EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/25/2010

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  ABA   


Bisons win Game 1 of ABA Finals - by Gianni Pascucci
Chad Eichelberger (6'9''-F-82, college: St.Andrews) hit a 3 pointer with 59 second to go allowing his Kentucky Bisons to win, 99-96 Game 1 of teh ABA 2010 Finals over the SETX Mavericks yesterday night in Owensboro. The Bisons got 12 points from Mike Wells (6'3''-G-79, college: W.Kentucky) in the fourth quarter as he went for a game high 34 points. He clearly had the green light to shoot in the final quarter, and this changed the game. The other best performers at the winning side were Brandon Stockton (5'9''-G-84, college: Kentucky) with 20 points, Kenny Jones (6'6''-F-84, college: Kentucky St.) with 15 and Eichelberger with 10. The Mavericks battled till the end led by Josh Pace (6'6''-G-83, college: Syracuse), who scored 22 points, Herman Favors (5'9''-G-84, college: Georgia St.), who scored 18 and Anthony Lumpkin (6'1''-G-78, college: SW Oklahoma St.) who had 12. Game 2 is scheduled for Saturday, March 27th in Port Arthur, Texas, and Game 3, if necessary, will be played on Monday, March 29th

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  ARGENTINA   


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 David JACKSON
  La Union
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Jackson, La Union19.1 
 2. Assie, Quilmes MP17.3 
 3. Funes, C.Entrer.16.9 
 4. Moodie, Boca Jrs16.7 
 5. Nelson, Quilmes MP16.7 
 6. Lo Grippo, Atenas16.6 
 7. Cutley, C.Entrer.16.4 
 8. Marshall, C.Entrer.16.0 
 9. Profit, Libertad S.16.0 
 10. Gutierrez, Penarol15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Federico KAMMERICHS
  Regatas C.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Kammerichs, Regat.11.8 
 2. Williams, Union S.8.1 
 3. Griffin, Estudiantes7.9 
 4. Rollins, Gimnasia.7.7 
 5. Assie, Quilmes MP7.3 
 6. Wolkowyski, Libertad.7.3 
 7. Nelson, Quilmes MP7.0 
 8. McFarlan, Union S.6.9 
 9. Gonzalez, Quimsa6.9 
 10. Leiva, Penarol6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Lucas VICTORIANO
  Lanus
  (190-G-77)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Victoriano, Lanus4.5 
 2. Cequeira, Sionista4.5 
 3. Franco, Estudiantes3.9 
 4. Labaque, Obras3.8 
 5. Martinez, Sionista3.7 
 6. Ginobili, Libertad S.3.6 
 7. Cadillac, C.Entrer.3.1 
 8. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 9. Salles, La Union3.0 
 10. Figueroa, Atenas3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Frank WILLIAMS
  Olimpico LB
  (191-G-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Williams, Olimpico.1.9 
 2. Moldu, Libertad S.1.7 
 3. Pelussi, Libertad S.1.6 
 4. Aguirre, Boca Jrs1.6 
 5. Marshall, C.Entrer.1.5 
 6. Funes, C.Entrer.1.5 
 7. Franco, Estudiantes1.5 
 8. Victoriano, Lanus1.4 
 9. Figueroa, Atenas1.4 
 10. Labaque, Obras1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Derrick ALSTON
  Olimpico LB
  (208-C/F-72)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Alston, Olimpico.1.9 
 2. Alston, Boca Jrs1.3 
 3. Kammerichs, Regat.1.3 
 4. Rollins, Gimnasia.1.1 
 5. Assie, Quilmes MP1.0 
 6. Williams, Union S.0.9 
 7. Gomez, Quimsa0.8 
 8. Griffin, Estudiantes0.8 
 9. Marshall, C.Entrer.0.8 
 10. Alloatti, Obras0.7 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Suduva
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Broadus, Suduva21.7 
 2. Reed, Tallinna Kalev21.6 
 3. Akognon, Kalev/Cr.19.5 
 4. Davis, Valmiera19.5 
 5. Tatarunas, Alytus A.18.8 
 6. Sirvydis, Sakalai18.3 
 7. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.18.0 
 8. McCullough, VEF R.18.0 
 9. Kelys, Perlas17.6 
 10. Gailius, Siauliai17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Travis REED
  Tallinna Kalev
  (203-C-79)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Reed, Tallinna Kalev10.1 
 2. Watson, Zalgiris9.0 
 3. Tatarunas, Alytus A.9.0 
 4. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.8.8 
 5. Valanciunas, Perlas8.3 
 6. Morrison, TU/Rock8.1 
 7. Cresnar, Valmiera7.7 
 8. McNaull, Norrkoping7.5 
 9. Kojenets, Liepaja7.4 
 10. Renfroe, VEF Riga7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GAIDAMAVICIUS
  Juventus
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Gaidamaviciu., Juven.7.4 
 2. Renfroe, VEF Riga7.1 
 3. Broadus, Suduva6.7 
 4. Grant, Norrkoping5.8 
 5. Milosevic, Lietuv.5.2 
 6. Popovic, Lietuvos.5.0 
 7. Maceina, Rudupis4.9 
 8. Jomantas, Lietuv.4.5 
 9. Jeromanovs, Liepa.4.5 
 10. Gervin, Norrkoping4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Suduva
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Broadus, Suduva3.0 
 2. Rannula, Valga Welg2.4 
 3. Covington, Tallin.2.4 
 4. Gervin, Norrkoping2.3 
 5. Vileita, Rudupis2.3 
 6. Jomantas, Lietuv.2.2 
 7. Gaidamaviciu., Juven.2.2 
 8. Renfroe, VEF Riga2.2 
 9. Bitinas, Neptunas2.2 
 10. Tatarunas, Alytus A.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kennyetta JOHNSON
  Kalev/Cramo
  (210-C-78)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Johnson, Kalev/Cr.3.1 
 2. Valanciunas, Perlas2.3 
 3. Tatarunas, Alytus A.2.1 
 4. Valanciunas, Lietuv.1.8 
 5. Silinskis, Nevezis1.6 
 6. Ezerskis, Techasas1.5 
 7. Toome, TTU K.1.5 
 8. Rozitis, Zemgale1.4 
 9. Davis, Valmiera1.4 
 10. Pettway, Ventspils1.3 


Baltic-League Round: 1 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Elite
Ventspils - VEF Riga 75-66
Ventspils outgunned VEF Riga behind 19 points from Dairis Bertans. Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) added 14 points as the Latvian champions grabbed the lead in the quarterfinal series. The regular season MVP Alex Renfroe (190-G-86, college: Belmont) responded with 16 points, 6 boards, 6 assists and 4 steals for VEF Riga. Taj McCullough finished with 15 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

Siauliai - TU/Rock 61-84
TU/Rock stunned Siauliai in Lithuania at the start of the quarterfinal series. Silver Leppik (185-G-83), Scott Morrison (212-C-86, college: Portland St.), Todd Abernethy (185-G-84, college: Mississippi) and Janar Talts (205-C-83) knocked down 14 points each in a terrific balanced effort from the Estonian team. Vallo Allingu contributed 8 points in the victory. Mindaugas Kuzminskas responded with 13 points for Siauliai.



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  BOSNIA   


Standings - BIH League
D1 Stage Two Standings
 1. Bosna S. 0-0 
 2. Sloboda Dita 0-0 
 3. Borac Nektar 0-0 
 4. Capljina 0-0 
 5. Siroki Eronet 0-0 
 6. SL IAT Leotar 0-0 
 7. Slavija 0-0 
 8. Igokea 0-0 
 9. Zrinjski MC 0-0 
 10. Grude 0-0 
 11. Hercegovac 0-0 
 12. Mladost MG 0-0 
 13. Sutjeska 0-0 
 14. Celik 0-0 
Stage One Standings


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  CHINA   


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Shandong
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 32
 1. Emmett, Shandong32.0 
 2. Gaines, Xinjiang30.6 
 3. Pickett, Shaanxi29.8 
 4. Edwards, Shaanxi29.3 
 5. Rodgers, Jilin28.5 
 6. White, Zhejiang.27.9 
 7. Lucas, Shanghai27.4 
 8. Wang, Bayi26.2 
 9. Brown, Zhejiang C.26.1 
 10. Mays, Beijing26.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 DeAngelo COLLINS
  Ponce
  (206-F-82)
  Avg: 15.4
 1. Collins, Jilin15.4 
 2. Mays, Beijing13.2 
 3. Ramos, Zhejiang.13.1 
 4. Oyedeji, Liaoning12.4 
 5. Harvey, Jiangsu12.3 
 6. Swift, Shandong11.8 
 7. Brown, Beijing11.6 
 8. Okosa, Qingdao DS11.4 
 9. Williams, Fujian11.4 
 10. Williams, Zhejiang C.11.2 
Assists Per Game
 Stephon MARBURY
  Shanxi Zh.
  (187-G-77)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Marbury, Shanxi Z.9.5 
 2. Lu, Fujian7.2 
 3. Parker, Guandong6.1 
 4. Hu, Jiangsu5.1 
 5. Fahed, TianJin R.4.9 
 6. Lucas, Shanghai4.8 
 7. Liu, Shanghai4.7 
 8. Allen, Xinjiang4.6 
 9. Kelley, DongGuan4.4 
 10. Carr, Jilin4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Chris WILLIAMS
  Qingdao DS
  (199-F/G-80)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Williams, Qingd.3.8 
 2. Hu, Jiangsu3.7 
 3. Parker, Guandong2.9 
 4. Marbury, Shanxi Z.2.6 
 5. Pickett, Shaanxi2.6 
 6. Allen, Xinjiang2.5 
 7. Emmett, Shandong2.4 
 8. Okosa, Qingdao DS2.3 
 9. Porter, Fujian2.3 
 10. Lu, Fujian2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Fujian
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Williams, Fujian4.4 
 2. Lamizana, TianJ.3.8 
 3. Swift, Shandong3.1 
 4. Collins, Jilin2.8 
 5. Steyn, Qingdao DS2.2 
 6. Xu, Bayi2.2 
 7. Wang, Bayi2.1 
 8. Simmons, DongGuan1.8 
 9. McCoy, Fujian1.8 
 10. Watkins, Jiangsu1.8 


CBA Round: 1 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Guandong - Bayi 109-71
The winner of the Regular Season Guangdong started their Play-offs with the 109:71 win over Bayi. Zhu Fangyu (201-F-83) brought 27 points, while Du Feng added 20 points. Xu Zhonghao had 18 points and 8 rebounds for Bayi.

Xinjiang - Fujian 109-91
Xu GuoChong (198-F/G-81) exploded with 40 points as second-placed Xinjiang started CBA Play-offs with the win over Fujian 109:91. Charles Gaines followed him with 30 points and Mengke Bateer added 14 points. Sean Williams had 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks for Fujian.

Zhejiang G.L. - Jiangsu 109-95
The Zhejiang Lions rolled over Jiangsu 109:95 as White Rodney (206-F-80, college: Charlotte) top-scored with 28 points,while Peter John Ramos had 23. Yi Li had 24 points and 4 rebounds for Jiangsu.

Shanghai - Liaoning 99-97
Shanghai cruised past Liaoning 99:97 in the opener thriller. Lucas John (180-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) paced Shanghai with 34 points, Liu Wei had 19 points, while Zaid Abbaas erupted with 18 points and 20 rebounds. Carlos Powell responded with 33 points for Liaoning.



Guangdong, Xinjiang, Zhejiang Lions, Shanghai Win Playoff Openers - by Arthur Volbert
Guangdong, Xinjiang, the Zhejiang Lions and Shanghai all won their opening games of the first round of the CBA playoffs.

Zhu Fangyu scored 27 points to lead Guangdong to a 109-71 win over Bayi. Young Dong Hanlin had 19 points and 6 rebounds. Du Feng had 20 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. David Harrison had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Chen Dawei had 10 points and 6 rebounds. Smush Parker had 5 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals, though he hit only 1 of 9 shots. Xu Zhonghao had 18 points and 8 rebounds for Bayi. Wang Zhizhi had 10 points and 10 rebounds in 22 minutes. Delehei and Li Ke each scored 10.

Xu GuoChong (198-F/G-81) had 40 points and 4 rebounds as Xinjiang defeated Fujian 109-91. Charles Gaines had 30 points and 4 rebounds. Mengke Bateer had 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Myron Allen had 9 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals. Sean Williams had 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks for Fujian. Gong Songlin had 13 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists. Yang Genglin had 13 points and 4 rebounds. Chris Porter had 13 points and 7 rebounds. Yang Qin had 11 points and 6 assists.

The Zhejiang Lions defeated Jiangsu 109-95. Rodney White had 28 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Peter John Ramos had 23 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Zhang Weo scored 19. Jin Lipeng had 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Wang Bo had 11 points and 5 rebounds. Lin Chih-Chieh had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Yi Li had 24 points and 4 rebounds for Jiangsu. Tang Zhengdong had 27 points and 15 rebounds. Meng Da had 15 points and 8 rebounds. Donnell Harvey had 13 points and 8 rebounds. Joe Crawford, who replaced Jameel Watkins as an import due to the season-ending injury to Hu Xuefeng, had 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists as the new point guard.

In the only close game of the day, Shanghai edged Liaoning 99-97. John Lucas III led Shanghai with 34 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Liu Wei had 19 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Zaid Abbaas had 18 points, 20 rebounds and 4 steals. Garret Siler had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Carlos Powell had 33 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists for Liaoning. Zhang Qingpeng had 22 points , 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Li Xiaoxu had 13 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Yang Ming scored 11. Olumide Oyedeji had 8 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists. Han Dejun had 10 points and 5 rebounds in 15 minutes. We will see how the huge young center plays next year, when he is eligible for the 2011 NBA draft, and Liaoning is likely to recruit a more versitile big man than Oyedeji. Liaoning could then form a three-man big man rotation of the import, Han and Li.



CBA Playoff - by Robert Wang
CBA first round of playoff just played tonight and all home teams won at home. Here is the result tonight: Gung Dong 109:71 Ba Yi, Xin Jiang 109:91 Fu Jian SBS, Shang Hai 99:97 Liao Ning, Guang Sha 109:95 Jiang Su. John Lucas scored 34 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. And Liu Wei scored 19 points and 4 assists. Zhu Fang Yu from guang dong team got 27 points and 3 rebounds. Wang Zhi zhi from Ba Yi team got 10 points and 10 rebounds. Rodney White from Guang Sha team scored 28 points and 4 rebounds. Peter Ramos scored 23 points and 16 rebounds. Tang Zheng Dong from Jiang Su team scored 17 points and 15 rebounds. Joe Crawford received 13 points and 4 rebounds. So, Jiang So released big guy Jamal Watkin and keeps D Harvey and Joe Crawford for their rest season.

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  CROATIA   


Standings - Ozujsko A1 League
A1 Standings
Group A
 1. Svjetlost 1-0 
 2. Cibona 1-0 
 3. Zadar 1-0 
 4. KK Zagreb CO 0-0 
 5. Cedevita 0-0 
 6. Darda 0-1 
 7. Zabok 0-1 
 8. Trogir 0-1 
Group B
 1. KK Split 2-0 
 2. Dubrava 2-0 
 3. Dubrovnik 2-1 
 4. Borik 2-1 
 5. Kastela 0-3 
 6. Sibenik 0-3 


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Toni BIZACA
  Trogir
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Bizaca, Trogir25.4 
 2. Vragovic, Dubrava21.1 
 3. Spahija, Svjetlost18.8 
 4. Mrva, Borik16.7 
 5. Filipovic, Sibenik16.5 
 6. Bilan, Sibenik16.0 
 7. Krolo, Darda15.5 
 8. Sakic, Dubrava14.7 
 9. Kruslin, Dubrovnik14.6 
 10. Cosic, Svjetlost14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miro BILAN
  Sibenik
  (212-F-89)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Bilan, Sibenik10.4 
 2. Spahija, Svjetlost10.3 
 3. Bizaca, Trogir7.6 
 4. Vukicevic, Svjetlost7.3 
 5. Sakic, Dubrava7.1 
 6. Rahimic, Sibenik7.0 
 7. Krolo, Darda6.9 
 8. Macura, KK Split6.8 
 9. Krapic, Zabok6.8 
 10. Maric, Dubrava6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Luka PETKOVIC
  Siroki Eronet
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Petkovic, Sibenik6.1 
 2. Sumic, KK Split4.4 
 3. Tomeljak, Zabok4.1 
 4. Cosic, Svjetlost3.9 
 5. Norac, Svjetlost3.6 
 6. Camagajevac, Darda3.5 
 7. Blajic, Trogir3.3 
 8. Radic, Dubrovnik3.2 
 9. Bosnjak, Dubrava3.2 
 10. Bubalo, Sibenik2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Vinko BOSNJAK
  Dubrava
  (186-G-80)
  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, Svjetlost1.8 
 8. Bizaca, Trogir1.7 
 9. Katic, KK Split1.7 
 10. Vrkic, KK Split1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jere MACURA
  KK Split
  (205-F-80)
  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. Culjak, Dubrava0.7 
 7. Krolo, Darda0.7 
 8. Kamaldin, Darda0.7 
 9. Spahija, Svjetlost0.6 
 10. Ridl, Darda0.6 


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Bizkaia Bilbao bring victory from Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News
Nymburk - Bizkaia Bilbao 47:59
Bizkaia Bilbao made a confident step towards EuroCup Final Four after they defeated Nymburk in the opening game of the quarterfinal clash. Jerome Moiso (208-C/F-78, college: UCLA) secured 11 points and 6 boards for Bilbao in the win. The teams will meet in Spain next Wednesday to decide on the winner.
Nymburk quickly gained the lead in this one but Bilbao were ready for the challenge. Levour Warren (196-F-81, college: S.Carolina) and Rodriguez ensured a 13:9 lead for the Spanish team midway through the quarter. Ricci helped Nymburk restore the advantage as they entered the second quarter ahead by 3 points 18:15. Ron Lewis (193-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Ohio St.) and Pavel Pumprla (194-G-86, agency: PPGroup) allowed the hosts to enjoy a 27:20 lead in the second period. The Czech champions maintained the advantage and posted a 32:22 advantage with twenty minutes gone. The hosts did not let Bilbao to get too close in the third frame. Pavel Pumprla established a 42:35 lead for the home team with ten minutes remaining. Bilbao quickly denied the deficit as they opened the fourth frame with 7 points in a row. Janis Blums followed with 7 points in a row to drag Bilbao in charge. The Spanish team took over from that moment and rallied to the victory at the end.
Levour Warren and Marko Banic (204-F-84) finished with 10 points each in the win. Janis Blums accounted for 9 points for the visitors. Ron Lewis responded with game-high 17 points for Nymburk. Pavel Pumprla notched 9 points in defeat.

Nymburk: Ron Lewis 17, Pavel Pumprla 9
Bilbao: Jerome Moiso 11, Levour Warren 10, Marko Banic 10



NBL Round: 37 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
NH Ostrava - BK Prostejov 57-81
NH Ostrava lost to BK Prostejov 57:81 as the latter got 19 points from Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona) and 18 points from Veikalas Benas. Burke Dwight delivered 14 points in the losing case.

Podebrady - BK Pardubice 71-100
Podebrady was beaten by BK Pardubice 71:100 on March 24th. Maurice Hampton (188-G-84, college: Austin Peay St.) paced all the winners with 17 points and Arnold Marcus added 15. Vyoral Tomas responded with 18 in defeat and Thomas Kevin notched 16.

B&W Opava - Novy Jicin 71-100
Novy Jicin enjoed the road win over B&W Opava 100:71 as Corey Muirhead (198-F-83, college: W.Carolina) top-scored for the guests with 15 points and Pandula Dusan netted 14. Stec Marek delivered 16 points for the home side and Sirina Jakub nailed 14.

USK Praha - Vysehrad 72-48
USK Praha rolled over Vysehrad 72:48 at the Regular Season Round 37. Myles McKay (191-G-86, college: WiscKing.-Whitew.) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Klimes Martin collected 13 points and 12 rebounds. Skorepa Michal ended up with 15 points an 14 rebounds in defeat.

BC Kolin - Basketbol Brno 84-72
Trailing 16-29 after the opening quarter BC Kolin rearranged and won the game over Basketbol Brno 84:72. Six players scored in doiuble figures for the winners as Terry Smith (185-G-86, college: Mercyhurst) led them all with 21 points. Meno Boris finished the night with 17 points in the losing effort.

BK Decin - CEZ Nymburk 66-72
Regular Season Round 37 was opened with the game BK Decin and CEZ Nymburk as the favorites grabbed 66:72 road win on March 17th. Arthur Lee (185-G-77, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Stanford) paced all the winners with 19 points and Sokolovsky Ladislav followed him with 17. Mulligan Peter replied with 27 points for the hosts.



Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. CEZ Nymburk 33-3 
 2. Novy Jicin 33-4 
 3. BK Prostejov 31-6 
 4. BK Pardubice 26-12 
 5. BK Decin 24-14 
 6. BC Kolin 16-22 
 7. USK Praha 16-22 
 8. B&W Opava 15-23 
 9. Podebrady 11-27 
 10. Basketbol Brno 10-28 
 11. NH Ostrava 9-29 
 12. Vysehrad 2-36 


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Myles MCKAY
  USK Praha
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. McKay, USK P.23.9 
 2. Smith, BC Kolin17.0 
 3. Hatcher, BK Decin16.3 
 4. Thomas, Podebrady16.2 
 5. Mulligan, BK Decin16.2 
 6. Sarovic, Novy Jicin15.9 
 7. Stuchly, NH Ostrava15.4 
 8. Meno, Basketbo.15.3 
 9. Castleberry, Podeb.14.8 
 10. Hampton, BK Pardu.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tremaine FORD
  USK Praha
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Ford, USK Praha11.3 
 2. Castleberry, Podeb.9.3 
 3. Meno, Basketbo.9.0 
 4. Chan, BK Prostejov7.5 
 5. Landry, BK Prost.7.1 
 6. Houska, BK Decin7.0 
 7. Payne, NH Ostrava6.5 
 8. Arnold, BK Pardu.6.2 
 9. Machac, BC Kolin6.1 
 10. Platt, BC Kolin5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Brad JONES
  BC Kolin
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Jones, BC Kolin4.8 
 2. Sanders, Novy Jicin4.8 
 3. Mitchell, NH Os.4.7 
 4. Lawrence, BK Prost.4.6 
 5. Kotas, USK Praha4.2 
 6. Carnecky, B&W O.4.2 
 7. Hatcher, BK Decin4.0 
 8. McKay, USK P.3.9 
 9. Vrubl, Basketbo.3.7 
 10. Wright, BK Pardu.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Eugene LAWRENCE
  BK Prostejov
  (184-G-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lawrence, BK Prost.2.4 
 2. Mitchell, NH Os.2.1 
 3. Kotas, USK Praha2.1 
 4. Wright, BK Pardu.2.1 
 5. Mulligan, BK Decin2.1 
 6. Sirina, B&W Opava2.0 
 7. McKay, USK P.2.0 
 8. Meno, Basketbo.1.9 
 9. Smith, BC Kolin1.8 
 10. Muirhead, Novy Jicin1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Ales CHAN
  BK Prostejov
  (214-C-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Chan, BK Prostejov1.8 
 2. Ford, USK Praha1.5 
 3. Walker, Novy Jicin1.5 
 4. Meno, Basketbo.1.4 
 5. Payne, NH Ostrava1.2 
 6. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.1 
 7. Steffel, Novy Jicin1.1 
 8. Castleberry, Podeb.1.1 
 9. Benda, CEZ Nymburk1.0 
 10. Houska, BK Decin1.0 


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Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 35-11 
 2. Sioux Falls S. 28-17 
 3. Dakota W. 26-19 
 4. Erie Bay H. 18-28 
 5. Ft.Wayne MA 17-27 
Southwest Division
 1. Rio Grande 31-13 
 2. Austin T. 28-16 
 3. Maine R.Claws 27-19 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 24-20 
 5. Albuquerque 18-28 
West Division
 1. Utah F. 24-21 
 2. Reno Bighorns 22-21 
 3. Idaho S. 22-23 
 4. Bakersfield J. 16-28 
 5. Los Angeles D. 14-29 
 6. Springfield A. 7-38 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Malik HAIRSTON
  San Antonio S.
  (198-G-87)
  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.23.2 
 6. Johnson, Sioux F.23.1 
 7. Powell, Albuquerque22.2 
 8. Taylor, Idaho S.21.9 
 9. McLeod, Albuquer.21.7 
 10. Hawkins, Springfi.21.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Austin T.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 16.1
 1. Jones, Austin T.16.1 
 2. Dorsey, Rio Grande13.2 
 3. Butch, Bakersfi.11.6 
 4. Tolliver, Idaho S.11.4 
 5. Johnson, Sioux F.11.1 
 6. Harris, Rio Grande10.4 
 7. Barron, Iowa E.10.0 
 8. Kurz, Ft.Wayne MA10.0 
 9. Bryant, Erie Bay H.9.9 
 10. Reiner, Ft.Wayne.9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.10.9 
 2. Conroy, Rio Grande10.1 
 3. Blalock, Reno B.7.5 
 4. Jackson, Erie B.7.5 
 5. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers7.2 
 6. Dickau, Ft.Wayne.7.1 
 7. Curry, Springfield A.7.1 
 8. Barrett, Idaho S.7.0 
 9. Gaines, Idaho S.6.9 
 10. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.6.3 
Steals Per Game
 Orien GREENE
  Utah F.
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Greene, Utah F.2.6 
 2. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers2.3 
 3. Trepagnier, Iowa E.2.2 
 4. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 5. Stinson, Iowa E.2.1 
 6. Robinson, Maine RC2.1 
 7. Robinson, Reno B.2.0 
 8. Robinson, Los A.1.9 
 9. McLeod, Albuquer.1.9 
 10. Jeffers, Iowa E.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory STIEMSMA
  Sioux Falls S.
  (211-C-85)
  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. Davis, Maine RC1.7 
 9. Trybanski, Reno B.1.6 
 10. McKenzie, Idaho S.1.5 


Kirk Penney Joins Sioux Falls Skyforce - by Surujh Roopnarine
International star Kirk Penney (6'5''-G-80, college: Wisconsin) is bringing his game back to the NBA D-League. The New Zealand native who has had brief stints in the NBA with the Miami HEAT (2003-04) and Los Angeles Clippers (2004-05) has signed on with the Sioux Falls Skyforce and will make his season debut on Friday against the Springfield Armor. To make room for him on the roster the team waived forward Justin Bowen (6'7''-F-83, college: Ill.-Chicago). The former Wisconsin Badger previously played in the D-League during the 2004-05 season where he helped lead the Asheville Altitude to the D-League Championship while averaging 12.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists over 46 games. Penney began this season with the New Zealand Breakers of the Australian NBL where his squad narrowly missed out on the playoffs with a 15-13 record. Penney however was named to the NBL First Team after averaging 23.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 19 games.
The 6-5, 220-pound guard was named All-American Honorable Mention (AP) as a senior and was an All-Big Ten First Team selection his junior and senior seasons at the University of Wisconsin. Penney is the eighth all-time leading scorer in school history with 1,454 points, second all-time in 3-point field goals made (217) and eleventh in games played (127).
New Zealand has qualified for this summers 2010 World Championships in Turkey and Penney will use his time in the D-League to help propel the Skyforce towards a deep run in the playoffs while keeping sharp in preparation for New Zealands National team.
Justin Bowen was acquired last month in a trade with Austin for Michael Joiner. In nine games with Sioux Falls he was averaging 11.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists while shooting 51.4% from the field.



