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Mavericks and Bisons will play the ABA Finals - by Gianni Pascucci
Unfortunately, San Francisco was unable to travel from the West Coast to Texas, so the ABA office declared the Southeast Texas Mavericks the Thursday Semifinal winner. At the other side, the Kentucky Bisons, ABA reigning champions prevailed over the Kentucky Bluegrass Stallions and will be able to defend their crown. The ABA 2010 Finals will be a three game series, with the first game on Tuesday night in Owensboro, KY. The last two games will be played at Lamar State College-Port Arthur on Saturday, March 27 and Monday, March 29 (if necessary). The Bisons ended regular season as the #4 in the ranking, with a 22-8 record. The Mavericks ended reg.season at the #1 with a 23-3 record, have been the #1 ranked team in the ABA for most of the last two seasons and have compiled a 52-5 record over that time, which includes a 30 game regular season win streak (the longest in ABA history). The two teams met in playoffs even last season, and the Bisons defeated SETX in the ABA Semifinals. They have been the best and most dominating teams in the ABA over the past two seasons. Their rivalry is one of the best in the ABA. The two teams have met four times over the past year and have split the two games 2-2. The scene is set for a gigantic encounter in the this season's ABA Championship FInals. Mike Wells (6'3''-G-79, college: W.Kentucky), Kenny Jones (6'6''-F-84, college: Kentucky St.), Jamie Jackson (6'5''-F-86, college: Bellarmine) and Brandon Stockton (5'9''-G-84, college: Kentucky) lead the Defending Champions into the Finals. Wells is known as a 'BIG GAME PLAYER!' He scored 29 and 33 points to lead the Bisons over Chicago and Bluegrass on the road. The Bisons are playing their best basketball at the right time of year and seemed poised to defend their championship in the Finals. The 'BOOKEND WINGS' Josh Pace (6'6''-G-83, college: Syracuse) and Jermaine Blackburn (6'7''-G/F-83, agency: Liman Sports, college: Boise St.) along with Jon Rogers (6'9''-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.), Herman Favors (5'9''-G-84, college: Georgia St.) and reigning ABA MVP DeRon Rutledge (6'6''-F-75, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.) lead the Mavericks into their first Championship Finals. The Mavs have won 14 straight games as they enter Game 1 of the Finals on Tuesday night. They are a talented and deep team, and have been recognized as one of the best teams in all of professional basketball in the USA. This year's ABA Championship Finals should be a great week of basketball for all to enjoy! It all starts Tuesday night in Kentucky and then moves on the SE Texas later in the week.


Last round of the regular season: Cibona, Partizan, Hemofarm and Union Olimpija advance to Final Four - by Eurobasket News
FMP - Buducnost 73-70
FMP was better than Buducnost 73-70 finishing the season with 10-16 score. Buducnost registered 15-11, but they also failed to reach the Final Four Tournament. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: Buck Andre) stepped up for the hosts with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Nemanja Gordic (194-G-88) replied with 18 points in loss.

Cibona - Cedevita 93-82
Cibona is the regular season champion with 20-6 score. Marko Tomas (201-G-85) led the Croatian champ last night with 19 points. Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) (7 as) and Samo Udrih followed him with 17 pts each. In Cedevita (13-13, 7th place), Andrija Zizic delivered 19 pts.

Partizan - Siroki Eronet 80-69
Despite the same score as Cibona, the reigning champion finished regular season as No.2 and of course booked a spot for the Final Tournament. Aleks Maric (211-C-84) shined for Partizan last night with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Each of Partizan's players managed to score at least 2 points in this matchuip. In Siroki Eronet (11-15), Ivan Milekovic (200-G/F-88) collected 19 pts.

Bosna S. - Crvena Zvez. 68-67
Bosna ASA BHT closed Adriatic league season with 68-67 home win against Crvena Zvezda. Suad Sehovic (197-G/F-87) shined for the hosts with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Visitors got double-double of 18 points and 10 boards from Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84). Bosna ASA BHT 6-20, Crvena Zvezda 11-15.

Zadar - KK Zagreb CO 72-65
Zadar was better than Zagreb in Croatian derby, but both teams failed to reach the last stage. Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) shined for Zadar with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) and Luka Zoric replied with 13 points each in loss. Zadar 13-13, Zagreb 14-12.

Hemofarm - U.Olimpija 73-60
Both, Hemofarm and Union Olimpija, booked a spot for the Final Tournament. Milan Macvan (205-F-89) led the Serbian team to victory last night with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Marko Sutalo (194-G-83) added 13 pts. In defeat, Vlado Ilievski collected 20 points. Hemofarm 17-9, Union Olimpija 15-11.

Helios - Radnicki K. 73-71
Richard Shields (193-G-82, college: Rutgers) stepped up for Helios in the last round of Adriatic league with 24 points and 6 rebounds. Vukasin Aleksic (182-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 17 points and 6 assists in defeat. Helios 6-20 (last place), Radnicki Kragujevac 11-15 (11th place).

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  MMC Real M.
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Tomic, KK.17.9 
 2. Zizic, Cedevita17.1 
 3. Mulaomerovic, KK Za.16.8 
 4. Bazdaric, Cedevita16.5 
 5. Tomas, Cibona14.8 
 6. Macvan, Hemofarm14.5 
 7. Zoric, KK.14.3 
 8. Videnov, Crvena Z.13.9 
 9. Simon, KK.13.8 
 10. Sehovic, Bosna S.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
  MMC Real M.
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Tomic, KK.8.9 
 2. Mason, Siroki E.8.1 
 3. Maric, Partizan7.5 
 4. Ruzic, Zadar6.7 
 5. Zoric, KK.6.7 
 6. Roberts, Partizan6.5 
 7. Raduljica, FMP6.4 
 8. Brkic, Radnicki K.5.9 
 9. Macvan, Hemofarm5.8 
 10. Vranes, Partizan5.8 
Assists Per Game
  Bosna S.
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Kojadinovic, Bosna S.5.8 
 2. Mocnik, Helios5.5 
 3. Markovic, Hemofarm4.8 
 4. Gordon, Cibona4.7 
 5. Mason, Siroki E.4.6 
 6. Anderson, Cedevita4.4 
 7. Aleksic, Radnicki K.4.2 
 8. Mulaomerovic, KK Za.4.1 
 9. Pavkovic, Hemofarm4.0 
 10. Becirovic, U.Olimpija3.9 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2.2
 1. McCalebb, Partizan2.2 
 2. Gordon, Cibona1.9 
 3. Walsh, U.Olimpija1.8 
 4. Roberts, Partizan1.7 
 5. Krstic, KK.1.6 
 6. Otasevic, Buducnost1.6 
 7. Kojadinovic, Bosna S.1.5 
 8. Mocnik, Helios1.5 
 9. Stipcevic, Zadar1.5 
 10. Markovic, Hemofarm1.5 
Blocks Per Game
  KK Zagreb CO
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Zoric, KK.1.5 
 2. Vranes, Partizan1.3 
 3. Dragicevic, Buduc.1.2 
 4. Plaisted, Zadar0.8 
 5. Rakocevic, Bosna S.0.8 
 6. Golubovic, U.Olimpija0.7 
 7. Maric, Partizan0.7 
 8. Tomic, KK.0.7 
 9. Marjanovic, Hemof.0.7 
 10. Maras, Buducnost0.6 


Wels Wins Thriller in Furstenfeld - by Lindsey McIntyre
Wels Wins Thriller in Furstenfeld

WBC Raiffeisen Wels held off the surging BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers to earn the 89-90 victory in overtime Saturday night. This was the second meeting in five days between the two teams, who split the games with each team winning on the road. Bruce Fields (197-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Gardner-Webb) led Wels in the win with 19 points and nine rebounds. Furstenfeld's Desmond Penigar (201-F-81, college: Utah St.) led all scorers with 27 points and 10 reounds.

Wels jumped out to an early 16-6 lead in the first quarter and was able to hold the Panthers at arm's length for much of the game, despite a few spurts where Furstenfeld was able to close the gap. They led by as much as 16, 62-46, mid-way through the third quarter, but the Panthers would not go down easy, using an 11-2 run to whittle the lead down to seven by the end of the third.

Wels was able to stretch their lead back to 10 early in the fourth quarter, but Furstenfeld hung around, and trailed by six, 76-70 with just under one minute to play. The Panthers then cut the lead to 73-76 when Shawn Ray (194-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: N.C.Central) made the first of two free throws, he missed the second, but Furstenfeld got the rebound and Ray quickly made another shot. There was some debate over whether the shot was a two or three-pointer, as the scoreboard in the arena read 76-76 with about 10 seconds to go, but the officials ruled it a two-point shot and reset the score to 76-75 Wels. Trenton Meacham (188-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Illinois) then hit two free throws with less than three seconds remaining to seemingly seal the victory, however the Panthers quickly inbounded the ball, and Anthony Shavies (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Missouri St.) hit a buzzer-beating three to send the game into OT.

The two teams battled closely in overtime, exchanging ties and lead changes. Furstenfeld held a three-point lead 88-85 with just under 90 seconds left to go, before Wels was able to get a two pointer from Rasheed Brokenborough (191-G-76, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Temple) and then a crucial three from Fields after a Furstenfeld miss, to take the lead 90-88. Shavies was able to hit one-of-two free throws to pull the Panthers within one, and Penigar grabbed the rebound on a Wels miss, but Shavies's last-second shot did not fall this time, and Wels hung on for the win.

In addition to Penigar, Shavies scored 16 points and handed out seven assists for the Panthers. Ray added 15 points and five rebounds and Shelton Colwell (202-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Missouri St.) chipped in 11 points. Jay Youngblood (195-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Kent St.) also dished out six assists to go along with nine points.

For Wels, Meachem, Tilo Klette (205-C/F-77) and Brokenborough scored 17 points each, and Brokenborough also nabbed four steals. Davor Lamesic (205-F-83, agency: Interperformances) grabbed 10 rebounds in addition to his nine points.

Despite the loss Furstenfeld remains three games ahead in the league standings due to Allianz Swans Gmunden's 77-75 loss to Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions. Wels currently remains in fourth place with four rounds left to play in the regular season.

Standings - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Group A
 1. Furstenfeld 24-4 
 2. Gmunden 21-7 
 3. Klosterneub. 20-7 
 4. Wels 20-8 
 5. Kapfenberg 15-12 
 6. Arkadia 15-13 
Group B
 1. St.Polten 15-13 
 2. Oberwart 14-14 
 3. Gussing 9-19 
 4. Vienna 7-21 
 5. Worthersee 4-24 
 6. UBSC Graz 3-25 

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Houston, Arkadia22.2 
 2. Mayes, Gmunden20.8 
 3. Francois, Gussing19.3 
 4. Mahalbasic, Worth.18.6 
 5. Paez, Oberwart18.5 
 6. Roderick, Arkadia18.5 
 7. Penigar, Furstenf.18.4 
 8. Nelson, Kapfenberg17.5 
 9. Nagler, Klostern.17.2 
 10. Dilys, Arkadia16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 9
 1. Johnson, Oberwart9.0 
 2. Mahalbasic, Worth.8.4 
 3. Houston, Arkadia8.2 
 4. Penigar, Furstenf.8.0 
 5. Conley, Wels7.8 
 6. McCandies, Worth.7.7 
 7. Forrestal, UBSC G.7.6 
 8. Heard, Gussing7.3 
 9. Moric, Klostern.6.9 
 10. Oppland, Gmunden6.6 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Boylan, Gmunden5.3 
 2. Schreiner, St.Po.5.0 
 3. Danek, Arkadia4.9 
 4. Woschank, Kapfe.4.6 
 5. Lanegger, UBSC G.4.2 
 6. Zeleznik, UBSC G.4.1 
 7. Creddle, Klostern.3.9 
 8. O''Neal, Vienna3.8 
 9. Richards, Gussing3.7 
 10. Conley, Wels3.2 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.2.2 
 2. Payton, Vienna2.1 
 3. Roderick, Arkadia2.1 
 4. O''Neal, Vienna2.0 
 5. Penigar, Furstenf.1.9 
 6. Boylan, Gmunden1.9 
 7. Zeleznik, UBSC G.1.8 
 8. Woschank, Kapfe.1.6 
 9. Richards, Gussing1.6 
 10. Jandl, St.Polten1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Shelton COLWELL
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Colwell, Furstenfeld1.4 
 2. Heard, Gussing1.2 
 3. Anderson, Vienna1.0 
 4. Mahalbasic, Worth.0.8 
 5. Roderick, Arkadia0.7 
 6. Bralovic, Arkadia0.7 
 7. Youngblood, Furstenf.0.6 
 8. Kohlmaier, St.Polten0.6 
 9. Francois, Gussing0.6 
 10. Levy, Oberwart0.6 


D1 Round: 25 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Antwerp - Leuven 74-57
Antwerp had an easy job against Leuven jumping to 11-12 in Belgian top division. Graham Brown (205-C-84, college: Michigan) was a key player in victory with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) followed with 14 pts and 5 boards. In the loosing squad (7-15), Parfait Bitee delivered 16 pts.

M.Hainaut - Verviers-Pep. 84-86
Valuable road win for Pepinster, who got 24 points and 10 rebounds from Anthony Hilliard (193-G/F-86, college: Elizabeth City). John Tofi (203-F/C-84, college: UTEP) and Darnell Wilson secured a nice help adding 16 and 12 points respectively. Kelvin Torbert shined in loss with 25 points and 6 boards. Pepinster 13-9, Dexia Mons-Hainaut 10-12.

Oostende - Gent 68-58
Oostende moved up to 13-10 after nice home win against Gent. Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) top-scored in Oostende with 14 points, while Stephane Pelle (204-C/F-80, college: Colorado) came up with double-double of 13 points and 15 rebounds. Trevor Huffman also scored 13 pts last night. In Gent (6-16), Kevin Melson collected 19 points and 6 boards.

Aalstar - Charleroi 85-73
10-12 for Aalstar and 14-8 for the second ranked Charleroi after this game. Brian Greene (204-F-81, college: Colorado St.) exploded with 27 points and 13 rebounds in victory, and Loren Stokes (190-G-83, college: Hofstra) added 26 pts. Visitors got 14 points from Dwayne Broyles.

Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Timothy BLACK
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Black, Antwerp17.7 
 2. Greene, Aalstar17.5 
 3. Melson, Gent15.8 
 4. McNeal, M.Hainaut15.3 
 5. Green, Liege15.3 
 6. Wilson, Verviers-Pep.15.1 
 7. Lojeski, Oostende15.0 
 8. Hilliard, Verviers.15.0 
 9. Banks, Liege14.9 
 10. Torbert, M.Hainaut14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Thomas, Liege9.1 
 2. Randle, Gent7.9 
 3. Ebong, M.Hainaut7.9 
 4. Young, Leuven7.9 
 5. Brown, Antwerp7.1 
 6. Hilliard, Verviers.7.0 
 7. Merriex, Aalstar7.0 
 8. Pelle, Oostende6.9 
 9. Greene, Aalstar6.1 
 10. Riddick, Charleroi5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Eddie GILL
  Avg: 5
 1. Gill, Oostende5.0 
 2. Burrell, Verviers.5.0 
 3. Loubry, Gent4.2 
 4. Green, Liege4.0 
 5. Bosco, Gent3.9 
 6. Johnson, Charleroi3.7 
 7. Hamilton, Charleroi3.2 
 8. Tabu, Charleroi3.0 
 9. Black, Antwerp2.6 
 10. Moors, Antwerp2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Eddie GILL
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Gill, Oostende2.5 
 2. Hopkins, Antwerp2.4 
 3. Stokes, Aalstar2.3 
 4. Thomas, Liege2.2 
 5. Black, Antwerp2.1 
 6. Greene, Aalstar2.0 
 7. Green, Liege2.0 
 8. Wilson, Verviers-Pep.1.9 
 9. Anderson, Leuven1.9 
 10. Bosco, Gent1.8 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Riddick, Charleroi1.3 
 2. Wilkinson, Charleroi1.2 
 3. Pelle, Oostende1.1 
 4. Wilson, Verviers-Pep.1.0 
 5. Barber, Aalstar0.7 
 6. Randle, Gent0.7 
 7. Tofi, Verviers-Pep.0.6 
 8. Costner, M.Hainaut0.6 
 9. McNeal, M.Hainaut0.6 
 10. Enobakhare, Ooste.0.6 


Saskatchewan claim first ever CIS title - by Eurobasket News
Saskatchewan - UBC 86:82

Saskatchewan created a loud sensation as they clinched the first CIS National Championship title. The fifth-ranked Huskies made it to the first-ever semifinal yesterday but never stopped and knocked down UBC in the championship game tonight. Michael Linklater (180-G) notched 25 points to lead the Huskies to a narrow win at the end.
UBC started the game strongly taking an 8:3 lead. However the Huskies quickly denied the deficit and the teams stayed close throughout the frame. Michael Linklater gave Saskatchewan a 25:24 lead at the first break. Saskatchewan opened the second period with four points in a row to clear off. But the Thunderbirds relied on buckets from Hobin Cole and Michael Kenny to stay contestant. Michael Linklater drained a pair of triples late in the frame to give the Huskies a 46:37 halftime advantage.
Clint Unsworth opened a double-digit lead for Saskatchewan midway through the third stanza 57:47. Michael Linklater and Michael Lieffers (203-F) widened the margin to 15 points before UBC reacted. Cole Hobin and Elliot Thompson (191-G-89) dragged the Thunderbirds within 10 late in the third quarter. UBC tipped off the final term with a 12:3 run to cut the margin. Elliot Thompson and Kyle Smendziuk dragged the Thunderbirds within one with under two minutes to go. However Michael Lieffers and Michael Linklater came up with timely five points to silence UBC fans.
Showron Glover (180-G) scored 18 points and issued 7 assists for Saskatchewan. Michael Lieffers and Troy Gottselig (203-G-87) notched 13 points each for the winners. Elliot Thompson replied with 23 points for UBC. Kevin McCleery (203-F) chipped in 20 points in defeat.

Saskatchewan: Michael Linklater 25, Showron Glover 18, Michael Lieffers 13, Troy Gottselig 13
UBC: Elliot Thompson 23, Kevin McCleery 20

UBC to face Saskatchewan in CIS Final - by Eurobasket News
The third-ranked University of British Columbia advanced into their second consecutive CIS Final. The Thunderbirds prevailed against the Calgary Dinos 77:63 in the opening semifinal yesterday. UBC will try to improve on their last year's result when they surrendered against Carleton 77:87. The rematch however would not be possible as Carleton sensationally lost to Saskatchewan in another semifinal clash.
The Dinos quickly opened the game and led by 6 points late in the period. Josh Whyte (191-G-87) cut the deficit at 13:16 with ten minutes into the game. UBC erased the distance in the second frame and surged ahead for a 34:28 lead at halftime. Josh Whyte ensured a 10-point lead for the Thunderbirds in the third frame 42:32. Calgary however went on an 8:0 run late in the quarter to trail by just 6 points. Calgary trimmed the deficit at 4 points before conceding twelve straight points watching UBC run away for good. Josh Whyte knocked down 16 points to lead UBC. Kamar Burke (196-G-86) added 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Jarred Ogungbemi (175-G-91) responded with 16 points for Calgary. Ross Bekkering tallied 13 points in defeat.
Saskatchewan came up with the loudest sensation as they shocked the top-ranked defending champions Carleton 86:82 in the second semifinal. The Huskies thus entered their first-ever CIS championship game. Michael Linklater (180-G) exploded with 25 points to lead the effort. The teams stayed close throughout the first frame but a three-point shooting helped the Huskies earn a narrow 25:24 lead. Michael Linklater fired two triples late in the second quarter giving Saskatchewan a 46:37 halftime lead. Saskatchewan remained hot-shooting in the third stanza as they held off Carleton for a 69:57 lead heading into the fourth stanza. The Ravens however were not about to give that easily. They went on a 9:0 run capped by a three-pointer from Kevin McCleery (203-F) to narrow the gap at 3 points 69:72. Soon Carleton got within one 77:78 with under two minutes to go. Lieffers and Michael Linklater exploded with timely five points for the Huskies and Saskatchewan pulled away in this one. Showron Glover (180-G) delivered 18 points for the winners. Troy Gottselig and Michael Lieffers netted 13 points each for the Huskies. Elliot Thompson (191-G-89) responded with 23 points and 9 caroms for the Ravens. Kevin McCleery notched 20 points and 8 boards in defeat.


CBA All-star Game - by Robert Wang
CBA all-star game of season 2009-2010 was on last night in Bei Jing. Northern team beat Southern team at 133:121. Zhang Qing Peng from Liao Ning team scored 29 points with 7 3-points. Stephon Marbury received 30 points, 10 assists, 6 3-points and 3 steals. Yang Ming got 6 points, Li Xiao Xu got 11 points, Ba ter got 2 points. From South team, rodney White lead the team with 32 points and 9 boards. John Lucas got 30 points, 6 3-points and 6 rebounds. Wang Zhi Zhi got 12 points and Yi Li got 4 points. Liu Wei got 11 points and Gong Song Lin got 16 points. The headcoach from north team is Jiang Xing Quan and assist coach is Guo Shi Qiang, but the whole game was coached by Guo. Headcoach from South team is Li Chun Jiang and assist coach is Wang Fei. North team recieved the score at each quator is 28points, 29points, 33points, 43 points and south team got at 31points, 27points, 28points, 35points.


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Bizaca, Trogir25.3 
 2. Vragovic, Dubrava21.1 
 3. Spahija, Svjetlost19.4 
 4. Filipovic, Sibenik16.5 
 5. Mrva, Borik16.5 
 6. Bilan, Sibenik16.0 
 7. Krolo, Darda15.6 
 8. Sakic, Dubrava14.7 
 9. Ivanov, Borik14.3 
 10. Maric, Dubrava14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Spahija, Svjetlost10.5 
 2. Bilan, Sibenik10.4 
 3. Bizaca, Trogir7.9 
 4. Vukicevic, Svjetlost7.2 
 5. Sakic, Dubrava7.1 
 6. Rahimic, Sibenik7.0 
 7. Krapic, Zabok7.0 
 8. Krolo, Darda6.8 
 9. Macura, KK Split6.8 
 10. Maric, Dubrava6.7 
Assists Per Game
  Siroki Eronet
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Petkovic, Sibenik6.1 
 2. Sumic, KK Split4.4 
 3. Cosic, Svjetlost4.1 
 4. Tomeljak, Zabok4.1 
 5. Camagajevac, Darda3.6 
 6. Norac, Svjetlost3.6 
 7. Blajic, Trogir3.4 
 8. Radic, Dubrovnik3.2 
 9. Bosnjak, Dubrava3.2 
 10. Bubalo, Sibenik3.0 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Bosnjak, Dubrava2.5 
 2. Sumic, KK Split2.5 
 3. Norac, Svjetlost2.4 
 4. Petkovic, Sibenik2.3 
 5. Blajic, Trogir1.9 
 6. Tomeljak, Zabok1.9 
 7. Cosic, Svjetlost1.9 
 8. Katic, KK Split1.7 
 9. Bizaca, Trogir1.7 
 10. Kruslin, Dubrovnik1.7 
Blocks Per Game
  KK Split
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Macura, KK Split1.6 
 2. Bilan, Sibenik1.1 
 3. Sobin, KK Split1.1 
 4. Bizaca, Trogir0.9 
 5. Vladovic, Sibenik0.8 
 6. Kamaldin, Darda0.7 
 7. Culjak, Dubrava0.7 
 8. Krolo, Darda0.7 
 9. Ridl, Darda0.6 
 10. Karac, Dubrovnik0.5 


Lonnie Cooper beats Dragan - Keravnos advanced to the semis! - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Keravnos beat Apollon and has advanced to the semi-finals.

It was a good game with the two coaches switching defenses constantly during the game in an effort to win the 'bench battle'.

As a matter of fact when Memos Ioannou was playing zone defense, Dragan Raca was switching to man-to-man. The opposite also happened, when Dragan was switching to zone Memos preferred to play man-to-man.

Keravnos was better at the 1st quarter (25-20) but Apollon got well in the game in early second quarter and managed, mainly due to his good outside shooting, to get ahead to the score at some point, by 25-30. The 1st half closed 41-41. Garcia was good during the 1st half.

During the 2nd half there was only one team in the court. Keravnos was a lot improved and actually played one of its best games this year.

Apollon and Dragan Raca could not in any way stop Lonnie Cooper. He and Bryant Smith, were in a very good night so Keravnos has managed to create a steady difference of 10 points and kept it until the end.

Keravnos was led one more time by Lonnie Cooper's great game. It was not so much the points, but from position 1, Lonnie kept the ball well, run the team, run the drills, served points to his teammates and of course added his own points. Smith added 26 points.

Apollon was led by Giosipovicss 15 points. Shianon had also 15 and Lepojevic and Mathious had 12.

Keravnos will battle against Ael for a place in the final.

Game 1 will take place on Tuesday in Limasson and Game 2 next Friday at Strovolos.

Quarters: 25-20, 41-41, 62-57, 84-75.

Keravnos (M.Ioannou): Soubotic 2, Hart 6, Pilavas 2, Trisokkas 8, Smith 26 (2), Davis 5 (1), Kieza, Cooper 18 (3), Damianovic 2, Garcia 15.

Apollon (D.Raca): Lepojevic 12 (3), Giosipovic 15 (2), Migiatovic, Slivatsanin 9 (1), Mathious 12 (1), Friend 5, Mbanef, Sianon 15 (1), Engliski 7 (1).


Nymburk edge Novy Jicin for Czech Cup title - by Eurobasket News
Nymburk - Novy Jicin 66:48

Nymburk recorded a comfortable victory over Novy Jicin in the Czech Cup Final. Novy Jicin looked ambitious early in the encounter. They grabbed a 6:0 lead before Nymburk reacted. Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) ignited a comeback rally that put Nymburk in charge. They earned an 18:12 lead at the first break. Robert Sarovic (205-F-78) helped Novy Jicin denied the deficit in the second frame. However Arthur Lee capped the half with a long jumper to ensure a 32:31 lead for Nymburk.
The game got much more aggressive in the third frame however too many mistakes plagued both sides. Nymburk maintained a narrow margin and entered the fourth stanza ahead by 4 points 45:41. Ron Lewis (193-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Ohio St.) helped Nymburk stretch the margin to double digits midway through the fourth period. They took over in the game and did not allow Novy Jicin to get any closer in the reminder of the contest. Radek Necas (204-F-80) nailed 13 points to lead the effort. Ron Lewis contributed 12 points, while Petr Benda finished with 10. Robert Sarovic knocked down game-high 19 points to lead Novy Jicin. Corey Muirhead (198-F-83, college: W.Carolina) netted 9 points in defeat.

Nymburk: Radek Necas 13, Ron Lewis 12, Petr Benda 10
Novy Jicin: Robert Sarovic 19, Corey Muirhead 9


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Mychal KEARSE
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Kearse, SISU23.4 
 2. Johnson, Bakken23.3 
 3. Smith, Svendborg23.1 
 4. Morris, Aabyhoj21.3 
 5. Nielsen, Randers20.4 
 6. Cavanuagh, Aalborg20.0 
 7. Dennis, Naestved19.0 
 8. Claitt, Horsens IC18.7 
 9. Vance, Aalborg18.6 
 10. Seilund, Amager BK18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Christoffers., Bak.10.3 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj9.7 
 3. Willis, Randers9.3 
 4. Miskovic, Randers9.3 
 5. Vance, Aalborg9.0 
 6. Iversen, Svendborg8.5 
 7. Johansen, Naestved8.4 
 8. Johnson, Bakken8.1 
 9. Cavanuagh, Aalborg7.7 
 10. Johnson, Horsens IC7.4 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Smedley, Randers6.5 
 2. Bradley, Amager BK5.3 
 3. Rinkevicius, SISU5.1 
 4. Nielsen, Horsholm4.7 
 5. Claitt, Horsens IC4.5 
 6. Darboe, Horsholm4.4 
 7. Jakobsen, Bakken4.4 
 8. Thuesen, Bakken3.9 
 9. Christensen, Amager B.3.8 
 10. Smith, Svendborg3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Avg: 3
 1. Smith, Svendborg3.0 
 2. Kearse, SISU2.1 
 3. Proctor, Bakken1.9 
 4. Fall, Horsens IC1.8 
 5. Dennis, Naestved1.7 
 6. Iversen, Svendborg1.6 
 7. Houguet, Aalborg1.6 
 8. Morris, Aabyhoj1.6 
 9. Nielsen, Horsholm1.6 
 10. Nielsen, Randers1.6 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Christoffers., Bak.2.5 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj2.1 
 3. Johnson, Bakken1.7 
 4. Willis, Randers1.6 
 5. Cavanuagh, Aalborg1.3 
 6. Miskovic, Randers1.3 
 7. Seilund, Amager BK1.1 
 8. Vance, Aalborg1.1 
 9. Guyton, Aabyhoj1.0 
 10. Kalvelis, SISU0.9 

Basketligaen: Bakken Bears beat Horsens, advance to Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Bakken - Horsens IC 80-64
Bakken Bears outplayed Horsens IC last night in third crucial game of the Play-off Quarterfinals. Torre Johnson (198-F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) stepped up for the winners with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Darryl Proctor (193-F-86, college: UMBC) added 11 pts and 6 boards. In the loosing squad, Rickey Claitt (188-G-81, college: Oregon St.) delivered 22 pts. Bakken Bears will meet Aabyhoj in the Semis.


