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  ARGENTINA   


Liga A quarterfinals - by Facundo Iatzky
After the surprising victoryof Lanus over La Union in Formosa, Quarterfinals bracket is made. Lanus was the 11th seed and after losing the first two games it was unexpected that they could overcome this desadvantage. Now they will have a very hard serie against 1st seed Penarol, but players like Lucas Victoriano and Jamaal Levy will not give up so easily.
The other series seem a little more unpredictable. Atenas and Regatas: Atenas hace the adavantage of play at home in an hypotetic 5th game but they have a doubt with their injured players. Regatas is strong at home. Sionista and Quimsa will be a very intersting serie to watch. Sionista is perhaps the team that play a better basketball but Quimsa already know what means winning a championship. Libertad and Boca will be good too, they are the fourth and fifth seed. All the series start on Friday except Penarol- Lanus that start on Sunday.


Atenas (2) vs Regatas (9)
Sionista (3) vs Quimsa (6)
Libertad (4) vs Boca (5)
Penarol (1) - Lanus (11)


Liga A: Lanus is the last Quarterfinalist - by Eurobasket News
La Union - Lanus 66-77
Lanus celebrated 66-77 win in decisive Game 5 and they booked a spot for Liga A Quarterfinals. Jamaal Levy (206-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) stepped up for the guests in this victory with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Terrell Taylor (203-C-81, agency: Liman Sports, college: Virginia Tech) also scored 19, while Fernando Malara followed with 15 pts. On the other side, La Union got 13 points and 5 assists from David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.). Lanus will meet Penarol in QFInals.



Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 David JACKSON
  La Union
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Jackson, La Union18.9 
 2. Lamonte, Penarol18.2 
 3. Lo Grippo, Atenas17.4 
 4. Assie, Quilmes MP17.3 
 5. Moodie, Boca Jrs17.3 
 6. Nelson, Quilmes MP16.8 
 7. Profit, Libertad S.16.8 
 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, Lanus4.3 
 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. Kammerichs, Regat.1.2 
 4. Bortz, Obras1.2 
 5. Rollins, Gimnasia.1.2 
 6. Williams, Union S.1.1 
 7. Assie, Quilmes MP1.0 
 8. Alloatti, Obras0.8 
 9. Griffin, Estudiantes0.8 
 10. Leiva, Penarol0.8 


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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. Paez, Oberwart18.4 
 9. Mahalbasic, Worth.18.4 
 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. McCandies, Worth.7.8 
 7. Penigar, Furstenf.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
 Kevin PAYTON
  Vienna
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Payton, Vienna2.0 
 2. Roderick, Arkadia2.0 
 3. Schreiner, St.Po.2.0 
 4. Stazic, Vienna1.9 
 5. O''Neal, Vienna1.9 
 6. Boylan, Gmunden1.9 
 7. Zeleznik, UBSC G.1.8 
 8. Richards, Gussing1.7 
 9. Shavies, Furstenf.1.6 
 10. Penigar, Furstenf.1.6 
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. Youngblood, Furstenf.0.7 
 6. Levy, Oberwart0.7 
 7. Stazic, Vienna0.7 
 8. Mahalbasic, Worth.0.7 
 9. Roderick, Arkadia0.7 
 10. Bralovic, Arkadia0.6 


My Connection Home - by Trent Meacham
We lost internet access!! So for anyone who is playing overseas, you know that the internet is pretty much your lifeline back home. Some of the guys here will joke and question how Americans used to make it over here in Europe before there was the internet. Well our internet at our apartment went down yesterday, and hopefully well be able to get it back up and running soon. In the meantime, I was able to borrow an internet stick from one of my teammates to hold us over until our wireless is back up. The internet makes living in a foreign country so much easier because it connects us back home. Email and Facebook make it easy to keep up with my wife, Theresa, and Is family and friends (and people I dont even know) back home. We also have a Skype number which allows us to talk to anyone with a Skype account or anyone in the U.S. for free. I think it cost us about $80 to buy the number and unlimited calling to and from the states for the year. Easily the best investment weve made. The time difference can make connecting with people difficult, and Ill often wake up in the morning with new voicemails from my buddies back home calling us here at 4 in the morning about who knows what. Hah, theres always something going on with those guys. Its nice to hear from them though so I can stay up with whats going on in their lives. Were 7 hours ahead of our families back home in Illinois, and we also talk with Theresas brother, Kevin Lisch (188-G, agency: Warren Sports International, college: St.Louis), whos playing ball in Perth, Australia. Hes a full 7 hours ahead of us. I also have to give a shoutout to Kevin as he was named the MVP of the NBLs Final Series which his team, the Perth Wildcats won last month! So even though we sometimes forget what day of the week it is over here, were usually aware of the time it is here as well as around the world.

Our regular season just ended, and we did not finish out like we wanted to. We dropped our last three games and now begin the playoffs as the fourth seed. We play Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions in the quarterfinals which start Thursday, April 15th. Theres no question, were facing one of the most talented teams in our league, so it should be a fun and intense series. Personally, Im really excited to begin the playoffs. Its been a long year. Not in a bad way as Ive really enjoyed the season, but just much longer than any season Ive ever been a part of. In college, the regular season would go from mid November until early March, and then the postseason would begin with conference and NCAA tournaments. Here in Austria, our regular season began the first week of October and lasted until this past week. Its been a fun year, but I think were all ready to begin the playoffs and compete for the championship. Im feeling fresh and ready to go, and I think the team as a whole is looking at the playoffs as a start to a new season. Its money time, so you know well be ready to go! This will also be the first time I ever play in a series format. Each round will be the best of five games, so it will be interesting to see the adjustments teams make from game to game. The phrase, win or go home, has never been truer because if we lose then were going back to the states. And although itll be nice to go home, that can wait another month or so

Back to the importance of the internetit also allowed me to follow the NCAA tournament, and what a year it was! I stayed up to watch most of the games online, and although my Illinois were one of the last teams left out of the field, I still had a lot of fun watching one of the most memorable tournaments ever. Some of the guys on my team here made our own pool for the tournament which always adds a little more excitement to the games. Even though my bracket was in last place with my national champion pick, Kansas, already out after the first two rounds, I ended up winning the prize money! I guess that proves what a crazy tournament it was this year. It also shows that anybody can beat anybody on a given night. Its just one of the things which make basketball the greatest game in this world!


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Hala upset Manama - by Yousef Ahmed

AL HALA grinded out a thrilling 60-58 upset win over Manama last night to keep their semi-final bid alive in the Zain Bahrain Basketball League.

Recently signed American import Patrick Simpson (206-F-83, college: SMU) scored a game-high 32 points to spearhead the victors. They battled back from 11 points down at half-time to take the lead midway through the final period and then staved off a furious Manama rally in the game's closing stages.

With the result, Hala claimed their second win in four games in the six-team league playoffs, forging a three-way tie with defending champions Al Ahli and Sitra for the last two semi-final spots with only one game to play for each.

Manama as well as Muharraq have virtually sealed their berths in the final four. Ahli are favoured to gain the other entry as they are expected to beat winless Isa Town on Thursday. Hala, meanwhile, battle Sitra the same day in a game that will likely decide the fourth semi-finalists.

'That's going to be one tough game,' Hala head coach Walter Carvalho told the GDN last night. 'Right now, though, I'm not going to think about it as this victory for us against Manama was huge, and we're going to go out and enjoy it first.'

Carvalho and his team had plenty of reasons to celebrate yesterday as Manama were unbeaten heading into the clash.

Still playing without star guards Ahmed Ali and Ahmed Mirza, Hala's bench players gave a determined performance behind the leadership of Simpson, who was playing only his second game for the club. Simpson made back-to-back baskets to spark a 7-0 run beginning the second half that cut the deficit to four, 33-37.

Hala stayed close, 37-40, until five straight points from Simpson's Manama counterpart Calvin Warner and a basket from Bader Abdulla Malabes restored Manama's double-digit lead, 47-37, with three minutes left in the period.

Hala, however, answered with a blistering 9-1 run, capped by a Simpson basket inside, to head into the final canto down by just two, 46-48.

In the fourth, Hala's veteran forward Yasser Bu Naffour (191-F) buried a three-pointer from the right wing to give them their first lead of the half, 53-52, with just over five minutes to play.

Both teams then traded baskets until Simpson made a short fade-away jumper over Warner to put Hala up 60-56 with less than two minutes remaining. Hani Alam replied with a lay-up for Manama to make it a one-possession game with under a minute left, and then a turnover apiece from Hala's Ayoob Hajji and Alam plus a 24-second shot-clock violation on Hala gave Manama the chance to tie or go for the win with 8.6 seconds left.

They squandered the opportunity, however, as star forward Mahmood Ghuloom stumbled to the ground as he took a desperation shot at the final buzzer.

'Our defence in the second half helped us win this game,' Carvalho said. 'I'm proud of our team for fighting the way they did today.'

Simpson grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked three shots to go with his game-high output. Hajji chipped in with 11 points as the only other Hala player in double figures.

Warner had 22 to pace Manama, who were without Ahmed Abdulaziz and Hassan Nairouz. Ghuloom scored 14 and Malabes chipped in with 13.

PLAYOFF STANDINGS: 1 Manama 3-1; 2 Muharraq 3-1; 3 Al Ahli 2-2; 4 Al Hala 2-2; 5 Sitra 2-2; 6 Isa Town 0-4.
source: GDN By Patrick Salomon , Posted on Tuesday, April 13, 2010



Hala upset Manama to keep semis hopes alive - by Patrick Salomon
AL HALA grinded out a thrilling 60-58 upset win over Manama Monday night to keep their semi-final bid alive in the Zain Bahrain Basketball League.

Recently signed American import Patrick Simpson scored a game-high 32 points to spearhead the victors. They battled back from 11 points down at half-time to take the lead midway through the final period and then staved off a furious Manama rally in the games closing stages.

With the result, Hala claimed their second win in four games in the six-team league playoffs, forging a three-way tie with defending champions Al Ahli and Sitra for the last two semi-final spots with only one game to play for each.

Manama as well as Muharraq have virtually sealed their berths in the final four. Ahli are favoured to gain the other entry as they are expected to beat winless Isa Town on Thursday. Hala, meanwhile, battle Sitra the same day in a game that will likely decide the fourth semi-finalists.

Thats going to be one tough game, Hala head coach Walter Carvalho told the GDN last night. Right now, though, Im not going to think about it as this victory for us against Manama was huge, and were going to go out and enjoy it first.

Carvalho and his team had plenty of reason to celebrate yesterday as Manama were unbeaten heading into the clash.

Still playing without star guards Ahmed Ali and Ahmed Mirza, Halas bench players gave a determined performance behind the leadership of Simpson, who was playing only his second game for the club. Simpson made back-to-back baskets to spark a 7-0 run beginning the second half that cut the deficit to four, 33-37.

Hala stayed close, 37-40, until five straight points from Simpsons Manama counterpart Calvin Warner and a basket from Bader Abdulla Malabes restored Manamas double-digit lead, 47-37, with three minutes left in the period.

Hala, however, answered with a blistering 9-1 run, capped by a Simpson basket inside, to head into the final canto down by just two, 46-48.

In the fourth, Halas veteran forward Yasser bu Naffour buried a three-pointer from the right wing to give them their first lead of the half, 53-52, with just over five minutes to play.

Both teams then traded baskets until Simpson made a short fade-away jumper over Warner to put Hala up 60-56 with less than two minutes remaining. Hani Alam replied with a lay-up for Manama to make it a one-possession game with under a minute left, and then a turnover apiece from Halas Ayoob Hajji and Alam plus a 24-second shot-clock violation on Hala gave Manama the chance to tie or go for the win with 8.6 seconds left.

They squandered the opportunity, however, as star forward Mahmood Ghuloom stumbled to the ground as he took a desperation shot at the final buzzer.

Our defence in the second half helped us win this game, Carvalho said. Im proud of our team for fighting the way they did today.

Simpson grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked three shots to go with his game-high output. Hajji chipped in with 11 points as the only other Hala player in double figures. Warner had 22 to pace Manama, who were without Ahmed Abdulaziz and Hassan Nairouz. Ghuloom scored 14 and Malabes chipped in with 13.

PLAYOFF STANDINGS (wins-losses): 1 Manama 3-1; 2 Muharraq 3-1; 3 Al Ahli 2-2; 4 Al Hala 2-2; 5 Sitra 2-2; 6 Isa Town 0-4.


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  BELIZE   


The Sharks stun the Jags!!! - by David Magana
The second game of the evening featured two of the senior male teams, UB Black Jaguars and the San Pedro Tiger-Sharks. These teams were at opposite ends of the spectrum, in terms of the standings; the Jaguars came in with a record of 2-0, while the Sharks came with a record of 0-2, still looking for their first win of the season, and trying to get it against one of the tournaments best teams. The catch is that this isnt exactly the same Tiger-Sarks team that lost their first two games. This is a slightly revamped San Pedro squad, with the addition of an American born import point guard Ivan Jackson and Belizean Senior National Team member Gene Myvett (193-G-82, college: Cal.St.-Los Angeles).

The game was intense from the start, with both teams attacking the basket and getting trips to the charity stripe. U.B. was playing a very physical, fast paced half-court offense with quick transition defense, while San Pedro was a bit more calculated in their offense, attacking gaps in the U.B. defense and dishing out to open shooters on the three point ark.

It quickly became apparent that the Black Jaguars had very little interest in scoring outside the painted area, having only taken eleven 3 point attempts to San Pedros forty-one.

It wasnt all about 3 pointers for the Tiger Sharks, as National Team member Gene Myvett, who finished the game with 23 points and 9 rebounds, dazzled the crowd with impressive dribble drives to the goal, showing more concern with making the basket than the landing after. Myvett continued to please the crowd with an electrifying dunk off the great alley-oop pass from Ivan Jackson on a 2 on 1 fast break, which got all in attendance up and out of their seats. Stephen Williams (188-G-83) quickly responded for the Black Jaguars with a 3 point basket, which barely moved the net.

Ivan Jackson of the Tiger Sharks did a great job protecting the rock, maximizing his teams offensive possessions and dictating the overall tempo of the game. He had a game high 30 points, in which he shot 67% for 2 point field goals and 25% behind the 3 point ark.

Another important key to the game was how vocal the Sharks were, not trash talking but simply communicating and motivating each other on the court. The players of U.B. were practically silent in comparison to the Tiger Sharks.

Down by 10 points in the 3rd quarter, with the Sharks slowly pulling away, the Jags dialed up their intensity and hustle in an effort to maintain their undefeated status. And although the crowd was very much impressed with the play of the San Pedro Tiger Sharks, they found themselves cheering for U.B. Black Jaguars.

Late in the 3rd quarter, turnovers was the story for the Jaguars, as they committed a total of 20 turnovers for the game, which led to fast break buckets for the Sharks. When the 3rd quarter ended, the deficit had ballooned to 20, with a score of 68 48 in favor of the San Pedro Tiger Sharks, thanks to an impressive half court heave made by Tiger Sharks captain Lester Cadle (188-G-80), who finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds, off an inbounds pass with only 0.5 on the clock.

The 4th quarter would prove to be the most intense and exciting of all. As it got underway, Ivan Jackson led a quick fast break, in a showcase of his impressive dribbling skills, then dished to Winston Pratt (186-G-90), who immediately slammed the ball through the net and on the heads of all who dwelled beneath it, simultaneously electrifying the crowd beyond measure.

There was certainly no shortage of 3 pointers, dunks or high flying athletic plays in this particular game. Ivan Jackson decided to get in on the action with a few fast break dunks, the most impressive of which was a reverse slam dunk off an alley-hoop pass, which of course delighted everyone in attendance. Nearing the end of the game, with 3 minutes on the clock, U.B. turned up the pressure, in the form of defensive traps and full court presses, and brought the game back into striking distance, with a score 80 67 in favor of the Tiger Sharks. Later on, with 2:15 remaining in the game, Jorett Jones (193-G-89) hit a 3 pointer to bring the Black Jaguars within 10, as the score read 80 70. It was looking like the Jaguars were poised to complete the comeback, as the intensity and passion of the players raised 200%, but a few 50/50 calls didnt go their way, and that intensity soon turned to animosity.

The intensity reached its boiling point when, in the closing seconds, basketball veteran Darren Bovell (193-F-70) of U.B. leveled Ivan Jackson with an elbow to the chest area; needless to say, Bovell was ejected, and as a result will miss the next big game against another power house on Friday, April 16th, in the form of the Belize Bank Bulldogs. The final score was San Pedro Tiger Sharks 92, UB Black Jaguars 72.

There is no doubt that the Black Jaguars will be hoping for another meeting with the Tiger Sharks, hoping for a chance to avenge this 20 point blow out, hoping for a chance at redemption.
Courtesy of http://bbfbelize.org/


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  BOSNIA   


Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
League 6
 1. Siroki Eronet 5-0 
 2. Bosna S. 4-2 
 3. Sloboda Dita 3-2 
 4. Igokea 3-2 
 5. Capljina 1-5 
 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 


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Brunei Open Basketball Championship Updates - by Hector Santos
Bandar Seri Begawan - It will not be an all-Filipinos final for the Brunei Open Basketball Championship this coming Saturday night as the all-Chinese team of Plaza Sutra Biru stunned last year's Sultan Cup winner Babe's Boutique 94-88 in the semifinal at the Batu Bersurat Basketball Court last night.

Despite missing three key players, Plaza Sutra Biru with the likes of Edmond Tan, Lim Aik Hock and Fong Yep Leong crushed Babe's Boutique in an almost blow out game.

Captain Edmond Tan of Plaza Sutra Biru has an impressive night scoring 33 points while his team mate Fong Yep Leong contributed 16 points to book a spot in the final.

Edmond who also plays for Barracudas said after the game: 'It was an all-team effort tonight. I am proud of my players.' 'We were short of three key players but still managed to come up with the crucial win. We played really well and dominated the defence rebound. Our passing were brilliant and that contributed to the easy lay up from fast breaks,' he added

On the final against Ilonggo Stingers, he said: 'It will be a tough game because they have very tall players but we will definitely do our best to win.' 'I hope my key players will be back for the final as I may not be able to play due to work commitment,' Edmond added.

Meanwhile, coach Albert Cenabm of-Babe's blamed some of the bad calls for the defeat. However he also mentioned that his players' defence was slacking in the game. Plaza Sutra Biru took charge of the match as early as the first quarter with a high tempo game.

Fong Yep Leong was on fire scoring his 11 points of the night to take the lead for his team. By the end of the first quarter, Plaza Sutra Biru were leading in double digit score of 24-14.

The momentum of the game in the second quarter continued to favour Plaza Sutra Biru as they managed to hold on to the 10 points lead to go into the break. The all-Chinese teams were leading 48-38.

Coming off the break, Edmond then took over the game. He scored 14 of his 33 points of the night in the third quarter to help his team extend to a lead of 78-59 by the end of the third quarter.

However, in the fourth quarter Babe's Boutique mounted a comeback through the versatile player D. Mordeno who hit 19 points to bring his team back to life. However, his efforts wasn't enough to take the win from Plaza Sutra Biru as Edmond and company managed to hold off the late charge to win a spot into the final.

Meanwhile, R&T Team A booked a place into the final of the Veteran category by beating R&T Team B 80-75 last night. R&T Team A will face SGC Palm Garden in the final on Saturday night. -- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin



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  BULGARIA   


Watch Levski-Euroins Cherno More from the Final Four of Eurohold Balkan League LIVE - by Valentin Anguelov
Thanks to Sportmedia.tv once again BulgarianBasket.com will give the opportunity to follow a game LIVE on internet. Second Semifinal of FINAL FOUR of Eurohold Balkan League between Levski and Euroins Cherno more will be broadcasted live at BulgarianBasket.com and Balkanleague.net. Game will start at 19.45 CET.


The first game between starts today at 17.15 CET with Lovcen facing Feni Industries but there will bo NO live coverage for this one. To be able to see the second semifinal LIVE you just have to enter either BulgarianBasket.com or Balkanleague.net and then click on the banner on the right.


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  CHINA   


Sui Ran Excels at Nike Global Hoop Summit - by Arthur Volbert
Like Cai Liang and Makan, who were participating in the CBA playoffs, Sui Ran (193-G-92) had a good excuse for not being at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim, Germany. He was participating in the Nike Global Hoop Summit in Portland Oregon.

Sui scored 6 points, hitting both his three-point shots. He had 3 assists, 2 turnovers, and 1 steal in 21 minutes as his World Select Team lost to the USA Junior Team 101-97. He also played well on the World Team's zone defense. Sui was one of two players on the world team listed as born in 1992. The other was Enes Kanter of Turkey, who led the world team in scoring with 34 points on 13 of 21 shooting, breaking Dirk Nowitzki's record of 33.

The USA rallied to win the game after traling by 15 near the end of the third quarter. The World Team outscored the USA 33-12 in the third quarter, then was outscored by the USA 39-23 in the fourth.



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  CROATIA   


Croatian A1 round 6 (Second Stage) best performance: Dejan Meznaric - by Eurobasket News
Power forward Dejan Meznaric (205-F/C-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Vrijednosnice OS Darda, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Second Stage).
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (32 points, five rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Trogir with 17-point margin 94-77. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. This is the first win for Darda in the second stage and they joined Trogir now with 1-5.
In the team's last game Meznaric had a remarkable 83.3% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He has many years of experience at Darda, through which he has constantly improved. Dejan Meznaric averages this season 12.5ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old Zoran Vrkic (200-G-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency) of league's second-best KK Split. Vrkic had a very good evening with 27 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as KK Split was edged by the lower-ranked Sibenik (2-6) 81-80. There is a three-way tie on top of Play-out standings with Borik, Dubrovnik, Split and Dubrava having 5-3 score. Vrkic is well-known at KK Split and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international swingman Marino Bazdaric (197-G/F-78, agency: XL Basketball Agency) of Cedevita Zagreb (#6). Bazdaric showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, five rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Cedevita, leading his team to a 91-75 easy win against the lower-ranked Zabok (#9, 2-4). Cedevita is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 4-1 record is not that bad... Bazdaric has a very solid season. In 5 games in Croatia he scored 15.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Damir Mulaomerovic (195-G-74) of KK Zagreb CO - 22 points, 1 rebound and 9 assists
5. Fran Pilepic (193-G-89) of Svjetlost - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Ljubo Samadan (208-C/F-83) of Kastela - 25 points and 5 rebounds
7. Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) of KK Zagreb CO - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist
8. Ante Krapic (202-F-85) of Zabok - 20 points and 9 rebounds
9. Domagoj Basic (190-G-86) of Dubrava - 27 points and 1 rebound
10. Filip Kruslin (198-G-89) of Dubrovnik - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist


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Soukup's 20 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old forward Miroslav Soukup (200-F-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for BK Decin and it's enough to give him a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for Round 42.
He had the game-high 20 points adding seven rebounds and four assists for his team's victory, helping them to crush Podebrady (#11, 11-31) with 19-point margin 80-61. BK Decin maintains the 5th position in Czech Republic league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. BK Decin will need more victories to improve their 26-16 record. In the team's last game Soukup had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at BK Decin, through which he has constantly improved. Miroslav Soukup averages this season 8.5ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Stephen Castleberry (214-C-81, agency: Court Side) of Karma Basket Podebrady. He is American center in his 2nd season at Podebrady. In the last game Castleberry recorded impressive double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Podebrady lost that game 61-80 to the higher-ranked BK Decin (#5, 26-16). This loss caused Podebrady to drop to 11th position in the standings. 31 lost games are too many comparing to just eleven victories Podebrady managed to get this year. Castleberry is well-known at Podebrady and he already established his position as the team's leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.1ppg (#9). He also registered 9.4 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Tremaine Ford (207-F-86, agency: Rize Management) of USK Praha (#7). Ford scored 19 points and grabbed eleven rebounds. Despite Ford's great performance USK Praha lost 64-94 to the higher-ranked Novy Jicin (#2, 37-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other temmates. The chances of USK Praha ranking at the top of the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 25 games, recording just sixteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ford could bring USK Praha's position much higher in the standings. He has a great season in Czech Republic. After 39 games, Ford made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.0rpg (1st best). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 56.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jakub Blazek (203-F-80 of B&W Opava - 27 points and 1 rebound
5. Marek Stuchly (196-F-75 of NH Ostrava - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Benas Veikalas (192-G-83 of BK Prostejov - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Marcus Arnold (207-F/C-84 of BK Pardubice - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 1 assist
8. Dwight Burke (203-F-86 of NH Ostrava - 12 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ondrej Dygryn (190-G-84 of B&W Opava - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 1 assist
10. Lukas Palyza (204-F-89 of NH Ostrava - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist


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Justin Bowen Continues Season With Iowa Energy - by Surujh Roopnarine
Veteran D-League swingman Justin Bowen (6'7''-F-83, college: Ill.-Chicago) was signed by the Iowa Energy to strengthen their roster for the 2010 NBA D-League Playoffs. Bowen spent this season split between the Austin Toros and Sioux Falls Skyforce after a late-season trade involving Michael Joiner (6'7''-F-81, college: Florida St.). In 30 games primarily as a starter for Austin, the former University of Illinois-Chicago forward averaged 8.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 26.2 minutes. After being acquired by Sioux Falls, Bowen appeared in 11 contests solely off the bench, averaging 11.2 points and 4.6 rebounds. When the Skyforce acquired Kirk Penney (6'5''-G-80, college: Wisconsin) in the wend of March, Bowen was released to clear a roster spot. The Energy then saw an opportunity to strengthen their bench with a proven playoff performer. Bowen appeared in all three contests of the Energy's first round victory over the Utah Flash, averaging five minutes off the bench. His best season came in 2007-08 as a member of the Austin Toros where he helped lead them to the D-League Finals while averaging 16.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists in four playoff games.