Latest games - by Eurobasket News
Springfield A. - Austin T. 109-118 OT
The Springfield Armor led most of the game, except when it counted most Tuesday night. Springfield had the advantage over Austin for 40 minutes after an 18-0 run gave the Armor a 25-10 lead in the first quarter. The Toros regained the lead with 2:32 to play, but Springfield fought back and the game went into overtime tied 101-101. Austin used two 3-point shots to take a four-point lead it never lost. The Armor fouled to try to regain possession, but the Toros won going away 118-109. Springfield has lost all five games against the Toros this season, and both contests in Austin went into overtime. The final meeting between the Armor (7-37) and Austin (27-16) will be Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. at the Austin Convention Center. In the fourth quarter, the Armor had a 101-100 lead when Abdulai Jalloh made two foul shots with 40 seconds to play. Eddie Basden tied the game by making the second of two free throws with 2 seconds left. When the Armor lost the ball on an inbounds play, the game went to overtime. The Toros' NBA Development League all-star guard, Curtis Jerrells (6'1''-G-87, college: Baylor), was the game-high scorer with 28. Justin Hawkins (6'7''-F-85, college: N.Mexico St.) paced the Armor with 26, and Campbell had 20 points and 15 rebounds. For Austin, Luke Bonner made all three of his shots, including two 3-pointers, for a total of eight points, four fewer than former UMass teammate Dante Milligan for Springfield. *Courtesy of www.masslive.com

Utah F. - Los Angeles D. 86-106
The Los Angeles D-Fenders (16-27) grabbed a late-night win over the Utah Flash (23-21), Sunday night at STAPLES Center. Ryan Forehan-Kelly notched a season high 34 points, leading the D-Fenders to a 106-86 victory. The D-Fenders came out strong in the first quarter outscoring the Flash 36-21. James Peters and Dar Tucker chipped in eight points apiece for the D-Fenders. Utah's Orien Greene led his team with eight points. The D-Fenders had no turnovers at the end of the first quarter. Utah was able to outscore Los Angeles in the second quarter (21-20) but the D-Fenders finished the first half with a 56-42 advantage. Forehan-Kelly scored nine points in the third quarter, helping the D-Fenders maintain their lead at the close of the quarter, 79-64. Carlos Wheeler grabbed eight points in the third, keeping the Flash in the game. The D-Fenders outscored their opponent 23-22 at the close of the quarter. Utah's Bennet Davis, Brian Hamilton and Orien Greene scored six points apiece in the final quarter, but the D-Fenders outscored their opponent 27-22. Los Angeles sustained the lead from start to finish, with their biggest advantage being as many as 25 points in the fourth quarter. Along with Forehan-Kelly's 34 points, James Peters tallied 16 points for the D-Fenders and Tucker added 12 of his own. Greene led the Flash with 25 points, while teammate Davis posted 20 points. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Springfield A. - Maine RC 107-118
The Springfield Armor found themselves perched on the horns of a dilemma, Sunday against the Maine Red Claws. And of course they wound up skewered. Forced to defend Maine's potent inside and outside scoring options, the Armor couldn't contain either and wound up with a 118-107 setback, before a sellout crowd of 3,045 at the Portland Expo. Marcus Landry (6'7''-F-85, college: Wisconsin) poured in 34 points - 24 of them on three pointers - to pace the Claws (27-17), while 7-footer Paul Davis (6'11''-C-84, college: Michigan St.) added 19 from the post. It all served to keep the Armor (7-36) winless on the road (0-for-20). *Courtesy of www.masslive.com

Reno Bighorns - Los Angeles D. 114-101
Reno's playoff push rolled into Los Angeles on Tuesday night, and guard Richard Frahm (6'5''-G-77, college: Gonzaga) delivered seven three-pointers to help push the Bighorns to a 114-101 victory over the D-Fenders in the Toyota Sports Center. Frahm finished 7-for-11 from beyond the arc, adding one two-point bucket on his way to a game-high 23 points off the bench for the Bighorns (22-22). The Reno victory eliminates Los Angeles (16-28) from the 2009-10 NBA D-League playoff picture and keeps the Bighorns' postseason hopes alive and well for another day, with just six games remaining on the regular season slate. Reno jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, leading by seven after one period and by 10 at the break. Though Los Angeles shot 52.3 percent from the field on Tuesday, Reno managed to shoot 54.5 percent from the floor and collected 22 more free-throw tries than the D-Fenders. Frahm's 23 points led six Bighorns in double figures. Rod Benson notched a double-double with 23 points and 11 boards, and Doug Thomas kicked-in 19 points and 11 rebounds. Will Blalock (6'0''-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.) chipped-in a double-double of his own with 10 points and 10 assists. Michael Fey paced Los Angeles with 22 points and 11 boards. Ryan Forehan-Kelly finished with 21 points and four assists for the D-Fenders. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Albuquerque - Ft.Wayne MA 105-117
Shane Edwards (6'7''-F-87, college: UALR) scored a career high 27 points for Albuquerque, but the T-Birds were unable to knock off the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Sunday, losing 117-105. Edwards also recorded a game high 12 rebounds. Keith McLeod (6'2''-G-79, college: Bowling Green) scored 22 points for Albuquerque, which lost its sixth straight game. Antoine Agudio added 18 for the T-Birds. Trey Gilder also scored in double figures for Albuquerque, notching 15 points. *Courtesy of www.mlntherawfeed.com

Maine RC - Dakota W. 90-103
The Dakota Wizards pulled away in the fourth quarter last night at home to secure a 103-90 victory over the visiting Maine Red Claws. Renaldo Major (6'7''-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Fresno St.) scored a game-high 21 points for Dakota who lit up the nets in the fourth on their way to outscoring Maine 34-25 to come away with the 13 point victory. Five Wizards (27-19) players tallied double figures in scoring, as Major was followed by Darren Cooper (18) and Maurice Baker, Marcus Dove (6'9''-G/F-85, college: Oklahoma St.) and Memphis Grizzlies assignee Lester Hudson who each had 13. Maine (27-18) was led by the strong play of Russell Robinson who scored a team-high 20 points on 6-12 shooting to go along with a game-high 10 assists. *by Surujh Roopnarine


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  EBA   


Madness Enter Playoffs on High Note - by Eurobasket
The Washington Madness topped the NOA Hawks 121-116 in a beltway battle to end the 2010 EBA regular season. The division leading Madness (11-2) was short-handed, taking the court without scoring leaders Baby Shaq, White Chocolate, Omar Weaver, Eric Branham (5'11''-G-78) and Kenny Burks. The Madness only had eight men suited up, three of which played every minute of the game.
Washington was led by SG Darrian Lee (6'2''-G-78, college: Goucher) who scored his EBA career-high 37 points, while grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing five assists. Center Ernie Graham (6'9''-F-81, college: Independence CC), Jr. added 21 rebounds. It was Grahams second big night against the Hawks. Despite shooting only 8 of 19 from the free-throw line, Graham recorded his season high 34 points. The always steady Warren Jeffries was the glue that kept the short-handed Madness together. Jeffries scored 22 points, snatched seven steals and dropped eight dimes. Former Howard University G Lou Ford controlled the teams tempo. Although Ford only scored 4 points, his 8 steals and 8 assists were invaluable.
NOVA (7-5) jumped out to a quick start behind the lights out shooting of G Ed Jones (6'7''-F, college: N.Carolina A&T). Jones scored 17 of the Hawks 27 first quarter points and gave NOVA a three point lead after one. The Madness held Jones to two points in the second quarter and took a 59-48 advantage into halftime.
Jones finished with 36 points and Angelo Hernandez threw in 29. Elon Bush also scored 22 points in defeat. They are a very feisty team, said Madness head Coach Larry Bowden. They are a little undersized and we had a height advantage on them, but they played hard all year.
The Madness advances to the four-team EBA playoffs scheduled for this weekend at the Emery Recreation Center in Washington, DC. The Madness will face the leagues youngest expansion team, the Norfolk Tru Hope Trailblazers. The Trailblazers were just that in its inaugural season going 11-1 in regular season play. Norfolks only loss was to the defending champion Delaware Destroyers who eked out a one basket win in Delaware last month. The Trailblazers dropped the Madness 125-94 earlier in the season.
The EBA Final Four will meet this weekend for post-season competition beginning at 5pm Saturday.
courtesy of: Scoop Newsworthy


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  EGYPT   


Superleague Standings
Superleague Standings
1-6 place
 1. Al Ittihad 8-1 
 2. Gezira 8-1 
 3. Zamalek 4-5 
 4. Somouha 4-5 
 5. Geish Army 2-7 
 6. Sporting 1-8 
7-12 place
 1. Ahly 7-2 
 2. Shorta-Police 7-2 
 3. Al-Intaj 5-4 
 4. Gasco 5-4 
 5. Masr Ins. 3-6 
 6. Tanta 0-9 


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  ESTONIA   


Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. Rakvere 21-6 
 2. TTU KK 20-8 
 3. TU/Rock 19-5 
 4. Kalev/Cramo 15-8 
 5. Valga Welg 11-14 
 6. Tallinna Kalev 9-18 
 7. Parnu 7-19 
 8. Kuremaa 2-26 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Charron FISHER
  Kalev/Cramo
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.23.4 
 2. McGee, Kuremaa19.2 
 3. Kurg, Kuremaa17.9 
 4. Kriisa, Rakvere16.8 
 5. Toome, TTU K.16.5 
 6. Reed, Tallinna Kalev16.4 
 7. Covington, Tallin.16.3 
 8. Raap, Parnu15.2 
 9. Akognon, Kalev/Cr.15.1 
 10. Veideman, Rakvere15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brett MCGEE
  Kuremaa
  (198-G/F-84)
  Avg: 11
 1. McGee, Kuremaa11.0 
 2. Reed, Tallinna Kalev9.9 
 3. Ringmets, Parnu9.6 
 4. Toome, TTU K.8.6 
 5. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.8.6 
 6. Erm, Parnu7.9 
 7. Tagamets, Valga W.7.7 
 8. Rinkevicius, Valga W.7.6 
 9. Kriisa, Rakvere7.3 
 10. Keerles, Kalev/Cr.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  Rakvere
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Kriisa, Rakvere4.6 
 2. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo4.3 
 3. Sokk, TU/Rock3.8 
 4. Rannula, Valga Welg3.5 
 5. Leppik, TU/Rock3.0 
 6. Saage, Rakvere3.0 
 7. Tein, TU/Rock2.9 
 8. Toome, TTU K.2.8 
 9. Winston, Kuremaa2.6 
 10. Abernethy, TU/Rock2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Nicholas COVINGTON
  Tallinna Kalev
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Covington, Tallin.2.2 
 2. Leppik, TU/Rock2.2 
 3. Veideman, Rakvere2.1 
 4. Raap, Parnu2.1 
 5. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.2.0 
 6. Saage, Rakvere2.0 
 7. Karner, Parnu2.0 
 8. Kurg, Kuremaa1.9 
 9. Ringmets, Parnu1.7 
 10. Toome, TTU K.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Kennyetta JOHNSON
  Kalev/Cramo
  (210-C-78)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Johnson, Kalev/Cr.2.3 
 2. Rinkevicius, Valga W.2.0 
 3. Toome, TTU K.1.8 
 4. McGee, Kuremaa1.1 
 5. Hallik, Rakvere1.0 
 6. Morrison, TU/Rock0.9 
 7. Talts, TU/Rock0.9 
 8. Kitsing, TU/Rock0.8 
 9. Ringmets, Parnu0.7 
 10. Saks, TTU K.0.7 


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  EUROCUP   


Eurocup Round: 1 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Aris - Valencia BC 64-71
Valencia secured a comfortable lead heading into the second leg of EuroCup quarterfinal series against Aris. The Spanish powerhouse proved too strong for Aris claiming a road win tonight. Marko Marinovic scored 18 points to lead Valencia in this one. The teams traded baskets for some time early in the encounter. But Kelati and Nando De Colo hit triples to ensure a 21:13 lead at the first break. The hosts cut the margin early in the second frame but Lishchuk and Marko Marinovic restored a 7-point cushion for Valencia. However Aris stayed close and trailed by just three points at the interval 34:37. Matt Nielsen and Victor Claver ensured a quick start for the visitors in the second half. The margin grew at 8-point mark before Matt Walsh narrowed the deficit at 5 points with ten minutes to go. Marko Marinovic and Pietrus allowed Valencia to open a double-digit lead. Dimos Dikoudis (207-F/C-77) triggered the intrigue with a pair of three-pointers but Valencia relied on Marko Marinovic as he came up with a try of his own. Nando De Colo and Rafael Martinez were accurate from the stripe in the dying seconds to seal the deal. Matt Nielsen provided 14 points for Valencia. Nando De Colo had 12 points in the win. Kiki Clark replied with 14 points for Aris. Dimos Dikoudis notched 12 points in the loss.

Hap.Jerusalem - ALBA 67-61
Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem started their Eurocup Quarterfinals against German Alba. In the game hat was completely controlled by the hosts, Hapoel could take only 67:61 win before Game 2. It was an easy start for Israeli team that took the lead from the very beginning. Thompson made layup for 13:6 lead and had 16:11 after 10 minutes. Both teams started to play better in defense in the second frame and as a result not many points were scored. Hapoel had 23:13, while Jeter scored for 30:15. Byarssent the squads to the lockers for 30:18 at the half. Having a good lead, the hosts did not stop and continued to dominate. They reached plus 20 at 41:21 and later had 49:30. Alba however was too far to give up. An 11-0 run pulled them to 49:41, while Hunter came through and made it 57:45. Both teams tried hard in the end of the game and did their best. Hapoel won the game as Alba managed to reduce the gap. Brandon Hunter (201-F-80, college: Ohio) paced all the winners with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Pinkney Kevinn nailed 13, whilst Thompson Dijon and Simmons Chester added 10 apiece. Byars Derrick ended up with 17 in defeat and Sekulic Blagota poured in 14.

CEZ Nymburk - Bizkaia Bilbao 47-59
Bizkaia Bilbao made a confident step towards EuroCup Final Four after they defeated Nymburk in the opening game of the quarterfinal clash. Jerome Moiso (208-C/F-78, college: UCLA) secured 11 points and 6 boards for Bilbao in the win. The teams will meet in Spain next Wednesday to decide on the winner. Nymburk quickly gained the lead in this one but Bilbao were ready for the challenge. Levour Warren and Rodriguez ensured a 13:9 lead for the Spanish team midway through the quarter. Ricci helped Nymburk restore the advantage as they entered the second quarter ahead by 3 points 18:15. Ron Lewis and Pavel Pumprla allowed the hosts to enjoy a 27:20 lead in the second period. The Czech champions maintained the advantage and posted a 32:22 advantage with twenty minutes gone. The hosts did not let Bilbao to get too close in the third frame. Pavel Pumprla established a 42:35 lead for the home team with ten minutes remaining. Bilbao quickly denied the deficit as they opened the fourth frame with 7 points in a row. Janis Blums followed with 7 points in a row to drag Bilbao in charge. The Spanish team took over from that moment and rallied to the victory at the end. Levour Warren and Marko Banic finished with 10 points each in the win. Janis Blums accounted for 9 points for the visitors. Ron Lewis responded with game-high 17 points for Nymburk. Pavel Pumprla notched 9 points in defeat.

Panellinios - Gran Canaria 81-70
Panellinios made a strong claim for EuroCup semifinal as they held off Gran Canaria in the opening game of the quarterfinal series. The Hellenes built an 11-point cushion heading to Spain for the return leg. Roderick Blakney was pivotal with 21 points for Panellinios. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the starting frame. Panellinios finished the quarter strongly taking a 20:16 advantage. The sides traded baskets before Will McDonald, Sanders and Augustine came up with buckets to ensure a 36:31 lead for Gran Canaria. Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) cut the margin to a single at halftime 39:40. Gran Canaria led for some time in the third frame. But Panellinios went on a 14:0 run later in the term to jump in charge 57:48. The hosts took over and finished the frame up by 9 points 60:51. The visitors cut the deficit at 4 points but Panellinios quickly reacted to restore a safe 10-point advantage. The Greek team controlled the game from now on and secured an important win at the end. Ian Vougioukas nailed 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the hosts. Kosta Charalampidis netted 13 points for Panellinios. Jaycee Carroll accounted for 22 points for Gran Canaria. Sitapha Savane netted 10 points in defeat.



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Samuel MEJIA
  Cholet
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Mejia, Cholet22.8 
 2. Chatman, Besiktas21.8 
 3. Washington, Galatasa.21.6 
 4. Rizvic, Azovmash20.3 
 5. Neal, Benetton TV19.3 
 6. Wright, PGE Turow19.3 
 7. Rancik, Galatasaray18.8 
 8. Low, Siauliai18.5 
 9. Taylor, Telekom B.18.5 
 10. Rush, Triumph18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Erik DANIELS
  Galil Gilboa
  (204-G/F-82)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Daniels, Azovmash10.4 
 2. Ensminger, Telek.10.0 
 3. Lampe, Unics9.5 
 4. Slaughter, Nancy9.0 
 5. Monya, Dynamo M.8.3 
 6. Augustine, Gran C.7.7 
 7. Boisa, Zadar7.5 
 8. Robinson, Cholet7.3 
 9. Falker, Cholet7.0 
 10. Rancik, Galatasaray6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Stefan MARKOVIC
  Hemofarm
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Markovic, Hemofarm5.8 
 2. Chatman, Besiktas5.7 
 3. Greer, Nancy5.2 
 4. Poeta, Banca Tercas4.9 
 5. Popovic, Unics4.8 
 6. Valters, DKV J.4.7 
 7. Fields, Spartak SP4.5 
 8. Washington, Galatasa.4.5 
 9. Jordan, Telekom B.4.4 
 10. Acik, T.Telekom4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus SLAUGHTER
  Nancy
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Slaughter, Nancy2.8 
 2. House, Azovmash2.8 
 3. Thompson, Hap.Jeru.2.5 
 4. Lyday, Unics2.4 
 5. Markovic, Hemofarm2.2 
 6. Washington, Galatasa.2.1 
 7. Neal, Benetton TV2.1 
 8. Sergeev, Triumph2.0 
 9. Chatman, Besiktas2.0 
 10. Diener, Banca T.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Hasan RIZVIC
  Azovmash
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Rizvic, Azovmash3.0 
 2. Slaughter, Nancy2.0 
 3. Riddick, Charleroi1.8 
 4. Achara, Angelico BI1.7 
 5. Flomo, Telekom B.1.7 
 6. Monya, Dynamo M.1.5 
 7. Plaisted, Zadar1.5 
 8. Lishchuk, Valencia.1.4 
 9. Pettway, Ventspils1.3 
 10. Pasco, Angelico BI1.3 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Linas KLEIZA
  Olympiakos
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Kleiza, Olympiakos17.4 
 2. Walsh, U.Olimpija17.3 
 3. Woods, Assec.Pr.16.6 
 4. Tomas, Cibona16.4 
 5. Batiste, Panathin.16.3 
 6. Teletovic, Caja L.15.8 
 7. Logan, Assec.Pr.15.8 
 8. Langford, Khimky15.5 
 9. Langdon, CSKA14.8 
 10. Childress, Olympiakos14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Travis WATSON
  Zalgiris
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Watson, Zalgiris9.5 
 2. Maric, Partizan9.1 
 3. Roberts, Partizan7.1 
 4. Kleiza, Olympiakos6.8 
 5. Khryapa, CSKA6.4 
 6. Javtokas, Khimky6.4 
 7. Splitter, Caja L.5.8 
 8. Kasun, Efes Pilsen5.8 
 9. Woods, Assec.Pr.5.8 
 10. Batiste, Panathin.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Omar COOK
  Unicaja
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Cook, Unicaja5.9 
 2. Papaloukas, Olymp.5.8 
 3. Popovic, Lietuvos.5.4 
 4. McIntyre, Montepas.5.1 
 5. Rubio, Regal Barca4.8 
 6. Prigioni, MMC R.4.6 
 7. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.6 
 8. Khryapa, CSKA4.5 
 9. Sciarra, Orleans4.2 
 10. Huertas, Caja L.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Bojan POPOVIC
  Efes Pilsen
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Popovic, Lietuvos.2.4 
 2. Lukauskis, AS.2.3 
 3. Jaaber, Lottomat.2.2 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA2.0 
 5. Smith, Efes Pilsen1.9 
 6. McIntyre, Montepas.1.9 
 7. Dobbins, Orleans1.9 
 8. Perperoglou, Panath.1.8 
 9. Gordon, Cibona1.8 
 10. McCalebb, Partizan1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 D''or FISCHER
  Maccabi T-A
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Fischer, Maccabi .1.6 
 2. Vranes, Partizan1.5 
 3. Sow, Assec.Prokom1.4 
 4. Asik, Fener.Ulker1.4 
 5. Lasme, Maccabi T-A1.4 
 6. Begic, Zalgiris1.3 
 7. Javtokas, Khimky1.2 
 8. Vazquez, Regal B.1.2 
 9. Ndong, Regal Barca1.1 
 10. Lavrinovic, MMC R.1.0 


Playoffs, Game 1 MVP: Dusan Kecman, Partizan - by Eurobasket News
One of the finest displays of leadership in Playoffs history was just enough on Tuesday to make Partizan Belgrade swingman Dusan Kecman (197-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) the Game 1 MVP in more ways than one. Kecman was the chief protagonist as Partizan rallied from 21 points behind to shock Maccabi Electra with a 77-85 road victory to seize the homecourt advantage in their best-of-five series. Kecman, who won the Euroleague title last season with Panathinaikos, started Partizan's scoring on Tuesday with a modest layup, but soon was measuring his long-range shot even as Maccabi roared ahead by 36-15 midway through the second quarter. Kecman kept drilling triples, however, burying 7 of 9 attempts by the end of the night, as Partizan slowly silenced the city of Tel Aviv until pulling off the eight-point upset. Kecman finished with 29 points, his Euroleague career high. His 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal helped him get a performance index rating of 30, which was the best of the night, but not by much. Following Kecman, in a valiant but losing effort, was Asseco Prokom Gdynia forward Qyntel Woods (203-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC), whose 23 points and 11 rebounds led to a 29 index rating and put a scare into host Olympiacos, which survived in the end, 83-79. Just one rating point behind came the Olympiacos star of that victory, forward Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, college: Missouri), with 26 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals for a 28 index rating. One of Kecman's teammates, point guard Lester McCalebb (183-G-85, college: New Orleans), followed with a 24 index rating on a near triple-double of 12 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists in Partizan's huge comeback win. And in fifth position was another big winner, Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) of Regal FC Barcelona, who scored 18 points and pulled 6 rebounds on the way to a 23 index rating in a 68-61 victory over Real Madrid that was helped mightily by his back-to-back triples in the fourth quarter.

Individual highs: Boniface Ndong (213-C-77), Regal FC Barcelona, 3 blocked shots

Kecman's 29 points put him at the top of the class among all scorers on opening night and were four more than his high in 119 previous Euroleague games. Those 11 rebounds by Woods for Prokom topped the table for Game 1 and moved him up to seventh place on the full season list, with 5.8 per game. The top passer of the evening was Pablo Prigioni (191-G-77) of Real Madrid, who distributed 8 assists. He is ranked fourth over the course of the season with 4.7 assists on average. Maccabi teammates Doron Perkins and Alan Anderson collected 3 steals each, the most in Game 1. Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) of CSKA Moscow had 2 in his team's blowout victory over Caja Laboral, matching his league-leading average for the full season. Boniface Ndong led a block parade by Barcelona with 3, one more than teammates Fran Vazquez and Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.), as well as Maccabi's D'or Fischer, the full-season leader with 1.7 per night. Woods and Lester McCalebb, the latter with special mention as a point guard with double-digit rebounds, were the only players to post double-doubles in Game 1.


Courtesy of Euroleague


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Korisliiga Round: 42 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
FoKoPo - LrNMKY 77-82
LrNMKY stole a road win over FoKoPo. Robert Turner (206-F-82, agency: Liman Sports, college: Pepperdine) knocked down 25 points to lead the visitors. Akeem Scott netted 18 points in the 24th win for LrNMKY. Durell Vinson responded with 23 points and 18 rebounds for FoKoPo in defeat.

Karhu - Salon Vilpas 77-83
Salon Vilpas posted the tenth win in the tournament as they shot down Karhu away from home. Jahmar Thorpe (198-F-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Houston) netted 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Vikings. Lawrence Hamm produced 23 points and 16 rebounds in the win. Maurice Horton replied with 24 points for Karhu.

Pyrinto - Namika Lahti 98-66
Pyrinto cleared off on top of the standings with a comfortable win over Namika Lahti. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Purdue) delivered 26 points and 6 assists to lead Pyrinto. Damon Williams contributed 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals for the winners. Corey Rouse had 22 points and 6 boards in the loss.

ToPo - Kataja 99-91
Tyray Pearson (201-F-80, college: Iowa St.) provided 20 points and 12 rebounds to propel ToPo past Kataja. Hanno Mottola notched 18 points and 6 rebounds in the victory. Kristian Clarkson had 24 points and 12 boards for Kataja in defeat.

Korihait - Honka 95-94
Korihait needed overtime to tame Honka. Arizona Reid (196-F-86, college: High Point) accounted for 26 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Josh Gonner provided 20 points for Korihait. Carl Elliott responded with 28 points for Honka.

KTP - Kouvot 89-84
Ian Young (191-G-81, agency: JEMsports, college: Auburn) unloaded 28 points as KTP held off Kouvot for the 22nd win. Eric Washington notched 22 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Kyle Shiloh replied with 22 points and 7 rebounds for Kouvot.



Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Pyrinto 33-9 
 2. Kouvot 32-10 
 3. ToPo 28-14 
 4. LrNMKY 24-18 
 5. KTP 22-20 
 6. Honka 21-21 
 7. Korihait 21-21 
 8. Namika Lahti 19-23 
 9. Kataja 19-23 
 10. Karhu 14-28 
 11. Salon Vilpas 10-32 
 12. FoKoPo 9-33 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Ricky HICKMAN
  Namika Lahti
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Hickman, Namika Lahti24.1 
 2. Washington, KTP22.3 
 3. Trotter, ToPo20.7 
 4. Golson, Karhu20.0 
 5. Wood, Karhu19.8 
 6. Rouse, Namika L.19.7 
 7. Turner, LrNM.19.5 
 8. Reid, Korihait19.3 
 9. Hester, Pyrinto19.1 
 10. Lowe, Pyrinto19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Wood, Karhu14.2 
 2. Vinson, FoKoPo12.4 
 3. McDade, KTP11.9 
 4. Stamper, LrNM.10.6 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto10.6 
 6. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.6 
 7. Hamm, Salon Vilpas10.1 
 8. Kotti, Honka10.1 
 9. Rouse, Namika L.9.9 
 10. Smith, Karhu9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Wood, Karhu4.8 
 2. Trotter, ToPo3.8 
 3. Gibson, LrNM.3.7 
 4. Hickman, Namika Lahti3.7 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto3.4 
 6. Burgess, Salon Vilpas3.4 
 7. Suonio, Namika Lahti3.2 
 8. Sarcevic, Korihait3.2 
 9. Elliott, Honka3.0 
 10. Scott, LrNM.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew GIBSON
  LrNMKY
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Gibson, LrNM.3.2 
 2. Trotter, ToPo3.1 
 3. Hickman, Namika Lahti2.5 
 4. Scott, LrNM.2.3 
 5. Golson, Karhu2.2 
 6. Wood, Karhu2.2 
 7. Stamper, LrNM.2.1 
 8. Turner, LrNM.2.0 
 9. Clarkson, Kataja2.0 
 10. Shiloh, Kouvot2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristian CLARKSON
  Kataja
  (202-F-84)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Clarkson, Kataja0.8 
 2. Pearson, ToPo0.8 
 3. Hudson, Korihait0.7 
 4. Stamper, LrNM.0.7 
 5. Hickman, Namika Lahti0.7 
 6. Chones, Kataja0.7 
 7. Shiloh, Kouvot0.7 
 8. Gibson, LrNM.0.6 
 9. Champion, FoKoPo0.6 
 10. Reid, Korihait0.6 


KORISLIIGA: Korihait winning after OT - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 42: Korihait (Uusikaupunki) winning over Honka (Espoo) after OT 95-94. Arizona Reid (196-F-86, college: High Point) and Mikko Jalonen (186-G-82) saving Korihait at the end. Carl Elliott led Honka with 28 pts. KTP (Kotka) defeated Kouvot (Kouvola) 89-84 and when Pyrinto (Tampere) crushed YMCA Lahti 98-66 at the same time, this means, that Pyrinto will probably win the regular season. There are two rounds left. FoKoPo (Forssa) lost at home vs YMCA Lappeenranta 77-82 and when Vilpas (Salo) upset Karhu (Kauhajoki) at the ame time on the road 77-83, this means FoKoPo is # 12 right now. FoKoPo and Vilpas Vikings will meet eachother on Saturday at Forssa.
Korhait - Honka OT 95-94 (85) (38-28) (AZ Reid 26, Josh Gonner 17, Mikko Jalonen 15 - Carl Elliott 28, Jukka Matinen 25, Tuukka Kotti 11/10).
KTP - Kouvot 89-84 (50-36) (Ian Young 28, Eric Washington 22, Ville-Pertti Lind 15 - Kyle Shiloh 22, Antto Nikkarinen 14, Antti Kanervo 14).
Pyrinto - YMCA Lahti 98-66 (45-32) (Kenny Lowe 26, Damon Williams 20, Chris Hester 19 - Corey Rouse 22, Olli kaunomaki 14).
Kauhajoki - Vilpas 77-83 (40-44) (Maurice Horton 24, Jon Morris 19, Eldar Skamo 11 - Jahmar Thorpe 24/11, Lawrence Hamm 23/16, Samu Karesvirta 18).
FoKoPo - YMCA Lappeenranta 77-82 (47-40) (Durell Vinson 23/18, Alex Barnett 18, Jarno Nissinen 10 - Robert Turner 25, Akeem Scott 18, JaSon Stamper 14).