D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 35-11 
 2. Sioux Falls S. 27-17 
 3. Dakota W. 25-19 
 4. Erie Bay H. 18-27 
 5. Ft.Wayne MA 16-27 
Southwest Division
 1. Rio Grande 31-13 
 2. Maine R.Claws 27-17 
 3. Austin T. 26-16 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 24-20 
 5. Albuquerque 18-28 
West Division
 1. Utah F. 23-20 
 2. Idaho S. 22-22 
 3. Reno Bighorns 20-21 
 4. Bakersfield J. 16-28 
 5. Los Angeles D. 13-27 
 6. Springfield A. 7-36 

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  San Antonio S.
  Avg: 29.1
 1. Hairston, Austin T.29.1 
 2. Harris, Rio Grande27.1 
 3. Almond, Springfi.26.8 
 4. Williams, Sioux F.26.4 
 5. Farmer, Reno B.23.5 
 6. Johnson, Sioux F.22.9 
 7. Powell, Albuquerque22.2 
 8. Taylor, Idaho S.21.8 
 9. McLeod, Albuquer.21.7 
 10. Gee, Austin T.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Austin T.
  Avg: 16
 1. Jones, Austin T.16.0 
 2. Dorsey, Rio Grande13.2 
 3. Butch, Bakersfi.11.6 
 4. Tolliver, Idaho S.11.4 
 5. Johnson, Sioux F.11.3 
 6. Harris, Rio Grande10.4 
 7. Barron, Iowa E.10.0 
 8. Bryant, Erie Bay H.9.9 
 9. Kurz, Ft.Wayne MA9.8 
 10. Reiner, Ft.Wayne.9.7 
Assists Per Game
  Iowa E.
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.10.9 
 2. Conroy, Rio Grande10.1 
 3. Jackson, Erie B.7.4 
 4. Blalock, Reno B.7.4 
 5. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers7.2 
 6. Dickau, Ft.Wayne.7.1 
 7. Barrett, Idaho S.7.1 
 8. Curry, Springfield A.7.1 
 9. Gaines, Idaho S.6.9 
 10. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.6.2 
Steals Per Game
  Utah F.
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Greene, Utah F.2.7 
 2. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers2.3 
 3. Gaines, Idaho S.2.3 
 4. Trepagnier, Iowa E.2.2 
 5. Robinson, Maine RC2.1 
 6. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 7. Stinson, Iowa E.2.1 
 8. Robinson, Reno B.2.0 
 9. McLeod, Albuquer.1.9 
 10. Jeffers, Iowa E.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
  Sioux Falls S.
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Stiemsma, Sioux F.3.6 
 2. Looby, Albuquerque3.3 
 3. Ajinca, Maine RC3.1 
 4. Simmons, Idaho S.2.9 
 5. Benson, Reno B.2.0 
 6. Jones, Austin T.1.8 
 7. Daniels, Bakersfi.1.7 
 8. Trybanski, Reno B.1.6 
 9. Dorsey, Rio Grande1.5 
 10. Bryant, Erie Bay H.1.5 

Sunday's games - by Eurobasket News
Austin T. - Bakersfield J. 118-113
Trey Johnson (6'5''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Jackson St.) scored 25 points and Brian Butch added 21 and 16 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Austin Toros snapped the Bakersfield Jam's six-game winning streal with a 118-113 win in overtime Saturday night at the Jam Events Center. The Jam led 34-19 at the end of the first quarter, but the Toros turned things around in a hurry, outscoring Bakersfield 37-19 in the next 12 minutes to lead 46-43 at the half. The teams played an even second half before Austin outscored the Jam 14-9 in overtime to secure the win. Bakersfield trailed 115-113 when Johnson scored inside with 49 second left in the overtime, but the Jam missed its last four shots and the Toros sank 4-of-6 from the free line to secure the win. The Jam led 104-100 with 1:32 to play in regulation, but a 3-pointer by Carldell Johnson and a free throw by Curtis Jerrells tied the game with 43 second to play. Jerrells finished with a game-high 33 points and 10 assists, making 13-of-23 from the field. Michael Joiner scored nine of his 13 points on 3-for-3 shooting from behind the arc in the extra frame. Fellow reserve David McClure grabbed a key offensive rebound on a missed free throw by Lewis Clinch with nine seconds remaining. Six Bakersfield players scored in double figures. Reece Gaines (6'6''-G-81, college: Louisville) had 19 points and Jeremy Wise 16, while Alade Aminu and John Edwards added 10 apiece. Aminu also contributed 10 rebounds before fouling out in overtime. *Courtesy of

Rio Grande - Reno Bighorns 127-113
Three Rio Grande Valley players tallied double-doubles and Michael Harris (6'6''-F-83, college: Rice) scored a game high 36 points as the Vipers ran past the Reno Bighorns 127-113 Saturday night at the Reno Events Center. The Vipers (31-13) with the win earned a split in their weekend road series with Reno (21-22). The Vipers win the overall season series from the Bighorns 3-1. Michael Harris scored 36 points and added 17 rebounds to his stat line earning his team leading 19th double-double to lead the Rio Grande Valley effort. Will Conroy (6'2''-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) struggled with his shot on Saturday but still earned his 14th double- double of the season scoring 12 points with a team high 10 assists. Julian Sensley added a double-double as well, his second of the season scoring 19 points with 10 rebounds. Taylor scored 21 on the second game of his re-assignment to RGV from the Houston Rockets. Rod Benson earned his 18th double-double of the season by scoring 21 points 14 rebounds while blocking seven shots to lead the charge for Reno. DJ Strawberry scored 15 points with a game high 11 assists. Former Viper Desmon Farmer scored 19 as the Bighorns drop to two full games behind the Utah Flash for the final playoff spot in the D- League. *Courtesy of

Dakota W. - Erie Bay H. 101-100
Curtis Withers (6'8''-F-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Charlotte) ' layup at the buzzer gave the Dakota Wizards a 101-100 victory over the Erie BayHawks on Saturday night in front a franchise-best crowd of 5,284 fans at the Tullio Arena. Renaldo Major (6'7''-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Fresno St.) led Dakota with 17 points and Marcus Dove added 16 as every player on the roster scored for the visitors. Erie was led by Darnell Jackson's 32 points and 11 rebounds. Cedric Jackson added 22 points and Michael Sweetney dropped in 20 for Erie as they dropped to 18-27. *Courtesy of

Sioux Falls S. - Iowa E. 83-110
Center Earl Barron (7'0''-C-81, college: Memphis) scored 37 points and hauled in 17 rebounds as the Iowa Energy swept the weekend series over Sioux Falls with a 110-83 victory Saturday in Des Moines. The win pushes the Energy's record to a D-League best 35-11 and leaves the team one win short of tying the all-time league record for wins in a season with four games remaining. Barron helped fuel Iowa to an early 30-22 lead as he had 18 points and 9 rebounds in the opening frame. The Energy extended the lead to 54-41 at halftime. Sioux Falls cut the lead to seven early in the 3rd quarter but the Energy stretched their lead back to 12 at the end of the quarter. The Energy opened the 4th quarter on an 11-2 run to put the game away for the home team. Curtis Stinson added 14 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists for Iowa, who moved to 3 games ahead of Rio Grande Valley in the race for the #1 seed in the D-League playoffs. Alexander Johnson (6'10''-F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida St.) led Sioux Falls with 30 points and 13 rebounds while David Bailey scored 20 points in the loss. The loss drops Sioux Falls to 27-18 on the season. *Courtesy of

Tulsa 66ers - Idaho S. 95-110
The Stampede swept the Tulsa 66ers in a two game home series after defeating them 110-95 Saturday night in Boise. The Stampede took the lead early on and were up by eight with three minutes into the first quarter. Tulsa then came back with only three minutes tie the game 18-18. By the end of the period both teams were tied at 25. With less then a minute and a half left in the first half, Coby Karl (6'5''-G-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Boise St.) made a steal from Wink Adams and passed it to Donell Taylor (6'6''-G-82, college: UAB) who made a two from the field. The Stampede ended the first half up 52-50 and never looked back. 'I thought we came out and took control of the game early,' said Idaho Stampede Head Coach Bob MacKinnon. 'The defense was as solid as I have seen it all year.' Two minutes into the third quarter Lance Allred scored six back to back points, giving the Stampede a two point lead over Tulsa. Allred continued to pound at the 66ers, finishing the third quarter with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Going into the fourth the Stampede sat comfortably with an eight point lead. The Stampede finished the game with four players in double-figures and two double-doubles, starting with Taylor's game high of 30 points and Andre Barrett with 15 points. Grabbing double- doubles were Allred earning his 11th this season with 23 points and 13 rebounds, and Joe Dabbert with 17 points and 12 rebounds. *Courtesy of

Cleveland Cavaliers recall forward Darnell Jackson from D-League - by Eurobasket News
The Cavaliers today recalled forward Darnell Jackson (6'8''-F-85, college: Kansas) from the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League.

Earlier in the day the Cavs announced that center Shaquille O'Neal would not be available for tonight's game in Toronto after suffering a sprained right thumb in Thursday's game at Boston. The Cavs are hoping Jackson can get to Toronto in time for tonight's game at 7.

Jackson and Danny Green were assigned to Erie on Wednesday and played in the BayHawks' 114-108 victory over the Dakota Wizards on Thursday. Jackson led Erie with 34 points on 14-22 shooting. He had 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals and 1 blocked shot in 42 minutes.

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1.DIVISION: The home court advantage - by Rauno Hurmalainen
1.Division, semifinals, Game 2: The home court advantage means a lot in basketball. Korikobrat (Lapua) had beaten BC Nokia last Friday at home by 19 pts, but tonight Lapua lost at Nokia by five 83-78 (41-43). Canadian C Jeremy McCulloch (212-C-82, college: E.Washington) led Nokia with 25 pts and nine rbs. Henri Hirvikoski (190-G/F-86) added 22 and Timo Riihela (193-G-80) 20 pts. Kyle Swanston (201-F, college: JMU) (Lapua) scored game high 34 pts. Pierre Jallow (203-F/C-79, college: William Jewell) had a double-double 18 pts and 11 rbs. The wins are now 1-1.
Tarmo (Porvoo) defeated BC Jyvaskyla last Friday by six, but tonight BC JKL won over Tarmo by one 80-79 (45-52). BC JKL had all starters in double digits. Tuukka Ahila (183-G-86) scored on Friday three points, but tonight 15 pts. Aubrey Conerly (183-G-83, college: Jacksonville) (Tarmo) netted game high 28 pts. The wins now also 1-1. Game (s) # 3 on Tuesday, March 23.

BC Nokia - Lapua 83-78 (41-43) (Jeremy McCulloch 25/9, Henri Hirvikoski 22, Timo Riihela 20/7a - Kyle Swanston 34, Pierre Jallow 18/11, Rob Haynes 16).
BC Jyvaskyla - Tarmo 80-79 (45-52) (Tuukka Ahila 15, Niko Malinen 15, Mike King 13 - Aubrey Conerly 28, Beau Muhlbach 18, Esa Maki-Tulokas 13).

1st Division Round: 2 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
BC Nokia - Lapua 83-78
BC Nokia prevailed against Lapua to draw things level in the semifinal series. Jeremy McCulloch (212-C-82, college: E.Washington) scored 25 points, grabbed 9 boards and issued 6 assists to lead Nokia. Henri Hirvikoski had 22 points for the winners. Kyle Swanston responded with 34 points and 6 boards for Lapua.

Jyvaskyla - Tarmo 80-79
Jyvaskyla survived a tough challenge and escaped with a narrow home win over Tarmo in the second game of the semifinal series. Niko Malinen (191-G-90) and Tuukka Ahila scored 15 points each to lead Jyvaskyla. Antti Siimes (197-F-82) and Mike King contributed 13 points each in the victory. Aubrey Conerly replied with game-high 28 points and 6 steals for Tarmo.

Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Swanston, Lapua22.6 
 2. Haynes, Lapua21.9 
 3. Coleman, LoKoKo21.0 
 4. Jallow, Uusimaa20.7 
 5. Conerly, Tarmo20.3 
 6. Leggett, Huima20.3 
 7. Riihela, BC Nokia20.0 
 8. Stamper, Uusimaa19.3 
 9. Pichon, LoKoKo18.6 
 10. Sampay, Huima17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Coleman, LoKoKo13.5 
 2. Towa, Kerava ET13.5 
 3. Nash, Lapua12.5 
 4. Sampay, Huima12.5 
 5. Jallow, Uusimaa11.7 
 6. Leggett, Huima11.2 
 7. Douglas, Ura Basket10.9 
 8. Pichon, LoKoKo10.6 
 9. Stamper, Uusimaa10.4 
 10. McCulloch, BC No.9.6 
Assists Per Game
  Ura Basket
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Ramey, LoKoKo4.8 
 2. Nikitin, Honka4.0 
 3. Conerly, Tarmo3.4 
 4. Riihela, BC Nokia3.2 
 5. Coleman, LoKoKo3.0 
 6. Pekkola, Namika II2.6 
 7. Ahila, Jyvaskyla2.6 
 8. Rokala, Ura Basket2.5 
 9. Little, Wartti2.3 
 10. Hanninen, Wartti2.3 
Steals Per Game
  Namika Lahti
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Pekkola, Namika II3.2 
 2. Nash, Lapua2.8 
 3. Stamper, Uusimaa2.5 
 4. Conerly, Tarmo2.5 
 5. Rokala, Ura Basket2.3 
 6. Korhonen, Kerava ET2.0 
 7. Little, Wartti1.9 
 8. King, Jyvaskyla1.9 
 9. Hanninen, Wartti1.9 
 10. Still, Tarmo1.7 
Blocks Per Game
  Namika II
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Johansson, Namika I.0.9 
 2. Graham, Tarmo0.8 
 3. Hassinen, Wartti0.7 
 4. Raami, Honka0.7 
 5. Koskinen, Namika I.0.6 
 6. Kopio, Honka0.5 
 7. Little, Wartti0.5 
 8. Ranta, Huima0.5 
 9. Sirola, Honka0.5 
 10. Egwuatu, Kerava ET0.5 


Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Reims 19-8 
 2. Denain 19-8 
 3. Le Puy 18-9 
 4. Challans 17-10 
 5. Boulogne 16-11 
 6. Chalons 16-11 
 7. Angers BC 49 16-11 
 8. Blois 15-12 
 9. Denek 15-12 
 10. St Etienne 14-12 
 11. St Quentin 13-13 
 12. Get Vosges 13-14 
 13. Angers EOSL 13-14 
 14. Lievin 13-14 
 15. St Chamond 11-16 
 16. Cognac 9-18 
 17. Longwy 3-24 
 18. CFBB 2-25 

Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Siggers, Lille18.3 
 2. Davis, Charleville18.2 
 3. Dunn, Maurienne16.9 
 4. Mohammed, Limoges16.8 
 5. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.16.5 
 6. Ingram, Clermont16.4 
 7. McKenzie, St Va.16.3 
 8. Gay, Fos Ouest16.1 
 9. Huertas, Fos Ouest16.1 
 10. Coleman, Bourg16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luc-Arthur VEBOBE
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Vebobe, Antibes10.5 
 2. Giles, Nantes9.7 
 3. Lovedale, Quimper8.3 
 4. Bing, Clermont8.3 
 5. McClark, Bourg8.0 
 6. McKenzie, St Va.7.9 
 7. Calasan, Charleville7.5 
 8. Melicie, Brest7.5 
 9. Mathis, Evreux7.4 
 10. Badiane, Maurienne7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Da Silva, Evreux8.1 
 2. Taylor, Le Portel6.7 
 3. Downey, Nantes6.6 
 4. Kerckhof, Antibes6.2 
 5. Mullins, Bourg6.0 
 6. McIntosh, St Va.5.8 
 7. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.8 
 8. Cisse, Fos Ouest5.2 
 9. Ingram, Clermont5.0 
 10. Craven, Boulazac4.8 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 3
 1. Driss, Bordeaux3.0 
 2. Riley, Nanterre2.8 
 3. Craven, Boulazac2.8 
 4. Siggers, Lille2.2 
 5. Denave, St Vallier2.2 
 6. Mullins, Bourg2.2 
 7. Dunn, Maurienne2.2 
 8. Periac, Bordeaux2.2 
 9. McKenzie, St Va.2.1 
 10. Da Silva, Evreux2.0 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Williams, Bordeaux1.9 
 2. Ford, Limoges1.8 
 3. Gay, Fos Ouest1.7 
 4. Badiane, Maurienne1.6 
 5. Owona, Bordeaux1.4 
 6. Badiane, Nanterre1.1 
 7. N''Diaye, Le Portel1.0 
 8. Gouez, Lille1.0 
 9. Bauer, Pau-Lacq.0.9 
 10. Taccoen, Lille0.9 

ProB Round: 26 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Evreux - Pau-Lacq-Ort. 72-86
Evreux crushed the top-rankled Pau-Lacq-Orthez handing them fourth loss of the season. Michael Doles (198-F-82, college: Va Commonwealth) led the winners with 18 points. Teddy Gipson (193-G/F-80, college: Arkansas) replied with 20 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Evreux jumped to 16-10, while Pau-Lacq-Orthez despite this defeat stays No.1 in the league.

Brest - Limoges 91-99
Limoges handed 91-99 loss to Brest remaining the second ranked team in the league with 18-8 score. Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Louisville) shined in the winning squad with 30 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The hosts got 25 pts and 7 assists from Gregory Grays (185-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Detroit Mercy).

Bordeaux - Lille 60-62
Lille had Frederic N'Kembe (192-G-75) in a game mood with 15 points. Djordje Petrovic (202-F-84) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in this victory. Antonio Grant and answered with 11 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.

St Vallier - Nanterre 77-84
Nanterre was better than St Vallier on the road for 16-10 score in ProB. Mykal Riley (198-F-85, college: Alabama) shined for the winning squad with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. The hosts got 23 points and 12 rebs from Amadi McKenzie (201-F-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm).

Bourg - Boulazac 94-77
17-9 for Bourg and 12-14 for Boulazac after this game. The hosts got 19 points and 7 rebounds from Daniel Coleman (206-F-85, college: Minnesota), and also 19 pts from Thomas Dubiez (195-G-80). Terrance Johnson and Erick Craven shined in loss with 21 and 20 points respectively.

Quimper - Le Portel 64-59
Quimper joined group of the teams with 8-18 record. Marius Runkauskas (189-G-86) led the winners with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Nigel Wyatte (204-F/C-81, agency: Court Side, college: Wagner) responded with 13 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Fos Ouest - Clermont 93-92
Fos Ouest grabbed thriller win against Clermont improving its score to 10-16. Shaun Fein (191-G-78, college: Georgia Tech) was a key player in this victory with 24 points. Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: Richmond) answered with 20 points in defeat.

Nantes - Charleville 91-74
Nantes jumped to 11-15 mostly owing to Taron Downey (186-G-83, college: Wake Forest), who scored 19 points and handed out 11 assists. Mehdi Labeyrie (204-F-78) also shined last night adding 19 points and 9 rebs. In defeat, Chris Davis collected 23 points and 7 rebs.

Antibes - Maurienne 72-77
Maurienne celebrated 72-77 road win against Antibes getting 17 points from Eric Joldersma (197-F/G-77, college: Bethel (MN)). Chris Dunn (191-G-83, college: W.Virginia St.) followed him with two points less. In Antibes, Darnell Harris delivered 15 points. Maurienne 17-9, Antibes 10-16.


D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
Places 1-6
 1. V.Osiguruvanje 23-3 
 2. Feni Indistrija 22-4 
 3. Torus 15-11 
 4. Rabotnicki 10-14 
 5. Ovce Pole 10-15 
 6. Pelister 8-17 
Places 7-9
 1. Plejmejker K. 8-13 
 2. MZT Skopje 7-14 
 3. Vardar 2000 5-17 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
  ETB Wohnbau
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Kepkay, ETB W.22.6 
 2. Holloway, Hannover22.1 
 3. Hodges, Heidelberg20.6 
 4. Roessler, Karlsruhe19.7 
 5. Jeka, Cuxhaven19.5 
 6. Burleson, Heidelberg19.3 
 7. Dorris, Cuxhaven18.7 
 8. Baxley, Braves18.2 
 9. Wachalski, Osnab.17.6 
 10. Brooks, Kirchheim17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alonzo HIRD
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Hird, Langen10.9 
 2. Smallwood, Braves9.5 
 3. Baker, Osnabrueck9.5 
 4. Richardson, Karls.9.0 
 5. Black, Karlsruhe8.9 
 6. Rastatter, Chemn.8.5 
 7. Maras, B.Muenchen8.5 
 8. Chones, ETB W.7.9 
 9. Ferguson, Noerdlin.7.6 
 10. Jackson-W., Jena7.5 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Holcomb-Faye, Bra.8.4 
 2. Jeka, Cuxhaven5.8 
 3. Bynum, Crailsheim5.5 
 4. Watson, Noerdlin.5.2 
 5. Holloway, Hannover5.0 
 6. Kepkay, ETB W.4.8 
 7. Burleson, Heidelberg4.8 
 8. Harrelson, Osnab.4.5 
 9. Brooks, Kirchheim4.2 
 10. Freymond, Kirch.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric BROOKS
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Brooks, Kirchheim2.4 
 2. Holloway, Hannover2.4 
 3. Dorris, Cuxhaven2.3 
 4. Zazai, Freiburg2.1 
 5. Burleson, Heidelberg2.1 
 6. Hunter, Freiburg2.0 
 7. Scott, Kirchheim1.9 
 8. Jeka, Cuxhaven1.8 
 9. Hodges, Heidelberg1.8 
 10. Grimaldi, Karlsruhe1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony SLACK
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Slack, Hannover2.2 
 2. De Michael, Kirchheim1.8 
 3. Hill, Jena1.6 
 4. Schoo, Hannover1.5 
 5. Maras, B.Muenchen1.4 
 6. Fuller, Cuxhaven1.2 
 7. Shabazz, Jena1.0 
 8. Seward, Bayreuth1.0 
 9. Tarver, Braves1.0 
 10. Buse, Osnabrueck1.0 

Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. ALBA 21-7 
 2. EWE Baskets 20-6 
 3. Goettingen 19-7 
 4. Telekom B. 19-9 
 5. Dt.Bank SKY 18-10 
 6. Bremerhaven 17-11 
 7. Brose Baskets 17-11 
 8. NY Phantoms 16-12 
 9. EnBW L'burg 15-12 
 10. Art.Dragons 15-13 
 11. MBC 14-14 
 12. Walter Tigers 13-15 
 13. ratiopharm 10-18 
 14. LTi 46ers 8-20 
 15. TBB Trier 8-20 
 16. Phoenix Hagen 7-20 
 17. Duesseldorf 7-21 
 18. Pad.Baskets 5-23 

Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Bayreuth 21-4 
 2. Cuxhaven 19-6 
 3. Braves 17-8 
 4. Karlsruhe 16-9 
 5. Kirchheim 15-10 
 6. Chemnitz 13-12 
 7. Crailsheim 13-12 
 8. B.Muenchen 13-12 
 9. Hannover 12-13 
 10. Heidelberg 11-14 
 11. Osnabrueck 11-14 
 12. Jena 10-15 
 13. ETB Wohnbau 9-16 
 14. Freiburg 8-17 
 15. Langen 6-19 
 16. Noerdlingen 6-19 

Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
 1. SOBA Dragons 22-3 
 2. Herten 19-6 
 3. Wuerzburg B. 18-7 
 4. Ehingen 17-8 
 5. Franken Hexer 17-8 
 6. Stahnsdorf 13-12 
 7. TSV Troester 13-12 
 8. Weissenhorn 12-13 
 9. Bayer Giants 11-14 
 10. SU Medien 10-14 
 11. Rist-Wedel 10-14 
 12. Vechta 10-15 
 13. Dt.Bank SKY II 9-15 
 14. Wolfenbuettel 9-16 
 15. L.Baeren 5-19 
 16. Speyer 3-22 

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
  LTi 46ers
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Teague, LTi 46ers20.4 
 2. Buford, Bremerha.17.5 
 3. Copeland, TBB Trier16.2 
 4. Jenkins, ALBA15.5 
 5. Burns, ratiopharm15.1 
 6. Suput, Brose B.14.9 
 7. Jeffers, LTi 46ers14.8 
 8. Reese, Dt.14.7 
 9. Allen, Dt.14.4 
 10. Travis, Walter Tigers14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Gibbs, Bremerhaven9.4 
 2. Ensminger, Telek.8.6 
 3. Kale, Phoenix Hagen7.5 
 4. Johnson, LTi 46ers7.4 
 5. Doliboa, Dt.6.9 
 6. Boone, Goettingen6.7 
 7. Burns, ratiopharm6.5 
 8. Oliver, Goettingen6.3 
 9. Archibong, Duesseld.6.3 
 10. Travis, Walter Tigers6.2 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Campbell, Bremerha.6.3 
 2. Ratkovica, Walter T.5.7 
 3. Hamilton, NY Phant.5.6 
 4. Jordan, Phoenix .5.2 
 5. Jordan, Telekom B.5.2 
 6. Reese, Dt.4.8 
 7. Gamqrelidze, MBC3.8 
 8. Schaffartzik, NY Pha.3.8 
 9. Williams, LTi 46ers3.7 
 10. Wright, ALBA3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Roderick TRICE
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Trice, ratiopharm2.3 
 2. Hamilton, NY Phant.1.9 
 3. Jenkins, Walter T.1.8 
 4. Foster, EWE B.1.5 
 5. Martin, Bremerha.1.5 
 6. Bernard, MBC1.5 
 7. Anderson, Goett.1.5 
 8. Teague, LTi 46ers1.5 
 9. Ratkovica, Walter T.1.4 
 10. Burns, ratiopharm1.4 
Blocks Per Game
  Brose Baskets
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Pleiss, Brose B.1.5 
 2. Turek, Phoenix .1.5 
 3. Boumtje, EWE B.1.5 
 4. Ohlbrecht, Telek.1.3 
 5. Ovcina, LTi 46ers1.2 
 6. Lyde, Bremerhaven1.1 
 7. Bryant, ratiopharm1.0 
 8. Visser, EnBW L.0.9 
 9. Chaney, EnBW L.0.9 
 10. Flomo, Telekom B.0.9 

1.Bundesliga Round: 28 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Goettingen - MBC 89-63
Gottingen defeated MBC 89:63 as Ben Jacobsen drilled 4 of 9 threes to lead Gottingen with 24 points. Taylor Rochestie (185-G-85, college: Washington St.) nailed 15 and John Little had 13. Anatoly Kashirov delivered for MBC 14 points.

Bremerhaven - Brose Baskets 85-78
Eisbaeren Bremerhaven edged Brose Baskets 85:78 to tie both records at 17-11. Brandon Brooks (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Alabama St.) paced all the winners with 21 points and Gibbs Jeff had 12 points and 13 boards. Suput Predrag ended up with 22 points in the losing case.

Duesseldorf - Phoenix Hagen 68-70
Hagen outscored Dusseldorf 70:68 as Chase Griffin (188-G-83, college: Pepperdine) buried two clutch threes in the closing minutes. Michael Jordan top-scored with 21 points for Hagen and Chase Griffin added 11 points. TJ Carter led the Giants with 20 points.

ALBA - Dt.Bank SKY 70-76
Frankfurt sent ALBA from the top of the standings beating them 76:70 as Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) scored 18 points. Dragan Labovic had 14, while Pascal Roller added 12. Julius Jenkins paced the Berlin attack with 19 points.

ALBA - TBB Trier 82-68
ALBA rolled over TBB Trier 82:68 on March 17th. Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati) led the winners with 17 points and Jenkins Julius followed him with 12. Copeland Christopher notched 18 in defeat while Neitzel Drew posted 17.

TBB Trier - EWE Baskets 69-90
EWE Baskets overcame TBB Trier 90:69 to become the league-leaders with 20-6 record. Marko Scekic (207-F-81, agency: Agency No 10) top-scored for the winners with 16 poins and 10 rebounds, while Perkovic Jasmin notched 15. Copeland Christopher delivered 20 points in the losing effort.

Pad.Baskets - Walter Tigers 73-82
Romeo Travis (201-F-84, college: Akron) nailed 19 points as Walter Tigers Tubingen beat Paderborn Baskets 82:73. Branislav Ratkovica delivered 16 and Steven Wright scored 13. Kevin Langford ended up with 21 points and 10 rebounds for Paderborn.

NY Phantoms - ratiopharm 92-70
NY Phantoms cruised past ratiopharm 92:70 in the last game of the Regular Season Round 28. Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, college: Holy Cross) stepped in with 23 poits, while Idbihi Yassin notched 18. Trice Roderick answered with 18 points in the losing effort.

EnBW L'burg - Telekom B. 86-72
EnBW Ludwigsburg produced a 86:72 home win over Telekom Baskets Bonn as Michael Haynes (203-G/F-81, college: Fordham) and Quadre Lollis scored 16 points each. Chris Ensminger led Bonn with 19 points and 8 rebounds.

Art.Dragons - LTi 46ers 102-80
Art.Dragons beat LTi 46ers 102:80 on March 20th. Six playes scored in double figures as Darren Fenn (208-C-80, college: Canisius) top-scored with 22 points. Jeanty Osvaldo respoded with the same number of points in the losing effort.


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Abrams, Trikalla17.3 
 2. Erceg, Panionios16.2 
 3. Childress, Olympiakos16.2 
 4. Arnold, Perister.16.0 
 5. Kaimakoglou, Marou.15.4 
 6. Green, AEK15.3 
 7. Kleiza, Olympiakos15.2 
 8. Gregory, PAOK14.7 
 9. Harris, VAP K.14.4 
 10. Massie, Olimpia L.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Olimpia L.
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Massie, Olimpia L.10.7 
 2. Francis, AEK7.9 
 3. Bryant, Panionios7.6 
 4. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.4 
 5. Carter, Ilysiakos7.2 
 6. Arnold, Perister.7.0 
 7. Homan, Marousi BC6.4 
 8. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.2 
 9. Dozier, VAP K.6.0 
 10. Kaimakoglou, Marou.6.0 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Diamantidis, Panath.4.9 
 2. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.5 
 3. Karidas, Ilysiakos4.5 
 4. Dickel, Trikalla4.3 
 5. Lukas, Marousi BC4.3 
 6. Spanoulis, Panath.3.8 
 7. Vasiljevic, VAP K.3.8 
 8. Green, AEK3.7 
 9. Papaloukas, Olymp.3.6 
 10. Hammonds, Perister.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Vonteego CUMMINGS
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Cummings, Ilysiakos1.9 
 2. Collins, Kavala/P.1.8 
 3. Lukas, Marousi BC1.7 
 4. Nikolaidis, AEK1.7 
 5. Diamantidis, Panath.1.6 
 6. Green, Olimpia L.1.6 
 7. Katsares, Trikalla1.6 
 8. Hammonds, Perister.1.6 
 9. Miles, Aris1.5 
 10. Green, AEK1.4 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Vougioukas, Panellin.1.7 
 2. Harissis, VAP K.1.2 
 3. Homan, Marousi BC1.1 
 4. Mavroidis, Marou.1.0 
 5. Benton, Ilysiakos1.0 
 6. Fotsis, Panathinaikos0.8 
 7. Bourousis, Olympiakos0.8 
 8. Pelekanos, Marou.0.7 
 9. Childress, Olympiakos0.7 
 10. Carter, Ilysiakos0.7 

Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Liakopoulos, Per.20.9 
 2. Gagaloudis, Olimpi.18.4 
 3. Totsios, Ikaroi S.18.0 
 4. Michalos, Near E.17.6 
 5. Kakiouzis, Pagrati16.9 
 6. Tsoutsos, Dafni16.3 
 7. Anagnostopou., Xan.16.0 
 8. Kaklamanos, Pagra.15.6 
 9. Christou, Xanthi15.5 
 10. Mantic, Ermis L.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 11
 1. Latovic, AGOR11.0 
 2. Amato, Perama10.8 
 3. Kakiouzis, Pagrati8.4 
 4. Koutroulias, Near E.7.0 
 5. Dimitriadis, Ermis L.6.8 
 6. Cartelo, KAOD6.8 
 7. Vagenas, OFI6.8 
 8. Zondervan, Egaleo6.6 
 9. Harismidis, Pagrati6.3 
 10. Anagnostopou., Xan.6.3 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 6
 1. Liakopoulos, Per.6.0 
 2. Gagaloudis, Olimpi.5.4 
 3. Zoupas, Amyntas5.3 
 4. Vassilopoulo., Dafni5.0 
 5. Moscovitis, Pagrati4.3 
 6. Kaklamanos, Pagra.4.0 
 7. Michalos, Near E.4.0 
 8. Kiriakopoulo., KAOD3.7 
 9. Maslarinos, Xanthi3.4 
 10. Teodosic, Egaleo3.4 
Steals Per Game
  Olimpiada P.
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gagaloudis, Olimpi.1.9 
 2. Castle, Iraklis1.5 
 3. Petrovic-S., Iraklis1.5 
 4. Liakopoulos, Per.1.4 
 5. Sourlis, Arkadikos1.4 
 6. Lianos, Dafni1.3 
 7. Karapostolou, Iraklis1.3 
 8. Sizopoulos, Arkadikos1.3 
 9. Magounis, AGOR1.2 
 10. Dorkofikis, Amynt.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Vassilis VAGENAS
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Vagenas, OFI1.1 
 2. Giovanivic, Arkadikos0.9 
 3. Vagenas, OFI0.8 
 4. Harismidis, Pagrati0.8 
 5. Souflias, OFI0.8 
 6. Amato, Perama0.7 
 7. Psathas, AGOR0.7 
 8. Koutroulias, Near E.0.7 
 9. Despos, Iraklis0.7 
 10. Anagnostopou., Xan.0.6 

A2 Round: 22 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Perama - KAOD 80-77
Perama celebrated 80-77 home win against KAO Dramas jumping to 9-13 in A2. Nikos Liakopoulos (201-F-76, agency: FCM) was totally the best player in this victory with 37 points and 5 assists. In KAO Dramas (13-9), Ivan Cartelo (208-C-79, college: Purdue) collected 27 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists.

