kataja 74-116
Larry Blair (183-G-84, college: Liberty) came up with 24 points, 6 steals, 6 assists and 5 rebounds and Kataja dismantled ToPo on the road to remain on top of the ladder. Jeremiah Wood added 23 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Jean Francois answered with game-high 27 points for ToPo as they fell at 16-20 record.


KORISLIIGA: Damon Williams, The Magic Man - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 36: American 'veteran' F Damon Williams (199-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) is a Magic Man. Williams started this season on KTP (Kotka) roster and helped KTP into 21-12 record after 33 rounds. Then something happened suddenly. Williams 'left' KTP and moved back to his 'home town' Tampere in Finland. Robert Owens (201-F-82, college: Ball St.) replaced Williams in Kotka and KTP is 1-3 now without Williams and with Owens. Tonight KTP lost third time in a row. This time FoKoPo (Forssa) won the thriller in Kotka (73-75), where Owens missed one FT (41 seconds to go) and made a TO (nine seconds to go). The first victory ever (in 16 years) in Kotka for Head Coach Timo Nieminen. Meanwhile Damon Williams after joining Pyrinto (Tampere) roster has helped Tampere Team to 4-0 record and improved 10-22 record into figures 14-22 right now. Williams averaged 16,7 ppg - 10,3 rpg on KTP roster and is averaging now 14,8 ppg - 10,0 rpg with Pyrinto. Tonight (even Friday and 13th of March) Pyrinto won in Uusikaupunki, another thriller tonight, by six pts: 75-81. Williams had a double-double again: 17/12. Jussi Kumpulainen (Korihait) played his 300 game on Top level in Finland. Kumpulainen is playing in the Finnish Top League the 8th year since 1995 and has scored 2971 pts (9,9) and grabbed 1287 rbs (4,3).

KTP - FoKoPo 73-75 (37-35) (Durell Vinson 21/13, Steve Smith 18, Robert Owens 13 - Nick Wallery 22, Ray Cunningham 17/13, Ronald Yates 15).

Korihait - Pyrinto 75-81 (38-41) (Josh Gonner 21, Mark Zoller 17/11, Bojan Sarcevic 16 - Chris Hester 22, Kenny Lowe 18, Damon Williams 17/12).



Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 27-9 
 2. Kouvot 25-12 
 3. Lahti 24-12 
 4. KTP 22-15 
 5. Honka 21-15 
 6. Korihait 20-16 
 7. ToPo 16-20 
 8. LrNMKY 15-21 
 9. FoKoPo 15-21 
 10. Pyrinto 14-22 
 11. Componenta 11-24 
 12. Tarmo 6-29 


Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. Kauhajoki 17-2 
 2. Salon Vilpas 15-4 
 3. Lapua 12-7 
 4. Huima 9-10 
 5. LoKoKo 9-11 
 6. BC Nokia 8-11 
 7. Jyvaskyla 8-11 
 8. Honka 8-11 
 9. HNMKY 7-12 
 10. JKS 7-13 
 11. Ura Basket 5-14 


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Magen MCNEIL
  Kauhajoki
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 27.3
 1. McNeil, JKS27.3 
 2. Holmes, BC Nokia26.5 
 3. Surratt, Ura Basket25.7 
 4. Heard, LoKoKo25.4 
 5. Cooper, BC Nokia23.4 
 6. Francis, JKS23.0 
 7. Jackson, Jyvaskyla22.2 
 8. Piplovic, Lapua21.8 
 9. Washington, Kauha.21.7 
 10. Dlouhy, BC Nok.21.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marko PIPLOVIC
  Lapua
  (206-F-76)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Piplovic, Lapua12.1 
 2. Francis, JKS11.4 
 3. McNeil, JKS11.2 
 4. Daanish, Salon Vilpas10.9 
 5. Morris, Huima10.3 
 6. Green, Salon Vilpas9.8 
 7. Kraznotzhon, HN.9.7 
 8. Hartford, Huima9.5 
 9. Dlouhy, BC Nokia9.5 
 10. Washington, Kau.9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony DAVIS
  LoKoKo
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Davis, LoKoKo5.1 
 2. Surratt, Ura Basket4.4 
 3. Conerly, Salon Vilpas4.2 
 4. Graham, Huima4.0 
 5. Carhart, Lapua3.8 
 6. Holmes, BC Nokia3.7 
 7. Ahonen, Salon Vilpas3.6 
 8. Horton, Kauhajoki3.4 
 9. Silvonen, HN.2.9 
 10. Naukkarinen, Jyv.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Maurice HORTON
  Kauhajoki
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Horton, Kauhajoki3.2 
 2. Surratt, Ura Basket3.2 
 3. McNeil, JKS2.8 
 4. Carhart, Lapua2.7 
 5. Holmes, BC Nokia2.7 
 6. Little, HN.2.6 
 7. Conerly, Salon Vilpas2.6 
 8. Heard, LoKoKo2.3 
 9. Davis, LoKoKo2.3 
 10. Williams, Hon.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Mike KING
  Jyvaskyla
  (201-F-74)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. King, Jyvaskyla2.1 
 2. Still, Lapua1.2 
 3. Washington, Kauha.1.2 
 4. Daanish, Salon Vilpas1.2 
 5. Thomas, LoKoKo1.2 
 6. Hartford, Huima1.1 
 7. Collins, Jyvaskyla1.1 
 8. Watson, BC Nokia1.0 
 9. Dlouhy, BC Nokia0.9 
 10. Francis, J.0.9 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Kataja
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Wood, Kataja20.7 
 2. Blair, Kataja20.0 
 3. Coleman, LrNM.19.5 
 4. Richards, Compo.18.7 
 5. Smith, KTP18.3 
 6. Brown, LrNM.18.1 
 7. Richardson, Tarmo17.8 
 8. Hester, Pyrinto17.4 
 9. Scott, Honka17.3 
 10. Williams, K.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Kataja
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 13
 1. Wood, Kataja13.0 
 2. Richardson, Tarmo13.0 
 3. Dantzler, Compo.11.2 
 4. Cunningham, FoKoPo10.4 
 5. Jones, Componenta10.3 
 6. Williams, KTP10.3 
 7. Coleman, LrNM.9.6 
 8. Waters, Componenta9.1 
 9. Nikkila, Pyrinto8.9 
 10. Smith, K.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  LrNMKY
  (175-G-81)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Blassingame, LrNM.6.5 
 2. Blair, Kataja4.3 
 3. Williams, KTP4.3 
 4. Colman, LrNM.4.2 
 5. Richards, Compo.4.0 
 6. Vuori, Namika Lahti3.8 
 7. Barnes, Tarmo3.3 
 8. Sarcevic, Korihait3.2 
 9. Swift, Kouvot3.2 
 10. Kataja, Kouv.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  Honka
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Scott, Honka2.7 
 2. Blair, Kataja2.4 
 3. Williams, KTP2.4 
 4. Jones, Componenta2.0 
 5. Hester, Pyrinto2.0 
 6. Richards, Compo.2.0 
 7. Wood, Kataja1.9 
 8. Cummings, Honka1.8 
 9. Yates, FoKoPo1.7 
 10. Gonner, Koriha.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Antti NIKKILA
  Pyrinto
  (210-F/C-78)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Nikkila, Pyrinto1.8 
 2. Williams, KTP1.8 
 3. Epps, ToPo1.5 
 4. Hunter, FoKoPo1.4 
 5. Messy, Tarmo1.4 
 6. Spencer, ToPo1.2 
 7. Lehtoranta, Kataja1.1 
 8. Cunningham, FoKoPo1.0 
 9. Perkins, Honka1.0 
 10. Wood, Kata.1.0 


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  FRANCE   


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. ASVEL 15-6 
 2. Orleans 15-6 
 3. Roanne 14-7 
 4. Le Mans 13-8 
 5. Strasbourg 13-8 
 6. Chalon 12-9 
 7. Nancy 12-9 
 8. Gravelines 12-9 
 9. Cholet 10-11 
 10. Vichy 9-12 
 11. Rouen 8-13 
 12. Hyeres-Toulon 8-13 
 13. Le Havre 8-13 
 14. Besancon 7-14 
 15. Dijon 7-14 
 16. Pau 5-16 


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Paris-Levall. 21-3 
 2. Bourg 17-7 
 3. Poitiers 17-7 
 4. Clermont 17-7 
 5. Limoges 16-8 
 6. Saint-Etienne 14-10 
 7. Charleville 13-11 
 8. Nantes 12-12 
 9. Antibes 11-13 
 10. Maurienne 11-13 
 11. Nanterre 10-14 
 12. Brest 10-14 
 13. Evreux 9-15 
 14. St.Vallier 9-15 
 15. Le Portel 9-15 
 16. Boulazac 8-16 
 17. St.Quentin 8-16 
 18. Quimper 4-20 


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Austin NICHOLS
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (198-G/F-82)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Nichols, Hyeres-T.23.1 
 2. Page, Pau20.0 
 3. Gray, Roanne19.5 
 4. Thompson, Le Havre19.2 
 5. Chatfield, Dijon16.6 
 6. Banks, Orleans16.2 
 7. Harper, Roanne15.6 
 8. Boddicker, Chalon15.5 
 9. Spencer, Le Mans15.4 
 10. Skinn, Gravelin.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bingo MERRIEX
  Le Havre
  (204-F-80)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Merriex, Le Havre9.6 
 2. Slaughter, Le Havre8.9 
 3. Masingue, Hyeres-T.8.7 
 4. Sanders, Dijon8.3 
 5. Falker, Cholet8.3 
 6. Issa, Vichy8.2 
 7. Vaty, Pau7.9 
 8. Greer, Nancy7.4 
 9. Koffi, Le Mans7.1 
 10. Thioune, Rou.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Vichy
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Reid, Vichy7.4 
 2. Wright, Chalon6.7 
 3. Rogers, Hyeres-T.6.7 
 4. Thompson, Le Havre6.1 
 5. Heurtel, Pau5.4 
 6. Draper, Hyeres-T.5.1 
 7. Sciarra, Orleans5.0 
 8. Pellin, Roanne5.0 
 9. Greer, Nancy4.7 
 10. Houston, Rou.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  Chalon
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Wright, Chalon3.0 
 2. Dobbins, Orleans2.5 
 3. Krupalija, Dijon2.1 
 4. Causeur, Le Havre2.0 
 5. Greene, Orleans1.9 
 6. Banks, Orleans1.8 
 7. Grier, Cholet1.7 
 8. Stanley, Gravelines1.7 
 9. Moss, Vichy1.6 
 10. Diot, Le Ma.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin HOUSTON
  Rouen
  (179-G-85)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Houston, Rouen1.3 
 2. Gray, Roanne1.1 
 3. Wright, Chalon1.0 
 4. Laing, Le Havre1.0 
 5. MBaye, Dijon1.0 
 6. Krupalija, Dijon1.0 
 7. Moss, Vichy0.9 
 8. Greer, Nancy0.9 
 9. Bojic, Le Havre0.9 
 10. Greene, Orlea.0.9 


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Shaun FEIN
  St.Quentin
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Fein, St.Quentin20.3 
 2. Craven, Clermont19.8 
 3. Olivero, Le Portel18.3 
 4. Mohammed, Limoges18.2 
 5. Ingram, Bourg18.0 
 6. Younger, Poitiers17.3 
 7. Carter, St-Etienne17.3 
 8. Bing, Clermont16.9 
 9. Wright, Poitiers16.4 
 10. Hollins, Nant.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe HUMBERT
  St.Quentin
  (202-F-79)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Humbert, St.Qu.9.5 
 2. Melicie, St.Vallier9.2 
 3. Bing, Clermont8.4 
 4. Almonte, Nanterre8.0 
 5. Sullivan, Maurienne7.8 
 6. Mathis, Evreux7.6 
 7. Lalugba, Bourg7.6 
 8. Emerson, Limoges7.5 
 9. Younger, Poitiers7.5 
 10. Cornett, Quimp.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Terry WILLIAMS
  St-Etienne
  (189-G-83)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Williams, St-Etienne5.9 
 2. Taylor, Boulazac5.6 
 3. Gomez, Poitiers5.5 
 4. Ingram, Bourg5.1 
 5. Ball, Paris-Levall.5.0 
 6. Craven, Clermont4.7 
 7. Morlende, St.Qu.4.6 
 8. Dunn, Maurienne4.6 
 9. Thomas, St.Vallier4.1 
 10. Richardson, Bre.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  Clermont
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Craven, Clermont3.2 
 2. Sullivan, Maurienne2.6 
 3. Barnette, St.Vallier2.5 
 4. Dunn, Maurienne2.3 
 5. Block, Quimper2.1 
 6. Ball, Paris-Levall.2.1 
 7. Traore, Boulazac2.0 
 8. Williams, St-Etienne2.0 
 9. Ingram, Bourg2.0 
 10. Karim, Evre.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Joah TUCKER
  St.Quentin
  (195-F-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Tucker, St.Quentin1.4 
 2. Hollins, Nantes1.2 
 3. Barnette, St.Vallier1.0 
 4. Mohammed, Limoges1.0 
 5. Mathis, Evreux1.0 
 6. Dunn, Maurienne1.0 
 7. Fein, St.Quentin1.0 
 8. Bing, Clermont1.0 
 9. Kennedy, Antibes1.0 
 10. Carter, St-Etien.0.9 


Pro A, Round 21: Orleans and ASVEL fail - by Eurobasket News
Nancy - Roanne 70-79
Roanne grabbed this one mostly owing to nice performance by the Nigerian Uchenna Nsomwu (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming), who nailed 21 points and pulled down 8 rebounds. Aaron Harper had 19 and Curtis Sumpter added 17 pts, including 9 rebs. The hosts got 26 points and 8 boards from Ricardo Greer. With this victory Roanne remains No.3 in Pro A with 14-7 record.

Le Havre - Gravelines 92-80
Le Havre outplayed Gravelines jumping to 8-13 record in Pro A. TJ Thompson (177-G-82, college: George Washington) was central figure of the game as he drained 24 points and handed out 7 assists. Marcus Slaughter also shined collecting 16 points and 10 rebounds. Rashaun Freeman led the scorers in Gravelines with 15 pts. He spent only 12 minutes on the court.

Besancon - Chalon 95-83
Very important victory for the survival by the host squad, who now has 7-14 record. Justin Doellman (206-F-85, agency: Octagon, college: Xavier) stepped up for the winners with 30 points and 5 rebounds. Julius Hodge had 14, while Justin Hawkins and John Ford netted 13 pts each. Zack Wright delivered 17 pts for Chalon.

ASVEL - Strasbourg 77-85
As Orleans, ASVEL also faced with the home defeat in this round, but despite it both teams stay on top of Pro A with 15-6 record. Derrick Obasohan (199-F-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington) shined for the winners collecting 25 points and 12 rebounds. Brion Rush and David Simon followed him combining 33 pts. ASVEL got 17 pts from Laurent Foirest and 15 from JR Reynolds. Strasbourg now has 13-8.

Pau - Rouen 83-67
Pau-Orthez was better than Rouen at home 83-67 keeping the tiny chances for the survival still alive. Thomas Heurtel (188-G-89) top-scored in victory with 20 points. Antoine Mendy also was on high level collecting 17 pts and 7 boards. Michel Nascimento had 16 pts in defeat. Pau 5-16, Rouen 8-13.

Cholet - Vichy 72-59
Both teams entered to this game with the same 9-11 record and Cholet did not have any troubles to take it. Rodrigue Beaubois (186-G-88, agency: Court Side) was a key player for the winners collecting 20 points and 6 rebounds, including just one missed shot. Kevin Braswell had 11, while Randal Falker helped with 10 points and 10 rebounds. David Melody and Kareem Reid combined 30 points in loss.

Orleans - Le Mans 54-72
Le Mans crushed the top ranked Orelans on the road 72-54 thanks to David Bluthenthal (202-F-80, college: USC), who scored 21 points (5 triples) and pulled down impressive 15 rebounds. Dewarick Spencer had 15 and Bobby Dixon added 12 pts. Brian Green had 11 pts and 7 boards for the hosts. Le Mans 13-8, Orleans 15-6 (same as ASVEL, 1st/2nd place).

Hyeres-Toulon - Dijon 88-75
Very important victory for Hyeres-Toulon as the teams had 7-13 score after 20 rounds. Austin Nichols (198-G/F-82, agency: ACMT, college: Humboldt St.) came up with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, while Vincent Masingue followed him with double-double, 19 pts and 10 boards. Abdoulaye MBaye answered with 18 points for the loosing squad.


Pro B, Round 24: No.1 Paris-Levallois too strong for No.2 Bourg - by Eurobasket News
Bourg - Paris-Levall. 70-74
Powerful Paris-Levallois continues with excellent performances cruising past the second ranked Bourg 70-74. It means that the guests remain on top with nice 21-3 record, Jimmal Ball (178-G-78, college: Akron) and Nigel Wyatte nailed 40 points together for the winners. Justin Ingram scored 18 in defeat.

Poitiers - Antibes 74-69
Kenny Younger (203-F-77, college: Houston) came up with 19, Yves-Pierre Guillard had 14 pts and 11 rebounds, while Cedric Gomez helped the winners with 12 points and 7 assists. Julien Doreau collected 19 pts and 7 rebounds for the loosing squad. Poitiers 17-7 (same as Bourg and Clermont), Antibes 11-13.

Le Portel - Clermont 73-81
Erroyl Bing (198-F/C-82, college: E.Carolina) was the most important player for Clermont on Friday draining 23 points and grabbing 7 rebounds. Errick Cravemn helped with 18 and Lesly Bengaber netted 15 pts. Jose Olivero replied with 24 pts in loss. Clermont 17-7, Le Portel 9-15.

Nantes - Charleville 83-69
12-12 for Nantes and 13-11 for Charleville after this game. John Williamson (198-F-86, college: Cincinnati) led the hosts with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Nicolas Gayon had 17 and Mehdi Labeyrie netted 2 less. Marshall Phillips shined in loss with 23 points. The last one with double digits in scoring was Svetko Pekovic - 12 pts.

St-Etienne - St.Quentin 91-84
Saint-Etienne (14-10) had Eric Joldersma (197-F/G-77, college: Bethel (MN)) in its roster, who nailed 24 points and pulled down 5 rebounds. Terry Williams also was in a game mood netting 19 pts and handing out 8 assists. Shaun Fein of Saint-Quentin (8-16) led all the scorers with 33 pts.

St.Vallier - Maurienne 87-79
Saint-Vallier celebrated at home vs Maurienne jumping to 9-15 record in Pro B. Cedric Moodie (187-G-78, college: Indianapolis) once again shined for the winners collecting 23 points and 12 rebounds. On the other side, Maurienne got double-double from Georgi Joseph, 16 points and 10 boards.

Nanterre - Limoges 69-74
Another win for Limoges and another nice performance by Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville), who this time scored 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Yassin Idbihi also was on high level registering double-double, 17 pts and 11 rebs. Limoges 16-8, Nanterre 10-14.

Evreux - Boulazac 86-79
Important win for Evreux as both teams had 8-15 record before this game. James Mathis (199-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara) was a key player for the winners collecting 23 points and 11 rebounds. William Knight answered with 15 points for the loosing squad.

Quimper - Brest 79-68
The last ranked Quimper shocked Brest registering the fourth win of the season. Of course it is not enough for any better than the last place. Rick Cornett (206-F-83, college: Notre Dame) and Jean-Michel Mipoka combined 38 points for the hosts. Brest got 19 pts and 8 boards from Sherman Gay.


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  GERMANY   


Bundesliga Game Day 25: Weekend Results March 14th-15th! - by Michael Taylor
Bundesliga Game Day 25 filled this weekend with exciting basketball action. Ewe Baskets Oldenburg, Telekom Baskets Bonn and ratiopharm Ulm remained on pace for playoff places helping themselves with wins while Walter Tigers Tubingen and Artland Dragons captured valuable victories in their chase for playoff position.

Thursday March 12th
Walter Tigers Tubingen 85 Koln 99ers 67
Rasko Katic posted a strong 21pt 12reb double double leading Walter Tigers Tubingen to an important 85-67 road win pver the Koln 99ers Thursday night at Rheinenergie Dome in Koln. Along with Katic's strong game in the post, Tubingen received good production from the perimeter as Jermaine Anderson sank 4 of 5 threes to finsih with 18pt 6reb 8ast in the win. Richard Chaney (11pt 4reb), AJ Moye (11pt 5reb) and Branislav Ratkovica (10pt) all enjoyed solid games for Tubingen. Jeremy Hunt led Koln with 23pt making 4 of 8 threes with 4reb 5ast while Robert Turner added 15pt 7reb and Julian Terrell 10pt 6reb in the loss.Tubignen took an 18-16 lead after 1Q but Koln bounced back to take a 36-35 halftime lead. Koln edged ahead midway through the 3Q but Tubingen finished strong grabbing a 59-58 lead going into the 4th. Tubingen took over in the 4th outscoring Koln 26-9 in the 4th to earn the important win. The Tigers shot 50% from the floor drilling 11 of 22 threes and sinking 20 of 24 FT (83%) compared to Koln's 35% shooting including 7 of 27 threes (25%) and 18 of 25 FT (72%) in the game. Head coach Tolga Ongoran and his Tubingen team increase their record to 10-14 while Koln falls to 7-16.

Saturday March 14th
Ewe Baskets Oldenburg 82 Paderborn Baskets 65
Jason Gardner scored 17pt with 8ast to lead a balanced team attack as Bundesliga Tabellenfuhrer Ewe Baskets Oldenburg took an 82-65 home win over Paderborn Baskets Saturday night at Ewe Arena in Oldenburg. Along with Gardner's good game, Milan Majstorovic added 14pt 6reb, Rickey Paulding produced 13pt 4reb and Je'Kel Foster finished with 12pt 3reb for the Thunderbirds. Oldenburg opened with a 27-20 lead after 1Q and held a 40-34 advantage at half. Controlling the action, Oldenburg took a 63-55 lead into the 4th where they broke the game open with a 22-10 finish to the game to earn the win. Oldenburg shot 51% from the floor hitting 10 of 26 threes (38%) and 6 of 11 FT (54%) compared with Paderborn's 39% shooting including 7 of 20 threes (35%) and 12 of 19 FT (63%). Paderborn outrebounded Oldenburg 37-34 in the game. Nathan Peavy paced Paderborn with a 17pt 11reb double double, Steven Wright scored 13pt and Lavelle Felton chipped in 12pt. Head coach Predrag Krunic and his Oldenburg team remain atop the Bundesliga at 18-5 while Paderborn is 13-11.