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Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Dimitar KARADZOVSKI
  Torus
  (189-G-84)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Karadzovski, Torus20.3 
 2. Ristic, Ovce Pole19.0 
 3. Cekovski, Rabotnicki18.9 
 4. Simic, V.Osiguruvanje18.6 
 5. Dimcevski, Vardar 18.6 
 6. Held, Ovce Pole17.3 
 7. Stojanovski, V.Osig.16.7 
 8. Life, Feni Indistrija15.9 
 9. Held, Pelister15.7 
 10. Hadzibulic, Rabot.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gjorgji CEKOVSKI
  Levski
  (202-F/C-81)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Cekovski, Rabotnicki9.4 
 2. Krstevski, Vardar 8.4 
 3. Held, Pelister7.6 
 4. Simic, V.Osiguruvanje7.5 
 5. Gjorevski, MZT S.7.3 
 6. Ristic, Ovce Pole7.3 
 7. Pavlovski, Torus7.1 
 8. Dimcevski, Vardar 6.9 
 9. Televski, Pelister6.8 
 10. Knezevic, Feni I.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Milan MILJKOVIC
  Pelister
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Miljkovic, Pelister6.5 
 2. Samardziev, Feni I.5.4 
 3. Kocov, Vardar 20004.8 
 4. Karadzovski, Torus4.7 
 5. Mladenovic, Ovce Pole4.6 
 6. Mirakovski, Rabot.4.2 
 7. Sokolov, Rabotnicki3.7 
 8. Trajkovski, Plejme.3.7 
 9. Ugrinoski, V.Osig.3.5 
 10. Tasevski, Torus3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Milan MILJKOVIC
  Pelister
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Miljkovic, Pelister2.3 
 2. Bogojev, Feni I.1.8 
 3. Dimcevski, Vardar 1.7 
 4. Tasevski, Torus1.5 
 5. Kocov, Vardar 20001.5 
 6. Mladenovic, Ovce Pole1.4 
 7. Stojanovski, V.Osig.1.4 
 8. Held, Pelister1.4 
 9. Held, Ovce Pole1.4 
 10. Karakolev, Torus1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Toni SIMIC
  V.Osiguruvanje
  (210-C-76)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Simic, V.Osiguruvanje2.7 
 2. Krstevski, Vardar 1.6 
 3. Pavlovski, Torus1.6 
 4. Televski, Pelister1.3 
 5. Kralevski, Plejme.1.1 
 6. Trajkovski, Feni I.0.9 
 7. Knezevic, Feni I.0.8 
 8. Ilic, Vardar 20000.6 
 9. Bilbija, Ovce Pole0.5 
 10. Cekovski, Rabotnicki0.5 


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Geogian Stats Leaders
Regular Season Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Imnadze Batumi 21.3
2 Babiashvi Energy 19.1
3. Nikoladze MIA 19.0
4. Lezhava Batumi 18.6
5. Sanadze Din.18.2
6. Atuashvili Mia 17.9
7. Bokolish Samed. 17.7
8. Tsivtsivadze 17.6
9 . Panchulidze TSU 16.8
10. Tughush Energy 16.8
Rebounds Per Game
1.Imnadze Batumi 13.8
2.Toudjani Energy 10.5
3.Atuashvili MIA 9.9
4.Rodumta Batumi 9.8
5.Atanelishvili GSAU 9.5
6.Barbaka D. TSU 9.1
7.Londaridze Dinamo 8.8
8.Tavamaish Meran 7.7
9.Mumladze samed. 7.4
10.Babiashvili Energy 7.3
Assists Per Game
1.Tsivtsivadze GSAU 7.3
2.Gaprindashvili TSU 5.9
3.Sigua Dinamo 5.3
4.Tughushi Energy 5.0
5.Khetsuriani TSU 5.0
6.Badridze Avia 4.9
7.Berishvili D. MIA 3.9
8.Lezhava Batumi 3.3
9.Tavartkiladze Batum 3.2
10.Kokhreidze TSU 3.1
Steals Per Game
1. Berishvili B. Sokh 3.5
2. Kokhreidze TSU 2.6
3. Panchulidze TSU 2.5
4. Gaprindashvili TSU 2.5
5 Sigua Dinamo 2.3
6. Gulisabedas GSAU 2.2
7. Tughushi Energy 2.1
8. Guruli P. Merani 2.1
9. Toudjani Energy 2.0
10. Berishvili D. MIA 2.0
Blocks Per Game
1.Bekauri Samed. 2.1
2.Atuashvili Avia 1.6
3.Rodumta Batumi 1.6
4.Mezvrishvili Merani 1.3
5.Toudjani Energy 1.3
6.Imnadze Batumi 1.3
7.Barbaka D. TSU 1.2
8.Kvetenadze Sokh 1.2
9.Khetsuriani TSU 1.0
10.Shermadini MIA 1.0


Superleague: Round 17 - by Akaki Bakradze
TSU vs. Sokhumi 107:77
Boring game ended without surprises.

MIA vs. Batumi 77:86
Despite the victory MIA could not get ahead Batumi. MIA needed a victory with 12 points difference. 3 players scored 18 points. Lapanashvili and Nikoladze for MIA, Lezhava for Batumi

Merani vs. GSAU 75:97
Five players of GSAU scored more then 10 points.

Energy vs. Dinamo 107:76
The game ended as it should have been completed. Babiashvili scored 21 points.



Highest League Standing
Superleague Standings
 1. Energy Rustavi 17-0 
 2. GSAU Tbilisi 15-2 
 3. TSU Tbilisi 12-4 
 4. Batumi 11-6 
 5. MIA Tbilisi 9-8 
 6. Dinamo Tbilisi 6-11 
 7. Sokhumi 6-11 
 8. Avia Tbilisi 4-13 
 9. Samedicino 3-13 
 10. Merani S. 1-16 


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Hapoel had 20-point lead, finished with 6 over Alba - by Eurobasket News
Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem - ALBA 67:61

Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem started their Eurocup Quarterfinals against German Alba. In the game hat was completely controlled by the hosts, Hapoel could take only 67:61 win before Game 2.
It was an easy start for Israeli team that took the lead from the very beginning. Dijon Thompson made layup for 13:6 lead and had 16:11 after 10 minutes. Both teams started to play better in defense in the second frame and as a result not many points were scored. Hapoel had 23:13, while Jeter scored for 30:15. Derrick Byars sent the squads to the lockers for 30:18 at the half. Having a good lead, the hosts did not stop and continued to dominate. They reached plus 20 at 41:21 and later had 49:30. Alba however was too far to give up. An 11-0 run pulled them to 49:41, while Brandon Hunter came through and made it 57:45. Both teams tried hard in the end of the game and did their best. Hapoel won the game as Alba managed to reduce the gap.
Brandon Hunter (201-F-80, college: Ohio) paced all the winners with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Kevinn Pinkney (206-F-83, college: Nevada) nailed 13, whilst Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) and Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) added 10 apiece. Derrick Byars (202-G/F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) ended up with 17 in defeat and Blagota Sekulic (209-F/C-82, agency: FCM) poured in 14.

Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem: Brandon Hunter 23+10 rebs, Kevinn Pinkney 13, Dijon Thompson 10, Chester Simmons 10
ALBA: Derrick Byars 17, Blagota Sekulic 14


Michael Jenkins (Walter TIgers Tuebingen) Postgame Thoughts To 82-73 Win Against The Paderborn Baskets - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Michael Jenkins (191-G-86, college: Winthrop) is a 22 year old 192 cm guard from Kinston, North Carolina. He played at Winthrop (NCAA) from 2004-2008. He didnt play as much his first two seasons, but got increased playing time in his junior and senior years. As a junior, he averaged 14.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.2apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PTConf-1 (41.5%), FT: 70.2% in 34 games. In his senior year, he played 34 games and averaged 13.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 41.6%, 3PTConf-6 (36.8%), FT: 71.3%: and finished his career as the 10th leading scorer in Winthrop history with 1,253 points. With Winthrop, he was the Big South Conf. Regular Season Champion in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and won the Big South Conf Tournament from 2005-2008. He was named to the Big South Conf. All-Tournament Team in 2007 and 2008. In his first professional season 2008-2009, he was drafted by the Albany Patrons of the CBA and in November 2008 signed with the Albany Patroons playing 3 games and averaging 6.7ppg, 2.0rpg, FGP: 47.4%, but left during the season and moved to BC Buducnost Podgorica (Bosnia-1A) in Feb 2009. He had a chat with Eurobasket following the 82-73 win in Paderborn.

After losing four games in a row how good did it feel to get a win again on the road in Paderborn?


If felt real good to finally win again. It's been a long time and it was definitely a good feeling.

With six games left, the team is only two points a away from the 8th playoff position. How big is the belief of still reaching the playoffs?


As long as their is some kind of chance that we can make the top 8 we will believe we can make it.

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen won 82-73 on the road. How difficult are these type of games that are supposed to be won?


They are very difficult because those guys on that team are basketball players just like me and my teammates so they are going to come out and compete. It's always difficult to win on the road.

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen had a slim 39-37 lead at halftime. Why couldnt The Walter Tigers Tuebingen break away from The Paderborn Baskets in the first half?


They were playing well and you could tell they practiced on their zone offense. They executed the way they wanted so it wasn't easy trying to pull away from them.

It seemed like The Walter Tigers Tebingen were a little bit better in the second half carrying them on to victory. In the fourth quarter it was point guard Bane Rathkovica that was the difference. What was his biggest strength in the crunch time that took the team over the hump?



We got some key stops on defense, forced them to turn the ball over a few times, and knocked down our free throws.

What was your impression of Kevin Langford that finished with 21 points and 10 boards. Is he too overlooked simply because he plays for a low ranked team in terms of recognition?



He had a good game. Saturday night he came ready to play. He started well and it carried throughout the whole game. I don't feel he is overlooked though.

Steven Wright played a solid game scoring 13 points. He has struggled a bit in the past, but was on against The Paderborn Baskets. Does his good play give Tuebingen a bit more unpredictability that could harm teams in the future?


Of course it does. Steve is very talented so if you decide to overlook him and he decides to be aggressive you will be in trouble.

What was the best game of the NCAA March Madness so far?


There have been so many great games this first weekend of the tournament it's hard to just pick one as the best.


What is your impression of German Elias Harris of Gonzaga? Is the early NBA hype and mock drafts a bit too soon for this freshman?


I'm not to familiar with him. I've only seen him play once and that was the other day against Syracuse. He is talented but i'm not sure about his 'NBA hype'.
Thanks Michael for the chat.



Jimmy Mckinney (Deutsche Bank Skyliners) I Love Frankfurt And Would Like To Stay - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) is a 26 year old 192cm guard from St Louis. He is a is a solid knock-down shooter, but also can score from penetration and with rim-rattling dunks. He played at Vashon High School winning the State tournament three times. He played at Missouri from 2002-2006 with well known players like Ricky Paulding, Travon Bryant and Jason Conley. In his senior year he played 28 games averaging 12.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.3apg, FG: 40.6%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 78.2%. He turned professional in 2006 and joined the Deutsche Bank Skyliners. In his rookie season, he played 30 games averaging 12.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 44.9%, 3FGP: 38.5%, FT: 77.2%. He is playing his fourth season in Frankfurt, but has had a lot of misfortune with injuries the last years. He spoke with eurobasket about the current season.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners are riding on a 3 game winning streak. What is so special about this team at the moment?

We are playing great team defense, playing well together, doing the small things needed to win, rebounding and getting stops.

Frankfurt defended very well against Alba Berlin. Why has the team not always been able to defend this good in the past?

Well, I think we have defended well in the past but we are even more aggressive in defense now.

Dragan Labovic seems to be the missing piece to the puzzle under the basket. Can he make the team from a playoff candidate to a title candidate?

I think we were always good under the boards but Labovic is another piece to the puzzle. He is playing well and we are glad to have him on the team.

There are 6 games still to be played, what does the team have to do now in order to secure the homecourt playoff advantage?

We have to stay focussed and look back to the games how we played the last weeks. When Bree comes back, that will help us even more. We have to stay focussed on winning.

The team is 4 - 2 without Aubrey Reese, what was the most difficult thing the team had to learn without him on the court?

We miss his aggressiveness on offense and defense. He is one of the older players on the team and we miss his experience and we had to get used to playing without that.

You are playing your 4th season in Frankfurt and had much misfortune with injuries. Did you ever think that you were cursed?

No, I do not think it was a curse. I was just unfortunate having these injuries. Many players go through this and I need to stay healthy and stay strong-minded.

Last season was a horror for you, you averaged 13:45 minutes per game, averaging 3.1 ppg and 1.1 rpg. How did you get through this season?

I just kept pushing and kept having faith in God. I just always believed that better times would come.

This season you are also fighting for minutes, how difficult is it after 2 good seasons not to be a main scoring threat anymore?

I have always been a scorer all my life in high school and college and I know it has been tough. I know I can help the team in scoring and I just try to help the team as much as I can even if I am on the bench.

The team has many guards and recently got Anthony Fisher and Drew Gibson. How much did it hurt you to feel that coach Didin did not have as much confidence in you and Dominik Bahiense de Mello?

He is the coach and if he feels like he needs more guards then that is what he needs to do, it did not bother me.

Did you ever talk to Murat Didin about this?

No.

When there are so many guards, could this still be positive because the players go even harder in practice?

There is nothing new for me because I always fight in practise, even if there are 2 new guards or not. I always compete and go hard so there is no difference.

You had a great game against MBC scoring 17 points but then you only played 11 minutes in the next game against Bamberg. That does not really give you very much self-confidence, does it?

Coach makes the decisions and as a player you have to accept it. I just wait till my turn and whatever it takes to help the team win.

What do you still need to improve on your game?

I need to improve in all aspects of the game, especially shooting and defense.

Your cousin Lorenzo Gordon plays in Turkey now, with what current player do you have the best relationship?

I have a different relationship with each player. D.A. is like a big brother and Greg is like a brother from another mother. It is all family.

To what ex-player do you have the best relationship?

Lorenzo Gordon.

It seems like next season, it could be many new faces in Frankfurt. Does Jimmy McKinney have a future in Frankfurt?

I do not know if I will stay but I love Frankfurt and I would like to come back.

This is your 4th year in Frankfurt. Have you discovered any other places in Frankfurt besides the Nordwestzentrum?

I like to go bowling and sometimes by myself, I like to walk in downtown, go to the Champions Bar and eat and shoot pool. My favourite place to eat is Vapiano.

Who wins a one on one in practise, you or Aubrey Reese?

We have never played but I like to play with Greg Jenkins. He is from New York and has game. He can dribble the ball and handle the ball very well but I beat him.

Who wins a one on one in practise, you or Super Tez Robertson?

We have never played and it would be tough to beat him.

What will your son Ethan play, basketball or baseball?

I do not know and I will not push him. I hope that he can get a good education and not be on the streets. That is my hope for him.

How would a Jimmy McKinney trick shot would look like in the Ballsporthalle?

It would be shot from the baseline at the end of the other court.

Were you sad that Missouri lost to West Virginia?

Yes, I was but West Virginia was better and bigger.

What was the last DVD/movie you saw?

From Paris with Love with John Travolta.
Thanks, Jimmy, for the chat.



Brandon Thomas (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Postgame Thoughts To 92-70 Win Against Ratiopharm - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts) is a 25 year old 198cm shooting guard from San Antonio, Texas that was born in Bitburg Germany and is playing his first season with The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. He is long and athletic and capable of defending anyone on the floor; ability to accelerate and finish around the basket. Possesses an outstanding basketball IQ. He played at Long island (NCAA) from 2002-2004 and then went to UMASS from 2005-2007. In 2007, he played in Denmark leading the league in scoring for Team FOG Naestved playing 24 games: Score-1 (24.5ppg), 4.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 61.2%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 71.0%. He was the Danish player of the year in 2008 and was the 2008 Allstar game MVP. Last season, he played in Austria for Kraftwerk Wels playing 45 games averaging 20.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 66.6%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 68.5%. Brandon took some time to talk to Eurobasket after the 92-70 win against Ratiopharm Ulm..

Congrats on the 92-70 win against Ratiopharm Ulm. The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig have quietly built a 8-1 record since the long losing streak. Is this all right with the club that no one is really noticing the teams hot play?

I don't think we are really concerned with anything but ourselves at the moment. It is great that we can control our own destiny. Everything else is a distraction

What does it feel like resting on position 8. Does it feel like you are on a tight rope?

It feels great!!

The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig had an offensive attack leading 48-34 at halftime. Ratiopharm Ulm is known for not always coming to work on defense. What was hurting Ratiopharm Ulm most in the first half?

Well we came out on a mission. We were able to force tough shots on defense and we had several players have a double digit night on offense. I think we are hard to beat when we are all playing so well together.

The third quarter was pretty even, but Braunschweig found back to their old offensive ways outscoring Ratiopharm Ulm 25-16 in the fourth quarter and cruising home to victory. What was key in the fourth quarter for sailing home to victory?

We had to be a little more patient on Offense and let the plays score for us. It also helped that we cut down on many fast breaks and offensive rebounds they had in the third quarter.

The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig shot 65% form the field and 50% from outside. Have you guys been spending the night in the Volkswagon practicing your shooting?lol

Haha no but it feels good to be so efficient and have so many guys involved. It shows our potential to get good shots and really convert plays to points.

Was a big key to winning controlling Austin Rowland and Per Gunther?

Yes because they are both great play makers we had to give a big defensive effort to slow them down.

Is Rocky Trice one of the top players in the BEKO BBL that nobody really mentions?

Yes, No doubt he is one of the top players. I hope he gets the respect he deserves.

You had your scoring touch again with16 points in 25 minutes. Are you starting to peak now?

Of course not. I hope Im just getting started :-)

What has been the best NCAA March Madness game that you saw so far?

Washington and Marquette was pretty crazy

What is your impression of Elias Harris of Gonzaga and his NBA hype?

Havent seen him play much but his numbers look great and his team is winning. I hope he makes it.
Thanks Brandon fort he chat.



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Valencia bring win from Thessaloniki - by Eurobasket News
Aris - Valencia 64:71

Valencia secured a comfortable lead heading into the second leg of EuroCup quarterfinal series against Aris. The Spanish powerhouse proved too strong for Aris claiming a road win tonight. Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) scored 18 points to lead Valencia in this one.
The teams traded baskets for some time early in the encounter. But Kelati and Nando De Colo (202-G-87) hit triples to ensure a 21:13 lead at the first break. The hosts cut the margin early in the second frame but Lishchuk and Marko Marinovic restored a 7-point cushion for Valencia. However Aris stayed close and trailed by just three points at the interval 34:37. Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78) and Victor Claver ensured a quick start for the visitors in the second half. The margin grew at 8-point mark before Matt Walsh narrowed the deficit at 5 points with ten minutes to go. Marko Marinovic and Pietrus allowed Valencia to open a double-digit lead. Dimos Dikoudis (207-F/C-77) triggered the intrigue with a pair of three-pointers but Valencia relied on Marko Marinovic as he came up with a try of his own. Nando De Colo and Rafael Martinez were accurate from the stripe in the dying seconds to seal the deal.
Matt Nielsen provided 14 points for Valencia. Nando De Colo had 12 points in the win. Kiki Clark (173-G-84, college: St.Peter's) replied with 14 points for Aris. Dimos Dikoudis notched 12 points in the loss.

Aris: Kiki Clark 14, Dimos Dikoudis 12
Valencia: Marko Marinovic 18, Matt Nielsen 14, Nando De Colo 12



Panellinios earn 11-point buffer against Gran Canaria - by Eurobasket News
Panellinios - Gran Canaria 81:70

Panellinios made a strong claim for EuroCup semifinal as they held off Gran Canaria in the opening game of the quarterfinal series. The Hellenes built an 11-point cushion heading to Spain for the return leg. Roderick Blakney (181-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.) was pivotal with 21 points for Panellinios.
The lead changed hands for several times throughout the starting frame. Panellinios finished the quarter strongly taking a 20:16 advantage. The sides traded baskets before Will McDonald, Sanders and Augustine came up with buckets to ensure a 36:31 lead for Gran Canaria. Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) cut the margin to a single at halftime 39:40. Gran Canaria led for some time in the third frame. But Panellinios went on a 14:0 run later in the term to jump in charge 57:48. The hosts took over and finished the frame up by 9 points 60:51. The visitors cut the deficit at 4 points but Panellinios quickly reacted to restore a safe 10-point advantage. The Greek team controlled the game from now on and secured an important win at the end.
Ian Vougioukas nailed 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the hosts. Kosta Charalampidis (189-G-76) netted 13 points for Panellinios. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) accounted for 22 points for Gran Canaria. Sitapha Savane (202-F-78, college: Navy) netted 10 points in defeat.

Panellinios: Roderick Blakney 21, Ian Vougioukas 18, Kosta Charalampidis 13
Gran Canaria: Jaycee Carroll 22, Sitapha Savane 10



Olympiakos beats Asseco Prokom 83-79 - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague Quarterfinals, Game 1: Olympiakos - Asseco Prokom 83-79

Olympiakos had to work hard last night to take 1-0 lead in Euroleague Quarterfinals. Asseco Prokom had nice first half making 35-39, but the hosts replied in third period (25-15) and for rest of the game managed to stay up. Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, college: Missouri) was a key player for the Reds with 26 points and 6 rebounds. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) also was great adding 21 points and 6 assists. Qyntel Woods (203-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) collected 23 points and 11 boards for the Polish champ.
Asseco Prokom had wonderful beginning. Qyntel Woods and his teammates shocked Olympiakos with amazing 0-11 run in the first four minutes. Josh Childress (203-G/F-83, college: Stanford) finally scored for the hosts and Linas Kleiza added a basket, but Ronnie Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) kept Prokom up in double-digits. Linas Kleiza than stepped up for the hosts and together with Milos Teodosic and Ioannis Bouroussis closed first quarter with 14-5 run (18-19, Q1). The hosts grabbed 23-21 lead at the start of Quarter Two, but Prokom didnt give up. Visitors grabbed back 28-32 and later managed to finish first half with 35-39 lead. Visitors continued in the same rhythm and they created 35-43 soon after the breather. Olympiacos did not panic and though Teodosic and Childress made 44-43 turn. Linas Kleiza joined them and later Milos Teodosic completed impressive 15-2 run for 50-45. Prokom came to minus one after that, but still Olympiacos was strong enough to take 60-54 at the end of Q3. At the halfway of the last period, Olympiakos jumped to plus 10 and was on the right track to victory. However, Prokom answered with 1-9 run and they closed the gap to 80-78 with one minute to go. Olympiacos called a time out, but Papaloukas missed after that. Prokom had a chance for tie, but Logan committed a turn over and Milos Teodosic was sent to the line. He put the Reds up to 82-78, what was too much for Prokom until the end. Game Two is scheduled for tomorrow.

Olympiakos: Linas Kleiza 26+6 boards, Milos Teodosic also 21+6 as, Josh Childress 13+5 boards
Asseco Prokom: Qyntel Woods 23+11 boards, Ronnie Burrell 14+5 boards, Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, college: Duke) 13


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Hungarian Cup, 1/4Finals - by Tamas Deri
ZTE KK, Albacomp and Sopron won the first games of the quarterfinals. Kormend won tonight in Szombathely, but as Falco KC won by 12 points in Kormend last week, is the first team already in the Final Four.

Dombovar KC Zalakeramia ZTE KK 65-101
(24-31, 10-19, 16-24, 15-27)
Zalaegerszeg, Referees: Forrai S., Toth K., Torok R. (Major)
Dombovar: Ivan Cubela (201-F-84) 18, Attila Deak (193-F-77) 18/12, Balogh 6/6, Balazs Szoke (200-F-76, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 18/3, Klir 5, Baumann -, Gubi -, Coach: Foldi Sandor
ZTE: Hinnant 5/3, Watson 4, Kaman 9/3, Kyle Wilson (206-F-83, college: Wichita St.) 13/6, Trepak 9/3, Laszlo Simon (193-G-86) 14/6, Adam Toth (208-F/C-89, agency: FCM) 10, Baki 6, Timberlake 8, David Gaspar (193-G/F-82) 13/3, Delity -, Bodor 10/3, Coach: Volgyi Peter

Kecskemeti KSE - Albacomp 74-77
(19-19, 23-24, 15-14, 17-20)
Kecskemet, Att.: 350, Referees: Foldhazi T., Benczur T., Hegedus T. (Took)
Kecskemet: Ross 4, Wittmann 6, Denes -, Ian Johnson (205-F-84, college: Davidson) 15, Bencze 2, Terry Williams (192-G-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Georgia Southern) 17/9, Milan Csorvasi (209-F/C-88, agency: FCM) 18, Dale 12/6, Coach: Stojan Ivkovic
Albacomp: Simon B. 8/3, Adam Hanga (201-G-89, agency: FCM) 13/9, Velibor Radovic (202-F/G-72, agency: Beo Basket) 14/6, Michael Lee (206-F-86) 24/9, Keller 4, Banks 6, Toya 4, Bodi 4, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic

Soproni KC - Kaposvari KK 86-63
(25-17, 21-14, 22-12, 18-20)
MKB Arena, Att.: 700, Referees: Hartyani Zs. Szilas Gy., Jakab L. (Bodrogvary)
Sopron: Donta Richardson (188-G-81, college: Wyoming) 24/6, Cousinard 9/3, Andras Molnar (195-F/G-83) 21/3, Szabo Zs. 10/6, Matthew Knight (204-F/C-85, college: Loyola Marymount) 14, Pojbics 4, Gombas 2, Keresztes 2, Halmai -, Coach: Meszlenyi Robert
Kaposvar: Ceskovic -, Vojvoda 11/3, Larry Welton (196-F-85, college: Aurora) 16/6, Kovats R. 8, Gergely David (206-F-83) 13/3, Kiss K. 10/6, Orosz 2, Soos 3/3, Coach: Fekete Adam

Falco-SZOVA KC Szombathely - MJUS-Fortress Kormend 72-76
(22-16, 14-17, 23-21, 13-22)
Arena Savaria, Att.: 3500, Referees: dr. Valovics I., Gyorffy P., Kiraly L. (Farkas Z.)
Falco: Kalman 7/3, Winsome Frazier (193-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Mississippi St.) 22, Pankar 5/3, Arnas Kazlauskas (204-C/F-76, agency: Court Side) 9, Emmanuel Dies (204-F/C-77, agency: Interperformances, college: Kansas St.) 20, Hajmasy -, D. Wilson 6, Borszeki 3/3, Coach: Nikola Lazic
Kormend: Thomas 2, Fodor G. 5/3, Ferencz 10, Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) 15/6, Mikalai Aliakseyeu (212-C-78, agency: High Post Agency, college: Buffalo) 13, Roy Booker (191-G/F-84, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: SE Missouri St.) 14/9, Ferenc Boldizsar (201-C/F-77, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 9, Kutasi 8/6, Toth G. -, Coach: Sabali Balazs



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Slam sign WWU's Morris Anderson - by Eurobasket News
The Bellingham Slam have announced the addition of former WesternWashingtonUniversitystandout guard Morris Anderson (6'3''-G) to the team's roster for the 2010 season. Making the announcement was Slam general manager Robert Hofstetter.

The signing of Andersoncontinues a trend that has seen several of WWU's top players continue their careers in Bellinghamwith the Slam.

Anderson, 23, helped lead the Vikings to the semi-finals of the NCAA II West Regional Tournament earlier this month and ended his senior season with a slew of honors, including being named first-team National Association of Basketball Coaches West All-Districtand Daktronics West All-Region. He was also a unanimous selection for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference all-star team.

Andersonfinished the 2009-10 season averaging 14.7 points, 5.2 assists, and 3.9 rebounds per game. He also accumulated 79 steals, which ranked him 14th nationally. He was WWU's most proficient free-throw shooter, making 86.2 percent of his attempts, and set a school record by sinking 39 consecutive foul shots.

Prior to transferring to WWU, Andersonstarred at HighlineCommunity College, where he helped lead the Thunderbirds to the NWAACC championship as a freshman in 2006.

Andersonhas already joined the Slam and is currently participating in the team's training camp, which started on Sunday. The team will tip-off the 2010 International Basketball League campaign on April 9 against the Tacoma Tide. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.at Whatcom Pavilion.


Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


IBL champions coming to Santa Barbara on May 16th - by Trask Frost
IBL's Los Angeles Lightning will play title rematch live on FOX TV

The L.A. Lightning, featuring six former NBA players, will take on the Oregon Waves in a rematch of last year's International Basketball League Finals on Sunday, May 16 at the Sports Pavilion on the campus of Santa Barbara City College. The 3 p.m. game, presented by Perry Ford, will be televised live on the Central Coast by KKFX/FOX 11. 'We're very involved in our community and and we love to be involved in true local programming' said KKFX General Manager Kevin Harlan. 'We're excited to be doing this (TV game) with the Lightning and Waves in a championship rematch.'

Lamond Murray, a 12-year NBA veteran who played for the L.A. Clippers, averaged 26.3 points and was named MVP of the IBL Finals.




Other ex-NBA players on the Lightning include Bryon Russell, 3-point ace Fred Vinson, ex-UCLA stars Toby Bailey and Darrick Martin and former Harlem Globetrotter Juaquin Hawkins. Russell, a 13-year NBA player, was best known for his defensive prowess with the Utah Jazz and for being pushed by NBA legend Michael Jordan just before Jordan's famous game-winning shot for the Chicago Bulls in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals. Vinson, an assistant coach with the L.A. Clippers, owns the IBL record for 3-pointers in a game with 15. Bailey, who led UCLA to the 1995 NCAA title as a freshman, recorded the first triple-double in Lightning history last year with 24 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds against the Grand Rapids Flight. California State Senator Tony Strickland will return for his second season with the Lightning. The Senator from Thousand Oaks hit 55.6 percent in 15 appearances last year.