Ikaros Esperos - Arkadikos 82-73
Ikaros Esperos stays on top of A2 standings with 18-4 record. Vaggel Karaboulas (198-F-81, agency: FCM) once again was the leading player in his team scoring 19 points. In the loosing squad, Andrea Sizopoulos (189-G-83, agency: High Post Agency) netted 22 pts. His Arkadikos dropped to 13-9.

Ermis Lagk. - OFI 82-81
Ermis Lagkada escaped with tiny 82-81 win against OFI staying alone on 14th place. Voule Mantic (200-F/G-82) shined for the hosts with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Alexis Bardas (189-F-81) replied with 17 pts in loss and his OFI faced with 16th loss of the season.

Olimpiada P. - Pagrati 93-83
Olimpiada celebrated 10-point home win against Pagrati staying alone on the fourth place with 14-8 score. Yannis Gagaloudis shined in this victory with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Pagrati (15-7) got 24 pts from Nikos Kaklamanos.

AGOR - Egaleo 82-77
Rethimno was better than the last ranked Egaleo getting 22 points from Ivan Vukadinov (193-G-81), as well as 21 pts and 8 rebounds from Damir Latovic (204-C-80). Manthos Sofogiannis answered with 18 points in defeat. Rethimno 11-11, Egaleo 5-17.

Near East - Dafni 77-58
9-13 for Near East and 10-12 for Dafni after this game. Stefan Grundberg (198-G/F-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Geneva) led the hosts with 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Vassilis Kounas (195-G-84) added 14 pts. Visitors got 28 points and 9 boards from Vasillis Giannoulakos.

Iraklis - Ikaroi Serron 66-61
No.2 Iraklis celebrated 17th victory of the season mostly owing to Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-F/G-77, agency: Beo Basket), who had 19 points and 7 rebounds. Dimitris Despos (209-C-76, agency: FCM) followed him with 14 pts. Kostas Totsios netted 17 points for Ikaroi Serron (9-13).

Xanthi - Amyntas 81-75
Xanthi had Konstantinos Christou (203-C/F-77) in a game mood with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. G Anagnostopoulos (190-G-81) secured a great help with 17 pts and 7 boards. In defeat, Leonidas Zoupas collected 17 pts and 9 assists. Xanthi 11-11, Amyntas 9-13.

A1, Round 21 review: Easy wins for Greens and Reds - by Eurobasket News
Panathinaikos - Ilysiakos 110-81
Panathinaikos destroyed Ilysiakos scoring 110 points in this game. Costas Tsartsaris (210-F-79) shined for the Greens with 19 points and 6 rebounds, Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points and Milenko Tepic scored two less. Vonteego Cummings replied with 17 points in defeat. PAO stays No.1 with almost perfect 20-1 record, while Ilysiakos faced with 17th loss in 21 appearances.

Marousi BC - Peristeri GS 79-81
Peristeri grabbed valuable 79-81 win against Marousi for 11-10 score in A1. Clifford Hammonds (191-G-85, college: Clemson) stepped up for the visiting squad with 23 points and 6 assists. Spencer Nelson (203-F-80, college: Utah St.) followed him with 15 pts and 8 boards. In Marousi (15-6), Jared Homan shined with 26 points and 8 boards.

Aris - AEK 79-76
Aris celebrated against AEK 79-76 in very exciting game. Kiki Clark (173-G-84, college: St.Peter's) stepped up for the hosts with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, while Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida) added 18 points and 9 boards. Visitors got 27 pts and 11 rebs from Torin Francis. Aris 10-11, AEK 8-13.

Panellinios - VAP Kolossos 85-83
Another thriller in this round and it was Panellinios who outsmarted VAP Kolossos 85-83. Emmanouil Papamakarios (190-G-80) top-scored in victory with 21, and Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) helped with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Ian Emmanouil had 15 pts and 8 rebs in this game. On the other side, Sasa Vasiljevic collected 21 points (5 triples) and 5 assists. Panellinios 14-7, VAP Kolossos 12-9.

Kavala/Panor. - Olimpia L. 101-62
6-15 for Kavala and 4-17 for Olimpia after this meeting. Alexis Kyritsis came up with 21 points and 5 rebounds in victory. Bruno Sundov (221-C-80) and Shawn Huff were behind him with 13 and 12 points respectively. Demond Greene scored 12 points in defeat.

Olympiakos - Panionios 92-74
Easy one for Olympiakos, who improved to 18-3. Josh Childress (203-G/F-83, college: Stanford) (6 rebs) and Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, college: Missouri) led the Reds in scoring with 16 points each. Ioannis Bourousis collected 15 points and 9 rebounds. In Panionios (9-12), Tyrese Rice netted 16 pts.

PAOK - Trikalla 105-69
PAOK blasted Trikalla celebrating 10th victory of the season. Christos Tapoutos (208-F-82) shined for the hosts with 18, Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) added 16, and Todor Gecevski helped with 15 points, plus 9 rebounds. Trikalla (6-15) got 18 points and 5 boards from Miha Zupan.


Eredivisie, Round 29 review: Guests enjoy almost perfect week-end - by Eurobasket News
Giants - ZZ Leiden 66-81
ZZ Leiden celebrated impressive 66-81 road win against the Giants jumping to 20-12 in Eredivisie. Danny Gibson (180-G-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: S.Indiana) shined for the guests with 22, while Ronny LeMelle (196-G-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Auburn) added 18 points and 6 rebounds. For the hosts (22-9), Arvin Slagter was the leading scorer with just 11 pts.

Eiff.Towers - GasTerra F. 73-81
GasTerra Flames celebrated in Den Bosch staying on top of Eredivisie standings with great 28-3 record. In this derby game, the team from Groningen got 22 points and 12 rebounds from Matt Haryasz (210-C-84, college: Stanford). Matt Bauscher (188-G-85, agency: 540 Sports) followed with 19 pts. Kees Akerboom answered with 19 points for Eiffel Towers (21-9).

Upstairs Weert - DeFriesland 79-88
17-15 for DeFriesland and 10-21 for Weert after this game. Jayme Miller (205-F-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) stepped up in victory with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Calvin Walls (201-F-85, agency: Court Side) netted 18 pts in defeat.

Landstede - M.Magix 69-77
Another win for the guests in this round. Big guy Sjors Poels (209-C-86, agency: R.H.Consultancy) paced Matrixx Magix to victory with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Markel Humphrey (198-F-87, college: Marshall) and Thijs Vermeulen added 13 points apiece. For the hosts, Larry Gordon had double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds. Matrixx Magix 19-13, Landstede 5-27.

EclipseJet - Rotterdam 72-60
Amsterdam is the only team who celebrated at home in this round. Patrick Sanders (198-F-85, college: Cal-Irvine) came up with 20 points and 5 rebounds, while Sergio de Randamie (201-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Houston) added 16 pts and 18 boards. Visitors got 14 pts and 17 rebs from Patrick Hilliman. Amsterdam 12-19, Rotterdam 3-29.

Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. GasTerra F. 28-3 
 2. Giants 22-9 
 3. Eiff.Towers 21-9 
 4. ZZ Leiden 20-12 
 5. M.Magix 19-13 
 6. DeFriesland 17-15 
 7. EclipseJet 12-19 
 8. Upstairs Weert 10-21 
 9. Landstede 5-27 
 10. Rotterdam 3-29 

Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
  ZZ Leiden
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Gibson, ZZ Leiden19.5 
 2. Palmer, Upstairs.17.9 
 3. Boxley, ZZ Leiden17.5 
 4. Monroe, DeFriesl.16.6 
 5. Thomas, M.Magix16.5 
 6. Haryasz, GasTerra.16.4 
 7. Sanders, EclipseJet15.8 
 8. Hendley, Landstede15.7 
 9. McGhee, ZZ Leiden15.0 
 10. LeMelle, ZZ Leiden14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Hilliman, Rotterdam10.2 
 2. Haryasz, GasTerra.9.1 
 3. Palmer, Upstairs.9.1 
 4. Ellis, GasTerra F.8.3 
 5. McGhee, ZZ Leiden8.3 
 6. Monroe, DeFriesl.8.0 
 7. Gordon, Landstede7.8 
 8. Beasley, Eiff.Tow.7.6 
 9. Griffin, Giants7.6 
 10. Boxley, ZZ Leiden7.5 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 7
 1. Thomas, M.Magix7.0 
 2. Oliver, Eiff.Towers5.5 
 3. Porter, Upstairs.4.8 
 4. Defares, Giants4.3 
 5. Bostain, GasTerra.4.2 
 6. Gibson, ZZ Leiden4.2 
 7. Bauscher, GasTerra.4.1 
 8. Moore, DeFriesland4.1 
 9. Slagter, Giants4.0 
 10. Blackwood, DeFriesl.4.0 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Thomas, M.Magix3.1 
 2. Rodgers, EclipseJet2.6 
 3. Bauscher, GasTerra.2.6 
 4. Dourisseau, GasTerra.2.5 
 5. Mason, EclipseJet2.4 
 6. Flowers, M.Magix2.4 
 7. de Randamie, Eclip.2.4 
 8. Oliver, Eiff.Towers2.3 
 9. Kimbrough, Giants2.2 
 10. Bostain, GasTerra.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hughes, M.Magix1.9 
 2. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.6 
 3. Haryasz, GasTerra.1.4 
 4. Boxley, ZZ Leiden1.4 
 5. Slor, ZZ Leiden1.2 
 6. Sanders, EclipseJet1.0 
 7. Porter, Upstairs.0.9 
 8. Richardson, Eiff.Tow.0.8 
 9. Kuijper, ZZ Leiden0.8 
 10. Williams, Landstede0.7 


Division A, Round 23 review: First loss for ZTE this season - by Eurobasket News
Szolnok - ZTE KK 83-82
Szolnok crushed ZTE handing them first loss after 22 straight wins this season. Of course, despite this defeat ZTE stays on top of D1 standings with five wins more than Szolnok. Kammron Taylor (188-G-84, college: Wisconsin) exploded in victory with 32 points and 5 rebounds. Visitors got 19 points, 5 rebs and 6 assists from Calvin Watson (196-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: N.Texas).

Marso-Vagep - Kaposvari 97-67
9th victory of the season for Marso, who got 31 points from Erno Sitku (208-C-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services). Donte Gennie (185-G-83, college: Georgia Southern) had 19 points and 7 boards, while Jozsef Lekli added 17 points and 11 rebounds. In the loosing squad (11-12), David Vojvoda top-scored with 15 pts.

Soproni - PVSK Pannon 71-78
PVSK Pannon cruised past Soproni on the road for 8-15 in Hungarian top division. Andras Rujak (187-G-88, agency: High Post Agency) and Srdan Helbich (205-F/C-76) shined for the winners with 15 and 14 points respectively. Donta Richardson answered with 16 points in defeat.

Atomeromu - Albacomp 67-66
Thriller win for Atomeromu, who stays on fourth place alone with 16-7 record. At the same time, visitors dropped to 14-8. Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81, agency: FCM) paced the home side to victory with 21 points and 5 rebounds. David Toya (200-G/F-76) shined in loss with 23 pts and 7 boards.

Dombovar - Falco 80-108
Easy one for Falco, who improved to 14-10. Winsome Frazier (193-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Mississippi St.) shined for the winners with 25 points and 7 rebounds, while Arnas Kazlauskas (204-C/F-76, agency: Court Side) also was great adding 24 pts. Ivan Cubela answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

Kecskemeti - Salgotarjani 87-79
11-12 for Kecskemeti and 3-20 for Salgotarjani after this meeting. The hosts had couple of players in a game mood with Gabor Denes (197-F-82) leading the way with 15 points and 7 rebounds. In defeat, Eddy Mayfield (185-G-81, college: Sam Houston St.) collected 24 points and 9 rebs.

Kormend - Debreceni 20-0

A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Dongbu Promy
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Jones, Dombovar24.6 
 2. Frazier, Falco23.5 
 3. Doyne, Marso-Vagep21.9 
 4. Horvath, Falco21.3 
 5. Farmer, Debreceni21.0 
 6. Watson, ZTE K.20.4 
 7. Rice, Szolnok19.2 
 8. Brooks, Soproni19.1 
 9. Walker, Dombovar18.4 
 10. Sitku, Marso-Vagep18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ousmanne BARRO
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Barro, Szolnok11.4 
 2. Jones, Dombovar11.1 
 3. Horvath, Falco10.4 
 4. Davis, Salgotarjani9.5 
 5. Scott, Kormend8.4 
 6. Knight, Soproni8.1 
 7. Wilson, ZTE K.7.4 
 8. David Vay, PVSK P.7.3 
 9. Banks, Albacomp6.8 
 10. Clark, Atomeromu6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Kalman, Falco8.2 
 2. Simon, Albacomp7.0 
 3. Kelley, Szolnok6.3 
 4. Hinnant, ZTE K.6.0 
 5. Savic, Debreceni5.9 
 6. English, Atomeromu4.9 
 7. Thomas, Kormend4.9 
 8. Dejon, Kaposvari4.7 
 9. LaGrange, Dombovar4.7 
 10. Fodor, Szolnok4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Winsome FRAZIER
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Frazier, Falco3.7 
 2. Sirutaviaciu., Salgot.3.5 
 3. Lee, Albacomp3.1 
 4. Dejon, Kaposvari2.9 
 5. Wittmann, Kecsk.2.7 
 6. English, Atomeromu2.6 
 7. Clark, Atomeromu2.6 
 8. Savic, Debreceni2.4 
 9. Ames, PVSK P.2.4 
 10. Toya, Albacomp2.3 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Wiley, Marso-Vagep1.6 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari1.5 
 3. Clark, Atomeromu1.4 
 4. Barro, Szolnok1.3 
 5. Nuhanovic, Debre.1.1 
 6. David Vay, PVSK P.1.1 
 7. Walker, Dombovar1.1 
 8. Horvath, Falco1.0 
 9. Scott, Kormend1.0 
 10. Davis, Salgotarjani0.9 


Division 1 play-offs - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Division 1 play-offs started with a home win and away win.
Haukar in second place lost at home to Thor in fifth place. Haukar leading by 16 at halftime but could not handle good zone defense from Thor
and lost 55-56. Ari Gylfason scored last 2 points from freethrow line in last second of the game to secure the win.
Oskar Magnusson top scorer for Haukar with 15
Gretar Erlendsson (84) 25 + 11 boards for Haukar. Magnus Palsson 14. Rich Field 16 rebs.
Valur vs Skallagrimur game was up and down game for home team. Good lead in first half but almost threw it away in the end.
Valur playing full court physical defense which Skallagrimur had difficulty in handle.
Final score Valur 95 Skallagrimur 89.
Byron Davis 28 pts for Valur. Konrad Tota 25. Sigurdur Thorarinsson 25 Silver Laku 21 for Skallagrimur


Standings - BSL
Premier L. Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 17-1 
 2. Macc.Haifa 12-5 
 3. Jerusalem 12-6 
 4. Galil Gilboa 12-6 
 5. Netanya 11-7 
 6. Ashkelon 9-9 
 7. Bnei Hasharon 7-11 
 8. Rishon LZ 7-11 
 9. Hap.Afula 6-12 
 10. Ironi Nahariya 5-12 
 11. Hapoel Holon 5-13 
 12. Ramat Gan 4-14 


Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 21-1 
 2. Pepsi Caserta 15-7 
 3. Sigma Coat. 15-7 
 4. CS Bologna 14-8 
 5. Armani MI 14-8 
 6. NGC Cantu 13-9 
 7. Lottomatica 12-10 
 8. Air AV 12-10 
 9. Cimberio VA 10-12 
 10. Benetton TV 10-12 
 11. Angelico BI 9-13 
 12. Banca Tercas 9-13 
 13. Vanoli CR 8-14 
 14. Carife FE 7-15 
 15. Scavolini PS 7-15 
 16. NSB Napoli 0-22 

Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 Gary NEAL
  Benetton TV
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Neal, Benetton TV19.4 
 2. Grundy, Carife FE17.9 
 3. Ere, Pepsi Caserta17.0 
 4. Jackson, Carife FE17.0 
 5. Aradori, Angelico.16.9 
 6. Lavrinovic, Montepas.15.6 
 7. Hicks, Scavolini PS15.2 
 8. Brown, Air AV15.0 
 9. Jaaber, Lottomat.14.4 
 10. Rowland, Vanoli CR14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
  Sigma Coat.
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Brunner, Sigma C.10.1 
 2. Ford, Carife FE8.7 
 3. Wallace, Benetton.8.5 
 4. Troutman, Air AV8.5 
 5. Jones, Pepsi C.8.0 
 6. Williams, Scavolin.7.9 
 7. Pasco, Angelico BI7.3 
 8. Hall, Armani MI6.7 
 9. Ivanov, Sigma C.6.6 
 10. Brown, Vanoli CR6.2 
Assists Per Game
  Air AV
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Brown, Air AV5.2 
 2. Green, Scavolini PS5.2 
 3. Smith, Angelico BI4.5 
 4. Poeta, Banca Tercas4.3 
 5. Childress, Cimberio.4.1 
 6. McIntyre, Montepas.4.1 
 7. Finley, Armani MI4.1 
 8. Becirovic, Armani M.4.0 
 9. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.6 
 10. Kus, Benetton TV3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Scavolini PS
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Green, Scavolini PS3.4 
 2. Jaaber, Lottomat.3.0 
 3. Troutman, Air AV2.9 
 4. Rowland, Vanoli CR2.9 
 5. Hawkins, Montepas.2.5 
 6. Minard, Lottomat.2.4 
 7. Ere, Pepsi Caserta2.4 
 8. Jones, Pepsi C.2.3 
 9. Grundy, Carife FE2.3 
 10. Collins, CS Bologna2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Carife FE
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ford, Carife FE2.9 
 2. Eze, Montepaschi1.3 
 3. Crosariol, Lottomat.1.2 
 4. Pasco, Angelico BI1.0 
 5. Szewczyk, Air AV1.0 
 6. Lavrinovic, Montepas.0.9 
 7. Traylor, NSB Napoli0.9 
 8. Sanikidze, CS Bo.0.8 
 9. Gigli, Lottomatica0.8 
 10. Nicevic, Benetton.0.8 

Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
  Benetton TV
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Rivers, A.B. Latina24.5 
 2. Whiting, Aget IM22.2 
 3. Forte, Edimes PV21.8 
 4. Goss, Scafati .21.5 
 5. Kemp, Banco Sard.20.1 
 6. Slay, Carmatic PT19.4 
 7. Adams, Fileni Jesi19.3 
 8. Crispin, Enel B.19.2 
 9. Thomas, Enel Brindisi18.7 
 10. Rowe, Banco Sard.18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Riviera Solare
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Ebi, Riviera Solare14.2 
 2. Boykin, Edimes PV10.8 
 3. Waleskowski, Fileni J.10.1 
 4. Chiacig, Scafati .8.6 
 5. Ezugwu, Aget IM8.6 
 6. Hines, Prima Veroli8.3 
 7. Thomas, Enel Brindisi8.2 
 8. Brkic, Snaidero UD7.7 
 9. George, Fastweb CM7.5 
 10. Missere, A.B. L.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus HATTEN
  UCC Casalpus.
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Hatten, UCC C.4.7 
 2. Rowe, Banco Sard.4.4 
 3. Levin, Fastweb CM4.3 
 4. Brown, Snaidero UD4.0 
 5. Nissim, Prima Veroli4.0 
 6. Forte, Edimes PV3.8 
 7. Young, Edimes PV3.4 
 8. Bertolazzi, Miro R.3.2 
 9. Garris, Umana R.3.1 
 10. Draper, Prima Veroli3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Joseph FORTE
  Edimes PV
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Forte, Edimes PV3.5 
 2. Hines, Prima Veroli3.5 
 3. Goss, Scafati .3.4 
 4. Hatten, UCC C.3.3 
 5. Ebi, Riviera Solare3.2 
 6. Young, Edimes PV2.9 
 7. Draper, Prima Veroli2.8 
 8. Rowe, Banco Sard.2.7 
 9. Boyette, Miro R.2.7 
 10. Skinn, Carmatic PT2.6 
Blocks Per Game
  Miro Radici VI
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Pearson, Miro R.2.1 
 2. Ostler, UCC C.2.1 
 3. Ebi, Riviera Solare1.9 
 4. Di Giuliomar., Umana R.1.8 
 5. Hines, Prima Veroli1.3 
 6. Brkic, Snaidero UD1.0 
 7. Boykin, Edimes PV1.0 
 8. Melli, Trenkwalder1.0 
 9. Bryan, Enel Brindisi1.0 
 10. Boykin, Fileni Jesi1.0 

Lega2 Round: 24 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Carmatic PT - Miro Radici VI 82-59
Carmatic Pistoia registered the 13th win as they toppled Vigevano. Tamar Slay (204-F-80, college: Marshall) accounted for 21 points in the winning case. Gregor Fucka netted 15 points and collected 8 rebounds for Pistoia. Jermaine Boyette responded with 15 points for Vigevano.

Fastweb CM - UCC Casalpus. 61-68
UCC Casalpusterlengo outgunned Fastweb Casale on the road to improve at 14-10 record. Jarrius Jackson (188-G-85, college: Texas Tech) fired 20 points to lead Fastweb Casale. Tommaso Fantoni notched 16 points in the victory. Marcus Hatten answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Casalpusterlengo.

Fileni Jesi - Prima Veroli 76-90
Prima Veroli proved too good for Fileni Jesi on the road. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) knocked down 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to lead Veroli. Afik Nissim and Dontaye Draper had 15 points apiece in the victory. Tommy Adams responded with 21 points in the loss.

Banco Sard. - Umana Reyer 88-65
Banco Di Sardegna overcame Umana Reyer for the 18th win. Jiri Hubalek (209-C-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Iowa St.) scored 21 points and pulled down 7 rebounds to lead the league leaders. Marcelus Kemp added 20 points for the winners. Kristaps Janicenoks accounted for 13 points in the losing effort.

Riviera Solare - Trenkwalder 83-70
Rimini Crabs held off visiting Trenkwalder as Cameron Bennerman (193-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) accounted for 19 points and 6 steals. Carlton Myers added 17 points in the winning case. Nicolo Melli knocked down 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead Trenkwalder.

Enel Brindisi - Aget IM 98-76
Joseph Crispin (186-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Penn St.) fired 28 points to lead Enel Brindisi past Aget Imola. Omar Thomas contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Peter Ezugwu and Trent Whiting responded with 21 points each for Aget Imola.

A.B. Latina - Snaidero UD 63-86
Snaidero Udine cruised past A.B. Latina away from home. Demetric Bennett (193-G-85) notched 20 points and 8 caroms for Snaidero. David Brkic had 18 points and 9 rebounds in the winning case. Donato Cutolo replied with 13 points for A.B. Latina.

Edimes PV - Scafati Basket 71-63
Edimes Pavia celebrated just the eighth win in the season as they prevailed against visiting Scafati Basket. Joseph Forte (193-G-81, agency: JEMsports, college: N.Carolina) and Ruben Boykin knocked down 14 points each for the winners. Martin Colussi finished with 11 points and 6 rebounds for Edimes Pavia. Phil Goss responded with 26 points for Scafati Basket.

SerieA Round: 22 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Angelico BI - NGC Cantu 75-86
Angelico Biella surrendered to NGC Cantu at home. Benjamin Ortner (206-F/C-83, college: Metro St.) scored 24 points coming off the bench to lead the visitors to the 13th win. Nicolas Mazzarino added 16 points for NGC Cantu. Pietro Aradori responded with 22 points for Angelico Biella.

NSB Napoli - Carife FE 50-176
Luke Jackson (201-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Oregon) poured in 40 points and 9 rebounds as Carife Ferrara dismantled Napoli. Massimiliano Rizzo finished with 32 points and 14 rebounds in the victory. Riccardo Ciavarroni replied with 30 points for NSB Napoli.

Scavolini PS - Sigma Coat. 89-93
Montegranaro made a successufl trip to Pesaro as they nipped Scavolini. Marquinhos Vinicius (207-F-84) and Antonio Maestranzi notched 16 points each to lead the charge. Dimitrios Tsaldaris had 14 points in the 15th win for the visitors. Eric Williams was responsible for 21 points and 12 boards for Scavolini.

Vanoli CR - Pepsi Caserta 85-87
Pepsi Caserta overcame a fourth-quarter deficit to sneak to a narrow road win over Vanoli Cremona. Timothy Bowers (188-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) knocked down 21 points to lead Caserta. Ebi Ere added 19 points in the 16th win for the visitors. Troy Bell responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds for Cremona.

Cimberio VA - Benetton TV 90-82
Varese posted the tenth win as they prevailed against Benetton at home court. Jobey Thomas (193-G-80, college: Charlotte) accounted for 17 points to lead Varese. Michel Morandais and Marko Tusek notched 16 points each for the home team. Gary Neal replied with 21 points, 5 boards and 5 assists as Benetton slipped at 10-12 record.

Armani MI - Banca Tercas 78-56
Armani Jeans looked dominant and posted a well-deserved win against Banca Tercas at home court. Mason Rocca (204-F-77, college: Princeton) scored 21 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the effort. Alex Acker added 15 points for Armani Jeans. Drake Diener netted 17 points for Teramo in defeat.

Air AV - CS Bologna 79-82
Bologna prevailed against Air Avellino on the road. Patricio Prato (193-G-79, college: St.Bonaventure) scored 13 points to pace balanced effort from the visitors. Diego Fajardo and LeRoy Hurd added 12 points each for the winners. Cenk Akyol responded with 25 points for Air Avellino.

Lottomatica - Montepaschi 93-85
Montepaschi put an end to Montepaschi impressive win claiming home win. Jacopo Giachetti (191-G-83) scored 20 points as Lottomatica clinched the 12th win. Ibrahim Jaaber added 13 points for the winning side. Ksistof Lavrinovic knocked down 14 points for Montepaschi in defeat.

Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Banco Sard. 18-6 
 2. Enel Brindisi 17-7 
 3. Trenkwalder 16-8 
 4. Prima Veroli 15-9 
 5. Fastweb CM 14-10 
 6. Snaidero UD 13-11 
 7. Carmatic PT 13-11 
 8. Miro Radici VI 13-11 
 9. Basket Crabs 11-13 
 10. UCC Casalpus. 11-13 
 11. Aget IM 11-13 
 12. Fileni Jesi 9-15 
 13. Harem SC 9-15 
 14. Umana Reyer 8-16 
 15. Edimes PV 8-16 
 16. A.B. Latina 6-18 


Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Aishin 30-10 
 2. Tochigi Brex 25-15 
 3. Panasonic 24-16 
 4. Hitachi S. 23-17 
 5. Toshiba 20-20 
 6. Toyota 20-20 
 7. Hokkaido 11-29 
 8. Mitsubishi 7-33 

JBL Round: 40 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Mitsubishi - Tochigi Brex 66-106
Mitsubishi was smashed by Tochigi Brex 66:106 on March 21st. Takuya Kawamura (191-G-86) paced all the winners with 22 points, Tanaka Ken scored 17 and Tabuse Yuta added 15. Hale Ron managed to score 16 points in the losing effort.

Toshiba - Hokkaido 92-81
Toshiba rolled over Hokkaido 92:81 at the Regular Season Round 40. Cory Violette (203-C/F-82, college: Gonzaga) paced all the winners with 25 points and Kuwahara Yoshifumi notched 20. Orimo Takehiko answered with 24 points in the losing case.

Toyota - Aishin 68-79
Toyota lost to the league-leaders Aishin 68:79. Josh Gross (201-F/C-83, college: NC-Greensboro) paced all the winners with 16 points, while Takeuchi Kosuke, Sakuragi and Kashiwagi Shinsuke added 11 each. Brown Clif answered with 17 points in the losing case.

Panasonic - Hitachi S. 86-76
Panasonic edged Hitachi 86:76 as Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-G-80) produced 17 points for the winners and Custis Ace followed him with 16. Takeuchi Joji ended up with 27 points and 14 rebounds for the Sunrockers.

Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
  Tochigi Brex
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi .20.7 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin17.0 
 3. Kinoshita, Panasonic16.8 
 4. Brown, Toyota16.1 
 5. Takeuchi, Aishin15.8 
 6. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.15.6 
 7. Hale, Mitsubishi15.3 
 8. O''Bannon, Toyota15.2 
 9. Orimo, Hokkaido14.7 
 10. Okosa, Tochigi Brex14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Takeuchi, Aishin11.4 
 2. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.11.3 
 3. Dawson, Mitsubishi9.6 
 4. Violette, Toshiba9.0 
 5. Maraker, Hokkaido8.6 
 6. Merritt, Tochigi Brex8.1 
 7. Aono, Panasonic8.1 
 8. Okosa, Tochigi Brex7.9 
 9. Sakuragi, Aishin7.6 
 10. Hale, Mitsubishi7.5 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Kinoshita, Panasonic4.1 
 2. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.9 
 3. Sakurai, Hokkaido3.7 
 4. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.5 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin3.4 
 6. Sato, Hitachi S.3.3 
 7. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.3.1 
 8. Igarashi, Toyota3.1 
 9. Kashiwakura, Mitsu.2.9 
 10. Yamada, Hokkaido2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Toshihiro SATO
  Hitachi S.
  Avg: 3
 1. Sato, Hitachi S.3.0 
 2. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.0 
 3. Tabuse, Tochigi .2.0 
 4. Dawson, Mitsubishi1.7 
 5. Kinoshita, Panasonic1.4 
 6. Tanaka, Tochigi .1.4 
 7. Igarashi, Toyota1.3 
 8. Selvy, Aishin1.3 
 9. Kawamura, Tochigi .1.3 
 10. Hale, Mitsubishi1.2 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Takeuchi, Aishin1.9 
 2. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.1.4 
 3. Dawson, Mitsubishi1.2 
 4. Maraker, Hokkaido1.0 
 5. Gross, Aishin1.0 
 6. Honeycutt, Panas.0.9 
 7. Merritt, Tochigi Brex0.8 
 8. Arao, Toyota0.7 
 9. Aono, Panasonic0.6 
 10. Custis, Panasonic0.5 


Howard clinch Division I title - by Eurobasket News
Howard College - Three Rivers CC 85:80 (OT)
Howard College clinched the first Division I title in school history. They outscored Three Rivers in the championship game in Hutchinson. The clash turned into a real basketball thriller with the outcome decided in the extra period. Howard College managed to come back from a 10-point second half deficit to force overtime. There the Hawks dominated and posted a historic victory at the end. Jae Crowder tallied 27 points and 12 boards to lead the winners. Josh Watkins knocked down 26 points and was named the tournaments MVP.
Three Rivers led throughout the bigger part of the game. The Bulldogs enjoyed an 8-point halftime advantage. They stretched the margin at 10 points with less than five minutes to go. But Lamont Austin (5'11''-G) and Josh Watkins triggered a comeback rally in the dying minutes as the Hawks forced the extra frame.
Lamont Austin posted 14 points for the winners. Marquise Carter answered with game-high 35 points for Three Rivers. Aloysius Henry had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Bulldogs. Howard College set a new record for fewest turnovers in NJCAA tournament game as they committed just 9 of those.