Artland Dragons 71 MEG Gottingen 66
Adam Hess scored 16pt with 8reb 3ast while recently signed Toby Bailey and Ronald Ross added 13pt apiece as Artland Dragons earned an important 71-66 home win over MEG Gottingen Saturday night at Artland Arena in Quakenbruck. Gottingen started strong taking a 23-18 lead after 1Q before a 2Q Dragon run gave Artland a tight 35-34 lead at half. Gottingen evened the game at 53 going into the 4th where Artland earned the home win down the stretch. Artland shot 44% from the floor making 10 of 23 threes (45%) and 13 of 20 FT (60%). Gottingen sank 37% from the field including 4 of 18 threes (22%) and 8 for 12 FT (67%). Gottingen outrebounded Artland 45-33. Rocky Trice led Gottingen with 15pt 10reb, Charles Lee added 13pt 6reb with Ben Jacobsen, Chris Oliver (8reb) and Clif Brown (10reb) finished with 12pt apiece. Head coach Thorsten Leibenath and his Dragons are now 10-14 while Gottingen slips to 17-6.

ratiopharm Ulm 81 LTi Giessen 46ers 78
Romeo Travis took over the last 3min of the game drilling 3 clutch three point shots and adding an important shot block in leading ratiopharm Ulm to a hardfought 81-78 road win over LTi Giessen 46ers Saturday night in Giessen. Trailing 76-68 against a hot Giessen team with all the momentum, ratiopharm Ulm's team defense stepped up and Romeo Travis hit his big shots to spark a 15-4 finish for Ulm. After a defensive stop with less than a minute to play, Ulm's Dru Joyce sank 2 clutch FT to give Ulm their 81-78 lead. Ulm used tactical fouls sending Giessen's 46er Ricky Hickman to the foul line where he missed the 1st and then missed the 2nd on purpose. Desperately working to stay in the league and avoid relegation, Giessen started strong with a 19-9 lead that turned into a 22-16 advantage after 1Q. Ulm battled back outscoring Giessen 22-15 in the 2Q and took a 38-37 lead at half thanks to Lee Humphrey's last second 3pt make. Ulm opened the 3Q strong taking a lead before Giessen responded. Sean Finn's tip in gave Ulm a 64-63 lead going into the 4th. Giessen surged ahead early in the final Q building their 76-68 lead before Ulm's team defense stepped up and Romeo Travis took over. In the win, Ulm shot 50% from the floor making 11 of 19 threes (57%) and 12 of 19 FT (63%) while the 46ers shot 49% including 8 of 22 threes (36%) and 18 of 26 FT (69%). Giessen outrebounded Ulm 34-28. Sparked by his big shots, Romeo Travis topscored for Ulm with 20pt 5reb (4 for 5 threes), Dru Joyce added 15pt 9ast, Sean Finn chipped in 13pt 7reb and Lee Humphrey sank 3 of 4 threes to finish with 12. Giessen was led by Michael Umeh's 16pt, 15pt from Heiko Schaffartzik and 13pt from Ricky Hickman. Ulm has won 6 of their last 8 games improving their record to 16-8 while Giessen lost their 3rd in a row falling to 7-17.

Telekom Baskets Bonn 69 Eisbaren Bremerhaven 66
Telekom Baskets Bonn used a strong third quarter to take control and hold off an intense Eisbaren Bremerhaven upset attempt in Saturday's 69-66 Bonn win at Telekom Dome in Bonn. Bremerhaven was hungry for the upset early outscoring Bonn 26-19 after 1Q and holding a 37-32 lead at half. Bonn responded with a strong 21-10 3Q to take a 53-47 lead into the 4th where they held off the Eisbaren comeback down the stretch. Bonn guards Winsome Frazier and EJ Rowland keyed the attack as Frazier topscored with 21pt 5reb and Rowland added 16pt 3ast 3 stls. Both players hit 3 threes. Brandon Bowman finished with 13pt 7reb for Bonn in the win. Giordan Watson paced Bremerhaven with 15pt while Frank Elegar added 12pt 10reb, Yemi Nicholson had 12pt 7reb and Jared Reiner 10pt 7reb. In the win, Bonn shot 39% from the floor making 7 of 23 (30%) from three and 16 of 25 FT (64%) compared to Bremerhaven's 41% from the floor and 2 of 15 from three (13%) and 8 of 13 FT (61%). Head coach Michael Koch and his Bonn team upped their record to 17-7 while Bremerhaven dropped to 4-20.

Sunday March 15th
TBB Trier @ Dusseldorf Giants 4pm

Nordlingen @ Deutsche Bank Skyliners 5pm BBL.TV

EnBW Ludwigsburg @ ALBA Berlin 5pm

March 26th
Brose Baskets Bamberg @ NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig 8:15pm tip BBL.TV


ProA Round: 24 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
teckproBraves - Kirchheim 93-80
teckproBraves improved to 10-14 record defeating Kirchheim 93:80 at home. Marcus Smallwood (198-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: N.Illinois) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Zyskunov Alexander nailed 17. Crawford Clifford shined with 30 points for the guests.

Hagen - Chemnitz 101-84
Hagen is second with 19-5 record after the home victory over Chemnitz 101:84. Bernd Kruel (210-C/F-76) was unstoppable with 28 points and 16 rebounds, whilst Mueller Josh scored 14. Harbut Terren produced 21 points in defeat.

ETB Wohnbau - Heidelberg 75-84
ETB Wohnbau lost to Heidelberg 75:84 as Ben Beran (201-F, college: S.Dakota St.) led the winners with 23 points and Hodges Jibril brought his team 19. Lincoln Brandon ended up with 21 points in the losing effort.

MBC - Langen 83-67
MBC improved to 21-3 on top after the home win over Langen 83:67. Wayne Bernard (190-G-81, college: Davidson) paced all the winners with 21 points and Chavis Will nailed 16. Chappell Brandon finished the night with 23 points for the visitors.

Schalke - Lich 84-62
Schalke rolled past Lich 84:62 as six players scored in double figures. Melvin Hall (183-G-85, college: S.Indiana) led all of them with 15 points and Abercrombie Cory scored 14. Reed Mark posted 14 points in the losing effort.

B.Muenchen - Cuxhaven 80-62
Muenchen edged Cuxhaven 80:62 with 19 points from Cedric Brooks (185-G-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Pittsburg St.). Howard Jamar and Morris Tim added 14 each and Parker Kelvin scored 13. Seward Edward and Watkins Brandon delivered 15 points in the losing effort.

Bremen - Bayreuth 75-71
Bremen overcame Bayreuth 75:71 in Regular Season Round 24. Scott Freymond (188-G-80, agency: Huss Sport Agency, college: Cent.Washington) led the Roosters with 23 points and Hakanowitz Jens netted 16. Harris Jaivon notched 15 points in th elosing effort.


The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Withstand The Meteor Spirit Of Nordlingen A Third Consecutive Time With A Convincing 79-55 Shell Shocking Victory - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have had massive problems the last weeks with the spirits of famous German scientists and German computer founders, but Frankfurt has kept the meteor phantom of Nordlingen in check all season long having beaten Nordlingen three times with the latest, a 79-55 trouncing in the Ballsporthalle in Frankfurt. It was the 9th time this season, that The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have kept the opponent under 60 points. The first game was a tight win in overtime, the second a ten point win in cup play and the third a rout which left questions lingering if the meteor ghost had taken the afternoon off in the team bus and never being able to make a bang in the loud Ballsporthalle. Skyliner coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) took a break from his usual humorous feedback concerning interesting German trivia and stayed with the cold hard facts of the game. 'We all know that there is no abracadabra in Basketball. If you are strong under the basket, score inside and play good defense then you have good chances to win', stressed Skyliner coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ). Frankfurt played good team Basketball and as soon as they found their rhythm in the second quarter, they left Nordlingen in the dust. 'We came in trying to win, but we just didnt have enough energy to stop a strong Frankfurt team. They did a good job spacing, hit big shots and their defense was strong', added Canadian National player Osvaldo Jeanty (183-G-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement)

With the win, Frankfurt remain in sixth place, but are only one win away from third place, but have also played four games more than Alba Berlin who are in fourth place. It is important that The Deutsche Bank Skyliners take this win and make a mental note and continue playing in control in the next weeks. 'If we stay healthy and continue to play like this in the future, we can look for more development. We have to be consistent, but we also have to be realistic, if you can play like that on a consistent level, then you will belong to the top teams in Europe. We have to stay together for 1-2 years to be able to be that good,' stressed Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ). After losing three games against Frankfurt, the Nordlingen Giants have developed a lot of respect for the deep Frankfurt team. 'Frankfurt knows how to run their offense and always know where the ball is. They hit shots when they want and have so many guys that can step up in their rotation,' said Nordlingen point guard Danny Gibson (180-G-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: S.Indiana).


. The Nordlingen Giants fell from 13th place to 15th place, but still have a three win cushion between them and the Cologne 99ers. They still have chances with the playoffs, but maybe should not make that too big of an issue, but just concentrate on winning games, before worrying about the top eight spots. Despite the rout, Skyliner coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) believes that Nordlingen gave an all around fine effort. 'Nordlingen is usually a strict team. Maybe not as much today, but they hustled for 40 minutes. I think that they played an exceptional game despite the big point difference', expressed Skyliner coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ). The playoffs may be a goal for BBL top scorer Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.), but Skyliner Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) sees that more as a reach. 'It will be tough for them to make the playoffs. They will need to continue to fight and go on a streak. In order for that to happen, all players have to play well each night', explained Skyliner forward Derrick Allen.

Deutsche Bank Skyliner Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) was sort of the worry spot in the last three weeks being captured in a miserable 1/20 shooting slump, but found some of his swish shooting touch nailing two big three pointers. 'My shot is back and I finally showed I can shoot not only in practice, but also in a game. I have been shooting extra before practice and just been focusing on my shooting in the last week and it paid off', illustrated Ilian Evtimov. Skyliner Keith Simmons (196-G-85, college: Holy Cross), who is known to knock down the three pointer and dazzle the crowd with his moves inside has had the hot hand from the parking lot in the last two games going 6/10. Keith doesnt really have a preference to what he likes to do more shoot from outside or from inside. 'I try to be versatile. I would rather get to the basket, because you have a higher percentage of making the shot, but if I have the open three pointer than I will shoot it', said Skyliner guard Keith Simmons. Even though, he is only shooting 37,9% from three point range, he is always striving to get better. 'Keith shoots about 100 three pointers each day', added Skyliner assistant coach Engin Gencoglu .

4,280 zealous fans watched as the Nordlingen Giants sped out to a quick 6-0 lead as American Monta McGhee (202-F-79, agency: AMI, college: Lewis) drilled home two three pointers. Mcghee, who is more known for scoring and banging inside and doing something for his double double account showed that his 25,3% three point shooting was redundant early in the game. Frankfurt countered as captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) nailed two shots and Derrick Allen scored. The Nordlingen 6-0 run had been erased by the Frankfurt 7-0 run. Frankfurt led 7-6, but that lead held up about as long as an egg can withstand 120 degree heat in the Tucson desert before starting to bake, because Nordlingen went on a 5-0 run with a hoop from Mcghee and three free throws from Jeanty. Nordlingen led 11-7 and would continue to hold the league as Mcghee was the go to guy and continued to score inside and make his third three pointer. American Omari Westley added a three pointer and Nordlingen led 19-12.

Keith Simmons saved the first quarter by making a three pointer and Frankfurt trailed only 19-15. Frankfurt was still reading the introduction to this game and was still looking to get started with their reading. Frankfurt was getting little done inside as well as both teams preferred to shoot form outside. 'We were shooting pretty well in the first quarter, but werent playing very good defense', stated Nordlingen forward Omari Westley. 'We let them get off to a good start. It was hard to stop Mcghee even though we were playing pretty good defense. They simply scored too much in the first quarter', stressed Ilian Evtimov.

In the second quarter, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners got past the introduction and were all pretty much on the same page as they started out strong going on a 9-2 run and retaking the lead 24-21. Captain Pascal Roller started the hurried scoring surge with another unendangered three pointer as his shot has been becoming more and more reliable in the last weeks. Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) brought in American Greg Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona), who brought a strong presence down low and he responded with two easy hoops in the paint. Keith Simmons added another hoop and Frankfurt was on its way into the Basketball good feel zone.

However underrated Nordlingen guard Danny Gibson made a beautiful pull up jumper at the top of the key right at the start of the play as Frankfurt was not yet organized on defense. Ulm point guard Dru Joyce (183-G-85, college: Akron) also used this shooting gem against Giessen a night earlier and it was hard to decide from which player it looked better? 'I like taking the early jumper at the top of the key. If coach wants me too do that then I will', added Danny Gibson. Gibson then followed with a nice coast to coast run, but taking his merry time and then kicking the Gibson motor into acceleration leaving the Frankfurt defense looking for the license plate. 'I like the hesitation move by slowing down and changing speeds. This keeps the defense off guard', added American Danny Gibson. Nordlingen now led 25-24, but Frankfurt was getting stronger and hotter.

Frankfurt now went on a 9-0 run to lead 33-25 as Derrick Allen scored two hoops, Roller another three pointer and Simmons a hoop off a sweet feed from Greg Jenkins. In the last six minutes, Nordlingen would not score again from the field, but only make three free throws. Frankfurt led 37-28 after twenty minutes.' In the second quarter, we had problems boxing out and they did a good job rebounding. We gave up too many offensive rebounds and they made easy baskets. We started getting tired on offense, because we were so much on defense,' stressed Omari Westley. 'Greg Jenkins was a big presence inside and we started going inside more. We controlled Mcghee and Westley and their scoring dropped', added Skyliner forward Ilian Evtimov.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners appeared in the third quarter and ultimately broke the neck of Nordlingen by displaying a fierce, consistent and intelligent firepower on offense outscoring Nordlingen 24-8 and showing a new kind of dont mess with us attitude which seemed to have frightened the Giants, because they would never recover. Within two minutes the game was as good as decided as Keith Simmons hit two back to back three pointers and American Adam Emmenecker (185-G-85, college: Drake) sunk a three pointer. Frankfurt led 46-29. Nordlingen was missing too many shots and the Frankfurt defense had increased their boldness. After another beautiful Gibson basket where he penetrated into the zone and left Greg Jenkins wondering where Gibson had gone, Frankfurt continued with a 10-0 run and had the massive 57-31 lead. Titus Ivory (193-G-79, college: Penn St.) continued his hot shooting, Allen made another hoop and Jenkins and King made easy baskets underneath with very little resistance from the Nordlingen defense. Nordlingen was unable to change anything in the last minute as Frankfurt led after three quarters 61-36..

'We were mentally frustrated and were getting beat too often inside', stated Omari Westley. 'We had good opportunities in the third quarter and ran the pick and role very well. Titus Ivory was making big shots and we were playing unselfish', said Ilian Evtimov. Frankfurt was shooting 57% from the two point range and 45% from three point land while Nordlingen was shooting only 39% from two point land and a miserable 24% from the parking lot. Nordlingen had the slight 26-23 rebound edge, but had way too many turnovers with 16 while Frankfurt continued to play very disciplined with only six turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, two questions remained. Can Nordlingen stage a comeback and will Frankfurt keep their concentration and close out the game strong? Frankfurt continued to score on offense, but Nordlingen continued to hustle and score. They had many second and third chances where Frankfurt was a bit lack luster, but Nordlingen couldnt score as consistently as they wanted too. A few minutes into the fourth quarter, Nordlingen coach Andreas Wagner inserted little used players like Derrick Lang (194-G-80, college: Incarnate World), Josef Eichler (200-F-87) and Joe Tesfaldet (186-G-80). Lang took advantage of the situation scoring seven points, but Ilian Evtimov made two three pointers keeping Nordlingen at bay. Nordlingen was slowly running out of the gas as they had little answers to get around the efficient Skyliner defense. The game was dominated with free throws down the stretch, but little used American Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) ended the game with a rainbow three pointer. Nordlingen had experienced a slaughter at home against Alba Berlin 72-42 earlier this season and know what its like coming from far behind. 'The key is too always play hard and hope for stops on defense. We didnt make stops and they shot well. We werent able to be more aggressive on offense and defense', stressed Nordlingen guard Osvaldo Jeanty

Basketball life has not been easy in the last weeks for Mckinney. After the game, he had a tortured smile and had nothing to say about his own playing situation, but moreover for the team. 'The most important thing was that we won', stated St Louis native Jimmy McKinney. 'The last quarter was a rout. We had little chance to come back. We all had off nights', commented Omari Westley. It is never easy to concentrate when leading by so much, but Frankfurt finished the game strong. 'We worked on plays and didnt allow them to make easy baskets. We stayed patient and controlled the game. Pascal Roller showed a lot of poise making great passes to me and Greg', added Ilian Evtimov.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by with Keith Simmons with 15 points. American Greg Jenkins added 13 points. Derrick Allen scored 12 points, while captain Pascal Roller chipped in with 11 points.' Roller is really experienced and it is always great playing against him. He is smart and always knows where the ball is going. I liked the way he and Allen played the pick and role,' said American Danny Gibson. The Nordlingen Giants were led by American Monta McGhee with 20 points and 11 rebounds. The trio of Gibson, Jeanty and Westley were held to 15 points combined.


The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had an overall successful shooting day shooting 46% from the field and 42% from three point land. The Nordlingen Giants had a disastrous day shooting 30% from the field and 21% from three point land. Nordlingen controlled the boards 41-33 including 18 offensive rebounds. Nordlingen did a good job not getting one turnover in the fourth quarter, but their overall 19 turnovers was too high. The Frankfurt defense was tough, but can still be improved. 'Our defense was good. We started to pick it up in the second half. We are still struggling a bit with help defense as some are not on the same page. I would give our defense a C+ grade', explained Skyliner guard Jimmy McKinney.

This was a tough loss for Nordlingen and it doesnt get any easier as they next meet The EWE Baskets Oldenburg. 'This loss wont get us down. A loss is a loss if you lose by two points or thirty points. We have to come back and bring more intensity against Oldenburg', said Osvaldo Jeanty The Deutsche Bank Skyliners started a new winning streak, controlled the last three quarters and want to start a positive trend of giving the opponent fear during the game. 'I think we can scare teams, but we have to continue to keep the intensity when we are up with 10-12 points and not lose the lead like we have in the past', warned American Skyliner Derrick Allen. 'If we continue to be consistent then we will scare teams and could be a lot higher in the standings', added Ilian Evtimov. TBB Trier host The Deustche Bank Skyliners on Sunday March 22nd at 17:00.



1.Bundesliga Round: 25 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Koeln 99ers - Walter Tigers 67-85
Walter Tigers Tubingen had an 85:67 road win over the Koln 99ers at Rheinenergie Dome in Koln in the opener of Regular Season Round 25. Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Anderson Jermaine nailed 18. Hunt Jeremy chipped in 23 points for the hosts.

Telekom B. - Bremerhaven 69-66
Telekom Baskets Bonn produced a 69:66 win over Bremerhaven at Telekom Dome. Winsome Frazier (193-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Mississippi St.) topscored with 21 points and 5 rebounds and Rowland added 16 points. Brandon Bowman finished with 13 points and 7 rebounds for Bonn in the win. Giordan Watson paced Bremerhaven with points.

Art.Dragons - Goettingen 71-66
Artland Dragons earned an important 71:66 home win over MEG Gottingen Saturday night at Artland Arena in Quakenbruck. Dragons are now 10-14 while Gottingen slips to 17-6. Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Ross Ronald and Bailey Toby notched 13 each. Trice Roderick collected 15 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

LTi 46ers - ratiopharm 78-81
ratiopharm Ulm grabbed a 81:78 road win over LTi Giessen 46ers Saturday night in Giessen due to Romeo Travis (201-F-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Akron). He poured in 20 points as he hit his big shots to spark a 15-4 finish for Ulm. Umeh Michael ended up with 16 points for the home side.

EWE Baskets - Pad.Baskets 82-65
Ewe Baskets Oldenburg took an 82:65 home win over Paderborn Baskets Saturday night at Ewe Arena in Oldenburg. Oldenburg team remain atop the Bundesliga at 18-5 while Paderborn is 13-11. Jason Gardner (178-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) paced all the winners with 17 points and Majstorovic Milan had 14. Peavy Nathan scored 17 points in the losing effort.

Dt.Bank SKY - Noerdlingen 79-55
Bank SKY overcame Noerdlingen 79:55 in Regular Season Round 25. Keith Simmons (196-G-85, college: Holy Cross) paced all the winners with 15 points and Jenkins Greg nailed 13. McGhee Monta ended up with 20 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.

Duesseldorf - TBB Trier 90-87
Duesseldorf improved to 10-20 record defeating TBB Trier 90:87. Carter top-scored for the winners with 17 points, whilst Zack Whiting (193-G-84, college: Chaminade) netted 16. Richardson Norman chipped in 22 points in the losing effort.

ALBA - EnBW L'burg 86-57
ALBA improved to 16-5 beating EnBW Ludwigsburg 86:57. Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) led the winners with 15 points and Hamann Steffen posted 13. Robinson Frank finished the night with 17 points for the guests.

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ProB Round: 24 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
proveo Merl. - Herten 81-72
proveo Merlins overcame Herten 81:72 to take 20-4 on top. John Griffin (183-G-85, college: Bucknell) paced all the winners with 32 points and Williams Ed scored 18. Johnson Gary finished the night with 22 points for the guests.

Franken Hexer - Telemotive 84-66
Franken Hexer overcame Telemotive 84:66 in Regular Season Round 24. Steven Rush (180-G, college: N.Carolina A&T) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Steer Ryan netted 17. Stemler Lance ended up with 16 points for the guests.

B'guessbach - Hannover 92-90
Breitenguessbach beat Hannover 92:90 as Karsten Tadda (189-G-88) led the winners with 21 points and Stafford Isaak posted 19. Douloudis Babis ended up with 21 points in the losing effort.