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Day 3: Itthad crushes Somouha & Gezira kills Sporting - by Sherif Soliman
Day 3 : Nothing new happend Itthad & Gezira making easy wins over the all teams waiting for the big buttle on thursday at 6,Itthad crushed somuha 81-66 ,top scorers from Itthad, Amir El fanan 20 po,Chaudny Gray 18 po,Haytham Kamal 17 po. On the other hand, Sporting couldnt keep it on with Gezira till the end falling down in the last Qua, final score 91-79,top scorers from Gezira Wael Badr 19 po, Jarred Merril 18 po, Ramy Gunedy 14 po. from Sporting Ahmed monir 25 po. Meanwhile,Geish made an important win over Zamalek 86-83 to jump to the 5th position this win was made by Amin Roziek who scored 26 po,Tamer mostafa 20 po. However,today is a rest for all teams games will start tomorrow. Amine Rzig (199-G-80)

Superleague Standings
Superleague finals Standings
1-6 place
 1. Al Ittihad 12-1 
 2. Gezira 11-2 
 3. Somouha 6-7 
 4. Zamalek 5-8 
 5. Geish Army 3-10 
 6. Sporting 2-11 
7-12 place
 1. Ahly 12-3 
 2. Shorta-Police 10-5 
 3. Al-Intaj 9-6 
 4. Masr Ins. 7-8 
 5. Gasco 7-8 
 6. Tanta 0-15 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Charron FISHER
  Kalev/Cramo
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.23.4 
 2. McGee, Kuremaa19.2 
 3. Navickas, Valga Welg18.1 
 4. Kriisa, Rakvere16.9 
 5. Reed, Tallinna Kalev16.5 
 6. Toome, TTU K.16.4 
 7. Covington, Tallin.16.4 
 8. Akognon, Kalev/Cr.16.0 
 9. Veideman, Rakvere15.3 
 10. Raap, Parnu15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brett MCGEE
  Kuremaa
  (198-G/F-84)
  Avg: 11
 1. McGee, Kuremaa11.0 
 2. Ringmets, Parnu9.6 
 3. Reed, Tallinna Kalev9.2 
 4. Toome, TTU K.8.7 
 5. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.8.4 
 6. Rinkevicius, Valga W.8.0 
 7. Erm, Parnu7.9 
 8. Tagamets, Valga W.7.7 
 9. Owens, Kalev/Cramo7.5 
 10. Kriisa, Rakvere7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  Rakvere
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Kriisa, Rakvere4.6 
 2. Navickas, Valga Welg4.3 
 3. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo4.3 
 4. Sokk, TU/Rock3.8 
 5. Rannula, Valga Welg3.2 
 6. Saage, Rakvere3.0 
 7. Leppik, TU/Rock3.0 
 8. Tein, TU/Rock2.9 
 9. Toome, TTU K.2.7 
 10. Winston, Kuremaa2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Silver LEPPIK
  TU/Rock
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Leppik, TU/Rock2.2 
 2. Covington, Tallin.2.2 
 3. Veideman, Rakvere2.1 
 4. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.2.1 
 5. Raap, Parnu2.1 
 6. Karner, Parnu2.0 
 7. Saage, Rakvere2.0 
 8. Kriisa, Rakvere1.7 
 9. Ringmets, Parnu1.7 
 10. Pokla, TTU K.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kennyetta JOHNSON
  Kalev/Cramo
  (210-C-78)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Johnson, Kalev/Cr.2.3 
 2. Rinkevicius, Valga W.1.9 
 3. Toome, TTU K.1.6 
 4. McGee, Kuremaa1.1 
 5. Hallik, Rakvere0.9 
 6. Talts, TU/Rock0.9 
 7. Morrison, TU/Rock0.9 
 8. Owens, Kalev/Cramo0.8 
 9. Kitsing, TU/Rock0.8 
 10. Ringmets, Parnu0.7 


Tarvas takes lead in semis - by Janar Filippov
The semifinals of G4S Meistriliiga started with a thriller in Rakvere. The local Tarvas trailed for most of the game against TTU but took the upper hand in last five minutes as Valmo Kriisa had nailed a couple of crucial three-pointers when TTU led by 8 at the beginning of 4th.
Tarvas won the game 89:81 (40:41) after a buzzer-beater from half court by Kriisa. With 1:08 left to play, TTU, having led for three and half quarters, came back from a 5-point deficit as Kristo Orula and Joosep Toome scored for 80:80 but Kriisa answered with 2+1 and Kristo Saage sealed the victory with a triple with 8 secs to play.
Kriisa led the winners with 21 pts (5/7 for 3), 7 rbs and 6 ast. Rain Veideman added 18 pts, including a number of great dunks in his first ever play-off game. Martin Muursepp had 14 points. Joosep Pokla led TTU with 17, Kristo Orula added 16 and Reimo Tamm 13 pts.


Tarvas takes lead in semis - by Janar Filippov
The semifinals of G4S Meistriliiga started with a thriller in Rakvere. The local Tarvas trailed for most of the game against TTU but took the upper hand in last five minutes as Valmo Kriisa (190-G-74) had nailed a couple of crucial three-pointers when TTU led by 8 at the beginning of 4th.
Tarvas won the game 89:81 (40:41) after a buzzer-beater from half court by Kriisa. With 1:08 left to play, TTU, having led for three and half quarters, came back from a 5-point deficit as Kristo Orula (186-G-85) and Joosep Toome (202-F-85) scored for 80:80 but Kriisa answered with 2+1 and Kristo Saage (184-G-85) sealed the victory with a triple with 8 secs to play.
Kriisa led the winners with 21 pts (5/7 for 3), 7 rbs and 6 ast. Rain Veideman (192-G-91) added 18 pts, including a number of great dunks in his first ever play-off game. Martin Muursepp (206-F-74) had 14 points. Joosep Pokla (198-G-86) led TTU with 17, Kristo Orula added 16 and Reimo Tamm (185-G-84) 13 pts.


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Blogs for players overseas - by Eurobasket
Another great news coming from Eurobasket. We have just added to our network anther website. This time it's www.ProBasketballOverseas.com .
The website is the main location of blogs for players, who play overseas.
That valuable and informative postings required a new website as it was too much for the news-oriented Eurobasket website.
That's why we came with the idea of a new website focused on problems and experience of basketball players, who play overseas.
Do you know that just 2009-10 season there were over 6,700 ex-college players, who play outsode of the U.S.?
NBA appears like a tiny league comparing to thousands of other players who ended playing overseas.
Do you want to see truth about their life overseas? Just check www.ProBasketballOverseas.com .
If you are a player and wish to have your own blog and share your experience with your fans and other players, please send us e-mail.


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Watch Levski-Euroins Cherno More from the Final Four of Eurohold Balkan League LIVE - by Valentin Anguelov
Thanks to Sportmedia.tv once again BulgarianBasket.com will give the opportunity to follow a game LIVE on internet. Second Semifinal of FINAL FOUR of Eurohold Balkan League between Levski and Euroins Cherno more will be broadcasted live at BulgarianBasket.com and Balkanleague.net. Game will start at 19.45 CET.

The first game between starts today at 17.15 CET with Lovcen facing Feni Industries but there will bo NO live coverage for this one. To be able to see the second semifinal LIVE you just have to enter either BulgarianBasket.com or Balkanleague.net and then click on the banner on the right.


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Korisliiga Round: 4 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Kataja - Kouvot 74-80
Kyle Shiloh (191-G-85, college: Nevada) accounted for 20 points and 8 rebounds as Kouvot shot down Kataja on the road. The victory allowed Kouvot to draw things level in the series. Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82, agency: Rasmussen Services) added 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Kristian Clarkson responded with 23 points for Kataja.

Honka - Pyrinto 71-96
Pyrinto earned the spot in the semifinal as they knocked down Honka on the road. Chris Hester (192-G/F-79, college: E.Washington) scored 31 points and grabbed 6 boards to pace the visitors. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Purdue) added 22 points for the winning side. Jukka Matinen responded with 17 points and 8 caroms for Honka. Carl Elliott delivered 16 points in the loss.



Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Ricky HICKMAN
  Namika Lahti
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Hickman, Namika Lahti23.7 
 2. Washington, KTP22.6 
 3. Young, KTP20.6 
 4. Rouse, Namika L.20.2 
 5. Trotter, ToPo19.9 
 6. Wood, Karhu19.8 
 7. Golson, Karhu19.4 
 8. Hester, Pyrinto19.4 
 9. Lowe, Pyrinto19.1 
 10. Turner, LrNM.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 14
 1. Wood, Karhu14.0 
 2. Vinson, FoKoPo12.4 
 3. McDade, KTP12.2 
 4. Stamper, LrNM.10.6 
 5. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.6 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto10.5 
 7. Kotti, Honka10.1 
 8. Rouse, Namika L.9.9 
 9. Hamm, Salon Vilpas9.9 
 10. Smith, Karhu9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Wood, Karhu4.8 
 2. Trotter, ToPo3.8 
 3. Hickman, Namika Lahti3.8 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.3.7 
 5. Burgess, Salon Vilpas3.5 
 6. Scott, LrNM.3.4 
 7. Young, KTP3.4 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto3.3 
 9. Suonio, Namika Lahti3.2 
 10. Sarcevic, Korihait3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew GIBSON
  LrNMKY
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Gibson, LrNM.3.1 
 2. Trotter, ToPo3.0 
 3. Hickman, Namika Lahti2.4 
 4. Scott, LrNM.2.3 
 5. Golson, Karhu2.2 
 6. Wood, Karhu2.1 
 7. Shiloh, Kouvot2.1 
 8. Turner, LrNM.2.0 
 9. Bradford, Kataja1.9 
 10. Stamper, LrNM.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Tyray PEARSON
  ToPo
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Pearson, ToPo0.9 
 2. Clarkson, Kataja0.8 
 3. Shiloh, Kouvot0.7 
 4. Moye, Kouvot0.7 
 5. Chones, Kataja0.7 
 6. Stamper, LrNM.0.7 
 7. Hudson, Korihait0.7 
 8. Stewart, FoKoPo0.6 
 9. Champion, FoKoPo0.6 
 10. Hickman, Namika Lahti0.6 


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


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Dimitar KARADZOVSKI
  Torus
  (189-G-84)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Karadzovski, Torus20.4 
 2. Simic, V.Osiguruvanje19.3 
 3. Dimcevski, Vardar 19.0 
 4. Cekovski, Rabotnicki18.9 
 5. Ristic, Ovce Pole18.7 
 6. Held, Ovce Pole17.3 
 7. Stojanovski, V.Osig.16.9 
 8. Held, Pelister15.7 
 9. Hadzibulic, Rabot.15.6 
 10. Life, Feni Indistrija15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gjorgji CEKOVSKI
  Levski
  (202-F/C-81)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Cekovski, Rabotnicki9.4 
 2. Krstevski, Vardar 8.0 
 3. Simic, V.Osiguruvanje7.7 
 4. Held, Pelister7.6 
 5. Ristic, Ovce Pole7.3 
 6. Gjorevski, MZT S.7.3 
 7. Dimcevski, Vardar 7.0 
 8. Televski, Pelister6.8 
 9. Held, Ovce Pole6.3 
 10. Knezevic, Feni I.6.1 
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, Torus4.8 
 4. Mladenovic, Ovce Pole4.7 
 5. Mirakovski, Rabot.4.2 
 6. Trajkovski, Plejme.3.7 
 7. Sokolov, Rabotnicki3.7 
 8. Tasevski, Torus3.6 
 9. Cekovski, Rabotnicki3.2 
 10. Popovic, Feni I.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Ivica DIMCEVSKI
  Vardar 2000
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Dimcevski, Vardar 1.7 
 2. Bogojev, Feni I.1.7 
 3. Kocov, Vardar 20001.6 
 4. Tasevski, Torus1.6 
 5. Dimitrovski, Rabot.1.4 
 6. Stojanovski, V.Osig.1.4 
 7. Held, Pelister1.4 
 8. Sokolov, Rabotnicki1.3 
 9. Mladenovic, Ovce Pole1.3 
 10. Kostovski, V.Osig.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Toni SIMIC
  V.Osiguruvanje
  (210-C-76)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Simic, V.Osiguruvanje2.6 
 2. Krstevski, Vardar 1.6 
 3. Televski, Pelister1.3 
 4. Kralevski, Plejme.1.1 
 5. Trajkovski, Feni I.0.8 
 6. Knezevic, Feni I.0.8 
 7. Bilbija, Ovce Pole0.5 
 8. Ilic, Vardar 20000.5 
 9. Cekovski, Rabotnicki0.5 
 10. Janevski, Torus0.4 


Vardar Osiguruvanje advances to Playoff Finals, Torus ties the score against Feni - by Eurobasket News
Ovce Pole - V.Osiguruvanje 69-91
Vardar Osiguruvanje advanced to Playoff Finals finishing this stage with perfect 3-0. They went to Ovce Pole and stole one from them, winning the contest with ease 69-91. In the first period it was the visiting side who came out stronger from the gate managing to build 18-25 lead. Ovce Pole players managed to regain control of the match in the second period, cutting the deficit to 40-42. However, after the break Vardar again put a string of several runs and won the third by 8 points as well as fourth by another 8. As result they celebrated 22-point margin win. Damjan Stojanovski (197-F-87) led the hosts with 23 points on the night. Toni Simic (210-C-76) added 19 points while Kiril Nikolovski chipped in 15 points. For Ovce Pole, Nebojisa Ristic and Aleksander Held stood out with 15 and 14 points respectively.

Torus - Feni Indistrija 85-77
Torus managed to keep the home court from visiting Feni Industri and has won the contest 85-77 to tie the series at 1-1. It did not start well for hosts as they found themselves trailing 21-24 after one quarter. Feni continued to build their lead and have taken 39-45 advantage to the halftime. However, after the break Torus players managed to put a string of runs, especially in the final quarter which enabled them to turn the game to their favor. In the end they celebrated 8 point margin win. Nikola Karakolev (197-G-87) led Torus with 25 points, while Dimitar Karadzovski (189-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) followed closely with 23. Aleksandar Opacic was also good for hosts, finishing the game with 16 points. Feni Industri got 16 points from Vladimi Popovic while Bosko Jovovic chipped in 15 of his own.


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Marc Franz (BG Goettingen) Chatter From The BEKO BBL Cup Weekend In Frankfurt - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Eurobasket had a chat with BG Goettingen manager Marc Franz before the 2010 BEKO BBL semi final against The Brose Baskets Bamberg in the Ballsporthalle in Frankfurt. The Brose Baskets Bamberg advanced to the BEKO BBL cup final against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners with a 71-59 win against BG Goettingen.

What does it feel like to be in three tournaments with the BEKO BBL Cup, Eurochallenge and Playoffs?

It is very unusual to be in all three, but it is like a one in a lifetime opportunity. I am really happy to be in Frankfurt. We are focusing on one event at a time.

How does BG Goettingen seem to play so successful despite all the injuries?

We just have a lot of heart and play together. The guys just really want to win. We are a team that all stick together no matter what happens and that is our strength,

Last season, BG Goettingen played their style all the way through the playoffs, but it seemed like the team ran out of gas in the playoffs. This season the team seems to be even stronger with their aggressive style.

I think by playing so many games this season, we have found a rhythm and we have gotten used to so many games. Playing more games is better than just one a week. The injuries that we got didnt happen on account of all the games that we played, but were suffered while playing and getting hit somehow. We also have a deeper bench than last season.

How thrilled are you of having the Eurochallenge Final 4 in Goettingen?

A Final 4 has not been in Germany since the early 90s as the Euroleague was played in Munich. We are proud to be hosting the Eurochallenge Final 4 and it is great for German Basketball. Not only we are in a Final 4, but also Alba Berlin. German basketball is growing in image and we are on the basketball map again. The BEKO BBL has a good standing with the FIBA.

BG Goettingen was compensated recently with American Antoine Jordan. How important has he been?


Jordan is always getting more and more important for BG Goettingen. We had
Dwayne Anderson (198-G/F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) as our Euro Dwayne and now we may have Antoine as our Euro Jordan in the Eurochallenge Final 4? We run a system where each guy can show what he can do and Jordan ahs got a fair chance just like the rest.

If some one had told you before the season that BG Goettingen would be in three basketball events in mid April, what would you have thought?

I would of asked that person if he had a fever. It is unique that we got so far this eaosn in 3 events. It would be great if we could win one event. We did a lot better than what anyone expected. BG Goettingen has shown this season where heart and team work can take a team.
Thanks Marc for the chat. Good luck in the Eurochallenge.



Hunter Henry claims German ProB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Hunter Henry (206-F-86, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment) had an amazing evening in the last round for Bayer Giants Leverkusen and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for Round 28.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 20 points and adding twenty one rebounds, while his team beat Speyer (#16, 3-25) 90-79. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Bayer Giants maintains the 9th position in German ProB. Bayer Giants 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 13-15 record. Henry turned to be Bayer Giants' top player in his first season with the team. Northwest Missouri State University graduate is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 8.1rpg) and 69.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American power forward Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87, agency: SportsVision-Service) of Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig. Roberts impressed basketball fans with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he led SU Medien to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Vechta (#13, 10-18) 105-69. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title (SU Medien is ranked #10th in the league). But SU Medien managed to improve their position in standings taking 10th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-16 record. Roberts is a newcomer at SU Medien 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 Brendan Campbell (196-F-86, agency: SportsVision-Service) of BIS Baskets Speyer (#16). Campbell scored 25 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Campbell's great performance Speyer lost 79-90 to the higher-ranked Bayer Giants (#9, 13-15). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other temmates. Speyer can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-25 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Campbell he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Campbell has a very solid season. In 23 games in Germany he scored 16.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jonas) Wolfarth-Bottermann (207-C-90 of SOBA Dragons - 22 points and 11 rebounds
5. Cody) Toppert (193-G-83 of Weissenhorn - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ahmad) Smith (194-G-84 of Herten - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Cory) Abercrombie (201-F/C-85 of Herten - 22 points and 8 rebounds
8. Jon) Goode (178-G-85 of Speyer - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Rodney) Foster (185-G-85 of Bayer Giants - 24 points, 1 rebound and 4 assists
10. John) Davis (198-F-84 of Rist-Wedel - 22 points and 7 rebounds


SC Rist Wedel sign John Davis - by Eurobasket
SC Rist Wedel (ProB) signed 26-year old American forward John Davis (198-F-84, college: Tarleton St.). Davis played most recently at Armann/Prottur (Iceland). Davis played also pro basketball in Iceland and Uruguay.
John was just awarded Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic D1 All-Imports Team -10 after playing 6 games and 20.3ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg
in his first game with SC Rist Wedel, Davis played 29 minutes and scored 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks
By Eurobasket Data Center


Antoine Jordan (BG Goettingen) Chatter From The 2010 BEKO BBL Top 4 Weekend In Frankfurt - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Antoine Jordan (196-G-83, college: Siena) is a 26 year old 196cm guard from Baltimore, Maryland that recently joined BG Goettingen. He played at Siena from 2002-2006 and in his senior year played 28 games averaging 17.1ppg, 8.1rpg, 3.0apg, 1.5spg, FG: 46.9%, 3PT: 45.3%, FT: 81.8%. In the 2006-2007 season, he played at TDShop.it Livorno in Italy playing 8 games averaging: 4.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.0apg, 1.5spg, and in Feb.2007 moved to Fort Worth Flyers (D-League): 6 games: 1.2ppg, played also shortly at BC Siauliai (Lithuania-LKL): Lithuanian League: Baltic League: 1 game: 8pts, 4reb, 1ast, 2steal, 1block; FIBA EuroCup: 3 games: 0pts
2007: Albany Patroons (USBL, starting five): 21 games: 13.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.7%. In the 2007-2008 seaosn, he played in Holland for Matrixx Magix Nijmegen playing 37 games averaging 13.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 3.7apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 81.4% . In 2008-2009, he played for the Tulsa 66ers (D-League): 2 games: 4.5ppg, 2.0apg, and left team in Dec.2008 and moved back to Matrixx Magix Nijmegen playing 4 games averaging 10.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.0apg, 2.8spg. he took some time to talk to eurobasket during the BEKO BBL Top 4 weekend in Frankfurt.

What was it like playing in the BEKO BBL TOP 4?

This is my first time in Europe, playing in a competition like this. It was great to see all the support that all the teams got with their fans. The atmosphere was great. You dont see that kind of atmosphere in the regular season of the NBA, but come playoff time then you see that same playoff feeling in the NBA.


BG Goettingen lost 71-59 in the semi final. Why was BG Goettingen unable to reach the 2010 BEKO BBL final?

Bamberg is a great team. We had a terrible free throw percentage and missed many shots. Bamberg also made big plays and you cant deny that they are a great team. Not one player really stood out in my mind. They are all great players.

What did it feel like playing a meaningless game at 12:00 on a Sunday against The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven for third place?

Besides fighting fatigue, it was just another game. When you have the chance to play a game, you just have to come out no matter what time the game is. I still had fun playing in this game.

BG Goettingen lost to the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven 90-65. Why did BG Goettingen lose again?

We rested a lot of players and just rested guys. We have a crazy stretch coming up with Oldenburg in a few days as well as the Eurochallenge. We experimented a lot today and worked on things leading up to the Eurochallenge.

You had a good game with 11 points and 10 rebounds. You must have been happy.

I wasnt really that happy with my game today. This game didnt mean so much and even then you have to come to perform and I could have played better.


You are 6.5 and averaged 8.1 rebounds in your last year in college. What makes you such a strong rebounder for your size?

I always am trying to get the ball. I am usually coming from the wing and just try to sneak in and get tap ins or tap the ball. Sometimes the big men are boxing each other out and that will leave me with a better chance of getting the rebound. I have always had a knack for getting the ball since high school.

Jeff Gibbs is the top rebounder at 1.88cm in the BEKO BBL. Do you look at his game to improve?


No I dont really look at his game. Each player has a different game, but Gibb is a great rebounder that is strong and has really long arms. This was the first time that I saw him play and he is blessed.


You have only been with the team for a few months. What can this team still achieve this season?


We feel like we can win the Eurochallenge. We have a great chance at home and just have to play our game, play strong defense and make our shots to be successful.

Thanks Antoine for the chat. Good luck in the Eurochallenge.



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.



Jason Bonne (BG Goettingen) Pregame Thoughts To EWE Baskets Oldenburg Game April 14th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) is a 24 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York. He is playing his third season with MEG Goettingen. He played at New York University (NCAA 3) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 14.1ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.4bpg, 2.9apg, FG: 63.0%, FT: 64.3%. Two seasons ago, he played at Bernau (Regionalliga) before making the jump up three leagues to MEG Goettingen. Last season, he averaged 4.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FG: 53.7%. He took some time to talk to eurobasket after reaching the 2010 BEKO BBL Top 4 with a home win against 2009 BEKO BBL champion EWE Baskets Oldenburg.

What was your summary of the BEKO BBL Cup weekend?


The Cup was an intense experience, we didn't perform as well as we would have liked but just getting a chance to play for that title was unforgettable.

What was your highlight of the weekend?


We didn't have too many highlights as a team but honestly it was probably the fan turnout. People say, and rightfully so, that Germany is a soccer country and not a lot of people support basketball but you wouldn't have known that if you were in that arena. It's good to see.

Have you ever seen such a loud atmosphere at a game that you played in?



I've played in some pretty big games in some pretty big arenas but when the Bamberg and Bremerhaven fans teamed up and started the cheering contest against the Gottingen and Frankfurt fans, it got pretty loud in there.

Do you even remember the last time that BG Goettingen lost 2 games in a row?




Yeah, we've had it once this season with back to back road games at Braunschweig and Bremerhaven but were able to bounce back with a big win at Berlin. We are hoping for a big bounce back against Oldenburg this week.

What were the main reasons for the loss to the Brose Baskets Bamberg?


Bamberg was more aggressive from the beginning and because of that they ended up getting a lot more easy buckets (ft's and layups). By the time our defense showed up, it was too late.

How is your finger doing? Will you play against Oldenburg?

My finger could have literally broke off and I would have found a way to play this week.

BG Goettingen has not lost to Oldenburg this year. Why has BG Goettingen has so much luck against them?



It's never hard to find that extra motivation against the reigning champions but I don't think it's any secret, we match up well with them and can control the pace of the game.

What will be key in winning this game?


Forcing turnovers while taking care of the ball ourselves. Also winning the battle on the boards, like always.

Is Predrag Suput the best player in the BEKO BBL currently?


If he isn't then he should definitely be in the conversation. He had a great weekend and is really capable of lighting it up on offense. But all around best player I wouldn't say so
Thanks Jason fort he chat.



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Kavala/Panorama sign Taquan Dean - by Eurobasket
Kavala/Panorama agreed terms with 27-year old American guard Taquan Dean (193-G-83, college: Louisville). Dean played most recently at Caja Laboral Vitoria (Spain). While playing 3 games for Caja Laboral this season he averaged 1.3rpg. Dean is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Italy, Russia and Spain.
In his first game with Kavala/Panorama, Dean played 26 minutes 12 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
By Eurobasket Data Center


Lans Harris claims Greek A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Lans Harris (196-G-84, agency: Diamond Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for VAP Kolossos and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 26-year old guard had the game-high 21 points adding five rebounds and four assists for his team's victory, helping them to edge out Marousi BC (#3, 16-7) 75-71. VAP Kolossos maintains the 5th position in Greek A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. VAP Kolossos will need more victories to improve their 14-9 record. In the team's last game Harris had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. It's his second year at VAP Kolossos and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Kansas State University graduate is in league's top in points (9th best: 14.7ppg) and 56.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American swingman David Young (196-G/F-81, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM)) of AS Trikalla 2000. Young impressed basketball fans with 24 points and 4 rebounds. Bad luck as Trikalla lost that game 73-81 against Ilysiakos. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the Playoffs. 17 lost games is too many comparing to just six victories Trikalla managed to get this year. Young is one of the most experienced players at Trikalla and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player.

The third best performed player last round was American Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, agency: TNG) of PAOK Marfin Thessaloniki (#6). Gregory scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of PAOK, leading his team to a 82-67 easy win against Peristeri GS. PAOK needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 11 lost games. He has a great season in Greece. After 22 games, Gregory made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.1ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrew Betts (216-C-77) of Aris - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jared Homan (206-C-83) of Marousi BC - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 1 assist
6. Chris Monroe (191-G-81) of PAOK - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Stevan Nadjfeji (202-F-79) of Marousi BC - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist
8. Haywood Owens (204-F-79) of Panellinios - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86) of Panathinaikos - 17 points and 7 rebounds
10. Clifford Hammonds (191-G-85) of Peristeri GS - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists


Nikos Liakopoulos claims Greek A2 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Nikos Liakopoulos (201-F-76, agency: FCM) had an amazing evening in the last round for Perama Armis and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 34-year old forward got a double-double of 29 points and adding eleven assists, while his team beat Egaleo (#16, 6-18) 99-90. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Thanks to this victory Perama moved-up to the 11th position in the Greek A2. Perama 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 10-14 record. Liakopoulos turned to be Perama's top player in his first season with the team. Liakopoulos is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.3ppg and having impressive numbers in assists (1st best: 6.3apg) and FGP (54.3%).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 33-year old Konstantinos Christou (203-C/F-77, agency: FPT Sports) of Xanthi BF Fashion. Christou impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Xanthi lost that game 99-107 to the higher-ranked Olimpiada P. (#4, 15-9). Xanthi managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Christou is a newcomer at Xanthi and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.1ppg (#7). His other stats are also decent: 4.2rpg and 3.1apg.