Howard: Jae Crowder 27+12 boards, Josh Watkins 26, Lamont Austin 14
Three Rivers: Marquise Carter 35, Aloysius Henry 17+13 boards

All - Tournament Team
Michael Glover (6'6''-F) - College of Eastern Utah
Jonathan Mills - College of Eastern Utah
Josh Terry - Three Rivers Community College, Mo.
Marquis Carter - Three Rivers Community College, Mo.
Jae Crowder - Howard College, Texas
Brian Bryant - Northwest Florida State College
L.A. Farmer - Wallace State CC - Hanceville, Ala.
Carl Hall - Middle Georgia College
Matt Pressey - Navarro College, Texas
Dorian Thibodeaux - Navarro College, Texas
Deonte Alexander - East Mississippi Community College
William Kirksey - Southeastern Illinois College

Bud Obee Outstanding Small Player Award
Joe Ragland - North Platte Community College

Charles Sesher Sportsmanship Award
Nick Niemczyk - Three Rivers Community College, Mo.

William French Most Valuable Player
Josh Watkins - Howard College, Texas

Coach of the Tournament Award
Mark Adams , Howard College, Texas

Lincoln celebrate first Division II title - by Eurobasket News
Lincoln College - Cincinnati State Technical & Community College 71:60
Lincoln College wrote history yesterday. The Lynx shot down Cincinnat State to earn the first ever Division II title in school history. Kiel Turpin knocked down 21 points to pace the winners.
The teams stayed very close in the opening minutes. Illya Glover proved the difference late in the first half as he gave the Surge a 26:23 advantage. But DeMarius Sumrell helped the Lynx got back on track as they drew things level at 29 twenty minutes into the game. The game stayed close after the long break. Kiel Turpen gave the Lynx a 43:38 lead early in the second half. Lincoln maintained the advantage for some time before Cincinnati worked their way back in front. They capitalized on several turnovers from Lincoln and pulled ahead 57:55. Lincoln reacted immediately and went on a 10:0 rally to bounce back. Cincinnati State were able to trim the distance to 5 points but it was as close as they could get. The Lynx stayed calm in the final seconds and clinched a historic victory at the end.
DeMarius Sumrell provided 18 points for the Lynx. Kenyon Smith (6'0''-F) added 11 points for the winners. Illya Glover responded with 17 points for Cincinnati State. Rayshawn Goins netted 15 points in the losing effort.

Lincoln: Kiel Turpin 21, DeMarius Sumrell 18, Kenyon Smith 11
Cincinnati State: Illya Glover 17, Rayshawn Goins 15

Adam Johnson - Cecil

Jake Stark - St. Clair
Jeremy Atkinson - Louisburg
Rico Pierrevilus - Lewis & Clark
Jarvis Williams - Kirkwood
Paul Tometich - Kishwaukee
Jamier Morris - Pima
Brian Word - Brown Mackie
James Millen - Cincinnati State
DeMarius Sumrell - Lincoln
Rayshawn Goins - Cincinnati State
Kenyon Smith - Lincoln

Louie Schonauer - Lincoln

Harold Washington (6'2''-G) - Cecil

Kiel Turpin - Lincoln

Kirk Whiteman - Lincoln


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Barons 16-4 
 2. Valmiera 8-10 
 3. Liepaja 8-10 
 4. VEF Riga 7-2 
 5. Ventspils 6-4 
 6. Zemgale 3-18 
 7. Keizarmezs 0-18 

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Martins BERKIS
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Berkis, Keizarmezs18.5 
 2. Timermanis, Barons17.7 
 3. Davis, Valmiera17.2 
 4. Efejuku, Barons17.2 
 5. Gulbis, Zemgale16.6 
 6. Kojenets, Liepaja16.4 
 7. Silavs, Keizarmezs16.3 
 8. Valeika, Valmiera15.1 
 9. Jurevicus, Ventspils14.9 
 10. Kisielius, Liepaja14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturas VALEIKA
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Valeika, Valmiera10.5 
 2. Kojenets, Liepaja7.9 
 3. Zorin, Barons6.8 
 4. Renfroe, VEF Riga6.1 
 5. Silavs, Keizarmezs6.0 
 6. Cipruss, Valmiera5.9 
 7. Jurevicus, Ventspils5.6 
 8. Rozitis, Zemgale5.6 
 9. Zakis, Ventspils5.3 
 10. Gulbis, Zemgale5.2 
Assists Per Game
  VEF Riga
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Renfroe, VEF Riga6.8 
 2. Silavs, Keizarmezs5.6 
 3. Jeromanovs, Liepa.4.5 
 4. Sirsnins, Barons3.8 
 5. Vilums, Liepaja3.4 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventspils3.4 
 7. Jurevicus, Ventspils3.3 
 8. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.1 
 9. Bertans, Ventspils2.5 
 10. Valeika, Valmiera2.4 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Sirsnins, Barons2.5 
 2. Silavs, Keizarmezs2.2 
 3. Renfroe, VEF Riga2.2 
 4. Bertans, Ventspils2.1 
 5. Osins, Keizarmezs2.0 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventspils1.7 
 7. Vilums, Liepaja1.6 
 8. Davis, Valmiera1.6 
 9. Vitols, Barons1.4 
 10. Jurevicus, Ventspils1.4 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Rozitis, Zemgale1.3 
 2. Davis, Valmiera1.3 
 3. Cresnar, Valmiera1.0 
 4. Zorin, Barons0.8 
 5. Selakovs, VEF Riga0.8 
 6. Nelyubov, VEF Riga0.6 
 7. Kosuskins, Liepaja0.5 
 8. Bambis, Zemgale0.5 
 9. Timermanis, Barons0.5 
 10. Valeika, Valmiera0.5 

Standings - LBAL
LBL D2 Standings
 1. Turiba 19-8 
 2. DSN Riga 18-8 
 3. Ventspils Aug. 17-9 
 4. BS Ogre 14-11 
 5. Barons/Ridzene 14-13 
 6. Saldus 13-13 
 7. Livani 8-19 
 8. ASK/Buki 3-25 


Panevezys welcomes LKL All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News
Wolves - Eagles 109:104

Wolves Team overcame Eagles in the All-Star Game held in Panevezys. Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) scored 21 points to lead the winners. Marcus Brown (193-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) contributed 15 points for the experienced team. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (204-F-89) responded with game-high 28 points for Eagles. Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) finished with 20 points in defeat.
Wolves outgunned their opponents 34:23 in the starting frame. The Eagles took over in the next two quarters and cut the distance to draw things level heading into the final frame. But the Wolves stepped on the gas in the fourth period and escaped with a narrow victory at the end.
Aron Baynes was victorious at the Slam Dunk Contest. Gytis Andrijauskas triumphed at the Skills Challenge Contest, while Derrick Low celebrated the victory at the Three-Point Shootout Contest.

Wolves: Egidijus Dimsa 21, Marcus Brown 15, Steponas Babrauskas (196-G/F-84) 11, Rashaun Broadus (183-G-84, college: BYU) 11
Eagles: Mindaugas Kuzminskas 26, Mantas Kalnietis 20


Diekirch Standings
1-6 places
 1. Etzella 19-4 
 2. T71 18-5 
 3. Sparta 16-6 
 4. Amicale 16-7 
 5. Contern 13-10 
 6. Musel Pikes 9-13 
7-10 places
 1. Residence 10-12 
 2. Soleuvre 7-15 
 3. BBC Nitia 2-20 
 4. Racing 2-20 


Standings - 1A
1A Standings
 1. Ulcijn 14-4 
 2. Lovcen 13-5 
 3. Mornar Bar 11-6 
 4. Gorstak 10-8 
 5. Teodo Tivat 9-9 
 6. Jedinstvo 9-9 
 7. Danilovgrad 9-9 
 8. Mogren 6-12 
 9. ABS Primorje 5-13 
 10. Primorje-M. 3-14 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Buducnost


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Cleveland C.
  Avg: 29.7
 1. James, Clevelan.29.7 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.29.5 
 3. Anthony, Denver N.28.8 
 4. Bryant, LA Lakers27.6 
 5. Wade, Miami Heat26.5 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.25.7 
 7. Nowitzki, Dallas M.25.1 
 8. Bosh, Toronto R.24.1 
 9. Granger, Indiana P.23.4 
 10. Stoudemire, Phoeni.22.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Howard, Orlando M.13.1 
 2. Camby, LA Clippers12.1 
 3. Randolph, Memph.11.9 
 4. Lee, New York K.11.8 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.2 
 6. Boozer, Utah Jazz11.2 
 7. Bosh, Toronto R.11.1 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers11.0 
 9. Love, Minnesota T.10.9 
 10. Wallace, Charlotte B.10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.11.2 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.1 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz10.3 
 4. Rondo, Boston C.9.7 
 5. Kidd, Dallas M.9.2 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.5 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..8.0 
 8. Davis, LA Clippers7.9 
 9. Arenas, Washingt.7.2 
 10. Harris, New J.6.7 
Steals Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Rondo, Boston C.2.3 
 2. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.3 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.3 
 4. Jackson, Charlott.1.9 
 5. Kidd, Dallas M.1.9 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 7. Curry, Golde S.1.8 
 8. Watson, Golde S.1.7 
 9. Ariza, Houston R.1.7 
 10. Bryant, LA Lakers1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Howard, Orlando M.2.7 
 2. Bogut, Milwauke.2.5 
 3. Oden, Portland TB2.3 
 4. Haywood, Washingt.2.1 
 5. Smith, Atlanta H.2.0 
 6. Camby, LA Clippers2.0 
 7. Dalembert, Philad.2.0 
 8. Andersen, Denver N.1.9 
 9. Lopez, New J.1.8 
 10. Perkins, Boston C.1.8 

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 45-24 
 2. Toronto R. 34-34 
 3. New York K. 25-45 
 4. Philadelph.76 24-46 
 5. New Jersey N. 7-62 
Central Div.
 1. Cleveland C. 56-15 
 2. Milwaukee B. 38-30 
 3. Chicago B. 32-37 
 4. Indiana P. 24-46 
 5. Detroit P. 23-47 
Southeast Div.
 1. Orlando M. 49-21 
 2. Atlanta H. 45-24 
 3. Miami Heat 36-34 
 4. Charlotte B. 35-34 
 5. Washington W. 21-47 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Denver N. 47-23 
 2. Utah Jazz 45-25 
 3. Oklah.City T. 42-26 
 4. Portland TB 42-29 
 5. Minnesota T. 14-56 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 52-18 
 2. Phoenix Suns 44-26 
 3. LA Clippers 26-44 
 4. Sacramento K. 24-46 
 5. Golde State W. 19-50 
Southwest Div.
 1. Dallas M. 46-23 
 2. San Antonio S. 41-27 
 3. Memphis G. 37-33 
 4. Houston R. 36-32 
 5. N.Orleans H. 33-38 

Cleveland Cavaliers recall forward Darnell Jackson from D-League - by Eurobasket News
The Cavaliers today recalled forward Darnell Jackson (6'8''-F-85, college: Kansas) from the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League.

Earlier in the day the Cavs announced that center Shaquille O'Neal would not be available for tonight's game in Toronto after suffering a sprained right thumb in Thursday's game at Boston. The Cavs are hoping Jackson can get to Toronto in time for tonight's game at 7.

Jackson and Danny Green were assigned to Erie on Wednesday and played in the BayHawks' 114-108 victory over the Dakota Wizards on Thursday. Jackson led Erie with 34 points on 14-22 shooting. He had 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals and 1 blocked shot in 42 minutes.

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Andrew Bynum could be out for two weeks - by Eurobasket News
The Lakers centers Achilles tendon injury is a strain, not a tear, which is good news. But hes still expected to miss six games, including the five-game trip that starts Wednesday, before being re-evaluated.

An MRI exam Saturday confirmed that Lakers center Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87) has a strained left Achilles' tendon and not a tear.

That was the good news.

Bynum could be out almost two weeks while he recovers from the injury he suffered Friday night.

That was the not-so-good news.

The Lakers said Bynum will be reevaluated in a week. But Bynum said he thought he would be examined again after the Lakers return home from an eight-day trip that will include five games beginning Wednesday and ending March 31.

Even though Bynum will miss at least six games, he was in high spirits after the Lakers practiced Saturday.

'Yeah, because I thought it would be worse,' Bynum said. 'Then they told me today it's not as bad.

'It definitely was a relief because we didn't find any tears. You never want to have that. I just have a lot of pain in that area. . . . I think I'll be all right, though. I should be good.'

Bynum had on a plastic walking boot and will continue to wear it while the injury heals.

'There's a lot of pain with it,' Bynum said. 'It just kind of takes a lot of pressure off.'

The Lakers play the Washington Wizards on Sunday and then leave Tuesday for the five-game trip that starts in San Antonio and ends in Atlanta a week later.

The Lakers' next practice after that probably would be April 1 in Los Angeles.

Bynum said he would be reevaluated 'probably when I get back here. I'm not sure. I have no idea. However they want to work it.'

The Lakers' first game back at Staples Center after their last major trip of the season is April 2 against the Utah Jazz.

Bynum was asked whether he would play then.

'I'm hoping,' he said. 'But it just depends on how long it takes this pain to go away the pain and the swelling.'

Bynum was injured early in the third quarter and left for the locker room with 10 minutes 9 seconds on the clock.

'It was kind of crazy. I was just running, too. It was something really weird,' Bynum said. 'I just felt a lot of pain in my calf and my Achilles'.'

Bynum missed 46 games during the 2007-08 season with a partial dislocation of his left knee that required off-season surgery.

He missed 32 games last season because of a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

The Lakers centers Achilles tendon injury is a strain, not a tear, which is good news. But hes still expected to miss six games, including the five-game trip that starts Wednesday, before being re-evaluated.

Bynum said he didn't have the same fear with his latest injury that he had with the two knee injuries.

'I walked off so it wasn't as bad,' Bynum said. 'It's better than being carried off.

'After it happened, I ran up the court once and down and then off. So it's not as bad.

'I'm not frustrated. I just want to get back and play.'

Bynum said he will continue to take anti-inflammatory medication and treat his knee with ice and hot-and-cold treatment.

He missed two games earlier this season because of a bruised right hip and has been wearing a brace on his right knee.

'But those are feeling pretty good,' Bynum said. 'My knees are fine. I've been getting treatment on them every day and the hip is feeling all right.'

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Saturday's games (7) review - by Eurobasket News
Golde State W. - Memphis G. 107-123
Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) scored 25 points, O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) added 21 and the Memphis Grizzlies sent Golden State to its 13th consecutive road loss with a 123-107 victory Saturday night. Zach Randolph added 20 points and 13 rebounds. In defeat, Monta Ellis shined with 28 points.

Boston C. - Dallas M. 102-93
Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) scored 29 points, Rajon Rondo (6'1''-G-86, college: Kentucky) added 20 points and 10 rebounds, and the Celtics stretched their winning streak to four games with a 102-93 victory over the Mavericks on Saturday night. Ray Allen netted 21 pts. The Mavs got 28 points from Dirk Nowitzki.

Milwaukee B. - Denver N. 102-97
In victory, Carlos Delfino (6'6''-G-82) scored 26 points, John Salmons (6'7''-F-79, college: Miami, FL) added 21, Ersan Ilyasova pitched in 14 points and 10 rebounds and Luke Ridnour hit 5 of 8 shots for 11 points. In Denver Nuggets, Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups netted 29 points each.

N.Orleans H. - Utah Jazz 86-106
Paul Millsap (6'7''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) had 22 points and 15 rebounds, and C.J. Miles (6'6''-G-87) made his first eight shots and scored 19 points for the Jazz, who were without two injured starters and missed Carlos Boozer for much of the game because of foul trouble. Deron Williams added 17 points and 11 assists. In NO Hornets, Marcus Thornton delivered 22 points.

Chicago B. - Philadelph.76 98-84
Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) scored 23 points in his return from a sprained left wrist, and Chicago snapped its losing streak at 10 games with a 98-84 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night. Kirk Hinrich (6'3''-G-81, college: Kansas) helped with 17 points and 11 assists. The hosts got 17 points and 11 boards from Mareese Speights.

Charlotte B. - Miami Heat 71-77
Quentin Richardson (6'5''-F-80, college: DePaul) scored all 18 of his points on first-half 3-pointers, Michael Beasley (6'9''-F-89, college: Kansas St.) added 16 points and the Heat beat Charlotte 77-71 to pass the Bobcats for sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Dwyane Wade collected 14 points and 9 assists. In the loosing squad, Stephen Jackson collected 18 pts and 5 rebs.

Toronto R. - New Jersey N. 100-90
Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) scored 23 of his 36 points in the second half and the Raptors kept the Nets on the road to an NBA single-season record for losses with a 100-90 victory Saturday night. Jarrett Jack (6'3''-G-83, college: Georgia Tech) collected 15 points and 8 rebounds. In NJ Nets, Devin Harris replied with 22 points, 6 boards and 7 assists.


Baylor beats Old Dominion 76-68 in 2nd round - by Eurobasket News
With its first NCAA tournament victory in 60 years out of the way, Baylor has now earned an extended stay.

LaceDarius Dunn (6'4''-G-87) scored 26 points and the third-seeded Bears outlasted No. 11 Old Dominion 76-68 on Saturday in the second round of the South Regional. Baylor squandered a 14-point first-half lead but went on a late 8-1 run to pull away.

Now, the Bears (27-7) head back to their home state to play 10th-seeded Saint Mary's in Houston in the round of 16.

Baylor struggled to beat Sam Houston State in the first round for its first NCAA tournament win since 1950, but the Bears arrived loose and confident against Old Dominion, taking a double-digit lead amid a barrage of early 3-pointers and alley-oops.

After the Monarchs (27-9) rallied to take the lead in the second half, Baylor received a big lift from 7-footer Josh Lomers (7'0''-C-87), who tied a career high with 14 points, 12 in the second half.

Old Dominion, which edged No. 6 seed Notre Dame 51-50 in the first round, was trying to become the first team from the Colonial Athletic Association to reach the round of 16 since George Mason's Final Four run in 2006. The Bears would have none of it, scoring the most points of any Monarchs opponent all season.

Down 38-28, Old Dominion scored nine straight points to start the second half. Frank Hassell (6'8''-F-88) dunked to make it a one-point game, then shot the Old Dominion cheering section a quick glance before heading back on defense.

A little while later, Kent Bazemore's two free throws put Old Dominion ahead 49-47 - its first lead since 1-0.

The Monarchs could never shake the Bears, though, and they couldn't contain Lomers, the lumbering senior who always seemed to be around the basket with the ball. With Baylor ahead 62-61, Old Dominion lost track of Lomers, and his three-point play started the Bears' final big run.

Dunn's 3-pointer made it 68-62, and a reverse layup by Tweety Carter (5'11''-G-86) put Baylor ahead by eight.

Hassell had 15 points and eight rebounds for Old Dominion.

The Bears made their first four shots of the game - including 3-pointers by Dunn and Carter and an alley-oop from Carter to Dunn - to take a 10-1 lead. Bazemore answered with an alley-oop dunk of his own at the other end, but that did little to stem the tide. Dunn made a 3-pointer and sneaked behind the defense for another alley-oop from Carter for a 15-5 lead.

Baylor led by as many as 14, and yet another alley-oop - again Carter to Dunn - made it 31-18. Carter capped the half with a floater that beat the buzzer to make it 38-28.

Carter finished with 12 points and eight assists.

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Top-seeded Kentucky routs Wake Forest 90-60 - by Eurobasket News
Two games, two blowouts.

John Calipari's top-seeded Kentucky Wildcats are young and inexperienced, but no longer unproven in the NCAA tournament, during which their average margin of victory now stands at 29.5 points after two rounds.

Darius Miller (6'7''-F-90) scored a career-high 20 points and Kentucky made easy work of No. 9 Wake Forest during a 90-60 rout in their second-round meeting Saturday night.

Miller scored 16 points in the first half to help the Wildcats (34-2) build an early double-digit lead that ballooned to 31 in the second half.

Demarcus Cousins (6'11''-F) added 19 points for Kentucky, while John Wall (6'4''-G) scored 14 and Eric Bledsoe 13.

Al-Farouq Aminu (6'9''-F-90) had 16 points for Wake Forest (20-11), which was down by 16 at halftime and never mounted a credible comeback attempt during the final 20 minutes. C.J. Harris added 11 points for the Demon Deacons.

Kentucky moves on to the East Regional semifinals in Syracuse, N.Y., where theyll play the winner of Sundays second-round game between 12th-seeded Cornell and No. 4 Wisconsin.

In their first-round game, Kentucky built a 40-point lead while cruising to a 100-71 victory over Atlantic Sun Conference champion East Tennessee State. The Wildcats seemed only marginally more challenged by their second-round opponent from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Wake Forest, which needed overtime to squeeze out a dramatic 81-80 win over Texas, looked worn down and outmanned as the Wildcats pounded their way inside for one easy basket after another. Kentucky scored 52 points in the paint and shot 60 percent. The Wildcats even outrebounded Wake Forest 42-34, a surprising statistic given that Wake Forest had outrebounded the Longhorns by 25 in the first round.

Sitting two rows behind the Kentucky bench, actress Ashley Judd was jubilant, happily posing for a photo with four students who had painted their chests white and blue, spelling out 'CATS' when they stood side-by-side. In a New Orleans Arena suite across from the Wake Forest bench, former Demon Deacons standout and current New Orleans Hornets All-Star Chris Paul sat, subdued, with family and friends.

Longtime Wake Forest fans had seen this all before. These teams had met four previous times, and Kentucky had won each time by 20 or more, the last two in the NCAA tournament.

Wake Forest scored the first six points of the game and it appeared early on that the Demon Deacons might be able to stay with the explosive Wildcats.

The score was tied at 19 after Harris 3-pointer, then Kentucky seemed to stomp on the proverbial accelerator, starting with a 7-0 run capped by Cousins dunk. Another dunk by Cousins capped an 8-0 run to close the first half, sending the Wildcats into the locker room with a 44-28 lead.

Wall opened the second half with a 3, igniting a 16-5 run that included Bledsoes 3 and Patrick Pattersons alley-oop jam on a feed from Miller, making it 60-33.

Bledsoes soaring one-handed jam and end-to-end layup highlighted a quick 6-0 spurt that pushed the lead to 68-37 with 12:41 to go.

From then on, the New Orleans Arena crowd, dominated by Kentucky blue, continued to roar with every Kentucky highlight, and a Bourbon Street block party seemed certain to follow.
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Panthers knock off No. 1 Kansas 69-67 - by Eurobasket News
In an NCAA tournament full of upsets, Northern Iowa pulled off the biggest one: The Panthers took down mighty Kansas.

Playing with poise down the stretch and getting another big 3-pointer from Ali Farokhmanesh (6'0''-G-88), Northern Iowa pulled off one of the biggest NCAA upsets in years by knocking No. 1 overall seed Kansas from the bracket with a program-defining 69-67 win on Saturday.

Northern Iowa (30-4) won the tempo tug-of-war, grounding the high-flying Jayhawks with in-their-jersey defense, then withstood a furious rally to become the first team to beat a No. 1 seed in the second round since UAB and Alabama did it to Kentucky and Stanford in 2004.

There have been 10 double-digits seeds to pull upsets this year; eight in the first round. No. 10 Saint Mary's beat Villanova on Saturday, and No. 11 Washington beat New Mexico.

But the ninth-seeded Panthers pulled the shocker of them all.

Farokhmanesh, Northern Iowa's first-round hero, had the biggest play of all, burying a 3-pointer in transition with the shot clock still in the 30s to end a dominating start-to-finish win that sends the Panthers to the round of 16 for the first time. UNI will face the Michigan State-Maryland winner in St. Louis.

Kansas (33-3) fell behind early and never made one of its anticipated runs, bowing out of the tournament with another disappointing NCAA loss to a mid-major. Cole Aldrich had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Marcus Morris added 16 points.

Farokhmanesh, who finished with 16 points, celebrated by jumping into a huddle of teammates to a chant of 'U-N-I!' while Jayhawks Morris and redshirt senior Mario Little (6'5''-G-87) crumbled to the floor, tears streaming down their faces when they finally rose.

Yes, this was monumental.

Kansas, the storied program with the blue-blood pedigree, went down for the mid-major count like it did to Bradley in 2006 and Bucknell the year before.

Kansas sneaked by Lehigh in the first round, using a spirit-crushing run to turn a scare into a 16-point win.

Northern Iowa had a fight all the way through its three-point win over UNLV in the opener, breaking a 20-year NCAA winless drought on Farokhmanesh's 25-footer with 4.9 seconds left.

This game was like opposite poles of two magnets; One of the nation's highest-scoring teams against Northern Iowa's stuck-in-the-mud mentality.

The Panthers faced the tougher task.

They had never played a No. 1-ranked team and no one from their conference had beaten one since 1962. UNI also seemed to be overmatched against KU's lineup of pros-in-waiting. When asked if any of their players could start for Kansas, Farokhmanesh and Adam Koch gave an uncomfortable laugh.

The thing about the Panthers is they know defensive positioning as well as any team in the country, moving in a symphonic dance of denial. Northern Iowa has become the most consistent team in its state, too, reaching the NCAA tournament five of the past seven years, good enough that Kansas coach Bill Self said there's no way Cinderella's shoe fits anymore.

He was right.

UNI went right at the Jayhawks, opening with a 10-2 run that had Self burning an early timeout against a mid-major for the second straight game.

The Panthers kept attacking, leading all but 56 seconds of the first half, by as much as eight. Farokhmanesh was at his quick-shooting best, hitting all four of his shots three 3s for 11 points to put UNI in the upset position, up 36-28 at halftime.

The Panthers kept it up.

Northern Iowa kept forcing Kansas into mistakes, didn't stop making shots and built the lead to 47-35 with 12 minutes left.

That's when Kansas starting inching back.

Turning up their defensive pressure, the Jayhawks clipped the lead down to 56-53 with just 4 minutes left as their fans made the Ford Center feel like Allen Fieldhouse.

The Panthers didn't blink, answering every challenge for the monster upset.
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Vols in Sweet 16 again - by Eurobasket News
Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl cleared his bench at the end of the game, a victory over No. 14 seed Ohio and a berth in the Midwest Regional semifinals secure.

It was time to reward the guys who helped the Volunteers get there.

J.P. Prince (6'7''-G-87, college: Arizona) scored 18 points and Scotty Hopson (6'7''-G-89) had 17 to lead sixth-seeded Tennessee to an 83-68 victory over Ohio on Saturday and give the Vols their third Sweet 16 berth in four years. The other starters pitched in, too: Brian Williams (6'10''-C-87) and Wayne Chism (6'9''-F-87) had 12 rebounds apiece, and Bobby Maze had nine assists.

But Pearl wanted them to share the celebration with the reserves who filled in after a New Year's Day gun, drug and alcohol bust left Tennessee with just six scholarship players.

'There's no question, Josh Bone and Renaldo Woolridge, Skylar McBee those guys all played a lot in a stretch of games,' Pearl said. 'We're a team, we're a family, and those guys got us through. ... We don't get here to this game if Melvin Goins doesn't step up to San Diego State, and Cameron Tatum, I thought, played well. And so it's a team.'

Tennessee (27-8) will play the winner of Sunday's Ohio State-Georgia Tech game in St. Louis. The Vols have never gotten past the third round, including losses to Ohio State and Louisville under Pearl in 2007 and '08.

'I've been there twice already and came up short twice,' Chism said. 'I'm happy to be back on that stage again, and I just can't wait to get there.'

Tommy Freeman scored 23 points for Ohio, which was the lowest seed to get out of the first round. But he didn't get enough help from Armon Bassett and D.J. Cooper, the guards who starred in the first-round victory over third-seeded Georgetown before combining for 23 points on 7-of-23 shooting against Tennessee.

Tennessee also dominated inside, outscoring the Mid-American Conference champions 58-12 in the paint.

'Right now,' Ohio coach John Groce said, 'I'm not thinking about the MAC tournament run right now or the win against Georgetown. I'm thinking about what we could have done better to play better. ... I do know that I'm awfully proud of our guys for not flinching numerous times during the season.'

Each of Saturday's games in Providence matched a double-digit seed against a team from a power conference. But one-half hour after tiny Saint Mary's knocked off Villanova a No. 2 seed and a Final Four participant in 2009 Ohio failed in its attempt to be just the third No. 14 seed to reach the Sweet 16 since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

'It's a great experience, especially being a freshman,' Cooper said. 'Just makes you more humble, makes you more hungry and makes you know what you have to do for next year, for the guys coming back.'

The Bobcats (22-15) trailed by six points midway through the second half before the Vols went on a 10-1 run to put it away.

Tennessee had an even more remarkable run after the New Year's Day incident three players were suspended, and starter Tyler Smith was kicked off the team a traffic stop that resulted in gun, drug and alcohol charges. They won their next five games, beating top-ranked Kansas with six scholarship players and three walk-ons.

'The character of this team has been building,' said Goins, who was among those arrested; all charges against him were later dismissed. 'I think we're saying something for ourselves. We have been through a lot, and just to have the chance to advance to the Sweet 16 is a blessing.'

The Bobcats earned their underdog status honestly: They were 7-9 in the Mid-American Conference this season and a No. 9 seed in the 12-team league tournament. But they swept through though the MAC postseason and then dispatched the Hoyas 97-83.

'It's bittersweet,' Bassett said. 'We've got a lot to be proud of. We weathered the storm and got a MAC championship when everybody counted us out. And we advanced in the tournament and beat a great team, a great program. So we've got a lot to be happy about.'

The Vols took the lead with an 18-2 run that started with 12 minutes left in the first half, turning a two-point deficit into a 14-point lead. Ohio kept firing 3-pointers they tried 26 in the game, making 10 but never got any closer than 50-45 on Freeman's 3-pointer with 13 minutes to play.

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Pullen rallies K-State past BYU, Fredette - by Eurobasket News
Jacob Pullen (6'0''-G-89) got knocked to the floor, his hip aching and his Kansas State team stuck in an early hole on the same floor where the NCAA tournaments biggest upset had just taken place.