Stahnsdorf - SU Braunsch. 72-70
Stahnsdorf beat SU Braunschweig 72:70 for 11-13 record. Michael Jost (204-F-88) top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Wysocki Kevin finished the night with 16 points in the losing effort.

Landshut - Rhoendorf 79-73
Woamey Marco nailed 22 points as Landshut edged Rhoendorf 79:73. Horace Wormely (168-G-84, college: Vanguard) was responsible for 19 and Miller Greg scored 16. Rojik Christopher produced 27 points in the losing effort.

Wolfenbuettel - Mainz 103-100
Wolfenbuettel rolled over Mainz 103:100 in overtime. Tobias Grauel (195-F-86, agency: Heinrich Sports) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Whitman Connor netted 17. Sharda Anish nailed 30 for Mainz and Zuiderveen Mike collected 28 points and 25 rebounds.

Osnabrueck - Ehingen 86-81
Osnabrueck improved to 15-9 record defeating Ehingen 86:81. Michajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81, agency: Court Side) led the winners with 18 points and Coleman Derek notched 16. Oppland Mike delivered 22 points in defeat.


Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Oldenburg 19-5 
 2. Goettingen 17-6 
 3. Bonn 17-7 
 4. ALBA 16-5 
 5. Ulm 16-8 
 6. Frankfurt 16-9 
 7. Paderborn 13-11 
 8. Bamberg 12-12 
 9. Ludwigsb. 11-14 
 10. Trier 11-14 
 11. Braunschweig 10-14 
 12. Tuebingen 10-14 
 13. Art.Dragons 10-14 
 14. Duesseldorf 10-15 
 15. Noerdlingen 10-15 
 16. Koeln 99ers 7-16 
 17. Giessen 7-17 
 18. Bremerhaven 4-20 


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. MBC 21-3 
 2. Bayreuth 19-5 
 3. Hagen 19-5 
 4. Karlsruhe 15-9 
 5. Jena 14-10 
 6. Kirchheim 14-10 
 7. B.Muenchen 13-11 
 8. Chemnitz 12-12 
 9. Bremen 10-13 
 10. teckproBraves 10-14 
 11. Cuxhaven 10-14 
 12. Langen 9-15 
 13. ETB Wohnbau 8-16 
 14. Heidelberg 6-17 
 15. Schalke 6-18 
 16. Lich 5-19 


Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
 1. proveo Merl. 20-4 
 2. Wolfenbuettel 18-6 
 3. Rhoendorf 16-8 
 4. Herten 16-8 
 5. Osnabrueck 15-9 
 6. B'guessbach 12-12 
 7. Telemotive 12-12 
 8. Hannover 12-12 
 9. Stahnsdorf 11-13 
 10. Ehingen 11-13 
 11. SU Braunsch. 11-13 
 12. Landshut 9-15 
 13. Freiburg 8-16 
 14. Mainz 8-16 
 15. Franken Hexer 7-17 
 16. Speyer 6-18 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Omari WESTLEY
  Noerdlingen
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 17
 1. Westley, Noerdlingen17.0 
 2. Hess, Art.Dragons15.5 
 3. Gardner, EWE B.15.0 
 4. Paulding, EWE B.14.8 
 5. Bailey, Goettingen14.6 
 6. Bowman, Telekom B.14.6 
 7. Katic, Walter Tigers14.6 
 8. Rowland, Telek.14.5 
 9. Suput, Brose B.14.3 
 10. Jeanty, Noerdling.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris ENSMINGER
  Pad.Baskets
  (209-C-73)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Ensminger, Pad.Bask.10.6 
 2. Gibbs, ratiopharm10.3 
 3. McGhee, Noerdlin.8.4 
 4. Katic, Walter Tigers7.7 
 5. Gordon, Dt.7.6 
 6. Fenn, Art.Dragons7.2 
 7. Westley, Noerdlingen6.9 
 8. Drevo, NY Phantoms6.4 
 9. Rouse, LTi 46ers6.4 
 10. Visser, NY Pha.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dru JOYCE
  ratiopharm
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Joyce, ratiopharm4.7 
 2. Gardner, EWE B.4.2 
 3. Anderson, Walter T.4.0 
 4. Franklin, NY Phant.4.0 
 5. Watson, Bremerha.4.0 
 6. Rowland, Telek.3.8 
 7. Jenkins, ALBA3.7 
 8. Schaffartzik, LTi 3.5 
 9. Rivera, Brose B.3.5 
 10. Bailey, Goetting.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Roderick TRICE
  Goettingen
  (191-F-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Trice, Goettingen2.9 
 2. Gordon, Koeln 99ers2.7 
 3. McGhee, Noerdlin.1.8 
 4. Lee, Goettingen1.8 
 5. Yarbrough, Telek.1.7 
 6. Foster, EWE B.1.7 
 7. Franklin, NY Phant.1.6 
 8. Peete, Duesseldorf1.5 
 9. Jacobson, Goett.1.4 
 10. Paulding, EWE.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ken JOHNSON
  Telekom B.
  (210-C-78)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Telek.2.9 
 2. Slaughter, Bremerha.1.3 
 3. Reiner, Bremerha.1.1 
 4. Gadri-N., Bremerha.1.1 
 5. Boumtje Boum., EWE B.1.0 
 6. Sesay, ALBA0.9 
 7. Drevo, NY Phantoms0.9 
 8. Evans, TBB Trier0.8 
 9. Grunheid, Koeln 0.8 
 10. Ohlbrecht, Brose.0.8 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Johannes LISCHKA
  LTi 46ers
  (203-F/C-87)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Lischka, Lich23.9 
 2. Watkins, Cuxhaven22.3 
 3. Khartchenkov, Chemn.18.6 
 4. Hall, Schalke18.5 
 5. Benzing, Langen18.2 
 6. Baumann, Kirchheim18.0 
 7. Hodges, Heidelberg17.8 
 8. Griffin, Hagen17.3 
 9. Komarek, Heide.17.2 
 10. Oppland, Bayreu.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Adam BAUMANN
  Kirchheim
  (203-C/F-81)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Baumann, Kirchheim10.7 
 2. Seward, Cuxhaven10.5 
 3. Jeffers, Langen9.8 
 4. Howard, Karlsruhe9.6 
 5. Hamilton, Bayreuth9.5 
 6. Gilbert, MBC9.2 
 7. Lischka, Lich8.9 
 8. Gerwig, Chemnitz8.8 
 9. Freese, Lich8.7 
 10. Sabourin, Brem.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Japhet MCNEIL
  Heidelberg
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. McNeil, Heidelberg7.5 
 2. Bannister, Schalke6.1 
 3. Pfeifer, Chemnitz5.7 
 4. Ruffin, teckproB.4.5 
 5. Williamson, Jena4.4 
 6. Parker, B.Muenchen4.4 
 7. Watkins, Cuxhaven4.4 
 8. Crawford, Kirch.4.3 
 9. Griffin, Hagen4.3 
 10. Holcomb-Faye, Bay.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Japhet MCNEIL
  Heidelberg
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. McNeil, Heidelberg3.5 
 2. Scott, Kirchheim2.3 
 3. Williamson, Jena2.3 
 4. Pfeifer, Chemnitz2.3 
 5. Hamilton, Bayreuth2.0 
 6. Crawford, Kirch.2.0 
 7. Harris, Bayreuth1.9 
 8. Paeley, teckproB.1.9 
 9. Thomas, ETB W.1.7 
 10. Brooks, B.Muench.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Tarvis WILLIAMS
  Decin
  (205-F/C-78)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Williams, B.Muenchen2.7 
 2. Seward, Cuxhaven1.4 
 3. Shaw, ETB Wohnbau1.3 
 4. Hamilton, Bayreuth1.3 
 5. Zyskunov, teckproB.1.1 
 6. Benzing, Langen1.0 
 7. Hornig, Kirchheim1.0 
 8. Fairley, Jena1.0 
 9. Sabourin, Bremen0.9 
 10. Kruel, Hag.0.9 


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Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. Ilysiakos 17-4 
 2. DASH Perist. 17-4 
 3. Dafni 16-5 
 4. Iraklis 14-7 
 5. Rethymno 13-8 
 6. Apollon 12-9 
 7. Near East 12-9 
 8. HSBC Pagrati 10-11 
 9. KAOD 9-12 
 10. Ermis L. 9-12 
 11. ICBS 9-12 
 12. Panerythrai. 8-13 
 13. Olimpias 7-14 
 14. Xanthi 6-15 
 15. Keravnos Aigio 6-15 
 16. MENT 3-18 


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Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Amsterdam 28-5 
 2. Eiff.Towers 23-10 
 3. M.Magix 20-13 
 4. Hanzev.Cpt 20-14 
 5. Rotterdam 19-14 
 6. West-Brabant 18-15 
 7. ZZ Leiden 13-19 
 8. Landstede 13-20 
 9. Upstairs Weert 11-21 
 10. Aris Friesland 10-22 
 11. Den Helder 5-27 


Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. MyGuide 2 19-2 
 2. MSV 18-4 
 3. Gorinchem 14-8 
 4. Landstede 2 14-8 
 5. Initial H5 12-9 
 6. Leiden 2 10-10 
 7. BV Rooi 10-10 
 8. Groene 10-11 
 9. Akrides 10-12 
 10. EBBC 8-14 
 11. Punch 7-13 
 12. Red Giants 7-14 
 13. Cangeroes 4-18 
 14. Pigeons 4-18 


Eredivisie Round: 36 (Regular Season, with box-scores) - by Eurobasket News
Eiff.Towers - Den Helder 92-85
In the last game of the round No.2 Eiffel Towers outplayed Den Helder at home 92-85 jumping to 23-10 record. Larry Abney (206-F/C-77, college: Fresno St.) was a key player for Eiffel nailing 27 points and pulling down 16 rebounds (5 off). Dean Oliver helped with 16 points and 9 assists. On the other side, Den Helder got 19 points and 9 boards from James Duffey.

Landstede - West-Brabant 66-72
In the ZBC-hal on Saturday night, Landstede Basketball once again got off to a good start, but had trouble once again holding the lead, with a strong performance by West-Brabant Giants guard Arvin Slagter (190-G-85) making the difference, helping the Giants steal a 72-66 win. Slagter was the motor for his team, scoring a game-high 20 pts., including 4 three-pointers, with 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Landstede, who shot blanks from the three-point line (only 7 for 33 total), were led by Robby Bostain with 18 pts. *More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Sanders Jackson

M.Magix - Hanzev.Cpt 87-71
In the Horstacker, after being down 49-44, a 17-0 run sparked by leading scorer Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) gave Matrixx the momentum it needed to overtake Hanzevast Capitals, winning by the score of 87-71. Wilson scored a game-high 27 pts., including making 3 three-pointers. Eric Nelson added 17 pts. and 9 rebounds, and Ryan Sears added good all-around numbers of 15 pts., 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Rogier Jansen was the only Hanzevast player in double figures with 17 pts. *More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Sanders Jackson

ZZ Leiden - Upstairs Weert 78-72
In Leiden in a matchup between two teams fighting for a playoff spot, ZZ Leiden, continues their ascend in the playoff race and control over its own destiny, winning over Upstairs by the score of 78-72. Despite missing point guards JS Nash and Vincent Krieger, ZZ still managed to come up with all the intangibles necessary to win ballgames, with X-factors Johan Kuijper and oft-injured Niels Meijer doing the dirty work inside. This resulted in a 49-37 rebounding advantage for ZZ. Seamus Boxley (201-C-82, college: Portland St.) led five ZZ players in dopuble digits with 19 pts. *More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Sanders Jackson


Challenger's Daniel Jones Out For a Month - by Fred Roggen
Rotterdam Challengers will miss forward Daniel 'Chip' Jones for a month. The 30-year-old forward Jones has a crack in his triceps. Despite that injury, Jones has played in the game against Matrixx Magixx Nijmegen last Thursday. Research in a hospital, revealed that Jones has a crack in his triceps. Daniel Jones (200-F-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) played 31 games for the Challengers this season, averaging 5.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals.

Victor Thomas Left EclipseJet MG Amsterdam - by Fred Roggen
Victor Thomas (201-F-79, college: La Salle) has left EclipseJet MG Amsterdam by direct. Thomas signed a contract with South Korean Hyundai Mobis for the remain of this season. Last year, Thomas also left Matrixx Magixx, already in November, and joined then Samsung in South Korea. According to stories in some news-media, Amsterdam has asked the players to accept less wages, because of money problems in Amsterdam by the bankruptcy of MyGuide and almost certain bankruptcy of EclipseJet. Thomas played 31 games in the Dutch league this season, averaging 9.4 points, 3.6 rebounds.

Stats Leaders - Eredivisie

Points Per Game
 Matt BAUSCHER
  Aris Friesland
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Bauscher, Aris F.23.5 
 2. Bostain, Landstede20.0 
 3. Walker, Rotterdam19.0 
 4. Pope, West-Brabant18.7 
 5. Wilson, M.Magix17.4 
 6. Beasley, Eiff.Tow.16.8 
 7. Ross, Upstairs.16.7 
 8. Blue, West-Brabant16.4 
 9. Witt, Den Helder15.8 
 10. Punch, Landste.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus JACKSON
  Upstairs Weert
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Jackson, Upstairs.11.4 
 2. Johnson, West-Bra.10.4 
 3. Chiotti, ZZ Leiden9.3 
 4. Briggs, Rotterdam9.2 
 5. Khazzouh, Hanze.9.0 
 6. Beasley, Eiff.Tow.8.6 
 7. Dialls, Den Helder8.0 
 8. Spencer, Aris F.7.9 
 9. Brempong, Hanze.7.8 
 10. Boxley, ZZ Leid.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Matt BAUSCHER
  Aris Friesland
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Bauscher, Aris F.5.8 
 2. Thomas, Hanzev.Cpt5.3 
 3. Oliver, Eiff.Towers5.0 
 4. Richardson, Rotte.4.8 
 5. Nash, ZZ Leiden4.8 
 6. Bostain, Landstede4.6 
 7. Blackwood, Aris F.4.3 
 8. Downey, Eiff.Tow.4.2 
 9. Witt, Den Helder4.1 
 10. Jansen, Hanzev.Cp4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Charles RICHARDSON
  Rotterdam
  (178-G-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Richardson, Rotte.3.3 
 2. Thomas, Hanzev.Cpt3.1 
 3. Sears, M.Magix2.9 
 4. Greene, Amsterdam2.6 
 5. Bauscher, Aris F.2.5 
 6. Nelson, M.Magix2.4 
 7. Punch, Landstede2.2 
 8. Bostain, Landstede2.2 
 9. Walker, Rotterdam2.1 
 10. Smith, Upstai.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Hanzev.Cpt
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Khazzouh, Hanze.1.8 
 2. Steenberge, Aris F.1.7 
 3. Brempong, Hanze.1.4 
 4. Iti, Rotterdam1.2 
 5. Gladness, M.Magix1.1 
 6. Briggs, Rotterdam1.0 
 7. Blue, West-Brabant1.0 
 8. Richardson, Eiff.Tow.1.0 
 9. Kuijper, ZZ Leiden0.9 
 10. Patten, Upstai.0.9 


FEB Results: Round 35 - by Sanders Jackson


This weekend in FEB action, Matrixx Magixx bounced back from a heartbreaking Thursday night loss in Rotterdam to put the clamps on Hanzevast Capitals, while ZZ Leiden climbs over Landstede Basketball for the 7th spot in the playoff race, by virtue of their win over Upstairs Weert in combination with West-Brabant Giants' road win in Zwolle.

In the Horstacker, after being down 49-44, a 17-0 run sparked by leading scorer
Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) gave Matrixx the momentum it needed to overtake Hanzevast Capitals, winning by the score of 87-71. Wilson scored a game-high 27 pts., including making 3 three-pointers. Eric Nelson (201-F/C-76, college: Vermont) added 17 pts. and 9 rebounds, and Ryan Sears (185-G-79, agency: Court Side, college: Creighton) added good all-around numbers of 15 pts., 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) was the only Hanzevast player in double figures with 17 pts. Matrixx shot 62.2% FG and made 10 of 20 three-pointers, as well as a 35-25 rebounding advantage. With the win, Matrixx holds a 3-1 tiebreaker edge over Hanzevast and improves to 20-13 and move into 3rd place in the standings.


In Leiden in a matchup between two teams fighting for a playoff spot, ZZ Leiden, continues their ascend in the playoff race and control over its own destiny, winning over Upstairs by the score of 78-72. Despite missing point guards JS Nash (188-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Oregon St.) and Vincent Krieger (184-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: NC-Asheville), ZZ still managed to come up with all the intangibles necessary to win ballgames, with X-factors Johan Kuijper (217-C-80) and oft-injured Niels Meijer (204-F-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy) doing the dirty work inside. This resulted in a 49-37 rebounding advantage for ZZ. Seamus Boxley (201-C-82, college: Portland St.) led five ZZ players in dopuble digits with 19 pts. Upstairs' Steve Ross (201-G/F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Santa Clara) had a strong performance, leading with game-highs of 24 pts. and 14 rebounds. With the win ZZ leapfrogs over Landstede Basketball for 7th place in the current standings.


In the ZBC-hal on Saturday night, Landstede Basketball once again got off to a good start, but had trouble once again holding the lead, with a strong performance by West-Brabant Giants guard Arvin Slagter (190-G-85) making the difference, helping the Giants steal a 72-66 win. Slagter was the motor for his team, scoring a game-high 20 pts., including 4 three-pointers, with 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Landstede, who shot blanks from the three-point line (only 7 for 33 total), were led by

Robby Bostain (194-G/F-84, college: Furman) with 18 pts. The win moves West-Brabant's record to 18-15, while Landstede drops its 5th straight, falling into 8th place, and will have to do some soul searching in their quest to get back on track and remain in the FEB playoff race. Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius)


Peter van Paassen Misses First Quarter-finalgame Against Proteas EKA AEL Limassol - by Fred Roggen
Coach Arik Shivek decided after consultation with the medical staff, that Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) stays in the Netherlands. An echo, Sunday morning, confirmed that Peter Van Paassen has a muscle rupture in his calf. Peter Van Paassen will therefore miss the first quarter-final game for the EuroChallenge against Proteas EKA AEL Limassol. The medical staff hopes that through intensive treatment this week, van Paassen will play again in the return in Amsterdam.

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Round 20 - by Tamas Deri


PVSK-PANNON POWER - UNIVER KSE 59-64
(17-8, 12-25, 13-16, 17-15)
Pecs,Att.: 2000, Referees: Palla Z., Toth K., Farkas G.
PECS: Thomas Kelley (188-G-76, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Michigan St.) 23/6, Wittmann 9/3, Denes, Grebenar 5, Bencze 7, Aleksic 4, Norbert Toth 8/3, Kapov 3/3, Czigler, Coach: Ivkovic Stojan
KECSKEMET: Haynes 7/3, Horvath . 5/3, Toth P. 4, Danielson 6, Matthew Knight (203-F/C-85, college: Loyola Marymount) 9, Mike Dale (197-G/F-84, college: S.Illinois) 11/3, Molnar A. 6, Zsolt Szabo (202-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 16/12, Coach: Andras Zsoldos


MARSO-VAGEP NYIREGYHAZA KK - FALCO-SZOVA KC-SZOMBATHELY 87-90

(26-23, 23-27, 20-20, 18-20)
Nyiregyhaza, Att.: 800, Referees: Hartyani, Gorka, Franyo
NYIREGYHAZA: Branko Savic (181-G-79) 14, Roy Booker (191-G/F-84, agency: Globalsports, college: SE Missouri St.) 23/3, Vujacic 15/3, Erno Sitku (208-C-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 14/3, Z. Helbich 4, Siska, Attila Farkas (209-F-87) 17/3, Coach: Ferenczi Tamas
SZOMBATHELY: Vida M., Darryl Hudson (196-G-85, agency: Megasport, college: Howard) 15/6, Andrija Ciric (199-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) 19/6, Horvath Z. 8, Denis Vrsaljko (212-C-82) 22/3, Kalman 14/9, Lakatos P. 2, Csaba Borszeki 7/3, Pankar 3/3, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic


ATOMEROMU SE - SOPRONI SORDOGOK 79-74
(20-20, 20-12, 22-21, 17-21)
Paks, Att.: 1000, Referees: Bodnar, Hegedus, Gal
ATOMEROMU: Meszaros 1, Nick Williams (192-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Cincinnati) 14, Charles Gosa (202-F-77, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: N.Mexico St.) 11, Ian Johnson (205-F-84, college: Davidson) 24/12, Csaplar-Nagy E. 4/3, Michael English (194-F/G-82, college: UMKC) 14, Medve 3/3, Panta, Kiss Zs. 8/6, Coach: Dzunic Branislav
SOPRON: Alvin Cruz (186-G-82, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Niagara) 20/6, Brooks 10/6, Cousinard 10, Kortelyesi 11/3, Emmanuel Dies (204-F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: Kansas St.) 18, Vesztergom, Csorvasi 2, Boldizsar 3, Halmai, Coach: Meszlenyi Robert


PLANET LEASING-DOMBOVAR KC - ZALAKERAMIA-ZTE KK 92-101
(2224, 2615, 1917, 1728, 817)
Dombovar, Att.: 800, Referees: Kiss, Kapitany, Teczely
DKC: Jerome LaGrange (192-G-78, college: Livingstone) 18/3, Ben Adams (185-G-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: New Orleans) 18/6, Deak 3/3, Szoke 5, Clark 10, Ferenc Bodi (198-F-77) 15/3, Anthony Dill (200-F-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) 23/6, Coach: Balind Jozsef
ZTE KK: Srdjan Helbich (205-F/C-76) 24/3, Louis Hinnant (193-G-84, college: Boston Coll.) 28/18, Donald Wilson (193-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) 14/6, Michael Jones (206-F-82, agency: AMI, college: Arkansas) 12, Tamas Kaman (200-F/G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 16/9, Simon L. 2, Trepak 3, Toth A. 2, Coach: Volgyi Peter


