EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/13/2010

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  ARGENTINA   


Penarol edge Vivo/Franca to enter Interligas Tournament Final - by Eurobasket News
Penarol - Vivo/Franca 88:73

Penarol recorded the third straight win at the Interligas Tournament Group B. They held off Vivo/Franca to wrap up the preliminary action. Thus the Argentinean team won the group and advanced into the title decider. Penarol will now face Universo/BRB.
Vivo/Franca entered the game hopeful. They surged ahead in the opening frame and built a 26:20 lead ten minutes into the game. But Penarol reacted with a confident run in the second term to deny the deficit. The teams arrived at the interval tied at 41. Penarol mounted the pressure after the main break. The hosts opened a 5-point lead with one quarter remaining. Penarol kept a tight grip on the lead in the final term and celebrated a decisive win at the end. Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez (188-G-78) scored 22 points to pace the effort. Facundo Campazzo (180-G-91) added 17 points, while Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) had 14 points for the winners. Helinho Garcia (186-G-75) answered with 22 points for Vivo/Franca. Marcio Dornelles (194-F-75) delivered 17 points in the loss.

Penarol: Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez 22, Facundo Campazzo 17, Leonardo Gutierrez 14
Vivo/Franca: Helinho Garcia 22, Marcio Dornelles 17



Safar's 28 points and 1 assists give him TNA Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket
23-year old guard Selem Safar (190-G-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for Atletico Argentino Junin and it's enough to give him a Eurobasket.com TNA Player of the Week award for round 2 (Quarter-Finals).
He had the game-high 28 points for his team's victory, helping them to beat Belgrano SN 82-74 in the second quarterfinal game. It allowed Argentino to put series to 2-0 and they need just one more victory to make it to the semis. In the team's last game Safar had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Argentino and it's hard to imagine this team without him.

Second best performed player last round was Alexis Elsener (196-G-88) of El Nacional Monte Hermoso. He is a guard in his 3rd season at El Nacional. In the last game Elsener recorded impressive 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course El Nacional cruised to a 92-82 relatively comfortable win over San Mart.MJ (5-7) and they also put the series to 2-0. They may confirm their semifinals spot on Tuesday. Elsener is one of the most experiences players at El Nacional and has a reputation of the team's leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.3ppg. He also registered 4.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to Aaron Williams (203-C/F-83) of Club 9 de Julio Rio Tercero. Williams scored 16 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Club 9, leading his team to a 84-58 easy win against Bragado to tie the series 1-1. Williams has a great season in Argentina. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 13.0ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 8.0rpg (3rd best). He also has 1.2bpg and FGP: 63.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Pablo Espinoza (195-F-87) of Argentino - 10 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Lucas Barlasina (194-F-82) of San Mart.MJ - 20 points, 1 rebound and 2 assists
6. John Huggins (188-G-82) of Ciclista - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist
7. Jervaughn Scales (200-F-71) of El Nacional - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assist
8. Kevin Francis (203-F-84) of Argentino - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist
9. Brice Assie (201-F-83) of San Mart.C. - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Mariano Ceruti (194-F-79) of San Mart.C. - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 David JACKSON
  La Union
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 19
 1. Jackson, La Union19.0 
 2. Lamonte, Penarol18.2 
 3. Lo Grippo, Atenas17.4 
 4. Assie, Quilmes MP17.3 
 5. Moodie, Boca Jrs17.3 
 6. Profit, Libertad S.16.8 
 7. Nelson, Quilmes MP16.8 
 8. Funes, C.Entrer.16.7 
 9. Cutley, C.Entrer.16.2 
 10. Gonzalez, Quimsa16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Federico KAMMERICHS
  Regatas C.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Kammerichs, Regat.11.6 
 2. Williams, Union S.8.1 
 3. Rollins, Gimnasia.7.8 
 4. Griffin, Estudiantes7.5 
 5. Wolkowyski, Libertad.7.3 
 6. Assie, Quilmes MP7.3 
 7. Leiva, Penarol7.2 
 8. Gonzalez, Quimsa7.1 
 9. McFarlan, Union S.6.9 
 10. Nelson, Quilmes MP6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Fernando TITARELLI
  Quilmes MP
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Titarelli, Quilm.6.5 
 2. Cequeira, Sionista4.4 
 3. Victoriano, Lanus4.2 
 4. Franco, Estudiantes4.1 
 5. Martinez, Sionista3.8 
 6. Labaque, Obras3.6 
 7. Ginobili, Libertad S.3.5 
 8. Figueroa, Atenas3.2 
 9. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 10. Aguirre, Boca Jrs3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Frank WILLIAMS
  Olimpico LB
  (191-G-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Williams, Olimpico.1.8 
 2. Moldu, Libertad S.1.7 
 3. Pelussi, Libertad S.1.6 
 4. Funes, C.Entrer.1.6 
 5. Franco, Estudiantes1.6 
 6. Marshall, C.Entrer.1.6 
 7. Aguirre, Boca Jrs1.6 
 8. Cutley, C.Entrer.1.4 
 9. Figueroa, Atenas1.4 
 10. Pau, La Union1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Derrick ALSTON
  Olimpico LB
  (208-C/F-72)
  Avg: 2
 1. Alston, Olimpico.2.0 
 2. Alston, Boca Jrs1.3 
 3. Bortz, Obras1.2 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.1.2 
 5. Rollins, Gimnasia.1.2 
 6. Williams, Union S.1.1 
 7. Assie, Quilmes MP1.0 
 8. Griffin, Estudiantes0.8 
 9. Alloatti, Obras0.8 
 10. Leiva, Penarol0.8 


Atenas bruise Pitagoras/Minas in Mar del Plata - by Eurobasket News
Atenas - Pitagoras/Minas 96:89

Atenas wrapped up their Interligas Tournament campaign on a high note. They overcame Pitagoras/Minas to record the initial win at the tourney. Both teams finished the action in Group B at 1-2 record.
The teams stayed close in the opening frame. Atenas proved more accurate late in the frame and eked out an 18:16 advantage. The Argentinean team stepped up in the second stanza. Atenas fired 27 points and cleared off to a 13-point distance. Minas tried to change things around in the third frame. The Brazilian side outscored their opponents to trail by 9 points at the final break. But Atenas did not allow Minas to get too close. Cristian Romero (198-F-82) paced the Argentineans as they ran away to the win at the end. Cristian Romero knocked down 25 points to lead Atenas. Albert White (197-G/F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Missouri) added 19 points and 7 rebounds, while Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) secured 14 points for the winners. William Drudi (206-C/F-81) dropped 20 points and collected 9 rebounds for Minas. Facundo Sucatzky (176-G-72) contributed 18 points and 10 assists in defeat.

Atenas: Cristian Romero 25, Albert White 19, Diego Lo Grippo 14
Pitagoras/Minas: William Drudi 20, Facundo Sucatzky 18+10 assists



Liga A recap - by Facundo Iatzky
Play-out:
Central Entrerriano return to TNA. Gimnasia Comodoro won the serie 3-0 after getting the last game in Gualeguaychu in overtime. For this reason central entrerriano return to TNA after just one season in Liga A. It is not a surprise because they had one of the two lowest budget of the league.
The other serie between Quilmes and Olimpico is one of the most exciting series that liga a had had in the last years. The first two games in Mar del Plata were defined in overtime with one victory for each one. In La Banda, there was not overtime but quilmes won the third one by 2 points and olimpico won the fourth one 78-74. The decisive game will be on wednesday in mar del plata. The team that win that game will stay in Liga A and the loser will go to TNA.

1/8 finals: Tonight is the last game of La Union - Lanus (2-2). The team that win, will advance to quarterfinals and the bracket will be done.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Easter Weekend!!!! - by Ivan McFarlin


In Australia, I celebrated Easter weekend with the team and the city really gets involved with the whole weekend. In comparison to the States, they celebrate the holiday like the fourth of July!! On Friday, they have all these different musical groups, bands and historic events that you can go in and read the history of Bendigo and the many historical dates as well. They really celebrate Good Friday, which means you can't eat no meat thorughout the whole day!!! That was hard for me, but I managed to get through the day.
On Saturday, they have a big fireworks exhibition for about an hour, which is so exciting and fun to eat. Everybody in the town goes and enjoy themselves and the activities in store. After that, most of the residents go out for a night on the town and enjoy the party life. On Sunday the whole town prepares for the parade that is on Monday. They shut the streets down and basically you have to walk to get in to town, which is ten minutes. The whole day is mainly used to close down streets, get the floats ready, companies promote their business and you get to see all of Bendigo that supports you. On Monday, for two hours, the parade is going and you feel like the mayor of the town. The Bendigo Braves team, along with many organizations follow each other as they go down the main street in Bendigo. It is so awesome to see the people that support you and all the younger kids that look up to you and watch you play basketball. I really enjoyed the whole weekend and it was a great experience to see how different countries celebrate holidays. I hope everybody had a great Easter. Oh I forgot!!! I got sooo much chocolate too!!!


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  AUSTRIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin HOUSTON
  Arkadia
  (193-G/F-76)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Houston, Arkadia21.6 
 2. Pesic, UBSC G.21.4 
 3. Mayes, Gmunden20.7 
 4. Stazic, Vienna19.5 
 5. Francois, Gussing19.4 
 6. Penigar, Furstenf.18.9 
 7. Roderick, Arkadia18.9 
 8. Mahalbasic, Worth.18.4 
 9. Paez, Oberwart18.4 
 10. Nelson, Kapfenberg18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin HOUSTON
  Arkadia
  (193-G/F-76)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Houston, Arkadia9.2 
 2. Johnson, Oberwart8.8 
 3. Mahalbasic, Worth.8.6 
 4. Pesic, UBSC G.8.1 
 5. Conley, Wels7.8 
 6. Penigar, Furstenf.7.8 
 7. McCandies, Worth.7.8 
 8. Forrestal, UBSC G.7.6 
 9. Heard, Gussing7.5 
 10. Moric, Klostern.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.5.5 
 2. Boylan, Gmunden5.3 
 3. Schreiner, St.Po.5.2 
 4. Stazic, Vienna4.9 
 5. Danek, Arkadia4.8 
 6. Lanegger, UBSC G.4.8 
 7. Woschank, Kapfe.4.5 
 8. Zeleznik, UBSC G.4.1 
 9. O''Neal, Vienna3.7 
 10. Creddle, Klostern.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Terrence RODERICK
  Arkadia
  (198-G-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Roderick, Arkadia2.0 
 2. Schreiner, St.Po.2.0 
 3. Payton, Vienna2.0 
 4. Boylan, Gmunden1.9 
 5. O''Neal, Vienna1.9 
 6. Stazic, Vienna1.9 
 7. Zeleznik, UBSC G.1.8 
 8. Richards, Gussing1.7 
 9. Shavies, Furstenf.1.6 
 10. Jandl, St.Polten1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Shelton COLWELL
  Furstenfeld
  (202-F-80)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Colwell, Furstenfeld1.4 
 2. Heard, Gussing1.1 
 3. Anderson, Vienna1.0 
 4. Kohlmaier, St.Polten0.8 
 5. Stazic, Vienna0.7 
 6. Levy, Oberwart0.7 
 7. Roderick, Arkadia0.7 
 8. Youngblood, Furstenf.0.7 
 9. Mahalbasic, Worth.0.7 
 10. Francois, Gussing0.6 


A Bundesliga: Furstenfeld Panthers are the regular season champs - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Klosterneub. - Furstenfeld 69-64
Despite this defeat, Furstenfeld Panthers are the regular season champions with 27-5 score. They will meet Oberwart in the Playoff Quarterfinals. Klosterneuburg also advanced as they finished on third place (23-9). Marko Moric (207-F-81, agency: World Sport Agency) collected 14 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts last night. Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Kent St.) drained 27 pts on the other side.

Gmunden - Kapfenberg 82-60
Gmunden celebrated against Kapfenberg finishing the regular season as No.2 with 24-8 record. Matthias Mayer (205-C/F-81) stepped up for the hosts last night with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) scored 17 and Dan Oppland added 14 points, plus 8 rebounds. Kapfenberg got 14 pts from Armin Woschank. Both teams advanced to Playoff Quarterfinals.

Wels - Arkadia 74-78
Arkadia grabbed 74-78 road win against Wels, but even before this game it was clear that Wels will be No.4 and Arkadia No.5 at the end of the regular season. Terrence Roderick (198-G-88, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB) shined for the winners with 28 points and Dorde Drenovac (197-F-92, agency: Interperformances) added 22. The hosts got 23 points from Rasheed Brokenborough.

Group B
UBSC Graz - Oberwart 53-70
Oberwart is No.2 in Group B and they grabbed the last spot for Playoff Quarterfinals. Charles Gosa (202-F-77, college: N.Mexico St.) led the Gunners with 19 points and 9 rebounds. The last ranked Graz got 24 points and 11 rebs from Mihajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81, agency: Court Side).

Gussing - St.Polten 88-76
Gussing was better than St Polten, but even few rounds before it was already known that the hosts will not have a chance to advance. St Polten is No.1 in Group B with 18-14, while Gussing finished on third place with 13 wins. Jean Francois (197-F-80, college: Georgia Southern) led Gussing last night with 29 points and 5 rebounds. Martin Kohlmaier (218-C-84) scored 21 for the guests.

Vienna - Worthersee 104-81
Vienna had Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78, agency: World Sport Agency) on fire with 27 points and he also handed out 7 assists beside that. Trevor Gaines (201-F-80, college: Vermont) followed with 22 pts and 8 boards. Visitors got 18 points and 8 boards from Rasid Mahalbasic. Vienna 8-24, Worthersee 4-28.



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Travis REED
  Tallinna Kalev
  (203-C-79)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Reed, Tallinna Kalev21.6 
 2. Davis, Valmiera19.5 
 3. Akognon, Kalev/Cr.19.5 
 4. McCullough, VEF R.18.9 
 5. Tatarunas, Alytus A.18.8 
 6. Sirvydis, Sakalai18.3 
 7. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.18.0 
 8. Kelys, Perlas17.6 
 9. Gulbis, Zemgale17.5 
 10. Covington, Tallin.16.9 
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/Rock8.0 
 7. Cresnar, Valmiera7.7 
 8. Kojenets, Liepaja7.4 
 9. Renfroe, VEF Riga7.1 
 10. Vilkius, Neptunas7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GAIDAMAVICIUS
  Juventus
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Gaidamaviciu., Juven.7.4 
 2. Renfroe, VEF Riga7.2 
 3. Grant, Norrkoping5.6 
 4. Popovic, Lietuvos.5.0 
 5. Maceina, Rudupis4.9 
 6. Jeromanovs, Liepa.4.5 
 7. Jomantas, Lietuv.4.5 
 8. Kelys, Perlas4.4 
 9. Gervin, Norrkoping4.4 
 10. Ezerskis, Techasas4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Heiko RANNULA
  Valga Welg
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rannula, Valga Welg2.4 
 2. Covington, Tallin.2.4 
 3. Jomantas, Lietuv.2.2 
 4. Vileita, Rudupis2.2 
 5. Bitinas, Neptunas2.2 
 6. Gaidamaviciu., Juven.2.2 
 7. Renfroe, VEF Riga2.1 
 8. Gervin, Norrkoping2.1 
 9. Tatarunas, Alytus A.2.0 
 10. Bergmanis, Zemgale1.9 
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. Silinskis, Nevezis1.6 
 5. Ezerskis, Techasas1.5 
 6. Rozitis, Zemgale1.4 
 7. Davis, Valmiera1.4 
 8. Toome, TTU K.1.4 
 9. Begic, Zalgiris1.3 
 10. Pettway, Ventspils1.3 


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  BARBADOS   


Standings
Premier L. Standings
 1. Lakers 3-0 
 2. Warriors 2-0 
 3. Cavaliers 2-1 
 4. Deacons 2-1 
 5. Bulls 2-1 
 6. Jackson 2-1 
 7. Pinelands 1-1 
 8. Tridents 1-2 
 9. Cougars 1-2 
 10. Patriots 0-2 
 11. Senators 0-2 
 12. Sonics 0-3 


Cavs edge DC in OT thriller - by Justin Marville
ZAHIR MOTARA gave DC United the full package - the good, the bad and the ugly.

And somehow Mpact Station Hill Cavs ended up with something more.

Premier League basketball's reigning double crowned champs got their first win of the 2010 season, but not before waiting excruciatingly for Motara's potential game-winner to fall just short at the final buzzer of Thursday's 74-72 overtime thriller at the Wildey Gymnasium.

The last second victory - the third of the year in ten games - kept Station Hill from dropping to their first ever 0-2 start to a season and ensured the Cavs avoided a second successive defeat while holding a double-digit lead.

But even more concerning than the season-opening loss to Cougars, is that the champs led by as many as 28 points (38-20) in the first half while Motara was showcasing 'the bad'.

Starting without national centre Sydney 'Bouncer Rowe in DC's lineup, the erratic shooting guard displayed some appalling shot selection in a woeful one-from-seven first-half shooting performance that included three airballs.

And Station Hill took advantage of Motara's early woes and the opposition's small ball lineups, as the Cavs dominated the offensive glass, leading to several second chance points for Junior Moore, Corey Williams, and eventually Darren Hunte and Ricardo Yearwood.

Transforming a 21-12 first-quarter advantage to a 38-20 rout, the champs then wasted a further opportunity to close out the game when they opted for the reserves to finish the half against an even smaller DC lineup.

It was an error they soon lived to regret once Motara brought 'the good'.

After his opponents failed to add to their first-half tally, DC's impulsive livewire flipped the script in the ensuing third quarter, scoring nine points in the period as part of a huge 30-17 rally that brought the Deacons side within five (55-50) entering the fourth.

However, he wasn't finished just yet, reigniting another run in the subsequent quarter with running mate Selwyn Brooks, as the duo eventually locked the scores at 65 inside the final minute.

But Motara's 'ugly'was yet to come.

After Rowe fouled out, Kelvin Patterson would let DC off the hook after missing two free throws, giving Motara and company 17.8 seconds for the go-ahead score.

However, with the ball in his hands for that final possession of regulation, Motara over-dribbled with Corey Williams draped all over him and eventually had to settle for a forced three-point shot that fell well short.

And so was the case in the subsequent extra session, as Motara misfired on all four attempts in overtime, which included the potential game-winner - an uncontested three-pointer from the corner that hit front-ring before time expired.

Moore and Williams both had a team-high 12 points, while Motara led all scorers with 23 points on dreadful seven of 27 shooting from the floor.

Earlier, Warriors joined Lakers, Bulls and Jackson as the league's remaining unbeaten teams after surviving a spirited effort from Sagicor Tridents in a tough 77-70 victory.

Trailing by as many as 11 points (22-10) in the second quarter, Warriors had to overcome a knee injury from star forward Corey McDonald and some questionable referee decisions before mounting a game-changing 11-3 run in the third.

Kareem Farrell and Kevin John then put away the game in the ensuing fourth, giving the side an unassailable 13-point advantage (75-62) prior to a threatening late-game rally Daniel Lovell and Dario Cumberbatch.

Farrell had a game high 25 points and John added 12, while Lovell and Cumberbatch led the winless Tridents with 15 and 12 points respectively.


Cavs edge DC in OT thriller - by Justin Marville
ZAHIR MOTARA gave DC United the full package - the good, the bad and the ugly.

And somehow Mpact Station Hill Cavs ended up with something more.


Premier League basketball's reigning double crowned champs got their first win of the 2010 season, but not before waiting excruciatingly for Motara's potential game-winner to fall just short at the final buzzer of Thursday's 74-72 overtime thriller at the Wildey Gymnasium.

The last second victory - the third of the year in ten games - kept Station Hill from dropping to their first ever 0-2 start to a season and ensured the Cavs avoided a second successive defeat while holding a double-digit lead.

But even more concerning than the season-opening loss to Cougars, is that the champs led by as many as 28 points (38-20) in the first half while Motara was showcasing 'the bad'.

Starting without national centre Sydney 'Bouncer Rowe in DC's lineup, the erratic shooting guard displayed some appalling shot selection in a woeful one-from-seven first-half shooting performance that included three airballs.

And Station Hill took advantage of Motara's early woes and the opposition's small ball lineups, as the Cavs dominated the offensive glass, leading to several second chance points for Junior Moore, Corey Williams, and eventually Darren Hunte and Ricardo Yearwood.

Transforming a 21-12 first-quarter advantage to a 38-20 rout, the champs then wasted a further opportunity to close out the game when they opted for the reserves to finish the half against an even smaller DC lineup.

It was an error they soon lived to regret once Motara brought 'the good'.

After his opponents failed to add to their first-half tally, DC's impulsive livewire turned it around in the ensuing third quarter, scoring nine points in the period as part of a huge 30-17 rally that brought the Deacons side within five (55-50) entering the fourth.

However, he wasn't finished just yet, reigniting another run in the subsequent quarter with running mate Selwyn Brooks, as the duo eventually locked the scores at 65 inside the final minute.

But Motara's 'ugly' was yet to come.

After Rowe fouled out, Kelvin Patterson would let DC off the hook after missing two free throws, giving Motara and company 17.8 seconds for the go-ahead score.

However, with the ball in his hands for that final possession of regulation, Motara over-dribbled with Corey Williams draped all over him and eventually had to settle for a forced three-point shot that fell well short.

And so was the case in the subsequent extra session, as Motara misfired on all four attempts in overtime, which included the potential game-winner - an uncontested three-pointer from the corner that hit front-ring before time expired.

Moore and Williams both had a team-high 12 points, while Motara led all scorers with 23 points on dreadful seven of 27 shooting from the floor.

Earlier, Warriors joined Lakers, Bulls and Jackson as the league's remaining unbeaten teams after surviving a spirited effort from Sagicor Tridents in a tough 77-70 victory.

Trailing by as many as 11 points (22-10) in the second quarter, Warriors had to overcome a knee injury from star forward Corey McDonald and some questionable referee decisions before mounting a game-changing 11-3 run in the third.

Kareem Farrell and Kevin John then put away the game in the ensuing fourth, giving the side an unassailable 13-point advantage (75-62) prior to a threatening late-game rally Daniel Lovell and Dario Cumberbatch.

Farrell had a game high 25 points and John added 12, while Lovell and Cumberbatch led the winless Tridents with 15 and 12 points respectively.



Lakers keep Sonics winless - by Justin Marville
REPORTS of Lumber Company Lakers demise now appear greatly exaggerated.

But not more so than the pre-season hype surrounding St John.

Unheralded reserve Jamar King had five of his team high 13 points during a decisive fourth quarter rally as basketballs Premier League leaders squandered all of a 13-point lead before squeezing past the winless Roll-A-Way Storm and Security Shutters St Johns Sonics 59-53 on Saturday at the Wildey Gymnasium.

It was the third loss in as many games for the reeling Sonics, who had hopes returning to the playoffs this year following an encouraging off-season that began with the appointment of new head coach Terry Inniss.

But the road to the post-season now seems an unlikely one as St John would become the first team to make the playoffs after dropping at least three of their first four games since Claphams 1-7 start to the 2001 season.

And they have King to thank for this latest setback.

The backup shooting guard nullified Sonics second lead of the contest a 51-49 advantage midway through the fourth by sinking a crucial three-pointer before following that with a layup in transition to ignite the Lakers on a 10-4 game-clinching run.

Up to that point, Sonics appeared destined to secure their first win of the season after star guard Jefferson Trotman and St Johns stifling man defence overturned a 33-20 half-time deficit in a dramatic third quarter turnaround.

Trotman hit successive triples while Damien Waithe also had back-to-back baskets as part of a resounding 20-6 surge that gave Sonics their first lead of the game (40-39) as Lakers went scoreless for the periods first three minutes.

However, King proved a thorn in St Johns side the entire contest as he was also responsible for squashing that advantage too, coming off the bench for a pair of consecutive jumpers to give Lakers back the lead (45-41) heading into the fourth.

But Sonics momentum was only momentarily stalled, even after their opponents scored four unanswered to open the quarter, as St Johns hammered right back in transition off turnovers created by their defence.

The resulting lead was lost for good this time around though, with King taking advantage of Inniss dubious decision to switch to a zone scheme after Sonics man-to-man marking paid great dividends.

Trotman led all scorers with 20 points, Akeem Marsh added 11 points and 12 boards for St Johns while Adrian Allman assisted King with ten points.

In the nights first game, Akeem Supa Williams hit a game-tying three in the dying moments before assisting on the go-ahead score as Sagicor Tridents won their first game of the season in a last second by edging Nicholls Baking Cougars 56-54.

It was sweet redemption for the schoolboys floor general, who had struggled throughout after missing his previous eight attempts from the floor, including his last four three-point shots.

But Williams was left open for one triple too many, locking the scores at 54 as opposing forward Shawn Gaskin was made to pay for splitting his free throws on the preceding possession.

Akeems namesake Nicholai then preserved the tie with his sixth block at the other end which led to a subsequent two-on-one in transition which Daniel Lovell duly finished at the ring with 4.9 seconds remaining.

Godfrey Leacock was forced to take an errant 30-foot turnaround on the following inbounds play. Lovell finished with 12 points, Manuel Alleng had a further 11 while Gaskin led Cougars with 14 points and Ricardo Jemmott had 12 points and ten boards.



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Minsk-2006, OZAA and Grodno sweep the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Minsk-2006, OZAA and Grodno sweep the Quarterfinals and advanced to the Semifinals. The series between Lokomotiv and Sozh Gomel is tied and the decisive game will be played on April 14th.
Minsk-2006 overcame Temp-OSHVSM 107:58 and 106:72. In the second game the winner of the Regular Season grabbed 28-26 in the opening quarter and added 23-17 in the second frame. They smashed the hosts in the third quarter 34-11 and easily won the series. Rostislav Vergun (199-G-82, college: Birmingham Souther) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Harrison posted 17. Jason McCoy (206-F/C-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) collected 12 points and 9 rebounds, while Aleksandr Fomin (208-F/C-86, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points and 7 boards. Harkevich ended up with 20 ponits in the losing effort.
OZAA rolled over Vitalyur 79:53 and 84:75. Th second game was tough for the favorites that had only 2-point lead at the halftime. In the third quarter however a 24-9 spurt was enough to grab the ticket to the Semifinals. Efremov top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Vabishevich added 18. Aliaksei Kachan (187-G-91) replied with 21 points and 9 boards in defeat.
Grodno-93 outscored BNTU 88:72 in Game 1 and advanced with 83:64. Bogdanov paced all the winners with 21 points and Dadykin nailed 15. Duvakin answered with 24 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.
Lokomotiv and Sozh Gomel exchanged the wins as Lokomotiv won over Sozh Gomel 109:81 in Game 1 and Sozh responded with 93:88 for 1-1 in the series.



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Darnell Wilson claims Belgian D1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket
American Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side) had an amazing evening in the last round for VOO Verviers-Pepinster and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 25-year old forward had the game-high 25 points adding four rebounds for his team's victory, helping them to beat Leuven (#8, 8-17) 81-70. VOO Verviers-Pepinster maintains the 3rd position in Belgian D1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will need more victories to improve their 15-10 record. In the team's last game Wilson had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be VOO Verviers-Pepinster's top player in his first season with the team. Canisius College graduate is in league's top in points (4th best: 15.6ppg), blocks (1.1bpg) and FGP: 58.6%.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Will Thomas (201-F-86, agency: Interperformances) of Belgacom Liege Basket. Thomas impressed basketball fans with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Liege lost that game 61-75 to the lower-ranked Oostende (#4, 14-11). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Even despite this loss Liege still keep the very top position of the standings. Their 17-8 record is not bad at all. Thomas is well-known by Liege fans and he already established his position as the team's most reliable player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.3ppg (#8). He also registered 9.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Kevin Melson (199-F-78, agency: Mick Sandhu Services) of Optima Gent. Melson scored 23 points. Despite Melson's great performance Gent lost 73-84 to the higher-ranked Antwerp. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other temmates. Gent can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 6-19 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Melson he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. He has a great season in Belgium. After 22 games, Melson made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.7ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Monwell Randle (203-F/C-83) of Gent - 17 points and 10 rebounds
5. Ben Ebong (202-F/C-76) of M.Hainaut - 9 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Loren Stokes (190-G-83) of Aalstar - 22 points, 1 rebound and 2 assists
7. Christophe Beghin (207-F-80) of Antwerp - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist
8. Jamar Wilson (185-G-84) of Aalstar - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. B.J. Raymond (198-G/F-87) of Aalstar - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Brian Greene (204-F-81) of Aalstar - 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists


Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Fleurus 17-7 
 2. Kangar.-Boom 16-8 
 3. Hasselt 15-9 
 4. Excelsior 14-10 
 5. De Westhoek 14-10 
 6. Sint-Jan Ant. 14-10 
 7. Essor Charleroi 12-12 
 8. Waregem 12-12 
 9. Carnieres 11-13 
 10. Pitzemburg 10-14 
 11. Zolder 9-15 
 12. Nivelles 8-16 
 13. Jupille 4-20 
 14. Bree 0-0 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Timothy BLACK
  Antwerp
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Black, Antwerp17.7 
 2. Greene, Aalstar17.4 
 3. Melson, Gent15.7 
 4. Wilson, Verviers-Pep.15.6 
 5. McNeal, M.Hainaut15.3 
 6. Banks, Liege14.7 
 7. Lojeski, Oostende14.5 
 8. Thomas, Liege14.3 
 9. Green, Liege14.3 
 10. Torbert, M.Hainaut14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Will THOMAS
  Liege
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 9
 1. Thomas, Liege9.0 
 2. Randle, Gent8.2 
 3. Ebong, M.Hainaut8.0 
 4. Young, Leuven7.7 
 5. Merriex, Aalstar7.4 
 6. Brown, Antwerp7.4 
 7. Pelle, Oostende6.9 
 8. Hilliard, Verviers.6.6 
 9. Greene, Aalstar6.3 
 10. Riddick, Charleroi5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Eddie GILL
  Oostende
  (183-G-78)
  Avg: 5
 1. Gill, Oostende5.0 
 2. Burrell, Verviers.5.0 
 3. Bosco, Gent4.0 
 4. Johnson, Charleroi3.9 
 5. Green, Liege3.9 
 6. Loubry, Gent3.8 
 7. Hamilton, Charleroi3.2 
 8. Tabu, Charleroi3.1 
 9. Bitee, Leuven2.7 
 10. Moors, Antwerp2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Eddie GILL
  Oostende
  (183-G-78)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gill, Oostende2.6 
 2. Stokes, Aalstar2.4 
 3. Hopkins, Antwerp2.4 
 4. Thomas, Liege2.2 
 5. Black, Antwerp2.1 
 6. Greene, Aalstar2.0 
 7. Wilson, Verviers-Pep.2.0 
 8. Anderson, Leuven1.9 
 9. Green, Liege1.9 
 10. Bosco, Gent1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre RIDDICK
  Charleroi
  (208-C-73)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Riddick, Charleroi1.3 
 2. Wilkinson, Charleroi1.1 
 3. Wilson, Verviers-Pep.1.1 
 4. Pelle, Oostende1.0 
 5. Barber, Aalstar0.8 
 6. Brown, Antwerp0.6 
 7. Young, Leuven0.6 
 8. McNeal, M.Hainaut0.6 
 9. Randle, Gent0.6 
 10. Drobnjak, Oostende0.6 


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


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Joinville reach NBB quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Joinville became the first winners of the eighth-final series. They prevailed against Cetaf in three games. After the road win in the opener Joinville completed the sweep at home court. The decisive third game of the series was played on Saturday. Joinville looked solid and posted a 71:60 victory. Joinville built a 38:22 lead at halftime and never looked back en route to the win. Andre Goes (195-G/F-87) scored 16 points for Joinville. Shilton dos Santos and Audrei Parisotto added 14 points each in the winning effort. Tramaine Stevens (200-G/F-87, college: Morehead St.) responded with 13 points in the loss.
GRSA/Bauru posted a 2-0 advantage against Assis Basket. Larry Taylor (185-G-80, college: Missouri Western) exploded with 28 points to lead GRSA/Bauru to a 90:68 victory in the second game. The hosts used a 29:14 run in the second period to clear off for good in this one. Fernando Fischer contributed 19 points in the victory. James Parker (188-G-81, college: Robert Morris) answered with 17 points for Assis.
Sao Jose/Vinas shot down Palmeiras 88:74 at home court to draw things level in the series 1-1. Fabricio Russo (196-F-85) came up with 22 points to pace the home side. Sao Jose looked dominant in the first half as they established a comfortable 16-point lead. Palmeiras stepped on the gas in the second half but Sao Jose withheld all the rescue attempts from the visitors and celebrated a vital win. Wanderson Trigueiro added 21 points for the hosts. Arnaldinho Filho (187-G-78) led Palmeiras with 21 points.



