EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/18/2010

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  AUSTRALIA   


Standings - ABA
ABA Standings
Big V
 1. Ringwood H. 3-0 
 2. Diamond V.E. 3-1 
 3. Hume City 2-1 
 4. Waverley F. 2-2 
 5. Melbourne 2-2 
 6. Bulleen B. 1-2 
 7. Sherbrooke S. 1-2 
 8. Eltham W. 0-4 
Central ABL
 1. Forestville E. 4-1 
 2. N.Adelaide R. 4-1 
 3. Sturt S. 4-1 
 4. W.Adelaide B. 4-1 
 5. Norwood F. 3-2 
 6. South.Tigers 2-3 
 7. S.Adelaide P. 1-4 
 8. Woodville W. 1-4 
 9. C.District L. 1-4 
 10. Eastern M. 1-4 
QBL
 1. Brisbane C. 0-0 
 2. Cairns M. 0-0 
 3. Townsville H. 0-0 
 4. Rockhampton 0-0 
 5. Toowoomba 0-0 
 6. Mackay M. 0-0 
 7. Maroochydore 0-0 
 8. Northside W. 0-0 
 9. SW Metro P. 0-0 
 10. Ipswich F. 0-0 
 11. Gladstone P. 0-0 
 12. Bundaberg B. 0-0 
 13. Caboolture S. 0-0 
 14. Gold Coast G. 0-0 
SEABL-East
 1. Kilsyth C. 6-2 
 2. Bendigo B. 4-3 
 3. Brisbane S. 4-3 
 4. Knox R. 3-3 
 5. Ballarat M. 3-4 
 6. Canberra G. 2-4 
 7. Dandenong 2-5 
 8. AIS 1-2 
SEABL-South
 1. Hobart C. 5-2 
 2. Sandringham S. 5-2 
 3. Geelong S. 5-3 
 4. Nunawading S. 4-3 
 5. Albury W.B. 3-3 
 6. NW Tasmania 3-4 
 7. Mt Gambier 2-5 
 8. Frankston B. 1-5 
WARATAH
 1. Sydney C. 5-0 
 2. Manly Warr. 4-0 
 3. Newcastle H. 4-1 
 4. Parramatta W. 3-1 
 5. Norths Bears 2-1 
 6. Bankstown B. 2-3 
 7. Hills H. 1-2 
 8. Hornsby S. 1-4 
 9. Maitland M. 0-2 
 10. Sutherland S. 0-4 
 11. Canberra N. 0-4 


Standings - SBL
SBL Standings
 1. Lakeside L. 6-1 
 2. Geraldton B. 6-2 
 3. Willetton T. 6-2 
 4. Goldfield G. 5-3 
 5. Stirling S. 5-3 
 6. Cockburn C. 5-3 
 7. Perth R. 5-3 
 8. East Perth E. 5-4 
 9. Wanneroo W. 4-4 
 10. Perry Lakes H. 4-4 
 11. Mandurah M. 2-6 
 12. Rockingham F. 2-6 
 13. Kalamunda E.S. 1-7 
 14. SW Slammers 0-8 


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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Liege 19-8 
 2. Charleroi 17-9 
 3. Verviers-Pep. 15-11 
 4. Oostende 15-12 
 5. Aalstar 14-13 
 6. Antwerp 14-13 
 7. M.Hainaut 11-16 
 8. Leuven 8-18 
 9. Gent 7-20 


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Timothy BLACK
  Antwerp
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Black, Antwerp17.7 
 2. Greene, Aalstar17.4 
 3. Melson, Gent15.9 
 4. McNeal, M.Hainaut15.3 
 5. Wilson, Verviers-Pep.15.2 
 6. Thomas, Liege14.8 
 7. Lojeski, Oostende14.8 
 8. Banks, Liege14.4 
 9. Green, Liege14.1 
 10. Hilliard, Verviers.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Will THOMAS
  Liege
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Thomas, Liege9.3 
 2. Ebong, M.Hainaut8.1 
 3. Randle, Gent8.0 
 4. Merriex, Aalstar7.5 
 5. Young, Leuven7.5 
 6. Brown, Antwerp7.1 
 7. Hilliard, Verviers.6.6 
 8. Pelle, Oostende6.6 
 9. Greene, Aalstar6.5 
 10. Riddick, Charleroi5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Stanley BURRELL
  Verviers-Pep.
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Burrell, Verviers.4.9 
 2. Gill, Oostende4.8 
 3. Green, Liege4.0 
 4. Bosco, Gent4.0 
 5. Loubry, Gent3.9 
 6. Johnson, Charleroi3.7 
 7. Hamilton, Charleroi3.0 
 8. Tabu, Charleroi3.0 
 9. Stokes, Aalstar2.6 
 10. Bitee, Leuven2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Eddie GILL
  Oostende
  (183-G-78)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Gill, Oostende2.5 
 2. Hopkins, Antwerp2.4 
 3. Stokes, Aalstar2.4 
 4. Thomas, Liege2.1 
 5. Black, Antwerp2.0 
 6. Wilson, Verviers-Pep.2.0 
 7. Greene, Aalstar2.0 
 8. Anderson, Leuven1.9 
 9. Pelle, Oostende1.8 
 10. Green, Liege1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre RIDDICK
  Charleroi
  (208-C-73)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Riddick, Charleroi1.3 
 2. Wilkinson, Charleroi1.1 
 3. Pelle, Oostende1.0 
 4. Wilson, Verviers-Pep.1.0 
 5. Barber, Aalstar0.7 
 6. Young, Leuven0.7 
 7. Randle, Gent0.7 
 8. McNeal, M.Hainaut0.6 
 9. Drobnjak, Oostende0.6 
 10. Brown, Antwerp0.6 


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  BOSNIA   


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


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Aaron HARPER
  Levski
  (199-G/F-81)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Harper, Levski22.2 
 2. Cole, Levski18.9 
 3. Gruev, Rilski Sport18.6 
 4. Durchev, Chernomo.18.4 
 5. Bozov, Balkan17.9 
 6. Deane, Lukoil A.17.1 
 7. Brown, Chernomo.16.6 
 8. Dimitrov, Cherno M.16.5 
 9. Dimitrov, Spart.16.2 
 10. Webb, Cherno More15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pero ANTIC
  Lukoil A.
  (210-F-82)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Antic, Lukoil A.10.4 
 2. Brown, Chernomo.8.7 
 3. Brown, Lukoil A.8.0 
 4. Peterson, Rilski S.8.0 
 5. Burgess, Rilski Sport7.6 
 6. Radev, Balkan7.4 
 7. Kennerly, Spart.7.2 
 8. Dimitrov, Cherno M.6.8 
 9. Tmusic, Yambol6.7 
 10. Dimitrov, Spart.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksandar GRUEV
  Rilski Sport
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Gruev, Rilski Sport5.6 
 2. Russell, Lukoil A.5.5 
 3. Mirakovski, Cherno M.4.9 
 4. Aleksiev, Chernomo.4.8 
 5. Webb, Cherno More4.1 
 6. Radionov, Yambol3.9 
 7. Frasor, Levski3.6 
 8. Deane, Lukoil A.3.4 
 9. Dimitrov, Spart.3.3 
 10. Lilov, Balkan3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  Yambol
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Radionov, Yambol2.8 
 2. Deane, Lukoil A.2.5 
 3. Russell, Lukoil A.2.1 
 4. Lilov, Balkan2.1 
 5. Wells, Lukoil A.2.1 
 6. Zhelev, Cherno M.2.0 
 7. Zahariev, Chernomo.1.8 
 8. Harper, Levski1.8 
 9. Dimitrov, Cherno M.1.7 
 10. Dimitrov, Spart.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ernest BROWN
  Beijing
  (213-C-79)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Brown, Lukoil A.1.5 
 2. Brown, Chernomo.1.4 
 3. Ware, Cherno More0.9 
 4. Earl, Yambol0.9 
 5. Gocevski, Yambol0.9 
 6. Veselovs, Cherno M.0.7 
 7. Cole, Levski0.7 
 8. Peterson, Rilski S.0.7 
 9. Radev, Balkan0.7 
 10. Morton, Chernomo.0.6 


Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil A. 22-3 
 2. Levski 19-6 
 3. Yambol 12-13 
 4. Balkan 12-13 
 5. Cherno More 11-14 
 6. Rila Sport 11-14 
 7. Spartak P. 7-18 
 8. Chernomorets 6-19 


Important win for Rilski Sportist - by Valentin Anguelov
Rilski Sportist took a very important win over Eurohold BIBL winner Levski and moved to 5th place in NBL. In 'Arena Samokov' there was a very interesting game that was decided in the final minutes. The hosts won at the end 86-77.
Rilski started better and took a double digit lead late in the first quarter then closing it 25-16. At the start of the second the lead went up, 30-16, but then Levski used a run to close the gap to 5. From then on until the end of the half the difference was between 4 and 8 points as Rilski had the edge at the end of it, 43-39.
After the break Levski even took the lead and then the teams exchanged it 4 times. Near the end of the third quarter Rilski took a 4-point lead and kept it until the end of it, 65-60. The hosts started the fourth quarter with a 7-0 run but then Levski nearly tied the game at 75-74. In the final minutes Rilski had more luck and eventually won the game.
Aleksandar Gruev (187-G-83) was the top player in the game with his 22 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds. Bogdan Boev added 16 points and Travis Peterson 15 and 9 boards for the winners.
For the visitors Donald Cole had 14 points, while Aaron Harper and Boyko Mladenov added 12 apiece.

FULL STATS FROM RILSKI SPORTIST - LEVSKI GAME


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  CROATIA   


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


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Toni BIZACA
  Trogir
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Bizaca, Trogir23.6 
 2. Vragovic, Dubrava20.7 
 3. Spahija, Svjetlost18.0 
 4. Filipovic, Sibenik16.8 
 5. Bilan, Sibenik16.0 
 6. Mrva, Borik15.2 
 7. Krolo, Darda14.9 
 8. Kruslin, Dubrovnik14.9 
 9. Drezga, Trogir14.8 
 10. Sakic, Dubrava14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miro BILAN
  Sibenik
  (212-F-89)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Bilan, Sibenik10.4 
 2. Spahija, Svjetlost10.0 
 3. Sakic, Dubrava7.2 
 4. Bizaca, Trogir7.0 
 5. Macura, KK Split7.0 
 6. Vukicevic, Svjetlost7.0 
 7. Krapic, Zabok6.9 
 8. Krolo, Darda6.8 
 9. Maric, Dubrava6.5 
 10. Ridl, Darda6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Luka PETKOVIC
  Siroki Eronet
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Petkovic, Sibenik6.1 
 2. Tomeljak, Zabok4.0 
 3. Camagajevac, Darda3.8 
 4. Blajic, Trogir3.7 
 5. Norac, Svjetlost3.6 
 6. Cosic, Svjetlost3.6 
 7. Sumic, KK Split3.4 
 8. Bubalo, Sibenik3.3 
 9. Radic, Dubrovnik3.3 
 10. Bosnjak, Dubrava3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Vinko BOSNJAK
  Dubrava
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Bosnjak, Dubrava2.4 
 2. Norac, Svjetlost2.4 
 3. Petkovic, Sibenik2.3 
 4. Sumic, KK Split2.0 
 5. Katic, KK Split1.9 
 6. Kruslin, Dubrovnik1.8 
 7. Blajic, Trogir1.8 
 8. Bizaca, Trogir1.8 
 9. Cosic, Svjetlost1.7 
 10. Tomeljak, Zabok1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jere MACURA
  KK Split
  (205-F-80)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Macura, KK Split1.6 
 2. Vladovic, Sibenik1.2 
 3. Bilan, Sibenik1.1 
 4. Sobin, KK Split1.1 
 5. Bizaca, Trogir0.8 
 6. Krolo, Darda0.7 
 7. Culjak, Dubrava0.6 
 8. Kamaldin, Darda0.6 
 9. Karac, Dubrovnik0.6 
 10. Najev, KK Split0.5 


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  CYPRUS   


Apoel - Close to another ONE! - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Trying to win the championship for the second straight year, Apoel host the 2nd game of the league's finals against Ael, on Friday night.

It turned out that home-court advantage and a smothering defense were all it took to jump-start Apoel, that made sure it did not choke this one away against Ael.

Playing with emotion, Rashid Atkins scored 22-points and along with Brandon 'The dancer' Heath, led Apoel to its second victory. Apoel looked like the league's top-seeded team and is now 2-0 against Ael.

Apoel got in determined and led the score by 12-6, closing the 1st quarter by 21-12. Ael seemed disoriented and frustrated and as a consequence George Palalas was disqualified for discussing with the referees.
At the second quarter, the score went at 31-18 and closed the half at 45-34. At the second half Ael seemed more concentrated and with Fells being passionate it approached to 60-56 with the end of the 3rd quarter.

At the beginning of the 4th, Quincy Taylor was disqualified while Kounounis was sent to the bench after getting his 5th foul. Ael did not have the strength to fight for the game. Apoel won a decisive game and needs one more victory to win another ONE!

Ael was led by Fells's great game during the second half. He finished the game with 19-points.

We have talked to Apoel's assistant coach, Nicos Lambrias who stated the following: 'we had a good game. We were good defensively, but above all we were ahead of the score all game long, which proves that we were more concentrated and needed the game more. Now we have to stay focus so that we win the next game. Congratulations to all the players and a special thanks to all the fans who were, for one more time, amazing'.

Fans

Indeed fans were amazing and have created a pleasant atmosphere. It is not in every game that we get to see 3000 people cheering and dancing on the stands. Actually, in Cyprus we only get to enjoy this at the finals.

We need to note that there were moments that Ael approached the score (60-56) and seemed that it would battle for the game. It was then that fans pushed Apoel to the victory. 3000 Apoel fans began to cheer and dance, injecting players with energy and passion. They made sure that Ael got the message 'we need this victory tonight'. We would not exaggerate if we said that fans won the game!!!



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  D-LEAGUE   


Semifinals, Game 1: Energy zaps 66ers, 107-102 - by Eurobasket News
The Tulsa 66ers came up short, despite a dramatic comeback effort, losing to the Iowa Energy 107-102 in game one of the NBA D-League semi-finals Friday night at the Tulsa Convention Center. A franchise record crowd of 5,288 provided a rowdy playoff atmosphere as former 66er Denham Brown (6'6''-F-83, college: Connecticut) scorched his former team for 28 points, leading all scorers and a trio of 20-plus point scorers for the Energy. Forward Larry Owens (6'7''-G/F-83, college: ORU) and guard Kyle Weaver (6'6''-G-86, college: Washington St.) led the 66ers with 20 and 19 points, respectfully.

Oral Roberts University product Moses Ehambe (6'6''-G/F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: ORU) was money coming off of the bench, as he scored 13 points and was 3-of-6 from behind the arch.

The 66ers struck first when Weaver sank two free-throws 59 seconds into the game. Tulsa jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Iowa responded, taking a 6-4 lead after a pair of baskets from Connor Atchley. The Energy then reeled off a 15 point run before Tulsa would score again.

Iowa's lead grew to 21-14, before Tulsa mounted a 7-0 run to end the quarter in a 21-21 deadlock. Ehambe dropped in five points coming off of the bench late in the period. Deron Washington pulled in a steal and went the length of the court for a highlight reel layup to tie the game with :41 left.

The Energy worked the perimeter in the first quarter, taking eight shots from behind the arch. However, they only hit one three-pointer, while the 66ers were 2 of 4 from downtown and 8 of 19 from the field. On the night Iowa would finish 5-for-20 on three-point shots, while Tulsa hit 12 of 31 while playing most of the remainder of the game from behind.

\Iowa started to pull away in the second quarter, as they outscored Tulsa by 10 points to take a 54-44 lead into the locker room. The Energy hit 3 of 7 three-point attempts as Brown led the charge with 11 points, 6 by way of the long-ball. Owens matched Brown, providing 11 points for the 66ers.

Oklahoma City Thunder assignee Mustafa Shakur, who was honored prior to tip-off for being named to the All-D-League second team, was held out during the second half for precautionary reasons due to an undisclosed injury.

Darian Townes (6'10''-F/C-84) paced Iowa in the third with ten points as the Energy extended their lead to 12. Washington scored 8 points for Tulsa, including a powerful dunk in the 8 minute mark to keep the home team within 10. The three-pointer woes continued for Iowa, as they came up short on four attempts in the period.