POLAROID LAMI-VED KORMEND - DEBRECENI EGYETEM KE 91-95
(22-26, 18-24, 24-21, 27-24)
Kormend, Att.: 2100, Referees: Forrai, Torok, Dr. Magyari
KORMEND: Chris Rodgers (193-G-84, college: Arizona) 19, Marton Fodor (191-G-81, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 9/3, Peter Mulligan (197-F/G-82, college: Manhattan) 15/3, Toth, George Banks (202-C/F-72, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: UTEP) 37/6, Trummer 5/3, Ferencz 6, Hegedus, Kocsis, Coach: Peter Stahl
DEKE: Steve Dagostino (180-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: St.Rose (NY)) 13/6, Gergely Kutasi (190-G-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 12/9, Valentino Maxwell (193-G-85, college: Concordia (TX)) 19/6, Gary Ware (206-F/C-83, agency: Tank Sports, college: Purdue) 14, Joe Kennerly (204-C/F-84, agency: Passing Lane, college: Cent.Oklahoma) 17, Gabor Toth 14/6, Takacs 3, Kovacs 3/3, Szabo, Coach: Fodor Peter



A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Rashad BELL
  Albacomp
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Bell, Albacomp22.5 
 2. Booker, Marso-Va.22.2 
 3. Dill, Dombovar21.6 
 4. Banks, Kormend20.9 
 5. Ciric, Falco19.5 
 6. Welton, Kaposvari19.4 
 7. Brooks, Soproni18.8 
 8. Cruz, Soproni18.4 
 9. Gulyas, Atomeromu18.4 
 10. Watson, ZTE.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zoltan HORVATH
  Falco
  (207-F/C-79)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Horvath, Falco9.7 
 2. Dill, Dombovar8.7 
 3. Morrison, Albacomp8.1 
 4. Basit, Szolnok7.8 
 5. Ware, Debreceni7.7 
 6. Bencze, PVSK P.7.7 
 7. Bialek, Kormend7.6 
 8. Bell, Albacomp7.6 
 9. Clark, Dombovar7.3 
 10. Helbich, Marso-.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Kalman, Falco6.7 
 2. Marciulionis, Kapos.6.4 
 3. Ross, Szolnok5.8 
 4. Kelley, PVSK P.5.2 
 5. Savic, Marso-Vagep5.1 
 6. Simon, Albacomp4.9 
 7. LaGrange, Dombovar4.8 
 8. Hinnant, ZTE K.4.6 
 9. Dagostino, Debre.4.6 
 10. Cruz, Sopro.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Branko SAVIC
  Marso-Vagep
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Savic, Marso-Vagep3.2 
 2. Sitku, Marso-Vagep2.7 
 3. Wittmann, PVSK P.2.6 
 4. Coleman, Szolnok2.3 
 5. Kelley, PVSK P.2.3 
 6. Ciric, Falco2.3 
 7. Hanga, Albacomp2.2 
 8. Haynes, Univer KSE2.2 
 9. Clark, Dombovar2.1 
 10. Couisnard, Sopro.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Ronnie ROSS
  Szolnok
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Ross, Szolnok1.2 
 2. Dill, Dombovar1.1 
 3. Wilson, Szolnok0.9 
 4. Horvath, Falco0.9 
 5. Dale, Univer KSE0.9 
 6. Booker, Marso-Va.0.8 
 7. Spivey, PVSK P.0.7 
 8. Kennerly, Debreceni0.7 
 9. Welton, Kaposvari0.7 
 10. Simon,.0.6 


Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. Albacomp 18-3 
 2. Falco 15-5 
 3. Atomeromu 15-6 
 4. PVSK Panth. 14-7 
 5. Univer KSE 13-8 
 6. Dombovar 11-9 
 7. Szolnok 11-9 
 8. ZTE KK 11-9 
 9. Soproni 10-10 
 10. Kormend 8-13 
 11. Marso-Vagep 7-13 
 12. Kaposvari 7-14 
 13. Debreceni 3-18 
 14. EnterNet-NTE 0-20 


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Standings - Iceland Express League
Express L. Standings
 1. KR 21-1 
 2. Grindavik 19-3 
 3. Snaefell 15-7 
 4. Keflavik 14-8 
 5. UMFN 12-10 
 6. Stjarnan 10-12 
 7. IR 10-12 
 8. Breidablik 9-13 
 9. Tindastoll 7-15 
 10. FSU 7-15 
 11. Thor AK 6-16 
 12. Skallagrimur 2-20 


Play-offs games. - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Two games tonight. One of them was a close one and other was really over after first quarter.

Keflavik added Jesse Pelot-Rosa on their roster today. He started the season with Keflavik but was sent home because of economic problems Iceland had. Since then has been playing for SISU in Denmark. He was probably the key for Keflavik win over Njardvik tonight 96-88 with his 29 pts & 12 rebs. Hordur Vilhjalmsson 18. Gunnar Einarsson 17 for Keflavik.
For Njardvik. Heath Sitton 25 Magnus Gunnarsson & Logi Gunnarsson 18 each.

KR with full court agressive pressure defense started great and led 40-16 after first quarter. After that Breidablik could never get a chance in this game. Final score 123-75
Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83, college: Nebraska) had very good game with 29 pts & 11 board. Helgi Magnusson 21. Baldur Olafsson (208-C-79, college: C.W. Post) & Darri Hilmarsson 15 each.
For Breidablik Nemanja Sovic 31 + 13 boards.


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Mahram and Saba Mehr opened 12th WABA Champions Cup - by Eurobasket News
Mahram and Saba Mehr opened 12th WABA Champions Cup and brought the first victory for the country so far. Both teams from Iran played the openers with Lebanese representatives. Mahram won over Al Moutahed Tripoli, while Saba Mehr tried hard over the defending champions.
In Group A Mahram upset Al Moutahed Tripoli 94:87 in the opener. Both teams stayed close to each other in the first half as the first quarter was finished at 21:21 and Al Moutahed Tripoli grabbed 42:40 lead at the halftime. The third period became decisive in the game as the team from Iran reached 70:61 before the last stanza. At the end the winners kept the score for good took the first victory. Oscar Yebra (200-F-74, agency: Court Side) and Samad Bahrami (200-G/F-83, agency: ACMT) led the winners with 26 points each, while Priest Lauderdale posted 18. Darren Kelly nailed 24 points in defeat, whilst Tony Williams netted 23.
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut opened their campaign with the win over Saba Mehr 97:88. The defending champions of WABA produced 30-15 in the first period to seal the winning outcome later in the game. Lebanese team improved to 51:35 at the halftime and had 67:50 after three quarters played. Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) from Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut exploded with 29 points and Ahmad Ismail followed him with 28. Karam Ahmadian (197-F-77) posted 22 for Saba Mehr and Jeff Ngutar Varem netted 19.


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  IRAQ   


Al Karkh loses two, but shows great effort - by Eurobasket News
Al Karkh from Iraq participates in 12th WABA Champions Cup. The squad lost two games from the start but showed great game and effort.
Zain outscored Al Karkh 104:80 to take the first victory in the tournament. On of the favorites of the 12th WABA Champions Cup opened the game with 28-18 in the opening quarter and led to 53:35 at the halftime. Zain was stronger also in the third period improving to 87:55 and reached three digits on the board in the last stanza. Ontario Lett (198-F-79, agency: BrezoPro, college: Pittsburgh) and Mike Christensen paced all the winners with 14 points apiece. Adam Zahn shined for the team from Iraq with 38 points and Abdulla Kutaiba nailed 13.
In Day 2 Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut beat Al Karkh 115:68. The latter played really well in the opening quarter but failed later in the game. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut pushed the tempo in the second quarter after 26:24 and improved to 56:30 at the halftime. The team from Lebanon had 8:45 after the third period and won the second game of the tournament reaching three digits number. Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) exploded with 42 points to lead his team to 2-0 record in Group B. Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) produced 20 and Roderick Riley added 18. Abdulla Kutaiba from Al Karkh ended up with 17 points.


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Neptune V Killester Superleague Semi - Final 1st leg 63 - 85. - by Li Zhang
The Mens Superleague Playoff Semi Final first leg played at Neptune Stadium last evening despite an unflattering final scoreline for the home team of 85 / 63 did provide enough evidence to give Neptune a compete to win attitude for the return leg in Dublin next weekend.
Despite playing without lynchpin player Boneparte , Killester opened confidently and even in this quarter showed signs of having an inside / outside game with more flexibility in terms of scoring options which ultimately proved the difference between the sides. Killester took the first 18 to 17.

Neptune, s second quarter tenacious defence and dribble drive penetration strength ,s together with controlling it ,s own boards which led to a change in momentum toward it gave the team positive self belief and were it capable of going to it ,s bench at the same level as Killester a different outcome was available. Just 5 points separated the teams at the half , Killester leading 39 plays 35.

3 rd Quarter : Killester,s perimeter shooting capability was enough to stretch a now fatigued driven Neptune and slow it ,s own fast breaking game to the degree it lost competitiveness and with 4.56 remaining it trailed 53 to 40.Ultra competitive Neptune ,s
Ger Gerard Noonan (180-G-82) sparked a resurgence at this point to get his team on effectively an 8 point run though again Killester ,s dillegent approach allowed it stretch the margin again to close out the third leading 64 / 54.

The final quarter saw the home side ,s fighting spirit remain evident though again a deeper Killester bench further evidenced these sides differences. Killester closed it out at 85 to 63.
Top Scorers : Killester : Peder Madsen (186-G-78, college: Post) 16 , Jim Grabowski (201-F-86, college: SW Baptist) 15 , John Behan (193-G-85) 14.
Neptune : Ed Millard (198-F, agency: 22ft) 24 , Vincent James (201-F-85, agency: 540 Sports, college: NC-Asheville) 22 , Gerard Noonan 6.


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SerieA Round: 22 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Eldo Caserta - Carife FE 84-66
Eldo Caserta coasted to the 9th win as they thumped Carife Ferrara at home court. Guillermo Diaz (188-G-85, college: Miami, FL) fired 21 points to lead Eldo Caserta. Ronald Slay added 18 points and 15 boards for the hosts. Harold Jamison and Andre Collins dropped 15 points each for Carife Ferrara.

Premiata - Montepaschi 70-81
Montepaschi scored the 21st victory as they held off Premiata away from home. Romain Sato (194-G-81, college: Xavier) accounted for 24 points and 9 boards to lead the league leaders. Shaun Stonerook delivered 13 points and 8 boards for the visiting side. Ricky Minard canned 15 points for Premiata as they fell at 10-12 record.

Armani MI - Air AV 85-71
Armani Jeans rebounded after their Euroleague woes to defeat Air Avellino. David Hawkins (193-G-82, agency: CAA Sports, college: Temple) scored 23 points and 6 rebounds to lead Armani Jeans. Hollis Price contributed 18 points for the winners. Chris Warren, Drake Diener and Nikola Radulovic had 11 points each for Air Avellino in the loss.

La Fortezza - NGC Cantu 73-62
La Fortezza Bologna earned the 14th victory as they held off NGC Cantu. Earl Boykins (168-G-76, college: E.Michigan) nailed 17 points, dished out 6 assists and made 5 steals to lead La Fortezza. Roberto Chiacig had 13 points for the winners. Sundiata Gaines responded with 24 points for NGC Cantu as they fell at 11-11 record.

Benetton - Fortitudo 80-77
Benetton got 22 points from Gary Neal (193-G-84, college: Towson) as they rolled past Fortitudo. Judson Wallace managed 19 points and 16 rebounds for the Treviso team as they climbed at 12-10 record. Alex Scales responded with 22 points for Fortitudo. Jamont Gordon had 14 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort.

Lottomatica - Scavolini 98-76
Lottomatica eased past Scavolini as Ibrahim Jaaber nailed 19 points. Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87) added 14 points and 6 rebounds as Lottomatica improved at 15-7 record. Jeleel Akindele had 20 points and 7 boards for Scavolini in the loss.

Angelico BI - Solsonica 73-79
Solsonica eked out a narrow road victory over Angelico Biella. Vangelis Sklavos (202-F-77) and Omar Thomas had 17 points each to lead the visitors. Pietro Aradori responded with 16 points for Biella as they suffered the 12th loss.

Banca Tercas - Snaidero 80-73
David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) netted 19 points to lead Banca Tercas past Snaidero. Brandon Brown contributed 14 points and 11 caroms as the Teramo team climbed at 14-8 record. Rashad Anderson topscored with 21 points for Snaidero as the team remained at the bottom of the ladder.


Lega2 Round: 24 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Seven 2007 - Umana Reyer 84-93
Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) and Rodolfo Rombaldoni nailed 24 points each as Umana Reyer upset Seven 2007 Roseto on the road. Otis George had 18 points and 8 boards as Venezia climbed at 10-14 record. Delonte Holland responded with 27 points for Seven 2007 Roseto in the 15th loss.

Banco Sard. - Cimberio VA 73-80
Cimberio Varese registered the 17th win in the tournament as they overcame Banco Di Sardegna. Lorenzo Gergati (188-G-84) managed 17 points to lead the league leaders. Giacomo Galanda had 15 points and 7 boards for the winners. Trent Whiting responded with game-high 31 points and 8 boards for Banco di Sardenga.

Crabs RN - Vanoli SO 74-82
Vanoli Soresina continued to chase league leading Varese as they posted the 15th victory. This time Vanoli outlasted Rimini Crabs on the road behind 26 points from Troy Bell (186-G-80, college: Boston Coll.). Quadre Lollis contributed 18 points for the winners. Chris McCray had 17 points, 8 boards and 6 assists for Rimini Crabs in the loss.

Harem SC - Trenkwalder 75-71
Joel Salvi (199-F-78, college: Rutgers) nailed 19 points and pulled down 8 boards to pace Harem Scafati past Trenkwalder. Ronald Davis netted 17 points as the winners improved at 11-13 record. Alvin Young poured in game-high 30 points but could not save Trenkwalder from falling at the same 11-13 record.

Carmatic PT - Fastweb CM 75-72
Carmatic Pistoia sneaked past Fastweb Casale in a difficult home encounter. Elton Tyler (205-F/C-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) came up with 15 points and 5 boards for Pistoia. Guido Rosselli contributed 12 points, 6 boards and 3 assists for the victors. Zabian Dowdell answered with 19 points for Fastweb Casale in defeat.

Edimes PV - Prima VE 91-83
Edimes Pavia celebrated the 12th victory in the championship as they toppled Prima Veroli. Paul Marigney (192-G-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) was outstanding with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for Edimes Pavia. Thomas Mobley had 18 points in the win. Afik Nissim, Dawan Robinson and Kyle Hines nailed 20 points apiece for Prima Veroli as they suffered the tenth loss.


Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 21-1 
 2. Lottomatica 15-7 
 3. Banca Tercas 14-8 
 4. La Fortezza 14-8 
 5. Benetton 12-10 
 6. Armani MI 12-10 
 7. NGC Cantu 11-11 
 8. Scavolini 10-12 
 9. Premiata 10-12 
 10. Angelico BI 10-12 
 11. Solsonica 9-13 
 12. Air AV 9-13 
 13. Eldo Caserta 9-13 
 14. Fortitudo 8-14 
 15. Carife FE 7-15 
 16. Snaidero 5-17 


Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Rashad ANDERSON
  Snaidero
  (195-G/F-83)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Anderson, Snaidero18.9 
 2. Hicks, Scavolini18.5 
 3. Hawkins, Armani MI16.6 
 4. Collins, Carife FE16.6 
 5. Carroll, Banca T.16.5 
 6. Minard, Premiata16.5 
 7. Diaz, Eldo Caserta16.3 
 8. Smith, Angelico BI16.1 
 9. Neal, Benetton15.8 
 10. Boykins, La For.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brandon HUNTER
  Premiata
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Hunter, Premiata10.2 
 2. Ford, La Fortezza9.1 
 3. Pasco, Solsonica9.0 
 4. Wallace, Benetton8.2 
 5. Slay, Eldo Caserta7.8 
 6. Romero, Snaidero7.3 
 7. Hall, Armani MI7.1 
 8. Stonerook, Montepas.6.9 
 9. Akindele, Scavolini6.7 
 10. Brown, Banca.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jermaine JACKSON
  Snaidero
  (195-G-76)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Jackson, Snaidero5.4 
 2. McIntyre, Montepas.5.3 
 3. Spinelli, Angelico.4.4 
 4. Poeta, Banca Tercas4.4 
 5. Smith, Angelico BI4.2 
 6. Dixon, Benetton3.8 
 7. Stanic, Scavolini3.8 
 8. Forte, Snaidero3.6 
 9. Best, Air AV3.4 
 10. Becirovic, Lottom.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Earl BOYKINS
  La Fortezza
  (168-G-76)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Boykins, La Forte.3.3 
 2. Curry, Scavolini3.2 
 3. Dixon, Benetton3.1 
 4. Hicks, Scavolini3.1 
 5. Collins, Carife FE3.0 
 6. Poeta, Banca Tercas2.9 
 7. Becirovic, Lottomat.2.9 
 8. Gordon, Fortitudo2.8 
 9. Slay, Eldo Caserta2.8 
 10. Elder, NGC Can.2.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  La Fortezza
  (206-F-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Ford, La Fortezza1.8 
 2. Ebi, Carife FE1.6 
 3. Akindele, Scavolini1.5 
 4. Eze, Montepaschi1.5 
 5. Crosariol, Air AV1.4 
 6. Pasco, Solsonica1.4 
 7. Toure, NGC Cantu0.9 
 8. Achara, Fortitudo0.8 
 9. Nicevic, Benetton0.8 
 10. Gigli, Lottomati.0.8 


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Joseph BUNN
  Aget IM
  (198-F/C-75)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Bunn, Aget IM24.4 
 2. Dowdell, Fastw.21.5 
 3. Hatten, Enel Brindisi21.5 
 4. Davis, Harem SC20.8 
 5. Kemp, Basket LI20.5 
 6. Bell, Vanoli SO20.2 
 7. Boyette, Basket LI19.6 
 8. Whiting, Banco S.19.5 
 9. Marigney, Edimes P.19.5 
 10. Goss, Crabs19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kyle HINES
  Prima VE
  (198-F/C-86)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Hines, Prima VE9.5 
 2. Lloreda, Seven 20079.5 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni J.9.1 
 4. Killingswort., Enel B.8.7 
 5. Bunn, Aget IM8.5 
 6. George, Umana R.8.3 
 7. Ringstrom, Seven 7.9 
 8. Tyler, Carmatic PT7.8 
 9. Smith, Fastweb CM7.7 
 10. Boykin, Fileni7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Randolph CHILDRESS
  Cimberio VA
  (190-G-72)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Childress, Cimberio.4.9 
 2. Rowe, Banco Sard.4.8 
 3. Allen, Prima VE4.3 
 4. de Assis, Seven 4.3 
 5. Cinciarini, Edimes P.3.9 
 6. Mbemba, Vanoli SO3.8 
 7. Maestranzi, Fileni J.3.7 
 8. Busca, Harem SC3.6 
 9. Nissim, Prima VE3.4 
 10. Passera, Cimber.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Joseph BUNN
  Aget IM
  (198-F/C-75)
  Avg: 4
 1. Bunn, Aget IM4.0 
 2. Tyler, Carmatic PT3.9 
 3. Goss, Crabs RN3.9 
 4. Killingswort., Enel B.3.8 
 5. Mbemba, Vanoli SO3.5 
 6. Lloreda, Seven 20073.5 
 7. Cuffee, Fileni JE3.5 
 8. Rowe, Banco Sard.3.3 
 9. Pinnock, Seven 20073.3 
 10. Childress, Cimber.3.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Michele MAGGIOLI
  Fileni JE
  (212-C-77)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Maggioli, Fileni J.2.1 
 2. Terry, Vanoli SO2.1 
 3. Hines, Prima VE1.9 
 4. Ostler, Basket LI1.6 
 5. Bryan, Carmatic PT1.4 
 6. Bougaieff, Umana R.1.0 
 7. Bryan, Seven 20070.9 
 8. Tyler, Carmatic PT0.8 
 9. Green, Umana Reyer0.8 
 10. George, Umana.0.8 


Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Cimberio VA 17-7 
 2. Vanoli SO 15-9 
 3. Prima VE 14-10 
 4. Fastweb CM 13-11 
 5. Fileni JE 12-11 
 6. Basket LI 12-11 
 7. Banco Sard. 12-12 
 8. Edimes PV 12-12 
 9. Enel Brindisi 11-12 
 10. Harem SC 11-13 
 11. Carmatic PT 11-13 
 12. Trenkwalder 11-13 
 13. Crabs RN 11-13 
 14. Umana Reyer 10-14 
 15. Aget IM 9-14 
 16. Seven 2007 9-15 


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Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Phoenix 28-11 
 2. Apache 25-14 
 3. 89ers 21-18 
 4. Albirex 17-22 
 5. Broncos 15-24 
 6. Grouses 10-29 
Western
 1. Golden Kings 30-9 
 2. Five Arrows 26-13 
 3. Evessa 24-15 
 4. Rizing 17-22 
 5. Lakestars 14-25 
 6. Heat Devils 7-32 


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi Brex
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi .20.4 
 2. Henderson-S., Ais.18.4 
 3. Takeuchi, Aishin18.3 
 4. Takahashi, Toyota16.8 
 5. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.16.1 
 6. O'Bannon, Toyota16.1 
 7. Violette, Toshiba16.1 
 8. Newton, Hokkaido14.8 
 9. Rice, Hitachi S.14.8 
 10. Kikuchi, Toshi.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cory VIOLETTE
  Toshiba
  (203-C/F-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Violette, Toshiba9.9 
 2. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.9.7 
 3. Takeuchi, Aishin9.1 
 4. Parada, Mitsubishi8.4 
 5. Henderson-S., Ais.8.4 
 6. Takahashi, Toyota7.9 
 7. Lewis, Hokkaido6.5 
 8. Custis, Panasonic6.4 
 9. Ito, Tochigi Brex6.4 
 10. Aono, Panason.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Yuta TABUSE
  Tochigi Brex
  (175-G-80)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Tabuse, Tochigi .5.6 
 2. Kashiwakura, Mitsu.4.5 
 3. Sakurai, Hokkaido4.1 
 4. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.9 
 5. Kinoshita, Panasonic3.9 
 6. Henderson-S., Ais.3.7 
 7. Igarashi, Hitachi S.3.5 
 8. Ishizaki, Toshiba3.0 
 9. Takahashi, Toyota2.8 
 10. Takeuchi, Hitachi.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Yuta TABUSE
  Tochigi Brex
  (175-G-80)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Tabuse, Tochigi .2.3 
 2. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.0 
 3. Sakurai, Hokkaido1.6 
 4. Kawamura, Tochigi .1.4 
 5. Sato, Hitachi S.1.3 
 6. Sakai, Hitachi S.1.2 
 7. Selvy, Aishin1.2 
 8. Hirose, Panasonic1.2 
 9. Honeycutt, Panas.1.2 
 10. Violette, Toshi.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kosuke TAKEUCHI
  Aishin
  (205-C/F-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Takeuchi, Aishin1.7 
 2. Orr, Tochigi Brex1.4 
 3. Parada, Mitsubishi1.3 
 4. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.1.2 
 5. Aono, Panasonic1.1 
 6. Sakurai, Hokkaido0.8 
 7. Takahashi, Toyota0.7 
 8. Newton, Hokkaido0.7 
 9. Violette, Toshiba0.6 
 10. Cripe, Tochigi Br.0.6 


JBL Round: 2 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Aishin - Toyota 67-62
Aishin became the first Finalist of JBL Play-offs 2009 as the team swept th Semifinal series over Toyota. In Game 2 the favorites produced 67:62 to advance to the Finals. Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-G-81) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Henderson-Sakuragi nailed 17. Takahashi Michael ended up with 20 points in the losing effort.