'We feel Santa Barbara needs more first-class family entertainment and Perry Ford is proud to bring this exciting sports event to our town,' said Walter Alfaro, General Manager of Perry Ford in Santa Barbara.

The Lightning went 18-5 last season and beat the Oregon Waves two games to one in the championship series at Cal Lutheran, their home court in Thousand Oaks. This year's squad will open on May 7-9 at the Edmonton Energy in Canada.

'We're trying to expand our brand and give people a chance to meet NBA veterans and international players,' said Lightning owner Mark Harwell. 'Fans will be able to take pictures with the players and get their autographs after the game, reminiscent of the old days of the NFL and NBA.'

The IBL is a high-scoring spring league that's starting its sixth year. The league features 16 teams, including squads from China, Japan, Canada and the USA.

General admission tickets are $15 and are available at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, online at Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone by calling 800-345-7000.

A limited number of courtside seats are available for $100 to $200 depending on location.



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Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  FSU
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Williams, FSU27.5 
 2. Isom, Tindastoll25.9 
 3. Dabney, Hamar25.4 
 4. Valdimarsson, Ham.25.0 
 5. Shouse, Stjarnan24.2 
 6. Smith, Fjolnir23.6 
 7. Caird, FSU21.8 
 8. Burton, Snaefell21.4 
 9. Burns, Keflavik21.2 
 10. Vilbergsson, Grind.20.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Snaefell
  (200-F-82)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Baeringsson, Snaefell14.7 
 2. Smith, Fjolnir12.0 
 3. Clark, Keflavik10.8 
 4. Ermolinskij, KR10.6 
 5. Pantelic, Stjarnan10.5 
 6. Caldwell, Breidablik10.0 
 7. Daanish, Tindastoll9.4 
 8. Visockis, Tindastoll9.3 
 9. Stefansson, UMFN9.3 
 10. Igbavboa, Keflavik8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric ISOM
  Tindastoll
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 9
 1. Isom, Tindastoll9.0 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR8.9 
 3. Burton, Snaefell7.9 
 4. Steinarsson, Fjolnir7.6 
 5. Jonsson, Grindavik7.0 
 6. Shouse, Stjarnan5.7 
 7. Dabney, Hamar5.5 
 8. Inge, KR5.2 
 9. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.5.0 
 10. Giovacchini, Tinda.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Semaj INGE
  KR
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Inge, KR3.4 
 2. Isom, Tindastoll3.1 
 3. Williams, FSU2.8 
 4. Ermolinskij, KR2.8 
 5. Dabney, Hamar2.7 
 6. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.6 
 7. Bradford, UMFN2.3 
 8. Clark, Keflavik2.3 
 9. Birmingham, Grindavik2.2 
 10. Shouse, Stjarnan2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Fjolnir
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Smith, Fjolnir3.1 
 2. Pantelic, Stjarnan2.6 
 3. Nathanaelsso., Ham.1.7 
 4. Stefansson, UMFN1.7 
 5. Clark, Keflavik1.6 
 6. Daanish, Tindastoll1.4 
 7. Caldwell, Breidablik1.3 
 8. Baeringsson, Snaefell1.3 
 9. Thorsteinsso., Kefla.1.3 
 10. Inge, KR1.3 


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Standings - D1
National Cup Group B Standings
 1. Punjab Police 3-0 
 2. Indian Army 3-0 
 3. ONGC 2-1 
 4. ICF TN 2-1 
 5. Tata Steel 1-2 
 6. N.W. Railway 1-2 
 7. Central Excise 0-0 
 8. Vijaya Bank 0-3 
 9. S.B.S. 0-4 


Standings - D2
Parappa Trophy Standings
 1. Vijaya Bank 9-0 
 2. MEG 8-1 
 3. KSP 7-2 
 4. HAL 6-3 
 5. ASC 5-4 
 6. Sports Hostel 3-6 
 7. JSC 3-6 
 8. Beagles 0-0 
 9. SAI Dharwad 0-0 
 10. NAL 0-0 


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Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Macc.Habikaa 17-6 
 2. Hap.Tivon 15-8 
 3. Hap.Haifa 14-9 
 4. Macc.Ashdod 14-9 
 5. Megido/Yok. 14-9 
 6. Elitzur Yavne 13-10 
 7. Kohav Yair 12-11 
 8. Hapoel Beeri 11-12 
 9. Elitzur Ramla 11-12 
 10. Beer Yaakov 9-14 
 11. Lev Hasharon 9-14 
 12. Hod Hasharon 8-15 
 13. Kiryat Ata 7-16 
 14. Natzrath Elite 7-16 


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Robert BROWN
  Hap.Haifa
  (195-F-80)
  Avg: 30
 1. Brown, Hap.Haifa30.0 
 2. Asbury, Hap.Tivon27.7 
 3. Markson, Elitzur .23.3 
 4. Byerson, Natzrath.21.3 
 5. Drayton, Beer Y.21.1 
 6. Paris, Hapoel Beeri20.7 
 7. Clemente, Macc.Ash.20.7 
 8. Jackson, Kiryat Ata20.6 
 9. Hicks, Kohav Yair20.1 
 10. Simhon, Hod H.19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanley BRANDY
  Hod Hasharon
  (200-F-67)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Brandy, Hod H.12.3 
 2. Paris, Hapoel Beeri12.1 
 3. Byerson, Natzrath.12.0 
 4. Peterson, Elitzur .11.2 
 5. Clemente, Macc.Ash.11.1 
 6. Drayton, Beer Y.9.6 
 7. Tzubrevitch, Elitzu.9.4 
 8. Auter, Macc.Hab.9.4 
 9. Lee, Kiryat Ata9.2 
 10. Jackson, Kiryat Ata8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan BERKOVICH
  Hap.Haifa
  (187-G-75)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Berkovich, Hap.H.7.3 
 2. Nenikashvili, Megido.6.5 
 3. Huli, Lev Hasharon6.1 
 4. Arieli, Hap.Tivon5.7 
 5. OFIR FARHI Macc..5.5 
 6. Golan, Lev Hasharon5.3 
 7. Brandwein, Elitzu.5.1 
 8. Shifman, Hapoel Beeri5.0 
 9. Cohen, Natzrath.4.8 
 10. Skverer, Macc.Hab.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Ofir FARHI
  Macc.Ashdod
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. OFIR FARHI Macc..2.7 
 2. Markson, Elitzur .2.4 
 3. Asbury, Hap.Tivon2.3 
 4. Berkovich, Hap.H.2.2 
 5. Young, Elitzur Ramla2.1 
 6. Matalon, Megido/Y.1.9 
 7. Karpels, Elitzur .1.9 
 8. Harush, Kohav Yair1.9 
 9. Brandy, Hod H.1.8 
 10. Bank, Elitzur Ramla1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Brad BYERSON
  Natzrath Elite
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Byerson, Natzrath.1.8 
 2. Auter, Macc.Hab.1.7 
 3. Paris, Hapoel Beeri1.4 
 4. Tzubrevitch, Elitzu.1.4 
 5. Aiden, Hapoel Beeri1.2 
 6. Markson, Elitzur .1.0 
 7. Peterson, Elitzur .1.0 
 8. Carr, Megido/Yok.1.0 
 9. Brandy, Hod H.0.9 
 10. Martin, Elitzur Yavne0.9 


National League Round: 23 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Hapoel Beeri - Macc.Habikaa 85-106
Hapoel Beeri lost to Maccabi Habikaa 85:106 as the latter enjoys the top with 17-6 record. Adrian Auter (200-C-84) paced the league-leaders with 23 points and Gendel Gerry netted 20. Shifman Haran delivered 20 for the hosts and Paris David had 21 points and 11 boards.

Hap.Tivon - Kiryat Ata 84-70
Hapoel Tivon rolled over Kiryat Ata 84:70 as Brian Asbury (201-F, college: Miami, FL) stepped up with 25 points and Haozman Drew added 20. Jackson Cedric responded with 23 points in defeat and Digmel Ofer notched 21.

Lev Hasharon - Elitzur Ramla 91-95
Lev Hasharon lost to Elitzur Ramla 91:95 as the latter got Damon Peterson (201-F-68, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Oklahoma) posted 23 points and had 10 rebounds. Young Zetin and Almoznino Oshri followed him with 15 each. Golan Nir answered with 26 points in defeat.

Macc.Ashdod - Hod Hasharon 87-81
Maccabi Ashdod overcame Hod Hasharon 87:81 at the Regular Season Round 23. Tal Michael Dunne (197-G/F-87, agency: Ronsport) paced all the winners with 30 points and 14 rebounds, while Pereg Adi scored 16. Brandy Stanley produced 21 points in defeat.

Hap.Haifa - Beer Yaakov 97-89
Hapoel Haifa jumped to 14-9 record after the win over Beer Yaakov 97:89. Robert Brown (195-F-80, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Buffalo) led the way with 36 points and 11 rebounds, while Eliyaho Elad posted 15. Drayton responded with 21 points in defeat.

Kohav Yair - Natzrath Elite 99-69
Kohav Yair is with 12-11 record after the win over Natzrath Elite 99:69. Raymond Hicks (201-F/C, college: Miami, FL) top-scored for the winners with 20 points, whilst Harush Shlomi and Rob Omer netted 20 each. Byerson Brad ended up with 19 points and 12 rebounds.

Elitzur Yavne - Megido/Yok. 91-82
Elitzur Yavne improved to Megido 91:82 as Bryant Markson (198-F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Utah) top-scored for the winners with 30 points and 10 rebounds. Tzubrevitch Alex nailed 19, while Gendlin Valery and Martin Yan posted 15 each. Carr Dennis ended up with 25 points in the losing effort.



Dusan Kecman leads Partizan to great comeback in Tel-Aviv (Game One) - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague Quarterfinals, Game 1: Maccabi T-A - Partizan 77-85

Partizan destroyed Maccabi in the last quarter 11-27. The Serbian powerhouse struggled during the first half and Maccabi even reached 34-13, but after the breather visitors had great twenty minutes for valuable road win and 1-0 lead in Euroleague Quarterfinals. Dusan Kecman (197-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) exploded in this victory with 29 points for 27 minutes on the floor. He made 7 of 9 attempts from behind the arc last night. Lester McCalebb (183-G-85, college: New Orleans) followed him with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Doron Perkins (188-G-83, college: Santa Clara) responded with 13 points, 5 rebs and 6 assists in loss.
Lets start from the beginning and nice 10-3 lead for the hosts. There was only one team on the court in the first quarter and it was Maccabi. Doron Perkins and his teammates were unstoppable and they drained 27 points for just ten minutes of play and everything looked great for them. Partizan was limited to 12 and nothing has changed after that. Maccabi continued to roll on offense as David Bluthenthal blasted a triple and Lasmes grabbed an offensive rebound and fed Eidson for a slam and a 34-13 magnificent lead. Visitors were shocked, but through Aleksandar Rasic, Lester McCalebb and Dusan Kecman they somehow managed to close the gap to 46-32 (HT). After the breather, Partizan came to minus 9, but Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) was one the other side and together with Pnini lifted Maccabi to plus 14 again. Dusan Kecman was on fire in Partizan and mostly owing to him visitors created 0-8 run for minus 7, 58-51. Kecman didnt stop and he reached 20 points in the finish of third quarter, but Perkins made it in the last Maccabis possession for 66-58 with one period to go. Than, Maccabi faced with fiasco. Rasic opened last quarter with a triple and Dusan Kecman continued with his wonderful shooting night. Partizan tied the score to 70-70 and that was not all. With less than three minutes to go visitors were up by 4 (75-79) and Anderson missed a lay up on the other side. In the finish, Lester McCalebb and Strahinja Milosevic drained four free throws and Maccabi struggled to score. Vesely and Mitrovic also made it from the line to seal this valuable victory and impressive come back by Partizan Belgrade.

Maccabi: Doron Perkins 13+5 boards+6 as, Alan Anderson 12
Partizan: Dusan Kecman 29, Lester McCalebb 12+10 boards+6 as, Aleks Maric (211-C-84) 10


Hapoel had 20-point lead, finished with 6 over Alba - by Eurobasket News
Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem - ALBA 67:61

Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem started their Eurocup Quarterfinals against German Alba. In the game hat was completely controlled by the hosts, Hapoel could take only 67:61 win before Game 2.
It was an easy start for Israeli team that took the lead from the very beginning. Dijon Thompson made layup for 13:6 lead and had 16:11 after 10 minutes. Both teams started to play better in defense in the second frame and as a result not many points were scored. Hapoel had 23:13, while Jeter scored for 30:15. Derrick Byars sent the squads to the lockers for 30:18 at the half. Having a good lead, the hosts did not stop and continued to dominate. They reached plus 20 at 41:21 and later had 49:30. Alba however was too far to give up. An 11-0 run pulled them to 49:41, while Brandon Hunter came through and made it 57:45. Both teams tried hard in the end of the game and did their best. Hapoel won the game as Alba managed to reduce the gap.
Brandon Hunter (201-F-80, college: Ohio) paced all the winners with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Kevinn Pinkney (206-F-83, college: Nevada) nailed 13, whilst Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) and Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) added 10 apiece. Derrick Byars (202-G/F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) ended up with 17 in defeat and Blagota Sekulic (209-F/C-82, agency: FCM) poured in 14.

Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem: Brandon Hunter 23+10 rebs, Kevinn Pinkney 13, Dijon Thompson 10, Chester Simmons 10
ALBA: Derrick Byars 17, Blagota Sekulic 14


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Hite joins Trenkwalder - by Gianni Pascucci
Trenkwalder Reggiana Reggio Emilia announced yesterday that Paul Marigney (192-G-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) had to leave immediately the team due to family reasons. His replacement in roster will be Robert Hite (188-G-84, college: Miami, FL), at his third stop in an Italian team this season. Hite should be registered in time for the next Lega 2 game, vs. Enel Brindisi.

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Sendai 89ers sign Nick DeWitz - by Eurobasket
Sendai 89ers (BJ League) added to their roster 28-year old American forward Nick DeWitz (203-F-82, college: Oregon St.). DeWitz played most recently at BC Igokea Aleksandrovac (Bosnia). DeWitz is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Bosnia, Finland, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Turkey.
In his first game with 89rs, DeWitz played 15 minutes and socred 13 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

Nick is Portuguese Supercup Winner -09
By Eurobasket Data Center


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CBA Playoffs: Abbaas starts with a huge performance - by Mohammed Malas
Jo-Basket.com, Amman - The first round of the Chinese CBA playoffs started earlier today, All home teams won and one of them was Abbaas Zaid (203-F-83)'s club Shanghai Sharks who passed by Liaoning Panpan 99-97.

Abbaas was the big star of the night with a summary of 18 points, 20 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 assists and one blockshot in 47 minutes, John Lucas scored 34 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. And Liu Wei scored 19 points and 4 assists.
The 2nd game of the Quarter-finals series will be on the 26th of April.


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TANKERS 2010 Season - by Thom McQueen
The 2010 season will see the Harrodsburg Tankers with Jesse Watkins as head coach, will showcase their team in Evansville, Indiana. Coach Watkins comes to the league having played professional basketball in Australia; and after coaching at the University of Southern Indiana and Wabash Valley College. With Coach Watkins at the helm, we expect a lot from the Harrodsburg Tankers this season.

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LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Barons 16-4 
 2. Liepaja 9-10 
 3. Valmiera 8-11 
 4. VEF Riga 7-2 
 5. Ventspils 6-4 
 6. Zemgale 3-18 
 7. Keizarmezs 0-18 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Martins BERKIS
  Snaefell
  (199-F-85)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Berkis, Keizarmezs18.5 
 2. Davis, Valmiera17.8 
 3. Timermanis, Barons17.7 
 4. Efejuku, Barons17.2 
 5. Gulbis, Zemgale16.6 
 6. Kojenets, Liepaja16.4 
 7. Silavs, Keizarmezs16.3 
 8. Valeika, Valmiera15.1 
 9. Kisielius, Liepaja15.1 
 10. Jurevicus, Ventspils14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturas VALEIKA
  Valmiera
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Valeika, Valmiera10.5 
 2. Kojenets, Liepaja7.8 
 3. Zorin, Barons6.8 
 4. Renfroe, VEF Riga6.1 
 5. Silavs, Keizarmezs6.0 
 6. Cipruss, Valmiera5.6 
 7. Jurevicus, Ventspils5.6 
 8. Rozitis, Zemgale5.6 
 9. Zakis, Ventspils5.3 
 10. Gulbis, Zemgale5.2 
Assists Per Game
 Alex RENFROE
  VEF Riga
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Renfroe, VEF Riga6.8 
 2. Silavs, Keizarmezs5.6 
 3. Jeromanovs, Liepa.4.6 
 4. Sirsnins, Barons3.8 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventspils3.4 
 6. Vilums, Liepaja3.3 
 7. Jurevicus, Ventspils3.3 
 8. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.1 
 9. Bertans, Ventspils2.5 
 10. Valeika, Valmiera2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Rinalds SIRSNINS
  Barons
  (186-G-85)
  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. Davis, Valmiera1.6 
 8. Vilums, Liepaja1.5 
 9. Vitols, Barons1.4 
 10. Jurevicus, Ventspils1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Daviin DAVIS
  Valmiera
  (193-F-85)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Davis, Valmiera1.4 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.3 
 3. Cresnar, Valmiera1.0 
 4. Selakovs, VEF Riga0.8 
 5. Zorin, Barons0.8 
 6. Nelyubov, VEF Riga0.6 
 7. Valeika, Valmiera0.5 
 8. Timermanis, Barons0.5 
 9. Kosuskins, Liepaja0.5 
 10. Bambis, Zemgale0.5 


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Standings
D1 Stage Two Standings
Final 4
 1. Shabab 0-0 
 2. Hilal 0-0 
 3. Nasr 0-0 
 4. Ahli Benghazi 0-0 
Positions 5-8
 1. Ittihad 7-7 
 2. Madina 5-9 
 3. Ahli Tripoli 2-12 
 4. Wahda 2-12 
Stage One Standings


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Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Zalgiris 20-1 
 2. Lietuvos Rytas 20-1 
 3. Siauliai 16-5 
 4. Juventus 12-9 
 5. Rudupis 11-11 
 6. Neptunas 11-11 
 7. Techasas 11-12 
 8. Perlas 10-13 
 9. Suduva 8-14 
 10. Sakalai 7-14 
 11. Nevezis 5-16 
 12. Alytus Alita 5-17 
 13. Aisciai 5-17 


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Valdas DABKUS
  Rudupis
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Dabkus, Rudupis20.9 
 2. Aleksandrova., Alytus A.19.6 
 3. Kazevicius, Alytus A.19.5 
 4. Sirvydis, Sakalai18.0 
 5. Janavicius, Aisciai16.9 
 6. Kuzminskas, Siauliai16.1 
 7. Kelys, Perlas16.1 
 8. Gvezdauskas, Nevez.15.4 
 9. Kieza, Suduva15.3 
 10. Bjelica, Lietuvos.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Egidijus DIMSA
  Nevezis
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Dimsa, Nevezis9.3 
 2. Kieza, Suduva8.6 
 3. Vilkius, Neptunas7.5 
 4. Valanciunas, Perlas7.5 
 5. Tatarunas, Alytus A.7.4 
 6. Valukonis, Aisciai7.4 
 7. Dabkus, Rudupis7.3 
 8. Silinskis, Nevezis7.0 
 9. Janisius, Suduva7.0 
 10. Adomaitis, Alytus A.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GAIDAMAVICIUS
  Juventus
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gaidamaviciu., Juven.6.0 
 2. Broadus, Suduva5.8 
 3. Viskontas, Perlas5.7 
 4. Low, Siauliai5.1 
 5. Ginevicius, Lietuv.4.9 
 6. Janavicius, Aisciai4.9 
 7. Popovic, Lietuvos.4.6 
 8. Ezerskis, Techasas4.6 
 9. Kelys, Perlas4.5 
 10. Maceina, Rudupis4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Andrius ALEKSANDROVAS
  Alytus Alita
  (197-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Aleksandrova., Alytus A.2.5 
 2. Valukonis, Aisciai2.3 
 3. Popovic, Lietuvos.2.3 
 4. Ginevicius, Lietuv.2.2 
 5. Kelys, Perlas2.2 
 6. Capin, Zalgiris2.2 
 7. Jomantas, Lietuv.2.1 
 8. Vileita, Rudupis2.1 
 9. Lipkevicius, Aisciai2.0 
 10. Low, Siauliai1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Keravnos
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Kieza, Suduva2.7 
 2. Silinskis, Nevezis2.5 
 3. Begic, Zalgiris1.8 
 4. Valanciunas, Perlas1.5 
 5. Valanciunas, Lietuv.1.4 
 6. Cepukaitis, Aisciai1.2 
 7. Volkus, Techasas1.1 
 8. Zyle, Aisciai1.1 
 9. Tatarunas, Alytus A.1.1 
 10. Leonavicius, Sakalai1.0 


Quarterfinals in NKL - by Evaldas Ceilytkas
In Lithuanian second league NKL final stage is going on. Yesterday second games of quarterfinal was played. Nafta/Univer./Laivite Klaipeda won second game against SK Triobet Malsta Jonavos 71:73 and tied series 1-1. For Nafta/Univer./Laivite Klaipeda young forward Julius Kazakauskas (197-F-90) scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Remigijus Kasparavicius (197-F-78) scored 14 points and Mindaugas Stasys finished with 13. For SK Triobet Malsta Jonavos Vytautas Kruzikas (199-F-89) finished game with 17 points.
Meresta Pakruojis beat Delikatesas Joniskis 89:63 and is leading series 2-0. Best players for Pakruojis was Zygimantas Sestokas with 23 points and Mindaugas Kumpis (202-F-82) 18 points. For Joniskis Sarunas Kulevicius (194-G-89) gained 21 points.
Naglis-Adakris Palangos at home defeated Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys 82:74 and leads series 2-0. Experienced forward Nerijus Strazdauskas (198-F-84) scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Palanga. Guard Vidmantas Uzkuraitis (189-G-85) scored 15 points. For Pasvalys Rytis Adomavicius (199-F/G-83, agency: Court Side) finished with 14 points.
Kaunas Erelita-KTU won tied game with Mazeikiai 69:62. Series result now is 1-1. For Erelita Vytautas-Edvardas Pikalavicius (196-F/G-90), Karolis Pupinis (200-F-88) and Edgaras Stanionis (181-G-88) scored 14 points each. Best in Mazeikiai team was Paulius Budreckis (200-F-85) with 21 points.

Sarunas Kulevicius


Zydrunas Ilgauskas signs deal to return to Cavs - by Eurobasket News
Center Zydrunas Ilgauskas (7'2''-C-75, agency: Interperformances) has signed to play the rest of the season with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Coach Mike Brown said Tuesday that he will fly with the team to New Orleans later in the day and will likely play against the Hornets on Wednesday.

To make room for Ilgauskas, forward Darnell Jackson (6'8''-F-85, college: Kansas) was waived.

Agent Herb Rudoy said Ilgauskas still plans to pursue free agency in the offseason. Ilgauskas was at the Cavs practice facility Tuesday but did not work out with the team.

Cleveland sent Ilgauskas to Washington at the trade deadline in a three-team deal that brought Antawn Jamison and Sebastian Telfair to the Cavaliers.

Ilgauskas spent his entire career in Cleveland before the trade. He is averaging 7.5 points and 5.3 rebounds this season.


Courtesy of www.taragana.com


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Standings - CIBACOPA
CIBACOPA Standings
Northern Division
 1. Cananea 5-2 
 2. Bomberos de M. 5-2 
 3. Hermosillo 4-3 
 4. Nogales 4-3 
 5. Guaymas 3-4 
 6. Tijuana Z. 0-7 
Southern Division
 1. Los Mochis 5-2 
 2. Mazatlan 5-2 
 3. Culiacan 5-2 
 4. Guasave 3-4 
 5. Cd Obregon 2-5 
 6. Tepic 1-6 


CIBACOPA - Round 7 - by Chris Terrell
The Coastal Pacific, Mexico - A battle of first place in the CIBACOPA South was played out on Tuesday night featuring the 1st place Caballeros de Culiacan and the 2nd place Pioneros Los Mochis. Due to the fact that only 1 game seperated the teams and this would be their first matchup against one another this season, the winner would take possession of 1st place in the division. The Caballeros are the Yankees of the CIBACOPA. The team is affiliated with LNBP Champion Xalapa and feature many of the players on that championship team as well the Coach. Last season's CIBACOPA finalist has a stacked squad of 'Chino' Jesus Lopez, Victor Avila, David Meza, Luis Pulido, Fausto Gil, Froylan Verdugo, and the list goes on of players with significant LNBP experience on this year's team. Culiacan announced prior to the game that they had added another player from Xalapa's championship team in the acquisition of Lorenzo Mata (205-C-UCLA-86). Coach Angel Gonzalez helped secure the rings in the series over Veracruz and will be attempting to do the same in CIBACOPA for the Caballeros. American imports Marcus Moore (198-G-80, college: Washington St.) and Luis McCullough (198-G/F-82, college: Francis Marion) help round out what is truely a team of All-Stars. The aforementioned Moore and McCullough led the scoring in this one tallying 22 and 18 respectively but the teams balance through out allows them to rotate 12 guys. The first quarter was intense as the upstart Pioneros battled and fought for respect, the quarter ending with Los Mochis ahead 25-20. The second quarter the Pioneros started to extend their lead outscoring the Caballeros 29-21. Up by as many as 22 points early in the 3rd, this battle of David and Goliath seemed to end quickly, Pioneros again convincingly taking the quarter 30-21. Los Mochis emptied the bench in the 4th, playing 3 juvenils and 2 local players to finish the game. A balanced team effort secured this game and 1st place in the division. Benny West (191-G-80, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Howard Payne) had 24, Kenneth Lawrence (183-G-81, college: La-Lafayette) had 23 and 8 assists. Mark Strom (193-G-82, college: Apprentice) had 22, Francisco Ibarra (210-C-84) had 20 points and 14 rebounds while Eric Hare (196-G/F-79, college: Albertson) had 14 points. Final score was closer than the game 105-95. Look for Culiacan with the addition of Mata to attempt to exact some form of revenge on Wednesday at the Auditorio Benito Juarez.

Guasave and Obregon played a hard fought contest with each team shooting well from the field, 56% and 58% respectively. An 8 point advantage at the foul stripe along with a disparity from beyond the arc proved to be the difference in this one as the Frayles connected on 8-18 from 3, Trigueros struggled hitting only 4 of 21. Jazwin Cowan (205-F-83, college: Hampton) did everything he could to keep his team in the game with 26 points and 8 rebounds. Marco Valenzuela (185-G-81) and Orlando Zuniga (192-G-82) had 15 and 14 respectively. For Guasave 'Superman' Serge Angounou (202-F-83, college: Arizona St.) had another double-double with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Samuel Bowie (198-F/G-75, college: SE Louisiana) had 26 and Alonso Izaguire had 15. Final Score: Guasave holds off Obregon 89-85.

Guaymas - Cananea took more than regulation to decide this contest as the teams battled to overtime. 20 Cananea turnovers hurt the defending champions prospects on Tuesday night. Guaymas also had a +12 at the free throw line that proved to be the difference in the OT. Jerome Habel (208-F-85, college: San Diego St.) had 30 points, 17 rebounds, and 4 blocked shots that had the home fans at the Tsunami on their feet. Recently acquired Rommel Marentez (179-G-84, college: Cal-Davis) had 9 points and 7 assists and Jorge Rochin (202-F-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Portland) had 13 points and 10 rebounds in limited action due to foul trouble. The sharp shooting and heady playmaking of newly added Brandon Lee (188-G, college: Tarleton St.) helped the home team get over the hump against Cananea. Lee connecting on 6 three pointers, adding 6-6 from the foul line to go with his 5 assists and totaling 26 points on the evening. For Cananea, a balanced effort led by Letheal Cook (208-C/F-80, college: Bowie St.) who had 18 and 9 boards along with Derek Thomas (193-F-84, college: Appalachian St.) who also had 18 to go with 6 rebounds helped the visitors stay in the game and have a chance to win it and the end of regulation. Franco Harris (183-G-83, college: Boise St.) 14, Isaac Gutierrez (204-C-85) 12 pts 9 boards, and Ezra Swanson (180-G-85) who had 11 filled up the stat sheet for Cananea. But it wasn't enough in this one, Guaymas winning in overtime 96-87.

Also in action on Tuesday night was Nogales at Hermosillo. Hermosillo thanks in part to getting to the foul line twice as often as Nogales and a late fourth quarter surge took this one for the home team. Recently acquired Emmanuel Little (196-F-85, college: N.Dakota) had 24 points and 6 rebounds while HMO bigman David Bergehoefer had 17 points and 7 rebounds. Juan Manuel Esteva also adding 19. For Nogales, 'JJ' James Sullinger (196-G-82, college: Ohio St.) had a huge night going for 35 while Michael Strobbe (201-F-85) added 24 points and 10 rebounds. The teams both shot well and the battle of the glass was fairly even, Emmanuel Little and company put their head down and got to the bucket resulting in going to the line 26 times to Nogales' 13. The 6 point advantage 17-11 may of helped the Rayos hold on. Final Score in Hermosillo 86-82.