The third best performed player last round was another Perama Armis' star - Leonida Skoutaris (200-F-76, agency: Delta). Skoutaris scored 28 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was another key player of Perama, helping his team with a 99-90 win against the lower-ranked Egaleo (#16, 6-18). The chances of Perama ranking at the top of the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Skoutaris could bring Perama's position much higher in the standings. Skoutaris has a very solid season. In 24 games in Greece he scored 12.1ppg. He also has FGP: 52.7% and 3PT: 47.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alexandros Panagiotopoulos (202-F-80) of Xanthi - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Fotis Vassilopoulos (187-G-86) of Dafni - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Yannis Gagaloudis (191-G-78) of Olimpiada P. - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Kostas Totsios (191-G-78) of Ikaroi Serron - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Damir Latovic (204-C-80) of AGOR - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
9. G Anagnostopoulos (190-G-81) of Xanthi - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Vassilis Moulakis (180-G-77) of Olimpiada P. - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists


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. Harris, VAP K.14.7 
 8. Kaimakoglou, Marou.14.7 
 9. Monroe, PAOK14.7 
 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. Katsares, Trikalla1.6 
 5. Green, Olimpia L.1.6 
 6. Nikolaidis, AEK1.6 
 7. Dickel, Trikalla1.5 
 8. Hammonds, Perister.1.5 
 9. Diamantidis, Panath.1.5 
 10. Green, AEK1.5 
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 


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Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. GasTerra F. 31-3 
 2. Eiff.Towers 23-11 
 3. Giants 23-12 
 4. ZZ Leiden 22-13 
 5. M.Magix 22-13 
 6. DeFriesland 18-17 
 7. EclipseJet 14-21 
 8. Upstairs Weert 12-23 
 9. Landstede 5-30 
 10. Rotterdam 4-31 


I'm proud to say that I am a Vet - by Alton Mason
This is my 9th season as a Professional Basketball Player in Europe. Yes, I'm proud to say that I am a Vet. I have played in many different countries and although the fundamentals of basketball is basically the same, the style of play varies. I feel blessed that I have had the opportunity to explore the different type of play and feel even more blessed that I have been able to adapt and succeed.
At Arizona State University we had very supportive fans. In the states most professional sports are liked. In my career I have found in Europe that futbol or what we call soccer dominates the pro-sports as far as popularity. I have no problem with that, I enjoy the game as well, but in my career I've found that unless your playing for a country that really admires the game of basketball the fan support can be scarce. For example, I've played games where I had over 30 points and my team won. After the game in the VIP lounge everything is great! The fans and supporters give you your props and carry on warm conversation, then I've also played games that weren't my best and the fans and supporters literally looked at me like who is he? What team does he play for? I don't know him. This is very foreign to me coming from the states where we have die hard fans that will be with you for the good games and bad games. With that, I will say that I do still have fans from all over Europe who reach out to me and support my career, and I appreciate them and keep in touch with them, but at the end of the day the fan support is just not like home. This is my experience in my 9 seasons as a professional basketball player. In my next blog entry I will share the pros and cons of proper respresentation in this game.
I love the game of basketball, I always have. However, in this profession there are many ups and downs. You must be committed, devoted and disciplined to the game. My experience has been mostly positive and I give God the glory for that. I have also experienced some negative situations and those are the issues that go unmentioned. You have to be careful you have the right representation who will truly look out for your best interest....

The blog is maintained by Alton Mason (190-G-77, agency: Stanley International, college: Arizona St.) of EclipseJet


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Danny GIBSON
  ZZ Leiden
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Gibson, ZZ Leiden18.9 
 2. Palmer, Upstairs.18.0 
 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, Giants7.4 
 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.5.1 
 4. Bostain, GasTerra.4.6 
 5. Defares, Giants4.3 
 6. Bauscher, GasTerra.4.3 
 7. Gibson, ZZ Leiden4.2 
 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. Dourisseau, GasTerra.2.6 
 3. Bauscher, 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.0.9 
 8. Richardson, Eiff.Tow.0.8 
 9. Kuijper, ZZ Leiden0.8 
 10. Williams, Landstede0.7 


IN MEMORIAM: Rob Meurs - by Fred Roggen
A very sad day for NBA & European basketball with the loss of Rob Meurs who died, April 11th, in a motorcycle accident on his way back from AST Tournament in
Mannheim. Rob Meurs was the founder and long time president of COURT VISION, a basketball scouting agency. Rob Meurs was later also hired by NIKE and Adidas and his company Court Vision acted as a consultant for a large number of teams (both professional and non-professional) and Basketball Federations all over the world.
He was widely known as an expert in the world of international basketball. he started as the first international scout for an NBA team. Over the years he scouted for the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and lately for the New Jersey Nets. He was the first European scout to be hired by an NBA team (back in 1987). He would work for the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and the New Jersey Nets. Rob played an important part in the influx of foreign players into both the NBA and the NCAA since the early 90s of the last century.
All our thoughts to his family, to his wife, to his 2 kids


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  ITALY   


Nuova AMG Sebastiani banned from Serie A - by Gianni Pascucci
The Italian Basketball Federation (FIP) Justice officially announced yesterday that NSB Napoli, formely known as NSB Sebastiani Rieti, has been banned from Serie A due to unpayed taxes. According with the FIP statement, the team officials had been adviced some weeks ago of their insolvency, but no payment has been made after that time. This is the end of the 'tragic comedy' in which team owner Gaetano Papalia dragged some young players and a good professional coach, who all are 'not guilty' for the poor performing showed in last months, giving a distorted image of Italian basketball

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  KYRGYZSTAN   


Standing
D1 Standings
 1. Dynamo Frunze 0-0 
 2. Kokzhal-KNU 0-0 
 3. Students 0-0 
 4. Turkmenistan 0-0 
 5. Tulpar 0-0 
 6. Mobile Seti 0-0 
 7. Ak-Bars 0-0 


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  LATVIA   


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Barons 18-4 
 2. Liepaja 10-12 
 3. Valmiera 10-12 
 4. VEF Riga 7-3 
 5. Ventspils 6-4 
 6. Zemgale 3-19 
 7. Keizarmezs 0-18 


Ventspils joins VEF Riga in semi-finals - by Arturs Butans
Latvian Basketball League champions BK Ventspils have joined VEF Riga in semi-finals, after taking down BK Zemgale Jelgava in quarter final series.
First half was good for home supporters, because BK Zemgale Jelgava shooted very well from long distance and after halftime BK Ventspils earned just a little lead - 40:48. Second half started with BK Ventspils teriffic offense which continued in the fourth quarter and BK Ventspils was able to win despite the poor perfomance in the first half. BK Zemgale Jelgava battle well but just wasn't good enough. Ronalds Zakis (207-F/C-87) was unstopable and contributed his team win with 17 points, Mateo Kedzo added 16. Ilmars Bergmanis (184-G-81) was the best man of BK Zemgale Jelgava scoring 15 points, but Jekabs Rozitis ) added 14 and Salvis Metra (194-G/F-84) 13 points.



Valmiera rolles in to the 1/2 final - by Arturs Butans
In the second game of the Latvian Basketball League play-off tournament, SK Valmiera beat their main rival Liepajas Lauvas.
Liepajas Lauvas started the game better, and after halftime had a solid lead - 47:39. In third quarter both teams showed some great defence and Liepajas Lauvas enlarge their lead by 1 point, and after third quarter result still with solid difference - 66:57. Last quarter was the game turing point, where SK Valmiera scored 28 points, and were able to squeeze the thrilling victory over Liepajas Lauvas, because of Sandis Amolins (190-G/F-81) made three point shoot. Final result - 85:83.
Daviin Davis (193-F-85) was the best player for SK Valmiera scoring 18 points, but Kaspars Cipruss (210-C-82) helped with 17 points. Edgars Jeromanovs (186-G-86) was the best of Liepajas Lauvas squad scoring 18 points.


SK Valmiera won the quarter-final series by 2:0 and will play in semi-final against regular seasons champions - BK Barons Riga.


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  LEBANON   


Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 19-3 
 2. Champville 18-4 
 3. Hoops 14-8 
 4. Moutahed 13-9 
 5. Sagesse 8-14 
 6. Anibal 3-11 
 7. Kahraba 3-19 
 8. Antranik 2-12 


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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, Siauliai17.5 
 6. Janavicius, Aisciai16.6 
 7. Kelys, Perlas16.1 
 8. Gvezdauskas, Nevez.16.0 
 9. Bjelica, Lietuvos.14.9 
 10. Ezerskis, Techasas14.7 
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. Adomaitis, Alytus A.7.1 
 9. Cepukaitis, Aisciai7.1 
 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, Siauliai5.3 
 5. Janavicius, Aisciai4.5 
 6. Kelys, Perlas4.5 
 7. Ezerskis, Techasas4.5 
 8. Maceina, Rudupis4.4 
 9. Jomantas, Lietuv.4.2 
 10. Maceina, Techasas4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Andrius ALEKSANDROVAS
  Alytus Alita
  (197-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Aleksandrova., Alytus A.2.6 
 2. Kelys, Perlas2.2 
 3. Valukonis, Aisciai2.2 
 4. Jomantas, Lietuv.2.1 
 5. Lipkevicius, Aisciai2.0 
 6. Vileita, Rudupis2.0 
 7. Dabkus, Rudupis2.0 
 8. Dainys, Rudupis1.9 
 9. Ginevicius, Lietuv.1.9 
 10. Vilkius, Neptunas1.9 
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. Tatarunas, Alytus A.1.1 
 9. Volkus, Techasas1.0 
 10. Dimsa, Nevezis0.9 


Bajramovic's 25 points and 6 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old forward Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) put on an amazing game in the last round for Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius and it's enough to give him a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1 (Quarter-Finals).
He had the game-high 25 points adding six rebounds for his team's victory, helping them to beat Perlas (#8, 11-13) 92-86. Bajramovic just recently signed at Lietuvos Rytas, being already a very valuable addition to the team.

Second best performed player last round was Derrick Low (188-G-86, agency: Excel Sports Mngm) of BC Siauliai. He is American guard in his first season at Siauliai. In the last game Low recorded impressive 24 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead Siauliai to another comfortable win outscoring Techasas 113-89.Low is a newcomer at Siauliai and quickly became the teams's new leader.

Third place about best performers goes to another BC Siauliai's star - forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (204-F-89). Kuzminskas scored 24 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was another key player of Siauliai, helping his team with a 113-89 easy win against Techasas. He has a great season in Lithuania. After 21 games, Kuzminskas made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.5ppg (5th best). He also has FGP: 65.1% and 3PT: 40.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Arvydas Siksnius (196-F-87 of Siauliai - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Martynas Pocius (196-G-86 of Zalgiris - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Vaidotas Volkus (203-F-85 of Techasas - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Mindaugas Zukauskas (202-F-75 of Siauliai - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86 of Zalgiris - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Jonas Elvikis (195-F-82 of Juventus - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88 of Lietuvos Rytas - 21 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist


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  NABL   


Portland State University record setting forward Jamie Jones signs with Stampede - by Joe Becerra
Salem, Oregon-For immediate release: April 13, 2010

Contact Info: Joe Becerra-President/General Manager
3575 Fairview Industrial Drive
Salem, Oregon 97302 (503) 559-6191
gm@salemstampede.com

Jamie Jones (6'7''-F-87, college: Portland) a 67 senior forward from Portland State University has joined the Salem Stampede.
Jones set the all time PSU record for blocked shots in a season this year with 75. Jones led the
Big Sky conference in rebounds, blocked shots and double doubles. In conference play his averages
were 16.1 ppg. 9.3 rpg. and 2.6 blocks per game. He also shot .583 from the field which ranked
him number three in the nation. Jones was named to the Big Sky all conference first team.

He has very quick feet and knows how to get to the basket and finish. He will be one of the best one on one
players in the NABL. I have been watching him since Jeremiah Dominguez (5'6''-G-85, college: Portland St.) (the current Stampede point guard) and he were together
at the University of Portland. He really competes hard and plays both sides of the ball at an extremely high level.
we are very excited to get Jamie in the lineup and working with the rest of our guys
announced Stampede President/General Manager Joe Becerra.

Jones will make his pro debut this Friday April 16th at the HOOP in Salem with a 7:30 tip off.
The Stampede will host the Portland Showtime. The Showtime come into the game as one
of the early favorites to win the NABL league title. They are led by Oregon State seniors
Seth and Josh Tarver (6'3''-G). They also feature Jones teammates from PSU Julius Thomas (6'5''-F-88, college: Portland St.) and
Dominic Waters (6'1''-G-86, college: Portland St.).

Salem is currently 2-0 on the season. They travel to Seattle on Saturday to take on the
Snohomish County Explosion at the Monroe Events Center.

The Stampede is the Capital citys first ever professional basketball team.
Salem is the number one ranked team in the National Athletic Basketball League.
The Stampede captured the 2007 IBL Southwest Division Championship and
finished the season with a league best record of 19-4, including 11-0 at home.
www.salemstampede.com



Rainmakers host Showtime in a Rose City battle-release opening night roster - by Joe Becerra
National Athletic Basketball League- Press Release
Saturday, April 10
Cross Town Rival Weekend Game II- Tualatin Rainmakers vs Portland Showtime



Tualatin, Oregon April 10th 2010- Press Release The Rainmakers will host cross town rivals Portland Showtime in a first for both expansion organizations tonight at the Heritage Activity Center as the NABL late game of the evening with tip-off at 8:30pm.

The Tualatin Rainmakers have also released the roster for the season opener.

Cody Tesoro (6'0''-G, college: Linfield), Jaxin Skyward (6'0''-G), and Jordan Whittenburg (6'3''-G-85, college: NW Christian) will lead the Rainmakers attack. All three will be contenders for the league lead in three point field goals. Look for 60-80 points a night from this trio.

Travis Derochowski (6'9''-C, college: Montana St.) and player/coach Heath Bailey (6'11''-C-81, college: Angelo St.) will man the middle and be the NABL version of 'Twin Towers'.

Doug Lamb (6'1''-G-81, college: W.Oregon), Adrian Russell (6'8''-F/C, college: Cascade), Chris Hoyt (6'5''-G/F, college: S.Oregon) and Steve Reed (6'4''-G-74) are solid IBLveterans that are capable of big scoring nights and know how to win. These four will be looked upon to add playmaking and leadership to the Rainmakers season.

Tyrone White owner of the Portland Showtime looks to bring in his highly rated pre-season team and will see if they can back up the expectation over local
coaching sensation Ryan Menten of the Rainmakers. ' We are looking forward to Saturday's game. We will try and display our style of ball from the start.
Fast break, share the ball and pressure D' stated White. ' We have been having some very competetive practices and we are ready for our first test'
With Seth Tarver (6'5''-G/F, college: Oregon St.) and Josh Tarver (6'3''-G) leading a Portland group that may be the most talented from 1-12 in the NABL

look for some up tempo ball.

'We like our chances tonight', says Menten ' and most importantly the Rainmakers organization wants to take the time tonight as our opener and recognize Beaverton. We will not be wearing our official uniforms tonight as the league has allowed us to pay our respects to the Beaverton Basketball program and what it has done in the community and in the state. Showing a reflection on the program as a whole we are honored to be wearing these uniforms in honor tonight. '

Look for both teams to put on a great show. Both organizations have put together coaching staffs that are second to none with rosters that are loaded with talent.
The Showtime and the Rainmakers look for a great opening season game and a Rose city rivalry that is just beginning to start.

Tualatin Roster

Active Roster
Name: Height:
Deonte Compton (5'10''-G) 5'10''
Cody Tesoro 6'1''
Cedric Green 6'2''
Doug Lamb 6'3''
Jaxin Skyward 6'2'
Steve Reed 6'4''
Jordan Whittenburg 6'4''
Tavar Nesbitt 6'5''
Chris Hoyt 6'6''
Adrian Russell 6'9''
Heath Bailey 6'10''
Travis Derochowski 6'10''
Head Coach: Ryan Menten
Asst. Coaches: Heath Bailey, David Walker



Dunn hits 1000 point mark in Stampede win - by Joe Becerra
Salem, Oregon April 3rd 2010- Press Release The NABL is the league that the best players play in for spring basketball and the Salem Stampede is loaded from top to bottom with talent. The Stampede controlled the glass, shot well from the the three point line and watched it's bench contribute 74 points in a 145-95 win over the Snohomish County Explosion Explosion.
The NABL season did not start off very well for the Explosion who where one of the top IBL teams last year finishing fourth in the 2009 Playoffs. Head coach Chris Weakley who has been with the Explosion organization since 2007, the inaugural season, has never faced such a defeat like this and will look to re-evaluate all aspects of the team before the home opener April 10th in Monroe.
Salem was led by Jeff Dunn (6'5''-G-83, college: Corban) with 23 points 7 rebounds and 5 assists. It was a historic night for Dunn and the Salem Stampede franchise. Dunn entered the game with 987 points
in a Stampede uniform. True to form the 6'6' inch sharpshooter delivered on cue. With 5:17 to go in the first half Dunn hit a 35 foot bomb for his fifth three pointer of the half.
It was also his 15th point of the game allowing him to hit the milestone. Dunn is the all time leading scorer in franchise history with 1010 points in 45 games.
Cameron Mitchell (6'7''-F/C, college: Willamette) was very impressive for the Stampede and finished with 22 points and 16 rebounds. Jeremiah Dominguez added his second consecutive double double finishing with 15 points and 10 assists.
Anthony Slater (5'9''-G-79, college: Florida Atlantic) for the Explosion had 21 points and Sultan high school standout Shawn Wolters, college: Everett CC) had an Explosion game high with 23 points in his rookie debut. The Stampede improve to 2-0 on the season as Snohomish County Explosion drops to 0-1.
Snohomish County Explosion will host the Seattle Mountaineers Saturday April 10th. Salem will face the Portland Showtime April 16th at the HOOP in Salem.


Box Score:

Salem Stampede
# Name Points

2 Jeremiah Dominguez 15

3 Ryan Schmidt 9

8 Michael Tabb 11

20 Hiro Oga 4

21 Ryan Skinner 11

22 Jeff Dunn 23

23 Matt Larson DP

31 Matt Schmidt 16
32 Matt Espinoza 16
33 Antone Jarrell (6'7''-F, college: Portland St.) 10
42 Cameron Mitchell 22

44 Willie Freeman 8
Total 145
Head Coach: Price Johnson (First year)
Asst.Coach: James Westbrook
Asst.Coach: Marty Branch
President/General Manager: Joe Becerra




Snohomish County Explosion Explosion
# Name Points
20 Michael Boyle 5
23 Sean Carter DNP
3 Chris Ferguson 12
44 Devon Greene DNP
6 Caleb Law 2
35 Patrick Mattson 16
55 Sanjey Noriega 14
1 Anthony Slater 21
11 Artem Tarasov 0
5 Thomas Tomsic 2
42 Rob Usison 0

99 Shawn Wolters 23
Total 95

Head Coach: Chris Weakley (Second year)
Asst.Coach: Quantez Gurley (Second year)
Vice President Basketball Operations: Susan Goettsch
Web Site: www.explosionbasketball.net



NABL Rivalry weekend recap - by Joe Becerra

Seattle, Washington - April 12th 2010- PressRelease - In Game One of the NABL rivalry weekend Rashad Powell (6'6''-G-81, college: Idaho) (6'6'-G-81,college: Idaho) poured in 48 points to lead the Seattle Mountaineers to a154-103 win against host Snohomish County. Powells big night included 6-10 shooting from behind thearc and 12-12 free throws. He added 8assists and 6 rebounds in a true all star performance. Seattle jumped out to a 38-20 lead after the firstquarter and never looked back. MannyKennedy added 16 points and 15 rebounds. While Chad Troyer chipped in another 16points for the Mountaineers.

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

Snohomish is looking to regroup after two earlylosses. Devon Greene (6'6'-G/F-84,college: Grand Canyon) the leading scorer in the IBLlast 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 Fridayand Seattle goes to Tacoma Saturday looking for its second win in a row.

Game Two of the rivalry match ups saw two Portlandarea 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 a110-107 victory over the Portland Showtime. The game marked the first evergame for both franchises.

Both teams established that they will contend forthe NABL title. Tualatin led most of thehalf 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 adouble pick and caught the ball on the run and floated a money ball through thehoop for the lead. Portlands Anthony Lackey (6'6'-F-80,college: Portland St.) then barely missed a catch and shoot attempt at thebuzzer that would have sent the game into overtime.

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

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

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



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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.28.1 
 4. Bryant, LA Lakers27.0 
 5. Wade, Miami Heat26.6 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.25.3 
 7. Nowitzki, Dallas M.25.1 
 8. Granger, Indiana P.24.3 
 9. Bosh, Toronto R.24.0 
 10. Stoudemire, Phoeni.23.2 
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. Gasol, LA Lakers11.2 
 6. Boozer, Utah Jazz11.2 
 7. Love, Minnesota T.11.0 
 8. Noah, Chicago B.11.0 
 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.9.7 
 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
 Monta ELLIS
  Golde State W.
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ellis, Golde S.2.3 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.3 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.1 
 4. Curry, Golde S.1.9 
 5. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 6. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 7. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
 8. Davis, LA Clippers1.7 
 9. Iguodala, Philadel.1.7 
 10. Watson, Golde S.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. Haywood, Dallas M.2.0 
 6. Camby, LA Clippers2.0 
 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. 50-31 
 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. 40-41 
 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. Utah Jazz 53-28 
 2. Denver N. 53-29 
 3. Portland TB 50-31 
 4. Oklah.City T. 49-32 
 5. Minnesota T. 15-66 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 57-24 
 2. Phoenix Suns 53-28 
 3. LA Clippers 28-53 
 4. Golde State W. 25-56 
 5. Sacramento K. 25-57 
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 


Monday's games (11) review - by Eurobasket News
Atlanta H. - Milwaukee B. 104-96
Joe Johnson (6'8''-F-81, college: Arkansas) scored 31 points and the Hawks beat Milwaukee 104-96 on Monday night, solidifying their spot as the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. Marvin Williams (6'9''-F-86, college: N.Carolina) collected 18 pts in this win. On the other side, the hosts got 28 points from John Salmons.

Minnesota T. - San Antonio S. 111-133
Keith Bogans (6'5''-G-80, college: Kentucky) scored 17 points and Tim Duncan (6'10''-F-76, college: Wake Forest) had 16, and the Spurs kept some control over their playoff future in the close Western Conference race with a 133-111 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night. Sasha Pavlovic scored 16 points in defeat.

Memphis G. - Denver N. 101-123
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) and Hilario Nene (6'10''-C-82) guided the Nuggets to a big lead and then watched as J.R. Smith and Aaron Afflalo closed out Denver's 123-101 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night. Smith scored 26, Affalo had 22 points and 13 rebs, Anthony added 21 and Hilario Nene had 20 pts. Mike Conley answered with 22 points in defeat.

Orlando M. - Indiana P. 118-98
Vince Carter (6'5''-G-77, college: N.Carolina) scored 21 points to help Orlando beat the Indiana Pacers 118-98 on Monday night for their fifth straight win. Jameer Nelson (6'0''-G-82, college: St.Joseph's) had 15 points, eight assists and seven rebounds and Rashard Lewis scored 14 points for the Magic. On the other side, A.J. Price delivered 19 points in defeat.

Miami Heat - Philadelph.76 107-105
Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) scored 30 points and made the big assist to Udonis Haslem for the go-ahead basket with 1.3 seconds left to lift the Heat to their eighth straight road win, 107-105 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night. Quentin Richardson (6'5''-F-80, college: DePaul) helped with 15 points and 12 rebounds. The hosts got 24 pts from Jason Kapono.

Toronto R. - Detroit P. 111-97
Andrea Bargnani (6'10''-F/C-85) had 33 points, Amir Johnson (6'9''-F/C-87) scored a career-high 26 and Toronto beat the Pistons 111-97 on Monday night to snap a five-game losing streak. Jarrett Jack collected 15 points and 12 assists. Ben Gordon posted 24 points for the hosts.

Charlotte B. - New Jersey N. 105-95
Stephen Jackson (6'8''-F-78, college: Butler Co.CC) had 17 points and nine rebounds to lead the Bobcats, but the story of the game for Charlotte was its bench. It outscored New Jersey 50-4 with Gerald Henderson (6'4''-G/F-87, college: Duke) getting 14 points, Tyrus Thomas 13 and D.J. Augustin 11. Devin Harris had 22 points and Terrence Williams added 21 and 13 rebounds for the Nets, who finished 655-518 in the Meadowlands.

Oklah.City T. - Portland TB 95-103
Marcus Camby (6'11''-F/C-74, college: Massachusetts) stepped up for the winning squad with 30 points and 13 rebounds. Andre Miller (6'3''-G-76, college: Utah) followed him with 22 points and 7 assists, while LaMarcus Aldridge added 15 pts in this victory. Visitors got 30 points from Kevin Durant.

Houston R. - Sacramento K. 117-107
Kevin Martin (6'7''-G/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: W.Carolina) was a key player in victory as he scored 39 points. Trevor Ariza (6'8''-F-85, college: UCLA) also had very important role with 29 points and 5 rebounds, while Kyle Lowry added 14 points and 11 assists. On the other side, the Kings got 24 points and 6 boards from rookie Tyreke Evans.

Dallas M. - LA Clippers 117-94
Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) scored 25 points in 22 minutes, Shawn Marion (6'7''-F-78, college: UNLV) added 21 points in his return from an injury and the Mavericks kept a firm grip on the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs with a 117-94 win over the Clippers on Monday night. Chris Kaman collected 17 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

Washington W. - New York K. 103-114
Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) scored all of his 24 points in the second half, Lee had 26 and the New York Knicks rallied for a 114-103 victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday night. Toney Douglas (6'1''-G-86, college: Florida St.) netted 16 pts. Mike Miller collected 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in loss.


Sad Loss For The NBA And FIBA - by Ozell Wells
A very sad day for NBA & European basketball with the loss of Rob Meurs who died, April 11th, in a motorcycle accident on his way back from AST Tournament in Mannheim. Rob Meurs was the founder and long time president of COURT VISION, a basketball scouting agency. He was widely known as an expert in the world of international basketball. he started as the first international scout for an NBA team. Over the years he scouted for the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and lately for the New Jersey Nets.
source: http://www.sportsbrite.com/



Rockets sign Alexander Johnson, waive Hilton Armstrong - by Eurobasket News
The Houston Rockets signed forward Alexander Johnson (6'10''-F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida St.) from the developmental league and waived forward Hilton Armstrong (6'10''-C/F-84, college: Connecticut) on Friday.

The six-foot-nine Johnson averaged 23 points and 11 rebounds in 22 games with Sioux Falls during the D-League regular season. He was 12th in the D-League in scoring average and was tied for seventh in the league in rebounding.

The 6-11 Armstrong came to Houston in the three-team deal that sent Tracy McGrady to New York at the trade deadline. He appeared in nine games for the Rockets.