The stage was then set for the final quarter of play with Iowa holding a 77-65 lead over Tulsa. The Energy wasted little time, extending their lead to 17 on a trey by Brown and a pair of free-throws from Pat Carroll. From there, things would get interesting.

The 66ers roared back, chipping away ever so slightly at the Energy's lead. Tulsa pulled to within three late in the period, before the Energy's regular season leading scorer, Curtis Stinson, drove the lane for a layup that increased the lead to five. After an Iowa steal and timeout, Tulsa got one of their own by Wink Adams, setting up a play to draw the 66ers within one possession of taking the lead.

On the ensuing possession Weaver drove the lane for an easy layup, cutting the lead once again to three. Iowa extended their lead shortly after on a Jeff Trepangier basket and a pair of Stinson free throws. Tulsa then cut into the 102-95 lead, drawing back within three after a Washington steal that lead to two successful free throw attempts with 27 seconds remaining.

With time running out, Tulsa resorted to fouling in an attempt to regain possession. The plan, however would backfire, with Brown sinking four in the closing seconds to give Iowa a 106-99 lead with 12 seconds left. Stinson went on to sink the back half of a pair of free throws to maintain an insurmountable lead. Weaver sank a three-pointer with 4 seconds left to carry the 66ers over the century mark, but it would prove to be too little, too late.

The series now shifts to Des Moines, Iowa for game two at 4 P.M. on Sunday at the Wells Fargo Arena. Tulsa must the remaining two games on the road in order to advance to the league finals, while an Iowa win on Sunday will end the season for the 66ers. The two teams did not meet in Des Moines during the 2009-10 regular season.


Courtesy of www.tulsatoday.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Rio Grande
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 27
 1. Harris, Rio Grande27.0 
 2. Almond, Springfi.26.8 
 3. Williams, Sioux F.26.4 
 4. Johnson, Sioux F.23.3 
 5. Farmer, Reno B.23.1 
 6. Powell, Albuquerque22.2 
 7. Taylor, Idaho S.21.9 
 8. McLeod, Albuquer.21.8 
 9. Gee, Austin T.21.2 
 10. Jerrells, Austin T.21.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Phoenix Suns
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 16
 1. Jones, Austin T.16.0 
 2. Dorsey, Rio Grande13.2 
 3. Butch, Bakersfi.12.0 
 4. Johnson, Sioux F.11.2 
 5. Barron, Iowa E.10.2 
 6. Harris, Rio Grande10.2 
 7. Kurz, Ft.Wayne MA10.1 
 8. Benson, Reno B.10.1 
 9. Bryant, Erie Bay H.9.5 
 10. Simpson, Los A.9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.10.8 
 2. Conroy, Rio Grande9.5 
 3. Jackson, Erie B.7.4 
 4. Blalock, Reno B.7.4 
 5. Dickau, Ft.Wayne.7.1 
 6. Johnson, Bakersfi.7.1 
 7. Curry, Springfield A.7.1 
 8. Gaines, Idaho S.6.9 
 9. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers6.7 
 10. Barrett, Idaho S.6.7 
Steals Per Game
 Orien GREENE
  Utah F.
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Greene, Utah F.2.5 
 2. Trepagnier, Iowa E.2.3 
 3. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers2.2 
 4. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 5. Stinson, Iowa E.2.1 
 6. Robinson, Reno B.2.0 
 7. Robinson, Maine RC2.0 
 8. Robinson, Los A.1.9 
 9. Jerrells, Austin T.1.9 
 10. Jeffers, Iowa E.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Kurt LOOBY
  Maine RC
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Looby, Maine RC4.0 
 2. Stiemsma, Sioux F.3.7 
 3. Looby, Albuquerque3.3 
 4. Ajinca, Maine RC3.1 
 5. Simmons, Idaho S.2.9 
 6. Alleyne, Albuquerque2.2 
 7. Benson, Reno B.1.9 
 8. Jones, Austin T.1.8 
 9. Trybanski, Reno B.1.7 
 10. Davis, Maine RC1.6 


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Santiago: Plaza Dominates... But Still May Miss The Mark - by Ozell Wells
Plaza Valerio dominated CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago in the night's game in a thrilling final day of all against all, to win 82 to 79, but also inched closer to secruing their place in the Grand Final of the 30th Santiago Tournament of Basketball.
Plaza with the win, sits tied with CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago at 3-3 in the table.

In the game, Luis Cabrera (180-G-80), Carlos 'Charlie' Rodriguez and Andres Sandoval were too strong for the defensive presented by CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago, who proved powerless to stop Plaza's trio.
Luis Cabrera with 25 points, shooting 12-8 field and perfect free throws 6 - 6, along with 4 - 3 from the 3 point line, was chosen the MVP of the game as he led Plaza which was led by Jos-Jose Dominguez z.

Cabrera was joined by Carlos Rodriguez (202-F/C-78) with 20 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Andres Sandoval with 17 goals and 5 assists, Spaniard Alvaro Calvo 8 points and 11 rebounds, and 5 Dalky Melendez (203-F-86, college: La-Monroe). The group produced for a total of 82 points by Plaza.


For CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago, under the command of Nelson Urena , in spite of the loss, could still cross to the Grand Final, they were led by Adris De Leon scored 26 points, Johnny-John-Garcia, coming off the bench with 12, Franklin Matos, Dustin Salisbery and Kitwana Rhymer all had 9 points.

THE ROAD TO THE FINALS

The situation presented in the semifinals of the Santiago League, at the closing, presents the way to the Grand Fina as such:

With a victory over Pueblo Nuevo, Sameji immediately classifies to the Final. With the win over CPN, they classify Plaza Valerio and those two will start the Grand Final on Sunday.

However, if CPN defeats Sameji, then there would be a quadruple tie, all teams finishing 3-3, which would apply the system of 'Goal - Average or Gol - Average' and that then the final battle would be between Pueblo New CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago.

CPN Pueblo Nuevo 39 - 35 ... Sameji

At press time Pueblo Nuevo in the first half of the match Sameji surpassed the score of 39 by 35.

The end result would determine who would play this game the 'Grand Final' 30 Years of Superior Basket Santiago,started on Sunday from 6:30 PM
courtesy of ABASACA


Santiago: Final Decided This Evening! - by Ozell Wells
SANTIAGO-The current kings of the league, CPN Pueblo Nuevo defeated Sameji 86-77.
CPN Pueblo Nuevo with that victory over Sameji eliminated two teams at the same time as the left beating Sameji automatically disqualified and the Plaza Fernando Valerio, which had previously defeated CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago (CDP), also left out, since the four teams finished tied on victories and defeats, but the level of the classification score favored CPN Pueblo Nuevo and CDP as opposed to Plaza Fernando Valerio and Sameji.

Once again, it was massive presence of the best basketball fans in the country, for their great merits and achievements, excellent, and we must value the great support in this basketball, if united, we can be more than the best in the country.

The first quarter of the game ended 21-16 in favor of Sameji but then in the second quarter CPN Pueblo Nuevo came back and managed to take advantage of 9 points, ending the quarter 23-14, in favor of CPN Pueblo Nuevo for the latter dominate the first half of the match 39-35.

The third quarter was dominated by CPN Pueblo Nuevo 25-21, to go to the last quarter of a 64-56 match in favor of CPN Pueblo Nuevo, the last quarter was won 22-21 CPN Pueblo Nuevo, to end the game 86-72
courtesy of ABASACA


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  EUROCUP   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Samuel MEJIA
  Cholet
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Mejia, Cholet22.8 
 2. Chatman, Besiktas21.8 
 3. Washington, Galatasa.21.6 
 4. Rizvic, Azovmash20.3 
 5. Wright, PGE Turow19.3 
 6. Neal, Benetton TV19.3 
 7. Rancik, Galatasaray18.8 
 8. Taylor, Telekom B.18.5 
 9. Low, Siauliai18.5 
 10. Rush, Triumph18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Erik DANIELS
  Galil Gilboa
  (204-G/F-82)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Daniels, Azovmash10.4 
 2. Ensminger, Telek.10.0 
 3. Lampe, Unics9.5 
 4. Slaughter, Nancy9.0 
 5. Monya, Dynamo M.8.3 
 6. Boisa, Zadar7.5 
 7. Augustine, Gran C.7.4 
 8. Robinson, Cholet7.3 
 9. Rancik, Galatasaray6.9 
 10. Dudley, T.Telekom6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Stefan MARKOVIC
  Hemofarm
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Markovic, Hemofarm5.8 
 2. Chatman, Besiktas5.7 
 3. Greer, Nancy5.2 
 4. Poeta, Banca Tercas4.9 
 5. Popovic, Unics4.8 
 6. Valters, DKV J.4.7 
 7. Fields, Spartak SP4.5 
 8. Washington, Galatasa.4.5 
 9. Acik, T.Telekom4.4 
 10. Jordan, Telekom B.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus SLAUGHTER
  Nancy
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Slaughter, Nancy2.8 
 2. House, Azovmash2.8 
 3. Lyday, Unics2.4 
 4. Thompson, Hap.Jeru.2.4 
 5. Markovic, Hemofarm2.2 
 6. Washington, Galatasa.2.1 
 7. Neal, Benetton TV2.1 
 8. Sergeev, Triumph2.0 
 9. Chatman, Besiktas2.0 
 10. Diener, Banca T.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Hasan RIZVIC
  Azovmash
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Rizvic, Azovmash3.0 
 2. Slaughter, Nancy2.0 
 3. Riddick, Charleroi1.8 
 4. Achara, Angelico BI1.7 
 5. Flomo, Telekom B.1.7 
 6. Monya, Dynamo M.1.5 
 7. Plaisted, Zadar1.5 
 8. Lishchuk, Valencia.1.4 
 9. Pasco, Angelico BI1.3 
 10. Pettway, Ventspils1.3 


Valencia and ALBA to meet in EuroCup Finals - by Eurobasket News
Valencia BC - Panellinios 92-80
Valencia BC advanced to EuroCup Finals after they outplayed Panellinios at the Fernando Buesa Arena in Vitoria. The Spanish outfit had great first half and couple of players in a game mood tonight. Nando De Colo (202-G-87) was the leading one with 20 points (5 triples). Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78) helped with 16 points and 6 assists, while Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, college: Washington St.) added 14 pts in this victory. Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) (7 rebs) and Rafael Martinez had 13 points each. In the loosing squad, Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) shined with 29 points and 5 boards. Roderick Blakney (181-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.) had 15 pts and 7 assists. Panellinios opened the game better taking 10-15 lead, but Valencia quickly replied after that. Rafa Martinez and Nando De Colo helped their team to make 7-2 run and for rest of the first quarter Valencia managed to grab 28-22 lead. Thomas Kelati closed this period with two free throws. Valencia continued in the same rhythm after that. Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Kelati shined for the Spanish squad helping it to create 8-0 run for the first double-digit lead in this game, 39-27. Panellinios didn't panic and through Papamakarios, Devin Smith and Vougioukas closed the gap to 39-34. Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) stepped up for Valencia with a triple and Nando De Colo added a lay-up. Soon after that, Marko Marinovic made another bomb and De Colo drained his fifth triple in as many attempts for a 53-39 Valencia margin at halftime. Panellinios came to 53-44 at the beginning of third period and later they cut the margin to 61-51. However, Perovic replied with free throws and Kelati joined him for with jumper and a triple for plus 15, 68-53. Later, actually with one quarter to go, Valencia was 71-58 up. With four minutes left in the game Panellinios threatened as they came to 75-69 and Valencia called a time out. Martinez scored a lay up after that and Smith replied with free throws. Matt Nielsen drained a triple and Blackey matched it from behind the arc. Than, the Australian PF drained another three to seal the victory of his team and to give them a chance to fight for the EuroCup title.

ALBA - Bizkaia Bilbao 77-70
ALBA Berlin joined Valencia in the EuroCup Finals and they will fight for the title tomorrow at 21h. Of course, the bet is huge as the winner will book a spot for Euroleague 2010/11 season. Adam Chubb (207-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) was a key player for ALBA tonight as he scored 27 points and pulled down 7 rebounds, all of that for 27 minutes on the floor. Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati) had 13, while Derrick Byars (202-G/F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt), Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) and Rashad Wright (189-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia) followed with 10 points each. In Bilbao, Levour Warren (196-F-81, college: S.Carolina) answered with 14 points and 8 boards, but he had poor 0/5 from behind the arc. Jerome Moiso (208-C/F-78, college: UCLA) scored 12 pts. ALBA opened the game with quick 4-0 lead, but Bilbao replied with 0-9 soon after that. The Germans grabbed 12-11, but still first quarter finished with 18-18 tie. Hervelle drained a triple for Bilbao to close this period. Golemac shined for ALBA at the beginning of the next quarter and together with Adam Chubb he forced Bilbao to call a time out at 26-20. Nothing has changed after that as ALBA made mini 5-2 run. The Spanish squad came to 31-26 after baskets by Blums and Salgado, and actually that was a lead which ALBA somehow managed to keep for rest of Q2 (35-30). Adam Chubb made a lay up to end this period. ALBA was up all the time after the breather. They had 40-34 and later 46-38 advantage. Mumbru and Hervelle shined for Bilbao after that as they managed to close the gap to just 46-42, so ALBA's coach Pavicevic was forced to call a OT. That was a good decision as Immanuel McElroy drained a triple and Jurica Golemac (209-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) followed with a jumper. Teams exchanged baskets to finish third period and ALBA was 7-points up, 56-49. The last chance to do something tonight Bilbao had with 2 minutes left, when Mumbru made a bomb for 67-64 deficit. Immanuel McElroy responded with a crucial triple and Dojcin collected a steal. Rashad Wright grabbed the ball and was sent to the line to secure a spot in the EuroCup Finals.



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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Vilpas Vikings continues - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Vilpas Vikings (Salo) will stay on top level (Korisliiga) and Korikobrat (Lapua) must wait at least one more year to play in Top League. Vilpas was down by nine during the half time in qualifying Game # 3 (34-43), but the second half was disaster for the visitors. Vilpas crushed Korikobrat 40-12 during the second half and won 74-55. Wins 2-1 for Vilpas. Roope Ahonen (186-G-90) led the hosts with 19 pts. Charlie Burgess (185-G-84, college: Texas Tech) was back in action and added 16 pts. Lapua had only two players in double digits: Kyle Swanston (201-F, college: JMU) (17) and Rob Haynes (193-G-86, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Cal.St. Northridge) (12).
Vilpas - Lapua 74-55 (34-43) (Roope Ahonen 19, Jahmar Thorpe 16/13, Charlie Burgess 16 - Kyle Swanston 17, Rob Haynes 12).



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  FRANCE   


Heart, Passion and... Volcanoes!! - by Ben Dewar
It has been a very frustrating season for myself and my team, ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. We started the French league and the Euroleague pretty bad and not much has changed. We have shown signs of a great team, but have not been able to build and progress week to week. It's hard to pinpoint the exact problem of our team this year, i'm sure it has not been just one single problem. But what i have known for years and what i was reminded of last night was that heart can win a lot of games. Last night we were fighting for our playoff lives and we won the game because we played with our heart on our sleeves. Sometimes it is good to forget about fundamental basketball and just fight as hard as you can. If you let it all hang out on the court you will start to see your team get more loose balls, take crucial rebounds and hit big shots. Play hard first, and the basketball side will follow suit. As our season winds to an end i have regrets about how we played. If we played the whole season with the solidarity and intensity that we had last night we would not be fighting for a playoff spot right now...we would be fighting for home court advantage in the playoffs.

Despite the win last night, we were not all happy after the game. We lost one of our soldiers last night and it had a big impact on some of us in the locker room. Laurent Foirest (197-F-73) gave everything he had for the team last night and with 4 minutes left in the game he ruptured his achilles tendon. He has taught me a lot since i arrived in ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket and i am very disappointed that his season has ended with an injury like that. He has had a fantastic career and i wish he could fight with us these last few weeks.

My coach, Vincent Collet , said something this week that i really liked and i wish we talked more about it. He said that if you love basketball then you have no excuse not to give 100% every time you step on the court. I agree with him that if you love something you will fight for it until you succeed. Now, I know not every guy over here is playing because he has a passion for basketball. Some guys play because it pays the bills or because its what they do best or because they have no other talents. But i think the majority of guys are here because they love to play, love to win and want to do it for as long as possible. I know a lot of guys who are not talented enough to play pro so they play in rec leagues in the States just so they can keep basketball in their lives as long as possible. I have the opportunity to play the game and get paid to do it. But i promise you the money does not motivate me to play harder. Whether im playing in a professional league or back home in summer just for fun, i give the same amount of energy every time. I can't turn it on and off, its just a way of life. When you give everything to reach goals never thought possible, why would you ever relax so much that you risk losing it? For any young players reading this i will say that talent is important over here, but working your butt off for your teammates and the name on your jersey goes a long way also.