Atenas bruise Pitagoras/Minas in Mar del Plata - by Eurobasket News
Atenas - Pitagoras/Minas 96:89

Atenas wrapped up their Interligas Tournament campaign on a high note. They overcame Pitagoras/Minas to record the initial win at the tourney. Both teams finished the action in Group B at 1-2 record.
The teams stayed close in the opening frame. Atenas proved more accurate late in the frame and eked out an 18:16 advantage. The Argentinean team stepped up in the second stanza. Atenas fired 27 points and cleared off to a 13-point distance. Minas tried to change things around in the third frame. The Brazilian side outscored their opponents to trail by 9 points at the final break. But Atenas did not allow Minas to get too close. Cristian Romero (198-F-82) paced the Argentineans as they ran away to the win at the end. Cristian Romero knocked down 25 points to lead Atenas. Albert White (197-G/F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Missouri) added 19 points and 7 rebounds, while Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) secured 14 points for the winners. William Drudi (206-C/F-81) dropped 20 points and collected 9 rebounds for Minas. Facundo Sucatzky (176-G-72) contributed 18 points and 10 assists in defeat.

Atenas: Cristian Romero 25, Albert White 19, Diego Lo Grippo 14
Pitagoras/Minas: William Drudi 20, Facundo Sucatzky 18+10 assists



Penarol edge Vivo/Franca to enter Interligas Tournament Final - by Eurobasket News
Penarol - Vivo/Franca 88:73

Penarol recorded the third straight win at the Interligas Tournament Group B. They held off Vivo/Franca to wrap up the preliminary action. Thus the Argentinean team won the group and advanced into the title decider. Penarol will now face Universo/BRB.
Vivo/Franca entered the game hopeful. They surged ahead in the opening frame and built a 26:20 lead ten minutes into the game. But Penarol reacted with a confident run in the second term to deny the deficit. The teams arrived at the interval tied at 41. Penarol mounted the pressure after the main break. The hosts opened a 5-point lead with one quarter remaining. Penarol kept a tight grip on the lead in the final term and celebrated a decisive win at the end. Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez (188-G-78) scored 22 points to pace the effort. Facundo Campazzo (180-G-91) added 17 points, while Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) had 14 points for the winners. Helinho Garcia (186-G-75) answered with 22 points for Vivo/Franca. Marcio Dornelles (194-F-75) delivered 17 points in the loss.

Penarol: Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez 22, Facundo Campazzo 17, Leonardo Gutierrez 14
Vivo/Franca: Helinho Garcia 22, Marcio Dornelles 17



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Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil A. 21-3 
 2. Levski 19-5 
 3. Yambol 12-12 
 4. Cherno More 11-13 
 5. Balkan 11-13 
 6. Rila Sport 10-14 
 7. Spartak P. 7-17 
 8. Chernomorets 5-19 


Harper's 26 points and 5 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket
29-year old swingman Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked BC Levski Sophia and it's enough to give him a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
He had the game-high 26 points adding five rebounds and five assists for his team's victory, helping them to crush Balkan (#5, 11-13) with 21-point margin 95-74. Levski maintains the 2nd position in Bulgarian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Levski will need more victories to improve their 19-5 record. In the team's last game Harper had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Levski's top player in his first season with the team. The University of Mississippi graduate is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.7ppg, 56.3% FGP and 40.5% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was
Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) of top-ranked PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia. He is naturalized FYR Macedonian forward in his first (recently joined) season at PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia. In the last game Antic recorded impressive double-double of 11 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Chernomorets (#8, 5-19) 104-65. Of course PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia still keep league's top spot. His team lost just three games this season, while they won 21 matches. Antic is one of the most experienced players at PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player.

Third place about best performers goes to another BC Levski Sophia's star -
Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78). Georgiev scored 11 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds. He was another key player of Levski, helping his team with a 95-74 easy win against the lower-ranked Balkan (#5, 11-13). Levski needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 5 lost games. Georgiev has a very solid season. In 24 games in Bulgaria he scored 12.1ppg. He also has 6.4rpg and FGP: 65.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Slavko) Stefanovic (206-C-81 of PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia - 19 points and 3 rebounds
5. Chavdar) Kostov (196-G-88 of Lukoil A. - 15 points and 7 rebounds
6. Donald) Cole (204-C-81 of Levski - 20 points and 1 rebound
7. Dimitar) Angelov (202-G/F-79 of Yambol - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Pavel) Marinov (197-G-88 of Yambol - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Ivan) Lilov (196-F/G-88 of Balkan - 12 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Veselin) Georgiev (196-F-86 of Spartak P. - 7 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists


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Alfred Aboya win the title abroad - by Eurobasket News
Alfred Aboya (206-F/C-85, college: UCLA) win the title abroad as he enjoyed the season in Japan. His Link Tochigi Brex won the Play-offs tonight sweeping the opponent.
Alfred Aboya started the season in France however moved to Japan and managed to play in 22 games. In the fifth game for the team he recorded 17 points as Toyota was beaten by Tochigi Brex 78:101 at the Regular Season Round 30. Kawamura Takuya top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Tanaka Ken netted 18. Brown Clif finished the night with 27 points and 10 rebounds in the losing case.
In the finals game over Aishin Brex put up 31-9 run in the fourth to cruise to first finals win in franchise history. The Link Tochigi Brex, which made its first-ever appearance in the JBL Finals rallied from 49-39 halftime deficit to beat the defending champion Aisin Sea Horses 88-77 at Yoyogi before a packed crowd in game one.
In Game 2 Tochigi Brex grabbed 2-0 Final lead over Aishin as they upset them again in Game 2 80:72. Takuya Kawamura top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Tabuse Yuta followed him with 18. Omiya Hiromasa produced 12 points, while Alfred Aboya collected 11 points and 11 boards. Sakuragi replied with 29 points and 19 rebounds in defeat.
The Brex beat the Aisin Seahorses tonight in the third game of the finals to complete its sweep with a 71-63 victory at Tokyo's Yoyogi National Gymnasium. The game was an example of how a team can win based on sheer desire. Alfred Aboya had 5 points and 6 rebounds for the winners.



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Capitalinos take Game 1 - by Gianni Pascucci
Azules Capitalinos de la Habana defeated 86-84 the Buffalos of Ciego de Avila in Game 1 of the 2010 Liga Superior de Baloncesto Finals. Capitalinos were behind of 11 points at the end of the third quarter, but completed a succesful comeback during the last period. Alexis Lavastida (187-G-77) was the man of the game, with 24 points for Capitalinos. the other best perfoprmers at the winning side were Orestes Torres (202-C-87) with 17 and 6 rebs, Lisvan Valdes (194-G/F-88) with 13 and Juan Luis Alvarez (198-F-87) with 12. With 31 points scored in losing effort, Yudniel Perez (189-G-84) was the game top scorer, and Vanier Reyes (193-G-83) added 15 for Ciego de Avila.


Even Game 2 goes to Capitalinos - by Gianni Pascucci
Lisvan Valdes (194-G/F-88) scored 16 points, Orestes Torres (202-C-87) added 13 and young center Malvin Cairo (200-C-91) 12 to pace Capitalinos in their second consecutive win in Liga Superior de Baloncesto Finals. Capitalinos lead now 2-0 in the aggregate, and the series is best of sevben games. Game 2 ended 80-75, and the best performers in Ciego de Avila were Andy Bofill (192-G/F-82), the game top scorer at 31 pts, and Joan Luis Haiti (200-C-82) with 15. The Final Series moves now to Ciego de Avila, where the Buffaloes will host Game 3, Game 4 and Game 5, while the last two games of the Series, if necessary, will be played again in La Habana.

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Living and Playing in The Czech Republic - by Corey Muirhead
Hi Eurobasket fans, this is the second installment of many blogs to come. I wasnt sure what to write about for this blog, but I figured I would tell you guys what its like to play and live in the Czech Republic. I first came to the Czech Republic at the second half of the 2008/2009 season from Switzerland. Things were going great for me in Switzerland. The team was doing really well and we had a chance to go all the way. But due to poor management and a poorly ran organization, they chose to withdraw from the LNA halfway through the season. It was very disappointing for the players and coaches involved, but also it was a chance to start fresh somewhere else and help another team in a positive way. And thats how I signed with Miltra Novy Jicin in January 2009 thanks to my agent Sevag Keucheyan.
I really didnt know what to expect when I first came to the Czech Republic. I was a little nervous to say the least, but I had faith that everything would work out according to Gods plan. And if you cant tell by now from reading my first blog, I am a man of faith and thats where I draw my strength from in everything I do. But back to what I was saying, I heard a lot of horror stories about playing in the Eastern part of Europe, such as Romania, Croatia, Czech Republic and Poland just to name a few. They were not high on my list of places to play because of what I heard from other players. But sometimes you have to experience things for yourself to see whats real and what is not, because everyone knows that you cant believe everything you hear until you experience it for yourself To be honest I thought about not evening coming to the Czech Republic, I thought about taking the rest of the season off and just staying at home with my wife for the rest of the year until the 2010 season. My wife was suppose to be taking the trip with me, but when I did my research, lets just say that there were a few guys that didnt last long on the team before I got here. I didnt know the reason why until after I was with the team for a good while, which turned out to be legitimate reasons. But naturally I was assuming the worst based on what I had previously heard from other guys. To make matters worse, when I got here and saw the locker that was assigned to me; there was a RIP sign on the locker for the player I was replacing. I later found out that it was the point guard that was responsible for putting that sign there. Of course you can imagine at this point the thoughts that are going through my head. But in a strange way, all the hesitation and nervousness about coming here went away and was replaced by a feeling of motivation and the will to survive. Right then and there, I decided that I was going to survive and I was going to be successful in finishing the season here. I guess in some ways I wanted to prove that I belonged and I deserved to be here. For me failure was really not an option in this situation. I remember my first game here was against Prostejov, which is our biggest rival. We won that game and we won it pretty convincingly. I was solid that game after getting out the jitters at the beginning, and as they say The rest is history.
From the moment I came to Novy Jicin, the professionalism was unbelievable, it reminded me of when I played in France and Austria. As time progressed, it was clear that the only concern I was going to have would be to just play basketball. I didnt have to worry about miscellaneous stuff off the court from an organizational standpoint. That was somewhat comforting to be able to focus purely on basketball and getting wins. I also like the fact that I get to come back to my home base in Novy Jicin after every game with the exception being Decin. That is the only road game where we travel the day before. When I played in France we travelled a lot and I was constantly on the go, so its a plus to be able to come back home every night.
Novy Jicin is a small city of about 27,000 people. Its located about 3:15 minutes South East of Prague in the Moravian-Silesian Region. There is a lot of farmland around and great looking countryside. In the centre the roads are all made of brick which is a bit different from what you would see in the USA, and the buildings are much older. You can just tell by looking at them that they have a rich history. Its a very peaceful and laid back community of people. Everyone is very friendly and welcoming. Basketball is the only professional sports club in the city which is great for a strong fan base and support system. You can tell by their appreciation that we are a big part of the city. Other than the fact that you have to be self motivated as a professional athlete, I am also motivated by the fans to play great and give it everything I have each game because they deserve that much for taking the time out of their day to support us as a team and organization. Without a doubt we have some of the best and most dedicated fans in the Czech Republic! My experience here has been great with the people I have met; My wife and I have become friends with some of these people outside of the basketball circle. Which gives us a little more of a homey feeling versus feeling like we are only here just to do a job/play basketball. We actually like living here and hanging out with the friends weve met during our time here. We like taking our little son Andreas outside for walks in the centre. He is only 5 months and he probably wont remember all this, but for us its great family time and a chance to get out of the house. Its something we can look back one day and talk about when he is old enough to understand. I like the fact that everything is close together and we dont have to travel far to get groceries or things we need for Andreas.
There is really not much to do here, but for us things like that are not so important. We have fun wherever we are regardless of how big or small of a place we live. Although I would be lying if we said we didnt enjoy going to Prague every now and then for a change of scenery. Prague is a beautiful city, the Architecture is something to see, pictures and videos dont do it justice. Just to see the details that were put into making these buildings and the time period they were constructed is sometimes hard to comprehend. It may sound like I am exaggerating, but if you see it for yourself; you will definitely understand what I am talking about. By the looks of the city, you would think it has a large population, but it only has a population of 1.3 million people. By the way, Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic just in case my friends from a far reading this didnt know.
So after being here for in the Czech Republic for over a year now, it has been a very rewarding and satisfying experience for my wife and I. Basketball has been great, we were vice-champions last season and this season we are hoping to change that and finish as Champions of the Czech league. Living here has been a wonderful experience for us. And I must say all the things I heard about staying away from Eastern Europe, in regards to basketball and just living in general, have been debunked based on my experience.

P.S.if anyone reading this blog has any questions or a topic they would like to be discussed in the next blog.please feel free to leave a comment and let me know..until next time.


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Ed Morris leaves Aabyhoj - by Thomas Soltau

The forward/center has made an agreement to leave his team in order to sign a contract in Australia. Edward Morris (203-F-84, college: Pittsburg St.) has had a very successful season with the Aarhus team. The team made it into the semi-finals, as they upset 3rd seed SISU CPH.

Morris finished with 21,3ppg, 9,3rpg and 2,3bpg in 35mpg.

Aabyhoj will meet Horsholm next weekend in a one game final for the CDL 3rd place and bronze medal.



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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Houston R.
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 27.1
 1. Harris, Rio Grande27.1 
 2. Almond, Springfi.26.8 
 3. Williams, Sioux F.26.4 
 4. Johnson, Sioux F.23.3 
 5. Farmer, Reno B.23.2 
 6. Powell, Albuquerque22.2 
 7. Taylor, Idaho S.21.9 
 8. McLeod, Albuquer.21.8 
 9. Gee, Austin T.21.2 
 10. Jerrells, Austin T.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Phoenix Suns
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 16
 1. Jones, Austin T.16.0 
 2. Dorsey, Rio Grande13.2 
 3. Butch, Bakersfi.12.0 
 4. Johnson, Sioux F.11.2 
 5. Harris, Rio Grande10.4 
 6. Barron, Iowa E.10.2 
 7. Kurz, Ft.Wayne MA10.1 
 8. Benson, Reno B.10.1 
 9. Bryant, Erie Bay H.9.5 
 10. Simpson, Los A.9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.10.8 
 2. Conroy, Rio Grande9.7 
 3. Jackson, Erie B.7.4 
 4. Blalock, Reno B.7.3 
 5. Johnson, Bakersfi.7.1 
 6. Dickau, Ft.Wayne.7.1 
 7. Curry, Springfield A.7.1 
 8. Gaines, Idaho S.6.9 
 9. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers6.7 
 10. Barrett, Idaho S.6.7 
Steals Per Game
 Orien GREENE
  Utah F.
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Greene, Utah F.2.5 
 2. Trepagnier, Iowa E.2.4 
 3. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers2.3 
 4. Stinson, Iowa E.2.1 
 5. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 6. Robinson, Reno B.2.0 
 7. Robinson, Maine RC2.0 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.1.9 
 9. Jerrells, Austin T.1.9 
 10. McLeod, Albuquer.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Kurt LOOBY
  Maine RC
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Looby, Maine RC4.0 
 2. Stiemsma, Sioux F.3.7 
 3. Looby, Albuquerque3.3 
 4. Ajinca, Maine RC3.1 
 5. Simmons, Idaho S.2.9 
 6. Alleyne, Albuquerque2.2 
 7. Benson, Reno B.1.9 
 8. Jones, Austin T.1.8 
 9. Trybanski, Reno B.1.7 
 10. Davis, Maine RC1.6 


Iowa Energy, Tulsa 66ers and Austin Toros advance to Playoff Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Utah F. - Iowa E. 92-111
Mark Tyndale (6'5''-G-86, agency: Buck Andre, college: Temple) and Patrick Carroll (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: St.Joseph's) combined to score 47 points as the Iowa Energy beat the Utah Flash 111-92 to advance to round two of the 2010 NBA D-League playoffs. The win moves Iowa into a matchup with the Tulsa 66ers, who defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the first round. Iowa, who evened the series 1-1 on Friday night in Des Moines, started off slow on Sunday as Utah jumped out to 47-36 lead with 4:39 remaining in the 2nd quarter. The Energy responded with a quick 7-0 run to get the home team to within four points. The teams traded runs as Utah went into the halftime break leading 54-51. Tyndale and center Connor Atchley scored the final 15 points of the half for Iowa. The Energy opened the 2nd half with a 10-2 run capped by a slam dunk by Phoenix Suns assignee Taylor Griffin. Later in the quarter, a Brian Hamilton jump shot cut the Flash deficit to 66-64 with 4:39 left. Iowa clamped down on Utah from that point on, as Utah went scoreless in the final 4:39 of the 3rd quarter, allowing the Energy to extend their lead to 76-64. A pair of 3-pointers by Carroll and Jeff Trepagnier extended Iowa's lead to 16 points early in the final quarter. Iowa's lead grew to 23 points in the game before emptying their bench. Atchley finished the game with 19 points and 11 rebounds while Griffin pulled down a game high 14 rebounds. Utah was led by Greene's 22 points and 10 rebounds. Bennet Davis added 20 points and 10 boards in the loss. Iowa will head to Tulsa for game 1 of the 2nd round later this week. The Energy will host game 2 on Sunday, April 18th at 4pm. Game 3, if necessary, would be played on Tuesday, April 20th at 7pm in Des Moines. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Tulsa 66ers - Sioux Falls S. 111-101
The Skyforce were eliminated from the NBA D-League playoffs by Tulsa, a team with three active NBA players. But talent had little to do with the 111-101 decision Sunday night. The eighth-seeded 66ers outworked No. 4 Sioux Falls in Game 3 of the quarterfinals at the Arena, playing with more energy and effort in the finale of the best-of-three series. For the most part, the game was over in the first half. Tulsa put together a 20-0 run over the end of the first quarter and the start of the second. The fifth-year franchise was also plus-10 in rebound margin and held the Skyforce to 34 percent shooting in the first half. Sioux Falls trailed by as many as 20 points and at least eight the rest of the way, suffering just its sixth loss in 26 games at home this season. Guards Kyle Weaver (6'6''-G-86, college: Washington St.) and Mustafa Shakur (6'3''-G-84, agency: Buck Andre, college: Arizona) - two of the three players on loan from the Oklahoma City Thunder - led the 66ers with 27 and 23 points, respectively, while forward Larry Owens added 21. Kirk Penney drained 36 points in defeat. *Courtesy of www.argusleader.com

Dakota W. - Austin T. 90-102
The game - and the series - was within reach for the Dakota Wizards. But in the end, the Austin Toros Squeaked by. Reserve guard Carldell Johnson (5'10''-G-83, college: UAB) scored a season-high 19 points - nearly triple his average of 6.5 per game - to spur the Toros to a 102-90 victory over the Wizards in Game 3 of their D-League quarterfinal series. The Toros, who won the best-of-3 series 2-1, will play the winner of the Reno-Rio Grande Valley series. Curtis Jerrells (6'1''-G-87, college: Baylor) and Alonzo Gee scored 25 and 24 points respectively for the winners. Lester Hudson replied with 21 pts in loss. *Courtesy of www.bismarcktribune.com


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Santiago: Sameji, led by Quezada, wins its second in the semi's - by Ozell Wells
Sameji got their second victory yesterday in the semifinals by beating CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago 97- 80, while a possible victory over Pueblo Nuevo over Plaza Valerio to the second quad would then force a tie in the series, still looking for the two finalists of the Santiago Superior Tournament.

Sameji, aware of their position in the standing came out all guns blazing and from playing the same first to fourth quarter defined the game by winning 15 (32 - 17). That advantage also allowed them to win the first half 48 to 36.

The rest of the action was to preserve the distance and also to create distance in the event of a tie in the semifinal series.

Emmanuel 'Manny Quezada (188-G-85, college: USF) scored 29 points, of which 19 were in the first half leading the winning attack, followed by Amaury Filion (206-C/F-81) with 26 and 12 rebounds, rookie Charles Bronson (206-C-83, college: Pikeville) 11 points in 21 minutes, Carlos Payano (196-F/G-71, college: Dowling) 9, Juan Coronado and Daniel Tavarez 8.

For CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago, led by Adris Deleon (180-G-84, college: E.Washington) with 28 points, Franklin Matos (190-G-82) 15, 13 and Dustin Salisbury (196-G-84, agency: Buck Andre, college: Temple) and Kitwana Rhymer (208-C-78, college: Massachusetts) 12.

courtesy of ABASACA / Vicente Francisco


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  EGYPT   


Day 1: Easy wins for Itthad and Gezira - by Sherif Soliman
Day one for the super league finals held last night in Alexandria main hall. Itthad made an easy win over Sporting 83-70.while Gezira kept chasing itthad by crushing Army 20 points. On the other hand , Somouha made a hard win over Zamalek by 4 points to reach point 16 and get closer to book the third place this season for the first time in Somouha basketball history.However,Itthad team and fans hoping to win the third title this season if not losing any game in Alex. to finish it before cairo second round. Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76)

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  FRANCE   


NM1: News of the two last days - by Chris Spiesser
St-Etienne 105-73 Cognac
GET Vosges 63-74 St-Quentin
St-Chamond 75-66 Longwy
Lievin 89-77 Le Puy
Chalons 78-61 Denain
Angers BC 89-73 Bayonne
Boulogne 98-84 ESSL Angers
Challans 91-88 Blois
CFBB Reims, April, 24th

Logwy 74-92 St-Etienne
Denain 75-88 Challans
Cognac 114-79 Lievin
Blois 76-70 Angers BC
Reims 87-86 Boulogne
ESSL Angers 52-78 Chalons
LE Puy 110-86 CFBB
Bayonne 7779 GET Vosges
St-Quentin 83-67 St-Chamond

During the last two days, four teams had a perfect sheet. St-Etienne and St-Quentin made a big step in saving their spot. St-Quentin finally overcame a very complicated period that left them close to the bottom line. In the same category, Chalons is now comfortably settled at place 4 and can have a close look to the top. But the best move is for Challans which now shares place 1 with Le Puy. Challans is on a 6 victories trend and took advantage of the co-leader's false move in Lievin. After one week off, Reims caught an important win against Boulogne and stays on an ambitious third rank. Denain collapsed as they lost twice against direct rivals, though the nordists stay one win behind.
No big changes in the bottom with Longwy condemend to NM2, Cognac almost and St-Chamond shaking. ESSL Angers' 2 losses leaves them on the edge but nothing is done with only two wins between the playoff and relegation line.

Top performances:
Romain Tillon (St-Chamond Day 29): 30pts (9/12), 3rbs, 5ass
Damien Pistre (Le Puy 30): 22pts (9/9) 4rbs, 2ass, 3to, 5stl
Martial Gotagni (GET - 30): 18pts (7/11), 7rbs, 2ass, 7stl
Julien Lesieu (St-Quentin 29) ; 22pts, 11rbs
Michel Ipouck (Angers BC - 29) 22pts (9/11), 8rbs

Andre Harris (St-Etienne 29): 20pts, 8rbs, 5ass
Nicolas Kaczmarow (Longwy 30); 18pts (7/9), 9rbs, 3ass
Ronald Yates (Boulogne - 29) 24pts, 6rbs, 4ass, 2to, 3stl
Mathieu Boutry (Challans 29) 14pts, 12 rbs, 3ass
Marc Axton (Reims - 30): 24pts (9/12), 9rbs


French ProA round 26 best performance: Stevan Milosevic - by Eurobasket
Serbian center Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for JDA Dijon Bourgogne, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 25-year old player a double-double of 17 points and adding 19 rebounds, while his team beat Poitiers 86-76. Dijon maintains the 15th position in French ProA. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked #15. They already lost 19 games and recorded just seven victories. Milosevic has many years of experience at Dijon, through which he has constantly improved. Stevan Milosevic averages this season 11.1ppg and 8.7rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old American Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78) of Sluc Nancy Basket Pro. Greer had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 19 rebounds. Bad luck as Nancy lost that game 79-87 to the higher-ranked Roanne (#4, 17-9). Nancy managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 16-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Greer is one of the most experiences players at Nancy and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.7ppg (#8). His other stats are also very impressive: 8.9rpg and 6.1apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Marc Salyers (205-F-79) of Le Mans Sarthe Basket. Salyers showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, six rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Le Mans, leading his team to a 88-78 win against the lower-ranked Hyeres-Toulon. Le Mans needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record is 20 victories and 6 lost games. Salyers has a very solid season. In 26 games in France he scored 12.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Taj Gray (202-F/C-84) of Chalon - 20 points, 14 rebounds and 1 assist
5. Dylan Page (204-F-82) of Roanne - 16 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Shawnta Rogers (162-G-76) of Rouen - 29 points, 1 rebound and 2 assists
7. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82) of Le Mans - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Uchenna Nsonwu (208-F/C-78) of Roanne - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Xane D'Almeida (183-G-83) of Dijon - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88) of Orleans - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 1 assist


Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Reims 20-9 
 2. Challans 20-10 
 3. Le Puy 20-10 
 4. Denain 19-11 
 5. Chalons 19-11 
 6. Angers BC 49 18-12 
 7. Boulogne 18-12 
 8. St Etienne 16-14 
 9. Blois 16-14 
 10. St Quentin 16-14 
 11. Lievin 15-15 
 12. Denek 15-15 
 13. Get Vosges 14-16 
 14. Angers EOSL 14-16 
 15. St Chamond 12-18 
 16. Cognac 11-19 
 17. Longwy 4-26 
 18. CFBB 2-28 


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Derrick OBASOHAN
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (199-F-81)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Obasohan, Hyeres-T.19.9 
 2. Spencer, Le Mans18.3 
 3. Roberson, Stras.17.9 
 4. Vassallo, Paris-.17.3 
 5. Banks, Orleans17.0 
 6. Gray, Chalon16.8 
 7. Chatfield, Rouen16.0 
 8. Greer, Nancy15.7 
 9. Schilb, Chalon15.5 
 10. Traore, AS.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mouhamed SENE
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Sene, Hyeres-Toulon12.2 
 2. Issa, Vichy11.3 
 3. Nsonwu, Roanne9.0 
 4. Greer, Nancy8.9 
 5. Falker, Cholet8.0 
 6. Edwards, Grave.8.0 
 7. Terrell, Hyeres-T.7.5 
 8. Gray, Chalon7.1 
 9. Akpomedah, Grave.7.0 
 10. Slaughter, Nancy6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Vichy
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Reid, Vichy7.5 
 2. Everett, Chalon6.8 
 3. Rogers, Rouen6.4 
 4. Greer, Nancy6.1 
 5. Neitzel, Chalon5.3 
 6. Pierce, Hyeres-T.5.3 
 7. Sciarra, Orleans5.1 
 8. Heurtel, Strasbourg5.1 
 9. Woodside, Gravelines4.8 
 10. Tchicamboud, Nancy4.8 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Cholet
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Linehan, Cholet2.7 
 2. Everett, Chalon2.1 
 3. Flowers, Vichy2.0 
 4. Issa, Vichy1.9 
 5. Greer, Nancy1.9 
 6. Rogers, Rouen1.8 
 7. Mims, Roanne1.8 
 8. Wright, Le Mans1.7 
 9. Ball, Paris-Levallois1.7 
 10. Miller, Le Havre1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Mouhamed SENE
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Sene, Hyeres-Toulon2.6 
 2. Issa, Vichy2.3 
 3. Akpomedah, Grave.1.7 
 4. Badiane, Poitiers1.6 
 5. Slaughter, Nancy1.5 
 6. Falker, Cholet1.4 
 7. Fazekas, Dijon1.3 
 8. Akingbala, Nancy1.3 
 9. Simon, Strasbourg1.2 
 10. Darden, Strasbourg1.2 