Courtesy of www.canadaeast.com


Suns recall Taylor Griffin from D-League, Kings exercise Paul Westphal option for 2011-12 season - by Eurobasket News
The Suns have again recalled rookie forward Taylor Griffin (6'7''-F-86, college: Oklahoma) from Phoenix's Iowa affiliate in the NBA Development League. Griffin last was assigned to Iowa on April 7, his third stint with the Energy. He played in all three games, the last two as a starter, in Iowa's 2-1 series playoff victory over Utah. Griffin was the Suns' second-round pick, the 48th selection overall.

The Sacramento Kings picked up the option on first-year coach Paul Westphal on Monday, keeping him under contract through the 2011-12 season.

Its very gratifying, Westphal said before the Kings played their final home game of the season against Houston. It shows that the ownership and management and coaching staff and players have taken a step in the direction that everybody wants this franchise to go. Its rare in this league when you can have all those entities pretty much on the same page. Its very nice.

Westphal signed a two-year deal with the club option after the Kings finished an NBA-worst 17-65 last season. He has helped lead the team to 25 wins heading into Mondays second-to-last game of the season, a solid improvement over last years franchise worst season when the Kings had the worst record in the NBA.

Were all excited about the new direction Paul has given our team and his ability to keep our players focused during the course of the season, president of basketball operations Geoff Petrie said. I think hes done a tremendous job of helping us turn the corner.

But there is still plenty of work to be done as the Kings entered Mondays game tied with Golden State for the second-worst record in the Western Conference.

After getting off to a 14-16 start this season, the Kings have struggled in the second half as the schedule got tougher and the young players struggled at times with the rigors of the NBA. This marked the fourth straight season Sacramento failed to make the postseason after an eight-year run of playoff berths.

Were not good enough yet. Thats all it is, he said Were trying. I think weve played well. When youre looking at a conference where theres probably eight 50-win teams and two others that are over .500 and were the youngest team in basketball coming off a 17-win season. You dont judge this team on if you make the playoffs and knock off the Lakers in the first round. You judge this team on whether its improved or not. I think it clearly has improved.

The biggest development this season has been the play of rookie point guard Tyreke Evans, who is closing in on an impressive milestone. With 24 points in the final two games, Evans will join Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan and LeBron James as the only rookies in NBA history to average at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists per game.

He has been remarkably consistent all season, scoring in double figures in 63 of the past 66 games. Evans is in a tight race with Golden States Stephen Curry and Milwaukees Brandon Jennings for the billing as the leagues top rookie.

Theres no doubt to me, Westphal said. Thats not to take anything away from the excellent year other plays have had. I really think his consistent excellence on top of that fact that hes joining this select club of three other players to accomplish what he has accomplished makes his case. Its pretty hard for anybody to expect him not to win it after that kind of achievement.


Courtesy of www.taragana.com


Bulls waive Jerome James, sign Rob Kurz - by Eurobasket News
The Bulls have waived veteran center Jerome James (7'1''-C-75, college: Florida A&M) and signed forward Robert Kurz (6'9''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) for the remainder of the season.

James came to the Bulls in a trade with the New York Knicks in February 2009, but never appeared in a game for the Bulls because of a right Achilles tendon he ruptured earlier that season.

Kurz, a former Notre Dame player, averaged 17.5 points and 10.1 rebounds in 39 games for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League. He also played for Golden State during the 2008-09 season, averaging 3.9 points and 2.0 rebounds in 40 games.
The Bulls announced the moves on Friday.


Courtesy of http://cbs2chicago.com


Wizards sign Cedric Jackson for rest of season, Nuggets sign Brian Butch and Coby Karl - by Eurobasket News
Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced that the team has signed guard Cedric Jackson (6'3''-G-86, college: Cleveland St.) for the reminder of the season. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not announced. Jackson originally signed with Washington on March 31. Jackson has averaged 1.3 points in three games for the Wizards. The NBA regular season ends Wednesday.

The Denver Nuggets have signed C Brian Butch (6'11''-F/C-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) and G Coby Karl (6'5''-G-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Boise St.), team Vice President of Basketball Operations Mark Warkentien announced today. We assume these are nonguaranteed, short-term contracts but will update this tonight.
Butch, 6-11, 240, averaged 17.7 ppg and 11.9 rpg in 39 games for the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League this season. The University of Wisconsin product also was named MVP of the 2010 NBDL All-Star game after scoring 18 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.
Karl, 6-5, 215, averaged 19.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 26 games for the Idaho Stampede of the D-League. He joined the Stampede after being waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Jan. 6. Karl later signed a 10-day contract with Golden State and averaged 7.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists in four games for the Warriors. On Feb. 2, Karl had 12 points, seven assists and seven rebounds all career-highs against the Houston Rockets.
Karl, undrafted out of Boise State University, also played 17 games for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2007-08 season, and he was a member of the Nuggets 2009 summer-league team, averaging 15.0 points and 4.4 rebounds.
The Nuggets roster now stands at the league-maximum 15 players.
Butch and Karl represent the 37th and 38th call-ups to the NBA this season.


Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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New Marshall coach Herrion gets $394,000 salary in five-year deal - by Eurobasket News
Marshall basketball coach Tom Herrion will be paid $394,000 annually under the terms of his new five-year contract.

The school didn't release details of Herrion's contract when he was introduced Saturday as the replacement for Donnie Jones, who left last month for Central Florida. The Associated Press obtained the contract Monday under a Freedom of Information Act request.

Herrion's base salary is $226,000. He'll also be paid $90,300 for weekly television and radio shows and $70,000 for appearances on behalf of Marshall's athletic fundraising arm.

Included in the deal are a country club membership and a $1,500 stipend for cell phone use.

The 42-year-old Herrion spent the past three seasons on Jamie Dixon's staff at Pittsburgh before taking over the Thundering Herd.


Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Tar Heels' Davis declares for NBA draft - by Eurobasket News
North Carolina forward Ed Davis (6'10''-F-89) is skipping his final two seasons of eligibility to enter the NBA draft.

The 6-foot-10 forward was the team's second-leading scorer. He was also the Tar Heels' top rebounder and shot blocker before missing the last 13 games with a broken left wrist sustained against Duke in February.

In a statement from the school, Davis said he is pursuing a 'lifelong dream of playing in the NBA' and that he would continue to work toward his degree.

Davis averaged 13.4 points and 9.6 rebounds this year and was a key reserve as a freshman in North Carolina's run to the 2009 national championship. He had 11 points and eight rebounds in 14 minutes against Michigan State in that title game.


Courtesy of www.mercurynews.com


West Virginia's Ebanks entering draft - by Eurobasket News
West Virginia forward Devin Ebanks (6'9''-F) is skipping his final two years of eligibility to enter the NBA draft.

The 6-foot-9 sophomore made the announcement Monday, after speaking to his mother and the Mountaineers' coaching staff. West Virginia basketball spokesman Bryan Messerly said Ebanks has not hired an agent but plans to do so soon.

'We have decided that I should explore my options to pursue a dream that I have had since I was a little kid,' Ebanks said. 'I want to thank West Virginia University, my coaches, my teammates and all the great fans.'

Ebanks was considered West Virginia's top defender and averaged 12 points and a team-leading 8.1 rebounds last season. The Mountaineers finished 31-7, advancing to the Final Four before losing to eventual national champion Duke in Indianapolis.

'I certainly enjoyed coaching Devin for two years,' said West Virginia coach Bob Huggins. 'He was extremely coachable and was a great teammate. We certainly wish him the best for a long and prosperous career.'


Courtesy of ESPN (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/draft2010/news/story?id=5078380)


Ole Miss extends Kennedy's contract through 2014 - by Eurobasket News
The contract of Ole Miss head basketball coach Andy Kennedy (agency: KMG Sports Management ) has been extended by two years.

Athletics Director Pete Boone said on Monday Kennedy's contract will now run through April 2014.

In four seasons, Kennedy has a record of 85-50 with two SEC West titles and a pair of NIT Final Four appearances. Kennedy came to Ole Miss from Cincinnati.

The Rebels went 24-11 this year.

Kennedy is the second coach at Ole Miss and ninth in SEC history to lead his team to three 20-win seasons in his first four seasons.


Courtesy of http://blog.gulflive.com


Syracuse's Johnson enters NBA draft; plans to hire agent - by Eurobasket News
When Wesley Johnson (6'7''-F-87) was asked what he thought Syracuse fans would remember most about him, he chose personal over performance.

'My smile,' Johnson said Monday, beaming as usual as he announced he was declaring for the NBA draft and hiring an agent.

Fans also will remember the blocks, dunks, 3-pointers, rebounds and steals -- plus the unselfishness the Big East player of the year displayed every time he took the floor.

Johnson, one of only a handful of four-year transfers Jim Boeheim has accepted in his 34 years as head coach, averaged a team-leading 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds while starting all 35 games in 2009-10. The 6-foot-7 small forward, who spent two years at Iowa State, is considered a potential lottery pick, maybe even a top 5 choice.

'I'm still speechless about it,' Johnson said.

In making the announcement that everyone expected and Syracuse fans dreaded, Johnson said it was a difficult decision because he enjoyed school and his teammates. He said he would continue taking classes and expects to graduate this summer.

'I think my mom, my family will be pleased by that,' he said.

Johnson said that before making the decision to skip his final year of eligibility, he talked at length with his family, Boeheim and assistant coach Rob Murphy, who recruited Johnson and has become close to the Orange star.

Boeheim declined to comment, preferring to let Johnson have the spotlight to himself. Johnson's teammates were happy and saddened by the news.

'I'm happy for him. It's the right decision for him, his family,' Orange guard Scoop Jardine said. 'We had a great year with Wes. What more can we ask for?'

Johnson, who sat out last season because of NCAA rules, blossomed into one of the best players in the nation under Boeheim.

'He's just a solid player, good night in and night out, and he's quiet about it,' Boeheim said at midseason. 'He's the most unselfish player I've ever coached.'

Lightly recruited out of high school in Corsicana, Texas, Johnson almost became lost in the sometimes shady world of prep school basketball. After committing to play at Louisiana-Monroe in 2005, he changed his mind when the coach who recruited him left. Johnson briefly considered junior college in Texas before opting to go to prep school to improve his standardized test scores and maybe his college of choice.

Johnson made stops at the Patterson School in North Carolina, Eldon Academy in Michigan, and lived with his brother in Detroit before committing to Iowa State.

If not for Kevin Durant, Johnson likely would have been Big 12 freshman of the year in 2006-07, when he started 30 games for the Cyclones and averaged more than 12 points and nearly eight rebounds. But after an injury-plagued sophomore season Johnson had a falling-out with the coaching staff and transferred.

After sitting the requisite year but making an impact in Syracuse practices, Johnson burst on the national scene again in November, earning most outstanding player honors at the 2K Sports Classic tournament. He scored 42 points and grabbed 19 rebounds in lopsided victories over California and defending national champion North Carolina at Madison Square Garden.

Despite a hard fall in a game against Providence in early February that limited his mobility, then an injury to his right (shooting) hand a week later against Connecticut, Johnson did not miss a game and helped lead Syracuse to a No. 1 ranking in the AP poll the first week in March. Syracuse was just the sixth team to go from unranked in the opening poll to No. 1.

Fully healed by the time postseason play began, Johnson led the Orange to easy victories over Vermont and Gonzaga in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, scoring a career-high 31 points and snaring 14 rebounds against the Zags. Syracuse finished 30-5 after losing to Butler in the round of 16.

Johnson was a finalist for the Naismith Trophy, presented each year by the Atlanta Tipoff Club to the top college basketball player in the nation. He was also a contender for the Wooden Award and the Oscar Robertson Trophy, presented to the nation's top player by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

'He's a player that can do it all,' Jardine said. 'He didn't get a lot of credit for how good he is on the defensive end. He's going to be an exciting player next year to watch.'


Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


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Banchero, Poole Selected to Division II Bulletin All-American Team - by Sanjey Noriega
Seattle Pacific's Chris Banchero (6'1''-G) was the top selection from the GNAC on the Division II Bulletin All-American basketball team. Banchero was named to the Bulletin's second team.
Joining Banchero, who earlier was named to the first team NABC All-American squad, on the Division II Bulletin team was Saint Martin's forward Blake Poole (6'5''-C). Both players are juniors.

Poole, who led the conference in scoring (21.0), rebounding (12.2) and field goal percentage (60.7), was an honorable mention pick. Banchero was the conference's top scorer in conference games (21.2) edging Poole by one point (21.1).

NABC (Coaches): First Team - Chris Banchero, Seattle Pacific (G, 6-0, Jr., Seattle, WA). Daktronics (SIDs): No GNAC player selected. Division II Bulletin: Second Team - Chris Banchero, Seattle Pacific (G, 6-0, Jr., Seattle, WA). Honorable Mention Blake Poole, Saint Martin's (F, 6-5, Jr., Eugene, OR).



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Maxey's a double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
32-year old forward Erron Maxey (198-F-78, agency: Luminous International) put on an amazing game in the last round for Wellington Saints and it's enough to give him a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
He had a double-double of 23 points and adding 13 rebounds, while his team outclassed Taranaki (#6, 4-3) with 27-point margin 98-71. Despite this victory Wellington dropped to the 5th position in New Zealand league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Wellington will need more victories to improve their 4-3 record. In the team's last game Maxey had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Wellington, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Providence College graduate is in league's top in , rebounds (7th best: 8.3rpg), 54.8% FGP and 43.9% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Rene Rougeau (198-G-86) of Smokefree Southland Sharks. He is American guard in his first (recently joined) season at Southland Sharks. In the last game Rougeau recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Southland Sharks was edged by the higher-ranked Nelson (#3, 5-2) 74-72 Southland Sharks managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-5 record. Rougeau is one of the most experienced players at Southland Sharks and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Richard Jeter (198-G/F-80, agency: Pro Skills Sports) of McDonalds Manawatu Jets (#9). Jeter scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Jeter's great performance Manawatu lost 73-95 to the higher-ranked Waikato (#1, 6-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other temmates. Manawatu can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awsul season losing so far all 5 games. Too bad for Jeter 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 New Zealand. After only 5 games, Jeter made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.8ppg (1st best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Demarshay Johnson (206-F/C-82 of Taranaki - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Alex Pledger (216-C-87 of Waikato - 22 points and 9 rebounds
6. Tyler Amaya (199-F-82 of Otago - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assist
7. Hayden Allen (187-G-79 of Waikato - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Lindsay Tait (194-G-82 of Wellington - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist
9. Josh Pace (198-G-83 of Bay Hawks - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Michael Harrison (206-F/C-84 of Nelson - 19 points and 8 rebounds


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


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Metropolitan League Standings
Metropolitan L. Standings
Top 5
 1. Libertad 3-1 
 2. Olimpia 3-1 
 3. Sol de Amer. 2-2 
 4. Felix Perez 2-2 
 5. D.San Jose 0-4 
Copa Estadio Comuneros
 1. Ciudad Nueva 0-0 
 2. Univ.Autonoma 0-0 
 3. Sportivo SL 0-0 
 4. Cerro Porteno 0-0 
 5. Univ.Catolica 0-0 
 6. Dep.Sajonia 0-0 


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Standings
PBL Standings
 1. Lawton Ft.SC 18-2 
 2. Rochester R. 16-4 
 3. Capitanes 14-4 
 4. Halifax R. 13-7 
 5. Vermont FH 12-8 
 6. Manchester 6-14 
 7. Quebec Kebs 4-16 
 8. Buffalo S. 3-17 
 9. Maryland G. 3-17 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Larry AYUSO
  Capitanes
  (190-G-77)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Ayuso, Capitanes22.3 
 2. Sherrill, Maryland.20.9 
 3. Bennett, Halifax R.19.9 
 4. Anderson, Manchest.19.8 
 5. Audet-Sow, Quebec K.19.1 
 6. Wise, Quebec K.19.1 
 7. Robinson, Buffa.18.9 
 8. Bronson, Manchest.18.4 
 9. Jackson, Vermo.18.3 
 10. Mouton, Maryland.18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric CROOKSHANK
  Halifax R.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Crookshank, Halif.13.9 
 2. Reyes, Capitanes13.8 
 3. Aubry, Capitanes13.2 
 4. Cunningham, Maryland.10.2 
 5. Wise, Quebec K.9.4 
 6. Demasi, Vermont FH9.4 
 7. Ocitti, Manchest.8.6 
 8. Bronson, Manchest.8.3 
 9. Johnson, Rocheste.8.3 
 10. Ross, Buffalo S.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony ANDERSON
  Manchester M.
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Anderson, Manchest.6.8 
 2. Rodriguez, Capit.6.6 
 3. Ervin, Halifax R.6.1 
 4. Bowden, Lawton F.5.8 
 5. Crouch, Rocheste.5.7 
 6. Rice, Vermont FH5.6 
 7. Flegler, Maryland.5.2 
 8. Daniels, Lawton F.4.8 
 9. Sherrill, Maryland.4.6 
 10. Mouton, Maryland.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Marlin JOHNSON
  Rochester R.
  (193-F-75)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Johnson, Rocheste.2.8 
 2. Bowden, Lawton F.2.3 
 3. Robinson, Buffa.2.2 
 4. Fortier, Quebec K.2.0 
 5. Holmes, Quebec K.1.9 
 6. Thomas, Maryland.1.8 
 7. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.8 
 8. Rice, Vermont FH1.8 
 9. Gilchrese, Manche.1.8 
 10. Crouch, Rocheste.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael ANDERSON
  Maryland GH
  (213-C-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Anderson, Maryland.3.2 
 2. Davis, Vermont FH2.3 
 3. Aubry, Capitanes2.0 
 4. Thomas, Maryland.1.9 
 5. Crookshank, Halif.1.7 
 6. Ocitti, Manchest.1.6 
 7. McKeon, Maryland.1.4 
 8. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.3 
 9. Turner, Halifax R.1.3 
 10. Sharpe, Buffalo S.1.2 


Dandridge and Friel lead the RazorSharks over the Capitanes, 115-104 - by Eurobasket News
The Rochester RazorSharks clinched second place in the Premier Basketball League and a home playoff game Sunday with a 115-104 win against the Puerto Rico Capitanes at the Manuel Coliseum in Arecibo, Puerto Rico.

Rochester (16-4), which has won 11 of its last 12 games, will host the Capitanes (14-4) at the Blue Cross Arena in the first round of the playoffs at a date to be determined. The RazorSharks defeated Puerto Rico 113-101 at home in February in the only other meeting between the two teams.

Puerto Rico led 100-99 with 5:10 remaining but the RazorSharks went on a 16-2 run to seal the win. Jermaine Tate began the run with a 15-foot jumper and Keith Keith Friel (6'4''-G-77, college: Virginia) sank a 3-pointer with two minutes remaining.

Glen Dandridge (6'6''-F-85, college: Lambuth) led Rochester with 24 points and Keith Friel added 23 points. Melvin Council (6'3''-G, college: Robert Morris) and Eric Walton each finished with 11 points.

Larry Ayuso (6'3''-G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: USC) scored 34 points to lead the Capitanes, who were dismissed from the PBL last month for various reasons before being reinstated last week.


Courtesy of www.razorsharks.com


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Nikola Jovanovic gets MVP of the Week award for Polish PLK - by Eurobasket News
Serbian Nikola Jovanovic (204-C-81, agency: BeoExcell) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Anwil Wloclawek and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for Round 26.
The 29-year old center had the game-high 23 points adding seven rebounds and four assists for his team's victory, helping them to outclass Stal SW (#11, 8-18) with 29-point margin 107-78. Anwil maintained the 2nd position in Polish PLK. Anwil would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 22-3 record. In the team's last game Jovanovic had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Anwil's top player in his first season with the team. Nikola Jovanovic averages this season 14.1ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American guard Omni Smith (191-G-84, agency: Aaron and Allen) of SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg. Smith impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Bad luck as SKK Kotwica was edged by the higher-ranked Trefl Sopot (#4, 17-9) 71-69 SKK Kotwica managed to keep the same 12th spot in the standings. 19 lost games are too many comparing to just seven victories SKK Kotwica managed to get this year. Smith is a newcomer at SKK Kotwica 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 Michael Wright (203-F-80, agency: Priority Sports) of PGE Turow Zgorzelec (#6). Wright scored 26 points. Despite Wright's great performance PGE Turow lost 75-95 to the higher-ranked Assec.Prokom (#1, 23-2). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other temmates. The last thing PGE Turow needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 15 victories and 11 lost games. He has a great season in Poland. After 23 games, Wright made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.6ppg (1st best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Qyntel Woods (203-F/G-81 of Assec.Prokom - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Tyrone Brazelton (185-G-86 of Energa Czarni - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Iwo Kitzinger (188-G-85 of Trefl Sopot - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Darrell Harris (208-C-84 of SKK Kotwica - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Chris Daniels (200-F-82 of Energa Czarni - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Lawrence Kinnard (202-F-86 of Trefl Sopot - 8 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Cliff Hawkins (186-G-81 of Trefl Sopot - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists


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Atleticos de San German sign Mario Austin - by Eurobasket
Atleticos de San German added to their roster 28-year old American power forward Mario Austin (206-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St., agency: SportsTalent). Austin played most recently at Meridiano Alicante (Spain). Austin is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in China, Israel, Italy, Russia, Spain and Turkey.
2006-2007 was one of the many succesfull season for Mario when he played at Hapoel Jerusalem (Israel-Premier L.) and averaged for the Israeli League: 27 games and averaged 19.0ppg (5th best in the league), 6.7rpg (5th in the league), 2.0apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 64.5%, 3PT: 32.3%, FT: 76.8% and for the ULEB Cup Austin played 14 games with an average of 19.2ppg (2nd best in the league), 8.1rpg (2nd best in the league), 1.4apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 56.8%, 3FGP: 38.7%, FT: 75.0% and was awarded:
Israeli Premier League Regular Season Runner-Up (for the second time after 2006)
Israeli Premier League Finalist (for the second time after 2006)
Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Center of the Year (for the second time after 2006)
Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 1st Team (for the second time after 2006)
Eurobasket.com Israeli League All-Imports Team (for the second time after 2006)
Eurobasket.com All-ULEB Cup Center of the Year -07
Eurobasket.com All-ULEB Cup 1st Team -07
Eurobasket.com ULEB Cup All-Imports Team -07

In his first game with Atleticos de San German, Austin played 33 minutes and scored 13 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists.
By Eurobasket Data Center


Mets de Guaynabo sign Sean Williams - by Eurobasket
Mets de Guaynabo added to their roster 24-year old American forward Sean Williams (208-F-86, college: Boston Coll.). Williams played most recently at Fujian SBS XunXin (China) after leaving New Jersey Nets (NBA) in January 2010
Sean is an ex-NBA All-Star Game All-Rookies Team in 2008
in his first game with Mets de Guaynabo, Williams played 28 minutes and scored 12 points, 13 rebounds and 1 block.
By Eurobasket Data Center


Capitanes de Arecibo sign Tim Pickett - by Eurobasket
Capitanes de Arecibo agreed terms with 29-year old American swingman Tim Pickett (193-G/F-81, college: Florida St.). Pickett played most recently at Shaanxi Dongshen Kylins (China). Pickett is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Bulgaria, China, France, Italy and Jordan.
Last year Tim played the Arab Club Championships Semifinals -09 and was awarded: Asia-Basket.com All-Arab Club Championships Best Forward -09 and Asia-Basket.com All-Arab Club Championships 1st Team -09
in his first game with Capitanes de Arecibo, Pickett played 27 minutes and scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assists.
By Eurobasket Data Center


Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
 1. Bayamon 11-4 
 2. Capitanes 10-3 
 3. Ponce 9-6 
 4. San German 7-6 
 5. Humacao 7-6 
 6. Guaynabo 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. Nailon, Ponce19.2 
 6. Hickerson, San G.19.0 
 7. Perez, Isabela18.9 
 8. Ayuso, Capitanes18.8 
 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, Capitanes9.8 
 5. Narvaez, Ponce9.3 
 6. Collins, Ponce9.0 
 7. Redhage, Quebradillas9.0 
 8. Aubry, Capitanes8.9 
 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. Copeland, San G.5.3 
 4. Cruz, Ponce5.3 
 5. Graham, Mayaguez5.2 
 6. Hatton, Ponce4.8 
 7. Guzman, Guaynabo4.5 
 8. Rivera, Isabela4.2 
 9. Cruz, Capitanes4.2 
 10. Rodriguez, Capit.4.1 
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. Dalmau, Bayamon1.7 
 6. Rivera, Isabela1.7 
 7. Copeland, San G.1.6 
 8. Sanchez, Santurce1.5 
 9. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Angelo REYES
  Capitanes
  (205-F/C-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Reyes, Capitanes1.5 
 2. Priutt, Isabela1.4 
 3. Gainous, Santurce1.3 
 4. Nieves, Santurce1.3 
 5. Russell, Quebradillas1.3 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon1.2 
 7. Perez, Isabela1.2 
 8. Maye, Mayaguez1.0 
 9. Mays, Humacao1.0 
 10. Nailon, Quebradillas1.0 


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Standings - Superleague A
A Superleague Stage Two Standings
Group A1
 1. CSKA 15-2 
 2. Khimky 14-3 
 3. Unics 10-7 
 4. Dynamo M. 8-9 
Group A2
 1. Lokomotiv K. 8-8 
 2. Triumph 7-10 
 3. Enisey 5-12 
 4. Krasnie Krilya 5-12 
 5. Spartak SP 4-13 
Stage One Standings


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. Bremer, Krasnie .14.6 
 10. Monya, Dynamo M.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. Chalmers, Enisey1.6 
 6. McCarty, Khimky1.6 
 7. Surovtsev, Lokomoti.1.6 
 8. Lyday, Unics1.6 
 9. Sergeev, Triumph1.5 
 10. Gist, Lokomotiv K.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. Khryapa, CSKA1.0 
 6. Douthit, Krasnie .1.0 
 7. Vasilyev, Dynamo M.0.8 
 8. Sokolov, CSKA0.7 
 9. Trushkin, Krasni.0.7 
 10. Kaun, CSKA0.7 


CSKA captain Smodis makes season debut - by Eurobasket News
After sitting out seven months with back pain, CSKA Moscow captain Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) is back. The veteran forward shock off the rust in a 17-minute appearance on Sunday in the Russian League and is expected to be fully fit to help his team challenge for the Euroleague title at the Final Four in Paris. He scored 6 points, grabbed 3 rebounds and dished 2 assists in a narrow loss Sunday at Khimki Moscow Region. Smodis, a three-time Euroleague winner, is in his fifth season at CSKA. He enters the Final Four as the fifth best scorer in Final Four history with 148 total points. Smodis also ranks among the Euroleague career top 20 in points scored, (14th; 1,750) and rebounds (17th; 657). Injuries have plagued Smodis at times during his career, but he has always retuned strong. During the 2007-08 season, Smodis missed 15 Euroleague games due to injuries, but returned for the end of the Top 16 and shined in the Final Four as CSKA lifted the title.