On an unrelated note, my bride-to-be boarded a plane on Thursday for London and eventually on to Chicago. I'm sure you know where this is going...she has been stuck in London for three days and there is no end in sight. The worst part about it is that she was at the hotel with just her carry-on for the first 2 days so she had to go out and buy a change of clothes. Plus, because the electrical outlets are different in England she had to buy a converter to charge her phone. Travelling internationally is not always smooth and my fiancee knows that well. On the way home at Christmas she was delayed 12 hours because of a half inch of snow in Paris. Then coming back to France after Christmas she ran into a terrorism scare (and more snow) and was delayed another 12 hours. And now a VOLCANO!!! I never would have guessed this. What is going to happen next?? What a mess...she can't get home to her family and she can't get back to me. You really need to have some patience sometimes when you are travelling internationally. I wish my girl and anyone else stuck in this mess the best of luck getting to their destination.


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Cholet 20-7 
 2. Le Mans 20-7 
 3. Roanne 18-9 
 4. Nancy 17-10 
 5. Gravelines 17-10 
 6. Orleans 17-10 
 7. Poitiers 14-13 
 8. Paris-Levall. 14-13 
 9. ASVEL 12-15 
 10. Vichy 12-15 
 11. Hyeres-Toulon 12-15 
 12. Chalon 11-16 
 13. Le Havre 9-18 
 14. Strasbourg 9-18 
 15. Dijon 7-20 
 16. Rouen 7-20 


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Pau-Lacq-Ort. 26-4 
 2. Limoges 20-10 
 3. Maurienne 19-11 
 4. Bourg 19-11 
 5. Lille 19-11 
 6. Nanterre 18-11 
 7. Evreux 18-12 
 8. Le Portel 17-13 
 9. St.Vallier 14-16 
 10. Boulazac 13-17 
 11. Charleville 12-18 
 12. Fos Ouest 12-18 
 13. Nantes 12-18 
 14. Antibes 11-18 
 15. Clermont 11-19 
 16. Quimper 10-20 
 17. Bordeaux 9-21 
 18. Brest 9-21 


Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Reims 20-9 
 2. Le Puy 20-10 
 3. Challans 20-10 
 4. Denain 19-11 
 5. Chalons 19-11 
 6. Boulogne 18-12 
 7. Angers BC 49 18-12 
 8. St Etienne 17-14 
 9. Blois 16-15 
 10. St Quentin 16-15 
 11. Lievin 15-15 
 12. Denek 15-15 
 13. Get Vosges 15-16 
 14. Angers EOSL 14-16 
 15. St Chamond 12-18 
 16. Cognac 11-19 
 17. Longwy 4-26 
 18. CFBB 2-27 


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Derrick OBASOHAN
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (199-F-81)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Obasohan, Hyeres-T.19.5 
 2. Spencer, Le Mans18.4 
 3. Roberson, Stras.17.8 
 4. Vassallo, Paris-.17.3 
 5. Gray, Chalon17.1 
 6. Banks, Orleans16.7 
 7. Chatfield, Rouen16.4 
 8. Schilb, Chalon15.7 
 9. Greer, Nancy15.7 
 10. Traore, AS.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mouhamed SENE
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 12
 1. Sene, Hyeres-Toulon12.0 
 2. Issa, Vichy11.3 
 3. Greer, Nancy9.0 
 4. Nsonwu, Roanne8.9 
 5. Edwards, Grave.8.0 
 6. Falker, Cholet7.9 
 7. Gray, Chalon7.5 
 8. Terrell, Hyeres-T.7.4 
 9. Akpomedah, Grave.6.9 
 10. Slaughter, Nancy6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Vichy
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Reid, Vichy7.7 
 2. Everett, Chalon6.8 
 3. Rogers, Rouen6.6 
 4. Greer, Nancy6.1 
 5. Neitzel, Chalon5.3 
 6. Sciarra, Orleans5.1 
 7. Pierce, Hyeres-T.5.1 
 8. Heurtel, Strasbourg5.0 
 9. Woodside, Gravelines4.7 
 10. Tchicamboud, Nancy4.7 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Cholet
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Linehan, Cholet2.7 
 2. Everett, Chalon2.1 
 3. Flowers, Vichy2.0 
 4. Greer, Nancy2.0 
 5. Issa, Vichy1.9 
 6. Mims, Roanne1.8 
 7. Rogers, Rouen1.7 
 8. Ball, Paris-Levallois1.7 
 9. Miller, Le Havre1.7 
 10. Wright, Le Mans1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Mouhamed SENE
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Sene, Hyeres-Toulon2.5 
 2. Issa, Vichy2.3 
 3. Akpomedah, Grave.1.6 
 4. Badiane, Poitiers1.6 
 5. Slaughter, Nancy1.5 
 6. Akingbala, Nancy1.3 
 7. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 8. Fazekas, Dijon1.3 
 9. Darden, Strasbourg1.2 
 10. Simon, Strasbourg1.2 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Jason SIGGERS
  Lille
  (187-G-85)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Siggers, Lille18.3 
 2. Davis, Charleville17.7 
 3. Dunn, Maurienne16.7 
 4. Mohammed, Limoges16.6 
 5. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.16.6 
 6. Downey, Nantes16.4 
 7. McKenzie, St Va.16.2 
 8. Huertas, Fos Ouest16.1 
 9. Ingram, Clermont16.0 
 10. Gay, Fos Ouest15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luc-Arthur VEBOBE
  Antibes
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Vebobe, Antibes10.5 
 2. Giles, Nantes9.3 
 3. Bing, Clermont8.4 
 4. Lovedale, Quimper8.3 
 5. McClark, Bourg8.3 
 6. McKenzie, St Va.8.0 
 7. Calasan, Charleville7.7 
 8. Mathis, Evreux7.4 
 9. Badiane, Maurienne7.3 
 10. McHugh, Quimper7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Da Silva, Evreux8.2 
 2. Downey, Nantes7.7 
 3. Taylor, Le Portel6.5 
 4. Kerckhof, Antibes6.0 
 5. Mullins, Bourg6.0 
 6. McIntosh, St Va.5.8 
 7. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.7 
 8. Cisse, Fos Ouest5.2 
 9. Dunn, Maurienne4.9 
 10. Swift, Brest4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Sami DRISS
  Bordeaux
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Driss, Bordeaux2.9 
 2. Riley, Nanterre2.7 
 3. Craven, Boulazac2.6 
 4. Periac, Bordeaux2.2 
 5. Denave, St Vallier2.2 
 6. Siggers, Lille2.1 
 7. Da Silva, Evreux2.1 
 8. Mullins, Bourg2.1 
 9. Dunn, Maurienne2.1 
 10. McKenzie, St Va.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Maurienne
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Badiane, Maurienne1.8 
 2. Ford, Limoges1.7 
 3. Gay, Fos Ouest1.7 
 4. Williams, Bordeaux1.7 
 5. Owona, Bordeaux1.6 
 6. Taccoen, Lille1.1 
 7. Gouez, Lille1.0 
 8. Jennings, Boulazac0.9 
 9. Badiane, Nanterre0.9 
 10. Bauer, Pau-Lacq.0.8 


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Chris Copeland (TBB Trier) Pregame Thoughts To Telekom Baskets Bonn Game April 18th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Colorado) is a 25 year old 203 cm power forward from Orange, New Jersey. He went to the University of Colorado from 2002-2006. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging 12.1ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 44%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 68.8%. In his first season overseas, he played for Beirasar Rosalia (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five), only pre-season, then moved to C.B. L'Hospitalet (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five) playing 4 games averaging 4.0ppg, 8.0rpg and then moved to Matrixx Magix Nijmegen (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five) playing 28 games and averaging 18.0ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.5spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 40.3%, FT: 79.3%. Last season, he moved to Germany to TBB Trier playing 34 games averaging 13.2ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 74.8%. Chris Spoke to eurobasket before the game against The Telekom Baskets Bonn.

Chris how was the trip to China. What was your nicest memory from this place?

The trip was great. Glad I can say I have been to China it was a blessing to have the opportunity. The nicest memory was walking around the Panda Farm/Zoo we had a lot of fun.

Did you see anyone taller than you on the streets?

Well we did see their youth national team in the airport.They had a couple guys taller.Other than that no haha...

How was the basketball competition in China?

It was tough they have a very solid team. Great perimeter shooters with solid post players.

Did the trip help the team bond even more for the stretch run in the BEKO BBL?

It definitely brought us closer together. Being in a place so far away all we had out there was the team.That bonding will definitely help us down the stretch but lets hope it starts this weekend.

The next game is against The Telekom Baskets Bonn. What is your memory of the 76-70 loss at home?

I remember we had opportunities to grab the win and we just didn't take advantage.

Will the main key being playing solid defense for 40 minutes?

As always when playing on the road defense will be the biggest part. Or even at home. You never know what kind of night you are going to have offensively but defense you can control.

What is it like to play against Tim Ohlbrecht? What makes him so dangerous?

What is it like? Its tough because he is really tall haha. He is a strong rebounder and finisher.He can create mismatches with his height at the 4 position against a lot of teams.

What sporting event do you follow now that the NCAA tournament is over?

The NBA of course. Basketball or nothing haha
Thanks Chris fort he chat.



Kevin Hamilton (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Pregame Thoughts To Brose Baskets Bamberg Game April 18th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) is a 25 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York. This season, he is playing for The New York Phantoms Braunschweig. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookie season 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. This past summer, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. Kevin spoke to eurobasket before the game against The Brose Baskets Bamberg.

Kev, how did you spend the BEKO BBL Cup weekend?

Well we had a game that weekend so I didnt get to pay much attention to it.


What was your impression of the Cup final Frankfurt-Bamberg? (From what you heard)


I heard it was a great game. I wish I could have seen it.

How dangerous a team is Bamberg currently? They probably are not the deepest team in the league, but very much may have the best harmony?


Bamburg is a very dangerous team. They have been one of the best teams in the league all season and defiantly one of the most consistent.

The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig is continuing to play great basketball. Has the belief that the team can achieve much grown with the win against 8 time BEKO BBL champion Alba Berlin?


It was a big win for us because of how close the playoff race is but I think we have always believed in ourselves. I just think now people are recognizing our efforts.

The next game is against The Brose Baskets Bamberg. What is your memory of the 80-73 loss at home?


I remember us having trouble with Elton and Anton all game. They played very well for them and made them really hard to stop.

Bamberg is a team that has an all around good offense/defense game. How does one get around their strength best?


I guess you just have to play well on both ends of the floor as well. A balanced team is always hard to play but we are a pretty balanced team also.

Anton Gavel and John Goldsberry could very well be the most underrated point guard duo in the BEKO BBL. How awake will you have to be against them?


Well I am not sure if they are underrated, I think everyone in the league has seen what those two have done for that team, and how important they are. Whenever a team is as successful as they are you have to appreciate their floor leaders. Anton has had a great season and Goldsberry has been a real good addition for them.


What sporting event do you follow now since the NCAA tournament is over?


I am trying to keep up with Champions League soccer. I would like to see Barcelona play.
Thanks Kev for the chat.



ALBA eliminates Bizkaia Bilbao in EuroCup Semis, 77-70 - by Eurobasket News
Eurocup Semifinals (Final 4 in Vitoria): ALBA - Bizkaia Bilbao 77-70

ALBA Berlin joined Valencia in the EuroCup Finals and they will fight for the title tomorrow at 21h. Of course, the bet is huge as the winner will book a spot for Euroleague 2010/11 season. Adam Chubb (207-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) was a key player for ALBA tonight as he scored 27 points and pulled down 7 rebounds, all of that for 27 minutes on the floor. Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati) had 13, while Derrick Byars (202-G/F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt), Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) and Rashad Wright (189-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia) followed with 10 points each. In Bilbao, Levour Warren (196-F-81, college: S.Carolina) answered with 14 points and 8 boards, but he had poor 0/5 from behind the arc. Jerome Moiso (208-C/F-78, college: UCLA) scored 12 pts.
ALBA opened the game with quick 4-0 lead, but Bilbao replied with 0-9 soon after that. The Germans grabbed 12-11, but still first quarter finished with 18-18 tie. Hervelle drained a triple for Bilbao to close this period. Golemac shined for ALBA at the beginning of the next quarter and together with Adam Chubb he forced Bilbao to call a time out at 26-20. Nothing has changed after that as ALBA made mini 5-2 run. The Spanish squad came to 31-26 after baskets by Blums and Salgado, and actually that was a lead which ALBA somehow managed to keep for rest of Q2 (35-30). Adam Chubb made a lay up to end this period. ALBA was up all the time after the breather. They had 40-34 and later 46-38 advantage. Mumbru and Hervelle shined for Bilbao after that as they managed to close the gap to just 46-42, so ALBAs coach Pavicevic was forced to call a OT. That was a good decision as Immanuel McElroy drained a triple and Jurica Golemac (209-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) followed with a jumper. Teams exchanged baskets to finish third period and ALBA was 7-points up, 56-49. The last chance to do something tonight Bilbao had with 2 minutes left, when Mumbru made a bomb for 67-64 deficit. Immanuel McElroy responded with a crucial triple and Dojcin collected a steal. Rashad Wright grabbed the ball and was sent to the line to secure a spot in the EuroCup Finals.

ALBA: Adam Chubb 27+7 boards, Immanuel McElroy 13, Derrick Byars 10, Julius Jenkins 10, Rashad Wright 10
Bizkaia Bilbao: Levour Warren 14+8 boards, Jerome Moiso 12


Seth Doliboa (Deutsche Bank Skyliners) Pregame Thoughts To BG Goettingen Game April 18th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Seth Doliboa (203-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wright St.) is a 28 year old 203 cm power forward that will be playing his first season with the Deutsche Bank Skyliners. He grew up in Ohio and went to Wright State. In his junior year, he played 28 games averaging 22.3ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.3apg. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 15.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.0apg. He started his professional basketball career with the Roanoke Dazzle playing in the NBDL league and then in the D-League, playing 47 games averaging 10.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 43%, 3PT: 33%, FT: 78.1%. Last season, he played in Portugal for Sport Lisboa Benfica playing 26 games and averaging 17.6ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 59.9%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 72.8%. He won the Portugal league championship and was the 2009 Allstar MVP award. Seth spoke to Eurobasket before the game against BG Goettingen April 18th.

Was the BEKO BBL Cup final loss against The Brose Baskets Bamberg your toughest loss as a professional basketball player?


This was definitely the biggest loss I ve had. It was a great opportunity for us, but we have to refocus now on the playoffs.

What was your reaction of the firing of Murat Didin?


I was surprised just like everyone else on the team. Unfortunately, this is part of the business and as players we must take this in stride and keep fighting.

How did he help you as a player?


It was Murat, along with some other staff that watched me play last summer and decided they wanted me as a part of the team. So I am thankful to him for the opportunity to play for the Skyliners and definitely wish him the best.

After a few days of practice, what is your impression of new coach Gordon Herbert?


My first impression of Coach Herbert is that he knows what he wants and he knows how he is going to achieve it. I like his analytical approach and the intense atmosphere he brings.

Will The Deutsche Bank Skyliners still be a successful team without Murat Didin?


I think the Skyliners are a great organization and know what they are doing. My best prediction would be yes.

The next game is against BG Goettingen What is your memory of the 90-78 loss in the Lokhalle against BG Goettingen.


This was one of the few games this year we were never in. We gave them momentum from the start and never got ourselves back in the game.

How dangerous is this team despite their injuries?


This team is still a top team in the league. It is their aggressive style that makes them so dangerous and I think injuries effect them less than a typical team.

What will be the key to winning?


The key to this game is controlling tempo and not create turnovers to get their momentum.

How will the Cleveland Indians fare this summer?


I m a Cincinnati Reds fan, who it doesn t look good for.
Thanks Seth for the chat.