Mazatlan deals Coras another setback behind 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists from Fort Worth's Jeremis Smith (203-F-86, college: Georgia Tech). Danny Brown (193-G-84, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: St.Louis) had 25 while Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81, college: USF), Oliver Sesma, and Clodaldo Rodriquez had 16, 12, and 10 respectively. For the Coras, recently acquired Mychal Henderson showed his range hitting 6 threes on his way to 25 for the game. Cristopher Silva (201-C-82) was big in the middle with 21/11 and high flyer Ira Brown (193-F) filled up the score sheet with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists. Final Score in this one, Lobos 101 - Coras 94.

Mexicali defeats Tijuana 75-66 in a defensive matchup. Mexicali's 52% from the field countered TJ's 38% and proved to be the difference. For the Zonkeys Joel Reynosa had 15 and Alexander Blair (203-F-84, college: Fresno St.) had 21. Mexicali behind imports Forrest Fisher (193-G-84) 26 and Gene Shipley (206-C-79, college: Brandon) 14 points and 9 rebounds did just enough to pull this one out.

South: Los Mochis 5-2, Mazatlan 5-2, Culiacan 5-2, Guasave 3-4, Obregon 2-5, Tepic 1-6
North: Mexicali 5-2, Cananea 5-2, Nogales 4-3, Hermosillo 4-3, Guaymas 3-4, Tijuana 0-7


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Standings - 1A
1A Stage Two Standings
Play-Off
 1. Lovcen 0-0 
 2. Mornar Bar 0-0 
 3. Gorstak 0-0 
 4. Ulcijn 0-0 
Play-Out
 1. Primorje-M. 0-0 
 2. Teodo Tivat 0-0 
 3. Mogren 0-0 
 4. Danilovgrad 0-0 
 5. ABS Primorje 0-0 
 6. Jedinstvo 0-0 
 7. Buducnost 0-0 
Stage One Standings


Ulcijn tab Goran Martinic - by Eurobasket News
The Montenegrin League A1 leaders Ulcijn strengthened their roster with addition of Goran Martinic (186-G-87, agency: BeoExcell). The 22-year-old guard tipped off the season in Vojvodina. He tallied solid 15.4 points, 3.7 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game in the Serbian League. Last season Goran Martinic played for Novi Sad. The guard tallied 17.6 points, 3.3 assists, 2.9 steals and 2.1 rebounds per appearance. Martinic played at 2010 Serbian League All-Star Game.


Buducnost inks Nemanja Arnautovic - by Eurobasket News
Buducnost announced signing of Nemanja Arnautovic (194-G-90, agency: Beo Basket) for rest of the season. The 20-year old shooting guard is coming to Montenegrin champion from Serbian team Mega Vizura. Arnautovic appeared 24 times this season in A League averaging 9.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists. His season-high was 21 points against Metalac.
Before Mega Vizura, Nemanja Arnautovic was a member of Hemofarm Vrsac. He helped U16 Serbia to win the Bronze at U16 EuroBasket 2006 in Jaen.
At the same time, Buducnost announced that Goran Jeretin (192-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) moved to Turk Telekom Ankara.


Turk Telekom lands Goran Jeretin - by Eurobasket News
Turk Telekom have agreed on terms of contract with Goran Jeretin (192-G-79, agency: Beo Basket). The 30-year-old Montenegrin guard started the season in Buducnost. He tallied 12.2 points, 2.9 assists and 2.5 rebounds per EuroChallenge game. In Adriatic League his stats read 11.2 points, 3.3 assists and 1.9 rebounds per appearance. Last season Jeretin started in BC Kyiv in Ukraine. The guard later moved to AEL Limassol.


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Willamette University All American to play for the Stampede - by Gianni Pascucci
The NABL goal is getting the top talent to play in this select league for spring and Salem Stampede gets a huge boost with the signing on Cameron Mitchell (6'7''-F/C), announced yestersday. Mitchell is from Portland, Oregon. He comes to the Stampede after one of the most outstanding careers in NCAA division 3 history. He played one year at College of the Redland in California before finishing his career with Willamette. Mitchell completed his three years at Willamette with 1,200 points and 791 rebounds in 74 games for the Bearcats from 2007-08 through 2009-10. Including his freshman season at the University of Redlands (Calif.) in 2006-07, he played in 98 games during his career, with his efforts resulting in 1,342 points and 959 rebounds. In 2009-10, Mitchell led the Northwest Conference in scoring with 21.1 points per game and in rebounding with 12.5 boards per game. He was selected First Team All-NWC for the second consecutive season. Mitchell recorded 20 double-doubles on his way to scoring 528 points and grabbing 312 rebounds this season. He scored 10 or more points in all 25 games and tallied 20 or more points 16 times. He shot 57.9% on field goals to rank second in the NWC. He tied for second in the conference in blocked shots per game (1.24), as he finished the year with 31 blocks. Salem opens their season at home March 27 vs the Seattle Mountaineers. The Stampede captured the 2007 IBL Southwest Division Championship and finished with a league best record of 19-4. Including 11-0 at home.

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Oklahoma Baptist celebrate Division I title - by Eurobasket News
Oklahoma Baptist ensured their second NAIA Division I title as they edged Azusa Pacific in a highly contestant battle 84:83. The first title dates back to 1966. The Bison were paced by 21 points from Aj Hawkins (6'7''-F). Sixteen of those points came in the second half when the Bison came back from a halftime deficit to eke out a tough win.
Azusa Pacific dominated in the first half. They earned an 8-point lead midway through the half. The Bison managed to trim the deficit at 7-point mark at the main break. Oklahoma Baptist entered the second half on a 9:0 run to surge in front. The teams turned the game into a roller coaster with 11 lead changes. Aj Hawkins finally drained a decisive triple with 40 seconds remaining bringing Oklahoma Baptist to the victory.
Kevin Swinton (6'8''-F) scored 19 points and grabbed 8 boards for the Bison. Nate Brumfield (6'5''-F-86) added 15 points and 7 caroms in the win. Brumfield was named the tournaments MVP. Dominique Johnson (6'2''-G) responded with 24 points for Azusa Pacific. Reggie Owens (6'5''-F) accounted for 17 points in the loss.



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Zydrunas Ilgauskas signs deal to return to Cavs - by Eurobasket News
Center Zydrunas Ilgauskas (7'2''-C-75, agency: Interperformances) has signed to play the rest of the season with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Coach Mike Brown said Tuesday that he will fly with the team to New Orleans later in the day and will likely play against the Hornets on Wednesday.

To make room for Ilgauskas, forward Darnell Jackson (6'8''-F-85, college: Kansas) was waived.

Agent Herb Rudoy said Ilgauskas still plans to pursue free agency in the offseason. Ilgauskas was at the Cavs practice facility Tuesday but did not work out with the team.

Cleveland sent Ilgauskas to Washington at the trade deadline in a three-team deal that brought Antawn Jamison and Sebastian Telfair to the Cavaliers.

Ilgauskas spent his entire career in Cleveland before the trade. He is averaging 7.5 points and 5.3 rebounds this season.


Courtesy of www.taragana.com


Spurs sign Garrett Temple - by Eurobasket News
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have signed guard Garrett Temple (6'6''-G-86, college: LSU). Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

San Antonio is Temples third NBA team this season. He also saw time with the Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings. In two games with the Spurs, Temple has averaged 5.5 points in 17.0 minutes. On the season he has appeared in 16 games and is averaging 4.2 points and 1.1 rebounds in 10.9 minutes. He was originally signed to a 10-day contract by San Antonio on 3/13.

The 6-6, 190-pound Temple was signed as an undrafted free agent by Houston on 9/22. He averaged 2.5 points in four preseason games with the Rockets before being waived on 10/21. Temple was allocated to Rio Grande Valley on 11/4 and averaged 14.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 30 games with the Vipers. He signed his first of two 10-day contracts with Houston on 2/8. In nine games with the Rockets he averaged 5.0 points and 1.6 rebounds in 13.1 minutes. On 3/3 Temple signed a 10-day contract with Sacramento. He averaged 2.2 points in 4.6 minutes with the Kings.

Temple averaged 6.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists over his four seasons at LSU. He left school as the Tigers all-time leader in games played (134), starts (131) and minutes played (4,432). Temple also ranked fourth in career assists (482), seventh in steals (191) and fourth in blocks (113) in school history.


The Spurs roster stands at 13.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


After trading him, Wolves re-sign Brian Cardinal - by Eurobasket News
The Minnesota Timberwolves have brought back veteran forward Brian Cardinal (6'8''-F-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Purdue).

Cardinal signed with the Wolves on Tuesday. He was traded to New York last month for center Darko Milicic, but the Knicks waived Cardinal after the deal to make him a free agent.

The 6-foot-8 Cardinal played in 27 games for Minnesota before the trade. He averaged only 1.7 points and 9.0 minutes per game, but he has been a popular teammate for the rebuilding Timberwolves. They first acquired Cardinal in a draft-day deal with Memphis in 2008 that sent O.J. Mayo to the Grizzlies and brought Kevin Love to Minnesota.


Cardinal is a 10-year veteran.

Courtesy of www.startribune.com


Vipers' Harris to sign with Rockets for rest of the season - by Eurobasket News
Rio Grande Valley Vipers forward Michael Harris (6'6''-F-83, college: Rice) will sign a contract with the Houston Rockets for the remainder of the season today in Oklahoma City where the Rockets will take on the Thunder.

Weve (the Rockets) had a multitude of injuries the last two, three days, and its painful for us to do because of the success the RGV is having, said Gersson Rosas, who serves as both the Vipers general manager and Rockets vice president of player personnel. Hes the best available big (player) outside of the NBA. We got a need for a big, and he deserves the opportunity.

The Rockets have been hit hard with injuries this week. Shane Battier (sprained left knee) is out for at least 10 days. Jared Jeffries (strained left Achilles) and Jordan Hill (sprained left ankle) left Mondays game at Chicago with injuries. Center David Andersen (back) didnt play on Monday.

In addtion, Rockets guard Jermaine Taylor, who is on assignment with the Vipers, is expected to recalled to Houston on Wednesday because of the seriousness of the teams injuries. Rosas said he is looking to replace Harris roster spot as soon as possible.

It will be Harris second call-up to Houston this season. Harris, who also had a 10-day stint with the Washington Wizards, is a NBA D-League candidate. Harris leads the league with 27.1-point average, ranks third in rebounds (10.5) and had 18 double-doubles in 34 games. He had 36 points on Saturday in the Vipers most recent game, a 127-113 victory at Reno. Harris could return to the Vipers on assignment.

The call-up comes at an interesting time for the Vipers, who are trying to lock up the leagues Western Conference title. The Vipers (31-13) lead the West by four games over Austin. The Vipers have already clinched their first-ever postseason spot and are currently the No. 2 seed for the playoffs. The Vipers next play on Friday and Saturday at home against Los Angeles.


Courtesy of www.themonitor.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 LeBron JAMES
  Cleveland C.
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 29.8
 1. James, Clevelan.29.8 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.29.7 
 3. Anthony, Denver N.28.9 
 4. Bryant, LA Lakers27.5 
 5. Wade, Miami Heat26.5 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.25.7 
 7. Nowitzki, Dallas M.24.8 
 8. Bosh, Toronto R.24.0 
 9. Granger, Indiana P.23.7 
 10. Stoudemire, Phoeni.22.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Howard, Orlando M.13.3 
 2. Camby, LA Clippers12.1 
 3. Lee, New York K.11.9 
 4. Randolph, Memph.11.8 
 5. Gasol, LA Lakers11.1 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.11.1 
 7. Boozer, Utah Jazz11.1 
 8. Bosh, Toronto R.11.0 
 9. Love, Minnesota T.10.8 
 10. Wallace, Charlotte B.10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.1 
 2. Paul, N.Orleans H.10.9 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz10.4 
 4. Rondo, Boston C.9.7 
 5. Kidd, Dallas M.9.2 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.5 
 7. Davis, LA Clippers8.0 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..7.9 
 9. Arenas, Washingt.7.2 
 10. Harris, New J.6.7 
Steals Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rondo, Boston C.2.4 
 2. Ellis, Golde S.2.3 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.2 
 4. Curry, Golde S.1.9 
 5. Jackson, Charlott.1.8 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 7. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
 8. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 9. Bryant, LA Lakers1.7 
 10. Iguodala, Philadel.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (207-F-85)
  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. Dalembert, Philad.2.0 
 6. Camby, LA Clippers2.0 
 7. Smith, Atlanta H.2.0 
 8. Andersen, Denver N.1.9 
 9. Lopez, New J.1.8 
 10. Perkins, Boston C.1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 46-25 
 2. Toronto R. 35-35 
 3. New York K. 26-45 
 4. Philadelph.76 25-47 
 5. New Jersey N. 8-63 
Central Div.
 1. Cleveland C. 57-15 
 2. Milwaukee B. 39-31 
 3. Chicago B. 33-37 
 4. Indiana P. 26-46 
 5. Detroit P. 23-48 
Southeast Div.
 1. Orlando M. 50-22 
 2. Atlanta H. 46-25 
 3. Miami Heat 37-34 
 4. Charlotte B. 37-34 
 5. Washington W. 21-49 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Utah Jazz 47-25 
 2. Denver N. 47-25 
 3. Oklah.City T. 43-27 
 4. Portland TB 42-29 
 5. Minnesota T. 14-58 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 53-18 
 2. Phoenix Suns 45-26 
 3. LA Clippers 26-45 
 4. Sacramento K. 24-48 
 5. Golde State W. 20-51 
Southwest Div.
 1. Dallas M. 47-24 
 2. San Antonio S. 42-28 
 3. Memphis G. 38-34 
 4. Houston R. 36-34 
 5. N.Orleans H. 34-39 


Tuesday's games (4) review - by Eurobasket News
LA Clippers - Dallas M. 96-106
Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) was ejected. A 16-point lead had dissolved into a four-point deficit. And that recent 13-game winning streak was looking like something that happened a long, long time ago. But the Dallas Mavericks still had one thing going for them. It was Jason Kidd's (6'4''-G-73, college: California) 37th birthday, and he wasn't about to let the Los Angeles Clippers ruin it. Kidd scored a season-high 26 points, most of it coming during a game-breaking spurt at the start of the fourth quarter that sent the Mavericks to a 106-96 victory over the Clippers on Tuesday night. Nowitzki had 18, while Brandan Haywood added 12 points and 10 rebounds. In LA Clippers, Drew Gooden shined with 26 points and 20 boards. *Courtesy of www.winnipegfreepress.com

Charlotte B. - Washington W. 95-86 OT
Gerald Wallace (6'7''-F-82, college: Alabama) had 17 points, 19 rebounds and got two Wizards to foul out in overtime. Boris Diaw (6'8''-F/C-82) also had very important role with this victory with 17 pts, while Stephen Jackson added 16 points and 7 boards. In the loosing squad, Mike Miller delivered 15 pts.

Indiana P. - Detroit P. 98-83
Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) had 32 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a season sweep of the Pistons with a 98-83 win on Tuesday night. Brandon Rush (6'6''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Kansas) had 20 points and Mike Jr. Dunleavy added 13 points, plus 8 rebounds. The hosts got 14 points, 9 boards and 6 assists from Tayshaun Prince.

Denver N. - New York K. 104-109
Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) scored 17 of his 28 points during a spirited duel with Carmelo Anthony in the third quarter, and the Knicks beat the Denver Nuggets 109-104 on Tuesday night. Al Harrington (6'9''-F-80) scored 23 points and pulled down 9 rebounds last night. Anthony collected 36 points in defeat.


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NIT: Mississippi edges Texas Tech in 2 OTs - by Eurobasket News
Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy was proud of his team's resiliency on Tuesday night as Ole Miss defeated Texas Tech 90-87 in two overtimes in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament.

'There are a lot of things we question. But after 34 games, there's one thing you can't question and that's the resolve of this team,' Kennedy said. 'I know people will say it's just the NIT, but at this stage when you get down to win or go home, you could see how much it meant to them.'

Murphy Holloway converted a three-point play with three seconds left to provide the winning margin for the Rebels (24-10).

The win improved Ole Miss to 11-1 in NIT home games and the Rebels advanced to the semifinals against the Illinois-Dayton winner at Madison Square Garden.

'We're resilient and we aren't going to stop playing hard regardless,' Holloway said. 'It's all fun when you win, so tonight's it's fun. But this was a great game by both teams.'

Ole Miss will be making its second semifinal appearance in the NIT in the past three seasons.

Texas Tech (19-16) had opportunities to win in regulation and in the first overtime with the final shot, but in both cases did not convert. The Red Raiders had a 68-59 lead with two minutes remaining in regulation before the Rebels forced the first overtime at 68-68.

'You saw two teams tonight that were proud to be in the NIT and it was a hell of a game,' Texas Tech coach Pat Knight said. 'Our kids have been unbelievable with the way they've hung in there and finished the season the way we did.'

The Red Raiders trailed throughout the second overtime before tying the game at 87-87 on a three-point shot by David Tairu with 8.7 seconds left. That set up Holloway's game-winning play.

Chris Warren (5'10''-G-88), who had the game-winning assist, led the Rebels with 22 points. Terrico White (6'5''-G-90) and Holloway scored 17 points apiece, while Zach Graham (6'6''-G-89) added 10. The Rebels were 19 of 31 from the free throw line but converted 11 of their last 12 attempts in the two overtimes.

Mike Singletary (6'6''-F-88) led the Red Raiders with 28 points, while Brad Reese added 14, all in the second half. D'walyn Roberts scored 12 points and had a game-high 17 rebounds while Darko Coahdarevic had 10 points and 10 rebounds.


Courtesy of www.star-telegram.com


North Carolina tops UAB in NIT quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Deon Thompson (6'8''-F-88) had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead stingy North Carolina to a 60-55 victory over UAB on Tuesday night in the National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals.

The Tar Heels (19-16) held UAB without a field goal for nearly 10 minutes down the stretch to earn their first trip to the NIT semifinals since 1973. They will face Virginia Tech or Rhode Island.

Larry Drew (6'1''-G-90), whose basket with 2 seconds left sealed a second-round win at Mississippi State, scored on an uncontested layup and two free throws in the final 46 seconds to help put UAB away.

The Blazers went without a field goal from the 10:21 mark until Dexter Fields' putback with 35 seconds left cut North Carolina's lead to 54-51. North Carolina hit six straight free throws after that.

The defending national champions are seeking a consolation prize after missing the NCAA tournament. The Tar Heels' only NIT title came in 1971.

Freshman John Henson (6'10''-F) tied his career high with 14 points for the Tar Heels, who ended UAB's five-year, 33-game home nonconference winning streak. Drew scored 11 to go with seven rebounds and six assists.

Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87) scored UAB's first 13 points in the second half and finished with 18 points and seven rebounds. He was coming off a 27-point, 15-rebound performance against North Carolina State but scored only three in the first half.

Jamarr Sanders had 17 points and made 4 of 8 3-pointers for UAB, which shot just 26.9 percent (15 of 52).

Fellow UAB starters Howard Crawford, Kenneth Cooper and Aaron Johnson were a combined 1 of 20 shooting with 10 points and eight turnovers.

Bigger North Carolina made it hard for UAB to score around the basket, forcing turnovers and batting away shots when the Blazers managed to push it inside. Seven-footer Tyler Zeller blocked five shots and altered plenty more.

The Tar Heels built a 45-38 lead midway through the second half after scoring seven straight points.

The Blazers managed to tie it up 47-47 when Sanders was fouled on a 3-point attempt and hit all three free throws with 4:25 left. It took them awhile longer to end a string of 10 straight missed shots, though.

UAB hadn't trailed in the NIT until North Carolina hit the game's first basket. But the game went into the half tied at 25 with the teams shooting a combined 17 of 55.

The Blazers were 5 of 10 from 3-point range and 2 of 16 closer to the basket before the half.


Courtesy of www.newsvine.com


NetScouts Basketball All-Conference Teams: Big East - by Carl Berman
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER:

Wesley Johnson (6'7''-F-87), 6'7 205 JR. F, SYRACUSE: In his first and very impressive season with the Syracuse Orange, Johnson led his squad to the regular season conference crown. The junior forward averaged 16 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.9 blocks per game.

1ST TEAM:

1. LUKE HARANGODY, 6'8 246 SR. F, NOTRE DAME: The senior forward had another spectacular season with the Fighting Irish despite missing five games near the end of the season. Harangody averaged 22.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and nearly 2 assists per game.

2. GREG MONROE, 6'11 247 SO. C, GEORGETOWN: The Hoyas prized sophomore center made great strides since his first season in Georgetown and ended up dominating his opponents. Monroe averaged 16.1 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.5 blocks per contest.

3. SCOTTIE REYNOLDS, 6'2 195 SR. G, VILLANOVA: Villanovas star guard shined again for the Wildcats during his final campaign and led them to a tie for third place in the conference. On the year, Reynolds averaged 18.5 points, 3.3 assists and 2.7 rebounds.

4. DASEAN BUTLER, 6'7 230 SR. F, WEST VIRGINIA: Butler proved again that he is an elite player in the Big East Conference and led his Mountaineers to a tie for third in the final standings and the conference tournament title. Butler averaged 17.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

5. LAZAR HAYWARD, 6'6 225 SR. F, MARQUETTE: Hayward guided his scrappy Golden Eagles to an 11-7 record in the extremely difficult Big East conference. In his senior season with Marquette, Hayward averaged 18.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and nearly two assists and steals per game.

2ND TEAM:

1. DOMINIQUE JONES, 6'4 205 JR. G, SOUTH FLORIDA: Averaged 21.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists.

2. AUSTIN FREEMAN, 6'3 227 JR. G, GEORGETOWN: Averaged 16.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists.

3. ASHTON GIBBS, 6'2 190 SO. G, PITTSBURGH: Averaged 15.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists.

4. JEREMY HAZELL, 6'5 188 JR. G, SETON HALL: Averaged 20.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals.

5. ANDY RAUTINS, 6'4 195 SR. G, SYRACUSE: Averaged 11.7 points, 5 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 2 steals.

INTERNATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

SAMARDO SAMUELS, 6'9 260 SO. F, LOUISVILLE: The second year player for the Cardinals, originally from Trelawny, Jamaica, showed growth as a player during his sophomore season. Samuels raised nearly all of his averages this last season, finishing the season averaging 15.3 points, 7 rebounds and shooting 51.8 percent from the field.

Carl Berman is a Managing Partner of NetScouts Basketball. Infotmation on NetScouts Basketball can be obtained on theor website at www.netscoutsbasketball.com. Thanks to our correspondent Kyle Sponseller for providing content for this report.


West Virginia's Bryant out of rest of tournament with broken right foot - by Eurobasket News
West Virginia point guard Darryl Bryant (6'2''-G) broke his right foot during practice Tuesday and will miss the rest of the NCAA tournament.

The second-seeded Mountaineers, who won the Big East tournament, play 11th-seeded Washington on Thursday night in Syracuse, N.Y., in the East Regional semifinals.

The school announced that the sophomore from New York fractured his fifth metatarsal.

'I feel sorry for Truck that this injury happened during this time of the season,' coach Bob Huggins said.

Bryant has started 31 games and averages 9.3 points and is second on the team in assists (3.1) and 3-pointers (40).

He will likely be replaced in the starting lineup by junior Joe Mazzulla, who is more of a playmaker than a scorer. Mazzulla averages 2.2 points and 2.3 assists per game.

Mazzulla's last start came against Davidson on Dec. 9, 2008. He hurt his right shoulder in that game, missed the rest of the season and had surgery. His shoulder limited his shooting mobility for much of this season.

The Mountaineers have no other point guards on their roster but have used forwards Da'Sean Butler and Devin Ebanks in stretches at the position. Earlier this season, West Virginia used an all-forward starting lineup in four straight games, going 3-1.


Washington is led by point guard Isaiah Thomas, who is averaging 17.1 points and 3.1 assists.

Courtesy of www.post-gazette.com


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D3Hoops published 2009-2010 Men's All America Team - by Arnault Desira
Each year the website D3Hoops.com publish the All America team of the year. Here is people who are selected for the season 2009-2010:

Coach of the Year: Bob Semling, UW-Stevens Point
Player of the Year: Steve Djurickovic, Jr., Carthage
Rookie of the Year: Derek Raridon, F, North Central (Ill.)

First Team

Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown
G
Steve Djurickovic
Carthage
Jr.
Pleasant Prairie, Wis.

G
Sean Wallis
Washington U.
Sr.
Northbrook, Ill.

F
Blake Schultz
Williams
Sr.
Atherton, Calif.

F
Todd Phillips
Eastern Mennonite
Jr.
Waynesboro, Va.

C
Tyler Sanborn
Guilford
Sr.
Mount Airy, N.C.

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Second Team

Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown
G
Corey McAdam
Nazareth
Sr.
Fairport, N.Y.

G
Darnell Braswell
DeSales
Sr.
Allentown, Pa.

F
D.J. Marsh
UW-Oshkosh
Sr.
Bayside, Wis.

F
Tim McCrary
Wheaton (Ill.)
So.
Wilmette, Ill.

C
Marcel Esonwune
York (N.Y.)
Jr.
Lagos, Nigeria

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Third Team

Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown
G
John Hoch
Carroll
Sr.
Coleman, Wis.

G
Aaron Thompson
Washington U.
Sr.
Elida, Ohio

F
Richard Jean-Baptiste
Brooklyn
Sr.
Queens, N.Y.

F
James McNally
Franklin and Marshall
Jr.
Bridgewater, N.J.

C
Greg Hernandez
Maryville (Tenn.)
Sr.
Miami, Fla.

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Fourth Team

Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown
G
James Wang
Williams
So.
Sydney, Australia

G
Ian Franks
Wooster
Jr.
Greenwich, Ohio

F
Adam Choice
Colby
Sr.
Newport, R.I.

C
Dustin Mitchell
UW-Whitewater
Sr.
Lac Du Flambeau, Wis.

C
Nate Montgomery
Whitworth
Sr.
Sammamish, Wash.

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Honorable Mention

Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown
G
Miguel Ley
Central
Sr.
San Antonio, Texas

G
Ben Panner
Wheaton (Ill.)
Sr.
Austin, Texas

F
Kevin Misevicius
Cabrini
Sr.
Allentown, Pa.

F
Kyle Meyer
Ohio Northern
Sr.
Columbus Grove, Ohio
C
Michael McClary
Olivet
Jr.
Bellaire, Mich.



SUNYIT's Grimmer Named NABC C.O.Y.; Golembiowski, Brown Make All-East Team - by Arnault Desira
Press released by SUNY:

The awards just wont stop for the mens basketball team, as SUNYIT Mens Basketball Head Coach and Athletics Director Kevin Grimmer has been selected as the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) East Region Coach of the Year, while junior David Golembiowski (6'7''-F) and senior Diloo Brown (6'0''-G) were both named to the All-East Region Team.

It is the third such honor for Grimmer this season, as he was also named the Coach of the Year for the North Eastern Athletic Conference and the D3Hoops.com East Region. Grimmer earned all three awards after leading the Wildcats to their greatest season in program history, guiding the team to its second consecutive NEAC Championship and its first-ever trip to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The team finished a program-best 26 overall and won a school-record eighteen straight contests during the season.

Golembiowski was named to the NABC All-East Region First Team after a phenomenal year in which he was also crowned the NEAC Player of the Year for the second straight season and the Eastern College Athletic Conference Upstate Player of the Year, as well as being selected to the NEAC All-Conference First Team and the D3Hoops.com All-East Region First Team. The 6-foot-7 sharpshooter led the team in points (21.1), rebounds (10.3) and blocks (3.0) per game and free throw percentage (.794), while being second in both field goal percentage (.501) and three-pointers made (72). He also led the NEAC in both points and blocks and was second in rebounds, while ranking seventh in the nation in blocks per game, highlighted by his school-record nine blocks in one game.

Golembiowski, who was selected as a D3Hoops.com Preseason All-American, became the program's all-time leader in career rebounds and blocks this season, while also scoring his 1,500th career point on the year to help him place second all time in that category.

Brown was named to the All-East Region Second Team after also having an incredible season, as he was selected to the NEAC All-Conference First Team for the second year in a row after leading the team and conference in both assists (4.9) and three-pointers made (92), while also leading the team in steals per game (2.1). The 6-foot guard also averaged 17.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, which were both second-best on the team, while shooting 43 percent from the field and 37 percent from beyond the arc. He was named the NEAC Tournament's Most Valuable Player for the second straight season after registering three-game averages of 18.3 points, 10 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 3.3 steals and 1 block per contest. Additionally, Brown won one NEAC Student-Athlete of the Week award and was a D3Hoops.com Team of the Week selection throughout the course of the season.
Brown certainly left his mark on the program during his tremendous two-year run as Wildcat, as he scored his 1,000th career point in a SUNYIT uniform this season and is fifth in school history in that department, while being second all-time in both free throws made and attempted, third in steals and fourth in both assists and three-pointers made.
All of the NABC All-District teams can be found here.