Hitachi S. - Panasonic 72-79
Panasonic tied the Semifinal series over Hitachi after 79:72 in Game 2. Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-G-80) led the winners with 19 points, whilst Aono Fumihiko notched 18. Smith Tyler finished the night with 22 points in the losing effort. Game 3 is scheduled for tonight.


JBL Round: 1 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Aishin - Toyota 80-72
Aishin won the Semi-Finals Game 1 beating Toyota 80:72. J.R. Henderson-Sakuragi (206-C-76, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: UCLA) led the winners of the Regular season with 24 points and Takeuchi Kosuke posted 15. Campbell Louis ended up with 18 points in the losing effort.

Hitachi S. - Panasonic 63-60
Hitachi overcame Panasonic 63:60, however it is hardly believed that they would sweep the series. Joji Takeuchi (205-C-85) top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Smith Tyler netted 13. Hamada Takumi answered with 18 points for the Trains.


BJ League Round: 40 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Five Arrows - Apache 75-89
Apache had a road win over Five Arrows 89:75 behind 19 points from John Humphrey (188-G/F-80, college: Middle Tenn.St.). Baker Dameion netted 16, while Aoki Cohey and Ashby Julius posted 14 each. Camara Babacar was responsible for 21 points for the home side.

Rizing - Broncos 84-78
Rizing overcame Broncos 84:78 as Michael Parker (200-G/F-81, college: Evergreen St.) exploded with 40 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Warren Reginald answered with 29 points and 11 boards in defeat, while Shimizu Taishiro poured in 19.

Heat Devils - Albirex 92-94
Heat Devils lost to Albirex 92:94 in Regular Season Round 40. Emmanuel Little (196-F-85, college: N.Dakota) led the winners with 30 points and 11 rebounds, while Burks Antonio and Takeno Akitomo had 15 each. Price Jefferey finished the night with 21 points in the losing effort.

89ers - Evessa 89-86
Sendai 89ers edged Evessa 89:86 in Regular Season Round 40. Rodney Webb (201-F-83, college: Florida Atlantic) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and St.Preux Bobby brought his team 19. Murry Nile chipped in 23 points in the losing effort.

Grouses - Golden Kings 69-79
Golden Kings improved their positions on top after 79:69 over Grouses. Jeff Newton (205-C-81, college: Indiana) paced all the winners with 24 points and 13 rebounds, while McHenry Anthony collected 20 points and 18 boards. Ward Jerod finished the night with 32 points in defeat.

Lakestars - Phoenix 65-81
Lakestars was beaten by Phoenix 65:81 as Masahiro Ohguchi (172-G-76) notched 23 points in a win. Gardener Michael nailed 20 points and sighed out 10 assists, while Ocitti Stanley collected 13 points and 17 boards. Nash Bobby brought his team 19 points.


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Zain and Orthodox are perfect in the start - by Eurobasket News
Zain outscored Al Karkh 104:80 to take the first victory in the tournament. On of the favorites of the 12th WABA Champions Cup opened the game with 28-18 in the opening quarter and led to 53:35 at the halftime. Zain was stronger also in the third period improving to 87:55 and reached three digits on the board in the last stanza. Ontario Lett (198-F-79, agency: BrezoPro, college: Pittsburgh) and Mike Christensen (203-G/F-85, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: New Hampshire) paced all the winners with 14 points apiece. Adam Zahn shined for the team from Iraq with 38 points and Abdulla Kutaiba nailed 13.
On Day 2 Zain beat Al Jeish Army Damascus 89:74 to take 2-0 record in Group B. The squad from Jordan opened the game with 19-16 and struggled hard for 37:35 advantage at the halftime. Al Jeish Army Damascus did everything they could but failed in the second half. Zain grabbed 63:55 after the third period and reached the second win due to the last quarter. Ontario Lett top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Zaid Al Khas nailed 17. Chad Hendrick ended up with 18 points in the losing effort and Nashid Beard notched 18.
In the opener of 12th WABA Champions Cup Orthodox overcame Al Ahli Sanaa 88:64. The team from Jordan produced 24-16 in the opening quarter and improved to 47:32 at the halftime. Orthodox controlled also the third and the last periods having 68:52 at the end of the third and leading the game to the first win. Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) led the winners with 24 points, while James Williams (206-C-78, college: Long Beach St.) netted 13. Masinne Ndukhu from Al Ahli Sanaa netted 23 points and Sameer Al Asbahi brought his team 15.


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Standings - Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
 1. Sigal Prishtina 14-3 
 2. Peja 14-3 
 3. Bashkimi 11-6 
 4. Trepca Mitrov. 7-10 
 5. Drita 4-13 
 6. Bambi Mitr. 1-13 
 7. Coll.Eurosport 0-0 
 8. SHB 12 0-0 
 9. Kastrioti 0-0 
 10. Kosova V. 0-0 


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Al Moutahed Tripoli and Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut started 12th WABA Champions Cup - by Eurobasket News
Al Moutahed Tripoli and Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut started 12th WABA Champions Cup.
In Group A Mahram upset Al Moutahed Tripoli 94:87 in the opener. Both teams stayed close to each other in the first half as the first quarter was finished at 21:21 and Al Moutahed Tripoli grabbed 42:40 lead at the halftime. The third period became decisive in the game as the team from Iran reached 70:61 before the last stanza. At the end the winners kept the score for good took the first victory. Oscar Yebra and Samad Bahrami (200-G/F-83, agency: ACMT) led the winners with 26 points each, while Priest Lauderdale posted 18. Darren Kelly nailed 24 points in defeat, whilst Tony Williams netted 23.
In Day 2 Al Moutahed Tripoli smashed Al Ahli Sanaa 94:43 for their first victory in the tournament. A 29-11 in the opening quarter was too much for the team from Yemen in the game. Al Moutahed Tripoli improved to 58:27 at the halftime and had 76:36 advantage after three quarters played. Mohamed Akary (185-G-85) paced all the winners with 26 points and Elie Roustom brought his team 14. Sabri Sadaqa ended up with 14 points in the losing effort.
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut opened their campaign with the win over Saba Mehr 97:88. The defending champions of WABA produced 30-15 in the first period to seal the winning outcome later in the game. Lebanese team improved to 51:35 at the halftime and had 67:50 after three quarters played. Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) from Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut exploded with 29 points and Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) followed him with 28. Karam Ahmadian posted 22 for Saba Mehr and Jeff Ngutar Varem netted 19.
In Day 2 Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut beat Al Karkh 115:68. The latter played really well in the opening quarter but failed later in the game. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut pushed the tempo in the second quarter after 26:24 and improved to 56:30 at the halftime. The team from Lebanon had 8:45 after the third period and won the second game of the tournament reaching three digits number. Fadi El Khatib exploded with 42 points to lead his team to 2-0 record in Group B. Ahmad Ismail produced 20 and Roderick Riley (210-C-81, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Prairie View A&M) added 18. Abdulla Kutaiba (197-F/G-80) from Al Karkh ended up with 17 points.


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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marcelinho MACHADO
  Flamengo
  (199-F/G-75)
  Avg: 26.8
 1. Machado, Flamengo26.8 
 2. Thomas, La.24.0 
 3. Torres, Canoneros22.7 
 4. Soro, Pitagora.20.3 
 5. Mazzaro, Quimsa19.5 
 6. Cequeira, Regat.19.0 
 7. da Rosa, Pitago.18.3 
 8. Moreno, Canoneros18.3 
 9. Cocha, Obras17.3 
 10. Trigueiro, Quim.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Federico KAMMERICHS
  Regatas C.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Kammerichs, Regat.10.2 
 2. Burditt, La.9.7 
 3. Field, Obras9.0 
 4. Borrell, Obras8.0 
 5. Mikulas, Quimsa7.3 
 6. Probst, Pitagora.7.3 
 7. Wilson, Canoneros7.0 
 8. Guevara, Canoneros7.0 
 9. Allen, Quimsa6.7 
 10. Elisma, Cocodril.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo SUCATZKY
  Pitagoras/Minas
  (176-G-72)
  Avg: 10
 1. Sucatzky, Pitago.10.0 
 2. Lima, Flamengo6.2 
 3. Titarelli, Obras6.0 
 4. Moreno, Canoneros5.3 
 5. Cequeira, Regat.4.7 
 6. Machado, Flamengo4.3 
 7. Treise, Quimsa3.8 
 8. Cajal, Quimsa3.8 
 9. Mikulas, Quimsa3.8 
 10. Machado, Flamen.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Duda MACHADO
  Flamengo
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Machado, Flamengo3.2 
 2. Paez, Cocodrilos1.7 
 3. Breen, La.1.7 
 4. da Rosa, Pitago.1.7 
 5. Treise, Quimsa1.7 
 6. Machado, Flamengo1.3 
 7. Thomas, La.1.3 
 8. Cequeira, Regat.1.3 
 9. Renteria, Canoneros1.3 
 10. Kammerichs, Reg.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Edner ELISMA
  Cocodrilos
  (205-F/C-75)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Elisma, Cocodrilos1.7 
 2. da Rosa, Pitago.1.7 
 3. Tintorelli, Regat.1.4 
 4. Allen, Quimsa1.2 
 5. Burditt, La.1.0 
 6. Araujo, Flamengo1.0 
 7. Torres, Quimsa0.8 
 8. Palacios, Cocodrilos0.7 
 9. Kammerichs, Regat.0.7 
 10. Graterol, Cocodril.0.7 


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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Dwyane WADE
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  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 30
 1. Wade, Heat30.0 
 2. James, Cavaliers28.6 
 3. Bryant, Lakers28.0 
 4. Durant, Thunder25.9 
 5. Nowitzki, Mavericks25.6 
 6. Granger, Pacers25.0 
 7. Jefferson, Timberwo.23.2 
 8. Roy, Trail Blazers23.1 
 9. Bosh, Raptors22.8 
 10. Harris, Ne.22.7 
Rebounds Per Game
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  Magic
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Howard, Magic13.9 
 2. Lee, Knicks12.1 
 3. Camby, Clippers12.1 
 4. Murphy, Pacers11.9 
 5. Biedrins, Warriors11.5 
 6. Jefferson, Timberwo.11.0 
 7. Duncan, Spurs10.7 
 8. Okafor, Bobcats10.3 
 9. Yao, Rockets9.6 
 10. McDyess, Pisto.9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  Hornets
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 11
 1. Paul, Hornets11.0 
 2. Williams, Jazz10.6 
 3. Nash, Suns9.7 
 4. Calderon, Raptors8.6 
 5. Kidd, Mavericks8.4 
 6. Rondo, Celtics8.4 
 7. Davis, Clippers7.8 
 8. Wade, Heat7.7 
 9. Duhon, Knicks7.6 
 10. James, Cavalie.7.2 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  Hornets
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Paul, Hornets2.8 
 2. Wade, Heat2.3 
 3. Kidd, Mavericks2.2 
 4. Chalmers, Heat2.0 
 5. Rondo, Celtics1.9 
 6. Davis, Clippers1.8 
 7. Brewer, Jazz1.8 
 8. Harris, Nets1.7 
 9. Iguodala, 76ers1.7 
 10. Artest, Rocke.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Magic
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Howard, Magic3.0 
 2. Andersen, Nuggets2.3 
 3. Camby, Clippers2.3 
 4. Turiaf, Warriors2.2 
 5. O'Neal, Raptors2.0 
 6. Yao, Rockets1.9 
 7. Dalembert, 76ers1.8 
 8. Lopez, Nets1.8 
 9. Thomas, Bulls1.8 
 10. Bynum, Lake.1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Celtics 50-17 
 2. 76ers 33-31 
 3. Nets 28-38 
 4. Knicks 28-38 
 5. Raptors 24-43 
Central Div.
 1. Cavaliers 53-13 
 2. Pistons 33-32 
 3. Bucks 31-38 
 4. Bulls 30-37 
 5. Pacers 28-40 
Southeast Div.
 1. Magic 49-17 
 2. Hawks 39-28 
 3. Heat 36-30 
 4. Bobcats 28-38 
 5. Wizards 16-51 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Nuggets 42-25 
 2. Trail Blazers 41-25 
 3. Jazz 41-26 
 4. Timberwolves 20-46 
 5. Thunder 18-48 
Pacific Div.
 1. Lakers 53-13 
 2. Suns 36-31 
 3. Warriors 23-43 
 4. Clippers 16-50 
 5. Kings 14-52 
Southwest Div.
 1. Spurs 44-21 
 2. Rockets 43-25 
 3. Hornets 41-24 
 4. Mavericks 40-27 
 5. Grizzlies 17-48 


Last games - Wade leads Heat to victory in thriller (3 OT) - by Eurobasket News
Jazz - Heat 129-140
The Heat needed 3 overtimes to grab home victory against the Utah Jazz 140-129. Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) was totally the best player for the hosts collecting 50 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. Jermaine O'Neal had 28 and Mario Chalmers added 23 points. Utah got 30 points from Deron Williams, while Kyle Korver contributed with 25 pts, 7 rebs and 6 assists. Heat 39-26, Jazz 41-25.

Bobcats - Timberwolves 100-108
Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) came up with 22, while Rodney Carney and Ryan Gomes nailed 21 points each for the Wolves. Gerald Wallace registered double-double for the loosing side, 26 points and 10 rebounds. Wolves 20-46, Bobcats 28-38.

Hornets - Bulls 79-97
30-37 for the Bulls and 41-24 record for the Hornets after this game. Ben Gordon (6'2''-G-83, college: Connecticut) stepped up for the hosts with 27 points and 5 assists. John Salmons also shined netting 24 and Brad Miller added 15 points, including 9 rebs. Chris Paul answered with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in defeat.

Spurs - Rockets 88-85
Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) once again was a key player for the Spurs nailing 28 points and handing out 8 assists. Michael Finley scored 17 and Tim Duncan helped with 15 points, plus 12 boards. Ron Artest almost had double-double for the hosts, 21 points and 9 rebounds. Spurs 44-21, Rockets 43-25.

Clippers - Nuggets 94-107
Renaldo Balkman (6'7''-F-84, agency: CAA Sports, college: S.Carolina) shined last night for the Nuggets collecting 22 points and 11 rebounds in 32 minutes. Melo had 18, while Hilario Nene and JR Smith posted 17 points each. Nene also had 10 rebs beside that. Al Thornton replied with 19 pts and 7 boards for the Clippers. Nuggets 42-25, Clippers 15-50.

Thunder - Suns 95-106
The Phoenix Suns had couple of players in a game mood last night, but maybe the best one was Leandrinho Barbosa (6'3''-G-82), who scored 22 points and grabbed 5 rebounds for 26 minutes. Steve Nash had 18 and Grant Hill netted 2 less. Kevin Durant delivered 22 pts and pulled down 6 rebs for the Thunder (18-48). Suns 35-31.


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American Tops Holy Cross, 73-57, to Claim Patriot League Men's Basketball Championship - by Eurobasket
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The American Eagles used strong defense and timely offense to reach the top of the Patriot League in 2009, and came out with the same formula in the biggest game of the year to knock off Holy Cross, 73-57, and claim their second consecutive Patriot League Men's Basketball Championship on Friday at Bender Arena.
The Eagles advance to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament for the second year in a row. They will learn their first-round opponent and destination when the brackets are announced on Sunday at 6 p.m. on CBS and CBSSports.com.
American pulled away at the end of the first half and beginning of the second half, building a 20-point lead and carrying a double-digit advantage the rest of the way. The Eagles got 24 points from Patriot League Tournament Most Valuable Player Garrison Carr (5'11''-G), who became the second player in League history to claim the award for two consecutive seasons.
'It's a different feeling from last year,' said American Head Coach Jeff Jones . 'It's hard to compare this year's Championship to last year. There was a lot more pressure last year.'
Carr made 9-of-12 shots from the field, and 6-of-8 from three-point range. He finished with a Tournament record-tying 13 three-point field goals and also set a Tournament mark with 28 three-point attempts.
'It's been a good year for Garrison in a lot of ways, but it's been a tough year in a lot of ways,' Jones said. 'He had probably his best practice all season this week. I'm not surprised that he came out and responded the way he did.'
The Eagles limited Holy Cross to 32.2 percent shooting from the floor, allowing the Crusaders to shoot just 4-for-22 in the first half. The Crusaders were just 5-of-16 from three-point range. American forced 15 Holy Cross turnovers.
American also shot over 50 percent in the contest, and scored 45 second-half points behind a 12-for-17 shooting effort after the break. American connected on 8-of-17 three-point shots, with Carr leading the way in that category.
'I thought there were two good defensive teams out there tonight,' Jones said. 'As good as we played on defense, they matched it.'
Defense ruled early in the first half, as the lead changed hands five times as the Crusaders opened a slim 9-8 advantage at the second media timeout.
American put up the game's first significant run after that point, scoring nine straight points for a 17-9 lead. Carr tallied five points in the stretch, with a jumper with 10:12 to go followed by a three-pointer with 9:28 left. Brian Gilmore (6'8''-F) punctuated the run with a one-handed dunk with 7:16 to go, but was called for a technical on the way down the floor to allow the Crusaders to end the 9-0 surge with a pair of free throws.
Holy Cross got the deficit to 17-13 on its ensuing possession, but a three-pointer by Nick Hendra with 6:36 left in the first half pushed the American lead back to seven. After a Holy Cross free throw, another Carr three-pointer gave the Eagles a 23-14 lead with 5:55 left. A pair of foul shots by Hendra pushed the advantage to 25-14 with 4:55 to go, and capped the 17-5 surge. American answered four straight Holy Cross points with a Bryce Simon (6'6''-F) three-pointer for a 28-18 lead at the break.
American made everything difficult for Holy Cross on the offensive end in the first half, limiting the Crusaders to 18 points by forcing turnovers and tough shots. Holy Cross shot just 4-for-22 (18.5 percent) in the first half, and was just 1-of-6 from three-point land.
American came out on fire to extend the lead quickly in the second half. The Eagles opened with a 7-2 run to force a Holy Cross timeout when Carr drained another three to make it 35-20 with 17:58 left in the game.
Carr remained hot in the next two minutes, nailing back-to-back threes to push the American lead to 43-25 with 15:41 to go in the contest.
American scored the next two points to raise the lead to 20, but Holy Cross began to chip away. Pat Doherty (5'11''-G) nailed a three to cut the Eagle advantage to 45-32 with 12:30 remaining in the contest, and a layup by R.J. Evans (6'3''-G) capped a 9-1 run and cut the deficit down to 46-34 with 11:39 to go.
The Eagles bounced back to increase the lead to 17. After taking a 50-36 advantage, Gilmore converted a three-point play with 9:59 left to give American a 53-36 lead.
Holy Cross scored the next six points to get as close as it had been since the opening of the second half, with a pair of Andrew Beinert foul shots making it 53-42 with 8:20 left. The Eagles again answered, with Carr nailing yet another three to push the advantage to 57-43 and force a Holy Cross timeout with 5:37 to go.
Doherty answered with a three to get it back to an 11-point game, but the Eagles pushed the lead to 16 on back-to-back layups by Derrick Mercer (5'9''-G) of The American University to make it 62-46 with 3:45 to go. The Eagles held a double-digit lead the rest of the way to go on to the 73-57 victory and claim their second straight Patriot League Championship.
Gilmore and Mercer joined Carr in double figures scoring. Gilmore tallied 18 points on 5-of-7 shooting, while Mercer, the Patriot League Player of the Year, had 13 points and a team-high five assists.
Holy Cross had three players score in double figures, with Eric Meister (6'8''-F) tallying a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds. R.J. Evans led the way in scoring with 16 points, while Pat Doherty tallied 13. The Crusaders held a 39-33 advantage on the boards.
Gilmore, Mercer, Evans and Meister all made the Patriot League All-Tournament team, where they were joined by Army's Cleveland Richard (6'3''-G). Gilmore earned All-Tournament honors for the second year in a row.
'In the Tournament, I think Brian (Gilmore) has given us some energy,' Jones said. 'He's one guy who can give us a spark because he gets out and runs.'
The Eagles played as a No. 15 seed in last year's NCAA Tournament, as they fell to No. 2 Tennessee, 72-57, in a first-round contest in Birmingham, Alabama. American trailed by just one point with six minutes remaining in that game.