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Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 David YOUNG
  Trikalla
  (196-G/F-81)
  Avg: 19
 1. Young, Trikalla19.0 
 2. Childress, Olympiakos16.5 
 3. Erceg, Panionios16.1 
 4. Green, AEK15.3 
 5. Harris, VAP K.15.0 
 6. Monroe, PAOK14.9 
 7. Arnold, Perister.14.8 
 8. Gregory, PAOK14.8 
 9. Kleiza, Olympiakos14.7 
 10. Kaimakoglou, Marou.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Olimpia L.
  (206-F-77)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Massie, Olimpia L.10.7 
 2. Francis, AEK7.7 
 3. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.3 
 4. Bryant, Panionios7.2 
 5. Carter, Ilysiakos7.0 
 6. Arnold, Perister.6.4 
 7. Homan, Marousi BC6.3 
 8. Dozier, VAP K.6.3 
 9. Vougioukas, Panellin.6.0 
 10. Erceg, Panionios6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panathinaikos
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Diamantidis, Panath.5.1 
 2. Lukas, Marousi BC4.4 
 3. Karidas, Ilysiakos4.4 
 4. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.4 
 5. Dickel, Trikalla4.2 
 6. Vasiljevic, VAP K.3.8 
 7. Green, AEK3.8 
 8. Papaloukas, Olymp.3.7 
 9. Spanoulis, Panath.3.5 
 10. Hammonds, Perister.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Vonteego CUMMINGS
  Ilysiakos
  (192-G-76)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Cummings, Ilysiakos2.1 
 2. Lukas, Marousi BC1.9 
 3. Collins, Kavala/P.1.8 
 4. Green, Olimpia L.1.6 
 5. Katsares, Trikalla1.6 
 6. Nikolaidis, AEK1.5 
 7. Diamantidis, Panath.1.5 
 8. Hammonds, Perister.1.5 
 9. Karidas, Ilysiakos1.5 
 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. Mavroidis, Marou.1.0 
 4. Benton, Ilysiakos1.0 
 5. Homan, Marousi BC1.0 
 6. Bourousis, Olympiakos0.9 
 7. Carter, Ilysiakos0.8 
 8. Fotsis, Panathinaikos0.8 
 9. Monds, VAP K.0.7 
 10. Papadopoulos, PAOK0.7 


Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Nikos LIAKOPOULOS
  Peramatos
  (201-F-76)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Liakopoulos, Peram.21.7 
 2. Gagaloudis, Olimpi.18.8 
 3. Totsios, Ikaroi S.17.8 
 4. Michalos, Near E.17.5 
 5. Christou, Xanthi16.8 
 6. Anagnostopou., Xan.16.6 
 7. Tsoutsos, Dafni16.4 
 8. Kakiouzis, Pagrati15.9 
 9. Mantic, Ermis L.15.6 
 10. Vassilopoulo., Dafni15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Damir LATOVIC
  AGOR
  (204-C-80)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Latovic, AGOR11.3 
 2. Amato, Peramatos10.4 
 3. Kakiouzis, Pagrati7.3 
 4. Koutroulias, Near E.7.2 
 5. Vagenas, OFI7.1 
 6. Dimitriadis, Ermis L.6.7 
 7. Cartelo, KAOD6.7 
 8. Harismidis, Pagrati6.6 
 9. Anagnostopou., Xan.6.5 
 10. Zondervan, Egaleo6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Nikos LIAKOPOULOS
  Peramatos
  (201-F-76)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Liakopoulos, Peram.6.2 
 2. Zoupas, Amyntas5.2 
 3. Vassilopoulo., Dafni5.0 
 4. Gagaloudis, Olimpi.5.0 
 5. Moscovitis, Pagrati4.3 
 6. Michalos, Near E.4.0 
 7. Kaklamanos, Pagra.4.0 
 8. Kiriakopoulo., KAOD3.7 
 9. Maslarinos, Xanthi3.4 
 10. Teodosic, Egaleo3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Olimpiada P.
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Gagaloudis, Olimpi.1.7 
 2. Petrovic-S., Iraklis1.6 
 3. Castle, Iraklis1.5 
 4. Liakopoulos, Peram.1.4 
 5. Karapostolou, Iraklis1.4 
 6. Sourlis, Arkadikos1.3 
 7. Pettas, Olimpiada P.1.3 
 8. Moscovitis, Pagrati1.3 
 9. Pekovic, Dafni1.3 
 10. Sizopoulos, Arkadikos1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Vassilis VAGENAS
  OFI
  (202-F-80)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Vagenas, OFI1.1 
 2. Giovanivic, Arkadikos1.0 
 3. Harismidis, Pagrati0.9 
 4. Koutroulias, Near E.0.8 
 5. Souflias, OFI0.7 
 6. Vagenas, OFI0.7 
 7. Psathas, AGOR0.7 
 8. Amato, Peramatos0.7 
 9. Despos, Iraklis0.6 
 10. Cartelo, KAOD0.6 


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. Iraklis 20-5 
 2. Ikaros Esperos 20-5 
 3. Pagrati 17-8 
 4. Olimpiada P. 15-10 
 5. KAOD 14-11 
 6. Arkadikos 14-11 
 7. Xanthi 13-12 
 8. AGOR 13-12 
 9. Dafni 11-14 
 10. Peramatos 10-15 
 11. Amyntas 10-15 
 12. Near East 10-15 
 13. Ikaroi Serron 10-15 
 14. Ermis Lagk. 8-17 
 15. OFI 8-17 
 16. Egaleo 7-18 


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Panathinaikos 23-1 
 2. Olympiakos 20-3 
 3. Marousi BC 17-7 
 4. Panellinios 15-8 
 5. VAP Kolossos 14-10 
 6. PAOK 13-11 
 7. Aris 11-12 
 8. Peristeri GS 11-12 
 9. Panionios 10-14 
 10. AEK 8-16 
 11. Trikalla 7-17 
 12. Kavala/Panor. 7-17 
 13. Ilysiakos 6-18 
 14. Olimpia L. 4-20 


Valencia beats Panellinios, advances to EuroCup Finals - by Eurobasket News
Eurocup Semifinals (Final 4 in Vitoria): Valencia BC - Panellinios 92-80

Valencia BC advanced to EuroCup Finals after they outplayed Panellinios at the Fernando Buesa Arena in Vitoria. The Spanish outfit had great first half and couple of players in a game mood tonight. Nando De Colo (202-G-87) was the leading one with 20 points (5 triples). Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78) helped with 16 points and 6 assists, while Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, college: Washington St.) added 14 pts in this victory. Kosta Perovic (7 rebs) and Rafael Martinez had with 13 points each. In the loosing squad, Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) shined with 29 points and 5 boards. Roderick Blakney (181-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.) had 15 pts and 7 assists.
Panellinios opened the game better taking 10-15 lead, but Valencia quickly replied after that. Rafa Martinez and Nando De Colo helped their team to make 7-2 run and for rest of the first quarter Valencia managed to grab 28-22 lead. Thomas Kelati closed this period with two free throws. Valencia continued in the same rhythm after that. Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Kelati shined for the Spanish squad helping it to create 8-0 run for the first double-digit lead in this game, 39-27. Panellinios didnt panic and through Papamakarios, Devin Smith and Vougioukas closed the gap to 39-34. Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) stepped up for Valencia with a triple and Nando De Colo added a lay-up. Soon after that, Marko Marinovic made another bomb and De Colo drained his fifth triple in as many attempts for a 53-39 Valencia margin at halftime. Panellinios came to 53-44 at the beginning of third period and later they cut the margin to 61-51. However, Perovic replied with free throws and Kelati joined him for with jumper and a triple for plus 15, 68-53. Later, actually with one quarter to go, Valencia was 71-58 up. With four minutes left in the game Panellinios threatened as they came to 75-69 and Valencia called a time out. Martinez scored a lay up after that and Smith replied with free throws. Matt Nielsen drained a triple and Blackey matched it from behind the arc. Than, the Australian PF drained another three to seal the victory of his team and to give them a chance to fight for the EuroCup title.

Valencia BC: Nando De Colo 20, Matt Nielsen 16+6 as, Thomas Kelati 14
Panellinios: Devin Smith 29+5 boards, Roderick Blakney 15+7 as


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  GUATEMALA   


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


Another loss for Le Mans - by Gianni Pascucci
In the last round of LPB action, Le Mans felt again, this time to Compusys, 82-111, despite a good performing from Javier Auer (203-C-76), who scored 29 pts and Andres Barrios (190-G/F-81), who added 22. The man of the game was Marcos Zetina (180-G-86), who scored nothing less than 57 points (!) for Compusys with an impressive 57% in field goals.The other best perfoprmer at the winning side was Roman Carranza (169-G-78), who scored 22 points.

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  HOLLAND   


End of regular season - by Claudia vanGorp
Tonight was the last round in the regular season of 2009-2010 before the playoffs.

Eiffel Towers Den Bosch - Landstede Basketbal Zwolle 93 - 89

World Class Aviation Academy Giants - Upstairs Weert 89 - 60

EclipseJet-MyGuide Amsterdam - Matrixx Magix Nijmegen 62 - 64

Rotterdam Challengers - DeFriesland Aris Leeuwarden 64 - 86

Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden - GasTerra Flames Groningen 61 - 75

Next week will be the best of three in the playoffs.
GasTerra Flames Groningen - Upstairs Weert
World Class Aviation Academy Giants - EclipseJet-MyGuide Amsterdam
Eiffel Towers Den Bosch - DeFriesland Aris Leeuwarden
Matrixx Magix Nijmegen - Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden


Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. GasTerra F. 33-3 
 2. Eiff.Towers 24-12 
 3. Giants 24-12 
 4. M.Magix 23-13 
 5. ZZ Leiden 22-14 
 6. DeFriesland 19-17 
 7. EclipseJet 14-22 
 8. Upstairs Weert 12-24 
 9. Landstede 5-31 
 10. Rotterdam 4-32 


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  HONDURAS   


Team Honduras at Central American Games - by Gianni Pascucci
Thanks to Jaime Arevalo, we can supply the Honduras National Team roster selected to compete at the 9th edition of the Central American Games, hosted by Panama. The teamlist is as follows:

Persly Marin (194-F-81)
Mario Amador
Michael Martinez
Jose Luis Lopez (G-73)
William Waterhouse (200-C-75)
Alvin Cacho (87)
Pedro Salazar (204-C-72)
Selvin Connor (200-F-74)
Cesar Stling (198-F-74)
Erick Rubio (F-82)
Jerry Echenique (201-C-79, college: High Point)
Omar Cacho (F/C-85)


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  IBL   


IBL's Olympia Reign beats the Bellingham Slam 120 to 108; Nate Menefee scores 37 points for Olympia - by Trask Frost
The Bellingham Slam were defeated by the Olympia Reign 120-108 in International Basketball League action at Whatcom Pavilion on Saturday night. The 108 points scored for the Slam were the lowest scored in a game since April 3, 2009, when they fell to the Seattle Mountaineers, 106-102. The loss was also just their second setback at home in since 2007. Olympia had just won against Tacoma the night before; despite playing their second game in as many nights, Olympia just got better as this game went on, eventually building a 19 point lead, at 103-84, with less than six minutes left in the game. Bellingham was able to make things somewhat interesting for the home fans, rallying to get the deficit down to seven with under a minute to play, but they couldnt get any closer. Bellingham was led by Jacob Stevenson, who scored 27 points and added seven rebounds and 3 blocks. Morris Anderson added 17 points, while newcomer Bryson McKenzie grabbed a team-high ten rebounds. The Olympia Reign were led by the 37 points of Nate Menafee. Nicholas Moore also had an impressive outing with a double-double of 26 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. The Slam will look to regroup as they continue their opening homestand against the Vancouver Volcanoes on April 23. Olympia hosts Tacoma on April 23rd for the second week in a row. For scores and/or more information on the IBL teams or the IBL as a league- visit www.iblhoopsonline.com




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  JORDAN   


National Team U-18 to Lebanon for WABA - by Omar Shafaamri

(Amman, Jo-basket.com)
The Jordanian Under-18 national team will leave to Beirut, Lebanon on Saturday, The 17th of April to play in the 11th WABA Under-18 Championship which qualifies to the next FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship in Yemen next September.

The head coach of the team Marwan Maatouk assured to Jo-Basket.com that the team is ready for the tournament and he has all weapons needed to fight for a seat in Yemen.

Under-18 National Team games schedule
- Monday 19/4:
Vs. Iran
- Tuesday 20/4:
Vs. Syria
- Wednesday 21/4:
Vs. Yemen
- Thursday 22/4:
Vs. Lebanon
- Friday 23/4:
Vs. Iraq

Under-18 National Team Roster
Malek Kanaan
Majdi Ghazawi
Abdullah Jaraarah
Yousef Abu-Wazaneh
Ahmad Al Duwairi
Fakhri Al Suyouri
Ahmad Nofal
Ibrahim Hasouneh
Ibrahim Abu Khadra
Faisal Al Abbadi
Ibrahim Al Naser
Yazan Al Taweel

Head of delegation: Haitham Taleeb
Head Coach: Marwan Maatouk
Assistant: Abdel-Hafeth Al Noubani
Physio: Dr. Zuhair Abbasi


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  KOSOVO   


Sigal Pristina eliminates Peja, goes to Playoff Finals - by Eurobasket News
Sigal Pristina is the first finalist of the Kosovan Superleague. The reigning champion will have a chance to defend its title as they outplayed Peja twice in the Semis. In Game 1, Sigal celebrated comfortable 79-60 home victory. In the second meeting, the team from Pristina had to work a bit harder, but still they managed to win 64-73 on the road.
In the other Semifinals the score is tied. Trepca was better than Bashkimi in Game One 97-86. Than in Game 2, Bashkimi replied with 100-89 home win. Third decisive mathcup is scheduled for tomorrow.


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  LATVIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ivars TIMERMANIS
  Barons
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Timermanis, Barons17.8 
 2. Davis, Valmiera17.0 
 3. Efejuku, Barons17.0 
 4. Gulbis, Zemgale16.6 
 5. Silavs, Keizarmezs16.3 
 6. Kojenets, Liepaja15.7 
 7. Valeika, Valmiera15.1 
 8. Nelyubov, VEF Riga14.5 
 9. Zakis, Ventspils14.4 
 10. Jurevicus, Ventspils14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturas VALEIKA
  Valmiera
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Valeika, Valmiera10.5 
 2. Kojenets, Liepaja7.3 
 3. Zorin, Barons6.6 
 4. Cipruss, Valmiera6.4 
 5. Silavs, Keizarmezs6.0 
 6. Rozitis, Zemgale5.6 
 7. Renfroe, VEF Riga5.5 
 8. Jurevicus, Ventspils5.4 
 9. Gulbis, Zemgale5.2 
 10. Zakis, Ventspils4.9 
Assists Per Game
 Alex RENFROE
  VEF Riga
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Renfroe, VEF Riga6.6 
 2. Silavs, Keizarmezs5.6 
 3. Jeromanovs, Liepa.4.3 
 4. Sirsnins, Barons3.9 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventspils3.5 
 6. Vilums, Liepaja3.1 
 7. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.0 
 8. Gailitis, VEF Riga2.8 
 9. Jurevicus, Ventspils2.8 
 10. Efejuku, Barons2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Rinalds SIRSNINS
  Barons
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Sirsnins, Barons2.4 
 2. Silavs, Keizarmezs2.2 
 3. Renfroe, VEF Riga2.1 
 4. Osins, Keizarmezs2.0 
 5. Bertans, Ventspils1.8 
 6. Davis, Valmiera1.5 
 7. Vilums, Liepaja1.5 
 8. Strelnieks, Ventspils1.5 
 9. Efejuku, Barons1.4 
 10. Kravalis, Keizarmezs1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Zemgale
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Rozitis, Zemgale1.3 
 2. Davis, Valmiera1.3 
 3. Nelyubov, VEF Riga0.9 
 4. Cresnar, Valmiera0.9 
 5. Skirmants, Barons0.9 
 6. Zorin, Barons0.8 
 7. Selakovs, VEF Riga0.7 
 8. Bambis, Zemgale0.5 
 9. Timermanis, Barons0.5 
 10. Meiers, Ventspils0.5 


Ventspils put themselves up in series - by Arturs Butans
Latvian Basketball League champions BK Ventspils have started the LBL semifinals with a win over VEF RIga 81:80.
There was a big fuss in the pre-match day, because almost all BK Ventspils players had catch a disease, and only two players were fully fit and healthy. BK Ventspils requested game cancellation, but VEF Riga didn't show some kind of sportsmanship and decided to reject BK Ventspils request. BK Ventspils coach Silvano Poropat arrived in Riga with 9 players. Both starting five guards Janis Strelnieks and Dairis Bertans were still in hospital.
Game started with run and gun basketball, what supporters like to see. Both teams were shooting well after 1st quarter BK Ventspils earned one point lead. In next ten minutes both teams played slow and carefull and with the tough defense. After half-time scoresheet tells 41:39 to VEF Riga. Third quarter was owned by guests from BK Ventspils, they outscore VEF Riga in this quarter by 18 (!) points and before the final 10 minutes BK Ventspils had a solid lead - 65:49. Power forward Ronalds Zakis and small forward Mareks Jurevicus perfomance were the reason why BK Ventspils were in front. In the last quarter things completely changed and thanks to Arturs Stalbergs and Craig Bradshaw VEF Riga catch tired BK Ventspils and almost snatch the win, but BK Ventspils captain Mareks Jurevicus in their last attack took the team on his shoulder and determined scored tough two points. In the end well deserved win for guests.