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1.Division: Kristiansand Pirates capture D1 title in playoff clash with BK Miners - by Eurobasket
Kristiansand Pirates finished the 2009-2010 season with a flurry, defeating Langhus 67-64 in the D1 semi-final playoff, and then edging regular season champs BK Miners by a score of 70-67 in the playoff final.
We played good basketball all season long, commented USA Pirates head coach Dan Mobbs , and we worked really hard to achieve our goal of finishing on top. We had some classic battles with BK earlier in the season so we knew what wed be up against in the playoffs. The guys just pulled together when the chips were on the line and we did what we needed to do to win, the wins were definitely team victories and its very satisfying to finish 15 -5 and end up on top, Mobbs continued.
Pirates had a chance to win the regular season series title outright, as Askoy prevailed at Kongsberg in a surprise away victory in overtime, 66-59. But in the final game of the series, BK shot the lights out against the Pirates in Kristiansand, connecting on 13 of 21 3-pointers to eke out a 79-75 hard-fought win. Stian Gustavsen and Stein Erik Rotagaard did most of the damage for BK, shooting a combined 9 of 16 from beyond the arc. BK Miners finished their season with a 16 -4 overall record.
The D1 league was very strong this year, and there were absolutely no pushovers in the schedule, said Mobbs, who moved from the Irish Superleague and took over a Pirates program that finished 9 -11 last year, and failed to qualify for the playoffs. Persbraten ended up finishing last in the league, but they had two wins against the top two teams (Kristiansand and BK) during the regular season, and they were decisive wins, too. On any given day, every team in the league was capable of winning, which is a testimony to the higher level of play that Division 1 has risen to, opined Coach Mobbs
courtesy of: Dan Mobbs


Standings - 1Div.
1Div. Stage Two Standings
 1. Miners 16-4 
 2. Kristiansand 15-5 
 3. Langhus 14-6 
 4. OSI 9-9 
 5. Trondheim 9-9 
 6. Centrum 9-11 
 7. Askoy 8-10 
 8. NTNUI 6-12 
 9. Varden 5-13 
 10. Persbraaten 3-15 
Stage One Standings


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


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Standings
PBL Standings
 1. Lawton Ft.SC 15-3 
 2. Capitanes 14-3 
 3. Rochester R. 12-4 
 4. Halifax R. 10-5 
 5. Vermont FH 9-7 
 6. Manchester 6-13 
 7. Maryland G. 3-14 
 8. Buffalo S. 3-14 
 9. Quebec Kebs 2-12 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Larry AYUSO
  Capitanes
  (190-G-77)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Ayuso, Capitanes22.3 
 2. Sherrill, Maryland.21.8 
 3. Bennett, Halifax R.21.4 
 4. Mouton, Maryland.19.4 
 5. Anderson, Manchest.19.3 
 6. Wise, Quebec K.19.2 
 7. Robinson, Buffa.18.9 
 8. Bronson, Manchest.18.8 
 9. Audet-Sow, Quebec K.18.3 
 10. Jackson, Vermo.18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric CROOKSHANK
  Halifax R.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Crookshank, Halif.14.1 
 2. Reyes, Capitanes13.8 
 3. Aubry, Capitanes13.2 
 4. Cunningham, Maryland.11.0 
 5. Ross, Buffalo S.9.3 
 6. Demasi, Vermont FH9.1 
 7. Wise, Quebec K.8.9 
 8. Bronson, Manchest.8.8 
 9. Ocitti, Manchest.8.7 
 10. Johnson, Rocheste.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony ANDERSON
  Manchester M.
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Anderson, Manchest.7.1 
 2. Rodriguez, Capit.6.6 
 3. Rice, Vermont FH6.2 
 4. Crouch, Rocheste.5.9 
 5. Ervin, Halifax R.5.8 
 6. Bowden, Lawton F.5.5 
 7. Daniels, Lawton F.4.8 
 8. Mouton, Maryland.4.8 
 9. Flegler, Maryland.4.7 
 10. Sherrill, Maryland.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Marlin JOHNSON
  Rochester R.
  (193-F-75)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Johnson, Rocheste.2.6 
 2. Fortier, Quebec K.2.3 
 3. Bowden, Lawton F.2.2 
 4. Robinson, Buffa.2.2 
 5. Thomas, Maryland.1.9 
 6. Holmes, Quebec K.1.9 
 7. Rice, Vermont FH1.8 
 8. Gilchrese, Manche.1.8 
 9. Crouch, Rocheste.1.8 
 10. Sherrill, Maryland.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael ANDERSON
  Maryland GH
  (213-C-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Anderson, Maryland.3.2 
 2. Davis, Vermont FH2.3 
 3. Aubry, Capitanes2.0 
 4. Crookshank, Halif.1.8 
 5. Thomas, Maryland.1.7 
 6. Ocitti, Manchest.1.6 
 7. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.4 
 8. Bailey, Vermont FH1.1 
 9. Bailey, Rocheste.1.1 
 10. Marshall, Lawton F.1.1 


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Olympiakos beats Asseco Prokom 83-79 - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague Quarterfinals, Game 1: Olympiakos - Asseco Prokom 83-79

Olympiakos had to work hard last night to take 1-0 lead in Euroleague Quarterfinals. Asseco Prokom had nice first half making 35-39, but the hosts replied in third period (25-15) and for rest of the game managed to stay up. Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, college: Missouri) was a key player for the Reds with 26 points and 6 rebounds. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) also was great adding 21 points and 6 assists. Qyntel Woods (203-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) collected 23 points and 11 boards for the Polish champ.
Asseco Prokom had wonderful beginning. Qyntel Woods and his teammates shocked Olympiakos with amazing 0-11 run in the first four minutes. Josh Childress (203-G/F-83, college: Stanford) finally scored for the hosts and Linas Kleiza added a basket, but Ronnie Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) kept Prokom up in double-digits. Linas Kleiza than stepped up for the hosts and together with Milos Teodosic and Ioannis Bouroussis closed first quarter with 14-5 run (18-19, Q1). The hosts grabbed 23-21 lead at the start of Quarter Two, but Prokom didnt give up. Visitors grabbed back 28-32 and later managed to finish first half with 35-39 lead. Visitors continued in the same rhythm and they created 35-43 soon after the breather. Olympiacos did not panic and though Teodosic and Childress made 44-43 turn. Linas Kleiza joined them and later Milos Teodosic completed impressive 15-2 run for 50-45. Prokom came to minus one after that, but still Olympiacos was strong enough to take 60-54 at the end of Q3. At the halfway of the last period, Olympiakos jumped to plus 10 and was on the right track to victory. However, Prokom answered with 1-9 run and they closed the gap to 80-78 with one minute to go. Olympiacos called a time out, but Papaloukas missed after that. Prokom had a chance for tie, but Logan committed a turn over and Milos Teodosic was sent to the line. He put the Reds up to 82-78, what was too much for Prokom until the end. Game Two is scheduled for tomorrow.

Olympiakos: Linas Kleiza 26+6 boards, Milos Teodosic also 21+6 as, Josh Childress 13+5 boards
Asseco Prokom: Qyntel Woods 23+11 boards, Ronnie Burrell 14+5 boards, Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, college: Duke) 13


Standings - 1 Liga
1Liga Standings
 1. Zastal ZG 24-6 
 2. Siarka T. 23-7 
 3. MMKS DG 23-7 
 4. Big Star 20-10 
 5. LKS Lodz 19-11 
 6. Spojnia S. 19-11 
 7. Sokol L. 16-14 
 8. Znicz Basket 16-14 
 9. Start Lublin 15-15 
 10. Trefl SSA 13-17 
 11. Zubry 10-20 
 12. MOSiR Krosno 9-21 
 13. Tempcold AZS 9-21 
 14. Gornik Wal. 9-21 
 15. Sudety JG 8-22 
 16. AZS AWF K-ce 7-23 


Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Tomasz CELEJ
  Start Lublin
  (198-F/G-78)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Celej, Start Lublin20.7 
 2. Sterenga, Gornik W.20.1 
 3. Pacocha, Big Star19.0 
 4. Mazur, Spojnia S.18.2 
 5. Lopatka, Asec.Pro.17.6 
 6. Pluta, MOSiR K.17.4 
 7. Flieger, Zastal ZG17.0 
 8. Storozynski, Asec.P.16.4 
 9. Kulikowski, Zubry15.8 
 10. Weatherspoon, Znicz B.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcin STERENGA
  Gornik Walb.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Sterenga, Gornik W.10.3 
 2. Storozynski, Asec.P.9.8 
 3. Grudzinski, Spojn.9.7 
 4. Lopatka, Asec.Pro.9.6 
 5. Lisewski, MMKS D.9.4 
 6. Kulikowski, Zubry9.1 
 7. Mis, Siarka T.8.8 
 8. Kwiatkowski, Start L.8.5 
 9. Dluski, LKS Lodz8.2 
 10. Czech, Sudety JG8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marcin STOKLOSA
  Spojnia S.
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Stoklosa, Spojn.8.1 
 2. Sikora, Start Lublin6.2 
 3. Basinski, MMKS D.4.9 
 4. Baran, Siarka T.4.7 
 5. Trepka, LKS Lodz4.7 
 6. Glapinski, Sokol L.4.6 
 7. Rapucha, Zubry4.6 
 8. Szczypka, MMKS D.4.2 
 9. Pacocha, Big Star4.2 
 10. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marcin FLIEGER
  Zastal ZG
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Flieger, Zastal ZG3.0 
 2. Szpyrka, Siarka T.2.9 
 3. Sikora, Asec.Pro.2.7 
 4. Stoklosa, Spojn.2.4 
 5. Basinski, MMKS D.2.4 
 6. Krupa, Siarka T.2.3 
 7. Nowak, Znicz B.2.2 
 8. Koszuta, Spojnia S.2.2 
 9. Aleksandrowi., Znicz B.2.1 
 10. Szczepaniak, LKS L.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LISEWSKI
  MMKS DG
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lisewski, MMKS D.2.3 
 2. Kulikowski, Zubry2.2 
 3. Milewski, AZS A.1.8 
 4. Mis, Siarka T.1.4 
 5. Jarmakowicz, Zastal Z.1.3 
 6. Wrobel, Gornik Walb.1.2 
 7. Pisarczyk, Siarka T.1.1 
 8. Marculewicz, Zubry1.0 
 9. Pisarczyk, LKS Lodz0.9 
 10. Czech, Sudety JG0.9 


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


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 23
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon23.0 
 2. Hickerson, San G.22.3 
 3. Nailon, Quebradillas21.0 
 4. Maye, Mayaguez20.0 
 5. Perez, Isabela19.2 
 6. Priutt, Isabela19.2 
 7. Copeland, San G.18.6 
 8. Gainous, Santurce18.5 
 9. Shannon, Bayamon18.0 
 10. Figueroa, Guaynabo17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn PRIUTT
  Isabela
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Priutt, Isabela15.2 
 2. Traylor, Bayamon11.8 
 3. Dyer, San German11.3 
 4. Langhi, Mayaguez10.7 
 5. Reyes, Capitanes10.0 
 6. Walker, Guaynabo9.5 
 7. Aubry, Capitanes9.2 
 8. Millsap, Humacao9.0 
 9. Collins, Ponce9.0 
 10. Sanchez, Santurce8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon7.3 
 2. Cruz, Ponce5.6 
 3. Copeland, San G.5.4 
 4. Russell, Quebradillas5.3 
 5. Hatton, Ponce4.9 
 6. Graham, Mayaguez4.1 
 7. Guzman, Guaynabo4.1 
 8. Green, Isabela3.8 
 9. Hickerson, San G.3.7 
 10. Rodriguez, Capit.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel COOPERLAND
  San German
  (177-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Copeland, San G.2.0 
 2. Perez, Isabela2.0 
 3. Hodge, Santurce2.0 
 4. Berdiel, Humacao1.8 
 5. Figueroa, Guaynabo1.7 
 6. Dalmau, Bayamon1.6 
 7. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 8. Huertas, Quebradillas1.3 
 9. Rivera, Isabela1.3 
 10. Falcon, Ponce1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Marqis GAINOUS
  Santurce
  (206-F-76)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gainous, Santurce1.8 
 2. Priutt, Isabela1.7 
 3. Mays, Humacao1.6 
 4. Nieves, Santurce1.6 
 5. Berdiel, Humacao1.5 
 6. Maye, Mayaguez1.3 
 7. Russell, Quebradillas1.3 
 8. Perez, Isabela1.2 
 9. Lopez, Mayaguez1.1 
 10. Villegas, San German1.1 


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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 O''Darien BASSETT
  Craiova
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Bassett, Craiova21.1 
 2. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.20.8 
 3. Peciukas, Mures19.0 
 4. Pesic, Timisoara19.0 
 5. Mandic, Oradea18.6 
 6. Bubanja, Brasov18.2 
 7. Wohlleb, Brasov17.9 
 8. Mack, Steaua T.17.5 
 9. Levine, Gladiato.17.3 
 10. Santana, Municipal B.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Trevor HARVEY
  Craiova
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Harvey, Craiova9.9 
 2. Herndon, CSU Sibiu9.7 
 3. Masiulis, Mures9.3 
 4. Carutasu, Ploiesti9.3 
 5. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.9.3 
 6. Paltinisanu, Timis.8.1 
 7. Miskovic, CSU S.7.9 
 8. Waterstradt, Munici.7.9 
 9. Roschnafsky, Gladia.7.6 
 10. Mijajlovic, Munici.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Cooley, Mures5.7 
 2. Howell, Gaz Metan5.6 
 3. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN5.3 
 4. Dzambic, Timisoara5.0 
 5. Fometescu, Dinamo B.4.5 
 6. Howard, Gladiato.4.4 
 7. Mitchell, Oradea4.4 
 8. Dawson, Gladiato.4.3 
 9. Bassett, Craiova4.3 
 10. Medvedj, U.Mobite.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jarrett HOWELL
  Gaz Metan
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Howell, Gaz Metan2.5 
 2. Cooley, Mures2.4 
 3. Johnson, CSU Sibiu2.4 
 4. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.2 
 5. Mitchell, Oradea2.0 
 6. Hargrove, Ploiesti2.0 
 7. Maric, Oradea2.0 
 8. Medvedj, U.Mobite.2.0 
 9. Bishop, Gladiato.1.9 
 10. Peciukas, Mures1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Arturas MASIULIS
  Mures
  (210-C-80)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Masiulis, Mures2.2 
 2. Lazar, Oradea2.0 
 3. Herndon, CSU Sibiu1.8 
 4. Dragusin, Pitesti1.6 
 5. Dragovic, Craiova1.5 
 6. Bubanja, Brasov1.2 
 7. Harvey, Craiova1.2 
 8. Wiggins, Steaua T.1.2 
 9. Pantelic, Steaua T.1.0 
 10. Rhymer, Gaz Metan1.0 


Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. U.Mobitel.CN 23-4 
 2. Gaz Metan 22-6 
 3. Ploiesti 22-6 
 4. CSU Sibiu 19-9 
 5. Timisoara 18-10 
 6. Pitesti 16-12 
 7. Mures 15-13 
 8. Steaua Turabo 14-14 
 9. Oradea 14-14 
 10. Rovinari 13-15 
 11. Otopeni 12-15 
 12. Dinamo B. 11-17 
 13. Bucuresti 10-18 
 14. Gladiator CN 5-23 
 15. Brasov 5-23 
 16. Craiova 4-24 


Div.A Round: 28 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Municipal B. - Dinamo B. 73-58
Municipal overcame Dinamo B. 73:58 on March 24th. Radomir Marojevic (207-C-81) and Habus Darko paced all the winners with 12 points each, while Helcioiu Paul and Santana Angel posted 10 apiece. Sokolov Tomco replied with 23 points and 12 boards in defeat.

Brasov - Mures 74-87
Brasov lost to Mures 74:87 as the latter got 26 points from Tomic Branislav. Arturas Masiulis (210-C-80, agency: Interperformances) collected 18 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Peciukas Vaidotas netted 13. Mladenovic Dejan delivered 21 points in defeat.

Oradea - CSU Sibiu 77-65
Oradea tied their record at 14-14 beating CSU Sibiu 77:65. Andelko Mandic (198-F-76) paced all the hosts with 24 points and Mitchell Tyrone followed him with 19. Miskovic Ivan answered with 20 pontsin defeat and Smith Jason netted 17.

U.Mobitel.CN - Rovinari 89-72
U-Mobitelco Cluj-Napoca is on top with 3-4 record defeating Rovinari 89:72. Zoran Krstanovic (205-C-82) led the way with 18 points, Dykes Kyndall scored 15, while Cuic Branko had a triple-double of 10 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists. Tyner Kevin netted 16 points in defeat.

Gaz Metan - Craiova 87-79
Gaz Metan cruised past Craiova 87:79 at the Regular Season Round 28. Jarrett Howell (188-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 7 steals, while Zigeranovic Ivan notced 15. Harvey Trevor had a great night for the guests with 29 points.

Otopeni - Timisoara 79-86
BCM ELBA Timisoara improved to 18-10 record beating Otopeni 86:79. Dan Paltinisanu (208-C-79, agency: Court Side) paced all the winners with 27 points and 10 boards while Markovic Nenad added 20. Seals LeVar brought 26 points in defeat.

Gladiator CN - Pitesti 73-81
Gladiator CN lost to Pitesti 73:81 in the start of the Regular Season Round 28 73:81. Levi Levine (198-F-82, college: Albany) poured in 20 points, Roschnafsky Bruno nettd 19, while Freeman Brent scored 18. Jackson Joshua responded with 22 poits in the losing effort.

Ploiesti - Steaua Turabo 83-62
Ploiesti started with 23-13 to win over Steaua Turabo 83:62. Darius Hargrove (193-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Virginia Union) top-scored for the winners with 34 points and Burleson Kevin netted 12. Wiggins Alan replied with 19 points in the losing effort.



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CSKA blasts Caja Laboral for 1-0 lead - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague Quarterfinals, Game 1: CSKA - Caja Laboral 86-63

CSKA had an easy job against Caja Laboral making a first step forward to Euroleague Final Four. Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) stepped up for the Russian giant with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) scored 14 and Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) added one point less. In Caja Laboral, Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Fernando Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) netted 11 pts each.
Caja Laboral opened this game with a basket, but CSKA created quick 9-0 run after that. Huertas and Mirza Teletovic led the Spanish squad to 15-15 tie, and than Langdon, Siskauskas and Khryapa brought back plus 5 to CSKA. Andrey Vorontsevich and Fernando Fernando San Emeterio exchanged baskets for rest of the first quarter (24-19). Second period was the crucial one in this game. Viktor Khryapa was great from behind the arc and together with Vorontsevich and Holden lifted his team to first double-digit lead in this game, 32-21. That included 10-0 run and soon after that CSKA was already up by 15. The hosts drained 7 unanswered points in the finish of the first half for impressive 47-27. English finally answered for Caja Laboral and Zoran Planinic fixed the HT score to 49-29. After the breather, the Russian powerhouse reached plus 25 they finished third quarter even with 70-44 lead. Last period was just the formality as Caja Laboral was not able even to treat. Game 2 is scheduled for tomorrow, also in Moscow.

CSKA: Andrey Vorontsevich 15+7 boards, Viktor Khryapa 14, Ramunas Siskauskas 13
Caja Laboral: Mirza Teletovic 11, Fernando Fernando San Emeterio 11


Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Sergey BYKOV
  Dynamo M.
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Bykov, Dynamo M.20.9 
 2. Capin, Lokomoti.20.4 
 3. Rush, Triumph17.9 
 4. Chalmers, Enisey16.6 
 5. Rakovic, Spartak SP16.2 
 6. Popovic, Unics15.6 
 7. Lampe, Unics15.2 
 8. Monya, Dynamo M.14.7 
 9. Green, Lokomoti.14.6 
 10. Lyday, Unics14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sergey MONYA
  Dynamo M.
  (204-F-83)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Monya, Dynamo M.8.8 
 2. Khryapa, CSKA7.7 
 3. Rakovic, Spartak SP7.5 
 4. Trushkin, Krasni.7.2 
 5. Lampe, Unics6.0 
 6. McCarty, Khimky5.9 
 7. Javtokas, Khimky5.7 
 8. Kaun, CSKA5.6 
 9. Antic, Lokomoti.5.5 
 10. Kambala, Enisey5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ernest BREMER
  Krasnie Krilya
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Bremer, Krasnie .5.6 
 2. Capin, Lokomoti.4.4 
 3. Khryapa, CSKA4.3 
 4. Bykov, Dynamo M.4.1 
 5. Fields, Spartak SP4.0 
 6. Planinic, CSKA3.8 
 7. Rush, Triumph3.7 
 8. Cabezas, Khimky3.4 
 9. Pashutin, Spart.3.3 
 10. Vyaltsev, Triumph3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Sergey BYKOV
  Dynamo M.
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Bykov, Dynamo M.2.5 
 2. Rush, Triumph2.2 
 3. Khryapa, CSKA1.9 
 4. Lyday, Unics1.8 
 5. Bremer, Krasnie .1.8 
 6. Chalmers, Enisey1.7 
 7. Surovtsev, Lokomoti.1.7 
 8. McCarty, Khimky1.4 
 9. Holden, CSKA1.4 
 10. Fridzon, Khimky1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sergey MONYA
  Dynamo M.
  (204-F-83)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Monya, Dynamo M.1.5 
 2. Gist, Lokomotiv K.1.4 
 3. Mozgov, Khimky1.4 
 4. Douthit, Krasnie .1.2 
 5. Savenkov, Lokomoti.1.1 
 6. Khryapa, CSKA0.9 
 7. Vasilyev, Dynamo M.0.8 
 8. Sokolov, CSKA0.8 
 9. Trushkin, Krasni.0.8 
 10. Kaun, CSKA0.8 


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Dusan Kecman leads Partizan to great comeback in Tel-Aviv (Game One) - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague Quarterfinals, Game 1: Maccabi T-A - Partizan 77-85

Partizan destroyed Maccabi in the last quarter 11-27. The Serbian powerhouse struggled during the first half and Maccabi even reached 34-13, but after the breather visitors had great twenty minutes for valuable road win and 1-0 lead in Euroleague Quarterfinals. Dusan Kecman (197-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) exploded in this victory with 29 points for 27 minutes on the floor. He made 7 of 9 attempts from behind the arc last night. Lester McCalebb (183-G-85, college: New Orleans) followed him with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Doron Perkins (188-G-83, college: Santa Clara) responded with 13 points, 5 rebs and 6 assists in loss.
Lets start from the beginning and nice 10-3 lead for the hosts. There was only one team on the court in the first quarter and it was Maccabi. Doron Perkins and his teammates were unstoppable and they drained 27 points for just ten minutes of play and everything looked great for them. Partizan was limited to 12 and nothing has changed after that. Maccabi continued to roll on offense as David Bluthenthal blasted a triple and Lasmes grabbed an offensive rebound and fed Eidson for a slam and a 34-13 magnificent lead. Visitors were shocked, but through Aleksandar Rasic, Lester McCalebb and Dusan Kecman they somehow managed to close the gap to 46-32 (HT). After the breather, Partizan came to minus 9, but Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) was one the other side and together with Pnini lifted Maccabi to plus 14 again. Dusan Kecman was on fire in Partizan and mostly owing to him visitors created 0-8 run for minus 7, 58-51. Kecman didnt stop and he reached 20 points in the finish of third quarter, but Perkins made it in the last Maccabis possession for 66-58 with one period to go. Than, Maccabi faced with fiasco. Rasic opened last quarter with a triple and Dusan Kecman continued with his wonderful shooting night. Partizan tied the score to 70-70 and that was not all. With less than three minutes to go visitors were up by 4 (75-79) and Anderson missed a lay up on the other side. In the finish, Lester McCalebb and Strahinja Milosevic drained four free throws and Maccabi struggled to score. Vesely and Mitrovic also made it from the line to seal this valuable victory and impressive come back by Partizan Belgrade.

Maccabi: Doron Perkins 13+5 boards+6 as, Alan Anderson 12
Partizan: Dusan Kecman 29, Lester McCalebb 12+10 boards+6 as, Aleks Maric (211-C-84) 10


Buducnost inks Nemanja Arnautovic - by Eurobasket News
Buducnost announced signing of Nemanja Arnautovic (194-G-90, agency: Beo Basket) for rest of the season. The 20-year old shooting guard is coming to Montenegrin champion from Serbian team Mega Vizura. Arnautovic appeared 24 times this season in A League averaging 9.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists. His season-high was 21 points against Metalac.
Before Mega Vizura, Nemanja Arnautovic was a member of Hemofarm Vrsac. He helped U16 Serbia to win the Bronze at U16 EuroBasket 2006 in Jaen.
At the same time, Buducnost announced that Goran Jeretin (192-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) moved to Turk Telekom Ankara.


Nikola Lepojevic signs with Halychyna - by Eurobasket News
Nikola Lepojevic (199-F-82) inked the contract till the end of the season with Politekhnika-Halychyna. The 27-year-old forward started the season in OKK Beograd. He averaged 20.2 points, 4.2 boards and 2.5 assists per game in Balkan League. In Serbian league his stats were 13.6 points, 2.8 boards and 1.9 assists per appearance. In February Nikola Lepojevic moved to Apollon in Cyprus. Lepojevic is not new to Ukraine as he played for Khimik Yuzhny back in 2007/08 season.


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Standings - D1
Extraliga Standings
 1. Pezinok 33-7 
 2. Nitra 28-12 
 3. Handlova 24-16 
 4. Nova Ves 24-16 
 5. Prievidza 22-18 
 6. B.Bystrica 18-22 
 7. Komarno 18-22 
 8. Inter Bratisl. 16-24 
 9. Vahostav-Zilina 14-26 
 10. Svit 13-27 
 11. Levice 10-30 


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Prievidza
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Fears, Prievidza21.7 
 2. Glavinic, Handlova20.6 
 3. Burrows, Komarno18.6 
 4. Crawford, Nitra17.8 
 5. Bosak, Prievidza17.7 
 6. Polakovic, Svit17.2 
 7. Polakovic, Inter B.16.1 
 8. Mroz, Nova Ves16.0 
 9. Nicholson, Pezinok16.0 
 10. Laco, Svit15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pawel MROZ
  Nova Ves
  (215-C-84)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Mroz, Nova Ves8.5 
 2. Burrows, Komarno7.9 
 3. Nicholson, Pezinok7.8 
 4. Szalay, Prievidza7.6 
 5. Tomek, Nitra7.6 
 6. Skara, B.Bystrica7.3 
 7. Micuda, Pezinok6.6 
 8. Cvitanovic, Svit6.4 
 9. Laco, Svit6.4 
 10. Madaj, Komarno6.4 
Assists Per Game
 T.J. BANNISTER
  Komarno
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 9
 1. Bannister, Komarno9.0 
 2. Glavinic, Handlova7.2 
 3. Jefferson, Nova Ves5.6 
 4. Scott, Nitra5.0 
 5. Crawford, Nitra4.8 
 6. Fears, Prievidza4.7 
 7. Immink, B.Bystrica3.7 
 8. Grznar, Levice3.5 
 9. Milosevic, Pezinok3.5 
 10. Bosak, Prievidza3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jan ZAVODNY
  Vahostav-Zilina
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Zavodny, Vahost.2.7 
 2. Scott, Nitra2.4 
 3. Fears, Prievidza2.3 
 4. Crawford, Nitra2.3 
 5. Jackson, Pezinok2.2 
 6. Jefferson, Nova Ves2.0 
 7. Glavinic, Handlova2.0 
 8. Zilik, Inter B.1.9 
 9. Mielczarek, Nova V.1.8 
 10. Ravasz, Inter B.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivica BLAGOJEVIC
  Levice
  (206-C-74)
  Avg: 0.7
 1. Blagojevic, Komar.0.7 
 2. Polakovic, Svit0.7 
 3. Burrows, Komarno0.6 
 4. Gudelj, Komarno0.6 
 5. Cvitanovic, Svit0.6 
 6. Bosak, Prievidza0.6 
 7. Madaj, Komarno0.6 
 8. Klar, Levice0.6 
 9. Crawford, Nitra0.6 
 10. Fears, Prievidza0.5 


Extraliga Round: 44 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Pezinok - Svit 112-94
Igor Majoros (200-F-80, agency: Promotex, college: SW Baptist) fired 25 points to lead Pezinok past Svit. Peter Micuda dropped 24 points and pulled down 8 rebounds for the regular season winners. Vincent Polakovic replied with 26 points and 9 caroms for Svit in defeat.

Inter Bratislava - Prievidza 76-69
Inter prevailed against Prievidza in the regular season finale. Michael Anderson (201-F-86, college: Va Commonwealth) notched 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead Inter. Stjepan Gavran nailed 17 points in the victory. Jeremy Fears responded with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for Prievidza.

Handlova - Nitra 85-80
Handlova finished in the third position after they toppled Nitra at home court. Josip Glavinic (192-G-82) scored 26 points, issued 7 assists and 4 boards to lead the hosts. Ivan Barisic finished with 25 points in the victory. Stanislav Votroubek canned 18 points in defeat.