When he refused to stay down, so did his Wildcats.

Jacob Pullen scored 20 of his career-high 34 points in the first half to help rally No. 2 seed Kansas State back from an early 10-point deficit, and the Wildcats turned away Jimmer Jimmer Fredette (6'2''-G) and BYU 84-72 on Saturday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

I just couldnt sit there and watch us play, Jacob Pullen said. Unless something was broken (or) I couldnt walk, man, I would have gotten back up and tried to play.

Behind Jacob Pullens standout effort on both ends of the floor, the Wildcats (28-7) are doing something they didnt do even when No. 2 NBA draft pick Michael Beasley was on the team two years ago moving into the third round of the NCAAs.

K-State coach Frank Martin (agency: KMG Sports Management ) and his athletic team will face the winner of Sundays game between No. 3 seed Pittsburgh and sixth-seeded Xavier next weekend in Salt Lake City. The last time the school made it that far came in 1988, when Mitch Richmond was completing his college career before moving on to the NBA.

Its an amazing feeling, Jacob Pullen said. Its a childhood dream. Ive watched basketball my whole life. I watched all of the NCAA tournaments since I was a kid, so for me to be able to be in this position, I thank Frank all the time. Its an amazing thing that he was able to give me the opportunity.

My recruitment wasnt crazy. I didnt have a million schools knocking on my door. I had some mid-major schools and then I had Frank walking through my door and telling me I could play.

Martin, the Wildcats fire-breathing coach, recalled how Jacob Pullen had been largely responsible for the Wildcats early exit from the tournament in Beasleys only year at K-State. He was charged with stopping Wisconsins Trevon Hughes (6'0''-G-87), who matched his career high with 25 points in a 72-55 rout.

But Jacob Pullen came back and accepted Martins discipline and structure, and committed to working hard to make the Wildcats better. Jacob Pullen called it his way of paying Martin back for believing in him.

You live for the moment where you get around guys like him, Martin said.

Jacob Pullen came alive with a scoring flurry shortly after he and Jimmer Fredette got tangled up in transition in the first half, scoring Kansas States final 11 points of the first half to build 41-31 lead after the Wildcats had fallen behind 10-0 to start the game. BYU never got closer than five in the second half.

Jacob Pullen ended up surpassing 30 points for the third time in his career while matching a career best with seven 3-pointers. Equally as important was his physical defense against Jimmer Fredette, who had scored 37 points to get the seventh-seeded Cougars (30-6) past Florida in double overtime in the first round.

Jimmer Fredette finished with 21 points on 4-of-13 shooting, breaking his string of three straight games with at least 30 points.

Jacob Pullen said he had studied Jimmer Fredettes crossover move and his favorite tendencies, and he executed Martins plan to keep Jimmer Fredette out of the middle of the floor.

I just tried to remember all of the those little things to make sure that I kept him at arms distance, Jacob Pullen said. Hes a good player, though. He still found ways to score the ball. I give him a lot of credit because hes an amazing scorer. He finds a way to score the ball, regardless of the defensive presence.

When he wasnt being hounded by Jacob Pullen, Jimmer Fredette faced the kind of physical play hed prepared for by playing a handful of games against inmates at upstate New York prisons.

Jimmer Fredette took shots to his face and head at least three times in the game, including a midcourt run-in with Denis Clemente that left him grabbing at his nose to check for blood. Jimmer Fredette also got smacked in the face in transition after a K-State steal in the first half and had his head dinged under the basket just after halftime.

They did a good job, were aggressive and sometimes that happens, said Jimmer Fredette, who added that he hadnt made up his mind about whether to enter the NBA draft. They had a good game plan, executed it pretty well and played good defense.

Jimmer Fredette put his stamp on March Madness with a combination of tricky scoop shots and clutch 3-pointers as he matched BYUs NCAA tournament scoring record in the opening game.

But then he ran into Jacob Pullen literally.

The two got tangled up after Jacob Pullen knocked the ball away from Jimmer Fredette with just under 7 minutes left in the first half and Jacob Pullen remained on the court for a few moments grasping his left hip. He stayed in the game and hit a 3-pointer from the right wing that gave K-State its first lead with 4:21 left before halftime.

They turned it up a notch and put a lot of pressure on us, said Jackson Emery, who hit two 3-pointers in BYUs opening 10-0 spurt. It wasnt a pressure that we havent seen before ... but it took us a little while to respond to their pressure and to just counter that. By the time we did that, we were already in a hole.
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SPU Dominates Postseason Awards - by Sanjey Noriega

SPOKANE, Wash. Seattle Pacific guard Chris Banchero (6'1''-G) and Falcon head coach Ryan Looney have been
voted the 2009-10 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Mens Basketball Player-of-the-Year and Coach-of-the-
Year, respectively.
Banchero was joined on the all-conference first team by teammate Brandon Larrieu (6'0''-G). Banchero, Larrieu and
Looney led the Falcons to a 22-5 record and to their fourth conference title in the nine-year history of the GNAC this

Banchero was the GNACs leading scorer in conference games and finished second overall to Saint Martins
forward Blake Poole with a 19.5 average. He edged Poole for the conference game scoring title by a single point.
Banchero also ranked 11th in the conference in field goal percentage (52.7) and assists (3.0) and 13th in steals (1.33).

Looney led the Falcons to their first outright conference title since 2006. SPU also shared the GNAC title in
2002 and 2007. Looney, a 1998 graduate of Eastern Oregon University, compiled a 95-55 record in five seasons at
his alma mater before joining SPU this year.

In addition to Banchero, two other players won special awards. Central Washington guard J.C. Cook was voted
the GNAC Newcomer of the Year and W.Oregon forward Tarance Glynn was selected the GNAC Freshmanof-
the-Year. It is the third year in a row a WOU player has either won or shared the Freshman-of-the-Year prize.

Cook finished the regular season ranked ninth in scoring, averaging 14.7 points per game and eighth in threepointers,
averaging 2.2. Glynn averaged 8.7 points and 4.3 rebounds for the Wolves.

Seattle Pacific and W.Washington each placed two players on the GNAC first team all-star team.
Representing the Vikings on the squad were Morris Anderson and Derrick Webb. Completing the first team were
Poole and Alaska Anchorage guard Brandon Walker.

Banchero, Anderson and Poole were the lone unanimous selections, while Anderson was the only first-team
repeater. Banchero was a second-team pick a year ago.

Earning second team honors were CWUs Cook and Chris Sprinker (6'9''-F/C), DeAndre Chambers and Derrick Wright (6'7''-F) of
Montana State Billings, Blair Wheadon (6'2''-G) of W.Oregon and Drew Eisinger (6'3''-G) of Northwest Nazarene. Eight more
players were honorable mention selections.


FIRST TEAM: +Chris Banchero, Seattle Pacific (G, 6-0, Jr., Seattle, WA); +*Morris Anderson, W.Washington (G, 6-3, Sr., Federal Way,
WA); Brandon Walker, Alaska Anchorage (G, 6-3, Jr., Hayward, CA); Brandon Larrieu, Seattle Pacific (W, 6-0, Sr., Puyallup, WA); Derrick
Webb, W.Washington (F, 6-3, Sr., Port Orchard, WA); +Blake Poole, Saint Martins (F, 6-5, Jr., Eugene, OR). +Unanimous *Repeater
SECOND TEAM: JC Cook, Central Washington (G, 6-1, Jr., Canby, OR); DeAndre Chambers, MSU Billings (G, 6-2, Jr., Monroe, NC); Blair
Wheadon, W.Oregon (G, 6-2, So., Junction City, OR); Derrick Wright, MSU Billings (F, 6-7, Sr., Brooklyn, NY); Drew Eisinger, Northwest
Nazarene (W, 6-3, Jr., Mill Creek, WA); Chris Sprinker, Central Washington (C, 6-9, Jr., Tacoma, WA).

Sather to resign as BHSU men's basketball coach, replace Meyer at Northern State - by Eurobasket News
The official announcement isnt expected until today, but Black Hills State University men's head basketball coach Paul Sather confirmed Thursday his plans to resign to take the same job at his alma mater, Northern State University in Aberdeen.

You cant be any more excited about the opportunity to return where it all started for me as a player, Sather said.

At the same time, its very difficult to leave. You talk about the definition of something being bittersweet, this is it.

Sather informed his Yellow Jacket players on Thursday of his plans to leave the school at the end of the academic year.

You have no idea how difficult that was. I wanted to thank them and tell them how much I appreciated what they did. Im getting a great opportunity because of those guys, Sather said.

Sather coached the Yellow Jackets for five years with a record of 94-62. His 2008-2009 team broke the 30-win barrier for the first time in school history and also went 13-1 in the Dakota Athletic Conference to claim the Yellow Jackets first DAC title.

His teams qualified for the NAIA National Tournament each of the past two seasons.

This year, the Yellow Jackets finished 21-10 and were co-champions of the DAC with Valley City State. BHSU was the No. 1 seed in the DAC tournament before falling to Jamestown in the semifinal round.

In the NAIA National Tournament, the Yellow Jackets lost to St. Francis (Ind.) 86-83 in the first round on a 3-pointer with the game clock winding down.

Sather is expected to take the place of Northern mens coaching legend Don Meyer, who retired at the end of February as the winningest coach in NCAA history with 923 victories.

Sather, a native of Princeton, Minn., captained the Wolves to two consecutive national tournament runner-up finishes in 1993 and 1994.

He later served one year as an NSU assistant coach under Meyers predecessor, Bob Olson, and then five years as an assistant to Meyer.

This is a chance to be closer to my family, Sather said. Everyone dreams about being able to coach at your alma mater, but thats not something that very many guys get a chance to do.

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UC basketball Coach Greg White resigns - by Eurobasket News
University of Charleston men's basketball Coach Greg White has resigned to pursue opportunities as a motivational speaker and to expand his youth basketball camps.

White, who led the Golden Eagles to a 19-11 record this season, will work with Big Shots, a camps and recruiting company based in Myrtle Beach, S.C., to grow his events, and will travel nationwide as a motivational speaker.

'Hopefully we can build these camps to some of the largest in the country,' said White, who has a record 195-147 at UC and 361-315 overall. 'The opportunities I gave are too good to pass up. They are here for me now, but a year from now, they may not be.'

White leaves UC with its top 10 players from this season returning for 2010-11, including Bahaadar Russell, who ranked fifth in the West Virginia Conference for individual scoring with an average of 20.1 per game, and John White, who led the conference in defensive rebounding.

'It's the right time for me,' White said. 'They will get a new coach and I'll be there supporting them next year.'

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IUP prepares for next step toward title - by Eurobasket News
Joe Lombardi, the mastermind of No. 2 Indiana (Pa.)'s current national championship contender in men's basketball, says he doesn't want the credit for the team's 31-2 record and its upcoming third trip to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight.

The former Pitt assistant says the players deserve the credit.

'Guys are just determined. It doesn't have much to do with coaching. It has to do with their focus and the habits they've been building since October, when we began practice,' Lombardi was saying Tuesday night following IUP's 84-72 victory over West Liberty in the Atlantic Region championship game.

The Crimson Hawks will play South Region champion Valdosta State at 2:30 p.m. March 24 in Springfield, Mass., in the quarterfinals, otherwise known as the Elite Eight.

Valdosta State (28-4) eliminated No. 1 Arkansas Tech in the regional semifinals.

'IUP is a very, very, very talented team. They've got talented players,' said West Liberty coach Jim Crutchfield, whose 10th-ranked Hilltoppers were averaging more than 103 points per game before the NCAA Tournament began. 'They're probably the most talented team in Division II in the country. They're probably No. 1 right now and probably deserve to be there.'

West Liberty (29-3) set a record for victories in a season this year.

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Tromso needed overtime to stay alive - by Eurobasket News
Tromso needed overtime to stay alive in the Final series over Asker. In Game 3 Tromso produced 81:80 win to trail 1-2. Matthew Lawrence (201-G-86, college: Missouri) exploded with 29 points, while Anthony Williams (203-F-83, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Cent.Florida) collected 16 points and 12 rebounds. Ronny Karlsen Ahlberg responded with 17 points in the losing effort. Eric Gaff and Lars Jger Torkildsen nailed 14 each. Game 4 is scheduled for March 21st.

Asker Aliens triumph in the country - by Eurobasket News
Asker Aliens triumph in the country as they won the Final series over Tromso 3-1. In Game 4 the Winner of the Regular Season smashed Tromso 82:49 to clinch the title. Asker opened the game with 17-11 and had 22-19 in the second period for 9-point lead at the halftime. With 27-7 the guests smashed the hosts in the third frame and added 16-12 in the last frame. Mustafa Mahnin (182-G-80) top-scored for the winners with 26 points, while Ronny Karlsen (203-F-78, college: Independence CC) added 17. Anthony Wiliiams produced 14 points in the losing effort.


PBBA Week IV: De La Salle organized, Orthodox Thaqafi Beit Sahour surprise, Catholic Action OT, Qalandia determined, Ibdaa Back, Orthodox Ramallah all day - by Tamara Awartani

Week Four continues with several surprises

De La Salle vs. Orthodox Bethlehem 92 72
A good game to watch that surely showed difference in game level, De La Salle has showed it all with set plays, teamwork, different defenses, full court press having all 12 players on court in the game, fast breaks and 3pointers.
Justin Bourne (198-F, college: Alaska-Fairb.) 'All Day' from 3pointers, to penetrations, assists, dunking rebounds, along with Sari Amer, Telly Rafidi, Hassan Awad, Hazem Khattab, Tawfiq Richard's 3pointers, and Elie Nassrawi with moves under basket.
Orthodoxi Bethlehem on the other hand awoke in the 2nd half and highly depended on Osama Abu Jaber who had several shots and penetrations with the help of Ibrahim AlBandak under basket and Firas Freig with great defense and penetrations, while Bassem Freig also had several shots and
Tavaris Watts (203-F-85, college: UTEP) also dunked rebounds along with good shots.
25/11, 30/22, 14/16, 23/23

Orthodox Beit Sahour vs. Eibal 70 61
Orthodox Beit Sahour surprised everyone by beating Eibal who beat the 2009 champ Ibdaa.
Beit Sahour had a wake up call players amongst themselves, coached by Paul Guerroro, a former Beit Sahour player, had good teamwork, with
Andre Moss (201-F/C-84, college: Eckerd) several shots, assists & rebounding along with Maher Kassiss, Oday Hilal, Husam Kokali and Rami Salsa's 3pointers, assists and penetrations.
While Eibal had an unusual bad day, miscommunication leading to no teamwork cost them the game along with missing out shots and passes even with
Jamal Walker (193-G/F-81, college: Briar Cliff) on the team.
14/20, 17/12, 17/12, 19/10

Catholic Action vs. AlAroob 101 94
A very close game that forced overtime in the last minute that Catholic Actions players took advantage of the fouls committed, free throws made leading to the win.
Catholic Action were on a slow pace in the 1st half, with no focus and determination to win the game until it hit them in the 2nd half,
Ty Brunson (203-F/C-80, college: Mass.-Lowell) gave them the edge in winning, by snatching rebounds, moves under basket hitting several free throws, while Shadi Bahnan (180-G-87) and the young Ibrahim Habash had a role with their penetrations and shots, along with Issa Qaraa (190-F-88) who had several steals and shots.
However, AlAroob were focused right from the start, playing hard throughout the game, especially
Tim Nelson (186-G-86, college: Oklahoma S&A) leading the team with 37 points and boosting his teammates with 9 assists and 6steals, while Ghaleb AlHreimi had several shots along with Jaber.
23/25, 18/25, 15/12, 29/23, 16/9

Qalandia vs. Orthodox Beit Jala 95 90
What a game going point by point! Qalandia right from the start was determined to win going hard throughout the game, while Orthodox Beit Jala are going down unexpectedly!
Qalandia with strong defense and led by
Jon Sheets (185-G-85, college: Maine) scoring and assists along with Nizar Shehadeh who had several 3pointers and penetrations as well as Adham Jazrawi and Ismael Hamad under basket.
While Orthodox Beit Jala for some reason arent being able to step through as before even with all the well known players,
Mike Grinder (191-G/F-80, college: Simpson (CA)) several 3pointers and shots, Raed Abu Rumman (188-F-81) & Rimon Zreineh's moves under basket, while Khalil Harb, Kamal Mukarker and Charlie Qattan played on the outside with their shots and assists it wasnt enough to win the game and get Beit Jala back on track.
22/23, 28/17, 20/20, 30/25

Ibdaa vs. Hiteen 82 67
A nice game to watch the skills of the players, especially
Malcolm Thomas (192-F-85, college: Widener) who did two face slam dunks along with corner shots being double teamed, strong penetrations from Jimmy Williams (196-G-86, college: Alders.-Broad.) and Shadi Takruri, 3pointers and assists amongst Hiteen players.
Ibdaa highly depended on the dual
Jimmy Williams (33points) and Iyad Yousef Abdalla (205-C-80) (30 points) who basically played screen and roll throughout the game having shots, penetrations and rebounding, along with Mahdi Eid and Nader Abu Yusef shots and moves under basket.
However, Hiteen were more of a team, played strong and gave up at times along with foul trouble that put them down on defense, Shadi Takruri had several penetrations and assists to Saed Darwazeh, Ahmad Abel Haq and Haitham Qana'eer under basket, along with Radwan Wanni and Mohammed AlHilou playing on the outside with several shots.
17/11, 19/16, 24/18, 22/22

Orthodox Ramallah vs. AlAhli 92 -59
Yet another practice game for Orthodox Ramallah, who tried different player combinations to be prepared for stronger games, Nadeem Mousa the new young player with great potential was the star of the game, snatching several rebounds and slam dunks, along with Khalil Hussary scoring several 3pointers, and all day shots and assists from their import. Ahmad Deeb stable play with great penetrations and shots along with Ammar Jalaytah.
While AlAhli 'importless' were not focused, several missed shots and gave up from the first minutes, while
Nabeel Nasser (192-C-81) scored several shots and had several rebounds along with Raed Diyab (184-G-74) 's 3pointers, Ammar Baghdadi (177-G-81), Ismael Sweiti (181-G-81) 's shots and Sameh Hdeib (191-C-81) under basket.
28/11, 20/10, 27/12, 26/17

While Sarriyet Ramallah vs. AlRa'I Saleh and Terrasanta vs. Islami Bethlehem games were rescheduled to Monday 22nd of March due to error in the court shot clocks on that day.

Standings - Men
PBBA Standings
 1. De La Salle 4-0 
 2. Orthodox R. 4-0 
 3. Catholic A. 3-1 
 4. Ibdaa D. 3-1 
 5. Sarriyet 2-1 
 6. Terrasanta 2-1 
 7. Ebal 2-2 
 8. Hiteen 2-2 
 9. Qalandia 2-2 
 10. Orth. Thaq. BS 2-2 
 11. Islami 1-2 
 12. Al Ahli 1-3 
 13. Bethlehem 1-3 
 14. Orthodox BJ 1-3 
 15. RaI AlSaleh 0-3 
 16. AlAroob YC 0-4 


PBL Standings
 1. Rochester R. 15-2 
 2. Capitanes 13-2 
 3. Lawton Ft.SC 10-2 
 4. Halifax R. 9-5 
 5. Vermont FH 9-7 
 6. Manchester 5-11 
 7. Maryland G. 4-11 
 8. Buffalo S. 3-12 
 9. Quebec Kebs 2-12 

Latest games - by Eurobasket News
Buffalo S. - Manchester M. 108-145
High School's Steve DeLuca (6'6''-F, college: Brandeis) scored a Millrats PBL franchise record 40 points as the Manchester Millrats kicked off their final home stand of the season with a convincing 145-108 win over the Buffalo Stampede on Saturday night at Southern New Hampshire University's Fieldhouse. With the victory, Manchester avenged a three-point buzzer beating road loss to Buffalo back in January. The Millrats came out of the gates running with the Stampede and pulled ahead to take a 33-14 lead by the end of the first.. Manchester extended it to 65-39 by halftime and began the second half with a run that pushed its edge to 90-56 at the halfway mark of the third, ultimately putting the possibility of a Buffalo comeback out of reach. Anthony Anderson owns the club record with 36, which was against Puerto Rico on January 8th. Deluca scorched the stampede for 10 three-pointers, while nearly grabbing a triple-double with 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Julian Allen netted 21 points and Dwight Brewington added 19 as well. Collecting double-doubles were Stanley Ocitti with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Anderson with 10 points and 12 assists. *Courtesy of

Manchester M. - Vermont FH 104-129
The Vermont Frost Heaves started the season 0-4, and with Tuesday's 129-104 dismantling of rival Manchester, the team won its third in a row and hit the .500 mark for the first time this season in Premier Basketball League action at the Barre Auditorium. Jawan Bailey (6'8''-F, agency: Union Sports, college: Incarnate World) 's 26 points led all scorers for Vermont, which improved to 7-7. He added eight rebounds and three steals. Marshall Brown (6'7''-F-85, college: Missouri) finished with 23 points, Matt Hall added 15 points and six assists, Jeral Davis (10 rebounds, three blocks), Al Stewart (six assists) and Aaron Cook (five assists) all tallied 11 points, and Jared Carter (four blocks, four rebounds) added 10 points. Manchester, now 4-13, was paced by Charles Bronson's 21 points. Steve DeLuca added 16 points, Charles Mason had 14 points and eight rebounds, both Derek Savage and Julian Allen chipped in 13 points and Taron Trahan tallied 10 points. *Courtesy of

Vermont FH - Maryland GH 125-121
Marshall Brown set a new franchise game scoring record with 42 points as the Vermont Frost Heaves outlasted the Maryland Greenhawks, 125-121, in Premier Basketball League action Saturday night. Juwan Bailey added 20 points while Duwan Rice tallied 16 points and 12 assists for the Frost Heaves. Vermont, which took a 62-56 halftime lead, converted 16 of 21 shots from the line in the fourth quarter. Brown broke the mark of 40 points set last year by Benson Collier, Vermont head coach Joe Salerno Jr. said. Vermont (9-7) plays host Maryland at 2:05 p.m. March 27 at Memorial Auditorium. *Courtesy of

Rochester R. - Buffalo S. 120-109
Melvin Council (6'3''-G, college: Robert Morris) scored 25 points as the Rochester RazorSharks overcame a shaky start and defeated the Buffalo Stampede 120-109 Thursday at Canisius College. The RazorSharks (12-3) trailed by as many as 11 in the first quarter but began the second quarter on a 14-6 run to pull within 32-31. Rochester eventually tied the score at 34 on a 3-pointer by Council and took a 56-53 halftime lead. The Stampede battled back in the third quarter, taking a 74-69 lead, but the RazorSharks outscored Buffalo 41-26 in the fourth to pull away. Lincoln Smith added 16 points and Keith Friel, Marlin Johnson and David Bailey each chipped in with 14 points for Rochester, which has won all four meetings this season against Buffalo. Derik Hollyfield had 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the RazorSharks, who have won seven games in a row and trail first-place Puerto Rico (14-2) by 1 1/2 games in the Premier Basketball League. The RazorSharks, who have five games remaining, need a win and a loss by Vermont to clinch one of four playoff spots in the PBL. Rochester can move into second place in the standings with a win at Lawton-Fort Sill (13-2) on Sunday. *Courtesy of

Quebec K. - Lawton Ft.SC 83-117
The Oklahoma Cavalry charged the Quebec City Kebs at last night's Premier Basketball League (PBL) game, played at Great Plains Coliseum. The final score was 117-83 in favour of the Calvary. The Quebec City Kebs lead against the Calvary with 27 to 23 in a fierce first quarter. The control was quickly turned over to the Calvary in the second quarter. With 8 failed attempts the 3-point shot, the Kebs appeared to have run out of steam and scored a meager 7 points against the Calvary's 21. 'We have not played badly, but with reduced players, we could not sustain the pace against the best team on the PBL circuit.' Report Kebs Head Coach, Alejandro Hasbani after the game. The Kebs Jamaal Wise (6'5''-F-83, college: Rhode Island) played an excellent game scoring 25 points and 8 rebounds. He was a critical component in keeping the Kebs in the game and in creating the Kebs early 4-point lead in the first quarter. *Courtesy of

Vermont FH - Maryland GH 131-102
Marshall Brown scored a team-high 30 points for the Vermont Frost Heaves in Friday's 131-102 victory over the Maryland Greenhawks. Jeral Davis (7'1''-C-84) wound up with 23 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks for the Frost Heaves, who jumped out to a 30-13 lead in the first quarter. Juwan Bailey (20 points), Aaron Cook (14 points), Ross Demasi (10 points, eight rebounds), Matt Hall (10 points) also reached double figures for Vermont, while teammate Duwan Rice tallied seven points and 12 assists. 'We had 38 assists as a team, so the ball movement was great,' Vermont coach Joe Salerno said. 'We're 8-7 after and an 0-4 start, so we're peaking at the right time and we're hoping to qualify for the playoffs. Vermont will face Maryland (3-12) again tonight. *Courtesy of

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Larry AYUSO
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Ayuso, Capitanes22.1 
 2. Bennett, Halifax R.21.7 
 3. Sherrill, Maryland.20.9 
 4. Mouton, Maryland.19.3 
 5. Wise, Quebec K.19.2 
 6. Robinson, Buffa.18.9 
 7. Bronson, Manchest.18.9 
 8. Anderson, Manchest.18.7 
 9. Cortes, Capitanes18.3 
 10. Jackson, Vermo.18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Angelo REYES
  Avg: 15.4
 1. Reyes, Capitanes15.4 
 2. Crookshank, Halif.14.1 
 3. Aubry, Capitanes13.2 
 4. Cunningham, Maryland.10.7 
 5. Ross, Buffalo S.9.3 
 6. Demasi, Vermont FH9.1 
 7. Wise, Quebec K.8.9 
 8. Bronson, Manchest.8.4 
 9. Johnson, Rocheste.8.3 
 10. Ocitti, Manchest.8.1 
Assists Per Game
  Manchester M.
  Avg: 7
 1. Anderson, Manchest.7.0 
 2. Rodriguez, Capit.6.6 
 3. Rice, Vermont FH6.2 
 4. Ervin, Halifax R.5.9 
 5. Crouch, Rocheste.5.9 
 6. Bowden, Lawton F.5.4 
 7. Flegler, Maryland.4.8 
 8. Daniels, Lawton F.4.8 
 9. Sherrill, Maryland.4.8 
 10. Mouton, Maryland.4.7 
Steals Per Game
  Rochester R.
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Johnson, Rocheste.2.8 
 2. Fortier, Quebec K.2.3 
 3. Bowden, Lawton F.2.2 
 4. Robinson, Buffa.2.2 
 5. Crouch, Rocheste.1.9 
 6. Thomas, Maryland.1.9 
 7. Holmes, Quebec K.1.9 
 8. Gilchrese, Manche.1.8 
 9. Rice, Vermont FH1.8 
 10. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.7 
Blocks Per Game
  Maryland GH
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Anderson, Maryland.3.3 
 2. Davis, Vermont FH2.3 
 3. Crookshank, Halif.1.9 
 4. Aubry, Capitanes1.8 
 5. Thomas, Maryland.1.7 
 6. Ocitti, Manchest.1.6 
 7. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.3 
 8. Bailey, Rocheste.1.2 
 9. Marshall, Lawton F.1.1 
 10. Bailey, Vermont FH1.1 


Michael Wright leads South in PLK All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News
South - North 106:92
Team South claimed a comfortable win over North in the PLK All-Star Game. Michael Wright (203-F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arizona) was named MVP. He tallied impressive 30 points and 15 rebounds in the victory. Andrzej Pluta (182-G-74, agency: Court Side) won Three-Point Shootout Contest. He gained 20 points in the final round to overcome Tomasz Celej and Michal Woloszyn. Eddie Miller (191-G-85, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Fresno St.) in the meantime became the best dunker as he defeated Quinton Day in the Slam-Dunk Contest final round.
The game itself was highly entertaining as usual. South led by one at the first break 28:27. They stepped on the gas in the second frame and cleared off to a 9-point halftime lead. But North led by Iwo Kitzinger (188-G-85, agency: Interperformances) and Lawrence Kinnard (202-F-86, college: UAB) won the third frame and got within 7 points with ten minutes to go. But the final frame belonged to the South Team. They limited their opponents to 17 points and pulled away a spectacular win.
Eddie Miller nailed 15 points for the winners. Jeremy Chappell (191-G-87, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Robert Morris) finished with 12 points, while Andrzej Pluta nailed 11 for the winning side. Lawrence Kinnard and Iwo Kitzinger responded with 14 points each for North. Tomasz Kesicki (212-C-86) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

South: Michael Wright 30+15 boards, Eddie Miller 15, Jeremy Chappell 12, Andrzej Pluta 11
North: Lawrence Kinnard 14, Iwo Kitzinger 14, Tomasz Kesicki 13


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

Standings - Proliga
Proliga Standings
 1. Penafiel 17-2 
 2. Lusitania 16-3 
 3. Barcelos 15-4 
 4. Povoa 10-9 
 5. Galitos FC 10-9 
 6. Electrico FC 10-9 
 7. Sangalhos 9-10 
 8. Angra 8-11 
 9. Terceira Basket 8-11 
 10. Seixal 7-12 
 11. A.Musical 2-17 
 12. Maia Basket 2-17 

Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
Points Per Game
 Brandon DAGANS
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Dagans, Ginasio23.3 
 2. Crutchfield, Sampa.21.8 
 3. Madison, Sampaense21.7 
 4. Waller, Ovarense20.2 
 5. Webster, CAB20.1 
 6. Ramos, Benfica18.9 
 7. Powers, Fisica18.7 
 8. Voorhees, AD Vagos18.5 
 9. Clark, Barreirense18.2 
 10. Smith, AD Vagos17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christopher LEE
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Lee, Ovarense10.6 
 2. Nealy, VSC Guimar.10.1 
 3. Smith, AD Vagos9.7 
 4. Johnson, Fisica9.5 
 5. Johnson, Academica9.2 
 6. St.Robert, Illiabum9.2 
 7. Shaw, Illiabum8.9 
 8. Terrell, Porto F.8.9 
 9. Wilson, Sampaense8.8 
 10. Sowell, Barreirense8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Daniel FELIX
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Felix, Illiabum3.2 
 2. Dagans, Ginasio2.3 
 3. Costa, Ginasio2.3 
 4. Schneider, CAB2.2 
 5. Balseiro, Sampa.2.2 
 6. Silva, VSC Guimar.2.2 
 7. Pedroso, CAB2.1 
 8. Perdigao, AD Vagos2.1 
 9. Mims, VSC Guimar.2.1 
 10. Reed, Benfica2.0 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Manarte, Ovarense6.4 
 2. Reveles, AD Vagos5.8 
 3. Felix, Illiabum5.8 
 4. Costa, Ginasio5.4 
 5. Fernandes, CAB4.5 
 6. Sing, Sampaense4.5 
 7. Pinto, Barreirense4.2 
 8. Mims, VSC Guimar.4.2 
 9. Miranda, Ovarense4.1 
 10. Simoes, Academica4.1 
Blocks Per Game
  AD Vagos
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Smith, AD Vagos1.5 
 2. Grimes, Academica1.5 
 3. Lee, Ovarense1.5 
 4. Terrell, Porto F.1.4 
 5. Soderberg, CAB1.3 
 6. DeWitz, Benfica1.3 
 7. Wilson, Sampaense1.3 
 8. Brown, Barreirense1.2 
 9. Frisby, Benfica1.2 
 10. Stempin, Porto F.1.1 

LPB Round: 17 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
AD Vagos - Sampaense 82-77
AD Vagos recorded the sixth win as they prevailed against Sampaense. Brandon Voorhees (201-F-84, college: Park) nailed 25 points to lead AD Vagos. John Smith tallied 23 points and 15 rebounds in the victory. Bobby Madison responded with 28 points, 7 steals and 5 boards in the losing case.