VEF Riga - BK Ventspils 80:81 (25:26, 16:13, 8:26, 31:16).
VEF Riga: Craig Bradshaw 18 (10 reb.), Sandis Valters 16, Taj McCullough 14, Arturs Stalbergs 11, Arnas Labuckas 9, Ingus Bankevics 8, Alex Renfroe 4, Jurijs Aleksejevs, Janis Gailitis (10 rebounds, 8 assists).
BK Ventspils: Mareks Jurevicus 24, Mateo Kedzo 15, Ronalds Zakis 14, Armands Skele 12 (6 rebounds, 6 assists), Vedran Princ 9, Ernests Kalve 4, Arturs Berzins 3, Arturs Strelnieks, Lauris Blaus.

Next game will be played in Ventspils, April 18th.


LBL Round: 1 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
VEF Riga - Ventspils 80-81
VEF Riga lost the Semifinal opener-thriller to Ventspils 80:81 as the latter got 24 points from Mareks Jurevicus (198-G/F-85). Kedzo Mateo nailed 15 and Zakis Ronalds brought 14. Bradshaw Craig ended up with 18 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Barons - Valmiera 87-85
Barons won over Valmiera 87:85 at the Semi-Finals Game 1. Ivars Timermanis (202-F-82) stepped up with 30 points and Efejuku Oritseweyinmi netted 24. Kaufmanis Janis respinded with 17 points in the losing effort.



Barons cruise to win Valmiera - by Arturs Butans
Latvian Basketball League regular seasons champions BK Barons Riga won SK Valmiera in their first meeting in LBL semifinals. Games between these to side are always a pleasure to watch.
Game was tight from the start till the end and both teams were really up to this. After half-time there was combative tied at 44:44. Second half started a bit slower, but both teams continued to shoot well from long range. SK Valmiera completely dominate the rebounding, but that did not trouble BK Barons Riga players who shooted well, especially regular seasons MVP Ivars Timermanis (202-F-82), who scored 30 points to lead BK Barons Riga to thrilling victory. Both teams battled well and showed some team spirit, but unfortunately someone had to lose. Final score 87:85.

Ivars Timermanis, Oritseweyinmi Efejuku and Martins Skirmants were the best on the field for the winners, but Janis Kaufmanis, Juris Andzejevskis, Klavs Bedritis and Kaspars Cipruss were the best for the guests.

BK Barons Riga - SK Valmiera 87:85 (25:22, 19:22, 17:21, 26:20).

Next game will be played in Valmiera, April 20th.


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  MEXICO   


LNBP Awards 2010 dominated by U.S. players - by Eurobasket
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Leandro Garcia Morales
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Lawrence Hill
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Luis Bethelmy
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LeRoy Hickerson
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Ike Ofoegbu
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Similarly like in all previous seasons, also this year LNBP awards were dominated by U.S. players.

Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBP Awards 2009-10:

Player of the Year: Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80) of Halcones UV Xalapa
Guard of the Year: Leandro Garcia Morales of Halcones UV Xalapa
Forward of the Year: Lawrence Hill (203-F-87) of Halcones Rojos de Veracru
Center of the Year: Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) of Angeles de Puebla
Domestic Player of the Year: Angel Figueroa (196-G/F-81) of Lobos Grises de la UAD Durango
Import Player of the Year: Leandro Garcia Morales of Halcones UV Xalapa
Coach of the Year: Angel Gonzalez of Halcones UV Xalapa

1st Team
Leandro Garcia Morales of Halcones UV Xalapa
LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82) of Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun
Lawrence Hill of Halcones Rojos de Veracru
Ike Ofoegbu (205-F-85) of Toros Nuevo Laredo
Luis Bethelmy of Angeles de Puebla * not too much competition among centers. Here we had for example almost 10 forwards, who could make it to 1st team, while not too many centers

2nd Team
William Funn (188-G-82) of Bucaneros de Campeche
Angel Figueroa of Lobos Grises de la UAD Durango
John Millsap (198-F-82) of Bucaneros de Campeche
Gregory Lewis (198-F-78) of Soles de Mexicali
Dan Langhi (208-F-77) of Halcones Rojos de Veracruz

3rd Team
Devon Ford (193-G-77) of Panteras de Aguascalientes
Marcus Moore (198-G-80) of Abejas de Guanajuato
Harold Arceneaux (198-F-77) of Lechugueros de Leon
Sammy Monroe (198-F-85) of Potros ITSON
Rammel Allen (210-C-79) of Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun

Honorable Mention
Kenya Capers (194-F-73) of Barreteros de Zacatecazs
Carlos Rivera (187-G-83) of Halcones Rojos de Veracruz
Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-G-86) of Halcones UV Xalapa
Ricardo Melendez (180-G-83) of Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun
Anthony Pedroza (191-G-79) of Soles de Mexicali
Elys Guzman (206-F/C-82) of Halcones UV Cordoba
Robert Day (197-F-82) of Lobos Grises de la UAD Durango
Christopher Jackson (208-C-81) of Angeles de Puebla
Robert Hornsby (196-F/C) of Huracanes de Tampico
Louis McCullough (198-G/F-82) of Libertadores de Queretaro
Jerome Habel (208-F-85) of Cosmos de Tijuana
Silas Mills (200-F-72) of Indios de la UAC-Juarez

All-Domestic Team
Orlando Mendez-Valdez of Halcones UV Xalapa
Anthony Pedroza of Soles de Mexicali
Angel Figueroa of Lobos Grises de la UAD Durango
Adam Parada (213-C-81) of Halcones UV Xalapa
Luis Bethelmy of Angeles de Puebla

All-Imports Team
Leandro Garcia Morales of Halcones UV Xalapa
LeRoy Hickerson of Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun
Lawrence Hill of Halcones Rojos de Veracru
Ike Ofoegbu of Toros Nuevo Laredo
Dan Langhi of Halcones Rojos de Veracruz



Standings - CIBACOPA
CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Cananea 15-5 
 2. Culiacan 13-6 
 3. Mazatlan 12-7 
 4. Nogales 11-8 
 5. Guasave 10-9 
 6. Los Mochis 10-9 
 7. Mexicali 10-9 
 8. Hermosillo 10-9 
 9. Guaymas 10-9 
 10. Tepic 6-13 
 11. Obregon 5-14 
 12. Tijuana 3-16 


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Lorenzo WADE
  Hermosillo
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 39
 1. Wade, Hermosillo39.0 
 2. Thomas, Cananea29.0 
 3. Cook, Cananea29.0 
 4. Gonzalez, Tepic28.0 
 5. Brown, Mazatlan27.7 
 6. Walker, Nogales27.0 
 7. Mccullough, Culiacan26.0 
 8. Lawrence, Los M.26.0 
 9. Habel, Guaymas25.8 
 10. Smith, Mazatlan25.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Serge ANGOUNOU
  Guasave
  (202-F-83)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Angounou, Guasave13.3 
 2. Smith, Mazatlan12.3 
 3. Shipley, Mexicali11.7 
 4. Strobbe, Nogales11.0 
 5. Berhoefer, Hermosillo11.0 
 6. Habel, Guaymas10.0 
 7. Davis, Tijuana10.0 
 8. Mccullough, Culiacan9.0 
 9. Brown, Mazatlan8.7 
 10. Brown, Tepic8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rommel MARENTES
  Guaymas
  (179-G-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Marentes, Guaymas8.0 
 2. Harris, Cananea7.0 
 3. White, Cananea6.0 
 4. Lee, Guaymas6.0 
 5. Navarro, Obregon5.0 
 6. Lawrence, Los M.5.0 
 7. Sullinger, Nogales4.0 
 8. Pulido, Culiacan4.0 
 9. Fisher, Mexicali3.7 
 10. Sanchez, Guaymas3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Louis MCCULLOUGH
  Culiacan
  (198-G/F-82)
  Avg: 5
 1. Mccullough, Culiacan5.0 
 2. Harris, Cananea4.3 
 3. Lee, Guaymas4.0 
 4. Zuniga, Guasave3.0 
 5. Pulido, Culiacan2.3 
 6. Moore, Culiacan2.0 
 7. Gonzalez, Tepic2.0 
 8. Watson, Tepic2.0 
 9. Lawrence, Los M.2.0 
 10. Brown, Mazatlan2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jerome HABEL
  Guaymas
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Habel, Guaymas2.3 
 2. Sullinger, Nogales2.3 
 3. Llamas, Culiacan2.0 
 4. Brown, Tepic2.0 
 5. Davis, Tijuana1.7 
 6. Crouse, Nogales1.7 
 7. Carrillo, Obregon1.0 
 8. Thomas, Cananea1.0 
 9. Blair, Tijuana1.0 
 10. Wade, Hermosillo1.0 


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MNT1A Play Out League 6 Round : Primorje win in derby game - by Dragan Scepanovic
PRIMORJE 74 - 59 SUTJESKA
IGALO Sport Center Igalo .Spect 300. Reff : Jokic, Savovic (Podgorica), Kicovic (Bar).By-Q. : 17:10, 24:20, 16:15, 17:14
PRIMORJE: Arapovic 6, Petar Jovanovic (192-G-80) 14, Rajko Krivokapic (199-F-85) 2, Jakov Samardzic (188-G-90), Milos Kuveljic (196-G/F-91) 3, Papovic 6, Marko Calic (197-F-86) 12, Bacovic 14, B. Jovanovic 11, Lenhart, Kovacevic 6, Igor Lutersek (203-C-89).
SUTJESKA: Miranovic 8, Pavlovic 4, Kovac, Lazar Calasan (188-G/F-90) 2, Erakovic 3, Ademovic 6, Zarko Krivokapic (184-G-91) 14, Samardzic, Andrija Pejovic (205-C-83) 10, Miljan Vukotic (203-F/C-77) 12, Vlahovic, Gogic.

DANILOVGRAD 79 - 74 JEDINSTVO
DANILOVGRAD - City SC. Spect 350. Reff : I. Dragojevic, M. Koljensic and Z. Radulovic (Podgorica). By-Q. : 21:21, 13:19, 26:19, 19:15.
DANILOVGRAD: Jovovic, Grabvica, Djurovic, Radulovic 9, Vranjes 15, Stanisic, Goran Gajovic (199-G/F-88) 15,Vujisic, Milatovic 6, Sekulic, Igor Bijelic (208-F/C-88) 28, Djerkovic.
JEDINSTVO: Zarko Dragicevic (188-G-81), Musovic 4, Lekovic 9, Miljic 6, Omerovic 1, Babaca 2, Ljujic 10, Nedovic 15, Draskovic 13, Sekularac, Grdinic 14.


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


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Thunder assign Byron Mullens, Mustafa Shakur to D-Leagu - by Eurobasket News
Oklahoma City Thunder center B.J. Mullens (7'0''-C-89, college: Ohio St.) and guard Mustafa Shakur (6'3''-G-84, agency: Buck Andre, college: Arizona) have been re-assigned to the Tulsa 66ers, Oklahoma Citys NBA Development League affiliate, it was announced today. The assignments are the 41st and 42nd times this season that NBA players have been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate.

Mullens, who has appeared in 27 regular season games with the 66ers this season, rejoins the team for his third assignment of the season. During the regular season, Mullens averaged 15.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 31.5 minutes, scoring in double figures 23 times and recording five double-doubles. He scored a regular-season high 26 points in a 124-113 road loss to the Idaho Stampede on March 19. In three playoff games for the 66ers, Mullens averaged 14.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 25.7 minutes.

Selected by the Thunder with the 20th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, Mullens has appeared in 13 games with Oklahoma City this season, scoring 14 points and collecting 10 rebounds in 54 minutes.

Shakur, a standout at Arizona, returns to the 66ers following an assignment on March 31, the day he was called up to the Thunder from the 66ers. In 47 regular season games, all starts, for the 66ers Shakur averaged 19.2 points, 6.9 assists and 4.5 rebounds in 37.8 minutes. During his tenure with the 66ers, Shakur scored in double figures in 44 games, recording a season-high 34 points in a 106-96 home victory over the Dakota Wizards on March 5. He dished out a season-high 14 assists on Jan. 28, in a 107-104 loss to the Iowa Energy in Tulsa. In three playoff games with Tulsa, Shakur averaged 20.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 37.3 minutes.

Currently in his second stint with the Thunder, Shakur was originally called-up by Oklahoma City on March 16, before being released on March 25.


Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Rose, Durant take April honors - by Eurobasket News
Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) have been named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for the games played in April.

Rose led the Bulls to a 6-2 record in April, as Chicago captured the East's eighth and final playoff seed. He averaged 25.4 points, 7.0 assists and 4.1 rebounds in those games. Rose stepped up with 30.6 points per game in Chicago's last three contests, all wins, to help the Bulls narrowly edge Toronto for a postseason berth.

Durant led the league in scoring with 34.6 points per game in April and locked up the league's scoring title. He added 7.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.6 blocks, leading Oklahoma City to its first playoff berth since 2005.

The 21-year-old Durant became the youngest player ever to lead the NBA in scoring (30.1 ppg) and had a streak of seven consecutive 30-point games to end the season.

Other nominees for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month were Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki, Indiana's Danny Granger and Orlando's Dwight Howard.


Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum return to practice for defending champion Lakers - by Eurobasket News
Sitting in his padded black chair on the sidelines, Phil Jackson watched his team finish off a 2-hour practice Friday. The best thing he saw? Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) and Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87) back in action.

The Los Angeles Lakers definitely missed their MVP and seven-foot centre while stumbling through losses in seven of their last 11 games. Sure, they still earned the No. 1 seed in the West and homecourt advantage throughout the conference finals, but they hardly looked like the defending champions.

'We've all been a little bit frustrated with how things sometimes have gone,' Pau Gasol said. 'Right now it's all about getting together, get focused and get back to business.'

No one believes that more than Bryant, who detests talking about his injuries.

He sat out four of the team's final five games to rest a swollen right knee and a broken finger on his right hand. He's got a bum ankle, too.

'I admire him that he plays through injuries and has done that all year long,' Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. 'A lot of guys in the league do not want to put themself out there if their body is not feeling good or up to par but Kobe does it.'

Bynum missed 13 straight games with a strained right Achilles'.

'He looked great,' Derek Fisher said. 'If it's based on how he looks today, he's ready.'

Bryant ended practice by shooting free throws on the side, while Bynum joined the rest of the team for sprints.

'I feel pretty good. It was good to get up and down,' Bryant said. 'It was one of the longest, hardest practices we've had all year.'

Bynum said he felt good, too, although he doesn't expect to play his usual minutes in Sunday's playoff opener against the Thunder.

'Obviously, I got to get my timing back and conditioning back, but I would definitely be able to be out there and be effective,' he said.

Jackson said he'll reserve judgment on Bynum until Saturday, when the effects of his first practice in a month will be evident. He was pleased with Bryant's shooting touch.

The injury bug extends to just about every player on the roster.

Reserve centre DJ Mbenga got elbowed in the head and was sent to a specialist to check on a possible concussion.

Ron Artest has been playing with a bruised left heel and a sprained left thumb, while Shannon Brown is playing with a sprained right thumb and Sasha Vujacic has a sprained right shoulder. Luke Walton just returned after missing nearly a month with a pinched nerve in his back. Jordan Farmar pulled a hamstring and sat out most of the regular-season finale.

'They're the defending champs, they have a team that is built to win now and for a few years from now,' Brooks said. 'They're still going to be a very good team.'

Yet, Jackson rejects the popular perception that the Lakers simply flip a switch when it's time to play well.