Vahostav-Zilina - Levice 95-88
Zilina finished the regular season with a home win over Levice. Viliam Kosa (190-G-86) scored 23 points to pace the hosts. Lukas Hoferica was responsible for 22 points and 10 caroms in the victory. Ivica Blagojevic responded with 24 points and 11 rebounds for Levice.



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Standings - 1A
Telemach Standings
Places 1-8
 1. Helios 0-0 
 2. Krka 0-0 
 3. Rudar 0-0 
 4. Sentjur 0-0 
 5. Geoplin Slovan 0-0 
 6. Zlatorog 0-0 
 7. Parklji 0-0 
 8. U.Olimpija 0-0 
Play-out
 1. Polzela 2-0 
 2. Elektra Esotech 2-0 
 3. Sencur CP 0-1 
 4. Luka Koper 0-2 
Will join on later stage:
 1. TCG Mercator


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Sandi CEBULAR
  Sentjur
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Cebular, Sentjur23.1 
 2. Dragic, Geoplin .17.4 
 3. King, Polzela17.2 
 4. Snow, Helios16.7 
 5. Crenshaw, Sentjur16.6 
 6. Cup, Elektra .16.5 
 7. Mucic, Rudar16.4 
 8. Feeley, Elektra .16.0 
 9. Drzic, Luka Koper15.7 
 10. Bubnic, Zlatorog15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Polzela
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. King, Polzela10.4 
 2. Feeley, Elektra .8.5 
 3. Thondique, Polzela8.0 
 4. Nikolic, Krka7.4 
 5. Virijevic, Sencur C.7.0 
 6. Cup, Elektra .6.7 
 7. Djapa, Parklji6.6 
 8. Markic, Luka Koper6.2 
 9. Miljkovic, Elektr.6.1 
 10. Bubnic, Zlatorog6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Tadej KOSTOMAJ
  Elektra Esotech
  (186-G-87)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Kostomaj, Elektr.5.7 
 2. Crenshaw, Sentjur5.3 
 3. Anzulovic, Rudar4.5 
 4. Cmer, Zlatorog4.0 
 5. Mocnik, Helios3.9 
 6. Nachbar, Luka Koper3.5 
 7. Cebular, Sentjur3.2 
 8. Jersin, Parklji3.1 
 9. Udrih, Polzela3.1 
 10. Petrovic, Helios2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Gregor HAFNAR
  Umana Reyer
  (195-G-77)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hafnar, Polzela2.1 
 2. Dragic, Geoplin .1.9 
 3. Udrih, Polzela1.7 
 4. Jersin, Parklji1.7 
 5. Lapornik, Sentjur1.7 
 6. Jovanovic, Sencur C.1.6 
 7. Markic, Luka Koper1.6 
 8. Strnad, Zlatorog1.6 
 9. Mocnik, Helios1.5 
 10. Snow, Helios1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Polzela
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. King, Polzela2.2 
 2. Nikolic, Krka1.4 
 3. Djapa, Parklji0.9 
 4. Cup, Elektra .0.8 
 5. Ibok, Polzela0.8 
 6. Lucic, Krka0.8 
 7. Sviridov, Polzela0.7 
 8. Sjekloca, Elektr.0.7 
 9. Sebic, Polzela0.7 
 10. Simovic, Sentjur0.7 


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Regal Barca celebrates in Game One - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague Quarterfinals, Game 1: Regal Barca - MMC Real Madrid 68-61

Regal Barca celebrated 68-61 victory in Spanish 'El Clasico'. The hosts had brilliant last quarter (17-10) and mostly owing to Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) grabbed 1-0 lead in Euroleague Quarterfinals. Mickeal scored 18 points last night and pulled down 6 rebounds beside that. Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) had 14 points and 7 boards, while Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) added 11 pts in this victory. On the other side, Real Madrid got 14 pts and 8 boards from Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79). Game Two is scheduled for Thursday and Barca will be the host once again.
First quarter was pretty leveled and Regal Barca held 19-17 lead. Nothing has changed after that as Real managed to stay close all the time. In finish of the first half Sergio Llull (190-G-87) made a seven-meter bomb for 31-31 tie. Thanks to Boniface Ndong and Juan Carlos Navarro, Barca jumped to plus 4, but Jorge Garbajosa fixed HT score to 37-36. Visitors shined after the breather taking 39-40 and later 41-45 lead (that includes 0-7 run). Pete Mickael replied on the other side, and later Ndong and Trias joined him. Thus, after 30 minutes of play it was 51-51 and everything was open. Teams exchanged in lead at the beginning of the last period, but than the hosts finally took control on Real Madrid making 6-0 run. Pete Mickael shined when it was the most important and he led Barca to 65-60 with less than three minutes to go. Real Madrid struggled to score and on the other side Juan Carlos Navarro sealed this victory from the free throw line.

Regal Barca: Pete Mickeal 18+6 boards, Boniface Ndong 14+7 boards, Juan Carlos Navarro 11
Real Madrid: Darjus Lavrinovic 14+8 boards, Sergio Llull 9



Valencia bring win from Thessaloniki - by Eurobasket News
Aris - Valencia 64:71

Valencia secured a comfortable lead heading into the second leg of EuroCup quarterfinal series against Aris. The Spanish powerhouse proved too strong for Aris claiming a road win tonight. Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) scored 18 points to lead Valencia in this one.
The teams traded baskets for some time early in the encounter. But Kelati and Nando De Colo (202-G-87) hit triples to ensure a 21:13 lead at the first break. The hosts cut the margin early in the second frame but Lishchuk and Marko Marinovic restored a 7-point cushion for Valencia. However Aris stayed close and trailed by just three points at the interval 34:37. Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78) and Victor Claver ensured a quick start for the visitors in the second half. The margin grew at 8-point mark before Matt Walsh narrowed the deficit at 5 points with ten minutes to go. Marko Marinovic and Pietrus allowed Valencia to open a double-digit lead. Dimos Dikoudis (207-F/C-77) triggered the intrigue with a pair of three-pointers but Valencia relied on Marko Marinovic as he came up with a try of his own. Nando De Colo and Rafael Martinez were accurate from the stripe in the dying seconds to seal the deal.
Matt Nielsen provided 14 points for Valencia. Nando De Colo had 12 points in the win. Kiki Clark (173-G-84, college: St.Peter's) replied with 14 points for Aris. Dimos Dikoudis notched 12 points in the loss.

Aris: Kiki Clark 14, Dimos Dikoudis 12
Valencia: Marko Marinovic 18, Matt Nielsen 14, Nando De Colo 12



Panellinios earn 11-point buffer against Gran Canaria - by Eurobasket News
Panellinios - Gran Canaria 81:70

Panellinios made a strong claim for EuroCup semifinal as they held off Gran Canaria in the opening game of the quarterfinal series. The Hellenes built an 11-point cushion heading to Spain for the return leg. Roderick Blakney (181-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.) was pivotal with 21 points for Panellinios.
The lead changed hands for several times throughout the starting frame. Panellinios finished the quarter strongly taking a 20:16 advantage. The sides traded baskets before Will McDonald, Sanders and Augustine came up with buckets to ensure a 36:31 lead for Gran Canaria. Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) cut the margin to a single at halftime 39:40. Gran Canaria led for some time in the third frame. But Panellinios went on a 14:0 run later in the term to jump in charge 57:48. The hosts took over and finished the frame up by 9 points 60:51. The visitors cut the deficit at 4 points but Panellinios quickly reacted to restore a safe 10-point advantage. The Greek team controlled the game from now on and secured an important win at the end.
Ian Vougioukas nailed 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the hosts. Kosta Charalampidis (189-G-76) netted 13 points for Panellinios. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) accounted for 22 points for Gran Canaria. Sitapha Savane (202-F-78, college: Navy) netted 10 points in defeat.

Panellinios: Roderick Blakney 21, Ian Vougioukas 18, Kosta Charalampidis 13
Gran Canaria: Jaycee Carroll 22, Sitapha Savane 10



Bizkaia Bilbao bring victory from Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News
Nymburk - Bizkaia Bilbao 47:59
Bizkaia Bilbao made a confident step towards EuroCup Final Four after they defeated Nymburk in the opening game of the quarterfinal clash. Jerome Moiso (208-C/F-78, college: UCLA) secured 11 points and 6 boards for Bilbao in the win. The teams will meet in Spain next Wednesday to decide on the winner.
Nymburk quickly gained the lead in this one but Bilbao were ready for the challenge. Levour Warren (196-F-81, college: S.Carolina) and Rodriguez ensured a 13:9 lead for the Spanish team midway through the quarter. Ricci helped Nymburk restore the advantage as they entered the second quarter ahead by 3 points 18:15. Ron Lewis (193-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Ohio St.) and Pavel Pumprla (194-G-86, agency: PPGroup) allowed the hosts to enjoy a 27:20 lead in the second period. The Czech champions maintained the advantage and posted a 32:22 advantage with twenty minutes gone. The hosts did not let Bilbao to get too close in the third frame. Pavel Pumprla established a 42:35 lead for the home team with ten minutes remaining. Bilbao quickly denied the deficit as they opened the fourth frame with 7 points in a row. Janis Blums followed with 7 points in a row to drag Bilbao in charge. The Spanish team took over from that moment and rallied to the victory at the end.
Levour Warren and Marko Banic (204-F-84) finished with 10 points each in the win. Janis Blums accounted for 9 points for the visitors. Ron Lewis responded with game-high 17 points for Nymburk. Pavel Pumprla notched 9 points in defeat.

Nymburk: Ron Lewis 17, Pavel Pumprla 9
Bilbao: Jerome Moiso 11, Levour Warren 10, Marko Banic 10



CSKA blasts Caja Laboral for 1-0 lead - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague Quarterfinals, Game 1: CSKA - Caja Laboral 86-63

CSKA had an easy job against Caja Laboral making a first step forward to Euroleague Final Four. Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) stepped up for the Russian giant with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) scored 14 and Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) added one point less. In Caja Laboral, Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Fernando Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) netted 11 pts each.
Caja Laboral opened this game with a basket, but CSKA created quick 9-0 run after that. Huertas and Mirza Teletovic led the Spanish squad to 15-15 tie, and than Langdon, Siskauskas and Khryapa brought back plus 5 to CSKA. Andrey Vorontsevich and Fernando Fernando San Emeterio exchanged baskets for rest of the first quarter (24-19). Second period was the crucial one in this game. Viktor Khryapa was great from behind the arc and together with Vorontsevich and Holden lifted his team to first double-digit lead in this game, 32-21. That included 10-0 run and soon after that CSKA was already up by 15. The hosts drained 7 unanswered points in the finish of the first half for impressive 47-27. English finally answered for Caja Laboral and Zoran Planinic fixed the HT score to 49-29. After the breather, the Russian powerhouse reached plus 25 they finished third quarter even with 70-44 lead. Last period was just the formality as Caja Laboral was not able even to treat. Game 2 is scheduled for tomorrow, also in Moscow.

CSKA: Andrey Vorontsevich 15+7 boards, Viktor Khryapa 14, Ramunas Siskauskas 13
Caja Laboral: Mirza Teletovic 11, Fernando Fernando San Emeterio 11


Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Jaycee CARROLL
  Gran Canaria
  (188-G-83)
  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
  Fuenlabrada
  (208-F/C-83)
  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
  Unicaja
  (186-G-82)
  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
 Tariq KIRKSAY
  Cajasol
  (199-F-79)
  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
  Valladolid
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Battle, Valladolid1.6 
 2. Ruffin, Manresa1.6 
 3. Hendrix, Granada1.3 
 4. Vazquez, Regal B.1.3 
 5. Lavrinovic, MMC R.1.2 
 6. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.2 
 7. Aguilar, Granada1.2 
 8. Barnes, Valladolid1.1 
 9. Lishchuk, Valencia.1.1 
 10. Savane, Gran C.1.0 


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  SWITZERLAND   


Standings - LNA
LNA Standings
 1. Lugano Tigers 24-4 
 2. SAV Vacallo 22-6 
 3. Fribourg 20-8 
 4. Starwings 20-8 
 5. BBC Nyon 15-13 
 6. Monthey 14-15 
 7. SAM Massagno 11-17 
 8. Geneva Devils 11-17 
 9. Boncourt 8-20 
 10. Lausanne 7-21 
 11. MGS 3-26 


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  TURKEY   


Turk Telekom lands Goran Jeretin - by Eurobasket News
Turk Telekom have agreed on terms of contract with Goran Jeretin (192-G-79, agency: Beo Basket). The 30-year-old Montenegrin guard started the season in Buducnost. He tallied 12.2 points, 2.9 assists and 2.5 rebounds per EuroChallenge game. In Adriatic League his stats read 11.2 points, 3.3 assists and 1.9 rebounds per appearance. Last season Jeretin started in BC Kyiv in Ukraine. The guard later moved to AEL Limassol.


TB2L Playoffs Pairings - by Baha Kurtulus
The regular season of Turkish Basketball League Division Two ended with 22nd week's games.

Playoff pairings:

Fmv Isikspor - Final Spor

Hacettepe univ. - Optimum TED Ank. Kolejliler

Vestel - Usak Belediye

Selcuk Universitesi - Akhisar Belediye

Trabzonspor Basketbol - Yesilyurt

Olin Genclik - Beykoz



Istanbul Teknik Universitesi - Gelisim Koleji

Genc Telekom - Pertevniyal



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  UBA   


Standings
UBA Standings
D-League
 1. Columbus D. 0-0 
 2. Brevard L. 0-0 
 3. Warner RK 0-0 
 4. GW Forest P. 0-0 
 5. Lakeland S. 0-0 
 6. Daytona Beach 0-0 
 7. Jacksonville J. 0-0 
 8. Metro B.B. 0-0 
 9. Orlando B.S. 0-0 
Exhibition-Touring
 1. Proline 0-0 
 2. Shizuoka T. 0-0 
 3. NF. Hawks 0-0 
National Division
 1. Irving A. 0-0 
 2. GIE Morrow D. 0-0 
 3. Houston G. 0-0 
 4. Austin K. 0-0 
 5. Southern G. 0-0 
 6. Converse F. 0-0 
 7. S. Antonio 0-0 
 8. Houston A. 0-0 


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  UKRAINE   


Nikola Lepojevic signs with Halychyna - by Eurobasket News
Nikola Lepojevic (199-F-82) inked the contract till the end of the season with Politekhnika-Halychyna. The 27-year-old forward started the season in OKK Beograd. He averaged 20.2 points, 4.2 boards and 2.5 assists per game in Balkan League. In Serbian league his stats were 13.6 points, 2.8 boards and 1.9 assists per appearance. In February Nikola Lepojevic moved to Apollon in Cyprus. Lepojevic is not new to Ukraine as he played for Khimik Yuzhny back in 2007/08 season.


Loktionov to Odessa - by Aleks
BC Odessa added Igor Loktionov (194-G-86) to its roster. Coaching staff of Superleague outfit Odessa decided to add a Ukrainien player for the perimeter spot. Loktionov is a former U-20 National Team player for the Ukraine and had playing experience for Azovmas where he was also part of the teams Uleb Cup and EuroCup experience. Last season he played for the UBL team Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye. In 36 games he achieved 3.4 ppg and 1.7 rpg.

He already made his debut yesterday for his new team in the win vs Gryfony where he played 14 min and had 2pts and 4 reb.


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Khalid EL-AMIN
  Budivelnyk
  (178-G-79)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. El-Amin, Budivelnyk23.2 
 2. Karim, DniproAzot21.3 
 3. Thomas, Fe.20.1 
 4. McClintock, Mykolaiv19.4 
 5. Mitchell, Khimik19.2 
 6. Curry, Azovmash18.2 
 7. DeGroat, BC Odessa17.6 
 8. Burtt, Fe.17.5 
 9. Crowe, Dnipro17.5 
 10. Atanackovic, Gryfo.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Hoverla
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Fraser, Hoverla11.5 
 2. Thomas, Fe.11.1 
 3. McClintock, Mykolaiv8.0 
 4. Finn, Halychyna7.4 
 5. Pettway, Dnipro7.4 
 6. Morton, DniproAzot7.3 
 7. Hunter, Fe.7.1 
 8. Rizvic, Azovmash7.0 
 9. Dubnyuk, Pulsar6.9 
 10. Agafonov, Khimik6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Dnipro
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Crowe, Dnipro7.4 
 2. Blassingame, BC Od.7.2 
 3. Sparks, Hoverla5.7 
 4. Karim, DniproAzot5.6 
 5. El-Amin, Budivelnyk5.4 
 6. Mitchell, Khimik5.3 
 7. Lukashov, BC Kyiv5.0 
 8. Burtt, Fe.4.8 
 9. Love, Mykolaiv4.5 
 10. Jeromanovs, Mykol.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Fred HOUSE
  Azovmash
  (195-F-78)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. House, Azovmash2.9 
 2. Crowe, Dnipro2.3 
 3. El-Amin, Budivelnyk2.2 
 4. Jeromanovs, Mykol.2.0 
 5. Perry, BC Donetsk1.9 
 6. Karim, DniproAzot1.8 
 7. Mitchell, Khimik1.8 
 8. Sparks, Hoverla1.8 
 9. Curry, Azovmash1.7 
 10. Nesbitt, Kryvbasb.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Viacheslav KRAVTSOV
  BC Kyiv
  (212-C-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Kravtsov, BC Kyiv2.8 
 2. Pettway, Dnipro2.1 
 3. McClintock, Mykolaiv2.1 
 4. Rizvic, Azovmash2.0 
 5. Balashov, BC Odessa1.8 
 6. Morton, DniproAzot1.6 
 7. Agafonov, Khimik1.4 
 8. Owens, BC Donetsk1.3 
 9. Matyukevych, Mykol.1.1 
 10. Ulyanko, Pulsar1.0 


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


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. MK Lions 15-13 
 7. Everton T. 15-13 
 8. Worthing T. 14-16 
 9. Worcester W. 11-17 
 10. Guildford H. 11-19 
 11. Plymouth R. 9-19 
 12. Essex Pirates 5-24 
 13. London C. 3-22 


Stats Leaders - BBL
Points Per Game
 Mike COOK
  Sheffield S.
  (193-G/F-84)
  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 Lions19.7 
 8. Valencia, Plymouth R.19.6 
 9. Toney, Sheffield S.19.5 
 10. Gilbert, Worceste.19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tafari TONEY
  Sheffield S.
  (203-F/C-86)
  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.
  (191-G-)
  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. Jackson, Newcastl.4.5 
 9. Westbrooks, Leices.4.5 
 10. Peterson, Cheshire.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Everton T.
  (192-G-75)
  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. Martin, Plymouth.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Kadiri RICHARD
  Worthing T.
  (203-F-80)
  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. Janusauskas, London C.1.0 
 6. Young, Cheshire J.1.0 
 7. Copeland, Scottish.1.0 
 8. Morris, MK Lions1.0 
 9. Holmes, MK Lions0.9 
 10. Flournoy, Newcastl.0.9 


BBL: Week 25 review (with stats) - by Eurobasket News
MK Lions - Essex Pirates 99-89
Marshall MK Lions ended a seven-game losing streak in the BBL Championship on Tuesday night thanks to a 99-89 victory over the Essex Pirates at the Centre MK. Robert Youngblood (200-F-69, college: Southern) came up with monster double-double of 30 points and 7 rebounds. Yorick Williams (192-G-75) helped the winners with 26 pts. On the other side, Essex Pirates got 21 pts and 6 assists from Taner Adu.

Newcastle E. - Worthing T. 113-70
The Newcastle Eagles held onto top spot in the BBL Championship table as they beat the Worthing Thunder 113-70 in the North East, turning over an early deficit with a massive 66 points in the second half. Worthing were the last team to beat Newcastle two months, or sixteen games, ago and they are also the only side to have beaten Newcastle twice this season. Joe Chapman (193-G-84, college: Marquette) led the Eagles with 26 points, including eight three-pointers, followed closely by Charles Smith (198-F-75, college: Rider) 's 25 and five triples. The Eagles scored 18 three-pointers, equating to 54 points. Reggie Bratton kept pace with those two, scoring 25 points in vain for the Thunder. *Courtesy of BBL (www.bbl.org.uk)

Sheffield S. - Worcester W. 90-62
The Sheffield Sharks kept pace with the Newcastle Eagles at the top of the BBL Championship as they scored a home win over the Worcester Wolves by 90-62. The Sharks were led by Ryan Patton (181-G-78, college: Youngstown St.) 's 28 points, while Matthew Gorman (203-C-84, college: Syracuse) scored 18 points and snatched 12 rebounds. Danny Gilbert led all scorers with 32 points, but indicative of their night was the fact that no one else scored in double figures; they were missing Rod Middleton and Harry Disy. *Courtesy of BBL (www.bbl.org.uk)

Plymouth R. - Leicester R. 74-86
The Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders consolidated their top-four spot in the BBL Championship table as they beat the Airwaves Plymouth Raiders by 74-86 on the South Coast, winning their sixth game in a row. Lataryl Williams (197-F-78, college: Mississippi) led the way with 23 points and 7 rebounds, shooting 10/15, while Jason Johnson had 18 and Duane James added 17. Drew Lasker and Anthony Martin led the Raiders with 21 points each. *Courtesy of BBL (www.bbl.org.uk)

Leicester R. - Scottish R. 88-80
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders made it a club record seven wins in a row and heaped the pressure on Glasgow Rocks for third spot in the BBL with an 88-80 home win over the Scottish club. Jason Johnson (201-F/C, agency: BrezoPro, college: S.Carolina St.) led all-scorers with 24 points for the Riders and also pulled down a game high 15 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Steve Parillon collected 20 points and 8 boards. *Courtesy of BBL (www.bbl.org.uk)

Worcester W. - Guildford H. 111-77
Worcester Wolves kept alive their hopes of a play-off position by securing an emphatic 111-77 home win against post-season rivals Guildford Heat. Daniel Gilbert (198-G-83, agency: Scenic Sports Group, LLC., college: Buffalo) and Kastytis Normantas (191-G-85) were the leading players in victory with 32 and 31 points respectively. They also had 15 rebounds and 10 assists together. In defeat, Julius Joseph netted 19 pts.


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  URUGUAY   


Defensor Sporting are the new LUB champions - by Hector Lopez
Diego Castrillon (199-F-75) netted a trhree point shots with 10.8 seconds to play for the overtime giving Defensor Sporting the Uruguayan League Championship beating Malvin 108-107 for a 3-0 lead for the best of five final serie. Malvin was ahead during the first two quarters and took a 13 points lead (63-50) with five minutes to play on the second quarter. But Robby Collum (185-G-81, college: W.Michigan), who finished with 27 points, led Defensor Sporting to take the lead (78-77) during the third quarter. With two seconds to play Malvin was ahead 96-94, but Federico Alvarez (194-F-88) netted a two point shot with 0.2 to play sending the game to an overtime. Defensor Sporting also won the 2003 Uruguayan League, also during an overtime and with a last second shot.
DEFENSOR : Collum 27 points 5 rebounds, 8 assists, Christopher Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) 14 points 8 rebounds, 3 assists, Castrillon 13 points 6 rebounds, Federico Alvarez 17 points 5 rebounds, Diego Gonzalez (176-G-84) 17 points 2 assits, Gaston Paez (206-C/F-79) 12 points 3 rebounds, Sebastian Izaguirre (207-C/F-85) 8 points 3 rebounds.
MALVIN: Torraye Braggs (203-F/C-76, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Xavier) 35 points 9 rebounds 1 block 8 assists, Fernando Martinez (170-G-79) 19 points 4 rebounds, 7 assists, Bruno Fitipaldo (193-G-91) 11 points 5 rebounds, 1 assist, Brian Laing (195-G/F-85, college: Seton Hall) 17 points 2 rebounds, Marcel Bouzout 10 points 5 rebounds, Nicolas Borsellino (202-C-86) 8 points 6 rebounds, Pablo Morales (200-F-79) 6 points 1 rebounds, Joaquin Izuibejeres (184-G-82) 1 point 5 rebounds.


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  VENEZUELA   


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
1. Cocodrilos 12-4
2. Marinos 11-6
3. Gaiteros 10-6
4. Guaros 10-6
5. Panteras 10-8
6. Trotamundos 9-8
7. Guaiqueries 7-9
8. Gigantes 5-11
9. Bucaneros 4-12
10. Toros 3-11




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Women News

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  CROATIA - Women  


Sibenik will host Final-Four of Cup - by Zeljko Zule
Croatian Basketball Federation (HKS) has designated Sibenik Jolly JBS the host of the 2010 Cup Ruzica Meglaj Final Four. Defending champion Gospic CO will meet Lupa Promotion Novi Zagreb from Division A-2 while the host team Jolly JBS Sibenik will play with Medvescak.
2010 Final-Four Schedule:
Semifinals (26/03): Jolly JBS Sibenik-Medvescak, Gospic CO-Lupa Promotion Novi Zagreb.
Final Game (27/03).



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  LATVIA - Women  


Standings - LSBL
LSBL Standings
 1. Cesis 22-1 
 2. TTT Riga 21-2 
 3. RTU-Merks 10-13 
 4. Liepajas met. 9-14 
 5. DU/Swedbank 9-15 
 6. TTT Jun. 6-17 
 7. LU 4-19 


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  NAIA - Women  


Union clinch second straight title - by Eurobasket News
Union - Azusa Pacific 73:65
Union University claimed the second straight Division I title. They held off Azusa Pacific in the championship game yesterday. The teams stayed neck and neck in the first half. The lead changed hands for five times before the outcome was sealed at 33:33. The Lady Bulldogs used a 7:0 run at the start of the second half to jump in front. The Cougars quickly cut the margin back to two points. Soon Michelle Byrd drained a triple to ensure a 2-point lead for Azusa Pacific. The Lady Bulldogs however responded in style. They triggered a 15:2 run that put them up by 11 with under 6 minutes to go. Azusa Pacific tried hard as they cut the margin to 5 points but Union stayed cool. Kayla Hudson (5'8''-G) and Kaitlin Dudley (5'10''-G) came up with free throws in the dying moments to seal the deal.
Zeinab Chan (6'4''-C) scored 20 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs. She was named the tournaments MVP. Kayla Hudson and Lavanda Ross (5'8''-G) accounted for 14 points each in the victory. Kristie Hala'ufla responded with 20 points for the Cougars. Alex Moore-Porter (5'10''-G/F) delivered 13 points in the loss.

Tournament MVP
Zeinab Chan, Union (Tenn.)

All-Tournament First Team
Whitney Ballinger (6'1''-G-89), Campbellsville (Ky.)
Zeinab Chan, Union (Tenn.)
Kaitlin Dudley, Union (Tenn.)
Starr Fairbanks (6'2''-C), Oklahoma City
Alex Moore-Porter, Azusa Pacific (Calif.)

All-Tournament Second Team
Erin Hannemann (5'11''-F), Saint Xavier (Ill.)
C.J. Hill (5'4''-G), Azusa Pacific (Calif.)
Katie Nelson (6'2''-F), Lee (Tenn.)
Allison Rader (5'7''-G), Lee (Tenn.)
Chontaye Walter (5'8''-G), Oklahoma City

Hustle Award
Alex Barone (5'5''-G), St. Xavier (Ill.)

Phyllis Holmes Coach of the Year Award
Mark Campbell , Union (Tenn.)



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  NCAA1 - Women  


UK Hoops Sweet 16 Bound with 70-52 Win over Michigan State - by George Manousidis
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky turned a battle of styles into a mismatch.

The undersized fourth-seeded Wildcats raced past bigger - and slightly slower - fifth-seeded Michigan State 70-52 on Monday in the second round of the NCAA women's tournament.

Victoria Dunlap (6'1''-F), the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, shook off an upset stomach to lead Kentucky (27-7) with 21 points as the Wildcats moved into the round of 16 for the first time in 28 years.

Dunlap needed to be treated with IV fluids before the game and landed awkwardly on her right ankle late in the first half, not that it stopped her from making 9-of-13 field goals and snagging eight rebounds.

'I just believe that she was attacking,' said Michigan State forward Lykendra Johnson. 'She just kept attacking our post players and never stopped.'

The Spartans were looking for their second straight trip to the regional semifinals and fourth in the last six years. Yet Michigan State had little answer for Kentucky's relentless pressure, which forced the Spartans into 18 turnovers and harassed them into 35 percent shooting.

Kalisha Keane (6'1''-F-89) led Michigan State with 10 points. The Spartans' point total was their lowest ever in the NCAA tournament. They scored 57 in a loss to Rutgers in 2007.

'The kids I thought really committed to pressuring the basketball and that's what we had to do,' said Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell. 'I thought we could force Michigan State into taking some shots we don't normally take.'

The last time the Wildcats made the round of 16 was 1982, when they advanced to the regional finals before falling to Louisiana Tech. Kentucky hadn't made it past the second round since the tournament expanded to 64 teams.

In front of a highly partisan crowd at Freedom Hall that included athletic director Mitch Barnhart, university president Lee Todd and football coach Joker Phillips, the Wildcats simply ran away from the Spartans.