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Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Dimitar KARADZOVSKI
  Torus
  (189-G-84)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Karadzovski, Torus20.3 
 2. Simic, V.Osiguruvanje19.3 
 3. Dimcevski, Vardar 19.1 
 4. Cekovski, Rabotnicki18.9 
 5. Ristic, Ovce Pole18.8 
 6. Held, Ovce Pole17.6 
 7. Stojanovski, V.Osig.16.7 
 8. Held, Pelister15.7 
 9. Hadzibulic, Rabot.15.6 
 10. Life, Feni Indistrija15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gjorgji CEKOVSKI
  Levski
  (202-F/C-81)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Cekovski, Rabotnicki9.4 
 2. Krstevski, Vardar 8.4 
 3. Simic, V.Osiguruvanje7.7 
 4. Held, Pelister7.6 
 5. Gjorevski, MZT S.7.3 
 6. Ristic, Ovce Pole7.3 
 7. Dimcevski, Vardar 7.0 
 8. Televski, Pelister6.8 
 9. Held, Ovce Pole6.5 
 10. Knezevic, Feni I.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Goran SAMARDZIEV
  Feni Indistrija
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Samardziev, Feni I.5.5 
 2. Kocov, Vardar 20004.8 
 3. Karadzovski, Torus4.7 
 4. Mladenovic, Ovce Pole4.7 
 5. Mirakovski, Rabot.4.2 
 6. Trajkovski, Plejme.3.7 
 7. Sokolov, Rabotnicki3.7 
 8. Tasevski, Torus3.7 
 9. Ugrinoski, V.Osig.3.3 
 10. Popovic, Feni I.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Angel TASEVSKI
  Torus
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Tasevski, Torus1.7 
 2. Bogojev, Feni I.1.6 
 3. Dimcevski, Vardar 1.6 
 4. Kocov, Vardar 20001.5 
 5. Dimitrovski, Rabot.1.4 
 6. Stojanovski, V.Osig.1.4 
 7. Held, Pelister1.4 
 8. Mladenovic, Ovce Pole1.4 
 9. Samardziev, Feni I.1.3 
 10. Sokolov, Rabotnicki1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Toni SIMIC
  V.Osiguruvanje
  (210-C-76)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Simic, V.Osiguruvanje2.7 
 2. Krstevski, Vardar 1.6 
 3. Televski, Pelister1.3 
 4. Kralevski, Plejme.1.1 
 5. Trajkovski, Feni I.0.9 
 6. Knezevic, Feni I.0.8 
 7. Bilbija, Ovce Pole0.5 
 8. Ilic, Vardar 20000.5 
 9. Cekovski, Rabotnicki0.5 
 10. Dokuzovski, Rabot.0.4 


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  GERMANY   


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Tyler KEPKAY
  ETB Wohnbau
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Kepkay, ETB W.21.5 
 2. Holloway, Hannover21.4 
 3. Jeka, Cuxhaven19.8 
 4. Hodges, Heidelberg19.6 
 5. Baxley, Braves19.3 
 6. Dorris, Cuxhaven18.7 
 7. Roessler, Karlsruhe18.5 
 8. Burleson, Heidelberg18.1 
 9. Brooks, Kirchheim17.6 
 10. Wachalski, Osnab.17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alonzo HIRD
  Langen
  (206-F-83)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Hird, Langen11.1 
 2. Smallwood, Braves9.7 
 3. Richardson, Karls.9.2 
 4. Black, Karlsruhe9.1 
 5. Baker, Osnabrueck8.9 
 6. Maras, B.Muenchen8.6 
 7. Rastatter, Chemn.8.4 
 8. Chones, ETB W.7.8 
 9. Ferguson, Noerdlin.7.6 
 10. Jackson-W., Jena7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Whit HOLCOMB-FAYE
  Braves
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Holcomb-Faye, Bra.8.3 
 2. Bynum, Crailsheim5.6 
 3. Jeka, Cuxhaven5.5 
 4. Watson, Noerdlin.5.1 
 5. Zazai, Freiburg4.9 
 6. Holloway, Hannover4.9 
 7. Harrelson, Osnab.4.6 
 8. Burleson, Heidelberg4.5 
 9. Kepkay, ETB W.4.4 
 10. Brooks, Kirchheim4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Emmanuel HOLLOWAY
  Hannover
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Holloway, Hannover2.3 
 2. Dorris, Cuxhaven2.3 
 3. Brooks, Kirchheim2.1 
 4. Zazai, Freiburg2.1 
 5. Burleson, Heidelberg2.0 
 6. Hunter, Freiburg1.9 
 7. Scott, Kirchheim1.9 
 8. Hodges, Heidelberg1.9 
 9. Jeka, Cuxhaven1.7 
 10. Slack, Hannover1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony SLACK
  Hannover
  (202-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Slack, Hannover2.2 
 2. De Michael, Kirchheim1.8 
 3. Schoo, Hannover1.5 
 4. Hill, Jena1.4 
 5. Maras, B.Muenchen1.3 
 6. Fuller, Cuxhaven1.3 
 7. Buse, Osnabrueck1.0 
 8. Seward, Bayreuth1.0 
 9. Smallwood, Braves0.9 
 10. Roquette, Freiburg0.9 


The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Replace Head Coach Murat Didin With Gordon Herbert - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Despite reaching THe BEKO BBL Cup Final, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners decided to replace Turk head coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) with Gordon Herbert. 'After the exciting cup final, we decided to go separate ways because we didnt have the same visions for the future. We thank Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) for his hard work the last three years', stated Skyliner manager Gunnar Wobke. 'I am very happy that I was able to work in such a professional club like The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. I want to thank the fans and the players and coaching staff for their good work. The new head coach of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners will be Gordon Herbert wo recieved a contract until 2011 and who led the club to the German title in 2004 then known as the Opel Skyliners.'I am happy to be coming back to Frankfurt. It is one of the best organizations in Europe. I like the team a lot. It has a lot of potential'; stressed Gordon Herbert.

Gordon Herbert was born on February 16, 1959 in Penticton British Columbia and studied at the University of Idaho. As a player he took part with the Canadian National team at the Olympic games in 1984 and at the World Championships in 1986. He retired as a player in 1994. He then began his coaching career and coached in countries like Finland, Austria and Germany. He was head coach of The Opel Skyliners from 2001-2004. He won the French cup with Pau-Orthez in 2006. He also was head coach of the Georgian National team from 2005-2007. He was head coach for Aris Thessaloniki from 2007-2008. In the 2008-2009 season, he was assistant coach of the Toronto Raptors. This season, he was head coach for Espoo Honka in Finland.
www.deutschebankskyliners.de



Chris Oliver (BG Goettingen) Chatter About The 2010 BEKO BBL Cup Weekend In Frankfurt - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Chris Oliver (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Radford) is a 24 year old 198cm forward playing his second season with MEG Goetingen. He is a athletic forward that has great hands, the versatility to play inside and outside, with three-point range on his jump shot, and has tremendous poise and maturity. He played at Radford from 2003-2007 and in his senior year, he played 30 games averaging 18.8ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.1apg, 1.9spg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 48.7%, 3Pts: 25.8%, FT: 74.8%. He came to Germany in 2007-2008 and played for the Kaiserslautern Braves of the PRO A playing 30 games: Score-2 (20.5ppg), Reb-5 (9.0rpg), 1.2apg, 1.3spg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 56%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 79.6%. Last season in Goettingen, he averaged 10.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.4spg, FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 75.5% in 34 games. He spoke to Eurobasket after the BEKO BBL Cup weekend in Frankfurt.

How did you like the BEKO BBL weekend?

It was a good experience for me and the team, but the result was not what we were expecting.

Can you remember losing two games in a row this season?

No I cant. That was the first time that we lost two games in a row.

It seemed like BG Goettingen was unable to play their style in the loss to Bamberg.


We came out sluggish against Bamberg. We had injuries, but that isnt an excuse. They jumped on us and we played from behind for the game. It also wasnt our best shooting day either.

How tough wa sit playing in a game for third place at 12.00?

It was tough, but we wanted to win. We played hard, but we had injuries and were resting guys. We just got beat.

What was your impression of the BEKO BBL Cup game Deutsche Bank Skyliners-Brose Baskets Bamberg?

We were on the way home, but form what I could see from the stats, it was a close game and Frankfurt made a run at the end and were right in the game.

On Wedensday, BG Goettingen plays a tough league game against The EWE Baskets Oldenburg, but you have beat them twice.

We have to approach this game like any other game. We have to execute our game plan and be aggressive. We cant play sofe like we did against Bamberg, because Oldenburg is way to good.

How excited are about playing the Eurochallenge?

One of the reasons why I stayed in Goettingen was to be able to play Eurochallenge. It was always my dream to play in a Final 4 and we have the home court advantage.

What was the last DVD that you saw?


Life.
Thanks Chris for the chat.



Roquette's 22 points and 8 rebounds give him ProA Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket
28-year old power forward Christoph Roquette (203-F/C-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for USC Freiburg and it's enough to give him a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 28.
He had the game-high 22 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for his team's victory, helping them to crush Heidelberg with 21-point margin 93-72. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Freiburg maintains the 14th position in German ProA. Freiburg is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-18 record. Roquette turned to be Freiburg's top player in his first season with the team. Christoph Roquette averages this season 12.9ppg and 5.7rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Jibril Hodges (188-G-84) of USC Heidelberg. He is American guard in his 2nd season at Heidelberg. In the last game Hodges recorded impressive 22 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as Heidelberg lost that game 72-93 to the lower-ranked Freiburg (#14, 10-18). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title (Heidelberg is ranked #12th in the league). His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-17 record. Hodges is well-known at Heidelberg and he already established his position as the team's leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.6ppg. He also recorded 3.8 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Kevin Wysocki (198-F-87) of Science City Jena. Wysocki scored 25 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Wysocki's great performance Jena lost 61-75 to the higher-ranked Bayreuth. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other temmates. The chances of Jena ranking at the top of the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 17 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Wysocki could bring Jena's position much higher in the standings. Wysocki has a very solid season. In 15 games in Germany he scored 12.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Steve Wachalski (203-F/C-83) of Osnabrueck - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist
5. Yannick Evans (202-F/C-86) of Freiburg - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Cedric Brooks (185-G-80) of Kirchheim - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Robert Maras (216-C-78) of B.Muenchen - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jeremy Black (203-F-85) of Karlsruhe - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Radivoj Tomasevic (180-G-78) of Kirchheim - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Reggie Fuller (198-F-86) of Cuxhaven - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists


ProB Round: 28 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
SU Medien - Vechta 105-69
SU Medien smashed Vechta 105:69 at the end of the Regular Season Round 28. Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87, college: Findlay (OH)) poured in 28 points and Friedel Philipp delivered 20. Thompson Christopher ended up with 16 points in the losing effort.

Stahnsdorf - Wuerzburg B. 53-67
Wurzburg Baskets led 40-29 at the halftime to beat Stahnsdorf 67:53. Daniel Cioffi (190-G-81, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Watkins Brandon netted 13. Evans Terry brought 21 points for the hosts.

TSV Troester - Herten 61-74
TSV Troester lost to Herten 61:74 as the latter got 22 points from Cory Abercrombie (201-F/C-85, college: Independence CC). Smith Ahmad scored 19 and Berger Maik notched 14. Schmidt Daniel delivered 22 points for the home side.

Speyer - Bayer Giants 79-90
Speyer was defeated by Bayer Giants 79:90 on the first game of the Regular Season Round 28. Rodney Foster (185-G-85, college: Rice) top-scored for the winners with 24 points, whilst Henry Hunter collected massive 20 points and 24 rebounds. Campbell Brendan delivered 25 points and 10 boards in defeat.

Rist-Wedel - Weissenhorn 87-92
Rist-Wedel lost to Weissenhorn 87:92 as Cody Toppert (193-G-83, college: Cornell) stepped up with 25 points and Mobius Florian followed him with 22. John Davis produced 22 points and 7 rebounds in the losing case.

NBC - L.Baeren 77-70
NBC outscored Baeren 77:70 as Martin Ides (217-C-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Davidson) and Doreth Bastian combined for 35 points to lead all the winners. Green Mychal ended up with 26 points in the losing effort.

Wolfenbuettel - Ehingen 68-85
Wolfenbuettel lost to Ehingen 68:85 at the Regular Season Round 28. Kristian Kuhn (208-C-87, college: N.Arizona) and Sir Stephen poured in 16 points each, while Spoden Ruben scored 14. Harris Evan and Theis Frank ended up with 18 points each in defeat.

SOBA Dragons - Dt.Bank SKY II 95-44
SOBA Dragons rolled over Dt.Bank SKY II 95:44 as Jonas Wolfarth-Bottermann (207-C-90) collected 22 points, 11 rebounds and 6 block-shots for the winners. Spraggins Deundrae, Rojik Christopher and Lange Johannes each scored 13 in a win. Novak Jan produced 12 points in defeat.



ProA Round: 28 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Freiburg - Heidelberg 93-72
Freiburg rolled over Heidelberg 93:72 at the Regular Season Round 28. Marin Petric (190-G-80) poured in 23 points, Roquette Christoph scored 22 and Evans Yannick netted 21. Hodges Jibril brought 22 points for the visitors.

Jena - Bayreuth 61-75
Jena lost to Bayreuth 61:75 as the latter got 14 points from Christoph Tetzner (200-F-81, agency: Limelight Hoops). Harris Jaivon posted 12 and Jackson Thomas notched 11. Wysocki Kevin delivered 25 points in the losing effort.

Crailsheim - Cuxhaven 76-79
Crailsheim was beaten by Cuxhaven 76:79 as Reggie Fuller (198-F-86, college: Binghamton) stepped up with 19 points and Williams Eric delivered 17. McAndrew Mark ended up with 17 points in the losing case.

ETB Wohnbau - Langen 75-86
Langen grabbed 86:75 over ETB Wohnbau away from home. Tobias Grauel (195-F-86, agency: Heinrich Sports) paced all the winners with 20 points, Barth Kai followed him with 16 and Jeffers Kyle netted 15. Terdenge Gerrit finished the game with 21 points in defeat.

Kirchheim - Chemnitz 95-81
VfL Kirchheim Knights improved to 18-10 record defeating Chemnitz 95:81. Radivoj Tomasevic (180-G-78) led the way with 22 points and Brooks Cedric netted 21. Johnson Gary responded with 18 points in the losing effort.

Noerdlingen - B.Muenchen 61-66
Noerdlingen lost to B.Muenchen 61:66 at the Regular Season Round 28. Robert Maras (216-C-78, agency: Court Side) collected 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Stemler Lance followed him with 12. Watson Giordan chipped in 14 points for the guests and Archibald Casey brought 12.

Braves - Hannover 100-78
Braves cruised past Hannover 100:78 on April 10th. Whit Holcomb-Faye (185-G-84, college: Radford) top-scored for the winners with 21 points, while Smallwood Marcus collected 19 points and 14 rebounds. Jones Jacques ended up with 17 points in defeat.

Karlsruhe - Osnabrueck 84-92
Karlsruhe was beaten by Osnabrueck 84:92 as the latter enjoyed 24 points from Steve Wachalski (203-F/C-83). Simin Igor brought 19 and Baker Torvoris scored 16. Baker Greg produced 21 points in the losing effort.



Stuart Robbins passes away, age 33 - by Moritz Korff
According to Live 95FM, a local radio station in Limerick, Ireland, and according to the website of the Saar Pfalz Braves, former Braves' and FC Bayern Muenchen player Stuart Robbins (210-C-76, college: Wabash Valley CC) has suddenly passed away at the age of 33. Robbins played for the Braves from 2003 until 2008 and spent the 2008-09 season with FC Bayern, before he took his game to Ireland.
The Live 95FM website reports:
'A player with the UL Eagles Basketball team has been found dead in Galway.
33 year old Stuart Robbins, whose originally from Wales was in Galway as part of UL's Intervarsity team where he was assistant coach.
It's believed he died of natural causes in his sleep.'
Read more: http://www.live95fm.ie/news/news-item.aspx?arti_guid=13e51c2a-a3ec-459c-93c8-34cd1312fd7f


Brandon Thomas (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Postgame Thoughts To 76-70 Win Against Alba Berlin - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, 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%. He talked to eurobasket after the 76-70 win against 8 time bEKO BBL champion Alba Berlin.

Brandon congrats on the 76-70 win at home against 8 time BEKO BBL champion Alba Belrin. How big was the belief before the game that this could be won?


We always have the belief that we can win and we all knew that it was a big opportunity for us.

Alba Berlin is in 1st place and The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig are fighting for the playoffs. Did Alba Berlin take you a little too lightly or underestimate your big will to win?


I really dont think so, but oh well if they did lol.

The game seemed very tight as Braunschweig had the 36-31 lead at halftime. What was key in the first half for Braunschweig having the lead?


Along with hard work we were able to execute our plan on defense. We also worked well as a team on offense.

Did Braunschweig make any adjustments in the second half?


Some adjustments to defensive pick and roll situations but mostly we stayed the same.

Alba Berlin cut the lead to 60-59, but Braunschweig kept their cool and pulled out the win. What was key in crunch time for sealing the win?


Along with a great team effort on defense; we had great play from Heiko and Kevin in crunch time creating shots and making plays.

How well did Braunschweig come to terms with the Berlin pick and role? Blagota Sekulic had 19 points and hit all his shots?


They are great at picking teams apart with the pick and roll. We had to live with some of it, but for the most part I think we were well prepared to get stops.

Does this game give you an extra special feeling since you were top scorer?



I am happy that I was able to knock down some shots but the special feeling is from being one step closer to the playoffs.

What kind of an experience was it playing against Immanuel Mcelroy that is always able for a
triple double. What is most difficult to stop in his game?



Its always fun and a challenge playing against talented players. He does so many things well for them its tough to point out which attribute is his strongest.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost 76-75 against The Brose Baskets Bamberg. How much of the cup weekend were you able to follow?

I saw most of the semis and the final. It seemed like an amazing experience. Congrats to Bamberg.
Thanks Brandon fort he chat.



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DASH Peristeri GS Athens sign Reece Gaines - by Eurobasket
DASH Peristeri GS Athens agreed terms with 29-year old American guard Reece Gaines (198-G-81, college: Louisville). Gaines played most recently at Bakersfield Jam (D-League) in the U.S. While playing 46 games for Bakersfield J. this season he averaged 14.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.0apg. Gaines is a very experienced player.
Reece is an ex-Italian A1 All-Star Game from 2006 and Italian SerieA Semifinals in 2009
in his first game with DASH Peristeri GS Athens, Gaines played 10 minutes and scored 4 points, 1 rebounds and 2 assists
By Eurobasket Data Center


A2, Round 24 review: Wins for Ikaros Esperos and Iraklis - by Eurobasket News
Ikaros Esperos - Pagrati 86-66
Ikaros Esperos blasted Pagrati to stay on top of A2 standings with nice 20-4 record. Vaggel Karaboulas (198-F-81, agency: FCM) once again led his team in scoring with 18 points. Christos Petrodimopoulos (209-F/C-80, agency: FCM) also was great adding 16 points and 10 boards. In the loosing squad (16-8), Tasos Harismidis and Filippos Moscovitis posted 20 pts each.

Ermis Lagk. - KAOD 80-76
Ermis Lagkada outplayed KAO Dramas in Round 24 mostly owing to Tasos Dimitriadis (201-C-82), who scored 17 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. Voule Mantic (200-F/G-82) and Haris Plioukas followed him with 16 and 12 points respectively. Visitors got 21 pts from Vassili Kitsoulis. Ermis Lagkada 8-16, KAO Dramas 13-11.

Near East - Arkadikos 74-63
Near East had Nikos Michalos (192-G-77) in a game mood with 16 points and 6 rebounds, Vassilis Kounas (195-G-84) scored 12 and Nikos Kokalis added 10 points, plus 8 rebounds for the hosts. In Arkadikos, Antonis Sivorotka delivered 11 points. Near East 10-14, Arkadikos 14-10.

Iraklis - OFI 77-71
Iraklis stays the second ranked team in A2 with 19-5 record. Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-F/G-77, agency: BeoExcell) paced the Thessaloniki team to this victory with 20 points. Dimitris Despos (209-C-76, agency: FCM) added 15 points and 8 boards. OFI (7-17) got 24 pts from Stavros Danil.

Perama - Egaleo 99-90
Perama was too strong for the last ranked Egaleo mostly thanks to Nikos Liakopoulos (201-F-76, agency: FCM) and Leonida Skoutaris (200-F-76, college: Cleveland St.), who drained 29 and 28 points respectively. Liakopoulos had 8 rebounds and 11 assists beside that, while Skoutaris added 7 boards. Visitors got 14 pts from Dimos Fotiou. Perama 10-14, Egaleo 6-18.

Olimpiada P. - Xanthi 107-99
Olimpiada jumped to 15-9 after 107-99 home win against Xanthi. Vassilis Moulakis (180-G-77) top-scored for the hosts with 26 points and Yannis Gagaloudis (191-G-78) delivered 2 less than him. Konstantinos Christou and Alexandros Panagiotopoulos combined 50 points, but that was not enough for their team this week-end.

Ikaroi Serron - Dafni 106-105 OT
Ikaroi Serron escaped with OT win against Dafni to join them with 10-14 score. Kostas Pehlivanis (192-F-79) came up with 21 points for the hosts and Milos Pavlicevic (196-G/F-82, agency: High Post Agency) was behind him with one less. Fotis Vassilopoulos netted 28 points for Dafni.

AGOR - Amyntas 84-70
12-12 for AGO Rethimno and 10-14 for Amyntas after this game. Spyridon Magounis (200-G-85, agency: FCM) shined for the hosts with 20 points, while Damir Latovic added 17 points and 13 rebounds. Savvas Dorkofikis had 16 points and 8 boards for the visiting side.


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Josh CHILDRESS
  Olympiakos
  (203-G/F-83)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Childress, Olympiakos16.4 
 2. Erceg, Panionios15.9 
 3. Arnold, Perister.15.3 
 4. Kleiza, Olympiakos15.2 
 5. Gregory, PAOK15.1 
 6. Green, AEK15.0 
 7. Kaimakoglou, Marou.14.7 
 8. Monroe, PAOK14.7 
 9. Harris, VAP K.14.7 
 10. Massie, Olimpia L.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Olimpia L.
  (206-F-77)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Massie, Olimpia L.10.7 
 2. Francis, AEK7.9 
 3. Bryant, Panionios7.4 
 4. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.3 
 5. Carter, Ilysiakos7.1 
 6. Arnold, Perister.6.7 
 7. Homan, Marousi BC6.6 
 8. Dozier, VAP K.6.3 
 9. Vougioukas, Panellin.6.0 
 10. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panathinaikos
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Diamantidis, Panath.4.9 
 2. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.5 
 3. Karidas, Ilysiakos4.4 
 4. Lukas, Marousi BC4.3 
 5. Dickel, Trikalla4.2 
 6. Green, AEK4.0 
 7. Vasiljevic, VAP K.3.8 
 8. Papaloukas, Olymp.3.7 
 9. Spanoulis, Panath.3.6 
 10. Hammonds, Perister.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Vonteego CUMMINGS
  Ilysiakos
  (192-G-76)
  Avg: 2
 1. Cummings, Ilysiakos2.0 
 2. Lukas, Marousi BC2.0 
 3. Collins, Kavala/P.1.8 
 4. Nikolaidis, AEK1.6 
 5. Green, Olimpia L.1.6 
 6. Katsares, Trikalla1.6 
 7. Dickel, Trikalla1.5 
 8. Green, AEK1.5 
 9. Hammonds, Perister.1.5 
 10. Diamantidis, Panath.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ian VOUGIOUKAS
  Panellinios
  (212-C/F-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Vougioukas, Panellin.1.6 
 2. Harissis, VAP K.1.1 
 3. Benton, Ilysiakos1.0 
 4. Homan, Marousi BC1.0 
 5. Mavroidis, Marou.0.9 
 6. Bourousis, Olympiakos0.9 
 7. Carter, Ilysiakos0.8 
 8. Fotsis, Panathinaikos0.8 
 9. Smith, Panellinios0.7 
 10. Dozier, VAP K.0.7 


Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Nikos LIAKOPOULOS
  Perama
  (201-F-76)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Liakopoulos, Per.21.3 
 2. Gagaloudis, Olimpi.18.8 
 3. Totsios, Ikaroi S.17.8 
 4. Michalos, Near E.17.5 
 5. Anagnostopou., Xan.16.4 
 6. Tsoutsos, Dafni16.2 
 7. Christou, Xanthi16.1 
 8. Kakiouzis, Pagrati15.9 
 9. Kaklamanos, Pagra.15.6 
 10. Panagiotopou., Xan.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Damir LATOVIC
  AGOR
  (204-C-80)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Latovic, AGOR11.2 
 2. Amato, Perama10.5 
 3. Kakiouzis, Pagrati7.3 
 4. Koutroulias, Near E.7.2 
 5. Vagenas, OFI7.1 
 6. Dimitriadis, Ermis L.6.7 
 7. Anagnostopou., Xan.6.5 
 8. Cartelo, KAOD6.5 
 9. Zondervan, Egaleo6.5 
 10. Giovanivic, Arkadikos6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Nikos LIAKOPOULOS
  Perama
  (201-F-76)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Liakopoulos, Per.6.3 
 2. Zoupas, Amyntas5.3 
 3. Gagaloudis, Olimpi.5.2 
 4. Vassilopoulo., Dafni4.9 
 5. Moscovitis, Pagrati4.2 
 6. Michalos, Near E.4.0 
 7. Kaklamanos, Pagra.4.0 
 8. Kiriakopoulo., KAOD3.8 
 9. Maslarinos, Xanthi3.4 
 10. Teodosic, Egaleo3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Olimpiada P.
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gagaloudis, Olimpi.1.8 
 2. Castle, Iraklis1.5 
 3. Petrovic-S., Iraklis1.5 
 4. Liakopoulos, Per.1.4 
 5. Magounis, AGOR1.3 
 6. Sourlis, Arkadikos1.3 
 7. Sizopoulos, Arkadikos1.3 
 8. Karapostolou, Iraklis1.3 
 9. Lianos, Dafni1.2 
 10. Pettas, Olimpiada P.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Vassilis VAGENAS
  OFI
  (202-F-80)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Vagenas, OFI1.1 
 2. Giovanivic, Arkadikos1.0 
 3. Harismidis, Pagrati0.9 
 4. Koutroulias, Near E.0.8 
 5. Souflias, OFI0.7 
 6. Amato, Perama0.7 
 7. Vagenas, OFI0.7 
 8. Psathas, AGOR0.7 
 9. Anagnostopou., Xan.0.7 
 10. Despos, Iraklis0.6 


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Standings
LPB Standings
 1. USAC 6-0 
 2. Lanco B.C. 4-1 
 3. D-Team 4-1 
 4. Compusys 2-3 
 5. URL 1-4 
 6. Australian Milk 1-5 
 7. Le Mans 0-4 


D-Team defeats Australian Milk - by Gianni Pascucci
The Clausura Tournment of the Liga Profesional de Baloncesto restarted last weekend, and D-Team Guatemala clearly defeated Australian Milk, 141-106 at the Universidad Popular Gymnasium. Thanks to this win, D-Team reaches Lanco B.C at the second place, and the two teams will meet in teh next Round of the competition. D-Team players Enrique Samayoa (193-F-82), Jose Joaquin Ortiz (180-G-78) and Otto Rodriguez (194-F-88) combined for 61 points, while Walter Morales (180-G-83) scored 42 points by himself in another fantastic losing effort. Thanks to this performance, Morales kept the top of the LPB Best Scorers table, with 40.5 points per game, probably the best scoring average in a professional league in the world...

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Eredivisie Round: 32 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Landstede - ZZ Leiden 54-94
ZZ Leiden blasted Landstede on the road to reach 22nd victory of the season. Danny Gibson (180-G-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: S.Indiana) led ZZ Leiden in scoring with 18 points. Jeroen Slor (204-F-85, agency: R.H.Consultancy) followed him with 13 points and 7 rebounds. On the other side, Landstede (5-30) got 19 points and 14 boards from Larry Gordon.

M.Magix - Giants 82-75
Torey Thomas (180-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross) was a key player in victory with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Markel Humphrey (198-F-87, college: Marshall) (8 rebs) and Bobby Davis (6 rebs) added 15 points each. Brandon Griffin replied with 18 points in loss and his team dropped to 23-11.

Upstairs Weert - Eiff.Towers 81-88
Eiffel Towers celebrated in Weert mostly owing to Anthony Richardson (201-F-83, agency: 540 Sports, college: Florida St.), who drained 33 points (5 triples). Kees Akerboom (200-F-83, agency: Court Side) was the second scorer in this victory with 13 points. Rod Earls delivered 25 points in defeat. Eiffel Towers 23-11, Weert 11-23.

GasTerra F. - Rotterdam 96-63
Expected win for GassTerra Flames, who stays on top of Eredivisie standings with impressive 31-3. Tim Blue (205-F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) shined for the Groningen team with 25 points. Patrick Hilliman (206-F/C-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: High Point) collected 14 pts and 12 boards in defeat.