'Intensity can grow a little bit, but I'm not a believer in turning the switch on,' he said. 'That's what we've been harping about for the last three weeks, getting it together. They know they have to play and it's not just an instantaneous thing they're going to be able to do.'

In case his teammates needed reminding, Fisher addressed them during the annual team meeting held the night after the regular season ended.

'I just wanted to share some things that I felt were important,' he said, declining to be specific.

'I do think there will be a lot of things that we'll do much better starting on Sunday. Just having the opportunity to have Kobe back in the lineup, (Bynum) is in the lineup. We'll be a much better basketball team than we have been the last couple weeks on Sunday, but whether or not that's good enough to beat a team who's playing really well right now, we'll have to see.'
Courtesy of http://www.metronews.ca


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.29.6 
 3. Anthony, Denver N.28.2 
 4. Bryant, LA Lakers27.0 
 5. Wade, Miami Heat26.6 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.25.5 
 7. Nowitzki, Dallas M.25.0 
 8. Granger, Indiana P.24.1 
 9. Bosh, Toronto R.24.0 
 10. Stoudemire, Phoeni.23.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Howard, Orlando M.13.2 
 2. Camby, LA Clippers12.2 
 3. Randolph, Memph.11.7 
 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 Jazz10.5 
 4. Rondo, Boston C.9.8 
 5. Kidd, Dallas M.9.1 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.5 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..8.0 
 8. Davis, LA Clippers8.0 
 9. Arenas, Washingt.7.2 
 10. Harris, New J.6.6 
Steals Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Rondo, Boston C.2.3 
 2. Ellis, Golde S.2.3 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.1 
 4. Curry, Golde S.1.9 
 5. Curry, Golde S.1.9 
 6. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 7. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 8. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
 9. Davis, LA Clippers1.7 
 10. Iguodala, Philadel.1.7 
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. Smith, Atlanta H.2.1 
 4. Haywood, Dallas M.2.1 
 5. Haywood, Washingt.2.1 
 6. Camby, LA Clippers2.0 
 7. Andersen, Denver N.1.9 
 8. Dalembert, Philad.1.8 
 9. McGee, Washingt.1.8 
 10. Lopez, New J.1.7 


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


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Team Panama at the Central American Games - by Gianni Pascucci
This down is the roster of Panama National Team at the Central American Games 2010

Joel Munoz (179-G-80)
Jair Peralta (178-G-76, college: Tennessee-Martin)
Daniel Munoz (178-G-84)
Maximiliano Gomez (196-G/F-75)
Nicanor Alvarez
Anibal Salazar (178-G-88)
Gonzalo Ortiz (203-C-75)
Ernesto Oglivie (199-F-89)
Joel Tesis (204-F/C-85, college: John Brown)
Alberto Hinds (188-G-80)
Jaime Lloreda (201-F/C-80, college: LSU)
Amir Alvarado (198-F-84, college: Marshalltown CC)


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Olimpia wins again - by Gianni Pascucci
In 6th round of the 'Top 5 Pro' tournment, Olimpia won again, taking a clear win over Sol de America, 90-75, with Carlos Jorge Riveros (190-G-85) scoring 23 pts and Anderson Villamayor (190-F-80) adding 14. At the other side, Libertad defeated San Jose 79-53 with Daniel Perez (190-G/F-84) outstanding at 23 pts. Olimpie and Libertad will meet tonight in Asuncion, in the other game of the round, FPC will meet Deportivo San Jose.
Standings after 6 rounds:
1. Libertad 4-1
2. Olimpia 3-2
3. Sol de America 3-2
4. Felix Perez Cardozo 2-3
5. Dep. San Jose 0-6


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


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Gaz Metan Medias vs. CSA Steaua Turabo Bucharest playoff series preview - by Sebastian Umbrich
Another interesting series of the play-offs will be CS Gaz Metan Medias vs. BC Steaua Turabo Bucuresti. This duel will be an interesting one, given the fact that both matches from the regular season ended with a close score. Of course, looking at the standings, we may believe that Medias (ranked 2nd after the regular season, 24-6 record) has the better odds against Steaua (ranked 7th after the regular season, 16-14 record). Whats more, this will be the first duel between two Croatian coaches in the history of the Romanian basketball championship. Worth saying is that Medias played its last 6 matches (including the 2 from the Romanian Cup Final-Four) without Deven Mitchell (196-F-84, agency: Interperformances) but has won 4 out of the last them. Moreover, the two losses came from the same team, CS Elba Timisoara; in conclusion, we can say that Gaz Metan is the favorite team in this duel. Now, the strengths and the weaknesses of the two teams are going to be presented.
Strengths of Medias:
The very performing team which can play good both in the paint and outside the 2-point circle. Coach Bruno Soce can choose the team formula, but can very easy change it during the match, a fact that not many teams from Romania can afford.
Secondly, Medias proved along the regular season that can win against every team, a fact that Medias has won against each team from the championship at least once. A further pro for Medias is Titus Nicoara (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances), a player with very good performances during the last matches.
And not to forget, Medias has the home ground advantage, a home ground where Medias won 14 out of 15 matches played (only U Cluj won in Medias).
Weaknesses of Medias:
At first glance, one would think that such a strong team like Medias wont have any problems; well, things dont look exactly like this.
The team may suffer a breakdown, after changing from joy to agony, only in 24 hours (after winning the Cup semifinal against Ploiesti and losing the final against Timisoara).
The absence of Deven Mitchell, a player who hasnt played since February, the 27th, a match where he had 22 points, 6 boards and 4 assists, coincidence or not, against Steaua Bucharest. Last but not least, the physical shape of Ionut Dragusin (221-C-85) and the weak performances of Derrick Phelps (192-G-72, college: N.Carolina) in the games from the Romanian Cup Final Four.
Strengths of Steaua:
One of the most important strength of Steaua is the comeback in the play-offs, in the first season after their promotion from the second division. This fact may offer confidence to all the players.
Secondly, Steaua is in possession of Alan Wiggins (206-F-84, college: USF), a highly experienced player, capable of much more than he has shown yet. Wiggins is an aggressive player in the defense with excellent offensive skills from which the team could benefit more. Another advantage of Steaua is represented by the experienced Romanian players Adrian Voinescu (184-G-72) and Bogdan Popescu (201-F-78, agency: Stanley International, college: Alaska-Fairb.), both of them having played at the highest level in Romania during the last 15-20 years.
Furthermore, the presence of 4 athletic players from the USA in Steauas roster is not to forget.
Weaknesses of Steaua:
The reduced number of players (only 7 players that can play at this level) may be a huge handicap in a series like the one against Gaz Metan will be.

Steaua still has to show their opponents that can win against them, mostly away, Steaua having won only a single match away (against Timisoara) against the top 10 from the final of the regular season.
The absence of a player with constantly good evolutions in the offense; Steaua having had big problems when it came to play offensive against the top teams from Romania.
To sum up, it is worth to say that Gaz Metan won both meetings from the regular season, 97-64 away in Bucharest and 80-65 in February in Medias.
The result that most Romanian basketball fans think will be: Medias will the series in 3 or maximum 4 matches.



Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 O''Darien BASSETT
  Craiova
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Bassett, Craiova20.7 
 2. Bassett, Craiova20.7 
 3. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.20.6 
 4. Pesic, Timisoara19.0 
 5. Peciukas, Mures19.0 
 6. Mandic, Oradea18.4 
 7. Bubanja, Brasov17.8 
 8. Santana, Municipal B.17.4 
 9. Mack, Steaua T.17.2 
 10. Smith, CSU Sibiu17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Trevor HARVEY
  Craiova
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 10
 1. Harvey, Craiova10.0 
 2. Harvey, Craiova10.0 
 3. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.9.2 
 4. Ellis, Municipal B.9.2 
 5. Herndon, CSU Sibiu9.2 
 6. Masiulis, Mures9.1 
 7. Carutasu, Ploiesti9.0 
 8. Paltinisanu, Timis.8.2 
 9. Nicoara, Gaz Metan8.2 
 10. Roschnafsky, Gladia.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrett HOWELL
  Gaz Metan
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Howell, Gaz Metan5.6 
 2. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN5.5 
 3. Cooley, Mures5.4 
 4. Dzambic, Timisoara4.9 
 5. Dawson, Gladiato.4.6 
 6. Howard, Gladiato.4.4 
 7. Fometescu, Dinamo B.4.4 
 8. Bassett, Craiova4.3 
 9. Bassett, Craiova4.3 
 10. Mitchell, Oradea4.2 
Steals Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Cooley, Mures2.6 
 2. Howell, Gaz Metan2.4 
 3. Johnson, CSU Sibiu2.4 
 4. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.2 
 5. Medvedj, U.Mobite.2.1 
 6. Maric, Oradea2.0 
 7. Mack, Steaua T.1.9 
 8. Mandache, Otopeni1.9 
 9. Dawson, Gladiato.1.9 
 10. Hargrove, Ploiesti1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Arturas MASIULIS
  Mures
  (210-C-80)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Masiulis, Mures2.2 
 2. Herndon, CSU Sibiu1.8 
 3. Lazar, Oradea1.8 
 4. Thomson, U.Mobite.1.7 
 5. Dragusin, Pitesti1.6 
 6. Harvey, Craiova1.5 
 7. Harvey, Craiova1.5 
 8. Dragovic, Craiova1.4 
 9. Dragovic, Craiova1.4 
 10. Bubanja, Brasov1.0 


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  SERBIA   


Standings - A Liga
A Standings
Super Liga
 1. Hemofarm 3-0 
 2. Radnicki K. 2-1 
 3. Crvena Zvez. 2-1 
 4. Partizan 2-1 
 5. FMP 2-1 
 6. Tamis 1-2 
 7. Borac 0-3 
 8. Metalac 0-3 
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
 1. Panic, Metalac19.0 
 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, Tamis6.3 
 4. Ljubojevic, Novi S.6.2 
 5. Bosnjak, Vojvodina6.2 
 6. Jelovac, Mega V.6.1 
 7. Borovcanin, Sloga6.0 
 8. Pobric, Novi Sad5.8 
 9. Lukovic, Radnic.5.8 
 10. Jovanovic, Ergonom5.7 
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, Borac3.8 
 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. Rakic, Novi Sad1.7 
 6. Borovcanin, Sloga1.7 
 7. Kovacevic, Novi Sad1.7 
 8. Dundjerski, Beograd1.7 
 9. Djordjevic, Sloga1.6 
 10. Milosevic, KG 061.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Nikola MARAVIC
  Mega Vizura
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Maravic, Mega V.1.2 
 2. Mladenovic, Ergon.1.2 
 3. Buric, Tamis1.1 
 4. Lukovic, Radnic.1.0 
 5. Ljubojevic, Novi S.0.8 
 6. Dramicanin, Borac0.8 
 7. Bircevic, Metalac0.8 
 8. Arsic, Masinac0.8 
 9. Cvetkovic, Mega V.0.6 
 10. Jagodic Kuri., Novi S.0.6 


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Standings - 1A
Telemach Standings
Places 1-8
 1. U.Olimpija 6-1 
 2. Helios 5-2 
 3. Krka 5-2 
 4. Sentjur 4-3 
 5. Parklji 4-3 
 6. Rudar 3-4 
 7. Zlatorog 1-6 
 8. Geoplin Slovan 0-7 
Play-out
 1. Polzela 20-11 
 2. Elektra Esotech 14-15 
 3. TCG Mercator 12-18 
 4. Luka Koper 8-22 
 5. Sencur CP 0-30 


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Sandi CEBULAR
  Sentjur
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Cebular, Sentjur21.8 
 2. King, Polzela20.6 
 3. Crenshaw, Sentjur16.6 
 4. Cup, Elektra .16.2 
 5. Feeley, Elektra .16.0 
 6. Mucic, Rudar16.0 
 7. Snow, Helios15.7 
 8. Drzic, Luka Koper15.7 
 9. Dragic, Geoplin .15.6 
 10. Bubnic, Zlatorog14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Polzela
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. King, Polzela11.3 
 2. Feeley, Elektra .8.5 
 3. Thondique, Polzela8.1 
 4. Virijevic, Sencur C.7.0 
 5. Nuhanovic, Elektr.7.0 
 6. Djapa, Parklji6.5 
 7. Miljkovic, Elektr.6.5 
 8. Nikolic, Krka6.5 
 9. Cup, Elektra .6.4 
 10. Markic, Luka Koper6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Tadej KOSTOMAJ
  Elektra Esotech
  (186-G-87)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Kostomaj, Elektr.5.6 
 2. Crenshaw, Sentjur5.2 
 3. Anzulovic, Rudar3.9 
 4. Mocnik, Helios3.8 
 5. Cmer, Zlatorog3.7 
 6. Nachbar, Luka Koper3.5 
 7. Venta, Polzela3.3 
 8. Jersin, Parklji3.3 
 9. Cebular, Sentjur3.2 
 10. Udrih, Polzela3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Alvin SNOW
  Helios
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Snow, Helios1.8 
 2. Ristic, Sencur CP1.8 
 3. Nuhanovic, Elektr.1.7 
 4. Udrih, Polzela1.7 
 5. Jovanovic, Sencur C.1.6 
 6. Cebular, Sentjur1.6 
 7. Markic, Luka Koper1.6 
 8. Dragic, Geoplin .1.6 
 9. Mocnik, Helios1.5 
 10. Lapornik, Sentjur1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Polzela
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. King, Polzela2.4 
 2. Nuhanovic, Elektr.1.5 
 3. Nikolic, Krka1.3 
 4. Cup, Elektra .0.8 
 5. Lucic, Krka0.8 
 6. Sjekloca, Elektr.0.7 
 7. Mucic, Rudar0.7 
 8. Sebic, Polzela0.7 
 9. Simovic, Sentjur0.7 
 10. Sviridov, Polzela0.6 


Olimpija defeats Krka in thriller - by Zeljko Zule
Union Olimpija defeated Krka, 91-87, in overtime. A matchup between the League Teleamch top two teams was exiciting. Edin Bavcic (210-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) grabbed a missed free throw by Vlado Ilievski with 2 seconds remaining and drained a jumper to send the game into overtime,80-80.Olimpija never trailed in the extra period.
League Play-Off - Round 7:
Krka-Union Olimpija 87-91 OT: The score was 80-77 with 2 seconds remaining, when Ilievski was fouled in the backcourt. He made the first of the two shots, then missed the second. Bavcic grabbed the rebound and hit the game-tying jumper, 80-80. Olimpija was in control throughout the overtime period, after Nemanja Aleksandrov scored the first four points of the extra period. He finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds and Vlado Ilievskihas 26 points and 8 assists. For Krka, Smiljan Pavic scored 20 points, Goran Ikonic 12 and Uros Lucic 11.
Pro Tek Zasavje-Helios 73-80: Helios scored 10 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a lead 34-24 and never looked back from there. Alvin Snow scored 21 and Milos Paravinja 17 while Anel Blazevic an injury-riddled Zasavje with 16 points.
Sentjur-Zlatorog 77-65: The home team went on a 24-6 run spanning the first and second quarter to take a lead 29-15. Sandi Cebular finished with15 points and Teo Simovic added 10. Zlatorog was outrebounded 26-43. Miljan Goljovic scored 24 points and Drazen Bubnic 15.
Geoplin Slovan-Parklji 81-87: Slovan was outscored 1-6 in the final minute. Ernest Novak scored 20 points and Dejan Cigoja 18. Parklji had six scorers in double figures. Jure Erzen netted 15 points, Stefan Kosec 14, Dario Krejic and Dino Muric 12 each, Jan Cebasek 11 and Armin Delic 10.
League Play-Out - Round 9:
Elektra Esotech-Hopsi 71-66: Elektra never trailed. Dejan Cup had 26 points and 10 reboudns and Salih Nuhanovic collected 16 points and 10 rebounds. For Hopsi, Shawn King scored 17 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, Uros Godler scored 16 points and Primoz Kobalec 13.
Sencur CPK-LTH Mercator 80-88: Trailing 63-64 early in the final period, Mercator scored 6 straight points to take a lead 69-64 and never looked bach from there. Blaz Mahkovic scored 26 points and Mensud Julevic 21. For Sencur, Dusan Virijevic had 24 points and 14 rebounds and Uros Ninic posted 18 points.