Courtesy of Patriot League


Patriot League Regular Season Standings
1 American 13-1 23-7
2 Holy Cross 11-3 18-13
3 Navy 8-6 19-11
4 Army 6-8 11-19
5 Lehigh 5-9 15-14
5 Colgate 5-9 10-20
7 Bucknell 4-10 7-23
7 Lafayette 4-10 8-22

Tournament Final: American - Holy Cross 73-57
Tournament Semifinals:
American - Army 61-60
Holy Cross - Colgate 61-44

Patriot League All-Tournament MVP: Garrison Carr of American

Patriot League All-Tournament Team
Cleveland Richard of Army
R.J. Evans of Holy Cross
Eric Meister of Holy Cross
Brian Gilmore of American
Derrick Mercer of American

All-Patriot League 1st Team
Garrison Carr of American
Marquis Hall (5'11''-G) of Lehigh
Andrew Keister (6'9''-F) of Holy Cross
Kaleo Kina (6'4''-G-87) of Navy
Derrick Mercer of American

All-Patriot League 2nd Team
Patrick Behan (6'8''-F-87) of Bucknell
Zahir Carrington (6'7''-F) of Lehigh
Brian Gilmore of American
Chris Harris (6'2''-G-86) of Navy
Cleveland Richard of Army

Patriot League All-Rookie Team
Bryan Cohen (6'5''-G-89) of Bucknell
R.J. Evans of Holy Cross
Yaw Gyawu (6'5''-F) of Colgate
Julian Simmons (6'0''-G) of Army
Ryan Willen (6'8''-F) of Lafayette

Patriot League Player of the Year: Derrick Mercer of American
Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year: Marcus Nelson (5'11''-G) of Army
Patriot League Rookie of the Year: R.J. Evans of Holy Cross
Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Marquis Hall of Lehigh
Patriot League Coach of the Year: Jeff Jones of American



Cal State Northridge Advances To NCAA Tournament - by Kevin
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Cal State Northridge defeated Pacific 71-66 in overtime, Saturday night, at the Anaheim Convention Center to capture its first Big West Conference Tournament championship. The win earned the top-seeded Matadors the Big West's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. CSUN (17-13) built an 18-point first half lead only to see it evaporate by the midway point of the second half. Another nine-point lead with under seven minutes left in regulation was also erased by Pacific (19-12).
Rodrigue Mels (6'3''-G-85) led Cal State Northridge with 23 points, including six points in the overtime period. Mark Hill (5'10''-G) added 15 points, and Rob Haynes (6'4''-G-86) finished with 10. Tremaine Townsend (6'9''-F-86) hauled in a game-high 12 rebounds for the Matadors. Bryan Leduc (6'8''-F) led Pacific with a game-high 24 points, and Michael Kirby (5'11''-G) added 16.
Despite the Tiger comebacks, the Matadors never trailed in the game. There were just four ties all night with the last coming in overtime after a three-point play by LeDuc made it 64-64. From that point, CSUN outscored Pacific 7-2 to close the extra period. It took over three minutes for either team to score to start the game, but once Cal State Northridge did score it took complete control early on. The Matadors used an 18-0 run in less than a six-minute span to build a 21-3 lead midway through the first half. Pacific missed nine of its first 10 field goal attempts and was forced to play catch-up for the remainder of the night. CSUN led 24-6 before the Tigers strung together 10 straight points. LeDuc had a three-pointer in the middle of the run, and Pacific held the Matadors scoreless for almost five minutes. The result was a 24-16 CSUN lead with 4:37 left in the half. Pacific closed to within 30-25 on a three-pointer by Kirby with 1:23 remaining in the half before CSUN went to the break leading 33-27. The Matadors made five of six three-point field goal attempts in the first half and shot 44 percent overall in the half.
In the second half, Pacific continued to chip away at the deficit and eventually tied the game at 42-42 on a pair of free throws by Anthony Brown (6'7''-F) with 11:01 to play. It was the first tie since 3-3. Cal State Northridge responded with a 9-0 run and looked poised to build another double-figure lead with a 51-42 advantage under the seven-minute mark. Instead, the lead was trimmed by a 9-3 Tiger burst that pulled Pacific within 54-53 with 3:04 left. The Matadors led 61-56 with 1:19 to play before another Tiger push eventually sent the game into overtime. LeDuc knocked down a three-pointer with one minute left to draw the Tigers within two, and Kirby made two free throws with 5.4 seconds left to tie the game at 61-61. Neither team excelled from the field as CSUN finished at 41 percent compared to 39 percent for Pacific. The Matadors sank 8-of-18 from beyond the arc compared to 9-for-23 by the Tigers. CSUN outrebounded Pacific, 40-37, and forced the Tigers into 15 turnovers.
Courtesy of bigwest

Big West Regular Season Standings
1 Cal.St. Northridge 11-5 15-13
2 Long Beach St. 10-6 15-14
2 Pacific 10-6 18-11
4 UCSB 8-8 15-14
4 Cal-Irvine 8-8 12-19
4 Cal-Riverside 8-8 17-13
7 Cal.St. Fullerton 7-9 15-16
7 Cal-Davis 7-9 13-19
9 Cal Poly - SLO 3-13 7-21


Tournament Final: Cal State Northridge - Pacific 71-66 (OT)
Tournament Semifinals:
Cal State Northridge - UC Santa Barbara 67-60
Long Beach State - Pacific 60-65

Big West All-Tournament MVP: Rodrigue Mels of Cal State Northridge

Big West All-Tournament Team
Rodrigue Mels of Cal State Northridge
Tremaine Townsend of Cal State Northridge
Bryan Leduc of Pacific
Chad Troyer (6'4''-G) of Pacific
Josh Akognon (5'11''-G-86) of Cal State Fullerton
Chris Devine (6'8''-F-84) of UC Santa Barbara

All-Big West 1st Team
Josh Akognon of Cal State Fullerton
Larry Anderson (6'6''-G) of Long Beach State
Kyle Austin (6'7''-F) of UC Riverside
Chris Devine of UC Santa Barbara
Vince Oliver (6'3''-G) of UC Davis
Tremaine Townsend of Cal State Northridge

All-Big West 2nd Team
Joe Harden (6'8''-G) of UC Davis
Michael Kirby of Pacific
Mark Payne (6'7''-G) of UC Davis
Titus Shelton (6'7''-F/C-87) of Cal Poly
Eric Wise (6'5''-F) of UC Irvine

All-Big West Honorable Mention
Gerard Anderson (6'6''-F-87) of Cal State Fullerton
Anthony Brown of Pacific
Stephan Gilling (6'2''-G-86) of Long Beach State
Rob Haynes of Cal State Northridge
Michael Hunter (5'10''-G) of UC Irvine
Josh Jenkins (5'10''-G) of Cal State Northridge
Lorenzo Keeler (6'2''-G-85) of Cal Poly
Bryan Leduc of Pacific
Donovan Morris (6'3''-G) of Long Beach State
T.J. Robinson (6'7''-F) of Long Beach State
Chad Troyer of Pacific

Big West All-Freshman Team
Larry Anderson of Long Beach State
T.J. Robinson of Long Beach State
Jacques Streeter (6'0''-G-89) of Cal State Fullerton
Casper Ware (5'9''-G) of Long Beach State
Eric Wise of UC Irvine

Big West Player of the Year: Josh Akognon of Cal State Fullerton
Big West Defensive Player of the Year: Joe Ford (6'6''-F) of Pacific
Big West Hustle Player of the Year: Chris Devine of UC Santa Barbara
Big West Freshman of the Year: Larry Anderson of Long Beach State
Big West Sixth Man of the Year: Bryan Leduc of Pacific
Big West Coach of the Year: Bobby Braswell of Cal State Northridge



Back-to-Back for Lady Griz - by Eurobasket
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Senior Mandy Morales (5'9''-G-86) scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Montana to a 69-62 victory over Portland State in the Big Sky Conference women's basketball championship game here on Saturday afternoon.
It was Montana's 11th straight victory. The Lady Griz (28-4) secured the Big Sky's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, which begins next week. Montana captured its second straight Big Sky Championship and their 14th in the 21-year history of the tournament. Counting their Mountain West titles from 1983-88, Montana has won 20 conference tournament championships.
Portland State (22-9) will gain the Big Sky's automatic bid to the WNIT Tournament. Pairings for both tournaments will be announced on Monday. The Vikings were playing in their first Big Sky championship game since 1999, and just the second in school history.
Montana sophomore Sarah Ena (5'11''-F-88) scored 19 points and pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end. Montana outrebounded Portland State 46-34, and outrebounded the Vikings by 14 in the second half.
Morales was named the tournament MVP, becoming just the third player in league history to win the honor multiple times. Montana's Shannon Cate won it three times and Greta Koss of UM won it twice.
Morales and Ena were joined on the All-Tournament Team by Lady Griz senior guard Sonya Rogers (5'7''-G-87), Portland State's Claire Faucher (5'9''-G-88) and Kelli Valentine (5'11''-F-89), and Idaho State's Oana Iacovita (6'2''-F-86).
Montana led 27-26 at halftime. The game was tied nine times and there were 14 lead changes. Montana was finally able to pull away thanks to some strong free-throw shooting. Montana converted on 24-of-27 free throws with all of them coming in the second half.
Faucher led Portland State with 17 points, five rebounds and four assists. Valentine added 15 points and four rebounds.
Portland State shot .328 percent from the field, while Montana wasn't much better at .333.
Saturday's attendance was announced at 4,746


Courtesy of Big Sky Conf.


Big Sky Conf. Regular Season Standings
1. Montana 15-1 26-4
2. Portland St. 14-2 21-8
3. Montana St. 8-8 15-14
4. Idaho St. 7-9 11-19
4. Sacramento St. 7-9 9-21
6. N.Arizona 6-10 9-21
7. N.Colorado 5-11 12-18
7. E.Washington 5-11 10-19
7. Weber St. 5-11 10-19

Tournament Final: Montana - Portland State 69-62
Tournament Semifinals:
Montana - Idaho St. 70-56
Portland State - Montana State 71-64

Big Sky Conf. All-Tournament MVP: Mandy Morales of Montana

Big Sky Conf. All-Tournament Team
Mandy Morales of Montana
Sarah Ena of Montana
Sonya Rogers of Montana
Claire Faucher of Portland State
Kelli Valentine of Portland State
Oana Iacovita of Idaho State

All-Big Sky Conf. 1st Team
Mandy Morales of Montana
Kelsey Kahle (5'10''-G/F-87) of Portland State
Claire Faucher of Portland State
Erica Perry (5'4''-G-87) of Montana State
Sonya Rogers of Montana
Michelle Grohs (6'1''-G/F) of Idaho State

All-Big Sky Conf. 2nd Team
Charday Hunt (5'10''-G/F-87) of Sacramento State
Sade Cunningham (5'4''-G-87) of Northern Arizona
Courtney Stoermer (5'11''-G-88) of Northern Colorado
Nubia Garcia (6'2''-F-85) of Montana State
Britney Lohman (6'1''-F-87) of Montana
Jenna Brown (5'3''-G) of Idaho State

All-Big Sky Conf. Honorable Mention
Julie Piper (6'1''-F) of Eastern Washington
Sarah Ena of Montana
Kelli Valentine of Portland State
Caitlin Anderson (5'10''-F-88) of Weber State

Big Sky Conf. Player of the Year: Mandy Morales of Montana
Big Sky Conf. Defensive Player of the Year: Kelsey Kahle of Portland State
Big Sky Conf. Newcomer of the Year: Sarah Conner (5'7''-G) of Weber State
Big Sky Conf. Freshman of the Year: Katie Bussey (5'9''-G) of Montana State



Akron wins the Mid-American Conference mens basketball championship - by Kevin
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Akron defeated Buffalo, 65-53, in the Mid-American Conference men's basketball championship Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena.
Four players hit double figures for Akron (23-12) as the Zips secured an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in the program's Division I era. Akron—playing in its third straight MAC Championship—won six of its last eight games, two of those victories over Buffalo.
Brett McKnight (6'6''-F) led all scorers with 16 points, coming on 4-of-9 shooting from the field and 6-of-10 free throws. Chris McKnight (6'7''-F-87) added 12 points, while Anthony Hitchens (5'9''-G) and Darryl Roberts (5'11'') added 10 apiece. Nate Linhart (6'7''-F) (six points) led all rebounders with nine. Coming in as the second-best scoring offense in the league, the Zips shot 55.3 percent (21-of-38) from the floor, including 11-of-20 (55 percent) before halftime. Akron used 8-of-14 (57.1 percent) shooting from long distance to continue its fourth straight 20-win season. Owning an eight-point lead at the half, Akron continued its hot shooting out of the break. Steve McNees (6'2''-G) capped a 10-2 outburst that saw the Zips make four of their first six shots, and that 43-27 lead would grow to as many as 18 points with 13:09 left in regulation. A completed 3-point play by Max Boudreau (6'7''-F-85) (eight points, five rebounds) could have made it an eight-point game with 3:13 left, but a missed free throw followed by Darryl Roberts' second 3-pointer pushed the lead back to 12.
Two players reached double figures for Buffalo (21-11), led by Calvin Betts (6'3''-G-87) and Greg Gamble (6'4''-G/F-87). UB, as the top rebounding team in the league, won the battle of the boards, 34-27, but fell to 19-5 when it outrebounds its opponent. The Akron defense held one of the league's top 3-point shooting teams to just 18.8 percent (3-of-16) from behind the arc. Buffalo committed 15 turnovers, translating into 18 Zips points. Akron caught fire from long range from the very start, hitting on 5-of-7 (71.4 percent) threes in the first half. UA was true on its first five 3-pointers, including one by McNees that gave the Zips a 20-12 advantage at the 7:20 mark of the first half. Akron did not miss a triple until 3:04 left in the first period. Hitchens and Brett McKnight sparked the Akron reserves, combining for all 20 points off the bench in the first half, scoring 10 apiece. UA, tops in the MAC in 3-point field goal defense, held the Bulls without a triple until Rodney Pierce (6'2''-G-87) made the score 24-20. Hitchens and McKnight then scored the next seven UA points to give the Zips a 10-point lead, their largest of the period. Gamble opened the scoring and turned in seven of the Bulls first eight points in their first MAC title game since 2005. Hitchens, seeing his first action since early in Thursday's quarterfinal, came off the bench 3:59 into the game and immediately scored five straight points for Akron. The Zips scored eight of their first 12 points off four UB turnovers.
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MAC Regular Season Standings
East Division

1 Akron 10-6 22-12
2 Buffalo 11-5 21-10
2 Bowling Green 11-5 19-13
4 Miami, OH 10-6 17-13
4 Kent St. 10-6 19-14
6 Ohio 7-9 15-17
West Division
1 Ball St. 7-9 14-17
1 Cent.Michigan 7-9 12-19
1 W.Michigan 7-9 10-21
4 E.Michigan 6-10 8-24
5 N.Illinois 5-11 10-20
5 Toledo 5-11 7-25


Tournament Final: Buffalo - Akron 65-53
Tournament Semifinals:
Bowling Green - Akron 55-63
Ball St. - Buffalo 52-64

MAC All-Tournament MVP: Nate Linhart of Akron

MAC All-Tournament Team
Nate Linhart of Akron
Brett McKnight of Akron
Steve McNees of Akron
Max Boudreau of Buffalo
Nate Miller (6'4''-F-87) of Bowling Green State University of Bowling Green

All-MAC 1st Team
Michael Bramos (6'5''-G/F-87) of Miami
Al Fisher (6'1''-G-86) of Kent State
Nate Miller of Bowling Green
Rodney Pierce of Buffalo
Jerome Tillman (6'6''-F-87) of Ohio

All-MAC 2nd Team
Darion Anderson (6'2''-G-87) of Northern Illinois
Brandon Bowdry (6'6''-F-88) of Eastern Michigan
Brett McKnight of Akron
Tyrone Kent (6'5''-G/F-86) of Toledo
David Kool (6'3''-G-87) of Western Michigan

All-MAC Honorable Mention
Michael Allen (6'0''-G-87) of Ohio
Tyler Dierkers (6'8''-F/C) of Miami
Greg Gamble of Buffalo
Jarrod Jones (6'9''-F-90) of Ball State
Brandon Lampley (6'0''-G-86) of Ball State
Nate Linhart of Akron
Chris McKnight of Akron
Brian Moten (6'4''-G-86) of Bowling Green
Chris Singletary (6'4''-G-88) of Kent State
Marcus Vanderheide (6'7''-F/C-85) of Central Michigan

MAC All-Freshman Team
Anthony Hitchens of Akron
Jarrod Jones of Ball State
Mike Dinunno (5'11''-G-90) of Northern Illinois
Steven Coleman (6'4''-G) of Ohio
Flenard Whitfield (6'7''-F-90) of Western Michigan

MAC Player of the Year: Michael Bramos of Miami
MAC Defensive Player of the Year: Nate Linhart of Akron
MAC Freshman of the Year: Jarrod Jones of Ball State
MAC Sixth Man of the Year: Brett McKnight of Akron
MAC Coach of the Year: Louis Orr of Bowling Green





Morgan State Wins the MEAC Championship - by Kevin
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Reggie Holmes (6'4''-G) scored a team-high 20 points to lead four players in double figures as Morgan State defeated Norfolk State, 83-69, in the championship game of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Bears (23-11) earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. The pairings will be announced on Sunday evening.
Morgan State came out shaky at the start, missing seven of its first eight shots and turning the ball over three times in the first six minutes to fall behind, 10-2. The Spartans (13-18), who had advanced to the championship game for the first time after a grueling come-from-behind win over South Carolina State on Friday, came out the blocks in good shape as Corey Lyons (6'4''-G/F-87) and Michael Deloach (6'0''-G-86) combined for all of the points.
'We came out a little shaky at the start and were not playing our game,' said Morgan State head coach Todd Bozeman . 'I told the guys to settle down and start to play our game. Once we did that, things began to flow.'
Morgan State began to settle down by using some rock solid defense that triggered an 18-0 run over a 4:26 span that was culminated on a 3-point basket by Jermaine Bolden (5'9''-G-86). The Bears continued their roll and got the deficit into double digits before Norfolk State closed the margin to 32-25 at the half.
'We were able to get more production from our bigs tonight,' said Bozeman. 'They got ribbed a little bit from the guards about how they played last night so they stepped it up tonight. I thought Kevin (Thompson), Marquise (Kately), (Rodney) Stokes and Ameer (Ali) all contributed.'
The gutty Spartans cut the deficit to a workable margin on four different occasions, but each time the Bears had an answer. If it was not Holmes knocking down one of his long-range bombs, it was Bolden breaking down the defense and drawing fouls. And when Morgan State needed some production in the paint area, it was Kately, Thompson and Ali there to help. Morgan State had a 25-10 advantage on second chance points, 15-8 on the offensive glass and 23-11 from its bench.
The Spartans relied almost solely on their first team all-MEAC guard DeLoach, who poured in 30 points. Lyons, a second team all-MEAC pick, was effective early but he got into a foul trouble and the Spartans did not have enough to offset the Bears' balance.
'Obviously, they are a very physical basketball team and they and they battled tonight and got loose balls,' said Norfolk State head coach Anthony Evans . 'The key was the play of their point guard (Bolden). He is a very good point guard. Last year, he was not as effective. He knocked down shots for them and is very effective in running their offense.'
Holmes, a first team all-conference pick and the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, finished with 20, Bolden tallied 18, Kately with 16 and 7 rebounds and Thompson, a freshman with a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds.
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MEAC Regular Season Standings
1 Morgan St. 13-3 20-11
2 S.Carolina St. 10-6 16-13
3 N.Carolina A&T 9-7 16-14
3 Bethune-Cookman 9-7 16-15
3 Norfolk St. 9-7 11-17
6 Coppin St. 8-7 12-18
7 Hampton 8-8 15-15
8 Howard 6-10 8-19
9 Delaware St. 6-10 8-23
10 Florida A&M 5-10 7-21
11 Md-Eastern Shore 3-11 7-21


Tournament Final: Morgan St - Norfolk St 83-69
Tournament Semifinals:
Norfolk St. - South Carolina State 74-71
Coppin St. - Morgan St. 67-75

MEAC All-Tournament MVP: Reggie Holmes of Morgan State

MEAC All-Tournament Team
Reggie Holmes of Morgan State
Tywain McKee (6'2''-G-86) of Coppin State
Michael Deloach of Norfolk State
Corey Lyons of Norfolk State
Clifford Reed (6'3''-G) of Bethune-Cookman

MEAC All-Tournament Outstanding Coach: Todd Bozeman of Morgan State

All-MEAC 1st Team
Tywain McKee of Coppin St.
Jason Johnson (6'7''-F/C) of South Carolina State
Reggie Holmes of Morgan State
Michael Deloach of Norfolk State
Eugene Myatt (6'5''-G-85) of Howard

All-MEAC 2nd Team
Clifford Reed of Bethune-Cookman
Vincent Simpson (6'1''-G-88) of Hampton
Jason Flagler (6'4''-G/F) of South Carolina State
Corey Lyons of Norfolk State
Neal Pitt (6'6''-F-86) of Maryland E. Shore
Marquise Kately (6'5''-F) of Morgan State

MEAC All-Rookie Team
Clifford Reed of Bethune-Cookman
Michael Harper (6'4''-G-90) of Coppin State
Jimmy Williams (6'4''-G) of South Carolina State
Keishawn Mayes (6'7''-F-87) of Maryland E. Shore
Kevin Thompson (6'8''-F) of Morgan State

MEAC Player of the Year: Tywain McKee of Coppin St.
MEAC Defensive Player of the Year: Jason Johnson of S.Carolina St.
MEAC Rookie of the Year: Clifford Reed of Bethune-Cookman
MEAC Coach of the Year: Todd Bozeman of Morgan State







Duke Downs Florida State, 79-69 to Win Its 17th ACC Championship - by Eurobasket
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Duke is back in a familiar position: champion of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The No. 9 Blue Devils swamped Florida State with a barrage of 3-pointers on the way to a 79-69 victory in the title game Sunday, giving Duke its ninth ACC crown in 12 years.
Jon Scheyer (6'5''-G-87) scored 29 points, Gerald Henderson (6'4''-G/F-87) had 27 and the Blue Devils (28-6) turned in one of its most complete performances of the season to keep their Tobacco Road heirloom from heading down to the Sunshine State. It couldn't have come at a better time, with NCAA bids going out later Sunday.
How complete? Duke had more steals (five) than turnovers (four), outrebounded the taller, bulkier Seminoles 35-34 and buried Florida State with a 12-of-25 showing from beyond the arc.
Toney Douglas (6'1''-G-86) led the No. 22 Seminoles (25-9) with 28 points but that wasn't nearly enough to give the school its first ACC championship. Florida State will have to be content with knocking off top-ranked North Carolina in the semifinals and earning its first NCAA bid since 1998.
Duke's Mike Krzyzewski , following up his gold-medal triumph as coach of the U.S. Olympic team, captured the 11th conference championship of his career. Now he'll turn his attention to the quest for a fourth national title.
The Blue Devils put this one away early. After Douglas hit a 3-pointer to give Florida State its final lead, 11-9, Duke ripped off 14 points in a row-- all but two of them coming from long range.
Henderson worked off a pick and sank a 3-pointer, then Kyle Singler (6'8''-F-88) hit three straight treys to complete the run. He swished one out of the corner and came off a screen for a wide-open look from the top of the key that gave the Blue Devils a 23-11 lead.
Duke was up 35-21 at halftime, taking advantage of miserable shooting (5 of 23) by a Florida State team that had won two down-to-the wire games to get to the championship, but suddenly looked out of place.
Coming off a 73-70 upset of North Carolina, the Seminoles turned it over 13 times and only a late shooting blitz kept it from being a total blowout. Douglas was basically a one-man show, though Chris Singleton (6'9''-F-89) did chip in with 15 points.
Florida State made a brief spurt in the second half, closing the gap to 42-36 when Ryan Reid (6'8''-F-86) laid it in with just over 12 minutes remaining, prompting Duke to call a timeout.
But the Blue Devils, who shot more 3-pointers than any team in the ACC, turned to a familiar weapon to finish off the Seminoles. Scheyer hit a momentum-breaking 3, then got knocked to the court by Derwin Kitchen (6'4''-G) while putting up another shot beyond the arc. He sank all three free throws, stretching the lead back to 48-38.
From there, Duke pulled away. Singler came up with a steal, and Nolan Smith (6'2''-G-88) made a floater in the lane. After Duke snatched an offensive rebound, Henderson buried a 3 from the corner. Smith threaded a brilliant pass to Henderson for a dunk, Scheyer flipped in a no-look shot after turning his back to the basket on a drive, then Singler and Scheyer made back-to-back treys to give the Blue Devils their biggest lead, 65-43, with 6 1/2 minutes to go.
As an added bonus to winning an ACC title after North Carolina was sent packing, Duke pulled even with the Tar Heels for the most wins in ACC tournament history. Both schools have 84.