Kentucky led just 37-35 early in the second half before turning on the jets.

Keyla Snowden (5'7''-G) jumpstarted a 24-6 run with a 3-pointer and A'dia Mathies - the SEC Freshman of the Year - followed with consecutive layups while the Spartans went cold.

'They're the fastest team we've played in the three years I've been here, top to bottom,' said Michigan State coach Suzy Merchant.

Michigan State's Lauren Aitch provided the only points for the Spartans during Kentucky's surge, as the Spartans struggled to keep pace as the Wildcats played with the uptempo style that's fueled their turnaround season.

By the time Mathies capped the burst on another layup, the Wildcats led 61-41 with 6:41 to play and were well on their way to joining their men's program in the regional semifinals. Kentucky will play either Nebraska or UCLA in the Kansas City regional semifinal on Sunday.

Deep tournament runs are nothing new to Kentucky's men's program, but is new territory for the women's program. Kentucky was making its first NCAA appearance since 2006, and Mitchell admitted he wondered how his team would handle the pressure.

The Wildcats said they battled some nerves early in their first-round win over Liberty, a game in which they trailed at the half before rallying behind the play of Mathies, who scored 32 points.

Mathies came down to earth on Monday, finishing with eight points, six rebounds and five assists. Though she and the rest of her teammates hardly looked rattled playing in just the second NCAA tournament game of their careers.

Pressing whenever possible Kentucky took an early five-point lead before the NCAA-tested Spartans caught their breath.

Michigan State put together a 10-0 run to move ahead before the Wildcats rallied despite having Mathies on the bench in foul trouble. The pace slowed with Mathies out, but Kentucky hardly looked bothered, holding the Spartans without a field goal over the last 6:36 of the half to take a 35-31 lead at the break.

Dunlap led the way. The 6-foot-1 junior was giving away eight inches to 6-9 Michigan State center Allyssa DeHaan. No biggie. She simply drew DeHaan away from the basket and pump-faked before going in for easy layups.

'She's a legit, big-time athlete,' Merchant said. 'She just goes and goes.'



Courtesy of www.ukathletics.com


Sooners Goin' to Kansas City - by George Manousidis
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Abi Olajuwon (6'4''-C) got a bit overshadowed during her senior day celebration as her Oklahoma teammates showed off their 3-point shooting skills.

Given a second chance to shine in what will truly be her final game at the Lloyd Noble Center, she took advantage of an even bigger stage.

Olajuwon had 19 points and 11 rebounds and third-seeded Oklahoma made the most of a sloppy first half on both ends to beat Arkansas-Little Rock 60-44 Tuesday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

'I was happy for once to be the tallest one out of the group,' said Olajuwon, a 6-foot-4 center. 'I really tried to focus on getting angles and finishing. That's something that I'm going to have to do throughout the tournament.'

The Sooners (25-10) closed a ragged first half with an 11-0 run to go up by 15 and never let the 11th-seeded Trojans get back within single digits to complete their stingiest defensive performance of the season.

The teams evenly split a combined 30 turnovers in the first half, but the Sooners were able to pull ahead by shooting 50 percent shooting and holding the Trojans (27-7) scoreless for more than 6 minutes.

Oklahoma allowed its fewest points ever in the first half of an NCAA tournament game.

'That's exactly what we knew we could do was have them turn the ball over,' Robinson said. 'It was just us not executing on the offensive end.'

Chastity Reed, the nation's fourth-leading scorer, had 20 points to lead UALR as it went for back-to-back wins in its NCAA tournament debut.

The Trojans missed all 16 of their 3-pointers and half of their free throws. Kim Sitzmann, who scored a season-high 21 points in an upset win against No. 6 seed Georgia Tech two nights earlier, had only two points on 1-for-13 shooting, including nine missed 3-pointers.

'Of course, her shot was off. It happens sometimes. It happens to me,' said Reed, who had been averaging 24.9 points. 'But at least she kept shooting the ball and she was getting open looks. What more can you ask from somebody? Keep shooting the ball.

'If she didn't shoot, then I'd have gotten real mad.'

Despite losing three starters from the team that went to the Final Four last year, Oklahoma has hardly missed a beat this season. Former national player of the year Courtney Paris and her twin sister, Ashley, left voids in the lane and 3-point shooting ace Whitney Hand was lost with an injury only five games into the season.

But now, the Sooners are back in the regional semifinals for the fourth time in the last five years and the eighth time in the program's history.

'I don't really know if there are any words for how gratifying it is,' coach Sherri Coale said. 'It's been a remarkable year, one that none of us are ready to be over.

'It's a big deal to get back deep into the tournament after you've been to the Final Four. I think that speaks volume about where your program is, but to do it not only losing Courtney and Ashley last year but then losing Whitney, too, I think it speaks volumes for the kids we have on our basketball team and their character.'

Oklahoma advances to face No. 2 seed Notre Dame on Sunday in Kansas City, Mo., in a rematch of a November game won by the Irish 81-71 in the Virgin Islands. That was the Sooners' first game after losing Hand to a right knee injury.

Notre Dame also eliminated Oklahoma from the NCAA tournament two years ago in a second-round game.

Olajuwon, the daughter of former NBA star Hakeem Olajuwon, had back-to-back baskets inside to start the big run that provided the Sooners' cushion. UALR missed seven straight shots to finish the first half, and Nyeshia Stevenson pushed Oklahoma's lead to 28-13 with a layup in the closing seconds of the first half.

UALR had typically been sure-handed on its way to the first NCAA tournament appearance in school history. The Trojans had the fewest turnovers per game in the nation -- with only 12.3 -- but surpassed their average with more than 3 1/2 minutes left before halftime.

'We thought we could change things up on them,' Coale said. 'If they get comfortable, they're really good.'
Courtesy of www.soonersports.com


Harris and Rutan Lift Women's Hoops Past Vanderbilt and Into the Sweet 16 - by George Manousidis
CINCINNATI, Ohio - Junior forward Amber Harris (6'5''-F-88) scored a game-high 21 points and freshman guard Katie Rutan (5'8''-G) buried three clutch 3-pointers down the stretch to propel the No. 3 seeded Xavier University women's basketball team past No. 6 Vanderbilt, 63-62, and into the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 for the first time since the 2000-01 season. With the win, XU improves to 29-3 on the season while Vanderbilt concludes its campaign with a 23-11 mark.

The Musketeers will now play No. 7 seed Gonzaga on Saturday, March 27 at Sacramento's ARCO Arena. Game time for the Regional Semifinal is TBA.

Vandy's Jence Rhoads connected on a 3-pointer at the five-minute mark to put the Commodores up by nine, 57-48. However, the Musketeer defense clamped down and held VU to only one field goal for the remainder of the game and Rutan got the XU offense back on track.

The Ambler, Pa. native answered Rhoads' 3-pointer with a triple of her own at the 3:50 mark to pull XU within six points. Rutan had missed her first seven attempts from long-range but she would nail her final three down the stretch.

Rutan's long-ball sparked an 18-8 run to end the game and propel XU to the win.

Vandy reclaimed the lead when Jessica Mooney buried a couple of big free throws with 28-seconds remaining but Harris made one of her patented spin moves along the baseline with 12-seconds to go to give XU the 63-62 lead for good.

VU's Lauren Lueders missed a 3-pointer with four-seconds remaining but Rhoads got the offensive rebound and her 10-foot baseline jumper rimmed out and the Musketeers were on their way to Sacramento.

Harris' 21 came on 10-of-18 shooting and she scored XU's last six points of the contest. She also dished-out three assists and snared seven rebounds. Junior center Ta'Shia Phillips was once again a dominating force down low, scoring 15 points and hauling in 17 rebounds. Phillips' 15 came on 7-of-11 shooting and 11 of her 17 boards came on the offensive glass.

Senior guard Dee Dee Jernigan added 10 points and seven rebounds for XU. Jernigan was 4-of-6 from the field and she posted three steals and to go along with a pair of assists.

XU shot just 39.1 percent from the field but the team was a solid 46.9 percent from the floor in the second half. The Musketeers also won the battle of the boards by a 41-to-35 count.

The two teams were neck and neck for the first 5:30 of the contest as a Ta'Shia Phillips turnaround jumper knotted the game up at the 14:30 mark. However, XU made just six of its first 24 shots from the floor and allowed the Commodores to seize a 17-9 lead on the strength of an 11-3 run over the next 5:30.

The Musketeers hit just one field goal over a 5:50 span and were hit with a technical foul, which allowed Vandy to score four points on one possession and build the eight-point edge.

However, a Harris jumper got XU off the snide and another Ta'Shia Phillips put back jump started a 12-2 Musketeer run. Phillips corralled six offensive rebounds during the first stanza. The 12-2 spurt was capped by a Harris layup at the 1:30 mark and gave Xavier its first lead, 27-25, at the 1:30 mark.

Jence Rhoads nailed a fade away jumper with 23-seconds left and the score was tied at 27 at the half. Xavier made six of its last 13 first-half shots to key the comeback.
Courtesy of www.goxavier.com


#10 Vermont Falls to #2 Notre Dame in NCAA Second Round Action - by George Manousidis
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - After making just one basket from the field in Notre Dame's first-round NCAA tournament game, Skylar Diggins (5'9''-G-90) had a season-high 31 points, seven steals, and six assists to lead second-seeded Notre Dame to an 84-66 victory over 10th-seeded Vermont on Tuesday night in the second round.

Diggins set the tone for the Irish (29-5) and their pressing defense as they finished with 19 steals and forced the Catamounts (27-7) into a season-high 25 turnovers. The first was in the opening seconds, when Lindsay Schrader stole the ball from Alissa Sheftic and Diggins scored the first basket.

Diggins also helped slow down Vermont's two high scoring guards as May Kotsopoulos finished with 12 points and Courtnay Pilypaitis had 11, but also turned the ball over 10 times.

The game was a big turnaround for Diggins, who was just 1-of-4 shooting for seven points in Notre Dame's 87-58 victory over Cleveland State in the opening round.

Schrader had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Melissa Lechlitner added 12 points as Notre Dame advanced to the Kansas City Regional semifinal, their eighth trip to the round of 16 in last 14 years.

Alissa Sheftic and Kendra Seto added 14 points each for Vermont and Sofia Iowbi added 11 as the Catamounts shot 49 percent for the game, but couldn't overcome its turnovers.

Notre Dame got off to a slow start, making 5-of-11 shots with four turnovers in the first 8:24, falling behind 20-10 as the Catamounts hit nine of their first 13 shots with just two turnovers. But then Brittany Mallory had two quick steals, Devereaux Peters blocked a shot by Kostopoulos and the momentum quickly changed.

Diggins hit a basket inside, then quickly added a 3-pointer. The Irish tied the score at 23 on a three-point play by Schrader as the Irish forced six turnovers in five minutes.

Notre Dame continued on a 19-5 run, going ahead 29-25 when Diggins stole the ball from Pilypaitis, who fell down trying to get the ball back as Diggins went in for an easy layup. The Irish finally extended the lead to 42-30 when Lechlitner hit a 3 with 26 seconds left in the half. Vermont closed to 42-13 at intermission on a late 3 by Seto.

The Irish ended the half on a 32-13 run and Vermont could never mount a serious challenge in the second half.

The Irish are a victory away from the third 30-win season in school history. The other two times were in 2001 when they won the national championship with a 34-2 record and in 1997 when they went to the Final Four.

Vermont (27-7), which beat Wisconsin on Sunday for its first NCAA tournament win ever, fell to 0-8 all-time vs. top 10 teams. The Irish finished the regular season ranked No. 7.



Huskers Bounce Bruins, Head to Sweet 16 - by George Manousidis
Minneapolis - Kelsey Griffin (6'2''-F-87) notched her 19th double-double of the year and Dominique Kelley (5'7''-G-88) scored a career-high 22 points to lead No. 1 seed Nebraska to its first-ever NCAA Sweet 16 appearance with an 83-70 win over eighth-seeded UCLA in the second round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship at Williams Arena on Tuesday.

Griffin, who earlier in the day was named one of 12 finalists for Wade Trophy, scored 18 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to become just the second Husker in history with 2,000 points and 1,000 career rebounds. The 6-2 forward from Eagle River, Alaska, helped NU improve to 32-1 overall and advance to play No. 4 seed Kentucky in the Kansas City Regional at the Sprint Center on Sunday, March 28 at 9 p.m. UCLA ended its season 25-9.

'We are so excited to make it to the Sweet 16 and do something no Nebraska men's or women's basketball team has ever done in history,' Griffin said. 'We can't wait to get to Kansas City, and we are excited that our fans will get the chance to come to Kansas City and see us play. Our fans have been awesome all year and we want to see them at the Sprint Center.'

While it was Griffin set the tone on the glass and in the hustle category throughout the night, it was Kelley who provided the Huskers with the biggest offensive punch. The 5-7 junior from Lincoln hit 6-of-7 shots from the field, including her only three-point attempt, while also hitting 9-of-12 free throws. Kelley added four rebounds, two assists and a steal in arguably her best all-around game of the season.

Midway through the second half, Kelley answered a UCLA run by scoring eight straight points for the Huskers, before senior Kala Kuhlmann (5'8''-G-87) hit her second jumper of the night to give NU its biggest lead of the game at 66-47 with seven minutes to play.

'Dominique played a great game,' 2010 WBCA National Coach-of-the-Year Connie Yori said. 'If you look at her stat line, it is pretty impressive. She was tough tonight and in the second half she got aggressive and made plays.'

Senior guard Yvonne Turner added 12 points, including a trio of three-pointers, as Nebraska hit 8-of-15 triples for a season-high 53.3 percent shooting from long range. In two tournament games, the Huskers connected on 18-of-35 three-pointers at The Barn.

Freshman point guard Lindsey Moore (5'9''-G-91) added a career night of her own with nine points and a career-best 11 assists, while Minnesota native Cory Montgomery (6'2''-F-87) scored all nine of her points in the second half to go along with four rebounds and three assists.

As a team, the Huskers hit 55.6 percent (25-45) of their shots from the field against a Bruin defense that had held foes to just 36.6 percent shooting on the season. NU also outscored UCLA 25-9 at the free throw line, while winning the turnover battle, 19-17.

Darxia Morris (5'8''-G-89) led the Bruins with 15 points, including a trio of three-pointers, before fouling out, while Doreena Campbell (5'10''-G-89) added 15 points of her own off the bench. Jasmine Dixon added 13 points. Markel Walker (6'1''-F-90) contributed 11 points and nine rebounds.

UCLA hit 28-of-62 shots from the field, including 5-of-13 from long range. The Bruins also hit 9-of-10 free throws, while outrebounding NU, 34-28.

'All season long, our team has prided itself on being mentally tough, and they showed it again tonight,' Yori said. 'We got down early and then we got tough and we made plays defensively. In the second half, we did a much better job on the defensive glass and that allowed us to make a run.'

UCLA erupted out of the locker room to start the game with a 15-6 lead less than five minutes into the contest. But the Huskers slowed the Bruins' momentum after UCLA's leading scorers - Dixon and Walker - both picked up their second fouls in a span of 30 seconds with more than 10 minutes left.

With Dixon and Walker off the floor, The Huskers went to work, tying the score for the first time at 15 to cap a 9-0 run. Kelley then gave the Huskers their first lead at 24-23 on a three-pointer with 4:38 left in the half.

Turner then extended the lead to 27-25 with her second three-pointer of the half to spark an 11-0 surge that ended with her third three-pointer of the half to give the Huskers a 35-25 edge with 1:02 left in the half.

UCLA took some of NU's steam away in the final 40 seconds by scoring five straight points to go into the locker room, trailing the Huskers 35-30. Kelley led the Huskers with 11 first-half points, while Turner and Griffin both pitched in nine points.

Nebraska hit 10-of-22 shots from the field in the first half, including 4-of-9 threes, while connecting on 11-of-15 free throws. UCLA controlled the glass, 18-12 in the first, including nine offensive rebounds, but the Huskers held a 13-11 turnover margin.

The Huskers will head to Kansas City to play fourth-seeded Kentucky on Sunday at 9 p.m., following No. 2 seed Notre Dame's battle with third-seeded Oklahoma, which will tip at 6:30 p.m. The game will be televised live by ESPN2-HD and ESPN360.com. The regional final at the Sprint Center will be played on Tuesday, March 30, at 8:07 p.m.
Courtesy: NU Media Relations



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PLKK Round: 2 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Super-Pol - Lotos Gdynia 50-64
Lotos Gdynia advanced into the semis with a comfortable road win over Super-Pol Leszno. Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the visitors. Tanisha Wright contributed 10 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists for the winners. Joanna Walich responded with 19 points and 9 boards for Leszno. Aleksandra Drzewinska netted 11 points in defeat.

TS Wisla Can-Pak - CCC Polkowice 83-61
Wisla stayed alive in the championship race after they stunned CCC to draw things level in the quarterfinal series. Janell Burse (197-C-79, college: Tulane) provided 22 points and 8 rebounds for Wisla. Ewelina Kobryn added 20 points and 7 boards for the winners. Amisha Carter accounted for 16 points and 11 rebounds for CCC.

Utex Row - Gorzow 67-87
Gorzow punched their semifinal ticket after they cruised past Utex Row away from home. Justyna Zurowska (188-C-85) poured in 20 points to lead the visitors. Nicky Anosike had 17 points in the winning case. Nikita Bell tallied 17 points and 11 caroms for Utex Row.

Odra Brzeg - Energa Torun 60-68
Charity Egenti (191-C-85, college: Stephen F. Austin) scored 18 points and pulled down 6 rebounds to lead Energa Torun past Odra Brzeg. The victory allowed Energa to sweep the quarterfinal series. Agata Gajda accounted for 15 points in the win. Brittany Denson responded with 13 points and 14 rebounds for Odra Brzeg.



Stats Leaders - PLKK
Points Per Game
 Maurita REID
  MUKS Poznan
  (173-G-85)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Reid, MUKS P.21.6 
 2. Shields, B.Prusz..20.5 
 3. Thomas, Artego B.19.8 
 4. Egenti, Energa T.15.7 
 5. Gladden, Energa T.15.5 
 6. Crisman, Artego B.15.0 
 7. Krezel, Utex Row15.0 
 8. Skobel, Inea A.14.8 
 9. Castro, TS Wi.14.6 
 10. Matovic, Lotos G.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Djenebou SISSOKO
  B.Prusz.Lider
  (190-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Sissoko, B.Prusz..10.9 
 2. Crisman, Artego B.10.6 
 3. Ukoh, Inea A.10.4 
 4. Carter, CCC P.9.9 
 5. Denson, Odra Brzeg9.5 
 6. Oha, LKS Siemens9.4 
 7. Bell, Utex Row8.9 
 8. Gahan, B.Prusz..8.3 
 9. Payne, Artego Bydg.7.8 
 10. Egenti, Energa T.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Liron COHEN
  TS Wisla Can-Pak
  (173-G-82)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Cohen, TS Wi.5.6 
 2. Richards, Gorzow5.4 
 3. Boddie, Utex Row5.3 
 4. Reid, MUKS P.4.6 
 5. Pawlak, Lotos G.4.6 
 6. Wright, Lotos G.4.3 
 7. Gajda, Energa Torun4.3 
 8. Bortelova, CCC P.3.5 
 9. Idczak, Inea A.3.1 
 10. Phillips, Lotos G.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Maurita REID
  MUKS Poznan
  (173-G-85)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Reid, MUKS P.4.5 
 2. Rushing, MUKS P.3.7 
 3. Shields, B.Prusz..3.2 
 4. Sepulveda, Odra B.3.2 
 5. Skobel, Inea A.3.0 
 6. Ross, Inea A.2.8 
 7. Gladden, Energa T.2.7 
 8. Crisman, Artego B.2.7 
 9. Denson, Odra Brzeg2.7 
 10. Malaszewska, Odra B.2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Marita PAYNE
  Artego Bydg.
  (196-C-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Payne, Artego Bydg.2.6 
 2. Majewska, TS Wi.1.9 
 3. Denson, Odra Brzeg1.7 
 4. Oha, LKS Siemens1.5 
 5. Vargas-S., MUKS P.1.5 
 6. Burse, TS Wi.1.3 
 7. Walich, Super-Pol1.2 
 8. Williams, MUKS P.1.1 
 9. Carter, CCC P.1.1 
 10. Jankowska, LKS S.1.0 


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Standings - Women
Liga Feminina Standings
 1. AD Vagos 14-2 
 2. Olivais 13-3 
 3. CAB Madeira 11-5 
 4. Alges 9-7 
 5. Barreiro 8-8 
 6. B.Viagem 8-8 
 7. BCBarcelos 6-10 
 8. Uniao Madeira 2-14 
 9. Quinta 1-15 
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  SWEDEN - Women  


Damligan (second stage): Round 5 review - by Eurobasket News
Group A
08 Stockholm and Sundsvall played a close and low scoring game in which hosts had just a little more sports luck to record 48-47 win. Kadidja Andersson was excellent for winners, as she scored 20 points. On the other side, Anna Hoglund (178-G-82) had 13 points for Sundsvall while, Silvia Luz added 11 points of her own.
Solna had no problems beating Telge at home, as they won the game 78-50. Ofa Christy Tulikihihifo led the rout as she poured in 20 points. She got help from Katarina Andersson (191-C-83) and Maria Gultekin (166-G-90) who added 17 and 16 points each.

Group B
Sallen was better than Mark Basket in this match, winning 70-56. Hosts were led to victory by Malin Lundgren (182-F-90) who scored 19 points. Chioma Nnamaka (183-G-85, college: Georgia Tech) and Kristina Tattersdill were also good, chipping in 14 and 10 points respectively. For Mark Basket, Ashley Key and Shawn Goff were the only players in double digits after scoring 18 and 16 points.
Norrkoping had to work very hard at home in order to overcome Lulea 72-71. Maria Nilsson (183-G/F-84) scored 16 points for winners while Johanna Kallman (172-G-87) added 15 of her own. Malin Aasa and Tanya Massamba also played well as they contributed with 14 and 11 points respectively. On the other side, Lulea got 20 points from Emma Nilsson as well as 17 points from Jenny Andersson.



Damligan standings

Group A
1. 08 4-1
2. Sundsvall 2-3
3. Telge 2-3
4. Solna Vikings 2-3

Group B
1. Sallen 3-2
2. Lulea BBK 3-2
3. Norrkoping 3-2
4. Marbo Basket 1-4



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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


Sdent Sierre and Nyon open semifinal with victories - by Eurobasket News
Sdent Sierre prevailed against Riva Basket in the opening game of the semifinal series. Carrem Gay (188-F-87, college: Duke) exploded with 25 points and 9 rebounds to lead the hosts. Tina Moen added 14 points in the victory. Sierre poured in 30 points in the starting frame to earn a 7-point lead. They maintained the pressure and rallied to an 11-point lead at halftime. Sierre did not loosen the grip after the main break. They dominated around the court and celebrated a well-deserved 79:64 victory. Lia Volpe (165-G-86) provided 11 points for the home team. Cameo Hicks responded with 21 points for Riva. Kiva Herman (183-F-87, college: San Diego) tallied 18 points and 8 rebounds in the losing effort.
Nyon outgunned Fribourg 76:59 in the first game. Sakellie Daniels (170-G-84, college: Charlotte) stepped up with 20 points to lead the charge. Nyon shocked Fribourg in the opening quarter. They outgunned the visitors 33:6 to clear off to a comfortable distance. Nyon stretched the margin at 28-point mark with twenty minutes into the encounter. The visiting team stopped the bleeding in the second part of the clash but could not overcome a massive gap. Jalinka Michaux (175-F-87) had 12 points in the winning case. Janese Banks (178-G-86, college: Wisconsin) accounted for 17 points for Fribourg.



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


BCB is the place to be for Girls middle school hoops - by David Edole
ST. THOMAS I dare anyone out there to tell me who is the best middle school girls basketball team in the territory? Dont think too hard and too long, because that distinction belongs to the ladies at Bertha C. Boschulte middle school. The Lady Blazers have been blasting every opponent placed in front of them for the past year and half. That includes an undefeated season last year, a 15-1 record this year and St. Thomas-St. John IAA championship.
'We have had an impressive run,' said Head Coach, James Faulkner. 'The girls play hard and our big three is the best I have had in sometime.'
The big three consists of Akia Frett, Sheraine George and Jerusha Corbett. Each one was the best player on their respective elementary team and had to put their egos aside to make the Blazers dominant.
Akia Mookie Frett, a graduate of Emmanuel Benjamin Oliver elementary school, is the leader of the team. Her court awareness reminds most
local basketball enthusiasts of a young Tombi Bell.
'My role on this team is to get the ball into the scorers and to score,' said Frett. 'I also have to play defense or coach (Faulkner) would be all over me. I prefer to set up my teammates than to score.'
The defensive specialist Sheraine George brings the D in defense. The Ulla F. Muller graduate anticipation and speed is uncanny. Her defensive pressure usually leads to an opponents turnover.
'I know I am fast so I set them (the opposing player) up,' said George. 'I know I can get around them so I stay with them for some plays. Then I use my quickness.'
The third player in this group brings the pain. Jersuha Silk Corbett is the daughter of coaching legend Myron Corbett of Charlotte Amalie High School. The Joseph Sibilly grad role is simple rebound and score.
'I help the team with my ability to score,' said Corbett. 'I can shoot, drive or (score on) put backs. I also defend the paint and block some shots. I am the small-power forward.'
The trio had nothing but good things to say about each other on and off the court.
'They are good teammates,' said Frett. 'We work together well and I hope we can finish the season as two time territorial champs.'
'We think alike,' extolled George. 'We have been together for two years so the plays have become easy.'
Corbett jumped in not to be left out. 'We know where each other is on the court,' added Corbett. 'They (George and Frett) know if they miss a play I will cover for them.'
For two games this season Frett and George had to pick up the slack for Corbett who had to serve a two game suspension after failing two mid-term exams. The suspension came courtesy of her father who was upset of her performance. The duo led the team to two straight wins over Antilles and Charlotte Amalie.
Despite failing the two exams, Corbett, Frett and George all received academic honors on B.C.B. awards day. Corbett and George were B honors and Frett messed around and got A honors.
I take my school work seriously, said George. I want to go to college for free and Coach Faulkner keeps telling us that academics is the key.
It has not been all happiness for the trio. They suffered their only defeat in two years at the hands of Central High at the John H. Woodson JV tournament.
'I felt bad after that loss,' said George. 'We went out there confident that we would win and Central beat us.'
'We didnt play as a team,' added Frett. 'That was the worst feeling I ever had.'
'That is a game that I am trying to forget,' uttered Corbett. 'We learned not to be over confident and the game must be played.'
The game was played as the two teams met each other twice in Centrals JV invitational and BCB came out victorious in both contests.
'We came out and knocked them out big in the first game,' said Corbett. In the second the game was close but we showed them who the
best team is.
'If all three of us play we cant lose to anyone,' exclaimed George.
The trio will have another probable meeting with rival Central High in the two days when BCB hosts their annual March Madness Basketball Tournament. The tournament is scheduled to begin on Thursday March 25th and runs through Sunday March 28th.
As for their future aspirations, each of the girls has their eye set on local schools. Corbett and George plan on playing for the Mighty Chicken Hawks.
'I am going Charlotte,' said George. 'Like I said, I want to go to college for free.'
'My father taught me how to shoot and dribble,' said Corbett. 'I have been at the Charlotte Amalie Gymnasium almost all my life so that is where I am going for high school.'
As for Frett the options are many.
'I may go to (Eudora) Kean, the school of my father Akebo,' said Frett. 'They are a couple of other schools from the states that have
talked to my father. Where ever I end up I will do my best.'
'I wish the best to the girls in the future', added Faulkner. 'Frett is a program changer and if she ends up at Kean the rivalry will be instantly renewed.'
'These three young ladies have set a mark that future BCB teams will be compared to.


'We are a basketball factory,' said Faulkner. 'I have a couple of good ones returning in Tyra Murray and Shervell Luke. We will not be a pushover.'
With Faulkner at the helm it appears B.C.B. is the place to be for middle schools girls basketball.



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Atlanta Dream releases guard Ivory Latta - by Eurobasket News
The Atlanta Dream released guard Ivory Latta (5'6''-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: N.Carolina) today.

'On behalf of our entire organization, I would like to thank Ivory for her contributions on and off the court,' said Dream General Manager & Head Coach Marynell Meadors. 'Ivory has been an important part of this franchise since our inaugural season and we wish her the best in the future.'

Latta, a 5-6 guard, appeared in 24 games for the Dream last season. She averaged 6.1 points and 1.4 assists per game. The eleventh overall pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft, Latta was acquired by the Dream in the 2008 WNBA Expansion Draft from the Detroit Shock. In her three-year WNBA career, Latta is averaging 7.0 points, 1.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.

The Dream tips off its third season this summer at Philips Arena, with the home opener slated for May 16 against the Indiana Fever at 7 pm. Season tickets and ticket packages are now available for purchase by calling 1-877-977-7729 or visiting www.AtlantaDream.net. Individual game tickets will be available for purchase in the spring.


Courtesy of The Atlanta Dream (taken from www.oursportscentral.com)