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ALBA eliminates Bizkaia Bilbao in EuroCup Semis, 77-70 - by Eurobasket News
Eurocup Semifinals (Final 4 in Vitoria): ALBA - Bizkaia Bilbao 77-70

ALBA Berlin joined Valencia in the EuroCup Finals and they will fight for the title tomorrow at 21h. Of course, the bet is huge as the winner will book a spot for Euroleague 2010/11 season. Adam Chubb (207-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) was a key player for ALBA tonight as he scored 27 points and pulled down 7 rebounds, all of that for 27 minutes on the floor. Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati) had 13, while Derrick Byars (202-G/F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt), Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) and Rashad Wright (189-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia) followed with 10 points each. In Bilbao, Levour Warren (196-F-81, college: S.Carolina) answered with 14 points and 8 boards, but he had poor 0/5 from behind the arc. Jerome Moiso (208-C/F-78, college: UCLA) scored 12 pts.
ALBA opened the game with quick 4-0 lead, but Bilbao replied with 0-9 soon after that. The Germans grabbed 12-11, but still first quarter finished with 18-18 tie. Hervelle drained a triple for Bilbao to close this period. Golemac shined for ALBA at the beginning of the next quarter and together with Adam Chubb he forced Bilbao to call a time out at 26-20. Nothing has changed after that as ALBA made mini 5-2 run. The Spanish squad came to 31-26 after baskets by Blums and Salgado, and actually that was a lead which ALBA somehow managed to keep for rest of Q2 (35-30). Adam Chubb made a lay up to end this period. ALBA was up all the time after the breather. They had 40-34 and later 46-38 advantage. Mumbru and Hervelle shined for Bilbao after that as they managed to close the gap to just 46-42, so ALBAs coach Pavicevic was forced to call a OT. That was a good decision as Immanuel McElroy drained a triple and Jurica Golemac (209-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) followed with a jumper. Teams exchanged baskets to finish third period and ALBA was 7-points up, 56-49. The last chance to do something tonight Bilbao had with 2 minutes left, when Mumbru made a bomb for 67-64 deficit. Immanuel McElroy responded with a crucial triple and Dojcin collected a steal. Rashad Wright grabbed the ball and was sent to the line to secure a spot in the EuroCup Finals.

ALBA: Adam Chubb 27+7 boards, Immanuel McElroy 13, Derrick Byars 10, Julius Jenkins 10, Rashad Wright 10
Bizkaia Bilbao: Levour Warren 14+8 boards, Jerome Moiso 12


Valencia beats Panellinios, advances to EuroCup Finals - by Eurobasket News
Eurocup Semifinals (Final 4 in Vitoria): Valencia BC - Panellinios 92-80

Valencia BC advanced to EuroCup Finals after they outplayed Panellinios at the Fernando Buesa Arena in Vitoria. The Spanish outfit had great first half and couple of players in a game mood tonight. Nando De Colo (202-G-87) was the leading one with 20 points (5 triples). Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78) helped with 16 points and 6 assists, while Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, college: Washington St.) added 14 pts in this victory. Kosta Perovic (7 rebs) and Rafael Martinez had with 13 points each. In the loosing squad, Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) shined with 29 points and 5 boards. Roderick Blakney (181-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.) had 15 pts and 7 assists.
Panellinios opened the game better taking 10-15 lead, but Valencia quickly replied after that. Rafa Martinez and Nando De Colo helped their team to make 7-2 run and for rest of the first quarter Valencia managed to grab 28-22 lead. Thomas Kelati closed this period with two free throws. Valencia continued in the same rhythm after that. Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Kelati shined for the Spanish squad helping it to create 8-0 run for the first double-digit lead in this game, 39-27. Panellinios didnt panic and through Papamakarios, Devin Smith and Vougioukas closed the gap to 39-34. Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) stepped up for Valencia with a triple and Nando De Colo added a lay-up. Soon after that, Marko Marinovic made another bomb and De Colo drained his fifth triple in as many attempts for a 53-39 Valencia margin at halftime. Panellinios came to 53-44 at the beginning of third period and later they cut the margin to 61-51. However, Perovic replied with free throws and Kelati joined him for with jumper and a triple for plus 15, 68-53. Later, actually with one quarter to go, Valencia was 71-58 up. With four minutes left in the game Panellinios threatened as they came to 75-69 and Valencia called a time out. Martinez scored a lay up after that and Smith replied with free throws. Matt Nielsen drained a triple and Blackey matched it from behind the arc. Than, the Australian PF drained another three to seal the victory of his team and to give them a chance to fight for the EuroCup title.

Valencia BC: Nando De Colo 20, Matt Nielsen 16+6 as, Thomas Kelati 14
Panellinios: Devin Smith 29+5 boards, Roderick Blakney 15+7 as


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Courtney PIGRAM
  Andorra
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Pigram, Andorra16.5 
 2. Johnson, Huesca15.8 
 3. Ferrer, Cajasur .15.8 
 4. Vereen, Rosalia15.7 
 5. Uriz, Santurtzi15.5 
 6. Wolfram, Andorra15.4 
 7. Barcelo, Plasencia15.4 
 8. Miller, Coruna15.3 
 9. Thompson, ADT T.15.3 
 10. Zengotitaben., Hue.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ronald THOMPSON
  ADT Tarragona
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Thompson, ADT T.8.9 
 2. Miller, Huelva8.7 
 3. Howard, Guadalaj.8.3 
 4. Santana, Caja Rioja7.9 
 5. Williams, Matchmind7.8 
 6. Ausina, Matchmind7.7 
 7. Johnson, Huesca7.7 
 8. Andrews, Huesca7.1 
 9. Matali, Andorra7.0 
 10. Wachsmann, Alcazar6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Ricardo BUSCIGLIO
  Caja Rioja
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Busciglio, Caja Rioja5.2 
 2. Castello, ADT T.4.8 
 3. Rufian, Huelva4.6 
 4. Gonzalez, Navarra3.8 
 5. Santamaria, ADT T.3.7 
 6. Cardenas, Qalat C.3.7 
 7. Rodriguez, Rosalia3.7 
 8. Canals, Alaior3.7 
 9. Alonso, Matchmind3.6 
 10. Comas, Prat J.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Antonio GOMEZ
  Huelva
  (193-G-79)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Gomez, Huelva2.5 
 2. Miller, Coruna2.4 
 3. Barcelo, Plasencia2.3 
 4. Suka-Umu, Cajasur .2.1 
 5. Johnson, Huesca2.1 
 6. Ott, Caja Rioja2.0 
 7. Martinez, Huelva1.9 
 8. Higgs, L''Hospitalet1.8 
 9. Pigram, Andorra1.7 
 10. Alonso, Matchmind1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Illescas
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Byombo, Illescas1.5 
 2. Adams, Navarra1.4 
 3. Thompson, ADT T.1.2 
 4. Bain, ADT Tarragona1.1 
 5. Matali, Andorra1.0 
 6. Andrews, Huesca1.0 
 7. Sekulic, Plasencia0.9 
 8. Joseph, Rosalia0.9 
 9. Sastre Morro, Qalat C.0.8 
 10. Miller, Huelva0.8 


Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. CAI Zaragoza 27-6 
 2. Melilla 24-9 
 3. Vive Menorca 20-13 
 4. La Laguna 20-13 
 5. Burgos 20-13 
 6. Caceres 19-14 
 7. Breogan 19-14 
 8. Leon 18-15 
 9. Girona 16-17 
 10. Mallorca 16-17 
 11. La Palma 16-17 
 12. Tenerife 15-18 
 13. Palencia 14-19 
 14. Ourense 13-20 
 15. Clin.Rincon 12-21 
 16. CB Tarragona 12-21 
 17. Cornella 10-23 
 18. Vigo 6-27 


Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Jaycee CARROLL
  Gran Canaria
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Carroll, Gran Canaria19.4 
 2. Fitch, Fuenlabrada18.4 
 3. Vujanic, CB Murcia17.4 
 4. Tucker, DKV J.16.7 
 5. Splitter, Caja L.16.4 
 6. Vasiliadis, Xacob.16.0 
 7. Navarro, Regal B.15.4 
 8. Jackson, Xacobeo BS14.3 
 9. Batista, Fuenlabr.14.1 
 10. Banic, Bizkaia Bilbao13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Esteban BATISTA
  Fuenlabrada
  (208-F/C-83)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Batista, Fuenlabr.8.7 
 2. Prestes, CB Murcia7.3 
 3. Moss, CB Murcia7.2 
 4. Kirksay, Cajasol7.1 
 5. Hendrix, Granada7.1 
 6. Splitter, Caja L.6.9 
 7. Panko, Lagun A.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.5.1 
 3. Stanic, Xacobeo BS5.0 
 4. Dumas, Valladolid4.4 
 5. Valters, DKV J.4.4 
 6. Rubio, Regal Barca4.3 
 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. Stanic, Xacobeo BS1.5 
 8. Jaric, MMC R.1.5 
 9. Triguero, Cajasol1.5 
 10. Hendrix, Granada1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Valladolid
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Battle, Valladolid1.4 
 2. Vazquez, Regal B.1.3 
 3. Hendrix, Granada1.3 
 4. Aguilar, Granada1.2 
 5. Lavrinovic, MMC R.1.2 
 6. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.1 
 7. Freeland, Unicaja1.0 
 8. Barnes, Valladolid1.0 
 9. Savane, Gran C.1.0 
 10. Lishchuk, Valencia.1.0 


Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. Regal Barca 27-3 
 2. Caja Laboral 24-6 
 3. MMC Real M. 23-6 
 4. Valencia BC 20-9 
 5. Cajasol 16-13 
 6. Unicaja 15-14 
 7. Estudiantes 15-14 
 8. Gran Canaria 14-15 
 9. Bizkaia Bilbao 13-16 
 10. Granada 13-16 
 11. DKV Joventut 13-16 
 12. Manresa 12-17 
 13. Fuenlabrada 12-18 
 14. Valladolid 11-18 
 15. Meridiano A. 11-18 
 16. Lagun Aro GBC 11-19 
 17. Xacobeo BS 8-21 
 18. CB Murcia 5-24 


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.17.3 
 3. Morley, Burgos17.2 
 4. Riera, Mallorca16.9 
 5. Guillen, La Laguna16.2 
 6. Roe, Tenerife15.3 
 7. Humphrey, Leon15.1 
 8. Quinteros, CAI Z.14.8 
 9. Hess, CB Tarragona14.8 
 10. Rabaseda, Cornella14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jakim DONALDSON
  La Laguna
  (203-C/F-83)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Donaldson, La La.11.1 
 2. Starosta, Melilla9.3 
 3. Sinanovic, Clin.Rin.9.1 
 4. Arteaga, Palencia8.3 
 5. Lima, Clin.Rincon8.2 
 6. Coleman, Breogan7.8 
 7. Adrien, Breogan7.8 
 8. Phillip, CAI Z.7.5 
 9. Padgett, La Palma7.4 
 10. Humphrey, Leon7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Diego CIORCIARI
  Vive Menorca
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 5
 1. Ciorciari, Vive M.5.0 
 2. Mendiburu, CB Tarra.4.6 
 3. Cherry, Caceres4.4 
 4. Mena, La Palma4.1 
 5. Jimenez, Melilla3.6 
 6. Perez, Cornella3.5 
 7. Bernabe, Leon3.4 
 8. Riera, Mallorca3.0 
 9. Urtasun, Leon3.0 
 10. Hernandez, Burgos3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Matias LESCANO
  CAI Zaragoza
  (196-G/F-79)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lescano, CAI Z.2.4 
 2. Rabaseda, Cornella2.4 
 3. Blanch, Mallorca2.3 
 4. Fuentes, Clin.Rincon2.1 
 5. Boccia, Tenerife2.0 
 6. Ayon, Tenerife1.8 
 7. Xavier, Breogan1.8 
 8. Quinteros, CAI Z.1.8 
 9. Howell, Ourense1.7 
 10. Morley, Burgos1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  Caceres
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Naymick, Caceres1.9 
 2. Sinanovic, Clin.Rin.1.6 
 3. Ayon, Tenerife1.5 
 4. Elonu, CAI Zaragoza1.5 
 5. Diouf, CB Tarragona1.5 
 6. Donaldson, La La.1.5 
 7. Joseph, Cornella1.2 
 8. Samb, Cornella1.2 
 9. Roe, Tenerife1.1 
 10. Humphrey, Leon0.9 


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  SWEDEN   


Plannja Basket advances to Playoff Finals - by Eurobasket News
Plannja Basket is the first Playoff finalist after they outplayed Uppsala last night on the road 74-81. Plannja had 1-2 before this meeting and they will wait now for the winner of Norrkoping - Solna series, which is currently tied at 2-2. Brandon McKnight (188-G-83, agency: Promotex, college: Purdue) shined for Plannja in Game 4 with 24 points. John Williamson (198-C-86, college: Cincinnati) had 18, while John Rosendahl and Gustav Nystrom helped with 10 points each. The hosts got 21 points from Anton Gaddefors (200-F-89). Plannja won every single quarter in this game (18 - 20, 21 - 23, 15 - 17, 20 - 21).
In the other Semifinals, Solna Vikings celebrated 90-84 victory in Game 4 tying the score to 2-2 against the Norrkoping Dolphins. The winner of this series will be decided in Game 5, which is scheduled for tomorrow. Andrew Mitchell (181-G-79, college: Kent St.) exploded for the Vikings last night with 39 points. Martin Pahlmblad (193-G-86) had 15. In the loosing squad, George Gervin (189-G-76, college: Houston) netted 18 pts. Solna made a crucial lead in the second and third quarter (26 - 27, 20 - 14, 21 - 13, 23 - 30).



Uppsala Basket - Plannja Basket 74 - 81
Uppsala:
Anton Gaddefors 21, Gordon Watt 12, Fredrik Jonzen 11, Viktor Gaddefors 11, Howard Frier 8, Andreas Person 4, Marko Djuric 3, Axel Nordstrm 2, Mannos Nakos 2.
Plannja: Brandon McKnight 24, John Williamson 18, John Rosendahl 10, Gustav Nystrom 10, Christoffer Ryan 6, Vesa Mklinen 4, Johan kesson 4, Hkan Larsson 3, Jim Enbom 2.

Solna Vikings - Norrkoping Dolphins 90 - 84
Solna:
Andrew Mitchell 39, Martin Pahlmblad 15, Rudy Mbemba 14, Saulius Dumbliauskas 8, Idong Ibok 7, Alexander Lindqvist 6, Helgi Magnusson.
Norrkoping: George Gervin 18, Joakim Kjellbom 15, Oladapo Ayuba 14, Mikael Lindquist 12, Joseph McNaull 11, Kenneth Grant 6, Fred Drains 5, Anton Saks 3.