Ginasio - Illiabum 72-60
Brandon Dagans (185-G, college: Lewis) scored 20 points to lead Ginasio to the 6th win in the season. They toppled visiting Illibaum. Jose Costa nailed 16 points in the winning effort. Matthew Shaw notched 16 points and 10 rebounds for Illibaum.

Benfica - VSC Guimar. 88-75
Benfica fired down Guimaraes to earn the 16th straight win. Sergio Ramos (200-F-76) knocked down 21 points to lead Benfica. Joao Santos accounted for 16 points and 10 rebounds for the league leaders. Karlton Mims replied with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals for Guimaraes.

Fisica - Porto Ferpinta 43-76
Porto thumped Fisica to grab the 11th win. Nuno Marcal (205-F-75) scored 19 points for the visitors. Carlos Andrade netted 15 points and 6 rebounds in the win. Louis Johnson had 11 points and 6 caroms for Fisica.

Ovarense - CAB 74-63
Ovarense held off CAB Madeira for the 13th win in the season. Miguel Miranda (205-F-78) scored 17 points and pulled down 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Christopher Lee added 16 points for Ovarense. Matthew Webster knocked down 32 points and collected 10 rebounds for CAB Madeira.

Academica - Barreirense 85-84
Academica snatched a narrow home win over Barreirense. Kalen Grimes (206-C, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Missouri) fored 20 points to lead the effort. Manuel Johnson added 15 points and 15 rebounds as Academica improved at 7-10 record. Jose Silva was responsible for 16 points in defeat.

Proliga Round: 19 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Maia Basket - Terceira Basket 65-105
Terceira fired past Maia Basket on the road. Matthew Murrer (201-F-84, college: VMI) accounted for 25 points and 10 rebounds for Terceira. Alvaro Pontes netted 21 points in the winning effort. Jose Mesquita responded with 20 points for Maia Basket.

Barcelos - A.Musical 82-55
Barcelos knocked down Academica Musical for the 15th victory. John Winchester (193-G-83, college: Robert Morris) and Carlos Fechas delivered 18 points apiece to lead the hosts. Sergio Duarte added 15 points for Barcelos. Ba Cassama accounted for 20 points and 9 caroms for Academia Musical.

Angra - Galitos FC 60-70
Galitos overcame Angra to post the tenth win in the tournament. Tiago Freixo (187-G-87) scored 18 points to lead the charge. Tiago Brito finished with 15 points for Galitos. Tony Murphy delivered 17 points for Angra in defeat.

Penafiel - Lusitania 65-61
Penafiel defeated their top rivals Lusitania to clear off on top of the standings. James Grabowski (201-F-86, college: SW Baptist) knocked down 17 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 4 steals for the league leaders. Sidney Holmes added 12 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists for Penafiel. Mohamed Camara responded with 17 points for Lusitania.

Sangalhos - Povoa 75-60
Sangalhos defeated Povoa to improve at 9-10 record. Arturo Dubois (201-F-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Delaware St.) notched 27 points and 15 rebounds to lead the effort. Nuno Bizarro added 18 points in the victory. George Ehiagwina and Ethan Shaw answered with 13 points each for Povoa.

Electrico FC - Seixal 71-58
Danilson Vieira (192-F-85) knocked down 18 points to lead Electrico past Seixal. Anastacio Sami chipped in 17 points as Electrico climbed at 10-9 record. Denis Neves responded with 15 points and 12 rebounds for Seixal.


Indians still cant savor a Victory - by Luis Ramirez
Looking to break their losing streak, the Mayaguez Indians faced the Isabela Gallitos who have been playing well at home. The Indians who are in a desperate need of a win were kept at bay as the Gallitos did not disappoint their home fans and rallied to take the game, 95-89.

The Indians took the 1st quarter 22-18 behind the hot hand shooting of James Maye who scored 12 points in this quarter. In the 2nd quarter the Gallitos made their defensive adjustments and Maye would not continue his torrid shooting and the Gallitos cut the lead to just two points for the Indians as the half came to a close 47-45.

In the 3rd quarter, the Gallitos got hot and took the lead behind the shooting of Rafael Perez and Shawn Pruitt. The Gallitos took a 5 point lead as with a second left on the clock Filiberto Rivera (187-G-82, college: UTEP) sank a 3 pointer to end the quarter.

In the 4th quarter the Indians tried to rally back after being down by 7 points 73-66 with 7:18 to go in the game, the Indians made some key free throws and were able to cut the lead to just 2 points 73-71 with 7:07 to go in the game. After a timeout for the Gallitos, the Indians went cold for several minutes and the Gallitos were able to expand the lead once again to 6 points with 4:38 to go. The Indians once again made a valiant effort and were able to cut the lead to just 2 points with 3:53 on the clock. Although the Gallitos once again made an offensive run, the Indians counter with one of their own and got to just 1 point with 1:15 left but the Gallitos were able to seal with win by making their free throws.

For Isabela, Filiberto Rivera (187-G-82, college: UTEP) scored 25 points while Rafael Perez scored 23 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.

For Mayaguez, James Maye scored 23 points with 8 rebounds and Dan Langhi scored 18 points with 13 rebounds.

In other BSN action, the Guaynabo Mets clobbered the Humacao Caciques 87-69. Guaynabo took the 1st half 34-32. In the 2nd half the Mets were simply just too much for the Caciques. The Caciques were trailing by 11 points 52-41 with 3:26 to go in the quarter and then they made an offensive run to cut the lead to just 4 points with1:09 left in the quarter, but consecutive baskets from Antonie Walker and Angel Figueroa brought the Mets back as the quarter came to an end.

In the 4th the Caciques went into a cold spell and the Mets were able to extend their lead to 16 points early in the quarter. The Caciques would not mount a serious threat from this point on.

For Guaynabo, Antoine Walker scored 22 points followed by Angel Figueroa with 13 points.

For Humacao, both Kleon Penn and John Millsap scored 11 points to lead the Caciques.

Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
 1. Guaynabo 5-1 
 2. Capitanes 4-1 
 3. Ponce 4-2 
 4. San German 4-2 
 5. Bayamon 4-3 
 6. Isabela 3-3 
 7. Quebradillas 2-3 
 8. Santurce 2-4 
 9. Humacao 1-4 
 10. Mayaguez 0-6 

Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Avg: 24
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon24.0 
 2. Maye, Mayaguez23.3 
 3. Hickerson, San G.21.5 
 4. Nailon, Quebradillas20.6 
 5. Copeland, San G.19.7 
 6. Perez, Isabela19.2 
 7. Priutt, Isabela19.2 
 8. Gainous, Santurce18.5 
 9. Villegas, San German18.0 
 10. Green, Isabela17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Priutt, Isabela15.2 
 2. Langhi, Mayaguez14.0 
 3. Traylor, Bayamon12.0 
 4. Reyes, Capitanes10.0 
 5. Dyer, San German10.0 
 6. Walker, Guaynabo9.8 
 7. Hickerson, San G.9.5 
 8. Aubry, Capitanes9.2 
 9. Collins, Ponce9.2 
 10. Millsap, Humacao9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon7.8 
 2. Cruz, Ponce6.2 
 3. Russell, Quebradillas6.0 
 4. Hickerson, San G.5.0 
 5. Copeland, San G.4.5 
 6. Hatton, Ponce4.2 
 7. Graham, Mayaguez4.2 
 8. Guzman, Guaynabo3.8 
 9. Green, Isabela3.8 
 10. Rodriguez, Capit.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Rafael PEREZ
  Avg: 2
 1. Perez, Isabela2.0 
 2. Copeland, San G.2.0 
 3. Hodge, Santurce2.0 
 4. Sanchez, Santurce2.0 
 5. Berdiel, Humacao1.8 
 6. Mojica, Bayamon1.7 
 7. Gonzalez, Santurce1.5 
 8. Figueroa, Guaynabo1.5 
 9. Rivera, Isabela1.3 
 10. Huertas, Quebradillas1.2 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gainous, Santurce1.8 
 2. Nieves, Santurce1.7 
 3. Priutt, Isabela1.7 
 4. Mays, Humacao1.6 
 5. Berdiel, Humacao1.5 
 6. Russell, Quebradillas1.4 
 7. Maye, Mayaguez1.3 
 8. Villafane, Santurce1.2 
 9. Perez, Isabela1.2 
 10. Lopez, Mayaguez1.2 

BSN Import's Power Rankings - by Rafael Otero
As the latest PR import's update we decided to take a quick view at player's performances so far and rank them due to that performances as of right now. Some had left already, some just arrived. The list is base in stats, overall performance and player contribution to his team. Here is the list:

1. Lee Nailon (204-F-75, college: TCU)- Quebradillas= Although he initially came as a substitute for Shawn El Cano Redhage until he finish his season in Australia, team is seriously considering keep him for all season due to his great performance so far. He has made a solid all around contribution to 'Piratas'.

2.Shawn Pruitt- Isabela= Start a little rusty but now seems in a very good rhythm in both ends of the floor. Leading rebounder of the tournament and top 3 in blocks.

3.LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82, college: Cumberlands)- San German= Since his arrival he has impressed everybody with his athletic ability but he can provide other things on the floor as well. Has fill in perfectly so far to a young and hunger 'Atleticos' squad.

4. Davin Green (201-G/F-82, college: Hampton)- Isabela= Has been Gallitos go to go guy since the preseason. Can provide a little bit of everything on the floor.

5.Robert Traylor (204-F/C-77, college: Michigan)- Santurce= Since joining 'Vaqueros', the 'Tractor' has provided inmediate impact to the current champs. He came as a savior due to the poor performance of Fran Steyn.

6.Marcus Fizer (203-F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.)- Guaynabo= With some up and downs Fizer is proving that he still the elite player we are use to see and has been a double-double guy almost every night.

7. Anthony Walker (204-F-75, agency: Scenic Sports Group, LLC., college: Kentucky)- Guaynabo= Walker's game has shown some progress lately and seems likes he is getting into a rhythm. He is part of the reason Mets are 5-1.

8. Marqis Gainous (206-F-76, college: TCU)- Santurce= In his first time in Puerto Rico, he showed a not impressive but solid overall game. Unfortunately, he injured his hand and 'Cangrejeros' were forced to substitute him.

9. James Mays (206-F-86, college: Clemson)- Humacao= The main contributor to 'Cacique's' cause so far. Has been inconsistent but has shown that he can carry his team offensively any given night.

10.Blake Walker (196-G/F-82, college: Portland St.)- San German= An underrated component of his team success so far. His future is uncertain though due to 'Atletico's' need of a big man right now.

11.James Maye (201-G/F-81, college: NC-Greensboro)- Mayaguez= Has taken the things where he lefted last year, scoring in bunches since his arrival. His performance hasn't convert in team victories yet though.

12.DeAngelo Collins (206-F-82)-- Ponce= He came as the leading rebounder in China but hasnt made justice for himself in the BSN. 'Leones' played their last game in San German without him so his status is uncertain as of right now.

13.Walker Russell (183-G-82, college: Jacksonville St.)- Quebradillas= The ex NBDL assist leader is 3rd in BSN with 6 ast per game but hasn't been able to contribute that much on the offensive end as 'Piratas' expected. Some rumors place him out of PR soon due to his team 2-3 record but nothing officially has been announced.

14.Dan Langhi (208-F-77, college: Vanderbilt)- Mayaguez= Solid back to back games since his debut showing that he is ready to help last year's Cinderella team 'Indios' to obtain their first victory of the season. Mayaguez hopes that Langhi-Maye duo can repeat their last year's performance.

15.Chris Daniels (211-C-84)- Santurce= He came as one of top rebounders in S. Korea this season. Has shown some skills since substituting Marqis Gainous . In 2 games with him, his team plays for 1-1.

BSN: Game reports with stats (March 14 - March 20) - by Eurobasket News
Mayaguez - Isabela 89-95
Looking to break their losing streak, the Mayaguez Indians faced the Isabela Gallitos who have been playing well at home. The Indians who are in a desperate need of a win were kept at bay as the Gallitos did not disappoint their home fans and rallied to take the game, 95-89. The Indians took the 1st quarter 22-18 behind the hot hand shooting of James Maye who scored 12 points in this quarter. In the 2nd quarter the Gallitos made their defensive adjustments and Maye would not continue his torrid shooting and the Gallitos cut the lead to just two points for the Indians as the half came to a close 47-45. In the 3rd quarter, the Gallitos got hot and took the lead behind the shooting of Rafael Perez and Shawn Pruitt. The Gallitos took a 5 point lead as with a second left on the clock Filiberto Rivera (187-G-82, college: UTEP) sank a 3 pointer to end the quarter. In the 4th quarter the Indians tried to rally back after being down by 7 points 73-66 with 7:18 to go in the game, the Indians made some key free throws and were able to cut the lead to just 2 points 73-71 with 7:07 to go in the game. After a timeout for the Gallitos, the Indians went cold for several minutes and the Gallitos were able to expand the lead once again to 6 points with 4:38 to go. The Indians once again made a valiant effort and were able to cut the lead to just 2 points with 3:53 on the clock. Although the Gallitos once again made an offensive run, the Indians counter with one of their own and got to just 1 point with 1:15 left but the Gallitos were able to seal with win by making their free throws. For Isabela, Filiberto Rivera scored 25 points while Rafael Perez scored 23 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. For Mayaguez, James Maye scored 23 points with 8 rebounds and Dan Langhi scored 18 points with 13 rebounds. *by Luis Ramirez

Humacao - Guaynabo 69-87
Guaynabo Mets clobbered the Humacao Caciques 87-69. Guaynabo took the 1st half 34-32. In the 2nd half the Mets were simply just too much for the Caciques. The Caciques were trailing by 11 points 52-41 with 3:26 to go in the quarter and then they made an offensive run to cut the lead to just 4 points with1:09 left in the quarter, but consecutive baskets from Antonie Walker and Angel Figueroa brought the Mets back as the quarter came to an end. In the 4th the Caciques went into a cold spell and the Mets were able to extend their lead to 16 points early in the quarter. The Caciques would not mount a serious threat from this point on. For Guaynabo, Anthony Walker (204-F-75, agency: Scenic Sports Group, LLC., college: Kentucky) scored 22 points followed by Angel Figueroa with 13 points. For Humacao, both Kleon Penn and John Millsap scored 11 points to lead the Caciques. *by Luis Ramirez
Ponce - Capitanes 66-74
It was the duel of the last two remaining undefeated BSN teams, and it took a late surge in the game for the Arecibo Captains to top the Ponce Lions 74-66. Ponce initiated the game with a 3 pointer from Alvin Cruz and then saw Arecibo go on a 10-0 run to claim the lead early in this 1st quarter. Then it was the Lions turn who made a 6-0 run to cut the lead to just 1 point 10-9 with 2:09 left in the quarter. The quarter ended 15-11 in favor of the Captains. In the 2nd quarter, the Lions used their speed and using a fast break took the lead 18-17 with 8:25 to play in the half. Both teams traded the lead until late in the quarter when the Lions reclaimed the lead once again 28-25 with 2:08 to go. The half ended with the Lions in the lead 35-29. In the 3rd quarter, both teams traded leads but it was the Captains who were leading at the end of the quarter 50-48. In the 4th quarter, Arecibo opened up with a 5 point lead and from this point on never trailed again. Although the Lions made a valiant effort to keep the score close in this quarter, it was a 3 point bomb from Larry Ayuso who put the game away for the Captains. For Arecibo, David Cortes (190-G/F-81) scored 20 points followed by Angelo Reyes with 13 points and 10 rebounds. For Ponce, Alvin Cruz scored 19 points while Bobby Joe Hatton scored 12 points. *by Luis Ramirez

Capitanes - Quebradillas 87-86
Arecibo Captains rebounded from a loss the night before to defeat the Quebradillas Pirates 87-86. The Captains were able to defend the Pirates well in the last quarter to take the victory. The 1st half ended with the Pirates in the lead 49-38. For the Captains, David Cortes scored 27 points followed by Larry Ayuso with 23 points. For Quebradillas, Lee Nailon (204-F-75, college: TCU) scored 25 points followed by Joel Jones with 18 points. *by Luis Ramirez

Santurce - Bayamon 86-95
In the last game of the night, it was the Bayamon Cowboys over the Santurce Crabbers 95-86. The Cowboys took the lead in the 1st quarter and never looked back. The half ended 44 37 for the Cowboys. In the 2nd half it was much the same. For Bayamon, Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) scored 19 points and had 8 assists while Terrance Shannon scored 16 points and had 8 rebounds. For Santurce, Chris Daniels scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds followed by Ricardo Dalmau with 13 points. *by Luis Ramirez

Ponce - San German 68-76
The San German Athletics beat the Ponce Lions 76-68. The Athletics used their speed and aerial game to dominate the Lions while playing at home. The 1st quarter opened up with the Lions taking the ball inside and this gave the Lions a short-lived advantage as the Athletics were able to come up with an answer to the Lions inside game to finish down by only 2 points in this quarter, 19-17. In the 2nd quarter the Athletics claimed the lead based on their outside shooting and overall defense. The half ended with the Athletics in command, 38-33. In the 3rd quarter the Athletics got help from Johwen Villegas who made key 3 pointers to pull the Athletics to a commanding lead. The quarter ended 62-51. In the 4th quarter it was the Athletics aerial show as they got several alley-up passes which made the local fans going into frenzy. The building was jam packed for this game and the local players did not disappoint their fan. The Lions would never recover in the quarter and would see their 2nd defeat of the season. For San German, Daniel Cooperland (177-G-84, college: Seton Hall) and Johwen Villegas both scored 18 points, Villegas also grabbed 9 rebounds while Copeland also dished out 7 assists. For Ponce, Ricardo Melendez scored 19 points followed by Gabriel Colon with 13 points. Manuel Narvaez captured a total of 16 rebounds for the Lions in a losing cause. *by Luis Ramirez

San German - Guaynabo 89-96
Guaynabo celebrated nice 89-96 victory against San German getting 20 points and 12 rebounds from Anthony Walker. Ansel Guzman also shined in this win netting 20 points. In the loosing squad, LeRoy Hickerson exploded with 31 points and 11 rebs.

Santurce - Humacao 71-74
Humacao Caciques beat the Santurce Crabbers 74-71. The first half saw the Caciques in front 37-35, the Caciques were able to hold off a late surge by the Crabbers to take the win. For Humacao, John Millsap (198-F-82, college: UTSA) scored 18 points and captured 13 rebounds, while James Mays scored 17 points. For Santurce, Roberto Nieves scored 18 points and Marquis Gainous scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. *by Luis Ramirez

Guaynabo - Mayaguez 85-73
The Mayaguez Indians are the only BSN team which has yet to win a game this season, their record now stands at 0-5. Last night the Guaynabo Mets had an explosive 4th quarter to beat the Indians 85-73. The 1st quarter saw the Indians ahead 24-20 but the half ended with the Mets in the lead 40-38. In the 3rd quarter the Indians came back and once again took the lead as the quarter closed 58-53. It looked like the Indians were headed for their 1st win, but then came the 4th quarter, a 3 pointer from Carlos Escalera gave the Mets the lead for good with 8:20 to go in the game. The Indians committed several turnovers and went cold on offense, just as the Mets got hot and with 2:02 to go in the game the Mets were comfortably in the lead by 15 points, 82-67. The Mets cruised the rest of the way. For Guaynabo, Marcus Fizer (203-F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.) scored 31 points followed by Angel Figueroa with 18 points. For Mayaguez, James Maye scored 19 points while Paul Graham III scored 17 points. This was the only game on tap last night in the BSN. *by Luis Ramirez

Capitanes - Santurce 49-57
In a low scoring game the Santurce Crabbers topped the Arecibo Captains 57-49. The Captains were the sole remaining undefeated team in the BSN. The 1st quarter saw the Captains score only 7 points while the Crabbers would score 15 points to take the lead in the game. The Captains simply couldnt buy a basket at that point in the game. In the 2nd quarter it was the Crabbers who would only score 8 points while the Captains went on to score 14 points to end the 1st half 23-21. It was unbelievable to see the Captains one of the most prolific scoring teams in the BSN score only 21 points in a half. In the 2nd half although the Captains had a better offensive effort they still trailed at the end of the 3rd quarter 41-38. In the 4th quarter both teams struggled again on the offensive end and the Crabbers never had to real threat from the Captains the rest of the game. For Santurce, Ricky Sanchez (212-C/F-87) scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while Wilfredo Pagan was the only other Santurce player to reach double digits in scoring by scoring 10 points. For Arecibo, the only player who reached double digits was Angelo Reyes who scored 11 points and brought down 9 rebounds. *by Luis Ramirez

Santurce - Isabela 78-76
The Santurce Crabbers finally got their first victory and it didnt come easy, they beat the Gallitos of Isabela who playing at home could not prevent the Crabbers from taking the game 78-76. The crabbers were looking for their first win of the season. They started the game with a fast pace and took an early lead in the 1st quarter 11-6 with 5:38 left in the quarter. Wilfredo Pagan helped increase the Crabbers lead when he drained a 3 pointer to put the score 14-6 with 4:57 on the clock. Isabela asked for a time out, and they came out with a intense defense, which served them well as they cut the lead to 14-11 with 3:42 to go. Santurce once again reacted and scored a couple of basket to open the gap once again, 18-11 with 1:24 on the clock. The 1st quarter ended 23-16 in favor of the Crabbers. In the 2nd quarter both teams missed several attempts and it was not until the clock showed 7:40 that the Crabbers were able to score their 1st basket in the 2nd quarter. Shawn Pruitt put a stop to the offensive dry spell with a field goal for the Gallitos. The crabbers continued to use their running game and took a 14 point lead half way thru the quarter. The Gallitos then applied full court pressure to reduce the lead 32-24 with 3:49 left in the half. The Crabbers moved better the ball in the closing minutes and made some key 3 pointers to expand their lead to 13 points, 43-30 as the half came to an end. In the 3rd quarter the Gallitos came out strong and cut into the Crabbers lead, with 7:27 had reduced the lead to just 7 points 45-38. Although the Gallitos made an offensive comeback the Crabbers made some key baskets to once again extend their lead 53-44 with 3:46 to go in the quarter. Isabela got to within 2 points at the end of the quarter but Santurce made a 3 pointer to end the quarter with the Crabbers still in the lead 59- 54. In the 4th quarter Isabela made consecutive baskets to tie the game with a free throw from Rafael Perez. Santurce was able to take the lead once again and with 7:28 in the score was 64-61. With 4:42 in the game the Crabbers were leading 69-64. Isabela did not relent but neither did Santurce and with 2:49 left in the game Luis Villafane made a field gold to put the Crabbers on top 75-71. With seconds to go in the game and the Gallitos down by 2 points, the Crabbers requested a time out. With the game on the line Green went to the foul line to try to tie the game; he missed the first attempt and made the second. Santurce called a time out with 14 seconds left in the game. The crabbers were able to recuperate an Isabela turnover and that was the game. For Santurce, Marqis Gainous (206-F-76, college: TCU) scored 21 points with 8 rebounds followed by Ricardo Dalmau with 16 points. For Isabela, Shawn Pruitt scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds followed by Rafael Perez with 17 points. *by Luis Ramirez

Bayamon - Quebradillas 82-86
Quebradillas was better than Bayamon mostly owing to Lee Nailon, who scored 25 points and pulled down 9 rebounds. David Huertas and Joel Jones (10 rebs) followed him with 19 and 14 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Javier Mojica collected 25 points and 6 rebs.


Div.A Round: 27 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
CSU Sibiu - U.Mobitel.CN 73-70
CSU Sibiu upset the league-leaders U-Mobitelco Cluj-Napoca 73:70. Earl Brown (186-G-78, college: Loyola, IL) top-scored for the hosts with 20 points and Smith Jason followed him with 18. Cuic Branko ended up with 23 points in defeat as U-Mobitelco Cluj-Napoca fell at 22-4 record.

Steaua Turabo - Oradea 89-83
Steaua Turabo jumped to 14-13 record beating Oradea 89:83. Dragoslav Papic (205-C/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and Popescu Bogdan paced all the winners with 19 points each, while Mack Monty added 18. Mitchell Tyrone finished the night with 20 points for the guests.

Pitesti - Ploiesti 71-84
Pitesti lost to Ploiesti 71:84 as the latter improved to 21-6 record. Darius Hargrove (193-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Virginia Union) led the way with 22 points, Griffith Rashard posted 17 and Burlacu Catalin added 15. Jackson Joshua notched 20 points for the home side and Vujacic Darko added 19.

Dinamo B. - Brasov 59-60
Dinamo lost to Brasov 59:60 as the latter got 15 points and 7 rebounds from Tsvetelin Ivanov (196-G-89). Paliciuc Radu netted 14 and Wohlleb Casey collected 12 points and 10 boards. Mocanu Viorel brought 22 points for the hosts.

Craiova - Municipal B. 72-78
Municipal Bucharest took 9-18 record beating Craiova 78:72. Justin Johnson (198-G-86, college: Iowa) poured in 19 points and Santana Angel followed him with 15. Harvey Trevor ended up with 20 points in the losing effort.

Timisoara - Gaz Metan 95-93
Timisoara overcame Gaz Metan 95:93 in the last game of the Regular Season Round 27. Uros Velickovic (190-G-83) and Markovic Nenad combined for 50 points to lead all the hosts. Nicoara Titus and Dumitrescu Tudor responded with 21 points each in defeat.

Rovinari - Otopeni 64-58
Rovinari outscored Otopeni 64:58 at the Regular Season Round 27. Kibwe Trim (208-F/C-84, college: Sacred Heart) top-scored for the winners with 23 points, while Darby Louis delivered 15. Jones Michael responded with 16 points and 11 boards, while Seals LeVar and Popovic Slobodan scored 12 apiece.

Mures - Gladiator CN 103-89
Vaidotas Peciukas (199-G-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Hawaii) exploded with 37 points and 8 rebounds as Mures overcame Gladiator CN 103:89. Pociukonis Marius posted 18 and Tomic Branislav added 14. Levine Levi erupted with 37 points in the losing effort.

Div.A Standings
 1. U.Mobitel.CN 22-4 
 2. Gaz Metan 21-6 
 3. Ploiesti 21-6 
 4. CSU Sibiu 19-8 
 5. Timisoara 17-10 
 6. Pitesti 15-12 
 7. Steaua Turabo 14-13 
 8. Mures 14-13 
 9. Rovinari 13-14 
 10. Oradea 13-14 
 11. Otopeni 12-14 
 12. Dinamo B. 11-16 
 13. Bucuresti 9-18 
 14. Gladiator CN 5-22 
 15. Brasov 5-22 
 16. Craiova 4-23 

Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 O''Darien BASSETT
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Bassett, Craiova21.2 
 2. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.21.0 
 3. Peciukas, Mures19.2 
 4. Pesic, Timisoara19.0 
 5. Bubanja, Brasov18.7 
 6. Mandic, Oradea18.3 
 7. Mack, Steaua T.18.1 
 8. Wohlleb, Brasov18.1 
 9. Santana, Municipal B.17.6 
 10. Dzambic, Timisoara17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
  CSU Sibiu
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Herndon, CSU Sibiu10.2 
 2. Harvey, Craiova10.0 
 3. Carutasu, Ploiesti9.5 
 4. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.9.3 
 5. Masiulis, Mures9.2 
 6. Waterstradt, Munici.8.2 
 7. Paltinisanu, Timis.8.0 
 8. Miskovic, CSU S.7.8 
 9. Roschnafsky, Gladia.7.6 
 10. Mijajlovic, Munici.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrett HOWELL
  Gaz Metan
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Howell, Gaz Metan5.7 
 2. Cooley, Mures5.7 
 3. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN5.0 
 4. Dzambic, Timisoara4.9 
 5. Fometescu, Dinamo B.4.7 
 6. Mitchell, Oradea4.4 
 7. Howard, Gladiato.4.4 
 8. Dawson, Gladiato.4.4 
 9. Bassett, Craiova4.2 
 10. Mladenovic, Brasov4.1 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Cooley, Mures2.4 
 2. Johnson, CSU Sibiu2.4 
 3. Howell, Gaz Metan2.3 
 4. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.2 
 5. Medvedj, U.Mobite.2.1 
 6. Mitchell, Oradea2.0 
 7. Bishop, Gladiato.2.0 
 8. Maric, Oradea2.0 
 9. Seals, Otopeni1.9 
 10. Mack, Steaua T.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Masiulis, Mures2.2 
 2. Lazar, Oradea2.0 
 3. Herndon, CSU Sibiu1.9 
 4. Dragusin, Pitesti1.6 
 5. Dragovic, Craiova1.5 
 6. Wiggins, Steaua T.1.3 
 7. Harvey, Craiova1.2 
 8. Bubanja, Brasov1.2 
 9. Rhymer, Gaz Metan1.0 
 10. Pantelic, Steaua T.1.0 


A League: The end of the first stage, Borac is No.1 - by Eurobasket News
Mega Vizura - Borac 91-72
Mega Vizura finished the season with 91-72 home win against No.1 Borac. Stefan Jelovac (208-C-89, agency: Beo Basket) was a key player in this victory with 29 points and 6 rebounds for 21 minutes on the floor. Jelovac had 8/9 for FG2, 1/2 for 3-pts and 10/10 from the line. On the other side, Rastko Dramicanin (207-C-86) shined with double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds. His Borac (20-6) ended this phase as No.1 and of course advanced to Stage Two.

Radnicki Basket - Sloga 88-64
Radnicki Basket blasted Sloga for the 8th win this season. Ivan Smiljanic (198-F-89) (7 rebs), Bojan Subotic (206-F/C-90) (6 rebs) and Nikola Markovic (6 rebs) came up with 14 points each for the winning squad. Mladen Gambiroza answered with 16 points for Sloga (12-14).

Vojvodina - Proleter Naft. 61-67
Both teams failed to advance finishing this stage with 15-11 record. Dragan Simic (207-F/C-81) and Sasa Topcov (206-C-80) paced the visiting squad to win with 13 points each. Simic pulled down 6 rebounds beside that. Ivan Miceta had double-double of 17 points and 10 boards in defeat.

Napredak - KG 06 78-79
The season is over for both teams. Stefan Novoselski (197-F-88) led KG 06 to second win in 26 appearances with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Petar Beader (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) added 17 points. For the hosts (12-14), Slobodan Pejovic collected 21 points and 12 rebs.