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Danny GIBSON
  ZZ Leiden
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Gibson, ZZ Leiden18.9 
 2. Palmer, Upstairs.18.1 
 3. Thomas, M.Magix17.2 
 4. Boxley, ZZ Leiden17.1 
 5. Monroe, DeFriesl.16.5 
 6. Haryasz, GasTerra.16.3 
 7. Hendley, Landstede15.8 
 8. Calhoun, EclipseJet15.5 
 9. Sanders, EclipseJet15.1 
 10. LeMelle, ZZ Leiden14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Patrick HILLIMAN
  Rotterdam
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Hilliman, Rotterdam10.2 
 2. Palmer, Upstairs.9.3 
 3. Haryasz, GasTerra.9.0 
 4. McGhee, ZZ Leiden8.5 
 5. Ellis, GasTerra F.8.3 
 6. Gordon, Landstede8.1 
 7. Monroe, DeFriesl.7.9 
 8. Beasley, Eiff.Tow.7.7 
 9. Griffin, Giants7.5 
 10. de Randamie, Eclip.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Torey THOMAS
  M.Magix
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 7
 1. Thomas, M.Magix7.0 
 2. Oliver, Eiff.Towers5.5 
 3. Porter, Upstairs.5.0 
 4. Bostain, GasTerra.4.6 
 5. Bauscher, GasTerra.4.3 
 6. Gibson, ZZ Leiden4.2 
 7. Defares, Giants4.2 
 8. Moore, DeFriesland4.1 
 9. Blackwood, DeFriesl.4.0 
 10. Slagter, Giants3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Torey THOMAS
  M.Magix
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Thomas, M.Magix2.9 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra.2.6 
 3. Dourisseau, GasTerra.2.6 
 4. Rodgers, EclipseJet2.6 
 5. Bostain, GasTerra.2.4 
 6. de Randamie, Eclip.2.4 
 7. Mason, EclipseJet2.3 
 8. Flowers, M.Magix2.3 
 9. Ellis, GasTerra F.2.1 
 10. Kimbrough, Giants2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  M.Magix
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Hughes, M.Magix1.8 
 2. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.5 
 3. Haryasz, GasTerra.1.4 
 4. Boxley, ZZ Leiden1.2 
 5. Slor, ZZ Leiden1.1 
 6. Sanders, EclipseJet1.0 
 7. Porter, Upstairs.1.0 
 8. Richardson, Eiff.Tow.0.8 
 9. Kuijper, ZZ Leiden0.8 
 10. Williams, Landstede0.7 


Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Amsterdam 2 18-6 
 2. MSV 17-6 
 3. Red Giants 16-7 
 4. Binnenland 16-7 
 5. Goba 15-10 
 6. Leiden 2 11-11 
 7. BV Rooi 10-12 
 8. Groene 10-12 
 9. Hoofddorp 10-12 
 10. Punch 10-13 
 11. Akrides 8-16 
 12. High Five 4-17 
 13. Landstede 2 3-20 


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IBL New Update on Team Tryout! - by Lucius Jones
The International Basketball League's Oregon Waves will attend the Los Angeles Lightning tryouts on April 17th and 18th at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California. The tryout times are 1:00 - 4:00pm on Saturday April 17 and then 1:00 - 3:00pm on Sunday April 18th. The cost is $150 for the two days of workouts/tryouts. The Oregon Waves open up their season at Los Angeles on May 15th and 16th. The game on the 16th will be played in Santa Barbara and televised on Fox TV. This will be a rematch of the 2009 IBL Championship game. The Waves coach who will be evaluating players is Johnnie Parker. The Lightning, who captured the International Basketball League title last July with six former NBA players, is starting its third season. Coach Ron Quarterman and team owner Mark Harwell will make the evaluations for the Lightning.

To register through the IBL for a tryout, call 866-IBL-GAME.
For info on the IBL or IBL teams, visit www.IBLhoopsOnline.com


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Njardvik beat Keflavik - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Down 2-0 and with their back at the wall Njardvik needed a win last night in away game against Keflavik.
That is what they did in hard played game with a lot of hard battle on the floor.
Not a pretty game but exciting. In second half Njardvik got the lead up to 17 points but Keflavik almost made the game into over time.
Final score. Keflavik 86 Njardvik 88. Next game Tuesday at Njardvik.
Gunnar Einarsson 21. Hordur Vilhjalmsson 20 for Keflavik.
Magnus Gunnarsson 20 Nick Bradford 20. Gudmundur Jonsson (191-G-84) 17 for Njardvik.



Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Cedric ISOM
  Tindastoll
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Isom, Tindastoll26.4 
 2. Dabney, Hamar25.4 
 3. Valdimarsson, Ham.25.0 
 4. Shouse, Stjarnan23.8 
 5. Smith, Fjolnir23.6 
 6. Caird, FSU21.8 
 7. Vilbergsson, Grind.20.7 
 8. Lewis, KR20.5 
 9. Burns, Keflavik20.4 
 10. Zdravevski, Stjar.20.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Snaefell
  (200-F-82)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Baeringsson, Snaefell14.2 
 2. Smith, Fjolnir12.0 
 3. Ermolinskij, KR11.5 
 4. Pantelic, Stjarnan10.8 
 5. Caldwell, Breidablik10.0 
 6. Visockis, Tindastoll9.9 
 7. Stefansson, UMFN9.5 
 8. Zimnickas, FSU8.4 
 9. Caird, FSU8.3 
 10. Helgason, Stjarnan8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Pavel ERMOLINSKIJ
  KR
  (202-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Ermolinskij, KR8.9 
 2. Isom, Tindastoll8.2 
 3. Burton, Snaefell7.6 
 4. Steinarsson, Fjolnir7.6 
 5. Jonsson, Grindavik7.3 
 6. Shouse, Stjarnan6.0 
 7. Dabney, Hamar5.5 
 8. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.5.4 
 9. Inge, KR5.2 
 10. Bradford, UMFN4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Semaj INGE
  KR
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Inge, KR3.4 
 2. Isom, Tindastoll2.9 
 3. Dabney, Hamar2.7 
 4. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.4 
 5. Bradford, UMFN2.2 
 6. Birmingham, Grindavik2.2 
 7. Shouse, Stjarnan2.1 
 8. Ermolinskij, KR2.0 
 9. Baeringsson, Snaefell2.0 
 10. Hafsteinsson, Kefla.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Fjolnir
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Smith, Fjolnir3.1 
 2. Pantelic, Stjarnan2.9 
 3. Nathanaelsso., Ham.1.7 
 4. Stefansson, UMFN1.5 
 5. Baeringsson, Snaefell1.4 
 6. Inge, KR1.3 
 7. Caldwell, Breidablik1.3 
 8. Thorsteinsso., Kefla.1.2 
 9. Hafsteinsson, Kefla.1.1 
 10. Igbavboa, Keflavik1.1 


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Standings - BSL
Premier L. Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 19-1 
 2. Macc.Haifa 14-6 
 3. Jerusalem 13-7 
 4. Galil Gilboa 13-7 
 5. Netanya 12-8 
 6. Ashkelon 10-10 
 7. Rishon LZ 9-11 
 8. Bnei Hasharon 8-12 
 9. Hapoel Holon 6-14 
 10. Hap.Afula 6-14 
 11. Ironi Nahariya 6-14 
 12. Ramat Gan 4-16 


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  ITALY   


Serie A - Top Players week 25 - by Stefano Pini
MVP
Michael Hicks (193-G-76, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) Scavolini Pesaro, 21 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals
Great victory for Pesaro at Ferrara in an important game to avoid the relegation. Hicks won the duel against Luke Jackson (201-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Oregon), scoring important shots when Ferrara tried to rally.

Euro Player of the week
Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) Montepaschi Siena 17 points, 11 rebounds in 24'
We continue to admire the ability of Siena to continue to fight against teams more motivated, that needed more the victory...

Italian Players of the Week
Fabio Di Bella (187-G-78) Pepsi Caserta 17 points, 4 steals, 2 rebounds, 2 assists
Caserta came back to the victory at home with a effective team performance. The italian pointguard was very able to push the ball for the whole game.

Honorable Mentions
Joe Smith (193-G-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Al.-Huntsville) Angelico Biella, 20 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists
Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) NGC Cantu 12 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists
Sharrod Ford (206-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Clemson) Carife Ferrara 19 points, 10 rebounds
Antonio Maestranzi (178-G-84, college: N.Illinois) Sigma Coatings Montegranaro, 20 points, 6 rebounds, 6 steals
Troy Bell (186-G-80, college: Boston Coll.) Vanoli Cremona, 19 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists


Standings - B1
A dilettanti Standings
Group A
 1. Forli 24-3 
 2. Fortitudo BO 23-4 
 3. Ozzano 20-7 
 4. Brescia 16-11 
 5. Treviglio 15-12 
 6. Omegna 15-12 
 7. Trento 15-12 
 8. Tezenis Verona 14-13 
 9. Castelletto 14-13 
 10. Trieste 12-15 
 11. Osimo 10-17 
 12. Fidenza 10-18 
 13. Montecatini 9-18 
 14. Riva del Garda 6-21 
 15. Jesolo S.Dona 0-27 
Group B
 1. Barcellona 21-6 
 2. Ostuni 18-9 
 3. San Severo 17-10 
 4. Trapani 17-10 
 5. Perugia 16-11 
 6. Comsum.it SI 15-12 
 7. Ruvo 14-13 
 8. Palestrina 14-13 
 9. S.Antimo 13-14 
 10. Ferentino 13-14 
 11. Matera 12-15 
 12. Agrigento 8-19 
 13. Molfetta 6-21 
 14. Potenza 5-22 


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 Gary NEAL
  Benetton TV
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Neal, Benetton TV19.4 
 2. Grundy, Carife FE17.9 
 3. Aradori, Angelico.16.8 
 4. Ere, Pepsi Caserta16.4 
 5. Hicks, Scavolini PS15.9 
 6. Jackson, Carife FE15.8 
 7. Lavrinovic, Montepas.15.4 
 8. Brown, Air AV14.8 
 9. Bell, Vanoli CR14.7 
 10. Smith, Angelico BI14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Carife FE
  (206-F-82)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Ford, Carife FE9.8 
 2. Brunner, Sigma C.9.4 
 3. Troutman, Air AV8.3 
 4. Williams, Scavolin.8.1 
 5. Wallace, Benetton.7.9 
 6. Jones, Pepsi C.7.8 
 7. Pasco, Angelico BI7.5 
 8. Hall, Armani MI7.3 
 9. Ivanov, Sigma C.6.3 
 10. Rocca, Armani MI6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Dee BROWN
  Air AV
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Brown, Air AV5.5 
 2. Green, Scavolini PS5.3 
 3. Poeta, Banca Tercas4.5 
 4. Smith, Angelico BI4.2 
 5. McIntyre, Montepas.4.1 
 6. Finley, Armani MI4.1 
 7. Childress, Cimberio.3.7 
 8. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.6 
 9. Becirovic, Armani M.3.5 
 10. Kus, Benetton TV3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Scavolini PS
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Green, Scavolini PS3.5 
 2. Jaaber, Lottomat.3.1 
 3. Troutman, Air AV2.8 
 4. Rowland, Vanoli CR2.8 
 5. Hawkins, Montepas.2.4 
 6. Minard, Lottomat.2.4 
 7. Grundy, Carife FE2.3 
 8. Ere, Pepsi Caserta2.3 
 9. Aradori, Angelico.2.3 
 10. Jones, Pepsi C.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Carife FE
  (206-F-82)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Ford, Carife FE3.4 
 2. Eze, Montepaschi1.3 
 3. Crosariol, Lottomat.1.1 
 4. Szewczyk, Air AV1.1 
 5. Pasco, Angelico BI1.0 
 6. Maggioli, CS Bo.0.9 
 7. Lavrinovic, Montepas.0.9 
 8. Giovannelli, NSB N.0.9 
 9. Ortner, NGC Cantu0.9 
 10. Nnamaka, Carife FE0.8 


stats leader
A Dilettani Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.Carrizo Manuel 20.9
2.Carniato Alessio 19.1
3.Rotondo Emanuele 18.6
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1.Gizzi Mike 21.8
2.Bucci Ryan 18.7
3.Rugolo Giovanni 17.4
Rebounds Per Game
1.Gennari Andrea 10.2
2.Cagnin Andrea 8.8
3.Rossi Emanuele 8.7
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1.Longobardi Franc. 9.2
2.Soloperto Mattia 8.9
3.Morena Domenico 8.9
Assists Per Game
1.Stojkov Stevan 4.4
2.Demartini Daniele 4.3
3.Forray Andres 4.3
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1.Tomasiello Gianluca 3.9
2.Labella Fernando 3.4
3.Guarino Francesco 3.2
Steals Per Game
1.Parente Davide 3.6
2.Forray Andres 3.2
3.Vitale Andrea 3.1
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1.Portannese Marco 2.9
2.Bonamente Simone 2.7
3.Vico Sebastian 2.7
Blocks Per Game
1.Gennari Andrea 1.2
2.Rossi Emanuele 1.0
3.Ihedioha Francesco 1.0
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1.Candido Fulvio 1.4
2.Zerini Andrea 1.2
3.Cuccarolo Gino 0.96
Ranking
1.Carniato Alessio 22.4
2.Carrizo Manuel 22.1
3.Cittadini Alessandro 21.2
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1.Gizzi Mike 21.7
2.Santarossa Walter 18.9
3.Morena Domenico 17.9


A Dilettanti Weekend Results - by Armando Caporaso
Group A

In the penultimate round of the regular season Forli' confirms the first place with a victory against Verona for 79-66. Federico Lestini (203-F-83) is the MVP with 18 points, 4/7 by 3 and 6 steals. 9 points and 9 rebounds of Mitchell Poletti (205-F/C-88), 15 points of Matteo Frassineti (195-G/F-87) and 11 points with 4 assist for Andres Forray (188-G-86). For the Tezenis best scorer is Ousmane Gueye (188-G-82) with 24 points but 9/17 at shoot. 13 points of Francesco Gori (196-G-77), 5 points with 1/7 at shoot for Federico Bellina (205-C-79, agency: Players Group) with 7 rebounds and 5 steals. Bologna wins at Brescia with the result of 69-65. For the winners 16 points of Matteo Malaventura (196-G-78), 13 points for Davide Lamma (192-G-76, agency: Players Group) with 4 assist, 12 points of Marko Micevic (199-F-89) and 11 points with 6 rebounds (but 7 turnovers) for Alessandro Cittadini (207-C/F-79). Not enough the good performance of Bernardo Musso (193-G-86) for Brescia. The argentinian closes with 18 points and 5 fouls suffered. 14 points in 21 minutes of Jakub Wojciechowski (211-C-90), 12 points for Nicholas Crow (199-F-89). Riva exceeds Omegna for 93-87 after an overtime. Decisive the double-double of Davide Cristelli (204-F-77) with 17 points and 11 rebounds (adds 6 steals and 3 blocks). 13 points of Dario Scodavolpe (193-G/F-83) with 8 fouls suffered, 19 points of Simone Cortesi (196-F-86) with 9 rebounds, 13 points and 5 assist for Luca Bertolini (190-G-85). For the visitors 16 points and 9 rebounds for Innocenzo Ferraro (200-F/C-82), 14 points of Andrea Saccaggi (192-G-89, agency: Interperformances), 19 points of Marco Carra (185-G-80) and good job for Martin Caruso (201-F-78, agency: Players Group) that scores 14 points and catches 10 rebounds (5 offensives). Manuel Carrizo (198-G/F-80, agency: Players Group) leads Montecatini against Osimo. In the 89-85 final for the small forward 23 points, 9/9 at free throw, 8 rebounds, 6 steals and 4 assist! 22 points of Nicola Mei (187-G-85) with 6/10 by 3, 19 points for Davide Parente (187-G-83) with 4 steals and 4 assist. Andrea Barsanti (189-G-86, agency: Interperformances) is top scorer for Osimo with 20 points and 7/15 at shoot. 19 points for Andrea Vitale (199-G/F-82), 11 points + 11 rebounds for Andrea Gennari (208-F/C-84). In the other matches:

Nobili Castelletto - Siram Fidenza 90-67 (E.Rotondo 30 pts, S.Agostini 13 reb, G.Mariani 10 ass & 5 stl)
Co.Mark Treviglio - JesoloSandona' 108-59 (G.Zanella 22 pts, C.Agostinelli 10 reb, T.De Min 8 f.suf)
Penta Ozzano - Acegas Trieste 63-83 (I.Scarponi 34 pts (10/16 by 3), R.Perego 9 reb, S.Lenardon 5 ass)

Group B

In the first round of the 'watch stage' victory for Barcellona against Ostuni in the match between first and second of the standing. 73-67 the final. Luca Bisconti (206-F/C-82) scores 22 points with 9/13 by 2 and adds 7 rebounds. 10 points of Ariel Svoboda (192-G-85, agency: Players Group), 13 points for Ryan Bucci (192-G/F-81, college: C.W. Post) (but 4/14 at shoot). For the visitors 14 points and 6 rebounds with a perfect 10/10 at free throw for Domenico Morena (210-F/C-70), 11 points and 9 rebounds fo Francesco Amoroso (202-F-78) and 14 points of Antonio Ruggiero (190-G-81). Potenza remains last alone after the defeat against Molfetta for 89-85. San Severo exceeds Perugia for 78-68 leading by Damiano Faggiano (193-G/F-75) with 24 points (8/10 at shoot), 9 rebounds and 4 steals. 6 points and 6 assist for Simone Salamina (181-G-88) starts by bench, 17 points of Giovanni Rugolo (196-G/F-81) and 11 points (but 1/8 by 3) with 7 rebounds for Nelson Rizzitiello (198-G/F-84). For the Liomatic 16 points of Daniele Grilli (191-G-87) in only 20 minutes, 14 points of Andrea Raschi (200-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances) and 10 points with 7 rebounds for Marco Pazzi (203-C-79). Palestrina wins against Ferentino for 68-61. 16 points for Tommaso Plateo (187-G-78), 14 points and 7 rebounds of Andrea LaGioia (195-G/F-86, agency: Players Group), 9 points and 11 rebounds for Filippo Gagliardo (204-F-78) and 12 points, 4 steals and 11 fouls suffered of Filippo Alessandri (190-G-89, agency: Interperformances). For the FMC 14 points of Valerio Circosta (188-G-87) with 5 steals and 10 points of Francesco Modica (203-F-82). The other results:

Basket Trapani - Adriatica Ruvo 82-69 (W.Santarossa 27 pts, 12 reb & 4 blk, M.Soloperto 13 reb, V.DiCapua 5 ass)
Consum.it Siena - Frontiere S.Antimo 71-69 (D.Casadei 19 pts, G.Cuccarolo 10 reb, J.Valentini 6 stl)

Bawer Matera - Moncada Agrigento 83-77 (M.Cardillo 19 pts, D.Pennisi 9 reb, D.Virgilio 8 ass)


Angelico Biella signs Trey Johnson - by Antonello Varallo
Angelico Biella announced the agreement with Trey Johnson (196-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Jackson St.)
Johnson is a great scorer: he showed amazing offensive skills during college career and D-League seasons.
Anyway, he disappointed the expectations during his European experiences, the first with Hemofarm (Serbia-A League), the second with Gravelines Dunkerque (France-ProA), where he started this season playing 17 games with only 8.8 ppg and only 38.4% from 2Pt and 34.% from 3PT.


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  JAPAN   


Basketball and its rewards - by Brandon Thomas
We have now put ourselves in a situation where we must win at least 6 out of the last 8 games to make the playoffs. This is a very attainable task but will take some hard work and dedication. When you are in a predicament like this it shows the character and heart of your team. I believe we have a solid group of guys on our team and with the right focus will allow us to reach this goal. We lost 2 very close games to a Tokyo team that has really been on the incline during the later portion of the season. The game Thursday really shows that hustle plays and free throws cost games. Its something we have been inconsistant at so hopefully its something we can turn around for the remainder of the season.

Have you ever asked yourself what drives you to be the best you can be at this game? What drives you to have such a strong passion for basketball? I asked myself that question and the answer was simple: competition. I love compettion; I really enjoy out working the next person. Something about seeing your opponent frustrated because there is nothing he can do to stop you is a thrill. I enjoy pushing myself until I cant go anymore. I feel like in order to be great at not only basketball, but anything you do in life, you must have passion. The fire inside must stay lit at all times no matter the situation. Not every situation will be picture perfect, but if you hold your head high, stay focused and committed god will reward you. The down side to being so competitive, which I actually think is a good thing, is I cant tolerate a loss whether its by 1 point or 30. Losing pushes me even more. I dont want to leave the gym after a loss.

I was really pulling for Butler to pull of the upset over Duke, but it was a great NCAA national championship. I think Butler showed the nation that mid-majors are just as serious as the top dogs in college basketball so my hat goes off to those guys out there. Now I havent been following the NBA too much, but I'm callin it now - Cleveland will be the world champs. From the highlights I watch every now and then Lebron is playing at a level he has never played at, and with Shaq and Antawn Jamison they will be a problem coming out the East. As long as the role players around Lebron like Mo Williams and Delante West play consistant and solid the east will be a cake walk. Now for the Lakers, they will have problems with Denver. If the bigs for Denver play solid and stay out of foul trouble the Lakers repeat chances may become nonexistant. I'm ready for playoffs to start!

Spring has finally come and I must admit I've been looking forward to the day the sun stays out all day. The cherry blossom trees are a big deal here in the spring time so I took my day off to see what all the fuss was about - I'm not going to lie they are beautiful. My walk through the park actually put me at peace. I had time to think about things going on in my life without any distraction. This job at times can be stressful and you just have to get away clear your head, and last week that walk did that for me.

The game of basketball has done wonderful things for me. I'm able to give back to those who have helped me along the way. It has helped pay for an eduaction, and now it has taken me to countries I used to dream about. I have a few weeks left here in Japan. The season has been long, but has really flown by. So now I must use my next few weeks wisely to take in as much of the country as I can. It's a beautiful place and would recommend Japan to any player.
Goodluck to everyone across the world.. Stay blessed.



JBL FINALS: TOCHIGI DETHRONE AISIN - by John Scribe

It has been three years in the making.

Actually, It only took three years.

The goal was to win a championship in five years but The Link Tochigi Brex found a way to 'breakthrough' like its slogan suggest and win its first-ever JBL title.

In what would be considered shocking, the Brex beat the Aisin Seahorses tonight in the third game of the finals to complete its sweep with a 71-63 victory at Tokyo's Yoyogi National Gymnasium.

In a game that was close throughout, the Seahorses showed their pride to try and stave off the challengers. The Seahorses went to their strength as they attacked inside to establish themselves early in the game.
Tochigi's imports struggled and so did the team as they allowed Aisin to score off turnovers in the first quarter. As a result, the Seahorses took a 20-10 lead.

In the second quarter, Tochigi starts to gain moment as its zone defense begin to function. Tochigi forces turnovers and lock down the interior to limit Aisin's scoring. A byproduct was limiting regular season MVP Kosuke Takeuchi to 9 points on only 7 shots. The Brex also got big contributions from its bench as SG Ken Takeda (11 points) connected on big mid range shots to close the half.

In the second half, Tochigi turns its defense up to bring the game to a stand still. Ace guard Takuya Kawamura (27 points), center Scott Merritt and Takeda connect on their shots to cut Aisin's lead down to one point to enter halftime.

In the final quarter, Aisin G Shinsuke Kashiwagi steps up to make big threes and Aisin creates a 5 point cushion. However, like it has throughout the series, rallied to bring the game to within 3 points. Kawamura then takes over again like he has done all season to hit a crucial three pointer with six seconds remaining to knot the game at a tie. The game goes into overtime.

In overtime, Tochigi gained an advantage early with Kawamura's fourth three of the game. The Brex gained a 8 point lead and did not relinquish it ntil the final buzzer. As the buzzer sounded, the players cheered and showed their jubilance in landing their first title. And former NBA guard Yuta Tabuse was awarded the Finals MVP.

The game was an example of how a team can win based on sheer desire. For Aisin, it must have been a frustrating experience as they were turnover prone throughout the series.

Aisin turned the over a total of 27 times, and they also had 20 in game 2. The Seahorses are now left with reassessing its situation and assets as they work to regain their throne. However, Head Coach Kimikazu Suzuki is optimistic in regaining its seat at the throne.

'By finding a team that can beat Aisin, we have found a new challenge in fighting for a title again. I believe this is going to help in improving basketball in Japan. We are very disappointed with the results, but I think it was a great experience for us' said, Suzuki.

The crowning of Tochigi brings in a new era for the JBL in which an all-professional team that is loaded with youth is now the champion.

The odds were against the Brex, but they found a way to break through to its first and perhaps many more titles for the time to come...




JBL Round: 3 (Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Aishin - Tochigi Brex 63-71
Tochigi Brex became the Winner of the Play-offs as the swept the final series over the favorite Aihin 3-0. In Game 3 Tochigi Brex celebrated 71:63 win as Takuya Kawamura (191-G-86) shined with 27 points. Kashiwagi Shinsuke and Sakuragi replied with 15 points each in defeat.



Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 35-9 
 2. Sendai 89ers 30-14 
 3. Niigata Albirex 22-22 
 4. Tokyo Apache 18-26 
 5. Toyama Grouses 15-29 
 6. Saitama Bron. 13-31 
Western
 1. Osaka Evessa 28-16 
 2. Okinawa GK 28-18 
 3. Fukuoka Rizing 27-19 
 4. Shiga Lakestars 24-22 
 5. Oita H.Devils 23-23 
 6. Kyoto Hannaryz 15-29 
 7. Takamatsu FA 12-32 


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi Brex
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi .20.5 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin17.6 
 3. Kinoshita, Panasonic16.6 
 4. Hale, Mitsubishi15.6 
 5. O''Bannon, Toyota15.5 
 6. Brown, Toyota15.5 
 7. Takeuchi, Aishin15.3 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.15.3 
 9. Orimo, Hokkaido14.7 
 10. Okosa, Tochigi Brex14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kosuke TAKEUCHI
  Aishin
  (205-C/F-85)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Takeuchi, Aishin11.6 
 2. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.11.3 
 3. Dawson, Mitsubishi9.7 
 4. Violette, Toshiba8.9 
 5. Maraker, Hokkaido8.7 
 6. Merritt, Tochigi Brex8.3 
 7. Sakuragi, Aishin8.1 
 8. Okosa, Tochigi Brex7.9 
 9. Aono, Panasonic7.7 
 10. Hale, Mitsubishi7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Hiroyuki KINOSHITA
  Panasonic
  (178-G-80)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Kinoshita, Panasonic4.1 
 2. Sakurai, Hokkaido3.8 
 3. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.6 
 4. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.5 
 5. Sato, Hitachi S.3.3 
 6. Sakuragi, Aishin3.3 
 7. Igarashi, Toyota3.1 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.3.1 
 9. Ishizaki, Toshiba2.9 
 10. Yamada, Hokkaido2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Toshihiro SATO
  Hitachi S.
  (176-G-80)
  Avg: 3
 1. Sato, Hitachi S.3.0 
 2. Tabuse, Tochigi .2.1 
 3. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.9 
 4. Dawson, Mitsubishi1.7 
 5. Kinoshita, Panasonic1.4 
 6. Tanaka, Tochigi .1.4 
 7. Igarashi, Toyota1.3 
 8. Kawamura, Tochigi .1.3 
 9. Selvy, Aishin1.2 
 10. Honeycutt, Panas.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kosuke TAKEUCHI
  Aishin
  (205-C/F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Takeuchi, Aishin2.0 
 2. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.1.3 
 3. Dawson, Mitsubishi1.2 
 4. Maraker, Hokkaido1.0 
 5. Gross, Aishin1.0 
 6. Honeycutt, Panas.0.9 
 7. Merritt, Tochigi Brex0.9 
 8. Arao, Toyota0.7 
 9. Kuwahara, Toshiba0.6 
 10. Hale, Mitsubishi0.6 


JBL Round: 2 (Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Aishin - Tochigi Brex 72-80
Tochigi Brex grabbed 2-0 Final lead over Aishin as they upset them again in Game 2 80:72. Takuya Kawamura (191-G-86) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Tabuse Yuta followed him with 18. Omiya Hiromasa produced 12 points, while Aboya Alfred collected 11 points and 11 boards. Sakuragi replied with 29 points and 19 rebounds in defeat.



BJ League Round: 28 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Oita H.Devils - Kyoto Hannaryz 81-64
Oita H.Devils tied its record at 23-23 after the win over Kyoto Hannaryz 81:64. Ricky Woods (194-F/G-84, college: SE Louisiana) top-scored for the winners with 30 points and 10 boards, while Michael Bell (206-F-82, college: Florida Atlantic) had 23 points and 18 rebounds. Clifford John chipped in 18 points amd grabbed 15 boards in defeat.

Okinawa GK - Fukuoka Rizing 65-71
Fukuoka Rizing improved to 27-19 record defeating Okinawa GK 71:65. Michael Parker (200-G/F-81, college: Evergreen St.) collected 21 points and 12 rebounds for the guests and Ford Richard added 17. Newton Jeff brought 16 points for the Kings.

Tokyo Apache - Toyama Grouses 77-69
Cohey Aoki (167-G-80) nailed 26 points as Tokyo Apache beat Toyama Grouses 77:69 at the start of the Regular Season Round 28. Rasheed Sparks (190-G-77, college: Morgan St.) scored 16 and Smith Jerrell added 14 points and 14 boards. Abdullah Bilal answered with 15 points in defeat.

Tokyo Apache - Toyama Grouses 77-74
Tokyo Apache edged Toyama Grouses 77:74 in the second game of the Regular Season Round 28. Cohey Aoki paced all the hosts with 23 points, while Ashby Julius collected 19 points and 16 boards. Abdullah Bilal brought 20 points for the Grouses.

Saitama Bron. - Hamamatsu P. 58-80
Hamamatsu improved to 35-9 record beating Saitama Broncos 80:58. Wendell White (198-G-84, agency: Liman Sports, college: UNLV) paced all the winners with 20 points and 15 rebounds, whilst William Knight (196-F/G-79, college: UCLA) added 13. Roberts Terrence replied with 11 points and 12 boards in defeat.

Osaka Evessa - Shiga Lakestars 71-66
Osaka Evessa cruised past Shiga Lakestars 71:66 for 28-16 record. Nile Murry (193-G-83, college: TCU) poured in 21 points and Palmer David had 15 points and 10 boards. Joho Masashi ended up with 23 points for Shiga.

Oita H.Devils - Kyoto Hannaryz 86-78
Oita H.Devils rolled over Kyoto Hannaryz 86:78 on April 10th. Michael Bell shined with 21 points, 20 rebounds and 8 assists. Sato Kimitake posted 16 points and Ricky Woods nailed 15. Abdul-Rauf Mahmoud chipped in 21 points for Kyoto.

Okinawa GK - Fukuoka Rizing 77-73
Okinawa GK cruised past Fukuoka Rizing 77:73 as Kevin Steenberge (211-C-83, agency: 540 Sports, college: Richmond) stepped up with 22 points and 12 boards, while Sugawara Yosuke notched 15. Bryant Marlyn delivered 15 points in the losing case.

Niigata Albirex - Sendai 89ers 84-58
Niigata Albirex rolled over Sendai 89ers 84:58 for 22-22 record. Uche Echefu (206-F-86, college: Florida St.) top-scored for the winners with 22 points, while Levett Tyrone posted 14. Josh Peppers (201-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Cent.Florida) brought 23 points in the losing effort.