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  TURKEY   


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, Aliaga17.8 
 6. Toolson, Karsiyaka17.5 
 7. Baxter, Besiktas17.4 
 8. Stanojevic, Kepez B.17.4 
 9. Baron, Mersin16.9 
 10. Williams, Erdemir16.9 
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. Atsur, Besiktas4.1 
 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. Adams, Oyak R.1.8 
 9. Altay, Aliaga1.8 
 10. Erden, Bornova1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Omer ASIK
  Fener.Ulker
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Asik, Fener.Ulker1.6 
 2. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.5 
 3. Denison, Tofas1.3 
 4. Elegar, Bornova1.3 
 5. Davidson, Darussaf.1.3 
 6. Heytvelt, Oyak R.1.2 
 7. Solak, Galatasaray1.2 
 8. Davis, Banvit1.1 
 9. Bowman, Tofas1.1 
 10. Buckman, Kepez Bld0.9 


Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Efes Pilsen 25-3 
 2. Fener.Ulker 22-6 
 3. Banvit 19-8 
 4. Besiktas 16-12 
 5. T.Telekom 16-12 
 6. Galatasaray 16-12 
 7. Karsiyaka 15-13 
 8. Erdemir 13-15 
 9. Bornova 12-15 
 10. Tofas 12-16 
 11. Antalya 12-16 
 12. Mersin 10-18 
 13. Aliaga 10-18 
 14. Oyak Renault 10-18 
 15. Kepez Bld 9-19 
 16. Darussafaka 6-22 


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.18.8 
 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 Telekom5.6 
 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. Ogut, Genc Telekom2.1 
 5. Celebioglu, Genc B.2.0 
 6. Fisher, Akcakoca P.2.0 
 7. Erdogan, Duzce G.2.0 
 8. Mutaf, FMV I.2.0 
 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. Fobbs, Trabzonspor2.1 
 4. Ibekwe, Genc B.2.1 
 5. Taylor, Vestel1.9 
 6. Hairston, Duzce G.1.8 
 7. Egemonye, Optimum .1.8 
 8. Turkyilmaz, Genc B.1.4 
 9. Gokay, Akcakoca P.1.3 
 10. Mumcuogullar., Vestel1.2 


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Newcastle E. 30-5 
 2. Sheffield S. 30-6 
 3. Scottish R. 23-12 
 4. Cheshire J. 21-14 
 5. Leicester R. 21-15 
 6. Everton T. 21-15 
 7. MK Lions 18-18 
 8. Worthing T. 17-18 
 9. Worcester W. 17-18 
 10. Guildford H. 11-24 
 11. Plymouth R. 11-24 
 12. Essex Pirates 7-28 
 13. London C. 3-33 




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Women News

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  BULGARIA - Women  


Standings - Women
NBL Standings
 1. Dunav 17-3 
 2. Lukoil 17-3 
 3. Montana 2003 11-9 
 4. Beroe 2007 10-10 
 5. Minor 5-15 
 6. Slavia 0-20 


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  FRANCE - Women  


NF2 Standings - by Juliane Hoehne
NF2 Standings
Group A
 1. La Tronche 21-4 
 2. Marseillais 20-5 
 3. St Etienne 19-6 
 4. Villeurbanne 18-7 
 5. Lyon 16-9 
 6. Venelles 14-11 
 7. Istres 12-13 
 8. St Chamond 11-14 
 9. Albervilles 10-15 
 10. Challes II 9-16 
 11. St Jean 8-17 
 12. Montbrison 7-18 
 13. Roquebrune 7-18 
 14. Le Coteau 3-22 
Group B
 1. Perpignan 20-4 
 2. Mourenx 20-5 
 3. Colomiers 19-6 
 4. Montpellier 16-9 
 5. Feytiat 14-11 
 6. Garnache 14-11 
 7. Thouars 13-11 
 8. La Couronne 13-11 
 9. Le Poiré-sur-Vie 13-11 
 10. Brive Correze 12-13 
 11. Gimontoise 8-17 
 12. Bordeaux 5-20 
 13. Talence 4-21 
 14. Tournefeuille 2-22 
Group C
 1. Le Havre 23-2 
 2. Angers 20-5 
 3. Sceaux 18-7 
 4. Evreux 15-10 
 5. Avenir 14-11 
 6. Poitiers 14-11 
 7. Versailles 13-12 
 8. Gravenchonnais 12-13 
 9. Ifs 12-13 
 10. Rennes II 11-14 
 11. Ouistreham 9-16 
 12. Brest 8-17 
 13. Saint-Brieuc 6-19 
 14. Nantes Moulin 0-25 
Group D
 1. Wasquehal 21-4 
 2. Chenove 17-8 
 3. Bourges II 16-9 
 4. Aubervilliers 16-9 
 5. Geispolsheim 15-10 
 6. Franconville 14-11 
 7. Villeneuve II 14-11 
 8. Aulnoye 12-13 
 9. CFBB II 11-14 
 10. Furdenheim 11-14 
 11. Saint Gratien 10-15 
 12. Sainte-Savine 9-16 
 13. Union Hainaut 5-20 
 14. Metz 4-21 


Standings - NF1 (Women) - by Juliane Hoehne
NF1 Standings
 1. Charleville 24-3 
 2. Union Hainaut 21-5 
 3. Roche 17-9 
 4. Lyon 16-10 
 5. SI Graffenstaden 16-10 
 6. Dunkerque 15-11 
 7. Reims 14-12 
 8. Rennes 13-13 
 9. Pleyber Christ 13-13 
 10. Nice 13-14 
 11. Voiron 11-15 
 12. Reze 9-16 
 13. Jeunes 9-17 
 14. Laveyron 8-17 
 15. Tours 5-21 
 16. CFBB 4-22 


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  ITALY - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Brooke SMITH
  Comense
  (191-F/C-84)
  Avg: 17
 1. Smith, Comense17.0 
 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. Pinto, Faenza13.9 
 9. Bjelica, Vomero NA13.8 
 10. Pascalau, Priolo13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcedes WALKER
  GMA Napoli
  (191-C-86)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Walker, GMA Napoli10.2 
 2. Tillis, Familia Schio9.9 
 3. Bjelica, Vomero NA9.6 
 4. Robert, Faenza8.7 
 5. Willis, Livorno8.0 
 6. Brunson, Taranto7.9 
 7. Smith, Comense7.6 
 8. Harper, Umana R.7.6 
 9. Machanguana, Bracco G.6.9 
 10. Screen, Basket P.6.4 
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. Carpreaux, Livorno2.0 
 7. Penicheiro, Umbertide2.0 
 8. Martinez Pra., Bracco G.2.0 
 9. Goryanova, GMA N.1.9 
 10. Moro, Familia Schio1.9 
Steals Per Game
 Angela ZAMPELLA
  Comense
  (170-G-78)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Zampella, Comense5.3 
 2. Carpreaux, Livorno4.8 
 3. Dixon, GMA Napoli4.7 
 4. Martinez Pra., Bracco G.4.3 
 5. Pinto, Faenza4.1 
 6. Zara, Basket Parma3.9 
 7. Macchi, Familia Schio3.9 
 8. Eric, Vomero NA3.8 
 9. Smith, Comense3.8 
 10. Robert, Faenza3.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Iciss TILLIS
  Familia Schio
  (194-F-81)
  Avg: 1
 1. Tillis, Familia Schio1.0 
 2. Prystupa, Faenza1.0 
 3. Alexander, Faenza0.9 
 4. Smith, Comense0.9 
 5. Harper, Umana R.0.9 
 6. Godin, Taranto0.7 
 7. Robert, Faenza0.6 
 8. Wabara, Bracco G.0.6 
 9. Brunson, Taranto0.6 
 10. Van Malderen, GMA N.0.6 


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  KOSOVO - Women  


Regular season is over, Bashkimi ends it undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Bashkimi is the regular season champion in Kosovan top division for Women. Actually, the team from Prizren finished this stage undefeated with perfect 10-0 record. In the last round, Bashkimi was too strong for Vellaznimi 79-35.
No.2 in the regular season is Penza with 7-3 record, while Trepca and Sigal are third and fourth ranked teams respectively. It means that in the Playoff Semifinals Bashkimi will meet Sigal, while Penza will take on Trepca.
The defending champion is Bashkimi.


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  TURKEY - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Michelle CAMPBELL
  Ceyhan Bld
  (188-F-84)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Campbell, Ceyhan Bld21.7 
 2. Prince, Botas19.4 
 3. Frazee, Cankaya19.2 
 4. Pringle, TED K.18.7 
 5. Sales, Besiktas17.9 
 6. Hodges, Istanbul.16.8 
 7. Taylor, Fenerbahce16.7 
 8. Ervin, Ceyhan Bld16.2 
 9. Paris, Botas15.7 
 10. Latta, Mersin15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lauren ERVIN
  Ceyhan Bld
  (191-F-85)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Ervin, Ceyhan Bld12.8 
 2. Paris, Botas12.2 
 3. Pringle, TED K.11.8 
 4. Frazee, Cankaya11.7 
 5. Black, Tarsus Bld10.4 
 6. Sevinc, Kocaeli10.1 
 7. Dacic, Besiktas9.7 
 8. Campbell, Ceyhan Bld9.1 
 9. Larkins, Mersin8.8 
 10. Penn, Istanbul.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sharnee ZOLL
  Botas
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Zoll, Botas6.0 
 2. January, Tarsus Bld4.3 
 3. Unuvar, Cankaya3.9 
 4. Vardarli, Fener.3.9 
 5. Johnson, TED K.3.9 
 6. Brooks, Cankaya3.9 
 7. Hodges, Istanbul.3.9 
 8. Yillar, Kocaeli3.7 
 9. McBride, TED K.3.6 
 10. Zellous, Besiktas3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Tamika CATCHINGS
  Galatasaray
  (186-F-79)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Catchings, Galatasa.2.9 
 2. Prince, Botas2.6 
 3. Chaney, Samsun2.6 
 4. January, Tarsus Bld2.5 
 5. Penn, Istanbul.2.3 
 6. Smith, Ceyhan Bld2.3 
 7. Gant, Istanbul.2.3 
 8. Pringle, TED K.2.2 
 9. Ajavon, Fenerbahce2.1 
 10. Zoll, Botas2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 LaToya PRINGLE
  TED Kayseri
  (191-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Pringle, TED K.2.4 
 2. Dacic, Besiktas1.4 
 3. Black, Tarsus Bld1.2 
 4. Sutton-Brown, Fenerb.1.0 
 5. Paris, Botas1.0 
 6. Alyoshkina, Samsun1.0 
 7. Ervin, Ceyhan Bld1.0 
 8. Larkins, Mersin0.8 
 9. Gaither, Samsun0.7 
 10. Zellous, Besiktas0.7 


Standings - TBBL
TBBL Standings
 1. Fenerbahce 22-0 
 2. Mersin 19-3 
 3. Galatasaray 18-4 
 4. TED Kayseri 11-11 
 5. Botas 11-11 
 6. Tarsus Bld 11-11 
 7. Besiktas 10-12 
 8. Istanbul Univ. 9-13 
 9. Ceyhan Bld 9-13 
 10. Samsun 8-14 
 11. Cankaya 4-18 
 12. Kocaeli 0-22 


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  USBA - Women  


WUSBA announce team home arena location for upcoming 2010 basketball season - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga. (April 17, 2010) --- 'We are extremely pumped about this upcoming basketball season,' said WUSBA president, Duane Allen Jenkins. 'Our first season is set to go and our future in the world of basketball looks very bright'. The Womens United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) today made public the final roster of teams, along with the teams home arena and gymnasiums. This new minor division basketball league is scheduled to begin play on June 5, 2010. The league will field twelve teams in two divisions. League sources states 'Timing is everything, particularly in business, the time is right to begin our inaugural basketball campaign'. The WUSBA originated in January 2010. The league was born out of an effort to expand womens professional basketball in the United States.

The WUSBA was activated when the leagues brother company, the United States basketball Association (USBA) placed its inaugural season on hold. The USBA originally planned to place basketball teams in the Southeast United States. Jenkins made the decision to place efforts behind the activation of the WUSBA. 'The decision to postpone again the opening of the USBA was not an easy one to make, there are critics who will blast me for this decision, however after every forest fire, new life assuredly flourishes', said Jenkins. The 'WUSBA was always in our plans. In the United States and in Europe women play ball on the highest level and we are pleased with our decision to place our emphasis on their success'.

The league will begin with twelve teams in two divisions; the teams are spread out over nine southern states. Each team will play a 28 game regular season followed by the leagues championship tournament. The WUSBA local team tryouts will be held on May 8, 2010 and May 15, 2010 in each team city. Location and time schedules for the tryouts will be made available on April 26, 2010. The season will open with pre-season games on Wednesday June 2, 2010. 'I'm real comfortable in the leagues success', said Jenkins. 'I feel we can make a real impact on the game of basketball and the local charitable organizations in each of our teams cities'. The league has ties with the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots, Feeding America, Boys and Girls Club of America and local churchs. During the past Holiday season the USBA enlisted the help of the Feeding America and the U.S.M.C. to conduct a series of basketball games to collect toys, clothing and food for the needy. According to reports filed, seven cities held games gave away prizes to fans that contributed toys, clothing and food. 'The WUSBA will make the same commitment to the communities and give them aid via the programs we created', said Jenkins.

WOMENS UNITED STATES BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
1201 Peachtree Street 400 Colony Square Atlanta, Georgia 30361 Office: (678) 966-9993
email: usba@usbaball.com email: team@usbaball.com website: www.usbaball.com

LEAGUE PERSONNEL
Executive Department:
Commissioner - Rhonda Bell
President / C.E.O. - Duane Allen Jenkins
Executive Vice President / Basketball Operations - Kenneth Green
Vice President of Operations - Harold Katz
Vice President of Administration - (TBA)
Vice President of Marketing - Duane Allen Jenkins
Vice President of Human Resources - Clare Irving
Vice President of Communications - (TBA)
Supervisor of Officials - Simmie Lavender
Chief of Security - David Bell
Director of Community Affairs - (TBA)

Womens United States Basketball Association 2010 Team Directory

APPALACHIAN DIVISION

Atlanta Platinum
Norcross High School
NHS Gymnasium (2000)
5300 Spalding Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30318

Head Coach:
Julius Smith
(770) 298-3900
juliussmith@usbaball.com

Venue Contact:
Freddie Williams
(770) 448-3674

Event Manger:
(TBA)

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Birmingham Starz
A.H. Parker High School
AHP Gymnasium (2000)
900 4th Street North
Birmingham, Alabama 35204

Head Coach
Connie Morris
(205) 901-9188

Venue Contact:
George Moore
(205) 231-2559

Event Manager:
Danielle Lyis
(205) 787- 3782

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Augusta Raging River
Augusta State University
Christenberry Field House (3500)
2500 Walton Way
Augusta, Georgia 30904

Head Coach:
(TBA)

Venue Contact:
Jason Gribek
(706) 667-4950

Event Manager:
Jason Gribek
(706) 667-4950

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Chattanooga Royal
Tennessee Temple University
McGillivray Gymnasium (2500)
1815 Union Avenue
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37404

Head Coach:
Geoffrey Mallory
geoffreymallory@usbaball.com
(865) 318-7476

Venue Contact:
Randy Lee
(423) 838-4287

Event Manager:
Randy Lee
(423) 838-4287

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Louisville Storm
Hoops, Inc.
Hoops Basketball Academy (3000)
12101 Sycamore Station Place
Louisville, Kentucky 40299

Head Coach:
Terry Howard
terryhoward@usbaball.com
(502) 608-3472

Venue Contact:
Terry Howard
(502) 608-3472

Event Manager:
(TBA)

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West Virginia Capitals
Capital High School
CHS Gymnasium (2500)
1500 Greenbrier Street
Charleston, West Virginia 25311

Head Coach:
Thomas Jones
(304) 807-0759
thomasjones@usbaball.com

Venue Contact:
Clinton Giles
(304) 348-6514

Event Manager:
Clinton Giles
(304) 348-6514

ATLANTIC DIVISION

Savannah Seahawks
Sol Johnson High School
Johnson Gymnasium (1700)
3012 Sun Set Blvd.
Savannah, Georgia 31214

Head Coach:
Lee Pearson
(912) 441-1899
leepearson@usbaball.com

Venue Contact:
Michael Moore
(912) 663-7657

Event Manager:
Peggy Johnson
(912) 395-1001
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Richmond Blaze
Manchester High School
(MHS Gymnasium (2200)
12601 Bailey Bridge Road
Midlothian, Virginia 23112

Head Coach:
Corey Braxton
(804) 439-7389
coreybraxton@usbaball.com

Venue Contact:

Roger Cassem
(804) 739-6283

Event Manger:
(TBA)

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Columbia Breeze
Benedict College
HRC Arena (2300)
1600 Hardin Street
Columbia, South Carolina 28204

Head Coach:
Willie Washington
williewashington@usbaball.com
(803) 269-1636

Venue Contact:
Vera Mills
(803) 705-4444

Event Manager:
Vera Mills
(803) 705-4444

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Jacksonville Surf
Edward Waters College
Adams-Jenkins Sports Center (2000)
1658 Kings Road
Jacksonville, Florida 32209

Head Coach:
(TBA)

Venue Contact:
Johnny Rembert
(904) 470-8277

Event Manager:
Henry Smith
(904) 222-1075

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Charlotte Blue Wave
Lifepointe Christian Church
Bobcat Practice Facility (3300)
13209 Carowinds Blvd
Charlotte, North Carolina 28273

Head Coach:
(TBA)

Venue Contact:
Rev. Matt McGue
(502) 608-3472

Event Manager:
(TBA)

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Charleston Cadets
College of Charleston
Carolina 1st Arena (3500)
66 George Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29424

Head Coach:
Terry Truax
(828) 292-4463
terrytruax@usbaball.com

Venue Contact:
Joe Hull
(843) 953-5546

Event Manager:
(TBA)

(This is a list of all WUSBA tentative and confirmed home team gymnasiums. Players and agents can contact the Head Coach directly with inquires. All locations have given their permission to secure the gymnasium. Agreements of Usage are in place. Final contracts are pending and have preliminary approval from each location. Each Client Arena has a confidentially agreement and is not at liberty to disclose certain contents of any agreements made with the Womens United States Basketball Association without written permission of the WUSBA and the Client Arena).