Courtesy of Euroleague


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Everyone Deserves The Right To Participate...even A bobo Dread Says Dr. Garfeild Alexander - by Richard
'Pundits are trying to make this about 'a rule' but this is about far more important things: the right to challenge anyone/anything that you deem to be wrong, the right to practice your religion once it doesn't violate the right (s) of another, the right to challenge a system that wishes to step on an individual because that individual is DIFFERENT'. This was the sentiment of Horsfords Ghetto Roots Head Coach Dr. Garfeild Alexander .
Alexander made the statements in light of the recent challenge brought by his team against the St.Kitts Amateur Basketball Associations stance on barring a player from participating in the annual SKABA league . The SKABA denied the player from playing midway through the 2009 season after a FIBA rule was inacted. The FIBA rule prohibits players from wearing headgear . However Dr. Alexander and the Ghetto Roots are contending that to bar the player is a violation of his constitutional right to practice the religion of his choice without discrimination.
Since last year we (Horsfords Ghetto Roots BASKETBALL CLUB) were told that Dale Rochester (aka the 'Bobo Dread') will not be allowed to play, at the same time we did not officially file an appeal last year as we were in the midst of a championship and trying not to cloud the vision with controversy, said Ghetto Roots Head Coach and Rams Hitters Team Physician Dr. Garfeild Alexander . This year our conscience did not allow for anymore delay and we sent a letter to the executive outlining our displeasure at the decision to disenfranchise our player. A unilateral decision seem to have been made that the letter held no merit. No appeals board was put in place (as stated in the rules) to deliberate on the merit of our arguments, the 'Bobo Dread' was never invited to hear his side, none of the other member clubs/teams were privy to the letter or to the official decision, the Head Coach declared
Dr. Alexander continued, As stated by the President himself i serve as not only the Head Coach and Team Physician of Ghetto Roots but also the team physician of Ghetto Roots so I am more than capable of being objective in any matter. I will forever sing Mr James 'Barman' Hanley's praises, he has done a lot for basketball but that doesn't make him God, Judge-Jury-Executioner, does it mean that I cannot rise against him when he is wrong...it's called being fair, impartial and bipartisan, something it seems is often misunderstoo in SKN.

I was taught that if something is wrong, it is wrong, irrespective of who is doing it or who it is being done to. Doesn't anyone else find it WRONG that this young man who has never had disciplinary action taken against him in the league and is an upstanding citizen of this country, will never ever play basketball in our premier league again, said the former SKABA Vice President Dr. Alexander.
Alexander continued Too many times in St.Kitts we allow our egos to supercede common sense and good judgement. I plea to all involved to make an effort to do what is in the interest of basketball on a whole.
Mr. Rochester played for 2 years with the Cayon Lions basketball team with the head-dress being a part of his attire while playing. However according to Alexander the head-wrap has since become an issue since Rochester was transferred to the Ghetto Roots Basketball team. This has led some to suggest that the ban on the head-dress is more than just an adherence to a FIBA rule but might be motivated by other reasons.
The SKABA rules are guided by F.I.B.A. rules and in many cases are not identical to the rules of the international body. This leaves room for national associations to use their discretion on certain issues as each national association will have issues specific to them.
source: ST.KITTS SPORTS NEWS


Skaba Opening Marred By Controversy And Inclement Weather - by Richard
The St.Kitts Amateur Basketball Association National Basketball League began this past Sunday in front of a fair-sized crowd at basketball city.
The 2010 edition of the annual league started with an Official Opening Ceremony which saw a march past that boosted most of the almost 30 teams that will be taking part in this years tournament. The Opening ceremony got off to a relatively late start but proceeded smoothly with the team inspection which was taken by the new Minister of Sports and former SKABA Player the Hon. Glen Ghost Philip in addition to the representative of the major sponsor, Mr. David Lake of LIME as well as Mr. Alphonso Bridgewater NOC President and Lloyd Lazaar Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports.

After the march past Remarks were given by SKABA president Mr. James Barman Hanley who stunned the crowd and players when he announced that SKABA had been served a legal document concerning a player. The President stated that he was advised by the associations lawyers that the defending Champions Horsfords Horsfords Ghetto Roots should not play on the opening nights exhibition match-ups. Hanley informed the audience that the St.Pauls Tuff Knots would play instead.
Hanley said [Horsfords 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 Horsfords Ghetto Roots players as well as Head Coach Dr.Garfeild Alexander and Assistant Coach/Manager Dwayne Sturge were visibly stunned by the announcement as both declared that no official letter or word was given that the team will not play.
The SKABA was served with legal documents from Head Coach of the Horsfords Ghetto Roots Dr. Garfeild Alexander challenging the decision to bar a Horsfords Ghetto Roots player from playing with a religuous head-wrap which is contrary to the FIBA rules.
President of the National Olympic Committee, Mr. Alphonso Bridgewater also gave some remarks . In addition to LIME Country Manager Mr. David Lake. The league was officially opened by the Hon. Glen Ghost Phillip who among other pronouncements gave the basketball fraternity the assurance that a multi-purpose indoor facility for basketball and some other disciplines including the arts is on the horizon. This delighted the scores of basketball players and hundreds of basketball fans and enthusiasts in attendance. Hon. Phillip also paid homage to SKABA legend Trevor Marty Huggins by presenting him with a trophy for his over 30 years as a player in the SKABA League.
The second half of the Official Opening nights event saw the start of the first of the two exhibition games which were supposed to be the highlights of the evening. However the games became just a backdrop to President Hanleys announcement concerning the legal documents that was served and the subsequent decision to bar the Horsfords Ghetto Roots from playing in the nights final game. The crowds were in heavy debate over the decision to pull the Horsfords Ghetto Roots team and as to whether or not the player in question should be allowed to play.
The first exhibition game between the Rams Hitters and the Antigua Defense Force Warriors turned out to be an extremely unexciting one-sided affair as the Hitters seemed out of sync while the Warriors were clicking on all cylinders. The very one-sided affair continued into the 3rd quarter when the game and the entire nights event was called off due to rain. At the time of the referees final blow Hitters were down 33 points 60-27.
This ended what was easily a very memorable night for the St.Kitts Amateur Basketball Association.
This was certainly a very interesting opening on all accounts, said SKABA General Secretary Wallis Wilkin. It was certainly memorable as it was the first Official Opening as Minister of Sports of SKABA alumni Hon. Glen Ghost Phillip as well as the first time that I can recall in recent times that an opening night has been cut short by rain. And of course the announcement of pending legal actions against the association by one of the SKABA teams no doubt makes this opening one of the most interesting and memorable openings of any sport in St.Kitts in recent history, the General Secretary continued.
The league continues this week with games being played everyday except Wednesday with the game of the week on Sundays. This weeks game of the week next Sunday April 18th will see a repeat of last years final as defending champions Horsfords Horsfords Ghetto Roots goes up against former champions Rams Hitters
source: ST.KITTS SPORTS NEWS


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Predrag Suput shines in German Cup Final, brings his Bamberg a trophy - by Eurobasket News
Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) exploded in Big Final of the German National Cup brining his Brose Baskets Bamberg this trophy after 18 years. Suput came up with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists, leading Bamberg to 76-75 win against Deutsche Bank Skyliners.


Full game report (by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber):

The comeback attempts by The Deutsche Bank Skyliners this season have been as often and usual as Paris Hilton changing her shoes, Tiger Woods coming up with a new apology for his wife each day, sadly Lindsay Lohan running around drunk as if it was a home work assignment and Mark Mcgrath being mistaken for Ethan Hawke, so with four minutes remaining in the BEKO BBL cup final and the club back 74-63, there was no surprise that they would stage a comeback, but were denied in the last seconds their third club title as The Brose Baskets Bamberg prevailed 76-75. Playing back to back and only having 18 hours to recuperate from the thrilling 61-59 win in the semi final against The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven might of played a toll on the total effort of the team as fatigue was something that couldnt be erased. 'We had no energy today. We gave all our focus yesterday. Our problem is that we have problems starting tough and aggressive against top teams. If we dont do this, it is always difficult to win. There was a perfect atmosphere and I am just very unhappy for the fans. We wanted to give the fans the cup. We will have to win it for them next season', stressed Skyliner assistant coach Engin Gencoglu. Frankfurt has lost the last three games by a total combined score of five points and it was no surprise that the players were disappointed and reserved after the loss. Even captain Pascal Roller who is not only the best interview partner for the Skyliners, but it sometimes seems like he could start his own school of speech because of his fluid and solid rhetoric was very terse with his answer. 'There isnt to much one can say after a game like this except that we didnt reach our goal of winning the cup', stressed Pascal Roller. For The Brose Baskets Bamberg, it was their first title again since the 2007 BEKO BBL title and for coach Chris Fleming it was his second cup win after the Artland Dragons victory in 2008. 'Each title is different. With Artland, we had been having a consistent season, but with Bamberg this season, we had a tough start and had high expectations and were struggling. But in the last 25 games, we have a 20-5 record, so we have showed that we are a good team and results can be achieved with hard work', warned Chris Fleming .

Even though The Deutsche Bank Skyliners never led in the game, they never gave up and continued fighting back, the game remained exciting and with the NCAA March Madness just having ended and the loud arena and faithful fan support of all teams in the BEKO BBL Cup, it seemed like the March Madness had returned for a weekend to Germany. 'It is hard to rate this game to a certain exciting game, but I would say that you could compare the BEKO BBL Cup to the NCAA tournament with all the different fan groups of the teams rooting on their teams', stated Bamberg coach Chris Fleming. Skyliner Seth Doliboa loved the atmosphere as he easily saw how big a difference there was from a regular BEKO BBL game and a cup game. 'This was another typical exciting game and was different from a regular game, because it was a championship game. You could see how much passion was involved in this game and if I had to compare the excitement to a game then I would have to go with my home team the Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers', stressed Skyliner forward Seth Doliboa. About an hour after the excitement of the game had been over, a new excitement started for the players of Bamberg as they were going back to their team bus and getting celebrated by the fans. Bamberg guard Brian Roberts was thrilled with the win carrying a little green frog and having much respect for their teddy bear mascot. 'This was a very exciting game and one of the most exciting games that I have ever played in. The atmosphere was just crazy. The little green frog is from my daughter and it is for good luck and I bring with me wherever we play. Our teddy bear mascot may be soft, but he knows when to get food to be strong. He helped us today eating and being strong for us in this win', added Brian Roberts.

The atmosphere in the BEKO BBL final in the sold out Ballsporthalle seemed to be a tick higher than in the semi final. As the arena got dark and the players were introduced, one saw the flashing dark blue lights of the necklaces that were blinking all throughout the arena giving a faint reminder of some big city skyline like New York with the glitter bringing an added special flair to the place Murat Didin started Dominik Bahiense de Mello for Frankfurt for a second time as it seemed like he had practiced very well the last week taking the spot from American Grayson Moyer Frankfurt knew that they could not allow a slow start, but in the first minutes, both teams were on separate pages as The Brose Baskets Bamberg came out with more intensity and right away got Serb forward Predrag Suput inserted into the offense. He scored the first five points of the game scoring an open three pointer and then making a lay in as only 33 seconds had elapsed. Frankfurt got on the scoreboard as Derrick Allen snuck past the Bamberg defense scoring on the transition. Bamberg continued to run their offense like a clock work going on a 15-5 run. Frankfurt had problems finding their rhythm, Allen was getting the ball in the low post, but was a bit unlucky scoring and the team was living off individual plays. Bamberg continued to get the motor of Suput running as he made a fade away jumper of Seth Doliboa and a three pointer. Quantez Robertson scored twice on hard penetration moves including a spin dance to the hoop. Suput now took a short rest on offense as now it was time for ex Giessen 46er Anton Gavel to score six unanswered points scoring a nice lay in after a feed from Tibor Pleiss, an off balance jumper and a tip in.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg were leading 20-7 as the Frankfurt faithful Skybembel fans were already getting a sour taste of Freak city basketball. In the last minutes of the first quarter, Frankfurt suffered many unneeded fouls and ex Skyliner Robert Garrett silenced the Ballsporthalle except for the corner where the Bamberg fans were with a first quarter buzzer beater hitting a three pointer as Bamberg led 25-12 after 10 minutes. 'It was really important that Bamberg established Predrag Suput in the offense quickly. Frankfurt couldnt get their offense going and had too many individual plays', stressed Ratiopharm Ulm coach Mike Taylor. 'We had a bad start and we were unable to control Suput and it hurt even more that he got going', said Pascal Roller. The Brose Baskets Bamberg were shooting 63% from the field and 43% from outside while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 33% from the field and 0% from outside. The rebounds were deadlocked at nine, but Frankfurt already had four turnovers and Bamberg only one.

In the second quarter, Murat Didin opted to finally get the Frankfurt inside game established after he had been subbing centers Dragan Labovic, Marius Nolte and Greg Jenkins in frequently, it was Dragan Labovic who drew fouls and even did like a guard stepping up and making a steal and scoring and Pascal Roller nailed a three pointer bringing Frankfurt back to 20-28. The Frankfurt onslaught continued as Derrick Allen hit another three pointer and before any one really realized the team had gone on a 12-3 run to cut the Bamberg lead to 28-24. Bamberg had had a small lull on offense as Frankfurt was contesting many shots, but Bamberg was hitting their open jumpers as John Goldsberry gave Bamberg the 33-26 lead with a three pointer. Captain Pascal Roller dropped another three pointer cutting the Bamberg lead to 33-29. Frankfurt was threatening on offense, but were too lack luster on defense as Bamberg found ways to get to the line as Suput and Elton Brown got fouled inside. Bamberg was able to get away a bit again and lead 40-30 with a Suput three pointer. Both teams then traded baskets as Dragan Labovic made a fade away jumper and Suput a beautiful reverse lay up. In the last minute, the emotions of both teams heightened as Aubrey Reese suffered a unsportsmanlike and technical foul and Elton Brown a technical foul, but it didnt really matter since The Brose Baskets Bamberg led43-32 at half time. 'Frankfurt had more intensity in their game and were settling in their offense. The Roller three pointers were big', added Ratiopharm ulm coach Mike Taylor. The Brose Baskets Bamberg were shooting 50% from the field and 43% from the three point line while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 45% from the field and 43% from the three point line. Frankfurt had the 16-14 rebound edge, but seven turnovers while Bamberg had only four.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg came out fresh from the intermission going on a 5-0 run as Mr everything Beckham Wyrick (198-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Wilmington) blocked Labovic and then sprinted out to the corner and made a jump shot, and Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) nailed a three pointer. Frankfurt then responded with their own 5-0 run as Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) made a lay up over Pleiss and Aubrey Reese (183-G-78, agency: Interperformances, college: Murray St.) made a three pointer to cut the Bamberg lead to 48-37. Bamberg extended their lead to 52-37 with Mark Worthington free throws and a Pleiss shot hard to the glass over Labovic. Frankfurt had suffered some untimely turnovers, but Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) and Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) missed key lay ups. Frankfurt had gas in their tank on offense as Mckinney hit a three pointer, but the offense of Bamberg continued to be solid that if the inside was closed, then they went outside and continued to hit their shots with consistency as Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) dropped a three pointer for the 55-42. Bamberg center Elton Brown (206-F/C-83, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Virginia) made a spin move and basket and Allen a free throw as The Brose Baskets Bamberg led 58-44. Frankfurt was unable to get some consecutive stops as the Bamberg offense was very versatile and they always found ways to score which Frankfurt couldnt turn off. 'Our game flow was better, but we were still stagnant and giving up easy baskets', said Ohio native Seth Doliboa (203-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wright St.). The Brose Baskets Bamberg were shooting 46% from the field and 40% from the parking lot while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 35% from the field and 36% from the parking lot. Frankfurt was leading the rebound battle 27-24 and both teams had eight turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners gave The Brose Baskets Bamberg a first taste of a first mini comeback by starting with a 6-0 run as Derrick Allen got the ball in the low post went to the hoop and scored with a mini hook shot, Reese then made a three pointer and Doliboa a free throw cutting the Bamberg lead to 58-50. Bamberg finally got out of their funk and went on a 4-0 run doing damage inside as Elton Brown made a lay up and Suput made a nice fake and move around De Mello as Bamberg led 62-52 again. Brown made a turn around shot over Greg Jenkins and Gavel a three pointer as Bamberg had another big 67-52 lead and slowly bringing the Skyliner faithful back to reality about the possibilities of a loss creeping slower. Dragon Labovic sometimes takes too many three pointers than needed for a big man, but who will complain when the team is down by 15 points when he hits one. Reese then followed with a jumper cutting the Bamberg lead to 68-57. Frankfurt still seemed far far away from ever finding the lead, but giving up was not in their mind frame. After a Suput jumper from the wing, Allen followed with a lay in and Labovic with a lay up after getting a pretty pass from Mckinney as Frankfurt trailed only 70-61.

Seth Doliboa (203-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wright St.) had fouled out, but Frankfurt kept pushing, but Bamberg wasnt making life easy. After a Labovic lay in over Suput, Roller came down with his classic pull up jumper, but was surprised as Brian Roberts (188-G-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services) came out of no where with a block leading to a jumper from him as Bamberg led 74-63. The time and point score brought back memories to the away game in MBC as Frankfurt came back to win. 36 minutes had elapsed, but Frankfurt still had energy and started their comeback as Reese scored and then Super Tez Robertson made a steal and lay up as Frankfurt only trailed 74-67. After a Bamberg stop, captain Pascal Roller once gain showed why he is the teams most reliable shooter as he nailed a three pointer as Frankfurt only trailed 74-70. Suput then missed two free throws giving Frankfurt another golden opportunity to score with a minute left as Jimmy McKinney sprinted down the court and scored on a lay up cutting the Bamberg lead to 74-72. Frankfurt had a 28-16 quarter point lead at this point. Frankfurt then fouled Suput, but this time he hit both shots. Bamberg led 76-72 and with less than 20 seconds, Frankfurt came back on offense and Reese hit an open three pointer as Frankfurt trailed only 76-75 with four seconds. Bamberg quickly made a long in bounds pass and Frankfurt didnt get the ball back thus losing by one point. 'We had good looks in the comeback and they missed more shots. We had the momentum, but ran out of time', stressed Seth Doliboa. 'Frankfurt never gave up at the end. We were not so strong with the ball and suffered turnovers and were fortunate to win at the end', commented Brian Roberts (188-G-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services). 'We gave good hustle at the end, but it simply wasnt enough against a top team like Bamberg', warned Engin Gencoglu . 'We always believed that we could win the game even as Frankfurt was coming back. We stayed confident and got the job done', stated Bamberg coach Chris Fleming .

The Brose Baskets Bamberg were led by Predrag Suput with 26 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Anton Gavel chipped in with 13 points and four assists. Elton Brown added 12 points and four rebounds. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Dragan Labovic with 20 points and four rebounds. Derrick Allen chipped in with 16 points and six assists. Aubrey Reese added 14 points, three rebounds and five assists.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners never led in this 2010 BEKO BBL final and lost with only one point. If one dissects the stats, one quickly comes to the conclusion how one could have lost this game. Frankfurt never led, but their stats werent worse then their opponent Bamberg. Frankfurt shot 44% from the field and Bamberg only 46%. Frankfurt shot 41% from outside and Bamberg 36%. Frankfurt won the rebounding duel 38-32 and had only eight turnovers while Bamberg had 10. If there were any reasons to how Frankfurt could have lost this game despite the better stats then it is assistant coach Engin Gencoglu . 'On defesne, we let up easy points in the paint. We also were unable to stop Suput at the start. We let him get going and we were behind until the end', stressed Engin Gencoglu . On Monday April 12th, all of Freak city will be in the Jako arena at 18:00 to celebrate the Bamberg title and for some players it was their first win. 'This is my first title and its a great feeling. We have a great group of guys and I hope that there will be more to come', warned Brian Roberts. It is never easy losing to the Brose Baskets Bamberg, but what is worse when they win by one point on your home court in a title game. The comeback was a highlight in the game, but in the end no one will remember the comeback, but moreover the cup win by Bamberg. 'The comeback was great. We showed again the strength and moral of team, but in the end it doesnt matter if we lost by one point or 10 points, because we lost the title and that is all that counts', stressed Pascal Roller. Frankfurt is currently in 8th place and have teams like the Artland Dragons, MBC Wolves and EnBW Ludwigsburg breathing down their necks and have four games remaining where three will be real tough. Now Frankfurt will have to show their character in staying in the playoffs boundry. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host BG Goettingen on April 18th at 17:00.



Standings - A Liga
A Standings
Super Liga
 1. Partizan 2-0 
 2. Hemofarm 1-0 
 3. Crvena Zvez. 1-0 
 4. Radnicki K. 1-1 
 5. Tamis 0-1 
 6. FMP 0-1 
 7. Borac 0-1 
 8. Metalac 0-1 
Only 1st Stage
 1. Novi Sad 0-0 
 2. Masinac 0-0 
 3. Vojvodina 0-0 
 4. Sloga 0-0 
 5. Beograd 0-0 
 6. Radnicki Basket 0-0 
 7. KG 06 0-0 
 8. Napredak 0-0 
 9. Proleter Naft. 0-0 
 10. Ergonom 0-0 
 11. Mega Vizura 0-0 


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Vladimir PANIC
  Metalac
  (194-F-82)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Panic, Metalac19.3 
 2. Beader, KG 0618.3 
 3. Mladenovic, Ergon.17.8 
 4. Mihajlovic, Ergonom17.5 
 5. Markovic, Tamis17.2 
 6. Markovic, Napredak16.5 
 7. Micic, Napredak16.5 
 8. Jorovic, Borac16.5 
 9. Vukosavljevi., Prolet.16.4 
 10. Martinic, Vojvodina15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandar MLADENOVIC
  Ergonom
  (207-F/C-84)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Mladenovic, Ergon.7.4 
 2. Mikic, KG 066.9 
 3. Buric, Tamis6.4 
 4. Ljubojevic, Novi S.6.2 
 5. Bosnjak, Vojvodina6.2 
 6. Jelovac, Mega V.6.1 
 7. Borovcanin, Sloga6.0 
 8. Dramicanin, Borac5.9 
 9. Pobric, Novi Sad5.8 
 10. Lukovic, Radnic.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Vid ZARKOVIC
  Proleter Naft.
  (189-G-75)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Zarkovic, Prolet.7.2 
 2. Kocergin, Masinac4.9 
 3. Stefanovic, Metal.4.3 
 4. Rakic, Novi Sad4.2 
 5. Korac, Beograd4.1 
 6. Djordjevic, Sloga4.0 
 7. Prolovic, Borac3.9 
 8. Martinic, Vojvodina3.7 
 9. Dimitrijevic, Sloga3.6 
 10. Radulovic, Masinac3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Marko VULIN
  Proleter Naft.
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Vulin, Proleter Naft.2.2 
 2. Martinic, Vojvodina2.0 
 3. Zarkovic, Prolet.1.9 
 4. Jereminov, Tamis1.8 
 5. Dundjerski, Beograd1.7 
 6. Rakic, Novi Sad1.7 
 7. Kovacevic, Novi Sad1.7 
 8. Borovcanin, Sloga1.7 
 9. Djordjevic, Sloga1.6 
 10. Milosevic, KG 061.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Aleksandar MLADENOVIC
  Ergonom
  (207-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Mladenovic, Ergon.1.2 
 2. Maravic, Mega V.1.2 
 3. Buric, Tamis1.1 
 4. Lukovic, Radnic.1.0 
 5. Bircevic, Metalac0.9 
 6. Ljubojevic, Novi S.0.8 
 7. Arsic, Masinac0.8 
 8. Dramicanin, Borac0.8 
 9. Vukosavljevi., Prolet.0.6 
 10. Bjegovic, Masinac0.6 


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Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Prievidza
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Fears, Prievidza21.8 
 2. Glavinic, Handlova20.6 
 3. Burrows, Komarno17.9 
 4. Bosak, Prievidza17.7 
 5. Polakovic, Svit17.2 
 6. Crawford, Nitra16.8 
 7. Nicholson, Pezinok16.5 
 8. Polakovic, Inter B.16.1 
 9. Mroz, Nova Ves15.8 
 10. Jackson, Pezinok15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pawel MROZ
  Nova Ves
  (215-C-84)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Mroz, Nova Ves8.6 
 2. Burrows, Komarno8.1 
 3. Nicholson, Pezinok7.9 
 4. Szalay, Prievidza7.6 
 5. Tomek, Nitra7.4 
 6. Skara, B.Bystrica7.2 
 7. Micuda, Pezinok6.7 
 8. Cvitanovic, Svit6.4 
 9. Laco, Svit6.4 
 10. Madaj, Komarno6.2 
Assists Per Game
 T.J. BANNISTER
  Komarno
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Bannister, Komarno8.6 
 2. Glavinic, Handlova7.1 
 3. Jefferson, Nova Ves5.6 
 4. Scott, Nitra4.9 
 5. Fears, Prievidza4.9 
 6. Crawford, Nitra4.5 
 7. Immink, B.Bystrica3.7 
 8. Grznar, Levice3.5 
 9. Milosevic, Pezinok3.3 
 10. Bosak, Prievidza3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jan ZAVODNY
  Vahostav-Zilina
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Zavodny, Vahost.2.7 
 2. Scott, Nitra2.4 
 3. Fears, Prievidza2.4 
 4. Crawford, Nitra2.3 
 5. Jackson, Pezinok2.1 
 6. Jefferson, Nova Ves1.9 
 7. Nuber, Handlova1.9 
 8. Glavinic, Handlova1.9 
 9. Zilik, Inter B.1.9 
 10. Mielczarek, Nova V.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Vincent POLAKOVIC
  Svit
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 0.7
 1. Polakovic, Svit0.7 
 2. Blagojevic, Komar.0.7 
 3. Burrows, Komarno0.7 
 4. Bosak, Prievidza0.6 
 5. Cvitanovic, Svit0.6 
 6. Klar, Levice0.6 
 7. Gudelj, Komarno0.6 
 8. Madaj, Komarno0.6 
 9. Glavinic, Handlova0.5 
 10. Fears, Prievidza0.5 


Polish legionaries mourn - by Tomas Kottra
Coutry of our northern neighbors sinks in sadness. It is because this weekends tragedy, when a Polish airplane crashed near Russian airport while trying to land repeatedly. Everybody died counting Polish president, his first lady, important politicians, leaders of Polish military forces and Polands intelligence representatives.
'We got here a situation, when all the Poles, our whole nation, suddenly holds together as one. Now is not important, who is form which political party. It was a big shock, all over the country,'
sadly said the only Polish coach in Slovakian Extraliga, Jerzy Chudeusz .
His two Polish players playing in Spisska Nova Ves are also crushed. 'I red on the internet, that the whole country mourns, its a big tragedy', tells Pawel Mroz (215-C-84).
They all also agreed, that the support, they got here from Slovak people is very helpful. Our nations are very close, this is why is your support so important, continued Jerzy Chudeusz . He also said that two of great basketball supporters in Poland were there. 'I knew Vice-Marshal Mr. Szmajdzinsky and Mr. Plazynsky. They both loved sport and supported basketball.'

source: ebasket.sk


Fears' 22 points and 7 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old guard Jeremy Fears (196-G-85, agency: Gladiator Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for BC Prievidza and it's enough to give him a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for Round 4 of the Quarter-Finals.
He had the game-high 22 points adding five rebounds and seven assists for his team's victory, helping them to edge out Nova Ves 70-66. In the team's last game Fears had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Prievidza's top player in his first season with the team. Bradley University graduate is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.8ppg and having impressive , assists (5th best: 4.9apg), steals (2.4spg) and 58.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Ali Thomas (188-G-79, agency: SportsVision-Service). He is American guard in his first (recently joined) season at Prievidza. In the last game Thomas recorded impressive 18 points and 9 rebounds. Thomas is one of the most experienced players at Prievidza and similarly like Jeremy Fears has a reputation of the team's most reliable player.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Corey Jefferson (183-G-85, agency: Excel Sports Mngm) of BK 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves (#4). Jefferson showcased his all-around game by recording 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Jefferson's great performance Nova Ves lost 66-70 to the lower-ranked Prievidza. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other temmates. He has a great season in Slovakia. After 30 games, Jefferson made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.6apg (3rd best). He also has FGP: 56.9% and 3PT: 42.9%. Jefferson attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jaroslav Stefanik (194-F-76 of Handlova - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist
5. Glavinic (192-G-82 of Handlova - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Gregory Immink (178-G-83 of B.Bystrica - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Jaraun Burrows (203-F-85 of Komarno - 11 points, 13 rebounds and 1 assist
8. T.J. Bannister (180-G of Komarno - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Gabriel Szalay (215-C-86 of Prievidza - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Pawel Mroz (215-C-84 of Nova Ves - 8 points and 14 rebounds


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  SPAIN   


Xacobeo BluSens Obradoiro sign Paul Davis - by Eurobasket
Xacobeo BluSens Obradoiro added to their roster 26-year old American center Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.). Davis played most recently at Maine Red Claws (D-League) in the U.S. While playing 16 games for Maine RC this season he averaged 15.0ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg and 1.2bpg.
In his first game with Xacobeo BluSens Obradoiro, Davis played 33 mintues and scored 19 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assists
By Eurobasket Data Center


Morris Almond signs with Real Madrid - by Eurobasket News
American guard Morris Almond (198-F-85, college: Rice) inked a deal to play for Real Madrid through the 2011/12 season. Director of Basketball Operations, Antonio Maceiras and Sub-Director, Alberto Herreros joined Jorge Valdano during the contract signing. Prior to the deal becoming official, the player passed a physical at Sanitas La Zarzuela Hospital.