Metalac - Beograd 80-66
Metalac celebrated in do-or-die game against Beograd advancing to the next stage. Vladimir Panic (194-F-82, agency: 011 Sports) paced the hosts to victory with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Mile Ilic (215-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) added 16 points and 10 boards. In defeat, Dragan Mitrovic netted 18 pts. Metalac 18-8, Beograd 17-9.

Masinac - Tamis 70-73
Tamis goes to the next stage as No.2 (19-7). Davor Perak (198-G-83) came up with 19 points in this game and Branko Jereminov (187-G-87) added 17 points, plus 7 assists. Dejan Buric followed them with 15 pts. In Masinac (10-16), Nemanja Arsic collected 25 points and 10 rebs.
Ergonom - Novi Sad postponed

Standings - A Liga
A Standings
 1. Borac 20-6 
 2. Tamis 19-7 
 3. Metalac 18-8 
 4. Beograd 17-9 
 5. Novi Sad 15-9 
 6. Vojvodina 15-11 
 7. Proleter Naft. 15-11 
 8. Mega Vizura 13-13 
 9. Sloga 12-14 
 10. Napredak 12-14 
 11. Masinac 10-16 
 12. Radnicki Basket 8-17 
 13. Ergonom 4-21 
 14. KG 06 2-24 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Radnicki K.
 2. Crvena Zvez.
 3. Partizan
 4. Hemofarm
 5. FMP

Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Vladimir PANIC
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Panic, Metalac19.6 
 2. Beader, KG 0618.3 
 3. Mladenovic, Ergon.17.8 
 4. Mihajlovic, Ergonom17.5 
 5. Markovic, Tamis17.5 
 6. Jorovic, Borac17.0 
 7. Markovic, Napredak16.5 
 8. Micic, Napredak16.5 
 9. Vukosavljevi., Prolet.16.4 
 10. Martinic, Vojvodina15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandar MLADENOVIC
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Mladenovic, Ergon.7.4 
 2. Mikic, KG 066.9 
 3. Buric, Tamis6.6 
 4. Ljubojevic, Novi S.6.2 
 5. Bosnjak, Vojvodina6.2 
 6. Jelovac, Mega V.6.1 
 7. Borovcanin, Sloga6.0 
 8. Dramicanin, Borac6.0 
 9. Pobric, Novi Sad5.8 
 10. Lukovic, Radnic.5.8 
Assists Per Game
  Proleter Naft.
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Zarkovic, Prolet.7.2 
 2. Kocergin, Masinac4.9 
 3. Stefanovic, Metal.4.3 
 4. Rakic, Novi Sad4.2 
 5. Korac, Beograd4.1 
 6. Djordjevic, Sloga4.0 
 7. Prolovic, Borac3.9 
 8. Martinic, Vojvodina3.7 
 9. Dimitrijevic, Sloga3.6 
 10. Radulovic, Masinac3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Marko VULIN
  Proleter Naft.
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Vulin, Proleter Naft.2.2 
 2. Jereminov, Tamis2.0 
 3. Martinic, Vojvodina2.0 
 4. Zarkovic, Prolet.1.9 
 5. Dundjerski, Beograd1.7 
 6. Borovcanin, Sloga1.7 
 7. Rakic, Novi Sad1.7 
 8. Kovacevic, Novi Sad1.7 
 9. Djordjevic, Sloga1.6 
 10. Stajic, Tamis1.5 
Blocks Per Game
  Mega Vizura
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Maravic, Mega V.1.2 
 2. Mladenovic, Ergon.1.2 
 3. Buric, Tamis1.2 
 4. Lukovic, Radnic.1.0 
 5. Bircevic, Metalac0.9 
 6. Dramicanin, Borac0.9 
 7. Ljubojevic, Novi S.0.8 
 8. Arsic, Masinac0.8 
 9. Vukosavljevi., Prolet.0.6 
 10. Bjegovic, Masinac0.6 


Standings - D1
Extraliga Standings
 1. Pezinok 32-7 
 2. Nitra 28-11 
 3. Handlova 23-16 
 4. Nova Ves 23-16 
 5. Prievidza 22-17 
 6. Komarno 18-21 
 7. B.Bystrica 18-22 
 8. Inter Bratisl. 15-24 
 9. Vahostav-Zilina 13-26 
 10. Svit 13-26 
 11. Levice 10-29 

Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Fears, Prievidza21.5 
 2. Glavinic, Handlova20.4 
 3. Burrows, Komarno18.6 
 4. Bosak, Prievidza17.7 
 5. Polakovic, Svit16.7 
 6. Nicholson, Pezinok16.3 
 7. Polakovic, Inter B.16.1 
 8. Mroz, Nova Ves16.0 
 9. Jackson, Pezinok15.8 
 10. Stojanovic, Vahost.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pawel MROZ
  Nova Ves
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Mroz, Nova Ves8.5 
 2. Nicholson, Pezinok7.9 
 3. Burrows, Komarno7.9 
 4. Szalay, Prievidza7.7 
 5. Tomek, Nitra7.6 
 6. Skara, B.Bystrica7.3 
 7. Micuda, Pezinok6.6 
 8. Laco, Svit6.4 
 9. Madaj, Komarno6.4 
 10. Cvitanovic, Svit6.4 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 9
 1. Bannister, Komarno9.0 
 2. Glavinic, Handlova7.2 
 3. Jefferson, Nova Ves5.6 
 4. Scott, Nitra5.1 
 5. Fears, Prievidza4.7 
 6. Immink, B.Bystrica3.7 
 7. Grznar, Levice3.5 
 8. Milosevic, Pezinok3.3 
 9. Bosak, Prievidza3.1 
 10. Bajic, Svit2.8 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Zavodny, Vahost.2.6 
 2. Scott, Nitra2.4 
 3. Fears, Prievidza2.3 
 4. Jackson, Pezinok2.1 
 5. Jefferson, Nova Ves2.0 
 6. Glavinic, Handlova2.0 
 7. Zilik, Inter B.1.9 
 8. Kucsa, Inter B.1.8 
 9. Mielczarek, Nova V.1.8 
 10. Ravasz, Inter B.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 0.7
 1. Blagojevic, Komar.0.7 
 2. Polakovic, Svit0.7 
 3. Bosak, Prievidza0.6 
 4. Klar, Levice0.6 
 5. Fears, Prievidza0.6 
 6. Cvitanovic, Svit0.6 
 7. Gudelj, Komarno0.6 
 8. Burrows, Komarno0.6 
 9. Madaj, Komarno0.6 
 10. Klar, Komarno0.5 


Hopsi rallies from 15 points down, Elektra rolls in final period - by Zeljko Zule
Hopsi rallied from down 15 late in the third period for a 78-75 triumph over Luka Koper in the opening Round of League Play-Out while Elektra Esotech outscored Sencur 30-15 in final period to win 78-68.
Hopsi-Luka Koper 78-75: Trailing 35-50 early in the third quarter, Hopsi went on a 17-1 run and in the final period made a 13-4 run. ShawnKing had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Gregg Thondique added 19 points, Stanko Sebic 14 and Primoz Kobale11. All five Koper's starters scored double figures, as they combined for 67 points. Emanuel Richter posted 21 points, Jernej Mihalic 14, David Ugrekhelidze and Rok Perko 11 each and Tomasz Nowakowski 10.
Sencur CPK-Elektra Esotech 68-78: Elektra trailed 48-53 after third period and then outscored Sencur 30-15. Tadej Horvat finished with17 points, Dejan Cup added 12, Tadej Kostomaj and Milos Miljkovic 12 apiece and Salih Nuhanovic 11. For Sencur, Dusan Virijevic (206-C-86, agency: 011 Sports) had 14 points and 16 rebounds and Roman Horvat scored 13 points.
TCG Mercator bye.


KBL Round: 1 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Mobis Phoebus - Dongbu Promy 74-61
Mobis Phoebus stun Dongbu Promy 74:61 in the first Semifinal Game of the Country. Dunston Bryant (201-F/C-86) top-scored for the winners with 18 points, Kim Hyo-Bum netted 15 and Ham Ji-Hoon delivered 10. Chandler Marquin produced 14 points in defeat and Kim Joo-Sung scored 13.

Sonic Boom KT - KCC Egis 89-95
KCC Egis upset Sonic Boom KT in the start of their Semi-Finals series. Egis grabbed 95:89 away from home for 1-0 lead. Leather Terrence (204-C-81, college: S.Florida) stepped up with 21 points, while Lim Jae-Hyun, Akins Tony and Johnson Ivan netted 18 apiece. Johnson Jasper replied with 29 points in the losing effort.


Estu Extinguished by MVP Esteban Batista - by Paul Nilsen
A monstrous double-double by Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) was the highlight in the Madrid derby as he helped Fuenlabrada overcome city rivals Asefa Estudiantes. The Uruguayan produced a sensational performance as the Oranges claimed a vital 86-82 success to help stave off their relegation fears. Batista recorded a valuation of 33 and claimed the accolade for the third time this season having been crowned MVP on his debut this season and in Round 9. The player fired 24 points and claimed 14 rebounds and threw down 4 dunks in a dominant display that will live long in the memory of the Fuenla faithful in the crowd. His efforts on the glass also underlined why he is currently one of the best rebounders in the ACB.

ACB Round: 26 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral - Regal Barca 79-86
Regal Barca outplayed Caja Laboral in derby game of Round 26. Of course, the reigning champion stays on top of ACB standings with 24-2 record. On the other side, Caja Laboral slipped to third place with 20-6. Ricky Rubio (192-G-90) shined for Barca with 17 points (5/5 for 3-pts), while Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) and Erazem Lorbek added 15 and 14 points respectively. The hosts got 19 points and 6 rebounds from Stanko Barac.

Granada - Valladolid 83-73
Granada was better than Valladolid joining it with 11-15 score. Richard Hendrix (203-F-86, college: Alabama) was the leading player in victory with 19 points and 6 rebounds, while Jimmie Hunter (196-G-77, college: Life) added 16 pts. Federico Van Lacke answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds in loss.

Unicaja - Xacobeo BS 89-58
Unicaja destroyed Xacobeo BS registering 13th victory of the season. The team from Malaga got the most from Joel Freeland (208-F-87): 19 points and 6 rebounds. In Xacobeo BS (8-18), Costas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) netted 14 pts.

Lagun Aro GBC - Valencia BC 76-83
Valencia stayed fourth ranked team in the league with 17-9 score. Nando De Colo (202-G-87) led the winners with 17, Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) had 16 points and 6 rebounds, while Kosta Perovic nailed 14 pts tonight. In the loosing squad, Michal Ignerski collected 17 points and 6 rebounds.

MMC Real M. - Gran Canaria 74-73
Real Madrid escaped with tiny 74-73 home win against Gran Canaria, who had Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) on fire with 30 points (6/8 for 3-pts). Ante Tomic (217-C-87) led the Whites with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Sergio Llull (190-G-87) was the second scorer with 10 pts. Real Madrid 21-5, Granca 12-14.

Bizkaia Bilbao - Cajasol 63-60
Bilbao had Janis Blums (190-G-82) in a game mood with 15 points and 6 rebounds for 19 minutes on the floor. Levour Warren (196-F-81, college: S.Carolina) followed him with 13 points and also 6 boards. For the guests, Earl Calloway, Dusko Savanovic and Andres Miso scored 9 pts each. Bilbao 11-15, Cajasol 15-11.

CB Murcia - Meridiano A. 70-76
Valuable road win for Alicante, who moved up to 15th place with 10-16 score. Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) shined in victory with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Serkan Erdogan (190-G-78, agency: 1x1 Sports) scored 12, while Mindaugas Katelynas added 11 points and 11 boards. The hosts (4-22) got 26 points from Milos Vujanic.

Fuenlabrada - Estudiantes 86-82
Esteban Batista stepped up for the winners with 24 points and 14 rebounds. Gerald Fitch (191-G-82, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) secured a great help adding 15 points, 7 boards and 5 assists. In defeat, Pancho Jasen (199-G-78) collected 23 points and 7 rebounds. Fuenlabrada 11-15, Estudiantes 13-13.

Manresa - DKV Joventut 78-84
13-13 for DKV Joventut and 11-15 for Manresa after this meeting. Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) exploded in victory with 23 points (5 of 7 from behind the arc). The hosts got 13 points and 9 rebounds from Larry Lewis (201-F-69, college: Morehouse).

LEB Gold Round: 29 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
CAI Zaragoza - Palencia 83-64
CAI Zaragoza stays No.1 in the league with 23-6 record. Darren Phillip (201-F-78, college: Fairfield) stepped up for the hosts with double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. David Barlow (205-F-83, college: Metro St.) had 16 pts and 8 boards. In Palencia (12-17), Carles Bravo netted 16 pts.

Melilla - La Laguna 81-88
La Laguna celebrated in derby game of Round 29 staying on third place in the league. Despite this defeat, the hosts remain No.2. Jakim Donaldson (203-C/F-83, college: Edinboro) shined for the winners with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Jason Robinson (196-F-80, college: Pikeville) and Roberto Morentin (8 rebs) answered with 17 pts each in defeat. La Laguna 19-10, Melilla 21-8.

Vive Menorca - Leon 70-64
Vive Menorca closed Round 29 with 70-64 home win against Leon. Josep Maria Guzman (183-G-84) top-scored for the hosts with 15 and Cuthbert Victor (196-G/F-83, college: Murray St.) added 14 points, plus 5 boards and 5 assists. In defeat, Franco Rocchia and Ryan Humphrey delivered 19 pts each. Menorca 17-12, Leon 16-13.

Clin.Rincon - Mallorca 77-76
Thriller win for Clinicas Rincon, who improved to 11-18 score. Nedzad Sinanovic (221-C-83) paced the hosts to victory with 17 points and 18 rebounds. Mallorca (12-17) got 26 points from Juan Riera (188-G-79).

Girona - Cornella 79-54
Girona handed 79-57 loss to Cornella mostly owing to Josep Ortega (201-C-84), who came up with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Dreke Bouldin (202-G/F-80, college: Fresno St.) added 13 pts. On the other side, Xavier Rabaseda replied with 17 pts. Girona 15-14, Cornella 10-19.

Tenerife - La Palma 73-60
Tenerife was too strong for La Palma joining it with 14-15 score. Louis Roe (200-F-72, college: Massachusetts) shined for the winners with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Sebastian Arrocha (180-G-76) answered with 16 points in defeat.

Breogan - Vigo 87-72
16-13 for Breogan and 5-24 for Vigo after this game. Jeff Adrien (201-F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Connecticut) and Eric Coleman (200-C-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: N.Iowa) nailed 17 points each in victory. Coleman pulled down 14, while Adrien had 7 rebounds beside that. In loss, Michael Willians netted 19 pts.

Caceres - Burgos 78-68
15th victory of the season for Caceres, who got 23 points and 6 rebounds from Carlos Cherry (184-G-79). Lucio Angulo (199-F-73) secured a nice help adding 14 points and 7 boards. In Burgos (18-11), Zach Morley delivered 16 pts.

CB Tarragona - Ourense 78-64
Important home win for Tarragona, who now joined Clinicas Rincon on 15th place with 11-18 record. Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary) was the leading scorer in victory with 21 points. Jose Salvador Arco (194-G-84) and Flinder Boyd netted 16 pts each on the other side.

Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. Regal Barca 24-2 
 2. MMC Real M. 21-5 
 3. Caja Laboral 20-6 
 4. Valencia BC 17-9 
 5. Cajasol 15-11 
 6. Unicaja 13-13 
 7. Estudiantes 13-13 
 8. DKV Joventut 13-13 
 9. Gran Canaria 12-14 
 10. Bizkaia Bilbao 11-15 
 11. Valladolid 11-15 
 12. Granada 11-15 
 13. Manresa 11-15 
 14. Fuenlabrada 11-15 
 15. Meridiano A. 10-16 
 16. Lagun Aro GBC 9-17 
 17. Xacobeo BS 8-18 
 18. CB Murcia 4-22 

Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
  CAI Zaragoza
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Phillip, CAI Z.18.3 
 2. Donaldson, La La.17.4 
 3. Morley, Burgos17.2 
 4. Riera, Mallorca17.0 
 5. Guillen, La Laguna16.0 
 6. Humphrey, Leon15.5 
 7. Quinteros, CAI Z.15.3 
 8. Roe, Tenerife15.2 
 9. Hess, CB Tarragona14.8 
 10. Rabaseda, Cornella14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
  La Laguna
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Donaldson, La La.10.9 
 2. Starosta, Melilla9.8 
 3. Sinanovic, Clin.Rin.9.3 
 4. Arteaga, Palencia8.4 
 5. Lima, Clin.Rincon8.2 
 6. Adrien, Breogan8.0 
 7. Coleman, Breogan7.6 
 8. Phillip, CAI Z.7.5 
 9. Humphrey, Leon7.4 
 10. Seawright, CB Tarra.7.3 
Assists Per Game
  Vive Menorca
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Ciorciari, Vive M.5.1 
 2. Cherry, Caceres4.5 
 3. Mendiburu, CB Tarra.4.1 
 4. Mena, La Palma3.9 
 5. Jimenez, Melilla3.6 
 6. Perez, Cornella3.5 
 7. Bernabe, Leon3.3 
 8. Hernandez, Burgos3.1 
 9. Riera, Mallorca3.0 
 10. Garrido, La Laguna3.0 
Steals Per Game
  CAI Zaragoza
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Lescano, CAI Z.2.5 
 2. Rabaseda, Cornella2.5 
 3. Fuentes, Clin.Rincon2.1 
 4. Blanch, Mallorca2.1 
 5. Boccia, Tenerife1.9 
 6. Quinteros, CAI Z.1.9 
 7. Ayon, Tenerife1.8 
 8. Garcia, La Palma1.7 
 9. Perez, Cornella1.7 
 10. Urtasun, Leon1.6 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Naymick, Caceres1.9 
 2. Sinanovic, Clin.Rin.1.8 
 3. Diouf, CB Tarragona1.5 
 4. Elonu, CAI Zaragoza1.5 
 5. Donaldson, La La.1.5 
 6. Joseph, Cornella1.3 
 7. Ayon, Tenerife1.3 
 8. Samb, Cornella1.3 
 9. Roe, Tenerife1.0 
 10. Green, Mallorca0.9 

Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Courtney PIGRAM
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Pigram, Andorra16.7 
 2. Ferrer, Cajasur .16.6 
 3. Vereen, Rosalia16.2 
 4. Wolfram, Andorra15.7 
 5. Uriz, Santurtzi15.5 
 6. Barcelo, Plasencia15.4 
 7. Johnson, Huesca15.3 
 8. Miller, Coruna15.1 
 9. Thompson, ADT T.15.1 
 10. Zengotitaben., Hue.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shalawn MILLER
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Miller, Huelva8.9 
 2. Thompson, ADT T.8.7 
 3. Howard, Guadalaj.8.3 
 4. Santana, Caja Rioja8.0 
 5. Williams, Matchmind7.9 
 6. Johnson, Huesca7.7 
 7. Ausina, Matchmind7.5 
 8. Adams, Navarra7.2 
 9. Matali, Andorra7.1 
 10. Andrews, Huesca7.0 
Assists Per Game
  Caja Rioja
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Busciglio, Caja Rioja5.7 
 2. Castello, ADT T.4.8 
 3. Rufian, Huelva4.3 
 4. Cardenas, Qalat C.3.9 
 5. Gonzalez, Navarra3.8 
 6. Rodriguez, Rosalia3.8 
 7. Santamaria, ADT T.3.8 
 8. Marcos, Alcazar3.7 
 9. Lopez, Coruna3.7 
 10. Canals, Alaior3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Nathan MILLER
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Miller, Coruna2.5 
 2. Gomez, Huelva2.3 
 3. Barcelo, Plasencia2.3 
 4. Ott, Caja Rioja2.1 
 5. Johnson, Huesca2.0 
 6. Suka-Umu, Cajasur .2.0 
 7. Pigram, Andorra1.8 
 8. Martinez, Huelva1.8 
 9. Higgs, L''Hospitalet1.8 
 10. Bavosi, Promobys1.8 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Adams, Navarra1.5 
 2. Byombo, Illescas1.5 
 3. Thompson, ADT T.1.2 
 4. Matali, Andorra1.1 
 5. Bain, ADT Tarragona1.1 
 6. Williams, Matchmind0.9 
 7. Andrews, Huesca0.9 
 8. Sekulic, Plasencia0.9 
 9. Joseph, Rosalia0.9 
 10. Miller, Huelva0.8 

Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. CAI Zaragoza 23-6 
 2. Melilla 21-8 
 3. La Laguna 19-10 
 4. Burgos 18-11 
 5. Vive Menorca 17-12 
 6. Breogan 16-13 
 7. Leon 16-13 
 8. Girona 15-14 
 9. Caceres 15-14 
 10. Tenerife 14-15 
 11. La Palma 14-15 
 12. Palencia 12-17 
 13. Mallorca 12-17 
 14. Ourense 12-17 
 15. CB Tarragona 11-18 
 16. Clin.Rincon 11-18 
 17. Cornella 10-19 
 18. Vigo 5-24 

Standings - LEB Silver
LEB Standings
Group A
 1. Huesca 12-5 
 2. Andorra 10-7 
 3. Caja Rioja 10-7 
 4. Navarra 10-7 
 5. Santurtzi 8-4 
 6. Alaior 8-4 
 7. Rosalia 7-5 
 8. L'Hospitalet 7-5 
 9. ADT Tarragona 6-6 
 10. Prat Juventud 6-11 
 11. Coruna 6-11 
Group B
 1. Promobys 13-4 
 2. Alcazar 12-5 
 3. Huelva 8-9 
 4. Plasencia 6-11 
 5. Real M. II 5-6 
 6. Guadalajara 5-12 
 7. Qalat CajaSol 4-7 
 8. Matchmind 4-7 
 9. Illescas 4-13 
 10. CajasurCord. 3-8 

Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
  Gran Canaria
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Carroll, Gran Canaria19.3 
 2. Fitch, Fuenlabrada19.0 
 3. Tucker, DKV J.17.3 
 4. Vujanic, CB Murcia17.1 
 5. Vasiliadis, Xacob.16.3 
 6. Splitter, Caja L.15.8 
 7. Navarro, Regal B.15.2 
 8. Batista, Fuenlabr.15.1 
 9. Jackson, Xacobeo BS14.3 
 10. Banic, Bizkaia Bilbao14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Esteban BATISTA
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Batista, Fuenlabr.8.4 
 2. Kirksay, Cajasol7.5 
 3. Prestes, CB Murcia7.4 
 4. Moss, CB Murcia7.2 
 5. Hendrix, Granada7.1 
 6. Panko, Lagun A.7.0 
 7. Caner-Medley, Estudi.6.8 
 8. Augustine, Gran C.6.6 
 9. Splitter, Caja L.6.6 
 10. Jackson, Xacobeo BS6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Omar COOK
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Cook, Unicaja6.2 
 2. Huertas, Caja L.5.3 
 3. Stanic, Xacobeo BS5.0 
 4. Rubio, Regal Barca4.8 
 5. Dumas, Valladolid4.6 
 6. Valters, DKV J.4.5 
 7. Calloway, Cajasol4.1 
 8. Norris, Gran C.4.1 
 9. Oliver, Estudiantes3.8 
 10. Tucker, DKV J.3.6 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Kirksay, Cajasol2.4 
 2. Rubio, Regal Barca2.3 
 3. Van Lacke, Valladolid1.9 
 4. Prigioni, MMC R.1.9 
 5. Jaric, MMC R.1.7 
 6. Triguero, Cajasol1.6 
 7. Rodriguez, Bizkai.1.6 
 8. Calloway, Cajasol1.5 
 9. Vasiliadis, Xacob.1.5 
 10. Fisher, Gran C.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Battle, Valladolid1.6 
 2. Ruffin, Manresa1.6 
 3. Hendrix, Granada1.3 
 4. Vazquez, Regal B.1.3 
 5. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.2 
 6. Aguilar, Granada1.2 
 7. Lavrinovic, MMC R.1.2 
 8. Barnes, Valladolid1.1 
 9. Lishchuk, Valencia.1.1 
 10. Savane, Gran C.1.0 

LEB Silver (Group A): Latest games - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Prat Juventud - Promobys 50-60
Promobys grabbed nice 50-60 road win against Prat. Edward Cage (203-F/C-78, college: Bradley) top-scored for the guests with 13 points, Federico Bavosi (185-G-81) followed him with 12 and Ivan Martinez added 10 points in this victory. On the other side, Ignacio Llovet replied with 11 points and 10 boards in defeat.

Caja Rioja - Illescas 90-83
Caja Rioja was better than Illescas mostly owing to Juan Herrero (205-F/C-78), who drained 18 points. David Mediano (184-G-81) and Enrique Suarez followed him with 14 and 12 points respectively. In Illescas, Javier Vega collected 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.

Andorra - Guadalajara 91-81
Brandon Wolfram (207-F/C-79, college: UTEP) stepped up for Andorra in this game with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Andreu Matali (204-F/C-81) also had very important role adding 18 points and 13 boards. In the loosing squad, Matt Witt replied with 19 pts and 5 rebs.

Coruna - Plasencia 70-57
Nathan Miller (193-F-87, college: Bowling Green) was the leading player in victory with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Jose Ramon Esmoris (202-F/C-75) had 13 points and 6 rebounds. In Plasencia, Jonathan Barcelo netted 16 pts.

Huesca - Huelva 79-72
Huesca was too much for Huelva improving to 12-5 score in the second phase. Stevie Johnson (198-F-78, college: Iowa St.) came up with 21 points and 11 rebounds in this victory. Asier Zengotitabengoa (201-F-88) helped with 20 pts and 5 rebs. In the loosing squad, Andre Howard delivered 18 points.

Navarra - Alcazar 74-86
Alcazar cruised past Navarra on the road getting 20 points and 5 rebounds from Duane Virgil (205-F/C-74, college: Murray St.). Kiril Wachsmann (203-F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona) and Dexter Lyons helped with 12 points each in this victory. For the hosts, Roma Bas posted 18 points.


Basketligan: Regular season is over, Dolphins are No.1 - by Eurobasket News
Plannja - Eco Orebro 82-68
31-9 for Plannja, who finished regular season as No.2. John Williamson (198-C-86, college: Cincinnati) paced his team to this victory with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Jesper Andersson (202-F-86) answered with 23 pts and 11 boards in loss. His Eco Orebro ended as No.10 with just 12 wins in 40 appearances.

Sundsvall - Solna 82-96
Both teams advanced to the next stage, but Sundsvall as No.3 and Solna as No.4. The Vikings celebrated in this game mostly owing to Lesli Myrthil (200-F-77, college: Wagner), who scored 18 points and pulled down 8 rebounds. The hosts got 14 points and 9 boards from Miroslav Todic (208-F-85).

Uppsala - Norrkoping 90-69
Despite this defeat, the Norrkoping Dolphins are regular season champions. Uppsala also goes to the next stage. Howard Frier (193-F-76, agency: Promotex, college: Colorado) led the hosts to this victory with 20 points. Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79, college: N.Arizona) answered with 13 pts and 8 rebs. Dolphins 34-6, Uppsala 18-22.

Jamtland - Sodertalje 57-94
20-20 for Sodertalje and 7-33 for the last ranked Jamtland in regular season. Brandon Crone (198-F-84, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Butler) and Dino Pita (192-G-88) scored 18 points each for the winners. Serabilo Boucari netted 13 pts on the other side. Sodertalje advanced to the next stage.

Gothia Basket - 08 86-92
08 Stockholm failed to reach the Playoffs after they finished on ninth place in Basketligan regular season with 14-26 score. Willy Beck (186-G-87, college: Santa Barbara CC) led the visiting squad to victory in the last round with 22 points. Rhys Carter (190-G-84) shined for Gothia with 36 points and they advanced to Quarterfinals despite this loss.

Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Norrkoping 34-6 
 2. Plannja 31-9 
 3. Sundsvall 28-12 
 4. Solna 24-16 
 5. Sodertalje 20-20 
 6. Uppsala 18-22 
 7. Gothia Basket 17-23 
 8. Boras 15-25 
 9. 08 14-26 
 10. Eco Orebro 12-28 
 11. Jamtland 7-33 

Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Gordon WATT
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Watt, Uppsala20.1 
 2. Klaric, Eco Orebro19.9 
 3. McKnight, Plannja19.2 
 4. Rush, Gothia Basket19.0 
 5. Palm, Boras18.9 
 6. Sigurdarson, Sunds.17.8 
 7. Akingbade, Jamtl.16.6 
 8. Carter, Gothia B.16.3 
 9. Spagrud, Sundsvall15.9 
 10. Gervin, Norrkoping15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Palm, Boras11.1 
 2. Konare, Jamtland10.4 
 3. Akingbade, Jamtl.8.9 
 4. Spagrud, Sundsvall8.8 
 5. Watt, Uppsala8.7 
 6. Rush, Gothia Basket8.4 
 7. Mottram, Gothia B.7.5 
 8. Akesson, Plannja7.5 
 9. Djordjic, Soder.7.1 
 10. Jonzen, Uppsala7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew PLEICK
  Eco Orebro
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Pleick, Eco Orebro6.3 
 2. Levin, Sundsvall5.8 
 3. Grant, Norrkoping5.8 
 4. Chuk, Sodertalje5.3 
 5. Mbemba, Solna4.9 
 6. Carter, Gothia B.4.9 
 7. Mitchell, Solna4.8 
 8. Gervin, Norrkoping4.5 
 9. Larsson, Plannja4.3 
 10. McKnight, Plannja3.9 
Steals Per Game
  Gothia Basket
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Carter, Gothia B.2.9 
 2. Chuk, Sodertalje2.2 
 3. Crone, Sodertalje2.0 
 4. Grant, Norrkoping2.0 
 5. McKnight, Plannja2.0 
 6. Hellgren, Jamtland1.9 
 7. Mbemba, Solna1.9 
 8. Gervin, Norrkoping1.8 
 9. Mitchell, Solna1.8 
 10. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.7 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 2
 1. Kjellbom, Norrkoping2.0 
 2. Rosendahl, Plannja1.8 
 3. Konare, Jamtland1.5 
 4. Palm, Boras1.5 
 5. Rush, Gothia Basket1.2 
 6. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.1 
 7. Spagrud, Sundsvall0.9 
 8. Walker, Sodertalje0.8 
 9. Akesson, Plannja0.8 
 10. Drains, Norrkoping0.7 


Standings - LNA
LNA Standings
 1. Lugano Tigers 23-4 
 2. SAV Vacallo 22-6 
 3. Starwings 20-8 
 4. Fribourg 19-8 
 5. BBC Nyon 14-13 
 6. Monthey 14-14 
 7. SAM Massagno 11-16 
 8. Geneva Devils 11-16 
 9. Boncourt 8-20 
 10. Lausanne 7-20 
 11. MGS 2-26 


Little Joseph beats big Joseph - by Don Farrell
Little Joseph beats big Joseph
Brothers with T&T roots square off

But if we ever discuss the game, thats one thing that Im definitely going to keep bringing up, Kris said. No matter how long. Until we die, Im going to keep bringing up the fact that I dunked on him.