Niigata Albirex - Sendai 89ers 68-89
Sendai 89ers grabbed 30-14 record defeating Niigata Albirex 89:68. Josh Peppers and Pomare Leonardo combined for 49 points for the winners. Butorac Paul produced 16 points for Nigata.

Saitama Bron. - Hamamatsu P. 60-93
Saitama Broncos lost to Hamamatsu P. 60:93 on April 10th. William Knight poured in 23 points for the winners and Larkai Dzaflo notched 16. Roberts Terrence had 13 points and 10 boards in defeat.

Osaka Evessa - Shiga Lakestars 81-76
Osaka Evessa overcame Shiga Lakestars 81:76 as Nile Murry poured in 25 points and added 12 boards, while Washington Lynn had 20 points. Marshall Mikey ended up with 23 points and 14 rebounds in the losing effort.

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  JORDAN   


ABF to choose 16 clubs from 19 for ACC - by Mohammed Malas
Jo-Basket.com, Amman - The Arabian Basketball Federation (ABF) announced in an official annoucement yesterday that they received participation applications from 19 Arabic teams for the 23rd edition of the Arab Clubs Championship (5-16 May) in Alexandria, Egypt, The Jordanian champions ASU Sports are one of applicants.

The teams are:
Al Itthad Alexandria (Egypt) 'Hosts', Al Ahli (Egypt), Sagesse (Lebanon), Al Riyadi (Lebanon) 'Titleholders', Al Ansar (Saudi Arabia) , Al Shabab (UAE), Al Naser (Libya), Al Kuwait (Kuwait), Ibdaa (Palestine), Al Kahraba (Iraq) , Al Jalaa (Syria) , Al Tilal (Yemen), Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia), ASU Sports Club (Jordan), IRT Tanger (Morocco), Nezwa (Oman), Al Manama (Bahrain) and Al Gharafa (Qatar).

The ABF will choose only 16 teams to be part of the event in the draw which will be held on the 21st of April, The other 3 teams will be on standby.

The regulations of the ACC allows each team to have 3 imports, The 16 teams will be drawn into 4 groups, Round robin will be the system then 2 teams from each group will qualify to the 2nd group, Another groups will be drawn in the next round with the same system then the semi-final and finally the final game.

In a related issue, ASU's center Abdalla Abu Koura (202-C-84) was called by the coaching staff of the Jordanian National Team to be in the initial roster and start training with his teammates for the long journey up to the 2010 FIBA World Championship next summer, Imad Qahwash, Rasheim Wright and Zaid Abbaas will join the trainings very soon.


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  LIBERIA   


Uhuru Kings taste first defeat - by Numennie Williams


Uhuru Kings winning spree in the LBF first division Championship has been put to a halt.
The Kings one hundred percent record in the league was broken on Sunday evening following an unthinkable lost to Champions NPA Deadly Pythons at the Sports Commission.
It was an impressive showdown in which Pythons showed class, were unstoppable and out played the Kings with so much energy.
In truth, Uhuru Kings were not calculative on the night -missing a significant number of free throws with their big man Mark Smith leading the way.
So, NPA Pythons did the harm to them by winning the tie 70-61.
Their head coach Matthew Gbamore says it was an extraordinary win for his side.
Its an extraordinary win for us because we have been fighting to come back on top and we have come back on the top today. And it shows that the players are focused to go to the final once more he said.
We are on top once more to show to our basketball populace that we are the champions said Gbamore.
Well, Uhuru Kings Deputy Coach Philip Kpawon thinks his side were not at their best on the evening.
They didnt play well. They didnt play as a team. They didnt play the game they are used to playing a rather frustrated Philip asserted.
If you look at the free throws and look at the margin, you will know that if they had played we could have won the game he noted.
Dixville Dragons defeated Desert Kings 39-41 in Sundays first match at the Sports Commission which was in the third division category.
K. Deltas scored a 59-54 victory over rivals C. Deltas in a female league outing in game two.
The championships continued on Saturday with Desert Ladies, Cestos Mogans and Flames all picking up wins.
Desert Ladies dumped SOS Trotters 60-15 in a one sided female pairing in game one.
Game two witnessed Csetos Mogans scoring a smiling 81-56 victory against St. Paul Crushers.
Flames continued their struggle in the first division championship by securing a 64-56 win at the expanse of Urban Invaders.



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Lietuvos Rytas crushes Perlas, Kurtinatis angry with Bajramovic - by Simas Baranauskas
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius avoided any slips in the first round of the Lithuanian League (LKL) playoffs thrashing Perlas Vilnius in the second game of the quarterfinals to win the series 2-0 after a bumpy first game. The more experienced side defeated the youthful and energetic Perlas Vilnius' side 89:61 (20:12, 22:17, 23:9, 24:23) to be the first to guarantee a place in the semifinals.

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius raced ahead 17:6 and didn't provide any hopes of a comeback for Perlas Vilnius. The Euroleague team mounted an 18:2 run to further increase their lead to 60:31 later on in the game.

Today's winners played without key striking power in Arturas Jomantas (200-G/F-85), Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket), Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) and Igor Milosevic (193-G-86, agency: Beo Basket). The defending champions will face either Neptunas Klaipeda or Juventus-LKSK Utenos, who are ahead 1-0 in the best-of-three series, in the semis.

Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) was the only foreigner playing in the game and scored 17 points for a game-high, but got criticised strongly by his own coach after the game.

'I didn't like the quality of our game and Kenan Bajramovic was especially disappointing. We tend to play better with Lithuanians on the court rather than foreigners, as they usually are playing for themselves, not for the team. They are out of control and that same Igor Milosevic cannot control the game,' said Rimas Kurtinaitis (agency: Interperformances ). 'The foreigners aren't listening to what I say. This will not do for me. Even though we're up by 30 points, I won't sit calmly if I see that something's wrong. They will either listen to what I say or won't play at all.'

Simas Buterlevicius (200-F-89) had a very decent game with 16 points, Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) collected 15 and Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) added 12 for Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius.


'Jonas Valanciunas is also playing pretty similarly compared to the foreign players, but he's just a kid, he's only seventeen and that's pretty much explainable. He's finding it difficult to play within defensive and offensive schemes,' Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius coach told.

Eimantas Bendzius (203-F-90) finished scoring 13 for Perlas Vilnius, Lukas Brazdauskis (203-F-88) had 11 and Saulius Kulvietis (203-F-91) netted 10.


More news about Lithuanian basketball at LithuaniaBasketball.com


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Andrius ALEKSANDROVAS
  Alytus Alita
  (197-G-86)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Aleksandrova., Alytus A.20.6 
 2. Kazevicius, Alytus A.19.5 
 3. Sirvydis, Sakalai18.8 
 4. Dabkus, Rudupis18.5 
 5. Kuzminskas, Siauliai17.3 
 6. Janavicius, Aisciai16.6 
 7. Kelys, Perlas16.1 
 8. Gvezdauskas, Nevez.16.0 
 9. Kieza, Suduva15.3 
 10. Ezerskis, Techasas15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Egidijus DIMSA
  Nevezis
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Dimsa, Nevezis9.7 
 2. Kieza, Suduva8.6 
 3. Valanciunas, Perlas7.5 
 4. Vilkius, Neptunas7.4 
 5. Tatarunas, Alytus A.7.4 
 6. Valukonis, Aisciai7.3 
 7. Silinskis, Nevezis7.2 
 8. Cepukaitis, Aisciai7.1 
 9. Adomaitis, Alytus A.7.1 
 10. Janisius, Suduva6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Aidas VISKONTAS
  Perlas
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Viskontas, Perlas6.1 
 2. Gaidamaviciu., Juven.6.0 
 3. Broadus, Suduva5.3 
 4. Low, Siauliai5.2 
 5. Janavicius, Aisciai4.5 
 6. Kelys, Perlas4.5 
 7. Ezerskis, Techasas4.5 
 8. Maceina, Rudupis4.4 
 9. Jomantas, Lietuv.4.2 
 10. Ginevicius, Lietuv.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Andrius ALEKSANDROVAS
  Alytus Alita
  (197-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Aleksandrova., Alytus A.2.6 
 2. Valukonis, Aisciai2.2 
 3. Kelys, Perlas2.2 
 4. Jomantas, Lietuv.2.1 
 5. Vileita, Rudupis2.0 
 6. Lipkevicius, Aisciai2.0 
 7. Dabkus, Rudupis2.0 
 8. Babrauskas, Lietuv.1.9 
 9. Ginevicius, Lietuv.1.9 
 10. Dainys, Rudupis1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Darius SILINSKIS
  Nevezis
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Silinskis, Nevezis2.8 
 2. Kieza, Suduva2.7 
 3. Begic, Zalgiris1.7 
 4. Valanciunas, Perlas1.5 
 5. Valanciunas, Lietuv.1.4 
 6. Cepukaitis, Aisciai1.2 
 7. Zyle, Aisciai1.1 
 8. Volkus, Techasas1.1 
 9. Tatarunas, Alytus A.1.1 
 10. Leonavicius, Sakalai0.9 


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  MONTENEGRO   


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


MNT1A S-league 5 Round : easy win for Buducnost - by Dragan Scepanovic
GORSTAK Kolasin - BUDUCNOST Podgorica 51:68 (18:11, 14:19, 13:20, 6:18)
Kolasin.SC Gorstak.Spect 800. Reff: Jokic, Savovic (Podgorica), Janjusevic (Niksic).
GORSTAK: Dragan Pejic (187-G-76) 7, Todic, Scepanovic, Stojkovic 6 (2-2), Pekovic 11 (1-0), G. Bulatovic 11 (5-3),Boban Medenica (201-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) 18 (6-3), B. Bulatovic, Djuknic 4, Grujic 2 (4-2), Mijomanovic.
BUDUCNOST: Sead Sehovic (201-C/F-89) 12 (7-7), Arnautovic 9 (4-2), Popovic 3, Ljubicic 8, Gordic 9 (1-0), Filip Barovic (206-F-90) 2, Otaaevic, Dragicevic 7 (4-1), Vitkovac 13 (4-3), Radovic, Savovic 5 (2-2), Mugosa.

ULCINJ - TEODO Tivat 79:56 (18:11, 20:14, 22:20, 19:11)
Ulcinj.Spect 500.Reff: Rutesic (Niksic), Kicovic (Bar), Koljensic (Podgorica).
ULCINj: Latkovic 4, Tomasevic 6, Tepavcevic 10, Z. Jovanovic, R. Ivanovic 2, Martinic 14, Durkovic 15, Rajovic 3, A. Ivanovic 3, S. Jovanovic, Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) 22, Micetic.
TEODO: Vukotic 11, Dabanovic 4, Dzudovic, Vujacic 10, Osmajic 11,Stefan Djordjevic (206-C-89), Jeknic 2, Subotic 2, Bozovic, Zolotic 4, Radonjic 12.
MORNAR Bar - LOVCEN Cetinje 78:80 (17:20, 22:28, 20:13, 19:19)


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  NABL   


Standings
NABL Standings
 1. Salem S. 2-0 
 2. Tualatin R. 1-0 
 3. Seattle M. 1-1 
 4. Tacoma T. 0-0 
 5. Portland S. 0-1 
 6. Snohomish C. 0-2 


NABL Rivalry weekend recap - by Joe Becerra
In Game One of the NABL rivalry weekend Rashad Powell (6'6''-G-81, college: Idaho) poured in 48 points to lead the Seattle Mountaineers to a 154-103 win against host Snohomish County.

Powells big night included 6-10 shooting from behind the arc and 12-12 free throws.
He added 8 assists and 6 rebounds in a true all star performance.
Seattle jumped out to a 38-20 lead after the first quarter and never looked back.
Manny Kennedy added 16 points and 15 rebounds. While Chad Troyer chipped in
another 16 points for the Mountaineers.

Seattle shot a blistering 59 percent from the field for the game including 47 from
the three point line. They also dominated the boards 69-39.

Snohomish is looking to regroup after two early losses. Devon Greene (6'6''-G/F-84, college: Grand Canyon) the leading scorer in the IBL last year at 37.1 ppg made his season debut and finished with 27 points.
Jason Hicks added 27 in the loss.

Snohomish visits the Tacoma Thunder on Friday and Seattle goes to Tacoma
Saturday looking for its second win in a row.

Game Two of the rivalry match ups saw two Portland area teams battle to the final
buzzer. The Tualatin Rainmakers used a Jaxin Skyward (6'0''-G) off balance three pointer
with 1 second left on the clock to pull out a 110-107 victory over the
Portland Showtime. The game marked the first ever game for both franchises.

Both teams established that they will contend for the NABL title.
Tualatin led most of the half before the Showtime took a 58-57 lead into the half.

A Josh Tarver (6'3''-G) free throw tied the game at 107 with four second to go in the game.

After a Rainmakers timeout Skyward ran off a double pick and caught the ball on the run and floated a money ball through the hoop for the lead. Portlands Anthony Lackey (6'6''-F-80, college: Portland St.)
then barely missed a catch and shoot attempt at the buzzer that would have sent the game
into overtime.

Travis Derochowski (6'9''-C, college: Montana St.) played huge from the tip and finished with 21 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Rainmakers. Chris Hoyt (6'5''-G/F, college: S.Oregon) came off the bench and impressed with
20 points and 7 rebounds. Skyward finished with 19 points in the win. Solo Nesbitt
also came off the Tualatin bench and contributed a strong 10 points and 8 rebounds.

Lackey scored 32 points and added 11 boards to lead the Showtime. Seth Tarver (6'5''-G/F, college: Oregon St.) played big with 30 points
and 15 rebounds. Josh Tarver added 26 points and 5 assists for Portland.

The Showtime travel to Salem Friday for a matchup with the Stampede.
The Rainmakers return to the court Saturday in a rematch with Portland set
at Concordia University.



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  NBA   


Sunday's games (7) review - by Eurobasket News
Houston R. - Phoenix Suns 106-116
Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) had 35 points and 13 rebounds and the Suns made four 3s in a row to pull away for a 116-106 victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday night. Steve Nash (6'3''-G-74, college: Santa Clara) added 23 points and 11 assists. In the loosing squad, Luis Scola collected 30 points and 8 boards.

Chicago B. - Toronto R. 104-88
Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) scored 26 points, Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida) had 18 points, 19 rebounds and matched a career-high with seven assists and the Bulls beat Toronto 104-88 on Sunday night to take a one-game lead over the Raptors for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Andrea Bargnani and Sonny Weems delivered 18 points each in defeat.

Miami Heat - New York K. 111-98
Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) shook off the pain to score 32 points and Miami pulled into a tie for fifth place in the Eastern Conference with a 111-98 victory over the New York Knicks on Sunday night. Michael Beasley (6'9''-F-89, college: Kansas St.) added 16 points, and Udonis Haslem and former Knicks forward Quentin Richardson had 14 apiece for the Heat, who won for the 10th time in 11 games and joined the Milwaukee Bucks at 45-35. The hosts got 26 points from David Lee. *Courtesy of www.chron.com

Minnesota T. - N.Orleans H. 86-114
Darren Collison (6'0''-G-87, college: UCLA) had 17 points and 11 assists, and fellow rookie Marcus Thornton (6'4''-G-87, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: LSU) scored 22 points to help the Hornets snap a five-game skid and trounce Minnesota 114-86 on Sunday night. Emeka Okafor (6'9''-F/C-82, college: Connecticut) collected 23 points and 7 rebs in this win. Ryan Gomes delivered 18 points in loss.

Oklah.City T. - Golde State W. 117-120
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) scored 40 points and increased his lead over Cleveland's LeBron James in the NBA's scoring race, but the Thunder blew a 20-point lead and lost to the Golden State Warriors 120-117 on Sunday night. Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) scored 27 points in victory. Stephen Curry had 25 pts, 7 boards and 7 assists, while Reggie Williams added 20 pts and 9 boards.

Orlando M. - Cleveland C. 98-92
Mickael Pietrus (6'6''-F-82, agency: Court Side) scored all 12 of his points in the fourth quarter and Jameer Nelson hit a big 3-pointer in the closing minutes as Orlando geared up for the postseason with a 98-92 win Sunday over Cleveland, which gave LeBron James another day off to rest for the NBA playoffs. Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85) scored 22 pts and pulled down 13 rebounds, while Jameer Nelson helped with 17 points and 8 assists. Delonte West collected 21 points, 5 boards and 7 assists for the Cavs.

Portland TB - LA Lakers 91-88
Martell Webster (6'8''-G-86) hit three free throws with 3.1 seconds left, and Portland moved into a tie for sixth place in the Western Conference standings with a 91-88 victory over the defending NBA champions Sunday. LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas) had 24 points and 11 rebounds last night. Webster scored 16 and Andre Miller added one point less, plus 7 assists. Pau Gasol collected 23 points and 12 boards in defeat.



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 30.1
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.30.1 
 2. James, Clevelan.29.7 
 3. Anthony, Denver N.28.3 
 4. Bryant, LA Lakers27.0 
 5. Wade, Miami Heat26.6 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.25.5 
 7. Nowitzki, Dallas M.25.1 
 8. Granger, Indiana P.24.3 
 9. Bosh, Toronto R.24.0 
 10. Stoudemire, Phoeni.23.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Howard, Orlando M.13.2 
 2. Camby, LA Clippers12.1 
 3. Randolph, Memph.11.8 
 4. Lee, New York K.11.7 
 5. Boozer, Utah Jazz11.3 
 6. Gasol, LA Lakers11.2 
 7. Love, Minnesota T.11.0 
 8. Noah, Chicago B.10.9 
 9. Bosh, Toronto R.10.8 
 10. Haywood, Washingt.10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 11
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.0 
 2. Paul, N.Orleans H.10.7 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz10.6 
 4. Rondo, Boston C.9.8 
 5. Kidd, Dallas M.9.1 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.6 
 7. Davis, LA Clippers8.0 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.0 
 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.2.2 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.1 
 4. Curry, Golde S.1.9 
 5. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
 6. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 7. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 8. Iguodala, Philadel.1.7 
 9. Davis, LA Clippers1.7 
 10. James, Clevelan.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Howard, Orlando M.2.8 
 2. Bogut, Milwauke.2.5 
 3. Haywood, Washingt.2.1 
 4. Smith, Atlanta H.2.1 
 5. Camby, LA Clippers2.0 
 6. Haywood, Dallas M.2.0 
 7. Andersen, Denver N.1.9 
 8. Dalembert, Philad.1.9 
 9. McGee, Washingt.1.8 
 10. Gasol, LA Lakers1.7 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 50-30 
 2. Toronto R. 39-42 
 3. New York K. 29-52 
 4. Philadelph.76 27-54 
 5. New Jersey N. 12-69 
Central Div.
 1. Cleveland C. 61-20 
 2. Milwaukee B. 45-36 
 3. Chicago B. 39-41 
 4. Indiana P. 32-49 
 5. Detroit P. 26-55 
Southeast Div.
 1. Orlando M. 58-23 
 2. Atlanta H. 52-29 
 3. Miami Heat 46-35 
 4. Charlotte B. 44-37 
 5. Washington W. 25-56 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Denver N. 53-28 
 2. Utah Jazz 52-28 
 3. Portland TB 50-31 
 4. Oklah.City T. 49-32 
 5. Minnesota T. 15-66 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 56-24 
 2. Phoenix Suns 52-28 
 3. LA Clippers 28-53 
 4. Golde State W. 25-55 
 5. Sacramento K. 25-56 
Southwest Div.
 1. Dallas M. 54-27 
 2. San Antonio S. 50-31 
 3. Houston R. 42-39 
 4. Memphis G. 40-41 
 5. N.Orleans H. 36-45 


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USA Tops World Select Team at the Nike Hoop Summit - by Carl Berman
The U.S. Junior National Select Team came from behind to defeat the World Select Team 101-97 in Portland, OR last night. The key play was an acrobatic three-point play by Duke-bound Kyrie Irving to break a 94-all tie with 44.7 seconds left. The U.S team won despite a monster game from Kentucky recruit Enes Kanter (6'10''-C-92). The 6'10 Kanter scored 34 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in only 24 minutes of action. It was the best individual performance we've seen at the Hoop Summit.

It was a game of runs. The USA pulled out to a 15-point late first half lead at 48-33, then took a nine-point lead into the half. The World Team then outscored the USA 33-12 in the third quarter to take a 74-62 lead at the end of the quarter. Kanter outscored the USA 13-12 in the quarter. It would have been worse but Terrence Jones of the USA hit a 23-foot three-pointer with one second left. That shot proved to be key for the USA.

The USA battled back from the 12-point deficit and took the lead 81-80 on a Harrison Barnes three-pointer with 5:29 left and he then followed with a steal. Barnes was fouled and made his shots to give the USA a three-point lead. The teams battled the rest of the way with the lead exchanged four times before Irving's big play.

We came away very impressed with most of the players after watching them in practice as well as during the game.

On the USA Team:

* Harrison Barnes. The North Carolina recruit was the star of the game for the Americans with 27 points, seven rebounds and several key plays. Barnes can do everything and will make Roy Williams very, very happy, although its likely his stay at UNC will be short.
* Jared Sullinger. The Ohio State recruit banged inside effectively with the bigger World post players. Sullinger had 22 points and eight rebounds. He is a big body with inside-outside skills and worked very hard against bigger competition.
* Terrence Jones. The 6'9 lefty forward has a versatile game and can step out for threes. Jones had 15 points, four rebounds and three blocks in the games. He should be making a college decision at the end of the month.
* Kyrie Irving and Brandon Knight. The two points played well together, Irving played better in this game with 15 points, five assists and no turnovers. Both players will be great players next year. Irving for Duke and Knight for whomever he decides on this coming week.

The World Teams big men really impressed us.

* As we said Enes Kanter (6'10''-C-92) played an amazing game. He is very strong and tough, has quick feet and is a quick jumper with good anticipation. He can also step out for threes. One and done at Kentucky for sure.
* Nikola Mirotic and Dejan Musli are solid big men who are playing professionally in Europe. We wont see them in college but may see them in the NBA at some point. Musli is more of a traditional center while Mirotic has a good outside game and can play any front court position.
* Tristan Thompson. Thompson is explosive inside and the 6'8 power forward will be a big help for Texas next year. Thompson scored 14 on 5-for-6 shooting.

Carl Berman is a Managing Partner of NetScouts Basketball. Information on NetScouts Basketball can be obtained through their website at www.netscoutsbasketball.com.



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Waynesburg University hires Mark Christner as new head mens basketball coach - by Arnault Desira
From Waynesburg website:

After a lengthy search, Waynesburg University is proud to announce the hiring of Mark Christner as its new head mens basketball coach.

He replaces Frank Ferraro, who was on the bench at Waynesburg since 2001, and was the head coach from the 2003-04 season to the 2009-10 campaign. Waynesburg Director of Athletics and former long-time head mens basketball coach Rudy Marisa feels confident in the schools choice for his former post.

We had over 150 applications from various parts of the country, Marisa said. We believe we have hired the right person for the job at this point in time.

Christner comes to Waynesburg from a very successful Calvin College (Mich.) program. During his eight years (2002-2010) as an assistant mens coach and head mens junior varsity coach, Christner helped lead the Knights to four berths in the NCAA Division III national tournament. During his time on the bench, Calvin posted an impressive 158-73 record and won three Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) regular season titles. Over that same stretch, the Knights won three MIAA tournament titles and advanced all the way to the NCAA Division III Final Four in 2005.

Prior to working with the mens team, Christner broke in as a coach at Calvin with the womens basketball team from 1999 to 2002. In 2000, the Calvin women made it all the way to the NCAA Division III Sweet 16.

After spending a decade with winning collegiate hoops programs, Christner plans on bringing that winning formula to Waynesburg, both on and off the court.

Coming from Calvin and being used to succeeding, I plan on instilling that same work ethic and expectations of high character, which are hallmarks of successful programs, Christner said. It goes beyond wins and losses and can be seen off the court. I have a firm idea of where I want this program to go. You do it with integrity and you do it as hard as you can.

A winning tradition is something that Christner will work to recapture with the Yellow Jackets, who are coming off of a 2-22 season. However, in 2006, the Jackets were one win away from capturing the Presidents Athletic Conference (PAC) title. The program also gained national notoriety under Marisa for routinely making the NAIA national tournament in the 1980s.

Im very excited about coaching at Waynesburg, Christner said. There is a great tradition here and that was attractive to me. I want to get the program back to that level.

Along with his impressive coaching credentials at Calvin, Christner is affiliated with the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He has worked as a coach and administrator of multiple basketball tournaments and camps.

Christner earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1999 from Calvin, where he majored in history and minored in physical education with emphasis in coach. He went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in physical education with a pedagogy emphasis in 2005 from Western Michigan.

He is also an experienced teacher. Christner was a Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance, & Sport (HPERDS) instructor at Calvin from 2006 until he left the school, and was an adjunct instructor in the same program from 2004 to 2006. He also spent four years (2000-2004) as a social studies teacher at both the Creston Christian School and the Holy Spirit School in Grand Rapids, Mich.



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  PALESTINE   


PBBA Week VII: De La Salle Close, Eibal back, Qalandia 3pointers, Ramallah Practise, Ra'I Surprise, Ibdaa ongoing, Beit Jala Saved, Ahli experience - by Tamara Awartani
Week 7 finished with expected, close and surprising results, check below and stay tuned for Week 8


De La Salle vs. Catholic Action 81 76
An exciting game to watch, a close call for De La Salle who have 7 straight wins till now, while Catholic Action were more focused and determined right from the start. Both teams were organized with two outstanding imports, but De La Salle's teamwork & press defense gave them an edge.
De la Salle players Tawfiq Richard, Hazem Khatab, Sari Amer, Hasan Awad, Wisam Bitar had a good outside game along with
Justin Bourne (198-F, college: Alaska-Fairb.), who also had a good inside game with his moves & shots assisted by Issa Kassasieh & Elie Nassrawi.
Catholic Action depended on its trio
Ty Brunson (203-F/C-80, college: Mass.-Lowell) who had a great inside game unstoppable snatching several rebounds , while young Ibrahim Habash had a significant role with his 3pointers and penetrations, along with Shadi Bahnan (180-G-87). But foul trouble and the team's lack of experience in the last minutes cost them the game.
19/28, 12/17, 30/12, 20/19

Eibal vs. Hiteen 97 89
A balanced game were each team took the lead for two quarters, both imports had a good impact on their team while Eibal missed out on their well-known coach.
Eibal started off strong playing an outside game, led by
Basheer Abdelazeez (178-G-78) with his several 3pointers & assists, Adli Shaheen, Saleh and Naser Dweikat along with Jamal Walker (193-G/F-81, college: Briar Cliff) with several 3pointers and shots who had a great effect on his team but had foul trouble, while Qasem Turabi (194-F/C-90) & Naeem Turabi (185-F-81) with Tareq Al Tamimi (197-C-92) played under basket.
Hiteen also played hard, led by their import
Malcolm Thomas (192-F-85, college: Widener) who had several 3pointers and shots along with a few dunks that got the fans standing clapping scoring 41 points, while Saed Darwazeh played well under basket scoring several points along with Shadi Takruri, Mohammed Alhilu and Radwan AlWanni playing on the outside.
29/28, 20/24, 20/16, 21/28

Qalandia vs. Orthodox Bethlehem 92 89
A last seconds game tying several times in the 4th quarter, Bethlehem were leading but Qalandia took advantage of the turnover then steal to take the win.
Qalandia's dual
Jon Sheets (185-G-85, college: Maine) and Nizar Shehadeh (injured end of game get well soon) with their outside game hitting several 3pointers and penetrations gave their team an edge along with Adham Jazrawi and Ismael Hamad with their shots.
While Bethlehem's trio Osama Abu Jaber, Ibrahim AlBandak &
Tavaris Watts (203-F-85, college: UTEP) with their long experience, Osama with his penetrations, shots and assists with Ibrahim under basket with good moves snatching several rebounds and Tavaris stood out with an inside outside game, while Firas Freij (173-F-87) & Bassem Freig along with George Qanawati (172-G-84) and Khader Jaqman played on the outside.
26/17, 18/20, 21/28, 27/24

Orthodoxi Ramallah vs. Orthodoxi Beit Sahour 81 55
A practice game for Orthodoxi Ramallah giving an opportunity to all their players, while Orthodoxi Beit Sahour are missing out on their import
Andre Moss (201-F/C-84, college: Eckerd) due to injury that had a major effect on his team.
Ramallah team depended mainly on Ahmad Deeb & their import who hit several 3pointers and several drives & assists, along with Ahmad Ameen, Nasser Kassis, and Khalil Hussary on the outside while Nadeem Mousa and Ramzi AlMasou played on the inside.
However the young players of Beit Sahour tried to keep up with Ramallah, gaining good game experience, Oday Hilal and Fares AlShomali had a major role in scoring for their team along with Husam Kokali who played under basket.
28/13, 8/15, 26/10, 19/17

Ra'I Saleh vs. Islami Bethlehem 74 - 61
Teamwork is the address to this game which gave an edge to Ra'I Saleh which Islami failed to have that raises questions to the club having so many good players on the team, something needs to be done!
Although Ra'I Saleh were late to the game, they were focused organized and passionate that is what gave them the edge, led by
Nick Tuggle (198-G/F-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) who keeps his team going, an all around player, hitting 3s shots penetrations, dunks and assists, along with Abdel Qader Hijazi (180-G-90) and Shadi Barahmeh (175-G-90) hitting 3pointers while Qusai AlAnani (195-C-90) had a great game hitting a 3pointer playing strong under basket and dunking.
Islami players didnt have their best game although leading the first half, had several turnovers and missed shots, loss of focus and wanting to play cost them the game. Hanna Sahwani led the team who had several points along with
Jamal Ward (198-F-79, agency: 011 Sports, college: Chattanooga) hitting several 3s and a great dunk, while Motaz Jawarish and Faris Sweiti played under basket.
12/15, 15/16, 28/12, 19/18


Ibdaa vs. Sarriyet Ramallah 93 - 83
One of the high game level that everyone was waiting for that showed great team and individual skills from both import and local players. Ibdaa had an edge with their organized playing, coaching and determination, while Sarriyet Ramallah lacked that.
Ibdaa trio
Jimmy Williams (196-G-86, college: Alders.-Broad.), Iyad Yousef Abdalla (205-C-80) and Yahia Al Khatib (190-G-77) were unstoppable while Mahdi Eid (194-F-81) was a great addition, Jimmy though being guarded 1-1 the whole game stood out scoring 39 points, hitting unbelievable 3pointers and his well-known jumpers, while Iyad Yousef Abdalla surely helped Jimmy to get open by giving good screens as well as flying snatching several rebounds scoring 22 points, while Yahia also being guarded the whole game was able to keep his team organized, Mahdi had several penetrations scoring 15points. Nader Abu Yusef had a role in playing under basket, while Kamal AlAzraq, Husam Obeid and Thaer Khamis had a role in good defense Foul trouble though got Yahia and Kamal out of the game in the 4th.
While Sarriyet Ramallah's trio were
B.J. Benning (203-F-85, college: Lee), Ibrahim Al Habash (194-F-75) and Saleem Sakakini who had a major role in scoring for their team. B.J. hitting several 3s and shots scoring 29 points along with Ibrahim Habash's long experience with strong penetrations and shots scoring 17 points, while Saleem Sakakini helped out under basket with his moves also hitting a 3 scoring 21 points. While Ibrahim AlHussary, Murad Abu Laban & Safwat Ghara had a good role in defense also Safwat hitting a couple of shots scoring 8 points.
17/15, 30/20, 23/20, 23/28

Orthodoxi Beit Jala vs. AlAroob 99 96
What a game, both teams played well, AlAroob had a great outside game while Beit Jala's players experience and foul trouble gave them the lead in the 4th quarter and win.
Beit Jala players have long experience, Charlie Qattan had several shots along with Kamal Mukarker who stood out in the game with his great shots and assists to Abdallah Adawi scoring several points , while
Mike Grinder (191-G/F-80, college: Simpson (CA)) who was guarded all the game had good shots along with Khalil Harb who also led his team. Rimon Zreineh had several steals along with Raed Abu Rumman (188-F-81) played under basket.
AlAroob dual
Tim Nelson (186-G-86, college: Oklahoma S&A) and Ghaleb AlHreimi were unstoppable, Tim was all around the court scoring 44 points hitting several 3pointers and 4 assists, while Ghaleb also hit several 3s, Jamal Ashour also had a role in scoring along with great defense by Mahmoud Jaber,
17/17, 23/30, 21/24, 36/25


Ahli vs. Terrasanta 90 79
The Jerusalemites game which was nice to watch that reflected great local skills.
AlAhli 'importless' were able to lead and win the game with its players great skills, teamwork and experience.
Raed Diyab (184-G-74) led his team and kept them motivated hitting several 3pointers, shots and assists, along with Ismael Sweiti (181-G-81), Samir Abdelatif (180-G-74) and Ismael Dweik (180-G-71) who had a great outside game hitting several 3s and great penetrations, while Sameh Hdeib (191-C-81) and Nabeel Nasser (192-C-81) played under basket.
On the other hand Terrasanta, missing out one of their main players Matia Nasser due to injury, played hard but lost focus at some points that cost them the game especially with so many missed 3pointers and shots.
Peter Kandalaft had several good shots but was unlucky with his 3pointers scoring 24points snatching 7 rebounds, while
Jeremy Schreiber (185-G-83, college: Webber) had good shots several penetrations taking charges making all his freethrows with 6 rebounds scoring 21 points, while Rafiq Nassrallah and Maurice Salman played well under basket with good moves, Rafiq scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and Maurice scored 10points and 6 rebounds.
23/20, 22/18, 22/22, 23/19



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


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  PHILIPPINES   


D-League Human Eraser is Toromans top choice - by Benny Lirio
NATIONAL Basketball Association Development Leagues human eraser Greg Steimsma, a 611, 260-pound standout from University of Wisconsin, is now the player on top of the list of Smart-Gilas national developmental pool coach Rajko Toroman to become the teams candidate for naturalization.