Almond joins the Whites after a brief stint with the Maine Red Claws (NBA Development League) and past NBA experience with the Utah Jazz and Orlando Magic.

Almond was the 25th overall pick of the 2007 NBA Draft. Relatively unknown in his first two seasons of college ball, he broke out of the pack in his junior year at Rice. This season in D-League action he has averaged 26.8 points per game and holds the record for points in a single game with 53. Add his physique (215 lbs) to the equation and you have another weapong on the defensive glass (4.4 rpg).

As a freshman and sophomore at Rice Almond averaged 15 ppg and 3.9 rpg. One year later his points per game increased to 26.4 and rebounds to 6.6; good enough to earn Conference USA Player of the Year honors. Overall in D-League action Almond averaged 24.9 ppg and 4.4 rpg.


Courtesy of Real Madrid (www.realmadrid.com)


Group A of LEB Silver round 9 (Second Stage) best performance: Pablo Sanchez - by Eurobasket News
Forward Pablo Sanchez (197-F-81, agency: Promo Sport) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Promobys Valle de Almanzora Tijola, receiving a Eurobasket.com LEB Silver Player of the Week award for round 9 (Second Stage).
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, nine rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Coruna (#13, 7-13) with 23-point margin 93-70. Promobys maintains the 2nd position in Spanish LEB Silver (Group A). They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Promobys will need more victories to improve their 15-5 record. In the team's last game Sanchez had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Promobys' top player in his first season with the team. Pablo Sanchez averages this season 11.5ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old American Stevie Johnson (198-F-78, agency: Perspective Basketball) of CB Penas Huesca. Johnson had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds. It was enough for Huesca to edge the lower-ranked Illescas (#20, 5-15) 87-85. Huesca's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Johnson is a newcomer at Huesca, but is already the team's top player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.9ppg (#4). His other stats are also very impressive: 7.8rpg and 3.2apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Thomas Sanders (191-G-85, agency: Duran International) of CB Illescas Urban CLM (#20). Sanders scored 27 points. Despite Sanders' great performance Illescas lost 85-87 to the higher-ranked Huesca (#3, 14-6). But his team can not count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Illescas can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-15 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Sanders he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Sanders has a very solid season. In 27 games in Spain he scored 9.4ppg. He also has 4.3rpg and FGP: 56.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeffrey Parmer (203-F-85) of Navarra - 19 points and 11 rebounds
5. Jaume Comas (186-G-74) of Prat Juventud - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Alex Ros (192-G-83) of Alcazar - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Javier Salson (199-F-82) of Huesca - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 1 assist
8. Jonathan Barcelo (192-G-79) of Plasencia - 26 points
9. Roberto Nunez (192-G-78) of Guadalajara - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Rafael Rufian (185-G-82) of Huelva - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists


Spanish LEB Gold round 32 best performance: Eric Coleman - by Eurobasket News
American center Eric Coleman (200-C-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Leche Rio Breogan Lugo, receiving a Eurobasket.com LEB Gold Player of the Week award for round 32.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, seven rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Cornella (#17, 10-22) 88-81. Breogan maintains the 7th position in Spanish LEB Gold. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Breogan will need more victories to improve their 18-14 record. Coleman turned to be Breogan's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Northern Iowa star is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 7.8rpg) and FGP (56.7%).

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Patrick Pope (183-G-81) of Gestiberica Ciudad de Vigo. Pope had a very good evening with 30 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Vigo was edged by the higher-ranked Vive Menorca (#5, 19-13) 81-78 and they stay dead last. 26 lost games is too many comparing to just six victories Vigo managed to get this year. Pope is a newcomer at Vigo, but is already the team's top player.

Third on the list of top players last round was Colombian forward Juan Palacios (203-F-85, agency: ASM Sports) of U.B. La Palma (#10). Palacios scored 21 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of La Palma, leading his team to a 84-79 win against the lower-ranked CB Tarragona (#16, 12-20). La Palma needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 16 lost games. Palacios has a very solid season. In 32 games in Spain he scored 13.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nedzad Sinanovic (221-C-83) of Clin.Rincon - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 1 assist
5. Jakim Donaldson (203-C/F-83) of La Laguna - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Adam Hess (201-G/F-81) of CB Tarragona - 23 points and 8 rebounds
7. Rafael Hettsheimeir (206-C-86) of CAI Zaragoza - 13 points, 17 rebounds and 1 assist
8. Levi Rost (201-F-83) of La Laguna - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist
9. Anthony Smith (196-G-86) of Cornella - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Shawn Taggart (208-F-85) of Caceres - 23 points and 6 rebounds


Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Jaycee CARROLL
  Gran Canaria
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Carroll, Gran Canaria19.4 
 2. Fitch, Fuenlabrada18.5 
 3. Vujanic, CB Murcia17.4 
 4. Tucker, DKV J.16.7 
 5. Splitter, Caja L.16.0 
 6. Vasiliadis, Xacob.16.0 
 7. Navarro, Regal B.15.4 
 8. Batista, Fuenlabr.14.3 
 9. Jackson, Xacobeo BS14.3 
 10. Banic, Bizkaia Bilbao13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Esteban BATISTA
  Fuenlabrada
  (208-F/C-83)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Batista, Fuenlabr.8.8 
 2. Prestes, CB Murcia7.3 
 3. Moss, CB Murcia7.2 
 4. Kirksay, Cajasol7.1 
 5. Hendrix, Granada7.1 
 6. Panko, Lagun A.6.9 
 7. Splitter, Caja L.6.9 
 8. Augustine, Gran C.6.8 
 9. Caner-Medley, Estudi.6.6 
 10. Jackson, Xacobeo BS6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Omar COOK
  Unicaja
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Cook, Unicaja6.1 
 2. Huertas, Caja L.5.2 
 3. Stanic, Xacobeo BS5.0 
 4. Dumas, Valladolid4.4 
 5. Rubio, Regal Barca4.4 
 6. Valters, DKV J.4.4 
 7. Norris, Gran C.4.1 
 8. Calloway, Cajasol4.0 
 9. Oliver, Estudiantes3.7 
 10. Tucker, DKV J.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Tariq KIRKSAY
  Cajasol
  (199-F-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Kirksay, Cajasol2.3 
 2. Rubio, Regal Barca2.2 
 3. Prigioni, MMC R.1.9 
 4. Van Lacke, Valladolid1.8 
 5. Lewis, Manresa1.7 
 6. Rodriguez, Bizkai.1.6 
 7. Triguero, Cajasol1.5 
 8. Hendrix, Granada1.5 
 9. Vasiliadis, Xacob.1.5 
 10. Stanic, Xacobeo BS1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Valladolid
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Battle, Valladolid1.4 
 2. Hendrix, Granada1.3 
 3. Vazquez, Regal B.1.3 
 4. Lavrinovic, MMC R.1.2 
 5. Aguilar, Granada1.2 
 6. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.2 
 7. Savane, Gran C.1.0 
 8. Freeland, Unicaja1.0 
 9. Barnes, Valladolid1.0 
 10. Lishchuk, Valencia.1.0 


Jaycee Carroll claims Spanish ACB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for C.B. Gran Canaria 2014 and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 27-year old guard had the game-high 27 points adding five rebounds and two assists for his team's victory, helping them to edge out CB Murcia (#18, 5-24) 95-91. Gran Canaria maintains the 8th position in Spanish ACB. Gran Canaria 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 14-15 record. In the team's last game Carroll had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Gran Canaria's top player in his first season with the team. Carroll is league's best scorer averaging so far 19.4ppg, 59.3% FGP and 41.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old Serbian guard Milos Vujanic (192-G-80, agency: Olsta Sports) of C.B. Murcia. Vujanic impressed basketball fans with 33 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as CB Murcia was edged by the higher-ranked Gran Canaria (#8, 14-15) 95-91 and they stay dead last in ACB standings. 24 lost games is too many comparing to just five victories CB Murcia managed to get this year. Vujanic is a newcomer at CB Murcia and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.4ppg (#3).

The third best performed player last round was Lithuanian Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, agency: BDA Sports) of Meridiano Alicante (#16). Katelynas scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Meridiano Alicante, leading his team to a 91-65 easy win against the lower-ranked Xacobeo BS (#17, 8-21). The chances of Meridiano Alicante making a Playoffs, however are less than slim as they have already lost 18 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Katelynas could bring Meridiano Alicante's position much higher in the standings. Katelynas has a very solid season. In 29 games in Spain he scored 11.1ppg. He also has 5.1rpg and FGP: 54.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85) of Caja Laboral - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Carlos Suarez (202-F-86) of Estudiantes - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 1 assist
6. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) of Unicaja - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist
7. Brian Chase (178-G-81) of Valladolid - 23 points and 3 rebounds
8. Roman Montanez (193-G-79) of Manresa - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Lamont Barnes (208-F/C-78) of Valladolid - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 1 assist
10. Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85) of Caja Laboral - 23 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist


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. Quinteros, CAI Z.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. Boccia, Tenerife1.9 
 6. Quinteros, CAI Z.1.9 
 7. Ayon, Tenerife1.8 
 8. Howell, Ourense1.7 
 9. Morley, Burgos1.7 
 10. Xavier, Breogan1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  Caceres
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Naymick, Caceres1.9 
 2. Diouf, CB Tarragona1.6 
 3. Sinanovic, Clin.Rin.1.6 
 4. Elonu, CAI Zaragoza1.5 
 5. Ayon, Tenerife1.5 
 6. Donaldson, La La.1.5 
 7. Joseph, Cornella1.2 
 8. Samb, Cornella1.2 
 9. Roe, Tenerife1.0 
 10. Northen, Mallorca0.9 


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BBC Monthey test Ryan Richards - by Luca Maffioli
First I have to apologize to some of you, whom I delayed with answering to the e-mails. I just had extremely important project to finish (read more below), so I intentionally cut everything else to finish that task.
It's been more than three months after my year-end longer e-mail, which I sent to all correspondents.
Even in such short time there were some important developments, which I would like to share with you.
After we launched two new websites (www.HoopsAgents.com for agents and www.MiddleEastBasketball.com focused on the area where basketball has expanded the most in last years), we have not stopped the expansion.
We just launched another web site for blogs for professional players, who play overseas. The domain is called www.Pr! oBasketballOverseas.com .
It's the kind of conclusion of the previous project we implemented. We added possibility of having blogs run by basketball players.
At the beginning I limited it just to two players per league (I have not even ended contacting them yet and I already delayed adding new ones because of lack of time).
It was unexpectedly very good move. I did not realize there was such big demand of players to share their experience.
But the weak side is that our current websites are already full of the news and such good text posted by the players just disappears among games and transactions news.
So there was a need to create a separate place dedicated just only for such type of valuable text, where users and other players can easily navigate and find similar postings.
The website was launched just yesterday. We still need to add few items there. Then I will try to contact more players who may be interested in sharing their experience with ! others by having their own blog.
It's already the biggest ! collecti on of such data and I hope it will be only more popular.
But I have very limited number of e-mails. So if you know any players (maybe your friends), who may be interested in having their own blog, please let them know to contact me.
The second important project, which was just today implemented is 'Player of the Week' news. Let me explain you what it is about.
We already have transaction type of news, which is generated automatically at the time when we move the player from team to team.
So it's the very first step that the news can be posted without typing it manually. I just press one button in DB and it's being posted.
It collects all info about the player, his new and previous team and puts all of that in a short type of news.
But I wanted to go deeper with utilizing the info we already have and 'squeeze' it even more into another type of news.
We keep processing box scores from almost all pro leagues around the world. So we have info about who! scored how many points, his rebounds, assists, if his win won/lost game, the place in the standings his team had this or previous week, what was opponent team, how their record and place in the standings was, what that player averaged in the league so far, if he is one of the top leaders in one of the stats, etc., etc.
That's all info you need to check and combine in the case you would like to make list of top 10 best performing players last round and write longer text about them, their game and their team.
Except if you would like to write it 100% correctly adding all possible info, it would take you maybe 40-45 minutes to do it.
What about I just press one button and the program does it for me in 3-4 seconds. What a time saving and for how many (actually all) sections we can start posting these articles?
The problem is that it takes lots of dig-up into the system to retrieve all info and then it's even harder to put it together, so it looks like written ma! nually by someone.
It has to have many different templates! , so it looks each time slightly different. Taking all these factors into consideration, it made probably one of the hardest challenges I ever faced.
Even box scores / stats system is relatively simple and can be easily split into manageable parts. I started working on that 'Top 10 Players' project over two months ago.
But I did not have enough time, so I had to stop it and it took me 2 months to get finally back and finish it.
I just closed myself in a room with a computer for the whole weekend and staying each night till 5-6 a.m. here the project was finished.
I implemented it just today and it still needs few more tests. But it's already working. I admit it brings us to another level of allowing us to cover wider area in much faster way.
Another successful item is our summer league. It will be our third year when we have the summer camps for pro players.
These of you who work on the internet know that usually you have to start 10 projects ending up with on! ly one being a success.
We already have few of these good ones and another one is our summer league (ESL). We started with just four cities last two years ago and this summer we will have nine of them.
Luckily it's being outsources to the friend of mine Darryl Reshaw, who is a very good organizer. I just do not have time for it.
This year we will have ESL in Las Vegas, New York, Chicago, Charlotte, Malaga, Atlanta and San Francisco, while some places will host more than one camp.
There were also few other smaller system improvements done last month, which I do not want to bother you too much about.
Like I said at the end of December, there will be always something new coming as we constantly work on improving the system.


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Stats Leaders
SBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Shawn Hawkins, KKL 25.0
2. A. Foyle, TM 23.3
3. Cheng Jen-wei, KKL 19.6
4. Jon Sanders, PY 18.3
5. Chen Shun-shiang, BOT 17.5
Rebounds Per Game
1. Jon Sanders, PY 12.8
2. Shawn Hawkins, KKL 11.0
3. A. Foyle, TM 9.8
4. Tseng Wen-ting, Yulon 9.4
5. Byron Allen, Dacin 8.8
Assists Per Game
1. Jon Sanders, PY 4.7
2. Chen Shih-nian, TB 4.2
3. Wu Yung-jen, TM 4.1
4. Tseng Wen-ting, Yulon 4.0
5. Chen Chih-chung, Yulon 3.5
Steals Per Game
1. Chang Chih-feng, Dacin 2.3
2. Tseng Wen-ting, Yulon 1.8
3. Ouyang Ching-heng, TM 1.6
4. Jon Sanders, PY 1.4
5. Chen Shih-nian, TB 1.4
Blocks Per Game
1. Tseng Wen-ting, Yulon 2.6
2. Cheng Jen-wei, KKL 1.7
3. Jon Sanders, PY 1.3
4. Wu Tai-hao, TB 1.3
5. Byron Allen, Dacin 1.3


Week 11 MVP: Jon Sanders...again! - by Chris Wang
Pure Youth forward Jonathan Sanders was named SBL Week 11 MVP Tuesday, winning the weekly honor for the 4th time this season and the first player to win this award back-to-back.

Sanders registered two triple-doubles last week and averaged 15 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for the week. He is averaging 18.3 points, 12.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists for the season.

The 6-6 forward currently leads the league in rebounding and assists and ranks 4th in scoring.

2010 SBL Weekly MVPs
Week 11: Jonathan Sanders, PY
Week 10: Jonathan Sanders, PY
Week 9: Chen Shun-hsiang, BOT
Week 8: Chen Chih-chung, Yulon
Week 7: Derek Stribling, TB
Week 6: Jonathan Sanders, PY
Week 5: Alexus Foyle, TM
Week 4: Shawn Hawkins, KKL
Week 3: Chang Chih-feng, Dacin
Week 2: Tseng Wen-ting, Yulon
Week 1: Jonathan Sanders, PY


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  TANZANIA   


JKT and Savio extend winning streaks - by Carlos Pereira
By Brown Msayni

The defending champions, JKT, yesterday annihilated Mzinga of Morogoro 99-60 in the ongoing National Basketball Championship at the National Indoor Stadium.

With lethal shooters up front, JKT looked the better side form the first whistle, pressing Mzinga players deep into their own half.
However, Mzinga refused to back down and attacked sporadically, but found themselves trailing 32-16 in the first quarter.
Francis Mlelwa, who buried 17 points for JKT, was a thorn to Mzingas shot blockers who desperately strived to deny JKT stretch the cushion.
JKT went into the breather with a comfortable 62-33 lead before adding 17 points in the third quarter against 12 points of Mzinga.

As the game wore on, Mzinga mounted their efforts in a bid to reduce the deficit or even post a victory, but the more they attacked the more the exposed themselves defensively.

The fourth quarter saw the defending champions notch 20 more points to wrap up the demolition of the Morogoro outfit.
JKT captain Hamid Choka fired 15 points to emerge the second best scorer for the Dar es Salaam giants.

Mzinga points were scored by Doto Zefania who chalked 14 followed by Said Hamis with nine.
In another game, Spurs of Dodoma took on red-hot Savio and the latter won 90-67.
Savio relied on Paschal Mshana and Silvian Iyunzu up front to trouble their opponents.
Mshana scored 20 points to emerge the teams top scorer while his hard fighting team mate Iyunzu fired 11.

Savio Savio stretched their winning run after edging out Oilers 70-65 on Sunday while Spurs, who were smarting from the 56-43 defeat to Morogoros Young Warriors, continued their woes.

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


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  TURKEY   


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. Nelson, Akhisar Bld10.8 
 5. Eiukwu, Usak10.8 
 6. Gray, Gelisim10.7 
 7. Curtis, Beykoz10.7 
 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, Gelisim5.0 
 6. Kavaklioglu, Hacett.4.7 
 7. Akyol, Olin Genclik4.4 
 8. Hot, Akcakoca P.4.3 
 9. Edge, Genc Banvit4.1 
 10. Tunceri, Hacettep.4.0 
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. Fisher, Akcakoca P.2.0 
 6. Celebioglu, Genc B.2.0 
 7. Erdogan, Duzce G.2.0 
 8. Ogut, Genc Telekom2.0 
 9. Kan, Yesilyurt1.9 
 10. Ozseven, TED I.1.9 
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. Egemonye, Optimum .1.8 
 7. Hairston, Duzce G.1.8 
 8. Courtney, Final G.1.6 
 9. Mims, Istanbul.1.5 
 10. Turkyilmaz, Genc B.1.4 


TBL: Round 27 review - by Eurobasket News
T.Telekom - Galatasaray 87-74
Turk Telekom closed Round 27 with 87-74 home win against Galatasaray. Ricky Davis (199-G-79, college: Iowa) was the leading player in victory with 19 points and 6 rebounds. He made 5 of 8 attempts from behind the arc last night. Ersin Dagli (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) and Bekir Yarangume followed with 14 and 13 points respectively. Visitors got 15 points and 7 boards from Simas Jasaitis.

Antalya - Tofas 46-69
Unexpectedly easy win for Tofas, who jumped to 11-16. Brandon Bowman (204-F-84, college: Georgetown) came up with 13 points and 11 points in this victory, while Can Altintig (195-G-87) followed with 12 points, 5 boards and 6 assists. The hosts got 12 points from Umut Yenice.

Bornova - Erdemir 65-78
Erdemir grabbed valuable road win against Bornova making a big step forward to Playoffs. Leon Williams (203-F/C-86, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Ohio) was a key player in victory with 17 points and 16 rebounds. Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA) replied with 26 points and 8 boards in defeat. Both teams had 12-14 before this meeting.

Darussafaka - Efes Pilsen 71-97
Efes Pilsen cruised past Darussafaka remaining on top of TBL standings with 24-3 record. Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) came up with 22 points, while Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80, agency: Court Side) added 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. In the loosing squad (6-21), Haris Mujezinovic collected 21 points and 7 rebs.

Besiktas - Fener.Ulker 83-68
Besiktas blasted No.2 Fenerbahce Ulker mostly owing to great performance by Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83, agency: 1x1 Sports), who had 25 points and 7 rebounds. Engin Atsur (194-G-84, college: N.Carolina St.) also had very important role adding 18 points, 6 boards and 7 assists. Lynn Greer top-scored for Fener with 14 pts. Besitkas 16-11, Fenerbahce Ulker 21-6.

Oyak Renault - Kepez Bld 94-82
Oyak Renault had Olumuyiwa Famutimi (197-G-84, college: Arkansas) and Alex Scales (192-G-78, college: Oregon) on fire with 28 and 27 points respectively. Famutimi pulled down 10 rebounds beside that and he was MVP of this game. Kepez got 18 points and 6 boards from Jovo Stanojevic, as well as 18 points and 6 assists from Marcus Hall. Both teams have 9-18 now.

Mersin - Karsiyaka 75-70
10th victory of the season for Mersin, whose best player was James Baron (191-G-86, college: Rhode Island) with 28 points. Asim Pars (212-C-76, agency: World Sport Agency) and Dominic James secured a nice help with 14 and 12 points respectively. Andre Smith collected 23 points and 5 boards in defeat. Mersin 10-17, Karsiyaka 14-13.

Aliaga - Banvit 73-90
19-8 for Banvit and 10-17 for Aliaga after this game. Charles Davis (202-F-84, college: Alabama) stepped up for the guests with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: DePaul) helped with 16 pts and 8 boards. On the other side, the hosts got 20 points, 5 boards and 6 assists from Quinton Hosley.



Jermaine Dearman gets MVP of the Week award for Turkish TB2L (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
American Jermaine Dearman (202-F/C-80, agency: Warren Sports International) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Hacettepe University and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com TB2L Player of the Week award for round 1 (Quarter-Finals).
The 30-year old power forward had the game-high 22 points adding nine rebounds and three assists for his team's victory, helping them to beat Gelisim (#5, 12-10) 83-68. In the team's last game Dearman had a remarkable 90.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Hacettepe University's top player in his first season with the team.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American center Marquise Gray (203-C-86, agency: ZAG Advocates) of Gelisim Koleji. Gray impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Gelisim lost that game 68-83 to Hacettepe Un. (20-2).Gray is a newcomer at Gelisim and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader.

The third best performed player last round was Can Ugur Ogut (92) of Genc Telekom (#14). Ogut showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, six rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Ogut's great performance Genc Telekom lost 72-86 to Trabzonspor (#2, 19-3). But his team can not count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other temmates. He has a great season in Turkey. After 25 games, Ogut made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.2apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Firat Aydemir (187-G-80) of Trabzonspor - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Harold Jamison (204-C-76) of Trabzonspor - 17 points and 10 rebounds
6. Antonio Meeking (203-F-81) of Selcuk Univ. - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Murat Goktas (201-G-87) of Genc Telekom - 17 points and 8 rebounds
8. Ali Kavaklioglu (186-G-86) of Hacettepe Un. - 12 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Sertac Sanli (209-F-91) of Genc Telekom - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assist
10. Recai Ozturk (198-F-82) of Gelisim - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists


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. James, Mersin4.2 
 7. Ukic, Fener.Ulker4.2 
 8. Hosley, Aliaga4.1 
 9. Holston, Karsiyaka4.1 
 10. Erdogan, Oyak R.4.1 
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. Erden, Bornova1.8 
 9. Adams, Oyak R.1.8 
 10. Altay, Aliaga1.8 
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. Davis, Banvit1.1 
 8. Solak, Galatasaray1.1 
 9. Bowman, Tofas1.1 
 10. Wilkinson, Galatasa.0.9 


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


PRESS RELEASE SUN STROKE ALL VI HOOP CLASSIC (UPDATES) - by David Edole
event: SUN STROKE ALL VI HOOP CLASSIC

venue: RONALD CHARLES ARENA (CHS)

Sun Stroke Promotions is pleased to announce the 12th Annual Sun Stroke All VI Hoop Classic. The event takes place this Friday and Saturday April 16th & 17th in the Ronald Charles Gymnasium on the campus of Central High School.