The Josephs-the brothers from Montreal, Canada with Trinidad and Tobago roots who lived out a childhood fantasy by playing against each other on college basketballs biggest stage on Friday night in Buffalo-played a total of 62 minutes in an opening round game of the NCAA Tournament.

The brothers are the sons of Eartha Rigsby and Michael Joseph, who hailed from Chinapoo Village in Morvant before migrating to Montreal.

Maurice Joseph stifled a smile when a reporter advised him of that proclamation. Maurice, at 24, is three years older than Kris. Hes also three inches shorter.

He didnt really dunk on me, Maurice insisted. I knew what he was trying to do. I was in the picture. Thats fine with me. Hes an athletic kid. Thats fine. That happens.

The play will be forever locked in Joseph family lore. The two participants, however, might have different recollections or different explanations about what exactly happened here at HSBC Arena.

There were 12 minutes and 35 seconds left in the Syracuse versus Vermont NCAA Tournament game late Friday night.

SU led the Catamounts 52-35 when Andy Rautins fed Kris Joseph, who responded by throwing down a thunderous dunk that rattled the tinny arena rims.

As the players made their way up court, Joseph glanced back at his brother Maurice, who had positioned himself beneath the basket for that slam.

I knew he was coming. I knew he was going to dunk, Maurice said of the slam his brother executed over him.

I was just trying to get out the way. I didnt want to foul him.

The reality, after it was over, was that top-seeded Syracuse did what it was expected to do-it eliminated No.16 Vermont and moved on to play Gonzaga today at 12.10 p.m.

The brothers had discussed a bet that involved the losing brother paying for that defeat by wearing his brothers victorious jersey. But Kris was uneasy about making that happen too soon.

I couldnt really hand him my jersey, he said.

But I got one at the jersey shirt. Im probably going to give it to my mom. I dont want to do it personally. Maybe Ill give it to my sisters and theyll give it to him.

Maurice Joseph will proudly wear it. When the game ended, the brothers embraced quickly in the handshake line. Quick words were spoken.

Maurice plans to stay the weekend to watch his little brother play again in the NCAA Tournament.

Kris Joseph promises he wont bring up the dunk.

I wished him luck, Maurice said. I told him I loved him and he might as well go ahead and win this thing.


Tunisian All-Star Game: National Team vs the Pros - by Matthew Kyle
It is a special year for Tunisian Basketball. The National Team finished 3rd in the African qualifiers for their first berth into the World Cup. With this in mind the Tunisian Basketball Federation decided to make its season a month and a half shorter so the National Team could have plenty of time preparing for the guantlet set in front of them. Tunisia will face off against Brazil, Croatia, Slovenia, Iran and the USA in 5 game in 5 days starting August 28th.

This qualification also gave the Tunisian Basketball Federation an idea to have a unique type of All-Star game. Instead of one conference vs the other they decided to have the National Team play the Pros. Congratulations to all who made the cut.

ALL STAR GAME: National Team against Foreigners of the Championship (MATCH DE LES ESTOILES: Equipe National contra Estrangers do le Championnat)

Domestic Team:
Anis Hdidan (SN)
Mohamed Hdidan (SN)
Bachir Hididan (SN)
Nizar Knioua (SN)
Aymen Trabelsi (SN)
Zied Toumi (ESS)
Makram Ben Romdhan (ESS)
Salah Mejri (ESS)
Hamdi Braa (ESS)
Mrawan Lahmar (CA)
Mahdi Ben Ghnia (CA)
Mokhtar Ghayaza
Marwan Laghnaj (JSK)
Amine Maghrebi (USM)

Foreign Team:
Merelik Barbary (CA)
Joseph Darius (ESR)
Jamarr Hardy (ESS)
Brahim Demble (EZS)
Mouhamadou Makha Konte (JSK)
Gege Kizubanata (SN)
Sergi Krasvtsev (SN)
Lewis Fadipe (USM)
Oumar Sedk (USM)
Deandre Rice (USM)
Matthew Kyle (EZS)

Three Americans Stay, Three Head Home. - by Matthew Kyle
It has been a crazy season but now that the Top 4 are set we must say goodbye to 3 Americans whose teams did not make the Super Playoff.

Matthew Kyle (211-C-86, college: Yale) for Ezzahra Sport who is already home because the team and him agreed to end his contract before the last meaningless game, will become a free agent and will be looking for a new team. His body of work this season will most likely earn him Center of the Year and 1st Team honors.

Darius Joseph (188-G-86, college: N.Dakota) who had a great season individually for ES Rades found his team under achieve this year. As a team is was a disappointment but hopefully his talent was noticed. ESS has expressed interest in retaining his services for the next season.

Menelik Barbary (206-F/C-83, agency: EM-PA, college: San Jose St.) had a solid year for Club African but it looks as if he might have secured a job in Korea for playoffs. Congratulations to him.

Jamarr Hardy (191-G-83, agency: 011 Sports, college: Lenoir CC), DeAndre Rice (191-G-85, college: Florida Atlantic) and Lewis Fadipe (208-C-83, college: La Salle) are staying and will be vying for a title. Good Luck to them.


TB2L Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Albert FISHER
  Akcakoca P.
  Avg: 26
 1. Fisher, Akcakoca P.26.0 
 2. Haciyeva, Pertevniyal22.3 
 3. Nelson, Akhisar Bld21.9 
 4. Ibekwe, Genc B.21.2 
 5. Abi, ITU21.2 
 6. Garrison, Pamuk.21.1 
 7. Curtis, Beykoz20.1 
 8. Mutaf, FMV I.18.9 
 9. Eiukwu, Usak18.1 
 10. Hairston, Duzce G.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Haciyeva, Pertevniyal12.9 
 2. Brown, Yesilyurt12.2 
 3. Curtis, Beykoz11.4 
 4. Egemonye, Optimum .11.1 
 5. Nelson, Akhisar Bld11.1 
 6. Eiukwu, Usak10.8 
 7. Ibekwe, Genc B.10.6 
 8. Garrison, Pamuk.10.2 
 9. Gray, Gelisim10.0 
 10. Mims, Istanbul.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Admir KAN
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Kan, Yesilyurt5.8 
 2. Eris, Istanbul B.B.5.6 
 3. Ogut, Genc Telekom5.2 
 4. Sancar, ITU5.1 
 5. Gacemer, Gelisim5.0 
 6. Kavaklioglu, Hacett.4.7 
 7. Akyol, Olin Genclik4.4 
 8. Senol, Final Genclik4.3 
 9. Hot, Akcakoca P.4.3 
 10. Tunceri, Hacettep.4.3 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 3
 1. Haciyeva, Pertevniyal3.0 
 2. Yavuklu, Orman G.2.3 
 3. Nelson, Akhisar Bld2.3 
 4. Ogut, Genc Telekom2.2 
 5. Ibekwe, Genc B.2.2 
 6. Mutaf, FMV I.2.0 
 7. Celebioglu, Genc B.2.0 
 8. Fisher, Akcakoca P.2.0 
 9. Erdogan, Duzce G.2.0 
 10. Kan, Yesilyurt1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EIUKWU
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Eiukwu, Usak3.2 
 2. Garrison, Pamuk.2.4 
 3. Ibekwe, Genc B.2.1 
 4. Fobbs, Trabzonspor2.1 
 5. Taylor, Vestel1.9 
 6. Hairston, Duzce G.1.8 
 7. Egemonye, Optimum .1.8 
 8. Courtney, Final G.1.6 
 9. Mims, Istanbul.1.5 
 10. Turkyilmaz, Genc B.1.4 

Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Quincy DOUBY
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Douby, Darussafaka23.7 
 2. Shipp, Bornova19.8 
 3. Chatman, Besiktas18.4 
 4. Brown, Bornova18.1 
 5. Hosley, Aliaga17.9 
 6. Toolson, Karsiyaka17.8 
 7. Baxter, Besiktas17.4 
 8. Stanojevic, Kepez B.17.2 
 9. Williams, Erdemir17.2 
 10. Baron, Mersin16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermareo DAVIDSON
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Davidson, Darussaf.10.9 
 2. Heytvelt, Oyak R.10.0 
 3. Williams, Erdemir9.5 
 4. Hosley, Aliaga8.5 
 5. Aldemir, Karsiyaka7.8 
 6. Smith, Karsiyaka7.3 
 7. Greene, Antalya7.3 
 8. Elegar, Bornova7.0 
 9. Bowman, Tofas6.9 
 10. Brown, Bornova6.5 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Koseoglu, Erdemir8.3 
 2. Chatman, Besiktas6.1 
 3. Douby, Darussafaka4.9 
 4. Ermis, Banvit4.8 
 5. Acik, T.Telekom4.4 
 6. James, Mersin4.3 
 7. Erdogan, Oyak R.4.0 
 8. Jackson, Antalya4.0 
 9. Erden, Bornova4.0 
 10. Holston, Karsiyaka3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Hosley, Aliaga2.9 
 2. Chatman, Besiktas2.4 
 3. Douby, Darussafaka2.3 
 4. Shipp, Bornova2.3 
 5. Erden, Kepez Bld2.3 
 6. Smith, Efes Pilsen2.1 
 7. James, Mersin2.0 
 8. Jackson, Antalya1.9 
 9. Famutimi, Oyak R.1.9 
 10. Altay, Aliaga1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Omer ASIK
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Asik, Fener.Ulker1.6 
 2. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.5 
 3. Elegar, Bornova1.3 
 4. Solak, Galatasaray1.3 
 5. Denison, Tofas1.3 
 6. Davidson, Darussaf.1.3 
 7. Bowman, Tofas1.2 
 8. Heytvelt, Oyak R.1.2 
 9. Davis, Banvit1.1 
 10. Kone, Erdemir1.0 

Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Efes Pilsen 21-3 
 2. Fener.Ulker 20-4 
 3. Banvit 17-7 
 4. Besiktas 15-9 
 5. T.Telekom 14-10 
 6. Galatasaray 12-11 
 7. Karsiyaka 12-12 
 8. Antalya 11-13 
 9. Bornova 11-13 
 10. Erdemir 11-13 
 11. Tofas 10-14 
 12. Aliaga 9-15 
 13. Mersin 8-16 
 14. Oyak Renault 8-16 
 15. Kepez Bld 7-17 
 16. Darussafaka 5-18 


Mater Dei's Franklin pursues future he almost lost - by David Edole
SANTA ANA --Gary Franklin probably should not be playing Saturday. He probably should not have played last week, or the week before. Or even all season, or the season before.

But here is Franklin, one of Mater Dei's top players as the Monarchs get ready to play Westchester of Los Angeles on Saturday at 8 p.m. in the CIF Southern California Regionals Division 1 championship game at USC Galen Center.

Franklin, a 6-foot-3 senior guard who signed with Cal, is Mater Dei's second-leading scorer at 17 points a game, and leads the team in 3-pointers made, with 92, and free throws made, with 117.

It appeared very unlikely Franklin would become such a player in his freshman year. Franklin was in the Monarchs' football program as a ninth-grader and participating in a one-on-one hitting drill, during which Franklin broke the humerus bone in his left arm.

Surgery was required to repair the break. During the procedure, the radial nerve, which closely follows the humerus bone along a spiral path that runs from the neck to the back of the hand, was severed.

'We went to a neurologist,' Franklin said, 'who told me I would never play basketball or any sport again.'

The Franklin family sought another diagnosis, and found a neurologist who slipped the radial nerve into a tube to repair the nerve.

For all of his freshman and sophomore years, and for some of his junior year, Franklin suffered from wrist drop, which is the inability to flex a wrist. In his case, his left wrist (hold your arms out parallel to the floor and flex your wrists so your fingers point upward Franklin could not do that with his left wrist).

'Basically, I was handicapped for two years,' Franklin said. 'But it actually helped my shooting, because I couldn't use my left had as much, so now I don't rely on my left hand as much as some other guys do. It also made me a better free-throw shooter, because when I was in the cast I couldn't move around, so my set shot got better than my jump shot.'

Franklin worked hard to get himself into the Mater Dei starting lineup, and was successful. He was All-Orange County first team last season, and played like a top All-County candidate this season. That tube still is in his left arm, and the radial nerve continues to grow and repair, although Franklin feels his arm is healed.

'Gary had a very serious injury,' Mater Dei coach Gary McKnight said. 'He battled back to where he's near 100 percent now, and I'm very proud of how he handled this situation. I never saw him pouting about it or heard him say, 'It's not fair.''

Franklin has made his mark on Mater Dei basketball as one of the program's all-time great outside shooters. But he contributes much more, including resuming the point-guard role he had as a junior, having moved from shooting guard last month when Monarchs starting point guard Tommy Stangl suffered a season-ending foot fracture.

'Gary's got that great outside shot,' McKnight said. 'But he can take you on the dribble, too. When other guys get hot, he gets them the ball. He's very smart about what's happening on the court.'

Franklin, a Mater Dei team captain the past two years, had committed to USC but retracted his commitment when USC underwent a coaching change. He re-entered the recruiting process, and signed a letter of intent with Cal during the November signing period.

He is focused on Saturday's big game against Westchester, which matches the top two teams in the state rankings with Mater Dei at No. 1 and Westchester at No. 2. But Franklin is looking ahead to what he needs to do to get ready for the Pac-10.

'I'll have to get more athletic, as far as running and jumping,' Franklin said. 'I need to just keep being a student of the game, too, which will help my overall development in the future.'

It is a future that Gary Franklin did not seem to have, just a few years ago.

Bell to be waived - by David Edole
MEMPHIS, Tenn. Small forward Reggie Williams will be signed for the rest of the season, the Warriors are expected to announce today.

The Warriors don't have an available spot on the roster right now, but they should on Monday, as they plan to waive guard Raja Bell (196-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) and sign Williams to a guaranteed contract. General manager Larry Riley chose to release Bell rather than forward Devean George.

'I just can't cut a healthy player,' Riley said. 'And Devean George has played well.'

Bell, acquired from Charlotte in the Stephen Jackson trade on Nov. 15, endorsed the move to waive him rather than George.

Bell played one game with the Warriors before having surgery in December to repair a torn ligament in his left hand. He could've come back for the last couple of games, but said he didn't want to return too soon and jeopardize his career.

Bell said even if he had been waived on time to join another team's postseason roster, he wouldn't have gone. It's for that reason Bell thought George should have been picked over him to stay with Golden State.

'I completely understand,' Bell said in a phone interview. 'If nothing else, I consider myself a professional. I never want to come off as a spoiled, coddled, NBA player. The fact is, I'm not playing this year.'

The Warriors need bodies with their rash of injuries, and George has been in the regular rotation. He provides a steady outside shot and has guarded some of the elite scorers the Warriors face.

Riley said if Bell would've been unhappy about being waived, the Warriors might have had to find a different way to make room for Williams. Riley said the Warriors want to sign Bell in the off-season, and Bell said he would definitely consider coming back to the Warriors.

'Provided we're comparing apples to apples,' Bell said, referring to the contract offers, 'Golden State would definitely be an option.'

by Marcus Thompson II


UBL Standings
Central Division
 1. Texas W. 2-0 
 2. Springfield T. 1-0 
 3. Arkansas W. 1-2 
 4. Tulsa T. 0-0 
 5. Oklahoma I. 0-2 
 1. I-20 Pros 0-0 
 2. CV Titans 0-0 
 3. NM Power 0-0 
 4. Arkansas S. 0-0 
 5. Texas O. 0-0 
 6. Wranglers DL 0-0 


Top-5 players of the week - by Platon Khegai
Top team by SuperLeague:
Jason Crowe of BC Dnipro (average, in two games): 26 points, 12 assists, 9 rebounds, 3 steals, 35 ranking.
Gerrod Coleman of BC Odesa: 24 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 31 ranking.
Maksym Pustozvonov of BC Kyiv: 21 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 20 ranking.
Michael Fraser
of Hoverla: 23 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 29 ranking.
Daniel McClintock of MBC Mykolaiv: 25 points, 9 rebounds, 4 blocks, 2 assists, 1 steal, 30 ranking.


Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Newcastle E. 25-5 
 2. Sheffield S. 24-5 
 3. Scottish R. 19-10 
 4. Leicester R. 19-11 
 5. Cheshire J. 16-12 
 6. Everton T. 15-13 
 7. MK Lions 14-13 
 8. Worthing T. 14-16 
 9. Worcester W. 11-17 
 10. Guildford H. 11-19 
 11. Plymouth R. 9-19 
 12. Essex Pirates 5-23 
 13. London C. 3-22 

Stats Leaders - BBL
Points Per Game
 Mike COOK
  Sheffield S.
  Avg: 26.8
 1. Cook, Sheffield S.26.8 
 2. Bratton, Worthing.24.4 
 3. Moore, Everton T.21.1 
 4. Wierzbicki, Leices.20.7 
 5. Yanders, Scottish.20.6 
 6. Patton, Sheffiel.20.3 
 7. Harrison, MK Lions20.3 
 8. Valencia, Plymouth R.19.6 
 9. Toney, Sheffield S.19.5 
 10. Gilbert, Worceste.19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tafari TONEY
  Sheffield S.
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Toney, Sheffield S.10.8 
 2. Johnson, Leiceste.10.6 
 3. Janusauskas, London C.9.4 
 4. Rodrigo, Essex P.9.2 
 5. Rowe, Plymouth R.9.0 
 6. Richard, Worthing.8.4 
 7. Gariba, London C.7.9 
 8. New, MK Lions7.8 
 9. Martin, Guildford H.7.1 
 10. Stewart, Newcastl.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jessie SAPP
  Scottish R.
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Sapp, Scottish R.7.6 
 2. Martin, Plymouth.7.3 
 3. Moore, Everton T.6.0 
 4. Patton, Sheffiel.5.1 
 5. Drakeford, Guildfor.5.0 
 6. Yanders, Scottish.4.6 
 7. Middleton, Worceste.4.6 
 8. Westbrooks, Leices.4.5 
 9. Jackson, Newcastl.4.5 
 10. Peterson, Cheshire.4.1 
Steals Per Game
  Everton T.
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Moore, Everton T.2.5 
 2. Babalola, Evert.2.4 
 3. Peterson, Cheshire.2.3 
 4. Middleton, Worceste.2.3 
 5. Normantas, Worceste.2.2 
 6. O''Reilly, Cheshire.2.1 
 7. Sapp, Scottish R.2.1 
 8. Jivens, London C.1.9 
 9. Adu, Essex Pirates1.9 
 10. Lasker, Plymouth.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
  Worthing T.
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Richard, Worthing.2.1 
 2. Johnson, Leiceste.2.1 
 3. Hanke, Scottish R.1.7 
 4. Toney, Sheffield S.1.5 
 5. Morris, MK Lions1.1 
 6. Janusauskas, London C.1.0 
 7. Copeland, Scottish.1.0 
 8. Young, Cheshire J.1.0 
 9. Flournoy, Newcastl.0.9 
 10. Holmes, MK Lions0.9 


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
1. Cocodrilos 11-4
2. Panteras 10-6
3. Guaros 9-5
4. Marinos 9-6
5. Gaiteros 9-6
6. Trotamundos 9-7
7. Guaiqueries 6-8
8. Gigantes 4-11
9. Bucaneros 4-11
10. Toros 3-10


Women News

  BELGIUM - Women  

Standings - Women
D1 Standings
Group A
 1. Waregem 4-0 
 2. Ieper 4-1 
 3. Jeugd Gentson 2-3 
 4. R.Spirou M. 2-3 
 5. N.Namur 0-5 
Group B
 1. Sint Kateline 4-1 
 2. Dexia 3-1 
 3. BBC Boom 3-2 
 4. Point Chaud 2-3 
 5. Houthalen 1-4 

  BRAZIL - Women  

Carioca Clairissa Santos on top in Portugal - by Mel Devonne
Center Clarissa Santos (182-C-88) and her AD Vargos team finished the regular season on top in the Portugal
womens league. Clarissa is a under sized center, who has long arms and a strong postup game.
She works out in the off season in Rio de Janerio at the Magureria Esportes Clube where she
learned the game as a young player.
Cliarissa is in the top 5 in scoring and rebounding and is a strong candidate for league MVP.

I think she deserves a WNBA look.
Good luck in the playoffs, and bring the gold back to Rio.

  BULGARIA - Women  

Standings - Women
NBL Standings
 1. Dunav 15-2 
 2. Lukoil 14-3 
 3. Montana 2003 11-7 
 4. Beroe 2007 9-9 
 5. Minor 4-14 
 6. Slavia 0-18 

  CYPRUS - Women  

Imperial AEL Limassol wins the Cup - by Eurobasket News
K.V. Imperial AEL Limassol became the winner of the Cup as they overcame Petrolina AEK Larnaca 78:60. The winners started superb and reached 27-6 after the opening quarter. AEL never looked behind after in the game. They enjoyed 49:23 led at the halftime and had 67:39 after three periods. Antria Nikolaou (164-G) became the MVP of the game. The prize for fair play received Mercouri from AEK.

  FRANCE - Women  

LFB Round: 22 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Bourges - Villeneuve 62-58
No.2 Bourges escaped with 62-58 home win against Villeneuve. Katarina Manic (181-G-80) came up with 14 points and 9 rebounds in this victory, while Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83) and Emmeline Ndongue had 11 points and 6 rebounds each. In defeat, Lady Comfort collected 14 points and 11 rebs. Bourges 18-3, Villeneuve 14-8.

Lattes Montpe. - Toulouse 66-47
Lattes Montpellier was better than Toulouse in the last game of Round 22. Constance Jinks (170-G-81, college: UNLV) led the hosts in scoring with 14 points, while Khadijah Whittington (186-F-86, college: N.Carolina St.) added 11 points and 10 rebounds. Visitors got 14 pts and 7 boards from Katharina Fikiel. Montpellier 14-7, Toulouse 6-15.

Aix-en-Prov. - Tarbes 57-91
Tarbes stays on top of LFB with impressive 19-2 score. In this round, Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) stepped up for Tarbes with 19 points. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) followed her with 2 points less. In the loosing squad (5-17), Tiffany Stansbury collected 21 points and 9 rebounds.

Challes - Mondeville 73-80
Mondeville cruised past Challes on the road for 13-8 record in LFB. Valeriya Berezhynska (193-C-86, college: Rice) paced the visiting squad to victory with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Kristen Sharp (175-G-81, college: Cincinnati) also had 19 points and 7 rebounds, but for the hosts.

Arras - Limoges 80-45
Arras destroyed Limoges, who stays winless after 21 appearances in the league. Johanne Gomis (177-G-85) led Arras to 16th victory of the season with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Limoges got 23 pts and 5 boards from Erica Davis (191-C-85, college: Yale).

Armentieres - Nantes 47-68
Nantes had Mame-Marie Sy in a game mood with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Melanie Plust (173-G-89) and Lindsay Taylor (203-C-81, college: UCSB) secured a nice help with 11 and 10 points respectively. Virginie Bremont collected 17 points in defeat. Nantes 15-7, Armentieres 5-17.

Landes - Calais 68-57
8th victory of the season for Landes, who got 15 points from Anais Le Gluher (177-F-82). Marion Laborde (178-G-86) and Sabrina Reghaissia netted 14 and 13 points respectively. In Calais (8-13), Anne-Sophie Pagnier delivered 12 points.

LFB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Williams, Mondeville16.3 
 2. Taylor, Nantes16.1 
 3. Houston, Tarbes15.3 
 4. Anderson, Villeneuve14.9 
 5. Akonga Nsimb., Arr.14.9 
 6. Eldebrink, Tarbes14.6 
 7. Stansbury, Aix-en-P.14.3 
 8. Berezhynska, Monde.14.2 
 9. Yacoubou-D., Tarbes14.0 
 10. Humphrey, Calais14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Nnindjem, Toulouse9.4 
 2. Neaves, Calais8.5 
 3. Sy, Nantes8.4 
 4. Stansbury, Aix-en-P.7.9 
 5. Bonnan, Mondeville7.9 
 6. Comfort, Villeneuve7.8 
 7. Humphrey, Calais7.8 
 8. Davis, Limoges7.6 
 9. Amant, Arras7.6 
 10. Dijon, Lattes M.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Kathleen MACLEOD
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Macleod, Nantes6.4 
 2. Aubert, Mondeville5.6 
 3. Lepron, Tarbes5.0 
 4. Mitchell, Arras4.9 
 5. Spatharou, Limoges4.7 
 6. Tanqueray, Villeneuve4.2 
 7. Cousseins, Calais3.8 
 8. Hermouet, Toulouse3.6 
 9. Metcalf, Toulouse3.3 
 10. Cibert, Calais3.2 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Parham, Landes2.6 
 2. Aubert, Mondeville2.4 
 3. Bremont, Armentie.2.4 
 4. Hermouet, Toulouse2.2 
 5. Michel, Arras2.2 
 6. Gomis, Arras2.1 
 7. Mitchell, Arras2.1 
 8. Spatharou, Limoges2.0 
 9. Konate, Landes1.9 
 10. Whittington, Lattes M.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Metcalf, Toulouse0.8 
 2. Nnindjem, Toulouse0.8 
 3. Gueye, Limoges0.8 
 4. Page, Aix-en-Prov.0.7 
 5. Ayissi, Armentieres0.6 
 6. Cousseins, Calais0.6 
 7. Fikiel, Toulouse0.6 
 8. Stansbury, Aix-en-P.0.6 
 9. Nedovic, Armentie.0.6 
 10. Parham, Landes0.5 

Standings - LFB
LFB Standings
 1. Tarbes 19-2 
 2. Bourges 18-3 
 3. Arras 16-6 
 4. Nantes 15-7 
 5. Montpellier 14-7 
 6. ESB Villeneu. 14-8 
 7. Mondeville 13-8 
 8. Challes 9-13 
 9. COB Calais 8-13 
 10. Landes 8-14 
 11. Toulouse 6-15 
 12. Armentieres 5-17 
 13. Aix-en-Prov. 5-17 
 14. Limoges 0-21 

  GERMANY - Women  

Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Carmen GUZMAN
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Guzman, Leipzig21.8 
 2. Pierce, Rhein MB19.5 
 3. Guzman, Halle18.4 
 4. Hayes, Wasserburg17.5 
 5. Paunovic, Freiburg16.8 
 6. Bender, Halle16.6 
 7. Terzic, Herner16.0 
 8. Danckert, Donau.15.7 
 9. Tatham, Wasserburg15.2 
 10. Greunke, Rhein MB15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sabrina SCOTT
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Scott, Wolfenbu.12.1 
 2. Mircheva, Donau.10.5 
 3. Tracey, Freiburg9.2 
 4. Triggs, Marburg8.5 
 5. Almind, Oberhausen8.4 
 6. Greunke, Rhein MB8.1 
 7. Sanders, Leipzig7.9 
 8. Thompson, Rhein MB7.8 
 9. Danckert, Donau.7.7 
 10. Wilson, Donau-Ries7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Amanda REGO
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Rego, Halle5.4 
 2. Bar, Saarlouis3.7 
 3. Dluzyk, Donau-Ries3.4 
 4. Guzman, Halle3.2 
 5. Mersch, Oberhausen2.8 
 6. Davidson, Marburg2.8 
 7. Greunke, Rhein MB2.6 
 8. O''Rourke, Herner2.6 
 9. Almind, Oberhausen2.5 
 10. Austmann, Oberh.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Amanda REGO
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Rego, Halle3.9 
 2. Guzman, Leipzig3.6 
 3. Sanders, Leipzig3.5 
 4. Bar, Saarlouis3.3 
 5. Tracey, Freiburg3.0 
 6. Guzman, Halle2.7 
 7. Austmann, Oberh.2.6 
 8. Bingham, Saarlouis2.4 
 9. O''Rourke, Herner2.3 
 10. Richter, Wasse.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Danckert, Donau.1.2 
 2. Bar, Saarlouis1.2 
 3. Tracey, Freiburg1.0 
 4. Bingham, Saarlouis1.0 
 5. Triggs, Marburg1.0 
 6. Diaz, Leipzig0.9 
 7. Damm, Halle0.9 
 8. Smith, Saarlouis0.8 
 9. Koop, Marburg0.8 
 10. Mohr, Opladen0.8 

Standings - Women
DBBL Standings
 1. Saarlouis 18-4 
 2. Wasserburg 16-6 
 3. Freiburg 15-7 
 4. Marburg 15-7 
 5. Halle 14-8 
 6. Oberhausen 12-10 
 7. Herner 12-10 
 8. Wolfenbuettel 9-13 
 9. Donau-Ries 7-15 
 10. Rhein MB 5-17 
 11. Leipzig 5-17 
 12. Opladen 4-18 

DBBL Round: 22 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Wolfenbuettel - Halle 72-75
Halle posted the 14th win in the season as they nipped Wolfenbuettel away from home. The Lions were paced by 23 points and 12 boards from Jennifer Bender (185-F-87, agency: Scenic Sports Group, LLC., college: Monmouth). Carmen Guzman tallied 17 points, 7 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 assists for the winning side. Jezabel Ohanian replied iwth 23 points for the Wildcats.

Saarlouis - Donau-Ries 81-59
Saarlouis cruised past Donau-Ries for the 18th win in the season. Stina Barnert (176-G-89) scored 16 points for the Royals as they claimed regular season crown. Candyce Bingham added 12 points in the victory. Viktoria Mircheva responded with 17 points and 10 rebounds for Donau-Ries.

Rhein MB - Opladen 72-62
Rhein knocked down Opladen behind 19 ponts from Svenja Gruenke. Alissa Pierce (182-G/F-86) added 17 points and 10 rebounds as Rhein improved at 5-17 record in the 10th spot. Cornelia Janzon accounted for 23 points and 10 rebounds for Opladen as they remained at the bottom of the ladder.

Leipzig - Wasserburg 56-67
Wasserburg clinched the second position as they upset Leipzig on the road. Rebecca Thoresen (178-F-78) stepped up with 17 points for the visitors. Ashley Hayes had 13 points in the victory. Amy Sanders replied with 16 points for the Eagles.

Freiburg - Marburg 75-51
Freiburg proved too good for visiting Marburg. Sarah Hayes (173-G-84, college: Brown) knocked down 23 points to lead the charge. Mirna Paunovic contributed 22 points and 7 caroms for Freiburg. Margret Skuballa replied with 17 points for Marburg.

Herner - Oberhausen 63-60
Herner narrowly defeated Oberhausen in the final round of the regular season. Minja Terzic (188-F/C) scored 17 points to pace the hosts. Brianne O'Rourke added 15 points as Herner occupied the seventh spot just behind Oberhausen. Sarah Austmann finished with 28 points and 6 rebounds in defeat.

  GREECE - Women  

Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Athinaikos 20-0 
 2. Esperides 15-6 
 3. Panathinaikos 14-7 
 4. Apollon Ptol. 13-8 
 5. DAS Ano Liosa 12-9 
 6. Aris Thessal. 12-9 
 7. Panionios 11-10 
 8. FEA Neas 10-11 
 9. P.Faliro 10-12 
 10. Olympiakos V. 9-12 
 11. Apollon Kal. 7-14 
 12. Olympiada L. 3-18 
 13. Hania 0-20 

  ITALY - Women  

Standings A1 (W)
A1 Standings
 1. Taranto 19-1 
 2. Familia Schio 16-4