Toroman confirmed the news to Manila Standard.

Greg is on top of my list, Toroman said while watching the game of the Derby Ace Llamados and the Air21 Express Friday night at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Greg was a monster in his last game. He had 24 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks. We will do everything to get his services. I believe he is a perfect fit for our teams need of a big man, he added.

Steisma averaged 17.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks per game while playing for the Sioux Falls Sky Force.

If ever negotiations with Steisma wont work out, Toroman will also take a look at Jared Homan, who is now currently playing in Greece.

A product of Iowa State, Homan averaged 17.7 points, while playing for the ASCO Worclaw in the Euro Challenge in the 2007-08 season. The 27-year-old forward is a 69 bruiser, who never backs down to challenge.

Talent wise, Dwayne Jones, whom Smart-Gilas is looking as replacement for Jamal Sampson, was the perfect choice, according to Toroman.

Bad for us, he was recruited in the NBA, said Toroman, whose squad also inquired on the availability of former Philippine Basketball Association import Earl Barron and Brian Butch.

Barron is now playing with the New York Knicks.

The Philippine developmental squad is looking for an import that they hope to naturalize and help them in their bid to earn a spot in the 2012 London Olympics.

MANILA STANDARD/Joble


D-League Human Eraser is Toromans top choice - by Benny Lirio
NATIONAL Basketball Association Development Leagues human eraser Greg Steimsma, a 611, 260-pound standout from University of Wisconsin, is now the player on top of the list of Smart-Gilas national developmental pool coach Rajko Toroman to become the teams candidate for naturalization.

Toroman confirmed the news to Manila Standard.

Greg is on top of my list, Toroman said while watching the game of the Derby Ace Llamados and the Air21 Express Friday night at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Greg was a monster in his last game. He had 24 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks. We will do everything to get his services. I believe he is a perfect fit for our teams need of a big man, he added.

Steisma averaged 17.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks per game while playing for the Sioux Falls Sky Force.

If ever negotiations with Steisma wont work out, Toroman will also take a look at Jared Homan, who is now currently playing in Greece.

A product of Iowa State, Homan averaged 17.7 points, while playing for the ASCO Worclaw in the Euro Challenge in the 2007-08 season. The 27-year-old forward is a 69 bruiser, who never backs down to challenge.

Talent wise, Dwayne Jones, whom Smart-Gilas is looking as replacement for Jamal Sampson, was the perfect choice, according to Toroman.

Bad for us, he was recruited in the NBA, said Toroman, whose squad also inquired on the availability of former Philippine Basketball Association import Earl Barron and Brian Butch.

Barron is now playing with the New York Knicks.

The Philippine developmental squad is looking for an import that they hope to naturalize and help them in their bid to earn a spot in the 2012 London Olympics.
MANILA STANDARD/Joble


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  PORTUGAL   


Exclusive interview with Brandon Dagans - by Bruno Baltazar
After 4 seasons in college in D2 with Lewis and a senior year there that showed 19.4PPG, 4.0rpg, 2.9spg, 1.6apg with good percentages gave him a spot in Portugal.
New jorney in Brandon Dragans page ,a sucess story this one that leads to the scoring leader in the portuguese league (22.9PPG,4.8RPG,1.6 APG and 2.9SPG
,) , leader in both teams,college and professional,2 all star game presences so far, 1 in college in D2 and the other in Portugal,several trophies give this man the spotlight keeping Ginasio hopes alive to be in the playoffs so we meet him this week for a exclusive interview with eurobasket.com.
Bruno Baltazar-How is been your staying in Portugal,do you like the international experience,the culture the people?
Brandon Dagans (185-G, college: Lewis)- Portugal is Nice. I love the weather and the people are friendly as well.
The city of Figueira is a pretty calm and quiet city and there isnt really too much to do outside of basketball. I am cool with that because it allows me to focus on basketball and thats why im here.

Bruno Baltazar-Biggest issues between international basketball and the college basketball ?
Brandon Dagans - I would say one of the biggest difference for any player coming out of college is probably adjusting to the 24 second shot clock. In college you have 35 seconds. So it takes alot of practice time and a few games to become fully aware of it.
Also the officiating/referee's in europe are also different, players get away with alot of flopping here.

Are your expectations about a international experience better than you think they would be?
Brandon Dagans- Not sure if I would say my experience is better then what i expected. Like many players ,first year especially have thier ups and downs with adjusting to the business and learning how things work. I did have high expectations for myself and the team as well coming into the season and i think they both can be reached at this point, we still have more work to do.

Bruno Baltazar-What are the goal for the final games of the regular season and individually did you expected to do what you doing?
Brandon Dagans- Our goals at this point in the season is simple, To win!
With only two games to go in the championship we want to play well and put ourselves in the best position to place in the playoffs. We also need to keep all of our players healthy. Individually i set my goals very high at the begining of the year. I just wanted to make a solid transiton into the professional game and consistently play at a high level throughout the season. Thanks to my teammates i was able to do this.

Bruno Baltazar-Tell us a bit more about your game for all the readers that didnt saw you playing...ofensivly and defensivly and what you need to improve and what you are strong in your game...
Brandon Dagans- Though i can score points I label myself as a PLAYMAKER, Period! My game is about breaking down the defense and finding my way into the 'painted area'. My college coach always told me 'If you can get in the paint,good things will happen'. Since then, that has been my focus each and everytime i step on the court and i think i have becoming very effective at it. So if its getting in there and finding a teammate, pull-up jumper, or finishing at the rim-it makes the game easier for me. Defensively,i just want to get my hands on the ball whenever i can, getting in the passing lane or snatching up a defensive board. I enjoy being the voice on defense as well. As for everyplayer who wants to be great, I can improve on many things.

Bruno Baltazar- Next season a comeback or what do you expect for next season with these numbers now?
Brandon Dagans- Im not sure yet exactly what next season has in store for me. Hopefully wherever i am, its a good situation for me and i can continue to showcase my ability and climb up the ranks in europe!

Thank you for interview and here in eurobasket.com we wish you all the best for you and for your team!


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Benfica 18-1 
 2. Ovarense 15-5 
 3. Porto Ferpinta 14-6 
 4. VSC Guimar. 12-8 
 5. Illiabum 9-11 
 6. Academica 9-11 
 7. CAB 8-11 
 8. AD Vagos 8-12 
 9. Ginasio 8-12 
 10. Sampaense 7-13 
 11. Barreirense 7-13 
 12. Fisica 4-16 


Standings - Proliga
Proliga Standings
 1. Penafiel 19-3 
 2. Lusitania 19-3 
 3. Barcelos 18-4 
 4. Electrico FC 13-9 
 5. Povoa 11-11 
 6. Sangalhos 11-11 
 7. Galitos FC 10-12 
 8. Angra 9-13 
 9. Seixal 9-13 
 10. Terceira Basket 8-14 
 11. Maia Basket 3-19 
 12. A.Musical 2-20 


Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
Points Per Game
 Brandon DAGANS
  Ginasio
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Dagans, Ginasio22.9 
 2. Crutchfield, Sampa.21.8 
 3. Madison, Sampaense20.4 
 4. Waller, Ovarense19.7 
 5. Webster, CAB19.2 
 6. Ramos, Benfica18.7 
 7. Powers, Fisica18.3 
 8. Voorhees, AD Vagos18.2 
 9. Smith, AD Vagos17.3 
 10. Clark, Barreirense17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rod NEALY
  VSC Guimar.
  (198-F-80)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Nealy, VSC Guimar.10.2 
 2. Lee, Ovarense10.0 
 3. Smith, AD Vagos9.9 
 4. Johnson, Fisica9.8 
 5. Johnson, Academica9.5 
 6. St.Robert, Illiabum9.1 
 7. Terrell, Porto F.9.0 
 8. Wilson, Sampaense8.9 
 9. Shaw, Illiabum8.8 
 10. Thornton, Barreire.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Daniel FELIX
  Illiabum
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Felix, Illiabum2.9 
 2. Silva, VSC Guimar.2.5 
 3. Costa, Ginasio2.3 
 4. Balseiro, Sampa.2.3 
 5. Schneider, CAB2.2 
 6. Dagans, Ginasio2.2 
 7. Simoes, Academica2.2 
 8. Mims, VSC Guimar.2.1 
 9. Sousa, Academica2.1 
 10. Pedroso, CAB2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jose COSTA
  Ginasio
  (187-G-73)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Costa, Ginasio6.3 
 2. Manarte, Ovarense6.2 
 3. Felix, Illiabum6.1 
 4. Reveles, AD Vagos5.5 
 5. Sing, Sampaense4.8 
 6. Fernandes, CAB4.6 
 7. Pires, Illiabum4.5 
 8. Mims, VSC Guimar.4.4 
 9. Perdigao, AD Vagos4.3 
 10. Miranda, Ovarense4.3 
Blocks Per Game
 John SMITH
  AD Vagos
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Smith, AD Vagos1.6 
 2. Soderberg, CAB1.4 
 3. Terrell, Porto F.1.3 
 4. Wilson, Sampaense1.3 
 5. DeWitz, Benfica1.3 
 6. Lee, Ovarense1.3 
 7. Voorhees, AD Vagos1.2 
 8. Grimes, Academica1.2 
 9. Stempin, Porto F.1.1 
 10. Austin, Ginasio1.1 


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  PUERTO RICO   


Jones number one in Puerto Rico for week 6 - by Eurobasket
American-American swingman Joel Jones (196-G/F-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last week for Quebradillas Pirates, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 6.
The 29-year old player a double-double of 22 points and adding 13 rebounds, while his team edged out Santurce 76-72. Quebradillas maintains the 7th position in Puerto Rican BSN. Quebradillas is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-8 record. Jones turned to be Quebradillas' top player in his first season with the team. Former Sacramento St. star is in league's top in points (9th best: 18.5ppg). He averages also 7.4rpg.

The second best player in last week's games was 27-year old former international guard Ali Berdiel (198-G-83) of Caciques de Humacao. Berdiel had a very good evening with 34 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Humacao lost that game 91-98 to the higher-ranked Capitanes (#3, 9-3). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Humacao consolidated its place in top 4 of the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Berdiel is one of the most experiences players at Humacao and has a reputation of the team's leader.

Third on the list of top players last week was American swingman James Maye (201-G/F-81) of Indios de Mayaguez. Maye scored 29 points and passed four assists. Despite Maye's great performance Mayaguez lost 89-95 to the higher-ranked Ponce. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other temmates. Mayaguez can only dream about fighting for top spots on the league. They have rather bad season and 1-11 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Maye he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. He has a great season in Puerto Rico. After only 9 games, Maye made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.0ppg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77) of Capitanes - 32 points and 4 rebounds
5. Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83) of Mayaguez - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82) of San German - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Michael Sweetney (203-F-82) of Santurce - 22 points and 14 rebounds
8. Shawn Priutt (208-C-85) of Isabela - 17 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Angel Figueroa (196-G/F-81) of Guaynabo - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 1 assist


Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
 1. Bayamon 11-4 
 2. Capitanes 9-3 
 3. Ponce 9-6 
 4. Guaynabo 7-5 
 5. Humacao 7-6 
 6. San German 7-6 
 7. Santurce 6-8 
 8. Quebradillas 5-8 
 9. Isabela 5-9 
 10. Mayaguez 1-12 


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Alejandro CARMONA
  Mayaguez
  (194-G/F-83)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Carmona, Mayaguez23.4 
 2. Nailon, Quebradillas21.0 
 3. Dalmau, Bayamon20.1 
 4. Maye, Mayaguez20.0 
 5. Ayuso, Capitanes19.3 
 6. Nailon, Ponce19.2 
 7. Hickerson, San G.19.0 
 8. Perez, Isabela18.9 
 9. Jones, Quebradillas18.5 
 10. Priutt, Isabela17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn PRIUTT
  Isabela
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Priutt, Isabela14.4 
 2. Dyer, San German10.7 
 3. Traylor, Bayamon10.6 
 4. Reyes, Capitanes10.3 
 5. Narvaez, Ponce9.3 
 6. Aubry, Capitanes9.1 
 7. Redhage, Quebradillas9.0 
 8. Collins, Ponce9.0 
 9. Walker, Guaynabo8.6 
 10. Mays, Humacao8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon6.2 
 2. Russell, Quebradillas5.4 
 3. Cruz, Ponce5.3 
 4. Copeland, San G.5.3 
 5. Graham, Mayaguez5.2 
 6. Hatton, Ponce4.8 
 7. Cruz, Capitanes4.2 
 8. Rivera, Isabela4.2 
 9. Guzman, Guaynabo4.2 
 10. Nailon, Ponce4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ali BERDIEL
  Humacao
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Berdiel, Humacao2.4 
 2. Carmona, Mayaguez2.0 
 3. Perez, Isabela1.9 
 4. Mays, Humacao1.7 
 5. Rivera, Isabela1.7 
 6. Dalmau, Bayamon1.7 
 7. Copeland, San G.1.6 
 8. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 9. Sanchez, Santurce1.5 
 10. Figueroa, Guaynabo1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn PRIUTT
  Isabela
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Priutt, Isabela1.4 
 2. Russell, Quebradillas1.3 
 3. Nieves, Santurce1.3 
 4. Reyes, Capitanes1.3 
 5. Gainous, Santurce1.3 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon1.2 
 7. Perez, Isabela1.2 
 8. Maye, Mayaguez1.0 
 9. Mays, Humacao1.0 
 10. Nailon, Quebradillas1.0 


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  RUSSIA   


Standings - Superleague A
A Standings
Group A1
 1. Unics 1-0 
 2. Khimky 1-0 
 3. CSKA 0-1 
 4. Dynamo M. 0-1 
Group A2
 1. Spartak SP 1-0 
 2. Enisey 1-0 
 3. Lokomotiv K. 0-0 
 4. Triumph 0-1 
 5. Krasnie Krilya 0-1 


Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Aleksandar CAPIN
  Zalgiris
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Capin, Lokomoti.20.4 
 2. Bykov, Dynamo M.20.3 
 3. Chalmers, Enisey18.1 
 4. Rush, Triumph17.5 
 5. Rakovic, Spartak SP16.0 
 6. Popovic, Unics15.5 
 7. Lyday, Unics14.9 
 8. Green, Lokomoti.14.7 
 9. Monya, Dynamo M.14.6 
 10. Bremer, Krasnie .14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sergey MONYA
  Dynamo M.
  (204-F-83)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Monya, Dynamo M.8.5 
 2. Khryapa, CSKA8.0 
 3. Trushkin, Krasni.7.5 
 4. Rakovic, Spartak SP7.3 
 5. Lampe, Unics6.1 
 6. McCarty, Khimky5.9 
 7. Kambala, Enisey5.8 
 8. Javtokas, Khimky5.8 
 9. Douthit, Krasnie .5.6 
 10. Antic, Lokomoti.5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ernest BREMER
  Krasnie Krilya
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Bremer, Krasnie .5.8 
 2. Capin, Lokomoti.4.4 
 3. Bykov, Dynamo M.4.2 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA4.2 
 5. Rush, Triumph3.8 
 6. Fields, Spartak SP3.8 
 7. Planinic, CSKA3.6 
 8. Cabezas, Khimky3.6 
 9. Pashutin, Spart.3.4 
 10. Khvostov, Dynamo M.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Sergey BYKOV
  Dynamo M.
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Bykov, Dynamo M.2.5 
 2. Rush, Triumph2.1 
 3. Bremer, Krasnie .1.8 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA1.8 
 5. Surovtsev, Lokomoti.1.6 
 6. Chalmers, Enisey1.6 
 7. McCarty, Khimky1.6 
 8. Lyday, Unics1.6 
 9. Sergeev, Triumph1.5 
 10. Pashutin, Spart.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James GIST
  Lokomotiv K.
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Gist, Lokomotiv K.1.5 
 2. Mozgov, Khimky1.4 
 3. Monya, Dynamo M.1.3 
 4. Savenkov, Lokomoti.1.1 
 5. Douthit, Krasnie .1.0 
 6. Khryapa, CSKA1.0 
 7. Vasilyev, Dynamo M.0.8 
 8. Trushkin, Krasni.0.7 
 9. Kaun, CSKA0.7 
 10. Sokolov, CSKA0.7 


A Superleague Round: 1 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Unics - Dynamo M. 84-77
Unics prevailed against Dynamo in Kazan. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83) scored 20 points, grabbed 6 boards and blocked 3 shots to lead the hosts. Marko Popovic added 15 points for the winning side. Sergey Monya responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds for Dynamo.

CSKA - Khimky 68-73
Khimky shocked CSKA in the opening game of the second stage of the championship. Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.) unloaded 18 points to lead the visitors. Vitaly Fridzon added 13 points for Khimky. Ramunas Siskauskas responded with 23 points for CSKA.

Group B
Triumph - Spartak SP 66-78
James White (198-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Cincinnati) scored 23 points to lead Spartak St. Petersburg past Triumph. Milovan Rakovic added 22 points and 8 rebounds as Spartak improved at 1-0 record in Group A2. Valeri Likhodey responded with 18 points for Triumph.

Krasnie Krilya - Enisey 77-80
Enisey brought victory from Samara in the opening game in Group A2. Lionel Chalmers (183-G-80, college: Xavier) delivered 24 points to lead the visitors. Kaspars Kambala added 21 points and 10 rebounds for Enisey. Luis Flores answered with 20 points for Krasnie Krilya.



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  SAINT KITTS   


Ghetto Roots march out over religious rights - by Richard
RETURNING Premier Division champion in the LIME St. Kitts Amateur Basketball Association (SKABA), S. L. Horsfords Ghetto Roots, will not be participating in this years season until a conflict over the religious rights of one of their players is settled.
The player in question is Dale Rochester, a practicing member of the Bobo Shanti, and SKABA executive members have barred him from playing because of the headdress his religion requires him to wear at all times in public, even during basketball games.
Rochester has been involved in basketball for many years and played a number of seasons with the Cayon Lions without issue. However, after joining Ghetto Roots in 2009 he was told by referees and executive members that he would no longer be able to play because of his turban.
I and I come from the Bobo Shanti tribe really and within the law of Bobo Shanti I and I really aint supposed to take off I and I headgear unless I and I going to wash off or tend to it in a different way, but to just take it off in the public like that is not a part of it, Rochester told the media at last nights (Apr. 11) SKABA League opening.
Ghetto Roots Head Coach Dr. Garfield Alexander, who led the team to a Premier Division championship in his inaugural season in that position, said that the team was stunned by the ruling and found it to be an arbitrary decision that violated Rochesters rights.
SKABA informed us last year that this headdress was in direct violation of F.I.B.A. rules. We operate on our local rules, but we are guided by F.I.B.A. rules. Their rules state that no headdress that acts as an impediment or gives an unfair advantage to the opposing player can be worn.
As we know, the turban does not serve in any way as such, Alexander said.
The coach noted that no official warning was ever sent to the team, nor had any ruling been made by the SKABA executive on the matter, and yet Rochester was continually barred from playing in the league by match officials.
As a protest to this action by SKABA, Ghetto Roots contacted their team lawyers and notified the executive that they were not to be scheduled in any regular season league games until the matter was officially ruled upon by the body.
This year again we filed a letter to the association about the player asking if a decision can be made officially. We got no response. We brought it up in the meeting and we were shot down again. This is in direct constitutional violation of this persons right to play.
Because we felt so passionate about the matter, we then sought legal advice and we sent a letter by our lawyers trying to have an injunction on the league until this matter can be settled, Alexander stated.
According to the coach, their boycott of the league was outside of a single exhibition match they were scheduled to play against the British Virgin Islands Talk Dat at last nights season opening.
However, in a surprise move and with no warning, SKABA President James Barman Hanley announced in his opening remarks of the league that Ghetto Roots would not be allowed to play the exhibition match even though they were fully dressed and prepared to do so.
[Ghetto Roots] have asked us not to fixture any games for them until a decision is taken. We consulted with our lawyers and they advised us not to let them play that game [against BVI] pending the matter going before the appeals board, Hanley told the gathered crowd.
The St. Pauls Hard Wine Tuff Knots were appointed as a last second replacement for Ghetto Roots, a decision that Alexander said the entire team was stunned by.
I can only say that I am very much disappointed in this action and I dont understand why it was taken. This goes beyond F.I.B.A. This goes beyond SKABA. This goes beyond Dale Rochester. This is about the constitutional right of each person to practice their religion freely.
Hanley, who is also Head Coach of Ghetto Roots main Premier Division rival Rams Hitters, added in his opening remarks that an Appeals Board would be put in place today (Apr. 12) to review the matter, though no indication was given as to how that board would be appointed or what the composition would be.
Many Premier League players openly stated their displeasure with the decision. Among those was Rochesters former teammate from Cayon, Tyrone OLoughlin.
I dont think any of the other players have a problem with it, and in fact some of the players are glad that he as a Rasta-man has his hair tied up so the locks dont spin and hit them in the face or something. To me, I dont think any player is going to have a problem with [Rochester playing], but it is up to the officials to set the rules, he told SKNVibes
Source: SKNVibes.com



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  SERBIA   


Standings - B Liga
B League Standings
 1. Superfund 21-4 
 2. Crnokosa 19-6 
 3. Smederevo 18-7 
 4. Radnicki O. 17-8 
 5. Jagodina 15-10 
 6. Zeleznicar I. 14-11 
 7. Mladost CA 13-12 
 8. FMP II 11-13 
 9. Vojvodina 10-14 
 10. Partizan II 9-15 
 11. Vrbas 9-15 
 12. Jug Vranje 9-16 
 13. Zdravlje 5-19 
 14. Beovuk 72 2-22 


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  SLOVAKIA   


Four teams still in game - by Tomas Kottra
Heading to last match-day, only two of four can reach the semi-finals and all of them have to make only one last step win the game number five!
BK SPU Nitra (2) vs SKP Banska Bystrica (7)
Sure it was a bit surprising, when Bystrica came out with home win against Nitra last time, after horrible 50 points road debacle. But they did it and it was such a tough win after whole-game trailing were Bystrica players able to reach their opponents and won 72:74. This season Nitra never won in Bystrica and vice versa. Will be this law broken, or no surprise in quarter-finals?
BK 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves (4) vs BC Prievidza (5)
Three of four play-off matches were well balanced, so semi-finalist is still not clear. The last game was also evened. None of teams were able to build their lead to more than 7 points. Most of game was Spisska in lead, but at the end, BC Prievidza as home team claimed the victory. In any case, there is no favorite and series will not end as surprise in any case.


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  SLOVENIA   


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Sandi CEBULAR
  Sentjur
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Cebular, Sentjur22.1 
 2. King, Polzela19.6 
 3. Crenshaw, Sentjur16.7 
 4. Dragic, Geoplin .16.1 
 5. Feeley, Elektra .16.0 
 6. Mucic, Rudar16.0 
 7. Cup, Elektra .15.9 
 8. Snow, Helios15.8 
 9. Drzic, Luka Koper15.7 
 10. Djapa, Parklji15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Polzela
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. King, Polzela10.9 
 2. Feeley, Elektra .8.5 
 3. Thondique, Polzela8.1 
 4. Djapa, Parklji7.2 
 5. Virijevic, Sencur C.6.8 
 6. Nikolic, Krka6.7 
 7. Nuhanovic, Elektr.6.7 
 8. Miljkovic, Elektr.6.3 
 9. Simovic, Sentjur6.3 
 10. Cup, Elektra .6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Tadej KOSTOMAJ
  Elektra Esotech
  (186-G-87)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Kostomaj, Elektr.5.6 
 2. Crenshaw, Sentjur5.0 
 3. Anzulovic, Rudar3.9 
 4. Mocnik, Helios3.6 
 5. Cmer, Zlatorog3.6 
 6. Nachbar, Luka Koper3.5 
 7. Venta, Polzela3.4 
 8. Jersin, Parklji3.3 
 9. Udrih, Polzela3.1 
 10. Cebular, Sentjur3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Alvin SNOW
  Helios
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Snow, Helios1.9 
 2. Nuhanovic, Elektr.1.8 
 3. Dragic, Geoplin .1.7 
 4. Cebular, Sentjur1.7 
 5. Udrih, Polzela1.7 
 6. Ristic, Sencur CP1.7 
 7. Lapornik, Sentjur1.6 
 8. Markic, Luka Koper1.6 
 9. Jovanovic, Sencur C.1.6 
 10. Mocnik, Helios1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Polzela
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. King, Polzela2.4 
 2. Nuhanovic, Elektr.1.4 
 3. Nikolic, Krka1.3 
 4. Collins, Zlatorog1.3 
 5. Ibok, Polzela0.8 
 6. Cup, Elektra .0.8 
 7. Lucic, Krka0.8 
 8. Djapa, Parklji0.7 
 9. Sjekloca, Elektr.0.7 
 10. Simovic, Sentjur0.7 


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  SPAIN   


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Courtney PIGRAM
  Andorra
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Pigram, Andorra16.6 
 2. Ferrer, Cajasur .16.4 
 3. Uriz, Santurtzi15.9 
 4. Johnson, Huesca15.9 
 5. Barcelo, Plasencia15.8 
 6. Vereen, Rosalia15.7 
 7. Witt, Guadalajara15.6 
 8. Wolfram, Andorra15.4 
 9. Thompson, ADT T.15.2 
 10. Miller, Coruna15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shalawn MILLER
  Huelva
  (204-C/F-74)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Miller, Huelva8.9 
 2. Thompson, ADT T.8.7 
 3. Howard, Guadalaj.8.3 
 4. Williams, Matchmind7.9 
 5. Santana, Caja Rioja7.9 
 6. Johnson, Huesca7.8 
 7. Ausina, Matchmind7.6 
 8. Matali, Andorra7.1 
 9. Andrews, Huesca7.1 
 10. Wachsmann, Alcazar7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ricardo BUSCIGLIO
  Caja Rioja
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Busciglio, Caja Rioja5.3 
 2. Castello, ADT T.4.7 
 3. Rufian, Huelva4.6 
 4. Santamaria, ADT T.3.8 
 5. Gonzalez, Navarra3.8 
 6. Cardenas, Qalat C.3.7 
 7. Rodriguez, Rosalia3.7 
 8. Canals, Alaior3.6 
 9. Lopez, Coruna3.6 
 10. Alonso, Matchmind3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Nathan MILLER
  Coruna
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Miller, Coruna2.5 
 2. Gomez, Huelva2.4 
 3. Barcelo, Plasencia2.2 
 4. Suka-Umu, Cajasur .2.1 
 5. Johnson, Huesca2.1 
 6. Ott, Caja Rioja2.0 
 7. Martinez, Huelva1.8 
 8. Higgs, L''Hospitalet1.8 
 9. Pino, L''Hospitalet1.7 
 10. Adams, Navarra1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Illescas
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Byombo, Illescas1.5 
 2. Adams, Navarra1.4 
 3. Thompson, ADT T.1.2 
 4. Bain, ADT Tarragona1.1 
 5. Matali, Andorra1.0 
 6. Joseph, Rosalia0.9 
 7. Andrews, Huesca0.9 
 8. Miller, Huelva0.8 
 9. Sekulic, Plasencia0.8 
 10. Sastre Morro, Qalat C.0.8 


LEB Gold Round: 32 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Girona - Melilla 75-80
Melilla closed Round 32 with nice road win against Girona. Jason Robinson (196-F-80, college: Pikeville) led the way for Melilla with 17 points, Roberto Morentin (206-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Cent.Florida) had 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Jorge Jimenez added 12 points and 6 assists. For the hosts, Albert Sabat netted 15 pts.