The event kicks off with a Celebrity basketball game that will feature local senators, entertainers and media personalities. The teams will be captained by Streetball Legends White Chocolate (who was featured in the CBS NCAA Championship open with P. Diddy) and Hot Sauce (the most marketed Streetball Player in history). The game should be the perfect mix of competitiveness and comedy for the entire family to enjoy.

After the game, select All Stars will take to the court in the 3-Point Shootout, Skills Challenge and Slam Dunk Competition. There will be trophies awarded to the Celebrity MVP and the winners of the various competitions.

Saturday the excitement continues with the St. Thomas versus St. Croix male and female High School All Star games. St. Thomas girls lead the series 6 games to 5 and St. Croix boys lead the series 7 games to 4. This years games should be very competitive as there are some Division I prospects participating.

Each player will receive a DVD copy of the game. Additionally, if a player does not have the means to send a copy of the game to a College or University that is interested in providing a scholarship opportunity for that player, Sun Stroke Promos and Caribbean Education Initiative will send the DVD to that institution on their behalf.

The University of the Virgin Islands Basketball Program will use this event as a recruiting tool as they try to land some All Star prospects as well.

This event is solar powered by Tim Duncan and adidas.

12TH ANNUAL SUN STROKE ALL VI HOOP CLASSIC ROSTERS

STT Girls All Star Roster

Head Coach Myron Corbett (CAHS)

Amara Williams (CAHS)
Aesha Peters (91) (CAHS)
Shayla Kelly (CAHS)
Kelssy Trass (CAHS)
Erika Donastorg (IEKHS)
ChaLes Martin (ANT)
Sakile Brathwaite-Hall (ANT)
TeAndra Richardson (CAHS)
Shaquanna Foy (ANT)
Shaniqua Wheatley (CAHS)

STX Girls All Star Roster

Head Coach Donald Bough (CHS)

Hanifah Hendricks (91) (CDS) WILL NOT PLAY (School Play)
Lanese Bough (92) (CHS)
Veronique Llanos (92) (ECHS)
Shamyra Vanterpool (92) (CHS)
Risheema Burke (92) (CHS)
Jayda Edwards (CHS)
Neffy Ritter (ECHS)
Kadeesha Barry (CHS)
Melanesa Hendrickson (CHS)
Denequa Phillips (CHS)

STT Boys All Star Roster

Head Coach Pedrito Estrill (CAHS)

Merwin Potter (93) (CAHS)
Charles Pemberton (92) (CAHS)
Shaquille Bruno (IEKHS)
Dornell Weaver (ANT)
Xavier Richards (IEKHS)
Arturo Watlington (SPP) WILL NOT PLAY (Baseball Tournament)
Michael Venzen (SPP) WILL NOT PLAY (Players Decision)
Kisho Gumbs (CAHS)
Glen Blyden (IEKHS)
Elvis Richardson (CAHS)
Brian Brady (ALL SAINTS)
Aubrey Dawson (IEKHS)

STX Boys All Star Roster

Head Coach Dean Heywood (ECHS) replaced by Lenny Redwine (CDS)

Salim Ross (92) (ECHS)
Taaron Jones (G-91) (CHS)
Brandon OReilly (CDS)
Tamoi Francis (ECHS)
Terrrel Christian (ECHS)
Warren Brooks (ECHS) WILL NOT PLAY (Ankle Injury)
Kadeem Jones (94) (CHS)
Javier Martinez (93) (CHS)
Charles Sealey (CDS)
Chris Sealey (ECHS)
Amadius Der-Weer (94) (CHS)



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  UKRAINE   


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 24-2 
 2. Ferro-ZNTU 21-5 
 3. Kryvbasbasket 20-6 
 4. BC Kyiv 17-9 
 5. BC Odessa 16-10 
 6. Azovmash 15-11 
 7. Dnipro 14-12 
 8. Hoverla 13-13 
 9. Mykolaiv 13-13 
 10. Khimik 11-15 
 11. Halychyna 10-16 
 12. Pulsar 4-22 
 13. DniproAzot 4-22 
 14. Gryfony 0-26 
Folded
 1. BC Donetsk 0-0 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Khalid EL-AMIN
  Budivelnyk
  (178-G-79)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. El-Amin, Budivelnyk21.7 
 2. Karim, DniproAzot21.2 
 3. Thomas, Fe.20.8 
 4. Burtt, Fe.20.0 
 5. McClintock, Mykolaiv18.6 
 6. Curry, Azovmash18.5 
 7. Mitchell, Khimik18.3 
 8. Williams, Halychyna18.0 
 9. Atanackovic, Gryfo.17.5 
 10. Coleman, BC Odessa17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Hoverla
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Fraser, Hoverla11.6 
 2. Thomas, Fe.10.6 
 3. Pettway, Dnipro8.1 
 4. Finn, Halychyna7.9 
 5. McClintock, Mykolaiv7.8 
 6. Morton, DniproAzot7.3 
 7. Shkurupiy, Gryfony7.1 
 8. Hunter, Fe.7.0 
 9. Rizvic, Azovmash7.0 
 10. Dubnyuk, Pulsar6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Dnipro
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Crowe, Dnipro7.5 
 2. Blassingame, BC Od.6.7 
 3. Sparks, Hoverla5.9 
 4. Burtt, Fe.5.5 
 5. Karim, DniproAzot5.4 
 6. Mitchell, Khimik5.4 
 7. El-Amin, Budivelnyk5.1 
 8. Lukashov, BC Kyiv5.0 
 9. Love, Mykolaiv4.5 
 10. Jeromanovs, Mykol.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Fred HOUSE
  Azovmash
  (195-F-78)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. House, Azovmash2.9 
 2. El-Amin, Budivelnyk2.2 
 3. Crowe, Dnipro2.2 
 4. Jeromanovs, Mykol.2.0 
 5. Perry, BC Donetsk1.9 
 6. Tiggs, Fe.1.9 
 7. Sparks, Hoverla1.9 
 8. Karim, DniproAzot1.7 
 9. Shemosyuk, Pulsar1.7 
 10. Skutyelnik, Azovm.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Viacheslav KRAVTSOV
  BC Kyiv
  (212-C-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Kravtsov, BC Kyiv2.8 
 2. Rizvic, Azovmash2.0 
 3. Balashov, BC Odessa1.9 
 4. McClintock, Mykolaiv1.9 
 5. Pettway, Dnipro1.7 
 6. Agafonov, Khimik1.7 
 7. Morton, DniproAzot1.6 
 8. Garrison, Khimik1.3 
 9. Ulyanko, Hoverla1.2 
 10. Matyukevych, Mykol.1.0 


Budivelnyk is the Winner of the Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Pulsar - Azovmash 57-73
Azovmash grabbed 83:57 win over Pulsar in Rovno as Hasan Rizvic (212-C-84) and House Fred paced all the winners with 19 points each, while Alexander Demetrius nailed 13. Shelukha Artem produced 16 points for the hosts.

Gryfony - DniproAzot 79-88
Gryfony could not beat DniproAzot as the latter took 79:88 on April 13th. Yuriy Lokhmanchuk (197-G/F-87) poured in 25 points, whilst Karim Lamar and Shevchenko Dimitri scored 19 each. Shkurupiy Ivan chipped in 22 points and had 13 boards in defeat.

Kryvbasbasket - Budivelnyk 59-101
Budivelnyk becaem the Winner of the Regular Season as they finished it with the road win over Kryvbasbasket 101:59. Artur Drozdov (199-G-80) poured in 21 points for the guests and Artur Drozdov netted 20. Zaitsev Igor chipped in 14 points for the hosts.

Halychyna - BC Odessa 80-89
BC Odessa rolled over Halychyna 89:80 and advanced to the Quarterfinals where they will play against BC Kyiv. Stanislav Balashov (210-C-79) and Coleman Jerome paced all the winners with 19 points each, while Kryvych Igor nailed 15. Finn Sean ended up with 26 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.

BC Kyiv - Mykolaiv 86-89
BC Kyiv lost to Mykolaiv 86:89 as Justin Love (188-G-78, college: St.Louis) shined for the guests with 28 points and 6 rebounds while McClintock Daniel posted 20. Pustozvonov Maksym delivered 16 in defeat and Briantsev Dmitri notched 14.

Hoverla - Khimik 72-89
Hoverla lost to Khimik 72:89 at the Regular Season Round 31. Alexander Kolchenko (198-F/G-88) stepped up with 22 points and Garrison Travis added 18 points and 10 boards. Kudryavtsev Alexander replied with 19 points in the losing effort.

Dnipro - Ferro-ZNTU 87-100
Dnipro was defeated by Ferro-ZNTU 87:100 as both teams will face again in the first round of the Quartefinals. Steve Burtt (185-G-84, college: Iona) exploded with 39 points, while Thomas Charles netted 28. Crowe Jason and Andriukaitis Martynas scored 16 apiece for the hosts.



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Roderick Middleton claims British BBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Roderick Middleton (186-G/F-82, agency: Scenic Sports Group, LLC.) had an amazing evening in the last round for Worcester Wolves and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 28-year old swingman had a double-double of 32 points and adding fourteen rebounds, while his team beat Guildford H. (#11, 11-23) 102-88. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Worcester Wolves maintains the 9th position in British BBL. Worcester Wolves 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 16-18 record. In the team's last game Middleton had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He just recently signed at Worcester Wolves, being already a very valuable addition to the team. The University of Buffalo graduate is in league's top in points (8th best: 19.5ppg), steals (2.7spg) and 43.0% from behind 3-point line. He averages also 5.2rpg and 4.4apg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old Lithuanian center Tomas Janusauskas (213-C-85) of Paws London Capitals. Janusauskas impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 20 rebounds. Bad luck as Paws London Capitals lost that game 92-104 to the higher-ranked MK Lions (#7, 17-17). Paws London Capitals managed to keep the same 13th spot in the standings. 30 lost games is too many comparing to just three victories Paws London Capitals managed to get this year. Janusauskas is a newcomer at Paws London Capitals and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader.

The third best performed player last round was another Worcester Wolves' star - Lithuanian Kastytis Normantas (191-G-85). Normantas got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds and four assists. He was another key player of Worcester Wolves, helping his team with a 114-92 easy win against the lower-ranked Essex Pirates (#12, 7-27). The chances of Worcester Wolves ranking at the top of the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 18 games, recording just sixteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Normantas could bring Worcester Wolves' position much higher in the standings. Normantas has a very solid season. In 23 games in United Kingdom he scored 13.0ppg. He also has 2.3spg and FGP: 70.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Trey Moore (192-G-75) of Everton Tigers - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 13 assists
5. Tomas Janusauskas (213-C-85) of London C. - 23 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Milek Jivens (186-G-74) of London C. - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Jerrah Young (201-F-85) of Cheshire J. - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 1 assist
8. Colin O'Reilly (200-F-84) of Cheshire J. - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Ibrahim Gariba (206-C-84) of London C. - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Mike Tuck (201-F-83) of Sheffield S. - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists


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


Stats Leaders - BBL
Points Per Game
 Mike COOK
  Sheffield S.
  (193-G/F-84)
  Avg: 27
 1. Cook, Sheffield S.27.0 
 2. Bratton, Worthing.24.2 
 3. Harrison, MK Lions20.9 
 4. Wierzbicki, Leices.20.6 
 5. Patton, Sheffiel.20.4 
 6. Valencia, Plymouth R.20.1 
 7. Yanders, Scottish.19.8 
 8. Moore, Everton T.19.7 
 9. Middleton, Worceste.19.5 
 10. Chapman, Newcastl.19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Leicester R.
  (201-F/C-)
  Avg: 11
 1. Johnson, Leiceste.11.0 
 2. Janusauskas, London C.10.2 
 3. Toney, Sheffield S.9.9 
 4. Rodrigo, Essex P.9.2 
 5. Rowe, Plymouth R.8.8 
 6. Richard, Worthing.8.4 
 7. Gariba, London C.8.0 
 8. Young, Cheshire J.7.8 
 9. Disy, Worcester W.7.4 
 10. Valencia, Plymouth R.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony MARTIN
  Plymouth R.
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Martin, Plymouth.7.5 
 2. Sapp, Scottish R.7.4 
 3. Moore, Everton T.6.2 
 4. Patton, Sheffiel.5.1 
 5. Yanders, Scottish.5.0 
 6. Drakeford, Guildfor.4.9 
 7. Jackson, Newcastl.4.7 
 8. Peterson, Cheshire.4.6 
 9. Westbrooks, Leices.4.6 
 10. Jivens, London C.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Roderick MIDDLETON
  Worcester W.
  (186-G/F-82)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Middleton, Worceste.2.7 
 2. Moore, Everton T.2.6 
 3. Normantas, Worceste.2.3 
 4. Babalola, Evert.2.3 
 5. Peterson, Cheshire.2.3 
 6. Gariba, London C.2.2 
 7. Sapp, Scottish R.2.2 
 8. Lasker, Plymouth.2.1 
 9. O''Reilly, Cheshire.2.0 
 10. Martin, Plymouth.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kadiri RICHARD
  Worthing T.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Richard, Worthing.2.3 
 2. Johnson, Leiceste.1.8 
 3. Toney, Sheffield S.1.2 
 4. Flournoy, Newcastl.0.9 
 5. Young, Cheshire J.0.9 
 6. Gorman, Sheffiel.0.9 
 7. Copeland, Scottish.0.9 
 8. Davis, Cheshire J.0.8 
 9. Rodrigo, Essex P.0.8 
 10. Janusauskas, London C.0.8 


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  VENEZUELA   


Sergio Rouco All-Star - by Wolfgang Lucena
The 2010 Professional basketball league of Venezuela All-Star team coaches has been announced. Marinos de Anzoategui's Head Coach, Sergio Rouco, will lead the overseas players team. Sergio Rouco has been holding a terrific record as Marinos de Anzoategui's Head coach 20-6 with 11 victories in a row during the last two weeks, previous to the all star game. Nestor Salazar, Head Coach of Cocodrilos Del Caracas, will be coaching the local players (Venezuelas native players). The All-Star game will be hosted this upcoming April 19, 2010 at the Arena of the United Nations Park in Caracas, Venezuela. The local all star team is striving for revenge due to last years game when they lost versus the foreign stars, 114-110. The All-Star game has been played in Venezuela since the year of 1975; the local team has been winning eleven times since then.


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  WCBL   


Breakers continue pres-season WCBL games - by Gianni Pascucci
The Santa Barbara Breakers continued their pre-seaon schedule Sunday, April 11 playing the LA Jaguars at Hollywood High School in a NBA Pro-Am contest. The Breakers are currently 6-1 in pre-WCBL games with these games being geared towards their home opener at SB City College Sports Pavilion on Saturday, May 1. The backcourt of Mark Peters (5'11''-G-81, college: Cal-Riverside) and Tim Taylor (6'3''-G-82, college: Wayne St., NE) is side by side as well as comeback player (knee surgery in 2009) Allan Purnell (6'4''-G-82, college: Pacific), the only Breaker to play all 4 seasons thus far. Joel Smith (6'4''-G-84, college: Chaminade) of Lompoc and a member of the Breakers 2009 WCBL Championship team is also be playing. For further details on the upcoming 2010 WCBL season, log on to www.breakersbasketball.com




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Women News

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  BELGIUM - Women  


D1: Regular season is over, Waregem is No.1 - by Eurobasket News
In the last round of the regular season, Waregem went to Jeugd Gentson and managed to steal one from them with ease. They dominated the game from opening tip-off on their way to 52-72 win. Nele Deyaert (186-F-79) led the winning side with double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Tamara Van Respaille (186-C-77) added 15 points, while Jana Raman contributed with 11. For hosts, Anne-Sophie Strubbe and Lieselot Malfait were the only two players in double digits with 16 and 13 points respectively.
Ieper also recorded win away from home but they had to work hard for it. In a thriller of a match they managed to overcome Namur 55-57. Emma Meesseman (188-C/F-93) scored 15 points for Ieper in this one. Hanne Mestdagh (180-F-93) chipped in 14 points for Ieper as well. On the other side, not even 19 points and 12 rebounds by Sarah Dochez nor 18 points Elodie Remy could save Namur from narrow loss in this one.
In Group B, BBC Boom had no troubles overcoming their hosts DBC Houthalen, winning the contest 52-73. Corina Arts (184-C-76) led the guests with 19 points on the night. She got help from Vreny Van Driel (176-G-88) and Eveline Decroos, who added 16 and 15 points respectively. For DBC Houthalen, Katrien Vercauteren had 13 points, while Karen Bartholomeeus and Emmelie Geraedts chipped in 10 points apiece.
Game between Point Chaud and Namur is yet to be played.



Regular season 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 0-8


Playoff schedule (Semifinals, best-of-three)

4/13/2010 BBC Kangoeroes - Boom Declercq Stortbeton Waregem
4/13/2010 R. Spirou Monceau St Katelijne Waver

4/15/2010 Declercq Stortbeton Waregem BBC Kangoeroes - Boom
4/15/2010 St Katelijne Waver R. Spirou Monceau

4/17/2010 *** Declercq Stortbeton Waregem BBC Kangoeroes - Boom
4/17/2010 *** St Katelijne Waver R. Spirou Monceau



Standings - Women
D1 Stage Two 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 0-8 
Stage One Standings


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  BULGARIA - Women  


NBL Quarterfinals: Beore is 1-0 up against Minor - by Eurobasket News
Beore 07 - Minor 98-86

Beroe 07 took the 1-0 lead in their Quarterfinal series against Minor after beating them 98-86. Beore players opened the game in style as they took the lead from the start. After one quarter of play, they have already managed to build 30-21. The second half was spent in more even mathcup as Minor tried to cut the deficit, but hosts were still in control. By the halftime, Beroe was still up comfortably 50-37. Not much changed after the break for Minor, as Beroe players continued where they left off. They again put a string of runs, and practically had this game in their hands with one quarter left to play as the score stood at 78-57. In the final 10 minutes, all Minor players could do is to cut the deficit. Even though they won the final quarter, all that resulted in was 98-86 loss.
Five players finished in double figures for the winners with Ralitsa Naneva (178-F-86) and Neli Pasheva (175-F-81) leading the way with 22 and 20 points respectively. Petja Dzhambazka (178-F-77) added double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Mariya Zhelyazkova and Zlatina Kaloferova chipped in 17 and 16 points each. On the other side, Minor got 27 points from Kamelia Mihalkova (182-F-80). Ralitsa Vasileva (187-C-85) and Radmila Nesheva also had good outing, finishing the game with 23 and 14 points respectively. Next match in this series is scheduled for April 14th.

Beore 07: Ralitsa Naneva 22, Neli Pasheva 20, Petja Dzhambazka 18+12 boards, Mariya Zhelyazkova 17, Zlatina Kaloferova 16
Minor: Kamelia Mihalkova 27, Ralitsa Vasileva 23, Radmila Nesheva 14


NBL Quarterfinals: Montana 2003 beats Slavija to take 1-0 lead - by Eurobasket News
Montana 2003 - Slavija 82-67

Montana 2003 used the home court in order to beat Slavija 82-67. This gives them 1-0 lead in the Quarterfinal series. Hosts came out strong from the very start going on the run to take the initial lead. By the end of the first period, Montana players were already up 22-15. Second quarter was mostly spent in exchanging of baskets, but it was hosts who managed to maintain their lead. At the halftime, the score stood at 43-34 and Montana players were looking comfortable. After the break, more of the same continued, as Slavija was trying to mount a run, but Montana always found the answer to counter that. Still, hosts managed to extend their lead and have entered the final quarter holding comfortable 66-53. In the final 10 minutes, tempo of the game slowed down as teams started to miss some opens shots. Still Montana routinely closed the game out for the final 15 point margin win.
Agnesa Doychinova (188-F-73) led the winners with monster game of 25 points and 19 rebounds. She got help from Zhaneta Zhelyova (182-F-75) who also recorded double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds, as well as Zoia Stanoeva (182-F-76, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who added 18 points. On the other side, Albena Bachkova (170-G-73) also had a great game as she poured in 26 points. Mihaea Divova and Tonka Tencheva (182-F-89) chipped in 12 points apiece, while Aleksandra Delcheva (202-C-87) scored 10 points.

Montana 2003: Agnesa Doychinova 25+19 boards, Zhaneta Zhelyova 19+12 boards, Zoia Stanoeva 18
Slavija: Albena Bachkova 26, Mihaela Divova 12, Tonka Tencheva 12, Aleksandra Delcheva 10



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  GERMANY - Women  


Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL Awards 2009-10 - by Eurobasket
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Romy Bar
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Carmen Guzman
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Mirna Paunovic
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Alissa Pierce
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Player of the Year: Romy Bar (189-F-87) of TV Saarlouis Royals
Guard of the Year: Carmen Guzman (175-G-85) of SV Halle Lions
Forward of the Year: Romy Bar (189-F-87) of TV Saarlouis Royals
Center of the Year: Mirna Paunovic (185-F/C-76) of Eisvogel USC Freiburg
Newcomer of the Year: Svenja Greunke (188-F-89) of Rhein Main Baskets
Most Improved Player of the Year: Petra Manakova (192-F/C-82) of TV Saarlouis Royals
Bosman Player of the Year: Mirna Paunovic (185-F/C-76) of Eisvogel USC Freiburg
Import Player of the Year: Carmen Guzman (175-G-85) of SV Halle Lions
Domestic Player of the Year: Romy Bar (189-F-87) of TV Saarlouis Royals
Defensive Player of the Year: Sabrina Scott (190-C-81) of BC Wildcats Wolfenbuettel
Coach of the Year: Harald Janson

1st Team
Carmen Guzman (175-G-85) of SV Halle Lions
Alissa Pierce (182-G/F-86) of Rhein Main Baskets
Ashley Hayes (178-G/F-87) of TSV 1880 Wasserburg
Romy Bar (189-F-87) of TV Saarlouis Royals
Mirna Paunovic (185-F/C-76) of Eisvogel USC Freiburg

2nd Team
Amanda Davidson (170-G-83) of BC Pharmaserv Marburg
Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85) of evo New Basket Oberhausen
Margret Skuballa (186-F-87) of BC Pharmaserv Marburg
Petra Manakova (192-F/C-82) of TV Saarlouis Royals
Sabrina Scott (190-C-81) of BC Wildcats Wolfenbuettel

Honorable Mention
Tamara Tatham (187-F-85) of TSV 1880 Wasserburg
Minja Terzic (188-F/C) of Herner TC
Annika Danckert (182-F-81) of WWK Donau-Ries Noerdlingen
Sarah Hayes (173-G-84) of Eisvogel USC Freiburg
Jennifer Bender (185-F-87) of SV Halle Lions
Viktoria Mircheva (190-C-87) of WWK Donau-Ries Noerdlingen
Svenja Greunke (188-F-89) of Rhein Main Baskets
Brianne O'Rourke (168-G-87) of Herner TC


All-Domestic Players Team
Romy Bar (189-F-87) of TV Saarlouis Royals
Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85) of evo New Basket Oberhausen
Margret Skuballa (186-F-87) of BC Pharmaserv Marburg
Annika Danckert (182-F-81) of WWK Donau-Ries Noerdlingen
Svenja Greunke (188-F-89) of Rhein Main Baskets

All-Imports Team
Carmen Guzman (175-G-85) of SV Halle Lions
Alissa Pierce (182-G/F-86) of Rhein Main Baskets
Ashley Hayes (178-G/F-87) of TSV 1880 Wasserburg
Amanda Davidson (170-G-83) of BC Pharmaserv Marburg
Sabrina Scott (190-C-81) of BC Wildcats Wolfenbuettel

All-Bosmans Team
Mirna Paunovic (185-F/C-76) of Eisvogel USC Freiburg
Petra Manakova (192-F/C-82) of TV Saarlouis Royals
Minja Terzic (188-F/C) of Herner TC
Viktoria Mircheva (190-C-87) of WWK Donau-Ries Noerdlingen
Jana Furkova
(185-C/F-84) of TSV 1880 Wasserburg


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  GREECE - Women  


A1: Round 25 review - by Eurobasket News
In Round 25 of the Greek top division, Athinaikos went to Olympiacos and had no troubles to beat them 59-80. Visiting team was led to victory by Ilolita Lymoura (180-G-85, agency: LBM Management) who scored 16 points. LaToya Davis (186-F/C-84, college: Texas Tech) added 13 points, while Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) added 11. For hosts, Lydia Milkova stood out with 25 points in loss. It is already clear that Athinaikos will be the regular season champion, but it remains to be seen will they make with the perfect record as now they have 23-0.
Panathanaikos hosted P. Filaro and had to work very hard in order to secure narrow 67-64 home win. Giuliana Mendiola (182-G-81, college: Washington) led the way with 20 points for winners. Lindsey Wilson (176-G-81, college: Iowa St.) was also good for hosts, as she added 10 points. On the other side, Trisar Skibbe poured in 23 points while Atalanti Tasouli added 13 points.
Aris managed to overcome their hosts Olympiada with ease, winning the contest 63-80. Brooke Queenan (188-F-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Boston Coll.) was great for visitors as she scored 22 points. Ana Dabovic followed closely with 20 points, while Maria Bosunaki chipped in 14. For Olympiada, Ekaterina Abramzon (185-F/C-87, agency: ZAG Advocates) scored 29 points while the only other player to reach double figures was Maria Kyritsaka who scored 12 points.
FEA Neas hosted Apollon K and managed to come up on top 79-60. Katie Gearlds (186-G/F-84, college: Purdue) poured in 25 points for the winners in this one. Tania Halivera added 16 while Irini Mitropoulou chipped in 15 points. For visitors, Dimitra Telidou and Nelli Bibiri stood out with 19 and 14 points respectively.


Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Athinaikos 23-0 
 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. Panionios 12-11 
 8. FEA Neas 11-11 
 9. P.Faliro 10-13 
 10. Olympiakos V. 9-14 
 11. Apollon Kal. 8-15 
 12. Olympiada L. 3-20 
 13. Hania 0-23 


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Awards 2009-10 - by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year - Dora Horti (195-C-87) of Sopron
Guard of the Year - Kata Honti (175-G-87) of Sopron
Forward of the Year - Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) of Pecs
Center of the Year - Dora Horti of Sopron
Newcomer of the Year - Anna Lakloth (182-G-88) of Vasas
Most Improved Player of the Year - Boglarka Kocsis (170-G-83) of BSE
Bosman Player of the Year - Irina Crasnoscioc (192-F-81) of ZTE
Import Player of the Year - Nicole Ohlde (193-F/C-82) of Pecs
Domestic Player of the Year - Dora Horti of Sopron
Defensive Player of the Year - Amber Holt (183-G/F-85) of Sopron
Coach of the Year - Akos Fuzy of Pecs

1st Team
Dalma Ivanyi (178-G-76) of Pecs
Kata Honti of Sopron
Amber Holt of Sopron
Anna Vajda of Pecs
Dora Horti of Sopron

2nd Team
Orsolya Englert (170-G-80) of Seat Foton
Bernadett Nemeth (173-G-80) of Szeviep Szeged
Rita Rasheed (182-F-89) of ZTE-Zala
Vaida Sipaviciute (193-C-85) of Szeviep Szeged
Nicole Ohlde of Pecs

Honorable Mention
Timea Czank (176-G-86) of Vasas
Reka Fejes (186-F-87) of Vasas
Anna Lakloth of Vasas
Emoke Furesz (180-G-77) of Szeviep Szeged
Edit Eordogh (180-G/F-75) of Sopron
Reka Balint (181-F-91) of Atomeromu
Anna Vida (184-F-85) of SEAT Lami
Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) of Sopron

All-Domestic Players Team
Dalma Ivanyi of Pecs
Kata Honti of Sopron
Anna Vida of SEAT Lami
Anna Vajda of Pecs
Dora Horti of Sopron

All-Imports Team
Kristi Toliver (170-G) of Sopron
Allie Quigley (180-G-86) of Pecs
Amber Holt of Sopron
Vaida Sipaviciute of Szeviep Szeged
Nicole Ohlde of Pecs

All-Bosmans Team
Iva Ciglar (170-G-85) of Szeviep Szeged
Kelly Mazzante (183-G-82) of Pecs
Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) of Sopron
Irina Crasnoscioc of ZTE
Vaida Sipaviciute of Szeviep Szeged

All-Defensive Team
Dalma Ivanyi of Pecs
Kata Honti of Sopron
Amber Holt of Sopron
Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78) of Szeviep Szeged

All-Newcomers Team
Timea Czank of Vasas
Anna Lakloth of Vasas
Krisztina Raksanyi (180-G-91) of Pecs
Orsolya Farkasinszki (86) of Szolnoki
Reka Fejes of Vasas


Playoff Semifinals (second games): Best performance - Emoke Furesz - by Eurobasket News
Former international guard Emoke Furesz (180-G-77) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Szeviep Szeged, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2 (Semi-Finals).
The 33-year old player was the main contributor (17 points, six rebounds and three assists) to her team's victory, helping them to beat MiZo Pecs 76-69. In the team's last game Furesz had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. She has many years of experience at Szeged, through which he has constantly improved. Emoke Furesz is in league's top in assists (9th best: 3.1apg) and FGP (54.3%).

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old Serbian Hajdana Radunovic (192-F/C-78, agency: Basket Plus International) of SEAT Lami Ved Gyor. Radunovic had a very good evening with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as SEAT Lami lost that game 68-79 to MKB Euroleasing.Radunovic is well-known at SEAT Lami and is a proven leader in her second season with the team. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.0ppg (#1). She also registered 6.4 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Serbian forward Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89, agency: Scott Communications) of league's best team MKB Euroleasing Sopron. Milovanovic scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds. She was a key player of MKB Euroleasing Sopron, leading her team to a 79-68 win against #4 ranked SEAT Lami in a game of the week. Milovanovic has a very solid season. In 19 games in Hungary she scored 12.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vaida Sipaviciute (193-C-85) of Szeged - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist
5. Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) of MiZo Pecs - 10 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84) of MiZo Pecs - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Bernadett Nemeth (173-G-80) of Szeged - 13 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Dalma Ivanyi (178-G-76) of MiZo Pecs - 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Edit Eordogh (180-G/F-75) of MKB Eurol. - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Dora Horti (195-C-87) of MKB Eurol. - 14 points and 2 rebounds


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  ITALY - Women  


A1: Best players of the Quarterfinals (first games) - by Eurobasket News
American Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management) had an amazing evening for the defending champion Cras Taranto and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1 (Quarter-Finals).
The 29-year old power forward had a double-double of 17 points and adding thirteen rebounds, while her team outclassed Umbertide (#8, 8-14) with 29-point margin 81-52. Brunson turned to be Taranto's top player in her first season with the team. Georgetown University graduate is in league's top in points (7th best: 15.0ppg), rebounds (4th best: 7.9rpg), steals (2.9spg) and 50.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old American guard Angela Zampella (170-G-78, agency: Basket Plus International) of Pool Comense. Zampella impressed basketball fans with 28 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Comense lost that game 77-83 to Familia Schio. Zampella is one of the most experienced players at Comense and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player.

The third best performed player last round was American Courtney Willis (188-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) of ACP Livorno (#11). Willis scored 20 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds. Despite Willis' great performance Livorno lost 48-59 to GMA Napoli. But her team can not count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other temmates. She has a great season in Italy. After 23 games, Willis made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.9rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bernadette Ngoyisa (195-C-82) of Familia Schio - 20 points and 5 rebounds
5. Brooke Smith (191-F/C-84) of Comense - 19 points and 6 rebounds
6. Adriana Pinto (169-G-78) of Faenza - 10 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Geraldine Robert (184-F-80) of Faenza - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Clarisse Machanguana (194-C/F-73) of Bracco Geas - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 1 assist
9. Iciss Tillis (194-F-81) of Familia Schio - 14 points and 10 rebounds
10. Ines Ajanovic (196-C-80) of Basket Parma - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Brooke SMITH
  Comense
  (191-F/C-84)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Smith, Comense17.2 
 2. Robert, Faenza16.8 
 3. Dixon, GMA Napoli16.0 
 4. Macchi, Familia Schio15.8 
 5. Walker, GMA Napoli15.5 
 6. Machanguana, Bracco G.15.3 
 7. Brunson, Taranto15.2 
 8. Bjelica, Vomero NA14.6 
 9. Cirov, Priolo14.2 
 10. Pinto, Faenza13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milka BJELICA
  Vomero NA
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Bjelica, Vomero NA10.5 
 2. Walker, GMA Napoli10.2 
 3. Robert, Faenza8.7 
 4. Willis, Livorno8.0 
 5. Brunson, Taranto7.9 
 6. Harper, Umana R.7.6 
 7. Smith, Comense7.4 
 8. Machanguana, Bracco G.6.9 
 9. Godin, Taranto6.4 
 10. Screen, Basket P.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Adriana PINTO
  Faenza
  (169-G-78)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Pinto, Faenza3.1 
 2. Macchi, Familia Schio2.5 
 3. Eric, Vomero NA2.5 
 4. Ballardini, Umana R.2.3 
 5. Dixon, GMA Napoli2.2 
 6. Moro, Familia Schio2.0 
 7. Penicheiro, Umbertide2.0 
 8. Martinez Pra., Bracco G.2.0 
 9. Carpreaux, Livorno2.0 
 10. Goryanova, GMA N.1.9 
Steals Per Game
 Angela ZAMPELLA
  Comense
  (170-G-78)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Zampella, Comense5.2 
 2. Carpreaux, Livorno4.8 
 3. Dixon, GMA Napoli4.7 
 4. Martinez Pra., Bracco G.4.3 
 5. Pinto, Faenza4.1 
 6. Zara, Basket Parma4.0 
 7. Macchi, Familia Schio3.9 
 8. Eric, Vomero NA3.9 
 9. Fazio, Comense3.7 
 10. Machanguana, Bracco G.3.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Oleksandra PRYSTUPA
  Faenza
  (203-C-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Prystupa, Faenza1.0 
 2. Smith, Comense1.0 
 3. Harper, Umana R.0.9 
 4. Alexander, Faenza0.9 
 5. Godin, Taranto0.7 
 6. Van Malderen, GMA N.0.6 
 7. Wabara, Bracco G.0.6 
 8. Robert, Faenza0.6 
 9. Brunson, Taranto0.6 
 10. Machanguana, Bracco G.0.5 


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  KAZAKHSTAN - Women  


The End of the International Tournament in Turkestan - by Eurobasket News
Day 3 of the International Tournament in Turkestan saw another three games of the tourney. The National team of Kyrgyzstan smashed Kentau 58:28 for the third straight win. The favorites opened the game with 15-1 and added 16-11 in the second frame. They rolled over the opponent 18-8 in the third quarter and enjoyed 9-8 in the last stanza. Komarova exploded with 27 points for the winners that improved to 3-0. Alexandrova scored 8 and Kapshuk brought 6. Saydulaeva ended up with 12 points in the losing effort.
AGMK cruised past Taraz 53:36. It was a good start for the team from Uzbekistan that produced 15-10 in it. Moreover they added 14-11 in the second stanza to take 29-21 lead at the halftime. In the third quarter AGMK played better in defense and allowed the opponents to score only 5 points in the quarter. Taraz managed to win the last period 10-8 but could not win the game. Abrahdamova nailed 12 points for Taraz that were not enough for the total success.
The Junior National team of Kazakhstan overcame Turkestan team in the last game of the third day 65:52. The guests opened the game with 17-8 and never looked behind after. Popova erupted with 30 points for the winners.


In Day 4 the National team of Kyrgyzstan triumphed in the tournament as they cruised past the Junior National team of Kazakhstan 64:44. The winners started with 17-16 in the opening quarter and produced 26-13 in the second frame.The third and the last periods were defensive in the game as the teams spent more time in defense. The National team of Kyrgyzstan won the third period 15-6, while the Junior National team of Kazakhstan won the last stanza 9-6. Y.Kolesnikova top-scored for the winners with 18 points and O.Kolesnikova brought 17. Dzhaparova netted 9, while Shtepa scored 6. Dapnite responded with 15 points in the losing effort.
Taraz smashed Kentau 93:45 as Belyaeva top-scored for the winners with 30 points.
Turkestan rolled over AGMK 77:70 in the last game of Day 4. The latter however started with 19-9 lead after the opening quarter and had 6-point lead at the halftime. Turkestan needed 31-20 in the third quarter to take the control of the game and added 17-15 in the last stanza. Samsonova erupted with 38 points for the winners. Abrahdamova nailed 13 and Mirzabekova posted 13. Saidova responded with 29 points in the losing effort.



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  KYRGYZSTAN - Women  


Kyrgyzstan triumphed in the International tournament - by Eurobasket News
The National team of Kyrgyzstan triumphed in the tournament of Turkestan. In Day 3 the National team of Kyrgyzstan smashed Kentau 58:28 for the third straight win. The favorites opened the game with 15-1 and added 16-11 in the second frame. They rolled over the opponent 18-8 in the third quarter and enjoyed 9-8 in the last stanza. Komarova exploded with 27 points for the winners that improved to 3-0. Alexandrova scored 8 and Kapshuk brought 6. Saydulaeva ended up with 12 points in the losing effort.
In Day 4 the National team of Kyrgyzstan triumphed in the tournament as they cruised past the Junior National team of Kazakhstan 64:44. The winners started with 17-16 in the opening quarter and produced 26-13 in the second frame.The third and the last periods were defensive in the game as the teams spent more time in defense. The National team of Kyrgyzstan won the third period 15-6, while the Junior National team of Kazakhstan won the last stanza 9-6. Y.Kolesnikova top-scored for the winners with 18 points and O.Kolesnikova brought 17. Dzhaparova netted 9, while Shtepa scored 6. Dapnite responded with 15 points in the losing effort.



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  LATVIA - Women  


Cesis remain alive - by Eurobasket News
Cesis won Game 4 of the Finals to remain alive for Gold. Cesis rolled over TTT Riga 66:63 as the teams are tied at 2-2 before the Final decisive game on April 15th.
Both teams knew well about each other and played well in defense from the beginning. Cesis took the lead in the end of the quarter as they finished with 12-8. TTT Riga however bounced back in the second frame and produced 20-14 in it. The squads left the court for the big break at 28:26 for the guests. As soon as the third quarter began the picture remained the same in the court. Two top teams of Latvia showed their best and stayed close to each other. Cesis managed to win the third frame 22-19 and took 1-point lead before the final stanza. With 18-16 win the hosts finished the fourth period and won the game. Kristen Mann (188-F-83, college: UCSB) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Kristen Morris (190-F-87, college: LSU) followed her with 15 points and 10 boards. Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) notched 11 while Ieva Krastina (176-G/F-90). Jennifer Lacy responded with 16 points and 11 rebounds in defeat. Kristine Karklina (175-G-83) posted 15, whilst La Tanya Chantella White added 13.
Game 5 is scheduled for April 15th in the capital of the country.



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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Extraliga Finals: Dobri Anjeli takes 1-0 lead against Presov - by Eurobasket News
Dobri Anjeli Kosice BK - PU Bemaco Presov 79-60

Dobri Anjeli used the home court in order to take 1-0 lead in the Finals series against Presov, who was somewhat a surprise to make it this far. Hosts used great first half to secure overall 79-60 win in this mathcup. In the first period, Dobri Anejli players slowly took control on their opponent. They managed to build 22-16 lead after initial 10 minutes of play. In the second period, hosts cranked up their defense and as result they allowed Presov players to score only 10 points during the quarter. On the offensive end, they scored 25 points which enabled them to take 47-26 at the halftime break. Not much changed after that, as Dobri Anjeli continued to increase their lead. With 10 minutes left to play, they were up 70-42 and the game was practically over. In the final quarter, hosts took the pedal off the gas and have cleared the bench. This enabled Presov to cut the deficit for the final score of 79-60.
Hosts were led by the trio of Daniela Cikosova (181-F-82), Erin Marie Lawless (188-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) and Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) who scored 14 points apiece. Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) was also good for the winners, contributing 13 points. On the other side, Presov was led by Julija Karavaeva (193-F-82, agency: LBM Management) who scored 17 points. Risper followed closely with 16 while, Wirth chipped in 12 points on the night. Game 2 is scheduled for April 14th.

Dobri Anjeli Kosice BK: Daniela Cikosova 14, Erin Marie Lawless 14, Lucia Kupcikova 14, Ivana Jalcova 13
PU Bemaco Presov: Julija Karavaeva 17, Risper 16, Wirth 12



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  SWEDEN - Women  


Damligan: 08 Stockholm advanced to Playoff Finals, Solna ties the score against Sundsvall (2-2) - by Eurobasket News
08 Stockholm has booked a place in the Finals after beating Telge 65-55. This has given Stockholm 3-1 vicotry in the Semis and they will now be waiting for the winner of Sundsvall-Solna series.
The game started off slowly as both teams struggled offensively. It was the hosts who managed to build 11-8 lead after one quarter. In the second period tempo of the match picked up and by halftime Stockholm held decent 34-28. In the third period it was still a close contest in which Telge players cut the deficit by 1, but it was the final quarter which broke the game for hosts. They won it 13-8, which gave them 10 point margin win. Farhiya Abdi (187-F-92) led the winners with 19 points, while Kadidja Andersson added 18 points. For Telge, not even 21 point effort by Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-G-91) nor 18 by Frida Fogdemark (185-F-91) could prevent them from losing this one.
Solna managed to send the series into the final and decisive game 5 after overcoming Sundsvall 63-72 (2-2). Visiting team came out strong from the start and by halftime they were already holding fairly comfortable 26-44 lead. After the break, Sundsvall players managed to cut the deficit and have entered the final quarter trailing 53-55. However, thats all they had energy for, as Solna again went on the run which gave them the victory. Ofa Tulikihihifo (180-G/F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Cal.St. Northridge) poured in 23 points for winners, while Christy Bacon (182-G/F-80, college: Wyoming) and Josefin Olheim chipped in 17 and 13 points respectively. For Sundsvall, Anna Barthold (183-F-80, college: St.Peter's) had 23 points while Vera Janjic contributed with 14 points. Game 5 is scheduled for April 14.


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Amara Williams is Virgin ISlands HS player of the year - by David Edole
ST. CROIX If you ever met Amara Williams, one would know that she is shy, reserved and an overall nice person. But on the basketball court she is an absolute nightmare to opposing teams.
Because of her dominant play on both sides of the ball, Williams was named the 2009-10 Virgin Islands High School girls basketball player of the year. Williams led Charlotte Amalie to her second consecutive championship, third overall.
Williams spent two years in Florida before returning to the islands. She returned to her former home with the Lady Hawks in tow to play in the Tiger Holiday Classic. At the Classic Williams put on a rebounding show for the spectators and coaches in attendance. Her play in the tournament caught Nova Southeastern coach eye. Coach Marilyn Rule instantly fell in love with the left-handers post move. She even told Charlotte Amalies Head Coach Myron Corbett that Williams can contribute to any program immediately. Williams averaged 14 points and 13 rebounds in three games played.
Williams went on to have a dominant season leading the Lady Hawks to a 14-1 record.
Amara was the most dominant player for every minute on the court, said Myron Corbett. Interestingly that game that she did not play well in, we lost. Amara had the type of season a player of the year needed to have.
Williams is a coachs dream, she comes to practice and is eager to learn. Anyone would love to have a player of her caliber on their team. Besides basketball, Williams is the best outside hitter in the territory. Her volleyball skills have given her an opportunity to represent the Virgin Islands internationally.
Joining Williams on First Team honors are teammates Shayla Kelly, and Aesha Peters (91). Kelly, a point guard has been the best point guard in the territory for the past two seasons. Most of her assists are passes to the big people in the paint. She had a season high of eight in a win over Antilles. But the surprising aspect of Kellys game is her growth on defense. She took the challenge of guarding the opposing teams best guard. She played Centrals Lanese Bough (92) tough all season and held Antilles Chales Martin scoreless in a game. Kelly even showed off her three point strike by knocking down three against Antilles.
Peters is the most sought after in the group. At 6-foot-4 and the wing span of a 747, Peters had opposing teams taking jump shots. Her best game of the season was 13 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots versus Palm Beach Gardens at the Tiger Holiday Classic. Instantly Florida International University offered her a scholarship. But the big woman was not done with hearing from colleges. She visited Prairie View University and has several other visits pending. With Peters on board Charlotte Amalie is undefeated in the territory (12-0). She missed the Central High School Invitational tournament.
Shamyra Vanterpool (92) and Hanifah Hendricks (91) rounds out the All V.I. First Team. Vanterpool was Central High Schools best player and leading scorer. Vanterpool score 15 points in a win over Educational Complex in the St. Croix District title game and had 13 points to lead Lady Caribs to the Central High invitational Tournament.
Hendricks had to step out her comfort zone this season. Usually, she leads Country Day in rebounding and blocking shots but this year add scoring to the list. Hendricks averaged 16 points at the Central High Invitational and was still herself on defense. She blocked a ton of shots this year, said rival coach Donald Bough. If she had help this could have been a special season for Country Day but she had to do too much.
Veronique Nikki Llanos leads the second team. The do it all small forward had her seasons best of 18 in a regular season lost to Central and scored 15 of Complexs 28 in a win over Country Day. Llanos has the ability to score in an out and may have the Lady Barras on the verge of a breakout season.
The defensive player of the year, Risheema Burke (92), is the second Carib to receive post season honors. Her gift is her defensive capabilities. She held Amara Williams scoreless in the second half of Charlotte Amalies only loss of the season. Offensively, she had 15points in a win Educational Complex.
Kelssy Trass is the fourth players from Hawk Nest to receive post season honors. The combo guard did it all for the Lady Hawks. She was the starting shooting guard, back-up point guard and small forward. She has even messed around in the post. Trass had a season high of 17 in a win over Eudora Kean.
Speaking of shooting stars, Erica Donatorg is Ivanna Eudora Keans lone offensive weapon. She had a career high 32 points in a loss to Charlotte Amalie. Sakile Brathwaite-Hall is the final member of the team. She averaged 12 points per game against Charlotte Amalie in their final two meetings. The big woman throws that weight around and is a ferocious rebounder. She helped Antilles to two wins over Eudora Kean and to second place in the standings.

ALL V.I. FIRST TEAM
F/C 6-1, Sr., Hanifah Hendricks, Country Day
F 5-11, Sr., Amara Williams, Charlotte Amalie
C 6-4, Sr., Aesha Peters, Charlotte Amalie
G/F 5-9, Sr., Shamyra Vanterpool, Central High
G 5-9, Sr., Shayla Kelly, Charlotte Amalie

ALL V.I. SECOND TEAM
F 5-7, Jr., Veronique Llanos (92), Educational Complex
G 5-7, Soph., Kelssy Trass, Charlotte Amalie
C 6-1, Jr., Sakile Brathwaite-Hall, Antilles
G 5-4, Sr., Risheema Burke, Central High
G 5-7, Sr., Erica Donastorg, Eudora Kean

Honorable Mention: Chales Martin (Antilles), Shaquanna Foy (Antilles), Alanah George (Eudora Kean), Neffy Ritter (Educational Complex), Kristen Edney (Country Day), Edidiong Utibe (Charlotte Amalie), Te'Andra Richardson (Charlotte Amalie), Shaniqua Wheatley (Charlotte Amalie), Lanese Bough (Central), Jayda Edwards (Central), Kadeesha Barry (Central B), Viniqua David (Gifft School).

The Individual Awards was voted by five people who are some of the biggest basketball fans in the territory. Two are from St. Croix and St. Thomas and the other is a transplant from the United States. The player with the most votes receives the award.

Tajama Abraham-Ngonba Player of the Year Award: Amara Williams, Charlotte Amalie
Comment: Put up 17 points and 12 rebounds per game in local games and 14 points and 13 rebounds at the Tiger Holiday Classic in Florida.

LaKeisha Frett Defensive Player of the Year Award: Risheema Burke, Central High
Comment: Won this award as a sophomore and shut down player of the year Amara Williams in the second half of the Central High Invitational. Williams is about 5-11 and Burke 5-foot-5.

Tombi Bell Lead Guard Award: Shayla Kelly, Charlotte Amalie
Comment: Led the territory with six assists per game. Her best offensive game of the season was her last when she scored 19 points in a win over Antilles. Her biggest gift is her ability to dribble the basketball.

Martha Bodley Shot Blocking Award: Aesha Peters, Charlotte Amalie
Comment: Blocks shots by the bucket full. She probably averaged five blocked shots per game in the district. Peters had four swats against Palm Beach Gardens (FLA) and had seven against Antilles.

Natasha Roxie Lettsome Rebounding Award: Amara Williams, Charlotte Amalie
Comment: Averaged 14 points and 13 rebounds during the Florida Trip. She fights for position and has the hands of a vice grip.

Shaquana Wilkins Shooting Award: Erika Donastorg, Eudora Kean
Comment: The most dangerous shooter in the territory. She had six three pointers on her way to a career high 32 points in a loss to Charlotte Amalie. When Donastorg is on there isnt much the opposing teams can do.

Stephanie Piedy Williams Scoring Award: Amara Williams, Antilles
Comment: Williams had a career high of 32 points against Eudora Kean and followed up that effort with 25more points in a win over Antilles. The best low post scorer in the territory, Williams can score with either hand.

Lynn Liburd Most Versatile Player Award: Shamyra Vanterpool, Central
Comment: One of the most gifted players in the territory. She rebounds, defends, scores and has a killer 17 foot jump shot.

Yanique Javois Sixth Man Award: Shaniqua Wheatley, Charlotte Amalie
Comment: This sixth woman subs anyone in the starting five and is so athletic. Clearly the most gifted athlete in the territory.

Budd Hazard Coach of the Year Award: Donald Bough, Central High
Comment: With the team he has, he had no business playing the Lady Hawks close or even winning any game. That proves the kind of coach he is.

Vanise Frazier Territory Champs: Charlotte Amalie
Comment: With no territorial championship in sight, I get to be the judge, jury and executioner. The Hawks are the champs. They went through the entire season as the number one team in the territory.



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Johannah Leedham Selected by Connecticut Sun in Third Round of 2010 WNBA Draft - by Eurobasket News
Selected in third round by New England's WNBA franchise; first preseason game is May 4 at 11 a.m. versus Atlanta
RINDGE, N.H. (April 8, 2010) -- Franklin Pierce University women's basketball senior standout Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87) (Ellesmere Port, England) was selected by the Connecticut Sun with the 27th overall pick in the third round of the 2010 WNBA Draft on Thursday. It marks the latest honor for Leedham, who concluded her career with three national player-of-the-year awards following the season. It marks the first WNBA draft selection in Franklin Pierce history, as the women's basketball program has seen its share of firsts over the past three seasons.

Leedham had a spectacular senior season in 2009-10, as she has staked her claim to having one of the finest careers, not just in Division II, but across all divisions in womens college basketball history. She led Division II in scoring this season at 26.9 points per game, while also ranking second in steals at 4.2 thefts per outing.

Leedham became the all-time leading scorer at the NCAA Division II level in early-March as she dropped in a career-high tying 39 points in a Northeast-10 Tournament semifinal win over Bentley. She concluded her career with 3,050 points, which is fifth most all-time across all divisions in womens college basketball, ahead of former legends such as Cheryl Miller and Chamique Holdsclaw.

Leedham collected 459 steals during her career, which is the seventh most in Division II history. She is the only player at the Division ll level to rank among the top-10 in career scoring and steals.

In addition to all the honors and career marks listed above, Leedham broke several other records this season, including: the Northeast-10 mens & womens basketball career scoring record; the NE-10 career field goals made record; the NE-10 career steals record; the NE-10 career free throws made record; and the school-record for career scoring.

Leedham helped guide Franklin Pierce to a 32-2 record during the 2009-10 season and a berth in the NCAA Division II Final Four in St. Josephs, Mo. The Ravens advanced to Missouri after winning their third-consecutive East Regional title. Franklin Pierce opened this season with 23-straight wins and earned the programs first-ever No. 1 national ranking back on Jan. 5 in the USA Today/ESPN WBCA Division II Top-25 Poll. The 32 wins this year were a school-record for victories in a single season. Franklin Pierce also won the Northeast-10 Conference regular season and tournament titles for the second time in as many seasons.
Courtesy of: http://athletics.franklinpierce.edu/


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AGMK loses and wins in Turkestan - by Eurobasket News
AGMK loses and wins in Turkestan in day 3 and 4 of the International Tournament in Turkestan. In Day 3 AGMK cruised past Taraz 53:36. It was a good start for the team from Uzbekistan that produced 15-10 in it. Moreover they added 14-11 in the second stanza to take 29-21 lead at the halftime. In the third quarter AGMK played better in defense and allowed the opponents to score only 5 points in the quarter. Taraz managed to win the last period 10-8 but could not win the game. Abrahdamova nailed 12 points for Taraz that were not enough for the total success.
In Day 4 Turkestan rolled over AGMK 77:70 in the last game of Day 4. The latter however started with 19-9 lead after the opening quarter and had 6-point lead at the halftime. Turkestan needed 31-20 in the third quarter to take the control of the game and added 17-15 in the last stanza. Samsonova erupted with 38 points for the winners. Abrahdamova nailed 13 and Mirzabekova posted 13. Saidova responded with 29 points in the losing effort. AGMK played well and showed great effort during the tournament.