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ACC Regular Season Standings
1 N.Carolina 13-3 27-3
2 Wake Forest 11-5 24-5
2 Duke 11-5 25-6
4 Florida St. 10-6 23-8
5 Clemson 9-7 23-7
5 Boston Coll. 9-7 21-10
7 Maryland 7-9 18-12
7 Virginia Tech 7-9 17-13
7 Miami, FL 7-9 18-11
10 N.Carolina St. 6-10 16-13
11 Virginia 4-12 10-17
12 Georgia Tech 2-14 11-18

Tournament Final: Duke - Florida St. 79-69
Tournament Semifinals:
N.Carolina - Florida St. 70-73
Duke - Maryland 67-61

ACC All-Tournament MVP: Jon Scheyer of Duke

All-ACC 1st Team
Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85) of North Carolina
Toney Douglas of Florida State
Ty Lawson (5'11''-G-87) of North Carolina
Gerald Henderson of Duke
Jack McClinton (6'1''-G-85) of Miami

All-ACC 2nd Team
Jeff Teague (6'2''-G-88) of Wake Forest
Trevor Booker (6'7''-F/C-87) of Clemson
Tyrese Rice (6'1''-G-87) of Boston College
Kyle Singler of Duke
Greivis Vasquez (6'6''-G-87) of Maryland

All-ACC 3rd Team
James Johnson (6'9''-F-87) of Wake Forest
Malcolm Delaney (6'3''-G-89) of Virginia Tech
A.D. Vassallo (6'6''-G/F-86) of Virginia Tech
Danny Green (6'6''-F/G-87) of North Carolina
Gani Lawal (6'8''-F-88) of Georgia Tech

All-ACC Honorable Mention
Wayne Ellington of North Carolina
K.C. Rivers of Clemson
Sylven Landesberg (6'6''-G-90) of Virginia

ACC All-Freshman Team
Sylven Landesberg of Virginia
Al-Farouq Aminu of Wake Forest
Iman Shumpert (6'4''-G) of Georgia Tech
Solomon Alabi (7'1''-C-88) of Florida State
Ed Davis (6'10''-F-89) of North Carolina

ACC All-Freshman Honorable Mention
Chris Singleton of Florida State

ACC All-Defensive Team
Trevor Booker of Clemson
Toney Douglas of Florida State
Solomon Alabi of Florida State
Danny Green of North Carolina
L.D. Williams of Wake Forest

ACC All-Defensive Honorable Mention
Ty Lawson of North Carolina
Gani Lawal of Georgia Tech
Courtney Fells (6'6''-G-86) of North Carolina State
Gerald Henderson of Duke

ACC All-Academic Team
Jack McClinton of Miami
Jerome Meyinsse (6'8''-F/C) of Virginia
Greg Paulus (6'1''-G-86) of Duke
Tanner Smith (6'5''-G/F) of Clemson
Tunji Soroye (6'11''-C-84) of Virginia
Johnny Thomas (6'5''-G/F) of NC State
Tyler Zeller (7'0''-C-90) of North Carolina
Brian Zoubek (7'1''-C-88) of Duke

ACC Player of the Year: Ty Lawson of North Carolina
ACC Defensive Player of the Year: Toney Douglas of Florida State
ACC Rookie of the Year: Sylven Landesberg of Virginia
ACC Coach of the Year: Leonard Hamilton of Florida St.



Alabama State Wins SWAC - by Kevin
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It was building to this all year long. Alabama State and Jackson State dominated the SWAC regular season, going 16-2 and 15-3 respectively, en route to the top seeds in the conference tournament. They split their two previous contests, and pointed the possibility of this matchup even before the brackets were set.
Fittingly, their face-off in the SWAC Championship game was a slugfest. But, it was ASU who landed the final blow with an intense 65-58 win. 'Our guys have worked so hard for this,' said Hornets' head coach Lewis Jackson . 'Since we lost to Jackson State in last year's tournament, our players have used getting back to this point. It was great motivation for us and I couldn't be more proud of them for their effort.' Early on, things didn't look so good for ASU. Jackson State controlled almost the entire first half, building a 23-13 lead with less than three minutes remaining. Six quick points by Wesley Jones (6'7''-F) sparked a run that was capped a 10-2 run by Brandon Brooks (6'2''-G) steal and one-handed flush, and JSU's advantage was only 25-23 at the half.
The momentum from that play clearly carried over the second half, as the Hornets quickly tied the score and then took control of the game because of a player who has been strangely overlooked for much of the season. Andrew Hayles (6'5''-G-87), last year's SWAC player of the year, hadn't had the senior campaign most expected. Still, when it mattered most, the sharpshooter made the difference. With the score tied at 34, Hayles drilled a three-pointer. After super-sub Roland Fitch (6'7''-F) scored inside for ASU, Hayles canned another triple to push the lead to eight. The Hornet lead quickly grew to 10 when Ivory White (6'4''-G) put back a missed layup. JSU's Kenny Russell (6'4''-G) tried to stop the run with a nifty layup, but Hayles answer with another three-pointer - this one from NBA range and the Hornets seemed on their way to the NCAA tournament.
However, Jackson State simply wouldn't quit.
Grant Maxey (6'7''-F) quickly scored four points and Darrion Griffin (6'3''-G-87) added a couple of free throws to cut into the Hornets' lead to three. But the Hornets made just enough of their free throws to seal the win and their first SWAC tournament title since 2004.
'This means so much to me because I know what it took to get here,' ASU's Jackson said. 'Our players and our fans deserve this win and I'm proud to be a part of it.'
Hayles led all scorers with 17 points. Wesley Jones added 14 points and seven rebounds, while Fitch chipped in 12. Maxey paced Jackson State (18-15) with 15. Darrion Griffin and Garrison Johnson scored 12 each. 'We couldn't have played any harder,' said Tevester Anderson , JSU's head coach. 'We just weren't as shrewd as we normally are and got caught up playing their game and not ours. We took too many jump shots instead of going inside and found ourselves behind. We fought to come back, but it was too much against such a good team.' Alabama State (22-9) earned the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and waits to learn their fate during Sunday's selection show on Sunday.
Courtesy of swac

SWAC Regular Season Standings
1. Alabama St. 16-2 21-9
2. Jackson St. 15-3 18-14
3. Prairie View A&M 12-6 17-16
4. Arkansas-Pine Bluff 11-7 13-18
5. Southern 8-10 8-23
6. Miss.Valley St. 7-11 7-25
6. Texas Southern 7-11 7-25
8. Alabama A&M 6-12 8-19
9. Grambling St. 4-14 6-23
9. Alcorn St. 4-14 6-25

Tournament Final: Alabama State - Jackson State 65-58
Tournament Semifinals:
Jackson State - Prairie View A&M 66-53
Alabama State - Arkansas Pine Bluff - 63-55

SWAC All-Tournament MVP: Andrew Hayles of Alabama State University

SWAC All-Tournament Team
Andrew Hayles of Alabama State University
Brandon Brooks of Alabama State University
Grant Maxey of Jackson State
Darrion Griffin of Jackson State
Jeremy Caldwell (6'8''-F/C) of Jackson State

All-SWAC 1st Team
Brandon Brooks of Alabama St.
Darrion Griffin of Jackson St.
Grant Maxey of Jackson St.
Darnell Hugee (6'7''-F) of Prairie View A&M
Jeremy Caldwell of Jackson St.

All-SWAC 2nd Team
Andrew Hayles of Alabama St.
Troy Jackson (6'3''-G-84) of Alcorn St.
Jacques Jones (6'7''-F) of Texas Southern
Roland Fitch of Alabama St
Jacobie Shivers (6'8''-F) of Prairie View A&M

All-SWAC 3rd Team
Chris Davis (6'3''-G) of Southern
Terrance Calvin (6'2''-G) of Univ. Ark. Pine Bluff
Eric Petty (6'6''-F) of Miss. Valley State
Shannon Behling (6'7''-G/F) of Miss. Valley State
Chief Kickingstallionsims (7'1''-C) of Alabama State

SWAC Player of the Year: Brandon Brooks of Alabama St.
SWAC Defensive Player of the Year: Chief Kickingstallionsims of Alabama St.
SWAC Freshman of the Year: Rod Melvin (6'1''-G-88) of Jackson State
SWAC Newcomer of the Year: Darnell Hugee of Prairie View A&M
SWAC Coach of the Year: Lewis Jackson of of Alabama State



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Defending champions tip off season with victory - by Eurobasket News

The NBL defending champions Waikato Pistons got to a victorious start of their NBL 2009 campaign. The Pistons were tested by the NBL newcomers Christchurch Cougars in the final game of the opening round. The game start was an even affair with neither side able to clear off. The Cougars were first to adjust as they grabbed an 18:17 lead at the end of the period.
But Waikato found the right rhythm in the second frame. Adam Ballinger (205-F-79, college: Michigan St.) paced the Pistons as they outscored the Cougars 22:17 for a 39:35 halftime advantage. The game was pretty raw in the third term as both teams struggled offensively committing too many turnovers. The Cougars were more successful as they clipped the margin to a single point heading into the final quarter. The Pistons used all of their experience in the fourth period to ensure the winning outcome at the end. Adam Ballinger scored 20 points to lead the Pistons. Puke Lende
n provided 17 points and 9 rebounds, while Justin Bailey (188-G-77, college: Hartford) had 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 steals for the winners. Tim Behrendorff (211-C-81, college: Gardner-Webb) answered with 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Cougars in their NBL debut. Trenton Wurtz (203-F-83, college: Indiana St.) produced 19 points and 8 rebounds in the losing effort.
The Cougars will next take on the Nelson Giants on March 21. Waikato will host the Taranaki Dynamos on March 20.



Standings Men
NBL Standings
 1. Waikato 1-0 
 2. Harbour Heat 1-0 
 3. Wellington 1-0 
 4. Bay Hawks 0-0 
 5. Nelson 0-0 
 6. Taranaki 0-0 
 7. Manawatu 0-1 
 8. Auckland 0-1 
 9. Cougars 0-1 


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Standings - Men
PBBA Standings
 1. De La Salle 4-0 
 2. Orthodox 4-0 
 3. Ibdaa 4-0 
 4. Sarriyet 4-1 
 5. Arab O. 3-1 
 6. Catholic A. 3-1 
 7. Hiteen 3-2 
 8. AlBireh 2-2 
 9. Qalandia 2-2 
 10. Thaqafi B.S. 2-2 
 11. Islami 2-2 
 12. Al Ahli 2-3 
 13. Huwara 2-3 
 14. Ebal 2-3 
 15. Orthodoxi B.S. 0-0 
 16. Ra'I AlSaleh 0-4 
 17. Al Fara 0-4 
 18. Thaqafi 0-4 
 19. Balata 0-5 


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Metropolitan League Standings
Metropolitan L. Standings
 1. Felix Perez 13-1 
 2. Libertad 13-1 
 3. Sol de Amer. 10-4 
 4. D.San Jose 9-5 
 5. Univ.Autonoma 6-8 
 6. Sportivo SL 6-8 
 7. Univ.Catolica 6-8 
 8. Ciudad Nueva 4-10 
 9. Olimpia 2-12 
 10. Dep.Sajonia 1-13 


Round 14: FPC and Libertad again at the top - by Gianni Pascucci
Deportivo Sajonia took the first win of the season, 90-68 over Olimpia with Francisco Yugovich (175-G-81) and Fernando Galeano leading the way at 21 pts. Deportivo San Jose defeated Sportivo San Lorenzo 90-67 thanks above all to 37 points from Carlos Jorge Riveros (190-G-85), who was the round best scorer. In the main game of the round, Libertad took an hard win, 88-86, over Sol de Amercia, led by Daniel Perez (190-G/F-84) and Bruno Zanotti (197-F-82, agency: Megasport, college: Merrimack), who scored 22 and 21 poits, respectively. Renzo Ferrari (191-G/F-84) was the game top scorer with 26 pts in losing effort. In the last two games of the round, FPC defeated Universitad Autonoma 92-68 and Univ.Catolica prevailed over Ciudad Nueva, 87-72

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AJ Millien vs. Tyrone Rayson as Halifax battles Buffalo - by Chris Terrell

Buffalo, NY - In a matchup many had billed as a showdown between potential player of the year candidates, Halfax and star forward AJ Millien (6'9''-F-83, college: Idaho St.) traveled to face Buffalo and their star forward Tyrone Rayson (6'6''-F-80, college: East Central). On paper, Millien had the clear advantage going into the matchup if for no other reason than the fact that his current club in Halifax had been more successful on the season than Rayson's Buffalo team. But team win-loss records aside, statistically these two match up very well.

Here's a closer look at their respective PBL league rankings:


Millien: 1st(PPG), 5th(DREB), 2nd(OREB), and 5th(TREB)

Rayson: 6th(PPG), 4th(DREB), 3rd(OREB), 3rd(TREB) and 3rd(Minutes)


Although the game itself was very entertaining, Rayson hit a late three to bring his team within one at 95-94 with 13 seconds remaining en route to his stand out performance of 23 points and 12 rebounds. Millien was held to 10 points and 3 rebounds in the contest in which he was only on the court for 17 minutes compared to Rayson's 48 (he never came out of the game). Buffalo's Derick Payne (6'6''-F-83, college: Bowie St.) had 24 on the night with 11 boards and Halifax's Tony Bennett (6'1''-G-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Bradley) had 19 and 7 assists. The final margin for the game was with a final seconds foul shot and ended with Halifax ahead - 96-94.



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  POLAND   


Standings - 1 Liga
1Liga Standings
 1. Polonia 2011 22-7 
 2. MOSiR Kr. 21-8 
 3. Big Star 20-10 
 4. Siarka T. 19-10 
 5. Zastal ZG 18-11 
 6. Stal SW 17-13 
 7. LKS Lodz 17-13 
 8. Zubry 16-14 
 9. MMKS DG 16-14 
 10. Sudety JG 14-16 
 11. Sokol L. 13-16 
 12. Znicz Basket 13-17 
 13. AZS Kalisz 10-20 
 14. AZS AWF K-ce 9-21 
 15. Prokom II 7-21 
 16. Resovia 3-24 


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 David LOGAN
  Asec.Prokom
  (184-G-82)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Logan, Asec.Prokom18.5 
 2. Adams, Polonia17.4 
 3. Wojcik, PBG Basket16.9 
 4. Hicks, Polpharma16.5 
 5. Mojica, AZS K.16.3 
 6. Reese, AZS Koszalin16.0 
 7. Harrington, Polonia15.1 
 8. Miller, ISS S.15.1 
 9. Reynolds, Sokol Znicz15.0 
 10. Jovanovic, Atlas St.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kyle LANDRY
  ISS Sportino
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Landry, ISS S.10.3 
 2. Barro, Victoria.10.1 
 3. Johnson, Polonia8.5 
 4. Burke, Asec.Prokom7.7 
 5. Dylewicz, Asec.Pro.7.5 
 6. Reynolds, Sokol Znicz7.5 
 7. Naymick, SKK K.7.4 
 8. Howell, En.Czarni7.1 
 9. McLean, PBG B.6.9 
 10. Okafor, Atlas St.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  SKK Kotwica
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Hamilton, SKK K.6.0 
 2. Koszarek, Anwil5.9 
 3. Straight, En.Czarni4.9 
 4. Eldridge, Polpharma4.9 
 5. Harrington, Polonia4.4 
 6. Szubarga, Atlas S.4.2 
 7. Milicic, AZS K.4.2 
 8. Greene, Victoria.4.0 
 9. Burks, En.Czarni3.9 
 10. Davis, PBG Bask.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  SKK Kotwica
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Hamilton, SKK K.3.8 
 2. Harrington, Polonia3.3 
 3. Lee, ISS Sportino3.2 
 4. Straight, En.Czarni3.2 
 5. Day, Sokol Znicz2.9 
 6. Koszarek, Anwil2.8 
 7. Eldridge, Polpharma2.6 
 8. Greene, Victoria.2.6 
 9. Zytko, ISS Sportino2.4 
 10. Szubarga, Atlas.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Drew NAYMICK
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Naymick, SKK K.2.0 
 2. Townes, PGE Turow2.0 
 3. Dixon, Bank BPS1.6 
 4. Barro, Victoria.1.5 
 5. Turek, PGE Turow1.3 
 6. Reynolds, Sokol Znicz1.3 
 7. Coleman, Polpharma1.2 
 8. Booker, En.Czarni1.2 
 9. Frasunkiewic., Polon.0.8 
 10. Barrett, SKK.0.8 


PLK Round: 29 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
SKK Kotwica - Sokol Znicz 106-72
SKK Kotwica outscored Sokol Znicz 106:72 in Regular Season Round 29. Drew Naymick (208-C-85) led the winners with 22 points and 7 rebounds, while Cielebak Tomasz had 20 points and 11 boards. Day Quinton ended up with 19 points in defeat.

Victoria Gorn. - Atlas Stal 79-126
Victoria Gornik was smashed by Atlas Stal 79:126 as six players reached the double digits for the winners. Krzysztof Szubarga (182-G-84, agency: AB Agency) paced all of them with 28 points and Jovanovic Nikola had 26. Raczynski Maciej brought his team 22 points.

Polonia - PGE Turow 64-69
PGE Turow improved to 17-9 in the standings after a road win over Polonia 69:64. Alex Harris (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the winners with 21 points as his team is second now. Harrington Greg finished the night with 17 points in the losing effort.

AZS Koszalin - Asec.Prokom 87-93
Prokom won already the Regular Season 2008/2009 in Poland and in Round 29 had a 93:87 win over AZS Koszalin. Qyntel Woods (204-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Burke Patrick nailed 21. Reese George chipped in 24 points for the home side.

Anwil - Polpharma 86-71
Anwil stun Polpharma 86:71 in the top game of Regular Season Round 29 and grabbed 16-9 record. Lukasz Koszarek (187-G-84) and Boylan Ian led the winners with 17 points each, while Miller Paul collected 16 points and 11 rebounds. Tuljkovic Mujo brought the guests 22 points and 10 rebounds.


Atlas Stal set a record - by Michal Falkowski
In the 29th round of PLK, the team of Atlas Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski set a new points record in this season, playing against Gornik Walbrzych. Krzysztof Szubarga scored 28, while Nikola Jovanovic added 26 in a game that all players of the team notched up 126 points together!
It means that Atlas beated Znicz Sokolow Jaroslaw and Turow Zgorzelec which results has been recently the best. Znicz scored 116 against Polpharma as the same as Turow against Gornik.


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LPB Round: 18 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Ovarense - Ginasio 69-48
Ovarense returned into the second spot in the standings after edging Ginasio at home court. Rolan Roberts (199-F/C-78, college: S.Illinois) tallied 19 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks for Ovarense. John Waller contributed 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winning team. John Torson had 14 points and 10 boards for Ginasio in the loss.

Benfica - Academica 89-60
Benfica shot down Academica to register the 24th straight victory in the LPB season. Sergio Ramos (200-F-76) tallied 23 points and 10 boards to lead the league leaders. Elvis Evora produced 18 points and 8 boards in the victory. Fernando Sousa and Manuel Johnson responded with 13 points each for Academica.

AD Vagos - VSC Guimar. 83-72
AD Vagos toppled Guimaraes as Daniel Coleman (206-F-85, college: Minnesota) fired 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Ricardo Hill produced 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners as they climbed at 18-6 record. Sergio Correia responded with 17 points and 9 boards for Guimaraes. Donte Minter notched 14 points and 8 boards in defeat.