Tenerife - CAI Zaragoza 57-67
CAI Zaragoza cruised past Tenerife on the road remaining the top ranked team in the league with 26-6 record. Darren Phillip (201-F-78, college: Fairfield) once again paced his team to victory with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Rafael Hettsheimeir (206-C-86) also was great adding 13 pts and 17 rebs. In Tenerife, Adrian Boccia scored 14 pts.

La Palma - CB Tarragona 84-79
Juan Palacios (203-F-85) stepped up for the hosts with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Raul Mena (177-G-82) was the second scorer in this victory with 14 points (7 assists). Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary) shined in defeat with 23 points and 8 rebs. La Palma 16-16, Tarragona 12-20.

Cornella - Breogan 81-88
18-14 for Breogan and 10-22 for Cornella after this game. Eric Coleman (200-C-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: N.Iowa) was the leading player in victory with 28 points and 7 rebounds. Anthony Smith (196-G-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Liberty) responded with 23 points in defeat.

Mallorca - Leon 84-61
15th win for Mallorca, who got 19 points and 5 rebounds from Marc Blanch (195-F-82). Shaun Green (203-F-87, college: Utah) and Carles Bivia followed him with 13 and 12 points respectively. Jose Angel Antelo responded with 12 points and 8 boards for the guests.

Vigo - Vive Menorca 78-81
Vive Menorca had to work very hard in order to beat the last ranked Vigo on the road. Cuthbert Victor (196-G/F-83, college: Murray St.) led Menorca with 13 points and 8 rebounds, and exactly the same numbers had Caio Torres (211-C-87). Patrick Pope shined in loss with 30 points. Menorca 19-13, Vigo 6-26.

Palencia - Caceres 71-75
Caceres celebrated 18th victory of the season getting 23 points and 6 rebounds from Shawn Taggart (208-F-85, college: Memphis). Carlos Cherry (184-G-79) and Francisco Sanchez followed with 18 and 16 points respectively. The hosts got double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds from Oliver Arteaga.

Ourense - Clin.Rincon 66-75
Nedzad Sinanovic (221-C-83) was the leading player for Clinicas Rincon with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Alejandro Navajas (201-F-86) also had important role in this victory with 18 points, while Johrnan Zamora added 14. For the home side, Jose Antonio Vasquez delivered 13 pts. Clinicas Rincon 12-20, Ourense 13-19.

Burgos - La Laguna 85-81
Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) was in a game mood this week-end with 29 points and 5 assists. Ivan Corrales (182-G-74) and Peter Lorant followed him with 14 points each. La Laguna got 26 points from Levi Rost.


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  CAI Zaragoza
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Phillip, CAI Z.18.1 
 2. Donaldson, La La.17.5 
 3. Morley, Burgos17.3 
 4. Riera, Mallorca17.2 
 5. Guillen, La Laguna16.1 
 6. Roe, Tenerife15.3 
 7. Humphrey, Leon15.1 
 8. Hess, CB Tarragona14.9 
 9. Quinteros, CAI Z.14.8 
 10. Blanch, Mallorca14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jakim DONALDSON
  La Laguna
  (203-C/F-83)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Donaldson, La La.11.2 
 2. Starosta, Melilla9.6 
 3. Sinanovic, Clin.Rin.9.1 
 4. Arteaga, Palencia8.3 
 5. Lima, Clin.Rincon8.2 
 6. Adrien, Breogan7.8 
 7. Coleman, Breogan7.8 
 8. Phillip, CAI Z.7.4 
 9. Humphrey, Leon7.2 
 10. Padgett, La Palma7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Diego CIORCIARI
  Vive Menorca
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Ciorciari, Vive M.5.1 
 2. Mendiburu, CB Tarra.4.6 
 3. Cherry, Caceres4.4 
 4. Mena, La Palma4.1 
 5. Jimenez, Melilla3.6 
 6. Perez, Cornella3.6 
 7. Bernabe, Leon3.5 
 8. Hernandez, Burgos3.1 
 9. Riera, Mallorca3.0 
 10. Rodriguez, CB Tarra.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Xavier RABASEDA
  Regal Barca
  (199-G/F-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Rabaseda, Cornella2.5 
 2. Lescano, CAI Z.2.4 
 3. Blanch, Mallorca2.2 
 4. Fuentes, Clin.Rincon2.1 
 5. Quinteros, CAI Z.1.9 
 6. Boccia, Tenerife1.9 
 7. Ayon, Tenerife1.8 
 8. Howell, Ourense1.7 
 9. Xavier, Breogan1.7 
 10. Morley, Burgos1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  Caceres
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Naymick, Caceres1.9 
 2. Sinanovic, Clin.Rin.1.6 
 3. Diouf, CB Tarragona1.6 
 4. Ayon, Tenerife1.5 
 5. Donaldson, La La.1.5 
 6. Elonu, CAI Zaragoza1.5 
 7. Samb, Cornella1.2 
 8. Joseph, Cornella1.2 
 9. Roe, Tenerife1.0 
 10. Humphrey, Leon0.9 


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  SWEDEN   


Solna-Norrkoping 1-1 (85-76) - by Johan Anderson
Solna Vikings beat Norrkoping Dolphins 85-76 (22 - 15, 20 - 13, 24 - 24, 19 - 24) , Vikings tied the score to 1-1 in Semis and next game will be played in Norrkoping.Andrew Mitchell (181-G-79, college: Kent St.)l was a key player in this victory with 22 points.Rudy Mbemba helped wit 18points. George Gervin (189-G-76, college: Houston) 24points and Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79, college: N.Arizona) with 15points in the loss.

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  SYRIA   


Standings - D1
D1 Standings
 1. Jalaa 20-0 
 2. Jeish 18-4 
 3. Wehda 13-8 
 4. Karameh 13-9 
 5. Ittihad 12-10 
 6. Hurriya 10-12 
 7. Talee'a 10-12 
 8. Kasyoun 10-12 
 9. Wathba 9-13 
 10. Yarmouk 8-13 
 11. Tishreen 6-16 
 12. Thawra 1-22 


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  TANZANIA   


National Basketball League - by Carlos Pereira
In mens category, Spurs of Dodoma slumped to a 56-43 defeat at the hands of Young Warriors of Morogoro.
Until the breather, the Young Warriors were leading 32-26. The Morogoro lads continued to stretch their cushion in the third and fourth quarters to seal their deserved victory.

Young Warriors points were scored by Shasaria Mwiki (23) and Abraham Ngatingwa who notched eight.
Spurs Ashraf Collins hit 17 points while his teammate Allen Lumuge scored eight.In another match, Mzinga of Morogoro took on Kilimanjaros Baptists and the former posted a 56-42 win.

The teams that are battling it out for the prestigious mens national title are Spurs, Mzinga, Young Warriors, ABC, Oilers, Savio and the defending champions, JKT.


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


Defence Force wins championships! - by Albert-Lee Young
On Sunday night at the Jean Pierre Complex Port of Spain, the stage was set for the grand finale of biggest ever national club championships to be hosted in Trinidad & Tobago.

And what a fitting climax for such an event with the top two teams, Defence Force & Detour Shak Attack, battling each other for a whooping first prize of $100,000 and with the series levelled at 3-3 apiece.

In front of a capacity crowd reminiscent of the glory days of local basketball in the seventies & eighties, Steven Lighter Lewis and Defence Force stole the show.

From the start of the contest, which was jumped off by the Honourable Hazel Manning Minister of Local Government with Mr Ashwin Creed Deputy Permanent Secretary Ministry of Sports & Youth Affairs and Mr. Brian Manning President of the NBFTT in attendance, Lewis released the first point of the game with one of his trade mark lay-ups.

But Kurt Koto Christian and Shak Attack quickly responded and by 3:58 mark they ran up a 17:7 lead following a steal by Christian which resulted in a layup by Kennyatta Alfred. Despite Shak Attack aggression Defence Force fought back to get within 16:21.

In the 2nd quarter, Steven Lewis and Derrick Boxhill took control for the army squad. To the delight of the fans Lewis scored an alley hoop dunk off a Boxhill assist as the army took the lead for the first time 25:24 with 5:34 left. From then on Defence Force urged ahead and Peter Lewis close out the period with a transition layup for a 42:29 score.

Despite the one man heroics from Christian who scored back to back layups with 1:48 left in the third period, Defence Force still maintained the advantage, 53:41. Next possession Christian dished off to his brother Sheldon who hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead 53:44. But Steven Lewis scored four more points and provided an assist to Peter Lewis who again scored a layup on the buzzer as the lead increased to 59:45 going into the final quarter.

With the record prize money slipping away, Shak Attack strategy to go for the 3-pointer was given a slim hope when Mayers opened the scoring from beyond the arc (59:48). But Michael Alert quieted their fans with a three pointer for the army (62:48).

And to finish off the battle, Steven Lewis came from behind with a big block on an attempted layup from Roberts and next possession he sliced through two defenders to scored a runner, 70:52 for Defence Force. In the end the army out played Shak Attack 83:61 to run away with the contest.

For the newly crowned champs, Steven Lewis had a game high 29pts & 7rebs, Derreck Boxhill got 16pts & 6 assists while Michael Alert contributed 14pts.

Kurt Christian top scored for Shak Attack with 17pts, 7rebs & 7 assists and Shawn Lawrence posted up 1pts, 7rebs, 2blks & 3 steals.


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  TURKEY   


Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Efes Pilsen 24-3 
 2. Fener.Ulker 21-6 
 3. Banvit 19-8 
 4. Besiktas 16-11 
 5. T.Telekom 16-11 
 6. Galatasaray 15-12 
 7. Karsiyaka 14-13 
 8. Erdemir 13-14 
 9. Bornova 12-15 
 10. Tofas 11-16 
 11. Antalya 11-16 
 12. Mersin 10-17 
 13. Aliaga 10-17 
 14. Oyak Renault 9-18 
 15. Kepez Bld 9-18 
 16. Darussafaka 6-21 


TB2L Round: 1 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Hacettepe Un. - Gelisim 83-68
Hacettepe is 1-0 up mostly owing to Jermaine Dearman (202-F/C-80, agency: Warren Sports International, college: S.Illinois), who scored 22 points and pulled down 9 rebounds. Ali Kavaklioglu (186-G-86) followed with 12 points and 5 assists. In the loosing squad, Marquise Gray collected 17 points and 16 rebs.

FMV Isikspor - Selcuk Univ. 51-54
Selcuk did a great job in Game 1 against FMV Isikspor as they celebrated 51-54 road win. Antonio Meeking (203-F-81, college: Louisiana Tech) shined visiting side with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Onur Sonsirma (190-G-85) replied with 11 points in defeat.

Trabzonspor - Genc Telekom 86-72
Trabzonspor had an easy job against Genc Telekom taking 1-0 lead in TB2L Quarterfinals. Firat Aydemir (187-G-80) had 19 points and 6 rebounds, while Harold Jamison (204-C-76, college: Clemson) helped with 17 points and 10 boards. Visitors got 20 pts and 6 rebs from Can Ugur Ogut.

Olin Genclik - Vestel 65-51
The hosts had couple of players in a game mood with Omer Unver (204-F-81) leading the way with 16 points. Derrick Davenport (208-C-78, agency: EM-PA, college: TCU) replied with 15 points and 10 rebounds in defeat. Olin Genclik - Vestel 1-0.



TB2L Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Albert FISHER
  Akcakoca P.
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 26
 1. Fisher, Akcakoca P.26.0 
 2. Haciyeva, Pertevniyal21.9 
 3. Nelson, Akhisar Bld21.5 
 4. Ibekwe, Genc B.21.2 
 5. Garrison, Pamuk.21.1 
 6. Abi, ITU20.1 
 7. Mutaf, FMV I.19.1 
 8. Curtis, Beykoz18.7 
 9. Eiukwu, Usak18.5 
 10. Hairston, Duzce G.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Orhan HACIYEVA
  Darussafaka
  (--89)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Haciyeva, Pertevniyal12.8 
 2. Brown, Yesilyurt11.8 
 3. Egemonye, Optimum .11.1 
 4. Eiukwu, Usak10.8 
 5. Nelson, Akhisar Bld10.8 
 6. Curtis, Beykoz10.7 
 7. Gray, Gelisim10.6 
 8. Ibekwe, Genc B.10.6 
 9. Garrison, Pamuk.10.2 
 10. Gokay, Akcakoca P.9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Admir KAN
  Yesilyurt
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Kan, Yesilyurt5.7 
 2. Eris, Istanbul B.B.5.6 
 3. Ogut, Genc Telekom5.2 
 4. Sancar, ITU5.2 
 5. Gacemer, Gelisim5.2 
 6. Kavaklioglu, Hacett.4.8 
 7. Akyol, Olin Genclik4.4 
 8. Hot, Akcakoca P.4.3 
 9. Tunceri, Hacettep.4.1 
 10. Edge, Genc Banvit4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Orhan HACIYEVA
  Darussafaka
  (--89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Haciyeva, Pertevniyal2.9 
 2. Nelson, Akhisar Bld2.6 
 3. Yavuklu, Orman G.2.3 
 4. Mutaf, FMV I.2.1 
 5. Celebioglu, Genc B.2.0 
 6. Ogut, Genc Telekom2.0 
 7. Erdogan, Duzce G.2.0 
 8. Fisher, Akcakoca P.2.0 
 9. Ozseven, TED I.1.9 
 10. Kan, Yesilyurt1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EIUKWU
  Usak
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Eiukwu, Usak3.0 
 2. Garrison, Pamuk.2.4 
 3. Ibekwe, Genc B.2.1 
 4. Fobbs, Trabzonspor2.1 
 5. Taylor, Vestel1.9 
 6. Hairston, Duzce G.1.8 
 7. Egemonye, Optimum .1.8 
 8. Courtney, Final G.1.6 
 9. Mims, Istanbul.1.5 
 10. Turkyilmaz, Genc B.1.4 


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Quincy DOUBY
  Darussafaka
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Douby, Darussafaka23.6 
 2. Shipp, Bornova19.8 
 3. Chatman, Besiktas18.4 
 4. Brown, Bornova18.1 
 5. Hosley, Aliaga17.9 
 6. Toolson, Karsiyaka17.5 
 7. Baxter, Besiktas17.4 
 8. Stanojevic, Kepez B.17.4 
 9. Heytvelt, Oyak R.16.9 
 10. Baron, Mersin16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermareo DAVIDSON
  Darussafaka
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Davidson, Darussaf.10.7 
 2. Heytvelt, Oyak R.9.7 
 3. Williams, Erdemir9.4 
 4. Hosley, Aliaga8.2 
 5. Aldemir, Karsiyaka8.0 
 6. Greene, Antalya7.3 
 7. Smith, Karsiyaka7.2 
 8. Elegar, Bornova7.1 
 9. Bowman, Tofas7.1 
 10. Stanojevic, Kepez B.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Hakan KOSEOGLU
  Erdemir
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Koseoglu, Erdemir8.5 
 2. Chatman, Besiktas6.1 
 3. Douby, Darussafaka4.9 
 4. Ermis, Banvit4.8 
 5. Acik, T.Telekom4.4 
 6. Ukic, Fener.Ulker4.2 
 7. James, Mersin4.2 
 8. Erdogan, Oyak R.4.1 
 9. Hosley, Aliaga4.1 
 10. Holston, Karsiyaka4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Aliaga
  (198-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hosley, Aliaga2.8 
 2. Chatman, Besiktas2.4 
 3. Douby, Darussafaka2.3 
 4. Smith, Efes Pilsen2.2 
 5. Shipp, Bornova2.1 
 6. James, Mersin2.0 
 7. Famutimi, Oyak R.1.9 
 8. Altay, Aliaga1.8 
 9. Adams, Oyak R.1.8 
 10. Erden, Bornova1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Omer ASIK
  Fener.Ulker
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Asik, Fener.Ulker1.6 
 2. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.5 
 3. Denison, Tofas1.3 
 4. Elegar, Bornova1.3 
 5. Davidson, Darussaf.1.3 
 6. Heytvelt, Oyak R.1.2 
 7. Solak, Galatasaray1.1 
 8. Davis, Banvit1.1 
 9. Bowman, Tofas1.1 
 10. Buckman, Kepez Bld0.9 


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  UBA   


Kahraba Zouk sign Mychal Kearse - by UBA media

Kahraba Zouk (Lebanon-Div.A) signed 26-year old American guard Mychal Kearse (6'5''-G/F-83, college: Mt.St.Mary's). Kearse played most recently at SISU Copenhagen (Denmark). While playing 28 games for SISU this season he averaged a league high 23.4ppg, 7.4rpg and 2.1spg. Kearse was also named Danish All-Star Game MVP.

In his first 3 games with Kahraba Zouk, Kearse is averaging 22.7ppg, 7.3rpg and 3.0spg.

Kearse will join the GIE Morrow Disciples this summer for the UBA Playoff Classic in Atlanta, GA. He will also join the UBA Selection team in the Southern Classic Roundball August 20-22.

Kahraba Zouk: 2009-2010 (Lebanon)

Summary
Team G MIN PTS 2FGP 3FGP FT RO RD RT AS PF BS ST TO
Kahraba Zouk 3 115 68 19-41 4-12 18-22 9 13 22 6 3 5 9 14
AVERAGE
Kahraba Zouk 3 38.3 22.7 46.3% 33.3% 81.8% 3.0 4.3 7.3 2.0 1.0 1.7 3.0 4.7

SISU Copenhagen: 2009-2010 (Denmark)

Summary
Team G MIN PTS 2FGP 3FGP FT RO RD RT AS PF BS ST
SISU Copenhagen 28 999 654 225-418 23-98 135-161 57 150 207 62 72 7 60
AVERAGE
SISU Copenhagen 28 35.7 23.4 53.8% 23.5% 83.9% 2.0 5.4 7.4 2.2 2.6 0.3 2.1


Awards/Achievements:
NEC All-Rookie Team -04
All-NEC Defensive Player of the Year -06
NEC Tournament Semifinals -07
All-NEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year -07
Street Smith Defensive All-American -07
All-Japan -08
Eurobasket.com All-Danish Basketliga Honorable Mention -09
All-UBA Select Tour -09
Danish League All-Star Game -10 (MVP)




Rashad Chase joins Ansett (Australia) - by UBA media

The Ansett Blues organization is pleased to announce newly signed player, Rashad Chase (6'8''-F-87, college: Georgia St.) who will be joining them for the 2010-2011 season.

The Ansett Blues are one of the top teams in the Darwin Basketball Association. The majority of international and interstate players who come to play in the DBA go on to play in the following seasons of SEABL or ABA (professional Australian leagues). The top players from the DBA move on to play for the Darwin Airport Resort All-Stars.

The Darwin Airport Resort All-Stars are a team selected from the best players in the Darwin League and compete in the Brunei Cup. The DBA is the only Australian and only Amateur team invited to compete in August each year. They also compete for the Indonesian Cup against the Indonesian and Malaysian select players in Septemebr.

Disciples Head Coach Michael Davis viewed the event as a loss but not an upset. 'Rashad has the potential to play at the highest level in Australia,' said Davis. 'With Rashad's talent and size he could end up in the NBL by next season. I just wish I could have coached him for a full season in the UBA.'

Chase began by taking part in obtaining a back-to-back state championship run at May's High School in Atlanta, GA. Chase then played four years at Georgia State University where he was a four year starter. He was named CAA Freshman of the Year in 2006.

As a senior (Mays), he was nationally ranked (30) and averaged an amazing 20.5 ppg, 13.5 rpg, 2.5 bpg and 2.2 spg.

DBA Commissioner, Allan Hilzinger, is excited about the strengthening addition to the league. 'The addition of Rashad really solidifies our league and team,' said Allan. 'Rashad is a strong and explosive forward who we hope can move on to the next level (SEABL/ABA) this season.'

Teammate Ernest Holmes is very excited about the arrival of Rashad Chase. ''I can't wait until we get him in,' said Holmes. 'This guy is built like LeBron James. We need him now because we are in the playoff stretch. I don't see Rashad being in the DBA for long; he will be going to one of the top league before you know it.'

Awards/Achievements:
GA 5A All-State -05
Region IX High School Player of the year -05
Georgia 5A State Champions -04, 05
AJC Team of the year -04, 05
Mays HS Ranked 8th in the Nation -04
Nike All-American Camp -04
CAA All-Rookie Team -06
CAA Freshman of the Year -06
Southern Classic Roundball (UBA Selection Team) -10


Courtesy of www.ubabasket.com







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  UKRAINE   


Charles Thomas gets MVP of the Week award for Ukrainian Superleague - by Eurobasket
American Charles Thomas (203-F-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 37 points and adding fourteen rebounds, while his team outclassed Kryvbasbasket (#2, 20-5) with 39-point margin 109-70. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Ferro-ZNTU maintains the 3rd position in Ukrainian Superleague. They are still close to the very top. Ferro-ZNTU would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 20-5 record. In the team's last game Thomas had a remarkable 81.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Ferro-ZNTU's top player in his first season with the team. Arkansas University graduate is in league's top in points (3rd best: 20.5ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 10.7rpg) and FGP: 57.1%.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old Canadian Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84) of Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk. Fraser impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 17 rebounds. It was enough for Hoverla to edge the higher-ranked BC Odessa (#5, 15-10) by 2 points 80-78. Hoverla managed to keep the same 8th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Fraser is a newcomer at Hoverla and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader.

The third best performed player last round was American Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79) of league's top team Budivelnyk Kyiv. El-Amin got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for five assists. He was a key player of Budivelnyk, leading his team to a 74-72 win against the lower-ranked Azovmash. Many experts and fans count Budivelnyk as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 23 victories and only two lost games. He has a great season in Ukraine. After 23 games, El-Amin made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.3ppg (1st best) and assists with 5.2apg (8th best). He also has 2.2spg, FGP: 63.0% and 3PT: 42.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcus Faison (196-G-78) of Dnipro - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist
5. Steve Burtt (185-G-84) of Ferro-ZNTU - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
6. John DeGroat (198-F-85) of BC Odessa - 16 points, 15 rebounds and 1 assist
7. Travis Garrison (203-F-84) of Khimik - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist
8. Jerome Coleman (185-G-81) of BC Odessa - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist
9. Nick Williams (192-G-83) of Halychyna - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Ramel Curry (191-G-80) of Azovmash - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists


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BBL Team of the Week #28 - by Andy Webb
As the BBL Championship regular season draws to an exciting climax and we enter the Play-offs , this week's top performers were Roderick Middleton (186-G/F-82, college: Buffalo) (Worcester Wolves) and Trey Moore (Everton Tigers). The former had 32 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists, shot 6/9 from the field and 8/9 from the free throw line, and also knocked down four three pointers in a forty minute display, as the Wolves overcame Guildford Heat 88-102 at Guildford Spectrum.

Moore, league-wide MVP last season as a Newcastle Eagle, continued his effective return to the league after joining Everton mid-season, as he poured in a huge double-double of 25 points and 13 assists, as well as contributing 4 rebounds and 4 steals to the Tigers' cause beating PAWS London Capital. The American shot 7/9 from open play, 2/2 from the charity stripe and an astounding 75% from behind the arc in 35:22 of playing time.

This week's Forward spots go to Airwaves Plymouth Raiders' Terry Horton and Michael Tuck, of the Sheffield Sharks. Horton recorded 24 points, on 12/17 floor shooting, as well as pulling down 7 rebounds in just 28:19 on court as the Raiders too overcame PAWS London Capital. Tuck meanwhile, excelled past his 'Mr. Reliable' tag for the Sharks in their win over the Raiders, as the British passport holding forward shot 10/15 from open play, and 2/3 from the free throw line on his way to 25 points. He was also one rebound off a double-double, with 9 boards to his name.

Finally, Horton is joined by Raiders team mate, Matthew Hilleary this week, as the American/Irish Centre scored 21 points, on 8/11 field goal shooting, and 50% from three point land. He also pulled down 8 rebounds, and grabbed 3 steals, again in the Raiders' win over the Capital.


Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Newcastle E. 29-5 
 2. Sheffield S. 28-6 
 3. Scottish R. 23-11 
 4. Leicester R. 20-15 
 5. Cheshire J. 19-14 
 6. Everton T. 19-15 
 7. MK Lions 17-17 
 8. Worthing T. 16-18 
 9. Worcester W. 16-18 
 10. Plymouth R. 12-21 
 11. Guildford H. 11-23 
 12. Essex Pirates 7-27 
 13. London C. 3-30 


Wolves Keep Up Play-off Pressure - by Andy Webb
Worcester Wolves kept up the pressure on Worthing Thunder for that eighth Play-off position yesterday thanks to their 88-102 win over Guildford Heat. The game saw Paul James return to the Spectrum, a place where he has many title-winning memories during his time as Guildford Heat coach, and not only did this inspire him to victory, but it also bought the best out of former Heat talisman, Daniel Gilbert (198-G-83, college: Buffalo), who scored 19 points against his former club, 11 of which were in the first quarter. It was his team mate, Rod Middleton, however, who really shone for the visitors, as he scored 32 points, and Kastytis Normantas added 22 points. The win was the second in as many days for Worcester, as they also beat Essex Pirates 92-114 at Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre on Saturday evening.

Whilst the battle for eighth spot heated up, so did the fight for third and fourth positions, as Glasgow Rocks got an important victory against Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders at Kelvin Hall. After a tight first quarter which finished 30-26 to the hosts, a Bradd Wierzbicki three pointer started a 13-26 run from the visitors to take their biggest lead of the first half, 45-52. However, Sterling Davis' team scored the last five points of the quarter to cut the gap to 50-52 at the half, and a 13-1 run at the start of the penultimate period, including seven points from Mike Copeland, saw the Rocks take a 65-56 advantage. Their lead then peaked at 77-66 on a Rob Yanders bucket, but an 8-3 Leicester tear made the score 80-74 going into the final quarter, which was dominated by the Rocks, as two Yanders free throws made it a ten point game at 91-81 midway through, and the game belonged to the Rocks with a scoreline of 101-92.

Leading the scoring in the game was Bradd Wierzbicki, who scored 26 points in vain for the Riders, whilst Jason Johnson contributed a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Rob Yanders paced the Rocks' attack with 23 points, Mike Copeland added 20 points and Jessie Sapp scored 18 points. The result completed a miserable weekend away from home for the Riders, as they also missed out 107-82 to the league leading Newcastle Eagles, whose 85-93 victory over Cheshire Jets on took them to twenty straight wins in the league. The Jets will also want to put this weekend behind them, as they also went down 75-63 to Everton Tigers in the Merseyside derby, whilst Airwaves Plymouth Raiders managed to put Friday's 76-84 defeat to Sheffield Sharks behind them to record a 115-76 victory over PAWS London Capital. For the Londoners, it was their second defeat in five days, as they also lost out 92-104 to Marshall MK Lions last Wednesday.

As the Wolves kept up the Play-off pressure on Worthing, the South Coast also recorded a valuable 95-88 win over a depleted Lions side, which means that both the Wolves and the Thunder are on a 16-18 record, with 32 points in the league table.



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  VENEZUELA   


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
1. Marinos 20-6
2. Cocodrilos 19-5
3. Gaiteros 14-8
4. Panteras 13-13
5. Trotamundos 13-13
6. Guaros 12-12
7. Guaiqueries 12-12
8. Gigantes 7-17
9. Bucaneros 6-18
10. Toros 6-18




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Women News

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  BELGIUM - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
Group A
 1. Waregem 7-1 
 2. R.Spirou M. 5-3 
 3. Ieper 5-3 
 4. Jeugd Gentson 3-5 
 5. N.Namur 0-8 
Group B
 1. Sint Kateline 6-2 
 2. BBC Boom 6-2 
 3. Dexia 5-2 
 4. Point Chaud 2-5 
 5. Houthalen 1-7 


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  BOSNIA - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
Liga 4
 1. Jedinstvo 2-1 
 2. Zeljeznicar 1-1 
 3. Celik 1-1 
 4. M.Kraj. BL 1-1 
Places 5-12
 1. Sloboda 15-5 
 2. Borac ML-IEFK 11-9 
 3. Banovici 10-10 
 4. Brotnjo 94 7-13 
 5. Tomislav 6-14 
 6. Igman 4-16 
 7. Trebinje 4-16 
 8. Brcko 1-19 


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  CROATIA - Women  


Standings - Women
A1 Standings
Groups A
 1. Gospic 9-0 
 2. Sibenik 7-2 
 3. Medvescak 4-5 
 4. Studenec O. 4-5 
 5. Croatia 2006 3-6 
 6. Ragusa 0-9 
Groups B
 1. Agram 5-1 
 2. Pozega 5-2 
 3. Split 3-3 
 4. Biska Pula 3-4 
 5. Zadar 3-4 
 6. Tresnjevka 1-6 


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Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Athinaikos 22-0 
 2. Esperides 16-6 
 3. Panathinaikos 15-8 
 4. Aris Thessal. 14-9 
 5. DAS Ano Liosa 13-9 
 6. Apollon Ptol. 13-9 
 7. FEA Neas 11-11 
 8. Panionios 11-11 
 9. P.Faliro 10-13 
 10. Olympiakos V. 9-14 
 11. Apollon Kal. 8-15 
 12. Olympiada L. 3-20 
 13. Hania 0-20 


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  HOLLAND - Women  


ProBuild Lions clinch top spot - by Eurobasket News
ProBuild Lions will enter the Eredivisie playoffs at the top-seeded team. The Lions claimed an 86:62 win over Celeritas-Donar in their most recent encounter. The victory allowed ProBuild to improve at 23-2 record. ProBuild Lions built a 22:15 lead at the first break. Celeritas-Donar narrowed the deficit at halftime 34:40. But the Lions decided on the outcome in the third period. ProBuild outgunned their opponents 26:11 in the third term and cleared off for good. Kati Harty (168-G-87, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) produced 24 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the Lions. Marie Hoogstraten (179-F-88) added 14 points in the winning effort.
HLB Accountants posted the 22nd victory in the season. They prevailed against Woonbron/DAS 67:47. The hosts entered the game aggressively and piled up a 16:8 lead at the first break. But Woonbron/DAS cut the deficit at just 3 points at halftime 24:27. The defending champions regained control in the third stanza. The hosts pulled ahead to lead by 17 points at the final break. Woonbron/DAS tried to revive intrigue with an 8:0 run in the fourth term but it was too late to save the encounter. Marloes Roetgerink (187-C-77) knocked down 25 points to pace HLB Accountants. Marianne Van der Hoek (180-F-90) added 12 points in the victory.
Eurosped Twente came closer to clinching the third spot in the championship. They shot down Grasshoppers 89:74. Myrthe Beld (183-G-89) tallied 24 points, 5 boards and 4 assists to lead the home team. Sharon Beld (184-F-88) added 23 points, 16 boards and 3 assists in the win.



Standings - Women
Eredivisie Standings
EliteA
 1. HLB Account. 22-3 
 2. Wereldtickets.nl 13-12 
 3. Binnenland 11-13 
 4. Woonbron/DAS 10-15 
 5. Celeritas-D. 9-17 
EliteB
 1. ProBuild Lions 23-2 
 2. Eurosped Tw. 16-9 
 3. Amazone Leidsche 15-10 
 4. Grasshoppers 4-22 
 5. BV Lely 3-23 


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Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Hajdana RADUNOVIC
  SEAT Lami
  (192-F/C-78)
  Avg: 16
 1. Radunovic, SEAT L.16.0 
 2. Vajda, MiZo Pecs15.9 
 3. Crasnoscioc, ZTE15.9 
 4. Ohlde, MiZo Pecs15.4 
 5. Sipaviciute, Szeged15.2 
 6. Budimir, Bajai NKK15.2 
 7. Balint, Atomeromu14.9 
 8. Szlimak, BSE14.7 
 9. Horti, MKB Eurol.14.4 
 10. Holt, MKB Eurol.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jelena BUDIMIR
  Bajai NKK
  (192-C/F-85)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Budimir, Bajai NKK8.5 
 2. Vajda, MiZo Pecs7.5 
 3. Zherzherunov., Sze.7.3 
 4. Licina, Cegledi EKK7.2 
 5. Cazac, Atomeromu7.0 
 6. Farkasinszki, Szolnok6.6 
 7. Radunovic, SEAT L.6.4 
 8. Holt, MKB Eurol.6.3 
 9. Krnjic, MiZo Pecs6.2 
 10. Sipaviciute, Szeged6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Csilla DARIDA
  Szolnok
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Darida, Szolnok5.6 
 2. Ivanyi, MiZo Pecs4.8 
 3. Kocsis, BSE4.5 
 4. Englert, SEAT L.3.7 
 5. Pungor, Atomeromu3.6 
 6. Iva, Szeged3.5 
 7. Nemeth, Szeged3.5 
 8. Eordogh, MKB E.3.4 
 9. Furesz, Szeged3.1 
 10. Djelmis, SEAT L.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Monika BUKOVSZKI
  ZTE
  (171-G-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Bukovszki, ZTE3.5 
 2. Ivanyi, MiZo Pecs3.4 
 3. Darida, Szolnok3.0 
 4. Iva, Szeged3.0 
 5. Pungor, Atomeromu3.0 
 6. Vajda, MiZo Pecs3.0 
 7. Kocsis, BSE2.9 
 8. Zherzherunov., Sze.2.4 
 9. Czank, Vasas-Csata2.4 
 10. Szelesy, ZTE2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Olena ZHERZHERUNOVA
  Szeged
  (191-F-78)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Zherzherunov., Sze.1.5 
 2. Ievtushenko, Atome.1.2 
 3. Budimir, Bajai NKK0.8 
 4. Bagi, Vasas-Csata0.8 
 5. Varda, BSE0.8 
 6. Czukor, ZTE0.7 
 7. Vajda, MiZo Pecs0.7 
 8. Radunovic, SEAT L.0.6 
 9. Ohlde, MiZo Pecs0.6 
 10. Crasnoscioc, ZTE0.6 


League A, Semifinals: MKB Euroleasing eliminates SEAT Lami, Szeged ties the score against Mizo (1-1) - by Eurobasket News
Szeged - MiZo Pecs 76-69
Szeged managed to beat MiZo 76-69 tying the series to 1-1. Vaida Sipaviciute (193-C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Syracuse) shined for the hosts with 19 points, Emoke Furesz (180-G-77) had 17 points and 6 rebounds, while Bernadett Nemeth added 13 pts in this win. Visitors got 14 points from Zsofia Fegyverneky. Decisive Game 3 is scheduled for tomorrow.

SEAT Lami - MKB Eurol. 68-79
MKB Euroleasing eliminated SEAT Lami with 2-0 and of course booked a spot for the Playoff Finals. Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) led the winning squad with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Dora Horti (195-C-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) and Kata Honti added 14 and 12 points respectively. Hajdana Radunovic replied with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts.


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Electra Ramat triumph in Israel - by Eurobasket News
Electra Ramat triumph in Israel as the team won the Final series over Ashdod 3-1. In the last game the Winner of the Regular Season won 64:63 to lift up the trophy again. Early in March Electra Ramat Hasharon won over Elizur Ramla and grabbed the Cup. Electra Ramat Hasharon defended their title as the Cup remains in their hands and now became the Winner of the League.


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Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Bashkimi 10-0 
 2. Penza 7-3 
 3. Trepca 5-5 
 4. Sigal 4-4 
 5. Drita 3-7 
 6. Vellaznimi 1-9 
 7. Probasket 0-0 
 8. Kastrioti 0-7 


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  LEBANON - Women  


Standings - Women League
Div.1 Standings
 1. Antranik 10-1 
 2. Homentmen A. 9-1 
 3. Al Riyadi 9-3 
 4. Antoura 6-5 
 5. Moutahed 3-8 
 6. Homentmen B. 1-9 
 7. Anibal 0-6 
 8. Homentmen BH 0-10 


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Standings - Women
Diekirch Standings
1-6 places
 1. Musel Pikes 24-1 
 2. Etzella 17-8 
 3. Basket Esch 17-8 
 4. T71 Dudelange 14-11 
 5. AB Contern 13-12 
 6. Residence 11-14 
7-10 places
 1. Racing 13-11 
 2. Amicale 7-16 
 3. Black Star 4-20 
 4. Grengewald 2-21 


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


Sdent Sierre triumph at Swiss Cup - by Eurobasket News
Sdent Sierre - Fribourg 67:38

Sdent Sierre are aiming at Swiss triple this year. The team grabbed the second trophy of the season as they clinched the Swiss Cup at the weekend. Earlier Sierre celebrated the victory at the Swiss League Cup and would play in the LNA Finals. Sdent Sierre had to overcome Fribourg for the Swiss Cup crown. The game turned into quite one-sided traffic. Alexia Rol (170-G-82) accounted for the first seven points to put Sdent Sierre in charge. Fribourg however trailed by just four points at the first break 13:17. But the second term proved the dominance of Erik Lehmann team. Sdent Sierre arrived at the interval up by 12 points 36:24. The third term turned into a real disaster for Fribourg. They lost the term 6:20 and appeared trailing by massive 26 points before the fourth period. Sdent Sierre cruised to the victory in the fourth frame. Carrem Gay (188-F-87, college: Duke) scored 15 points to lead the effort. She was named the MVP after the game. Alexia Rol added 14 points, while Evgeniya Teplyashina (171-G-87) provided 12 for the winners. Janese Banks (178-G-86, college: Wisconsin) answered with 14 points for Fribourg. Celeste Trahan (184-C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Elizabeth City) notched 13 points in defeat.

Sdent Sierre: Carrem Gay 15, Alexia Rol 14, Evgeniya Teplyashina 12
Fribourg: Janese Banks 14, Celeste Trahan 13



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Jeshi Stars breeze past clueless Police - by Carlos Pereira
By Brown Msyani
Faraja Mlaki scored 25 points to help Jeshi Stars drub Police Dar es Salaam 98-32 in the National Basketball League game held at the National Indoor Stadium yesterday.Jeshi Stars, who vowed to clinch the trophy before the league got underway, put in sterling performances to lead 50-17 until the interval.

Malaki posed a constant menace to Police shot blockers and emerged the top scorer for her side followed by teammate Lucy Augustino who bagged 16 points.

Neema Emanuel and Anna Paulo fought relentlessly to save their team from humiliation, but their efforts and points could not help matters.

Emmanuel was the highest scorer for Police after notching 14 points followed by Paulo who chalked 10 points.


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - Women  


Charlie's daughter makes it big in WNBA - by Don Farrell
Charlie's daughter makes it big in WNBA
TINA CHARLES, daughter of renowned Trinidad and Tobago-born New-York based music producer Rawlston Charles, was on Thursday selected by the Connecticut Suns as the number one draft pick in the WNBA, the professional womens basketball league in the United States.
Just 48 hours before, the 6-foot 4-inch centre ended her college career with the University of Connecticut (39-0), who finished the 2009-2010 season with a perfect record in turning back previously unbeaten Stanford 53-47 to win the NCAA Womens Final Four Championship game in San Antonio, Texas on April 6.

Sixty-five-year-old Rawlston Charles was one of the founders of the band Charlies Roots and is also a major calypso and soca record producer.

Born in Tobago, he left T&T at age 15 with a copy of one of Kitcheners albums, arriving in New York on December 12, 1967. And because he was not hearing much calypso there at the time, he began distributing and later recording the sounds of the Caribbean.

At his New York studio, Rawlston Charles recorded the music of Kitchener, Rose, Sparrow, Rudder, Baron, Explainer, Maestro, Shadow, Swallow and Beckett among others.

T&T ROOTS: Tina Charles, daughter of Tobago-born Rawlston Charles of Charlie's Roots fame, went from winning an NCAA title to being the No. 1 pick in the WNBA Draft in less than 48 hours last week.

In a recent report on ESPN.com, reporter Elizabeth Merrill said of his daughter Tina Charles: It started, really, in a living room, when nobody was looking.

Rawlston Charles, Tinas dad, was watching a New York Knicks game. And when Patrick Ewing went up to dunk, little Tina grabbed a tiny ball and tried to do the same with her Fisher Price hoop. She was only three at the time and, quite frankly, Rawlston didnt think much of it. He didnt know a lot about womens basketball, and he certainly didnt think Tina could make a career of it.

Daughter Tina has been one of the major scoring threats for UConn along with forward Mia Moore.

Tina, who wore the number four jersey, left the University of Connecticut as their all-time leading rebounder, breaking Rebecca Lobos 15-year record of 1,263 rebounds.

She also scored well over 2,000 points, emerging as UConns leading scorer of all-time.

And now she is on her way to playing in the WNBA.






triinidad express - Ian prescott



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Kelly Silva Santos gets MVP of the Week award for Turkish TBBL - by Eurobasket
Experienced Ecuadorian-Brazilian Kelly Silva Santos (192-C-79) had an amazing evening in the last round for Besiktas CT Istanbul and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 31-year old center had a double-double of 26 points and adding thirteen rebounds, while her team crushed the league's worst team Kocaeli (#12, 0-21) with 20-point margin 85-65. Despite this victory Besiktas dropped to the 6th position in Turkish TBBL. Besiktas is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-11 record. Santos just recently signed at Besiktas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Kelly Silva Santos averages this season 19.2ppg and 8.6rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Natasha La Dorian Humphrey (191-F-85, agency: Shibumi Sport) of Istanbul Universitesi SK. La Dorian Humphrey impressed basketball fans with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course she lead Istanbul Universitesi SK to another comfortable win 96-80 over the lower-ranked Cankaya (#11, 3-18) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title (Istanbul Universitesi SK is ranked #9th in the league). Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-12 record. La Dorian Humphrey is a newcomer at Istanbul Universitesi SK and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader.

The third best performed player last round was American Megan Frazee (191-G/F-87) of Cankaya Universitesi (#11). Frazee scored 27 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Frazee's great performance Cankaya lost 80-96 to the higher-ranked Istanbul Univ. (#9, 9-12). But her team cannot count on just a single shooter as she also needs help of the other temmates. Cankaya can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-18 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Frazee she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. She has a great season in Turkey. After 21 games, Frazee made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.0ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 12.1rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nykesha) Sales (183-F/G-76 of Besiktas - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Doneeka) Hodges (175-G-82 of Istanbul Univ. - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Lauren) Ervin (191-F-85 of Ceyhan Bld - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Michelle) Campbell (188-F-84 of Ceyhan Bld - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jocelyn) Penn (186-F-79 of Istanbul Univ. - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ivory) Latta (168-G-84 of Mersin - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Tangela) Smith (193-F/C-77 of TED Kayseri - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 1 assist


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Michelle CAMPBELL
  Ceyhan Bld
  (188-F-84)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Campbell, Ceyhan Bld21.8 
 2. Prince, Botas19.1 
 3. Frazee, Cankaya19.0 
 4. Pringle, TED K.18.7 
 5. Sales, Besiktas17.7 
 6. Hodges, Istanbul.17.2 
 7. Ervin, Ceyhan Bld16.5 
 8. Taylor, Fenerbahce16.4 
 9. Paris, Botas15.6 
 10. Latta, Mersin15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lauren ERVIN
  Ceyhan Bld
  (191-F-85)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Ervin, Ceyhan Bld12.8 
 2. Frazee, Cankaya12.1 
 3. Pringle, TED K.11.8 
 4. Paris, Botas11.6 
 5. Black, Tarsus Bld10.8 
 6. Sevinc, Kocaeli10.1 
 7. Dacic, Besiktas9.7 
 8. Campbell, Ceyhan Bld9.2 
 9. Larkins, Mersin8.8 
 10. Alyoshkina, Samsun8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Sharnee ZOLL
  Botas
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Zoll, Botas6.1 
 2. January, Tarsus Bld4.1 
 3. Hodges, Istanbul.4.0 
 4. Johnson, TED K.3.9 
 5. Unuvar, Cankaya3.9 
 6. Vardarli, Fener.3.9 
 7. Yillar, Kocaeli3.7 
 8. Zellous, Besiktas3.6 
 9. McBride, TED K.3.6 
 10. Chaney, Samsun3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Tamika CATCHINGS
  Galatasaray
  (186-F-79)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Catchings, Galatasa.3.1 
 2. Chaney, Samsun2.7 
 3. Prince, Botas2.6 
 4. January, Tarsus Bld2.5 
 5. Smith, Ceyhan Bld2.4 
 6. Penn, Istanbul.2.3 
 7. Gant, Istanbul.2.2 
 8. Pringle, TED K.2.2 
 9. Zoll, Botas2.1 
 10. Swanier, Tarsus B.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 LaToya PRINGLE
  TED Kayseri
  (191-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Pringle, TED K.2.4 
 2. Dacic, Besiktas1.4 
 3. Black, Tarsus Bld1.2 
 4. Sutton-Brown, Fenerb.1.1 
 5. Ervin, Ceyhan Bld1.0 
 6. Alyoshkina, Samsun1.0 
 7. Paris, Botas0.9 
 8. Larkins, Mersin0.8 
 9. Zellous, Besiktas0.7 
 10. Engin, Mersin0.7 


TBBL Round: 21 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce - Samsun 86-53
Fenerbahce destroyed Samsun keeping the perfect score with one round left in regular season. Ebony Hoffman (188-C/F-82, college: USC) shined for the hosts with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Three players followed her with 12 points apiece. On the other side, Samsun (7-14) got 15 points from Gulsah Akkaya (181-F-77).

Tarsus Bld - Galatasaray 51-62
17th victory of the season for Galatasaray, whose leading player was Tamika Catchings (186-F-79, college: Tennessee) with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Tugba Palazoglu (172-G-80, agency: Ates Ceren) added 10 points. In the loosing squad, Kubra Siyahdemir collected 17 points and 10 boards. Galatasaray 17-4, Tarsus 10-11.

Kocaeli - Besiktas 65-85
Besiktas was too much for the last ranked Kocaeli jumping to 10-11 in Turkish top division. Kelly Silva Santos (192-C-79) and Nykesha Sales (183-F/G-76, college: Connecticut) were totally the best player in this victory as they combined 50 points, 23 rebounds and 5 assists. The hosts (0-21) got 25 pts from Meryem Kolayli.

Istanbul Univ. - Cankaya 96-80
9-12 for Istanbul Universitesi and 3-18 for Cankaya after this game. Natasha La Dorian Humphrey (191-F-85, college: Georgia) came up with 27 points and 9 rebounds in victory. Megan Frazee (191-G/F-87, college: Liberty) replied with 27 pts and 10 boards in defeat.

TED Kayseri - Botas 67-95
Botas cruised past TED Kayseri on the road getting 16 points and 11 rebounds from Courtney Paris (193-C-87, college: Oklahoma). Nesibe Uzun (F-76) was great in this victory as well collecting 16 points to go with 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The hosts got 17 pts and 11 rebs from Tangela Smith. Both teams have 11-10 now.

Ceyhan Bld - Mersin 64-83
Mersin stays No.2 with 18-3 record. Ivory Latta (168-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: N.Carolina) was a key player in victory with 23 points. Barbara Turner (183-G/F-84, college: Connecticut) and Olympia Scott (7 rebs) had 19 and 15 points respectively. The hosts got 24 pts and 5 rebs from Michelle Campbell. Mersin 18-3, Ceyhan BLD 9-12.


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  UKRAINE - Women  


Weekend results and stats - by Eurobasket News
Dynamo-NPU won two games over the weekend, while Dnipro won once to improve to 29-2 record on top.
At first Dynamo rolled over Frankivsk 104:62 as they smashed the opponents in the first quarter 38-8. The hosts won the second frame 24-20 but could not change the game. Davineia Payne (175-G-83, college: La Salle) top-scored for the winners with 19 points as she showed 7/8 field goals shots. Silyanova added 16 and Adeola OlanreWaju (192-C-82, college: Xavier) scored 14. Graham responded with 17 points for the home side.
On April 10th Dynamo-NPU Kyiv overcame Politeh Basket 79:57. The latter surprised the favorites 23-21 after the opening quarter, but Dynamo proved the difference later in the game.
Adeola OlanreWaju stepped up with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Yushenko scored 14. Davineia Payne nailed 12 and Koshurina added 10. Stashuk produced 23 points and 8 rebounds in the losing effort.
Dnipro meanwhile cruised past Yuzhna Palmira 98:66. The hosts won all the periods and easily reached the 29th victory. Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) paced all the winners with 25 points, while Yagupova scored 15. Williams posted 13 and Ashley Paris (191-F-87, college: Oklahoma) as well as Sazonenko notched 10 apiece. Kashlyak ended up with 23 points in the losing effort.


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Edmonton Playoff Finals - by Eurobasket News
Sunday, 11-Apr-2010
Four playoff finals were staged at the Edmonton Leisure Centre on Saturday, with London Lithuanians, Nottingham Hoods, Stockport Lapwings and London United-Richmond College all taking the titles.
Division 2 - Women
The season reached a climax with the playoff final from Edmonton Green Leisure Centre on Saturday.
Stockport Lapwings ran out victorious over a strong Solent Suns team, although the game was tied 23-23 at the half. After the break, Stockport came out playing hard, and went up by 8 in the 3rd, a trend which continued into the 4th. With 7:44 left in the final quarter, Stockport were up by a commanding 9 points. Solent, sensing time was running out, kicked their game up a notch, and quickly chipped away at the Stockport lead. With just 26 seconds left, Solent even had a chance to tie, but Caroline Turner was desperately unlucky to miss her 3 point attempt, and Stockport won by 6.
The game MVP was Stockport's Jade Lucas, who scored 21 points. She also snagged 11 rebounds and 3 assists.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk


The End of the Playoff Quarter Finals - by Eurobasket News
Four teams advanced to the Semifinal of the EBL Play-offs. City Of Sheffield Hatters smashed Brixton Topcats 73:44 at the All Saints RC School. The favorites opened the game with 19-12 and enjoyed 36-22 lead at the halftime. They led to 52-32 after thirty minutes and later reached the easy win. Naylor top-scored for the winners with 28 points and Mason netted 14. Davids and Da Silva responded with 10 points each in the losing effort.
UWIC Archers reached the Semifinals after the win over Sevenoaks Suns 99:68. The winners got 27-14 in the opening quarter, however led only 39:35 at the halftime. Due to the third quarter win they registered 70:50 after three periods and won the game. Laura K. Butters (178-F-86) stepped up with 22 points, while Hoffman posted 19. Busch ended up with 18 points in the losing case.
Barking Abbey surprised Leeds Carnegie 84:67 at the Leeds Metropolitan Carnegie University. Trailing 15-16 after the first frame Barking Abbey won the second period and never looked behind after. Natalie Stafford (175-G) poured in points and Harriett Yea (180-G/F-89) nailed 21. Hall produced 17 points for the home side.
Team Northumbria needed overtime to roll over Nottingham Wildcats 79:73. Trailing 12 points after three periods, Team Northumbria could win the game. Tayani Clark (173-G-86, agency: Pinnacle Sports LLC, college: Toledo) exploded with 49 points for the winners, while Wrice notched 46 in defeat.


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Boys and Girls Club of America and the WUSBA create partnership - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga. (April 12, 2010)---Announcing their efforts to address the growing needs of young people in our communities, the Womens United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) have announced that they would pick up and continue to secure funding for a new program created for the Boys & Girls Club of America. The 'Goals for Graduation', program that was created by the WUSBAs brother company, the United States Basketball Association (USBA). 'This inovated program will be made availble to the clubs in each of their team cities. Boys and Girls Clubs are a very important part of the community. They provide safe, drug-free, supervised and cost-effective after-school, weekend and summer havens for our children and families', said WUSBA commissioner Rhonda Bell. The league will donate proceeds from ticket sales for the league season ticket and single ticket promotions. These funds will be used to purchase computers from Hewlett Packard and software from Microsoft for a selected Boys and Girls Club in each of WUSBA team city.

The league believes, 'The cure all to poverty is a college education and its the intention of the WUSBA to assist this organization in that capacity'. In their respected communities the Boys & Girls Club have a variety of after-school recreation and education program for middle school children to reduce the risk of youth criminal activity, improve academic performance, and reduce alcohol abuse while inspiring young people to realize their full potential. Based on a national model, all Boys & Girls Clubs after-school program encourages healthy attitudes and lifestyles through sports leagues, self-esteem enhancement workshops, character and leadership development programs, homework assistance, and recreational activities. 'I am also committed to making sure that every child has an opportunity to participate in the various after-school programs of the WUSBA Youth Outreach, Inc', said Ms. Bell. 'We are aware that parents in each of our cities have a difficult time managing their work schedules and the quality time their children need with their homework or school projects and it is incumbent for us to assist their children during the afternoon and early evening hours while they are at work'.

'These programs will be free and available to everyone and it will help many families who do not have access to affordable, quality after-school tutoring', continued Ms. Bell. WUSBA Youth Outreach programs can be view at www.usbaball/usbayouthoutreach.com. The programs will be implemented at a secure facility, and under the supervision of the management of each club and the administration of the local school district. The WUSBA will employ upper class college students from the local universities to assist in the programs. The WUSBA contracts with colleges and universities to play their professional basketball games. 'The majority of the students at the Boys and Girls Club, come from working families and our fans are hard working, church going folks, our programs will promote education and it is our top priority', proclaimed Ms. Bell. 'The higher the kids can reach, the more they can accomplish. We all have to get involved, the greater an impact our programs to the children the greater the chance we can help our children succeed in life'.

As a part of this new program, the WUSBA will hire children from the boys and girls clubs to work as official ball children at every home basketball game. Eight children will be selected each week to participate in the capacity as game assistants. The league will conduct an educational contest at each club. Winning participants will be selected and they will receive compensation of $25.00 per game. According to the league, If we are successful with our intention, the Boys and Girls Club of America local clubs will receive a $120,000.00 donation that will be equally divided with the clubs in each WUSBA team city. The league made 1400 season tickets available in the WUSBA 2010 Season Ticket Extravaganza to fund this venture. The clubs in each USBA city will receive $10,000.00. The funds will be distributed to purchase computers, software, printers and monitors. Each club is designated to receive 10 complete computer systems. 'We have spoken to the folks at Hewlett Packard, Dell and Apple to supply the commuters and Microsoft for the software Service is key, once we buy the products from one of these companies, we will require them to donate their time to make sure the computers are kept in top running condition, after all these machines will get a lot of use', said Ms. Bell.' We made superior customer service a priority with these companies, we believe the kids deserve it'.

Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) -- is a national organization whose mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as a productive, caring, responsible citizen. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by installing a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence, the organization was founded in 1860 in Hartford, Connecticut. The BGCA is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

Womens United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) -- is a triple AA A division minor league womens professional basketball league. The season commences in early June and culminates in early September. The league has twelve professional basketball teams spread out over nine southern states. The league was founded in January 2010. The WUSBA is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
USBA Youth Outreach, Inc., Is a not-for profit company. Its primary purpose is to establish youth programs throughout its network of teams. The programs promote service and community involvement. The company was founded in 2007. The USBA Youth Outreach is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

Contact:

Duane Allen Jenkins- (678) 966-9993
media@usbaball.com
usbayouthoutreach@usbaball.com



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Jeannie Saunders signed for LA Sparks Training Camp - by Willie McCray
Jeannie Saunders of the WBCBL Columbus Hidden Gems has been invited and signed for the free agent/rookie training camp by the WNBA Los Angeles Sparks. Jeannie is a California native who played her first 2 years of college ball with NCAA D1 Long Beach State where she was on the All BWC Newcomer Team and the BWC All Freshman Team and an All Conference player as well. The starter on Long Beach State's Regular Season Runner-Up teams as well as Tournament Finalists and Semi-Finalists during her 2-year tenure. Jeannie put up statistical season highs of 10ppg, 4rpg, 3apg, 2spg, 47%FG, 42%3pt, 70%FT.

Once at NCAA D2 Salem International, Saunders was a 2-time All WVIAC Conference 1st Team selection, 2-Time All Region, and 2-Time All American with statistical season highs of 22ppg, 7rpg, 6apg, 4spg, 47%FG, 33%3pt, 83%FT.

With the WBCBL Columbus Hidden Gems, Jeannie Saunders ended with 21.1ppg, 6.7rpg, 6.6apg, 4.7spg, 2FGP: 62.3%, 3PT: 43.5%, FT: 72.7%.

Moving on to Puerto Rico with Cabo Rojo, Saunders averaged 20.0pppg (6th), 47.0%FG (9th), 36.0%3pt (4th), 82.9%FT (3rd) 8.0rpg (21st), 5.5apg (4th), 3.0spg (4th), 0.5bpg (13th) and was on the leaderboard for every statistical category available.

From there she signed with Sweden's top division Visby Ladies franchise and averaged 18.1ppg (4th), 48.8%FG (25th), 38.6%3pt (18th), 6.1rpg (20th), 2.5apg (16th), 33mins per game.

Jeannie Saunders is the second Columbus Hidden Gems player to become closer to her life-long goal of making it to the WNBA as Brandie Hoskins already has signed a WNBA Training Camp contract with the New York Liberty.

Lucius Jones/Hidden Gems Basketball


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Exclusive interview with Bianca Thomas - by Bruno Baltazar
Bianca Thomas (5'10''-G-88, agency: LBM Management) a star and leader in her college Ole Miss,the 5'10 Guard made sensation,she goes to the Sparks that are in a city full of stars,chance to have a competitive team with chances to win the league and alot of the best guards in the league live in the same team,compeition will be boiling in the Sparks town.
They sure will not have problems in the ofense with her ,one of the top leaders and scorers in college,great in the outside shot,the 3 point shoots are a strong point in her game and she has a exclusive interview with us !

Hi how are you?
Congratulations for being the 12th draft pick in the WNBA and going to the LA Sparks...

Bruno Baltazar- How does it feel to be drafted and play for the Sparks?
Bianca Thomas- It was great to be drafted! It has always been a dream of mine! I am blessed to have the opportunity!

Bruno Baltazar- What will be your personal goal and team goal for this season?
Bianca Thomas- Personal goal right now is to make the team during training camp! Team goals I'm not sure because we have not discussed but if I do make it it will defenitely be to win a championship!

Bruno Baltazar-How it will be to meet and play with veteran players such as Ticha Penicheiro and younger stars like Candace Parker?
I had the opportunity to play against Candace Parker!
I'm very excited to get a chance to play with Ticha! Growing up I watched the portuuese player with the Monarchs!
I can't wait to get to LA to meet my new team!

Bruno Baltazar-How its going to be the competition in the guard position with such high caliber guards in the team?
Bianca Thomas- I'm sure there it will be very competive in the guard positions! Everyone is trying to get a Job! It's nothing personal just business! Everyone will bring it on the 25th! I just have to bring my A game and stay confident!

Bruno Baltazar- Transiction from college to the WNBA ,what you think are going to be the main issues?
Bianca Thomas- Transition from wnba ...it will be the set of rules for exemple the 8 seconds backcourt or 24 seconds shot clock! Also coming out of college you are the focal point of interest but in this league it will be other people like CP but I just plan on contributing how they want me to!

Bruno Baltazar- Tell us what where your dream and role model players when you where growing and if you ever think you could be a WNBA draft pick?
Bianca Thomas-Growing up I was a big Diana Taurasi fan and I'm still are!
Growing up I always wanted to be a pro player! When I was little I always said I would be drafted then once Ii got to college freshmen year those dreams were not convincable because the lack of points that I received in my freshmen year but I continued to work and get better!

Thanks for your interview with us and we wish you all the best for you and the Sparks!