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Benfica 24-0 
 2. Ovarense 20-4 
 3. CAB 20-4 
 4. AD Vagos 18-6 
 5. Academica 16-8 
 6. Porto Ferpinta 14-11 
 7. Barreirense 13-11 
 8. VSC Guimar. 13-11 
 9. Ginasio 11-13 
 10. Fisica 8-16 


Standings - Proliga
Proliga Standings
 1. Illiabum 17-10 
 2. Sampaense 15-10 
 3. Queluz 13-12 
 4. Esgueira 12-13 
 5. Galitos FC 11-15 
 6. Sangalhos 9-18 
 7. Electrico FC 8-18 
 8. Barcelos 8-18 
 9. Angra 8-19 
 10. Maia 7-19 
 11. Seixal 6-20 
 12. Atletico 2-25 


Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
Points Per Game
 Jason SMITH
  CAB
  (183-G-83)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Smith, CAB22.8 
 2. Marcal, Porto F.21.7 
 3. Coleman, AD Vagos20.3 
 4. Burns, Porto F.19.4 
 5. Waller, Ovarense18.7 
 6. Hill, AD Vagos18.5 
 7. Bowman, Barreire.18.3 
 8. Ramos, Benfica18.2 
 9. Doliboa, Benfica18.1 
 10. Graham, VSC.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Manuel JOHNSON
  Academica
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Johnson, Academica10.1 
 2. Ferguson, Fisica10.0 
 3. Martin, Porto F.9.8 
 4. Doliboa, Benfica8.6 
 5. Roberts, Ovarense8.5 
 6. Minter, VSC G.8.3 
 7. Brown, Barreirense8.2 
 8. Hill, AD Vagos8.1 
 9. Coleman, AD Vagos8.0 
 10. Billmeier, AD.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Julian BLANKS
  VSC Guimar.
  (188-G-80)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Blanks, VSC G.6.8 
 2. Pires, Barreirense5.7 
 3. Minhava, Benfica5.2 
 4. Figueiredo, Porto F.5.1 
 5. Costa, Ginasio4.7 
 6. Smith, CAB4.7 
 7. Reed, Benfica4.1 
 8. McKenzie, Barreire.3.9 
 9. Carreira, Benfica3.7 
 10. Reveles, AD Vag.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Julian BLANKS
  VSC Guimar.
  (188-G-80)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Blanks, VSC G.2.5 
 2. Smith, CAB2.1 
 3. Calvin, Ginasio2.0 
 4. Tavares, VSC G.1.9 
 5. Davis, Fisica1.9 
 6. Coleman, AD Vagos1.9 
 7. Cunha, Porto F.1.9 
 8. Bowman, Barreire.1.9 
 9. Costa, Ginasio1.8 
 10. Madison, C.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory STEMPIN
  Ovarense
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 2
 1. Stempin, Ovarense2.0 
 2. Roberts, Ovarense2.0 
 3. Truscott, Benfica2.0 
 4. Brown, Barreirense1.8 
 5. Coleman, AD Vagos1.7 
 6. Evora, Benfica1.5 
 7. Minter, VSC G.1.5 
 8. Martin, Porto F.1.5 
 9. Doliboa, Benfica1.3 
 10. Billmeier, AD.1.3 


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Coach Lester, Watson Lead Rayyan to Qatari League Championship - by Amir Abou-El-Kheir
Behind the solid play of floor general Boney Watson (183-G, college: Sam Houston St.), Coach Brian Lester has now won everything there is to win in Qatar, as he added the Qatari League Championship to the Heir Apparent and King's Cups he won last year. Al Rayyan won a hard fought best out of three finals series over defending league champions Al Jaysh Army SC two games to one. It was also Watson's first league championship since arriving in 2005; he also won the Heir Apparent Cup in 2007 with Al Arabi Club.

Al Rayyan are not setting their sights on defending the Heir Apparent and King's Cups that they won last year.


The Semis Are Set for the Heir Apparent Cup - by Amir Abou-El-Kheir

The semi finals for the Heir Apparent Cup will start on Monday 13, March and will present some very exciting contests. As Sadd Sports Club will play last year's finalists Qatar Club, while the other semi final will feature defending champions Al Rayyan facing off against last year's GCC Champions Al Arabi Club Club.

The final group stage results - Heir Apparent Cup:

Group 1 W-L

Al Rayyan 3-0

Qatar Club 2-1

Al Ahli Sports Club 1-2

Al Wakrah 0-3

Group 2 W-L

As Sadd Sports Club 3-0

Al Arabi Club 2-1

Al Jaysh Army SC 1-2

Al Gharrafah 0-3



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Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. Ploiesti 21-2 
 2. Timisoara 18-6 
 3. U.Mobitel. CN 17-7 
 4. CSU Atlassib 16-7 
 5. CSU Brasov 16-8 
 6. Otopeni 15-8 
 7. Rovinari 15-9 
 8. Pitesti 14-11 
 9. Gaz Metan 11-13 
 10. Mures 11-13 
 11. Dinamo B. 9-15 
 12. Craiova 9-15 
 13. Targoviste 6-18 
 14. Oradea 2-22 
 15. Rapid B. 0-25 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Bryant MATTHEWS
  CSU Atlassib
  (201-G/F-82)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Matthews, CSU A.22.1 
 2. Lawrence, Pitesti18.8 
 3. Obradovic, Otopeni18.8 
 4. Tomic, Craiova18.4 
 5. Gibson, U.Mobite.17.9 
 6. Popescu, Rovinari17.5 
 7. Bulancea, Rapid B.17.1 
 8. Vlaicu, Rapid B.16.8 
 9. Cepulis, Ploiesti16.3 
 10. Reaves, Dinamo.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ionut DRAGUSIN
  CSU Brasov
  (221-C-85)
  Avg: 12
 1. Dragusin, CSU B.12.0 
 2. Carutasu, Ploiesti10.3 
 3. Wingate, Tirgu M.8.9 
 4. Jucan, Gaz Metan8.5 
 5. Pavlovski, Dinamo B.8.5 
 6. Holmes, Craiova8.2 
 7. Green, Rovinari7.9 
 8. Lazar, Oradea7.7 
 9. Osby, U.Mobitel.CN7.5 
 10. Obradovic, Otope.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Tirgu Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Cooley, Tirgu M.6.8 
 2. Blidaru, Otopeni5.2 
 3. Osmokrovic, Ploiesti4.5 
 4. Dzambic, Timisoara4.1 
 5. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN4.1 
 6. Gibson, U.Mobite.3.7 
 7. Radmanovac, Gaz M.3.6 
 8. Johnson, CSU A.3.5 
 9. Lawrence, Pitesti3.4 
 10. Broadus, CSU Bras.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Tirgu Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Cooley, Tirgu M.3.2 
 2. Johnson, CSU A.3.1 
 3. Reaves, Dinamo B.2.7 
 4. Matthews, CSU A.2.6 
 5. Gibson, U.Mobite.2.5 
 6. Holmes, Craiova2.3 
 7. Mitchell, Craiova2.3 
 8. Blidaru, Otopeni2.3 
 9. Fometescu, Dinamo B.2.2 
 10. Velickovic, Timisoa.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ionut DRAGUSIN
  CSU Brasov
  (221-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Dragusin, CSU B.2.3 
 2. Tibarna, Otopeni2.0 
 3. Lazar, Oradea1.6 
 4. Pantelic, Pitesti1.6 
 5. Pavlovski, Dinamo B.1.4 
 6. Harrison, CSU A.1.3 
 7. Wingate, Tirgu M.1.3 
 8. Gibson, Craiova1.2 
 9. Bubanja, Gaz Metan1.2 
 10. McKenna, Tirgu.1.1 


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D1 Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Ittihad 19-1 
 2. Al Ansar 16-3 
 3. Ohod 15-3 
 4. Al Hilal 15-4 
 5. Al Ahli 13-7 
 6. Al Wahda 8-9 
 7. Al Khaleej 7-11 
 8. Al Fateh 5-14 
 9. Al Nahda 4-13 
 10. Al Qadsia 4-16 
 11. Al Maseerah 3-15 
 12. Al Safaa' 1-18 


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Standings - A Liga
A Standings
 1. Swiss.Lions 21-4 
 2. Borac 17-8 
 3. Metalac 16-9 
 4. Napredak 15-10 
 5. Mega HL 14-11 
 6. Radnicki 034 13-12 
 7. Novi Sad 12-13 
 8. Radnicki I. 12-13 
 9. Ergonom 11-14 
 10. Sloga 10-15 
 11. Tamis 10-15 
 12. Vizura 9-16 
 13. Masinac 9-16 
 14. Zdravlje 6-19 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Crvena Zvez.
 2. Partizan
 3. Vojvodina
 4. FMP
 5. Hemofarm


Standings - B Liga
B League Standings
 1. Proleter Naft. 18-3 
 2. Beograd 16-5 
 3. Mladost C. 13-7 
 4. Superfund 13-8 
 5. FMP II 13-8 
 6. Vojvodina Z. 11-10 
 7. Crnokosa 11-10 
 8. Radnicki O. 11-10 
 9. Beovuk 72 8-12 
 10. Vrbas 8-13 
 11. Sloboda U. 7-12 
 12. Crvena Zv. 2 7-14 
 13. Kikinda 7-14 
 14. Maraton 2-19 


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Zlatko BOLIC
  Radnicki I.
  (195-G-74)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Bolic, Radnicki I.22.6 
 2. Bogavac, Ergonom21.3 
 3. Stojacic, Mega HL20.1 
 4. Mirkovic, Masinac19.3 
 5. Kljajevic, Radnicki.19.2 
 6. Markovic, Napredak19.2 
 7. Stefanovic, Sloga18.8 
 8. Martinic, Novi Sad17.6 
 9. Sinovec, Vizura16.9 
 10. Mladenovic, Erg.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Uros MIRKOVIC
  Masinac
  (205-F/C-82)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Mirkovic, Masinac8.5 
 2. Draskovic, Radnicki.7.5 
 3. Bogavac, Ergonom7.1 
 4. Dokic, Tamis6.7 
 5. Mihajlovic, Tamis6.4 
 6. Buric, Vizura6.1 
 7. Kljajevic, Radnicki.6.0 
 8. Dramicanin, Borac6.0 
 9. Bozovic, Sloga6.0 
 10. Nikolic, Mega5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Bojan JOVICIC
  Tamis
  (184-G-77)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Jovicic, Tamis6.3 
 2. Duvnjak, Radnicki.4.6 
 3. Teodosic, Metalac4.2 
 4. Stefanovic, Sloga4.2 
 5. Stefanovic, Borac3.9 
 6. Tomasevic, Masinac3.5 
 7. Maric, Ergonom3.4 
 8. Martinic, Novi Sad3.3 
 9. Vukotic, Sloga3.3 
 10. Mitic, Zdravl.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Goran MARTINIC
  Novi Sad
  (186-G-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Martinic, Novi Sad2.9 
 2. Bolic, Radnicki I.2.1 
 3. Jovanovic, Zdravlje1.9 
 4. Mirkovic, Masinac1.7 
 5. Fekete, Radnicki I.1.7 
 6. Sinovec, Vizura1.7 
 7. Dasic, Sloga1.6 
 8. Bogavac, Ergonom1.6 
 9. Milasinovic, Masinac1.5 
 10. Pilcevic, Bor.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Danilo DRASKOVIC
  Radnicki 034
  (207-C-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Draskovic, Radnicki.1.4 
 2. Zigeranovic, Borac1.0 
 3. Bircevic, Metalac1.0 
 4. Tanaskovic, Metal.1.0 
 5. Buric, Vizura0.9 
 6. Nikolic, Mega HL0.9 
 7. Mladenovic, Ergon.0.9 
 8. Janjusevic, Zdrav.0.8 
 9. Bunic, Novi Sad0.7 
 10. Gavranovic, Erg.0.7 


Serbian B league, round 21 (Regular season): Superfund lost in Novi Sad, Vrbas won in Jagodina - by Zoran Popovic

KK Vojvodina-Superfund BP Beograd 93-78 (26-23, 20-24, 21-19, 26-12)

KK Vojvodina: Petrovic, Ivandic, Todorovic, Nem.Knezevic 8,. Glisic 7, Kostic 6, Bjelica 19, Danilo Andjusic (190-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) 20, Roncevic 16, Kitanovic 10.
Superdund: Markovic 20, Ljubicic 11, Filipovic 2, Lesic 12, Malidzan 7, Popovic 2, Veinovic 8, Kostic 11, Petrovic 5, Matic.

Young KK Vojvodina team continued with good games and this time they beat Superfund BP Beograd 93-78. Domestic players better opened the match and won the first quarter. In the second guests from Belgrade played much better and aggressive and finished first half with +1 point advantage for them. During the third quarter both teams were equal, but in the last period of the match KK Vojvodina made final break and won the match. The most efficient player for the winners was Danilo Andjusic who scored 20 points and Bjelica add 19 points. For the guests the best role showed Markovic with 20 points.

Maraton Atlantik Jagodina-OKK Vrbas Carnex 85-95 (22-17, 12-22, 20-30, 31-26)

Maraton Atlantik Jagodina: Gajovic 28, Peticevic, Kovacevic 15, Milincic 5, Stevanovic, Arisc 19, Mladenovic, Milutinovic 13, Vucicevic, Milojevic 5, Djuric.
OKK Vrbas Carnex: Doknic, Prunovic, Bajic 23, Popovic, Matic 21, Kovacevic 17, Pap 15, Markovic 14, Glosac, Vujicic

In the first quarter domestic players were equal rival and had small advantage of +5 points. Vrbas players took advantage and initiative during the second quarter and finished first half with +5 points advantage for them. After the beak Vrbas continued with good game and at the end of third period added 10 points more on their score. In the last quarter Maraton Atlantik Jagodina players tried to decrease guests high advantage, but guests from Vrbas routinely finished the match. Bajic with 23 points and Matic with 21 points were the most efficient players in Vrbas and for Maraton Atlantik Jagodina Gajovic scored 28 points.


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1B Stats Leaders
1B Standings
 1. Parklji 20-2 
 2. Rudar 19-3 
 3. Rogaska 19-3 
 4. MFC.2 Marib. 16-6 
 5. Sencur 13-9 
 6. Kraski Zidar 12-10 
 7. Triglav K. 12-10 
 8. Hrastnik 9-13 
 9. Gradisce 9-13 
 10. Jance 7-15 
 11. Litija 7-15 
 12. Konjice 5-17 
 13. Rogla 4-18 
 14. Radenska 2-20 


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KBL Round: 36 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Orions - Mobis Phoebus 76-86
Mobis Phoebus follows the leader with 32-19 record after 86:76 over Orions. Dunston Bryant (203-F-86) top-scored for the winners with 33 points and Kim Hyo-Bum added 19. Okosa Reggie (205-F/C-80, agency: Passing Lane, college: La Salle) finished the night with 34 points and 14 boards in the losing effort.

KCC Egis - KT&G Kites 89-66
KCC Egis is third with 29-22 after the home win over KT&G Kites 89:66. Brand Micah (210-C-80, college: Massachusetts) was responsible for 30 points and 14 rebounds, whilst Mitchell Carl notched 16 in a win. Fairley Thomas responded with 14 points for the guests.

ET Land B.Sl. - Samsung Th. 92-104
Samsung is fourth with 29-23 record registering a road victory over ET Land 104:92. Leather Terrence (204-C-81, college: S.Florida) exploded with 52 points and 14 rebounds and Lee Kyu-Sup added 15 points. Powell Carlos answered with 22 points in defeat.

LG Sakers - SK Knights 80-72
LG Sakers beat SK Knights 80:72 in Regular Season Round 36. Crump Brandon (208-C-82, college: Tennessee) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and 14 rebounds. Lee Hyun-Min nailed 14 and Johnson Ivan chipped in 12. Kim Julian led the way for his team with 20 points.

Samsung Th. - Orions 78-85
Samsung lost to Orions 78:85 as six players reached the double digits for the winners. Okosa Reggie led the winners with 17 points and Sandrin Daniel together with Oh Yong-Jun posted 15 each. Haynes Aaron ended up with 28 points for the hosts and Leather Terrence collected 21 points and 11 boards.

KTF M.Wings - KCC Egis 77-88
On March 14th KCC Egis registered a road 77:88 win over KTF M.Wings. Brand Micah paced all the winners with 27 points, while Choo Seung-Kyun had 20 points and 12 assists. Garnett Christopher produced 20 points in the losing effort.

SK Knights - Dongbu Promy 77-71
SK Knights upset Dongbu Promy 77:71 that fell to 33-18 but still remains on top. Stiemsma Gregory (211-C-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Wisconsin) led the winners with 25 points and 13 rebounds, while Kim Tae-Sool posted 13. Daniels Chris produced 24 points and 13 rebounds for the league-leaders.


Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu Promy 33-18 
 2. Mobis Phoebus 32-19 
 3. KCC Egis 29-22 
 4. Samsung Th. 29-23 
 5. ET Land B.Sl. 27-24 
 6. LG Sakers 27-24 
 7. KT&G Kites 27-25 
 8. SK Knights 23-28 
 9. Orions 17-34 
 10. KTF M.Wings 12-39 


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Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. Tau 21-3 
 2. Barcelona 20-4 
 3. Real 18-6 
 4. Unicaja 18-7 
 5. Joventut 17-8 
 6. G.Canaria 16-8 
 7. Pamesa 14-11 
 8. Ricoh Man. 12-13 
 9. Fuenlabrada 11-13 
 10. Bilbao 11-14 
 11. Granada 9-16 
 12. Bruesa 8-16 
 13. Zaragoza 7-17 
 14. Estudiant. 7-17 
 15. Murcia 7-18 
 16. Cajasol 6-18 
 17. Menorca 6-19 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Ricardo GUILLEN
  Los Barrios
  (205-F/C-76)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Guillen, Los Barrios18.5 
 2. Detrick, La Laguna17.5 
 3. Garcia, Burgos17.1 
 4. Kiefer, Vic16.9 
 5. Simien, Caceres16.8 
 6. Terrell, La Palma15.9 
 7. Cusworth, Leche R.15.7 
 8. Robinson, Gandia B.15.1 
 9. Prestes, Cl.Rincon14.9 
 10. Blair, Mallor.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jakim DONALDSON
  La Laguna
  (203-C/F-83)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Donaldson, La La.9.5 
 2. Prestes, Cl.Rincon9.5 
 3. Battle, Valladolid9.0 
 4. Simien, Caceres8.2 
 5. Hamilton, Tenerife7.8 
 6. Guillen, Los Barrios7.5 
 7. Nana, Rosalia7.4 
 8. Baez, Leon7.1 
 9. Cusworth, Leche R.7.1 
 10. Moss, Cacer.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Diego CIORCIARI
  Melilla
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Ciorciari, Melilla6.3 
 2. Corrales, Burgos4.8 
 3. Sala, La Palma4.4 
 4. Mendiburu, Plus Pujol4.3 
 5. Dumas, Valladolid3.8 
 6. Brown, Caceres3.8 
 7. Bernabe, Leon3.8 
 8. Lopez, Leche Rio3.5 
 9. Cortaberria, Cl.Ri.3.4 
 10. Colom, Plus Puj.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Marc BLANCH
  Mallorca
  (195-F-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Blanch, Mallorca2.3 
 2. Van Lacke, Valladolid2.0 
 3. Lopez, Leche Rio1.8 
 4. Ciorciari, Melilla1.8 
 5. Bernabe, Leon1.7 
 6. Baez, Leon1.6 
 7. Cusworth, Leche R.1.6 
 8. Battle, Valladolid1.6 
 9. Hill, Alicante1.6 
 10. Victor, Melil.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Valladolid
  (200-C-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Battle, Valladolid2.2 
 2. Hamilton, Tenerife1.7 
 3. Southall, Melilla1.6 
 4. Donaldson, La La.1.5 
 5. Cusworth, Leche R.1.3 
 6. Simien, Caceres1.3 
 7. Lewis, Plus Pujol1.2 
 8. Sinanovic, Burgos1.2 
 9. Nana, Rosalia1.1 
 10. Campbell, Los Barri.1.0 


Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. Alicante 18-6 
 2. Valladolid 17-7 
 3. Melilla 16-8 
 4. Leche Rio 15-9 
 5. Tenerife 15-9 
 6. Axarquia 14-10 
 7. Caceres 13-11 
 8. Burgos 13-11 
 9. Leon 13-11 
 10. Los Barrios 12-12 
 11. La Palma 11-13 
 12. La Laguna 11-13 
 13. Plus Pujol 11-13 
 14. Mallorca 10-14 
 15. Vic 10-14 
 16. Aguas Gandia 7-17 
 17. Illescas 5-19 
 18. Rosalia 5-19 


Standings - LEB Silver
LEB Silver Standings
 1. Palencia 17-7 
 2. Vigo 16-8 
 3. Torrons Vic. 16-8 
 4. Caja Rioja 15-9 
 5. Navarra 14-10 
 6. Plasencia 14-10 
 7. CB Tarrag. 14-10 
 8. Cornella 13-11 
 9. Ourense 13-11 
 10. Jerez 12-12 
 11. Huesca 11-13 
 12. Gijon 9-15 
 13. Prat 9-15 
 14. CajasurCord. 8-16 
 15. Coruna 7-17 
 16. Qalat Caja Sol 4-20 


Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Igor RAKOCEVIC
  Tau
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Rakocevic, Tau20.6 
 2. Oleson, A.G. Fuenla19.6 
 3. Quinteros, CAI Z.18.8 
 4. Dean, CB Murcia17.0 
 5. Reyes, Real Madrid17.0 
 6. English, Kalise G.16.8 
 7. Haislip, Unicaja16.3 
 8. Jeter, Vive M.16.1 
 9. Splitter, Tau16.1 
 10. Navarro, Regal.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Curtis BORCHARDT
  Granada
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Borchardt, Granada9.9 
 2. Reyes, Real Madrid9.7 
 3. Caner-Medley, Cajas.8.3 
 4. Ilyasova, Regal B.7.6 
 5. Panko, Bruesa6.9 
 6. Vazquez, Regal B.6.4 
 7. Barnes, CB Murcia6.3 
 8. Banic, Iurbentia B.6.1 
 9. Splitter, Tau5.8 
 10. Eley, Vive Menor.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  DKV Joventut
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Rubio, DKV Joventut6.4 
 2. Rodriguez, Ricoh M.6.0 
 3. Prigioni, Tau4.8 
 4. Cook, Unicaja4.7 
 5. Thomas, CB Murcia4.5 
 6. Salgado, Iurbenti.4.5